This Saturday we’re having a game BullSharks vs Wildhawgs and Falcons. The game is taking place in Marsh Harbour. I feel exited to play another game against the Wildhawgs but scared to face the Falcons because they trashed us and made us lose hope in the last face-off. But now I’m ready and as tough as a lion! And ready as a bird! Still we always need practice -that makes perfect.
A while back I talked about Alex Honnold, and a week after I made that report Alex soloed a route called Free Rider on El Cap in Yosemite National Park. He was the first to do so in history. This route is 3000 ft high and is almost fully vertical. It wasn’t an easy feat, it took days of preparation and a ton of courage. Alex has been quoted saying that he goes to the mountain every year but most years he says he just doesn’t feel right. As he comes back year after year, Alex finally felt perfect, so he climbed it. After the climb he did something that was really amazing, he hang boarded. Hang Boarding is when a climber hangs on his or hers finger tips for as much as 10 minutes. At the top of the climb he immediately took his shoes off and admired the view. I don’t think this will be topped for years to come.
So far this season, there have been many hurricanes. Maria, Harvey, and Irma have been the most destructive. These hurricanes have already caused 224 billion dollars in damage. Here in the Abacos we are fortunate that we haven’t been hit that bad. Here are some facts about these destructive beasts:
Here is a photograph of hurricane Irma in the Southern Bahamas.
A hurricane is an intense tropical storm with powerful winds and heavy rain.
- Other names for a hurricane include cyclone, typhoon and tropical storm.
- While they are essentially the same thing, the different names usually indicate where the storm took place. Tropical storms that form in the Atlantic or Northeast Pacific (near the United States) are called hurricanes, those that form near in the Northwest Pacific (near Japan) are called typhoons and those that form in the South Pacific or Indian oceans are called cyclones.
- Hurricanes usually form in tropical areas of the world.
- Hurricanes develop over warm water and use it as an energy source.
- Hurricanes lose strength as they move over land.
- Coastal regions are most at danger from hurricanes.
- As well as violent winds and heavy rain, hurricanes can also create tornadoes, high waves and widespread flooding.
- Hurricanes are regions of low atmospheric pressure (also known as a depression).
- The wind flow of hurricanes in the southern hemisphere is clockwise while the wind flow of hurricanes in the northern hemisphere is counterclockwise.
- Weather in the eye of a hurricane is usually calm.
- The eye of a hurricane can be anywhere from 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) in diameter to over 200 miles (320 kilometres) but they are usually around 30 miles (48 kilometres).
- The winds around the eye of a hurricane are usually the strongest.
- Hurricanes can be tracked by weather satellites and weather radar closer to land.
- Hurricanes have led to the death of around 2 million people over the last 200 years.
- The 1970 Bhola Cyclone that struck Bangladesh killed over 300000 people.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina killed over 1800 people in the United States and caused around $80 billion dollars worth of property damage. The city of New Orleans was hit particularly
hard with levee breaches leading to around 80% of the city being flooded.
Fact Found From http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/hurricane.html
This week is ”Teacher Appreciation Week”. I would like to say thank you to all of our hard working teachers. Thank you, Mr.Higgs our principal and grade 5&6 teacher. Mrs.Rolle, Ms.Donnika and Ms.Williams thank you for teaching us and help us learn. I would also like to thank Mrs.Amanda and Mrs.Laura for everything. Lastly, thank you to all of our school volunteers who have helped us throughout the year.
Last week in the Bahamas there was the big election to see who would be the next governing party. The polling station in Hope Town was at the library. After people voted, a lot of adults had purple thumbs because you have to stamp your thumb so you can not go back and vote again. Everyone was very interested to see who would win. The FNM or Free National Movement took control of parliament winning 35 seats and the PLP winning 4 seats in the House of Assembly. The leader of the FNM is the Honorable Hubert Minnis. Also, the Honorable Perry Christie retired from politics. Now the PLP has to pick a new leader. It was a very intense election.
Field day happened a couple of weeks ago on Friday March 31st. It was a lot of fun! My team , The Barracudas won. Marlins came second, Groupers came third, and Wahoos came last. Every team had good sportsmanship. Most importantly everybody had a wonderful time. Some of the events were sack race, sprints, long jump, long distance, and my favorite event was lime on spoon. I got first for my age group of lime on spoon. The last event of the day that everybody on their team had to do was tug-of-war. The Barracudas also came first for that event. It was so exciting, even all the parents were cheering for the children. They seemed very proud of everybody.
The Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie dissolved parliament on April 11 2017. There are 4 current parties not including the individual ones. The 4 parties are PLP, FNM, DNA, and the new party BCP. THe FNM has got a head start and put up signs everywhere. Many of the parties have already had their rallies. After the FNM rally here in Hope Town they had extra food and drinks and let me and a few other friends have most of the leftovers. From what I have learned PLP stands for Progressive Liberal Party, FNM stands for Free National Movement, and DNA stands for Democratic National Alliance. We wish them all the best of luck.
“Your food is ready sir”, called out a waiter at the restaurant nearby. A man rushed inside to quickly picked up his food, which was placed inside a styrofoam container, which was inside a plastic bag. He walked out onto his old wooden dock nearby, that creaked every time someone stepped on it. He quickly removed the plastic bag and threw it into the rough ocean. It rapidly blew away in the current of the water. He removed the rope that tied his boat to the dock and he rode away on the rough waves.
That night the wind had picked up, and a huge storm grew. It was horrible. Rain slashed down and thunder roared in the sky. Everything was blowing around. The next morning the sea was calm and seagulls soared above. The man’s scuba tanks were leaning against his bedroom wall. and he thought about going to dive later that day. Hours had passed until he was finally dressed and ready to go out and dive.
The water was cold and deep blue. He was swimming gracefully down, down into the ocean until everything was dark. Something white, and almost looked like fog, was attached to his goggles. He panicked, and soon let go of the tube that carried oxygen to his mouth. He started swallowing a lot of saltwater. That was when he had realized it was a plastic bag, and the worst part was that it was the exact same plastic bag he had thrown into the water. He did not have enough air to breathe and he soon sank down to the bottom of the sea, where he would rest in peace. His death was the same as many sea animals who are killed by plastic.
By, Journey Higgs
There are many countries around the world, and many pleasant and horrendous experiences that go with them.
We start in Canada, way up north, the land of the tundras, swans and polar bears -plus a plethora of extraordinary people.
Canada is probably most famous for pancakes, waffles, and maple syrup, this a land of wonder. Some common sights to see are maple leaves, mounted police, and moose. You can also see Niagra falls, a famous waterfall located directly on the U.s. / Canada border. This country is a beautiful place and I truly recommend going there.
valentines day is coming, so is the school dance. we will have food, drinks , music , and dance. all of the funds we raise will go to the grade 6 Eluethera trip. So start practicing your moves . for all the kids of Hope Town school there will be a dance competition.
FEBUARY 17 2017
BY ; DEVON.