Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour! Lights out! Energy saved!

Yesterday, Mar 29 - Towns and cities around the world turned out the lights for an hour to highlight the threat from climate change.

Sydney's picture-perfect harbour was the first to be plunged into darkness to observe Earth Hour, the greenhouse awareness initiative launched in the city in 2007.

According to Reuters, more than 2.2 million Sydney-siders took part in the event which was observed around the world at more than 370 locations. Our country was represented by our capital city. Way to go Caracas!!!

This was a great initiative, what impressed me the most is that it was organized and supported by young people from all over the world. What an example to follow.... Can Maracaibo participate next year? We'll see.. it's up to us!

What about you? are you thinking green? How can we in our country and schools help others to think green and do something to save the world...

Source: Reuters

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

From Venezuela to the World!!!

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Last Year, our Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela participated at the Proms 2007. But, what was this Proms 2007? ... Well, according to Wikipedia:

The Proms (also more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC) is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, United Kingdom.

This was the program that wonderful night:

Symphony No. 10 in E minor (45 mins)



West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (22 mins)


Huapango (8 mins)


Danzón No. 2 (9.5 mins)


Estancia - Suite (12 mins)
Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel conductor

Let's listen to Dudamel talk about the orchestra:

Reading the reviews of the show, I found the following comment:

The most talked about Prom of the season, however, came from the incandescent young conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (Prom 48), whose unreserved joy and exuberance possibly distilled the essence of the Proms. These young musicians demonstrated just how accessible and enjoyable classical music can be, and it was impossible for anyone, from absolute amateur to academic, to resist being swept up in the tumult of exhilaration, and will remain my most enduring of Proms memories.

This is where the show in the video took place. For more information on this great event, visit the following links:
Now, What do you think about our Orchestra?

Monday, March 24, 2008

What is the Internet?

VideoJug: Internet Basics

Internet Basics

What is the "Internet"?

Nobody knows what the internet is. Certainly nobody knows what the internet is anymore, because it's constantly, constantly changing. It is technically, officially an interconnected series of worldwide computers that allow for an exchange of all kinds of information, an emails, and protocols, video and graphics, but one of the key fundamentals in the history of the internet is that it was designed during the cold war, it was partly a response to Sputnik, and all of a sudden the department of defense and the United States government freaked out and the Advanced Research Projects Agency was founded, quickly made a part of the Department of Defense, and one of the initial origins for this network had to do with how would we decentralize communications in the event of a nuclear attack. How could the communications infrastructure reside and be contained in multiple locations, so that no one centralized place could be knocked out, and that was one of the fundamental concept behind the origins of what then became the internet, but this evolved through several academic and technological and government projects, and gradually grew into the internet we now have today, along the way, different things got standardized, packet switching and different kinds of communication protocols, until eventually what we have now is servers and computers, and hosts that exist all over the world, there is no, there is no one place where we can grab the internet, it's now become this technological expression of mass conscientious and information.

What can I do on the Internet?

What do you want to do on the internet? Asking what you can do on the internet is like asking “what can I spell with the alphabet?” You can surf for websites, look up movie show times, find out the weather anywhere in the world, see pictures of your house from outer space. You can also rent movies, read reviews on movies, find out who is in a particular movie and you can listen to music, buy music, explore new artists. You can meet friends, you can meet enemies, you can have conversations, you can have monologues, you can send photographs and movies. You can even share your life or you could find ways to hide your life.

Source: Videojug

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

100 stories to practice your English

I visited teacher Berta Leiva's blog "Let's keep in touch"and found this excellent resource for you to practice an improve your English. 100 free short English stories for ESL learners with listening, grammar, comprehension, and dictation exercises.

Hope you enjoy it.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Best Students! First TermJanuary-April 2008

Announcing our Best Students of the First Term:
  • Level 2 R212: Isbely Alvarado and Rosselyn Gutierrez
  • Level 1 P111: Yrleni Vasquez, Silvia palomares, Rozanny Marcano, Laura Fuenmayor, Sonia Aguilar, Sindy Merchan and Anna Galban. Ruddy Rodriguez and Mairim Mavarez are also Chicas 20.
  • Level 5 S511: Julianna Paz, Ayatola Nuñez, Mariangely caldera, Eucaris Garcia, Benito Valles, Angel Pereira and AngeloPardi. Also in this group are Paola Medina, Julieta Paz ad Lorena Santucci.
  • Level 6 G611: Gabriel Becerra, Joselin Estaba,Patricia Perche, Luis Perez, Eugenia Perez, Amanda Perozo, Daniela Soto and Kokei Wong.
  • Level 7 T711: Diego Añez, Nathali Carrasqquero, Ayman Dabian, Andrea ferrer, Luis Godoy, Claudia Hernandez, Daniela Jimenez, Amanda Perozo, Alexis pirela, Angel Quesada, and Daniel Torrealba.
  • Level 1 G102: Judith Urdaneta.
  • Level 2 H221: Nelson Coronado, Miguel fernandez, Angel Govea, Michell Solano and Karla Villalobos
  • Level 2 M201: Daniela D'Apollo, Ohanian Maldonado, and Viviana Pereira.
  • Level 5 D522: Lorena Alvarez, carlos Atencio, Argenis mdina, maxyori Ochoa, Jose perozo, Cesar Urdaneta and Cindy Vilchez.
  • Level 5 D542: Jose Barboza, and Ana Romero.
  • Level 8 S822: Nathalie Chacon, and Soleil Machado.
Congratulations to you all! Keep on working and shining!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Johan Santana!

Happy Birthday to you!!! Today the world celebrate's our Johan Santana's birthday. He turns 29 this year. About him, Wikipedia tells us:

Johan Alexander Santana Araque (born March 13, 1979) is a Major League Baseball left-handed starting pitcher who plays for the Minnesota Twins. He is a 2-time American League Cy Young Award winner (both unanimous selections).

Santana was born in Tovar, Mérida State, Venezuela and attended Jordan High School, where he played baseball and soccer. He is married to Yasmile and has two daughters, Jasmily & Jasmine.

  • All-Star (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • American League Cy Young Award winner (2004 and 2006, both unanimous selections)
  • Led American League in winning percentage in 2003, finishing the season at 12-3 (.800)
  • Top 10 Cy Young Award (7th, 2003; Winner, 2004; 3rd, 2005; Winner, 2006)
  • Top 10 MVP Award (7th, 2006)
  • Won the Triple Crown as the leader in wins (19), strikeouts (245), and ERA (2.77) in 2006
  • Fanned former teammate David Ortiz for his 1,000th career strikeout (June 13, 2006). Coincidentally, later in the year he would give up Ortiz's 51st home run of the season (September 21), which set a record for home runs by a Red Sox player in one season.
  • Set a new club record with 17 strikeouts over eight innings against the Rangers.(August 19, 2007)

Abbrev Explanation

SEASON Year Season was played
Player's Age during season
Team played for
League team played in
Pitching Wins
Pitching Losses
Games pitched in
Games Started
Complete Games
Games Finished as relief pitcher
Innings Pitched
Hits allowed
Runs allowed
Home Runs allowed
Bases on Balls (Walks)
Batters Hit
Wild Pitches
Opponents Batting Average
Earned Run Average (Formula: 9 * ER / IP)

You can read more about Johan here: MLB Players,, ESPN Players,, Yahoo Players

· List of players from Venezuela in Major League Baseball

Source: wikipedia
by Conlawprof

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Think green!

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Now, about the video. Wouldn't be great if we could turn everything we touch into something green or with a green spirit. What do you think about the video? Let me know....