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Police investigate death of tourist GUARDIA CIVIL are investigating the death of a femal tourist at a Hotel in Cala Mesquida, Capdepera. A post-mortem examination revealed wounds to the mouth and face, which suggest she may have been beaten. The Swedish woman, believed to be in her forties, was on holiday with her husband at a hotel complex, when she fainted and died in her room, according to the police report. Her husband was taken to Arta headquarters for questioning. The post-mortem examination report later suggested there were no other signs of violence and that the victim may have sustained the wounds during attempts by

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A MAN, 31, was arrested in Palma for allegedly attempting to stab another during an argument because he laughed at his dog.

Human torch A MAN doused himself in petrol and threatened to set fire to himself with a lighter at a filling station in Las Avenidas, Palma. He was disarmed after fainting. paramedics to revive her. The evidence is not yet conclusive and police are continuing their investigation into the victim’s sudden death. Her hotel room has been searched.


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Man admits to killing brother A RELIGIOUS Studies teacher has been remanded in custody after confessing to killing his younger brother and keeping his dismembered body at home. The accused, aged 39, confessed his crime in the early hours of Monday, police claim. They added that he told them the remains of his brother were being kept in two freezers in the house they both shared. The man had previously tried to hand himself in to police, but always turned back. It was after he told his ex-wife about the crime that he finally surrendered. Police sources said the killing could have taken place on September 11,

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Leapy Lee 22 HIDDEN: The dismembered body was kept in a freezer. although the arrested claimed he didn’t remember when it happened. Forensic Police officers suspect the accused could have been helped by someone as the remains of the victim showed clean cuts. According to police, the arrested and his brother had had numerous

arguments since they started living together a year ago. It was during one of these fights that the victim, for unknown reasons, tried to attack his brother with a hammer. But the arrested man managed to snatch it from his hands and hit him several times in the head, causing his death.

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NEWS Hotel arrest A MAN was arrested in a hotel in Porto Cristo for attacking his partner in their room while they were on holiday.

Abuser wanted POLICE arrested a man who allegedly beat his wife and set fire to their shack in a shanty town in Can Valero, Palma.

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‘Dirty’ hospital defended A LIST of insanitary conditions found at the Son Espases hospital have been publicly brought to light by independent political party MES member Fina Santiago in the Balearic Parliament. The list includes cat’s roaming the hospital restaurant and walking on tables, liquids leaking from the autopsy room and emergency doors locked with chains, which is a hazard in the

case of an emergency. Health representative Marti Sansaloni denied the accusations, saying Santiago was raising unnecessary alarm and that the conditions reported are part of the normal functioning of a hospital. Sources at the Health department claimed the situation reported to be quite normal due to the fact that 5,000 people visit such hospitals every day. The Son Espases hospital says no extra

complaints regarding the hospital have been made during the last few months. Santiago claims the company responsible for the maintenance of the hospital does not act quickly enough. Santiago also said the heliport at the Son Espases hospital does not have the required approval to operate.

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A MAN was arrested in Manacor for abusing his wife and banning her from leaving their home, or seeing friends and family.

Abuser arrested

POLICE are searching for three youths who allegedly attacked a bus driver and a pedestrian in Palma for no apparent reason.

A MAN, aged 28, was arrested by Palma Local Police for allegedly beating his partner .

More jobless

Angry dad

THERE were 2,989 more jobless in September in trhe Baleares, a 4.17 per cent increase compared to August.

PALMA Local Police officers arrested a 68-year-old man who reportedly threatened his daughter, aged 30, with a knife after she told him she was in a relationship with another woman.

Pervert reported A GIRL, 12, reported to the Guardia Civil that a man entered the home where she lives with her sister in Cala Rajada and attempted to sexually abuse her.

Reckless driver A DRIVER was arrested in Palma after hitting a motorbike when allegedly carrying out an illegal manoeuvre and leaving two people injured.

Marihuana biker A MAN, 20, was arrested, following a chase, for stealing marihuana from a property in sa Pobla. He was riding a bicycle and carrying the drug in a sack.

Dog attack POLICE in Andratx are searching for a dog which attacked and killed several sheep in the Son Castell area in s’Arraco.

Statue of Saint Francis in St John Lateran Square, Rome, Italy.

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NIMAL-LOVERS from all round the world, including Spain will be celebrating tomorrow (Friday). It started in Florence, Italy, in 1931 at a convention of ecologists, and celebrates animal life in all its forms. Special events are held all over the globe, including Spain. The date was chosen because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature-lover who was named patron saint of animals and the environment. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4 with a Blessing of Animals.

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There is no money and we have to make choices’ Minister of Taxes and Public Administration, Cristobal Montoro, referring to the 2014 General State Budget, 53 per cent of which he said is for social expenses (housing, pensions, unemployment, etc).

Despite its Christian origins, World Animal Day transcends religious divides. It is observed by animallovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal blessings are held in churches, synagogues, and by independent chaplains in parks and fields. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events, wildlife groups organise activities, schools undertake animal-related projects and people donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal. Although celebrations are held in Spain, here it is more common to hold blessings for animals to mark the festivity of San Anton (Saint Anthony of Egypt) as he is the protector of animals, on January 17. Throughout the country, young and old will take their dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, turtles, hamsters, goats, iguanas and even snakes to be blessed, normally by the local priests.

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million will be paid by the Government to the Spanish Royal Family in 2014 according to the General State Budget. This is 2 per cent less than in 2013 and means it is the fourth year running that the budget has been reduced.

RETAIL group Alcampo will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Mallorca with a series of events to take place at their supermarkets on Saturday.

New names POLITICAL parties at the Manacor council have reached a consensus to rename those streets with names related to General Franco’s dictatorship.

Direct link PRAGUE mayor Tomas Hudecek held a meeting with his counterpart in Palma, Mateo Isern, as well as different tourism representatives to discuss the possibility of establishing direct flights between the two cities during the low season.

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Military plane makes emergency landing AN American military tanker aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Mallorca’s Palma airport on Monday. An emergency message was received by air traffic control at 8am according to a spokesman from the

Spanish Airport organisation AENA. The flight was part of a Mediterranean operation but had to make an emergency landing due to a leak in the fuel tank. The Spanish area authorities activated an emergency protocol

and closed the runway so that the flight could land safely. No flights were disturbed at the Mallorcan airport and the aircraft was repaired and was able to take off, with the emergency protocol lifted, after one hour.

Mallorca Live music this weekend on the Limón y Chelo stage gets Googled THE first ever Google presentation in Mallorca was held last week at Mood Beach Bar and Restaurant in Costa D’en Blanes. There was a 30 minute presentation and the opportunity to try out the new Google products hands on. Shrab Sahota from Storm Studios which represent Google in Mallorca, said that he was planning to host more. Shrab will be making a presentation at a forthcoming Supper Club. Contact info@moodbeach.com.

THIS weekend the Limón y Chelo Stage at the Sa Tronja theatre will be showcasing an array of exciting musical acts. Tomorrow (Friday) virtuoso Swiss trumpeter Daniel Erismann takes to the stage, combining performances with double bass player Jan Kobrzinowski and drummer Teo Salva. Entry for the event is free, the restaurant opens at 7pm with music starting at 8.30pm. On Saturday international artist duo Sago aim to wow audiences as Isabel Katharina Sandig and Ralf Gottesleben from Essen Germany take to the stage

The artitsts on stage. at the Sa Tronja theatre. The multi-talented, prize winning duo present their show “Bienvenido en Europa! – Sago on tour” featuring a challenging medley of songs and sketches in German, English, Spanish and French. On Sunday Nosh’s Overseas Trio combine

lunch and jazz, with music from Daniel Erismann on the trumpet and flugelhorn, Fernando Rubin on guitar and Steve Bergendy playing the double bass. Entry to the event is free and the á la carte lunch menu will be served from 1pm and music begins at 2pm.


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Tourist killed A GERMAN tourist, 45, died after a collision with a vehicle on the MA-20 motorway in the lane heading towards Llucmajor.

Big spenders FOREIGN tourists spent more money in the Balearic Islands in August than anywhere else in Spain, amounting to €2.27 billion. This was 14.8 per cent more than August 2012.

Club assault AN employee of a disco in s’Arenal was arrested for allegedly brutally attacking a drunk tourist who was thrown out for not paying and insulting the waiters.

50% discount on flights remains THE government will maintain the 50 per cent discount on flights for residents of the Balearic Islands. This also applies to residents in the Canary Islands and in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. Subsidies for air and sea transport will

amount to more than €341 million in 2014 and will also benefit families with three or more children. The government has announced it will invest almost €563 million on airport and air safety in 2014, which is 33.5 per cent less than this year. Most of it will go to airport authority Aena.

Elderly man attacks wife A MAN, 89, was arrested in Palma for allegedly abusing his wife, 75, in their home. The woman told police that he hit her frequently. On this occasion, she claimed he had grabbed her by the neck in an attempt to stop her from calling the police, then pushed her to the floor and threatened to kill her. He admitted they had

argued but claimed she had slipped and fallen, although he added that she “deserved it.” After he appeared before a judge, he was released and allowed to go home to get his belongings and a restraining order was issued against him. His wife had reported him before but later decided not to go ahead with the complaint.

Good harvest expected THE Binissalem area expects to harvest more than 2.8 million kilos of grapes. Harvesting began in midAugust, later than usual, following a slow start to the summer which caused grapes to ripen slower. After a hot and dry summer, the rains in August and September also led to delays. So far, more than 2 million kilos of grapes are expected before harvesting ends later this month.

Car dealer on trial for fraud THE former owner of a car dealership in Palma will stand trial for allegedly defrauding several clients. The public prosecution is asking for three years in prison for the man, who allegedly conned a client out of €28,000. There is another trial pending against him for similar crimes and others still under investigation. He allegedly kept the money given to him to pay for a vehicle in 2009 instead of paying it to the bank. Legally, the woman’s car still belonged to the bank. When she asked for the paperwork, she was told it hadn’t been paid for.


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Balearic Islands language problem THE Spanish Constitutional Court has said that speaking Catalan should not be essential to get a civil servant job on the Balearic Islands. The court considered the knowledge of the language should be considered as a merit rather than a requirement, as stated by Public Service law recently passed by the regional government. The court’s decision comes after a massive demonstration that took place in the four Balearic islands against the regional government’s language policy in schools. At least 110,000 people, according to the organisers, gathered together to protest against some subjects being taught in English at schools. This, according to teachers, discriminates against the Catalan language and would damage the quality of

Bus Services protest THE Palma Public Transportation Company (EMT) has announced stops in the bus services as a way of protesting against the attack suffered by a bus driver. The stops will take place at 11am and 7pm on October 14, 21 and 31 and will last for five minutes. In addition, two demonstrations have been planned to take place at the EMT headquarters on October 14 and the city hall on October 31 during the council meeting scheduled for that day. The company decided to take these actions after a bus driver was assaulted and left with several injuries to his body.

education as, they claim, the decision was made without reaching a consensus.

Teachers on the Balearic Islands have been on indefinite strike since September 16.

DEMONSTRATION: Thousands gathered in the streets of Palma.

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Three years for sexual abuse of disabled youth A MAN has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing a mentally disabled youth. The abuse took place on

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Most divorces in Spain THE Balearic Islands has the third highest rate of divorce in Spain, with 2,699 in 2012, according to the National Institute of Statistics.

Noodle fest MORE than 4,500 plates of ‘fideus de vermar’ (noodles) were handed out in Binissalem as well as wine, during a traditional local festival.

two occasions in the toilets of Palma train station in early 2010. He confessed to the charges and accepted the

sentence. He was initially facing 10 years in prison for continuous sexual abuse, but the sentence was reduced because of

the time it took for the case to reach the courts. The Provincial Court has also banned him from coming near the train

station or the victim, who is in care, for five years. He will also have to pay him €15,000 in compensation.

