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ARGENTINA: That is not the right way, President Cristina

By Eddy Montilla.

Cristina Fernandez

By not running for any public office in the next legislative elections in Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez is somehow away from many Latin American presidents and other politicians who seem to swallow the key of their office to be inside of it as much as they can. Examples are plentiful: Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Leonel Fernandez in The Dominican Republic, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and hundreds of other politicians who seem to have written their respective Constitution with a pen, so that any article that prevents them from being reelected can be easily erased.

     It would be a misinterpretation, however, to consider my comments a shower of praise for her. People don’t need more than a minute to get accustomed to giving orders and this lady has almost 10 years as president and more than two decades holding public office and that’s why it is hard to imagine her leaving suddenly the political arena. It is true: Cristina Fernandez will not run for any office in this year’s general elections, but Daniel Scioli, who has emerged as the front-runner in the opinion polls is a close ally of the President Fernandez and the legal and technical secretary to the presidency, Carlos Zannini, will be Scioli’s running mate. If that is not enough, her own son, Maximo Kirchner will seek a seat in the House of Deputies for Santa Cruz provice. Here, the sensible thing would be to ask what is the Kirchnerist political movement? A political system to work for the best future of Argentina or a political circle of friends and relatives to seize power?

     It is time to break with the bad practice in Latin America of the political leaders who believe themselves to be in possession of the power and public office. They usually use their finger to name the next congressman, the next president, etc. to guarantee the continuity of their position while the most qualified people can only dream and aspire in vain. If this illogical and retrograde system does not change today, then, tomorrow we will see in Argentina Fernandez’s son, Fernandez’s grandson and so on and the same situation in other Latin American countries forever and ever, but, of course, without my Amen.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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July 3, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Journalism, Opinion, Politics, Think piece, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A good laugh: A pragmatic father

By Eddy Montilla.

DONKEY-PHONE

“Dad, when are you going to buy me a smartphone?”

“Gadgets and their users must match in terms of capacity and level,” the father said while looking at his son’s grades. “And with all these fuc….ing F’s you have here, the only thing you can get from me is a donkey-phone!

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June 22, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, Fun, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your question; my answer: When do people usually give up?

By Eddy Montilla.

GIVE-UP

When they had already covered more than half the distance they needed to achieve their goal or, in the worst case scenario, after hammering their obstacle 99 times, they sigh, shake their head sadly and turn back, unaware that with one more hit the wall would have crumbled.

     To go back seems easier and shorter, but it is in fact, the lengthiest trajectory.

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June 22, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Education, Inspiration, Life, Opinion, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Quotes, Spirituality, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: How many eggs can a queen bee lay in a day?

By Eddy Montilla.

BEE

It is extremely difficult to determine how many eggs a queen bee can lay in a day because it is something that may depend on different factors, such as space, temperature, food, genetics, etc. Bees do not make honey for your toast in the morning as a primary reason, but to feed themselves. It takes twelve worker bees to make a single teaspoon of honey and they only live for six weeks approximately in summer (the workers born in the autumn will live until the following spring, in general, a little bit more than five months). Then, to make sure that they will have enough food, a bee colony needs teamwork, hard work and… a lot of worker bees! And that is why the queen becomes an egg-laying machine at the end of the winter and beginning of the spring (during April and May to be more specific) and lays day and night at her maximum rate, almost every 20 seconds, so, she can lay between 1500 and 2000 eggs in a single day.

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June 20, 2015 Posted by | animals, Articles, biology, Blogging, Curiosities, Education, general knowledge, insects, Journalism, natural science(s), zoology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015): Thank you, Sir

By Eddy Montilla.

Knowing the news about the death of Sir Christopher Lee, the mass media was prompted to write about his accolades in front and behind the cameras: He appeared in more than 250 movies, a world champion fencer who did all of his own stunts, his Guinness World Record for being number one in terms of participating in more on-screen sword fights than any other actor, his ability to speak fluently in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, etc. With the use of the Internet, such articles can be written in less than 20 minutes and the journalist can be the first to carry the news. It is the way that journalists work (or are forced to work) these days: They hit the edge, but never the center.

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

     Christopher Lee was a great actor because he belonged to the old school. He had roles in evil wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King (2003), Star Wars, episode II: Attack of the clones (2002), Jinnah (1997) etc., but the real greatness of this British actor can only be seen in one aspect that unfortunately has not been mentioned: People love heroes and hate villains. However, this screen legend was so good, perhaps unparalleled in his villainous roles that despite being the malefactor, he was beloved by all of us. Go back to the moment when he was playing Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) or Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster in the Hammer horror films, watch his piercing look, his imposing height (six feet five inches) and listen his resonant and stentorian voice. If you make me that favor, then, I can stop this article here and finish it with the same words I used in the title to pay tribute to this commendable actor, Sir Christopher Lee: Thank you, Sir.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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June 15, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Culture, Film, Journalism, Movies, Opinion, Think piece, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: Who invented the fire extinguisher?

