Steve Jobs

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Steven Paul Jobs, born February 24, 1955, is the co-founder and chairman of Apple. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Pixar until it was bought by The Walt Disney Company. He is currently the largest shareholder at Disney and a member of Disney’s Board of Directors.

He is seen as a leading figure in both the computer and entertainment industries.

Jobs is a Silicon Valley businessman most famous for his work with the company Apple Inc.

Together with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Jobs helped make the idea of the personal computer popular in the late ’70s. In the early ’80s, still at Apple, Jobs was one of the first to see the commercial potential of using a mouse to use with the GUI. During this period, Apple had hired a number of other people to be president of the company.

In 1985 Apple’s Board of Directors got rid of Jobs from the company. Jobs then started NeXT, a computer platform development company which dealt with higher education and business markets. Apple’s 1997 buyout of NeXT brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, where he worked as the CEO of Apple.

Jobs has had health problems for the last few years and almost died before he got a new liver. People were worried that if Jobs died, Apple would not be as good of a company anymore.

Filipe Louro

11º C

Miley Cyrus

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The singer and actress has the name Destiny Hope Cyrus, but in 2008 she asked the Superior Court of Los Angeles to change her name to Miley Ray Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in the USA.

Her occupations are singing, acting and composing music. She plays the guitar, the piano and some vocal instruments.

Her parents are Billy Ray Cyrus and Leticia Cyrus. She has got five brothers.

Miley Cyrus is known worldwide for the main character in the series Hannah Montana and her music career.

In 2008, Miley was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 highest-paid famous in the world. As a singer she has sold over 15 million albums worldwide.

Her first album Meet Miley Cyrus sold 326,000 copies in its debut week. Her second album Breakout sold 371,000 copies in its debut week.

                                                                                                                                                               

Soraia Silva

11ºB

 

Elizabeth II

           

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Elizabeth II, born April 21, 1926, is the eldest daughter of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She married Philip Mountbatten, a distant cousin, in 1947; the pair has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Andrew and Edward. She has reigned for forty-six years, and appears capable of remaining on the throne for quite some time.

Monarchy, as an institution in Europe, all but disappeared during the two World Wars: a scant ten monarchs remain today, seven of which have familial ties to England. Elizabeth is, by far, the best known of these, and is the most widely traveled Head of State in the world. Her ascension was accompanied by constitutional innovation; each independent, self-governing country proclaimed Elizabeth, Queen of their individual state. She approves of the transformation from Empire to Commonwealth, describing the change as a “beneficial and civilized metamorphosis.” The indivisibility of the crown was formally abandoned by statute in 1953, and “Head of the Commonwealth” was added to the long list of royal titles which she possesses.

Elizabeth’s travels have won the adulation of her subjects; she is greeted with honest enthusiasm and warm regard with each visit abroad. She has been the master link in a chain of unity forged among the various countries within the Commonwealth. Hence, the monarchy, as well as the Empire, has evolved – what once was the image of absolute power is now a symbol of fraternity.

Elizabeth has managed to maintain a division between her public and private life. She is the first monarch to send her children to boarding schools in order to remove them from the ever-probing media. She has a strong sense of duty and diligence and dispatches her queenly business with great candor, efficiency and dignity. Her knowledge of current situations and trends is uncannily up to date, often to the embarrassment of her Prime Ministers. Harold Wilson, upon his retirement, remarked, “I shall certainly advise my successor to do his homework before his audience.” Churchill, who had served four monarchs, was impressed and delighted by her knowledge and wit. She possesses a sense of humor rarely exhibited in public where a dignified presence is her goal.

Elizabeth, like her father before her, raised the character of the monarchy through her actions. Unfortunately, the actions of her children have tarnished the royal name. The much publicized divorces of Charles from Diana and Andrew from Sarah Ferguson have been followed by further indiscretions by the princes, causing a heavily-taxed populace to rethink the necessity of a monarchy. Perhaps Elizabeth will not reign as long as Victoria, but her exceptionally long reign has provided a bright spot in the life of her country.

Denise Matias, 10.º A

Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Catherine Zeta-Jones, was born 25 September 1969 in Swansea. She began her on stage at na early age. After starring in a number of United Kingdom and United States television films, she came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as “Annie”, “Bugsy Malone” and “The Pajama Game”. At 15 she had the lead in the British revival of “42nd Street”. She was originally cast as the second understudy for the lead role in the musical but when the star and first understudy became sick the night the play’s producer was in the audience, she was given the lead for the rest of the musical’s production. She first made a name for herself in the early 1990s when she starred in the Yorkshire Television comedy/drama series “The Darling Buds of May” (1991) and as the 1998 action film The Mask of Zorro. She starred in many big-budget blockbusters like A Armadilha  (1999),  A Mansão  (1999) and Traffic – Ninguém Sai Ileso (2000), for which many believed she was robbed of an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. In November 2000 she married actor Michael Douglas. She gave birth to their son Dylan Michael in August 2000.

