The Past of the Rigs Still Ongoing

By Loelia Lecouffe, FRANCE

As you probably know Santa Barbara County hosts active oil rigs* that we see from the coast. One platform and one artificial island in Santa Barbara Chanel, four artificial islands and three platforms in San Pedro Bay/Long Beach harbor. About 23 offshore* drilling and production platforms remain in federal waters. They produce 22 millions barrels* of oil and 21 billions cubic feet of gas per year (2009).


They drill, extract and process oil and natural gas an temporarily store product until it can be brought to the shore for refining* and marketing.


Santa Barbara County had a tough past when, in 1969, a blowout* occurred. About 80 to 100 000 barrels have been spilled into the water. Nearly 3686 birds died and unknown quantity of sea lions and elephants seal. That’s by that event that ‘Get Out the Oil’ has been created. People were cleaning the beaches along with ‘Heal the ocean’. In 1974 Santa Barbara County was charged 4 millions dollars in penalties for well blowout drilling from offshore oil platform. In 2015 that tragedy happened again with, that time, 3400 barrels discharged in the water.

Sea lions and different animals are still dying on the beaches and are, apparently, affected by the Domoic Acid*


As you can clearly sea i took that picture on West Beach, showing a baby sea lion dead with oil just next to it.

The Domoic Acid is an illness that is carried into the food they eat such as died planctons but I personally do not think that it’s the only reason and I’ve been to diffent associations as Community Environmental Council (CEC). I met Linda Krop, Director of the Environmental Defense Center that did a Public Forum this May 16 about the oil platforms.


My name is Debora Wuhrmann and I’m from Switzerland. I’m 21 years old and the village I live is called Maennedorf which is near Zurich. One of my hobbies is soccer. In my free time I play a lot of sport but soccer is one of my biggest passions in my life. I have played it now for 12 years, that means since I was 8 years old. My position on field is middle-defender, and this season I will be the Captain of our team.



Soccer is the most popular sport in Switzerland.

Soccer is a team sport. So the spirit of the team is very important. On field there are 22 players, included the two goal keepers. Eleven players are on each team, and the aim of the game is to shoot more goals than the other team. So everybody knows what soccer is but these are some necessary aspects.

Rules on Field

Kick off

After each valid goal, at the beginning of the first and second halves, as well as at the beginning of the half-time of extensions, the game is continued with a kick-off at the middle of the field and it may not be played until the referee has started the game through a whistle.

Throw in

If the ball leaves the playing field via one of the side lines, the game is continued with a throw-in for the team whose opponent had last touched the ball before crossing the side line. When throwing in, the player has to stand with both feet behind or on the side line and throw the ball with both hands from behind the head.

Goal kick

If the ball is kicked by a player of the attacking team outside the field boundaries over the goal line of the defending team, the game is continued with a kick from the goalie. To do this, place the ball anywhere in the goal area.

Corner kick

If a defending player has touched the ball before the ball has crossed the goal line without going into the goal, the game is continued with a corner kick. For this, the ball is placed in the area marked by a quarter circle in the corner of the playing field.

Free kick

The free-kick knows the variants of direct and indirect version and the special form of a penalty too. The penalty is almost direct. A free kick or a penalty will be corrected from the referee when a player does something against the rules. For example when a player from another team gets fouled/misconduct, like when a player from the opposite team knocks someone down to the floor and didn’t touch the ball.


An offside is (see the picture) when A passes the ball to B and he is behind all the other players who are in defense from the other team. The blue line is the offside line in this scene.


These are only a selection of the rules on the field but they are the main and most important ones. Soccer will always be a very important interest in my whole life. My favorite team in Spain is FC Barcelona and in Switzerland it is FC Zurich. So, since I’m half Italian, I’m a fan of AC Milano, too.

ACM     FCB    FCZ


The Impact of Social Media in 2017


By Hugo Martinez, Mexico.

As many of us may know, digital has grown potentially since year 2000. Millenial generation is here to change the way advertising has been made the last five decades.

