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LANGUAGE ASSISTANT – Spain

May 19, 2011

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EMPLOYER_FEEDBACK

ME AND THE OLDER KIDS AT CAMPUS MORAGETE

GETTING PREPARED FOR THE HORROR NIGHT

THE STAFF AND THE KIDS AT CAMPUS MORAGETE

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SUPER Spurs stun Gunners at Emirates

November 20, 2010

Tottenham Hotspur  recorded a historic win against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, after managing to overcome a two-goal deficit at half time.

Over fifteen years have Tottenham supporters been expecting this moment and their long wait has finally been rewarded after a thriller match.

Arsenal got off to a blistering start and took the lead in the 8th minute of the game, when Samir Nasri got a fabulous pass from Fabregas, ran clear and squeezed the ball low past Gomes, who clearly might feel he could have done more to stop the goal.

Tottenham’s negative record of conceiving in every Premier League match over the last 14 games has been confirmed at Emirates, but this was also due to the constant pressure from Arsenal players, who spent most of the first half on the front foot.

With Tottenham struggling to make way deep into the opponent’s half, the Gunners remained sharp in attack, especially on the counter. A bright pass from Alexandre Song sent Fabregas clear down the centre of the box, but the Spanish midfielder just lacked a finishing touch.

This was not the case three minutes later, and Arsenal turned into goal a clinical counter attack, as Marouane Chamakh managed to chip the ball in after a low cross delivered from Arshavin from the left hand side.

Was there anything to be done in this situation? The half-time break gave Harry Redknapp’s players a lot to think of and made it clear that an early goal was needed for the team to get back into the match. The second half provided a thrilling display.

Four minutes after the break, Van der Vaart got a long cross from deep and headed it to Bale, who went down the penalty box and glided a beautiful finish past Arsenal’s goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski. It was, once again, the clinical Gareth Bale who injected fresh hope into his side and made his team believe that achieving a good result may still be possible.

The belief  turned into reality in the 65th minute of the game and Tottenham sent its fans into raptures after Van der Vaart scored the equalizer from the spot. Fabregas inexplicably decided to raise his arm head high to block Van der Vaart’s free kick and the offence was easily spotted by referee Dowd.

The hammer blow delivered by Tottenham made Arsenal throw all lines into attack, while Spurs waited to hit back deadly on the counter. After a series of changes when Peter Crouch replaced Roman Pavlyuchenko and Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky came on for Nasri and Walcott, Fabregas almost made amends for his earlier mistake with a curling effort, but Gomes was right on the spot to tip it away.

The crowds at Emirates, already impressed by the Lilywhites’ comeback, were stunned five minutes before full time when Younes Kaboul’s glancing header went past Fabianski’s reach and straight into the back of the net, to seal a historic result for Tottenham and a big day for every Spurs fan.

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May 17, 2010

GROUP 16

Claudia Rosu

Marcela Irina Pascu

Alexandra Hagiu

Alexandru Mihalache

Rosu Mihai

Irina Andreea Moise

Cristian Alin Dinu

Roxana Laura Matei

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3.  Video

4. Movie trailer

PARANORMAL activity – comment

January 15, 2010

The article was written for the “Newsday”, the challenge in which we had to cover a local story in five hours. It has not been published; However, I post it on my personal blog.

The story reports an event which took place near Coventry. This means that people who live in this area (especially West Midlands) would be expected to show more interest in it.  It could also prove a worth reading article for those passionate in ghosts and haunting, as well as for the curious ones. Local publications, like “Coventry Telegraph” or “Birmingham Post” would be most likely to find the story suitable. However, the text could also be submitted for the online version of the newspapers.   

I have used in the article both primary and secondary sources. The basic information about the event was taken from the organizers’ website, www.paranormalnights.co.uk. The telephone number which I found on this website helped me contact the organizers and get some extra details, regarding the schedule of the events, the price of the tour and the place where it was organized. Moreover, I got a quote from a Coventry University student interested in paranormal, who gave me her opinion about the event.

