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

More on the “free taxi to A&E” debate

Following on from my comments about Spectrum FM carping on about free taxis to A&E, I was interested to note that early next month a new law (ok, ok, regional decree, whatever) redefining the taxi sector in Andalucía comes into force. We’ve been waiting for this since 2003, by the way. First of all, the bit about taxis being free to A&E: Checking the Real Decreto 763/1979, de 16 de marzo, por el que se Continue reading More on the “free taxi to A&E” debate

Prats caught red-handed advertising “spliffs for sale” at local school

Three young twits from Roquetas del Mar were arrested after drawing a nice map on a board outside a local school with a map (showing the route from the school to their flat), a telephone number, their nicknames and the slogan “Spliffs for sale, ready rolled”. Even the local police couldn’t fail to investigate that lead. Quite a few spliffs were seized by the police, as well as raw materials and a fair amount of Continue reading Prats caught red-handed advertising “spliffs for sale” at local school

Huercal traffic chief sacked for drink driving (but then given another cushy job)

Whoops. The councillor for traffic and road safety of Huercal de Almería has been dismissed by the Mayor after he was caught drink driving through his own town. He was driving home on St Valentine’s night when a routine combine Guardia and local Police control stopped him for a breath test. According to the testimony of the two officers in court, Adolfo Martin, when asked to provide a breath sample, shouted at the officers “I Continue reading Huercal traffic chief sacked for drink driving (but then given another cushy job)