Month: January 2022

Gibraltar police rid streets of abandoned cars in bid to free up public parking

THE Royal Gibraltar Police have launched a campaign to deal with the annoyingly high number of abandoned cars cluttering up streets on the Rock. Last week they removed 50 vehicles from car parks at Catalan Bay, Land Port Ditch, Camp Bay and Western Beach in a bid to free up public parking spaces. Those vehicles …

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Surge in UK bookings to Spain’s Balearic Islands as COVID travel restrictions ease

THE Balearic Islands are hoping for a tourism boost after the UK scrapped all travel restrictions for vaccinated people in the UK. Boris Johnson made the announcement that from 4am on February 11 people will no longer need to show a negative COVID test, as long as they have been fully vaccinated. Now leading British tour …

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Spain’s met office extends yellow weather warnings on coast until Saturday

THE yellow alert for strong costal winds and three-metre-high waves in the Guadalhorce, Costa del Sol and the Malaga city areas has been extended until tomorrow, Saturday, January 29. According to Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the yellow alert for coastal phenomena, active since early Wednesday afternoon on the coast of the province, will be …

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MUST READ: European Court of Justice rules against Spain’s Modelo 720 foreign asset law including system of excessive fines

EUROPE’S top court says Spain broke EU laws by imposing harsh penalties on Spanish residents who failed to declare property and bank accounts they held abroad. The Thursday ruling saw the European Court of Justice(ECJ) in Luxembourg agree with the European Commission that the penalties for failing to properly disclose foreign assets on the so-called …

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Man chooses car he wants to buy and steals it days later from Costa Blanca showroom in Spain

AN Elche man liked a car so much that he returned to a city dealership a few days later to steal it. The 42-year-old was impressed with the vehicle on a showroom forecourt on Calle Sor Josefa Alcorta but decided that he wanted it for nothing. He took advantage of the afternoon closure of the …

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Serial fraudster on the run from Czech authorities is arrested in Spain’s Almeria

POLICE have arrested a notorious fraudster who had fled to Spain while on the run amid a trial in the Czech Republic, in which he was convicted and sentenced in his absence. The 52-year-old was born in the Czech Republic and has been wanted by the authorities since 2015 in connection with  fraud and embezzlement. …

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First cases of new BA.2 Omricon COVID-19 variant are confirmed in Spain

THE first cases of the new BA.2 Omricon variant have been confirmed in Spain. Two infections have been identified in Catalunya with a potential third case being studied in the Balearic Islands. Speaking to Congress on Thursday, Health Minister, Carolina Darias said: “We will see how BA.2 behaves as it is still being studied but …

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Mum gives birth to tiny quads within five minutes at Costa Blanca hospital in Spain

A 35-year-old woman has given birth to quadruplets in Elche with the delivery lasting just five minutes. The two boys and two girls weighed in at less than two kilos each last Saturday evening. New mum, Zineb Moubarak from Crevillente, received regular treatment at Elche General Hospital to ensure her pregnancy carried on as long …

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Spain announces its best job figures since banking crisis of 2008

SPAIN has announced the highest number of people in work since the 2008 banking crisis. Over 20 million people are employed with 840,700 new jobs created last year- returning the country to pre-pandemic employment levels. The unemployment rate of 13.33% over the last three months of 2021 is the lowest since the third quarter of …

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Arturo Arribas, actor famous for TV and stage roles in Spain, dies in Madrid house blaze

AN ACTOR famous for his roles on the stage and in TV dramas in Spain has died after a fire broke out at his property in the Tetuan district of Madrid. Arturo Arribas, 55, who was known for his roles in TV dramas Hospital Central and Al Salir de Clase, died from smoke exhalation on …

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