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Current Event Cat of the Day: Spanish Train Crash

Current Event Cat - Spanish Train

Fast and the Furious 8: Train Edition. With Spanish subtitles.

A passenger train derailed in Spain after it travelled too fast and too furiously around a curve. Reports indicate that the train was travelling at excessive speeds and ended up derailing outside Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

The train was arriving at Santiago de Compostela, ahead of a major Christian festival in the religious city. Needless to say, the city of Santiago de Compostela canceled its annual July 25 celebration of St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of Spain and historic Galicia. The locals were NOT in a celebratory mood.

Spain’s worst rail crash in decades left at least 78 people dead and dozens more injured. Passenger cars were toppled on their sides, and one was torn open. Emergency workers continued to sort through the mangled debris more than 12 hours after the train crashed and burned.

The official cause of the crash has yet to be determined but since no technical problems were evident, everyone is giving the driver of the train the side-eye. One of the two train drivers has been put under formal investigation.

The driver, who was temporarily trapped in the cab of the train, said that the train had taken the curve at more than twice the speed limit of 50 miles per hour.

I hope no one died because it will weigh on my conscience,” he was quoted as saying.

He’s in for a surprise. And a heavy conscience.

Via: The New York Times & Current Event Cats


Current Event Cat of the Day: Spain’s Unemployment Rate

Current Event Cat - Spanish Unemployment Rate

Spain’s unemployment rate has hit an all time high of 27.2% of the workforce. That’s 6 million Spaniards!

Actually, that’s over 6 million Spaniards. On the bright side though, the rate of increase of the unemployment rate has slowed down since the recession began. That’s something, I guess.

Some people aren’t so optimistic though:

“These figures are worse than expected and highlight the serious situation of the Spanish economy as well as the shocking decoupling between the real and the financial economy,” strategist at Citi in Madrid Jose Luis Martinez said.

Spain’s economy – the fourth largest in Europe – has had a rough go since the recession hit. The collapse of a property boom combined with billions of euros in state spending cuts and tax hikes have left the population feeling not so great about their economy.

Rajoy to the rescue! Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set to unveil a new reform plan on Friday aimed at combating the recession. However, the news of a new plan won’t stop thousands of demonstrators from taking to the streets of Madrid on Thursday in protest of Spain’s austerity measures.

Via: Current Event Cats