Posted by: enriquecouso | 31/01/2017

The True Story about Mike (part 2)

Mike was a man who liked soccer and saw all matches at the school thanks to the School WiFi Internet connection. He would visit a popular site for soccer and there, he would watch mathes at any time of the day, and just for free.

Clearly, he had priorities, his priority was Clyde FC, an old Scottish club in the second division. His best friend at the school was a teacher of English, Alf. I was told they used to watch the matches and eat popcorn together.

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Posted by: amairgin | 30/01/2017

The True Story about Mike (part 1)

I was coming back home from the library when I saw Mike going into the school building. It was seven o’clock in the evening and only the cleaners were supposed to be working there. Mike was a strange man and some people said he lived in the school. No matter what time of the day you came in the school, he was there, working. He was, in that sense, a very popular man, because everyone at school talked about him. Stories were told that he would never sleep, but correct pupils notebooks and prepare lessons for the next day. But not all the stories were true. Mike was a more common man than you would think at first sight.

Mike was a man who liked soccer and saw all matches at the school thanks to the School WiFi Internet connection. He would visit a popular site for soccer and there, he would watch mathes at any time of the day, and just for free.

Clearly, he had priorities, his priority was Clyde FC, an old Scottish club in the second division. His best friend at the school was a teacher of English, Alf. I was told they used to watch the matches and eat popcorn together.

Posted by: leticiagarca | 05/12/2016

Schizophrenia

WHAT IS SCHIZOPHRENIA?

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that often causes abnormal social behaviors (such as  little emotion, poverty of speech, inability to experience pleasure, lack of desire to form relationships or motivation), difficulty distinguishing between reality and their imagination (due to allucinations).

Causes of this illness are not yet clear, theories range from hereditary causes, to abnormalities on the brain’s chamistry or structure, viral infections, inmune disorders or problems while in the womb.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms usually start during puberty, making them harder to recognice, since they are usually percieved by others as normal teenage behaviors. This symptoms are split into ‘positive’ and ‘negative’.

1.Positive: Changes in behaviour or thoughts, such as hallucinations or delusions.

   1.1 Hallucinations

   1.2 Delusions

   1.3 Disordered thinking and speech

   1.4 Disorganized behavior

2. Negative: Common capabilities that are missing from the person’s personality. They may start years before the first acute schizophrenic episode.

   2.1 Loosing  interest and/or motivation in life and activities.

   2.2 Lack of concentration, isolation, and changes in sleeping habits.

   2.3 Being less likely to initiate conversations and feelings of disconfort when surrounded by people, or feeling there’s nothing to say.

mentalhealthamerica, Schizophrenia – A Quick Intro, Standard Youtube License

SOURCES

[1] Mental Health America, ‘Schizophrenia’, Mental Health America. [Online]. Available: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/schizophrenia. [Accessed: 09-Nov-2016].

[2] Wikipedia contributors, ‘Schizophrenia’, Wikipedia. 07-Nov-2016.

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Posted by: jorgeberest | 03/12/2016

Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression is a human right. The meaning of this expression is the right to express our ideas and opinions without any type of censorship. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted on 10 December 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly) recognizes this right and is also recognized in the laws of the majority of countries.

This right isn’t complete because there are limits which are obvious. There are many limits, among others, these are the most common: we can’t damage any person or organization by lies, we can’t publish anything which violates privacy, we can’t assault against the rights of copyright, we can’t incite the violence or use offensive words.

The beginning of this term was in the Ancient Greece, because they already had the necessity to express their ideas in written form. The first person who is famous because he supported this term is Homer the Greek epic poet who was born between the 12th and 8th century BC.

At present the biggest enemy of this term are the regimes which aren’t democratic like totalitarianism or dictatorship.

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Posted by: letifernandezlodeiro | 01/12/2016

Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya or Knights of the Zodiac, is a Japanese manga written and drawn by the mangaka Masami Kurumada. It was published from 1986 to 1990 in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump by Shueisha. The story follows five warriors or Saints: Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga, Shun and Ikki.

