Tuesday, 30 December 2008

New Year Wishes

I wish you Health...
So you may enjoy each day in comfort.

I wish you the Love of friends and family...
And Peace within your heart.

I wish you the Beauty of nature...
That you may enjoy the work of God.

I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities...
For those things that really matter in life.

I wish you Generousity so you may share...
All good things that come to you.

I wish you Happiness and Joy...
And Blessings for the New Year.

I wish you the best of everything...
That you so well deserve.

~ Author Unknown to me ~

I wish all the students, teachers and my friends a
"Happy New Year!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

The oldest fim director in the World: Manoel de Oliveira

Manoel de Oliveira was born in Oporto, Portugal, on December 11 (but he was only registry in the next day) of 1908, to a family of wealthy industrialists. Since his early days he desired to become an actor, later he decided that it would be best to become film maker. He made some distinctive representation as actor like in the second Portuguese sound film, A Canção de Lisboa (1933).

His first film as a director was made in 1942, Aniki-Bóbó, and it was about a poor boy who lived in Oporto streets.

He is still working and he is the Portuguese film director with more awards. Since 2001, he is the oldest director in the world who is still active, and remains one of the most influential film makers in Europe. "Cristóvão Colombo - O Enigma" (Christopher Columbus - The enigma) is the last film he directed so far and as strange as you can imagine he still have two projects in mind!

Today with 100 years, it's really amazing his capacity of working and facing life with such a young spirit!


Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Human rights declaration 60 years old

The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be marked globally on Wednesday 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

What are human rights?

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

Link: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Thursday, 4 December 2008


What is self-esteem?

The term self-esteem comes from a Greek word meaning "reverence for self." The "self" part of self-esteem pertains to the values, beliefs and attitudes that we hold about ourselves. The "esteem" part of self-esteem describes the value and worth that one gives oneself. Simplistically self-esteem is the acceptance of ourselves for who and what we are at any given time in our lives.

Be yourself!

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

International Day of Disabled People_ 3rd December

What is the International Day of Disabled People about?

On the 3rd December 1982, the UN General Assembly decided on the World Programme of Action for Disabled People. The United Nations committed itself and its members to promote the full participation of disabled people in social life and development as well as prevention and rehabilitation measures.

Disabled people are not yet fully considered within international development issues. They are still excluded from society in many countries of the world. Even where effective disability legislation is in place, the implementation lacks ideas and is hindered by negative attitudes towards disabled people.

Facts and figures

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 600 million disabled people worldwide, about 10% of the world population. It is also estimated that about 80% of all disabled people worldwide live in developing countries.

More and more, disability is seen as a social issue which is not only based on medical reasons. The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Therefore the reasons for disability are always complex and can only be understood within the context of societies and cultures.

What does inclusion mean?

Inclusion is applied to a variety of fields such as education, employment, society in general or international development. Inclusion means the acceptance of all people and is not limited to disabled people but also includes other marginalized groups such as immigrants, women, poor people or people with HIV/AIDS.
In the disability field the concept is best known through inclusive education or inclusive development, promoting the consideration of disabled people in all aspects of school or international development.

"Disabled People deserve the same rights"

Monday, 24 November 2008

Learning English

Some tips about how to learn the English language.

  • Don't read subtitles in your language while you watch T.V.
  • Learn grammar and vocabulary using visual, auditory and spoken methods.
  • Read English magazines.
  • Children might enjoy learning in a kitchen while drinking milk after school.
  • Learn English by reading, listening, studying, and asking questions; practice what you learn by speaking and writing.
  • Dictation is an excellent way to improve your listening and spelling skills. Have a friend read a few paragraphs from a book or a newspaper. Write down what you think you hear. Compare what you have written with the actual text.

  • Listen, repeat and practise your English pronunciation!

    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    World No-Tobacco Day

    No-Tobacco Day is celebrated tomorrow,17th November, in Portugal.
    The advertising agency DDB Portugal have sponsored a series of DDB alerts, posters warning about the effects of smoking on length of life and enjoyment of life. The phrase used in each poster translated into English: “It’s not just the life you lose, but what you lose in life”. Tobacco is the third cause death in Portugal. It’s a contagious habit.

