ISSUE NO. 1414
: ESPACIO CAMON
9 - 15 AUGUST 2012
Charged for demolition OWNERS of the abandoned house on Avenida Valencia in Denia will be getting a bill from the government which plans to demolish the building. The process will cost them approximately €16,240.
Cleared out BIG HIT: Crowds gather for the independent musical festival.
‘Low-Cost’ Festival brings in the euros
By Paul Deed ESTIMATES put the positive economic impact for Benidorm of the Low Cost Festival at €5.4 million. Held during last weekend with 60,000 attendees, it has already been confirmed that next year there will be another similar event.
Councillor Hernandez said it has been estimated that festival goers have spent ‘off campus’ (in the town away from venue sites) an average of €90 per day, bringing in €5.4 million, to which she said must be factored in the beneficial effects of the national media attention it has attracted.
Benidorm has therefore more than recovered its €340,000 contribution, remarked Mayor Navarro. Meanwhile, the co-director of the festival said that this third edition of the event ‘has exceeded all expectation’. Attendance peaked at an estimated 21,000 on Saturday night.
SEAWEED has been cleared from Zofra Beach in El Campello, said Service Councillor Alejandro Collado. Once it has dried out, the seaweed will be properly disposed of.
1.5 years later THE land is finally being prepared for the Viaducto-Zona Norte bridge project in Alcoy one-and-a-half years after the project was approved. Earthworks machinery has moved in to begin the work.
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By Benny Davis JAVEA Mayor Jose Chulvi has announced the appointment of Scotsman George Thomas as the new president of Javea PSOE. The appointment is unique as it is the first time the party has elected a non-Spanish president, cementing the government policy of greater integration between local and foreign resident communities. George, who has been a party member for more than 13 years, replaces the previous much loved president, Mariano Iglesias, who died in March 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Javea’s international community consists of more than 80 different nationalities, all of whom
Free motorway A REQUEST for the AP-7 toll motorway to be free of charge was made by Sebastian Garcia of leftwing political party, Bloc of Denia, in response to the recent price hike.
Online cause DENIA citizens united on social network sites to campaign for a naval fishing maritime museum in the city. The online group has more than 220 followers.
Mind the steps UNIQUE APPOINTMENT: George Thomas (left) with Mayor Jose Chulvi. have access to various council departments, including a one-stop information centre with bilingual staff. In his opening address, Mayor Chulvi told his
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Palm trees mysteriously collapse FIVE palm trees located within three kilometres of each other in the Alicante city centre have fallen for reasons unknown to the city council. In the most recent incident, a woman was injured and a car was damaged. The city council has requested a ‘second opinion’ of an outside consultant to help explain the mysterious collapsing of palm trees.
It appears the fate of the trees is a result of pure coincidence according to investigations that have found no sign of ‘necrosis (rot), diseases, fungi, or insects,’ which ruled out the dreaded red palm weevil. In fact, the last palm tree to fall was an old, yet perfectly healthy specimen according to experts. The theory that human activity may be
responsible for the destruction of the palm trees remains; however, Councillor Andres Llorens doubts it considering the lack of evidence that violence was used and the lack of motive for an individual to commit such acts. Llorens also doubts that everything is coincidental, but he did not want to “draw conclusions prematurely.”
National holiday August 15
AN ALICANTE rubbish plant has been fined for improper waste disposal, or rather for not separating materials that go to the dump.
Helpful diving A TOTAL of €9,900 collected by ‘Diving Solidarity’ which performs open water baptisms was presented at the Casa de la Festa in Alicante as a donation to various organisations for the mentally handicapped.
Port agreement AN AGREEMENT to spread information about the Alicante Port was signed by representatives of the Alicante Port Authority and the Domestic Market Coordination Office who pledged to work together.
THE Alicante City Council is within their rights to demand €1.7m from the architect who designed the theme park in the Tossal mountains which has allegedly deteriorated due to infrastructure faults.
Fake goods NO TAKERS: Boris’ luxury villa named Son Coll which lies amid olive groves outside the Mallorca town of Arta.
Boris villa to go under hammer
NLIKE many foreign homeowners in Spain who want to sell up, Boris Becker is unlikely to be short of a euro or three. For although the former tennis star’s luxury Mallorca villa is set to go under the hammer at a court-enforced auction on September 28, the 44year-old still possesses commercial sell-ability. Proof is that last week one well-heeled charity event diner in London paid €26,250 for the chance to play tennis against the three-times Wimbledon ace. Becker has not been seen at his Mallorca bolthole one hour’s drive from Palma and which carried a €13 million price tag for ‘a long time’, according to a woman caretaker. Recently a Palma judge - on the
advice of a valuation expert - ruled that bidding for the home should start at €8.5 million in a move that profits from the long-awaited sale can settle debts for building and landscaping work said to total around €710,000. Becker’s lawyers had argued that the debts ought to have been settled by the estate agents handling the property sale under an agreement that they pay all upkeep while it remains on the market. But this was rejected by the courts, leading to the auction. Meanwhile, Boris, second wife Lilly and toddler son Amadeus, recently moved from a stylish rented London property to live in a more modest home nearby.
€30.6m towards nursery aid THE Valencian regional government is directing €30.6 million toward nursery school aid for the upcoming academic year. Aid will vary between €650 and €1,640 per student for their education in primary or nursery schools, be they private or state-run, according to the Education, Training and Employment Council. The amount of financial assistance depends on the child’s age; €1,640 is for children under one year old, while students between the ages of one and two will be eligible for €900, and those between two and three years old may receive €650. Aid is issued in two cycles, one of which has already been completed.
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LOCAL or ‘cercanias’ trains were more affected by the Alicante train strike last Friday than long distance trains. Trains to San Vicente were reduced from 32 to 14 and trains to Murcia from 34 to 14.
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A PATRON and employee were injured after a worker from another establishment allegedly attacked them following an argument over an umbrella located in an outdoor area.
FURTHER cutbacks will be very painful”
Tax Minister, Cristobal Montoro, who admitted that there will be further cutbacks in 2013, and that this is “just the beginning”, as even sectors with reduced budgets are likely to suffer further adjustments.
Catwalk THE Alicante Port Promenade may be the site for the next ‘Beauty of Fire’ catwalk during the next San Juan festivals according to presidential candidate, Manolo Jimenez who aims for a more attractive environment.
Going home A BELGIAN man was one of five arrested in Alicante for selling drugs and allegedly belonging to a drug trafficking gang. He had a European warrant for arrest and order to return to his country by Belgian authorities.
