viernes, 5 de junio de 2009

Latvian blonde parade

Latvian blonde parade to become annual event
RIA Novosti Oksana Dzhadan - 11:3301/06/2009

RIGA, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - A blonde parade will be held annually in the Latvian capital at the end of May, the country's Chas news website reported on Monday.
Some 1,000 people participated in the first blonde parade held on Sunday under the motto: Make the world a brighter place.
"People need positive emotions, especially in hard times. We held this event for the first time and will make it a tradition and hold it annually at the end of May," the website quoted Marika Gederte, the head of the Latvian Blondes Association, as saying.
Sunday's parade was followed by a ball and a competition to find the best "blonde lawyer," "blonde journalist," and others.
Latvia has been one of the hardest hit of all EU states by the global financial crisis. The ex-Soviet republic's government resigned in February after a wave of street protests against a planned increase in VAT and other unpopular measures to curb the economic decline.
International financial organizations are due to grant Latvia 7.5 billion euros in a rescue package before 2011.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:37 PM

As you may have read on the Google Blog today, we just gave Picasa Web Albums a major tune-up -- flipping through photos is now a whole lot faster.
You can see for yourself by visiting any album and hitting the arrow keys as you flip through pictures. Better, yet, take your browser full-screen, and fire up a slideshow -- if you've got a decent broadband connection, you can see our responsiveness at high-resolution by pressing (or holding) the arrow keys.
We're proud of the fact that we've managed to accelerate the photo-viewing experience without compromising on quality -- as always, we still dynamically retrieve and display the largest-size photo that'll fit inside your browser window, up to a whopping 1600px. (Sure beats looking at small, blurry photos.)
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martes, 2 de junio de 2009

Using Photography To Inspire Writing VIII

Using Photography To Inspire Writing VIII

There is no limit to the ways in which you can use photographs to inspire writing, but Hank Kellner covers many of them in his series of articles that will inspire educators AND students to delve into writing through the portal of photography.

by Hank Kellner author of Write What You See: 99 Photographs To Inspire Writing
author's blog / June 1, 2009

“Everything is funny as long as it happens to someone else.” So wrote the American humorist Will Rogers. That statement certainly is true, even though the young boy shown in this photo seems to be unaware of the events that are taking place around him.

One way to use a photo like this one is to present it to students with only a few accompanying “trigger” words designed to stimulate their imaginations. For example, you could pair the photo with words like humor, laughter, jokes, funny situations, or others. Then you could ask the students to write opening paragraphs based on the first thoughts that come to mind when they view the photo/words combination.

To complete the assignment, you could ask the students to write longer works based on their opening paragraphs. In some cases, students may wish to exchange their opening paragraphs before writing their compositions.

Another approach would be to conduct class discussions using thought provoking questions that will help the students formulate ideas for stories, poems, or even expository pieces based on the concept of humor. Students will readily respond to such questions as: (a) What is the little boy in this photo thinking? (b) Why are the two adults laughing? (c) What are some of the funniest things you have ever seen in a film or on television? (d) What does it feel like to have someone laugh at you? (e) Who is the funniest person in your class, and what is funny about this person? (f) What are some things that make you laugh (g) In what ways can laughter be harmful?

Long Live Books and Reading!

Silhouetted against a window, a girl appears to be engrossed in the book she is reading. At a time when motion pictures and television seem to capture the attention of so many people, is this girl the exception rather than the rule? What is it about the book she’s reading that holds her attention? In what way can reading a book be more satisfying than watching a film or television?
To teach specific writing skills, you could ask your students to discuss only the main character in a novel they have read. For this assignment, they should discuss the character they have chosen emo-tionally as well as physically. They should also tell how their characters dealt with conflicts or problems that were important in the novel they chose.

Of course, many students either don’t enjoy reading, or are outwardly hostile to doing so. If that’s true of the students in your classroom, you could ask them to write compositions that cite specific reasons for their aversion to reading.

Behold the Lowly Onion

Students who have handled most onions know that they have to be careful when doing so. If they’ve peeled or chopped onions, they might have cried. If they chewed on them, their mouths might have smarted. Worse yet, some students might have found that people turned away from them after they ate these members of the Allium plant family.

One or more of the responses described above could easily inspire any number of written compositions. Alternatively, you could present your students with several suggested writing assignments.

For example, you could ask them to describe an onion in terms of what it looks like, tastes like, feels like, and smells like. This approach will encourage them to describe an object in terms of sense impressions. On a more creative level, you could ask your students to personify an onion and reveal what it’s like to be peeled, chopped or sliced, added to a salad, and drenched with salad dressing.

Promote Narrative Writing…With Humor

In Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, adjunct Instructor of English Amber Luck promotes narrative writing by showing her students at Hennepin Technical College photographs depicting people in situations in which what is happening isn’t immediately clear. “The assignment,” she writes, “for each student to choose one person in one of the photos and write the story behind the picture from that person’s point of view.” The students then take turns reading their stories aloud to their classmates. “The results are often hilarious,” concludes Luck, “and the assignment works as a community-building exercise, as well as an introduction to narration.”

