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Gold award for workers THE Mayor of Almeria Luis Rogelio Rodriguez Commendador has awarded the Gold Shield of Almeria to city hall workers who retired this year.

Music treat THE Multiple Use Centre in Mojacar is showing a Children's Musical, ‘Aladdin,’ on Monday at 6pm. Free entry.

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€8.5 million loss for Almeria Airport ALMERIA Airport lost €8.5 million amounted to around €8.2 million in 2012, which is 7 per cent which is 0.6 per cent less than more than the previous the previous year. year. The results from El Alquian terminal Almeria will not have Aena is aiming had a negative year any effect on the to improve its in 2012, according to services offered to income for all accounts provided by passengers nor the airports the Spanish Airport operations carried out at Authorities, Aena, the airport, as Aena operates on a national scale, which also show that the debt from investments rose by based on the income from all airports. 8.3 per cent to €126 million. However, Aena is aiming to The income from the airport

improve its income for all airports throughout the country and reduce losses with plans for public sales in the spring. The aim is to sell 60 per cent of the airports to private companies, although the Ministry of Public Works has not explained the conditions under which this could be carried out. In fact, only eight of Spain’s 47 airports actually make any money for Aena. See finance pages

Christmas Day brawl in Berja THREE people were injured on Christmas Day after a man deliberately drove his car into a house in the town of Berja. According to sources, the driver of the vehicle found the windows on his car smashed and chose to crash the car into the house of the people, who in his opinion had caused the damage. After embedding the vehicle in the house, its residents and the driver got into a brawl that resulted in the driver

and two other people being wounded by a knife. The driver was seriously injured and taken to the Poniente Hospital in El Ejido. A man and two family members have been arrested, charged with attempted murder.

AGM for animal charity ANIMAL CHARITY Paws-Patas is holding its AGM at the Artisan Centre Mojacar on January 25 at 1pm for the meeting to start at 1.30pm.

The meeting is open to the general public. Pictured is the second new PAWS shop which opened in Buganvillas, Vera Playa in November.


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Letters FAMILY FUN: Ice skating in Olula del Rio.

A chance to get your skates on!

OLULA DEL RIO Council is offering residents a new way to enjoy this holiday season. All budding Torvill and Deans have the chance to practise their skating on an ecological ice rink. The rink is located in the ‘Nave Polivalente’ which is just down on the right hand side from the Polideportivo Sports Centre on the outskirts of the town. The rink is open from 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm and will remain open until January 20.

The price is €3 for 20 minutes and includes skate hire. The rink measures 200 metres in length and can accommodate up to 40 skaters. There is also a monitor to help any beginners. Mario Galera, Councillor for Sports and Youth of the municipality, was pleased with the initiative. he said: “We understand that such activities are necessary and bring something new to the town. We hope residents will come and visit and enjoy an activity which is affordable to everyone.”


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NEWS Charity donation ALMERIA company Briseis has donated 10,000 hygiene products to the Red Cross and Caritas. Items include hand gel, deodorant and colone water. E-cigs doubt ANTI-TOBACCO experts in Almeria have requested that the Health Department of the Government regulate as soon as possible electronic cigarettes, claiming that they are detrimental to health.

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Weather brings Xmas chill MANY people were happy to stay at home on Christmas Day, with heavy rain, strong winds and snow on the highest points of the province of Almeria. The Meteorological Office issued an Orange alert for strong winds around the capital and the Levante coast. The 112 emergency services were kept busy attending

to more than 40 incidents in the province over a wide area during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In the capital there were reports of flying debris, with a billboard in El Ejido and telephone cables in Mojacar pulled down. One of the more serious incidents occurred in Bacares where four cars

were trapped by heavy snow with 11 people having to be rescued by the emergency services. Heavy rain also affected Roquetas de Mar and the capital with streets flooded.


100-strong Zumba display MORE than 100 pupils from Huercal-Almeria took part in a display of Zumba, Batuka and Aerobics in front of a large crowd at the town’s sports hall.

Class ballet THE pupils of the Dance and Theatre school of Cuevas del Almanzora took to the stage of the Aguilas Theatre alongside the National Ballet of Georgia.

Three kings THE Three Kings Parade in Mojacar starts at 5pm on Sunday, leaving from the Plaza Nueva and finishing at the Multiple Use Centre.

THREE KINGS: The ‘Roscon de Reyes’ (below) represents the kings’ jewelled crowns.

Seeing New Year in, Spanish style...

Gador solidarity GADOR TOWN HALL has shared more than 6,000 kilos of food between 300 of the most needy families in the town.



CARBONERAS TOWN HALL has delivered food to the value of €9,000 to 90 families in the area at risk of social exclusion.

New signing UD ALMERIA have signed defender Mane from Maccabi de Tel Aviv of Israel.

Kids stuff THE Multiple Use Centre in Mojacar has free fun activities tomorrow (Friday) with bouncy castles and facepainting, amongst other events, from 6pm to 10pm.


Family food

Master stroke THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Manuel Martos of the H2O swimming club in El Ejido has broken the Spanish record in the 200 metres backstroke at the Andalucian Swimming championships in Cadiz.

Junta grant THE Hotel Almirez in Laujar Andarax has been given €14,000 by the Junta de Andalucia to set up a library and a photo exhibition to promote the Alpujarra-Sierra Nevada region..



OUNG and old throughout Spain will flock to see the Three Kings parade on Sunday evening. This is the highlight of festive celebrations in Spain as the Three Kings, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar, better known as the Three Wise Men in UK Christian tradition, parade the streets on floats, accompanied by music, their pages and cartoon characters. The kings throw thousands of sweets to onlookers, with some youngsters even holding opened umbrellas to catch them as the floats pass. Spanish children believe that the kings deliver presents on January 5, leaving their shoes on window sills that night to be filled with gifts which they have asked for. Those who have not behaved might expect to find a sack of ‘coal’, represented by black, sugary sweets.

Quote of the Week 2014 will be the year of recovery’ Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, at a press conference to look back over the year. Socialist Secretary General Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba reproached him for saying this on the day the minimum wage was frozen and electricity prices rose.

On January 6, when the children receive their presents, many families enjoy the traditional ‘Roscon de Reyes,’ a ring-shaped cake, filled and covered with colourful candied fruit, representing the kings’ crowns and the jewels upon them. The Roscon traditionally has two items inside. One is a toy or trinket, which makes the finder ‘King for the Day’. He or she gets to wear the crown which is normally included with shopsold cakes of this variety. In some parts of Spain, money is also put in the Roscon. Meanwhile, the person who gets the other item, a bean, will be the one who pays for the Roscon the following year.

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per cent is how much electricity prices will go up in the first three months of this year. The government pointed out that it was a ‘transitory mechanism’. Families will notice an average rise in their bills of around 0.2 per cent in January.

Sports plan MOJACAR TOWN HALL has approved a plan to install more sports equipment in the area.

Messiah concert THE City Orchestra of Almeria and its chorus performed Handel’s Messiah at a special concert on Saturday at the Maestro Padilla theatre in Almeria City.

‘Gymtastic’ MORE than 100 gymnasts took part in a Christmas display of Rhythm Gymnastics at the Sports Centre in Pulpi.

And finally... A WOMAN was arrested in Madrid for allegedly throwing her newborn baby out of the window of an apartment block. Her parents didn’t know she was pregnant and took her to hospital because she lost a lot of blood. Her grandmother found the baby alive.


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Expats take Spain to court A GROUP of British pensioners has decided to take on the Spanish State in the European Court of Human Rights. Having exhausted all hope of preventing demolition of their home via the Spanish courts, a retired British couple from Albox are now taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights. This move is backed by AUAN (Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No) and SOHA (Save Our Homes Axarquia), two organisations which represent hundreds of homeowners in similar circumstances. The case echoes that of Len and Helen Prior whose home in Vera was demolished five years ago despite having a full building licence. “We feel there is no other option,” said AUAN President Maura Hillen. “In the case of the Priors the Spanish Constitutional Court deliberated for two years over whether or not their property should be demolished. There must be no more demolitions without prior compensation.”

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Prison guard is jailed for ‘lewdly’ fondling inmates A PRISON GUARD who ‘lewdly’ fondled two inmates has been jailed for sexual assault. The El Acebuche prison guard

and head of department was sentenced to two years after being found guilty at Almeria Criminal Court.

The guard - known as JALC ordered an unjustified strip search on several male inmates in July

Tough times as cults increase RELIGIOUS, satanic and sexual cults are flourishing in Almeria. Sects frequently thrive during tough times and local membership is now estimated to be around 2,000. Almeria Province is continuing to face up to the tough economic surrounds, a situation that leads to cults flourishing, according to the Sect Studies IberoAmerican Network. The province now has

among the highest prevalence of ‘pseudoreligions’ in Spain with an increase in satanic ritual practices, including the Children of Lucifer cult. Other cults include pyramid structure companies which are alleged to cash in on members’ work and investment, and also sexual cults. Dead animals with their throats slit, candles and inverted crosses as well as other satanic paraphernalia

2008, ‘lewdly’ fondling one of them. The victim tolerated the incident thinking it was ‘normal.’ Then in March last year, JALC ‘silently’ entered a cell in the prison’s medical unit where he fondled another inmate who was clothed. JALC claimed he had entered the cell because he heard noises and believed an escape attempt might be taking place, but the judge ruled this out as the January 10 Issue 1436 warden was not informed nor was any written report made about a possible de Gata Salinas temple. escape attempt. The court accepted the Satanic symbols and writings were also previous prosecutor’s request of two reported in Cabo de Gata’s years prison, a €7,200 fine plus victim compensation. Las Salinas temple.