    The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.
    The purpose of World No Tobacco Day is to encourage countries and governments to work towards strict regulation of tobacco products. It's important to raise awareness about the existence of the wide variety of deadly tobacco products. Regulation should also help people get accurate information about tobacco products – traditional, new, and future.

    Although World No Tobacco Day is only one day of the year, the efforts to spread the message about the dangers of tobacco use need to continue throughout the year.

    The tobacco industry catches You : learn more about its advertising, promotion and sponsorship tactics and how they are a threat to you.

    Tobacco-Free Youth interactive Website click here.

    Thursday, 6 November 2008

    Obama elected USA President

    In 2004, a young and largely unknown politician delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. It was a stellar performance, and big things were predicted from the Illinois state senator, Barack Obama. Obama is the first African American to be elected President of the United States of America. He is the 44th President of the USA.

    Obama's victory speech:

    Thursday, 30 October 2008

    Breast Cancer Prevention

    Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the cells of the breast in women and men. Worldwide, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer after lung cancer (10.4% of all cancer incidence, both sexes counted) and the fifth most common cause of cancer death.In 2005, breast cancer caused 502,000 deaths worldwide (7% of cancer deaths; almost 1% of all deaths). Because the breast is composed of identical tissues in males and females, breast cancer also occurs in males. Incidences of breast cancer in men are approximately 100 times less common than in women, but men with breast cancer are considered to have the same statistical survival rates as women.

    In the month of October, breast cancer is recognized by survivors, family and friends of survivors and/or victims of the disease. A pink ribbon is worn to recognize the struggle that sufferers face when battling the cancer.

    Pink for October is an initiative started by Matthew Oliphant, which asks that any sites willing to help make people aware of breast cancer, change their template or layout to include the color pink, so that when visitors view the site, they see that the majority of the site is pink. Then after reading a short amount of information about breast cancer, or being redirected to another site, they are aware of the disease itself.

    Researchers are constantly seeking new methods for the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of this virulent cancer. The success of this research has played a big part in the early detection and successful treatment of more cases of breast cancer in recent years. New treatments are constantly being sought to effectively seek out any potentially cancerous cells in a woman’s body. This reduces the number of cases of breast cancer significantly.

    Thanks to this continued research, many more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. The recovery rate has steadily been increasing. Early detection and treatment is the key to this success.

    Monthly breast self-examination and routine mammography help detect breast cancer early.

    There are two steps to breast self-examination: inspection and palpation.
    • Inspection: While standing in front of a mirror, inspect all aspect of the breasts for any changes in size, shape, contour, or symmetry. Place close attention to any skin dimpling, discoloration, or change in the nipple.
    • Palpation: Examination through touching may be performed while standing in the shower, or when lying flat, with a folded towel placed behind the back on the side you are examining. Palpation is performed with the fingertips of the index, middle, and ring fingers. Systematically palpate lightly and then more deeply. Carefully knead the tissue in an attempt to detect any change in consistency or a lump. There are several approaches for examining the breast.
    Free MD - your interactive medical library; Wikipedia

    Friday, 17 October 2008

    Stand up Take Action against Poverty

    Today we have joined millions of people standing up worldwide for better health care and education. At half past nine all the teachers talked about Poverty and the students were motivated to write their message, in a paper with the shape of a foot. Among other songs, "Imagine" by John Lennon, could be heard, inside and outside school. It was really beautiful!
    With our feet, we can walk and run. So, it's time too start running and do something to minimize the suffering of millions of people around the world. In the brake, a photo, with all the students holding their message, was taken. This was a global activity.

    In the English class, I've told my students of the 9thB to write some messages.
    I've chosen the best to share with you.