Angels of Hell suppliers remanded in prison FIVE people accused of supplying drugs to the Angels of Hell gang in Mallorca have been remanded in prison without bail. They are accused of drug-related crimes and belonging to a criminal organisation, for smuggling drugs into Mallorca and Spain to supply several smaller gangs. The arrests were carried out in the second phase of an operation which led to the arrests

FLASHBACK: Front page in July 2013. of 25 Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (HAMC) members or affiliates in

the Balearic Islands in July. On this occasion, six searches were carried out in Palma and another in Sa Pobla, and 900 grammes of cocaine, 300 of heroin and 30 kilos of other substances used to mix put their to show with them to increase support for the teachers’ their quantity were strike and the helicopter, seized. which costs €1,800 to All of the detainees hire for an hour, refused to testify in attempted for one hour court but have said that to remove it, without they have nothing to do success. with the Angels of Hell.

Helicopter ribbon row THE ‘MES per Mallorca’ party has demanded an explanation about why a rescue helicopter was used to try to remove a green ribbon placed in Puig del Castillo in Alaro. The ribbon had been

Calvia disaster area CALVIA has once again appealed to the central government to declare the Tramuntana Mountains a disaster area. The town hall referred to the 2,335-hectare area destroyed by fire between the end of July and the beginning of August, and demanded for aid to repair damage caused by the fire to be assigned and approved. The local socialist party said that the area which had been destroyed was of incalculable value and that the fire had been a major environmental catastrophe which would also have serious financial consequences for the tourist trade. The motion which was approved will also ask the Balearic Government to supply better measures to prevent forest fires.


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Roach problem THE Levant district board will make a plea to Palma City Council to eradicate a cockroach infestation affecting the Reis Catolics and Arago streets.

Protection TWENTY TWO houses dating from the 19th century on Soller beachfront have been saved from demolition after political parties on the local council reached an agreement to protect them.

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Dangerous products seized in Mallorca FOUR hot drinks flasks have been confiscated by the Directorate for Health and Consumers for containing asbestos.

According to a report released by the Directorate a total of 23 dangerous products have been found for sale in Mallorca, and

Protest show HUMAN rights group Amnesty International in cooperation with theatre group Trampa Teatre carried out a performance in the streets of Palma to protest against the cancellation of illegal immigrants’ health cards.

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13,310 items have been seized by inspectors. These findings have led to regular controls in shops and storehouses on the island, which have allowed inspectors to discover 10 different types of defective toys and electrical faults in numerous hair care appliances. Two types of shoes were found to contain a larger than permitted amount of chromium VI which in excess can cause dermatitis.

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Fewest victims in 48 years LAST year, 1,903 people died in traffic accidents in Spain. This is 8 per cent fewer than in 2011 and the lowest figure since 1965. The Head of the Spanish Traffic Department, Maria Segui, refused to call the figures “a success” but stated that it gives extra impetus to find out how, where and why the victims died, in order to continue lowering the death toll.

Potted plants found SPLIT: Not always happily ever after.

Marriages last 15.5 years ALMOST 110,765 couples split up in Spain last year, the highest figure since 2008. This includes annulments, separations and divorces, according to

the National Institute of Statistics. Most of the marriages which came to an end were between Spanish partners (84.3 per cent) between 40 and 49.

THREE people have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Mallorca after finding marihuana plantations at their properties. In Soller, Guardia Civil officers arrested a man, aged 30, who was caught carrying 1,263 grammes of marihuana which he dried in a storehouse next to his house.


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RISING: UK property prices.

Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

Fewer trips PASSENGERS made a total of 4.6 billion local bus journeys in 2012-13, down 1.4 per cent. In London, the drop was 0.6 per cent compared to 2.5 per cent outside the capital.

Scouse punch A TOPLESS feminist protestor got more than she bargained for when she

stormed a Paris Fashion Week stage and tried to lift a model’s skirt. The model, Liverpudlian Hollie-May Saker, 18, punched the Femen activist. “I knew the Scouser in me was bound to come out eventually,” tweeted Saker.

Dog thefts foiled POLICE are hunting would-be dognappers in Hampshire. A West Highland terrier in Titchfield and a miniature schnauzer in Fareham were

Tap takeover A JAPANESE company Lixil and the Development Bank of Japan have bought 87.5 per cent of sanitary ware giant Grohe for €3 billion.

Gas fears AN explosion at a chlorine scrubbing plant in West Thurrock, Essex, meant locals were confined indoors for two hours because of dangerous fumes. Two people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Stories making headlines from Germany

A MAN, 21, who claimed he had lived in a forest for years with his father has been sentenced to perform community service by a court in Berlin.

Deadly cook TURN-ON: Japan invests.

targeted. In both cases vehicles pulled up next to dog owners walking their pets with a man attempting to snatch the animals before fleeing empty-handed.

GERMAN PRESS ‘Wild boy’ tamed

HANS LIPSCHIS, a 93-year-old man who is reported to have worked as a cook for the SS in Nazi Germany, has been charged as an

accessory to murder in connection with more than 10,000 deaths at the Auschwitz camp.

New members DIABY and Charles M Huber are the first two black members of the Bundestag following the federal election won by Angela Merkel.

Boy survives A BOY, 10, survived a collision involving the car his grandmother

POLICE and Federal Security Service officers have killed five suspected militants in the city of Derbent, including one believed to be a local Islamist insurgent leader.

Protesters in jail TWENTY-NINE activists from environmental group Greenpeace, including six Britons, were held in prison following a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic. If charged and found guilty they could spend up to 10 years in jail.

Honest city MOSCOW has ranked as ‘fairly honest’ in an experiment conducted by Reader’s Digest magazine in 16 cities around the world to test people’s honesty.

Lake find A FRAGMENT of meteorite weighing 4.8 kilos has been recovered from a lake

Nuclear works STATE nuclear company Rosatom has started work on the fourth reactor at China’s Tianwan nuclear power plant. Rosatom has already built three units at the plant.

Arms sell-off JUST under half of a Russian company that makes AK-47 assault rifles, said to be the world’s most distributed firearm, has been sold to two Russian private investors for 2.5 billion rubles (€57 million).

Olympic ready HEAVY floods threatening Olympic facilities in Sochi have not prevented the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from praising the city’s preparedness for the Winter Olympic Games.

HOUSE prices rose at their fastest rate for three years in September. The annual rate of house price growth rose to 5 per cent in September from 3.5 per cent in August, according to the Nationwide Building Society.

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Rail deal

Molester accused A TAXI DRIVER from Munich has been accused of molesting an American tourist who was on her way to her hotel after being at the Oktoberfest, the city’s beer festival.

Back on boards

X FILES actress Gillian Anderson is returning to the London stage to play Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’s play, A Streetcar Named Desire, at the Young Vic.

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Stories making headlines from Russia

in the town of Chebarkul. It is the biggest piece found so far of the meteorite which exploded over Russia earlier this year.

Going up

ROYAL MAIL will be valued at between £2.6 billion (€3.1bn) and £3.3 billion (€3.93bn) when it is listed on was driving. Both the grandmother the Stock Exchange. and the boy’s mother died. The government wants to sell between 40.1 per cent and 52.2 per cent of the BRITISH National Express will Royal Mail. run two regional rail services in North Rhine Westphalia after signing a €1.6 billion agreement with the regional rail services.

RUSSIAN PRESS Suspects down

EUROPEAN PRESS

Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Seafood ban DENMARK – Seafood imports from Danish company Akamalik (Royal Greenland A/S) have been banned in Russia by agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. Lab tests reportedly revealed cases of E.coli in prawns.

Fruity toilet SWEDEN – A man has been arrested and charged with vandalism after allegedly urinating on a selection of apples and oranges worth 700 Krona (€80.57) at a supermarket in Gothenburg.

Joint research NORWAY – The Norwegian and the UK civil aviation authorities have announced a joint study on helicopter safety to be carried out over the North Sea.

ever found, will arrive at the British Museum as the centrepiece of the ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ exhibition opening in March 2014.

Oil discovery NORWAY – Norwegian oil group Statoil has reportedly made a big oil find in Canada, estimated at 300 million to 600 million barrels of recoverable crude.

Confident Swedes SWEDEN – Forty-three per cent of Swedes rated their English level as proficient, according to a Eurostat in a survey for European Language Day.

Viking arrival DENMARK – A Viking ship excavated in Denmark in 1997, reportedly the longest

CRUDE OIL: Huge find by Norway.


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Boat rescue COASTGUARDS have rescued 53 immigrants from a boat, including 16 women and two babies.

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Almond theft

THE Motril Criminal Court has sentenced a man to a year in prison for abusing his exwife on a street in Motril and imposed a two-year restraining order on him.

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Worrying statistics AN estimated 190,000 people in Alicante province have alcohol-related problems. According to the latest Survey on Alcohol and Drugs in the General Population, around 77 per cent of the population regularly consumes alcohol, showing it is the most commonly used drug ahead of tobacco and cannabis.

Home alone A MAN has been arrested for leaving his four children home alone. The youngsters, aged from two to nine, were locked in their house in Torrellano, Elche, when their father, who is separated from their mother, went out to play football.

Burglary spree A GANG believed to be responsible for 110 burglaries across Alicante Province has been disbanded in a joint operation by National Police and Guardia Civil.

Immigrants detained TEN illegal immigrants have been detained off the Cartagena coastline. Police intercepted a four-metre-long boat with 10 males on board in the area of Cabo Negrete.

A FARMER, aged 47, died of a heart attack while working on a plantation in Motril. He was taken to the regional hospital by ambulance, but to no avail.

Abuser sentenced

CUSTOMS officers have uncovered 18 tonnes of hashish in the largest drugs haul in the history of Almeria.

MOJACAR hosted the second ‘La Mojaquera’ marathon mountain bike race. The 48-kilometre race followed the Mojacar coastline before heading inland up into the mountains with a climb of more than 600 metres and provided a real test of strength and endurance for the cyclists.

Farmer dies

WORK to refurbish the 17th century Encarnacion church in Torrox has been halted for 15 days to protect archaeological finds.

18-tonne hashish haul

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THREE people have been arrested in Huercal-Overa for allegedly stealing 300 kilos of almonds from a farm.

A 38-YEAR-OLD man from Almeria, Carlos DS, was arrested last week after demonstrating naked outside the Madrid hospital where King Juan Carlos was undergoing an operation.

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Busy month REMEMBRANCE: Flowers thrown from the bridge.

We won’t forget Tribute paid to expat killed in floods

By Stephen Lear VERA residents joined together to pay their respects to those who died in last year’s devastating floods. One year on from the ‘gota fria’ that caused such devastation in the province of Almeria on September 28, 2012, a small group of citizens from Vera gathered at the bridge that joins Puerto Rey and Pueblo Laguna to lay floral tributes to the people who lost their lives in the floods. Veraplayazul President Miguel Jurado Hurtado presided over a simple ceremony in one of the worst affected areas and paid tribute to resident Diana Dudas, 52, who lost her life on that tragic day. The neighbourhood association Veraplayazul has sent a registered letter to Queen Sofia of Spain with a request for help, asking for protection and mediation in order to get the government to sit down and address the problem of the floods. There are still hundreds of unresolved petitions asking for aid. Queen Sofia visited the area last year after the storm and witnessed the devastation for herself. Ten people were killed in the floods across Almeria and into Murcia.

Noisy summer

Sweet figures

NEIGHBOURHOOD noise complaints doubled in Alicante this summer compared to July and August 2012.

CHOCOLATES VALOR, Villajoyosa’s principal chocolate manufacturer, increased turnover by 8.2 per cent to €76.1 million last year. It exports to 50 countries including the US, China and the Emirates.

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FORMER CAM bank director general Roberto Lopez Abad faces charges in three of the four criminal investigations into the nationalised bank. He did not authorise exorbitant expenses, he claimed.

MARRIAGE break-ups in the Valencian Community fell by 25 per cent over the last five years. The crisis makes it harder for couples to live independently, experts said.

Chinese puzzle

Fresh start

TWO Guardia Civil officers were amongst five people arrested in Valencia City. They are accused of helping Asians smuggle up to €500,000 out of Spain each month.

FORTY-SEVEN per cent of employees in the Valencian Community expect to find new jobs in the near future, compared with the national average of 40 per cent.

SEPTEMBER has been a busy month at the Nerja Donkey Sanctuary. One horse has been re-homed and two rescued.

Jail threat A MAN who illegally entered his neighbour’s house in Almachar after getting fed up with his loud music is facing a prison sentence after allegedly committing a forced entry crime.

