Story- A four-year-old boy named Robert Tufts is the mayor of the small town of Dorset in Minnesota.
He was given the job last August – when he was only three – and will continue to be mayor until this August. The boy was awarded the position after his name was pulled out of a hat. Once a year, people who live in or nearby Dorset can pay $1 to have their name written on piece of paper and put into a hat. Then a name is randomly drawn out of the hat, and the person whose name it is becomes the mayor. Last year, Robert Tufts’ name was pulled out. A mayor is the person who is the leader of a city, town or village. Usually, people will vote for their mayor in an “election.” The person with the most votes, wins. Because Dorset has fewer than 30 people and the mayor isn’t actually expected to do very much, the town’s residents have decided to let anyone become mayor by picking out a random name. At the end of the summer, people will put their names in the hat again, and another mayor will be chosen. For now, however, Robert will continue serving as mayor, where his main duties are going to daycare and acting friendly towards the other people in his town. There are no rules about where you have to live or how old you have to be to become the mayor of Dorset, so anybody could win next year.
Notes- 4yr old boy, Robert Tufts, mayor, small town Dorset last August (he was 3)-this August (4). Dorset <30 people, no duties as mayor, names drawn from hat for mayor position. $1 gets name in hat. No rules where you live, how old are.
Personal Note: Cool! I would like to live there and maybe be mayor!
Love the story...my political dream has a chance to take flight, all I need to do is move to Dorset!
Lol yup. But plz don't go! We would miss you!
Non-Poisonous Python Found In Winnipeg Dumpster
A Winnipeg resident was surprised on Tuesday to discover a five-foot Ball python in a dumpster behind an apartment building.
The snake is not poisonous.
The resident called police; one of the officers used a small recycling box to corral and hold the snake.
The police then called the city’s animal services department.
They came right away and rescued the animal.
Ball pythons are a bit smaller than most pythons. Ball pythons are about one metre long.
Police said that finding a snake in this way is extremely rare—it almost never happens.
The person who discovered the snake had been putting out their garbage and heard a noise; they saw a snake moving around.
The snake will be held until a good home can be found for it.
A spokesperson for the animal services department said the snake had likely been deliberately abandoned in the dumpster by someone who no longer wanted it.
The person who abandoned the python could be charged under the Animal Care Act. They could face a fine of $10,000 and six months in jail.
Despite its ordeal, the snake was healthy and not hurt in any way.
notes- a person discovered a python snake in the dumpster when they were putting out their garbage. it's a five foot long non-poisonous Ball python. the person that put the snake in there could be charged and fined up to $10,000 and put in jail for six months. the snake is safe now and looking for a new home.
Yet another reason to refuse to take the garbage out! Nice work Jenna.
Notes--Amazon testing small unmaned hellicopters called Octocopters or Prime Air to deliver 2.3kg parcels in 30min within 16km. not happening anytime soon still needs appovel maybe in 2015--
Lots of people buy books and products from Amazon, an online seller.
They order and pay over the Internet and the books are shipped through the mail or a delivery service like FedEx.
One day, people could get their Amazon deliveries from an “unmanned aerial vehicle” — a tiny flying vehicle that looks like a toy helicopter.
And instead of waiting days to get the parcel, it could be at the buyer’s home in half an hour or less.
The company is working on a fleet of tiny vehicles they call “Prime Air.” The vehicles are also known as “octocopters.”
On their website, Amazon says, “one day, Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.”
The U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working on safety regulations for unmanned flying vehicles like the Prime Air copters.
Those regulations will make sure the copters are able to fly safely where they need to go.
Once the FAA has put its rules in place, which could be as early as 2015, Amazon will be ready with its fleet of tiny flyers. The process could take as many as five years.
The new delivery service would likely be available only in the United States, at first.
The copters the company is testing now can handle packages up to five pounds (2.3 kg) and they have a range of 10 miles (16 kilometres).
Other companies are also looking at using unmanned flying vehicles to deliver their products. For instance, Domino’s Pizza in the UK released a video showing a “DomiCopter,” delivering a pizza. That video may have been a publicity stunt. In any case, just like Prime Air’s octocopters, the DomiCopters don’t have clearance to take off just yet.
Cool! My dad flies Octocopters, maybe he will be able to get involved in that.
Now, if we can only get Pizza delivered that way! Cool!!
