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Youths held THIRTY-EIGHT mostly under 18-year-olds, were held in Palma for trying to prevent students from entering Archiduque Luis Salvador Secondary School and causing damage to street fittings.

Cruising in ALMOST 778,490 cruise-ship passengers visited the Balearics in the first seven months of this year, 41.03 per cent more than the same period last year.

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Expats lobby for a return of ID cards THOUSANDs of people asking for the foreign residents card to be reinstated have prompted a call for the European Union (EU) to rethink legislation. The Conservative Partido Popular (PP) in Calvia will demand that the EU goes back to giving its citizens living in Spain an ID card with a photograph. Next Thursday, the PP will present a motion at the council meeting to get back the card, which was done away with in 2006 due to a change in EU legislation.

Head of Foreign Residents’ Department in Calvia, Angie Guerrero (pictured), has reportedly received thousands of

requests to reinstate the card. Having a photo and fingerprint, it had the same validity as the Spanish ID card (DNI). The green document now issued to EU residents has no legal validity on its own, as holders must also carry their own country’s ID. In Calvia there are more than 13,000 EU residents, of which more than 6,000 are British, the worst affected, because as the UK has no ID card they have to carry their passport. NonEU citizens must have a Spanish issued ID card.


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Letters 21 JOSE RAMON BAUZA: Announced the tax would be pulled back.

Tourism relief at green tax U-turn

TOURISM businesses will be breathing a sigh of relief after a U-turn on a raft of ‘green’ taxes they feared would hit the sector. THE regional government (Govern) has announced its intention to cancel the taxes planned on rental cars, beverage packages and big retailers. The reason? Govern president Jose Ramon Bauza stated the Balearic Islands’ recent economic improvement has meant

the government no longer needs the money. The Balearic Islands was the only region in Spain, together with Asturias, to register a ‘profit’ up to July 2013 with a surplus of €120 million, equivalent to 0.46 per cent of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In addition to this profit, Bauza mentioned the extension of the deficit threshold to 1.47 per cent this year passed by the national government as a reason to discard the so-called green tax.

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Seven years for attack A MAN has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in a penitentiary psychiatric centre for stabbing a policeman in the back in Palma in August last year.

Triple crash THREE vehicles, including a taxi carrying one passenger, were involved in a crash on the Llucmajor motorway heading towards Palma.

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Wife killer loses appeal THE Balearic High Court has confirmed a 15-year prison sentence for a man who murdered his ex-wife in her home in October 2011. Nuria Orol, 24, had two children, aged six and two at the time, and was killed in Puerto de Andratx. Her body was found by her mother with a stab-wound to the heart approximately 24 hours

after she was killed. Her ex-husband, 39, had been sentenced by Palma provincial court but had appealed. He went to her home in the early hours of the morning and attacked her, attempting to strangle her, and when on the floor, he stabbed her. He had called her a number of times in the hours before the attack, but denied being

involved, and even went round to her house with her mother when she asked him if he had heard from her. When the body was found he didn’t wait for the emergency services to arrive. Witnesses had seen him leaving the house early that morning. It wasn’t until February 2012 that a gardener found the murder weapon in a bush nearby.

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A MAN wanted by the FBI and the police in Montana (USA) for allegedly abusing his step-daughter and possession of child pornography was arrested by Guardia Civil in Calvia.

Port takings THE Balearic Port Authorities announced that they made €14.4 million last year and has plans to improve facilities at Palma Port.

Prices steady THE Balearic Islands is the region in which the price of housing dropped the least in Spain in the second three months of this year, according to the National Institute of Statistics.

Ahoy me hearty! Spaniards left facing a pirate lingo problem

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VAST there! If you hear a refrain of ‘shiver me timbers’ and are accused of being a landlubber, it is because today (Thursday) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. From small beginnings it has swept the world and is now entrenched in 40 countries worldwide. The holiday was created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) of Albany, Oregon in the US, initially as a private joke. The native English West Country dialect is considered the origin of the ‘pirate accent’. That has led to difficulties for Spaniards wanting to join in the fun. No one can figure out what a Spaniard would say for shiver me timbers, shake-a-leg or bilge rat. There are whole web pages discussing the thorny problem. But they all agree that ‘aaaar’

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LOCAL POLICE officers arrested a man and a woman accused of stealing mobile phones from tourists on Magaluf beach. The woman was hiding three of the phones in the bosom of her dress when arrested.

NEARLY 5,000 teachers, according to National Police data, demonstrated against the Balearic Islands linguistic policy in schools. Protestors also demanded the resignation of Education representative, Joana Maria Camps.

THREE people were arrested in Palma for allegedly breaking into a construction site with the intention of stealing goods and equipment.

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A MAN, 61, died after falling from the fifth floor of a hotel in el Arenal de Llucmajor for reasons not yet known.

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POLITICIANS should not be expected to speak good English, but to be transparent and know how to manage public resources’

Union, Progreso y Democracia spokesperson, Rosa Diez, who admits that she does not speak English.

is the same in all languages. Some of Spain’s most famous pirates include Alonzo Bosco, who, according to folk tradition, settled on Inishbofin, Galway (a small island off Ireland), in the 16th century and built a castle from which he raided passing ships. Jose Gaspar, ‘Gasparilla’ (supposedly lived c.1756-1821), the last of the Buccaneers, claimed to have raided the west coast of Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Benito de Soto (1805-1830) was Captain of the ‘Burla Negra’ and the most notorious of the last generation of Atlantic pirates. He was one of the most bloodthirsty pirates of any age, murdering crews and sinking their ships. The Burla Negra was wrecked off Cadiz. De Soto and his men headed for Gibraltar, but were recognised and tried. De Soto was hanged and his head stuck on a pike.

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million is looking for an owner. La Coruña City Hall has launched a search for the owner of a winning ‘Loteria Primitiva’ ticket which was left on the counter at the kiosk where it was sold. The owner has two years to claim the money.

Not guilty THREE people accused of torturing and killing a 52year-old man in Palma in 2011 denied any implication in the crime during a court hearing.

Speed limit THE Cort branch of the socialist party has asked the council to put a 50 kph speed limit on all the sections of the town’s promenade. The limit currently ranges from 50 to 80 km depending on the section.

Tourism course YOUNG people from all over Europe are taking part in a course on sustainable rural tourism organised by the Eurolocal consortium in Mancor de la Vall.

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Piped in TOURIST DAY will be held in Palmanova and Magaluf tomorrow (Friday) with a performance by the Porrerenca Philharmonic Orchestra.

Struck gold THE Mallorca organisation to promote tourism has agreed to give a gold medal to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, representing all foreign tourists and residents in Mallorca.

Crop seized A 19-YEAR-OLD man from Felanitx has been arrested after Guardia Civil officers seized 40 marihuana plants found at his property.

Eight arrested for forcing women into prostitution EIGHT people have been arrested for bringing Nigerian women to Spain to work as prostitutes on the streets of Palma. Each of the victims had to return €40,000 to their captors within a short space of time to ‘pay them back’ for their trip to Spain. They had to work from 9pm to 6am and were also forced to commit robberies in tourist areas. The were told to target drunk foreign tourists from whom they stole money, jewellery and mobile phones and had sex with them

in the street for money. The investigation began following a notable rise in the number of Nigerian women offering sex on the streets of Palma and complaints from foreign tourists. The women mainly operated in the proximity of the major hotels. Sometimes they would become violent towards the men, attacking with them with stones and razors, and acting in groups to intimidate them. Once they stole items, they would give them to the men in the organisation to sell or send to Africa.

HAUL: Police seize cash after arrests.

Parties billed to Aizoon THE police have given the judge handling the Noos corruption case bills for several parties which were paid for by Aizoon. Aizoon was owned by royal son-in-law Iñaki Urdangarin and Princess Cristina and used to manage the Noos Institute, supposedly a non-profit organisation.

The bills, each for amounts of more than €1,000, include one for a cocktail party, a painting, a catering service and a communion party. They were amongst others issued by Aizoon providers for the refurbishment of the home of the Duke and Duchess of Palma in Barcelona.

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Balearics brings in first land law THE Balearic Government has approved a draft for the Land Use and Planning Law (LOUS), something which until now did not exist in the region. One of the aspects included in the law is that houses which were built on nonurban land more than eight years ago and are not the subject of any disciplinary proceedings, can be legalised as long as they fulfil a series of requirements, including paying for licences. This way, despite their irregular situation, the administration cannot take action against them because the crime has prescribed. Owners will have three years from when the law comes into effect to make their properties legal, and the quicker they pay, the cheaper the process will be.


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Tram hits 100

COCAINE: A pure form of the drug was being smuggled.

STAGE READINGS: Actors will read scripts.

Dinamo excites Palma’s young community AROUND 16,000 young people reportedly participated in activities to revitalise the community under a project known as Dinamo. The project consisted of 250 activities throughout Palma’s districts and involved 400 local organisations including, schools, and youth clubs. It ran in the city for the first six months of the year.

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Finding love THE ISLA Theatre Project presents ‘In Finding Love,’ an evening of stage readings on September 20 and 21 starting at 8.30pm at the Sans Theatre in Palma. The show, organised by the multi-lingual foundation, is an informal event whereby actors will read scripts from various plays to the public. Tickets for the event are 10€ and include a glass of wine, beer or soft drink and can be purchased on the door.

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Cocaine gang are sentenced to jail TEN members of a narcotics gang have been sentenced at Palma Court to between two and three-and-a-half years in jail. They were convicted of trafficking large amounts of cocaine from the Dominican Republic into Palma. The court heard how the network of Dominican, Uruguayan, Venezuelan and Spanish nationals was formed in June 2010 and was in operation until July 2011. The operation is said to have been major, some members were paid €3,000 for smuggling pure forms of the drug into the

country, whilst other members cut the substance with lidocaine (a dental anaesthetic) and phenatecin (an analgesic that’s usage has declined). The court heard when three suspected houses in connection with the gang were searched they found a kilo and half of cocaine and various chemicals used in cutting the substance, along with €80,000. The alleged leader of the gang, a 24year-old woman from Cuba did not appear in court and police are said to be currently searching for her whereabouts.

THE Soller Tram that connects Palma to Soller celebrates its 100th birthday on October 4. Soller Town Hall says it’ll be holding celebrations including a photo gallery to showcase its history.

Bike crash A FRENCH motorist suffered serious injuries after he lost control of his motorbike at just 40kph on the road between Lluc and Soller on Tuesday.

Free art THIS evening (Thursday) Palma’s museums and galleries open their doors to the public free of charge. Galleries open from 7pm until midnight.


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Demo order for houses A COURT in Palma has told Andratx Town Council to demolish an illegal residential complex of 24 houses built in 2005 within two months or face fines.

Pot plants PALMA Local Police and National Police officers have seized 400 marihuana plants from a house in the La Soledad district in Palma.

What a stink RESIDENTS in the General Luque Avenue in Inca have reported constant bad smells since works to improve the sewerage system in the area were carried out. They claim the air is unbreathable.

Couple arrested for ‘kidnapping’ sons A GERMAN couple, wanted for ‘kidnapping’ their two sons aged three and seven from a German public institution, have been arrested in S’Estanyol. The children had been taken into care by German authorities after they were warned of an alleged plan by the couple to perform collective suicide. The children, along with their father and pregnant mother, were found in a flat

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S’ESTANYOL: Where couple were found by police. belonging to the family yesterday (Wednesday) by

National Police. They have now been

Inca council stops eviction AN agreement has been reached between Inca Town Council and the Sabadell bank to prevent a woman being evicted from her home. The Sabadell bank initiated a foreclosure process in 2010 on the home of Vicenta Ruiz. She was leasing the property and had a monthly contract

agreement for a period of 40 years; however the debts that had been accumulated by the owner meant her home was at risk of being repossessed. Inca Town Council stepped in to mediate between Vicenta and the bank to come to a reasonable solution and a new adjusted contract.

taken into custody until the German authorities can collect them, according to the National Police. Despite being banned from leaving the country, the parents fled Germany and have reportedly been hiding in different parts of Mallorca since August. This, police said, made finding their whereabouts difficult for international authorities. The investigation revealed the couple had been working in the city of Palma and this information ultimately led to their arrests. Police say the father has been remanded in custody and the pregnant mother taken to a hospital in Palma for a check-up, and she is expected to be arrested and remanded once health checks are complete.

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Theft network closed SEVEN people have been arrested for operating a ‘business’ selling stolen phones and computers. It was a joint operation between the Local Police and the Guardia Civil that led to the closure of the illegal selling point in Magaluf. The accused, who have been charged with robbery with violence, were watched by Guardia Civil officers for several weeks before they were arrested. During this surveillance the officers noticed how two women handed an allegedly stolen mobile phone to one of the arrested, who, police believe, sold it at the illegal selling point. Two searches took place in which 23 mobile phones as well as several laptops, tablets and cameras were seized.


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Biggest Coffee Morning THE Calanova Cancer Charity Shop is hosting a Macmillan’s ‘Biggest Coffee Morning’ on September 27 at Wellies in Puerto Potals, Mallorca starting at 11am. The ‘Biggest Coffee Morning’ is one of the Macmillan’s cancer charity’s biggest fundraising events. The charity invites people from around the world to hold a coffee morning, with cash raised going to the charity. The Calanova Cancer Charity Shop is asking for a €5 donation from attending members of the public and invites anyone who would like to be involved to bake a cake for the event.