    "Some problems are huge to be solved alone." So, Stand up and Take Action!"
    Patrícia /Fábio

    "The World needs to join hands with people in need"
    João Ferreira/ Tiago

    " I am a lucky girl since I've got food, access to education and a family."

    " Don' t waste food and you're helping."
    Maria / Gonçalo

    "Please don't let the children starve! Do something!"

    Thursday, 16 October 2008

    International Day for the Eradiation of Poverty- 17th October

    Poverty is considered a deprivation of human rights and people affected by it are left without a voice or other means to express their hardships. In an effort to raise awareness about their situation, the World Day to End Extreme Poverty was established on October 17, 1987. In 1992, through a resolution of the General Assembly, October 17th was recognized by the United Nations as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. An important aspect of the day is the unification of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become agents for changing the structures which create poverty.
    Through action, we can make change. October 17th is the beginning of global action for the eradication of poverty and the betterment of the lives of the world's citizens. Through commemoration, respect, action, and knowledge, the eradication of poverty will be realized.

    Between Friday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 19, do your part to STAND UP and TAKE ACTION. The final goal is not to beat another Guinness World Record, but to show the true impact of collective mobilisation over growing citizen's awareness and involvement

    Healthy Eating

    Today, 16th October, it's the World Food Day.

    Time to think about Health and Nutrition.

    Are you eating healthily?

    Have fun and learn about healthy habits. Click here

    Wednesday, 15 October 2008

    World Food Day_16th October

    World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that "food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity"

    Agriculture may have become a minor player in many industrialized economies, but it must play a starring role on the world stage if we are to bring down the curtain on hunger.
    Only investment in agriculture - together with support for education and health - will turn this situation around.
    Most of the world's farmers are small-scale farmers. As a group, they are the biggest investors in agriculture. They also tend to have inadequate or precarious access to food themselves. If they can make a profit with their farming, they can feed their families throughout the year and reinvest in their farms by purchasing fertilizer, better quality seed and basic equipment.

    Some 850 million people go hungry every day. It is a massive number, but what it means to many is tough decisions and risky behaviours in order to survive.
    World Food Day, happening Oct. 16th, offers the chance to stand with those suffering due to hunger. The theme for 2008 is “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy”. Food Security is about ensuring people have both the availability and access to nutritious foods. This year’s theme for World Food Day points out how food security is being compromised by both climate change and the conversion of foods to biofuel. Climate change is creating drought that can ruin crops, and the reduction of available food in a local economy increases prices of the food items that remain available.

    Friday, 3 October 2008

    Why laugh?

    A healthy, non-ridiculing and connecting laughter provides physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits you probably never realized or imagined. We are born with the gift of laughter.

    So, learn to laugh, and live, all over again
    . You will feel better about yourself and others, better about the world around you and better about those events that take place in your life.

    Why laugh ? And how will it help you ?

    Here are just three reasons to laugh.... and keep laughing:

    • It strengthens your immune system.
    • It makes your cheeks sore.
    • It actually increases your intellectual performance

    Thursday, 2 October 2008


    The Beatles- "Michelle"

    John Lennon invited McCartney over to college parties when he was still in high school, and French culture was a trend. Paul would try to fit in by sitting in a corner and pretending to be French. He would play little tunes in French, but he only knew a few French words so he would groan or make words up. John told him that he should make it into a real song for Rubber Soul, so he asked his friend Ivan Vaughan, whose wife was a French teacher, for a French name and some words to rhyme with it. Vaughan came up with "Michelle, ma belle." McCartney came up with the next line, "These are words that go together well," and Vaughan taught him the French translation, "Sont des mots qui vont tres bien ensemble," which he used in the song as well. When he played it for Lennon, John suggested the "I love you" part in the middle. (thanks, Klasic Rok - Battle Ground, WA)
    The song is not based on any particular woman. They chose the name because it sounded good.

    Click here and sing with the Beatles.

