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Volume 16, No. 15 - May 10, 2010

-- REVIEW --

Bringing Tom Sawyer to life at Hartford Stage

By Mary Majerus-Collins and Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Conn., USA --FranceIn another fantastic production, Hartford Stage brought to life one of Mark Twain’s most famous books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Centered on a boy named Tom Sawyer and his adventures with his friend Huckleberry Finn, the play shows Tom’s struggle whether to keep a promise to Huck or tell the truth to spare an innocent man, Muff Potter.

In the end, Tom helps Muff Potter and saves the man’s life.

The play, a world premiere adaptation by Laura Eason that ended at the theater Sunday, fulfilled all expectations.

This amazing show included fascinating, behind-the-scenes light and sound effects and creative touches.  Read more




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A pristine Louisiana beach

Onshore oil drilling in Louisiana.

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Louisiana teens worried about creeping oil

By Kaley Willis in HOLLY BEACH, Louisiana, U.S.A. – The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing some buzz across the world, and here on the coast, some teens are worried about the dangers offshore drilling poses, both to workers and to the environment.

“I think that offshore rigs make a lot of money, but it’s way too risky,” said Majah David, a 12-year-old seventh grader from LeBlanc Middle School in Sulphur, La. “People get killed over that. It’s just not worth it.”

For Kailyn Davillier, a 16-year-old high school junior in Marietta, Georgia, the spill hit close to home.

“I know I have some older cousins who worked near the oil rigs and I haven't heard from them ever since,” said Davillier. “We’re trying to find out if they were the ones killed" in an explosion on a deep sea drilling operation two weeks ago. Read whole story


Dubai, the Big Apple of the Middle East

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Edrees Kakar in Dubai

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By Edrees Kakar in DUBAI, United Arab Emirates In films, songs, ads, business, tourism and news, the Dubai brand touches every sector of society, but I would like to refer to this sandy emirate as the Big Apple of the Middle East because it inspires its visitors with its architectural wonders.

If you take a tour of this glazed, modern, business city, you'll be assured that despite the current economic plunge, it will eventually turn into the world's Big Apple.

Some may say it already is.

If you have never visited, reports of hot weather and sand may make you hesitate to spend your precious holidays in this sunny desert. But as you get off the plane, you will be astonished by the modernity, luxury and air-conditioned facilities -- starting with your arrival at its world famous airport.

Over the last three decades, this city’s booming business industry absorbed people from all across the globe, making the genuine Emirati population less than 20 percent of the overall number of inhabitants. Read whole story

Read about the World Youth Peace Summit in four languages, Dutch, English, German and Italian:


Connecticut gastheer van eerste Youth Peace Summit in 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Volgend jaar zullen 2500 jonge mensen, waaronder schrijvers, atleten en muzikanten, van over de hele wereld zich  op de World Youth Peace Summit, een internationale vredesconferentie voor jongeren, in Connecticut samenkomen. Read whole story 

vertaald naar het Nederlands door Caroline Nelissen


Connecticut to host first youth peace summit in 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – The World Youth Peace Summit will gather 2,500 young people from around the globe –including writers, athletes and musicians – to Connecticut next year.  Read whole story


Connecticut als Gastgeber des ersten Weltjugend Friedensgipfels im Jahr 2011

By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A. – Beim Weltjugend Friedensgipfel werden im kommenden Jahr 2.500 junge Menschen aus der ganzen Welt, darunter Autoren, Sportler und Musiker, nach Connecticut kommen.

Übersetzt von Katie Grosser, Münster, Deutschland

 Senior reporter, Youth Journalism International


Il primo World Youth Peace Summit 2011 per un'estate di pace in Connecticut


By Yelena Samofalova in HARTFORD, Connecticut, U.S.A.: Il prossimo anno in Connecticut il World Youth Peace Summit riunirà 2500 giovani da tutto il mondo, inclusi scrittori, atleti e musicisti.

Tradotto da Eugenia Durante, Genoa, Italy

 Senior reporter, Youth Journalism International


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