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New Zealand’s Civil Defence have carried out a full Emergency mobile alart test.

The test took place between 6pm and 7pm on Sunday evening.

More than 5 million mobile phones received an emergency alert.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Director Gary Knowles said the alerts were to warn people of threats to life, health or property.

“The nationwide test is a way to check our systems, the cell towers and your phone’s ability to receive an Emergency Mobile Alert, so we have confidence it will perform as it should in an emergency.”

He said a 2021 disaster preparedness survey suggested 90 percent of people would receive the alert, or be near someone who does.

In a real emergency, information would also go out on radio, television, online and via social media.

Under this system is no need to register or download an app – the alert will be sent to all phones that are turned on and within mobile coverage.

Australia has a new Prime Minister.

Yesterday Australia elected Labour leader Anthony Albanese as prime minister, ousting Scott Morrison’s coalition.

Mr. Albanese told jubilant supporters that Australians had “voted for change”. However, it is still unclear whether he can secure a majority.

After he emerged to rapturous applause at Labor’s victory party in Sydney, Mr. Albanese said it was an “extraordinary honour” to lead the country.

Albanese vowed to bring people together, invest in social services and “end the climate wars”.

Former PM Scott Morrison thanked the “miracle of the Australian people” after conceding.

Mr. Albanese will start work straight away, flying to Tokyo on Monday for a summit with the leaders of Japan, India, and the US. As he will be representing Australia as its prime minister, he will be sworn into office on Sunday or Monday.

Albanese is one of Australia’s longest-serving politicians. He served briefly as deputy prime minister to Kevin Rudd in 2013 and has long been a favourite of his party’s left-wing.

Last Friday a small but violent tornado hit the North Island town of Levin.

The tornado damaged buildings, bought down trees and power lines, wrecking vegetable crops and causing State Highway 1 to close for a short time.

The tornado was accompanied by thunderstorms and wind gusting up to 140km/h, and was thought to have damaged 30 to 50 homes.

After a tornado hit Levin, the government will put $100,000 into a mayoral relief fund to help with the recovery.

Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan said such funds had been used in the past to help with clean-up and recovery efforts such as clearing debris, cleaning septic tanks, filling water tanks and re-establishing damaged boundary fences.

Horowhenua District Mayor Bernie Wanden told Checkpoint he had seen a lot of devastation through Levin after the storm there this morning.

He said the storm was unexpected. “A very random occurrence for our town. We never usually experienced anything like this so and it’s come completely out of the blue.”

Wimbledon have had its ranking points stripped by the ATP and WTA tours.

The move comes because they decided to exclude players from Russia and Belarus at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships due to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

This means world number two Daniil Medvedev won’t be competing at Wimbledon 

This means one of the world’s most famous tennis tournaments will now be an exhibition event.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club, organisers of the event, said that the ban was the only option under British government guidance. 

Netflix have announced that they may be forced to start showing adverts on their platform.

The move comes after the company reported its first subscriber loss in more than a decade. Last quarter they had a drop of 200,000 subscribers, followed by a 35 percent stock price drop.

CEO Reed Hastings then announced Netflick maybe forced to offer some subscriptions which have advertising within their shows.

Netflix has long been opposed to adding commercials or other promotions to the platform but this would allow them to offer customers a cheaper option.

Netflix have said their drop in numbers comes from growing competition, rampant password sharing, inflation and the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In an effort to get more subscribers, Netflix has increased its content spend, particularly on originals.

Kennel cough is increasing in New Zealand and is hitting a number of our dog breeds.

The clinical name for canine cough (also known as kennel cough) is canine infectious respiratory disease or infectious tracheobronchitis.

Symptoms include a dog having a loud high pitched cough, that sounds like something is stuck in their throat or a goose honk, loss of appetite, low energy and nasal discharge.

The coughing can linger for several weeks.

The outbreak could be the result of more dogs socialising during the recent school holidays and as a result of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

If your dog is suffering from these symptoms please visit your vet.

A robotic car has just broken the world land speed record!

The Dallara AV-21 race car was developed by a team called PoliMOVE. This included people from the Politecnico di Milano – a university in Italy – and the University of Alabama from the US.

During a test drive at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre the car clocked a whopping speed of 192.2mph (309.3kph).

This meant the team smashed the previous land speed record of 175.49mph (282.42kph), held by Roborace.

The car is driverless, which means there is no one in the car controlling it, instead it is controlled by robotics and algorithms – programmes which tell the car what to do.

The Dallara AV-21 race car was taking part in the latest Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC). This is where teams from all over the world compete using the AV-21 model car, to see who can alter it to be faster.

To make sure the race was fair, each car had its average speed recorded over 0.6 miles (1km) during two attempts in opposite directions (to eliminate any effect that wind direction might have).

A massive comet has been spotted by Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope.

Scientists think it’s the largest comet ever discovered, and its nucleus is 50 times bigger than average.

NASA say that it’s over 130km long, which is the length of three marathons.

This comet is currently very far away from Earth, zooming along at about 36,000 km/h.

Scientists think the comet is traveling from a place called the Oort Cloud, which is the most distant point of our solar system.

What is a comet?

Comets are large objects made of dust and ice that orbit the Sun. They’re like a giant dirty snowball.

As the comet moves towards the Sun, the heat begins to melt the ice and dust – turning it from a solid to a gas. This creates a beautiful, bright tail.

What is the Hubble Telescope?

It’s been almost 32 years since the Hubble Space Telescope sent its first images back to Earth from space.

Launched in 1990, the telescope is one of NASA’s most important research tools.

Lionel Messi was the world’s highest-paid athlete over the last year, according to the annual Forbes list. Messi beat LeBron James of the Lakers and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi earned $US130 million, a figure which includes $US55 million of endorsements.

Los Angeles Lakers forward James was next on the list after bringing home a combined $US121 million, shattering the $US96.5 million record for an NBA player that he set last year. Portugal captain Ronaldo earned $US115 million to sit third.

Brazilian soccer player Neymar ($US95 million) and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry ($US92.8 million) of the Golden State Warriors rounded out the top five.

NBA player Kevin Durant ($US92 million) was sixth while Swiss tennis great Roger Federer, who played five tournaments in 2021 before a knee operation curtailed his season, was third with total earnings of $US90.7 million.

The final three spots on the list went to Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez ($US90 million), seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady ($US83.9 million) and reigning NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo ($US80.9 million).