Moroccan lorry driver dies after horrific A-7 crashThe driver crashed through barriers in a section of the motorway notorious for accidentsBy Joe Wallen – PUBLISHED – 10 Dec, 2017 @ 21:35 LAST UPDATED: 10 Dec, 2017 @ 21:35 0SHARE A LORRY driver has died after crashing through roadside barriers at La Cala de Mijas after losing control of his vehicle.The Moroccan driver, who was apparently transporting a cargo of tomatoes, then plunged down an embankment off the A-7, overturning onto the beach.Firefighters attempted to free the driver from the vehicle but the Moroccan had already died from the injuries sustained.“After falling down the precipice, he was captured inside the vehicle,” Manuel Morales, Mijas Fire Chief told the press.“They tried to revive him after taking him out but were not successful.” The tragic incident occurred near kilometre 202 on the coastal road, an area which is known as an accident blackspot.A similar incident occurred in January of this year when another truck crashed through barriers on the same section of the road, crashing onto the rocks below.On that occasion the driver survived.
FLIGHTMARE : Globetrotting journalist shares his recent Spanish flight nightmareWrites David AndersonBy Staff Reporter – PUBLISHED – 10 Dec, 2017 @ 11:55 LAST UPDATED: 11 Dec, 2017 @ 10:11 0SHARE I HAVE flown around the world from Moscow to Mauritius and from Uganda to the United Arab Emirates with very little hassle.But to mark our wedding anniversary, we decided to stay closer to home and picked our favourite island – magical Mallorca where we lived when I was editor of the Majorca Daily Bulletin.We booked a return flight to Palma with Ryanair, but only a few days before we were due to fly came the dramatic news … they didn’t have enough pilots!The threat of cancellations because of pilot shortages stopped us in our tracks.We had been dropped in it at the last minute by this airline many times before, so we did not want to take any chances. We forked out more cash and booked another single flight with EasyJet.So we had two flights booked to Spain, eventually picking EasyJet. No problems with that flight and we had a lovely anniversary, visiting our old haunts in Palma, Illetas and Palma Nova. But then on our very last day came the bolt from the blue. As we were packing late in the afternoon ready for next morning’s flight back to Newcastle, we got a text from Ryanair – your flight has just been cancelled!Because of the French Air Traffic Control strike we were left high and dry. That night we desperately tried to get a flight back to the UK, but to no avail. So next morning – Tuesday Oct 10 – we decided to hop on our pre-booked 5am shuttle to try potluck at Palma airport.STRIKE: For French traffic controllers It was absolute chaos. Some of our fellow passengers were told that Ryanair could help them – they could catch a flight to Milan, stay over, then catch a flight to Edinburgh.We did not fancy that and just wanted to get back to the UK asap.After trailing round many airline desks, it seemed a mission impossible to get home on the day of the strike.But just as we had given up all hope, Spanish airline Vueling came to our rescue – they could get us back to Cardiff that afternoon. It was quite a way from Newcastle, but at least we’d be back on British soil.We paid €189.98 euros for the 15.45 flight, a further?85 pounds to stay overnight in a Cardiff hotel and?48 pounds for the coach travel home the next day. What a relief!Well, we waited and waited, then our take-off time suddenly vanished from the board. We were told that our afternoon flight had been delayed until 20.00 hours – remember we’d been at the airport since 6am!Finally, just as we were due to board, came the bombshell – the flight had been cancelled – our second in 24 hours!Why did the Spanish company sell us tickets at the airport in the first place on the very day of the strike, knowing that the plane would almost certainly never take off?Angry passengers – some parents with babes in arms – were then told to collect their luggage and go to the Vueling desk where we waited for another two hours for new flight information, but still could not get a flight home.QUEUES: Added to Anderson’s tumultuous timeThe earliest and nearest flight to home was Thursday morning Oct 12: Palma to Barcelona then Barcelona to Manchester at 13.25 – a five-hour wait!We then queued up yet again to find out which hotel we would go to and the company laid on a bus for the hour-long drive to Porto Petro, where we stayed for two nights.The company promised us an early morning pick-up back to Palma airport on Thursday – fair enough.But no information was sent to our hotel about the return pick-up and all attempts to get in touch with Vueling failed.We anxiously waited through the night for a call from the company. Other airlines had posted pick-up messages for their customers but ours never came.So at 3am, we decided to go it alone and make our own way back to the airport by taxi, which cost us €79.15.Good job we did, as the flight to Barcelona was on time. Then we had the five-hour wait for the Manchester plane … and another long wait in Manchester coach station for the bus back to the North East.Ryanair eventually refunded our flight money, but Vueling said the strike was out of their hands. We lost more than €200 euros, what with hotel and coach bookings, taxi and airport food, and gained a few grey hairs.After complaining several times, the company reluctantly sent us €60 euros which didn’t even cover the taxi fare!