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Show on UNTIL April 20, an exhibition of landscapes by Monet, Leger and Derain can be seen at the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga.

Flights on sale LOW-COST airline Volotea has put tickets on sale to travel between Malaga and Bordeaux from April 11 to May 26 at €19.99 each way.

Metro training THE opening of the first two lines of the Malaga Metro has reportedly been delayed until December so staff can be hired and trained.

Poor relatives THE average pension in Malaga is €798.38, which is €184.83 less than the national average but €18 more than the average for Andalucia.

Looky crackdown LOCAL POLICE have joined forces to crack down on ‘looky-looky’ men. The police in Malaga, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Estepona, Benalmadena and Marbella have signed an agreement to create the first board in Spain of Local Police to fight illegal sales and forgery.


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€1.9m price of lost dream IT cost state broadcaster TVE €398,615.93 to finish last-but-one in this year’s Eurovision song contest. Although El Sueño de Morfeo’s offering was not to Europe’s taste, the debacle in Malmo (Sweden) cost less than the 2012 expedition when

TVE spent €427,613.99 and came 10th. The song contest has cost the state €1.9 million since 2009, said RTVE president Leopoldo GonzalezEchenique, answering MP Ricardo Sixto in the central parliament. The cost of entering Eurovision is “not high, given the contest’s popularity and huge audience share,” TVE’s Entertainment Director Carlos Mochales commented 29.45 per cent received a on the eve of the D. Only 0.16 per cent were contest last May. given a B while 0.49 per “We try to reduce cent managed an A. spending as much as Owners tend to regard possible and the EPCs as an additional minimise costs with cost imposed by the state commercial brands,” to raise money but it is an he added. EU directive that makes Pullmantur sponthem mandatory, Alquiler sored this year’s Seguro said. edition and El Sueño Landlords feel that a de Morfeo travelled prospective tenant ignores to Malmo on a the EPC and is more Pullmantur ship. interested in price and Sixto also asked situation, the company the RTVE president if said. next year’s song And in the majority of would be chosen by cases, it added, propertypopular vote. “Spain owners planning to rent do can win a World Cup not implement efficiency but can’t finish changes as these often halfway up the involve structural Eurovision leadermodifications. board,” he said.

Few in a sweat over efficiency AN Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is now required before selling or renting property. The certificate grades energy efficiency on a scale of A to G and in the three months since it became obligatory, most Spanish properties have proved to be inefficient. Most obtain a D or E grading, claimed rental consultants Alquiler Seguro. Since June, Alquiler Seguro has issued more than 5,000 EPCs throughout Spain. Obtaining an A or B is ‘complicated,’ its technicians stated. Instead, 54.85 per cent of properties inspected obtained an E and a further

The importance of subsidiaries THERE were 8,986 foreign subsidiaries based in Spain in 2011. They generated a total turnover of €422.4 billion and employed 1.23 million workers in the commerce, industry and services sectors. The majority were owned by France (18.6 per cent), Germany (14.1 per cent) and the US (13.6 per cent), accounting for 50 per cent of the

subsidiaries’ total turnover, said the national statistics’ institute INE. Most - 37.8 per cent - operated in the commercial sector, followed by services (37.5 per cent) and industry (24.7 per cent). Industry was responsible for 50.6 per cent of the subsidiaries’ turnover, commerce for 33 per cent and services for 16.4 per cent.

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STAT OF WEEK MOBILE phone companies made 169,856 new clients in July. Competition between operators increased, with a record 638,948 contracts (up by 47.9 per cent from 2012).

Bank fined FINANCIAL regulator CNMV fined Banco Pastor €400,000 for ‘grave’ infractions regarding financial products sold between January and September 2008.

Bid rejected

PRICEY: Spanish trio El Sueño de Morfeo.

SHAREHOLDERS in Telecom Italia rejected an €800 million offer from Spain’s Telefonicato to buy part of their stake.


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NET VOLUME 592.04 17.21 33.73 54.35 204.42 158.82 306.21 49.71 154.97 697.86 21.15 336.77 6,097.02 212.89 317.49 1,702.06 147.53 107.14

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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 372.35 Admiral Group PLC 1237.50 Aggreko PLC 1587.00 AMEC PLC 1082.00 Anglo American PLC 1508.50 Antofagasta PLC 816.00 ARM Holdings PLC 994.00 Associated Brit Foods 1876.00 AstraZeneca PLC 3198.25 Aviva PLC 398.00 Babcock Intrntnl Group. 1186.00 BAE Systems PLC 462.10 Barclays PLC 264.05 BG Group PLC 1185.50 BHP Billiton PLC 1818.50 BP PLC 437.10 British Amcn Tobacco 3261.00 British Land Co PLC 579.50

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PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 120.22 75.89 33.98 118.74 83.80 122.64 23.33 59.01 86.90 24.05 159.85 75.96 22.98 186.92 86.73 52.24 97.12 47.79 33.27 73.64 28.88 77.21 38.40 85.41 109.36 71.99 47.00 193.05

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Most Advanced China Sunergy Co., Ltd. IntriCon Corporation Montage Technology Group Limited Rockwell Medical, Inc. Supertel Hospitality, Inc. RDA Microelectronics, Inc. GW Pharmaceuticals Plc Hydrogenics Corporation Geron Corporation Canadian Solar Inc. Linktone Ltd.

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PRICE(P) 2651.50 1963.00 1250.00 1171.00 985.50 254.25 344.80 1561.75 335.68 504.00 982.75 673.05 1449.00 2273.50 1788.00 334.70 3301.50 173.35 2782.00 385.20 917.50 196.80 73.40 1546.00 492.40 548.50 293.35 1031.50 737.50 5137.50 185.45 1249.50 1075.00 1396.00 1148.50 4460.00 4476.50 825.25 318.10 482.25 3001.00 1114.50 359.80 2141.75 121.85 3121.25 328.25 390.95 2545.50 1763.00 2474.50 767.50 1389.00 702.75 1466.50 1493.00 344.40 742.00 363.18 1613.50 363.60 1038.00 2440.50 690.50 1078.00 215.85 2323.00 3002.50 410.40 279.90 3222.00 1260.50

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VOLUME 21.12 296.77 92.02 100.66 152.45 714.05 204.72 906.58 2,027.06 35.34 23.92 2,984.20 118.57 83.08 66.56 514.72 12.70 1,168.67 28.26 479.39 45.78 669.08 19,810.64 28.80 151.81 41.95 151.40 29.53 601.86 16.80 392.11 106.68 228.52 34.45 179.75 62.80 53.26 316.18 115.12 81.95 517.50 293.95 1,328.10 306.21 972.19 134.31 103.05 238.11 22.39 30.12 196.45 69.70 12.24 25.70 172.86 435.37 175.01 105.89 1,901.75 63.70 99.35 70.81 257.24 258.28 70.15 9,314.32 33.93 44.21 908.57 313.66 78.57 196.19


FINANCE, BUSINESS & LEGAL BUSINESS EXTRA

Contributions contract THE number of foreign Social Security contributors fell by 25,294 people in August, a 1.55 per cent reduction on July. There are now 1,607,609 foreigners paying into the system.

Light fantastic ELECTRICITY tariffs will increase by 3.1 per cent from October 1, following output auctions between providers. By the year’s end, electricity will have risen by 4 per cent since January.

Win some… OWING to low European Central Bank rates, the Spanish saved €11.5 billion in interest charges last year. In contrast German savers lost €5.8 billion €71 per head - on savings’ deposits.

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A change of mindset needed to become super-rich

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F the lifestyle of a jetsetting millionaire tickles your fancy then you may need to change a few things about yourself. The average niceynicey Jane Bloggs isn’t going to get anywhere near a rich list by putting others first or A look by dwelling on the at finance past. To be super-rich for females takes a certain mindset and it’s something that WASTE: Playing lottery. Above: Michael O’Leary. Jane Plunkett may be in conflict with jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews.com anyone else, whereas of euros to just fall into your lap. many personalities. First off, rich people most average earners Rather than sitting around waiting don’t get rich by playing the nice feel they should join Greenpeace on other factors to bring them card. Look at wealthy types like and put others before themselves. wealth, rich people come up with Michael O’Leary from Ryanair. The Studies on the super-rich reveal ideas and put them into action. The future isn’t scary for rich man is not renowned for his caring that they have a get-up-and-do-it disposition. mentality which is lacking in people, either. Twenty years from But the thing is that rich people average folk. For example, rich now isn’t thought about in terms don’t see selfishness in a negative people don’t play the lottery. To of wrinkles and creaky knees. For sense. Rich people take the them it’s a waste of time; rich people the future is exciting. attitude that if they don’t help gambling is equivalent to sitting They spend a lot of time looking themselves first they can’t help on the sofa and expecting millions into the future, setting goals and

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planning. Average people tend to dwell on the past, which isn’t an ideal way to make it on to a rich list. Also, in many instances, rich people don’t get bogged down in fancy Masters Degrees or lengthy PHD studies and the like. Super-rich people are usually those who have had a great idea, have acquired a specific knowledge related to that idea, and then have gone on to make lots of money because they follow their passion and aim high to ensure they finally bring home the big bucks.


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Eurozone September report points to growth CORE flat CPI data coming in at the end of August, alongside poor German retail sales figures, led to the Euro weakening at the start of September. The currency dipped to 1.3220 against the greenback, leading to the start of the decline in the Euro. On the other hand, we have seen Eurozone firms point to growth in September. Purchasing managers in the Eurozone have indicated the strongest business surroundings for two years. Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) figures now sit at 52.1. Any value above 50 is always positive as it reflects growth. This was further backed up by the fact that business activity also grew in July and August. This is a good indicator for economic growth in the third quarter. France was also seen with a PMI score of 50, which was positive considering it

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had not seen a positive number in the last 19 months! In addition, both services and manufacturing sectors have led to positive data indicating that the Eurozone will not dip back into recession, after small growth was recorded between April and June. Looking at the currency itself, the end of August and start of September saw the interbank rates for EUR-GBP fall to the 0.84 mark at interbank level. This further dropped to the 0.83 mark, having not witnessed these lows for at least eight months. Despite the fact that it has weakened against the Sterling Pound, it has strengthened against other major

PLUMMET: The Euro began to fall at the start of September. currencies including the US Dollar. Having seen the Eurozone emerge from its longest recession in at least three decades, recovery will continue to be slow, with access to finance still a major problem. Policy-makers will still have plenty to do to prevent the Euro weakening further. They will need

to take advantage of the relative financial and economic calm to fast-track restricting, particularly in the banking sector. The European Central Bank (ECB) will also need to be ready to counter any tightening in market interest rates emanating from the US. All eyes were focused on the build-up to the German election

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to see if this would affect the currency for the majority of the month. The week before the election, the Euro enjoyed a steady run up to the German elections, given the weakness in the US Dollar. However, the currency upheld its strength as Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party swept most of the votes. This was the biggest win in the last 20 years, which calmed markets greatly, indicating that appropriate steps will continue to be taken towards the survival of the currency. Finally, The Federal Reserve deciding not to taper stimulus and the release of fairly decent economic data has helped the Euro. Overall, a steady end to the month for the Euro but all focus will be on the ECB decision in October to determine whether the Euro will strengthen or decline.


OPINION & COMMENT

Always read the small print before paying IF you are thinking of taking out pet insurance, read ‘Is your pet really insured?’ by David the Dogman, ( Issue 1472). He illustrates that the cover provided by some companies is quite shockingly inadequate, and stresses the importance of reading the small print BEFORE paying for the policy. I can add to the list. I took out an insurance policy for my two dogs but when I read the small print, they were not covered for anything if they were not on a lead. Every day my dogs are taken to a remote part of the campo, where there is no traffic and where they can run free. Just like us, dogs need aerobic exercise which helps to keep them slim and fit, reducing the chances of diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and other medical conditions, many of which need expensive veterinary attention. My dogs are always slim, fit and happy and they have long lives. This policy was clearly useless for my dogs and I did not renew it, because it would not have covered trauma whilst exercising off the lead. I am not against pet insurance, but often the most expensive treatments are not covered, so read the small print and think carefully. Geoff Hall, Alcalali (Alicante) Editor’s note: Back issues of the Euro Weekly News can be viewed online at www.euroweeklynews.com.

