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ANDRES INIESTA, one of the most decorated footballers in history, has confirmed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old held a press conference on Friday where the Spain legend confirmed that this season would be his last at the Nou Camp.

"A great deal of who I am, is down to Barca and La Masia. I am very thankful to them,” he said in the tearful press conference.

"I spoke to a lot of people - players, coaches - and I know what they want, but I tried to be honest with myself and the club."

Barcelona have already secured their first trophy of the season, the Copa del Rey, Iniesta’s sixth, and are also on course to win La Liga, which will be Iniesta’s ninth and bring down the curtain on a glittering 22-year career with the Catalan side.

"I want to be remembered as a great footballer and a great person," Iniesta continued.

"Because when our football days are over, that's all we are - people."

The Spaniard has appeared 669 times for Barcelona over the course of 16 seasons with the first team, and has won 31 trophies with the side including four Champions League titles and eight La Liga’s.

He has been consistently linked with a move to the Chinese Super League but when asked where he was going to be playing next season, he refused to respond to speculation stating: “We will know that at the end of the season,” he added.

“I said I was never going to play against Barcelona, so it will not be in Europe.”

A YOUNG Scottish woman has died in Magaluf after reportedly falling from the sixth floor of an apartment building.

The 19-year-old's body was found at approximately 9:45am close to a building located on Calle Torrenova in the tourist hotspot, with Spanish media claiming that she may have been dead for several hours when the body was discovered.

it has been reported that the young woman, who had been working as a waitress in a local bar, attempted to visit a friend in an apartment building but when the front  door was locked, she attempted to pass round the balcony into the room but lost her balance and fell. 

A full Guardia Civil investigation into the death is still ongoing. 

THE DUKE and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that they will name their son Louis Arthur Charles.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the couple’s second son at 11.01am on St George’s day earlier this week.

The new prince is fifth in line to the throne.

Louis is one of his brother George’s middle names, while Arthur was a middle name of Queen’s father, King George VI, and Charles is the name of his grandfather.

A tweet from the Kensington Palace twitter account confirmed the news, stating: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles.

“The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.”

A BRITISH woman who was reported missing in Arboleas, an area popular with British expats in southern Spain, has ‘made contact’ with loved ones, a friend has said.

Gemma Louise Jones, 35, from Swansea, was reported missing after she was last seen in El Rincon, Arboleas in a blue Hyundai Atos Prime at 10.30 am on Tuesday, April 17.

But after pictures of her were shared over social media, a friend close to search has confirmed to the Euro Weekly News that Gemma has ‘made contact’ with those closest to her.

The State Attorney General’s office has reportedly detected ‘serious environmental breaches’ in the case of the La Miel de Nerja ‘illegal’ landfill. 

According to reports, the Environment and Urban Planning department has sent an expert report on the situation to the Court leading the case as part of the Guardia Civil operation surrounding the case, known as operation ‘rubbish.’

The illegal dumping ground, which was reportedly found on a mining gap, had reportedly been used as a landfill site since at least 1998, covers an estimated area of three hectares and held a volume of waste of more than 802,000 cubic metres of pruning, construction and demolition waste. 

The report from the Environment and Urban Planning department allegedly details that the uncontrolled rubbish dump was located on an old quarry and that there were a series of regulatory noncompliance issues.

Several environmental infringements were found to have affected a number of matters on the site including breaches against mines, waste, water, protected natural space, forest fires and were also a risk to the health of the local population.

In June last year, it was revealed that local businessmen and even public officials including current Mayor Rosa and her predecessor Jose Alberto Amijo, had been implicated in the operation as 40 people were investigated by the Guardia Civil; of which 12 were arrested.  

Those arrested have been charged with alleged crimes of forgery and fraud, in relation to the dumping ground which reportedly covered a staggering 36,000 square metres by the end of 2016.

It has since been reportedly confirmed by Guardia Civil officers that the landfill was exploited for more than 15 years while it was managed economically by a group of construction companies in Nerja that failed to comply with administrative regulations. 

 

A WHISTLEBLOWER facing a 5-year prison sentence for economic espionage in Switzerland has been temporarily released by Spanish authorities while a judge decides whether to extradite him or not.

Herve Falciani, a former employee at a subsidiary of HSBC bank, was arrested by Spanish police on Wednesday following several years of Swiss authorities attempting to detain him.

According to reports, a Swiss court ruled in 2015 that Falciani had illegally leaked a large amount of account information that lead to a worldwide spate of tax evasion probes, while he was also convicted of illegally obtaining data and breaching bank secrecy and business confidentiality.

Falciani has now been released from custody by a National Court judge, who reportedly took his passport while also placing him under police surveillance.

