Good Morning, today is Thursday, April 13 and here are the stories that interest me.
New Zealand is expecting the biggest storm in 49 years to strike the island nation throughout the day today. Cyclone Cook is the second major storm to hit New Zealand in the last two weeks. Cyclone Debbie caused flooding and slips across New Zealand, and with only a week to recover, Cyclone Cook is slated to wreak more havoc on the North Island. Expected to land Thursday afternoon, the storm will bring wind gusts up to 150km/h (90+ Miles an hour) and 150-200 mls (5-8 inches).
Japan’s population is slated to decrease to just over 88 million people by 2065, signifying a 30% loss of their population. This is actually somewhat encouraging news as a 2012 study had the country losing a greater percentage of the population but mostly due to longer lifespans in the country. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made depopulation one of his top priorities as Japan is already seeing the effects in smaller cities and in rural areas of the country. With tax revenue drying up and areas unable to keep services running. Japan is also considering opening immigration to the world to help counterbalance depopulation.
Former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that he will once again run for the office of the Presidency which elections will be held in April. While not officially on the ballot yet, the announcement has sent shock waves across the world. Ahmadinejad, who is controversial, even to other hard-liners in the country, is eligible to run for office again after 4 years out of office.
And finally, the Falkland Island has adopted Marriage Equality on the tiny island British Dependency. The small islands in the South Atlantic is home to about 3,000 people, the Legislative Assembly passed the measure 7-1. This will extend the full rights of marriage to same-sex couples in the territory.