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The Student's House
30 November 2012

      The Student´s House was oponed in the University Complutense of Madrid.It represents a bet of the UCM, through the Vice President of Students,in their commitment of students.It is a space, where students can participate permanently in response to the very different fields of academic, professional and personal.Also the house has a wide range of activities, initiatives and proposals to enrich the social and cultural life of the UCM student.Also collaborating on specific issues of orientation and integration of students.

"The Student´s House", University Complutense of Madrid, Spain.

      The Student´s House has a website (http://casaestudiante.ucm.es) and also this House operates in the social networks (Facebook, Twitter and Tuenti), to allow students to have space where find many of the issues and communicate and disseminate both own activities, such as those posed by students themselves, while providing information on many other issues of interest.Through this website we are launching a series of student discounts programs.

      I think that it is a very good idea and I hope the collaboration between students is increasing.

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Luis.

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The National Transplant Organization in Spain
28 November 2012

        Today, Rafael Matesanz has been interviewed on radio; he is the Director of the National Trasplant Organization.

      Rafael Matesanz has talked about the “Spinal plan”; he explain that it is “a reconsideration of the whole system of donation and transplantation of blood stem cells”; he and his team stdy how to search spinals, how to donate….

      Spain has made a big effort in donor recruitment through the umbilical cord.There are two ways for donations: through umbilical cord and through spinal.Spain is the first country, in Europe, and the second country, in the world, of number of umbilical cords.Then, one, between the nine umbilical cords that there are registred in the world, it is in Spain (60.000, in total).

      Matesanz explain that the other important way is Spinal.Spain is the eighth country, in Europe, and the sixteenth country in the world, in number of Spinals.But Rafael says that it can be improved.

     The Doctor Matesanz says that the Spanish transplantation system is very a very robust one; but it notes the crisis; this issue concerns, because, for example, Portugal was a country that copied the Spanish transplantation system and, now, the donation has fallen there.

      He also says the success of the NTO is “to fly low”.Although this Organization depends of the Ministry of Health, the NTO works as an unit, throughout Spain; the 17 autonomous regions in Spain are very well coordinated, with a simple way, unpretentious policies.The NTO is a very little organization –in it there are working less than 40 persosns--.In this sense, another thing that leads to success is Credibility.Each autonomous region brings something different; but all of them go in the same direction.

      Matesanz says that the response of the families of deceased, in organ donation, reaches 85 per cent.

      Rafael  Matesanz ensures that in Europe and in Spain, nobody can be transplanted:But, people from rich countries, in Europe, go to countries, like Pakistan, in order to buy an organ, for example a kidney.

      The official website of this organization is:  www.ont.es 

      At the end of the interview, Rafael  Matesanz choosed the song “Let it be”, by Beatles, because this group was very important in the youth of Matesanz.Also, he says that concretely this song talks about difficulties, like we are living today.

The Beatles - Let it be

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Luis.

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Theatre on Spanish Television
26 November 2012

       In the 70s, it became fashionable to do theater in Spanish Television.Now I feel pity, because it does not happen.I thik that it was a good idea, in order to spread Spanish culture and to enjoy many people (very old people; people who are ill in a hospital or in their home; people who live in little villages that are isolated, in a mountain or in a valley).

         I know that theatre must be seen in live; but if you watch a play on tv, surely you feel like to see other plays.

      Here I want to show you a play named "Mi señor es un señor" ("My lord is a lord").The male protagonist is the actor Juanito Navarro (a comedian so famous in Spain).Juanito Navarro also worked in a lot of films, always in Comedy. Please click down here:

"Mi señor es un señor", with Juanito Navarro, María Isbert, Angel Aranda, Trini Alonso, Inma de Santy, José Lara, Juan Calot, Fina Torres, Ginesa Lozano, Julia Martinez.

 

      I hope that someday, theatre goes back to Television.

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Luis.

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The Zarzuela and the Romanticism in Spain
23 November 2012

        Although I prefer Opera, I acknowledge that Zarzuela forms a very important part of the History of Spain; that time was Romanticism.

      Romanticism is a revolutionary movement in all spheres of life, in the arts, breaks the mold established in Neoclassicism, defending fantasy, imagination and the irrational forces of the spirit.

