Spain’s 17 regions have in principal agreed to close their borders during the week leading up to Easter Sunday, but no official deal has yet been reached and the Canaries may stay open.
At least one person was shot dead and hundreds flashed the three-finger salute at funerals held in Myanmar on Friday as defiant anti-coup demonstrations continued across the country.
Anti-coup protesters took to the streets in several cities despite deadly repression by security forces that has already killed more than 50 people. EFE-EPA
An ex-banker and one of Spain’s richest men has lost a battle to avoid paying a 91.7 million fine Euro fine & prison sentence for trying to smuggle a Picasso painting out of the country.
Jaime Botin’s challenge to the fine was rejected by Spain’s Supreme Court in the country’s capital Madrid yesterday (3 March).
The former president of Bankinter and brother of the late Santander Bank owner Emilio Botin, was sentenced in January 2020 by a Madrid criminal court for attempting to smuggle Picasso’s ‘The Head of a Young Woman’ out of Spain on his private yacht.
The 84-year-old tycoon was handed a three-year prison sentence and initially fined EUR 52 million which was increased to EUR 91.7 million, and the court also ordered that the state keeps the painting.
According to local media, Botin was hoping to sell the painting at the world-famous auction house Christie’s in London.
The banker who is the uncle of Santander bank chairman Ana Botin had denied the allegations saying he had only take it out of Spanish territory so he could take it to Switzerland for safekeeping.
The Spanish judiciary ruled that the painting could not be exported from the country on the basis that it is an official asset of Spanish heritage and therefore it is ‘not exportable’.
‘The Head of a Young Woman’ was painted in 1906 by Pablo Picasso and has an estimated value of EUR 26 million.
The case has been ongoing since 2012 when Botin made a request to the Ministry of Culture asking for permission to export the picture to London to be sold at Christie’s auction house, however, the request was rejected.
The Spanish supreme court has reaffirmed its support for the Ministry of Culture’s claim the painting cannot be exported due to its “obvious historical value and the fact that it is over 100 years old”.
In 2015, three years after the Ministry of Culture rejected the request, the painting was seized in Corsica in France where the authorities found it onboard the billionaire banker’s private yacht.
The painting was seized and returned to the Spanish government who then opened a legal case against the banker culminating in the latest ruling by the country’s Supreme Court against Botin’s appeal.
The painting is currently in the hands of the Reina Sofia Art Gallery in Madrid.
The Botin family had previously settled a 200 million Euro demand from the Spanish tax authorities after it was disclosed that they had undeclared bank accounts in Swtizerland.
The Guardia Civil are investigating a 63-year-old man from Motril for alleged animal cruelty through negligence in the care of his pony.
The animal, which was kept on a piece of land in Almuñécar, shows obvious signs of neglect as its hooves had not been trimmed in a considerable time, leaving it almost crippled and in evident pain.
It was Seprona (environmental branch) of the Guardia Civil that learnt of the situation under which the animal was being kept and who turned up the next day with a veterinary surgeon belonging to the Oficina Comarcal Agraria in Motril.
The vet confirmed that the pony exhibted evident symptoms for laminitis: this is a disease that affects the feet of ungulates and is found mostly in horses and cattle. Clinical signs include foot tenderness progressing to inability to walk, increased digital pulses, and increased temperature in the hooves.
The owner admitted that he had not trimmed its hooves in over a year because he had called the farrier but he had never turned up. In later conversations with the police he admitted that he did not have the money to cover the costs of keeping the animal as far as veterinary services went.
For this reason the Guarida Civil called the Centro Andalusí de Rescate de Caballos in Málaga to hand the animal over into their care. The said centre covered the costs of transporting the pony and veterinary care.
(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)
The Generalitat Valenciana will vaccinate all British residents in Alicante even if they are not registered on the Social Security system.
You MUST have a SIP card in order to be included on the list. If you don’t have the “permanent” plastic SIP card you can still get the vaccine with the temporary SIP card. You can get a temporary SIP card by taking either the EHIC (European Health Insurance) or GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) to the medical centre along with your passport.
If you have changed your mobile phone number and email recently, make sure you update your contact information on the official website below. The mobile number MUST be Spanish and you can´t use the same one as someone else that´s registered there. Your health centre will contact you regarding your vaccination appointment.
You will need to enter your SIP number, date of when your SIP card was issued (if applicable) and date of birth. Once you validate the information, it will allow you to enter your contact details (mobile, house phone and email).
Relocating to another country can be both exciting and challenging. It’s exciting, due to all of the new experiences to be had, places to see and people to meet. And perhaps a little daunting in part, due to seemingly ‘over bureaucratic’ procedures and tackling the lingo.
That’s why, having the Costa Blanca News for English-speaking residents is such a boon (and no doubt quite handy for those learning English, too!). Of course, we should all attempt to learn some español, if not only for our own satisfaction, but also to chat with Spanish friends and neighbours, etc. and perhaps helping to tackle ‘official’ processes. However, we’re undoubtedly all on different journeys with that!
Having read that the Costa Blanca News was to increase in price to €2.50, my first thought was, that it’s still incredibly good value. For the price of a couple of cafés con leche, you can buy a newspaper that’s always packed full of interesting and informative articles, including pieces on how to approach some bureaucratic processes, such as applying for the TIE card, etc. and keeping us informed of all the latest news.
I always look forward to reading about the wonderful walks that this beautiful country has to offer, the wildlife that lives here and the environment in which they live and reading the ‘Essential Spanish’ articles reminds me that there’s always more to learn! Knowing about the various charitable groups that help people and highlighting the many animal rescues groups that need homes for dogs, cats and other animals is also a wonderful use of the CBNews’ pages!
