Archives for April 18, 2015

More Than 1,000 Students Race To The Aquarium During The Week Of The Grand Prix To Enjoy A Visit Funded By Savor… Long Beach Since 2003 SAVOR…Long Beach has donated more than $140,000 in scholarship funds, providing Aquarium visits for more than 12,000 students

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Hundreds of students from area schools visited the Aquarium of the Pacific this week, thanks to a donation from SAVOR…Long Beach. The corporation donated to the Aquarium’s scholarship program for the twelfth consecutive year, allowing children to visit during the week of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Over 1,000 students from Polytechnic High School, Rancho Dominguez Prep, King Elementary, Mann Elementary, New City School, and Hamilton Middle School in Long Beach had the opportunity to visit the Aquarium to partake in ocean educational programs under the scholarship. Since 2003 SAVOR…Long Beach has donated more than $140,000 in scholarship funds, providing Aquarium visits for more than 12,000 students.

 

In 2011 the Aquarium officially dedicated its outdoor classroom in recognition of SAVOR’s continued commitment to sustainability and education. The SAVOR Watershed Classroom serves thousands of students each year. SAVOR, the food and beverage division of special event venue management company SMG, currently provides food and beverage services as well as catering and special event services to more than 100 facilities around the world, including the Aquarium of the Pacific. “We are able to introduce thousands of students to ocean learning while inspiring them to become stewards of our planet, thanks to the generosity and ongoing support of SAVOR,” said David Bader, Aquarium of the Pacific director of education. “We hope that other organizations are also inspired to help support our year-round scholarship program to benefit students at underserved schools,” continued Bader.

 

Aquarium of the Pacific

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important environmental and conservation topics are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among people. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, Wonders of the Deep gallery, and the interactive Shark Lagoon and Lorikeet Forest exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, CA. It is open daily, except during the Grand Prix April 17-19 and Christmas. For information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.

 

SAVOR

SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions, and special event services, to more than 100 facilities worldwide.

The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR’s commitment to farm-to-table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff members pride themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends, in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.To learn more, visit www.savorsmg.com

Photo Courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

 

 

Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain – A Heart-Wrenching Tragedy

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The story follows a young rickshaw-puller in Bhopal who gets a menial job at a chemical plant, but in December of 1984 a chemical spill in India takes the lives of almost 15,000 people and injuring more than 100,000. The film follows how the industrial disaster in the city changes his life and those of others. KIDS FIRST! Critic Gerry O. comments, “This film is an incredibly sad story. My least favorite is when the accident comes to the attention to Warren for the first time.” See his full review below.

Bhopal A Prayer For Rain

Reviewed by Gerry Orz, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

 

This documentary drama is about something everyone should know about and make sure the human race should not repeat. What happened 30 years ago should have never happened and it is truly sad this film is based on this true story. Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain is not only a reminder of what happened, but a story we must remember, so we do not repeat it.

This film is a documentary, but is also a story and a drama. There is no comedic relief. There is strong messages and lessons to be learned.

The story begins when a multinational company, Union Carbide India opens a chemical factory which contains the number one most dangerous chemical to humans in the world. The company responsible for the factory is sadly not making much money and, as a result, they cut their safety regulations.

This does not end up as a good idea for, in 1984, the factory had a major leak and the deadly chemical called MIC quickly shot into the air, and into the surrounding air which covered a major town called Bhopal. Thousands die while hundreds of thousands are injured and even today, 30 years later, are still ill.

This film truly shows this event well and shows how many people were effected by it and what the company who caused it did to help the victims. Nothing. Warren Anderson (Martin Sheen) not only doesn’t help them, but the India court accuses him of mass murder and the “corporate shield” protects him so he is not affected whatsoever. Martin Sheen plays this role with true conviction.

This film is an incredibly sad story, I cannot choose a favorite scene. My least favorite is when the accident comes to the attention to Warren for the first time. Anyone would expect that he would be in shock or cry or just try to help them. What he does is blame the workers because he gave them an opportunity and they “ruined it.” Then, he flees the country when he sees all the dead bodies and is accused of mass murder. I do not like this scene for I believe he should have at the least go to jail for the rest of his life.

This film is very mature so I recommend it for ages 13 to 18. I also give it 5 out of 5 stars for they did a wonderful job retelling this horrid event.  This film is playing in select theaters now and is available for digital downloads and streaming.

 Credit: KIDS FIRST!, www.kidsfirst.org