More than 500 people—including American actor Ashton Kutcher—will become “astronauts” next year. They have each paid $200,000 for a two-hour flight on SpaceShipTwo. The aircraft will take them very high and very fast—in fact, they will break the sound barrier. A British company called Virgin Galactic, which is owned by a well-known and famously daring billionaire named Sir Richard Branson, tested its new aircraft last week. During the test, the spacecraft flew 69,000 feet high over the Mojave Desert, in the U.S. SpaceShipTwo will take passengers, six at a time, into the atmosphere at 2,500 miles per hour—more than three times the speed of sound. Passengers will experience a lack of gravity. During the flight they’ll be able to leave their seat and do a mid-air summersault, according to Virgin’s website. “SpaceShipTwo’s cabin will have lots of room for zero g fun,” the website says. (Zero g means “no gravity.”) The airline says it expects to sell at least 600 tickets in its first two years. The first flights are scheduled for 2014.
Tickets are $200,000, the company is named Virgin Galactic, the space craft flew 69,000 feet over Mojave Desert for a test flight, when in space the passengers will be weightless, the first flights will be in 2014.
I can think of a lot of other things I'd rather spend $200,000 on, but I'd imagine for most of their clients, $200,000 is just a drop in the bucket.
Good work Thomas.
The air pollution was so bad in Harbin, in China, on October 21 that the city was forced to close roads and schools, and to cancel hundreds of flights from its airport.
News reports said the smog (a mixture of smoke and fog) was so thick that people couldn't see more than 10 or 20 meters in front of them.
According to unofficial reports, people could not even see the person standing next to them. The city’s website said: “You can’t see your own fingers in front of you.”
Residents said there was a “burning” smell in the air. Many people covered their noses and mouths with scarves or masks.
The pollution was blamed on several factors including: farmers burning off old corn stalks and crop stubble; coal-fired heating systems; and low winds that allowed the smoke to remain over the city.
The smog had been building up for several days. It became worse when the city turned on the public heating system, which uses coal to heat millions of homes and offices in the city.
Harbin has a population of more than 10 million people. It is located in northeastern China, where cold winter weather can last up to six months. The main source of fuel there is coal, because it is cheaper than other types of fuel.
Coal is a major source of carbon dioxide emissions (the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming) as well as acid rain and other harmful air pollutants.
Air pollution from burning coal can cause health problems like heart and lung disease. During the smog crisis in Harbin, the number of people taken to the hospital with respiratory (breathing) problems was 30 per cent higher than usual.
The city government is trying to reduce its use of coal by adding more insulation and better roofs and windows to buildings to reduce heating needs. It has also adopted cleaner fuel standards for cars and factories.
Beijing, the capital of China, suffered a similar pollution crisis in January 2013. Now, when pollution levels are high, Beijing plans to impose emergency measures. People will not be allowed to drive their cars every day; factories will have to close down or reduce production; and no construction or demolition work will be allowed until the crisis has passed.
Air pollution is measured by the amount of “particulate matter” in the air. Particulate matter is made up of microscopic solid particles and liquid droplets from sources like smoke, dust, ash, pollen, fumes and aerosol sprays. It is reported on a scale called the Air Quality Index (AQI).
When the smog was at its worst in Harbin, the city’s AQI was 500 – the highest possible reading on the scale. For the same day, the AQI reading in New York City (the largest U.S. city by population) was 41. The AQI reading for Toronto (Canada’s most populous city) was 17.
The air pollution was bad on October 21st in Harbin, China, that the city was forced to close roads, schools, and cancel flights. The smog smelled like something burning, and residents covered their mouths with masks or scarves. The pollution was blamed on several things including farmers burning off old corn stalks and crop stubble and coal-fired heating systems in the city. The smog was building up for several days, finally becoming so thick that people couldn't see 10 meters in front of them. The city government is trying to reduce its use of coal by adding more insulation and better roofs and walls to reduce the need for coal heating. The smog was at its worst in Harbin when the city’s AQI was 500, which is the highest on the scale! On the same day, the AQI in New York City was only 41. Harbin has also adopted cleaner fuel standards for cars and factories in order to try and stop this problem.
Yuck! The unfortunate price the earth is paying for "progress." Good choice of stories.
Two giant pandas arrived in Toronto on March 25 to begin a 10-year visit to Canada.
The pandas will spend five years at the Toronto Zoo, and then move to the Calgary Zoo for another five years. They are on loan to Canada from the Chinese government.
The pandas travelled by plane from their native China, along with several kilograms of bamboo shoots, boxes of apples and their favourite toys. The trip took 15 hours.
The pandas were greeted at the airport by a large crowd, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Zhang Junsai, the Chinese ambassador to Canada. A high school band played “O Canada” as the pandas’ crates were unloaded.