SATANIC SYMBOLS: Cabo have been found in the Benahadux, Alhama de Almeria and Carboneras, it has been reported.

US ‘atomic’ bus has been put up for sale A BUS sent by the US Government to measure radiation levels after a 1966 nuclear accident is up for sale. The seller, from Zaragoza, has put the vehicle on Spanish auction website Todocoleccion with a starting price of €15,000. The radioactivity-measuring bus was sent by the US Government to check for

contamination around Palomares in Cuevas de Almanzora. Four nuclear bombs had accidently fallen from a US B-52 bomber after a mid-air collision with a refuelling tanker over the Mediterranean. Three of the bombs landed in Palomares and the fourth was recovered intact at sea. While none of the three onshore bombs exploded, the casing on two of them broke,

releasing plutonium and other radioactive material into the atmosphere. The bus, which was one of a kind at the time, contained a highly-sophisticated nuclear laboratory. Now the seller advertises it as ‘perfect for turning into a nightclub, a mobile terrace, a children’s playground or a theme park,’ although it needs restoration.


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Infant death shocks town A BABY has been pronounced dead at Carboneras health centre after being admitted with multiple injuries

to her arms and body. A preliminary report issued by the Institute of Forensic Medicine (IML)

in Almeria revealed that the child – aged 13 months – had numerous contusions and had suffered some form of aggression to her person. The infant’s uncle, a 24-year-old Romanian national who lived at the victim’s home in Argamasón, near Carboneras, was babysitting the child, while the parents were working in a local bar. He was arrested and transferred to Guardia Civil headquarters in Almeria on suspicion of murder only to be released the following day after the results of a forensic report came through. Carboneras Council declared three days of official mourning, and the child’s mass, attended by the mayor Salvador FIRST STEP: Len and Hernandez (Gicar) and Helen Prior win other civic dignitaries, was demolition case. held at the Parish Church court has ruled that Vera of San Antonio de Padua. Council must deal with the Priors’ claim of €700,000 for the loss of their home. It ruled that Vera has assets which it must sell, and/or invoke their insurers to settle the claim. The Supreme Court decreed that Vera should re-house them in an abode equivalent to the luxury villa they illegally destroyed.

Priors are awarded €30k in damages THE drama surrounding Len and Helen Prior has taken a new turn following a court decision to grant them €30,000. “This is a very important landmark,” Mrs Prior told EWN in a recent interview. “By making this award the Ministry of Justice has admitted for the first time that the original verdict by Judge Jesus Rivera was categorically wrong. Had he performed his judicial duties properly and in keeping with the law, the demolition of our home would never have taken place,” she commented. The demolition took place in 2008 after the Junta de Andalucía invalidated the couple’s building licence. Now a Madrid court has instructed the Ministry of Justice to recompense the couple for the violation of their rights. It was in April 2004 when the licence was revoked but the Priors were only made aware of the judgement four years later. Unbelievably, Judge Rivera had ruled in favour of the demolition without hearing any mitigation on behalf of the party affected, or even making an acknowledgment that they existed. He presided over a court that counsel for the defence was not permitted to enter. The court in Madrid ruled that the Priors had a fundamental right to be represented and that Judge Rivera was wrong. Mrs Prior expressed satisfaction with the award, although the couple will only receive half of the compensation, as the rest will be swallowed up in legal costs. “We have established


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that secret court cases are illegal, which will be a relief to the thousands of others who are living under the threat of demolition.” The Ministry of Justice appears to have washed its hands of the case by stating that the award is in full and final settlement. A




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Illegal employers beware! THE authorities are cracking down on employers who fail to register their workers. Speaking on behalf of the central government, subdelegate to Almeria, Andres Garcia Lorca, said: “Our plan is to combat labour fraud. “The work of the inspectorate is to benefit workers who are deprived of their rights through illegal employment. “Companies (which comply with the law) suffer unfair competition and the coffers of Social Security and consequently the pensions of all Spanish workers suffer as a result.” García Lorca presented the results of checks carried out on 9,800 businesses throughout the region in 2012, which resulted in employers being forced to legitimise 1,400 workers, and pay €14.2 million in unpaid Social Security dues. Head of Labour and Social Security, Sonia Navas, said: “During 2012 we developed a specific inspection campaign, particularly in areas like construction and the hospitality industry where hotels take on low-skilled workers during peak holiday periods.”

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Quake monitor in place HUÉRCAL-OVERA now has a seismometer. With the Almanzora Valley being designated a potentially dangerous seismic hazard area, scientists are moving in to monitor earth tremors. The town’s Environmental Officer, Manuel Buitrago, explained: “Following last year’s earthquake in Lorca, the National Seismic

Network decided to extend the number of data collection points and contacted the town to see if we were interested. The facility will add to the number of stations on Spanish territory and enable them to conduct data monitoring and calculate the location and size of earthquakes. “The obvious benefit is to ensure that rapid

warnings are passed to both the public and emergency services,” he added. Seismometers are instruments that measure motions of the ground, including seismic waves generated by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The technicians have chosen a site near the sports pavilion which conforms to the installation conditions required.

Mayor defiant over ignoring order to demolish the Algaborrico A LOCAL mayor remains defiant over his stance to reject a court decision. A magistrate in Vera is presiding over the question of whether the mayor of Carboneras has a case of corruption and disobedience to answer following his failure to implement a March 2012 Supreme Court ruling. The court had ordered that the Hotel Algaborrico should be razed and the land restored

to its original state. Meanwhile, the Spanish government is being pressurised to amend a 25-year-old law that could potentially lead to the demolition of thousands of structures constructed within 500 metres of its coastline. The building in question, a pallid edifice that rises from the sands of the Cabo de Gata like an Egyptian pyramid, represents yet one more

Exclusive gay hotel targets ‘pink pound’ A TOWN is setting up the first high-class gay hotel in Spain in an effort to

cash in on the ‘pink pound’. Canjáyar in Almeria will be the first municipality to have a luxury hotel catering exclusively for gay couples, and one which the local department of tourism hopes will set a benchmark in this industry sector. The €1.2-million construction project will include 14 double

example of Spain’s unrestrained construction boom, a monument to greedy property developers and local officials. Unquestionably the hotel was built too close to the sea and within the confines of a protected national park. In 2006, just as the project was nearing completion a judge halted construction, based on environmental concerns raised by Greenpeace.

At the time everyone who seemed set to benefit could afford to have moral principles and agree with the activists. The construction industry was riding on the crest of a foreign investment wave as a seemingly never-ending deluge of foreigners mainly from Britain, flooded the area looking for homes. The world economic crash coupled with the stigma attached to the illegal house building in the Almanzora Valley put a stop to all that. Today building workers who were taking home a couple March 7 Issue of thousand 1444 euros a month can’t even find jobs as part-time waiters. Now, instead of being a blot on the landscape, the 440-bedroom hotel represents a potential employer and lucrative customer to the recession hit service industries nearby. The mayors of 26 LEADING THE WAY: Canjayar in Almeria. surrounding towns have signed a petition in support bedrooms, each billion euros worldwide, of the hotel. The can of worms the equipped with Jacuzzi mainly on travel, and whirlpool. clothing, food, and gifts, Greenpeace activists have affects the Industry experts claim and their average opened that gay tourism is one of expenditure is government’s interpretation the most lucrative approximately double of its quarter-century-old segments of the industry that of a heterosexual coastal law. The juxtaposition it finds and has not been couple. affected by the economic In the past year it is itself in is that the law crisis that has blighted estimated that more than needs to be precise so it cannot be the tourism industry in seven million gay tourists that the past few years. have visited Spain, due adulterated, but to do so Tour operators largely to the country’s would weaken the legal estimate that gay tourists tolerant attitude to rights of the owners of existing properties. spend around half-a- homosexual couples.



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Be on guard against unlicensed taxis UNPAID fines issued to unlicensed private taxis in the region have reached almost €200,000.

Last year alone there were 37 prosecutions, which resulted in fines totalling €4,601. On average each offender has

four previous convictions for providing unauthorised public transport, and the provincial government is considering

impounding more of the vehicles of persistent offenders. So far this year they have confiscated three vehicles, one

for 12 months. The rise in this form of illegal transport is blamed on the worsening economy. The president of the Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association, Alfonso Ruiz, said: “There is not a decrease; in fact, there are more, but they have changed their modus operandi by moving to other areas where they are harder to detect. “What we need is a positive police presence in areas of greatest conflict such as the train station, especially during peak hours.” He called on the Ombudsman to repeat a warning to passengers, issued in August last year, April 4 Issue that they are completely 1448 unprotected by the law that his when they use an team are “still working on unregulated cab. the matter” and was He called on the public “convinced that the public to ensure they are using a were going to get drinking regulated taxi before water.” entering the vehicle.

4,000 townspeople are still waiting for a fit water supply A ROW erupted over ‘unfit’ water supplies to an Almeria town at the first Municipal Conference on water. A spokesman for the Popular Party (conservatives), Juan Pedro Perez, threw the first punch when he declared: “The socialist mayor of Albox, Rogelio Mena, does not want the citizens to have drinking water,” firmly putting the focus on the town’s lack of a quality water supply. According to Perez, Galasa stopped treating Albox’s water supply in

WATER ON THEIR MINDS: Rogelio Mena and (inset) Juan Pedro Perez.

