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21 - 27 NOVEMBER 2013

Ambassador’s concern over ‘illegal’ homes

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Tornado spotted A TORNADO was spotted at sea off La Rabita, near Motril, last Friday. No damage was reported.

No to tax rise THE Rincon de la Victoria branch of the Socialist party has proposed a motion opposing an 8.4 per cent rise in the sewage tax previously passed by the town hall.

CAS quiz THE Boathouse bar in Nerja is hosting a quiz for the benefit of the Costa Animal Society tomorrow (Friday) from 8pm. Book your place for €3 by calling Peter on 600 397 029.

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SIMON MANLEY, the newly-appointed British Ambassador to Spain, has held a meeting with representatives from associations of victims of illegal homes. Mr Manley met Maura Hillen, President of Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No (AUAN), Vice President Brian Reade, and Philip Smalley, President of Save our Homes Axarquia (SOHA). The ambassador was briefed on the ongoing struggle many expatriates face to legalise their homes, many bought or built in good faith. Mr Manley announced that he had meetings pending with national

Pictured from left: Brian Reade, Maura Hillen, Simon Manley and Philip Smalley. government ministers, and it is hoped that he can bring some pressure to bear to remove the fear of demolition and to legalise these homes. It is estimated there are about 11,000 illegal

homes in the Axarquia, the majority of them built with town council permission on non-urban land. This made them illegal in the eyes of the regional government, despite their

owners acting in good faith. Some owners have decided to rent out their properties and return to their home country until the situation is resolved. According to Philip

What a lot of lolly! Local scoops €100 million A MYSTERY Axarquia lottery player has scooped the €100 million top prize in the EuroMillions draw. The staggering jackpot, featured on last Friday’s EuroMillions Superdraw, was won by an Almuñecar resident,

whose identity is yet unknown. The newly-made millionaire was the only player to match all five main numbers and two lucky stars, making them the sole winner of the coveted first prize. The winner’s stroke of luck has also had an effect on

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the lottery outlet on the Plaza de la Rosa where he or she bought the ticket. Locals are going to the outlet to buy Christmas lottery tickets in the hope the luck will rub off on them. The €100 million prize is the

biggest lottery win in the history of Granada, and was the fifth EuroMillions jackpot to be won in Spain this year. On a national level, Friday’s jackpot win was Spain’s fourth biggest EuroMillions win in the history of the game.

Smalley, 5 per cent of those affected have already left the country. “We are an important source of wealth in the area and we’re not being taken into account,” Smalley told Spanish national newspaper El Mundo. “We’re still waiting for town councils to decide which properties are eligible for legalisation and which are not,” he added. Interview with Ambassador Page 41


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Letters APOFIS VASE: To be featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Treasures head for New York... ARCHAEOLOGICAL treasures from Almuñecar will be taking their place in an exhibition at the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The American institution has asked the town’s Culture Department for several archaeological artefacts to include in a new exhibition called From Assyria to Iberia: Crossing Continents at the Dawn of the Classical Age, to be held from September 2014 to January 2015. Councillor for Culture Olga Ruano said the New York museum had requested the

Apofis vase and two onyx marble vases found at Almuñecar’s archaeological sites. According to Ruano, this is proof of the town’s potential as a cultural destination. “Our cultural heritage attracts prestigious institutions, so it is our duty to protect, preserve and promote it,” she added. The artefacts will be on display together with others from different European, Asian and African museums in order to highlight the relevance of this period.

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NEWS Green discount PEOPLE who use renewable energy in their homes could get a 50 per cent reduction on their IBI property tax in Rincon de la Victoria, according to a motion filed by the Izquierda Unida party. Settling debts THE Ministry of Finance has granted Almuñecar Town Council €4,212,290 in order to pay ongoing debts to local suppliers. New road TORROX COUNCIL is building a new road to link the agricultural areas of Torrox and Caserones. This will save local farmers a six-kilometre detour to access the areas. Prom plan MALAGA-BASED architects Estudio 7 Andalucia will draft a project for the construction of a promenade in Torre de Benagalbon for €59,000. Toy collection EL BORGE and the Red Cross have organised a charity toy collection. Anyone interested in participating can take their used toys to the town hall until December 27. Money raised MORE than €2,000 was raised at the Seventh Meeting of Choirs charity concert held in Nerja Cultural Centre last Friday Big spend MALAGA PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT will spend €500,000 to turn Calle del Mar in Torre del Mar into a pedestrianised street. Children’s Day PLAZA DE LA CORONACION in Almuñecar will host a festive event tomorrow (Friday) from 5pm to commemorate the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day.

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Food park standing empty A FLAGSHIP €30-million food processing park is standing empty two years after it was finished. The Costa del Sol-Axarquia park in Velez-Malaga cannot find businesses willing to move in to the 232,000-square-metre site. For the time being there’s only a preliminary agreement to sell a plot to a local company devoted to the

production of subtropical fruit. But that business doesn’t seem to be enough after the regional government and Velez-Malaga Council spent more than €30 million to carry out the project. “Entrepreneurs are afraid of starting new projects,” said the manager of the food processing park, Celestino Rivas.

That is despite a 50 per cent discount the park management has applied on the price of the 40 plots available. Oddly enough, many people visit the park every week asking about available plots and their costs, according to Rivas, but so far there have been no takers who have actually signed up and moved in.

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OVEMBER 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The day aims to raise awareness of the fact that women are subject to rape, domestic abuse and other forms of violence. The date is based on the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, which was ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. In December 1999, the date received its official United Nations (UN) resolution. Events are held throughout many parts of the world on this day, including Spain, to express rejection of violence against women. In the past decade, more than 700 women have died in Spain at the hands of their partners or former partners, and according to the government, 600,000 women every year are the victims of domestic violence, although there are only 140,000 complaints on average every year against the abusers. There is not a unique profile for victims of gender violence. Amongst the 700 who have died, there were foreign women who had no family or friends in Spain, disabled women, and those with little education, but there were also those with university degrees, members of political

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RUBALCABA has a problem: to decide whether or not he will run for the presidential elections’

Socialist Felipe Gonzalez, who was Prime Minister from 1982 to 1996, regarding the future of the Secretary General of the PSOE, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba.

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Tarting up the old town LA HERRADURA municipal construction and maintenance service is carrying out work to refurbish the southern part of Calle Obispo in the old part of the town.

Have a taste THE 14th Grape-Juice and Chacina (cured pork meat) day is to be held in Colmenar on Sunday with free tastings and dance shows.

Moving forward ALCAUCIN TOWN HALL is hosting today (Thursday) a business meeting to encourage small and medium sized businesses to embrace new technologies in order to improve the tourism resources of the area.

Gold winner NERJA swimmer Lourdes Maria Herrero Centurion won three medals - bronze, silver and gold - in the 35th Nuestra Señora del Aguila swimming competition held in Alcala de Guadaira (Sevilla).

Top dog NOVEMBER 25: To raise awareness of violence.

parties, students and businesswomen. Only a fourth of women who are killed by their partners or former partners had ever reported them in the past. Already this year, more than 45 women have died at the hands of their partners, and approximately 40 children have been left without a mother. The government estimates that at least There is no 840,000 children suffer the effects of violence unique profileS_BUKLEY against mother, and more than 500,000 are / SHUTTERSTOCK.their COM for victims. abused by their fathers.

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per cent of Spaniards believe the whole of Spain should have a say in whether Cataluña becomes independent from the rest of the country and that a referendum should be held. Almost 94 per cent of Partido Popular supporters believe this should be the case.

TAKO, an Afghan hound owned by Almuñecar dog breeder Jose Antonio Joya, was named Spanish champion in the 30th International Dog Exhibition in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) last weekend.

Good advice NEIGHBOURHOOD associations from Motril and Granada shared experiences, tips and advice at a meeting held in Motril last weekend.

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New times RUBBISH collection in Salobreña is now from 8pm to 11pm from Monday to Saturday. There will be no collection on Sundays.

No alcohol SIERRA Almijara and El Chaparil high schools in Nerja hosted a talk about the dangers of alcoholism amongst young people last Friday as part of World No Alcohol Day.

Life quality SANYSOL, the VelezMalaga Pensioner’s Care Home, will host a presentation on Health and Quality on Life at their care home building in Urbanization El Tomillar on November 28 at 1pm.

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Causing grave offence A WORKER who illegally charged people for niches at the Salobreña cemetery has been given a suspended jail sentence. The man has also been banned from working at the cemetery for 15 months and has been fined €1,500. Following the advice of his

lawyer, the administrative assistant admitted he committed a crime of fraud and document falsification. He did so to see the five-and-ahalf year jail term initially asked for by the Granada Prosecutor’s Office reduced to two years, which he will not serve as he has a clean record.

The man made a profit over several years by illegally issuing permits to use the niches at the Salobreña cemetery, and pocketing the fees paid. He also authorised his sister to put the remains of her husband in a niche without paying €637.07 in fees in 2005.

Local bikers in charity event ALMUÑECAR bikers showed their caring side by collecting food for the poor in a charity campaign. Twenty members of the local Tiburones (Sharks) Bikers Club participated in a provincial campaign in aid of the Granada food bank. They joined 600 bikers from throughout the province of Granada to take part in the event, which was organised by the Granada Motera Association. The bikers gathered together in the headquarters of the Nazaries Custom Bikers Club, located in the industrial park of Juncaril, in Albolote.

CARING BIKERS: They contributed to help the Granada food bank. The Almuñecar-based bikers contributed to the cause with 150 kilos of food, mainly milk and pasta. Miguel Rodriguez, President of the

Tiburones Bikers Club, said they were already preparing a similar event to be held in Almuñecar in cooperation with the charity Caritas.

NEWS Burglary gang arrested NINE people have been arrested in VelezMalaga for allegedly belonging to a gang of burglars that operated in the Axarquia. They have been accused of stealing from three houses and eight business premises this year. One of them has also been charged with receiving stolen goods as he supposedly bought two of the televisions the gang stole from two different houses. According to National Police, the gang specialised in stealing from shops and houses. They committed the crimes at night, when they forced entry, National Police sources added. More than 100 items thought to have been stolen were seized.


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€691 raised in annual Poppy Ball THE Poppy Ball organised by the Torre del Mar and Los Romanos branches of the Royal British Legion raised a total of €691. More than 100 guests in formal dress attended the white tie event, which was held at the Nerja Caves restaurant. The evening kicked off with reception drinks and canapes, followed by a four course meal. Entertainment was provided by band The Flying Dolphins, who said they were proud to be playing at the event. Many prizes were raffled, with all proceeds going to the Poppy fund. The Torre del Mar and Los

Reduction of property rateable values VELEZ-MALAGA Council has decided to reduce the rateable value of properties registered in the town by 27 per cent in a bid to help local families. This will place some 12,000 houses under the €100,000 value limit set to be eligible for a plan to help people pay the Property Tax (IBI). According to the Finance councillor, Manuel Gutierrez, 28,000 properties in Velez-Malaga will benefit from this plan. That is 16,000 houses that were already eligible for the plan, and the extra 12,000 houses this decision benefits. The council has appealed for all people whose properties don’t exceed a value of €100,000 to pay their property tax by direct debit before December 31. This method of payment is a key requirement set by the provincial government for people to benefit from this help.

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Musical parade A PARADE along the streets of Salobreña will honour Saint Cecilia, patroness of musicians, tomorrow (Friday). It starts at 6pm in the Plaza del Museo.

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HAVING FUN: For a good cause. Romanos branches of the Royal British Legion send their

gratitude to all who helped organise the event and

everyone who supported it on the night.

Free parking area temporarily closed THE free parking located in the area intended for the future health centre in Nerja will be temporarily closed. Work to improve the 3,500m2 site started on Monday, making it impossible to leave any vehicle there. Workers will be levelling the site and repairing potholes. After that, the area will be IMPROVEMENT WORK: Potholes are being repaired. paved. Councillor for Traffic, expects the work to be After that, the free Inocencia Quintero, finished in a period of parking will have room announced the council three weeks. for up to 150 vehicles.

EU says that border checks in Gibraltar are legal THE EU Commission has ruled that Spain has not violated any laws with the tougher border controls in Gibraltar which began during the summer. The border controls followed conflict with the Gibraltar authorities over several concrete blocks being dumped in the Bay of Algeciras. The EU has issued recommendations for both Spain and the UK, saying that managing the border is a constant challenge due to the high volume of traffic in a relatively small space and the rise of tobacco smuggling into Spain. They say that authorities on both

sides of the border should take measures to better control the challenges. Spain has been recommended to make better use of available space on the Spanish side of the border checkpoint, be more selective in checks and exchange more information with the UK. Meanwhile, the UK has been recommended to guarantee nonsystematic controls based on the risk to travellers and their belongings, improve legislation to contribute to the fight against smuggling, and exchange more information with Spain.

ALMUÑECAR athlete Jonathan Eloy Cortes ranked 5th in the Spanish Body-building and Fitness championship held in Sevilla in the weekend.


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Communion fair THIRTY companies will take part in a communion and wedding exhibition to be held at Mainake Hotel in Torre del Mar on November 23 and 24 from 11am.

String pluckers LA HERRADURA is hosting the 35th edition of the Andres Segovia classic guitar competition at the town’s civic centre until Saturday.

Reeled in AN ANGLER from Salobreña had to hand over a 30-kilo sea bass after the Guardia Civil caught him fishing with no licence.

Access road THE Malaga Provincial Government has granted Nerja Council €164,460 to build an access road to a yet-to-be-built fire station. It will also give access to a new crematorium being built nearby.

Looked after THE Malaga-Axarquia health district has set up a special unit to look after people living in the 13 homes for the elderly in the Axarquia.

