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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%.

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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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· C/ Ibiza 10, 29640 Fuengirola, Málaga
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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.

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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
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Motorcyclists Face Imminent ‘Silencing’ with New Rule


Europe Takes Aim at Motorcycle Noise Pollution with New Regulations

Introduction: Despite motorcycles being a familiar sight on our roads for decades, their usage has seen a significant surge in recent years due to their economic advantages and enhanced manoeuvrability. However, the increasing popularity of modified motorcycles, particularly among younger riders, has raised concerns about excessive noise emissions. While modified exhaust pipes have long been prevalent, their legality has often been questionable. In response to the issue of “noise pollution,” the European Union is swiftly addressing the matter with new regulations.

Article: The widespread appeal of motorcycles can be attributed to their affordability compared to cars and their ability to navigate through congested traffic with ease. These advantages have contributed to their growing popularity, attracting riders seeking agility and speed over longer distances. However, the association of motorcycles with loud and disruptive noise has become a prominent concern, particularly when it comes to customized bikes.

Modifications that amplify exhaust noise have been a longstanding practice among motorcycle enthusiasts. These alterations, although not new or groundbreaking, have garnered attention for generating excessive sound on the streets. While the legalities surrounding such modifications have often been ambiguous, authorities have the authority to conduct sound tests and ensure compliance with the existing noise limit of 91 decibels, a threshold shared with cars.

Addressing the escalating issue of noise pollution caused by motorcycles, the European Union has taken decisive action. Recognizing the need for swift intervention, the EU is fast-tracking the implementation of new regulations to curb excessive motorcycle noise. These regulations aim to strike a balance between the enjoyment of motorcycling and minimizing the impact on the surrounding environment and communities.

The proposed regulations will likely establish stricter noise limits for motorcycles, with the intention of reducing the disruptive effects on urban and rural areas alike. By setting clearer guidelines and enforcement mechanisms, authorities aim to control noise emissions effectively. Additionally, the regulations may introduce more comprehensive testing procedures to ensure compliance and deter non-compliant modifications.

While some motorcycle enthusiasts may raise concerns about potential limitations on personalization and freedom of expression, proponents argue that the regulations are necessary to address the growing complaints about excessive noise. Striking a balance between the rights of riders and the well-being of communities is crucial, and the EU seeks to find a middle ground that allows for the enjoyment of motorcycles while respecting the peace and tranquillity of residential areas.

In conclusion, the European Union’s proactive approach to tackling motorcycle noise pollution demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life for both riders and the general public. With new regulations on the horizon, a concerted effort will be made to mitigate noise disturbances caused by motorcycles while preserving the many advantages they offer as a mode of transportation.

Petrol and diesel prices are on the rise


Petrol and diesel prices rose for the second time during the past week, with a slight rebound of 0.25% and 0.14%, respectively

However, these levels still remain close to their annual lows and are significantly below the prices recorded just a year ago. According to the European Union (EU) Oil Bulletin, which collects data from over 11,400 service stations in Spain between May 30 and June 5, the average price of gasoline was 1.588 euros per litre, while diesel cost approximately 1.417 euros.

Gasoline marked its second consecutive rise after a five-week downward trend, reaching its fifth lowest price of the year. However, it remains higher than the price of diesel.

On the other hand, diesel, despite the increase, recorded its fifth lowest price in 2023, even lower than the prices observed between April and December 2022 when the government’s 20-cent discount per litre was still in effect.

Compared to a year ago, with the discount in place, gasoline is 14% cheaper, and diesel costs 17.4% less. In the last month, the price of gasoline has decreased by 0.7%, and diesel by 1.1%.

Currently, filling a 55-litre tank with gasoline costs 87.3 euros, while filling it with diesel costs nearly 78 euros. This represents a reduction of 14.3 euros for gasoline and 16.4 euros for diesel compared to a year ago.

The prices of both fuels are far from the highs reached in June 2022 during the energy crisis caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Gasoline is now 18.2% cheaper, and diesel is 25.4% cheaper, in line with the evolution of oil prices.

In comparison to the rest of Europe, fuel prices in Spain were below the average registered in the European Union last week. The average price per litre of gasoline was 1.716 euros, and diesel oil was priced at 1.54 euros. Similarly, in the eurozone, the average price of gasoline was 1.766 euros per litre, while diesel was priced at 1.566 euros.

