Jamaican Could Become First Black Musher To Complete Longest Dog Sled Race

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An athlete from tropical Jamaica could become the first black musher to complete the world’s longest dog sled race. Later this month, Newton Marshall, 26, will take part in the Iditarod, a 1,150-mile dog-sled race across the icy wilderness of Alaska. The race is hailed as one of the world’s great endurance tests.Marshall’s entrance in the race echoes the success of the Jamaican bobsled team in the 1988 Winter Olympics, which inspired the movie “Cool Runnings.”

But his entry is no joke. Last year he completed the lengthy Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Out of 29 mushers, Marshall finished a respectable 13th.Marshall, who lives in Jamaica’s St. Anne Parish, said he was impatient to begin the Iditarod, which kicks off with a ceremonial start in Anchorage on Saturday. The competitive race begins on Sunday in Willow, 50 miles to the north.
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Perth's Newest Primate: "Don't Palm Us Off!"

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Perth’s is calling on the community to take action in a campaign to mandate the labelling of palm oil on all food products. The call-to-action came today as a four-week-old critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan, made her debut. The as-yet-unnamed female orangutan was born at 10:40am on 20 October to 39-year-old mother, Puteri. The infant weighed just under 2 kg at birth.The mother and her newborn were given some private time together before being introduced to the public.

Perth Zoo Exotics Curator Leif Cocks said Puteri and the infant are doing extremely well.“Puteri adores the baby, cradling and feeding her when she is hungry or appears to need reassurance,” Mr Cocks said.
“The baby is now hanging onto Puteri without assistance and is strong and alert.”Perth Zoo is a world leader in breeding Sumatran Orangutans and has bred 27 Sumatran Orangutans since 1970. Mother Puteri was the first of the 27 orangutans born at the Zoo.

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Perth's Newest Primate: "Don't Palm Us Off!"

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Perth’s is calling on the community to take action in a campaign to mandate the labelling of palm oil on all food products. The call-to-action came today as a four-week-old critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan, made her debut. The as-yet-unnamed female orangutan was born at 10:40am on 20 October to 39-year-old mother, Puteri. The infant weighed just under 2 kg at birth.The mother and her newborn were given some private time together before being introduced to the public.

Perth Zoo Exotics Curator Leif Cocks said Puteri and the infant are doing extremely well.“Puteri adores the baby, cradling and feeding her when she is hungry or appears to need reassurance,” Mr Cocks said.
“The baby is now hanging onto Puteri without assistance and is strong and alert.”Perth Zoo is a world leader in breeding Sumatran Orangutans and has bred 27 Sumatran Orangutans since 1970. Mother Puteri was the first of the 27 orangutans born at the Zoo.

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Rare Tropical Fish Caught In British Waters For First Time

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Neil McDonnell, 37, is the first angler on record to use a rod and line to catch an almaco jack – a fish normally found in the Caribbean.

Experts say the fish could be a sign of global warming and hotter seas as the species usually stay in much milder waters off Florida. Mr McDonnell has sent proof of his catch to the British Records Fish Committee who say it is the first caught with a rod and line.

Mr McDonnell, a keen fisherman, said: “It’s definitely a jack It’s very exciting. It’s a brilliant find. It’s caused quite a buzz around the pub because it’s so unusual.
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