Archive for: September, 2016

Iberia’s cut-price deals in Canaries

IBERIA Express has announced a cut in ticket prices for its routes to the Canaries, ranging between 13-25%. Specifically, the airline explains that offers on its flights to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma will see cuts “of about 20 euros each way, putting the cost to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura from 59 euros each way, and […]

Iceland won’t freeze!

ICELAND, the giant frozen-food retailer, is defending its name after learning that the Icelandic government is considering legal action to protect its identity. The chain, which employs in excess of 20,000 people at more than 850 stores, was founded 45 years ago. But it has a frosty history with its namesake. Until 2009 it was […]

Holiday-rental firm’s ‘hidden’ service extra

AN angry customer backlash has been aimed at one of Britain’s largest online holiday rental firms, which has introduced  “hidden” charges. The company, Owners Direct, added a “service fee” of up to £299 for holiday-makers who booked through its website in June. Home-owners, who already pay a £299 fee to advertise their properties, are seething […]

Stars shine for science

ADEJE is hosting a Science Festival this weekend, in partnership with the University of La Laguna, and technology company Droiding. The event offers workshops, talks and a science fair in the Plaza de España, as well as star-gazing tomorrow night (Saturday). The weekend kicks off with two talks in the Cultural Centre on Saturday, from […]

The ‘catastrophic failure’ of Alton Towers operator

THE company operating Alton Towers has been fined £5m over last year’s tragic crash of The Smiler ride, which led to two female teenagers each having a  leg amputated. Merlin Attractions, which operates the Staffordshire theme park among others, admitted the health and safety offences at Stafford Crown Court. Vicky Balch, then 19, and Leah […]

Rato is on trial for ‘credit-card fraud’

RODRIGO Rato, the former IMF chief, along with 64 other bankers, have gone on trial in Madrid over an alleged credit-card racket at Spain’s troubled Bankia bank. The defendants are said to have used “unofficial” company credit cards for luxury purchases, unconnected with their duties as board members, and not declared to the tax authorities. […]

The bullet-proof dangers of Guardia Civil females

A MAJOR Spanish policing group believes the Guardia Civil’s failure to provide female officers with bullet-proof jackets specifically designed for women is discriminatory and dangerous. The United Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), which has 30,000 members, also says it is affecting its ability to protect the public. Now, however, it has launched a campaign demanding […]

Rajoy boost still not enough to sort it out

SUNDAY polls have bolstered the position of acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, following his PP’s absolute majority in his home region of Galicia. The People’s Party has also inflicted severe damage on socialist PSOE party leader Pedro Sánchez, whom many blame for Spain’s political deadlock, following two inconclusive general elections. The refusal of Sánchez to […]

Export figures healthy

SPANISH exports of goods grew by 0.5% in the first seven months to 149.41bn euros, which was the highest cumulative figure ever for a July. In volume terms, the increase was greater at 2.9%, because prices measured by Unit Value Indices (UVIs) fell by 2.3%. Meanwhile, imports fell by 2.3% to 157.84bn euros. Conversely, in […]

Monarch reaching for the skies again

AFTER being forced to deny rumours that it was going bust, low-cost airline Monarch has revealed that it is in talks over new funding, The company has responded to online customer enquiries in a bid to ease fears that bookings were at risk after claims were made that it was about to collapse. Flights have […]

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