Posts Tagged ‘current event’

Who Will Take Home the Grand Prize?

February 2, 2011

Throughout awards shows, you get to see who was the best and worst dressed.  However, except for Best Costume Design, awards shows recognize the talent of actors, actresses, producers, directors and a whole host of other people in the film industry.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the winners of this year’s awards so far.  At the Golden Globes, “The Social Network” won Best Motion Picture for Drama, Best Director of a Motion Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score.  Meanwhile at the SAG Awards, “The King’s Speech” received awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.  Curiously, no awards were given to the “The Social Network” at the SAG Awards.  Since the SAG Awards are focused on acting rather than other elements of a production, some expected that “The Fighter” cast would have won top prize.  The outcomes at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards have, therefore, made predicting the outcome of the 2011 Academy Awards, or Oscars, that much more difficult.

 The outcomes of the 2011 Golden Globes and SAG Awards have made predicting the outcome of the Academy Awards that much more difficult.Nonetheless, at this year’s 2011 Oscar Awards, “Inception” is predicted to take home two awards, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, even though the movie did not receive any awards at the Golden Globes or the SAG Awards.  “The Social Network” has been predicted to win Best Director at the Oscars.  While Christopher Nolan, director of “Inception”, was declared one of the most original directors in years, David Fincher was simply masterful in his cinematography and in assembling his cast.  Colin Firth from “The King’s Speech” is expected to take home the award for Best Actor.  Other awards are expected to be given out to “True Grit” for Best Supporting Actor, “Never Let Me Go” for Best Supporting Actress and “Black Swan” for Best Actress.  The Academy Awards presentation will be held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California.  Watch this year’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27, 2011 on ABC.

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Taylor P.

The Recent Protests in Egypt and My Appreciation for My Right to be Heard

February 1, 2011

Recent protests in Egypt and Egyptian communities abroad have called for unprecedented change in their homeland in the hopes of achieving a democracy.  The people of Egypt have decided that, due to allegations of corruption in the current government, they no longer want to be ruled by President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled as president for 30 years.  The president, fearful of losing his power, has shut down the Internet, schools, universities, courts and trains.  All the people want is to have a voice and the freedom to exercise their rights.  College graduate, Mohamed Bouazizi, wasn’t able to find work, so he decided to open up his own fruit cart.  The police would not allow it and took away his business, alleging that he needed a permit.  Furthermore, they also proceeded to beat him.  In order to defend the justice he feels all Egyptians should have, he set himself on fire in protest and died for his beliefs, an action many feel sparked subsequent protests.

Recent protests in Egypt and Egyptian communities abroad have called for unprecedented change in their homeland in the hopes of achieving a democracy similar to that envisioned by the forefathers of the United States.Here in the United States, we seem to overlook the great opportunities our forefathers gave us.  They fought for the freedoms we have today, including the right to setup a democratic government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  We should be thankful because people in other countries such as Egypt are still fighting to have their voices heard.  We, as a nation, are fortunate enough to exercise our right to vote, to an education, and to worship as we please.  Throughout our history, countless Americans have given their lives to protect our lawfully given rights.  Let’s be proud of this great nation we live in and hope that the citizens of Egypt have their voices heard!

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Joie Montoya

Ideas in the Shower Could Make You the Next Millionaire!

January 29, 2011

Have you ever had an idea for an invention but thought it might be too crazy to market?  Hang onto that idea, because it might not be as crazy as you think.  A few years ago, Mark Knudsen came up with the idea of “AquaNotes”, which is a waterproof notepad that allows you to write things down while in the shower, such as crazy invention ideas.  Knudsen happened to come up with the idea for this product while he was taking a shower.  He explained in an interview with AOL News that some of his best ideas have come to him in the shower.  His waterproof notepads have helped many people in different professions such as musicians, businesspeople, and even comedians.  Musicians can write down lyrics that come to mind, while businesspeople can jot down some last-minute notes for their next meeting.  Comedians can pen a joke with the help of “AquaNotes” so they don’t have to recall it from memory.  Who would have thought that such a simple novelty like this would be able to assist different people?  Because of Knudsen’s initiative, he was able to make his idea come to life.

Have you ever had an idea for an invention but thought it might be too crazy to market?  Hang onto that idea, because it might not be as crazy as you think.The great thing about the United States is that its people are full of creative ideas.  Most people who come up with a brilliant idea for an invention don’t follow through and produce it, though.  It’s time to turn that trend around!  Where would we be if Steve Jobs or Bill Gates never followed their dreams of creating the first personal computer or operating system?  We all have the potential to do something great with our lives, so the next time you have a great idea or come up with an invention, go for it.  You just have to take the chance because you never know what the outcome might be!

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Joie Montoya

Gabrielle Giffords: Her Recovery

January 26, 2011

On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in Casas Adobes, Arizona.  The shooting took place during her first “Congress on Your Corner” gathering of the year.  Gabrielle was quickly rushed to the University Medical Center at Tucson.  On her way there, she was conscious and able to respond to commands.  Upon arriving at the hospital, she was put into surgery where part of her skull was removed to reduce swelling and to avoid further damage to the brain.  The bullet crossed through her head and exited, which was actually a good sign because most of the bullet’s energy was expended in its trajectory.

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is on the road to recovery following the January 8, 2011 shooting.Mark Kelly, Giffords’ husband, flew from Houston to Tucson with their kids to see his wife as soon as he heard the news.  Gabrielle Giffords was placed in a medically induced coma to allow her brain to rest.  When she was awakened periodically, she was able to signal with her hands and move both arms.  She cannot speak, however, since she is on a ventilator.  On January 12th, she opened her eyes for the first time.  Giffords started some simple physical therapy, such as sitting up with the assistance of hospital staff and moving her legs on command.  On January 15th, a tracheotomy was performed on Giffords’ throat to replace the ventilator with a smaller one to help with independent breathing.  Doctors believe she will recover, although her recovery may take from several months to over one year.

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Taylor P.

 

Thought the weather couldn’t get any more intense? Think again.

January 26, 2011

Please retweetI’ve lived in California my whole life, so just hearing about the winter weather in other parts of the country makes me feel cold.  Many of you have probably heard about the freezing temperatures in the Northeastern United States the morning of January 24, 2011.  With minus 27 degree temperatures, residents in the Northeast avoided going out unless it was absolutely necessary.  Some schools either delayed opening for classes or avoided opening altogether.  Some skiers turned down the offer of skiing on the new blanket of snow, choosing not to risk injury and avoid a trip to the hospital.  Temperatures will feel as cold as minus 50 degrees due to the wind chill.  There are many warnings for citizens to stay inside to avoid frostbite and other winter-related dangers.

Thought the weather in 2010 couldn’t get anymore intense?  The wild weather of 2010 is predicted to continue into 2011.Weather in the United States seems to be getting more intense, especially this past year.  According to meteorologist, Paul Yeager, 2010 was the year with the most dramatic weather in recent memory.  It started off with a widespread cold snap leading to a major tornado outbreak in April.  A ferocious hurricane season kicked off the summer in the East Coast while here in the Los Angeles area, we were experiencing some of the highest temperatures on record.  There are many theories as to why the climate keeps changing such as global warming, the end of times, etc.  Instead of trying to figure out this weather mystery, we should just get prepared.  It has been predicted that we are in for an even rougher winter and brutal summer in 2011, so get those swimsuits ready but don’t forget your coats!

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Joie Montoya