SPAIN TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE EU’s “MARSHALL PLAN” AND FINDS IT BRILLIANT!

SPAIN TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE EU’s “MARSHALL PLAN” AND FINDS IT BRILLIANT! »

28 Jul, 2020
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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: The Agreement in Brussels of the Coronavirus Recovery Plan marks “one of the most brilliant pages ever written in EU history.” It is “a historic agreement for the economic recovery of our country [i.e., Spain], not only in offering a response to the COVID-19 crisis, but also to the transformations needed.” The Agreement is 95% satisfactory for Spain and 100% for the whole of the EU.

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall

A SECOND OPINION: Students preparing to have ‘virtual classes” in the Fall »

21 Jul, 2020
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I say open the schools to learning and be done with it. We just have to go on with our lives.

A Second Opinion: The Summer of Our Discontent

A Second Opinion: The Summer of Our Discontent »

16 Jul, 2020
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Summer 2020: economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns, mood of discontent, racial movements, faint hope for economic recovery. . . Maybe by Fall we will have things more under control!

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS. SPAIN’S PRIME MINISTER: “The hardest part is behind us”

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS. SPAIN’S PRIME MINISTER: “The hardest part is behind us” »

7 Jun, 2020
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PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: “The great wave of the pandemic has now passed and all of Spain has gained a firm foothold in the transition towards the new normality. The light is clearer and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.”

A Stateside Story: Police Killing Spreads Protests Across America

A Stateside Story: Police Killing Spreads Protests Across America »

3 Jun, 2020
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Vandalism, violence, arson and destruction characterized protests in various US cities, promulgated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Many of the protestors were wearing masks to prevent infection from the Covid-19 virus, but nothing seemed to prevent the demonstrations from turning violent and destructive.

MADRID OBSERVES A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR THE COVID-19 VICTIMS

MADRID OBSERVES A MINUTE OF SILENCE FOR THE COVID-19 VICTIMS »

28 May, 2020
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Those who have died in the pandemic “deserve to be remembered; they deserve our lasting remembrance.” An even bigger tribute to the fallen would, however, be “for us to live together in harmony.”

TOWARD THE NEW NORMAL, CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IN SPAIN: (1) The Extension of the State of Emergency, and the Social Pact on Employment Regulation

TOWARD THE NEW NORMAL, CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IN SPAIN: (1) The Extension of the State of Emergency, and the Social Pact on Employment Regulation »

14 May, 2020
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Extension of the State of Emergency ~ Desescalada, the gradual easing of Lockdown ~ Social Pact ~ Transition Plan Toward the New Normality ~ ERTEs, the regulation of Temporary Layoffs

CUBAN FLAMENCO DIVA LIGHTS UP JOYCESTREAM

CUBAN FLAMENCO DIVA LIGHTS UP JOYCESTREAM »

10 May, 2020
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Havana-born Irene Rodríguez founded the Compañía Irene Rodriguez in 2012 and since then has received  worldwide acclaim. She is an awardee of the Order “Isabel La Católica,” Spain’s highest civilian honor in recognition of the extraordinary conduct exemplified by the Spanish people, and for her contribution to fostering the friendship and cooperation of the Spanish Nation with the rest of the international community. 

THE DESESCALADA: WE HAVE A FRACTION OF OUR FREEDOM BACK!

THE DESESCALADA: WE HAVE A FRACTION OF OUR FREEDOM BACK! »

4 May, 2020
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On 2 May, the Government of Spain has given us back a small fraction of our pre-COVID19 freedom. We were let out of our homes for a few hours. It was the beginning of the desescalada. The beginning of something that we don’t know for sure what. But it’s something that feels precious because somehow it smacks of rebirth. In the middle of all the uncertainty, there was one thing unequivocal: a deep sense of gratitude. We wouldn’t be here now, out on our first true taste of sunshine and the soft breeze of spring, without the healthcare workers who have put their own lives on the line so we could live. Their heroism is breathtaking. We’ve lived by the rules so that we all could live even though some of us hadn’t been able to make it. And we grieve for them.

THE WORLD BANK’S CONCLUSION ON THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA

THE WORLD BANK’S CONCLUSION ON THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 IN EUROPE & CENTRAL ASIA »

15 Apr, 2020
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The more successful the containment policies are, and the flatter the infection curve is, the deeper the economic recession becomes. The positive note: there may even be long-term benefits from the lifestyle changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic which are bound to generate innovation and productivity increases; they will be there long after the crisis has passed.