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THE body of Amy Gerard, the missing

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 15:50

THE body of Amy Gerard, the missing woman who trained killer-whales at Loro Parque, was found in the sea at Puerto de la Cruz on Tuesday, following a night out with her boyfriend and workmates the previous Thursday.

Officers in a Guardia Civil helicopter police spotted a body floating in the sea around 11am, close to the lighthouse, which stands in the harbour car park. A few minutes later, a Red Cross lifeboat raced to the scene and the bruised body was pulled onboard.

A source close to the investigation said on Wednesday: “The body was in a very bad state. A post-mortem is taking place, but it has not yet been determined how the death occurred, and whether it was accidental or not.”

There was still no decision yesterday (Thursday), yet National Police were convinced, immediately, that it was Amy, and that she had been the victim of a “tragic accident”.

The 28-year-old, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, was living it up with her workmates, including German boyfriend Dennis Kissling, last Thursday night.

The couple, who got together earlier this year, were celebrating a friend’s birthday at the Irish bar, Molly Malone, near the harbour, and about half-a-mile from where she lived.

Amy, from Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, graduated from Lincoln University, where she studied animal behaviour, and was working at Tenerife’s world-famous Loro Parque zoo, where German-born Dennis is also employed. They are believed to have got together earlier this year.

She had worked, previously, as a marine-mammal trainer in France and Mexico.

Witnesses recalled that she and Dennis left the bar at 12.20am. Amy, wearing skinny black jeans and a green jumper, was easily recognisable in a video, shot inside the bar, with her mass of curly hair, dancing along with her friends.

She was also seen smiling and holding hands with Dennis.

Brendan Reid Spencer, who owns the Molly Malone bar, told The Sun newspaper: “She came in with six work colleagues around 11pm, and they were all having a good time, singing and dancing. But I wouldn’t say they were drunk.

“She was with her fellow, a German lad called Dennis. The group all left in twos and they were the last couple to leave. She turned off to the right and Dennis went to the left.”

Spanish newspapers reported that they had been having an argument before they left the bar, which have accounted for their parting of the ways.

Amy’s mother, Julie, and her sister, Chloe, also from Cleethorpes, had flown to the island, along with her sister’s 35-year-old fiancé, Mike Dolan, to help with the search. But to no avail.

In recent months, Ami had used her maiden surname, Gerard, which was the one featured on missing posters in English and Spanish, rather than her married name.

Ryan Docherty, to whom she was still said to be married, was thought to be back in the UK. He had shared online appeals for information on Amy.

Beach-Vibes Friday

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:35

LAST Friday saw the first of Activate Sports Club’s Beach-Vibes Friday, at their Fuel RestoBar & Beach Club. These nights are an after-work event like no other.

Canarian Weekly attended the evening, and what a great success it was. People were relaxing either at the bar, in the restaurant or on the club’s beach, listening to chill-out music, played by the live DJ, and eating healthy food and drinking cocktails.

It was a great way to wind down and start the weekend, and it was good to see both adults and kids playing volleyball, and having fun running around.

Well done to Activate for putting on a great event, and we look forward to the next one.

 

 

Carbon and Coal

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:35

Cats Welfare news

These little black beauties are 14 weeks old, and still looking for a loving home. They have been wormed and deflead, and had both sets of injections.

Please remember that all black kittens are neutered and microchipped, free of charge. If you would like to meet them, please send us a Facebook private message. All kittens go for a week’s trial in your home,

Adoptions

We have lots of other adorable kittens available, all waiting to be adopted so that they can start their new lives in special, forever homes!

As well as an abundance of kittens, 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.

If you are interested, please contact us via Facebook. Alternatively, ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. As previously mentioned, all cats go for a week’s trial, in your home.

Our calendar

Our 2019 calendar is now on sale in our shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur. It costs five euros, and is also available from La Taberna, and Cards and Candles, both on San Blas, as well as Revs Motors, Las Chafiras.

Jigsaws required!

We urgently need jigsaw puzzles to sell in the shop. Please have a dig around at home, and drop them in to us. Can’t get there? Ring Mark on 6365 90557, and he’ll arrange collection.

Shop volunteers needed

We need more volunteers to join our friendly team. The sessions are 10am-2pm and 2-6pm, and two people are on a shift at all times. There are drinks available, and goodies in the fridge!