BRAVE enough to take this one?

January 15, 2010

Ghost sightings, moving objects, odd sensations, strange lights. At a first glimpse it looks like an ordinary theatre. Interesting plays performed periodically, even a place for kids to enrol and display their skills. But is this all that is happening in the Priory Theatre from Kenilworth?

 The team from “Paranormal nights” tries to find out what it is that makes this place so bizarre and whether is worthy or not of being called a ground of “great paranormal activity”. The investigation is being carried out this Saturday, starting 8 pm and everyone is invited to take part, especially open-minded people, with high imagination and interested in this kind of entertainment. 

The tour costs 49£ and is announced to worth every penny. “After the curtain closes” -as the organisers of the event have revealed – “the show seems to go on for all manner of unexplained phenomena is being acted out.” The location is extremely inspiring as well, as it is standing” in this old town, in a former chapel with graves at its front and others built over.”

Along with an experienced medium, all the hot spots of the theatre will be explored and experienced at the highest intensity, including the stone entrance, which is the original access of the old Chapel, the dressing room or the Circle Landing, the upstairs part of the building.

After getting in touch with a friendly spirit, you can go and share your experiences with your new friend in the theatre lobby, as there is a nice buffet and free drinks provided. Furthermore, at the end of the session there will be a post investigation discussion, in which everybody can express their opinion and tell the others what they have experienced throughout the night.

An exciting invitation for a night to remember. Whether you are just a skeptic trying to prove the truth and demonstrate that there’s nothing strange going on or a person eager to have fun on a Saturday evening, the tour seems “the perfect way to get in touch with the paranormal and maybe learn more interesting things about what it is all about, this time directly from the crime-scene.” (Radina Choleva, 19, interested in ghosts and spirits).

For more information about the tour and the event which is taking place on Saturday evening, please visit www.paranormalnights.co.uk .

The TRUTH about 2012 – Comment

January 15, 2010

I came with the idea for this story after reading a press release about the article of E.C.Krupp, posted on the NASA website on September 11 2009. I used the press release as the main source of information for this article, quoting the scientist’s arguments against the idea that the end of the world is going to produce in 2012.

The article is of major interest at a national scale, as rumors about a predicted apocalypse have made many people worry and look after a specialized opinion with solid arguments. Therefore, the story can prove suitable for any national publication: “The Sun”, “The Daily Mail”, or “The Guardian”. The abundant use of quotes in a scientific language may indicate that the article is more likely to be published in a broadsheet newspaper, even though the story itself is, in terms of impact, more appropriate for a tabloid.

The link I have accessed and which contains the press release is http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-guest.html  .

The headline is meant to attract more readers by radically announcing to provide “The truth”, even though both the journalist and the target audience are aware that “the truth” about this expected event is never to be foreseen.

CODE OF PRACTICE

October 27, 2009

I am posting below the Journalist’s Code of Practice, as established in 1991 by a committee chaired by Mrs Patsy Chapman and brought to the form it is today. I found it useful to post it on my blog because it is the essential text for any journalist who want to write efficiently and ethically.

THE CODE

All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards. The Code, which includes this preamble and the public interest exceptions below, sets the benchmark for those ethical standards, protecting both the rights of the individual and the public’s right to know. It is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment.

It is essential that an agreed code be honoured not only to the letter but in the full spirit. It should not be interpreted so narrowly as to compromise its commitment to respect the rights of the individual, nor so broadly that it constitutes an unnecessary interference with freedom of expression or prevents publication in the public interest.

It is the responsibility of editors and publishers to apply the Code to editorial material in both printed and online versions of publications. They should take care to ensure it is observed rigorously by all editorial staff and external contributors, including non-journalists, in printed and online versions of publications.

