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Toronto based rapper Nav, has finally released his long awaited third studio album entitled “Reckless” Sticking to his emotional style, Nav gives off his as some call “cloudy” and “sad” flow.
The Ring of Fire (shown as an orange-red line) and tectonic plates (represented as the black lines). Volcanoes (the black triangles) are lined up all along the magma belt.
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Hawaii has been having volcano problems recently. Eighteen identified lava flows have broken out, forcing people out of their homes as magma slowly incinerates all in its path. The jungle has been set ablaze, houses are melted, and the roads are smothered with solidifying rock that measures up to more than 10 feet.
It’s not just the lava that’s threatening citizens of Hawaii. Released poisonous gases are killing off whatever life the lava cannot touch, and numerous earthquakes point to an ominous, imminent catastrophe: Kilauea volcano’s destructive eruption.
Kilauea volcano isn’t alone in crafting disaster. On May 11, thousands of travellers across Indonesia had their flights canceled, delayed, or diverted. The cause? Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, had erupted, sending columns of ash into the air. Local cities are exercising caution, advising the public to wear masks while outside.
And on May 14, two volcanoes in south Japan erupted. The Shinmoedake volcano had its second major eruption since 2011, and Io volcano erupted for the first time in 250 years. Fortunately, neither eruption has caused any damage.
What connects these events together? A series of volcanoes situated on the edges of tectonic plates called the Ring of Fire, where many earthquakes and eruptions occur. While Hawaii isn’t on this belt, the timing with its volcanic activity coinciding with the other eruptions certainly doesn’t reassure anyone that other volcanoes on the Ring won't become active.
For now, all that can be done is to evacuate the citizens of Hawaii and prepare for other possible eruptions.
By Amelia Keller
Barbara Bush, first lady of the United States and wife to former president George H.W. Bush, sadly passed away on April 17.
Barbara was born June 8, 1925 in New York City. She had five children. Barbara was the second woman in American history to have both a husband and son elected to presidential office.
Barbara didn't become involved in policy and didn't share her personal political beliefs. She was, however, heavily involved in public service. She started the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The BBFFFL websites states their mission "is to advocate for and establish literacy as a value in every home." The foundation takes only 4% of donations to cover the cost of
fundraising, with the rest contributing directly to the cause.
More than 1000 people attended her funeral in Houston on April 20 to honor her legacy, remembering her as "a teacher and role model on how to live a life of purpose and meaning."
By Caroline Black
Farmers protesting against the violence
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South Africa, an industrialized country dubbed as the “Rainbow Nation” for its mixed population. Its economy is successful enough to be the second largest in Africa and the 34th largest in the world. It’s an example of how people come together to create and sustain a successful first-world environment.
However, the era of the rainbow’s crest appears to be coming to an end. The current president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has stated that land owned by the white minority shall be taken away from them and redistributed to black South Africans without any compensation. The justification for this act? Claiming that this will heal any divisions and injustices done by the original European colonists from over 400 years ago.
Accompanied by this law is growing violence against European-descended farmers. Thousands of brutal farm attacks and farm murders have been wrought on the white population of South Africa. This has only been encouraged by the government, as officials have even composed a song about the minority’s genocide.
Unfortunately for the survivors, there’s nowhere to go. The Western World is already in debate with itself as to what needs to be done about the black and Middle Eastern people fleeing to Europe in hopes of a new life, a new beginning. Compared to them, the white Christian Afrikaners will never be viewed as refugees, even if they are being tortured and butchered by their own country’s government.
The only long-term solution for both sides is a peaceful and lawful secession of the Cape region. A civil rights organization known as CapeXit sent a secession letter to former South Africa President Jacob Zuma describing that the secession is meant to be “the end of an era where marginalization and disregard of the basic human rights of the Afrikaner have become the accepted norm in South Africa.” Seeing as how Jacob Zuma has left office, nothing has been done to reply to this letter as of the writing of this article.
It is a shame that the celebrated “Rainbow Nation” is turning its people against each other based on their race. No one should ever be persecuted or blamed as the center of a country’s problems based on race, sex, religion, or what have you. If anything, it only creates more problems in the future; if the secession is successful, the possibility of war breaking out between the two newly divided countries and adding to the pile of corpses will likely hang over their heads. South Africa’s current state should be used as an example as to why discrimination against any human being will never end well, and that it should be avoided altogether.
By Caroline Black
Depiction of Mansoura saurus shahinae
(Photo courtesy of Andrew McAfee, Carnegie Museum of Natural History)
On January 29th, a gigantic discovery was made on the western side of Egypt. A new species of titanosaur, dubbed Mansoura saurus shahinae (man-sore-a saur-us sha-hee-neigh), was uncovered. Weighing in at 14,000 pounds, this terrible lizard is helping to clarify as to what became of dinosaur evolution as Pangea was breaking apart.
Before this new sauropod surfaced, it was believed that Europe and Africa were completely cut off during most, if not all, of the Cretaceous period. However, comparisons were made between Mansourasaurus and other titanosaurs, where researchers concluded it was more closely related to dinosaurs in Europe and Asia than those farther south in Africa. These remains suggests dinosaurs living in Africa and Europe were not as isolated as assumed.
This isn’t the only mystery Mansoura saurus is assisting in solving. Before its discovery, scientists were unclear as to when Pangea completely ruptured. With the fossils dating back to 80 million years ago, and sharing more common characteristics with European and Asian dinosaurs, Mansoura saurus gives scientists a much clearer idea of when Pangea completely split apart.
