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Disco ban in Torre del Mar’s El Copo By Daphne Hilarides VELEZ-MALAGA’S town planning department has furthered its plan to ban discos in El Copo area of Torre del Mar. The department has provisionally approved a modification of the General Urban Development Plan (PGOU) which will prohibit this type of business to open in the area. This measure has been taken due to neighbours complaining about

the noise levels in the area for the past several years. The changes in urban planning have not been completely defined given that the noise pollution studies, which will show the problematic areas, have not yet concluded. However, the modification of the PGOU will not affect bars and cafés which play music, as the department had initially planned. This is thanks to a petition by the local business association, which

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argued that the area’s tourism needs leisure establishments as well. Meanwhile, residents of Los Morteros Urbanization in Torre de Benagalbon, Rincon de la Victoria, have complained about the noise coming from a ‘chiringuito’ (beach restaurant). The head of the area’s residents’ association, backed by their lawyer, pointed out that the location of the establishment violates Malaga’s coastal planning laws. He also complained that the administration is not taking responsibility for the situation and that for five years “15 residents have to endure very loud music, shouting and parties until late at night coming from this chiringuito every summer.” The owner of the establishment claims that the plaintiff has a personal grudge against him and that the music he plays in his chiringuito is always at a low level.

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Hikers rescued on mountain CIVIL PROTECTION volunteers rescued two women and a man who got lost at nightfall while walking in the Rio Chillar area in Nerja. They were found safe and well.

Port plans THE Junta de Andalucia has requested that plans be drawn up for the project to enlarge Caleta de Velez Port, following environmental guidelines established last year on the protection of marine species.

Safest city RINCON DE LA VICTORIA is one of the safest cities on the coast, according to Mayor Francisco Salado. This comes after a 23.2 per cent drop in crime since last semester.

HELP AT HAND: Lifeguard post on Velilla Beach.

500 beachgoers receive First Aid MORE than 500 people have received First Aid at lifeguard stations on the beaches of Almuñecar during the first two weeks of July. According to coast co-ordinator, Cecilio Fajardo, 478 people needed to be treated for jellyfish stings.

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Velez opposition parties take town hall to court

THE opposition parties in VelezMalaga Town Hall have got together to press charges against the governing team for altering the contract they had signed with the

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Honey exports HONEY from Frigiliana is being exported to countries like Israel. Although just three tonnes of honey are sent to Israel every year, just 1 per cent of the total produced, demand is increasing say suppliers.

local transport company. The Socialist PSOE, left-wing IU and Partido Andalucista, intend to petition a provisional suspension of the newly signed contract, which has

substituted the tram service with buses, and relaunch the tram service. The tram line was suspended by Velez Malaga Mayor Francisco Delgado on June 4, after the Junta de Andalucia refused to fund the service. According to the acting government delegate in Malaga, Marta Rueda, operating costs are a local government matter. This had already been specified when both bodies agreed to co-operate to create the â‚Ź40 million infrastructure. She said: “The Andalucian Government had offered to help Velez GOOD VIBE: Shoppers came out in force. study alternatives, but the mayor took the drastic decision to have it stopped. “He can’t hide behind the Junta de Andalucia to ALMUĂ‘ECAR Jazz Shopping Night locally. The streets had been justify his decision to shut was a ‘resounding success’, decorated while shops stayed open down the service,â€? Rueda according to the town hall. It was later, coinciding with the 25th Jazz added. held to encourage people to shop on the Costa Festival.

Five injured FIVE people, aged from 17 to 88, were injured at a house in Comares after a vehicle caught fire.

Octopus trap THIRTY pots used to catch octopi were found 60 metres from the El Pozuelo beach in Motril. Although they are not illegal, they are meant for licensed fishermen.

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No Christmas bonus for councillors COUNCILLORS in Rincon de la Victoria have decided to go without their Christmas bonus this year. This will put them in the same situation as civil servants throughout the country following cutbacks announced by the central government last week. The local mayor, Francisco Salado, has announced the decision, which he said

will save the town hall some €50,000 per year and is “an act which aims to respond to the tough times in which we are living, and set an example.” He also said that since he took up the position of mayor, the local town hall has taken severe measures to reduce expenses at the town hall. In July last year, the salaries of councillors who are dedicated to just one department were

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cut by 6.5 per cent and the municipal spokesman’s wages were also reduced by 17 per cent. Similar measures regarding Christmas bonuses are also being put in place in Fuengirola and Marbella. The mayor of Fuengirola, Esperanza Oña, said “no politician is going to earn more than our civil servants, and if they don’t get a bonus, then neither will we.”

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Granada teacher dies A GRANADA schoolteacher drowned while on holiday with friends in AlgarroboCosta. The man, aged 47, was swimming at El Morche beach in Torrox when he appeared to suffer some sort of medical problem.

Lorry accident AN insurance agent, aged 69, died in Algarrobo-Costa when a lorry backed over him, trapping the man under one of the back wheels. Neighbours alerted the driver and called emergency services who confirmed the man’s death.

Payment plan VELEZ MALAGA Town Hall has expanded their Suppliers Payment Plan by €1.5 million which allows for another 489 new invoices to be paid. If the Treasury allows this plan, the city will pay off 8,417 invoices at a cost of €29,276,877.

Internet control VELEZ MALAGA’S New Technologies Councillor, Concha Labao, announced internet use for civil servants would be restricted. She described it as a way to prevent workers from dedicating time to unrelated issues during work hours.

NERJA City Hall is allowing its 350 employees to continue with their reduced summer schedule of 30 hours, with the stipulation that they work the seven and a half hours later. This means they would work 56 hours per week starting in September.

Recycling IN just two months 69,000 kilograms of plastic were picked up for recycling in Torrox. The services cost the town nothing thanks to an agreement signed by the Environment and Farming Councillor and the recycling company, Salas early this year.

FASHION FLAIR: Victorio y Lucchino designs are feeling the pinch, but Mango (inset) are flying the flag.

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HE world of fashion may be glamorous, but there is more to it than colour fads and designs. While Zara, Mango and Bershka continue to keep the Spanish flag flying high in the global fashion world, some national firms are facing increasing pressures in the difficult economic times. The Sevilla-based Victorio y Lucchino fashion house has now been forced to announce staff cutbacks though it says it has a ‘solvent viability plan which guarantees the continuity of the firm’. However, it has refused to comment on bank-

ruptcy proceedings it is involved in through creditors. Created by Jose Víctor Rodriguez Caro and Jose Luis Medina del Corral in the 70s, V&L’s two male founders married in 2007. Over the years they have designed dresses for royalty and celebrities, with singer Whitney Houston wearing one of their designs in The Bodyguard. In recent times Adolfo Dominguez was also forced to close almost 50 stores and was absent from Madrid Fashion Week, while designer Amaya Arzuaga closed her factories in Burgos because ‘producing fashion in Spain is too expensive’.

Campsites accept pesetas Unstable ground THREE campsites on the Costa Tropical, will allow their clients to pay in pesetas until the end of August. Although they will only accept notes, they will take them at double their official value, meaning that if anyone is still hanging on to a 10,000 peseta note, which is worth around €60, if they use it to pay at the campsite, it will be worth €120. The manager of the Playa de Poniente Campsite in Motril said “we have to find ways to help people have their holidays, forget their worries for a few days and breath in some pure air.”

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No-one is going to get lost in the Olympic Village’

Jose Javier Hombrados, Spanish handball player, after seeing the clothes, designed by Bosco, which will be worn by the Spanish Olympic team at London 2012.

A WEAK foundation caused by underground water is to blame for the delayed construction of the Andalucian Employment Services (SAE) building in Velez. Work may not continue until the Employment Council approves the new budget of €150,000.

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in Spain neither 450,000 youths work nor study, according

to the president of the Spanish Economic and Social Council, Marcos Peña, who said that this is one of the matters which most worries the European Union.

Fixing lodge THE old miners’ lodging in la Fuente del Esparto (Nerja) will be completed by September according to Environmental Councillor, Nieves Atencia who specified that the remaining work consists of repairing toilets and some buildings.

Celebration LA CALETA in Salobreña held a celebration in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, which included activities, music and traditional foods, including sardines. This year they introduced the first annual Andalucian Gazpacho Contest.

and finally... GUARDIA CIVIL seized a nine-month-old lioness which was found on an urbanisation in Badajoz. The owner of the property, who bought the feline for €2,500, initially claimed that he had bred the lioness himself. He has been charged with violating smuggling laws.


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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Mortuary to chalet A GRADE II listed former mortuary in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, has been put up for sale by Redcar and Cleveland Council and could fetch up to ÂŁ25,000 (â‚Ź31,660).

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170,000 catch ferry to Melilla in its first year THE Motril-Melilla ferry has seen more than 170,000 passengers in its first year in operation. The Volcan de Tinamar ferry, which covers the route to the North African enclave of Melilla, has also carried

almost 50,000 vehicles, according to the port authorities, The ferry, which leaves the port daily, was a ‘firm decision’ made by Armas shipping company at the Motril Port, according to the president of the

Wise squirrel A GREY squirrel jumped into a paint pot in Cullompton, Devon. The rodent may have camouflaged itself in order to avoid being culled, as its species is said to carry squirrel pox.

local port authorities, Angel Diaz. The route was initially covered by the smaller Volcan de Timanfaya ferry, which had to be changed to the popularity of the route. The company has now also launched another ferry service to Al-Hoceima. Diaz said that this was a step towards making Motril the gateway for cargo and passengers between Morocco and Europe, which has been promoted through an agreement with the Moroccan port authorities.

Intruder arrested A MAN, 30, was arrested for allegedly breaking into a house in Motril while the owner was still inside. The events occurred at night, and having heard noises from the entrance door, the homeowner went downstairs and saw the man attempting to force his way in. He had already jumped over a wall surrounding the house. She began to shout for help and a relative who lived in the house next door came to her assistance and scared away the man who was caught shortly afterwards by National Police.

Odd twins TWINS were born on the same day but in different countries. Dylan was born in England in his parent’s living room and Hannah was born at the Borders Hospital, Melrose, Scotland during the EUR0 2012 finals.

ROMAN BATHS: One of the stops on the tour.

