Kiva

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“Not only are you empowering people who are living in poverty to make meaningful choices for basic human rights, you are also helping children to understand their responsibility to give back to the global community and appreciate the quality of life they enjoy.” New York times.

 

Who did we decide to fund?

Our group decided to fund Kevin Orlando for the Kiva project. We came to this conclusion due to his background, statistics and his exciting plans for the future. Kevin is a 23-year-old farmer from Honduras who has a wife and one daughter. He owns a coffee farm in Nueva Frontera in Santa Barbara where he grows and produces coffee. His plan for the future is to use our funds to successfully expand his farm and improve his earnings and quality. His main focus is to buy fertilizer for his coffee farm so that he can easily and quickly expand his farm and give his family a better life. Kevin’s statistics are also very promising. He scored a four out of five stars on his “field partner risk rating” which makes his cause very attractive. He also has a good and secure repayment schedule which makes him a reliable source and a good partner.  

 

Pros and cons of loaning   

There are many benefits of this, such as:

  • The young man gets a chance to develop his coffee farm
  • He can make sure his crops get better support
  • We have the satisfaction of helping someone out

However, there are still some things we should take into consideration:

  • There is a risk that we might not get our money back
  • His farm might not benefit as much as we would like

Looking over both the pros and cons, we can summarize that there are more advantages than disadvantages. There is always a risk in everything we do, but this case is worth it.

 

Facts about Honduras

Honduras, officially known as the Republic of Honduras, is a republic in Central America. The currency of Honduras is called The Honduran Lempira and the currency code is HNL. In 2010 50% of the honduran population were under the poverty line. In rural areas six out of ten households live in extreme poverty, or on less than 25 US dollars per day. Honduras was declared a heavily indebted poor country by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as of January 2012. Honduras is also inclined to experience hurricanes and droughts.

 

We hope that Kevin Orlando receives a loan of $675 so he can buy fertilizer and pay to maintain his coffee farm to provide it better support and improve its production, and that he and his family gets a better life.

 

 

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Thank you for reading our post.

-Ingrid, Sandra, Mathias and Sondre

Dear President-elect Donald Trump…

Dear President-elect Donald Trump, have you seen the movie Before the Flood? It’s a documentary featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, and it’s about the dangers of global warming and what we need to do in order to stop it. In the movie, Leonardo Dicaprio travels the world and shows us how far global warming has gone. In the movie, we learn that 97% of scientist believe that climate change is real and that it is caused by humans. Even though such a large number of scientists agree on this issue, over half of congress say they believe that climate change is a hoax. The US is one of the biggest emitters of fossil fuels and greenhouse gasses in the world. The US needs to set an example, and reduce the amount of fossil fuel spendings and lean towards renewable resources. This is why it is so important that the president-elect takes global warming seriously, and we urge you to look away from your political interests and focus on the importance of preserving the earth for future generations.

Dear President-elect Donald trump, according to New York times, global warming may indeed be the sharpest example of how policy in Washington will change under your administration.

You have called human-caused climate change a “hoax”. Here is one of you tweets: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” On December 30, 2015, you told the crowd at a rally in Hilton Head, S.C., “Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, okay? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.” You have also already vowed to “cancel” last year’s Paris climate agreement, which commits more than 190 countries to reduce their releases of planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution, and to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Obama’s domestic climate change regulations.  

Dear President-elect Donald Trump, we are aware of your plans. Withdrawing the laws that ensure some safety. Removing to-be-former President Barrack Hussein Obama’s start of improvements, CO2 cuts. With a force of nature as our opposition, we need to act accordingly. Simple measures won’t be enough, slight differences won’t help and worst of all; you’re plan will be disastrous. Not only will it affect the Americans that you will be responsible for when you enter the White House, but also us, the people of the world. Acknowledge the fact that you were wrong. Acknowledge the fact that your changes might lead us into a direction where our blood will be on your hands.

