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Quad bike rider falls to his death

A person died on Saturday March 23 after falling down a ravine while in control of a quad vehicle in Albox (Almería), reported Emergencias 112.

A citizen called 112 at 1:15 p.m. to report that a person riding a quad had fallen down a ravine in an area known as Rambla de El Chorro, in the town of La Aljambra. According to the caller, the accident victim had fallen down a slope of more than 20 meters.

The 112 dispatch center alerted the Levante Firefighters, the Civil Guard, the Local Police, and the Emergency Health Center (CES) 061.

Sources from the Local Police have confirmed to 112 that the accident victim has died, although the circumstances of this incident are currently unknown.

Man from Granada who threatened neighbours and police released on bail

The District Court of First Instance and Investigation number 4 of Santa Fe (Granada), acting as a duty judge, has ordered the release of the man detained after barricading himself for several hours last Thursday in Las Gabias and threatening to explode a building.

According to sources from the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA), the judge has decided to transfer the detainee, who has invoked his right to remain silent, to the Virgen de las Nieves hospital to be examined by medical professionals and assess whether his hospitalization is necessary.

Furthermore, he has imposed a restraining order regarding the place where he resides and several neighbours of the building, who have filed nearly fifty complaints against him, most of them for harassment.

The man, who is being investigated for serious threats and damages, was arrested this Thursday after being barricaded in his apartment in a building in Las Gabias for over eight hours, during which he had at least five butane gas cylinders, which he claimed he would explode to blow up the building.

A special operation evacuated his neighbors and those from another nearby building and mobilized firefighters, officers from the Guardia Civil, and specialists in bomb disposal and explosives.

Spain’s IBEX soars

The IBEX 35 reached its highest point since June 2017 after gaining 3.26% for the week, edging closer to the 11,000 mark. The index closed at 10,943.20 points on Friday, up 0.7% for the day. Major stocks such as Banco Santander rose by 2.07%, Iberdrola by 1.48%, BBVA by 0.93%, and Telefónica by 0.35%. However, Repsol (-0.1%) and Inditex (-0.09%) faced slight declines.

Notable gainers included Acciona (2.68%), Solaria (2.67%), Endesa (2.65%), and Acciona Energía (2.30%). On the downside, Grifols experienced a significant drop of 6.03% following a report from the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) highlighting “relevant deficiencies” in the company’s annual accounts.

The CNMV report cited issues with the accuracy and detail of financial disclosures and explanatory notes, particularly regarding alternative performance measures like EBITDA and debt-to-EBITDA ratio. Grifols responded by committing to enhance transparency and expand financial disclosures in line with CNMV recommendations.

The football world bids farewell to Manuel Ruiz de Lopera: “He marked an era”

Seville witnessed a significant moment on Palm Sunday as the sporting realm mourned the passing of Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, president of Betis from 1992 to 2010. An iconic figure in Spanish football for many years, Lopera’s death prompted immediate reactions from across the football community. A multitude of players, presidents, and politicians, including the President of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, expressed their condolences for the loss of the distinctive Betis leader.

Among those paying tribute was José María del Nido Benavente, current majority shareholder of Sevilla, whose father formerly held the club presidency. “My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Don Manuel Ruiz de Lopera. May he rest in peace,” Del Nido remarked on social media. The sporting rivalry between these two figures often reached surreal levels, exemplified by an incident during a 2007 derby match where Lopera insisted Del Nido could not attend, leading to a bizarre spectacle at the stadium.

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