The Season of Disillusionment for the Lakers of Lebron James

Lucas Michel, France

It’s another defeat for the Lakers, this time against the New York Knicks last of the Eastern Conference. Even with a six points lead at 2 minutes from the buzzer, they still found a way to lose thanks to multiples individual faults. It’s their third consecutive loss and the 8th in 9 games. Lebron James sees the playoffs getting away from him, he who has participated every year since 2005. They are officially eliminated from the race for the playoffs, with 9 wins late from the 8th, the Los Angeles Clippers.

However, the start of the season was promising for the Lakers, 4th of the Western Conference before Christmas. Then came the injury of Lebron and the beginning of the nightmare. 6 wins for 11 losses and a big drop in the rankings for the Lakers without its star. The come back of The King makes the hope live a little, but then another drama started; the announcement of Antony Davis who wants to leave New Orleans Pelicans for another team. The Lakers direction jumped on the occasion and proposed to the Pelicans a ‘Big Pack’ with most of the promising young players of the team (Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Ivica Zubac and Josh Hart). It was impossible to refuse such an offer, and yet they did refuse it.

The consequence of this refusal was terrible for the Lakers, with a team completely destroyed. Can we even talk about a ‘team’ at this point ? We have the impression that the players lost total trust to the franchise and Lebron. The best example is that game just after this drama, against the Pacers. A terrible humiliation, a defeat by 42 points the worst defeat in Lebron James career with a shameful performance of the Lakers. We could see on this occasion that something is broken in the collective. For some specialist, James is the one in fault for killing this team, with his will to want to control everything. 

So now the question is: Lebron James is he still the best player in the world? Some journalists, like Stephen A. Smith a journalist with easy criticism, think that it’s time to stop calling him that. Even if his stats are still really impressive, he can’t keep his team up like he did with Cleveland. After an appearance in every playoffs since 2005, it’s the first season that we will not see him since then. But after a chaotic season, the Lakers’s results are still better than last year, and the trade period this summer looks very interesting. We hope that next year will be a better year for the King and the “purple and gold”.


Elon Musk And the Planet’s End

 Beatrice from France          

          The earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago. It is the third planet from the sun. Now the number of humans living on earth average 7.5 billion. That means that 7.5 billion brains could figure out a viable solution to quit our planet before. But how can we? Elon Musk is possibly an example.


Most of us have known that our sun will explode in 4.5 billion years and will destroy our planet, but there are a lot of other possibilities that could kill us that are not very well known.


As you can see in this documentary, the end of our planet could happen from a nuclear holocaust, a genetically engineered disease, a resource depletion, a huge disaster caused by a physical and scientific experiment, a deadly asteroid impact, methane bursts from the seabed, the creation of a black hole by the scientists or at least a super-volcanic eruption.

Musk at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018

Elon Musk is one of the most famous entrepreneurs and engineers on this earth. He is the founder of and very involved in SpaceX, Tesla Inc, Neuralink, the Boring Company, OpenAI and Paypal. He definitely has no limits.

This man is motivated by goals in his life. He wishes to establish a human colony on Mars in order to reduce the risk of the human extinction. Also, he is trying to fight against the global warming through sustainable energy production.

At least this man understood the human mission which is to keep humanity alive.



Elon Musk not only has dreams, he is also a businessman. Why is he so famous nowadays? Elon Musk knows how create value and how to invest each dollar earned again into another company. He creates business value cycles in order to reach his goals. He is a great example to follow.

          To conclude, I think we do need more creative and determined people like Elon Musk. This real example gives inspiration to others and fits well with the very famous quote from Oscar Wilde,  “always aim for the moon to reach the stars.”


LeBron James

Kenneth-Nolan Kross, from Germany,

LeBron James is one of the most famous basketball players in the world. He is 34 years old and  born in Akron, Ohio. He has played for the Los Angeles Lakers since 2018. In the beginning of his career, he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, from 2003 to 2010, winning in  2008  the scoring title and  nominated into the All-NBA first Team twelve times. On November 14 of 2018, he scored 44 points in one match. This is the fifth highest scoring in the history of basketball. He also had one of the best averages of scoring in basketball. These are many facts, but what is the secret behind his big career?

