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Shark causes panic in shallow waters A SIGHTING of a three-metre long blue shark caused panic on the beaches of Fuengirola on Sunday, forcing a four-hour ban on swimming. Several bathers warned of the presence of a shark only several metres from the shore in Torreblanca at around 12.15pm. Following the emergence of several videos of the shark on social media, the Guardia Civil sent out a patrol to capture it to transport it to deeper waters, with no success. BENALMADENA Council has announced that one of its most popular sculptures, ‘Couple Sunbathing,’ by Elena Laveron, has been restored and installed in the Parque de los Limones. The limestone sculpture, carved by the Malaga artist in
The red f lag was raised until around 5pm, when it was downgraded to yellow, but the presence of blue sharks is not uncommon on the Malaga coastline. However, the sharks are not aggressive and there has been no record of a shark-related attack in the province. Credit: La Cepa Playa/Facebook
Abandoned sculpture back on show 1972, was originally situated in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, but had been removed for renovation work. The inauguration was at-
tended by the sculptor, along with mayor of Benalmadena, Victor Navas. Mr Navas said that the council had decided to reinstall
SHARK SHORE: Onlookers were amazed to see the creature near the beach.
the sculpture as part of its efforts to recover the historical cultural heritage of Benalmadena. Elena Laveron said she was “very pleased” with the sculpture’s new location in the park, which will be easily accessible to residents and visitors.
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been the case with Prince Philip and his official duties. Already the Commonwealth leaders have indicated that should the Queen decide to step down, they are likely to welcome Prince Charles as the new Head of the Commonwealth. In family businesses, it is not unusual for older directors to step back and hand over the reins of power to younger directors, so there has been much speculation about the possible abdication of the Queen, in a manner similar to the Spanish Royal Family. Under the complicated rules governing the British monarchy, there would be constitutional problems with this possible option as whilst she may abdicate from the throne, there is no current option for her to give up her position as head of the Church of England. This means that whilst Prince Charles could become Prince Regent, he could not be crowned as the new monarch
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THE royal wedding tomorrow (Saturday) will bring a number of people together as they celebrate the marriage of the ‘spare’ and a mixed-race commoner. Prince Harry is still sixth in line for the throne and in royal parlance two children of the first in line or indeed of the reigning monarch are referred to as ‘the heir and the spare’ in case there should be any unfortunate accident. This decade has shown a remarkable change in society all over the world and the fact that Harry is allowed to take Meghan Markle as his wife after Prince William also married outside of the aristocracy shows that there has been a massive sea change in the world view of the Royal Family. Realistically things are going to change even further as with Her Majesty now 92 and Prince Philip 97, there will be changes either enforced through death or by retirement as has already
Hopefully the future is bright for the Royal Family
WEDDING CAKE: A layer of the cake produced by Clair Ptak.
and has to become head of the Church of England. The only reason that George VI was able to hold his coronation was because his brother Edward VIII abdicated before his own coronation and never became head of the church. As people celebrate this latest wedding, let’s hope that it is a long and happy one for the new couple who give every impression that they will be able to cope with the modern media circus that surrounds them. Sadly three of the Queen’s four children have been divorced although in the case of Anne and Charles, they appear to have settled more happily with their new partners. There are going to be some major changes in the structure of the Royal Family in the near future and as we head towards the uncertainty of Brexit. We have to hope that the burden will not be too great and that either Charles or William are able to take over the position seamlessly.
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Police seize 170 kilos of marihuana in lorry bust Credit: Guardia Civil
OFFICERS of the National Police, the Guardia Civil and the Irish police have intercepted a lorry carrying 170 kilos of marihuana. The lorry was on the A-45 travelling towards Cordoba, and the stash was hidden between 20 tons of lettuce. The marihuana had been collected in Alhaurin de la Torre and according to police sources, was destined for Ireland. As a result of the operation, a significant criminal network on the Costa del Sol has been dismantled, with five people arrested in Malaga and Almeria. An investigation began in April when the National Police received information from their Ir ish counterparts about a group of Irish citizens involved in dr ug trafficking on the coast. Further enquiries led to
DECEPTIVE DRUGS: The boxes of lettuces concealed a more potent substance. the identification of several of those involved, enabling the eventual seizure of their shipment as it was in transit. Other items seized in the haul include three computers, 10 mobile phones and
20 tons of lettuce that have been sent to Lucena and Cordoba. T he five detainees have been charged with drug trafficking, belonging to a criminal group, and document falsification.
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Chris and Gabs’ extraordinary journey by Tom Woods CHRIS O’HARE and Gabriella Gratix are no ordinary cyclists, and no ordinary fundraisers. The couple are about to embark on a round the world cycling trip for at least five years, raising money for the Prevent Breast Cancer charity as they go. Chris is 42 years old from Thistleton near Preston, and after running his own successful business in the construction sector, realised that he was completely burnt out and sold up six years ago. He moved to Australia but after a year there he moved back to the UK, got divorced, and was struggling to find direction. In January 2014 he organised a coast to coast cycling event from Whitby to Blackpool, to raise money for The Happy House, an orphanage in Kenya. It was during the training for this
fateful cycling trip that he met Gabriella, and they have been inseparable ever since. Gabriella, 45, from Blackpool, has always been fit and enjoyed running, swimming, boxing and trekking. She has had a colourful working life that has involved being a professional dancer and working with Credit: chrisandgabsworldcyclingtour.com some famous entertainers including Tony Christie and Jools Holland. ROAD READY: Chris and Gabs begin their epic adventure in July. Gabriella has also owned a fancy tensive chemotherapy, and every of the same year. dress shop in Liverpool and even three weeks has to fly back to the Both trips helped to raise money worked as a costumier on cruise UK for Herceptin injections. for cancer charities and the couple ships. Gabriella has borne all this with a got engaged on Bamboo Island in However, Chris and Gabriella Southern Thailand. strength and humour that surprises have both lost close friends to canno one who knows her. Last year was supposed to be the cer in recent years, and this shared Crucially, she has made a full regrief has stirred a resolve in them to start of their world cycling tour, and everything had been arranged when covery and the remarkable couple do whatever they can to fight it. In early 2016 the pair cycled Gabriella was hit with the shocking have been living and training in 5,000km through South East news that she had aggressive can- Spain (Torrox), and have re-scheduled their world cycling tour for Asia, and then set off from Black- cer. Since then she has undergone a July 9, starting in Malaga after pool to Malaga via France (another 5,000km feat) in the summer double mastectomy, a course of in- travelling around much of the
Costa del Sol. Chris and Gabriella will be cycling over 100,000km across seven continents, and they actually don’t know how many years they will be away for, or how far they will ride. What they do know is that their trip will help to raise vital funds for breast cancer research, and they actually have a target of €300,000. “We hope to visit all the world cancer research sites as we go,” says Chris. “We want to raise as much publicity and money for this cause as we possibly can.” The couple will probably get married on the road too, in what would be the start of another extraordinary journey together. To follow Chris and Gabriella’s journey and for information on how to donate visit www.chrisandgabsworldcyclingtour.co m or www.facebook.com/worldcycling2.
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€5 million to boost beaches and jobs by Tom Woods BEACH entrepreneurs in La Cala de Mijas are planning to invest €5 million and create 600 new jobs in the town. The move comes after beach bars in the area have been officially recognised after almost 40 years of waiting. They will now have legal protection from the council thanks to the amendment of Article 135 of the General Urban Plan. The change gives entrepreneurs the freedom to invest in and improve their premises without the need to jump through administrative hoops on an annual basis. Mayor Juan Carlos Maldonado recently met with the president of Malaga Province’s beach entrepreneurs, Manuel Villafaina, along with Councillor for Beaches, Andres Ruiz, to talk about the industry. “Tourism generates the most jobs in the town and we simply couldn’t keep these businesses in constant legal insecurity,” said Mayor Maldonado. Councillor Ruiz agreed and commented:
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BEACH BOOST: The investment is expected to create 600 new jobs, rising to 1,000 in the summer.
“Since the 1980s the beach bars have not been included in the General Plan so this is a historical moment, and is down to the good understanding between both parties.” For his part, a delighted Manuel Villafaina
said: “When a company does not have legal security it is afraid of investment, so for us this is sensational news that will enable us to modernise our facilities and adapt them to new technologies.”
Site could go to youth groups WORKERS from the San Pedro Alcantara Council are renovating the town’s rock climbing centre for young people to enjoy. Marbella Council recently took possession of the plot which they found in a ‘regrettable’ state. Authorities are currently cleaning the site and will survey the state of the centre’s 10 cabins when finished. They will decide which of the huts are salvageable and which need knocking down, the deputy mayor of San Pedro Alcantara, Rafael Piña said. We want to get the centre up and running again as soon as possible, he added. Piña said the council is considering turning the site into an outdoor leisure space for young people who need the space for their activities, he said.
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SOCIAL CAUSE: The family event aims to promote animal welfare.
Pet party for animal welfare THE ‘Fiesta de la Primav era’ spring party will take place at the Butibamba Park in La Cala de Mijas this Sunday between 10am and 6pm in support of local pets. Mijas mayor Juan Car los Maldonado from the centreright Ciudadanos party attended the ‘Pet’s spring party’ pre sentation event. He said it was impor tant the town hall col
laborates with such groups because their work is really valuable to society. The money raised will go towards improving animals’ quality of life, he added. Mari Carmen González, the domestic animals councillor from the cen treleft PSOE party, said the council is always open to participating in causes which promote
the responsible care of pets. It is the third time the Mijas Felina stray cat as sociation has organised the fundraising effort alongside 16 other groups. The cat charity said it will use the funds to cov er the cost of castration and caring for felines in ill health, Manuel Bernardo charity member said.
De Niro takes swipe at Trump at Nobu opening ROBERT DE NIRO has officially opened the new Nobu Marbella hotel and restaurant that he coowns with renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and took the opportunity to take aim at Donald Trump. When asked at the inauguration this week which dish the US President would have if he ate there, the actor replied: “I do n o t c a r e w h a t D o n a l d Tr u m p likes. If he entered one of my restaurants, I would get up and leave. On a more positive note, De Niro added: “ I t ’s a p l e a s u r e t o b e i n M a r -
bella because I love coming to Spain.” The star has been visiting the Costa del Sol for years, with a particular preference for Marbella and Estepona. For his part, Nobu Matsuhisa highlighted the quality of produce that comes from the area, notably the seafood which is the fundamental ingredient in his cuisine. Nobu Marbella is based in the Puente Romano hotel, while the Nobu Empire itself owns 30 establishments on five continents. The duo also plan to open an establishment in Barcelona n e x t y e a r, a n d e v e n t u a l l y Madrid and Portugal.
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OFFICERS of the National Police have arrested five people in Marbella for their alleged involvement in a €500,000 online real estate scam. To carry out their illicit scheme, the suspects advertised homes on real estate websites at very attractive prices. Locations involved included Alhaurin el Grande, Mijas, Punta Umbria, Alcala de Guadaira and Madrid. An investigation began after a complaint from people who had bought a home in Mijas via an online advert, and had become concerned. After handing over the money for the reservation of the property, between €5,000 and €10,000, the seller ceased to make contact with them. The detainees would contact the real sellers of properties in order to obtain information such as the size of the building and the space that it occupies. They would then steal real advertisements from similar properties online, and adapt them for their own ends. Once they had a sale, the suspects would create false contracts and other documents to trick buyers into sending the payment.