2009 following payment defaults by the PSOE (socialist) led council.

False rape case man freed A MAN jailed for rape has been freed almost nine years after his false conviction. Now his accuser has been sent to jail instead. The Ministry of Justice must pay €650,000 compensation to a Moroccan citizen who spent eight years and 11 months in prison, convicted on the testimony of a woman who falsely accused him of rape. Following his 13-year sentence in 2001 the 30year-old father of three young children staged several hunger strikes in order to draw attention to his innocence. The Supreme Court has overturned the decision and instead jailed his female accuser to three years for perjury. The lawyer

The Junta de Andalucia, he claims, took over the contract and simply

“advised residents to buy bottled water, even for brushing their teeth.” He explained that the water source is “overexploited and contains salts, sulphates and chlorides, and is extracted despite being classified by the Ministry of Health as unsuitable for consumption due to high levels of radioactivity.” On the subject of water quality, Mena reiterated



A representing the M wrongly incarcerated man claimed €10 million for loss of earnings, which the court rejected as the man was unemployed at e 1452 May 2 Issu the time of the alleged attack. Instead, a settlement described as CAMPAIGN: Almeria City is making ‘reasonable’ was agreed for “material and personal loss arising from the physical and psychological damage caused by the deprivation of his liberty.” The false victim recanted her claim that she was raped at ALMERIA Tourism Department gunpoint, claiming she continues to promote the city as a had been “coerced by tourist destination in national and others.” The victim of her international markets. false testimony wrote Within Andalucia, the Tourism many letters accusing a Department and the Almeria North African mafia municipal company Turistica group of framing him. proceed to promote the city in

concerted efforts to promote its tourism appeal.

Almeria City shows itself to the world Cordoba, Sevilla, Malaga and Granada. The campaign is being supported with promotional and informative material offering guided tours, hotels, restaurants, maps and other information regarding the city. One of the most well-received

proposals is the Almeria to Santiago de Compostela route, which is popular with hikers who enjoy the challenge of walking more than 1,350 kilometres across Spain. The Tourism Department is also targeting cities like Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki.


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ROYAL VISIT: Prince Felipe (centre) flanked by members of the local Almeria press.

Prince inaugurates €128-million plant

PRINCE FELIPE visited the Cosentino Industrial Park in Cantoria this week. He inaugurated the new Dekton® production


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plant, which is one of the largest investments in Spain in recent years. Dekton® is a new ultracompact surface for

floors, walls and worktops and is the result of more than five years of work and an investment of €128 million.

Tourist boost cruises in

Pulpi, San Juan de los Terreros and Vera. The company works throughout the year but due to the high rainfall in the past few months and the rise in temperature, it


CRUISE-SHIP passengers are expected to mark the start of a positive summer season for Almeria. The port anticipates receiving 1,750 passengers this month from two cruise ships. The first docked yesterday (Wednesday) - the P&O Arcadia - and had 1,500 British tourists on board. The second ship arrives in port on Saturday, June 29, with 350 American

passengers, who will have 12 hours to spend in the city and June 13 Issue 1458 province. The port authority is working with the Almeria tourist board to offer an information desk next to the ship’s berth, manned by municipal staff. From here passengers will be able to find out more about the city and be guided to the shopping area, points of IN HOT SEAT: interest and tourist Fernando attractions. Aparicio ready Excursions to the to tackle those Alhambra, the natural mosquitoes. park of Cabo de GataNijar, Mojacar, the Alpujarra or even to see a flamenco show will be on offer.

Choppers fight off mozzies THE fight is on to tackle mosquitoes. Specialist company Lokimica has begun a campaign of fumigation to prevent the formation of plagues building up in Mojacar,


has been necessary to take extra measures this year. With the use of a helicopter that hovers barely a couple of metres above the ground, the work is carried out using a biological biocide mixed with water that attacks the various stages of the mosquito larvae without causing damage to other insects or fauna. Lokímica also offer some practical advice to avoid the proliferation of mosquitoes in other areas. Avoid leaving empty containers

BREEDING GROUND: Where the insects make their home, leaving larvae behind. lying around where water can accumulate, maintain the cleanliness of balsas and untreated swimming pools, as well as fountains and ponds.

Primark in Roquetas RETAIL giant Primark is to open a store in the Gran Plaza shopping centre in Roquetas de Mar. The low-cost clothes and accessories retailer is to take over a unit of more than 4,000 square metres, which previously formed the Marin Rosa store. Primark is set to open in October and will employ more than 100 people. Work has already started on the refurbishment of the unit and job interviews will commence shortly. Councillor Eloisa Cabrera has said this will breathe new life into the shopping centre and the town of Roquetas de Mar, and that all the work and opening licences are in place. The sub-director of the Gran Plaza Centre has also welcomed the giant textile group that could revolutionise the shopping centre and will be the only store in the province of Almeria. Director Añade Verdu said: “We have been negotiating for several years the arrival of a Primark store and at last we have achieved it.”

Triple killer cleared A MAN who admitted to killing a couple and their son in Palomares, Cuevas del Almanzora, has been acquitted by a jury in Almeria. The defendant, J.A.Z.G, aged 42, claimed he shot the gypsy family of three in July 2011, in selfdefence whilst under a temporary mental disorder. He had been bitten by one of the victims which caused a partial amputation of his nose. The court was told J.A.Z.G. acted to ‘defend his life’ and had received threats from the victims earlier that day. Following the shooting he handed himself in to police. J.A.Z.G. was sentenced to five months in prison for the illegal possession of a weapon. Following the verdict, the lawyer of the family of the victims said they would appeal before the High Court.

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Castle ever more popular LA ALCAZABA castle in Almeria has seen a big increase in visitors since changing the opening hours for the summer period. June and July saw an extra 5,513 visitors compared to the same period of 2012. The new timetable allows visitors the opportunity to explore the castle from 9am to 3.30pm and 6.30pm to 10pm from Tuesday to Saturday. Director of La Alcazaba, Maria Luisa Garcia believes the new timetable has been popular with the public and the increase in numbers is more than significant, with queues forming at the gate during the evening. During the first six months of the year La Alcazaba received a total of 83,167 visits, an extra 5,989 more than in the same period of 2012.

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66 August 8 Issue 14 SUMMER SOUNDS: ‘Dreambeach 2013’ music festival in Villaricos. Inset: Headline act The Prodigy.

A musical wake-up for sleepy village

THE sleepy fishing village of Villaricos is about to be woken up as 20,000 people descend on it for a music festival. The usually peaceful village is getting ready to welcome more than 20,000 music-lovers when the twoday electronic music event ‘Dreambeach 2013’ starts tomorrow (Friday). DJ Loco Dice will be getting the festival under way at 6pm with a

special opening set, with UK band The Prodigy topping the bill on Friday night, as once again Andalucia leads the way by putting on a top quality summer music festival. In a fantastic setting on the beach of Villaricos, more than 60 DJs and artists will be providing 30 hours of non-stop music played on three stages, with a fourth set up in the camping area. One of the new attractions for this

festival will be the Dreambeach Big Wheel, which will provide a breathtaking view of the festival grounds and the Mediterranean coast. The festival will include a sports zone for a host of activities and the Dreambeach camping area will boast home comforts, with shower areas and toilets. There will also be food and drink areas and a mini-market, in what promises to be a great weekend for all festival-goers.

Remains found on beach THE remains of a strange creature from the deep have been found on Luis Siret beach in Villaricos. Bathers were surprised to find the remains of the badly decomposed, unidentified fish between four and five metres in length washed up on the shore. Members of the civil protection were called in to investigate. After cordoning off the area they called in experts from environmental agencies the Servicio de Proteccion de la Naturaleza (Seprona) and the Asociacion en Defensa de la Fauna Marina (Promar). Francisco Toledano, a member of Promar, said it was impossible to identify the fish because of the bad state of decomposition. But due to its size initial thoughts are that it might be the rarely seen Oarfish.


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Mystery of Garrucha’s disappearing prawns FISHERMEN have been hard-hit by the ‘overnight’ disappearance of the famous local red prawn. The mystery of the missing Garrucha red prawn does not appear as if it is due to be resolved anytime soon. For more than a month the few trawlers operating from the port are returning from the shellfish grounds without any prawns on board or, at most, three or four that fit in one hand. The scarcity of the popular shrimp, which retails for approximately €70 a

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Lost labour of love A COLLECTION of up to 90 historic motorbikes has gone up in smoke. A man from Cuevas del Almanzora saw his lifetime’s collection destroyed when a fire started inside the warehouse where the bikes were being stored. Gines Romera, a retired agricultural worker, spent the weekend with his Second World War motorbike

with sidecar at the town’s Feria de Guazamara without knowing it would be the last time he would be able to show it off. According to a neighbour, the blaze was started by a flying spark when he was repairing an exhaust pipe. The 112 emergency services received calls from neighbours warning of a fire in a building. As well as the sight of

smoke and flames, several explosions were heard. Members of the Guardia Civil, Local Police, Civil Protection and Fire Service, who put out the fire, arrived at the warehouse. Although there were no fatalities as a result of the fire, for Romera there remains the sadness of having lost his lifetime collection of motorbikes.