Editors should co-operate swiftly with the PCC in the resolution of complaints. Any publication judged to have breached the Code must print the adjudication in full and with due prominence, including headline reference to the PCC.

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1 Accuracy

 

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.

iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

iv) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.

2 Opportunity to reply

 

A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies must be given when reasonably called for.
3 *Privacy
  i) Everyone is entitled to respect for his or her private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications.

ii) Editors will be expected to justify intrusions into any individual’s private life without consent. Account will be taken of the complainant’s own public disclosures of information.

iii) It is unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.

Note – Private places are public or private property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

4 *Harassment

 

i) Journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit.

ii) They must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist; nor remain on their property when asked to leave and must not follow them. If requested, they must identify themselves and whom they represent.

iii) Editors must ensure these principles are observed by those working for them and take care not to use non-compliant material from other sources.

5 Intrusion into grief or shock
i) In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings, such as inquests.

*ii) When reporting suicide, care should be taken to avoid excessive detail about the method used.

6 *Children

 

i) Young people should be free to complete their time at school without unnecessary intrusion.

ii) A child under 16 must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child’s welfare unless a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult consents.

iii) Pupils must not be approached or photographed at school without the permission of the school authorities.

iv) Minors must not be paid for material involving children’s welfare, nor parents or guardians for material about their children or wards, unless it is clearly in the child’s interest.

v) Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.

7 *Children in sex cases

 

1. The press must not, even if legally free to do so, identify children under 16 who are victims or witnesses in cases involving sex offences.

2. In any press report of a case involving a sexual offence against a child –

i) The child must not be identified.

ii) The adult may be identified.

iii) The word “incest” must not be used where a child victim might be identified.

iv) Care must be taken that nothing in the report implies the relationship between the accused and the child.

8 *Hospitals

 

i) Journalists must identify themselves and obtain permission from a responsible executive before entering non-public areas of hospitals or similar institutions to pursue enquiries.
ii) The restrictions on intruding into privacy are particularly relevant to enquiries about individuals in hospitals or similar institutions.
9 *Reporting of Crime

 

(i) Relatives or friends of persons convicted or accused of crime should not generally be identified without their consent, unless they are genuinely relevant to the story.

(ii) Particular regard should be paid to the potentially vulnerable position of children who witness, or are victims of, crime. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings.

10 *Clandestine devices and subterfuge

 

i) The press must not seek to obtain or publish material acquired by using hidden cameras or clandestine listening devices; or by intercepting private or mobile telephone calls, messages or emails; or by the unauthorised removal of documents or photographs; or by accessing digitally-held private information without consent.

ii) Engaging in misrepresentation or subterfuge, including by agents or intermediaries, can generally be justified only in the public interest and then only when the material cannot be obtained by other means.

11 Victims of sexual assault

 

The press must not identify victims of sexual assault or publish material likely to contribute to such identification unless there is adequate justification and they are legally free to do so.
12 Discrimination

 

i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.

ii) Details of an individual’s race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental illness or disability must be avoided unless genuinely relevant to the story.

13 Financial journalism

 

i) Even where the law does not prohibit it, journalists must not use for their own profit financial information they receive in advance of its general publication, nor should they pass such information to others.

ii) They must not write about shares or securities in whose performance they know that they or their close families have a significant financial interest without disclosing the interest to the editor or financial editor.

iii) They must not buy or sell, either directly or through nominees or agents, shares or securities about which they have written recently or about which they intend to write in the near future.

14 Confidential sources

 

Journalists have a moral obligation to protect confidential sources of information.
15 Witness payments in criminal trials

 

i) No payment or offer of payment to a witness – or any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness – should be made in any case once proceedings are active as defined by the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

This prohibition lasts until the suspect has been freed unconditionally by police without charge or bail or the proceedings are otherwise discontinued; or has entered a guilty plea to the court; or, in the event of a not guilty plea, the court has announced its verdict.

