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ISSUE NO. 1429

22 - 28 NOVEMBER 2012



Nerja yes to parking bid NERJA Council has awarded a tender to build an underground car park in Burriana to a consortium that bid €2.5m. It will take 18 months to complete.

Need a lift ALMUÑECAR: Intense rainfall produced light flooding, but it is great for farmers.

Dry weekend ahead at last for Axarquia By Raul Candela and Joe Chivers LOCALS will be relieved that the weather forecast for the coming weekend in the Axarquia and Costa Tropical area does not include rain. Axarquia was left battered and bruised after another bout of flooding last weekend. The MA-3112 from Almachar to Velez-Malaga had to be closed, and taps ran dry in El Borge and parts of Comares after pipes were damaged. At the time of going to press, the water supply had still not been restored.

In the Nerja area, a wall in the sports centre collapsed and the premises were flooded. The Maro beach road was eroded creating several large potholes, and parts of the rock wall surrounding the Hotel Avalon collapsed. Meanwhile in Almuñecar more than 100 litres per m2 more of rain than last year has already fallen. Rainfalls have been considered by experts and farmers as very positive for subtropical fruits and crops in general. Since September, it has rained a total of 350 litres per square metre. While in 2011 the overall

figures were 287 litres, this year 400 litres have been recorded in two and a half months. In Malaga city between 2,000 and 3,000 insurance claims are expected after 112 litres per square metre fell in three and a half hours last Saturday. Some of the worst affected areas in the city included Ciudad Jardin, El Limonar and Los Asperones. El Palo, Carretera de Cadiz and the city centre also sustained flood damage. A small tornado was reportedly spotted near Malaga Airport.

THE mayor of Nerja has called on the regional government to install a lift at the town’s health centre, which suffers from chronic access problems as a result of unfinished work.

Catastrophe COUNCILLORS in both Almáchar and El Borge have voted to ask the central government to grant them state aid as areas affected by natural catastrophe. They also asked the Provincial Council and regional government for help.

Lamb plan ROAST suckling lamb from Canillas de Aceituno could be on the menu in EU countries after proving a hit in Spain. A local business has secured distributors in Holland, Belgium and Denmark.

Green lesson SCHOOLCHILDREN in a Vélez-Málaga primary school have received a crash course in recycling so they know the difference between blue, green and yellow containers.


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Legionnaire’s scare

Sharing funds LOCAL associations and NGOs in Vélez-Málaga will receive €57,000 in council grants. The town hall will allocate €15,000 to non-governmental organisations and the remainder to the collectives.

Saving the cave WORK to protect 30,000year-old cave paintings at the Cueva del Tesoro in Rincón de la Victoria will be finished by the summer. A further €75,000 has been allocated to fight fungus in the cave, the mayor said.


VELEZ-MALAGA’S Fernando Ruiz Hierro Municipal Sports Centre was closed for 24 hours after the bacterium responsible for Legionnaire’s Disease was detected. The premises, particularly the water pipes and ventilation systems, were disinfected and the sports centre is now open. High levels of the legionella bacterium

were detected in both the men’s and women’s shower rooms. Other areas did not show dangerous levels. Schools and centres for the elderly are also being checked but no cases of Legionnaire’s were detected among the population, representatives of the MalagaAxarquia Health Board said. “Although no cases of infection were found, we closed the sports

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centre temporarily as a safety measure. Lots of people, including many children, use these premises every day,” Velez-Malaga Sports Councillor Jesus Lupiañez said. After three residents in the nearby town of Benajarafe were diagnosed last year with pneumonia due to Legionnaire’s Disease, Velez Town Hall hired a company to monitor all municipal buildings.

Landfill seal A LANDFILL site near Sayalonga is to be sealed, while mountainsides facing roads are to be vaulted to prevent rock slides.

Road repair THE provincial council has allocated €1.2 million for improvements to a threekilometre stretch of road from Rincón de la Victoria to Macharaviaya.

TASTY TREAT: But ham with true Iberian origins from pigs fed on acorns (inset left) faces an unsure future.

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UALITY Iberian ham appears in need of saving its own bacon. The Spanish government has introduced new rules regarding the production and sale of ham with true Iberian origin. This has caused much controversy among traditional producers who fear that the survival of legs of ham and other products will become endangered by more lowerquality goods marketed as true Iberian pork. In the past three years, production of true Iberian ham from pigs fed on acorns and bred outdoors has fallen 26 per cent, while produce from stall-bred pigs fed on animal feed has increased 34 per cent. True Iberian ham should come from pigs bred outdoors, allowed to reach a certain

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MORE than 8,000 temporary work contracts will be signed during Christmas in Malaga Province and 35,000 in Andalucia, a study by Randstad recruitment agency said.

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THE association of local municipalities is setting up a body to co-ordinate quality control for tourism-related industries in Axarquia.

Festive gift

UP to €47 million will be invested in 2013 by Malaga City Hall, out of which €6 million will be used on the AVE highspeed railway works, the Tabacalera building and port promenade.

AT least €74,000 of electricity will be saved by Vélez-Málaga Council following a decision to use less street lighting. Parks and council buildings will have less lighting and there will be fewer Christmas lights.

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OPPOSITION groups in Torrox want an investigation into what they claim are illegal police contracts that have led to the existence of a ‘parallel force’ in the Proteccion Civil.


‘It is true that these measures are harmful for the people. But they are meant to produce growth, richness and welfare. Otherwise we would not take them.’

Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy, on the first anniversary of heading the government.

age and given a special diet, including acorns. However, under current rules, the pig can be slaughtered before it is 10 months old, in many cases be a cross-breed with American pork, and often bred in pens. Consumer organisations say that traditional methods are being taken elsewhere, leading to fears that the top products, one of the main figures of Spanish gastronomy and famous throughout the world, will eventually disappear. The government planned to change the rules, but traditional producers do not want products from animals bred in stalls, even if pure Iberian pigs, to be marketed with the Iberian origin.

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fewer foreigners paid National Insurance (Seguridad Social) last month in Spain out of the 1,701,875 signed up, the Ministry of Employment has revealed.

REGIONAL gastronomy will be promoted through the Sabor a Malaga campaign and trade show on December 6-9, both organised by the Malaga government.

In the red A PLEA to delay payments of the €800,000 annual royalty has been made by the company managing Malaga’s Muelle Uno Port promenade, reportedly in the red.

Costs double MAINTENANCE costs of Malaga’s town planning building have doubled to €800,000 a year after it was split into five separate offices, the city’s works council said.

and finally... A STUDY by 168 neurologists in Spain has revealed that 75 per cent out of 851 patients surveyed suffering from headaches did not receive proper health assistance, and additionally 45 per cent were not correctly diagnosed.




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Pensioner faces eviction over landlord’s debts

By Charlotte Birch A PENSIONER came back from a morning stroll to find an eviction notice and a new lock on his front door. The man was stunned because he rented the accommodation and paid his landlord the €600 rent every month. The bank had repossessed the property because of the owner’s debts. The distraught tenant found himself unable to access his valuables inside, including his Social Security card and car keys.

He said that he contacted the Banco Popular in Rincón de la Victoria, which had served the eviction notice, but it only allowed him access to his home a day later. The pensioner, who gave his name only as Manuel, said that what worried him was not what happened to him as such but the way in which an ordinary decent citizen could be ‘crushed’ in such a manner, left without clothing, food, medications and money on a whim and without warning.

Consumer groups said it was astonishing that no one at the bank had bothered to contact the tenant. The eviction notice specifically mentioned that the home showed all signs of being occupied. The man, who moved from Madrid three years ago, said he eventually negotiated with the bank’s lawyers to be allowed to stay on in the property for a further six weeks until he found new accommodation. He said the bank refused to re-rent to

him the property on Calle Paraguay in the Añoreta district of Rincón de la Victoria. Manuel said: “For me, it’s irrelevant what the relationship is between the bank and the eviction process, the important thing is the way I was crushed and unexpectedly saw myself on the street. “No one reported or communicated anything to me and the first I knew about it was a piece of paper taped on the door,” he added.

Clean-up gets under way after Almuñecar blaze IT will be days before shops can reopen and people return to their homes in the aftermath of a terrifying blaze. As the clean-up and investigations continue into the Pablo Iglesias, Almuñecar fire, 150 people are still homeless. They were evacuated from 72 flats close to the Alvaez building when a massive blaze gutted its underground garage. The state of columns, beams and concrete walls was still being tested by experts at the time of going to Press to see if the building was still structurally sound. Due to the high temperatures, safety experts decided to remove the concrete from beams. Before that, burnt cars and debris had to be removed by firemen and

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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Lock change LOCKS have been changed at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, after a thief stole a set of keys from a sentry post.

Old trick A SCHOOLBOY who used prosthetics to disguise himself as a pensioner while carrying out an armed robbery has been jailed. Brandishing two handguns and dressed up as an old man, 16-year-old Miles Alura and his two teenage accomplices were caught following a raid on a Kent jewellers.

No access MORE than seven million adults in Britain have never used the internet, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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TO ASHES: All hell broke loose in the garage fire. council workmen, and the water supply repaired. Most of those evacuated went to relatives’ houses or other public premises. “People have shown an honourable behaviour. They had the right

attitude all along because they are feeling supported. But, obviously, they are looking forward to getting back to their homes,” said Welfare Councillor Maria del Carmen Reinoso.

THE term ‘omnishambles’ has been crowned by Oxford University as 2012’s word of the year. The term, defined as ‘a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations,’ topped a list of words that reflect the past 12 months in the UK.

Signing off CONFUSING signs cluttering the British countryside are to be banned under new plans.


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Axarquia farmers fear for their harvests after rural crime spree

By Charlotte Birch SHEPHERDS claim that their animals are being targeted by criminals, with one in Nerja losing his entire flock to thieves. The unprecedented crime spree is causing so much concern that farmers

are openly speculating about the possibility of organising ‘citizens’ patrols’ as has happened in other parts of Malaga Province. Farmers have already suffered a spate of robberies during the mango harvest and are

now fearful about the forthcoming olive and artichoke harvests. They would like laws regarding petty theft to be toughened up as those accused of stealing goods worth less than €300 suffer a mere slap on the wrist.

ASSISTANCE: Malaga firefighters also drained homes and businesses.

Money set aside for roads damaged by the storms A TOTAL of €800,000 will be spent by Malaga Regional Government repairing 200 to 250 kilometres of roads after last weekend’s storms. And more money is being set aside to pay for the cleaning of mud and debris from the roads. Last Saturday firemen and emergency workers were called to 63 storm-related incidents in the province, especially in the Axarquia and inland areas. The draining and cleaning work they did made it possible to reopen five out of the six roads closed to traffic.

Man hurt in scaffold fall A MAN was rushed to the Carlos Haya Hospital with severe head injuries after he fell from scaffolding. The accident happened in Calle Sorolla, Rincon de la Victoria, on Monday at 11.38 in the morning. It is unknown whether the man was working for a construction company or on

his own home when he fell. The cause of the accident was still being investigated at the time of writing. It is reported that the man was bleeding but conscious when he was attended to by paramedics on the scene. The hospital described his condition as serious but stable.

There has been a 20 per cent increase in such crimes in the past year. The farmers say that criminal gangs are recruiting unemployed people to sell the stolen goods at street markets or door-to-door. Representatives from farming groups have met with the police in VélezMálaga to demand action. Antonio Rodríguez of the COAG farmers’ union said

the problem was widespread and that the countryside was being forgotten about by the authorities such as in the case of the shepherd in Nerja who had his flock of 50 sheep stolen. Farming representatives say the authorities ignore agriculture at their peril and seem to be oblivious to the job creation potential of a sector that was once the lifeblood of Axarquia.