Most popular social media ‘‘Facebook’’ increased its population drastically, from 2004 to 2006 in almost 9000% This year Facebook reached 1.86 billion active users becoming the most used social media on planet earth period. With that said we can get an idea of how many people is using this social network on daily basis. Marketing companies, had put their eyes into the digital market and internet users.

Weather it’s fashion or food or new products, in 2016 marketing companies invested 1.2% more on digital publicity rather then ”old fashioned” advertising (TV, Radio & propaganda). It might seem really little when it comes to percentage but talking in millions, 1.2% represents more than 54.6 million dollars.

Social media its a MUST nowadays but, like all media forms it has its strengths and weakness, social media users can get really judgmental, there’s been campaigns that have been retired from every site they were advertised on, such is the case (lately) with Kendall Jenner and Pepsi, there’s no sign of that campaign on the internet because it was racist according the media users.

For us, the MILLENIAL generations social media could become a full time work, from influencers to bloggers, you can always make an income involving social media. from YouTube to Instagram to Facebook and twitters, there’s always a way to use the social media to make some money, It’s not only about sharing pictures and liking photos, but a growing business, social media is definitely the future advertising.



By: Amanda Örnebring, Sweden.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to live in another country. Don’t get me wrong, I love my city, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Not for the moment. I’m in that time of my life where I want to explore other possibilities to really figure out where the best place to live is. So far I’ve lived in two different cities; my hometown Ystad where I was born and raised, and Santa Barbara where I’m currently studying English. The two cities differs a great deal from each other, and I love them both very much.


libraryNot many, apart from people who lives in Sweden, will know about this city. As one of the oldest cities in the country and the highest ranked university, the city is characterized by the many students who lives here. Only one hour by car from the town I’m from, It’s in a perfect location with its proximity to the second biggest city in Sweden, and Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. And also I won’t have any difficulties with visiting my parents often.

I’ve visited Lund a lot of times since I have friends who live there. The city is big with its 80 000 inhabitants, but it feels so much smaller with its narrow cobblestone streets and the many coffeeshops around every block. It’s a very nice city overall, and I think it would be a good city for me to live in since it has a similar feeling to my hometown.

Lund is perfect for anyone who doesn’t like the “big city life”, but still want a nightlife while living in a calm city.


london-c2a9-qq7-shutterstock-e1455618305877As many others, I have always wanted to live in London. My whole life has revolved around London for as long as I can remember. I had paintings of the city hanging on my wall and I made one of my walls to look like a brick wall with an old subway clock hanging on the wall to resemble King’s Cross.

The city has 8.6 millions inhabitants, which is a big increase from the cities I’ve lived in. But I think that it could be a good experience to broaden my horizon and get out of my comfort zone regarding of living in such a busy city.


view-of-sydney-harbour-skyline-slider-big-bus-toursFour years ago I spent four weeks in Sydney all by myself. More exactly without my family and with classmates, but let’s say for the sake of the argument by myself. I had an internship there and that meant that I had to live there for a month. I was only 16 years old, but it was by far one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. I grew so much as a person, and I was able to do that because of the beautiful city.

As of 2014, Sydney was ranked as the tenth most liveable city in the world, which I can of personal experience agree with. The city felt so safe, even though it’s over 4.5 million people living there.

The weather is amazing, the people, the beaches, everything. It is just a perfect city, and I would love to live there again.


160113-auckland-new-zealandNew Zealand has always attracted me ever since I saw the Lord of the Rings movies. The landscape blew my mind with the majestic mountains and the blue sea. I’ve only ever heard of three cities in the country, and that’s Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. I did some research and Auckland was always rated as the best city to live in. Located on the Northern Island, it has the best beaches. I first thought of Christchurch, but when I read about the frequent earthquakes, I changed my mind.

