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Updated: Spain’s new animal welfare laws


Spain has overhauled its animal welfare laws that officially came into law in September 2023

Spain is a nation of over 29 million pet owners, issues of pet abandonment and a lack of proper identification have persistently plagued the country, with approximately 300,000 animals abandoned each year, as reported by the Ministry of Social Rights.

In response to these pressing concerns, Spanish lawmakers recently enacted the Animal Welfare Law, which officially took effect on Friday, September 29. This new legislation introduces stricter regulations for pet owners and applies to all animals, whether domestic or wild, under human care.

The primary goal of this law, according to the Ministry of Social Rights, is to combat the mistreatment, abandonment, and slaughter of animals. However, critics have pointed out that one of Spain’s most infamous national pastimes, bullfighting, remains unaffected by the new legislation.

Under the provisions of this law, individuals found guilty of animal abuse may face imprisonment for a period exceeding one year, potentially extending up to 36 months in cases resulting in the death of an animal. Moreover, financial penalties ranging from 500 to 200,000 euros will be imposed, varying based on the gravity of the violation.

Several significant changes have been introduced by the Animal Welfare Law:

  1. Prohibition of the use of spikes, electric shock collars, or tethering animals to moving motor vehicles.
  2. A ban on circuses featuring animals (with exceptions for popular bull-related festivities).
  3. Exemptions for research animals, livestock, rescue animals, and hunting dogs.
  4. Prohibition of the sale of pets in commercial pet stores.
  5. A requirement for dog owners to complete a free online training course and obtain liability insurance (to be enforced when a new government is formed).
  6. Obligation for shipping companies, airlines, and trains to facilitate pet access while ensuring the safety and proper behavior of the animals.
  7. Restrictions on leaving pets unattended for extended periods.
  8. A maximum limit of five pets per owner.
  9. Prohibition of euthanasia except under veterinary criteria.
  10. Implementation of measures to control pet breeding, including mandatory identification via microchip and sterilization for cats.

Additionally, the direct sale of pets through online platforms is now prohibited. Notably, certain animals, such as dangerous or poisonous species and large wild mammals and reptiles (excluding turtles), are no longer allowed to be kept as pets in homes.

Important Update for Britons in Spain Regarding Driving Licences


British ex-pats resident in Spain are being warned that using their UK licenses could potentially force them off the road

In a critical development for British residents in Spain, both UK and Spanish authorities have jointly issued a strong advisory, urging Britons residing in Spain to promptly exchange their DVLA-issued driving licences for a Spanish licence.

Starting from September 15, British driving licences will no longer hold validity for driving within Spain while an individual waits for the completion of the driving licence exchange process.

This significant change comes after the UK and Spain reached an agreement in March, facilitating UK licence holders living in Spain to exchange their UK licences for Spanish ones without the necessity of undergoing a theory or practical test within Spain.

It’s important to note that this arrangement was explicitly outlined as a temporary, six-month measure. During this period, motorists were allowed to drive with their UK licences on Spanish roads.

However, as the temporary exemption has concluded, drivers are now being cautioned about the altered circumstances they face if they reside in Spain.

Although licences can still be exchanged post-September 15, British licences will no longer hold validity for driving on Spanish roads while an applicant awaits the completion of the exchange.

A spokesperson from the Department for Transport (DfT), in an exclusive statement to GB News, stated, “We have been supporting British citizens in Spain, and continue to support them, by ensuring they can move to their legally required Spanish licence without having to take an additional driving test.”

For UK licence holders who established residency in Spain after March 15, they will have a six-month window from the date of obtaining residency to exchange their UK licences.

The Brits in Spain embassy Facebook group has been consistently updating drivers, reinforcing the importance of adhering to the law changes and urging them to act swiftly.

Furthermore, Hugh Elliott, the British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, has been actively encouraging motorists to update their details promptly to ensure uninterrupted access to the roads.

Both the Department for Transport and Spain’s Traffic Authority (DGT) will facilitate the exchange of expired UK licences, provided they expire after the individual’s relocation to Spain.

It’s crucial to emphasize that motorists cannot utilize an International Driving Permit (IDP) as a substitute for a Spanish licence, as stated by GOV.UK.

Stay informed for further updates on this significant development affecting British residents in Spain.

BREAKING NEWS: Massive Earthquake Strikes Morocco

Earthquake Morocco
A massive earthquake has struck Morocco

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Morocco leaving at least 632 dead and many more injured

The quake occurred at around 11.11 pm GMT ( according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The epicentre was the Atlas Mountains but due to its relatively shallow depth, the damage caused by the earthquake covered a very large area. According to reports from the USGS, the earthquake struck multiple provinces, including Al Haouz, Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.

Residents of Marrakesh, the nearest big city to the epicentre, said some buildings collapsed in the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Local television showed images of a fallen mosque minaret with rubble lying on smashed cars. The quake was so powerful that it was reportedly felt in Portugal.

Twitter post below: The quake was caught on camera.

The earthquake in Morocco is likely to affect tourism in the country. The earthquake caused significant damage to infrastructure and buildings, including in some of Morocco’s most popular tourist destinations, such as Marrakech. This will likely deter tourists from visiting Morocco in the near future.

In addition, the earthquake has caused widespread fear and anxiety among local Moroccans and those living in Europe. This may also make some tourists hesitant to visit the country.

The full impact of the earthquake on tourism in Morocco is still unknown. However, it is likely to have a significant negative impact in the short term.

Eid Al Tarzi, a professor of seismology in Jordan, said “Hundreds of aftershocks could happen. People will need to stay away from buildings that are not strong because they are prone to collapse. We expect the aftershocks could continue for three to four weeks.”

The Moroccan government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. Rescue workers are working to find survivors and provide assistance to those who have been affected. More Details below:

  • The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 4.9.
  • The earthquake caused widespread power outages and communication disruptions.
  • The Moroccan government has deployed military personnel to help with the rescue and relief efforts.
  • The United Nations has pledged $10 million in emergency aid to Morocco.
  • The earthquake has also had a significant impact on the tourism industry in Morocco.

The earthquake is the deadliest to hit Morocco in decades. It comes just two years after a magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck the country’s north, killing at least 562 people.

The seismic activity in Morocco is caused by the collision of the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. The two plates are moving towards each other at a rate of about 2 centimetres (0.8 inches) per year. This movement creates stress in the Earth’s crust, which can eventually release in the form of an earthquake.

The Moroccan government has taken steps to mitigate the risk of earthquakes, such as building earthquake-resistant structures and conducting public awareness campaigns. However, the country remains vulnerable to seismic activity.

Can The Lionesses Bring it Home?


The Lionesses face Spain in the Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, August 20, the match will take place at Stadium Australia in Sydney

Dutch football manager, Sarina Wiegman, is hoping the side will become the first senior England team to win a World Cup since Bobby Moore’s team beat West Germany in 1966.

In a gripping semi-final, England beat co-hosts Australia 3-1 to book their place in the final, while Spain beat Sweden 2-1 thanks to a dramatic show in their semi-final.

Wiegman led the Lionesses to Euros glory last summer (2022) and has insisted she does not feel under pressure to end the country’s 57-year wait for a World Cup win.

Spain vs England team news

After receiving a red card and serving a two-game suspension for her stamping on Michelle Alozie during the last-16 victory over Nigeria, Lauren James is now available to play which is a major boost for the team. However, her availability does create a dilemma for the manager as the team made it through the last two rounds without her, with Ella Toone expected to keep her place.

Spain vs England prediction

After such a contentious lead-up to the competition, Spain has done incredibly well to advance to their first World Cup final. They are a tremendously exciting team full of attacking talent, with some of the best players on the planet, including Aitana Bonmati, and they are also no strangers to drama and late goals.

But after their improbable Euros victory at Wembley last summer, England has that big-game experience under their belt and should use it to their advantage on the biggest stage to win a sublime double in under a year, cementing their place in football lore in the process. Achieve sporting immortality now.

Where to watch Spain vs England

The final will be televised live and free-to-air both on ITV and the BBC. Coverage starts at 9:25 am on ITV1 and 10 am on BBC One.

Subscribers in Spain with a VPN can also catch the contest live and for free online via the respective ITV and BBC Sports websites, plus the BBC iPlayer and ITVX app.

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Sir Michael Parkinson dies aged 88

Sir Michael Parkinson

Legendary UK chat show host and broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, has died aged 88

Famed British Broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has died at the age of 88, his family has confirmed. Sir Michael’s TV career spanned seven decades, and he interviewed the world’s biggest stars on his long-running chat show.

A statement from Sir Michael’s family said: “After a brief illness Sir Michael Parkinson passed away peacefully at home last night in the company of his family”.

Sir Michael Parkinson, Broadcaster and TV host

Sir Michael Parkinson, was a British broadcaster who hosted one of the most popular chat shows in the world.

Parkinson was born in 1935 in Leeds, England. He began his career as a journalist, but he soon switched to broadcasting. In 1968, he launched his chat show, “Parkinson,” which ran for 23 years and featured interviews with some of the biggest names in the world, including Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, and Margaret Thatcher.

Parkinson was known for his warm and engaging interviewing style. He was also a skilled raconteur, and his shows were often full of laughter and wit.

In addition to his chat show, Parkinson hosted a number of other television programs, including “The Michael Parkinson Show” and “Parkinson on Sunday.” He also wrote several books, including his autobiography, “Parky.”

Parkinson was knighted in 1998 for his services to broadcasting. He was married twice and had three children.

His death was announced by his agent, Andrew Neil. “He was a wonderful man and a brilliant broadcaster,” Neil said. “He will be greatly missed.”

Parkinson’s death is a reminder of the passing of an era. He was one of the last of the great British broadcasters, and his shows will be remembered for their wit, warmth, and intelligence.

B-label vehicles may be banned from some cities in Spain

B-label vehicles may be banned from some cities in Spain
B-label vehicles may be banned from some cities in Spain

Cars with a yellow B-label LEZ might find their entry into some of the larger cities in Spain limited in the near future

All municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants have been mandated to implement Low Emission Zones or ZBE from the start of the year . Although each town hall is responsible for these zones, they are subject to revisions and modifications over time. As a result, the cars with the B label (pictured below) could potentially face the next round of impact.

In big cities like Madrid or Barcelona, cars without a label and not registered face access restrictions, impacting B-labeled cars similarly. Article 10 of Royal Decree 1052/2022 mandates ZBE project reviews every three and four years. Regardless of municipal responsibility, the law enforces evolving changes. This makes 2026 crucial for B-labeled cars due to the initial revision’s potential exclusion of many. Ultimately, these vehicles are, as per DGT criteria, the most environmentally detrimental after those that lack a label outright.

Nevertheless, the extent of their restrictions may differ based on the determination of each city council. In other words, certain LEZs, such as those within Madrid or Barcelona, might entirely deny access. However, within other zones, limitations might solely encompass prohibiting their parking within regulated areas of the LEZs.

Mother and Daughter Arrested Over SMS Banking Scam

Mother and Daughter Arrested Over SMS Banking Scam

A mother, daughter, and one other were arrested by police in Barcelona for allegedly collaborating to rob people in a 200,000 euro SMS banking scam

The Mossos d’Esquadra have arrested a 32-year-old woman for allegedly defrauding a total of 11,870 euros from about thirty victims by sending SMS messages that pretended to be from a bank in Granollers (Barcelona).

They have also filed a criminal complaint against her underage daughter, who allegedly collaborated with her in the impersonation and withdrawal of money from ATMs.

The anti-fraud group of the banking institution alerted the police about “a very aggressive fraud campaign” against its clients through ‘smishing’, which involves sending messages using a fictitious name as the sender.

The message contained a link that, when clicked, took the user to a website that simulated the bank’s website. The victim would enter their details and then receive a call warning of fraudulent transactions on their account. To secure their account, they ended up authorizing a transaction through a digital signature.

Once these transactions were completed, the culprits were then able to withdraw money, which they did 64 times from ATMs in Granollers.

Unveiling the Threat: The Rise and Tactics of SMS Banking Scams

In the digital age, where convenience and accessibility rule, banking and financial transactions have become increasingly reliant on smartphones and mobile devices. Alongside this progress, a new breed of cybercrime has emerged – SMS banking scams. These sophisticated scams prey on unsuspecting victims, exploiting the popularity of mobile banking services and taking advantage of human vulnerabilities. In this article, we delve into the world of SMS banking scams, examining their tactics and offering tips to protect oneself from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes.

Understanding SMS Banking Scams

SMS banking scams, also known as “smishing” (SMS + phishing), involve cybercriminals impersonating banks or other financial institutions through fraudulent text messages. The goal is to deceive recipients into divulging sensitive personal information, such as account numbers, passwords, PINs, or even one-time verification codes. Armed with this information, scammers can gain unauthorized access to victims’ bank accounts and carry out illicit transactions.

Tactics Employed by Scammers

  1. Fear and Urgency: Scammers often create a sense of urgency, claiming there is a security breach or suspicious activity on the recipient’s account. They instruct victims to click on a link or call a specific number to address the issue immediately, playing on the fear of potential financial loss.
  2. Impersonation: To lend credibility to their messages, scammers impersonate reputable banks or financial institutions. They may use similar logos, domain names, or even names of legitimate staff members to deceive recipients.
  3. Deceptive Links: Scammers include links in their messages, which, when clicked, direct victims to fake websites that closely resemble the actual bank’s webpage. These sites aim to collect personal information under the guise of verifying account details.
  4. Fake Incentives: Some scammers entice victims with fake rewards, claiming they have won a prize or are eligible for special offers. The goal is to lure victims into sharing personal information eagerly.

Protecting Yourself from SMS Banking Scams

  1. Stay Vigilant: Be cautious of unsolicited messages from unknown senders, especially those conveying alarming information or enticing offers.
  2. Double-Check the Source: Verify the authenticity of the sender by cross-referencing the contact details with the official bank’s website or contacting the bank directly through official channels.
  3. Avoid Clicking Suspicious Links: Refrain from clicking on links in SMS messages, especially those asking for personal information. Instead, manually enter the bank’s official website address in the browser.
  4. Beware of Requests for Personal Information: Legitimate banks will never ask for sensitive information like passwords or PINs via SMS or email.
  5. Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Whenever possible, enable 2FA for your mobile banking apps. This adds an extra layer of security, requiring both a password and a verification code to access your account.
  6. Report Suspicious Activity: If you receive a suspicious SMS claiming to be from your bank, report it to your bank’s customer support or forward it to a designated fraud reporting number.


SMS banking scams continue to evolve, exploiting technological advancements to trick users and gain unauthorized access to their financial accounts. As consumers, it is crucial to stay informed and vigilant against these fraudulent tactics. By exercising caution, verifying sources, and adopting security measures, we can protect ourselves and thwart cybercriminals from succeeding in their deceitful endeavours. Remember, your bank will never ask you to compromise your security for any reason. Stay alert, stay secure!

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WHO Declares Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency


The World Health Organisation (WHO) declares Monkeypox a Global Health Emergency after registering over 16,500 cases in 75 countries

The WHO has announced the declaration of monkeypox as a global health emergency due to the current outbreak. With already over 16,500 cases reported in 75 countries, this disease is spreading rapidly. This poses a significant concern for global health.

Since the first identified cases in London in early May, the virus has swiftly spread to other major cities like Lisbon and Madrid. This has resulted in a sustained increase in cases that shows no signs of slowing down. The WHO has reported five fatalities in West Africa.

So far, men who maintain sexual relationships with other men have been diagnosed in more than 95% of the cases. This is particularly prevalent in places with frequent close contact with strangers or multiple partners in a short period. This new mode of transmission, although known for decades, has never caused such widespread infection. This is the reason it has become one of the WHO’s major concerns.

Statement from the WHO Director-General

During a virtual press conference in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed the severity of the outbreak. The DG urged the need for immediate action. He stated that the virus has spread globally through new transmission methods with limited knowledge, justifying its classification as a public health emergency.

Spain is in the unfortunate position of being the worst affected country. The country has registered over 3,500 confirmed cases. However, the United States is rapidly catching up, having reported nearly 3,000 cases, with numbers doubling within a week, making it a potential epicentre for the outbreak.

Despite some divisions among the expert committee, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus exercised his powers to declare a global health emergency. Within four weeks, the number of cases worldwide has quadrupled, and the number of affected countries has nearly doubled.

Maximum Alert Level

Saturday’s July 22 declaration of a global health emergency represents the highest level of alert outlined in the International Health Regulations, which previously applied only to coronavirus and polio. The measure empowers the WHO with international authority to issue binding recommendations to member countries.

The decision has surprised some experts who expected the WHO not to take such action given that the majority of cases have been mild and the growth rate is not exponential. They speculate that political considerations may have influenced the decision and emphasize that effective control strategies lie in the hands of governments, such as contact tracing and case finding.

Overview of Monkeypox

Common symptoms include fever, malaise, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash. The disease usually resolves within two to four weeks without treatment, although severe cases may necessitate antiviral medication.

Virus Reservoir and Transmission: Small rodents in central and western Africa, including squirrels and certain rat species, act as the virus reservoir. Prior to this outbreak, the virus primarily infected humans through activities like hunting or close contact with animal carcasses. However, the current outbreak has seen transmission between humans through close contact with skin lesions and potentially thick saliva droplets. Recent studies have also detected the virus in semen and rectal mucosa, suggesting sexual transmission as a possibility, pending further investigations.

The Severity of Cases and Impact on Vulnerable Populations

While most diagnosed cases have been mild, between 4% and 9% of patients, depending on the country, have required hospitalization due to intense pain and discomfort caused by the rash in sensitive areas such as the genitals and perianal region. Cases outside of Africa have included instances of encephalitis and pneumonia. The virus’s rapid spread to vulnerable populations, such as children, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals, particularly in regions with weaker healthcare systems, is a cause for concern.

WHO’s Recommendations: As part of the global health emergency declaration, the WHO has issued recommendations to enhance case detection and implement public health measures like contact tracing to control the virus’s spread. We extend encouragement for vaccination to those already exposed to the virus and to high-risk individuals as a preventive measure. This includes healthcare workers and those engaging in risky behaviours.


In response to the monkeypox outbreak, the WHO has declared a global health emergency and provided guidelines for international response efforts. Experts consider vaccination a crucial element in controlling the outbreak. They encourage efforts to increase vaccine production and availability to ensure equitable distribution. A comprehensive approach, including research into transmission mechanisms, improved diagnosis and detection, and expanded vaccination, is essential to effectively combat the outbreak.

Shakira Faces New Spanish Tax Investigation

Shakira tax fraud investigation

Colombian pop singer Shakira is facing a new tax probe in Spain after a court announced that it had agreed to open an investigation into new cases of alleged tax fraud

Shakira is already set for a trial for allegedly failing to pay €14.5 million in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014. She has denied those charges stating that she was not a resident and did not live in Spain during those years claimed by Hacienda.

