CNN Student News December 10, 2015

CNN Student News December 10, 2015

Thank you for taking 10 minutes to watch CNN
STUDENT NEWS. I`m Carl Azuz at the CNN Center.
It`s good to see you Thursday.
First up, a recognition for Germany`s leader.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named “TIME
Magazine`s” 2015 Person of the Year. She`s
led Germany since 2005 and is serving her
third time.
“TIME Magazine” gave a number of reasons why
it chose Merkel, from how she`s handled Europe`s
economic crisis, to how she`s responded to
terrorist attacks in the region, to how she`s
addressed the continent`s ongoing refugee
crisis. Her high approval rating in Germany
has slipped recently because many Germans
don`t agree with her response to that crisis.
So, the reaction in her home country was mixed.
“TIME” has named a person of a year since
1927. The recipient is someone or some group
that fore better or worse is considered to
have had a major impact on world events.
We`re taking to Brazil now. It`s the site
of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. Officials
in Rio de Janeiro say the events will be safe
and secure.
They`re pointing out their experience in protecting
international events like last year`s World
Cup tournament in Brazil, and a 2013 visit
by Pope Francis.
But there are always concerns about security
at the Olympics. One major reason, a terrorist
attack at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich,
Germany, when eight Palestinian terrorists
killed 11 Israeli athletes and a West German
policeman. Increased security since then has
kept the competition safer.
But critics say it`s taken away from the celebratory
atmosphere that the Olympics used to have.
Shasta Darlington is in Rio to have a look
at how they planned to secure the games.
Rio de Janeiro Olympic venues back on track.
But the question many asking now: will they
be safe?
Central command for the 65,000 police and
troops charged with securing the games right
There are 4,000 cameras across the city and
come August 2016, they`re going to be focused
on the main Olympic sites. Right up here for
example, that`s the Olympic Park and you can
see the cameras all around it.
Rio`s security chief says they`ve been coordinating
with international intelligence agencies all
“Because terrorism was always treated as a
priority, our infrastructure is very strong,”
he says. “At this point, our understanding
of the level of risk hasn`t changed.”
But for security expert Paolo Storani, Brazil
hasn`t taken the risk of terrorism seriously.
“There`s no doubt that if somebody`s been
plotting against the Olympic Games, they`re
already in Brazilian territory,” he says.
Part of the problem, the country`s porous
borders. More than 23,000 kilometers of sea
and land borders shared with 10 countries
and a very few controls.
Ahead of the World Cup and Olympic Games,
Rio`s police focused on cleaning up violent
favelas, long the stronghold of drug traffickers.
And on protests, most recently in a joint
exercise with French police. But the Paris
attacks very present.
We talk to them, all difficulties, to handle
these attacks. Don`t panic — don`t panic.
Officials insist they`re ready with the contingency
force that would boost the security operation
to 85,000 troops, more than double the London
Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.
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the roll is calling.
And we`re calling on South Carolina today.
It`s where we`re happy to be included at Therapeutic
Learning Center. It`s in the eastern city
of Conway.
Up next, can you hear the Lions roar? From
Monroe, Louisiana, a warm welcome to everyone
at Ouachita Parish High School.
And in Gwangju, a city in the southwestern
part of South Korea, hello to our viewers
at Speer High School.
Up next, the controversial method of getting
oil and natural gas out of the earth. We`re
talking about hydraulic fracturing, also known
as fracking.
Search for that online and you`ll see page
after page of criticism and praise of the
Fracking is blamed for increasing people`s
dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels.
It`s also credited with generating billions
of dollars for the U.S. economy.
Part of the reason why gas prices are so low
is because oil prices have plunged. And part
of the reason for that is the fact that U.S.
oil production has increased so dramatically
from fracking.
Richard Quest goes underground to explore
how it`s down, why it`s controversial and
why it`s contributing to an oil boom.
It`s hot. And the big sky of Texas seems to
go on forever as these oil and natural gas
rigs keep pumping out the black gold. It`s
a huge industry, devoted to cracking the shale
rock thousands of feet beneath the ground
and freeing the precious fossil fuels inside.
There`s nothing pretty about the art or science
of fracking. It`s loud, it`s dirty and if
you look at the array of equipment, it`s extremely
Fracking has dramatically increased energy
production. American industry now has access
to cheaper energy which drives manufacturing
costs lower. That, of course, pushes profits
It`s carefully monitored from a mobile control
The concentration is intense. They say fracking
a well can cost as much as $5 million.
So at the moment, 9,500 feet beneath us, you
are pumping water, sand and chemicals at a
high pressure out into —
Yes. It`s going out the perforations there.
Yes, sir.
In most cases, each well is only fracked in
various stages once after it is drilled.
So, get this bit right and this well will
produce to its maximum efficiency. Get it
wrong and — well, need I say more?
It`s uneconomic.
This is the sand that goes into the well.
Fracking is not new. The first oil wells were
fractured in 1952. What`s different is that
they can now drill horizontally as well as
vertically, and better technology means more
oil can be released.
Fracking continues to face criticism from
environmentalists and others. Some say dangerous
chemicals can seep into the water table. A
charge the industry denies.
Others say fracturing can cause minor earthquakes
and tremors. And then there`s the issue of
water. Up to 2 million gallons can be used
fracturing one well.
English teachers have got to be thankful they
don`t have to correct grammar for text messages.
A new study out of Binghamton University in
New York found that ending each sentence with
a period, like you`re supposed to end a sentence,
can actually be a bad thing in a text.
The study involved 126 undergraduate students.
They saw answers to simple text questions
like, “Wanna go see a movie tonight?” And
they felt that one word answers with a period,
like, “Yes, period”, seemed less sincere than
just the word “yes” all by itself.
Apparently, they found that the period made
the response seemed less enthusiastic. Researchers
pointed out that this applied to text messages
only. Periods were seen as OK in handwritten
notes. The study indicates that the rules
of texting are just different, period.
We`ve seen basketball buzzer beaters, from
hook shots, or half court. This one is pretty
extreme. With this team down by two points,
Minnesota High School junior Oman Oman gets
a rebound on a free throw with less than two
seconds left. He chucks it all the way and
boom goes the dynamite.
Oman told “The Austin Daily Herald” the shot
was just a reaction that it surprised him
that it went in and then it was a good feeling
to have everyone rushed to him afterward.
The victory wasn`t single-handed. But Oman`s
shot was. It courted a win (ph) blocked out
by a field goal that won`t soon fade away,
making quite a pointed full court impression
on the crowd, something so offensive as to
leave the other team a basket case.
I`m Carl Azuz, hoping you`ll take another
shot tomorrow with CNN STUDENT NEWS.

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5 thoughts on “CNN Student News December 10, 2015

  1. lel i watch this every Thursday for social studies/ history :3.
    i have to watch this and then answer some questions that my teacher gave me as homework though DX

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