Archive for 'October,2012'

Global increase in fair trade

Global increase in fair trade

Fair trade grew by 12% around the world in 2011, compared to 2010, with a global sales total of around 4,800 million euros last year. Fair trade is an alternative form of trade that promotes a voluntary and equitable commercial […]

An Iberian ecovillage gathering

An Iberian ecovillage gathering

Most people would agree that the present economic, ecological and social models we are living within are not working in the benefit of people and the planet. More and more people are understanding that it is up to us, the […]

A president that breaks the mould

A president that breaks the mould

José Mujica, President of Uruguay, represents many of the values that a country’s president should: he’s honest, supportive, coherent, wise, and puts human beings, instead of economic interests, at the centre of his policies – always acting for the common […]

Honouring our elders

Honouring our elders

Non-profit organisation AGE CONCERN has been actively helping the elderly of Ibiza for 18 years. They offer invaluable multilingual support in the form of accompanied doctor visits, transport, help with residencia applications and other legal paperwork and, funds allowing, financial […]

Thinking outside the box

Thinking outside the box

The world has lived through financial crisis many times before. Here is one example of the outside the box kind of thinking that has been successfully applied in the past: Back as far as 1932, during the great depression, the […]

Bringing jobs back to Spain

Bringing jobs back to Spain

Some Spanish companies are choosing to start doing just that, by shifting the most commonly outsourced IT, help desk, and call centre jobs back to Spain. From August, Spain’s second largest company, Telefónica, began moving 4,000 call centre jobs from […]

Effortless giving from clubland

Effortless giving from clubland

As the summer season draws to a close, we felt it a good moment to pay homage to a tangible example of the dance community giving back. Locally founded Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (LNADJ) foundation (harnessing the […]

DID YOU KNOW…? A Mediterranean cold front can be much more active in Autumn

DID YOU KNOW…? A Mediterranean cold front can be much more active in Autumn

We often forget that October is a month that brings strong rains. The cause, we know all too well. Autumn is the time of the year in which all three of the ingredients that make a cold front explode violently, […]

Triodos Bank grows fastest in Spain

Triodos Bank grows fastest in Spain

Triodos Bank has closed the first semester of 2012 with a growth rate of 27% in Spain, which makes this the country where it is growing fastest within the Triodos Group, which also includes Holland, Belgium, Britain and Germany. Triodos […]

All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Sa Coma, the Ibiza dog pound, was broken into by vandals during the early hours of 2nd September. Many of the dogs escaped and six were still missing the following morning. An Ibizawide Facebook search was launched showing a haunting […]

Europe’s first cat cafe

Europe’s first cat cafe

Vienna resident, Takako Ishimitsu, finally opened a cat café this year after 3 years of gruelling negotiations with Viennese city officials over hygiene issues. Café Neko (“neko” being the Japanese word for “cat”) is the first of its kind in […]

Hope for carob in Ibiza

Hope for carob in Ibiza

In 2012, the price of carob has experienced its first increase since 2006. Both the Sant Antoni Agricultural Cooperative and Agrupación Ibiza are paying 27 cents per kilo this year for the variety that is most common on the island, […]

High impact “cycling”?

High impact “cycling”?

Ever the fanatics for celebrating the wonderful and whacky inventions people come up with, we felt that this particular contribution definitely warranted a mention. It is a bicycle, or so the inventors claim, called the FLIZ. FLIZ comes from the […]