Council seeks clean bill of health for new hospital by Tom Woods MIJAS Council has submitted a proposal to the Junta de Andalucia about its preferred location for the new hospital. While little progress has been made on overall plans, one of the few certainties was that the hospital would be based in Las Lagunas. A cco rd i n g to l o c a l re p o r t s , t h e council has presented a recommendat i o n t h a t t h e s i te o f c h o i c e b e o n Avenida de Andalusia. The location would meet requirements both for an expanded centre, as well as proximity to both Mijas and Fuengirola. Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, maintains that he has been working hard on the project, and that a l l t h e p re p a rat i o n w o r k i s b e i n g done. He has also emphasised that the council has asked the Junta whether the administrative process for the new hospital can be expedited. Mr Maldonado will shortly be having a meeting with the Junta’s Health Depar tment, where the issue of financing for the project is also likely to be discussed.
Five arrested in €500,000 real estate scam
HEALTHIER HOSPITAL: The current facilities are not meeting the area’s needs.
Council approves urban building plans MARBELLA Council has approved new regulations that allow for hotel building in the city to be increased by 10 per cent. In an extraordinary plenary session, the local authority passed through a significant modification of the 1986 General Plan of Urban Planning. Councillor for Territorial Planning, Kika Caracuel, said that the outcome represented a “return to normality” for the city. The vote on the new regulations, which includes greater freedom to expand buildings, was not supported by the opposition, but is intended to boost Marbella’s economy. Critics claim that the changes will lead to an increased gentrification of the old town, and lacks environmental guarantees.
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PRESENTATION: Of the equipment.
Kits to aid groups against forest fires THE regional government has equipped Benalmadena and Torremolinos civil protection workers with specialised firefighting kits. A total of 21 packs costing € 3 , 4 0 0 w i l l n o w b e ava i l a b l e fo r civil protection teams. They include overalls, boots, helmet, chin strap, gloves, mask, goggles, extinguishing backpacks and shovels.
And alucia gover nment official Jose Luis Ruiz Espejo, handed out the gear last Wednesday at Benalmadena Local Police headquarters. He was accompanied by its mayor Víctor Navas and the Torremolinos mayor Jose Ortiz. Ruiz said the local early action g r o u p s a r e r e a l l y i m p o r t a n t fo r preventing blazes and for their self-protection, especially in two
key Costa del Sol locations. Many proper ties are located in forested areas which form a boundar y with the urban centres, he highlighted. Many fires have previously started in towns’ bordering hills, as well as on the nearby A-7 road. This which is why it is so vital to b e “ p e r fe c t l y e q u i p p e d ” fo r a n y emergency, Espejo said.
Tree trouble The pair had stashed drugs in a wood MIJAS Local Police have arrested two youths after they were spotted hiding drugs in a tree. Officers stopped the suspicious pair while patrolling in the Calypso area of La Cala. One of them was underage, according to reports. The officers stopped the two and scanned their identification. One of the youngsters then received a phone call, which gave police the sense that a meeting with a third party had been arranged. Police let the boys go but, suspicions alerted, continued to observe them from close up while hiding. Both suspects then approached a wooded area, taking two objects out from inside one of the trees. The Mijas policemen took the two by surprise and searched them, finding two 139gram bars of hashish and a 17-gram bag of marihuana. The drugs looked like they were ready for sale. Police also confiscated scales and scissors. The young men now face charges for crimes against public health and have been handed over to the Guardia Civil.
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THE Costa del Sol expatriate community has once again come together at a time of need, and that is a cause for celebration. EWN Media Group (of which RTN Newspaper is the newest addition) is part of a caring community which is why such recent exclusive stories covering the squatters nightmare endured by 69-year-old Anita Pillay and husband Tony, who returned from a London trip to find their Torremolinos home occupied, sparked an incredible response with generous offers of help. Fuengirola-based firms Yorkshire Linen and Los Warehouse supplied new bedding and kitchenware, respectively, while Age Concern Costa del Sol got in touch to offer clothing free of charge. Many people offered the couple money to tide them over, and one generous soul even donated a 32-inch flat screen television to replace the one stolen, which was a gift from the couple’s son. A delighted Anita told our sister newspaper Euro Weekly News “I can’t actually thank everyone enough, with your support we are slowly managing to rebuild our lives. “God bless you, thank you so much.” With the Royal Wedding literally around the corner, the local community has once again pulled out all the stops for a special FREE event at Restaurant Villalinda in Mijas, where Harry and Meghan’s big day will be projected onto a giant screen. The owners of the restaurant had no compunction about agreeing to open their doors to those who would enjoy the spectacle in the company of like-minded expatriates. Two local talents Antony Wolfson and One Wish Steve have agreed to entertain, there will be Pimms on arrival followed by a light lunch and cava as guests watch the happy couple tie the knot. There will also be a raffle with great prizes, and a special prize for the bestdressed attendee on the day. All are welcome but places are limited so you MUST confirm your place in advance by calling 600 583 579 or emailing email@example.com.
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Man with many names arrested OFFICERS of the National Police have arrested an English man via a European Order of Detention and Delivery, issued by the UK. The man had allegedly used 75 different identities and specialised in theft from armoured cars. He is also charged with illegal possession of weapons and explosives, along with document falsification and bribery. The detainee was apprehended in Marbella in the early hours of May 8 after being stopped in a vehicle and asked for identification. He offered the policemen €500 to immediately release him, which was ignored and he has been remanded in custody awaiting extradition.
New swimming pool for city will make a splash MARBELL A Council is to initi ate plans for a ne w i n d o o r 5 0 - m e t re s w i m ming pool in the Guadaiza area. The move is aimed at addressing the g rowing needs of spor ts clubs in the city, par ticularly in relation to swimming , water polo and triathlon races. In order for the project to go ahead, there will need to be an amendm e n t t o t h e c o u n c i l ’s General Urban plan, and the proposal will be taken to the next plenar y meeting for approval. A recent meeting took place between Mayor Angeles Muñoz and various spor ts clubs in the city, where the location of the venue and the administrative process going forward were agreed. Mayor Muñoz said: “ The construction of this pool means that the
Credit: Ayuntamiento de Marbella
MANY FACES: The suspect used a range of different identities to avoid detection.
POOLING IDEAS: Mayor Muñoz met with sports clubs to discuss the plans.
d e m a n d s o f o u r c i t y ’s sports clubs will be met. “ We w a n t a c o m m i t -
ment from all political par ties in the council to guarantee the realisation
of this project, and to get it underway immediately.”
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Boat companies attack cruise controls HAVE YOUR SAY
BUSINESSES running tourist boat trips from Benalmadena marina are protesting against the ‘abusive’ conditions the council wants to impose for operating their services. Following permission from the Andalucian port authority, APPA, the council has
put the contracts for excursions out to tender. The 15 businesses involved have called for the process to be halted, criticising the council’s demands for a minimum fee of 50 cents per passenger, plus 50 per cent more in berthing fees, an amount that would sig-
nificantly reduce their profit margins. Gonzalo Medina, owner of CostaSol Cruceros, has warned that the changes are endangering his business. He points out that in Marbella and Estepona, the charge is a simple €600 annual fee.
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MAYOR of Estepona, Jose Maria Garcia Urbano, has this week welcomed 20 secondary school students and two teachers from the David D’Angers School in France. The young people, from Angers, are participating in a linguistic and cultural exchange with Estepona, lasting a week. Mayor Garcia Urbano explained that the students will be able to enjoy all the many leisure and cultural activities that the town has to offer.
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CUDEC A Cancer Care Hospice is holding its annual Sunf lower Campaign to raise funds and awareness on the impor tance of the special service that it provides. For more than two decades, Cudeca Hosp i c e h a s p ro v i d e d c a re to more than 14,000 patients via personalised care programmes. These include home care visits; an in-patient unit; day care centre; physiotherapy; counselling and the psychotherapy. During the awareness campaign, volunteers will take to the streets and offer sunf lowers (the symbol of internat i o n a l p a l l i at i ve c a re ) , in exchange for donations. This will help to raise m o n e y f o r C u d e c a ’s m a ny p at i e n t s , a n d i t s
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ZIPPING ALONG: The new park will be welcomed by residents.
New park adds some zip to the area CONSTRUCTION of the Manantial Park in Torreblanca is nearing completion. The area has been expanded to include more green spaces and will have better provision for children’s games. New benches and other furniture has been installed, as well as a new zip-line which is the most eye-catching addition. The renovation work cost €85,000 and mayor of Fuengirola, Ana Mula, said: “This was an unused plot of public land and so we decided to adapt it for this purpose. “The park will clearly enrich the area and provide an alternative space for children and adults to enjoy.”
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Town bridges the divide with €900,000 tender ESTEPONA Council has announced that it is putting out to tender the contracts for three new sections of pedestrian paths on its coastline. The works will also allow the construction of three bridges over the Taraje, Anton and Guadalobon streams. The cost of the three projects will be €414,146, €252,765 and €255,377 respectively, and while the footbridges will be wooden, the surrounding infrastructure will be more robust, including some concrete paving. Estepona’s broader coastal corridor initiative aims to connect more than 22km of coastline through pedestrian paths, allowing locals better access for walking and jogging, as well as the ability to explore previously cut-off areas.
GOWN ON: Social welfare councillor Javier Marin is supporting the gala.
Gala’s a go-go BENALMADENA’S Centre for the Care of Disabled people (ABAD) will hold its 11th annual charity fundraising ball which will take place this tonight (Friday= from 7.30pm in the Municipal auditorium. Minister for Social Welfare, Javier Marin - who is backing the event - invited all of the town’s residents to come along to the gala to raise funds for the association’s day care unit. “ABAD offers a valuable service to disabled people and their family members,” he added. Entrance costs €5 and the gala will have a sterling entertainment line-up including Cucaracha Dandi, Rafael Estades El Mor-
ta, Manolo Doña and Mayka Romero. There will also be performances from the municipal dance school, student singers, the Cabotrage group, the Argentinian roots dance group, Isa Olmo, Francisco Carrera and Eduardo Díaz. Jorge Torres will present the gala. All donations will go towards ABAD’s ongoing therapies, Ana Portales, the organisation’s spokesperson said. She thanked local small and medium-sized companies who have donated ‘fantastic presents’ which will be raffled off during the gala.
A special show CHILDR EN from a Manilva theatre company are set to premiere a show which will take a look at the big issues of our times. Especiales, or Specials in English, is set to feature 22 children aged between seven and 14 from the Municipal School of Theatre. The performance covers issues such as environmentalism, equality, consumerism, racism and war. It is directed by Ines Gandiaga and premieres at the Civima auditorium on Sunday June 3, according to Manilva’s council.