Get organised I ATTEND a language school in La Cala de Mijas (Malaga) at the Casa de Cultura and when we finished the first course the teacher told us that the next course would start in October.

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Telefonica is an old monopoly company. In 2013, companies that want to expand have to listen to their customers. If they do not meet customers’ demands they will not survive. It is strange that leaders in such a big company do not understand that. Leif J Haarde, Marbella (Malaga)

Identity theft IN reference to the charming photo by John Pavey of the young birds being fed ( Snapped! Issue 1473 ), I rather think they may be redrumped swallows rather than housemartins. Mike Evans, Mojacar (Almeria)

It’s obvious On a drive to Carboneras, through breathtaking scenery at the Cabo de Gata, I had to stop to capture this panoramic view. By Robyn Boutilier, Turre (Almeria)

So on September 23, I went down to enrol thinking I was in plenty of time, only to be told that the classes had already started and I had missed four of them. The office girl was kind enough to tell me that it was because we had been given extra weeks of lessons, but if you don’t know when the course starts it is rather stupid. Would it not be a good idea to put it in the paper so the public has some idea of the changes? I rushed to the one and only book shop in La Cala that sells the course books, Eco, only to find they had run out and the next delivery could be four weeks away. So for all those that have the same problem, the book shop in Fuengirola opposite the Casa de Cultura has them. It seems a shame that things aren’t organised a little better. Trilby (By email)

Time to go CAN anyone explain to me why the Moroccan drug traffickers, the Playa de Palma looky-

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recent years for tourism in Fuengirola, but I hardly think it has reached the levels of 10 years ago. A little wishful thinking from beleaguered politicians, I think! John Brown, Fuengirola (Malaga)

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looky men and the two Nigerian prostitute muggers reported ( Mallorca, Issue 1471), all of whom have been arrested, are still in the country? Ron Lutschan, Puerto Pollenca (Mallorca)

Count again ‘AUGUST the best in the history of Andalucia for tourism’? (CDS Issue 1473). I am not sure where the Junta de Andalucia gets its figures from, but I would suggest it counts again. I will concede this summer has definitely been better than

TELEFONICA is a big, multinational company concentrating on Spanishspeaking markets. It is almost impossible to find any person in their customer service department that speaks English. I live in Marbella and have landline and ADSL internet from Telefonica. The capacity on ADSL is 1 Mbit. That means the internet is very slow and not sufficient to install a BoxTV. I do however pay full price for a service, which according to Telefonica, can be up to 10 Mbit, but that is in other places. When I ask when capacity will be increased in my home it is impossible to get any answer.

I SEE global warming has reared its ugly head again. Does anybody look at the obvious? Population increase has been staggering for many years. It may come as a shock to these scientists that this increase of population creates harmful gases and who are the most prolific producers? It is not us, but we seem to have the finger pointed at us all the time. What do they do? Build a load of ugly, useless windmills. The answer to the problem (this will upset the Catholics) is contraception Clive Graham (By email)

Pay up! IT is an absolute disgrace that suppliers are owed €283 million by town halls and the regional government in Murcia ( Costa Blanca South Issue 1473). Many of these companies will be small and struggling. Being made to wait for their money could push them into bankruptcy. The councils should pull their fingers out, pay up on time, then people might start to view them with a little less cynicism. J G, Los Alcazares (Murcia)

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NOTHER 70 or more men, women and children dead in the name of Islam. Not a peep (that I’ve heard) out of the imams and Muslim leaders condemning this latest atrocity. Children with eyes gouged out, castrated men hung up to die on hooks, dismembered body parts used on police as weapons, no doubt to the accompanying chants of Allahu Akbar, and still more victims buried in the rubble of this sickening attack in Nairobi. How much more will it take to convince the pussyfooting PC and ostrich imitators to finally admit that radical elements of Islam mean it is no longer a case of ‘it could happen’ in the UK, but a clear-cut case of ‘when’. I wonder which side the so-called moderates will take then? I guarantee that the most any of them will do is lock themselves away until it’s all over. Don’t expect to see any of them standing up and taking the side of the infidels. When are the authorities going to get a grip? What they should now be doing is using all their high-tech knowledge and information

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Time to get a grip on terror ON TRIAL: Should terrorists be entitled to British justice?

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT

sources to dig out all the caches of illegal weapons which are no doubt tucked away in their totally unacceptable ‘no go’

areas until the order to eliminate the infidels is heard throughout the land. They must act before it’s too late and our own citizens and dismembered bodies are taking up the front pages of the world’s media. Another thing I truly fail to understand is how the two lowlifes who hacked young soldier Lee Rigby to death on the streets of London live on video and then appeared with his blood dripping from their hands to inform the world they had done this foul deed in the name of Islam, have been allowed to plead not guilty? The mind boggles. This is where we should truly take a leaf out of a Muslim country’s book. In Saudi Arabia a confession of a crime as blatant as this would have been aired

for all to see, and the following Friday, after prayers, they would have been minus their heads on chop square. Job done. Instead of that these two will now appear in a trial that, with appeals, etc, could last for months, get an enormous amount of free publicity for their ‘cause’ and cost the British taxpayer millions. Give us all a break! I’m interested to see what their no doubt ethnic minority lawyers put forward as their defence. As a final note, thanks to all those who extended such a great welcome to the old boy on his recent British mini tour and tele appearance. And thanks to my Mallorca venues for giving me time off. It was a blast. See y’all soon.

Keep the faith Love Leapy Leapylee2002@gmail.com leapylee.co.uk

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Burka gain

WE have lived and travelled in Muslim countries, most of which do not use the face covering which is part of the burka. What is happening in the UK is nothing more than intimidation for personal gain. Steve and Jen Theobald, Torrox Costa

No faith I SEE you are toffeenosing again, hoping you will get noticed by ‘dear David Cameron’. The Tory Government couldn’t care less about us when we leave the UK. All you get is a pension which is a pittance. Now they are taking our winter fuel allowance away. You may be able to keep the faith, but we pensioners can’t. R A Johnson (By email)


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Spain And Offshore Assets As the Spanish government seeks to increase tax revenue, it has set its sights firmly on offshore assets. The international move towards automatic exchange of information will now provide much more data on undeclared or misrepresented foreign assets and income. There is nothing wrong with owning assets outside Spain, but you need to ensure you fully declare them according to Spanish legislation. It is worth reviewing your assets, with the help of a tax specialist, to ensure they are in the most tax efficient vehicles for Spain. In spite of all the measures to increase tax revenue, Spain can still provide tax advantages for UK nationals if you have the right advice. Some people who meet the Spanish residency criteria do not declare themselves for tax. The tax agency, the Agencia Tributaria, has been cracking down on this, for example by looking through utility bills and lists of foreign children registered in local schools.

By Peter Worthington, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks We are hearing more evidence that the tax authority is using information from abroad and writing to residents suspected of having undeclared funds abroad. A tax amnesty, the Voluntary Disclosure Procedure, was available last year to encourage taxpayers to regularise undeclared assets. As reported by Expansion this July, the Agencia Tributaria is following this up by sending requests to participants, asking for proof of the source of the funds or

clarification on discrepancies with data already on file. The requests are more numerous and detailed than before. Regular taxpayers are also being targeted. The article concluded: “It is clear that offshore assets are being targeted for full investigation.” The government then unveiled its new anti-tax fraud law at the end of October 2012, including the obligation to report assets and rights held outside Spain on Form 720. According to the guidelines of the 2013 Tax Control Plan, the tax office will look at taxpayers who did not submit forms, but who appear to conduct transactions abroad that imply that they do have assets outside Spain’s borders. Speaking in May, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that 131,411 taxpayers had submitted Form 720, declaring assets worth €87 billion. According to GESTHA, the union of tax inspectors, this is a

very low number since there are around 2.6 million foreign residents alone, the group most likely to have overseas assets. This was reported in an article on the Sur in English website on 12th June 2013, where the Secretary General of GESTHA also told the newspaper that the government will now “seek to focus more on foreign residents in Spain, especially those from the US and those from EU member states.” Spain has signed an intergovernmental agreement for automatic exchange of information with the US. EU Directives, soon to be widened, also provide for automatic sharing of information. The G5 (Spain, UK, France, Germany and Italy) announced a pilot scheme for the multilateral, automatic and standardised exchange of tax information in April. The Treasury Ministry said this would also enable checks on information related to overseas assets.

In September the G20 pledged to introduce automatic exchange of information as a global standard. It is really only a matter of time before the authorities discover undeclared foreign assets. With the new asset reporting rules, the penalties for nondisclosure can be devastating. The tax authorities effectively have no limit as to how far they can go back to assess tax. When you add the various tax rates, penalties, interest and fines, it could add up to more than the value of the asset. While this all sounds very worrying, it need not be. With expert professional advice you can structure your assets to be both tax efficient and fully compliant in Spain, and so that Form 720 need not be such a concern in future. 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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ILD spin, always detectable from the Zarzuela Palace, went into overdrive in April last year. This followed the King of Spain’s disastrous elephantshooting trip. Juan Carlos, now 75, has always had a roving eye but discretion ruled until he broke his hip in Botswana. That was when the press broke its silence regarding his elephant-shooting companion, Princess Corinna zu SaynWittgenstein. A nation that kills bulls for sport cannot criticise a monarch who shoots elephants, but the lavish trip and the fair Corinna were redolent of other unloved Borbons. Juan Carlos is not responsible for his son-in-law’s involvement in alleged misuse of public funds, but Iñaki Urdangarin casts a long shadow and the king’s popularity ratings have slipped inexorably. Coinciding with the king’s recovery from spinal surgery, the Zarzuela wanted to show him back on form and raring to go. The strategy faltered early on when, following his mediation

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A different tack THE central government in Madrid is soft-pedalling, not backpedalling, over Cataluña. Mariano Rajoy and his team are reviewing a new financial model for the region. It’s not an independence referendum and it’s not constitutional change, but the way to an autonomy’s heart is always through its pocket.

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with Morocco, a convicted paedophile was released from jail along with other pardoned Spanish prisoners. Juan Carlos has since needed another operation - his fifth in 18

months - and will be out of circulation for months. Spin is not a tradition in Spain where the demolishing thrust of the estocada is still preferred to manipulating public opinion. And in Juan Carlos’s situation no amount of spin can deflect the stab-wound inflicted by that now-mentioned word, abdication.

WHEN the Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground, its captain Francesco Schettino left before most of the passengers. He now blames the helmsman although whatever happens to a ship is ultimately the captain’s fault. No-one knows this better than 78-year-old Apostolos Mangouras, captain of the Prestige. He remained aboard until the last possible moment after the stormstricken tanker began to break up in November 2002. He wanted to take the ship to port to contain the inevitable oil

spill but was told to put out to sea. The order came from the Interior Minister of the day, one Mariano Rajoy, a decision that precipitated Spain’s worst-ever environmental catastrophe. Eleven years later, Mangouras now awaits sentencing for the disaster. The buck stops with the captain as Apostolos Mangouras knows. Although he has also learnt that politics will sink any ship.

Diversion backfires THE Noos corruption case centring on Iñaki Urdangarin could have gone to Valencia’s Upper Court of Justice (TSJV), owing to the involvement of Valencian politicians Francisco Camps and Rita Barbera. The TSJV rejected the Prosecution Office’s attempts to offload the case on them. It sees no evidence of wrongdoing, it said, bouncing the case back to Mallorca’s implacable judge, Jose Castro. Someone, somewhere could be disappointed.


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AUD The Australian dollar was down at the bottom of the pile, losing more than three and a half cents to the British pound. Most important to the Aussie's fortunes was the US Congress, where Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on a new spending bill. With no last-minute compromise the US government will have to shut down nonessential services this week. Investors see this as bad for the US dollar and bad for the commodity currencies, including the AUD. NZD The NZ dollar was down at the bottom of the pile, losing more than three and a half cents to the British pound. Most important to the Kiwi's fortunes was the US Congress, where Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on a new spending bill. With no last-minute compromise the US government will have to shut down non-essential services this week. Investors see this as bad for the US dollar and bad for the commodity currencies, including the NZD.


