The second frustrated attempt to form a government coalition in Sweden, this time led by the Social Democratic Party, has accentuated the political blockade in this Nordic country after the close general elections of a month and a half ago.
The Social Democratic leader and acting Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, today returned the mandate given to the impossibility of finding support in the center forces, two weeks after the head of the Conservative Party, Ulf Kristersson, refused to continue probing other formations for lack of agreement.
“Right now I do not see any possibility of forming a government that can be tolerated by Parliament, everything is so blocked that we have not been able to make progress,” admitted Löfven after meeting with Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlen.
The leftist block of Löfven, whose party was the most voted, won 144 seats for 143 of the center-right Alliance and 62 of the xenophobic Democrats of Sweden (SD), with which no other political party wants to agree.
Norlén decided, after speaking separately with the leaders of the eight parliamentary forces, not to give a new mandate and instead adopt a “more active” role, inviting from tomorrow to group meetings the parties that make up the four coalitions that see possible, excluding the SD and the Left Party.
The options are: a concentration executive of the four parties of the Alliance, social democrats and ecologists; another center with these last two, liberal and centrist; the Alliance with the greens, and a government made up of some of the center-right parties.
Norlen, who did not reveal which of those options he saw as more viable, pretends to have a better image of the state of the political discussions, although he warned that there is “no guarantee” that this initiative will be “successful”.
“There will be a time when there will have to be a vote in the House, but first I want to continue the talks,” said Norlen, who considers it “reasonable” to give the parties time in the “more complicated” parliamentary situation in Sweden for decades.
Several political leaders had urged Norlen over the course of the day to take a more active role and a vote to elect a prime minister soon be held in Parliament.
Kristersson stressed that his priority option is an executive of the entire Alliance or some of his forces, a possibility that was rejected by liberal and centrist weeks ago, who do not want to depend on SD votes.
The extreme right-wing leader, Jimmie Åkesson, reiterated his willingness to give his votes to a government of Conservatives and Democrats -which would not reach an absolute majority either-, but “with guarantees”.
The option of a concentration executive in the German image was rejected again by Kristersson, while Löfven was more receptive today and did not want to exclude that possibility.
In the Swedish system it is not necessary to have an absolute majority in Parliament to be elected prime minister, it is enough not to have a majority against.
Norlen has four attempts to find a candidate capable of forming an Executive that is accepted by the House and, if it is not successful, new elections would be called in three months.
The Swedish electoral regulations do not include as such the figure of early elections, but they speak of extraordinary, since the ordinary legislative elections are invariably held every four years.
“My opinion is that some extraordinary elections are not current, but I do not rule out that in the end they are the only solution to a closed situation, as the last exit,” Norlen said.
Several polls released in the last week suggest that the left bloc would slightly improve its results in a new election, but without any clear majority, which would maintain the current situation of political blockade.
In the event that there was not yet a new government, it would be the acting executive of social democrats and ecologists who now leads Löfven in charge of submitting budgets before the deadline of November 15.
The British travel agency Thomas Cook announced Friday the transfer of 301 tourists staying in a hotel in Hurghada, Egypt, after the death of a couple of holidaymakers, whose cause is still unknown.
British-based travel company Thomas Cook organized the evacuation of 301 vacationers from the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel in Egypt after the death of a couple in their 60s on Tuesday (August 21st). “The circumstances of their death are not yet established. We also received information about an unusually high number of patients among the clients. As security is our primary concern, we have made the decision to evacuate all guests from this hotel, “the company said in a statement released on Thursday night.
John, 69, and Susan Cooper, 63, were on vacation in the seaside resort on the Red Sea. According to a source close to the survey, the man felt bad on the evening of Tuesday. He died at the hotel after a doctor was called, reports Reuters. His wife, who was rushed to the hospital, died shortly afterwards.
The causes of death are still unclear. The prosecution has summoned the couple’s daughter, Kelly Ormerod, who was with them during the stay, and will perform an autopsy of the woman to clarify the elements of the investigation. But, according to the girl, who confided in the 2BR radio station, the two in her 60s “had no health problems” before going on vacation. She thinks their death may be due to a faulty air conditioning system, as The Telegraph points out .