Discovered by paleontologist Hesham Sallam, Mansoura saurus has been hailed as the “Holy Grail” of dinosaurs in Africa. For years, the evolutionary path dinosaurs in Africa took was left ambiguous, leaving room only for speculation. Thanks to the work of Hesham and his team, Mansoura saurus can finally provide shed some light on how dinosaurs were evolving in the Cretaceous period as the world drifted further and further apart.
Iowa has been named the best state to live in according to U.S. News & World Report. These rankings were released on tuesday. They follow specific criteria and give rankings for many individual categories. These categories and Iowa’s rank are as follows:
Though Iowa is receiving such national attention, students here at CCA have some varied opinions on their home state. Senior Chloe Beckler stated, “I think it’s hard to believe since everyone says they want to leave when they graduate and the weather isn’t always great.” She later added though that she can understand the rating because, “It is a comfortable place to live and the communities are very close and welcoming.”
Freshman student Aaron Feinberg also commented on the national recognition, “I’m proud to be in the state that is number 1. I do agree with it because Iowa is a pretty safe state to live in and I do believe people can make a living here easier than being in bigger city or state.”
Both students are unsure of whether they will stay in Iowa but included that neither of them would mind spending their lives here. “I believe I will always keep roots in Iowa,” Said Feinberg.
By Dylan Sheely
As a gamer, I understand how many times parents tell their kids they need to shut their video game off and do something productive. However, maybe these same parents would change their perspective if they knew their child could receive a full ride scholarship for their hobbies.
That’s right, the popularization of gaming has expanded beyond the living room. Colleges are beginning to build their own “ESports” teams and give out scholarships similar to those athletes receive for their skills. These schools include, the University of Utah, Boise State University and Western Kentucky University.
Not only can gaming allow kids to get a free education but it can also give a student national spotlight. ESPN has recognized ESports as an official sport and even gives them their own category on espn.com. They also show many national tournaments on their network of TV channels. This platform allows for players to work their way up through the college ranks and potentially get picked up by a pro gaming team where they can make a living off of sponsorships and tournament prize money. This system is becoming a lot similar to that of a star studded basketball recruit or big time football player.
The next time your mom tries to rush in on you and tell you to put your video game down and go outside, explain to her that you are working towards a scholarship and plan on making a career out of your favorite hobby.
by Amelia Keller
With the tragedy of mass shootings fresh in the American people's minds, many corporations are pulling their support from the NRA. NRA stands for National Rifle Association. The NRA advocates for gun rights.
The NRA resists gun control legislature. They claim their goal is to protect American citizens' second amendment right. The second amendment is the right of the people to keep and bear arms. But many believe they are actually out to protect their source of income: guns and gun owners.
Some companies that have pulled their support of the NRA include Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Hertz Rental Cars, MetLife Insurance, Starkey Hearing Technologies, and TrueCar.
Delta Airlines has been especially controversial. Delta contributes billions of dollars a year to their home state of Georgia. The Georgia governor, Casey Cagle, has threatened to remove a $50 million tax break on jet fuel. Delta has not replied to these comments and has said that their choice to stop offering the NRA discount “reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings.”
These companies formerly offered discounts to members of the NRA. They will no longer be offering these discounts and are cutting all ties. These decisions are a result of the hard work of student advocacy.
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Youtuber Logan Paul has been under fire as he seems to always make the front page of many different news outlets and not for good reasons.
Earlier in the year Paul was brought to attention after recording a YouTube video that displayed a man hanged in the Suicide Forest of Japan. A lot of steps go into publishing a YouTube video, so it was quite evident that Paul used his own judgement and ultimately decided that showing a deceased body was the right choice.
This decision landed Paul a two week suspension from the site which gave him the inability to post videos, and the video was taken down immediately with him making not a single dollar off of it. This should have been a big enough lesson for Paul, but it didn’t seem to teach him anything because weeks later he was under fire again but this time for tasering deceased rats.
Many internet trolls took shots at Paul. Sophomore Trevor King casted his feelings on Paul saying “It’s ignorant for him to post a video of a dead body, especially since the person cannot give consent to him being recorded” Fellow youtubers and journalists vouched for him to be banned from the video uploading site, but YouTube has yet to do anything and it seemingly feels like nothing will be done; at least for now.
The Phi Phi Islands, one of the many beaches that tourists are no longer allowed in
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Thailand receives many visitors from around the globe who look forward to the popular sunny beaches on the various scattered islands dotting the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea. While tourism is great for the country’s economy, it’s taking a toll on the delicate local ecosystems. Because of the amount of tourism, places such as the Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay have been temporarily closed for three months. Popular islands such as the Koh Khai Islands and Koh Tachai have been closed off to tourists for good.
Each of these locations, as well as many other islands, have received about 4,000-5,000 tourists a day, all being shuttled by boat. It is estimated 77% of the coral reefs have been deeply affected by destruction linked to tourism, according to marine expert Thon Thamrongnawasawat. Much of the coral damage has been caused by the abundance of beachfront hotels, plastic trash dumped at sea, and boat anchors.
Temporary closure will not completely repair the damage that has been done, but it will give the reefs some time to recover from the daily human activity. The amount of time will prevent the ecosystems from being damaged beyond repair and still allow Thailand to gain precious revenue when they reopen.
In the case of Koh Tachai, which is considered the most beautiful island in the country, temporary closure is not the best option. The island could not handle the amount of tourists it was receiving, much less food stalls and tour boats on top of the crazy number of people, resulting in critical degradation of its natural resources. Indefinite shutdown was what was necessary to ensure the damage could repair itself over time.