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the total number 5,693,100 ispeople unemployed
A MAN caught selling imitation products along Calle Alvarado was arrested by Alicante Police for intellectual property crimes. Police allegedly found 113 fakes including glasses and watches.
of in Spain according to data from the National Institute of Statistics for the second quarter of 2012. This is almost 1 per cent more than the first quarter, despite many hoping for summer jobs.
One sector UNEMPLOYMENT decreased in every sector except agriculture during last July according to the Business Confederation of Alicante Province (Coepa).
and finally... A WOMAN, aged 74, was arrested when Tarifa Port in Cadiz. She had disembarking at arrived on a ferry from Morocco. It was discovered that she was carrying almost four kilos of hashish which were in pellets taped to her body under her clothing.
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Opening licences up by 9.58% APPLICATIONS for licences to open businesses have increased 9.58 per cent since last year in Benidorm, which is a sign of positive development in different sectors, said the Employment Agency. Some sectors including tourism, employment, consumption and commercial activity are showing improvement, according to data collected by the Employment Agency of Benidorm. The job market has improved with 9.98 per cent more people hired than the same period in 2011. However, certain sectors continue to experience a decrease in their business. For example, airports have had 12.68 per cent less air traffic and camping areas welcomed 9.73 per cent less visitors, both compared to 2011.
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Altea first Spanish town with valet parking EIGHT people have gone from being unemployed to valet-parking attendants since an Altea company introduced the service in the municipality.
Although the parking service is still in its experimental phase, the aptly named company ‘Valet-Parking’ has expanded its team of workers by three, providing employment to a
Marihuana find leads to arrest THE Guardia Civil arrested a man after finding what they believe to be the remains of a marihuana plantation on an Aspe plot of land. A pit covered in canvas and plastic tarps is where police believe a man, aged 23, grew marihuana plants. Upon searching the property, police claim to have found 782 grams of marihuana, herbicides, fertilisers, and fans, supposedly used to farm the drug. The suspect along with the physical evidence will be presented to the courts.
Police allegedly found 782g of marijuana during a search.
total of eight individuals. On March 30, Altea became the first Spanish town to provide a public parking service with the help of the town hall. Four months later, “A thousand different individuals use this service,” including Altea residents and visitors, said Strategic Process Councillor Yolanda Gallardo. The private company behind the service had tourists in mind which is why it is called Valet-Parking, “so the foreign tourists recognise it,” explained the company director, Ernesto Alday. At first, Valet-Parking received complaints that they were taking up five parking spaces on one street. However, Alday explained that it was part of the system by which attendants use the spaces to pick up clients’ cars “because afterwards, they are left in a guarded parking area,” said the director. Three local restaurants have also got involved by buying coupon booklets. The ‘VIP coupon’ is given to customers in the restaurants to improve service and “prevent them arriving late because they are searching for somewhere to park.”
Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom
Less traffic LONDON traffic has dropped 17 per cent since the Games began, which has been attributed to frequent public service announcements featuring the mayor telling citizens ‘don’t get caught’.
Case solved THE murder of nineyear-old Christopher Laverack in Humberside has been solved 28 years after his death. An independent enquiry found evidence against his uncle, who died in 2008 while in jail for sexually abusing four boys.
Pumped up THE online video hosting site YouTube is to open a professional recording centre in London called ‘Creator space’, for use by members in the area.
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Aquifer water dips THE extraction of water from Alcoy aquifers has dropped 14 per cent since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008, according to reports from the town hall.
Stolen cables ABOUT 55,000 metres of electric cables have been stolen from Alcoy in the last year, according to the town hall. Two tunnels have gone dark since the last incident.
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Revenge attack leaves an Irish tourist hospitalized A MAN, 26, was reportedly attacked on Saturday night by a group of Irish tourists as he was handing out leaflets for a nightclub on Benidorm’s Calle Lepanto.
An initial verbal altercation took place between the Moroccan and two Irishmen, after which it is reported that the Irish came back in a group of as
THE Toy Museum located in Ibi (Alicante) may soon be a municipal museum despite belonging to the Valencia Region. It was indefinitely closed after the mayor abandoned it and council stopped paying, say critics.
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many as 10 and followed the Moroccan to Calle Mallorca where they allegedly attacked him, kicking him and beating him badly with a broken
glass, a heavy ashtray and a chair. Local Police were quickly on the scene and arrested several members of the gang, despite their
‘Alfasenca’ at the municipal pool
attempts to escape. The ashtray used in the beating was thrown onto a roof, but recovered by police. Benidorm Local Police arrested four men and one woman, all of Irish nationality and aged between 17 and 47. During the arrests one policeman was slightly injured. They all appeared in court the next morning and were released on bail. By that afternoon the Moroccans took their revenge, when the youngest member of the accused Irish group (17) was set upon by four of them who allegedly stabbed him several times. The second assault is now being investigated by the National Police. Both victims are reported to be in a serious condition at La Vila Hospital
Party planners: Pepe Aznar and Juan Carlos Casiano glance over this year’s poster at municipal THE ‘Alfasenca’, Alfaz del Pi’s traditional summer party, took place at the municipal swimming pool. DJs Paco Gillen and Dani Cervera took care of the music last Saturday while people dressed all in white started filing in. Entrance cost €5, and for those who planned ahead and bought their ticket in advance, a drink was included. The main goal of this year’s party was to collect sufficient funds for next year’s celebration, according to Pepe Aznar, President of the Jubilee Festivals.
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Court stops case against police A COURT in Girona has shelved a case regarding the death of an Argentinian man in a police station cell last month. His family sustained that the 41-year-old was abused by police, leading to his death. He is the son of the former president of the ‘Independiente’ football team from Trelew, Argentina, Omar Torroija. He had been living in Spain since 2005 and has a young daughter. He had allegedly been living as a squatter in Girona. The judge, however, closed the case after viewing CCTV images from the police station in which the man is seen attempting to hang himself using his own shirt. An autopsy revealed there were no
bruises or abrasions on the body which would suggest torture and that the man died from lack of oxygen to the brain. He was arrested after being caught stealing from inside a car. He did not resist the arrest. When he got to the police station, his laces, belt and other objects which he could use to harm himself were taken away from him and he declined his right to make a phone call. The family reported the case to the Argentinian press, reporting torture and a cover-up by the Catalan police. The lawyer they have hired has claimed he will demand a more in-depth investigation into the death. According to the family, his death was not reported to the consulate until two weeks later. His ex-wife, who is Spanish and lives in Palma de Mallorca, has travelled to Girona and told the press ‘the police killed him’.