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ALMUĂ‘ECAR has launched a new cultural project for the summer nights. From this week, visitors will be able to enjoy guided tours

of the town’s main historical monuments under the stars, where they will learn about local history.

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Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Lost teddy SWEDEN - Police in Stockholm have launched an appeal to find a missing teddy bear. A picture of the missing bear appeared on Facebook after a little girl lost it on the Swedish island of Kungsholmen.

Tigers kill man DENMARK - A young man who was not employed by the Copenhagen Zoo, was found dead in the tiger enclosure by zoo keepers as they arrived for work.

Sausage stir SWEDEN - A street vendor’s advertisement featuring the full, red lips of a woman wrapped around a thick sausage has caused a stir leaving gender experts outraged.

Telefonica retain services of Spanish King’s son-in-law GLOBAL SPORTS FORUM

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By Annie Maples TELEFONICA have renewed Iñaki Urdangarin’s contract to work for them in the US on an annual salary of €1.5 million. This sum includes a €300,000 allowance to offset fluctuations between the euro and the dollar. Urdangarin, whose present contract expires on July 31, was also allocated €1.2 million in expenses and will receive compensation of €4.5 million should Telefonica decide to sack him. Named Duke of Palma on his marriage to King Juan Carlos’s younger daughter, Princess Cristina, Urdangarin has been Telefonica’s US delegate since 2009. He is currently under investigation for alleged corruption and misuse of public funds arising from his ostensibly non-profit making sports foundation, Noos. The renewal, leaked

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Iñaki Urdangarin. earlier this week by the Spanish national daily, El Mundo, was not unanimously backed by the Telefonica board, according to insiders. Urdangarin’s presence is adversely affecting the company’s public image,

some board members claim, and is partly responsible for a slump in profits. Despite these objections, Telefonica chairman Cesar Alierte and his allies in the more moderate sector, preferred

to retain Urdangarin, El Mundo reported. This, they believed, would avoid giving the impression that Telefonica had ‘sentenced’ the King’s son-in-law parallel to the ongoing court case in Palma de Mallorca.

Parents accused of exchanging daughters for sex A SEVILLA Court has confirmed a case against two couples accused of exchanging their young daughters and raping them. The alleged sexual abuse took place when the four girls were aged between six and 11. The court has rejected the appeal made by the defence and ordered that the case be handled as soon as possible. Another relative of the girls and a friend of the family have also been charged but will not see cases brought against them. The parents are charged with rape, corruption of minors and abandoning minors.


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Giant jellyfish swarm Costa del Sol’s beaches By Temba Mahari THE Costa del Sol’s beaches have been swarming with large jellyfish this year, with more than 2,000 people being stung. Angela Kurtalieva, 19, who is a shop assistant at a tourist shop and has been living in Spain for 11 years, although she is originally from Russia, said that she personally hasn’t seen a lot of jellyfish on the coast. However, she did comment that she was not surprised that jellyfish had been seen along the coast from Rincon de la Victoria to Estepona, as it is a very large area. Experts blame the lack of rainfall, unpredictable sea currents and the fact that their main predators - turtles and red tuna are disappearing from the Mediterranean Sea due to over-fishing and pollution. Marta Sedeño, 25, a taxi driver, remarked that she had seen a lot of jellyfish and had been stung by one before. She added that a couple of years ago she had seen a lot more jellyfish but that they were not as big.

Crowd of people gaze at the enormous creature.

An elderly man who has lived on the Costa del Sol for about seven years and runs a

restaurant said he personally hasn’t had the opportunity to see many jellyfish in his time.

However, he did say that his son’s friend had seen a rather large one last week.

Despite jellyfish warnings, the beaches are crowded.


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Celebrations at an end for ambassador

‘Expert’ climbers perish TWO climbers who died on Mont Blanc were ‘experts’, according to the club to which they belonged. The Tierra Tragame club released a statement saying that the man, from Madrid, and his Polish girlfriend, had proven track records and the necessary abilities to carry out the climb. In fact, he had completed the Mont Blanc climb twice, in 1999 and 2007. He had also climbed the highest mountains in America, Africa and Europe, and she had conquered some of the world’s highest peaks. They both took part in climbs and mountain races and were in excellent physical shape. The tragedy was due to a change in the weather, the club said, as they died from the cold on the Dome du Gouter peak of the Mont Blanc range, at 4,400 metres.

THE Spanish Ambassador in Poland was dismissed after he was seen on TV partying during a Euro 2012 match when Spain played Croatia. Francisco Fernandez, who had been Ambassador in Poland since 2008, was dismissed on the orders of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Jose Manuel GarciaMargallo. He was seen on a sports programme on the

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He also said: “We are going to beat the French.” He was wearing a Spanish football shirt which had been given to him by national goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, and put a shirt on one of his female guests. Fernandez, 67, told the Spanish Press that he ‘doesn’t understand’ why Francisco Fernandez partying during Euro 2012. he has been dismissed. Intereconomia TV Champagne and handing He explained that he had channel at his residence out gifts during the organised a dinner at his in Poland, toasting with match. residence for people who wanted to see the match and that his actions stemmed only from his ‘pride in being Spanish’. Before being A COURT in Murcia has overturned a amongst the staff at this company.’ Ambassador in company’s decision to dismiss a The court ruled that despite the Poland he was woman for using ‘vulgar and fact that her language was vulgar, Head of Protocol insulting language’ at work. she simply wanted to comment on for the Royal The Unipost SA employee wrote on the way the company was managed. Family in Spain social networking site Facebook The judge considers that the and Ambassador in comments like: ‘I can see that ‘c*ck- comment was protected by freedom Belgium, amongst s**king’ is a very common illness of speech, as it was not insulting. other positions.

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POLICE arrived at a crash in Western Germany to find the autobahn drenched in a salad dressing-style spill after a truck loaded with mustard and vinegar skidded and crashed into a tunnel.

Ape escape FIVE chimpanzees broke out from their enclosure at Hanover’s Experience Zoo in Germany, injuring a fiveyear-old girl and sparking a temporary evacuation of 2,500 visitors, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Mum sued A GERMAN court made a woman pay her daughter €600 in damages after she put photos of her daughter in a bikini on Facebook.

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Stat of week The VAT rise from Monday will increase fuel prices between two and three cents per litre. Fuel prices went up 3 per cent last week, with diesel reaching €1.324 and petrol €1.398.

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IVA tax rises hit all pockets Increases cut consumer spending and add to the family cost of living IVA increases announced by the government could add €415€600 to an average family’s annual budget. The 18 per cent IVA rate on items has been increased to 21 per cent by Rajoy as part of new sweeping austerity measures, while the 8 per cent rate charged

on items and services has been increased to 10 per cent. However, the super-reduced 4 per cent rate levied on basics including bread, milk, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables as well as medicines, books, newspapers and social housing remains unchanged.

A €48.3bn holiday feel BY EWN Business Reporter SPAIN earned the second highest amount from international tourism in the world during 2011. With receipts of $59.9 billion (€48.3bn), only the United States with receipts of $116.3 billion (€93.7 bn) earned more. International tourism earnings grew to €740 billion in 2011, corresponding to an increase in real terms of 3.8 per cent from 2010, according to the World Tourism Organisation. Following Spain in the league table of earners was France with $53.8 billion (€43.3bn) with China $48.5 billion (€39.1) and Italy $43 billion (€34.6b) also

making it into the World’s Top five destinations by international tourism receipts. In 2011, there were more than 983 million international tourist arrivals worldwide, representing a growth of 4.6 per cent compared to 940 million in 2010. The growth of international tourism receipts of €740 billion corresponded with an increase of 3.8 per cent on 2010. In 2011, international travel demand continued to recover from the losses resulting from the recession, where tourism suffered a strong slowdown from the second half of 2008 through to the end of 2009.

According to consumer groups, OCU, CEACCU and FACUA the tax increases will discourage spending and reduce purchasing power. Raising IVA was “negative, counter-productive and unjust,” warned CEACCU, and would hit vulnerable families the hardest. OCU and CEACCU based their

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A PENSION aged couple in the UK need £231 (€277) a week to achieve an acceptable standard of living, according to a report.

Port talks SOME BUSINESSMEN headed by the mayor of Malaga have visited Tangiers to discuss co-operation on construction of a new port planned in the Moroccan city.

Farm takeover A FARM in Cordoba has been taken over by workers under the slogan ‘Land for those who work it.’ The Junta de Andalucia failed to sell the land at auction.

55,252 apply for 380 jobs at Ikea

JOB HOPES: Ikea Málaga was also inundated by applicants when it set-up.

IT’S happening all over again. Five years ago when Ikea prepared to open its new outlet in Malaga thousands of applicants applied for the hundreds of jobs. With times now even more difficult due to the ongoing economic downturn, Ikea has now received 55,252 applications for 380 jobs advertised last month for its new store in Sabadell, Barcelona, which is due to open later this year.

estimates of an extra €415 and €600 statistics for average family spending. OCU predicted that regardless of the final figure, higher IVA meant that families already affected by the economic crisis would consume less through cutting back further.

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READERS were advised by you (Issue 1408) that if a non-resident, they could use their foreign plated car for up to six months in any calendar year. I am informed by the police that the car must additionally be road legal in its country of origin. In the case of a British registered vehicle, it must have a current road tax disc and a current MOT where necessary, plus valid insurance. If this is correct, I feel it should have been included. RW (Benalmadena) The police are quite right and I should have included this in my column. You and the A vehicle which does not meet the legal Law in Spain requirements in its By David Searl country of registration does not suddenly become ‘legal’ when it is driven in Spain. Keep in mind that the valid insurance means insurance from the vehicle’s country of registration in order to comply with European Union directives. I have received several queries on this subject from people in similar circumstances who wished to keep their UK-registered car year-round in Spain for use on their visits, which did not total more than six months. In principle, they can do this. But the car must return to the UK for its MOT and these owners must also tax the car in the UK. In addition it is necessary to inform the UK department of vehicles that the car has been ‘permanently’ exported, which means more than one year. So it is not so simple. Motorists can have their vehicle impounded subject to stiff fines if the police stop them. And the police are checking foreignregistered vehicles more closely all the time. My recommendation is to take the car back to its home country, sell it, and buy a Spanish car to use while here.