The pandas were taken to the Toronto Zoo by truck, with a police escort. They will spend at least 30 days in quarantine before they go on display to the public on May 18.
Maria France, who is curator of mammals at the Toronto Zoo, said the zoos want to make people aware that the pandas’ natural habitat is shrinking and needs to be conserved.
The two pandas – Er Shun, a five-year-old female, and Da Mao, a four-year-old male – had never met before the flight. They will be housed in enclosures where they can see, hear and smell each other, and zookeepers will introduce them gradually. Everyone hopes the pandas will mate and produce offspring while they are in Canada.
Interestingly, when the deal for the pandas was made back in Feb,. 2012, China was going to send Ji Li, not Da Mao. At that time, the zoo in China thought that Ji Li was a male. When pandas are young it can be very tricky to determine their gender. When Ji Li got a bit older, the zoo officials did a blood test and confirmed that “he” was actually a “she” panda. Since one of the goals of the trip will be for the pandas to have a baby, they need a male and a female. So officials offered Canada Da Mao, who is definitely a male.
Prime Minister Harper said the pandas are a “national treasure” of China. He said having the pandas in Canada will help the two countries learn about each other.
Interesting facts about pandas:
• pandas are members of the bear family;
• the panda’s diet is made up almost entirely of bamboo, but they will occasionally eat other plants as well as meat such as rodents or birds;
• there are fewer than 2000 pandas in world, about 300 in captivity and 1,600 in the wild in their native China; and
• pandas are an endangered species, threatened by loss of habitat and a low birthrate.
Pandas move to Toronto.
Spend 10 years here. Five years at Toronto Zoo, 5 years at Calgary Zoo.
Loaned from the Chinese government.
They came by plane. 15 hour flight. Names are, Er Shun, and Da Mao.
Must be quarantined for 30 days.
Pandas will eat bamboo, and other plants, also will eat meat, rodents or birds.
They are hoping while they are here they will mate and produce offspring.
Pandas are endangered.
Hopes that they exchange will help China and Canada learn about each other’s cultures.
That's some red carpet treatment! They are sooo cute, I don't imagine any other animal would have arrived with that type of fanfare.
Pipeline Worker Finds Massive Hydrosaur Skeleton
A massive dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in Alberta. But it wasn’t an expedition of paleontologists (dinosaur scientists) who found it. It was a pipeline worker. A man was using a backhoe (a special kind of truck with a digger claw) to move some earth for a pipeline that was being installed near Spirit River, Alberta. The worker hit something he thought was a rock. He laid the piece of “rock” to one side, and kept digging, according to CBC News. But it wasn’t rock at all. It was a huge fossilized skeleton—a tail, to be precise. It was about two metres long. The worker stopped digging and called in some experts. Paleontologists are now working to uncover the rest of the fossil. The entire fossil is expected to be about 10 metres long, which is very big for a fossil in one piece. Alberta is well known for its fossil finds. There are “tons” of fossils there, Dan Riskin, co-host of the TV show Daily Planet, said in a CTV newscast. He put the find in perspective: “Normally paleontologists are jumping up and down because they have a tooth. This is a two-metre long section of tail from a hadrosaur with tendons attached! I mean, it’s just unreal how beautiful this is. It’s very rare.” Riskin pointed out that this unique find is in northern Alberta. Most of the dinosaur finds in Alberta are in southern Alberta. Scientists hope that this may mean there will lots of fossils to be found in northern Alberta as well. Paleontologists are now carefully unearthing the rest of the fossil, which is still under about a metre and a half of dirt. Although the scientists won’t be using backhoes to do the careful work, the oil company has assigned some of its workers to help the scientists. Although the fossil has been identified as a hadrosaur, scientists won’t know which one of the many types of hadrosaur it is until they find the head. Hadrosaurs are known as “duck-billed dinosaurs” because their head looks similar to that of a modern day duck. They were herbivores that lived during the Cretaceous Period.
• A pipeline worker found the dinosaur fossil
• The fossil was found near Spirit River, Alberta
• The fossil is expected to be about 10 metres long
• The tail is about 2 metres long
• It’s a very rare discovery
Man, that's a heck of a way to get a couple days off work! Must've been really cool!
Nine-Year-Old Up For Best Actress Oscar
At nine years old, Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The Academy Awards (nicknamed “The Oscars”) are given to the best work in movies each year. Best Actor and Best Actress are perhaps the most prestigious awards an actor can win.
Wallis was just five when she tried out (or “auditioned”) for the role of Hushpuppy in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild.
In the film, Hushpuppy is a little girl who lives with her ill father in the southern U.S. state of Louisiana.
