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Happy ending in missing pensioner

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AS concern for the welfare of a man who went missing in Benidorm grew, there has been a happy outcome after he was discovered safe and well in the resort. 65 year old Donald Cheetham from Redcar in the UK was holidaying alone in Benidorm and was due to fly home on 12 May. However he did not board the flight

and when it was found that his luggage was still in his hotel, friends and family used social media to start a search. Last week Donald was found wandering along a road in the town by Paul Spencer, and it transpired that he had forgotten where his original hotel was and had booked into a new one. He is said to be in a slightly

confused state but otherwise c o m p l e t e l y u n h a r m e d . Cleveland Police, who were also involved in the search, posted on Facebook on 19 May “Redcar man Donald Cheetham, who was reported as missing in Benidorm, has

been found safe and well. Thank you to everyone who shared the post.”

Jail term requested for balcony mum

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THE preliminary hearings have started in the case of a mother whose six year old child managed to dangle herself from a seventh floor balcony of their home while she was left alone in the house. Prosecutors have asked for a two year prison sentence for the crime of child

abandonment, while the defence thinks that she should not have a case to answer, although she has admitted that her actions were a mistake. The mother had left her child alone at around 10pm while she went to the gym for around fifteen minutes. The child somehow got

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Welcome readers; have you removed the duvet yet? My duvet is still in use which is a surprise really when in-fact, the night time temperature is hovering around 17 degrees. The outlook for the week ahead is high 20’s so we really will be wanting to keep out of the sun and be safe by putting on the sun block. So what’s in store other than the great weather? With the premier league over, we can all sit back and enjoy a few months of the best Tennis competitions that lie ahead with the first Grand Slam tournament qualifiers already underway for Roland Garros with the fist round starting May 28 for 2 weeks. Cricket lovers can soak up the summer calendar starting with the ICC Champions Trophy on June 1st. F1 has already gone off with a bang! Monaco is the next stop this weekend followed by Canada, Azerbaijan and Austria before we can see the teams on our home turf at Silverstone on July 16th. For the rest of the top sporting action you will have to wait for a few months before the football leagues kick of again. This weeks highlight is the Europa League where, for the first time ever, Manchester United can claim a trophy to keep them in the Champions league. Followed by the Champions league final on Saturday 3 June held at the National Stadium of Wales. Did you read in the last issue about the “The Big Summer Weigh In”? It goes live on air next Monday 29 May with Galaxy Radio across the Costa Blanca. Get your Free Park Tickets by entering the draw and all you need to do is send in your opening weight, name and location by what’s app or email to Galaxy Radio on 675237575 / and that’s it. Every week the draw will take place and you can keep entering simply by sending in your weekly weight. We can all find ways in our daily lives to improve our weight. Watching what we eat, taking more exercise. The big one that most of us find difficult is cutting down the alcohol. However you want to do, it its up to you. Just have a go and send us in your progress to win. All the names go in the hat and we draw out a winner each week for a prize. We have got the Park Tickets, Benidorm Palace Tickets and Restaurant Vouchers all to give away each week. Listen daily for the name entries on Galaxy Radio Breakfast Show and the weekly prize draw each Friday. You can even send in your before and after photos if your brave enough. The team are also out and about to meet our readers and listeners with the Galaxy Radio road show during the next few months. You can find out more on the Galaxy Radio Facebook page. Tune in either online or on FM 106.8 & 93.4. The newspaper is also online at where you can find links for the entire Buzz Network. Contact us anytime at the news desk or send us a message by mobile on 634 310 665 Have a great week! Marco - Editor in Chief - Buzz Media

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May 23rd

Big-Top brawl By Simon Russell

A fight broke out between animal rights protestors and circus employees in Aspe, forcing the Guardia Civil to intervene. The group of young protestors were distributing l e a f l e t s highlighting what they perceive as the cruel treatment of animals at these events, although Aspe is one of several towns that have banned the use of animals at shows in the area.

Things got out of hand after the protest group had reason to believe that two lions were being kept in a truck, something backed up by a video they made. This led to scuffles between the two groups, although both sides claim that the others started the incident. It is reported that the lions have been taken to the rescue centre for exotic animals at Villena.

Body may be missing backpacker By Simon Russell

THE mystery of what happened to a Spanish tourist who disappeared in Brazil two years ago may have finally been solved although with a tragic outcome. 27 year old Ferrara Tormo was last heard from in December 2015 when he was backpacking in the Bahia area of Brazil. His family contacted the authorities and even offered a reward for information about the whereabouts of Ferrara. However no trace of him was found and the

trail went cold until a rucksack was discovered in April this year. The pack belonged to Ferrara and included a diary with an entry stating he had suffered a bad accident. Using information from the diary Brazilian police were able to retrace what they think may have been his route. This search found a body and although DNA tests need to confirm this, it is assumed that this belongs to Ferrara. According to his diary the injuries

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May 23rd

UK Terror Threat Highest Level

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Twenty two people were tragically killed while 59 others were injured in the suicide bombing during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester UK. Emergency services were called to the arena shortly after 10.30pm on Monday evening. British security services’ have raised the UK terror threat level

from “Severe” to “Critical” meaning that the UK’s army can deploy up to 5,000 troops across “sensitive” security locations such as the Houses of Parliament in the wake of the Manchester terror attack. The decision to raise the terror threat to its highest level came from Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) and means “an attack is expected imminently,” Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Tuesday evening (23 May). The threat level has only hit “Critical” twice before since its introduction in 2006 – the first time in reaction to the foiled transatlantic

aircraft plot when terrorists planned to use liquid explosive devices. The second was in response to two cars laden with explosives being discovered outside a nightclub in London’s Haymarket in 2007. King Philipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has offered his condolences and support to the victims of the Manchester terror attacks. It’s not yet known if anyone from Spain has been injured or killed in the incident. The Spanish Embassy has set up an emergency telephone number for those with concerns. The number being +44(0)7801 371 704.

Spanish first for Netflix

By Simon Russell

DIGITAL TV giant Netflix has debuted its first Spanish series specifically produced for the channel. “Las Chicas del Cable” or cable girls, is set in the fledgling telecommunications industry in 1928. Created by Spanish production company Bambu it centres on four female cable operators in a Madrid based phone company, Spain’s first telecoms firm. Filmed on location in Madrid with a mainly Spanish cast it has been well received by viewers, with Madrid itself being seen as one of the stars of the show. It portrays young women in at the beginning of what

was to become one of the planet’s largest industries within a few years. It is also seen as a feminist production by many, for its portrayal of a new sector of business that depended heavily on female staff to operate.

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RAKEL Cernicharo, a local restaurateur and chef, has won the fourth series of the hugely popular cookery programme “Top Chef”. She defeated rival Victor Gutiérrez from Salamanca after cooking a special meal for 25 specially selected members of the public. These 25 had the final decision on the winner which had been judged by a professional panel up to this stage of the competition. Cernicharo made few friends among other contestants throughout the show but let her food do the talking on the final day of judging. Rakel’s Valencian establishment, “Kakara”, is already a popular destination for foodies and is sure to get a boost after her win.

GREGORIO Serrano, head of the country’s DGT traffic department, has called for repeat offending drunk drivers to face stronger penalties. This follows on from the accident earlier this month between Oliva and Denia where a driver killed three cyclists while under the influence of alcohol. The female driver had also consumed drugs and had previously been convicted of driving under the influence of both substances back in 2013. Mr Serrano said “The number of cyclists who die every weekend (on Spanish roads) is unbearable. We cannot keep having people going for a simple bike ride and not returning home alive.” Meanwhile

another cyclist died on Valencia’s roads on after a 60 year old man was found lying on the road near Lliria Benisano on 17

May. However, although this has not yet been confirmed it is believed he died of natural causes while cycling and that

no other vehicles were involved. An autopsy is to be carried out to determine the exact cause of death.

May 23rd


Prison time requested for playboy

By Simon Russell

PROSECUTORS have requested a five year prison sentence for a young millionaire businessman who was participating in illegal road races using performance cars such as an Aston Martin and a BMW M3. Javier Martinez already

has convictions for reckless driving and has been accused of being one of the drivers in the road races in Elche, Albacete, Alcala del Jucar and Almansa, all in urban areas and with a blatant disregard for the safety of others. Martinez

is co-founder and director of Alicante firm Hawker’s sunglasses. He has recently been the centre of another car based controversy after continually parking his Ferrari in not one but two spaces designated for disabled drivers in Elche.

Martinez was far from contrite in his response saying he needed two spaces so drivers did not open their doors onto his car. Payment of fines would not have posed a problem for Martinez who has an estimated wealth of well over a million euros.