They, and the others Saints have got Cloths or armors to figth and these Cloths design their constellation. They use an energy called Cosmo. The mision of the Saints is saving the Earth and the reincarnation of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

This manga has got an anime adaptation (computer animation) by Toi Animation from 1986 to 1989. Saint Seiya have got more spin-off series:

Next Dimension is drawn and written by Masaki Kurumada and is the official sequel of the original manga.

Episode.G takes place seven years before the original Saint Seiya manga and the main caracter is the Gold Saint, Leo Aioria. This new series is written and drawn by the mangaka Megumu Okada.

Another manga is The Lost Canvas and its author is Shiori Teshirogi. The Lost Canvas tells the story of Tenma, Alone and Sasha 250 years before of the original Saint Seiya.

Saint Seiya has got many projects like novels, movies and concerts. This series has got a long future.

Sources

[1] Wikipedia contributors, ‘Saint Seiya – Wikipedia’. [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Seiya. [Accessed: 19-Oct-2016].

[2]N. Munoz, ‘Saint Seiya Poster Final Full | Nicolas Munoz | Flickr’. [Online]. Available: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolasmunoz/7375656576. [Accessed: 30-Nov-2016].

Posted by: Sara | 06/03/2016

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Pitt, née Angelina Jolie Voight, was born in Los Angeles, California.
When Angelina was 11, the family moved back to Los Angeles from New York. Angelina decided to become an actress. She didn’t enjoy her years at Beverly Hills High School because she was teased for wearing glasses and braces and for being too skinny. She tried to get work as a model, but she couldn’t because she was too short and too thin.
When she was filming Lara Croft in Cambodia she became more interested in humanitarian activities. She has travelled to areas like Darfur, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.

Jolie has been married three times. She married Jonny Lee Miller in 1995 but the couple divorced in 1999. The following year, Jolie married Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton. That union lasted in 2003. Jolie met Brad Pitt during the making of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2004 but they married in August 2014 in France.

Sources
She has got three adopted children: Maddox, Zahara and Pax Thien.
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Posted by: alicialamela | 27/02/2016

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are mental disorders that make us change our eating habits negatively. They affect our physical or mental health. A person with an eating disorder is obssesed about their weight and figure.

There are many types of this disorder:

•Anorexia nervosa: when you have a low weight and usually you see yourself fat when you aren’t, you exercise more than you need, maybe you don’t eat or just a little, you force yourself to vomit…

•Bulimia: when you eat a lot and then you vomit or have a laxative not to get fat.

•Binge eating disorder (BED): you have the necessity of eating a lot.

•Muscle dysmorphia: you feel that your body it’s too skinny and too small, and you’re worried about it.

Usually, they are caused by the idea of society of the perfect body is a very thin body, but it could be associated with a genetic cause or an incident that changes your life. It also happens because of stress, anxiety, depression, psychologic problems…

Some signs to know if you have it, are: missing meals, thinking that you’re fat when you have a normal weight, weakness, fatigue…

At the treatment, a very important thing are family and doctors support, and it can take a long time. It could be at the hospital, a treatment in group or others.

Sources:

[1]UK Department of Health, «Eating disorders – NHS Choices». [Online]. Available: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Eating-disorders/Pages/Introduction.aspx. [Accessed: 01-Feb-2016].

[2]Wikipedia Contributors, «Eating disorder – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia». [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_disorder. [Accessed: 01-Feb-2016].

[3]C. Emery, «hungry? | Flickr – Photo Sharing!». [Online]. Available: https://www.flickr.com/photos/c_emery/5523425885. [Accessed: 22-Feb-2016].

