martes, 23 de mayo de 2017

Terrorism hits again

Manchester Arena: children among 22 dead in suicide attack at Ariana Grande concert 

  • Police have confirmed that 22 people have been killed – including some children – and 59 injured after an explosion at Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande.
  • Greater Manchester police say the perpetrator was a man acting alone, who died at the scene after detonating an improvised explosive device.
  • Investigators are trying to establish whether the bomber was part of a wider network.
  • The blast took place outside the arena, in the public foyer, shortly after 10.30pm, minutes after the concert ended.
  • No identities of those killed or injured have been confirmed. No arrests have been made. The wounded are receiving treatment in eight hospitals across Greater Manchester.
  • The prime minister, Theresa May, will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee at 9am today. In an overnight statement, May said:
"We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected."


jueves, 11 de mayo de 2017

Do you like shopping online?

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Whether you do or you don't, I recommend you to read this interesting article published in

Click here: Online shopping

I'm sure it will make you think...

martes, 9 de mayo de 2017

Passive voice

Here you have a table with the transformations from active to passive, or the other way around, plus some examples.

Passive voice table
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lunes, 1 de mayo de 2017

The couple who want to rebuild their shattered city

Someday, what seems like Syria's forever war will end. Then the focus will shift to rebuilding a country shredded and scarred by conflict. A husband and wife, both architects, who witnessed their city's devastation are already thinking about how to restore it. 

 Read this interesting article about a Syrian couple of architects who want to rebuild their beautiful but punished city:

The Guardian_ Syrian couple to rebuild their city

 Marwa al-Sabouni and Ghassan Jansiz

jueves, 27 de abril de 2017

Pope tells leaders in first TED talk: act humbly or power will ruin you

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Something to think about ...

Pontiff makes surprise appearance at Vancouver conference via video-link from the Vatican

 He sits behind a desk rather than pacing around a stage, but the power of his message is not diluted. Pope Francis has made a surprise TED talk, beamed from the Vatican to Vancouver, calling for leaders to act with humility and tenderness.
The first pontifical TED talk, which lasted 18 minutes, featured Francis dispensing advice to politicians and leaders of big business, as well as talking about his own background as the son of migrants.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organisation that posts talks from its annual conference online for free. Since 2006 the lectures have been viewed cumulatively more than 4.6bn times.
Speaking in Italian and seated in front of a pleasingly cluttered glass bookshelf, Francis starts by wishing his audience “good evening – or good morning, I’m not sure what time it is there”.
Saying he is “thrilled” to be taking part in the annual TED conference on the theme of The Future You, he adds: “We can only build a future by standing together, including everyone.”
In his encounters with the old, sick, migrants and prisoners, he says: “I often find myself wondering, ‘Why them and not me?’” Coming from a family of Italian migrants who made a new home in Argentina, “I could have very well ended up among today’s ‘discarded’ people,” he says.
Francis called for solidarity to overcome a “culture of waste” that has affected not only food, but people cast aside by economic systems that rely increasingly on automation.
“How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion,” he said.
He concluded with a direct message to people in positions of power: “The more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don’t, your power will ruin you and ruin the other.”
The pope also quoted an Argentinian proverb: “Power is like drinking gin on an empty stomach. You feel dizzy, you get drunk, you lose your balance, and you will end up hurting yourself and those around you if you don’t connect your power with humility and tenderness.”
But the future of humankind “isn’t exclusively in the hands of politicians, of great leaders, of big companies … The future most of all is in the hands of those people who recognise the other as ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us’. We all need each other.”
TED talks have grown in popularity since they went online in 2006. According to Fortune magazine, “what began as an annual conference of ideas about technology, entertainment, and design … is now the intellectual equivalent of kale: nutritious, oddly addictive and part of the shared consciousness among a certain set”.
                                                                                                             The Guardian, 26th April 2017

miércoles, 26 de abril de 2017

Theatre in Italian

Are you free on Thursday evening?
Would you  like to have a good time?

Take your family or friends to watch a funny play here, in Las Rozas, organized by the Italian Department. Even if you don't speak Italian, you'll enjoy it. Guaranteed!

What play? VIA VIA, SI PARTE!
Where: Centro Cultural Pérez de la Riva (Calle Principado de Asturias, 28, Las Rozas)
When? Thursday 27th April
What time? 19:00

And it is free!!

martes, 25 de abril de 2017

Does this really matter so much?

Latest news: Instagram users have been left distraught after the photo-sharing app crashed.

Many were faced with an error message when they tried to access the platform from their mobile phones on Monday evening.
Selfie-lovers took to Twitter to vent their frustration, with many turning to humour to dull their pain.
Ella King posted: "Instagram is down??? Now how will I seek validation from strangers on the Internet??"
Ako Akinrele wrote: "Instagram isn't down, my last selfie was just that good."
Sonya Ali tweeted: "Instagram is down. Everyone freak out."
Instagram responded: "We know some Instagrammers are experiencing issues with the app. We're working on a fix."
The desktop site did not appear to be affected by the glitch.