London based company, Pavegen, hopes that its eco-friendly tiles will soon become a feature of cities and towns all over Europe. The company specialises in producing paving tiles that harness the power of kinetic energy produced by people walking on them and uses it to illuminate pavements, streetlights, signs and traffic lights.
It’s a bold statement, but it’s not often that America’s respected Time magazine is wrong; according to their latest Top 100 of influential people, Asturian chef, José Andrés, is the 21st most influential person in America. Barack Obama, America’s current President, fares rather less well, only managing a comparatively lowly 62nd place.
Berklee College of Music, whose headquarters is located in Boston, Massachusetts, recently announced that its new Valencia campus would be opening its doors in September 2012 in order to welcome students enrolled for the Master’s Degree Programme.
Apart from the formal Master’s programmes, Berklee Valencia will also offer summer schools and special courses, which will benefit talented students not only from Valencia but the whole of Spain. Berklee’s President, Roger Brown, says: “Valencia was selected for our new campus since not only is it one of the most popular destinations for students in Europe, but the city has a strong musical symphonic band tradition and is also connected to some of the richest musical cultures in the world, including Latin America, the Mediterranean and Europe, making it the ideal location.”
From Thursday 19th until Sunday 22nd of April, real estate professionals flocked to the Spring SIMA (Salón Inmobilario Internacional de Madrid) convention at the Feria de Madrid, Centro de Convenciones Sur. As always, it offered an excellent opportunity not only to catch up with fellow property professionals but also to learn about the latest industry trends.
Lladró is one of Spain’s most extraordinary success stories that has, over the almost 60 years since its inception, produced a global export trade worth millions of euros. Given the numbers involved, it seems that the rest of the world is as enthusiastic about these finely crafted porcelain figurines as are its many aficionados in Spain. In 1953 Juan, José and Vicente Lladró from the village of Almàssera, Valencia, started experimenting with a Moorish furnace in their home. This hobby is less surprising than it sounds, since the brothers were all workers in a local tile and crockery factory, but clearly looking for a more creative avenue for their skills. They found it when their weekend trials started attracting attention for all the right reasons.
Valencian company Terra i Xufa recently launched Antara, a new and original organic tiger nut (chufa) beer. Initially launched on the local market in Valencia, the quirky new beverage also caught the attention of international pundits when it was shown at Biofach 2012 – indicating that this local company could be on to a big idea.
The inauguration of the new Atlantic Mediterranean Express (AMX) service by the Mitsui OSK Lines marks the beginning of new direct links between Valencia and North American ports such as New York, Savannah and Norfolk, Virginia. The weekly connection will see an increase in the number of large container ships frequenting Valencia’s busy container port, already the biggest in the Mediterranean. It is an important shot in the arm for the local economy, which will benefit from the increase in haulage and activity surrounding the new AMX service.
Recently, members of the Valencian Regional Government extended a welcome to Giles Paxman, British Ambassador to Spain, who had arrived in the city with regional Consul, Paul Rodwell, to discuss issues concerning British nationals.
During a productive series of meetings, the Valencian government acknowledged the importance to the local economy of the spending power of British residents and visitors, and the Valencianos confirmed their commitment to working with British consular staff to resolve some of the more problematic issues facing Britons in the area.
Seat cars are all well and fine, but once upon a time Spain had its own equivalent of the Rolls Royce or Bugatti. This fine car, widely regarded as one of the best in production, was the Hispano Suiza. From its workshops in Barcelona, this make made elegant limousines and open-topped touring cars of great luxury and exquisite finishing, whilst also producing some of the world’s earliest sports cars.
Founded in 1973, Porcelanosa is a brand that has grown from small beginnings in Villareal, on the outskirts of Castellon, to an internationally known luxury brand. The statistics are impressive: Porcelanosa employs 5,000 people in its factories, research centres and also in the over 400 branded stores across the world.
Multiple Motorcycle World Champion, Jorge Martínez, is one of the most successful competitors in motorcycle racing history. His nickname ‘Aspar’, is derived from a Spanish link with the shoe making industry, as his father worked as a cobbler. He entered his first Grand Prix in 1982, and went on to claim a total of four World Championships in both the 80cc and the 125cc categories.
It has been noted that serious technophiles tend not to hang onto their mobile phones for very long but, at the same time, the easily scratched surface of the smart phone requires protection. In all, it contributes to the rapidly growing mountains of plastic being dumped across the globe.
The combination of the short shelf life of the average phone and the fragility of the touch screen has resulted in a curious – but extremely practical – solution that also looks to protect the environment: the biodegradable iPhone cover.
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