Saturday, May 31, 2008

World No Tobacco Day

Text and images taken from
WHO (World Health Organization)

World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world every year on May 31.
This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assemby passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a "a world no-smoking day." In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.



The focus
Globally, most people start smoking before the age of 18, with almost a quarter of those beginning before the age of 10. The younger children are when they first try smoking, the more likely they are to become regular tobacco users and the less likely they are to quit.

A strong link between advertising and smoking in young people has been proven. The more aware and appreciative young people are of tobacco advertising, the more likely they are to smoke or say they intend to. As a result, the tobacco industry spends billions of dollars worldwide each year spreading its marketing net as widely as possible to attract young customers. Tobacco companies market their products wherever youth can be easily accessed - in the movies, on the Internet, in fashion magazines, and at music concerts and sports events.



In response to this threat, World No Tobacco Day 2008 campaigns for a:

Total ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship by the tobacco industry.

WHY DO WE NEED TO CAMPAIGN FOR A TOTAL BAN ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING, PROMOTION AND SPONSORSHIP?
• Because about half the children of the world live in countries that do not ban free distribution of tobacco products to them.

• Because only total and comprehensive bans can be effective in reducing tobacco consumption.

• Because national-level studies before and after advertising bans found a decline in tobacco consumption of up to 16%.

• Because partial bans have little or no impact on demand since advertising can be switched to alternative media.

In addition, I have contributed with two banners in the left menu of my blog
Down with tobacco!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Do you like this blog?

On the left menu you have a new poll about this blog...do you like it?
hope you can find it..this blog is a bit too chaotic!
Remember, you can leave any other comment in any of the posts..
Ingrid

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In Remembrance of Frank Sinatra

These days his death is being commemorated...
This is our part in it....
For more information about him

For practising your English a little bit...

My way
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I traveled each and ev'ry highway
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way...

Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
I saw it through without exemption,
I planned each charted course,
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way...

Yes, there were times,
I'm sure you knew,
When I bit off
More than I could chew
But through it all,
When there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way...

I've loved, I laughed and cried
I had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way,
"Oh, no, Oh no not me,
I did it my way".

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way...

Yes, it was my way...
(taken from ompersonal)

And also a tribute to the incredible city of Nerw York...

New York, New York
Start spreadin' the news,
I'm leavin' today
I want to be a part of it,
New York, New York...
These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it,
New York, New York...

I wanna wake up in a city
That never sleeps
And find I'm king of the hill,
Top of the heap...

My little town blues
Are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it,
In old New York...
If I can make it there,
I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you,
New York, New York...

New York, New York...

I want to wake up in a city
That never sleeps
And find I'm A-number-one,
Top of the heap,
King of the hill,
A-number-one...

These little town blues
They are melting away
I'm gonna make
A brand new start of it
In old New York
A-a-a-nd if I can make it there,
I'm gonna make it anywhere
It's up to you,
New York, New York...
New York...
(taken from ompersonal)

And my favorite one....

I've got you under my skin
I've got you under my skin
I've got you deep in the heart of me
So deep in my heart
That you're really a part of me.

I've got you under my skin
I'd tried so not to give in
I said to myself:
This affair never will go so well.

But why should I try to resist
When, baby, I know so well
I've got you under my skin?

I'd sacrifice anything
Come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of a warnin' voice
That comes in the night
And repeats, repeats in my ear:

"Don't you know, little fool,
You never can win?
Use your mentality,
Wake up to reality."

But each time that I do
Just the thought of you
Makes me stop before I begin
'Cause I've got you under my skin.

[ instrumental ]

I would sacrifice anything
Come what might
For the sake of havin' you near
In spite of the warnin' voice
That comes in the night
And repeats - how it yells in my ear:

"Don't you know, little fool,
You never can win?
Why not use your mentality,
Step up, wake up to reality?"

But each time I do
Just the thought of you
Makes me stop just before I begin
'Cause I've got you under my skin.
Yes, I've got you under my skin.
(taken from ompersonal)

For more practise visit the page ompersonal, you will find more videos and lyrics of Frank Sinatra, I also include a link in the section links related to English....

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Visual Dictionaries

These are some new incorporations to Links related to English, Spanish and Galician...the last one is multilingual and the second one includes sign language...
Visual Merriam-Webster
Leo lo que veo
Dicionario Visual da construción
Logos: Diccionario para niños

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