Sunday, 20 August 2017

Theme Park for special needs children

Theme Park for special needs children

August 17, 2017
A Texas dad opened an amusement park for his daughter with special needs after realizing that other theme parks in the area just didn’t suit her.
Gordon Hartman began building the $15 million theme park, “Morgan’s Wonderland,” in 2007.
The park is named after his daughter Morgan, who has a severe cognitive and physical delay as well as a form of autism.
The park opened in 2010.
The 25-acre park has 26 different activities. It features a wheelchair-accessible Ferris wheel and carousel, as well as a miniature train.
Hartman said he came up with the idea in 2006 when he visited a swimming pool with Morgan. His daughter, who was then 12, attempted to play with some kids in the pool, but instead of engaging with her, they quickly left the pool.
The loving dad began thinking of places he could take Morgan. He thought of Disney, but knew parks of that nature were too noisy and crowded for her.
So the dad decided to build the world’s first “ultra-accessible theme park.”
More recently, they added a water park to the place, Morgan’s Inspirational Island. It opened seven weeks ago.
The waterpark, which cost another $17 million dollars to build, uses warm water in some of its areas to help visitors with muscular problems. Waterproof, motorized wheelchairs are also provided for those who need them.

Mudslide in Sierra Leone kills hundreds

Hundreds of people have died after a mudslide near to the capital city of Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa.
Last week a hill near Freetown collapsed after heavy rain, burying many houses.
So far, almost 400 people have lost their lives and at least 600 more are still missing.
There has also been a lot of flooding, which has swept many more homes away. Many have been left homeless after their houses were destroyed in the tragedy.
Sierra Leone’s president said the country would need “urgent support” to recover from what has happened.
The emergency services are working very hard to try to find people who are still missing. But because of the floods and the damage, it is hard to get equipment and helpers to where they are needed.

Monday, 31 July 2017

World’s longest hanging bridge opens

The world’s longest hanging bridge has opened in Switzerland.
At nearly 500m, the bridge for hikers is billed as the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world
The bridge is located near the Swiss town of Zermatt and named the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge). It hangs up to 85m above the Grabengufer ravine.
The Zermatt Tourist Board says it is the world’s longest, although a 405m bridge in Reutte in Austria hangs 110m higher above the ground.
It replaces a previous bridge that had been damaged by rock falls.
The new bridge, whose cables weigh about eight tonnes, is equipped with a system to prevent it from swinging, the Zermatt Tourist Board said.
It forms part of a two-day hiking route between Zermatt and Grächen in southern Switzerland with views of the Matterhorn mountain.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Close Peter Blake’s boat arrives in New Zealand

Sir Peter Blake’s boat has returned to New Zealand for the first time in 16 years.
The Tara, pictured here, used to be Sir Peter Blake’s boat Seamaster.
Sir Peter, 53, was shot and killed on Seamaster by pirates on the Amazon River in late 2001, while on an expedition to raise environmental awareness for at-risk regions.
Now named Tara, the boat made its way to the Auckland Viaduct over the weekend.
The two-masted schooner is on its way to a coral reef study in the Pacific.
Sir Peter, who was knighted in 1995, was one of this country’s most celebrated yachtsmen.
As well as winning the Whitbread Round the World Race and Jules Verne Trophy, he was part of the team that won the America’s Cup with ‘Black Magic’ in 1995 – and successfully defended it during the next series.

Lions beat All Blacks in Wellington

The British and Irish Lions have beaten the All Blacks 24-21 in Wellington to keep their 2017 series alive.
In a riveting match punctuated by penalties and the referee’s cards, Lions second five eight Owen Farrell snatched a 76th minute penalty to square the test series.
The key moment in the game came in the 24th minute when Sonny Bill Williams was sent off for a dangerous no-arm shoulder charge on Lions wing Anthony Watson.
Williams becomes just the third All Black player to be sent off in a Test match, and the first since Colin Meads in 1967.
The match was locked up at 9-all at half time with all the scoring in the first half came from the boot, with Beauden Barrett and Farrell trading penalties.
Barrett added three more unanswered penalties in the second half before the Lions struck back with two fantastic tries.
The Lions now head to Eden Park next week, hoping to repeat their success and become the second Lions team to secure a series victory against All Blacks.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Polynesian Canoe makes it round the world

Polynesian Canoe makes it round the world

A traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe has returned to Honolulu in Hawaii, completing the first-ever round-the-world trip by such a vessel.
The boat, the Hokule’a, took three years to journey around the globe.
Its crew navigated without modern instruments, using only the stars, wind and ocean swells as guides.
They aimed to use the same techniques that brought the first Polynesian settlers to Hawaii hundreds of years ago.
Built in the 1970s, it has travelled around 40,000 nautical miles (74,000km) on this latest trip, known as the Malama Honua voyage, meaning “to care for our Island Earth”.
The boat had a crew of 12 or 13 people at a time

Men in Europe protest by wearing skirts

Men in Europe protest by wearing skirts

Overheated men and boys in the UK and Europe are protesting dress code by wearing skirts.
As the weather has improved in Europe, with some areas experiencing heat waves, men who have to wear long trousers to work have found the weather too hot.
After finding it too hot to work in full-length leg wear, a group of male bus drivers have got around their no-shorts-to-work policy by wearing skirts.
Meanwhile, record high June temperatures in the UK have also prompted boys at one school in Exeter to wear skirts in a protest over the school’s uniform policy.
Boyes from ISCA Academy in Exeter wore skirts in protest at being told they were not allowed to wear shorts.
One of the boys who took part in the protest said: “We’re not allowed to wear shorts, and I’m not sitting in trousers all day, it’s a bit hot.”