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Vega Baja fire stations to be left unattended VEGA BAJA fire brigade will be leaving three of its stations unattended for 14 hours a day, to be on call in Pilar de la Horadada until mid-September. The Provincial Fire Brigade Consortium opted against manning

the Vega Baja fire stations located in Orihuela, Almoradi and Torrevieja because of the cost of paying overtime to the firefighters that are needed. Instead, they will tend to Pilar de la Horadada, which requires

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assistance an average of 50 times per year, while the Almoradi municipality calls on the brigade 400 times annually. Until September, the Crevillent brigade will be responsible for firerelated emergencies in Almoradi. The temporary change was made to protect the forests of the Sierra Escalona and the Dehesa de Campoamor national park, which stretches through Pilar de la Horadada, Orihuela and San Miguel de Salinas, the society explained to the mayors of Rojales, Almoradi and Callosa de Segura. Each of these towns spends €50,000 annually on fire services. up Villananitos de lo Pagan Beach. Almoradi Mayor Antonio Angel Hurtado reminded the public that the current situation is temporary and compared to last year, according to will be back to normal at Councillor Jose Luis Ros. He said traders are concerned that the end of August, despite tourism will drop if the beach’s the Fire Brigade Society condition does not improve. announcing September 15 as the end date.

Beach clean-up called for SWIMMERS and traders are calling for a clean-up of Villananitos de lo Pagan Beach in San Pedro del Pinatar. Ten per cent more of the beach has seaweed and mud

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Sentence upheld MURCIA Provincial Court has denied a Jumilla resident’s appeal against his sentence of paying €3 per day for six months for throwing stones at passing vehicles on the highway in December 2010.

Long walk A PHYSICS teacher from Elche has walked 1,215 kilometres on the Levante Camino de Santiago from Valencia to Santiago de Compostela. Accompanied by his son and nephew, he started his journey in June.

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South Korean choir winners of contest By Keith Nicol THE 58th International Contest of Habanera and Polyphony of Torrevieja came to a close on Sunday. This celebration is a tribute to the sailors of Torrevieja, who travelled to trade with Cuba, bringing these melodies back with them. The festival features the best choral groups in the genre from all over the world. More than 800 singers performed over the course of the competition to packed houses at Torrevieja’s Eras de la Sal. The Yonsei University Choir from South Korea was proclaimed winner and awarded the first prize of €12,000. They also won the Audience Award, which adds another €2,000 to their fruitful week plus two other awards, a total of four of the 11 awards given in the competition. In the form of Habana, the second prize of €5,000 went to the Choir of the Universidad Industrial de Santander,

US election GANDIA native, Ruben Figueres, joined US President Obama’s campaign for the November 2012 election. The Spaniard has lived in Chicago since 1998.

€3,000 bail A MAN was arrested in Torrevieja for allegedly making sexual advances on a minor. The victim’s mother is a friend of the accused. The Valencia Provincial Court imposed bail of €3,000. The Yonsei University Choir won various awards in the competition. Bucaramanga (Colombia). The third, of €2,500, also went east to Coro Wenquin de la Universidad de Zhejiang from China. In Polyphony, the first prize of €10,000 went to the Svetozar Markovic of Novi-Sad (Serbia). The second prize, worth €4,000 went to Coro Swedbank de Riga (Latvia) and the third, of €2,000, went to the Cantare de Klaipéda (Lithuania). On the national scene, the award ‘City of Torrevieja’, worth €5,000 and a trophy, was given to the choir Coro de la

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The award of the gold shield was awarded to Torrevieja musician and choral director Aurelio Martinez Lopez. This is the highest annual award granted by the Board of Habaneras. Martinez, who is also a member of the technical committee of the show, is one of the youngest people to receive this award. The Gala was recorded in full by Spanish Television, which developed a special programme to be broadcast on La 2 of TVE

and its international channel, which can be seen on August 19, 2012. Councillor for Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Valencia Regional Government, Lola Johnson publicly endorsed the competition and pledged the support of the Generalitat Valenciana for future editions. Next year’s contest will be held from July 22 to 28, Torrevieja’s mayor and president of the Patronato de Habaneras, Eduardo Dolon Sanchez announced at the closing ceremony.

New service A NEW direct bus service will be available between Torrevieja and El Altet as part of the Valencia Mobility Agency’s plan to increase competition between the airport and others nearby.

Corn harvest MORE than 1,500 hectares of corn have been planted in the Vega Baja in the past few weeks. Farmers are looking to make profits.

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Tourists spent 2.1% more this year NON-SPANISH tourists who visited the Valencia Region during the first half of this year spent €1.9 million, which is 2.1 per cent more than last year. The improvement in the British market may be to thank for the combination of more tourists and higher spending in the region. On average, each tourist spent an overall 6.6 per cent more and their daily expenditure increased by 11.6 per cent, according to a poll

by Egatur. Nationwide, €23.64 billion was shelled out by tourists visiting Spain in the first six months of this year. Outstanding spenders were Germans (a 4.4 per cent increase from last year, at €3.9 billion), Britons (3 per cent, or €4.5 billion) and Nordic tourists (€3.3 billion, or €4.5 billion) while the spending habits of other nationalities including French and Italians decreased 7.3 per cent and 8.1 per cent respectively. Despite the Nordic

No to Xmas bonus MEMBERS of Parliament in Alicante unanimously voted to not accept Christmas bonuses this year. Both the Socialist party PSPV-PSOE and Conservative party PP agreed to ‘reduce annual payment by one fourteenth’.

€804.6m tax back THE Valencia Regional Government has returned €804.6 million to 1.35 million taxpayers for the 2011 fiscal year, according to the Treasury Ministry. Of those residents who applied for tax rebates, 79.85 per cent received them.

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ALICANTE police have arrested a man, 51, for violent robbery. He allegedly stole €240 and 300 lottery tickets from a sales point. He allegedly stabbed the seller in the thigh before fleeing, according to police.

TWELVE Algerian immigrants kicked off the door of a police van transporting them to the Valencia Immigrant Interment Centre. All were caught after they dispersed in Alicante city centre near the courts.

Debt sit-in OLD NEW LOOK: Each of the lions has a different face.

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LHAMBRA PALACE is Spain’s most visited monument. Last year more than 2.3 million visitors - an average of more than 6,300 every day of the year - flocked to Granada to see the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens in 2011. And now, after 10 years of careful restoration, the Alhambra Palace has an added attraction: the famous Patio of Lions.

Restoration work most importantly focused on the 12 lions surrounding the fountain as well as archaeological digs. The fountain is probably Andalucia’s most famous image, with visitors now able to walk on marble from Macael, in Almeria, similar to when it was first built under the orders of Sultan Muhammad V. During the lengthy renovation it was discovered that each of the lions has a different face.

Wife-beater sent back to jail after serving 33 for robbery TWO years after being released from serving a prison sentence of 33 years, a man has been sent back to jail for four-and-a-half years for abusing his wife. Elda native Manuel Pinteño was originally imprisoned in 1977 for robbery. He received further convictions for his major role in the Fontcalent riots in the 1990s. In addition to the four-and-a-half years jail time, he is forbidden to come within 300 metres of his wife in the next three years, and within 200 metres for a further eight years. Although this was the Alicante court’s ruling, Pinteño still may appeal the sentence.

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A BULGARIAN man, aged 32, was arrested for breaking into 15 parked cars and using a false identity when caught by police. The alleged acts occurred at the beaches San Juan, Muchavista (El Campello), Urbanova and Guardamar del Segura.

AN ALICANTE boy, aged 10, died of the peritonitis, or inflammation of the inner abdomen, while at a summer camp in Madrid with his Hermanos Maristas primary school. Supervisors sought medical attention and contacted the parents.

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countries’ decreased average expenditure per person, the group experienced an overall increase in spending due to the higher volume of tourists from this area. Valencia was not far behind other regions that experienced the greatest increase from January to June. First was Cataluña with €5.4 billion spent and 14.3 per cent growth, followed by the Balearics with €3.4 billion and 3.8 per cent growth.

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The Spanish Industrial Ministry in a campaign on microblogging site Twitter to promote Spain. The campaign is based on clichés for which Spain is known. Hashtag: #PorAlgoSera

No parking in the plaza THE Seneca Plaza in Alicante will not have underground parking after City Hall rejected offers by construction companies and opted to focus on residential development. This is the second time that the city has said no to parking in the plaza.

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million is the record fine which a court in Truro (Cornwall, England) has handed down to a company from Galicia for illegal fishing. The Marine Management Organisation sued Hijos de Vidal Bandin, their delegation in Britain and the captains of two boats.

A SIT-IN was organised at various centres for autism in Alicante in protest at the regional government’s debts to programmes that work with people who are mentally disabled. “Many centres can’t even pay their workers,” said one protester.

Services cut EL ALTET airport’s medical services will close from midnight to 8am starting August 17, as part of an economy drive by management. Trades union CC OO called the move ‘irresponsible’.

New Primark IRISH store Primark is to open in Orihuela’s La Zenia Shopping Centre between September and October.

and finally... FIREMEN in Zaragoza (Northeastern Spain) discovered the decapitated body of a former soldier in an apartment, following complaints from neighbours about bad smells. Reports say that he is thought to have committed suicide using explosives some two weeks previously.


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No more textbooks needed A PRIMARY SCHOOL in Orihuela is getting rid of text books in an attempt to ‘save families money’. No textbooks will be required this coming school year at the Virgen de Monserrate school in the Orihuela town of Torremendo. As a result families could save approximately €200 per student. Instead, children will continue to use workbooks which are “more affordable costing €3 at most,” explained Headmistress Maria Jose Agullo. Teachers will develop lessons using library books, the internet and textbooks from past years. Also, the parents’ association (AMPA) is encouraged to educate students in moral values and responsible behaviour, while students are free to suggest topics and ideas to teachers, according to Agullo.

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Brazilian man cleared of manslaughter charges A YOUNG MAN arrested in connection with the death of another was released after a post-mortem examination determined that he was not responsible for the crime.

The incident took place on Sunday outside a bar on Calle Olegario Domarco Seller in Elche. A 20-year-old Brazilian man had spent the afternoon at the bar with

Attracting tourists A TOURISM packet has been created by Aspe’s tourism department to attract visitors to their Moors and Christians Festival. The festival starts next Tuesday (August 7) at 7pm with a parade through the main streets of the municipality and finishing at the Embajadas Castle. For €20 people can watch the parade from a reserved seat, join a guided tour of the town’s most symbolic places and dine at a restaurant in the town. The tour will include the Nuestra Señora del Socorro basilica founded in 1602, the Municipal Historic Museum and the market, among others.

the victim, Jefferson Alfaro, an Ecuadorian man aged 21 and their girlfriends. Eyewitnesses explained to police that an argument arose out of jealousy. The accused first left the bar, returning later, finding the victim standing outside. Their argument allegedly escalated until the Brazilian man punched the victim on the chin. The initial theory was that when the victim was hit in the face, he lost his balance and fell in an awkward position, possibly breaking a vertebra in the process. However, the autopsy has ruled out the possibility that the death was caused by the participation of another person. While the Brazilian man will not face jail for hitting the deceased, he has been relieved of his passport ATTRACTION: 17th century Basilica and must appear in court of Nuestra Señora del Socorro. every 15 days.

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Trim for Boris LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson chopped off his shaggy locks before he carried the Olympic torch. “It’s less likely to catch fire,” said Rupert Adams, spokesman for William Hill, adding that his odds of setting himself on fire changed to 100-1 from 66-1.

Pumped up A CLASSIC doubledecker bus with arms can be seen doing pushups near to where the Czech team will be staying in London during the Olympics. The art piece known as ‘London Booster’ was created by Czech artist David Cerny.

Granny sit-in A GRANDMOTHER, 78, staged a sit-in at her son’s mansion in Bridgewater (Somerset) for 72 hours to prevent a bank repossession .


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Dog adoption AN INFORMATION table about dog adoption will be set up next to the tourist information spot at the Playa del Cura in Torrevieja every Saturday in August from 11am until 1pm.

Flipped car A COUPLE was injured in an accident in which their car flipped over many times at a roundabout in Blanca (Murcia).

Open hall CARTAGENA City Hall will have normal business hours in August and all services will continue despite discussion of limited services to reduce the electricity expenses.

headmaster Jose Antonio Gonzales believes they are related. He has told the Guardia Civil his suspicions as to who the culprit is. The town hall had to send people to repair the glass door and change the locks. The cost of repairing the damage caused by the burglar is “much more than the cost of installing an alarm”, said Gonzales. The school has been waiting to receive money so they can install an alarm.

Busy museum THERE has been a 30 per cent increase in visitors to Crevillent’s Easter Museum during the first half of 2012. A total of 7,800 people visited the site.

Paella again PAELLA was made and served in the streets of Pilar de la Horadada for the 26th anniversary of the town’s independence from Orihuela.

Lost finger A WOMAN, aged 42, lost part of her finger in a sailing accident that occurred near the Veneciola housing development in La Manga (Cartagena). Emergency services could not find the part.

SEARCH: Police recovered stolen goods after a home search.

‘Thieves’ arrested THREE men suspected of robbing 50 Elche warehouses and country homes were arrested. The National Police worked with the Guardia Civil for months investigating the crimes which ultimately led to the arrest of two Spaniards aged 34 and 36. A third man, 34, was arrested the following day and accused of the same 50 crimes of robbery as the other two. Police conducted a home search in Altabix where different stolen goods were found, including shoe leather worth €28,000.

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Public school burgled again PUBLIC school in La Murada, Orihuela, was burgled over the weekend. At least three projectors, various computers, memory sticks, and external hard drives were stolen from the Maestro Ismael Garcia School. The burglar entered the building by climbing over the wall and breaking the glass door as well as the lock of various offices and the library. The school is burgled ‘at least once a year’ and

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counterfeiting €195,500. They must also pay a €97,750 fine. They reportedly had a warehouse in Yecla (Murcia) - where all three are residents – and made the fake notes to later put them into circulation. Among other objects, a printer, office materials used to make the counterfeit notes and a box filled with notes, were seized following the men’s arrest.


