Posted by: marisadedios | 26 October, 2011

job interview questions

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Posted by: Dani | 26 October, 2011


One of the things I most dislike about living in the city is the fact that you can never see the sunlight completely dissapear. When I stay in the country I find extremely peaceful that precise moment when the sun is already hidden, and shapes begin to fade out so that you can hardly watch them. The intensity of streetlights deprives us of that interesting feeling of unreality, in their aim to keep ourselves and our properties safe.

Most people do like to observe the hypnotic movement of the leaves as well, shaken by the soft wind on the top of the trees. We can also enjoy this experience at the green spots of the city, although most of the times joined with the roar of traffic and the basal noise which permanently ruins each opportunity of listening no sound at all, just like the streetlights do with the darkness.

Breathing fresh and clean air, listening to the sound of water running, watching the sun go down and the moon rise up in the sky… these things are just an example of the price we have to pay for living in a populous city, crowded with huge buildings that grow everywhere, nowadays made with dirty money and fed with the greed of banks.

But this is just the dark point of view. Living in a city allows you to enjoy plenty of modern advantages and seeing beauty as well, although it is written in different codes.

Posted by: elviraespinosa | 25 October, 2011

WORLD FOOD DAY (16th October)

Last Sunday I was listening to the radio programme “No es un día cualquiera” de Pepa Fernandez on Radio Nacional when I heard it was the World Food Day. Then, I decided to find some information about this.

World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, The General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that “food is a requisite for human survival and wellbeing and a fundamental necessity”.

World statistics say six million children die of hunger every day. The FAO declares that the world already produces enough food to feed everyone -6 billion people- and could feed double -12 billion people. So with this result why are people dying of hunger? Why is FAO working so many years and this problem continues nowadays? Why have rich countries got too much food and we do not share it? Is it only a problem for governments or for all of us?

Well, all these questions spring from my brain and in my opinion we can not live giving our back to this reality. Perhaps this continues because we watch it on television and we are used to seeing it or it is far from here. Maybe we only worry about an infectious disease and this is not.

Posted by: atamayoc | 24 October, 2011


Searching for the most prosperous cities to do business, I found a report on CNBC talking about this.

In times of recession the most important thing to consider if you have ideas and projects, is ask yourself: Where can I do business?? Whats cities are growing now? Where does business grow?

Excluding the miracolous city of Silicon Valley, in which something strange happens… All businesses have the capacity to grow their own, the CNBC article presents the most popular business cities around the world in 2011.

Regions such as Asia, the Middle East andSouth America have seen rapid economic growth, coupled with improved infrastructure, and in some cases, lighter regulation. Multinational companies have changed, setting up new offices in emerging markets, leaving behind developed markets.

Here you have a resume of the Global Business Hubs at the moment:

Paris: Paris is one of the most cultural centers in the world and comes in third among European cities with most international companies present.

Sectors like professional services and insurance have a large positioning here, but instead sectors like automobile and mining firms are least represented.

The city is home to big banking companies, for example BNP PARIBAS or AXA a popular insurance company.

Paris has almost 30 percent of France´s Economy.

It´s a beatiful city and prosperous too.

Dubai: Dubai is one of the most popular business centers in  Middle East and African Region, revealing the sucess of their government strategy which aims to promote it as a regional center.

The city has also converted in a safe haven for foreign companies outside  the political unrest of the rest of Arabia.

Dubai has a strategic location between Europe and Asia, and makes it a very attractive city to do business.

Government incentives such as tax breaks or liberal attitude with the Western Culture are one of the examples of their economic attractive. But there are some government restrictions like restrictions to operate in local market.

Madrid: It´s a good idea do business in Madrid cause it’s nearer than the others, but there are more reasons.

Madrid is home to more than 75 percent of companies in the media, technology and telecomunications sector, about the same level as New York.  It Is the third largest city in Europe, and it  has developed more than the rest of the cities  in Spain. The unemployment rate is lower than the national rate.

Besides spain is a popular country in the world.

Beijing: Beijing is a city with a very high rate of population about 20 million residents.

Sectors like mining, construction and agriculture have a high concentration in this town. Firms have a good interaction with government agencies and public companies, which is very important too.

Companies that want to acccess to local consumer markets have a good representation in Beijing.

Automobile sector has boomed in a few years, as China has become the world´s largest car market by  sales volume.

