Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

Updated 01 January 2013
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Galapagos pink iguana captured on film

LONDON: Veteran British nature broadcaster David Attenborough is to show the first filmed sighting of the rare pink iguana, in a television series on the Galapagos Islands which began yesterday. The 86-year-old filmed the rare Conolophus Marthae iguana in June last year for his new series “Galapagos 3D,” which goes out on Britain’s Sky television.
It was only identified as a separate species in recent years and it will be the first time the creature has been seen on screen. It was filmed on the island of Isabela in the volcanic Ecuadoran archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. “It was a privilege to see it,” said Attenborough. “It’s a remarkable thing in this day and age when you think about the number of scientists per square meter in the Galapagos, and yet suddenly we have discovered a new species. “A little periwinkle or something which nobody has identified before is one thing, but this is more than that: it’s a large, pink iguana.”
Series executive producer Geffen added: “When he finally came face-to-face with the iguana it was just one of the most extraordinary moments that I’ve ever experienced: Here was the world’s greatest naturalist coming face-to-face with a new species. “In the footsteps of Charles Darwin but almost 200 years later, David Attenborough was capturing the rare species on film for the first time.” Attenborough celebrated 60 years with the BBC last year in a career that has seen him win many awards and the respect of the scientific community.


Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

Colombian singer Shakira visits Tannourine Cedars Reserve, in Tannourine, Lebanon July 13, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 15 December 2018
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Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

  • Shakira was named in the “Paradise Papers” leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2’s Bono

MADRID: Spanish prosecutors have charged pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The Colombian singer denied the charges.
The charges published Friday allege that Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain with her partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique.
Tax rates are much lower in the Bahamas than in Spain.
Shakira said in a statement Friday through her representatives that she was not a legal resident in Spain during the years in question and owed nothing to the Spanish tax authorities, who are using her “as a scapegoat” to frighten other taxpayers into coming clean.
Prosecutors in Barcelona said Shakira’s travel abroad was for short periods because of professional commitments, while most of the year she stayed in Spain. They want her to pay tax in Spain on her worldwide income.
Shakira officially moved to Spain for tax purposes in 2015, after having two children by Pique.
A magistrate will assess whether there is enough evidence to put Shakira on trial.
Prosecutors want Shakira to pay a bond of 19.4 million euros — the amount they say she owes in tax, plus 33 percent, in accordance with Spanish law. Otherwise, they recommend a court freeze of her assets to that amount.
Shakira was named in the “Paradise Papers” leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2’s Bono.
The documents were obtained by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish news website El Confidencial.
Spain’s tax authorities referred their probe to the Barcelona prosecutor’s office a year ago.
Sports celebrities have also been in trouble with Spanish tax authorities, including soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.