Mercadona killer dog food recalled by makers

Tunaliment, the makers of the “Mercadona killer dog food” which you may have heard about, has issued a product recall, one of the few I can remember actually seeing in the paper. (Page 2 of La Voz today, a large ad, and many other Spanish newspapers I understand). It seems that Compy dog food in brick format (cartons) is being recalled from 190 Mercadona stores in Albacete, Alicante, Murcia and Almería where it was being Continue reading Mercadona killer dog food recalled by makers

Santander paid 248 million into directors pensions last year

Santander, the bank, has been caught out paying a whopping 248 million euros into the pension funds of its directors. This is on top of 40,1 million in salary and “expenses” claimed by the aforementioned directors, all during 2011. The news comes courtesy of a leak to El Mundo. There are currently 20 directors, but in order to cut costs and bring the bank into line with austerity Santander had announced, today, that it will reduce Continue reading Santander paid 248 million into directors pensions last year

Happy Andalucia Day!

Today is a holiday in Andalucía, it being the annual day off commemorating the “day of Andalucia”. It’s 30 years since Andalucia became a federal region and the politicians are trying to use the day to whip up the nationalist fervor you see in other parts of Spain. Of course, it doesn’t really work in Andalusia, as Andalusia = Spain and Spain = Andalusia + the Castillas (and the Murcians who nobody really remembers about Continue reading Happy Andalucia Day!

Russian tour operator starts new flights to Almeria airport

Natalie Tours, a large Russian tour operator, has announced it will start a new route bringing in Russian tourists to Almeria. The Moscow – Almería route will be flown once every 10 days on a charter basis, according to the announcement. Russian tourists have an average stay in Andalucia of 10,6 days and spend around 120 euros a day whilst here, making them some of the most attractive tourists for the Junta to fly in. Continue reading Russian tour operator starts new flights to Almeria airport

So, how big is the public sector in Almería?

Here’s some interesting statistics gathered about the labour market in the province: (Remember, Almería has one of the highest unemployment figures in the eurozone, hovering at around 35%). There were, on the 31st December 2011, 253,172 people working in the province. 28.4%= 72,000 people have an indefinite work contract and work for a private company or business (R. General). 18.5%= 47,172 people work in agriculture (R.E. Agricultura, although of course this is now being switched Continue reading So, how big is the public sector in Almería?

Bus of English schoolchildren crashes in Cantoria, 8 taken to hospital

A bus carrying home students from the IES ‘Valle del Almanzora’ secondary school crashed this evening as it took the children home. It seems the bus swerved into the path of an oncoming car on the AL-1100. Of the 16 kids on board, almost all of them were English (British?), according to the Guardia Civil, all aged between 14 and 16, and all children of local expat families. 8 children were rushed to hospital, although Continue reading Bus of English schoolchildren crashes in Cantoria, 8 taken to hospital

Público newspaper goes under

Público, the national newspaper published by Mediapubli has announced that Sunday will be its last paper edition. Falling advertising and sales means that the paper is no longer profitable, and the company will be filing for voluntary bankruptcy on Monday at a Barcelona mercantile court. The company, which owns a number of regional titles in the north of Spain, will continue with its other regional titles, and the website publico.es, the fourth most visited Spanish Continue reading Público newspaper goes under

Chap who won 9 million euros in Almería legs it out of town

There is some indignation in the local press that the first thing “El Majo”, owner of a small bar in one of the poorest parts of Almería town, chose to do when he won 9 million on the ONCE lottery last week, was high tail it out of town. It seems that El Majo checked his lottery ticket number on Saturday, let out a whoop of joy, confirmed his winnings with the ONCE people, packed Continue reading Chap who won 9 million euros in Almería legs it out of town