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Woman dies in car blaze

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:30

The National police are investigating into a road accident yesterday afternoon, in which a woman was killed as her car burst into flames.

The accident happened on Camino Fuente Cañizares in La Laguna just before 5pm, when she allegedly lost control and crashed into a post containing electrical cables.

There was another person travelling in the vehicle with her, who has been identified as her male partner, who managed to get out of the car suffering some injuries in the process.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, has been detained by the police in relation to the accident. According to witnesses he tried to get the woman out of the car as soon as the accident occurred, but due to the flames which were gradually getting worse, he couldn’t retrieve her.

Ambulances and the fire brigade were called to the scene, and firemen immediately began to extinguish the flames from the white Dacia as quickly as they could. When the fire was extinguished, medics could only confirm the woman’s death due to the seriousness of her burns, while the man was in a state of shock.

The man is at present at the Candelaria hospital, under police guard whilst being treated for his burns, and has been arrested in connection with the death of the woman. He has been detained by the national police due to suspicious events that seem to have occurred which don’t tie up in the time frame of the accident.

Forensic experts are expected to carry a more thorough inspection on the vehicle as well as an in depth autopsy on the woman.

New Letting Laws offer tenants a far better deal

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:29

By Mariano Zunino

THE main changes to the Letting Laws, active since last month, should be regarded as a series of urgent measures in the housing and rental sector.

Longer letting Agreements

The Letting Contract Law 29/1994, amended in December, introduced the following modifications that affect rental contracts:

The obligatory extension period for housing leases is now increased, from three to five years, or seven if the landlord is registered as a company.

Thus, it increases the minimum legal term in which the tenant can reside in the home, if he/she wants to.

The tacit extension period is extended, from one to three years, after the obligatory extension period has elapsed, unless the lessor or the lessee does not express his/her wish to renew it.

Limited guarantees

At the signing of the contract, the landlord cannot demand that the new tenant has a bank guarantee, exceeding two months, regardless of the deposit.

Estate agent expenses to

be paid by the landlord

The lessor will be responsible for the costs of estate-agent management and formalisation of the contract, provided it is a legal person, such as a company or society.

Those who visit an estate agency to find a rental home, have to pay a monthly fee, which the landlord must take over.

Tourist apartments

The tourist rentals come from the LAU and will be regulated as economic activity. But to halt the advance of these rental agreements in some cities, the Royal Decree modifies the Horizontal Division Law, allowing Communities of Owners to limit this type of rentals in the complex, with the approval of 60% of owners.

This measure will be applied to new tourist properties only, and not to existing ones “because they do not have retroactive characters”.

Changes in the evictions

of vulnerable households

The Royal Decree includes changes in the Civil Procedure Law, so that the evictions can be halted, until a housing alternative is found in cases affecting vulnerable people or families.

In these circumstances, the judges will notify the beginning of the eviction process to the social services.

They will issue a report, and, if they warn that people set to be evicted are in a vulnerable situation, a one-month extension will be allowed, or two when a legal entity requests the release, to look for a solution.


Mariano Zunino Siri is a lawyer registered at the Tenerife Bar Association since 1991. Email: ;


Possible Brexit delay has boosted sterling

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:26

BREXIT continues to dominate the pound this year, with sterling climbing on the back of some positive developments. This saw GBP/EUR rise from 1.10 euros to 1.12, while EUR/GBP has fallen from £0.90 to £0.89.

Meanwhile, GBP/USD climbed from $1.26 to $1.28, while EUR/USD held at $1.14.

So far, the pound has enjoyed two weeks of consecutive gains in 2019, with sterling bouncing back from initial losses both weeks, its most recent rally being driven by speculation that Brexit may be delayed.

Meanwhile, trade in the euro has been mixed, over the past couple of weeks, with some lacklustre data from the Eurozone stoking fears that some members may have entered a recession, in the fourth quarter.

At the same time, the US dollar has found itself on the back foot so far in 2019, as signals from the Federal Reserve, which suggest it may adopt a more-cautious approach this year, have limited the appeal of USD.

The upcoming parliamentary vote on the EU withdrawal deal looks set to dominate the pound, with analysts expecting some considerable volatility in GBP exchange rates, in the weeks to come, if the deal is rejected, as is widely forecast.

