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Mallorca celebrates International Women’s Day

PALMA’S cultural centre at the Chapel of Mercy opened ‘the soul of the invisible’ exhibition on March 8, International Women’s Day. The exhibit brings together the works of seven female artists with themes of gender violence, gender equality, silenced woman and other current cultural topics. The art showcase can be…

Strong winds sink two luxury yachts in Mallorca

STRONG winds smashed two luxury yachts onto the docks at the Port d’Antrax causing them to sink. The 34-metre Paradise and another smaller, unnamed yacht’s hulls suffered major damage, but police attempted to prevent the vessels from sinking completely. At the time of the incident, Paradise was up for sale…

Nightclub magnate and associates arrested on multiple corruption charges in Mallorca

THE judge heading an ongoing trial into police corruption in Mallorca has ordered that the owner of some of the island’s biggest nightclubs be imprisoned without bail until investigations are concluded. Tolo Cursach, whose clubs include Pacha and Tito’s in Palma de Mallorca, BCM in Calvia, and the Megapark complex,…

Parliament president fined for protest in Fornalutx

NEWLY elected president of the Balearic parliament, Baltasar Picornell, has been fined €601 for “resisting the Guardia Civil'' while protesting in Fornalutx against the annual bull run. Picornell stands by his actions as he remains committed to animal welfare. He also realises he could not do it again, saying, “it…

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Pleas to control caterpillar problems in Calvia

CIUDADANOS spokesman Carlos Tarancon has called on Calvia town hall to address and manage the growing processionary caterpillar problem across the town. Tarancon denounced that the species was poorly managed in 2016, leading to an even larger number appearing this spring. He said, “there have been no aggressive actions against…

Taxi drivers announce more strikes

TAXI driver associations have announced a series of strikes, starting with a 24-hour strike on March 6. There are also shorter three-hour scheduled strikes for March, 13, 20, and 27 and April 3, and 24-hour strikes planned for April 13 and 16, which are Thursday of Easter Week and Easter…

Possible velodrome hotel in Can Picafort

A HOTEL that includes a velodrome is becoming a likely project for Son Baulo in Can Picafort. Proposed by Joan Monjo, mayor of Santa Margailda, the hotel would involve complex urban planning issues on the 275,000 square metre plot of land where builder Vicenc Grande envisions the project. The hotel…

Toni Nadal set to return to Mallorca

SPANISH tennis coach Toni Nadal, uncle and coach to Rafa, has announced this is his last season coaching his nephew. After the current season ends he will be returning to the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor. Toni Nadal currently holds the position of head of academy, and plans to spend…

Killer olive bug spreading in Mallorca

A DEADLY bacteria, Xylella fastidiosa, is spreading throughout olive and fruit trees across Mallorca. The Minister of Environment and Agriculture, Vicenç Vidal, met with the mayors of Mallorca to discuss containment and possible solutions. The mayors, along with the Federation of Local Government Bodies of the Balearic Islands, FELIB, asked…

Taxi drivers bring Palma to standstill

UP to 1,000 taxi drivers brought the centre of Palma to a standstill for five hours in protest at government plans to bring in more competition. With some 400 in their vehicles and the rest on foot, the drivers loudly took to the streets on Wednesday blowing whistles and letting…

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…
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