2010 coastguard helicopter crash was pilot error

The Helimar coastguard helicopter crash in 2010 that killed three coastguards was down to the pilot getting confused, and the co-pilot not reading his instruments correctly, according to the official report, published today. The helicopter hit the water some five nautical miles off the coast of Almería when returning from nighttime exercises. A lack of night training for the pilots was also blamed.

Junta demands to know long term plans for Almeria airport

The Junta has demanded that the government reveal its long term plans for Almeria airport, in order to be able to plan their tourism strategy around the destiny of the airport. Seville says that Almeria, Jerez, Granada and Cordoba airports are all vitally important to their regions, but that it cannot plan for the future unless Madrid reveals what it plans to do to the airports – upgrade, stagnate or close them. Almeria airport is Continue reading Junta demands to know long term plans for Almeria airport

25% unemployment passed

It’s official – one out of every four Spaniards of working age is now unemployed. Basically, that’s the highest level of any country in the developed world. In the last quarter, 96,000 jobs were destroyed, leaving just 17.320.300 people in employment. And three out of every four people who lost their jobs did so in Andalucía, as the unemployment level in the region approaches 1,5 million people (we’ve only got 8 million people, for God’s Continue reading 25% unemployment passed

Garrucha mayor denounced for corruption

The Mayor of Garrucha has been denounced for corruption after the opposition PSOE party discovered that since 2008 all townhall vehicles have been serviced at his own garage. Juan Francisco Fernández (PP) happens to co-own a garage in town with his brother (Automecanica Garrucha). Since 2008, it’s received some 17,000€ in payments from the townhall. The mayor used to be the administrator of the company. After the PSOE tabled a question back in Feb, he Continue reading Garrucha mayor denounced for corruption

Chap who used the rambla to get home after the fería – didn’t

Deciding, after the Huercal-Overa fería on Friday, to take a shortcut home to avoid any possibly unpleasent interviews with those nasty coppers and their pesky breathaliser machines, this unfortunate chap realised too late that the floods last month had somewhat altered the rambla, and this is what then happened: The driver was speeding down the rambla Los Reyes on his way back home to Úrcal, it seems to avoid a nearby traffic control on the Continue reading Chap who used the rambla to get home after the fería – didn’t

Priors construction permit annulled by the high court, compensation now expected

The High Court of Justice in Andalucía (TSJA) has decided that the construction permit issued by Vera Townhall to the Priors (the ones who had their house knocked down) back in 2003 was issued incorrectly and hence is annulled. The court case was bought by Vera townhall in an attempt to justify their issuing of the license. Since they have lost, Vera townhall is now expected to be obliged to pay some 750,000€ compensation for Continue reading Priors construction permit annulled by the high court, compensation now expected

4,5 million approved for emergency road repairs after the floods (just not all at once)

The Diputación (think county council) has approved 4,5 million euros for emergency road repairs after the floods. Trouble is, as they don’t have 4,5 million euros, and the road companies won’t extend them any more credit, this is being done piecemeal. They don’t expect to spend more than 2 million this year, and maybe not the rest next year. So, a phased plan of road repairs (with no dates, I notice) has been announced, and Continue reading 4,5 million approved for emergency road repairs after the floods (just not all at once)

La Mojonera official car spotted speeding at 150kph in Seville… townhall “unsure” of who was driving

The official car of La Mojonera townhall has been caught speeding at 150kph by a radar trap outside Seville, and the townhall has received a fine of 900€. However, when asked to identify the driver, the townhall has said that records are unclear as to who had the keys that day. Local paper ideal however, has pointed out that A) the Mayor (José Cara) is also a regional deputy in the regional Government and that Continue reading La Mojonera official car spotted speeding at 150kph in Seville… townhall “unsure” of who was driving

25% of the local economy is black

About 25% of the entire economy of Almería is “black”, or in other words, is undeclared and no tax is paid on it. And the percentage is expected to grow as the recession bites. That’s according to the Tax Office, no less. Lástima que no haya un Nobel de Economía sumergida. — Hugo Bonet (@HugoBonet) October 15, 2012 Frankly, I reckon it’s higher than that. I was in a well known mechanics in Vera the Continue reading 25% of the local economy is black