Una Estudiante de Secundaria Gana la Competición de Google Doodle

Sabrina Brady, de 18 años, fue una de las miles de personas en presentar un proyecto en el concurso ‘Doodle 4 Google’, y el jueves, su dibujo fue expuesto en la página principal del buscador. El doodle, titulado “Coming Home,” representa el mejor día de la vida de Brady- el reencuentro con su padre después de su estadía en Iraq por 18 meses, 10 años atrás.

Ryan Germick, líder del equipo de Google Doodle, dijo:

“El doodle de Sabrina se destacó del resto. Su uso creativo de las letras de Google para ilustrar este momento tan especial claramente impactó a los votantes en todo Estados unidos y a nosotros en Google.”

La competición instruía a los participantes a ilustrar “su mejor día” y presentarlo ante un panel de jueces. Los participantes iban desde niños de jardín de infantes hasta estudiantes del último año. Google recibió más de 130,000 entradas.

“Fue muy sorprendente… es una locura,” dijo Sabrina acerca de haber ganado.

Explicó que la mayoría de las niñas tiene su “momento con papá” alrededor de los diez años de edad. “De cierta forma lo perdí en la mitad del mío. Lo extrañé,” dijo.

Su dibujo fue expuesto en la página principal de Google la semana pasada. Ella recibió una beca para la Universidad de $30,000 y una computadora Chromebook. Su escuela secundaria también recibió una subvención tecnológica de $50,000.

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Recordando a John F. Kennedy

Hoy, el 29 de mayo, habría sido el cumpleaños número 96 del presidente John F. Kennedy. Kennedy fue elegido como el presidente número 35 de los Estados Unidos en 1961 después de servir en la Cámara de los Representantes de los Estados Unidos y el Senado de Estados Unidos. Fue asesinado en Texas dos años después.

Aunque su rol como presidente es muy discutido, el hombre en sí mismo es a menudo pasado por alto. Nacido en el seno de una familia unida de Brookline, Massachusetts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, apodado ‘Jack’, fue el segundo hijo de nueve hermanos. Sus hermanos y hermanas también eran extraordinarios, y dejaron una impresión duradera en los Estados Unidos en diversas formas.

Los padres de JFK eran inusuales, tenían poco interés en el mundo social de Boston y en lugar de eso enfocaban su atención en el bienestar y educación de sus hijos. Era raro que un padre se centrara en sus hijos durante esa época. De hecho, un amigo de la familia una vez dijo “la mayoría de los padres en aquel entonces simplemente no estaban interesados en lo que hacían sus hijos. Pero Joe Kennedy sabía lo que los niños estaban haciendo todo el tiempo.” Era ferozmente competitivo y tenía grandes esperanzas para sus hijos. Les enseñó la importancia de ganar anotándolos en competencias de nado y navegación.

Jack Kennedy adoptó el enfoque competitivo de su padre, pero siguió siendo travieso y de libre voluntad. Ha sido descrito como un hombre que “encaraba juventud y vigor,” al igual que alguien que vivía “sin miedo, con intensidad y alegría” y que “quería hacer todo.” No es sorprendente, entonces, que el joven presidente supiera volar. Este hecho poco conocido es confirmado por su bitácora de vuelo, escrita en 1944, que está actualmente en exhibición en la Shapell Manuscript Foundation. La historia usualmente se centra en los logros políticos y la muerte prematura del presidente número 35 de Estados Unidos, pero en el aniversario de su cumpleaños, también es importante apreciar al hombre en sí mismo.

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Remembering John F. Kennedy

John F. KennedyToday, May 29th, would have been President John F. Kennedy’s 96th birthday. Kennedy was elected as the United States’ 35th president in 1961 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. He was assassinated in Texas two years later.

Though his role as president is widely discussed, the man himself is often overlooked. Born to a tight-knit family in Brookline, Massachusetts, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, nicknamed ‘Jack’, was the second son of nine siblings. His brothers and sisters were also extraordinary, and left lasting impressions on the U.S. in various ways.

JFK’s parents were unusual, taking little interest in the world of Boston socialites and focusing their attention instead on the well-being and education of their children. It was rare for a father to focus on his children during that time. In fact, a family friend once said “most fathers in those days simply weren’t that interested in what their children did. But Joe Kennedy knew what his kids were up to all the time.” He was fiercely competitive and had great expectations for his children. He taught them the importance of winning by entering them in competitions such as swimming and sailing.

Jack Kennedy adopted his father’s competitive approach, but remained mischievous and free-willed. He has been described as a man who “embodied youth and vigor,” as well as someone who lived “fearlessly, intensely, joyously” and who “wanted to do everything.” It is not so surprising, then, that the young president knew how to fly. This little-known fact is confirmed by his flight logbook, written in 1944, which is currently on display at the Shapell Manuscript Foundation. History often focuses on the political accomplishments and the untimely demise of America’s 35th president, but on the anniversary of his birthday, it is important to appreciate the man himself as well.

