Monday, April 30, 2012

Can The Dark Knight Rise With No Joker?

The newest Batman movie is due out this summer.
 Can The Dark Knight Rises compare to The Dark Knight?

By Mary Majerus-Collins
Senior Reporter
WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Many Batman fans noticed that in The Dark Knight, the Joker’s skin and hair do not appear to be actually white and green, but poorly dyed and painted.
Heath Ledger as the Joker
 in the 2008 film, The Dark Night
Normally the internet trolls would be raging about this inaccuracy, but they are not. The reason there has been such little criticism of the Joker’s appearance is because of the fantastic job Heath Ledger did portraying him in the 2008 movie.
Ledger’s performance as the Joker is even better when juxtaposed with the subpar job done by Jack Nicholson in his version of the Joker in the 1998 Batman movie.
The pale skin and green hair worn by Nicholson were too comic to strike fear in viewers the way Ledger did as the clown prince of crime.
Ledger’s tangled green hair and white-streaked face, complete with scars that elongate his painted smile depict the grinning madman that’s been haunting children’s nightmares for decades.
Fear clowns, little children, for they blow up hospitals and burn money.
Movie watchers saw Ledger’s Joker as a psychotic maniac with an appearance to back it up. In The Dark Knight, the Joker looks like the type of guy one would find on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted list.
Jack Nicholson played the
Joker in the 1989 film Batman
Ledger’s character portrayal is the type that makes people want to go hide under their sheets and cry. It’s also an extremely accurate film version of the Joker’s mind as shown in Batman books like A Death In The Family where the Joker beats Robin to death with a crowbar and then blows up his remains, The Last Laugh in which the Joker goads Nightwing into almost beating him to death and The Killing Joke when he shoots Barbra Gordon (also known as Batgirl), paralyzes her and tries to drive Police Commissioner Gordon insane.
This is opposed to Nicholson’s ‘family friendly’ (as long as the whole family is over 12) version. Nicholson’s big line is that one of his victims “got a little hot under the collar” after being electrocuted, as compared to Ledger’s infamous, “Why so serious?”
If the Joker is going to be a mass murdering madman, go the whole way and make it good.
If the Joker is the clever green-haired jokester from the ’60s television series then it’s not truly the Joker, it’s a male Harley Quinn. Also, Nicholson’s Joker dies at the end of his movie, breaking the cardinal ‘you can’t kill the Joker’ rule.
Batman can die, Robins can die and other superheroes can die, but the Joker can’t die.
The Dark Knight follows this rule and the spirit of the Batman-Joker relationship by setting up for an epic conclusion and last showdown between Batman and the Joker.
But fans will never see it, because Ledger died in 2008, bringing the Joker’s duel with Batman to an untimely end.
The Dark Knight is a great film, but could use one small change. The last image the audience gets of the Joker is of him, hanging upside down off the building with SWAT team flashlights on him, laughing hysterically.
The image then cuts to Batman entering 250 Fifty-Second St. to confront the villain Two-Face, formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent.
At this point in the movie, for a few seconds, there is no audio to speak of. Instead of the silence, the Joker’s laugh track should continue for a second or two after the scene change. Doing this would carryover the Joker’s presence through the scene with Two-Face and remind the audience that this is all the Joker’s work.
Also, it would be just plain awesome.
That film’s sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, will focus on another villain, Bane, instead of the Joker because no one can equal Ledger’s skill in the role.
Bane is a diabolical super villain, the only one to beat Batman and one of only two to discover his secret identity. The other is Hugo Strange and he is one of the lamest super villains ever and he died.
Bane has super strength from a drug called Venom that is pumped into his blood through tubes leading into his head.
Catwoman will also make an appearance in the new movie. It’s terrible that she hasn’t been introduced yet. Because she is Batman’s oldest foe, she should have been the villain in Batman Begins instead of Scarecrow, who was a lame version of the Joker and the old-fashioned Ra’s Al Ghul.
The Dark Knight Rises is based off of three Batman comics: Batman: No Man’s Land; the book where Bane is the primary villain Knightfall and The Dark Knight Returns.
A dystopian tale, The Dark Knight Returns is the worst Batman comic ever, with Superman killing Batman, a poorly trained Robin and the death of Alfred and subsequent collapse of Wayne Manor. And the Batmobile – giant, bulky and awkward – is terrible, unlike the Tumbler, which rocks.
Hopefully the new movie will be balanced by the awesomeness of the other two comic books, particularly No Man’s Land, which is one of the best comics ever, excluding those Joker comics mentioned above.
But director Christopher Nolan isn’t off to a very good start since the title itself is poor.
Looking at the titles of the first two movies, it is plain that the third movie should incorporate Batman’s third name, The Caped Crusader.
Using The Caped Crusader in the third movie title would avoid confusion between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises and give the last of the three Nolan films a name of its own.

