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SPANISH HEADLINES FOR THE WEEK

The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela

Spain will increase sea surface protection from 1% to 8%, affording “some kind” of protection to the marine environment, to comply with international commitments established by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which aims to protect 10% of marine waters by the year 2020.

Protective tarpaulin type covers have been placed over the roof of the iconic cathedral in Santiago de Compostela this week, in order to prevent further damage caused by heavy rains in the region. Persistent rains in the Galician capital over recent days have left visitors with an unusual spectacle of the monument being covered up, which is desperate to raise funds for maintenance of the landmark temple.

Almost six months to the day of the tragic train crash in Santiago de Compostela, which claimed the lives of dozens of victims, the Coroner is studying new documents submitted by train operator Renfe, which were requested following the ongoing investigation which still blames driver error.

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Miguel Arias Cañete, chaired a Sectoral Conference on Agriculture this week, with the aim of seeking agreement with the Autonomous Communities for the implementation of the a new Common Agricultural Policy for the Spanish countryside.

Thirty companies joined an agreement to show their commitment to promoting equality this week, agreeing to increase participation of women in leadership positions through a collaboration agreement signed with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Ana Mato.

Various members of international churches met in Madrid this week, attending a conference to discuss what joint efforts could be made to combat trafficking for sexual or labour exploitation and domestic servitude.

The progress of aging and how personalized genomics might prevent or reduce the effects of the natural deterioration of the body, were discussed this week in a press conference presented by Dr. Ramon Cacabelos, the president of the Spanish Society of Genomic Medicine, in Madrid.

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