Getting on for two years ago, university researchers had begun monitoring for possible signs of olive ebola. | R.L.
After the flood
It was a case of après le déluge last week, with no one seemingly sure what sort of aid would be coming to the rescue of farmers who had suffered losses because of the floods. The Farmers Union was angry that the national government's decree appeared to exclude aid for mostly all crops, and the regional government politely asked Madrid if it could revise its decree in order to guarantee aid. This all seemed rather odd, as we'd been given the impression that the Balearics had been declared a virtual disaster area and that compensation would be on its way. Apparently there was no such declaration, the regional government suggesting that Madrid had "forgot" about the Balearics.