VALENCIA, Spain – The Mercado Central was humming with people, seeking out the best of the best for the holiday table at home. Judging from the preponderance of Spanish, Catalan and its cousin Valencian spoken in the transactions around us, it was clear that, for all its popularity as a tourist stop at high season, the market in the days before Christmas was returned to the Valencians, far outnumbering the handful of foreign visitors like us. That, of course, made it part of an indelible experience for our American family about to stage our first overseas Christmas. To be sure, we had been to Europe several times but had some uneasiness about being away from hearth and home at the holidays, but that dispersed like so much smoke up the chimney as we sat around our dining table on the big day, surveying our haul of edibles and gifts from the shops and markets of Valencia, as well as from earlier visits to Madrid and Barcelona. "So, what do you think?" our daughter Brenna asked, beaming.
One of Spain's busiest ports based in the city of Valencia has announced the creation of a "smart port" which will use blockchain and big data technologies. The news was revealed in a release published Wednesday, Oct. 3, on the port's official website. "Starting from Valencia, we offer to use blockchain as a strategic option to provide transparency of logistic chain, from end to end, going further than our port itself. That means we're planning to apply cloud technologies not only with our partners from Port Community Systems but also with all others." De La Guia also says blockchain would help create "ports without papers", to optimise the resources worldwide, to reduce time spent on maintenance, as well as to cut costs.
While Madrid and Barcelona tend to attract the buzz when it comes to tech startups in Spain, Valencia is slowly and surely making a name for itself as a growing tech ecosystem. The country's third-largest city, Valencia features great beaches, sunny weather all year, and affordable housing and healthcare. And with a population of only around a million people, it's a little more manageable compared to its bigger cousins. The city also topped the InterNations Expat City Ranking 2020 as one of the best cities for expats to settle in. What's more, it produces plenty of talent -- about 25,000 bachelor's and masters degrees are issued in the city every year.
Valencia, Spain - When Gima Ayele moved from Ethiopia to Valencia, he found the port city so hospitable that it remains his home 10 years later. So when the 49-year-old industrial engineer heard that the MV Aquarius would arrive on Sunday, he went to the harbour to welcome the refugees and migrants on board. The search and rescue boat, run by charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), had held the world's attention as it was stranded in the water for 36 hours between Italy and Malta, carrying 630 weak and tired refugees and migrants. The ship - which has saved 30,000 people in 170 search and rescue operations since 2016 - had been banned from entering both countries after Matteo Salvini, Italy's new, far-right interior minister, refused the boat docking rights. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ended the cruel stalemate by offering safe harbour.
New Manchester City winger Ferran Torres says he left Valencia in part because they would not make him captain and one of their highest-paid players. Torres, 20, said he was "excited and happy" to join City, after completing his £21m move from the La Liga side. "I wanted to stay and I put forward the conditions to do so. They weren't above the club's means," he told Marca. But the Spaniard added he was "sad" to leave Valencia and "very grateful" to the club he joined aged seven.