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My Current Events Project: Current Event # 5: Olympic torch takes plunge in world’s deepest lake 65,000 km torch relay is longest in history

The Associated Press – Saturday Nov. 23, 2013 12:14 ET

Olympic torch takes plunge in world’s deepest lake

65,000 km torch relay is longest in history

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Olympic torch bearer Mikahil Chuyev carries an Olympic torch from a boat to the shore during the Olympic torch relay on Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia, Saturday.
 First outer space, now this: The Olympic torch has plunged into Russia’s Lake Baikal in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games.

Video footage from the Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee showed local lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear on Saturday, lighting what the committee said was a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerging himself in the world’s biggest lake.

The 65,000-kilometre Sochi torch relay, which started on Oct. 7, is the longest in Olympic history.

The torch has travelled to the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker and has even been flown into space.

The torch will be used to light the Olympic flame in Sochi on Feb. 7, marking the start of the 2014 Games that run until Feb. 23.

My Reflection on Current Event # 5

S. I see a picture of a Russian  local lifeguard Nikolai Rybachenko in scuba gear on Saturday, lighting what the committee said was a water-resistant flare atop the torch and submerging himself in the world’s biggest lake.

H. What is happening  to my feelings is elation at what the Sochi Olympic Games torch relay has done with their creativity on the torch relay. I mean 1st outer space now this and I guess this shows that may be no end to torch relay organizers creativity in the future.

0.  I can relate this event to my own life because I follow each Olympic Games torch relay  as if it is the NHL and I like seeing the creativity that is being put into each torch relay and I like seeing creativeness behind each logo for each individual Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

W.   I think why we face these problems is because of the cost the Olympic games can bring to the individual cities and countries. The cost is enormous for these cities and countries and especially if these cities and countries do not have the money or the budget, this can quickly led to these countries and cities going into debt and requiring bailouts from international agencies such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund.

E. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world with a max depth of   1,642 m or 5,387 ft.

D.  What we as a nation can do about the issue , is we ask the CIDA ( Canadian International Development Agency ) to provide aid to those countries and cities. For example the CIDA can start by providing aid to Greece , because 9 years after hosting the Summer Olympics , there is still issues in Greece and provided that Greece spent 1 % of its GDP to host the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, is that best thing that could happen to Greece right now, is for the Western world to wake up and realize that hosting the Olympic Games cause issues and debt in countries and rush in the aid to get these countries that have hosted the Winter or Summer Olympics, who are in debt to get back on their feet.

My Current Events Project: Event # 4 : Olympic torch begins spacewalk ahead of Sochi Games

Torch goes on historic spacewalk ahead of 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi

The Associated Press Posted: Nov 09, 2013 11:08 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 09, 2013 12:22 PM ET

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An Olympic torch took a first-ever spacewalk Saturday, carefully held by two Russian cosmonauts outside the International Space Station as it orbited some 420 kilometres above Earth.

Video streamed by NASA showed Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazanskiy carrying the unlit torch of the Sochi games, which bobbed weightlessly at the end of a tether in a darkness dotted by stars.

The two gingerly maneuvered to take photos of the torch against the background of the planet, the orb’s edge glowing with sunrise.

They then returned it to the space station before continuing with other tasks on a spacewalk that was to last about six hours, including attaching a footrest and a camera platform to the exterior of the orbiting laboratory.

The torch was launched into space from the Russian-operated Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday morning. It will return to Earth with a three-man crew on Monday.

The torch will not burn aboard the space outpost because lighting it would consume precious oxygen and pose a threat to the crew.

The Olympic torch was taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Olympics, but this is the first it time it has been taken outside a spacecraft.

The Sochi Olympic flame started its relay on Oct. 7, four months ahead of the Winter Games, and it is to cover some 65,000 kilometers (39,000 miles). Most of the time the flame will be safely encased in a lantern.

On Saturday, the flame was somewhere nearly as cold and remote as the torch’s temporary residence in outer space — the Siberian city of Yakutsk.

My Reflection on Current Event # 4 :

S.  I see  a picture of a Russian cosmonaut doing a spacewalk with the Sochi Winter Olympic Games torch and  being outside of the International Space station with a hint of the sunrise peeking over the rim of the Earth.

H.  What is happening to my feelings as I read the article is like that this is an amazing thing that has never been done with an Olympic torch before( well technically that is not true as the Olympic torch  was taken aboard the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Olympics, but this is the first it time it has been taken outside a spacecraft.) but still it is quite an amazing feat for a torch relay to do something like that it’s quite amazing.