More school places for youngest pupils

By Simon Russell

THE Valencian September are Benidorm, Community will be Polop, Altea, Ibi, Santa Pola, increasing the amount of Finestrat and Torrevieja. classes and places for the The increase has been due to two to three year old age made group when the new school positive parental years starts in September. feedback on the There will now be 1,728 schooling for this places for the youngsters age group and across the province increased demand places. creating 57 new jobs in for There is also the process. Alicante economic towns that will have an many extra classrooms KFC PRENSA BENIDORM from benefit 1 7/4/17for11:41

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Scuba tragedy

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A 60 year old man died while diving off the Valencian coast, authorities have confirmed. The incident happened on 16 May while the man who was a regular diver was in the water off Arenal Perellonte where he frequently went to dive.

His wife was accompanying him and noticed that he was not moving in the water. An emergency ambulance attended the scene but he was already dead by the time they arrived. The Guardia Civil have launched an investigation into the man’s death.

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May 23rd

Hen party mum loses fight for life

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A British woman who collapsed suddenly in Benidorm on 29 April has lost her fight for life, her husband confirmed on a Facebook post. 48 year old Mandy Farrell from Radcliffe near Manchester was on a hen party but was drinking nothing stronger than coffee when she felt ill. Her condition rapidly worsened and a brain aneurysm was diagnosed. Her family, husband Paul and children Kieran and Olivia flew out to Spain to be at Mandy’s bedside at Benidorm’s Levante hospital although she sadly passed away after nearly two weeks in intensive care. Her son Kieran said “I know there are going to be a lot of heartbroken people but Mum wouldn’t want that. Thank you to each person that left messages of support because that’s what kept her going for thirteen days.”

Run causes road chaos

By Simon Russell

THE eighth Alicante City half marathon was held on Sunday 14 May, although many road users were unhappy with the effect the event had on the city’s traffic. Dozens of minor and major streets were closed for the race and the city centre was inaccessible. The marathon effectively cut the city in half,

with access from one side to the other being impossible for the duration of the race, even for residents who were merely trying to get home. Alternative routes were clogged with traffic as vehicles were diverted around the race which was organised by Alicante’s Department of Sports.

Alzheimer’s assault

By Simon Russell

A carer of a 69 year old woman with Alzheimer’s disease has been charged with her assault by police in Valencia. A neighbour whose balcony overlooked the

house of the victim witnessed what appeared to be an attack and alerted the authorities. He said he had seen the woman being kicked, dragged and having her pulled by another female.

Police arrived at the apartment to find the older woman lying on the floor in obvious distress and arrested her 61 year old Colombian carer and charged her with abuse.


May 23rd

Virus avoided

By Simon Russell

ISSUES with the “ransomware” computer virus which struck operating systems worldwide earlier in May were largely avoided in Alicante. However there were disruptions in the Department of Justice, who had been advised that their systems were vulnerable and decided to temporarily disable their network servers as a precaution. This increased the workload for the Department but they were

able to largely manage without the systems. Government computers across the region reported thousands of attempted attacks on their computer systems but all were successfully repelled by anti-virus software. Alicante’s health service reported no problems caused by the virus, in contrast to the UK’s NHS which was badly affected by the bug, causing major disruption for patients and staff across the UK.

History underfoot

By Simon Russell

EXCAVATION work under Villajoyosa’s Plaza de la Generalitat has uncovered a house believed to date from the sixteenth or seventeenth century. The work was being done to improve the drainage network after storm damage but has been suspended while the find is evaluated. On the excavated building, you can clearly see two rooms with walls made from masonry and limestone plus a doorframe. The dig has also uncovered what appears to be a rubbish tip dating back from

the Roman-Iberia era, probably from the fourth century AD. This contains various materials from that era such as ceramics, lamps and bone needle decorations. Both the Mayor and Councillor for Culture have been along to view the discoveries themselves and archaeologists will now determine their importance.

Studying for night-owls

By Simon Russell

OLIVA’S Youth Centre is staying open until the small hours for the next three weeks to allow the town’s pupils to study in peace and quiet. The centre will be staying open until 2am on weekdays until 9 June, the Education Department have announced. The initiative, entitled “Estudia en Pau”, or Study in Peace, coincides with older

students busy exam season and recognises that not every house is a suitable place for studying in the evenings. The Education Department have also extended the Oliva Library’s opening hours until 7 July with it being open from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday (including lunchtimes) and from 9am to 2pm on Sundays.

May 23rd

Comedy double-bill

By Simon Russell

THE Javea Players have announced the details of their annual al fresco theatre dinners which are to be held from June 26 to July 1. There will be a double-bill of plays performed each night at the Casa de la Cultura, both set in airports and complimenting each other nicely. “Arrivals” is about a mix up involving an airport pick-up while “Departures” is set around a disparate group of tourists delayed on their flight to Mallorca. As well as the plays the evening includes a tapas meal with wine and dessert in the

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Controlling the wetlands

By Simon Russell

THE Environmental Protection Office has started work in the Senillar wetlands around Teulada. The plan is to control the water level in the fragile ecosystem which will be done by methods such as installing sewer ports. A team of scientists from Valencia University will be leading the work and will also be trying to find out more about the area. The Senillar wet-

lands have been officially protected since 2014 which has prompted the work aimed at regulating and preserving the area.

New courts for Alcoy

By Simon Russell

VALENCIA’S Justice Minister, Gabriela Bravo, visited the new courtroom in Alcoy which she herself signed off on last year. The new court is over 3,000m2 and ideally located on Plaza Mare de Deu. It occupies a previously run down building which the Justice

Ministry paid to renovate in exchange for a year’s free rental. Alcoy has long expressed a need for this extra courtroom and continues to lobby for a further court to meet the town’s growing demands in a judicial area that includes outlying smaller towns and urbanizations.



May 23rd

Toddler gravely ill after pool incident

By Simon Russell

A child of three was rushed to Denia Hospital after falling into a swimming pool in the area. The youngster’s condition has been described as serious and he had to be resuscitated after the incident which occurred on the afternoon of 17 May. As Denia’s hospital has no specialist paediatric

intensive care unit, he was later moved to Valencia’s Santa Fe Hospital which has the required facilities. It is not clear how the child came to be in the pool, however the authorities praised the swift action of both the police and members of the public which preventing the child from drowning.

Cleaning up

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TEULADA-MORAIRA have said that they are striving for excellence in the cleaning of the municipality, even though they are already recognised as one of the best looked after areas in the region, with awards that recognise this. The introduction of a mobile Ecopark, improved road cleaning and the regular collection

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of animal droppings are all planned. One area of concern is the underground rubbish and recycling containers which are in an advanced state of disrepair and will take over €2 million to replace. The town is offering their cleaning services for tender shortly and any company applying will need to take responsibility for replacing the buried containers.

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STUDENTS from Valencia University paid a visit to the Biomoscatell project in Benitachell last week. The students are studying a course which covers agro-ecology, urban agriculture and food development. The Biomoscatell is regarded as the benchmark in

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High tech More than just Moors send-off By Simon Russell

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THE crematorium at Denia is introducing an online system that allows people unable to attend a funeral service to view the proceedings on their PC or phone. Family of the departed will control the privacy settings on the application so that the ceremony can be anything from available to all or just a selected few. The application is particularly aimed at people who are unable to attend for reasons such as health or distance and will also allow anyone who attended the service to watch it back at any time they want. A similar system already operates in Torrevieja and Almeria and has proven very popular.

ARGUABLY the biggest such event on the Costa Blanca, the Moors and Christians Festival comes to the municipality of Moraira and Teulada on the 3rd June. The main events start on 10th June and run until the 19th while preceding events include the annual Moraira Music Festival. This is held on Sunday 4 June at 6pm by the castle and runs until the small hours. Acts and groups featured this year include Bella Luna, Steve Delaney, Shondell Mims and The Brink Band. The main fiesta itself starts at 7.30pm on 10th June with the opening of the Medieval Market and has events far too numerous to mention here until the festival closes with a Gala Parade at 7pm on 19th June; however www. has all the details. For those of you not aware or are on holiday over here, the Moors and

Christians fiestas take place in towns up and down the Costa Blanca at different times of the year. They are held to commemorate the occupation of Spain by the North African Moors that started in 710AD and their routing by Christian forces some 500 years later. Unsurprisingly such a long occupation left its mark on Spain and is still

reflected in everything from architecture to culture. However the festival is very much a fun event with parades led by groups dressed as Moors and Christians alike-with the piratical Moorish outfits proving popular amongst younger participants in particular. Definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before.


May 23rd

Lucky escape after roof collapes Bus ban

By Simon Russell

THE sudden collapse of a roof on an apartment block in Orihuela has left four families temporarily homeless, although thankfully no-one was hurt in the incident. A family, including a pregnant woman, lived in the apartment directly below the roof although they were out at the time of the collapse. However the pregnant woman had been in the residence until just before the incident and

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was lucky to avoid a tragedy. Firefighters came to the building to assess the damage and the area was cordoned off to pedestrians and vehicles. It is hoped most of the residents affected can return shortly, but those close to the accident may have to wait some time.

There is a shop and butchers on the ground floor which were also both closed.