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Pay for wedding COUPLES wanting a civil wedding ceremony in Nerja will have to stump up a €150 charge to the council. The levy applies to non-residents only and is one of a string of charges brought in by the council as it bids to balance the books. If one of the members of the couple has been registered on the Nerja padrón for at least four years, there will be no charge.




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Council backs beach-bar pleas to open all year By Charlotte Birch

Regional bylaws allow the 17 beach bars dotted along the town’s three beaches to open only during the tourist season months but the council is now joining forces with the owners to plead with the Andalucian Government to allow

them to operate throughout all 12 months. Rincón de la Victoria Council sees benefits for BEACH BAR owners in Rincón de la Victoria itself in such a move as it would receive taxes have a powerful new ally in their fight to open from the bars, which would be treated as normal all-year round: the council. bars or cafés. The council said it had been lobbied by the owners of the 17 prefabricated beach bars, which are in a ‘precarious’ situation and need security. Francisco Salado, Mayor of Rincón de la Victoria, said: “We are one step closer to their legalisation, which would finally see these facilities equipped with greater legal security.” Sergio Ruiz, councillor in charge of the town’s beaches, said: “It is a priority for the area to obtain a definitive ruling for THE CHAMPIONS: Parents brought their children for a once-in-a-lifetime picture. the bars before next THE FIFA World Cup and the two and 2012) were exhibited in were expected by the organisers in summer because under the UEFA Euro Cups won by the Malaga, Velez and Coin. Malaga, the heavy rain on current licences, their Spanish national team (in 2008 Although hundreds of supporters Saturday made it easier to take situation is in precarious.” pictures for those who The final decision will be dared to venture out and made by the Andalucian visit the exhibition in Government, which would the Archivo Municipal award a licence for five building. years, renewable to 15.

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Chief faces jail By Charlotte Birch THE Local Police chief of Torrox faces up to four years in jail if he’s found guilty of forging a certificate that helped improve a subordinate’s CV. José Roque Fernández Durán also faces a €12,000 fine, while the policewoman whose career he is said to have helped could also face the same penalties. It is alleged that in November 2007, the chief connived with Mónica Martínez Sánchez to falsify a certificate that bumped up her qualifications. In light of the allegations, the Union of Local Police and Firefighters (UPLB) and civil service trades unions have called on Torrox Mayor Francisco Muñoz to sack the police chief.

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Stories making headlines from Germany

Switched off in Munich A MORNING power cut blacked out most of Munich. Some areas regained power within 15 minutes, while others had to wait up to an hour, local press reported.

Egged on PROTESTERS pelted Germany’s consul in Thessaloniki (Greece) with eggs and coffee, leading to riot police intervention.

No relief A MAN in a wheelchair was refused use of the toilet in Düsseldorf City Hall as he was told by the guard that ‘disabled persons pose a safety risk’, according to Bild.

Nazis rise EAST GERMANS empathising with extreme right-wing policies have grown from 10.5 to 15.8 per cent since 2010, a report by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation said.

Sick note EMPLOYEES in Germany can be asked to produce a doctor’s note from the first day they call in sick, a state labour court ruled.

Fake attack THE mayor of Rickenbach was fined €18,000 for fraud as he faked a Molotov cocktail attack on his own office.

Death wish A 38-YEAR-OLD woman in Fresing, near Munich, survived a car crash suicide attempt after she had suffocated three of her four children to death.


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Tragic outcome to bullying case BULLYING at school is increasing. One of its most recent victims was 16-year-old Monica Jaramillo from Torralba de Calatrava (Ciudad Real). After bullying and hounding at her secondary school, Monica took advantage of her parents’ momentary absence to attempt suicide. Doctors at Ciudad Real General Hospital fought but failed to save her. “There are no words for such injustice and pointlessness,” said Monica’s parish priest at her funeral last week. But there were words from her family. Schools should be more

FATAL CONSEQUENCES: Reports of bullying should be taken seriously. careful when bullying is reported, Monica’s parents claimed.

She was shy and did not make friends easily, her aunt added.

But no girl of 16 should be constantly harassed without the school lifting a finger to help, she said. Other girls often prevented Monica from entering the toilets and would fill empty seats on the

school bus with their schoolbags so that she had to stand, her parents told reporters. Monica informed teachers of her problems but no action was taken and two days before the suicide her parents requested a change of school. The 16-yearold was not being subjected to continual bullying, the school decided, although two girls and their parents were contacted after Monica spoke to the school’s counsellor. He, too, decided that there was no ongoing bullying. Monica felt otherwise and two days later tried to take her own life and died shortly afterwards in hospital. In accordance with her wishes her organs were donated for transplant.

Andalucian tourism looks to the future in Torremolinos Young Spanish drivers MORE than 200 industry professionals gathered today (Thursday) in Torremolinos to plan the future of Andalucian tourism. Members of the industry and political authorities met for the Tourism Strategies Conference, organised by the Junta de Andalucia. The event included 12 workshops covering the different tourism business areas in Andalucia, from sun and beach to congresses and summits, cruises and sailing to sports, gastronomy and wine, amongst others.

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FIFTY-SIX per cent of Spanish motorists under the age of 25 have admitted to insulting other drivers while at the wheel. This is the second lowest rate in Europe, right after the Turkish (46 per cent). Swedes are the angriest drivers as 83 per cent of those surveyed admitted to offending other motorists, findings in a study by Goodyear tyre company said. The report also found that

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Social worker in abuse case A MADRID social worker has been arrested for allegedly raping and photographing children. Police seized so much pornographic material from the home of Rafael Prado that it will take months to analyse, they believe. Employed by the city council’s Samur Social, an emergency service that assists the needy, the 41year-old was denounced by his own wife. Prado organised summer camps for children and is a swimming instructor at the Parque Movil sports ground. At the camps he allegedly filmed himself raping and abusing children as young as seven, sources revealed. Prado was denied bail and remanded in custody.

Counting the cost of 14,684 blazes

NEW measures for emergency action after massive fires may be adopted next year by the Spanish Government. A call will be made to all regional governments by the Forest Fires Co-ordination Board for new regulations. The decision was adopted after assessing 2012’s results, which yielded a total of 14,684 fires and minor outbreaks leading to 198,447 hectares of burnt surface, until the end of last October. Compared to previous years’ numbers, there were fewer fires (16,267 in 2011) but they were more destructive, since they surpassed the last decade’s burnt surface area average of 105,390 hectares. It should be noted that 25 per cent of the scorched surface this year was due to last summer’s two large fires in the Valencian Community. As a consequence of fires, 10 people died and nearly 300,000

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Learn the language SWEDEN - All new foreign citizens in Sweden should speak Swedish, a survey of 4,600 people by the National Statistics Agency found.

Killer’s plea ASSESSMENT: There were fewer but more destructive fires this year. were evacuated from 87 blazes this year. Figures from the Home Office and the different safety authorities also found that there more fires outside high-risk periods, since last winter and spring were remarkably dry and warm compared to previous years. October was, however, very quiet thanks to heavy rainfall nationwide. The board qualified both preventive and first actions after an outbreak as efficient. However, the

Free meal ticket for national strikers A GRANADA city restaurateur watched guardedly as two young pickets entered his premises on November 14. It was the day of the national strike, but the owner of the well-known restaurant in the old quarter decided to open. His foreign clientele were oblivious to the strike and a day’s takings were too important to forego. But instead of making trouble, the pickets,

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wearing union stickers, sat down at a table on the terrace. They ordered Rioja and beer to drink, accompanied by fish, grilled vegetables, fried squid and endives with anchovies. Neither the owner nor the staff saw them leave and assumed they had left the €42.50 cost on the table. Instead of cash they found a note stapled to the bill: ‘We believe there are motives for not using money today. We sympathise with your business, but we sympathise more with the national strike. Thank you for understanding.’ “The unions are respectable and generally peaceful,” said the restaurant owner. “But some are halfwits,” he added.

weather conditions and the state of vegetation made it very difficult to control oversized fires. Emergency aid was given by the state government in 542 out of the 718 fires reported to Civil Protection’s national emergency unit. The most intensive days were August 10 to 12, “when basically all state firefighting resources were used simultaneously in 19 different fires,” Deputy Minister Luis Aguilera said.

A minister and his conscience NOT everyone welcomed the Constitutional Tribunal’s gay marriage go-ahead. “I signed against homosexual marriage and I would sign again,” said Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz after the tribunal’s ruling on November 6. Fernandez Diaz made his feelings clear during a routine Senate control session while ostensibly answering a Navarra senator’s question on terrorism. His conscience dictates that matrimony can only exist between a man and woman, he said. “Naturally I accept the Constitutional Tribunal ruling,” the minister emphasised. “But that does nothing to make me alter my beliefs or conscience.”

NORWAY – Mass killer Anders Breivik, convicted of murdering 77 people last year, complained that his prison conditions violate his human rights, his lawyer said.

Xmas moan DENMARK – A housing complex in Kokkedal with a Muslim-majority board decided not to pay the Christmas tree costs, raising criticism by Conservative People’s Party members.

Child abuse SWEDEN – More than 150 children, most of them foreign-born, have been victims of human trafficking in Sweden, a report by the Stockholm County Administrative Board reported.

Salmon’s up A ‘NO’: Gay marriages. At the time when the 2005 law was passed by the former Socialist government, Fernandez Diaz - then an Opposition MP in the national parliament - signed an appeal on the grounds that it contravened Spain’s constitution. Fernandez Diaz’s views are not shared by the Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon.

NORWAY – Salmon exports to Britain were boosted by lower prices as volume rose 30.5 per cent in 2012’s third quarter, the Norwegian Seafood Council said.

Cold cases DENMARK – Three murder investigations from the late 1980s may be reopened by the Copenhagen Police after reviewing evidence using new forensic technology.


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Old town plan

Dog hanging

ALMERIA City Council has allocated €550,000 - with 70 per cent of funding from the EU - for renewal of the old town to encourage businesses to locate in the area.

A PREGNANT pit bull has been found hanging from a well in Son Rapinya. An animal rights group has offered a €500 reward for help in the investigation, which is being carried out by the Guardia Civil.

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News from our editions

A MAN has gone on trial for stabbing to death a suspected drug dealer during a row over prices. He is also alleged to have started a fire to conceal the crime, unaware that a woman was hiding in the home. She suffered injuries but survived.

No to bars TWO planned beach bars at El Ejido have been cancelled by the council, though seven already built will remain.

Greenpeace plea GREENPEACE has called for an end to oil and gas drilling in the Sea of Alboran between Adra in Almeria and Mijas in Malaga. It claims that dolphins, turtles and fish would suffer as a result of the ‘chronic pollution’.

Bogus officer A MAN who posed as a Guardia Civil officer to approach a woman, showed her fake ID and demanded to search her handbag, was arrested in Roquetas de Mar later at the scene of a car crash.


Hospital magic CHILDREN in hospital in Elche were entertained by magicians as part of an initiative to make their stay happier.

Fire probe CCTV footage is being reviewed as investigators probe a fire that damaged the interior and broke windows at the BBVA bank in Puente Nuevo, Orihuela.

Window treat GUARDAMAR has launched a Christmas window-dressing competition for retailers, with a €200 prize for best lighting, originality, innovation and product.

Soldiers home

AECC FUN DAY: The Pink Ladies are joined by Councillor for the Coast Pedro Mancebo (centre left).

Skies turn pink for AECC

HUNDREDS turned out in support of the AECC cancer charity fun day at Evolution bar in La Fuente Commercial Centre. With live entertainment, a fashion show by Tiger Feet, face painting and a pool competition there was fun for all the family. Councillor for the Coast Pedro Mancebo and his team arrived to show their support for the event which has raised thousands of euros for the charity’s early detection cancer screening programme. The main event took place at 4pm with the release of almost 1,000 pink helium filled balloons. The balloons were bought for €2 each and an address tag attached.