Workshop complete THE closing ceremony for participants in the Preemployment and Social Integration Workshop was celebrated in the La Torreta Social Centre in Benidorm. Each student received a cheque, presented by Social Wellbeing Councillor, Cristina Escoda, which reflected the revenue earned from the handcrafts made and sold in the city market by the students. During the course of the year students participated in numerous activities. SUSTAINABILITY: Councillor Mari Carmen Martinez.
Bicycle rental service expands BICYCLE rental services are being extended in Benidorm after recent success. Citizens and tourists have responded positively to the bicycle rental system in Benidorm, according to the Mobility, Traffic and Transport Council. “The most important European cities are introducing this system and promoting sustainable mobility,” said councillor
Mari Carmen Martinez. The rented bicycle service “reduces the negative impact on the environment caused by noise and other pollution produced by motorised vehicles,” explained Martinez. More bases in different areas of Benidorm will be installed by the council. Information on the new sites can be found on http://www.bicidorm.labici .net.
Increase in traffic SPECIAL traffic security measures will be taken during the month of August in Benidorm. ‘This year there will be an average of 120 local police officers on patrol daily’, said a traffic councillor. The Traffic Control Centre will also dispatch real time information regarding the most problematic roadways. The Traffic Council reminded drivers to take necessary precautions, especially during short, routine car rides.
Stories making headlines from Germany
Circumcision rights JEWISH and Muslim youths from Berlin are organising a petition against the Cologne district court’s decision to criminalise nonmedical circumcisions. They believe the right to be circumcised is a vital part of their religions.
Suicide help THE German justice minister has drafted a law to protect doctors and care-givers from being legally prosecuted should they decide to be suicide assistants for terminally ill patients.
Granny thief A 59-YEAR-OLD grandmother from France was sentenced to five years in prison in Frankfurt for trying to steal diamonds from a jewellery store with the help of a young accomplice who would distract the shopkeepers while she switched real diamonds for fakes.
Toddler care LOCAL governments all over the country are having trouble funding day-care facilities for the law that grants children aged one to three free day-care starting August 2013. A total of 130,000 more places are needed for the law to be upheld.
Body found A MAN was found dead at his home after several days when police were trying to evacuate a 250-metre radius of a Second World War American bomb being diffused beneath a building in Bochum.
Spy minister AN AUSTRIAN minister at a Swedish Lutheran Church resigned from his position after investigations revealed he had been a highprofile Stasi spy in East Germany in the late 1960s.
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Gender violence is hidden crime By Benny Davis LATEST statistics show that one in every four women will be a victim of domestic violence over the coming year. However, only an extremely low percentage of those violated will report the offence. Reasons given are not only because victims are humiliated and frightened of reprisals from their partners, but also the potential ordeal they face when dealing with the forces of Law and Order: a national problem that Javea Council claims to have improved on over the last 12 months by creating greater communication between the Civil Guard and the Local Police liaising with the their own Department of Equality. This office has professional consultants available to offer both psychological and legal
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advice to all victims. They report that in 2011, they attended 403 cases concerning battered women which involved 151 consultations. Most affected by domestic violence were women between the ages of 18 and 44, of which 77 were Spanish, 63 from the EU and 11 others. The ‘hidden’ aspect is emphasised by the fact that 49 per cent admitted they had suffered abuse for over one year and 18 per cent for over five years. Apart from court orders and in some cases, criminal proceedings, many victims requested legal advice. A spokesperson for the department told the EWN that 35 court protection orders were issued last year and all have been closely and successfully monitored since they were
issued, a tribute to the new programme of cooperation between all departments involved. Unfortunately, these cases may only represent the tip of the iceberg as many victims of sexual abuse have either slipped through the healthcare net, are not seen by relatives and may have gone unnoticed for several years. Although according to the Department of Equality, woman to woman domestic violence or sexual abuse has never been reported, they say that the case would never be recorded within their statistics. If any person needs to report either a case of abuse or suspected abuse, they should go their Local Police station or Social Services centre where their complaint will be dealt with in confidence.
Centuries old amphora unearthed in Denia Port By Benny Davis AN amphora dating back to the fourth century BC has been discovered buried three metres deep in the ground near Denia Port. Archaeologist Josep A Santonja Gisbert says the jar is in perfect condition and has identified it as ‘Punic’, a unique type that was produced in Ibiza between the years 400/375 and 300 BC. Linked to other similar discoveries found in settlements and underwater sites around the Iberian Levante area from Ampurias to Almeria, and the Balearic Islands, is clear evidence of the expansion of Eivissa wine and its consumption by the Iberian tribes. Its presence is particularly relevant as it fills an PERFECT historical void connecting Iberian CONDITION: The culture and settlements existing in Punic amphora. the vicinity of Denia. A representative of the the Archaeological Museum of Denia said they were very grateful to Alvaro Gomez Ferrer who discovered the item and the Local Police for their collaboration in excavating the find. A full report will be compiled by the experts and issued to the Underwater Archaeology Centre of the Generalitat Valenciana.
SCANDINAVIAN PRESS Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden
‘Too drunk’ for own good NORWAY - A man was deemed ‘too drunk for his own good’ by police officers who decided to take the inebriated man to hospital instead of jail when they found him at Cardemoen airport in Oslo.
Naked sleeper SWEDEN – A naked man, aged 35, broke into a flat and fell asleep next to an unknown woman. He kicked down doors to enter the building and was still asleep when police arrived.
Pole question DENMARK – The North Pole may belong to Greenland, and by extension to Denmark, claim Danish geologists who are going on location to confirm it. Their theory is based on seismic data collected.
Snoop banned NORWAY - Rapper Snoop Dogg was banned from entering Norway for two years and fined 8,600 kroner after trying to sneak eight grammes of marijuana into the country through Kristiansand Airport in Kjevik last month
Turbine ready DENMARK – Foundations for 111 wind turbines are in place in Anholt as part of a project by the world’s largest developer of offshore wind power, Dong Energy A/S. Turbines are set to be installed in September.
Told off SWEDEN – When a con artist tried to pry the rings off an elderly Gavle woman’s fingers, the lady snapped, “Like hell you will!” The man allegedly rang the doorbell and asked for a bucket of water as a ploy.