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Dumped baby had died of natural causes PALMA Police Forensics has confirmed the baby that had been dumped by its mother in a rubbish bin on Saturday died before the birth and of natural causes. Local Police had previously interrogated the mother who gave birth prematurely before dumping the fetus in a rubbish bin on suspicion of possibly being involved in the death.

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All charges against her have now been dropped. The mother told police that she wrapped the body in a towel, placed it in a rubbish bag and dumped it in a bin on the street of Balanguera de Palma. The 29-year-old Spanish female claimed she was covering up the pregnancy from her family and did so to avoid them finding out.


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Hotline to turn in benefit fraudsters THE UK Department of Works and Pensions has set up a hotline for people to give tip offs about benefit fraudsters. Members of the public living in Spain can report suspected fraud anonymously via the Benefit Fraud Hotline on 900 554 440 or online at: www.dwp.gov.uk/benefitthieves-spain. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am4pm and all calls are free and confidential. They are hoping to catch fraudsters, some of whom come up with the most unlikely excuses. One claimed his wife was really his sister, and another said she needed the cash for satellite TV. They are among the latest examples of strange excuses that Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) benefit

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CAUGHT: Fraudsters can be reported anonymously. fraud investigators have heard over the last year. Other odd stories told to DWP officers include a claimant who, using a fake ID, said her skin

colour had changed after a road accident; a man who blamed his evil twin; and a woman who claimed she wasn’t in a relationship but just had a three-night stand

resulting in three children over five years. These unlikely stories are revealed as the Government announces a new campaign to target benefit fraudsters encouraging claimants to come clean about any changes to their circumstances and urging the public to report suspicions about possible fraudsters to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline. The campaign, starting this autumn, will remind claimants to report all changes in their circumstances at the time that they happen and before DWP investigators turn their attention to their claim. Examples of changes in circumstances include moving or buying property abroad, moving in with a partner or starting work.

According to recent research Spanish people will live longer SPANIARD’s may soon live an average of 100

years according to scientists. Life

expectancy in Spain will reach 100 years in the near future, experts claimed at the Spanish Statistics Congress held in Castellon. This is due to an “unprecedented” mortality rate reduction in men and women, said a researcher from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Ana Debon. The researcher, recently awarded with a

2013 National Statistics Institute prize, argues that healthcare is equally distributed in Spain in relation to the Gini index, which intends to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents. This translates into a reduction of the mortality rate and, therefore, an increase of life expectancy according to Debon.


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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Cyber crime A CYBER gang is thought to have taken remote control of a Santander bank branch’s computers. Now 11 men have been arrested after the scheme, which could have netted millions, was uncovered at a Santander branch in Surrey Quays shopping centre.

We’re doomed! A LIST of ‘doomsday’ threats to

humanity is being drawn up by scientists at Oxford and Cambridge universities. They will investigate the chances and consequences of events like asteroid impact or man-made superviruses.

Feet up CHRISTCHURCH in Dorset has been named the retirement capital of the UK. Census figures show that 30

Daddy gave birth A TRANSGENDER person who became the first ‘man’ in Germany to give birth is fighting a court battle in Berlin Schöneberg to call himself a father rather than a mother, according to the BZ newspaper.

Ray of hope FEMALE genital mutilation is carried out every 11 seconds, according to the World Health Organisation. Now Europe’s first clinic dedicated to treating women who have suffered ‘female circumcision’ has opened in Berlin.

per cent of the seaside town’s population are pensioners, nearly double the national average.

Try again IF at first you don’t succeed…. US firm Dunkin’ Donuts is making a second attempt to enter the UK market 20 years after closing its last shop there. It is to open 50 franchises initially with another 150 planned.

GERMAN PRESS Stories making headlines from Germany

Refugees arrived THE first 107 Syrian refugees, of an expected total of 5,000, have arrived at Hanover Airport. German Interior Minister HansPeter Friedrich greeted the families.

Poor children NEARLY 1.6 million children (15 per cent) under the age of 14 live in Hartz IV households which rely on means tested benefits - often in

single-parent families - according to the Federal Employment Agency. Particularly dramatic is the situation in Berlin.

Fewer young GERMANY ranks among the countries with the fewest young people, together with Japan and the United Arab Emirates, according to the German Foundation for World Population (DSW). Only one out of eight Germans is under 15.

A FIRE has killed 37 people in a psychiatric hospital in the region of Novgorod. It is thought a patient caused it while smoking.

EC warning RUSSIA has been warned by the European Commission after it allegedly ‘threatened’ ex-Soviet states including Moldova, Armenia and Ukraine for signing association agreements with the European Union.

New term

PUTIN: Attended ceremony.

SERGEI SOBYANIN was re-elected as mayor of Moscow with 51 per cent of the vote. Russian President

Actor offended FRENCH actor Pierre Richard is said to have been ‘a bit offended’ after the Russian government gave him a shortstay single entry visa to attend the Pacific Meridian Film Festival held in Vladivostok (far-east Russia). He wants a ‘normal’ visa.

Book ban PROSECUTORS in Russia want to ban a book that combines Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s autobiography and ideological manifesto.

Cash gone THE Russian Audit Chamber is investigating the alleged embezzlement of 50 million rubles (€1.15 million) initially assigned for the refurbishment of the east wing of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersbourg.

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GERMANY has more industry-leading sustainable companies than the United States, Britain and Japan combined, according to the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review.

WALES’ Anglican church has voted to allow women bishops, following the lead of the Anglican communities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Stories making headlines from Russia

Vladimir Putin accompanied Sobyanin at the mayoral inauguration ceremony.

LONDON’S cat lovers are to get a special café. Permission has been given for a ‘cat café’ in Shoreditch where customers can have a tea or coffee while stroking a feline friend. The idea originated in Japan.

A POLICEWOMAN who hit the headlines when she decided to sue the owner of a petrol station where she THE gravel-voiced German tripped over a kerb actor Otto Sander who appeared while on duty has in international arthouse hits withdrawn her claim. such as ‘Das Boot’ and ‘Wings of PC Kelly Jones was Desire’ died aged 72, his agent claiming for loss of said. He had suffered from earnings after she cancer for several years. hurt her arm.

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Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

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DENMARK - Denmark is considered the happiest place in the world according to the World Happiness Report that measures factors including life expectancy and perception of corruption. Norway came in second place and Switzerland third.

DENMARK - National football team coach Morten Olsen apologised after comparing a 4-0 defeat to Armenia with the New York 9/11 terrorist attacks two days before the anniversary of the attacks.

Top uni SWEDEN - Lund University (southern Sweden) has been ranked as the best university in the country according to the QS World University Rankings. It came at 67th place overall. Uppsala University is the second best, coming at 79th place overall.

Economy down SWEDEN - Swedish economy shrank by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter of the year, whereas business production decreased by 0.8 per cent in July according to the Financial Times.

Midsomer travels DENMARK - British detective drama Midsomer Murders will celebrate its 16th year with the filming of its 100th episode in Copenhagen in October.

ECONOMY: Shrank by 0.2 per cent.


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Art in Albir FRUTOS MARIA’s latest exhibition, ‘Eclosion de la Forma III’ is displayed at Fundacion Frax in Albir. Entrance is free and the exhibition can be visited until December 1.

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TWO people witnessed a man being run over and killed by a train in the San Gabriel area of Alicante. The line was closed for just under two hours while emergency services arrived at the scene and the body was removed.

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MINERALOGISTS found fluorite for the first time in the San Vicente and Alicante city areas. They also discovered the much rarer strontianite near Busot.

HYPERMARKET shoppers gave €14,145 in school materials for the province’s needy families. Carrefour added a further €6,480 and the final figure will be higher once all donations are collated.

Part-timers MORE than 18 per cent of work contracts in Alicante province are parttime. Only Malaga and Melilla have more, with 21 per cent and 19.3 per cent, respectively.

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Marathon trip ALMOST 100 cyclists took part in the first Marathon Mountain Bike race held in Carboneras at the weekend. The first three on the podium were Jesus Lopez Navarro, Mathew James and Antonio Cegarra Navarro.

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By Dilip Kuner A LITTLE girl who desperately needs intensive therapy will get her treatment thanks to a local expatriate charity shop. Last week the Euro Weekly News reported how the family of five-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Keira faced a race against time to raise €2,500 after a disappointing turnout at a fundraiser. After reading of her plight John Griffiths of the Moraira Charity Shop was so moved he got in touch with the family and pledged to pay the full cost of the treatment. That has left Keira’s mother Debbie delighted. She said: “I want to thank them a million times. Thank you so much to everyone there, and thank you to the Euro Weekly News for publishing the story. “One minute I was lying in bed with a migraine trying to think what I could do to raise the money, the next an email popped up from John with the offer. You can imagine the relief I felt.” John said: “When I read about Keira we just had to help. Everyone on the ruling committee felt it was a very deserving cause.” More information: www. morairacharityshop.com.

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Rockin’ final

THE penultimate race in the Circuito Carreres Populares road race took place in Vera with 140 participants. The last race is in Velez Rubio on September 28.

THE final of the Rockinlei 2013 music contest in Almeria city will be between bands ‘Tyrona Banderas’ and ‘The Dry Mouths.’

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AIR NOSTRUM is to reduce the number of flights between Almeria and Melilla from five to three a week at the end of October.

Exodus boost EXODUS, the new film by Sir Ridley Scott, will boost the Spanish economy by an estimated €23 million. One month before the start of filming, the producer already has around 250 people working, mostly on the sets being built in the Sierra Alhamilla .

MELENDI is to be the highlight of this year’s festivities in Pilar de la Horadada as the town hall confirms the singer will be playing, at no cost to the municipality, on October 8 at 11pm behind the sports centre.

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ALTEA is reviving its traditional Michaelmas Fair. It will be held between September 27 and 29, with the main shopping street, Jaume I, closed to traffic.

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Main attraction

Mayor banned FORMER Competa Mayor Leovigildo Lopez Cerezo has been banned for 14 years from public office and fined €4,320 by a Malaga criminal court for illegally granting building permits.

Fire scare TWENTY people were evacuated from an apartment building in Torre del Mar as a precautionary measure after a fire broke out in one of the flats.

Velez-Malaga firefighters put out the blaze.

Tasty interest CRUISER-LINE passengers who visit Motril are showing a growing interest in tapas. The snacks came third in an ‘interest list’ which was topped by the town’s beaches and cultural heritage, according to Mayor Luisa Garcia Chamorro.

On the run MOTRIL Local Police officers are looking for a hit-and-run driver who was involved in a collision with a cyclist on the road connecting Gualchos with Motril. The cyclist was admitted to Motril Hospital suffering from multiple injuries.

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Row your boat THE first International Sea Rowing competition takes place on October 5-6 in Torrevieja. It is expected to attract between 100-150 rowers from across Spain and Europe.

A BAN on prawn fishing in the Mar Menor has been put into place. The prawns are currently measuring below the 10cm minimum length allowed under EU regulations with most of the samples taken measuring around 9.7cm.

Cash help ORIHUELA has opened the registration period for financial assistance for parents of young students. The town hall has allocated a budget of €12,000, with grants of up to €300 available for families struggling to fund children’s education.

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Hot spot MORE than 1,641 houses were sold in Malaga in July, the highest number in Andalucia, where the total number of sales was 4,964.

Sweet success A RECORD chestnut crop of more than 4.5 million kilos is expected in the Valle del Genal, Malaga, this year, thanks to the rains and cooler summer.

Tobacco raid A MAN, 31, was arrested near Granada for stealing 13,634 packets of cigarettes from a tobacconist in Malaga.

Peak rates THE socialist party in Tarifa, Cadiz, claims an un-named councillor spent €20,000 on calls to erotic phone lines with a municipal mobile phone.

Assault jail THREE men have been sentenced to four years each in prison for sexually assaulting a British tourist in Benalmadena in October 2001. Two of them were facing 31 years each in prison, and the other, 26 years, but the judge has taken into account how long it took for the case to be tried.


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MORE than 90 per cent of Spanish government aid during 2011 went to the finance sector. The €84.19 billion represented 7.84 per cent of GDP, or €1,781 per inhabitant.

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because her government felt that too few consortiums were competing for contracts, explained Manuel de la Camara, Spain’s ambassador to Brazil. That means Spanish plans to bid for the contract are back on track after fears they would miss the original deadline. Engineering bids will be invited in 2014, followed a year later by bids to supply rolling stock. The news was welcomed by the Madrid government. The delay gives it 10 employees, where time to work with the overtime increased by up to companies involved 30 per cent in 2012. and present combined “This imbalance in working offers, De la Camara hours could be countered said. with a greater market The Santiago de penetration by employment Compostela train agencies,” the report stated. crash will not Working with statistics influence the bidding. from the ministry of Labour The Spanish and Spain’s Social Security delegation had system, the study concluded provided the Brazilian if fewer employees worked authorities with overtime, more jobs would information which be available and demonstrated that unemployment would fall. the disaster occurred Employees in the Navarra, on a conventional and Aragon and Cataluña worked not a high speed 3.4 hours of overtime, more track, De la Camara than in any other region. revealed.

