All you need to know about Emma Watson

Emma Watson is, of course, most well known for her portrayal of the character Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Emma Watson started acting in the Harry Potter films from the age of nine and since then has rose prominently in the acting circle. Her roles in the Harry Potter films have brought her both awards and money, not to speak of the fame.

Born in Paris to lawyer parents, she moved to Oxfordshire in England at the age of five. From the age of six, when she first thought of becoming an actress to the age of nine, she acted in various school plays. Working in the Harry Potter series was her first professional assignment. Emma has acted in all the movies in the Harry Potter series – the Philosopher’s Stone, the Chamber of Secrets, the Prisoner of Azkaban, the Goblet of Fire and the Order of the Phoenix.

She is also scheduled to act in the same role of Hermione in the two parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Apart from the Harry Potter movies, she has also acted in Ballet Shoes, a television film shown on BBC One and rendered her voice in The Tale of Despereaux.

Emma has won many awards during her film career. Notable among them include –

• 2002 – Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Feature Film as Leading Young Actress for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
• 2003 – Otto Awards for Best Female Film Star in Silver category for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
• 2004 – Otto Awards for Best Female Film Star in Silver category for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
• 2004 – Total Film award for child performance of the year in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
• 2005 – Otto Awards for Best Female Film Star in Gold category for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
• 2006 – Otto Awards for Best Female Film Star in Bronze category for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Apart from these awards, Emma has also won other awards and nominated for many more.

Apart from acting, Emma is also serious about fashion modeling that she feels is very similar to art. 2009 saw her partnering Burberry as the new face of their latest campaign. She also appeared as a face of their 2010 spring summer collection. In 2009, Emma also got involved with People Tree, a fair trade fashion brand. Emma didn’t charge for being part of People Tree.

On the personal front, Emma loves field hockey, tennis, art, dancing and singing. She is a firm supporter of Wild Trout Trust. She thinks she is a feminist and admires fellow acting professionals Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp.

In 2010, Emma Watson was named as the highest paid female star in Hollywood. Forbes also listed her sixth in their 2009 rank of most valuable young stars.

Having achieved so much at such a young age, Emma’s career graph and popularity index is only going to head one way – northwards.

Fun Facts About Paraguay

The nation that has many things, especially soy beans. So if you’re eating soy beans they probably come from Paraguay as they are the biggest exporter of that. Here are some other interesting facts about Paraguay…

  • Paraguay got it’s independence in 1811, may the 14th.
  • Before it was colonized by the Spanish, the land was ruled by an old tribe, which called it self, the Guarani.
  • The name of the country comes from that of a river, a river that splits the country into two, the west and east.
  • The majority of the population live in the East, over 90%, 2% or 3% live in the west.
  • Asuncion, is the capital of the country, it’s name is the word assumption in Spanish, it is also the biggest city of the country. Not often is the capital the biggest city but in this case yes.
  • The capital was founded by Spanish Adventurer and explorer Juan de Salazar y Espinoza.
  • Guarani and Spanish are the official languages.
  • The name of their currency is Guarani.
  • The literacy rate in Paraguay is 94 which is considered excellent.
  • Most of the population is Catholic.
  • Paraguay is also one of the world’s most homogeneous countries, this means that most of the people are from one same ethnic. In Paraguay that ethnic is Mestizo, which is a mix of native and Spanish, it consists 95% of the population.
  • Paraguay’s law system is a mix of Roman Law, Argentine and French codes.
  • The Pantanal is the largest freshwater wetland   in the world, it has parts in many countries, Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
  • Paraguay is also the largest exporter of Hydroelectricity in the world.

Fun Facts About Ghana

The big country on the west coast of North Africa is a very interesting country that has many interesting cultures and customs. The area it’s situated is called the bulge. Here are some interesting facts about it.

