Jay Emeny

Jay Emeny

EASYJET has announced flight deals between €15 and €25 on thousands of flights as part of their Black Friday sale.

Some 70,000 seats will be available departing from all major UK airports to destinations around Europe.

Mallorca, Malaga, Barcelona and other Spanish airports will all have low-cost offers to and from the UK including Bristol, London, Manchester and Edinburgh airports.

European cities including Amsterdam, Berlin, Milan and Paris are also included in the sale.

The offer starts today (Thursday) and will end on Thursday, November 23.

HOSPITAL staff on the Costa Blance raised the alarm after a 12-year-old girl was found to be pregnant.

Police launched an investigation but the young girl said she had not suffered any abuse.

Officers later questioned a 12-year-old boy, who is believed to be the father.

The pair have said their sexual contact was consensual.

Hospital staff in Murcia have said the situation is complicated. There is a high chance the baby will be born prematurely due to the mother's age, and she will have to be monitored closely as well.

If it is confirmed that the 12-year-old boy is the father, there will be no criminal proceedings because he is too young.

However, the pair will be referred to social services and an investigation into their families will be launched.

It is not known if the girl wishes to keep the baby, but they would need a parent or guardian to authorise an abortion.

In 2013 Spain raised the age of consent from 13 to 16 and the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 16.

An exception is made in the case of consensual sex with someone under 16 "when the other party is of a similar age or stage of development and maturity".

COMPANY files have revealed the state-owned railway infrastructure company Adif had failed to do adequate safety checks along the line where 80 people were killed in a train crash in July 2013 - the first fatal accident on a high-speed line in Spain and the most serious rail accident in the last 40 years.

According to the documents an independent safety inspection company, Ineco, was hired to carry out risk assessments along the line up to the bend in which the high-speed AVE train derailed outside the Santiago de Compostela railway station.

The files also detailed the construction department of Adif requesting adequate safety documents from its security department before installing a railroad switch, but after numerous attempts instead called for a simpler document, which did not need approval from an independent inspection.

Ineco representatives said in court they were merely hired to determine whether the line followed regulations and made clear it was not hired to investigate the new railroad switch.

The train’s driver Francisco José Garzón Amo was charged with manslaughter and causing injury by professional negligence for travelling too fast as he approached the 80km/h bend – which caused it to derail, killing 80 people and injuring 144.

It was claimed the driver was talking on the phone to an official of the rail company Renfe at the time of the crash. Just 250 metres before the start of the curve the train was travelling at 195 km/h (121 mph), and in spite of Garzón applying the emergency brakes, it was still travelling at 179 km/h (111 mph) when it derailed four seconds later.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, Adif installed three automatic braking and announcement of signals on 1.9 km of the approach to the curve to enforce speed limits to prevent trains from reaching the speed that would cause a similar derailment.

The track-mounted transponders communicate with the onboard computers of the high-speed trains and can trigger an automatic brake application if speed restrictions are not obeyed.

Adif is reviewing other similar sections of Spain's rail network for possible similar speed-restricting installations.

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A CAR was left dangling out of a building after smashing through a car park wall in Spain.

A Coruña residents feared the worst when they heard a “tremendous bang” that “sounded like a gas canister had exploded” but were shocked to see a vehicle hanging 30 metres above the street.

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Several people helped hold the vehicle so the driver could get out via the back seat.

The woman driving the car was unharmed and the vehicle has since been removed, however there is now a gaping hole in the parking lot.

THE phenomenal growth of EWN Online continues.

October was another record-breaking month for the EWN’s website and social media platforms which are now firmly established as the leading internet sources of Spanish news in English. And the increasingly impressive statistics look set to go on during the year-end build up towards Christmas and New Year.

The website is now drawing ever closer to a staggering 900,000 page views per month, with a million clearly achievable in the weeks and months ahead. Meanwhile the Facebook page now boasts an amazing near 23,000 followers.