Liliana Pousadas, 11.ºC

Axl Rose’s Biography

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You can think that you don’t know one of the most  strident and wonderful voices of Hard Rock, but you’re wrong. Everybody knows Axl Rose of “Guns n’ Roses”. At the beginning I heard talking about Axl Rose and I don’t know who he was, and I heard songs like “November Rain”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” or “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”(original of Bob Dylan) and I didn’t know who that strident voice belong to. Now instead of the strident voice I hear Axl Rose.

Axl was born William Bruce Bailey on 6 February of 1962 (on February he will be 49) in Lafayette (Indiana, USA). At present Axl belongs to Guns N’ Roses, band that he found with some lead members, band where he plays piano and sings. He sings Hard Rock.

Axl is known for his controversial attitudes, for his lyrics, his strident voice and good disposition on stage. Axl is considered one of the big front men of rock’s history.

William (Axl) had a hard childhood. His parents divorced when Axl was two years old. This is the reason why Axl’s name is William Bruce Bailey (Bailey from his stepfather).

When we was sixteen years old, after he discovered that his biologic father’s name was Rose he changed his name for W. Axl Rose, W. from William. Axl formed the band’s name where his friend played, and Rose from his biologic father.

Throughout his childhood his stepfather beat him and his mother, and molested Axl’s sister. As his family was very rigorous and religious, Axl was compelled to go to church. Sometime afterwords he said: “The church that I attended was always crowded with hypocrites, cretins that abuse sexually and molest children. Were these people finding God?”

W. Axl ran away from his parent’s home, when he was seventeen years old, to Los Angeles, where he formed the band “LA Guns”. Later he formed another band, “Guns N’ Roses”, then he released the EP “Live Like a Suicide” (1986), in 1987 he released (with “Guns N’ Roses”) “Appetite for Destruction”, album that sold forty million copies, Axl and “Guns N’ Roses” reached fame this way.

Axl married Erin Everly and, after a suicide threat, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” song (in 1988) was written for Erin. Erin got pregnant (in 1990), but she suffered miscarry. Axl and Erin’s marriage ended legally in 1991.

After that Axl devoted himself to “Guns N’ Roses” tour and while recording the video clip of “Don’t Cry” he met Stephanie Seymour. The relationship between both lasted until 1993.

In 1988 “Guns N’ Roses” released “GN’R Lies” and in 1991 they released the albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” simultaneously. Both sold 500 millions copies on a single day.

In 1992, Axl Rose was elected by “Peoples” magazine the most beautiful man in the world.

In January 1994, Erin Everly, first wife’s Axl, and the greatest love of his life (it was for her that he wrote “Sweet Child O’ Mine” “November Rain” and “Estranged”) accused the musician of aggression, and Axl lost the case and had to pay a fine to Erin.

Today, Axl faces problems with “Guns N’ Roses” brand. Now that “Guns N’ Roses” released their album promised ten years ago, we can see a much more mature Axl.

It was the remarkable work and dedication of Axl in the early work of the band, where a music with a perfect harmony to the rock let Slash (former lead guitarist of “Guns N’ Roses) put his feeling in the best blue solos ever heard after the 80’s while they were still singing covers of bands like “Led Zeppelin”, one of the bands that influenced the “Guns N’ Roses phenomenon.

Eduarda Charneca, 10ºA

Daniel Radcliffe biography

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Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23rd, 1989 to Alan Radcliffe and Marcia Gresham. He began performing in small school productions as a young boy. Soon enough, he landed a role in David Copperfield (1999) (TV), as the young David Copperfield. A couple of years later, he landed a role as Mark Pendel in The Tailor of Panama (2001), the son of Harry and Louisa Pendel (Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis). Lee Curtis had indeed pointed out to Daniel’s mother that he could be Harry Potter himself. Soon afterwards, Daniel was cast as Harry Potter by director, Chris Columbus in the film that hit theatres in November 16, 2001,Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001). He was recognized worldwide after this film was released. Pleasing audiences and critics everywhere, filming on its sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), commenced shortly afterwards. He appeared again as Harry in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) directed by Alfonso Cuarón, and then appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) directed by Mike Newell. Shortly afterwards, he finished filming December Boys (2007) in Adelaide, Australia, Kangaroo Island, and Geelong, Australia which began on the 14th of November, 2005 and ended sometime in December. On January 27th, 2006, he attended the South Bank Awards Show to present the award for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” to Billie Piper. Dan reprised his famous character once again for the next installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). In February 2007 he took on his first stage role in the West End play Equus to worldwide praise from fans and critics alike. He has finished filming the TV movie My Boy Jack (2007) (TV), which aired on 11 November 2007 in the UK.