Whales Spotted Off The Coast

By Simon Russell

THREE giants of the oceans have been spotted off the coast of Alicante, a special sight for tourists and locals alike. The fin whales, the second largest creatures on earth after the blue whale, would have been on their annual migration between the Liguria Sea and

the Straits of Gibraltar. Clearly visible from the shore, the whales are quite a common sight further north in Alicante but are unusual in this stretch of the Mediterranean Sea. The whales were travelling at about 12 knots per hour as they made their way to the waters around Gibraltar.

AS part of the ongoing pedestrianization of Elche’s Calle Corredora, buses will no longer be able to use the street, a measure which is now in effect. This follows restrictions on when other vehicles can use the road, with the exception of residents with mobility problems who require access. Alternative stops have been arranged for the redirected buses on Calles Juan Ramon Jiminez and Eugeni d’Ors. After discussion with local traders, the council will also be installing around twice as many signs indicating where the local car parks near the street are. Shops and other businesses on Calle Corredora have previously expressed concerns about the impact on their trading of the street being pedestrianized.

May 23rd

Bringing Norway to the Costas By Simon Russell

Still waiting on new health centre

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THOSE of you on holiday or new to the area may be surprised to hear that the second largest density of Norwegian’s abroad (after London) is in a small town just outside Benidorm. Alfaz del Pi has at least 4,000 Norwegian residents out of a total population of 22,000, and each year they celebrate their National Day on the streets of the town. For the last 46 years Alfaz has taken on a distinctly Nordic feel as Norway Day is celebrated on 17 May. The Norwegian consul attended the party and read out a telegram from King Harald V emphasising the strong ties between his homeland and the Alicante province. Regional costumes, food and speeches were all in evidence and only the weather made you realise that you weren’t on the streets of a Norwegian town. The day itself marks the anniversary of the country’s constitution being first drawn up in 1813 and is celebrated by expat Norwegians worldwide.

Making their voices heard

By Simon Russell

REPRESENTATIVES of Town Halls from around the region attended the inaugural meeting in Benidorm of “Women’s Voices” an association set up to help victims of gender violence. As well as Benidorm, Polop, L’Alfaz del Pi, Callosa d’en Sarria, Finestrat, Villajoyosa, La Nucia and Altea were all represented. The group aims to both inform and help victims and potential victims of gender violence in the Marina Baixa.


Callosa’s Councillor for Equality Rosa Savall, who attended, said “This is a pioneering regional initiative which we should all lend our help and support to. We need to end once and for all the social scourge that is gender violence.” The meeting was held in Benidorm’s Town Hall although a permanent venue is still to be decided. For the time being the plan is to switch the meeting between different municipalities in the area.

BENIDORM Mayor Toni Perez has said that his council have submitted all the required paperwork concerning the proposed new health centre for the Rincon de Loix. They are now waiting on the Valencian Generalitat to move things forward, although there have been delays caused by the Generalitat’s Health Department submitting some inaccurate paperwork which now needs to be corrected or resubmitted, said Mr Perez. The plot for the health centre has been identified and confirmed as suitable, so for the time being matters are in the hands of the Generalitat.


May 23rd

Death plunge victim’s husband wants answers

By Simon Russell

ADAM Maxwell, the husband of Kirsty Maxwell who fell to her death from a balcony in Benidorm recently, has told the UK media that “something dark happened in that room” on the night Kirsty died. The room in question was the hotel room his wife fell to her death from which had five men in it, none of them

known to Kirsty before she went to Benidorm for a hen party. Adam said that suggestions that she either killed herself or was on drugs are completely incompatible with the young woman he knew who didn’t even smoke. He described the five men’s statements as suspicious and contradictory and

expressed his astonishment that Spanish authorities allowed them to return to the UK. The case still appears to have more theories than answers, with sleepwalking being looked into as another possible cause of Kirsty’s tragic death.

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May 23rd

Stemming the flow

By Simon Russell

BENIDORM Town Hall has published plans to alleviate the flooding which sometimes occurs in the vicinity of the Lope de Vega School in the Rincon de Loix. One of the businesses worst affected by the flooding has been the La Torreta campsite, something leading to the revocation of its licence, a decision the sites owners, which include former mayor Salvador Moll, are challenging. The site had been judged a danger to

users after severe flooding in last December’s storms. If fully agreed the drainage and channelling project will cost just over €1 million to complete.

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Frankenstein comes to the beach

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A crowd that Mayor Jaume Llinares described as the largest he has seen in Altea watched a special production of “ Fr a n k e n s t e i n at the Beach” earlier this month. Staged as part of the towns 400th anniversary celebrations, the event was primarily organised and run by some 1,500 secondary age pupils and their teachers from Valencia, Catalonia and the Balearics. Several thousand people came

to watch the show at the Algar car park where a giant screen had been erected for the occasion. Mayor Llinares offered his thanks to everyone involved in the spectacular show as well as the police and civil protection groups who ensured the whole thing was trouble free.

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require it on a loan basis. The Town Hall thanked the Pensioners Association, saying it highlighted the solidarity and strong community spirit that exists in La Nucia.

THE Association of Pensioners in La Nucia has donated €600 worth of medical equipment to the town’s Department of the Elderly. The orthopaedic materials include wheelchairs, walkers, special arm clamps and shower stools and it was purchased using money raised in the associations last Christmas Fair and International Day fundraiser. The donated equipment will go into a communal pool to be accessed by those pensioners who may


May 23rd

Medieval makeover

By Simon Russell

THE Magic Hotel chain which is based in Benidorm and has several hotels there has refurbished and upgraded two of its establishments. The Excalibur in Alfaz del Pi has been given a medieval

theme and renamed the Magic Robin Hood. The former Monika Hotel in La Cala Finestrat has been given a Caribbean theme and renamed the Magic Tropical Splash and includes

a state of the art water park and large video game area for kids of all ages. Both reopened their doors at the beginning of this month, in plenty of time for Benidorm’s summer season.

A park for everyone

By Simon Russell

LA Cala is to construct a children’s playground that will have equipment specially adapted for children with disabilities or mobility problems. This was one of the pledges of the Ciudadanos party and their spokesman said “this action continues our efforts to adapt Benidorm’s parks so they are suitable for all children.” The project will cost €15,000 and has a completion deadline of the end of June although it is hoped the work will be completed in time for the start of the summer. La Cala Park is the site for the new area, conveniently close to two schools.

Civil war pillbox to be restored

By Simon Russell

A machine gun pillbox emplacement in Altea dating back to the Civil War is to be fully renovated. The building stands on the seafront and has become weather worn and daubed with graffiti over the years. The towns Department of Planning said that when the restoration work is completed the structure will be opened to the public, although it is currently closed off. Councillor Imma Orozco described the

emplacement as an important part of the town’s heritage, however uncomfortable some people may be about the Civil War. It also stands as a reminder of Altea’s role in the conflict which ran from 1936 to 1939.

Aqua Natura Benidorm starts a new season

By Simon Russell

Aqua Natura Benidorm’s renowned aquatic leisure becomes a reality with more than 1000 meters of slides and it has just opened its doors for another season. The resort will remain open until October 31st and visitors will enjoy the various bathing areas with slides and complementary activities such as the new educational demonstrations with the new family of Californian Sea-lions in which these friendly mammals teach us their skills and intelligence,

the body of a snake. The offer of adrenaline is complemented by other options such as the open and curved minislide of 19 meters in length and another of 23 meters in length known as Hidroturbo, among others.

while learning highlights of their conservation and protection of the oceans. As a novelty; there are also therapeutic activities for people with disabilities. Visitors can participate in “interaction with sea lions” and have a close experience. Become a “caretaker for a day” for the Sea-lions. Swim and snorkel next to them in addition to photographs. Aqua Natura last year became the first park of Spain certified by SiSSWA GmbH, a badge guaranteeing quality in

the security services and in its facilities. In addition to the slides, the public can slide through multitracks designed for adults and children. Among the slides are the attraction Cresta, a unique roller-coaster in the world that premieres experiencing the sensation of zero gravity, or Aqua Snake that by its zig-zag form reminds

With more than 40,000 square meters of surface of the aquatic complex, visitors will find a wave pool, children’s pool, peak of the lighthouse, VIP area, spa and a solarium, as well as a multiadventure area that was inaugurated last year and which includes a horizontal climbing wall, a line of hanging rings and a net. Becoming a mermaid will be possible thanks to the school of sirens, where participants can become a mermaid

or triton learning to swim with a mono-tail and dressing like these mythological beings. To celebrate the beginning of the season, the water park has launched a Promotion of 2x1 for entrance to Aqua Natura Benidorm that will be in force until next May 31. Buy through the website at www.