Verstappen wins Spanish Grand Prix to extend championship lead


Verstappen’s Driving Masterclass Leaves Competitors in Awe

Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, June 4, to stretch his Formula 1 championship lead to 53 points and continue Red Bull’s sweep of the season with the team’s seventh success in as many races.

Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton was second for Mercedes, but a distant 24.090 seconds behind, with teammate George Russell completing the podium on a cloudy but dry afternoon at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s closest rival in a season that looks sure to crown the dominant Dutch 25-year-old for a third time, finished fourth after fighting back from 11th at the start.

The win was Verstappen’s fifth of the season, third in a row, third in Spain and the double world champion’s 40th in Formula 1.

The man who took the first grand prix win of his career at the Spanish circuit in 2016 and also triumphed last year, secured the bonus point for fastest lap to cap a day of domination.

“It’s a big pleasure to drive a car like this. I think it showed again today,” said Verstappen, who fended off Ferrari’s home hero Carlos Sainz at the start in the only challenge of an otherwise straightforward afternoon.

“I had the harder compound so I knew the start would be a bit tricky. Going around the outside at Turn One is always quite difficult but luckily nothing happened.”

Verstappen was also shown a black-and-white flag for exceeding track limits late in the race, but the risk of a five-second penalty was hardly going to trouble someone so far up the road from the rest.

“Well done Max, that was mega. Very well controlled, even though you went over the white lines a few times,” said team boss Christian Horner.

2023 FIA Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix – Race 
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda RBPT 66 1:27’57.940 
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 66 1:28’22.030 24.090
3 George Russell Mercedes 66 1:28’30.329 32.389
4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull/Honda RBPT 66 1:28’33.752 35.812
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 66 1:28’43.638 45.698
6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 66 1:29’01.260 1’03.320
7 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 66 1:29’02.067 1’04.127
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 66 1:29’07.182 1’09.242
9 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 66 1:29’09.818 1’11.878
10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 66 1:29’11.470 1’13.530
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 66 1:29’12.359 1’14.419
12 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 66 1:29’13.356 1’15.416
13 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 65 – 1 lap
14 Nyck de Vries AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 65 – 1 lap
15 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 65 – 1 lap
16 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes 65 – 1 lap
17 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 65 – 1 lap
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 65 – 1 lap
19 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 65 – 1 lap
20 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 65 – 1 lap

Newfoundland Expedition Locates Spanish Shipwreck


A Newfoundland expedition has located the long-lost ‘Villa de Pitanxo’ shipwreck after 15 months of searching

The ‘Villa de Pitanxo’ fishing vessel that tragically sank in February 2022 has finally been located in the freezing cold waters off Newfoundland

The ship Ártabro, tasked with the mission to search, find, and inspect the wreck of the ‘Villa de Pitanxo,’ successfully identified the vessel with the help of a submarine Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The confirmation was made public via a statement to Europa Press, marking an end to the agonizing 15-month wait since the ship’s tragic sinking.

Following a relentless effort, the ship Ártabro detected a metallic structure in the same area where the ‘Villa de Pitanxo’ was believed to have sunk. The ROV was deployed to confirm the system’s identity, and after a tense wait, confirmation came – the wreckage of the ill-fated Galician fishing vessel was finally found. This significant discovery now paves the way for further investigations to clarify the circumstances surrounding the tragic shipwreck that occurred on February 15, 2022, and claimed the lives of 21 of 24 sailors on board.

The confirmation of the wreckage’s identity has been received with a mix of anticipation and sorrow by the families of the deceased crew members. Since the incident, they have persistently sought to understand the events of that fateful day. The discovery allows for a thorough inspection of the wreckage, potentially providing vital clues and evidence to piece together the tragic events that led to the vessel’s sinking.

The investigation has been further complicated by contradictory accounts from the shipwreck’s three survivors – the fishing boat’s skipper, Juan Padín, his nephew Eduardo Rial, and sailor Samuel Kwesi. Kwesi’s version of the incident clashes with the accounts provided by Padín and Rial, suggesting potential negligence that could have catalyzed the tragedy.