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Another leak POPE BENEDICT XVI has taken legal action to stop Frankfurtbased Titanic magazine from publishing pictures of him with yellow and brown stains on his cassock with a headline ‘Another leak is found!’. NAME GAME: The Peñon de Ifach in Calpe (or Calp)

Language battle rages in Valencia By Benny Davis benny@euroweeklynews.com HE continuing Valenciano vs Castellano language battle within the Valencian Community reached a new high last week when the Academia Valenciana de la Llengua (AVL) asked Google to change more than 1,000 Valencian place names on their websites back to their original Valenciano spelling. A move, it is claimed, that could dramatically reduce tourism and business in the province. As a direct response, Calpe

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(Calp) Mayor Cesar Sanchez called an emergency council meeting. “I don’t want the tourism sector to suffer by not promoting the Calpe brand that has worked for more than 40 years in the internet search engines. Our web page www.calpe.es receives more than 35,000 visits a month and promotes over 80 per cent of local shops, hotels and restaurants within the tourist market.” He said he will seek a consensus between businesses, citizens and the town hall to find the best solution.

False alarm HOURS after a search started for a woman seen being kidnapped in the middle of the street in Borken, she came forward saying they had just been making a short film for friends called ‘the stolen wedding gift’.

Confused cull CONSERVATION groups and politicians were reportedly ‘baffled’ when Northern German fishermen and hunters proposed a large-scale cull of seals to prevent the mammals from dying from epidemics.


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Pat and Alex Stewart receive a Traditional Salt Boat from new Torry Army Chairman, Arthur Leivers.

Torry Army new season exciting THE TORRY Army held their AGM to vote in new officers for the 2012/13 season. This season promises to possibly be the most exciting one that FC Torrevieja has experienced in many years. Retiring chairman and her husband,

Pat and Alex Stewart were presented with a bouquet of flowers for all their hard work by new Chairman Arthur Leivers. He also presented them with a Traditional Torrevieja Salt Boat, on behalf of Mayor Eduardo Dolon with a message that the gift was from all the people of Torrevieja, for their hard work in helping to make the Torry Army one of the most influential and respected clubs in the community. lifeguards made 19 saves, including the group of eight individuals that had to be rescued from the water last Friday. The ambulance was needed in this area 15 times. ELEVEN items from With the arrival of Lorca’s Archeological jellyfish, lifeguards had to Museum damaged in last treat 823 stings in the year’s earthquake on May Arenales area and 315 in 11 are to be restored in La Marina in the last Murcia. month. In Arenales aid Murcia’s Archeological was given to 163 people Museum should finish the who were stung by the restoration works before greater weever fish, and the end of the year, 102 in La Marina. according to Lorca’s There were quite a few culture councilor Sandra days in the month of July Martinez. that Elche beaches waved The items to be the cautionary yellow flags restored include jugs said DYA speaker, Antonio from the Andalusi period, Tari and a couple of windy an iron key, bronze items days that warranted the including keys, cups and a red. horse’s bit.

A busy month for lifeguards LIFEGUARD and security services made 27 rescues and assisted in 49 ambulance emergencies at Elche beaches during the month of July. Beach safety and security is provided by the ‘Detente y Ayuda,’ (Stop and Help) Association (DYA). In the Arenales region lifeguards had to save people out of the water on eight occasions according to the DYA’s reports. However, the majority of incidents had to do with falls or cuts. Two people died of heart attacks this month in Arenales and El Altet beaches. In La Marina (El Pinet, La Marina and El Rebollo)

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Baby falls four storeys A BABY was injured after falling from the fourth storey of a building. The incident took place at a building on Calle Torrevieja in Dolores, 10km from

the nearest beaches in La Marina and Guardamar. The one-and-a-halfyear-old Moroccan boy was reportedly playing on the terrace with his brother when

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Drivers are fuming over raised fees TRAVELLERS who use the AP-7 are voicing their anger after the Alicante government raised motorway fees by 7.5 per cent. Many people who disagree with the decision made by government last Friday are speaking out against the increased rates including tolls. While some were angry that such an increase was agreed upon, others were taken by surprise by the decision. “It makes you want to fly through the tolls without paying. What’s next, paying to leave the house?” said a resident of San Vicente. “And on top of that, they took us by surprise. It’s an embarrassment.” “We’ll end up like 20 years ago, driving along curvy old highways laced with potholes in neverending car rides that make you sick,” said an Alicante resident. See more on the subject on page 40.

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Alicante youths leave in search for work contracts. In 2011 4,171 youths signed five or more contracts. One in five young Alicante natives said they left the province to work in companies related to employment with a total of 6,530 youths working in temporary placement agencies of human resources. The next popular job was farming and livestock work for which 2,312 contracts were signed. Finally, 2,074 Alicante youths permanent. Young adults have also experienced a high turnover in found work in the hospitality field. Murcia, Valencia and Madrid are the top three destinations of these individuals. Conversely, in 2011 THIRTY thousand people in the Valencia The Dependence Law was proposed by the 17,113 youths came region have died during conservative party, socialist PSOE party and was approved in to Alicante towns and PP’s, ‘boycott’ of the Dependence Law 2006. cities, mostly from according to the socialist party. It is in place to financially assist people They died “while waiting for the regional who suffer from disease, disabilities or who Murcia, Valencia and government to resolve their applications.” are elderly. Madrid. WITH the Alicante province unemployment rate of 27.5 per cent as of June, 26,152 men and women between the ages of 16 and 30 have decided to look for work elsewhere. In 2011, 92.72 per cent of the contracts signed by men and women under 30 were temporary, according to the Ministry of Labour. That means that just 7.28 per cent signed indefinite contracts, compared to the 11.71 per cent in 2007 when the economic crisis hit. The most recent Active Population Poll which was taken last Friday showed that six of every 10 youths (until age 25, inclusive) are without a job - neither temporary nor

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University savings ALICANTE University has approved a savings plan in preparation for future economic hardships. Retirement incentives, the closing of two buildings during holidays, and recycling equipment are a few of their strategies.

Be flexible RYANAIR is requesting Aena be ‘flexible’ with the low cost airline’s request to be moved to the new El Altet terminal instead of using the corridors, or ‘fingers,’ that Aena has installed ‘for safety.’

Train delays MINERS succeeded in interrupting railway traffic when they put objects on the train tracks during a protest, according to sources at Renfe.

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New taxibus service A NEW taxi service is set to be offered between Elche city and its outer districts. The idea of the ‘taxibus’ service was debated on Monday during a plenary meeting. Transport councillor, Justino Delgado, defended what he believes to be a solution to the various bus lines that transport only ‘three or four people.’ However the project was criticised by socialist party PSOE and called economically unviable by the Elche Party. If the project goes ahead, trips on the ‘taxibus’ or ‘ElcheTaxi’ will cost travellers €2 in each direction, though the cost to provide the service is €10. Elche City Hall will pick up the difference, which is why they encourage commuters to take advantage of carpooling. Passes for 10 trips will be available for frequent users of the taxibus at €15 each. The city will spend an estimated €200,000 annually on the transport.

Gang arrested in €120m fuel fraud SPANISH fuel oil stolen from the Mattheos I, a tanker intercepted by Somali pirates, was nearly resold to Spain. The Guardia Civil’s crack UCO unit detected the manoeuvre months ago, while investigating two Spain-based gangs engaged in a €120 million fuel fraud. Both used Swiss TMS Group to launder money obtained through bogus invoices and the leaders of both bands – two Spaniards and two Pakistanis respectively - are now on remand. UCO discovered that TMS wanted to acquire a cut-price cargo of oil from an African country. It soon became apparent that the oil came from the Mattheos I, owned by a Madrid-based shipping company. The Mattheos I was hijacked last September by Somali pirates who transferred its 7,500-ton cargo of fuel oil to two unregistered ships, the captain revealed on his release. The Guardia Civil discovered that the two Spaniards under investigation in the original case acted on behalf of the TMS Group. The deal foundered when the stolen cargo lacked sufficient paperwork to

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Delivery 50 years late SWEDEN - A postcard was delivered to a man in Varberg 50 years late. It was from his sister who sent the correspondence to their now deceased father from her summer camp back in 1962 when she was 10 years old.

It’s a miracle! The Mattheos I is owned by a Madrid based shipping company. enter Spain, although TMS allegedly intended to forge documentation. The prospective purchaser was unaware of the oil’s origins, the UCO officers established. The team then travelled to Switzerland, where they interviewed the head of TMS, a Venezuelan, who admitted that the investigation had damaged the structure of the group. Unable to arrest him in Switzerland, he will be detained if he ever sets

foot in Spain, UCO explained. The organisation, which planned to hire a Chinese supertanker, was associated to top-level finance bodies. These went voluntarily to the Swiss authorities when they learnt of the UCO investigation and put TMS’ funds at their disposal. TMS was “the oil in the machinery designed to transform an illicit activity into a legal one,” said sources close to the case.

NORWAY - A beggar, who gained sympathy for his inability to walk, reportedly took a stroll to buy a new battery for his wheelchair. Police in Haugesund found 10,000 kroner (€1,350) in his pockets.

‘Reel’ catch DENMARK - Two boys reeled in a human skull while fishing in Lyngby So, outside of Copenhagen.


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TWO minors and 17 adults were arrested for robbery of homes and cars throughout the provinces of Alicante, Albacete and Ciudad Real. Police believe the 19 suspects are part of a gang that have committed a series of robberies, some violent. Until now the authorities have charged the members of 67 crimes including robbery of goods in a vehicle, robbery using violence and intimidation, reception of stolen goods, and belonging to a criminal group. Allegedly the group would stake out a neighbourhood, choose a day for the robbery, and assign roles to each person involved. Police explained that the goods were then sold on the black market in the Alicante cities Villena, Crevillent, and Dolores.

Simple Minds concert now on at the Bullring SIMPLE MINDS’ show on August 11 in Alicante City has been moved from IFA Open Air Auditorium to the Bullring. This venue change is due to production issues, according to the concert promoter Ophelia Pro. The gig will be one of only three dates of the band’s Spanish 5x5 summer tour. The other concerts are being held in Marbella and Cap Roig (Girona). Simple Minds have sold more than 60 million albums and gathered many nominations and awards throughout their life as a band. These include Best Live Band by Q Music Awards, as well as 22 platinum records only in the UK, five number one albums and 22 singles within the Top 20 charts.

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UNIVERSITIES in the Valencia region have received more than 7,000 pre-enrolment applications from foreign students despite their having to pay the full tuition. Alicante University (AU) and University of Miguel Hernandez de Elche (UMH) are two of the five schools that will take such students. More than 4,000 foreign students, most from the Erasmus programme, have already been accepted according to the Annual Pre-Enrolment Report by the Ministry of Education. The numbers have not varied from past years, despite the regional government’s withdrawal of scholarships and subsidies, meaning the students must pay the full tuition.

Referendum call would be less dramatic KING Juan Carlos’ voluntary pay cut was dismissed as ‘a smokescreen’ by a leading trade unionist. Deducting â‚Ź100,000 from the â‚Ź8.3 million royal budget is a gesture that cannot disguise

the severity of government cuts, said CCOO leader, Ignacio Fernandez Toxo. Many families would be reduced to poverty, he predicted. Mariano Rajoy’s programme is not what people voted for, he said, while dismissing PP

allegations that the socialist legacy was worse than suspected. They already governed most regional institutions, he pointed out. “Another general election would be too costly but a referendum would be less dramatic,� he said.

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‘Contacts’ ban likely THE ‘Contacts’ columns found in most Spanish newspapers could soon be a thing of the past. Earlier attempts to outlaw classified advertisements for prostitution came to nothing despite the backing of all political groups. Self-regulation within the industry itself has been ‘fruitless’ and ‘manifestly inadequate’, according to a 2010 report by Spain’s Council of State. The previous government’s plans to eliminate the newspaper advertisements were halted by last November’s early election. The present government now intends an all-party parliamentary sub-committee to agree the terms of a ban. Committee members will also have to decide whether to extend the ban to internet editions of newspapers carrying the columns. There will be ongoing dialogue to ensure ‘maximum consensus’ with the media, said Marta Gonzalez, the PP’s Equality spokeswoman.

The elusive art of chillaxing MORE than half of holidaying Spaniards need a fortnight to wind down completely.

Disconnecting is hardest for young professionals aged between 25 and 34, found a recent survey.

A total of 46 per cent take between a week and a fortnight to relax and 11 per cent require even longer to shrug off workplace worries. A further 38 per cent find it impossible to entirely forget about work while on holiday, compared with 36.3 per cent two years ago. More fortunate are the 43 per cent account frozen after failing needing only one day to explain the origin of the to put routine aside €7,000. The money and enjoy the summer corresponds to a nonbreak. contributory pension, the Women find it harder courts believe. than men to forget The Public Prosecution about work – 39 per Department now wants cent as opposed to 34 the administration to per cent – and 63 per investigate whether the cent of both sexes use pension assigned to Del a mobile to keep up to Valle’s account is date with what is going ‘reasonable’. on at work. Del Valle has also Residents from the solicited the national Canary Islands take the parliament for financial longest to relax with 73 help. Previously his per cent requiring up to disability pension was two weeks. impounded. These funds At the other end of were seized to cover the scale, 34 per of compensation payments Valencianos need just to his own daughter after one day to put worries he was found guilty of behind them, as do 45 sexually abusing her. per cent of Murcianos.

Convicted killer of Mari Luz made to pay

VICTIM: Five-year-old Mari Luz Cortes.

A HUELVA court impounded almost €7,000 from the bank account of Santiago del Valle, convicted of murdering Mari Luz Cortes. Del Valle, now serving a 22-year sentence, was ordered to pay compensation of €122,000 to the five-year-old’s parents, and €22,000 to each of her brothers and sisters. He was also ordered to pay €19,000 for the family’s pain and suffering following Mari Luz’s disappearance from her Huelva home in January 2008 and the discovery of her body two months later. Del Valle, declared insolvent, had his bank


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Summertime blues for politicians IT will be a long, hot summer for government and politicians who forgo extended holidays to deal with the economic crisis. Mariano Rajoy, President of Spain’s Government, has fixed Cabinet meetings for August 3, 24 and 31. And there could be more, according to informed sources. Ministers must be no further than an hour away by plane from Madrid, they have been told. “There will be time for holidays next year,” Rajoy said earlier this week. Rajoy is due in Mallorca on August 14 for the traditional presidential briefing with King Juan Carlos at the Marivent Palace. With a full diary, the most he can hope for is a short visit to Galicia where his wife and sons are spending most of August. Vice-president Soraya Saenz de Santamaria expects to make a short visit to Portugal, her husband’s birthplace.