YJI Contest Results Will Be Announced Soon

Trophies that went to the top winners in 2010.  Similar trophies
will be awarded to those winning the highest honors this year.

Anxious students from California to Cairo are eager to know if their work was selected for an award in Youth Journalism International's 2012 Excellence in Journalism contest.

Meghan Mizuta, YJI's
2010 Student Journalist of the Year
Results are due out any day now. We're working hard to finish the judging and prepare the announcement.

The number of entries was higher than ever this year, with young people in 18 nations and a dozen U.S. states participating. There are many categories covering news, opinion and sports writing, editorials and art, including illustrations, cartoons and photography.

Lots of great journalism by talented young people the world over will be recognized.

This year, about 20 judges are lending a hand to evaluate the work submitted by young people around the world. Nearly all of the judges are finished, but there is still a little more work to do, so we ask for a little more patience.

We expect to be able to release the winners' names sometime this week. The results will be announced on this blog and also on our website at

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pakistan's Politics Hang On Judges' Ruling

By Waleed Tariq
Senior Reporter
KARACHI, Pakistan – Pakistan’s political turmoil further intensified on Tuesday when the Supreme Court reserved its verdict in Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s contempt case, paving the way for his possible disqualification from parliament and throwing into doubt his continuation in office.
A seven-member special bench of the court headed by Justice Nasir ul Mulk reserved the verdict in contempt of court case against the prime minister in the National Reconciliation Ordinance.
Yousuf Raza Gilani
“The court will announce judgment in the case on Thursday,” Gilani’s counsel, Aitzaz Ahsan, told reporters outside the court. He later said that the maximum punishment that Gilani could face if convicted was six months in prison.
All eyes of the nation and the world are focused on the outcome of these proceedings now. Gilani has been indicted for refusal to put into practice a 17-judge full bench order of the court to write a letter to Swiss authorities for reopening of money-laundering cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
Ahsan has contended that the letter could not be written as the head of state enjoys immunity from prosecution both within and outside the country. He further argued that Gilani had observed the rules of business and acted on the advice given by his legal team that the letter should not be written.
The apex court been pressuring the government to revive cases of alleged money laundering against President Zardari in Switzerland since December 2009, when it struck down an amnesty issued through a presidential ordinance by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Supreme Court of Pakistan
However, Gilani has refused to act. He had appeared in the court twice before and had decided to fight the case.
Even after he was formally charged with contempt of court on February 13, Gilani insisted that he would rather be jailed than approach the Swiss authorities to reopen the cases against the president.
Therefore, the judiciary has finally driven the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party to the arena of its choice.
If convicted, Gilani would be left with no alternative but to face contempt charges or take shield behind the presidential immunity. Legal and political experts see the danger of conviction to Gilani.
So far, the PPP had settled down to protect neck of its co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, putting the largest party and its government, at stake.
But now, it should prepare for the worst.
There appears to be no escape for the cocooned PPP from writing letter to Swiss authorities, and even if Gilani fails to remain in office, it should be binding on the next prime minister to do so.
As observers have argued, if he is convicted, politics will take a new turn and the country will move further close to fresh elections.

Luna: A Novel Of Transsexuality, Acceptance

By Mariechen Puchert
Senior Correspondent
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Seventeen-year-old Luna can only emerge when the moon is out, because by day she is Liam: handsome, intelligent, male Liam.
Luna, a novel by Julie Anne Peters, is the story of a transsexual teenager and her disgust for the body into which she was born.
Liam’s sister, Regan, narrates the novel. She is the only person who knows and loves Luna, but she also knows that the world may never accept her for who she is.
At the same time, Regan is trying to find her own normalcy in the cruelty that is high school, and being Luna’s sole confidante is clearly a draining experience. Nevertheless she supports and protects Luna above all else.
But Luna cannot continue pretending to be the outward Liam. She needs to transition. Luna follows these experiences with a candidness that is unparalleled as Luna reveals herself to the public.
Published in 2004, Luna was perhaps a bit before her time. Eight years ago, the world was still trying to build bridges between heterosexual and homosexual communities. Today it would appear that while acceptance of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals is slowly improving, transexuality is still largely misunderstood.
With Regan as the protagonist, this novel is accessible to young people who may or may not identify as LGBT, but are looking to know more about being supportive to friends or family. The narrative is simple and clear and the story appropriate even for younger readers.
Luna is neither a tearjerker nor a fast-paced novel. It is simply a tale of acceptance within modern context, shedding light on a poorly-grasped matter. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