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Gibraltar will not give an inch on sovereignty Credit: HM Government of Gibraltar
THE Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia who is on another visit to the US A has told members of the United States Congress that Gibraltar will not cede an inch of i t s s o v e r e i g n t y, j u r i s d i c t i o n a n d control. In addition, he has highlighted, the danger of Spain challenging the status quo by redrawing the borders of Europe at a time of so much uncertainty and instability within Europe. In response to questions about the impact of Brexit, Dr Garcia has e x p l a i n e d t h at a s t h e U K p re p a re s to l e av e t h e E u ro p e a n U n i o n , i t i s engaged in discussions with a n u m b e r o f m e m b e r s t ate s , i n c l u d ing Spain, about Gibraltar. The government of Gibraltar is directly involved in those meetings that are relevant to Gibraltar he confirmed. “It remains to be seen whether Spain can find the political goodwill to move for ward with solutions that do not impact on sover-
eignty. We welcome such solutions but we will not give an inch on s ov e re i g n t y, j u r i s d i c t i o n a n d c o n trol. It is clearly not just about sovereignty but about the attribu t e s o f s o v e r e i g n t y a s w e l l ,” D r Garcia said during discussions. I n a d d i t i o n to m e e t i n g w i t h R e publican and Democratic Members of Congress, he is also meeting officials on Capitol Hill and others in the area of foreign relations. A considerable amount of time in these meetings, with at least 20 d i f fe re n t o f f i c i a l s , i s s p e n t c o u n tering the misinformation about Gibraltar which the Gibraltar Government contends is being put around by Spain and he understands that a number of congressmen have re ceived br ie fing papers about Gibraltar from the Spanish E m b a s s y i n Wa s h i n g to n w h i c h a re inaccurate and factually incorrect. DR GARCIA ON CAPITOL HILL: With US representative David Liston and PA Ernest Francis.
Tide of blue flags hits the Costa MALAGA Province has been awarded a grand total of 25 blue flags for its beaches, one more than last year. The recognition has come from the Environmental and Consumer Association (Adeac), which awards beaches and marinas which meet a series of environmental standards and offer a wide range of facilities. Within the province the most successful areas are Fuengirola, Estepona and Marbella, who all can boast four blue flags for their beaches. Marbella won a flag for its marina, while Fuengirola’s total was up from three last year. With all four of its beaches recognised, Fuengirola mayor Ana Mula said it was testament to the enduring quality of the town’s environment, services and facilities. Casares and Torremolinos join the list of winners, while Calahonda drops out. In Andalucia as a whole there are now 119 coastal areas with blue flags (seven more than last year), of which 97 are beaches and 16 are marinas.
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Costa del Sol’s hospitals are bad Credit:SMA_Malaga/Twitter
THE Costa del Sol has the lowest ratio of doctors to residents despite being the region’s highest contributor to nation’s wealth, Malaga’s medical union (SMM) said. The SMM has struck out at the regional government for treating the area as a ‘guest’ territory of Andalucia in medical matters. The Costa del Sol actually contributes more to gross domestic product (GDP) than any other area in region, the union highlighted. I t said B enalmadena is one of the worst cases because its residents have to travel 30 kilometres to Malaga to receive radiology or paediatrics on the state. T hir ty per cent of the town’s ‘A lta Resolucion’ medical centre is still unused even though the site was inaugurated a decade ago, the organisation added. In addition, its residents in need of special medication have to attend the University of Malaga’s clinic simply because the medicine isn’t available in their health centre’s pharmacy. Unlike other ‘Alta Resolucion’ hospitals in Andalucia, Benalmadena’s doesn’t offer a unit for short stay emergency
ABANDONED: Some patients travel 30 kilometres for treatment.
patients. Patients who can’t be treated in 24 hours must be transferred to emergency centres either in Malaga or Marbella, the union said. Spain’s so called ‘A lta Resolucion’ medical centres offer a new way of delivering healthcare by organising care according to patient outcomes.
18th - 24th May by Bobby Griffiths ONCE again Age Care Association hosted their annual Summer Party for clients and guests but this year it was a two-course luncheon instead of the afternoon tea party. It was decided that it would be held inside because we were aware that outside might either be too hot or a little bit chilly because of the uncertain weather we have experienced this year. It was attended by 106 clients and guests. Many of the clients receive support from Age Care and others are regular attendees of the coffee mornings at Benalmadena, Calahonda, Fuengirola and Coin throughout the week. Age Care organise transport, to enable them to attend a special event for those who would otherwise not attend any functions; to meet, chat, socialise and enjoy being in a totally different environment which is stunning. A spectacular event to remember and talk about for a long time. Everybody was served an exceptional two-course meal and treated to a glass of wine if they desired. The food and the service were first class and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The entertainment was fabulous and was provided by the dulcet tones of Martin Joseph, who is part of the tribute band, The Rat Pack and sings many songs of Frank Sinatra.
Age Care’s Summer Lunch Party
ANNUAL EVENT: Some of the special guests at the Summer Lunch Party. Once again ‘Mania Performers’ an amazing group of singers and entertainers led by Alex Aver y volunteered their time, and dressed in Pearly King and Queen outfits gave a rousing performance, singing many well known First and Second
World War songs and ‘old time musical songs’ as well as some ‘rock’ music. Many of the audience joined in whole-heartedly singing along. Age Care would sincerely like to thank all the entertainers for such a bril-
liant afternoon. Charmaine Arbouin, the British Consul from Malaga was delighted to accept our invitation to join in the fun and be part of the social side of a local Charity. Anette Skou the Coordinator of
Mijas Foreigners Department who supports the work of Age Care was joined by Roy Perez, a councillor from Mijas Foreigners Department as well as our patron Bruce Mckintrye a former British Consul. Also joining us for the first time was Nicki Burgess from Euro Weekly News who was delighted to view firsthand the work of Age Care Association. President Syd Weldon gave a short speech welcoming everybody and thanking all the volunteers for their hard work for without all of them Age Care Association would not be possible. Apart from some donations all funds are raised by the charity shop in El Zoco, Calahonda. Age Care Association hold five coffee mornings in different locations where the older Englishspeaking community can meet and socialise as well as receive support and advice. Monday, Benalamadena Tanges Bar, Bonaza Square 11-1pm: Tuesday and Thursday, Calahonda, The International Baptist Church, 111pm:Wednesday, Fuengirola, Salon Varietes Theatre Bar 11-12.30pm: Thursday Coin Pepe’s Bar, opposite La Trocha, Coin 11-1pm: Friday Los Boliches, Fuengirola, Hogar del Jubilado, Calle Fruita, above the Fruit Market 11-12.30pm If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact 635 407 255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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by Barry Duke
Drag queens have you in their sights Credit: Pixabay
LONDON is not Kansas, Mr Trump. I don’t believe many will disagree when I say that the President of the United States - a man with fewer brain cells than teeth - is one of the most annoying creatures on the planet. He gets on my nerves more than any other public figure I know, not just for his incessant, idiotic tweets but for his voice - a voice the Washington Post described in 2016 as being ‘somewhere between a squawk and a scream’. A while back I met a young gay American who told me that he and his husband were planning to get out of the US and resettle in Europe because they could no longer bear listening to Trump’s inane jabbering. “It’s grating on us to such an extent that we’re actually getting ill,” the man said. I replied that getting out of America wouldn’t be much help as Trump probably gets as much attention from foreign media as he does on his own turf, although much of the coverage he gets outside the US serves mainly to high-
light his personality flaws. Being an inarticulate egomaniac with a narcissistic personality disorder, a vulgar buffoon and a consummate liar are but a few. Furthermore, I said, you have to accept that Trump has a massive following among hordes of halfwits who also say stupid things in funny voices, and most of these are white evangelical Christians who adore him for granting them licence to trumpet their intolerance in a way no other president ever has. He’s even encouraged these god-besotted maggots to infiltrate every sector of his administration where they are shamelessly spreading toxic messages of hate aimed at feminists, the LGBT community, Muslims, Jews, atheists and all others who don’t share their ‘Christian’ values. “You don’t need to live in the States to get riled by these wicked imbeciles,” I added, pointing out that I went ballistic recently when I read that a pastor in California, Michael Webber, had caused a stampede in a cinema. He started screeching biblical baloney at the end of a movie. As the lights were still down, people anticipated yet another mass shooting, and some
UNPOPULAR: Many people are not enamoured by President Trump. were hurt in the rush to leave. The lunatic was charged with a misdemeanour. And guess what? He played the victim card. He complained that ‘there was a period of time in America where standing up to preach the Gospel would have been met with applause.’ I was so angry that I sent an
email to his Truth & Triumph Ministries saying “there was a period of time in America when hanging black people from trees would have been met with applause.” “That’s just it,” said the Yank glumly, “the crazies have taken over the asylum and we just can’t live with it any more. At least out-
side the US we’ll feel less threatened as a gay couple, and we’ll have the satisfaction of joining the ranks of those who plan to protest against Trump’s visit to Britain in July.” I was chuffed to learn that, as part of the ‘March of Millions’ scheduled to coincide with the visit there will be around 1,000 drag queens. An extravagance of Manchester drag artists, including Liquorice Black, Violet Blonde, Cheddar Gorgeous, and Anna Phylactic have organised a robust LGBT response to the visit in solidarity with gay and trans communities in the US affected by the Trump administration’s rollback of equality gains under Obama. Organisers say that Trump’s attacks on gays, women, Mexicans and Muslims sets a bad precedent for other leaders across the globe. In the year since Trump took office, countries like Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Russia have cracked down on their queer and trans communities. More than 100 gay men were rounded up in Chechnya - and at least four were murdered. More than 30,000 people are expected to turn out to vent their anger when the deranged monster comes to the UK to paw at ‘The Great and The Good.’ My fervent wish is that a great many more than that number will rally on the day - Friday the 13th and make it absolutely clear to Trump that he’s not in Kansas now.
How does your insurance company value your car after a total loss? GOD forbid this should happen to you but if your vehicle is treated as a total loss (also known as a ‘write-off ’) it is because the cost of the repair is higher than 75 per cent of the actual cash value of the vehicle, or it has sustained too much damage making it unsafe and not roadworthy. We really hope you won’t ever be involved in this situation but it is best to be aware of some important aspects and to be really clued up. For example, Liberty Seguros recommends having third-party with theft, fire and total loss, because in cases where the client has third-par ty coverage only and it is their fault, you will have no right to compensation. However, in the event that the loss is due to the fault of another person, you would be entitled to compensation for total loss, even if you have only got third party cover. Most insurance companies
WRITE-OFFS: Know what can happen to the value of your car. compensate the total loss with the sale value of the vehicle but bear in mind that after three years of your car’s life, depending on the car, it may have depreciated by up to 50 per cent or more, so your compensation won’t be that good! On the other hand, choosing the right insurer can make a big
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• I f the vehicle is up to four years old: you will be compensated with 70 per cent of the value of your car when it was new. • I f the vehicle is more than four years old: you will be compensated with the cash value, plus 30 per cent. What’s more, in the case of total loss, Liberty Seguros does not deduct any type of excess. Although no one wants to lose their car due to an accident, it’s always better to think about what different insurance companies can offer you, especially if you have just bought a new car! Just think, you will feel more
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MORE than 400 charitable folks mar velled at a huge paella co oked up to raise funds for a new Alzheimer centre. The Alzheimer Sufferers Family Association’s (AFAB) current day centre sees over 50 patients a d ay but has had a long waiting list for some time now. The new service will aim to meet this excess demand. It has been given the official green light but lacked the financing to start building. Supporters of the cause chomped at the massive rice dish which was ser ved up on the same plot where the new clinic will stand in Benalmadena’s Myramar area. AFAB members thanked the B enalmadena Town Hall, the multiple organisations who donated the paella’s ingredients, volunteers and ever yone who turned up to enjoy the gathering. The festive day was animated by music from singer Manuel Salazar. And the winner of the prize leg of ham decided to
Photo credits Alzheimer Sufferers Family Association
Paella party in aid of a new Alzheimer centre
BIG DISH: Happy chefs cook up a charitable meal. donate the prize back to the and nurses. AFAB for a future fundraisAnd family members also ing opportunity. attend to ease their load. The current day centre is T he A FAB was estabserved by professionals inlished in 1996 and the cluding social workers, psyHome ministr y offici ally cholo g ists , o ccupational re co g nised it as a public therapists , physiotherautility and health care cenpists, elderly people helpers tre.