Having a beer is a ‘little luxury’ in hard times CRISIS or no crisis, 60 per cent of Spaniards have no intention of forgoing their beer. Lack of funds has prompted 74 per cent to eliminate concerts and the theatre from their budgets while 63 per cent economise on cinema outings. Nevertheless, 60 per cent still find the wherewithal for a beer, found a recent survey for Spanish brewers’ association, Cerveceros de España. This is most noticeable in the provinces of Badajoz and Caceres (Extremadura) where 77 per cent spare cash for a caña, followed by the Basque Region (76 per cent). In contrast, only 54 per cent in the Canary Islands and 52 per cent in Galicia are reluctant to cut down on beer money. Although 24 per cent are happy to have a beer at home, 73 per cent like to go out for it, researchers found. Going out for a beer is the preferred paid-for leisure activity of 44 per cent of those asked, compared with 31 per cent who opt for weekend excursions or 29 per cent who dine out with family or friends.

SALUD!: 60 per cent of Spaniards will not be giving up their beer.

Beer is also the most popular pre-meal aperitif for 94 per cent of Spaniards. It is usually drunk in the central hours of the day rather than at night, confirmed Jacobo Olalla, Director General of Cerveceros de España.

Unsurprisingly, more beer is consumed in the summer, above all by foreign tourists who account for almost 30 per cent of the total. In moderation, beer traditionally helps people to cool down in the summer and share happy

moments with family and friends while providing ‘a little luxury’, according to Olalla. But despite beer’s continuing popularity, brewers are also feeling the effects of the crisis, he admitted.


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What makes you happy?

When my class becomes passionate about a lesson or activity. Savanna Hvaark, teacher

A cup of tea. Winning the EuroMillions would also make me happy. Vicki McLeod, 42

My children telling me they miss me when I’m away. Lee Graham, aka EWN columnist Leapy Lee Spending money: buying new things gives me a rush. Nicole Daly, 23, assistant director

A bottle of Mitsouko and a packet of biscuits. Also having learnt not to expect to be happy all the time makes me happiest of all. Linda Hall, 67, EWN columnist Cuddling up to my cat at home after a long day at work. Jessica Paez Time alone with the guy I’m seeing. Jennifer Sancho, student Kissing my wife and son before they go to bed. Santi Gago, 41, web designer Knowing someone loves and appreciates me. Melissa Matthisen, 23, teacher

When CF Malaga win. Jose Luis Sanchez, student Throwing stones in the water and hearing the bubbles. Mario Almafi, 52, optometrist Clocking out at work after a long day. Marta Llorente, 37, customer service

With tax increases, more than 25 per cent unemployment and ongoing austerity plans, it is far from sunshine all the way for many in Spain. But with scientists recently revealing a positive outlook can guard against heart attacks, EWN’s Michael Wahba asked people from Mallorca to the Costa Blanca, from Almeria to the Costa del Sol and beyond, to reveal the little things that never fail to make them instantly happy.

A mature holistic Spanish garden with great mountain views and sufficient shade to enjoy the 25th summer in Spain. Dick Handscombe, EWN Gardening columnist

Seeing my grandkids who live more than three hours away. Steven Jones, taxi driver

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Every new thing my disabled son Tomas does unexpectedly and against the odds. Gill Gregory, currency trader Good food, company and conversation. Enjoying my free time, being silly and having a laugh. Simplest pleasures are the most rewarding. Jane Plunkett, freelance writer Cruising through mountains on my HarleyDavidson on a day off. Alejandro Alcalá, 26, hotel receptionist Animals in general and my three dogs. Kara Madden, student Being in good health. Patrick Keane, 60, bar owner

Training and the feeling after a successful workout. Ickie Roest, 19, blacksmith

The cool feeling upon diving into the water in summer. Pepe Garzon

Family, friends, work and a lot of sunshine. Jessica Avery Sunlit countryside, a smile from a loved one, and the first faltering steps of your child or grandchild. Jim Collins, EWN contributing columnist Lying in bed with my boyfriend. Mercedes Arguello, receptionist Having a job. Natali Trujillo, 22, graphic designer Relaxing at home knowing I have reached my objectives: at work and in kickboxing training. Alejandro Moreno, 20, shop assistant Soaking up the sun on holidays in Cyprus. Amy Thomas, 22, waitress Visiting my big family in England and Spain at Christmas and on other occasions. James Atteck, 28, engineer

how fortunate we are living in Spain. Michael Walsh, EWN freelance writer and columnist Seeing puppies in the street that I can cuddle. Oli Baxter, aged 9 Reggae and rock music. Max Vandefontana, 24, chef Playing board games with friends. Flor Semeria, student Seeing business coming through. Sally Corboy, 52, business owner Sipping a piña colada. Nora Louise, student Girls.

Alen O’Sullivan, student

Getting approval from a customer when I finish their hair. Aida Fall, 34, hairdresser

Going through items bought after a day’s city shopping. Catherine Keane, 27, retail assistant

Training every day for rugby, playing games, and even better when we win. And going to games in general. David O’Brien, student

Keeping up to date with events and the weather in the UK. This reminds me

Waking up to a sunny day. Jill Turner, 54, retired civil servant

Going through family and travel photos. Melanie Ferrou, 26, accountant Music festivals. Mateo Muñoz, 20, labourer Money. Ben Malloy, 23, customer service YouTube videos. I also like to watch comedies online. Samira Boushaken, law student My twin boys and girl. My sons used to pick on my daughter but now they’re growing to protect her, and love playing princess and guards. Angela Vidal , 27, psychologist Going out with family for meals (because they pay for it). Abigal Avery, 19, barmaid Anything that involves mosaic. Felipe Villafranca, 32, architect Hearing good news from family in Scotland; we don’t talk very often. Zara Jane, 37, barmaid Smoking.

Pedro Cañete, 17, waiter

Putting brown sauce on baked

beans. Kirsty Aspey, 19, barmaid Sudoku and crosswords. Skylar Huntsman, 29, mother Reality TV shows. All versions in Europe and the Americas. Mariella Moreno, 25, unemployed


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Lessons to be learnt for many PUPILS at schools in Castilla y Leon, Madrid and La Rioja get the best academic results in Spain. The worst-performing pupils come from Ceuta and Melilla, the Canary Islands, Baleares and Andalucia. Despite significant advances made since the 80s, the quality of education in Spain has not improved, revealed a

recent study by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian research body IVIE. Investigators analysed the academic standards of 15-year-olds from 65 OECD countries, comparing them with pupils in 14 Spanish communities excluding Valencia, Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura, which did not participate. Standards vary enormously depending

on region, investigators found, with such marked differences that there can be an 18-month time-lag in completing basic education. The two worst problems are the failure rate, with 36.6 per cent of pupils repeating an academic year, compared with the OECD average of 17.4 per cent. Equally problematic was an

inadequate pursuit of excellence in education, said IVIE investigator and university professor, Antonio Villar. Investigators discovered little difference in pupils from private and state schools and the amount of investment by the state or private sector made no appreciable difference. The wealthiest autonomous regions do not produce the best academic results, he pointed out, although broadly speaking the north does better than the south. Pupils from regions where incomes derive principally from tourism and the property industry tend to do less well than those in areas where wealth is industrydriven. The cultural habits and interests of the pupils’ families and friends are also an important factor in pupils’ scholastic performance, the BBVAIVIE analysts decided. The current economic climate means that government spending on education will bring little to rejoice about, Villar admitted. SIT-IN: Youths protest on the streets of Barcelona last year.

By Linda Hall ALTHOUGH unemployment amongst the under-25s now stands at 52 per cent, threequarters do not want to work outside Spain. The economic crisis is prompting a growing number of Spaniards to seek employment abroad and 27,004 left the country in the first three months of this year. But although 72 per cent of under-25s agreed that it is easier to find work outside Spain only 6.9 per cent in that age group have worked

abroad, a European Commission study revealed. Fifteen per cent did so in order to study but just 17 out of every 1,000 students continue further studies outside the country. Young Spaniards tend to travel less than their counterparts in other European Union states, and 80 per cent of under-30s have never considered working abroad, researchers said. Reluctance to study or work abroad is often due to overprotectiveness on the part of their families, they found.

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4.00pm midnight 5:00pm Olympics 2012 7:00pm BBC News at Six The latest national and international news stories from the BBC News team, followed by weather. 7:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 8:00pm Olympics 2012 11:00pm BBC News at Ten The latest national and international news, with reports from BBC correspondents worldwide. 11:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 11:40pm Olympics Tonight Gabby Logan looks back on the day's events, in the company of star guests from the world of sport.

1:00am BBC News The latest national and international news from the BBC. 1:10am Olympic Sportsday 1:55am Holiday Weatherview Detailed weather forecast. 2:00am BBC News

BBC3 6:00am British Olympic Dreams 6:30am Total Wipeout 7:30am The Real Hustle 8:00am Don't Tell the Bride 9:00am Total Wipeout 10:00am Olympics 2012 3:00pm Olympics 2012 8:00pm Olympics 2012 12:00am EastEnders 12:30am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 1:30am Family Guy 1:55am Family Guy 2:15am American Dad! 2:35am American Dad! 3:00am Dead Boss

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4:10am Pages from Ceefax 7:00am Postman Pat 7:15am Chuggington 7:20am Timmy Time 7:30am The Adventures of Abney and Teal 7:40am Octonauts 7:50am Rastamouse 8:05am Deadly 60 8:30am Horrible Histories 9:00am The Scooby-Doo Show Cartoon capers with Scooby Doo and the gang. 9:25am Tree Fu Tom Animated fantasy adventure show. 9:45am Justin's House 10:15am Heir Hunters 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Cowboy Trap 12:45pm Cash in the Attic 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm Olympics 2012 2:45pm Escape to the Country 3:15pm Flog It!

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2:00am BBC News 7:00am Olympic Breakfast 10:00am Olympics 2012 . 12:30pm Olympics 2012 2:00pm BBC News at One . 2:30pm BBC London News The latest news, sport and weather from London. 2:45pm Olympics 2012

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5:40am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 6:30am ITV Morning News The latest national and international news. 7:00am Daybreak 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 12:25pm ITV News The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a local weather forecast. 12:30pm This Morning Presented by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. 1:30pm 60 Minute Makeover Today Ann Hazell leads the team to Luton, where Mary and Will’s home is a DIY disaster area. 2:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 3:00pm Murder, She Wrote

5:30am Countdown 6:15am Deal or No Deal 7:10am The Hoobs 7:35am The Hoobs 8:00am Freshly Squeezed 8:30am According to Jim 8:55am Will and Grace 9:20am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:50am Frasier 10:25am Come Dine with Me 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm A Place in the Sun 2:05pm Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals 2:35pm Channel 4 Racing

11:40pm Olympics Tonight

12:30am Lionel Richie: Dancing on the Ceiling 1:30am Engineering Giants 2:30am Panorama 3:00am Alex Polizzi: The Fixer Alex Polizzi sets out to wage a one woman campaign to save Britain’s family businesses. 4:00am Natural World Wildlife and nature series. 5:00am Pages from Ceefax News and information from the BBC's Teletext service.

8:00pm BBC World News London Live 8:30pm Great British Railway Journeys Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. 9:00pm BBC Proms 11:00pm The Story of Musicals 12:00am Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream 1:00am Nature’s Microworlds 1:30am Julia Bradbury’s Icelandic Walk 2:30am The Story of Musicals 3:30am Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream

5:45am Michaela’s Wild Challenge 6:10am Wildlife SOS 7:00am Thomas and Friends 7:10am The Wotwots! 7:20am City of Friends 7:30am Jelly Jamm 7:45am Peppa Pig 7:50am Castle Farm 7:55am Little Princess 8:05am Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 8:20am The Mr Men Show 8:35am Thomas and Friends 8:45am Make Way for Noddy 9:00am Fifi and the Flowertots 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:30am Roary the Racing Car 9:40am Bananas in Pyjamas 10:00am Igam Ogam 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:10pm Cowboy Traders 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Big Brother 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm The Mentalist

David Hyde Pierce & Kelsey Grammer

4:00pm Ultimate Sports Day The search continues. 4:30pm Copycats 5:00pm The Sarah Jane Adventures 5:30pm Roy 6:00pm Newsround Topical news magazine for children. 6:05pm Shaun the Sheep 6:15pm Antiques Road Trip 7:00pm Olympics 2012 Sue Barker and Jake Humphrey present more action from around the Games on day six of competition. 8:00pm Helicopter Rescue Series profiling the work of Wales' RAF Search and Rescue crews. 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight 10:00pm Amish: A Secret Life 11:00pm Olympics 2012 11:40pm Newsnight In-depth investigation and analysis of the stories behind the day’s headlines with Emily Maitlis.

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4:00pm Dickinson’s Real Deal 5:00pm Midsomer Murders Conclusion. 6:00pm Dinner Date 7:00pm London Tonight 7:30pm ITV News and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. Followed by a national weather forecast. 8:00pm Emmerdale Amy gets a shock when she visits her mum in hospital. 8:30pm Tonight You might think that the more you earn the better off you will be. 9:00pm Emmerdale Amy is worried to learn her mum has nowhere to go. 9:30pm Coronation Street Tyrone faces Kirsty’s wrath when his deal with Tommy is exposed. 10:00pm The Briefs First of a two-part documentary which looks at the cut-throat world of criminal law. 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather The latest headlines from around the world. 11:35pm The Talent Show Story

12:35am Poms in Paradise 1:05am Jackpot247 Join the presenters live and play roulette on your telly. 4:00am Tonight You might think that the more you earn the better off you will be. 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service. 5:35am The Jeremy Kyle Show

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5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me Karen Wood can’t wait to get her guests partying in her hot tub. 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks Amy and Ally’s relationship reaches crisis point, but is this really the end? 8:00pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:55pm 4thought.tv As London hosts the 2012 Olympic Games, 4thought.tv asks: What role does faith play in sport? 9:00pm The Churchills 10:00pm Embarrassing Bodies 11:00pm 24 Hours in A and E

12:05am Undercover at the News of the World 1:05am Random Acts 1:10am Undercover Boss

9:50am Frasier

4:15pm Trust 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Monkey Life Series about Dorset’s Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. 7:30pm 5 News National and international news. 8:00pm Cricket on 5 9:00pm Harold Shipman 10:00pm The Hotel Inspector Documentary series with hotelier Alex Polizzi. Alex visits Eastbourne and the Mansion Lions Hotel. 11:00pm Big Brother Catch up on the latest events inside the Big Brother house.