How The World's Youth Celebrate Earth Day

Young people around the globe who observe Earth Day shut off appliances, plant trees and try to convince others of the importance of taking care of the planet.
As a lover of natural beauty, Maryam Saeed, 15, a student at Crescent Model Higher Secondary School in Lahore, Pakistan, said Earth Day is everything to her.
Earth Day 2012
While every day can be celebrated as Earth Day, Saeed said, it’s still good to set one day aside because the planet, its beauty and resources are depleting.
Though she has limited means to take a lot of action, Saeed said she is the girl guide leader at her school, where last year they planted seeds that have grown into plants. They also started a campaign with lectures for Earth Day, plant to continue it on a greater scale this year.
For some, Earth Day, celebrated Sunday, April 22, is a reason to gather with friends or classmates.
Lea Lavoie, U.S.A.
Lea Lavoie, 19, of Farmington, Connecticut, studies at Tunxis Community College. She said Earth Day is a time for celebration of the environment and recognition of the importance of going green. Lavoie said she will observe Earth Day by volunteering at Earthstock, an annual event at Tunxis that promotes environmental awareness.
At the University of Linguistics, Art and Literature La Manouba in Tunis, Tunisia, student Randa Bahrouni said Earth Day should be a moment when everyone should be one hand and one voice together, helping Mother Earth.
Alice Fan, South Africa
Bahrouni, 23, said there will be a week-long observance of Earth Day at the American library in Tunis that includes presentations about the environment, global warming and more.
Alice Fan, a 20-year-old medical student at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, said she’ll take part in events if they are organized on campus.
“Last year I was the house committee member for Environmental Affairs, and we organized for all the power to be cut off and the members of our residence drank hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire,” said Fan.
In The Netherlands, the Environmental Committee at Amsterdam University College views the occasion as a teach-in day. They’ll host a “Down to Earth Dinner” on Earth Day, offering local, vegetarian and seasonal food to encourage people to think about what they eat and to try to make students aware of the need to live a sustainable life.
Aaron Montoni, 12, who attends Eli Terry Junior Middle School in Terryville, Connecticut, said Earth Day is a good idea. In the past, he said, he planted a tree in his yard and helped it grow.
Aaron Montoni,
Pakistani and Korean youth also mentioned planting trees in honor of Earth Day.
Sarmad Lashari, 23, who attends SZABIST, a university in Karachi, Pakistan, said that he had fun taking part in tree planting at school for Earth Day when he was younger and plans to do it again as a college student. Because people are part of the environment, he said, they need to do something collectively to protect it.
Jason Chung, 14, who attends Seoul International School in South Korea, said Earth Day is a time to care and think about the planet we live on and plan how to save it after causing so much damage. Last year, he planted a tree in his garden for Earth Day and now he plans to plant more.
Twelve-year-old Matthew Lee attends Korea International School in Seoul. He said Earth Day means saving trees, plants and flowers. He planted three trees last year, he said, but the carrot he planted this year died.
Matthew Lee, 
South Korea
Eric Ebner, 18, who attends Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, said a single day won’t bring the change that activists want. Only lifestyle changes that last all year long can bring significant environmental change, he said.
Christopher Fernández, 17, a student at Hayfield Secondary School in Lorton,Virginia, embraces that everyday change. He said that for him, each day is Earth Day, a chance to celebrate the history of life on Earth, to make an effort to reduce his carbon footprint and learning more about the impact he’s making on the planet.
But Fernández also plans to attend an Earth Day festival and see a new Disney nature documentary, Chimpanzee.
Max Jared Einsohn, 24, of Dallas, Texas, said Earth Day is a reminder to preserve and rebuild, a time to wake up the world and choose to preserve the environment. He said he tries to recycle, reduce his energy use and stop to smell the roses.
While some young people have celebrated Earth Day for years, it’s new to others.
Maria Pozimski, 21, a German student studying environmental science at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands, said she hadn’t heard of Earth Day, but thinks it’s a good initiative and plans to get involved.