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Oracle Team USA wins the America’s Cup ORACLE Team USA pulled off the seemingly impossible and sealed one of sailing’s greatest comebacks when they overhauled an 8-1 deficit to beat Team New Zealand in the 2013 34th America's Cup final in San Francisco. The title holders won eight straight races to triumph 9-8 after endless struggle with foiling, having crashed their first boat and

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being docked two points for cheating in the buildup. Coming from a hopeless start Larry Ellison’s team Oracle surged to victory, 44 seconds ahead of Team New Zeland in the final race of the event to retain the America’s Cup. British sailing legend Ben Ainslie, 36, was drafted in as tactician in place of American veteran John Kostecki and was instrumental in securing the team’s win. Ainslie combined excellently with skipper James Spithill and strategist Tom Slingsby, to create one of the race’s most remarkable turnarounds in its 162year history. In the decider which took place in the sunshine of San Francisco Bay, Team New Zealand edged a tight start and beat Oracle to

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The Oracle team won 8-1 against New Zealand. the first mark. The New Zeland Emirates stayed clear around the second mark but lost their initial lead to the Americans early on the upwind leg. After briefly retaking the advantage, the New Zeland Emirates then watched as Oracle USA stormed ahead with remarkable upwind speed and remained clear for a comfortable 8-1 win. To the delight of viewers races throughout the event were brought inshore to make it more accessible for fans. And the event was televised with the use of

helicopters and cameras placed on the catamarans themselves to capture the event in the best detail. As winners, Oracle has the privilege to decide on the format, venue and timing of the following 35th America's Cup. Following his pivotal role, Ainsley has now targeted winning the America’s Cup with a British team. In the past no British boat has ever triumphed in the America's Cup, something seemingly the four-time Olympic gold medallist aims to change. In an interview he told the Daily Mail: “It would be great to get out a British boat next time. We have the sailors; it's just about getting the money together.” Hopefully the excitement of what we have done has generated interest. The feedback I’ve been getting is amazing. The event started in Britain.


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Divas of decadence or just dressing up? Are children growing up

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HERE has been much press coverage lately about child beauty pageants. First, France announced plans to ban them for promoting ‘hyper-sexualisation’ of minors. Next, child abuse charity Kidscape condemned them while mother-of-six Natalia Adlington from Liverpool claimed that, far from forcing her children to grow up too fast, they prepared them for adult life. Whilst I agree child beauty pageants come over as creepy - tots teetering down the catwalk in full make-up and bikini or BAN: France opposes child beauty pageants.

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children were down mines, up chimneys or digging up potatoes well before age 12. So, Netmums, less whinging about lost childhoods and more waking up to the reality that kids are just small adults! Too many are cocooned in cotton wool these days - maybe that’s why so many think the world owes them a favour. Not just parents, but the UK education system, too, needs to play its part in teaching kids how to develop mental toughness. Far too many schools are failing to prepare children for adult life. To be successful, you need to learn to cope with failure, stress and hard work. Once this is removed from state schools, when children grow up they’re simply unable to cope except with drink and drugs. Finally, on a completely different note, many thanks to all of you who’ve helped my latest thriller, Retribution, sell so well, and left great comments on my website. In fact, there have been so many hits recently, I was starting to think the blurb on the back of Retribution had maybe gone viral! Nora Johnson’s thrillers Retribution, Soul Stealer and The De Clerambault Code available from Amazon and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca. www.nora-johnson.com


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Foreign aid begins at home Discovering the importance of lending a helping hand

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NSWERING my door to a young Polish woman, she told me she desperately needed internet access. Having no idea where the nearest Wi-Fi location was, she asked if she could use mine. I was happy to oblige. I was reminded of the many Mike Walsh times I have asked locals for assistance when in their countries. Their generosity of Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is spirit has taught me some great an international journalist, author and life lessons. Arriving late at Italy’s Bergamo professional writer. Airport and having picked up the hire car, it dawned on me that budget airlines tell lies. The kissed ‘nearby hotel’ I had booked was a his girlfriend ‘ciao’ and invited us to perplexing few spaghetti junctions follow him. It was a difficult route but we distant. At night, faced by a bewildering reached our hotel. The teenager refused series of meaningless signs and caught the well-deserved €10 I offered. up in a maelstrom of fast moving traffic, my As a youngster, I had on several son and I were soon out of our depth. occasions used my old car to tour “I will ask this couple,” I said. I had Europe. Looking for an address in spotted Romeo and Juliet whispering Munich, I asked a young soldier for sweet nothings to each other by their directions. Realising he was not making Vespa scooter. My son could not get over much sense, he jumped in our car and it when, without a qualm, the youngster guided us there. Munich is about the

COMING TOGETHER: Learning that we too can reap the rewards to be found in helping others.

same size as Greater Manchester, the journey took nearly half an hour. He was happy to oblige without payment. When in Latvia, both Russians and Latvians couldn’t do enough to help when I needed advice. It sometimes seems to me that, by helping others, we too become happier. I could never fault the native Africans. No matter how much my request inconvenienced those I asked assistance of, their reward seemed to be their

satisfaction at having helped a stranger in trouble. In Japan, a cinema manager realised that we young sailors could not afford the entrance fee. He invited us to take our seats free of charge. We couldn’t understand the movie but we understood the lesson. I found the Germans the friendliest of all. In a remote part of Bavaria, we were horrified when steam began to issue from under the car bonnet. Coming to our assistance a youngster got us to a garage where, free of charge, the thermostat was dumped, the gasket replaced and all was well. Again, I offered payment, which was refused. He did give me a little advice: “Pay me by offering assistance to any foreigner who needs you in your country.” It was a lesson I have never forgotten. I have paid for that car repair and other acts of kindness many times, by assisting others in need of a kindly gesture.


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Life lessons straight from the heart All we can do as parents is just wait

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HAVE been doing my best to ignore the teachers’ strike, there isn’t anything we can change about it after all. All we can do, as humble tax payers and Vicki Mcleod parents, is wait for the people we pay (ie, the government and the education system) who deliver our service to sort themselves out and come to some agreement. The problem is that my kid, and everyone else’s kids are getting an extremely bad education at the moment. They are in the playground every day, the teachers won’t give them any actual lessons, and instead the playground is becoming the school room, and the big kids are winning. Bullies are taking over and calling the shots. Some of my daughter’s friends are being so picked upon and are so intimidated by the bullies that they are refusing to go into school. It’s turning into a ghetto out there. Is this what we want our children to learn? Meanwhile the after school activities

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SCHOOL STRUCTURE: Kids need routine, kindness and guidance. should have started, but as there is no school to have an activity after those also haven’t got going. The only thing running is very controversial in our house as my daughter dislikes it with a passion: it’s the rather complicated subject of music theory at our local community college.

It’s taught in Catalan (which isn’t a problem for her) and it’s taught in a very dry and strict way (which is). How ironic then that the only lesson available to her is one that she doesn’t want to go to. My daughter is a sponge for information, she soaks it all up but a sponge can’t soak up things which are dry already.

But finally a chance for some actual learning came yesterday when she went to the first lesson of the new music school year and had to take a test. She failed spectacularly and has been kept back a year to retake. This resulted in immediate tears, upset and declarations that she was never, ever going back. Ever. On the contrary, said my husband and I to our distraught daughter, this means that you have to go back and try harder. You can’t give up just like that. Failing happens and you have to get up and try again. Oddly, instead of this being a challenge to her, it seemed to comfort her. What’s this? Routine, structure and a bit of kindness, strictness and guidance? Oh yes, my little girl, and everyone else’s children as well, desperately need that, perhaps more than they need to be taught in three languages. You know, they say that everything will come out in the wash, however those green t-shirts don’t show any sign of running away. Editor’s note: The striking teachers wear green tee-shirts as part of their protest.


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Can Bale win the crowd? We should wish him a successful career in Madrid

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Sport of Gladiators The supporters’ expectations soon turned to delusion as Real Madrid struggled against a strong and physical RojiBlancos team, who fought like gladiators in a coliseum. Some of the tackling was reminiscent of a rugby match. Despite Real Madrid having most of the possession, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were shut out, leaving Real Madrid to rely on its crop of young Spanish players to try and break down the defensive wall. By the time the referee blew the final whistle he had distributed eight yellow cards and Real Madrid were left trailing their arch rivals by five points. Gareth Bale’s first night out in the Bernabeu, in Welsh weather, could not have been worse. It is far too early to judge Bale, whom Real Madrid boss, Florentino Perez described as a player “destined to leave an

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Everyone’s attention turned to the Atletico Madrid game. imprint on his time.” But his transfer raises the question of whether the sums paid for, and to, young sportsmen and women, is justified. Florentino Perez can hardly be considered reckless. The net cost to Real Madrid was virtually zero since the club sold off other players to recoup the outlay. And Tottenham spent the money they received on several top players. So everyone in the annual boot sale was happy, especially the players’ agents who arrange all the deals. Nevertheless the inexorable rise of salaries and earnings, which have lost all sense of proportion, needs addressing. CREDIT Flickr_a pascinto

WO weeks ago I was in Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium to see Gareth Bale make his first home appearance against neighbours Getafe. But like the 70,000 supporters, I was disappointed when it was announced he would not be playing. I could see the headline: ‘€91million Bale out.’ Everyone’s attention thus turned to last weekend’s home derby against Atletico Madrid. But when the game started there was still no sign of the young man from Wales. Whatever manager Carlo Ancelotti had in mind, Atletico’s Diego Costa’s 12th minute goal forced him to change his tactics at half time. So after a summer full of intrigue and drawn out negotiations, which finally resulted in Gareth Bale moving from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, the 24-yearold Welshman, carrying the burden of being the world’s most expensive player, came off the bench to the roar of 80,000 spectators. It was to be a baptism of fire.

Show me the money Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Lionel

Messi are each rumoured to earn around €10 million net, excluding sponsorship deals. This suggests that their clubs pay the government approximately the same amount in taxes and social charges. The three players therefore have a combined gross annual income of €60 million, which in the real world would pay for 3,000 workers on €20,000 a year. Can one man who can kick a ball and promote brand names, be worth 1,000 workers? This becomes more questionable when it is found that Messi senior has been allegedly filling offshore bank accounts for Messi junior’s adsgas asdgasdg asdgasdg asdgasd

clubs. But relatively few make the grade or remain for long periods. In Spain, Michael Robinson switched to television after a successful playing career. Gary Lineker, Steve McManaman, David Beckham and Michael Owen seemed to enjoy their time in Spain and I was in Marseille with Chris Waddle, who was idolised by the Marseille supporters, despite not learning French. But does anybody remember how Jimmy Greaves and Paul Gascoigne were unable to adapt to fame and fortune in image rights and Italy? sponsorship deals, unknown While British players seem to the Spanish tax authorities. to prefer to stay at home (it Just how far-reaching is tax must be the food and evasion in sport? climate), the English clubs are Just like Messi, Ronaldo, full of foreign players. This Rooney and co, Bale’s value is has led to critics blaming the more about wearing a number influx from abroad for the lack 11 white jersey than for talent of young world class British on the playing field. Last players and failure of the weekend’s game could have British national squads to been described as Azerbaijan succeed in international versus Fly Emirates. Sponsors competitions. and TV companies now make They look enviously at the rules. Gone are the Spain’s child and youth days when matches soccer programmes ‘Win the were all played at aimed at 3pm on Saturday developing talent, crowd and afternoon. Now, has resulted you win your which with so many in so many fine freedom’ championship and players and the European games, country’s European hardly a day passes and World Cup without a match success. somewhere and at odd hours Gareth Bale is only 24 and to suit Asian TV audiences. has landed in Madrid with his And sponsorship has now childhood girlfriend, a baby, reached other parts. and his mother. The city of Madrid recently It is hoped he can cope with granted Vodafone the rights to the paparazzi and face the call ‘El Sol,’ the main pressure in one of the world’s downtown metro station, most demanding clubs. There ‘Vodafone El Sol.’ We might was a line in the movie shortly see a sign outside the Gladiator. ‘Win the crowd and London underground, ‘Tesco you win your freedom.’ May Oxford Circus.’ he win the crowd and I wish Born in Cardiff, Bale joins him a long and successful the international brigade of career in Madrid. British soccer players who move to Europe’s leading (c)peter fieldman


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Feel great with own body scrubs A GOOD scrub not only exfoliates the face and body, but can make people feel fresher and cleaner by removing the dead cells from the skin. However, buying scrubs in shops can be expensive, so here are some ideas for making your own at home. A fantastic way of exfoliating and moisturising the body is to mix baby oil with sugar. It is certainly one of the fastest and easiest ways to make your body feel smooth and silky. A banana body scrub is one of the most popular body scrub recipes at the moment, not just because it is very easy to prepare but also because

it is highly efficient. Use one ripe banana, and three tablespoons of sugar, mash together and apply to the body whilst showering. Massage gently and then rinse off with warm water. Honey is a great moituriser and combined with aloe vera extract’s hydrating qualities and its ability to promote exceptional cell development with its abundant amounts of healthy nutrients the results of this scrub are incredible. Mix one cup of sea salt with three tablespoons of fresh honey, and half a cup of aloe vera baby oil and use in the shower.

