The roar of the burning gas well could be heard almost a mile and a half away, from atop the high plateau where Albino Campo Maripe stood, looking down at the orange flames lapping the earth in the distance. When he was a child, the 60-year-old Mapuche chief used to ride there bareback. Those days are gone for ever. The once-pristine landscape is now dotted with fracking wells and the white patches of land cleared for even more. The panoramic view is nonetheless overpowering. Two crystal-blue lakes, whose far shores blend with the horizon, cling to the edge of an arid and wind-buffeted Martian landscape of red sandstone, rugged promontories and wide beaches.spectacular rock formations of Neuquén province in Argentina’s Patagonia region are a paleontologist’s dream, rich with dinosaur fossils. But the image quickly fades to the sight and sound of the fracking well that exploded on 14 September and burned continuously for 24 days, spewing hot gas and other elements into … [Read more...] about Indigenous Mapuche pay high price for Argentina’s fracking dream
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Sony’s latest true wireless WF-1000XM3 earbuds offer both noise cancelling and top-end sound quality while undercutting premium rivals on price. The replacement for the WF-1000X, which were some of the first noise cancelling true wireless earbuds available, the new “M3” portion of the model number denotes the company’s third generation of active noise cancelling technology and the QN1e chip, which is rivalled only by Bose. Let’s be clear, this is the top end of the market; at £220 they will be out of the range of many buyers, although there are rivals costing more than £300. The WF-1000XM3 pack more technology in them than your standard true wireless earbuds, and are pretty big as a result. They’re attractive and more balanced in the ear than some sets, but have a resemblance to the old-school Bluetooth headsets made popular by taxi drivers everywhere; if you were looking for a set of discreet earbuds, these are not for you. The trunk of … [Read more...] about Sony WF-1000XM3 review: updated noise-cancelling earbuds sound great
My wife and I are thinking about climbing up the property ladder and buying our second home. We have a budget of roughly £450,000 and have been to see one or two homes we are keen on. However, I noticed rumours are swirling about a potential axing of stamp duty on property sales under £500,000 – for all buyers, not just first-time ones. We'd be at the upper end of the scale – if we bought somewhere for £450,000, we'd be looking at £12,500 on stamp duty – I'd much rather this was zero. So, should we hold off? How likely is it to happen? Furthermore, would it have an instant knock-on effect to prices? As in, would more people be willing to buy, creating more demand? Time for change: Mr Johnson has told MPs that an overhaul of stamp duty is needed MailOnline Property expert Myra Butterworth replies: Speculation around changes to stamp duty has intensified following the change in the Conservative leadership. Within days of Boris Johnson … [Read more...] about Should I hold off buying a new home until later in the year to potentially avoid a chunky stamp duty bill… and would mooted changes hit prices?
A certain genius enabled Seán Quinn to make his name in the Irish borderlands. A farmer’s son who left school at 14, he turned a region of dark hedgerows and stony farms, of poverty and emigration, into a thriving industrial hub. He started by selling gravel from the family farm and expanded, creating one company after another. Quinn Cement, Quinn Glass, Quinn Energy, Quinn Manufacturing, Quinn Thermos, Quinn Packaging, Quinn Rooftiles, Quinn Building Products, Quinn Innovation Academy, the name so ubiquitous that some signs simply said Q. The empire straddled the border between County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, and County Meath, in the Republic of Ireland. Despite disruption during the Troubles, it created thousands of jobs and a £3bn fortune that made Quinn the 177th richest person in the world. Then he made a disastrous bet on a toxic bank and in 2011 he lost control of his companies. He was declared bankrupt. A vertiginous rise and fall, but not the end of the … [Read more...] about ‘The untouchables’: Ireland horrified by brutal mafia-style abduction
The National Theatre has announced it will end Shell’s membership from next year, as the arts organisation accelerates plans to make itself carbon neutral in the face of the climate emergency. Shell is listed as one of the theatre’s corporate gold members, with prices for this band of membership starting at £15,000 a year. Its other corporate members include the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and the investment firm Goldman Sachs. Previously, the fossil fuel company sponsored the annual youth theatre festival at the venue. Founded in 1995, the festival was sponsored by Shell until 2007 when the Bank of America took over the sponsorship. The decision comes as opposition to fossil fuel companies’ sponsorship of many of the UK’s leading cultural institutions continues to grow. Earlier this week, the Royal Shakespeare Company announced that after months of deliberations it had decided to curtail its eight-year relationship with BP, following increasing … [Read more...] about National Theatre to end Shell membership from next year