Gareth Jukes Favorite Scoop

My favorite scoop was this one. In this scoop, it talks about how Germany’s government wants to boost organic farming. It talks about how many people in Germany are hungry for organic foods, but considering the market today, its very hard to live on the money you get from organic foods.

German government to boost organic farming | Ap Hug Scoop-it! |



Kiva Post 3rd Period- Gareth Jukes

Nhom 7 Group is a group of woman working to get a loan for a sanitary latrine for Ms. Mai (age 23) and many other women. THis will help the village deeply, and will increase the idea of better sanitation for those who live in this village. All they need is 1800 dollars. I believe we should help this group because this could create a larger movement of public sanitation around the world.

U.S. Civil War- Gareth Jukes P.3

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       The U.S. Civil War refers to the conflict between the Northern parts of the United States of America (The Union) against the Southern parts of the United States (The Confederates) from 1861-1865. The two sides of the war were the Confederates and the Union. In a brief summary the history of the Civil War started with the fractious issues of slavery and states’ rights, and had increased as a problem when slavery extended into western territories. The North believed that slavery had become an issue and inhumane, whilst the South believed that slavery was needed for their plantations and payment. The commanders and leaders of the Union were Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George B. McClellan, David Farragut, and most important, President Lincoln. The commanders and leaders of the Confederates were Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, Stonewall Jackson, and Raphael Semmes. Hostilities began on April 12, 1861, the Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter, a fort held by Union troops in South Carolina. After this battle, the Confederates won and took the fort. President Lincoln called for every state to retake the Fort for the Union. Before all states sent troops, 4 more states joined the Confederates cause, totaling to 11 Confederate slave states. In the summer of 1862, the Union destroyed the Confederate river navy, and split the Confederacy in two at the Mississippi River after the Siege of Vicksburg. In July 1-3, 1863, the most known battle of the Civil War occurred, called the Battle of Gettysburg. During this battle, the total amount of casualties and losses was 46,000 or more, and became known as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. It was fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, and had the largest number of casualties during the war. This battle was also considered as the turning point of the war, and ended General Lee’s attempt to invade the North. After the war, President Lincoln dedicated the Gettysburg address to the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers. After this battle, the Confederates became weaker, and lost more and more battles, eventually losing to the Union. The decisive conflict that ended the U.S. Civil War was the Battle of The Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865. General Lee was trying to retreat and regroup with his army when Union forces pursued and cut off the retreat at the Appomattox Court House. Lee tried to break through the Union lines, but failed, and had to surrender. The signing of the surrender documents was held in Wilmer McLean’s and ended the U.S. Civil War. After 4 years of combat that left over 600,000 soldiers dead, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. During and after the Civil War, three amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution. The first amendment added was the 13th, which took away the power of states to choose whether they could have slaves or not, and provided the thought of no slavery. This amendment was added at the beginning of the war. The second amendment added was the 14th, and it defined citizenship, contained the Privileges and Immunities Clause, the Due Process Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and dealt with Civil War issues. This was created after the war. The third amendment added was the 15th, which prohibited the denial of the right to vote, no matter what race, ethnicity, or gender.

The first actor involved in the U.S. Civil War was the Union. They wanted to abolish slavery and reduce states’ rights, therefore, creating Federal rights. They fought for the freedom of slaves and Federal rights.

The second actor involved in the U.S Civil War was the Confederacy. They wanted to allow slavery and keep states’ rights instead of not having any and the government decides. Therefore, they fought for keeping slavery and states’ rights.

My suggestion of peace would be to keep the federal government out of states business. Also, only allow slavery in some states, but with this, allow the slaves to get paid for their work, so it is like a regular job.

Current Events- Gareth Jukes

  •   Massive Fire Shuts Down Freeways In Los Angeles
    1. A huge apartment complex under construction near Dodger Stadium was in flames early Monday, closing two major highways that intersect nearby
    2. .More than 250 firefighters are responding.
  • 6 Arrested For Looting Antiquities From Israel’s ‘Cave Of The Skulls’
    1. Israeli authorities released a photo of a 2000-year-old lice comb that was captured along with the men.
    2. These men were accused of stealing where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.
    1. Hagupit, now a Tropical storm, forced more than a million people into shelters when it hit.
    2. At least 21 people are dead, and their are many more wounded.

Question: How were the men who stole things from the cave caught? Also, considering how many houses were destroyed in the storm, will the government help build houses for the homeless, or are they on their own?

Sources: NPR News

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3rd Period

Ireland’s Culture Folk VS. Pop

Ireland’s Culture

Food-          Folk Culture-

                     Steak and Guinness Pie- A traditional Irish  meal of steak, potatoes and beer.

                     Beer Bread- A traditional bread made with beer, flour, baking soda, and sugar.

                     Pop Culture-

                     They have adapted to many other foods, like the happy meal

                      and mcnuggetsfrom mcDonalds and KFC.

Art/Music- Folk Culture-

                     Some Irish folk music consists of the Irish   Fiddle, the Irish bouzouki and the Irish Flute.

                      Pop Culture-

                       The Irish have obtained pop music and some forms of heavy metal in their time.