      In Spain we have to wait until 1805 to give expression to the novelist. During the years 1814 and 1818, after successive controversies, are used, even tentatively, the terms of romanesco, romancesco, Romanesque and romantic.

      Romanticism was a kind of struggle against the rationalism of the Enlightenment.It brings humanity to the coldness of the Enlightenment. It was the exaltation of sentimentality.

      One of the 7.000 pieces of Zarzuela, registered in Spain, speaks of that time as pretty -- but turbulent, politically --.This piece was “El ultimo romantico” (“The last romantic”) and it was premiered, in Madrid, in 1928.

      The argument of this piece of Zarzuela is: that the protagonist has a girlfriend, but they end the relationship; anyway he is still in love with her; but she married another.One day, the protagonist of “El ultimo romantico” heard that the King, Amadeo de Saboya,  had suffered an attack --on July 19, 1872-- and he was arrested, because he was a revolutionary.Suddenly, his former girlfriend, who was a Countess,  appeared and she asked the police to release to his friend –because she was sure that her friend had nothing to do with that attack to the King--.Then, she advises his friend to flee from Spain; he flees to France.When he came back, a few years later, he sees that she is a widow. They meet again, get married and go to Paris.

      Here, you can watch the video of this Romance –as a part of the Zarzuela “El ultimo Romantico”--, “Bella enamorada” (“Pretty loved”):

"Bella enamorada" (El último Romantico), by the Tenor, Ángel Cortés.

      This is the lyrics:

Bella enamorada, con tu imagen sueño
y un amor dichoso, busco para mí.
Bella enamorada, eres mi consuelo,
ya sin tu cariño, ya sin tu cariño,
no sabré vivir.

Noche de amor, noche misteriosa,
Ven hacia mí, sombra de mujer
Sobre placer, ver lo que soñamos,
Quiero vivir, por volverte a ver,
Ilusión perdida, quiero recordar
Un amor lejano, que no volverá

Dama misteriosa, que en la sombra vives
Dime ya quién eres, y sabrás mi amor
Bella entre las bellas, linda enamorada
Tú eres mi tormento, tú eres mi tormento
Yo tu esclavo soy

Noche de amor, noche misteriosa,
Ven hacia mí, sombra de mujer
Sobre placer, ver lo que soñamos,
Quiero vivir, por volverte a ver.
Noche de amor, noche misteriosa,
Ven hacia mí, sombra de mujer
Ilusión perdida, quiero recordar
De un amor lejano, que ya no volverá.

 

      I hope that you enjoy with it.

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Luis.

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Another Spanish sayings and proverbs, 41
22 November 2012

 

          A otra rosa, mariposa:

      It is used metonymically as underlined action involving any end or final liquidation, although, by corruption, has ocurred in the noun replaced by pink thing.

 

Naranja sobre amarillo

"Naranja sobre amarillo", Zoo of Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, North of Spain, by Bonolux, at flickr.com

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A good new for Spain
20 November 2012

      A new Industrial Plan has been awarded to Spain by the Multinational of Automobile, RENAULT.

     Although the agreement will not arrive until Wednesday, on the visit by the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, the Palencia plant, company sources have explained. Not until day 21, when you know the specific scope of the award, although, as explained by the CCOO spokesman in the works council, Joaquin Arias, they have been called at 08:30, assisted by the president of Renault Spain, Jose Vicente de los Mozos, to "I imagine, communicate to us the new workload”.

     The Spanish factories of Renault in Palencia, Valladolid and Sevilla chose a multinational group's industrial plan, that would entail the creation of about 1.300 jobs and that was required for a social plan, reached last week. Last October, the President of Renault Spain, José Vicente de los Mozos, announced ,to the the Committee between workplaces, the eligibility for a new Industrial Plan for Spanish factories that could generate these 1.300 jobs, and also could aspire plants other countries, mainly from France and Turkey. "Renault Spain chooses to award the most ambitious industrial plan ever presented to the Spanish factories, and the factories that makes Body Mounting Palencia, Valladolid Engines and gearboxes for Sevilla at peak performance," as said De los Mozos.

     Within these allotments, the factory in Palencia shall be visited by De los Mozos, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, opted for a new platform, and another derivative of this platform, which is shared with Nissan, and in total come four gearboxes. With the arrival of these new platforms, the factory of Palencia should reach volumes about 280.000 vehicles in a year, compared to 190.000 today. Also, Mechanical plants not only improve their competitiveness within the framework of the Alliance, to new assignments, but also would be made in 2014 and 2015 at peak performance, because bodies would produce 1.1 million each year to make 1.400.000.