Post the shipwreck, the skipper, Juan Padín, was interrogated as the defendant, with Rial and Kwesi testifying as witnesses. The judge restricted Padín’s movements, barring him from leaving Spain, confiscating his passport, and requiring him to make fortnightly court appearances. As the investigation proceeds, the inspection of the shipwreck promises to offer critical evidence that could shed light on the contentious aspects of the case.

Brit falls 13 ft to his death after fight with ‘German troublemaker’


A 46-year-old German resident of Lanzarote has been arrested over allegations of causing the death of a British bar owner during a confrontation at the premises

The tragic incident occurred at dawn on Sunday, May 28th, on the terrace of a cocktail bar located in Playa Bastian, Costa Teguise. An altercation ensued between the two individuals, culminating in the German pushing the 50-year-old bar owner off the terrace, causing him to fall down a flight of stairs.

Upon receiving the initial reports, two local police patrols promptly arrived at the scene and provided assistance to the injured British man until medical personnel arrived. They were able to stabilize him and transported him to the hospital. Regrettably, despite medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

According to local sources, the German was expelled from a number of pubs in the Costa Teguise resort on the island because he had a reputation for causing trouble and frequently starting fights.

Investigators are reportedly examining CCTV evidence to determine whether the man intentionally pushed the British man and should be prosecuted with manslaughter or murder.

Friends have paid homage to Chris, the proprietor of The Clock pub, on his Facebook page.

According to local sources, the German was expelled from a number of pubs in the Costa Teguise resort on the island because he had a reputation for causing trouble and frequently starting fights.

Investigators are reportedly examining CCTV evidence to determine whether the man intentionally pushed the British man and should be prosecuted with manslaughter or murder.

Friends have paid homage to Chris, the proprietor of The Clock pub, on his Facebook page.

According to local sources, the German was expelled from a number of pubs in the Costa Teguise resort on the island because he had a reputation for causing trouble and frequently starting fights.

Investigators are reportedly examining CCTV evidence to determine whether the man intentionally pushed the British man and should be prosecuted with manslaughter or murder.

Friends have paid homage to Chris, the proprietor of The Clock pub, on his Facebook page.

According to local sources, the German was expelled from a number of pubs in the Costa Teguise resort on the island because he had a reputation for causing trouble and frequently starting fights.

Investigators are reportedly examining CCTV evidence to determine whether the man intentionally pushed the British man and should be prosecuted with manslaughter or murder.

Friends have paid homage to Chris, the proprietor of The Clock pub, on his Facebook page.

Ken Moore wrote:

‘A huge hole has been left in our hearts and minds. A true gentleman. A lovely man. A great character. A smile that would light up any room. The world has lost someone very special. He will be missed by so many.’

Siân Thomas wrote:

Always think people forget, but such an awesome person will never be forgotten, miss u more than ever, wish I could bring u back….xxxx

Subsequently, the Guardia Civil assumed control of the investigation and thoroughly examined witness testimonies and CCTV evidence. Based on their findings, they arrested the 46-year-old German, who is a resident of the island. He was subsequently brought before a court and is now facing charges of murder.

Elections in Spain marred by allegations of voter fraud


The final day of campaigning before the local and regional elections in Spain was marred by allegations of voter fraud in small towns and an unprecedented case of kidnapping

The voting took place in 12 regions and 8,000 towns and cities, with most of them currently governed by the Socialist Party (PSOE). Opinion polls suggest that the conservative People’s Party (PP) may make gains, which could have implications for the ruling left-wing coalition in a future national election.

Several incidents of alleged election fraud have been reported. In Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla, at least nine people were arrested over alleged election fraud involving mail-in ballots. The case involved one of the parties in the coalition government of the autonomous city, the Coalition for Melilla (CpM). Additionally, seven individuals were arrested in the town of Mojacar in Andalusia for an alleged vote-buying scheme.

Investigations are also underway in small towns in the Canary Islands and the Murcia region. The councillors involved in these cases are mostly affiliated with the PSOE.

In an unrelated incident, a kidnapping case in the town of Maracena, Andalucia, came to light. A court revealed that a PSOE councillor was allegedly held captive and threatened in February. The court documents cited the current PSOE mayor and her ex-partner as possible perpetrators.