    Friday, 26 September 2008

    "Fusion Man"_ makes historic Channel flight

    The Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy flew from England to France Friday propelled by a jetpack strapped to his back -- the first person to cross the English Channel in such a way.
    Rossy, a pilot who normally flies an Airbus airliner, crossed the 22 miles between Calais and Dover at speeds of up to 120 mph in 13 minutes, his spokesman said.
    When the white cliffs of Dover came into view, he opened a blue and yellow parachute and drifted down in light winds to land in a British field where he was mobbed by well-wishers.
    "Everything was perfect," he said afterwards. "I showed that it is possible to fly a little bit like a bird."
    Rossy traced the route of French aviator Louis Bleriot, who became the first person to fly across the Channel in an aircraft in 1909.
    The Swiss pilot was propelled by four kerosene-burning jet turbines attached to a wing on his back. He ignited the jets inside a plane before jumping out more than 8,000 feet above ground.
    After a period of free fall he opened the wing and soared across the water. With no steering controls, the only way to change direction was like a bird, moving his head and back.

    from Reuters
    Watch this video

    Wednesday, 24 September 2008

    Paralympic Games

    The Paralympic Games are a multi-sport event for athletes with physical, mental, and sensorial disabilities. This includes athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Games are held every four years, following the Olympic Games, and are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The Paralympic Games are sometimes confused with the Special Olympics World Games, which are only for people with intellectual disabilities. But may still take part in the Paralympic games .
    For the most recent games in Beijing, see 2008 Summer Paralympics.

    ( Wikipedia )

    A Tribute to the Paralympics

    Tuesday, 2 September 2008

    Hurricane Gustave

    Hurricane Gustav is moving inland from the US Gulf coast after the worst of the storm missed New Orleans - the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
    Gustav, which brought torrential rain, has now weakened to a tropical storm.
    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin advised the two million people who had fled inland ahead of Gustav's arrival to stay away from the city for at least another day."Re-entry is just days away, but residents shouldn't return Tuesday," Mr Nagin said, adding that officials would check the scale of damage.

    "Trees are down all over the city, power lines are down all over the city, and there is a significant number of homes and businesses without energy".

    BBC News

    Monday, 1 September 2008

    Holidays are over

    Holidays are over. It's time to work now. Are you ready?
    I wish all the students a good school year.

    The English teacher, Isabel Silva

    Quotations: Back to School

    _" The roots o
    f education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." ~Aristotle

    _"As long there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. " ~Author Unknown

    _ "
    He who opens a school door, closes a prison." ~Victor Hugo

    _ "Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." ~Chinese Proverb

    _"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." ~Henry Ford

    Saturday, 16 August 2008

    The Origin of the Olympic Games

    How did the Olympic Games get started? The ancient Olympic Games were primarily a part of a religious festival in honor of Zeus, the father of the Greek gods and goddesses. The festival and the games were held in Olympia, a rural sanctuary site in the western Peloponnesos. The Greeks that came to the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia shared the same religious beliefs and spoke the same language. The athletes were all male citizens of the city-states from every corner of the Greek world, coming from as far away as Iberia (Spain) in the west and the Black Sea (Turkey) in the east. The ancient Olympic Games began in the year 776 bC, when Koroibos, a cook from the nearby city of Elis, won the stadion race, a foot race 600 feet long. According to some literary traditions, this was the only athletic event of the games for the first 13 Olympic festivals or until 724 bC. From 776 bC, the Games were held in Olympia every four years for almost 12 centuries. Additional athletic events were gradually added until, by the 5th century bC, the religious festival consisted of a five-day program. The athletic events included: three foot races (stadion, diaulos, and dolichos) as well as the pentathlon (five contests: discus, javelin, long jump, wrestling, and foot race), pugme (boxing), pale (wrestling), pankration, and the hoplitodromos. Additional events, both equestrian and for humans, were added throughout the course of the history of the Olympic Games. Equestrian events, held in the hippodromos, were an important part of the athletic program of the ancient Olympic Games and by the 5th century bC included the tethrippon and the keles. The marathon was not an event of the ancient Olympic games. The marathon is a modern event that was first introduced in the Modern Olympic Games of 1896.

