NFL Draft: Giants Surprising Selection

NFLDraft

 

by JUSTIN VINK

Staff Writer

Ranked on many scout lists, and NFL experts as the 4th best quarterback in the 2019 NFL draft, Daniel Jones now has a home in New York, as the New York Giants reached past quarterbacks Drew Lock and Dwayne Haskins to grab the former Duke quarterback. Many Giants fans and experts around the league are starting to question General Manager Dave Gettleman’s tactics and leadership of this Giants organization. First, he gave up Eli Manning’s (and now, Daniel Jones’) only real receiving weapon: wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., in a trade to the Browns that only gave them a mediocre defensive back, a mid-first round pick, and a 3rd round pick. Now, Gettleman reached very far down the list of quarterbacks, considering there were only 4 (including Jones), that were expected to go in the first two rounds of the draft. Many thought Drew Lock, at least, would be selected over Daniel Jones, as there were a few doubts surrounding Dwayne Haskins. Then again, maybe Gettleman knows what he’s doing. Jones received a lot of attention from the Giants throughout the whole draft process; they gave him a good look at the scouting combine. He played 3 whole seasons with Duke, so the experience isn’t a problem. Now, in order for him to succeed, he will need to absorb knowledge from the long career of current Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Also, Gettleman will have to grab a few lineman and receivers, as one of their biggest problems last year, or the source of many of their problems, was their shaky offensive line. Acquiring a solid offensive line should be the next step for this Giants organization. There’s no going back from this acquisition of Daniel Jones. Only time will tell: the Giants may have struck gold, they may have blown a solid early-round pick. Maybe they could’ve grabbed Jones with their #17 pick, a pick they thought might be too late, even though most teams before them weren’t searching for a quarterback. Again, time shall tell fans of the Giants, and fans nationwide, if taking Daniel Jones this early was genius or not.

Joker Trailer

 

Joker

By ETHAN BECK

Staff Writer

 

The first actual trailer of the Joker has been released, featuring Joaquin Phoenix as the clown prince of crime in the film. The premise of the story seems to be at least based on the comic storyline of “The Killing Joke,” featuring the story of the Joker slowly losing his mind from society due to which “one bad day.” The trailer first starts with the Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) ironically in therapy, that is before he becomes the fabled agent of chaos. Our peek into the film continues as the future clown prince of crime slowing walking up a set of stairs, looking even more depressed than I will be after watching Avengers: Endgame. The trailer continues, with the soon to be Joker getting beaten even though he was just simply trying to make a living, failing as a comedian, and some believe it is to be implied that his mother died as well, all just on one bad day. This all follows the storyline of the infamous origin story of one of the most famous comic book villain of all time. As he grows a hatred for Thomas Wayne and is seen putting a smile on young Bruce Wayne’s face, one thing is certain: while Phoenix’s Joker may not be an agent of chaos like Heath Ledger’s amazing performance, but this take of a Joker who went insane after just one bad day, would truly honor him. And blows Leto’s terrible acting out of the water.

World’s Largest Naruto Theme Park Opens In Japan

Naruto

 

By CRISTOFF ZAVALA

Staff Writer

The biggest Naruto theme park has just recently opened in Awaji, Japan. The park features multiple attractions which will be familiar to long-time fans. When one enters the park, they are greeted with two scrolls from the anime series. The Ten No Maki and the Chi No Maki, otherwise known as the Heaven and the Earth scroll. Once inside, the scrolls lead the user through the park in a mission style where they must complete the assigned tasks. When completed, the user may collect a prize in exchange for the two scrolls. The park is full of Naruto cosplayers and guides to lead you on your journey. To visit the park an adult must pay ¥3300 or around $30, a teenager or high school student must pay ¥1800 or $16, and a child ticket is ¥500 or free for those under the age of 4 years.