Create an Image File

At Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Linda Dick uses many interesting, creative techniques to help her students create stories, poems, and expository pieces. In her creative writing classes, for example, she asks them to create an image file: a folder full of magazine images and/or Internet images of anything. “In the classroom,” she writes, “I ask the students to choose one of the images. Then I direct some of them to write a biography, others to create a scene, and still others to create a plot line.” Finally, the students put everything together spontaneously. “In that way,” she concludes, “they learn a great deal about the elements of fiction.”

There Is No Limit

As you can see, there is no limit to the ways in which you can use photographs to inspire writing. You can use them to help teach the different forms of rhetoric. You can use them to help your students write biographies or family histories. You can use them to help teach figures of speech, poems, or short stories. Or, if you wish, you can simply present photographs to your students without comment or discussion and allow them to create compositions based on whatever the photos suggest to them.
Copyright © Hank Kellner, 2009

lunes, 1 de junio de 2009

La joueuse russe Maria Sharapova / RIA Novosti

Roland Garros (F): Sharapova "ne pense qu'à la victoire"
09:47 - 01/ 06/ 2009

PARIS, 1er juin - RIA Novosti. La joueuse russe Maria Sharapova, qui s'est qualifiée dimanche pour les quarts de finale de Roland Garros après une absence de presque dix mois due à une blessure à l'épaule droite, a reconnu ne plus penser qu'à la victoire quand elle se trouve sur le court.
"Tu n'as qu'un objectif: terminer le match sur un victoire. En entrant sur le court, tu oublies ta forme physique, les matchs perdus, tu ne veux qu'une chose: gagner", a indiqué l'ex-numéro un mondiale après sa victoire en huitièmes de finale contre la chinoise Na Li, tête de série N°25, sur le score de 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.
La demi-finaliste de Roland Garros 2007 avait auparavant rencontré la Chinoise à quatre reprises, qui se sont toutes soldées par des victoires en faveur de la Russe. "Elle a sérieusement amélioré le service, et aujourd'hui il a fallu blinder la réception", a-t-elle déclaré, commentant une rencontre de plus de deux heures dont le deuxième set a mis les nerfs de "Masha" à rude épreuve.
La Russe rejoint en quarts de finale sa compatriote Dinara Safina, numéro un mondiale. Elle affrontera la Slovaque Dominika Cibulkova, une adversaire dangereuse, souligne Sharapova, surtout sur terre battue.

"La dernière fois que nous nous sommes rencontrées c'était à Rome. C'était un duel obstiné. On verra qui gagnera cette fois-ci", a indiqué Sharapova.

Air France / RIA Novosti

Avion d'Air France: entre 40 et 60 Français parmi les 216 passagers
20:31 01/ 06/ 2009

VARSOVIE / MOSCOU / PARIS / BERLIN, 1er juin - RIA Novosti. Une majorité des Brésiliens, entre 40 et 60 Français, plus de 20 Allemands et 2 Slovaques figurent parmi les 216 passagers de l'Airbus A-330 d'Air France qui a disparu lundi, à 06h00 GMT, au-dessus de l'Atlantique.

Quelque 60 Brésiliens se trouvaient à bord de l'A-330 qui assurait la liaison entre Rio de Janeiro et Paris avant de disparaître des écrans radars avec 226 passagers (126 hommes, 82 femmes, 7 enfants et un bébé, selon Air France) et 12 membres d'équipage à bord, a annoncé lundi l'assistant du président brésilien Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva.

Selon le ministre français en charge des Transports Jean-Louis Borloo, entre 40 et 60 Français et 25 Allemands figurent parmi les passagers. Toutefois, le ministère allemand des Affaires étrangères n'a pas encore confirmé le nombre des Allemands disparus.

Le ministère slovaque des Affaires étrangères a rapporté que deux Slovaques se trouvaient à bord de l'appareil qui aurait été "foudroyé" au large du Brésil, selon l'hypothèse la plus vraisemblable formulée par François Brousse, porte-parole d'Air France.

Parti dimanche de Rio de Janeiro, à 22h00 GMT, l'Airbus A-330 devait se poser à l'aéroport Roissy de Paris à 09h10 GMT.

Water purified from urine / Ria Novosti

MOSCOW, May 21 (RIA Novosti) - NASA has given astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) permission to drink water that the station's new recycling system has purified from urine.
The decision was transmitted to the crew on Wednesday following a series of tests conducted by NASA experts on 20 liters of recycled water brought back to Earth by several space shuttle expeditions.
"The decision is an important milestone in the development of the station's environmental and life support systems, which will begin supporting six-person crews at the end of May," NASA said in a statement posted on its website.
Current ISS crew Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Mike Barratt and Koichi Wakata celebrated the decision with a toast in the Destiny laboratory, NASA said.
"We are really happy for this day and for the team that put this together. This is the kind of technology that will get us to the moon and further," the U.S. space agency quoted Mike Barratt as saying.
NASA has spent decades perfecting a system to transform urine into water that can be used in space for drinking, food preparation and washing. Agency officials say the water from the system is cleaner than U.S. tap water.
Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission delivered the $250-mln Water Recovery System to the station in November 2008 and it has been in operation since March.
The system is tied into the station's Waste and Hygiene Compartment toilet and processes urine through six steps, including the addition of iodine to kill microbes. It also recovers and recycles moisture from the station's atmosphere.
"Space station crews will monitor the purity of the recycled water with on-board equipment and periodically send down samples for testing on Earth," NASA said.
NASA experts estimate the new system will provide roughly half of the crew's water intake in -the future.