The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been won by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Ahmed was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation” between his country and Eritrea.

Mr Abiy’s peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war.

He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he will receive the award in December.

The award is worth some $NZ1.4 million.

There had been speculation over who would win the prize, with climate activist Greta Thunberg widely tipped as the favourite and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern considered as third favourite.

A total of 301 candidates had been nominated for the prestigious award, including 223 individuals and 78 organisations.

Tesla has announced that they will be including “customisable” horns for new Tesla vehicles.

The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, made the announcement on social media recently.

Musk also unveiled the sounds people might be able to choose.

Judging by the emojis he used in a Twitter post, one of those could be a “whoopie cushion fart noise”, while he also hinted at a goat noise.

Tesla also said there will be additional noises yet to be determined.

Musk’s announcement left internet users amused, and Tesla drivers excited.

What noise would you make your car horn if you could?

Regions in New Zealand have completed their Local Body elections for 2019.

During these elections regions in New Zealand vote for their mayor, city councillors and District Health Boards.

Voter turnout across the country was mixed. Electionsnz.com chief returning officer Warwick Lampp said turnout has been trending down for some time.

MAIN RESULTS
Wellington’s mayoral race was a nail biter, with Andy Foster beating incumbent Justin Lester.

Phil Goff retained the Auckland mayoralty, comfortably beating his main challenger John Tamihere.

Sir Tim Shadbolt won the Invercargill mayoralty for the ninth time.

Aaron Hawkins, a 35 years old vegetarian, who cannot drive and often hitch-hikes to work is the new mayor of Dunedin.

Campbell Barry has become New Zealand’s youngest ever mayor. The 28-year-old took the crown when he won the Hutt City mayoralty.

Fisher Wang, a 19-year-old, has been elected onto the Rotorua Lakes Council, making him among the youngest ever voted into local government in New Zealand.

Simone Biles has broken a long-standing world gymnastic world record.

Last week she became the most decorated gymnast in World Championships.

The American, 22, surpassed the overall medal record held by Vitaly Scherbo by winning on the balance beam.

The victory was her 24th medal, with 18 of them gold.

Having won four gold medals and one bronze at Rio 2016, Biles now has 30 medals in World Championships and Olympics.

She is now only three short of the record held by Scherbo, who represented the Soviet Union in the 1990s.

“What do we want? CLIMATE JUSTICE! When do we want it? NOW!… Now can I get back to class?”

Micah Geiringer and Ollie Langridge (read the article here) are two of an increasing number of people willing to inconvenience themselves and their own lives, in order to call for action on climate change. However, these school students faced personal consequences for their actions, perhaps most importantly, affecting their own education by missing up to 100 days of school. While Michael claims he doesn’t have any regrets, instead choosing to focus on the bigger picture of what his future will hold, is this a choice we should be promoting for our students, our leaders of tomorrow? For me, the answer is a Big. Fat. YES.

There is a lot to be learnt during protests, involving education on the current climate we are living in, how we are affecting it, and what our future looks like if we keep going at this rate. Furthermore, there is a lot to learn about who we are affecting, the different groups and individuals who will be impacted by our careless actions. For instance, in a first-world country such as NZ, it is important to recognise that our actions will firstly impact citizens in third-world countries. While many of us would claim to care deeply about groups of people living in third-world countries known to face extreme poverty, are we aware that when we are wasteful with resources, support the meat & dairy industry, or use uneconomical amounts of fuel, we are directly making their lives more challenging. This happens as our emissions increase the temperature of their climates, our rubbish increases the amount of waste that will be dumped in their surrounding oceans. Are we aware that these actions are raising the water levels of the ocean, ultimately drowning the homes of people living on small islands? Are we aware that after this happens to them, it will happen to us? I don’t think we are, and until school is educating students of these issues, it is important this information is found elsewhere.

However, beyond just educating ourselves, students attending protests drives home the point to our leaders that unless serious changes are implemented, there will be unimaginable consequences for their replacements – the children of today. We are directly showing them how urgent this issue is and how seriously we take it. By protesting, students are not looking to skip school, they are taking actions that will help create a better future for everyone. Ultimately, they are establishing a future that they will be able to use their education in.

The interesting thing about protesting for the environment and for climate justice is that it is both selfless and selfish at the same time. While students are protesting for a better future for themselves, they are also protesting for a better future for every single human on earth. Every single one! People are often unaware that climate change will ultimately impact all of us negatively: there is nothing beneficial about living in a world in which we cannot breathe the fresh air, in which we cannot swim in the ocean, in which we cannot survive as a species. Unlike many other protest movements, there is not a single group who will be negatively impacted by the changes being demanded.

Ultimately, we will all benefit from climate justice. Likewise, we will all be negatively impacted if changes are not made. So yes, this issue is serious and yes it is urgent and yes it must be listened to – ASAP. If the adults leading and living in our world will not make the necessary changes for our future, then us students must make them ourselves.

Of course education is important, but we must first look after the world that we are educated in. So stop being wasteful and start being resourceful, stop letting people tell you this isn’t an issue and start educating them on its urgency, and most importantly – get out into the streets and demand change. It’s now or never, kids!

The hit video game “Fortnite” is down.

On Sunday, “Fortnite” became unavailable to play after it was sucked into a virtual black hole. Millions of fans around the world are in a state of shock.

This was part of an event called “The End” wrapping up Season 10 of the popular game.

Videos of the event show what appear to be projectiles falling from the sky, concluding with a black hole sucking up every single piece of the game, then going dark.

The Twitter account for “Fortnite” now features a single tweet: a live video feed of the black hole.

At this stage, it is not exactly clear when “Fortnite” will be available again.

The last several seasons of “Fortnite” have launched on Thursdays, although because of the timing of Season 10’s ending, it could happen sooner.

Some experts just believe that Fortnite is just doing work on their servers and getting ready for the next season. Other people believe that this might be the end of the game forever. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Australians have been flocking in their thousands to climb Uluru.

Locals have estimated that around 2000 people look to climb Australia’s rocky red mountain each week.

Many are using the last school holidays before the world-famous Uluru climb closes on October 26.

The decision to close the walk was made by the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Board.

WHAT IS ULURU?

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a massive sandstone mountain in the heart of the Northern Territory.

The nearest large town is Alice Springs, 450km away.

Uluru is sacred to indigenous Australians and is thought to have started forming around 550 million years ago.

Elevation: 863 m

Type of rock: ArkoseProminence: 348 m

Spark Sport has gotten bigger and bigger the past few months. Sky has been the main broadcaster of sports in NZ the past 20 years, but recently new company Spark Sport has bought the rights off Sky for many events, such as the Rugby World Cup, Blackcaps matches, WTA Tennis, NBA, Premier League Football, Hockey, Formula Racing and a few others.

Premier League Football was a big addition to Spark Sport, and the main reason that people have switched to Spark instead of Sky. Just last week Spark secured the rights for the Blackcaps matches in New Zealand, though Sky made a big move by securing the rights to all domestic rugby, such as Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup.

Although Spark is securing the rights to the most favoured sports in NZ, thousands of people were left disappointed after an All Blacks World Cup game had a stream failure and it had to be changed to TVNZ. So, do you think Spark Sport will become the main sport broadcaster in NZ? Or will Sky prove that 20 years of experience can keep them at the top?