Staying late is costing jobs

SPANISH employees worked 38.82 million hours of overtime last year, compared with 43.27 million in 2011. Despite an 11.5 per cent reduction, this still meant each year every employee in Spain worked an average 2.3 hours more than stipulated on their contracts. While there might have been an overall reduction nationally, some employees worked longer overtime than in the past, found a survey by the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (CIETT). This was particularly evident in business with up to

ITV makes money go around

ITV TEST: Large turnover.

SPAIN’s ITV vehicle inspection system generates €1.7 billion a year. For every euro that motorists pay for the obligatory test, equivalent to an MOT, they spend another €3.40 on bringing their vehicles up to scratch either before or after the inspection. The ITV tests account for between 15 and 25 per cent of the total turnover for garages specialising in electrical repairs, found Conepa, Spain’s Federation of Automotive Business-owners. Knowing they must pass the obligatory ITV inspection, vehicle-owners carry out repairs that they might otherwise put off until later, pointed out Conepa’s secretary general Victor Rivera.

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AVE’s Brazil plan on track BRAZIL will renew the bidding process for its high speed train network in 2015. Tenders for the €13 billion project would be postponed “for at least a year,” announced Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff in August. Rousseff decided to delay a decision

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Takeover BARCELONA’S El Prat airport overtook Barajas last month as Spain’s busiest airport. It had 3.9m passengers compared to Madrid’s 3.8m.

Online boom

BIDDING: Spain wants train contract.

SPAIN’S internet turnover rose by 15 per cent to €2.8 billion in the first three months of 2013. Travel agencies accounted for 13.8 per cent of sales.


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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 1.40 0.37 1.75 0.14 17.38 1.08 15.75 1.47 19.50 1.24 21.00 2.47 5.50 0.57 26.28 1.45 56.50 1.78 7.20 1.75 0.00 0.00 2.70 0.61 5.30 1.76 3.00 0.25 34.00 1.80 3.10 0.70 34.50 1.04 0.50 0.09

NET VOLUME 1,004.60 58.92 179.76 51.26 598.72 382.07 453.27 121.17 572.15 1,890.52 96.61 433.71 9,198.74 741.76 789.92 3,534.25 421.57 622.50

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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset MngPLC 379.15 Admiral Group PLC 1225.00 Aggreko PLC 1633.00 AMEC PLC 1090.50 Anglo American PLC 1588.25 Antofagasta PLC 869.50 ARM Holdings PLC 978.00 Associated B Foods PLC 1835.00 AstraZeneca PLC 3231.00 Aviva PLC 417.95 Babcock Int Group... 1202.50 BAE Systems PLC 446.30 Barclays PLC 306.95 BG Group PLC 1206.75 BHP Billiton PLC 1919.00 BP PLC 445.62 British Am Tobacco PLC 3340.50 British Land Co PLC 583.25

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British Sky Broad Gr... BT Group PLC Bunzl PLC Burberry Group PLC Capita PLC Carnival PLC Centrica PLC Compass Group PLC CRH PLC Croda International PLC

869.00 345.75 1368.50 1620.50 1013.00 2473.50 399.95 861.25 1493.50 2657.00

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 4.00 0.30 16.88 11.00 10.00 45.00 3.71 16.50 23.00 25.00

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

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 118.60 8.08 75.30 34.32 14.49 111.33 87.01 124.14 24.32 58.88 88.40 23.78 22.07 75.11 23.44 192.17 88.57 52.59 97.35 47.79 33.03 28.51 79.05 38.69 83.56 108.39 74.48 47.76

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Most Advanced Lakeland Industries, Inc. $ 5.50 1.35 / +32.53% ViroPharma Incorporated $ 39.13 8.66 / + 28.42% Rockwell Medical, Inc. $ 10.09 1.86 / + 22.60% Liquid Holdings Group, Inc. $ 9 1.46 / + 19.36% Aratana Therapeutics, Inc. $ 13.93 2.11 / + 17.85% Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. $ 117.53 17.37 / + 17.34% Reliv' International, Inc. $ 2.71 0.38 / + 16.31% Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. $ 15.56 1.82 / + 13.25% United Natural Foods, Inc. $ 67.73 7.76 / + 12.94% NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc. $ 5.55 0.59 / + 11.90% Sophiris Bio, Inc. $ 5.66 0.59 / + 11.64% Mercer International Inc. $ 7.67 0.74 / + 10.68%

Most Declined Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Paragon Shipping Inc. DragonWave Inc EveryWare Global, Inc. Mannatech, Incorporated Education Management Corporation Dot Hill Systems Corporation Popular, Inc. RTI Surgical, Inc. Marketo, Inc.

$ 4.08 $ 6.20 $ 2.41 $ 11.64 $ 25.39 $ 8.36 $ 2.20 $ 20.30 $ 3.58 $ 34.42

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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE % C H G. Diageo PLC 2021.75 21.00 1.05 easyJet PLC 1329.50 29.00 2.23 Eurasian Natural Resources ...216.25 -3.70 -1.68 Experian PLC 1210.50 21.65 1.82 Fresnillo PLC 1047.50 -150.12 -12.53 G4S PLC 258.20 1.24 0.48 GKN PLC 354.10 0.70 0.20 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1629.25 7.00 0.43 Glencore Xstrata PLC 345.05 3.55 1.04 Hammerson PLC 502.25 1.00 0.20 Hargreaves Lansdown PLC1026.00 11.63 1.15 HSBC Holdings PLC 706.10 4.10 0.58 IMI PLC 1498.50 7.00 0.47 Imperial Tobacco Group PLC2318.00 26.00 1.13 InterContinental Hotels Gro...1908.00 5.00 0.26 International Consolidated ...322.40 7.70 2.45 Intertek Group PLC 3413.00 27.00 0.80 ITV PLC 184.25 0.80 0.44 Johnson Matthey PLC 2955.00 31.00 1.06 Kingfisher PLC 403.40 3.49 0.87 Land Securities Group PLC 922.00 0.00 0.00 Legal & General Group PLC201.00 3.10 1.57 Lloyds Banking Group PLC 77.01 0.41 0.54 London Stock Exchange Group...1635.0013.00 0.80 Marks & Spencer Group PLC515.75 4.00 0.78 Meggitt PLC 566.75 11.00 1.98 Melrose Industries PLC 311.05 4.40 1.43 National Grid PLC 746.75 5.00 0.67 Next PLC 5210.00 30.00 0.58 Old Mutual PLC 193.90 2.10 1.09 Pearson PLC 1287.50 5.00 0.39 Persimmon PLC 1153.50 -9.00 -0.77 Petrofac Ltd 1406.50 16.50 1.19 Prudential PLC 1183.50 17.00 1.46 Randgold Resources Ltd 4508.00 4.00 0.09 Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC4542.00 -12.00 -0.26 Reed Elsevier PLC 816.25 5.50 0.68 Resolution Ltd 324.50 1.50 0.46 REXAM PLC 502.00 0.00 0.00 Rio Tinto PLC 3177.25 33.50 1.07 Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC1118.50 -6.00 -0.53 Royal Bank of Scotland Grou...363.55 1.90 0.53 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2173.50 7.00 0.32 RSA Insurance Group PLC 124.00 0.91 0.74 SABMiller PLC 3176.50 41.00 1.31 Sage Group (The) PLC 356.85 6.20 1.77 Sainsbury (J) PLC 400.95 3.68 0.93 Schroders PLC 2496.50 21.00 0.85 Serco Group PLC 581.25 6.15 1.07 Severn Trent PLC 1744.00 11.00 0.63 Shire PLC 2541.50 64.00 2.58 Smith & Nephew PLC 789.25 9.00 1.15 Smiths Group PLC 1371.00 8.00 0.59 SSE PLC 1559.50 8.10 0.52 Standard Chartered PLC 1522.25 12.00 0.79 Standard Life PLC 348.95 6.30 1.84 Tate & Lyle PLC 793.00 0.00 0.00 Tesco PLC 374.30 2.25 0.60 Travis Perkins PLC 1630.50 19.75 1.23 TUI Travel PLC 360.65 7.20 2.04 Tullow Oil PLC 1075.00 11.00 1.03 Unilever PLC 2479.00 12.00 0.49 United Utilities Group PLC 685.75 5.32 0.78 Vedanta Resources PLC 1185.00 25.00 2.16 Vodafone Group PLC 212.80 0.75 0.35 Weir Group PLC 2348.50 -15.00 -0.63 Whitbread PLC 3172.00 35.00 1.12 William Hill PLC 434.65 7.10 1.66 Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC295.65 0.50 0.17 Wolseley PLC 3356.50 -28.00 -0.83 Wood Group (John) PLC 814.25 7.50 0.93 WPP PLC 1288.00 -4.00 -0.31

VOLUME 79.49 184.42 362.99 149.17 1,447.06 464.24 575.20 1,073.32 6,699.12 165.96 62.47 4,189.68 64.74 421.78 88.66 1,842.49 42.42 1,838.86 102.49 1,239.93 269.07 2,306.00 45,002.46 14.82 621.37 233.29 192.68 976.66 73.11 1,005.82 322.35 267.21 97.74 980.85 139.85 165.81 831.18 218.74 110.64 592.25 692.28 1,995.40 851.77 1,992.71 229.34 227.53 722.39 37.32 320.96 33.81 520.40 215.61 152.34 333.46 1,060.50 1,586.75 189.77 1,691.83 49.33 308.26 169.57 463.10 224.63 148.31 13,279.49 142.31 85.22 1,234.36 1,123.99 210.75 67.75 619.57


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A woman’s work is never done!

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READ an article this week written by a woman who says she feels guilty about spending her husband’s earnings. The woman described how she has always been a hard worker and enjoyed making purchases for herself and her husband using her salary, but since having a baby she now doesn’t feel as comfortable spending as she describes it - ‘his’ cash. When she was working, she says she wouldn’t have thought twice about buying lunch out or a new top, but since giving birth to a little girl and stepping back from her desk job the writer is hesitant to spend, as she doesn’t see the income coming into the house as her money! I imagine this attitude

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Loose change A look at finance for females Jane Plunkett jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews.com

is something that might enter many women’s heads if they decide to

IT’S YOURS: His money is your money too. stay at home and look after a newborn, but it’s an attitude that makes the 1950’s look progressive and a stop needs to be put to such negative thinking immediately.

A woman looking after a newborn baby is working, and often working long, hard, tiresome days at that. It’s an important job bringing up a child and it deserves to be valued

in the same way that professions outside the home are valued. The decision to have a baby is a joint effort, so there is no need for any stay-at-home mum, or dad for that matter, to feel uncomfortable about spending what should be considered as being the family’s money. Obviously, if one income is lost after having a baby, it’s wise not to be wheeling the new pram around town spending carelessly. It’s important to be organised and stick to a budget, but a stay-athome mum or dad should never feel as if the worker has the only claim to an income. In an ideal world it should be shared and spent fairly between the worker outside the house and the worker inside the home.

BUSINESS EXTRA

Compensation within sight AT least half of investors with mis-sold preference shares and subordinated debt in nationalised banks should recoup their money, according to the FROB, Spain’s bank restructuring fund.

Bank deal NATIONALISED bank Novagalicia is selling its EVO subsidiary to Apollo Management, a US investment fund, for €60 million. The new owners pledged to retain jobs at Evo, Novagalicia said.

Inflation dip SPAIN’S inflation rate dipped to 1.5 per cent in August, down from 1.8 per cent in July according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE).


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Telefonica plotting a comeback… TELEFONICA, which has been suffering in the domestic market, has predicted better times ahead. The company has been losing customers to cheaper rivals, particularly from its Movistar mobile brand. Luis Miguel Gilperez, CEO of Telefónica España, had pinned his hopes on ‘bundling’ together landline, ADSL and mobile products plus TV into one monthly payment under its Fusion banner. Since its launch the Fusion bundles have signed up 2.8 million customers. But despite its efforts

many cash strapped Spaniards are still moving to budget companies. Many mobile customers do not necessarily want to pay for a landline as well. So it remains cheaper to switch to other providers, many of whom offer free or very cheap data downloads as well as phone calls. Others offer good value ADSL internet deals and landline at very competitive prices. Movistar mobile lost 248,000 customers during March which brought its loss of customers in the first three months of the year to 700,000.

New chairman for Pescanova

IN CHARGE: Luis Miguel Gilperez, CEO of Telefonica España. Spain’s mobile virtual network operators companies that offer a service using bigger providers’ infrastructure gained 210,000 customers in March alone. But Telefonica at a press conference has said that it is confident of an upswing in its fortunes. Gilperez said although not yet back to growth, the company

was close to reversing the trend of losing customers. It is planning to launch some innovative and cost effective products. These include the ability to use data ‘bought’ on a contract to be shared across different devices, negating the need for pricey contracts across all a household’s devices. And it plans to roll out the most modern and

fastest 4G mobile network across Spain at no extra cost to consumers. That is in contrast to other countries where customers who want 4G will have to pay a premium, usually around an extra €5 to €10 a month. It claims that 50 per cent of the country will have access to its 4G coverage by Christmas.