Bank facelift

In the coming weeks it is hoped the tags will be returned to AECC by whoever finds them and the balloon that travels the furthest will win the owner €100. Maria Wilson, President of the AECC Torrevieja branch, thanked the owners of Evolution, John and Jack Williams, for their support, along with their mum Karen who is one of Maria’s Pink Ladies and an avid fundraiser. As Maria went on to thank all her Pink Ladies who helped throughout the day, EWN would also like to thank mechanic Adam from Autos Direct who helped get our reporter back on the road after the event.

THE façade of Alicante’s Bank of Spain in La Rambla, which was opened in 1947, is to receive a €28,000 clean-up.

invested in 2013 by Malaga City Hall, out of which €6 million will be used in the AVE high-speed railway works, the Tabacalera building and the port promenade.

Plan protest

Safety up

ENVIRONMENTAL group Ecologists in Action has voiced its objection to plans to build an electrical sub-station adjoining the Avenida de las Naciones roundabout in Playa de San Juan, Alicante.

CRIMINAL offences decreased by 11 per cent this year in Estepona, following 2010’s 10 per cent recorded drop, the town hall announced.


Christmas gift MORE than 8,000 temporary work contracts will be signed during Christmas in Malaga Province and 35,000 in Andalucia, a study by Randstad recruitment agency has reported.

Public budget UP to €47 million is to be

Blood-suckers A BLOOD donation campaign under the motto ‘Politicians suck our blood, we donate it’ was organised in Malaga City by police, Guardia Civil and fire brigade trades unions.

Opening ways A TOTAL of 635 official licences for opening a business were issued by Fuengirola Town Hall up to October 31, meaning a 25 per cent year-on-year increase.


Country life PLANS to restore woodland and protected countryside in Parcent have received approval from the regional government.

Help for needy THE Caritas Food Bank in Denia has received 32,000 kilos of provisions for the needy from individuals and supermarkets.

Smelly denial SMELLS reaching Campello town centre are not emanating from the Les Canyades refuse treatment plant, according to the local council.

Sweet dreams SEVENTEEN years after being set up, Alicante General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Unit has been officially designated a Sleep Centre.

THE last 10 Balearic soldiers serving in Afghanistan returned home to a hero’s welcome at Palma airport. They had taken part in a sevenmonth tour of duty along with 35 comrades, who returned home last month.

Pension U-turn UP to 500 retired health workers who lost pension credits last month will not now lose out after the Balearic government reversed its definition of those who qualify. The pensioners had staged sit-ins at the Health Ministry in protest at their treatment.

Chemist cash THE Balearic government has promised to pay pharmacies all monies owed after they threatened to charge patients the full, unsubsidised amount for prescriptions. Pharmacists claim they have not been paid since July.

Noise control BAR owners in Sa Gerreria have accused Palma City Council of abuse of power in singling them out for breaking noise pollution rules. They claim measures forcing them to close early are ‘unfair and discriminatory’.

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Stat of week 3.5 per cent inflation was registered in Spain last month, while the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in the third quarter showed a 0.3 per cent loss.






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Driving ambition by car makers SPAIN has a driving ambition to produce more vehicles. Despite sales nationally languishing, manufacturers want to produce more

vehicles than the current two million a year. The longer-term hope by the sector is to see sales rise to three million with improved buying facilities, better logistics, the elimination of number plate tax and lower energy costs. All these will help boost sales, says Anfac, the manufacturers’ association. Their plans foresee 2.5 to profit, sources said, million vehicles for export with adjustments that and 1.3 million for the home include cutting flights 15 market. Seven ministries per cent and disposing including Industry, Public of five long-haul and 20 Works, Economy and the short-haul aircraft. Treasury, will be involved if Iberia also wants to the scheme to increase introduce the wageproductivity and boost scale agreed with the business comes to fruition. low-cost airline Vueling “We have had a very for pilots on domestic positive reaction from the and European flights. government,” announced This would mean Anfac Vice-president Mario slashing current Armero. €64,000 pre-tax salaries Manufacturers also want to €27,000, although more official grants for the CCOO union claims prospective buyers pilots’ incomes are exchanging their present closer to €40,961 a year. car. Although energy Iberia’s plans are reforms have increased ‘barbarous’, according to manufacturers’ costs by 8 pilots’ union Sepla. per cent, they are working Instead they called for to lessen the impact, he an end to Iberia’s said. “Spain does not have merger with British to be a country of service Airways which they industries,” said Armero. claim is ‘emptying’ “This is the time to boost Iberia. our industries.”

MOTORING AHEAD: Manufacturers want to boost yearly output.

Sackings the last resort for Iberia SACKINGS are seen by the Spanish government as a ‘last resort’ for national airline Iberia. Between 2008 and last September, Iberia’s turnover fell from €2,272 million to €1,704 million. The company, which hopes to reduce staff by 4,500, has now explained its plans to Minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor. Restructuring needs dialogue on all sides, Pastor said, following talks with Iberia management and the principal unions. “And that should include every factor that would make Spanish dismissals the last option,” she said. Iberia hopes to return

Zara shows the ZARA’S policy of constantly introducing new lines, and rapid restocking, has brought praise from across the Atlantic. Having sung Mercadona’s praises, the New York Times is now praising Zara which is part of the Inditex empire built up by Spaniard Amancio Ortega, the world’s third-richest man. Masoud Golsorkhi, editor of culture and fashion magazine Tank, was

world how to sell quoted as saying Inditex has completely changed consumer behaviour. “With Zara you know that if you don’t buy it then and there, within 11 days the entire stock will change. And because the prices are so low, you buy it now.” Even high-end fashion companies including Louis Vuitton or Prada bring out up to six collections a year instead of two. “And that’s absolutely because of Zara,” according to the New York Times.

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How to deal with problem of 20 barking caged dogs


COULD you please advise the legal situation on barking dogs? In June we moved to a semi-rural area on Costa Blanca. The problem of excessive barking very near our property has since arisen. There are about 20 dogs causing the problem; particularly half a dozen dogs kept caged. When people pass by and the dogs begin to bark, it sets off all the dogs in the area. We approached the handler but his response was dismissive and he said we You and the could complain as much as we liked but nothing would be Law in Spain By David Searl done. We made a ‘denuncia’ to the town hall with nine signatures, which was sent to the police. They replied that they cannot identify the source, as all the dogs bark. One of our major concerns is the danger these dogs pose. We have had nine instances of loose, unattended dogs coming onto our property. We have grandchildren aged two and three who are due to visit, and are keen for a solution before they arrive. M.R.D. (Xabia)


Dogs barking at night can be infuriating. Even worse is the danger posed by dogs running loose. Both of these activities can be punished by law. If you want to resolve the situation, you must go to the Juzgado de Guardia, the duty court, and make a formal charge against the owner of the dogs. This could include keeping dogs in unhealthy condtions, allowing dogs to run loose, not microchipped, and creating a nuisance at night. Perhaps some come under the ‘dangerous dogs’ regulations. The court is required to act upon your formal denuncia and should order police to investigate. Xabia surely has ordinances prohibiting these activities. You do not have to identify the owner specifically. The location of the dog pen should be sufficient. Use a Spanish lawyer to make sure your denuncia is in proper form. 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. or call 952 667 090.


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A debit card for children aged 6 YOUNGSTERS as young as six, and up to 16, are to be targeted for a pre-paid Visa debit card being launched by new company Pktmny.

£££ THE tax take from the nation’s investment banking industry is set to fall to £50bn (€62.5bn) compared to £87bn (€108.5bn) before the financial crisis hit in 2007, according to the Centre


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for Economics and Business Research.

£££ RETAIL sales fell in October as shoppers bought less food and

clothing, slowing a revival that the government hoped would kick-start the economy.

£££ ELECTRICAL retailer Dixon’s boss Sebastian James has warned that unless multinationals including Amazon and Google are made to pay their fair share of tax then UK retailers are at risk of collapse.

Is international finance merely an ever ongoing juggling act? LURKING behind the international coverage of the US Presidential election, Greece’s financial woes appeared to be relegated to the ‘second division’ of newsworthy items. Only a few months ago there were strong signs that the EU barons were preparing Greece’s exit from the Euro, the only real concern being how this might be achieved ‘gracefully’. Antonis Samaras’s cobbled-together government squabbled over the extent to which the Troika’s austerity demands might be met, whilst increasing and more violent civil unrest, an overall rate of 25.4 per cent unemployment, rising to 58 per cent for the youth of the country, rendered acceptance of all or any of these proposals difficult. Samaras’s pleas for an extension of time to allow the so-far unsuccessful measures to mature, were falling upon deaf ears with, as usual, Ms Merkel being the most intransigent. Times change, however, and now the Troika leaders appear to have decided to soften their approach, perhaps as a last-ditch attempt to keep

FAMILY THOUGHTS: Life for the Greeks used to be simple and without ongoing financial worries.

Jim Collins Costa Blanca

the eurozone intact, with some interesting financial juggling being brought into play to counter the understandable reluctance of private bond buyers who, only a year or so ago, were forced to accept a 75 per cent loss on their holdings. Now, under the new plan, any loss on future bond sales will be in the hands of the European bail-out funds, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). If there should be what banking circles call a ‘haircut,’ it will be these institutions which suffer the loss, and as one respected financial

correspondent points out: “For the first time the German taxpayer will see real money which otherwise might have been used for pensions, healthcare and education, disappearing into the bottomless pit of Greek hand-outs.” Let us not fool ourselves. This latest tranche of Troika bail-out money - €31.5 billion might temporarily plug the hole in Greece’s public finances, but entities charged with monitoring the programme are already suggesting that a further loan of at least €20 billion, together with a massive write-down of still-outstanding debts, will be needed just to ‘keep the pot boiling’. But here we come across another interesting point. The ECB is barred from taking ‘write-downs’

so to get around the problem the proposal is for it to transfer its holdings of Greek bonds at cost price - to EU member states, which will then transfer any profit on maturity back to Greece. With this ‘smoke-andmirrors’ strategy, sleight of hand if you like, nobody takes a haircut even though, as explained in a recent article, it would mean the debt being partially forgiven, interest payments waived for a while if deemed necessary and maturities extended, pushing a proper resolution of the problem away into the future. Basically, a typical political manoeuvre. Surely the Greek people must be considering alternatives - anything with even the remotest chance of alleviating their misery. Many must be harking back to the days before their nation embraced the Euro. They hobbled along then, managing their own affairs; unemployment wasn’t the horrifying spectre it is now, and it would be less than surprising if they were thinking that returning to those times might provide a better life than the one they are enduring now.

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FINANCE, BUSINESS & LEGAL Back in April, the Spanish government announced details of its draft new anti fraud plan. One of the proposed measures related to assets held outside Spain and would affect most expatriates living here. Confirmation that this is going ahead was finally received at the end of October. Law 7/2012 of 29th October 2012 was published in the Official State Gazette the following day. It amends existing tax and budget legislation and adapts financial legislation to strengthen action to prevent and combat fraud. Most measures came into effect immediately. It arms the Tax Authority with powerful weapons to fight tax fraud and the hidden economy - one of the main priorities of the government’s economic policy. State Secretary for the Treasury, Miguel Ferre, described this new anti fraud plan as “the most ambitious legislation in this field since the 1970s”. If you live in Spain, it is important to understand what the tax rules are, and ensure you correctly report your income and assets and only use approved tax planning arrangements. Professional advice from a firm like Blevins Franks which specialises in tax and wealth management for British expatriates in Spain is invaluable. Reporting obligation Under the legislation, residents of Spain now have a new obligation to

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Spain’s New Anti Tax Fraud Law New reporting requirements for overseas assets

by Bill Blevins, Financia l Correspondent, Blevins Franks

report all assets and rights held outside Spain, where they are: • Owners • Beneficiaries • Authorised signatories. A new reporting model will be created, on which all kinds of assets may have to be reported, including: • Bank accounts • All forms of securities • Capital • Life insurance • Real estate. Failure to comply with the obligation will have costly consequences when discovered by the tax authorities. A €5,000 penalty will be imposed for each omitted data - with a minimum penalty of €10,000.