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A Night at the Movies ON Saturday May 26 Sunset Beach Club hotel in Benalmadena will be hosting a charity concert entitled Night at the Movies in aid of three children’s charities. Presented by one of the Coast’s most popular entertainers (and Sunset Beach Club resident performer), Ricky Lavazza, and with special guest, K aren Danzig , you’re guaranteed a fun evening of fabulous music and dancing to songs from your favourite classic films. This show is not to be missed, especially with a fantastic closing act where Ricky and a few volunteers will be performing a Full Monty tribute! The aim of the event is to raise
funds for three children’s charities which the hotel has been supporting for the last four years as part of its ‘Sunset Breaks’ initiative. At a similar event last year, they managed to raise more than €12,000 for these charities and they’ll be hoping to surpass this figure at this year’s concert. The charities supported, MakeA-Wish® Spain, Barretstown and Debra Spain all have a theme in common, creating special memories for children battling serious illness. Great raffle prizes are will be up for grabs including four-star hotel accommodation, return flights to the UK cour tesy of Jet2, golf green fees, meals for two, a luxury
PRESENTATION OF THE CHEQUES: At last year’s fundraiser.
GHD item, and many more to be confirmed! Tickets for the concert are just €10 per person and can be purchased at the Sunset Beach Club Leisure Desk (open Sunday to Friday from 10am to 6pm) or calling Joanne on 695 887 366. Remember, 100 per cent of the entrance ticket sales and raffle ticket sales will be donated to these very worthy causes! Doors to the Moonlight Bar open at 8pm on Saturday May 26 and the show starts at 9pm A little more about the charities
being supported at this event: Butterf ly Children Charity (DEBRA Spain) The Butterfly Children Charity helps children with EB, a condition which makes skin as fragile as a butterfly wing. EB sufferers require painful daily wound care routines and parents are generally the sole carers. Barretstown Founded in 1994 by Hollywood actor, Paul Newman, Barretstown (located in Co Kildare, Ireland) is a unique camp that provides medically endorsed residential pro-
grammes of therapeutic recreation for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Children come free of charge from all over Europe. Make-A-Wish® Spain Make-A-Wish® Spain grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening medical conditions. These once in a lifetime experiences provide them with the strength to keep on with the necessary medical treatments that can help them defeat their diseases.
Water, water everywhere, but... THERE are currently 12 cities that are in danger of running out of drinking water, with Cape Town the most urgent case. Others include Beijing, Cairo, Moscow, Miami, Tokyo and also London. (This I find hard to believe!) The lonely frog Romeo, a Bolivian 10-yearold Sehuencas frog, is believed by conservationists to be the last of his line. He has been calling for a female to mate with for the last nine years without success. He now has an appeal on a dating website that says ‘looking for my Juliet’. An advertising gimmick? Elton Musk’s red roadster (with dummy driver) which was recently carried into space will likely stay there for millions of years. Experts consider the chance that it might hit Earth or
Credit: Gibraltar Museum
by Peter F Purvey
Venus in the next million years is very low. Life after death Scientists say that some of our cells continue to function after death and that some germs actually become more active. (Surely bacteria continues to function otherwise we wouldn’t end up as a skeleton.) More old bones In South Africa, a number of bones that have taken 20 years of careful chipping to free them from the limestone block in which they were fossilised, have been revealed to be the oldest and most complete example of humankind and estimated to be around 3.5 million years old, fractionally older than the famous Lucy at 3.2 million years. This month’s story asks, ‘who are we’? We are all human beings, Homo sapiens, are we not? Are you sure? Genomics is proving to be most enlightening in uncovering our antecedents. Only a year or so ago experts were astonished to discover that between 1.5 and 3 per cent of
NANA: The image of the Neanderthal woman whose skull was discovered in Gibraltar.
our DNA came from the Neanderthals, always regarded as a separate species and therefore unable to breed with humans. It appears that we are also related to at least four other
species, our own and the Neanderthal DNA is also found in human remains from South Siberia, south-east China, India and Australia. These are all thought to be evidence of Homo sapiens out-
side Africa living some 80,000 years ago or earlier. Strange though it may seem, we also appear to be related to a group of small chimp-like people living on the island of Flores in south-east Asia whose origins may go back over 700,000 years. All these people have the tell-tale ‘out of Africa’ gene which betrays Africa as their origin, some of whom may have left as long as two to three million years ago. Strangely, there appears to be evidence of a tribe living on the plains of central Africa about 200,000 years ago who do not have the tell-tale signs that are found in all other Africans but still show that genomic link to ourselves; where did they come from? Many experts think there may be other Homo sapiens whose remains have yet to be uncovered. It would seem that on our long ‘out of Africa’ journey to inhabit the whole world, it’s all down to whom we met, fancied, and bred with along the way. We really are a mongrel species with our genes shared with more than half the population of the world.
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food & drink This week Celebrity Chef from Ready Steady Cook & Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala is serving up an aphrodisiac... Galician Oysters!
A good time for seafood Steven Saunders FMCGB The Little Geranium La Cala de Mijas & Marbella
www.thelittlegeranium.com A GOOD rule of thumb for the seafood season is when there is an ‘R’ in the month it is generally when seafood is at its best. So between September and April is great to eat a variety of seafood. This is because many species of seafood are reproducing during the months of May and August. However in the springtime, mussels, clams, lobsters and oysters are an exception to this rule and so I buy lobsters, clams and oysters in abundance. At the moment as they
are delicious and prices are cheaper when the weather is better because generally we catch shellfish more easily in better conditions. My favourite shellfish is lobster, expensive but it is always a real treat for me. I also love oysters. Sometimes I eat them naturally, raw (live) with just lemon and a little Tabasco or red wine vinegar and shallots, but I have been serving them as a tempura in the restaurant and they are absolutely delicious flash deep-fried in the lightest of batter and served back in their shells with a spicy sauce. So are oysters really an aphrodisiac? Casanova, the 18th century lover who allegedly used to breakfast on 50 oysters each day swore by it! This theory has recently been vindicated by a study which proves that they really are aphrodisiacs. Spring, when the molluscs are breeding, the scientists say, is the time of year the shellfish have their greatest aphrodisiac quality. A team of American and Italian researchers analysed bivalve molluscs - a group of shellfish that includes oysters - and found they were rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones so
now is definitely the time to buy them! Cambados oysters from Galicia are by far the finest oysters in Spain. There are hundreds of varieties of oysters worldwide and many of them are farmed but in Spain you will only find them native and in the north. You don’t get Andalucian oysters probably because the waters are too warm down here. Cambados oysters are fantastic and resemble the flat oyster with its unique round shell immediately identifiable and albeit the oysters are fairly small they pack a punch and are full of flavour. Cambados is a small fishing port, near Pontevedra, in the Galician corner of Spain and the oysters are a well-known delicacy and in big demand. According to some statistics about 95 per cent of flat oysters consumed in Spain originate from the estuaries
and bays around this little village. Galicia is also the most amazing place for many other ingredients. It is like a little corner of foodie heaven tucked up on the north-west coast of Spain. It’s a green, rainy region in Spain’s north-west corner famous for serving arguably the best food in the country. Because Galicia enjoys almost 1,500 kilometres of coastline, seafood makes up a large part of the local diet; everything from fish to shellfish from this part of the country are very popular all over Spain. We buy Galician beef from the same area which is fantastic. It is an amazing region for top quality ingredients. So if you are looking for a dead easy snack or first course, Galician oysters au natural or tempura should be high up on the list!
Oyster Tempura Serves two
For the oysters At least six Galician oysters (three each) Juice of 1 lemon Tempura batter 100g of Tempura flour Pinch of Maldon salt Small bottle of sparkling water approx 200ml Three lumps of ice
Use a little mashed potato rolled into small balls underneath the shells so that the shells stick to the plates. To o p e n a n d p r e p a r e t h e oysters. Find the flat part of the shell where you can see that both top and bottom shells are joined by that part. Use an oyster knife and insert by screwing action into and in between the two shells. Prise them open and scoop out the oyster and flip it over and put it back into the deepest part of the two shells. Reserve the juices and pass them through a fine sieve to avoid pieces of shell. Pour the juices back over the oyster in the deep shell. Serve at least 3 each on crushed ice with a half of lemon and dips/sauces on the side. See below.
Method • 1 Add the flour and salt to a mixing bowl • 2 Gradually stir in the chilled sparkling water - do not whisk as this will cause gluten to develop in the flour which will form a heavy batter. The batter should be lumpy • 3 Now add the ice cubes. • 4 Before dipping the oysters in the batter, season with a little lemon juice and coat the oysters in flour to help the batter stick • 5 Dip the oysters in the batter and let any excess drip off • 6 Quickly transfer to the hot oil (190C) and fry until golden brown and crispy (approx one minute) • 7 Drain on kitchen paper, season and serve back in the oyster shells
Beautiful Champagne, red wine vinegar and shallot dressing for the oysters 2 tablespoons shallots (finely diced) 1 flat tablespoon honey 3 tablespoons Champagne or Cava Pinch of black pepper (ground fresh) 2 drops of Tabasco sauce 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar) Mix all ingredients together and leave in the fridge until you need them allowing the shallots to absorb all the flavours.
You can email Steven your questions or enquiries to: email@example.com. Steven Saunders FMCGB - The Little Geranium, La Cala de Mijas & Marbella www.thelittlegeranium.com.
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Confessions of an arsonist Credit: U.S. Navy photo Scott A. Raegen
AS ‘un motor de bomberos’ raced past me in Torrevieja yesterday, siren blaring; it brought back to me with uncomfortable clarity a time when I was indirectly responsible for not one, but two blazing infernos that needed the intervention of the fire services. The first was an office block in Reading where we were undertaking extensive roof renovations. We had taken all the necessary precautions with our propane burners as prescribed by the 1960’s version of health and safety, but as I was eating my Spam and Branston sandwiches during a pause for lunch, I noticed wisps of smoke appearing from beneath the fascia board. Moreover, it was happening along the full length of the building, which was give or take, the size of the Wembley pitch. I alerted my workmates before careering down the ladder and into the reception area to sound the alarm, where I was horrified to see the ceiling boards buckling from the heat in the roof space above. Crowds began to gather as the build-
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ing was evacuated and the big red lorries and a fleet of police cars began to arrive, along with the gentlemen from the press; all of which I observed discreetly from a nearby cafe. I’m a modest bloke and was happy for my colleagues to have their pictures taken for the local papers.
