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THE most sought-after €20 banknote in Spain has increased in value even more –  it’s now worth €9,000 – and all you have to do is find it!

Producers from the popular Spanish television programme El Hormiguero (The Anthill), put a €20 note carrying a unique serial number into circulation at the start of September originally  offering a €6,000 prize.

But it hasn’t been found yet – so the prize has increased in value to €9,000.

Popular presenter Pablo Motos has also revealed that the banknote was released in the municipality of Villavieja in Castellón although, of course, it could be anywhere now.

So what are you waiting for? Check your purses and wallets, and if you have 20 euro note with the number EA2081272879 you’re a winner!

If you do find  it you must send both a photo and video to the programme by Whatsapp to the phone number 674 012 847.and let us know by email on [email protected]  

And remember you read about it on the Euro Weekly News website!

OFFICERS of Spain’s National Police have arrested a photographer for sexually abusing seven girls he contacted through a social network.

The 24-year-old man from Madrid is being held in custody after the police raided his home and took away computers, hard disks and memory cards.

Allegedly  he  established a relationship of trust with his victims, all between 16 and 25-years-old, through a social network and proposed to give them a professional portfolio of photographs free-of-charge.

It is claimed he touched their intimate parts saying it was necessary to "better convey the reality and feeling of images."

The investigation began last July  when a young girl reported that a man, a professional photographer, contacted her through a well-known social network offering a free photo session at her home. Once in the house, and after proposing pictures with less clothing, sexually abused her.

After further investigations the officers located six more complaints. 

The investigators have not ruled out that there are more victims who have not filed a complaint, either for fear of reprisals by the alleged perpetrator or because, when the events occurred, they were minors and agreed to carry out the photographic sessions without knowledge of their parents.

MORE than 150 people are feared dead, including schoolchildren, after a powerful earthquake struck central Mexico.

The quake struck just after 1pm (local time) with its epicentre about 100 miles from Mexico City.

Buildings crumbled, power and telephone lines were brought down forcing thousands out on onto the streets.

Residents and workers dug with their bare hands to free anyone trapped in tumbled buildings and crushed cars before emergency services and heavy lifting machinery arrived. 

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake  came on the 32nd anniversary of the huge 1985 quake that left  more than 5,000 dead.

Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto visited the scene of a primary school where at least 20 children and two adults died. Thirty schoolchildren are still missing.

Mexico is regarded  as a highly active region. The country sits at the boundary of three pieces (tectonic plates) of the Earth’s crust.

On 7 Septmber an 8.1 magnitued earthquake struck roughly 400 miles southeast in Mexico that killed at least 90 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of  Ryanair passengers will be hit by cancelled flights after budget airline Ryanair finally issued the full list of 40-50 affected flights each day for the next six weeks after ‘messing up’ when scheduling leave for pilots.

Coby Benson, Flight Delay Legal Manager at Bott & Co solictors, said, "Much to Ryanair’s credit they appear to have been open and candid about the ‘mess up’ that has led to thousands of passengers’ flights being cancelled over the next six weeks. As these circumstances were within Ryanair’s control they will have to bear the cost of this mistake and pay passengers compensation of up to €600, where their flights were cancelled with less than 14 days notice." 

The cancellations could mean more than 200,000 passengers will be due flight cancellation compensation under EU rules and could cost Ryanair almost £60m in EU compensation. Other costs and expenses incurred by customers rearranging travel plans could see that figure soar considerably.

Ryanair have said that the cancellations are due to them ‘messing up’ when scheduling leave for pilots, As this is within the control of the airline there is not only an obligation to provide ‘care and assistance’, but also to pay compensation for those flights cancelled within 14 days of the travel date under EU Regulation 261/2004.

If you’ve been affected by the Ryanair cancellations and want to know what your rights are, we’ve created a comprehensive guide below in co-operation with flight delay and cancellation claim specialists  Botts & Co.

Ryanair cancellations are NOT extraordinary circumstances

The only defence an airline has for not paying out compensation for cancelled flights is if the cancellations are due to an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ such as a volcanic ash cloud, acts of terrorism or sabotage, or civil unrest.

These cancellations are due to problems with staffing and crew hours so they do not qualify as an extraordinary circumstance.

What to do if you’re stranded after a Ryanair flight cancellation

If you find yourself stranded abroad because of a cancelled Ryanair flight, you should know that Ryanair have an obligation under EU Regulation 261/2004 to get you home at the earliest opportunity.

If they tell you to rebook on a Ryanair flight that isn’t due to leave for several days then you can rebook your own earlier flights home on a different carrier and then claim any reasonable expenses back from Ryanair.

My Ryanair flight was cancelled – can I claim?

If your flight was cancelled due to the current airline staff or crew issues then you should be able to claim flight cancellation compensation depending on the departure and arrival times of the replacement flight.

However, compensation is only applicable for flights cancelled less than 14 days before you are due to depart. If Ryanair cancel your flight more than 14 days ahead of schedule then you have two main options: a) A full refund b) An alternative flight, should you still want to travel.

