Video PlayerClose MADRID, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- As the first airliner running direct flight routes between China and Spain, Air China has helped facilitate exchanges between the two countries and is ready to do more, said Han Pengyu, head of Air China in Spain. As China's flag carrier for civil aviation, Air China opened its Beijing-Madrid-Sao Paolo air route in December, 2006, the first direct flight route linking China and Spain. It was also the company's first direct flight crossing three continents. Han told Xinhua in a recent interview that as China-Spain ties have been booming in all areas, the company is ready to do more based on the demands of the Spanish market. The company may use more advanced planes to fly its Spanish routes and will increase passenger volume, said Han. Apart from Beijing-Madrid direct route, Air China has also opened direct routes linking Beijing and Barcelona, as well as Shanghai and Barcelona. Since 2015, over 620,000 passengers have flown with Air … [Read more...] about Interview: Air China brings Asian country and Spain closer together
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Video PlayerClose By Xie Yuzhi MADRID, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Ten years ago, the Spanish national football team was about to embark on a period of unprecedented success, winning both the 2008 and 2012 European Championships as well as in the 2010 World Cup. Their unique brand of "tiki-taka" passing football won them many admirers, and ensured the team's place in footballing folklore. However, as Spain's core players began to age, the "invincible fleet" that once conquered the world began to fall from grace. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they failed to advance from the group stage, suffering a humiliating 1-5 defeat to the Netherlands. And at the European Championships in France two years later, La Furia Roja was eliminated in the Round of 16 after losing 0-2 to Italy. After Vicente del Bosque resigned as national team manager, the Spanish Football Federation brought Julen Lopetegui in for the 2018 World Cup qualification. Lopetegui lived up to expectations and led the team to Russia … [Read more...] about World Cup Group B preview: Spain: Return of the king?
Video PlayerClose MADRID, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Spanish National Police seized 2,700 kilos of hashish in an operation carried out in the town of Ayamonte in the southwest of the country, it was informed in a statement published on Friday. The police said the operation began after they received information from Portuguese authorities of a vessel heading to the coast, apparently filled with packages used by smuggling gangs in the region to transport drugs. The Spanish police detected a "suspicious object" which was travelling "without lights and a low speed" to the coast of Ayamonte, which is close to the border between Spain and Portugal. Although police identified the object as a "12 meter boat with 3 outboard motors", they decided against intercepting it immediately and tracked it until reached land and the crew and "various individuals" began to unload its cargo. It was then that the police moved in, arresting the suspects and seizing 90 packages containing hashish with a total … [Read more...] about Spanish police seize 2,700 kilos of hashish
Star striker David Villa, Spain’s top goal scorer, announced on Wednesday he was quitting professional football at the end of the season.The 37-year-old is currently playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan after a glittering career at international and club level that has included stints at Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia.“I’m holding (this press conference) to announce that I have decided to end my professional career and that I have decided to retire,” Villa told reporters in Kobe, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion.“I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. This is the result of discussions I had with my family and people around me... I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football,” added the striker.Villa played in three World Cups and was a member of the Spanish side that lifted the trophy in 2010, and won the European Championships in 2008. He netted 59 times for … [Read more...] about Spanish star striker David Villa retires from football
The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal’s excrement is no gimmick.The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learning that elephants eat a variety of fruits and flowers and yet digest less than a third of it.“As a consequence, in the elephant dung, you get the most amazing variety of these botanicals,” Les Ansley said during a recent visit to their operations. “Why don’t we let the elephants do the hard work of collecting all these botanicals and we will make gin from it?” he recalled his wife suggesting.Her idea came after a safari during which a wildlife ranger described an elephant’s digestive process.Weeks later, he said his wife woke him up in the middle of the night with the inspiration. “OK,” I said sleepily. “Let’s give this a bash. Let’s see how it works out.”The first … [Read more...] about This spicy and earthy flavoured gin is infused with a special ingredient …elephant dung