A shark bit a teenage girl on Sunday while she swam in the ocean off of Atlantic Beach, NC at Fort Macon State Park. The seventeen-year-old suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas,” Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement. The injured girl was flown by helicopter to the hospital where she is reported to be in good condition, though she lost a part of her leg above the knee. The girl was freed from the jaws of the shark after her father repeatedly punched the animal in the face. The teen is described as an advocate for marine life and has urged the public to continue to respect sharks in their environment. Officials are not yet sure what type of shark was involved in the attack. Teen attacked by shark off NC beach, suffers major injuries The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that they are launching an investigation into a high number of gray whale deaths that have taken place on the west coast this year. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether disease, environmental or human factors are to blame. The deaths of the whales have been declared an “usual mortality event,” a designation defined as any unexpected and significant die-off of a group of marine mammals. Since the beginning of the year, 70 gray whale carcasses have washed ashore on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. When whales die they usually sink, so scientists say that the whales that have washed ashore represent a small number of the deaths that are likely occurring. Although the deaths of the gray whales are alarming, scientists have emphasized that they have not yet reached a mortality rate that threatens the west coast’s entire population of gray whales. NOAA warns gray whales are experiencing an “unusual mortality event” 4-year-old boy attacked by mountain lion in California On Memorial Day wildlife officials responded to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego County where a four-year-old boy sustained a non-life threatening injury after a mountain lion attack. The boy was a part of a group of 11 people that were enjoying the park at the time. Responding officials identified mountain lion tracks at the scene and, shortly thereafter, the mountain lion approached wildlife officers. The officers noted that the mountain lion appeared to have very little fear of humans, which is unusual behavior in a mountain lion. The cat was killed and forensic samples were taken in order to match the mountain lion to the victim. Officials are emphasizing that, despite the attack on the boy, mountain lion attacks are very rare in California. The last attack to take place in the state was in 2014 and it was also non-fatal.
By Dialogo July 26, 2012 New tactical terminals for military satellite communications will be used in Brazilian border-patrol operations. The “debut” of this equipment, recently delivered to the Ministry of Defense, is expected to take place during the next edition of Operation Agatha, which combats illicit activities along the border. Portable and equipped with advanced transmission resources, the terminals extend the communications capability of the Brazilian Armed Forces during military operations. “With this equipment, it’s possible to have access to telephone, internet, videoconferencing, data exchange, and access to remote systems in faraway places,” stated Colonel (Ret.) Edwin Pinheiro da Costa, head of the Defense Ministry’s Telematics Section. In all, 31 new “Fly Away” stations have been incorporated into the Defense Ministry’s Satellite Military Communications System (SISCOMIS), at a cost of 157,000 dollars per unit. The equipment was supplied by the Spanish company Indra, which is in charge of setting up both the (naval and ground) terminals and the network management system. The main advantage of these stations is their rapid unfolding, ensuring that they can be easily transported and installed. Each station has a 1.8-meter antenna, weighs approximately 400 kg, and can be assembled in less than 20 minutes. The system has a data transmission capacity of four megabytes per second. “This is very flexible equipment,” Col. Edwin Pinheiro said. “Today, we have 13 of these terminals installed on Navy ships, making satellite communication possible even when the vessels are in transit on the high seas,” he added. According to him, the system has been widely used in Brazil and also abroad, including by the Brazilian peace forces operating in Haiti, where three units have been installed. With the new batch supplied by Indra, the Brazilian Armed Forces will have a total of 87 portable terminals available. However, due to the lack of a Brazilian satellite, fewer than half of them can be used simultaneously, posing an obstacle to greater coverage of the national territory. Currently, the space segment of SISCOMIS is based on renting an exclusive band (Band “X”) on the C1 and C2 satellites owned by the company Star One, a subsidiary of Brazilian telecommunications company Embratel with outside capital. According to the head of the Defense Ministry’s Telematics Section, the expected 2014 