Global awareness is needed on the issue of climate change, Pozimski said, especially since some people are shrinking back from the idea of saving the planet because it seems a bit of a science-y, nerdy thing to do and the chances of a positive change may seem very small.
A day like Earth Day can change the image of the campaign, Pozimski said, adding that she’ll get involved this year, in part to see how people react to her chosen field.
“I will use my voice,” Pozimski said.
Bwette Daniels Gilbert /
Hip hop artist Asolo Vannessa "MC Flower," Uganda
Ugandan hip hop artist Asolo Vannessa, a nine-year-old girl who uses the stage name MC Flower, said she will use her music to inform friends and other children about the dangers of deforestation, or cutting down trees.
Last year, Vannessa said she had fun planting trees for Earth Day. This year she might join other children and help pick up rubbish in the schoolyard if they’re allowed to do so, she said.
Chaewon Kim, a student at Korea International School in Seoul, and Joanne Park, who studies at Seoul International School, are both 13 and said that Earth Day simply means saving the planet.
Chaewon Kim, South Korea
Kim vowed to try to grow a plant this year, and Park said she’ll do what she can to tell her friends about Earth Day.
In Yerevan, Armenia, Arthur Baghdasaryan, 20, a student at the Armenian State Economic University said he thinks Earth Day is a great idea.
People the world over must take part in it, Baghdasaryan said, for the good of the planet. Because many Armenians – especially those who aren’t on the internet a lot – don’t know about Earth Day, he does what he can to inform people about it.
“I hope that with my help, many people begin to understand the importance of keeping our planet safe and clean,” Baghdasaryan said. “This is my aim."
Edriss Waizi, 22, who attends the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, said he sometimes observes Earth Day. He said it’s a chance for people to pause and think about what this beautiful planet has given them during their lifetime, and to show gratitude by learning ways to minimize toxic waste by consuming responsibly.
Eugene Sung, South Korea
Eugene Sung, who is 12 and attends Chadwick International School in Seoul, South Korea, said Earth Day is a time to think about the Earth and try to save it from pollution. She said she hasn’t taken any action on Earth Day in the past, but would like to plant something this year.
It’s important, Waizi said, to keep the Earth beautiful for not just this generation, but so future generations would also be able to enjoy its beauty and resources. To do his part, Waizi said he talks with fellow Afghans from their country’s religious and cultural perspective about how they can adopt environmentally-friendly habits into their daily lives.
Laura Williams,
Living in a densely populated Kabul, Waizi said, he knows that if attention isn’t paid to environmental concerns, then the city may become the site of an environmental disaster. Factors such as pollution, dust and population density may together transform Kabul into an environmentally unhealthy city, he said.
Small, personal moments are another way some of the world’s youth observe Earth Day.
Nineteen-year-old Laura Williams of Queensland, Australia, will head off on a hike. She’ll take her camera to the Mount Tamborine mountains and try to capture the beauty of the rock pools, shrubbery and glow worm caves.
Natalie Chan Xin Ci
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Natalie Chan Xin Ci, 17, a student at Sekolah Menengah Stella Maris will observe Earth Day by recycling. She’ll use candy wrappers and magazines to create new things like calendars and photo frames, she said.
Toshit Varshney, a 17-year-old student at Delhi Public School in New Delhi, India, said the occasion is a chance to appreciate the beauty of nature, respect the environment and grab the opportunity to do something for the planet, even if it is in a small way.
Toshit Varshney, India
In the past, Varshney’s turned off the lights for an hour and picked up litter with the school Environment Club.
Eric Kim, a 12-year-old student at Korea International School in Seoul, said he will plant trees and recycle, because to him, Earth Day means saving nature.
Apoorva Gupta, 19, a student at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, Chennai, India, said Earth Day has become more of an occasion for symbolism than for real action. While it’s a wonderful way to raise awareness, she said, it still isn’t anywhere near enough.
Apoorva Gupta, India