If you have some free time and would like to help our cause, please send us a private message via Facebook (Cats Welfare Tenerife), call/WhatsApp Sharon on 6625 24006, or pop into the shop.

Our 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 our 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.

 

Come to our Christmas meal!

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:34

K9 animal news

Tickets are still available for our annual, pre-Christmas dinner and show at Music Hall Tavern tomorrow (8th December). Tickets include a three-course meal, drinks, a live show and much more! For more information, contact Lyn on 626344799, or lindamaggs40@gmail.com.

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 www.k9tenerife.com 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 info@k9tenerife.com

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s home chance to be virtual assistants

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:33

THE Economic Development and Job Creation Department, led by Adeje Council’s Manuel Luis Méndez Martin, is offering a work-based, virtual-training programme for 15 women in the borough, in conjunction with the Cruz Roja.

The course is for women on the Adeje padron, and it offers a new kind of job opportunity for those with young children or dependents, under their care.

“It also applies to and/or those aged over 45, who need to balance their work with their family commitments, so the training will allow them to work from home as virtual assistants,” said Cllr Méndez Martin.

The programme will offer various areas of learning, required today by businesses in the digital sector. This includes training in digital channels, financial managements and administration, and classes in social networks, as well as

reporting, design and management.

They will also receive training in the web, email marketing, basic video-editing and, in addition, orientation in the digital labour market.

On offer is 220 hours of training, divided into 100 hours of actual training and 120 hours of practical training with businesses in the digital sector, which can be fulfilled at home.

When the women have completed the course, they will be placed on the AITED listing, from which they could receive job offers.

The gym that offers everlasting power!

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:32

A GYMNASIUM, able to convert human movement into energy to power machines, has opened in Greater Madrid.

Mónica and Juan Ignacio, the brains behind the project, who opened the Movewatts gym in Alcobendas, along with an 11-strong team, say the treadmills, exercise bikes and spinning apparatus produce power when they are used, and, effectively, fuel themselves.

The gym is designed to be used as a fitness vehicle, as well for people of reduced mobility. It has physiotherapy rooms, a psycho-motor rehabilitation unit, as well as nutrition and dietician consultation areas, and it offers all-round, well-being for all the family.

Physiotherapist José Ignacio says the energy produced by the gym machinery is re-used, but it is not quite enough to fuel the entire building and all its functions.

And “storing” energy generated by people exercising, to avoid buying power from outside, is illegal. But the system does cut down the volume of traditional power needed to operate the business.

Also, those who create this energy can “store” points from how much they generate, and receive discounts on gym services, or on their monthly subscription fees.

As society is becoming more aware of the need to protect the future of the planet, and the importance of non-polluting energy sources, this provides the perfect incentive for those who would otherwise fail to make a personal commitment to visit a gym for work-outs regularly.

While most gyms ban mobile phones, or the use of them, at least, this fitness centre actually encourages users to bring theirs with them, download the gym App and use it to manage their activities, book time-slots on machines and make appointments with their personal trainers and physiotherapists.

They can also plug their phones into the cardio machines to charge them, and electric-car users can charge their vehicles in the car park.

The cardio machines are actually available from a company in A Coruña, Galicia, only. They are made in Indonesia because of the high costs of creating them in Europe, where they are far from mainstream.

The idea of “eco-gyms” started in the US and a few have been set up in Europe, but this is the only fully-equipped one to have been recorded in Spain, yet!

 

All smiles as op kids drive to local theatre

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:32

A HOSPITAL in Bilbao allows children to “drive” themselves to operating theatres in toy electric cars, to let them assume their ordeal is actually a lot of fun.

The IMQ Zorrotzaurre has bought a job-lot of baby-cars, which porters operate by remote control.

And the kids, kitted out in gowns and gauze caps, climb aboard and steer the machine. At least, that’s what they think they’re doing.

Hospital staff say the journeys, from wards or A&E to the theatre block, were always punctuated with sobbing, and calls for mum or dad, among other displays of nerves and anguish.

Naturally, these trips were extremely distressing for the kids, as well as those working in the department.

Now, though, most of the kids, aged two to six, are excited about driving to the operating theatre, and everyone who uses the car is calm and contented, with no tears for fears.

“It’s a simple idea, but it’s proven to be of great value in terms of humanising paediatric surgery at our clinic,” said

Dr Nicolás Guerra, Director-General of the IMQ Clinics chain.

