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NEWS BITES 13 APRIL 2015

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ROAD DEATHS UP

A total of 248 people died in Spanish road accidents during the first quarter of the year, according to Spain’s DGT national highway agency, the highest number of traffic victims in the period since 2002.

The death toll is also up 28 victims from the same quarter last year. DGT Director María Seguí attributed the high number of fatalities to “improvements in the economy” and falls in fuel prices, which he says encourage more people onto the road.

CHARITY SWIM DISRUPTED

Gibraltar will take action against the captain of a Spanish fishing boat who refused to move his vessel to allow a charity swim to go ahead safely. As hardy swimmers prepared to take to the sea in Catalan Bay, Royal Gibraltar police officers were alerted to several vessels raking the seabed for shellfish. When police ordered the Spanish fishing crews to move on for safety reasons, one captain initially refused and a Spanish guardia civil patrol boat arrived at the scene – leading to a one-hour standoff. The rest of the fishermen, all from the Spanish town of La Línea, moved on but the captain of the boat which did not at first respond to the police order to move, has been reported to a magistrates court.

DRAIN CLEANING IN TORREVIEJA

Torrevieja based water supply company Agamed has announced the first disinfection scheme of the year has begun in the city. All municipal water wells and sewage systems will be treated during the course of the campaign which is expected to last for around 2 months.

RAJOY TO STAND

Spain’s conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday he will seek re-election in this year’s national polls, despite facing criticism after his party was trounced in a key regional vote last month."I’d like to be a candidate again and try and become prime minister again," Rajoy told public radio RNE. This is the first time Rajoy has clearly stated he would be running in November’s general election.

SCOTS DROWNING DEATH

A SCOTS tourist has died in an apparent drowning just hours into a sunshine break with friends. Brian Nicol, 32, failed to surface after diving into the swimming pool at the luxury Costa del Sol holiday villa where he was staying with pals. Anguished friends dragged Glasgow-born Mr Nicol out of the water and tried to revive him. Local police took over after reaching the scene shortly before paramedics but could nothing to save him.

SPANISH CAVERS DIE

Two Spanish cavers have died and one has survived after being trapped for days at the bottom of a deep ravine in Morocco’s Atlas mountains. A 27-year-old was rescued late on Sunday, but his two companions died of their injuries before they could be rescued. Local media report that he is uninjured but suffering from hypothermia and post traumatic stress. The survivor was a 27 year old police officer.

GYPSY PROTESTS

Spanish groups representing gypsies Wednesday launched a campaign to remove a reference to them as swindlers from the world’s benchmark Spanish dictionary. The country’s Gypsy Secretariat Foundation and others delivered protest letters to members of Spain’s Royal Language Academy, which produces the definitive Spanish dictionary. Foundation spokeswoman Pilar Calon says the campaign attempts to raise awareness of discrimination against gypsies, also known as Roma.

DAWN ARRESTS

Spain arrested nine people in the northeastern region of Catalonia early on Wednesday as part of an operation against Islamist militants. "The arrested are accused, amongst other crimes, of belonging to a terrorist organisation," a spokeswoman for the Catalan police said. The arrests took place following dawn raids at 17 different properties in the region.

SPAIN BLOCKS MUSIC SITE

Spain’s National High Court has blocked Goear.com, a website containing over four million audio files, after a judge accepted an appeal lodged by copyright collecting society AGEDI. The court initially rejected a decision by the country’s culture ministry to declare the streaming site illegal but it eventually accepted AGEDI’s arguments on appeal and ordered operators to block access to the site within 72 hours.

ROAD DEATHS DOWN

A total of 33 people have died in 31 traffic accidents on interurban roads during the Easter holiday, the period from Friday March 27 at 15:00 through to midnight on Monday. According to the DGT there were 13.8 million long-haul journeys, 7.28% more than the same period last year. The number of fatalities were four less than at Easter 2014, the lowest since 1960.

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