The second occasion was on a military barracks on the US Air Force base at the Kindley Field complex in Bermuda. A large container of very hot bitumen had suddenly ignited on its way up from the ground in the hoist. I had to either have it lowered, or continue hauling it to the roof post-haste, where I hoped (and
prayed) I would be able to deal with it. I decided on option two and continued hauling. And praying. Bitumen expands when it burns, so upon reaching the roof it spilled over, and quickly spread like a fiery blanket. I dropped through one of the open hatches and yelled “Fire!” to the off-duty personnel. The smell of pot and the volume of heavy rock music were overpowering and I might as well have not bothered in view of the non-reaction from the stoned guardians of the free world. Amazingly, after the natty red American fire engines arrived and the crews had piled out of their wagons and set about their pre-rehearsed tasks, the base fire chief, grinning broadly, pumped my hand and thanked me profusely. It appeared that all those guys ever did was practise boring simulations and drills, and ‘moi’ had actually provided them with a real live fire. I thought they were going to present me with a medal.
Quality food in a fine location SITUATED on the sea front of Fuengirola is a superb restaurant which is rightly proud of its fantastic selection of seafood. But the Rubi Restaurant is actually about great food served from 8am until late and has a menu which incorporates some of the best styles of cooking from the Mediterranean as well as bringing in an international touch. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and any form of meal in between is yours to enjoy as breakfast which includes both very healthy and more traditional British fare and is served between 8am and noon and there is an exceptional choice. Lunch is served from its own menu between 1pm and 4pm and then there are special dinner menus running through until 1am. For a very friendly service enjoy the more than 200 square metres of dining room, terrace and bar, as Rubi Restaurant on the Paseo Maritimo Rey de España welcomes customers new and old to enjoy their fine range of food. Apart from daily fresh fish and shellfish, the restaurant prides itself on its excellent meat including a mixed grill or their special XL mixed grill which
GREAT FOOD: And terrific atmosphere at Rubi Restaurant. comes with the added benefit of a tasty sirloin steak The mixed grill with five different meats costs €25 and the XL version with its sirloin costs €35, proving to be a tasty treat for those who love prime cuts of meat. If you are conscious of your pocket, then they also offer a very generous Menu del Dia with a choice of four
starters and main courses which includes a 250 gram sirloin steak. This costs just €14.95 per person and if there are two of you both taking that menu then you will be invited to share a bottle of house wine. Don’t worry if your Spanish isn’t too fluent as Rubi Restaurant has a friendly multilingual staff ready to take you through the menu and to ensure that
your dining experience is first class. Bookings aren’t always necessary but can be made by calling 952 639 469 although to get a real idea of the superb options available visit https://www.restauranterubi.com/ or visit their Facebook page. Remember, it’s Rubi Restaurant, Paseo Marítimo Rey de España 38, Edificio Paraiso local 7-8, Fuengirola.
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British children top poll for lack of exercise BRITISH children are amongst the worst in the world for physical activity. That’s the finding from an international study of 38 countries. England, Scotland and Wales came low in the activity rankings with the report stating that just 15 per cent of girls aged 11-15 in England and 22 per cent of boys carried out the one hour of moderate-intensity activity a day as recommended by the World Health Organisation. The study was presented to the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Thailand, as British health experts warned that children were losing out on exercise and more should be done to encourage sport and physical activity and get youngsters away from computer screens and their sedentary lifestyle. The grades of activity were based on indicators including active play, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, sedentary behaviour, family and peers, school, community and the built environment as well as government strategies and investments. The international congress also set a target of reducing sedentary behaviour around the world by 10 per cent over the next nine years.
CHILDREN: Losing out on exercise.
Eating chocolate to ease period pains A SWISS chocolatier has claimed to have created a chocolate bar that will help to relieve and ease women’s menstrual cramps. The ‘Frauenmond’ bar, meaning ‘women’s moon’ was developed by the Chocolate with Love company. They said the chocolate contains 60 per cent cocoa and 17 specially selected herbs from the Swiss mountains which can produce a calming effect and soothe the aches and pains suffered monthly by many women. Included in the ingredients is magnesium, but experts claim the magnesium content of any dark chocolate could help ease cramps. If, for some reason, treating yourself to a little bit of chocolate isn’t your favourite pastime, there are other ways to ease period pains. Exercise may be the last thing you fancy, but even a brisk walk can release enough endorphins to counteract the prostaglandins which are
the hormone-like substances in pain and inflammation. Try applying heat as it helps relax the muscles and drink chamomile tea as studies have found it to contain pain-relieving properties. Ginger is also believed to help ease menstrual cramps by lowering the levels of prostaglandins. It can also help fight fatigue often associated with premenstrual syndrome.
CHOCOLATE BAR: That will help ease menstrual cramps.
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Slavery in my lifetime
by Michael Walsh
Credit: National Archives Wikimedia
email@example.com IT is commonly thought that the buying and selling of human beings, who are used as their owner wishes, is a thing of the past. However, slavery has been far more widespread in our lifetime than at any time in antiquity. Inconvenient history it might be but during my lifetime millions of surrendered prisoners of war were bartered and enslaved by the Soviets, Americans, British and French allies just as were 17th century Africans. In clear defiance of the Geneva Convention, Article 57, Britain made use of German captives until 1948. Pressure from the International Red Cross (IRC) and public indignation left Westminster little choice but to finally return the captives to their home countries. Using pillaged German trains and UK / US lend-lease rail rolling stock the Soviets vacuumed up millions of men, women and children from all corners of Europe. Until the 1960’s these unfortunates disappeared into the Soviet
YALTA: Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. Union’s Gulag slave camps or were used as free labour to build canals, dams, infrastructure, invested in by the great corporations of America. These wretches were described by Leon Trotsky as ‘White Negroes’. Petrograd December 1917. Nations in my lifetime were also enslaved and bartered as freely as
were human beings. In February 1945, the leaders of the Soviet Union, Britain and United States, gathered at Yalta in Crimea. The notorious Yalta Agreement sealed the fate of 21 democratic nations. Ironically, one of those nations who surrendered to Stalin’s brutal regime was Poland, for
whose territorial integrity Britain had declared war on September 3, 1939. Albert L Weeks, researcher and author of Russia’s life-saver: lendlease aid to the USSR in the Second World War, described the Soviet Union as ‘a regime as brutal as their Nazi enemy’. It is little wonder
therefore that the most shameful document in history is rarely referred to. I cringe as I picture dwarfish exbank robber and tyrant Joe Stalin looking on as Britain’s unelected Winston Churchill signs over the territories, resources and human rights of the peoples of 21 nations. President Roosevelt, whose election pledge was to keep America out of the war, then adds his moniker. Finally, Joe Stalin, the greatest killer in human history smugly adds his name to the document from hell. Britain celebrates the end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8 but for 21 countries the war and occupation was to last another 45 years. Churchill and Roosevelt submitted to Soviet occupation of 21 nations including half of Germany, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Albania, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldavia, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Czechoslovakia. Churchill, when asked if history would think kindly of him, replied; “of course, for I will write it.”
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Claro! Restaurant Beach Club THIS great Estepona Laguna Village beachfront restaurant is divided into three different yet equally pleasant spaces. Indoor, Claro! remains open for business over the off season and winter months. Simple but chic, the ‘warm’ colours, the lush vegetation and the Balinese infused decoration will make you feel at ease and comfortable. There is the ‘waterfalls’ terrace which is a bit fresher on hot days or the ‘chillout’ wooden terrace facing the sea. Food lovers will be delighted to discover the varied and international menu their chefs have prepared this year. Your taste buds will be travelling across Mediterranean, Spanish, Asian, French and Belgian influenced cuisine. There are matured Galician meats, cooked Chuleton a la Parilla, the oven baked regional fish in its salt crust make chefs Jose Manuel and Andres proud of welcoming you to Claro! Restaurant. Don’t worry they have not forgotten the traditional Espeto Sardines, a local speciality. The wine list containing Spanish and French wines will stimulate your taste buds without hurting your wallet. At Claro! Restaurant and Beach Club, they pride themselves on giving unbeatable value for money.
CLARO: Offers sun, sea and superb service.
The expert team, both at the beach and at the restaurant, ensure that you can enjoy a relaxed and professional atmosphere. The location of Claro! Restaurant and Beach Club combined with its stunning views on the African coast and the Rock of Gibraltar make it an exquisite spot to enjoy a day out by the sea. Whether you are there to spend a laid back family day out or a festive afternoon with your friends, their large beach offers you the possibility to choose from 72
deckchairs as well as four Balinese beds available from €10 per day. Their beach bar and a shower are accessible at all times to ensure your stay with them is the most pleasant possible and located between the restaurant and the beach their team of lovely masseuses / masseurs are waiting to grant you with a variety of relaxing massages such as Yoga Thai, Toksen and Bamboo to name a few. This year, the Chefs have concocted a
‘lazy’ beach menu composed of various ‘finger food’ meals that you’ll be able to enjoy lying on your deckchair. Alternatively come down to the Chiringuito (beach bar) where Claro!’s barmen and barmaids will delight you with their own specialities. If you like music, they have got it covered as whilst you will be sipping your freshly made cocktails and watching the sun go down, DJs, and singers or live bands live bands will follow appear every week. Claro is the perfect place to organise your parties, birthday, wedding, corporate event, product presentation or family party. Whatever the event, their indoor restaurant and two terraces with sea views, will adapt to the type of atmosphere or ambiance you wish to offer your guests. The Claro Restaurant offers group menus, buffets, Paëlla menus as well as ‘Open Bar’ packages and vegetarian or gluten free menus that will make your reception perfect. For more information about the Claro! Beach Club experience, call +34 952 800 873, visit their website at https://claro beach club.com/ or simply drop in to Claro! which is situated in Laguna Village, Carretera. Cadiz, Km 159, Exit 160 Cambio de sentido 29680 Estepona.
18th - 24th May
Some first person singular changes Basic Spanish for everyday needs
by Jane Cronin
WE are still looking through the various changes that are made to verbs in the present tense. We are on ‘standard’ verbs, and last week we tackled the ‘-er’ group, with our basic example of the verb ‘comer’ meaning ‘to eat’. Como Comes Come
Comemos Coméis Comen
The important thing to remember is that the ‘root’ of the verb remains the same; in this case ‘com’ and the endings follow a strict pattern to indicate the person who eats. These changes are always laid out in a group of six (first, second and third person singular, first, second and third person plural) and we call this pattern a ‘conjugation’.
The last thing we commented on was that there are a few of these standard ‘er’ verbs that make a slight alteration to the first person singular form. This does not mean that they are ‘irregular’, because they obey all the other rules exactly, they just have this one little idiosyncrasy and there is usually a good reason for it as well. Now we’re going to look at four of these and attempt to explain them. If the explanation doesn’t mean a lot to you, you’ve always got the option of just learning the verb form in the spirit of acceptance ‘that’s how they say it, just that’s how I have to say it too’. I just prefer to explain the reasons if I can because it might help some people to make sense of them. The first two are ‘caer ’ (to fall) and ‘hacer’ (to do or to make). These are standard verbs and follow the pattern we learnt last week, that is adding endings on to the roots ‘ca’ and ‘hac’. In the first person singular though they change to caigo (I fall) and hago (I do, I make). Both these changes are to do with ease of speech. ‘Cao’ on it’s own would be hard to get across (especially when you’re falling!) and in the case of ‘hacer’
there is an issue to do with the sound change to the letter ‘c’ before the ending ‘o’. As we go forward we will see that quite a few first person verb changes involve the letter ‘g’ in its harder form and this is an easy sound to make. Another change is ‘I see’ which according to our rules should be ‘vo’, but it isn’t. ‘I see’ is in fact veo. If you are around Spanish children at all, or English children in Spanish schools, you can play the Spanish version of ‘I spy with my little eye’ with them (it’s a really good game for learning new vocabulary!) The game starts ‘Veo, veo’ ‘¿Qué ves?’ (I see, I see. What do you see?) You can ask them to teach you the rest of the game, and it might help you to remember I see ‘veo’. Lastly we are going to look at a first person singular form that is totally regular in speech, but has to make a spelling
adjustment so we can read it correctly. This is the verb ‘coger ’ which means ‘to pick up’ which, you will realise, is pronounced with that throaty Scottish ‘ch’ sound. Again we have a pronunciation problem here caused by the letter ‘g’ being followed by an ‘o’ in the first person. If we were to write ‘cogo’ it would then read incorrectly, so to preserve the sound of the word we have to spell it ‘cojo’. Now when we read it, it sounds completely regular, along with the rest of the verb changes. I hope all of that made sense. If it didn’t just remember ‘caigo’ (I fall), ‘hago’ (I do, I make), ‘veo’ (I see) and ‘cojo’ (I pick up) and that I told you these minor blips on the landscape of standard ‘-er’ verbs. Stick with it, we’re on to ‘-ir’ verbs next week!