I believe that we are very fortunate to have the CBNews and I sincerely hope that it’s readership continues to grow. Here’s to another 50 years!
Capdepera Town Hall is limiting access to the car park at Cala Agulla to stop Caravans and Motorhomes setting up camp and putting out tables, chairs and awnings.
The car park, which is in a protected area, has been used by caravan and motorhome owners for years. But last weekend was the last straw for local residents, who vented their fury on social media networks after a massive amount of people set up camp.
“We contacted the owner of the car park and have decided to fence off part of the area and limit entry to avoid overcrowding,” explained Capdepera Mayor, Rafel Fernández. “Access to the car park will be limited at least until the summer and controls will be in place when it reopens.”
Caravans and motorhomes will still be able to access the Cala Agulla car park, but they won’t be allowed to put out tables and chairs or any other camping furniture.
According to digital magazine, Cap Vermell, a group of residents has decided to report the caravan and motorhome users to the Ministry of Environment for alleged misuse of a protected area and generating dirt.
“It’s an honour to participate in this historic bi-lateral maritime exercise; hallmarking 200 years of an enduring partnership with Morocco.” – Rear Adm. Robertson
The exercise enhances interoperability between the U.S. and Moroccan Navies across multiple warfare areas, many of which include: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air and strike warfare, combined logistics support, maritime interdiction operations.
“On behalf of the Sailors assigned to the IKE CSG it’s an honor to participate in this historic bi-lateral maritime exercise; hallmarking 200 years of an enduring partnership with Morocco,” said Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, commander, Carrier Strike Group Two. “Exercises like Lighting Handshake enhance the foundation of our interoperability and continued support of our long term commitment to security in the region.”
Lightning Handshake 2021 increases the ability of U.S. and Moroccan maritime forces to work together in order to address security concerns and increase stability in the region.
Participating ships in Lightning Handshake from the IKE CSG, commanded by Rear Adm. Scott Robertson, include flagship USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); and Destroyer Squadron 22 ships include Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mitscher (DDG 57), and USS Porter (DDG 78).
Aircraft participating in Lightning Handshake include – Squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, embarked on Eisenhower include the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32, “Gunslingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 105, “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, “Rampagers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83; “Dusty Dogs” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 7; “Swamp Foxes” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74; “Screwtops” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 123; “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 130, and a detachment from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 40 “Rawhides.”
Moroccan assets participating in Lightning Handshake include: Royal Moroccan Navy Frigate Tarnk Ben Ziyad (SIGMA Class Frigate) Royal Naval HQ Maritime Operations Center (MOC) Royal Air Force HQ Air Operations Center (AOC), one Panther Helicopter, and two of each fixed-wing combat F-16 and F-5 fighter aircraft.
USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) participated in the 2018 exercise and included unit events which flexed interoperability between the U.S. and Royal Moroccan Navies in the following warfare areas; communication, link, Anti-Submarine Warfare, close air support and Naval Surface Fire Support.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is a multiplatform team of ships, aircraft and more than 5,000 Sailors, capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe.
U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
NEW COVID-19 cases in the Valencian Community are continuing to go down on the indicative week-to-week basis according to figures released tonight(March 4) by the regional health ministry.
489 new infections were reported today compared to 612 cases on February 25, though the total is 76 more than yesterday.
The downward infection trend is continuing with lower daily figures being reported than over a large part of last August.
28 people fatalities were reported today compared to 49 deaths a week ago.
There have now been 6,802 coronavirus-related deaths in the Valencian Community.
Hospitalisations are maintaining their drop after going below the 1,000 mark yesterday.
Admissions now stand at 920, a fall of 55 since Wednesday, and 347 less than on February 25.
The admissions total is over two-thirds lower than three weeks ago.
There are 228 ICU patients, ten less since yesterday and 67 fewer over a week.
Another encouraging sign of pandemic infections being brought under control is that just eight new outbreaks have been reported in the region over the last 24 hours.
The Valencian government are not expected to make any dramatic changes to their current set of restrictions this side of the Easter holiday.
President Ximo Puig says he has every intention of keeping the regional border closure and the 10.00 pm curfew in place until the week after Easter, in addition to limitations on the number of people that can get together.
CYPRUS To Allow Vaccinated Brits Back Into The Country From May 1 with no restrictions
Savvas Perdios, the Deputy Tourism Minister of Cyprus made an announcement on Thursday (March 4), telling the semi-official Cyprus News Agency, that British tourists will be allowed back into the country from May 1, with no restrictions, as long as they have had both jabs.
Mr Perdios said, “We have informed the British government that from May 1 we will facilitate the arrival of British nationals who have been vaccinated, so they can visit Cyprus without a negative test or needing to quarantine”.
The only stipulations laid out are that all tourists would need to have been inoculated with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, and the second dose of the vaccine should have been administered at the latest, seven days before the date of travel.
He also said that Cypriot authorities would reserve the right to conduct random tests on any arrivals, more as a safeguard, with Cyprus not having suffered such a bad outbreak of the coronavirus, going in and out of various lockdowns for the past 12 months.
Up to Thursday, Cyrpus had recorded a total of 36,004 infections and 232 deaths, with widespread testing, and almost everyone obliged to take a Covid test once a week.
UK visitors are Cyprus’s largest market, and the tourism industry accounts for around 13 per cent of Cyprus’s economy, which plunged around 85 per cent during 2020, and the country is very popular for its stunning beaches vibrant nightlife, fantastic cuisine, and incredible archaeological sites, and of course – it’s warm climate!
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