Monday, 28 May 2012


Here you can post your comments on the articles taken from the online editions of El País and The New York Times. It is also advisable to offer the link to the article.
Feel free to add any comment you wish related to any other classmate's contributions.


  1. The New York Times

    According to a study from the University of Chicago, people taking sleeping pills regularly, are almost 5 times more likely to die two and half years before people who don't take them. These drugs alter sleep cycles.
    It is also very dangerous to health not to be able to get enough sleep and increases the level of stress hormones and lowers the level of growth hormones. It also affects mind and mood.

    I think it is necessary to get enough sleep to feel good emotionally, and although sleeping pills may cause some risk, people with sleep problems should continue taking these pills.

    El País -> In English

    Iberia has finally gotten the low cost airline, which will allow it to compete with the outlook for European flights and will reduce the loss of 61 million Euros they had last year.
    Iberia will have a fleet of 13 airplanes later this year and about 40 aircraft in 2015. With this, Iberia expects to save 100 million Euros in costs by 2015.

    I think with the low cost airline people will choose to travel with Iberia, as they will not have to pay as much as before, only that it will have to be seen in what conditions low cost airplanes are. But I think it's a very good solution to try to compete with other airlines.

  2. the new york times
    Attacks Strike as Iraq Plans to Welcome Arab Leaders

    BAGHDAD — As Iraq prepares to showcase itself to the world next week with a highly anticipated gathering of Arab leaders, a string of suicide attacks and car bombings on Tuesday morning offered a bloody reminder that insurgent violence still wreaks havoc with the country’s tenuous stability.

    An Attacks killed at least 43 people in a dozen cities. More than 100 people were wounded-  
    In the Capital, two explosions not far from the International Zone, and a frontal attack against a Christian church. Bagdad prepares for thousands of Arab leaders, journalists and others to arrive for the Arab meeting. it is the first meeting in Iraq since 1990, and Baghdad's first major diplomatic event.
    Iraq is spending about $500 million on the meeting, for extensive security and for everything
    Thousands of security forces are moving into Baghdad, and the government has erected to improvise checkpoints across the city.
    Commandos have swept through a few neighborhoods, seeking to head off any catastrophic attack.
    A car bomb exploded outside the gates of the Foreign Ministry. The bomb, an improvised explosive tucked into a car, killed three people.  
    The assailants on Tuesday also attacked, killing three police officers.
    In the Southern city of Karbala, home to one of the holiest shrines in Shiite Islam, a car bomb ripped through a square, killing 13 people, among them 4 Iranians.  


    I think this news wants to inform of a situation in Iraq, and the attacks that the people who are living there suffer

    In my opinion, Iraq is one of thecountries still in development and unable to reach all the time because many people suffer an attack.

    El país: In English
    Canary Islands worries about impact of oil exploration on tourism

    Fears exist spill could cause permanent damage to key industry

    The administrations of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and leading German travel group TUI have expressed concern to see the danger of impact the vital tourist industry, in consequence to government's decision to grant Repsol a license to explore for oil in waters
    TUI has sent an e-mail to the association of tourist companies in Fuenteventura the possibility of an oil impact could affect the Canary Islands.
    The tourism commissioner for Fuenteventura, confirmed that  he has spoken to at tourist fair in Berlin when he had expressed their concerns about oil exploration.
    The Canary Islands had many millions of tourists, the tourism and oil exploration are incompatible, because the Canary Islands received a record 10.318 million visitors last year, an increase of 20 percent over the previous.
    the Cabinet on Friday awarded nine licenses to explore for oil some 60 kilometers off the coast of Lanzarote and Fuenteventura. Repsol estimates the Canary Islands could meet 10 percent of Spain's hydrocarbon needs.

    I think this news wants to informe of the situation of a Canary island, and warn against the possibility of an impact in the vital tourist industry, in consequence to the exploitation for oil in waters.

    In my opinion this situation is dangerous for tourism because the number of tourists may dicrease in the year as a consequence of an impact in the vital tourist industry. so, an impact can affect the Canary Islands.

  3. French Police Say They Have Cornered Suspect in School Shooting

    The French police have cornered a man in a building in Toulouse. The man is suspected of killing 7 people including 3 paratroopers and a rabbi and three children outside a school. They say he belongs to Al Qaeda.
    The main candidates in the French presidential campaign suspended their campaigns yesterday.

    I am horrified by the fact that a man can kill people, especially children in cold blood.

    Prosecutors charge Catholic nun in alleged stolen baby scheme at Madrid hospitals

    The Madrid public prosecutor’s office is investigating hundred cases of stolen babies between the 1950s and the 1980s.
    A nun Sister María Gómez Valbuena is the first person to be indicted in the investigation which has gained international attention.
    Mothers said that the nun said to them that their babies were dead, but they think that the babies were taken away to give to other people.

    I think it is terrible because the nun shouldn’t steal babies from their mums.

  4. White Teenager Who Drove Over and Killed Black Man Is Sentenced to Life

    A white teenager hit and killed a black man few days ago.
    On Wednesday he was sentenced to prison for life, because the family of the victim decided not to sentence to death for religious reasons.
    Other teens accompanied the murderer with the intention of finding an African-American to harass, but they have been charged with simple assault and pleaded not guilty.
    The victim was next to his car, but stumbled on the road, then the teenager pushed the throttle down and ran over him.
    The family has blamed in the case seven teenagers, including two girls.

    In my opinion there are other more serious crimes with a minor punishment, that case is about a teenager who is sentenced to life, therefore it is very hard, although I think the sentence is fair because of his intentions, it wasn't an accident.

    Iberia finally gets controversial low-cost airline off the ground

    The new low-cost airline was presented by Iberia last Friday, it will start working on Sunday. The CEO, Luis Gallego, said the first flight will be from Madrid to Alicante.
    With 20 million of capital, the company will start with 4 planes and will have 13 at the end of the year, also will increase its routes and its staff.

    One of the problems we have here is the 'communication' with other places, there is very little, and the little existing is very expensive. This will be a new opportunity to attract more tourists again, we hope that it works.