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Students ‘Take a Bite Out of Spring Break’ Learning About Sharks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSpring break is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun is! Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary was a full house of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders as kids “Took a Bite Out of Spring Break” Thursday and Friday.During the course of two days, students learned about sharks, and the ocean Eco System. Without sharks, the ocean, and parts of the Great Lakes would be doomed.Education Coordinator, Erin Pilarski said learning about the fundamentals of the ocean isn’t just why this spring break event held, she says take a bite out of spring break also keeps kids active, while learning other skills during their time out of school.“Not only does it get kids interacting with different groups from different people. It also helps them to learn skills for teamwork, like working in teams, activities, and getting better social skills. It also gives them new opportunities to learn topics that they probably wouldn’t learn in school,” Pilarski said.If your child missed out on this week’s fun, don’t worry there will be another opportunity for them to enjoy the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary this summer.You can register early to ensure their spot by dropping off a completed registration form to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.For additional details contact the sanctuary at 989–884–6200.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Great Lake Maritime Heritage Center, Spring Break, Take a Bite Out of Spring Break, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Allor Supports Education BudgetNext Pinwheel Garden Planted in Harrisville for Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Monthlast_img read more

Former Liverpool star Suarez unhappy with start to Barcelona career

first_img1 Luis Suarez Luis Suarez has admitted his summer move from Liverpool to Barcelona is not all it’s cracked up to be so far.The Uruguayan left Anfield for a fee of around £75m in the close season to complete what looked like a dream switch to the Nou Camp.The former Kop hero was forced to wait for his Barca debut as he arrived in Catalonia with a ban after his bite on Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.The 27-year-old has now played two league matches for his new club and tasted defeat in both of them, away at Real Madrid and, more recently, in a home match against Celta Vigo.“I’m happy to have made my debut in Madrid and now my home debut,” Suarez said.“But the results haven’t been what I’d hoped for. All we can do is keep our heads up and continue working hard.”last_img read more

Prep teams turn their attention to NCS

first_imgAn exciting week of action in the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament now gives way to the North Coast Section playoffs, which tip off on Tuesday.And there will be plenty of local action, with four teams guaranteed to host and several more expected to make the grade.All four local league champions will get a home matchup, which could see a doubleheader of action at St. Bernard’s when the Division V field opens on Wednesday night after the Crusaders claimed both the boys’ and girls’ Little 4.Also …last_img

Theory of Early Oxygenation Undermined

first_img(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Fossils living in and around newly-discovered methane seeps have cast strong doubt on a leading theory of earth’s climate history.For a long time, evolutionary geologists have inferred the oxygen levels of ancient oceans by the fossils of marine organisms, particularly foraminifera (forams for short).  That inference fed into theories of how life was evolving and how earth’s climate was changing.  Now, studies of living forams in and around the seeps shows that forams live both close to the seeps and away from them.The seeps were discovered to scientists’ surprise last summer (see 8/25/14).  PhysOrg reports that the new fossil work by Indiana State was serendipitous, surprising, and monumental.  Finding forams has been an index of oxygen levels in the past – so it was thought.So, finding this species in abundance in both seep and non-seep environments where oxygen is limited was unexpected. Based on their research, Rathburn and Burkett speculate that it’s not the abundance of oxygen that determines where these creatures are located. It may simply be that they’re present where there are hard surfaces on the sea floor for them to live on.The finding threatens to undo models of past climate change.Burkett presented her surprise findings this past October to the scientific community at a meeting of the Geologic Society of America in Vancouver, Canada. The response was positive.“At this meeting, we shocked people with our results,” Rathburn said. “(Our research) will shake up our ideas about how to use these creatures in the interpretation of the environments of the past.“A lot was built on this index: past climate and evolutionary transitions.  Those will now be called into question.Inferences about past conditions are always indirect, dependent on some “index” that supposedly represents the changing conditions.  When the index is shown to be flawed, all the baggage loaded on it comes tumbling down.  No doubt, textbooks, TV and science articles will continue to blindly tell their story of when earth’s oxygen surged.  It will be like speaking out the window of a collapsed house of cards.  Those of us who know this new evidence should speak boldly to the evolutionists, telling them they cannot know past climate or evolution with this evidence; the world is consistent with a recent creation that always had habitable conditions for complex life.  We should also speak to the climate alarmists, pointing to this unexpected finding of all these methane seeps as evidence that the future of the climate cannot be known because of the number of unknowns.last_img read more