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A hefty €12,000 retirement price PENSIONERS older than 75 have seen their savings drop from an average of £22,500 (€28,489) to £12,998 (€16,478) in the last two years, Aviva’s latest Real Retirement report found.

£££ EIGHTEEN MILLION homeowners are five years into a 17-year slump with average property values not returning to their 2007 peak until 2024 once inflation has been taken into account, according to Price Waterhouse Coopers.

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ALMOST a fifth of people have lost trust in their bank and are planning to move their cash elsewhere, according to a survey.

£££ AMAZON tops a new league table of the country’s favourite brands, while M&S was nudged into fourth

place by Google and BBC iPlayer, according to the YouGov poll.

£££ SAVERS have earned £1.36 (€1.72) a year on every £100 (€126) stowed in the typical pension since 2007, well below the £5 (€6.33) they should expect, Money Mail found.

£££ BETWEEN April and June, the economy shrank 0.2 per cent, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Europe like a ship without rudder and also a captain THE Libor scandal hitting banks in the UK and America appeared temporarily to take the heat off the Eurozone. But appearances can be deceptive, and while our eyes were off the EU ball, the ongoing crisis involving not only Greece but also Spain and Italy - were becoming more intense and agitated. So were disagreements on fiscal union between the Germanic, Dutch and Finnish bloc and the other Eurozone leaders, The most recent meeting of EU heads of state (number 20) held in Brussels at the end of last month had been called in response to pleas by Spain and Italy for urgent EU aid in bringing down the cost of borrowing. The international markets had already decided that the proposed banking sector rescue fund would not do the trick, and things had begun to look bleak. With Greece’s new government still dragging its feet and requesting that the Troika bail-out should run on into 2017, together with the news that France was halving its growth forecast, it was clear to everyone that firm decisions were not being made or enforced. Merkel had travelled to Brussels with her mind already made up - no matter what pleas or demands came from Spain and Italy - she was determined to hold fast and to reject anything that even hinted at fiscal union (unless Germany controlled it) or Eurobonds. The wrangling continued behind closed doors into the small hours of CYRIL HOU / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

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BRUSSELS TALKS: But Merkel seemed to sing two different songs.

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the morning, ending with the EU trumpeting success because Merkel had apparently given in on several previously ‘non-negotiable’ points. The other Eurozone leaders were jubilant, calling this ‘summit’ a real breakthrough, but Merkel, on arriving back in Berlin, insisted she had given way on nothing. She has now been summoned by Joachim Glauck, the German president, to clarify precisely what she did, or did not, agree to; and to add to the confusion the country’s constitutional court is being convened for what has been called a ‘crucial meeting’ to declare on the legality or otherwise, of the European Stability Mechanism’s (ESM) supposed ability to access the EU’s bail-out funds. The EU is demanding that this court should find in favour of the ESM, but many Germans, impatient with the EU’s apparent disregard for the primacy of the

court and its upholding of the terms of the German Constitution, are pointing out that the business of these judges is to decide and declare on points of law, not to make policy at the behest of the EU. The ESM is also being challenged in the courts by various groups comprising left-wing politicians, businessmen, and citizens on the grounds that in its present form it violates the Bundedstag’s sovereign budgetary control, all creating delays which could rumble on for weeks, if not months, while the international bond traders lurk uneasily in the shadows. Clearly, this confusion cannot continue. Greece, despite not having managed to keep its austerity promises, is pressing for the next tranche of ‘Troika’ funds, whilst Spain and Italy go about utilising support. Meanwhile France, once Germany’s bulwark, is suffering, with the country’s economic growth figures indicating a slide into recession. Europe is like a ship without a rudder. Worse still, there’s no one on the bridge.


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Inflation – The “Kiss Of Death To Savings”

AMERICAN author and humorist Sam Ewing said that inflation is “when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” Most of us will smile in England interest rate recognition at this rise will not be until statement, but yet too February 2017. They many people do not take inflation seriously as a by Bill Blevins, Financial have now priced in a cut to 0.25% by the threat to their wealth. I Correspondent, s end of this year. should probably quote nk Fra s Blevin Save our Savers Ronald Reagan instead: “Inflation is as violent as calculates that over £100 billion a mugger, as frightening as an has already been lost since the BoE base armed robber and as deadly as rate was cut to 0.5%, and this figure is a hit man.” only going to grow. More recently, the UK Another round of quantitative easing protest group Save our Savers also looks increasingly likely, and there is described inflation as “the kiss concern that this contributes to higher of death to savings.” inflation. Central bank policies over Wealth preservation is about recent years have been described as a “disaster” for savers in general, and more protecting the value of your so for retirees, by the over 50s group capital in ‘real terms’ – that is, Saga. after inflation and tax. There If inflation outpaces the low interest are various threats to your rates available on your savings accounts, wealth that you need to plan wherever you live, your capital is not only for, but often interest rate risk not growing, but declining in value. and inflation risk come lower Prices have risen throughout history. down the list than they should. Using Sterling as an example, the pound While cash was viewed as a lost 99% of its value in less than a no-risk investment option by century. In the same way, the Euro is many, recent years have losing purchasing power every year. You proved this is not the case, may not worry about a 100 years’ time, with a prolonged period of very low interest rates as well but inflation can have a significant impact as bank failures. on your capital over your retirement If, as most British years. expatriates do, you still have Inflation is insidious – you may not cash savings in Sterling, the notice the effects each year until it is too bad news is that markets now late. Remember that official figures are imply that the first Bank of based on a basket of goods and your

personal rate is likely to be different. Over the longer term inflation reduces the spending power of your capital. For example, an inflation rate of 4% will reduce the spending power of 100,000 (be it Pounds or Euros) to 81,537 after just five years. After 10 years it falls to 66,483 and after 20 years it will have lost 56% of its value. If your personal inflation rate is 5%, 100,000 would be worth just 35,849 in 20 years’ time. Even lower interest rates have an impact over time. 2.5% inflation reduces the spending power of 100,000 to 77,632 in 10 years and 60,269 in 20. With more and more people living longer than 20 years in retirement, many for 30 years or more, you need to plan for this possibility. 30 years of inflation could decimate your savings if they do not keep pace with inflation. A 4% inflation rate would wipe out over 70% of the value of 100,000, taking it down to just 29,386. It would even lose over half its value with a lower rate of 2.5%, ending up being worth 46,788. These calculations are only based on the real value after inflation. They do not take tax into equation, another thing you need to consider and plan for. A recent research paper by First Direct provided a good illustration of how a million is not what it used to be, with inflation downgrading the lifestyle it can buy you. The value of £1 million today

was worth £2.6m 20 years ago. In 1992 £1 million could buy you all the following: an average house in Kensington or Chelsea, a Rolls-Royce, a seagoing luxury yacht, a holiday home in Tuscany and another in Cornwall, two high end luxury brand watches, a 3.5 carat diamond necklace and a 32 night Caribbean cruise. A comparative £1 million basket of goods today would consist of an average house in Hounslow, an Aston Martin, a river cruiser, a house in Cornwall, two basic model luxury brand watches, a 0.45 carat diamond pendant and a 14 night Northern European cruise. It is a similar story here in Spain. To quote Save our Savers again, “Albert Einstein said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. Given that inflation is its opposite, it is surely equally true to say that inflation is the most destructive force in the universe.” Speak to an experienced adviser like Blevins Franks to discuss strategies for your capital to keep pace with inflation, based on your circumstances and objectives. At the same time discuss the opportunities available to protect your income and wealth from unnecessary taxation.

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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -0.80 -0.31

NET VOLUME 1,954,556

Admiral Group

1,176.00

-7.00

-0.59

256,638

Aggreko

1,939.00

3.00

0.15

481,198

AMEC

1,065.00

5.00

0.47

735,208

Anglo American

2,022.00

-23.00

-1.12

2,607,937

Antofagasta

CU RR EN CI ES

C LOSING P RICES J ULY 16

PRICE(P) C O M PA N Y Aberdeen Asset Manag. 258.00

0.78437

1.27489 Units per €

United States $..................................................... 1.22582 Japan Yen ¥.......................................................... 96.6288 Switzerland Francs............................................... 1.20113 Denmark Kroner ................................................... 7.43982 Norway Kroner...................................................... 7.47552

1,069.00

-2.00

-0.19

1,205,726

ARM Holdings

487.70

-3.00

-0.61

3,359,934

Ashmore Group

322.10

3.50

1.10

1,199,789

Assoc. British Foods

1,285.00

-4.00

-0.31

750,865

AstraZeneca

2,940.00

3.50

0.12

2,082,478

British Land Co British Sky Broadcasting BT Group Bunzl Burberry Group

2,266.00

-6.00

-0.26

163,619

Diageo

1,672.00

-7.00

-0.42

2,367,978

Eurasian Natural Res

402.90

-5.90

-1.44

1,921,554 1,618,899

0.00

1,432,295

0.01

1,761,448

Fresnillo

1,423.00

-21.00

-1.45

370,662

8.00

1.52

1,860,880

G4S

254.60

-24.10

-8.65

30,337,734

688.50

-5.50

-0.79

4,887,773

GKN

221.90

-0.40

-0.18

10,664,800

1,083.00

9.00

0.84

395,949

1,207.00

-22.00

-1.79

1,600,718

B. American Tobacco

3,378.00

0.50

533.50

1.13

8,452,291 667,185

BAE SYSTEMS

308.00

1.60

0.52

4,631,584

Barclays

157.70

-4.45

-2.74

69,503,462

BG Group

1,292.00

-8.00

-0.62

4,355,966

Capita

693.50

5.00

0.73

1,158,215

BHP Billiton

1,795.00

-10.50

-0.58

4,229,767

Capital Shopping C.