30 years at sea and I have never come across a September 5 Issue situation this bad.” These sentiments were echoed by Luis Gea, Head of Galindo Gea. “I’ve never seen this, there have been bad times catching five or six kilos, but never when the shrimp has disappeared overnight.” The situation has meant that some fishing boats from Almeria have been selling Alboran Island prawns at the Garrucha fish auction. The unprecedented shortage of seafood is equally affecting all the traditional fishing grounds and the fishermen have It was the day that the decision contacted Andres Garcia, became effective and Isabel, the government subaccompanied by the driver of a removals delegate, who has lorry, began loading the few belongings expressed his desire to from her mother’s home. Her brother promote any initiative then apparently approached the vehicle that might help to and opened fire. Without turning round, overcome this crisis. he ran into the surrounding hills where, at the time of going to press, police were still trying to find him. More than 50 police officers and a helicopter joined in the hunt, but 48 hours later he was still at large. While he remained on the loose neighbours were advised to stay indoors. The son-in-law was transferred to the Torrecardenas Hospital where he remains in a critical condition with an wound to the abdomen. The neighbour is also in hospital but is in a less Issue 1475 serious condition.

kilo, is causing disruption to the fishing fleet and local restaurants. Of the nine boats left in Garrucha, only three or four have been going out to sea in the last few weeks. Daily fuel expenses exceed €600 and make it unprofitable to fish for such small catches. The head of the Fishermen’s Association, Gaspar Jimenez, commented: “The situation is widespread in all fisheries even in other ports including Aguilas, Mazarron and Santa Pola. I’ve spent

By Stephen Lear A FAMILY dispute over the inheritance of kitchen furniture has ended with a woman being blasted to death with a shotgun and a man critically injured. Juan Leon Castillo allegedly killed his sister Isabel, 53, in the street with a sawn-off shotgun. While Isabel lay dead in the street, her 27-year-old son-in-law was seriously wounded alongside a neighbour aged 55. The motive for the shooting is thought to be the ownership of furniture worth a few hundred euros. In the absence of family agreement, the dispute ended in court with a judge making a decision in Isabel’s favour. That’s the background to the events of Sunday morning in the town of Gergal, 20 minutes from Almeria City. October 10

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ALMERIA PORT: Stowaways jump ship.

Stowaways are pulled from sea GUARDIA CIVIL officers rescued two stowaways who jumped ship into the sea close to the port of Almeria. The coastguard crew were on board the Rio Jiloca patrol boat which was returning to its base at the same time as the arrival of a passenger ship from the Moroccan city of Nador. The officers noticed two people jump off the

ship and begin to swim towards the shore. They quickly headed to the scene and approached the point where the two young men were swimming and pulled them out of the water. Moments later, after the ship docked at the port of Almeria, five more stowaways were found hiding in two trucks.


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A right royal visit Relaxed holiday for heir to throne THE Prince and Princess of Asturias accompanied by their daughters spent the long holiday weekend in Almeria Province. For their stay they chose a chalet in the coastal town of Agua Amarga in the Cabo de Gata. After having lunch at a restaurant in the Isleta de Moro, the family moved on to the town of Nijar early on Saturday afternoon. Without bodyguards, like typical tourists, the royal family passed through the streets of the town, stopping at typical stores selling rugs and ceramics and greeted all those who wanted to speak to them. News spread fast through the town of the unexpected royal visitors and it was the town’s residents who notified the mayor of their presence as crowds of people stopped to say hello. The mayor later thanked the royals for choosing his town to visit, calling it important for Nijar. The royal family later moved on to Mojacar, visiting the old town and dining at La Taberna restaurant, according to sources.

Sir Ridley Scott has accepted a star.




November 7 Issue 14 79 IN TOWN: The Prince of Asturias with his wife and daughters. On Sunday, the family stopped off in Tabernas to visit Sir Ridley Scott on

the set of the movie Exodus, before heading home to Madrid.

No star for Bale but Scott says ‘si’

BATMAN actor Chrisitan Bale has said ‘thanks but no thanks’ to Almeria’s offer of a star on its walk of fame. He turned down the offer of a star - similar to the original stars along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood, USA - saying he was too immersed in his character to make public appearances while filming. But it is not all bad news for Almeria. Sir Ridley Scott is said to be ‘delighted’ at the offer of a star, and has accepted the invitation, with a massive ‘si’! He will be the first director to have one, after actors Eduardo Fajardo and Omar Sharif. A date is yet to be set for the ceremony with filming suffering a number of setbacks due to the weather.

HAPPY CHEF: Juan Manuel Sanchez with family and officials at the presentation.

TV chef strikes gold in Albox... ALBOX TOWN HALL has awarded the winner of Spanish TV’s Masterchef, Juan Manuel Sanchez, the Gold Shield of Albox. The ceremony took place on Saturday during the town’s feria celebrations. Mayor Rogelio Mena said: “Juan Manuel is worthy of the distinction for representing the town’s entrepreneurship and humility. Albox has become the capital of Spain in the

cookery world and Juan has represented the character of our citizens with his humility, simplicity, friendliness and comradeship.” The mayor added: “He has become one of the main ambassadors for the town, a real star who will hopefully soon have a Michelin star.” The government team said: “The fact that Juan Manuel Sanchez has

always taken the name of Albox forward, together with his hard work entitles him, despite his youth, to the recognition of this town with an award such as the Gold Shield.” Juan thanked the people of the town and his family for their continued support and said although he could not invite everyone to his table, every pinch of salt and spoonful of sugar will always be a part of Albox.


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Food for poor stolen from church charity By Stephen Lear HEARTLESS thieves have taken food from the mouths of the poor this Christmas. They targeted the Church of Santa Maria de Belen in the La Chanca area of Almeria, and stole more than five tonnes of food collected by Catholic charity Caritas to bring some Christmas cheer to the poor. When members of the charity arrived at the church they discovered that thieves had stolen the food which they had been collecting for months to distribute among needy families in the area ahead of Christmas. According to accounts from the church, the thieves jumped off the roof into the yard. There they managed to force a window, get into the centre and take anything they wanted. It was not until nine in the evening that some

locals realised that the back door was open and alerted members of Caritas. “We are very sad. They stole food that was intended for the poor and other activities we do in the parish,” explained Salvador Ayala, director of Caritas for La Chanca, who estimated the losses WHITE OUT: Snow on the hills in Las to be over €2,500. The thieves also got away with guitars, a couple of computers and even a church organ. “Those things we can replace little by little, but what hurts most is the food,” said Salvador Ayala. SNOW hit the north of Almeria The branch Province forcing attends to 386 buses and families without trucks to stay in ER resources in a their depots as B M E district of humble temperatures C gypsies. The fell below zero. DE people of the Although the area are first cold snap of winter a few convinced noweeks ago one from the brought a light parish is sprinkling of responsible for December 5 Issue 14 snow to the the crime. 83

Menas above Seron.

Heavy snowfalls as winter weather hits highest peaks in the province, this week the north of the province was converted into a veritable winter wonderland. Towns like Bacares, Laroya and Las Menas woke up to several centimetres of snow. A cold wind throughout the area had many people searching out their hats and scarves in the towns of Almanzora with the mercury failing to rise above 12 degrees. As for the impact on the road

network, several interior roads, due to the accumulation of snow or ice, were on red alert. The use of snow chains was necessary on several roads such as the AL5404 in Escullar which was closed to trucks and buses. Care was also needed on the AL4404 at Calar Alto. In the town of Bacares some schoolchildren had extra days off because the bus could not reach the town and even the doctor could not get to his practice due to the weather.

EU breathes life into Almanzora Valley By Stephen Lear

LONG ROAD: Funding at last for the Almanzora Motorway.

THE European Commission has declared the Almanzora Motorway a ‘Grand Project’, which allows EU funding for the first phase. It also ensures European funding for its second phase. The announcement was made by the Minister of Economy, Jose Sanchez Maldonado, in Madrid, and is good news for the region.

The remainder of the first phase will cost €78.3 million, of which €62.68 million are Feder funds and the rest will come from the Junta de Andalucia regional government. The entire stretch between Fines and the connection to the A7 (Mediterranean Motorway) may now be built and the announcement may open the door for the financing of other projects.

The Almanzora Motorway is a road project to connect the A7 in Huercal-Overa with the A92 North in the town of Baza, Granada. This is a high capacity road and will be the backbone for the whole Almanzora Valley, which is highly industrialised with heavy traffic density due to the lack of alternative infrastructure like railways. The stop-start project began back in November 2005.


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Stories making headlines in Europe

NORWAY - Hospital officials in Bergen said they plan on giving out heroin to addicts in an effort to reduce overdoses and health complications.

Mild winter NORWAY - A large part of Norway saw unusually mild weather this Christmas.

Icy Somalis SWEDEN - A Swedishbased team of Somalians are preparing to represent the African nation at the world championships of Bandy, similar to ice hockey.

Food aversion SWEDEN - A survey by Finnish communications corporation Nokia found that half of Swedes are irritated by pictures of food on Instagram and Facebook pages.

Taxing time

David Attenborough, 87, climbing trees, he revealed.

MORE than 1,500 people found time on Christmas Day to submit their online tax returns, HM Revenue and Customs said.

Clowning around BRITAIN’S clowning community fears its good name has been tarnished after police around the country revealed incidents of people in costume scaring members of the public.