O.  I can relate this article to my  own life because I am a huge follower of the Olympic Games and the torch relays and seeing how the different countries do the Olympic torch relay  and seeing the different logos of the Olympic games designed by each of the respective host countries of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

W.   The problems we face because of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games is the massive debt placed on the host city and country because think of it, if your country wins the right to host  the Summer or Winter Olympic Games if you do not have an existing infrastructure, you have to build or upgrade your current one, if you do not have the facilities or the facilities  that you have already need upgrading to deal with the Olympic sized crowds and also if you do not have the facilities you have to build the facilities and if you don’t have the resources to do so you will have to withdraw from hosting the Summer or Winter Olympic Games and you’ll be embarrassed at the international level as well at your own country’s level.

E.  Greece spent lavishly on the 2004 Athens Games, with final budgets landing billions of dollars in the red. According to a working paper by researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the project went over budget by an incredible 796%.Greece also built too many hotel rooms and fell victim to hopes that the Olympics would lead to longer-term gains thanks to tourism. (Source:http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/2013/09/07/olympics-cost/2.html)

D. What we can do about this issue is that we can petition international organizations  to help provide money and aid to help those cities and countries who have hosted the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the past and to the present day who have fallen into debt because of the mismanagement of money,time and resources  by those countries and cities that have hosted the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games because I mean look 9 years later in Greece after they  hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games they have major issues because Greece spent lavishly on the 2004 Athens Games, with final budgets landing billions of dollars in the red. According to a working paper by researchers at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the project went over budget by an incredible 796%. The United Nations and other international organizations should be able to provide aid, to those countries and cities who have gone into debt because of hosting the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games and actually send the money and the aid to help the country and city out, rather than making promise after promise, actually act on those promises that the United Nations  and other international organizations that they have made  to numerous countries even countries that have not hosted the  Summer and Winter Olympic Games it is just showing why so many countries have issues, ones that have hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and countries that have not hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic Games alike have to get money and aid from the United Nations and other international organizations.

Lest We Forget

Remembering our servicemen past and present for making the supreme sacrifice while upholding Canadian beliefs and values far from home and protecting our nation. Thank you and may us as a nation never forget and always remember these  brave men and women sacrifices  and  so we can fully appreciate our servicemen past and present for their dedication to Canada and  for upholding Canadian beliefs and values far from home and protecting our nation, and may God rest their souls. May we also offer our condolences to those families who have lost family members in combat and will have to deal  with the grief of  losing a family member.

John McCrae”s poem “In Flanders Fields”

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

My Current Events Project: Event # 3: India’s Mars mission blasts off Tuesday

India’s Mars mission blasts off Tuesday

(Source from the Associated Press)

Mangalyaan spacecraft scheduled to enter orbit around Red Planet on Sept. 24, 2014

India is aiming to join the world’s deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth.

With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan, which means “Mars craft” in Hindi, India will attempt to become only the fourth country or group of countries to reach the Red Planet, after the Soviet Union, United States and Europe.

“We have a lot to understand about the universe, the solar system where we live in, and it has been humankind’s quest from the beginning,” said K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space and Research Organization.

India sees its Martian mission primarily as a “technology demonstration,” Radhakrishnan said. “We want to use the first opportunity to put a spacecraft and orbit it around Mars and, once it is there safely, then conduct a few meaningful experiments and energize the scientific community.”

23 of 40 Mars missions have failed

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Radhakrishnan admits the aim is high. This is India’s first Mars mission, and no country has been fully successful on its first try. More than half the world’s attempts to reach Mars — 23 out of 40 missions — have failed, including missions by Japan in 1999 and China in 2011.

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard at the control station for the mission to Mars at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (The Associated Press)

If India can pull it off, it will demonstrate a highly capable space program that belongs within an elite club of governments exploring the universe.

Mangalyaan is scheduled to blast off Tuesday from the Indian space centre on the southeastern island of Shriharikota, the start of a 300-day, 780 million-kilometre journey to orbit Mars and survey its geology and atmosphere.

Five solar-powered instruments aboard Mangalyaan will gather data to help determine how Martian weather systems work and what happened to the water that is believed to have once existed on Mars in large quantities. It also will search Mars for methane, a key chemical in life processes on Earth that could also come from geological processes. None of the instruments will send back enough data to answer these questions definitively, but experts say the data are key to better understanding how planets develop geologically, what conditions might make life possible and where else in the universe it might exist.

Some of the data will complement research expected to be conducted with a probe NASA will launch later this month, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, nicknamed Maven.