The director of the film was looking for girls between the ages of six and nine. Wallis’s mother lied on the form and said she was six. Wallis herself admitted the truth during the audition.
The director said he was looking for girls six and up, because he didn’t think that someone younger would be able to act. However when he saw Wallis act, he knew he had found the perfect person to play Hushpuppy. He said she was “beyond anything we’d seen before.”
Beasts of the Southern Wild is nominated for four Academy Awards (Oscars). Image: Wikipedia
Wallis won the role over 4,000 other girls.
According to the website Wikipedia, “Her reading ability, loud scream and the skill of burping on command impressed the director and won her the part.”
The site also explains Wallis’s interesting first name. “Quven” combines her parents’ first names and zhane means “fairy” in Swahili.
Wallis was five when she auditioned for the role. She was six when she acted in the movie. Now, at nine, she is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. She goes up against four other actresses—one of whom is 86 years old.
The Oscars will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Even if Wallis doesn’t win for Best Actress, just by being nominated at age nine she has already made history.
9 years old
Wallis was five when auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in the film Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Wallis younger than what they wanted
"Her reading ability, loud scream and the skill of burping on command won her the part.”
The director said she was “beyond anything we’d seen before.”
was 6 when acted in movie
Beasts of the Southern Wild is nominated for four Academy Awards
At nine, she is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
She goes up against four other actresses.
being nominated at age nine has made history.
Nice work. Did you double-check your sources?? "Burping on command??" Hmmmm, if that's true, that's an interesting skill to put on display in an audition.
A supermarket in England is taking packages of peanuts out of their stores because their containers do not say they “may contain peanuts.”
Booths is a grocery store chain; they have 29 locations in northern England. They pulled 300 of the packets off their shelves after a health agency issued an allergy alert.
The alert was issued because the food didn’t have a warning telling the customer that it might make people with allergies get sick.
The containers are labelled as “Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts.”
“Monkey nuts” is a British nickname for peanuts in the shell.
The allergy alert was issued by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is in charge of ensuring food safety in the United Kingdom.
A spokesperson for Booths apologized for the situation and warned customers with a peanut allergy not to consume the product.
Some people are very allergic to peanuts. Symptoms of a peanut allergy range from skin reactions and stomach pains to severe breathing difficulties.
Stores in most many countries are required by law to tell their customers if a product has any amount of peanuts in it, even if peanuts aren’t supposed to be one of the ingredients
Supermarket England recall peanuts not say may contain peanuts
300 packs off shelves
labeled “Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts.”
Monkey nuts British peanuts
Allergic skin reactions stomach pains
Stores must tell people if there peanuts
Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts...the name should've been enough to get rid of them...sounds gross!
Have you ever wondered exactly what’s in a McDonald’s hamburger? Or why the food at McDonald’s doesn't look the same in the advertising as it does in the store? Or whether McDonald’s food is good for you? If so, you’re not alone. McDonald’s has a website that posts questions answered by Canadians—and answers from McDonald’s staff. Over the years the restaurant chain has taken a lot of heat for its food which tends to be fast, cheap and not necessarily always good for you. However, it is everywhere. There’s hardly a city in North America—or the world—in which you can’t find a McDonald’s restaurant. That means there are a lot of people eating at the fast-food restaurant. And over the years, people have asked a lot of questions about the chain and a lot of rumours about its food have gone around. For instance, there is a rumour that McDonald’s is able to put “100% Pure Beef” on its packaging because there’s an actual company called “100% Pure Beef”—the insinuation being that McDonald’s uses a loophole allowing them to claim their hamburgers are pure beef. The website tackles that rumour; one of the company’s lawyers gives a statement saying there is no company called “100% Pure Beef.” And then in a video he does a search for such a company and, of course, doesn’t find one. Some of the questions are a bit cheeky. For instance, Sar N. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan asks, “Are McFlurries made from ground chicken feathers?” And Nikki L. from Blackfalds, Alberta asks, “Does Canada use ‘pink slime’?” Since the website went up in May 2012, McDonald’s has answered more than 8,700 questions. On its website, McDonald’s says, “we haven’t always done a great job of answering questions. We want to change that.” The company does reject some questions. It won’t answer any questions that aren’t about the food and they will only answer questions asked by Canadians within Canada.
McDonald's has had many complaints about how unhealthy their food is. McDonald's has a website that you can ask them questions about their food. Since the website went up in 2012 McDonald's has answered more than 8700 questions. They reject some questions though. The questions have to be asked by Canadians that live in Canada, and the questions have to be about their food. There is a rumor that McDonald's only puts 100% pure beef one their packaging because there is a company called 100% pure beef. However they denied it. Some of the questions are NOT serious. Such as, “Are McFlurries made from ground chicken feathers?” “Is there beef in your fries?” “Does your cola have soap in it?” “I heard that McDonald’s uses human meat for their dollar menu is that true?”