Local officials speak more of a natural cause. “The couple was old and many drugs were found in their room, including for stress and diabetes,” said Red Sea Governor Ahmad Abdallah told AFP. According to a statement from the Office of the Governor of the Red Sea Province, the two holidaymakers would have died of a heart attack.
A couple “very close”
John and Susan Cooper were from Burnley, Lancashire County, England. The woman worked for the travel agency.
A relative has described the couple as “very, very close” to the Telegraph . “John was very talkative, he always had a funny story to tell,” he told the British daily. Kelly Ormerod, their daughter, still remains “in shock”.
The bloc decided to confirm the measures against energy sectors, defense and Russian banks imposed for the first time on July 31, 2014, after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine
European leaders gave their approval at dawn on Friday to extend for six months the economic sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the conflict in Ukraine, a decision that must be formally approved by the Council of the EU.
The 28 leaders held in Brussels “a very short discussion” on the matter “that will lead to prolonging for six other tables the sanctions” imposed for the first time in July 2014, a European official told AFP.
The bloc decided to impose these sanctions on energy sectors, defense and Russian banks for the first time on July 31, 2014, after the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine.
The 28 have subsequently expanded and, in mid-March 2015, decided to link their duration to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which seek to end the conflict between forces loyal to Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.
In response, Moscow adopted retaliatory measures against European farmers.
The current prolongation expired at the end of July.
Economic sanctions are one of the aspects of the punitive measures decided by the EU to sanction Moscow’s role in the conflict in Ukraine, a country it seized in March 2014 from the Crimean peninsula, an annexation that the EU does not recognize and that It generates concern in Russia’s neighbors, such as the Baltic countries.
Financial institutions should inform their clients, as well as mitigate the risks of an exit from the United Kingdom of the EU without a compromise between the two.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) asked the financial institutions of the region to prepare for a Brexit, a UK exit from the European Union, without an agreement and without a transition period.
“Financial institutions should accelerate their preparations for a possible exit from the United Kingdom of the EU in March 2019, without a ratified withdrawal agreement,” the ABE said in a statement published on Monday on its official website.
He warned that although the United Kingdom and the European Union could reach a political agreement on a transition period for Brexit, it would have no legal effect until there is a Withdrawal Agreement, which is ratified by both parties.
“It is imperative that financial institutions in the European Union and the United Kingdom identify potential exposures and risks that may affect them, and the possible implications of the possible departure of the United Kingdom without a ratified Withdrawal Agreement,” said Andrea Enria, president of the EBA
In particular, financial institutions should take appropriate measures to mitigate the impact without depending on possible solutions from the public sector.
They must also identify and mitigate risks in accessing the infrastructure of the financial and financing markets. In addition to evaluating and taking the necessary measures to address any impact on the rights and obligations of their existing contracts, particularly derivative contracts.
Additionally, clearly communicate to your clients that they could be affected by this and inform their authorities about the actions they are taking.
The British government will soon publish a white paper detailing the objectives of the United Kingdom on the future relationship it wants with the European Union (EU), informed today the minister and negotiator of the “Brexit”, David Davis.
This white paper will explain in a “detailed, ambitious and precise” manner its position in the face of the UK’s link with the EU once it leaves the European bloc in 2019, the minister added.
Davis, in a statement to the media, called the document the “most significant” on the EU since the June 2016 referendum, in which the British voted in favor of the “Brexit.”
According to the British negotiator, this text will explain “what would change” after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and will cover issues in customs, divergence on regulation and financial services, as well as the future security relationship with the 27.
The text can be released before the European summit to be held in Brussels between June 28 and 29, according to the media.
The preparation of this document is known after the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, yesterday held a meeting with prominent members of her government to evaluate the different customs options in order to solve the problem that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, since the objective is to remain invisible.
May has divided the ministers of his Government into two groups so that each one evaluates the possible customs relationship with the EU.
In one are the ministers who prefer a model of “customs association”, by which the United Kingdom would collect tariffs on behalf of the EU on the goods arrived at their ports but destined to the 27, thus avoiding new checkpoints at the border British-European
In the other, there are those who prefer “maximum facilitation”, which would make it possible to resort to the latest technology to minimize the need for physical border controls after “Brexit”.
According to the media, May has established these two groups before the impossibility for everyone to agree on the customs relationship that the United Kingdom wants to raise with Brussels in the negotiations on the “Brexit”.
