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Barack Obama adressing a speech earlier this year

Obama is getting the last details ready for the speech he will adress this Tuesday at the military academy of West Point, in which he would let the world know about United States’ plans for the war in Afghanistan. One of his many promises when running for President was the return of all American troops from conflict areas in the Middle East, but some of the high-ranking officials talk about an increase of up to 35,000 troops in the near future. Obama will also talk about a possible calendar of the retirement of the whole body that has been “promoting peace” in Afghanistan since 2001. White House speaker Robert Gibbs confirmed that President Obama had spoken on the phone with England’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, French President Sarkozy and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev. He is also planning to consult with other political leaders like Afghan President Hamid Karzai before adressing his speech. It is an important event and nothing should be taken lightly because of the delicate situation in the country. Americans will have an uptade of Obama’s strategy in the Middle East, so I think this speech is extremely important.

Tiger's Escalade

Tiger Woods, the well known famous golfer, was in a car crash on Friday November 27th, 2009.  It took place at 2:25 in the morning and caused Tiger Woods to be hospitalized for a short amount of time.  His black Cadillac Escalade struck a fire hydrant and then hit a tree.  The accident happened in the gated community that he lives in in Windermere, Florida not far from his home.  Why was Tiger out driving at 2 A.M.?  Police are curious to find out the answer.  The airbags did not deploy but as you can tell in the picture the damages were pretty extreme.  Woods blames the whole accident on himself and stated, “its very embarrassing”.  Ever since Friday, Tiger has been questioned and questioned but will not give any more information.  Some people think that there must have been some trouble in the Woods household for him to be out at two in the morning but there are many other theories.  Woods stated that his wife used a golf club and got his unconscious body out of the car.  Some think that Tiger is protecting his wife and that she was attacking him, not saving him.  There are many unanswered questions still to the investigation.  Why were the two back windows of the SUV smashed?  Hopefully soon these questions will have an answer.  On Monday Woods pulled out of the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, California, the tournament that he has hosted for the last nine years.  He said he could not attend the event because of injuries from the accident.

Heather Watson, 2008 finalist

Eddie Herr International is a Junior tournament held in IMG Academies the week after Thanksgiving every year since 1987. It was founded by Eddie Herr’s grandson to honor his grandfather for his life’s passion for tennis and bringing the best junior players in the world to compete. The tournament now attracts many of the top international junior players, and makes IMG Academies during this week the house of kids from as many as 92 nationalities.
This year’s event is not different. The main street from Pendleton’s main building to the clay courts is full of people 12 hours a day, who are either getting ready for their matches or enjoying the priviledge of watching the most talented kids together in the same site.
Kids and teenagers, because the age of the competitors ranges from 10 to 18 years old; from 4 feet to 7 feet tall, but they all share one same goal: become professional tennis players, and this tournament is just one small step towards that.

St. Louis Cardinals’ slugging first baseman Albert Pujols has won the 2009 National League MVP Award. Pujols, who won the award unanimously, led the National League in home runs, runs, and slugging percentage. He hit .327, good for third in the NL, with 47 home runs, 135 rbi’s, 124 runs, and a .658 slugging percentage. Pujols also stole 17 bases, a very high figure for a first baseman. Pujols has hit at least 30 home runs in every season in his career and has 5 seasons of 40+ home runs. This is Pujols’s second straight MVP and third overall. In my opinion, Pujols is the best player in baseball due to his ability to hit for so much power and maintain a very high batting average. He is also a very good defensive player, having won a gold-glove in 2006 and finishing second this year. Pujols is also one of the game’s best base runners despite not having blazing speed. I believe if Pujols stays healthy, he will eventually be considered as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball.

Minnesota Twins’ catcher Joe Mauer has been elected as the 2009 American League MVP. Mauer led the American League in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Mauer hit .365 with 28 home runs and 96 rbi’s. Mauer won the award in a blowout, receiving 27 of the 28 first place votes. Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera received the other. This is also the second straight year in which Mauer has won the batting title and gold-glove for his league. This is the eighth year in which a catcher has won the American League MVP. The last was Pudge Rodriguez, then playing for the Rangers, in 1999. In my opinion, Mauer is by far the best offensive catcher in Major League Baseball and is also a fine defensive catcher. The incredible thing about Mauer’s MVP season is that he started the season late due to a back injury. He didn’t play until May 1.

Mon, Nov 30 / Tue, Dec 1  — 10am – 2pm

A Herff Jones representative will be in the main building taking orders during these hours.   Class ring packets with more information and designs for you to browse are available on hte front office table.

Check out their site to get some ideas:

http://www.herffjones.com/highschool/

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Ukraine

British scientists studying a strain of swine flu responsible for the outbreak of respiratory diseases in Ukraine are suspicious that it may have mutated. Some of the symptoms, doctors say, are reminiscent of the infamous “Spanish flu” that broke out in Europe after the First World War and took on the most conservative estimates, more than 20 million lives. In particular, the lungs of the victims of the virus are black as coal, said one of the doctors in western Ukraine, describing the manifestations of the virus. “We conducted an autopsy of the two victims and found that their lungs are black as coal. They look as if they were burnt. It’s terrible,” – quoted Ukrainian doctor British edition The Daily Mail.  Chief doctor of the Lviv Emergency Hospital Miron Borisevich identified the diagnosis as viral pneumonia. “We do not believe that this is swine influenza A/H1N1. But we do not know what kind of pneumonia it is” – he added. This is acting at the time the virus “Spanish flu”. As established scientists, it caused an uncontrolled reaction of the immune system, causing the immune cells to attack the organs of the respiratory system. Such a reaction, as shown by experiments on animals, in a few days destroyed their lungs and lead to death. The death total in Ukraine during the flu epidemic is 299 people.


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