He added that the toy-car idea had already been adopted by some State hospitals, as well as those in the UK, France and the US where they are already stocking toy cars for theatre trips.

 

Transgender op beats the clock, by a decade!

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:31

IN just 17 hours, a Spanish doctor has performed radical sex-change surgery, which usually takes up to 10 years in Spain.

The astonishing medical breakthrough was performed by a Spanish team, on a 29-year-old transgender man, at Valencia-based private hospital Imed.

Gender reassignment surgery can take between 8-10 years through the Public Health system, because the operations are performed by several teams and services.

If patients choose private hospitals, they will have four operations over two years, with a six-month gap at least between each procedure.

But after training in the US, surgeon Cesar Noval learned how to trim the procedure to just one day.

The pioneering, 17-hour op involved constructing a penis (phalloplasty) and removing the patient’s internal female organs and breasts, while work was carried out on his face to give it a more masculine look.

Noval confirmed that the patient, from Valencia, paid more than 20,000 euros for the “express” service.

The patient had the surgery two months ago, and is said to be recovering well, although Noval admits his sex life is still somewhat limited.

To go through gender-reassignment surgery, a patient must be in good physical health and must have passed thorough, psychological tests.

The patient in this case had spent 15 years living as a man and three years using hormone replacement therapy, with a strong support network.

 

Adeje warming up for Christmas now

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:30

ADEJE is in full Christmas swing, with the lights switched on last Saturday, and a full programme of events planned between now and the January arrival of Their Majesties, the Magi.

The programme is planned to appeal to families and friends throughout the borough, and among the events is “Adeje, Vive la Navidad” tomorrow (Saturday) from 5pm.

Multiple activities will be featured, from bouncy castles, puppets, workshops, music, theatre, plus a collection of toys and food for families in need, as well as a concert for young residents and visitors.

Another notable date is the 20th December Unity Concert, bringing together performers from the municipal patronal bank, Adeje School of music and Ballet Beanky.

New Year’s Eve concert-goers can enjoy live performances from Toque Latino, Sensación Gomera and Maquinaria in the Plaza de España.

And, of course, for all children in the borough, and parents, of course, there’s the arrival of the Three Kings into Adeje, on the evening of 5th January, followed by a parade up the Calle Grande.

Then comes the great King’s Day on 6th January, which will be something to treasure, as always.

The public can keep up to date with any changes to the programme by checking online, www.adeje.es

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Guanche remains found in Tenerife cave

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:30

A HUNTER and his cameraman pal were exploring caves last February, looking for an Albino spider to photograph, when they stumbled across the skulls of two new-born Guanche babies, hidden in a large crack in the wall,

Domingo the hunter, and his friend, Sergio, told the press about their discovery on Tuesday, in great detail, of their feelings the moment they came across the tiny skulls, hidden in a crevice behind some carefully-placed rocks in a Guia de Isora cave, on Tenerife’s west coast.

Initially, they thought they were dolls’ heads, until they inspected further and discovered human remains, wrapped in some type of animal skin.

They then realised what they had come across because they were typical of an aboriginal funeral ritual.

Domingo and Sergio hope that their discovery can help to understand the burial ritual performed by the Guanches when their young died.

 

 

No black Sunday for CD Tenerife!

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:43

CD Tenerife 2 Rayo Majadahonda 1

SUDDENLY, the home side remembered how to win, with this emphatic victory against Rayo Majadahonda.

It started with an early goal from Naranjo, and should have been put to bed after Suso converted a penalty. But it wasn’t as simple as that.

Toni Martínez narrowed the gap for the Madrid-based team to silence the Heliodoro faithful, who had seen continued signs of improvement from a team maintaining their progression. Yet they provided doubts in the goal areas, both in attack and defence.

Coach Oltra’s team scored with their first attack as Naranjo ended a three- game goal drought. Malbasic was instrumental, with a penetrating run deep in to the visitors’ half. And, unlike previous games, he had support as he pulled the ball back past defender Rafa to Naranjo, who slotted it past the Rayo goalkeeper easily, after two minutes.

Malbasic himself had a good chance a few minutes later when beating Óscar Valentín, but he could only find the side-netting.

But the home fans enjoyed a placid first half with their lead, with only one chance for Rayo Majadahonda in the final minute, when Dani tipped a shot from Benito on to the crossbar and to safety, and half-time.