Meanwhile, EUR investors are likely to pay extra-close attention to the economic data coming out from the Eurozone, over the next couple of weeks, as they look for any additional signs that the bloc may be experiencing a downturn.

Finally, in the face of the ongoing US government shutdown, US data is looking pretty thin on the ground this month, potentially limiting movement in the US dollar.

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Don’t let them breed!

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:25

Accion del Sol news

WITH more than 230 dogs in our refuge, we would like to express the importance of sterilising your dog to avoid further abandoned puppies. Please adopt a dog, and don’t buy one!

We have so many gorgeous dogs of all shapes, sizes, ages and breeds, all sitting patiently, waiting for their lucky day to come when they are adopted.

Many of our larger dogs have spent most of their lives at the refuge. They are equally-loyal, kind dogs, who deserve a loving home, and to know adoration and kindness from a good human.

Assistance required

Please do call the refuge on 6643 21219 or 602463242, between 8am-5pm, if you can help in any way. We always need tinned dog-food for our older animals, plus blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, collars and leads. You can call into the Accion refuge on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons, from 2-5pm, and Saturdays between 1-4pm.

Find us here

Accion del Sol is situated directly under the Ecological Park (exit 52) on the north-bound TF-1. Head for the giant windmills, and you’ll find us in the buildings on the right-hand side. E-mail the refuge at or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol





Chang on the mend!

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:25

Cats Welfare news

CHANG has now had his operation to repair the gap in the roof of his mouth. We had appealed for donations, to help cover the cost of his treatment.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this possible. He still has to have his bad teeth removed in a couple of months’ time, once everything has healed, but he is doing really well.


We have several adult cats who would love to be snuggled up on someone’s sofa today. There are males and females, ranging from 18 months to seven years. All adults are leukaemia negative, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Please contact us via Facebook. Alternatively, ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. All cats go for a week’s trial, in your home.

Clothes and books needed

We are appealing to you all, please, for both ladies’ tops and men’s shorts, for our shop. We also urgently need books of all genres, and in great condition. Please have a dig around at home, and drop them into the shop.

We always need cat food, litter, sheets, towels, bedding etc. for the cats and kittens in our care, and also good quality/condition items for sale in the shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur (behind Hiperdino). It is open seven days a week, 10am-6pm.

If you don’t have transport, or have large, bulky items such as furniture and household effects to donate, please ring Mark on 6365 90557, and he will arrange collection from you.

Our calendar

Our 2019 calendar is now on sale in our shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur. It costs three euros, and is also available from La Taberna, and Cards and Candles, both on San Blas, as well as Revs Motors, Las Chafiras. We would like to thank all our sponsors, and everyone who helped put this together.


Cholo’s happy ending!

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:24

K9 animal news

ON Sunday 6th January, a male French Bulldog was left tied outside K9 Tenerife’s cattery. He looked very sorry for himself, and very skinny, but he was so happy to see us.

We checked for a chip, and, thankfully, he had one. So the next step was to contact our vets for the owner information. This took two days, because it was a Bank Holiday.

We then discovered that this little guy was called Cholo, and was reported stolen back in 2008. He is now 12 years old. We tried calling the owner, but the contact numbers were old. We then used the power of Facebook, and his story was shared.

This determination resulted in his owner being found. On the 11th January, little Cholo was reunited with her, having been taken away, 10 years ago.

Tears were flowing all around, and we are so happy that he can spend his later years with his beloved owner, who has missed him every day since. This is such a happy story, although the last 10 years were not.  But, in his final years, he will live like a king with his devoted owner, who was extremely emotional to get him back.

Boot sale

We would like to inform everyone that we will no longer have a stall at the Los Gigantes car-boot sale.

Meet our dogs

We have many dogs, in all shapes and sizes, waiting patiently for their loving, safe-and-secure, forever homes. You can see them all, their stories and pictures, on our website at Go to “K9 dogs/Dogs waiting for homes”.