Dear President-elect Donald Trump, if you’re not planning on watching Before the Flood, which I suspect you won’t, at least read this from the European premiere in London October 2016, where DiCaprio introduced the film as follows: “Before The Flood is the product of an incredible three-year journey that took place with my co-creator and director Fisher Stevens. We went to every corner of the globe to document the devastating impacts of climate change and questioned humanity’s ability to reverse what may be the most catastrophic problem mankind has ever faced. There was a lot to take on. ll that we witnessed on this journey shows us that our world’s climate is incredibly interconnected and that it is at urgent breaking point.(…)

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I hope you enjoyed the post Trump.

-Ingrid, Leon and Simon

The Good Lie

In class today we watched the movie “The Good Lie”. The Good Lie is a 2014 American-Indian drama film based on a true story. Director Philippe Falardeau and screenwriter Margaret Nagle wants to tell a strong story, but they have been criticized for choosing to wrap the real horrors in an easily digestible Hollywood film.

The film is about the Second Sudanese Civil War`s horrors. The Second Sudanese Civil War was a conflict from 1983 to 2005 between the central Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. It was largely a continuation of the First Sudanese Civil War of 1955 to 1972. Although it originated in southern Sudan, the civil war spread to the Nuba mountains and Blue Nile. It lasted for 22 years and is one of the longest civil wars on record. The war resulted in the independence of South Sudan six years after the war ended.

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Through the movie we follow the siblings Mamere, Paul, Jeremiah, Theo, Daniel and Abita after an attack by the Northern militia destroys their home and kills their parents. These siblings were among the approximately 20,000 children who walked almost two thousand kilometers from South Sudan to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya after losing everything.

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The group eventually arrives at a Sudanese refugee camp in Nairobi, Kenya.Weeks became months and mounts turned in to years, and they started loosing hope of ever getting out of the camp. Eventually thirteen years after their arrival at the camp, the now young adults are given the opportunity to leave the camp and resettle in America. Together, against the backdrop of their shared losses, the Lost Boys s find humor in the clash of cultures and in the challenges of life in America. But it was certainly not always easy for them. They encountered several challenges living in a foreign country with a foreign culture.

 

There is especially one scene in the film that shows a reaction between strangers, with different cultures, encountering. Jeremiah gets a job at an American supermarket. He was told to throw away old food, and replace it with new. However, despite the orders from his boss he gave some of the food to a starving woman.To Jeremiah that was the right thing to do. His boss on the other hand got angry, he didn’t share the same views and culture. The bosses focus was the economical aspect of it. This shows the clear gap between cultures that have derived from very different areas with different basis for survival. Jeremiah had been through hunger and sorrow, just like the starving woman. His boss hadn’t.

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To integrate someone into a culture that they previously haven’t had any encounters with is extremely hard. It might lead to frustration and misunderstanding. I think that the first steps towards integrating into a new society is by participating in the working life, to learn the language and to have understanding for the norms and values of the new culture. All this requires a lot of work and willpower, but it will make peoples life in their new county better.

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading my post, and maybe learned something.

-Ingrid.

 

My advice to the Minister of Education

Last Friday, the 28. of October the International English class went to a conference, as representatives for Sandvika High School. In this blogpost I am going to offer some advice to the Norwegian politicians, on how to use technology in class, based on my own experience.

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My main advice is: as long as the teacher knows how to handle the technology. So my advice to the politicians and The Norwegian Directorate for Education, is to focus on educate teachers on how to use technology in class, so it improves the learning and doesn’t make is more complicated.

Thank you for taking time to read my post.

-Ingrid.

 

 

Media influence

In this blogpost I am going to look at how the media portrays the two candidates, Donald Trump (the republican) and Hillary Clinton (the democrat). How does the media influence the outcome of the election?

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Networks, CNN vs. FOX News

I am going to start of by comparing two networks, and see if they represent the democrats, the republicans or if they are neutral. And we will find out how this influence the election. I am comparing Fox News and CNN.