Rayo began to find joy in midfield, especially with the pace of forwards Aitor García and Aitor Rubial. But Oltra quickly combated this this by moving up his front line to pressure and isolate them, reducing their options when they did have the ball.

What was a good afternoon for CD Tenerife turned into a great afternoon when they were awarded a penalty on the hour mark, although Rayo may have felt hard done by.

As Naranjo attacked a long ball, Morillas put his arm up to protect himself and the ball hit his hand, innocently. Yet the referee wasted no time in awarding the spot-kick.

Suso stepped up with confidence and wrong-footed the keeper to make it 2-0 to Tenerife. with 61 minutes on the clock, which put them firmly in control.

The final half-hour saw Tenerife pressing, and Rayo trying to exploit them with a counter-attack. In fact, they came close in the 69th minute when Fede Varela had a one-on-one with Dani, but he missed by inches.

In the 73rd minute, however, Rayo’s persistence was rewarded when they caught Tenerife napping as they pressed in their opponents’ half.

A long ball was taken by Toni Martinez, who outran Alberto and shot past Dani to make it 2-1, with a little over 15 minutes to go.

Oltra, who wanted to close the match, brought on Carlos Ruiz in a defence with three central players. From then on, home fans had just one scare, in the 85th minute from Aitor Garcia, but he shot too high.

This was followed by a Tenerife attack, with Milla in the visitors’ area, but it led to nothing.

As the final whistle went, the fans celebrated and Oltra let out a huge sigh of relief, having gained some breathing space with three valuable points.

There are still problems, obviously, but this win lifts morale in a squad who are starting to gel and are seeing improvements.

They now find themselves in 16th place, ironically, three points from mid-table, and three points above the relegation zone. That’s how tight the table is.

The match tomorrow (Saturday) could see Tenerife move further up the table, if they take this form with them to Sporting Gijon, who are just a couple of points and places above them.

 

20 years of storm damage cost Canaries 602m euros

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:40

STORMS across the Canary Islands over the past two decades have caused enormous damage, at a cost of more than 600 million euros (at 2018 prices), plus last week’s estimated 2m-euro bill in the North of Tenerife.

Half the damage was caused by Tropical Storm Delta, which passed over these islands in 2005, with winds of up to 250km/h.

The Chair of the Disaster Risk Reduction, along with the University of La Laguna’s Department of Geography, have staged the Spanish Climatology Association’s 11th Conference.

It comprised a study on the damage of meteorological events of extraordinary range, which have affected the Canaries between 1996 and 2016. And these breath-taking facts emerged.

It has now been published by the State Meteorological Agency, which takes, as its main source of information, the data bank of the Insurance Compensation Consortium.

That’s the public company which accounts for most of the damages from extraordinary phenomena, relating to homes, vehicles, or other types of properties insured, such as those concerning the agricultural industry.

Over this research period, the Consortium paid the Canary Islands community the equivalent of 270.36m euros, at 2018 prices, because it updates the figures, according to each year’s inflation, to those harmed by almost 45,934 claims of three types: floods, sea damage and atypical cyclonic storms, such as those with gusts of over 120km/h.

Three years alone accounted for 72% of this figure: 2002 was the year of floods in Tenerife capital Santa Cruz, leading to eight deaths; 2005, with Storm Delta across all the islands, followed by 2010, with three episodes of heavy rains in February, affecting Tenerife’s El Rosario municipality.

The research study reports that most damage was caused by the ravages of the sea, with 133m euros (49.29% of the total).

This was followed by floods, 122.3m euros (45.24%) and cyclonic storms, 15m euros (5.56%).

And last week’s dramatic floods, featuring waves of up to 40ft high, wrecked some seafront apartments on the northern coast, and affected many residents and business premises.

 

Thank you, Julia and Laura

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:39

Accion del Sol news

LAST week, two lovely girls, Julia and Laura, made a couple of dogs at the refuge very happy, by taking them out for a walk, and giving them lots of love and affection.

Apart from their obvious needs, such as food, water and veterinary care, this is all the dogs want. They love going out for a stroll, so please do come and walk some of the lovely dogs in our care.

We have, once again, a  large number of puppies at the refuge, and we urge you all to please adopt a dog or puppy, and don’t buy. Also,  please do castrate or sterilise your dog, to help reduce the ever-growing number of abandoned dogs on the island.

Shoebox treats!