Why not visit us at K9 Refuge on Calle Chimbesque between Las Chafiras and Las Zocas any day of the week between 10-2pm? Alternatively, you can get in touch by telephoning us on 667 638 468, or emailing

You will also find stories of our dogs, their antics and heart-warming rehomings on Facebook by following Diary of a K9 Tenerife Dogwalker, K9 Tenerife and, not forgetting, K9 Tenerife Cats.

Also, to see daily photos of the walks that take place at K9, like the facebook page Voluntarios del Refugio K9.

Charity shop

Our charity shop in Alcala Plaza is always looking for new items to sell. If you have any unwanted clothes, shoes, books or bric-a-brac, please pop them into our shop, or to K9.

We welcome all kinds of items, all proceeds going towards helping the dogs. The shop is open from 10am-2pm, Monday to Saturday. Pop in, or call them on 6465 61035. Collections can also be arranged, using this number.

Ways you can help

If you wish to support K9 animal refuge, and contribute towards the safe rescue and adoption of abandoned dogs and cats, we would be very appreciative.

You can buy our merchandise (T-shirts, vests, key rings, wristbands and more) at K9, sponsor one of our dogs via our website, and donate money via our website, or cash at our refuge. We also welcome donations of food and other items.

Also, you can become a volunteer dog walker by calling us, or simply popping by, during our opening hours. Remember to keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for any fund-raising events which you may like to attend.






Thank you Leslie

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:23

Live Arico news

ONE of the island’s favourite acts is Leslie Elvis Moore, and he came to visit one of our charity shops with a great surprise. He has been appealing for donations and collecting money for the animals of Live Arico PAWS during his shows, offering to sing extra songs for cash.

He has raised the amazing amount of 500 euros. We are so grateful to Leslie and his generous fans at his shows at Charly Bar and Calypso Bar, and for the support from the two venues.

We will have to get him up to the shelter with his Elvis costume – now there’s a photo opportunity. We appreciate your help so much.

Come and walk the doggies!

Join the Live Arico dog-walking club on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm. Our dogs absolutely love it, and you can keep fit and find a furry friend at the same time. Send a WhatsApp to Oceana on 659 242 572 for further details, or just pop in and meet the dogs.

Live Arico shops

Come and bag a bargain at our shops. Donations are always very much appreciated.

San Eugenio – opposite Hotel La Nina, at Las Carabelas, near Amanda’s Bar. Open weekdays 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm and now Sundays 11am-3pm.

Los Cristianos – Calle Revron, near Thistle and Dragon Bar and play-park. Open Monday-Friday (10am-4pm) and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Join us on Facebook – Live Arico P.A.W.S Tenerife

Ireland beckons for top Adeje students

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:22

ADEJE Council, for the third year running, has announced details of awards for the borough’s most talented young people.

Through the Youth Department offices, under Councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, they are given annually to a number of top students from the borough’s secondary schools, and to those recognised for their contribution to the collective well-being of their local community.

Cllr Zebenzui Chinea said: “This year we are going a bit further with the prize, because we are extending the awards to those who have also dedicated themselves to some form of social service in the community, contributing to a balance of social and educative equality.”

The prize chosen to reinforce the education of the young winners, is a two-week summer camp in County Cork, in Ireland, accompanied by specialised personnel from the Youth Department.

The trip will be from the 6th-20th July and the prize includes flights, transfers and the two-week stay.

“We in the Youth Department believe that any investment in education is important, and that language skills are fundamental for further studies these days, even more so when we live in a zone that welcomes millions of tourists every year”, said the Councillor.

The winners, up to a maximum of 10 people, are chosen at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year from students finishing their studies in either of the Adeje public secondary schools, I.E.S. Adeje or I.E.S Galeón, based on their studies or “social commitment”.


Sánchez presents his 2019 budget to MPs, but he needs backing

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:21

SPANISH Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his cabinet presented their 2019 budget in Parliament last Friday, even though they do not yet have sufficient support from non-ruling parties to push it through.

Backing from left-wing Podemos is likely, as long as the socialist government agrees to its requests to reduce the cost of household electricity bills, increase paternity leave from its current four weeks up to eight, although this will still be half the length of maternity leave.