Works planned REFURBISHMENT work in Calle Carmen in Nerja will improve the pavements, storm drainage and the sanitary sewer system, the Infrastructures councillor Antonio Garcia announced.

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New British consul visits Frigiliana THE British Consul for Andalucia and the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouine, has chosen the Axarquia as the first place to visit since her appointment as new consul. The 50-year-old visited Frigiliana as a response to an invitation made by the councillor for Foreign Residents, Kevin Wright, to visit the town. The mother of three got acquainted with the work the department led by Wright carries out to help the expatriate community residing in Frigiliana. Now Arbouine and Wright have agreed to hold another meeting at the consulate in Malaga. They plan to discuss the possible ways the two institutions can cooperate in order to provide a better service to British people living in the Axarquia. Newly-appointed Charmaine has more than 20 years’ experience of

FIRST VISIT: Charmaine Arbouine is greeted by the Frigiliana authorities. managing people and resources in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She was previously a consultant

to local and central government organisations in the UK, specialising in public sector performance improvement.

Royal approval for local wines TWO wines from the Axarquia were served at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute Gold Medal Gala held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. The event, presided over by Queen Sofia, was to recognise actor Antonio Banderas and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their contribution to the international appreciation of Spain and Latin America. The wines served were Botani dry muscatel and Botani sparkling muscatel by Axarquia Winery Jorge Ordoñez. An albariño Galician wine by La Cana winery, a subsidiary of Jorge

WINE: Made with muscatel grapes grown in the Axarquia. Ordoñez, was also served at the gala. The Axarquia is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the World. The

first vines are thought to have been brought by the Phoenicians and grapes have been cultivated ever since.

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VELEZ-MALAGA Council has spent €100,000 in order to hire long-term unemployed locals. They will be performing maintenance and street cleaning tasks.

ALMUÑECAR is promoting itself at one of the biggest tourism exhibitions in Spain. The town is taking part in the 17th International Fair of Inland Tourism (INTUR), which is being held in Valladolid from today (Thursday) until Sunday. Local businesses are being represented by the municipal tourism coordinator, Rafael Caballero, the technical director of Almuñecar Tourism Board, Felipe Puertas, and a group of local hoteliers. INTUR is one of the main tourism fairs in Castilla y Leon and Spain.

NEWS Call for ban on Christian book SALOBREÑA Town Council has asked the national government to withdraw a controversial book aimed at women entitled ‘Get Married and be Submissive.’ The book, written by Italian journalist Constanza Miriano, is about Christian faith, marriage, children, education and social life. But the council considers it violates the Spanish Equality Law as, it claims, it goes against women’s rights. Salobreña has asked the Granada archbishopric, of which the publisher Nuevo Inicio is dependant, to withdraw it as well. “No publisher should be allowed to justify chauvinism or misogyny,” said the councillor for Women, Maria Jose Garcia. “This book is a manual that teaches gender violence,” she added. Meanwhile, the archbishopric says the book is being criticised by people who haven’t read it, when it is actually “very interesting from a Christian point of view.” The title, they say, is based on words said by Saint Peter, as is the title of the second part, which they also plan to publish, which is aimed at men and called ‘Get Married and Give Your Life for Her.’

A mango analysis A GROUP of researchers from the University of Cadiz is carrying out a study to analyse the benefits of the Axarquia mango. The group, led by professor Enrique Martinez de la Ossa Fernandez, is analysing the high concentration of phenolic compounds found on mango waste. These compounds, said to have antioxidant levels higher than vitamins C and E, could be used in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. The project has been funded by the national government and with the cooperation of the Axarquia food processing park.


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No more refillable oil bottles BARS, restaurants, hotels and other catering services will no longer be able to offer clients refillable oil bottles from January 1, 2014. According to new rules approved by the Cabinet within the Plan of Action in the EU Olive Oil Sector, oil given to clients must be in labelled packaging or bottles. The containers must have an opening system which is broken upon the first use as well as others to prevent them from being refilled. Oils already purchased which do not comply with the new rules can be used until February 28, 2014. Similar rules, to guarantee the quality and authenticity of the oils served are already in place in Italy and Portugal.

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Child snatch attempt foiled in Torre del Mar THREE people - a young man, his mother and a relative - have been arrested for an alleged kidnap attempt on two children

in Torre del Mar. The incident took place when the mother of the children, a brother and sister aged seven

and six, stopped at a local bazaar to shop. When she returned to her car, in which she had left the

Iguana found on El Playazo Beach waiting to be reunited with owner NERJA Local Police are looking for the owner of an iguana found on El Playazo Beach. The reptile was captured by officers after receiving a call from a passer-by who saw it on an access lane to the beach. Local Police got in touch with the Endangered Species Recovery Centre so they could take care of the animal. But it was taken to a veterinary clinic instead as iguanas are not considered an endangered species. An iguana-loving local man is taking care of the reptile in until its owner gets in touch with the authorities. At the time of going to press, the owner had still not been found.

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children, she was approached by three people who reportedly took the children out of the vehicle and put them in a van. According to sources at VelezMalaga council, the girl managed to escape and looked for shelter in a nearby commercial establishment. Meanwhile, the mother called the Local Police who arrived shortly after and intercepted the van before it fled the scene. Two of the accused, the young man and his relative, have been remanded in custody, while the accused man’s mother has been admitted to hospital for unknown reasons. Local Police believe the intention of the snatchers was to kidnap the children in order to blackmail their bigger sister, with whom the young man accused has a child. She had reportedly refused to let him see their three-year-old child.


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Photo exhibition PHOTOS made by the El Morche branch of the University of the Third Age Movement are on display at Taperia La Jarta, on Avenida Andalucia in Torre del Mar.

Tourism plan MALAGA Provincial Government plans to create a company to promote tourism on the Costa del Sol, with the help of the local Tourism Board.

Firemen help MALAGA Provincial Government has provided €18,000 for an expedition of NGO Firemen in Action to carry out humanitarian work in the Philippines.

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First snow spotted on peaks WINTER is coming. The first snow of the season fell in the Axarquia last weekend. Low temperatures in the area made conditions perfect for snow to dust La Maroma peak, in the Tejeda mountains. Residents in Alcaucin, Canillas del Aceituno o Sedella had the chance to see

the snow covered peak before clouds covered the scene. It is possible La Maroma peak will be covered in snow again this weekend. The National Weather Agency (AEMET) forecasts low temperatures and places the snow level in 1,900 metres. Meanwhile, intense snowfall has been

reported in Sierra Nevada. The managers of the ski resort announced they are studying the possibility of bringing forward the resort’s opening day, initially scheduled for November 30. The cold has made it possible for them to use their snow cannons to prepare the pistes.

Calendar designed featuring Granada landscapes to celebrate a good cause HOSPICE charity Acompalia has just launched its first calendar designed to raise awareness and funds in 2014. The spiral-bound calendar, featuring scenes and detail from all over Granada province, is in a format with space for daily entries so that a whole month’s activities can be seen at a glance. Months and days are in English and Spanish, and the major Spanish holidays are clearly

CHARITY CALENDAR: Celebrating Granada to raise funds. indicated. Acompalia committee member Alex Necas, who headed the calendar team with president Tina Emmott, says that the photos, created and

donated by committee members, were chosen to reflect inspirational and also less familiar images of Granada province. Calendars are now available for €5 each at Cafe Ayer and El Foro Bar in Almuñecar, and will also be sold at the Salobreña street market on December 7. Those wanting to buy batches of 10 or more to sell for Acompalia, please contact Lesley on 687 289 200 or Lindsay on 664 776 251.

More children being snatched by their parents MORE than 70 children were taken out of Spain by one of their parents without the consent of the other parent in the first six months of this year. In the same period, Spain was asked for help in 41 cases in which children had been brought

here from abroad by one of their parents. The Ministry of Justice says that this is a problem which is on the rise due to the increasing number of mixed couples who are separating in the financial crisis, and between 2008 and 2013

there were 1,166 cases, almost as many as between 1998 and 2008 (1,205). Whereas back in 2002, it was normally the father who had removed the child or children from the country without consent, now, it is more frequent amongst

mothers who have custody of the children and take them away. The Hague 1980 Convention, signed by some 80 countries, including the most recent, Japan and Morocco, states that the child should be returned to the habitual country of residence to

ensure visits with both parents. The time limit to return them is one year, but if the parent who has taken them can prove that they have settled in the new country once this period has passed, they may be given permission not to return.


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Station saved THE president of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has guaranteed the La Mayora experimental station in Algarrobo will receive enough funds to continue operating next year.

Trade fair MORE than 100 companies are set to participate in the Seventh Puerta de la Axarquia Trade Fair to be held in the Plaza de la Constitucion in Rincon de la Victoria from November 28 to December 1.

Farmers unite LA VIÑUELA hosted a provincial meeting on sustainable agriculture and biodiversity last week. Farmers took advantage of the event to share seeds of local plants.

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First steps to reopen Nerja walkway A WALKWAY closed more than 10 years ago due to the danger of rockslides may soon reopen.

Nerja Town Council has taken the first steps to reopen the Paseo de los Carabineros by

passing a draft project to open a 200-metre section of the walkway. In addition, they want to build two new viewpoints for residents and visitors. The draft project, drawn up by the council’s Infrastructure Department, reportedly provides evidence of the stability of the slopes in the area. It will be now sent to the General Coastal Department of the Ministry for the Environment, for approval. The Paseo de los Carabineros first closed in 2001, and again in 2009, when the then deputy LA FORTALEZA: Work will finish in February next year. director of the General Coastal Department, Miguel Velasco, announced that it was going to be demolished. WORK to enclose the Velez-Malaga monument of La Fortaleza However, no further action castle will finish in February next year. That is the claim of the was taken and the walkway Councillor for Infrastructure, Concepcion Labao, who said the has remained closed ever council had spent €218,403 to carry out the project. since. Wikipedia/Te y Kriptonita

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Four held for fruit theft FOUR people have been arrested for allegedly being part of a gang that stole sub-tropical fruit from seven farms in Motril and Velez de Benaudalla. Two of them, a couple from Motril, supposedly selected the farms to be targeted and sold the fruit in Granada City. The remaining two, residents of Castell de Ferro, carried out the actual thefts. The gang hid the stolen fruit in a warehouse near Playa Granada for a couple of days until it was sold in the Zaidin area of Granada City, police sources said. The accused are believed to have stolen 5,230 kilos of custard apple, 960 kilos of mango and 351 kilos of avocado worth €16,000. Vehicles were also seized in the operation.


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Tribute paid to guerrillas LA HERRADURA paid a tribute yesterday (Wednesday) to five members of a Spanish guerrilla band who were arrested, killed and buried in a mass grave during the Franco repression in 1947.

New post THE new spokesperson for the socialist party in the regional government is Maria Jose Torres, a councillor from Moclinejo.

Roboscope LA MAYORA experimental station in Algarrobo has installed the BOOTES 2, a robotic telescope that makes automatic stellar observations.

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Write to celebrate Constitution Day NERJA Council has organised a writing competition for local students to celebrate Constitution Day. The Citizen Participation department has asked high school students to write a three-page-long essay on the ‘Spanish Magna Carta.’ The competition is in two categories, compulsory secondary education (ESO) and post-

compulsory secondary education (Bachillerato). The winner of each category will receive a cheque for €300 to be used to purchase school equipment in any stationery shop in the town. A jury will assess the essays according to their literary style, content and originality. The Constitution Day marks the anniversary of a referendum held in

Spain on December 6, 1978 in which the current constitution was approved. On the day most businesses, organisations and shops are closed, although some bakers and food stores may remain open. Public transport services generally run to a reduced schedule, although there may be no services in rural areas.

Trial against home builders A TRIAL against eight people for their alleged responsibility for the construction of an urbanisation with serious structural defects in La Herradura will resume in January. A Granada court has made the decision after it gave the parties concerned a period of three weeks

LA HERRADURA: Houses with serious structural defects were built. to reach an agreement to repair the defects. Several houses in the Carmen del Mar urbanisation, built in the Cerro

Gordo hillside, have been destroyed due to landslides caused by structural defects, and another 15 have been seriously damaged.

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Mayor meets police officers SALOBREÑA Mayor, Gonzalo Fernandez, held a meeting with Local Police officers after they complained they were being discriminated against. In a three-hour meeting, Fernandez suggested the setting up of a negotiating table to discuss new working conditions that would improve the Local Police working conditions. Officers recently complained about a system that gives them days off instead of paying them for extra hours. They say this results in the service they provide being affected. They have agreed on December 15 as the deadline to draw up a document with all the shifts for 2014.


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Stories making headlines in Europe

BRITISH PRESS Perverts arrested SWEDEN - Seven Swedes have been arrested as part of an international operation against a ring that allegedly produced and distributed child pornography films online.

Odd warning NORWAY - The company running a cemetery in Norway has warned the relatives of the people buried there of late-payment by covering their gravestones with black plastic bags.

Green cars DENMARK - Sales of electric car Tesla Model S have increased after Crown Prince Frederik and Climate Minister Martin Lidegaard each bought one.

Smuggled animals

Death threat

Floods warning HUNDREDS of thousands of homes across the country will be swamped this winter, predicted forecasters at The Environment Agency.

Property raises HOUSE prices could surge 7 per cent next year as unprecedented Government support for

NORWAY - A Hells Angels club house in Oslo has invited locals to biscuits and mulled wine in a bid to clean up the gang’s image.

Danger game SWEDEN - A student, aged 17, was admitted to Karolinksa Hospital after falling four metres while playing a game inspired by the science fiction film The Hunger Games.

Software ban DENMARK - Socialdemokraterne party member Trine Bramsen wants to ban a programme that allows its users to operate anonymously on the web as it has reportedly been used by criminals for illicit activities.

