Monday, 18 September 2017

Pink dolphin spotted in Louisiana

Pink dolphin spotted in Louisiana

September 14, 2017
A rare pink dolphin has been spotted in a Louisiana ship channel.
Bridget Boudreaux was on a boat cruise with her husband in the Calcasieu Ship Channel when she saw a group of dolphins swimming and playing in the water, two of which were pink.
“I about fell out the boat,” she said. “I was like, wow, that’s not a regular dolphin, that’s a pink dolphin.”
Louisiana is no stranger to pink dolphins. Two years ago, a pink bottle-nosed dolphin, locally known as “pinky”, was spotted by Captain Eric Rue, who runs a chartered boat service on the Calcasieu River.
He first spotted the dolphin 10 years ago when she was a baby, but when she appeared again in 2015 Captain Rue thought she could be pregnant.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Massive earthquake hits Mexico

Massive earthquake hits Mexico

September 10, 2017
The death toll has risen to at least 58 after a massive earthquake hit Mexico.
The 8.1 magnitude quake late on Thursday (local time) was stronger than a devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.
Damage to the city was limited as the quake was deeper and further from the capital.
Elsewhere in the country, the quake tore through buildings, forced mass evacuations and triggered alerts as far away as Southeast Asia.
The southern town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, near the epicenter, was hit particularly hard, with sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings reduced to rubble.
Thousands of people in coastal areas were evacuated as a precaution when the quake sparked tsunami warnings.
Waves rose as high as 0.7m in Mexico, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, though that threat passed.

Monday, 4 September 2017

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Four options for Christchurch stadium

Four options for Christchurch stadium


Four plans have been revealed for what Christchurch’s new stadium could look like.
Lancaster Park was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake and the uncovered AMI stadium isn’t up to standard as a temporary replacement.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel said “It’s at the end of its natural life. It’s running on now borrowed time.”
A proposal has been put together which offers four options for the region. However, the council has said that it can only afford to pay for half of it.
The report looked at four options:
Option One:25,000 seats
5,000 temporary seats
80% roof cover
Option Two:
25,000 seats
5,000 temporary seats
Forsyth Barr Stadium-type roof
Option Three:
25,000 seats
5,000 temporary seats
Full solid roof
Retractable pitch
Option Four:
30,000 seats
5,000 temporary seats
Full solid roof
Retractable pitch

Monday, 21 August 2017

Meet Rahul – The 12 year old genius

Meet Rahul – The 12 year old genius



A 12-year-old boy from North London has been found to have an IQ of 162 – higher than the estimated scores of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.
Rahul, from Barnet, was a contestant on Channel 4’s Child Genius. He recently shocked viewers on a recent show by answering every single question correctly.
Rahul correctly memorised the scientific name for the apricot tree (prunus armeniaca) and knew that phoenix dactylifera refers to the date palm.
During a spelling test, he was able to spell words including accouchement, hyponatraemia and garrulous.
In the timed question round, he beat every other contestant by scoring 14 out of 15. The timer ran out before he could answer the last question.
However, Rahul lost out to rival Joshua during Tuesday’s maths test, prompting him to lose his cool.
Having initially said he “accepted” that Joshua had won and that he would now focus on the next round, Rahul then attempted to walk off set, saying: “I don’t want to comment on my defeat so do you mind if I just leave, please?”

Monday, 14 August 2017

World’s tallest wooden building coming to Wellington

World’s tallest wooden building coming to Wellington

August 13, 2017
The world’s tallest wooden building is coming to Wellington.
Property developer Sir Bob Jones is planning to build the unique building in the central city.
He says his building will look similar to other office blocks but its structural elements will be completely different – it’ll be made from compressed laminated timber.
The 12-storey building will be on the corner of Featherston St and Brandon St will be 52 metres high.
Fifteen hundred New Zealand pine trees will be used in its construction.
There are already taller timber buildings in countries like Canada and Norway, but they’re residential, not office blocks.
The office block is due to be completed next year.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Despacito now most watched video on YouTube

Despacito now most watched video on YouTube

August 6, 2017
Despacito has become the most watched video on Youtube.
The Spanish-language song from Luis Fonsi, featuring reggaeton king Daddy Yankee, has clocked over 3billion views on Youtube.
Last month, it nabbed the title as most-streamed song of all time, with more than 4.6 billion streams on combined platforms.
“Despacito” is now ahead of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s Fast and Furious anthem “See You Again” for the top spot.
This also adds to Daddy Yankee’s own records as an artist. He currently ranks as the most-listened artist globally on Spotify, having recently surpassed Ed Sheeran.