Spanish Ferry on Fire Off Mallorca

On a trip traveling between Balearic Islands and the coast city of Valencia, the Sorrento caught fire. A ferry owned by Italian company Atlantic CSPA di Navigazione, sent out distress signals at 1:50pm when the ship was about 27km (17 miles) from Mallorca. The fire broke out in its garage and seems to be unclear of how it got started. All 156 Passengers were called to be evacuated from the burning ship onto lifeboats. Out of all of them at least 3 people were taken to the hospital by helicopter with injuries. After reviewing this story, I honestly can say I’ve never been on a boat or plane because of I’m scared of things like this. Overall its glad to hear that no one died in the fire that broke out on the boat. I just hope reporters figure out the cause of the accident and Crew Workers take more precaution on what goes on in their ship.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/28/spain-balearic-islands-ferry-fire-passengers-evacuated

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32504766

UK ‘most wanted’ drug trafficking suspect arrested at luxury villa in Spain

Paul Monk, a resident of Spain, was a highly wanted fugitive in all of Europe. Monk’s house was raided when police authorities received a warrant to search his home. Police found over 50 lbs of cannabis and 3 pounds of cocaine when the house was thoroughly searched. The police also found a gun that was believed to have been used in a previous murder Paul was being accused for. After all evidence was formed and searched through the judge found Paul guilty of a murder of a Liverpool man years ago and the charges of the drugs. Paul was subsequently sentenced to 14 years in jail and is currently serving his sentence. I feel as if this is a major topic in today’s world. Many of the major drug dealers in bigger countries often times get away with charges such as drugs as long as the police is getting some of the money. Today’s world is getting a little better with enforcing the law, but in other countries and even the U.S, cops are taking money from drug dealers instead of locking them up. This can give people the wrong idea that it is ok to move major weight as long as the cops keep their mouths closed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11551667/UK-most-wanted-drug-trafficking-suspect-arrested-at-luxury-villa-in-Spain.html

Chile’s Calbuco Volcano

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Yesterday Chile’s Calbuco Volcano erupted for the third time in the last two weeks. This is a sudden surprise to many people in this region because it has not had an eruption since 1972. It is causing major ash and smoke problems for residents of Chile and neighboring countries. Over 4,000 people had to be evacuate from their homes in the 2 weeks. It is also affecting animals’ habitats. In some areas the ash built up to over 2 feet. Many farmers and fisherman had to remove their animals to a completely new location or get rid of them. The residents and workers in Chile are having major difficulties with pollution from the ash and smoke. They are hoping that this was the third and final eruption. I chose this current event because it was a hot topic at work last week that I knew nothing about. It was interesting to learn about the environmental crisis going on in this spanish speaking country. I was unaware that Chile had volcanos and was interested in learning more about how it was affecting the people and if they were trying to control the pollution in anyway. I found that it is so intense they can’t do anything but try to work and live around it.

Reference: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/30/world/chile-calbuco-volcano/

Enrique Iglesias

For our group project for class I have been doing lots of reasearch on Spanish/Mexican singers. One of the most popular Spanish singers is Enrique Iglesias. Enrique Iglesias was born in Spain in 1975. His father was a popular singer and this is where he got his motivation to become a singer. Enrique moved to Miami, Florida when he was young and shortly thereafter his music career began. Iglesias enrolled at the University of Miami but his time there was short-lived as he dropped out and decided to pursue his musical career. Enrique Iglesias wanted to make it on his own. He did not want to become immediately popular just because his father was a sucessful singer. Because of this, Enrique Iglesias started off his work under the name of Enrique Martinez. Enrique was a hit from the start selling millions of records and winning several Grammy’s. He has been labeled as “The King of Latin Pop” and “The King of Dance.” Enrique still enjoys much success today in many Latin countries and the United States.

http://www.eonline.com/news/652363/2015-billboard-latin-music-awards-enrique-iglesias-marc-anthony-romeo-santos-and-more-big-winners

http://www.biography.com/people/enrique-iglesias-21054583

Blog #5: How Spain became the West’s Superstar and Economy

Spain has become the Europe’s comeback star, growing 18 times as fast as the US and three times stronger than UK in the first quarter. While the rest of the world has had hard times with their growth, Spain managed to grow it’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by just 0.9pc in just the first three months of the year. In the same time period it has grown 18 times faster than the US, and analysts expect the eurozone as a whole to have mustered growth of just 0.4pc in the timeframe.

Credit Suisse says it’s “harvest time’ for the Southern European economy.” It is strengthening significantly and the healthy recovery has made Spain the showcase for structural reform economy. While the monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank has helped the entire Euro area, Spain has already been well positioned to take the advantage of the extra power. By contrast, economists have declared France “lost in stagnation” due to the meagre process it has made in modernising its economy since the crash.

Pablo Picasso

One of the most famous painters in the history of art was born in Malaga, Spain. Who am I talking about? Pablo Picasso! He was a painter, sculptor, and father to four children. He was one of the founders of the Cubist movement that started in the early 20th century. He was also an amazing sculptor. During his childhood Picasso loved to paint realism, but as he grew older his painting technique changed. He was born on October 25, 1881 and died at the age of 91 in France. Picasso’s first cubist painting was called Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. It is pictured below. As you can see it depicts five naked woman that are not 3D images but more as flat surfaces. “Hence it was called the most innovative painting in modern art history”. I chose to write about Pablo Picasso because in my art class we are learning about Picasso and I did not know that he was from Spain, so when I found out I thought he would be a perfect topic to do for a blog. His most famous painting is called Guernica and is pictured at the bottom of the page. This was his most famous painting because of what it depicted. He drew this after the Nazi’s bombed the city of Guernica. The bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War. This painting depicts the sufferings, sorrow, and emotions that were felt from that bombing. Picasso was one of the most brilliant painters to have ever lived on this planet and should be remembered for centuries to come.

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Sources:

http://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/pablo-picasso.html

http://www.pablopicasso.org/guernica.jsp

Oil Spill In the Canary Islands

Oil spills have historically had devastating effects on both animals and the entire environment where they have occurred.  This past week an oil spill occurred in Spain and currently threatens the beautiful beaches of the Canary Islands.  The Canary Islands are a tourist hot-spot for Europeans, but have been left extremely vulnerable after this spill.  According to ABC News, a Russian fishing boat had been carrying “1,400 metric tons of a vicious type of fuel oil” when it sank 10 days ago, only a few miles south of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. As I had mentioned before, this oil spill not only poses a great threat to the beautiful beaches, but it also poses an enormous threat to the animals that inhabit this area.  This past Friday, “Greenpeace published images of a bottlenose dolphin whose dorsal fin was covered in fuel [and also published images of] several oil-covered birds and turtles.”  This is obviously a very grim sign, considering one of the images includes an “endangered loggerhead sea turtle”.  According to the Spanish government, one of the beaches has been cleared of oil.  The other beaches that have been affected are also in the process of being cleared of the oil, as well.  Due to the high risk that this spill poses to the “vulnerable coasts” of the Canary Islands the Spanish government has issued a level 2 alert.  This type of alert is the second highest alert level.  Unfortunately this type of event is not extremely unusual in this area.  In 2002, a Prestige oil tanker “saw some 60,000 [tons] of fuel enter the sea off the north-western coast of Spain.”  I found both of these articles to be interesting, because although this situation is a very serious issue, the leader of the Gran Canaria island council seems optimistic that this issue is something they will be able to get full control of in the near future.

Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/24/spanish-fuel-oil-spill-russian-oleg-naydenov-gran-canaria

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spain-activates-alert-oil-spill-threatens-canary-islands-30581119