18th - 24th May Across
Word Ladder Can you by changing 1 letter at a time, get from the first word to the last word in the given number of moves?
1 2 3 4
Down 1 Fresh bread is cooked (7) 2 Doctor has a small aircraft (5) 3 Nobleman might feel pier shake (4,4) 5 Blades appearing when people have a row (4) 6 Presume serum is destroyed (7) 7 It’s metal crime, reportedly (5) 8 Fashionable to be covered in fat? That’s hard to see (5) 13 Average fashion cost (8) 15 Failure to snare legislator (7) 17 Small pieces of furniture for farm buildings (7) 18 Rubbery stuff of recent times (5) 19 They secure money for the government, so we hear (5) 21 Stick nothing in boat (5) 22 Bermuda dollar contains part of a wall (4)
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Aries. Venus dallies with Mars and all, it would seem, is not fair in either love and war right now. Like it or hate it there is a lesson to be learned somewhere along the line of your current good intention. If others are trying your patience right now then don’t give them the benefit of the doubt, but do make it clear that you are not to be messed with!
Libra. Ceres squares up to Jupiter bringing timbre and respect wherever it is due. After a face-off recently you are not in combative mood but what you desire is worth fighting for in anyone’s books. Ceres brings rhythm into a troubled patch and Jupiter is ready with all the answers brought about by an ebullient and snappy change of heart.
Taurus. In sextile with Uranus, planet of innovation, Venus directs attention this week as a subterfuge that allows you a well-deserved breathing space. Feeling under pressure is normal under current circumstances but what’s on offer right now may seem to be good to be true, but it could so easily be the icing on the cake, if you just let it be.
Scorpio. Driven by good motive it is sure that you are known to go to all lengths to make things just and fair, for all concerned. A current focus has seen someone suffer for no reason and you are leaving no stone unturned in your quest for the truth. Ceres, in anticipation of the verdict, aligns with Neptune to activate clarity and turn the tide.
Gemini. The resplendent entry of the Sun allows you to see things in a new light this week, but do not be fooled by what exactly is going on right now, and keep your finger on the pulse. Take time to see things as they really are, and not what they could be, before you make a final decision that you could later live to regret, for good reason.
Sagitarius. You seem to have turned a very important page recently, and the agenda for the future looks more inviting in every way. The Mercury opposition with Jupiter sees that the true message you need to send gets the reception that it needs, and sees to it that nobody takes your true interpretation for granted this time around.
Cancer. The entry of Venus brings you love in many guises this week. You need stability in a relationship, and this means the answers to questions you have not previously dared to ask. Loving yourself right now would be an advantage, but it shouldn’t be just an option in the current scheme of things, if you are worth it!
Capricorn. This is a time to take a welldeserved break and to charge your mojo! Seeing things around you from a distance would be both relaxing and beneficial for all concerned and it will give you the break you need right now too. The Cosmos backs the temerity of Mercury with the wisdom of a nonjudgmental, but sage Saturn.
Leo. A loophole looms and you would be foolish not to take advantage by striking out while the iron is hot! As someone who is generally not afraid of the spotlight, what comes next is illuminating your talents and showing you a way ahead well within your current grasp. As the Sun trines Mars at the end of a busy week, all will be revealed.
Aquarius. You are in two minds this week, and unsure what direction to take in the midst of current conflict. Yes, you have been sorely tested as of late, but the fight goes on, though quite where it leads you is anathema. See that you get the chance to have your say and do not hold back. Venus sextiles Uranus and you’ll love the change!
Virgo. Mercury opposes Jupiter and sextiles Neptune this week and it seems as if turning your back on things makes everything alright. Think again. With fortune in the balance you cannot either turn you back on rich rewards or wait until finances really do go belly up! Going against the grain brings you nothing, amidst a sea of promise.
Pisces. Throwing yourself in the deep end, it is only a matter of time before you bounce back on all levels. Time was when fate intervened, whenever they could, to spread a little magic around. Now you are rather more in control of the situations that previously held you back. Neptune actions both Jupiter and Neptune, enlisting back up! v
Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 1 represents Z and 22 represents B, so fill in Z every time the figure 1 appears and B every time the figure 22 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.
Play on Words
Answers: Long lost friend (pal). Throw in the towel.
1 Corporal revised by lido (6) 4 Improves barracks around the street (6) 9 Distant from pedalo off the coast (5) 10 Scottish town’s tune has dire arrangement (7) 11 Broad squadron leader is in tears (8) 12 Five hundred sick, Herb? (4) 14 Animator Sidney’s upset (6) 16 From and to Kensington for souvenirs (6) 19 Voice quality begins to offend nearly everybody (4) 20 Naval ice breaker in Spanish city (8) 23 Company chief ordered to get a small house (7) 24 Withdraw yearbook, it has a letter missing (5) 25 Father’s address is now in a closer Monaco villa (6) 26 Prevents the desert crumbling (6)
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Across 2 Annoy continually or chronically (6) 5 Second letter of Greek alphabet (4) 6 Eyeball membrane (6) 7 Weapons (4) 8 See 1 Down 11 Fewer (4) 13 African country (6) 14 Dreary (4) 15 Long for (6)
Down 1/8 Rough, tight embrace (4,3) 2 Rough (5) 3 Dry (4) 4 Plays for time (6) 7 Ludicrous (6) 9 Open space in a wood (5) 10 Go across or through (4) 12 Counterfeit or pretence (4)
Across 1 Dump (hovel) (9) 8 Hueso (4) 9 Courgette (9) 10 Botella (6) 13 Suitcase (6) 15 Seaweed (5) 16 To owe (5) 17 Peludo (5) 18 Guante (5) 21 Raffle (draw) (6)
22 Mirror (6) 25 Amusing (9) 26 Yesterday (4) 27 Locutor (entre programas, en anuncios) (9) Down 2 Used (stamp, syringe) (5) 3 Corazón (5) 4 Viajar (6)
5 Language (6) 6 Ama de casa (9) 7 Alemania (7) 11 Stools (seats) (9) 12 Grande (5) 14 Cenizas (5) 16 Recogedor (7) 19 Lotion (6) 20 Poison (6) 23 Python (5) 24 Juez (5)
English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.
Kenny’s Postbag Kenny, Why do you talk about the Spirit World when we were very happy calling it Heaven? Amy C. You may be happy calling it Heaven, Amy, but then maybe that’s because you are a Christian? My Jewish and Muslim clients and readers, amongst many others, could be greatly offended by the word Heaven. The Spirit World is internationally accepted as the holding station for those who have crossed over. Heaven exists to accommodate those of the Christian Faith, and I do not wish to cause any distress to those who are not free to enter.
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Kakuro Fill all the empty squares using the numbers 1 to 9, so that the sum of each horizontal block equals the ‘clue’ on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once.
For Birthday Celebrants The Cosmos rewards enterprise and supports talent, and you thrive on both! As a decision nears be sure you have both feet firmly on the ground this time around.
Word Wheel The goal of a word wheel puzzle is to create as many words possible with the letters in the word wheel. You can only use each letter once and every word must have the letter in the centre of the wheel. Can you find the 9 letter word?