Prosecutors say she spent more than half of that period in the country and should have paid taxes to Spanish authorities, even though her official residence was actually registered as the Bahamas.

On Thursday, July 20, a judge in Esplugues de Llobregat in Catalunya agreed with state prosecutors to probe two new possible cases of tax fraud by Shakira dating back to 2018.

Judge Marco Juberías wrote that his three-year probe found there existed “sufficient evidence of criminality” for the case to go to a trial judge. The decision can be appealed.

Shakira had two children with former Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique but ended her 11-year relationship with him in 2022 after he cheated on her. The singer and the youngsters permanently left Barcelona earlier this year for a new life in Florida.

Explainer: Shakira to Face Trial in Spain for Tax Fraud

Shakira, the Colombian singer and global superstar, is set to face trial in Spain for tax fraud. The prosecution is accusing her of defrauding the Spanish government of 14.5 million euros (about $16.2 million) between 2012 and 2014 by pretending that she did not reside in Spain.

Shakira has always denied the accusations, and her lawyers have argued that she was not a resident of Spain during that time period. They say that she was living in the United States and only came to Spain for work. However, the prosecution says that there is evidence that Shakira was living in Spain for most of the year, including property ownership, school enrollment for her children, and medical care.

The trial is scheduled to begin on November 20 in Barcelona. If convicted, Shakira could face a prison sentence of up to eight years and a fine of 23.7 million euros.

The case has drawn a lot of attention in Spain, where Shakira is a very popular figure. Some people have expressed sympathy for her, saying that she is being unfairly targeted by the government. Others have said that she should be held accountable for her actions, regardless of her fame.

The trial is expected to last several weeks, and it is unclear what the outcome will be. However, it is sure to be a high-profile case that will be closely watched by the public.

Background on the Case

The investigation into Shakira’s tax affairs began in 2012 when the Spanish tax authorities began to question whether she was actually a resident of Spain. Shakira had been living in Barcelona with her then-partner, Gerard Piqué, since 2011. However, she had registered her official residence in the Bahamas, which has a lower tax rate than Spain.

The tax authorities eventually concluded that Shakira was indeed a resident of Spain during the years in question. They accused her of defrauding the government by failing to declare her full income and assets. In 2019, the prosecution filed charges against Shakira, and the case has been slowly making its way through the Spanish court system ever since.

Shakira’s Defense

Shakira has always denied the accusations of tax fraud. Her lawyers have argued that she was not a resident of Spain during the years in question and that she was therefore not required to pay taxes in the country. They have also said that Shakira has always paid her taxes in accordance with the law.

In addition, Shakira’s lawyers have argued that the Spanish tax authorities have been unfairly targeting her because of her fame. They say that the authorities have been using the case to make an example of her and that they have not been as rigorous in their investigations of other taxpayers.

The Trial

The trial is scheduled to begin on November 20 in Barcelona. It is expected to last several weeks, and it is unclear what the outcome will be. However, it is sure to be a high-profile case that will be closely watched by the public.

If convicted, Shakira could face a prison sentence of up to eight years and a fine of 23.7 million euros. However, it is also possible that she could be acquitted. The case is still ongoing, and it is too early to say what the outcome will be.

Shakira: The Musical Queen of Latin Pop

Shakira is one of the most successful and popular Latin pop singers of all time. She has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won numerous awards, and has been featured on countless magazine covers. Her music is a blend of Latin, rock, and Arabic influences, and she is known for her powerful vocals and energetic dance moves.

Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1977. She began her musical career at a young age, writing songs and performing in talent competitions. In 1991, she released her debut album, Magia. The album was a commercial success in Colombia, and it helped to launch Shakira’s career.

Shakira’s breakthrough album came in 1995 with Pies Descalzos. The album was a critical and commercial success, and it helped to introduce Shakira to a wider audience. The album featured the hit singles “Estoy Aquí” and “Pienso en Ti,” and it helped to establish Shakira as a major force in Latin pop music.

In 2001, Shakira released her first English-language album, Laundry Service. The album was a massive success, selling over 20 million copies worldwide. The album featured the hit singles “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes,” and it helped to make Shakira a global superstar.

Shakira has continued to release successful albums throughout her career. Her other albums include ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998), Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005), Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), She Wolf (2009), Sale el Sol (2010), Shakira (2014), and El Dorado (2017). She has also won numerous awards, including three Grammy Awards, eleven Latin Grammy Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards.

In addition to her music career, Shakira is also a successful businesswoman. She has her own clothing line, perfume line, and production company. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and she has worked to raise awareness about issues such as poverty and education in Latin America.

Shakira is a true icon of Latin pop music. She is a talented singer, songwriter, and dancer, and she has inspired millions of people around the world. She is a true global superstar, and her music will continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.


Shakira is one of the most successful and influential Latin pop singers of all time. She has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won numerous awards, and has been featured on countless magazine covers. Her music is a blend of Latin, rock, and Arabic influences, and she is known for her powerful vocals and energetic dance moves.

Shakira has broken down barriers and paved the way for other Latin artists to achieve success on a global scale. She is a role model for young women everywhere, and she has used her platform to raise awareness about important issues such as poverty and education in Latin America.

Shakira’s legacy is one of music, dance, and activism. She is a true global superstar, and her music will continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.

Surviving the Sizzling Spanish Heatwave


Tips for Surviving the Sizzling Heatwave: How to Stay Cool and Enjoy the Spanish Summer

As the scorching sun engulfs the Spanish landscape, the anticipation of summer fun turns into a battle against the relentless heatwave. But fear not, for there are ways to not only survive but also thrive in this sweltering season. With temperatures soaring to unprecedented heights, it’s crucial to equip yourself with the knowledge and tools to stay cool and make the most of the Spanish summer. From refreshing dips in sparkling turquoise waters to seeking refuge in shady spots, this guide will provide you with invaluable tips to beat the heat and enjoy your summer to the fullest.

Discover clever ways to keep your body temperature down, indulge in mouthwatering treats that will cool you from the inside out, and explore the hidden gems of Spain where you can unwind and soak up the sun without melting away. So, grab your sunscreen, put on your shades, and let’s embark on a journey to survive and thrive in the sizzling heatwave of the Spanish summer.

Understanding the Dangers of Extreme Heat

The first step in staying cool during a heatwave is understanding the dangers associated with extreme heat. Heatwaves can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke, which can be life-threatening if not managed properly. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of these conditions, such as dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, and confusion.

To prevent heat-related illnesses, it’s crucial to stay hydrated, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day, and seek air-conditioned spaces whenever possible. Additionally, keep an eye on vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children, and pets, as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Importance of Staying Cool During a Heatwave

Staying cool during a heatwave is not just a matter of comfort; it’s a matter of safety. When the temperature rises, our bodies struggle to regulate internal heat, leading to a range of health issues. Heatwaves can cause dehydration, heat cramps, and even heat exhaustion or heatstroke, which can be life-threatening.

To stay cool, it’s essential to create a comfortable environment both indoors and outdoors. By following a few simple tips, you can lower your body temperature and reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses.

Tips for Staying Cool at Home

When the heatwave hits, your home should be your sanctuary. To keep your living space cool and comfortable, try these tips:

1. **Close blinds and curtains**: Keep the hot sun out by closing blinds and curtains during the day. This will help prevent your home from turning into a greenhouse.

2. **Use fans strategically**: Position fans near windows to draw in cooler air from outside. You can also use a bowl of ice in front of a fan for an extra burst of coolness.

3. **Create a cross-breeze**: Open windows on opposite sides of your home to create a cross-breeze. This will help circulate air and keep your space cooler.

4. **Avoid using heat-generating appliances**: During the hottest parts of the day, avoid using appliances that generate heat, such as ovens and dryers. Opt for cold meals or use a microwave instead.

5. **Stay hydrated**: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help regulate your body temperature. Consider placing a jug of cold water in the fridge for easy access.

6. **Take cold showers**: Taking a cold shower or bath can help lower your body temperature and provide instant relief from the heat.

7. **Use breathable bedding**: Swap out heavy comforters and sheets for lighter, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. This will help you stay cool and comfortable while you sleep.

Remember, staying cool at home is not just about physical comfort—it’s about protecting your health and well-being during the scorching heatwave.

Tips for Staying Cool Outdoors

While staying indoors can provide some relief from the heat, there are also plenty of outdoor activities you can enjoy while staying cool. Here are some tips for staying cool outdoors:

1. **Seek shade**: Look for shaded areas, such as parks with plenty of trees or outdoor cafes with umbrellas. These spots can provide a respite from the sun’s intense rays.

2. **Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing**: Opt for loose-fitting, breathable fabrics in light colours. Dark colours absorb heat, while light colours reflect it, helping to keep you cooler.

3. **Use sunscreen**: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen with a high SPF. Choose a water-resistant formula if you plan on swimming or sweating.

4. **Stay hydrated**: Drink water regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration can happen quickly in hot weather, so it’s important to stay hydrated to avoid heat-related illnesses.

5. **Take breaks in air-conditioned spaces**: If you’re spending the day outdoors, take regular breaks in air-conditioned spaces, such as museums, shopping malls, or cafes. This will give your body a chance to cool down.

6. **Use cooling products**: Consider using cooling products like misting fans, cooling towels, or handheld fans. These can provide instant relief when you’re out and about.

7. **Choose water activities**: Take advantage of Spain’s stunning coastline and cool off with water activities like swimming, snorkelling, or paddle boarding. These activities not only help you stay cool but also offer a refreshing way to enjoy the Spanish summer.

By following these tips, you can make the most of the outdoors while staying cool and safe during the heatwave.

Dressing for the Heatwave

Choosing the right clothing can make a world of difference when it comes to staying cool during a heatwave. Here are some tips for dressing for the heatwave:

1. **Opt for loose-fitting clothes**: Tight clothing can trap heat and make you feel even hotter. Choose loose-fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.

2. **Wear light colours**: Dark colours absorb heat, while light colours reflect it. Opt for light-coloured clothing to help keep you cool.

3. **Choose lightweight fabrics**: Fabrics like cotton, linen, or silk are lightweight and breathable, allowing air to circulate and keeping you cool.

4. **Consider sun-protective clothing**: If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, consider investing in sun-protective clothing. These garments are designed to block harmful UV rays and keep you cool at the same time.

5. **Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses**: Protect your face and eyes from the sun’s intense rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Remember, comfort should be your priority when dressing for the heatwave. Choose clothing that allows your skin to breathe and helps regulate your body temperature.

Hydrating Effectively During a Heatwave

Staying hydrated is crucial during a heatwave to prevent dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. Here are some tips for hydrating effectively:

1. **Drink plenty of water**: Make sure to drink water regularly throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day.

2. **Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks**: Sugary and caffeinated drinks can actually dehydrate you, so it’s best to avoid them during a heatwave. Opt for water, herbal tea, or infused water instead.

3. **Eat hydrating foods**: Incorporate hydrating foods into your diet, such as watermelon, cucumbers, oranges, and strawberries. These foods have high water content and can help keep you hydrated.

4. **Use electrolyte drinks**: If you’re engaging in strenuous activities or sweating excessively, consider replenishing electrolytes with sports drinks or coconut water.

Remember, staying hydrated is essential for your overall health and well-being, especially during a heatwave. Make it a priority to drink plenty of water and eat hydrating foods to keep your body cool and functioning properly.

Foods and Drinks to Avoid During a Heatwave

When temperatures soar, it’s important to be mindful of the foods and drinks you consume. Some foods can actually increase your body temperature and make you feel hotter. Here are some foods and drinks to avoid during a heatwave:

1. **Spicy foods**: Spicy foods can raise your body temperature and make you feel even hotter. Avoid dishes with chili peppers, hot sauce, or other spicy ingredients.

2. **Alcohol**: Alcohol can dehydrate your body and impair your ability to regulate temperature. It’s best to limit or avoid alcohol altogether during a heatwave.

3. **Caffeinated drinks**: Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can increase urine production and lead to dehydration. Avoid or limit your intake of caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and soda.

4. **Heavy, greasy foods**: Heavy, greasy foods can be harder to digest, increasing your internal body temperature. Opt for lighter, refreshing meals during a heatwave.

5. **Sugary drinks**: Sugary drinks can dehydrate your body and provide a temporary energy boost followed by an energy crash. Stick to hydrating beverages like water or herbal tea.

By avoiding these foods and drinks, you can help keep your body temperature down and stay cool during the heatwave.

Fun Activities to Beat the Heat

While the heat wave may limit some outdoor activities, there are still plenty of fun and refreshing ways to beat the heat. Here are some ideas:

1. **Visit water parks or splash pads**: Water parks and splash pads offer a fun and exciting way to cool off. Take the whole family and enjoy sliding down water slides or splashing around in the pools.

2. **Go for a swim**: Whether it’s in the pool, the ocean, or a nearby lake, swimming is a great way to beat the heat. Take a refreshing dip and enjoy the cool water.

3. **Visit air-conditioned attractions**: Museums, art galleries, and indoor amusement parks are great places to escape the heat. Explore the cultural side of Spain while staying cool.

4. **Have a picnic in the shade**: Pack a delicious, cooling picnic and head to a shady spot in the park. Enjoy refreshing fruits, salads, and sandwiches while basking in the cool shade.

5. **Take a siesta**: Embrace the Spanish tradition of the siesta and take a midday nap in a cool, air-conditioned room. This will not only help you beat the heat but also recharge your energy.

6. **Try water sports**: If you’re feeling adventurous, try water sports like kayaking, paddleboarding, or jet skiing. These activities will keep you cool while providing an adrenaline rush.

7. **Go on a road trip to cooler destinations**: Explore the hidden gems of Spain where the temperatures are cooler. Head to the mountains or coastal towns with a refreshing breeze.

By engaging in these fun activities, you can beat the heat and create lasting memories during the Spanish summer.

Safety Precautions and Emergency Measures

While it’s important to enjoy the Spanish summer, it’s equally important to prioritize safety during a heatwave. Here are some safety precautions and emergency measures to keep in mind:

1. **Keep an eye on the weather forecast**: Stay informed about the weather conditions and heatwave warnings in your area. This will help you plan your activities accordingly.

2. **Know the signs of heat-related illnesses**: Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.

3. **Stay connected**: Keep your phone charged and carry it with you at all times. In case of an emergency, you’ll be able to reach out for help.

4. **Check on vulnerable groups**: Keep an eye on the elderly, children, and pets, as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Make sure they have access to cool spaces and are staying hydrated.

5. **Create an emergency kit**: Prepare an emergency kit with essential items like water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and a battery-powered fan or flashlight.

6. **Know the location of cooling centres**: Familiarize yourself with the locations of cooling centres in your area. These are designated spaces with air conditioning where you can seek refuge during a heatwave.

7. **Drink water and stay hydrated**: Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. This will help prevent dehydration and other heat-related illnesses.

By taking these safety precautions and being prepared for emergencies, you can enjoy the Spanish summer with peace of mind.

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Surviving and thriving in the sizzling heatwave of the Spanish summer is possible with the right knowledge and tools. By understanding the dangers of extreme heat, staying cool at home and outdoors, dressing appropriately, hydrating effectively, and engaging in fun activities, you can beat the heat and enjoy your summer to the fullest. Remember to prioritize safety, take necessary precautions, and stay hydrated to prevent heat-related illnesses.

So, as the sun blazes overhead, embrace the beauty of Spain’s summer and make lasting memories. From the shimmering coastline to the vibrant cities, there are endless opportunities to stay cool and enjoy everything this season has to offer. So grab your hat, sunscreen, and a cold drink, and let the Spanish summer heatwave be the backdrop to your unforgettable adventures.

Spain’s mobile phone summer heat alerts

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Summer heat alerts straight to your mobile phone. Image: Twitter

Spain’s Ministry of Health has reactivated the high-temperature alert system for the duration of the summer

Summer heat alerts: You may now sign up to receive these alerts as soon as they are released. Some employees won’t be allowed to work outside in hot weather, but the cutoff varies by region.

This is a free service provided by the Spanish Government, and is secure, so much so that you have to follow a procedure in order to confirm your request to join the alert system.

To sign up, visit the dedicated web page by clicking on the link below.

Once logged in, add your email address and mobile telephone number, and select the province you are interested in.

You’ll get a confirmation email once you’ve submitted your information. Additionally, you will get an SMS text message sent to your phone, but this one might take a bit longer (the system says several hours), so be patient. When it happens, either click the link to start the service or enter the code from the email and you will be subscribed.

Now, you will get official notifications every day.

As it did last year, your membership will automatically expire at the end of September, so if you were previously receiving these alerts, you must re-subscribe. The service will be available until then.

Hottest April on record

After the hottest April on record with temperatures of 38.8C and 44C seen as early as June this year, this week’s heatwave could even reach the current record in Spain, which was 47.6C in the Córdoba province in 2021. Forecasts suggest that areas of the southern Guadalquivir Valley, around Córdoba and Seville, could reach 46C to 47C.

The mercury is also set to reach 46-48C in and around ​​Jaén in the south of the country. 

Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has forecast significantly high temperatures in a large part of the peninsula, the Balearic Islands, with the exception of the northwest, such as Galicia, Asturias and Cantabria, and the eastern coast along the Mediterranean.  

Heat alerts have been activated in more than 30 provinces in 12 regions, with Córdoba and Jaén in red, indicating extreme risk. Provinces on orange alert or a significant risk level include Cádiz, Granada, Málaga, Seville, the Balearic Islands, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Guadalajara, Toledo, Badajoz, Cáceres, Madrid and Albacete.

Huesca, Teruel, Zaragoza, Ávila, Burgos, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid, Zamora, Barcelona, ​​Girona, Lleida, Murcia, Navarra, La Rioja, Alicante and Valencia all have a yellow warning.

AEMET has also forecast tropical nights, with night-time temperatures remaining above 25C. This will be likely in the areas of the Guadalquivir Valley, on the coasts of Granada and Almería, and in parts of Mallorca. The heatwave could last until Thursday 13 July.

Spain is in the midst of a serious drought, the worst the country has seen in decades, and the heatwave is expected to make the situation worse with water restrictions in some areas. 

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Cheap Cinema Tickets For Pensioners

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cheap cinema tickets for pensioners are now available. Image: Twitter

Cheap cinema tickets, available once a week for pensioners living in Spain, are available from today, Tuesday, July 11

The “Cine Sénior” initiative gives discounted movie tickets to those over 65 years of age one day a week in any of the 420 exhibition facilities around Spain with more than 3,000 screenings on offer.