Thank goodness your store doesn't say anything about their coffee! ba da da da da...I'm lovin' it!
Comet ISON is about to put on a show!!!
Scientists around the world are watching as ISON streaks, ever-faster, towards the sun.
NASA has been studying ISON since December, when it was more than 800 million kilometres away.
Experts are calling Comet ISON as “the comet of the century.”
What is a comet? Here’s how astrophysicist Julie Abraham describes a comet: “It’s basically a big ball of dirty ice in orbit around the sun that gradually melts or burns up, spewing out debris and water in a plume blown out behind it.”
NASA has been closely monitoring ISON as it speeds through the solar system.
The comet will probably be torn apart by the sun’s gravity or burned up by its heat.
If ISON doesn't shatter or burn, it will “quite possibly put on one fabulous celestial show,” the Associated Press news service reports. It will “slingshot” around the Sun and just keep going.
Whatever happens, will likely happen this Thursday.
If it lasts past Thursday, the comet should be visible to people in North America throughout December. It can be seen now with binoculars or a telescope.
ISON was discovered more than a year ago by Russian scientists using the “International Scientific Optical Network” (or ISON for short). ISON is also known by scientists as C/2012 S1.
Scientists say the comet may have been part of the icy Oort cloud, which is about one light year away from the Sun.
The Sun’s gravity pulled it out of the Oort cloud.
The closer it gets to the Sun, the faster ISON travels. It will reach speeds of up to 1.3 million kilometres an hour.
The closest ISON will get to the Earth is about 64 million kilometres, on Dec. 26.
-Scientists are watching the ISON comet
- They started watching it when it was 800 million kilometres away
-A comet is basically a big ball of ice
-The ISON will probably shatter from the sun gravitational pull or burn up from the heat
-If it doesn't it will slingshot around the earth and continue going
-They think it was from a Oort cloud
-The closer it gets to the sun the faster it will go, it will reach 1.3 million kilometres an hour.
- When to comet is at its closest, it will be 64 million kilometres away on Dec, 26
A big ball of dirty ice...sounds intimidating. Interesting stuff Erik.
Cougars Spotted On Vancouver Island
Story: Cougars are becoming a problem on Vancouver Island, BC. Last September, four cougars were spotted prowling through Victoria (the capital of BC), on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island has a growing population of deer who look for food in city gardens and the cougars are following them into the city.
Cougars rarely attack humans, but in the cases where it has happened it is usually because the cougar is hurt or startled.
Dieter Gerhard is a long-time resident of Victoria. “We have a very fat cougar living on the property next door to us,” he said. The cougar is attracted to the deer who come to graze nearby. He said the cougar does not pose a threat to him or the guests who stay at his bed-and-breakfast. “Local residents see (the cougar) occasionally and he doesn’t disturb us at all. We have to be mindful of pets, to bring them in at night.”
Vancouver Island residents are being advised to report cougar sightings immediately and if they are confronted by a cougar to stay calm, talk to the animal in a strong and confident voice and back away slowly while facing the cougar. Many people have survived cougar attacks by fighting back with rocks or even their fists.
Vancouver Island is a beautiful part of Canada. It is as far west as you can go in the country. Visitors to the island can kayak beside pods of whales, or run around the trunk of a centuries-old giant cedar tree. Every fall, thousands of salmon return to lay their eggs in the streams and rivers of Vancouver Island.
People visit Vancouver Island from all over the world and like it very much – unfortunately, so do the cougars!
-cougars becoming a problem on Vancouver Island
-4 have been spotted in Victoria
-cougars are following deer into cities
-cougars only attack if hurt or startled
-People are advised to: report all sightings
back away slowly while facing the cougar
talk loudly and firmly
-many people visit Vancouver Island
Not sure I'd want to stay at the B&B...would hate to be out on my morning stroll and come face to face with a cougar, YIKES!
Lee Hadwin is a talented artist. He has drawn sketches of horses, celebrities, and beautiful landscapes. He only draws in black and white. Oh, and there is one other thing. Hadwin only draws in his sleep.
Ever since he was about four years old, he has been waking up to discover detailed drawings beside his bed. But he doesn’t remember ever having done the drawings. When he is awake, Hadwin says he can’t draw at all. In fact, he has no interest in art. During the day, he works as a nurse.