How much can I claim for Ryanair cancellations?

The amounts of compensation are set by EU Regulation 261/2004 and as such they are in Euros. They vary depending on the distance of the flight and the length of the delay on the replacement flights.

It’s important to know that the amounts change and the delay lengths vary depending on if the flight is delayed or cancelled, and if you are offered an alternative flight.

For flights that are cancelled between 14 and 7 days before departure you are entitled to the following compensation amounts:

Flight cancellation compensation amounts – (Flights cancelled within 7-14 days and replacement flight offered)

7 14 days replacement flight

So far the flights cancelled by Ryanair have been less than 7 days’ notice so the amounts would be as follows:

Flight cancellation compensation amounts – (Flights within 7 days and replacement flight offered)

7 days replacement flight

The tariffs are simpler when no replacement flight is offered:

Compensation amounts for denied boarding claims (No replacement flight offered)

denied boarding

Care and assistance

Airlines must ensure all their customers are fully compensated and this includes care and assistance while they wait for a replacement flight. You shouldn’t be left out of pocket due to accommodation costs or booking alternative flights.

The regulation says that airlines are obliged to provide the following in the event of a cancellation as part of their ‘care and assistance’:

• Food and drink in reasonable relation to the waiting time
• Overnight accommodation where necessary
• Travel to and from the airport and accommodation
• Two free calls, emails, or fax messages

Here is a full list of Ryanair flights cancelled in Spain. 

How can I claim for a cancelled Ryanair flight?

Ryanair should pay you compensation as per the amounts in the tables above. If they don’t then you have the option of writing to them to request payment under Regulation 261. Ensure to specify your flight details and the amount you’re claiming for.

If Ryanair do not respond, or refuse to pay compensation then you should consider using a specialist legal team to act on your behalf.

About Bott & Co – Key facts
Bott & Co is a multiple award-winning No Win No Fee solicitors based in Wilmslow, Cheshire with particular expertise in flight delay compensation, holiday illness and personal injury claims. Email: [email protected] Telephone: (+44) 01625 415 800

ADULT film actress Amarna Miller, from Madrid, has turned to her fans after suffering a serious motorcycle accident in the Philippines.

Her right shoulder, elbow, and leg sustained extensive injuries, requiring surgery, stitches and a blood transfusion to help fight off an infection.

Friends and fans opened a crowdfunding campaign to raise €83,900 euros to cover hospital expenses and her transfer to Spain after the accident while on holiday.

On the crowdfunding page it says, “As her friends and fans, we hope that you will join us in our effort to support her. All of the money donated will go to covering her medical expenses and her basic necessities while she recovers for the next year including groceries, relocation expenses and all continuous medical care. Please helps us give Amarna as much support as we can during this difficult time. We will keep you updated as things progress. Thank you so much!"

On her social media profile the 26-year-old actress, real name Marina, describes herself as ‘World traveller. Adventurer. Feminist. Pro sex activist. Art graduate. I live in a van.’

THE Spanish government has ordered North Korea’s ambassador to leave the country by the end of September.

Kim Hyok Chol became the Democratic People's Republic of Korea’s first ambassador to Spain when the country opened an embassy in Madrid in 2014.  

The Spanish Foreign Ministry has become the fourth country to expel a representative of Supreme leader Kim Jong-un, following smiliar moves by Kuwait, Mexico and Peru.

In a statement the Ministry said, “The North Korean ambassador was summoned and was told of the decision to consider him as a persona non grata, therefore he must stop working and abandon the country before 30 September.”

It was also announced in a Tweet…

The move follows  North Korea’s latest nuclear test that appeared to have been a hydrogen bomb, rather than the smaller atomic bombs it had previously detonated. The country has also been testing long-range missiles aimed at reaching the US mainland.

WHILE online gambling has continued to grow in popularity around Europe, Spain has been one country where it’s taken considerably longer to gain traction – although this appears to be changing, thanks to a more welcoming attitude towards online gambling, amongst ever-generous tax breaks for companies setting up shop, or operating in the country.

Indeed, online revenues for April, May, and June of 2017 were seen at €121.3 million – a 22.6% increase on the same quarter the year before – and while this figure is still relatively low, compared to most other countries with a heavy gambling presence, it shows that the Spaniards are continually happy to come on board with the idea of gambling, online.

The results were published by Spain’s gaming regulator, the Direccion General de Ordenacion, del Juego (commonly abbreviated to the DGOJ), and a breakdown of the figures was included, which is shown below:

Sports betting revenue: €60.1 million (12.3% increase from the previous year)

Online casino revenue: €42.9 million (52.5% increase from the previous year)

Further information was provided within the online casino section, showing a breakdown of how Spaniards were spending their money in the online casinos: slot revenue increased by a staggering 84%, to €21.5 million, while live dealer games saw €9.5 million wagered – an increase of 65% from the previous year.

Surprisingly, online poker saw the smallest increase – just a 5% increase in revenue from the previous year – although further analysis reveals poker is one of the only elements of online gambling in Spain that has always been fairly commonplace.

