President Puig of Valencia announced today that he would guarantee health care to British residents in the region after Brexit. He said: “I want to send a message of absolute affection to the whole British community who lives amongst us, and guarantee them that there will be no interruption in fundamental public services, that health care is guaranteed to anyone who lives in our region”. The message of “affection, love and security to our Continue reading Brexit: Valencia promises health care to Brits, come what may
Low passenger numbers have caused airlines to drop 11 routes from Almeria airport this month. We were supposed to have 29 routes across Europe this summer, but only 18 continue to function after airlines suddenly cancelled the rest for August. Five of the cancelled routes were low cost and charter flights to European cities: Birmingham, Belgrade, Helsinki, Rome, Oslo. The other six were all to other Spanish cities: Tenerife South, Bilbao, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Continue reading 11 destinations including Birmingham abruptly dropped from Almeria airport
A Frenchman in a taxi has been unfortunate enough to have 1,5 million euros in cash confiscated by the coppers. It happened whilst he was in the back of the cab in Valencia. A routine traffic control stopped the taxi – the coppers were looking for unlicensed or illegal taxis, and wanted to check the papers of the driver. But the suspicious behaviour of the passenger, who was clutching a “massive” suitcase, aroused the suspicion Continue reading Chap found with 1,5 million euros in a suitcase
A huge blaze in forests around Valencia have forced hundreds of people to flee their homes overnight. Seven care homes for the elderly in Torrent were evacuated by emergency services overnight as they were unable to guarantee their safety ahead of the blaze, along with dozens of individual homes in the area. An entire urbanisation, “Santa Domingo” in nearby Chiva was emptied overnight by police. Two people were rescued by firefighters after being overcome by Continue reading Hundreds flee homes ahead of Valencia forest fire
Never a dull moment – it emerges today that ex-President of Valencia football club Juan Soler has been arrested for hiring Eastern European mercenaries to kidnap another ex-President of the same football club, Vicente Soriano. Soriano bought a huge whack of Valencia FC shares off Soler in 2009 for 85 million euros. But when Soler went to cash the cheque, it bounced sky high.
Enrique Ponce, the bullfighter, has suffered severe goring after his bullfight today went badly wrong. As he plunged the killing stroke into the bull, the animal with its last strength swiped at him and managed to gore him through the chest with its massive horns. It happened in today’s feria de Fallas at Valencia, the traditional bullfight held during Valencia’s famous las fallas festival.
RTVV will close with immediate effect, announced the Valencian regional government tonight, as it is “financially impossible” to keep it open. The shock announcement came hours after the Valencia labour courts rejected a government plan to layoff over a thousand workers at the publically owned broadcaster. The Generalitat says it costs them 72 million euros a month just to pay salaries at the broadcaster, and if it has to bring back the fired workers it Continue reading Valencia closes regional broadcaster after court refuses layoffs
Europe has finally decided that, yes, about 219 million euros of FEDER Eu funds granted to Andalucia between 1994 and 1997 seems to have gone missing. Andalucia was one of the largest benefectors of EU funds during this time, receiving about 3.3 billion which went towards roads, motorways, hospitals, schools, farms, etc, in an attempt to drag the place into the late 20th century. As you can imagine, with so much cash coming in, quite Continue reading No more EU cash for Andalucia, because they’ve been caught pinching it
A Ryanair jet from Madrid to Gran Canaria had to return to Barajas airport this morning and make an emergency landing after the cabin suffered a sudden fall in pressure. Nobody on flight FR2011 was injured, although a number of passengers were treated at the scene for nosebleeds, headaches and ear problems. Regresa a Barajas por problemas técnicos un avión de Ryanair que iba a Canarias http://t.co/8VQR30hv [ABC] #Economia — La Red Económica (@RedEconomica) September Continue reading Second Ryanair jet in emergency landing this week after cabin depressurizes
A Ryanair flight departing Valencia airport Tues morning for Brussels (flight FR1919) was evacuated after passengers spotted that the plane was pouring aviation fuel onto the runway from one of its engines. Valencia airport activated a security protocol and secured the area, as the runway was covered in highly dangerous aviation fuel. Ryanair said that the problem was down to a faulty valve which failed, allowing the escape of the fuel. A spokesman for the Continue reading Ryanair flight evacuated at Valencia after fuel pours from wing onto runway