Sunday, July 1, 2007

Spain’s Friday News………. Rato’s return; Capello’s departure; & Science and Flags in Barcelona

Originally posted by Carloz on 29 June, 2007 at http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/
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Ricardo Rato to resign as head of the IMF — apparently to the joy of many in the conservative Popular Party (PP) — and it was definitely the main news story today. Why the big deal? Well, political tongues are wagging all over the country about the potential impact of Rato’s return to Spain before next year’s national elections. His name is usually mentioned as a potential leader of the PP because of doubts some members have about Mariano Rajoy’s leadership of the opposition party. In his announcement, however, Rato only said that his plans to resign from the International Monetary Fund in October were for personal reasons. His last government position was as the Spanish Economy Minister of José María Aznar.
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And in the involuntary resignation department…Real Madrid’s Fabio Capello — By a unanimous vote, Real Madrid’s managing board fired coach Fabio Capello, despite his having recently led the team to win it’s first League title in four years. (See June 18th post, In Today’s News: David Beckham Ends Madrid Stint with a League Title.)
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El Pais reported that Real Madrid Sports Director Pedrag Mijatovic said, “He worked under enormous pressure and achieved an important result in winning the title, but we have to have a little more than Fabio Capello gave us this year.” No replacement has been announced but former Real player and current Getafe coach Bernd Schuster of Germany has been mentioned as among those being considered. No comments were available from Capello, 61, because (GET THIS!) since he was out of town, Real Madrid gave the news to his son instead of to him directly!! (Brrrr, they’re cold in Madrid!!!)
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BARCELONA - city of art, architecture, music, gastronomy, and SCIENCE… There are over 250 activities including exhibitions, workshops and festivals in Barcelona Science ’07, which continues through the beginning of 2008. Examples of activities include a show tracing Shackleton’s Antarctic exhibition, another at the Botanical Gardens revealing secrets behind the color of minerals, and an exhibition of the drawing projects of Leonardo Da Vinci. Here’s a link to the official site: http://www.bcn.cat/ciencia2007/eng/
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…and RAINBOWS, too! El Periodico de Catalunya noted today that for the first time Catalonia’s regional government, known as The Generalitat, had rainbow flags flying on several government buildings in honor of Gay Pride celebrations. The government of the city of Barcelona, the Ajunatment, also had the flags flying, but I believe this was not the first year the city has done so. The spokesperson for the Gay, Lesbian and Transsexual Collective of Catalonia, Xavier Verdaguer, said that while the Autonomous Region is “in the vanguard” as far as rights are concerned, when it comes to ”reality” it is ”behind pioneering countries” such as Sweden, Holland, and Norway.

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