PUBG Sues Fortnite

 

Fortnite

“PUBG,” a multi-player, “battle royale”-style online video game, is suing “Fortnite Battle Royale,” for copyright infringement. PUBG is built by an engine (engine: software to develop the game) that Epic Games created called, “Unreal Engine,” which was developed back in 1998.  “Fornite Battle Royale” also uses this software engine, as do many video games. 

Fortnite and PUBG came out within four months of each other– PUBG coming out first. 

In my opinion, I think PUBG is just mad that Fortnite is doing better then their game by beating the world record of players playing at once by 0.1 million.

 

Village School Field Day

On Friday, May 25th, Village School held it’s annual field day event which was organized as a color war. The morning hours were spent in classes and then later, teams got together with their teams to decide which students would participate in certain events.

Field day was organized by Ronni and the Student Government and was divided into different team activities, some physical such as the 50 yard dash, potato sack racing, and tug-of-war, and some silly like the water balloon toss and flexibility or headstand contests.

Even though the day was very hot,  we all had a bunch of fun. Everyone enjoyed the sunny weather and the extra time we had for lunch! The day was full of laughter and wet grass, along with teachers

Our very own Margaret and Danielle

motivating the students during the activities.

Field day is just one instance of the types of days that really bring the students and the teachers of Village together as a family.

Suns Out Guns Out: Carbohydrates Myth Buster

People often say that any type of bread, pasta, or any carbs for that matter, will add fat to your body. This is an untrue statement or myth, I would rather say. People should not fear carbs! They do not add fat to your body!

Chemical compound for carbohydrates

The Science Behind Carbohydrates: Carbohydrates break down into glucose, or sugar, which the body uses for energy. The body doesn’t store carbs well, so they are used first when the body is looking for a source of energy. So, carbs themselves don’t equal fat and weight gain. However, continuous consumption of carbs that aren’t being burned off will lead to excess sugars in the body that then are stored as fat, which leads to weight gain. 

How to Burn off Carbs: Don’t worry, you can make these extra sugars go away either by doing simple exercises or by reducing your overall carb intake, so that your body will will take the stored sugar and use it to make energy.

The key is balance.  Carbs are not evil!  If eaten in moderation and paired with light exercise, carbs will not be stored as fat in your body, and will serve to energize you as you go about your day!

Texas School Shooting

The shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtizis

On May 24th, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas, a 17 year old named Dimitrios Pagourtzis decided to take the lives of 10 people- 2 teachers and 8 students at Santa Fe High School. Pagourtzis’s father thinks his attack was due to bullying. Two days later, students protested by lying down in front of the mayor’s house

Students protesting

with signs that spoke to banning guns where they live.

America’s Opioid Crisis

In America, opioid abuse has been a problem for decades, but in recent years it has turned into a national crisis. Opioids are narcotics and are often found in painkillers prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain. However, because of the extremely addictive properties of these prescriptions, many patients, without meaning to, become dependent on them and open up the door to abuse.

Some examples of highly addictive opioids are Vicodin, Morphine, Percocet, and OxyContin. While these medications may be useful for acute, short term pain relief, the longer a patient uses them, the greater the chance of dependence and addiction.

For some individuals, when they run out of their prescriptions and are unable to obtain more pills legally or illegally, they resort to heroin, known for its recreational use and for being a cheaper solution to prescription opioids.

Lawmakers estimate that to end the crisis, it would cost roughly 45 billion dollars. The opioid crisis affects not just the individuals suffering, but government spending as well.  With more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions dispensed daily, the government has spent 55 billion dollars on opioid abuse treatments.

The government hopes to “cure” the crisis soon, but believes that it will take time considering the amount of abusers and the amount of prescriptions still be written on a daily basis.

Bird Corner: Bird Migration is Happening

A Common Yellowthroat on Long Island, these birds winter in Central America and the Caribbean.

In the winter, Long Island is home to birds like Long-tailed Ducks, Common Loons, Snow Buntings, and even Snowy Owls! But when spring comes, these birds migrate to their breeding grounds in eastern North America north of Long Island, many even going as far as the Canadian tundra.

A Black-and-White Warbler in Connetquot River State Park on Long Island. These birds spend the winter everywhere from Florida and Colombia.

At the same time, billions of birds in Central and South America begin to fly north. Many of them will stop on Long Island to rest and eat before continuing their journey north to forests in New England, upstate New York, and the boreal forests of Canada. These include the Bay-breasted Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and many, many, more species.

However, many amazing birds stay here on Long Island all summer long to breed and raise their young. Among them are the Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Osprey, Chipping Sparrow, and Eastern Towhee. So many species breed on Long Island that it would be impossible to list all of them in one article.

Migration doesn’t last for very long, so get out there and see those birds!



Science Fiction Series: “Turing de Force,” by Edward M. Lerner

This story is based on the Turing Test, a test developed by Alan Turing to test artificial intelligence. The test is carried out a human judge interacting with humans, and sometimes robots, through text messages, and the judge must decide if they are talking to a robot. This seems like a good idea, but it is thoroughly flawed. One of the main flaws is that humans regularly associate intelligence with things that aren’t actually intelligent. Another flaw is that language is not something that is all pre-programmed at birth, it is also a learned cultural thing. I guess we will end up having to answer all those hard problems about consciousness after all. 

For over thirty years, Edward M. Lerner worked in the aerospace and information technology industries while writing science fiction part-time. He held positions at numerous companies such as Bell Labs, Hughes Aircraft, Honeywell, and Northrop Grumman. In February 2004, after receiving a book deal for Moonstruck, he decided to write science fiction full-time.

Man Threatens to Call ICE in Restaurant Where People Were Speaking Spanish

Recently, a man in New York yelled at an employees and a regular customer for speaking Spanish to each other. He told them to speak English in America and threatened to call ICE (U.S. immigration police force) and was screaming at the top of his lungs, being very rude saying things like, “If they have the balls to come here and live off my money, I pay for their welfare. I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do … is speak English!”  

Suns Out Guns Out: Dieting

There are many diets in our society that people use for weight loss or for increased health.  Many of these diets are some that are hard to maintain, but others that are easier to maintain and the answer to optimal health has maybe been in front of us the whole time.  

Eating unprocessed whole foods is the cornerstone of the paleo diet. 

Back in the paleolithic age, also known as the stone age, our ancestors who were cave men were hunters and  gatherers. This means the men would hunt for meat and the women would gather fruits and vegetables. According to scientists, these early humans were taller and more physically fit than we are today. Today, we call their diet a ‘paleolithic diet.’ This diet is very regimented and it has helped people all over the world lose weigh and improve overall health. The ‘paleo’ diet focuses on lean meats and other protein foods such as eggs, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

This useful chart displays the types of food that make up the paleo diet.

Followers of the paleo diet also must not consume salt, oil, or processed carbs such as white bread and cereal (sugars, essentially).  Whole grains are okay. This diet is a very popular one used by many people. The amount of weight one can lose in this diet depends on the dedication to it. Sticking to the diet and eliminating processed foods- especially fast food- from one’s diet should give good results- within a year of sticking to the diet and pairing it with consistent exercise, individuals should see the best results. 

A man that has been on the paleo diet for a year.