Archive for: November, 2014

New police deal to benefit everybody

SPAIN’S national police force have been given what appears to be a superb new deal, improving their working and living conditions and, thus, giving the country a more professional force. Home Affairs Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz said the National Police Force would be renamed the National Police. He added that the new Personnel Act legislation […]

Teachers working in fear of students

TEACHING has never been an easy job and now, it seems, it’s almost impossible as more and more teachers are living in fear. Attacks by parents and students is rising at an alarming rate in the Canary Islands. And the latest figures, released this week, show the number of reported attacks has risen to 150 […]

Canaries’ emphatic No to search for oil

THE Canary Islands Government has ascertained, via a survey, that 75% of inhabitants oppose offshore oil prospecting in the area. Drilling has been underway in waters off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura since last Tuesday, after Spanish oil company Repsol was given the go-ahead by Central Government to search for oil there. A Greenpeace activist was injured […]

Oil prices put skids under Russia

RUSSIA has been left counting the cost of the falling oil price – up to $100bn a year, with Western sanctions hitting the country for $40bn. Finance Minister Anton Siluanov spelled it out during Monday’s international financial and economic forum in Moscow. It means that Russia could be forced to cut its oil production by […]

We are not corrupt, says anxious Rajoy

SPANISH Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, responding to the first government casualty in a series of cases of alleged graft, has presented parliament with two anti-corruption laws. He also appealed to Spaniards yesterday (Thursday) not to view their politicians as corrupt, saying: “I can understand the irritation and distrust of our citizens, but suspicion should not […]

At last! Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso to be linked

A BRIDGE made of iron and wood is to be built over the barranco  to link Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraiso. And work should be underway this week on the long-awaited connecting path between the villages. At a packed meeting in Callao Salvaje Cultural Centre, Adeje Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga joined local councillor Amada […]

Football club chips in to rescue evicted grandma

A TOP-FLIGHT Spanish football club have come to the rescue of an 85-year-old grandma, who was evicted from her Madrid home of 50 years last Friday. And it was hardly Carmen Martínez Ayuso’s fault. Her only son, Luis Jiménez Martínez, used the property to guarantee a 40,000-euro private loan, without her knowledge, because the bank […]

Adeje cheese-makers tasting success again

MONTESDEOCA, the Adeje-based dairy, has picked up two more prizes at this year’s World Cheese Awards in London. The local producers won bronze medals for their smoked goats’ cheese, and cheese aged in wine. Altogether over 2,600 cheeses from 33 countries took part in the competition. Alberto Montesdeoca said the result was “extremely satisfying”, and […]

BT dialling up O2 again

TELECOMS giants BT is discussing the purchase of the O2 mobile network from Spanish company Telefonica. “All discussions are at a highly-preliminary stage and there can be no certainty that any transaction will occur,” said a BT spokesman. In 2002, BT spun off O2, then called BT Cellnet. Three years later it was acquired by […]

‘Paedo’ priests arrested, and second man points a finger!

THREE priests, believed to paedophiles and members of the ultra-conservative group known as Los Romanones, were arrested on Monday and taken to National Police headquarters. Father Román V, who, allegedly, ran the group, Francisco JM, who took over from Román at the helm in recent years, and Manuel M, were held, as well as a […]

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