Rich businessman “pardoned” over illegal home prison sentence

Miguel Ángel Ramírez Alonso has been “pardoned” by the government over a three year prison sentence for illegally building and then repeatedly expanding his luxury home in Pino Santo (Las Palmas, Canary Islands). Miguel, who owns Seguridad Integral Canaria, the largest private security firm in the islands, and also owns the Union Deportiva Las Palmas football team, was sentenced by the High Court of the Canary Islands to three years in jail and costs of Continue reading Rich businessman “pardoned” over illegal home prison sentence

Tried saving on energy bills by checking your supplied power?

Have you ever thought about checking your contracted power level? FACUA, the consumer union, is advising households to check the potencia eléctrica contratada in their homes. Many household will have a potencia which is higher than they need, meaning they’re paying for something they never use. You see, in short: When you sign up for a power supply, you choose a contract power level (potencia eléctrica contratada) which appears on your bill. The default level Continue reading Tried saving on energy bills by checking your supplied power?

Almería gets Spains 4th homemade 3d printer

From the press, you’d have thought that 3d home printing was The Next Big Thing and we’d be expecting every UK kid to be screaming for one this Christmas. However, ideal.es stunned us (me) today by saying Spain only has three 3d printers and that two uni students at Almeria Uni have just built the fourth. There must be more than 3…. they only cost a few hundred euros? I don’t think I believe that Continue reading Almería gets Spains 4th homemade 3d printer

Over 10,000 homeless in province warns charity

There are now over 10,000 people living in the streets, according to Cáritas Diocesana de Almeria, the Christian charity, who add that over 25,000 houses in the province have been seized by the financial institutions and are lying empty. The charity estimates that 7,000 of these homeless live in the plastic greenhouses of the Poniente, over El Ejido way, and the others are scattered around the major urban areas. Many of these people are illegal Continue reading Over 10,000 homeless in province warns charity

Blue Lagoon in Mojacar closes

The Blue Lagoon was a reference for Mojacar throughout the recession years. It became famous when la crisis started for its “credit crunch lunch”, its innovative marketing techniques, and, possibly, for helping to kick off a price war between Mojacars beachside expat food bars. It always seemed busy and always seemed to be a reference for people up and down the coast. But yesterday came the news that it would be the last day, an Continue reading Blue Lagoon in Mojacar closes

Almeria now has two Michelin starred restaurants

Michelin 2014 is out and Almería has added a second Michelin restaurant to the provinces gastronomical lineup. Alejandro (Roquetas de Mar, Almería) gets its first Michelin, and La Costa in El Ejido keeps the one it had last year. Well done both. Now, how about one this side of the mountains?

Almeria, stray cats and the petition to “stop the slaughter”…. not quite what it seems?

You’ll have read in the English language press (assuming you buy the Costa Almeria, and you live on the coast near a bar where they drop off the Euroweekly) that PAWS has joined a petition to “stop the slaughter” of cats in Almeria city. On its webpage PAWS says it has been contacted by some people who claim “The  Ayuntamiento has already begun rounding up the helpless animals and is separating kittens from their mothers.” There is also Continue reading Almeria, stray cats and the petition to “stop the slaughter”…. not quite what it seems?

No more “locked” mobile phones from Movistar

After a campaign by consumer organisation FACUA, Movistar has announced it will end its policy of “locking” mobile phones to its own network. So if you have a Movistar phone, they will now give you, for free and over the phone, the code to “unlock” it and use it on any network. Vodafone, Orange and Yoigo are so far refusing to do this, despite the campaign, but Facua continues to pressurise, and has also lodged complaints Continue reading No more “locked” mobile phones from Movistar

Insult or photograph a copper: 30,000€ fine

The new “Law for citizen safety” (currently under debate) is suggesting a fine of up to 30,000€ (minimum: 1001€) for “shouting, insulting or behaving aggressively” towards a copper during a manifestation. Other hardcore, move along good citizen nothing to see here suggestions are fines of between 30,000€ and 600,000€ for taking or distributing photos identifying a police officer in the course of their duties. Ouch. Which makes me think: there is currently a big fuss Continue reading Insult or photograph a copper: 30,000€ fine