  • Ghana is a big country but not the biggest in Africa, it is around the size of Great Britain or the same size of Oregon.
  • Most of the country is full of flat lands or dry lands in the center. The country lies 150m above sea level but some areas of the country peak over 800m.
  • The country achieved independence from the UK in 1957.
  • Independence day is the 6th of March
  • It has a tropical weather which stays like that for most of time in the year.
  • The highest temperature goes up to 37Celsius.
  • The motto of the country is “Freedom and Justice”.
  • The population is near 20million and most of the population live near Accra which is the capital. There are some other major urban cities but just a few.
  • More than 70dialects are present in the country, making communication a bit weird and hard.
  • There are three major religion in Ghana, Christians being the majority, Islam is the second most practiced religion and there are few animists.
  • Ghana is one of the African country which had Europeans for a longtime, since the 1400s.

Fun Facts About New Zealand

The country that is just to the south east of Australia, New Zealand is often overlooked because of the big chunk of land next to it. When there is no reason to do that, New Zealand is full of beautiful places, amazing things and many other activities to do. Here are some interesting facts about it.

  • The Maori name of New Zealand is Aotearoa which translates into “The Land Of The Long White Cloud“.
  • The Realm of  New Zealand (as it’s called) includes the Cook Islands and Niue.
  • The Closest countries to the country are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.
  • Most of the inhabitants are of European descendant, the other big group is The Maori people.
  • The biggest city is Auckland but the capital is Wellington.
  • Because of New Zealand’s isolation from other countries it developed a great bird fauna but the arrival of humans destroyed.
  • The Maori are thought to be in the land of New Zealand since A.D 800. In the 1800s, The British forces came, it didn’t take for a war to start and the natives lose. In 1907, New Zealand became an independent dominion but still held it’s alliances with the Queen.
  • New Zealand is as large as the American State of Colorado.
  • 90% of the population live in cities.
  • 4million is the population of the country, making it the 124 most populated country.
  • The population is increasing because of the large amount of foreigners settling in.
  • English, Maori and the Sign Language are official languages in New Zealand.
  • The Kiwi is often considered New Zealand’s national symbol, it is a small flightless bird.
  • The Flag of New Zealand is a lot similar to that of Australia’s except that this one includes the constellation of Crux and the union jack.
  • Kids in New Zealand spend more time learning maths, science, language than any other country instead of learning arts, sport etc…
  • 1/5 deaths in New Zealand are caused by Tobacco.
  • Most Famous sport in order in New Zealand is Rugby, Golf, Netball, Soccer and then Cricket.
  • New Zealand has a population of around 4million and there about 2.3 million cars out in the streets, making it one of the countries with the highest ownership rate.

Fun Facts About Greece

You might have never been to Greece or never even remotely heard about it, but you probably have many things in your life right now thanks to the Hellenes(that is how people living in Greece are called). Thanks to it’s great history, the country has been a touristic spot for nearly a century now, it’s on everybody’s lists of places to visit in Europe.

* Even though Greece is one of the nation that is to the very far east of Europe, it is considered a Western European Nation. Also Greece is in the Southern part of Europe.
* 9 411 miles is the total length of Greece’s coastline.
* As of 2007, the population is over 11 million.
* The real name of the country is the Hellenic Republic but the locals call it Ellas, Ellada.
* Since The Euro has been created Greece has had it but prior to that it used the drachma.
* There are a total of 140 islands in Greece but if you count other islands that are very small and don’t have much on them, the count goes up to 4000.
* The Biggest Island in Greece is Crete, with Evvia and Euboia being the lesser known ones.
* The highest point in the country is Mount Olympus which is the home of Gods, such as Zeus. It goes upto 2917m is how high it goes.
* Countries that surround it are some of the Baltic states Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey.
* Most of the inhabitants are Greek Orthodox(98%), 1% is Muslim and 1% for others.
*Ancient Greece inventions are all around us today here are some of the most recognizable : Coin money, maps, Thermometer, tumbler lock, heating and many more.

Ancient Greece created many philosophies and developed many mental aspects of our civilization. We can thank them for that and all the physical inventions they created.

Facts about Nail Technician

Are you aspiring to become a nail technician? Here are some relevant facts about nail technician to help you in your choice of career.

You must enjoy being with people and working with them, as you will be dealing with a large number of people every day, even after you have built up a loyal clients’ base. The qualities you will need are good people skills, steady hands and attention to details.

You will even have to be like a therapist and listen to your clients’ worries and concerns while they undergo manicure or pedicure treatment, and help them to de-stress and become relaxed.

