Monday, May 31, 2010

Estrenos del Verano

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: En la tercera película de la popular franquicia, Bella se vuelve a encontrar en peligro cuando Seattle es desolada por una serie de muertes misteriosas y una maliciosa vampira continúa buscando vengarse. Además, se ve forzada a escoger entre su amor por Edward y su amistad con Jacob, sabiendo que su decisión podría desencadenar una lucha entre vampiros y hombres lobo, mientras se acerca su graduación. Con Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone y Dakota Fanning, bajo la dirección de David Slade. Se estrena el 30 de junio, cinco días después que Grown Ups y Knight and Day.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

International News - Scottish Police

What lurks beneath the dark waters of Scotland’s Loch Ness? New documents show that as late as the 1930’s police in Scotland thought some sort of creature inhabited the Highlands Lake. Police were so sure of its existence that they worried about how to protect it from hunters.

Newly released files from the National Archive of Scotland show that local officials asked Britain’s Parliament to investigate the issue and confirm the monster’s existence – in the interest of science. Lawmakers were skeptical.

The idea didn’t get very far in the end. The files, released Monday, show that it deemed better not to kill the monster – or the myth – by stationing cameras or observers around the lake.

Source: “Scottish Police Once Believed in Loch Ness Monster.” Union Jack. Vol. 28 No. 2 May 2010: 11. d

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Travel Tips - Hawaiian Words

Aloha: Hello, Good-bye
Hula: A dance
Lei: A garland or wreath, often worn like a necklace
Luau: A feast
Muumuu: A loose dress
Ukulele: A small guitar-like instrument

Source: Greenway, Beth. “Malia’s Chance to Dance.” Highlights. Vol.n 65 No. 6 Issue No. 704: 38.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dragon Boat Festival – Hong Kong

Growing up in Hong Kong, I still remember how I felt when I heard the thundering drumbeats. How my heart pounded with those drums. I cheered on my favorite boat as the rowers dipped and sliced their oars in rhythm with the beats. The oarsmen bent and pulled in perfect timing.

The boats glided on the surface of the water so smoothly, they looked as if they were being pulled across a sheet of ice. One boat would surge ahead, then another, as the crews wrestled for the lead. Electrifying chills would shimmy up and down my spine as the rowers propelled their boats across the finish line. The first team to grab the flag at the end of the course won the race.

Source: Yim, Natasha. “Dragons Race on Water.” Highlights. Vol.n 65 No. 6 Issue No. 704: 10.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

British News – Kate Middleton

According to royal sources, Kate Middleton is taking the words of Marie Antoinette seriously. She is going into business with her younger brother James, who has been running a baking company since 2007. She will be fulfilling a secret plan to open and up-market cake shop in King’s Road, Chelsea.

Stung by criticism that she doesn’t have a full-time job, she has, apparently, been doing “market research” by frequenting Love Bakery in King’s Road, where she ordered one of every cake.

James developed The Cake Kit Company after quitting Edinburgh University at the end of his first year. Designed partly to encourage children to cook and partly to make the baking of party cakes easier, his company provides everything needed for baking, including a step-by-step guide.

It isn’t clear what Kate’s role will be in the company, but whatever it is, I doubt whether it will be very difficult: it will just be a piece of cake.

Source: “Let Them Eat Cake.” Union Jack. Vol. 28 No. 2 May 2010: 3.

Monday, May 24, 2010

International News - Colombia’s New School

You know you’re a big-time philanthropist when everyone from presidents to the head of the World Bank asks you to enlighten them on child poverty in Latin American and the United Nations gives you a medal. As if being part of ALAS – a coalition of stars that includes Ricky Martin and Alejandro Sanz and promotes early childhood development in the region – weren’t enough, earlier this year, Shakira opened her fifth school for underprivileged children in her native Barranquilla, Colombia. She is also pledged a new school in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Source: Romero, Angie. “Women on Top.” Hispanic – The Latina Issue. May 2010: 47.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

British News – Holmes Museum – Aged 20

Sherlock Holmes Museum in London celebrated its 20th birthday this year. It opened in March 1990 and I joined them shortly afterwards.

At first, we were sitting on the stairs waiting for the doorbell to ring, and if we received 20 callers in a day, that was a lot. Now, it's more like 20 callers in a minute and in the summer it could as well go to 20 a second.

The credit crunch will never affect the museum – Sherlock Holmes is too popular. And the cause of popularity? “Word of mouth – we never advertise” says director John Riley.

Source: “Holmes Museum – Aged 20.” Union Jack. Vol. 28 No. 2 May 2010: 3.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pregúntale a Jennifer Lopez

La Diva Latina Responderá Tus Preguntas entrevistará a Jennifer Lopez como parte de la promoción de su película The Back-up Plan, una comedia romántica que protagoniza al lado de Alex O'Loughlin. Tienes pocos días para hacerlo, sólo de aquí al martes 13 de abril, pues la entrevista será el 14. Sigue leyendo y no dejes de enviar tu pregunta, a ver si tienes suerte.

The Back-up Plan es una comedia que explora el romance, el amor, el matrimonio y la familia. Eso suena muy normal, pero en este caso todo ocurre al revés. Después de años de salir con hombres y no concretar nada con ninguno, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) decidió que no podía esperar más para encontrar al hombre de su vida y tenía urgencia de convertirse en madre, antes de que su reloj biológico le jugara sucio.

Es así como hace cita con un médico y se avienta sola a la aventura de tener hijos. Es decir, a ser inseminada artificialmente con una donación anónima. Pero ese mismo día que va al doctor, Zoe conoce a Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), que resulta ser un hombre con posibilidades muy reales de ser su pareja ideal. Tratar de cultivar una relación potencialmente maravillosa pero al mismo tiempo ocultar los primeros indicios de un embarazo da lugar a esta comedia de errores para Zoe y envía señales equivocadas a Stan. Cualquiera se puede enamorar, casarse y tener un bebé, pero hacerlo de adelante para atrás es una verdadera prueba.

Bueno, ya sabes de qué se trata la película, ahora envíanos tus preguntas para hacérselas llegar a Jennifer. Si tienes suerte, será respondida por la diva durante nuestra entrevista.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Uniting Colombia with Music

Music has the power to heal the world, to bring enemies together and shine a light on the possibilities for a better tomorrow. But for any of that to happen, it has to be shared.

With that idea in mind, the Playing for Change Foundation, which is renowned for its work in Africa, teamed up with the Americas Business Council recently for its first foray into Latin America. The mission: to record a song and video that would be an impetus for positive change.

To view the video, see

Source: “Playing for Change.” Hispanic, The Latina Issue. May 2010: 60.