These incidents have raised concerns about the integrity of the electoral process. Opposition leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo of the PP called for massive voter turnout on election day, criticizing those who seek to win through deceit and cheating. PP spokesperson Esteban Gonzalez Pons emphasized that the investigations demonstrate the effectiveness of the rule of law, expressing confidence in the election results.

Experts suggest that the alleged fraud may have a limited impact on the overall election outcome, except in the specific areas where the arrests have been made. However, it is likely to further erode confidence in politics, which has been gradually recovering since the 2008 economic crisis.

In summary, allegations of voter fraud and a kidnapping case have cast a shadow over the final day of campaigning before the local and regional elections in Spain. The incidents involve various towns and regions, with some arrests made in connection with vote-buying schemes and mail-in ballot fraud. The PSOE is predominantly associated with these cases. While the impact on the overall election outcome may be limited, it raises concerns about the public’s trust in the political process.

The Guardia Civil is investigating another man for alleged electoral fraud in Spain’s Mojácar

A case of vote-buying by mail is being investigated, as reported by the law enforcement agency and the Government Sub-delegation in Almería on Sunday, May 28

The Almería Command confirmed to Efe the investigation of the crime, without providing further details, and did not specify whether the individual under investigation belongs to any political party or which party he allegedly tried to benefit.

On the other hand, the Almería Government Sub-delegation has stated that this investigation is not related in principle to the operation carried out last Wednesday by the Central Operating Unit (UCO) of the Guardia Civil regarding the alleged vote-buying by mail in favour of the PSOE in that Almerían town, which led to the arrest of seven individuals and the investigation of three others.

The alleged vote-buying scheme by mail in Mojácar exploded last Wednesday with the arrest of seven individuals, following the intervention of the Guardia Civil and the UCO, who carried out a dozen raids and seized over 200 postal votes.

Among the detainees are the numbers 2 and 5 of the Mojácar PSOE, Francisco Bartolomé Flores and Cristóbal Vizcaíno, and the former councillor of the now-extinct Andalucian Party (PA), Pedro Montoya, who have been released on bail without precautionary measures. The remaining detainees/individuals under investigation -three of Latin American origin- have also been released on bail, with one of them being prohibited from leaving the

Electricity prices in Spain rise this Monday by 12.8%


The price of electricity in Spain for consumers will increase by 12.8% this Monday, May 29, to 95.8 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh)

The cheapest time slot will be between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM, with 80 euros per MWh- which is the cheapest time to run the washing machine!

The price of electricity will rise on Monday, May 29, to an average of 95.8 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh) in the wholesale market, which is 12.79% higher than this Sunday, May 28, according to the results of the auction held on Sunday.

The cap on gas prices will not be applied, as the price of this raw material in the Iberian Gas Market (Mibgas) remains below the limit of 57.2 euros/MWh.

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  1. Renewable and Sustainable: Solar power relies on sunlight, which is a renewable and inexhaustible source of energy. As long as the sun continues to shine, we can harness solar energy for power generation, making it a sustainable energy option.
  2. Environmentally Friendly: Solar power produces clean energy and has a minimal impact on the environment. It does not release greenhouse gases or pollutants during operation, helping to reduce air pollution, mitigate climate change, and preserve natural resources.
  3. Energy Independence: Solar power allows individuals, businesses, and communities to generate their own electricity. By installing solar panels, users can reduce their dependence on the grid and fossil fuel-based energy sources, providing greater energy security and independence.
  4. Cost Savings: Although the initial investment for solar panel installation can be significant, solar power offers long-term cost savings. Once installed, sunlight is free, and solar panels require minimal maintenance. Solar energy can offset or eliminate electricity bills, leading to substantial savings over the system’s lifespan.
  5. Job Creation and Economic Benefits: The solar industry has experienced significant growth, leading to job creation and economic benefits. The installation, manufacturing, and maintenance of solar panels contribute to employment opportunities and stimulate local economies.
  6. Scalability and Modular Design: Solar power systems can be easily scaled up or down to meet various energy needs. Whether it’s a small residential installation or a large-scale solar farm, solar power can adapt to different sizes and requirements. Additionally, solar panels can be added or removed as needed, allowing for a modular design and flexible expansion.
  7. Remote Power Generation: Solar power is particularly advantageous in remote areas without access to traditional electricity grids. Solar panels can provide power to off-grid locations, including rural communities, remote facilities, and disaster-stricken areas, enabling access to electricity and improving quality of life.
  8. Long Lifespan and Durability: Solar panels are designed to withstand various weather conditions and have a long lifespan. With proper maintenance, solar panels can last for several decades, providing reliable and durable energy generation.
  9. Technological Advancements: Continuous advancements in solar technology have improved efficiency, reduced costs, and expanded application possibilities. Innovations in materials, design, and storage systems are driving the growth and effectiveness of solar power.
  10. Community Benefits: Solar power projects can have positive impacts on local communities. They can provide educational opportunities, promote sustainability initiatives, and enhance energy resilience. Community solar programs enable multiple participants to benefit from shared solar installations, even if they cannot install panels on their own properties.