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Fox News has around 2,43 million viewers every night. The channel started in October 1996, and is known for being amiable towards Republicans despite their slogan “fair and balanced”. Profiled program managers: Bill O`Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity.

CNN has around 1,22 million viewers every night. CNN is the first big news channel in USA, startet 36 years ago. The channel is considered to be relatively neutral. Profiled program managers: Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper.

When I compare the two networks it is easy to see that the republican channel FOX is far more easy on Trump compared to other channels. Example: “Gingrich: Trump can win if he focuses on `big ideas´”. On the other hand we have the relatively neutral channel CNN. The channel says negative and positive things about both Clinton And Trump. Example: “Trump delivers remarks on Clinton at charity dinner”, and “Clinton jabs at Trump`s campaign manager.” The channel makes sure to not choose a side, they are rather neutral.

 

Newspapers/social medias, Breitbart.com vs. Politico

Breitbart.com was created in 2007 as a conservative website. 9.1 million interactions on Facebook and Twitter a month, Breitbart creates larger commitment than any other political site in the campaign. The site’s writers are strongly positive to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and negative to Hillary Clinton.

Politico was also created in 2007 by two journalists from The Washington Post. Politico has been accused for being both on the republican and democratic side, but in this years campaign, there is no doubt that Politico has been strongly critical of Donald Trump.

When i click in on Breitbart.com, the first thing I see is a commercial from “The official Breitbart Store”.

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As you can see, you can buy mugs that says “Caffeinated – Bold, Distinct” with a picture of Trump. And on the other one “Decaf – Weak, Bitter” with a picture of Hillary. This shows very clear that the site is strongly positive to Trump. On the other hand there is the site Politico, that shows clearly that they are against Trump and his politic. Take a look at the picture below. As you can see, almost all f the articles on The Morning Report are about Trump, and his negative behavior.

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As you all can see, the media does portray the two candidates differently  depending on if they represent the democrats, the republicans or if they are neutral.

 

I hope you learned something from this post. Thank you for reading it,

-Ingrid.

9/11, a day we will never forget

The morning of Tuesday, September 11 2001, the United States were shocked by a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda.

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A total of four airlines were hijacked by 19 suicide missionaries from al-Qaeda. Two of the planes took off from Boston, one from Newark and one from Dulles in Virginia.

Two of the planes hit their respective towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York. The two skyscrapers collapsed after around an hour. Most people who were in the floors below were the aircraft hit the building had managed to get to safety. More than 400 fire and police officers that was at the scene helping, were killed.

 

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A person falls from the north tower of New York’s World Trade Center as another clings to the outside. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The third plane was handed down in US Department of Defense building, Pentagon, and the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania. It didn’t crash were it was supposed to, the White House or Congress. A public commission of inquiry concluded that the hijackers crashed the fourth plane to avoid attacking There were passengers that took over control, to avoid hitting the White House.

According to the National Memorial Center on September 11, lost 2,753 people lost their lives in New York, 184 in the Pentagon and 40 in the plane crash in Pennsylvania. All aboard the aircraft, including the 19 terrorists were killed. The dead came from 93 countries. In total the attacks killed almost 3000 people and injured over 6000.

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We watched the movie 9/11 in class today. 9/11 is a 2002 French-American documentary film about the attacks. The film is from the point of view of the New York Fire Department, and it was directed by Jules and Gedeon Naudet, and FDNY firefighter James Hanlon. The filmmakers were originally filming Tony Benetatos, with the intention of making a film about the “probie`s” first experience as a firefighter. Tonyes first experience turned out to be the biggest challenge, both mentally and physically, of his life.

May we never forget this day.

 

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my post.

-Ingrid

 

 

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Gravity

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Today in class we watched the movie “Gravity”. Gravity is a British-American science fiction film. The movie was made in 2013, it is co-written, co-edited, produced and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. The movie is about a medical engineer and an astronaut that works together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are playing the main characters in the movie.

 

Alfonso Cuarón’s film is incredibly exciting and visually amazing. I reccomend watching it!

 

 

 

-Ingrid.