Gandydancers, the men who maintained the railway networks. [Eng]

The term “gandy dancer” has become a kind of folklore over the years and has been popularized in several songs, books and other great media. However, it originated in the railway as jargon to describe the workers who performed the task, incredibly difficult and laborious, to maintain the rails and…

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The paradoxes of happiness and the global economy

In an interview earlier this year in Davos, Jamie Dimon, CEO of the US investment bank JP Morgan, said that the European standard of living was excessive, in particular, salaries, pensions and State benefits are excessive if Europe intends to compete with the rest of the world. Dimon claimed that…

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The unsustainability of the AVE

The high railway speed is, by far, the transport infrastructure in which more public funds have been invested in recent years in Spain. The AVE has recently turned 25 years old. In this time they have invested, according to ADIF, no less than 51,175 million euros, which would mean an…

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WHO congratulates Portugal for efforts to promote healthy food [pt]

The World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated the Portuguese government on Friday for efforts to promote healthy foods, such as restrictions on sugar consumption, which make the country one of the European leaders in the area of nutrition and health. In a letter sent today to Deputy Secretary of State and…

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Visa blocks credit cards that use bitcoins

Thousands of users around the world have seen their cards pre-loaded with cryptocurrencies – mainly bitcoins – have been blocked by Visa order. Suppliers such as Bitwala, Cryptopay, Wirex and TenX have been notified by the card issuer that the service is suspended from this Friday, January 5 indefinitely. Visa…

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How to protect a book, curses in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, the creation of a book could take years. A scribe was leaning over his desk, illuminated only by candlelight-a great risk to books-and he spent hours writing sheets by hand, careful not to make any mistakes. Being a copyist, wrote a scribe, was painful: “It extinguishes…

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Fusion in the surf: Quiksilver is done with Billabong for 250 million

Outstanding operation in the sports clothing and surfing equipment business: the well-known Australian brand Billabong has accepted the purchase offer of Boardriders, owner of Quiksilver, its main rival for 380 million local dollars, about 248 million euros. explains Efe, which refers to the local press, the agreement provides that Boardriders…

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New proposal for pensions: a common system across the EU

The idea is signed by researchers from Fedea and the Bank of Spain and they believe that it would be the most logical in the framework of an economic and monetary union and bearing in mind that the challenge of aging is common to all countries. Can a system be…

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