23 февраля 2015
This week we are celebrating
NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY
In honor of International Polar Bear Day, which falls each year on February 27th, here are a few things about the celebrated bruin that may amaze and amuse you:
The polar bear rivals the Alaska brown bear as the world’s largest land predator. A large male polar bear may weigh up to 1,500 pounds and grow to nearly 10 feet tall, standing on its hide legs; however, a record male shot in 1960 in Alaska weighed 2,210 pounds and stood 12 feet tall. The petite females stand only up to about 8 feet tall and tip the scales at a svelte 550 pounds or less.
Polar bears are closely related to brown bears and probably evolved from a brown population that become isolated from others of their kind perhaps 150,000 years ago during the most recent ice age—making polar bears a newer, or more “modern,” species than the modern human, which dates back at least 200,000 years.
Brown and polar bears can interbreed and produce fertile young, which by some definitions suggests they are the same species. However, they are adapted to different habitats and behaviors and, under the climate conditions that have prevailed since the last ice age, cannot survive very long in each other’s habitat, a factor that keeps them isolated and continuing to evolve away from one another.
You can sometimes tell male polar bears from female by the hair on the males’ front legs. Once mature, males tend to have much longer hair on their forelimbs.
Polar bear hair is transparent; the way it reflects light makes it look white. It can turn yellowish with age.
Polar bears are so adapted to cold that they can’t take temperatures above 50 degrees.
Wild polar bears probably live more than 25 years only rarely, but in captivity they have lasted up to 43 years.
Despite the harsh winter conditions that batter the polar bear’s Arctic home, only females about to give birth hibernate. Males remain active year round. However, when food is scarce during warm seasons, polar bears can go a few months without eating.
Most land animals are too fast for the bear to catch. Polar bears prey mostly on marine mammals, including seals and the occasional beluga whale. Lying by breathing holes in the ice, the bears snatch prey from the water when the animals come up for air.
Although polar bears eat everything from crabs to kelp to muskoxen, they are adapted to feeding on calorie-rich blubber. When dining on seals, adults favor the fat and the skin exclusively, while younger bears may sup on seal meat.
Found in Arctic reaches in both hemispheres, the polar bear maintains a foothold on more of its native range than any other large meat-eating animal, but only because its habitat is so inhospitable to humans that the bear has never had to contend with much human encroachment.
The polar bear has been protected for many years. Russia outlawed hunting in 1956, and Greenland began regulating it in 1994. The United States began protecting the species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972 and under the Endangered Species Act in 2008, when the bear was listed as threatened. Tightly regulated hunting is allowed in Canada, where about 500 bears are killed yearly.
About 25,000 polar bears survive worldwide, but the population apparently is declining from a variety of causes, including pollution and poaching. The most severe threat in the long run is likely to be global warming, which is destroying the sea ice that the bear needs to continue its nomadic existence in search of Arctic seals for food.
There are organizations that use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. It is believed, by many, that these beautiful creatures are threatened due to global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat. Groups, around the world, gather together to find ways to make a difference and spread information to others.
Enjoy National Polar Bear Day!
15 февраля 2015
This week we are celbrating Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday celebrated among Chinese people. It is often referred to as the spring festival because it signals the beginning of spring. It is a time when families and friends get together to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new. It originally lasted for about 4 weeks, but now only lasts for 3-5 days.
The exact origin of this holiday is too old to be traced, but many explanations still exist. One idea is that the holiday originated when a beast named Nian (which means year in Chinese) came out the night before the new year and started to prey on the people in the villages. Of course, the people were very frightened by this monster and so a brave old man went up to the beast and said to him that instead of eating the people of the villages, he should eat the other beasts that frightened these people. Nian followed the old man's request and all of the beasts were chased into the forest. The old man rode away on Nian's back, and as it turns out, the man was an immortal god. The people of the village were very grateful to the old man for giving them a peaceful life. Before the old man left for good, he told the people to put up red paper decorations on their windows and doors at the beginning of each new year because the color red scared the beast. They also set off firecrackers to scare away the horrible beast. This is only one idea about how Chinese New Year began, there are many other ideas about how this celebration began. Most people just celebrate the holiday without really knowing why.