His early life was not really easy. He and his family moved from apartment to apartment. A football coach gave James the option to play basketball when he was 9 years old. His parents realized that James didn’t want to be a normal player –  he wanted to be better than the others. With an amateur team, James and his friends, enjoyed a local and national level. Then they went to a high school in Ohio.  His first season was unbelievable; James had an averaged of 25.2 points per game.

Many scouts watche552436714_750x422d him because everyone knew he could be a star. James was named the “Ohio Mr. Basketball”. He and his team were the only high school team in Ohio that finished a season undefeated.



After a good college career, he joined  the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. He was the best Rookie in this year. He played in Cleveland for 7 years, but, after failing to win a championship with Cleveland, he left them and joined the Miami Heats as a free agent. With Miami he won two NBA championships. Since 2018 he has played for the LA Lakers.

The secret behind his success are his rules. He always wanted to be a professional player, but he always had 10 rules. The first one is “Never give up”. For example, he started in his own town and had no target, but he always tried his best. His second rule is, “Don’t try to be perfect because you can’t be perfect, but training hard for your dream is important.” He said “Without pain you can’t get better”. “Maximize your potential which means to try your best. You play as a team, but you have to find your play style for yourself. Are you a leader or not?”



“If you have success then share your success.” This is his fifth rule. He helped other players to get better because he didn’t just think about himself.  “Ignore the haters, do what you like.” Lebron James is today the leader of the Lakers, but he isn’t a normal leader. His teammates are inspired by him. One of his rules is, “find your leadership style. For example, are you a team player or are you playing for your success?” His personally favorite rule is, “Don’t think you are the best. Train to be the best, but don’t think you are the best if you finished a good training session. “

All in all Lebron is not only a basketball player, he is a big influencer, an idol, and a great person. He changed the game of basketball in the way the game is played. As a person, he is one of the best leaders for a team. He isn’t a player who is just the symbol of a club. He manages to bring along and improve his teammates.

Why Do We Travel?

Alberte Lynge, Denmark.

I love to travel. I have traveled quite a bit already and I want to travel even more. I know that a lot of people like to travel as well. When I travel, I often think of the question, why do we travel? What’s the reason for us to get out of the environment we’re used to and where we feel safe?

I found a whole bunch of answers to this question. Of course, it’s a question to which there is no right or wrong answer, but I found 5 reasons that I think are the best.

#1. We travel to learn.
Whether it’s learning a new language or learning about a country’s history, traveling allows us to learn so many different things. We get to learn about the diverse cultures and ways of living. We learn about how our lives are intertwined and how we can impact one another.

#2. To escape.
Traveling gives us a momentary break from our daily routines and everyday lives. It provides us with adventure and excitement. When we travel and experience a new space or environment, we’re intrigued by all the new and different things that surrounds us. We forget about our jobs, our classes, and all our other responsibilities.

#3. To discover.
This goes hand in hand with the previous point, but traveling allow us to discover, whether it’s an interesting location or a new favorite dish. We travel to not only see more of the world and the people in it, but to also discover more about ourselves in the process.
Through the challenges that we face and the experiences that we gain, we discover our strengths, our limitations, and our potential while traveling.

#4. To make new friends.
When you travel, you meet people of diverse backgrounds and experiences and every single one of them has the potential to play an important role in your life, whether that is a new best friend or your soul mate, who knows.

#5. To experience.
Last but not least. We travel to experience all that we can and all that the world has to offer. We can experience the local culture by eating delicacies and dishes that are unique to the country or a certain region.
We can experience what it’s like to communicate solely through gestures when we don’t know how to speak a language. We might even realize how life in a foreign country is not that much different from our own back home.
Experiences help bring meaning to our lives. They both shape and define us.

These were the reasons I found the best and most relatable. If you have a different answer to why we travel or a point of view then please write it in the comments.

Should Journalists Be More Pedagogical ?