When he was young, Hadwin, who now lives in London, England, used to cover his walls and tables with his sketches. In his teens, the drawings became more detailed and intricate.
He started leaving charcoal, paper and pencil crayons out for himself. While he is asleep, he gets up out of bed and sketches, without ever waking up. Even though there are paints and coloured pencils for him to use, he never works in colour—only black and white.
Sometimes he draws twice a week; other times he will go three or four months without drawing. Hadwin, 33, says if he has had some alcohol to drink the night before, he is more likely to draw in his sleep.
Once, Hadwin woke up in the morning to find that he had cut up a pair of his favourite jeans in the night and incorporated it into a piece of artwork.
Researchers at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre are going to be doing some research on Hadwin to understand how and why he can sleep-draw. He will also be the subject of an upcoming documentary film.
Other people have been known to sleepwalk, to eat in their sleep or even drive a car in their sleep. The sleep researchers say Hadwin’s sleep-drawing condition is unique. One researcher speculated that it could be a rare form of epilepsy.
Hadwin is planning to exhibit some of his artwork (which has raised thousands of pounds for charity) at galleries in London and in Paris. He says his biggest fear is that he will suddenly stop drawing in his sleep. He says that every time he wakes up and sees some new art by his bedside he breathes a sigh of relief.
• Artist Lee Hadwin only draws in his sleep
• Since he was 4 years old, has been waking up to find drawings by his bedside
• Doesn’t remember drawing anything
• In the daytime he has no interest in art
• Used to cover walls and tables with sketches when he was young
• Drawings became more intricate in his teens
• Lives in London, England
• Started leaving out charcoal, paper, and pencil crayons out
• Only works in black and white
• If he has had alcohol the night before, he is more likely to draw
• Draws from 2x a week to once every 3-4 months
• Once woke up in the morning to find he had cut up some jeans and made them into artwork
• Researchers @ Edinburgh Sleep Center are researching why Lee can sleep-draw
• One researcher commented that it might be a form of epilepsy
• Biggest fear is that he will stop drawing
I think drawing in your sleep is really cool! I’d like to be able to do that.
Super cool story! I think the only thing most of us do in our sleep is maybe snore or drool, so this guy is way better off! Great job Maia.
-Story- World Mourns the Death of Nelson Mandela
The world is mourning the passing of one of the greatest leaders of our time.
Nelson Mandela is dead at 95.
He died on Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa, from a lung infection.
Mandela was a symbol of freedom for the people of South Africa.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father,” South African President Jacob Zuma said in an announcement.
He called this, “the moment of our deepest sorrow.”
CBC News described Mandela this way:
Mandela was a prominent international figure for more than half a century, first as a leading human rights campaigner in South Africa and then as the world’s best-known political prisoner.
Following his release, he again became the leader of the anti-apartheid struggle, and in 1994 became the first president of a democratic South Africa.
Mandela fought for the freedom of blacks in South Africa.
During the 1950s until the late 1980s, South Africa was ruled by a relatively small number of white people. Black people, in the majority in the country, had few rights.
The separation of white people and black people** was known as “apartheid.”
In his 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela said,
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.
Mandela received more than 250 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Order of Canada and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2001, he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. Many monuments and statues around the world have been dedicated to him.
Mandela will receive a full state funeral (a special public funeral ceremony that honours people of national significance), and flags will be flown at half-mast.
-Notes on Nelson Mandela-
Nelson Mandela dead at 95 from a lung infection. Was a symbol of freedom for the people of South Africa. Fought for the freedom of blacks in South Africa, world’s best-known political prisoner. After his release he became the first president of a democratic South Africa (1994). He received more than 250 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Order of Canada and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2001 he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. For his death he will receive a full state funeral.
By Winston C
Good choice Winston. I had thought about using this story as part of our blog responses for week 2, so thank you for posting it for others to read. Well done!
Story- Scientists have discovered 60 species of previously unknown plants and animals living in a remote rainforest in southeastern Suriname. Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America, just north of Brazil. It is located in a geographic area called the Guiana Shield, which contains more than one-quarter of the world’s rainforest. An expedition of 16 field biologists spent three weeks in Suriname in 2012, exploring the remote, mountainous rainforest region. Thirty indigenous men helped transport their food and equipment by boat and guided team through the forest. There has been very little human activity in the region the scientists were exploring, so plants and animals have been able to flourish. As a result, there is a high level of biodiversity there. (Biodiversity – which is short for “biological diversity” – means the variety of plant and animal species living in an area.)The scientists found 1,378 different species of plants, insects, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals in the region, including 60 that they believe have not been identified before. The new species include six frogs, one snake, 11 types of fish, and many insects. One of the newly discovered insects is the tiny Lilliputian dung beetle. Measuring only 2.3 mm, it is believed to be the second smallest dung beetle in South America. Dung beetles play a vital role in the ecosystem. By burying dung (animal poop) they help to control parasites and disease. They also help to scatter seeds around, and to return nutrients to the soil so plants can grow. One new type of frog is the cocoa frog – a chocolate-brown frog that lives in trees. Another new species – the snouted tree frog – was discovered when it landed on the scientists’ camp table during dinner one night.