Overall, solar power offers numerous advantages as a clean, sustainable, and cost-effective energy solution, contributing to a more environmentally conscious and resilient energy future.

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Vencosan has offices throughout Spain:

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Blood Test for Driver Fatigue on the Way


According to statistics from the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT), driver fatigue is responsible for between 20% and 30% of traffic accidents, with the main cause being driving without respecting breaks, which should occur every two hours. They also emphasize that the most significant factor contributing to fatigue is driving without rest for too long.

Under the effects of fatigue, the ability to drive safely can be severely compromised, with notable impairments in vision, hearing, body sensations, movements, and, above all, decision-making. Therefore, it is important to recognize the symptoms as soon as they appear and take remedial action before an accident occurs.

Considering the high accident rate associated with fatigue, some countries are taking this issue very seriously to address the problem. For example, in Australia, they have been investigating how to determine easily whether a driver is tired, and they have found the solution: a simple blood analysis. More information Biomarkers to identify fatigue

Scientists from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have recently conducted a study in which the level of fatigue in any driver can be determined through blood analysis. If the results indicate that the driver exceeds the permissible threshold, they can be fined.

This analysis is capable of determining with 99% accuracy whether a driver has been awake for 24 hours. According to the study, this is achieved through five biomarkers that can reflect the state of fatigue in the human body. Australian authorities see it as a future aid in detecting, in controls similar to those for alcohol and drugs, individuals who are not fit to continue driving due to fatigue.

This innovative test is still in the development phase, and according to the authors, it could be available within two years, initially exclusively for post-accident analysis. The study’s tests were conducted on a closed circuit, and the most striking conclusion was that drivers who had slept only three hours were 10 times more likely to have an accident.

Mossos d’Esquadra Investigate Fraudulent Ticket Sales for Coldplay Concerts in Barcelona


The Mossos d’Esquadra police force in Catalonia has initiated an investigation into an individual accused of fraudulently selling tickets for Coldplay concerts in Barcelona

The authorities have received numerous complaints regarding suspected fraudulent activities in the sale and resale of tickets for the British band’s performances at the Lluis Companys Stadium since Wednesday. The band had scheduled four shows in Barcelona as part of their new world tour.

A spokesperson for the Mossos stated that there may be more victims of the scam than those who have already come forward to report their allegedly purchased fraudulent tickets. Preliminary evidence suggests that the perpetrators of the scam distributed counterfeit copies of the same original ticket to multiple individuals.

The affected individuals only discovered the deception upon reaching the entrance gates of the Olympic Stadium, where they were denied entry after being informed that the tickets they possessed and had paid for had already been validated by other spectators.

The Mossos have opened an investigation into the ticket scam for Coldplay concerts in Barcelona and encourage individuals to report any similar incidents to their commissioners. They provided a link for reporting: [link]. The police also tweeted about the investigation, urging affected individuals to come forward and file complaints.

As of now, the investigation has not resulted in the arrest of any suspects related to the ticket fraud. However, this week, the Mossos arrested four individuals near Estadi Lluís Companys on charges of selling special pass cards, bracelets, and fake accreditations for Coldplay concerts.

The defrauded individuals are beginning to organize themselves and have created a platform to rally support. This platform has gained traction on social networks, where the incident is being discussed and investigated. The Mossos encourage affected individuals to file complaints in order to assist with the ongoing investigation.