23 November 2010

Prejudice towards "STREETKIDS" and their Deviance

A global issue that is affecting our Canadian society as well as developing countries is the intolerance towards deviant social behaviour in street kids. Deviant behaviours are socially unacceptable behaviours; behaviours that violate the norms of society. In this case, street kids panhandle, and engage in other activities in order to survive. People tend to stigmatize street youth rather than understanding their problems. Street kids are victims of several social, economic factors that influence them to act against the norm of society. Unawareness, prejudice, the lack of outreaching facilities are reasons due to which street kids in Canada and around the globe are involved in crimes, deviant behaviours. Effective measures to globally eradicate this issue can be taken by decreasing intolerance towards stigmatized street kids.
The article focuses on the deteriorating conditions of Iraqi street children. In Iraq, street kids are unable to gain daily necessities; food, shelter, water, security. Developing countries have higher amounts of street kids than developed countries. In these countries youths suffer from higher amounts of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, and abusive parents. Youth institutions that industrialized countries have are rarely available in these countries. Many children on the street resort to illicit drugs in an effort to forget the traumas they face daily. “You just have to smell this powder and you feel much better. You don’t remember you’re hungry or that you have to go back home.” said 14 year-old Bassel Malek, who takes a daily dose of heroin to get by. (IRIN News, 26 December 2005. “Street children face hunger and abuse”). Only a few youth aid programmes are available by the Ministry of Public Work and Social Affairs in Iraq. A recent statistics conducted by the Iraq Ministry of Planning reveal that the number of Iraqi street children has reached to 5 million. Several street kids’ at the age of 11 who are supposed to be at school are selling sweets, goods at traffic lights. Their parents are unable to support them, many are abusive, and force them to work for many hours in a day to provide for their family. According to the article, many street kids are sexually abused while they work in streets. Most cases are not reported to the police because their parents are afraid of being penalised for permitting their children to work on streets. Unfortunately, their hard work does not pay off, they face malnutrition and long for the meals that they see on television. The health workers state that most of these children face regular malnourishment. Inadequate government funds, and educational programs makes it impossible to change the poor living conditions of street kids. Their parents cannot afford to provide them with proper education as their country does not have free secondary education. These factors affect the lifestyle of street kids, without proper education, they are unable to rise above their poor living conditions and prosperity. Intergenerational mobility; that is the changes in social position of a child relative to their parents is impossible as well. Many street kids’ parents live in either slums or on the streets, if proper education was provided, chances of street kids becoming into a clerk or a teacher would be possible, they would not live on street as their parents did. But, the expensive educational programs are unaffordable to parents to educate millions of street kids. In addition, their society is intolerant towards their daily behaviours for survival. “I hate it when children come over to my car selling candy with their dirty hands,” said Najida Hadi, a resident of the capital. “I wish all of them would be put in a separate place from the rest of society.” (IRIN News, 26 December 2005. “Street children face hunger and abuse”). Some people use violence to avoid the children, by hitting them through the car window when they approach them. They lack empathy towards these kids, some even use extreme violence. The article reports that Amir was hit with a penknife by a driver. This kind of prejudice and stereotyping makes it hard for street children to survive. As a result, street kids are deprived of life chances; their opportunities to provide themselves with positive living conditions and favourable life experiences. They continue to act against the norms of society to survive.
On the other hand, North America has several facilities that aid street kids. In Canada, Toronto has institutions and programs such as Covenant House, Youth Pathways Project. But, many street youths may not have the motivation to take their help. Many youths may not be aware of these programs. In Canada, only 17% of street kids have paid employment, the rest may be involved in crime or are still looking for support. Employing them is an issue as most of them have no fixed address. They lack work experience, most have no way of communication (email, phone), many have no money for transportation; limited for job search. Employers may not hire them because of they are not impressed by the way they appear, they do not have the right clothing, and the right literacy skills. About 25% of street youth in Canada have several legal problems which makes them less trustworthy in the eyes of managers. Even if some of them may be very skilled and talented, employers would regard the spoiled identity of homelessness as a good reason to not hire them. These problems make them unfit to earn and survive. Many street kids rely on drug trafficking, robbery to survive. With the growing taxes and high unemployment rates, street youth are unable to survive. This has significantly increased the amount of crimes that street kids take part in. The Shout Clinic, Toronto, statistics concluded that 36% of street youth earn money by panhandling (begging) or squeegeeing (window washing), 19% do break and enters or sell drugs, only 18% receive social assistance, and 10% are involved in sex trade work. A few obtain food by rummaging through garbage cans, stealing from grocery stores, or tricking fast-food restaurants to replace a meal they claimed to have bought and lost. Many street youths conform to their peers to form groups