    Run the Planet

    Discover the Olympic Games for yourself.

    You are about to go back in time to the first Olympiad in the year 776 B.C.

    click here and the adventure will begin!

    Monday, 14 July 2008

    Summer Quiz

    If you don't know how to spend your leisure time, test your knowledge of far away places, customs and culture with a 10-question Quiz.

    You can choose different levels. Try it, learn and you will have fun!

    Monday, 7 July 2008

    Summer jokes

    Q: What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer's day?
    A: I'm bacon!

    Will you remember me in an hour?
    Will you remember me in a day?
    Will you remember me in a week?
    Will you remember me in a month?
    Will you remember me in a year?

    I think you won't.
    Yes, I will.
    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    See? You've forgotten me already!

    Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon...
    the two most beautiful words in the English language.
    Quotation ~ Henry James

    Wednesday, 2 July 2008

    Summer Holidays

    Another school year has finished. Some of you have studied very hard to succeed, while the lazy students have to study more next year. I hope you enjoy yourselves a lot and we will meet again in September.

    English Teacher, Isabel Silva

    \Summer \

    Saturday, 21 June 2008

    Tall Summer Ice Cream Cone

    The cute boy can really balance his cone....and that's because he has already fed many giraffes.

    for more funny pictures see:
    Cartoons and Colour Pages

    Thursday, 19 June 2008

    Garfield, the cat

    Garfield is a daily-syndicated comic strip created by Jim Davis. It chronicles the life of the title character, Garfield, a tabby cat, his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and the dog, Odie. As of 2007, it is syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals and it currently holds the Guinness.
    World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip.The popularity of the strip has led to an animated television series, several animated television specials and two theatrical feature-length live-action films, as well as a large amount of Garfield merchandise. Garfield pokes fun at pet owners and their relationship with their pets, often with the pet as the true master of the household. Garfield also struggles with human problems, such as diets, Mondays, apathy, and boredom.

    On June 19 , Garfield will celebrate its 30th anniversary.

    Friday, 13 June 2008

    The new white soul singer: Duffy Springfield

    She has emerged from deepest Wales and is considered the potentially best new musical name of 2008. To those involved in Duffy’s journey towards the spotlight, it is a source of wonder that someone so gifted should come from the background she does. For in terms of pop awareness, she grew up virtually illiterate, firstly in the tiny coastal community of Nefyn (population 2,550 at the last census), then later in Letterstone, Pembrokeshire. Welsh is her mother tongue, English her second language.
    A new star is born. Listen to the hit "Mercy" and sing along!

    Thursday, 12 June 2008

    Art of Food Carving

    Watermelons, turnips, pineapples and many other fruits and vegetables can be carved and combined into either elegantly simple or very elaborate center pieces or accents for your picnic table or indoor party decorations. The art of carving foods is an Eastern custom that has been adopted by creative food preparers around the world. In Thailand and Japan food carving is considered part of the presentation of the meal. The stunning designs that can be created makes the food the center of attention when you serve your guests. No need to worry about what else is on the table! Some of the more elaborate carvings can take hours to get just right, but practice makes it go faster and soon you'll find yourself designing your own patterns for watermelons, radishes, and any fruit or vegetable that can hold it's form when carved.
    A hollow carved watermelon is a perfect centerpiece and serving bowl for a fresh melon salad. Here's a few easy examples for you to try for your next summer gathering.

    If you want to try it click here for carving directions

    Monday, 9 June 2008

    Portugal Day- 10th June

    Portugal Day , officially Day of Camões, Portugal and the Portuguese Communities, marks the date of Luís de Camões' death in June 10, 1580.

    Camões wrote the Lusiads, Portugal's national epic celebrating Portuguese history and achievements. Although it is only officially celebrated in Portugal, Portuguese descendents throughout the world celebrate the holiday whether they live in Brazil, India, the US, Canada, another European country, or Macau. The poem is mainly about the 16th century Portuguese explorations, which brought fame and fortune to Portugal. Camões' poem, considered one of the finest and most important works in Portuguese literature, became a symbol for the greatness of the Portuguese nation.