-scientists discover 60 new species
-living in a remote rainforest in southeastern Suriname
-suriname small country northeastern coast south America north of brazil
-contains more than one quarter of world rainforest
-16 people expedition spent 3 weeks in suriname of 2012
-very little human activity new plants and animals able to flourish
-high level of plant and animal speices
-found 1378 different speices
-plants, insects, birds, fish, amphibions, reptiles, mammals and 60 new species
-new species- 6 frogs, 1 snake, 11 fish, many insects
-found second smallest dung beetle in south America
-cocoa frog, snouted tree frog,
How cool would that be to discover something new...especially in the rainforest? Good story Julia!
Story: World’s Largest Volcano Discovered
From September 10, 2013
What is the largest volcano on Earth? You may be surprised at the answer.
That’s because the world’s largest volcano has just been discovered–and it’s underwater.
The volcano Mauna Loa, in Hawaii, used to be thought of as the largest volcano in the world.
But scientists have discovered one that’s bigger. Much, much bigger.
Tamu Massif is a massive volcano about the size of the British Isles–or more than three times the size of New Brunswick.
It covers more than 260,000 square kilometres. (Mauna Loa is about 5,100 square kilometres.)
The volcano was discovered by scientists working at the University of Houston. They have been studying it for years, but only recently confirmed that it is one huge volcano, rather than many smaller ones.
Tamu Massif is in the Pacific Ocean, about 1,600 kilometres east of Japan. It is made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock.
The highest point of the volcano is nearly two kilometres below the surface of the ocean.
Scientists say Tamu Massif is probably about 145 million years old.
It is “inactive,” meaning that it no longer erupts or spills lava.
Scientists think it became inactive a few million years after it was formed.
Notes: World’s Largest Volcano Discovered
• world's largest volcano - inactive - found September 2013
• scientists confirm one huge volcano- before thought many small volcanoes - made of basalt
• called Tamu Massif - underwater in Pacific Ocean - 1,600 km east of Japan
• > 260,000 square km - highest point almost 2 km below ocean surface
• about 145,000,000 years old
Nice work Mason. Too bad it's so far undersea...would be nice to have another Tropical Pacific Island.
Cheerleader Fined in London Ontario for cheering in public
Normally, some cheerleaders going down a street cheering before a big football game wouldn’t be a problem.
Unfortunately for the squad, they were cheering in an area where police were cracking down on excess noise.
Several dozen cheerleaders were cheering for their team, the University of Western Ontario Mustangs, in London, Ont.
They were chanting “Go ‘Stangs, Go” and throwing one cheerleader up into the air.
It was right before a big homecoming football game against the Queen’s University Golden Gaels.
Police in London, Ont. have a “liquor enforcement and reduction of noise” program called “Project LEARN.”
They felt the group was too boisterous and noisy.
Police issued the head cheerleader a ticket and a $140 fine.
The ticket says the cheerleaders were causing “nuisance in the street by conducting a cheerleading performance.”
In past years, rowdy behaviour by homecoming revellers has caused London’s homecoming parade to be cancelled.
The cheerleaders’ coach doesn’t agree that the cheerleaders should be charged or fined.
The coach told the cheerleaders to spread the word through Twitter and Facebook about the incident.
•Cheerleaders were practicing their cheer
•They were practicing in an area where the police had liquor enforcement and reduction of noise
• Head leader was charged $140 fine and got a ticket
•The ticket says the cheerleaders were causing nuisance in the street by conducting a cheerleading performance.
•The cheerleading coach doesn’t agree that the cheerleaders shouldn’t have been charged or fined
Sounds like the police were being a big stick in the mud to me. Nice job Adrianna.
~ Environment Canada Announced Emergency Protection For Endangered Bird Species ~
Environment Canada has put out an emergency protection order for the Greater Sage-Grouse, the order will limit the construction activity and heavy industrial noise near the habitat of the species. The species in question has already suffered several local extinctions including populations in British Columbia, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The species itself is classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN and if it continues to loose habitat could be extirpated from Alberta and Saskatchewan in less than 5 years; there are currently less than 150 adult birds in its Canadian range.
