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Calvia rewards British tourist for 50 years of return visits

IT has been 50 years since holidaymaker Barbara Halbert started regularly visiting Calvia and the town council wanted to express its gratitude over such a long-lived faithfulness.The heart-warming event was celebrated at Paguera’s Hotel Cala Fornells and attended by council representatives, as well as the town mayor, Alfonso Rodriguez Badal,…

Greenpeace looks for climate change heroes in Balearics

GREENPEACE is looking for new members to join them in their fight against climate change and has launched a recruitment campaign in the Islands to do so.The association is looking for “anonymous heroes for the climate,” to help them raise awareness of the environmental problems faced by the Balearic Islands…

Lifeguard federation warns about drowning dangers

WORRYING facts have been unveiled by the Spanish Rescue and Lifeguarding Royal Federation. Out of the total deaths by drowning registered in Spain during the first six months of 2015, 12 per cent took place in the Balearic Islands. A total of nine people have died this year in the…

Palma traffic change leaves locals on wrong side of the road

RESIDENTS of the district of Foners and Nou Llevant were left baffled when traffic started travelling along their streets in the wrong direction. Palma Council decided to invert the direction of streets Para Ventura, Montevideo and Lima, but local residents claim they were never informed. People in the neighbourhood said…

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No more bullfights in Mancor de la Vall

THE initiative to turn Mallorca into an anti-bullfighting region is going strong, say campaigners. On Wednesday, July 1, Mancor de la Vall declared itself a bullfight-free area, becoming the 18th municipality to do so, in support of the campaign Mallorca Without Blood (Mallorca Sense Sang), launched by animal rights associations…

2,500-year-old remains found in Santa Margalida

NEW archaeological discoveries have been made at Santa Margalida’s Son Real necropolis. Human remains of two people who are believed to have lived 2,500 years ago have been found in a dig that started on Tuesday June 30.One of the anthropologists who works at the site, Francisca Cardona, explained that…

First ever ‘low-cost’ petrol station in Mallorca

THE first entirely self-service petrol station in Mallorca was opened to the public on Thursday (July 2) in Calvia.The facilities can be found at the Avenida Mar Mediterraneo at the Son Bugadellas industrial site and has been opened by company Buga 2000.Although popular in parts of central Europe, this kind…

Sant Elm jellyfish plague causes protests

REPRESENTATIVES of several associations in Sant Elm are up in arms over the invasion of jellyfish along the area’s coast.“The presence of these creatures has increased by around 100 per cent,” said one of the representatives.Hotels, restaurants, businesses, tourists and local groups said they had already visited the town council…

Binissalem residents concerned by bad smells

BAD smells are upsetting residents of the Es Rasquell area in Binissalem.Several neighbours have complained that the smells, believed to be caused by a faulty sewage system, are also accompanied by other nasty results such as the presences of flies and cockroaches. They also point out that the area affected…

Morale is high amongst Island business owners

BUSINESS owners in the Balearic Islands are facing the upcoming sale season with a positive mindset.A report created by the Balearic Islands Traders and Business Owners Federation (Afedeco), showed relative optimism, with the expectation that this season will register higher results than in 2014, with an estimated increase in sales…

First ever female Balearic president begins her rule

SOCIALIST candidate Francina Armengol on Tuesday (June 30) became the first woman in charge of the Balearic Islands regional government (the Govern).With the votes of the socialist party PSIB, the eco-nationalists MES and Podemos independent party, Francina Armengol has counted on the support of 34 representatives, with 22 voting against…

Tunisian terror outrage leads to raised security

The terrorist outrage centred around a Mallorca-owned hotel in Tunisia has led to extra security at key points around the island.The authorities have raised the terror alert to level four – one below the maximum - after the tragic events in Tunisia last week in which 39 people died. The…

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