Mishka Sea World Polar Bear Cub Holloween

WATCH: Polar bear cub Mishka celebrates Halloween at Sea World

Polar bear cub Mishka is enjoying some spooky fun at Sea World today to celebrate Halloween.

The Polar Bear Pre-School has been decked out with specially carved pumpkins as well as an array of treats for the 6-month-old cub to enjoy with her mum Liya.

Sea World Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long said the Halloween experience will form part of Mishka and Liya’s enrichment program.

“The exhibit here at Sea World offers one of the world’s best enrichment programs and occasions such as Halloween provide a wonderful opportunity for our Bears to experience a range of different smells and textures.”

Mr Long said Mishka is continuing to grow significantly, and now weighs over 30 kilograms.

“Although her main source of nutrition is from suckling milk from mum, Mishka has started eating a range of solid foods including fish, beef and pork,” he said.

“Since making her public debut in September, Sea World guests have fallen in love with Mishka which is a great situation for all Polar Bears as she is helping to raise awareness and create empathy for her wild counterparts.”

For more information on polar bear cub Mishka visit seaworld.com.au

iPad Tablet Child

Hard proof: Why kids should not have iPads

Believe it or not, iPads have only existed for seven years. They were first released in 2010. That’s the same year my daughter was born – my daughter, who wants to ask Santa for an iPad for Christmas this year.

I am not a fan of children having their own devices. I’ve seen the way my kids’ eyes glaze over when they have the opportunity to watch YouTube videos on my laptop of women in wigs unboxing toys, and that was enough to convince me their screen time should be limited.

Now, new research has confirmed my plans to delay my kids’ access to all manners of devices, for as long as humanly possible.

In news that will likely surprise no one, researcher Jean Twenge has found that smartphone use is making teenagers “seriously unhappy”.

In news that might surprise some, however, Jean has described today’s teenagers as “being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.”

“I call them iGen,” Jean reports. “Born between 1995 and 2012, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the Internet.”

The impact of young people having ongoing access to smart devices “has not been fully appreciated”, she says, and goes “far beyond the usual concerns about curtailed attention spans”.

Shockingly, her research, which plumbs data on teenagers dating back to the 1930s, found that rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.

And the really shameful part is that the purveyors of this adolescent dysfunction are actively profiting from it. A recently leaked Facebook document, prepared by the social media juggernaut’s Australian executives, revealed that the company can monitor posts and photos in real time in order to determine when young people are feeling “stressed”, “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless” and a “failure”.

By pinpointing “moments when young people need a confidence boost”, their advertisers can therefore immediately target vulnerable teens.

ARE WE OUTRAGED YET?!

I know I am. My kids will not have social media accounts for as long as I am in charge of making decisions, nor will they have their own devices.

And unfortunately for my daughter, I’m predicting that Santa will be out of stock of Apple products by the time he reaches her home this year. She’ll have to make do with some Shopkins.

Family Halloween

WATCH: Where to celebrate Halloween on the Gold Coast

The spookiest night of the year is almost upon us – Halloween!!

While the ghosts and ghouls won’t officially come out to play until Tuesday October 31, Gold Coasters can start to enjoy some skele-fun celebrations this weekend!

From devouring devilish desserts, to popping bottles, enjoying fang-tastic entertainment or getting spooky skyhigh, there is an event to suit all ages!

Watch the video for our pick of the spine-tingling events you need to check out:

DRACULA’S
Give yourself a fright and join the vampires at the fangtastic Draculas. Sink your teeth into their brand new show Terrorbyte – and be sure to take a ride on the ghost train!
Find out more: draculas.com.au/gold-coast/

SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK
Enjoy some spooktacular fun skyhigh at the Skypoint Observation deck! Get into the spirit of Halloween with events for both kids and adults this Saturday and Sunday, as well as next Tuesday.
Find out more: skypoint.com.au/whats-on/halloween

NIGHTQUARTER
NightQuarter is celebrating Halloween with devilish desserts, trick or treating and a wickedly good time on both Friday and Saturday night!
Find out more: nightquarter.com.au/

YELLOWEEN AT GARDEN KITCHEN & BAR
This Friday, Garden Kitchen and Bar is celebrating Halloween with a Verve Cliquot twist! With plenty of eats, beats and trick or treats, Yelloween is an event you won’t want to miss!
Find out more here: star.com.au/goldcoast/whats-on/yelloween-at-garden-kitchen-and-bar

For more information on spooktacular events happening on the Coast this Halloween, visit our What’s On Calendar.

Happy Halloween!!

Southport

How can we make Gold Coast’s CBD even better?

Southport, the Gold Coast’s central business district, is “more than a city centre; it’s a dynamic downtown of opportunity that is brimming with opportunity,” says Councillor Dawn Crichlow.

The Councillor made the comments as she launched the city’s CBD Program 2025, which is asking for our feedback on ways that the Council can make Southport a “globally competitive CBD” – through encouraging economic growth and investment, connecting the CBD to the Broadwater, embedding smart technology, and embracing the area’s outdoor lifestyle.

“Whether you’re studying, making a mark in business or indulging in one of our many restaurants, our CBD is a melting pot of colourful stories and characters,” said Councillor Crichlow.

“The program will deliver exciting projects, events and opportunities for businesses, residents and students in the area and in the long term create economic certainty for our CBD.”

Give your feedback online before Monday 6 November for a chance to win a $400 voucher to Australia Fair Shopping Centre or one of two double passes to Event Cinemas.

Karl Stefanovic’s wife: “He’s dead to me”

Do you know what sucks about a long-term marriage breakdown?

Apart from the obvious pain and heartbreak and suffering involved when the actual relationship breaks down?

The thing that really sucks is how each respective party bounces back.

By this I mean: the husband usually moves on with a hot younger woman. And the wife usually moves on with herself.

Case in point is 43-year-old Karl Stefanovic. He left his wife and the mother of his three kids last year, and almost immediately picked up with a beautiful 30-something fashionista.

His wife Cassandra is now a 46-year-old single mother of three. She’s put in the hard yards – the years of supporting him and his career, the toll on her body after growing and birthing and raising their kids – and now, her days are filled with school runs and uniforms and food prep and counselling teens.

Meanwhile, Karl gets to skip about town with fresh energy and vigour, brunching and boating with his hot new ladylove and basking in the glow of new lust.

It’s little wonder that Cass recently confessed to Woman’s Day: “The children still have a father but I don’t have a husband. He really is dead to me and no, we won’t ever be friends again.”

“There were days in the beginning I would get up, put on a brave face and drop the kids at school, then I’d get to the back door and I would lie in a heap for the rest of the day unable to move — there were very dark days,” she also shared.

Fortunately she’s now in a much better place, but her focus is purely on her children, rather than finding a new partner.

“I get up every day with only one purpose – to make sure my three beautiful kids are happy – everything else really doesn’t matter,” she shares.

It’s a similar story with actor Ewan McGregor, who earlier this year left his wife and the mother of his four kids, and started up with a 32-year-old actress – his current co-star. His 51-year-old former wife gets to figure out how to be a single mum to kids ranging in age from 6 to 21, while he snuggles in with his new love interest over coffee and cake.

It’s bloody unfair.

And I can totally understand why Karl is, in fact, dead to Cass. Following Lisa Wilkinson’s shock departure from Today, it will be interesting to see how many female viewers share this opinion?