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In this paper, an attempt is made for the first time to present a complete list of the vascular flora of the urban area of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A total of 965 plant taxa were collected during different seasons of the year and from various biotopes within the city. The most common families are Asteraceae s.l. (11.09%), Poaceae (10.67%) and Fabaceae (7.25%), while therophytes (38.86%) are the most abundant life form. The analysis of the urban flora of the city of Mostar showed that Mediterranean plants predominate (27.00%). Native species accounted for 84.35 % of the total number of taxa. The significant proportion of Mediterranean plants and the relatively high proportion therophytes indicate that the flora of Mostar has developed under the influence of the Mediterranean climate and a significant anthropogenic influence. The percentage contribution of endemics (2.80%) is also important. Source

Pandaz M.,Primary School | Milovic M.,Medical and Chemical School
Natura Croatica

The flora of the town of Omiš was observed and researched during 2007 and 2008. In all, 870 species and subspecies were recorded. Among them, 614 grow indigenously or spread subsponta- neously out of cultivated conditions and 256 plant taxa occur only in culture. Cultivated taxa were not included in the analysis. The results of the flora analysis show a domination of therophytes (40.07%) and Mediterranean floral element plants (37.95%), strongly indicating the Mediterranean character of the flora of the researched area. The flora of the town of Omis presented in this study is Mediterranean, and in both quality and quantity is comparable to that of other cities on the Croatian littoral as well as of cities in Greece and Italy. Source

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Beneath the playground of the Victoria Primary School—located in Edinburgh, U.K.—workers uncovered the remains of what archaeologists believe is a 500-year-old criminal or pirate. Situated close to Newhaven’s harbor, the Victoria Primary School is the oldest working primary school in the U.K. The remains were uncovered last year while survey work was being completed for a new addition to the school. “The pupils thinks it’s fantastic that a skeleton was found deep underneath their playground,” said Laura Thompson, the school’s head teacher. “The archaeologists will hold a special lesson with some of the children about how they have used science to analyze the remains and it will be a good learning opportunity for them.” Originally, archaeologists believed the remains dated back to the Bronze Age, as they were in poor condition and discovered near 4,000-year-old shards of pottery. However, through carbon dating, they discovered the remains dated from the 16th or 17th centuries. “Archaeologists now know that the skeleton was likely to have been a murder victim—and quite possibly a pirate,” said Richard Lewis, the culture convener for the City of Edinburgh Council. “It’s fantastic that through the Council’s archaeology and museum service, we were able to investigate such discoveries and add to our understanding of Newhaven’s heritage.” According to the City of Edinburgh Council, an execution device known as a gibbet was positioned near the edge of Newhaven’s docks around 600 years ago. The unceremonious burial site—which is close in proximity to three other graveyards—indicates the person had no relatives or friends in the area. “It is believed the man was likely killed before being displayed in plain sight of ships to deter fellow pirates,” according to the council. AOC Archaeology and forensic artist Hayley Fisher created a facial reconstruction from the skull. They believe the man was in his 50s when executed.

News Article | April 15, 2016
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Ann Wahinya is the program coordinator for the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program, which is implemented by Global Communities in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Global Communities is an international development organization working with communities around the world to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. For the past three years, Global Communities’ Kenya office has supported better learning environments in support of the Global Coalition for the Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS). GADOS is a global movement promoting sustainable schools that practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices. In October 2015, Global Communities supported three nonformal primary schools in Majengo, one of the oldest and most marginalized informal settlements in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi. Nearly three months later, the schools continue to harvest the benefits of the event. The Global Communities team supported Child Survival Primary School, Undugu Basic Education School and St. John’s Community Primary School. In addition to raising money to help with water, sanitation and other infrastructure improvements to create more conducive learning environments, staff from Global Communities also met with teachers and students to identify critical improvements. Child Survival’s floors were potholed, making seating arrangements difficult, and there was only one functional toilet for its 260 students. The head teacher shared that most girls would miss school during their menstrual cycle, because they had experienced fights and bullying from other students. At Undugu, which has 200 students, the classroom partitions were broken and walls were unpainted, making the rooms loud and dark. Through Global Communities’ teamwork, Child Survival Primary School now has 12 functional toilets, which has helped improve female students’ confidence and reduce absenteeism. The floors in three lower primary classrooms were also leveled, promoting better seating arrangements and hygiene. One of the class teachers commented, “Since the classroom floors were renovated, the students seem more excited to come to class. We just re-opened school…and were able to clean the classrooms with water, which is a major achievement for us.” At Undugu Community School, the team painted the classroom walls. The local government administrative unit for Majengo was inspired by the effort and joined in to paint the outer walls, toilets and an additional classroom. In addition, both Undugu and St. John’s schools received recycling bins, which are helping children learn to sort different types of waste. St. John’s is using the organic matter as fertilizer for the school garden, and the plastics are being sold to local artisans to support the school’s feeding program. Local artisans also used recycled materials, broken glass and tiles to make art for St. John’s walls, including an apple mosaic made of recycled glass in honor of GADOS. The event culminated in a ceremony at St. John’s, bringing together over 500 students, teachers, community volunteers, Global Communities staff, partner organizations and representatives from the Ministry of Education, as well as sub-county and local government. The day started with a visit to Child Survival, followed by a procession led by the school’s Boy Scouts and Girl Guides to St. John’s. Students, teachers and volunteers planted trees to provide more shade in the schoolyard and participated in demonstrations on waste management. Students and community youth groups also provided entertainment, which delivered messages on waste management and environmental safety. The Ministry of Education’s Principal Education Officer, Mwaura Wanjohi, was a guest of honor at the event. In his speech, he recognized the continuous effort of Global Communities, and noted school infrastructure as one of the areas that the government and development partners need to focus on. GADOS 2015 proved that small initiatives have a huge impact. In making small but significant changes to the schools, Global Communities highlighted the challenges facing nonformal schools and their infrastructure needs. Through partnerships developed and seeds planted, GADOS continues to grow and to support students and teachers through healthier, safer and productive spaces to learn.

News Article | April 8, 2016
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The youngsters monitored the toy dog's location via GPS tracking equipment as he beamed back beautiful images showing the curvature of the Earth. Students from Morecambe Bay Primary School in northwest England sent  the cuddly toy to the edge of space  on Tuesday. They hooked the stuffed animal to a helium balloon and watched him soar. Where in the world is Sam the stuffed dog? But when the balloon popped around 15 miles above Earth, Sam detached from the tracker and camera. The equipment plummeted back down to terra firma and was discovered in a field in Burnley, some 48 miles southeast of the launch site. The stuffed canine astronaut was nowhere to be found. Was he abducted by aliens? Had he hitched a ride on the International Space Station? Sadly, there's likely a less fanciful explanation. "Our footage indicates that one of the helium balloon tethers got tangled with the mascot when it burst at peak altitude and the free fall part of the flight commenced," Chris Rose, from SentIntoSpace.com, told the Burnley Express. "We do not have any data on the aerodynamics of a toy dog or its terminal velocity, but we're pretty sure Sam landed within a 40-50 mile radius of Burnley," he added. "He could have landed in North Lancashire or as far afield as York, Sheffield or the Peak District." A manhunt, or toy dog hunt, is now underway to locate the stuffed animal.

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