Elsa Punset, the writer who found in philosophy the keys to happiness: “Negative emotions make us less intelligent”
The graduate in Philosophy and Letters and writer of bestsellers was established as a reference author in the area of emotional and social intelligence in the Spanish-speaking world. Through the analysis of the legacies of the most notable ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers, the guru of happiness selected the best tools to achieve the long-awaited welfare state
Born in the city of London, but raised in Haiti, the United States and Madrid, perhaps the somewhat nomadic life of Elsa Punset has given her a character that allows her to put distance to the context, and to de-dramatize life.
Today she is considered a guru of happiness, a title that emerges from her restless career and career, and whose keys she found after a thorough search for the thoughts of ancient and contemporary philosophers from around the world.
She is the daughter of the famous Spanish writer, economist and scientific disseminator Eduard Punset. He studied Philosophy and Letters at the University of Oxford and has a master’s degree in Humanities, Journalism and Secondary Education. He also directs the Laboratory of Social and Emotional Learning, from which he promotes workshops and projects related to emotional intelligence for adults and children.
The books of his authorship include Radical Innocence, Compass for Emotional Navigators and A Backpack for the Universe. The latter became a best seller with more than 150,000 copies and 14 editions in Japan, Mexico, Italy, Turkey and Greece among others.
His areas of interest are focused on the application of emotional intelligence, decision making and learning processes in adults and children. Since 2015, he began the publication of a collection of illustrated stories, aimed at a child audience that helps children understand and control their emotions through their adventures.
A legacy of ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers
Through a legacy of ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers, poets and scientists, the writer brings in her tools with high doses of pragmatism, routines, gestures, intuitions, and clues to approach the ideal of happiness day by day.
“Philosophers understood philosophy as a way of life and wanted to find tools so that people could practice daily self – help, not only for themselves but also to relate to and get along with others” in his book Felices.
From the wisdom of the Stoics rescues the ability to remain calm and be reasonably happy in difficult situations and explains that a good part of human suffering is due to trying to exert control over the elements that can not be controlled such as work, economy and the future.
“Happiness is not a biological luxury, nor an egoism, nor a whim as has been thought, but it has a direct impact not only on emotional well-being and mental health but on physical health, memory, longevity, creativity, and the intellectual quotient, ” explained the writer in a dialogue.
A generation of multiple challenges
For Punset, the human being is presented with multiple opportunities today, but the speed in which he lives is a double-edged sword: although it allows access to information as never before, the lives of human beings are more unstable than ever. The human being finds himself in a daily war between opening himself to the world of information and not doing it to protect himself from the invasion of information.
“The work, the couple, the place where we live, all of this is inconstant and the human brain hates uncertainty, which is why it is a very exciting moment to live, but one that causes a lot of stress,” Punset said.
According to the happiness guru, it has been observed for decades that the speed with which increases the welfare or the ability to be happy, is not equivalent to the speed with which the material facilities offered by consumerism do.
In turn, if we talk about social networks, a medium of great impact in a society that has managed to transform the forms of communication, this phenomenon in which the human being is immersed has its positive and negative side. “You never get away from anything, everything is so close that it costs a lot to take distance and not be overwhelmed, ” he said.
Emotions are contagious like a virus
For the expert, social networks break the capacity of physical connection with the other. “Anonymity and remoteness allow people to attack and not feel affected by the other’s reaction, we are endowed with empathy and feel emotions physically, unless we are psychopaths,” he said.
Most people believe that changing jobs, country or environment will flee from toxic or negative people. The problem for Punset is that wherever they go they will be reunited because this is how humanity works, which is a great emotional ecosystem and there is “everything everywhere”.
“It is smarter to learn to manage those who harm you, to set limits, to learn to say no, not to carry the problems of others, to flee,” he said.
In his book, he proposes a small protocol to face the anger of the other, learn to manage and express the negative emotions of which we are inevitably surrounded.
The emotional kidnapping of anger
The anger is, after the fear, one of the main emotions of a brain programmed to survive. Although it has a very bad reputation, it is neither negative nor positive. Like the rest of the emotions, it is useful or harmful when defending something important; it is “the germ of social justice”. “Anger causes a very strong emotional reaction in the human brain to want to attack or flee, negative emotions make us less intelligent and less creative,” he explained.