A logo was created to go along with the project and features a vintage movie ticket that captures everyone’s attention, especially the elderly. According to the Ministry of Culture’s brief, the proposal promotes reclaiming the illusion that watching movies is an intimate, emotional experience that transcends the simple act of watching a movie and transforms going to the movies into a social activity.

According to the Royal Decree, which the Council of Ministers approved on June 13 following a proposal from the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, the measure will allow people age 65 and over access to the cinema for 2 euros on one day per week, preferably Tuesday or another day in the case of theatres that only operate on the weekends or that close on Tuesdays. Only once a person has been identified and their age has been verified will tickets be issued at the ticket counters of the rooms.

The program is included in the General State Budget 2023 and has a budget of 10 million euros.

The age group that is taking the longest to get back to their pre-pandemic moviegoing habits is those 65 years of age or older. As a result, there are still significant discrepancies between age groups in terms of going to the movies: if, between 2021 and 2022, 49.3% of young people aged 20 to 24 went to the movies at least once, that number reduces to 6% in the elderly population.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports created a direct help program for theatres in addition to the new direct grant program to combat the consequences of COVID-19. It provided 232 businesses and other organizations with more than 10 million euros in 2022, and the entire territory was home to 476 exhibition halls.

English-language films, especially those from major Hollywood studios, often receive wide releases in Spain. These films are typically screened in their original language with Spanish subtitles, although some movies may have dubbed versions available as well. Spanish audiences generally have access to a variety of English-language films across different genres, including blockbusters, independent films, and art-house cinema.

It’s worth noting that the availability of English-language films can vary depending on factors such as the size of the cinema, the city or region, and the specific time of year. Additionally, the popularity and demand for a particular film can also influence its screening in cinemas. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on English films playing in cinemas in Spain, it is advisable to check local cinema listings or online platforms that provide movie schedules.

A quiet revolution is afoot as older people are flocking to cinemas. However, the silver surfers don’t care for special effects, instead, they prefer big characters, grown-up dramas and tales of late-blooming love. And so Hollywood is having to change its game.

Until recently, cinemas were seen as pretty much a no-go zone for older people. There might be the occasional “silver screening” in a teatime slot, but the rest of the time noisy youngsters would hold sway – crunching popcorn, spilling Coke on the floor and texting during the show.

All of the above are still in evidence, but different fare has also come to the fore. In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a cast of ageing national treasures grapples with the tribulations of later life. Grown-up dramas such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Descendants, The Ides of March, The Iron Lady and The Artist have slowly elbowed their way in and the older 65’s are loving it!

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Hailstones and Heatwaves!


Police officers from the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil of Navarra have regulated the circulation and provided numerous assistance on the AP15 at kilometre 105, in the town of Iza (Navarra)

As of 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 6, the area could be circulated normally, and no personal injuries have been reported. Officers from the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard of Navarra have been responsible for traffic regulation.

Parts of Northern Spain witnessed hailstorms and thunder over the past few days. The historic hailstorm in Valencia recently, with ice stones the size of nuts, not only shocked residents (Gert!) but also had a strong impact on a large area of crops in numerous areas of the provinces of Valencia and Castellon.

According to an initial estimate made by the Valencian Association of Farmers (AVA-ASAJA), “the hailstorm affected more than 20,000 hectares of agricultural land. It caused variable damage to the crops, affecting 100% of the production in some fields. The storm affected the Coastal, l’Horta, and Alto Palancia regions the most. The crops that suffered the most losses were citrus, kaki, almond, and olive crops.”

In complete contrast, the Costa del Sol and many areas of Southern Spain are going through one of the worst heatwaves on record.

The southern Spanish city of Seville has been named an extreme heat event for the second time ever. Heatwave Yago reached the warning system’s maximum level of 3 this week peaking on 26 June with temperatures of over 40°C. It is expected to be more intense than Heatwave Zoe, the world’s first-ever named heatwave in July last year. 

Seville became the first city in the world to start naming and classifying heatwaves in July 2022 with Heatwave Zoe.

The pioneering system was unveiled on 21 June 2022 as Spain endured its earliest heatwave in 40 years.

Located in the Guadalquivir River valley in the region of Andalucia, the southern city is one of Spain’s hottest places, and a hugely popular tourist destination.

“We are the first city in the world to take a step that will help us plan and take measures when this type of weather event happens,” Mayor Juan Espadas said.

The pilot project was developed by the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center in collaboration with the University of Seville and the City of Seville. It has three categories and will alert the population up to five days in advance of a heat event.

It’s Official: Masks are no longer mandatory!


Masks have ceased to be mandatory across Spain this Wednesday, July 5, in health centres and pharmacies

Health centres and pharmacies were the last places where they were kept as protection against COVID-19, after the publication of the measure in the  Official State Gazette, although in areas of hospitals or other areas with chronically ill or immunosuppressed patients will continue to be mandatory.

Specifically, it is about order SND/726/2023, which has been published in the BOE this Wednesday, after the Council of Ministers agreed to end the crisis situation that began with the coronavirus pandemic in March of 2020  when considering the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Center that COVID-19 has been controlled.

“COVID-19 has been controlled and although the disease is still present, it is no longer a health crisis situation,” said the Minister of Health, José Manuel Miñones, at a press conference on Tuesday, citing reports from the Coordination Center of Alerts and Sanitary Emergencies, and the experts of the presentation of alerts that endorse the withdrawal of the protection measure.

Spain to receive €81M of EU funds for drought-affected farmers

A reservoir in Spain runs dry through the drought
A reservoir in Spain runs dry through the drought. Image: Twitter

It has been confirmed that Spain will receive 81 million euros from EU reserve funds for farmers affected by drought

Spain will receive an additional 81 million euros from the European Union’s reserve funds for farmers who have been affected by drought and high temperatures this year, as confirmed by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, Luis Planas.

The European Commission has proposed that the money be allocated to farmers in Spain following a request made by Minister Planas to the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Janusz Wojciechowski, on April 24. The proposal is expected to be voted on on July 10.

This amount is the highest for any EU country from the agricultural reserve and is intended to compensate for the effects of the lack of rainfall and high temperatures on Spanish livestock and crops. In total, 330 million euros will be mobilized from the agricultural crisis reserve within the Common Organization of Agricultural Markets (OCMA), benefiting 22 countries.

Furthermore, Spanish producers will also benefit from a series of flexibility measures included in the Spanish Strategic Plan for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which came into effect on January 1.

Specifically, the most affected sectors, in addition to livestock, are fruits and vegetables, wine production, cereals, and oilseeds, as economic losses in these sectors can impact the viability of producers and farms.

Acceleration of CAP payments

The Commission has also accepted another request from Spain: to increase the advance payment of direct payments under the CAP to 70% in total, starting in October, and up to 85% for advances of payments granted under rural development.

To expedite the disbursement, the European Commission has also approved the possibility of making advance payments for the 2023 single application direct payments without completing on-the-spot checks.

Furthermore, the Commission has put forward two temporary emergency regulation proposals that establish exceptions for CAP support in favor of horticultural and wine activities.

Drought in Spain

Spain is currently undergoing a drought. The country has been experiencing a severe and prolonged drought, which has been exacerbated by high temperatures and low rainfall. The drought has affected various regions, including Catalonia, in northeastern Spain [2]. The Spanish government has approved a €2.2 billion drought recovery plan to address the effects of the drought and increase water availability [1]. The plan includes measures such as building new infrastructure like desalination plants, increasing water reuse, and providing subsidies to those affected by reduced irrigation water supplies. It also aims to support farmers in maintaining production and avoiding food shortages [1]. The drought conditions in Spain have raised concerns about wildfires, particularly due to dense woods unable to adapt to the changing climate and the combination of drought and record-high temperatures [3].

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Spain ditches the mask!

Spain ditches the mask
Spain ditches the mask. Image: Pexels

The mandatory wearing of masks in hospitals, health centres and pharmacies in Spain has finally come to an end

In a recent decision reached on Friday, June 23, the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities have lifted the mandatory mask requirement in Spanish medical establishments. This decision marks the final step in removing the mask mandate from all sectors, as medical facilities were the last remaining areas where the restriction was still in place.

Effective immediately, the use of masks in medical establishments will be recommended but no longer mandatory. The requirement will only apply in specific areas where there are immunosuppressed patients, such as cancer units, operating rooms, and intensive care units (ICUs).

The Interterritorial Council made this decision after reviewing a document on the current pandemic situation in Spain. The document, prepared by experts from the Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES) under the direction of Fernando Simón, served as the basis for the council’s discussion and decision-making process, as reported by

Several options were considered during the council meeting. These options ranged from a complete and immediate withdrawal of the mask obligation to a phased approach or a definitive removal.

Last week, José Miñones, the Minister of Health, emphasized the importance of relying on expert opinions to determine whether masks should continue to be mandatory in these settings.

Until today, hospitals, nursing homes (for both workers and visitors), and pharmacies were the only places where mask usage remained mandatory. The requirement had been abolished in public transport since February 8, 2023, following its establishment on May 4, 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic.

The current Covid-19 situation in Spain is significantly different compared to previous periods. Even events that have historically led to an increase in infections, such as Easter or the start of summer festivities, have not resulted in a surge in cases this time.

According to the latest data published by the Ministry of Health on Friday, June 16, the cumulative incidence among individuals over 60 years of age, the only age group currently measured, stood at 66.52 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Hospitalizations of coronavirus patients represented only 1.42 per cent in general hospital wards and 1.12 per cent in ICUs.

As the situation evolves, it is important to stay informed through reliable sources and adhere to the recommendations and guidelines provided by health authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of the population.

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The crypto industry continues to navigate regulatory challenges, but that hasn’t stopped from expanding its business

In a recent blog post, the popular digital asset exchange announced that it has obtained a Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) registration from the Bank of Spain, allowing it to operate within the country [1].

With this registration, gains the opportunity to offer its comprehensive range of products and services to users in Spain, opening up new avenues for growth and serving the needs of crypto enthusiasts in the country. Kris Marszalek, CEO of, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration with the Bank of Spain, stating, “We look forward to continuing to work with the Bank of Spain as we launch our products and services in-market and providing users with the comprehensive, safe, and secure crypto experience that they desire” [1].

Spain proves to be an attractive market for crypto-related ventures, as evidenced by the recent initiative undertaken by Spanish banking giant Santander Bank. The bank has started an educational series called “Digital Assets 101” on its website, aiming to educate its clients about cryptocurrencies [2].

Securing the VASP registration from the Bank of Spain was a complex endeavour for The exchange had to undergo a thorough evaluation process to ensure strict compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD) and other financial crime regulations. Moreover, it had to demonstrate strong safeguards to protect user interests, aligning with the regulatory framework of the region. Kris Marszalek emphasized the company’s commitment to compliance and collaboration with regulators in advancing the crypto and blockchain industry responsibly [1].

As continues to expand its regulatory licenses, the VASP registration from the Bank of Spain adds to its growing list of achievements. The company has previously obtained licenses, registrations, and approvals from various regulatory bodies around the world, including the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Autorité des marchés financiers in France, Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, and many more [3].

The acquisition of the VASP registration in Spain solidifies’s commitment to providing a secure and compliant crypto experience while extending its reach to new markets. With the support of regulatory authorities and a focus on user-centric services, aims to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies and contribute to the development of a fair and equitable digital ecosystem [3].

As of the latest crypto news, it’s worth noting that the industry continues to evolve rapidly. To stay up to date with the latest developments, it is advisable to refer to reputable news sources and platforms dedicated to covering cryptocurrency and blockchain-related topics.

Atomic Wallet Hackers Hide $35 Million Stolen Crypto Funds Using THORChain

Hackers that exploited Atomic Wallet for over $100 million earlier this month are using the cross-chain liquidity protocol THORChain to hide their loot. 

According to on-chain data, 503 ETH equivalent to $870,000, associated with the Atomic hack, was moved to THORChain on the 18th and 19th of June and then exchanged for Bitcoin, as reported by blockchain investigator Mist Track.

Most of the proceeds in ETH from the exploit were converted to BTC using the SWFT blockchain.

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic linked the Atomic Wallet exploit to the infamous North Korean hacker group Lazarus. 

The same group has reportedly attacked multiple crypto exchanges all over the world to drain billions of dollars worth of crypto to fund DPRK’s ballistic missile programs. 

Hackers Launder Stolen Funds Through Garantex

The Atomic Wallet hackers moved some of the stolen funds to the crypto exchange Garantex last week. 

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury sanctioned the crypto exchange in April for its ties with Russian darknet marketplace Hydra and for enabling ransomware attackers. 

At the same time, OFAC also announced sanctions against the crypto mixing services Blender and Tornado Cash that the North Korean hackers also used to launder funds. 

Despite being sanctioned, Garantex continues to operate freely. 

As per Elliptic security researchers, many crypto exchanges have already blacklisted addresses linked to the Atomic Wallet hack, but hackers managed to send a portion of the stolen funds to Garantex.

After transferring the funds to the sanctioned crypto exchange, the hackers traded the funds for bitcoin and then laundered them through the bitcoin mixer service provider Sinbad. 

Lazarus Group Uses Chain-Hopping to Hide Funds

This is not the first time that the North Korean Lazarus group has used chain-hopping to conceal their illicit funds. 

The group used the REN protocol and other CEX to move their stolen assets into Bitcoin from the infamous $600 million Ronin Bridge hack last year.

Lazarus hackers had also used Sinbad to launder a portion of the stolen funds from the Ronin Bridge hack. 

In June 2022, Horizon Bridge was exploited for over $100 million in a series of attacks. The FBI confirmed that it found strong links to the North Korean hacker group. The hackers used a similar chain-hopping strategy to launder those funds as well as using mixer services like Tornado Cash. 

Lazarus has so far stolen over $2 billion in crypto assets from DeFi and crypto exchanges, according to Elliptic. 

Spain invests in hydrogen-powered supersonic flights.


Destinus, a Swiss start-up, is making significant strides in the development of a ground-breaking hypersonic passenger jet powered by hydrogen

In April, the company received a boost in investment, announcing its participation in a programme run by Spain’s Ministry of Science, part of the Spanish government’s plans to develop hydrogen-powered supersonic flights.

The agency overseeing the ministry’s programme, the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico e Industrial, selected the project as a strategic initiative under its Plan de Tecnologías Aeronáuticas (PTA).

With an overall current investment of €12 million, the project involves companies and technology centres as well as Spanish universities.

“We are delighted to have been awarded these grants, especially because they are a clear sign that Destinus is aligned with the strategic lines of Spain and Europe to advance hydrogen flight,” Davide Bonetti, VP Business Development and Products for Destinus, said at the time.

“For deep tech companies like us, access to these EU recovery funds is essential to carry out advanced research and accelerate the innovation needed to be competitive on a global scale. With these grants, hydrogen-based solutions for aeronautical mobility will be one step closer to becoming a reality”.

This technological advancement has the potential to usher in a new era of air travel, drastically reducing journey times across the globe.

By harnessing the power of hydrogen, Destinus aims to cut the current travel time between Paris and New York from 8 hours to a mere hour and a half, with plans to achieve speeds five times that of sound and altitudes surpassing 33 km (over 100,000 ft).

The company has been diligently testing its prototype aircraft, with the latest successful flights of the second prototype named “Eiger” in late 2022.

These prototypes showcase the initial stages of the aircraft’s development, which will feature advanced propulsion technology including turbo jets and ramjets, all powered and cooled by hydrogen. The final product will boast a unique design, with a plane shape that optimizes air intake and divides into various engine ducts.

Destinus’s innovative approach to aviation has garnered significant attention and support. In April, the company received a substantial boost in investment from Spain’s Ministry of Science, demonstrating its alignment with Spain and Europe’s strategic focus on advancing hydrogen flight. This funding will contribute to the construction of a test facility near Madrid, dedicated to evaluating air-breathing hydrogen engines and researching liquid hydrogen-powered propulsion.

Hydrogen power has emerged as a promising solution due to its eco-friendly nature, producing only heat and water as byproducts. While the design poses challenges related to the considerable amount of heat generated, researchers are making progress. For instance, a team at RMIT University in Melbourne has developed 3D-printed catalysts that can power hypersonic flight while acting as a cooling agent.

Destinus envisions a future where air travel is revolutionized by its hypersonic, hydrogen-powered aircraft. Travelling from Frankfurt to Sydney could take a mere 4 hours and 15 minutes, compared to the current 20-hour journey. Similarly, a flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai would be shortened by eight hours, taking just 2 hours and 45 minutes.

By partnering with Spanish engine manufacturer ITP Aero and securing significant funding, Destinus aims to be at the forefront of hydrogen-based mobility. The company’s ambitions extend beyond cargo delivery, with plans to introduce passenger-carrying versions of the hypersonic aircraft. With its dedication to advancing research and innovation, Destinus is poised to reshape the future of air travel, offering safe and emission-free journeys at unprecedented speeds.

Ryanair Bans Duty-Free Alcohol for UK Flights to Spain


RYANAIR, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, has announced a ban on duty-free alcohol for flights originating from the UK and destined for popular Spanish airports. The decision aims to address concerns regarding disruptive behaviour onboard and enhance the overall safety and comfort of passengers.

The ban, which applies specifically to alcoholic beverages purchased in duty-free shops prior to boarding, will be enforced on flights departing from the UK to Spanish airports frequently visited by holidaymakers. This move comes as a response to the rising incidents of disruptive incidents caused by excessive alcohol consumption during flights.

Ryanair’s decision aligns with efforts to prioritize passenger well-being and ensure a pleasant travel experience. By prohibiting the consumption of duty-free alcohol during the flight, the airline aims to discourage unruly behaviour and maintain a peaceful atmosphere onboard.

Passengers who have purchased duty-free alcohol will be required to store it in their checked baggage or dispose of it before boarding the aircraft. The airline encourages passengers to comply with these regulations and cooperate with cabin crew members to ensure a smooth and safe journey.

Ryanair’s ban on duty-free alcohol is part of a broader industry-wide effort to address the issue of disruptive behaviour onboard flights. Airlines have been actively implementing measures to curb incidents related to alcohol consumption, including raising awareness, providing training to crew members, and collaborating with industry partners and authorities.

The safety and well-being of passengers remain a top priority for Ryanair and the aviation industry as a whole. By implementing these measures, airlines strive to create a comfortable and secure environment for all travellers.

Passengers planning to fly from the UK to popular Spanish destinations with Ryanair are advised to review the updated regulations and plan their travel accordingly. Stay informed, follow the guidelines, and contribute to a positive and enjoyable travel experience for everyone.

As the aviation industry continues to address these challenges, passengers can look forward to safer and more pleasant journeys, fostering a culture of respect and consideration onboard flights.

