Saturday, 25 February 2017

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Princess Cristina not guilty but husband faces jail

THREE judges in Mallorca have unanimously found Princess Cristina not guilty of the criminal charges she was accused of by the now disgraced Manos Limpios union, but she has been ordered to pay €265,000 in civil liability damages. Her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín, has been found guilty of a number of…

‘Historic injustice’ set to come to an end

AFTER 20 years the Soller tunnel will finally be made free for drivers. From September 1 the controversial toll, relatively the most expensive in Spain, will no longer be charged. The decision is being described as the righting of an ‘historic injustice’ for the people of Escora, Deia, Fornalutx and…

Banker sold his soul

A CORRUPT British banker who holidayed in Mallorca with his ill-gotten gains has been jailed for 11 years. A London judge described the money laundering scandal as one of the worst cases he had ever seen. Lynden Scourfield, a director at HBOS, forced clients to do business through a consultancy…

Slashed - 50,000 to lose Ferrocarril discount

Soller residents will no longer receive a discount on the famous Ferrocarril train line. The European Commission ruled that the subsidy discriminated against tourists after a German national made a formal complaint. The European Union threatened sanctions against the Balearic government if it did not comply with the demand to…

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A CONTROVERSIAL species of catfish native to south-east Asia will continue to be fed to Balearic schoolchildren, despite some Palma schools banning it. The fish, known as panga in Spain, has also now been banned from the Carrefour supermarket across the country. Several Palma schools, and others on the mainland,…

Mallorca to introduce bus lanes

A NOVEL idea could see Mallorcan motorways have dedicated bus lanes running through the middle of them. Gone would be the typical green shrubbery dividing opposite lanes. Rather they woud become special bus lanes to help ease traffic flow. The idea is to make public transport even quicker than private…

New year, but same problems in the Balearics

THE Balearic Parliament opened for its first session of the year amid a fair deal of political turmoil. President Armengol called for a fresh start after former speaker of the parliament Xelo Huerta was finally ousted in January over corruption allegations. Huertas of Podemos furiously denies the claims but her…

Transport rebellion in Calvia

CALVIA Council has rejected the idea of direct buses linking the area to the airport. Councillors opposed the proposal from the Balearic parliament as a mark of solidarity with taxi drivers. Taxi drivers have made their fury at new direct bus service plans well-known. They have even threatened to strike…

Fury over Mallorca flood funding

THE Spanish national government in Madrid has approved a special royal decree enabling emergency compensation for the Balearics after the storms and floods of recent months. But the Mallorcan Farmers Union is furious with the details, suggesting that ministers are having a laugh at their expense. Severe flooding struck Mallorca…

To let, or not to let

TENSIONS between Mallorca hoteliers and the holiday rental agency bubbled over at a tourism conference in Madrid. The opposing sides have argued for years now over proposed regulations of the tourist letting industry. Holiday rental association Aptur is trying to ‘democratise’ the industry by taking the monopoly away from hotels…

From Mallorca to the Berlinale

A GERMAN short film produced on Mallorca will be presented at the European Film Market in Berlin in February. ‘Martha’' made its world premiere at the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival last year to wide acclaim. It forms a sequel to the award-winning ‘Maria’ from director Florian Gottschick and the…

Fools and their horses

PALMA’s long suffering carriage-pulling horses will be given a slight break. The official carriages parade will be moved to a different spot following complaints that the present site at Calle Conqueridor doesn’t allow them to relax. Where the new parade will take place hasn’t yet been settled. The decision comes…
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