12:00am Big Brother’s Bit on the Side 1:00am Super Casino 5:00am Great Scientists 5:25am House Doctor 5:45am Michaela’s Wild Challenge

Satellite channels SKY1 5:35am Airline 6:05am Sell Me the Answer 7:00am Don't Forget the Lyrics 8:00am Brainiac: Science Abuse 9:00am The Glee Project 10:00am Got to Dance 12:00pm Glee 1:00pm Futurama 1:30pm Futurama 2:00pm Got to Dance 4:00pm Modern Family 4:30pm The Middle 5:00pm Modern Family 5:30pm The Middle 6:00pm The Simpsons 7:00pm Glee 8:00pm The Simpsons 9:00pm Sinbad 10:00pm Mount Pleasant 11:00pm Road Wars 12:00am An Idiot Abroad 1:00am UK Border Force 2:00am Road Wars 2:55am The Diana Years 3:45am The Chicago Code 4:35am It's Me or the Dog 5:35am Airline

SKY MOVIES COMEDY 6:00am Dunston Checks In 7:30am Down to Earth 9:00am Sex and the City 2 11:30am House Arrest 1:30pm Down to Earth 3:00pm Arthur 5:00pm Beavis and Butt-head Do America 6:30pm Sex and the City 2 9:00pm Arthur 11:00pm Jackass: The Movie

12:35am Beavis and Butt-head Do America 2:05am White Men Can't Jump 4:05am Jackass: The Movie 5:40am House Arrest

6:00pm Superman 8:30pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 11:00pm Faster

SKY MOVIES DRAMA 4:35am Young Winston 7:00am Cleopatra 11:00am The Count of Monte Cristo 1:15pm Friends with Benefits 3:05pm Listen to Your Heart 4:50pm Dear Frankie 6:40pm Boy 7:00pm Burlesque 9:00pm How Do You Know 11:00pm Friends with Benefits 12:55am I Am You 2:50am Cyrus 4:25am The Butcher's Wife

12:40am The 13th Warrior 2:25am Fortress 4:05am Invasion U.S.A.

TCM 6:00am Pete Kelly’s Blues 7:40am Gunsmoke 8:40am The High Chaparral 9:40am Buffalo Bill 11:20am The Grapes of Wrath 1:45pm 6:30pm SMC

Sex and the City 2 Sarah Jessica Parker

SKY MOVIES ACTION

Gunsmoke 2:50pm The High Chaparral

4:35am Avenging Force 6:30am X-Men: First Class Special 7:00am Superman 9:30am I Am Number Four 11:25am Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 1:45pm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

4:00pm Western Union 5:50pm Spencer’s Mountain 8:05pm Advance to the Rear 10:00pm Navy Seals

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Long life in Zamora THE life expectancy of Spanish women is already one of the world’s highest but in Zamora they live longest of all. The average lifespan for Spanish females is 85.18 and in Zamora they can hope to live until they are 86.77 years of age, according to Spain’s statistics office, INE. Women from Salamanca are close behind with 86.70 years, followed by Guadalajara (86.58). The least long-lived come from Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, where female life expectancy is calculated at 82.03 years.

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Living in Spain still proves a draw for foreign settlers By Linda Hall SPAIN has 5.7 million foreign residents, the second-highest number in the European Union. Only Germany with 7.2 million has more, according to the EU statistics office, Eurostat. Germany and Spain also have more nonnative EU residents, with 2.6 million and 2.3 million respectively. Nevertheless, their impact is less marked than in other EU countries where the proportion of foreign residents is greater although they are numerically fewer. Spain’s 5.7 million foreign-born citizens make up only 12 per cent of the population, but Luxembourg’s 220,000 registered foreign residents represent 43 per cent of the total. Cyprus is next with a foreign population of 20 per cent, followed by Latvia (17 per cent) and Estonia (16 per cent). Luxembourg again has the highest proportion

DIVERSE POPULATION: Spain has 5.7 million foreign-born citizens. of foreign-born EU citizens, with 37 per cent. Belgium comes next with 7 per cent, followed by

Ireland (7 per cent), Spain (5 per cent) and Austria (4 per cent). In all, 48.9 million foreign-born citizens – 9.7 per cent of the total - were living in the EU in 2011, Eurostat said. Of these 16.5 As well as non-stop shouting and million were born in a loud music, the trio regularly banged different EU country from on walls and floors late at night, the the one where they lived, denuncia continued. Their home was and 32.4 million were born filthy and full of accumulated rubbish outside the EU. as well as excrement.

Exasperated neighbours get breather A ‘FAMILY FROM HELL’ have been banned for three years from their Salamanca apartment. Neighbours had to call police on 22 occasions because of the disturbances caused by a married couple and their

son. They were obliged to tolerate the family’s ‘unpleasant and uncivil behaviour’, claimed the formal complaint they lodged with the courts, and they were constantly threatened, often at knifepoint.


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Summer time fun on the Costa Blanca By Keith Nicol SUMMER has well and truly arrived, along with almost a million visitors to the southern Costa Blanca and Calida. There are no excuses for not being able to find anything to do as the calendar is full. There are concerts, discos, bouncy castles and the hippy market and fun fair all week on the Paseo Vista Alegre in Torrevieja. Saturday, Spanish singer

The Moors and Christians festivities continue until Sunday. Manuel Carrasco will perform in the Eras de la Sal. Sports fans can head over to the Vicente Garcia, where FC Torrevieja play their first pre-season friendly, kicking off at 8pm with their second warm up game next Wednesday. In the Municipal Theatre on Sunday, there is a dance performance of ‘Beat Under Sun’ at 9.30pm. Then in Pilar de la Horadada is the Mil Palmeras Festival, starting today (Thursday) until Sunday’s mass in honour of the Saint Nuestra Senora de la Alegria. Festivities include fireworks, a disco, musical parade, pet walking, lots of children’s activities, a treasure hunt and various contests. Competitions include one for sandcastles, Miss Mil Palmeras 2012 and karaoke at 11am and 10pm on Friday, and a drawing competition 11am Sunday at restaurant Olympia.

Starting this week, Torre de la Horadada are holding their Mariners Market on the Paseo Sardinero from 7pm-1am until Sunday. It is a crafts market with 45 stalls offering everything from traditional craft tools to jewellery and homemade food. In Almoradi, the Moors and Christians festivities continue until Sunday with competitions, parades, late night parties, an antique bicycle exhibition, football match and of course the reenactments of the seizing of the castle. One of the highlights is tonight at 8pm with the gathering of all the companies of the Moors and Christians at the Plaza de la Constitucion, finishing with partying into the night from 11.45pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s parades start at 8am finishing in front of the castle with the main activities starting at 8.30pm. For those that like to savour the flavour, the

town of La Union has put together a gastronomic experience to coincide with the International Festival of the Cante de las Minas. A selection of local restaurants will be offering specially prepared midday menus - ranging from €6 to €40 per person - until next Saturday, August 11. Ciudad Quesada is offering a host of activities over the next few days in Plaza Blanca, starting with an XBOX 360 Championship tonight at 8pm. From 9pm tomorrow is a Latino dance display followed by British singers Libbi and Pete, the Los Mediterraneo Band and disco. Saturday morning are children’s games from 11am, a karate display at 1pm, an extreme dance, Zumba and Salsa demonstration at 5.30pm, and carnival parade at 10pm. Sunday morning is the Holy Mass and the evening ends with fireworks.

Infant school to get ‘facelift’ THE classrooms at the municipal infant School in the Orihuela hamlet of La Murada will be reformed during August. These reforms are necessary since humidity has caused the walls to flake, the lighting is poor, there is no access to

the bathrooms from the classrooms and there are no emergency exits. However, this reform will not be enough to fit-out all of the classrooms. It is just a ‘facelift,’ according to education councilor Rosa Martinez.


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Stat of week ALMOST 46,560 families were evicted from their homes in the first four months of the year after failing to pay their mortgages, court figures show.

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City visits get cold shoulder Oh baby! A job for grandads SPAIN’S economic situation is forcing grandparents to sacrifice their own needs and pleasures for their grandchildren. Interests and friends are being relegated as they shoulder more childcare responsibilities and help family finances. “If grandparents can’t help out, a family’s socialeconomic rhythm is badly affected,” said Jose de las Heras Gayo, spokesman for Spain’s third-age association CEOMA. Making the comments on the recent Grandfather’s Day in Spain, De la Heras said he hoped the situation would eventually change, with grandparents called on only when strictly necessary.

Dirty truth of house-proud Brits

UNPOPULAR: Cleaning windows is not liked.

THERE is a dirty truth behind the fact that 75 per cent of Britons are reported as being house-proud. For almost three in 10 households admit their windows hardly ever get cleaned, and 23 per cent rarely attempt to clean their ovens. While research by Mintel, a leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, reveals that 24 per cent of Britons spend more than two hours every working day on household chores, three in 10 admit that their homes are a mess, Despite the recessionary squeeze on household budgets, business continues to boom for retailers of polishes and specialist cleaning products, with a 16 per cent sales increase in Britain between 2006 and last year.

LUXURY products group LVMH, owners of name brands including Moet Champagne and Louis Vuitton luggage, have reported a 26 per cent rise in sales for the first half of 2012. / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

(WTO) figures ranking the Top 10 most visited cities by international travellers in 2011 reveal that Spain is left out in the cold. In the just released rankings, the French capital Paris is the most visited city by international travellers followed by London (UK), Antalya (Turkey), New York (US) and Singapore. Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Hong Kong, Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Istanbul But the current situation (Turkey) and Bangkok is so difficult that (Thailand) make up the grandparents and their remaining Top 10. pensions are vital, Madrid, the Spanish particularly amongst the capital, plus Barcelona, middle-classes. Valencia, Granada, Grandparents are Sevilla and other Spanish increasingly roped in for cities are nowhere to be childcare and it is common seen. to see an elderly man Other figures released pushing a pram or a by the WTO reveal that shopping trolley. last year, in total 56.7 This would have been million international unthinkable in my father’s tourists visited Spain, a day, De las Heras said, 7.6 per cent increase on lamenting that the ‘classic the 52.7 million in 2010. role’ of helping out This placed Spain occasionally or being asked fourth in the world league for advice no longer exists. table, behind France, the “Regardless of tastes or world’s favourite tourist needs, parents are sending destination with 79.5 their children without million visitors, followed asking. Today’s society asks by North America (62.3 too much of grandfathers,” million) and China (57.6 he added. million).

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Sunny sales SALES of sun umbrellas for men have tripled, according to a top Tokyo store.


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The bank advises it has paid €966.25. Can you tell us how this figure was worked out and will we have to pay the arrears of €456.88? The administrator also says that the community fiscal year runs from February 1 to January 31, and for the current year, Year 6, the fees are €350. If we complete our purchase this August, what proportion of the fees do we pay? Also, if there are any unpaid bills in respect of SUMA or utilities, do they become our responsibility? D S (Torrevieja)

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Legally, the new purchaser can be held liable only for the unpaid community fees of last year and the current year. Also legally, the seller is required to pay community fees up to the date of sale. Properly, then, you would pay from your month of purchase. If it is August and your fiscal year begins in February, this means you pay five-twelfths for 2012. I cannot tell you exactly how the bank worked out its figure, but it looks like they are trying to get away with not paying last year’s fee. Have your lawyer make sure they pay up to date, and the current utilities as well. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. ask@lawtaxspain.com or call 952 667 090.

POORER pensioners pay more in tax - as much as 42 per cent than most households who average 29 per cent of income from direct and indirect taxation, according to annuity and insurance provider MetLife.

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CENTRICA, owner of British Gas, reported an 18 per cent rise in pre-tax profit to £737 million (€943.69m) on sales, up 4 per cent at £12 billion (€15.36bn).

A great alternative way to face Euro-nation woes AS many will know, I have often considered the ‘peripheral’ members of the Eurozone, and suggested means by which their problems might be resolved. Most solutions have revolved around the impoverished southern countries voluntarily quitting the Euro instead of just passively waiting until a final economic collapse forces them out. Now, however, Ambrose EvansPritchard, a leading financial correspondent, has come up with an intriguingly alternative plan. Taking Spain’s predicament as a prime example of a bad situation mainly of the national banks’ own making - rendered even worse by political interference and incompetence, he suggests that the debt-ridden peripheral countries, Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Italy and perhaps Ireland - should form their own bloc. Then, using their joint ECB voting representation (against Germany’s two votes, plus a few from other ‘hard-core’ states) they should compel the European Central Bank (ECB) to comply with the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty which obliges that entity to ‘contribute to the stability of the financial system’, thus forcing a showdown. Of course, pointing as it might to ECB bond purchases, this would run contrary to Germany’s long-

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standing mistrust of anything that smacks of its own taxpayers being obliged to dig even deeper than they already do, to cover the undoubted costs of such a move. It may also prove to be the proverbial last straw, leading to the hard core nations, led by Germany, storming out in protest. But if this were to happen, it might in fact be the best solution, the final cutting away of the wreckage, and leaving the path clear for a once-again prosperous Europe? With the ‘hard core’ removed from the equation, the ‘Club Med’ countries would have the Eurozone to themselves, which would of course lead to the single currency being drastically devalued on international markets. At first sight SPECSAVERS have used the London Olympics this might appear blunder of showing the South Korean rather a truly frightening than North Korean flag at an event for an prospect, but just advertisement, highlighting Games’ officials think about it for should have visited them for an eye test. a moment.