By Eddy Montilla.

EXTINGHISHER

A fire extinguisher, a small portable device with chemicals inside for putting out small fires, has saved many houses from collapsing and many people from dying. But who invented it?

     Ctesibius (or Ktesibios) Of Alexandria, a Greek physicist and inventor who lived most probably between years 285 and 222 BC, had already invented a force pump for water more than 2,000 years ago. This hand pump could discharge water to a fire. However, there seems to be a consensus that British Captain George William Manby (1765-1864) invented the first modern fire extinguisher in 1813. He is credited with the invention of a copper cylinder which held three gallons of a fire-extinguishing solution (pearl ash/potassium carbonate) under pressure. The compressed solution was forced out through a tube onto the fire. He worked on his project when he witnessed a fire and saw the firefighters’ difficulties to reach upper areas of burning buildings. George William Manby also worked on a mechanism for catching people who jumped from blazing buildings safely.

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May 6, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Curiosities, Education, general knowledge, Journalism, natural science(s), science | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: Where is the world’s largest salt flat?

By Eddy Montilla.

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni, with its more than 10,580 square kilometers, is the world’s largest salt flat and it is located in Potosi, in southwest Bolivia. No one knows for sure how much salt makes up Salar de Uyuni, but it is estimated at 10 billion tons of salt.

     Salar de Uyuni is one of the most incredible natural wonder in the world. It is the flattest place on Earth to a point that scientist use it to calibrate satellite sensors. One of the most surreal landscapes can be seen there, especially during the raining season (from December to March) when water turns Salar de Uyuni into a shallow salt lake (a couple of inches) that perfectly mirrors the sky. This enormous salt flat becomes what must be the world’s biggest mirror. The mirror image of the clouds and sky extend as far as you can see, creating an exotic backdrop for photographers and an invisible horizon where there is nothing to distinguish earth from the heavens.

     Since everything here is salt, you can also find a hotel made, of course, of salt.

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     Several thousand years ago, different lakes covered the plateau there. Around 15,000 years ago, Minchin Lake covered most of the area where Salar de Uyuni is, but the water from the lake had evaporated significantly leaving deposits of different chemical elements and minerals that over several thousand years made the salt crust that we can see today. The crust is comprised of 11 layers which vary in thickness. In many areas, the salt crusts are more than 10 meters thick.

     Salt is extracted from Salar of Uyuni. However, the greatest threat to the environment is lithium, a metal used in batteries for mobile phones, computers, etc. It is said that this area contains from 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves, so nobody knows if men will destroy one more time Mother Nature.

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May 5, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Countries, Curiosities, Education, general knowledge, Geography, Geology, Journalism, natural science(s), Travel, trip | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Forward

By Eddy Montilla.

REGRET

In your darkest hours, move forward. In your happiest moments, move forward and look back to extend your hand to others, but never, never to show regret about something that could have happened, but it didn’t.

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May 4, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Family, Inspiration, Life, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last Love Poems: You

By Eddy Montilla.

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What happened? You are not the same person you’ve always been,

in your eyes, where I saw the feeling of love,

today, I can feel disdain, I can feel contempt.

I used to see the gladioli watered by your smile,

lilies that talked to me and were always at my side.

And what can I see today? A cold and indifferent face.

What happened? Why did you change?

You don’t dress in white like the flowers of the clover,

you don’t walk along the beach at sunset or twilight,

you don’t greet the skylark, you don’t thank him for his song

and that’s why I could see the presage of your goodbye.

You said once that you remain deaf to my words and pleas,

that time caused irreparable damage to your column of love,

wounds that will not heal with words of forgiveness.

But it was not you who asked for time?

It was not you who asked for distance

with your glacial expressions and one-syllable answers,

with attitudes that reveal a total lack of love?

That hurt me, that killed me

and made me taste the bitter presage of the beginning of the end.

You said once that in love the word to forget does not exist

and come haughtily to ask: “Who am I for you today?”

You are a beautiful story,

memories of our love that I already forgot.

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May 4, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Culture, Inspiration, Life, Literature, Love, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(4) Four steps to write a curriculum vitae or résumé

By Eddy Montilla.

CURRICULUM

Those times when people were working all or almost all their life for the same company are today a thing of the past. Even in countries like Japan where workers where clung to the same company until they retire, you can see people these days looking for new jobs. And you are right there… in the middle of a world economic order cruelly designed to destroy or create jobs in the direction that best serves particular individual or group interests. Since you are not the son of a very rich man, owner of a company that you will run sooner or later, since your father does not have very influential friends in high circles, you have to apply for a job like any other person, either because you are unemployed or because you are looking for a better future. Because your search for a job starts from your curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé, let’s see some steps that will help you to do this better and… Good luck!

