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From a terrible violation you get something good: a child, a gift from God

4 May

Although your husband is unfaithful, going on loving him while you shed tears, as Jesus did in the cross, is the real proof of love’’.  This sentence and other ones like “maltreated women shouldn´t separate since that´s love’’, or “to have an abortion in case of rape is not admissible because in spite of being such a terrible experience, at least, you can get something by it: a son, a gift from God’’, exceed the capacity of endurance of most students of Church Social Doctrine  lesson, imparted yesterday by Gloria Casanova, teacher at  Cardenal Herrera-CEU de Moncada University (Valencia).

Since the morning of March, 27th , this private center’s facebook, has been getting full of coments and reviews about the notice published by the Spanish newspaper, EL PAÍS. The teacher declined speaking with the newspaper.

It has been unacceptable. Lessons like this are unbearable’’ told one of the students belonging to the mentioned classroom where Casanova, who also teaches at Valencia Catholic university, displayed her opinions.

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One of the University’s building

This subject of Journalism degree is until the third course compulsory.  Students who attends this teacher´s lessons are used to the way they are, usually inclined to the most conservative side of  clergy. Last Tuesday, the topic was about homosexuality and gay marriage and it seems to be that Casanova increased the hostility level of his recurrent speech. “She overstepped the mark, there were people who left the lecture since they couldn´t longer bear it.’’, other guy reports.

The lecture, that elapses without textbook, was embellished with comments referring to some supposed researches “that prove the more incidence of personality disorder on homosexual sons’’ or  that homosexuality “can be redirected“. This newspaper attempted to obtain the professor´s version, without succeed.

Maria Jose Catalá, member of the Education department, was asked this morning in an event about the controversy generated by the CEU teacher´s lecture, and answered alluding to her freedom to act while teaching.

I understand her comments as an opinion under her freedom to act during the lecture’’, Catalá said. Nevertheless she strongly affirms not to share some of her statements and emphasizes that they took place “in a concrete moment, in a correct or incorrect way’’.

CEU University reacted to the news by publishing a press release that assures that “the center promotes the plural debate between lecturers and students and contemplates every opinion respectful to the center ideology.  Listening and paying attention to students by offering different ways of debating and expressing opinions, as well as boosting his own reflections“. “The present debate encourages University to propel a university assembly, so that Church Social Doctrine could be better known.’’

Political parties have also given his opinion.  Today at the parliament, “Compromís’’ regional representative, Fran Ferri, has asked the regional government   for “taking the necessary measures in order to guarantee the students rights in the autonomy of Valencia.’’

Esquerra Unida‘s (a Spanish left-winged political party) representative, Esther López Barceló, have also described Casanova´s asseverations as “offensive, homophobic and patriarchal’’.  As she said in her press release, according to her opinion her affirmations are “worthy of sentence’’ and “push back as  to Middle Ages’’. “They are very dangerous and they retrace the steps taken in gender equality fight’’.

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A PP ( Spanish conservative political party) new generations  campaign which urges people to denounce those teachers who indoctrinate students in their  lectures, was the fact which gave rise to this student protest.

The education sciences student of the Jaume I University of Castellón( Valencia),  Álvar Carceller, spoke yesterday about the “disparagement’’ usually displayed by the Spanish language didacticism teacher referring to Valencian language. According to this student, the teacher Javier González Darder, “used to tell us that studying Valencian is an absolute waste of time and he would disrespect us specially the ones who speak Valencian. Many of us felt humiliated’’ concluded.

Last year, the lecturer carried out an inquiry with his pupils about “facts’’ and “opinions’’ in relation to “Valencian’’ and “Spanish’’. In this inquiry Darder referred to Spanish as “the language spoken by more than 400 million people, the one which has Nobel Prizes’’ and to Valencian  by saying “the one whose imposition as exclusive language leads to social conflicts’’. He didn´t want to pronounce himself and alluded to the release issued by Vicent Clement, Jaume I University rector, who strongly defended the way of acting of each professor at his lectures.

The one who also referred to the new generation’s campaign was Alberto Fabra, president of the autonomy of Valencia: “I’m not going to speak about that, but what I do say is that teachers should engage in teaching’’. “I don´t want people to exaggerate things’’ added He avoiding to support the campaign.

STEPV student union announced his intention of denouncing the campaign to Minors Prosecution. “It´s a PP´s new strategy for smearing professorate, politically controlling schools and discrediting public teaching’’

Source: El País    Picture: Google Image

The controversial and overcrowded Saloufest begins.

29 Mar

 “It´s huge… It´s back… and it´s better than ever!“. That´s the advertisement of the polemic Saloufest, that will take 9.500 British University students to the township of the Golden Coast this year for taking part of a sport festival which, actually, also involves long nights of revelry and wildness. It´s the thirteenth edition and it´s breaking records of participation (last year 8.500 people came). Never before too many young people had been signed to the Saloufest -In Salou (Tarragona)-, which in his web page claims to be “the best festival of the world” and guarantees “the best week of your life” for a little more than 200 euros.

The young people, aged 18 to 25, are students of english, scottish and welsh universities. They will arrive in three batches: 4.000 participants arrived yesterday after a long travel from their hometowns that more of them made by bus. The students will lodge in seven hotels and apartments in Salou untill March 29. Since April 1 to 7, a group of 4.500 young people will arrive in Salou. Similarly, the next day 1.000 students will land on the city.

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Some of the students in the Pacha disco.