329.90

3.40

1.04

441.50

3.40

0.78

21,280,464

2,113.00

-8.00

-0.38

DOW JONES

NASDAQ

C LOSING P RICES J ULY 16

C LOSING P RICES J ULY 16

120,100 635,526 267,639 685,717 4,096,831 188,618 182,641 225,511 1,027,248 176,951 337,084 1,559,662 593,224 428,177 1,924,724 92,442 650,776 1,691,898 408,255 120,225 626,874 1,421,916 770,067 535,606 267,460 54,068 150,468 368,344 445,678 264,212

Croda International

-0.31

0.75

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0.46 1.76

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6.50

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3.00 21.00

932.00

874.50

MMM 3M Co AA Alcoa Inc AXP American Express Co T AT&T Inc BAC Bank of America Corp BA Boeing Co CAT Caterpillar Inc CVX Chevron Corp CSCO Cisco Systems Inc DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co XOM Exxon Mobil Corp GE General Electric Co HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co HD Home Depot Inc INTC Intel Corp IBM International Business M. Co... JNJ Johnson & Johnson JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co KFT Kraft Foods Inc MCD McDonald's Corp MRK Merck & Co Inc MSFT Microsoft Corp PFE Pfizer Inc PG Procter & Gamble Co KO The Coca-Cola Co TRV Travelers Companies Inc UTX United Technologies Corp VZ Verizon Communications Inc WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc DIS Walt Disney Co

657.00 1,212.00

CRH

253.90

296.30

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME

VOLUME 10,179,107

Experian

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G.

Babcock International

C O M PA N Y

% C H G. 0.74

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Carnival

Compass Group

PRICE(P) CHANGE 326.10 2.40

NET VOLUME

C O M PA N Y

Aviva

BP

C O M PA N Y Centrica

C O M PA N Y

212.40

1.00

0.47

3,156,343

1,452.00

6.00

0.41

4,158,062

Glencore International

316.50

-0.15

-0.05

3,975,019

Hammerson

464.40

7.30

1.60

1,854,243

Hargreaves Lansdown

551.00

-1.00

-0.18

470,413

833,035

HSBC Holdings

556.80

-3.20

-0.57

12,142,906

728,161

ICAP

312.50

2.60

0.84

1,856,591

IMI

798.50

5.50

0.69

503,614

Imperial Tobacco Group 2,539.00

-1.00

-0.04

1,051,855

InterContinental

1,507.00

5.00

0.33

853,769

160.00

4.20

2.70

4,732,899

2,723.00

20.00

0.74

342,400

75.00

0.05

0.07

11,288,950

Intl Cons Airlines Group PRICE

CHANGE NET / %

$16.85 $5.18 $3.27 $28.71 $3.18 $9.21 $31.71 $2.63 $2.39 $15.26 $50.84 $3.49

4.33 / +34.58% 0.60 / +13.10% 0.37 / +12.79% 2.48 / +9.45% 0.25 / +8.81% 0.72 / +8.48% 2.44 / +8.34% 0.19 / +8.19% 0.18 / +8.14% 1.09 / +7.69% 3.30 / +6.94% 0.22 / +6.73%

Most Advanced Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. AuthenTec, Inc. MISONIX, Inc. j2 Global, Inc. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Nektar Therapeutics Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co., Inc. Complete Genomics, Inc. Zogenix, Inc. First Solar, Inc. Stratasys, Inc. LoJack Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline

Intertek Group ITV Johnson Matthey

2,123.00

-14.00

-0.66

339,515

Kazakhmys

727.50

-16.50

-2.22

1,123,100

Kingfisher

271.60

3.00

1.12

5,912,065

Land Securities Group

783.00

6.50

0.84

1,513,096

Legal & General Group

129.90

0.50

0.39

11,512,148

Lloyds Banking Group

29.90

-0.30

-0.99

75,890,996

Marks & Spencer

320.70

4.30

1.36

6,431,285

Meggitt

398.90

1.10

0.28

1,238,788

Morrison (Wm)

271.20

1.90

0.71

5,267,960

National Grid

682.50

-10.50

-1.52

20,135,558

3,196.00

9.00

0.28

414,165

158.30

2.10

1.34

5,024,465

1,264.00

-10.00

-0.78

1,331,472

788.00

6.50

0.83

929,133

1,453.00

8.00

0.55

1,012,378

Polymetal International

858.00

-19.00

-2.17

228,653

Prudential

762.00

6.00

0.79

3,522,916

Randgold Resources

5,805.00

-120.00

-2.03

243,186

Reckitt Benckiser

3,549.00

12.00

0.34

499,950

534.00

-0.50

-0.09

2,395,662

Next Old Mutual

Most Declined Alto Palermo S.A. $12.84 The Hackett Group, Inc. $5.22 Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited $8.17 Cadiz, Inc. $7.12 YRC Worldwide, Inc. $6.12 Amyris, Inc. $3.11 Internet Gold Golden Lines Ltd. $2.50 WSB Holdings, Inc. $2.38 Leap Wireless International, Inc. $6.08 Omega Flex, Inc. $11.13 FalconStor Software, Inc. $2.30 Transition Therapeutics, Inc. $2.31

1.46 / -10.21% 0.51 / -8.90% 0.78 / -8.72% 0.65 / -8.37% 0.54 / -8.11% 0.26 / -7.72% 0.20 / -7.41% 0.16 / -6.66% 0.42 / -6.46% 0.75 / -6.31% 0.15 / -6.12% 0.15 / -6.10%

Pearson Pennon Group Petrofac

Reed Elsevier Resolution

218.30

5.90

2.78

4,330,320

REXAM

433.70

3.70

0.86

1,001,358

2,986.00

-34.00

-1.13

2,669,449

Rio Tinto Rolls-Royce Holdings

870.00

-6.00

-0.68

8,720,096

Royal Bank of Scotland

204.50

-1.90

-0.92

7,761,997

Royal Dutch Shell RSA Insurance Group SABMiller Sage Group Sainsbury (J) Schroders Serco Group

2,300.00

7.50

0.33

3,183,103

109.50

0.30

0.27

7,942,272

2,663.00

-9.00

-0.34

1,052,641

276.00

-9.00

-3.16

7,290,514 3,494,220

313.40

1.70

0.55

1,336.00

22.00

1.67

252,404

551.50

2.50

0.46

837,416

Severn Trent

1,725.00

19.00

1.11

733,261

Shire

1,868.00

-10.00

-0.53

1,003,499 1,859,401

Smith & Nephew

654.50

2.00

0.31

Smiths Group

1,052.00

15.00

1.45

805,255

SSE

1,430.00

22.00

1.56

2,232,961

Standard Chartered

1,470.00

-4.00

-0.27

2,508,185

Standard Life

237.10

1.70

0.72

3,312,426

Tate & Lyle

671.50

-0.50

-0.07

1,285,994

Tesco

317.00

3.25

1.04

11,862,348

Tullow Oil

1,386.00

-47.00

-3.28

4,373,507

Unilever

2,144.00

2.00

0.09

1,774,109

United Utilities Group

697.00

12.50

1.83

3,895,191

Vedanta Resources

897.50

-17.00

-1.86

906,002

Vodafone Group

183.30

0.45

0.25

74,401,464

Weir Group

1,525.00

-9.00

-0.59

605,086

Whitbread

2,088.00

0.00

0.00

971,474

Wolseley

2,328.00

-5.00

-0.21

791,979

WPP

786.00

-11.00

-1.38

3,686,747

Xstrata

843.20

-3.60

-0.43

2,016,941


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94 Spanish bankers are fined NINETY-FOUR bank managers in Spain were fined last year for ‘serious’ or ‘very serious’ offences by the Bank of Spain. This was a more than 40 per cent rise in the number fined in 2010, and was in addition to sanctions against 11 banks as corporate entities. But the Bank of Spain’s annual memorandum also reveals that 336 credit and finance providers are now subject to supervision, three fewer than in 2010. This figure includes 29 savings banks which, although retaining their credit company status, ceased offering direct finance last year, passing these operations to banks following restructuring of the financial services industry.

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The women who need to work on making love a top priority! SO what do us women spend our money on? Lunches out, shopping, handbags, or cars maybe? Well it seems rich ladies in China are indulging in all of the above but still lack one thing in their lives. Romance. A look According to at finance a new report, for females well-heeled and successful Jane Plunkett businesswomen jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. in China are com spending their bundles of cash on the chance for love. Dating is big business in China, a nation reputedly home to 180 million single people. The founder of one of China’s biggest online dating sites recently reported that his company was making annual profits of about €24 million from its registered

Loose change

Economics bunker the Madrid Masters THE 2012 Madrid Masters golf tournament due to be held in September has been cancelled due to the present financial crisis. The event was last year sponsored by Bankia, which in May received a €23.5 billion bailout.

WEALTHY SMILE: Some rich women have everything... except a husband. users. And it appears that rich ladies without a ‘Plus One’ are not ashamed to use these services to try to find their Prince Charming. One popular online dating website in China recently announced a global manhunt on behalf of 36 female millionaires who have made fortunes from their country’s economic boom but

have failed to find love. The mission apparently is to find suitable husbands for some of the most eligible women in China. This brings up a recurring theme. Is it possible to be a successful businesswoman and also find time for love and a family? Or are executive women destined to a life with a place setting for one? From looking at my inner circle of female friends it’s obvious that sacrifices do have to be made if a woman wants to be top in her profession or business. A friend of mine is about to walk up the aisle, but at 37 years old and with no desire to give up her executive position, children will probably never be an option for the couple. Another single friend is totally open to a relationship, but as working hours dictate her existence, her social life rarely gets a look in. Busy and professional women are successful because they know how to prioritise, so it’s important to use these same skills to find a loving partner. Be open-minded about a little intermix between work and play and don’t rule out meeting Mr Right in a work situation. Be social and learn how to say ‘no’ and make time for some romance.

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Tourists snap-up smart trend and pack up the cameras FEWER British tourists are packing their cameras and camcorders this summer, instead relying on their smartphones for holiday pictures. Once an essential for every summer holiday, new research shows that digital camera sales have fallen by as much as 29 per cent since 2006. Furthermore 8 per cent of adults in the UK - equating to three million consumers - now say they are likely to use a smartphone instead of replacing their current camera when it breaks. Indeed, the future is looking far from flash for the digital camera market.

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A BRITISH bookmaker operating in Gibraltar is in trouble with the UK taxman who claim that Stan James transferred part of its business in 2000 to avoid paying UK gaming tax. Normally, Gibraltar–based firms pay only 22 per cent corporation tax on profits, though a company believed to have moved offshore to The Rock purely to avoid paying higher tax in the UK faces an additional tax.

â‚Ź1m games MORE than 7,000 video games have been sold by a French collector for over â‚Ź1 million to a Canadian eBay bidder.

Date rescue ‘THE Bad Date Rescue’ application has been launched by dating website eHarmony providing users with an iPhone call to graciously allow them to finish a date that is not going well.

