Six year old boy tests positive for diphtheria

It’s the first case of this infectious disease in Spain since 1987 and it has been established that the boy had not been vaccinated against the condition. The child remains admitted to the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona. His first symptoms - general feelings of being unwell, headache, fever and inflamed tonsils - were seen on 23rd May, but it was not until five days later, on the 28th when he was admitted to the Olot district hospital, as his health had deteriorated. The information was reported by the Public Health Agency in the Catalan Regional

Hottest and driest May in 68 years

The month of May this year was the driest in 68 years with just 1.7cm - less than three-quarters of an inch - of rain, according to weather records. Typically a rainy month, although mild and sunny on dry days in most parts of the country, May this year not only saw the hottest day for the time of year since 1869 but also the least amount of wet weather since 1947. Normally, May would see an average of 61 litres of rain per square metre across Spain, which translates to 6.1 centimetres or two-and-a-half inches. But an on-going drought in the south, centre and

Spanish prince in racist rant

Every family has a black sheep and Spanish King Felipe VI’s nephew, Froilán, underlined his bad boy credentials recently when being reported as having hurled racist abuse at a schoolboy at a Madrid funfair. Prince Froilán, aged 16, was reportedly heard racially insulting boy after the royal tried to push in front of the queue at a Madrid theme park. According to the newspaper El Economista, the 16-year-old Froilán - full name Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de

British man missing in Benidorm found

A Britishholidaymaker who went missing last Friday night in Benidorm has been found safe and well.Chris Holland, from Tyne and Wear, was in the Costa Blanca’s tourism capital for the first time ever when he became separated from his group of friends. They had been in the main square, and Chris was last seen at around 10pm.He did not have his phone with him and it is thought he had not been able to remember the name of his hotel. Family members and friends in the UK, coordinating the search via Facebook, say Chris had been mugged and left lying in a ditch.He was unhurt, although badly shaken.

2015 campaign against forest fires hampered

This year’s campaign against forest fires began on 1st June and  means all fire-fighting bodies and operators contracted by the State should have obtained a special certificate which allows them to embark on the dangerous task of extinguishing forest and mountain fires.
The new certificate makes more demands on security, and also adds more technical requirements, and it was passed by Royal decree 750/2014. However, the campaign is already a non-starter according to

El Celler de Can Roca is world’s best restaurant

Spain’s ‘El Celler de Can Roca’ reclaimed its position as the world’s best restaurant last week. The Girona eatery last year ceded the number one spot on Restaurant magazine’s prestigious ’50 Best’ list to Denmark’s Noma, which was relegated to third place this time around, behind Italy’s Osteria Francescana de Modena. But El Celler has now returned to the top thanks to the strength of a restaurant that unites the

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