Pizza delivery man was murdered. homebuyers has a dramatic effect on sales, economic forecasters predict.

Justice for pizza

Painful protest ARTIST Pyotr Pavlensky is facing five years in prison after he nailed his scrotum to the floor of Moscow’s Red Square in an act of protest against Russia becoming a ‘police state.’

Tourists hurt

Sex offender

Found God

FOLK singer Roy Harper, who collaborated with Pink Floyd, has been charged with sexually abusing a girl, aged 12.

A RECENTLY converted to Christianity thief sent a pensioner his wallet back six years after he stole it. He attached a letter apologising for the theft.

Tobacco adverts have been banned.

Olympic sale

TWENTY-THREE Russian tourists were injured in a bus crash in Thailand. The bus crashed into a pole when trying to avoid an accident with another vehicle.

Boy dies

New airport

A RUSSIAN boy, aged 12, died in Thailand after a ferry capsized near the beach resort of Pattaya. Six other people died in the accident.

STATE corporation Rostec is looking for investors to build a new airport at the Ramenskoye in the Zhukovsky region of Moscow for 7 billion rubles (€159 million).

JOURNALIST Arkady Mamontov has raised controversy after claiming on TV that the meteorite that fell on the region of Chelyabinsk last February was a punishment for tolerating gays in the country.

Jobs axed

TWO people have been remanded in custody for their alleged implication in the murder of a pizza delivery man in Sheffield, thanks to video linked to the incident.

MOSCOW council is selling its 64 per cent stake in the Olympiiski Sports Complex, host of the 1980 Summer Olympics. The stake is worth 4.45 billion rubles (€101 million).

No tolerance

A BAVARIAN pensioner, aged 73, was stopped at the border with Luxembourg when he was trying to smuggle €100,000 into Germany hidden in his shoes.

RWE, the second biggest power supplier in the country, has announced it will cut 6,700 jobs in Germany, Britain and Eastern Europe by 2016.

RUSSIAN PRESS

Sweet angels

PRESS Expensive letters

Old smuggler

A RETIRED British man is facing a gay sex trial in Uganda over stolen laptop photos. He was investigated after the pictures were exposed in a newspaper. Homosexuality is considered a crime punished by death in the country.

BRITAIN’S oldest man and woman died within two weeks of each other. Grace Jones and Ralph Tarrant were aged 113 and 110 respectively.

GERMAN

SENDING a letter in Germany will cost 60 cents from January 1, if approval is given. Deutsche Post is asking regulators for a two cent increase.

ACCORDING to The Home Office massive numbers of smuggled animal products have been seized by border officials. 2013 has been the year with the most items - 690 confiscated than any other year.

Golden age

EUROPEAN PRESS

Tobacco ban TOBACCO adverts on television, the Internet and newspapers have been banned by the Russian government. Fines for violating this ban go from 3,000 to 600,000 rubles (€68 to €13,617).

Croc renamed AN endangered Cuban crocodile from a zoo in Saxony has been renamed Fidelio after cultural associations showed their concern for its original name, Fidel.

Students out DRESDEN University accidentally sent an email to all of its students saying they had been un-enrolled. A spokesperson for the university attributed the incident to human error.

Hammer attack A MAN, aged 34, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after he attacked a job centre employee with a hammer. The victim was saved by a man who stepped in to halt the assault.


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Officer attacked A MAN, 38, who was telling people where to park their cars in a street in Malaga, was arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer who asked him for ID.

Unicaja aid UNICAJA bank will send €15,000 to help people affected by the Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines, and has opened several accounts for NGOs specifically for this cause.

Victims helped MALAGA Provincial Government has helped 332 victims of gender violence in the Guadalhorce Valley alone so far this year.

Expensive area A REPORT by property consultant Cushman & Wakefield places Calle Larios in Malaga amongst the most expensive commercial streets in Spain, with rent at €1,740 per m2.

Aerial images MALAGA Provincial Government is updating the province’s maps with aerial images from 2012 in order to help town halls determine where illegal properties are built.

Blues concert THE Lito Blues Band will be playing their blues repertoire at the youth centre of Algarrobo on Saturday from 9pm. Admission is free.

Left out THE Costa Tropical has been definitely left out of the Mediterranean Corridor project from the European Commission to link Mediterranean countries by train.

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Scottish suspects to be quizzed in Yeremi disappearance case TWO Scottish paedophiles serving prison sentences for murder and sexual assault are being questioned in connection with the disappearance of Yeremi Vargas. Charles O’Neill, 50, and William Lauchlan, 36, were living and working in Gran Canaria when seven-year-old Yeremi vanished from his home on March 10, 2007. They were reportedly in Los Llanos neighbourhood of Vecindario around the time he disappeared. Guardia Civil said: “It’s not a tourist area you’d expect foreigners like them to be visiting.” The pair refused to speak to Guardia Civil last month and

SUSPECTS: Charles O’Neill and William Lauchlan. they are now being treated as suspects, as well as Ewan Wilson, who took the pair into his home after an earlier

sentence. Wilson visited them in the resort of Maspalomas in the same month that Yeremi vanished.

Bullfighter’s son in prison for robbery A SEVILLA court has remanded in prison the son of former bullfighter Jose Ortega Cano without bail. Two youths who allegedly took part with him in attacking a man

and stealing his wallet, mobile phone, keys and car outside a brothel in Castilleja de la Cuesta, Sevilla, have also been remanded in custody. The car was found overturned and burnt out.

Lux Mundi’s 40th anniversary concert THE Lux Mundi ecumenical centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a concert to be held tomorrow (Friday). The Jesuit Church of Iglesia del Sagrado Corazon in Malaga will host the concert, in which the choir will perform carols from many countries. Founded in 1988, and under the musical direction of Margaret Williams, the choir have supported Lux Mundi for many years with their spring and

Christmas concerts. Transport is available for Axarquia residents to enjoy the concert. A coach will depart from Algarrobo at 6.45pm and will stop by Torre del Mar bus station at 7pm. Ticket price for the coach is €6. Admission to the concert is free.

For more information call the Lux Mundi Ecumenical centre in Torre del Mar on 952 543 334 or e-mail luxmundi@luxmundi.org.

Jose Fernando Ortega was arrested by Guardia Civil with two friends and another two have arrest warrants against them. When he appeared before a judge, the youth said that he did not set fire to the stolen vehicle, and the others said they attacked the man but did not steal or burn his vehicle. Jose Fernando was adopted when he was just six, along with his sister, Gloria Camila, three, from Cali in Colombia by Ortega Cano and his wife, Rocio Jurado, who died in 2006. In 2011 when he was 18, he was involved in several problems and took to visiting brothels. He didn’t finish his studies and left home to live with an older woman involved in the sex business. In 2012, his adoptive father paid off his debts at a brothel in Sevilla and was being blackmailed by a prostitute who threatened to publish a video of him with sexual content.

O’Neill and Lauchlan were jailed for life in 2010 for murdering Allison McGarrigle, 39, in 1997, to stop her from reporting the abuse of a young boy. In the 13 years between the murder and their convictions they served jail time for sexual offences against children. Yeremi’s mother Ithaisa Suarez told a British newspaper four years ago she suspected that the pair was behind her son’s abduction. Guardia Civil have released pictures of the suspects and are hoping for information from people who hired the services of Rainbow Cleaning Service S.L., run by the pair at the time, who may be able to reveal details.

High court backs council in cutbacks THE Andalucia High Court (TSJA) has backed Velez-Malaga Town Hall’s measures to save money that affects non-civil service employees in the council. The TSJA thus rejects an appeal lodged by trade union UGT and the works council against these actions. Non-civil service employees in VelezMalaga Town Hall saw their holidays and leave reduced. Their Christmas and summer holiday bonuses have also been reduced.

In addition, the town hall can now decide whether to readmit or compensate a non-civil service employee in the case of unfair dismissal. According to the councillor for Finance, Manuel Gutierrez, these measures have allowed the town hall to save €400,000 per year. Non-civil service employees in the Spanish administration perform similar tasks to civil service employees. However, they are not authorised to exercise authority or attest official documents.

Sentenced for fine fraud TWO members of the Guardia Civil traffic unit in Navarra have been sentenced to two years in prison for cancelling fines for footballers and businessmen. The officers, a man and a woman, will not serve time in prison as they have no criminal records. They altered reports to prevent 21 people from paying fines, including well-known former Osasuna football players. They were arrested in March 2011 and released with charges of corruption, document falsification and computer damages. Each of them paid €12,000 compensation and were fined €1,500.


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Psychotic break POLICE arrested a woman in Palma for allegedly injuring her boyfriend with a knife in an argument. The victim was taken to hospital and the woman will face charges.

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A MAN, aged 80, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, has been found dead in s’Albufera days after he got lost on his way to visit his sister from his care home.

Fake officer A MAN has been arrested for impersonating a Guardia Civil officer and asking for €6,000 from an elderly lady to “get her son out of prison.” The woman’s son was not in jail and it was all part of a scam.

COSTA DE ALMERÍA

Gold rush EL EJIDO rhythmic gymnastics club won three gold medals and a silver at the Andalucian championships held in Cordoba.

Step up

Pimp jailed SEAFRONT HOMES: Rules will sometimes be relaxed.

Relief as strip rules changed

APARTMENT-OWNERS on Benidorm’s Poniente Beach can breathe again. Their properties are not at risk and there will be no demolitions, said the Environment Ministry in Madrid. The obligatory area that must be left free between the high-tide mark and dwellings can be reduced by to up to 15 metres in some instances, the ministry’s Costas department announced. This strip will end at the town’s seafront ‘paseos’ or, in the case of Poniente Beach, the wooden boardwalk built three years ago. The new ruling will apply to the section between Punta Escalera and the boundary with Finestrat. Overall, the new boundaries are much less restrictive than at present, agreed Vicente Juan Ivorra, Councillor for Urban Development and the Environment at Benidorm Town Hall. Many properties on Poniente Beach that would otherwise have been situated inside the protection zone will benefit from the ministry’s decision, Ivorra said. The Environment Ministry reckons to spend a year measuring the limits from the high-water mark. All seafront and coastal construction will be halted during this time.

Name vote

JONATHAN ZONGO will make the step up from UD Almeria B to join the first team from January 1.

RESIDENTS of Alcolea are to vote on whether to change the name of Calle Carretera to Avenida Alpujarra.

City run

COSTA DEL SOL

MORE than 1,300 people took part in the second fun run in Almeria City at the weekend.

Job contracts GARRUCHA TOWN HALL has formalised 27 work contracts for people at risk of social exclusion. The two-month contracts will see the workers carrying out maintenance work in the town.

Blood banked A RECORD total of 420 people gave blood at the University of Almeria following a two-day campaign. Almost half were new donors.

AN out-of-control car ran into a traffic island in Calpe’s Avenida del Puerto and embedded itself in the central reservation. No-one was seriously injured in the incident.

HIGH temperatures and little rain until mid-November have affected the quality of La Safor area’s navel orange crop. Yellow stains on the skins will lower their value, growers feared.

FIVE passengers of bus company (EMT) were injured after the driver had to hit the brakes to avoid colliding with a car.

Found dead

Tight squeeze

Tainted fruit

Sudden braking

THE first snowfalls have arrived in the high areas of Serra Tramuntana. The winter storms brought with them heavy rain, strong winds and large waves.

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Teenager falls AN underage girl sustained serious injuries when she fell from a first floor apartment in Ronda onto a car. The incident reportedly followed a row with her family.

Official routes THE Ministry for Industry has given official certification as Spanish Wine Routes to routes in the Serrania de Ronda area.

Wanted woman A BRITISH woman, 27, who was wanted

A ROMANIAN man has been convicted in Alicante of raping two girls aged 15 and 17 who were forced into prostitution after being promised work in Spain. He received a 26-year prison sentence.

Brrrr, it’s cold! THE first snow of the winter fell in Alcoy, Agres and other inland mountain areas. Ten roads were cut off and a fallen high tension cable affected Alcoy’s electricity supply.

COSTA BLANCA SOUTH

Fine situation FOURTEEN people who urinated in San Vicente streets were fined €300 while 21 had to pay €100 for throwing away cigarette ends. One man was also fined €150 for spitting.

Domestic violence

for fraud in New York, USA, has been arrested by National Police in Coin.

A MAN has appeared in court in Elche for allegedly throwing his girlfriend from the fourth floor into the inner courtyard of the building. The woman suffered a sprained ankle.

Brother sentenced

Managers charged

A MAN has been sentenced to eight-anda-half years in prison for sexually abusing his mentally disabled stepsister when she was 15, in 2011 in Ronda, when their parents were not at home.

THE two managers of a hostess club in Cartagena have been arrested and charged with prostitution crimes and exploitation of women.

Tajo ticket THE ‘Tajo’ (gorge) in Ronda featured on a lottery ticket for the National Organisation for the Blind in Spain, ONCE, this week.

COSTA BLANCA NORTH

The end A HUNDRED people have protested against the closure of the cinema at Ociopía shopping centre in Orihuela. Owners said they had been negotiating with the centre to lower the rent for months.

Pooper snoopers

Brit drug arrests

PLAINCLOTHES policemen are patrolling Valencia City streets, watching dogowners. Those who fail to clean up after their pets or walk them without leads and muzzles risk €300 fines.

TWO Britons have been arrested in Torrevieja for possession of cocaine. They were found carrying almost 300 grammes of the drug hidden within their clothing.