The price of renting a home is also reduced, but the cost of doing so in major cities, and in some of the popular coastal resort areas, is starting to rise beyond the reach of average earner. That, means that young adults are continuing to live with their parents until well into their thirties.

So far, the Sánchez cabinet has agreed to all the Podemos demands, except for rent prices, of which they have not yet commented. But the issue will be under discussion over the next few months.

A total of 57% of the 2019 budget will be spent on healthcare, social welfare, care costs, pensions and other “grass-root” essentials. Pension spending, in particular, will rise by 6.2%.

Widows’ and widowers’ pensions will go up, and subsidies for the over-52s, scrapped by the previous right-wing PP-led government, will return.

Profit tax will rise for large companies, and income tax will go up for the highest salaries, while value-added tax, or IVA (VAT in the UK) will drop from 21% to 4% on tampons and sanitary towels, to help combat “period poverty”.

The socialist government expects to earn a record 227.4bn euros in 2019, which is a 9.5% rise on 2018, and 8.3% more than that estimated in last year’s budget.

Care funds for elderly, disabled and dependent persons will rise by 59.3%, research and development (R+D) will go up by 5.6%, and 20m euros extra will be spent on the fight against gender violence.

Sánchez aims to work towards pre-school education, including nursery care for the under-threes, which he wants to be free and available to all, in addition to adding extra funds for school materials and well as student grants and scholarships.

The hike in pension spending, says Treasury Minister María Jesús Montero, “is the highest in history”, at 42.10 euros per 100, and widows’ and widowers’ pensions will rise to 60% of the deceased’s salary. Pension increases in line with inflation, as agreed late last year, will be paid in arrears in February.

Income tax will go up by 2% for those earning 130,000 euros a year or more, and by 4% for annual incomes of 300,000 euros or more. Diesel will go up in price by eight cents a litre, of which 3.8 cents will be in tax.

Large companies will pay a minimum of 15% on their profits, but those currently paying 25%, who have an annual turnover of less than one million euros, will have theirs reduced to 23%.

This means an additional 14% in profit tax and 5.1% in IVA (VAT) earned by the Government this year.

Regional governments’ spending “ceiling” will be raised by 4.4%, allowing them more freedom to invest in schools, hospitals, health centres and new infrastructure. The cabinet has reduced its expectations for growth and employment creation, with the former expected to be capped at 2.2%, and the jobless figure to drop by around 800,000, down from the current 15.5% to 14%.

By the end of the year, Spain’s public debt will be in the region of 95.4% of the GDP, keeping it below the 100% mark, and less than stated during the latter part of the PP Government’s reign.

“’Attractive” funding provisions for Catalunya have been included as a carrot for the two regional parties, ERC (Catalunya Left Republicans) and PDeCAT (European Democratic Party for Catalunya), although details of these have not been disclosed.

Votes from the ERC and PDeCAT are likely to be crucial, to comply with the numbers needed for the budget to pass through Parliament.

The main processes and the preliminary stages will get underway next week and, if the budget proposal clears these hurdles, the official Parliamentary debate will take place in the first fortnight of February.


Stolen car carried a huge weapons’ pile

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:21

GRENADES, submachine guns and detonators have been seized by Spanish police from UK-registered car, which had been stolen.

The weapons were found in an abandoned Volkswagen Golf, in a quiet street, in Malaga’s expat area of Benahavis.

The British authorities, which had notified Spanish cops that the vehicle was stolen, asked them to monitor it. But officers saw no one approaching the vehicle.

It was towed to the car pound, and, when police searched the motor, they found a loaded pistol in the glovebox, a rucksack containing two submachine guns, four boxes of ammunition and two hand-grenades, as well as two explosives detonators in the boot.

Spanish police confirm that an investigation is ongoing, following a bomb attack last October in the area, when explosives were detonated outside the house of a car-wash owner.

A simultaneous blast also destroyed the car-wash in Marbella, where one person was arrested, and two more were held in Malmo, Sweden.


Criminal scammers fooled more than 100 companies

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:19

TEN people have been arrested by Spain’s National Police, in connection with the alleged scamming of 100 world-wide companies, and more!

The General Directorate of Police said the arrests took place in Manacor (eight), Toledo (one) and Castellon (one), with 31 criminal acts identified.