Besides China Goverment had made efforts to develop the central business disctrict.

Moscow: Moscow is one the most popular business cities, the second in Europe, and has made Russia a very important and properous emergent market.

Moscow has good infraestrutures and much higher levels of development than other large cities.

Services sector has a high concentration, especially professional services. Moscow has a important reason that make it a good Busines Center:Moscow has a highly skilled labor force and it often acts as a hub operations in Central and Eastern Europe.

Shangai: It is home to Chinás major financial institutions, and recieves a significant capital inflow from Hong Kong.

Sectors more represented are mining, construction and comodity companies.

Moreover,very important too, Shangai has also become a key regional center in Asia. U.S technology and manufacturing firms moved to this city.

London: London is a world´s popular business center along the history. The city still recruits the highest number of international companies in Europe like financial, professional services and banking companies.

The city accounts with the 20 percent of Uk´s economy.

Moreover capital rent in London is highest than that of other economies in Europe.

Tokio: Tokio is home to a lot of World Richest Companies, which we know, for example Honda, Sony, Mitsubishi etc. Tokio has a highly developed market and sectors like investment banks or insurance companies are well located in this city.

We can say that Tokio is one of the three command center of the world economy, but unfortunately the economy has stagnated due to natural disasters that happened recently.

Singapore: Number two of the Top Ten ranking, causeSingapore is a gateway to entry in one of the highest consumer markets in China.

Singapure has a high-quality infraestructure, and efficient administration, low taxes, a very important airport and port too, that makes it a good choice for many international companies.

The most located sector are banking and finance.

Hong Kong: Hong Kong is the world´s most popular city for international businesses, reflecting an economy with high power in Asia and around the world.

The city offers to companies a unique position inthe market. Companies can operate globally and still have access to a highly skilled and low-cost workforce. If you speak Chinese… Don´t Doubt it!!,Hong Kongi s The Numer One at the Top Ten Business Cities.

Despite the economic slowdown, there are more cities growing, if you want to do business choose yourself!

SOURCE: click here

Posted by: efamu | 24 October, 2011

THAILAND: The country of natural phenomena

Last August I travelled around Thailand. It’s the most beatiful country I’ve ever seen!

Thailand is often referred to as a golden land, not because there is precious metal buried undreground but because the country has this colour. It’s full of Buddhist temples, fertile rice fields of the central plains, white sandy beaches and warm hospitality of their citizens.

The best time to visit it is from November until the end of February, when  there is low humidity and a good temperature.

October is the wettest month and unfortunately this year at least 270 people have been killed by the worst flood in more than 50 years. In the province of Ayutthaya, one of the worst affected areas; people have been moving to evacuation shelters.

Moonsoon flooding, typhoons and storms are the worst catastrophe that can occur in this country and they have killed hundreds of people in the past four months.

When I was in Phi phi island (south of Thailand) everyone could remember the devastating tsunami. But fortunately today is an Asian paradise island where you can enyoy snorkelling and swimming.

If you are interested in this news, you can visit this website:

Posted by: miquelboix | 24 October, 2011

illegal questions at job interviews

Miguel Boix, a  student who took this course two years ago,  created this presentation about illegal questions at job interviews. I think you’l find it very useful.


Thanks Miguel!


Dear classmates,

This is the powerpoint I have presented in class today. I hope you find it useful.  How would you react if you were asked one of these illegal questions at a job interview?

Posted by: atamayoc | 23 October, 2011

Forbes 400: America´s Richest Women

I have read a very interesting press article in which comments about the Forbes 400 list and the richest women in America.

This is not only interesting because of the Forbes report but also for the rich vocabulary that it contains.

I have made for you a short summary, but I added the url if you want to read the full article.

Forbes 400: Meet America’s Richest Women

Of the 400 Forbes List made this year there are 42 women. Of these list only 4 of this women are self-made billionares. The America´s self-made billionares are Meg Whitman, who is the former chief of EBAY. She hit the  headlines with the news that she is been tapped to take over in the Computing Company HP. Her wealth amounts to 1.3 billion of dollars. Her wealth got a boost with the Ebay´s shares last year.

Another self-made billionare woman of course is Oprah Winfrey with a net worth of 2.7 billion of dollars.

The last others are Doris Fisher who with her husband found the firm GAP. I think you know this clothes label; and Diane Hendricks who cofounded with her husband ABC Supply´s.