launch of a Brazilian geostationary satellite should change this picture, giving the Brazilian government complete control of the satellite. “When the Brazilian government has operational and technological control of the satellite to be created by Brazilian telecommunications company Telebrás, it will be able to noticeably expand the usable potential and possible coverage of this equipment, including with a moveable beam, increasing the system’s flexibility,” Col. Edwin predicted. “We will be able to use all of our portable terminals simultaneously, in addition to small terminals, such as the man pack and submarine types, enabling greater control and independence of our military communications,” he concluded. The term Agata is very linked to my country, Guatemala. At first I thought this would be a Plan that would come to Central America, and even that it was born in Guatemala, but I see that it is due to Brazilian interests. Why not give extension to the Central Region if we, Guatemala, share with Mexico about one thousand kilometers, equivalent to one third of what the U.S.shares with Mexico. I read and get informed of the need to take the issue of security from the regional and global area. Then… down to work. read more
Published on November 15, 2012 at 3:02 am Contact Jasmine: [email protected] North Carolina looks different than it did when Syracuse came away with a victory in their matchup in September.Former Olympian Charlotte Craddock is now lining up at forward for the Tar Heels. The Orange now has to find a way to stop Craddock — who has scored 17 goals in 22 games — with a trip to the national championship on the line.“She’s a very good player, she’s fast and she can score,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “But we’ve grown tremendously in our confidence and our off-ball movement, our ability to find each other in the passing lanes.”SU is heading to the final four for the second time in program history. No. 4 Syracuse (19-2) will face No. 1-seed North Carolina (22-1) at 2 p.m. on Friday in Norfolk, Va. The winner will compete in the national title game on Sunday against the winner of the matchup between No. 2 Princeton and No. 6 Maryland.Craddock missed the early part of the season due to NCAA eligibility issues. But regardless of the scoring threat Craddock poses, the Orange is looking forward to accepting the challenge.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will look to become the first Syracuse women’s program to win a national championship.“It’s really exciting to get to our first final four as a team,” SU back Iona Holloway said.The team is coming off a balanced scoring outing in the 5-2 win against Penn State with four different players scoring. Syracuse’s ability to keep the ball moving throughout the game helped it earn the win.The Orange’s focus has now shifted to executing its strategy against North Carolina.The Tar Heels have played consistently all year, losing only one game, which came against Syracuse. Both teams were held scoreless for 70 minutes, but the Orange edged UNC for a 1-0 victory.“They may think that last time was a fluke, but we know that it wasn’t,” Holloway said. “We held them (scoreless) in regulation and beat them in overtime, and winning against a ranked opponent like that is never a fluke.”Bradley made sure the team is aware Craddock is able to produce goals in a short amount of time. She admits the addition of Craddock adds a new dynamic to an already-powerful team, but she also believes her team has the skills and experience necessary to win.SU will be counting on goaltender Leann Stiver and the back line of Holloway, Laura Hahnefeldt and Anna Crumb to keep the Tar Heels attack in check. Against Penn State in the quarterfinals, Stiver accumulated a season-high 13 saves to help the Orange earn a 5-2 win.“I play a lot better under pressure,” Stiver said. “I think this (last) weekend was a total defensive effort; I couldn’t have done it without Laura, Iona and Anna.”Stiver says she lives for these moments and that the team has been working toward the postseason all year.“I think when it comes down to the playoffs, we play really well as a defensive unit,” Stiver said.Along with the playoffs come emotions. Midfielder Liz McInerney said she leaves everything on the field so she has no regrets in her last year.The excitement of the moment is starting to sink in for everyone on the team, but hits home for many of the seniors.“It hit me at the Big East (Championship); I cried all the way to the semifinal,” McInerney said. “It’s been hitting me for the last few weeks now.”Bradley said the players must put all their thoughts about the future and past aside, saying if they don’t focus on what’s going on in the moment, it will pass them by.The team realizes the competition and level of intensity is at an all-time high in the final four, so it must make sure it can rise to the occasion.Said Bradley: “There are four teams vying for one thing. It’s going to come down to who executes under pressure, who wants it more and who’s prepared.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more