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Doctors volunteer help in Togo A TEAM of medical professionals from various Alicante hospitals travelled to Bombuaka (Togo) to assist children in need of treatment. Saint Louis Orione centre provides children who suffer from a variety of afflictions including neurological and musculoskeletal disorders with emotional support, rehabilitation and general treatment. For the eighth year in a row doctors from Marina Baja hospital in Villajoyosa, Alicante University General Hospital, San Juan University Hospital, and Elda Hospital returned to Togo; this time in addition to treating children they were celebrating the inauguration of a surgical building. A diverse group of specialists including, but not limited to, orthopaedists,
anaesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, gynaecologists, and dental surgeons provided their services “completely voluntarily,” said the regional government of Valencia. Of the 69 medical interventions during this year’s trip, 24 involved plastic and corrective surgeries, 42 required orthopaedic treatments and three were in the urology and gynaecology fields. Dental professionals performed a total of 290 extractions, teeth cleanings and three oral surgeries. The “most frequent” cases children suffered from during this year’s expedition were orthopaedic defects, including clubfoot and Blount’s disease, and conditions that required plastic surgery, including cleft lips and palates and severe burns.
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Police ‘attacked’ with chairs and metal bars TWO police officers were hospitalised after being allegedly attacked by ‘manteros,’ or ‘lookylooky’ men, at Explanada de España in Alicante.
When the officers asked the group of 15 Senegalese vendors for identification, the suspects allegedly began to attack the officers by throwing wooden folding
chairs, and metal bars. Both were left with head and body injuries. The following night, 13 of the illegal vendors were identified and two, aged 30 and 31, were arrested in the area surrounding San Juan and Alubufereta beaches. “It was a premeditated attack,” said Safety and Traffic councillor, Juan PHARMACIES in the Valencia Seva, “and they were Region have received nearly probably waiting for them €80million. (the officers).” This is the amount still “We have to do owed them for February by something so this doesn’t the Regional Government, happen again,” said the following the payment of councillor. Officers will now work €40million of the €120million in groups and change total on July 31. This came just a day before their behaviour according the promised date of August to police sources. One of the officers was 8 for the payment of the released from Alicante remainder owed. Of the €76,384,000, the General Hospital the Alicante Province received same night of the €26,434,000, the Valencia incident, while the other Region €40,968,000 and the remains in the intensive Castellon Province care unit after coming out €8,982,000. of a coma.
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‘Cancer Care’ respond to criticism Chairman describes accusations as ‘lies and misguided assumptions’ By Benny Davis A MESSAGE posted on a social networking site has been described as “inflammatory and bordering on a libellous and a vicious attack on Javea Cancer Care and Denia Hospital.” The message informed readers that a friend of the writer had died and that the deceased was, a ‘victim’ of the failed diagnoses of equipment paid for by the public and volunteers at the Cancer Charity Shop in Javea and that the machine remains unused in Denia Hospital. Serious accusations Serious accusations that produced an angry response from the public and Chairman of Cancer Care Javea
negotiating committee Terry Saville, who said the writer was “involved in something they obviously knew nothing about and consequently had spread lies through misguided assumptions.” He also threatened legal action should the attacks continue. After talking to Mr Saville and being allowed access to relevant email messages held by the ‘networking author’, EWN’s understanding is that Cancer Care Javea has been in protracted negotiations for about two years with numerous parties attempting to create and fund ‘English Cathedra of Modern Oncology Research’ (ECMOR) at Denia Hospital. Their website lists a special DNA sequencing machine as the “centre piece of the organisation,
purchased from America,” but although Cancer Care say they made a considerable down payment of €120,000 for the purchase of the machine and has undertaken to raise €20,000 to €30,000 annually over four years to pay for maintenance and upgrades, the machine is still not in place. Chairman Saville admitted that different business etiquettes, negotiation procedures and language difficulties have resulted in a series of setbacks but “the rewards will be enormous for all.” The project programme also schedules additional annual payments of €25,000 to enable every patient diagnosed with cancer to have their tumour analysed to personalise the dose of the chemotherapy schedule.
Cancer Care claim that universities and associates will be contributing medical and operational skills and that when up and running, the project will be the first of its kind in Spain. Author apologises The author of the original message, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, told EWN: “My criticism was based entirely on the fact that the Cancer Care website gives the impression that the machine has actually been purchased, and an email from a normally reliable source close to the hospital confirmed the machine had been donated last December and was at the hospital, unused and in storage, which I now know to be untrue. I was wrong in assuming the machine was diagnostic rather than analysis, something I should have checked more thoroughly and apologise to everyone who was affected by my comments.” Good intentions “Mr Saville and the charity volunteers and supporters are honoured: Romano, Paquito, obviously well intended, hard Alberto, Quico el working people, but perhaps Guirri and Toni Felip. enthusiasm overtook common Participants wore sense and precaution prior to the five names on their commitment with public the back of their money, either through not shirts in memory of asking the right questions, or the five late talking to people not players. equipped to give correct answers. They should also review their public relations communications, or lack of, which in my opinion heavily contributed to my misinterpretation of the situation.”
Valencian handball: a homage to the local sport and five of its players THE Valencian handball game known locally as ‘pilota’ was celebrated in Benitachell paying homage, not only to the sport, but to five players who have passed away. Residents, local Valencian handball players and family members gathered together in the afternoon of San Jaime Day. After the handball matches, residents and civil servants looked on as Sports Councillor, Antonio Colomer and the mayor, Josep Feminia, presented a memorial plaque. Benitachell “has been a town of ‘pilota’ tradition that has allowed us to enjoy many
HOMAGE: A ‘pilota’ player sports the t-shirt with the names of the five players who were honoured. afternoons,” said the mayor. Colomer talked of the “will to bring back ‘pilota,’ include it in public primary schools, and
encourage it in festivals.” Five former ‘pilota’ players were
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Work on sewers will cut roads BOTH traffic and parking along at least five Alicante streets will be affected by the sewer repairs in Plaza Carolinas. The redirection of traffic began on Monday and the first stage of construction is expected to continue until August 17. During this period one lane on Calle Padre Espla between Calle Romeo Palazuelos and Calle Gonzalo Mengual will be closed. The streets that are expected to be affected as a result of the construction are Padre Espla Ingeniero Canales, Camarada Romeu Palazuelos, Gonzalo Mengual, and Barcelona, according to the company Aguas de Alicante’s plan. A second part of the sewer renovations is scheduled between August 20 and 27. In addition to reduced or no parking in theses areas, some city buses will be rerouted.
Four rescued from sinking yacht off Alicante coast
ECONOMISING: More people are opting to take their own food to the beach than visit local restaurants.
Restaurants are less packed than beaches
TOURISTS continue to enjoy Alicante’s beaches, but are watching their spending in beachside restaurants and bars. Beachgoers are opting for a cooler filled with sandwiches and drinks
instead of stopping by the local ‘chiringuitos’ or beach restaurants. Restaurant owners have noticed empty tables since the beginning of August, although the beaches continue to be well populated.