Floods, howling winds and power outages expected across Spain tomorrow as cyclone hits EuropeBy Laurence Dollimore (News Editor) – PUBLISHED – 9 Dec, 2017 @ 19:46 LAST UPDATED: 9 Dec, 2017 @ 19:46 0SHARE A HUGE storm is set to hit Spain and western Europe later Sunday into Monday with winds strong enough to cause power outages, travel disruptions and localized damage.The storm, named Cyclone Ana by Spanish weather agency AEMET, will sweep in from the Atlantic Ocean to affect a large area of western Europe.It is the first time AEMET has named a storm.Rainfall in areas of the mainland is forecast to exceed 100 millimetres per hour.It is expected to be more dispersed and weaker along the Valencia and Murcia coasts and in the Balearics. Winds are predicted to be up to 100 kilometres per hour, and these are due to affect the Balearics, producing very rough coastal conditions in parts of the islands.Many communities will be subject to wind gusts between 70 and 95 km/h (45 and 60 mph). These winds are strong enough to cause tree damage and power outages.Christmas lawn decorations that are not properly secured can get tossed around and damaged.Disruptions to rail and airline travel may occur. Ferry services may also be impacted as the winds stir rough seas. Drivers of high-profile vehicles should prepare for dangerous crosswinds.The winds will sweep from west to east across the Iberian Peninsula and France later Sunday into Monday.The strongest winds are expected on Sunday evening in Porto, Portugal; overnight Sunday in Lisbon, Portugal, and Madrid; on Monday morning in Montpellier, France; and on Monday in Paris.The winds will combine with the rain being produced by the storm to reduce visibility for motorists further. Those traveling by foot will find it difficult to hold onto umbrellas.Motorists may face standing water and a heightened risk for hydroplaning where the rain pours down heavily.Across the northwestern Iberian Peninsula, the heavy rain will commence well ahead of the strongest wind’s arrival and may trigger flash flooding.“The greatest concern for flooding will be across northwestern Spain and northern Portugal, where there can be widespread rainfall totals of 2-4 inches with locally higher amounts from Sunday into Sunday evening,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.“In addition to the flooding, mudslides may result.”Residents in Porto, Portugal, and Vigo, Spain, should prepare for low-lying and poor drainage areas to become inundated with flood waters quickly.Streams may become swift moving and may overflow their banks.Drier and calmer weather will gradually build across the Iberian Peninsula and France for Tuesday.Storms that follow later in the week may also impact the Iberian Peninsula.
Legal to kill bulls again on the Balearic Islands BULLFIGHTERS can kill again on Mallorca.The ban on killing bulls in the ring was short lived It comes after the constitutional court suspended the Balearic law against the mistreatment of animals, which was approved last July. But now the law, which banned bulls being killed during bullfights and disallowed minors from fighting, has been found to be ‘unconstitutional’.The government’s appeal says the regional law violates certain aspects of state laws on intangible heritage and bullfighting. They argue the Balearics do not have the authority for creating laws for specific animal protection.The suspension of the law comes after an appeal was filed in November. Within five months, the courts have to make a decision on the case, either granting the appeal and allowing bulls to be killed in the ring or finding the ban constitutional.Other benefits of the law that are no longer enforced include heath checks on the animals after a fight, time limits and limitations on numbers of animals involved. The Balearic government has assured people that they ‘protect their decision’ and will defend the law before the courts.