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SOUTH KOREA imported Spanish wine worth €7.6 million between January and September this year. This was 39.4 per cent more than during the same period in

Families throwing away produce

launched ‘Buen Aprovecho’ week, urging consumers to throw less away. Tips offered during the awareness campaign included packed lunches, ordering a ‘half-menu’ during the working day and doggy-bags. The 2.9 million tonnes of food that ends up in the rubbish bins is worth €11 billion, working out at around €250 per family, the ministry said.

Trains a strain Iberia losing out IBERIA was the third mostused airline in Spain in October, with 1.87 million passengers despite a 30 per cent drop in trade. This pushed Air Europa into fourth place although Iberia’s accumulated figure of 11.6 million passengers during the first 10 months of the year puts it down to fourth place overall. Low-cost airlines and the high speed train network were partially to blame for the 30 per cent drop in Iberia passengers between October 2012 and 2013, said airports’ operator AENA. The third factor was Iberia’s restructure since merging with BA in January 2011 to create IAG. Cost-

cutting measures have entailed a 15 per cent reduction in Iberian’s routes in a move to return the airline to profits. Adding Iberia Express and Air Nostrum passengers to the equation would increase Iberia’s October quota to 2.2 million and also put it ahead of IAG in second place. Although Ryanair lost 4 per cent of its passengers in October, it still remained in the top spot with almost 3.2 million passengers. The low-cost Irish airline has lost passengers throughout the year, AENA said, owing to its decision to reduce routes owing to higher airport charges.

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Boxing clever TAX AUTHORITY Hacienda will seize 542 safety deposit boxes from 270 branches of 24 banks. They belong to 551 people with unpaid tax debts and no other known collateral.

Big purchase SWISS firm Novartis is selling its US-based blood transfusion test unit to the Catalan multinational, Grifols. The Barcelona pharmaceuticals company is paying €1.24 billion for the unit.

Saving for a rainy day YOUNG Spaniards do not save for retirement. Only 14 per cent of the 20-29 age group are habitual savers compared with 25 per cent worldwide, found a survey by Aegon. Sixty-five per cent said that saving for their retirement would be important ‘when the time came’ according to the multinational insurance group. Forty per cent intended to save for the future but did not yet

The young are not saving. consider it a priority, especially as their age group will not be able to retire until reaching 67, they said. Most did not save, they told Aegon, as they earned too little to set aside an amount each month.

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€11bn food waste SPANISH families throw away 2.9 million tonnes of food each year. Forty-five per cent of this could have been used if consumers had bought more wisely and stored more adequately, the ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment said. Needing to meet EU targets to reduce waste by up to 50 per cent in 2020, the ministry

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LONDON - FTSE 100 PRICE(P) 482.85 1270.00 1581.50 1165.50 1418.25 813.25 943.25 2330.50 3286.25 431.35 1315.00 446.60 249.15 1248.75 1931.00 487.10 3373.25 611.25

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NET VOLUME 5,955 36.49 31.92 116.13 201.67 165.91 243.19 92.33 142.92 983.73 47.07 448.68 3,780.0 228.42 507.89 2,475.4 136.86 126.48

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PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 129.85 82.80 35.43 136.08 83.74 120.06 21.54 62.11 95.27 27.20 164.40 80.03 24.52 183.19 94.39 54.87 96.92 48.07 37.84 79.22 32.20 84.84 40.22 88.67 108.59 71.87 50.31 202.00

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Don’t call me Scrooge, but… Loose change

If you’re broke, you’re broke.

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IT feels like I’ve just cleansed the cobwebs off my face from Halloween, but as I strolled through the streets this week despite the warm sun there was a real feel of Christmas in the air. Shop assistants were busy decorating windows and putting up fairy lights, while adverts are

strategically putting ideas in our heads of presents we should buy.

“Oh no, ho ho ho!” is about as much festive spirit as I could muster up. After paying for the mortgage, various loans, the electricity, flights back to home for Christmas as well as an array of other unforeseen costs, my Christmas piggy bank savings are at an all time low. Right now - at the most expensive time of the year - I’m broke!

What if community has no legal existence? Q. We live in a community of 12 houses. In 1997 our community was registered by the original builder in a very simple way, providing for the maintenance of the common elements. This registration was handwritten, with an official book of the minutes of the meetings. This book was never used and has been lost. Statutes were never made and community rules now are limited to the use of the pool. Up to now we never had any problem. But recently some houses were sold and new owners of different You and the nationalities have moved in. So my Law in Spain question is: What is the legal status By David Searl of our community? G B (by e-mail) A. In strict terms, your community has no legal status at all and its decisions have no legal force. A handwritten piece of paper does not constitute registration. However, you do have statutes. If a Community of Property Owners does not make any special statutes, they are by law governed by the terms of the Law of Horizontal Property. Second, it is possible that your builder registered the community at your nearest Property Registry. Communities are registered in a special section here because they own property. Your pool, for example, is owned by the community. So, you may be registered without knowing it. In addition, Spanish courts have in many cases accepted the legal existence of such informal communities because of their continued functioning. Your best course of action is to instruct a lawyer experienced in Community

affairs to help form a legal Community with powers to compel payment of fees.

Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at Ask@lawtaxspain.com, or call 952-667090

Am I a total Scrooge if I suggest a ‘Cheap Christmas’ to my family? Or will they be thinking, ‘I like the idea of that, I’m smashed too!’ This is the thing about Christmas, while it is a fun time where all the family gets together and eats and drinks their hearts out, it’s also a time of the year that makes people feel really stressed and feel guilty too. If your brother gets you the latest iPhone, but you only get him socks, it’s mortifying. It’s a minefield deciding how much to spend on each other and no one wants to underspend, so that’s why we often spend more

than intended - for fear of looking cheap. But if you’re broke, you’re broke. That’s the reality of the situation and considering the financial mess the world is in right now, you can be guaranteed that many family members are feeling the same pinch. So go ahead - set down some ground rules to make Christmas more affordable this year. Try presents just for the kids, or a Secret Santa type of idea where 50 quid is spent on one nice present for one member of the family. As long as there are mince pies and a log fire a ‘Cheap Christmas’ sounds just perfect.

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Eating habits are changing SPAIN’S ready-meals segment is expected to grow by 3.4 per cent a year in value terms between 2012 and 2017, making it the third-fastest growing category among food sectors. The forecast was made in a new report issued by UKbased consumer market research company Canadean. The expected rise has been attributed to a change in the eating habits of Spanish consumers, who are shifting to prepared meals instead of eating out. The report also noted that Spain has been reeling under the impact of challenging economic conditions, with uncertainties surrounding the euro having further affected consumer spending.

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Spain’s clean exit from bank bailout

FINANCE ministers from Eurozone countries have given their vote of confidence to Spain after it elected to make a ‘clean break’ from a bank bailout programme. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the EU’s Eurogroup, welcomed Spain’s decision to exit the aid programme in January 2014. Spain will be joining Ireland in making a clean break. Spain dipped into the bailout fund to the tune of €41bn in 2012 to recapitalise banks after the property market crashed. Speaking after a meeting of the group of finance ministers Mr Dijsselbloem said: “Both countries have always shown strong commitment towards the implementation of their programmes. “This has shown results, as the recent developments on the financial markets have shown. The Irish and Spanish people have gone through a difficult period, but I am now confident that their efforts will pay off in the coming years. Now these economies are back on the road to recovery. “We fully support Spain’s decision to exit the programme. Spanish banks are now stronger, more resilient and supervision and regulation have been tightened.

SPANISH drinks producer Torres has announced plans to release a new cava in 2015 as it looks to launch a range of wines in the next five years, reports the UK’s Drinks Business Review. The company’s move is aimed at producing a niche, premium cava with initial output of less than 5,000 cases per year. Torres said the new wine, a blend of international and local grape varieties, will be targeted towards the Chinese market.

Dia success THE Iberian peninsula has been one of the worst affected eurozone markets, with headline retail sales dropping month after month. But there has been one genuine success story over the past two years - Dia, a hard discounter that became an independent company in 2011 after being spun off by Carrefour.


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Reputation as probably the worst company in Spain! TELEFONICA/MOVISTAR must surely be living up to their reputation as probably the worst company in Spain - yes worse than power company Sevillana/Endesa! Their incompetence and that of their operators is world breakingly above others. The new automatic answering system has taken a turn for the worse, if that was possible. If you don’t press the right button or say the right word it just cuts out on you. If you are lucky you may eventually get to speak to an equally confusing non electric person! I reported a fault on my business phone number. We could not receive or make calls, yet if someone phoned in they could hear the phone ringing. The fault was reported but nothing was done, so I called again. This time what appeared to be an intelligent person took details of my fault - again. When I asked if they could divert incoming calls to my mobile she gave me a code - to put in to my failed phone. I did explain that as the phone was not working it would seem to be a pointless and useless exercise. Could you not do it from the central exchange I asked? No. Why not? Because I am unable to. Can I speak to your superior? No. I had the same argument the following morning having had no contact from the technical department. Later the same day I phoned yet again - this time a very helpful lady arranged the divert in three minutes. No wonder they keep all their operators in Chile or South America. It wouldn’t be safe for them to walk the streets of Madrid. Gary Waite (by email)

Three cheers! THREE cheers for the Mayor of Mijas, Angel Nozel, for

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I took a photo of this stunning seascape at Aqua Amargo. By Robyn Boutilier, Turre (Almeria) considering a dog tax (Costa del Sol Issue 1479). There is an easy and fair way of doing this. Nationwide licences. If licences were to be introduced here the revenue from them would more than pay for the employment of dog wardens and possibly pay for dogs homes rather than be dependent on charity. Maybe the rest of us would not have to suffer the incessant barking of so many dogs. If owners can not afford a licence, how can they afford the expensive food these animals must have? Mrs J Hollowell, Arroyo de la Miel (Malaga)

Harsh mistress THE recent storms we have had in Mallorca caused a lot of damage, but it is a sobering thought to compare them to the typhoon disaster in the Phillipines. We had floods and trees came crashing down, and it was

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a scary situation. But multiply that by 100 and we can get an idea of what those people went through. Mother Nature can indeed be a harsh mistress. My prayers are with the people in the Pacific. Mrs Joan Clinton, Palma (Mallorca)

Silly rules RE the story about communities of residents in Mijas (Costa del Sol, Issue 1480) wanting to raise a petition against the enforcement of swimming pool

legislation on older properties. The communities do have a point. These regulations at times lack common sense. On my community the shallow toddlers’ paddling pool was filled in as it was ‘too near’ the main swimming pool. As a result there is nowhere for the toddlers to splash around in except the main pool, which is of course much deeper, and as a result much more dangerous. So the ‘safety’ regulations have resulted in an increased danger for young children. The law of unintended consequences in operation, with no common sense applied. Madeline Montague, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Turkey vote INTERESTING to read Emilio Botin (president of Santander bank) saying banks should be allowed to fail (Finance, Issue 1480). I beg your pardon? A banker saying banks shouldn’t be

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bailed out by the taxpayer? Well it is nearly the festive season. I expect turkeys have already started casting their votes for Christmas! Steve Morris, Altea (Alicante)

No right... IT certainly seems that the issue over green waste has taken on a degree of momentum. It is positive that CLARO has taken up the issue supported by the Popular Party. The responses of the mayor to the legitimate concerns of Orihuela Costa residents who are forced to live in a dirty, poorly maintained area were insulting to every person living on the coast. There are no recycling services provided on the coast. There is no site where green waste can be deposited by the residents of the coast. To blame the inhabitants for a blatant lack of a garden waste disposal system by a councillor from the Green Party is beyond believe. The reaction of the councillors sitting 30 kilometres away in Orihuela to the disgusting state of Orihuela Costa just proves that these people have no right to have any control over the coast. The sooner Orihuela Costa gains its rightful independence the better! Liz Page (by email)

Lunch date In reply to the letter (EWN Issue 1480 ), sorry Olivia Qualtrough, but in reality you are the person who is ‘naive and ignorant.’ I have been a practising naturist for more than 20 years and I have never, ever, sat naked on any restaurant seat nor have I ever seen any other naturist do so. The etiquette is to always to take a towel and use it. The same goes for beach beds, sauna seats, etc. In fact, just so you can be more informed in future, I invite you to join me for lunch at a chiringuito (beach bar) on the naturist beach here at Vera Playa. No dress code - just a towel! Chris Thomas, Vera Playa (Almeria)

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BIT of a ‘told you so’ blurb this week. Normally I hate trumpet blowers, but I’m not averse to a little input on occasions. Firstly, some years ago, during the vilification of Prince Charles over his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, I predicted one day their affair could turn out to be one of the great Royal love affairs in British history. I think the couple, who are obviously deeply in love, have come through the whole saga with dignity and a new, thoroughly deserved respect. Camilla is far more suited to him than Diana, who, with all due respect, was nothing more than a somewhat flaky, manipulative star-struck clothes horse; one who Charles was bundled into marrying merely to produce an heir to the throne. Camilla not only ‘looks right’ at his side, but with her somewhat zany views and slightly off the wall projects, totally fits in with Charles ‘talking to

plants’ and environmental attitudes. I wish them both all the very best and a large dose of happiness in their life journey together. The second ‘trumpet call’ hits a somewhat sourer note. I’ve actually lost count of the times over the past 15 years or so I’ve taken a leaf from Enoch Powell’s book and predicted this whole immigration fiasco would finally lead to rioting and bloodshed on the streets. The latest statement from David Blunkett does, I think, finally exonerate me from all who accused me of