Issued under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA), a law adopted in 2002 by the Canadian government to help protect native species in risk of becoming extinct as well as assist with the recovery of the already endangered. Protecting the Greater Sage Grouse’s habitat will also help protect two other endangered species, the Swift Fox and the Burrowing Owl.
In December of 2013 Environment Canada issued an order to help protect the birds, said order would prevent people from killing or moving native plants, destroy or disrupt habitat in protected land. However some environmentalists have made the argument that the order doesn’t do enough to protect the birds, there are certain issues concerning the order such as the fact that it doesn’t apply to privately owned land, only land that is owned by federal or provincial governments. As well the constrictions on noise only apply from April 1 to May 30, the mating season of the bird, it also only covers certain times; one and a half hours before sunset to on and a half hours after sunrise.
Several species have been making a comeback in Canada, North Pacific Humpback Whales, Eastern Wild Turkeys, Swift Foxes, Wood Bison, Sea Otters and Peregrine Falcons to name a few, which shows that it isn’t impossible to bring the numbers of an endangered Canadian species back up.
- Locally extinct in British Columbia, Kansa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico
- Listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN
- Environment Canada, Alberta & Saskatchewan, Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA)
- Sagebrush habitat
- Swift Fox & Burrowing Owl
Now of course as I look back on the article I just wrote I realize I made a really simple spelling mistake, oh gosh darn it.
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Canada Announces Protection For Endangered Birds
JANUARY 15, 2014 6:38 PM
The Greater Sage Grouse. Image: Mav
Environment Canada has issued an emergency protection order that will limit construction activity and loud industrial noise near the habitat of an endangered bird species.
The greater sage-grouse is a shy bird that lives in southeastern Alberta and Saskatchewan. There are fewer than 150 adult birds left in Canada, and environmentalists believe the species could be extirpated (locally extinct) within five years unless it is protected.
The birds’ natural habitat is long prairie grass, but much of this grassland has been destroyed by agriculture and oil and gas development over the past hundred years.
In December, Environment Canada – the government department responsible for the environment – issued an order preventing any activity that would disrupt the birds’ habitat during the spring mating season.
The order means that people cannot kill or move any native plants or grasses found on protected land. They are not allowed to build new roads, fences or buildings, or make loud industrial noise during that time.
By protecting the greater sage-grouse’s habitat, the order will also help other species at risk that live in the same grasslands, such as the burrowing owl and the swift fox.
But some environmentalists say the order does not do enough to protect the birds. For example, it applies only to land owned by the federal or provincial governments, not privately owned land. Also, the rules against loud noises apply only from April 1 to May 30 (the birds’ mating season), and only for the time between one and a half hours before sunset to one and a half hours after sunrise.
The protection order was issued under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA). This is a law adopted by the Canadian government in 2002 to help it identify and protect native plants and animals that are in danger of becoming extinct, and to help with their recovery.
Canadian Geographic magazine recently reported that seven species once considered endangered or nearly extinct are making a comeback in Canada.
Endangered whooping cranes, North Pacific humpback whales, eastern wild turkeys, swift foxes, sea otters, wood bison and peregrine falcons have increased in recent years.
Several factors contributed to the disappearance of these species, including loss of habitat, pesticides, disease and over-hunting.
Conservationists have helped to re-establish these animals in a number of ways. In some cases they have introduced populations from other parts of Canada or the United States. There are also programs to breed animals in captivity and then release them into the wild.
Laws like SARA that ban hunting or protect animals’ habitats are also key to the recovery of threatened species.
Ironically, the growing swift fox population could pose a threat to the endangered greater sage-grouse, which it hunts for food
- Environment Canada has issued an emergency protection order
-will limit construction activity and loud industrial noise near the habitat of an endangered bird species.
-The greater sage-grouse is a shy bird that lives in southeastern Alberta and Saskatchewan
-There are fewer than 150 adult birds left in Canada,
-(locally extinct) within five years unless it is protected.
-In December, Environment Canada issued an order preventing any activity that would disrupt the birds’ habitat during the spring mating season
-By protecting the greater sage-grouse’s habitat, the order will also help other species at risk
-The protection order was issued under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA)
-Canadian Geographic magazine recently reported that seven species once considered endangered or nearly extinct are making a comeback in Canada.
-Conservationists have helped to re-establish these animals in a number of ways
-Laws like SARA that ban hunting or protect animals’ habitats are also key to the recovery of threatened species
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