Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekly Bilingual News

Dear Friends:

Hello! Welcome to the weekly online communication of the Spanish-English Club with a brief analysis of the main events and news of the last few days to help the members of the Club in your bilingual practice.

¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos a la comunicación semanal en línea del Spanish-English Club con un breve análisis de los principales acontecimientos y noticias de los últimos días para ayudar a los miembros del Club en la práctica bilingüe.

This is the English version of the issue. We suggest you try to rewrite it in Spanish. Later, we will complete the issue with the Spanish part of this Weekly Bilingual News. You can write us for comments and more bilingual vocabulary everytime you need.

On Monday, November 15, press sources related the Afghan-American tensions for some comments of President Hamid Karsai published by The Washington Post during the previous weekend.

El lunes, 15 de noviembre, fuentes de prensa se refirieron a las tensiones afganas-americanas por algunos comentarios del Presidente Hamid Karsai publicados en The Washington Post durante el fin de semana previo.

On Tuesday, November 16, A House ethics panel found senior Democratic member Charles Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 counts of US House of Representatives ethics violations presented against him.

El martes, 16 de noviembre, un panel de ética de la Cámara de Representantes encontró al miembro demócrata Charles Rangel culpable de 11 de los 13 asuntos de violaciones de ética a la Cámara de Representantes de los Estados Unidos presentados contra él.

Also on Tuesday, some press media talked about the new security searches implemented by theTransportation Safety Administration for the incoming holiday's sessions.

También el martes, algunos medios de prensa hablaron acerca de los nuevos procedimientos de securidad implementados por Transportation Safety Administration para las temporada de las fiestas venideras.

On Wednesday, November 17, General Motors Company priced its historic initial public offering at $33 per shares, raising $20.1 billion in common and preferred stock in one of the largest stock offerings in the United States.

El miércoles 17 de noviembre, General Motors Company estableció el precio de histórica oferta pública inicial en $33 por acción, subiendo el total de acciones comunes y preferidas a unos 20 mil cien millones de dólares en una de las ofertas de acciones más grandes de los Estados Unidos.  

Also on Wednesday, the outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi won the position of Minority Leader of the new US Congress effective starting in January.

También el miércoles, la saliente Jefa de la Cámara de Representantes Nancy Pelosi ganó la posición de Líder Minoritario del nuevo Congreso de los Estados Unidos efectivo comenzando en enero.

About this subject, we posted the following comment for the Journal Community of Wall Street Journal: "With the election of Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives, her party has locked its doors to the FUTURE. What will be the price for this decision? Who will be the winner after all?" Domingo A. Trassens. The comment received 7 recommendations from other members of the Community.

On Thursday, November 18, top Irish government officials acknowledged for the first time that the country is negotiating a massive international bailout. The analysts ask who will be the next members of the EU with big troubles. Some observers gave two potential names: Portugal and Spain.

El jueves 18 de noviembre, altos funcionarios del gobierno irlandés reconocieron por primera vez que el país está negociando un rescate financiero másivo a nivel internacional. Los analistas se preguntan quienes serán los proximos miembros de la Unión Europea con grandes problemas. Algunos observadores dieron dos posibles nombres: Portugal y España.

On Friday, November 19, at Frankfurt meeting, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke reacted against criticism at home and abroad of the Fed's policies, arguing that China and others are causing global problems by keeping their currencies artificially weak.

El viernes 19 de noviembre, en la reunión de Frankfurt, el Presidente de la Reserva Federal, Ben Bernanke, reaccionó contra las críticas internas e internacionales respecto de las políticas de la Reserva Federal, argumentando que China y otros son los que están causando los problemas mundiales porque mantienen sus monedas artificialmente débiles.

Also on Friday, the NATO Summit in Portugal kicked off with emphasis on missile defense. From Lisbon, President Obama looked to bolster support for a missile defense plan and the Afghan war timetable.

También el viernes, la Cumbre de la NATO en Portugal arrancó poniendo énfasis en la defensa de misiles. Desde Lisboa, el Presidente Obama busca la forma de buscar apoyo para un plan de defensa de misiles y una agenda de fin de la guerra afgana.

The main indexes of Wall Street closed the week with mixed results. Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 10.97 points or 0.10% to 11203.55. Nasdaq Composite fell 0.09 points, or 0.004% in the same period, to close at 2518.12.

On Saturday, November 20, the media reported German authorities have launched a large-scale search for several suspected suicide bombers. Across the European country, security forces are looking to control potential bombing targets from Islamic extremists. Berlin, Frankfurt and other important cities are on the list of possible attacks similar to the Mumbai's siege two years ago.

During all the week, the financial problems of Ireland and the currency politics of the US and other countries gained much attention in the media and TV programs. Also during the last few days, the body scans and pat downs implemented by TSA in the US airports created a lot of critics, complaints and opposition.

Additionally the NATO meeting in Lisbon was in focus due to the pending agreement between Russia and US nuclear missiles that some members of the Congress don't want to approve before the holiday's vacations. Many members felt that more discusion is needed before ratification. 

About the Russian-American agreement we posted the following comment for the Journal Community of Wall Street Journal: "I think it is a good idea the development of a friendly environment between U.S. and Russia. But I don't believe now it is the best moment for signing new arms pacts. In other words, in transition moments we have to manage our international relationships more carefully than in the normal times."  Domingo A. Trassens 

In summary, the week ended with a lot people planning their Thanksgiving vacations and thinking about the weather and the problems of the updated controls in the airports.

What is your summary of the week? What were the most important events from your point of view? Please explain them in a bilingual mode. 

All the best ,


Domingo A. Trassens 
Spanish-English Club 
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Questions - Preguntas:

1) From your point of view, what was the worst news for the last week?

1) Desde vuestro punto de vista, ¿cuál fue la peor noticia de la última semana?

2) And what was the best news from the last week?

2) ¿Y cuál fue la mejor noticia de la última semana?

Vocabulary - Vocabulario:

- acknowledge = reconocer
- official = funcionario, funcionaria
- siege = cerco, sitio


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