INSOLVENT frozen fish company Pescanova has appointed a new chairman. Shareholders decided to put Juan Manuel Urgoiti into the hot seat to guide the company through what is expected to be a lengthy insolvency process. The previous chairman left amid charges of insider trading and falsifying information. Manuel Fernandez de Sousa who left the post in April denied any wrongdoing. He and nine other executives are under court investigation. Urgoiti is a former chairman of Banco Gallego and sits on the board of directors of retailer Inditex, owner of Zara.


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Gibraltar suffered as well! MR GRAHAM (Issue 1471) is quite right in praising Malta’s George Cross, but totally wrong about everything else. No one in Gibraltar has called for it to be granted to Gibraltar. The initiative has come from an English MEP. For the record, Gibraltar was bombed during World War 2 by both the French and Italians. The majority of the population had been removed to French Morocco only to be rounded up at gunpoint when France fell and crammed into ships that were obliged to sail to the nearest friendly port, Gibraltar, as they had no food or water. A second evacuation settled people in Madeira, Jamaica and, the bulk, in Blitz-torn and V-bombed London! Worse than that, our Indian Community was shipped to India, captured by a German raider, shipped to France, their ship torpedoed by a British submarine and the survivors interned in German Concentration Camps. Most of the population suffered five or six years of exile but some lingered in makeshift camps in Ireland away from home and family for 15 years. All able bodied persons helped in the war effort, not forgetting those in essential posts in Gibraltar. Since then, Gibraltar has contributed to the defence of democracy during The Korean War, the ‘withdrawal from Empire,’ the Falklands War and all the recent conflicts in the near and Middle East. Despite all this, no one in Gibraltar has ever asked for the George Cross. Charles Rosado (by email)

Parking blues I AGREE with Allen Everington (Issue 1469) and Mick Scarles (Issue 1470) with regards to people parking in disabled parking bays without a badge. Just as bad are the people who abuse the parking privileges that come with a disabled badge. In the past few weeks I have seen four different cars parked in a disabled bay, display a badge and walk away with no apparent disability and there has not been anyone else in the car. A couple from Holland in Moraira parked in a disabled bay next to an empty normal space, put the badge on the dashboard and were quicker than us into the store. Len Atkinson, Benichembla, (Alicante)

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Despite of.... MR ERIC CONWAY (letters, Issue 1470) refers to Oxford and Cambridge as though the Catholic Church set them up in their present form, when this actually came about gradually in spite of religious control, not because of it. The early religious academies functioned more as places of indoctrination according to dogma rather than as centres of inquiry and the search for knowledge and understanding. The non-acceptance by the medieval Church of factual discoveries about the physical world is well known, as is the forced retractions made by men of knowledge under Church duress. The ‘unprecedented human achievement’ of the Renaissance owed more to the discovery of Arab translations of Greek and Roman

texts and to Gutenberg’s invention of printing with re-usable type than to any positive input by the Church. I have no problem with people following their bliss but I think it diminishes their credence when, in their bliss, they either misrepresent historical facts or erase them altogether. Eric Robinson, La Herradura (Granada)

Lanes needed I WAS interested to read the report about how poor Malaga’s cycling lanes are (CDS Issue 1471). The city is not alone. Cyclists in Spain are very badly catered for. I have read motorists complain about cyclists, but really the majority of us would rather not use the roads or pedestrian paths in town. Well designed cycleways are in everyone’s interests, leaving the roads for cars and pathways for pedestrians. Samantha Lacalle, Nerja (Malaga)

So sorry! I WOULD like to say sorry that we had to cancel the paella at the Arts & Crafts Market in Rojales on Saturday evening Sept 7. Many visitors complained about that, but I had to make the decision early on due to rain and the

possibility of cancelling the event. Secondly, sorry I wasn’t able to do demonstrations or portraits due to lack of space. Thirdly, sorry that the event was severely curtailed with only a fraction of the artists expected, but they didn’t want their precious work ruined by rain. One visitor said “Is this all there is?” - but at least it went ahead! But better than turning out to find nothing there, I hope. The event started at 7pm but at 6pm it was still likely to be cancelled and it was only because I knew the gallery cave - Sala Mengolero - was empty and I suggested we used it, that the event happened. Thanks go to Rojales Town Hall for allowing use of Sala Mengolero at the last minute. Also thanks to the artists and artisans and the Funtastic Dixieland band. Martin, Rojales (Alicante)

Another mystery RE the ‘Mystery Statue in Marbella,’ (Costa del Sol, Issue 1470). I always admire this when leaving Venta Los Pacos, but there is more of his work in Marbella in Carib Playa in the beach restaurant Rama. It has to be by the same artist as it is nearly identical, and at Rama the trees are alive! Jamie Stonehewer (By email). Editor’s note: The Euro Weekly News reported on a mystery statue on Marbella’s Golden Mile, the origins of which are lost in the mists of time.

Thank you I AM writing in appreciation of the article on page 2 (Issue 1470, Costa del Sol) regarding the fire and our horses which have found a new home in Barranco Blanco. This is very much appreciated especially the accompanying photo... a very big thank you. Vera Wates (Malaga) Editor’s note: The EWN reported how Equinatural, a charity that looks after abandoned horses, had found a new home after a massive bush fire that swept across parts of Mijas, Coin, Alhaurin el Grande Marbella and Ojen (Malaga) last year.

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Mad to even think of voting for Labour after their squandering HOW could anyone in their right mind even consider voting Labour at the next election? Personally the idea of Miliband, Balls and co. actually empowered to introduce just about anything that even vaguely controls the way we exist, fills me with absolute horror. Last week’s conference did precisely nothing to change my views. The only thing I agreed with in the whole sorry, uninspiring shambles, was the pathetic smattering of applause that greeted Miliband’s final summary. As a lifelong Conservative, I am still of the unshakable opinion that the UK is a business and should be run as such. Left wingers, with their ‘everybody out’ and ‘a better deal for the workers’ piffle is just that. Unadulterated hypocritical claptrap. Workers only prosper when the business prospers. Wages only rise when profits become healthier. Keep handing out more than is coming in and there can be only one inevitable result - bankruptcy.

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT NEXT ELECTION: Who to vote for. Which is exactly what happened when the ‘New’ Labour brigade took over. Conned by self-ambitious Tony Blair, they inherited a business that, under the Conservatives, was thriving (with a basically happy and suitably rewarded work force) and proceeded to run it into the ground. In the end they even sold off our gold reserves - at an absolute pittance I may add. Labour and its

OTHERS THINK IT leftwing incompetence, couldn’t run a tombola at a church hall - let alone a UK INC. In an effort to replace millions of disgruntled voters they then opened the immigrant flood gates. Without a single thought for the decent British hard working men and women, who had sacrificed their time and energy to help put the

country firmly on its feet, they subsequently allowed in a positive deluge of often spongers and grabbers, without a patriotic bone in their bodies, who then proceeded to bleed the country dry. Our National Health Service, schools and public services, which should have been part of the British people’s reward for their hard work, are now strained to breaking point and will take years to recover - if ever. They squandered even more money by attempting to bribe the masses with handouts and subsequently created a vast army of spongers who consider working for a living a mugs’ game. They embroiled us in a war which cost billions and brought the misery of death and maiming into thousands of British homes. And some of you want to vote them back in. Keep the faith. Love Leapy. Leapylee.co.uk. Leapylee2002@gmail.com.

END COLUMN Giant leap into space A FROG was caught by specially designed, remote cameras on the side of NASA’s LADEE rocket during its takeoff from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Bump bust A CANADIAN woman was arrested in Columbia for trying to smuggle two kilos of cocaine using a fake pregnancy bump.

Andes man A MAN who disappeared in the Andes four months ago has been found alive after surviving on rats and raisins. He got lost in a snowstorm trying to cross the mountains when his motorbike broke down.


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Automatic Exchange Of Information As A Global Standard

2013 has seen unprecedented political support for automatic exchange of information. Various multilateral initiatives are being developed, and on 6th September the G20 announced plans to introduce automatic exchange of information as the global standard. Governments and tax authorities will start to receive much more information than ever before on their taxpayers’ financial affairs. In 2009, triggered by the financial crisis, the 20 wealthy nations declared that the “era of banking secrecy is over”. Within four years 119 jurisdictions had committed to the global standard for transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes developed by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Around 1,100 new bilateral agreements had been signed. Tax authorities everywhere, including in Spain, have continued to explore more ways to co-operate and prevent taxpayers hiding assets and income overseas. Activity escalated this year, with the EU, G5, G8 and UK offshore centres all making significant

By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks announcements. Even Swiss bankers suggested it is time to change direction, initially by dropping banking secrecy for EU residents. Tax evasion is a global issue, so a model for automatic exchange of information needs to be developed and used worldwide to prevent people moving money elsewhere. We have therefore seen a move from the traditional bilateral agreements between two countries to multilateral agreements where several countries share vital information. At the September G20 Summit world leaders committed to

automatic exchange of information as the new global standard. They “fully endorse the OECD proposal for a truly global model for multilateral and bilateral automatic exchange of information” and will work together to present a new single standard by mid-2014. They aim to have all G20 members automatically exchanging information on tax matters by the end of 2015, and called on all other jurisdictions to join them by the earliest possible date. The G20 also pledged to close loopholes that allow tax avoidance by big businesses, and to help developing nations, not part of the international convention, to track funds in tax havens and improve their ability to prevent tax evasion. The G20 commitment is viewed as a major breakthrough in the global fight against tax fraud. It will provide authorities with much more

power to track down tax evaders and assets hidden overseas. This will be welcome news for the Spanish authorities who are focusing on overseas assets and increasing investigations. Expansión newspaper reported in July that, following last year’s tax amnesty, the Spanish tax agency has been asking taxpayers for proof of the source of the funds declared or clarification on discrepancies. Requests are being sent by both the Department for Administration of Taxes and Department for Investigations. The requests are more numerous and detailed than in the past. Regular taxpayers are being targeted as well as those who took advantage of the amnesty. As Expansión concluded, “it is clear that offshore assets are being targeted for full investigation.” The tax authorities will be going through all the 720 forms received

earlier this year, looking for discrepancies between the overseas assets declared and the data they have on file. All the new exchange of information agreements coming into force will enable them to check the declarations, to ensure that the information reported was correct, and that all overseas assets were included in Form 720 and none were left out. The consequences for failing to report an asset can be devastating. The days of financial privacy are long gone. This does not mean that you cannot still arrange your assets in a tax efficient way. There are effective, legitimate arrangements available to Spanish residents which can significantly lower your tax liabilities and in such a way that you need not worry about Form 720. You should seek specialist, individual advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com


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BBC1 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Waterloo Road 10:00pm The Honeymoon Murder: Who Killed Anni? 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Question Time

BBC2

4:45pm Elephant Diaries 5:15pm Seven Ages of Britain 6:15pm Cash in the Attic 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm James Martin's Food Map of Britain 8:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Best of British 9:00pm The Wonder of Dogs 10:00pm Peaky Blinders 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Science Britannica

ITV

4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale 9:30pm Pat and Cabbage 10:00pm The Guilty 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Burn after Reading 1:20am Jackpot247 4:00am Tonight

ITV 2

4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Vancouver 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Totally You've Been Framed! 10:00pm The Big Reunion: On Tour 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm The Magaluf Weekender 12:50am Crazy Beaches

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Location, Location, Location 10:00pm Educating Yorkshire 11:00pm Bouncers 12:05am The Fried Chicken Shop

BBC1 4:45pm Wanted Down Under 5:30pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Ronnie's Animal Crackers 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Miranda 10:00pm Big School 10:30pm Mrs. Brown's Boys 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Would I Lie to You? 12:05am John Bishop's Britain

BBC2

4:45pm Elephant Diaries 5:15pm Incredible Animal Journeys 6:15pm Cash in the Attic 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm James Martin's Food Map of Britain 8:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Best of British 9:00pm Mastermind 9:30pm Gardeners' World 10:00pm David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight 12:05am Later... with Jools Holland

ITV

4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Gino's Italian Escape 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Piers Morgan's Life Stories 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Miami Vice 1:55am Jackpot247 4:00am Columbo

ITV 2

4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Vancouver 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm The X Factor USA 10:00pm Paranormal Activity 11:55pm Funny People

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Celebrity Fifteen to One 10:00pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown4:00pm Inspire: The Olympic Journey

SATURDAY

BBC1 4:30pm Final Score 6:15pm F1 the Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights 7:30pm BBC News 7:40pm Regional News 7:43pm Weather 7:45pm I Love My Country 8:30pm When Miranda Met Bruce 9:40pm National Lottery Saturday Draws 9:50pm Casualty 10:40pm Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow 11:10pm BBC News 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 12:50am The Football League Show 2:05am Weatherview

SUNDAY

BBC1 7:55pm Weather 8:00pm Countryfile 9:00pm Antiques Roadshow 10:00pm Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney by any Means 11:00pm BBC News 11:15pm Regional News 11:20pm Weather 11:25pm Match of the Day 2

MONDAY

BBC1 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm Motorway Cops 11:00pm BBC News

BBC2

4:45pm Urban Jungle 5:15pm Flog It! 6:00pm The Wonder of Dogs 7:00pm Dragons' Den 8:00pm Dad's Army 8:30pm Count Arthur Strong 9:00pm The Making of Merkel 10:00pm Mock the Week 10:30pm The Awakening 12:10am The Ring 1:55am Quatermass 2 3:20am This is BBC Two

ITV

4:05pm The X Factor 5:05pm Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 6:45pm Local News and Weather 6:55pm ITV News and Weather 7:10pm You've Been Framed! 7:45pm Stepping Out 9:00pm The X Factor 10:00pm Through the Keyhole 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:15pm City Slickers 1:20am Jackpot247 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:45am ITV

ITV 2

4:15pm You've Been Framed! 4:45pm You've Been Framed! 5:15pm You've Been Framed! 5:45pm You've Been Framed! 6:15pm Johnny English 8:00pm Uncle Buck 10:00pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm The Magaluf Weekender 12:50am Crazy Beaches 1:20am The X Factor 2:25am The Xtra Factor 3:15am All Star Family Fortunes 3:50am Teleshopping

Channel 4

5:10pm Come Dine with Me 5:40pm Come Dine with Me 6:10pm Come Dine with Me 6:40pm Come Dine with Me 7:10pm Come Dine with Me 7:40pm Channel 4 News Includes sport and weather. 8:00pm Double Your House for Half the Money 9:00pm Grand Designs 10:00pm Iron Man 12:25am Man on Fire 3:05am Hollyoaks Omnibus 5:20am Superscrimpers: Waste Not, Want Not

TUESDAY

BBC1 4:45pm Country Show Cook Off 5:15pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm New Tricks 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Girls Behind Bars

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5:30pm - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. ITV

FRIDAY

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Heartwarming sci-fi fantasy in which a 10-year-old boy befriends and shelters a gentle alien stranded on Earth.