‘ranting’ and ‘scaremongering.’ Mr Blunkett’s comments, that the influx of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands of Eastern Europeans, with their poor living standards and alien cultures, could lead to violence on the streets of Britain, is no doubt a welcome and sane observation, but too late. Even now there has been a deafening silence from most other leading politicians on the subject. It’s no good waiting for many British suburbs to resemble Syria or Beirut before they clamour to air their views on the nation’s media. In less than two months hoards of these people will pour into an already beleaguered Britain. They will have nowhere to live. No money and no jobs. What on earth is Britain Camilla and going to do with them all? Charles - one of Don’t ask me, I’m only an old the great Royal hack, one hit wonder from way love affairs. back. I’ll tell you something mind, Britain had better gird her loins for an unprecedented rise in crime rates, hoards of beggars littering the streets, a capitulation of the NHS and benefits infrastructure and unparalleled rioting on the streets of Britain, and all down to incompetent politicians that have well and truly shafted the British public. Keep the faith. Love Leapy. leapylee2002@gmail.com

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Muslim allies IT is very wrong of ‘Leapy Lee’ to ridicule the Burka as a way of dress. Although I agree there are situations where it is totally inappropriate, this is the fault of incompetent politicians and there is no reason why it should cause offence in normal everyday multicultural life. He is additionally very wrong to comment as to why one does not see remembrance poppies worn on a Burka. Many of those Muslim women must carry, in their hearts, memories of their loved ones - the older ones their husbands and brothers, the younger ones their grandfathers who died fighting in WW2, alongside British soldiers in the Western Desert, Burma and Italy. So, please Leapy, do try to be more objective. Brian Nicholls (by email)


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T seldom occurs to career politicians that figures who convince inside the party do not necessarily cut it with the public. Neither do they grasp that elections are easier to win if party favourites are family favourites. Even committed PSOE supporters and those owing him their jobs agree that Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba should not lead the party into the 2015 general elections. The man who took the PSOE to two crushing defeats in 2011 is therefore unlikely to put himself through the coconut-shy of primaries despite a rapturous reception at the PSOE’s recent Political Conference. Brave new policies and a brave new PSOE were euphorically applauded, encouraging Rubalcaba and party grandees to delay naming the evil day, a.k.a. the primaries, as long as possible. They are talking about summer 2014 or even autumn, waiting to evaluate the party’s showing in next May’s European elections. If the party wants to see itself in phoenix-mode it needs primaries as soon as possible. Rubalcaba

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might have ‘the best political head’ in the party as former president Felipe Gonzalez said recently, but he has the poorest image.

Speaking volumes WAS it a deliberate snub? There was a governmentshaped hole at the recent presentation of Jose Maria Aznar’s second volume of memoirs. It was very different at the first volume’s launch attended by Rajoy and several ministers a year ago. Their absence is unsurprising. Relations between the government and Aznar tensed last May when the ex-president criticised the economic policies of the man he appointed as his successor. He has ‘taken note’ of the latest absences, Aznar remarked. Rajoy has enough to worry

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about without Aznar breathing down his neck and no longer needs to pay court to him. Nor does he risk losing PP voters still enamoured of the ex-president as there is no far-right wing party for them to decamp to.

Unlearnt lessons UNLOVED education minister Jose Ignacio Wert is another with nothing to lose because he never sought a political career, insiders claim. This is fortunate, because his decision – now reversed - to terminate Erasmus students’ allowances to study abroad in mid-course brought down

RUBALCABA: Best political hea d, but the poorest image.

government wrath on his head. He was one of Rajoy’s most trusted assessors, which recalls the saying about “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” In Wert’s case those who can’t, assess. And they make an unholy mess when they try putting what they preach into practice.

Still remembered “I LEFT the Fine Arts School in

Calle de Alcala 13 and everybody was talking about it outside. Someone had a transistor and we stopped to listen.” It’s neither myth nor cliché. Everyone, like the Madrid art student now aged 71, remembers where they were on November 22 1963 when John Kennedy was shot.

Is it ‘adios’ America? American dream has turned into a nightmare Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.

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HEN a friend spent a month touring the United States, I could appreciate his being impressed. It is easy to be seduced by panoramic grandeur and the colour of new cultures vastly different from one’s own. Had his itinerary taken him to the hundreds of tent cities, to bankrupt metropolis like Detroit that now resemble Berlin 1945, he might have been less impressed. Country music icon Merle Haggard must have had psychic powers when in 1982 he penned the ballad ‘Are the Good Times Really over for Good?’ The country song’s poignant lyrics hark back to Paradise Lost, a countrified America of domestic bliss, of values that have since disappeared. It was ‘a time before Elvis, before the Vietnam War came along.’ Change means that Haggard’s longed for America can now be found only in a few remote towns. Saturday Evening Post

illustrator, Norman Rockwell (1894 - 1978), depicted the lost America evoked by the wistful melody. A flick through his illustrations will tell you more about ordinary life in the United States 1921 - 1960 than any number of history books. In Haggard’s country music hit, he describes the United States as now ‘rolling down hill like a snowball rolling to hell.’ Today, the country’s leading politicians and its best journalists repentantly contemplate the abyss. The American dream has turned into the American nightmare. If the US was United States Inc. it would be declared insolvent. The directors would likely be jailed for embezzlement, counterfeit money printing, corruption, share dealing, lying to the receivers; barred from holding office. You do not believe me. Google ‘List of American federal politicians convicted of crimes.’ You will be forgiven for thinking that you mistyped and found San Quentin Penitentiary by mistake. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now engaged in a massive, covert military build-up. An Associated Press

MERLE HAGGARD: Penned the ballad ‘Are the Good Times Really over for Good?’, did he have psychic powers? article in February confirmed a purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. That is enough to sustain an Iraq-sized war for over 20 years. DHS also acquired heavily armoured tanks, since seen roaming the streets. Evidently, somebody in government is expecting some serious civil unrest. If the social and economic fabric of the United States shreds, if it collapses into bankruptcy and the dollar ceases as a trading currency, what then for Europe? American isolationism could leave the anti-Russia debt-riddled EU isolated too. It would be easy to fall back on the words of the great American writer, Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Who is right, the nation’s writer laureate or a country music singer? Interesting times lie ahead.

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Famous quote

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person, or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.’

This week

Getting switched on to the electronic cigarette

Plato (428BC - 347BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece.

in history

Women’s wit

1783: The last British soldiers leave New York after the signing of the Treaty of Paris which put an end to the American Revolutionary War. 1859: On the Origin of Species by British naturalist Charles Darwin is published. 1877: Thomas Alba Edison announces his invention of the phonograph. 1900: The first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is taken for a test drive in Cannstatt, Germany. 1941: American president Franklin D Roosevelt officially establishes the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the US. 1936: The first issue of American magazine Life is published. 1963: American president John Fitzgerald Kennedy is shot dead in Dallas, Texas. 1975: Co-founder of Guinness Book of World Records, Ross McWhirter, is shot dead outside his house. 1976: Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky premieres in New York city. 1979: A mob in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, destroys the US Embassy and kills a US marine. 1984: A fire at the Oxford Circus underground station in London traps nearly 1,000 passengers. 1986: American boxer Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight championship in history aged 20. 1990: Margaret Thatcher quits as Prime Minister after her Cabinet refuses to back her in a second round of leadership elections. 1991: Singer Freddie Mercury dies just a day after he announced he was HIV-positive. 2005: Angela Merkel becomes the first woman chancellor in Germany.

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don't need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.’ Audrey Hepburn (1929 –1993) British actress and humanitarian.

World of English

In the lobby of a Moscow hotel across from a Russian Orthodox monastery: You are welcome to visit the cemetery where famous Russian and soviet composers, artists, and writers are buried daily except Thursday.’

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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) A strong and exciting romantic feeling flows through the week, which is fitting as Valentine's Day comes round again next month. Someone returning from a trip makes you smile and boosts your spirit. People who have been a little bossy finally realise that you will not rise to the bait. CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) It's a better week for travel with less likelihood of delays. Should you be feeling a little lethargic and sorry about recent events, just count your blessings. Consider raising some money and having fun by indulging in a garage or car boot sale. AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Spirituality seeps right through the week. As you are feeling particularly sensuous, invite someone special to dinner or on a trip. Visit garden centres and plan ahead. The colours and perfumes will be particularly pleasing. PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Satisfaction with your love life is paramount this week, and the opinion of others seems important to you. Perhaps you are looking for an excuse to make a change. It is possible that a change is not required so much as a different approach. It is not essential to put all your eggs in one basket. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A conversation with a colleague brings insights into how others live and it is quite an eye-opener. Friendships are particularly important this week. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) There is something in you that needs a creative outlet. Perhaps you would like to write a book: memoirs, for instance, take up a craft or paint.

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Salver, 2 Needed, 3 Wilder, 4 Dwells, 5 Advise, 6 Shrank, 7 Weasel, 8 Wheels, 9 Welled, 10 Seldom, 11 Merest, 12 Lemons, 13 Render, 14 Severe, 15 Racoon, 16 Barely, 17 Fences, 18 Treats, 19 Neatly

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK:

Important things are signalled by the stars. There are gains to be made in many different areas. Just keep believing things will work out for the best for you and they will.

Your Stars

November 21: Goldie Hawn, 68. American TV and film actress. November 22: Scarlett Johansson, 29. American actress, model and singer.

November 23: Miley Cyrus, 21. American actress and singer recently known for her controversial performances on stage. November 24: Dwight Schultz, 64. American

Arturo Perez-Reverte is a Spanish journalist and writer. Born in Cartagena, Murcia, Perez-Reverte worked as a war correspondent for 21 years. He has been a member of the Royal Spanish Academy, where he holds the T letter-labelled seat since 2003. Perez-Reverte is most known for being the author of the Captain Alatriste series of novels. A movie based on the novels starring American actor Vigo Mortensen was released in 2006.

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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? 1. What was former US president Lyndon Johnson’s middle name? 2. By what name was the American soldier, bison hunter and showman. William Frederick Cody better known? 3. Built in 1903-6 on the site of Newgate Prison, how is the Central Criminal Court in London much better known? 4. Which US film director/producer had the middle name Blount? 5. What was writer George Orwell’s real name? 6. Which famous English novelist and dramatist’s middle name was Klapka? 7. According to Alexandre Dumas’s 1844, novel, what were the names of the Three Musketeers? 8. Which famous British actor was originally named Maurice Joseph Micklewhite? 9. Which English comedian, television presenter, actor, writer and radio DJ first found fame appearing on television as the female impersonator/comedian Lily Savage? 10. Which comedy writer, producer and performer’s real name is Allen Stewart Konigsberg?

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

TARGET:

November 26: Tina Turner, 74. American singer known as the Queen of Rock.

Average: 7 Good: 9 Very good: 12

November 27: Jaleel White, 37. American actor best known for his role as Steve Urkel on Family Matters.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Being very much in demand for your talents this week means less time to spend socially, so it's important to make time for loved ones at the weekend. Someone seeking your advice may simply be seeking your approval for an action they are going to take anyway. .

LEO (July 24 - August 23) This is a week when progress is fast and plans run ahead. Try new ideas and seek information to hone your knowledge. An organisation that is new to you offers insight and social involvement. An offer that thrusts you into the limelight might be avoided at first but would be to your advantage.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Having suffered a bit of a setback last week, you may be feeling less confident. Revving up your social life will certainly help to bring spirits up again. Be with people who liven or inspire you in some way.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) There may be some opposition to your ideas as Pluto turns this week. Perhaps your natural charm just doesn't seem to be working. As you have helped others in the past, make it clear that you expect a bit of cooperation.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Although you have perhaps been looking to money-making ideas to progress finances, think also of alternatives. Perhaps there are areas of your lifestyle where money could be saved. Items that are not used could be sold for a profit and rid you of clutter.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Thoughts come to you, perhaps in dreams, that are creative and energy boosting. Someone who recently moved out of your sphere is sadly missed but is in some ways still a part of you. A person at work who has been causing you concern needs investigation.

Excellent: 15

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION cake, deck, dike, hack, hake, heck, hick, hike,kite, kith,tack, take, teak, tick, tike, caked, hacek, hiked, ketch, kited, thick,hacked, tacked, ticked, THICKHEAD

Word Ladder LACE

BUGS

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

RUGS) BUGS

Ever since monster Mike Wazowski was a little monster, he has dreamed of going to Monsters University (MU) and become a Scarer. But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with James P. Sullivan, 'Sulley.' The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Programme. To make matters worse, they realise they will have to work together if they ever hope to make things right.

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

1. BAINES, 2. BUFFALO BILL, 3. THE OLD BAILEY, 4. CECIL B DE MILLE, 5. ERIC ARTHUR BLAIR, 6. JEROME K JEROME, 7. ATHOS, PORTHOS AND ARAMIS, 8. MICHAEL CAINE, 9. PAUL O’GRADY, 10. WOODY ALLEN.

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Unscramble the name of a famous former professional English darts player: SCRIBE OR WIT

Across 1 What thief might do, and how thief ends in awful peril (6) 4 Poem for a sailor to remind him of home (5) 8 Crime is the result when clergyman loses his head (5) 9 Theyʼre biters, children! (7) 10 Instruct little Albert to do the gardening, using no hands (7) 11 Bluff king has circle, surely not this one! (4) 12 A tree in gospel music (3) 14 Painter is in Muhammad Aliʼs corner (4) 15 Keen part a go-go dancer has (4) 18 Flipping ban results in arrest (3) 21 Young creature with about fifty feet (4) 23 Greed makes woman take food (7) 25 Shredding damaged granite (7) 26 Phil has a liquid container (5) 27 Messages transmitted about a mile (5) 28 Worry about show of hesitation for search (6)

Unscramble the name of a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC (three words): PACK GENUINE APE PAPERS FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: ERIC BRISTOW, KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

Play on Words

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arsenicʼs extremely poisonous (4) 5 Last letter or letters from some gangsters (5) 6 School admitting us, somewhere in London (6) 7 Approach the early English settler (5) 13 Plant organised my appeal (3,5) 16 Musical includes current and former

actor (7) 17 Grass-cutting tool making one chesty somehow (6) 19 Shove canal boat (5) 20 Farmer loth to consume wine (6) 22 Animal going round a shopping precinct (5) 24 Face being laid up (4)

Code Breaker

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 7 represents P and 24 represents X, so fill in P every time the figure 7 appears and X every time the figure 24 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.