Clothing-    Folk Culture-

                     Irish clothing consists of an Irish kilt for men and a white shirt.

                     For woman, green dresses.

                      Pop Culture-

                      Some popular clothing inherited would be our normal everyday clothes.

                      Jackets, jeans, yoga pants, etc.

Shelter-       Folk Culture-

Old houses that were made of rock and straw. Most towns had pubs, what we call bars.

Pop Culture-

Houses today are mostly two-stories, and look like our houses today.

                       They have also been inspired by english farms.

Technology- Folk Culture-

                        Most technology was found on farms because they needed tools the most to work the

                        fields  and plant the plants.

                        Pop Culture-

                        Their technology is up to date with other countries around the world, like

                         ipads, iphones, and easier farming tools.

Beliefs-     Folk Culture-

                   Cathocalism- the belief of Christ and one God

                   Aetheism- no beliefs in any religion

                   Pop Culture

                   Judaism-this religion was brought from different countries, an  example being Isreal.

                   Protestantism- a form of Christian faith and practice. Originated in France.

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An Irish home.

Irish Steak and Guinness Pie.

Irish clothing.

Irish farm tools.


Name of Ping: Vietnam

Ranking: 121 of 192

Population: 91.68 Million

Literacy Rate: 93.4%

Gender (Female population with at least some secondary Education): 59%

Dependency Ratio of Population: <15__31.7%__     >65+___9.6%____

Infant Mortality Rate: 18 (per 1000 live births)

Life Expectancy at Birth: 75.95

Rate of Natural Increase (CBR-CDR): CBR=16     CDR=6                RNI=10

% of population 15-49 with AIDS: .4%
Net Migration: -.4%

Percentage of Urban: 32%

GNI: 4892.4%

Poverty: Percent of Population living below $2 US per Day: 37.3%

% of GDP spent on Education: 6.56%


Name of Ped: Ireland

Ranking: 11 of 192

Population: 4.63 Million

Literacy Rate: 99%

Gender (Female population with at least some secondary Education): 80%

Dependency Ratio of Population: <15__32.88%___  >65+ ___19.21%___

Infant Mortality Rate: 3 (per 1000 live births)

Life Expectancy: 80.71%

Rate of Natural Increase (CBR-CDR): CBR: 3 CDR: 6          RNI: -3

% of Population ages 15-49 with aids: 0.3%

Net Migration: 2.2%

Percent Urban: 62.81%

GNI: 33,414.4

Poverty: Percent of Population living below $2 US per Day: 5.5%

% of GDP spent on Education: 6.5%


Conclusion: Vietnam is a develoPING country. It is ranked 121 out of 192. Its population is 91.68 Million and has an IMR of 18 per 1000 live births. Ireland is a develoPED country. It is ranked 11 out if 192. Its population is 4.63 million and has an IMR of 3 per 1000 live births. Therefore, Ireland and Vietnam are very different in social and economic views.


Gareth Jukes- Chapter 5, Elevation

My name is Gareth Jukes, and I am a freshman at Lake Travis Highschool. I am half American and half British. I am tapping into Spanish this year, and have taken a course last year as well as this year, and travel often. So far I have been to New York, Chicago, Cancun, The Bahamas,  Serento, Italy and Rome, Italy  , London and Mexico. I wish to travel to Spain and Japan. In the near future, I hope to travel more and have better skills with Human Geography. I want to understand different cultures and peoples ways of life.

Chapter 5, Elevation, of the book Maphead, the chapter is about how Lowther Lodge is a fair filled with old and new maps where you can read and study and open your minds eye. It also shows that some people just buy the maps because they look pretty, or because it is a new trend and they want to try it out themselves. Ken Jennings learns that while walking through the fair why some people buy maps, and the types that buy some of them. “Collectors, on the other hand, sniff at the non-aficianados; they don’t really care about maps, they just drive up prices.” (80) Jennings also learns why old maps are popular to the other mapheads. The old maps “combine all sorts of facets of art, history, scarcity, antiquity, intrinsic, interest all into one.” (82) I shows how people love these old maps not because of the ost now, but because of their history as well as the other concepts, not only because it is the map, but it was our thoughts back then that fueled this map. On page 83, Jennings learns that these maps show our past lives like how the british were trying to find Northwest Passage to get to Asia faster, but instead found a whole new continent in which we had developed on.

I personally believe it is downright pitiful that most students of America do not know where countries we are battling are or even their own places are. In this chapter, it showed that some people actually care about maps and would know more about the countries we are at war with than half of the Americans out there. They would probably know that Ukraine is getting invaded by Russia, or ISIS is threatening Syria. I just believe that this is showing that we should at least know where we live, who our countries allies and enemies are at the time, where these countries are located, and where we have originated from. Otherwise, if we went into wars and didn’t know where our enemies were, we could accidentally be firing upon allies, or worse, civillians.

So I believe this chapter (Chapter 5) suits me because it helps me notice that maps have history and help us remember locations, which I always love to know where we originate from and what it was like. Because overall, this chapter showed me that maps aren’t just something that show you paths to take, it is a story within itself, of how they lived, and what the landscape was like, and where they lived and survived. This made me appreciate maps even more.