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Demand for Spanish property coming from at home and abroad Growing demand from homes in Spain from domestic and foreign buyers boosted the property market in Spain although prices have fallen slightly. The activity is regarded as good news for the recovery of the country’s real estate market with sales buoyant According to the latest figures from the Notaries Association in Spain, sales increased by 19.5% in March compared with the same month in 2016. But the new homes market is not doing as well, with the figures showing that sales of new builds

were down by 11.5%. Apartment sales were up by 20.5% and family homes up by 15.6%. Overall prices fell by 1.3% to €1,277 per square meter, driven by a decline of 6.2% in the price of single family homes of -6.2%, while apartment price remained unchanged. However, when subsidised housing is excluded, the average price of a flat sold in March rose by 0.3%. ‘The notaries’ housing market figures are the most timely we have, and show that the recovery in sales continues unabated, though the average price shows little enthusi-

asm for getting off the ground,’ said Mark Stucklin of Spanish Property Insight. ‘Bear in mind the average price disguises wide regional variations,

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Blogger Bea Pla becomes the face of the Spectacle Wearer of the Year Competition 2017 The blogger and creator Y las bailarinas en el bolso Bea Pla, will be the face of the competition “Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2017”. Bea is a lover of fashion who shares her looks on her blog and social media with over 50,000 followers. She is from Valencia and started her blog in 2013 when she graduated from university to combine her love for fashion and photography. Since then she has been featured in many magazines, including being chosen as a Marie Claire It girl, modelling in the Glamour Street Fashion Show and collaborating with the magazine THEOMODA. As well as being beautiful, you can see her having fun with fashion, displaying a wide range of looks which can work for any woman and for this reason she was chosen as the official face of Specsavers Opticas’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition 2017. This competition starts on May 2nd and the objective is to let people have a platform to show everyone how great they look in their glasses and reward them for expressing their style and personality. Those who want to participate can enter between the

2nd of May and the 11th of June via Facebook and online at en.specsavers. es/loveglasses. The winner of Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and five semi-finalists will win a pair of designer frames worth 159 €. To enter you simply need to submit a recent colour photo of yourselves wearing glasses. Anyone from the age of 16 or over can enter, please note that under-18s need parental permission. “We are delighted to have Bea as part of this campaign. She took part in the competition several years ago and loved the positive message, not to mention the cool glasses, so she was happy to become the official face of the campaign. We believe that her image will inspire others to show the world how good they look in their glasses and share them on social media by entering the competition” explained José Ángel Moral-Tajadura, Commercial Director of Specsavers Opticas. More information, terms and conditions can be found on the website, along with a wide collection of glasses and sunglasses.




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AQUARIUS (Jan 21st-Feb 19th) An ideal week to look at your and Secrets will out, as the skyfinances highlights the ways you rather could improve them in the what you’d have kept hidden, days and isn’t weeks ahead. You mightthing. find but this necessarily a bad that someone is there for you midweek, This is a your magnifi cently passionate confounding expectations, and it’s also start to that a loving weeka change if you’re in love. possible you’ll have of heart on If you’re single, you might have let a few other levels too. Make to-do lists to at the weekend. your guard down a bit to encourage love into your life.


PISCES (Feb 20th-March 20th) You’re thechance zone with this everyone week, Pisces. You getinthe to show how resourceful youwith are what this week, to prove What’s more, else isand happening that you’re more than able to get what you skyward, you’re in forgiving mood. The want, frommakes potentially situations. sun ineven Aries youdifficult very aware of Don’t take no for an answer midweek. Pointless your own true worth. You come up with rules and regulations make you even more the goods at the weekend despite some determined at the weekend serious doubts.


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Restaurant Sizzle - Albir

The hottest restaurant in Albir opens Its doors on Saturday 27 May 7pm.

Talking to owners Rene Schmidt & Desmond Ng I learnt about their exciting new food venture that is sure to be a big hit in Albir. The cooking style and theme has already been tried and tested in Orihuela Costa the Stone Grill is well known for its Stone Cooked Steaks. So what’s different here at the new restaurant “SIZZLE” ? Trending styles of food cooked on the table at Sizzle this is what gives them their unique touch, it’s all about high quality produce Argentinean

Beef cuts served on a hot stone plate served to the table where you will feel the experience of the meat being cooked in front of your own eyes to your exact taste. A choice of meats are offered on the Sizzle menu card that include recipes that are oven slow cooked as well as a fantastic choice of fresh fish and seafood. A “Daily Board” will allow customers to choose only the catch of the day sourced locally from Altea & Calpe. Seafoods include Lobster and King Crab it’s a pleasure to hear the passion that Rene has for serving only the freshest high quality produce and maintain standards beyond expectation. No

frozen products or tins, no microwave ovens Sizzle is just all about nice food in a casual style. Steaks cooked on a stone at the table, powerful salads and many other special dishes. How exciting eating out has become with this fabulous invention. Outside eating as well as a soft rustic feel of an open ceiling, stone floor the open kitchen provides a gourmet atmosphere that is modern but has a unique style. The refurbishment has been three months of 16 hour days transforming the building to become an Industry Style using wood and recycled materials. No table cloths or pretence this place is simple, tempting and tasty. If you have a sweet tooth you will be in heaven waiting to indulge the fresh made Panna Cotta, Cheesecake in a glass or even the Waffle Station including a waffles stack covered in five chocolate sauce.

Rene explained that the opening this weekend was a soft launch and then soon to open daily for coffee from 8am, exciting gourmet sandwiches, Restaurant Sizzle is child friendly serves Lavazza Coffee, quality wines and drinks. Oscar Espala 7 - Albir 657262790 What Ap. reservations


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Spanish Marinated Red pepper Beef burgers Barbeque Chicken

This delicately spicy marinade for chicken is great for barbecue cooking and is a fantastic, simple dish full of flavour and summer tones. Serve with a crisp green salad and new potatoes for a filling outdoor lunch. Marinated barbeque chicken: -Mix all of the herbs and spices together. -Add the sugar, lemon juice, onion, garlic, vinegar and olive oil, mix well. -You can add a little white wine if it is too dry. -Add the chicken and ensure a good covering. Leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours. -Barbecue for around 20 – 30 minutes until cooked through


4 – 6 chicken legs separated into thighs and drumsticks Half cup of extra virgin olive oil ½ onion, peeled and finely chopped 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed Juice of half a lemon Splash of wine vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon chopped dried chilli ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Put the pepper on a baking tray and rub with 1/2 tbsp oil. Roast in the oven for 25-30 mins, turning once halfway through. Remove and allow to cool slightly before finely chopping. Tip the mince, roasted pepper, egg, carrot and breadcrumbs into a large bowl and mix well. Using your hands, shape the mixture into six equal burgers. Heat the remaining oil in a large, heavy-based, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the burgers for 5-6 mins each side until cooked through. Top with slices of cheddar. Spread the rolls with mayo, add the burgers and top with slices of cucumber.


1 red pepper, cut into quarters 2 tbsp olive oil

400g lean steak mince 1 medium egg 1 carrot , coarsely grated 50g stale breadcrumbs 40g cheddar , finely sliced To serve 6 floury rolls, halved 3 tbsp mayonnaise ¼


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Great Ideas About Dogs That Anyone Can Use Whether you already have a dog or are just looking for one, it is likely that you are aware of the care required by dog ownership. This is not something you can just jump into with no information. The tips presented here will help you be a better owner to your dog. You may know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs, but you may not know the specifics. Chocolate is dangerous because of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine. Baking chocolate is the most dangerous, with a high amount of stimulants. White

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If you are interested in providing your dog with the healthiest of diets and making positive contributions to the earth’s environment, make his food from scratch. You can buy locally grown organic ingredients and provide him all the proteins, carbs and fats he needs with no preservatives while reducing the waste from packaging as well. Pick and choose when you are going to groom your dog. You do not want to attempt grooming when your pet is in a particularly frisky mood, because the process will not go well. Instead, do so only when your dog is calm and tired, like after you have taken him for an especially long walk. Genuine meat bones may be

tempting, but it’s best to stick to rawhide. Bones can chip and hurt your dog if sharp fragments are ingested. Rawhide is completely healthy and improves the teeth, and therefore is preferable to animal bones. It should be easy to take good care of your dog if you follow the tips presented here. With a lot of love and patience your dog will be happy and healthy. Keep educating yourself to discover more ways to improve your dog’s life and make your time together more enjoyable.

Cats & Kittens Abandoned & Left to die

On Friday evening 19th May at 7.30pm Jalon Valley ARC had a telephone call from a distraught Spanish lady who, whilst taking her rubbish to the bins, was alerted by movement in a cardboard box. The box was secure and upon opening she found a Siamese type female with 6 kittens. Next to the box was a child’s suitcase and on closer inspection the lady found another cat was inside. She quickly put them in the car and raced to Jalon and

stopped at Faula Pet shop and Tanya called us. The cats and kittens were very lethargic due to overheating and cramped conditions. They were taken to Bernia vets who kept one female for treatment. All the others are in our care and after food, water and rest are doing really well. The other cat is now back with us. The sad thing is these are “PET” cats and the kittens are used to human touch, the adult females are in excellent condition albeit a

little traumatised, but in time will settle. The ARC is now over full and urgently looking for foster or forever homes for a total of 11 kittens and adult cats. The 6 ‘BOX’ kittens are 3 black and 3 black and white. Only one girl amongst them. For further information on all the rescued animals in ARC’s care please call Sally 625 985 689 or Jayne 649 310 285 or call into the ARC Shop, Carrer Valencia 1, Jalon between 10 am & 1.30 pm Monday to Saturday. Thank You.