Keep ban EIGHT out of 10 people believe foxhunting should remain illegal, an animal welfare charity has revealed, with support equally strong in both rural and urban areas.

A SANTA CLAUS was told to stop entertaining children in a town centre over fears they would be ‘traumatised’ by the sight of two Father Christmases in the same street.

FESTIVE BAN: One Santa too many.


Best politician A RUSSIAN opinion research centre has named Vladimir Putin the Best Politician of the Year. According to the VTSIOM survey, 44 per cent of the population supported Putin.

Under fire

Not bothered OLYMPICS: Obama will not attend.

THE organising committee for Russia’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics said it was

GERMANY is short of doctors with its lack of GPs increasing by 30 per cent in one year. Rural areas are the worst affected. A report suggests 4,600 more doctors are needed.

Investing country IN 2013 German companies spent €54 billion on research and development, strengthening the country as a business location in the international competition.

Pensioner charged

HAVING knee replacement surgery and a pacemaker fitted has not stopped veteran wildlife broadcaster Sir

A RUSSIAN cargo plane crashed into warehouses at a military facility in Siberia, killing all nine people on board. There were no casualties on the ground.

DENMARK - A far-right Danish party has withdrawn its anti-Muslim comments saying they were ‘not welcome’ following criticism.

Santa trauma

Forever young

NORWAY - Prime Minister Erna Solberg will make it easier for migrant workers with higher education to come to Norway and make it more attractive to them.

DENMARK - Nagging your partner could significantly increase the risk of them suffering angina, according to a study at the University of Copenhagen.

MARKS & SPENCER apologised after a Muslim member of staff refused to sell alcohol to a customer and asked her to wait until someone else was available to serve them.

MRS BROWN’S BOYS became this year’s mostwatched programme on Christmas Day. The show created by Irish comic Brendan O’Carroll had an average audience of 9.4 million.

Plane crash

Nagging alert

Religious grounds

Most watched

Staff wanted

GERMAN PRESS Doctors needed

BRITISH PRESS Heroin available


‘not really concerned’ that President Barack Obama would not be attending the event.

Natural causes YASSER ARAFAT died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, Russian scientists said. Their findings were dismissed by Swiss experts as politically motivated.

Import restrictions RUSSIA plans to impose import restrictions on the dairy products from five Estonian companies and on products from six Estonian fishery industries.

Banned beef RUSSIAN authorities have advised that residues of a growth hormone were detected in several consignments of Australian beef.

Paid in full THE Russian crew of 20 on a Belize-flagged cargo ship ended their strike at a South Korean port after being paid their full salaries.

AN 87-year-old pensioner was sent to prison by a Wuppertal court after she was unable to pay a fine of €474 for persistent faredodging on public transport.

Strike continues WORKERS at Inc’s German operations plan to continue their strikes, in a dispute over pay that has been raging for several months.

Gold returns GERMANY’S Bundesbank plans to store half the national gold reserves in its own vaults by 2020. It will mean the return of 700 tons from the US and France.

Naked biker GERMAN police are looking for a motorcyclist who rode through Münster’s Christmas market wearing only gloves and a helmet.

Legal action AUSTRIA is considering legal action against Germany to prevent the country from introducing a charge on foreign drivers on its motorways.



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business & legal

SIXTY-FOUR per cent of Spaniards felt stressed by the expense of the Christmas holidays, compared with 69 per in 2012. They complained of insomnia, headaches, muscular pain and stomach aches.


Just 8 state-owned airports make money profitable airports were less so after paying amortisations or taxes. This was the case with Madrid-Barajas, which despite its €407.1m EBITDA, had an after-tax shortfall of €13.1m. Malaga and Alicante were also excluded from the money-makers after having met all their obligations, unlike Palma and El Prat, which both made a profit of almost €74m.

Is it too soon to declare victory? SPAIN could be declaring economic victory too soon. So believes Gilles Moec, Co-head of European Economics Research at Deutsche Bank. Gilles Moec has been studying Spain’s economy since 1993 and feels ‘moderately optimistic’ regarding its recovery, he recently told a Spanish national newspaper El Pais interviewer. There is certainly a flow of foreign money towards Spain, conceded Moec when asked if investors’ enthusiasm was justified. “But the message I try to transmit to my clients is that it was neither that bad before, nor is it that good now,” he explained.

“The private sector has carried out necessary adjustments. Spanish firms are now in a net lending position and that means they do not need to reduce employment to meet their financial commitments,” Moec said. In contrast, homework is pending for the public sector. Spain still had a high public debt with a deficit of 6.5 per cent of this year’s GDP, the economist pointed out. “My impression is that in 2014 the European Commission will give Spain some margin to adjust the deficit. But it will have to come up with some credible plans in the following years,” he warned.


usiness extra

Mini-job boost SPAIN’S government wants to increase parttime jobs. Only 14.6 per cent of Spanish employees work parttime, compared with 20.9 per cent in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries.

Home birds FIFTY-FOUR per cent of Spanish women worked outside the home in 2012. This was the fourth lowest after Italy (50.5 per cent), Croatia (50.2 per cent) and Greece (45.2 per cent).

Copper-bottomed industry ATLANTIC COPPER is the biggest copper foundry in Spain and Europe’s second most important. The Huelva company was taken over in 1993 by the US-owned Freeport-McMoRan, the world’s largest producer of gold, molybdenum and copper. At the time of the takeover, Atlantic Copper had a turnover of

around €211m. By 2012 this had multiplied almost tenfold to €1.98bn. The Huelva plant now produces twice as much copper, three times as much gold and three times the amount of sulphuric acid as it did in the past. It has ridden out the economic crisis, said CEO Javier Targhetta, thanks to the emerging markets.



Airport profits dwindle JUST eight of state-owned AENA’s 47 airports made after-tax profits in 2012. This falls far short of the predicted 18 on the grounds of their earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA). The profit-makers were Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona-El Prat, Gran Canaria, Tenerife Sur, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Sevilla and Bilbao. Apparently


PALMA’S AIRPORT: One of few to make a profit.


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MORE foreign tourists than ever holidayed in Spain last year. Their numbers increased by 5 per cent to 57.6 million between January and November 2013, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism announced. This already overtook 2012’s total without including last December’s figures. Continuing unrest in the Middle East worked in Spain’s favour, with many preferring the safety of the Canary Islands. This was especially noticeable last November when the islands received 17.9 per cent more foreign tourists than in November 2012. All visitors, including the comparatively new Russian market and the traditional Northern European


Sun and sand tempt foreign A sad farewell tourists to Spanish beaches

TEMPTED: Beaches attracted foreigners. markets, were attracted by Spain’s sun and sand offer. Reductions in accommodation prices to offset the fall in Spanish visitors were a further draw.

The fastest-growing tourist markets were comparatively new Russia as well as the perennial Northern European countries but UK visitors were still the most numerous.

Staying on at work rather than retiring EARLY retirements in Spain fell by 40 per cent to fewer than 120,000 last year.

This enabled the central government to make savings in the region of €870 million.

EURO WEEKLY NEWS finance columnist Jim Collins has died. Many readers will remember his well-thought out and readable column that appeared weekly until early in 2013 when he returned to England for hospital treatment. His articles were always thought provoking and often controversial. Away from the world of finance he was well known in the Torrevieja (Costa Blanca) area, especially for his role in the Torrevieja Barbershop Harmonisers. In a statement the singers said: “We mourn the loss of one of our longest standing members. “He had been a member of the chorus for some 18 years and was one of the most committed members we had. “He was the bass section leader devoting his time to improving the quality of the section’s singing - his enthusiasm was an inspiration to us all.” Jim died peacefully in his sleep in hospital in England at the age of 83.

PIVE could be a possibility for 2014 THE PIVE plan could continue during 2014, the government has hinted. Car sales would rise 7.5 per cent if the €2,000 grants are retained for writing-off old cars and buying energy-efficient vehicles.


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Why 1960s babies losing the love RG-VC / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Loose change A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett

OK, so you may have had Beatle mania, long hair, flower-power images and flared jeans, but a new fiscal report from the UK concludes that many people born in the 1960s and 1970s will be poorer overall than their parents, ending the post-war trend for each generation being richer than the last. A lack of a pay rise, insufficient pension savings, falling home ownership and no saving means that many may need to rely on inheritance from their parents to see them comfortably through the remainder of their lives. According to a report from the UK, those born in the 1960s and 70s have taken a serious hit over the past decade, as the average income has not risen significantly. Since 2002 incomes have only grown by 0.1 per cent, while the parents of 60s and 70s children enjoyed decent income growth throughout their 30s, 40s and 50s.


Foreign owners HONG KONG-based Shuanghui and Mexico’s Sigma reached agreement to take over Spain’s Campofrio Food Group. They will pay €6.9 per share, giving the Spanish company a value of €705 million.

Big buy

WORSE OFF: Flower power children losing out. It appears that those born in the 60s and 70s also suffer from an inability to save, preferring to spend money rather than put it away. In comparison, the consumer habits of the parents of these spendthrifts was quite the contrary - 60s’ and 70s’ mums and dads were more inclined to save money than splash the cash as young adults. A gleaming goal on the horizon for many young adults in

the 60s and 70s was to get on the property ladder and that was exactly what they did. Statistics show that 80 per cent of people at that time were homeowners by the age of 50. In contrast, while the report reveals that those born in the 60s have managed somewhat better to acquire a home, unfortunately for those born in the 70s, falling incomes, saving less and the boom in property

prices in the 1990s and up to the mid-2000s, has made it very difficult to buy a home. That’s not to say that all is lost in the world and you had better hope that an inheritance will see you through! No, it’s just a reminder of how important it is in this day and age to make correct financial decisions in order to make the most of your money and future.