Auckland seems to be a smaller version of Sydney as I understand it, so that’s why i think it would be perfect for me to live there.


eating-amsterdam-aboutI’ve never thought of Amsterdam before I went to Santa Barbara. During my stay here, I’ve met many wonderful people who came from the Netherlands. All they said was that I would love Amsterdam. What really makes me want to live there is the similarities between Sweden. The standard of living is practically the same, and the city itself seems amazing. The fact that there are more bikes than people also makes me want to move there this instant since I’m always on my bike.

Since I’ve never visited Amsterdam, I don’t have much to go on, but it really seems to be a city I would thrive in.

Events in Santa Barbara

By Abdulmajeed ALfrayan.  Saudi Arabia

Santa Barbara- Parks& Recreation events:


Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show

Is an event to enjoy your time to give your lives more experience. There are a lot of people selling new things and they’re made in home. You can go there with your family to see new things and learn new culture.


Relaxing under the sun:



In this picture we can see the people sitting under the sun and enjoying the time. Here you can chat with everyone because it’s public and there are a lot of people who come for relaxing and enjoying themselves.


There are some small competitions for the kids:


There is jogging contest for the kids and there are small gifts for the winners and the moms help their children like say good things to them while they running like “you can do it”, “you’re a hero”.



Firework in the park:


There are fireworks at the end of the day and it’s so beautiful. Everyone on this day is waiting for this moment to say it because it’s a beautiful view from the park.


Party in the park.


They make a small party in the park to have fun and enjoy in themselves. But this party dose not happen every year in this event so some time it’s there and sometimes not.

When In Mexico

By Amanda Svensson, Sweden

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During Spring Break, my friends and I decided that we wanted to go someplace new. After a short discussion we ended up booking a flight to Cancun, Mexico. So, the second week of Spring Break our journey began, early in the morning. A week later, we got home feeling tired, sunburned, and ready to go back to school knowing that Mexico was one of the best trips so far. Therefore, I would like to share with you what you can do while visiting Mexico. Nevertheless, keep in mind that all experiences are individual.

The reason we went to Mexico was due to our holiday break and the fact that we wanted to have a good time. The one thing that we were interested in was learning about the culture and meeting the local people. However, we were having communication problems with people, especially at the airport, due to the fact that not all Mexicans know how to speak English. However, we solved our problems because some of us know how to speak some Spanish. Other than that, Mexicans are really friendly and welcoming. In addition, Mexican food is delicious! Something to keep in mind is to be aware of the food trucks and the warm weather which can cause the food to spoil. I would not recommend eating something out of a food truck; there are a lot of really nice restaurants in Cancun that arenot too expensive.cancun 4

We stayed right next to the beach wit
h our beds facing towards the ocean. It was magical sleeping next to the sound of ocean breeze. The water in Cancun is the bluest I have ever seen in my life. After a five hour flight and security control on top of that, getting to jump into the water and just enjoying ourselves couldn’t have started off our week better. If you are going to Cancun, make sure you get to go for a swim in the ocean.

The one thing that we made sure we did was to go out clubbing. The clubs compared themselves with Vegas and one club’s logo was “putting Vegas nightlife in shame”. The club experience has got to be one of our best memories we took with us, if you are ready to pay for it. Some clubs cost as much as 80 dollars, thus we went to the smaller clubs due to the fact that we didn’t have the knowledge that the clubs were going to be so expensive. However, we did go to one of the more expensive clubs one night, which had the coolest layout any of us had ever seen.mexico 2
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The second to the last day, we decided that we wan
ted to do something proactive. Turns out Cancun are full of adventures. My friends and I ended up doing a day trip starting early in the morning. An organization took us to all these different locations throughout the day. For example, the day started off by going to old town and after that we headed for lunch at a really cool hotel. After lunchtime we went to a sinkhole that was 150 feet deep and was one of the coolest experiences I have ever had. Swimming in the water, looking up towards the sky was amazing. We ended the day with going to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza, which was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people. It was the best day in a long time and it only cost us 50 dollars per person. Learning about the Mayan people and leaving the place still wondering how in the world they could have built the different temples 1100 years ago was truly inspiring and mesmerizing.

So, after spending one week in Mexico I can tell you this, I am definitely going back.