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School bullying not always investigated

AMNESTY International has issued a warning of unseen bullying in Spanish schools, with several cases not being followed up. This bullying is not always seen, yet it affects thousands of children and their families every year, according to a human rights NGO. Amnesty International said in its new report on the issue that several cases […]

Spanish tourist may be out of his depth!

OFFICIALS in Rome have recently updated the capital city’s public action laws, concerning improper behaviour. And these new rules might have caught out Spanish tourist Remi Sanz, who was on a stag-do at the popular Italian tourist destination, with friends. He dressed up as a Roman Centurion to mark the trip, complete with plastic sword, […]

Remote water-meter readings are so easy

DETAILS of a new, telematic, meter-reading system, which will allow for remote readings of individual water meters, used by local clients, have been published by Adeje Council. Carmen Rosa Gonzalez and Esther Rivero Vargas, the Council representatives, saw the system operated in the control centre of the town’s system management. They were accompanied by Emilio […]

Spain’s independent pharmacies lead way

AN annual study, conducted by the General Council of Official Associations of Pharmacies (CGCOF), shows that Spain has now surpassed Germany and France as having Europe’s largest, independent network of pharmacies. At the end of 2018 when the report was carried out, a total of 22,071 establishments were recorded in the “Annual Report of Collegiate […]

God, won’t call on your mobile!

A PRIEST in Galicia has been able to ban mobile-phone use in his church, and warn against it while driving, using a humorous message which has gone viral on social media. Xosé Manuel Lence, the vicar in A Ramallosa, a tied hamlet or parish of Nigrán, in the Pontevedra province, since 2013, became fed-up with […]

Iconic tourist magnet has planning permission now

IT has taken a staggering 137 years and €4.6m, but Barcelona’s iconic, as-yet-unfinished, Sagrada Familia basilica has finally been given planning permission. In a process that old hands in Spain might recognise, following a series of corruption cases, which led to a tightening of regulations, building of the Barcelona landmark started in 1882, which was […]

Indian organised a trail of immigrants to Spain

A MAN from India is understood to have organised the human trafficking of immigrants, between the Asian continent and Spain, via Morocco. The accused was living, illegally, in Tangier, Northern Morocco, when his property was raided. He was found to have 16 immigrants living with him. They were from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and […]

Furniture chain’s big plastic-waste scheme is far from a novelty

BUDGET furniture chain Ikea has engaged the help of 1,500 fishermen in Spain, and a Comunidad Valencia-based interior designer, Inma Bermúdez, to fulfil a unique plan. The former are paid to collect plastic waste from the sea and deliver it to the Ikea factories in Alicante and Valencia, and Inma turns it into brilliant household […]

Such hard labour for rocky police officers

POLICE had to smash up nearly 19 tonnes of rock with sledgehammers to find 785 packages of cocaine, which had been disguised as stone. Officers had learned that a 188,000kg shipment of stone was being used to smuggle the drug into Spain. The cocaine had been mixed with a rocky mixture which, when set, made […]

Rock-throwing trio endangered drivers

A DANGEROUS prank, which could have had serious consequences, was played out in the early hours of last Wednesday, by three youngsters. The teenage boys, who were throwing small rocks and stones at passing cars on the La Laguna road, were arrested and detained by the National Police for committing a serious road-safety crime. It […]

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