AMANCIO ORTEGA, Inditex owner and founder of Zara, bought Devonshire House in London’s Mayfair. He acquired the office block from the estate of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc for €480 million.

Even-handed EIGHTY per cent of the Eroski cooperative’s 8,500 members backed the board’s proposal to assume 30 per cent of the group’s losses. This was coherent with past profitsharing, Eroski sources said.

Gas tapped

What goes up sometimes comes down ONE basic service in crisisweary Spain now costs less. Mobile telephone bills fell by 22 per cent in the period between the third quarter of 2012 and the third quarter of 2013.

This was the steepest year-on-year reduction in recent years, overtaking 2012’s 18 per cent reduction and the 9.6 per cent fall recorded in 2011, said Spain’s National Markets and Competition

Lower tax on way AN overhaul of the Spanish tax system is on the way with low earners set to be the winners and big business the losers. Treasury Minister Cristobal Montoro said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Expansion that income tax will be gradually lowered, with low earners getting the biggest cuts before higher income brackets between 2015 and 2017. The government will hope to pay for the reform by boosting corporate tax takes, which at the moment are around 8 per cent of company profits - one of the lowest rates in Europe. But no details have been finalised yet, and there is no indication of by how much income tax may be cut.

Commission (CNMC). Mobile companies’ tariffs based on average earnings per minute have fallen by half since 2005. In contrast Iberdrola, Endesa and Gas Natural Fenosa, which account for 90 per cent of the domestic power market, have increased their bills by 70 per cent since then. Competition amongst telecommunications companies and their pitched battles in the war to poach each others’ business have benefited clients. This has improved Spain’s EU rankings, as only two years ago the country’s mobile-to-mobile calls were amongst the most expensive in Europe. The three companies that originally dominated

REPSOL started production at Bolivia’s Margarita 6 field. This is the most productive in the country and the subAndean basin, producing 6 million cubic metres of gas each day.

Time out

GOOD NEWS: Mobile charges fall.

the mobile market - Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange - no longer have it in their clutches following the ascent of Yoigo as the country’s fourth-largest operator. Yoigo changed the mobile landscape and so did the Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO in English and OMV in

Spanish). These do not own networks but instead buy bulk access at wholesale rates which they then resell. Movistar, which once had 46.6 per cent of the market, now has 33.6 per cent; Vodafone has lost 6 per cent of its share while Yoigo and the MVNOs have 18.6 per cent more.

THERE were 1,141 strikes between January and November 2013, involving 553,836 workers. The 14 million lost working hours were 63 per cent fewer than during the same period in 2012.

Metro lay-offs A TOTAL of 587 Madrid Metro employees accepted a voluntary redundancy offer of 20 days’ pay for every year worked. Those aged between 58 and 63 will receive more.


Voters get what they deserve! I REFER to the letter from Bob Mitchell calling for a democratic Marxist state (Letters, Issue 1483) and the reply from Paul Whitfield last week in which he refers to the ever-increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. He then asks why can we not have a government with integrity acting in the best interests of the majority since this is what democracy should be all about. However, he then asks why can we not have the kind of government we deserve. I would remind him that in a democracy with one man one vote, you always get the government that you deserve, whether you like it or not! The Gil party that ran Marbella Town Hall between 1991 and 2005 is a very good example of this polarisation of public opinion. Peter Sanderson, Estepona (Malaga) Editor’s note: Many members of the Gil party that ran Marbella under Mayor Jesus Gil have been convicted of criminal offences related to their terms in office.

Open your eyes I WOULD like to suggest a New Year’s resolution for many expats living in Spain. Over the years, the Euro Weekly News has printed many letters about the importance of learning the language, and I totally agree. However, this is hard for some people, often through no fault of their own. What is also important and does not require great knowledge of the language, is getting to know places and going further than the shops, the post office, the bars and the beach. I know dozens of people who have lived here for years and have seen nothing of the country. Wherever you live in Spain, you will find that within just a few hours’ drive, there is a

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This spider was fished out of the bottom of our swimming pool by a young boy who was staying with us. The fact that it had sunk indicates that it had been in water for quite some time. About an hour later despite appearing to be truly dead, surprise surprise it revived and set off across the table! Can anyone identify it?

Point missed WITH regard to the letter from Ken Bethell ‘Where is the loss?’ (Issue 1485). Mr Bethell misses the point completely when he states that buying fake goods, purportedly supposed to be designer brands, doesn’t hurt big companies like Gucci, Prada, et al. While obviously it does hurt these companies, the greater loss is to local traders who pay taxes, rents, lighting, staff, etc, while the purloiners of fake goods pay nothing.


our lack of commitment. Looking for good value places is legitimate, but there are more important things in this life than just saving some euros. Maybe if we had made a little effort and helped our local bars, many of them would have not closed because of the financial crisis. Pedro Rodriguez, Benalmadena (Malaga)

Party politics

By Sonia Longman (By email)

world completely different to what you have become accustomed to. Spain is full of both natural and manmade monuments from all eras, natural parks, mountains, reservoirs and much more; some are well-known, others less so, but all worth a visit. So even if you can only spare one day a month to do so, get in your car, on public transport or with an organised tour, and get out there! Joan Bainbridge (By email)


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Does he not read the press or watch television news? Where does he think these goods come from? Much of the merchandise peddled by the fake goods sellers is funded by mafias who use the profits for illegal enterprises. How many people who buy from these illegal sellers realise that they are contributing to illegal activities? The loss, while probably minimal to the giant conglomerates, is felt much more by the legal traders in all towns and cities and it is from protests by these traders that the authorities have clamped down on the illegal sellers of

fake goods. And rightly so. R G Waugh, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Support your own A COUPLE of days ago, I went for a walk to Los Boliches, in Fuengirola, after literally years without visiting the neighbourhood. To my surprise, I found most of the restaurants and bars I used to go to some 20 years ago were closed. Well, not all of them. Oddly enough, I noticed that some of the places that are still open are managed by British people. I’ve always criticised the fact that most visitors and foreign residents go to these places, but now I see why they do so. Having the support of the local community is crucial to keeping your business open, and what these expatriates have been doing for so long was just supporting their people. I think we, Spanish people, could learn from that. Too many Spanish restaurants and pubs have closed simply because of

WITH news that another censure motion is trying to be pushed through by the PP party in Orihuela, it really does make you wonder why you bother voting. The PP lost the last election and the right to rule with it, in a fair and democratic vote, so what makes them think they can just jump into bed with various other political parties; the very same parties they were fighting against when they were in power, in a bid to get back in charge? The voting public do not want them in power otherwise they’d have voted for them. It makes a mockery of the election system and of Orihuela’s politics when the only ones to suffer are residents. A S Williams, Orihuela Costa (Alicante)

Big thanks I WOULD like to say thank you for my wonderful experience of the Spanish healthcare system. As a foreign resident of 75 years, I have recently had two stents fitted in my heart. This was after a road accident when a medical examination revealed a defect. This was followed by a consultation at Foietes, an MRI at Benidorm Clinic, and an operation at St Juan, all within seven weeks. Now I have a new lease of life. Viva España! I am sure that in the UK I would have been put on the scrapheap. Tony Nicholls, Benidorm (Alicante)

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A perfect gift to bring in the New Year LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT


ELL, that’s it for another year. Just when I thought Santa had forgotten me (again) my lovely daughter Charlene presented me with the greatest gift you can have, the two week premature birth of my beautiful grandson Julian. Heaven knows what kind of a world this brand new little manifestation will have to contend with, but rest assured he will be strengthened by the love of many. Welcome my little one and a very happy new life to you. I think this year the TV programmers finally managed to top all previous festive programming by turning out the biggest load of garbage ever. White Christmas. At least three times. South Pacific. Twice. The Wizard of Oz. The Dirty Dozen. Hogan’s Heroes. The Great

EARLY ARRIVAL: Leapy’s new grandson. Escape. Ben Hur. Spartacus. They were all in there. I see Lawrence of Arabia managed to elbow its way in this year, but only because dear old Peter O’Toole kicked the bucket. What I did enjoy, however, was the revival of such wonderful comedies as Steptoe and Son and Dad’s Army. Wonderful comedy offerings and not an ‘F’ word, or indeed anything stronger than a ‘bloody’ in sight. How must these so-called comics of today feel when they

compare their pathetic offerings to these marvellous classics of old. How would anyone feel when they realise that the only way they can get a laugh is to use the ‘F’ word, or now, in an even new low, the ‘C’ word. You’re all an arrogant bunch of untalented, extremely lucky, inadequates and shame on the BBC, as usual, the main culprit for giving airspace to this bunch of ‘plonkers’. The Comic Relief BBC hypocrisy has also done a U-turn and decided to drop its

investments in arms and tobacco. ’Course they would still be continuing arrogantly on had they not been caught out. I don’t know why we put up with this insufferable bunch of traitorous lefties. I’d sack the lot of ’em and start again from scratch. And that’s about it. Apart from the crucifixion of Nigella, but I think there’s been enough writer’s cramp connected to that particular subject! I’m still having to endure all this darn sunshine on the Canary Islands! Ah, well, someone has to do it! I wish you all a prosperous happy and healthy and as PCfree a New Year as possible. Many thanks for all your wonderful correspondence and comments. I know I can’t reply to them all, but I assure you every one is read and noted. Keep ’em coming. Stay positive. Spring is just around the corner. So, whatever ya do, always keep the faith. Love Leapy


Not literate LEAPY Lee says it. Others think it. Really? Over the past seven years, I have read at least a dozen of his contributions and have found nothing he has written that has not been been discussed intelligently somewhere in the media. The difference is that the general media will have presented their arguments in a more mature, literate manner than the ranting and raving of ‘yer Leapy’. David R Worboys, Nerja (Malaga)

Keep ranting RANT away, Leapy. Someone who tells it as he sees it is a rare commodity in the media these days. Don’t let anyone ever stop you. Happy New Year! Andrew Steele, Palma (Mallorca)

Time for a fresh start in 2014? As we enter the New Year it is the traditional time to make a fresh start with resolutions to improve your life. We asked what pledges people were making to themselves, if any, for 2014.

