The Almeria Focus – December 2021

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In the News categories are based on recommendations from semi-rigid launch, two jet skis, computers, mobile the World Health Authority. phones and copious documentation. The presiding judge issued a “black-out” of some information The Return of UK Tourists being released to the press as the investigation The Almería 'diputación' (county council) travelled was ongoing. to the large trade fair “World Travel Market” (WTM) in London to promote the 'Costa de Almería' road Almería Airport show, and persuade UK travellers to return to the During the pandemic Almería airport passenger province. Their stand was part of the larger numbers and flights fell by 80%. The airport Andalucía one, and it was pointed out that UK authority 'AENA' have predicted that numbers in tourists are the largest group that come to our 2019 will not be restored until 2026. The numbers province and the aim was to restore the numbers predicted for 2022 are 695,000 passengers that to the 2019 level. The team at the event also had is the same number from 2015. In 2019 there talks with tourist representatives from other were 979,000 passengers and it was hoped that countries. The 'World Travel Market' is the second in 2020 this would be over 1 million. The prediction largest tourism fair worldwide, which had to be for 2026 is very close to this milestone number cancelled in 2020, and 51,000 professionals took with 999,000 passengers. In the present “low season”, until next April there are only international part. flights from Gatwick and Brussels. More Big Drug Busts In a very large operation codenamed “Indalo 65- A Spanish Anti-COVID-19 Vaccine Urdimbre”, 150 Guardia Civil police and specialist The company 'Hipra' in Barcelona have been given police from other departments in Almería city approval from the European Medical Agency to joined forces. 43 search warrants were executed advance to stage three of tests of a new vaccine. in El Ejido, Roquetas de Mar and Vicar and 45 So far, since August, tests have taken place in two people were arrested. Sniffer dogs trained to find hospitals in Barcelona and Gerona. This vaccine drugs and money were used and 5,600 cannabis uses a combination of the Alpha and Beta proteins plants were seized, along with 2,500 grammes of that increases the immune response. One of the cannabis heads, 32,000 euros, two pistols, a rifle advantages is that the vaccine can be stored at that had been reported stolen in Puerta between 2-8 degrees which is no problem in Lumbreros, a large quantity of ammunition and hospitals or medical centres. The company state 17 vehicles. The police found 89 illegal hook-ups that they could produce 400 million doses in 2022 to electricity supplies that Endesa disconnected. and increase this to 1,200 million doses in 2023. The police took away a large quantity of documentation and a spokesperson stated that Potential Problems with Gas Supplies there might be further arrests. This is one of the Last month we explained that the amount of largest anti-drug operations in the province but natural gas sent from Algeria to Spain through it was soon followed by a very similar one. This the 'Medgaz' pipeline that come to Almería port was code-named 'Romelina' and 200 police took is being increased from 8 billion m3 to 10 billion part including some drafted in from Murcia. Search m3 from next January. For the 25 years since warrants were executed in La Mojonera, Vicar, 1996, there has been another pipeline, which is Roquetas de Mar and El Ejdo in the early hours the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline (MGE)that comes of the morning. 24 people were arrested and from Algeria to Cádiz via Morocco. Algeria and police seized 8 tons of cannabis resin, 40,000 Morocco have been at loggerheads for years with euros, two firearms and ammunition, 9 cars, a a border war in 1963, and land borders have


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