Palma Boat Show set to take place in June

Palma Boat Show set to take place in June


Palma International Boat Show

The boat show had to be called off last year.

The Palma International Boat Show is this year scheduled to take place between June 3 and 6, so long as Mallorca is classified as being at coronavirus level three risk or lower.

The minister for the productive sectors, Juan Pedro Yllanes, said on Saturday that the government wants to support the nautical industry and intends to stage an event that contributes to its reactivation and promotion.

The president of the Balearic Ports Authority, Francesc Antich, has guaranteed the support of the port in Palma, “given the strategic importance of the nautical industry”.

There will be protocols for preventing infection and a strict control of capacity, which will not exceed 1,500. A team will ensure that exhibitors and visitors comply with health regulations.

The boat show, which will take place at the Moll Vell, was called off last year. It was initially put back to June from the usual dates at the end of April and start of May but still had to be cancelled.



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Adult male imprisoned for causing significant damage to tourist apartments in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, after pretending to be a child – The Canary

Adult male imprisoned for causing significant damage to tourist apartments in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, after pretending to be a child – The Canary


The four migrants, who had only recently arrived by boat, three of them minors, were arrested for damage to rooms and communal areas in the apartment complex, usually occupied by tourists, in the southern resort town of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, last Monday night, after the four individuals, all of Moroccan origin, began to throw electrical appliances, including a microwave, out on to the terraces in front of the building, smashing windows and damaging furniture in two of the apartment rooms of the Puerto Bello. They destroyed much of one communal bathroom in the complex, during a raucous altercation, which left local residents reeling at the noise and vandalism and some claiming to be “besieged”.

A video, shot by one of the hotel employees, has been widely distributed on social media, and repeatedly put forward as evidence of “constant mayhem” and “riots every night” suffered by local neighbours of the quiet residential street where the complex is located.

The Guardia Civil and the Mogán Policia Local were, in fact, deployed to the scene last Monday, where agents, several armed with helmets and perspex security shields, proceeded to arrest the four individuals who were at the core of this disturbance, three of them minors and one adult who, despite his clearly muscular physique and facial stubble, had been posing as a minor after claiming to be under 18-years of age when he first arrived at the port of Arguineguín a few weeks previously.

The main guard court of San Bartolomé de Tirajana has, this Thursday, ordered the adult male into prison. He is suspected to have led the altercation on Monday and possibly others previously, which had been a major cause of concern for monitors looking after the other children.

The events on Monday night followed at least two prior altercations, over the week leading up to the arrests, to which security forces, including members of the Guardia Civil, had been deployed to that same premises. It has not yet been clarified if the same adult male, now shown to have been pretending to be a minor, was also involved in these prior events, however sources consulted by The Canary News have made clear that the Puerto Bello apartments had been “quiet for the first two months” and said that they had not witnessed any similar incidents prior to the third week of January, when reports of increasing noise, usually at night, became more frequent. The suspicion is that new individuals arriving may have negatively influenced or changed the dynamic between the children being accommodated onsite and their carers from the NGO, which in turn led to an increase in undesirable and even violent behaviour.

Local residents will now be keen to find out whether further incidents occur, or indeed if the problem characters being removed from the situation has resolved the issues for the time being.





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STAND UP AND BE COUNTED: Catalunya gears up for strangest autonomous elections ever in the midst of COVID

STAND UP AND BE COUNTED: Catalunya gears up for strangest autonomous elections ever in the midst of COVID


VALENTINE’S DAY will be very different in Catalunya this year.

Far from thinking about love and affection, the Catalan people are more concerned with the strangest autonomous elections in history.

Despite a cross-party agreement to postpone the elections until May due to the COVID pandemic, a High Court judge finally ruled against the adjournment and, after a week of speculation and uncertainty, finally decreed that they should go ahead tomorrow (February 14) as originally planned.

The decision opened up a huge can of worms, with accusations flying regarding the increasing involvement of the courts in Catalan politics and triggering a flood of allegations on behalf of citizens who had been randomly chosen to preside over the polling stations.

Fears of COVID infection – with the precedent of figures shooting up following the presidential elections in the USA in November – led to record numbers of requests to dodge the obligation to spend all day at a table counting votes surrounded by hundreds of other people, which can lead to prison and hefty fines for those who fail to turn up without suitable justification.

Meanwhile, the Catalan authorities launched an intensive campaign highlighting the measures taken to guarantee total safety, including antigen tests and full protective gear for members of polling stations, social distancing, set voting times for different sectors of population – including one hour for COVID-positive and quarantined voters – and of course the obligatory facemasks and hand gel.