Humans are a kind of chemical and electric volcano, which needs to express emotions and not repress them. “If they want to give themselves the luxury of living emotions one hundred percent have the responsibility to learn to manage them,” he said.
A brain programmed to survive: Teflon for the positive, velcro for the negative
The human brain is programmed to seek pleasure for survival, not pleasure itself, and, above all, enjoy food and sex.
Learning to give up something temporarily, although it is not necessary to do so, is the key to prove that you do not need it as much as you think and to fight against the habituation process of the human brain, that you get used to pleasant things and in the end you stop enjoying them as at first.
The Stoics were in favor of being unaccustomed to small pleasures and then returning to focus on the positive and enjoy it more: living in the present, not living in the crazy brain that is always in the past and in the future.
” Children, ” he explained, “have a brain that is much more prepared to enjoy the present because it is not physiologically developed, they smile an average of hundreds of times a day and adults average between 17 and 20 times a day.”
Small revolutions in the world in search of happiness
In Australia, the aboriginal walkabout tradition is about a journey of discovery. When adolescence arrives, the Australian aborigines must go through a hard and essential rite of passage that requires them to live alone in the desert for about six months. Lonely time allows them to find themselves.
In the United States, celebrating Thanksgiving every fourth Thursday in November is a tradition that goes back to the year 1620. Cultivating a grateful attitude towards life has multiple benefits: greater happiness, greater self-esteem, and better social relationships. Celebrating and training the capacity for gratitude expresses appreciation for what one has, rather than emphasizing what one does not.
In Thailand, the Loy Krathong festival teaches to let go of negative emotions, through a ritual where thousands of paper liners rise to the sky symbolizing an invitation to let go of worries, renunciation and overcoming all resentments, bad humor and weak points of each, in order to start a new life without them.
“When I speak of happiness, I do not say that life is easy, among the enormous losses that the human being faces, the first is the fear of his own life that ends.” We lose loved ones, opportunities, and jobs and what more it helps us to overcome it is the affection of others and even then we cannot avoid long duels and wounds, “warned Punset.
Very often the human being faces great losses and nevertheless what really causes him unhappiness in a sustained way is his way of managing the small negative emotions. “The great misfortunes cannot be avoided, they are uncontrollable and once they arrive we have a very powerful psychological immune system to face them”, he concluded.
This principle is based on a state where it is propitiated that the thoughts move without restrictions “from one branch to another”, like the apes. Three guidelines to get out of rules and stereotypes and achieve innovative ideas
Allowing the mind to play with new ideas greatly favors finding new results to old problems (Getty)
Did anyone ever see a monkey sitting quietly and quietly? Impossible! The monkeys are always eating something, doing something, balancing.
Like his ancestor in the evolution of species, man, when he has nothing to do, chews gum, smokes, moves his legs restlessly, eats. It could be said that these are meaningless occupations, “monkey occupations”. Something must be done continuously to keep busy.
The principle of the creative mind is based on a mental state where we allow thoughts to move without restrictions from one branch to another
“The ‘monkey mind’ describes the habitual mental movement that all people have, some more than others, jumping from branch to branch, from subject to topic, from tree to tree, distracting us or simply wandering between one idea and another, a Thinking or visualizing Our mind works like this, we naturally zap mentally, as we jump from one news story to another or from one profile to another on Facebook, from one photo to another on Instagram. This state of mental wandering has, like all things, their good side and their bad side. ” Thus the subject of the meditation instructor and astrologer Monika Correia Nobre presented.
For her, “the principle of the creative mind is based on a mental state where we allow thoughts to move without restrictions from one branch to another”. ” Within this practice we can follow the direction of our monkey mind that is handled instinctively, observing with curiosity the spaces that travel the thoughts without questioning where they go and trusting that the trip will help us solve or decipher some issues that, if we analyze them linearly, we could not solve “, he went on.
“Therefore, allowing your mind to play with new ideas or explore fantasies greatly favors finding new results to old problems, as we let go of the rules and stereotypes and begin to move away from them,” said the founder and director of Astro for. , diversity in external stimuli allows us to have new thoughts and thus we can make unusual associations of ideas, things or images, for that reason it is very helpful to see new things, listen to music from other places and know different places and cultures “.
