Sunday, July 1, 2007

Spain’s Tuesday News: State Funeral; Catalonia’s Internet Project; Busy Ports; Touré’s Turn



Copied from original http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/ posting by Carloz on 26 June, 2007


Today was declared a national day of mourning, with flags flown at half-mast and a state funeral held for the six soldiers killed by a carbomb in Lebanon on Sunday. Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, government ministers, dignitaries and family members of the victims attended the service in Madrid.
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The soldiers will be buried in their places of birth. Three were Spanish and three were Spanish residents originally from Colombia. 5.5% of the Spanish army is made up of immigrants, the majority Colombian and Ecuadorian.
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The fact that the soldier’s armoured personnel carrier did not have a frequency inhibitor to prevent attacks by remote control bombs has been the subject of some debate here. While the government pledged to speed up the installation of such devices, officials pointed out that Spain is no different from other UN troops in Lebanon, who do not have these special devices either.
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Internet use is healthy! The most autonomous, enterprising, sociable, inventive and active people in Catalunya are those that use the internet most frequently, as opposed to the stereotype of internet users as marginal, isolated and too introspective. That is one of the conclusions of the Open University of Catalonia’s Internet Project, a sociological study aimed at learning about the public’s use of the internet as well as user profiles. The study also found that local internet users have more friends and have less of a tendency to suffer from depression.
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The report, which was presented yesterday, shows that 30% of the most creative and innovative people in Catalonia are found among internet users. The project’s 40 investigators carried out 15,390 in-person interviews and another 40,400 via the internet between 2001 and the 2007. The regional government financed the project.
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Here’s a link to the article in El Periodico de Catalunya:
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And the busiest ports on the Mediterranean are…in Spain! According to Javier Aznar of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona’s Maritime Documentation Center, when it comes to container ships, the port of Algeciras is the busiest. Algeciras is situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic and is also a natural connecting point between the continents of Europe and Africa. As for passenger ships, Barcelona is not only the leader in the Mediterranean, but in all of Europe.
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By the way, the Maritime Museum is a real jewel that I think many tourists fail to discover. It is located in what was for 700 years one of Spain’s Royal Shipyards! Check it out! http://www.museumaritimbarcelona.com/default.asp?idApartado=102
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And in soccer (or fútbol) it’s Touré’s turn. The day after media star Thierry Henry’s presentation to Barça fans, the spotlight touched Ivory coast midfielder, 24 year old Yaya Touré, who signed for 4 years and whom Barça will pay Monaco 9 million euros. Meanwhile, Barça is waiting to see if Rome accepts its offer for the Romanian defender Cristian Chivu.

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