South Africa’s national anthem

first_imgIt’s one tune that Jacob Zuma, Helen Zille, Hashim Amla, Jean de Villiers, and Julius Malema all know the words to. It pulls together two anthems, five languages – and more than 49-million people. South Africans, take ownership of your song!South Africans pledge allegiance to the flag and take pride in their national anthem. (Image: IEC)Brand South Africa ReporterRead the anthem:Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrikaMaluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,Yizwa imithandazo yethu,Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.Uit die blou van onse hemel,Uit die diepte van ons see,Oor ons ewige gebergtes,Waar die kranse antwoord gee,Sounds the call to come together,And united we shall stand,Let us live and strive for freedom,In South Africa our land.TranslationThe isiXhosa and isiZulu of the first stanza, the Sesotho of the second stanza and the Afrikaans of the third stanza translate into English as follows:Lord, bless AfricaMay her spirit rise high upHear thou our prayersLord bless us.Lord, bless AfricaBanish wars and strifeLord, bless our nationOf South Africa.Ringing out from our blue heavensFrom our deep seas breaking roundOver everlasting mountainsWhere the echoing crags resound .History: two anthems into oneBefore South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the country had two anthems – an official and an unofficial one. The official anthem was Die Stem, in English The Call of South Africa. The unofficial anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, was a symbol of independence and resistance to apartheid, sung by the majority of the population and at all anti-apartheid rallies and gatherings.In the official anthem of the new South Africa, the two anthems merge into one.Die Stem van Suid Afrika (The Call of South Africa)Die Stem van Suid Afrika was originally a poem, written by CJ Langenhoven in May 1918. The music was composed by the Reverend ML de Villiers in 1921. At the time, the South African Broadcasting Corporation played both God save the King and Die Stem to close their daily radio broadcasts, and so the public became familiar with the Afrikaans anthem.Die Stem was first sung publicly at the official hoisting of the national flag in Cape Town on 31 May 1928, but it was not until 2 May 1957 that the government accepted it as the official national anthem. In 1962 the English version, The Call of South Africa, was accepted for official use.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrikaNkosi was composed in 1897 by Enoch Sontonga, a Methodist mission school teacher. The words of the first stanza were originally written in isiXhosa as a hymn. Seven additional stanzas in isiXhoza were later added by the poet Samuel Mqhayi. A Sesotho version was published by Moses Mphahlele in 1942.Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was popularised at concerts held in Johannesburg by Reverend JL Dube’s Ohlange Zulu Choir. It became a popular church hymn that was later adopted as an anthem at political meetings, sung as an act of defiance.The first stanza is generally sung in isiXhosa or isiZulu, followed by the Sesotho version. Apparently there is no standard version or translations of Nkosi, and the words may vary from place to place and from occasion to occasion.Reviewed November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Photo: Maryland’s Jared Nickens And Melo Trimble Hung Out With Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg

first_imgA closeup of Melo Trimble biting his Maryland uniform.ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 16: Melo Trimble #2 of the Maryland Terrapins reacts after being defeated by the Xavier Musketeers 76-65 in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)When you’re having as good of a freshman year as Maryland’s Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens are, you get to hang with some pretty cool people. Peter Rosenberg is the well-known host of The Hot 97 Morning Show on 97.1 FM in New York City. He also hosts a wrestling podcast for Grantland. He’s also an alumnus of the University of Maryland, and a fan of the Terrapins.Rosenberg attended Maryland’s 60-50 win over Rutgers on Tuesday, which solidified the Terps as the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. After the game, he hung out with Trimble and Nickens, who posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram.Overall, I’d say the Maryland program is doing alright for its first year in a new league.last_img read more

