|Wednesday 12 March, 2014 Edition #4291|
Online campaign for more winter flights
Would you come to the island/or travel to Britain during the winter months if there were more flights. Please show your support and more importantly show the airlines that there is demand for more flights during the winter.
Mediterranean suffered “misuse” due to lack of tourism
Palma.—Europe’s coastal tourism areas have suffered “anarchic” development and misuse of resources and are in need of improved planning.
Isabel Garana, UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) regional director for Europe told an EU Conference on Coastal and Maritime Tourism in Athens yesterday: “We had a certain lack of regulation up to now and strong competition between destinations, which has led to misuse of resources.
“This requires integrated planning and management, linked to destination management.”
The conference focused on the Mediterranean, which drew 334 million visitors last year according to the UNWTO - one third of all tourists worldwide, making it by far the world’s leading destination and numbers are forecast to rise by 10 million a year up to 2030.
Spain’s rich - poor divide is biggest in Europe
Palam/Madrid.—The divide between rich and poor in Spain is the biggest in Europe, according to a report by Catholic charity Caritas.
Those in the top fifth of Spanish society are now on average seven and a half times richer than those in the bottom fifth.
While the number of millionaires has increased by 13% in a year, three million people are living in extreme poverty.
“The report paints a picture of a more fractured, more divided society, where the middle-class is disappearing and a minority has access to wealth, goods and services while the majority sits outside,” said Sebastian Mora, general secretary of Caritas in Spain.
Law against street artists revoked, “balconing” not hotels’s fault
Palma.—A civil law phohibiting street artits from performing in the streets of Palma has been revoked yesterday by the local government. Nonetheless spaces to perform will be regulated so there is no major concentration of artists in the same area to avoid disruption to the daily life of citizens and normal running of businesses. Performing between 2pm and 5pm is also still forbidden except for mime artists. The council also announced that fining prostitues for being too close to schools and childrens’ areas will stop now, but not for their clients. “Balconing” is also now the responsability of those who do it, not hotels.
Balearics remember victims of terror attack
Balearic politicians yesterday held a minute’s silence to mark the tenth anniversary of the Madrid train bombing which was Europe’s worst Islamic terror attack killing 191 people and leaving about 2,000 wounded.
Yesterday’s anniversary comes as security forces continue to grapple with new and emerging threats from al-Qaeda-linked groups.
The Spanish royal family led by King Juan Carlos, as well as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, joined a mass for victims in Madrid’s Almudena Cathedral, a solemn ceremony for a nation still wary of jihadists and “lone wolves” lured to their cause.
The shrapnel-filled bombs detonated at 7:40am on 11 March, 2004, in packed commuter trains headed to Madrid’s main Atocha railway station.
Political heavy weights deny back handers
Palma.—Former President of the Balearics and Spanish Minister for the Environment, Jaume Matas and the former President of the Council of Majorca, Parliamentary Speaker and leader of the now defunct Majorca Unionist Party, Maria Antonia Munar, coincided in court yesterday.
While they were both being questioned about separate corruption cases, just 50 metres separated the two court rooms they appeared in to be quizzed about claims that they either received or gave back handers to political colleagues.
The taste of Majorca!
The vineyards in Majorca, some of them being very old, forming part of the attractive landscape of the island. In fertile, iron and lime clay soil grapes are growing very well,- and not only the well known varieties, but also types which grow in Majorca only, such as Manto Negro, Callet or Fogoneu. The quality of majorcan wine is controlled and guaranteed by the denomination of origin, “Denominación de Origin” (D.O.) or “Vi de Terra”. The certificate is a guarantee for the wine coming from the mentioned region and also guarantees that it contains a pre-defined proportion of mallorcan grapes. Curious about Majorcan wine? A tasty testing pack with a drop of red and white wine can be ordered at FetaSóller, the specialist in the delicacies from Majorca.
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