STATESIDE STORIES: ELON MUSK X-ES TWITTER; SOLAR PANELS ON CALIFORNIA CANALS

STATESIDE STORIES: ELON MUSK X-ES TWITTER; SOLAR PANELS ON CALIFORNIA CANALS »

29 Jul, 2023
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The rebranding from "Twitter" to "X" could erase billions of dollars in company value, but Elon Musk is defiant about the change. “X will become the most valuable brand on Earth” he said. On an entirely different plane, California’s Department of Water Resources has invested $20 million dollars in a project called “Project Nexus” which involves the installation of solar panels in canopies on top of 4,000 miles of irrigation canals in Turlock, central California, to produce some 13 gigawatts of energy capacity, thereby helping achieve Governor Gavin Newsome’s goal of 60 percent renewable energy by 2030.

EUROPE’S SAHARA: HOW SPAIN IS TURNING INTO A DESERT

EUROPE’S SAHARA: HOW SPAIN IS TURNING INTO A DESERT »

1 Jul, 2023
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Heatwaves are but one of climate change’s serious “offenses” responsible for the devastating droughts that go hand in hand with desertification. In the European Union, Spain is the most threatened by desertification. Thirty-one point percent of its land is affected by desertification while 20% is already desertified. One may not put all the blame on climate change, though. Human activity is a major offender. And people in the country are guilty of abusive use of natural resources..

THE CRUZ-ALMODOVAR DREAM TEAM TAKES VENICE BY STORM

THE CRUZ-ALMODOVAR DREAM TEAM TAKES VENICE BY STORM »

18 Sep, 2021
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The Spanish movie PARALLEL MOTHERS, directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Penelope Cruz, elicited a nine-minute standing ovation at its screening on the opening night of the Venice Film Festival. Predictably, Cruz bagged the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. That done, the Dream Team now sets its sights on the New York Film Festival and -- why not? -- the Academy Awards. It won't be the first time for the Team to win an Oscar either.

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — IV:  NOW ANDORRA!

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — IV: NOW ANDORRA! »

15 Aug, 2021
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"Time was running short and Andorra was still on our schedule. Travelers in Spain often dash to the seacoast without stopping inside the peninsula to explore and even less to go to the Pyrenees during the summer. Perhaps the Pyrenees are not the ideal place to collect postcards of exotic villages or to be able to show off photos to like-minded friends. But for us it was an ideal vacation, and we remember the people, landscape and food with gusto."

STATESIDE STORIES–The Wildfires in California: Devastation in Paradise!

STATESIDE STORIES–The Wildfires in California: Devastation in Paradise! »

13 Nov, 2018
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Homes have been leveled, as have businesses, schools, retirement centers in a community of some 26,000 people. It will be a week before residents will be let back in to go through the devastation. Thousand Oaks, besides fighting fires, has been in the news because of the horrific shooting of 12 young people in a country-western nightclub called The Borderline Barri and Grill. California has seen its fair share of disasters and even the rich and famous have been affected this time.

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH »

19 Apr, 2017
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Amazon, Antartica, Canada, Damascus, Syria, Istanbul, Turkey, Los Angeles, California, New York city, Rome, Italy, Sahara Desert, Spain

A Second Opinion: In the U.S.A, The West fights back at The East!

A Second Opinion: In the U.S.A, The West fights back at The East! »

29 Mar, 2017
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It's Spring. Would someone please send a bouquet of dandelions to the White House de mi parte?

THE NAVY LEAGUE LIFTS OFF TO OUTER SPACE

THE NAVY LEAGUE LIFTS OFF TO OUTER SPACE »

11 Oct, 2016
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The Leaguers came away newly and deeply conscious of the awesome beauty of space exploration

RONDA AT A SNAIL’S P(L)ACE

RONDA AT A SNAIL’S P(L)ACE »

27 Jul, 2015
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At the next table a young fellow sat picking some succulent little morsels out of their shells. “Can I also have some snails,” I said

STATESIDE STORIES: Earth Day is a World Affair

STATESIDE STORIES: Earth Day is a World Affair »

10 Apr, 2015
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“Senator Gaylord Nelson, shocked by the 1969 oil spill in California, started the Earth Day movement that soon became a world-wide phenomenon”