An asset which has not been reported under this system and is discovered by the tax authorities will also be assumed to have been acquired with undeclared income. It will be treated as an ‘unjustified capital gain’ for the most recent tax year which is within the statute of limitations. Under Spanish law tax investigations can go back four years, so the income would be deemed to arise four years prior to the year the asset is discovered. It will be taxed at the marginal rates of income tax. This effectively eliminates the statute of limitations for undeclared assets, so the tax authorities can go back indefinitely to assess undeclared income and tax it at maximum rates, plus interest and penalties. It will be considered a “very serious offence” with a penalty of 150% of the tax due. Although this is new legislation, the obligation to report overseas income is not new. Anyone who meets the tax residence criteria in Spain is already liable for tax on their worldwide income and gains and is obliged by law to declare them accordingly. Except for the years when wealth tax was effectively abolished, they should also have declared their worldwide assets on their wealth tax returns where a liability arose.

So what is new and important about this legislation is the consequences for failing to report. The penalties are very severe and could be more than the value of the hidden asset/s. At the time of writing, the government has not supplied information on how the reporting is to be done. Further regulation will establish the terms. Limits to cash payments The new anti-fraud law introduces a limit to cash transactions where one party is a business owner or professional (credit institutions are excluded). Cash transactions now cannot exceed €2,500. This comes into effect 20 days after the law was published. Where one party is a non-resident, the limit is €15,000. Any breach will be considered a serious administrative offence. A penalty of 25% of the payment will be imposed. Both parties are jointly liable, so the authorities can bring action against either one. If one party voluntarily reports the transaction, they will be exonerated from paying the penalty. Measures to improve tax collection The legislation includes a series of

measures to strengthen the tax authority’s ability to collect revenue, particularly if the taxpayer attempts to escape their obligations by delaying payment, creating obstacles or concealing wealth. It toughens the penalties for resistance, obstruction, excuses or refusal to comply with tax inspectors. The penalties vary between €1,000 and €600,000. The times are changing for tax planning across Europe, perhaps even more so here in Spain. Professional advice is essential if you want to protect your wealth from unnecessary taxation and make sure your tax planning will stand up to scrutiny. A firm like Blevins Franks will guide you through your options for legitimate tax mitigation. The tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual should take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website




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When a woman is the higher earner then men need to add up situation! I HAVE a friend who makes a lot the women in question, or of money. whether it has a serious She has a high-up position in a consequence on their big company, works very hard relationship. and picks up a very healthy pay The answer is unclear as each cheque at the end relationship will play of each month. to a different tune. Her husband, on But one thing is for the other hand, is sure; a little thought terrible with about the subject money. will help keep a He earns nothing relationship intact. A look near to her wage So back to my at finance and despite the friend. for females general perception She started that perhaps he getting a little put Jane Plunkett might feel emasout that the past few jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews. culated being the holidays, bills and com lower earner out of general household the two, this is not necessities were the case. coming out of her earnings. In fact, he finds his situation Her other half was seemingly comfortable - sometimes a little taking for granted the fact that too comfortable - expecting her she would automatically pay. to pay for things just because, But then he redeemed himself. well, she can. Having been terrible with cash Women earning the same or for a long time, he surprised more than men is nothing new her with an amazing ring, which nowadays. she had admired while on a The big question is whether it holiday. The fact that he had bothers men, whether it bothers saved up for two years just to

Loose change

Catalan bank is set for takeover SABADELL BANK is preparing to acquire BMN’s branches in Cataluña and Aragon. BMN - Banco Mare Nostrum - is the result of an earlier merger between Cajamurcia, Caixa Penedes, Caja Granada and Sa Nostra, following the property boom collapse. Most branches to be disposed of belong to Caixa Penedes. The deal, if it goes through, will affect 462 bank branches, 2,000 employees and involve the transfer of 900,000 clients, said sources close to the operation. The planned merger is subject to certain conditions, announced Josep Oliu, President of Sabadell, which in June bought the

nationalised CAM bank for €1. These include transferring BMN’s toxic property and land assets to Spain’s ‘Bad Bank’, Sareb. Following stress tests by Oliver Wyman earlier this year, BNM was told it needed to sell assets in order to meet capital needs of €2,208 million. Sabadell will now take on €11,100 million in BMN’s customer loans and €8,800 million in customer deposits, but has not revealed how much it will pay. “The transaction will significantly increase Sabadell’s presence on its home ground and expand its retail business there, making it Cataluña’s fourth-largest bank,” said a Sabadell statement.


HIGH EARNER: But partners can create money concerns. buy it impressed her no end. Even though the principal breadwinner in the relationship, she still wanted to be romanced and spoilt. Despite all the love in the world, if one party continues to pay for things resentment can build up. Therefore, it is important to keep the channels


At the top BELEN ROMANA, Treasury Director General between July 2003 and October 2005 has been appointed head of Spain’s ‘Bad Bank’ Sareb.

Profits plunge DEVELOPMENT and sustainable energy giant Acciona’s third quarter profits plunged 64 per cent.

Too expensive VODAFONE, whose half-year Spanish earnings fell 11 per cent, admitted that the €24,000 million it paid for Airtel during the 2000 ‘’ boom was more than the company was worth.

of communication open and talk about the finances. She might be OK about footing all the bills, but maybe she’s not. He might seem OK about his missus being the high earner, but maybe he’s not. The only way to know for sure is to speak up and let your feelings be known.

Spain cannot chase debts in Ecuador BANKS will not be allowed to chase up immigrant workers’ Spanish debts in Ecuador. Spain’s 480,000 Ecuadorians are more affected by unemployment and mortgage foreclosures than any other immigrant community. There were a daily 50 evictions last year and a fair percentage involved Ecuadorians, claimed immigrants’ support group Conadee. Nor was eviction their only problem. “Hundreds are saying that banks threatened to recover their mortgage debts in Ecuador,” said Ambassador Aminta Buenaño. The Ecuadorian government headed by Rafael Correo has vetoed any attempt to square a citizen’s

foreign debt by impounding assets in Ecuador. Ecuadorians in Spain are also wary of the Pichincha España bank which last year acquired immigrants’ loans and unpaid mortgages from Bankia and a Spanish investment fund. Pichincha España will not pursue immigrant workers’ debts in Ecuador, an official said.

Seniors flush juniors away BATHROOM cleaners are big business... even though when it comes to the loo, elderly people clean up more than the youngsters. Whilst 27 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds hate to touch the toilet bowl, an impressive 92 per cent of over 65s are made of sterner stuff and have no qualms about getting stuck in to the cleaning. Overall that could mean up to nine million people are driven round the bend by the chore, claims a survey in Britain by global market research company Mintel. And 34 per cent of British expatriates follow the Spanish lead of saying bleach is best for that sparkling rim. With an estimated 43 million toilets in Britain just over half households have the bog standard one loo, almost a third have two, and a tenth have three. But when it comes to cleaning the loo, Britain is a nation of extremes with one in five cleaning the lavatory once a day or more, whilst one in 20 whip out their brushes just two or three times a month. A decidedly unfragrant 1.5 million (3 per cent) admit to cleaning the loo once a month or less.

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Forget sweetie, just get me a gin Ana JeffersonSmith takes an irreverent look at life as a singleton expat in Spain

COMMENT A taxing situation MARIANO RAJOY would like to lower income tax in 2014, but Economy Minister Luis de Guindos knows it is not going to happen. Spain’s priority is reducing the deficit, De Guindos insisted recently. And just how many people would a tax-cut affect? By 2014 more people than ever could be out of work. Having a job and paying tax even at the current rate would be their idea of heaven.

Ambitions SPAIN usually dislikes its politicians, bestowing affection after they die because they do little to earn it in life. The spat between Madrid’s mayor and the regional president - who belong to the same party does not directly affect the rest of the country. Nevertheless, it demonstrates that Spain’s politicians devote too much energy to defending their patch and not enough to doing what they are elected to do.


OW winter is setting in, the temptation to hibernate for the next few months is stronger than ever. The allure is to hide, watching re-runs of Sex and the City in my fluffy slippers with a box of Ferrero Rocher in one hand and a hot chocolate in the other. Who am I trying to kid? I really mean a strong G&T. In each hand. WHEN the initial results of the survey were published, many men scorned the findings, but people in Spain were keen to agree that women are better behind the wheel. “Women tend to concentrate more and can do two things at once, so yes, I would agree,” said Kevin Mooney from Guardamar on the Costa Blanca, who admitted that in day-to-day life his wife does ‘most of the driving’. Jean Blackwell, who divides her time between Benalmadena, Costa del Sol and Essex, UK, pointed out: “Women are more patient on the roads, and the older woman is definitely better behind the wheel than the younger woman.” Boutique owner Sam Buxton from Quesada on the Costa Blanca also views women as better drivers. “Men can be quite hostile, while women take more care.” Mallorca expatriate Bianca Hadley, originally from Holland but now living in Santa Ponsa, agrees. “Yes! Women are more careful, though there are some dreadful women drivers as well. I’ve terrible speeding fines but I have never been in an accident.” British expatriate Madeline Evans from Lo Crispin on the Costa Blanca feels the issue is based more on age. The main driver in her household, she says: “Older women drivers are definitely better, though I have found some of the younger ones


As I see it...

So with my last remaining single lady no longer on the scene, what’s to entice me to kick up my six-inch-high, €1,000+ Louboutins that I try so hard to walk in, and paint the town red? Obliged to attend another friend’s leaving drinks, the guest list was as follows: Mr and Mrs Been-TogetherForever, Mr and Miss In-The-

Annoying-Honeymoon-Phase, Mr and Miss On-And-Off-But-VeryMuch-On-Right-Now, Mr and Mrs We’re-So-Overly-In-Love-We’rePretty-Much-Married. Plus, of course, lonely young me! I have no problem hanging out with other couples. But when every other word is ‘babe’ or ‘sweetie’ or ‘cutie’, I tend to seek another tipple.

Women are the best drivers Following a British study of 19,000 vehicles fitted with tell-tale black boxes, females were found to speed less, brake more cautiously and drive less after dark when most crashes occur. But what do others think of the findings? Laura-Jane Bruce reports.

FROM LEFT: Madeline Evans, Nick Clayton and Fernanda Fernandez.

tend to be the most aggressive and don’t like to be behind fellow women drivers.” Fernanda Fernández from the Mallorca capital of Palma also regards women as safer. “We cause fewer accidents because we are more prudent. Women have a sixth sense, that’s why we drive so well. Oh, and I park well, too.” Sheffield-born Nick Clayton agrees with the statistics, adding: “My wife is a very good driver but she drives like a man, and she’d admit that.” But Crispin Clarke, on holiday in Malaga with his partner Sheila,

disagreed with the findings and the views given by others. “I am a far better driver than Sheila, who often lacks confidence. I know parking is not everything, but my sister - and many other women - cannot even park a car straight, so how can you say they are better drivers?”