CLEANER Karen McKenna from Lo Crispin (Alicante) has no plans or intentions to make a New Year’s resolution: “I haven’t even thought about it this year, it is a bit of a pointless exercise really. “The only time I kept one was around 20 years ago when my resolution was to stop HOME: Carolina smoking and I lasted until the Garcia wants to April.” Student Craig Johnston, be closer to her family and friends aged 23, on holiday in the Alicante area from next year. London to visit family, said he intends to make a resolution he can keep this year: “Eat more, drink more, exercise less! I

STREET TALK should be able to do that, I think!” Carolina Garcia, aged 32, from Pego, has made a New Year resolution: “I want to exceed last year’s expectations and to make true all my new projects.” She added: “I also want to spend next Christmas with my family and friends, because I have been far away from them this year.” She explained that this is the second time she has made a resolution and last year it was achieved successfully so she expects to succeed this New Year. POINTLESS: Karen McKenna has no plans for any resolutions.

Francisco Cabrera from Teulada, aged 61, said he has not made any New Year’s resolutions. He did one a few years ago when he stopped smoking and he is still not smoking, but this year he has “nothing to change” about his life. Deborah Eagland a market stallholder who lives in Arboleas (Almeria) is looking forward to a healthy New Year. “My resolution is to eat more healthily, no more churros at the market. I hope to last all year.” But Leigh Hill, 48, on holiday in Almeria from Sheffield, does not do resolutions. The lorry driver said: “I stopped making New Year’s resolutions years ago but, like a lot of people I could do with losing a bit of weight. With my job I spend a lot of time behind the CHURROS: Deborah has wheel and need knocked the Spanish to exercise breakfast treat off the menu. more.”


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Learning how to arrive late! Ric Polansky Ric Polansky moved to Mojacar in 1969 as a pioneer developer. He reads extensively and has travelled in South America panning gold and looking for El Dorado.

WHY do the Spanish always arrive late? If that idea has ever troubled you in the slightest you need to discover a very deep seated ‘mystery about Spain’ and how it ticks! You need to learn about their ‘personal spirit of life.’ Then You too can be fashionably late. With it You can stop your car in the middle of the street and talk to anyone - caring not about impeding traffic. With it You will soon learn that this earth and all its machinations cannot touch or affect You until You alone wish it so. There are no clouds - until

mother well waters of this secretive attitude about how life should be. Once inculcated into your living pattern the new law comes into effect immediately; situations flow around You and if they don’t they have no precedence or validity. Imbibing enough LOOKING ‘Viva yo’ your world re-molecularises BACK IN itself and it no MOJACAR longer is encumbered by plans, dates or commitments. Your world becomes a ‘slide’ forward or a STOP ANYWHERE: Park in the middle of the street - who cares! comfortable drift that allows You see them. If a tree falls in to Your life pattern; until you you to flow to any scene, but the forest no noise is made deem them to be part of only when you want to. Furthermore, the situation until You hear it. You are the YOUR agenda. ‘Viva yo’ is a cosmos and more. For it is You deeply Inbred, Inherited and doesn’t become real or even that grants significance and Instinctive Spanish philosophy authentic until You are there. true life to what is a daily of life that transcends all other This personal minor alteration chaotic existence. planned events or circum- of courses changes the boundaries and borders of Take a deep breath and stantial situations. If you live here long enough history, time and space. All repeat, ‘VIVA YO!’ (only YOU exist). All other notions or you too will unknowingly therein becoming personal planned events are existential ‘imbibe’ deeply from the and relevant to only You.

Einstein didn’t ever live in Spain so, naturally, misconstrued the concept of relativity. If you’re passing a good time with friends, drinking, barking about politics or just generally setting the world straight, why in heaven’s good nature would You want to change the situation for a previously arranged demand? What certainty is there that it would be more fun or beneficial than what You’ve got now? ‘Viva Yo!’ You are a unique and anointed child of the universe! Those unfortunate new arrivals that haven’t imbibed deeply enough from the ‘copa de la vida’ (cup of life) are forever condemned to perform meaningless calendar routines. Which, as you know, even the great American transcendentalist essayist HD Thoreau criticised: “foolish consistencies are but the hobgoblin of little minds.”


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Loose Women adds Ruth Langsford to regular panel, Myleene Klass to guest Richard Shanley



UTH LANGSFORD has joined the Loose Women panel as a regular anchor. The This Morning presenter will join the existing team of anchors - Kaye Adams, Carol Vorderman and Andrea McLean - on the ITV daytime show when it returns in January. Her first show will be on Wednesday, January 8 and will continue to the end of the series. She will also continue to present ITV’s This Morning with husband Eamonn Holmes on Fridays, half-terms and holidays. Langsford said: “Loose Women has always been close to my heart. I have a long history with the show having done the very first series back in

RUTH LANGSFORD: Has a long history with ‘Loose Women.’ 1999. I am thrilled to be back with the girls on a more regular basis, here’s to being Loose in 2014!” Myleene Klass will also join the show as a new guest panellist from January 9. She said: “I’m really excited to be part of a team of strong, feisty, fearless women. I look forward to joining

a conversation that usually happens in my kitchen!” ITV’s Director of Daytime Helen Warner added: “Loose Women for 2014 will see our fantastic existing panellists joined by some new faces along the way. “We look forward to more in the way of fresh topical discussion; and to welcoming

Ruth and Myleene in January.” Thierry Henry has signed for the BBC’s World Cup coverage in Brazil next summer. The former Arsenal star, who now plays for MLS side New York Red Bulls, will join the broadcaster’s presentation team of Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Clarence Seedorf, Alan Shearer, Phil Neville and Alan Hansen. Lineker said: “Thierry is one of the best strikers to have graced the game and really resonates with the British audience after such a successful time at Arsenal. “He is full of charisma and brings with him tremendous insight from his career in France, Italy, Spain, England and the USA.” Henry, who scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for France, said: “I am delighted to be joining Gary Lineker and the rest of the BBC team for the tournament in Brazil. “I’ve enjoyed playing in World Cups, but to experience it as a

fan and studio analyst will be a new, exciting challenge. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with and against many of the players taking part, so will look forward to watching their performances this summer.” Henry has played at four World Cups, winning the competition in France in 1998, followed by a European Championship win two years later. If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on 678 332 815 or email I look forward to your comments and questions. Don’t forget to listen to my radio show every weekday from 10am on Spectrum Radio (90.8FM Coastal & 96.1FM Inland), now covering over 2000sq kms of Costa Almeria or listen online at costaalmeria. for the latest news and views.


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St Petersburg beauty Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) is married to government official Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), but despite their enviable standing in late-19th century society, she feels no passion for her stuffy, older husband. When Anna travels to Moscow to persuade the wife (Kelly Macdonald) of her cheating brother (Matthew Macfadyen) to forgive him, she catches the eye of dashing young Count Alexei Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Sharing a fiery chemistry, the pair begin a passionate love affair, but one that is doomed to tragedy.