that are involved in activities such as drug trafficking, robbery, violence. Illicit drug use rates in Vancouver, Canada is very high. The municipal government of Vancouver spends more money per capita to deal with illicit drugs than any other Canadian province due to the high rates of street kid unemployment. Therefore, these factors contribute to their disobedience towards the authority (police, institutions). This not only creates a more dysfunctional society, but it also makes it hard for them to conform back into society. If our government would give them proper training for jobs instead of just providing them with necessities, then there could be a development. In a recent survey by the Shout Clinic, Toronto, 51.8% of street youth felt that any job was better than welfare. As welfare can only provide them with sufficient money to cover rent and the rest of their necessities could go uncovered. Street kids want to work because need extra money to gain life chances, that is, good living conditions, living conditions, and material goods just as a normal teenager does.
Similar to Iraq, in our Canadian society street kids also suffer from intolerance. Several youngsters are runaways due to abusive parents or neglecting parents. It could also be because of family tensions, such as their parents getting divorce, or them being sent to foster care. Increasing amounts of teenage pregnancies is a significant factor as well. Several teen mothers are unable to attend school and rear a child when their parents are unwilling to help. Many motels and apartments disagree with the idea of renting rooms to teen females who are pregnant. Studies have found that the managers have a problem with renting rooms to teen mothers as they think that teen females may not be able to pay the rent. Employers do not think of young pregnant mothers as a good candidate for the jobs as they think that they are physically not that useful, and there would be too many issues to deal with if they hired them (issues such as pregnancy leaves, health problems). The government should provide more support to teen mothers by helping with daycare, and jobs that may help them sustain. They should train young female mothers with skills that would be useful in various jobs. This could make their lives much easier. Unemployed teen mothers are more prone to being involved in drug trafficking and other illegal activities to support herself and her child. Studies have shown that Canadian youth generally leave home around the age of 15. 64% of homeless young men are under 25 years old and 72% of females are between the ages of 19 and 25. Street youth who may want to fit back into society find a hard time doing so because of the levels of stigmatism that exists in our society. Stigma is a label that is used to devalue members of deviant social groups, in this case; street kids are stigmatized as “bad”. Street youth are labelled for their bad reputations and are not given a chance to fit back into society. For instance, if a street youth were to apply for a job at a fast food restaurant and had a history in illegal activities, then the employer may not consider her/him to be suitable for the job. Street kids are not given a chance to start a new life. They are being stigmatized to be involved in criminal activities that they no longer engage in. As a result they cannot receive jobs, are unable to survive and are ultimately forced to be involved in criminal activities again. I think that society should focus more on preventing and supporting deviance of street kids instead of having prejudicial feeling against them. Conflict theorists argue that the criminal justice system disregards the white collar crimes and focuses on crimes committed by the poor. Similarly, many people in our society disregard the conditions of street kids and focus more on the nuisance that deviant street youth cause.
I personally think that the class difference between the high/ middle class; us and the lower class; street kids is a major factor for intolerance toward street kids. We are so immersed in our petty problems (such as: maintain our garden, taking care of our pets) that we are unable to open up our eyes and see the poor living conditions of street kids. As shown in the article, “The burden of stuff”, by Gord Henderson, we are so immersed in our selfish lives, that we think only we have the biggest problems. Whereas, street kids with major problems, around the globe are struggling for daily bread. People who close windows on street kids that sell goods for a living, we see them as nuisance instead of understanding their situation. While living in India, I have seen the poor living conditions of street kids. Many street kids in India have live in slums near drains. Their parents earn low wages by working as servants for abusive managers. Their parents cannot afford to give them education due to the lack of jobs. Indian ministers misuse funds for personal purposes instead of creating programs to aid street kids. As a result, street kids in India continue to sell goods on streets for a living, for the rest of their lives. This experience has made me more tolerant towards street kids. So, without seeing or having knowledge about street kids, people cannot understand towards their deviant behaviours. I think that the government of every country should initiate awareness about street kids to citizens. This way, more people would have knowledge about street kids. Street youth need more help of government with funds and programs in order to reduce the evolving problem. This could help them become more tolerant towards street kids, giving street kids a chance to conform back into society. This will help us achieve a more functional society.
In conclusion, deviant behaviour of street kids in developing and developing countries are often seen through prejudicial eyes. Many people in society are unable to understand the terrible conditions of street youth. Street kids are deprived of life chances and are forced to act against the norms of society. Educational programs for the people in society and for teens could promote open mindedness and empathy towards street kids. More government funds and programs could significantly reduce street kid rates in developing countries.