Across 1 Clearance events (5) 3 Forgive (6) 6 Stir up (7) 8 Despise deeply (5) 10 Consume (3) 11 No longer existing (7) 12 Disinterested (5) 13 Abides by (5) 18 Inactivity (7) 20 Possess (3) 21 Egyptian water lily (5) 22 Good-humoured (7) 23 Evaluate (6) 24 Underground parts of plants (5)

Down 1 Frightened (6) 2 Surprise (7) 3 Favour (6) 5 Thin soup (5) 7 Shy person (9) 9 Structure made by bees (9) 14 Obstruction (7) 15 Foolish (5) 16 Pester persistently (6) 17 If not (6) 19 Flavour (5)

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.

Across 1 Elbow (4) 3 Vía (ferrocarril) (5) 8 Alga (7) 9 Coche (automóvil) (3) 10 Opaque (5) 11 Platform (rail) (5) 12 Comer (3) 13 Theories (7) 14 Usarios (5) 15 Población (lugar habitado,

GOE

4 Respond (5)

ciudad) (4) Down 1 Cliente (de tienda, bar, restaurante, banco) (8) 2 Diamonds (jewellery) (9) 4 Radiador (8) 5 Crocodile (9) 6 Periodista (8) 7 Nieto (8)

Answers: Arm in arm, Alter ego

Down 1 Communist newspaper very into Italian fashion label (6) 2 Slag Ana off for the food (7) 3 One German saint, one German theorist (8) 4 The snakes are venomous and

Funagram

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Sacking, 4 Cuban, 7 Leaps, 9 Invalid, 10 Centaur, 11 Rhone, 12 Danish, 14 Parsec, 18 Comic, 20 Auction, 22 Everest, 23 Trade, 24 Poser, 25 Red rose.. Down: 1 Spliced, 2 Chain, 3 Goitre, 4 Cover, 5 Bellows, 6 Nudge, 8 Stays, 13 Numbers, 15 Ascot, 16 Concede, 17 Gaiter, 18 Cheap, 19 Clear, 21 Idaho. QUICK Across: 1 Chosen, 4 Signet, 7 Quickstep, 9 Taut, 10 Wage, 11 Bagel, 13 Endear, 14 Softly, 15 Couple, 17 Helium, 19 Steer, 20 Ages, 22 Ogre, 23 Departure, 24 Scythe, 25 Colony. Down: 1 Cattle, 2 Shut, 3 Nectar, 4 Sashes, 5 Grew, 6 Timely, 7 Quadruped, 8 Partridge, 11 Balls, 12 Lover, 15 Ceases, 16 Ethane, 17 Hectic, 18 Meekly, 21 Sect, 22 Oral. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Guijarros, 5 Magic, 7 Sobre, 9 Thunderclap, 10 Bison, 11 Among, 13 Castor oil. Down: 1 Gum, 2 Accidents, 3 Resfriado, 4 Cheap, 6 Gruas, 8 Bolso, 9 Table, 12 Gol.


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THIS week’s top 10 looks to medical technologies that could shape the future of medicine by delivering cheaper, faster and more efficient patient care. 1. Robotic check-ups New medical robots will make the access to basic health care easier to people. A mobile cart with a two-way video screen and medical observance instrumentality could help when doctors are not available. These robots would also patrol hospital hallways checking on patients’ vital constants. 1 2. Flu-diagnosis chip Developed by a group of researchers from Boston University, Harvard and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, this disposable chip produces results faster than current flu-diagnosis tests at only $10 (€7.40) each. 3. Electronic ‘aspirin’ This patient-powered tool blocks the neurotransmitters related to chronic forms of headache. Patients only have to place a handheld remote control on their cheek after having implanted a nerve stimulating device in the upper gum of the side most affected by headache. 4. Needles-free diabetes care Medical device company Echo Therapeutics is developing a biosensor to track a patient’s glucose levels. This electric toothbrush-like device removes a patient’s top layer skin cells to monitor glucose levels,

Robotic check-ups

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A series of crime novels set in rural Andalucia

9. Neuro Stimulator The Portable NeuroModulation Stimulator stimulates nerve regions on the tongue that lead directly to the brain. This makes the brain focus on repairing the nerves damaged after a blunt trauma. Developed at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee, this device could also be used to repair the brain from alcoholism, Parkinson’s or strokes.

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A SERIES of 20 crime novels, called the ‘Varigo Series,’ is now available. Centred on a Spanish village, the series expands to include crime, corruption and redemption in many locations. The books feature the world’s first healer/sleuth ‘Jesus El Curandero’. They are fastpaced and humorous, based around Spanish customs and history. As well as the unusual protagonist, the use of real

events, which have been fictionalised but still hold an authentic flavour, makes the series that bit different. Plus the care and insight the author S H Villa uses to explore the psychology of the characters. The main characters in the books evolve in the course of the series and their journeys become part of the crime stories. For this reason the series is numbered and best

appreciated when read in order. All books are available to order via Amazon’s websites in Europe and the United States.

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and sends the information to a monitor that triggers sound alarms if they are high.

using retroviruses when modifying urine cells.

5. Anti-bleeding gel The anti-bleeding gel instantly seals a wound and starts the clotting process. Developed by 20-year-old American student Joe Landolina, this cream-like substance creates a synthetic framework that helps cells in the body grow together.

7. Pollen vaccines Researchers at Texas Tech University are studying ways to take advantage of the toughness of the outer shell of pollen to change the way medications can be given to humans. The goal is to inject a vaccine in the pollen after removing the allergens to provide life-saving treatment to people.

6. Brain cells from urine Biologists at the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health in China have used waste cells from urine and turned them into progenitor cells, used by the body to create brain cells. This has been achieved by

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.

10. Electric underwear Electric underwear delivers a small electrical charge every 10 minutes to active muscles and increases blood circulation. This helps eliminate bed sores, developed when a patient lies in a hospital bed for a long time, and saves their lives.

Brain cellss

8. Printed bones Using 3D-printers doctors could place a model of a bone around a fractured one while it heals. Researchers at Washington State University have developed a hybrid material similar to a real bone that makes this possible.

Printed bones

Boggled How many English words can you find in the Boggled grid, according to the following rules? The letters must be adjoining in a ‘chain’. They can be adjacent horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Words must contain at least four letters and may include singular and plural or other derived forms. No letter may be used more than once within a single word, unless it appears twice. No vulgarities or proper nouns are permitted.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

TARGET: Average: 38

Just Joking

Good: 53 Very good: 76

A counterfeiter drove to a small country town, entered a bar and asked the barman if he could change an €18 note. “No problem,” said the barman, “do you want two nines or three sixes?”

Excellent: 98

SCORING: 4 letters: 1 point • 5 letters: 2 points 6 letters: 3 points • 7 letters: 4 points 8 or more letters: 11 points

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION emir, riel, rime, rise, gems, gnat, mise, semi, surd, fuse, fund, bang, bangle, brunt, urban, angle, angles, angel, absurd, tang, tangle, ruse, runs, runt.


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Nowadays a life without electronic devices is hard to imagine. From washing machines and TVs to smartphones and tablet PCs they have become part of every day life. But which electronic device couldn’t you live without? And why? THERAPIST Ana Ivars, aged 39, from Benissa, considers that only a few decades ago people lived perfectly with no washing machine, no electric iron and she can always use old systems. “My mobile phone is not necessary either.” She adds: “The only electronic device I cannot live without is Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner (MRI) because in my profession it is very important to detect health problems to treat them correctly.” Aiden Finney, a 40-year-old sales executive from Altea, has

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ANA IVARS could live without her phone and most electrical items.

STREET TALK a totally different opinion: “I could not do without my fridge, because it keeps my beer cold and I hate warm beer!” Gordon and Angela Southall, both retired who live in Arboleas (Almeria) are up to date. “We couldn’t live without our iPad. You have to keep up with modern technology.” “We use it for Face Time, it is really good for speaking to family and best of all it is free.” And Carole Whittle, who is also retired and lives in Arboleas agreed modern technology is good for keeping in touch. “I couldn’t live without my laptop. I speak to all my friends on Skype, I use it for banking and also for Googling information to prove my husband wrong!” Ariele Lara, a 23-year-old, law student from Malaga couldn’t live without his smartphone. “I enjoy being connected to everyone I love and now thanks to the advancements in technology you can send messages and chat with your friends on different

apps for free. Taking pictures and uploading them to any of your social networks, synchronizing your calendar activities so you can organise everything you have to do… The possibilities are endless and I just couldn’t imagine being without it even though we have only had this technology for about five years.” Celia Perez - 31, a therapist from Fuengirola (Malaga) loves her iPad. “I use it daily to manage my bank accounts and also for editing pictures for the website I own. I find it easier to carry than a regular laptop, I can take it anywhere with me in my purse and I don’t even notice it’s there. Since it has 3G wireless connection, it allows me to log on to the internet at any time and any place. Everything is easy.” Celia Perez.


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re you a mother with a supersatisfying power job, which earns you praise and cash in equal measure? And do you still find time to prepare nutritious home-cooked meals for the kids you drop and collect at school every day, never forgetting or missing any important event in their lives and finding time to help them with their homework as well as a nighttime story? Oh, and your home is an oasis of cleanliness and calm. No staff required. If this is you, then congratulations. You may be the only person in the world to ‘have it all.’ Before having children, I was convinced this would be me, which must have amused mother nature no end. As Oprah Winfrey says: “You can have it all, just not at the same time.” Being an expat mother makes getting even a remote semblance of having it all even more unlikely, without a support network of family to rely on and with fulfilling work opportunities limited. So, it was with some disappointment I saw the Hollywood version of an excellent book on the subject, ‘I don’t know how she does it?’ written by English journalist and writer, Alison Pearson. In the book, the working mother faces all the trials and tribulations this brings feeling inadequate both at home and at work, never able to give 100 per cent you are bound to fall short. The novel is funny, truthful and gritty, ending in the-less-than saintlike main character making a choice between work

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and family. The US-produced film, while entertaining, perpetuates that you can and should have it all, despite the book’s original message. Real life is not so simple. ‘Have it all’ and you will scarcely see the kids, who will be largely raised by nannies (since stay at home daddies are still a rarity), or opt to become ‘just mum’ despite the years of studying and pre-kids work as doctor,

SUPER POWERS: Are you a mother with a supersatisfying power job which earns you praise and money? banker or engineer. By the time your nest is empty, and you could dedicate yourself fully to a career again, you will probably be past your employ-by date and your skills antiquated. At this stage, you may be left with feelings of sadness, loneliness and uselessness. If you had chosen career, this junction would be of little consequence,

OPINION & COMMENT but for those who stayed with the family it can be a fraught time. Psychologists urge so-called ‘emptynesters’ to reconnect with life again - by learning a new skill, taking a course in something that really interests you and travelling now that there is no one left to cook for, mentor and guide (other than your husband, who can either join you or fend for himself for a while). Travelling alone is not as difficult as it sounds - there are many alternatives these days - from yoga retreats to educational tours of China or cooking trips to Italy. One friend who found herself in this situation retrained as a psychotherapist, having already practiced by counselling the children all those years. Or why not follow through on a business idea you’ve been considering? Now could be the time to set up that boutique, restaurant or take up day trading on the stock exchange from home. If you still can’t face that empty nest, take advice from that wise woman Dorothy Parker, who once suggested that, “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tyres.”

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WO bastions of British life were in the news recently. Both with their backs up against the wall in increasingly tough economic times. Will both survive and flourish? Let’s take a closer look. First up, Ryanair. The airline’s been on a massive charm offensive of late, desperately trying to improve its badlytarnished image. It’s going to improve its website, slash charges for not printing boarding cards, even allow you to reserve seats. As CEO Michael O’Leary, who did the round of TV interviews, put it: “I want to be loved by my customers as much as I love them. Boy, are we listening and responding.” Good grief! It was as if, say, John Lewis were changing its slogan from “Never knowingly

MICHAEL O’LEARY: Chairman and chief executive officer of Ryanair.

Nora Johnson

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

undersold” to “Always out to fleece you.” What an utter U-turn! Next, M&S. When the company announced its clothing sales were down by 1.3 per cent, it blamed everything from rival shops to the warm late summer. But it’s not the wrong sort of weather that’s undermining M&S but the

wrong sort of clothes - and management. I have advice for M&S. Stop trying to be all things to all people. Cut your losses and just stick to chic good quality knitwear and underwear. No more elasticated trousers, peasant-style tent tops or frills, please! But it’s those Leibovitz advertising posters that shock me most: a bevy of super-successful women including Helen Mirren seemingly dragooned together at gun-point. The backdrop of the City, the world of the glass ceiling, is meant to ‘showcase’ female success while

RYANAIR: Wants to improve its image.

they’re cooped up in a barge where nobody even wants to acknowledge the other. Some sisterhood! This lot look as if they’ve been corralled to the stern of a booze-free ‘booze cruise’ and are considering going for broke and swimming for it. Who authorised such misjudged advertising? Finally, Ryanair may

never be ‘lovable,’ but it’ll be no more annoying than its rivals. And M&S? This used to be known for good quality basics at affordable prices. Now it too often stands for overpriced dowdiness. It can bring in all the stars it likes but it still can’t beat its rivals for on-trend, well-priced clothing. It’s talking the talk all

right, but the walk’s more of a stagger on life support. Matron, pass the meds! Quick! Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora-johnson.com) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89; £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


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Heart attack gene A GENE which raises a person’s risk of having a heart attack has been discovered by German researchers. The German Heart Centre in Munich believes carriers of the gene are 15 per cent more likely to have a heart attack and say that more than half of the 30,000 people they studied had the gene. The genetic mutation results in the person having stickier blood platelets which make heart attacks more likely. The researchers are working on a test for doctors to use to establish whether a person has the gene and hope the findings will make treatment better for those at a higher risk.