BBC2 5:00pm Canoeing 6:00pm Rugby League 7:00pm The Great British Bake Off 8:00pm Hunt v Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals 9:00pm The Crane Gang 10:00pm The Story of the Jews 11:00pm QI XL 11:45pm A Single Man

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BBC2 6:15pm Cash in the Attic 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm James Martin's Food Map of Britain 8:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Everyday Gourmets 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Tom Kerridge's Proper Pub Food 10:00pm The Midwives 11:00pm Never Mind the Buzzcocks

ITV

5:30pm E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 7:35pm Local News and Weather 7:45pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Surprise Surprise 9:00pm The X Factor 10:00pm Downton Abbey 11:30pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:45pm Perspectives 12:45am Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights 1:40am The Store 3:40am Motorsport UK 4:30am ITV Nightscreen

6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Countrywise 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Doc Martin 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather

6:00pm The X Factor 7:00pm The Xtra Factor 8:00pm Evan Almighty 10:00pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm The Big Reunion: On Tour 12:00am Pitch Black

6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm The X Factor 10:00pm Peter Andre: My Life

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Channel 4

6:40pm The Spiderwick Chronicles 8:25pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm The Political Slot 9:00pm Kevin Mccloud's Man Made Home 10:00pm Big Fat Quiz of the 80s 11:35pm Alan Carr: Chatty Man 12:35am The Last Leg 1:25am Paddy's TV Guide

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Channel 4

6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Jamie's Money Saving Meals 9:30pm Gadget Man 10:00pm The Fried Chicken Shop

5:00pm Coast 5:15pm Incredible Animal Journeys 6:15pm Cash in the Attic 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm James Martin's Food Map of Britain 8:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Everyday Gourmets 9:00pm The Great British Bake Off 10:00pm The Wrong Mans 10:30pm The Sarah Millican Television Programme 11:00pm Later Live... with Jools Holland 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Today at the Conference

ITV

4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Aussie Animal Island 9:00pm Ade in Adland 10:00pm Being Paul Gascoigne 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm When Ali Came to Britain

ITV 2

4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Vancouver 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Peter Andre: My Life 10:00pm The Magaluf Weekender 11:00pm Crazy Beaches 11:30pm Celebrity Juice 12:20am Paranormal Activity

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm Double Your House for Half the Money 10:00pm My Big Fat Gypsy Ladies' Day 11:00pm London Irish 11:30pm 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

WEDNESDAY

BBC1 4:45pm Country Show Cook Off 5:15pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News All the latest local news. 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm Watchdog 10:00pm Who Do You Think You Are? 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Father Figure 12:05am The League Cup Show 1:05am Weatherview 1:10am BBC News

BBC2

5:10pm Incredible Animal Journeys 6:10pm Cash in the Attic 6:55pm Party Political Broadcast by the Labour Party 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm James Martin's Food Map of Britain 8:00pm The Hairy Bikers' Everyday Gourmets 9:00pm The House That ÂŁ100k Built 10:00pm Science Britannica 11:00pm The Culture Show 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Today at the Conference 12:50am The Midwives 1:50am See Hear

ITV

4:00pm The Alan Titchmarsh Show 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:25pm Party Political Broadcast by the Labour Party 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Big Star's Little Star 10:00pm Whitechapel 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Great Night Out

ITV 2

4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Vancouver 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Totally You've Been Framed! 10:00pm Girlfriends 11:00pm Bridget Jones's Diary

Channel 4

4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 8:55pm 4thought.tv 9:00pm The Three Day Nanny 10:00pm Grand Designs 11:00pm Gogglebox 11:50pm Bouncers


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It’s just not cricket

ANGELA MERKEL: Livid.

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A weekly look and not entirely impartial reaction – to the Spanish political scene

Olympics were a luxury neither Madrid nor the country could afford. Treasury minister Luis de Guindos had vowed that cash would be available. So spend it on Health or Education, comes the call now. De Guindos could explain at length why he cannot but few will listen. Social wellbeing is currently the country’s biggest preoccupation, not sport. Except football, of course.

War games SPAIN had little stomach for international wars until Aznar trotted after Bush and Blair into Iraq, doing himself no good at all. And then along came Rajoy, present at the G20 meeting and staunchly adding Spain’s name to the joint resolution

from Britain, France and Italy supporting Obama on Syria. This went down well with the US but badly in Spain where 96 per cent oppose military action. Still worse, Angela Merkel was livid. It was wrong, she said, to sign the statement without knowing where other EU members, absent from the G20 meeting, stood. Rajoy afterwards hastened to clarify that Spain was not “expressing support for a specific military action.” The suspicion remains that the rectification was for the German chancellor’s benefit, not Spain’s.

Main undoing A RECENT POLL showed the PP and PSOE neck and neck. If there were elections tomorrow, Rajoy might not squeeze home. His huge parliamentary majority has been his undoing because the government’s disdain for consensus is alienating potential voters. Rajoy could not keep his

election promises regarding the economy and unemployment, but he has been able to carry out election threats. Labour reforms designed to combat austerity and create more jobs went through parliament like a dose of salts but created more austerity and fewer jobs. This has lost him the support of first-time PP voters. Unpopular abortion reforms have been delayed for almost two years although Justice minister Alberto RuizGallardon plans to resuscitate them in October. This one is likely to cause concern even to women (and men) who usually vote PP. A popular slogan with women’s groups translates as “Keep your rosaries out of our ovaries” and Rajoy must lose the PPChurch alliance image if he hopes to attract non-PP voters.

PRINCE FELIPE: Desolate.

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SPAIN’S Olympic Committee set off so hopefully to Buenos Aires. This was going to be third time lucky, wasn’t it? It wasn’t. “This isn’t sport, it’s politics,” said a committee member after suffering defeat in the first round. It was politics although a few high-profile doping scandals didn’t help. The desolation visible in the faces of the Spanish delegation from Prince Felipe downwards on being eliminated in round one was less evident back home. Many felt the


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Commentary by Moneycorp EUR Roughly in the middle of the field the euro gained two US cents and lost half a cent to the pound. Pan-eurozone economic statistics were in short supply, with improved investor confidence and a fall in industrial production. Regional elections in Bavaria reassured investors that Angela Merkel will probably remain as Chancellor after next Sunday’s general election and they saw no reason to sell the euro. USD Down at the bottom of the heap the

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dollar had an unhappy week. It lost a cent to the Canadian dollar, two cents to the euro and three to the pound. It declined steadily throughout the week as a result of investors’ waning hopes of a swift end

to the Federal Reserve’s $85bn-amonth quantitative easing programme. Retail sales and consumer confidence figures on Friday disappointed investors. CAD Down at the tail end of the weekly rankings, the Loonie strengthened by a cent against the US dollar but lost more than a cent and a half to the

pound. The domestic economic statistics made little difference; the Loonie's biggest pitfall was Friday’s disappointing US retail sales and consumer confidence figures. The Canadian dollar is not the Greenback but its fortune is uncomfortably linked to that of the US currency. AUD In the middle of the field the Aussie kept pace with the euro. It gained a cent and a quarter from the US dollar but lost a cent to the pound. It was probably the week’s unluckiest currency. Seven days ago it looked as though it could be turning a corner after six months of relentless decline. That might still be the case but it came unglued on Thursday morning after disappointing Australian employment data NZD It was not quite at the top of the week’s rankings but the Kiwi added three-quarters of a US cent and gained more than a cent against the pound. It received a boost on Thursday from a monetary policy statement by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The RBNZ said interest rates were likely to rise in the new year and the prospect excited investors.


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New talents in the sailing world shine at Santander ISAF trials

SANTANDER: Will host World Sailing Championships. Santander will host. Diego and Pablo dominated many of the tests held allowing them to take the gold medal in the 49er class. They have therefore been awarded with the IFC Trophy as the best juveniles. Their rivals, also candidates to the award, were Álvaro del Arco and Víctor Payá, who ended in fourth place also in the 49er category and Victor Gorostegui, in sixth place

in the Finn class. Enrique Quintana, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of IFC, Cantabrian company dedicated to skin care products such as Heliocare ®, presented the trophy today with the President of the Spanish Sailing Federation, Jose Angel Rodriguez. Both Pablo and Diego appreciated the help that the registration implies from the point of sporting

49er CATEGORY: Diego and Pablo won the gold medal in this class.

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DIEGO BOTÍN and Pablo Turrado are two young Spaniards to keep an eye on in the sailing world. They have just been awarded the Trophy ‘IFC All for your skin to the promising young Cantabrian’ after being the best juveniles in the region to qualify in the Test Event ‘Ciudad de Santander Trophy.’ They were the only Spanish gold medal winners at the event. The award that provides them direct registration for the ‘Santander 2014 ISAF World Sailing Championships’ is an initiative of IFC, Industrial Pharmaceutical Cantabria, which begins this year on the occasion of its sponsorship of the global attendance that

SANTANDER PORT: ISAF trials were held here. perspective. “We will train hard for ‘Santander 2014’ because it also is the first step to fight for our dream which is to get an Olympic medal,”

commented the young Cantabrians in the ceremony of the IFC Trophy. Enrique Quintana added that “IFC is looking

at these young talents to break barriers and fight all odds to achieve their goals. Our intention will still be to bet on the future and during the ‘Santander 2014 ISAF World Sailing Championships’ we’ll look for opportunities to continue to encourage young promises.


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Illes Baleares Trophy THE race for the winner of the Illes Baleares Trophy organised by the Sa Rapita Nautical Club and the Balearic Sailing Federation came to a spectacular end on Saturday September 14. Sailor Carlos Rossello from Ibiza was named the winner of the Trofeo Illes

Baleares for the Laser Radial classification, a title that has been closely competed for during the week long competition. Second place went to Joan Cardona from Menorca representing Palma’s Nautical Club. And placed in third was Mallorca’s own Jaume Gomila of the Andratx Sailing Club. The last leg of the competition consisted of just one test for the eight sections of the course. Carlos Rossello was It also plans to improve said to have appeared the commercial docks at very composed against pressure and Ibiza port, and build a new the mooring point for cruisers maintained the lead throughout the final day in Mahon port. The 2014 investment of the competition. Sailor Aina Bauza for plan is taking into account a decrease in port taxes Mallorca’s Royal Nautical announced by the APB with Club who placed 13 in the ultimate purpose of the joint classification was named the best reducing transport costs i. The new budget includes female sailor in the while a 30 per cent reduction on competition the tax on passengers Herman Celi for the departing at regional ports Arenal Nautical Club won and a 5 per cent reduction the trophy for best master. on transported goods.

New plans for regional ports THE Balearic Port Authority (APB) plans to invest €33.7 million to improve the regional ports next year. The Spanish Official Bulletin (BOE) published the APB 2012 annual results, which showed a profit of €14.4 million, at the same time as the 2014 investment plan. The investment plan includes measures to reformat the west docks of Palma’s port and offer a better service to passengers and tourists.