Ryanair Passenger Sentenced to Jail for Smuggling Alcohol Onboard

In January this year, a drunken passenger aboard a Ryanair flight was sentenced to jail for attempting to smuggle alcohol onboard. The incident highlights the ongoing issue of disruptive behaviour and illegal activities that airlines and authorities are working diligently to combat.

The individual, whose identity has not been disclosed, was found guilty of smuggling alcohol onto the Ryanair flight. The incident occurred as the aircraft was preparing for departure, prompting immediate intervention from the cabin crew and authorities. The passenger’s unruly behaviour and disregard for airline regulations resulted in their arrest and subsequent legal consequences.

This incident serves as a reminder of the serious consequences individuals face when engaging in unlawful activities onboard flights. Smuggling alcohol or any other prohibited items jeopardizes the safety and security of passengers and crew members, potentially leading to disruptions and potential harm.

Ryanair, like many other airlines, maintains strict policies regarding the transportation of alcohol and other restricted items. Passengers are required to comply with these regulations for the well-being and comfort of all those onboard. Incidents involving illegal activities not only result in criminal charges but also disrupt the travel experience for fellow passengers.

Airlines continuously work to ensure a safe and pleasant journey for all travellers, implementing measures such as crew training, increased awareness campaigns, and cooperation with law enforcement agencies. These efforts aim to prevent disruptive incidents and maintain a secure environment onboard.

Passengers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with airline policies and adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by airlines and aviation authorities. By doing so, passengers contribute to a positive travel experience and help foster a culture of respect and responsibility in air travel.

As the industry collectively addresses these challenges, incidents of indisciplined behaviour and smuggling can be minimized. Collaboration between airlines, passengers, and authorities remains crucial in creating a safe and enjoyable environment for all those travelling by air.

One of the world’s most expensive coffees is made from bird poop!


Did you know that a Brazilian bird’s excrement yields one of the world’s most expensive coffees?

An astonishing discovery has emerged from Brazil, where one of the world’s priciest coffees is being sourced from an unexpected origin – the excrement of a native Brazilian bird. This unconventional yet highly sought-after coffee variety has captivated the attention of coffee connoisseurs and enthusiasts worldwide. Pictured below is the money-making-luxury coffee-producing Jacu bird.

The uniqueness of this coffee lies in its production process, which begins with the feeding habits of the Jacu bird, native to Brazil’s tropical rainforests. Known for its selective and gourmet taste preferences, the Jacu bird has an affinity for ripe coffee cherries. It selectively chooses the finest cherries to consume, digest, and later excrete- I prefer a latte myself…

The video below: 🌍🌴 This extraordinary brew is made from coffee cherries selectively eaten by the Jacu bird, which then go through a unique digestion process before being carefully collected and roasted to perfection. The result? A coffee with flavours of 🍫, 🍬, and a touch of 🌴.

The Jacu bird’s digestive system plays a pivotal role in the creation of this extraordinary coffee. While the cherries undergo enzymatic processes during digestion, they are transformed into refined beans. Subsequently, the beans are carefully retrieved from the bird’s droppings, sanitized, and undergo a meticulous roasting process to eliminate any potential impurities.

Although initially met with scepticism, the resulting coffee has managed to win over even the most discerning palates. Renowned for its rich and complex flavours, it boasts distinctive notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and a hint of tropical fruit. Such unique characteristics, combined with the rarity of its production method, have driven its price to unprecedented heights.

Due to its exclusivity and limited supply, coffee has become a symbol of luxury and indulgence. Coffee aficionados and collectors from around the globe eagerly seek out this extraordinary brew, with prices per pound reaching astonishing figures. This surge in demand has led to a flourishing market, with dedicated retailers and speciality coffee shops showcasing this exceptional delicacy to customers willing to indulge in a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Beyond its flavour profile and extravagant price tag, the production of this coffee variety has also brought attention to sustainability and environmental conservation efforts. By promoting the preservation of the Jacu bird’s natural habitat, the initiative aims to protect biodiversity and raise awareness about the importance of responsible farming practices.

As this remarkable coffee continues to captivate the international coffee community, it serves as a testament to the endless possibilities of innovation within the culinary world. By challenging traditional norms and pushing boundaries, this Brazilian bird’s excrement has transcended expectations, elevating the art of coffee-making to new and extraordinary heights.

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Say Goodbye to Mosquito Bites

Revolutionary Mosquito Repellent That Prevents 99% of Mosquito Attacks is Born
Revolutionary Mosquito Repellent That Prevents 99% of Mosquito Attacks is Born

A new and revolutionary Israeli Mosquito Repellent is claimed to be 99% effective in preventing mosquito attacks

In a breakthrough development, a highly effective mosquito repellent has been introduced, offering respite from mosquito bites. This innovative product has the ability to ward off up to 99% of mosquito attacks, providing a game-changing solution in the battle against these pesky insects.

With mosquito-borne diseases posing a significant health risk in many parts of the world, finding effective repellents has been a priority for researchers and scientists. This latest repellent, which has garnered much attention, promises to be a game-changer in the field.

The newly developed repellent utilizes advanced technology to create a formidable barrier against mosquitoes. By leveraging scientific insights, the product effectively hampers the ability of mosquitoes to attack and bite humans, drastically reducing the chances of insect-borne diseases being transmitted.

One of the key advantages of this repellent is its impressive success rate. In extensive testing, it has demonstrated the ability to repel mosquitoes with an astounding success rate of 99%. This groundbreaking achievement has generated excitement and optimism among researchers and the general public alike.

The introduction of this innovative solution not only provides relief from mosquito bites but also has the potential to significantly impact public health. By reducing the number of mosquito bites, the risk of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and Zika virus can be mitigated, potentially saving countless lives in regions heavily affected by these illnesses.

Furthermore, the repellent’s effectiveness extends beyond its ability to repel mosquitoes. It also boasts a long-lasting formula, ensuring prolonged protection against mosquito bites. This durability sets it apart from conventional repellents that require frequent reapplication to maintain effectiveness.

As news of this groundbreaking repellent spreads, many are eagerly anticipating its availability on the market. The product’s potential to revolutionize mosquito protection has garnered attention from both individuals seeking personal relief and organizations focused on public health initiatives.

While the exact mechanism and ingredients of this innovative repellent remain undisclosed, the research and development team responsible for its creation assures that it meets rigorous safety standards. Prioritizing consumer well-being, the team has conducted extensive testing to ensure the product’s efficacy and safety.

With the impending release of this highly effective mosquito repellent, individuals in mosquito-prone areas can look forward to enjoying the outdoors without the constant annoyance and health risks associated with mosquito bites. As scientists continue to innovate in the field of pest control, this repellent marks a significant step forward in the battle against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.

EU Member States face €22,000 fine over asylum seekers

Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

EU Mandates Member States to Choose Between Accepting Asylum Seekers or Paying a Fine of up to €22,000 per Individual

In a significant development within the European Union (EU), member states will now be compelled to make a definitive choice: either accept asylum seekers or face substantial financial penalties. The decision, aimed at fostering greater solidarity and burden-sharing among EU nations, will require all member states to assume responsibility for accommodating refugees or provide monetary contributions of up to €22,000 for each individual.

The new policy represents a concerted effort by the EU to address the ongoing refugee crisis and promote fair distribution of asylum seekers across the region. By imposing financial consequences on countries unwilling to host refugees, the EU hopes to encourage a more equitable allocation of the asylum burden and alleviate pressure on nations experiencing disproportionately high arrivals.

Under the terms of the policy, member states will have the option to welcome and integrate asylum seekers within their borders, facilitating their access to basic rights and services, including housing, education, and healthcare. Alternatively, nations may choose to contribute a predetermined sum of up to €22,000 per individual to a common fund. These funds will be directed towards supporting the reception and integration efforts of other EU countries accommodating asylum seekers.

The decision follows protracted negotiations and deliberations among EU member states, reflecting the complex dynamics surrounding migration policies and the varying degrees of readiness to receive refugees. The EU’s migration and asylum system has been grappling with challenges related to disproportionate burdens on frontline countries, bureaucratic delays, and divergent approaches to migration management.

While some member states have been supportive of the mandatory solidarity mechanism, others have expressed reservations regarding its implementation and financial implications. Critics argue that imposing fines could lead to strained relations and further polarize EU nations, potentially undermining the goal of fostering unity and cooperation. Moreover, concerns have been raised about the potential economic strain on countries with limited resources to integrate and support a significant influx of asylum seekers.

The EU aims to strike a delicate balance between enforcing greater responsibility and ensuring flexibility for member states, taking into account their unique circumstances and capabilities. As such, the policy allows for exceptions in cases where countries face exceptional circumstances, such as natural disasters or other emergencies, which hinder their ability to host asylum seekers.

With the implementation of this mandatory solidarity mechanism, the EU seeks to establish a more cohesive and equitable approach to asylum across the region. By urging member states to either share the responsibility or contribute financially, the EU aims to create a fairer and more sustainable system that upholds the values of solidarity and protection for those seeking refuge within its borders.

Defective Battery Fire Risk Alert For Citroën DS and Peugeot Cars


Safety concerns have prompted action to address a potential fire hazard in certain Citroën and Peugeot vehicle models

SPAIN, JUNE 2023 – A warning has been issued regarding a potential fire risk in around 90,000 Citroën DS and Peugeot cars that have been sold in Spain. The alert comes as a result of identified defects in the batteries of these specific vehicle models, raising concerns about the safety of owners and passengers.

The defective batteries pose a significant fire hazard, necessitating immediate action to address the issue and mitigate potential risks. Citroën DS and Peugeot are actively cooperating with authorities to ensure the safety of consumers and take appropriate measures to rectify the problem.

Owners of the affected vehicles are advised to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions. It is recommended to contact the respective manufacturers or authorized dealerships to obtain detailed information about the specific models and steps to be taken to address the battery issue.

The safety of consumers is of paramount importance, and efforts are underway to reach out to all owners and implement the necessary solutions. Authorities are working closely with Citroën DS and Peugeot to ensure a comprehensive recall process and facilitate the replacement or repair of the defective batteries.

Car owners are urged not to overlook this warning and to promptly follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers to minimize the risk of fire accidents. Taking immediate action will help ensure the safety of individuals and prevent potential damage to property.

Citroën DS and Peugeot are committed to addressing the issue promptly and ensuring the continued trust and satisfaction of their customers. Additional information and updates will be provided by the manufacturers as the situation progresses.

It is crucial for owners of Citroën DS and Peugeot vehicles to remain informed, take necessary precautions, and promptly engage with the manufacturers to resolve the battery defect. By doing so, the safety of all affected individuals can be safeguarded, allowing for a more secure and worry-free driving experience.

The collaboration between authorities, car manufacturers, and vehicle owners is key to effectively addressing this issue and ensuring the ongoing safety of the automotive community. Regular updates and communication channels will be maintained to keep all stakeholders informed about the progress made in resolving the defective battery fire risk.

Authorities have initiated a series of recalls within the Stellantis Group due to problems with the drive battery or its mounting in electric cars. The affected models include Citroën C5 Aircross, DS7 Crossback, Opel Grandland, Peugeot 508, and Peugeot 3008. Specifically, the plug-in hybrid variants (PHEV) with internal codes “JHW” (Citroën and DS), “KC5” (Opel), and “MA5” (Peugeot) are subject to recall.

The recall has been prompted by the risk of water ingress, which can lead to the battery reinforcement and battery box rusting. In severe cases, this corrosion can result in battery or vehicle fires.

Authorized workshops are conducting inspections and enhancing the corrosion protection of the battery box. If necessary, drainage holes are drilled to prevent water entry. The process, which applies to over 90,000 PHEV models manufactured between 2019 and 2023, takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes per vehicle. Germany alone accounts for around 32,000 affected units.

Owners of the affected Citroën, DS, Opel, and Peugeot electric cars are urged to contact authorized workshops promptly to address the issue. The swift resolution of these drive battery concerns ensures the safety and peace of mind of electric vehicle owners within the Stellantis Group.

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Línea Directa Introduces First-of-its-Kind ‘Anti-Squatting’ Insurance in Spain


Línea Directa has become the first company to introduce comprehensive anti-squatting insurance in Spain

Línea Directa is set to unveil a groundbreaking comprehensive insurance policy designed to address the concerns of homeowners regarding the illegal occupation of their properties. The new insurance coverage, which will be the first of its kind in Spain, aims to provide protection and peace of mind to thousands of homeowners affected by squatting.

Known as ‘anti-okupación’ home insurance, the coverage aims to protect homeowners from the growing problem of squatters taking over unoccupied properties in Spain.

Squatting has emerged as a significant problem in Spain, with over 16,700 complaints filed last year alone, averaging more than 45 cases per day. The recent implementation of the new Housing Law has provided homeowners with legal tools to take action against both forceful and non-violent squatters, including those who have stopped paying rent. In such cases, property owners can request intervention from the State Security Corps and Forces, provided specific requirements are met.

While the complete details of the coverage and conditions offered by this new anti-squatting insurance will be revealed later this week, it is expected to be particularly beneficial for homeowners in Catalonia, which has the highest rate of property occupancy in Spain at 42%. Additionally, residents in the Valencian Community, Extremadura, and Murcia, where the number of occupied homes has seen an increase in 2022, are likely to find this insurance solution especially valuable.

Stay tuned for further information on the comprehensive coverage and benefits provided by Línea Directa’s innovative anti-squatting insurance.

Tips to Prevent Squatting

Regardless of whether you have insurance or not, taking preventive measures can help you avoid the issue of squatting. Here are some tricks to safeguard your home:

  1. Avoid displaying signs advertising your property for rent or sale.
  2. Install an alarm system and reinforce your doors to deter potential squatters.
  3. If you are unable to visit your property regularly, consider using timers to turn on lights at specific intervals, creating the illusion of occupancy.
  4. Keep blinds partially open instead of completely closed, as closed blinds signal an unoccupied house. Consider using home automation systems to remotely control the opening and closing of blinds if you’re unable to do so in person.
  5. Refrain from sharing details about vacation plans or the empty status of your home on social media platforms.

Read more: British expat ‘bottled’ by squatters in Manilva

Thousands of holidaymakers hit by easyJet flight cancellations


London UK: Gatwick Airport experienced significant disruptions over the weekend as storms led to the cancellation of 54 flights on Sunday and an additional 55 flights on Monday. The airport authorities have issued a warning about the possibility of more storms on Monday, potentially causing further disruption.

A spokesperson from easyJet acknowledged that thunderstorms in the Gatwick area limited the number of arrivals and departures on Sunday, June 11, resulting in diversions and cancellations. As a consequence, several aircraft were left out of position, affecting operations on Monday. The airline is taking all necessary measures to minimize the impact on customers, offering options to rebook or receive refunds, along with hotel accommodations and meals as needed. easyJet emphasized that the safety and well-being of customers and crew are their top priorities and apologized for any inconvenience caused.

Unfortunately, affected passengers are not eligible for compensation under UK consumer law, as the disruption was caused by circumstances beyond the airline’s control.

A spokesperson from Gatwick Airport explained that temporary air traffic restrictions were implemented due to unsettled weather conditions and thunderstorms in the south of England and Europe. These restrictions led to delays and cancellations of flights. The airport expressed apologies to passengers for any inconvenience caused and advised those travelling to contact their respective airlines for further information, as more thunderstorms were expected throughout the day.

Overall, the storms and subsequent disruptions at Gatwick Airport have caused inconvenience for passengers, with both flight cancellations and transportation challenges. The airport and airlines are working to minimize the impact and support affected customers during this time.

Below: In addition to the flight disruptions, Gatwick Express, the non-stop train service between the airport and central London, was suspended on Monday. The operator cited urgent repairs to damaged points in the East Croydon area as the reason for the suspension. Passengers were advised to use Southern and Thameslink services, although these alternatives are slower due to their intermediate stops.

Man City stars party late into the night after Champions League triumphant win


Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland were spotted partying late into the night following Manchester City’s sensational Champions League victory on Saturday

Pep Guardiola’s side triumphed over Inter Milan with a 1-0 scoreline, securing the historic win thanks to Rodri’s powerful right-footed strike from inside the penalty area. This remarkable achievement adds to City’s impressive season, having already clinched the Premier League and FA Cup titles.

After the match, the City squad celebrated in the changing rooms, where Grealish was seen singing along to Fleetwood Mac while the players revelled in drinks and danced alongside the trophy. The joyous scenes continued on the pitch, as Guardiola’s men finally secured the elusive title, inviting their families to join in the celebrations.

Both Grealish and Haaland took to Instagram overnight to share glimpses of the ongoing festivities. Haaland posted a photo of himself enjoying a celebratory cigar, while also sharing a picture with Grealish accompanied by the caption, “Love this guy @jackgrealish.” Grealish, still donning his full kit, was captured exiting the Ataturk Stadium, dancing and singing to Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere” with a boombox in hand. He later posted a video on his Instagram, showcasing his moves in a packed nightclub, surrounded by fellow City fans and staff celebrating the momentous triumph.

Despite some difficulties faced by Manchester City fans in reaching and leaving the stadium, they managed to join the exuberant celebrations throughout Istanbul. Fans flooded the streets, dancing and rejoicing after the epic victory, spilling out of restaurants, bars, and cafes.

Following the game, Grealish confessed to being “awful” and broke down in tears during his post-match interview. He expressed his immense happiness, stating, “This is what you work your whole life for.” Grealish also thanked his manager for having faith in him.

The Manchester City squad continued their celebrations in the changing room after the match, with the festivities extending late into the evening. The team’s historic treble of winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League is a testament to their remarkable achievements this season.

EU Proposes to Fine Countries for Refusing Migrants


In an effort to alleviate pressure on frontline countries like Italy and Greece, EU member states are discussing radical proposals at a crucial meeting in Luxembourg

This article provides an overview of the proposed measures, the challenges faced in reaching an agreement among member states, and the potential implications for migration management in Europe.


Under these new proposals, countries that refuse to host migrants or asylum seekers could face charges of up to €20,000 (£17,000) per person. 😮🤝

The meeting will focus on two key proposals, including a relocation scheme for over 100,000 migrants annually. However, there is significant disagreement among member states, particularly Poland and Hungary, who are struggling to gain public support for the plans. 🤷‍♀️🗳️

While some diplomats are cautiously optimistic about reaching an agreement, others express doubts, calling it a “50:50” chance. The proposals aim to address irregular migration to Europe and respond to pleas from Italy and Greece for greater EU involvement in managing migration flows. 💼🌍

Compulsory relocation schemes face opposition, with Poland opposing the idea. Instead, the focus will be on imposing “compulsory solidarity,” considering each country’s capacity to accommodate migrants. Countries unable to participate will contribute to a central fund, bolstering the financial capacity of host nations. 💰🌐

The exact charge per capita remains uncertain, with a range of figures expected to be presented at the meeting. Additionally, proposals include limits on the application of the “Dublin regulation” and plans to replace it with new migration and asylum management regulations. 📋✍️

Agreeing on these measures would be a significant political achievement, as migration remains a contentious issue across member states. Home affairs ministers will carefully consider the domestic implications of any agreement. 🗳️🧐

In addition, ministers will explore partnerships with transition countries like Tunisia and Morocco to combat people smuggling and trafficking. Frontline countries will also receive tools to analyze their migration capacity, allowing them to request assistance when overwhelmed. 🌍✊

Belgian Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Nicole de Moor said migrants who statistically had less chance of getting refugee status included citizens from “Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Bangladesh and Pakistan”.