Another interesting thing about Chinese New Year is that very few people know when this holiday is celebrated without looking at a traditional Chinese calendar because it never falls on the same day. The ancient Chinese used a lunar calendar. (Today we use solar calendars.) On a lunar calendar, the new year begins the first night of the new moon after the sun enters Aquarius. This date is anywhere between January 20 and February 19 (on a solar calendar). Chinese years are grouped in sets of 12 with each year being represented by an animal (zodiac sign). It is said that a person displays the characteristics of the animal of the year in which they were born.
During the Chinese New Year's celebration, people participate in many traditional activities. The Chinese believe that as they enter a new year, they should put behind them all things of the past. They clean their houses, pay off debts, purchase new clothes, paint their doors and window panes, and even get new haircuts. These activities symbolize new life and new beginnings.
Homes are decorated with flowers and paper decorations stating wishes of prosperity, good luck, happiness, good fortune, wealth, and longevity for the coming year. Decorations of the incoming zodiac animal are also displayed. Red and gold are very popular colors to decorate with. Red represents power happiness, vitality (and scares away beasts). Gold represents wealth and good fortune.
One very important tradition of the Chinese New Year is exchanging gifts. A traditional gift that is given is small red envelopes filled with "lucky money". These envelopes are given to children by their family and friends. The red color is used to bring good fortune, and the money inside is used by the children to buy holiday treats. These envelopes symbolize the giving of good fortune.
Food is also very important to New Year's celebrations. Families and friends get together for large feasts. Before they eat, they place their food on alters and make offerings to the gods. The foods served at these feasts vary, but what is served is always a tradition for that family.
The dragon is another popular symbol for Chinese New Year. It is a symbol of strength, goodness, and good luck, and supernatural forces. The dragon is said to be a mythical combination of many animals. During New Years, one of the main events is a large parade down the city streets. As part of this parade, people dress up in dragon costumes and dance down the streets. These costumes are made of brightly colored silk and decorated very extravagantly. Some of the dragons are 100 feet long! Men and boys perform intricate dragon dances with one person manipulating the head of the dragon and the rest moving the body.
A Chinese New Year celebration would not be complete without fireworks. There are many beliefs about why fireworks are used. One is that the noise wakes up the dragon who will fly across the sky to bring the spring rain for the crops. Another belief is that the noise of the fireworks is supposed to scare away all evil spirits and misfortunes, preventing them from coming into the new year. In fact, gunpowder was invented in China over 1000 years ago for that very purpose. Firecrackers are thrown at the feet of the dragons in the parade to keep them awake for the celebration. The dragons are believed to sleep the rest of the year.
The Eve of the New Year is the most strictly observed part of the holiday. It starts out with a late night feast with members of the family. Ancestors are honored and offering of food and incense are made to the gods. At the strike of midnight, the celebrating really begins. The sky is filled with fireworks and the streets are filled with people wishing each other a happy new year. The next morning, gifts are exchanged among family members and friends. During the remaining days of the celebration, time is spent visiting friends and wishing them luck in the new year. New Years Eve and the first three days of the new year are officially observed as a holiday. During this time the majority of businesses (with the exception of movie theaters and restaurants) shut down for the celebrating. People return to work somewhere between the fifth and eight day of the new year, but the spirit of celebration lasts through the Festival of Lanterns on the 15th day of the new year. After this, life takes on it's normal routines again..
It is important to remember that Chinese New Year is not only celebrated in China. Anywhere there are Chinese people, there is a Chinese New Year celebration. The specific activities of the celebration often vary depending on the region, but the basic principles are the same.Свернуть
02 февраля 2015
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02 февраля 2015
This week we are celebrating Groundhog day!
Groundhog Day is right around the corner. Perhaps you've heard about the day, but you're not sure how the tradition got started. We've got you covered.
Here's everything you need to know about the day:
What is Groundhog Day?
Technically, Groundhog Day is the midway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. The day's history is rooted in the celebration of Candlemas.
What is the significance?
Whether or not the groundhog sees it's shadow is believed to be an indicator of how much longer winter will last. If a shadow is seen, it suggests 6 more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn't see it's shadow, spring will come early, folklore suggests.
When is it?
Groundhog Day is celebrated on Feb. 2.