The 46-year-old has been accused by Anti-corruption activists of whistleblowing more than 100,000 records, allegedly detailing accounts worth more than €81 million ($100 million), on HSBC private bank clients leading to several investigations of alleged tax-dodging cases in a number of countries

Press allegedly first reported the leaked data in 2008 before Falciani later released the information to French tax authorites who shared it with Spain and other governments, with Falciani moving to Spain to co-operate with prosecutors.

His arrest in Spain this week comes almost two years after he was given his final conviction by the Swiss courts.

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy has suffered a fractured leg after crashing into a parked car while driving a 1,000cc Kawasaki motorcycle.

In the bizarre event which happened in Son Ferriol, the child had reportedly driven the powerful Japanese motorbike for 90 metres before crashing into a parked car and fracturing his leg.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the child alone and badly injured next to the motorcycle, with a witness reportedly claiming that she had seen the child riding alone.

After a police investigation into the event, it was confirmed that the 1,000cc motorcycle belonged to the child’s cousin, who had left the vehicle on  the street close to his house while he returned home to retrieve his helmet.

Officers also discovered during a reconstruction of the incident, that the boy was tall enough to get on to the vehicle by his own means and did in fact ride the bike alone. 

It has also been reported that the child had been on the bike before, riding regularly alongside with his cousin.

KIRSTY MAXWELL may have been the victim of mistaken identity, it has been claimed.

27-year-old Kirst plummeted to her death from a tenth floor apartment balcony in Benidorm in April last year.

Her family feared that she may have been fleeing a sex attack when she fell, but an unnamed source has now claimed that she may have been mistaken for a mystery hotel guest who has yet to be traced.

According to UK media reports, the unknown woman was staying a few rooms along from the balcony room where Kirsty plunged to her death, but despite a public appeal to find the woman, led by Kirsty’s husband Adam in August, she is yet to come forward.

The source told British media: “We know there was this girl staying in room 10A.

“She wasn’t interviewed by police and still hasn’t come forward despite huge appeals for her. There is the possibility that Kirsty was mistaken for this woman.”

The fears reportedly came after former police officer David Swindle, who has been looking into the incident on behalf of Kirsty’s family, spoke of his concerns that CCTV clips from the hotel may have been erased. 

He told British media: “We’ve been asking the owners My Pretty Payma for access to the hotel and CCTV footage but they’ve not been cooperative at all.

“There are strong indications video footage may have been destroyed.”

RYANAIR has revealed that it has a 67 per cent average pay gap between men and women.

Just eight of Ryanair’s 554 UK pilots are women, with the majority of Ryanair’s female UK workforce employed as cabin crew (405 of 586), according to the company’s Gender Pay Report, which also showed that women’s median hourly rate is a staggering 71.8 per cent lower than men’s, while the mean stands at 67 per cent.

The Irish airline has reportedly not taken its management and administration into account, as they are based in Ireland, in the report, which focuses solely on UK employees excluding Northern Ireland.

As a result of the figures, it means that when comparing median hourly rates, women working for Ryanair in the UK earn 28p for every £1 that men earn, while when comparing the mean hourly rates – 67 per cent difference - it increases slightly to 33p for every £1 then men earn.

As part of their Gender Pay Report, the airline stated: “Ryanair is an equal pay employer and we are proud of the thousands of professional men and women who work hard to deliver great service and Europe’s lowest fares to our customers.

“Like all airlines, our gender pay in the UK is materially affected by the relatively low numbers of female pilots in the aviation industry.

“In Ryanair’s case, our management and administration are based largely in Ireland, so the vast majority of our UK based colleagues are pilots or cabin crew.

“In recent years, the number of female pilots applying to Ryanair has increased and we are committed to developing this welcome trend.”

The news comes ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for employers across the UK with more than 250 employees required to publish data regarding their gender pay gap.

THE region of Valencia has reportedly suffered significant production losses in fruit crops across thousands of hectares of farmland due to the recent poor weather conditions.

According to the State Agency of Meteorology, areas such as Alicante Province have suffered their coldest start to spring since 1949, leading to frosts affecting fruit crops in the region.

And according to the Valencian Farmers Association (AVA-ASAJA), the bad weather has reportedly led to an estimated affected area of 7,500 hectares of farmland leading to a likely loss of more than €35 million.

AVA-ASAJA President Cristóbal Aguado told local media: “The cold arrived at a particularly delicate time because after a relatively warm and dry winter many fruits were already in an advanced state of production.

“For many farmers, the season had already begun and this will have very negative repercussions for their work and towns which rely upon agriculture as their primary source of income.”

AVA-ASAJA has reportedly also estimated that this year’s persimmon harvest could be close to 10 per cent less than last year as a result of the poor weather.

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