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Great white shark described as 'queen of the ocean' found off N.S. coast – CTV News

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Researchers working in the waters off Nova Scotia have found a huge great white shark that weighs 1,606 kilograms and measures nearly 5.25 metres in length.

Scientists from OCEARCH, an NGO that is tagging and sampling white sharks, described the female shark as “queen of the ocean” and say they have called her Nukumi.

“We named her ‘Nukumi’, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother figure of the Native American Mi’kmaq people,” OCEARCH wrote in a Facebook post Saturday.

“With the new data we’ve collected, this matriarch will share her #wisdom with us for years to come.”

Nukumi is the largest of eight great whites that researchers have sampled during the current expedition, which has been running for 27 days as of Monday.

OCEARCH also posted a video showing Nukumi lying on a special submersible platform built onto the side of its research vessel with researchers around her, and subsequently swimming away.

OCEARCH is an ocean data-collection organization that has tagged and collected samples from hundreds of sharks, dolphins, seals and other animals.

The group is using the data to learn about migration patterns and uncover previously unknown details about shark lives.

In October 2019, OCEARCH caught and tagged a male shark they named Ironbound off Lunenburg, N.S.

By late December his tracker showed the shark had traveled down the U.S. East Coast to Key Biscayne, near Miami, OCEARCH said at the time.

Great white sharks are the world’s largest predatory fish, according to the World Wildlife Federation, and are known to rip chunks out of their prey, which are swallowed whole.

Despite their fearsome reputation, the WWF says the sharks are a vulnerable species and their numbers are decreasing.

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COVID-19: Okanagan resort closes temporarily after staffer tests positive – Summerland Review

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Sparkling Hill Resort is closing for 11 days Friday after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The popular tourist destination said its immediate closure effective Friday, Oct. 30, is a proactive and precautionary measure.

“Due to the extensive COVID-19 plan in place at the resort, Interior Health confirmed there is no concern for any guests that stayed recently,” the resort said in a statement.

The individual contracted the novel coronavirus outside the resort and immediately self-isolated. Any other staff members who were in close contact with the affected member of staff have been identified and contacted by the regional health agency with information and advice.

The resort will resume operations Monday, Nov. 9.

Any guests who have upcoming reservations will be contacted and provided with options.

“The health and safety of our staff, guests and community are a top priority,” the statement reads. “While the closure is not required by Interior Health, the immediate actions are taken to ensure there is no further spread of the virus.”

In September, the resort was notified a guest that had recently visited had tested positive for COVID-19 (Sept. 3).

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Well-known Okanagan resort voluntarily closes following positive COVID-19 test – Global News

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One of the Okanagan’s better-known resorts has temporarily closed its doors following a positive COVID-19 test.

In a statement issued Friday, Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon said it was closing for 11 days following a positive test by a staff member.

The closure was effective immediately, Friday, Oct. 30, and was being called a “proactive and precautionary measure” for the continued safety of its guests, staff and vendors.

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“The precaution comes as a result of Interior Health informing the resort on Oct. 30 of a confirmed case of COVID-19 with one staff member,” the resort said.

According to the resort, the staff member contracted COVID-19 outside of the resort and started self-isolating immediately.

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It added that “due to the extensive COVID-19 plan in place at the resort, Interior Health confirmed there is no concern for any guests that stayed recently.”


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The resort also said staff members who had been in close contact with the affected staff member have been identified and contacted by Interior Health.

The resort expects to resume operations on Monday, Nov. 9, adding that the closure was voluntary and not required by Interior Health.

Contacted by Global News, Interior Health said that it has not ordered any businesses to close, adding they may choose to close on their own.


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No new COVID-19 cases reported Friday in Peterborough – ThePeterboroughExaminer.com

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There were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the area, Peterborough Public Health reported Friday.

This keeps the total number of cases confirmed since March to 149. There are seven active cases, 140 resolved and there have been two deaths.

There have been about 34,250 people from the city and county, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation tested.

COVID-19 tests are now by appointment only, and are held at Northcrest Arena and on weekdays at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

PRHC appointments are for people with symptoms and are available seven days a week.

To book an appointment, visit prhc.on.ca and at peterboroughpublichealth.ca.

Testing can also be arranged in the home by calling 705-743-1000.

Some people can be tested at the Shoppers Drug Mart at High and Lansdowne streets, by appointment. Call 705-748-6141 or email asdm614@shoppersdrugmart.ca to book an appointment. This is for people who meet certain criteria: Residents or workers in long-term care homes; Visitors to a long-term care home; Residents or workers in homeless shelters; International students who have passed their 14-day quarantine period; Farm workers; Individuals who require a COVID-19 test for international travel clearance and self-identified Indigenous people.

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