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The Duchess of Sussex has secured her first job following her and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from the royal family. 

Meghan Markle will narrate the upcoming Disney nature movie Elephant.

The movie follows one family’s extraordinary 1,000-mile journey across Africa on an adventure that will change their lives,” the narrator said of the film. The movie will be relieased on April 3.

The film will be co-directed by Alastair Fothergill and Vanessa Berlowit, who Markle and Prince Harry met in Botswana while undergoing charity work with Elephants Without Borders in 2016.

It has been reported that Markle will gift all appearance money for the film towards the Elephants Without Borders charity.


Selena Gomez has a new member to her family!

The 27-year-old singer took to her Instagram Story to show off her new puppy named Daisy.

The adorable and fluffy brown puppy joins Gomez’s current dog, Winnie.

“Winnie and Daisy are getting along very well,” Gomez said in the video, which showed the two dogs playing together. 

Gomez talked about how some people are fostering animals at this difficult time.

However, for Gomez this is permanent as she has said that Daisy is here to stay in her family.

Netflix has had to cut its video quality due to overuse.

They have said that it will cut traffic by 25% on networks across Europe in a way to help internet suppliers.

Europe has seen a huge surge increase in internet usage due to countries being in lockdown.

Netflix said it will reduce the resolution available to its customers. Therefore, users might notice a slight decrease in video quality within each category.

Netflix had over 42 million subscribers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

YouTube, Amazon.com have also said that they will cut picture quality to prevent overload.

Great Barrier Reef has suffered its third bleaching.

Experts have warned that huge patches of the reef have been affected.

It is the third time this has happened in the last five years, according to the scientist carrying out aerial surveys. They have looked at almost 500 reefs from the Torres Strait to Cairns

The worst outbreaks of mass bleaching occurred in 2016 and 2017. This results in a record killing of about half the shallow water corals on the world’s biggest reef system.

The scientists said that a fuller picture would be possible after more intensive surveying.

Corals bleach when they sit in waters that are unusually hot for too long. They can recover if temperatures fall, but are often killed when high temperatures are sustained.

Global heating caused by escalating atmospheric greenhouse gases is a major threat to the world’s coral reef ecosystems.

A 7.5-magnitude has hit Russia.

The earthquake was focussed on Russia’s Kuril Islands on Wednesday.

The quake hit at a depth of 59km (37 miles) and prompted a tsunami warning that was later cancelled.

Officials reported no casualties or damage but said 400 residents of Severo-Kurilsk were taken to higher ground.

The four southernmost islands of the Kuril chain – Habomai, Shikotan, Etorofu, and Kunashiri – have been disputed between Moscow and Tokyo since the end of the second world war. The Kurils are known as the Northern Territories in Japan.

The Voyager 2 spacecraft is about to go silent.

The spacecraft was launched over 40 years ago and it is NASA’s longest-running space mission. For decades it has ventured out to the boundaries of our Solar System.

But very soon we will not get any reports from it for a while.

NASA has announced that the only antenna on Earth that can communicate with Voyager 2 spacecraft – is going silent, and not for a short time.

Deep Space Station 43 is a giant dish, located in Australia, and roughly the size of a 20-storey office building. It requires critical upgrades.

For approximately 11 months – until the end of January 2021, when the repairs are expected to be complete – Voyager 2 will be totally alone.

As the end of the March draws near, so does the end of Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month honours women who have made an impact in their respective fields or helped in some way to better society.

In New Zealand, we have a lot of women worth celebrating. As a nation, we have often been trailblazers and set examples for women worldwide. “Like who?”– you might ask, well here are a handful of amazing Kiwi ladies throughout our recent history:

Some Awesome Women in the 1800s:

  • Kate Edgar became the first female to graduate from a New Zealand University in 1877. She was also the first woman to gain a Bachelor of Arts in the whole of the British Empire.
  • Kate Sheppard was heavily involved in the Women’s Suffrage movement and on the 19th of September 1893 women won the right to vote in New Zealand. New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote.