It’s important to stress the immediate need for policy change and governmental collaboration, Gupta said, adding that everyone can make a difference, but that it needs to begin now with simple lifestyle changes – like turning off appliances that aren’t in use – and having a basic regard for what we leave behind.
Jessica Hine,
Inspired by a Friends of the Earth campaign, she said she tried to reduce her emissions by 10 percent and found it surprisingly easy.
Jessica Hine, 19, at student at the University of Queensland in Australia, said Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to step away from gadgets and spend time with friends and family. She’ll use candlelight and play board games, she said.
The noise and laughter made by friends, Hine said, is more rewarding then laughter created by a television screen.
Reporting by Youth Journalism International students Tasman Anderson in Australia, Bwette Daniels Gilbert in Uganda, Mariechen Puchert in South Africa, Evangeline Han in Malaysia, Roohani Deshpande and Pushkal Shivam in India, Waleed Tariq and Arooj Khalid in Pakistan, Edrees Kakar in Afghanistan, Chaewon Kim, Tom Moon, Eric Kim, Eugene Sung, Joanne Park and Jason Chung in South Korea, Narine Daneghyan in Armenia, Caroline Nelissen in The Netherlands, and in the United States, Ameni Mathlouthi, Mary Majerus-Collins, Alexandria Garry and Jason Soltys in Connecticut, Eli Winter in Texas and Tamar Gorgadze in Virginia.

Ugandan Hip Hop Artist: Save The Trees

Bwette Daniels Gilbert /

In Uganda, hip hop artist Asolo Vannessa, known

as MC Flower, 
appears on stage with Nigerian-German

hip hop artist Nneka on the left and hip hop artist Keko
on the right in the sunglasses.

By Bwette Daniels Gilbert
Senior Reporter
KAMPALA, Uganda – Nine-year-old Ugandan hip hop artist Asolo Vannessa, who uses the stage name MC Flower, is taking her country by storm.
Bwette Daniels Gilbert /
MC Flower  performs 

Earth Day 2012

She’s a celebrity not only at Makindye Junior School, where she was just voted the entertainment minister for the second time, but in her community and nationally, as she is hitting every Ugandan television station.

She chose her stage name, she said, because her name Vannessa means flower.
Vanessa lives in the Lukuli zone and Makindye division of  Kampala, the capital city in Uganda.
To her, Earth Day might be a day where people around the world may discuss things affecting the Earth, whether it be littering garbage, deforestation or other worries.
Last year for Earth Day she said, a journalist friend, Grace Atuhaire, brought trees for them to plant in the community.
Bwette Daniels Gilbert /
Hip hop artist MC Flower, in the center, sits with her sister, 
Gift, on the left, and her father, Major Okoth, who is a major
in the Uganda People's Defence Force and a lawyer.

It was fun, she said.
This year, she wants to use her music to inform her friends and other children about the dangers of cutting down trees.
They might also pick up rubbish from the schoolyard if they’re allowed, she said.
In addition, this year, she's been invited to perform at a special Earth Day event. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Indoor Waterfall Brings Nature Inside

Jason Soltys /
A side view of the new waterfall at Indian 
Nature Preserve in Bristol, Conn.

By Jason Soltys
Junior Reporter
BRISTOL, Conn., U.S.A. – There aren’t many places that have waterfalls indoors, but Indian Rock Nature Preserve is one of them.
Earth Day 2012
At the nature preserve, which is part of the Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, Executive Director Jon Guglietta wanted the entry area – called the Great Hall – to feel like people hadn’t left nature behind when they walked in the door.
The centerpiece is a large waterfall created by Massachusetts exhibit company 42 Design Fab Studio.
“It’s really hard to find companies that have experience building waterfalls,” said Guglietta.
Construction started in the beginning of September 2011 and finished in that same month, he said.
This waterfall was not only a way to bring nature indoors, but to hide an elevator shaft that was in the middle of the room.
Jason Soltys /
Jon Guglietta, executive director 
of the Environmental Learning
Centers of Connecticut, 
on the new waterfall.
This waterfall has five places for the water to come out, which regulates the flow so that the water doesn’t splash all over the place.
Also, as strange as this may seem, even the sound of the waterfall can be adjusted.
Crevices in the “rock,” really made out of fiberglass, create series of v-notches so that the water streams can be controlled.
The notches can be altered to change the way that the water falls by using modeling clay to fill in crevices or create them.
The waterfall has a pump to keep the water swirling, kind of like a very weak whirlpool, so that all of the water is always moving and algae doesn’t grow.
This livable aquarium, which is currently holding two painted turtles, is large enough to hold half a dozen turtles – and made so that turtles would not be able to crawl out.
There are real shiner fish in the pools, providing food for the turtles.
Along the rock, there are real pincushion and sphagnum mosses growing along with ferns.
At the very top of the waterfall, there are several artificial plants to give the feel of being in a natural environment.
The 150 gallons of water is always being recycled and if any evaporates, more water is added.
The waterfall has seats built into the rocks along the edges so that visitors can sit. It came in six different sections and was assembled at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve.
In addition to the waterfall, there is room for other nature-themed exhibits.
The new floor in the Great Hall, made up of Idaho Quartzite, is made to look like Connecticut’s natural bedrock, which is Mica Schist.
Volunteers, led by master mason Tony Paulo, saved Indian Rock about $30,000 in installation costs, spending about six weeks putting the new floor down.
Jason Soltys /
A view out the windows of the Great Hall at Indian
Nature Preserve is enhanced by the live
indoor trees and plants. 
Small trees and plants add to the natural environment in the Great Hall, and Guglietta said three more large trees will be added.
“We want this to be a nature state,” said Guglietta.
Giant windows let in natural light and offer a nice view of the surrounding woods. Guglietta also wants to put clouds on the ceiling and murals on the wall to make the hall feel even more like a natural environment.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brooklyn Flea Market: Sure Sign Of Spring