Emma Watson talks about college and life after ‘Harry Potter’

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Published: November 23, 2010
LONDON — A magical childhood behind her, Emma Watson now fully embraces life as a college student after her years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But the 20-year-old actress, who spent the past decade playing Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, said she occasionally misses the rigors of the wizarding world.

Above: Emma Watson arrives for a premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.” Below: Watson stars as Hermione Granger in the movie. AP and Warner Bros Pictures Photos
Emma Watson talks about college and life after ‘Harry Potter’
“I go through periods where it feels fine, easy, and I’m busy at school, and there are days when I feel really lost, because it was just so structured, and I had people telling me where I needed to be, what they wanted me to do,” Watson said during an interview at Claridge’s, a 200-year-old luxury hotel in London’s Mayfair section, where she discussed the latest film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.”

“My whole life was on a schedule, on a call sheet, every day, and being at university, you decide when you eat, where you go, if you work, if you don’t,” she said. “No one cares, and it’s all down to you.”

Unlike co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, each of whom are setting the stages for post-“Potter” acting careers, Watson is taking a break from film work while studying at Brown University in Providence, R.I. She recently wrapped a brief shoot for an independent film, “My Week With Marilyn,” but said she has no firm cinematic plans.

That could change, if only from the sheer force of the British public’s acclamation. The morning after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” premiered in London, nearly all the city’s newspapers splashed glamorous photos of Watson, with her freshly cropped hair and couture dress, on the front pages. Radcliffe might be beloved and respected for his work as The Boy Who Lived, but on Nov. 11, the Brits practically coronated Watson.

So England’s latest “it girl” could do anything she wants at the moment, and she plans to do just that.

“I want to be a Renaissance woman,” Watson said. “I want to be good at lots of different things. I thrive on variety. I just love doing things that are new.

“It’s really exhausting when people are like, ‘You’re giving up — it sounds like you’re never going to act again.’ No, it’s not like that,” she said. “I just really want to finish my education, and I’m just taking it slow, you know? I’m just not, like, diving into anything: I’m just taking care of feeling out my options and making sure that whatever I do next is going to be the right thing.”

When that right thing comes around, Watson will be amply prepared. The experience of making eight “Harry Potter” films offered her a chance to improve her acting skills with each film, and according to Watson, the lessons began in earnest when Alfonso Cuaron directed 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Cuaron insisted that his young stars write essays about their characters and delve deep into the young wizards they were bringing to life.

“Alfonso wasn’t going to do any of the ‘kiddie directing’ stuff,” Watson said. “He was like, ‘Get up there and do it.’ He didn’t have much patience for ‘Eyes wide, look terrified!’ He wasn’t going to do any of that, so he made us step up, and then Mike Newell ... and then David Yates. It worked like that, I think.”

Watson is being singled out by many critics for her performance in “Deathly Hallows, Part 1,” and she chalks up her performance to the central role Hermione takes in the final book.

“I just had such a bigger role,” she said. “It gave me such a better chance to really develop it and get into it, and I just felt like I had so much more room to give it a bit more. I had some really challenging stuff to do, which gave me a chance to show what I can do, which was lovely as well.

But Watson is generous with loving critiques of Radcliffe and Grint, offering a glimpse of what each will display when “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” hits theaters in July.

“In ‘Part 2,’ there’s a scene where Rupert’s brother dies, and the amazing thing about Rupert is that he’s a very self-contained human being. It’s very rare that you see him get emotional,” she said. “The minute the camera rolls, he just becomes this other thing and he has so much, and I’m like, ‘Where does that come from?’ Anyway, there’s a scene where he cries, and I remember having to remind myself to keep acting, because I just wanted to go, ‘You’re amazing! That was amazing!’ I don’t know where he pulled it from, and I’ve had moments exactly the same with Dan where I’ve just been amazed — I mean, particularly with a lot of the stunt work Dan’s had to do in the last movie. He’s fearless, and he’ll just launch himself off a building, all this stuff, and I’m just gobsmacked that he just gives it everything.”

Having spent half their lives together, the trio now have time to reflect on becoming the film personifications of Hermione, Ron and Harry, including the minor miracle of casting that carried the series through to the end.