Blood drive BRAZILIAN football club Vitoria has removed its trademark red hoops from shirts, with the colour added back gradually as fans donate blood.

All aboard! GIBRALTAR is to abolish import duty on yachts over 18 metres and cut it from 12-6 per cent on vessels under 18 metres.

Deadly idea A US funeral company in Carolina is opening a coffee shop offering clients a fireplace, TV and WiFi.

Sweet start A BREAKFAST sandwich consisting of sausage, egg, cheese and two waffles has been added to the menu by a US fast-food restaurant.

Top teens YOUNG entrepreneurs from Gibraltar won a production award at the Young Enterprise UK awards in London. Team Impulse - nine boys and one girl all aged 17 and still at school designed, developed and produced the Y-Tangle, that prevents earphone cords from knotting up.


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How a circling eagle led to down-to-earth politics A circling eagle led Carole Saunders into charity work and then local politics. Nicole Hallett reports. How did you become President of the Cultural and Ecological Association of Calpe (ACEC)? A circling golden eagle inspired me to join when I discovered the Salinas was only under the protection of the town hall. I eventually became President of the ACEC, and I went on to form the cultural side which tries to protect local culture including the Roman ruins. Why did you later set up Friends of the Children of Emaus? After a radio interview about a fundraising concert, people started giving me donations. By law, if you collect money for charity you have to form an association and keep accounts. To fundraise for a charity on your doorstep is very inspiring.

How did you get involved with politics? Politicians I met through ACEC said I should get involved. I failed to be elected as an Independent with the BLOC party and Greens in 2007, but last year I helped form the Independents with Greens party. I am the Councillor for Associations, Citizens Participation and Local Agenda 21, which I hope to get fully running and get voted back in the next elections. Previous jobs? In the UK I owned a restaurant for 10 years and also worked in marketing for a clothing manufacturer. Here in Spain I have run a golf club bar with outside catering and also sold advertising. Greatest achievement? Getting voted into the town council of a foreign country.

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Vital Statistics • Age: 57 • Born: Lancashire (UK) • Lives: Calpe (Alicante) • In Spain: 25 years • Status: Married • Hobbies: Tennis and Gilbert and Sullivan Society • Best thing in Spain: Outdoor life • Worst: Corruption • Always in fridge: Neighbour’s fruit

EWN COMMENT Size does NOT matter THE Bank of Spain intends to oblige banks to make the small print on contracts readable to protect clients and ensure that loans are ‘responsible’. But evicted mortgageholders, purchasers of CAM preference shares or Bank of Madrid nonvoting shares would still have gone ahead if the

print was six inches high because they were given a hard sell. Font size is no match for honest explanations.

A change of diet SPAIN’S €100 billion bank bailout involves more than last week’s VAT hike and tougher lives for civil servants. Banks and the economy itself will have the Troika breathing down their necks because there is no such thing as a free lunch where Eurogroup money is concerned. Nevertheless, it is challenging to picture them relishing Brussels’ fat-free detox diet after the addictive junk-food of the property boom’s feeding-frenzy.


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I READ that Velez-Malaga Mayor Francisco Delgado has again asked the Junta de Andalucia for help to sustain the local tramlines (Axarquia, Issue 1409). It was an ill-conceived project which should never have got off the ground. It started in the middle of Torre del Mar instead of providing an interchange at the bus station and terminated away from Velez centre. It ran on a limited service and if one was missed, passengers had to wait 30 minutes for the next service. If the tram was used to travel to the regional hospital, passengers had a longer walk up hill than travelling by bus. The population of the area was insufficient as, if comparisons had been made with other countries throughout the world with successful services of this nature, they were built only in centres of huge urban populations. The building of lines in Malaga is justified as it connects the city centre with residential areas, hospitals, university buildings and out of town centre commercial complexes and provides an interchange with the major rail and bus stations. As someone now retired who spent their working life in the field of transport and tourism I welcome the return of tramway and metro services but only where justified. This doomed project will never be profitable and would always be a drain on public expenditure. Peter Wilkinson, Nerja (Malaga)

Brave act RG must be congratulated on her actions with regards to the death of the little dog that was dragged behind a car in Pedreguer (Costa Blanca North, Issue 1407). Firstly she tried to stop the driver, confronted him and then made a denuncia to the environmental arm of the Guardia Civil. I like to think that any person witnessing such a distressing act would have done the same; sadly, I don’t think so many would. Perhaps this would be through the usual ‘don’t want to get involved’ attitude or because they do not know what to do. Any act of cruelty or mistreatment of an animal should be reported. At this time of year animals get abandoned; they are left tied up without water or food or shelter from the elements, locked in sheds, or kicked and beaten.

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19 - 25 July 2012 Axarquía - Málaga East why the nation should set up a periodical desk at town halls for the English. The English cannot dictate any more; no more Empire! What you would like to do is just as was done in Shanghai; all the parks, cinemas, restaurants, and clubs with a sign saying ‘No Chinese, No dogs’. Here you would like it to read ‘No Spanish, Only English’. Veronique Nedelec, by email Editor’s note: The Shanghai sign referred to above is believed to be a myth. In Colonial times Bund Park had a list of rules, a photograph of which shows that the park was reserved for the foreign community and that dogs and bikes were not permitted.

PAWS, the Mojacar based animal rescue charity, has appealed to the public to stop discarding unwanted animals, with many left near the shelter in the middle of the night. Volunteers, many in their teens or early 20s, are working in the heat and staying up at night to nurse young puppies and kittens, that need emergency care. WH

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Every case - together with dates, times, addresses and names if possible - should be reported to the Guardia Civil/Seprona. Google ‘Seprona’ and read about the cases they have dealt with and the resulting fines. RG was very brave and her official report hopefully will result in the apprehension of someone. Pamela Dawson Tasker, by email

Pleasing to see WHILE on the beach at Papillon in Elviria I saw the local police stop and confiscate the items a ‘Looky looky’ man was trying to sell. I must admit I am pleased to say that I am happy for the police to be finally getting rid of the problem. Rob Gander, by email

Sky-high exchange WE went to book our air tickets on Ryanair as we think it is the better deal if we can beat the company at its own game by taking no luggage, no prior booking, no selecting seat, etc. However, when we last booked we

pressed the key to find the total cost and something popped up that I did not foresee, the exchange rate I had to pay for using my Spanish credit card, which was €1.37 to the British pound. I think this is well over what we get in exchange at banks. So, please be aware when booking flights from the UK you will save a lot using English credit cards. P E Kerr, Playa Flamenca (Alicante)

Word of warning WHEN I bought six cans of beer from a busy supermarket in Albox I was charged for 24. However, I did not notice this until I got home and checked the bill and could not return for a few days. When I eventually drove there again and asked how I could get a refund for their mistake, the manager said it was not their fault, saying I should call customer services. I have tried six times and all I get is a message saying there is nobody available to answer my call, try again later, and their website doesn’t work. I hope that this experience will serve as a warning to others to check their bill before leaving the shop. Bar Hall, Lubrin (Almeria)

No more Empire IN response to Mike Walsh’s Images of Spain (Issue 1409), I do not see

Remember sense NO, N Gonzales (Letters Issue 1409 ), Spain does not display signs warning of pickpockets in shops and at markets, and neither do they display signs at airports and border crossings that proclaim. ‘Welcome to Spain but don’t forget your common sense.’ Ken Bethell, Puerto de Mazarron (Alicante)

Cyclists beware HOW can Mr Thomson (Letters, Issue 1409 ) expect courtesies from motorists, when cyclists show none to us or pedestrians? Cyclists cross pedestrian crossings when mothers with children and the elderly are there. They have no regard for traffic lights, one-way streets, or cars trying to overtake while cycling three abreast, and they often ignore cycle lanes. I have had my car scratched by a very rude cyclist, but no way to claim as they have no insurance. Nor do they pay road tax. In general most are a menace on the roads. N Henson, Benalmadena (Malaga)

Deadly poor CONCERNING the letter from T Davies on the death penalty ( Issue 1409 ) and the frosty reception he received from a group of lawyers when he said hanging should be restored for murder. He should understand that there is no money to be made by lawyers from the dead. J Glazer, Nerja (Malaga)

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A new contender for the ‘most griped at’ award

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT FREE SPEECH: Everyone is entitled to readers I appear to have. Secondly, I am also is black, white, yellow or ‘amazed’ at the number green. I don’t give two bits that accuse me of racism. if someone is Catholic, Well, let’s just get the Protestant, Muslim or definition straight. Racism Methodist. I don’t give my is when someone is opinions about who people derogatory towards are, but what people do. another simply because It’s the actions of folk that they are who they are. I invoke my reactions. If I have never done this in my feel the antics of some life. I don’t care if a person need to be brought to the

air their opinion. attention of readers and they happen to be of a certain type or come from a particular background, so be it. I don’t single out people because of colour, creed or race. In fact, if you look back over the years, it is the Brits themselves who have borne the greatest brunt of my dissensions

and I’m one of the most patriotic Englishmen you could hope to find. One of the downsides of modern society is people’s tendency to scream racism whenever home truths are aired. Well, I’ve experienced true racism, both in Rhodesia and South Africa, and I can assure you there is simply no comparison between that sort of unacceptable horror and people simply airing their opinion in public. I’m sorry if anyone takes offence, but they are of course my own opinions and if anyone feels the cap fits, well… Anyone is free to write in. If their opinions are relevant, interesting and fairly short they stand a fair chance of being published; that’s what free speech is all about. Keep the faith Love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com

WHAT a pathetic article Leapy Lee wrote on Germany’s shock when Italy beat them in the Eurocup (Issue 1409). Everyone interested in sport wants their team to win and is a bit put out when they don’t. Nothing stopped working in Germany afterwards and they took it in their stride. As long as nationalism is confined to the sports field we are safe. Why does Lee spring a ‘Third World War’ on us? I am British and worked in Germany for some nine years and was very happy. We are in a mess in Europe with all economies under stress. Our eventual escape will be in part thanks to German initiative and taxpayers.