But Oxfam, a charity that aids refugees, has criticised the direction of the talks as EU countries take harsher steps to stem asylum seekers. Oxfam accused the EU of replicating the “broken system” seen in Greece, where refugee camps were funded to manage arrivals. The meeting’s outcomes will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for Europe’s migration policies. 🤝🔍

It argued prior to the final negotiations that the proposals “will not fix the chronic deficiencies in the EU asylum system”.

“Instead, they signal the EU’s desire to barricade Europe from asylum seekers,” Oxfam said.

© 2023 AFP

Mosquito Alert!


Spain’s Ministry of Health Revolutionizes Mosquito Control and Surveillance with Mosquito Alert App

The Ministry of Health is leading the charge in enhancing mosquito control and disease surveillance through its groundbreaking project, Mosquito Alert. As part of the National Plan for Prevention, Surveillance, and Control of vector-borne diseases, this initiative leverages citizen science for the first time as a powerful tool. By utilizing a user-friendly app, individuals can actively contribute vital information on mosquito presence and activity.

Coordinated by esteemed institutions such as the Blanes Centre for Advanced Studies of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Pompeu Fabra University, the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, and the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies, Mosquito Alert has demonstrated the significant impact of citizen participation in the past decade. Through collective efforts, the project has greatly improved surveillance capabilities and early detection of invasive mosquito species like the tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the Japanese mosquito (Aedes japonicus).

Fernando Simón, director of the Health Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Centre, emphasized the importance of adapting to a rapidly changing world. “Efficient surveillance systems require innovation,” he stated. Simón recognized citizen science as an indispensable component of their responsibilities, citing the wealth of information constantly generated through mobile phones that can contribute to vector control and other public health endeavours.

‘If it stings, report it!’

In collaboration with the Centre for the Coordination of Alerts and Sanitary Emergencies, Mosquito Alert has launched an extensive awareness campaign under the slogan ‘If it bites you, notify!’. The campaign aims to investigate the expansion of tiger mosquitoes beyond their known distribution limits in Spain, create the country’s first map of mosquito bites to identify high interaction zones between humans and mosquitoes, enhance understanding of Japanese mosquito distribution along the Cantabrian coast, and detect the potential arrival of yellow fever mosquitoes.

To foster participation across various institutions, the Mosquito Alert website offers comprehensive outreach materials, inviting interested parties from administrations, provinces, and municipalities to join the communication and information initiatives tailored to their territories.

Frederic Bartumeus, co-director of Mosquito Alert and researcher at CEAB-CSIC, hailed the recognition of citizen science as a significant stride in combating mosquito-borne diseases. Highlighting the pioneering nature of integrating citizen science into a national plan at the European level, Bartumeus emphasized the value of collaboration between the scientific community, citizens, and administrations in achieving common goals. He underscored the pivotal role of citizen participation in acquiring extensive data, promoting continuous dialogue, reducing costs, expanding surveillance areas, and enabling early detection.

A paramount public health tool

All information contributed by the public within the project framework plays a crucial role in scientific research and management of invasive mosquito species. Validated and classified by experts from the National Digital Entomology Network, the data can be accessed and downloaded from the Mosquito Alert map. Roger Eritja, the project’s head of entomology, emphasized the precision, consistency, and speed provided by expert validation in combination with artificial intelligence techniques, resulting in a real-time surveillance platform. This wealth of information enables the preparation of dynamic risk maps, facilitating faster and more efficient responses to public health issues related to mosquitoes.

The CEAB-CSIC receives European funding through the Recovery, Transformation, and Resilience Plan of the Government of Spain, supported by Next Generation EU funds. This economic support will sustain the platform’s infrastructure and contribute to the development of an automated alert system equipped with artificial intelligence and near real-time visualization tools. These advancements will significantly enhance decision-making by public health managers across various administrations.

The MOSQUITO ALERT app and website ( are available in English, empowering individuals to join the fight against

DGT launches car roadworthiness campaign

Rear view of modern car with brake lights on during rush hour

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has initiated a new Special Campaign to check the conditions of vehicles on Spanish roads

The campaign started on June 5 and will continue until Sunday, June 11. The primary objective of this initiative is to emphasize the significance of giving special attention to the proper maintenance and calibration of the safety components of our cars, under the premise that “investing in maintenance is investing in safety.”

In recent years, there has been a concerning increase in the average age of vehicles in our country, surpassing 13 years—an alarming rise of nearly 2 years. This figure is among the highest in our region within the European Union, making it imperative for authorities to focus on the older vehicle fleet. The period between the fifth and sixth year of service is particularly worrisome, as it witnesses a notable surge in serious accidents with fatalities associated with technical failures in tires, steering, or brakes.

On interurban roads, where 73% of traffic accident fatalities occur, it was observed that in 2021, the average age of passenger cars involved in fatal accidents was 13 years (12.1 years in the case of urban roads). Furthermore, when considering the vehicles in which the fatalities were travelling, the average age increases to 15.4 years on interurban roads and 15.3 years on urban roads.

What can you expect from this new special campaign?

Vehicle documentation is a crucial aspect: along with the driver’s license, it is mandatory to carry the vehicle registration certificate, which contains the vehicle’s technical information and the owner’s details, along with the Vehicle Technical Inspection (ITV) card and its corresponding visible sticker on the front window.

Among the safety components that require special attention are the tires. These serve as the sole point of contact with the road, and according to various estimates, approximately 1 million vehicles circulate daily with significant defects in their tires, posing a risk to road safety. It is important to note that the legal minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm, but it is recommended to replace tires when the tread depth falls below 3 mm.

The lighting system of our vehicles, which is also subject to inspection, plays a fundamental role not only in enhancing our visibility but also in ensuring that we are visible to others. Each vehicle on the road represents a potential obstacle for others, hence it is crucial for its lighting system to function optimally.

Sales of electric cars increase in Spain


Sales of electric cars are increasing in Spain- but how do you charge them and can you save money using Solar Power?

Sales of electrified vehicles (electric and plug-in hybrids, including passenger cars, quadricycles, commercial and industrial vehicles, and buses) increased by 39.5% in May, with 11,146 new units sold.

Despite this rise, electrified vehicles represent 10.43% of the market, a figure that is still lower both than the rate of the European average and the rate necessary to achieve the required emission reduction targets by 2023.

Regarding the registrations of zero and low-emission vehicles (electrified, hybrid and gas), they increased by 21.7% in the month, with 41,094 units sold. Sales of this type of vehicle account for 38.46% of the market, surpassing the market for gasoline (38.4%) and diesel (23.1%) vehicles.

Electrical – Zero Label

Sales of pure electric vehicles increased by 108.3% in May, with 5,081 registered units. It represents 4.76% of the market share in the month. In the year as a whole, sales of these vehicles totalled 23,124 units, 75.3% more than in the same period of the previous year. The cumulative share of the year is 4.87%

Plug-in Hybrids – Zero Label

Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles grew by 25.5% during May and reached 6,065 registered units in that month. It represents 5.68% of the market share for the month. In the year as a whole, sales of these vehicles totalled 25,369 units, 28.2% more than in the same period of the previous year. The cumulative quota for the year is 5.34%.

Hybrids – ECO Label

Sales of non-plug-in hybrid vehicles increased by 9.1% during May, reaching 27,505 units registered in May. It represents 25.74% of the market share in May. In the accumulated year, sales of these vehicles accumulated 122,956 units, 33.1% more than in the same period of the previous year. The share of the total for the year is 25.88%.

Can you save money using Solar Power?

The simple answer is a resounding YES!

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Vencosan has offices throughout Spain:

· C/ Islas Baleares 32, 46988 Paterna, Valencia
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Read more about Solar power in Spain:

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Storm alerts activated for 12 regions across Spain


Storms and rainfall will activate alerts in a dozen autonomous communities this Saturday, with a day marked by showers and locally strong storms in the interior of the northern half, the Balearic Islands, and the southeastern mountainous regions of the Iberian Peninsula, according to the forecast from the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET)

Specifically, Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands (Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera for rainfall, and Mallorca for rainfall and storms), Cantabria, Castilla y León (warnings in Ávila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Soria, and Zamora), Castilla-La Mancha (Guadalajara), Catalonia, Galicia, Navarra, La Rioja, the Basque Country, and the Valencian Community will be at risk due to storms and rainfall.

On Saturday, June 3, instability is expected to continue affecting most of the country, with cloudy intervals and daytime cloud development, widespread showers, and storms in the interior of the Iberian Peninsula. These could be locally strong and accompanied by hail in the interior of the northern half, the Balearic Islands, and the southeastern mountainous regions. Conversely, they will be less likely and weaker in coastal areas and the Canary Islands.

Regarding temperatures, they will experience little change, while east winds will prevail in the Mediterranean area and north winds on the west coast of Galicia and the Canary Islands. Winds will be light and variable in the rest of the country.

Register now for discounted train and bus travel


The discounts apply to single and return tickets for travel between June 15 and September 15, 2023 throughout Spain and rail travel throughout Europe

The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) has today (Thursday, June 1) published two resolutions of the Secretary of State that establish the conditions of sale and use of bus and train tickets with discounts of up to 90% that seek to facilitate young people between 18 and 30 years old, both inclusive, to travel by transport this summer, both in Spain and in Europe.

To benefit from the measure, young people from Spain or from a European Union country with legal residence in Spain, born between 1993 and 2005, must register in the form on the Mitma website to confirm that they meet the requirements and , in If applicable, obtain the personal and non-transferable code that they must use to purchase the Interrail pass and the discounted train and bus tickets on the websites of the respective operators.

Registration will be open from today, June 1, 2023, and must be done at least 24 hours before purchasing the first ticket. The titles can be purchased as soon as the companies finalize the necessary technological changes.

Interested parties may register through qualified electronic certificates, such as the Cl@ve system , or by entering the name and surname (as stated on the DNI or NIE), the date of birth and the DNI number, together with the date of validity, or the NIE, together with the support number of the EU Citizen Registry and nationality.

The code, made up of the DNI or NIE number and a set of characters, will be sent to the mobile phone or by email. The code is valid for the entire period and all means of transport included.


The discounts will be applied to the price of single or return tickets that have a date for travel between June 15 and September 15, 2023.

In this way, the discounts are as follows:

  • 90% discount on conventional medium-distance services and on metric-width networks.
  • 50% discount on single Avant titles.
  • For commercial long-distance or high-speed services from all rail operators: 50% discount, with a maximum of 30 euros per ticket.
  • 90% discount for regular bus services of state competition.
  • 50% discount on the Interrail Global Flexible for 10 days in 2 months, when marketed through Renfe. The discount is applied to the official Interrail rates, with their price characteristics according to age, etc. In the year 2022, 81% of the passes sold in Spain were of the Global Pass type, of which the Flexi modality accumulates 89 of the sales.

It will not be part of the price of the discounted ticket to settle all charges for cancellation or change, issuance, taxes, baggage or any other accessory aspect of transportation. Thus, if the user cancels the trip, he must assume possible cancellation charges.

It is estimated that the discounts can benefit 12.5 million trips made by young people in Spain during the three months that the discounts are in force and double the sale of Interrail passes. Compensations will be settled based on the number of trips made.

The initiative, regulated by Royal Decree Law 4/2023 of May 11, contemplates financing discounts on Medium Distance rail services under the jurisdiction of the Generalitat of Catalonia, as requested by the regional government. The measure can be extended to other medium-distance services provided by Renfe under agreements or contracts with other autonomous communities.

Conditions and sanctions

The resolutions include a series of conditions to avoid inappropriate use of discounted tickets, including the possibility of sanctions. Thus, the Ministry may proceed to withdraw the Registration Code from beneficiaries who accumulate more than six detected misuses, whether in rail or road transport.

For this, the Ministry will prepare a register with the tickets used improperly, identifying the beneficiary and, once the six uses have been reached, it will be able to notify the offending person via SMS message or email that the Code is withdrawn and that they are not You will be able to register again to benefit from this measure.

Previously, the company will warn of each improper use by SMS message to the mobile phone or registered email and of the possible consequences of its action.

The following cases are considered improper use:

  • The use of the Registration Code by a person other than the registered beneficiary. Not surprisingly, the Code is personal and non-transferable.
  • Failure to cancel a formalized trip and not carried out with a minimum of 24 hours notice will be considered improper use. The company may reduce this term in accordance with its usual marketing and sales practices.
  • In the case of state bus lines, the concessionary company may reduce this 24-hour period on short journeys in which the majority of the journeys respond to compulsory mobility. Thus, changing the ticket on this type of journey will not be considered improper use.

Booking more than one round trip per day for the same origin-destination with the same railway or bus company will be prevented, unless the trip has been previously made or canceled.

Accessible transportation for young people

In the current situation derived from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, marked by inflationary tensions that affect, among other things, the passenger transport sector, it is necessary to adopt a public policy that makes it easier for young people to use public transport when traveling , both in Spain and in Europe, during the summer season of 2023.

This is intended to facilitate leisure trips during the summer by using a safer, more reliable, comfortable, economical and sustainable means of transport than the private vehicle. Likewise, it seeks to contribute to promoting their learning and independence and to strengthen personal relationships and the European feeling.

At the same time, it seeks to help the recovery of the tourism sector and the cultural sector in its consolidation after the pandemic, promoting national destinations and collaborating with the development of rural Spain. In this way, the historical and cultural heritage is promoted.


Within the European framework, Interrail is a personal and non-transferable pass, which can be purchased and used by persons legally residing in Europe and which allows travel by train in 33 European countries or by boat (between Italy and Greece). With more than 50 years of existence, it has been used by millions of young people as a way to travel around Europe.

The European institutions have recognized the role of the Interrail Pass as an instrument to promote knowledge of the rest of the European Union countries for young people and, therefore, to “create Europe”.

From Spain, the Government shares the objective of the European Union and wants to make it easier for young people of Spanish nationality or from a European Union country with legal residence in Spain to access this type of travel during the summer period of 2023.

Spain recalls brand of Tofu from Germany over possible metallic fragments


A recent food safety alert has been issued regarding the potential presence of metallic fragments in a specific brand of Tofu from Germany, specifically the Taifun brand. The alert advises individuals not to consume this product if they have it at home.

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN OA) received a notification from the European Food Alert Network (RASFF) regarding an alert issued by German authorities due to the discovery of metal fragments in a tofu product. Tofu, also known as “vegan cheese,” is a soy-based food that is commonly consumed on its own or used as an ingredient in salads or stews.

The alert was prompted by the detection of metal fragments in the Tofu Spinacia product, leading to its immediate removal from the market. The presence of these fragments could be attributed to manufacturing or packaging issues, among other possibilities. Nevertheless, consumption of the affected product can pose a potential danger.

The specific product affected by this alert is the Tofu Spinacia from the Taifun brand, which is sold in refrigerated packaging. The affected lots are:

  • Lot 254 (expiration date: June 2, 2023)
  • Lot 274 (expiration date: June 22, 2023)

This vegetarian product of German origin has been distributed in several regions across Spain, including Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Catalonia, Castilla y León, the Valencian Community, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, and the Basque Country.

The alert has been communicated to ensure the withdrawal of the affected products from the market. However, it is possible that some consumers may still have these products at home. If so, it is strongly advised not to consume them, as the presence of these metallic remains can pose significant harm.

Spain’s Government dedicates 38.9 million euros to mental health services


The government of Spain is getting ready to allocate significant financial resources to improve mental health support services and strengthen primary care centres

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez recently announced two funding packages that will be distributed among the different regions. The first package consists of 38.9 million euros dedicated to mental health services, while the second package includes 579.1 million euros intended for enhancing primary care infrastructure and acquiring new clinical equipment for healthcare centres.

These funding commitments were unveiled during Prime Minister Sánchez’s campaign tour in Valencia ahead of the upcoming local and regional elections. In Spain, healthcare policy is mainly delegated to regional governments, so the national government’s commitment aims to reinforce healthcare programs at the regional level.

During the announcement of the funding packages, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stressed the importance of addressing mental health and reducing the stigma associated with it. He mentioned a meeting at Moncloa where he gathered associations and groups working in the field of mental health and drew a significant lesson from that gathering. Sánchez stated, “We need to make mental health visible, talk about it openly, and it is crucial to allocate economic resources to it. Above all, we must not stigmatize it.” He emphasized that experiencing depression or facing psychological difficulties at some point in life is not uncommon and that it is possible to overcome these challenges and find value in life.

The 38.9 million euros in funding, to be distributed among the regions, will support various aspects of mental health, including the financing of community mental health teams for both adults and young individuals. The funding will also contribute to prevention and early detection efforts, including improvements to the 024 suicide helpline, which was launched last year.

Spain has the highest rate of anti-anxiety medication consumption globally and is the largest consumer of psychiatric or psychotropic medication in the European Union.

This category includes antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilisers.

Among the regions, Andalucia, the most populous region, will receive 7 million euros, followed by Catalonia with 6.5 million euros, Madrid with 5.6 million euros, and the Valencian Community with 4.3 million euros.

This new funding initiative follows the implementation of a national Mental Health Plan last year, which allocated 100 million euros annually for 2022, 2023, and 2024.

The government had already provided 24 million euros to the autonomous communities last year.

The objective of this funding is to improve service accessibility, strengthen existing mental health care, and establish new units in areas currently lacking them. Spain’s Minister of Health, José Miñones, expressed the goal of establishing a “comprehensive mental health care system” across the country.

In recent years, mental health issues have become increasingly prevalent in Spain, particularly among children and young people. Experts attribute this trend to factors such as the lockdown period during the Covid-19 pandemic, which occurred during crucial developmental years, as well as the high rates of social media and technology usage among children.

Notably, suicidal thoughts have emerged as the primary cause for distress calls from children under 18 in Spain, with a thirty-fivefold increase over the past decade. Self-harm, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders have also experienced a significant rise, with a 291 per cent increase.

Furthermore, 579.1 million euros will be distributed among the autonomous communities to enhance infrastructure and acquire equipment for primary health centres. Minister Miñones described this funding as the “largest investment in primary care in history” and emphasized that it would come from the national budget rather than European funds. This demonstrates the Spanish government’s commitment to healthcare.