“Someone said to me the other day, ‘What if one of you had gotten really fat? Or, like, what if you had just not been good anymore?’ ” Watson said. “Anything could have happened, but we seem to have come through pretty well. We seem fine. So yeah, it does seem unlikely that being cast at age 9, we’d still be right for the roles now, 10 years later.

“I think it’s remarkable,” she said. “A pretty awesome piece of casting.”

Travel and accommodations provided by Warner Bros.

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22 November 2010

"Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows" Review. FAREWELL SOON? =(

I have to say that this movie was much descriptive than the other HP movies.
I cannot believe 10 years of this amazing Movie, Book SAGA Have passed. They're my childhood. Hope to see Dan, Emma, Rupert together in some other movie TOGETHER soon! I love them.
They looked so cute in the first 2 HP movies, now all grown up. I liked when Emma said "BECAUSE I AM WORTH IT." on the Regis and Kelly Show when she was just 11 years old, she was so cute and now she's a wonderful lady, involved in ethical fashion and charity, She is my inspiration, and the best role model for young girls.

The special affects were awesome!!Love the winter scenes, sooo cozy.

I felt sad for Potter, lost his parents, godfather, dobby, if he did die in the end, id would've been shocked, would be too sad, he deserves justice.

I did not expect Snape to be the good guy so I felt guilty for hating him, without him, Harry and the gang wouldn't have been successful.

This was better than those acting lacking Twilight movies, I am so sad to know that the series movies are about to end =( I wish the cast the best for giving me such good entertainment. Their movies do more justice to the books than other movies. (Twilight, City of Ember)
The movie was darker that I thought it would be. Bt, Rupert and Emma's chemistry made me laugh. Daniel was funny with the too many Potters'scene. hehe and George was hilarious, giving weird looks as Ginny and Harry Kissed. I loved how Rupert acted like a physcho haha. I find Ginny and Harry together are annoying, I love Ron and Hermione more, their chemistry is comic relief yet serious true love =) cheesy, lovely

LOVE THEM TO BITS! I loved it when Emma narrated "the Tale of Three Brothers" she sounded like a storyteller, loved the animation as well, creepy yet creative.

I felt sad when all the three had to leave their homes.
- my fav scene-

"Yeah, I'm here." Jealous, unreasonable, Horcrux possessed Ron talking to his clueless friends Harry and Hermione.

haha the way he looked was hilarious, crazyyy

I felt sorry for Hermione, the whole time, she Obliviated her parents
memories, Ron- her one and only love, abandoned her, and she desperately missed her family, she got "MUDBLOOD" engraved on her arm with a knife by Bellatrix, horrible, and stupid Harry yelled at her! It was sweet to see Harry make her dance and try to cheer her up, even though it didn't work, When Ron came back, I loved the way she hit him, her anger fit made me laugh, Em is great as Hermione, as always.

I love her MOTHER HEN personality, without her Ron and Harry would really be dead, and as Emma said, she is the real HERO. saved them so many times, I love her character. I like how immature Ron and Harry are, and then she's the only mature one to control them and boss them around- in a good way, hehe
Rupert did A GREAT!!!JOB! in showing how Ron loved Hermione and was trying to make it up to her for breaking her heart. OMG Cannot wait to see them kiss next year, must've been pretty awkward, as they are like brothers and sister. I loved Rupert, he was so funny and cute!! around Emma, I think Em did a wonderful job. She would make a perfect Bella Swan, she can pull off an American accent pretty well. I admire her, she inspires me, she's not bratty.
Dobby's death made me tearry, he looked so cute and real, bloody Bellatrix!!

I liked Dobby here more than I liked him in Chamber of Secrets because he was kinda an annoying troublemaking elf there, now he was this helpful, faithful elf that was true to his friends. The part where he slowly unscrews the chandellier is funny, the look on Bellatrix's face is priceless.

Tom Felton haha was good at being pathetic Draco.

I personally thought the nasty kissing scene between Hermione and Harry was necessary to make Ron Jealous plus it was supposed to look "pagan" And as I recall, that's how it was described in the book.
Many people thought the kiss scene was creepy, yay1 to Emma for making it creepy, that was how it was supposed to be for Ron, and the audeince.

I 'think a more sexual kiss can make a guy much wildly angry to watch than a regular one. Plus. it was supposed to look like a sin and Ron committing one of them as well JEALOUSY- could've killed Harry.