Talking about the two richest women in America, they have there  the heiresses  of the giant Wal-Mart, Christy Walton and Alice Walton. Their net worth up this year a 3% since 2010.

The other woman leading the Forbes List was Tamara Gustavson, daughter of Bradley Hughes Public Storage´s founder.

I researched more about this company but I don´t know anything about this.

 Forbes article:

Former chief: ex jefe

Stagnant: estancado

To Pegg: vincular

Juggernant: gigante

Heiresses: herederas

Assets: activos

Remains to be seen: estaría por verse

Shares: acciones

Boost: impulsar

Poised: estar a punto de…

Tapped: designar

Posted by: DAVID | 23 October, 2011


I´m going to show you why I have weakness for Japanese food and specially for sushi and many of their varieties.

Nowadays there are a lot of Asian restaurants around the city and generally  they   aren’t very expensive.If you avoid believing the wrong opinion  about  sushi        (that is only raw fish on a plate) you will be able to enjoy new flavours completely different from Spanish cuisine, like  “umami” which is considered one of the five basics tastes together with with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.

In my opinion there are some plates that you can´t miss  as “harumaki” (mini-rolls), “tempura moriawase” (vegetables coat in tempura) and all kind of rice and noodles dishes. But the most famous is sushi which is based on cooked vinegared rice combined with  other ingredients.

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Posted by: patriserra | 23 October, 2011

My Top ten films of all time

I love watching films, either at the cinema or at home on TV. I have a huge collection of films on DVD and the ones I love the most are those that I can watch again and again and still be enthralled. I guess my favourite genre is thrillers but I like action and drama films too, science fiction films, war films, comedies…when you start thinking about it, it´s incredibly difficult to rate them in a top ten. So, here you are, they are not in a particular order, it would be an impossible task. I hope you like them as much as I do, let me know what you think in comments.

  1. The GoodFather ( 1972 ). An epic crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel by Mario Puzo. I think it´s possibly the best film ever made, a touchstone of cinema. One of the most imitated, quoted and admired films of all time. The Goodfather was followed by a pair of sequels.
  2. The Lord of the Rings ( 2001, 2002, 2003 ). Trilogy directed by Peter Jackson consisting of three fantasy adventure films based on the three- volume book by JRR Tolkien. Considered one of the biggest and ambitious films projects ever made. It cost a budget of 290 million of dollars and the entire project took 8 years.
  3. Fight Club ( 1999 ) An American film based on the novel of the same name by Chuk Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher and starred by Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter. One of the most controversial films I´ve ever seen. Just one quote of the film. First rule: Don´t talk about fight club, Second rule: Don´t talk about fight club.
  4. The Departed ( 2006 ) Directed by Martin Scorsese, one of my favourite films director. It´s amazing to watch Di Caprio as the good guy pretending to be bad and Matt Damon as the bad pretending to be good.
  5. Gattaca. ( 1997 ) It´s a science fiction film written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Another masterpiece but It´s hardly difficult to explain this film because this is not the typical science fiction film, no lasers guns, no aliens, no mutant powers…this is a drama set in a futuristic world.
  6. Amelie. ( 2001 ) A French film starred by Audrey Tautou. I think Paris is the city I love the most since I saw this film. It´s a delicious film about the simple and little things of the life. If you see this film, you´ll escape to another world.
  7. The Shawshank Redemption ( 1994 ) also known as Cadena Perpetua. Directed By Frank Darabont and starred by Tim Robbings and Morgan Freeman as main characters is based in a history by Stephen King.  An amazing film about hope and dreams.
  8. Pulp Fiction. ( 1994 ) This film represents the essence of Tarantino and it´s one of the funniest films I´ve ever seen, it´s hilarious and it has been considered the most influential film of the 90s.
  9. American Beauty. ( 1999 ) An American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and starred by Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning. I think that, in general,  it´s a satire of the American middle class about topics like sexuality, beauty, paternal love, materialism…
  10. Seven. ( 1995 ) Directed by David Fincher, In my opinion is not only the best thriller film ever, the ending is one of the most intense scene I´ve ever seen  and every detail is perfect and both Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman give great performances. The story is about two policemen who are searching for a killer that uses the seven deadly sins to kill his victims
Posted by: marisadedios | 20 October, 2011


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