Spain’s Butane gas price drops by 5 per cent


The price of Butane gas in Spain has dropped again to an almost maximum permitted 5 per cent

According to a resolution published in the Official State Gazette (BOE), the regulated price of a butane gas cylinder has once again decreased by 4.9%, now reaching 15.96 euros. This marks the lowest price recorded in the past twelve months. The maximum recommended retail price (RRP) of the butane cylinder has specifically dropped by 0.83 euros, going down from 16.79 euros, which had been in effect since March 21.

The revision of the maximum RRP for liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) in containers weighing 8 to 20 kilograms, commonly known as the traditional butane cylinder, occurs every two months on the third Tuesday of the month. This revision takes into account factors such as the cost of raw materials (propane and butane) in international markets, the cost of transportation, and the fluctuation of the euro-dollar exchange rate.

The recent decrease in price can be primarily attributed to a significant decline in the price of raw materials (-25.8%). Additionally, the slight appreciation of the euro against the dollar (+0.9%) has also contributed to this reduction. However, the impact of the euro’s appreciation is somewhat mitigated due to the existing surplus, which has increased from 0.97 euros per bottle to 1.76 euros per bottle.

It is important to note that any price revision, whether upward or downward, is limited to a maximum of 5%. Any excess or shortfall in price is accumulated and applied in subsequent revisions.

Until June 30, 2023, the maximum price before taxes of bottled LPG weighing between 8 and 20 kilograms is regulated by Royal Decree-Law 20/2022. This regulation takes into account the price set by the resolution issued on May 12, 2022, which amounted to 19.55 euros.

It is worth highlighting that the regulated price specifically pertains to the contracted supply of butane gas bottles delivered to residences. The price of canisters sold at petrol stations is not subject to regulation under this mechanism, as they are sold based on free market agreements.

Bottled liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a hydrocarbon mixture, primarily composed of butane, which serves as an alternative energy source to natural gas for consumption in pressure containers. It is particularly popular in towns or urban areas lacking access to the natural gas network. In Spain, the annual consumption of various LPG container capacities exceeds 64.5 million, marking a decline of over 25 per cent since 2010.

Madeleine McCann Portuguese police remove bags of ‘items’ from reservoir


The Portuguese police, in collaboration with German and British agents, resumed the search for the British girl Madeleine McCann on Tuesday in southern Portugal, 16 years after her disappearance, amidst a strong security operation that prevents access to the area by both land and air routes. Forensic officers were seen removing bags of ‘items’ this afternoon from the reservoir, no statement regards the discovery has been released yet.

The Portuguese police have deployed a significant operation at the Arade reservoir (see pic below).

The police operation is carried out at the request of the German authorities at the Arade dam, about 50 kilometres from Praia da Luz (where the girl disappeared in 2007) and one of the places frequented by the main suspect, Christian Brueckner.

Several media outlets are present at the location where the search for Madeleine McCann has been reactivated.

Under the watchful eyes of dozens of Portuguese and foreign journalists, multiple police teams and a canine unit have been working on the ground since Tuesday morning, focusing on the land surrounding the reservoir, as reported by the Portuguese channel SIC Notícias.

Authorities have prohibited the flying of drones, aircraft, and helicopters in the search area, where the Portuguese police have set up several booths.

The objective is to obtain new evidence regarding the girl’s disappearance 16 years later, ranging from human traces to incriminating evidence that Brueckner (currently detained in Germany) may have left buried in the area. The search is expected to last at least until Wednesday.

Here is the chronology of the most relevant events in the Madeleine McCann case: 2007

  • May 3: 3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappears while sleeping with her siblings in an apartment in the Algarve, while her parents dine with friends at a restaurant in the resort complex.
  • May 15: The Portuguese police point to British citizen Robert Murat, a neighbour in the complex, as a suspect.
  • August 5: British police dogs identify traces of blood and the smell of a corpse in the family’s apartment and in the vehicle rented by the McCanns, who are doctors, weeks after the girl’s disappearance.
  • September 7/8: The girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, become suspects after questioning by the police.
  • September 9: The McCanns leave Portugal and return to their home in Leicestershire, United Kingdom.
  • October 2: Pressured by criticism from the media and British authorities, Inspector Gonçalo Amaral, head of the investigation in Portugal, resigns from his position. 2008
  • February 3: Portuguese police admit that there may have been hastiness in considering the McCanns as suspects.
  • March 19: Four British tabloids publicly apologize to the McCanns for the information they published and pay them £550,000 (€698,500) in compensation.
  • July 21: Portuguese justice archives the case due to a lack of conclusive evidence and removes the suspect status from the McCanns and Murat. 2009
  • January, September, and April: The McCanns make several visits to Portugal to reactivate the search for their daughter. 2010
  • February 18: The McCanns win the lawsuit against former Inspector Amaral, and the sale of his book “Maddie” is prohibited, although this measure was lifted in September. 2011
  • May 12: The McCanns write a letter to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, requesting a review of the case.
  • May 18: Scotland Yard begins reviewing the case. 2012
  • April 25: Scotland Yard states that they are working on the hypothesis that Madeleine is alive and presents an image of what the girl would look like

Not everyone is happy with the continuing search for Madeleine McCann.

Tourists in Spain Face €200 Fines for Cycling with Earphones


Travellers spending their holidays in Spain risk being subject to fines of more than €200 (£174) if they cycle while wearing earphones, authorities in this country have warned.

In this regard, the team leader at Cycle SOS, Lena Farnell, has said that the current Spanish law, updated in 2014, notes that persons cannot cycle whilst listening to music through earbuds or headphones, reports.

“Cyclists who are caught wearing earphones can expect to pay a €200 (£174) fine in Spain,” she stressed, according to the Sun report.

Farnell stressed that the laws are kept in place for safety purposes after it prevents riders from hearing other sounds on the road.

“Wearing earphones whilst cycling could present a safety risk to yourself and other road users. Listening to music compromises a cyclist’s ability to listen to road traffic, including the sirens of emergency vehicles,” the team leader at Cycle SOS pointed out in this regard.

She noted that they might be less aware of warning signals, such as vehicles using their horns and pedestrians shouting.

Farnell noted that not wearing earphones permits cyclists to be more aware of their surroundings, thus helping them to cycle in a safer way, which will minimize the number of road traffic accidents.

In Italy as well as Portugal, citizens are obliged to have at least one earphone out while cycling.

“Italy and Portugal take a different stance, requiring that cyclists wear just one earphone whilst cycling, with a penalty of approximately €160 if you’re wearing both earphones whilst cycling in Italy,” Farnell pointed out.

Tourists from other countries will be subject to several strict measures when planning to travel to one of the most famous countries in Europe for passengers.

In addition, the local government in the Costa de Sol has warned all the holidaymakers that walking about naked or just in underwear is prohibited.

Authorities in Spain previously revealed that a total of 28 beaches in Spain imposed a smoking ban in an effort to improve health and become smoke-free zones.

A report from Daily Record noted that 28 beaches across Majorca, Ibiza, as well as Menorca, will operate as free-smoking areas as part of efforts to tackle the problem of cigarette butts in the sea and send.

Authorities in Barcelona took similar measures last year, with passengers risking being fined if they smoke cigarettes in territories in which the rule is effective.

A spokesperson from the Ministry of Health and Consumption noted that the main purpose of the recent changes was introduced to create a network of healthy beaches.

Mick Jagger’s daughter Jade arrested in Ibiza


Jade Jagger, daughter of rock star Mick Jagger, was reportedly arrested on Wednesday, May 17, in Ibiza, Spain and is accused of assaulting several police officers during a drunken tirade.

The 51-year-old is alleged to have become “very aggressive and violent” with officers when they tried to mediate an alleged argument she was involved in at a restaurant according to a local Spanish outlet. The report goes on to add that along with arguing with police, Jade and her friend got into an argument with restaurant staff, with the latter alleged to have shouted threatening insults at them.

It’s alleged that when the authorities arrived, Jade’s male companion “pounced” on the cops, including a female officer whom he is alleged to have pushed and scratched. The report adds that Jade allegedly shouted “stupid police” and other phrases at the officers.

It’s unknown if she is still in custody, but the outlet states that she is expected to be “brought to justice” sometime on Thursday. It’s unclear who Jade’s pal was, but she was reportedly spotted with Anthony Hinkson a few weeks ago. They were spotted walking the streets of London while holding hands after leaving a lingerie shop back in April.

Jade’s previous relationships

Jade Jagger was previously married to DJ Adrian Fillary, however, after nine years of marriage, they split in 2021. The mother of two also announced that she was quitting her jewellery business back in March.

“Today is the first day I decided to stop working well at jewellery (sic) I think it will bring new light new love and new opportunities thank u to all that supported me,” she captioned a post on her Instagram account. Jade is one of Mick Jagger’s eight children, though she is the only one he had with his ex-wife Bianca Jagger.

Mick also shares daughter Karis, 52, with Marsha Hunt; daughters Elizabeth, 39, and Georgia May, and sons James, 37, and Gabriel, 25, with ex-wife Jerri Hall.

He also shares Lucas, 24, with Luciana Morad Gimenez; and son Deveraux, 6, with girlfriend Melanie Hamrick.

Medical Conditions and Driving in Spain


According to the DGT, driving is an activity that requires constant attention and adequate physical and mental capacity to ensure road safety. However, there are certain diseases that can affect a person’s ability to drive safely. One of them is sleep apnea, a condition that can cause daytime drowsiness and fatigue, increasing the risk of traffic accidents.

The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) in Spain has taken measures to prevent and penalize dangerous driving due to sleep apnea or other illnesses or diseases that a driver may have and which may prevent them from driving. In addition, fines can reach thousands of euros. In this context, it is important to understand how sleep apnea can affect driving and the measures that can be taken to ensure road safety. What does it mean to be fit to drive according to the DGT?

In some cases, individuals may temporarily or permanently lose their fitness to drive due to physical or mental illnesses or disabilities that affect their ability to safely operate a vehicle. For this reason, it is important for individuals to undergo regular medical examinations and follow the recommendations of healthcare professionals to ensure they are fit to drive. How can I know if my illness affects my ability to drive?

If you have any illness or disability that may affect your ability to drive, the first thing you should do is consult your doctor. They can assess your health condition and determine if you are fit to drive or if you need to take special measures to ensure your safety on the road.

Furthermore, in many countries, not just in Spain, there are regulations and laws that establish medical requirements for obtaining or renewing a driver’s license. These regulations may include mandatory medical examinations and specific requirements for individuals with certain illnesses or disabilities. What should I do if I have doubts?

If you have doubts about whether your illness or disability affects your ability to drive, you can also consult the traffic authorities, such as the DGT. They can provide you with information about the medical requirements and specific regulations for individuals with certain illnesses or disabilities.

In any case, it is important to take any health issues that may affect your ability to drive seriously and take necessary measures to ensure your safety and the safety of other road users. What illnesses or disabilities can affect the fitness to drive?

There are various illnesses or disabilities that can affect a person’s fitness to drive. Some of the most common ones include: Visual problems

Any vision problem that affects a person’s ability to see clearly, such as partial or total blindness, decreased visual acuity, depth perception, or reduced visual field, can affect their ability to drive. Neurological diseases

Diseases such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease, among others, can affect a person’s ability to safely control a vehicle according to DGT regulations. Sleep disorders

Disorders such as sleep apnea can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, which can affect a person’s ability to drive, and drivers suffering from these disorders are not considered fit according to the DGT. Cardiovascular problems

Certain chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, or heart failure can affect a person’s ability to safely operate a vehicle, and depending on the severity of the condition, the DGT may fine individuals for driving while suffering from such conditions. Physical disabilities

Any physical disability that affects a person’s ability to control a vehicle, such as a limb amputation or paralysis, can affect their ability to drive, and according to DGT rules, they are not allowed to drive unless their vehicle is adapted to their specific disability.

In general, any illness or disability that affects a person’s ability to safely control a vehicle can affect their fitness to drive. For this reason, it is important for individuals to inform their doctor and the DGT if they have any illness or disability that may affect their ability to drive.

Spain’s Top Urban Tourism Destinations


UrbanTUR 2022 Report Ranks Spain’s Top Urban Tourism Destinations and Andalucia features highly!

The UrbanTUR 2022 report is an analysis conducted every four years that “assesses and ranks the tourism competitiveness of the 22 main Spanish urban destinations”. The report, produced by the Alliance for Tourism Excellence (Exceltur), includes four Andalusian cities on its list, with one of them in the top 5.

Ranking of 22 Major Spanish Urban Destinations

UrbanTUR 2022 “establishes a ranking of relative tourism competitiveness” among the 22 main urban destinations in Spain, referring to the period between 2016 and 2022, based on 63 indicators that have been developed from 100,000 data points.

As Gabriel Escarrer, the president of Exceltur, explains, the aim of this report is “to improve the monitoring process to promote continuous improvement of the tourism appeal of our cities in a scenario of major global competitive transformations”. In addition, it highlights the “importance of urban tourism for Spain, which represented 28.5% of Spanish tourism in 2022.”

Andalusian Cities among Top Urban Destinations

The Andalusian cities of Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, and Granada are on the list of Spain’s top urban destinations. They are accompanied by other major cities in our country such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, or Zaragoza.

The top 3 positions are occupied by Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. The first Andalusian city we find on the list is Seville, ranked fifth, just two places above Malaga. Cordoba is ranked 13th, while Granada occupies the 16th position.

Here is the complete ranking of Spain’s 22 main urban destinations, according to the UrbanTUR 2022 report:

1. Madrid.
2. Barcelona.
3. Valencia.
4. San Sebastián.
5. Seville.
6. Palma de Mallorca.
7. Malaga.
8. Bilbao.
9. Santiago de Compostela.
10. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
11. Valladolid.
12. Gijón.
13. Cordoba.
14. Zaragoza.
15. Santander.
16. Granada.
17. Salamanca.
18. La Coruña.
19. Alicante.
20. Murcia.
21. Burgos.
22. León.

Some cities have moved up or down the list compared to the 2016 report. For example, Madrid was in second place in the previous report and now tops the list, while Barcelona is currently in second position.

Palma de Mallorca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and Valladolid are other cities that have moved up one position compared to the previous report. La Coruña has improved the most, moving from 20th to 18th position.

As for the Andalusian cities, Seville and Cordoba have also moved up one place compared to the 2016 report, from 6th to 5th and from 14th to 13th, respectively.

Renewing driving licences for those over 70 years of age


The DGT has announced the measures necessary to take in renewing driving licences for those over 70 years of age

The Spanish Directorate of Traffic (DGT) wants to ensure that people over 65 are fully capable of driving. That’s why they have announced new measures for this age group when renewing their driving licence including medical and psycho-technical exams.

For years, people over 65 have renewed their driving licence every 5 years. However, the DGT is introducing a new rule for those over 70: they will have to renew their licence every 2 years, in addition to undergoing important medical and psycho-technical exams.

Now, those over 65 will have to undergo and pass medical exams before renewing their driving licence. With this, the General Traffic Directorate aims to reduce accidents by studying the driver’s physical abilities in detail.

At the beginning of the year, the DGT’s deputy director, María José Aparicio, already reflected on the need for change in the data: “30% of traffic accident fatalities in the European Union are over 65. These figures will worsen if we do nothing due to the ageing of the population.”

Without further ado, she announced last January: “We know that in the case of people of a certain age, we will have to reduce them,” referring to the validity periods.

Months later, some of these new guidelines that the DGT wants to implement for the elderly are now known. Although always “promoting their mobility, safety and freedom,” as explained by the deputy director in the press conference.

There is still a lot of uncertainty in this area, and it is not known when these changes will begin to be implemented. Everything seemed to indicate that they would not be carried out until the beginning of 2024. However, it seems that the DGT is in a hurry to implement them as soon as possible.

What will the new medical tests required by the DGT for driving licence renewal consist of?

With these new medical tests, the General Traffic Directorate wants to prevent the negative effects of ageing on driving. That is why they will study stiffness in muscles and joints, as well as measuring reflexes, vision and hearing.

Likewise, the person will have to undergo other tests in which their reactions will be measured when driving in adverse weather conditions or in different problems presented when driving in unknown or congested traffic areas.

A complete examination will allow the DGT to know about new ailments or loss of vision and reflexes every two years. In addition to finding out if other stipulated illnesses that lead to the withdrawal of the driving licence have developed over the months, such as respiratory illnesses, heart conditions, psychiatric disorders or degenerative diseases.

In short, older people will have to undergo a psychotechnical evaluation, a hearing study, an assessment of visual ability, an anamnesis exam, and a study of general blood pressure, pulse, and cardio-pulmonary auscultation.

Other changes presented by the DGT in its road and traffic regulations

Although the main novelties concern those over 65, the truth is that the DGT has approved new laws in the road and traffic regulations for all types of users. For example, the fact that at 16 years old, one can now drive a microcar with a B1 license. It will no longer be necessary to wait until reaching the age of majority to be able to drive. A rule that they have advanced will take effect from the beginning of 2024 and applies to vehicles that do not exceed 400 kilograms and have a maximum power of 15 kW.

Proof of COVID jab for travel to the US soon to disappear

The Whitehouse

Proof of a COVID vaccination for travel to the US will soon not be necessary after the US announced a change in policy on Monday, May 1

The United States will soon be lifting the requirement for international travellers, including Europeans, to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival.

The White House has confirmed that the measure will be dropped on May 11, citing a change in the country’s response to the pandemic. This decision is expected to allow citizens of Europe to start planning their trips to the US without worrying about vaccination requirements.

Europeans will no longer be required to present proof of vaccination when entering the US via land ports of entry and ferries once the policy comes into law. The lifting of this requirement is said to be due to the significant improvement in the COVID situation, with a drop in the number of infection cases throughout March.

The US travel and tourism sector is also expected to recover and even surpass the level of 2019, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. However, other requirements unrelated to COVID will continue to apply, such as the need for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for those travelling under the Visa Waiver Program.

Up until May 11, the US law stated that if you were a non-U.S. citizen and a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or travelling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country.

Shakira’s tax fraud trial date set

Shakira in a recent press conference

The trial in Spain against Colombian singer Shakira for alleged tax fraud is scheduled to begin in November

Legal sources reported Thursday, April 26, that a court in the city of Barcelona, where Shakira lived with her then-partner Gerard Pique, has set November 20 as the date for the trial, scheduled for 12 sessions across November and December with some 200 witnesses.

However, the trial could be shortened if the artist, for whom the prosecution is asking for eight years and two months in prison and a fine of 23.8 million euros, reaches a last-minute agreement with the prosecution, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office, to accept a reduced sentence in exchange for acknowledging the fraud.

