While our weekends were filled with house-hunting, being sunburnt by the heatwave, sleeping off the night before and working, a few things happened around the world that are worth mentioning.
Cyclone Ian wrecked havoc on the Ha’apai islands of Tonga. Winds nearing 300km/hr ripped through the small cluster of islands, flattening houses, and restricting contact to assistance outside of the region. The Governor of Ha’apai, Tu’i Ha’angana, has stated that the damage is so severe, that he can see from one side of the island to the other.
With approximately 80% of buildings destroyed, relief efforts from New Zealand and the Red Cross have begun plans to assist with the cleanup from the category five storm.
Russia began it’s processes of removing chemical weapons from Syria. The operation, which Russia has already put $2mil towards, began by the arrival of armoured trucks in the Syrian port of Latakia. Recent unrest in Syria has pushed back the commencement of the operation from December 31 to now.
Russia is now responsible for transporting the chemical weaponry to Russian naval vessels, which will then transfer the cargo to US forces, who will dispose of the chemical weapons in international waters.
Miley Cyrus has finally come to a pinnacle of her transformation into an adult that doesn’t give a shit. A photoshoot that she recently did with Brian Bowen Smith has cropped up online, and her puppies are out for everyone to see.
There’s a link here, but beware – it’s very NSFW.
You know what? Good on her for being so comfortable in her own skin. She’s played it very well, and she’s gained a lot of popularity for this very public transformation from Disney child star into full-blown adult. If she continues to play her cards right, she’ll probably give even less of a shit of what we all think of her.
Speaking of celebrities, the Golden Globes were on over the past 24 hours. Tumblr exploded with joy as Leo DiCaprio won an award for his work in The Wolf of Wall St. The Internet shouldn’t get its hopes up just yet though, friendly reminder that Leo won a Globe in 2005 for The Aviator, and it’s the Oscars that he’s been nominated for countless times and not won a single thing. This year, Leo. This year is your year.
Other special mentions from the Golden Globes include Breaking Bad for Best TV Series – Drama, Jared Leto for Best Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in a motion picture, and Emma Watson for her Christian Dior dress-pants hybrid outfit of pure brilliance.
Finally, and the absolute heartbreaker of the past few days, we’ve come to learn that Daniel Christie, the young man who was king hit on New Years Eve in Sydney, has passed away in St Vincent’s Hospital. 18 year old Christie was on life support after being attacked by Shaun McNeil on NYE.
It has been decided that McNeil’s charges are elevated to murder, following the passing of Daniel Christie. His death is nearly one year on from the similar loss of Thomas Kelly, who was also king hit in the same area of Kings Cross on NYE 2012.