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THE family of an expat man who disappeared without trace on the Costa Blanca in Spain more than two-years-ago has appealed for help to find him.

Peter Mulder, aged 64, popped out from his apartment in Benissa to buy cigarettes on January 5, 2016, but has not been seen or heard from since.

Now Peter's family has issued a fresh appeal to try and track him down.

They hope that residents or holidaymakers might hold clues to his whereabouts.

Mariska de Vries, the daughter-in-law of his sister, speaking exclusively to the Euro Weekly News said the family may visit Spain to help with the search.

She revealed, "We are scared he is no longer alive."

Peter is described as 5ft 10in (1.79m) tall with brown/light grey hair and brown eyes.

He has several distinctive tattoos including a large black panther from the wrist to the elbow on his right forearm, the names Danielle, David, Vanessa with flowers on his left forearm, the head of a woman on his right upper arm and the head of a German shepherd dog on his left upper arm.

He wears some jewellery - a golden bud in his right earlobe, two gold earrings in his left earlobe: and a silver link chain around his neck.

If you have any information about the missing person, please contact the Dutch police on +31 793 459 876.

A 14-YEAR-OLD Irish boy who fell from a second-floor hotel balcony in Mallorca has died in hospital.

It has been reported that the boy’s mother was desperately holding onto him in an attempt to help him reach safety before he plunged around 20 feet.

The boy was rushed to the intensive care unit at a hospital in Palma after the incident at a four-star hotel in Playa de Muro, Alcudia in the north-east of the popular holiday island but he lost his fight for life earlier today.

Police are investigating the events leading up to the fall.

PASSENGERS flying from two major airports in the UK could face delays or cancellations from this weekend unless unions and management can reach settlements to avert strikes.

Baggage handlers at London Luton Airport could strike on the first day of school summer holidays unless a last-minute deal can be struck with Menzies Aviation over a pay dispute.

The airport is the fifth-busiest in the UK by passenger traffic.

The Unite union has announced that the strike will take place between 3am on July 20 and 1.59pm on July 22.

In a statement the union said: “Menzies Aviation [has] boosted its profits a massive 72 per cent and workers at Luton airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard work."

It continued: “Baggage handlers have also accused Menzies of failing to communicate, breaking agreements and reneging on promises including a commitment to improve working conditions.

“Unite is meeting with Menzies and we urge management to recognise the workers’ grievances and resolve this dispute.”

The airport said Menzies provides ground services to easyJet, Vueling, Blue Air and Tarom.

A statement said: “We remain in close contact with the airlines and Menzies Aviation to ensure contingency measures are being put in place in the event that industrial action goes ahead. Negotiations between Menzies and Unite to avert industrial action also continue.”

“Passengers are reminded to check with their airline for the latest information regarding their flight.”

And passengers flying from Manchester airport could also face disruption as security staff are disputing changes to their rotas and claimed under-staffing issues which mean workers can’t take their breaks.

Unite union leaders are in talks with the airport this week, with a threat of strikes if they fail.

The Manchester Evening News reports that workers are asking for a better work-life balance, with the union stating that the changes to rotas affects 1,200 members of staff.

Union spokesperson Lawrence Chapple-Gill said: “We’ve got this process designed to resolve matters in a timely way and this is a key week for discussions."

“We are engrossed in talks with the company to try and make improvements to the rosters. No improvements have been made so far.

“I’m not ruling out strike action because we are still involved in talks and they could break down.

“I hope they don’t and that’s where all our focus is - on trying to find a resolution.”

IGNACIO ECHEVARRIA has posthumously been awarded a George Medal by Queen Elizabeth II for his life-saving actions during the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks in June 2017.

The medal is granted in recognition of "acts of great bravery" and although the original warrant for the George Medal did not explicitly permit it to be awarded posthumously this was changed in December 1977.

Terrorists in a van had mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing it on the south bank of the River Thames.

They then ran to nearby Borough market storming pubs and restaurants and stabbing whoever they could find before Metropolitan police officers shot them dead.