Benidorm has seen a similar situation. Capacity in restaurants is not expected to exceed 80 per cent, according to predictions by the hoteliers and catering association, Hosbec.
FOUR people were rescued from a yacht 20 miles off the Alicante coast. They were two couples, one of them Finnish, the other Swiss, but nobody was injured. They arrived at Alicante Port without any documentation and were checked into a hotel for the night and taken to their respective consulates in the morning. It took maritime rescue services around an hour to carry out the rescue due to the bad weather, which is believed could be what caused the yacht ‘Isamari’ to sink in the first place.
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Crisis closes embassies IN a spate of government belt-tightening measures, Spain is to close its embassies in Sana (Yemen) and Harare (Zimbabwe). The diplomatic service is in the midst of
reorganisation and for months the Foreign ministry has debated whether to close the embassies. Given that Spanish diplomats can still protect Spain’s interests through the EU’s representations in both capitals, minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo
decided to close them. The closures will inevitably entail severance pay or compensation and cost the government money in the immediate future. Long-term, however, there should be annual savings of more than €1 million, according to the
ministry. Spain needs a greater presence where there is most economic growth, sources explained, and more cash and staff can now be allocated to these areas although no new embassies are planned. With spending cuts the order of the day, two of
Spain’s consulates in Portugal - Valenca de Minho and Vila Real de Santo Antonio – are due to close, leaving only those of Lisbon and Oporto. A further consulate in Larache (Morocco) will also close although six will remain open.
Abnormal request A ‘SERIES of anomalies’ along Denia beaches need to be taken care of by Coastal Control as per request of the City Council. Examples include blocks of cement used as steps without banisters. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Education councillor, Isabel Muñoz visited the school.
New entrance for school STUDENTS of the Santisimo Cristo school in Alfaz del Pi will return to a new portico at the entrance come their return in September. Faculty and parents’ requests for the
installation of the portico have been answered with action by Education councillor Isabel Muñoz who said that “it was time.” “We have made an effort given the current economic situation and we have absorbed the entire cost to construct the new school entrance,” said the councillor. The locks to the new transplant at Oviedo entrance will be the only University Hospital. expense for which the The two men, aged 37 school will be responsible. and 35, were returning to their base when the plane crashed for unknown reasons some two kilometres from Santiago de Compostela Airport. Residents in the area said there was a thick mist in the area at the time. They had flown to Oporto to pick up the organ and the medical team to Asturias, and after leaving them at Aviles Airport, they were returning to their Lavacolla base, Santiago de Compostela. They were heading for the runway when the plane lost altitude and crashed in a wooded area. The plane was located less than 20 minutes later. They had reported no problems prior to the crash. The heart was successfully transplanted in a three-hour operation.
Heart delivery plane crashes TWO people were travelling in a plane which crashed after delivering a heart for
More care THE Day Hospital of Marina Baja has provided 6,914 medical services in the first half of 2012 which is 17 per cent more than the same period in 2011.
Eye injury A MAN, aged 80, suffered injuries to an eye as a result of a fire in his house in Ibi. Two others were not affected by the fire.
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Subsidies unpaid in July THINGS are tough up north. Catalonia, Spain’s most indebted region, says it can’t pay social service subsidies for July to hospitals, old age homes and other social services already feeling the pinch from sharp budget cuts. According to a spokeswoman for the Catalan regional government’s economy ministry, “It is due to a problem of liquidity and things will start to return to normal in September”. The Catalan government would not say how much money in grants it would not be able to pay, but national daily newspaper El Pais estimated the figure at 400 million euros. The situation has caused outrage among social services agencies in the region. The Catalan Confederation of Social Services Associations estimates that approximately 100,000 workers could be deprived of their salaries for the month of July. Sonia Martinez, president of the Catalan Federation of Child Care and Education Organisations voiced her concerns. “This is very bad. It affects the maintenance of premises, water supply, and electricity. These are children who are under our care round the clock.”
Defence ministry introduce rules on internet system SPAIN’s military chiefs, anxious to avoid a Wikileaks scenario, are imposing stringent rules on the Defence ministry’s internet system. More than 50,000 people use the WAN PG web that connects the ministry, armed forces, overseas units and other official bodies. All must now sign a document accepting a code of
International Left Handed Day MONDAY August 13 is International Left Handed Day, honouring lefties all over the world. Although celebrating left handedness in Spain is not as popular as in other countries, more and more people are aware of the problems and disadvantages approximately 10 per cent of the population have.
conduct when using the network and database. Behind the new set of rules lurks the spectre of the Wikileaks scandal when hundreds of thousands of the US government’s classified documents were made public. The conduct code was approved in April and recognises the fundamental
rights of personal privacy, communication privacy and protection of personal data guaranteed by the Spanish constitution. But the code also allows the ministry to “monitor and inspect” WAN PG’s use by members of the armed forces, the ministry’s civilian staff and employees of subcontracted companies.
Constant monitoring and inspection of WAN PG is entrusted to Cosdfe, the Defence Ministry’s security unit. Included in its responsibilities are “early detection of security breaches.” If these occur, Cosdfe can take “pertinent action to minimise their impact and lead to their solution.” After signing the code, individuals cannot complain of invasion of privacy arising from supervision of their emails or web browsing. Records will be kept of both and protected to ensure they cannot be accidentally lost or altered. Infringements include accessing information without authorisation and logging on to information related to illegal activities. Downloading programmes without prior permission and opening or copying personal information. Accessing pornographic and degrading content is also off-limits.
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New winter fuel payment hope for expat pensioners living in Spain BRITISH state pensioners in Spain are a step nearer to receiving the £200 (€250) winter fuel allowance. At present only pensioners who received the allowance prior to moving abroad - including to Spain and elsewhere - get the once-a-year winter payment. This has left tens of thousands of expatriates overseas fighting for the allowance against counter British Government claims that by living in a warmer climate they should not be entitled to it. The British Expatriates Association (Spain) has been leading the fight on behalf of British pensioners in Spain, with many increasingly feeling embittered as the pound weakened against the euro. David Burrage of Alfaz del Pi, Alicante, association co-founder and legal advisor, is delighted by the latest step forward in the years-long battle for all pensioners to be entitled to the allowance. “This is exactly what has been needed. We advise people to
SPANISH CLIMATE: Winters may be warmer than in UK but can still be cold and damp. continue to put in claims for the payment, and go to formal appeal if necessary in respect of earlier years of lost payment. “This has been a long, uphill battle for us since the inception of this benefit, although we never doubted we would eventually succeed,” said Burrage, himself a pensioner who has lived in Spain for 22 years.
The final step forward in the winter fuel payment battle follows the capitulation during tribunal appeal proceedings when Burrage had intervened on behalf of the appellant, a British pensioner in Switzerland - who has never received the allowance - fighting for the right to a winter fuel payment. While providing extra summer
cheer, payment of the fuel allowance is far from a done deal. The UK’s Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has already vowed to create a rule on eligibility by temperature. “We will fight these ridiculous EU rules. It is ludicrous we could have to pay more pensioners living in hot countries,” he told one British newspaper.
Burrage added that the Secretary of State should educate himself as to how difficult and expensive it is for residents of Spain to keep warm in winter once the sun has set. But the Department of Work and Pensions conceded that it was now possible that ‘people living in the European Economic Area and Switzerland may be entitled to claim the Winter Fuel Payment’. Thousands of British expatriates living in Spain have claimed that while winters may be warmer here than in Britain, the allowance should be paid as an entitlement as fully paid-up pensioners, and also that it is not possible - as many in the UK wrongly claim - to live here without any heating. “I spend more than €800 every winter on logs,” said Roy Gregory, a pensioner living in Alhaurin El Grande near Malaga. There is also a question mark over whether payments will be backdated. Burrage is currently addressing this issue.
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WARWICK CASTLE: Maybe in Wales?
Clueless? It’s not just some of the expats! By EWN staff reporter BRITISH expats in Spain are frequently criticised for knowing little about their chosen new homeland. While most can name Madrid as the Spanish capital - though sadly not all - and many know Spain won the 2010 Football World Cup, not many appear well briefed about the nation’s long, colourful history, or about its geography. Far too many British expatriates adopt a vacant look when asked to locate Galicia, and many more fail to name Cadiz as being on the Atlantic coast and once the capital of Spain. It may therefore come as little surprise that a survey in Britain has revealed that many nationals living in the UK are clueless about their own country... and this in the super patriotic year that has seen the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the present London 2012 Olympics. Clearly all too many Brits are in need of a crash course in geography. For despite media coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay and a continued focus on the
SPANISH CAPITAL: Madrid is well-known.
SOUTH COAST: Most can locate Cadiz. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour, findings of an independent survey by Warwick Castle revealed that: • Only 38 per cent of Brits can identify neighbouring counties; • Scots know more about England than the English; • Only 47 per cent correctly connect the River Avon with the town of Warwick; • Almost 10 per cent believe London is the nearest city to Warwick. Focus groups held to discuss ‘Where is Warwick?’ revealed
further flaws in Britons’ geographical knowledge, including one Essex housewife who said that the historic, land-locked town is by the coast; and a belief by one man from the south west that it is part of Wales. The findings come at a time when the UK government is stressing the need for a focus on facts in the national curriculum and a move away from verbal reasoning exams like GCSEs to more knowledge-based tests like O Levels and CSEs.
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Al Qaeda suspects remanded after fears of terrorist attack on Gibraltar TWO Chechen jihadists have been remanded without bail on terrorism charges. The men, identified as Eldar Magomedov and Muhamend Ankara Adamov, were arrested in Ciudad Real on Thursday last week. Also arrested was a Turkish resident of La Linea de la
Concepcion, Cengiz Yalcin. Yalcin, found with explosives, was remanded last Friday. Regarded more of a ‘fixer’ for Al Qaeda than an activist, he worked as a foreman on a Gibraltar building site. Police also found passport photos of Magomedov and Adamov in his possession.
Lacking firm evidence against the Chechens, police feared they would walk free after being held the statutory 72 hours without being charged, but the court granted a 48-hour extension. During this time sufficient information was received from Gibraltar, France, Russia and the
US to indict Magomedov and Adamov. Meanwhile, ‘Antonio’, a protected witness, declared before Pablo Ruz, the High Court judge investigating the case, last Sunday. Further evidence was relayed from another witness in the US. Statements from Magomedov and Adamov
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themselves were full of inconsistencies regarding their relationship with Yalcin and contradicted the US witness’s evidence, the judge found. Magomedov supposedly lived under the name of Muslim Dost in 2010 and participated in terrorist activities in Afghanistan and tribal areas of Pakistan in 2010, Ruz was told. The Chechens reached Spain after travelling through France where they allegedly earmarked targets for future attacks. When arrested, they were making for Irun, near the French border, presumably intending to cross into France to carry out attacks. Yalcin is a paragliding enthusiast and allegedly asked his instructor to get him photographs of a Gibraltar shopping centre ‘at any price’. He also instructed the Chechens in the sport, leading Ruz to suspect that an attack on Gibraltar was also planned.
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The Bottle Top Cure EMAUS introduced me to Debbie, an enterprising Scottish mum from the Kingdom of Fife, who is devoting her life to improving that of her daughter, Keira, who suffered brain damage at birth. KEIRA was starved of oxygen for 15 minutes at birth and that is a long time. Parents of children like Keira often give up the 24 hours a day battle and hand them over to a charity like EMAUS but Keira’s mum, Debbie, will not think of such a thing. Local therapy last for just 45 minutes and at a less intensive level but in the last few weeks the EMAUS bus has been broken and they couldn’t travel to the hospital. However, Debbie has researched a facility in Florida that takes a far more energetic approach to therapy; they work with the child for four hours every day, then hand them over for high pressure oxygen therapy for the afternoon. They also use a Therasuit, a development from the Russian suit used to reacclimatise cosmonauts to life in gravity, to aid muscle co-ordination. I know that modern stroke treatment believes that the old gentle and restful approach simply does not work. Many doctors now advocate making the damaged brain work, and work hard. Stroke sufferers often have to relearn how to read, write and walk, and the faster you start to do it, the faster the brain can be encouraged to make new nerve systems to replace those that were damaged.
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This appears to be the Florida approach. You can see their website at www.innovative childrenstherapy.com. I like their opening statement: “While we ask our patients to work hard in order to achieve their potential in therapy, we believe in using games, laughter, silliness, and love to motivate and encourage our patients.” Language learning is easy for a child but becomes more difficult as the years pass. As I understand it, circuits in the brain complete their development and stop changing, so this perhaps similar treatment is best carried out before the age of seven, and Keira is now nearly five. She did go to the Florida centre a couple of years ago and Debbie tells me the
HOPING FOR SPONSORS: Four-year-old Keira. change in Keira was dramatic. Previously she could hardly move but afterwards she could roll over and bunny-hop along the floor. The treatment needs to be repeated regularly but Debbie has been unable to raise the funds in the last two years, though she did achieve €5,000 for an intensive treatment in Barcelona, but she says it had little effect. Virgin Airways are stumping up for the flights and Debbie hopes that McDonald’s will provide hostel accommodation but the therapy costs $12,000 for three weeks. Now she is halfway to her goal herself, principally through collecting bottle tops that she sells for recycling. She urgently needs €6,500. Her husband has three jobs but they will never raise the rest of the cash alone. Debbie is planning a website where sponsors can watch Keira undergoing treatment. Is there a charity, club or bar out there who will help to change a child’s entire life? You can contact Debbie on espanglish@hotmail. com or me of course at charities.corner@gmail. com. Why not come to the ‘Keira Day’ on Saturday
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Stat of week FOREIGN tourists spent €23.6 billion in Spain during the first six months of 2012, an average of €111 each per day.
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Property boost from sick euro By Business Editor Brendan Small ONGOING poor euro exchange rates against the British pound are providing a small ray of hope over limited parts of the Spanish second
homes market, with bargain-hunting Britons jumping on to the property ladder as house, apartment and villa prices continue to fall. The strength of the pound now sees it worth around €1.28, compared to €1.14 a year ago. Additionally Spanish property has suffered its biggest slump in value over the past year since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007, with national economic need with money they did woes and banking not have,” he added. problems creating even Catholics - and all ‘people greater pressure on of goodwill’ - could forego real estate. one of their extra bonus But overseas payments to charities, mortgage specialist helping those most broker Conti which affected. operates in 45 Meanwhile, it has been countries reported a 33 revealed that middle-class per cent rise in Spanish jobless people are mortgage enquiries becoming the ‘new poor’ in over May and June Spain, with immigrants no compared to previous longer a majority at social monthly averages. dining rooms throughout Claire Nessling, the nation. director at Conti, said: Equal to the soup “The Spanish market kitchens of the 1930s’ has reached a low Depression, most people point, so buyers are attending dining rooms in shopping for a bargain, Madrid, Valencia and with the growing Barcelona, plus in leading strength of the pound resorts and towns and low interest rates elsewhere, are middle-aged making holiday homes unemployed Spanish men. attractively affordable.”
Give bonus pay to charities plea BONUS payments received by workers should be donated to charity, the Bishop of San Sebastian has urged. Employees traditionally receive an extra month’s pay in June and December, although most civil servants stand to lose their Christmas payout to the government’s austerity measures. “Despite this, the populace should show solidarity towards those now suffering most,” said Jose Ignacio Munilla. “The crisis is a sin we are all accessories to. “Administrations compromised the future by spending money they did not have, and people bought what they did not
Money! A case of adios all round
Bank of Spain in Madrid.
SPAIN’S banks are haemorrhaging money with depositors reportedly continuing to pull cash out at a frightening rate. More than €40 billion was withdrawn in May, according to a new report from the Bank of Spain. That made total withdrawals for the first five months of the year to €163 billion, representing about 16 per cent of the nation’s GDP. Domestic banks sending money abroad, foreign lenders pulling out cash and mostly non-resident investors dumping domestic assets are said to be jointly responsible for the huge losses. The figures show that austerity measures and requests to help recapitalise Spanish banks only calmed investors temporarily.
BETTER BUYS: Ever-lower prices and a strengthening pound against the euro are giving real estate sales a ray of hope.
Is there stamp duty on a shop rental contract?
I am in the process of renting shop premises in Fuengirola. The rental is to be €2,100 a month, and a gestor tells me that I will have to pay stamp duty of €1,000. Is this absolutely necessary, as I have never heard of it before? D G (Costa del Sol)
The short answer is that it is not absolutely necessary to register your contract and to pay the corresponding stamp duty, but it is a very good idea to ensure that the terms of the contract can be You and the effectively enforced. Let’s go into a little Law in Spain more detail. By David Searl The rental contract can be a simple written agreement between you and the owner of the premises. This private agreement may serve very well as long as it is perfectly clear and no serious dispute arises. However, very few contracts cover all the possible situations that can arise. What if you cannot pay the rent for a time? Is this specified? What if the landlord sells the premises? Do you have the right to continue in the shop? Usually it is better to have a formal contract, which you make before a Spanish notary, and which is then registered in a special section of the Property Registry. This registration requires payment of stamp duty, just as if you were registering the purchase of a house in your name, along with the notary fee. Your contract is then a registered legal document and its terms can be enforced more effectively. The fee for this registration has risen steadily recently and is now 1.5 per cent. This percentage is applied to the total contract amount. Your contract sounds like it comes to about €25,000 a year, which would give about €375 for the stamp duty, usually referred to as Actos Juridicos. If the agreement is for a total of three years, this would put your stamp duty somewhere around the fee set by the gestoria. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952 667 090.
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Finger of blame pointed for frauds PAY freezes, unemployment and inflation are to blame for rises in company insider frauds, according to CIFAS, the UK fraud prevention service.
THE British Government has launched talks to find ways to help protect consumers against losing hundreds of pounds a year due to fineprint clauses in contracts.
PRIVATE firm Mouchel, which has many local government work contracts, will be released from its £140 million (€175m) debt by
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three large banks in exchange for a controlling stake in the company.
BRITAIN’S building sector grew last month despite economists’ predictions that it would shrink, according to the Markit/CIPS construction PMI. Apparently commercial constructions offset
housing and civil engineering project decreases.
EIGHTY per cent of 20-29 yearolds refuse to recommend their banks to peers due to call centre problems, excessive security checks and branch opening hours, says The Young Money report.
WOOLWICH ferry workers in London have finally reached agreement - after months of talks on extra compensation for additional work during the present London 2012 Olympic Games.
When a real crisis is not seen as the top priority 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 oblige 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-
FLASHBACK: Protest riots in Athens have been part of life in Greece over the last 12 months.
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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 FOUR consecutive years of falls in completed this might appear home builds have been recorded in Spain a truly frightening since the 2007 peak in construction, official prospect, but just data shows. In total this represents a 74 per think about it for cent fall in the market overall. a moment.