ON TREND: Full, defined eyebrows.

Big bold brows BIGGER, fuller, bolder brows are the ‘it’ trend for this autumn, according to many on beauty forums. “Eyebrows are a major focal point; like that statement accessory or perfect red lips, a freshly groomed and polished set of eyebrows completes your look,” said totalbeauty.com. Grooming – Use a brow brush or spoolie and comb upwards and outwards to outline the natural shape of your eyebrows. Trim any long straying hairs with scissors and only pluck

strays from beneath the brow line. Definition – Use an eyebrow pencil or powder set to extend the brow and fill in any gaps lacking hair. Use a darker colour for a bolder brow, starting from the inner parts and extending using sweeping motions upwards and outwards. Brush the brow once more to blend. Highlight – Use a highlighting pencil underneath the eyebrow to add the finishing touch and make your bold brows really stand out.

SOME household airfresheners are more toxic than tobacco. According to the Consumer and User Organisation (OCU) in Spain, some household air fresheners which need heat, such as oils, incense and perfumed candles, worsen the quality of the air as they have excessive levels of toxic, allergenic and contaminating substances. OCU has examined 20 air-fresheners to determine the substances they emit into the air. The products which were analysed are associated with a relaxing and healthy atmosphere, but some make the air as toxic as a room full of smokers with lit cigarettes, causing toxicity and risks to the health. The only products which have been approved are candles, as oils and incense have too many small particles which can be breathed in and contain allergenic substances and compounds including benzene and formaldehyde.

Spain stops pill subsidy MORE than 1 million women are affected by Spain’s decision to stop subsidising eight birth control pills. The State Family Planning Federation reports that since August 1, eight avant-garde birth control pills are no longer subsidised by the National Health Service because the manufacturers didn’t accept the maximum price set by the Ministry of Health in April for hormonal contraceptives. They include Dretine, Dretinelle, and Yira, all made of Drospirenone and Ethinyl estradiol.


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Natural is best THE natural look is back! The beauty forecast for autumn at London Fashion Week is clear, flawless skin, very little eye make-up and stand-out lips. So what’s the best way to get rid of spots and get skin looking clear and at its best for the cooler months? Dermatologists stick to a few simple rules for clear spot-free skin: • Keep skin clean – exercising a daily routine will ensure oils that build up on the surface of the skin allowing pores to clog and spots to form are removed. Try washing the face with soap after removing any make-up, then steaming over a bowl of hot water or with a hot towel, this

will allow pores to open. Exfoliate, using only creams specific for the face, to then clean the pores, rinse with warm water to remove and then with cold water to close pores. • Eat healthily – Stay away from too many foods that may increase sebum production like milk, chocolate and sweets, and stick to green vegetables, which include inflammation-fighting nutrients, wholegrain items like quinoa for their antioxidant qualities and fish for their omega 3 qualities. • Don’t pick – When we touch the face we transfer dirt and bacteria directly on to the surface and when we pick directly into the pores only making this worse.

Nose job A MAN in China has had a new nose grown on his forehead. The 22 year-old has undergone the treatment as a replacement for his original nose after it was irreparably damaged in a traffic accident. A transplant operation will soon be carried out.

HIGH CALORIE TREATS: Indulging after exercise can result in putting on weight.

Gym sessions could lead to weight gain 'TREATS' after a workout mean 26 per cent of people actually gain weight. Around 1,000 gym users were questioned on their diet habits for a survey by a diet firm. It found that 39 per cent of people burn as little as 300 calories during a gym session but more than a third indulge in a high calorie ‘treat’ afterwards making them susceptible to weight gain. The poll found that 26 per cent of those questioned had actually put on weight after starting regular exercise and 49 per cent said that their weight had stayed the same.

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ELCOME to your forecast for October. Each month I write about how the moon cycles, numerology and major arcana tarot cards connected to the current month affect you. By understanding these influences, you are more able to move forward to create the life you desire and deserve. Read on for more info... Encounter new horizons with the number one: October is the 10th month of the year. This month is all about overcoming self doubt and developing a new sense of inner confidence. Be brave, daring and courageous as you pursue your goals! Use your natural leadership abilities to initiate new projects, relationships and ideas. Go for what you want in all areas of your life and believe in your own power to create a great future. The number one is helping you to put yourself first, to recognise your own needs and develop more self awareness. If you encounter challenges along the path this month, simply recognise them as a gift to help you recognise exactly what you want and need in all areas of your life.

Get in tune with the moon: the new moon on the October 4 is ruled by the sign of Libra, which brings the focus to your relationships. Developing a strong network of supportive relationships is vital in order for you to flourish. Libra is helping you to create balance in all your relationships. Allow the Venusian energy from this sign to gently guide you to the right people at the right time so that you can easily fulfil your By Sally Trotman desires. The full moon www.sallytrotman.com in Aries on October 18 Based in Mallorca, Sally Trotman is a is helping you to create DRAW AN ACE: Get the feeling that anything is possible. qualified Counsellor who works with Astrology, Numerology and the Tarot. Each a life that inspires and month she will deliver the forecast as an intuitive tool to aid increased self excites you! Draw on this month. Leave the Discover how the numbers in your awareness. the fiery energy of this past behind and know date of birth, and placement of the moon to guide you that now is the time to planets at your time of birth, influence forward fearlessly. fly free. You can attract whatever you your relationships, career, health and Draw an ace! In the tarot deck each want into your life now. The challenges home life. card is linked to a number. All the aces, are waning, the lessons are being I hold one-hour sessions in Palma, Wheel of Fortune and Card of learned and now is the time to seize your Mallorca and in Watford, UK. Sessions Judgement are linked to the number destiny. can also be held via Skype, telephone one. The combination of these cards will Would you like to receive a more and email. Please contact me to book in bring a feeling that anything is possible personalised astrological forecast? for your personalised forecast.


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When did birthday celebrations become so complicated?

WICE each year I face my ultimate trial by the two most discerning of customers. Get it right and I can breathe a sigh of relief until the following year, get it wrong and my value both as a mother and event organiser plummet into an abyss of silent reprimand and disappointment. Failure in the kids’ birthday game is not an option. Over the years, we’ve had Ariel, Cinderella, Pirates and magicians to entertain the jury of expectant kids; once in an emergency I even had to resort to putting on the Snow White costume myself when the bonafide version fell through. The kids were highly sceptical and rightly pointed out that Snow White was not blonde and she was supposed to be the fairest in the land. When princesses no longer reigned supreme, mass sleepovers replaced them, although I

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use the term ‘sleep’ in the loosest possible sense, since there was not much shut-eye for anyone. The bar for kids’ birthday parties these days is set so high, I think I was less stressed about my wedding.

FORGOTTEN: When a Victoria sponge was enough. So it came as a huge relief when my 10-year-old daughter said she did not want a birthday party this year. Instead she wanted to do something ‘fun’ with her family and her best friend. Once I’d finished doing cartwheels across the floor, I put my thinking cap on. How to create a special day that would stand out from others? Fortunately, living in Mallorca, we are spoiled for choice and we ended up taking the little troupe to Marineland in Portals, where

we spent the day seeing some impressive shows of sea lions, dolphins and parrots. The veritable icing on the birthday cake was the added option of an ‘encounter with dolphins’, where you can spend some 40 minutes in the water with Sacha the dolphin learning how these mammals are trained and trying out some fishincentivised tricks. Beaming little faces proved that I’d passed the test this year.

As a finale to the day, we then went to the nearby Savannah Beach restaurant, and while we were tucking into a feast of a barbecue the kids were entertained by the hugely popular waterslide that sits on the side of the restaurant. A perfect day, with no goody bags to pack, no party games to organise and no mess. One down and one to go, I am now hoping her younger sister will also opt for a simplified celebration this year. When did birthdays become so complicated? When I was young, a hastily concocted Victoria sponge and a sing-song was enough. Maybe I am overcompensating - still I’m a long way off from the couple who hit the headlines this summer by spending £70,000 on their twins’ first birthday. Now that really sets the stakes too high.


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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 December 21) Is playing the waiting game really to your advantage? Your Sagittarian character naturally leads you to be optimistic, and why not?

1. At which capital city in Africa is the junction of the Blue Nile and the White Nile located? 2. Hippy Hippy Shake, Good Golly Miss Molly and You're No Good were all UK Top 20 hit singles for which 1960s British Merseybeat group? 3. In which 1930 film directed by Josef von Sternberg did Marlene Dietrich first sing Falling in Love Again (Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt)? 4. The blue flag with a white square in the centre, known as the ‘Blue Peter’, is raised by a ship when is about to do what? 5. What is the nickname of the professional baseball team (MLB) located in Toronto, Canada? 6. What name is often applied to companies or their shares considered to be a reliable investment, though less secure than gilt-edged stock?

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PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Pat yourself on the back for all of your efforts of recent weeks. Looking back just a few months, would you have thought so much progress could be made? Because of your efforts, home life is enhanced and you are more appreciated.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) When you are at home this week I would like you to consider how you view your surroundings. This is a good week to make changes and have discussions about future directions.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Rarely has your mind been as sharp as it is at the moment. There have been some awkward and downright bad periods in the recent past, but this week everything falls into place.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) For all of the things that you want to do, there are three others that you wish to do. Maybe they are waiting for their own time to come. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) When it isnʼt possible to change something, often it is just as effective to rearrange it. That is the solution which comes to you this week. Instead of being frustrated at a delay, try changing the conditions or times. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) When we have longstanding friendships, these are often taken for granted and yet often we could make so much more of them.

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

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Consider what is the most important thing to you at the moment? Is it wealth or social position? Your work, or how it may be possible to afford that new conservatory are minor considerations compared with your greatest asset which is your health.

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VIRGO (August 24 September 23) As the saying goes, ʻno one ever said it would be easyʼ. In the past few months you have found this to be true. Hard work is not alien to you, but there is a point where you want to shout ʻenoughʼ.

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TARGET:

Average: 12 Good: 16

Very good: 23 Excellent: 28

cede, cedi, deep, dent, dept, dice, diet, dine, dint, edit, iced, need, pend, pied, teed, tend, tide, tied, cited, edict, pined, tepid, tined, deceit, decent, deepen, depict, pieced, enticed, CENTIPEDE

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

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SCORPIO (October 24 November 22) There is so much in you that is determined and looking forward to a fresh start, but something that you are trying to get rid of, or give up, may be giving you more trouble than anticipated.

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LIBRA (September 24 October 23) As a home-loving Libran, you are torn between making changes to your surroundings and getting some cash in on the business side. Apparently, it is not possible to do both because energy levels fluctuate.

