Category Archives: Reading

What it’s like to be a parent in a war zone?

Aala El-Khanim humanitarian psychologist, explores the needs of families affected by war and displacement and the mental health of children who have experienced armed conflict.

How do parents protect their children and help them feel secure again when their homes are ripped apart by war? In this warm-hearted talk, psychologist Aala El-Khani shares her work supporting — and learning from — refugee families affected by the civil war in Syria. She asks: How can we help these loving parents give their kids the warm, secure parenting they most need?

Listen to Aala El-Khanim´s ideas on this topic.

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Working Parents and Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, a lawyer and administrator, is an advocate for working parents and education for girls all around the world. Speaking to an audience of students, US First Lady Michelle Obama reminds each one to take their education seriously — and never take it for granted. This new, brilliant generation, she tells us, is the one that could close the gap between the world as it is and the world as it should be.

Listen to Michele Obama´s thoughts and ideas on Ted Talks.

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How to be a parent in 2017

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Neutrality: The failure of sitting on the fence!

Flights cancelled as Monarch Airlines goes into administration

Sur in English reports:

Alternative flights are being arranged for British holidaymakers due to fly out of Malaga airport in the next two weeks
The company ceased trading as of Monday, leaving as many as 110,000 tourists abroad without a flight back to the UK.

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said that it will provide alternative flights for the 110,000 tourists left stranded by the collapse of Monarch Airlines. Many of them are on the Costa del Sol.

As from today, Monday, Monarch Airlines ceased trading and entered administration said the CAA, cancelling all future flights and holidays.

The British Government, who through the CAA will provide alternative flights for all UK-bound flights until 15 October, has described the operation as the “biggest ever peacetime repatriation” as its prepares “to fly 110,000 Monarch passengers back to the UK at no cost to them”.

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First major bank quits Catalonia after week of crisis and tension

Sur in English reports:

Banco Sabadell, one of Spain’s biggest banks, is to move its registered head office out of the region due to customers’ fears following illegal independence vote and general strike. The Constitutional Court has banned the regional parliament meeting planned for Monday when a unilateral declaration of independence could be debated

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What next for the Catalans? The criticial choices to be faced this week

Sur in English reports:

Carles Puigdemont refuses to deviate from his independence plan while PM Mariano Rajoy rules out considering using a mediator

This weekend Spain appeared to be at its most important crossroads since democracy was restored forty years ago.

Despite attempts by central government to disrupt the unconstitutional referendum on independence organised by the Catalan regional government, the vote which went ahead anyway last Sunday has spurned regional leaders, led by Carles Puigdemont, to carry on with their plan to convert Catalonia into an independent state.

What happens next in Catalonia is likely to be clearer on Monday when the Catalan regional parliament is due to meet for the first time since the illegal vote.

Although Spain’s constitutional court has put a temporary ban on that meeting as well, separatist MPs, who hold a majority, are still expected to attend.

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Famous Family Business Break Up: PUMA and ADIDAS

Brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler set up a shoe company in their mother’s laundry room in the town of Herzogenaurach, Germany, in 1924. But it soon became apparent that the brothers had different personalities, and tensions between the two came to a boiling point during World War II.

Rudolf was sent to war, and after his return, was picked up by U.S. soldiers and imprisoned for about a year. He reportedly was convinced that his imprisonment was organized by his brother. The brothers split up in 1948, and Rudolf Dassler founded the company that would become Puma. Adi formally registered Adidas in 1949.

The rivalry between the brothers even divided the town of Herzogenaurach, where Adidas and Puma still have rival factories on opposite sides of the river. That came to a symbolic end on Global Peace Day in 2009, though, when employees of both factories played football together, pitting mixed Puma and Adidas teams against each other. The “Black” team of the companies’ CEOs beat the “White” team 7:5.

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Summer C1 Inglés Success: Congratulations Mayte

Achieving  a C1 level language qualification is not a walk in the park. In fact, many people who have this advanced  level have lived and worked abroad in English speaking nations, they consistently read in English, listen to English, and communicate in English on a daily basis giving their opinions and thoughts on topics as varied as medical science, art, culture, politics, commerce, economics,  psychology, philology, and the merits of space exploration.   This level would not be achievable for many native speakers, so it is my absolute pleasure to congratulate Mayte on passing her EOI C1 level this month. Well done, your thoroughly deserve it.

King Edward VIII breaks up with the monarchy

Royal Break UpIn 1936 the King of England, George V died and Edward VIII succeeded him as King and  jumped on the throne. ‘God save the King’ – halleluja!

However, poor King Edward VIII had already fallen head over heels with the saucy divorced American, Wallis Simpson. The Royal family were really, really, really, really angry, yes,they were outraged, and they demanded that The King break up with Wallis Simpson. The King was a total sucker for love and in the end he broke up with the Royal Family. He gave up his right to the throne and went to France to tie the knot. They stayed together until Edward died in 1972.

So, is love more important than duty?