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A devalued Euro would provide these nations with many of the advantages of reverting to their own currencies, but with the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty providing backup from the ECB. Such a realignment would, following a settling-down period with the devalued Euro, allow these countries to recover their competitiveness while honouring their euro-debt contracts. There would be difficult times of course, but for the presently-desperate Eurozone citizens, a glimmer of light in the darkness, leading eventually to the clearing of debts and, should they wish, to making a new start with their own separate currencies. Dearly as I would like to claim credit for these revolutionary ideas, it is Evans-Pritchard who must be awarded top spot on the podium, with a gold medal glinting in the sun. Ideas are wonderful, capable of changing - sometimes quite drastically - the course of individuals and nations, but they need the will to bring them to fruition. Perhaps it’s time the politicians of the peripheral states - those searching so desperately for rescue - considered such proposals. They may, after all, contain the seeds of their salvation.


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www.euroweeklynews.com COUNTRIES across Europe have been stepping up their fight against tax evasion in order to make sure they receive all monies due from their taxpayers, including on capital held abroad. While European efforts against hidden offshore assets go back well over 10 years, the international crackdown intensified after the financial crisis hit in 2008, with the G20 declaring war on tax havens and banking secrecy. Local tax authorities have been receiving increasing amounts of information on offshore bank accounts over recent years, and from a variety of sources including, controversially, stolen client data. Countries like the UK, Spain, France and Germany have been using the data to track down tax evaders and start to collect unpaid tax. Now HM Revenue & Customs has had its most successful prosecution to date. A millionaire property developer from Berkshire, Michael Shanly, has been found guilty of using an undisclosed Swiss bank account to evade tax, and has been made to pay around £830,000 as a result. The back tax amounted to £430,000, but on top of this he had to pay £400,000 in penalties and costs. “He HMRC commented: thought [the bank account] was out of reach of HMRC and

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hoped we would never find it. However, we discovered it, and he will pay a heavy penalty.” Choosing not to declare offshore assets is very high risk these days, and this case is a lesson of what can – and does – go wrong. In some cases it can also include a prison sentence. Even if you somehow get away with it, your heirs will be left to face the consequences when they inherit your money. Blevins Franks believes that tax planning is an important part of protecting your wealth, and only recommends compliant and approved tax mitigation strategies. We take both the UK and local rules of Spain/France/Portugal/Cyprus /Malta into consideration when making our recommendations. The UK revenue pointed out that it had offered disclosure facilities in 2008 and 2010,

where people with undeclared offshore assets could come forward and pay the tax due in return for leniency over penalties. Shanly did not take up either opportunity. HMRC confirmed that Shanly’s Swiss bank account was discovered when it received information about UK taxpayers with HSBC Geneva accounts in 2010. The data had been stolen by a former employee of HSBC Geneva and handed over to the French tax authorities, who in turn passed the names of UK taxpayers over to their British counterparts. This is part of the routine exchange of information we are seeing across Europe these days. It is believed that there were 6,000 British names on the list and last year HMRC wrote to 1,000 of them, offering them an opportunity to come forward and disclose their tax liabilities. HMRC has been waiting for a successful high profile tax evasion case to draw attention to the consequences of hiding money offshore. Shanly may not be as high profile as football manager Harry Rednapp, who was unsuccessfully tried earlier this year, but he is a successful businessman who features on

the Sunday Times Rich List. This is not just a one-off warning to other tax evaders; Shanly is likely to just be the first on a list of court cases. An HMRC statement confirmed that its criminal investigators are continuing to review the information they have already received and that further prosecutions are likely. It receives information from various sources and works with partner agencies in the UK and abroad. David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said that the case “proves that the Government will track down and take action against those who try to get out of paying the tax they owe.” He added: “The message is clear: even if you try to hide money abroad, HMRC will find you.” This is a common message around Europe. France introduced new controls on tax evasion earlier this year. German and French tax authorities have launched raids into Swiss bank clients and employees as part of their crackdown. They have both benefited from stolen client data, as has Spain. It is believed that 3,000 Spanish taxpayers were on the HSBC Geneva list. Last year it was reported that Spain had

already collected €300m as a result, with some people choosing to come forward voluntarily. Spain has also now launched a ‘voluntary disclosure facility’ which is running until November. Taxpayers will only need to pay a one-off 10% levy on the value of all their undeclared assets. The government has promised to get tough on anyone who does not take this opportunity to regularise hidden offshore assets, and the UK case is an example of what the consequences can be. Tax planning has become something of a minefield over recent years. It is often still possible to successfully lower your tax liabilities on your savings, investments, wealth and estate, but you do need to take professional advice from an experienced international tax advisory firm like Blevins Franks. They keep on top of all the frequent changes in tax regulations to ensure your tax planning is both as effective as it can be and fully legitimate.

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LONDON - FTSE 100 PRICE(P)

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NET VOLUME

Aberdeen Asset Man PLC 262.40

-1.80

-0.68

2,318.68

Admiral Group PLC

-4.00

-0.36

299.38

1115.00

Aggreko PLC

2059.50

27.00

1.33

232.96

AMEC PLC

1121.00

23.00

2.09

647.77

Anglo American PLC

1918.50

24.50

1.29

2,739.94

Antofagasta PLC

1088.50

19.00

1.78

729.08

553.25

5.00

0.91

2,980.77

ARM Holdings PLC

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1.28184 Units per €

United States $..................................................... 1.22442 Japan Yen ¥.......................................................... 95.7224 Switzerland Francs............................................... 1.20105 Denmark Kroner ................................................... 7.43874 Norway Kroner...................................................... 7.41317

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PRICE(P)

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

NET VOLUME

C O M PA N Y Carnival PLC

PRICE(P) CHANGE 2181.00 46.00

% C H G. 2.16

VOLUME 285.36

Centrica PLC

321.00

2.92

0.92

3,717.67

Compass Group PLC

701.25

11.50

1.67

2,714.95 1,398.67

CRH PLC

1217.00

13.00

1.08

Croda International PLC 2374.50

-9.00

-0.38

126.88

Diageo PLC

21.50

1.26

2,287.97

1731.25

Eurasian Nat Resources

403.05

18.50

4.81

1,859.67

EVRAZ PLC

238.95

10.30

4.51

1,753.73 1,285.38

Ashmore Group PLC

331.60

7.70

2.38

287.79

BP PLC

445.32

6.60

1.50

18,359.92

Experian PLC

963.75

0.50

0.05

Associated Brit PLC

1257.00

8.00

0.64

373.38

British Am Tobacco PLC 3400.25

42.50

1.27

1,442.15

Fresnillo PLC

1452.00

34.00

2.40

397.29

AstraZeneca PLC

3000.75

49.50

1.68

1,961.29

British Land Co PLC

538.25

1.50

0.28

1,051.20

G4S PLC

247.20

1.90

0.77

2,001.44

Aviva PLC

299.60

13.12

4.58

11,389.04

British Sky Broad Gr.

713.75

-1.00

-0.14

1,999.85

GKN PLC

210.70

2.70

1.30

4,047.65

Babcock Int Group

867.00

-6.50

-0.74

303.66

BT Group PLC

218.55

0.31

0.14

7,953.66

GlaxoSmithKline PLC

1469.75

27.00

1.87

4,086.92

BAE SYSTEMS PLC

313.80

2.50

0.80

4,169.65

Barclays PLC

171.40

4.40

2.63

43,999.96

BG Group PLC

1281.25

28.55

2.28

2,858.74

Capita PLC

723.75

7.00

BHP Billiton PLC

1883.75

33.50

1.81

5,022.60

Capital Shop Centres

324.10

2.00

Bunzl PLC

1122.50

9.00

0.81

200.07

Glencore Int PLC

320.07

6.85

2.19

8,083.53

Burberry Group PLC

1299.00

15.00

1.17

601.98

Hammerson PLC

468.65

1.60

0.34

910.77

0.98

916.72

Hargreaves Lansdown PLC 574.50

3.00

0.52

225.30

0.62

851.53

HSBC Holdings PLC

545.00

13.98

2.63

22,675.86

ICAP PLC

322.65

5.40

1.70

704.13

IMI PLC

824.00

11.39

1.40

490.61

Imperial Tobacco Gro

2486.50

18.00

0.73

901.91

InterCont Hotels Gro

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MMM 3M Co 91.01 AA Alcoa Inc 8.36 AXP American Express Co 58.59 T AT&T Inc 37.44 BAC Bank of America Corp 7.29 BA Boeing Co 75.08 CAT Caterpillar Inc 85.42 CVX Chevron Corp 109.16 CSCO Cisco Systems Inc 15.91 DD E. I. du Pont de Ns and C... 49.62 XOM Exxon Mobil Corp 87.34 GE General Electric Co 20.75 HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co 18.34 HD Home Depot Inc 52.98 INTC Intel Corp 25.69 INTC Intel Corp 25.73 IBM International Business Machine... 196.27 JNJ Johnson & Johnson 69.33 JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co 36.23 KFT Kraft Foods Inc 39.48 MCD McDonald's Corp 89.22 MRK Merck & Co Inc 44.48 MSFT Microsoft Corp 29.51 PFE Pfizer Inc 23.65 PG Procter & Gamble Co 64.93 KO The Coca-Cola Co 80.41 TRV Travelers Companies Inc 63.22 UTX United Technologies Corp 75.01 VZ Verizon Communications Inc 44.91 WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc 74.98

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CHANGE NET / %

Most Advanced TriMas Corporation $ 22.01 2.82 / +14.70% Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. $ 9.598 1.13 / +13.45% MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. $ 104.02 11.63 / +12.59% BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited $ 4.365 0.45 / +11.64% pSivida Corp. $ 3.08 0.32 / +11.59% City Telecom (H.K.) Limited $ 4.5452 0.42 / +10.32% Farmer Brothers Company $ 7.848 0.598 / +8.25% Addus HomeCare Corporation $ 4.925 0.375 / +8.24% AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $ 2.999 0.209 / +7.49% Vitran Corporation, Inc. $ 4.94 0.30 / +6.47% magicJack VocalTec Ltd $ 21.50 1.25 / +6.17% Durata Therapeutics, Inc. $9 0.50 / +5.88% Summit State Bank $ 6.40 0.34 / +5.78%

17.00

1.08

400.38

161.95

10.90

7.21

8,562.62

Intertek Group PLC

2841.50

28.00

1.00

135.16

76.80

-1.39

-1.78

8,912.54

ITV PLC Johnson Matthey PLC

2220.50

52.00

2.40

476.63

Kazakhmys PLC

723.50

24.00

3.43

1,183.45

Kingfisher PLC

268.45

3.00

1.13

3,871.92

Land Sec Group PLC

797.75

5.65

0.71

908.40

Legal & Gral Group PLC

129.65

2.60

2.05

7,671.22

Lloyds Banking Group PLC 31.18

0.98

3.24

104,993.90

Marks & Spencer Gro

337.15

4.70

1.41

3,026.11

Meggitt PLC

391.15

3.70

0.96

743.21

Morrison (Wm) Smarkets 277.75

-0.20

-0.07

3,998.45

National Grid PLC

667.75

6.44

0.97

3,870.57

3236.00

-11.00

-0.34

318.59

160.50

2.10

1.33

3,359.20

1190.50

-40.00

-3.25

3,247.17

773.00

13.00

1.71

728.74

1502.00

42.00

2.87

1,059.11

Polymetal Int PLC

887.75

12.00

1.37

189.47

Prudential PLC

Next PLC Old Mutual PLC

Most Declined Progenics Pharmcals Inc. TGC Industries, Inc. First Security Group, Inc. Lufkin Industries, Inc. Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. ALCO Stores, Inc. MercadoLibre, Inc. Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Canadian Solar Inc. Given Imaging Ltd.

1596.50

International Cons.

$ 5.54 5.26 / -48.70% $ 7.18 1.70 / -19.14% $ 2.44 0.55 / -18.65% $ 48.82 10.51 / -17.71% $ 46.48 6.71 / -12.62% $ 6.36 0.75 / -10.55% $ 68.07 7.64 / -10.09% $ 40.30 4.14 / -9.32% $ 2.365 0.24 / -9.21% $ 2.8601 0.27 / -8.91% $ 13.89 1.27 / -8.38%

Pearson PLC Pennon Group PLC Petrofac Ltd

777.25

8.00

1.04

2,271.02

Randgold Resources Ltd 5815.00

65.00

1.13

143.46

Reckitt Benckiser Gro

3528.50

-14.00

-0.40

979.84

546.00

-2.00

-0.36

3,503.78

Reed Elsevier PLC Resolution Ltd

211.05

2.82

1.35

1,580.20

REXAM PLC

440.70

3.60

0.82

1,942.81

Rio Tinto PLC

2939.50

48.50

1.68

2,898.13

Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC 877.00

1.50

0.17

2,171.39 6,252.42

Royal Bank of Scot

222.60

8.00

3.73

2254.50

35.50

1.60

1,977.34

RSA Insurance Group PLC 111.05

-0.59

-0.53

7,720.24

Royal Dutch Shell PLC SABMiller PLC Sage Group (The) PLC Sainsbury (J) PLC

2784.00

4.00

0.14

1,029.15

298.50

3.90

1.32

2,563.56

321.10

-2.20

-0.68

3,255.20

1322.00

35.00

2.72

145.66

Serco Group PLC

579.75

4.00

0.69

378.79

Severn Trent PLC

1744.00

25.00

1.45

642.15

Shire PLC

1923.50

6.00

0.31

467.47

663.75

6.50

0.99

1,801.70

Smiths Group PLC

1089.00

13.00

1.21

306.92

SSE PLC

1312.50

5.88

0.45

1,083.67

Schroders PLC

Smith & Nephew PLC

Standard Chartered PLC 1502.50

9.50

0.64

1,793.91

Standard Life PLC

242.55

3.70

1.55

1,970.62

Tate & Lyle PLC

660.00

4.00

0.61

1,318.28

Tesco PLC

318.07

-2.90

-0.90

10,559.96

Tullow Oil PLC

1334.00

33.00

2.53

1,394.47

Unilever PLC

2274.50

14.00

0.62

1,212.06

United Utilities Gr PLC

692.00

-1.00

-0.14

1,868.06

Vedanta Resources PLC

926.50

31.00

3.46

852.32

Vodafone Group PLC

182.08

0.65

0.36

45,768.16

Weir Group PLC

1694.50

34.61

2.09

1,063.81

Whitbread PLC

2165.50

29.00

1.36

953.77

Wolseley PLC

2366.50

30.00

1.28

399.47

WPP PLC

824.25

-7.50

-0.90

2,286.14

Xstrata PLC

851.10

28.00

3.40

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THE mega-rich, including some from Spain, are hiding billions of euros in offshore bank accounts, which are protected by savvy banking professionals. A new economic study reveals that an elite group of billionaires is using loopholes to hide border capital amounting to €15 billion, which is equivalent to the combined GDP of the US and Japan. Compiled from data from various sources including the International Monetary Fund, the study suggests the equity capital that has left the borders of many developing nations could pay off what they owe to the world due to the present crisis. The G20 vowed in 2008 that action would be taken against tax havens but many countries still do not provide that information. A prominent workers’ rights group in the UK is pushing in favour of taking action against these tax loopholes used by multinational corporations and millionaires.