Beatrice from France

         A person who writes for newspapers, magazines or news websites or prepares news to be broadcast defines a journalist. Their works are dedicated to helping people better understand the world. However, do you think that journalists should be more pedagogical? As Einstein says “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”.

          First of all, I would like to share a video with you which shows geographical knowledge of random people. The question “Can you name a country?” was asked in the street.

Most of them don’t know a lot about geography. It seems difficult for them to understand what’s happening in the world, especially conflicts between countries if they don’t know where these countries are located.

How could some people understand an article about the Middle East conflict in Israel if they don’t know where it’s located and why there is a religious conflict ? How could people read an article about the Yemen war, or how people could understand why there is a civil war in Venezuela without geography ?

Maybe journalists should be more pedagogical and add more geographic and historic details. For example in this short CBSN news, some people will not understand the video if they don’t know where North Korea is located.

To understand the news clearly, the population should be also aware of the history of countries. In this example, it’s important to know that North Korea is located just across from the United States (look down at the map) and that’s why a big nuclear weapon could be a threat for the US population, especially when you know that Kim Jong-un might dare to execute even his own family member.

With the same idea, maybe journalists could add not only maps but also time lines. For instance, how could people understand a story easily about the Middle East conflict which started with the first global world war? Journalists should explain it easily with time facts because the history always explains why that started and why it’s continuing. Look down at this example of timeline. 

It is the only example that I could find online. However, even this timeline which explains all facts of the US policy and interventions in the Middle East is not clear. That’s the reason why journalists should be more pedagogical.

Nowadays, most of the people are discouraged to read international news. Even if 56% of the Americans are reading newspapers, some of them don’t understand news publications. Some others also can’t read at all. That could be because they don’t have access to the internet or just because they never have the chance to be at school. However, people should know how our world works if they want to vote well or change some aspects.

        Finally, the journalists are the only people who can impact the population’s opinions and influence people’s minds. Nowadays, journalists lose their readers because the articles and the news are not pedagogical enough. Everyone can remember the 16th June 2015, when Donald Trump won the American presidential republican election in New York. It was a big surprise ! We could have asked ourselves why the Americans voted for him at this time even if the majority of newspapers supported Hilary Clinton?




The invasion of the technology

Shanna Nurkick, Switzerland


Back in the days, people are used to talk together, look at each other in the eyes and share their deep emotions with relatives.

Nowadays, most of our life is based on a machine. We learn through a computer, we meet through an application, we share our private lives on the internet without thinking that thousand of peoples will have access to our little private garden.

As a women of 24 years old, I’m worried about the future. Technology is taking a huge space in the world and more the days pass more apps and machine are created. I write this article but I’m also a huge consumer of this technology. For example, I pass my day on Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Facebook.. for looking at the other. I consume without thinking. Thousand of contents are appearing on my feeds. I click, I like, I comment, but no emotions are felt. It’s like an automatism. We are becoming machine on a machine. The question I’m asking myself is : how much the technology is getting to change us?

So many things have changed. The supermarket is getting a place where we are by our own, without any person asking us how do we feel, what are we looking for ? Because now the cashier is a machine. At school, something has also changed. We are most of the times in front of a computer.. Taping and taping without memorizing any informations. I remember the time when I had to write on a paper the lessons of the teacher. I remember coming back at home and just have to read my paper because my brain was also remembering at the same time I was writing.


How Books Have Changed and Continue to Change The World

By Carl Blomberg, Sweden

When was the last time you read a book? For a lot of people that seemingly simple question may turn into a really difficult one; simply because they cannot remember the last time they enjoyed a good piece of writing. Although the perks and pleasures of reading are large and great, humans these days tend to abandon books in favor of alternative amusements, such as streaming movies and TV shows. Modern devices allow people to have instant access to entertainment – we do not want to spend hours finishing a book, we want to stream a thrilling movie lasting just one and a half hours. It allows people to have instant access to knowledge – we do not want to search a lexicon when we can just find the translation or definition of a word online instantly. The traditional book is endangered, which is unfortunate, because, in fact, books have changed and continue to change the world, as few things else.