The other facts about nail technician work you need to know are that you have to be knowledgeable about nail health and sanitary procedures; you need to be educated about medications which can affect lacquer or acrylic product applications; you will have to advise your clients on skin issues such as dryness, calluses and on nail health. You will also have to work a scheduled number of hours every week.

In order to become a nail technician, you will need certification as well as training, and enroll in programs accredited by the relevant government commission of Cosmetology Sciences and Arts. The classes will typically include courses on nail theory such as

– bacteriology
– sterilization and sanitation
– nail and skin disorders and diseases
– treatment of hands, feet
– anatomy of nails, skin, cells, muscles, skeletal, circulatory, nerves
– salon/spa business
– reflexology
– customer service and professionalism

The study course on facts about nail technician will normally consist of approximately six hundred hours of instructions and after you have completed it, you will have to prepare for the certification and licensing.

You will have to take written as well as practical exams conducted by the Cosmetology Council of State Boards, to obtain your nail technician’s license.

After getting your license, you will start looking for employment to gain training and practical experience. Work opportunities for licensed and certified nail technicians exist in health spas, nail salons, hotels with manicure/pedicure services, hair salons and freelance technician’s work, servicing your own exclusive clients.

Your nail technician’s job will consist of performing manicures and pedicures, which include nail maintenance, shaping, applying creative and new art pieces on the nails.

The other important facts about nail technicians are the wages or salaries you can expect to earn in this profession. Starting salaries are likely to be around $15,000; with experience, it can rise to $40,000. The highest career levels in this industry are for nail technicians who start their own nail salons or go into the ‘nail art’ business. Like the tattoo artists, nail technicians who possess special skills in nail artwork are able to earn higher salaries.

If you wish to launch your own business, you will first have to become an apprentice, to build up your skills and a clientele. You will then need a business plan and the necessary financing to start your business. Additional courses in accounting and business management can further add to your prospects.

Fun Facts About The Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast is a country in the West Coast of the African continent, it has Ghana to it’s east, Burkina Faso to it’s northeast, Liberia to it’s southwest, Guinea to it’s northwest and Mali to it’s north. Mali and Burkina Faso are the only ones it has trade relations with. The country is known for it’s Ivory and Cocoa, so here are some ore facts about it.

  • Before The Ivory Coast became a french colony it was separated into three regions Gyaaman, Kong Empire and Baoulé.
  • Still to this day the country is mostly composed by these ethnics.
  • The country still holds ties with France, who formerly controlled it.
  • The country has a debt of 13 billion because of all the political crises it went through.
  • Most people in the Ivory Coast live near the beaches and coastlines of the country, while some live in the forested areas.
  • 17 million people live in the Ivory Coast, with birth average of 4 per women and literacy rate of over 50% .
  • French is the official language but there are many local dialects.
  • Cannabis is the most common drug in the Ivory Coast, though to be a gift by the gods, only thought by the locals.
  • The Ivory has three different seasons, temperature don’t vary to much but the humidity does a lot.
  • There are three major beliefs, Catholic, Muslim and native religions.
  • The Ivory Coast is among the world’s largest producers of cocoa, coffee beans and palm oil.
  • The Ivory Coast is known to be a country that loves Soccer, this can be seen by it’s great soccer team that has reached the world cup twice in recent years.
  • Abidjan is where most countries hold their embassies, it’s the most famous and tourist attractive city of the Ivory Coast because it has tons of beach and festivals.
  • But the capital is Yamoussoukro, which is more up north and in the center of the country.

There are many other fun facts about the Ivory Coast but these are the most interesting ones, you can always visit the embassy of the country in your country and find out more about it.

Fun Facts About Mexico

One of the biggest countries in the continent, known for it’s nice little fellows wearing panchos, Mexico has many interesting things about it. Some may seem negative, others positive but all of it is interesting. A great man once said something about Mexico, something along the lines of ”
I was taken in by the bravado and the sounds of Mexico… not so much the music, but the spirit.” People there are very nice, that is what Herb meant.