Dispersion, the negative side of the monkey mind
“Staying with only that part of our mental abilities distracts us from the objectives, jumping from branch to branch does not allow us to anchor and materialize our ideas in reality.” Concentration and clarity arise from another mental state called “ox-brain” or the ‘arreo del buey’ in the Buddhist metaphor “, explained Correia Nobre.
Concentration and clarity arise from another mental state called ‘ox-head’ or the ‘ox harness’ in the Buddhist metaphor
And after ensuring that “the ox harness is a synthesis of meditative practice, where you move from jumping from one thought to another as a way to remain active to gather all the energy of the mind in one direction bringing clarity and depth”, The expert exemplified: “Steve Jobs was a practicing meditator, he told his biographer: ‘If you sit and watch yourself, you will see how disturbed your mind is. If you try to calm her, the situation will only get worse. after some time you will achieve it, and you will become aware of more subtle things, your thoughts will slow down, your consciousness will expand and you will see far beyond what you saw before. “He was describing no more and no less than the passage of the mind. from monkey to ox harness “.
How to develop the creative mind: monkey mind
To use the mind of the monkey in favor is to jump intentionally from branch to branch since that will allow us to feed on what surrounds us.
Some ideas may be:
View images and stories from remote places and times, listen to music from different cultures or meet people or inspiring places opens the field of perception and allows to include new spheres of knowledge.
Also, read new things every day, learn words, meanings and listen to them while pronouncing them.
Allow time for creative mental wandering, allowing the mind to travel freely while the relaxed body rests.
How to develop the peaceful mind: ox mind
“Expanding our mental capacity depends on the practice of meditation,” said Correia Nobre, and gave a series of indications to achieve it.
As spaces of silence appear in your interior, those places will generate perceptions of a world that already existed, but that the mental noise did not allow observing
Give yourself a small space of daily time free from external pressures.
Sit and relax breathing, observing what happens inside the mind.
Recognize the incessant movement of thoughts as nature of the mind, without trying to stop them but simply observing their circulation. This is the first step to achieve the “harness of the ox” or to understand it better, is the first step to achieve a harmonious mental state where our thoughts are directed where we want and not where they want.
Progressively, the speed between the emergence of one thought and the next is going to slow down.
As spaces of silence appear in your interior, those places will generate incredible perceptions of a world that existed previously, but that the mental noise itself did not allow to observe.
“Focused, light, with clarity and perspective, open to the world, happy and self-conscious, this is the mind that we can enjoy if we use all the benefits of our dual mental capacity”, concluded the expert.
If you are going to attend the wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan Markle, do not be like Ed Sheeran or David Beckham. Do not use your left hand to greet royalty as the singer did on a visit to Prince Charles, or wear an American suit, as the ex-footballer did at William’s wedding.
These are some of the keys that William Hanson, the expert in protocol and label specialized in the British royal house, contributed today in a meeting with the media in London.
“The British have a protocol, a formula that they follow strictly, Meghan, on the other hand, has his own style, so he may break it in some way,” said Hanson, who also collaborates with the British tabloid “Daily Mail.”.
For example, Hanson noted that bowing to the royal family should be done by bending down slightly and tapping the left knee slightly.
They can also be done by tilting their heads in a sign of respect, which would be more appropriate than lowering the whole body.
These rules are also respected within the royal family and, for example, Beatrice, Duchess of York, will have to bow to Meghan and Enrique, while the couple must make in turn to William, Duke of Cambridge, and his son George.
However, despite these strict rules, the duo has left the rest of the British tradition with gestures such as go hand in hand, which they define as a “personal preference”.
“There is no specific rule about this, Enrique and Markle shake hands in public, but Guillermo and Catalina do not, it depends on the couple,” he added.
One of the biggest doubts about the wedding is the title that Enrique and his fiancee will receive from Queen Isabel II.
The most probable thing is that the queen gives them to choose them among several options and from there they both decide, although the last word will be the monarch.
“Personally, I think they will name him Duke,” the expert added before explaining that, once the third son of Guillermo and Catalina is born, Enrique will become the sixth in the line of succession.
Regarding Markle, Hanson maintained that his divorce in the past will not be a serious problem and that it would be more if Henry were Guillermo instead of Enrique.
