Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
His first film as a director was made in 1942, Aniki-Bóbó, and it was about a poor boy who lived in Oporto streets.
Today with 100 years, it's really amazing his capacity of working and facing life with such a young spirit!
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
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.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
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
Listen, repeat and practise your English pronunciation!
Sunday, 16 November 2008
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.
Thursday, 6 November 2008
Obama's victory speech:
Thursday, 30 October 2008
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.
Friday, 17 October 2008
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.
I've chosen the best to share with you.
"Some problems are huge to be solved alone." So, Stand up and Take Action!"
" Don' t waste food and you're helping."
Thursday, 16 October 2008
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
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
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
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
Click here and sing with the Beatles.
Friday, 26 September 2008
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.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
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".
Monday, 1 September 2008
Holidays are over. It's time to work now. Are you ready?
I wish all the students a good school year.
_" The roots of 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
Run the Planet
Discover the Olympic Games for yourself.
Monday, 14 July 2008
Monday, 7 July 2008
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.
See? You've forgotten me already!
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Thursday, 19 June 2008
On June 19 , Garfield will celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Friday, 13 June 2008
A new star is born. Listen to the hit "Mercy" and sing along!
Thursday, 12 June 2008
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
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Monday, 9 June 2008
Portugal Day , officially Day of Camões, Portugal and the Portuguese Communities, marks the date of Luís de Camões' death in June 10, 1580.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
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?
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?
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?
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
Sunday, 1 June 2008
I had a dream.....
All children would be happy.
love and tenderness
Ana Pereira ; Catarina Silva- 8th C
Friday, 30 May 2008
A child's heart is full of love
Bearing all the burden
Even the uncertain..
A child's tears happy or sad
Are real from within
Brought on by confusion..
A child thinks of only good
No matter what has happened
But their souls will never mend..
Hold a child oh so close
Don't ever let them go
Like the first fallen snow..
Is all that they say and more
Is to tear at God's core..
A child's heart is full of love
Not to bear the burden
Ever so certain..
I have chosen this lovely poem to celebrate the International Children' s Day.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
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.
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Monday, 26 May 2008
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.
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.
Friday, 23 May 2008
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