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Further to our report of a child being airlifted to the burn unit at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville, it turns out that the little boy is only 9 months old. He was apparently wandering around in his baby walker at his home in Estación when he ran into the kitchen stove, spilling a pot of boiling stew over himself. His parents, from Rumania, have been living in Jimena for just under a year. The medical team that first arrived decided that his injuries were bad enough to call the 061 helicopter emergency service, which landed on the football pitch. The baby had burns over 38% of his body but is doing well in hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery.
The so-called Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) has probably arrived in Southern Spain, although regional health authorities have yet to confirm it, according to several sources. Other reports had this very pesky insect in Catalonia earlier in the year, but it is so prolific that apparently it has arrived in this area already. Also called the day forest mosquito, it is characterized by its black and white striped legs, and small black and white body. It is generally more aggressive than indigenous mosquitoes, and is outcompeting them. It is one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species, according to the Global Invasive Species Database. This mosquito has become a significant pest in many communities because it closely associates with humans (rather than living in wetlands), and typically flies and feeds in the daytime in addition to at dusk and dawn. Read the rest of this entry »
The last line in a wrap-up report in EuropaSur about Jimena’s feria said that it had come to a close without ‘any incidents to be reported’. According to several witnesses, including Prospero’s own son, there were several of these, particularly a wild fight, apparently with knives, on Saturday night/Sunday morning that had the Guardia Civil clearing the way with their batons. As a press release from opposition party Partido Andalucista says, “How many stitches does it take to make an incident?” More to the point perhaps is, how long does the Council think it can keep lying to its voters -always assuming that the newspaper of reference in the Campo de Gibraltar came by their news via the press office at our Town Hall, of course. And if not, how much is it costing us to keep bad news out of the paper? Please Read the rest of this entry »
The tragic airplane crash at Madrid’s Barajas airport yesterday has left a total death toll of 153 people and 19 injured, most of whom are in critical condition. Among the dead are several children, including five from the same municipality, together with four women and four men from the same place, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, in the Canary Islands. Entire families have been wiped out in the worst European air tragedy for 25 years. Forty-one bodies have been identified, a procedure that is the more difficult as many died in flames. Those waiting to be identified have been taken to a pavilion at Madrid’s IFEMA exhibition centre, the same as was used for the same purpose after the Madrid bombings of 2004. Read the rest of this entry »
The latest reports on the Spanair flight JK5022 crash a Madrid’s Barajas airport say that the number of dead has risen to over 146. Most injuries are from burns and the surviving victims are being taken to burn units at hospitals throughout Madrid. There are also reports that passengers included people from countries other than Spain, including those with flight connections from Holland, Belgium and France. The aircraft’s black boxes have been found amid the wreckage, which is spread in all directions. Emergency operations are similar to those used during the ETA bombings on March 11, 2004. The government has declared three days of official mourning and Spanish flags at the Beijing Olympics are to fly at half mast.