There is no precise definition of what makes a book. Some might describe it as something you can read, while others might define it as pieces of paper put together. Googling the simple question ‘’what is a book?’’, you get various answers. Even though the different definitions may vary a little, they all share a few main keystones; for something to be called a book should have a written or painted work, recorded on pages sewn, glued or fixed together along one side. In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg, a German craftsman and innovator, invented the printing press. This innovation was revolutionizing because it helped spread information beyond societies and borders; it enabled new ways of learning which in turn improved literacy; and last but not least, it allowed written work to be published and read not only by the ruling elite, but by everyone. Point blank: the printing press enabled books.

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Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press.

More than five hundred years have passed since the printing press was first used. Throughout these years, decades and centuries, there are multiple examples of authors and books that have impacted the world. A prominent work is the Bible, which in fact was among the first books ever printed using Gutenberg’s invention. The Bible has impacted societies all over the world; for instance, it has influenced and helped form mores, laws, cultures and much more. Also, it has brought people together as well as given them wisdom and knowledge in a way few other works have been able to.

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An early edition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852).

An additional example of an influential and highly significant book is author Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852). This novel was written and published in a time where the United States, which is where the plot takes place, was tainted by slavery and racism. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Beecher Stowe addresses these topics as she illustrates the past U.S. through a slave’s perspective. The novel came to be the best-selling book of the 19th century, and it was a precipitating factor for the start of the Civil War and the end of slavery in America.

Apart from having an impact on societies and the world in general, books are also influential and important for people on a personal level. In fact, scientific studies show that reading books have a profound significance on our ability to empathize, our level of creativity, and how well we are able to learn, retain and use information. In one of The Guardian’s most-read articles from 2014, science journalist and author, Dan Hurley, discusses the relationship between intelligence and reading in his feature article ‘’Can reading make you smarter?’’. Hurley talks about his own development as a child, from being called a ‘’slow learner’’ who could not read the word ‘’the’’ at the age of eight, to getting straight As just three years later after discovering the greatness of reading Super-Man and other comics. Furthermore, Hurley refers to various scientists and their studies that can help explain his impressive progress. Among other things, he also talks about three categories of intelligence, with one being fluid intelligence, the type of intelligence that enable us to solve problems and learn new things using knowledge gained in the past. Hurley not only describes how reading increases our fluid intelligence, but also how fluid intelligence improves our critical reading and reading comprehension. Consequently, they go hand in hand and together to create a favorable spiral.

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Science journalist and author Dan Hurley.

In conclusion, when you immerse yourself in a book, you also immerse yourself into new worlds. You are given the opportunity to discover different stories of life, as well as get to know new characters, their emotions and thoughts. Reading books gives you the key to doors, behind which there are not only enjoyment and delight, but also knowledge and inspiration. As time passes by, the world changes, and so do people. How we live and choose to amuse ourselves today differs from how people chose to amuse themselves fifty years ago, the same way people fifty years from now likely will choose to entertain themselves differently. Although the traditional book may have lost its position as a stand-out and forefront source of amusement, it still influences and impacts us. What role books will play in the future is hard to tell, but from a historical point of view, considering the impact they have had throughout time, it is difficult to envisage a world without books. With technology and digitization comes new possibilities, and lately the use of reading devices and audio books have increased rapidly. Thus, maybe our ways of consuming books will change, but the new worlds and the imaginary doors will remain – ready for us to be immersed in.

15 Tips to Beat Jetlag


 Jetlag : a sleeping disorder that can affect people going through different time zones rapidly.

It affects more than 200,000 people per year in the United States of America; most of the time, the symptoms disappear after a few days or week, and it doesn’t necessite any kind of treatment, the person affected just needs to adjust to the new time zone.

Here are 15 tips and advice to help you prevent jetlag,

Before you leave :

  1. People with strict sleeping and eating schedules are the ones who suffer the most from jetlag. If you are more flexible on these schedules, you will have a natural advantage against jetlag.
  2. Even if it’s tempting to sleep less to have more chances to fall asleep in the plane, it’s risky. It’s better to sleep well and be well rested for the trip.
  3. Try to change your sleeping habits before you leave. Set your alarm to, get dressed, send a few e-mail, go back to sleep. It will help you get adjusted more easily to your new timezone when you get there.
  4. Plan your flights to arrive during the daytime. That way you will want to stay awake and get used to your new schedule.
  5. If you’re going from L.A to Paris, try to stop in Germany on the way so your body has more time to adjust.

