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Even sun cream can’t protect from cancer


EVEN Factor 50 sun cream can’t ‘guarantee’ to keep you safe from skin cancer

EVEN Factor 50 sun cream can’t ‘guarantee’ to keep you safe from skin cancer, according to a shocking new study conducted in Spain.

Berta Lopez Sanchez-Laorden, co-author of the study, said that while creams can protect against immediate damage – such as sunburn – radiation can still damage skin cells.

It’s a slap in the face for sun cream manufacturers whose profits have been riding high since the iconic Slip-Slap-Slop sun protection campaign of the 1980s.

The study – carried out at Elche’s Miguel Hernandez University – controversially used mice that had been genetically modified to make them susceptible to melanomas.

The Olive Press

Spain: Greenpeace shouts its message to the Algarrobico hotel louder than ever before


El Algarrobico Hotel

IN the largest action that Greenpeace has ever taken in Spain, nearly 100 activists from the non-governmental organisation daubed the hotel’s façade with black paint.

The activists painted an enormous black circle, with an area of 8,000 square metres, with its message ‘Illegal hotel’ spelled out in giant white letters.

Greenpeace describes the hotel as ‘the black spot on the Spanish coast’, a description that the NGO’s paintwork has made literal.

In their sixth Algarrobico demonstration, Greenpeace activists swarmed into the 21-storey unfinished building in the Cabo de Gata Nature Park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

They clutched banners that made their objective very clear, demanding ‘Demolition, NOW!’

Greenpeace has denounced the Junta for its indifference to the hotel, claiming the it is hiding behind the legal process in order to delay the demolition of the building.

They are demanding that the Junta applies the ‘Coastal natural heritage and biodiversity act’, that the NGO claims would allow the immediate demolition of the hotel.

Controversy around the hotel has rumbled on for nearly a decade, in what the Junta’s Environmental minister described as a ‘judicial tangle’.

Andalucia’s high court (TSJA) last month ruled that the land on which the unsightly hotel was built belongs to the Junta, just weeks after ruling it belonged to the local municipality of Carboneras.

The shock decision reversal was prompted when six European environmental agencies – including Greenpeace and Ecologistas en Accion – condemned the TSJA’s previous ruling.

In an Olive Press poll, it was revealed that more than 80% of readers agree that the Algarrobico is an eyesore that should be torn down immediately.

The Olive Press

Spain: Spanish politician Isabel Carrasco shot dead in Leon


Spanish politician Isabel Carrasco shot dead in LeonMs Carrasco originally trained as a lawyer before holding various positions in Leon

A top politician in northern Spain has been shot dead in public and two women have been arrested.

Isabel Carrasco, head of the provincial government in Leon and a member of the governing People’s Party (PP), was shot as she crossed a footbridge.

Spanish media say the arrested women are the wife and daughter of a local police chief.

It is also reported that the daughter was recently fired from a job with the provincial council.

Ms Carrasco, 59, led the PP in Leon.

All the main political parties have temporarily suspended campaigning for the European elections as a mark of respect.

‘Act of vengeance’

Ms Carrasco was attacked on her way to a party meeting near her home at about 17:20 local time (15:20 GMT).

A police spokeswoman told AFP news agency: “We are investigating the participation of both [women] in the act.”

El Pais newspaper reported that the women were the wife and daughter of the police chief of Astorga, a town in Leon province.  Continue reading

Environmental: Arctic threat to Spain’s beaches warns Greenpeace


The beaches of Spain could be underwater by the end of the century if global warming continues at its current rate.

In a hard-hitting report by Greenpeace, the environmental group shows how a large chunk of the country’s coastline would disappear as the sea would come half a kilometre inland.

All this will have happened by the end of the 21st century and, although few adults alive today are likely to see it, a baby born this year would be 86 by the time tourist hotspots such as Marbella and Benidorm have vanished under the waves.

And every time the sea-level rises by one centimetre as a result of global warming, a metre of beach disappears, Greenpeace reveals.

Their shocking report is titled Spain: Heading for extreme climate. Risks of not stopping global warming and the destruction of the Arctic.

Spain’s branch of Greenpeace, led by Pilar Marcos and Mario Rodríguez, have petitioned Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to avoid agreeing to any exploitation of the Arctic.

Rajoy’s government has already considered the business opportunities for fishing and transport that the North Pole could present.

The environmental charity wants the Arctic to be left as a ‘sanctuary’, with no drilling for oil or gas and no fishing.

There is not much time left to make decisions in this respect, Greenpeace warns. According to Marcos and Rodríguez, the Arctic is melting at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, and has lost enough ice in the last four years to cover mainland Spain three times over.

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Spain: Virgin falls off float in Alicante Easter procession


FLOAT bearers had to duck as the Virgin de los Dolores fell from her float during a procession in Alicante Province.

The scenes were captured on film by concerned spectators, and published by Spanish daily El Mundo.

She was soon picked up and returned to the float to the applause of the crowd, and suffered only minor damage to the crown.

Read all about Spain’s unique Easter celebrations here.