A small Mid-South Canterbury team has finished sixth overall at the New Zealand elite and under-19 track championships in Invercargill. The team of three - New Zealand elite squad member Holly Edmondston (elite women) and NZ under-19 track development squad members Jonathan Fish and Jaxson Whyte (under-19 men) - secured a two silvers and two bronze medals over the four days of competition that ended on Saturday. Those placings compiled 6 points in the 10-region competition that was headed by track cycling heavyweights, Waikato-Bay of Plenty with Canterbury second and Southland, on their home track, third. Behind MSC were Wellington, Northland, East Coast North Island and West Coast North Island. Fish, from Waimate, won silver in the 10-kilometre scratch race and bronze in the 3000-metres individual pursuit. Whyte, from Timaru, picked up silver in the 20km points race and Edmondston, from Waimate but based in Cambridge with the NZ elite track squad, won bronze in her 20km … [Read more...] about Mid-South Canterbury track cyclists win national medals
The world's rarest seals have been caught on camera in secret breeding caves in northern Cyprus. The new breeding sites provide hope for a struggling species, but the caves are now in need of protection. Mediterranean monk seals ( Monachus monachus ) are the most endangered of all the pinniped species — a group that includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and walruses — with just 700 individuals left in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of endangered species . A large number of those seals live in and around Cyprus. Due to human pressures, such as bycatch and tourism, the monk seals have been forced to raise their pups inside cave systems, rather than their usual open beaches, on the island. A new study using camera traps, carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter in the U.K. and the Society for the Protection of Turtles (SPOT) in Cyprus, has revealed several previously unknown breeding caves in northern … [Read more...] about World’s rarest seals have a secret breeding cave in Cyprus
BOSTON (CBS) – Is it just me or does Christmas seem like ages ago? Well, next week we are likely to experience something that we haven’t felt since Christmas Day. No, Santa isn’t coming down for a visit, but perhaps something nearly as exciting – 60 degrees! READ MORE: MCAS Tests For Spring Postponed For Grades 3-8 In Massachusetts Seventy-five some-odd days between 60 degree readings is quite a long time. In fact, it is sort of unusual. In an average year, Boston typically has two 60+ days in the months of January and February, call it a mini-respite from winter. In January and February of 2020 (last winter), we had three 60+ days and two 70+ days! (WBZ-TV graphic) Despite the fact that this winter hasn’t been particularly cold, we just haven’t had any true “spring-fever” type days. Never mind 60+, since Christmas Day, Boston has had just three days over 50. January 16: 52 degrees February 24: 50 degrees March 3: 50 degrees Compare that to last winter, … [Read more...] about 60 Degrees! Warm Weather Returns Next Week For First Time In Months
In December 2010, law enforcement found four bodies along a scrub-covered stretch of highway on the south coast of Long Island. The following spring, six more sets of human remains were found in the same area. Six of the victims have been identified as young women who were sex workers. Four, including a toddler and a person with male anatomy remain unidentified. In late 2011, authorities announced they were looking for one murderer responsible for all of the deaths. A decade later, the mystery, which became known as the Long Island serial killer case, remains unsolved. A new podcast looks at why. Hosted by crime podcast veterans Billy Jensen ( The Murder Squad ) and Alexis Linkletter ( The First Degree ), Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer — and its accompanying TV special premiering March 9th on Discovery+ — examines how corruption in the Suffolk County Police Department may have stymied the investigation of one of the biggest homicide cases in Long Island … [Read more...] about Did Police Corruption Derail the Long Island Serial Killer Investigation?
LAWRENCE SMITH & CHRISTEL YARDLEY/STUFF The streets of many coastal towns cleared out on Friday morning as locals fled for higher ground after a tsunami warning and three earthquakes. The shaking began at 2.27am on Friday, rousing more than 50,000 people from their slumber. Some stayed in bed, while others crouched in the dark under tables or doorways as the ground rolled, and rolled, each of them wondering how long it would go for and how big it would be. The early morning earthquake , striking at a magnitude of 7.1, was the first of three , hitting about 100 kilometres east of Te Araroa in the North Island, that would send thousands heading for the hills. It was Graeme and Pauline Summerby's dog, Monty , that felt it first. READ MORE: Earthquake cluster: Tsunami threat sparks evacuation in parts of Northland Tsunami alert sparked by third earthquake in Kermadec Islands downgraded Earthquake cluster and tsunami alert: What you need to know … [Read more...] about The day the tsunamis hit New Zealand’s shores