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Archive for September, 2009

Leatherback turtles make their way to Atlantic Ocean

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Nearly 200 volunteers and Carolina Beach goers witnessed a very rare sighting Monday night. Seventy leatherback turtles hatched from a nest and made their way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Volunteers for the Sea Turtle Project said this is the first time a leatherback turtle has ever nested on Carolina Beach; you will more typically find them in the Outer Banks.

The nest first appeared 69 days ago. For the past 15 days, volunteers have worked in shifts, sleeping in tents, to protect the nest 24 hours a day and to be ready when the turtles hatched.

Nancy Busoyne of the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project said, “About 8:30 last night, a little hole formed in the nest. At about 9:30 we could see the babies underneath the sand, and about 10:00 they all came out at the same time. It’s called a boil because it literally looks like the sand is boiling, but it was a beautiful, beautiful thing to see.”

The little leatherbacks can grow up to seven feet long. Volunteers will dig out the nest to make sure there are no stragglers.

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer with the Sea Turtle Project, you can visit our www.seaturtleproject.org.

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Nearly 200 volunteers and Carolina Beach goers witnessed a very rare sighting Monday night. Seventy leatherback turtles hatched from a nest and made their way to the Atlantic Ocean.

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Study shows omega-3 fatty acid can help a baby’s cognitive development

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of mothers begin feeding their child baby formula in the first week and less than half breastfeed at all after the first 6 weeks. This means that creating a baby formula that mimics the essential nutrients of breast milk is vital for infants’ mental and physical development.

A new study finds that infants who are fed baby formula supplemented with DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that occurs naturally in breast milk, perform better on cognitive tasks than those fed on regular baby formula alone.

Researchers began feeding infants either regular formula or formula supplemented with DHA soon after birth, after 6 weeks of breastfeeding, or after 6 months of breastfeeding.

At nine months of age, they found that those children who had been on the DHA formula after at least 6 weeks of breastfeeding were more likely than those on regular formula to be able to complete a problem-solving task.

In general, infants who display superior performance on this type of cognitive development task tend to have a superior IQ and vocabulary later in childhood. Though breast milk naturally contains the essential nutrients and fats needed for cognitive development, these findings suggest that supplementing with DHA is a good way to provide better nutrition for baby’s being fed formula.

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Attention new moms, new research shows supplementing baby formula with omega-3 fatty acids can boost and infant’s cognitive development.

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Marino on Money: September 15

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Q: Should I consider a no interest, no payments offer?

Good question. Here are the particulars on this type of program. For a period of time, both interest and payments may be deferred. Often, it is a combination of both.

That may sound attractive, but there are risks. If you do not pay off the balance within the one year time frame, you will be charged interest. More alarmingly, you will be charged interest retroactively. Meaning, interest charges are calculated from the day you purchased the item. Even worse, the interest rate is often higher than most other loan arrangements.

Why are these programs so popular?

In my experience, people who use these types of programs are usually purchasing something they can’t afford. If they had the money, they would just pay cash. But often they don’t, so this is a way to buy today, and hopefully pay tomorrow.

Here is a question I must ask myself if I am considering one of these programs:

If I cannot afford the item today, what makes me think I will have the money when the bill comes due tomorrow? I would rather wait until I have the money, and if possible, just pay cash for whatever I need.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoIn this economy, a “no interest-no payments” offer seems like the way to go. As certified financial planner Ross Marino explains in this week’s Marino on Money, this option may hurt you more than help you.

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Moores Creek marks Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Pender County | Constitution Day will be marked Thursday by free events at Moores Creek National Battlefield in Pender County.The Daughters of the American Revolution will take part in the program commemorating Constitution Week from Sept. 17-23, and the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, which took place Sept. 17, 1787.

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Hambuger Joe’s on Market Street closes

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

Restaurant and entertainment venue Hamburger Joe’s closed Sunday night after nearly three years in business, owner Brian Slagle said Tuesday.Slagle cited bad economic conditions as the reason the casual restaurant at 7032 Market St. shut down.Restaurants have struggled in the poor economy, he said.

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