A total of 48 people were injured in the attacks and eight people were killed who, in addition to Echeverria included, Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, Frenchmen Alexandre Pigeard, 26, Sebastien Belanger, 36 and Xavier Thomas, 45, Australians Kirsty Boden, 28 and Sara Zelenak, 21.

The 39-year-old Spanish banker had bravely confronted the terrorists armed only with his skateboard, which allowed many people to escape.

The George Medal award committee noted that Ignacio Echevarria ‘inevitably avoided more losses by running towards the terrorists to allow others to escape’.

After the terror attack in the British capital there were a few days of uncertainty when Ignacio was reported missing.

However, the Foreign Office confirmed shortly afterwards that he had died at the hands of one of the attackers. The autopsy confirmed that he was stabbed in the back.

Just last month the father of Ignacio paid tribute to his son one year on from the attack.

“He did what he had to do. I wouldn’t expect less from him,” Joaquin Echeverria said.

“I want it to be known that he always wanted to be good,” he added.

The Spanish government posthumously awarded Ignacio the Great Cross of the order of Civil Merit for 'extraordinary services'.

Spain’s King Felipe VI also honoured his bravery in a speech given in UK parliament during a state visit last year.

TWO major supermarket chains in Spain have removed some lots of bottled water from their stores following a possible case of contamination.

Eroski and Condis stores have withdrawn the bottled water from their shelves after reports that a consumer suffered an irritation of the digestive tract when drinking Aiguaneu water, which is marketed by both chains.

The affected five-litre containers at Condis and the 1.5-litre and five-litre bottles at Eroski brand belong to the same L12-07-21 lot.

The Public Health Agency of Cataluña has advised people to refrain from consuming it while investigations continue.

Condis has withdrawn 9,000 bottles from its stores and has held 5,800 more in the warehouse.

The recall follows a complaint to the Mossos d'Esquadra police but the company that bottles the water, Aigua del Montseny, stressed that it is ‘the only case detected.’

However, the Public Health Agency has verified that some other containers of this same lot had a bad odour when opened and a bad taste.

Therefore, as a preventive measure, the lot in question (L12-07-21) has been removed from sale.

The bottling company said that an internal investigation at the packing plant ‘did not produce any anomalies’ and that 'the plant has all the appropriate health permits, in addition to international quality certifications'.

contaminated bottled water spainThe affected lots of bottled water sold at Eroski and Condis. Photo: ASPCAT

POLICE in Spain have confirmed that a young Irish boy is fighting for his life after falling from a second-floor hotel balcony in Mallorca.

It is not clear how the unnamed boy found himself clinging from the balcony but it has been reported that  the boy’s mother was desperately holding onto him in an attempt to help him reach safety before he plunged around 20 feet.

The boy was rushed to the intensive care unit at a hospital in Palma after the incident at a four-star hotel in Playa de Muro, Alcudia in the north-east of the popular holiday island.

Earlier this week a British holidaymaker survived after plummeting seven floors from a balcony at another Mallorca hotel and landing on a car bonnet following an alleged row with his partner.

The victim, believed to be in his early 30s, suffered multiple injuries and was taken to Son Espases Hospital in Balearic capital Palma in the wake of the incident.

He had reportedly been taking drugs and drinking alcohol before arguing with his girlfriend and plunging from their accommodation at the Hotel Porto Playa, Porto Cristo.

THE award-winning EWN Media Group, publisher of English-language newspapers across Spain, is looking for new staff as it continues to expand into new areas.

The busy media group is currently looking for experienced writers and a web whizz kid to join the experienced team.

Do you have a nose for a good story that the expats across Spain need to know about?

Writers must be able to work accurately under pressure and be able to meet tight deadlines - both in print and online. A good level of Spanish and social media experience would be a bonus.

We’re also looking for a team player to join our web team. The role will be based at our brand new head offices in Fuengirola and candidates should have a good understanding of the Joomla and WordPress content management systems, all social media platforms and, ideally, should have an advanced level of Spanish.

So what are you waiting for? Email your CV to: [email protected] right now!

The EWN Media Group (EWNMG) has 10 weekly editions across three titles in its portfolio of English-language newspapers in southern Spain.