Some Awesome Women in the 1900s:

●        Jean Batten was a New Zealand aviatrix who was recognised globally for her record-breaking flights. In  November 1935, she had become the first woman to fly across the South Atlantic. In October 1936 she became the first person to fly directly from England to New Zealand.

  • Nancy Wake better known as the ‘white mouse’ was a New Zealander who fought in the Second World War. Wake was living in France at the time of the war and became a resistance leader of an army of  over 7,000 troops. She was on the ‘most wanted list’ by the secret German police. Luckily she was never caught as her code name suggests, she had a mouse like ability to dodge her enemies.

Some Awesome Women Today:

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is currently the world’s youngest female leader. She has made media waves globally for her new style of leadership. Her focus on being kind and compassionate goes beyond politics and is something that we can all learn from.
  • Lydia Ko when she was just 17 was ranked number one in the world and became the youngest professional golfer to achieve this status.  Lydia trains for over 35 hours a week (wow!) and is considered to be the greatest young golfer to ever have played the game.

New Zealand has had some pretty impressive women who have graced us with their achievements. Who are some awesome women you know? Who are women that you look up to?
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Finland has been named the world’s happiest country in the world.

The United Nations has revealed the results as part of its annual World Happiness Report.

It is the third year in a row that Finland has finished as the top nation.

The report asked people who live in 156 countries how happy they are based on where they live.

New Zealand came in 8th position.

Some of the least happy places to live, according to the people who live there, were Afghanistan, South Sudan and Zimbabwe, all of which have seen war, poverty and food shortages in recent years.

A news species of tree hopper has been named after Lady Gaga.

The newly discovered treehopper species will officially be known as Kaikaia gaga.

University of Illinois entomology grad student Brendan Morris was allowed to name the new species.

He chose to name a new treehopper species after Lady Gaga to improve awareness of this unique but relatively unknown family of insects.

Treehoppers include some of the most spectacularly beautiful and often quite bizarre bugs on the planet. They have long fascinated biologists who are intrigued by their unusual “helmets.”

Lady Gaga has yet to respond to the news. Morris hopes she’ll take it as a compliment, finding admiration for K. gaga‘s “fierce, purplish face” and striking “‘shoulder pad’ horns.”

The winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020, competition have been announced.

The winning image was an amazing picture of a group of seals on an ice floe. It was taken using a special drone.

French photographer Florian Ledoux took the winning photo, entitled Above the Crabeater Seals, in Antarctica.

Mr Ledoux beat 7,000 other entries from 117 different countries to win

Here are other category winners and runners-up in the competition, with descriptions by the photographers.

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Landscape category winner: Shadow Game, by Marek Biegalski, taken in Italy

An aerial view of a field with sheep standing in the long shadow of a tree

Macro category winner: Chinese Painting, by Minghui Yuan, taken in China

A silhouette of a damselfly on a thin leaf

Youth category: Phoenix, by Saptarshi Gayen, taken in India

A black bird flies over flaming branches

People’s Choice Award: I’m not going easy, by Robert Ferguson, taken in Singapore

A Great white pelican bird tries to swallow a spiky black fish in its beak

Wildlife category, highly commended: Badger Blues, by Dave Hudson, taken in the UK

A baby badger walking through bluebells in a wood

Wildlife category, highly commended: Sleeping the fall off, by Terje Kolaas, taken in Norway

A dove sits on a branch with snow on its head and wing

Wildlife category, highly commended: Breathing, by Bence Mate, taken in Romania

A silhouette of a bear and the condensation from its breath

Landscape category, runner-up: Viking Rainbows, by Alessandro Cantarell, taken in Iceland

A mountain landscape view of a sunrise and a rainbow

Landscape category, highly commended: Flower Power, by Brandon Yoshizawa, taken in USA

A landscape scene showing mountains at night with a large rocket exhaust plume in the sky
An aerial view of the ground showing dark sand with a blue river cutting through it