“We’re pulling for India,” said Bruce Jakosky, project leader for the U.S. spacecraft. “The more players we have in space exploration the better.”

‘We are doing this for ourselves’

Radhakrishnan said that although sending a spacecraft to Mars would bring India immense prestige, “we are doing this for ourselves. The main thrust of space science in India has always been people-centric, to benefit the common man and society.”

India, as well known for its endemic poverty and hunger as for its technological prowess, has used research in space and elsewhere to help solve problems at home, from gauging water levels in underground aquifers to predicting cataclysmic storms and floods.

India’s $1 billion-a-year space program has helped develop satellite, communication and remote sensing technologies that are being used to measure coastal soil erosion, assess the extent of remote flooding and manage forest cover for wildlife sanctuaries. They are giving fishermen real-time data on where to find fish and helping to predict natural disasters such as a cyclone that barreled into India’s eastern coast last month. Early warning information allowed Indian officials to evacuate nearly a million people from the massive storm’s path.

Indian scientists also have led at least 30 research missions to Antarctica, despite being nearly 12,000 kilometres from the icy continent. They are working to expand mineral mining in the deep sea, designating that as a priority area for scientific research. And in 2008-09 the Indian Space and Research Organization successfully launched a lunar orbiter, Chandrayaan-1, which discovered evidence of water on the Moon.

Its advances have helped raise the international profile of the world’s largest democracy of 1.2 billion people. India is lobbying for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, a move it says would better reflect new realities in a fast-changing world needing more technological solutions.

Technology tested on moon mission

Mangalyaan was developed from technology tested during the recent lunar orbiter mission. An evolved version of India’s domestically developed Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, with extended rockets, will take Mangalyaan into an elliptical arc around the Earth.

The satellite’s thrusters will then begin a series of six small fuel burns, moving it into higher orbit before it slingshots toward the Red Planet.

The 1,350-kilogram orbiter is expected to reach its designated orbit Sept. 24, 2014, and will be joined above Mars by Maven.

“I know I’m an absolute wreck with ours coming up in two weeks,” Jakosky said. “… There are 10,000 things that need to go right in order for it to succeed, and it can take only one thing going wrong for it to fail.”

Mangalyaan is expected to have at least six months to investigate the planet’s landscape and atmosphere. At its closest point it will be 365 kilometres from the planet’s surface, and at its furthest — 80,000 kilometres.

India’s space enthusiasts say the $73 million Martian mission will be a step toward understanding the natural world, inspiring children to go into research science and advancing science and technology in ways that help common people cope with a changing environment. Learning more about alien weather systems, for example, might reveal more about our own. Finding evidence for life on other planets might help scientists discover new life forms in places on Earth previously thought inhospitable.

“To visit another planet is a fantastic thing, the biggest thing,” said space scientist Yash Pal, a former chairman of the country’s University Grants Commission who was not involved in developing the Mars mission. “If you can afford airplanes and war machines you can certainly spend something to fulfill the dreams of young people.”

My Reflection on Current Event #3:

S.  I see a picture of  the India Mars probe on it’s launch pad and the Indian military guarding at the control station for the mission to Mars at the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. . This not an article by the CBC but rather an article that is written by  the Associated Press which the CBC used on their Science & Technology page.

H.    What is happening to my feelings as I read the article is that I am supporting their endeavour  to make their first mission to Mars a success for their country’s space program and the technology that they have developed for this mission could be of use to us on Earth, because it will us to connect with other people halfway across the world possibly.

O.   I can relate this article to my own life because I am a huge user of the Internet so, if the technology that India has developed for this mission can make the Internet move at a faster clip therefore I am in full support of this mission to succeed on India’s behalf and also how they can continue their space program into the future.  Allow those countries  who are not allowing space programs to actually allow a space program to formulate in their own country so therefore they can develop technology that can be use to all of the human race and therefore benefit all of the humanity and their individual society.

W.  I believe why we face these problems is because of  how some countries are not allowing to have their own space programs denying the chance for their country to have a shot at developing new technology could be of use to of us on earth in the future.

E.  That 23 of the last 40 Mars missions have failed.

D.  What we can do about this issue  is that we can start petitioning to allow those countries  who are not allowing space programs to actually allow a space program to formulate in their own country so therefore they can develop technology that can be use to all of the human race and therefore benefit all of the humanity and their individual society and potentially stop all the conflict between different cultures of the human race.