These figures have left all traditional rivals trailing in their wake, with the EWN Online team’s reputation for round-the-clock, accurate reporting of the latest news increasingly being noted, appreciated, and followed. The EWN has a brief to lead, both in print and online, while others appear merely able to follow.

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WEB text 1The Euro Weekly News website broke the all time page views record, hitting 866,944, a 21 per cent increase on the previous best month (September 2017).

Our number of users, 256,774, was also up 44 per cent on September 2017, with out top article (Ryanair flight cancellations) receiving over 34,000 page views.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Story FB WEB With another 479 new page likes in October the Euro Weekly's Facebook page has now got 22,469 followers.

We also reached a record breaking 945,982 people, a whopping 20 per cent up on September - so we're really nudging the 1 million target!

The top story was the Galicia wildfire, which was seen by 50,459 people on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

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 Tweet impressions are also up to 67,700, with 60 new followers and mentioned 100 times.Twitter report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLANS to build Europe’s largest man-made beach in Spain have been approved.

Construction firm Grupo Rayet has been given the green light to build Alovera Beach in the Spanish mainland, around a 45-minute drive away from Madrid in the municipality of Alovera.

The €15.6 million project will boast a 25,000-metre-square lake and a 15,000-square-metre white sand beach and is expecting to receive 250,000 people a year.

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Grupo Rayet’s computerised images of what the project will look like also show an area for sailing and even has space for water slides.

Users will be charged €10 a head to use the facilities, which is expected to be ready in three years (2020) according to Grupo Rayet president Felix Abanades.

THE average electricity bill has gone up by 12 per cent this year compared to 2016 according to official figures.

Bill payers, on average, have seen prices rise up to €71.49 in October, increased again from the previous month’s €66.76.

According to officials, low output from hydroelectric plants due to low water levels has forced companies to use coal and gas, which is more expensive, making electricity prices go up.

Only 7.5 per cent of Spain’s energy has come from hydroelectric plants this year compared to 15 per cent in 2016.

Companies have also raised their prices as part of their service adjustments which has brought in €511 million so far this year. 

Spain's average bill is however lower than the UK's, which is around €99.6 a month according to official figures. 

AN ANDALUCIAN council has launched a hate crime investigation after two women were told to leave a public pool for wearing burkinis.

A municipal pool in Granada allegedly ejected the two women despite the facilities allowing the use of the swimming garment.

The councillor for Human Rights, Accessibility and Education for Granada, Jemina Sanchez, said the department was made aware of the incident over social media and then opened an investigation when a written complaint was filed by a witness.

She added that if nothing is done about these sorts of actions “we are looking the other way and allowing hatred to grow from our silence.”

 “We work hard to clarify so that there can be no doubt that we do not allow attitudes which can promote hatred,” Sanchez said.

While burkinis are permitted in municipal pools, dresses and other full length garments which can be a danger to swimmers by getting stuck in filters are not allowed.

A MAN has reportedly threatened to commit suicide by jumping off a cathedral in Costa Blanca after being the victim of fraud.

The 35-year-old was spotted on the façade of the Murcia Cathedral at 9am this morning (Tuesday) and was reportedly shouting he would throw himself off the building unless he was given a lawyer.

After several hours of negotiations with Local and National Police, the man –who is believed to have mental health issues- came down safely.

According to the Romanian, he had been ripped off and lost €2,400 after trying to claim compensation for a traffic accident.

THE Dutch woman who had reportedly gone missing in Granada has been found at a rave in the same province.

Thalissa Van de Lagemaat had her phone and all her identification stolen just before dropping off the grid, having told her family she would be returning to the Netherlands on October 31. When there was no word from her or how close she was to getting home, the family began to worry.

After launching an appeal, which was shared throughout social media, a Spanish man who had been pictured with her before she went missing said she was at a festival in Granada.

Thalissa later got in touch with her family, and let her friends and outlets who were searching for her what she had been up to by simply posting a link to a rave festival in Santa Fe, Granada on her Facebook page and saying she was there since last week.

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Thalissa's message to let people know where she was. 

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