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Like dynamite, money chats need handling with care WHILE making dinner, a wife comments to her husband that she must put money aside to buy a new food processor. “This one is on the blink,” she says. A look “Yeah, at finance like that’s for females ever going to happen,” Jane Plunkett her husband jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. replies. “Not com the way money burns a hole in your pocket.” Are your conversations about money with your other half a little like driveby-shootings; passing jabs thrown around out of the blue in order to get a money-point across? These hit and run comments do

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Oh Lord! A raunchy sign of the times A SMALL hotel in England’s Lake District has replaced Bibles in its rooms with copies of 50 Shades of Grey, which has shot to popularity, for its raunchiness. The hotelier, while identifying the move as a gimmick, feels placing Bibles in rooms in this day and age is not correct.

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LOUD AND CLEAR: Discuss money matters on a regular basis. nothing good for a couple’s financial health and only serve to increase tensions, bad feelings and arguments. Many couples will do everything in their power to avoid talking about money, or tip-toe around it. Ask yourself: When was the last time you had a serious conversation about finance with your partner? Most times when financial issues arise both parties get defensive, bored and agitated and try to bring the discussions to an end quickly. This, however, according to psychologists is very unhealthy. Like a

stick of dynamite money conversations need to be handled with care. Throwing them around only increases the chances of an explosion and someone getting hurt. Experts give the following simple steps to avoid such an explosion: (1) Agree a time and place to meet specifically to talk about money matters. Clear your diary and make an effort to listen to your other half. (2) Sit as close together as possible and make sure there are no distractions including a mobile phone (switch it off) or television. (3) Listen without interruption. One person speaks for two or three minutes and the other person only listens - no interruptions allowed. (4) Do not daydream through your partner’s speech. After they have finished, it’s your turn to sum up without analysing, interpreting or arguing. (5) Switch roles and repeat as necessary. Use this format for personal finance chats whenever issues arise. Make it a monthly date! It may help keep your marriage and financial situation in tact.

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Fuelled up THANKS to the strength of Sterling against the Euro, Britons driving abroad are saving 4.2p (5.5c) a litre on petrol and 21p (27c) on diesel compared to costs at home, a survey by the AA showed.

MI5 at a cost! FORMER MI5 office, Clarges Estate, in London’s West End, is to be bought by British Land for £129.6 million (€165.94m) and turned into an impressive office and residential complex.

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Euro remaining under pressure NOT a week or a day goes by without an avalanche of news and data confirming that the Eurozone is sinking deeper into trouble. Whilst all eyes have temporarily been taken away from Greece, Spain has now become the centre of all attentions for all the wrong reasons. Despite bailouts from the EU aimed at supporting the Spanish banking system as well as numerous announcements from the Spanish Government of upcoming austerity measures to reduce the debt, investors remained seriously concerned about the country’s possible need for a full sovereign rescue package. This comes as the cost of borrowing has rocketed to a record 7.5 per cent whilst a number of Spanish regions (Murcia and Valencia) have been asking for help from Madrid. Spain’s financial woes have been spreading renewed unease throughout the Eurozone with the most significant effect being the widespread steady decline of the

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Euro across the board. We are now reaching levels against Sterling which we had not achieved for more than four years. The single currency is not faring any better against the US dollar, losing more than 8 per cent in the last 90 days. Whilst the Euro’s widespread weakness will in itself support exports outside the Eurozone by improving competitively, one cannot ignore the deep-rooted issues which have led to such a

decline and which could alarmingly point towards a widespread depression in Europe. The Euro/GBP levels are already putting pressure on the UK’s export sector, damaging growth efforts and dampening the effects of austerity measures. The latest most significant sign that Britain is also suffering despite being outside of the Eurozone is the publication of the second quarter GDP figures which came out at -0.7 per cent whilst forecasters

were expecting a 0.3 per cent drop. High volatility has been hitting the British stock market, affecting investors’ portfolios and savings, whilst Spain decided to temporarily ban the short selling of shares to avoid heightened speculation adding unnecessary pressure on the markets. Meanwhile, Germany is under threat of losing its AAA rating due to the very high uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone and its most fragile members.

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Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan; it is so spiritual and like stepping back in time. Strangest achievements? Hitching a ride with the circus as a teenager and nearly becoming a clown. Eating fried flies in Thailand. Taking part in a police stakeout of a crazed gunman in Ohio. Proudest achievement? Writing and publishing my book Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Living Abroad. Best way to enjoy living abroad? Mentally unpack your bags. Embrace the way things are done in the new country of residence.

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EWN COMMENT Smoke screen IT is common knowledge that restricting abortion does not produce fewer terminations. Women with sufficient means go abroad and women without them go to primitive backstreet practitioners. But while people criticise Justice Minister Alberto RuizGallardon for wanting to introduce abortion

regulations comparable to Ireland’s or Malta’s they aren’t criticising Mariano Rajoy. And they aren’t talking about ineffectual government, a carcrash economy and the spectre of sovereign bailout.

Delayed reaction MINISTERS still insist that Spain’s eroded economy is the fault of their Socialist predecessors. But the Valencian Community, the first region to need a bailout and where politicians’ vanities and whims led to bankruptcy, has been in PP hands for 17 years. So too has Murcia, next in line for rescue. Are we supposed to believe Rajoy had no inkling of what the autonomies had in store for him?


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Beach ashtrays a great idea even for non-smokers I THINK that the provision of ashtrays on Javea’s beaches is a great idea (Costa Blanca North, Issue 1311). People who smoke are going to do it whether they have these ashtrays or not, so this is the lesser of two evils in my mind; at least the beaches will stay cleaner. I hate it when I see cigarette butts in the sand. On some beaches there seems to be hundreds scattered all over the place. Some smokers do not see digging their cigarette butts into the sand as littering, but it is, and it is disgusting. I know beach cleaners are employed to pick them up, but with hundreds of people on the beaches during the day, this is not always possible. Alison Dawson, Javea (Alicante)

Woe from Wiggins WHILE Bradley Wiggins should be congratulated on being the first Brit to win the Tour de France, what a shame he let himself down so badly while speaking on the dais with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. Surely someone from his team should have explained that jokey remarks about the raffle or not drinking too much might go down well in his home town but not in front of the multi-national audience both there and in their homes watching TV. Better would have been, ‘I owe this victory to my mum for helping me, etc.’ Let us hope this young man will be able to repeat his victory and get it right next time. While on the subject, did anyone enjoy that horrendous version of ‘God Save The Queen’ or was it some kind of revenge by the French for not having won their own race in donkey’s years?

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Identify priorities SO, Almeria has lost out on an estimated €2.7 million by not having the Extreme Sailing Series Circuit (Issue 1411). The excuse apparently is that there is a ‘lack of councillors’. I thought that there were too many councillors getting paid high salaries. Whatever the case, surely something that can bring in that much money should have been a priority. Also, an event of that level helps raise the profile of the city. Sophie Rainer, Almeria

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READING about the new train that connects Murcia and Zaragoza (Costa Blanca South, Issue 1412) brought back memories of a wonderful trip to see the waterfalls in the Monasterio de Piedra Nature Park in Zaragoza. There are fabulous walking trails and bridges that take you through the lush, garden-like environment of waterfalls, lagoons, grottos, tiny ferns, mosses and rivulets. The sound of the water and singing birds is blissful. FALLING WATER: Trinidad waterfall in Zaragoza.

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Strange decision! I THOUGHT it strange that Telefonica had renewed the Spanish King’s sonin-law Iñaki Urdangarin’s contract to work for them in the US on a salary of €1.5 million (Issue 1411). What will they do if he is convicted and has to serve a prison sentence? If they decide to sack him he will get €4.5 million compensation. This does not seem to make good business sense to me; I must be missing something. Anyone care to enlighten me? J Wells, Nerja (Malaga)

Proof in pictures I WAS very surprised to read that fewer British tourists are taking cameras and camcorders on holiday with them (Finance, Issue 1411).

Also, digital camera sales have fallen by 29 per cent since 2006. Instead people are using the cameras on their smartphone. While the cameras on smart phones have got better over the years, they do not offer the quality photos that good cameras do. However, they do offer the convenience of being small and nearly always with you. Jack Fletcher, Mallorca

Alive and biting THE other night I was bitten by a centipede while asleep. Luckily it was only a young one, about four inches long, so no ill effects other than a panic attack. I drowned the centipede in the toilet, took some antihistamine, put on an ice pack and waited for my leg to drop off. Then I remembered that if you have to go to hospital you should take whatever has stung or bit you along. So I fished out a waterlogged centipede and put it in a jar with a lid on it. The next morning the centipede was very much alive, having dried out. The only dead centipede is one that is in several pieces, so keep an eye out in swimming pools, etc, they are not dead, only dormant. Carol, by email

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Delayed dismay I WAS disappointed to read that the renovation of the ‘Caminito del Rey’ (Walkway of Death) in Alora have been delayed (Costa del Sol, Issue 1412). I was looking forward to returning to the gorge and walking the route once it was safe. Maybe there are other projects that require the money in these difficult economic times. However, this walk was popular with tourists in the past and could have served to boost tourism in the area for many years to come. Jasmine Forrest, Estepona

Gobbledygook IN regards to Mike Walsh’s article about using Google translate (Issue 1411). It might give the general gist of what you want to say, but a lot of the time it comes back as ‘gobbledygook’; at least when translating English into Spanish and vice versa. At times it can turn out meaning something totally different to what you meant to say, or can be embarrassingly funny. I have seen this many a time when friends have asked me to check a letter they want to send. Apart from this, I recommend anyone to make the effort to learn Spanish as without it you lose 50 per cent of the wonderful experience of living here. Mike Sissons, Estepona (Malaga)

€20,000 find THE cleaner who found €20,000 in a bag in Ciudad Quesada and returned it to its owner should be commended (Costa Blanca South, Issue 1411). I wonder how many people would have done the same? That amount of money would have probably helped her out a lot, especially considering she is separated with three children. TJ, Torrevieja (Alicante)

Excellent show IT was great to see the horse show on Vera Beach put on by the Hipico Vera riding stables (Almeria, Issue 1411). This was despite the fact that women and children were not allowed to joust at the Moors and Christians Festival this year. All the acts were entertaining and the acrobatics’ performance was amazing. Let us hope that next year jousting will again be allowed. JC, Vera (Almeria)

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT ON YOUR MARKS: British athletes need more encouragement. of the greatest scribes of all time; the chosen objective. Gorr! I’ve As I write, we are well immortal bard who wrote dated two athletes in my into the second Olympic so wisely: ‘Methinks thou life. The first was day and have finally won dost protest too much.’ somewhat of a surprise, our first medal. Already I love athletics. when her Olympic diver’s there are long faces, where Particularly seeing the statuesque body turned out expected medals didn’t female participants. To me to be mostly muscle! The materialise. A couple of there’s nothing more sexy second was a sprinter who months ago I predicted than a finely tuned, fit unfortunately ultimately that most of our athletes female, straining every decided she preferred the were nowhere near world fibre to be the first in her ladies. C’est la vie. class. As the host nation,

this is not only unacceptable, but could also turn out to be extremely embarrassing. I accept that the opening ceremony was nothing short of magnificent, but the most important part of the Olympics are the contestants themselves. Nowhere near enough encouragement, facilities or investment are directed toward those who are somewhat less fortunate than the equestrian, sailing, tennis and other disciplines that only the more privileged of society can financially aspire to. Let’s hope by the time you read this the medal situation will have improved; sadly, I doubt it. Don’t forget to listen out for the new rap version of Little Arrows - I know, I know. Is nothing sacred?! Keep the faith Love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com

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EMARKABLY, although it was almost a month ago, I still find myself under attack from German colleagues for remarks I made in this column. Oddly, none of my German friends (yes, I do have quite a number!) have taken umbrage at all. Probably because they know me better and realise that my observations are more ‘wind up’ than ‘put down’. Many of them find Monty Python’s ‘Don’t mention za vaar’ sketch hysterical. So, fear not, I can assure you the German sense of humour is still in good health, hovering just below the surface of bristling indignation. For a final word on the subject I will refer all those scribing dissenters to one

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5,000 horses slaughtered every month in Spain Animal lovers’ up-in-arms over Spanish breeders ‘barbaric’ cull. By Benny Davis AS a direct result of the present financial crisis, it is estimated that around 5,000 Spanish owned horses are being slaughtered every month. The hard facts are they are no longer viable assets to breeders as they are worth less than the cost of their upkeep. Slaughterhouse business increased by 31 per cent in the first four months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, to a total of 19,793. Animal rescue centres have been inundated with requests to accept unwanted horses, but report they have a waiting list of several months to be able to handle the present demand. Manuel Gonzalez, Secretary General of the Professional Association of Slaughterhouses and Meat-packing Companies, said “since there is no market for selling, renting or breaking-in horses at the moment, some breeders find themselves unable to afford the high cost of feeding the animals, estimated at an average of €300 each per month.”