The reason why 12 sessions have been scheduled for the trial against Isabel Mebarak Shakira is the large number of witnesses proposed by the parties, with 100 witnesses proposed by the State Attorney’s Office, around 30 by the Prosecutor’s Office and 60 by the defence.

The judge has asked the parties whether it would be possible to reduce the number of witnesses, which the prosecution and defence are willing to consider in order to speed up the trial.

At the same time, he has proposed that Shakira, who lives in Miami (United States) after separating from the ex-footballer, attend only the session in which she is scheduled to testify and on the last day, in which the accused has the right to make a final plea.

The prosecution accuses her of crimes against the tax authorities for defrauding 14.5 million euros between 2012 and 2014 by pretending that she did not reside in Spain.

Her defence alleges that she did not establish her residence in Spain until 2014 and points out that since 2011 the singer has paid more than 104 million euros in taxes in different countries.

The Colombian artist rejected last June an offer from the Prosecutor’s Office to reach an agreement that would reduce the penalties and avoid the trial, which does not prevent her defence from continuing to negotiate a pact with the accusations in the coming months, which should be formalised in a brief trial in Barcelona.

Solar and wind generated 12% of electricity worldwide in 2022

Solar and Wind power generators

According to the fourth annual Global Electricity Review, solar and wind energy contributed 12% of global electricity generation in 2022

The percentage of clean generation increases to 39% when the nuclear contribution is included, setting a new record. Coal still dominates generation, contributing to 36% of all electricity.

“Solar energy’s year-on-year growth of 24% has made it the fastest-growing source for 18 years.

Wind power grew by 17%, equivalent to all the ‘light’ that the United Kingdom consumes. The report concludes that 2022 was the cleanest year in history in terms of electricity generation. To achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement, solar and wind must reach 41% of global electricity generation in 2030.

Meanwhile, the use of coal must be reduced by more than half (54%), and gas by 24%. The EU generates 39% of its electricity using fossil fuels, mainly coal (16%) and gas (20%). Nuclear contributes 22%, and hydraulics, 10%. Spain was above average and produced 22.1% of its electricity using wind energy and 2.8% using solar energy.

Despite generating more electricity with wind turbines in 2022 (61,176 GWh) compared to 2021 (60,526 GWh), the decrease in wind power was only at a percentage level and was primarily caused by the significant increase in gas-fired generation in combined cycle plants. As gas became more prevalent, its contribution rose significantly from 44.5 TWh to 68.1 TWh, resulting in a lower percentage contribution from wind power.

The report also mentions the Spanish ‘summer of gas’, in which a heat wave and the Iberian exception, combined with the shutdown of almost half of the French nuclear park, resulted in increased demand for electricity across the Pyrenees. As a result, the combined cycle plants had to operate more frequently during this period, leading to a 15 TWh increase compared to 2021, representing a 22% growth. For comparison, in the United States, gas grew by 116 TWh, but the percentage increase was only 7.4%.

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Scandinavian-owned Vencosan brings together the very best experts from both the Spanish and Danish energy industries and has been a consistent, reliable and prominent part of the energy industry since 2005 and has vast experience in the industry throughout all its branches, from the installation of air conditioning systems and solar panels to the purchase and sale of electricity on the national electricity exchange market.

Vencosan has offices throughout Spain:

· C/ Islas Baleares 32, 46988 Paterna, Valencia
· C/ Ibiza 10, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga
· Av. Dr. Gregorio Marañón, 68, 03185 Torrevieja, Alicante
· C/ Pietat 28, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona

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Solar Power in Spain

Two workers install solar panels on a roof in Spain
Two workers install solar panels on a roof in Spain. Image: Vencosan

Solar power in Spain has received a boost after EU negotiators reached a deal to double renewables by 2030

EU member states and members of the European Parliament have agreed to double the production of renewables across the bloc by the end of the decade. Under the provisional deal reached, the share of renewable energy in the EU’s overall energy consumption must be 42.5% by 2030, with an additional “aspirational” 2.5% top-up in a bid to reach 45%.

In 2020, solar capacity in Spain sat at 13.2 gigawatts (GW). By 2030, under current policy and investment plans, that capacity is set to exceed 72 GW – a more than five-fold increase in a decade. And it is not just utility-scale solar that is grabbing the headlines – rooftop solar is also popping up throughout Spain.

One company, in particular, stands out. Vencosan is a Scandinavian-owned company that was brought together by the best experts from the Spanish and Danish energy industries. 

Vencosan has been a consistent, reliable and prominent part of the energy industry since 2005 and has extensive industry experience in all of our branches, from installing air conditioning, heat pump systems and solar panels, to buying and selling electricity in the energy market.

Renewable Energy Directive

The new binding target set in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) is below the 45% requested by MEPs but above member states’ preferred 40%. The new rules, which are part of the Fit for 55 packages presented in the summer of 2021 to speed up the energy transition and slash EU emissions by 55% by 2030, must now be formally approved by member states and the entire European Parliament.

The deal better regulates the use of biomass and recognizes the specific role of nuclear power. The text sets new renewable hydrogen targets for transport and industry, with the target set at 42% for 2030 and 60% by 2035. However, to benefit from the lower target, member states must have met their national contribution to the binding overall EU target of 42.5%.

The deal also plans for accelerating permitting procedures for renewable energy projects to wean the bloc’s dependence on foreign-imported fossil fuels and reach carbon neutrality by mid-century. Member states will designate “renewables acceleration areas” to allow for a simplified and fast-tracked permit-granting process for renewable energy projects.

While the European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the political agreement, NGO coalition CAN Europe branded the targets as “not in line with what scientific evidence is showing us,” and urged member states to work together and surpass a 50% EU renewable energy target by 2030.

Recommended Solar Power installers

Scandinavian-owned Vencosan brings together the very best experts from both the Spanish and Danish energy industries and has been a consistent, reliable and prominent part of the energy industry since 2005 and has vast experience in the industry throughout all its branches, from the installation of air conditioning systems and solar panels to the purchase and sale of electricity on the national electricity exchange market.

Vencosan has offices throughout Spain:

· C/ Islas Baleares 32, 46988 Paterna, Valencia
· C/ Ibiza 10, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga
· Av. Dr. Gregorio Marañón, 68, 03185 Torrevieja, Alicante
· C/ Pietat 28, 08860 Castelldefels, Barcelona

Call free on- 900 696 888 or via email at:

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Heat pumps are a lot more cost-effective than you think!


A new study has found that heat pumps are TWICE as efficient as current fossil fuel systems in cold weather

Even at temperatures approaching -30C (which we rarely see in Spain, thankfully!) heat pumps outperform oil and gas heating systems, according to research from Oxford University and the Regulatory Assistance Project think tank.

Heat pump installations are rising in Spain and Europe as fossil fuel energy prices have soared following the invasion of Ukraine and as governments seek to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions set out by the EU.

The heat pump, whose name is a bit misleading, is a way to either heat or cool your rooms. A heat pump is ‘greener’ than natural gas, as it is electrically powered and highly efficient. This means that it is not only cheaper to use than natural gas but also more future-proof.

In the Nordic countries and Germany, governments are currently subsidising the dismantling of both gas and oil boilers for anyone who switches to either solar heating or heat pumps.

Despite the word, a heat pump generates both cold and hot air. And it can save you a lot of money. Even if you already have an electrical heating system or air conditioning, a new heat pump will save you money. Older systems of hot air or air-conditioning give 1KW or a little more heat or cold for each 1KW of electricity injected, while the new inverter systems give you between 3,5 and 6 KW back per injected KW. With a modern heat pump, you need only one system to maintain the perfect temperature in your property during the year.

There are two different types of heat pumps (for both heating and cooling): air-to-air heat pumps and air-to-water heat pumps. The difference is partly explained by the names, but let us nevertheless dwell a little on what distinguishes the two systems:

Air-to-air heat pump

An air-to-air heat pump also helps maintain a healthy indoor climate through the use of built-in dust and allergy filters. For more information on the following link:

Air-to-water heat pumps

With the latest heat pump technology, you can achieve significant savings on your heating bill, while keeping energy consumption to a minimum. Your CO2 emissions will be 30-50% lower than with conventional heating. For more information on the following link:

Vencosan works with most brands and types of heat pumps. This ensures a wide variety of specifications and prices, enabling them to design a system that works best for you or your company, encompassing the right combination of quality/price and expectations.

Vencosan installtion teams

They employ their own installation teams. This is their way to make sure that the advice they give and the products they offer are being delivered and installed in the best way possible. 

Vencosan’s installers are all well-educated in the field and share the same values as the whole team here at Vencosan Green Energy Partners. This ensures high-quality installations and satisfied clients.

You are also welcome to contact them for a quote on installation if you have brought or bought your own equipment elsewhere.

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Comedian and impersonator Mike Yarwood dies aged 82


Comedian Mike Yarwood’s TV impressions made him a household name and one of the biggest TV stars of the 1970s with hit BBC shows

The Royal Variety Charity made the announcement:

“On Friday, September 8, at the age of 82, Mike bid farewell to this world, after spending his latter years at the Royal Variety Charity’s care home, Brinsworth House. He leaves behind an immeasurable void in the entertainment industry.”

Yarwood became a household name in the 1960s and 1970s with his variety shows, attracting huge audiences for his impersonations of politicians and other public figures.

“Mike’s family have asked that their privacy be respected during this sad and difficult time,” the charity said.

Mike Yarwood, British Comedian and Impersonator

Yarwood was born in Manchester, England, in 1937. He began his career as a radio comedian in the early 1960s, and his first television show, “The Mike Yarwood Show,” premiered in 1967. The show was a sketch comedy series in which Yarwood impersonated a wide range of public figures, including politicians, celebrities, and newsmakers.

Yarwood’s impersonations were often spot-on and hilarious, and he quickly became a household name in Britain. He won several awards for his work, including the BAFTA Television Award for Best Light Entertainment Performance in 1971.

Yarwood’s popularity waned in the 1980s, but he continued to work in television and radio. He retired from show business in 2001.

Yarwood was a beloved figure in British entertainment, and his death is a major loss. He will be remembered for his sharp wit, his impeccable timing, and his ability to bring a smile to the faces of millions.

In a statement, Yarwood’s family said: “Mike was a much-loved husband, father, and grandfather. He was a talented and gifted comedian who brought joy to millions of people over the years. He will be deeply missed.”

A funeral service for Yarwood will be held at a later date. Please check back regularly for updates.

UK holidaymaker to Spain deported over passport issue


A UK holidaymaker was deported for a passport issue that was ‘not her fault’ as warnings have been issued to Brits travelling to Spain about the issue

British holidaymakers travelling to Spain have been issued a warning after a Brit was deported to Manchester for a passport issue that wasn’t her fault. The mum of two was due to fly to Gibraltar (a British Overseas Territory) with easyJet – but bad weather caused the service to divert and route to Malaga (AGP) instead.

Complications arose because, Clavia Dunkley, 39, from Manchester, holds a Jamaican passport with UK residence rather than a British passport. As such, she was not allowed to enter the country without a Schengen visa.

She told the Manchester Evening News: “I was told I did not have permission to be in Spain. A bus came to fetch people, but I was not allowed to get off the plane.” She continued: “It was just horrible to watch everyone else walk off and we were left there like we had done something wrong. I thought I was going straight to Gibraltar and wouldn’t have any problems.

“I was angry at first, but now I’m just frustrated. I did nothing wrong and my family had to suffer as a result. My son was terrified. He thought he had done something wrong because everybody else was getting off the plane.”

An easyJet spokesperson said in a statement: “Due to strong winds and low visibility conditions in Gibraltar, EZY2267 from Manchester on 21 August was required to divert to Malaga where we arranged for coaches to transfer passengers onwards to Gibraltar.

“Like all airlines, easyJet is required by the authorities in all justifications where we operate to ensure that passengers are able to present the necessary documentation on departure and arrival, to be able to travel. Unfortunately, as Ms Dunkley wasn’t able to provide this, she was unable to travel onwards from Malaga to Gibraltar and we flew her back to Manchester.”

Although not always implemented, Brits could also be subject to a spot-check rule that means tourists who travel to Spain are required to carry £93-a-day. Holidaymakers are also sometimes being asked by Spanish officials to prove they have a return or onward ticket and pre-booked accommodation. Accommodation can include a hotel booking or proof of address for those visiting friends or holiday homes.

Electric Scooter Riders Fined For Breaking One Simple Rule

Electric Scooter Riders Fined
Electric Scooter Riders Are Being Fined Over One Simple Rule: Image: Twitter

Spain’s DGT continues to hand out €100 fines to electric scooter riders who fail to adhere to one simple rule that was put in place to protect their safety

And, although seeing two young people on board these scooters is more than common, the DGT reminds us that personal mobility vehicles “are only authorised to transport one person.”

Spain’s Directorate-General for Traffic highlighted that “the circulation of two people” in one of these vehicles “is punishable by a fine of 100 euros,” as clearly documented in the General Traffic Regulations.

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There have been a number of electric scooter accidents in Spain in recent years. In 2022, there were 385 accidents involving electric scooters, resulting in 83 serious injuries and 18 deaths.

The most common causes of accidents are:
Riding on the sidewalk: Electric scooters are not allowed to be ridden on the sidewalk, but many people do it anyway. This can lead to accidents with pedestrians.
Riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs: Alcohol and drug use can impair judgment and coordination, making it more likely that an electric scooter rider will be involved in an accident.
Riding too fast: Electric scooters can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h, which is faster than many people expect. Riding too fast can make it difficult to control the scooter and can lead to accidents.
Not wearing a helmet: Helmets can help to protect riders from head injuries in the event of an accident. However, many electric scooter riders do not wear helmets.

The Spanish government has taken some steps to address the problem of electric scooter accidents, such as banning the use of electric scooters on the sidewalk and requiring riders to wear helmets. However, more needs to be done to educate riders about the risks of electric scooter use and to enforce the rules that are already in place.

Here are some tips for avoiding electric scooter accidents:

Ride SOLO!

Always ride on the road, not on the sidewalk.

Obey the speed limit.

Do not ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Wear a helmet.

Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for pedestrians and other vehicles.

Be careful when turning and braking.

Do not ride in bad weather conditions.

By following these tips, you can help to avoid electric scooter accidents and stay safe on the road

New Pfizer Vaccine Targets Latest Covid-19 Variant


A New Breakthrough Pfizer Vaccine has been authorised by the EMA to combat the Omicron XBB 1.5 Variant

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday, September 1, gave the green light to the new update of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, Comirnaty XBB.1.5. The announcement comes two days after the EMA’s approval, which recommended authorising the adapted Comirnaty vaccine targeting the Omicron XBB.1.5 subvariant, which emerged at the start of 2023.

According to scientists, the XBB.1.5 variant is highly immune evasive and appears to bind better to cells than other members of the XBB omicron subvariant family. Watch the video below, courtesy, Down To Earth, YouTube:

This is now the third adaptation of the vaccine that has been altered to fight the new variants. The vaccine is safe to be administered to adults, children and infants older than six months. European Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides welcomed the “timely authorisation of the updated vaccine,” and said in a statement:

“Covid-19 will circulate in parallel to seasonal influenza during the upcoming autumn and winter season, and we need to be ready. This potential double threat will put vulnerable people at increased risk and place further pressure on hospitals and healthcare workers.”

The recommended amount of the latest jab is one dose and will be used throughout the EU Member States for the new vaccination campaign in autumn to prevent the situation from escalating. The adapted vaccine is also expected to increase the breadth of immunity against dominant and emerging variants.

On Tuesday, July 4, 2023, the Spanish government declared an end to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and announced that people no longer have to wear masks in healthcare centres, hospitals and chemists.

The World Health Organisation report- XBB.1.5 Updated Risk Assessment, 20 June 2023

XBB.1.5 was first reported on 5 January 2022 and designated a Variant of Interest (VOI) on 11 January 2023.
XBB.1.5 is a descendent lineage of XBB and a recombinant of two BA.2 descendent lineages.
As of 20 June 2023, 294 872 sequences of the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant have been made available from 112
countries. A majority of the XBB.1.5 sequences are from the United States of America (47.1%, 138,829 sequences).
The other countries include the United Kingdom (8.6%, 25 403 sequences), Canada (8.5%, 25 031 sequences),
Austria (4.9%, 14 457 sequences), Germany (4.2%, 12 379 sequences), France (3.4%, 9 891 sequences), and Spain
(2.3%, 6 653 sequences).

XBB.1.5 began rising in prevalence in late 2022, attaining a prevalence of 3% in week 51-2022, and peaking in week
12-2023 with a prevalence of 55%. Since week 14-2023, there has been a decline in the prevalence of XBB.1.5.
During epidemiological week 18 (1 to 7 May 2023) the global prevalence was 36.7% and during epidemiological week
22 (29 May to 4 June 2023) the global prevalence of XBB.1.5 was 23.3.

The global risk assessment for XBB.1.5 is comparable to the other currently co-circulating XBB variants with available
evidence (see risk assessment table below). While growth advantage and immune escape properties have been
observed in different countries and immune backgrounds, differences in severity have not been reported in countries
where XBB.1.5 is/was reported to be circulating.

Taken together, available information does not suggest that XBB.1.5 has additional public health risk relative to the
other currently co-circulating Omicron descendent lineages. However, XBB.1.5 may continue to circulate in some
countries, and descendent lineages with additional escape mutations observed in other co-circulating lineages may
continue to emerge.

The WHO Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC) continues to regularly
assess the impact of variants on the performance of COVID-19 vaccines to inform decisions on updates to vaccine
composition 4.

This updated risk assessment is based on currently available evidence and will be revised regularly as more
evidence and data from additional countries become available.

Verstappen wins the Italian F1 Grand Prix

Verstappen Italian F1 Grand Prix
Verstappen wins the Italian F1 Grand Prix. Image: Twitter

Verstappen makes history with his thrilling victory in the Italian GP after Ferrari battle

Max Verstappen etched his name in Formula 1 history at the Italian Grand Prix, achieving an unprecedented feat by clinching his 10th consecutive victory while Ferrari’s internal battle played out behind him.

The Dutch sensation’s remarkable achievement came to fruition on Lap 15, as he skillfully overtook Carlos Sainz to seize the lead. Verstappen’s unchallenged performance in Monza allowed him to surpass the previous record of nine consecutive wins held by Sebastian Vettel.

Sergio Perez secured a solid second-place finish, while Carlos Sainz ultimately claimed the third spot on the podium. Sainz’s journey to the podium was not without drama, as he engaged in a thrilling late-race battle with his teammate, Charles Leclerc, for the coveted final podium position.

George Russell was fifth and Lewis Hamilton sixth as both Mercedes drivers received five-second time penalties during the race – which in the end did not change their positions.