Rotary Youth Exchange

By BRENDA MANYVANH

Staff Writer

The Rotary youth exchange is a program that allows students to travel to a different country to study abroad for a school year. The program is sponsored by Rotary international a non-profit organization. Students are connected to host families in their host countries by Rotary, the organization also provides a safety net for exchange students to prevent them from getting lost or endangered. The fun thing about studying abroad is that students are not only attending a different school in a new country, but they’re also endorsing with a new culture and possibly learning a new language. The journey has helped students develop lifelong leadership skills, has helped them become independent and global citizens. Youths from the U.S are not the only students studying abroad, Rotary is international, therefore the Rotary youth exchange program applies to students all over the world. When studying abroad, students will meet other students from different countries who are studying abroad as well, for example, they can be from Japan, Italy, Korea, Turkey, Thailand, and so much more. A day is also organized that allows the exchange students who are a part of the youth exchange to meet and share their stories and experiences. If you are interested in studying abroad or want to study abroad please come to the next Interact meeting in room 308. Interact is a club that is run by Rotary International. From there you can speak to the Rotary advisor, Paul Vargas, and he’ll be able to connect you to someone who is more involved with the Youth Exchange.   

Prince William Visits New Zealand

PrinceWilliam

 

By LELIA MENDEZ

Staff Writer

Prince William has visited a mosque in New Zealand where 42 people were killed in March, saying “the forces of love will always prevail over the forces of hate.”

In a speech at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch Friday, the second day of his tour of the country, he said the attacks in which 50 people died were intended “to sow division and hatred in a place that stands for togetherness and selflessness.”

“An act of violence was designed to change New Zealand, but instead the grief of a nation revealed just how deep your wells of empathy, compassion, warmth and love truly run,” William said.

The Duke of Cambridge was accompanied by New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

Standing in the mosque in the room where the attack took place, he called it “an act of unspeakable hate.”

Controversy in Macau: Shark Fin Soup

 

SharkFins

By VIANCA TEO
Staff Writer

In Macau (an autonomous region situated on the south coast of China) the consumption of shark fins remains extensively prevalent, though local residents in neighboring mainland China – in the majority – have abandoned the practice for moral reasons (government legislation banned the serving of shark fins in restaurants). Yearly, hundreds of millions of sharks are captured and slaughtered, threatening the species to approach near extinction. Shark fins, in point of fact, do not provide any special nutritional benefits whatsoever – however – people (particularly the elite) willfully engage in eating the dish as an apparent testimony of their wealth and high status – hence why they sell prosperously in the Macanese market.  In addition to shark fins merely constituting a low nutritive value, the limited amount of remaining sharks pose detrimental harm to the marine ecosystem. In order to prevent further disturbance of the natural environment and to maintain its balance, Macau must initiate halting the practice, as China was able to.

New Zealand Bans Most Semi-Automatic Guns

By BRENDA MANYVANH

Staff writer

On March 15, 2019, New Zealand experienced the most horrific, violent, and blood gushing mass shooting ever known to their history. The mass shooter ransacked a nearby Mosque, killing at least 50 Muslims who were praying and worshiping their deity. The crime was made out of hatred, racism, and from one’s own ignorant mindset. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern was quick on her feet to respond back to the shooting. In her stand as a political leader, Jacinda proved to her nation that she would not let this happen to them again, she even mourns the loss of the 50 New Zealand residents with the family members that were suffering from the pain and heartache. Now, less than a month after the shooting, New Zealand passed a law that bans most semiautomatic weapons.

If you don’t know the difference between the various types of guns, here’s a quick rundown: semi-automatic firearms require to be loaded by hand and when the trigger is pulled, the gun will only release one bullet, and to fire again the trigger will have to pull again. Therefore instead of releasing bullets at a rapid pace, it releases them every time the trigger is pulled. The next firearm is an automatic gun. Automatic guns are able to produce bullets at a more rapid pace. Unlike the semi-automatic gun, the trigger does not need to be pulled multiple times to fire, instead, if the trigger is pressed down, bullets will continuously fire. In the New Zealand Massacre, the suspect had two semi-automatic weapons on hand, which were also accompanied with two shotguns and one lever action firearm. Due to this, New Zealand has made great efforts to bring justice to the victims of the massacre, and they have proved to their nation that they will continue to fight for peace. Now, using New Zealand as a prime example, will other countries follow in their footstep and ban weapons that appear as a threat to society?