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1. KHARTOUM, 2. SWINGING BLUE JEANS, 3. THE BLUE ANGEL (DER BLAUE ENGEL), 4. LEAVE PORT, 5. BLUE JAYS, 6. BLUE CHIP


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Cryptic Across 7 Facelift, one coming between minister and MP (6) 8 Able to help us with processed fuel (6) 9 Post that once provided personal protection (4) 10 One sort of egg I consumed as pioneer (8) 11 Deprived of food adverts, perhaps (7) 13 Came with nothing but a piece of jewellery (5) 15 Cop in estate car traps suspect (5) 17 Sour liquid made in grave (7) 20 Well off flute fan is in trouble (8) 21 Record is accepted by district commissioner (4) 22 Overcoatʼs unusual lustre (6) 23 Untidy diners should be washed with water (6) Down 1 Lessee finding article in canvas shelter (6) 2 See if Al can be wanting (4) 3 Priests drunk some spirits (7) 4 Greek character thus in harmony (5) 5 It goes with her age and thatʼs the lot (8)

Quick Across 1 Summit (4) 3 Announce formally (8) 9 Stubborn (7) 10 Pitchers (5) 11 Dramatic (5) 12 Constricted (6) 14 Gambling room (6) 16 Gentle wind (6) 19 Chase after (6) 21 Clever (5) 24 Bohemian dance (5) 25 White ant (7) 26 Emphasised (8) 27 Asks for alms (4)

6 Stand in a kind of square, the French faint (6) 12 Girlʼs ten tousled curls (8) 14 Resentful in front of new one with wings (7) 16 Very loud in nuclear reactor? Nonsense (6)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 16 represents B and 10 represents V, so fill in B every time the figure 16 appears and V every time the figure 10 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

18 From Americans we rely on the solution (6) 19 Fruit that comes in twos, by the sound of it (5) 21 Hamlet? Desperate character joining sweetheart (4)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Banally, 5 Sprat, 8 Ransack, 9 Realm, 10 Reach, 11 Lignite, 12 Misery, 14 Vestas, 17 Stand-up, 19 Recap, 22 Acute, 23 Ordeals, 24 Event, 25 Bombers. Down: 1 Barer, 2 Ninja, 3 Leather, 4 Yokels, 5 Sprig, 6 Realist, 7 Tempers, 12 Massage, 13 Statute, 15 Earldom, 16 Aplomb, 18 Dwelt, 20 Chase, 21 Pests. QUICK Across: 1 Sedate, 4 Sharp, 8 Recur, 9 Terrier, 10 Cranium, 11 Fees, 12 Put, 14 Cell, 15 Once, 18 Aim, 21 Rear, 23 Overate, 25 Evasive, 26 Alike, 27 Since, 28 Select. Down: 1 Strict, 2 Declare, 3 Tortilla, 4 Sort, 5 Agile, 6 Parish, 7 Stamp, 13 Tolerate, 16 Chalice, 17 Orders, 19 Money, 20 Defeat, 22 Again, 24 Hive. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Bache, 4 Eagle, 7 Nightmare, 8 Gentleman, 12 Traveller, 14 Peach, 15 Sobre.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION Down: 1 Buho, 2 Con, 3 Eightieth, 4 Estrellas, 5 Guapa, 6 Even, 9 Etapa, 10 Step, 11 Jefe, 13 Rib.

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English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Flowers (6) 4 Lámpara (4) 8 Picadura (de abeja, avispa) (5) 9 To take (5) 10 Twenty-one (9) 13 Arriba (5) 15 Tío (pariente) (5) 16 Nudo (en hilo, cuerda) (4) 17 Theory (6) Down 1 Phase (stage) (4) 2 Aceituna (5) 3 Ingeniero (8) 5 Brazo (de persona) (3) 6 Because of (3) 7 Actitud (comportamiento, disposición) (8) 11 To be born (5) 12 Vein (4) 13 Preguntar (3) 14 Gold (3)

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

ADHERE

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Unscramble the name of a famous Marx Brothers’ film (two words): THE HERO’S FEARS

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Unscramble the name of a famous former American professional boxer: DAY SCHOOL AREA

Down 1 Rehearsal (8) 2 Once more (5) 4 Corpulent (6) 5 Transparent (5) 6 Windflower (7) 7 Tiny leafy-stemmed flowerless plants (4) 8 Grotto (6) 13 Fidgety (8) 15 Sordid dirtiness (7) 17 Holiday destination (6) 18 Kind and sweet (6) 20 Ascends dramatically (5) 22 Nimble (5) 23 Chooses (4)

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1 Massed, 2 Aflame, 3 Helped, 4 Barely, 5 Hammed, 6 Railed, 7 Reacts, 8 Pitted, 9 Afresh, 10 Cheers, 11 Statue, 12 Tights, 13 Sheets, 14 Agrees, 15 Centre, 16 Desert, 17 Prints, 18 Cheeks, 19 Tested

FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: HORSE OSCAR DE LA HOYA

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AVING a woman Prime Minister in Spain would be a good idea, according to David Collman, retired, who lives in Partaloa (Almeria). “It wouldn’t hurt. It would be good to have a change. Maggie Thatcher was a strong leader,” he said. Doreen Walsh and Carol Clark from Alfoquia (Almeria), both retired, agreed. “Yes, women should have the opportunity to be Prime Minister and to prove themselves. They can’t do any worse than the people running the UK government, for example.” Wendy White, retired, from San Luis, (Alicante) believes there are already a lot of women in government which can be a good thing: “Men can be so chauvinistic and Angela

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on course to overtake Baroness Thatcher as the longest-serving female leader after her historic victory in the German General Elections. Following the re-election of Angela Merkel, do you think Spain should have a female Prime Minister?

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DAVID COLLMAN: It wouldn’t hurt.

WENDY AND GORDON: Gender should be irrelevant when leading a country. seems to get things done, although I don’t particularly like her,” she said, adding: “Maybe

Spain would do well with a female leader, but ultimately sex is irrelevant as long as you have

a strong personality, are well educated and have enough life experience to run a country.”

Her husband Gordon agrees: “Your ability will determine what you can achieve but your attitude will determine what you will achieve.” Nineteen-year-old student from Wales, Cary Williamson, on holiday in Alicante, said: “I think females make good leaders as I think they have to work so much harder to prove themselves than their male counterparts.” But Chris Adamson, a retired coalminer who lives in Estepona (Malaga), thought it is all irrelevant. “Whoever is in charge seems to be in thrall to big business and the rich. Look at Maggie, she was pro the rich and against the poor. Even Tony Blair was. He betrayed the working classes. Until there is a sea change in attitudes amongst the ruling classes you could have Minnie Mouse in charge and there would be no difference.”


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Serrano ham reaches a new dimension MOLECULAR gastronomy chef, Ferran Adria aims at reinventing the way people eat Serrano ham in a new project. The Michelin starwinning chef has teamed up with Serrano ham producer Joselito to open a culinary laboratory to make the most of the renowned Spanish appetiser. Joselito Lab is a virtual kitchen accessible from any computer, tablet or mobile phone with 40 recipes available in 12 languages. Among the dishes

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topped with a slice of ham. All these recipes, available in video format, have been created in cooperation

with the team of the prestigious restaurant El Bulli, where Adria worked as its head chef and mastermind until its closure in 2011. This has greatly influenced Joselito Lab’s style, with cutting-edge ideas like infusing olive oil with Serrano ham flavour to add an extra touch to salads. Joselito Lab is an open project which aims to encompass ideas from both professional and amateur chefs in order to expand its existing menu.

Snack on pistachios EATING nuts is good for the health, but of all nuts pistachios are probably

the ones with which have the most benefits. A study carried out at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona has revealed that pistachios help fight diabetes as they improve insulin resistance, a physiological condition in which cells fail to respond to the normal actions of insulin. “The unique nutritional composition of pistachios makes them especially relevant in the fight against diabetes as they are rich in fibre, betacarotene (a pigment abundant in plants and fruits used to treat various diseases) and other anti-oxidant substances,” said

PISTACHIOS: A delicious way to fight diabetes. research author Monica Bullos. “This nut also helps in keeping a healthy heart and preventing

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A QUICK internet search for ‘aloe vera juice’ will quickly prove that drinking it is the latest health trend. It allegedly aids in weight loss, digestion, immune function, and ‘eases general discomfort’. However there is very little scientific data to support this. Information regarding the use of aloe vera dates back to early Egyptian times. Aloe vera gel is often used to treat burns, abrasions, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. A review published in the British Journal of General Practice notes that aloe vera decreases irritation, enhances healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Aloe vera juice also helps to decrease inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome and colitis and can increase healthy bacteria in the intestines. Taking aloe vera may also help improve blood circulation and decrease total fat levels in patients with high cholesterol. However, a study by the National Toxicology Program showed that when rats were given whole-leave extract of aloe vera juice, there was clear evidence of carcinogenic activity. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center warns that drinking aloe vera can cause adverse effects such as diarrhea.


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RITISH supermarket Little Britain has been running under the management of Donna Mann in Alcudia Port for more than 18 months and is going from strength to strength. Donna – who has been living in Mallorca for eight years – is no stranger to the requirements of the British, previously working as a chef in a restaurant in the north of the island, and has sourced British foods which both tourists and local residents will be delighted to find. She always tries to get new products in the shop, especially those which have just come out on the market in England and are advertised on the TV. There is a very large stock of Quorn products throughout the year which have proved to be very popular with Spanish customers who come to the shop for these products, some having travelled from as far as Palma. Although the summer is still with us Little Britain is now looking forward to getting Christmas products in ready for the seasonal period. This was a huge success last year, which they hope to repeat this year. And it’s not just food that you can find at Little Britain, they also have a great stock of brand new

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HEN buying new fruit trees, bushes or plants for your garden or wondering why some of the existing ones aren’t doing too well, recognise that success factors include the following: Location Choose the types of fruit that are best grown in your area. What will grow down by the sea may struggle on a frosty inland valley. Garden microclimate If you want to grow subtropical/tropical fruit, ensure that you have developed warm sheltered places in the garden for each season of the year. Plant what family likes to eat Think about types and how much you can eat or use for cooking. Right choice Type is especially important with

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SHAPE THE FLOWERING BUDS: Let air into the centre and increase the size of the fruit. oranges and mandarins where there are early, mid season and late

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HOMES & GARDENS Plant fruit trees five metres apart, unless growing as a hedge. The roots of a large tree next door might spread into your property and compete with the roots of a young tree against your fence. Watering Keep the deepest roots damp at all times and irrigate on a drip line, not against the trunk. Feeding If you prepare the soil by working in well-rotted compost and natural fertilisers, you do not need to feed new trees for the first three years. Then, give a spring feed each year. Autumn feeding will stimulate late overwintering new growth. Pruning Let trees grow naturally for a couple of years, then shape around the strongest branches. Shape, stimulate flowering buds, let air into the centre and increase size of fruit. Our book gives guidelines for different types of fruit. If you have purchased 10,000 to 20,000 square metres of abandoned orchards, find help fast via the local agricultural cooperative. Eyes open Act if you spot signs of pest or fungal attacks. Patience The priority for a new tree is to develop a root structure that can support growth. Develop fruit buds and fruit. Remove fruits for a couple of years. Storage Freeze, make jam, wine and dry fruit. Timing of replacements If you create unproductive trees, give them a last chance by doing a 60 to 80 per cent remedial pruning and giving the tree two or three years to recover. Remember, a healthy old tree has an incredible root structure which you would never be able to buy. You could also graft new blood onto the main branches or stump of the original trunk.

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Interior design trends for this autumn FOR those enthusiastic about keeping up to trend with the world of interior design, you may be thinking about the small touches you can make to your home to get it in line with the latest trends for autumn. To change things up from those bright summer colours and make way for this autumn and winter; here are some of this season’s top interior design trends to get you planning the next look for your home. Wood burning stoves These have been circulating as a trend for some time, and are never far from the glossy pages of interior fashion magazines. Stoves make the home look and feel warm during colder months, and also work as a great statement piece. Not only this, they’re great for sustainable living. Preppy and tailored The tailored and preppy look that has dominated the catwalks in men’s fashion has also shifted into interior design. This autumn opt for tailored upholstery, metal accents and preppy patterns to

CLASSIC WITH A TWIST: Monochrome styling. stay on trend. Furniture with faces Everything from chairs to accessories, and even tables are taking on a new persona. Some of the more modern designs have a menacing glare, whereas others portray a silhouette with a touch of Victorian style and sensibility. Upcycled furniture Rather than keeping furniture looking old and vintage much like the shabby chic styles that have appeared in the past, upcycled revives furniture. Think classic wooden sideboards painted with a

ON TREND: A touch of Victorian style.

whole host of bright colours, vivid pink dining room chairs; or a bright plum chest of draws. Monochrome For those who like to keep thing simple, opt for

classic monochrome styling with black and white. Raw nature The trends for stone and wood is showcasing them in their natural stripped down state, and

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before the channel migration process starts, so the earliest we should see any change would then be November of this year. What’s the outcome going to be? There are a few suppositions here and as always we can never be certain of the outcome until the new satellite is actually broadcasting. But given that the satellite is built by the same manufacturer, is due to broadcast from the same location at 28.2º and shows identical footprint maps as the 2F satellite which went up last year, it would be reasonable to assume that the coverage will be similar.