Who is Punxsutawney Phil?
To many people, Punxsutawney Phil is the only groundhog that can predict the weather. He never dies (or ages), resides in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and is cared for by the men who volunteer to be a part of the Inner Circle.
There are other animals that claim to predict the weather, but locals believe they have nothing on Phil.
Is Phil the only groundhog who predicts the weather?
How do you celebrate Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is celebrated by throwing out all of your scarves (or buying new ones). Just kidding. There's a big Groundhog Day celebration that takes place in Punxsutawney and begins early in the morning with tens of thousands of people gathering to see if the weather-predicting groundhog spots his shadow or not.
Please note: Alcohol is not allowed at this celebration, but there are several balls and events that take place in Punxsutawney the night before where you can get an alcoholic beverage.
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Is this like the 1993 film Groundhog Day?
Yes, except there's only one Groundhog Day per year. And, Groundhog Day wasn't filmed in Punxsutawney, nor did it feature the real Phil.Свернуть
26 января 2015
This week we are celebrating Australia Day!
Australia Day is on January 26 and commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their country and culture. There are reflections on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.
Australians show their pride for their country on Australia Day.©iStockphoto.com/RichVintage
What do people do?
Many people have a day off work and use the day to picnic in a park, to go shopping or to play or to watch sports events. In some places, particularly Lake Burley Griffin, spectacular public fireworks displays are held. In addition, the Australian of the Year Awards are presented. These are awards for Australians who have made an outstanding contribution to their country or community.
In some towns and cities, citizenship ceremonies are held on Australia Day. These are ceremonies to welcome immigrants to the country who have been granted Australian citizenship. Although official, these ceremonies often have a festive atmosphere.
Australia Day is a public holiday in all states and territories. All schools and post offices are closed. Some public transport services do not operate and others run a reduced service. Stores are often open, but may have reduced opening hours. There may be some congestion on roads, particularly close to major events.
On January 26, 1788, the First Fleet of 11 ships from Great Britain arrived at Port Jackson, which now forms Sydney Harbour. The First Fleet was led by Captain Arthur Philip. He established the Colony of New South Wales, the first penal colony in Australia. By 1808, January 26 was being celebrated as “First Landing Day” or “Foundation Day” with drinking and merriment.
Thirty years after the arrival of the First Fleet, in 1818, the Governor of Australia ordered a 30-gun salute, hosted a dinner ball at Government House and gave government employees a holiday. In the following years, employees of banks and other organizations were also given holidays. In the following decades, horse racing and regattas were popular activities on January 26.
In 1838, Foundation Day was Australia's first public holiday. It was also the occasion of the first public celebrations of the founding of Australia. The shores of Sydney Harbour were crowded and there was a firework display. By 1888, January 26 had become known as 'Anniversary Day' was celebrated in all colonies except Adelaide. In 1888, the centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet was celebrated with ceremonies, exhibitions, banquets, regattas, fireworks and the unveiling of a statue of Queen Victoria.
By 1935, January 26 was known as Australia Day in all states except New South Wales, where it was still called Anniversary Day. In 1938, large scale celebrations were held. These included a re-enactment of the landing of the First Fleet, which did not mention the convict status of many of the passengers on these ships. The re-enactment is included the removal of a group of Aborigines. Shortly before the celebrations, a group of Aboriginal activists arranged a “Day of Mourning”. They used this to campaign for citizenship and equal rights for Aborigines.
From 1946, January 26 was known as Australia Day in all states. However, the public holiday was moved to the Monday nearest to January 26 to create a long weekend. Since 1994, the Australia Day public holiday has been on January 26 in all states and territories.
The anniversary of the first permanent European settlement in Australia is not a cause for celebration for all citizens. Indigenous Australians often feel that the celebrations on Australia Day exclude them and their culture, which was thriving for thousands of years before the arrival of the First Fleet.
