A steamboat which sank in a storm in 1927 has re-emerged on a beach in Northern Spain, on the infamous costa do morte, coast of death.
The Portuguese flagged steamboat freighter “Silva Gouveia” sank in storm 87 years ago whilst carrying a load of sugar.
The 60m long boat was built in 1906 in Great Britain, according to El Mundo. Continue reading
The Banco de España has warned that 15,000 large companies, and a further 50,000 small companies, look likely to run out of cash by the middle of the year, forcing them to declare bankruptcy, after looking at the amounts of cash on loan from the banks for this year.
The simple problem is that Spanish banks aren’t prepared to keep loaning out the money that the Spanish economy needs to keep ticking over. No extension to the credit lines mean you can’t pay the salaries on time, even if you have future sales booked, and shortly after have to hang up the se vende sign.
Another option available to companies in more advanced economies is being able to negotiate the repayment of invoices without having to have their hands held by a Judge, and having these agreements recognised by creditors and banks. That’s something that the changes are trying to move towards. Continue reading
Two bikes collided today whilst on the Tabernas motorbike track, killing one driver and seriously injuring the other.
Staff at the track attempt to resuscitate the rider, but he died before the medical helicopter could reach the track.
The other driver is said to be stable in Torrecardenas hospital.
Tabernas motorbike track is a popular weekend destination for motorbike enthusiasts across the region, who go up there to race their bikes on a controlled circuit.
A Murcian rancher is in jail after police raided his farm and discovered many malnutrition and dying animals.
As part of “Operation Dieta”, a crackdown on pet abuse across the Region, police had been investigating smallholders to see if they were keeping their animals in good condition when they stumbled across the farm in Molina de Segura. Continue reading
Asier Illarramend is in trouble after breaking into a bull tease whilst dressed as Batman, and nearly getting gored.
The Real Madrid star was out on the town at the carnivals of the Basque town of Azpeitia, dressed up as fancy dress with his mates, when they came across the bull, tied up and being poked by drunken kids. Continue reading
The opposition PSOE party in Garrucha have finally gotten around to lodging their complaint against the Mayor with the Courts.
They reckon that over 1,3 million euros is missing from the town coffers, and that he and the budget controller have been up to the usual tricks.
I wrote about this back in Feb when the PSOE first announced plans to lodge the complaint (Garrucha PSOE opposition says Mayor has pinched over a million) but they’ve only just lodged it with the Prosecutor General.
The image of this story, by the way, is an old photo of Garrucha seafront before they built the first road there, 1930′s. Continue reading
Another snag has hit the abandoned Almanzora motorway – the company that’s supposed to be building it has basically gone under, so works can’t resume.
That’s the explanation of the Junta for why works haven’t started, despite the fact that cash has been made available in the 2014 budget.
Work on the Almanzora motorway was abandoned in 2011 when the Junta ran out of cash. They tried to do a civil-public partnership, but no-one was interested. So it sat there, quietly mouldering. Continue reading
Abortion has caused more pain, suffering and death in Spain than the Civil War, claimed the Bishop of Alcalá de Henares yesterday.
Juan Antonio Reig Pla said it was a silent holocaust, and that all political parties and people of faith must join together to ensure abortion is banned.
“Liberty of Women cannot be corrupted by defending the Right to Decide” he proclaimed. Nobody is quite sure what he’s on about. See if you can work it out. It sounds suspiciously as if he’s trying to take away female rights by saying they are free, a little logic trick the misogynistic Catholic Church excels at. Continue reading
Something rolled behind a counter, perhaps?
One of the main autopsy labs in Almeria’s Instituto de Medicina Legal has been closed due to a terrible smell.
Nobody has been able to figure out where it’s coming from, although they suspect the a/c unit.
Pathologists have been complaining about the smell for the last two years, reports ideal.es, but it’s never been as bad as for the last few days.
Farmers! Fancy something better than just a powder? Ask for Isperss! roar the billboards (sporting a winking beauty) selling insecticide to farmers around Almeria and El Ejido.
The controversy is only apparent when you realise that polvo doesn’t just mean a powder, but is also slang for a quick one round the back of the bike sheds. Continue reading