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L.two Language Schools Newsletter Newsletter 01.03.2012 Issue 12

News L.two welcomes spring with its 12th newsletter! You can read our B junior students’ news, find out about the ACTA law and learn all about L.two Karaoke night!

Contents L.two News

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B junior class

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B junior class

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ACTA News

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ACTA News

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Karaoke night

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Grade Level News

Rules in the classroom! by Haris Mylonas - B junior We must listen to the teacher! We mustn’t eat in class! We must play board games! We must do homework! We must do tests! We mustn’t throw papers on the floor!

My favourite friend! by Maria Leon - B junior

My favourite friend is Mary-Elly. She likes animals, drawing, ballet and music. She can run, paint, dance and draw. Her favourite fruits are bananas. She doesn’t like watching TV and DVDs. She has

My best friend!

very long and gold hair. She likes

by George Saltayiannis - B

earrings ans she loves ice-cream.

junior

She’s a beautiful and cool girl!

My best friend is Anastasis. He’s got black hair and he likes computers. He plays games, chess and he likes football.


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Grade Level News

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My favourite animal! by Theodosia Maragoudaki - B junior

My favourite animal is the dog. Its colour is white brown and pink. It’s got a very long tail and it plays with it!

My favourite month! by B junior class

Greta Simakou: In June you go swimming in the sea. You eat ice-cream and sunbathe. Mike Nikovias: July is my favourite month. I eat many ice-creams and I swim every day.

Alkinoos Matrakas: In December I go to the mountains. I can play with the snow.

Tasos Lathouras: In February we wear masks. We wear costumes and it’s very very nice. I like February. In February it’s also so cold!

Pavlina Agaliou: In May you can pick flowers, go to the zoo and play games with your friends!


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What is ACTA? by Ada Agaliou, Korina Douka, Spyros Assimakopoulos, Nick Maragkoudakis and Sotiris Massouras - ECCE

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a multinational treaty for the purpose of establishing international standards for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet, and would create a new governing body outside existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, or the United Nations.

The agreement was signed in October 2011 by Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. In January 2012, the European Union and 22 countries which are member states of the European Union signed as well, bringing the total number of signatories to 31. No signatory has approved (ratified) the agreement, which would come into force after ratification by 6 countries.

Supporters have described the agreement as a response to "the increase in global trade of counterfeit goods and pirated copyright protected works". Large intellectual property-based organizations such as the MPAA and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America were active in the treaty's development. Opponents say the convention adversely affects fundamental rights including freedom of expression and privacy. The secret nature of negotiations has excluded civil society groups, developing countries and the general public from the agreement's negotiation process and it has been described as policy laundering by critics including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The signature of the EU and many of its member states resulted in the resignation in protest of the European Parliament's appointed chief investigator, rapporteurKader Arif, as well as widespread protests across Europe.

Threats to freedom and fundamental human rights. An open letter signed by many organizations, including Consumers International, EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web 2.0 companies), and the Free Knowledge Institute, states that "the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy." Move on to next page.


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The Free Software Foundation argues that ACTA will create a culture of surveillance and suspicion. Aaron Shaw, Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, argues that "ACTA would create unduly harsh legal standards that do not reflect contemporary principles of democratic government, free market exchange, or civil liberties. Even though the precise terms of ACTA remain undecided, the negotiants' preliminary documents reveal many troubling aspects of the proposed agreement" such as removing "legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers from liability for the actions of their subscribers" in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions. Shaw further says that "[ACTA] would also facilitate privacy violations by trademark and copyright holders against private citizens suspected of infringement activities without any sort of legal due process". The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has published "Speak out against ACTA", stating that the ACTA threatens free software by creating a culture "in which the freedom that is required to produce free software is seen as dangerous and threatening rather than creative, innovative, and exciting." ACTA would also require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media; this would substantially affect many sites that offer free software or host software projects such as Source Forge. Specifically, the FSF argues that ACTA will make it more difficult and expensive to distribute free software via file sharing and P2P technologies like Bit Torrent, which are currently used to distribute large amounts of free software. The FSF also argues that ACTA will make it harder for users of free operating systems to play non-free media because

DRM

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On 10 March 2010, the European Parliament adopted a resolution criticizing the ACTA with 663 in favor of the resolution and 13 against, arguing that "in order to respect fundamental rights, such as the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy" certain changes in the ACTA content and the process should be made.

For more information about ACTA visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Counterfeiting_Trade_Agreement or watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=63JyXmu0fqM


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Karaoke night!! This years’ L factor live show – Karaoke night took place on Friday 24.02.12 at L.two – Kanithos. 15 people sang altogether and the judges commented on their voice quality and stage presence. We all had a fantastic night; the contestants were all amazing and gave their best to win the judges´ votes! The final winners were Vicky Nikovia & Spyros Kokkalas with the song: "Contigo" (El Canto del Loco)!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtfkLlphD6U The judges' favourite group this year was "Full Blast"! Congratulations!! For more information about our contestants visit: ltwolanguageschools.wordpress.com/

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