What you need to know this week

What you need to know this week

NZ Quake

New Zealand South Island was hit by deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Monday. Two people lost their lives and many were left injured. More than 800 people taking shelter at the South Island tourist centre were evacuated.  There was aftershocks, tremors and a tsunami warning which was later lifted.  Right now the recovery process is underway bringing aid to those affected. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Pacific neighbours.

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The North Pole Ain’t So Cold

Literally the North Pole is worrying 20°C (36°F) warmer than usual. The Artic is seeing a record low of sea ice covering the polar ocean. This is the result of uncharacteristic warm weather blowing into the Artic since the start of October.

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The Super Moon

This was history people. The last time the moon looked this big was 1948. Even if you aren’t an avid sky watcher you no doubt tried to get a photo of this phenomenon that is if the clouds didn’t get in the way of your view. Some would say they didn’t see any difference but at least we took the time to really watch the sky for a change.

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Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

The wait is over. The Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is, drumroll please, “Post Truth”. This is an improvement from last year where the word of the year was the laughing emoji. “Post-Truth” perfectly sums up the US presidential race read the definition below.

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PNDA week

This week was dedicated to perinatal anxiety and depression awareness (PNDA). 1 in 10 women and 1 in 20 men experience perinatal depression. Accepting the highs and lows of parenthood and caring for a newborn is an important step in creating an open space for parents to seek help. For more information about PNDA click here.

Helplines:

Mensline 24/7: 1300 78 99 78

PANDA National Helpline: 1300 726 306

 

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