In the plane :

  1. Even if everyone loves free drinks, the effects of alcohol can increase tiredness and cause dehydration that will make it even worse when you land.
    So, stay sober !
  2. Avoid drinks containing caffeine if you land at night. It could disturb your sleeping habits. Drink a lot of water, the more hydrated you are the less jetlag affects you.
  3. Forget about the sleeping pills, it won’t help with the jetlag, and you will feel confused when you land. For long flights, try to get natural sleep.
  4. When you get on board, change the time on your watch to the time of your destination to help your brain get used to it.
  5. To handle it more easily, stay active, move, it will help your blood flow which will help your body feel like it wasn’t stuck for more than 8 hours on a uncomfortable seat.

After you arrive :

  1. Eat 3 meals a day according to the new schedule, even if it means you’re hungry at midnight, you will get used to it.
  2. Enjoy the daylight as much as you can.
  3. Exercise to stimulate the endorphines in your body and erase the tensions in your body.
  4. Sleep as much as usual at night. If you’re still tired during the day, allow yourself to take a nap.
  5. Finally, you can always invest in anti jetlag glasses.




Wissem Habib. France.


“Talking ‘bout war and rumors of war, Talking ’bout the coming of the wars maybe the time is not Far” (High on Fire)

Maria Cristina, Chile


“Because if one of the apples is rotten and you don’t throw it away, don’t come here to ask to me, why are  all the apples rotten“

said the United States President (Donald Trump) who decided to  not be part of the signed treaty in The Cold War anymore. The purpose of the treaty is to limit  most of the countries that were part of the Cold War to not build nuclear weapons. Now it is in a serious danger because  Russia randomly decided to not be part of this treaty either. The world is on alert and worried about what is going to happen, but if you don’t know what I’m talking about, let’s go to see what happened four weeks ago, when the U.S accused  Russia of violating the treaty, and that accusation gave rise to many debates and discussions that finally provoked both countries “to throw away this important treaty”.


(American (left) and Russian soldiers shake hands on April 24, 1945 at the destroyed bridge over river Elbe as both troops meet at Torgau, Germany)

And now that not one of these countries is part of this treaty, they  don’t have anything that can stop them from embarking on new nuclear weapons. The different governments around of the world are worried about what could be the next step of both countries. Then  a year ago the Russian debuted their new nuclear weapon, Sarmat ballistic rocket .and that doesn’t have any limit of distance.The world is intrigued about what is going to be the next step and what will the world do to surprise us.


(One of the pictures that the Russian government public)

But the most important for us is ‘what do you think about it? Do you think that they are going to attack each other? Well, in this moment most of the people is just intriguing. about what the government is going to decide but most of the people don’t really see Russia like a possible threat. and they even think that in a time all is going to get better and this two amazing countries are going to have a friendly relationships in the future.

But in this moment when we asked to the people. they are more worried about the nuclear weapons in north Korea and Kim Jong-Un. and if he it is reflect on about do a new movement about nuclear weapons. the people still a pretty worried about it because as we know they hadn’t been show some wish of be part of some kind of treaty for avoid the nuclear weapons and even if the meeting of two weeks ago where both countries had a really friendly manners in comparison of the meeting of January, where the situation was really no-cool, especially for the hard comments of president Donald trump on twitter were toward direct and explicit about north Korea and his leader, both countries showed really positive about this and think that this can be the first step for the denuclearize but even with this conspicuous progress we have to remember ”if you don’t give water to the flowers they will never bloom”.


The Story of Queen

Alberte Lynge, Denmark

Insted of writing an article, I chose to make a video about my topic. I made a video about Queen (the band) because I love Queen’s music and I think they have an interesting story. Queen also made such a massive impact on millions of people. Even a lot of young people today listen to their music and I wanted to show how great they were. They are legends and their music will live on forever.