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What to buy, see and do this season SINCE life seems to be so gruesomely serious at the moment, I thought I would redress the balance with a totally trivial piece this week. So, let’s talk about shopping. For clothes, for trips and new hairdos - all those trimmings that can add a hint of rose-tint to our glasses. It may still be balmy here on our southern shores, but the posh ladies in the fashion media have decided that we all need to wear a pink woolly coat this season. You don’t even have to remortgage the house to buy one as the High Street is teeming with pink hues; powder, baby or salmon all pass the grade. Still, you should expect a heftier dry cleaning bill and you may need to invest in matching pink socks for your faithful dog, Rex, who may otherwise put some

unsightly paw prints on your new purchase. While paw prints have yet to hit the fashion radar for anyone over the age of five, leopard and zebra-prints are still going strong, so feel free to go wild this autumn, too. They are, however, best avoided in male couture unless your name is David Gandy, (the model who was voted the sexiest man alive by a recent YouTube survey, and fronts several advertising campaigns including Dolce & Gabbana,) in which case, you can wear anything at all. Or nothing, come to think of it… Anyway, back to the fashion dictators, I mean directors, we should all be shopping for some injection of tartan to your wardrobe - be it a beanie (yes, really) hat, skirt or shirt. Any clothing in emerald green is also

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recommended, a colour which even crosses the barrier into cosmetics, with models recently seen donning green lips on the catwalk. Follow this trend at your own risk. Ask your hairdresser to add a fringe when you next go; ‘bangs’ are very this season, apparently, and they also hide any pesky wrinkles on your forehead. Doing so is certainly

SHOPPING TRIP: We all need a pink woolly coat this season. cheaper than resorting to the new breakthrough procedure of freezing your skin cells so they can be used in rejuvenating surgery - yours at a mere £40,000 (€47,300) and available now. Forget about trimming your eyebrows, though; sales of tweezers are allegedly falling due to the ‘Cara Delevingne’ effect the model with the bushy brows. Again, best treat this trend with caution as she also inspired the recent ‘Onesie’ craze… If all this sounds far too much like hard work, why not invest in

a little ‘me’ time instead - perhaps a weekend break in Lisbon, which has just won the Best City Destination in Europe title at the World Travel Awards. It boasts the largest aquarium in Europe and, for more historically-inclined visitors, there is a 16th century Moorish castle. Or why not get ahead of the curve and head East to Tokyo and learn Japanese so that you can chit chat with the locals come the 2020 Olympics. Until next time, wishing you a very fashionable fall season and sayonara.


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Let’s get creative in Mallorca! I WAS going to write about the teachers’ strike, but I find myself stuck between agreeing and disagreeing with them, so instead I thought I would write about cake and art instead. The other night I was idly looking at the back of a packet of yoghurt covered rice cakes, and was really surprised to see that the calorie content of just one unit was a whopping 83 calories!

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So I Googled ‘Chocolate Hob Nobs’ and was even more surprised to find that one of those little beauties was only 79 calories. Finally, thought I, justice prevails. Rice cakes, with or without yoghurt on them taste horrendous, and worse still, you can’t dunk them. No contest. I am very pleased to inform you that my proper cake eating opportunities are about to expand (along, perhaps with my waistline!). Next week on Friday September 27 at Mood Beach in the morning from 11am to 1pm there will be a giant coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Nurses, AND the Great Mallorca SUPPORT: Coffee morning. Bake Off!

Cake bakers are invited to join in and enter a cake. If you want more information please get in touch with Edward Ingram on 610 088 112. The event is being organised and sponsored by the 41 Club. There will also be live entertainment from the delectable Izzy Newman. Tickets for the morning are only €5 and all of it will go to the charity. After the coffee event there will be a special set lunch at Mood for €12.50 per person for two courses. There are other Coffee Morning events going on around the island so if you can’t make it to the one at Mood then please do try to support another one. The

ARTISTS: Both professional and amateurs. money is going to a very good cause. On the evening of September 27, I am organising my first ever art show. I’ve gathered together a group of brilliant professional and amateur artists who will be showing their works from 7.30pm to 10pm again at Mood Beach

in Costa D’en Blanes. Entry is free and for the first 100 people who visit there will be welcome cava as well. You can get more information about both of these events at www.moodbeach. com. Please do come along and support them.

ART SHOW: First time.

From down-and-out to rich and famous - it can work! NORA JOHNSON

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THE university graduate who felt ‘humiliated’ at having to perform a David Brent-style dance during an interview for a Currys job in South Wales got me thinking about interviews. Many of us have experienced sessions where you undergo a series of challenges and tests with other candidates and the best get chosen. Always nerve-racking. The worst part the end, where they split the group into two and tell you you’re doing another test. Your group’s then led through a door where somebody’s waiting to tell you: “Unfortunately you guys haven’t made it through. Thanks for coming and please use the rear exit.” X-Factor style. And that’s part of the problem. Reality shows like X-Factor which instantly (and, apparently, effortlessly) make contestants into ‘celebrities’ that young people strive to emulate. Coupled with the fact many seem to think the

Breaking Views A Costa del Sol resident for a number of years, Nora is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to www.euroweeklynews.com/columnists/nora-johnson

world revolves around them - the ‘me me me’ generation - and that they’re the star of the show. But success is neither instant nor effortless. Before JK Rowling started writing Harry Potter, she struggled as a single mother living off welfare. Likewise the American novelist Stephen King and actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore and Hilary Swank all had difficult beginnings. Surely though, the greatest rags-to-riches story of our era is that of Oprah Winfrey. Born into abject poverty in rural Mississippi,

OPRAH WINFREY: From rags to riches success story. Winfrey transformed herself from news anchor to talk-show host to head of her own multiplatform media empire now worth $2.7

billion (€2.03 billion). Pretty sure she didn’t let the least bit of ‘humiliation’ hold her back! We frequently read about sales

jobs in UK high street chains attracting hordes of applicants. With such competition they’re able to pick and choose those who’ll best sell their products in a tough marketplace. With youth unemployment in the UK at 21 per cent - and here in Spain at 56 per cent - I just don’t get why anyone should feel ‘humiliated.’ So job applicants, get real! Apologies for ranting a bit but it really gets my goat when people claiming to be desperate for work moan about being tested at interview. It’s like taxi drivers who moan about being in traffic. Anyway, rant over. Off to take another look at The Office - and that robot-dancing… Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


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Scots help in reintroduction of ospreys in Basque region By Dilip Kuner TAKING heart from the success of the re-establishment of ospreys in Scotland the bird, long since extinct on the Spanish mainland, is being reintroduced. And it is Scottish birds that are leading the way in the reintroduction process. Twelve young Scottish ospreys have been released on the north Spanish coast near Bilbao, as the first stage of a five-year project to restore breeding ospreys to the Basque Country. Ospreys were persecuted to extinction in Britain by the early 20th century. They slowly began to recolonise in the 1950s, and since then, ospreys have spread slowly but steadily in Scotland, where over 200 pairs now nest. Conservationists are hoping to repeat the success in Spain. Last year, the Biscay Regional Council and the Urdaibai Bird Centre asked Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for permission for the project. SNH issued a special licence in 2013 to Roy Dennis of the Highland Foundation for Wildlife to collect 12 young ospreys from nests with more than one young in the Scottish Highlands and Moray. Earlier this month the 12 ospreys were released in the Basque Country and are faring

REINTRODUCTION: Scottish ospreys are released on the north Spanish coast near Bilbao. INSET: The team responsible for the birds’ reintegration to the area. ‘extremely well’. Five days after being released, one of the birds has even caught its first fish in the estuary. Once released, the young birds were able to come back to nesting platforms containing a supply of fresh fish which they would take away and eat, as if a parent had provided it for them. The birds were released at Urdaibai Estuary to the north of Bilbao, which is regularly used by migrating Scottish ospreys, travelling to and from West Africa in spring and autumn. But no pair has nested there since the 1960s. It was the temporary home in

spring 2008 for osprey, Logie, who was tracked by Roy Dennis using the first GPS satellite transmitter fitted to a British osprey. At that time, Aitor Galarza, who is now involved in the osprey reintroduction, found and photographed Logie. This resulted in a partnership between Scotland and the Basque Country to restore breeding ospreys. This project follows the successful reintroduction of ospreys to Andalucia, which involved birds from Germany, Finland and Scotland. Five Scottish chicks were flown to

translocation. We wish the project success.” Susan Davies, SNH’s Director of Policy & Advice, said: “Ospreys are doing well in Scotland, so we’re in a terrific position to be able to help reintroduce these Roy Dennis wonderful birds. A population of breeding ospreys in the Basque Country should make the overall population in Europe stronger.” Dr Aitor Galarza, the Project Director, added: “We are so pleased that we have young ospreys flying in Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve at the start of an exciting project. Malaga before being taken to a There is huge public new home in Cadiz Province. interest and we are most grateful The first pair to breed in 2008 to Scotland for their support.” was a Scottish female and In early July, nests were visited German male. In 2013, the between Caithness and project team in Andalucia Strathspey and 12 young birds identified 13 breeding pairs. The were selected. They came from osprey had been extinct for many nests on private land or Forestry years in mainland Spain. Commission Scotland land. Birds Roy Dennis said: “It’s really were inspected by Jane Harley of great that we have been able to the Grantown-on-Spey vet help the Basque people try to practice on July 8 and at dawn restore breeding ospreys and we the next day they were taken to are very grateful to SNH for their Aberdeen Airport and flown by support and to all the people who British Airways to Heathrow for helped us with the collection and the onward journey to Spain.


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The agony and the ecstasy TO my knowledge a question that has never been asked or answered. Was your marriage better than that of a society wedding? My recent marriage to my Ukrainian bride, Nadezhda (Nadia) could hardly be bettered. I would say that wouldn’t I. However, what made it special was the euphoric enthusiasm of multi-national friends and officials in their Mike Walsh determination to make our tying the knot special. Mike Walsh. Based in This was in sharp contrast Mediterranean Spain, is an international to killjoy Spain giving our journalist, author and betrothal the big thumbs professional writer. down. Before the Spanish legislature would consider us marrying, we were obliged to FLICKR_THEJCGERM live in provable sin for 12 months. That JUST WED: But not in Spain. INSET: John and Yoko. is rich coming from a Catholic country. Besides, Nadia would have to be notarised from USSR Russian to It seemed 30,000 Gibraltarians resident in Spain for 12 months, which is Ukrainian and then to English. had decked out every building with flags not possible on a three-month visa. The UK’s Madrid visa department and bunting in our honour. However, I Gibraltar beckoned and from there on called to wish us well. The staff at concede that might have something to Spanish ‘Can’t do’ was exchanged for Gibraltar’s marriage registrar could not do with a diplomatic dispute. British ‘Can do.’ do enough to help us. The Bristol and Queens hotels The hurdles were formidable as On reaching the Gibraltar border we provided exceptional service. As a Nadia’s multiple documents, by two blithe spirits sailed through and prelude to our signing the register, Nadia necessity, had been translated and what a welcome we received. delicately played Ukrainian, French and

Russian melodies on the hotel’s grand piano. Without a trace of Spanish bureaucratic inflexibility, we two were happily married. Our betrothal was made possible by an office that had in the past brought together ‘in holy matrimony’ Sean Connery, Roger Moore, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Lawrence Harvey and similar romantics. What can be said of our entourage? The practical support and well wishes poured in from Russia, the Ukraine, France, Britain, Spain and the Baltic States. On our return we stayed at a friend’s Sotogrande villa where we received a celebratory call from a country’s EU representative. In my idle moments, I reflect on the enormous wealth that international marriages bring to Gibraltar. Each such marriage, including an entourage of 100 people, could easily add £100,000 (€118,500) to the local economy. A diplomatic spat over an artificial reef costs a lot of money; so does turning away besotted couples intent on marriage.


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A mix of drinks may be harmful MIXING alcohol with energy drinks could be more harmful than research suggests, claims a leading psychologist. Professor Peter Miller, Associate Professor of Psychology at Deakin University in Australia, warns that mixing spirits such as vodka with energy drinks can lead to higher levels of intoxication. He says that previous studies falsely reassure drinkers and that many of them are financed by the manufacturers. Surveys show around three out of four college students in Europe and the US regularly indulge in such combinations, and studies looking at behaviour and drinkers mixing energy drinks and alcohol show they are likely to consume more alcohol, be more agressive and drink-drive.

Keeping fit can help to fight off cancer KEEPING active for just under 40 minutes a day could reduce the risk of cancer of the womb by nearly half. The World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) Continuous Update Project found evidence that about 3,700 cases could be prevented every year with just 38 minutes of daily physical activity, combined with maintaining a healthy weight. Womb cancer mostly affects women aged over 60. The most common is endometrial, affecting the womb lining. Researchers at Imperial College, London, collated and reviewed all the scientific research available on womb

cancer, diet, physical activity and body weight. Then an international panel of experts judged the evidence with scientists at WCRF estimating that there is a link between body fat and cancer. It is thought fat cells could release hormones that can increase the risk of some cancers. Regular physical activity can help to keep these hormone levels healthy as well as strengthening the immune system and maintaining a healthy digestive system. The study also revealed evidence that drinking coffee can cut the risk of womb cancer. KEEPING ACTIVE: Just under 40 minutes a day could reduce the risk of cancer of the womb.