Check out this video form YouTube to see the India Mars mission launch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tXsZdTKr_Y

My Current Events Project : Event # 2: UEFA probes handling of CSKA Moscow -Man City incident

UEFA probes handling of CSKA Moscow-Man City incident

Yaya Toure, Kirill Nababkin

By GRAHAM DUNBAR

AP Sports Writer

GENEVA  (AP)   UEFA President Michel Platini has ordered an investigation after a Champions League referee failed to follow guidelines and stop a match to warn Russian fans about racist abuse.

UEFA said on Friday its protocol for match officials to handle racism incidents “was not applied” during the CSKA Moscow-Manchester City match on Wednesday.

“This protocol empowers the referee to stop the match and ask for a public address system announcement to be made urging spectators to stop such racist conduct,” UEFA said in a statement.

Platini’s request puts 33-year-old Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan under scrutiny as well as the Russian club.

UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against CSKA, prompted by complaints by City and midfielder Yaya Toure, who is black.

Toure said he told Hategan during play about monkey noises being targeted at City’s black players by home fans.

“UEFA must take their decision about that,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Friday of Platini’s request. “We did all that we can do here, we can’t do any more.”

Hategan, who has been a FIFA international list referee since 2008, did not stop play and ask stadium officials to broadcast a warning. It is the first step of UEFA’s guidelines to deal with racist abuse in stadiums.

If abuse continues, the second step in UEFA’s protocol empowers referees to suspend a match and take teams off the pitch. The third is abandoning the match.

UEFA said it will publish its investigation findings after the disciplinary case next Wednesday.

Russian football authorities on Friday declined to condemn CSKA, the defending champion.

The Russian Football Union said “CSKA fans have always been known for their loyalty to the club and proper behavior at arenas,” in a statement which expressed support for FIFA and UEFA efforts to tackle racism.

Russian league chief executive Sergey Cheban, who attended the match at Khimki Arena, told The Associated Press “there was not an incident.”

“Maybe a misunderstanding. The stadium is relatively small. The acoustics are very special in there as well. So maybe just a misunderstanding,” Cheban said through an interpreter at a meeting of European leagues in Paris.

The incident has directed attention at Russian football’s issues with racism ahead of the country hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine raised the profile of UEFA’s guidelines for referees, who have had authority since 2009 to halt matches and deal with racist abuse.

UEFA insisted ahead of Euro 2012 there was a clear protocol in place after Italy forward Mario Balotelli, who is black, suggested he would walk off the pitch if targeted for abuse.

CSKA has questioned whether any racially motivated abuse was used, even as it issued a statement on Thursday regretting the incident.

“Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from CSKA supporters to the guests,” the club said.

CSKA has increasing influence in European football through its director Evgeni Giner.

Giner sits on the Platini-chaired UEFA strategy council, as one of four delegates representing European clubs. Giner also sits on UEFA’s club competitions committee which makes key recommendations about running the Champions League.

AP Sports Writer John Leicester in Paris and Associated Press writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed to this report.

My Reflection on Current Event # 2:

S.  I see a picture of Yaya Toure(from Manchester City) and a CSKA Moscow player arguing. This not an article by the CBC but rather an article that is written by AP Sports and the Associated Press which the CBC used on their European Soccer page.

H.   What is happening to my feelings as I read the article my feelings are ones of outrage and anger because how could the CSKA Moscow fans be so inhuman to a person from Africa and being so racist it makes me mad to the core because  racism it just does not make any sense to me because how could a human being behave like that towards another human being.

O.  I can relate this article to my own life because I am a huge soccer fan and it upsets me to see fans of the same sport as I am behaving in a irrational and unacceptable behavior. The article I can relate to my own life because I am very familiar with Manchester City as they are in the Barclays Premier League( the top division for soccer in England) which is the league Liverpool F.C. is in also and I am a huge supporter of Liverpool.

W.  I believe why we face these problems is because of  how white people have treated black & indigenous peoples in the past so it leads to tension between this 2 races of people. I believe why we face these problems is because I don’t think that black people haven’t forgiven the white people for the treatment of their ancestors  so I can understand  why Yaya Toure who is from the Ivory Coast would be upset by these racist actions and comments from white people that can be racist at times  and also his older brother Kolo Toure who plays for Liverpool FC I think he will definitely be upset by how the fans treated his younger brother.

E. The Champions League is the top club competition  in European soccer being in it’s current format since 1992.

D.  What we can do about this issue  is that we can start petitioning to have racism outlawed and banned but also we can remove racist sayings and attitudes from our everyday language . What we can do about this issue  is that we can ask black people how they feel about the racism they possibly face on a day to day basis, so therefore, we know how it inconsiderate we are and we can right the wrongs of the past starting with the current generation and working with the people who have been affected by racism in their lives.