All the touchy-feely-kissy-ness does make me feel a little nauseous; I mean there’s a time and a place, and it’s preferably not in front of me. And when discussions arise on how fantastic Christmas will be spent together, that’s when I really do mentally freak out. I don’t sound bitter, do I? Clearly I need to simply keep in mind the perks of being footloose, single... and keen for real action! For starters, nightly - come to that matter, in fact, daily drinking is not an issue. I have the freedom to dine as I wish, with whom I wish. Additionally, I do not need to face questions about who, what, where and when I go out. I have the ability to be spontaneous and flirt with whoever I like! That last slice of pizza is mine. No ifs, ands or buts about it. And no non-singleton can say the remote belongs solely to them. But I can. Having popcorn and wine for dinner without having to worry about what a partner or spouse wants to eat is also a godsend. I can wear comfortable underwear, regardless of aesthetics. Those far-fetched dreams of running into and falling in love with my celebrity crushes are slightly more fathomable. And should the threat of loneliness start to creep in, there’s always my very own 50 shades Mr Grey, a short phonecall away. I think I already know what my priority is for this weekend...

Just fancy that THE corpse of an American night-shift worker who died on the front porch of his home remained in place for several days after a postman failed to report the incident, thinking the body was part of a Halloween display.



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Good-time girls a turn-off for decent people WITH deep regret it’s Adios Magaluf. After several years as a beach-front apartment owner I have sold up and am shipping out. I am sure I speak not just for my family but also friends and many holidaymakers, in all thousands of people, who won’t return to Magaluf due to the gauntlet of prostitutes we have to run to get to bars or back to our lodgings. They are like a pack of locusts who also mug the lonely and vulnerable. Sincere thanks to all the hardworking people of Magaluf. We had a great few years of enjoyment and happiness but sadly not any more. The pimp with his Hummer and the girls from Ghana should go to Hell for winter and not come back. Voice of the people, Magaluf (Mallorca)

Blood surprise I READ with interest your article Give Blood (Issue 1426) in Javea. I was an avid blood donor in the UK, managing to notch up 40 donations before coming to live in Javea in 2004. I arrived at the donor session at 9.30am and there were four Spanish people waiting with me. No-one from the transfusion service turned up until after 10am, and they didn’t attend to the first person until after 10.30am. When it was my turn I sat at the desk and said I was British. I was then told, in Spanish, that as I had lived in the UK between 1970 and 1996 I could not give blood. I am writing this so that other British people will not have the same thing happen to them. I just hope that if I ever need a transfusion there is some blood available for me. Wendy Ranger, Pinomar (Alicante)

Diesel shock THROUGHOUT my seven years in Spain, diesel prices have always been lower than petrol. So imagine my shock when I went to fill up my wife’s petrol car yesterday in the garage near the Iceland supermarket in Fuengirola, and the price of 95 octane was lower than diesel at the pumps. I am not sure of the reason and, interestingly, in the UK petrol pump

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JUST one day after the EWN appeared with the report ‘Danger on death bend’ (Issue 1428 CDS) a car overturned at the N340 black spot, though the three occupants escaped serious injury. Three days later there was another pile-up on the bend. Having lived nearby for more than 20 years, sadly crashes often appear almost a part of weekly life, especially in the summer, though as your article indicated, hopes remain that a solution to the danger spot can be found.

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prices are always lower than diesel prices. Perhaps things are about to change in Spain in 2013? N Speed, Los Boliches, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Wasted lives AT the time of writing this 395 British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan by terrorist action. The politicians tell us they died defending the UK from terrorist attacks which originate in that country. I must ask would nearly 400 UK citizens have died in Britain if we hadn’t gone into Afghanistan? I believe it is the actions of the security services, MI6 and Police Special Branch in catching terrorists and exposing home-grown plots to maim and murder that are the ones saving British lives.

To me our servicemen’s and women’s lives have been sacrificed to solve Afghanistan’s problems, not ours. Tom Hawksworth, Santopetar (Almeria)

Seeing the light BRITISH cycling champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has recently been injured in a UK road crash. It amazes me that more cyclists are not hurt in crashes in Spain. While returning home on an unlit country road, four cyclists headed towards me... and while they had lights, they were not fitted on their bicycles, but they were wearing helmets with lights on, rather like miners’ hats. To me they were adding to the danger, for as they moved their heads the lights went everywhere. When will cyclists realise the dangers, and act accordingly? M Horton, Nerja (Malaga)

Eat healthily VERY much enjoyed Ulrica’s article The ‘C’ Word (Issue 1422), not least because my daughter had breast cancer and I know that a dairy-free and animal-fat-free diet really does

22 - 28 November 2012 Axarquía - Málaga East help prevent and halt cancer. I would like to recommend a very informative book as prescribed reading for all women, The China Study by T Colin Campbell, ISBN 978-193210066-2. Several women I know who have had breast cancer have kept the cancer at bay by changing their diet. Caroline Elliot (by email)

Bad medicine CONCERNING your article ‘Madrid holding up prescription payments’ (Issue 1427) I would be extremely sceptical about statements coming from the Valencian Health Authority. This authority has brought many pharmacies to the point of bankruptcy by diverting designated health funds from Madrid to pay other debts. Pensioners’ reimbursement in three months? Laudable but laughable. Incidentally, the 10 per cent figure for pensioners’ prescriptions reduces to 5 per cent for those on low incomes. Ken Bethell Puerto de Mazarrón (Murcia)

Under the carpet WHAT can be done when some VIPs are being linked to a paedophile scandal? Well, what I would do is have a very senior meeting and decide to have some innocent bigwig accidentally, but very publicly named, on Newsnight for instance. It must be done so that the targeted man can take legal action for lots of compensation, and that there could be no defence in a libel action. There, that should do it. Take the sting away, make it much more difficult to have a proper enquiry and most of the scandal gets swept under the carpet. Unfortunately, one or two may get pulled down, but only the ones that we don’t like anyway. Conspiracy theory anyone? Keith the Apicultor, (Malaga)

Go home WHENEVER Mike Walsh writes about the Spanish he creates dissention. If he is not happy here he should return to where he came from and stop his criticism. I would ask him to prove he can speak in the language of the country he has made his home before criticising. He is becoming a controversial fellow. Herminio García Formentera del Segura,( Alicante)

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OTHERS THINK IT For centuries lawyers and legal eagles have twisted, dissected, adapted, reinterpreted and amended vast numbers of laws, rules and regulations in Britain’s legal system. These people have now become an enormous consortium of nest-lining sharks, basically being paid a fortune to unravel and subsequently make even more complicated, the creations of their forerunning bloodsuckers, generally from taxpayers’ money. If I had my way I would appoint a committee of the best neutral legal minds,

have them begin to dismantle the whole sorry farce, and replace it with straightforward edicts of legal simplicity. Putting it all in an understandable language for all would be a start. Did Cherie Blair know what she was doing or what! Why doesn’t Palestine recognise Israel’s right to exist and have done with it? Peace would prevail, prosperity would return, Israel would withdraw from the Gaza Strip and both countries could look forward to a bright and happy future for their children and families. But they won’t, will they? Instead they continue allowing Hamas to throw missiles over into the adjoining ‘non country’ till it has no choice but to retaliate. Under the

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’M beginning to warm to Abu Qatada. Not because of what he stands for, but for his almost super-human tenacity after once again being freed to walk Britain’s streets. Yet again this hulk adorns the nation’s front pages, initially upon gaining freedom, and then with his first request after leaving jail for a bigger house! You gotta hand it to him, haven’t you? I now seriously hope to see him still around for some time to come, for the longer he manages to flaunt and manipulate the laws of Britain the more it shows what a mishmash of ridiculous regulations they all are. And this, if it leads to change, will be a definite positive.

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Spanish dream turns to nightmare wait for compensation

By Ric Polansky BRITISH couple who had their home demolished on the orders of the Junta de Andalucia are still waiting for compensation after winning a court case. Len and Helen Prior, both aged 68, hit the headlines in Spain and Britain when their €680,000 villa was razed to the ground. It had been built illegally, though they had made every effort to ensure it was legal, with building permits in order and lawyers and architects hired to ensure the licences were correct. Since the demolition nearly four years ago the Priors have been fighting for compensation. The courts have blamed the municipality of Vera in Almeria for giving permission to build when they should not have, and said compensation must be paid. But although the town hall has been named as responsible, no figure for compensation has been reached. So the Priors wait patiently for another Spanish court to calculate the sum due. Potentially thousands of homes in the Almeria region could be demolished, with the responsibility falling on local town


STRAIN: Helen Prior is still waiting for compensation. MIGRAINES: Stress is affecting Len Prior’s health. halls which allowed development on land not zoned for building in the 1990s and the early days of the 2000s. But with the present economic crisis leaving town halls strapped for cash, getting compensation for homeowners, even those like the Priors who acted in good faith, is proving extremely difficult. Why their house was targeted out of the thousands built, many without any paperwork at all, has

never been explained. “It was as if our names were drawn from a hat,” said Helen. Since their eviction the Priors have been spending most of the time living in the garage of their

former home, although they have been provided with an apartment to sleep in by Vera Town Hall. But they prefer to mostly stay in their garage to look after their dogs and garden.

Helen said: “We are so tired of fighting this. I almost forget why we came to Spain in the first place; for the sun, and the lovely people. “Then to have it all taken away by this incident and dragging on forever. We are not getting any younger. “It would be nice to have the nightmare over so we could go on living again,” she added. The stress of the last four years has started to affect the Priors’ health with Len suffering migraines, some lasting four to five days. And Helen continues to battle against mental strain and tiredness. It is a far cry from the day they moved to Spain and had the three-bedroom villa built on a 10,000-square-metre landscaped plot in 2002. Their dreams of a sunny retirement were shattered. Over the last two or so decades thousands of homes were built in a construction boom that brought wealth to many parts of rural Spain. Town halls anxious not to miss out on the bonanza often gave building permissions on land not included in the official development plans.

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YANAIR’S Michael O’Leary has hit the headlines yet again with claims he’s being blocked in attempts to operate flights where passengers stand during the journey at a cost of just £1 per ticket. He’s calling for standing room only cabins with the removal of the back 10 rows of seats. Arguing that seat belts would be useless anyway in a crash and should therefore be scrapped, he points out that they’re not required on the London Underground or on trains travelling at 120 mph. Why then on planes? Fuming at the authorities for denying him permission, he says: “The problem with aviation is that for 50 years it’s been populated by people who think it’s a wondrous sexual experience … when it’s really just a bus with wings.” What can’t be denied is that O’Leary’s a brilliant manipulator of the media. Rather than pay a fortune for advertising, he plants another silly story in the press and all the media pick it up (oops, guilty myself here!), giving him hours of free publicity. What next? Outside toilets? Strapping passengers to the wing? Getting passengers to stick

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Master manipulator is fuming at no standing Breaking Views NORA JOHNSON Nora, who has lived on the Costa del Sol for a number of years, is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in Nora’s column, go to

their arms out of the windows and flapping to reduce costs? Parachuting passengers out of the plane when it’s directly over the airport they’d prefer to land at rather than the one Ryanair’s taking them to? Or are slot-machines the solution? Coin-operated slotmachines giving passengers access to oxygen masks, lifebelts, emergency exits and chutes. Could this be O’Leary’s true vision of the future? No wonder O’Leary’s loaded, he gets

WHY SEATBELTS?: Simply a bus with wings! all this coverage free. But love him or loathe him, he’s created numerous jobs, a fact which is, indisputably, good for the ailing economy. Additionally, many European cities would be in dire straits if not for the tourists being bussed in by his planes. And as O’Leary himself would

say: if you don’t like ’em, don’t use ’em. Basically, you can’t help but admire the resourcefulness of everyone’s favourite love-to-hate Chief Executive whose strategy seems exclusively based on a weird sort of ‘anti-marketing’. Any publicity’s good publicity in

Michael O’Leary’s opinion but sooner or later it’ll backfire. But hopefully not in mid-air … Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Soul Stealer’ & ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( available from Amazon in paperback/ eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.