Men lose weight quicker than women IT’S official. Men lose weight quicker than women. A study which looked at the progress of 1.2 million slimmers found that men are usually more successful at losing weight as they are more focused and don’t comfort eat. Over the period of the 12 week study, men lost an average of 1st 2lbs while women lost around 11lbs. Slimming World, which carried out the research for the study, said it could be down to men being stronger when they are faced with temptation. They are less likely to comfort eat when things go wrong. There are also several genetic factors to consider, such as the extra masculine muscle, which helps speed up metabolism This is believed to account for why men can lose weight quicker than women.

Sniffing out Mr Perfect WOMEN can tell whether a man has compatible genes by his scent. University of Manchester professor Daniel Davis explains that women like the smell of men who have different compatibility genes which suggests that people are able to subconsciously choose a partner with whom they could have children with a genetic advantage.


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believe that a single dose encourages the cerebellum of the rodents’ brains to grow to a normal size where most people with Down’s syndrome have a cerebellum that is only 60 per cent. The compound has not yet been proved safe for human use but researchers hope the findings could one day lead to drug treatment.

Broccoli is even better for you than thought A COMPOUND found in broccoli is believed to help protect against sunburn and skin cancer. Scientists say the sulforaphane compound in the vegetable prevents the growth of cancer cells and can also trigger chemoprotective genes which protects healthy tissue from the toxic effects of chemotherapy drugs. When rubbed directly into the skin, broccoli could also reduce the chance of a person developing skin cancer, according to the researchers from the University of Arizona Cancer Centre (USA) and John Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA). The researchers believe that their discovery could eventually lead to a reduction in the number of skin cancer cases saying: “It is the kind of compound that has so many incredible theoretical applications if the dosage is measured properly.”

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A new lead in the research against Down’s SCIENTISTS say they have found a compound which could one day reverse learning difficulties in children with Down’s Syndrome. On tests with mice it did reverse learning difficulties, but only when administered on the day the mice were born. Scientists at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore (USA)

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removed the Dominican, Franciscan and Jesuit priests from Mexico. The brotherhood of ‘Penitentes’ assumed the critical role in keeping the Hispanic traditions alive in those remote areas without clergy. Many theorise that there is a connection between the still existent Penitentes of the San Luis Valley and the 16th century Penitentes of Spain. For example, there are many similarities in the Christmas season processions throughout the Valley and those performed in Sevilla and Granada. Perhaps the most curious tie of the Valley’s direct relationship to Spain has been a recent medical discovery. Doctors at some the area’s medical schools have documented disproportionate levels of breast cancer within the women of the Valley. The genetic mutation that has caused this particular type of virulent breast cancer had previously been found only in Jewish women with a European Mediterranean lineage. Yet all these new patients were Hispanic Catholics of the San Luis Valley. These ontological hard facts have raised some interesting overtures. It is well known that during the Middle Ages, the Jews of Spain were expelled or were forced to convert (becoming ‘conversos’). These exiles went as far as the New World and it is not hard to imagine that many ventured up the Rio Grande to the northern most outpost of the San Luis Valley. Rumours of secret Spanish Jewry have floated around the Valley for years. Locals have long noted that the original Spanish conquistador to the Valley, Juan de Onate (1598), had ‘converso’ relatives and documented conversos in his expedition. Furthermore the Valley is home to some local customs such as sweeping the dust to the centre of the room, covering mirrors while mourning a loved one and the Friday night lighting of candles, all tied to ancient Jewish customs. To be sure, it is not uncommon to see examples of Colonial Spanish architecture or hear Spanish being spoken while visiting the American south-west. Yet one would be hard pressed to find a more direct link between the New World to mother ship Spain than the evidence found in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, USA. These links with the past have proven to be a successful formula for sustained Spanish life in the Valley. That, in and of itself, is a very Spanish attribute.

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HE small pueblos of this valley are quintessentially Spanish; sun-baked plazas, adobe built homes with vines and fruit trees growing in grassless yards, crosses crowning church spires, desolate cemeteries, etc. Even the names of the pueblos remain true to form: Antonito, Conejos, Guadalupe, Monte Vista, San Juan, etc. Are we referring to a remote valley in Andalucia somewhere? In Valencia or Aragon? No, these are the names and descriptions of a remote valley an ocean apart from Spain. This article directs your attention to the San Luis Valley in my home state of Colorado, USA. The Valley is high (2,200-2,500 metres), large, flat, desert-like surrounded on three sides by some of Colorado’s highest peaks (4,400 metres). The headwaters of the mighty Rio Grande are born here. It is the geographical remoteness and the severe terrain that have been most instrumental in shaping the Valley’s unique connection to mother ship Spain and their Iberian roots. Consider the following. Prior to 1821 ‘New Spain’, or what we now know as Mexico, was a domain with direct ties to : The Rio e. ABOVE k li t r e Madrid. The San Luis Valley was s e :D N VALLEY the northern most extreme part SAN JUA of New Spain. It was viewed as a strategic JACK GAIONI buffer zone between marauding Indians and over-zealous Anglo-American frontiersmen. In an effort to colonise this US citizen Jack is remote valley, Madrid made land grants to spending the first years of his politically favoured Spanish families. retirement in Many times these large land grants went Almeria. His to first generation New Spaniards or to articles have been published in Spain absentee citizens still on the Iberian and the US. Peninsula. In most cases, the San Luis remained poor and unproductive due to neglect, isolation, poor soil and continual raids from hostile Indians. Unlike much of Some have even unflatteringly the New World, there was little described New World Spanish as a intermarriage with the indigenous “corrupt and deficient language of the population. poor.” Yet, even though the Valley remained The dialect of the San Luis Valley, sparsely populated, those that did colonise however, has been identified as closely remained directly tied to the Iberian related to the Castilian Spanish of the royal Peninsula. court. Only slight traces of the Mexican The Spanish language of New Spain was elements of speech have been found in (is) generally a mixture of Andalucian, the language which is still spoken in the Galacian, and Portuguese dialects blended Valley today. with indigenous dialects. Linguists have also noted that those

particular Native Americans that have managed to assimilate into the Valley’s communities also use a courtly Castilian accent. It appears the remoteness of the Valley has protected the dialect from Grande. change throughout the centuries. Water in this high desert Valley - it receives less than 10 inches annually - is of paramount importance. Wells, streams, small ponds and underground aquifers do in fact exist but have proven unreliable for sustained agriculture or human usage. Taking direct advantage of the snow run-off from the surrounding mountain ranges, a 400 year old system of ‘acequias’ (from the Spanish/Arabic ‘water-conduit’) is still active in the Valley. Borrowing directly from Spanish-Arabic engineering traditions, taking water directly from its source to farms and pueblos via ditches and gravity chutes, suggests Old World engineering rather than New World applications. The roots of The Third Order of Saint Francis of Amiss go back 800 years in Spain. Members would practice selfflagellation, cross-carrying and other forms of physical torment as penance for their sins. Following Mexico’s independence from Spain (1821), the Catholic Church


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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 C) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.

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Very good: 38 Excellent: 47

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daft, deaf, deft, fade, fane, fate, feat, feed, feet, fend, feta, fete, defat, faded, fated, feted, deafen, defeat, defend, enfant, fanned, fended, DEFENDANT

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1. Which British crime film released in early 1950 by Ealing Studios, starred Jack Warner as PC George Dixon? 2. Which series of comedy films featured the bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers? 3. Which 1961 American musical romantic comedy film starred Elvis Presley as Chad (Chadwick) Gates? 4. Which 1971 British film written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, was adapted from a 1962 novella by Anthony Burgess and starred Malcolm McDowell as Alex? 5. Which 1982 award-winning novel by American author Alice Walker was adapted into a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Harris Johnson?

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IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: The chance to help in a charitable manner or as part of a committee sees you at your best. Responsibility is something that you relish. This month it is possible for you to shine and show your very best.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Because you are intent on pleasing others, you may be cramping your own style. This is something that you have in abundance and it should be used.

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CRYPTIC Across 7 Mean in attitude, not extravagant (6) 8 Eveʼs first refuge outside paradise (6) 9 Gripped right and proper (4) 10 Pet cried about being infirm (8) 11 For a calming break, takes the full three quarters (7) 13 Big insect that follows an American soldier (5) 15 Trained, grew round a stake (5) 17 Stone implement in hotel, very odd (7) 20 Happy helper with a less than sincere grip (4,4) 21 Advanced and fast! (4) 22 Immediately make amends, admitting crime initially (2,4) 23 Made amends for style used in commercial (6) Down 1 The French entrance an emissary (6) 2 A big snake, time for craft (4) 3 End fuel upset, thatʼs necessary (7) 4 Investigate American Bill (5) 5 Stuff that is relevant (8) 6 Reginald and I take on district (6) 12 Trampling on garden, it gets damaged (8)

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Exit (place, act) (6) 4 Island (4) 8 Desván (5) 9 Where (5) 10 Desayuno (9) 13 Cisnes (5) 15 Young girl (5) 16 Bosque (terreno con árboles) (4) 17 Poetry (6) Down 1 Jabón (4)

14 Inscrutable late Greek god (7) 16 Divides hidden atolls (6) 18 Bike straddled by Rupert and Emma (6) 19 Sharp English drink left out (5) 21 Nil nil in the return game (4)

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Blanket, 5 Scar, 8 Lyres, 9 Hunters, 11 Cash, 12 Restless, 15 Queen, 16 Tower, 19 Absorbed, 21 Stir, 23 Rackets,

QUICK Across 1 Notice (4) 4 Not very warm (6) 8 Orange-yellow food flavouring (7) 9 Tremble (5) 10 Wild animal's home (4) 11 End of the line (8) 13 Surprising (9) 17 Outside (8) 19 Formerly (4) 21 Less (5) 22 Look at closely (7) 23 Delicate (6) 24 Look for (4)

2 Más tarde (5) 3 To have a shower (8) 5 Hijo (3) 6 Bird (large) (3) 7 Building (house, office etc) (8) 11 Barcos (de grandes tamaños) (5) 12 Berry (4) 13 Sierra (herramienta) (3) 14 Garlic (3)

25 Pious, 26 Cent, 27 Intense. Down 2 Seabirds (7) 3 Revolve (4) 4 Sweets (13) 5 Sleep disorder (8) 6 Discover (5) 7 Stop (5) 8 Nurse a grievance (4) 12 Fort (8) 14 Authentic (7) 15 Rays of light (5) 16 Surrender (4) 18 Friendly Islands (5) 20 Excludes (4)

Down: 2 Larkspurs, 3 Ness, 4 Echoed, 5 Set, 6 Acres, 7 Slice, 10 Nation, 13 Electrons, 14 Dear me, 17 Season, 18 Press, 20 Blake, 22 Apse, 24 Kit. QUICK Across: 7 Voyage, 8 Leader, 9 Rose, 10 Prepared, 11 Scatter, 13 Maybe, 15 Grips, 17 Bizarre, 20 Virtuous, 21 Lift, 23 Saline, 24 Teeter.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

Down: 1 Yo-yo, 2 Latest, 3 Perplex, 4 Alter, 5 Banana,

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 19 represents B and 25 represents K, so fill in B every time the figure 19 appears and K every time the figure 25 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

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

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Unscramble the name of a former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion: LOVELY HEAD, FRIEND

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We all have thoughts that would shame the devil.’

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Mark Twain, (1835-1910) US writer and humourist.

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Women’s wit No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’

Eleanor Roosevelt, (1884-1962) longest serving First lady of the US, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Mutter, 2 Girdle, 3 Extort, 4 Deeper, 5 Reader, 6 Intent, 7 Plants, 8 Barons, 9 Afresh, 10 Neatly, 11 Coarse, 12 Eighty, 13 Breast, 14 Agrees, 15 Panels, 16 Streak, 17 Marine, 18 Sparks, 19 Grease.

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On the phone by the age of 5 Nearly one in 10 UK children get their first mobile phone by the time they are five years old, according to a survey by price comparisons website uSwitch.

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S more and more children are being given phones we asked readers how young was too young to have a phone. At what age should children own a mobile phone? Do you see any danger in younger children using mobile phones? Five years is too young for children to have a mobile phone, said Mick and Janet O’Hanrahan, 68, both retired and now living in Arboleas. “Around the age of 12 is when they start to get independent and is a good age to start. We can’t see any real danger if they use a locked mobile phone.” Tania Hanks, 42, a part time supermarket worker on holiday in Almeria, lives in Norfolk, England. She said: “My eldest daughter had a mobile phone at 10 years old. We live in a small village and

VICTORIA: Absolutely not. she walks or bikes up to the next village to see friends so it is handy to keep in touch. “I had to cancel internet access on the phone because it is easy to view inappropriate content and phones can easily get damaged.” She added that her two younger children do not have a phone. Chris Smalling, 55, a

MICK AND JANET: Around 12.

STREET TALK business man from Marbella, saw no problem in young

TANIA: Good to keep in touch. children having a phone. “They are a lot more than just a phone these days. My grandson has one, he is seven, and he uses it to play games, listen to music, take photos and even read books. He has the internet turned off on it though.” Mothers we spoke to on the Costa Blanca thought a child

having a phone by the age of five was ridiculous. Children under 10 were too young to have a phone, said mother of three Victoria Vasey, aged 31 from La Marina. “They should not have one, absolutely not. My eldest was 13 when she got one. It is OK from when they are a teenager at high school and they start going out by themselves a bit. I do know someone who just bought her six-year-old an iPhone.” Sheena Parkington, 34, a mother of one, agrees it is not necessary for a young child to have a phone but believes it is more a British thing she said: “I think in the UK it is more about peer pressure. Spain isn’t so gadget orientated or into having the latest items or designer clothes, so I don’t think Spanish children would have a phone so young.”


