Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Parque de Lisboa News 7.




Welcome to our seventh news program. Today we will speak about tobacco price increased, Winter Olympics tragedy and our literary recommendation. And we begin our new weekly game in which you will have to answer a question and leave your answer in the comments for this post. But first,

TOBACCO PRICE'S INCREASE.

My talk is going to be about tobacco and the increase in its price. First of all, the Government thinks that if they increase the price of tobacco we can go out of crisis, because the Government catches 50% of the money from there. Secondly I think they must do other things because people who smoke can't buy tobacco so frequently. Then income goes down. In my opinion they must do other things for going out of crisis (by Nicolas Kireyev).

WINTER OLYMPICS TRAGEDY AND WHAT LUGE IS.

Last Friday, Nodar Kumaritashvili died in Vancouver when he was racing at 150 km/h in a luge race. Doctors did all they could to make Nodar back to life, but they couldn't do anything because he died in the same instant when he crashed against a column. Nodar was from Georgia and he was 21 years old. Nodar was the 44th in the world and he is the first dead in 18 years in Winter Olympic Games. The next day after his death all Vancouver observed a moment of silence in his memory. Furthermore, every important person, like Jacques Rogge, the president of IOC, sent their condolences to Nodar's family and friends.

Luge consists in a sledge made of metal with rollers in the lowest part of the sledge. There aren't brakes in the sledge and you must drive it changing the position of your weight. The driver goes with his feet forward and the head backwards. There are weight limits in the sledge, it must be 23 kg, and the person has another weight limit. IOC puts a limit because everyone must have the same opportunities when he is racing. Luge is a very limited sport because it needs a lot of expensive installations and only a few countries can afford it (by Alejandro Montero).

LITERARY RECOMMENDATION: THE LONG WALK.

How long could you keep runnning over 6 km/h? How long could you keep runnning over 6 km/h...if your life was at stake? This is the plot of this week's book. Written by Stepehen King, The Long Walk deals with a contest where, if you win, you can ask for whatever you want for the rest of your life, but if you lose... you'll be wacked-you'll be shot by the soldiers. The soldiers are going to follow you day and night and they aren't going to hesitate to shoot you. The competitors are 100 teens who are attracted by the prize, 99 will die, just one will survive. How can they allow this type of contest? Very easy to answer: who leads this contest, the Major, is who leads the country. How can they watch this type of contest (there are billions of viewers)? Oh, you can imagine: if nowadays we watch contests like Big Brother, why can´t they watch things like that within 40 years? Ah! It's a Stephen King's book so, beside having sociological issues, it has a bit of terror and suspense too. Be a good boy (or girl) and read it, it's interesting (by Álvaro Bravo).
Finally, today's question is: "What's the name of the Spanish Prime Minister?" Leave your answers as a comment to this entry. Thank you, we'll meet again next week.

27 comments:

Diego Lopez said...

The answer is Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Belèn said...

Actually in Spain we haven`t got prime minister ,the person who do the function of prime minister is the president,and actually our president is Josè Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Gloria Castillo said...

spain doesnt got any prime minister

Ángel said...

Zapatero?

Claudia Forte Díaz said...

The term prime minister in Spanish is not Prime Minister, but president, anyway, when you say the spanish prime minster you mean the spanish president,that's Jose Luis Rodrígez Zapatero.

Ángeles Puertas said...

What a great work! I am looking forward to reading your Parque de Lisboa News 8!
And the answer to your question is... José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, isn't it?

Chusteacher said...

As a teacher from the IES Parque de Lisboa I want to congratulate Juan Ignacio for his effort and his students for your courage and good work.
I would like to know the name of the students involved in the project. Good work guys! I want to hear more from you soon!

María Jesús Campos

Julio, the teacher... said...

Prime Minister... I wish we had one! (and no king)

I enjoy your blog every week!

martaeva30 said...

Hello everybody

I'm Juan's friend since we met in a course for teachers in Scotland in the summer of 2007. Even though we don't see each other often(I've been a mum recently and my baby takes all my time...)I just want to say this blog is great, there's a lot of work behind and it's a fantastic way to motivate students!!

Marta Eva

martaeva30 said...

This is a fantastic way to motivate students, there is a lot of work behind this blog...I'm Juan's friend since we met in a course for teachers in Scotland. I've been a mum recently and my baby takes all my time now, but I just want to say this blog brings some fresh air to us, English language teachers, thank you!!

Marta Eva

dolores said...

I'm Miss Quintero Martin. Just to say that I am impressed with your work and that of your students. Keep it up! Loli

Diego Lopez said...

Spain doesn't got prime minister

sandra said...

i think also that Spain doesent have any prime minister,we have a president called Zapatero

Pepa Martínez said...

We don't actually have a Prime Minister in Spain. Instead we have an elected president, currently Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and a Head of State who is King Juan Carlos.
By the way let me say what I think about our personal opinions on politics: We should keep them to ourselves!

Anonymous said...

I think it is José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, isn't he?

jarroyo said...

As a teacher from another High School, I just wanted to congratulate all the students from Parque de Lisboa who are working, with the aid of Juan Ignacio, in such a good, interesting way.
Keep on like that!!!
Javier Arroyo

jacqueline said...

In Spain, I think, we have a Head of State and an elected president but we haven't got any prime minister.

jacqueline said...

In Spain, I think, we have a Head of State and an elected president but we haven't got any prime minister.

laura barbadillo said...

Spain doesnt got prime minister.

celia pastor said...

Well, I don´t know very well what is a Prime Minister but, according to the translation I think it´s like a good minister or something like that. If I am right with my suppositons, I don´t think (I don´t know very much about politics but according to what I have heard this is the only thing I can say)there is a Prime Minister in Spain.

Congratulations for the blog, Celia Pastor de 2ºD

mariia said...

I think we don't have a primer minister in Spain.

Ainhoa said...

I think,that the answer is Zapatero but I'm not sure about it.

Ainhoa said...

Uummmmmmmmmmmm, agreeing with Pepa regarding the Prime Minister, but entirely disagreeing about her opinion on politics. In my opinion, we should all be able to express ourselves on politics or on any other issue, as long as we do it in a respectful manner. In fact, I believe it is very healthy to have conversations with people whose opinions differ from ours,as it help us to increase our tolerance.

PEACE, LOVE & RESPECT to everyone

Vanessa Sanchez said...

Yes people, the primer minister of Spain is Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, though my I don´t like it as president.

taniia said...

Well,in Spain there's not a prime minister,but we understant that our presidente ``Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero´´ís like our prime minister!
Congratulations for the blog
Tania Rodríguez Vega 2ºC

Sofía del Barrio said...

Spain doesn't have a prime minister, the person who does the function of prime minister is the president,that nowadays is Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

aLvArO BrAvo diAZ said...

thanks everyone for joining in the contest. We don´t have any prize for you, but as the people say: the important is joining in