The two scam methods, used by the international organisation, are known as “Man in the middle” and “CEO fraud”.

The “Man in the middle” scam consists of computer attacks, aimed at companies with big revenues, and intercepting their communications to divert money from their bank transfers to the organisation’s account.

The criminal group, allegedly, used the “CEO fraud” trick to contact an employee from the targeted company, who had access to the bank accounts. One man pretended to be the CEO, or a director, and requested an “emergency”, financial transaction to be made.

During the police operation, as well as the arrests, 16 of the suspected criminal organisation’s bank accounts were blocked, with three vehicles and computer equipment seized.

The scams affected over 100 companies, from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and China.

Investigators, who recovered lists of contact data from approximately 500,000 businesses, estimate that a sum in excess of 600,000 euros has been stolen from Spanish entities.

The criminal group is also suspected of hacking and accessing corporate emails from more than 1,000 Spanish businesses.


Judge has ordered murdered wife’s husband to prison

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:18

THE husband of murdered Romina Celeste Nunez, has been imprisoned, after Gran Canaria’s High Judge at the Superior Courts of Justice studied details of the case.

And, contrary to what Raúl DC told investigating officers, the island’s head of magistrates believes he murdered her.

Surveillance of the husband began, as soon as he reported that Romina had gone missing, one week after she was last seen, on New Year’s Eve.

Raul still insists that he found Romina dead when he returned back to the Gran Canaria family home that night, drugged up to eyeballs, and insists that he threw her body in the sea.

Yet, say sources, investigators caught Raul out when he said he didn’t know what had happened to his wife.

They managed to tap into a conversation between Raul and a family member, hearing him tell the relative how he got rid of his wife’s body, which sparked his arrest by the Guardia Civil.

The officers detained Raul on Sunday afternoon during the questioning, when he insisted that he found his wife’s body when he returned home on New Year’s Eve and panicked because he was addled with drugs.

He did, however, admit to the officers that he panicked and tried to dispose of the body by burning her body in the garden of their family home. He then put the remains into bags before trying to ditch them at different locations of the Arrecife coast.

Raul was still being interrogated, up until Wednesday morning. The Guardia requested the judge to prolong his detention for further questioning, for an additional 48 hours, because they still did not have a clear picture,

But the Judge had made up his mind, demanding immediately that Raul be remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, officers were undergoing a thorough search of the couple’s home. looking for evidence of how Romina Celeste Nuñez died.

Apparently, Raul used a rent-a-car to move Romina’s body parts from the house to the coast, and the officers, with sniffer dogs, are collecting evidence from this vehicle.

Romina, 28, has a four-year-old son, living with her family in Paraguay. And only three days before she lost her life, she had made a police complaint, reporting that she had been beaten by her husband,

And, while police were conducting a search of the property, they discovered that the house had undergone a thorough clean, as well as a certain wall of the home being freshly painted.

They also came across left-over drugs which Raul had obviously used over New Year. The barbecue had also been cleaned out.

When the police questioned neighbours, they confirmed that they saw a fire in the garden from that area in early hours of 1st January 2019.

Raul still refuses to admit he murdered Romina, and investigators believe that he made the missing report a week after her death because everything at their home had been cleaned up.

Before officers took him in for questioning, he had spent the week with his former wife, who also lived on his residential complex.

The investigation officers also went to Raul’s place of work, and they are taking a closer look at his rented vehicle. That’s because they believe he used the car to drive around the coast, looking for a place to dispose of his wife’s remains.





‘Abusive passengers’ are thrown off flight

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:17

A JET2 flight, on its way to Belfast from Tenerife, was diverted to Santiago, after “drunken passengers started swearing” at the crew”.

The incident involved two men, who were removed from the plane when it landed at the Spanish airport, some 90 minutes after taking off.

One passenger said: “The two men were drunk before they got on, and, when we took off, they were swearing at the hostess and giving grief to people.”

The plane stood in Santiago for around two hours, with passengers remaining on board.

Jet2 said in a statement: “As a family-friendly airline, we take a zero-tolerance approach towards disruptive behaviour. We will fully assist the authorities with any subsequent investigations, and we will prosecute where necessary.”