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CHINESE millionaires are looking to buy property in Spain. The Spanish market, with more than two million properties available, has become the main place of interest for estate agents with rich Chinese clients. Those who spend more than €500,000 will be granted residency permits. They mainly want houses on luxury urbanisations, close to good universities for their children. The Chinese property market is booming and the government is attempting to restrict this by limiting purchases in certain cities to just one per person.

Cheap and efficient housing solutions TWO Spaniards have come up with a quick and cheap way of building houses which has been a hit abroad. Architect Ricardo Anton and Industrial Engineer Joaquin Guerrero have created the Oval Box Housing or Obox. It’s a prefabricated house made with oval concrete blocks which is manufactured completely in factories. With 18-squaremetre concrete modules anything can be made: from state subsidised housing blocks to hotels or schools, which will be 30 per cent cheaper than any other construction system. In Spain, the cost is around €700 per square metre and the construction time is

VERSATILE: Anything can be made using the 18-square-metre Obox modules.

reduced by 66 per cent, the creators say. They have a factory in Toledo, Central Spain, to build the modules and

buildings and are negotiating agreements at an international level. This includes plans for 500,000 social houses in Saudi Arabia in the next three years.

Canary Islands popular with buyers abroad BUYERS from Mexico and complexes that and Scandinavia are are not necessarily in boosting the a difficult economic property market on situation. the Canary Islands. Scandinavians are They join German, attracted by the British, and more climate and scenery. recently Russian “They want to buyers attracted by a enjoy being on a market with signs of terrace during the recovery thanks to winter months,” international buyers. Swedish company, COLOURFUL CANARY ISLANDS: Property Fastighetsbyran, New buyers boosting market. transactions on the representative Canary Islands rose Gabriel Alzola by 16.2 per cent explained. between April and June this year. Nationwide these buyers made an Mexican buyers focus on the tourism investment of around €2 billion in the property market, that is, purchasing hotels property market.

Price of land falls NOW could be the perfect time to selfbuild. The price of land in Spain has fallen, making it a very real option for people wanting to build their own Spanish dream home. Compared with the same period in 2012, the average price of urban land fell by 17.4 per cent in the second quarter of the year, to an average €161.5 per square metre; the lowest levels since 2004. Year-on-year the price of land registered a drop despite their quarter-on-quarter appreciation of 2.7 per cent, according to data from the Ministry of Development. In towns of fewer than 1,000 inhabitants the decline was 28.6 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2012 and in towns of more than 50,000 citizens, prices fell by 25.2 per cent year-on-year.


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with boxer engines. The special model underlines a contrast between the bodywork with its light white paintwork and the jet black of the drivetrain and wheels. With the frame in an asphalt grey, swingarm, rear axle housing and triangular

UPDATED: This special model highlights the sporty side of the original model. wishbone in matt black and the black anodised fork tubes lend the roadster an exclusive hightech feel, the manufacturer claims.

provides perfect contact with the motorcycle. In addition, the R 1200 R ‘DarkWhite’ special model can be individually enhanced with special accessories and optional extras from the extensive BMW Motorrad range. This special R 1200 R model offers a synthesis of riding dynamics, agility and classic looks. It combines nimble handling with a sharp line and balanced ergonomics, offering, BMW Motorrad claims, “maximum motorcycling pleasure at its purest.” Its boxer with 1170 cc and DOHC valve gear correspond to the engines already installed in the BMW R 1200 GS and BMW R 1200 RT. Maximised rigidity and strength is provided by MINIMALISTIC: Cabin focused on the tried and tested, two driving. part main/rear frame, which has a weightthis new 1750 turbo petrol unit sets new saving structure of steel torque and specific power records for this tubing designed as a size of engine, at over 200NM and 137hp- load-bearing element for per-litre respectively. maximum stiffness and Accelerating from 0 to 62 mph takes just rigidity. 4.5 seconds. It is on sale from €53,990 with The maximum safety deliveries expected early 2014. standard is ensured by Due to its lightweight and advanced the proven brake system engine and transmission technologies, its which can be fitted in the official combined-cycle fuel economy figure factory with the optional is 6.8 litres/100km, its CO2 emissions are BMW Motorrad integral just 157g/km. ABS. The sports windshield reduces the strain on the rider in the area of the helmet and upper body. The standard sports seat

Alfa Romeo returns to lightweight coupe DESIGNED, engineered and built as a pure driving machine, the new Alfa Romeo 4C marks the brand’s return to the world of lightweight sports coupes. Built at the Maserati plant in Modena, the mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C employs the latest technologies of Alfa Romeo’s newest models. In total, global production for the Alfa Romeo 4C is limited to just 3,500 units. Carbon-fibre was chosen for the onepiece monocoque due its high levels of structural rigidity and exceptionally low weight. Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC), which is lighter than both steel and aluminium, is used for the bodywork to help reduce the Alfa Romeo 4C’s overall weight. Less than four metres in length and with a wheelbase of 2.38m metres the Alfa Romeo 4C’s shape accentuates its agility. Power comes from a new four-cylinder turbo engine which, thanks to its aluminium block, is 22 kilos lighter than the engine that powers the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV. Turbo-charged and with direct injection,


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Good win for Mallorca against Barcelona midfield. The result leaves Mallorca situated in 13th BARCELONA’S B team place with 10 points in lost their unbeaten the Liga adlelante. Mallorca’s next game record in their stadium by losing 0-1 against a is against Zaragoza kick off noon at Iberostar very tactical Mallorca. Estadi. The away side It brings should have Mallorca some much put the game away in the going up the needed relief Mallorca first half, but table as they to after a dismal they had to start to hit start to the wait until the form season saw 58th minute to score. them score no A low shot to the left goals in losing their first post from Victor gave three matches. the second consecutive But since then they victory of the season to have won three and Jose Luis Oltras team drawn one in the league (Mallorca’s Manager), to push them up to mid who raised a solid table. defence in the middle of That is the sort of form the field that left the that will see them home team with promoted – if they can nowhere to go in keep it up. By EWN Sports Reporter

WINNERS: On good form. BBVA LEAGUE - 1ª Division

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Europa League

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Barcelona

21

7

7

0

0

24

5

Atlético

21

7

7

0

0

19

5

Real Madrid

16

7

5

1

1

14

7

Villarreal

14

7

4

2

1

12

7

Athletic

12

7

4

0

3

12

12

Valencia

12

7

4

0

3

10

10

Espanyol

11

7

3

2

2

10

9

Getafe

10

7

3

1

3

9

10

Levante

10

7

2

4

1

6

11

Málaga

9

7

2

3

2

11

6

Betis

8

7

2

2

3

7

7

Granada

8

7

2

2

3

5

5

R. Sociedad

7

7

1

4

2

6

8

Sevilla

6

7

1

3

3

11

13

Celta

6

7

1

3

3

7

10

Valladolid

6

7

1

3

3

6

9

Elche

6

7

1

3

3

6

10

Almería

3

7

0

3

4

10

17

Osasuna

3

7

1

0

6

5

13

Rayo

3

7

1

0

6

5

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Heading for the top RAFAEL NADAL reached the quarter finals of the Beijing Tournament after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Mallorcan, who will play against Fabio Fognini, is just two wins away to returning to the number one in the world position.

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599 Grand Prix in 2014. minutes (virtually 10 • Serena Williams is the hours), faced 536 balls and world’s number one female hit two sixes and 24 fours. tennis player again, taking SHORTS over from Victoria • Congratulations to Azarenka. Oracle Team USA after a • After seven-and-aremarkable comeback from quarter hours in the saddle 8-1 down to beat New (and rain) Rui Costa Zealand 9-8 to retain the (Portugal) beat Joaquim 34th Americas Cup. Rodriguez (Spain) to win • A near 90,000 the cycling world road race Wembley crowd saw the championship in Florence; Minnesota Vikings beat the next year’s event will take Pittsburgh Steelers 34-27 in place in Spain. a AFL game. • England ladies’ netball • Andrew Jordan leads team completed a 3-0 Matt Neal by 34 points whitewash of South Africa (378-344) after last with a 51weekend’s Touring Car Championship at Silverstone when Jordan won two races and Neal one. The last round of races takes place in two weeks time. • Kenyan Wilson Kipsang has broken the world marathon GOLF - Peter Uihlein record by (USA) equalled the European Tour record 15 with a round of 60 at seconds, the Dunhill Links clocking 2 Championship. He hours, 3 missed his final putt minutes, 23 by an inch, denying seconds when him a score of winning in Berlin. 59. • New Jersey and Mexico could stage a F1

33 victory at Wembley. • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and his father have appeared in a Spanish court, charged with defrauding the authorities of over €4m. • Saracens (19 pts), Northampton (15), Bath (13) and Leicester (11) are the top four teams in Rugby Union’s Premiership. • GB’s male gymnasts hope to win medals in the World Championships in Antwerp. • And ex-Burnley, WBA, Brentford and Birmingham forward Ronnie Fenton, who made over 200 club appearances (195771) and later managed Notts County, has died, aged 73.

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Atletico seven years)... And GB Madrid. Olympic heavyweight There’ll be boxing champion Anthony an Edinburgh Joshua makes his derby in the Scottish professional debut against LC quarter-finals when unbeaten Italian Emanuele Hibs play Hearts. Morton, Leo. conquerors of Celtic meet FOOTBALL Last St Johnstone, Aberdeen weekend, Aston Villa visit Motherwell and and WBA pulled Inverness CT off terrific and oppose Dundee Almeria lost unexpected United. wins over the 2-0 to Barcelona England’s and Real Madrid women Manchester are clubs, beating bang on course lost against City (3-2) and for the 2015 Atletico United (2-1) World Cup after respectively. The resounding wins in their Baggies last won at Old first two qualifiers. They Trafford in 1978 (remember beat Belarus 6-0 and that 5-3 victory) and as a Turkey 8-0 There were also result it’s the worst-ever PL qualifying wins for Wales start for the Reds. Arsenal 1-0 v Belarus and Scotland won at Swansea 2-1, 7-0 over Bosnia. England Cardiff defeated Fulham by meet Wales in their next the same score - their first game. And last Sunday, away win in the top flight Liverpool Ladies beat since 1961 - Rickie Lambert Bristol Academy 2-0 to netted his 200th career clinch the Women’s Super League goal in League title. Southampton’s 2-0 win CRICKET - Derbyshire over Crystal Palace, Hull and Surrey have been pipped West Ham 1-0, relegated from the First Norwich won by a single Division of the County goal at Stoke, Luis Suarez Championship, replaced by scored twice in Liverpool’s Lancashire and Northants. 3-1 win over bottom club Surrey batsman Dominic Sunderland and the London Sibley, aged 18 years and showdown finished Spurs 1 221 days, became the Chelsea 1. youngest batsman ever to In Spain’s La Liga, only score a double century in 11,975 fans saw Almeria first-class County cricket lose 2-0 at home to when he amassed 242 Barcelona (Messi on target, against Yorkshire in the again) as out of sorts Real final game of the season. Madrid were beaten 1-0 by Sibley was at the crease for

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AFTER 48 hours of action in the Champions League, tonight Swansea (v St Gallen), Tottenham (v Anzhi) and Wigan (v Maribor) compete in the Europa League. And then, over the weekend, the top PL football matches are Manchester City v Everton, another London derby involving Spurs and West Ham, WBA play Arsenal and Norwich meet Chelsea while in the Championship, leaders QPR face lowly Barnsley. Also, we have the Korean Formula One Grand Prix... Warrington Wolves play Wigan Warriors in Sunday’s Rugby League Grand final at Old Trafford (Wigan are hoping to become the first team to complete the League/Cup double for

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