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Feline Body Language - Identifying Your Cat’s Behaviour Have you ever pondered what your feline is stating? I’m certain most pet managers have every once in a while. When you figure out how to read non-verbal communication you can! Give careful consideration to what her tail, ears, and hide are doing and you can read their feelings. Your felines’ tail is the most vital part to watch to figure out your felines emotions. You can figure out whether your feline is cheerful or not by examining her tail. Tail straight up: When your feline is strolling to you and her tail is straight up it is an indication of kind disposition, this is her method for welcome you in a well disposed way. Tail straight up and shuddering: When your feline shows this she is

exceptionally upbeat to see you, however in the event that your feline is a male be wary he may be getting primed to stamp his region when you get excessively close you may mourn it. Tail straight up yet with a snare: This is normally seen when she is seeing a new individual or when approached by an alternate feline. When you see this she is readied to be agreeable yet readied to safeguard herself also. Tail straight up and puffed: Look out on the grounds that your feline is pestered, furious, or startled. Better provide for some opportunity to cool off before approaching her. Tail straight up and at a slight plot: She is unsure, readied to be agreeable additionally primed to flee

or if important to battle. Tail straight out and down: This feline is primed to battle, it could be she is prepared to play yet normally you can tell which one quite rapidly. So be extremely mindful when you see this conduct. Tail goes up and afterward hangs down: Your feline is getting primed if important to shield herself. Tail is tucked in: Your feline is frightened, assuming that she isn’t cornered she will presumably fled, if cornered she will likely battle. Tail whipping: Large abate swings typically mean she is energized however more diminutive swings and quickly moving shows outrage. Your feline’s ears are

additionally a method for telling your feline’s enthusiastic state. while not as evident as the tail when perusing both the tail and ears together you can show signs of improvement picture of how your feline feels. Assuming that your feline’s ears are back this typically implies animosity, assuming that they are both up and back this normally implies a test is constantly given. The point when your feline’s ears are out she is either apprehensive or exceptionally troubled, if the ears retreat

significantly more she is undermined and may respond with animosity. There are different signs your feline may provide for you, for example, murmuring, working, and rubbing with her head of face which we all know is an indication of warmth, however rubbing the head or face is likewise her method for fortifying her bond with you by exchanging some of her fragrance to you. Rubbing around your legs is likewise considered fondness which obviously it is however again she is holding with you by getting

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Type 2 Diabetes - There are estimated to be millions of people with undiagnosed Diabetes, are you one of them? Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level, or the body is unable to use the insulin that is produced. The pancreas (a large gland behind the stomach) produces the hormone insulin, which moves glucose from your blood into your cells where it is converted into energy. Symptoms The main symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are very similar The high blood sugar levels makes you: • Feel thirsty • Pass urine more often particularly at night • Feel tired all the time • Have unexplained weight loss • Have cuts or wounds that heal slowly • Have Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent bouts of thrush • Have blurred vision which is caused by the lens becoming dry The signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes are often mild and develop over a number of years and are therefore not as obvious. It is often diagnosed during a routine check-up. Untreated diabetes can damage your organs, so it’s important that it is diagnosed as early as possible. Risk factors Four of the main risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes are: • Age - being over 40. This may be because people tend to weigh more and exercise less as they get older.

• Genetics – having a close relative with the condition (parent, brother or sister) • Weight – being overweight or obese. In particular, fat around the abdomen increases your risk. This is because it releases chemicals that can upset the body’s cardiovascular and metabolic systems. • Ethnicity – being of south Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean or black African origin (even if born in europe) Other risks Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is also increased if your blood glucose level is higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. This is sometimes called “pre-diabetes” or impaired fasting glycaemia (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). If you are concerned that you might be at risk a simple blood test can check your blood sugar and relieve your mind. In May you can get your blood sugar checked for €15 instead of the normal cost of €21 at the Family Medical Centre Albir. Article supplied by Yvonne Evans Family Medical Centre Albir

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May 23rd

Once more unto the beach - the craft market in Jávea port

Sunday 28 May will be the last time that the little craft fair in the square by the sea front at the end of Avenida Jaime I in the port (Puerto) of Jávea, will be set up in the morning. After that they take a short break and on Friday the 9th of June they will come back, but now in the afternoons and they will stay the whole summer. For the fifth year running Amata (the regional craft association) joins forces with the local shopkeepers to liven up the promenade along the sea front with a craft fair. A real craft fair, with real craft workers who make what they sell and hope to sell what they make. Not for nothing has Amata chosen the slogan “Artesanía de Autor®” to announce their fairs, which means that what you see is made by the

man or woman on the stall - nothing imported, nothing made by friends or from a small factory. The stalls can vary from week to week but you will find stalls with leather bags, leather belts, original lamps from recycled material, rag dolls, wooden toys and puppets, jewelry from silver, copper, ceramics, macramé or dried orange peel, hand painted designer clothes and even some paintings and sculptures. Many of the people on the stalls bring their tools and can add a name or a detail to a chosen item, or, if you can wait a few days, you can get them to make something to order. Amata was set up in 1998 and remains true to its original philosophy, which is that only goods made by the people on the stalls

can be sold on the craft fairs it organizes - not something that can be said of many other craft fairs. That is why more and more aficionados have come to appreciate this special quality - the quality of a gallery even if it is sold in the street from a stall. Different stalls come for the whole summer, or just a few weeks so as to combine a few weeks at the beach with the possibility of earning a living. It’s a varied show, week by week. Never boring. A visit to the market can be combined with a stroll to the port (with its fishing boats and fish market) and back along the promenade with its attractive bars and restaurants, shops and terraces, to enjoy the cool sea breezes and watch all the other visitors walking, jogging and cycling along. And, if you like modern architecture, you can have a look at the Virgen de Loreto church, a concrete structure shaped like a ship! The market starts on 9 June; in the beginning it opens only in the weekend, but from Thursday the 22nd of June they are

there every evening till 6 September (except for a few days when the locals celebrate their fiestas) and opens at 7 in the evening till midnight. For further details ring 639 979 678 (and Elvira speaks English) and photographs of what was on offer in last years’ market you can find on

Clubs & Charities

U3A Vall Del Pop Support Jalon Valley Help The Vall del Pop U3A group supported Jalon Valley Help [JVH] at their 25th Anniversary May Fayre in Jalon on Sunday 14th May with performances from the Casual Choir and the Line Dancing Team, and just by manning a few stalls to promote and sell the U3A’s Writers Group book “All in the Mix”, the Casual Choir’s recent Beatles CD and the game of skill “Hook a Ball”. The U3A Casual Choir, under their new Musical Director Philip Ashley, gave their first performance of the year, performing a medley of pop music hits, including numbers from the Beatles and US artists. The choir were elegantly decked out in smart new waistcoats and presented their songs with the slickness of performance we have come to expect from them. We look forward to their usual continued development of the repertory in readiness for the autumn and winter concert season. The U3A Line Dancing team, led by Rosita Spark-

es, gave a fine demonstration of their skills to a selection of different tunes with various combinations of integrated technical steps. The enthusiasm of the group was clear for all to see, with their premier danseur´ [or etoile] leading the way for others to follow – come on men let´s see more of you in the team next year. U3A Vall del Pop are pleased to be able to support Jalon Valley Help and are very pleased to be able to offer their congratulations on a first 25 years of service to the community. We hope to be able to support JVH for the next 25 years. For further information check our website [http://]. The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning, and this is particularly evident in the U3A Vall del Pop group, whose members generally meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Centre Polivalent in Murla.

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Local Freemasons Celebrate Ladies Night

On Saturday, 25th May, local Freemasons from Arenal Deportiva Lodge No 65 celebrated their annual Ladies Night in style at Satari’s restaurant in Moraira. Arriving for a cava and canape reception, at seven fifteen, almost seventy Masons, Ladies and guests arrived to a glorious summer evening and chatted among the flowers and bougainvillaea’s of the restaurant. At eight o’clock they entered the restaurant for what turned out to be a fantastic four course meal prepared by the owner, Abi Satari, which included a wide selection of well prepared and well cooked food, including a delicious starter consisting of Persian specialities. During the meal the guests were entertained by the internationally renowned, and always popular, Ian Henry who played a wide variety of tunes on the piano and sang beautifully. Later, after dinner, many of the guests danced to more music

and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There were gifts and flowers for all of the Ladies as a small thank you for all the support they have given over the past year. The evening was hosted by the President of the Festival, WBro Bob Bullingham and his lovely wife Avril. This was a great chance for Bob and all the Masons of the Lodge to relax after a hard years work. This is Bob’s last formal event as Master of the Lodge as very soon at the beginning of June he will be installing his successor, WBro Ian Brown to take his place.


May 23rd

Is it the end of the road for QROPS?

By By Sam Kelly, Managing Partner, Chorus Financial.