     In regards to the Factory Valladolid Body Assembly, which in the last Industrial Plan received the award of two models (Twizy and X-87), would benefit from better conditions of competitiveness, improving its position in the possible award of new products. To be eligible for this ambitious plan, it was necessary before a social agreement, that reaffirmed last November 13 unions UGT, CCOO and Tables Confederation, with a majority in the works council. The social agreement provides a wage increase of 50 percent in the CPI and 50 percent in a linear pay nonconsolidable linked to objectives, and includes a review clause upward wage concept linked to the CPI and the maintenance of the two extra March and September. 

Renault Twizy

"Renault Twizy", by Salon de Genéve 2011 - Yahoo! Auto, a flickr.com

       It also determines the fixed conversion of existing 800 replacement contracts and possible access by the formula of recruiting a total of 942 workers during the three year period. The agreement also establishes a safeguard clause is intended to ensure the implementation of all measures with the actual award to the Spanish plants the industrial plan and the subsequent production of new models. Today, Spain is the second country, after Germany, which produces more vehicles in Europe.

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Luis.

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A very important Latin American Summit in Spain
16 November 2012

Cadiz Promenade

"Cadiz Promenade", Cadiz, Southern Spain, by degsyw, at flickr.com

 

       Today Cadiz began operations in the Latin American Summit of Heads of State and Government of Latin American nations. The Summit is the most important event of all events celebrating the bicentennial of the Constitution of 1812. But this summit, as the above -- this is the XXII--  represents the most serious attempt to create a community of Latin American nations, based on solid foundations to ensure the development of solutions to common problems of our societies. It is not an easy road, it will be long and uncertain as to its outcome.

      Between our countries there is a strong common identity based on history, miscegenation, culture and language. But this shared identity as an important heritage for all citizens who live on either side of the Atlantic, is only a starting point. From it we find a convergence of economic and commercial interests, educational exchanges and cultural cooperation projects in the environmental field and in the infrastructure, including technology, and much more

      There is an important reason. In the global world we live in, Latin America is an emerging region --three countries, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are part of the G 20 --. Spain and Portugal are member states of the European Union, the regional organization composed of the world, with a responsibility to play a role as a bridge in relations between Latin America and the European Union. Spain's interest rather than any other country the American dimension of the EU. As noted by Henry V. Iglesias, Iberoamerican Secretary General, the strength of Spain depend on the depth of relations with Latin American nations. These relationships are a huge capital to each other.

      And as we live in an irreversible process of globalization, act globally is an imperative. Proposals for the Summit should go in that direction. The world became global, at least geographically, when Columbus discovered America. The currency of ideas and many subsequent scientific discoveries are unimaginable without this first experience of globalization of our world. Latin America was in the historical origins of the globalization process. Today we have to ask what role he wants to play, how to play his immense potential as socioeconomic space, as well as political subject and cultural community. The question is, in short, if you can become a global player alongside the U.S. benchmark, the Pacific and the EU. I think, in the configuration of a globalized world, without a pillar Iberoamerican economically developed, democratically constituted, culturally vibrant and integrated regionally, will be difficult to articulate global balances.

      No country escapes, with greater or lesser intensity, the effects of the economic crisis. Latin America either. But they may face challenges and opportunities together. The region, though in a disparate manner, is experiencing a period of strengthening democracy and respect for the evolution of human rights record. Moreover, until 2010, there was a strong economic growth thanks to rising prices of basic foods and remittances among other factors. Despite the uncertainties, the growth continues and as noted leaders of these countries, the challenge is growth that addresses physical investment and innovation, which integrates the development of education and health and to allow solidarity and redistributive policies to combat poverty and inequality.

      But there is a key. Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile, believes that Latin America has a pending, regional integration, and reporting their "ability" to create acronyms (Mercasur, Unasur, Alba, Pacific Treaty, etc.). There are different regional responses that respond to different political and ideological criteria that hinder the integration process. Without this process, Latin America does not have the economic and political stability necessary to be a global player reference: Latin America must integrate regionally looking for a model that ensures a multiplier effect on economic and social development, exploit synergies and achieve greater effectiveness in combating transnational phenomena such as drug trafficking and organized crime that impair development.