Five ways to hide tired eyes LONG weekends or late-night parties are sometimes difficult to hide on Monday mornings. But even if you don’t feel

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MEET UP WITH FRIENDS: The easiest way to increase your brain power.

Good excuse to hit the town with friends BEING sociable could boost your brain power. That’s according to a study which shows that parts of the brain are bigger and better connected in people with lots of friends. The finding comes from scientists at Oxford University (UK) who asked 18

men and women how many friends they had met, spoken to on the phone or emailed in the past month. The average number of friends contacted was 20 and scans showed that around half a dozen brain regions were bigger in those who were more sociable and had more friends.

the eye as possible. This will reflect the light and open up those tired eyes. • Curl lashes Curling your eyelashes before applying mascara will dramatically open the eyes, adding a lift to droopy lids. • Define for divine eyes Adding a little definition goes a long way. Smudge some eye-liner at the outer half of your top lash line for a smoky effect that will extend the shape of your eye and cover up a lack of sleep. • Mascara boost Mascara helps to widen the eyes, curve the brush of your mascara to get closer to the roots and give lashes a little boost to looking bigger and fuller. • Illuminate Use an illuminator or highlighter and apply to the outer corner of the eyes to reflect the light and widen the face, giving the illusion of bigger beautiful eyes.


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Where were you fifty years ago on November 22, 1963? Peter Fieldman London-born journalist and author, Peter spends his time between Paris and Madrid. His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ available on Amazon or www.1066TheConquest.com

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HIS November 22 will be the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy. I was 20 years old, and seven days earlier had boarded a transatlantic liner in Southampton. JFK had become an icon in Europe since his election in 1960 and had transformed the image of America. The President and his family were a sophisticated civilised, cultural elite who acted and spoke in a way Europeans could understand. They had become the Royal family of America and, like so many young people, I was enticed by the American dream.

On November 22, the ship was one day out from New York. Clocks and watches had already been set to Eastern time and everybody on board was thinking about the final night’s gala dinner. At about 1pm I was making my way up the main staircase for lunch when I noticed a large blackboard on which was scrawled ‘President Kennedy dead, RIP.’ Why would somebody write something so stupid, I remarked. On reaching the main promenade deck I noticed groups of people clustered around radio sets. It soon sunk in that the notice had not been written as a silly gesture, the president had indeed been shot and was in hospital. When the news came through that the president had died no passenger was able to hold back tears. The gala dinner was cancelled and a memorial service was held in its place. Early the following morning the ship entered New York harbour passing the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline, shrouded in mist, and into the Hudson river to dock at the city’s passenger port. After passing through immigration, far simpler than today, I set foot for the first time on American soil. A taxi took me to a small west-side hotel. After unpacking I ventured out into deserted streets. It was cold and overcast with newspapers blowing across the street in the icy wind. It reminded me of the final scene in the movie ‘On the Beach.’ With food and drinks purchased from corner stores, I spent three days glued to the old TV set in the hotel bedroom. Lyndon Johnson had immediately been sworn in as president on Airforce One and the police had apprehended the

supposed assassin. But events turned to incredulity when Jack Ruby shot Oswald dead as he was leaving the Dallas police station, live on TV. Then the funeral took place in Washington with the president’s family and world leaders in the cortege slowly following the horse drawn carriage on its way to Arlington cemetery. After travelling around the country, I worked in New York until June when I booked a passage on a transatlantic liner taking advantage of the summer weather and groups of American college students travelling to Europe. It was a perfect ending to a great adventure, which had begun so tragically. I had seen enough of America to understand why JFK was killed and was a fully, fledged conspiracy theorist long before Oliver Stone’s movie, JFK. While the West and East coast were more sophisticated, cosmopolitan centres, the rest of the country remained backward and insular. Gun ownership was an intrinsic part of society. I had witnessed run down city centres and a great deal of poverty across the country as well as racism and a strong North-South divide which still seemed to be a legacy of the Civil War, contrasting with pockets of immense wealth. When I learnt that three university students from New York had been murdered in Mississippi by opponents of

the civil rights movement at about the same time I was passing through the State with a New Jersey registered car, I thought how close I had come to danger. Four years later in 1968 I was living in Paris. It was a dramatic year: as well as the student revolution in Paris, the Tet offensive had started in Vietnam, Russian tanks rolled into Prague, Martin Luther King had been gunned down and Robert Kennedy was assassinated. He was perhaps a greater loss than his brother. Acclaimed by young and old, rich and poor, white and black, across the country, he was clearly on his way to the White House. Thousands lined the tracks on the final train journey to Washington carrying his coffin on an open carriage. A few years ago, after a visit to the Gettysburg battle site, I went to Arlington cemetery to see their burial place. There was another young president in the White House idolised by millions of people. But Barack Obama has not been able to fulfil his promises either and America is more divided than ever. The American Dream was an illusion. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, shot and killed on November 22, 1963.


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Sponsor a hen for organic eggs IF you prefer the intense flavour and orange yolk from organic eggs, but can’t afford to buy a farm, don’t worry. A farm in Valencia has launched a sponsor-a-hen campaign to bring the organic food to people. Sponsoring a hen is only €10, and for an additional €5 per month you can get approximately half a dozen eggs per week. Hens at Tomba L’Olla farm are fed on corn, fruit and vegetables and live in a large henhouse where they can run, peck or enjoy a sand bath. The farm’s website www.tomba lolla.com is often updated with news, pictures and information about the animals, and has a recipe section with ideas on how to cook the eggs. Users can have a look while waiting for their sponsored hen to lay an egg.

Food of Week: Cucumber CUCUMBERS may seem like a simple food choice, but they are one of the most cultivated vegetables in the world and are great for your health, both inside and out. Cucumber rehydrates the body, so if water is not your favourite choice, eat a cucumber which has a 90 per cent water content. The water will also help eliminate toxins from your body and, with regular eating, cucumber has been known to dissolve kidney stones. The vegetable is rich in vitamins A, B and C.

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O inland or coastal garden in Spain should be without herbs, whether you are a resident or absentee gardener. They have so many uses and can be successfully planted in the garden, in containers, in window boxes or in terracotta herb barrels.

Apartment as well as villa dwellers can therefore easily grow and benefit from a collection of herbs. The possibilities are as follows: The perennials such as lavender, rosemary, thyme, chives, bay, sage, etc, (there are more than 800 varieties of sage!)

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Gardening Corner By Spain’s best known expatriate gardening author living in Spain for 25 years.

are naturalised Spanish plants and are therefore fairly easily established. Most importantly they are among the most frost and draught resistant plants. Many annual herbs like basil, parsley and dill can

be raised from seed or purchased as small plants each spring. They are reasonably easy to care for in semi-shaded positions. Wherever planted, they can be regularly trimmed for using in salads, cooked dishes and for healthy infusions. Lamb chops or shanks coated with garlic and freshly chopped rosemary, or fresh basil with pasta and oregano, chopped over slices of freshly harvested

NATURAL HERBS: Easily grown and full of beneficial properties.

tomatoes soaked in virgin olive oil can’t be beaten for taste. Nor can a fresh mint tea made from freshly harvested leaves. Planted along paths, within mixed flowerbeds, on a rockery or in a dedicated herb garden their leaves and flowers add perfume to the garden, which in turn attract many species of butterflies. Co-planted on the vegetable plot they can be useful attractors of beneficial insects (rosemary and lavender) in attracting pests away from crops (sage, dill, fennel and coriander), the basis of natural insecticides (garlic) and fungicides (horsetail) and the basis of valuable natural fertilisers (comfrey, borage and nettle). If we sprain a muscle while mountain walking or gardening, we find that a rue infusion is a quick acting gardener’s remedy, as is a comfrey poultice. What other type of garden plants can be of so much benefit for such a relatively small outlay? If you have inherited a mountainside or woodland full of naturally growing herbs you have a head start on others! Part Four of our book

‘Your Garden in Spain’ describes and illustrates the most popular 25 herb plants. Many can be easily propagated at almost any time of the year to increase your number of plants inexpensively or as gifts for friends. Success only requires fertile, free draining, gritty, non-clay soils and potting composts, with regular watering of perennials until established and daily summer watering of herbs in containers, and a regular trim to stop them becoming leggy and woody. Some herbs like mint and the wonderful scarlet flowered pineapple sage can spread quickly, so either plant them where you are happy for them to expand or in large containers sunk into the ground or added to your collection of annual and perennial herbs on the terrace. If you would like to become a herb enthusiast, it’s worth sending off for the Chiltern Seeds catalogue (info@chilternseeds.co. uk ) which lists many varieties of herbs not normally found in garden centres in Spain.

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Drug offences leave hundreds of Britons behind bars overseas HUNDREDS of British nationals are currently locked up in prisons across the globe for drug-related offences. Some are detained for months without trial and face distressing living conditions. In Spain, consular staff dealt with more than 100 drug-related arrests last year alone and drug offences account for approximately three-quarters of the 172 Britons currently on remand or serving sentences in Spain. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in conjunction with the charity Prisoners Abroad, is launching a campaign to highlight the consequences of the use, possession and smuggling of drugs around the world. In Spain offenders may, in some circumstances, be held on remand for over a year before trial. Even if released on bail, they will be unable to leave the country. Offences that may carry cautions in the UK are often penalised with long prison sentences overseas. Some drug crimes can lead to even more severe penalties – 33 countries or territories enforce death

LIFE-CHANGING: Terry Daniels (right), with her mother, now works for charity after her ordeal. sentences for drug offences. In Spain, sentences can be as long as 20 years’ imprisonment in the case of hard

drugs and up to six years and nine months for soft drugs, with fines of up to six times the value of the drugs.

Twelve years of pain after botched routine operation A MAN has struggled for 12 years to try to get justice for a botched operation which has left him in constant pain and with serious medical issues. Now he is making an appeal for a lawyer to take on his case for compensation on a ‘pro bono’ or no-win no-fee basis after running out of cash. Expatriate Anthony Patrick Oliver, who lives in Mallorca, travelled to Cataluña to the Palamos Hospital for a routine operation to fix a minor spasm in his lower back in July 2001. After a series of tests he was told that the best option was an operation to fix two titanium rods and six pins to his spine. The operation, he was told, would take around three-and-a-half hours. But that wasn’t the case. Anthony spent six hours under the knife during which, he said: “They cut into my

ANTHONY PATRICK OLIVER: A routine operation has left him in constant pain. spinal cord which led to severe nerve damage and left me in constant pain.” Since then Anthony has had to take a high dose of powerful painkillers daily. He said: “My back is in a permanent spasm, which has left me with a bent and twisted posture. My feet are totally black, and this is now spreading up my legs.”

Anthony added: “It took three-and-a-half years to get a statement from the court for my appeal. It then took a further seven to eight years to get into a courtroom, where I thought I’d get justice. However, the hospital has accepted no responsibility and nine years on I’m still struggling to get justice.” The accumulation of

hospital and lawyer fees and the cost for travel and accommodation to see lawyers and attend court has drained Anthony of his finances. Anthony’s ex-wife, Kryss, said: “He desperately needs help.” If you can help, contact EWN on editorial@euroweeklynews.com

Prisoners Abroad is currently supporting 84 Britons between the ages of 18 and 30 who are being held in foreign countries for drugs offences – 62 are yet to face a trial. Terry Daniels was accused of smuggling a million pounds worth of cocaine from Brazil to Spain in 1997. She had been working in Brazil with her boss, a nightclub manager, and they were travelling back to Spain when he was caught with the drugs in his suitcase. Terry maintains she had no idea that he was carrying the drugs. But a Spanish court prosecuted her on the basis of guilt by association. She served six days in prison before being granted bail, when she returned to the UK. While living in Ireland in 2002, a police check revealed that she was still wanted in Spain. She had been prosecuted in her absence and her 10-year sentence was still outstanding. In June 2003, she was arrested on an international extradition warrant, flown back to Spain and imprisoned in Topas Prison, near Salamanca, where she stayed for 19 months. She was then given permission to serve the remainder of her reduced sentence in the UK. Terry said: “I will always love Spain and know that holidaymakers and expats alike have a great time there. But I would urge people not to get involved in drugs – not even recreational drug use which many may see as harmless. I got involved with drugs at a young age and paid the consequences – I ended up in prison and everything in my life changed – it is not worth the risk.” She now undertakes charity work on behalf of Fair Trials International and Prisoners Abroad and has recently published a book, ‘Passport to Hell’.


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ELPING expatriates facing the threat of having their properties demolished is at the top of the agenda of Britain’s new ambassador to Spain. But Simon Manley, a 46-year-old father of three daughters, admitted the embassy is essentially powerless to stop the bulldozers. “It is not in our power to change decisions, but we can talk to people who do have that power.” He added that he has already spoken to representatives of the Junta de Andalucia regional government and the mayor of Malaga about the situation in which many innocent home-owners have found themselves. Several ‘illegal’ homes in the region have already been demolished, the latest two owned by British couples who had bought the homes in good faith. Many homes have been declared illegal by the Junta de Andalucia despite them having planning

permission granted by the local town halls. Mr Manley said: “Many of the stories are heart-rending. The Spanish property market is starting to show a recovery. If the authorities want to build on that then they have to address uncertainty. They have to be aware of the uncertainty people have when they hear of these awful things happening and people losing their homes.” He added that there are solutions to the problems: “I hope they (the Spanish authorities) grab them.” Speaking of his role as ambassador, the Oxford and Yale educated diplomat said his biggest challenge was to help boost British businesses in the country, as well as to work with the Spanish authorities on security issues. “We have already had success with the latest ‘Unlucky 13’ Crimestoppers appeal that within hours of its announcement resulted in the capture of one man.”