Verstappen’s contract with Red Bull extended to 2028

Verstappen has signed a new contract with Red Bull that will keep him with the team until the end of the 2028 season. The deal is reportedly worth €50 million per year, making Verstappen the highest-paid driver in Formula One history.

Max Verstappen: The Youngest Formula One World Champion

Max Verstappen is the youngest driver to ever compete in Formula One, and he is also the youngest driver to win a Formula One race and a Formula One World Championship.

Verstappen was born in Hasselt, Belgium, in 1997. He is the son of Jos Verstappen, who was a Formula One driver from 1994 to 2003. Verstappen started karting at the age of four, and he quickly showed his talent. He won numerous karting championships, including the World KZ Championship in 2013.

Verstappen made his Formula One debut in 2015 with Toro Rosso. He became the youngest driver to ever compete in Formula One, at the age of 17 years and 166 days. He finished the season with 42 points, which was the most points ever scored by a rookie driver.

In 2016, Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull. He won his first Formula One race in Spain, becoming the youngest driver to ever win a Formula One race, at the age of 18 years and 228 days. He finished the season with 99 points, which was good enough for sixth place in the Drivers’ Championship.

Verstappen continued to improve in 2017 and 2018. He finished third in the Drivers’ Championship in both seasons. In 2019, he won six races and finished second in the Drivers’ Championship.

In 2020, Verstappen had a difficult season due to reliability issues with his car. He finished the season in third place in the Drivers’ Championship.

In 2021, Verstappen had a phenomenal season. He won 10 races and finished the season in first place in the Drivers’ Championship, becoming the first Dutch driver to win the Formula One World Championship. He also won the Drivers’ Championship in 2022.

Verstappen is considered to be one of the best drivers in Formula One. He is known for his aggressive driving style and his ability to overtake cars. He is also known for his consistency, as he has finished in the top five in every season he has competed in.

Verstappen is still young and has a lot of potential. He is sure to be a contender for the Formula One World Championship for many years to come.

Here are some of Max Verstappen’s notable achievements in his racing career:

  • Youngest driver to compete in Formula One (2015)
  • Youngest driver to win a Formula One race (2016)
  • Youngest driver to finish on the podium in Formula One (2016)
  • Youngest driver to lead a lap in Formula One (2015)
  • Youngest driver to score points in Formula One (2015)
  • Youngest driver to win the Drivers’ Championship (2021)
  • Youngest driver to win two Drivers’ Championships (2022)

Max Verstappen is a true racing prodigy. He is one of the most talented drivers in Formula One history, and he is sure to achieve many more great things in his career.

Sky High: Spain’s September Flight Bookings Soar to Nearly 10.7 Million!

Spain's September Flight Bookings Soar to Nearly 10.7 Million

Seat reservations for international flights to Spain in September are approaching 10.7 million, according to a report from the Spanish Institute of Tourism

Turespaña notes that this marks a 10.1% year-on-year increase compared to September 2022 and is just slightly below the 10.9 million seats booked in September 2019, before the pandemic.

The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Héctor Gómez, has said that Spain is “one of the most popular destinations” and that “it is clear that this year is about to become a monumental year for our tourism industry.”

The data from Turespaña shows that the countries with the highest increase in bookings to Spain from year to year for September are Poland, the Czech Republic, and Portugal. Tourists from Poland reserved 33% more seats to Spain for the upcoming month than in September last year. At the same time, tourists from the Czech Republic reserved 27.3% more seats compared to the same month of 2022, and tourists from Portugal reserved 23% more seats.

The United States is also seeing a significant increase in bookings, with an 11.6% year-on-year increase. The US is now the most important non-European market for tourism to Spain, after Mexico.

In terms of the percentage of seats by country, the United Kingdom is in first place with a total of 23.4% of reserved places. Meanwhile, Germany and Italy lag behind, securing 14.6% and 9.2% seats, respectively.

The Spanish government is confident that 2023 will be a record-breaking year for tourism. The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, has said that the government is “working hard to ensure that all the necessary conditions are in place to make this a reality.”

The government’s efforts include investing in infrastructure, improving the tourism offer, and promoting Spain as a tourist destination.

The strong demand for tourism in Spain is a positive sign for the economy. The tourism sector is a major driver of economic growth, and it is estimated to contribute around 12% of GDP.

The government is confident that the tourism sector will continue to grow in the coming years, and that Spain will remain one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Spanish Authorities Smash Human Trafficking Ring


Authorities in Spanish have dismantled a human trafficking ring and arrested 4 people for supplying false documents to migrants

The Spanish National Police have arrested four people who were found to have been equipping migrants with forged documents in order to regularise their stay in the country.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior, this nefarious syndicate operated on Gran Canaria, housing migrants in deplorable conditions, and lacking even the most basic sanitation and hygiene amenities. Shockingly, their illicit enterprise raked in profits exceeding a staggering €250,000 in total.

This criminal network functioned through two distinct arms: one based in Morocco and the other in Spain. The Moroccan division was responsible for receiving migrants who arrived by boat from Morocco into Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Their responsibilities encompassed overseeing the well-being of these migrants and coordinating their transfer to the Spanish mainland.

On the Spanish front, members were entrusted with the task of navigating the bureaucratic maze to secure boarding passes for the migrants, thereby facilitating their departure from the island. They also managed the financial transactions linked to these transfers and maintained control over the properties where the immigrants were housed.

Within the Spanish-based criminal branch, each migrant was subjected to fees ranging from €250 to €400. However, in cases requiring air travel, those involved pocketed €4,000 for each migrant they assisted.

In a recent development, Spanish law enforcement successfully dismantled yet another criminal organization offering counterfeit documents to migrants residing irregularly within the country.

Regarding this matter, the Ministry disclosed that the primary objective of this group was to enable the employment of migrants in the agricultural sector by providing fraudulent documents. Additionally, the authority highlighted that their illicit services came at a cost of up to €400 per counterfeit document or identity theft, with a particular focus on individuals bearing a physical resemblance to the impersonated identity.

According to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, there were an estimated 578,000 irregular migrants living in Spain in 2021. This number has been decreasing in recent years, as the Spanish government has stepped up its efforts to control illegal immigration.

The majority of irregular migrants in Spain come from Morocco, followed by Algeria, Guinea, and Nigeria. Many of these migrants come to Spain in search of work or a better life. However, some are also fleeing violence or persecution in their home countries.

The Spanish government has a number of policies in place to deal with illegal immigration. These include border controls, detention centres, and deportations. The government also provides assistance to irregular migrants who want to regularize their status.

The issue of illegal immigration is a complex one, and there is no easy solution. However, the Spanish government is committed to finding ways to manage illegal immigration in a fair and humane way.

Spain’s average electricity price falls


The average price of electricity for regulated rate customers linked to the wholesale market will fall on Friday, September 1

The price of electricity on Friday will fall by 4.3% compared to this Thursday, to 105.8 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh), halting four consecutive days of increases, although it will continue to remain above the level of 100 euros/MWh.

By time slots, the maximum price, of 127.82 euros/MWh, will be recorded between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., while the minimum price will be between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with 74.46 euros/MWh, according to provisional data obtained from the Iberian Energy Market Operator (OMIE). The cheapest and most expensive times to use appliances are highlighted in the list below.

Price of electricity per hour

00:00 to 01:00: 119.25 euros / MWh

01:00 to 02:00: 116.25 euros / MWh

02:00 to 03:00: 109.40 euros / MWh

03:00 to 04:00: 109.40 euros / MWh

04:00 to 05:00: 108.72 euros / MWh

05:00 to 06:00: 109.40 euros / MWh

06:00 to 07:00: 112.68 euros / MWh

07:00 to 08:00: 115.46 euros / MWh

08:00 to 09:00: 119.01 euros / MWh

09:00 to 10:00: 111.25 euros / MWh

10:00 to 11:00: 102.18 euros / MWh

11:00 to 12:00: 96.52 euros / MWh

12:00 to 13:00: 92.02 euros / MWh

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: 88.90 euros/MWh

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: 80.50 euros/MWh

15:00 to 16:00: 74.68 euros / MWh

16:00 to 17:00: 74.46 euros / MWh

17:00 to 18:00: 80.48 euros / MWh

18:00 to 19:00: 107.91 euros / MWh

19:00 to 20:00: 119.81 euros / MWh

20:00 to 21:00: 126.73 euros / MWh

21:00 to 22:00: 127.82 euros / MWh

22:00 to 23:00: 118.56 euros / MWh

23:00 to 24:00: 117.75 euros / MWh

To this average price of the ‘pool’ would be added the compensation to the gas companies, which has to be paid by the consumers who are beneficiaries of the measure, the consumers of the regulated tariff (PVPC) or those who, despite being in the free market, have an indexed rate, but which is once again at 0 euros/MWh, a situation that has been repeated since February 27, 2023.


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Aside from the obvious passion to help our clients battle the rising costs of electricity and the financial pressure it has on families, we are also passionate about the fight for cleaner air, cleaner water and a cleaner planet. And with that, we are convinced that we can make a powerful contribution by helping you transform one of the most polluting markets, the energy market!

We like to think that we are all partners in this movement with a common desire: to produce quality installations while saving both money and the planet simultaneously, thus contributing to a greener environment and giving hope to the coming generations. Nothing less!! Therefore, for each sold and paid for installation, we donate 50€ to a local charity of your choice.

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Spain’s PM proposes the EU recognise some regional languages


Spain’s PM, Pedro Sanchez, wants the EU to add Basque, Catalan and Galician to EU languages

The interim prime minister of Spain is attempting to gain the support of separatist groups in order to maintain his position of authority by having the EU recognize some regional languages. However, the cost, potential lack of skilled personnel, and caution of other nations could derail his plans.

Madrid put the ball squarely in the EU’s court by writing to the EU last week and requesting that Basque, Catalan, and Galician be included on the list of the EU’s 24 official languages. The General Affairs Council will probably decide whether to accept or reject the languages when it meets in September.

Sánchez’s administration has worked swiftly to increase the acceptance of regional languages since last week when it presented its language plans. Close Sánchez ally and Catalan speaker Francina Armengol was elected as the new speaker of the lower chamber after garnering the support of separatist parties.

Galician, Catalan, and Basque will now be accepted in the Spanish Congress, according to Armengol. As the “congress must represent the real Spain and one of the great strengths of our country is its linguistic diversity and richness,” she claimed that utilizing these three languages in congress “is a fact of democratic normalcy.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has requested that the European Union (EU) add Basque, Catalan and Galician to the bloc’s list of official languages. The three languages are spoken by millions of people in Spain, and their recognition by the EU would be a major symbolic victory for the country’s linguistic minorities.

Sanchez made the request in a letter to the EU’s rotating presidency, which is currently held by the Czech Republic. He argued that the recognition of Basque, Catalan and Galician would “reinforce the linguistic diversity and cultural heritage of the European Union” and “promote the values of tolerance and understanding.”

The Spanish government’s request has been welcomed by the leaders of the Basque, Catalan and Galician autonomous communities. However, it has also been met with some opposition from other parts of Spain. Some people argue that the recognition of the three languages would give them an unfair advantage over Castilian, which is the official language of Spain.

The EU’s decision on whether or not to recognize Basque, Catalan and Galician as official languages is likely to be made in the coming months. The decision will be made by the Council of the European Union, which is made up of representatives from the member states.

There are a number of factors that the Council will need to consider when making its decision. These include the number of speakers of the languages, their historical and cultural significance, and the cost of providing translation services.

The recognition of Basque, Catalan and Galician as official languages would be a major step forward for the linguistic minorities of Spain. It would also be a significant gesture of support for the country’s cultural diversity. However, the decision is likely to be a controversial one, and it is unclear whether the Council will ultimately approve the Spanish government’s request.

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, Sanchez may also be motivated by political considerations in making this request. The Catalan independence movement has been gaining momentum in recent years, and Sanchez is hoping that by recognizing Catalan as an official EU language, he can help to appease the Catalan separatists and prevent them from seceding from Spain.

Only time will tell whether Sanchez’s gamble will pay off. However, his request for the EU to recognize Basque, Catalan and Galician as official languages is a significant development in the debate over linguistic diversity in Spain.

European airline introduces child-free zones


Turkish airline Corendon has become the first European airline to introduce child-free zones on its aircraft

The airline, funded by Turkish capital and a Dutch subsidiary, follows the example of other international companies such as AirAsia and has just announced the creation of exclusive spaces for adults on one of its flights, Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao. 

The Turkish airline is offering 93 seats to passengers over the age of 16 in a shielded ‘childfree‘ zone.

In a statement, Corendon said it is testing the “Only Adult” areas on flights between Amsterdam and the Caribbean island of Curaçao starting in November, with specific seating zones for those 16 years or older.

The zone will be separated from the rest of the plane by walls and curtains. To purchase a seat in the Only Adult area, passengers will need to pay an extra €45 one way. Nine seats are available with extra legroom which costs an additional €100 per flight.

Corendon founder Atilay Uslu said the child-free zone aims to “accommodate travellers looking for extra peace during their flight.”

Uslu says it also means parents travelling with children can feel less concerned about disturbing other passengers.

“They can enjoy the fight without worrying if their children make a little noise,” he said.

Corendon already offers adult-only hotels in a number of destinations including Curaçao, Bodrum and Ibiza.

Spain’s reservoirs down to 30% capacity

Spain's reservoirs at 30% capacity
Spain's reservoirs are at 30% capacity. Image: Twitter

Reservoirs in Spain have dropped to 30% of their total capacity for the first time in 2023

Due to a shortage of rain, Spain’s supply of water (for human consumption) has continued to decrease for ten weeks running. According to the most recent update of the Weekly Hydrological Bulletin of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco), the set of consumptive reservoirs, or those intended to supply water to the population and agriculture, are currently located at 29.3% of their capacity.

Nearly 40% of the country is on alert or in an emergency owing to water shortages. The recent rains will not help to improve the situation. Only slightly more than 11,300 hm3 of the almost 38,700 maximum capacity have been dammed. Consumption-related water accumulation is more than two percentage points lower.

Heat waves came early during June, July and August this year. To compound the problem, the winter and spring of 2023 have been, respectively, the tenth and first warmest since records started in 1961. Added to this are the effects of the hydrological year 2021-2022, which ended as the third driest in 60 years.

Temperatures plummet to “early autumn” levels


Temperatures in the north of Spain have plummeted to “early autumn” levels as the last and fourth heatwave seems to have come to an end

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) predicted that Saturday. August 26, would see a significant drop in temperature, ending the fourth heat wave of the summer, the most intense and prolonged of 2023, to values “rather from the beginning of autumn” that will be below average for the season in many parts of the country.

Storm Betty, which left heavy rains in Ireland and part of the United Kingdom, and an Atlantic front from the north that arrived in the last few hours have brought cooler temperatures, especially in the north of Spain on Friday, August 25. This trend will continue throughout the rest of the country this weekend.

Aemet spokesman José Luis Camacho has called for caution, because the thermal change will be “abrupt” and could be associated with “high-impact phenomena”, such as significant drops in temperature, heavy rains and storms “with violent gusts in some areas.

Twelve communities in the extreme north of Spain, the eastern coast and the south of the peninsula and the islands are on alert for various meteorological causes. While some points in  Catalonia and the Valencian Community are on orange alert (significant risk) due to storms, rain and wind. On the other hand, Andalucia and Murcia have warnings for high temperatures. 

The following areas are also on yellow alert, with a slightly lower risk than the previous one due to rain: Aragon, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, the Canary Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Navarra and the Basque Country; likewise, due to heat, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. In Huesca, Teruel and areas of Asturias, the accumulated rain will be 15 litres per square meter in one hour.

Four People Caught Cheating on Driving Tests in La Rioja

Cheating on Driving Tests in La Rioja

The Guardia Civil in Logroño, La Rioja, has sanctioned four people who wanted to fraudulently obtain authorisation to drive motor vehicles

Four people have been caught cheating on driving tests in La Rioja. The suspects, all from different parts of Spain, were caught using electronic devices to receive answers during the tests.

The cheating was discovered during routine inspections by agents of the Investigation and Analysis Group (GIAT) of the Civil Guard and examiners from the Provincial Traffic Headquarters. The inspectors noticed suspicious behaviour from the four suspects during the tests, and they waited until the exams were over to identify them in a separate room.

The picture above, image: Guardia Civil: A search of the suspects revealed that they were hiding mobile phones, signal receivers, and hearing aids between their clothes and in their ears. These devices were designed to allow the suspects to receive answers to the test questions from an accomplice outside the testing room.

The suspects have been disqualified from taking driving tests for six months and fined €500 each. They could also face criminal charges.

The case highlights the growing problem of cheating on driving tests. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases of people being caught cheating on driving tests in Spain. The authorities are taking steps to address the problem, including increasing security at test centres and using more sophisticated technology to detect cheating.

However, the case also shows that there are still people who are willing to cheat in order to get their driver’s license. This is a serious problem, as it puts other road users at risk. If you are thinking about cheating on your driving test, please think again. It is not worth the risk.

The new law on traffic, circulation of motor vehicles and road safety establishes a very serious infraction: “using intercommunication devices not authorized by regulation, in the tests to obtain and recover permits or driving licenses or other administrative authorizations to drive, or collaborate or assist with the use of said devices”.

This means that anyone caught cheating on a driving test could face a fine of up to €6,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months.

If you are considering taking a driving test, please be aware of the risks of cheating. It is not worth the risk to your safety or your finances.

Why do people cheat on the Spanish driving test?

  • The test is difficult. The Spanish driving test is considered to be one of the most difficult in Europe. The theory test has 30 multiple-choice questions, and you need to get 27 correct to pass. The practical test is also challenging, and you need to demonstrate that you can drive safely in a variety of conditions.
  • The cost of the test is high. The cost of taking the Spanish driving test is around €200. This can be a significant expense for some people, especially if they have to retake the test multiple times.
  • The pressure to pass. There is a lot of pressure to pass the Spanish driving test, especially for young people. In some cases, people may feel that they have no choice but to cheat in order to pass.
  • The availability of cheating methods. There are a number of ways to cheat on the Spanish driving test. Some people may use electronic devices to cheat on the theory test, while others may pay someone to take the test for them.

The Spanish authorities are aware of the problem of cheating on the driving test, and they are taking steps to address it. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases of people being caught cheating on the test. The authorities are also stepping up their efforts to prevent cheating, such as by increasing security at test centres and using more sophisticated technology to detect cheating.

If you are caught cheating on the Spanish driving test, you will be disqualified from taking the test again for a period of time. You may also be fined or even imprisoned. It is simply not worth the risk to cheat on the driving test. If you are not confident that you can pass the test, you should take more time to study and practice.