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UNWANTED: The upkeep of a horse for breeding is no longer viable. He also made the point that in Spain there is scarcely any demand for horse meat, so it is either used for pet food or is exported to France, Italy, Belgium or Greece. Gonzalez added he was talking about young steeds, “not old or worn-out nags.” Veterinarian Carlos Carreira of the agricultural organisation Asaja-Malaga said he knows a number of breeders who “are sending all their stock to the

slaughterhouses,” and that the “first to go are the mares as owners cannot get more than €150 for a mare, which ‘in bonanza years’ would sell in the range of €6,000-50,000.” A spokesperson for a major animal rescue centre told the EWN that the slaughter programme was both horrific and barbaric and a special programme should be set-up to fund care centres for these animals.


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BEHIND THE TIMES: In Spain, the English language is not as hot as the climate.

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HE British, which includes the Irish, are much criticised for being mono-lingual; as the English language is international, they feel they have a very good excuse. Spain has little to crow about in this respect; their familiarity with the English language is nowhere near not as hot as their climate.

Images of Spain By Mike Walsh www.michaelwalsh.es

Spain ranks an abysmal ninth on the scale of European

countries. Not good, especially when you consider its biggest earner, second only to the US, is tourism. It means of course that tens of millions of tourists, of all nationalities, visiting rival destinations are more likely to be understood. The fact is, Spain should be Number One, but it is not.

Unpopular politican NOT so popular Popular Party (PP) politician and mother of two, Andrea Fabre, finds herself in the crosshairs of public outrage. When ‘him upstairs’, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, revealed that unemployment benefits were being scaled back, Socialist (PSOE) members jeered and catcalled. Rajoy’s kitten snarled back: ‘que se joden’, which to you and me means ‘screw them’; taken to mean screw the unemployed. When future elections are held she could find a significant number of her constituents have disappeared. Not counting those unemployed Spaniards who have fled abroad.


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‘Let’s circle back and have a quick meeting to touch base’ NICK BUCKLES, CEO of G4S, (Twitter text-speak for ‘guffaws’) recently gave evidence before the UK Home Affairs Committee. In an attempt to explain the fiasco of his company’s security staff shortages for the London Olympics, he used endless jargon. Words like ‘reporting template’, ‘filters in place’, ‘backended processes’. Stop! As you might expect, G4S’s website is also full of jargon. The company’s vision is to be ‘recognised as the global leader in providing secure outsourcing solutions, to help customers to achieve their own strategic goals’. It has an NORA JOHNSON ‘unrivalled geographic footprint’ and works ‘to Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological build solutions that suspense and crime thrillers. combine our knowledge of in-store security processes’. Enough! Which reminds me of all the hanging fruit’, ‘opening the other gobbledygook business- kimono’, ‘blue sky thinking’. Not to speak. Phrases like: ‘thinking mention when you’re called to an outside the box’, ‘picking the low- on-site meeting, you need to go

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BUSINESS JARGON: Thinking outside the box! in ‘guns blazing’ and establish some ‘key takeaways’ before someone can start ‘raising all the red flags’. Good grief! It’s obvious people don’t use anymore what’s called plain English because they’re advised to use ‘consultant speak’. So,

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CHEER UP!: The average Brit scrimps and saves to enjoy two weeks of what we have every day of the year.

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HE UK’s Daily Mail tabloid is at its happiest when having a poke at Europe and in particular Spain’s estimated 400,000 expatriates. The headlines will predictably be along the lines of Costa Catastrophe. The lurid details follow in which we learn that we are all on the beaches scanning the seascape for a rescuing flotilla sent by Britain. It reminds me of one of the best known sayings in journalism: ‘all the news that is fit to print’. Yes, you can read that in two ways. On the eve of Black Wednesday, when Britain’s recession was revealed as the worst in living memory, the anti-Europe section of the media is keen to paint other countries as being in a worse state than their own. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, Britain’s total debt is the highest in the world; the equivalent of 60 per cent of GDP. That is the good news. The bad news is, if financial sector interventions, like quantitative easing, are included, Britain’s total debt reaches £2.24 trillion, or 147

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Mike Walsh vwww.michaelwalsh.es Mike Walsh. Based the Costa Blanca, international journalist, author and professional writer: ex-business assessment executive Guild of Master Craftsmen. European correspondent Boston Revolutionary Radio.

per cent of GDP. That ratio makes the UK economy worse than those of Spain or Greece. One of the most highly regarded letters in response to the Daily Mail’s article was that of Fred Etherington of Spain. He points out that we expats are better off now than we have been for years. Pensions are up and an improved exchange rate gives us 30 per cent more disposable income, which benefits the Spanish Government. The correspondent adds: ‘If Spain leaves the Euro and goes to the Peseta our incomes rise by a further 30 per cent because of the currency’s devaluation against sterling’. The only comments that

received higher approval were those who praised Spain’s Government for means-testing incoming immigrants. Of my many friends most are dependent upon income sourced in the UK; usually pensions. Typically one is on a basic state pension of a little over £400. This month it appeared in his Spanish bank account as €568. He is better off by €98 compared to April 2011. Property prices have dropped but how many are affected by this? The number of ‘se vende’ signs seems high only because of year on year accumulation. This is due to property sales stagnating for four years so is not a true picture. Properties will always come on the market, people die; they move; it is life. The 99 per cent not selling, or renting, are unaffected. If a few sell then the property they buy will be reduced by as much, so loss is imaginary. For 50 weeks a year your average Brit scrimps and saves to enjoy two weeks of what we have every day of the year. Cheer up, everyone!


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Involuntary urine woes Hi Connie We have two bitches (sisters). They are just coming up to five years old. We had them both from three weeks and they have the run of a very large garden. The problem began when the weather started to get very hot. One of them would lay on the settee in a deep sleep, and her back end was wet. We thought she was sweating on the leather, but she was peeing and did not waken. A few days later the same thing happened, and now it has progressed and she will start leaking wherever she is. When told off she puts her tail between legs. They have always been clean dogs, asking to go

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out in the garden for a pee, morning and night and are never kept in all day. My wife hates the thought of having a dirty dog. Regards, Brenda and Dennis Dear Brenda and Dennis, I have a question, why have you not been to your vet? You cannot punish a dog verbally to an extent that the poor darling puts her tail between her legs. If she knew what she had done wrong she would not do it again.

This is a common problem with females who have been spayed and it is a hormone problem known as ‘involuntary urine’. Take her to the vet. Most will prescribe Propaline Jarabe, which is a hormone liquid you insert with a small tube into the side of her mouth, normally twice a day. Your vet will explain all. This will stop the involuntary urine immediately. Now give her a big cuddle. Best wishes, Connie

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC - Across: 7 Demons, 8 Anodes, 9 Case, 10 Easterly, 11 Teacher, 13 Jaunt, 15 Jaded, 17 Factory, 20 Nominate, 21 Tool, 22 Fillip, 23 Nerves. Down: 1 Relate, 2 Tome, 3 Ushered, 4 Lasso, 5 Tolerant, 6 Merlin, 12 Credible, 14 Taverns, 16 Adonis, 18 Rhodes, 19 Tampa, 21 Turn. QUICK - Across: 1 Clarinet, 9 Lookout, 10 Adder, 11 Away, 12 Dead Sea, 15 Spoken, 16 Hassle, 19 Parsley, 21 Fret, 24 Guess, 25 Examine, 26 Side, 27 Strikers. Down: 1 Collapse, 2 Avocado, 3/5 Iron Lady, 4 Esteem, 6 Addle, 7 Yard, 8 Cardiac, 13 Persist, 14 Restless, 17 Surmise, 18 Relent, 20 Ahead, 22 Ages, 23 Mali. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Beso, 3 Casas, 6 Trees, 8 Meals, 10 Oro, 11 Often, 12 Nuera, 13 Red, 14 Snore, 15 Snail, 16 Entre, 17 Wait. Down: 1 Buttons, 2 Sweetcorn, 4 Almonds, 5 Ama de casa, 7 Sonreir, 9 Scarlet.

1. Unscramble the name of a famous American sprinter: I’M JAN, SCHOOL HEN 2. Unscramble the name of a large fish (two words): GRAB HANK’S SKI

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Down 1 Éxito (buen resultado) (7) 2 Butcher (9) 4 Towels (7) 5 Spring (season) (9) 7 Patinete (7) 9 Always (7))

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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 (ASHORE) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.

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Mary Ann Evans, aka George Eliot (1819-1880) was a leading English novelist of the Victorian era.

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 26 represents C and 22 represents Y, so fill in C every time the figure 26 appears and Y 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.

Arouse ASHORE(10) Barest Brooks Crease Dealer Floors Grains Header Killed Loosed Portal Purred Reader Reared Refute Roared Splash Tinker

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Desire, 2 Poised, 3 Thence, 4 Mapped, 5 Shouts, 6 Lather, 7 Metres, 8 Mother, 9 Massed, 10 Rumour, 11 Meteor, 12 Desert, 13 Normal, 14 Needed, 15 Rotund, 16 Nearby, 17 Doomed, 18 Coddle, 19 Orders

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OR me the most exciting part of a trip or vacation is the planning. The anticipation, as Alain De Botton has noted in ‘The Art of Travel’, is often more powerful than the reality of travel itself. Of course, being lazy, my plans usually involve the internet and the tourist information website of whichever country I am intending to visit. In my youth, as the date of departure approached, I would pack, repack, unpack then pack again delirious with romantic notions of far-flung places and dark strangers. I now tend to pack the evening before and by experience know that the dark strangers tend to be pickpockets not paramours. A profound fear of flying meant that until quite recently travel for me involved a train or coach, but my desire to visit places outside of Europe eventually overcame that. My favourite places in the world are airports (having now developed an antidote to the fear which is two parts Cava and one part brandy), service stations and train stations (coach stations on the other hand are surely the inspiration for Dante’s Inferno). Whilst a student at Lancaster University, I would regularly breakfast at Forton Services, not just because it was open 24 hours and able to pander to my insomnia, but because the smells, brightness and constant flux conjured up for me the nostalgia of travel. The best service stations are undoubtedly in Austria (where one can sample the most delicious fresh bread and purchase boxes of spicy Christmas biscuits); the worst are in the UK. Airports come a close second in the romance stakes, with Changi in Singapore being the best and Heathrow the worst. Gibraltar airport is also

EXCITEMENT: The joy of travelling the world and embarking on new journeys.

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one of my favourite places although when I visit I now catch the Alsa bus from Alicante to La Linea (which I am sure actually appears in The Inferno as the third circle of Hell; in fact, the artist Hieronymus Bosch once visited the bus station in La Linea and was so traumatised by the experience that he stopped painting flowers and cute

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children with big eyes and embarked on a series of disturbing canvases depicting fornication and torture). The journey I took from Budapest to Moscow by train remains my most fondly remembered. The train lumbered across snow-covered fields dotted with wooden houses and birch forests, pausing at a place called Chop in order to change the wheels to enable it to continue on to the wider gauge tracks in Russia and to allow Soviet border guards to board and confiscate my copy of Cosmopolitan. A flight would have afforded none of this and I would have

missed the experience of waking at dawn to peer out of the window at a long line of shambling figures walking to work, like the peripheral characters in a novel by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. How wonderful to escape the everyday and embark on a journey of self discovery, even if it is only the greasy enjoyment of a ‘full English’ in Benidorm. Al Gore famously said: “Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.” An hour at La Linea bus station will make you look like Charles Manson on crack, but not as charming.

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Enjoy the mouthwatering menu, staff and surroundings for a meal out of the ordinary. Adverstising Feature

Dine in style at newly open Old Asia Restaurant IF you fancy dining in style there is no better place to go than the recently opened Old Asia Restaurant. Whether you prefer to dine inside the comfortable restaurant, or go out on the pleasant sun terrace, Old Asia Restaurant offers fabulous food, fantastic prices and a truly magnificent setting. Located just off the N332 at Paddys Point, the restaurant is constantly buzzing, with happy diners spilling out onto the terrace to enjoy their favourite dishes in the pleasant Mediterranean sunshine. All the food is freshly prepared. There is a variety of dishes to suit everyone, including fresh fish, lemon grass salmon, roast duck or perhaps a sirloin. For those who want a meal out of the ordinary there are a wide range of other Asian dishes, including Thai, Japanese and Chinese. The team of experienced chefs use only the freshest, finest ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes such as a juicy Thai Curry, Spicy Beef or Sushi of Scallops. Simply delicious.!

Dine in comfort at the recently opened restaurant. The Restaurant offers a special Menu of the Day, which is served between 12:00 and 16:00, Monday to Sunday. A choice of six mouth watering starters, a further choice of six different main courses accompanied by fried rice, noodles or chips, including a soft drink, glass of beer or wine priced at only 10 euros including IVA is excellent

value for money. Old Asia Restaurant want you to enjoy yourself and the mouthwatering menu, staff and surroundings will help you do just this. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 12:00 to 4.00pm and again from 6.00pm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; For more 12.00 information or to order food to takeaway please call 966 773 016.


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Charity shop THE SAT charity shop in Almoradi has moved to bigger premises. It is situated in the same street as before, but on the corner next to Hyberber supermarket. The new place has more room so they can now take larger furniture items and bric a brac. They always need clothes, household items, furniture, sports equipment and plastic carrier bags. Call 690 285 211 for any questions.

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Elvis ‘That's the way it was’ show THE two ‘top’ international Elvis tribute artists ever seen on the Costa Blanca will be performing together in one show. This is a fundraising tour for Help at Home (Costa Blanca). Elvis 2000 ‘The best Elvis sound around’ has recently won the Best Tribute award in the Coastrider Music Awards 2012. Rupert was the first Elvis tribute in the UK

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Fiona McLean will provide support, singing Connie Francis and Brenda Lee. Show times: Wednesday August 15: Olympia, Mil Palmeras 965 320 822. Thursday August 16: Condado Club, Condado de Alhama - 634 354 491. Friday August 17: The Club, Quesada (Rupert not at this venue) - 966 717 028.


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Rummikub were presented with a certificate.

€1,374 for Age Concern RUMMIKUB were presented with a certificate and a big thank you by Age Concern president Maureen Payne to celebrate the €1,374 they raised and donated to the charity. Meanwhile, this Sunday (August 5), Age Concern will be represented at the La Marina Fiesta/Open Day. Then on Wednesday September 19, a fashion show hosted by Trendy Chics Boutique at the Emerald Isle Bar/Restaurant in La Florida will be raising funds. The Age Concern Charities Walk-In-Centre is now closed until Monday September 3, although the telephone lines will be monitored regularly.

