Endangered whale seen off Iceland, 3rd there in 30 years

In this April 10, 2008 file photo, the blowhole of a North Atlantic right whale is seen from the research vessel Shearwater's upper deck as the whale moves away from the boat off shore from Provincetown, Mass., in Cape Cod Bay. (AP)
Updated 25 July 2018
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Endangered whale seen off Iceland, 3rd there in 30 years

  • The right whales migrate up the US East Coast every year to feed

REYKJAVIK, Iceland: A New England ocean science center says whale watchers off Iceland caught an extremely rare glimpse of an endangered right whale near their country.
The North Atlantic right whale was spotted northwest of Reykjavik (RAY’-kyuh-vik) on Monday.
The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in Boston says there have been only three North Atlantic right whales identified off Iceland in the last 30 years.
The center says the whale is called Mogul by researchers and was seen feeding off Marshfield, Massachusetts, in April.
The right whales migrate up the US East Coast every year to feed. But the center says they have had to change where they feed in recent years because of changes in the ocean.
There are only about 450 of the whales.


Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

Updated 21 February 2019
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Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will take place on March 24
  • Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman has lauded teachers as the “real superheroes” ahead of the  million-dollar Global Teacher Prize ceremony to be held in Dubai next month.

Speaking in a four-minute long video message, the actor revealed the 10 finalists who will be up for the prize on March 24.

Recalling his own experience, Wolverine star Jackman spoke of his “transformative” experience with his acting teacher.

Hugh Jackman and his acting teacher. (Supplied)

And he described the teaching profession as “the most important job in the world.”

“My favorite uncle was a teacher, my sister’s a teacher, my brother’s a teacher… My hope for every single person on the planet is that you have at least one,” he said.

“All of us go through insecurity and doubt, trepidation, along this journey of life, and those teachers that see the best in us and are patient enough to allow us to grow into that, they are like gold,” he added.

Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen, including teachers from the UK, India, Japan, and Kenya.

The Dubai-based Global Teacher Prize was set up by global education charity Varkey Foundation to recognize one teacher “who made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.”

“I hope their stories will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, the founder of the Varkey Foundation.

The winner will be announced at the “Global Education & Skills Forum” on March 24.

On the eve of the forum, chart toppers Little Mix, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora will perform at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater in a tribute concert organized by the foundation.

Here's the video announcement: