The 15 students from different Spanish localities selected to participate in this year’s Huawei training program, "The Future of ICT", departed this morning for China from Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport.
The program is an initiative of Huawei Spain, in collaboration with the School of Industrial Organization (EOI), part of the company’s overall plan, "Telecom Seeds for the Future". The program, whose first edition took place in Spain in 2013, has seen the number of students selected rise from 10 to 15 in this second edition.
The fifteen Spanish students whose studies are focused on the fields of telecommunications and technology research, will carry out a two week stay in China, during which they will attend a course in Chinese language and culture in Beijing, visit Hong Kong and attend a weeklong training course at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen. They will also see the company’s exhibition centre , its logistics centre, R & D laboratory and manufacturing centre.
In the words of Walter Ji, CEO of Huawei Spain, "the company's commitment to Spanish society is one of our most important pillars. The second edition of 'The Future of ICT "is not the only on Corporate Social Responsibility project of Huawei for 2014, because we are convinced of the need to implement projects in the field of Education and New Technologies."
Renfe, in cooperation with SNCF, will strengthen the AVE high-speed train Barcelona-Paris with a fourth daily frequency in each direction from Sunday July 6.
With this addition, the Barcelona-Girona-Figueres service will have 15 daily AVANT high-speed connections in each direction.
The new convoy will leave the Catalan capital at 06.05 hours and will arrive in Paris at 12.45, while in the opposite direction there will be a service leaving Paris-Lyon at 10.07 and arriving in Barcelona at 16.38, reported Renfe in press release on Friday.
Also starting Sunday the Madrid-Marseille service will stop for the first time at Camp de Tarragona - departure at 16.23 hours - and Zaragoza-Delicias - 15.27 - and there will be changes in the schedule of this train and the Barcelona-Toulouse and Barcelona-Lyon services.
The Spanish textile Brand will be located in the new Zigzag building.
Mango continues its objective of implementing its 'megastore' concept worldwide. Launched in late 2013, it was conceived to accommodate its different lines in spaces ranging from 800 to 3000m2. After introducing it in the Ukraine, Mango has now announced its intention to open a flagship store in the Zigzag building, Victoria Street, London. The store, which will hold the Women and Kids collections, will open in the spring of 2015 and will have 900m2 on two floors.
Mango has 23 stores in the UK and 66 corners totalling 93 points of sale. It also has 4 online stores, including mango.com. During 2014 Mango will open new stores in Manchester and Belfast.
The group, which opened its first store in Barcelona in 1984, closed 2013 with a turnover of 1,846 million euros, representing an increase of 9% over the previous year. Today it makes 83% of its turnover in international markets.
It reached a volume of 331,071 tonnes transported
Air freight traffic at Spanish airports grew by 8.1% during the first half of the year, achieving a volume of 331,071 tonnes transported. In the month of June alone, the Aena network moved 54,579 tonnes of cargo, which represents an increase of 7.1% over the same period in2013. By airport, Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Baraja Airport recorded 28,406 tonnes in June; Barcelona-El Prat, 8,534 tonnes; Zaragoza, 5,781 tonnes; and Vitoria, 3,986 tonnes.
As regards the number of transactions between January and June, Spanish airports reported 860,973 operations, up 2.3%. During the month of June, 177,456 aircraft movements were performed, 4.1% more than the same month last year. In this section it is worth highlighting the results obtained by the main Canary Island airports which, as a whole, achieved a growth of 11.6% (24,852 transactions).
Finally, the whole Aena network recorded 4.2% more passengers, totalling 88,421,826 passengers during the first half of the year. Moreover, traffic grew in June for the eighth consecutive month to reach a total of 19,446,650 passengers, 4.8% more than in the same period of 2013. Of this figure, 13.9 million passengers are international, which have increased by 5.1%.
The first quarter of 2013 closed with an 8% increase in employees, according to the Catalan Government.
The Secretary for Infrastructure and Mobility of the Government of Catalonia, Ricard Font, accompanied by the director of the Area Division of the Cerdá Consulting Institute, Lluís Inglada, and CEO of Cimalsa, Isidre Gavin, presented the Competitiveness Indicators of the Logistics Observatory 2013, with advanced data for 2014.
According to the statement issued by the Generalitat, advanced data indicate that the Catalan transport and storage industry is leading the reactivation of the labour market in the first quarter of this year, with 8% more employees.
Moreover, in the last year the share of rail access to the ports of Barcelona and Tarragona has significantly increased, with a rise 11.4% and 14.6% respectively. And the first five months of 2014 are beginning with a sharp growth in port traffic, with increases of 8% in the Port of Barcelona and 2% at the Port of Tarragona compared to the same period in 2013.
Catalonia, according to the data, reinforces its leadership in supply of storage floor space in the state. The economic value of exports in the first three months has grown by over 4%.