He added that his background as Director Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and before that in counter terrorism will stand him in good stead. He said Britain and Spain had shared experiences in combating both domestic and Islamist terrorism, with the two worst Islamist terror attacks in Europe hitting the two countries. And on top of that Spain and Britain are hugely important to each other economically, with Spain being Britain’s eighth largest export market. Spain is also the sixth largest inward investor. “These two issues (security and economic factors) are areas in which we can work with Spain. hugely are They important,” concluded Mr Manley.

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EW people question the need for having decent home insurance. Ironically, when it comes to travel insurance, it’s often a different story. Far too many Brits still travel abroad without taking out travel cover, oblivious to the eye-watering costs they could face if things go wrong. Having to cut your trip short for a family funeral, or ending up in a foreign hospital due to illness are just some of the misfortunes that can happen on holiday. Travel insurance is there to protect you against these, and a host of other, holiday mishaps. But what can you do to protect your home while you’re away on your travels? It is a worry, especially around Christmas, when burglars are on the look-out for soft targets. By taking a few straightforward steps, however, you can minimise the risk of a break-in, leaving you to get on with

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The snow-topped mountains (top left). La Atalaya cave houses are warm in winter (top right). The St. Maria Church in Huescar (right).

holiday destination To enjoy the cold - Cave houses in Granada a wonderland AN earth-house is an architectural style characterised by the use of natural terrain to form walls. In Spain, they are known as ‘casascueva,’ or cave houses. One of their main benefits is their natural insulation, which cools them down in summer and keeps them warm in winter. One of the areas in Spain where there are most cave houses is Granada province. Those in Guadix and the BazaHuescar area are particularly famous and have become a huge tourist attraction since many of them have been refurbished as rural accommodation. If you like to enjoy the great outdoors even when the weather is cold, the Baza-Huescar area is an ideal place to plan your break. After a day out, you can go back to a cosy cave house, most of which have huge log-burning fires. A great place to stay La Atalaya Cave Houses is a tourism complex composed of several different cave houses of different sizes. Located in Huescar, and just a couple hours’ drive from the coast, it is an ideal place to chill out. Gastronomy Some local dishes are ‘Ajo al Almirez,’ a garlic sauce used to accompany meats; ‘gachas,’ similar to porridge; ‘Lata al Horno,’ which is a dish with lamb and vegetables; the ‘Relleno’ stuffed pork sausage; pickled pigeon; and ‘borrachuelos,’ fritters made with wine and covered in sugar. While the caves houses are prepared for self-catering, close to La

made into a swimming pool. River Castril Walkway The pathway runs along the side of the rock, perched on a wall of the gorge, following the course of the River Castril. Not for the faint-hearted, the wooden walkway ends with a hanging bridge then a dark tunnel. It’s perfect for walking and enjoying the impressive views.

Atalaya is the Alkadima cave, where you can live the unique experience of eating in one of the many smaller caves inside. In the winter, it is enjoyable to sit by the log fire and taste the local liqueurs or wines. Granada Plateau The Granada Plateau is in the north of the province. It has landscapes which form plateaux surrounding the mountains. An ideal way to get to know the area by car is following the so-called ‘Route of the First Inhabitants of Europe,’ see more here www.rutaprimerospobladoreseuropa. com. What to see Huescar Huescar has interesting monuments including the St. Maria Collegiate Church. Built at the beginning of the 16th century, since 2009, the temple is affiliated with the Santa Maria La Maggiore Basilica in Rome, being the first in this diocese to obtain Pontifical grace. Also in Huescar are the Homage Tower, San Francisco Convent, the Rodriguez Penalva Park and stately homes decorated with coats of arms. The Sagra

The Sagra is the highest peak of the Subbaetic System. At 2,383 metres above sea level, it is the perfect place to enjoy sports such as hiking, climbing, etc. The Sagra is especially impressive covered in snow. Castellon Alto The Castellon Alto settlement in Galera was created by the Argaric culture, in an advanced period of the Bronze Age (1900-1600BC). It has been partially restored and visiting the site allows us to see what daily life was like back then. San Clemente Reservoir The San Clemente Reservoir is located on the course of the Guardal River and the Sagra Mountain can be seen from different spots along the banks. It’s an ideal place for a family walk or a picnic. Fuencaliente Spring The Fuencaliente Spring is a thermal spring in Huescar which also has a recreational and sports complex, poplar groves, lawn areas, sports facilities, terraces and restaurant. The complex is built around a natural water source which has been

Rodriguez Penalva Park The Rodriguez Penalva Park is one of the busiest and most visited areas of Huescar. It is a recreational area where we can relax and enjoy a nice walk. The children can run and play on the swings, and adults can enjoy a nice walk at any time of the year River Castril Walkway The path runs along the foot of the rock, following the course of the Castril River. It is an impressive wooden walkway which is perched on the walls of the gorge. Along the way, visitors will pass bridges, tunnels and viewpoints. At the end of the walk, there is a restaurant, ideal for getting our strength back. It is the perfect place to walk and enjoy impressive views of the gorge and surrounding area. We can access the walkway through the Arboleda Perdida Park. After entering the tunnels, we can see the changing water levels from the viewpoints. Orce Museum The Orce Prehistoric and Palaeontology Museum is located in the Segura Palace. The museum is divided in two halls where visitors can discover the Granada Plateau of more than 1.5 million years ago. The quality and quantity of the collections is excellent. What to do •Hiking, in the different natural areas. •Visit the Wineries in Galera. •There are companies which work in active tourism, providing visitors activities such as horse-riding, canyoning, canoeing...


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Audi A3 Cabriolet’s spring launch GERMAN manufacturer Audi has announced that its all-new A3 Cabriolet will become available in spring next year. The A3 Cabriolet takes the recently introduced A3 Saloon as its foundation, but at the same time it adopts an array of technological innovations from the larger Audi models. A soft but hardwearing fabric roof stretched over a kinematic mechanism made of magnesiumsteel opens fully automatically in a little under 18 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour (kph). When retracted at the

touch of a button, the top – complete with heated glass rear window – rests in a tray that barely affects luggage capacity, which amounts to 275 litres. An active rollover protection system consisting of two springloaded plates that are recessed into the body protects occupants in case of a rollover accident. The petrol engine range powering the new A3 Cabriolet starts with the 140ps 1.4 TFSI linked to six-speed manual transmission. It reaches a speed of 100km/h in 9.1 seconds, with CO2 emissions of 114g/km.

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This is achieved by the Audi Cylinder-onDemand (CoD) technology, which deactivates two of the engine’s cylinders under partload. The 1.8-litre TFSI engine goes from 0 to 100kph in 7.8 seconds, with a top of speed of 240kph and 180ps peak output.

Dual injection into the combustion chambers and induction manifold help to maintain a high level of efficiency. The manual transmission-equipped 2.0 TDI with 150ps engine is also included in the range.

It offers combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 110g/km, going from 0 to 100kph in 8.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 220. Standard equipment at entry level includes the fully automatic hood finished in black plus 16-

inch alloy wheels. Air conditioning, a MMI radio incorporating an 11 millimetre-thick powered folding screen, iPod connection, a digital radio, a Bluetooth interface, preparation for SD cardbased navigation and a light and rain sensor package are also included.

Volvo launches a hybrid version of its standard V60 SWEDISH manufacturer Volvo has launched a hybrid version of its V60 model. The new Plug-In-Hybrid includes most of the technology upgrades of the standard V60, while offering new possibilities thanks to its hybrid nature. The rear axle is powered by an electric motor producing 68hp and 200Nm. The electric motor is supplied with power from an 11.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed under the floor of the load compartment. The driver of the Plug-In-Hybrid available for €60,900 - can select the required driving mode via three buttons that give the car three entirely different modes: Pure, Hybrid or Power. In Pure mode, the car is powered

solely by its electric motor as much as possible. The range is up to 50 kilometres. Hybrid is the standard setting whenever the car is started. The diesel engine and electric motor cooperate to achieve CO2 emissions of 48g/km (1.8 l/100km). In Power mode, the technology is optimised to give the car the maximum possible power. The diesel engine and electric motor combine to deliver a total power output of 215+68hp and maximum torque of over 600Nm. The car accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 6.1 seconds. The driver can choose to save battery power in order to drive on pure electricity later on. When Save is activated, the on-

board system ensures that there is always sufficient charge for driving later in Pure mode. The V60 Plug-in Hybrid can be recharged from a regular power outlet (230V/6A, 10A or 16A fuse) at home or in a car park. Recharging time varies with amperage. A full charge with 10A takes 4.5 hours. This is cut to 3.5 hours with 16A, while a 6A charge takes 7.5 hours. In this mode, the central control unit distributes power between the diesel-driven front wheels and the electrically driven rear axle. The electric four-wheel drive system has been designed as a traction system to provide better grip when starting and when driving on slippery roads.


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SPORT

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Swede Henrik Stenson won the Race to Dubai title with GB’s Ian Poulter second, six shots behind. Stenson is the first man to win in Dubai and clinch the Red-Dex Cup in the same year.

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BUENA VISTA Petanca Club’s Ladies Day saw everyone dressed in pink. Sixteen players took part in the pairs competition, played over three rounds. The winner was Joan Hart (23) with Rose Dawes runner-up (16). Winners of Buena Vista Petanca Club’s competitions will now receive a polo shirt embroidered with the club name and logo in addition to the trophies. The club, which plays at Merendero Pepe Mesa on the Playazo Playa in Nerja, runs a series of competition throughout the year. The next will be the Sharrocks Trophy on Tuesday, December 3, held annually in memory of the late Norman Sharrocks, who formed the club’s Tuesday group.

ALL SMILES: Winner Joan Hart and runner-up Rose Dawes (front) with Buena Vista ladies.

Ashes series starts down under, and Germany beat England at Wembley THE first Ashes Tests between England and Australia started in Brisbane today... F1 champion Sebastian Vettel is going for a recordequalling 13th victory of

2013 and his ninth in succession in Brazil on Sunday, having registering his eighth, in some style, in the USA last Sunday... England (34-6 victors over France) play New Zealand and Australia (62-0 winners against USA) meet Fiji in Saturday’s RL World Cup semi-finals, both at Wembley with 2pm and 4.30pm kickoffs... And in football this weekend, it’s EvertonLiverpool and West Ham-

Norway 1-0, the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Poland and South Africa International Sports beat world champions A former football player and the world’s most Spain 1-0. prolific author of football CRICKET - It was over books (more than 100 published), Tony is also and out for the world’s the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and greatest-ever batsman lives in the Cabrera Sachin Tendulkar who mountains. retired last Saturday after Costa de Almeria playing in his 200th and final Test match for India Chelsea in PL derbies, who beat the West Indies Manchester City v Spurs, by an innings and 126 Cardiff v Manchester runs. United and leaders RUGBY UNION - In Arsenal v Southampton last weekend’s interwhile on Monday, it’s WBA nationals, Gethin Jenkins v Aston Villa... The big won his 100th cap in Wales’ 40 points to six victory over Argentina; England lost 30-22 to New Zealand; Ireland 32-15 to Australia and Scotland 280 to South Africa. After seven matches, Saracens, LAST week, Japanese and athlete Kenichi Ito set a Northampton World record by clocking Bath stand 1-2-3 in 16.8 seconds for the 100 the Premiership. MOTOR SPORT metres on ALL FOURS. Indy-car driver Dario Watch it on YOUTUBE; Franchitti (40) has it’s amazing! retired following his recent 100 mile-an-hour RECORD-BREAKER: Kenichi Ito. crash in Houston.

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Championship game is Nottingham Forest (5th) v Burnley (top); Swindon (6th) play Leyton Orient (2nd) and Wolves (1st) meet Brentford (5th) in FL1... the top five in FL2, Oxford, Chesterfield, Rochdale, Fleetwood and Southend, all play at home... And in Spain, UD Almeria welcome Real Madrid (Saturday, 8pm) with a crowd of 20,000 expected. Meanwhile, in Tuesday’s international friendly matches, England were beaten 1-0 by Germany, Scotland overcame

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A great turnout to remember Margaret EIGHTY-THREE members of GINS played in the Margaret Taylor Memorium match at Los Moriscos. In the overall results, Jim Burns got the Best Gross Score with 80 points. On the overall Stableford, Mark Schrello (39) was top, Helmut Janke (37) was second and Maurice Wilde on the third (37). The ladies had their own league with Irene Ward as the winner (37) followed by Judy Howard (37) and Neilma Jary (36). At Añoreta the society played a bogey competition. Bryan Lynch, Dietmar Stec and Dan McAllister reached the podium in the men’s division and Eloisa Sanchez, Ingrid Stec and Lyn McAllister took the honours in the ladies section. The Granada season kicked off at Santa Clara. Simon Hellewell (33), Peter Oram (33) and Pepe Gil (32) were the top three in the men’s division and Pat Lowe (31) and Jill Parker (22) were top ladies. The day started on a clear sunny day but the wind blew up in the afternoon just to add another challenge Baviera was the venue for a better ball Stableford played off three-quarter handicap, again with perfect weather. Godfrey Camillera and Roger Willoughby (40) were the winning team, followed by Simon Hellewell and Helmut Janke (39) on countback from and Alan Jones and Rob Nicholson (39)

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