RENFE to be broken up and private companies allowed onto Spanish railways

The government has announced that it is to break RENFE, the national railways operator, up into four distinct business groups, and will permit private groups to operate rail services in Spain. The operation will be complete by July 2013. Spain currently has three public companies operating its railways: Renfe, the train operator, FEVE, which operates narrow gauge lines and ADIF, which maintains the network. FEVE will be dissolved and its operations passed to Adif and Continue reading RENFE to be broken up and private companies allowed onto Spanish railways

Ryanair drops 15 routes and reduces services on another 46 routes to Spain

The move is in response to the recent increase in airport taxes, explained Michael O’Leary, everyone’s favourite Irishman. The main airports affected are Madrid and Barcelona, who have both hiked up their landing fees by about 50%. Ryanair says that this has made these routes unviable for the airline, adding that they previously carried about 2,3 million people a year on these routes. Ryanair estimates that around 2,000 jobs in the tourism sector will be Continue reading Ryanair drops 15 routes and reduces services on another 46 routes to Spain

Junta de Andalucia spends 230,000€ a day on “international cooperation”

Or around 500 million euros since 2007, according to the PP. 71 million euros this year alone. The funds go to “international projects” designed to “enhance and project Andalucia’s image abroad… whilst aiding in international cooperation and development”, and are spent by a shady sounding organisation called the Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo. (Andalucian Agency of International Cooperation for Development). Hmm.Wonder what a close study of their accounts would reveal… Amongst other Continue reading Junta de Andalucia spends 230,000€ a day on “international cooperation”

IVA increase will apply to July and August utility bills

A complaint has been lodged alledging that the IVA increase, due on the 1st of September, will affect water, gas, telephone and electric bills for the months of July and August unless the government issues an exception. FACUA, the consumers organisation, has pointed out that most utility companies will issue their two months bills in September, after the 1st of September increase in IVA. However, the bills will be for services provided in July and Continue reading IVA increase will apply to July and August utility bills

Almeria third cheapest holiday destination in the world, says survey

A survey of holiday destinations by the portal trivago.com has said that Almería is the third cheapest holiday destination in the world, costing an average of just 61€ a day for a full board double hotel room during July and August. Other cheap Spanish destinations singled out are Santa Cruz de Tenerife, at number two (just 60€ a day) or Las Palmas, at 62€ a day. The cheapest destination is Patong Beach, Thailand. Spain also Continue reading Almeria third cheapest holiday destination in the world, says survey

Turre fiesta this weekend: programme of events

It’s the Turre fiestas de Santiago this weekend (20 – 22 July). San Santiago actually has his shindigs on the 25th (which is a public holiday in Galicia) but hey, let’s have it over the weekend. San Santiago is, apart from being the patron saint of Galicia, the saint of the gitanos and so there is a strong flamenco / gypsy flavour to his saint’s day in Andalucia, especially in Turre, where this fiesta used Continue reading Turre fiesta this weekend: programme of events

Turre tapas run 2012

Turre has announced that it is organising a Tapas run over the weekend of the 28/29 of July and 4/5 of August. Here’s the programme and the participating bars in the village, along with their specialist tapa (click the image to make it bigger) and here’ s the map of the village showing you where everything is: (again, click to make bigger) Usual rules apply, get your “passport” stamped at every establishment and hand it Continue reading Turre tapas run 2012

Poniente hospital criticised for hiring temporary staff to replace downsized doctors – many of them the same people!

The Hospital del Poniente (in El Ejido) is in hot water after unions revealed that it has had to hire hundreds of temporary workers to replace downsized doctors fired due to the budget crisis. Amongst other “temporary” workers hired in recent weeks are specialists such as anesthesiologists, surgeons, ophthalmologists and trauma experts. Up to 50% of the worker in the building are currently temporary specialists hired short term, and many of them are the same Continue reading Poniente hospital criticised for hiring temporary staff to replace downsized doctors – many of them the same people!