Source: logisticaytransporte.es; 2014-07-21
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The company from Murcia, Thader Biotechnology, will introduce the cultivation of desert truffles into China. The Spanish firm will advise the Kunming Institute of Botany Of China (KIB), a centre specializing in the conservation of biodiversity and biological development, on the cultivation of this mushroom, as published by the newspaper, La Opinión de Murcia.
Thader Biotechnology is a pioneer in the cultivation of desert truffles, a mushroom with high nutritional and antioxidant properties, and has developed mycorrhizal plant production protocols with these species of truffles that grow attached to the root of another plant called Jara, a symbiosis which allows it to better withstand environmental conditions.
Their role in China will focus on teaching and mentoring by the KIB of the mushroom cultivation as has already been done in several places in the region of Murcia, Israel or Arab Emirates and soon in Portugal.
Compared to the black truffle, the desert truffle is much more productive because it produces from the first or second year, while black truffle takes about 7 years to grow. Its price is affordable compared to the above and is much more commercially attractive.
Thader Biotechnology is a spin-off of the University of Murcia and specializes in the production of biofertilizers and mycorrhizal plants associated with different species of truffles and mushrooms. The Spanish company has been collaborating for four years with a public organization in Abu Dhabi on a similar project.
Girona-Costa Brava Airport now has two two-dimensional boarding card readers at the security screening checkpoint area. These are devices that read boarding passes, both on paper and via mobile phone. The devices, which were put into operation on 3 July, aim to streamline the users’ passage through the Security Checkpoint. Ryanair, Wizzair and Transavia are the companies you can already make use of this system with. Moreover, it is worth noting that 4 new passenger information screens have been installed in the boarding area, meaning Girona airport now has nearly 100 screens distributed around its facilities.
The city is to host the World Congress on Computational Mechanics for the first time, bringing together more than 4,000 scientific experts to develop mathematical models.
Barcelona will host, for the first time, the World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM), which is celebrating its 11th edition and which will be held from 20 to 25 July at the Catalonia Palace of Congresses.
This conference will bring together 4,000 scientists expert in numerical methods and mathematical models for computer simulations. Simulations that enable breakthroughs in many fields of science, such as the construction of nuclear power plants and bridges, the design of cars, research of new drugs and reading of the human genome, among others.
Within the context of this conference, the European Conference on Computational Mechanics and the European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics will also be held jointly. In all there will be 52 countries represented, more than 3,200 tasks and 220 symposia.
Eugenio Oñate, director of the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering and president of the congress, was delighted: "This is an unprecedented event in which the most important world leaders in the field of computational mechanics will be working for five days to contribute to improving the quality of life of people through scientific advances in the computing world".
Barcelona and Madrid are third and fifth in the ranking of European cities in which most money is spent by tourists, a rating headed by London and Paris, which is prepared annually by MasterCard.
The company bases its calculations on the total arrivals and stays of international visitors and on cross-border spending in the destination cities, including the price of the plane ticket. In Europe, 36 cities are analysed, and 132worldwide.
In the case of Barcelona, spending this year amounts to $11,200 billion (8,230 million euro), representing an increase of 11.7% over 2013 and 60% compared to 2010. Madrid, the figure stands at 6,300 million dollars (4,630 million euro), 16.5% more than a year ago and 28.5% higher than in 2010, according to MasterCard.
The European cities with the highest spending are the UK capital, London, and the capital of France, Paris, with 19,300 and 17,000 million dollars, respectively. Between Barcelona and Madrid, comes Istanbul (Turkey), with 9,400 million.
The world ranking is led, in this order, by London, New York and Paris, while Barcelona is seventh and Madrid sixteenth.
Moreover, the expenditure made by each visitor per resident in Barcelona stands at $2,233 (1,640 euro), surpassed only by Dubai ($3,863) Singapore ($2,600) and London ($2,378).
According to the same source, the Catalan capital, which last year received 7.4 million travellers, is the fourth favourite European city to visit, behind London, Paris and Istanbul.
In the world, travellers’ preferred destinations are London, Bangkok (Thailand) and Paris. Barcelona ranks eleventh.
The state company AENA (Spanish Airports and Air Navigation) has been renamed and will be called Enaire from now on, as published on Tuesday the Official State Gazette (BOE). In the same order by the Ministry of Development, the cessation of José Manuel Vargas Gómez as director-president of the company is decreed.
This cessation is because the Royal Decree-law approving urgent measures for growth, competitiveness and efficiency states that the position of president in Enaire must be performed by the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing, a post currently occupied by Rafael Catala.
Despite the cessation, Vargas will continue to serve as chairman and CEO of the company responsible for the management of airports – according to sources from the Europa Press group – which will be called Aena S.A. to start the planned process of partial privatization.
To date, the AENA group had been divided into two areas: Aena Airports and the Aena public company (EPE), which was responsible for air navigation issues (management of air traffic controllers and towers) and general management.
Source: aerotendencias.com; 2014-07-22