Sunday 23rd – Sunday 30th July 2017




“Putting the Fiddler into Fiddler’s Green”

O Festival de Gannat leva 44 edicións traballando no campo das culturas tradicionais.  Convencidos da importancia do papel da cultura na comprensión entre os pobos, sempre envolto en accións que crean pontes entre o patrimonio cultural mundial, a fin de reforzar o diálogo intercultural factor de apertura construtiva e loita contra a discriminación. Este festival ten lugar na segunda metade de xullo en Gannat abríndose ao mundo: 15 grupos, 450 artistas de 5 continentes, 500 voluntarios e preto de 65.000 visitantes, unha alquimia que fai de Gannat lugar único de encontros e intercambios entre os pobos. Este Festival está clasificado entre os catro eventos máis importantes da rexión de Auvernia Ródano-Alpes e conta co mecenazgo da comisión nacional de Francia para a UNESCO.


Business over Tapas 13 July 2017 Nº 217

13 Julio 2017  Sección; Especiales 498 votos






We are often guilty of putting ourselves in the imaginary position of the dogs and the cats here, or even the bulls. So many pious remarks about how they are mistreated, or tied up, or end up facing a matador in his suit of lights. It’s a rare community that doesn’t have an animal protection society staffed by volunteers and we even have an animalist political party, the PACMA, which currently enjoys the support of around 300,000 voters. Animals are without a voice and perhaps they need more protection, and a champion to defend them. Especially those poor superannuated hunting greyhounds.

New Research highlights the extent of women’s homelessness


July 11th, 2017 – Growing numbers of women throughout Europe are experiencing homelessness according to new research published by Trinity academic, Dr Paula Mayock. In the Dublin region, 47% of individuals who are currently homeless are women, a figure well above the European norm, which stands at between 20% and 33% in most countries. Nationally, women comprise 42% of the total adult homeless population. Women’s homelessness is now a major social problem in Ireland. Homelessness policy, however, has largely failed to engage with the notion that women who become homeless have distinct experiences.

Business over Tapas 6 July 2017 Nº 216

06 Julio 2017  Sección; Especiales 880 votos






With monoculture – the practice of planting a single, extended crop – comes a higher profit, but at the same more risk. The gigantic and extended olive tree population of Spain could become the next cash-crop to be in danger. As Iberia Nature says, ‘...Spain is by some way the country with the highest number of olive trees (more than 300 million), in the world and is nowadays the world's leading olive and olive oil producer and exporter.

Business over Tapas 29 June 2017 Nº 215

29 Junio 2017  Sección; Especiales 718 votos






In the eighties, a bumper-sticker plastered on the back of a number of vehicles in the USA’s most intriguing state would read ‘Welcome to California, Now Go Home’. Behind the wheel of the old rust-bucket bought from a dealer in Detroit (where else?), This Writer felt a bit of an interloper driving around The Golden State with his travellers cheques, his snappy British accent and his half-empty jar of Ovaltine.

Business over Tapas 22 June 2017 Nº 214

23 Junio 2017  Sección; Especiales 853 votos


As we wearily say each year about this time – there must be a new record for the heat this year. While it’s a subjective reaction, the reality appears to be – yes, it’s getting hotter with, as The Olive Press says ‘abnormally high temperatures’.

Business over Tapas 15 June 2017 Nº 213

15 Junio 2017  Sección; Especiales 836 votos


The richest man in the world – sometimes, when he isn’t ousted to second place by Bill Gates – is Spain’s Amancio Ortega. He is estimated to have 71 thousand million euros as of November last year. (His daughter Sandra has another 7,600 million). Sr Ortega’s wealth comes from his Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops (Wiki). He started pretty much from scratch in around 1950 after leaving school at 14 and finding employment in ‘the rag trade’; his father a lowly railway worker. He opened his first Zara shop in 1975.

Dejándose llevar erróneamente por los auspicios favorables de los augures electorales, la Primera Ministra británica, Theresa May, tiró por la borda tres años de mayoría absoluta al adelantar innecesariamente las elecciones generales y conseguir el rechazo parcial del pueblo británico, que le ha hecho perder al Partido Conservador (PC) su mayoría parlamentaria. Ha dilapidado durante la campaña electoral la mayor parte de los 21 puntos de ventaja que los sondeos le adjudicaban sobre el Partido Laborista (PL), que se ha quedado a tan sólo dos puntos -40% frente al 42%-, y ha provocado la resurrección del “zombi2 de su líder, Jeremy Corbyn, denostado dentro y fuera de su partido. De haber durando la campaña electoral un poco más, se podrían haber producido sorpresas aún mayores.

El Centro de Estudios Irlandeses BANNA/BOND inicia su actividad con el Curso de Verano de la UR ‘Irlanda e identidad en el cine’, que, del 26 al 28 de junio, abordará los derechos humanos, los refugiados o la violencia de género; y estrenará en España el documental Amagh Stories así como dos cortometrajes basados en un relato de Joyce y Dorian Gray rodados por estudiantes y profesores de la Universidad de La Rioja.

Business over Tapas 8 June 2017 Nº 212

08 Junio 2017  Sección; Especiales 906 votos


According to a new survey from Metroscopia, reported in El País, now even more Spaniards distrust the judiciary, with 67% opining that the independence of the courts against political corruption is a chimera. Indeed, 84% consider that the judges are pressured by politicians to weaken their causes. Not a good time, then, for a further final push against the party funding of the Partido Popular in recent years with Mariano Rajoy himself obliged to suffer an examination at the Audiencia Nacional in San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, probably in late July.

London attacker 'had 17-month-old daughter with Irish woman'

London attacker 'had 17-month-old daughter with Irish woman'
Khuram Shazad Butt, left, and Rachid Redouane have been named by Metropolitan police as being among the attackers