While consistently providing first-class coverage of local news and features to hundreds of thousands of readers every week, it is also constantly making headline news in publishing by expanding at a time when globally the news media industry is more used to closures.

In 2017 the EWNMG added two new brands with four editions to its original and founding six Euro Weekly News (EWN) publications through take-overs as well as a new launch.

The additional brands now form an integral part of the parent group and they are the three-edition RTN Newspaper, founded on the Costa Blanca almost 20 years ago, and the Sol Times that was established almost 15 years ago in Almeria.

The EWNMG – a multi-award winning company – is also planning further expansion later this year.

Be part of our success - come and join the winning team!

LOW-COST Irish airline Ryanair is to cancel up to 300 of 2,400 daily flights on Wednesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 26 to minimise disruption to customers from strike action by some cabin crew.

The airline announced today (Wednesday) that up to 50,000 of their 430,000 customers (12%) will be disrupted on each of the days.

Ryanair confirmed that it has already issued email and text messages to the affected customers advising them that their flights have been cancelled seven days in advance due to a notified strike by some cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

They said all affected customers have been offered re-accommodation on alternative flights during the seven days prior to July 25 and 26 or the seven days after.

The cancellations will involve:
– Up to 200 of over 830 daily Ryanair flights to/from Spain (24%)
– Up to 50 of over 180 daily Ryanair flights to/from Portugal (27%)
– Up to 50 of over 160 daily Ryanair flights to/from Belgium (31%)
– Up to 300 of over 2,400 daily Ryanair flights all over Europe (12%)

Ryanair has added extra customer service staff to help re-accommodate or refund customers over the next seven days.

Ryanair said customers travelling to/from Belgium, Portugal or Spain next Wednesday or Thursday, who have not received an email or text SMS today, should expect that their flight will operate as scheduled and should check-in to their departure airport as normal (88% of Ryanair’s customers across Europe will be unaffected).

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said: “Ryanair sincerely apologises to our customers for these disruptions which we have done our utmost to avoid. Given that Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay – up to €40,000 p.a. (in countries with high youth unemployment) – industry leading rosters (14 days off each month), great sales commissions, uniform allowances and sick pay, these strikes are entirely unjustified and will achieve nothing other than to disrupt family holidays, and benefit competitor airlines in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

“All affected customers have been contacted by email and SMS text message earlier today and we will re-accommodate or refund all of those whose flights have been disrupted."

The airline has also tweeted a briefing note giving the facts about the terms of employment of their cabin crew staff.

ryanair cabin crew facts


BRAVE lifeguards have saved the life of a four-year-old girl who was bathing alone in the sea while her parents were allegedly asleep on the beach.

The lifeguards of Santiago del Teide, in Tenerife, rushed to the aid of the Polish girl who was dragged out to sea at the La Arena beach in the Canary Islands.

Lifeguard co-ordinator Adolfo García Jiménez said: “The waves pushed her away from the shore very quickly but finally we were able to rescue her with some difficulty."

He said the girl was in a state of shock and was crying inconsolably.

When the rescuers tried to locate the girl’s parents they found them sleeping ‘face down in two hammocks, about 60 metres away from where the girl was bathing’.

They did not realise that their daughter had almost drowned said Garcia.

"They had not found out that a few minutes before her daughter almost.

Lifeguards have also criticised some bathers who get into the sea without respecting the red flag.

Garcia said that last week his colleagues had to rescue five people, four of them children, from the same beach despite being unsafe to swim.

SIR CLIFF RICHARD has been awarded a total of £210,000 damages from the British Broadcasting Corporation after they aired a police raid on his home in 2014.

The 77-year-old singer had sought damages for alleged invasion of privacy, financial loss and damage to his reputation.

The judge ruled BBC infringed Sir Cliff’s privacy rights without justification.

The singer has already received £400,000 in damages from South Yorkshire police who had tipped-off the broadcaster about the raid that was broadcast live from a helicopter.

Costs and a possible appeal will be discussed at another hearing next week.

An emotional Sir Cliff left the court with friends Gloria Hunniford and Paul Gambaccini.

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