“We would also like to apologise to customers for the delay to their journey home.”


Serious email scams leave police worried

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:17

NATIONAL Police in Spain, who have warned of an email scam, which says the recipient is required to appear before the Interior Ministry for questioning, or even a court hearing.

The scammer group use what appears to be an authentic ministry logo, supposedly sent from the police, or from Correos, Spain’s national post office.

Once opened, the messages infect the user’s phone or computer with a virus, which gives hackers access to their personal data, stealing online banking PIN codes and other sensitive information.

This opens the door to ID theft, and can result in fraudulent, financial transactions, carried out by the virus authors.

Several users have reported similar problems, just by opening the emails, without even clicking on any links in them, which makes them particularly dangerous and highly effective.

Police say a summons for court hearings would never be sent by email, and warn the public not to open any messages coming from,, nor any, apparently, from Correos.

They have posted a picture of the logo on the National Police Twitter site, @Policía, under the hashtag #NoPiques (“Don’t fall for it”), as shown.


 ‘Gang-rape’ trio free after lack of evidence

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:15

THE Court of Alicante, in an on-going case since October 2011, has cleared three British men, accused of gang-raping a fellow Brit in Benidorm, through “a lack of evidence”.

The judge said the only solid evidence was the alleged victim’s initial statement.

A court hearing was held in December 2018, when all three defendants returned to the Spanish Costa from the UK. The alleged victim did not appear at the court hearing to testify.

The original prison penalty, demanded by the Prosecutor’s Office, was 30 years, for the alleged sexual assault and for “helping one another to carry out the rape”.

But the defendants and their lawyer, Alejandro Dartis, were, naturally, looking for a non-guilty verdict.

The incident occurred in the early hours of 30th October, 2011, in an apartment block in Benidorm.

The alleged victim admitted to having consensual, intimate relations with one of the defendants, in the apartment where he was staying.

She had, allegedly, fallen asleep in a different room, when the other two defendants woke her up and proceeded to sexually assault her, along with the first defendant.

The offenders have always denied the claims, saying the so-called victim’s statement was an act of revenge because they had “thrown her shoes out of a window” when returning to the apartment and finding her asleep there.

The woman went to the local police station, immediately, to report the alleged sexual abuse, which led to the arrests.

The ruling indicated that there was insufficient evidence to convict the three men, because the medical reports did not reflect the aggression reported by the alleged victim.

The woman presented several superficial injuries, one on her left forearm and another on her right elbow.

According to the defendants, the cut on her left elbow was caused after she fell in a local pub, where they met.

There were traces of blood in the apartment, but police officers investigating the premises said it was more likely to have been the remains of an injury from the earlier fall.

Judges have stated that they can’t conclude that the report was false, but at the same time, there is no evidence to support the requested conviction.




Rowdy neighbour didn’t give a hoot!

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:14

A FIGHT broke out between two neighbours outside their Lanzarote homes, because one of them had been causing a huge disturbance by pressing his car horn repeatedly.

The situation ended with the police being called, with one of the men arrested and the other one injured.

The attacker, a 56-year-old who already had a police record, was arrested by the police because he decided to attack the other man with a knife, stabbing him in the thigh.

He also punched him in the face, the victim losing a tooth and suffering from several facial wounds, though superficial.

The National Police were called by other neighbours as the “discussion” between the men was well underway.

According to a source, the attacker asked the other man to stop honking the horn, which sparked the fight.

Police arrived, and attended to the injured man, who was bleeding profusely from his thigh.

He was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital and treated for the stab wound, as well as the other injuries sustained.

Police arrested the attacker, who was placed in custody and is awaiting a court appearance.



Ryanair has licence to operate in no-deal UK

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:13

RYANAIR’S British subsidiary has secured a licence to operate in the UK, in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

The no-frill, budget airline, whose standing appears to be low right now, said the permit meant it could “operate UK domestic and UK to non-EU routes in a post-Brexit environment, if necessary”.

London and Brussels have a plan in place to allow UK carriers to fly to the EU if there is no deal, but it does not allow UK carriers to fly routes between EU destinations.

