Berklee College of Music, whose headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced that its new Valencia campus would be opening its doors in September 2012 in order to welcome students enrolled for the Master’s Degree Programme.
Apart from the formal Master’s programmes, Berklee Valencia will also offer summer schools and special courses, which will benefit talented students not only from Valencia but the whole of Spain. Berklee’s President, Roger Brown, says: “Valencia was selected for our new campus since not only is it one of the most popular destinations for students in Europe, but the city has a strong musical symphonic band tradition and is also connected to some of the richest musical cultures in the world, including Latin America, the Mediterranean and Europe, making it the ideal location.”
On 13th April, the English National Ballet announced Tamara Rojo’s appointment as their new Artistic Director. The Spanish prima ballerina was recently described by British broadsheet, The Telegraph, as fiery and outspoken, yet articulate, funny and clever. She will formally take over from current Director, Wayne Eagling, in September of this year. Fans of the ENB will be hoping that her passion, determination and flair will revitalise the somewhat flagging ballet company to its former glory.
In July 2010, Amazon launched its first super affordable Kindle. Demand was so great for an e-book reader financially accessible to the masses that the Kindle 3 became the fastest selling Kindle ever, even before shipping had begun. Just six months later Amazon announced that digital books were outselling traditional paper-based media on their site for the first time by a staggering 15 per cent!
Amazon is continually releasing upgraded Kindle models but their USP remains the same: the amazing e-ink electronic paper display, which users claim is just like reading from paper. Not only is it clear and easy on the eye to read, but it uses very little energy and so optimises the gadget’s battery life.
Recently, members of the Valencian Regional Government extended a welcome to Giles Paxman, British Ambassador to Spain, who had arrived in the city with regional Consul, Paul Rodwell, to discuss issues concerning British nationals.
During a productive series of meetings, the Valencian government acknowledged the importance to the local economy of the spending power of British residents and visitors, and the Valencianos confirmed their commitment to working with British consular staff to resolve some of the more problematic issues facing Britons in the area.
The most expensive apartment in New York has sold for a staggering $88 million to a Russian billionaire, setting an unprecedented record in the Manhattan real estate market. The 627 square-metre apartment in Central Park West was sold by Brown Harris Stevens, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Rimontgó is also an associate of Christie’s, who is based in Valencia. The property was bought by Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 22-year-old daughter of Russian billionaire, Dmitriy Rybolovlev, who made his fortune in the fertilizer business. Rybolovleva is currently studying at a US university and plans to stay in the apartment when visiting New York.
Science Magazine, one of the world’s most influential periodicals on the subject, recently nominated its Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2011, of which three emerged from Spanish research.
The much-heralded vaccine against malaria was developed in Spain along with the surprising discovery that human beings can be divided into types according to their intestinal flora, in a manner similar to the divisions drawn by blood grouping. Previously it was thought that each person’s intestinal flora was unique.
It’s tempting sometimes to imagine that there is no rhyme or reason to the cost of luxury goods. The more cynical among us will – at least once in our lives – observe that the addition of a designer label to an everyday item can raise its price by an unimaginable amount.
Ramiro Encizo’s handbags are elevated above the ordinary by the fine quality craftsmanship that is put into every seam and diamond.
In a ceremony held on Friday 21st October in Oviedo, the Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen accepted his Prince of Asturias Award for Letters.
Cohen – an accomplished poet and novelist, although best known for his melancholic yet humorous songs – used his acceptance speech as a platform from which to praise Spain’s extraordinarily rich cultural life
Every day hundreds of millions of people pound the pavements of the world in their quest to shop, get to work or simply wander about town. According to the brainy team at Pavegen Systems that was somehow equal to an unmissed opportunity, and indeed, unleashing their conceptual and technological skills, the London-based R&D firm have created a system that could very well transform the role of the humble pavement.
No longer just a place to walk, these spaces dedicated to pedestrians have every potential of becoming major sources of electricity, as Pavegen Systems has launched tiles that harvest the kinetic energy produced as people walk on them. The potential of this kind of kinetic energy harvesting is obvious given the huge volumes of daily movements on the sidewalks and squares of the world’s urban areas.
Recently Disney announced that it would extend its quest for 4,000 extra staff members to Spain. This recruitment campaign has been necessitated by Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary next year, which will result in a number of extra events and an anticipated increase in visitor numbers.
One of America’s most powerful corporations, Disney attracted queues of prospective employees last February, when it took on 600 new Spanish workers. This latest drive will involve many European countries, including France, Greece, Italy, the UK, Spain and several locations in Eastern Europe.
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