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Great value at Pizzeria Venezia THE great value top quality meals have diners returning time and time again to Magaluf’s Pizzeria Venezia.

The restaurant offers an extensive Italian menu with a large variety of pizzas, pastas, meats and fish. “All our ingredients are fresh, our meats top quality and we cook with filtered water,” said owner Luigi who has been in the business for 35-years and is a chef. “We also make our own dough and grow our own aromatic herbs.” “Our most popular menu item is the Tagliatelle Venezia which is made with prawns, white wine, courgettes, mushrooms,

onion, dill and cream.” Pizzeria Venezia opened in 2001 and despite being based in a tourist area, gets a lot of repeat business. “I would say about 80 per cent of my clients are regulars, many of whom have become good friends. We have many Spanish, English, German and Scandinavian clients.” One of the special features of the restaurant is a private, plant-filled

reserve it for romantic evenings,” said Luigi. “Since it is in the open air it is possible for people to smoke if they wish.” “We have a great selection of Italian and Spanish wines,” said Luigi. Pizzeria Venezia also offers a pizza take away service. Top quality meals. terrace. “The table can sit up to 10 people, but many of my customers like to

Call 971 683 288. Pizzeria Venezia Avenida Pedro Vaquer Rames 22 (by the pharmacy), Magaluf.


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Enjoy a Spanish garden SPANISH gardens in all areas with more outdoor lifestyle throughout the year, Mediterranean climates present challenges so you need a garden that you can enjoy. Fourthly, you may be short of water compared to gardening in the UK. during the hottest summer Firstly, like most of Spain months, so the number of much of the soil is not very Dick Handscombe plants you can support may fertile unless enriched be limited. before planting and many Gardening Fifthly, many people of the plants are very Corner purchasing properties come different to those planted By Spain’s best to Spain for their retirement and cared for previously. known expatriate and not work, therefore Secondly, the real gardening author living in Spain may not initially be fully fit climatic conditions are not for 25 years. to take on the challenge of the average temperatures a Spanish garden. and rainfalls described in We suggest the following: publicity material issued by tourist boards Get used to wearing a sunhat on the and international estate agents. As many have realised in recent years hottest days. Design the garden to match the type of some summer days can be very hot with temperatures approaching 50 degrees C lifestyle you envisage in Spain. Take account of the maintenance while, although the coast remains mild during the winter, inland it can be like the required. © Dick Handscombe arctic with snow falls and temperatures www.gardenspain.com well below freezing. gardenspain2@yahoo.com Thirdly, most of us came to Spain for a


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FOR the last year there has been much speculation over the future of UK TV here in Spain. Rumours are that we will all suffer the total loss of our channels when the next switch-over happens later this year. So is this fact or fiction? Complete fiction. Every 10 years or so, Sky change their older fleet to improve their transmissions and capability. I remember this happening 12 years ago and more recently at the end of last year. As UK TV customers will agree, the changeover was almost unnoticeable. Some older and smaller equipment had to be replaced but all in all the rumours fell flat on their face. I can pinpoint the reason for so much bad news floating around to certain TV providers trying to cash in on the lack of information being made available to Sky customers. SES have yet to launch their new satellite, never mind publish any

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Pet insurance RECENTLY I wrote about my dog Boy Do we read the small print? I think Boy who, whilst at Cat and Dog World not. Obviously, being in the industry I Kennels, suffered a stomach torsion am concerned not just that insurers do also known as bloat. not give cover whilst a pet is in kennels When this occurs David but they also state that as your THE Dogman most dogs die. But the pet gets older you wonderful Amy who might not be paid. was on night duty They give no ages noticed Boy Boy had a and, guess what? You problem and he was are not covered for Listen to David on TRE ever rushed to the vet and Cost older pets. y Saturday 10am to 11am a del Sol (Gibraltar/So (San Roque to Calahonda) togrande) 98.7fm immediately operated (Cal Nowhere could I find 91.9fm ahonda to Motril) 88.9 Costa Blanca (Torrevieja , Costa Calida 92.7fm on. His life was saved. (Elch a graph giving an to Elche) 105.1fm e to Calpe) 88.2fm, 104.6fm, (Denia to Vale (Calpe to Gandia & Ibiza) Over the years, Mall indication of what is the ncia) 95.3fm orca 103.9fm both in my columns definition of the word and on my radio ‘older’. shows, I have always strongly I have since cancelled recommended pet insurance. my insurance with this company. But now I know you have to be I am of the opinion that all pet careful and read the small print. owners should check out the terms and I presented my claim and was conditions, keeping in mind they may informed that my dog was not covered not be covered for injuries and whilst in kennels. I was lost for words. ‘illnesses’ that the insurance company Furthermore, I was informed that may call hereditary or congenital. due to him being a large breed, his If you are lucky to get a payout then condition was genetic. you might not be covered for that The company does not pay out for illness in future, and they often knock genetic conditions. off an excess of between €20 and To me that means it need not pay for €100. most illnesses since they can easily For your local radio frequency log claim they are genetic and no payment onto www.talkradioeurope.com. will be made.

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More than 7,900 homes to be saved by the new coastal law MORE than 7,900 homes built on the Basque Country coast will be saved due to the new Spanish coastal law. These homes, built

when the 1988 coastal law came into force, were in danger as their authorisation was expected to expire in 2018 allowing their

demolition. Now these homes are safe under the new coastal law passed by the Spanish Parliament in May. But this new law is no amnesty. According to Environment Secretary, Federico Ramos, sentences already handed down ordering the demolition of any of these houses will have to be obeyed. “The Spanish Government is optimistic as most of these houses fell in a legal grey area.” Also affected are 21 hotels, 78 beach bars and restaurants and 39 factories as well as the 7,992 homes soon to be saved.

OUT OF DANGER: Properties will be saved by paying a tax on their value. Together they generate more than 2,500 jobs and have a turnover of nearly €42 million.

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by paying a tax depending on their value.

Foreign buyers help boost house sales LATEST figures released by the Government indicate that the fall in house prices could be slowing down. On June 30 this year, prices were an average of 12 per cent lower than the previous year, although this figure varied with Murcia’s prices on average being 16.6 per cent lower, while Ceuta’s was 7.6 per cent. This decline had

slowed by around 3.5 per cent in the second quarter of the year. Between April 1 and June 30, over 80,000 residential properties were sold across Spain according to Government statistics. Over the 12 month period, ending June 30, a total of 345,471 properties were sold, marking an increase of 2.3 per cent over the previous 12 months.

HOUSE PURCHASE: Fall in prices slowing down. Purchases made by international buyers accounted for 16.9 per cent; the highest

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Spotlight turns on Frankfurt THE 65th Frankfurt Motor Show is being held until September 22. The international exhibition could not come at a better moment for the

Spanish industry, which recently ousted Russia from 11th place in the International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers ranking.

The Spanish car industry registered a profit of €6.3 billion during the first half of the year, according to the

Spanish Car and Lorry Manufacturers Association (Anfac). In Spain 210,581 cars

were manufactured in July, an increase of 15.36 per cent in relation to 2012 said Anfac.

Renault’s triumphant first day at show FRENCH manufacturer Renault was presented with five awards at the award ceremony held on the opening day of the Frankfurt International Motor Show. A jury, made up of 10 independent members who are all design experts, presented awards in the ‘Exterior Volume Brand’ category to the Clio, Captur and ZOE. These three models have been on the market for less than a year and spearheaded the Renault brand’s new design policy. Developed to mark the 50th anniversary of the Alpine A110, also known as Berlinette, the Alpine A110-50 also took an award at the ‘Concepts’ category. Renault’s stand concept, dubbed ‘The Bump’, also won an award in the Automotive Brand Contest after taking a Red Dot Award earlier this year. Renault’s ‘The Bump’ stand concept, which was inaugurated at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, won an award in the ‘Architecture’ category. The concept takes its inspiration on movement, recreating that feeling on the

stand. The vehicles are exhibited in concentric circles around one or two ‘hills’ with turntables at the top. This way, the cars can be viewed from every angle depending on where the visitor is standing. The impression of movement created by this threedimensional layout is enhanced by the floor covering and the lighting in the ceiling.

AWARD CEREMONY: The Clio, Captur and ZOE all won awards.

Many of these cars, including the Ford S-Max soon to be produced in Valencia, are being presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The show gathers all the segments of the car industry together on a 230,000 m2 site and more than 1,000 stands. Two themes are being highlighted at the show; electric cars and so-called car connectivity, that is technology that aims at connecting the driver with the car and the environment. German manufacturers will unveil 16 electric cars, with many more produced by Chinese, French, British, Japanese and American manufacturers. This is proof that this technology has ceased to be just a concept but has become a reality, according to the organising German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). Car connectivity is being planned to change the driving and safety of cars, with technology capable of assisting the driver in the most dangerous situations. Experts claim 210 million of these ‘connected cars’ will be on the roads in 2016, four times more than today.


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MotoGP 1,2,3 for Spain From Back Page But Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have been eliminated. And Roy Keane could become Eire’s next manager following Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure. Meanwhile, Ian Black, the Glasgow Rangers footballer, has been suspended for three matches and banned for a further 10 after breaching club rules. It’s understood that, RECORDalong with others, he BREAKER: bet on certain games Josh involving Rangers and Charnley investigations are under way regarding similar activities in almost another 150 fixtures. MOTOGP - Race 13 of the season in San Marino was dominated by Spaniards with Jorge Lorenzo, championship leader Marc

First for 40 tries RUGBY - Wigan star Josh Charnley has become the first player in history to score 40 tries in a Super League season.

Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finishing 1-2-3. CRICKET - It was all-square between England and Australia in

the ODI series before Monday’s fifth and final game at Southampton. Trailing 1-0, England won the 4th match by three wickets at Cardiff. Set 228 to win, they were 8-3 following Clint McKay’s hat-trick but Jos Buttler (65 off 48 balls), Michael Carberry (63) and Eoin Morgan (53) saw them home with just three deliveries left. Durham are now on the brink of winning the County Championship (Division 1) while Zimbabwe caused a huge upset by beating Pakistan by 24 runs in a Test Match in Harare.

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Vettel set for 7th Formula 1 victory

SEBASTIAN VETTEL is favourite to win Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix and so claim the seventh victory of the season and virtually seal his fourth successive world driver’s championship. After this race there will be just six remaining. On Saturday, 25,000 fans will attend the Nottinghamshire Glamorgan YB40 over cricket final at Lords, Chelsea play Fulham, hoping to improve on their

Tony Matthews

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worst start to a season under the Roman Abramovich regime, Everton visit West Ham and the two bottom clubs WBA and Sunderland face each other at The Hawthorns. Twenty-four hours later, Arsenal, who headed the PL last Sunday, meet Stoke, Cardiff entertain Spurs and City meet United in the Manchester derby. FOOTBALL - Action in the Champions League

over the last 48 hours has seen Manchester United play Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray meet Real Madrid, Plzen oppose Manchester City and holders Bayern Munch entertain CSKA Moscow on Tuesday while it was AC Milan v Celtic, Barcelona v Ajax, Chelsea v FC Basel and Marseille v Arsenal last night. This evening, the long drawn-out Europa League continues with Spurs v Tromso, Valencia v Swansea and ZulteWaregem v Wigan. In the PL last weekend, Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 2-0, neighbours City drew 0-0 at Stoke, Arsenal won 3-1 at Sunderland, Newcastle triumphed 2-1 at Villa Park, Everton edged out Chelsea

1-0, Spurs defeated Norwich 2-0 while the Fulham-WBA, Hull-Cardiff and Southampton-West Ham games ended in draws. Blackpool head the Championship, Orient and Chesterfield lie first in Leagues One and Two respectively and Inverness CT, Hamilton, Rangers and East Stirling lead their respective divisions in Scotland. In La Liga, Gareth Bale scored on his Real Madrid debut in a 2-2 with Villarreal; Atletico Madrid beat Almeria 4-2 and leaders Barcelona defeated Sevilla 3-2. Meanwhile, England went top of Group H in the World Cup qualifiers after a 0-0 draw with Ukraine. Turn to Page 55

IN ACTION: RCD Mallorca.

Mallorca looking to climb table REAL MALLORCA will clash against CD Mirandes this Sunday at the Iberostar Stadium, hoping for a win that will allow them to climb up the league table. “We’d like to maintain the level of play we showed in the last match,” (2-2 against Hercules CF), said Jose Luis Marti, midfielder of the first team. “We’ll have a very tough match on Sunday, but hopefully we’ll be able to reverse the last few bad results.” After six matches in the Liga Adelante, Mallorca has only four points and stands in 18th position. But all four of those points - and all of their goals scored - have come in their last two matches. So fans will be hoping that a corner has been turned.


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