HELP Vega Baja will be hosting an all day trip to a Harvest Winery on Thursday September 20. This customised coach trip will be leaving from The Arches, Quesada at 8.30am and will travel inland to the Yecla region, to the middle of a high plateau surrounded by moderate mountain ranges, deep valleys and quiet landscape devoted to vine growing. The history of this winery and its vineyards is just the history of a family devoted to their land and its unique grape variety Monastrell that has lead them to create a new winemaking concept. You will also be able to shop in the winery store before the return journey to Quesada, where you should arrive just after 7pm. The trip costs €30 per person including the coach, Vineyard tour, meal and Tickets are tastings. available from the HELP San Miguel Office which is open Mon-Friday 10am1.30pm: 966 723 733.


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Carnival time FOLLOWING the ‘success’ of the recent fun day by HELP MMM at la Zona on Friday, another Carnival is scheduled for Friday August 17 at the New York bar, Valle del Sol. There will be a bouncy castle, music, face painting and games from 5pm-8pm. HELP Murcia Mar aims to provide a service to all, including mobility equipment loans, hospital visits, information on living in Spain, donations to good causes, support groups, interpreter details and assisting and liaising with other charities. Their office is in Calle

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Two apples a day healthy TWO apples a day could cut the risk of heart disease for women by cutting their cholesterol levels. Apples significantly lowered blood fat levels in postmenopausal women, scientists from Florida State University in the US found. This is the group most at risk of heart attacks and strokes. Up to menopause, the rate of this illness in

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HILE much of the Spanish property market is at best merely surviving, some identify that Murcia - with prices at their lowest for a decade, is creating increasing interest from the UK. Compared to May last year, searches for Murcia property on portal Rightmove Overseas were up 61 per cent this May and 20.6 per cent up on April 2012. Local agents point out that with access to bank stock which includes frontline beach properties discounted by 60 per cent compared to the peak, and in some cases with 100 per cent mortgages available, buyers have

rarely had a more advantageous time. Also the president of Murcia has pledged that the new Corvera International Airport will be operational by October, adding to the region’s attractiveness. Murcia made the top 25 in the World’s Best Real Estate Markets 2012 index carried out by International Living, with value for money, appreciation and income potential, costs and ease of buying all taken into account. Many in Murcia also point out that with the first stone already laid for Europe’s second largest theme park on its doorstep demand is likely to further increase.

Construction at the Paramount Theme Park will begin in October with an opening scheduled for 2015. Properties in Murcia at present on the market include 11 two-bedroom apartments in La Azohia, a fishing village 20 minutes from Puerto Mazarron, each with a sea view, front terrace or porch and either a back patio or rooftop solarium. Previously selling for up to €270,000 euros the beachfront apartments now owned by the bank are priced from €159,000. There’s also an option of an underground parking spot and storage room for €12,000.


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Change in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;residenciaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rules By Benny Davis A LARGE percentage of holiday homes are empty for at least six months in every year. Many owners enjoy the best of two worlds by combining their homelands with the delights of

Spain and by limiting their trips to under six month periods, avoiding the residency laws which state visitors are not legally entitled to stay in Spain for more than 90 days at any one visit.

But that is about to change. The Spanish Government has introduced new residency requirements for all EU citizens â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including Britons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who plan to reside in Spain for longer than three months.

Under the new rules, EU citizens applying for residency in Spain may be required to produce evidence of sufficient financial means to support themselves (and dependants). Applicants may also be asked

for proof of private or public healthcare insurance. The Ministerial Order sets out the new requirements and some of the documentation applicants may be asked to present.

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The mausoleum reopened to the public in March. A committee of experts, appointed to decide whether the late dictatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remains should be exhumed and buried elsewhere, recommended reburial, aware that the final decision

remained with the incoming government. As expected, Rajoy gave the order to reopen the mausoleum and Franco still lies where he was buried in 1975.

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Official Spanish Top 10 1. Maroon 5 – Payphone 2. Loreen - Euphoria 3. Jennifer López – Dance Again 4. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe 5. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know 6. Fun. – We Are Young 7. Tacabro – Tacatà 8. José de Rico – Rayos del Sol 9. Nicki Minaj – Starships 10. Cali & El Dandee – No Hay 2 Sin 3

Official UK Top 10 Downloads 1. Calvin Harris - We’ll Be Coming Back 2. Wiley - Heatwave (feat Ms D) 3. Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) 4. Karmin - Brokenhearted 5. Underworld - Caliban’s Dream 6. Conor Maynard - Vegas Girl 7. Chris Brown - Don’t Wake Me Up 8. Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa) 9. Nicki Minaj - Pound the Alarm 10. Rudimental - Feel the Love

Madonna blames thugs for ruining Paris gig MADONNA has spoken out for the first time after reports surfaced that she was booed off stage at a recent concert in Paris, blaming the incident on ‘just a few mindless thugs’. Earlier in the week, it was reported that

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Angry concert-goers reportedly stormed to the front of the stage, throwing bottles and shouting for their money back Madonna had only performed for 30 minutes, as opposed to the agreed 45-minute slot, and angry concert-goers stormed to the front of the stage throwing bottles and shouting: “We want our money back.” But now Queen of Pop Madge has addressed the issue in an official statement saying: “Unfortunately after I had left the

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stage, a few thugs started throwing plastic bottles and pretending to be angry fans. It was a shame as playing the Olympia was such a magical moment for me, but unfortunately the Press have focused on the negative aspect of the evening, and not on the joyous.” She continued: “Nothing in this world can ruin that evening for me or my fans. When I looked out at everyone in the audience, everyone was smiling, singing and dancing. I can’t wait to experience it again.” Madonna’s spokesperson Liz Rosenberg has also defended the performance, telling a source: “Despite Madonna’s hectic schedule, she desperately wanted to put on an intimate performance at the historic Olympia venue to honour her love for all things French.”

Robbie Williams ‘nearly finished solo album’

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Vibe’s Top Tip Little Mix – Wings: is the debut single from last year’s X Factor winners Little Mix. The all-girl group have revealed that the track was inspired by the likes of Beyonce and Michael Jackson, and has received positive reviews from the critics, with many saying it is the ‘ultimate feel-good song’. Wings is currently available for digital download, and will be released on August 26.

FORMER Take That member Robbie Williams has revealed that he has nearly finished his new upcoming solo album. The singer, who temporarily rejoined Take That for their Progress album and tour, has updated his fans on the status of his new album in an official statement on his website, stating that he is now in the process of selecting the right tracks to feature on the disc. Writing on his website, Robbie said: “Just been to the gym for the first time in ages. Have to fight off the onset of middle age! Trying to figure out what to put on the album and what to shelve in between fetching and carrying for Aida!” Robbie was also in the news last week, as it emerged that

MUSIC NEWS Adam Houabi was privileged with a sneak preview of his new material after Robbie performed a snippet of his new song Losers on social-networking site Chatroulette.

Rihanna collaborating with David Guetta on new album BAJAN babe Rihanna has reportedly revealed that

she is due to be teaming up with super-producer David Guetta for new material on her upcoming album, according to fellow producer Sean Garrett. Sean, who has produced music for the likes of Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child and Usher told UK newspaper The Daily Star that he’s been creating ‘new sounds’ with David Guetta for Rihanna’s upcoming seventh studio album. British artists and producers like Labrinth and former N-Dubz member Fazer are also reportedly in line to feature on Rihanna’s new album, with Labrinth telling UK radio station Capital FM: “She’s not in my studio yet, but hopefully I’ve good some good stuff for her.”


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TCF is a multi-national English speaking church now located on Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68, Torrevieja. The Sunday Service, including Communion and Creche/Sunday School, commences at 10.30am with a Bible Study/Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6.00pm. Telephone 966 700 391 or call in to the Church any day between 9.00am until 1.00pm. Monday to Friday to find out more about Church activities. (95464) THE AIRCREW ASSOCIATION COSTA BLANCA BRANCH. Former & serving aircrews of the UK or Allied Armed Forces are welcome to join this convivial & friendly organisation, now in its 21st year. www.acacostablan ca.org or call the Secretary on: 966 495 042 (95465) HELP MMM CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Appointments for cervical, breast and prostate screening in the Murcia area, please ring 680 393 257 (95466) THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION JAVEA BRANCH meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month @ Scallops Rest on the Arenal at 11.00am. Everyone is welcome to attend as a visitor and join the branch if they wish. Anyone needing any help or advice on welfare, or any information regarding the branch can contact either Sheila on 965 791 270 or Roger on 965 790 123 (95472) TORREVIEJA STROKE SUPPORT GROUP meets each Friday 3pm to 5pm in The Annex, (behind Age Concern Centre), Calle Paganini, Urb. La Siesta. Our aim is to support stroke survivors and their carers by a range of facilities from speech therapy, rehabilitation exercise, group discussion etc. For info: Louie 96 671 8964 or Carol, Secretary: 966 765 488, e-mail: strokesupportgroup@hotmail. com Donations and further voluntary helpers are needed and guest speakers with relevant knowledge or experience are very welcome. (95473)

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ON COURSE: Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in the future. The 918 Spyder has been designed as a super sports car and the legitimate successor to the Carrera GT. As such, the first goal was obvious: improving yet again on the Carrera GT’s performance. As far as is currently known, the 918

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Spyder will be significantly faster, both in terms of acceleration and also performance on the racing circuit: less than three seconds from zero to 100km/h (Carrera GT: 3.9 seconds) and less than 7:22 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (Carrera GT: 7:32 minutes) is an unmistakable statement.

However, the uniqueness of the 918 Spyder is best represented by the union of outstanding performance with a level of efficiency never seen before in the super sports car sector. Fuel consumption of approximately three litres per 100 kilometres and an electric range in excess of 25 kilometres are unprecedented.


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Torregolf.eu at El Plantio By David Winder TORREGOLF.EU played their normal Stabeleford Competition at their home course. Vic Souter encountered a problem on the first hole. The four ball he was in all teed off but when they all came to play their second shot the ball was found in a discarded plastic bag. Souter played it in the bag. While in flight the bag and ball parted company. This is a prime example of why litter should be kept locked up. Also, repairing pitch marks make life better for those playing on the day and for the green keeper. Results: Category One: 1st Paul Hurrell (36 points); 2nd Colin Mackman (32); 3rd Alan Darby (30 on countback) 4th Vince Lannon. Category Two: 1st Brian Coombes (34 on countbacks); 2nd Sandra Twentyman; 3rd Pauline Johnston; 4th Reg Palmer (29). Nearest the pin: Holes seven and 14, Paul Hurrell; Hole 9, Roy Middleton; Hole 18, Tony Mackman. The next outing is to Font del Llop on Friday August 10 followed by El Plantio on the 28. For more information call 626 774 157.

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Spring Race Series in Mar Menor trophy presentation

John Clarke and Doreen Squires –The Winners of the SAMM Spring Series 2012.

Anne-Marie Tasney and Roger Drew the winners of the Glass Boat award for the most improved crew.

By Janice Penning

First was the Miracle with John Clarke and Doreen Squires who sailed together in each race. Second was Shoestring Tres which was raced by various members of the Shoestring Group. Third was Sailfish Mistral from the Balaton Group, sailed by various members of the group. The trophy was collected by Andy Kaluza. Fourth was Shoestring Cuatro helmed and crewed by several members of the Shoestring Group but

NINTEEN boats took part in the Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) Spring Race Series. There were a few boats with independent non-members and all the boats in SAMM raced in one or more races. The results were taken from the best six races for each boat. The presentation of the trophies took place at the monthly meeting of SAMM.

Result table: Position Boat 1st The Miracle 2nd Shoestring Tres 3rd The Sailfish Mistral 4th Shoestring Cuatro 5th Deltania Dos 6th Balaton Connie 7th Sailfish Sirocco 8th Laser Single Hande 9th Weta 14 10th Shoestring Uno 11th Catamaran Hamoor 12th Dufour 24 12th Shoestring Dos 14th Weta 15 14th Deltania Uno 16th Sea Hopper 17th Martin 18th Bahia 18th Bita Five

Total points 23.5 43.5 56.25 63.0 69.0 70.0 74.0 85.0 82.0 92.0 108.0 115.0 115.0 117.0 117.0 121.0 125.0 127.0 127.0

mostly by Roger Drew and Anne-Marie Tasney, who were awarded the trophy for ‘The Most Improved Crew’ in the series. If you would like to know more about the racing or SAMM go to www.sailingmarmenor.com.


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Two gold medals in seasons final

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IN ACTION: Centurion Rugby Summer School in training at Guardamar beach.

San Juan 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;S

By Garry Holland THIS weekend is the San Juan 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. It kicks-off on Saturday (August 4) at 10am and goes through to around

9pm with a break in the middle of the day for food and drink. There will be teams from all over the region as well as from the Murcia region and Barcelona, among others. It is the 15th annual tournament that has been organised on the beach at San Juan. Meanwhile, training starts back at ITV Orihuela RFC on Wednesday August 29 on Guardamar beach

after the summer break in preparation for the Murcia league. Centurion Rugby Summer School is still training down on the beach at Guardamar on Monday and Wednesday between 7pm and 8.30pm in front of the restaurants and bars near the volleyball area. New players are always welcome no matter age or skill level. For more information call 692 767 242.

THE Torrevieja swimmers travelled to Monovar on Saturday for the final competition of this season. Seventeen swimmers participated in the 18th Monovar Swimming Trophy. Joel Tereba and Emma Cagigao achieved two first positions. Joel won gold in the boys Infantil 200m freestyle with a time of 2:10:80. Emma then followed with a second gold in the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Junior 100m freestyle (1:04:93). Colleague Ruth Brassington also achieved a new personal best, 1:11:14 and third position for her age. The younger swimmers in the club also swam well; Samira Lucumi and Victoria Pigneur achieved second and third position in the 50m freestyle for those girls born in 2003. Piroska Rideg gained fourth position in the girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50m freestyle Alevin category and Zoe Connolly third for 2001 in the 50m freestyle. info@clubnataciontorrevieja.com

WINNERS: In the 18th Monovar Trophy.

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