Theres just nothing left Cottage in family for generations lost to wildfire

first_imgJane Lee had heard about the forest fires burning many kilometres away from her family cottage but hadn’t seen smoke or other signs of a blaze when she and other relatives gathered at the retreat in northeastern Ontario earlier this summer.All appeared to be well when she and 11 family members left the property in mid-June, but a massive wildfire known as Parry Sound 33 was creeping closer.Days later, while at her home in southern Ontario, 71-year-old Lee said she learned that a wildfire had reached the area where the family’s property — made up of several cabins and a lighthouse — sits on a small island. The blaze jumped to the area, consuming the structures and burning surrounding vegetation, she said.“The buildings burned so completely that the steel roofs are laying flat on the rocks,” she said. “There is just nothing left.”A family acquaintance in the Key River area, where the cottage is located, sent a photograph to Lee’s relatives showing what the fire left behind, she said, adding that the image has been hard to look at it.“Knowing that it’s gone is just an horrible thought,” she said. “We are on an island, you know, I thought it was burning deep in the forest.”Parry Sound 33 has been burning for more than three weeks and spans 110 square kilometres. It’s one of nearly 50 active forest fires across northeastern Ontario. On Thursday, Ontario’s ministry of natural resources said the massive blaze has been “held,” meaning it is one step closer to being brought under control.The summer’s forest fires have triggered evacuation orders in some communities and waterways have been closed. As a result, Lee’s family hasn’t been able to return to the area to see the damage first-hand.The island on which Lee’s family property stood was bought by her father in the early 1960s. The buildings had no running water and no electricity, said Lee, noting that the family and their visitors always brought flashlights, lamps and plenty of food with them when they visited.“It is the place we go to get away from the hectic life,” said Lee, who lives on a farm near Guelph, Ont., and is worried about what she’ll find when she returns. “I am dreading turning the corner where we always saw our beautiful lighthouse and we thought ‘there we are at our little piece of heaven again’,”Over the years, Lee said the family had accumulated several belongings that they considered valuable, including an ice box, a hand-cranked record player and numerous records.“We have lost some treasures … things that had a lot of meaning to us,” said Lee. “I am devastated about all that and also about the area.”Some of the first owners of the island called themselves the Sand Bay Hunt and Fish Club, said Lee, adding that their names were tacked to the wall of one of the cabins. The lighthouse on the island also stood for years and was renovated in 2016 by Lee’s brother over the course of five weeks.“To lose it this year, after all his work, is a very sad part of this story,” she said.At the moment, Lee said it is unclear whether the family will immediately rebuild the cottage compound, but she said she hopes future generations will still be able to enjoy the area.“This island means so much to people who have been going there for decades that there is certainly a will to carry on,” she said. “If I had a lifetime ahead of me, I would certainly rebuild it.”last_img read more

APTN political panel all about the scandals – Part 2

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere’s no shortage of things to talk about on Parliament Hill.There’s the Senate scandal.The prime minister’s former chief of staff.Over at Aboriginal Affairs questions about how the department investigated claims that it was spying on First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock.APTN’s Jorge Barrera with this week’s political panel.For Part 1 click here.last_img

Pryor 20 Top recruit expected to choose college Thursday OSU near top

The Buckeyes might have a new quarterback to someday fill the shoes of Terrelle Pryor. And yes, this quarterback is even being compared to the Ohio State starter.Braxton Miller, the top recruit in the nation according to Scout.com, has OSU on his radar as one of his top schools. The junior out of Huber Heights, Ohio, has been making waves in the recruiting world since his freshman year. The 6-foot-2-inch quarterback has received offers from USC, Alabama, Cincinnati, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Florida, so the Buckeyes will have to hold their breath as they wait out his decision.A press conference has been set for Thursday at noon for him to announce his decision, according to Jay Minton, Miller’s coach at Wayne High School.Miller wouldn’t be the first of his family to become a Buckeye. Cousin Dee Miller played wide receiver for OSU back in the 90s and also spent a short period of time in the NFL. According to Kevin Noon of BuckeyeGrove.com, it would be a big surprise if Miller doesn’t choose the Scarlet and Gray.“I really would be shocked if he didn’t end up committing to Ohio State,” Noon said. “The Buckeyes have not made it a secret that he is their top recruit at quarterback and have not offered another player at the position to this point. People may want to talk about other schools in on him, but barring some sort of major falling out, he will be a Buckeye before it is all said and done.”Although Miller has made major strides during his high school career, his senior year still might determine the type of player he will become.“Players mature so much from their junior year of high school to their senior year of high school,” Noon said. “Until we get a chance to see a little bit more of Miller in action we really can’t paint him into a corner.”Many scouts are comparing Miller’s game to that of Terrelle Pryor, which Noon considers an unfair assessment.“It is very hard to compare the two and almost unfair to either athlete,” said Noon. “There is no way to say that Miller is anywhere near the type of scrambling athlete that Pryor is or was. Miller is definitely not going to be mistaken as a true drop back passer, but his style of dual-threat is different than what Pryor has brought to the table.”Bringing Miller to OSU could help coach Jim Tressel to entice top wide receivers to commit based on his status as one of the top quarterbacks.Miller has said OSU is his top school, but regardless of where he goes, he will still be one of the top players to watch come fall 2011. read more