André Ribeiro, 10.º A

Ken Block

Ken Block

Ken Block (born November 21, 1967, in Long Beach, California), a co-founder and recently appointed chief brand officer of DC Shoes. Block competed in many events, action sports, including skateboarding, snowboarding, motocross and rally racing mainly.

Ken Block DC Shoes was founded with Damon Way in 1994. DC Shoes began as a small business of creating shoes for skateboarders. Ken Block believes that, like other athletes, the skaters needed special shoes to compete at the highest level. Block and Way began to sell these shoes and the business began to grow in the world of action sports. In May 2004, DC Shoes was acquired by Quiksilver Inc. This transaction was part of the company two billion dollars of family sports. Today, DC Shoes is known by its wide variety of action sports gear, including shoes and other garments. To market these products and other associates Ken Block DC Shoes signed a list of world class athletes in action sports market, develop signature lines, and improve business growing DC Shoes.

Pesquisa de Rodrigo Marques, 10 A

Short story “Names” by Maya Angelou

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Os alunos da turma A, do 11º ano mostraram, mais uma vez, todo o empenho e criatividade que os caracteriza, ao apresentarem o famoso conto Names, da autora afro-americana, Maya Angelou, no âmbito da leitura extensiva, na disciplina de Inglês.

Em pequenos grupos de trabalho, os alunos apresentaram este conto sob as mais diversas formas, nomeadamente, trazendo a autora como convidada para uma entrevista no Oprah’s Show; conversando sobre o conto, num online chat entre amigos; na apresentação da biografia da autora ao som de Bob Marley; numa entrevista sobre Famous People; numa interacção de pensamentos contrapondo o passado e o presente; representando Maya – a avó que relata aos dois netos a história da sua vida; e a aluna que prepara o conto para a apresentação do trabalho escolar com a ajuda de uma amiga que já conhece a história e a autora.

Parabéns a todos!

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Avril Lavigne

 

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Avril Ramona Lavigne is a pop/rock singer and songwriter. She was born on 27 September 1984 in Ontario (Canada). When she was 16 she had signed a recording contract with Arista, receiving more than $2 milllion, and at 17 she did her 1st  album breaking completely the music style of America after release it in 2002. Her 1st album was called “Let Go” and made  Avril Lavigne the youngest female to reach the number #1 in top songs in the U.S.A.
In April 2007 she released another new album called The Best Damn Thing, and it was a big success as all the others, especially the songs : Keep Holding On and When You´re Gone.
  Avril says that her songs are about experiences she had when she was a teenager like most of her fans are, about things she hated or she liked.
  Avril Lavigne knew Deryck Whibley when she was 17 and they started dating when she was 19, he is a punk guitarist. Their wedding happened  in 2006 but 3 years later, in 2009 they divorced. Many people and magazines said it was because her ex-husband said he preferred spend her million dollars than work. Actually, the Canadian girl is single and will release another album on March 2011 called ” Good Bye Lullaby ” . One of this album´s songs (Alice)  is already released in a Disney´s film (Alice in Wonderland).
On 15 September 2010 Avril Lavigne created the Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S. (Respect, Opportunity, Choice, Knowledge and Strength) to help teenagers who have deficiencies.
Actually, Avril Lavigne is considered the princess of Pop Punk, and  already sold more than 35 million copies of her albums all around the world.

Adaílson Junior 11º A

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey was born in Long Island (United States) on March 27, 1970. She is a singer, songwriter, record producer and actress.
She is the daughter of Patricia Hickey, an Irish opera singer, and Alfred Roy Carey, an aeronautical engineer of Venezuelan-African descent.
She has won five Grammy awards, and is considered the most successful female artist of the 90’s and considered the greatest female vocalist in contemporary music.
Received the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Decade in 1999 and World Music Awards for Female Artist with best-selling albums of the Millennium in 2000, with more than 200 million albums sold worldwide, including 62.5 million in the U.S. alone according to RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
Mariah Carey is praised for her vocal ability. Throughout her career, Mariah has already received over 100 awards. Recently, Mariah was included in the list of top 100 singers of all time, performed by Rolling Stone, occupying the 79th position.

Joana Lopes,  10.º A