Marching On Together


Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games...

Monday, 17 June 2019

The Deepwater Horizon Explosion in 2010 is thought to be responsible for record amounts of dead dolphins washing up along the Gulf of Mexico

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More than 260 dolphins have been found stranded along the northern Gulf of Mexico since February 1st.
According to The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that's three times the usual amount.
The increase has prompted NOAA Fisheries to declare an Unusual Mortality Event.
This declaration allows an investigative team to look into the high number of dolphin deaths stretching from Louisiana through the Florida panhandle.
Dr Terri Rowles, NOAA Fisheries Coordinator, has issued a statement informing the public what to do if they come into contact with any stranded mammals.
"It's important that the public not approach any marine mammal in distress and not approach or disturb carcasses.
You can hurt yourself, as well as the animal, not to mention it's illegal."
NOAA urges anyone who finds a stranded dolphin to call 1-877-Whale-Help.
Of the mammals they've been able to perform necropsies on, 23-percent have shown skin lesions consistent with fresh water.
There are concerns the recent openings of the Bonne Carre Spillway has increased the amount of fresh water and pollutants into the Gulf, which could be contributing factors.
"There's a number of factors that we'll be looking at as part of this investigation, but it's too early at this point to say what may be causing the mortalities," said Dr Erin Fougeres with NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region.
The area where the Dolphins have shown an increase of deaths includes the area where the Deepwater Horizon Explosion impacted the gulf in 2010.
Rowles says previous studies have shown abnormal reproduction rates of mammals from the oil spill. "As part of this investigation, working to investigate whether the event could be related or partially related to any long term effects from the oil spill."
Of the 260 recorded dolphin deaths, Louisiana has reported 89, Mississippi 121, Alabama 32 and Florida 37.

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