Emma Bally /

A bird's eye view of The Brooklyn Flea Market

By Emma Bally
BROOKLYN, New York, U.S.A. – One truly knows that spring has come to New York City when The Brooklyn Flea Market finally reopens.
This flea market, which is located between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues, attracts a diverse crowd of people. As far as the eye can see, people of all ages, neighborhoods, and personalities roam the market munching on goodies or conversing with friends.
The Brooklyn Flea Market also provides a range of products being sold, from typewriters to fruity flavored shaved ice called People Pops.
Shoppers like Sunny Wang and Shannon Roddey, immensely enjoy The Brooklyn Flea Market.
A Crown Heights resident, Roddey said she comes to this market “probably once or twice a month.”
Roddey, who is an artist, said “there’s a lot of inspiration” at the flea market.
“Everybody’s just looking to find cool and unique things,” said Roddey, who said she personally enjoys “furniture and interior design pieces.”
Wang used some of the same adjectives as Roddey to describe the flea market. “Everything is very unique,” Wang said. “They have cool stuff. It’s always fun to browse and find something special.”
David Lewis is one vendor who sells the special things that Wang might have referred to.
Emma Bally /
David Lewis of The Good Fork food booth
Lewis is from The Good Fork and he works with a few other people to sell “sliders … pork, chicken, and tofu,” along with more food.
Food is a large part of the atmosphere at this flea market and many people seem to like it.
Emma Bally /

Berton Goods booth
Kinsley Edney from Australia remarked that The Brooklyn Flea Market has “good food and drink.”
It was Edney’s first time at the flea market and he had “read about it in Time Out.” Due to complications with the subway, the flea market “was hard to find but worth it.”
Lewis, who is at the market every Saturday, spoke on behalf of his coworkers when he explained, “well, we love the neighborhood. It’s fun to watch the people and gauge their reaction to our food…we like everybody. It’s a wonderful community of people that come out here.”
Even at the end of the day when booths began to close and night fell on Brooklyn, smiles could still be found on children’s icy-stained mouths as they wolfed down a Raspberry Basil People Pop.
After a long day of selling, buying, socializing, and eating, The Brooklyn Flea Market still remains a very happy and enjoyable atmosphere.
Lewis wrapped the entire flea market into a neat, little sentence.
“It’s a nice day,” he said.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Members Of Parliaments Gather In Uganda

Ugandan Speaker Rebecca Kadaga with international parliamentarians at a recent conference in Kampala.Photos: Bwette Daniel Gilbert/

By Bwette Daniel Gilbert

KAMPALA, Uganda – About 650 members of parliaments and other government leaders from around the world gathered recently for the 126th inter-parliamentary union assembly in Kampala.
Representing more than 120 parliaments as well as regional and international organizations, the six day conference that ended earlier this month sought solutions to common concerns under the theme “Parliament and People: Bridging the Gap.”
The gathering devoted considerable attention to the situation in the Middle East and called for an immediate end to violence and protection of human rights in Syria, where government forces have killed thousands of protestors in recent months.
Delegates from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Canada successfully urged their fellow policymakers in this assembly to  join them in the effort to find peaceful and democratic solutions in the Syrian conflict.
The conference also resolved to make improved health care for women and children a major world priority.