Step 1: Make a good impression with a clear, easy to read and well laid out CV

     Remember that before meeting you, an employer will meet your CV or résumé first. A bad impression created by the appearance of your CV may be enough to decide to scan through it quickly or … skip it because we are talking about a person who has more than 100 CVs on his or her desk and the unpleasant task to deal with them. So, your CV should be carefully designed to have a good aesthetic appearance. You can find several templates on the Internet that will help you to make your CV look great, but if you cannot do it yourself, get some help or pay some money to get something good (it is something that you will only pay once, but can keep forever, so it is a good deal, isn’t it?). If your CV looks horrible, it will probably end up inside a waste-paper basket. I recommend you to pay attention to the following points:

  • Font size: Avoid too big font sizes (you only have one or two pages) and very small font sizes too (they cause fatigue). Personally, I prefer between a 10 and 12 point size.
  • Extension of your document: The main difference between a resume and curriculum vitae is what is included. A resume is usually shorter and it contains your level of education, experience, skills, etc. while a CV includes other aspects like publications, research experience, affiliations, etc. If you apply for a position as a teacher at a university, for example, you should send a CV. It also depends on where you are. It seems that in Europe, employers expect to receive CVs in situations where their American counterparts would accept a resume. However, no matter what you write, a CV or resume, keep it between one and two pages.
  • Format: There is no a “best and specific way” to structure a CV or résumé, but to be concise is absolutely necessary (the employer will thank you. Do not forget the 100 CVs on the desk!). In order to be concise, you will have to reduce the number of words and show relevant and specific ideas instead. And how do you do that? With the use of short paragraphs, bullets and boxes. It is advisable to highlight headings and relevant information like job titles and other things related to work experience and education in bold type too.

Step 2: Write all your information in a proper and logical order

     For an employer, your skills, references, etc. are irrelevant if he does not even know who you are or what you can do. So, the golden rule here is first things first.

  • Personal details: Your name, address, telephone number and e-mail. In USA and UK, for example, curricula vitae do not usually include a photograph since it could lead to rejection on grounds of ethnicity, sex or age (in plain English, it could lead to discrimination). If you are applying for a position in other countries, please get information about it because in Latin America, Japan and countries in Europe it is a common practice to include it. As for your e-mail, it is preferable to use your own name (Johnsmith@xxxx.com) to a hidden one (keeprolling@xxxx.com) because it shows that you are a person who has a lot of personality and strength of character.
  • Education, professional training, certification: Write here all information on Bachelor, Master, Ph.D., postdoctoral or other relevant studies, in reverse chronological order, i.e., most recent first. It also includes degree awarded or anticipated, name of institution, location, date, etc. Skills (languages, computing, etc.) can be part of this section.
  • Work experience: Describe your professional and work experience connected with the job that you are seeking. With the use of tables or bullets, you can create different sections to highlight details. Organize the jobs you have had in reverse chronological order within each section, i.e., most recent first. Do not forget to include beginning and terminating dates, job title, name of company and location. Use action verbs (supervised, promoted, etc.) to describe your skills, jobs, and accomplishments in your CV since they express achievements or something a person does in a concise and persuasive manner.
  • Publication (usually for CVs): You should include the title, publisher, place of publication, volume, ISBN, date of publication, number of pages, etc.
  • Conferences and presentations (usually for CVs): Make a list of conference seminars, presentations and professional workshops.
  • Professional affiliations: List organizations you belong to and include current memberships, with dates.
  • Volunteer experience: You can list here the organizations for which you volunteered or add brief detail about your contributions.
  • Hobbies and interests: Insofar as you can do, show hobbies and interests with relevance to academic life and the job you are seeking.
  • References: This point is not strictly necessary. If you are running short of space, just write: “References are available on request.” In case you decide to write about references, supply the name, title and contact information of your referees and be sure to ask their permission before submitting their names.

Step 3: Be accurate in its content and be careful with spelling mistakes

     Your CV is not a book of 120 pages; it has only 2, so keep the number of mistakes in zero or at least below the acceptable limit and this limit is … one! Many employers will probably move on to the next CV as soon as he or she detects a second mistake. In some cases, for example, if you are applying for a teaching position, even a single mistake is unacceptable. There is no margin for error there.

Step 4: Be honest

     A lie might help you to get a job, but it will not prevent you from being fired as soon as the employer finds out what’s going on there. Be honest because honesty is as highly appreciated as your curriculum or résumé.

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May 2, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Economics, Education, Journalism, Life, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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