Spain is set to enact its first regional ban on producing natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, yielding to objections from environmental groups that so-called fracking risks polluting drinking water. In the northern Cantabria region, where energy companies say much of Spain’s gas exists in shale rock, the Parliament plans to vote April 8 on suspending the contested drilling technique “as long as current doubts on the technology remain,” according to the bill on the government’s Continue reading Cantabria announces ban on fracking as ecologists triumph
More than a century ago, Manuel Rodriguez left his fishing village on Spain’s southern coast and moved to Madrid to build guitars for local flamenco musicians. Three generations on, the family is still in the trade. Based in the small town of Esquivias south of the capital, Guitarras Manuel Rodriguez and Sons turns out more than 5,000 handcrafted flamenco and classical guitars every year, along with a small range of other wooden instruments. Despite the Continue reading Spain threatened by resurgent credit crunch
A strange direct message via twitter arrives, inviting me tonight to a chat in Almería about female sexual exploitation. The organisers? Cajamar, for some strange reason @LozanoMabel esta tarde en #almería para hablar sobre explotación sexual femenina a las 20h.¿te apetece? http://t.co/FruI3Iv5nM — Grupo Cajamar (@Cajamar) April 4, 2013 “LozanoMabel this afternoon in Almeria to talk about female sexual exploitation – do you fancy it?” Leaving aside the ambuiguity about me being asked by my Continue reading Cajamar – do ya fancy female sexual exploitation or banking?