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VER the years I have received tons of correspondence relating to my column: thank you all for that. Up to now my biggest response was when I scribed that, in my opinion, all dangerous breeds of dogs should be either put down or put in a zoo. That remark, I seem to recall, took up a special EWN page to accommodate the resulting onslaught of ‘slings and arrows’: ‘My kootchie coo Rottweiler ‘Fang’ wouldn’t hurt a fly’, etc, etc. Well, since my recent piece on our friends from Alemania, lo and behold yet another is reaching for the coveted title of ‘most griped at’. Firstly, I am, to use an overworked word, amazed at the amount of German

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N the UK recently, an off the road biker, screaming across

parkland, was near throttled by an outraged pedestrian’s dog lead. If he expected sympathy, he was to be disappointed. The majority of newspaper readers were right behind the saboteur. Living in a white Spanish pueblo, every five minutes the peace was shattered by the ear-splitting row from the smallest and near slowest vehicle on the road; you call it a motorbike; I call it a two-wheeled pain in the neck. What do bike riders get out of it? Hardly faster than a cyclist yet they sound like a Harrier Jet’s take-off. I suppose it creates

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the illusion of speed. Dream on. If they can throttle their tinny toy bikes why can’t we throttle their necks?

Corrupt West THE Czech government could be brought down over accusations that

MOTORBIKE: A twowheeled pain in the neck! government minister, Vlasta Parkanova, nodded through an order for Spanish made C-295M military transport planes. She is accused by the Organised Crime and Financial Crimes Unit of abuse of power and misappropriation of public funds. Why stop at this? It is a scandal so many parliamentarians are allowed links and goodness knows what else with commercial concerns they legislate on. The West’s parliamentary system is riddled with corruption.

Circles closed to immigrants DOES integration work outside the fevered fantasies of the politically correct? Surely it is a celebration of diversity that all peoples, surprise, surprise, identify and socialise with those they have much in common with. I have friends who have lived

here for 30 years; ran businesses and brought up their kids, yet have never been invited into a Spanish home or social circle. This is not criticism; I respect it. In the US and UK, West Indians, Jews and Poles, Ukrainians and Germans, maintain their own way of life. Good luck to them.

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Sexy way to lose weight PAULINE POTTER from California, US, was the world’s fattest woman in the Guinness Book Of World Records last autumn when she weighed in at 291 kilos. She now claims that she’s dropped 45 kilos thanks to marathon sex sessions with her ex-husband.

Python on baby drama PARENTS in Mattoon, Illinois, US, found a python wrapped around their one-year-old baby’s foot. When his father saw what was happening he pulled the snake off with a blanket.

Child suckles dog A SIX-YEAR-OLD from Jharkhand, Eastern India, has been filmed suckling milk from a stray dog to suppress his hunger. After his father’s death four years ago his family has struggled to get food.

A lack of focus T

HE key to success is focus; something that I am unable to achieve with any real conviction. It is a character flaw which I accept about myself and am planning to use to my advantage; “I’m sorry, I can’t possibly finish that report... I have a focus problem.” I’m thinking of asking my doctor to write me up as a case study, set up a medical focus group as it were, with me as its central protagonist. “This patient is suffering from a severe case of... ooh what

Suzanne Manners Suzanne has a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and an MA in Writing from Lancaster University. She is currently teaching in Alicante and writing a book for teenagers (which doesn’t have a vampire as its central character).

lovely flowers...” (Unfortunately, my doctor also suffers from a lack of focus.) As a society we blame all kinds of problems, flaws and unacceptable behaviour on conditions. Most genuine conditions deserve consideration (like dyslexia) and require us to make allowances. Tourettes, for example, is a syndrome which can adversely affect the sufferer’s life, therefore an understanding of its symptoms can alleviate much of the social embarrassment caused (I often wonder if my desire to shout ‘bum’ during theatrical performances is my own mild form of the syndrome.) Most conditions and syndromes can be successfully controlled through knowledge and a heck of a lot of self-control. I always tell my dyslexic students that having a piece of paper citing their own specific condition is never an excuse to sit back and say “I can’t, I’m dyslexic.” Einstein was probably the most famous dyslexic and yet his work on time and relativity completely transformed the way scientists perceive the world (and led indirectly to the creation of the atomic bomb, much to Einstein’s horror). Now if Einstein had sat back on his chair, folded his arms and said: “I didn’t finish my science homework because I’m dyslexic,” then where

BOREDOM: Children are naturally curious and that curiosity needs to be fed. would we be now? (Although that’s probably not a question one should ask in Hiroshima or Nagasaki.) Of course, when Einstein was a child his teachers probably just thought he was thick or lazy, but my point is that he worked hard to overcome his problems, harder in many cases than his less gifted but more successful classmates. Hyperactivity is a word much abused in educational and child developmental circles. Drugs exist to quieten the child and control the erratic behaviour. In my teaching I have encountered several children regularly dulled by prescription drugs. In all honesty I do not know what I feel about medical intervention for bad behaviour, I accept that some behaviour is caused by chemical

imbalances in the brain (schizophrenia) but often hyperactive, poorly behaved pupils are just bored and a shift in focus away from teaching to rigid plans and criteria regardless of the learning style of one’s pupils and into a more creative, active learning can have wonderful results. Sometimes a good laugh and shared respect is all that’s needed. And don’t tell the children, but some lessons bore me too. Children are naturally curious and that curiosity needs to be fed. So this new condition will be labelled Focal Awareness Deficiency (FAD). Its symptoms will include a slow glazing of the eyes, constant fidgeting, repeated glances towards the door or window and an unbearable desire to run away. Now, where was I?


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Anxiety could age women by six years By Temba Mahari EEPING calm and relaxed is the way to stave off ageing. Phobic anxiety could trigger premature ageing through damage to one’s cells, researchers found. Older women who are fearful in situations like crowds or heights have shorter telomeres than their calmer peers. Telomeres are the caps on the ends of chromosomes that protect our genetic material from damage. As people age, their telomeres shorten. Among people of the same age, shortened telomeres have been linked to an increased risk of cancers, heart disease, dementia and overall risk of death. A group from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, US, took blood samples from more than 5,000 women aged 42 to 69 years old. The team found having a high phobic anxiety level was associated with significantly

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Early signs’ timeline of Alzheimer’s disease A TIMELINE of the unseen progress of Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear has been put together by the Washington University School of Medicine, US. The team looked at families with genetic risks of the disease. They stated that the signs appeared up to 25 years before the expected onset of the disease. A study of 128 people from the UK, US and Australia, showed they had a 50 per cent chance of inheriting one of three mutations that are certain to cause early Alzheimer’s, which often develops in the 30s and 40s. Researchers said those who carry the mutations will go on to develop the disease a lot earlier than the more common form of Alzheimer’s, which generally affects people in their 60s. The study looked at the age the participants’ parents were when they developed the disease and underwent blood and spinal fluid tests. The earliest change is in when the spinal fluid levels drop. They suggest this can be detected 25 years before the anticipated age of disease. Researchers also tested other members

what was seen for an additional six years of age. “This study is notable for showing a connection between a common form of physiological stress phobic anxiety - and a plausible mechanism for premature ageing,” said study author Dr Olivia Okereke. “However, this study’s design cannot prove which problem came first, the anxiety or shorter telomeres.”

Making the right moves STARTING EARLY: Alzheimer’s can develop as early as age 30 and 40. of the families without the inherited mutations, and found no changes in the markers they tested for. Prof Clive Ballard, Director of Research at the Alzheimer's Society, said: “This important research highlights that key changes in the brain, linked to the inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease, happen decades before symptoms show, which may have major implications for diagnosis and treatment in the future.”

GERMAN researchers have found out that men can pick up whether a woman is fertile or not by the way she moves on the dance floor. Researchers from the University of Gottingen shot digital videos of 48 women walking up and down and dancing for 30 second bursts. Dr Bernhard Fink said: “The results show that the dances and walks recorded at the women’s most fertile period were more attractive than movements recorded in the least fertile stage.”

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Coffee in pregnancy WONDER why your children are hyperactive? Well, don’t think it’s all the coffee you were drinking during your pregnancy, say researchers. A study of more than 3,400 five and six-year-olds has found no evidence that the children’s behavioural problems were related to their mothers’ caffeine intake during pregnancy. The children whose mothers drank around three cups of coffee a day had no greater risk of suffering from inattention than those who had none, said author Eva Loomans, from Tilburg University in the Netherlands. However, she said: “This doesn’t mean that caffeine might not be harmful as they did not look at any

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Time Out AS every expat knows, living abroad offers opportunities to reinvent yourself that rarely exist outside the witness protection programme. Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad is a breezy and amusing tale of author Karen McCann’s transition from rural Ohio to the heart of one of Europe’s oldest cities, Sevilla. Adapting to her new culture isn’t always easy. She survives

CANCER (June 22 - July 23)

This is an emotional week, when it is difficult to keep things to yourself. Get together with others and do a bit of social networking. Talk, and if you cannot bring yourself to confess to a problem, say that it is a friend of yours who has it. Certainly, you need to share this concern to get a balanced picture.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

There is a highly social week ahead with social gatherings here and there. A trip means that finances start to look brighter. You may find it necessary, if you are to progress, to consider a move to another job or area. Get involved with people who have been in the same situation. This gives you a good guide as to exactly where you want to be.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)

There is a great impatience this week when someone flatly refuses to see something through to the end. You do not admire sloppiness and your reaction shows this. It may be necessary for you to sort out a situation which has been going on far too long. As you dislike loose ends in any respect, your patience may come to an end.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)

Energy is high and there is a lot of fun to be had. An invitation sent out brings an old friend to your table. This is not as straightforward as you think it will be. Odd stirrings make you confused.

Just joking Why did the fish get kicked out of the school? Because he was caught with seaweed.

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: With high energy and sex appeal right through to the end of the year, you are likely to stir things up a bit on the domestic front. Doing something completely out of character should be avoided if possible. If this is not possible, then you may use your charm.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

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You feel like a fish out of water in a confused and noisy situation. Perhaps you are not making the right kind of friends, so take control of the quality of people who you associate with. Maybe it is relatives that are causing concern. You cannot choose your relatives, but it is possible to see less of them.

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This is a great social week. Your puppy-like enthusiasm attracts others and a barrage of good vibes comes your way. Indeed, your relaxed attitude allows someone close to get their own life a bit more into perspective.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

People look to you to guide them through the maze of right and wrong this week. Your talent for bringing humour into the most tense situations is invaluable midweek. Summer is a socialising time for you and it is all steam ahead as you issue invitations and receive some back.