The 9 letter word is:
Fill the grid so every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9
18th - 24th May
AIR CONDITIONING AIRFLOW Air conditioning for cooling and heating units. Professional, fully guaranteed installations. Tel: 952 443 222 (256685) AIR CONDITIONING. Quality installations. Free quotations. All areas covered. EnviroCare, 21 years’ experience Heating and cooling products. 952 663 141 www.envirocarespain.com (257522) AIR CONDITIONING repairs and servicing. Airflow. 952 443 222 (256685) AIR CONDITIONING by Cool and Cosy. The family company that cares. Installation and repairs. Quality machines. EsoSense movement sensor supplied and fitted for 80 euros. Coin meters supplied and fitted from 260 euros. For other energysaving products, visit www.coolandcosy.es Tel 952 935 513 (248173) ECONOCOOL – Top quality air-conditioning installed from €500. Service, Repairs & ReGas from €50. Top Quality Installations. All Areas Covered. Chris – 662 427 396 firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCED CLEANING ADVANCED CLEANING SERVICES. Professional Carpet, Upholstery Cleaning, 27 Years Experience, Wet/Dry Clean. Honest, Reliable Service. 678 808 837 / 952 669 701 Or Email email@example.com (252581)
AIRPORT TRANSFERS TRANSFER AIRPORT COSTA DEL SOL. Personal Chauffeur with Car. +34 648 503 909 (Whatsapp /Viber) (256479)
CAMPER/CARAVANS CAMPER VANS, CARAVANS, MOBILE HOMES, BOATS AND ALL PLANT, DIGGERS, DUMPERS, MOTORBIKE, CARS AND COMMERCIALS WANTED. BEST PRICE PAID CASH TODAY, ANY REGISTRATION WITH OR WITHOUT PAPERS. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837. (252581)
CLEANING SERVICES PROFESSIONAL Carpet And Upholstery Cleaning, 27 Years Experience, Wet/Dry Clean. Honest, Reliable. 678 808 837, 952 669 701, firstname.lastname@example.org (252581) RUGS FITTED CARPETS, Upholstery Including Leather Cleaned On Site 685 524 921 (252581) CLEANING and general maintenance, villas, communities, garages & large surfaces. Alberto 606 585 051 (276060)
ELECTRICIAN ELECTRICIAN Exclusively Marbella & Estepona Richard on 687352358 or email email@example.com All instalations & maintanance. Surge Protection, Garden Lights, Upgrades, Boletins. (276327)
GOLF MIRAFLORES Active Golf Shares for Sale. €2000 each. 662 464 112 (276148)
HOUSE CLEARANCE THE WAREHOUSE – We Buy A Single Item To A Full House Clearance – 602 610 103 (252581)
FURNITURE THE WAREHOUSE – We Buy A Single Item To A FULL House Clearance – 602 610 103 Furniture Wanted, Same Day Collection, Also House Clearance And Removals. 602 610 103 (252581)
GARDENING PROFESSIONAL garden services from Fuengirola to Estepona. All aspects of gardening and full maintenance and landscaping, free quotes, competitive prices. Contact Andrew 600 259 981 Andrew@garden professionals.com (259525) GARDEN & POOL MAINTENANCE – from €120 per month products included, from Benalmadena to Marbella. www.ricardogardens.es RICARDO 637 160 129. (257682) www.jardin-garden.es All types of garden & pool maintenance. Free estimates. 10 years professional service on the coast. T: 666 953 892. E: firstname.lastname@example.org (257153)
GLASS CURTAINS GLASS CURTAIN repairs, specialist in replacement of discoloured plastic strips that act as a seal between the glass panels. Call Julian 655 825 931 (258009)
INTERNET GET YOUR business noticed online! Make sure that expats in Spain can find your product, service, restaurant, bar or shop. Contact Spain’s newest and brightest online directory TODAY. Call 951 386 161 or email mark.w@ euroweeklynews.com for more details
MOBILITY SENIORWORLD MOBILITY scooters, wheelchairs, stairlifts, nursing beds, rise ´n´ recline chairs and a large range of daily living aids for sale or hire. Visit our showroom in Los Boliches - or call on 952 663 131 or 670 964 181 for advice & best prices. (257631)
INSURANCE LSM INSURANCE. No fat singing blokes or trumpeting telephones, just professional service at the best prices for all your insurance needs including car, household, commercial, life, health and travel. Tel 952 578 008 or www.lsminsurance.biz for a quotation (257690)
LOCKSMITHS 24/7 LOCKSMITH EMERGENCY / APPOINTMENT. Doors Opened Without Damage, Locks Changed, Patio Doors And Windows Secured, 24 Hour Honest, Fast And Reliable Service. Call Paul 657 466 803 (T1) (251072)
www.Mobility-Spain.com The Mobility Wizards S.L. For all your mobility needs: Repairs, Rentals, Sales and Insurance. Call: 633 127 901/ 622 832 954. (259038)
18th - 24th May MOSQUITO SCREENS MOSQUITO NICK NO1 SPECIALIST FOR MOSQUITO SCREENS for all types of windows and doors. PRICE PROMISE/NEVER BEATEN ON PRICE!!! All types of screens: sliding, pull-down, pleated, fixed and ARCHED available in all colours including wood grain. Call Nick at 647 072 861, www.mosquitonick.ws (240634) (T1)
ACE OF SHADES - Don't let the bugs get you! Available in enrollable, slider and pleated. Large choice of colours including wood effect. Tel: 951 273 254 / 671 732 204 / info@aceof shades.design (101730)
MOSQUITO Screens for windows, doors and a highquality sliding patio door screen. All finishes available. Quick service. All areas covered. Call Julian 655 825 931 (258010)
MOTORING SELLING YOUR SPANISH CAR? PHONE Bill Brady for the best cash price. Stay safe and phone Bill on 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 bill bradycars.com (257838)
MASSIVE SAVINGS AT BILL BRADY CARS has been established on the Costa del Sol since 1986, in which time he has helped thousands of expatriates to buy or sell their quality used Spanish cars and also keeping all the documentation simple so you understand all that is going on (which is important). You can contact Bill direct on 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 or billbradycars.com (257838)
PRICE SLASHED HONDA CIVIC (DIESEL) 1.6 IDTEC. 2015 (Face lift model) One private owner 34’000 Klm (21’000 Mls) Full service history from Honda Marbella and 5-year warranty. Leaving Spain hence this fabulous car at new low price WAS 13’995€ NOW 12’995€. 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars.com (257838)
PRICE SLASHED IDEAL TOWN OR FIRST CAR SEAT MII 2014 5 Door with only 50'000 Klm (31'000 Klm) From private owner new ITV (MOT) till 2020 drives and looks great. Leaving Spain hence this great offer, well under list price at WAS 5’995€ NOW 5’500€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars.com (257838)
CONVERTIBLE RENAULT Megane Diesel 2006 only 6’000 Klm (4’000 Mls) with service history (new service and timing belt) Metallic gold, panoramic glass sun roof that folds into the boot and lots more don’t delay at this fantastic offer at only 6’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars.com (257838)
PART EXCHANGE TO CLEAR Mdl. Diesel 1.9 Peugeot 206 5 Door A/C. CD. electric pack, Looks and drives great for ONLY 1’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars.com (257838)
AUTOMATIC / DIESEL VW GOLF 1.6 TDI. Blue motion 2014 from private owner 39’000 Klm. (25’000 Mls) Bought and serviced by VW. Cruise control, Bluetooth, parking assistance, and lots more Great saving at only 15’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbrady cars.com. (257838)
PART EXCHANGE TO CLEAR Automatic Land Rover Freelander 2.5 V-6 2001 Targa top (hard top comes off) Drivers hard top with sun roof, full roof rack, leather seating, alloy wheels, metallic black grey interior lots of extras and only 150’000 Klm (95’000 Mls) great fun jeep for only 2’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars.com. (257838)
PART EXCHANGE TO CLEAR Hyundai sport coupe FX. 2.0 Ltr. Inj. 2009 115’000 Klm. (72’000 Mls) Sunburst red black half leather, climate control, alloy wheels, very good sound system selling well under trade price at only 3’995€ 952 838 842 / 608 950 221 billbradycars.com. (257838)
2004 CITROEN C5 2.0 DIESEL automatic new ITV in very good condition throughout, lots of extras including alloys climate control €2,995. Tel: 695559939. (252347)
2005 NISSAN PRIMERA new model, 2.2 diesel 6 speed, in excellent condition throughout alloy air con, Sat Nav Spanish car €2,995. Tel: 695559939. (252347)
RENAULT Master Van, 2.4D, 2006, 170,000km, Spanish plates, MWB, SHR, VGC, 5250€. Tlf 603 464 582 (259511)
CLASSIC CITROEN 2cd 1981 LHD Spanish Car, only 50,000 KLM, Runs and drives, but has been stood for a while and needs a little TLC. Would make a really nice car €2,250 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
CLASSIC MERCEDES 190 E 2.0 Petrol, rare 4 speed manual 1991, Spanish car, in very good condition throughout. These cars are increasing in Value, only €2,995 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
CITROEN XSARA Picasso, 1.6 Hdi, diesel, excellent condition, 100,000km. Right hand drive on Spanish plates, air con, alloy sets, new ITV, great car. €3,450. Tel: 695559939. (252347)
CLASSIC MERCEDES Convertible 1993 SL 300, 5 speed Auto, 24V LHD on English Plates, one previous owner, good condition throughout. Excellent Runner. 90,000 KLM. Hard Top €5,995 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
CLASSIC BMW 520 ISE 1982, RHD on Spanish plates, in good condition throughout, drives perfect, been here 22 years, only €995 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
2003 BMW 328.SE 4 door right hand drive, on Spanish plates. 1 owner from new, Full service History, silver with black leather, Alipina Alloys 3 sets of keys. Must be seen. €2,995 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
2007 DIESEL AUTOMATIC Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCI Ghia, with all extras including climate control. 1 owner from new. 120,000kms, with Ford service history. Metallic light blue. €4,750. Tel: 695559939 (252347)
LANDROVER DISCOVERY 1998, 2.5 diesel Auto 5 door 7 seater, Air conditioning, Spanish car LHD, in very good condition for its year, new ITV. Excellent Runner €3,750 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
18th - 24th May
REMOVALS & STORAGE
TOYOTA HIACE 2007. Panel Van 2.4. English plates RHD, In very good condition throughout. Tax and MOT. Ideal for Return Trip €1,995 Tel: 695559939. (252347)
HYBRID LEXUS 450RX H Luxury. 2012. Every extra. White with grey leather. Spanish plates. Supplied & maintained in Marbella. Full history. Very low Kms. Genuine reason for sale. €29,990 No offers. Contact Ian Giles Tel: 620 180 682 (246748)
ROBERTSON CARS SALE.... DIESEL 2012 SKODA FABIA 1.6. 5 DOORS, ONLY 24,000KMS. HATCHBACK, AIRCONDITION, CD. IMMACULATE CONDITION, WAS 8,995 NOW 7,995 EUROS SEE PHOTO Tel. 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 WWW.ROBERTSON CARS-SPAIN.COM (276111)
ROBERTSON CARS SALE… ONLY 23,000KMS. FORD KA 1.2. 2013 BRIGHT RED JAZZY INTERIOR, CD, AIRCONDITION, EASY TO DRIVE AND PARK, SPOTTLESS CONDITION, WAS. 5,995. NOW 5,750 EUROS. SEE PHOTO Tel. 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 WWW.ROBERTSONCARS-SPAIN.COM (276111)
REMOVALS & STORAGE
ROBERTSON CARS SALE .... 4X2 DIESEL NISSAN QASHQAI 1.6 ACENTA 2016 Model ONLY 55,000KMS. (APPROX 35,000 MILES) TOP AWARD WINNING JEEP ONE PRIVATE OWNER LEAVING SPAIN GENUINE BARGAIN, METALLIC GREY, CD. BLUETOOTH EVERY EXTRA, TRULY IMMACULATE YOU WILL BE IMPRESSED. WAS… 17.995 EUROS NOW SELLING UNDER GUIDE PRICE 15,995 EUROS Tel. 952 832 173 / 608 658 785 WWW.ROBERTSON CARS-SPAIN.COM (276111)
AUDI A4 tdi 1.9L, Automatic, 2004, Diesel, LHD, Dark Blue, New Cambelt, recent Full Service, 124,000kms, Good Condition, €3,500 ONO. 634 302 691 (278457)
CONVERTIBLE Mercedes CLK 320 Diesel Automatic. 2006, 110,00kms, black with cream leather, all options, new ITV, 18" wheels, €14,900. 630 844 286 (278453)
BMW 330i wind deflector complete with storage case. Perfect condition. €200. 678 347 006 (278446)
2015 RANGE ROVER Evoque Dynamic – fully loaded, all extras. Petrol, Automatic. Only 18,000kms, 1 lady owner. LHD, UK Plates. Price for Quick Sale €30,000 – 650 030 000 / 626 213 833 (278497)
PHONE me first or last, but phone me! Wanted UK Cars, vans, motorhomes. I pay more!! Chris 660 366 033 (276146)
MOTORING WANTED CARS, VANS, ANY REGISTRATION, INSTANT CASH, FINANCE/EMBARGO UK OR SPANISH 685 524 921. (252581)
CARS, VANS UK OR SPANISH BOUGHT FOR CASH. FREE COLLECTION IN SPAIN/UK. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837 OR 952 669 701. (252581)
WANTED CARS AND VANS, FREE COLLECTION, SAME DAY 685 524 921. (252581)
CAR, VANS BOUGHT WITH/WITHOUT PAPERS. CASH WAITING 678 808 837. (252581)
CAMPER VANS, CARAVANS, MOBILE HOMES, BOATS AND ALL PLANT, DIGGERS, DUMPERS, MOTORBIKE, CARS AND COMMERCIALS WANTED. BEST PRICE PAID CASH TODAY, ANY REGISTRATION WITH OR WITHOUT PAPERS. PLEASE CALL 678 808 837. (252581)
PETS PETCARE PET HOTEL. Alhaurin el Grande. Holiday accommodation for dogs and cats. Heated/Air conditioned kennels available. Tel: 952 112 284 / 685 400 216 www.petcare spain.com. Find us on Facebook at Pet care Spain. (248877)
LAGUNA KENNELS AND CATTERY. Your pets lovingly cared for by English mother and daughter. Near Coin. lagunakennels@hot mail.com. Tel 952 112 021 606 838 983. (257625)
PET TRANSPORT ACCOMPANY your pets to their new home. Fully licensed pet transport service. Denise www.petchauf feur.eu 952 197 187 / 696 233 848 info@petchauf feur.eu
POOLS POOL & garden maintenance for villas & communities. Alberto 606585051 (276060)
PROPERTY FOR SALE WWW.INMOANDALUZ.COM is always looking for realistically priced inland properties to sell to our interested buyers. Tel 952 491 609 / 685 514 835 (251085) NEAR RONDA 5 Bed two floor house, 2 bathrooms with disabled friendly 2 bed ground-floor flat, 2 bathrooms. Fully furnished. BARGAIN €180,000 – 951 120 270 (258468) CAMPO MIJAS House – 5 Bed, 4 Bath, Separate studio. Land 1,343m2/House 365m2. Pool, Gym, Sea views. Excellent location, in cul-de-sac. Reduced to €690,000 – 600 063 918 (276100)
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18th - 24th May
Southgate picks a young but attacking World Cup squad ENGLAND’S World Cup squad is not a gamble despite it being their third youngest in the tournament’s history, say manager Gareth Southgate. He named a 23-man squad for Russia on Wednesday, including uncapped 19-year-old defender Trent AlexanderArnold. “I don’t see it as a gamble and I don’t think being free of inhibition is gambling,” said Southgate. England start their Group G campaign against Tunisia on June 18, before games against Panama and Belgium.