Parker Boswell Named CIF Scholar-Athlete of the Year

by JUSTIN VINK

Staff Writer

 

A quarterback in the Fall, a pitcher in the Spring, and athlete year round. ASB President, Parker Boswell, was honored with the $5,000 2019 California CIF Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year this week, becoming one out of 243 candidates for the award. The 243 candidates come from a number of the 1,606 CIF member schools in California, and out of over 830,000 student-athletes throughout the state of California (per www.cifstate.org). With this scholarship money, Boswell will continue to pursue a future at UCLA, where, he says “ my Plan A has been to graduate from UCLA with a major in Business Economics.” With his combination of athletic feats and scholastic feats throughout his high school tenure, Boswell has earned this very desired award. Many of the teachers and administrators at El D respect Boswell, as, according to learning director Larry Buenafe, “Parker is humble and respectful in his dealings with everyone, and that speaks to his high moral character and quality,” With his free time, he devoted himself to El Diamante’s ASB, being voted before the beginning of his senior year as the school’s ASB President. If he wasn’t helping out in ASB,  Boswell was helping out at Valley Children’s Hospital, the Miracle League, Paint it Forward for Heroes, among others. Parker’s devotion to his school, and his community, through academics, through sports, and through the student body, has led him to earn this astounding award.

 

Dwayne Haskins

Haskins

 

by Justin Vink

Staff Writer

 

Though many teams are vying for a new quarterback this season, there are only four really realistic teams going after quarterback Dwayne Haskins. As #1 quarterback Kyler Murray is projected to go to the Arizona Cardinals, who contain the first pick of the draft, Haskins is the only other significant early first-round quarterback on the board this year. One of those four teams looking for a franchise quarterback is the Broncos, who have a temporary, but not permanent, fix in Joe Flacco, who could serve as a good mentor for a new young quarterback. Another destination for one of these young quarterbacks is Miami. The Dolphins only really have Ryan Fitzpatrick on deck to lead the team at the moment, and though he’s had his significant victories, he’s also come back down to earth every time. The Dolphins have been searching for success for a while now, and Haskins could be the answer to that long search. The Redskins have Alex Smith to hang on to for the next couple seasons, but not for long, as he may not be as mobile and agile as he used to be after his gruesome ankle injury in 2018. The Redskins could use Smith, and new acquirement Case Keenum, as mentors for Haskins. Lastly, the Giants have been looking for a new quarterback for a while now, as current quarterback Eli Manning is getting older, and his production level is declining. The Giants are showing all signs rebuild after trading superstar wideout Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. A new quarterback and new offensive line would be the first step to rebuild this organization. If they miss on Haskins, they could also find refuge with top quarterbacks Will Grier (West Virginia), and Drew Lock (Missouri). Other teams that may be looking for a quarterback: The Saints, Patriots, Steelers, Raiders, and Buccaneers. All of these are teams with declining or just old quarterbacks. Also, as mentioned earlier, the Arizona Cardinals, with the first pick, are vying to grab top quarterback prospect Kyler Murray, a 5’9 versatile athlete, who, if not taken by the Cardinals, is fair game for this number of teams. Though this quarterback class is not as big as last years, it is still filled with a solid group of gunslingers.

Galaxy S10 Model Line Review

By DEMETRIOS TURK

Staff Writer

The newest Samsung Galaxy devices are here. The Samsung galaxy s10, with plus and e models respectively. The S10+ starts at $1000, which is regrettably becoming the standard for flagship smartphones in 2019. The standard S10 model starts at $900, and the “budget” model starts at $750. These new smartphones, with their annual March release, set the bar for the likes of OnePlus, the Google Pixel, and the iPhone. These companies watch what Samsung was able to accomplish and build on it or incorporate the technology into their own devices.