The kind nature that is so much a part of you is only too evident this week. A situation makes you feel frustrated and you need to find a way forward. A bit of expert advice goes a long way even if it does mean that you still have to go it alone. Be strong and remind yourself that this is for someone else.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

You like to do your own things in your own way and in your own time. That certainly shows this week. It can cause a bit of a stir with family. Even so, it will inspire someone close to step forward and make their own stand. Put someone straight when they step out of line.

As you prefer living in the here and now, you find it difficult to understand and tolerate people who plot and plan in advance. It is tedious in the extreme to consider every little detail of something which may never happen. Because there is this relaxed attitude, you have developed a larger-than-life personality.

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This time of year reminds you just how much you enjoy home comforts. Plan ahead now for those chilly winter nights when the air is crisp and the wine is mulled. The urge is to work with others this week and that in itself throws up plans for evenings ahead. Having planned a romantic weekend there may need to be some adjustments.

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Your mind, as ever, is changeable. This is a fun time to dabble at this and that to bring a bit of variety to your life and work. Meeting new people and starting new projects means that it is a busy time at work but the rewards are high.

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Crosswords CRYPTIC Across 1 Walls formed of legs and forequarters of mutton? (8) 5 Expert witness revealed to be a fool (4) 9 Fellow starting New Deal as a statesman (7) 10 I name new state (5) 11 Tie up in low river (4) 12 Rewrite diverse amendments (7) 15 English flower festival (6) 16 Fix up extremely remarkable couple (6) 19 Sex and dope are wrong, itʼs revealed (7) 21 Coo! luv - starting to look really with it (4) 24 Redesigned River Nile for a big ship (5) 25 Requiring dead engine to be repaired (7) 26 Greek character around a nurse, heʼs a card (4) 27 Loses car damaged by game (8) Down 1 Think about an appendage (8) 2 Chap leaves to gather fruit (7) 3 Sage going out for a long time (4) 4 Crockery from disputed estate (3,3) 6 I put in a movement of the hand to resign (5) 7 Being rank, it is returned by the Queen (4) 8 A doctor I sent to bed drunk (7)

ENGLISH - SPANISH The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Route (4) 3 Melocotón (5) 6 Peines (5) 8 Gusto (sentido) (5) 10 Garlic (3) 11 Ídolos (5) 12 Anillos (5) 13 Diez (3) 14 To bring (news, luck etc) (5) 15 Onza (5) 16 Margarita (flor) (5) 17 Querer (objeto) (4)

Co d e B r e a ke r 13 A trip with OʼConnor around bypasses (7) 14 Poor glue ruined this introduction (8) 17 Somatic form of nuclear engineering (7) 18 Sheʼs back in academy and then sustained a rupture (6) 20 Gas produced by Norse oxen (5) 22 Fruit found in plumberʼs lunch box (4) 23 Almost take Boyd out of the boneyard (4)

QUICK Across 1 Saunter (6) 4 Shut (6) 9 Flyer (7) 10 Applauds (5) 11 Tight (5) 12 Housing (7) 13 Exciting (11) 18 Well-liked (7) 20 Range (5) 22 Monster (5) 23 Organise (7) 24 Sore (6) 25 Begrudge (6)

Down 1 Recibo (document) (7) 2 Season (for specific activity) (9) 4 Environment (7) 5 Rarely (4,5) 7 Tailors (7) 9 El más fácil (7)

Down 1 Meagre (6) 2 Rule (5) 3 Correspondence (7) 5 Clear-headed (5) 6 Staying power (7) 7 Blueprint (6) 8 Working class (11) 14 Make comprehensible (7) 15 Watch (7) 16 Small peg (6) 17 Discard (6) 19 Supple (5) 21 Snow leopard (5)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS: CRYPTIC - Across 1 Humus, 4 Lancet, 9 Macrame, 10 Annex, 11 Read, 12 Let-down, 13 Was, 14 Mafia, 16 Until, 18 Gas, 19 Forbear, 20 Leer, 23 Clubs, 24 Pinnace, 25 Step-in, 26 Booty. Down: 1 Humdrum, 2 Mecca, 3 Seal, 5 Acanthus, 6 Consort, 7 Toxin, 8 Keels, 13 Water-ski, 15 Fortune, 17 Larceny, 18 Grips, 19 Focus, 21 Erato, 22 Snub. QUICK - Across: 1 Crass, 4 Bent, 9 Regatta, 10 Piano, 11 Get, 12 Lurid, 14 Idiot, 15 Yearn, 16 Opts, 18 Edge, 20 Pains, 22 Agree, 23 Satin, 25 Pro, 26 Flats, 27 Upstage, 29 Soak, 30 Basis. Down: 1 Circle, 2 Anger, 3 Sit, 5 Emptiness, 6 Trading, 7 Magnanimous, 8 Loath, 13 Dyspepsia, 17 Perhaps, 19 Gaffe, 21 Unless, 24 Traps, 28 Sob.

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Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter words into the 19 cells. The letters at the edges of interlocking cells MUST BE THE SAME. The letters in the words must be written CLOCKWISE. The word in cell 10 (THINGS) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Moscas, 4 Codo, 8 Stamp, 9 Pulpo, 10 Oreja, 11 Letal, 14 Spots, 16 Irons, 17 Lily, 18 Colour. Down: 1 Mismo, 2 Suave, 3 Applause, 5 Owl, 6 Oro, 7 Apellido, 12 Trozo, 13 Loser, 14 Sol, 15 Oil.

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 16 represents R and 22 represents J, so fill in R every time the figure 16 appears and J 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.

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HE year is 1975. A dance hit named ‘Daddy Cool’ is going down a storm on dance floors all around the world. Founder Frank Farian and lead singer Liz Mitchell are having a tremendous success... More than 35 years after their first hit single and a career that has seen more than 10 number ones, the 70s’ disco legend Boney M still keeps the legend alive. The European disco group is currently on a world tour which includes stops in four continents, Asia, Australia, America and Europe, including Spain where they are scheduled to meet their fans on July 28 in Almuñecar. Liz Mitchell, the lead singer of Boney M since 1975, remembers that it was not easy to become a legend that endures for decades. When their first

DISCO LEGENDS: Boney M are currently on tour in Spain. hit single ‘Daddy Cool’ gained huge success worldwide they were somewhat shocked. “None of us thought we would have this amount of success at first. In our days in the record industry, we had to make our record company believe in us. There were a few one-hit wonders but record companies played a crucial role in making people famous. So being famous was not that easy. “Now, people can even do their own promotional work. We did not have that kind of financial power in those days and becoming famous and successful made us so happy and thankful,” recalls Liz Mitchell. Boney M albums broke sales records with more than 105 million album sales worldwide. Their songs ‘Rivers of Babylon’ and ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’ both made it into the Guinness Book of Records as two of the 10 bestselling British records. However, says Mitchell, it’s more enjoyable to be successful than to be rich or famous. Leaving 35 years of music history behind, all of Boney M’s songs still enthral Mitchell. “Honestly, in the very early beginnings, I never imagined this amount of success. Now, we have 35 years behind us and I am so happy that Boney M tracks still attract people this much, and I feel an

amazing energy on the stage.” “We (Boney M) are not together all year round but after a successful tour in 2010 we have decided to go on the road again. We got together nearly the entire group from the 70s and it’s a great sensation. “Can you imagine how lovely it is for us?” asks Mitchell who has just turned 60. Contrary to most people’s opinions, her Jamaican roots did not affect her music style. “You may think how come I got into the disco era with my Jamaican roots surrounded by reggae, but in a way I both grew up listening to gospel music in a religious family environment and also pop music in England. “I used to listen to the Beatles, Rolling Stones and all pop songs of the 70s, so I was having a kind of preparatory phase before my breakthrough with Boney M. I also took part in the famous musical ‘Hair’ and found myself in

the pop scene. My friends and I were after fame in a way and disco music came forward as a new form of energy for dance music and we became part of the energy.” Mitchell, who is also a songwriter, recorded solo albums of gospel music as well. “I am a believer and I grew up in a very religious environment. I feel like people can find new ways to thank God with my songs. I think, it’s a gift to have this kind of inspiration, and it’s a gift to find new ways to show how you are thankful to God; it’s a way to thank goodness and life.” Set to perform at the Football Stadium in Almuñecar, this will not be Liz Mitchell's first encounter with Spanish audiences. Boney M also gave a sold out concert in Fuengirola two years ago. “It's going to be a highly energetic and entertaining concert as well… On July 28, I think I am going to feel at home in Almuñécar” she says.

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UMMER is here! A chance to escape the madding crowds for the quiet rural Spanish life. Living in a holiday destination, it is hard to justify a trip to another exotic location and popping back to Northern Europe is not tempting when friends tell me they are building an ark - just in case the rain really won’t stop. So, we have decamped to a small pueblo, whose main claim to fame is being featured in the TV hit,

Llàgrima de Sang. Population: about 100, most of whom are pensioners. You know the type: quaint and rustic village, no sign of life until the sun has set; the only amenities a couple of small bars, where the locals enjoy a caña mid-morning. All quiet, apart from the timely church bells. Perfect! Or so we thought. It appears that these otherwise pacified people undergo a Tarantino-style transformation once per year.

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cheerfully sharing a meal. It felt safe to return home. Alas, a couple of hours later a band started up, with some old favourites from the 70s and 80s - like ‘Hands Up’ by Ottawan - played at a gazillion decibel presumably for the somewhat hearingimpaired audience. The thing about such jolly tunes is that they are not equally enjoyable at 5am, or 7am for that matter. Economists call it diminishing returns to scale. Admittedly, I should have joined the party, but, with the nocturnal stamina of a flea, this was never going to happen. Instead, I test ran a duck-feather pillow, versus

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It is festival season here in Spain and each weekend the villages take it in turn to celebrate summer and for the locals to let their hair down. Well, all I can say is that our locals must have a lot of hair. Festivities started at around 9pm with a symphony - of honking car - truck - and articulated lorry-horns. No particular tune, more a sort of lean-on-it-for-an-hour composition; there probably wasn’t much time to rehearse beforehand. This roused our interest (read: concern) but a quick reconnaissance in the village revealed only a few well-behaved pensioners


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ear plugs versus a fan on high velocity, all of which proved lacking as a defence to the boom-box next door. Still, these are trying times for everyone (apart from the Russian oligarchs, of course), so I was happy to see my fellow villagers enjoying themselves to this degree. The roads littered with empties was less understandable, but duly cleared up a few days later by some surprisingly industrious men in neon yellow bibs. At the end of this whole fiesta business, I am determined to spend my latter years in life here, so that I, too, can rock the night away, taking great pleasure in music played at maximum volume.