QROPS, or Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes, are a type of overseas pension that have been a popular option over the last 10 years with British expats, so why are Chorus not recommending them as the default option to our clients? QROPS used to offer several benefits over UK based pensions as a transfer option if you lived abroad, but recent changes in legislation have equalised the benefits of transferring to a UK based pension, rather than a QROPS. In addition, HMRC have removed 9 countries and over 30% of existing QROPS providers from their approved list, and introduced new legislation that could lead to a potential tax charge of 25% for new QROPS applications received after March 9th 2017. So, what is the alternative? At Chorus we recommend you consider a UK based pension called a SIPP. A SIPP offers all the main benefits of a QROPS – flexible access from 55, passing on more to your loved ones, consolidating multiple pensions into one plan – but benefit from lower fees and the protection offered by UK FCA regulation coupled with the Financial Services

Compensation S c h e m e , neither of which are available with a QROPS. SIPPs are often cheaper and are subject to far stricter regulation than QROPS, including full transparent charging, and strict rules for the investments held within your pension. This can lead to substantially reduced annual costs, often saving clients thousands of pounds a year, and leading to superior growth of your pension funds. It is worth bearing in mind that many financial advisors in Spain do not have the correct licenses or regulation required to recommend a SIPP so may only use QROPS, even if it is not necessarily the best option for you. We would always recommend getting a second opinion and work with UK regulated pension experts to ensure you receive the best advice.

QROPS or potential p e n s i o n transfer so that we can demonstrate where you could save money, and increase the security of your pension, by moving to a SIPP. Clients are already telling us that they are happy knowing their pensions are being managed in the UK, rather than overseas where they are not familiar with what financial protection and regulation may or may not be in place. If you are considering a new pension transfer or have an existing QROPS please call me on 664 398 702 or email and I will be happy to review your

options for free and without obligation. Chorus Financial is a trading style of Tourbillon Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Commission (Gibraltar), Licence Number FSC1118B and registered with the UK FCA as an EEA Authorised firm, reference 539348.

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Pound exchange rates dip as Conservative lead narrows With the Conservative’s lead over labour falling in the latest polls, the pound edged lower as a new week of trading began. Monday’s pound losses were largely due to the news that the latest polls relating to the fast-approaching UK general election revealed a decline in the Conservative lead following the publication of the party manifestos. According to Reuters; ‘May had been on course for a landslide with a majority of up to 150 seats, opinion polls had indicated in the early stages of campaigning ahead of the June 8 national vote. Four polls on Saturday however showed the Conservatives with an expected vote share of between 44 and

46 percent, still easily ahead of the Labour Party on 33 to 35 percent, but pointing to a smaller projected majority of about 40 seats.’ As a greater Conservative majority is expected to improve the UK’s hand in Brexit negotiations, the news that the outcome might be tighter

than previously projected left Sterling struggling. The pound recorded losses against all the majors and fell back below $1.30 against the US dollar after previously benefiting from dovish interest rate related comments from a Federal Reserve official. GBP/EUR was also

floundering thanks to the news that Greek MPs had supported the introduction of more austerity in order to receive the nation’s next batch of financial aid. Additional pound losses are likely if the Conservative lead narrows further over the next couple of weeks.

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May 23rd

Merkel boosts euro, pound struggling as election uncertainty builds UK political developments, comments from Europe and this weeks devastating terror incident have all left the pound struggling.

but whether President Mario Draghi pays any attention to Merkel’s comments remains to be seen.

GBP/EUR slumped from €1.1625 to €1.1538, GBP/USD fell back below $1.30 to $1.2968, GBP/AUD began Tuesday almost a cent lower at AU$1.7296 and GBP/NZD tumbled from a high of NZ$1.8703 to a low of NZ$1.8440.

While the pound remains close to 8-month highs against the US dollar thanks to impeachment whispers in the US, GBP/EUR is around four cents weaker than when the UK snap election was called in April.

The common conception that the Conservatives would run away with the upcoming general election was dealt a blow on Monday.

The pound edged lower still on Tuesday as the world digested the headlines relating to a suspected terror attach in Manchester. By 8am the devastating explosion had claimed 22 lives, with a further 50 injured.

With Labour clawing back ten points in the latest polls the outcome is looking far less certain and concerns about the impact this could have on Brexit negotiations left Sterling spiralling. Theresa May did eventually backtrack on the most contentious aspect of the Conservative manifesto (the so-called ‘dementia tax’) but by that point the damage was done. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was the catalyst for euro gains yesterday, with her remarks about the euro being ‘too weak’ sending the currency higher. The German leader blamed the level of stimulus currently being employed by the European Central Bank (ECB) for the euro’s weakness,

So far today Germany has published final first quarter growth data (which was confirmed at 0.6% on the quarter and 1.7% on the year) and trade stats. Both exports and imports came in lower than expected in the first quarter of 2017, with the figures for the final three months of last year also being negatively revised. UK public finance data is also on the calendar. On Tuesday afternoon the GBP/USD exchange rate could experience volatility in response to the Markit US manufacturing, services and composite PMIs. If the data disappoints it could weigh on US interest rate hike expectations and see the US dollar soften.

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Judge denies, parental financial support Under Spanish law, parents are required to support their children until they reach financial independence, with no age limit, and a string of cases in recent years has cemented the rule. But parents are fighting back, and a court this month reinforced an important caveat to the rule: It doesn’t apply to adult children who are “lazy”. A YOUNG woman with no income has been denied financial support from her parents by a court because she is ‘too lazy to earn a living’. The regional court in Cantabria rejected the 23-year-old’s appeal against the verdict by a judge in her home town of Castro Urdiales, stating that the plaintiff had been ‘wasting her life’. Parents in Spain are legally required to provide the basics, including food, for their children until they reach 18, and must continue

to do so beyond this age until the adult child is earning enough to feed him- or herself. But this includes a caveat: if the adult child’s financial dependence is caused by his or her own behaviour, parents are no longer obliged by law to feed them. The legal precedent for the rule began several years ago, when young Spaniards began suing their parents for financial support. An adult Spanish woman who sued her divorced dad for a €500 allowance in 2015 was one of several test cases which had the effect of deepening parental responsibilities in the nation, which has the second highest rate of youth unemployment in Europe. The man, who had been estranged from his daughter for a decade, refused to support her while she continued her university studies — but was forced to do so by court order, and his bank accounts frozen when he failed to comply.



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May 23rd

Suzuki Swift 2017

With agile handling, eager yet economical engines, generous levels of equipment and sensible pricing, the Suzuki Swift is a great car. It’s practical and well made, but it doesn’t feel quite as plush or substantial as a SEAT Ibiza. Even so, it’s still one of our favourite hatchbacks. It might look chunkier than the old Swift, but the new car is actually more or less the same size – so it’s at home on tight city streets and in multi-storey car parks. But it’s just as happy on a country road, with precise steering loads of traction and

great handling, thanks in part to its very lightweight design. There are two engine options – a 90PS 1.2-litre DualJet petrol, as seen in the previous Swift, and a 111PS 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol. The 1.2 is revvy and enjoyable, but the BoosterJet is even better, with the same free-revving character plus an added injection of punchy, mid-range torque and excellent fuel economy. Rear head and leg room is surprisingly decent, with room for a pair of adults if the front seat occupants aren’t too tall.

The 265-litre boot capacity isn’t huge, but it’s plenty for shopping and the rear seat backs fold down for some extra space – although not completely flat. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, Bluetooth and DAB radio, but we’d go for a midspec SZ-T to gain alloy wheels, better infotainment, a reversing camera and the excellent BoosterJet engine. But even top-spec SZ5 models are well priced and come with the option of an automatic transmission and even all-wheel drive.

The Suzuki Swift is easily one of the best small hatchbacks around. Forgive some slightly cheap looking interior plastics and a slightly small boot and there’s really nothing else to pick fault with – the driving experience, running costs, price, and equipment levels make it a superb buy.

In Automotive History This week in 1906 brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright received their patent for the flying machine. They originally filed for the patent in 1903 prior to their first powered flight on December 17, 1903, a few miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers had been experimenting with manned flying machines since 1900 when they began to test their gliders. They had been working on unmanned flyers since the year prior and developed a basic

design upon which they continued to improve upon once a pilot was put on board. Their first U.S. patent, 821,393, did not claim invention of a flying machine, but rather, the invention of a system of aerodynamic control that manipulated a flying machine’s surfaces. While not directly related to the automobile the invention of the flying machine forever changed transportation forever and eventually heavily influenced cars in relation to aerodynamics and style.


May 23rd

Expunging the past

By Simon Russel

VALENCIA City is set to change over 50 of its street names to remove any connections with the Franco era of Spain. Done in compliance with the Law of Historic Memory, most of the streets affected were named after characters close to the Franco regime in a period of Spanish history that most feel should not be commemorated in any way.