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F you were an animal, what would you be? Quick and predatory like a leopard? Loyal and reliable like a dog? Or, like me, would you be a bear? Not a cuddly one of the teddy variety, but a fullyfledged grizzly is more like it. Partly because I love raw fish (sashimi, smoked or ‘gravad’), I can eat a month’s worth of food in one sitting and, if irritated, I have a tendency to roar. But mainly it’s because I go into hibernation this time of year. “Mum - get out of bed!” The kids call bright and early on a Sunday morning. “I can’t,” I groan. “Why?” they demand to know. “Back problems…” I mumble, trying to sleep mid-dialogue. “…can’t get it off the mattress,” I add in an attempt to close the discussion. Normally the kids win this tug-of-war, but left to my own devices, I would

probably spend most of the day tucked away under the warm duvet, as the cold winds howl outside and the darkness falls earlier and earlier each evening. Is it just me or does the lure of a good movie, some mulled wine or hot chocolate in front of an open fire not appeal more than facing the elements ‘out there’? Hibernation in bears is more technically referred to as denning or winter lethargy, which perfectly sums up my lack of energy and impetus come wintertime, symptoms which in humans are referred to as Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD). Unlike the grizzly, the show must go on for us, so what can we bears do to survive this winter of our discontent? Experts recommend that

we expose ourselves to as much natural sunlight as possible, especially during the hours of 6am and 8am. Pretty tough, since it’s pitch black for most of this time. For investigative purposes I

the amino acid tryptophan can help to increase levels of serotonin in the body, which can make you feel better. Foods rich in tryptophan are turkey, milk and egg whites. The experts also tell us to avoid alcohol and caffeine, but they always do, don’t Swedish-born Ulrica is a freelance journalist living in Mallorca with her they? Personally, I family. Her debut novel $Expat Wives think a glass of is available on Amazon and iBooks. To comment on any of the issues Rioja Reserva cures raised in Ulrica’s column, go to many ills and life ulrica-marshall without my daily ULRICA MARSHALL coffee is, frankly, ulrica inconceivable. Other than that, set my alarm at 6am to we are meant to exercise verify this before nodding and keep a regular off again. So, if this is not schedule (not sleeping in possible, it may be worth late on Sunday mornings, investing in a dawn my kids will be delighted to simulator or a box of light, hear). Of course, if the which emits a light 10 bear tendencies cannot be times stronger than your tamed with these home average household remedies, you might want lightbulb. to pop into your friendly What you eat also has a doctors or speak to a bearing on our hibernation counsellor. SAD is a instinct. Foods that contain recognised medical ailment

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GRIZZLY: Hibernation is the best option for me at this time of year. and may need professional treatment if severe. If all this fails, then your only remaining option is to move to an even sunnier climate than we have here in Spain. The ideal is within 30 degrees of the equator,

so get your map and protractor out and consider your options. I will have a look in the Atlas soon but perhaps a few more minutes in bed are needed first. Just one more press of the snooze button…


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Clothes can hurt CLOTHING is injuring millions of Brits each year. One in two adults said they suffer aches, pains or injuries from items such as handbags, bras, belts and hats. The British Osteopathic Association (BOA) published the data which said poor fitting bras are a source of back pain for many women along with heavy bags causing discomfort in the neck, back and shoulders. Men were likely to suffer from back pain after keeping their wallet in their back pocket. The pelvis sits on the wallet and, over time, the spine twists. Overly tight hats can cause vascular compression and sunglasses can cause neck extension,

PAINFUL: Sitting on your wallet can twist your spine. headaches and neck pain. The BOA also warned

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Worrying may be good for you NEUROTIC people are often told they will worry themselves into an early grave, but scientists suggest such a character trait could be good for your health. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Centre made the discovery while conducting research into how personality traits may influence underlying biology and predict harmful conditions. Neuroticism is usually marked by being moody, nervous, and a worrier, and has been linked to

hostility, depression, and excessive drinking and smoking. Researchers therefore assumed that neurotics would display the highest levels of a biomarker for inflammation and chronic disease, but they were surprised to find they displayed the lowest levels. The biomarker Interleukin 6, an important immune protein, provides an accurate assessment of conditions linked to inflammation such as heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, and some cancers.

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PRACTICE DAILY: Mind over matter.

Meditation is key to good health MEDITATING daily can help reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack or a stroke. Researchers found that transcendental meditation, which involves making a sound repeatedly, could cut heart attack rates by half. The new study found that people with heart disease who practised the relaxation technique for 20 minutes twice a day were 48 per cent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or die, compared with those who attended a health education class for more than five years. Meditation was also shown to lower their blood pressure.

WELL applied make-up can help you look up to a decade younger. The research, carried out for a beauty retailer, involved showing people photos of well-known women, first bare-faced and then with make-up. On average, the celebrities looked between five and nine years younger with make-up. Asked about their own look, the survey showed that the older you are, the more reliant you are on makeup to turn back the clock. Only 60 per cent of those aged 30 to 39 thought they looked younger with make-up, compared with 100 per cent of those aged 60 to 69.

MAKE-UP: Applied well, it can make you look years younger.

Botox is out, CO2 is in FORGET Botox, CO2 is the new anti-wrinkle remedy. As well as smoothing out wrinkles, it is claimed that carboxytherapy can help get rid of dark under-eye circles and fade scars. The treatment involves an injection of naturally occurring carbon dioxide gas into your skin. This persuades the body it is

lacking in oxygen, which prompts a release of the gas into the blood, improving circulation in the area. And that boosts collagen in skin cells, making the skin plumper and wrinkles less defined. One doctor has been trying it out on clients, but there have yet to be studies into potential side effects.

Don’t mask your natural beauty FACEMASKS have a deep cleansing and conditioning action on the skin and are great for refreshing tired skin or soothing troubled skin. Coffee and cocoa masks have long been a favourite of beauty experts. As a combination, they decrease puffiness in the face

and the eye area, brighten skin and wake up a dullish complexion or skin ailments that appear as the cold sets in. If you have dry skin, look for facemasks containing honey or with lemon if yours is oily. Applying a mask to your skin once a week will leave you feeling

refreshed and protected against the harsh elements winter brings. You can even create your very own DIY masks at home using ingredients from your larder. With the variety of facial masks you can apply to your skin, anyone can use them for a multitude of benefits.


Browsing blues USING your computer or tablet in the evenings could leave you feeling down. Researchers found that exposure to bright light at night increases levels of a stress hormone which can trigger depression and reduces the ability to learn.




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Undercooked lamb’s liver is off the menu RAYMOND BLANC’s London restaurant has been stopped from serving a liver dish which left two diners with food poisoning. Blanc Brasserie in London’s Covent Garden no longer offers pink lamb’s liver after complaints of food poisoning during the summer. Guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA)

recommends that lamb’s liver must be cooked at 70 degrees centigrade for at least two minutes. Brasserie Bar Co, of which Raymond Blanc is the director, have now taken the dish off the menu at their restaurants throughout Britain, saying to overcook the dish would spoil it.

PINK LAMB’S LIVER: To overcook would spoil the dish.

DIETING?: Then don’t watch.

Watch it! They are unhealthy WATCHING your weight? Then don’t watch cookery programmes! According to scientists, while popular cooking shows inspire us to have a go in the kitchen, they also make us more likely to eat unhealthy snacks. American psychologists studied 80 adults to find out what impact television viewing has on our eating habits. Half were told to watch a

cookery show, while the others watched a nature programme. Three bowls of snacks containing chocolates, crisps and raw carrots were placed in front of the participants to choose from. The results showed those watching the cookery programme got through larger amounts of chocolate than those watching the nature show, who were more likely to eat carrots.


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Domestic violence, a concern for society T HIS Sunday, November 25, is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. In most Spanish towns and cities, conferences and workshops will be held. Everyone, including expatriates, should become involved in measures to rid Spain of one of its most shameful problems. So far this year, 55 women have been murdered in Spain due to gender violence, 45 of them by a partner or ex-partner. In the first half of 2012, a total of 62,967 cases of gender violence were reported to the authorities, figures from the Home Office show. According to them, 36 per

cent of cases were reported by foreign women, although 40 per cent of them refused to go ahead with prosecutions. It is very difficult to estimate the magnitude of the problem as less than 10 per cent of physical domestic attacks are reported. The number of reported cases is even lower if we consider psychological abuse. But why is domestic violence so common in Spain? Obviously, this is a hard question to answer but experts have identified alcohol and drug abuse as well as economical and social causes. This is also believed to be the SUPPORT: A gender violence information group in Sant Joan, Alicante. case in areas like Scandinavia*. In my opinion, Spaniards believe the problem goes deeper, citing the culture of the dominant, misogynistic male (the ‘macho’ or ‘machismo’). Having its source in the Franco era and the extreme Catholic repression that generations suffered, a role for each gender was established in the minds of many men and women. The man was the bread-winner and THERE are just six weeks left the woman dealt with home and before the end of the year, the family. This was respected by deadline for residents to sign both sides, and somehow it on the municipal register, worked. Then freedom came in officially known as the ‘padron’. the shape of women’s rights, the Town halls are doubling their efforts to contact foreign pill, divorce laws, the right to residents by post, phone and abortion, etc. Spain is still in the home visits. middle of a progressive change Expatriates are being advised of values. that the quality of public We may think violence is only services (health, education, attributed to a certain profile: safety, etc) is dependent on the men in their 50s or those older budget the state government and poorly educated for whom allocates for each town, democracy came too late. which is directly Of course, improvements Local and related to the have been made in education amount of people and a new generation has national benefits registered on the grown up believing in the values become accessible to padron. of gender equality. Sadly, COMMON GOOD: Expatriates in Nerja sign up to ensure the provision foreign nationals if With 32 per cent however, statistics reveal that of good quality public services. they sign on the of a population of about 30 per cent of domestic padron 23,100 being foreign registered, late October and the mailing. These are local benefits, but violence cases were committed residents, the town of more than 3,000 We have been contacted lots of some of padron’s national by people under 30. Nerja in Andalucia is an are British, far above times to confirm if they need to advantages include enrolling in There is clearly still much left example of the crucial role the 630 Germans and 500 renew their registration. In public education centres and to do. We should all do our bit to expatriates can play in the Swedes. most cases, they do. voting rights in local and EU build a better society. provision of local welfare. Out “Yes, foreign residents are Otherwise, they will be elections. Being registered also Campaigns organised by the of the nearly 7,400 foreigners reacting to the call we made in excluded, losing their benefits,” speeds up administrative different Councils for Equality Jacky Gomez from the Foreign processes: getting an NIE, (Delegacion de Igualdad) in Department at Nerja Town Hall driving licence, registering a every municipality have proved car number plate, applying for successful in raising awareness told EWN. Since the majority of subsidies, contracting water of a formerly hidden problem. Question: Do I lose fiscal residence in my home country expatriates in Nerja are people and energy suppliers, etc. There is an association in almost if I register? aged 60 to 75, they are given “But it is not just about the every Spanish town where help Answer: The padron registration has nothing to do with the ‘65 Card’ when they individual benefits,” Jacky is guaranteed So if you want to your fiscal residence, meaning that a citizen can be an register, providing special Gomez said. learn more, check your town inhabitant of a Spanish town and remain a tax resident discounts on bus passes, “I am amazed by foreign hall’s agenda for November 25. abroad. swimming pools, parking residents. They are very *Domestic Violence against Send your questions to: permits, and when buying conscious their town will lose Women Report, European glasses. so much if they don’t sign up.” Commission September 2010.

