The first foreign rescue flight has landed in Tong after the island was rocked by a massive tsunami on Saturday
New Zealand is officially on the ground in Tonga with the first foreign aid plane officially landing, carrying much-needed water and supplies for the Pacific nation.
The military plane landed at Tonga’s main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway.
More planes and ships sent by New Zealand and Australia are on the way and they will of course be critical to helping Tonga during this time.
Saturday’s eruption of an undersea volcano and tsunami wave saw volcanic ash blanketing the islands, posing a serious health risk, with the ash and sea water contaminating fresh water supplies.
At least three people have died during the wild weather event
Communications have also been crippled, and Tonga has only just begun to re-establish global contact after five days cut off from the rest of the world.
New Zealand predicts the damaged communication cable will take at least four weeks to fix.
As for what is on this first flight:
This plane contains Equipment to repair and boost telecommunications and will also deliver basic water, medicine and hygiene supplies.
U.S. stocks plunge – markets have biggest daily drop in 2 years
U.S. markets have had their biggest daily drop in almost two years, as investors evaluate the impacts of higher prices on earnings and the possibility of monetary policy tightening
The S&P 500 dropped by 4 per cent, while the Nasdaq fell the most amongst other major benchmarks.
Meanwhile, retailer Target down was down more than 20 points in its worst performance since 1987, and Apple and Amazon.com both slid.
The U.S. dollar rose against all Group-of-10 counterparts, except the yen and Swiss franc.
The S&P is slowly emerging from its longest slump since 2011, but rebounds are fragile amid tightening policy, the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China.
It comes as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warns U.S. central bank will raise interest rates until there is “clear and convincing” evidence inflation is in retreat.
Looking to other parts of the world, and Europe saw new-vehicle sales shrink for a 10th month in a row.
Over in the United Kingdom, inflation rose to its highest level since Margaret Thatcher’s reign 40 years ago.
NATO ties – Sweden receives full backing from U.S.
Just days after announcing its intentions to join NATO, Sweden has received full backing from the United States.
U.S. Defence Secretary Llyod Austin welcomed his Swedish counterpart to the Pentagon, in a show of solidarity between the two nations.
Austin says the United States says Sweden’s membership to the alliance will make all member nations safer and more secure.
Both Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the strategic alliance on Wednesday, but still face objections from Turkey.
The whole membership process is expected to take just a few weeks, but ratification by all allied parliaments could take up to a year.
It signifies one of the most significant shake-ups of European security architecture not seen since the Cold War.
The two nations remained neutral throughout this period in history, despite Finland sharing a 1,300 kilometre border with Russia.
Sweden says Russian propaganda can no longer hide the nation’s war crimes… and believes now more than ever, democracies must stand together against Moscow’s increasing aggression.
NATO Secretary-General Jen Stoltenberg says this is an historic moment which must be seized, warmly requesting the requests from both meetings at the alliance headquarters.
Both Sweden and Finland handed over their application letters, each envelope embossed with their national flag.
Zelensky extends Ukraine’s martial law by 90 days
With the war in Ukraine showing little to no signs of slowing down anytime soon, Volodymyr Zelensky has moved to extend his nation’s martial law by 90 days
The required documents have now been sent to the Ukrainian parliament for consideration, requiring approval by at least half of all lawmakers.
The first round of martial law was initiated on February 24, the day Putin declared war over the country.
This marks the beginning of a new stage of the conflict, with Ukraine’s defence minister hoping to arm one million fighters – as the nation prepares for the long haul.
So what does a martial law ruling actually mean for Ukrainians?
Well, it gives those in positions of military leadership more power to intervene in the lives of civilians, introducing curfews, conducting searches of private property without notice and even banning travel.
Residents also lose a number of fundamental rights including the right to receive education, the right to work and freedom of movement.
Men aged between 18 and 60 have also been banned from leaving the country.
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