The work in identifying the places needing changing was carried out by the City’s university over the last five months. When the names are changed, streets will have both the old and new title side by side for a year to help the changes bed in. Many of the new streets are expected to be named after local women with only 5% of

Valencia’s street names currently being female. Although not covered by the Historic Memory law, other areas are also being renamed such as Plaza de America which celebrates the Spanish brutal conquest of South America and Calle Belchite, so named to commemorate the fascist bombardment of the village of Belchite in the civil war.

The avenue Barón de Cárcer de València will be called Avenida Del Oeste

On the radar

By Simon Russel

TWO speed cameras located in Alicante province are amongst the most lucrative in Spain based on fines issued in 2016. One on the A-31 as it passes through Villena grossed just under €600,000 in twelve months. Well behind but still a nice little earner is a camera on kilometre 521 of the A-7 motorway

near Elche which took around €380,000. This gives the two cameras a combined income of just under a million Euros last year, or €2,700 a day, give or take. The radar that took the most income from fines in Spain last year was one near Cordoba which raised an astonishing €4 million.


May 23rd

Europes Largest Water Park Reopens This Week By Simon Russel

offers unlimited diversion for the little ones with Adventureland, Atlantic Surf, Mini Zig-Zag and the children’s lagoon area as just a few examples. To top things off, there are the mythical water attractions of Europe’s largest water park, the ZigZag, Black Hole and Niagara. which this year celebrates it’s 32nd Moving on to the aquatic zones, birthday, it enjoys a privileged situation in the mountains of which connect the restaurants and picnic areas,as well as the greener Benidorm. spots. All these attractions combine Among its wide variety of to make Aqualandia one of the must attractions, Vertigo, with its 34 meter see attractions, not just in Benidorm drop, is not one for the faint hearted. but across Spain, something you At the equivalent of a twelve storey shouldn’t miss on your stay in the building, it is the highest capsule resort. slide in the world. A multicolored Terra Mitica, Mundomar and complex with four different slides depending on how brave you feel, Iberia Park, alongside Aqualandia, Splash is the perfect option for all make Benidorm an essential tourist water slide lovers. However if you destination. Parks that for years are looking to relax, Amazonas and have innovated and changed with the Great Iguazu Jacuzzi are ready and times while always focusing on their guests needs and an exceptional waiting for you. As you would expect, Aqualandia level of customer service. Aqualandia opens its doors again on Saturday May 27 and visitors will be able to enjoy the multitude of attractions that define the popular park.

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Coming up on Monday June 5 a night to shed your inhibitions, dance as though no-one is watching except the moon and stars above. Or just relax, sip your cold drink and listen to the music of The Rommy Baker Big Band playing all the old swingtime favourites in a “Moonlight Serenade”. Enjoy and look “cool” on the Esplanade of the Casa de Cultura. For your added entertainment we also have “Swingtet” to play for you and the “Swing Peaks” dancers to show you how it is done. Get out your dancing shoes and join in. Tickets are just ten euros leaving enough for you to buy a raffle ticket and a chance to win an original painting donated by famous artist Goyo Pérez. The involvement of local associations has been fantastic as has the assistanceof the Ayuntamiento.

Many local residents have offered their services as “monitors” and we thank Benny Davis for providing a great pic of the Big Band including in it Hille Baker who gives her blessing to this tribute to her late husband Rommy. The Spanish National Cancer Association (AECC) will benefit from this event and the raffle and there will be a special donation to Voluntariados Social de Alfaz who run a food bank for the families in need Tickets in advance (recommended ) from Cafeteria of Casa de Cultura, Tourist Office Albir, Forum Mare Nostrum, Cancer Research Charity Shop Alfaz and Albir, Companians Social Club and the Amas de Casa Alfaz. Tickets can also be reserved through contacting Pam on 96 686 0735 (if on ansafone you will be called back) or email N.B. Tables can be reserved for group bookings.


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THE Spanish entrant for this month’s Eurovision Song Contest finished in last place after failing to get a single vote from the professional judges. Thing’s did not bode well for Manel Navarro’s English language “Do it for your lover” after it was booed by the audience when it was originally selected as the Spanish entry for the contest. The judges at the main event were in agreement with this verdict, and Navarro only avoided the dreaded “nul points” after the viewer’s round of voting gave him five points. Despite its somewhat naff image in the UK, Eurovision is hugely popular on the continent and is the most watched music contest

in the world with an estimated 200 million viewers tuning in. This year’s contest was won by Portugal’s Salvador Sobral, the first ever win for our Iberian neighbours, while the UK came in fifteenth. And for anyone wondering, yes the UK can still enter after they have left the EU.

PUERTO Rican pop star Luis Fonsi has hit the number one slot in the US Billboard charts, the first Spanish language song to achieve the feat in over twenty years. Fonsi’s worldwide smash “Despacito” was confirmed in the top spot in the middle of May, helped on its way by guest vocals from teen idol Justin Bieber.

The group Los del Rio had the last Spanish language number one in 1996 with novelty record “The Macarena” which proved to be something of a one hit wonder. Fonsi’s brand of Latino pop will almost certainly guarantee him a longer career and he is appearing in Benidorm on 15 July as part of his current world tour.


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Alfas Fantasy Football League Report

The Premier League Season finished off with a goal feast as the 5 Mid-Week games and a full Fixture list at the Weekend gave the Alfaz Fantasy Football League 57 goals,7 clean sheets,52 yellow cards and 2 red ones. Watford’s Prodl and Arsenal’s Koscielny both off for the early bath. With only the F.A.Cup Final points to come it looks like Wayne’s team aptly named Gunnawinitthisyear are favourites to win the 23rd A.F.F.L.They have a 8 point advantage over 2 teams in 2nd place Andrew’s Big Tymers and Billy’s Super Yids.The Leaders have 3 Arsenal players in their line up whilst the Big Tymers have one which just happens to be Arsenal’s most dangerous player Sanchez.Billy’s team have no players in the F.A.Cup Final being a Spurs fan he wouldn’t pick any of them Gooners.At the other end of the table Kevin’s El.Portet Elite went through the trap door ages ago. Julie’s team The Gers have wrapped up our Mark Carter Ladies Section with a 39 point lead over Joanna’s Hup Hannah City. Rosado Blancos are in 3rd place and have no chance of catching the 2 front runners. Down at the foot of the table Jo Jo Wants a Dog are now resigned to finishing up with the Wooden Spoon.Kate’s Rafters Roast

have come from nowhere to take over the top spot of our 20 euro voucher League which is sponsored by Quick Save,the only British Supermarket in Albir.With just the Cup Final to come they have a 3 point advantage over Pam’s People. The Top & Bottom of our U.K.T.V.SPAIN Junior League as been decided.Leo’s 6 in a Row are the Champions with Ant & Brad’s team runners up whilst at the other end Anna’s Radji United are 76 points adrift of Robbie’s Magpies. Spur’s Harry Kane helped Lee’s Walkden Town snatch our Leonard Knowles Construction Golden Boot Trophy from Dave;s Juke Box Mackems who had at one time an incredible 61 point lead. The Spurs striker netted 7 times last week which gave him 35 points in this League.The Town now have a 15 point cushion with only the Cup Final on the horizon.At the other end of the table El.Portet Elite have picked up their 2nd Wooden Spoon of the Season. Out top scoring team this week is Abbey’s Prom with biggest total so far this Season of 115 points she will go into our Wyndham’s Monthly Wine Draw along with our lowest scoring team Don’s Arabi Immigrants who only managed 2 points when the

average score was 47 points. Abbey’s team have also shot to the top of our Manager of the Month table for May by taking a 26 point advantage over Kate’s Rafters Roast. This Month is being sponsored by the Two C’s in Alfaz which is under new Management. They provide good quality Home Made Food at reasonable prices. Dave’s team The Hatters won our K.O.Cup Competition when they beat Sue’s Scuffy Donkeys in the Final by 30-10.Match winner for Dave was Manchester City’s Aguero who scored 14 points. Norrie’s team Norrie’s Ghosts have won this weeks Breakfast for 2 at the 2 C’s in Alfaz after climbing up 39 places in the Main League to number 114. Our F.A.Cup League will be decided this week at the moment Eric’s team City Slickers are top with a 10 point lead over Rocky’s Super Spurs but both teams have no players involved in the Final so it’s up to the teams below them to try and catch up with them. With just the Cup Final points to come everybody is still in with a chance of a prize if you finish top or bottom of our 12 Divisions so don’t forget to see where you finish up by visiting our website which is

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La Vila have promotion in their sights

The sign of a great team, be it soccer or rugby, is to win even when you’re having a bad day at the office. La Vila, playing away to Burgos in the fist leg of the promotion final, turned in what was for them a lack lustre performance yet they were still able to win 1620. This gives them a 4 point advantage for their home tie on May 28th. at their VilaJoyosa Stadium kick off 12.00. In a match where they were second best in three key elements of the game lineouts, scrums and turnovers, their defence and passing was outstanding. The first half was fast and furious with the home side first to score with a converted penalty 3-0.