Falling, and still falling
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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ONE of the most financially damaging taxes facing wealthier British families is UK inheritance tax. Living overseas does not automatically protect you from inheritance tax since liability does not rest on residence or even nationality, but on domicile. Domicile is a complex UK common law concept. If claiming a change of domicile the onus is on you (or more usually on your family when inheriting your assets) to prove you were non-UK domicile at the date of death, in the event of a challenge from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Anyone who is UK domiciled or deemed UK domiciled is liable to inheritance tax on their worldwide assets. The current tax threshold is £325,000 per individual or £650,000 for spouses/civil partners. Any amount over these figures is taxed at 40%. Transfers between spouses are exempt (unless your spouse is a non-domicile). Assets situated in another country may also be liable to inheritance tax there, although in most cases the UK would give credit for the tax paid overseas. This would be the case for British expatriates living here in Spain. If you are an expatriate
Your Domicile Status And Liability To UK Inheritance Tax l by Bill Blevins, Financia Correspondent, Blevins Franks
with a worldwide estate worth over the inheritance tax threshold, you need to take professional advice from a firm such as Blevins Franks to establish both your domicile status and how inheritance tax interacts with Spanish succession tax. Blevins Franks are highly experienced in determining domicile and how double tax treaties affect an expatriate’s tax position. Under UK law you can only ever have one domicile at a time. You can never be without a domicile. Your place of domicile does not have to be the country where you have your closest personal association. You can live in Spain for many years and remain a UK domicile. The basic rule is that you are domiciled in the country
where your life is centred, and which you regard as your homeland. Changing your domicile is seen as very serious step. There are three types of domicile under English law: Domicile of origin - a child takes his father’s domicile of origin at the time of birth, not necessarily the country where you are born. A child of a single or widowed mother takes the mother's domicile. Domicile of dependence - applies to women married before 1974, children and mentally disordered persons. Domicile of choice - can be acquired by moving to another country which then replaces either domicile of origin or dependence. To acquire a domicile of choice here you must be physically present and tax resident in Spain, and have formed the intention of living here permanently, and not foreseeing any reason to return to the UK, such as widowhood or illness. You need to sever as many ties as possible with the UK. This in-
cludes disposing of UK property; resigning from memberships; cutting business interests; scaling down UK bank accounts, investments etc, and setting up new ones elsewhere. You should also be careful about the number of trips you make to the UK. Even stipulating in your Will that you wish to be buried in the UK will count against your case. HMRC will look for any indication that you regard the UK as your homeland and may return for good one day. It takes at least three years to shed UK domicile for inheritance tax purposes. You will be deemed domiciled in the UK for inheritance tax if you were UK domiciled at any time in the previous three years, or were resident in the UK for any part of at least 17 of the last 20 tax years. Although the link to domicile of origin can be removed, it is not destroyed and can be instantly reinstated. If you leave Spain and move to a third country, you
would re-acquire your UK domicile of origin unless you can demonstrate you have moved to a new domicile of choice. Inheritance tax is often described as a “voluntary tax” since tax planning devices are available to mitigate or avoid it. There are a number of ways in which your domicile status can be satisfactorily tested, but professional guidance will be required. In practice HMRC will not consider this until it becomes relevant for some tax purpose. If you get it wrong your heirs could receive an unexpected tax bill. Speak to an international tax and wealth manager like Blevins Franks for clarity on your situation. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals must take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com
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SPENDING by tourists is putting bread on the table for many Spaniards this summer, and especially for the people of Madrid. Internatonal tourists spent nearly €24 million in the first half of the year, according to figures from the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. This was a 5.6 per cent improvement on figures for the same time last year. The bulk of money was due to spending by British tourists, followed by German, Nordic and then French travellers. But on the reverse side of the coin, there has been a mass exodus of British expatriates worldwide - including an estimated 150,000 plus living in Spain going back to London for the 2012 Olympics. Just over one in every five were said to have plans to return home for the Games. At the same time they would also see family, according to a bank survey.
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Tourist boost as Brits lead expat exodus
‘Glamping’ offers a glam side to the challenges of camping CAMPING in any shape or form is not my preferred way of enjoying life. I am not a total novice, as the following clearly displays: I once tried it in the deserts A look of Arabia at finance but almost for females sweated to death. Jane Plunkett Then I jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. also tried it com in Thailand though there I spent the entire night swatting mosquitoes and poring antiitch cream onto massive bites. And additionally I gave camping a whirl in my native Ireland, and there the wind nearly swept the tent away, while at the same time, a flood of rainwater
Micro motoring keeps industry on road SALES of micro vehicles - which can be used by motorcycle licence holders - plus purchases of small 4x4s are increasing, but Spain’s motoring industry is otherwise in the doldrums, with new vehicle sales falling 17 per cent in July, one of the worst in history.
THE CURRENT ACCOUNT WITH A WORLD OF BENEFITS.
UNDER CANVAS: Added extras now available with ‘glamping’. soaked my sleeping bag. Not surprisingly, I am therefore now slightly encouraged to hear about ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping). Basically it is camping, but without the mosquito swatting, neck cricks from dodgy pillows and serious sweating induced by cheap plastic tents. Glamping means instead luxurious tents, an outdoor shower, chefprepared meals, organic food, spa treatments and maybe even a butler! In these times of austerity
alternative holidays aren’t just all-therage, they are also a necessity. And luckily for us in Spain, the world of glamping is booming. On the Goglamping website, which offers details about glamping across the world, Spain features the most choices and opportunities. From Extremadura to Murcia, to Alicante and the Spanish Pyrenees, accommodation options range from beautiful traditional Bedouin tents and Safari tents to self-contained yurts and much more. Most glamping sites are set in picturesque mountain areas or cosy bays, but they are always a little off the beaten track. This equals less temptation to spend money in the local shops and restaurants. Glamping prices vary, but for four people sharing, tariffs start from only €30 a night, and just €180 per person for an entire week. Take your own food, barbecue, chill by the pool, enjoy long walks, horse ride or head for fun in the world of water sports... it all sounds appealing. And most importantly the chance to relax and get away from it all in luxury without spending a fortune you do not possess.
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Spanish architect takes forgeries fight to court A SPANISH architect, who alleges that Qatar forged nearly 1,000 street lamps she designed, has filed a lawsuit against the Gulf state. Beth GalĂ said she was invited to design the street lamps for a 10kilometre stretch of road in Doha for the 2006 Asian Games. Authorities in the gas-rich state chose the â€˜Latinaâ€™ design but instead of purchasing the lights from the official manufacturer, they commissioned Ashghal, the Qatari Public Works Authority, to copy the design, the architect claims. GalĂ, together with manufacturer Santa & Cole and the Barcelona Design Centre, have now issued a public statement confirming that after six years of attempting to reach an amicable agreement, she plans to press ahead with a legal case. â€œThe case is now in the hands of the Courts of Barcelona and one of the largest acts of piracy in the history of design committed by a sovereign state is now being made public,â€? GalĂ said in a recent statement published on the
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900 forgeries of the light in 2006, said GalĂ. Javier Nieto Santa, Chairman of Santa & Cole, said the forgery shows a complete disregard for copyright. â€œIt is unbelievable that Qatar, a sovereign nation and member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, could commit such a large case of forgery.â€?
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