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N terms of inmates, the distinction between Her Majesty’s prisons and Her Majesty’s House of Commons is becoming increasingly blurred. The main differences appear to be that a member of the House can rob and claim Mike Walsh parliamentary privilege to stay out of jail; if prison inmates are caught with International Journalism Europe Broadcaster their fingers in the till Commentator International Radio they get extra time. Awarded ‘Writer of the Year’ Mobile 0034 662 067 490 In my experience your To comment on any of the issues raised in Mike’s column, go to average career criminal is witted than the walsh sleepy residents of the two reptile houses situated in Westminster. Britain’s prisons have been described as universities for BLURRY: The distinction between inmates criminals. Some of my friends have done time. toured classrooms where crooks learnt They tell me that when new batches of new skills in the futile hope they would convicts arrive there is a ‘a glad you’re discard old skills. home’ camaraderie between regular My friends included policemen. Many residents. It is much along the lines of expressed grudging admiration for the the back-slapping when sailors find quick wittedness of their clients. I was they’re signed on to the same ship as told of a hot pursuit through a dockland former shipmates. area in which a squad car tried to keep Whilst working with prison officers at up with a stolen SAAB. Manchester’s Strangeways Prison, I Picture the moment. The police squad

in prison or in the Commons. car rounds the bend to find the pursued saloon stalled. The bonnet is glowing, its doors open and a couple of grinning brats sitting on the nearby bridge parapet. Pointing in the direction of a maze of streets they call out: “They ran that way, mister.” I was told that the youngsters were known to the police. One was 15 years of age and his accomplice 13. The

bobbies knew, of course, these were the two car stealing culprits but chances of a conviction were slim. Happy to retrieve the stolen vehicle one cop returned to the squad car whilst his colleague got in the SAAB to drive it to the police station. Embarrassingly, he couldn’t figure out how to get it in gear. The younger of the two boys showed him how. On another occasion the control buttons of lifts in a high rise block of flats were constantly vandalised. An alternative design was manufactured to withstand kicks and bricks. The pillars of the community smugly gathered to admire their solution. Such was their confidence of the new panel being vandal proof they invited nearby youths to do their damndest. They presumed they would kick hell out of the button panel. A youngster approached, took a tube of super glue from his pocket and squirted its contents into the panel. I rest my case my lord. If this kind of quick thinking and initiative could ever be redirected I think the country would be in far better shape. Maybe crooks should be conscripted. They would surely be a match for the ‘mujahideen’.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Avoid like the plague people who would dampen your spirit. It may not be deliberate but, if you are near repressed or depressed people, it may rub off. Find positive, active people to be near. If you have not started a form of exercise, then now is as good a time as any. Make it group activity if you want more social contacts.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20)

Drugs, sex, blackmail and murder BOOKS Scott Learmont was recruited by British Intelligence while a postgraduate student of Mandarin Chinese and Classical Arabic, ‘two of the world’s most impenetrable languages.’ In the course of his career he has saved the life of the chief executive of Hong Kong, foiled an assassination attempt on a British Prime Minister and dined with an American President.

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: The fact that you are so at home working in a group is indicative of your cooperative nature. Capitalise on this by applying your people skills to your work. In a busy world, relaxation counts.

Now Learmont has returned to his native Scotland, bought himself a house by the sea and hung up a shingle as a private eye. The novel opens with a northbound train. In the First Class compartment are an elderly Chinese man, Cliff Kwan and his nephew Ringo. They have

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Romance will find you this week if only you are in the right frame of mind. You may be inclined to refuse festive social gatherings that hold no prospects for you, but don't close the door on anything. The right kind of companions are sometimes found in the strangest places.

problems sorted out now even if you think they are ʻnothingʼ. When you are feeling good it is easy to take that for granted. .

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

Don't chance your plans being disrupted by ill health. Get any

Your mind is positively buzzing with ideas. There has been so much

progress in your personal life during the past year that it is hard to believe. However, you are capable of being very dynamic and singleminded.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) There are moments of boundless

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Xabi Alonso, Born November 25, 1981. He is a Spanish footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a midfielder. He also played for Liverpool, winning the UEFA Champions League scoring the equaliser in the final.


energy which really urge you to ʻget up and goʼ. Make use of this at work, where most progress is to be made this week. Be you a politician, pensioner or anyone in between, the opportunities are there to be had. Slow progress on the love front should not see you fretting.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Bring more zip to your life by putting the spotlight on your health. Getting out and about lifts the spirits, while perking up the diet with new foods brightens the system. As energy levels come up this week, be aware of what is happening around you.


GEMINI (May 22 - June 21)

HOW TO PLAY Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

The chance to travel seems exciting but can be made even more so by including a few people who are on your wavelength. So busy have you been on the more mundane aspects of life that the ʻbig pictureʼ may have faded into the background.


CANCER (June 22 - July 23) An authority figure may also be seen as a possible romantic attachment. Your talents and charm serve you well when approaching this person. Opportunities need approaching with eyes wide open, however, because they could be timeconsuming and disruptive.

FAMOUS SCIENTISTS 1. Which English mathematician (1912–1954) developed the concept of a theoretical computing machine, a key step in the development of the first computer and carried out important code-breaking work in the Second World War? 2. Which German-born American theoretical physicist (1879–1955), was the founder of the special and general theories of relativity? 3. Which Scottish bacteriologist (1881–1955) discovered the effect of penicillin on bacteria in 1928? 4. Which Italian physicist (1745–1827) is best known for the voltaic pile or electrochemical battery, the first device to produce a continuous electric current? 5. Which Scottish-born American scientist (1847–1922) invented a method for transmitting speech electrically and gave the first public demonstration of the telephone in 1876? 6. Which Swedish chemist and engineer (1833–1896) invented dynamite, gelignite, and other high explosives, making a large fortune which enabled him to endow the prizes that bear his name? 7. Which Swedish astronomer (1701-1744) devised the centigrade thermometer? 8. Which French scientist (1743–1794), is regarded as the father of modern chemistry? He caused a revolution in chemistry by his description of combustion as the combination of substances with air, or more specifically the gas oxygen? 9. Which Greek philosopher and scientist (384–322 bc), a pupil of Plato and tutor to Alexander the Great, founded a school (the Lyceum) outside Athens? He is one of the most influential thinkers in the history of Western thought and his work was central to Islamic and Christian medieval philosophy? 10. Which Greek mathematician and inventor, of Syracuse (c.287–212 bc) is famous for his discovery of the principle named after him? Among his mathematical discoveries are the ratio of the radius of a circle to its circumference, and formulas for the surface area and volume of a sphere and of a cylinder.

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION alar, alec (idiot), carl (miser), clad, dahl, dale, deal, dhal, earl, hale, halt, heal, held, lace, lade, lard, late, lath, lead, lech, rale, real, tael, tala, talc, tale, teal, alate, alder, alert, altar, alter, areal, chela, clear, cleat, dealt, decal, delta, haled, haler, laced, lacer, larch, latch, lated, later, lathe, leach, letch, ratel, acetal, alated, althea (plant), cartel, chalet, claret, cradle, daleth, halted, halter, herald, lather, rectal, talked, caldera, latched, tracheal, CATHEDRAL

How many English words of four letters or more can you make from the nine letters in our Nonagram puzzle? Each letter may be used only once (unless the letter appears twice). Each word MUST CONTAIN THE CENTRE LETTER (in this case L) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

Fill all the empty squares using the numbers 1 to 9, so that the sum of each horizontal block equals the ‘clue’ on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once. Solution on website.

Just joking What’s a man’s idea of a balanced diet? A beer in each hand. I haven’t spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don’t like to interrupt her. How do you make a blonde’s eyes sparkle? Shine a light into her ear. How do you know it’s raining cats and dogs? When you step in a poodle. Have you got a funny joke? Include full name and town you live in.

Does someone in the family need your attention? Don't begrudge time spent with them, even if you are busy. Consider what you would want others to do if you were in the same position. After all, you love a challenge so see this as a bit of a juggling act.

Word ladder CAMP

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) With your enthusiasm socially at a peak, now is the time to get involved with anything that takes your fancy. A project involving music or painting will give you the chance to make new friends.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) This week will see more progress on a health issue. Maybe you have recently given up something or taken to the gym. Recent weeks may have conspired to upset your best efforts. It is never too late to make a fresh start, though, especially right now.


Move from the start word (CAMP) to the end word (BEDS) in the same number of steps as there are rungs on the Word Ladder. You must only change one letter at a time.


Keeping up the activity level physically is really in your best interests this week. It is a pivotal point where your resolutions in this area could fail. With life very busy, it is still important to retain your priorities.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)


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Across 7 Right, for example, Iʼm the key to the government (6) 8 I enter the rearranged salon to find the girl (6) 9 Global institutionʼs taken over this island (4) 10 Conclusive argument from a wrestler? (8) 11 Fate badly needs it (7) 13 Hotel next to the river is home (5) 15 Sap died an unknown character (5) 17 English paella is cooked with beer (4,3) 20 Take unawares and dismiss (5,3) 21 Ethereal but confusing year (4) 22 Diggers are children, itʼs said (6) 23 Fungus spoilt a cigar (6) Down 1 Watch out for second-rate merchandise (6) 2 New Zealander seen in a khaki windcheater (4) 3 Iced gin mixture before take-off helps the plane fly better in winter! (2-5) 4 Silent diplomacy includes Italy (5) 5 Reveal the princessʼs near (8) 6 Ron and Les mix, being people


Across 1 Inexpensive (5) 4 Utilises (4) 9 Organise (7) 10 Expel (5) 11 Regret (3) 12 African country (5) 14 Outdoor sitting area (5) 15 Pivotal (5) 16 Go wrong (4) 18 Simple (4) 20 Egg-shaped fruits (5) 22 Japanese port (5) 23 Turnip-like vegetable (5) 25 Fasten (3) 26 Japanese dish (5)

Improve your Spanish - clues in Spanish, answers in English or vice versa. Across 1 Tail (of bird, horse, fish, plane) (4) 3 Melocotón (5) 6 Wolves (5) 8 Heron (5) 10 Aceite (3) 11 Otra vez (5) 12 Friend (f) (5) 13 Rum (3) 14 Brillo (de tela, pelo, zapatos, superficie) (5)

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who donʼt mix (6) 12 Excavatorʼs plate (8) 14 Showing favouritism, section one has a likely leader (7) 16 Arkansas sailor in charge of language (6)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS 27 Trap (7) 29 Get rid of (4) 30 Sediment (5) Down 1 Place of Christian worship (6) 2 Ahead of schedule (5) 3 Cooking vessel (3) 5 Wide-awake (9) 6 Detectives (7) 7 Fairground ride (6,5) 8 Crouch (5) 13 Garrulous (9) 17 Collects (7) 19 Brag (5) 21 Postpones (6) 24 Avoid (5) 28 Unhappy (3)



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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 9 represents K and 15 represents Z, so fill in K every time the figure 9 appears and Z every time the figure 15 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.