“The risk of a no-deal Brexit in March is rising,” said Juliusz Komorek, chief legal and regulatory officer at the Irish-owned airline.

“Despite our robust, post-Brexit structures, including our post-Brexit plan around European ownership, we continue to call for the UK and EU to agree a transition deal from 31st March 2019, so that any disruption to flights and British consumer summer holidays in 2019 can be avoided.”

Ryanair operates more than 800 daily flights to or from Spain from airports across Britain and the EU.


Food volunteers aid San Miguel’s needy

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:12

SAN Miguel Town Hall is now distributing food, donated to the Municipal Food Bank by residents, associations, social groups, and hotels.

Throughout December, the Department of Social Services was responsible for collecting the donations, which are now being sent to the municipality’s under-privileged families.

San Miguel Mayor Arturo González, and San Miguel Nuria Marrero, have stressed the initiative’s importance, as well as the work carried out by the Social Services Department.

“The help being provided by the municipal Social Services for several years is greatly supported and appreciated,” they said. “The distribution of food is being carried out, gradually, among families, after assessment and referral of municipal social workers.”

Mayor González added: “The Town Hall is grateful for any collaboration, and gesture of kindness, for the amount deposited in the Municipal Food Bank each year.”

Both Gonzalez and Marrero highlighted the anonymous contributors, in addition to the other gestures of solidarity on the part of groups and entities.

These include the Performing Arts Association CHER, the Hotel Santa Bárbara Golf & Ocean Club, the CEIP de Llano de las Naciones and the CEIP San Miguel Arcángel, as well as the Unión Deportiva Las Zocas.




Spain is preparing for no-deal Brexit

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:12

SPANISH Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has been working since November on contingency plans for four key areas in case of a “hard Brexit”, in which the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on 29th March.

Now that the issue of Gibraltar has been agreed, largely, and no additional border controls will apply for those living in Spain and working in the British enclave, Sánchez is focusing on people, trade, economy and transport.

Protecting Brits in Spain, and Spaniards in Britain

British expats living in Spain have been worried about their future since 24th June, 2016, when the referendum results were announced. But Sánchez has them uppermost in his mind.

An estimated 750,000 UK nationals live in Spain, says his PSOE Government, and, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the PM is ready to pass a law immediately, to prevent them becoming “illegal immigrants”, and for them to continue having access to the National Health Service, pensions, State benefits, such as dole money, and to live and work.

Spain’s Parliamentary spokeswoman, Isabel Celáa, says the law will come into force in February if the UK continues without a concrete deal with the required backing.

It is unclear where this leaves holiday home-owners, present and future, who are not full-time residents in Spain. But Sánchez intends to allow Brits to travel freely between the UK and Spain without a visa, and will authorise flights between the two countries immediately, meaning expats will still be able to return for trips to see their families, and UK residents will not be cut off from their homes in the sun.

Given that foreign buyers, of whom Brits make up a significant number, are helping the housing market to recover, and also boost the economy by spending in Spain on their holidays, Sanchez is likely to ensure that no extra hurdles apply to purchasing homes on Spanish territory, or for those already owning second properties to live in them permanently when they retire.

But British residents in Spain remain sceptical, saying they will not believe anything until they see it in black and white. Yet they are quietly confident that the Sánchez Government will support them as promised.

Spaniards living in the UK have criticised its government and its MPs, in their native country, for not giving them “any type of information’”. They say the British authorities have been “drip-feeding them vague details”, but they agree that even this is “better than nothing”.

Sanchez, hearing their collective cry for help, announced that he will be thrashing out details of how to protect the 200,000-plus Spaniards living in the UK at a meeting today (Friday) with Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrell.

But this issue could be more difficult for Spain to give guarantees, given that these residents are in the hands of British immigration policies, unlike UK-born expats in Spain to whom national policy, which Sánchez is able to control, will apply.

Urgent talks with Spanish firms at home, and in the UK Concerning trade, a no-deal Brexit could create hurdles for cross-border sales between the UK and the remaining 27 EU countries, including Spain.

If Britain does crash out without an agreement, it means the so-called “divorce bill” of some €44 billion, covering the UK’s contracted obligations to the bloc, including pensions for British civil servants in the EU, will not be paid.