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DVANCES in communications threaten yet another trade; this time that of language interpreters. The writing’s been on the wall for some time but some won’t see it until their backs are up against it. When visiting a store I struggled to explain to the assistant what it was I needed. I wrote it down in English; he tapped the words into a handheld keyboard and he had an instant translation in Spanish. I presume that had I been German or Italian it would have translated as easily. My Spanish is short of conversational; I can just about get by but what about those who have been here for years and not yet mastered ‘buenos dias’? Mine isn’t good enough for lengthy discourse with my Spanish-speaking doctor. After all, matters medicine can be difficult to follow even when conversing with a British doctor, if you can find one in England. Basically the tête-à-tête with one’s doctor will be a greeting. You will then clearly set out

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what ails you. Giving it a moment’s thought the doctor will turn to his computer and print the prescription. Vamos! Adios amigo!

My communication solution is to use my typing finger rather than my tongue. Using my laptop keyboard I type my greeting, and whatever bothers me, into Google translate. I render into Spanish then cut, paste and print. I hand the greeting and problem to him in near perfect Spanish; or Russian, if he is Russian.

True, one cannot readily understand his verbal take on my ailment, but it is still a giant step forward in crossing the language barrier. A two-way dialogue whilst useful is not always essential. The technology to hold a conversation with another person in his or her language is already widely used. It will be

commonplace as soon as it is affordable. I imagine it will work something like a mobile phone or iPod. I speak into it in English and my Spanish friend hears me in Spanish; vice versa. My Ukrainian friend Nadia speaks perfect Ukrainian and Russian. Sadly her English is not much better than my Spanish. Yet, by holding keyboard conversation with our fingers her written English is very good and at conversational speed. Using her laptop she speedily copies my English text into her own language and uses the same method to reply by using Google translate. It’s as good as dialogue with a native born English speaker. ‘Nation shall speak (peace) unto nation’ (BBC). Indeed! The latest gadget; Word Lens, has technology already two years old. You point your mobile phone camera lens at Spanish wording and it appears on your screen as English. Learning another’s language will still be an option, but not quite as essential.


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By Francisco Javier Martin Martin, Lawyer with De Cotta Law IN Andalucia, especially in the Axarquia area, there are a number of properties, mainly private homes, on land not zoned for construction. Typically these properties have been built without a licence or without complying with the parameters of a building licence from a local authority, which has possibly ignored the infringement of planning laws. These houses have been in limbo between legality and illegality, as most were built more than four years ago, so the deadline has passed for the local government to take action against the illegal construction and uphold urbanisation laws. Some of these homes currently do not have utilities connected, such as electricity and water; although Andalucia’s regional government has approved the Law (Decree 2/2012), which came into force on March 1 of this year which means that owners can now apply for utilities and register their homes. To achieve this, the property owners must secure a licence for their property, known as an Asimilado a fuera de ordenación – this licence is issued by the local town hall for each relevant property in its municipality that is currently outside the planning laws. Also with this licence, owners can also proceed with repairs and maintenance in order to maintain safety and habitability of the building. This licence can be used

Some properties have been built without a licence. to contract utilities from the relevant companies supplying electricity and water etc. However, to obtain the licence, every homeowner will have to follow a procedure that currently is not entirely clear and will depend on the different criteria for each local authority. This procedure will oblige the owner to pay a series of fees to the authorities; the amount depends on the specifications of each building. This is why it is imperative to seek legal advice to negotiate the somewhat complex procedure. Generally speaking, the basis of the procedure will require the following items: • The property must be formally identified, either through the land registry or local ‘catastral’ data if the property is not registered. • The date of completion of the building must be confirmed, proved by a certified architect or certified by ‘catastral’ data. • Certificate of an architect certifying that the building meets standards of habitability and safety. • Description of the works necessary to provide the construction of basic services (water,

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electricity etc.) • Confirmation that the property is not subject to current legal action, or that it is not possible to legalise the property through existing procedures. • Proof of adequate plot size for the size of home constructed. The deadline for the local council to resolve and report on the application for the licence is considered to be six months; after this period if there is no express decision by the local authority, the application should be considered denied. Once the property has been licenced, it is then necessary to use this to register the property or unregistered elements of the property (swimming pools, garages, out houses etc) with the Land Registry. Until recently though there has been some uncertainty over the legalisation of these types of properties, as it was not initially clear in the new Andalucian Act of Law as there appeared to be a conflict with national law governing the land registry. Yet now the good news is that the Land Registrars are now dealing with the legalisation of many properties that were constructed some years ago even in areas where some of these problems arose. However, it is vital to

ensure that the size of plot is adequate as there are still a number of properties where legalisation is never going to be allowed because of overbuilding on a small plot. If you would like De Cotta Law to review the legal situation of your property, please contact their Nerja office for a private consultation. Nerja Office: Calle Diputación 11 29780 Nerja Tel.: +34 952 527 014 E-mail: nerja@decottalaw.net


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Let’s make the London Games great, Britain! Preview of the 2012 Summer Olympics by Tony Matthews THE opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics will have a theme called ‘The Isles of Wonder’, arranged by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, with music by Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of the electronic duo Underworld. HRH Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will open the Games a week tomorrow (July 27) while songwriter/musician Sir Paul McCartney will bring the curtain down on the opening ceremony. A short film featuring Daniel Craig as 007 agent James Bond will be screened during the TV coverage of the opening ceremony. A total of 10,505 competitors, representing a record 204 nations will take part in 302 event covering 26 different sports Team GB will have no less than 542 men and women participating on home soil, and water, and there is no doubt that each and every one will be going flat out (not literally) to win a medal and so make Britain Great!

MEDAL HOPEFUL: Marathon star Paula Radcliffe. This will be a record number of representatives at any Olympic Games for GB who expect to win at least 40 medals overall. The USA will have 530 athletes in the UK and will, it seems, collect 100+ medals (again) while Russia with 436 entrants will, I feel, finish a close second with around 85-90 gongs. Germany has entered 391 competitors, Spain 282 and China just 161. And Jamaicans might, just might, win all the sprint golds. Here are my GB ‘ones to watch’ at London 2012, taking each sport in A-Z order: ARCHERY I expect the arrows fired by Alan Wills, Simon Terry and Larry Godfrey, and Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard and Alison Williamson to score high! ATHLETICS In the men’s

track and field section, I’m hoping for solid (some winning) performances from Phillips Idowu in the triple jump, from hurdlers Rhys Williams, Andy Turner and team captain Dai Greene, from 800m star Andrew Osagie from Mo Farah in the 5,000m and 10,000m, from high jumper Robbie Grabarz, from 6ft 6in UK indoor and outdoor long jump champion Chris Tomlinson and from sprinters Harry AikinesAryeetey and ex-footballer Adam Gemili, who will be taking on Bolt, Gaye, Lemaitre, Blake, Powell, etc. The women under focus will be 2011 European U23 and national pole-vault champion Holly Bleasdale, track runners Jo Pavey (5,000m), Lisa Dobriskey, Nicola Sanders, Emily Pidgeon (5,000m European

junior champion), Perry Shakes-Drayton (who set a personal best in the 400m hurdles recently), Hannah England, reigning 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, 100m hurdler Tiffany Porter, GB’s golden Hepthlete Jess Ennis, 3,000m steeplechaser Barbara Parker, Cuban-born triple-jumper Yamile Aldama, British javelin record holder Goldie Sayers and marathon star Paula Radcliffe; and please, don’t anybody drop the baton in the relays! Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll figure in the shot putt, discus or hammer, sorry. BADMINTON Lefthander Chris Adcock and Glaswegian Imogen Bankier can succeed in the mixed doubles while Susan Egelstaff and Rajiv Ouseph

who has 10 titles under his belt, can do the business individually. BMX (biking) Two favourites for medals are Liam Phillips and multiple world champion Shanaze Reade. BOXING I’m confident that Anthony Ogogo (middleweight), Josh Taylor (lightweight), Anthony Joshua (super heavyweight) and Andrew Selby (bantamweight) will box well. In 2011 Selby became the first Welshman for 86 years to win a European title. As for the women punchers, Nicola Adams, exceptionally strong in the flyweight division, and middleweight Savannah Marshall (Britain’s female world champion) look to have the best chances. CYCLING (Road) If they’ve recovered from their

Tour de France exploits, I expect Bradley Wiggins, the Manx-machine Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome to challenge for prizes, along with colleague David Miller, while Emma Pooley and Nicole Cooke should be there or thereabouts in the women’s sector. CYCLING (Track) All the big names, Sir Chris Hoy (who has 4 gold and a silver already in his collection), Jason Kenny, two recipients of gold in Beijing, Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas, and Steve Burke are quietly confident of picking up medals, so too are four women, namely Joanna Rowsell, Danielle King, Victoria Pendleton and Manchester-born Laura Trott. DIVING Everyone, including yours truly, wants the 2009 World, European and UK 10m platform champion Tom Daley to win gold and break China’s dominance in this sport. Also, check out Chris Mears, Daley’s diving partner Pete Waterfield and competent lassies Tonia Couch and South African-born Monique Gladding, who could all spring to glory! CANOE (Slalom) Scot Campbell Walsh (in the men’s K1) and Lizzie Neave produced the goods in Europe last year and can do likewise on home water. CANOE (Sprint) Three men - Tim Brabants, Ed McKeever and Liam Heath - and two women - Angela Hannah and Louisa Sawers - can all pick up medals.

Continued next week

SPORTS CLUBS are invited to submit reports and fixtures for publication in Euro Weekly News. Email: editorial@euroweeklynews.com before noon on a Monday for that Thursday’s edition. Please mark the subject as ‘Axarquia Sports’.

Axarquia 19 – 25 July 2012 Issue 1411  

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