Author: Aoife Leddy

All Monarch airlines flights cancelled as airline ceases trading

CAA launches flying programme to bring 110,000 customers back to UK in response to Monarch Airlines administration Monarch Airlines has ceased trading with immediate effect, leaving 110,000 customers overseas and in the region of 300,000 future bookings cancelled Government has asked CAA to charter more than 30 aircraft to bring back to the UK Monarch Airlines customers currently overseas Monarch customers in the UK and yet to travel: don’t go to the airport.  There will be no more Monarch flights Monarch customers abroad: everyone due to fly in the next fortnight will be brought back to the UK at...

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Blackmailing burglar arrested

A burglar who forced his victims to be photographed naked has been arrested in Alicante.  The thief used social media to befriend his victims, most of whom live in the Alicante region.  The man’s modus operandi was to initiate contact with women on social networking sites and after a period of contact they would arrange to meet.  After he had gained the trust of the victim, he would be invited to their home where he would threaten the women with a large knife, forcing them to strip naked to be photographed by him.  He would then proceed to rob...

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N332 secures new sponsorship

Back in October 2015, the Costa Blanca People began featuring our Driving in Spain column where readers were invited to ‘ask the Guardia Civil’ about motoring in Spain. The column was run in conjunction with the N332 volunteers – the group behind the hugely popular Facebook page and website. We are delighted to announce this week that after over a year and a half working together, we have decided to further concrete our good relationship and along with our partners at Moneycorp currency exchange, the Costa Blanca People will be official sponsors of the N332. Pride of Spain award winner, Francisco Morales, is a Guardia Civil Traffic Officer and along with his Guardia Civil colleagues and fellow N332 team member Mark Nolan, the group spends great time and energy replying to people’s questions about motoring laws.  Francisco told us, “Some driving laws are universal – like obeying the speed limit, or not using your mobile phone while driving.  However, some are unique to Spain – for example, did you know that if you are towing a trailer, you are obliged to carry a fire extinguisher?  My colleagues and I from the N332 advice group want to ensure that drivers aren’t fined unfairly because of lack of local knowledge.  We can do this through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain) and the website N332.es which is run by Mark Nolan to help...

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Euro – weekly update

EUR weekly update Most of the economic data from Euroland either beat forecast, were an improvement on the previous month or both. Among the provisional purchasing managers’ index readings, which measure the vigour of the private sector, only French manufacturers reported any slowdown in growth. Germany’s economy expanded by 0.4% in the fourth quarter of last year, less than Britain’s upwardly-revised 0.7% but enough to make it the class leader for calendar 2016. Investors struggled to find inspiration among the few US economic statistics. Provisional purchasing managers’ index readings came in below forecast and lower on the month. Existing home sales were reasonably strong but jobless claims increased by more than expected. It was left to the Federal Reserve to provide the guidance that was lacking elsewhere. Whilst a handful of senior Fed people stoked the anticipation of three interest rate increases this year the minutes of the last policy meeting were characteristically non-committal about when the process might begin. It was not enough to bring in new dollar buyers: the Greenback lost a cent to the euro and half a cent to the pound. Sterling had an eventful week, trailing the other major currencies on two days and leading them on three. The overall result was a weekly win for the pound, which added a net one and a half euro cents. The euro, meanwhile struggled at the...

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