    Wednesday, 4 June 2008

    An environmental conscience poem

    Can you stare into my eyes
    and declare you haven't thought
    about the fate of the future?

    Can you look me in the face
    and say the race to save the planet
    is already lost?

    Do you feel you lack the speed
    and that it's easier to concede
    than to be crusaders?

    Are you scared to raise your hand
    and stand beside me
    to fight the battle?

    Does every pleading word I write
    merely light up a candle
    for those about to die?

    If I beg you on my knees
    will you please raise your arm
    and speak out about the harm
    that continues day by day
    and try to stop it?
    Graeme King, an Australian poet

    World Environment Day- 5th June

    World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to raise environmental awareness and to encourage action to protect our Planet.
    This event is celebrated each year on 5th June and the purpose is to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues and encourage political action.

    Are you are Green Person? In the English class, 9th C, we have expressed our feelings in short slogans:
    "Be a green member and go to school by bus.";"In alternative energies we should bet for a cleaner world to get."; "Do not destroy our forests, they are our Heart."; "Save water, our future treasure." We have also planted trees, as a symbolic act, with the help of the Coordinator of the project "Eco-Escolas", teacher Graça Pereira. We have some photos, taken by our English teacher, Isabel Silva, to share with you.

    Tuesday, 3 June 2008

    Freestlyle Football

    Freestyle football, also known as freestyle soccer, is the art of juggling with a football using feet, knees, lower legs, chest, shoulders, and head while simultaneously performing creative, skillful moves and keeping the ball airborne. It has become a widespread sport across the world and is played by many people.

    Watch and learn with Bily Wingrove

    Sunday, 1 June 2008

    Universal Children' s Day

    I had a dream.....

    All children would be happy.

    All children would never work.
    They would go to school.
    They would have a family
    Because all children need
    love and tenderness

    I wish all children were very happy!!!

    Ana Pereira ; Catarina Silva- 8th C

    Friday, 30 May 2008

    A Child's Heart

    A child's heart is full of love

    Bearing all the burden

    Holding on to every promise
    Even the uncertain..

    A child's tears happy or sad
    Are real from within

    The cries come from their soul
    Brought on by confusion..

    A child thinks of only good
    No matter what has happened

    They love their mom and dad
    But their souls will never mend..

    Hold a child oh so close
    Don't ever let them go

    A gift from the all mighty
    Like the first fallen snow..

    Unconditional love
    Is all that they say and more

    To take advantage of that
    Is to tear at God's core..

    A child's heart is full of love
    Not to bear the burden

    But to love life to the fullest
    Ever so certain..

    ~~ Author Unknown ~~

    I have chosen this lovely poem to celebrate the International Children' s Day.

    Thursday, 29 May 2008

    Euro 2008 is about to begin

    The Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has named his 23-man squad for the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.
    Full squad for Euro 2008:
    Goalkeepers: Ricardo (Real Betis), Quim (Benfica), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon).
    Defenders: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Bosingwa (Porto), Bruno Alves (Porto), Jorge Ribeiro (Boavista), Miguel (Valencia), Fernando Meira (Stuttgart), Pepe (Real Madrid).
    Midfielders: Petit (Benfica), Deco (Barcelona), Raúl Meireles (Porto), Miguel Veloso (Sporting Lisbon), João Moutinho (Sporting Lisbon).
    Forwards: Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Simão Sabrosa (Atlético Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Nani (Manchester United), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), Ricardo Quaresma (Porto), Helder Postiga (Panathinaikos).
    The Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping to continue his club heroics on the international stage next month after making the squad and he is joined by the Old Trafford team-mate Nani. The Chelsea new boy José Bosingwa joins Blues the duo Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira in the final squad. The only surprise absentee is the Internazionale midfielder Maniche who played a key role in the Portugal side that reach the final of Euro 2004 and the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup. The Valencia defender Marco Caneira also misses out with the Boavista's Jorge Ribeiro getting the nod. The Reserve goalkeeper Rui Patricio is the only uncapped player in the squad.
    Portuguese players are set to complete their preparations with a friendly against Georgia on next Saturday, 31st May, ahead of Group A fixtures against Turkey, Czech Republic and Switzerland and Scolari is confident in his squad selection.