With Christmas just around the corner, we have started a campaign to ask our friends and supporters to donate a shoebox of goodies for the dogs, such as dog treats, tinned dog food for our older dogs, puppy milk, dog toys and chews.

Marion and her team do such an amazing job at the refuge, so it would be great to bring some Christmas cheer to our 230 dogs. You can deliver your box personally to the refuge on 20th December between 2-5pm, or call 6879 05511, to arrange for your donation to be collected.

Please write your name on the box, so that we know who kindly donated. We would like to thank you in advance for your help and support.

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 teneriffa@aktiontier.org or, for further details, visit our Facebook page: action tier Accion del Sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please adopt us!

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:38

Cats Welfare news

THESE adorable kittens are waiting patiently for new, loving homes. The black and white boys, and their female playmates, are about eight weeks old, and have been wormed and deflead, and had their first injections.

If you would like to meet them, please contact Vet Express, Costa Adeje, on 615 60 58 88. All kittens go for a week’s trial in your home.

Adoptions

We have lots of other adorable kittens available, all waiting to be adopted so that they can start their new lives in special, forever homes!

As well as an abundance of kittens, 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.

If you are interested, please contact us via Facebook. Alternatively, ring/WhatsApp Sandra (English, Spanish and German) on 6712 82773 after 6pm, or Sharon (English) on 6625 24006. As previously mentioned, all cats go for a week’s trial, in your home.

Our calendar

Our 2019 calendar is now on sale in our shop on San Blas, Golf del Sur. It costs five euros, and is also available from La Taberna, and Cards and Candles, both on San Blas, as well as Revs Motors, Las Chafiras.

Jigsaws required!

We urgently need jigsaw puzzles to sell in the shop. Please have a dig around at home, and drop them in to us. Can’t get there? Ring Mark on 6365 90557, and he’ll arrange collection.

Shop volunteers needed

We need more volunteers to join our friendly team. The sessions are 10am-2pm and 2-6pm, and two people are on a shift at all times. There are drinks available, and goodies in the fridge!

If you have some free time and would like to help our cause, please send us a private message via Facebook (Cats Welfare Tenerife), call/WhatsApp Sharon on 6625 24006, or pop into the shop.

Our 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 our 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.

 

Dog of the week – Marrow

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:38

Live Arico news

MARROW is only around four years old, and is a San Bernardo mix. He is full of love, and ready to bring you a lot of joy.

He loves all people and children, and playing with balls. He’s been waiting for a home for too long, so please save him from a life in a cold kennel.

Calendar now on sale
The 2019 Live Arico calendar is on sale for five euros at both charity shops, Iceland, Las Chafiras, Brewers Droop, Champions Bar, Yates Bar, from the Dragalicious shows and at the shelter.
Dog-walking club
Every Saturday, the dogs have a fabulous time with the walkers, and are looking forward to going out for a wander again tomorrow, from 9am-1pm. Please feel free to pop along, even if it’s just for a chat. If you have any questions, WhatsApp Oceana on 0033 659 242 572, for further details.

Live Arico shops

Come and bag a bargain at our shops:

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

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

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

twitter.com/live_arico

Brit drug-trafficker is jailed for 15 years

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:37

A COURT in Alicante has sentenced British drug-trafficker Brian Charrington to 15 years in prison for smuggling 192kg of cocaine from South America into Spain, from 2012 to 2013.

Charrington, from Teesside, appeared on Europe’s

most-wanted list of criminals, prior to his 2013 arrest.

The smuggler ran his global operation from the Costa Blanca, and police raided one of his homes, in which, allegedly, he harboured other fugitives.

Charrington gained notoriety in Spain, and he became known as the “Wikipedia Narco” because was said to have updated his own Wikipedia page to boast about the volume of drugs he had smuggled into Spain, successfully.

The court found him guilty of crimes against public health and money-laundering. He was ordered to pay around 31.2m euros in fines, and his son, Ray, has also been convicted for money-laundering crimes.

 

 

Jail for pupil who assaulted teacher

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:36

A MALAGA City court has sentenced a school student to six months in prison, after finding her guilty of assaulting a teacher in Mijas.

The court heard that the student had tried to avoid taking an English exam at her Mijas school last February. She had protested to her teacher, before arguing and making inappropriate comments.

She was then said to have assaulted the hapless teacher, causing Emergency Services personnel to be called in to treat the teacher’s injuries.