Applications for postal votes also hit a new record, but the greatest fear shared by all the major parties vying to preside the Generalitat is the threat of an historically high level of abstention.

On the purely political front, tomorrow’s elections are a source of great speculation and excitement, as they could go almost any way.

Winning is no guarantee of government. In 2017, the (usually) centre-right and vehemently anti-independence party Ciutadans (Cs) were victorious by a large margin but were powerless to put together a functioning government, while the pro-separatist Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) and JuntsxCat joined forces to lead the Generalitat.

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Acting Catalan president Pere Aragones (ERC)

All the polls so far suggest a three-way draw between ERC, Junts and the Catalan branch of the PSOE, the Partit dels Socialistes de Catalunya (PSC).

This year also sees the arrival of extreme right-wing party Vox, who are expected to enter the Generalitat with between six to eight seats and see eye-to-eye with the conservative Partido Popular (PP).

The Catalan branch of the left-wing Podemos, En Comú Podem – led by the Valencia-born Jéssica Albiach –the anti-capitalist pro-independence party Candidatura d’Unitat Popular (CUP) and a splinter group from Junts, the PDECat, complete the lineup.

With no landslide victory predicted for any one candidate, all eyes will be on the post-election pacts and cross-party negotiations set to kick off on Monday.



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Spain’s Supermarkets Buck The Trend Takings Increase Extra € 3.1 Billion

Spain’s Supermarkets Buck The Trend Takings Increase Extra € 3.1 Billion


Spain's Supermarkets Buck The Trend As Takings Increase By An Extra € 3.1 Billion
Spain’s Supermarkets Buck The Trend As Takings Increase By An Extra € 3.1 Billion. image: Wikipedia

Spain’s Supermarkets Buck The Trend As Takings Increase By An Extra € 3.1 Billion During The Crisis.

Spain’s Mercadona and the rest of the supermarkets have reported an extra € 3.1 billion in sales due to the coronavirus crisis and restrictions.

Mercadona, Carrefour, Lidl, Eroski, DIA and the rest of medium-sized supermarkets and even neighbouring stores have been the greatest beneficiaries of the year 2020. Their sales have soared despite the fact that there have been virtually zero tourists visiting the country.

This figure is the latest data released from Nielsen, one of the main consulting firms in the Spanish distribution market, which estimates the turnover of the mass consumer sector at 95,000 million euros last year and represents 6.4% more sales.

These figures contrast with the results of the majority of supermarkets based in Spain, which will show results in 2020 with mostly double-digit increases, with some of them increasing their turnover by more than 20%. “The ones that have grown by only one digit in 2020 can say that it has not been a good year,” a manager of a food company said.

The collapse of the hospitality industry

The beverage category has been a good example of what happened last year. Supermarkets and hypermarkets have picked up a part of the economic debacle that has devastated the hospitality industry- drinks sales in bars and restaurants fell 44% last year while those in retail grew.

It is interesting to note that regions that are not tourist-dependant are those that are fairing the best, according to the date from Nielsen.

 

 


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Chile protests against police killing of street juggler turn violent | World | English edition

Chile protests against police killing of street juggler turn violent | World | English edition


A police van was set on fire as hundreds of people took to the streets in the Chilean capital on Friday in fresh protests against the killing of a street juggler in alleged firing by cops last week.

The protesters in the central Plaza Italia in Santiago de Chile carried placards and shouted slogans against the officer, who allegedly shot dead Francisco Martínez, 27, during a routine identity check last week. EFE-EPA



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Spain Tourist Figures Plummeted 80% In 2020 ⋆ Madrid Metropolitan

Spain Tourist Figures Plummeted 80% In 2020 ⋆ Madrid Metropolitan


The latest figures from the National Statistics Institute (INE) show that tourist arrivals to Spain dropped by 80%% whilst Madrid saw a similar fall of 77% due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent imposition of travel restrictions to the country.

Just 18.96 million foreign visitors arrived in 2020, compared to 83.5 million international tourists who arrived in 2019 in what was the seventh year in a row of record figures for the industry.

The fall in numbers had a knock-on effect on tourist expenditure which also fell dramatically last year.

Visitors spent €19.7 billion in 2020, down from €91.9 billion in 2019, a drop of 78.5% which represented a contraction in the sector´s weight of the Spanish economy to just 4% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020 – down from 12.4% in 2019.

Although Madrid was hard hit- it was not the hardest with traditional holiday hotspots in Andalucia, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia as well as the Canary and Balearic Islands faring far worse.

