Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Internet/Current Events: Dolphin Slaughter


A Sad Dolphin Being Slaughtered By A Japanese Person

A dolphin was just happily minding its own business and swimming around when suddenly a Japanese person who was in Taiji, started slaughtering it. It was crying so loud that a person from a hill could hear it. It happened at the beach. The men who were with him did such a act for fun. It was total cruelty! The dolphins got stabbed at the back of the blowhole; they were dragged across the beach, they got herded into a cove, they get caught in nets and they get taken under tarpaulinsL

This is a very sad human intervention. People should protect and help the marine animals not harm them. People should think about the effects that they are doing in the environment.   

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Positive and Negative views about the Bucklands Beach Walkway



(News Article on Bucklands Beach Walkway)

Toe-nipping crabs are no longer a hazard for those taking the short-cut between Little Bucklands Beach and Half Moon Bay Marina.

A concrete path was yesterday poured to breach the gap in the waterfront promenade between the two east Auckland suburbs.

Seeing the job finished was a dream come true, said resident Barry Keon, who led a campaign to get $780,000 for the walking and cycling path.

"It has not cost ratepayers anything because it comes out of the old Manukau City Council's cash-in-lieu-of-reserve-contribution account, which is from property developers."

A dry shoreline link from Little Bucklands Beach to the marina hardstand had been wanted since the marina opened in the early 1970s.

"This will save Bucklands Beach people having to walk up the hill or catch a bus to get to the new marina shopping centre and ferry terminal."

It also links the coastline walkway from Panmure Bridge to the Mangemangeroa Reserve in Sommerville Rd, Whitford.



2 different perspectives

The walkway is good because it can help people to walk safely and cross on the other side without getting attacked by sea animals. It also protects the people during the high tides. It helps people exercise by walking or biking to get to the other side rather than hop on a car, having said that it prevents air pollution and conserves petrol.

The walkway could be harmful to the marine life in the area because it could have disturbed the creatures during the construction and more disturbances for its completion. There might be also be problems in pollution like noise and water pollution if people are not disciplined with their rubbish disposals.   



My Stand on the walkway



I believe the idea of the bucklands beach walkway is good! I agree that they could walk to the other side. I agree that they could exercise, not waste gas and not pollute the air.


Venn diagram - bucklands beach walkway


Hawaii hit by Great Plastic Garbage Patch


Hawaii hit by Great Plastic Garbage Patch

LANGUAGE – MULTIPLE CHOICES

A (1) Recent discovery shows the world now has two ocean garbage patches. These are huge areas of the ocean which have a huge floating island of trash and (2) litter. The first garbage patch was discovered in the Pacific by ocean researcher Charles Moore in 1997. The new one was found in the Atlantic by a husband and wife (3) duet Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen. “We found the Great Atlantic Garbage Patch,” said Ms Cummins. “Our job now is to let people know that plastic ocean pollution is a global problem. Unfortunately, it is not (4) confirmed to a single patch,” she added. Ms Cummins described her (5) sadness at what humans are doing to the ocean: “It’s shocking to see it firsthand….We’ve managed to leave our (6) footprint really everywhere.”

The BBC has just reported on the damage the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is doing. Tons of plastic is washing (7) up on the beaches of Hawaii. This island (8) charms is world famous for having some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The very name „Hawaii conjures (9) up images of paradise islands no longer. The BBCs presenter Simon Reeve says Kamilo Beach on the island of Hawaii has been described as “the world’s dirtiest beach”. He went on a tour of the (10) remote beach with a local conservationist. They analyzed what was on the beach and found more plastic particles than (11) grains of sand. A Wikipedia search confirms the beach’s new status. The website says, “it is known (12) for its accumulation of plastic marine debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

       1. Put the correct words from the table below in the above article.

1.
(a)
Recently
(b)
resent
(c)
recentness
(d)
recent
2.
(a)
litter
(b)
litters
(c)
littering
(d)
littered
3.
(a)
trio
(b)
team
(c)
teamwork
(d)
duet
4.
(a)
confirmed
(b)
refined
(c)
confined
(d)
inflamed
5.
(a)
sad
(b)
sadly
(c)
sadness
(d)
saddest
6.
(a)
hoof print
(b)
footprint
(c)
claw print
(d)
fingerprint
7.
(a)
down
(b)
in
(c)
over
(d)
up
8.
(a)
chain
(b)
chair
(c)
charm
(d)
chase
9.
(a)
along
(b)
up
(c)
down
(d)
over
10.
(a)
promote
(b)
demote
(c)
moat
(d)
remote
11.
(a)
granules
(b)
groups
(c)
grains
(d)
grids
12.
(a)
for
(b)
of
(c)
from
(d)
at




synonyms week 3 - term 2

Math - statistics 4