      American Summit can provide countries with homogeneous policies common problems deepen a relationship based on mutual trust, which highlight common interests and shared political, economic and social. To Cadiz, the 1812 Constitution was in the city's history. This Constitution was short-lived, but his influence was lasting as it came to many Latin American constitutions and even the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The historic summit in Cadiz will contribute decisively to the extent that, in the framework of the Latin American community, the overall progress of their peoples.

      The organizers of this Summit want to be held every two years.

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Luis.

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VOICES FOR PEACE from Spain
12 November 2012

       VOICES FOR PEACE is a Foundation, created by Juan Carlos Arnanz, in 1998.All started thanks to nonconformity, not to want falter and wishing collaborate.Juan Carlos said that in 1998, each Orchestra of Music, in Spain, was on its own (The Chorus of the Zarzuela, the National Chorus, the Chorus of Radio Television of Spain….); then, Juan Carlos had the urge to unite all orchestras.

      He said that today is important to think that we can do many things, if we want to innovate, if not discoraged, in this time of crisis.

      So, VOICES FOR PEACE was born, when Juan Carlos wanted collaborate with somebody and decided to call some companions of him -–he was singing in the Chorus of the Community of Madrid--.Then, he got to unite to 140 persons.

      In 1999, were united more members of chorus and orchestra.The first Concert was sponsored by all the Health Companies.

     Since that year (1999), they have recived several solidarity projects worldwide.For example, a nice project was to buid a road, in Nepal, where there were many little villages isolated; then, when raining and without any road, children could not go to school.Also, cause of their poverty, the girls were sold to brothels, in Bombay (India).Then, VOICES FOR PEACE collected all the money from concerts --because they always give ALL the money to the projects—in order to buid that road, in Nepal.They work with different NGOs and in this case, one NGO built a road, another NGO built a water pipe, and so on.Then, VOICES FOR PEACE offer one concert each year.

      In 2010, they offered a special concert, in the National Auditorium in Madrid.It was special because there were 120 persons, in the Chorus, and 130 persons, in the Orchestra.Then, when they were singing and playing music, suddenly, the Chorus was opened and appeared 15 persons, who were deaf and they started to “sing” with their hands.The audience cheered excitedly.I want to show you that part of the concert.Please click down here:

 

VOICES FOR PEACE in the National Auditorium, Madrid, Spain.

The lyrics:

Yo nací en una ribera del Arauca vibrador 
soy hermano de la espuma 
de las garzas y de las rosas 
soy hermano de la espuma, 
de las garzas, de las rosas 
y del sol 
y del sol. 

Me arrulló la viva diana de la brisa en el palmar 
y por eso tengo el alma 
como el alma primorosa 
y por eso tengo el alma 
como el alma primorosa 
del cristal 
del cristal. 

Amo, lloro, canto, sueño, 
con claveles de pasión, 
con claveles de pasión, 
amo, lloro, río, sueño, 
y le canto a Venezuela 
con alma de trovador. 

Yo nací en esa ribera del Arauca vibrador 
soy hermano de la espuma, 
de las garzas, de las rosas 
y del sol. 
Me arrulló la viva diana de la brisa en el palmar 
y por eso tengo el alma, 
como el alma primorosa, 
y por eso tengo el alma, 
como el alma primorosa, 
del cristal, 
del cristal. 

Amo, lloro, canto, sueño, 
con claveles de pasión 
con claveles de pasión 
amo, lloro, río, sueño, 
y le canto a Venezuela 
con alma de trovador. 

Yo nací en esta ribera del Arauca vibrador 
soy hermano de la espuma, 
de las garzas, de las rosas... 
y del sol.

 

        Also, Juan Carlos said the National Auditorium has a capacity for 2.250 persons and the tickets for that special Concert, in 2010, were sold in ten days.

 

      He says that “Alma llanera” means that: “The power of Music can make a more just world”.

      Juan Carlos said that, by the moment, they only can offer concerts in Madrid, because the members of VOICES FOR PEACE can only be together one day in a week –Saturday or Sunday--, because they come from several chorus and orchestras from Madrid.

      I hope that you have liked to listen to VOICES FOR PEACE, as I did.

Till soon, my best regards,

Luis.

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