“Times have changed and they are changing, Meghan will not be very worried, she is strong and she has character, they will accept her,” she added.
As for the details of the wedding, the banquet will be organized around round tables and not a large rectangular table as the British royal family used to on past occasions.
In addition, a test dinner will be held the day before, in which Hanson said that “too many American customs” will not be carried out.
The wedding guests, who number more than 2,000, will receive a protocol guide with the clothing allowed for the occasion.
Thus, it is recommended not to wear clothes of American designers, as was the case of David Beckham at William’s wedding in 2011, when he wore a Ralph Lauren suit, badly decorated with a medal on the right lapel, instead of the left.
Among the keys are that tiaras can only be worn by married women, that gloves will be allowed if they are combined with short sleeves and that men’s shoes should be tied and be of leather.
“In the case of journalists and photographers wearing the suit, it will be fine,” the most famous protocol expert in the UK recounted with laughter.
The youngest son of Prince Charles and the deceased Diana de Gales, 33, will marry in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, just outside London, on May 19.
Meteorologists do not get rid of the recurring theme of time when they go in the elevator or are among friends, but they flee from the technical and try to liven up the moment with anecdotes, jokes or jokes of the profession.
Ángel Rivera worked for 38 years at the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), the last seven as spokesman, when he discovered that the meteorologists’ effort to communicate time has contributed to “putting it in fashion”.
What do meteorologists talk about?
“No matter how city we are, we have the need of contact with nature and the weather information brings us closer to it,” said this expert, co-author with meteorologist Beatriz Hervella of the book “The timeshare: dialogues of meteorologists” , in which they reveal some of the unknown aspects of this popular discipline.
Both talk over 240 pages about their passion for predicting the time and the frustration of not being able to change it when it is adverse, of the need to communicate correctly or of the other uses of predictions since the irruption of the internet, massive access to the sources of information or social networks.
“Meteorologists also talk about time in the elevator and in our daily lives, but not predictions, I would tell you some curiosity, like the size of your nose, can indicate if your ancestors went cold,” he said in an interview with Efe Beatriz Hervella, graduated in particle physics.
The growing interest in time
For this expert, founder of MeteoGalicia and for a decade presenting weather information on Galician television, citizens hardly make mistakes when talking about time; “You are very well informed, glad to hear”.
“Since the arrival of the Internet it is easier to be self-taught, it opened an incredible field that with social networks finished exploding, and now we all speak, one on one, academic or not, and whoever does not want to do it will miss the train,” insured.
For Angel Rivera, first president of the Association of Meteorology Communicators (ACOMET), there is a growing interest of the viewer for weather information because “it is realizing what is happening with the weather.”
But the quality of the predictions has also influenced, the presentations are more attractive and the participation of the public with photos or videos is increasing; “The conditions for perfect communication are given”, he underlined.
Rivera has regretted however that some media broadcast alarming messages for winning a headline; “You have to know what you’re talking about when you cite hurricanes, tornadoes or explosive cyclogenesis and prevent false information from creating unnecessary problems.”
In this sense, he has defended the need for weather information to be disclosed by a meteorologist with skills as a communicator, although there may also be journalists very well trained in meteorology; “The important thing is to know how to speak and know what you are talking about”.
For Beatriz Hervella, the advantage that this work is performed by a meteorologist is that “it is not subordinated to anyone, it produces its own meteorological information and is a prescriber in its field, while a journalist is subject to the information sent to him”.
The evolution of the prediction
This, his fourth book, “has two originalities, its structure in the form of dialogue and the fact that it addresses meteorology from the perspective of two generations that in turn come from very different institutions.”
“I contribute the veteran vision – she has explained – but the freshness and creativity of Beatriz is infinite, she applies the prediction to anything, contemplates many ways of communicating, although we were surprised that we were more in agreement than we thought”.
For Beatriz, Ángel “is like when you arrive at the grandparents’ house in the summer, you go up to the attic and discover a new closet full of secret things, you open a drawer and there is another compartment, a story that connects with another.”
And he has recognized that in meteorology “there were many things to change, the language was too stiff, even military, and now it is more simplistic, more every day, the new generations have broken with the encorsetamiento and we have approached the real needs of the people”.
Challenges for the future
Although “much remains to be done”, both authors have agreed, and Angel Rivera is missing some mobile application that unifies the message of all services associated with meteorologies, such as the Aemet, the DGT or Civil Protection.