YES A LOAD OF DEAD BRUTALLY TORTURED BULLS
After the collapse of Monarch is the future of budget air travel in jeopardy? THIS year has been inauspicious for low-cost flights.The October 2 collapse of Monarch Airlines required the biggest ever peacetime repatriation exercise to return 100,000 Brits who were stranded overseas.A further 300,000 people lost their bookings. After struggling financially for over a year, Monarch was unable to renew its ATOL license – a legal requirement to fly. Rumours are circulating that Norwegian has similar problems and may go bust during winter. The airline recently withdrew all flights between Birmingham and Spanish airports, citing poor demand as its reason. Meanwhile, Ryanair has its ongoing pilot hours crisis. After making serious errors with its pilot holiday planning, the airline cancelled 50 flights a day from mid-September to the end of October and then a further 18,000 flights between November 2017 and March 2018, affecting 400,000 passengers. The Civil Aviation Authority has launched action against Ryanair for “persistently misleading passengers” about their rights. Refunds or re-bookings can be a thorny issue. Many customers of collapsed Monarch say they have received refunds from their banks but others haven’t been so lucky.Glenys Mason Cuming, a resident of Alicante, said: “We booked flights to the UK from Spain with Monarch for Christmas. We used our Spanish debit card and spent €288, which we have seemingly lost.” SPAIN: Benefits the most from UK flights Meanwhile, Pam Amos, from Tenerife, has seen her plans grounded: “My family booked with Monarch to visit me in October. I missed out on a family reunion and seeing my seven-year-old grandson. Now I hear that Norwegian has stopped flying to Birmingham Airport, leaving me with less choice for trips from Tenerife to Birmingham.” Although passengers are unhappy when airlines withdraw their services, cancelling flights and abandoning airports is hardly a new trick. In the days before BA and Easyjet contracted to fly out of Granada Airport, Ryanair was criticised for withdrawing its Granada-Gatwick route in 2010 in a row over subsidies from the Diputación de Granada. The same route had previously been pulled by Monarch Airlines in 2007 for ‘commercial reasons’.When airlines pull out of regional airports – as was also the case in Jerez de la Frontera in 2011, when Vueling decided to withdraw – the local tourist industry and property prices can take a direct hit. People who have invested in second properties and holiday homes can suddenly find their properties harder to reach and, accordingly, more difficult to rent to holidaymakers and to sell. The end result is that they lose money.Martino Matijevic, founder of cheap flight search site, Whichbudget.com, comments: “Ryanair is famous for playing the cost game. It picks lesser-known destinations that aren’t on the tourist radar and need investment.It asks the airports to offer slots, gets the destination to subsidise the flights and promises them thousands of new visitors. The cost of living and nearby property become cheap.When the external financial support dries out, Ryanair simply leaves the passengers with their second homes abroad and no flights. Hiking up fares to cover the shortfall would ruin their business model.”He adds: “When you see a flight for €10 you have to realise this is unsustainable and someone has to pay the difference. Ryanair’s entire corporate philosophy is built on this short-term pricing model.It is driven by subsidies and isn’t an economic reality.”Another issue looming over the low-cost airline industry is Brexit. Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has pointed out that a ‘no deal’ scenario would have ‘consequences’, including ‘the capacity of British planes to land in Europe’.Open Skies, a bilateral agreement governing flights between the UK and the EU, doesn’t revert to WTO rules if negated. It reverts to nothing.MONARCH: Collapsed earlier this yearMartino points out the difficulty in forecasting the Brexit impact. Nobody knows how it will pan out – not least Theresa May and her cabinet. He says: “At the time of the referendum, there wasn’t any difference in search patterns on Whichbudget.com and our user statistics aren’t showing any difference today. It is hard to make predictions.”Easyjet has reacted to Brexit by opening a new European HQ in Austria and launching a new airline, Easyjet Europe, headquartered in Vienna. Now operational, this has enabled EasyJet to obtain an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from Austria’s regulator so it can continue to operate flights within the EU, regardless of whether a no-deal Brexit occurs.And last week, the airline announced an increase in the number of seats to Gibraltar this winter by more than three thousand, to take up the slack left by Monarch.The extra capacity comes from upgrades to its aircraft at Gatwick .
TOMIE JONES SAYS -DO NOT LEAVE THE EU AND BUDGET FLIGHTS APLENTY .BREXIT GOES THROUGH AND THE CHARTER CHEAP FLIGHTS WILL COLLAPSE LIKE A HOUSE OF CARDS .
Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford dies, aged 74, after collapsing in prison . Disgraced former celebrity publicist Max Clifford has died after collapsing in prison.The 74-year-old, who was serving an eight-year jail sentence for historic sex offences, died in hospital after collapsing at Littlehey Prison in Cambridgeshire, the Ministry of Justice confirmed.He was said to have been in a “bad way” after collapsing twice and reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest. ‘Too much’ – Max Clifford’s daughter said he was in a “bad way” after collapsing twice in prison (Pictures: PA)A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice said: “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.“Our condolences are with Mr Clifford’s family at this difficult time.Clifford’s daughter, Louise, 46, told the Mail on Sunday that her father first collapsed in his cell on Thursday when he was trying to clean it.He then collapsed again the next day, leaving him unconscious for several minutes, she said.Jailed – Clifford was serving an eight-year sentence for historic sex offencesAfter seeing a nurse the 74-year-old was transferred to a local hospital where he suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday and was in a critical care unit.She described him as being in a “bad way” and said: “It was just too much”.
TOMIE JONES:-DO NOT WEEP, SHED A TEAR, FOR HIS DEMISE, HE SHED NONE WHEN HE RAPED TEENAGE GIRLS WITH PROMISES OF FAME FOR SEXUAL FAVOURS.he will not be missed at the butterfly ball, or the charity golf tournaments that he sponsored.Marbella was one of his hunting grounds, as it is for others.They say one should not speak ill of the dead but what can one say, perhaps with this death, he needs to be remembered for the fact he was found out and found guilty, yet there are still many more who have committed the same crimes and abuses that have got away with it.Still good riddance to bad rubbish.