Southgate rejected former England captain Gary Lineker’s suggestion the tournament should be seen as nothing more than a learning curve. “I don’t think when you play or are involved with England you can ever write off any game or any tournament. That wouldn’t be acceptable,” he said. “I don’t want to limit what they think is possible because they’re young and hungry and they want to have a go at things.” Southgate accepted England will lack the experience of tournament favourites Brazil, Germany, Spain and France, and highlighted the lack of English players in the
Premier League as a limitation. The Premier League’s English contingent comprises 33 per cent, while Gary Cahill (58) is the only player with more than 40 caps. Despite also being a surprise pick, 22-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace and is an exciting prospect. Big names to have missed the plane are Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere, while Adam Lallana is one of five players on standby for the tournament. Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Eric Dier are all in the running for the captaincy.
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN smashed in two goals against Marseille last Wednesday to grant Atletico Madrid its third Europa League title in nine years. The French forward continued his top form of late by netting Atletico’s first after Marseille’s Andre Zambo Anguissa slipped up. The Frenchman then casually put home his second in laid back fashion. Madrid’s captain Gabi scored a late third to secure the title which they also lifted in 2010 and 2012. There was an early sign of hope for Marseille when Valere Germain narrowly missed a chance before Griezmann sealed the deal for the Spanish side. Marseille’s skipper - Dimitri Payet - was taken off in tears within the first half hour suffering from an ongoing injury. His presence was sorely missed by his teammates who only had one real chance in the game when ex-Fulham forward Kostas Mitroglou struck the post with a header.
COOL FINISHER: Griezmann netted two to secure the title.
After the game Griezmann said: “I’m very happy. “I have been working to experience such a moment for many years. I left home when I was 14 for that. We will celebrate. My family is here,” he added. He said he would describe his final goal as “cold-blooded,” when quizzed. Atletico have had a successful few years and impeded Barcelona and Real Madrid’s utter dominance by taking the 2013-2014 Spanish league title.
STAYING POSITIVE: Southgate is excited about his squad.
Bike around Marbella Photo credits Twitter/AteltiEnglish
by Tom Woods
Atletico manager Diego Simione viewed the final from the stands while serving a four-game ban picked up in the semi-final against Arsenal. Only one game remains in the Spanish league and Atletico is on course for a respectable second place, trailing this year’s winners Barcelona. It might have been Griezmann’s final game for the red and white stripes as he is closely linked to a move to Barcelona.
A BICYCLE tour through the centre of Marbella has been organised for non-Spanish residents of the city and for people visiting on holiday. The route, put on by the ByCivic group in collaboration with Marbella Council’s environment department, will give riders a chance to cycle while socialising, the organisers said. It is scheduled for Sunday May 27. ByCivic said on the ride’s Facebook events page they wanted to offer cyclists a route they would not have the chance to take while biking at home. “We want to offer you a pleasant group trip where we all have a good time getting to know each other and increasing the community of urban cyclists,” the group said. The biking tour covers a route of around six kilometres and it is expected to take around 45 minutes. It is set to start on the Sunday at around 11.30am. The meeting point has been designated as the Lower Plaza of the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella’s port.
RIDING OUT: The ride is on Sunday May 27.
ByCivic said the ride was free of charge and suitable for all ages except very young children. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult and wear a helmet, the group added. Anyone wishing to go on the ride can register at: www.marbella.es/ medioambiente or www.facebook. com/events/620540338295783/.
18th - 24th May
Porsche accused of lying about emissions PORSCHE is accused of fixing emissions in a move which is reported to have cost the United Kingdom (UK) government €3.44 million. They drove the Cayman R models o ff i n s e c o n d g e a r d u r i n g t e s t i n g t o lower its CO2 emission readings. It fixed the vehicle’s UK emissions level at 221g/km,while the same model has a 228g/km rating in mainland Europe. The alleged trick means owners pay road tax according to the UK’s ‘band K’ bracket paying €360 instead of €618. This is how much they would pay if the car was bracketed according to its European emissions reading. The alleged fixing emerged in 2011 after 51-year-old John Cieslik crashed his Cayman R. He sued the German motoring giant on the grounds that a manufacturing defect had sparked the collision. Porsche paid Cieslik off in February that year.
But in preparation for a legal battle he had discovered information about the alleged emissions bracket fixing after approaching the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). The VCA is in charge of certifying
vehicle emissions in the UK and initially refused to reveal Porsche’s emissions data. But a freedom of information tribunal in 2015 forced Porsche to own up to the emissions mismatch. Porsche executive Steven Laux said during the hearing the differ-
ence in CO2 emission readings between the UK and rest of Europe models is down to contrasting taxation regimes in the two locations. Porsche told British media it was not able to comment due to ‘ongoing’ legal proceedings’.
TRICKED: Drivers allegedly started the car in second gear.
Yamaha XSR700: Blink and you’ll miss it BRICE HENNEBERT of Workhorse Speed Shop is the latest builder commissioned by Yamaha to create a Yard Built custom motorbike. Working with Yamaha XSR700 as the base, Hennebert has transformed it into a tribute to the FZR 750 OW74 model ridden by Christian Sarron in the famous 1985 Bol d’Or endurance race. His modifications include a longer swingarm, a carbon battery and a Nitrous Oxide System. The frame has also been lowered, while the radiator has been moved to the front (instead of the headlights), mimicking the OW74’s flat face. This custom-built XSR700 won’t just be for show, Yamaha will be entering it in the 2018 Sultans of Sprint, a four-round drag racing series taking place on Satur-
ROAD RULES: The changes will make manipulation more difficult. day and Sunday in Italy. Low, long and superfast, the Workhorse Speed Shop have gone to town on the bike, pulling it apart and tweaking everything to maximise performance and speed.
The fully handcrafted aluminium body is coated in classic Yamaha blue and yellow, another tribute to the 1985 Bol d’Or motorbike. Despite having a smaller engine, the lighter weight will be an advantage, and
the bike has impressive torque. The crankshaft has been balanced, the oil circuit modified and the counterweights suppressed. Among the high-ends part of the bike are the full racing
brake system, clutch control, a front and rear master cylinder and the NOS system. “What can I say about this bike?” commented Antoine Clemot, Product Manager of Yamaha Motor Europe.
“It’s fast, it’s low, it’s mean, it’s a lot of fun and we think it’s a winner. We love to see these amazing bikes getting out of static shows to race full throttle.” Sultans of Sprint events involve hundreds of speed enthusiasts getting together to race in a simple straight line, to determine who really is the king of speed. The Workhorse XSR700 custom dragster will be piloted by a different guest rider for each event.
18th - 24th May
New ITV test prepares to hit the road ITV TESTS for private vehicles in Spain are set to undergo some major changes from Sunday. A previous statement from the Spanish government said that the MOT equivalent will be ‘more demanding’ to detect cases of manipulation, with a particular focus on emissions. The move is based on the EU directive 2014/45 and will see more robust computer technology introduced to gather a range of data. Information from vehicles’ switchboards will also be recorded to ensure they are not hiding faults or manipulating the system in any way. The authorities are particularly concerned about illegal emissions and security systems, and until now only the engine, airbag and anti-
lock braking system were checked. Greater scrutiny will be brought to bear on pollution from exhaust pipes, especially nitrous oxide. Previously, particle filters have been easy to manipulate for those wishing to bend the rules to save money. The hardening of the rules will particularly affect vehicles that are more than 10 years old, with those that are diesel-fuelled in the spotlight. There are at least 750,000 vehicles registered in Malaga, and at least 30 per cent are more than 10 years old (much higher than the European average). A further change is planned that will see the second inspection of vehicles take place in a different centre to the first one.
ROAD RULES: The changes will make manipulation more difficult.
However, rental cars will only have to pass the Technical Inspection of Vehicles every four years, instead of every two years as is the case at the moment.
‘ Supersonic’ tube travel Photo credits BMW Group
A DESIGN company owned by BMW has created a prototype passenger capsule for the world’s first functioning hyperloop system. Hyperloops propel pods through giant tubes which eliminate air resistance enabling breathtaking speeds. Dubai’s pioneering shuttle could reach almost supersonic speeds of up to 1,080km/h, meaning commuters could be buzzed from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in just 12 minutes. The journey takes about an hour by car. Virgin Hyperloop One head up the project with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). And Designworks - a BMW subsidiary based in California - masterminded the hyperloop’s pod. Its studio design director Johannes Lampela said: “With the Virgin Hyperloop One design, we wanted to create a new visual expression for a new mode of public transportation.” The team’s key design challenge was to overcome the lack of windows with a comfortable and engaging interior. The absence of natural light meant commuters could feel restricted, so designers set out to make an ‘uplifting sensory experience.’
VACCUUM TRAVEL: The capsule’s design had to overcome darkness. They did this by installing personally-controlled light, digital displays, and premium comfort seating. First class ticket holders will be able to adjust the brightness and light colours from blue to pink. Arabic patterns inspired designers who were set on mixing Middle Eastern cultural references with a progressive feel. The design recently made its world premiere as part of United Arab Emirates Innovation Month at City Walk Dubai. It was the first time a large public audience had ever seen a full-sized prototype of the futuristic transportation mode. The hyperloop term was first used to describe a Tesla and Space-X project, two companies owned by maverick billionaire Elon Musk.
The new regulations will also see ITV centres equipped with a system of controls that will robustly track distance covered. Inspectors will no
longer have to use paper and pens, they will be able to record and access all data digitally. Although it will depend on each autonomous community, it
will be possible to buy a car abroad and bring it to Spain without needing to pass the ITV if the vehicle is new and fully certified in its country of origin. All those that pass the inspection after Sunday are obligated to present their documentation proving ownership of their vehicles, and the date of registration. Such documents include the ITV card, the vehicle registration certificate, a receipt of insurance, and the driver ID. Furthermore, the old letter notifications of ITV expiry dates will be replaced by new technologies, making communication easier. As a result, deadline warnings will come via WhatsApp, email, SMS, or through the ITV app.
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