Matas Jara countered with a converted a penalty 3-3. Burgos then scored a try 8-3. A converted La Vila try made it 8-10 however another unconverted Burgos try sent the home side in 13-10 at half time which was a fair indication of the game. The second half scoring began with a converted La Vila try, 13-20, and it looked as if La Vila were on a roll. The Burgos lads had other ideas and put tremendous pressure on La Vila which resulted in a converted penalty 16-20. The magnificent La Vila defence thwarted the continual Burgos pressure until the final whistle of a second half that had 5 minutes of added

time. The Burgos squad will play the final leg knowing that they gave a very creditable performance against a side that has now won 27 from 27 this season. La Vila at home will be a different proposition and whatever the outcome the loser will still have a chance of promotion into Honour Division A by playing the second from bottom team in that division, Cajasol Ciencas. Try scorers for La Vila were Carrion and Fernandez. Next Sundays match is sure to be a thriller played in a carnival atmosphere in the 1300 all seater stadium at VilaJoyosa. A season finale not to be missed.

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Lions tour set to return in 2019 Former Warrington player Michael Monaghan says he has mixed feelings over his appointment as co-caretaker coach of Catalans Dragons. Monaghan and fellow assistant Jerome Guisset have been placed in temporary charge of the Super League team following the French club’s decision to part company with head coach Laurent Frayssinous on Monday. Monaghan, 37, who joined the Catalans backroom staff after retiring as a player at the end of the 2014 season, and ex-Wigan and Warrington forward Guisset will be in charge for the first time when the Dragons go to Salford on Friday before hosting Hull in Perpignan

on Monday night. “I’ve got mixed feelings,” Monaghan told a news conference in Perpignan. “On the one hand Laurent gave me an opportunity to get into coaching when I retired as a player and to see him go is really disappointing. “On the other hand, I’m excited that me and Jerome get an opportunity to put our stamp on the club, although we don’t need to come in and change everything. That’s not really our job, that is just to simplify things, make it easy for the players to go out and play well. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s a big responsibility the club

have put on the two of us and we’re looking forward to trying to do right by them.” Dragons chairman Bernard Guasch told the conference he was disappointed with the situation and sad for Frayssinous but is hoping for a much-needed upturn in fortunes after the team slipped into the bottom four following Sunday’s 18-10 defeat by fellow strugglers Huddersfield. “I am now looking forward to this new chapter with Jerome and Michael,” Guasch said. “We want to create again a fighting spirit within the team and I am hoping for a quick reaction from the players.”

Fonua to leave Hull early

The 24-year-old former Melbourne Storm player will return to Australia with his wife Christine at the end of the season and is expected to join Sydney club Wests Tigers. Hull coach Lee Radford said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose a play-

er of Mahe’s quality but we completely understand his reasons for returning home. “It is not the way of our club to stand in the way of a player in these circumstances and Mahe and his family will leave with our blessing and best wishes.

Arsenal face defensive crisis Arsenal face a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea with Gabriel Paulista definitely missing out through injury. The Brazil defender was injured in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday, a game that also cost the Gunners the services of Laurent Koscielny, who starts a three-game ban for his sending-off. Gabriel will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks,

meaning he could miss the start of pre-season. Shkodran Mustafi could also miss the Wembley showpiece with boss Arsene Wenger confirming at his Wednesday press conference that the Germany international is “still sick.” Rob Holding is the only member of Wenger’s trio who remains fit, although the Frenchman has also used full-back Nacho Monreal in the middle at times.


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Real Madrid snatch 33rd La Liga title Thousands of Real Madrid fans, many decked in the famous white team jersey, converged in the centre of the Spanish capital to celebrate the club’s 33rd league title after a 2-0 win over Malaga on Sunday, May 21, AFP reports. Elated fans cheered and lit flares when the squad arrived on an open-top bus bearing the word “Campeones” (champions) on the side at the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, as confetti rained down. Team captain Sergio Ramos and other players decked in white shirts with the number 33 on the back filmed the crowd with mobile phones from the top of the bus, which was escorted

by police on horseback. Ramos took to a walkway over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club flag just before 3:00 am (0100 GMT) as Queen’s anthem “We Are the Champions” blared out from loudspeakers. Real Madrid left-back Marcelo then tied a team scarf around the statue as the crowd cheered. “We have to win the Champions League now. We are counting on all of your support. Let’s Go! Thank you very much,” Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo said atop the walkway before singing along with the crowd. Ronaldo and French striker

Karim Benzema scored the two goals which gave Real their win over Malaga and their first Spanish league title since 2012. The club will pursue a third UEFA Champions League victory in four seasons in the final against Juventus, who on

Sunday secured third successive Serie A and Coppa Italia double, in Cardiff on June 3. If Real win the Champions League, it would be the club’s first La Liga and European champions cup double in nearly six decades.

Button: 2017 Monaco GP is a one-off Renault: “We can’t Monaco, I’ve had some great races in Monaco and it’s a circuit where the auto should work really well”, said the 2009 world champion. “Monaco is truly unique as a track, and requires a lot of work to fine-tune the vehicle and optimise the set-up for the narrow layout”. Adding to the challenge of the notoriously unforgiving street circuit, drivers will have to tackle the famous track in F1’s wider and more aggressive era of cars introduced for this year.

offer Alonso a race winning car”

Renault advisor Alain Prost has stated that the team are unlikely to produce a car of race winning qualities until 2020. This leaves the future of the Spaniard in Formula 1 under scrutiny, as many fail to see him extending his current deal at McLaren. “ Fe r n a n d o wants to win races or championships,” Prost told Sky Sports News HQ. “I don’t think we can

offer him a car to be world champion next year - and also maybe in two years.” Alonso claimed his two world championship with Renault back in 2005 and 2006, but since their rebirth over a year ago, they have been far off the pace of the frontrunners. After just five rounds of the 2017 championship, Renault sits 147 points behind leaders Mercedes,.


Jenson Button has played down a 2018 return to the Formula 1 grid, insisting he is only replacing Fernando Alonso in Monaco as a “one-off”. With Alonso escaping McLarenHonda’s current malaise to compete at the Indianapolis 500, Button is taking time out of what is expected to be a fulltime retirement for F1’s blue riband event. But while the 37-year-old Briton claims he is enjoying life away from the sport and that his return will be short lived, it is he who has a McLaren contract for next season, rather than Alonso. “Of course when the chance came to race in Monaco I was going to take it,” Button, who is set to take part in his 306th F1 race, said. “I don’t want to be racing in F1 for a whole season because I’ve done my time in F1. “It’s a great race to come back for, it was my home for 17 years, I’ve won in





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I’m ready to leave, says Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann says he is ready to leave Atletico Madrid in order to pursue a dream of winning trophies consistently. The France international has long been linked with a move to Manchester United or Real Madrid but appeared to commit his future to Atletico last week when he lightheartedly stated that he would only leave to join NBA side the New York Knicks. H o w e v e r , Griezmann caused a stir on Monday when he said that his chances of moving to Old Trafford this year were a “six out of 10” as talk began to build of a possible worldrecord offer from the Europa League finalists.

The 26-year-old has followed up those comments by saying that his ambitions could tempt him to leave Atletico in the next transfer window, although their own recruitment drive could yet convince him to stay. The “fashionable” Premier League, the Bundesliga or even the top flights in China and the United States could be appealing, he said. “We finished third in LaLiga. It was the club’s objective but the players want more,” he said at the release of his autobiography on Tuesday, as quoted by L’Equipe. “I want to win trophies. I’ve come to a point where I play

really well and score goals but it’s not enough. That’s it. “To win trophies is what I’m going to look for this summer from the moment I decide my future. “I reached a final and a semi-final

England draw Gibraltar in World England will begin their defence of the World Cup of Darts title against Gibraltar when the event is held in Frankfurt next month. The new-look England team of Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall will be among 32 nations competing in the £300,000 tournament, which is held from June 1-4 live on Sky Sports. Having won four of the last

five World Cup of Darts titles, England will begin their bid for a fifth triumph when they take on Gibraltar pair Dyson Parody and Dylan Duo in the first round. Top seeds Scotland will meet Singapore in the first round on the opening night of the event, while two-time winners Netherlands will commence their challenge for a third title against Czech Republic.

of the Champions League with Atletico. We’re close but we’re missing something. “I’ll see what the club will do. It depends on transfers. I don’t know if they understand but all the players, the media,

my family, know that I like football to win trophies, to live strong emotions. I want to taste it. “If I have to move today it will be no problem. It could be to England because that’s fashionable,

to Germany, China or the United States. I’m ready to go.” G r i e z m a n n registered 26 goals and 13 assists in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side last season.


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QUITS PALACE AND FOOTBALL C r y s t a l Palace’s former England manager Sam Allardyce has quit the English Premier League club five months after being appointed, saying that he was now leaving football management for good. Allardyce, 62, kept south London side Palace in the top flight after replacing the sacked Alan Pardew in December, when the club was in 17th place just one point above the relegation zone. He had signed a 2.5-year contract.

“It’s been a privilege to have worked here for the past five months. But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take and that’s been the simple part for me,” Allardyce said. “This is the right time for me. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”

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