I like the special effects in this scene, superb!
Oh my goodness, Rupert did very well in acting jealous, hurt, mad in anger- like a crazed lover jealous and angry at his friend hooking up with his lover hehe. I love that scene.
But, many parents may dislike this as they take their kids to watch HP-a kid movie.
Under the spell of an artifact containing part of evil nemesis Voldemort's soul, Ron is sent into a jealous rage by a vision of Hermione, the girl he loves, and Harry taunting him as a third wheel in their relationship. Hermione and Harry then turn to each other and do some kissing that looks positively bestial.
"That was mainly Emma, I have to say,"
said director David Yates.
The first take was too tame, and Yates said he told the actors it needed to be more

"pagan and mad." That's when Watson really delivered.
"I guess I just realized that I would have fewer takes to do if I
just got on with it and just gave David what he wanted, which was a passionate kiss. Which was something that would really rock Ron's boat and really be quite
painful and nasty for him to watch," Watson said.

Grint shot Ron's raging reactions alone, without Watson and Radcliffe on set.
But he was on hand for Watson and Radcliffe's portions, though he was struck by a case of the giggles watching the colleagues he grew up with in the "Harry Potter" franchise getting down and dirty.
"When they were there actually filming that kiss, they did actually want me there to kind of play off something, but I just found that too funny," Grint said.
"Emma sent me out because I kept laughing. It just looked really strange."

Though they were partly clothed, the scene leaves the impression that Radcliffe and Watson are stripped naked. Both wore jeans, while Radcliffe went shirtless and Watson had the front of her torso covered, leaving her back and shoulders bare.

"I didn't want to put them through complete nudity," said director David Yates. "I didn't think it was necessary, because we were going to put some smoke around them" for the scene, which Ron witnesses through a hallucinatory fog.

Watson was thrilled that the scene delivered the sort of amorousness the filmmakers wanted.

"I'm proud of it, and considering how bloody awkward it was, I'm really impressed that we managed to make it look anything other than awkward," Watson said.
"Because Dan and I are like brother and sister, so it was tough making it look passionate, believe me."

Selected excerpts from reviews:

Equal parts action thriller, political parable, and multi-dimensional love story, Hallows feels sad and strong and true.

-- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Alternately funny and touching, it's the best film in the series, an Empire Strikes Back for these wizards and their wizarding world. And those effects? They're so special, you don't notice them.

-- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Emma Watson's brainy, practical Hermione drives the film's narrative; Rupert Grint's fiery, jealous Ron provides its relatable (that is, non-magical) conflict.

-- Dan Kois, Village Voice

Darker and scarier than its predecessors, this is a fitting and enjoyable run-up to the action packed finale, though it might be a bit baffling if for some reason you haven't read the books or seen the previous films.

-- Matthew Turner, ViewLondon

Director David Yates spins the series' most expansive, structurally free-form chapter yet -- lumbering and gripping by turns, and suffused with a profound sense of solitude and loss.

-- Justin Chang, Variety

Well mounted in terms of technical and production values, the next-to-last segment is a satisfying if not great episode, raising expectations and providing a setup for the final chapter and the ultimate battle between Potter and Voldemort.

-- Emanuel Levy, emanuellevy.com

19 November 2010


The Apocalypse, do I think that it will occur, well, Yes and No.

I am not that superstitious but all I can say is that the beahviour of humans is signifying the end of our world.

US-Iraq war, what was it started for? OIL!! Stupid fight, I cannot believe people are fighting for oil. US is just manipulating everything, it always does. It just thinks that it can be the only country in power. You know, the US Dollar is not the same value as the Canadian one. One day a US guy came to Canada and filled up gas in his car, he paid less US dollars to the cashier, and said that US Dollar is above Canadian, haha Mr. Dumbo, you're mistaken. And what is with ELF Makeup Products selling at $8.99 at Zellers and $1.99 at Target US??

Chicago air travel is the worst, wow look at the employees, they're so warm that you would always want to come and visit, awww, yeah right! rude, arrogant, people, they're so hard to be "friendly taking" with. grrr hate it!. I swear, I will never go to US again!

The Discovery Channel documentaries on Apocalypse scare me, the only thing I can hope for is that we restore peace. and US should stop acting like a BRAT!

Armageddon- humankind's last battle in the Middle East, why? and by who? I think US.

Yep, they start everything.

Oh my goodness I cannot beleive how arrogant they can get. Well, this is my personal opinion.

Go Canada!