18 English poet not quite frolicking (6) 19 English composer possibly lost by the hospital (5) 21 Sad to say, a young girl never finishes (4)

CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Winged, 5 Butter, 8 Goya, 9 Shameful, 10 Lipstick, 11 Trek, 12 Dear me, 14 Depict, 16 Snow, 18 Spurious, 20 Incident, 21 Shoe, 22 Assess, 23 Dressy. Down: 2 Idolise, 3 Gnats, 4 Dislike, 5 Black, 6 Treetop, 7 Educe, 13 Rawhide, 14 Doubted, 15 Coupons, 17 Nones, 18 Smees, 19 Issue. QUICK - Across: 1/6 Put off, 3 Basic, 8 Tbilisi, 9 Clean, 10 Lends, 11 Explain, 12 Pardon, 14 Stable, 17 Replica, 19 Singe, 21 Hello, 22 Applied, 23/25 Sea god, 24 Scary. Down: 1 Petal, 2 Thinner, 3 Bliss, 4 Shiver, 5 Cockpit, 6 Omega, 7 Finance, 12 Perches, 13 Ominous, 15 Bunting, 16 Sahara, 18 Polka, 19 Soppy, 20 Ended. ENGLISH - SPANISH Across: 1 Somewhere, 5 Dates, 7 Carta, 9 Thumb, 10 Rings, 11 Roads, 12 Italy, 14 Penknives. Down: 1 Sad, 2 Washbasin, 3 Escorpion, 4 Grass, 6 Trufa, 8 Renta, 9 Tarde, 13 Yes.

1. Unscramble the name of a popular BBC television drama series, first broadcast in 2003 (two words):WRIST, NECK 2. Unscramble the name of an English rugby union club currently playing in the Aviva Premiership: HOLD IN IRONS

15 Owner (5) 16 Roncar (cuando se duerme) (5) 17 Mouth (4) Down 1 Cuellos (de abrigos, camisas) (7) 2 Bibliotecario (9) 4 Inglaterra (7) 5 Butcher (9) 7 To smile (7) 9 Poppy (7)


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


Quote Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) British actress and humanitarian.



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The false economy of illegal workers WITH the economic crisis in full subsidiary responsibility where safety measures approved by the swing it is quite normal for workers are not contracted legally Spanish Government in Article 316 communities to attempt to save with all their Social Security paid to of the Criminal Law of Spain. As from November 19, money by choosing 2012, according to the companies or workers new Spanish Law 7/2012, who offer them the best communities can also be prices; all fair and legal, fined if they pay any but it is quite a different amount over €2,500 in matter to try to save cash or by a cheque made money by illegal By José Luis Navarro out to ‘al portador’ ( the employment practices. Solicitor for Intercala Administration bearer). From this date all Communities may think payments over €2,500 it is clever to save money should either be made by by paying wages to their with Pete Woodall, Woody’s Los Boliches bank transfer or by a gardeners, cleaners and cheque payable to an repairmen without paying their Social Security or providing a date (Article 42 of the Workers Law identifiable person or company. Should the payment not be made in proper contract of work. Little do in Spain). they realise this false economy It gets worse, in addition to all this way the government can and could lead to serious problems. the potential compensation claims, probably will heavily fine a If an uninsured worker has an the government will fine a community. Presidents, administrators and accident the community will be held community where a worker is found responsible for compensation, the to be employed without their proper the members of a community may Spanish Social Security will not pay Social Security and this situation be happy to reduce the quotas by one centimo for their time off work, darkens further should the person saving money by any of the above nor will they cover physical injury or working in a community be ways but they will also be blind to the risks they are taking with the pay compensation to the family if someone from a non-EU country. the accident is fatal. All those costs In some cases working illegally on community’s money and in serious will go to the community owners behalf of the community might cases possibly the loss of their own who opted to save money by not even be considered a criminal liberty. It is also a surprise to see that paying Social Security; furthermore, offence under Article 312.2 of the the amounts involved could be Criminal Law of Spain. The many owners still tend to be proud their presidents and president, the administrator and of considerable. As a way around this, instead of whoever else is involved in this kind administrators when they save taking on someone directly, a of illegal agreement may even face money on community works and community may engage a company a prison sentence of two to five services. Yet they never question if everything is being done legally or if who employs workers illegally and years. Even if the worker is Spanish or at there is a risk of having to pay a by doing so can offer the community wonderfully cheaper least from another EU country, it fine or compensation to a worker or prices. To engage such companies could be a criminal offence if his family. Regardless of the direct could again be a false economy, as someone is found to be working the community would have a without the obligatory health and responsibility of the president, administrator or the ones who made the decision to employ someone illegally, the community will be the ones held responsible and therefore all the owners will be made to pay. SPAIN is still one of We the lawyers for the most popular Intercala Administration places to buy a recommend that owners property abroad. should be very aware This is despite HOME IN THE SUN: Beach-front property. about any situation ongoing financial concerning all the problems. were interested in is a 3 per cent rise workers in their France tops the list snapping up property compared to the community to avoid March findings. of the HiFX Property in France. unpleasant and possibly In third place was Hotspots report, with Spain came just expensive surprises, and 23 per cent of behind France in the the USA with 7 per they are well advised to stakes cent of buyers, potential British popularity be properly informed by a buyers. This is 12 per with 19 per cent of followed by Italy, legal and registered buyers Cyprus, Portugal and cent down from interested administrator about what each March’s survey which wanting to live under Switzerland, actions to follow in the found 35 per cent the Spanish sun. This with 3 per cent. future.

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Foreign buyers may get residency FOREIGNERS who buy a residential property in Spain could be given temporary residency. This is provided they spend at least €160,000 on the property and spend six months and a day in Spain each year. Mariano Rajoy’s Government released their plans on Monday. Similar reforms have taken place in Portugal, Ireland, the

UK and Canada. The objective of this legislation is to sell apartments and houses built during the construction boom that now lie empty. Meanwhile, immigrant associations have described the plan as ‘unjust’, while the Socialist PSOE party accused the cabinet of “turning a treat into a commodity.”





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AMBORGHINI has unveiled the new Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. It is the latest opentop luxury sports car built by the Italian company for the price of €300,000, excluding taxes. On the heels of the coupe introduced in summer 2011, and with more than 1,300 already delivered to customers, the House of the Raging Bull is now offering the convertible version of the Aventador. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in three seconds and has a maximum speed of 350 km/h. It has a 6.5 litre V12 aspirated engine generating 700 hp, an ISR 7-speed gearbox and push-rod suspension. The new Lamborghini is immediately recognisable by the unique profile of its upper area, which extends along newly designed geometric lines from the removable roof to the engine hood. The two-piece roof is made

New AMG Coupe MERCEDES-AMG has presented the high-end super sports car version of the gull-wing model, the new SLS AMG Coupé

DREAM CAR: Aventador Roadster features new Dione 20”/21” alloys.

Ultimate open-air driving from the Italian masters

entirely from carbon fibre using techniques that guarantee maximum aesthetic

performance and stiffness although each component is extremely light.

The two parts are removable, easy to handle and can be stored in the front

HIGH END: The super sports car version of the gull-wing model. Black Series. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racing version, the fifth Black Series

model from MercedesAMG boasts a fascinating mix of breathtaking design, out-standing

Arabian luxury in new Rolls Royce models ROLLS ROYCE is marketing a collection of Ghost family cars inspired by the tales of The Arabian Nights. The limited ‘One Thousand and One Nights Bespoke Ghost Collection’ will launch in three chapters. Chapter one will be unveiled at the Sharjah International Automobile Show (United Arab Emirates) next Wednesday. Chapters two and three will

follow in 2013. No prices were given. A series of two-tone paint schemes draws on a warm colour palette that serves as the backdrop for hand-painted coachlines. These intricately applied touches, expressing the Arabic words One Thousand and One Nights culminate in a design that frames the car’s door handles.

driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction. With a kerb weight of 1550 kilograms, the car has a power/weight ratio of 2.45 kg/hp. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine blasts out 631 hp at 7400 rpm and accelerates 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds. The gull-wing racing car developed in accordance with FIA GT3 rules is now a serious contender with the sports car elite. A highlight among the optional equipment is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system. Mark launch will be on June 2013, no prices given yet.

luggage compartment. In a few seconds it becomes an open top car.


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Chelsea and City line up for super Sunday shoot-out A

FTER their recent domestic and midweek Champions League exploits, Manchester City and Chelsea - lying first and third in the Premiership respec-tively - play each other at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Twenty-four hours earlier, Manchester United take on QPR, West Ham meet Spurs in another London derby, WBA, having their best topflight start for 30 years, visit Sunderland and Newcastle make the longest PL trip to Southampton. And don’t forget that Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle have important Europa League matches tonight. By finishing second to a brilliant Lewis Hamilton in the USA Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel now leads Fernando Alonso by 13 points, meaning it will be an intriguing final race of 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday. FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Arsenal won the 250th North London derby, repeating last season’s 52 victory over Spurs who had ex-Gunner Manny Adebayor sent-off. Manchester United

CHASING THE TOP SPOT: Third-placed Chelsea take on Premiership leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

SPORTS SCENE By Tony Matthews

WORLD NUMBER ONE: Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to win ATP World title at London’s O2 arena.

A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.

surprisingly lost at Norwich, Chelsea succumbed to WBA, Reading beat Everton to climb out of the bottom three and reigning champions Manchester City, who walloped lowly Aston Villa 5-0, have now scored in 39 successive home games. Southampton defeated QPR whose manager

Mark Hughes is now under severe pressure, Swansea won at Newcastle for the first time since 1980 (21), Sunderland recorded a victory (at last) and Luis Suarez netted twice in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Wigan, who lost Ben Watson with a broken leg. Crystal Palace, unbeaten in 14, Tranmere, Gillingham and Celtic, top the Championship, Leagues One and Two and the SPL respectively, while Wycombe sit 92nd and last in the FL. Steven Gerrard became the sixth England player to win 100 caps, in a 4-2 defeat by Sweden for

whom Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a quite brilliant goal. The Swede also became the first player to net four goals against England as boss Roy Hodgson handed debuts to six players. Northern Ireland’s 2014 World Cup hopes are in tatters after drawing 1-1 with Azerbaijan. The FA Cup second round will feature MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon. Remember the Dons (once called Wimbledon) moved to Milton Keynes in 2004, and a new club (AFC Wimbledon) was formed to replace them.

Lionel Messi, with a brace in Barcelona’s last win (3-1 v Zaragoza), is poised to break Gerd Muller’s 40-year-old world record of 85 goals in a calendar year, set in 1972. ‘Leo’ needs just eight more in eight games. He’ll do that! Oh, Manchester United FC is £359.7 million in debt. GENERAL ROUND-UP • A record 18,000 crowd at London’s O2 Arena saw Novak Djokovic win the endof-season APT World Tour final. The Serb was on court for almost a day during the tournament, covered 110 miles and won £1 million. He’s spent 168 hours (one week) playing competitive tennis in 2012. • The Czech Republic beat Spain 3-2 to win a thrilling 100th Davis Cup final. Also in tennis Ivan

Lendl wants to coach Andy Murray ‘long term.’ • West Indian Chris Gayle has become the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test Match (bowled by Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi). And despite Alastair Cook’s superb 176 and Matt Prior’s 91, England (191 and 406) lost to India (521-8 declared and 77-1) by nine wickets in the first Test. • Frankie Dettori is being investigated by the French Horse Racing Authority after failing a dope test at Longchamp in September. • In recent Rugby Union matches, England, Wales and Scotland lost to Australia, Samoa and South Africa respectively, while Ireland’s ‘A’ team crushed Fiji 55-0. • Team GB Olympian Laura Trott won two gold medals at the Cycling World Cup in Glasgow. • Sir Chris Hoy might ride at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. • Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (48) has become the oldest European Tour winner ever by taking the Hong Kong Open. • Carl Froch retained his IBF Super-middleweight title by beating American Yusaf Mack in Nottingham. • Boxing’s Ricky Hatton comes out of retirement on Saturday when he fights Vyacheslav Senchenko. • Next week ‘Freddie’ Flintoff puts on the gloves for the first time.

Axarquia 22 - 28 November 2012 Issue 1429  

News in English from the Costa del Sol. Costa Blanca North, Costa Blanca South, Costa de Almeria, Axarquia - Malaga East and Mallorca.

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