  • Mexico has more Spanish talking people than in Spain, isn’t it kind of weird? It is largely attributed to the high birth rate in Mexico.
  • Mexico was a land ruled by several different Native tribes, these Aztecs and Maya were the most known ones.
  • Mexico is surrounded by mountainous terrain up in the north and the south, mostly near the borders.
  • Some say that because people smoke so much in Mexico that the air is extremely polluted, whether that is true or not the air remains extremely dirty.
  • People believe Mexico is extremely dense which it’s not, it is the fifth biggest country in The Americas, only the City of Mexico is extremely dense and populated at the same time.
  • The country is mostly humid and very hot, it’s average temperature is 24 Celsius.
  • Mexico was under Spanish control for 300 years before taking their independence.
  • Mexico has more than 700 species of reptiles.
  • Mexico has one of the best bio-diversities in the world, with various different species  around it’s land.
  • Mexico is the only Latin American country to host the Olympic games.
  • Mexico is know to be a very sport involved countries it has hosted the Soccer World Cup twice, the national sport is bullfighting a lot like Spain.
  • Most of Mexican food have become something common in the west due to the large amount of the population in the US.
  • Mexico is nearly three times the size of Texas.

Fun Facts About Denmark

The kingdom of Denmark is in the north west of the European continent. It is known to be the biggest country of all the Scandinavian countries. A very competitive country in sports and many technological aspects . Here are a few fun facts about it.

  • Denmark still has a monarchy but it doesn’t meddle with the parliaments affairs much like England, Belgium.
  • Denmark was famous for it’s fearsome Vikings, though Vikings did come from Sweden and Norway, most of them were Danes.
  • The Vikings had many great exploits, at a time they controlled lands in the New world and even to the far east of Europe.
  • The Vikings seized many big cities, such as Paris, many English towns due to proximity, they also controlled Norway and Sweden back then.
  • They went as far as New Zealand, where they created a few settlements.
  • Denmark has often been praised for having great peace in it’s country, in 2007 & 2008 it was called the happiest place to live in by forbes.
  • Researches suggest that Denmark is the least corrupted country in the world.
  • For nearly hundreds of years Dane’s haven’t been a threat or in a war with any country.
  • The King Of Norway lost The Faroe Islands to Denmark by a game of poker.
  • Denmark and the countries it controls (Greenland, Faroe Isles) aren’t in the European Union.
  • It is believed that the Danish Krone came to be when the Vikings captured France, The French authorities were afraid to fight back so they gave them money, which became Danish Krone.
  • Both Greenland and Faroe Islands have been a part of Denmark for 0ver 300 years.
  • One of the most famous people in Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen,  was a writer who wrote some of the worlds most famous child stories, which have been translated in over 100 languages, making it one of the most known works in the world ( behind the bible).
  • His stories include “The Steadfast Tin Soldier“, “The Snow Queen“, “The Little Mermaid“, “Thumbelina“, “The Little Match Girl“, “The Ugly Duckling” and a few more.
  • Lars Ulrich is one of the most famous Danes, he is one of the founding members of the metal band Metallica.
  • The largest street market in Europe is in Denmark, it’s called Stroget.
  • In Denmark’s Capital Copenhagen, Europe’s biggest amusement park lies there, Tivoli, it is also the oldest amusement park in the world. Walt Disney visited the place and built Disneyland.
  • Famous Dane products are Carlsberg, Danfoss, Lego and many others.

Fun Facts About Algeria

Algeria is a beautiful country, the power there changed often. From the control by the Romans, to the control by the Spaniards, nobody held control of the country for long enough except France which ruled it for about a century until they were kicked out.

  • The country is nearly three times the size of the State of Texas.
  • Nearly six countries border it, Morocco, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Tunisia and Libya.
  • Natural resources include Petrol, Uranium and others.
  • There are some kinds of catastrophes caused by mountains, which include mudslides, earthquakes and such.
  • It’s the second biggest country in Africa after Sudan.
  • As of 2010 the population stands over 34 million.
  • Most of the population is Alger Berber but there is a minority of Europeans there too.
  • The Berber folks want Independence from Algeria but the government is against that but they did offer to teach their language in schools.
  • The Independence day for Algeria is on the 1st of November.
  • The capital is Algiers, there are about 48 provinces in the country.
  • When the political instability occurred in Algeria many leaved to France or any of it’s metro poles.