The new galaxies are as feature packed as ever, bolstering a new fingerprint scanner, a new camera, front and back, and a new operating system on top of stock android. Samsung also found the courage to keep the headphone jack for yet another set of phones, despite reports claiming the opposite. These new phones are all great and thus they deserve their own deep dive.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus:  The S10+ has many advantages over the other two models…duh because it is the plus model after all. Let’s start with the exterior of the phone.

The S10 on all models maintain the well-built glass and metal sandwich design that has been successful for the company since the S6 in 2015. They did tweak the design, having a sort of holographic white and black variants to go along with the mainstay coral and blue colors. The plus model also gets a dual front camera design, with the new hole punch design that the new S models have. The plus model comes with the option to replace the back glass with a black or white ceramic option…for an extra $250. If you want a new phone and want to get back at your wallet you can buy the ceramic model and opt for a whole terabyte of storage for a staggering $1600. The S10 plus has a 6.4-inch dynamic infinity display, with even fewer bezels because of the hole punch design, and a 4,100 MaH battery.

Samsung Galaxy S10: The S10 plus and the standard models both feature an innovative new fingerprint scanner. The Ultrasonic scanner is underneath the glass. The new fingerprint scanner uses tones and soundwaves to render a three-dimensional variation of your fingerprint. This means that a simple two-dimensional model would not unlock the phone. The S10 models not named then come with 8GB of ram which is a really solid amount for the power user all the way to the casual man. Both camera units have a triple camera unit, the normal camera, a telephoto dual aperture zoom camera, and an all-new super wide angle camera. Both have Samsung’s new fast wireless charging 2.0 technology inside, along with a power share feature. Power sharing is essentially the ability to be able to turn your S10 into a wireless charger; ideally for your smart products like wireless headphones or your smartwatch as the wireless output is rather slow.

Both phones are great, but unless you absolutely can’t live without the things in the last paragraph cheaper is better, especially when you are still getting a very great device.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 e: This is probably the most interesting model to come out this model year. Samsung isn’t hiding the fact that this phone is a direct competitor to the

iPhone XR, even having the phones at the same price point of $750. Let’s get one thing straight: The Galaxy S10 e is better than the iPhone XR in every way. Better battery, better cameras, as the E still has dual cameras compared to the one on the R. By far the better screen, as the XR screen doesn’t even get up to 1080p. This isn’t about the differences between the two, this is about the e. The Galaxy e has a 3100 MaH battery and starts at 128GB of storage. The screen is 5.8 inches of full HD+ and dynamic AMOLED technology; something different is that this is the first Samsung to have a non-curved display since the S7 of 2016. There is also a traditional fingerprint scanner on the power button of the S10e, this scanner is very fast, especially when compared to the ultrasonic on the other S10 models. The S10e is a very good option at the premium mid-range price range, as coined by MKBHD.

The latest and greatest devices from Samsung are finally here. The S10 model line checks most if not all of the boxes needed to create a great smartphone. The new operating system Samsung placed on top of Android 9.0 Pie is very streamlined and snappy. The skin they have used since the inception of the galaxy line, TouchWiz, was known for being feature heavy, but also bogging down the phone and being a little too much in your face. This is not a problem with the new Samsung One UI, as the features are still there, but everything is easily accessible but tucked away as to not interfere with the overall user experience. The One UI is also on the S9 and Note 9s, as of March 12th, the updates were rolled out. My daily driver is the Note 9, so this is the second full day I have been using the UI. It is everything that Samsung stated it would be and more. Samsung also has the Galaxy Fold in the works, announcing it alongside the S10. We do not have a date as of now, but it will be very interesting to see how this technology advances in the next couple of years.

Samsung hit the S10 model year out of the park, the new Galaxy Note 10 should improve on all of these things and make them better like most years. If Samsung even brings the Note line around for a tenth installment. It was hot on the rumor mill around December that Samsung’s Note 9 would be the last of the Notes, buy Samsung disputed this rumor amid the outcry from consumers. It will be interesting to see what the September Samsung release has in store for us consumers.