She brought the case to court with the help of her Workers’ Commission (CCOO) union, and Felix Martin, Secretary General of the union’s teaching division, said he was satisfied with the sentence.

He also encouraged teachers who had suffered from similar attacks to come forward.

 

Death-fall tragedy of hard-up woman

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:35

ALICIA, a 65-year-old woman, committed suicide in Madrid on Monday morning after facing eviction from her home, in the city’s Chamberí district.

The eviction threat was delivered after she had failed to pay the rent on her house, and Spanish media allege that a judicial officer, accompanied by a member of the Municipal Police force, arrived at Alicia’s home to turf out the poor pensioner.

It is believed that the woman, knowing she was about to be locked out, threw herself from her fifth-floor apartment to the streets below.

Emergency Services rushed to the scene in an effort to resuscitate the woman, but medics were unable to revive her, after she had experienced a cardiac arrest.

The deceased woman had, reportedly, been living in the apartment for four years and, said neighbours, she was a “kind” and “correct” person.

Diego Sanz, from the Platform of those Affected by Mortgages (PAH) said, when asked about the incident: “The number of evictions has never stopped going down. They are figures comparable to the crisis, and, right now, housing alternatives are not being offered by the administrations.”

The PAH says that, at present, 80% of Madrid evictions are down to the non-payment of rent, and the organisation argues that it is because of the “price increase”.

It has called for a “complaints medium” for the “invisible” people of Spain, who are finding it hard to pay rent in a steadily-rising rental market.

 

 

Killer dogs put down, along with four more

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:35

SIX dogs, including the pair responsible for the death of two women last week, have been put down for safety’s sake.
The decision was taken by the Integral Centre for Animal Welfare of the Community of Madrid after two of the animals had mauled to death a Spanish mother and her grown-up daughter.
All six of the animals that resided in the home of the deceased women were euthanised, according to the Ministry of Environment.
The dogs responsible for the horrific deaths were identified as a French Mastiff and an American Staffordshire Terrier.
In a veterinary report, compiled in the days after the attack, vets testified to the dogs’ high aggressiveness, the difficulty of handling them, and the lack of documentation, as well as the absence of vaccines against rabies.
It was, therefore, decided that the animals presented a danger to the safety of the home-dwellers and the
rest of the animals housed there.
The damning report described the dogs as “powerful and aggressive, with the possibility of attacking people or animals.”
The regional government ruled that putting the dogs down was necessary, “for the serious and imminent risk to the safety of
people, and other animals, as well as for animal-welfare reasons”.
The husband of one of the deceased women could be charged with serious negligence following a Guardia Civil probe into the incident, after the owner of the villa in which the animals lived, failed to vaccinate, or licence, the dogs correctly.

How Rajoy’s party splashed the cash!

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:33

A CASH payment for the Prime Minister’s suits, a 300,000-euro bung to a former treasurer… and a back-hander to pay for an elite wedding.

These are just three of the illegal “caja B” cash payments, made by the then PP party during Mariano Rajoy’s tenure.

The notes, revealed in a series of hand-written notes and documents, and kept by disgraced former PP treasurer Luis Barcenas, demonstrate how the party was funded, illegally, on a national scale.

The records, dubbed the “Operacion Kitchen” papers, have only now been made public, after being published in national newspaper El Mundo.

The secret dossier was, allegedly, stolen from Barcenas by police and not handed over to the courts in the recent Gurtel investigation into corruption.

A Madrid judge has now opened an “urgent inquiry” to look into why these documents have only just been made public.

Judge Jose de la Mata has demanded an explanation from the Home Office, into how police and the PP party, allegedly, conspired to keep the papers hidden.

The documents, apparently, were stolen from Barcenas, who is serving 33 years in prison for creaming off 1.24m euros in bribes.

Barcenas instructed his wife to hide the huge dossier in their house, inside furniture and in his private offices.

However, she confided in the couple’s long-standing chauffeur about the documents’ hiding place.

Unknown to them, though, their driver had become a National Police mole, photocopying all the documents and handing them over, at their insistence.

The papers reveal how the police, under disgraced former chief Jose Villarejo, then chose, shockingly, to conceal the evidence from the judiciary.

Rajoy, then the Prime Minister, became the first serving leader in Spain to testify in a criminal case, when he was grilled on Gurtel’s dealings.

But he always denied receiving cash payments.