The main symbols of Australia Day are the symbols of Australia. These include the Australian national flag, with its representations of the Union Jack, the Commonwealth Star and the five stars of the Southern Cross, and the national anthem "Advance Australia Fair". Other symbols include the Golden Wattle, which is the national floral emblem, the opal, which is the national gemstone and the national colors of green and gold.Свернуть
20 января 2015
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19 января 2015
RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 24th-25th January 2015
The RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch – taking place this year on 24-25th January 2015 – is always a big highlight of garden bird’s population in UK. For one hour over the weekend many of British homes will count and record the different bird species that visit their garden. Their results, and those submitted by many hundreds of thousands of people up and down the UK, are vitally important for helping the RSPB to gain a snapshot of the health of different bird populations across the country.
What does RSPB mean?
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is a charitable organization registered in England and Wales and in Scotland. It was founded as the Plumage League in 1889 by Emily Williamson. It works to promote conservation and protection of birds and the wider environment through public awareness campaigns, petitions and through the operation of nature reserves throughout the United Kingdom.
Why take part?
Bird populations are a great indicator of the health of the countryside. That’s why it’s so important to take part in surveys like Big Garden Birdwatch to keep an eye on the ups and downs of the wildlife where people live.
What we can do?
Birds that like hanging feeders: Blue tit, Long-tailed tit, Great tit
Choose some energy-rich seeds to give your flying visitors a feast they'll come back for time and time again.
Birds that feed on the ground: Collared dove, Blackbird, Dunnock, Wren.
For these birds, scatter food on your lawn or use a ground feeding tray or hopper well clear of cover to avoid lurking cats.
Feed anywhere birds: Blackcap, House sparrow, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Starling, Robin, Siskin.
Some birds will feed on the ground. They'll also feed at hanging feeders. In fact, as long as they get their food, some of our most popular garden birds really don't give a tweet about where they get it from.
Join thousands of others all over the world and pick an hour over the weekend to discover the wildlife in your garden, make feeders and help birds and animals to survive a long winter.Свернуть
15 января 2015
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12 января 2015
This week we are celebrating World day of Snowman!
To know more read this article By allisonsnow.
January 18-World Day of Snowman
On 18 January to social and environmental projects in the sign of the snowman can be realized. How does this happen, and I need it? To build a snowman is easy. You roll three balls of snow and layered over one another. Done! For details of creativity serves only to refine but changes in the general basic form usually little.
When did snowmen begin?
The cultural history of the snowman begins with a negatively charged image of the snowman. Only at a time when you could enjoy the winter, the perception changed positively. As long as the terror of winter and thus freezing or starvation threatened snow was not a play and craft stuff. Then arose as postcards and you needed a symbol of the positive signal for the winter, began the friendly roly snowman its rapid spread. Today, the Thomas Kinkade snowman has a symbol already conquered other media, such as wrapping paper and leave the two-dimensional long. The Inflatable and illuminated snowmen, snowmen on pajamas, bedding and underwear or as a wooden figure. No variation seems too cheesy to make money.
Are there still evil snowmen?
Although the snowman is usually viewed positively, the formerly dominant image of the evil man out of snow has survived not quite. A very popular example is Bad Mr. Frosty , a video game character from the early days of console gaming. In the video game Clayfighter he belongs to the evil and emerged as in all episodes to as an identification symbol. But apart from some cartoon drawings of the snowman is now seen very positive, which manifests itself in the "World Day of the Snowman."
Why a World Day of Snowman?
In order to destroy illusions directly: The snowman is (only) a symbol, the most positive image is used. At the World Day of Snowman to social and environmental projects taking place. The choice of the symbol has fallen on the snowman because he is neither ideological nor religious usable. According to press release for this year's World Day of Snowman is intergenerational (playing with children), and also a symbol of transience and thus climate change.
Why the 18th January?
Even the date of the World Day is based on the Snowman website. Of course, the day must take place in winter. The 8 recalls the shape of a snowman. The day should not be too close to other festivals, so the snowman was a broom in the form of an added 1 to the side. Therefore, the 18th January. (Even the southern hemisphere has been not included in the consideration.
Are "world day for xy" generally useful? They appear but seemingly randomly distributed in the calendar and are usually not perceived. But it does not matter, is what motivated started a positive action and not fail. Under this premise, you can also celebrate the "World Day of the Snowman."Свернуть
05 января 2015
Gold Coast College 2015 New Special, Effective from 1st of January 2015
Gold Coast College 2015 New Special
Effective from 1st of January 2015
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