Non-payment of its agreed dues to the EU means the UK is most unlikely to be considered a favourable or reliable trade partner.

Sánchez has been in talks with British-based Spanish companies since November, including Banco Santander, clothing chains Zara and Mango, plus holdings of Iberia and Telefónica, to help devise plans for how to carry on their businesses if the UK does crash out of the bloc without a deal.

Also, according to ICEX data in 2017, the UK was Spain’s third-largest destination for exports of goods and services. Just a year ago, Britain went through a highly-publicised 2lettuce crisis because harsh winter weather in Spain had reduced the usual crop yield and left the country unable to export more than a bare minimum to the UK. Exports to the UK from Spain have been reducing gradually since the referendum result, anyway, and in a worst-case scenario, could even grind to a halt if no agreement between France and Britain is reached over border controls.

Goods transported from Spain to Britain by land go through Dover port, and, without a deal, border controls in place could delay shipping, which means perishable goods would go off, including lettuce, and also oranges, of which the overwhelming majority in British supermarkets are grown in the Valencia region.

Air travel issues under discussion

Sánchez is also working hard on how to handle transport issues without a deal. Airlines based in, or travelling from the UK, whose majority share capital is from non-EU countries, will be unable to operate in the EU, because the existing legal framework, covering air travel between Britain and the continent, will cease to apply overnight, and no other regulatory system will be in place in time.

Given that Iberia is owned by a joint-venture firm, along with British Airways, its situation could be seriously compromised.

Josep Borrell says a no-deal Brexit “will not be positive” for Spain, and he and Sánchez will be working together closely over the next few weeks to put as many systems in place as they can, to limit the collateral damage.

But it seems as though the easiest issue to resolve for Spain’s Government will be that of safeguarding the existing EU-based rights of British nationals living in the country. Isabel Celáa said a website with full information for citizens and companies, was expected to be on air by last Monday (14th Jan).

Overall, Sra Celáa wants to “transmit a message of reassurance and calm” to those who fear they may be affected adversely by a possible no-deal Brexit.

The UK MPs voted Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal down on Tuesday, by a record 238. That leaves Britain just two-and-a-half months to decide its next step. She cancelled her planned “meaningful vote” regarding the same deal, in December.


Super-surgeon repairs a kid’s  ripped-off toes

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 11:10

DOCTOR Pedro Cavadas, Spain’s world-famous “super-surgeon”, has successfully reimplanted a four-year-old boy’s toes, which were ripped off when he became trapped in a fairground ride.

The child’s foot ended up wedged into the traction of a mobile staircase at a Christmas fair in the Alicante area of Rabasa. And, despite attempts by four adults to free him, the foot continued to be jammed in the contraption, until it was taken apart with a screwdriver.

Two of his toes were literally hanging off, and, knowing of the doctor’s prowess, refitting severed limbs and transplanting new ones, the child’s father immediately took him to a hospital in Manises, near Valencia airport, two hours away by road.

Dr Cavadas (pictured) and his team, reimplanted the toes, successfully, and repaired the tendons and veins of these and other parts of his foot, which were damaged in the horrific accident.

A Manises hospital spokesman said the operation went well, and the little boy was still under observation.

The Rabasa fairground ride was, initially, cordoned off and inspected, but it passed all mechanical checks, and has now reopened to the public.

Dr Cavadas, who founded and runs a traumatology hospital in east Africa, has transplanted new legs above the knee, and arms above the elbow. He has also refitted hands, feet, toes and fingers after serious accidents.

Last April, he reattached a US marine’s severed hand after the patient, shown here with the surgeon, suffered a serious accident in Murcia.

And, in July, he repaired the base of a tetraplegic man’s spine, allowing him to move his upper body for the first time since the age of nine.

In the last few weeks, Dr Cavadas has also operated on Jávea-based triathlete Scott Gordon, after the British cyclist was gravely injured in a crash, caused by a drunk driver in Valencia.

After four operations over 18 months, Scott’s broken femur still refused to set and, in desperation, he appealed to the “super-surgeon”. and Dr Cavadas is said to be extremely optimistic about Scott’s chances of getting back in the saddle, eventually, because the operation was a success.