High School Teen Wins Google Doodle Competition

Google Doodle18-year-old Sabrina Brady was one of thousands to submit an entry in the ‘Doodle 4 Google’ contest, and on Thursday, her drawing was displayed on the search engine’s home page. The doodle, entitled “Coming Home,” depicted Brady’s best day ever- the reunion with her father after an 18-month deployment in Iraq ten years ago.

Ryan Germick, leader of the Google Doodle team, said:

“Sabrina’s doodle stood out in the crowd. “Her creative use of the Google letters to illustrate this heartfelt moment clearly resonated with voters across the country and all of us at Google.”

The competition instructed participants to illustrate their “best day ever” and submit them to a panel of judges. Contestants ranged from kindergarten to 12th grade. Google received over 130,000 entries.

“It was very shocking… It’s crazy,” Sabrina said of her win.

She explained that most girls have their “daddy moment” at around ten years old. “I kind of lost him in the middle of mine. I missed him,” she said.

Sabrina’s drawing was displayed on Google’s home page last week. She also received a $30,000 college scholarship for college and a Chromebook computer. Her high school was also awarded a $50,000 technology grant.

10 Tips to Keep Cool This Summer

Summer EnergySummer nights and sunny days are wonderful, but the warm weather has already started taking its toll on our energy bills. Retail Energy Providers like IDT Energy know that when the temperature rises, there are several simple ways to minimize energy use both at home and in the office.

Freshome.com recently compiled a list of ten tips that will help you conserve energy and keep your monthly costs at a minimum:

  • Replace your air conditioning unit if it’s outdated. Many older units are less effective, and use more electricity than necessary today.
  • Minimize your oven use. Instead, cook with a microwave, toaster oven or on an outdoor grill. This will keep your interiors cooler, reducing the strain on your air conditioner. Smaller appliances like microwaves also cook food faster while using less electricity.
  • Use an automated thermostat instead of setting the temperature manually. Keep your house warmer when no one is home.
  • Keep the hot sun out of your home by closing blinds or drapes. Open your windows at night in order to let the cooler air circulate, and close them before the midday heat.
  • Use a ceiling fan to give your air conditioning a rest. These will help circulate the cool air without using much energy.
  • Take shorter, cooler showers to conserve heating energy and minimize water use.
  • Replace your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones. These use less energy, and last significantly longer.
  • Maintain your air conditioning unit by servicing it regularly. Make sure to keep the air filters clean, and have a professional check the system at least once a year.
  • Check the seals of your central air conditioning pipes. Have a professional examine the connections, vents and pipes to make sure the cool air is properly circulating inside your home.
  • Spend time outdoors! Take advantage of the clear weather to go for hikes and picnics, and keep cool by swimming at your local pool or visiting a nearby lake or beach.

By using energy responsibly, you can save money, protect our planet and keep your family comfortable and safe! Do you have any good summer savings tips to recommend?

Breast Cancer Awareness: Three Companies that Care

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer occurring in women. In 2010 the number of new cases of breast cancer across the globe was estimated to be 1.6 million.  Studies show that the earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the chances of survival. Therefore the importance of breast cancer awareness and screening tests cannot be overstated. Early detection can often be literally a matter of life and death. Many companies around the world have decided to get involved in the global effort to create an informed public so that breast cancer can be caught early and cured.

  • In Puerto Rico Doral Bank has created “Pink Route,” an organization that has already offered close to 3,000 free mammograms and conducted more than 7,000 educational seminars taught by health care professionals. As part of their “Da Vida Caminando con Raymond” program Doral Bank with Enrique Ubarri Baragaño has donated over $248,000 to Hospital Oncológico. Doral Bank also makes it easy for anyone who would like to donate funds to Pink by keeping open a special account just for that purpose. Donations are accepted in any of Doral Bank’s branches and are then given to Hospital Oncológico de Puerto Rico to support their work with breast cancer.
  • In the United States the Silicon Valley based on-line auction company eBay makes it easy for visitors to their site to contribute to organizations that promote breast cancer awareness and research. Potential buyers can browse eBay’s shopping lists for things that, when purchased, donate some, or sometimes all, of the purchase price to organizations that support research and education for breast cancer. Visitors to eBay can also take small actions under their “eBay Giving Works Hope Chest Campaign,”  such as pressing ‘like’ on a breast cancer charity on Facebook or downloading an informational guide about breast cancer, and eBay will give $1 to that charity.
  • Planet Fitness, founded in Dover, New Hampshire in 1992, has an annual Mother’s Day promotion to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. With all their franchises participating Planet Fitness offered to donate $10 for every new member that signed up between May 8 and May 15, 2013. The total which they donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation came close to $335,000. Since beginning the Mother’s Day promotion three years ago Planet Fitness has given over $1.5 million to BCRF.

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