Posted by: evaacampo | 24/02/2016

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is a famous writer. Her true name is Judith Rumelt. She was born in Teheran, Iran. Her parents are American, and when she was ten years old she lived in many countries, for example, France, England and Switzerland. As her family moved so much, she found a home in books. When she was in Los Angeles in her high school she wrote some stories to entertain her friends, including a novel called “The Beatiful Cassandra”, based on a Jane Austen story of the same name. This story gave her the name she uses for her books. After university she lived in many countries like Los Angeles and New York, where she worked in many entertainement magazines. She’s a New York Times best-seller autor of the saga “Shadowhunters and the inmortal instruments”. Cassandra has written nine books about the Shadowhunters world. These books are distributed in a saga of six books (The Mortal Instruments) and in a triology (The Infernal Devices). The first book of the Shadowhunters world is City of Bones, and this book has got  a film.

Sources:

[1]Cassandra Clare, LLC, ‘My Bio | Cassandra Clare’. [Online]. Available: http://www.cassandraclare.com/about/. [Accessed: 22-Feb-2016].

[1]FamousAuthors.org, ‘Cassandra Clare | Biography, Books and Facts’. [Online]. Available: http://www.famousauthors.org/cassandra-clare. [Accessed: 22-Feb-2016].
Posted by: paula9music | 16/02/2016

Bullying

Bullying is when someone disturbs other people all the time. Girls and boys can be bullies, and they do it with children that are smaller, shy or feel more helpless than them.

Bullying can be:

  • Physical, when the bully hits, kicks or pushes the victim.
  • Verbal, when the bully insults the victim.
  • Social, when the bully excludes the victim from activities.

It happens, normally at schools, when there aren’t any teachers or old people seeing what’s happening; and through messages or social webs, when the victim can receive nasty notes, or the bully can start a bad rumor.

Depending on the age, bullying is more intensive or less. By the age of 10, it stays in a 2.4%, and it grows to a 8.2% on children 16 years old.

The children in England are more bullied than children in other countries like Spain, Norway, Germany or South Korea.

The word “bully” was first used in the 1530s meaning “sweetheart”  from the Dutch boel “brother, lover”,  probably the diminutive of Middle High German buole “brother” of uncertain origin.

People think that bullying increases the risk of suicide. Actually, depression is one of the reasons why teens and children do it.

Sources

[1]American Academy of Pediatrics, ‘Bullying: It’s Not OK’, HealthyChildren.org. [Online]. Available: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Bullying-Its-Not-Ok.aspx. [Accessed: 18-Jan-2016].

[2]S. Weale, “English children among the unhappiest in the world at school due to bullying | Society | The Guardian.” [Online]. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/19/english-children-among-unhappiest-world-widespread-bullying. [Accessed: 15-Feb-2016].

[3]Wikipedia contributors, “Bullying – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying. [Accessed: 15-Feb-2016].

Posted by: andreusky | 04/02/2016

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday in United States and Canada. It’s celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and of the second Monday of October, and the people give thanks for what they have. At Thanksgiving, the President of the United States receives a gift of a live turkey.

People get a special meal, and the meal includes a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863.

Why do Americans eat turkey on Thaksgiving Day? Pilgrim Edward Winslow wrote a letter about this now famous meal in 1621 which mentioned this meal before the dinner, and this is the answer.

Traditional foods are a large part of Thanksgiving celebrations, one of popular traditions on Thanksgiving is watching NFL football on TV.

Sources:
[1]Wikipedia Contributors, «Thanksgiving – Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia». [Online]. Available: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving. [Accessed: 15-Feb-2016].
[2]Time and Date AS, [Online]. Available: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/thanksgiving-day. [Accessed: 15-Feb-2016].
[3]Telegraph Media Group Limited, «What is the history of the Thanksgiving Day holiday? Everything you need to know about Turkey Day – Telegraph». [Online]. Available: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12018337/Thanksgiving-day-2015-what-is-the-history-US-usa-black-friday.html. [Accessed: 15-Feb-2016].
[4]Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India, «Thanksgiving Day Traditions – Thanksgiving Traditions, Tradition of Thanksgiving Day». [Online]. Available on: http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/thanksgiving-day-tradition.html. [Accessed: 22-Feb-2016].
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