    Let' s watch the matches and applaud our players.

    ( adapted from "Sky Sports")

    Best Moments of the Portuguese Selection: World Cup 2006

    Tuesday, 27 May 2008

    Downhill Cheese Rolling Race

    The Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is an annual event held in the month of May at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester in England. It is traditionally by and for the people of Brockworth - the local village, but now people from over the world take part. The event takes its name from the hill it occurs on. From the top of the hill a round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled, and competitors race down the hill after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese, what is very difficult to achieve. Accurate information is hard to come by, but the tradition is at least 200 years old. Suggestions have been made that the event may either date back to Roman times or have been a pagan healing ritual, but there is no evidence for this. Due to the steepness and uneven surface of the hill there are usually a number of injuries, ranging from sprained ankles to broken bones and concussion.
    This year the event took place yesterday, 26th May. If you are curious about it and you want to know the race results , click here.

    Monday, 26 May 2008

    International Children's Day

    The International Children's Day (ICD) is celebrated in numerous countries, usually (but not always) on 1st June each year.The United Nations General Assembly recommended in 1954 that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and of activity promoting the welfare of the world's children.The date of 20 November marks the day in which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989 and is often the day chosen by countries as their own designated day to observe Universal Children's Day. State governments are responsible for passing legislation providing a day and name appropriate for their compliance with the United Nations.
    Poverty is a major cause of children becoming separated from the safety and protection of their families. Separated children are often statistically 'invisible' because they are absent from data collected from households, schools, clinics and workplaces. They are living on the streets, in institutions or in forced labour. Over 50 million babies a year are never officially registered at birth.
    Every child should have access to Health, Education, Equality, Protection and Love. If you want to help one of the suffering children in the World, contact the Unicef or Red Cross.

    adapted from Wikipedia
    Sofia Rodrigues - 9th C
    Márcia Oliveira - 9th C

    Luís Figo Foundation

    The Luís Figo Foundation is, a non-profit institution, based on the personality of Luís Figo, a Portuguese citizen moved by an ideal — perfection — and a passion — sports. The foundation seeks to provide children and teens — especially those who are underprivileged — with conditions and opportunities for fully realizing their potential as people and citizens through sports. The foundation also seeks to improve the standard of living of underprivileged children and teens.
    The Luís Figo Foundation develops its own social intervention programmes and projects, with the support of its founding patrons, Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, BPN — Banco Português de Negócios, Coca-Cola and Galp Energia. With the help of third parties the foundation develops and implements its projects, while working with other public and/or private bodies to address pressing social needs.
    On 24 January 2008 Luís Figo became a "Stop TB Ambassador". The Stop TB Partnership
    which is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, is a network of more than 600 organizations, countries, patient groups, donors from the public and private sectors, and nongovernmental and governmental organizations working together to eliminate TB. The project's aim is to entertain children and young adults while educating them about TB.
    "Tuberculosis is one of the unfairest fouls in the game of life," Figo said on the occasion of the announcement. "I am grateful to the Stop TB Partnership for giving me the opportunity to help protect the world's people against this terrible illness."
    And the World is grateful to him to support such noble causes.

    If you want to score a goal with Luís Figo click here

    Friday, 23 May 2008

    Wonders of the World

    Various lists of the Wonders of the World have been compiled over the ages to catalogue the most spectacular man-made constructions and natural things in the world.
    The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the remarkable man-made creations of classical antiquity, and was based on guide-books popular among Hellenic sight-seers and only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it to be magical.
    Many similar lists have been made, including lists for the Medieval World and the Modern World
    (From Wikipedia )

    The New Seven Wonders of the World