The college crowd travel to the municipality anxious of fun, party and sex. Although in their baggage, the students have room for sport clothes, because during the day they usually play sports. This year include two new modalities, “handball and riding“, according with Doreen Straatman, accountable for Sol Active Tours, the company which organize the event. However, much of their baggage are full of colorful costumes because after the sunset, thousands of young people -generally scantily clad-, join next to hotel pools for then going out to streets looking for alcohol.

Transformed in herds of Hawaiians, superheroes, playboy bunnies and cheerleaders, they travel through a route of bars and clubs until morning. Some of them end in fast food restaurants, tumbling in sidewalks or urinating in corners. Much of them, finish looking for parts of a lost costume. Despite the college crowds, Straatman argues that never have been serious incidents or altercations.

In addition, facing the neighbors complains about noise and the image of drunkenness tourism that project for some of them, Straatman defends the date helps to extend the tourist season. “They come in off season and they’re more seen, but the noise an English student can do is the same that others”, he says. In a economical crisis context like the current one, the festival leaves substantial economic benefits to Salou, about five million euros.

The organization puts on offer trips to Port Aventura, parties in the Pacha’s disco, routes in boat along the Golden Coast, breaks to Barcelona and daytime celebrations in the pool with happy hour. The Saloufest has passed barely unnoticed until 2010, when a participant reported a violation. Then, the festival had an international repercussion when it was discovered it was advertised by using lures such as drinking alcohol from a shoe or having sex in an elevator. The Generalitat was about to retire the seal of familiar tourism off Salou. After the torrent of critiques, the organization suppressed this kind of devices.

Source: El País    Photo: Google Images

Urdangarin’s ex–partner involves the Spanish Royal Household in his statements.

28 Feb
Diego Torres referred some e-mails written and signed by the Palm’s Duke, Urdangarin, to the judge José Castro; which revealed the King Juan Carlos and his daughter Cristina’s administration managements to benefit the Nóos Institute’s business.

The investigation of the Nóos Institute’s business, run by Iñaki Urdangarin, Spanish King’s son-in-law and husband of the King’s youngest daughter, Cristina; and Diego Torres, has just turned up a notch. Manuel González Peeters, Torres’ lawyer, has referred to the judge José Castro, responsible of the previously stated investigation, a document denouncing the epidemic amnesia suffered by the imputed and the witnesses, which exculpate the Duke in their statements. Besides, he attached a series of e-mails which reveal that the King Juan Carlos and his daughter Cristina had made managements to benefit this non-profit entity’s commercial interest.

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Iñaki Urdangarin, entering into the Court

Manuel González Peeters, defence attorney of the Undargarin’s ex-partner in the Nóos Institute, Diego Torres, has presented a sarcastic document to the judge José Castro, to denounce the epidemic amnesia suffered by the imputed and witnesses, who are exculpating the Duke in their judicial declarations. All of them maintain, in line with what the King’s son-in-law had already said, that the Nóos’ administration and all the economic issues were Torres’ responsibility. The document denounces that Urdangarin exercises ‘inappropriately the accusation’ in order to leave her wife ‘out of this tight spot’.The investigation of the Nóos Institute’s business, run by Iñaki Urdangarin, Spanish King’s son-in-law and husband of the King’s youngest daughter, Cristina; and Diego Torres, has just turned up a notch. Manuel González Peeters, Torres’ lawyer, has referred to the judge José Castro, responsible of the previously stated investigation, a document denouncing the epidemic amnesia suffered by the imputed and the witnesses, which exculpate the Duke in their statements. Besides, he attached a series of e-mails which reveal that the King Juan Carlos and his daughter Cristina had made managements to benefit this non-profit entity’s commercial interest.The investigation of the Nóos Institute’s business, run by Iñaki Urdangarin, Spanish King’s son-in-law and husband of the King’s youngest daughter, Cristina; and Diego Torres, has just turned up a notch. Manuel González Peeters, Torres’ lawyer, has referred to the judge José Castro, responsible of the previously stated investigation, a document denouncing the epidemic amnesia suffered by the imputed and the witnesses, which exculpate the Duke in their statements. Besides, he attached a series of e-mails which reveal that the King Juan Carlos and his daughter Cristina had made managements to benefit this non-profit entity’s commercial interest.

Peeters includes in the document e-mails Iñaki Urdangarin had sent to some of the witnesses, who had claimed they had nothing to do with the administration in this non-profit entity. In addition, the mails denied Urdangarin had been disassociated of the Nóos Institute in 2006, so as the Royal Household had required. Once in Washington, he kept following closely this entity’s activity, like he was still part of it. ‘It’s a pity not having the webpage in English’, he wrote in one of his e-mails, dated 1st October, 2007.

The e-mails also reveal the implication of Cristina and the King Juan Carlos in Urdangarin’s business. The references to the managements made by the King and his daughter are constant in the e-mails written by the Duke, all with a subsequent date to the moment when, in theory, he was supposed to have abandoned the Nóos Institute. “I have a message from the King and he’s the one who told Cristina that Camps –a Spanish politician who belongs to the People’s Party (PP)– would call Pedro to talk about the Prada’s base… In another occasion, he writes: “ Agustín Zuleta asked Cristina to have some coffee, so as he can explain to her some stuff he can’t tell by phone…” There are two more mentions included in another e-mails written by the Duke and which point right to Juan Carlos. “The King met Pedro, as we wanted to, so he could present him the project…” and “Your Majesty, the King, told me that a friend has made a management…”

The judge, José Castro, has incorporated these documents to the summary, but will not make any decision until Diego Torres declares, on May 22nd.

Source: Cadena Ser. Photo: Google Images