Most notably, however, was the number of residents in Spain that are now participating in online gambling; the first quarter of 2017 was 646,000 Spaniards take advantage of online gambling products – an increase of 7% from the previous year.

Something to point out, is that Spain – unlike many other big-gambling countries, like the United Kingdom, and the United States of America – don’t possess a gambling-rich heritage. This has made online gambling significantly more difficult (particularly in terms of the operators penetrating the markets successfully), and it has also caused some issues in respect to legal issues that surround gambling legislation in Spain.

One thing is clear, however; the chance game of roulette is particularly well-received by those playing online in Spain, and with these recent figures, you can expect the software providers to target this, by developing Spain-specific games (along with translating some of the more successful current games, to Spanish.)

Overall, however, despite the Spanish culture fairly free from gambling, casinos, sports betting websites, and poker sites continue to flourish in the Spanish market, and with the research recently released – they appear to be doing quite well.

It’ll be interesting to revisit the statistics at the end of the next quarter, to see whether this increase continues to grow – and there are hopes that other statistics, such as the number of bingo players using online gambling in Spain, are released.

THE travel disruption that has hit Spain recently shows no sign of letting up anytime soon as French trade unions have called more strikes on September 18, 21, 23 and 25 to protest against new labour reforms.

Disruption to air, sea, and ground transportation are to be expected - with a knock-on effect in Spain. 

The last one-day strike by French air traffic controllers, when they joined a general strike, led to the cancellation of more than 200 flights.

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned, “On 21 and 23 September 2017, French unions have called for protests and strike action across France. This could cause disruption and delays to transport services including rail networks and some maritime ports. You should allow extra time for your journey and check your chosen operator’s website before you set off.”

The full schedule of planned industrial action in France is as follows:

September 18
Unions representing road and maritime transportation employees have called upon their workers to strike. 

September 21
One of France’s main labour unions, the General Confederation of Labour (CGT), has announced a second nationwide strike set to affect transportation services, public institutions, and the health and education sectors. 

September 23
Former presidential candidate and current leader of the political party La France Insoumise has called for mass street protests throughout the country. A demonstration is scheduled at 14:00 (local time) at the Place de la Bastille in Paris

September 25
Several unions have called on truck drivers to launch an indefinite strike and to erect roadblocks near oil facilities, which could affect fuel supplies at service stations.

Aviation industry body Airlines for Europe (A4E)  has had enough and called on the French government and European Commission to step in.

“With two-thirds of all European ATC strike days taking place in France, European and French policy-makers need to implement measures capable of minimising Air Traffic Management disruption’s impact on travellers.

"More than 250 strike days since 2004 are enough – we cannot allow these well-paid air traffic controllers to restrict the rights of millions of European passengers”, said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E.

Meanwhile, talks are continuing in Spain to avert industrial action by airport workers across operator Aena's entire network. While talks are ongoing the planned 25 days of one-day strikes through until December have been suspended.

Additionally Spain’s largest trade union has called a national strike across the country’s rail network on 29 September.

Add into the mix the cancellation of 40 to 50 flights a day that Ryainair have axed through until the end of October – and it’s not a happy time to be travelling across Europe.

SPANISH bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla has caused a huge storm of protest after he paraded around a bullring in Villacarrillo, Jaen with a Franco flag across his shoulders.

Politicians quickly took to Twitter to denounce the act including the Secretary General of Podemos in Andalucia, Teresa Rodríguez.

Another Twitter user wrote, “Spain XXI century. The bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla exalts fascism. Double disgust .. Animal killer and fascist.”

Padilla has defended himself by saying that the flag was thrown to him by the public.

"I didn’t notice the eagle.”

"That symbol is a thing of the past and I live in the present."

The 44-year-old torero is from Jerez de la Frontera. 

On October 7, 2011 he was gored by a bull in Zaragoza, almost dying from his injuries.

From a single horn wound through his skull, he suffered multiple fractures to both jaw and skull, facial paralysis, loss of hearing in his right ear and of sight in his left eye.

Five months later  he returned to the bullring with an eyepatch - gaining the nickname 'The Pirate'.

SPAIN'S leading English-language newspaper publisher, with an ever-growing portfolio of titles, has moved their headquarters to new offices in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.

The EWN Media Group (EWNMG) has upped sticks from its previous base in Benalmadena and moved along the coast to Fuengirola. 

The  group has print titles and web sites covering the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca, Almeria and Mallorca with further expansion plans in the pipeline.

Situated just off seafront the new, more accessible location will allow the Euro Weekly to be more involved with the community.

And we will continue to offer advertisers and readers  a great service  at Avenida Ramon y Cajal 54, Edificio River Playa, Local 2, in Fuengirola.

Advertising, editorial, design, production, internet, circulation and accounts departments have worked to a tight deadline to complete the move to new, spacious offices  without any impact on the normal day-to-day operations of the company.

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More than three quarters of a million people read EWNMG newspapers every week and the team also produce Spain's leading news websites in English with more than 700,000 page views a month (August 2017).

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