“We must coordinate to give a unique and forceful message because people are not so interested in what is going to rain, but if that rain is going to complicate your routine and what you have to do to avoid major problems,” he said.
And he has called for a “law of meteorology that distributes game”, because, although the Aemet has a coordinated service of delegations, “we do not get as close to autonomy as an autonomous service does”.
A meteorological museum
For Angel Rivera, it would be very good if Spain had a meteorological museum, “beyond the traveling exhibitions that the Aemet does”, where the evolution from the most ancestral methods of prediction to modern technology can be seen.
Some of those ancient methods, often based on astronomical prediction models, still survive; “The astrometeorologists have been successful many times and deserve all respect, anyone who works with seriousness and honesty deserves it, another thing is that you do not agree or do not know the technique and you can doubt.”
“I believe that his successes have not been coincidence, because in nature everything is connected”, he explained; “We are subjected to cosmic radiations that come from different points and influence the changes of time; You have to be humble, life is all probability and the relationships between some things and others are there and you have to respect them, “he said.
Rivera has mentioned the installations of the Aemet in the Parque del Retiro as a possible location for that meteorological museum; “There the first Spanish meteorological service worked and it would be very visited, given the interest that man has always had for knowing the atmosphere”.
A “glam” volcano named Harry Styles has melted thousands of teenagers in Madrid. The most successful of the former members of One Direction have enjoyed today a concert in which he has presented his solo album before thousands of fans who succumb to the charisma and personal style of which he shows. After offering last Friday in Barcelona the first of the two concerts he had planned in Spain as part of the Live On Tour, Styles confirmed tonight that his music also raises passions on Madrid’s soil: the public -mostly adolescents- He has received as if the end of the world were near. They have done it after more than half an hour of delay because the LED screens that announced the beginning of the concert have gone off abruptly twice, before the artist could appear on stage, wearing a black pinstripe suit.
The Briton, who was the first of the five guys from One Direction to do a world tour, has come to the Wink Center with all the sold-out tickets to present his solo album, with which he soon savored success, since in the first week of his US debut (May 2017) reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 list. With “Only angel”, one of the loveliest songs of that album, the singer has begun his performance under the same semicircular LED screens that, after the mishap, have worked correctly. “You have a task today: to spend the best moment of your life”, warned Styles, who has been funny and very affectionate with his audience from start to finish. So much so, that he has repeated several times “I love you with all my heart”.
Thus, grateful and enthusiastic, the Briton has shared other songs from his new stage as a soloist, among which are “Woman”, “Ever since New York” or “Two Ghosts”, without forgetting his past in One Direction. The first song of his old band in sonar, “Stockholm Syndrome”, has put to jump to an exultant crowd that has clothed the musician in that and in the rest of songs. It has also left room for some versions that in his voice seem recently released, such as Just a Little bit of your heart “, by the American singer Ariana Grande, or” The Chain “, by the London band Fleetwood Mac.
One of the most unexpected moments was when the singer decided to cross the track to sing “Sweet creature” and “If I could fly” in the middle of the venue and with a Spanish flag covering the microphone. Then, with the melted adolescent hearts, Styles only needed to air the anthem of the night, a One Direction musical bomb that in 2011 played on all the radio stations: “What makes you beautiful”. During that theme, Styles, a well-known defender of LGBT rights, has waved two flags with the colors of the rainbow.
At all times his strong charisma, his personal style -recently he has been appointed an ambassador of the firm Gucci- and a genuine sympathy have been present on the stage of the old Palace of Sports, where the young man has given innumerable smiles. At the end of the concert, few could doubt that the singer’s commitment to pop music with a “glam rock” that remind David Bowie is, at least, successful. That is the line that follows what is considered the best song of 2017 by Rolling Stone magazine, “Sing of the times”, which has sounded at the end of the evening with thousands of illuminated screens in the stands and the track.
For the brio of applause is not surprising that all the encores could seem scarce to the public and that two years after the farewell to the famous “boy band” there is a member who carries the name of One Direction flag. The last theme of the night, “Kiwi”, has once again shown the complicity that exists between the fans and the artist. The first ones have lived today one of the “moments of their life” and the second one can boast of a clear magnetism.