*ii) Where proceedings are not yet active but are likely and foreseeable, editors must not make or offer payment to any person who may reasonably be expected to be called as a witness, unless the information concerned ought demonstrably to be published in the public interest and there is an over-riding need to make or promise payment for this to be done; and all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure no financial dealings influence the evidence those witnesses give. In no circumstances should such payment be conditional on the outcome of a trial.

*iii) Any payment or offer of payment made to a person later cited to give evidence in proceedings must be disclosed to the prosecution and defence. The witness must be advised of this requirement.

16 *Payment to criminals

 

i) Payment or offers of payment for stories, pictures or information, which seek to exploit a particular crime or to glorify or glamorise crime in general, must not be made directly or via agents to convicted or confessed criminals or to their associates – who may include family, friends and colleagues.

ii) Editors invoking the public interest to justify payment or offers would need to demonstrate that there was good reason to believe the public interest would be served. If, despite payment, no public interest emerged, then the material should not be published.

 

The public interest

There may be exceptions to the clauses marked * where they can be demonstrated to be in the public interest.

1. The public interest includes, but is not confined to:
i) Detecting or exposing crime or serious impropriety.
ii) Protecting public health and safety.
iii) Preventing the public from being misled by an action or statement of an individual or organisation.

2. There is a public interest in freedom of expression itself.

3. Whenever the public interest is invoked, the PCC will require editors to demonstrate fully that they reasonably believed that publication, or journalistic activity undertaken with a view to publication, would be in the public interest.

4. The PCC will consider the extent to which material is already in the public domain, or will become so.

5. In cases involving children under 16, editors must demonstrate an exceptional public interest to over-ride the normally paramount interest of the child.

Source: www.pcc.org.uk

Travel by taxi in Coventry

October 7, 2009

       Most of the taxi companies in Coventry are operating non-stop and always ready to cater for all tastes and needs, whether we speak about Black Cabs, Chauffeurs, Minicabs or Private Hired Taxis.taxi_1360265f

     Whether you are a new student in Coventry arriving from the station or you are just not in a mood for going home by walking after a long party at Club 54, Coventry taxis are always a great way to travel throughout the city and outside it as well. Most of the taxi companies are offering their services 24 hours a day, providing a comfortable and secure transport at average low costs. There are many taxi companies in Coventry for you to choose from, including “Central Taxis”, “Sky cabs taxis” , “Allen’s”, “Trinity Street taxis” and of course, the “Lewis”. Innovation and investment over the past few years have raised the standards of quality and efficiency for taxi transport in Coventry, so they became faster and easier to use. Most of the taxi companies not only give the customer the possibility to book their trips in advance with SmartTaxi, but they also allow them to view any recently made bookings and bills paid using the account services using the internet.

    Students who are on their first arrival in Coventry are strongly advised to call for a taxi to take them to their new accommodation as it is a much easier way to get to rather than wandering through the town, especially when they are carrying heavy luggage. Taxi ranks are located in all major areas of the city, adjacent to railway, bus stations and all important  attractions, but they can also be picked anywhere on the street if they haven’t already been taken.  Prices tend to vary from a company to another and  they all stick to an acceptable average level . By the British law, all the taxis in England, including the ones from Coventry must have a license and they also need to inform the customer at any time during the journey about the price per mile\kilometer or any other additional costs.

     Cab drivers from Coventry, like in any other cities in UK have a vast knowledge when it comes to street locations and certain areas of the city, so it would be a good idea to go and ask them for directions especially if you are newly arrived. They are friendly and always willing to help.

     Looking down to the past, the city of Coventry prides itself with actually building a British icon by manufacturing the well known “black cabs” which have now become a symbol to the English capital. The city has an old tradition in manufacturing cars and vehicles as the first British motor car was made here, by the “Daimler Motor Company” in late 80s. These cabs are still to be seen frequently on the streets of Coventry, delighting the viewer with their unique style, charm and elegance.