Some such as the Balearic and Canary Islands who are dependent on visitors from the UK had the double whammy of the collapse of the British tour operator Thomas Cook in January and the imposition of the UK quarantine orders in the summer followed by the Spanish ban on UK arrivals due to the coronavirus variant in December 2020.

The Spanish travel ban has been extended until 22 February.

The Balearic Islands is the Spanish region that has seen the biggest drop in  international visitors, with arrivals from outside Spain falling to 1.7 million in 2020 compared to 13.6 million in 2019 – representing a fall of  87%.

Although there was some recompense from domestic tourism as Spaniards where either not permitted or chose to enjoy their summer holidays in Spain in 2020, it still represents a disastrous fall in numbers for the hotel and tourism industry.

The outlook for 2021 is remains uncertain, although there is hope that with countries completing the first month of their vaccine programmes, the present restrictions on international travel maybe lifted in time for the summer.

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Stolen Yacht Recovered | Costa Tropical Gazette News

Stolen Yacht Recovered | Costa Tropical Gazette News


Officers from the Policía Nacional have recovered a stolen, luxury yacht, located in the Marina Alcaidesa in the Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz).

AND Stolen Yacht FoundThe 66-metre-long yacht, worth 1,400,000 euros, was stolen in France. The French Gendarmerie, through the international cooperation programme, Sirene, contacted their Spanish counterparts in Cádiz about the stolen vessel that they believe could be sailing in or around the Gibraltar Straits.

The Policía Nacional got straight onto it, scanning the coast and checking out ports and marinas where it might be moored. Soon, it was found in the Puerto de Marina Alcaidesa, tied up on one of the jetties. It had been abandoned there.

The yacht was thoroughly inspected and searched for DNA and fingerprints, the results of which came up with two suspects. Both men, who have extensive criminal records, now have arrest warrants issued in their names.

As soon as the police had finished with their inspection, they turned the vessel over to its rightful owners.

(News: Cadiz, Andalucia)



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Eurojackpot Results, Lottery Prize Breakdown, Winning Numbers for Friday, 12 February, 2021

Eurojackpot Results, Lottery Prize Breakdown, Winning Numbers for Friday, 12 February, 2021


Euromillions Lottery
Euromillions Lottery

Eurojackpot is drawn every Friday night at around 20:00 in Helsinki, Finland. The Eurojackpot lottery offers prizes worth up to €90 million.

The Eurojackpot lotto begins with a minimum lottery jackpot prize of €10 million which quickly grows with rollovers. The Eurojackpot is played in 18 European countries, which include Spain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden which is why the Eurojackpot is one of the most popular lotteries in Europe.

Winning numbers and values for all twelve prize tiers appear on the Eurojackpot Results and Lottery Winning Nummbers page soon after the draw takes place. Additional up-to-date statistics and helpful resources and information about the Eurojackpot can also be found on the Eurojackpot Results page.

Eurojackpot Lottery Results
Friday 12 February 2021

Eurojackpot Prize Breakdown for Spain

Here is the Eurojackpot lottery prize breakdown for the Spanish draw held on Friday, 12 February, 2021.

Matched Numbers Prize Per Winner Prize Fund Spain Winners Total Winners
Match 5 and 2 Euro Numbers
Match 5 and 1 Euro Number
Match 5
Match 4 and 2 Euro Numbers
Match 4 and 1 Euro Number
Match 4
Match 3 and 2 Euro Numbers
Match 2 and 2 Euro Numbers
Match 3 and 1 Euro Number
Match 3
Match 1 and 2 Euro Numbers
Match 2 and 1 Euro Number

NOTE: In Spain, Eurojackpot lottery prizes must be claimed within 30 days of the draw date. Eurojackpot lottery winnings from tickets purchased for the draw held on Friday, 12 February 2021 can be claimed until Sunday, 14 March 2021.

About the Eurojackpot Lottery

The Eurojackpot lottery is played across eighteen European countries. These are Spain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden.

The Eurojackpot draws offer a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €10 million. This can quickly grow to €90 million if the top prize is not won and there are successive Eurojackpot rollovers.

How to play the Eurojackpot Lottery

To play the Eurojackpot lottery, five main numbers between 1 and 50 and two bonus numbers (also known as the Euro numbers) between 1 and 10 are picked. The five main balls and the two Euro numbers are drawn from separate drums. If all five main numbers and both bonus balls (Euro numbers) are matched, the player wins the Eurojackpot top prize.





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