SkyMoviesChristmas/ 6:20am Gandhi 9:30am Awakenings 11:35am The Decoy Bride 1:10pm Anna Karenina 3:20pm Return 5:00pm Let's Make Love 7:00pm Under the Tuscan Sun 9:00pm Beautiful Creatures 11:05pm Crazy, Stupid, Love

SkyMoviesAction/ 11:20am Men in Black 3 1:10pm A Good Day to Die Hard 2:50pm The Poseidon Adventure 4:50pm The Mask of Zorro 7:10pm Men in Black 3 9:00pm A Good Day to Die Hard


TCM/ 2:30pm Ed Sullivan's Rock N' Roll Classics 3:00pm The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 3:30pm The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 4:00pm Gunmen From Laredo 5:20pm Montana 6:45pm Gun Battle at Monterey 8:00pm Ed Sullivan's Rock N' Roll Classics 8:30pm Ed Sullivan's Rock N' Roll Classics 9:00pm The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 9:30pm The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 10:00pm Absolute Power 12:15am Heartbreak Ridge

2014 Sunday 11:55am The Unforgettable... 12:25pm ITV News and Weather 12:30pm F.A. Cup Live 3:15pm The Cube 4:15pm Splash! 5:45pm Celebrity Chase 6:45pm ITV News London 7:00pm ITV News and Weather 7:15pm Dancing on Ice 8:45pm All Star Family Fortunes 9:30pm Dancing on Ice 10:00pm All New It'll be Alright on the Night 11:00pm ITV News and Weather 11:15pm Birds of a Feather 11:45pm FA Cup Highlights 12:45am Rugby Highlights 1:40am The Store

CH4/ 6:35am Deal or No Deal 7:30am Barnyard 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Frasier 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm How I Met Your Mother 2:00pm How I Met Your Mother 2:30pm The Big Bang Theory 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 3:30pm The Simpsons

BBC1/ 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm Perfection 4:45pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Inside Out 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm A Question of Sport 10:00pm The 7.39 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Secrets of the Sales 12:35am The Graham Norton Show

Anna Karenina (Film, 2012)

•Keira Knightley •Matthew Macfadyen •Aaron TaylorJohnson •Jude Law


4:00pm The Simpsons 4:30pm Edward Scissorhands 6:35pm Channel 4 News 7:05pm Deal or No Deal 8:00pm Shipping Wars 9:00pm Speed with Guy Martin 10:00pm Bad Teacher 11:50pm Rude Tube 1:50am Waltz with Bashir 3:20am Coming Up 3:50am How Not to Get Old 4:45am Phil Spencer: Secret Agent 5:40am Deal or No Deal

ITV2/ 7:00am Beauty and the Geek 7:45am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:30am Coronation Street Omnibus 1:00pm Boyzone at 20: No Matter What 2:00pm Take Me Out 3:00pm The Mighty Ducks 5:10pm Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 7:05pm Evan Almighty 9:00pm You've Been Framed! 10:00pm The Magaluf Weekender 11:00pm I Am Britney Jean: Britney Spears' Road to Las Vegas 12:50am Forgetting Sarah Marshall 3:00am MC Hammer's Big Shot Academy 3:50am Teleshopping

1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Darts 5:15pm The Great British Winter 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Great British Garden Revival 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Sacred Wonders of Britain 10:30pm PQ 17: An Arctic Convoy Disaster 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Darts

ITV/ 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm All Star Mr and Mrs 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm A Great Welsh Adventure with Griff Rhys Jones 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm The Bletchley Circle 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm I Shot 2013 12:20am Hellboy II: The Golden Army

CH4/ 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:40pm Come Dine with Me 3:10pm A Place in the Sun 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Food Unwrapped Diet Special 10:00pm Benefits Street 11:00pm Secrets of the Living Dolls 12:00am American Football Playoff Highlights

ITV2/ 1:30pm Emmerdale 2:00pm Coronation Street 2:30pm Coronation Street 3:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 12:15am Fake Reaction



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2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm Perfection 4:45pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm The 7.39 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm Secrets of the Body Clock with Terry Wogan 12:15am Insomnia

BBC2/ 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Darts 5:15pm The Great British Winter 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Great British Garden Revival 9:00pm Stargazing Live 10:00pm Stargazing Live 10:30pm The Truth About Immigration 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Darts

ITV/ 12:30pm This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm All Star Mr and Mrs 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm River Monsters 9:00pm Weight Loss Ward 10:00pm The Lying Game: Crimes That Fooled Britain 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Keane and Vieira: The Best of Enemies 12:50am Brian Lara: Sports Life Stories

CH4/ 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:40pm Come Dine with Me 3:10pm A Place in the Sun 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Location, Location, Location 10:00pm The Taste 11:00pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:00am Secrets of the Scammers

ITV2/ 2:00pm Coronation Street 2:30pm Coronation Street 3:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm GoldenEye 12:40am Two and a Half Men

BBC1/ 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm Perfection 4:45pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointlessmore) 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Waterloo Road 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm A Question of Sport 12:05am The League Cup Show

BBC2/ 12:00pm BBC News 12:30pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Darts 5:15pm The Great British Winter 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Great British Garden Revival 9:00pm Stargazing Live 10:00pm Stargazing Live 10:30pm The Hidden World of Britain's Immigrants 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Darts

ITV/ 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV News and Weather 3:00pm All Star Mr and Mrs 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Britain's Best Bakery 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm The Jonathan Ross Show 12:40am Corfu: A Tale of Two Islands

CH4/ 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:40pm Come Dine with Me 3:10pm A Place in the Sun 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Restoration Man 10:00pm 24 Hours in A and E 11:00pm Benefits Street 12:05am Secrets of the Living Dolls

ITV2/ 1:30pm Emmerdale 2:00pm The Cube 3:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Benidorm 11:00pm The Magaluf Weekender 12:00am Fake Reaction


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NEW ON DVD FOURTEEN-year-old Duncan spends his summer vacation with his mother, Pam, her overbearing boyfriend, Trent, and his daughter, Steph. Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, the gregarious manager of the Water Wizz Water Park. Through his friendship with Owen, Duncan opens up and begins to find his place in the world.









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IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Expecting too much help from others has held you back in the recent past. It makes sense to be part of a team only when everyone is pulling their weight. Some things are best done alone for real progress.

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) When you are at home this week I would like you to consider how you view your surroundings. This is a good week to make changes and have discussions about future directions. It is assumed that those close are happy with the status quo, but this may not be the case. The things which you find irksome may also irritate them. PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Pat yourself on the back for all of your efforts of recent weeks. Looking back just a few months, would you have thought so much progress could be made? Because of your efforts, home life is enhanced and you are more appreciated. Give yourself a break at the weekend and do something with a loved one that

10-Star Quiz ... PART TWO The names of which products complete these famous advertising slogans? 1. Have a break. Have a ----2. A ---- a day helps you work, rest and play 3. Lipsmackin’ thirstquenchin’ acetastin’ motivatin’ goodbuzzin’ cooltalkin’ highwalkin’ fastlivin’ evergivin’ coolfizzin’ ----4. You can be sure of ----5. The car in front is a -----6. You’re never alone with a -----7. Don’t just book it, ------ --- it 8. Hello tosh, got a -------? 9. Eveninks and morninks I drink -------10. What we want is -----

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you have not done together for some time. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Rarely has your mind been as sharp as it is at the moment. There have been some awkward and downright bad periods in the recent past, but this week everything falls into place. Why, you wonder, have you worried so much about things which could not be changed? With this clarity of vision, the future seems so much brighter. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) For all of the things that you want to do, there are three others that you wish to do. Maybe they are waiting for their own time to come. During the course of this week you will be thinking of what the future could hold, even though dealing with practical issues.

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.


GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) When it isn't possible to change something, often it is just as effective to rearrange it. That is the solution which comes to you this week. Instead of being frustrated at a delay, try changing the conditions or times. This may mean that you save money or delay a payment to your advantage. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) When we have longstanding friendships, these are often taken for granted and yet often we could make so much more of them. How long is it since you had a really deep conversation with your closest friends? What has changed in their attitudes and fortunes over the years?


Alexandra Jimenez, born January 4, 1980. Jimenez is a Spanish actress who gained fame with her portrayal of Africa Sanz on Spanish soap opera Los Serrano. As a young girl she started studying ballet, and became a professional dancer aged 15. An injury took her away from the dancing stages, and she started pursuing her career as an actress.






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VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) As the saying goes, ʻno one ever said it would be easyʼ. In the past few months you have found this to be true. Hard work is not alien to you, but there is a point where you want to shout ʻenoughʼ. LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) As a home-loving Libran, you are torn between making changes to your surroundings and getting some cash in on the business side. Apparently, it is not possible to do both because energy levels fluctuate. SCORPIO (October 24 November 22) There is so much in you that is determined and looking forward to a fresh start, but something that you are trying to get rid of, or give up, may be giving you more trouble than anticipated. Some things have to be done alone, or so you think, but others have gone through this before you so they are able to give support. SAGITTARIUS (November 23 December 21) Is playing the waiting game really to your advantage? Your Sagittarian character naturally leads you to be optimistic, and why not?

Lottery deadlines Due to early deadlines over the holiday period the Euro Weekly News Time Out pages went to press before the lottery draws. Next week we will be back to normal (Issue 1488). Good luck and have a prosperous New Year!

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




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


Average: 16

Very good: 30

Good: 21

Excellent: 37

dame, dram, kame, made, make, mare, mark, mart, mate, mead, meat, ream, tame, team, term, tram, armed, derma, drama, dream, karma, maker, mated, mater, rearm, tamed, tamer, demark, dreamt, marked, marker, market, marred, remark, earmark, TRADEMARK

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


CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) The enthusiasm of your bright Capricorn mind is also capable of making you restless. There are mixed feelings about being at or near home this week, with thoughts of more progress being possible elsewhere. Your need to make things better for those round you may not make you money but it can bring great joy.



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Across 1 A girl from the Channel Islands taking everything back (5) 4 Flowers Lisa had arranged (7) 7 Clergymen dance so awkwardly (7) 8 Sheʼs just the cup of tea for a Cockney (5) 10 Version of amen, I state (5) 11 Denies judge place back after unpopular initiation (7) 12 A bird regrets losing its wings (5) 14 Phosphorus is put on many bits of land (5) 19 Keep, to look at (7) 21 Bother! Itʼs Henry in the snack bar (5) 22 Some careless language (5) 23 Sea-lord arranging trials (7) 24 Got better after the morning was over (7) 25 Essential to claw back capital only (5) Down 2 Badly aligned in front (7) 3 An advance, we hear, on its own (5) 4 Run away from pudding, say (6) 5 A half rum can be injurious (7) 6 Picture at home with the television on (5) 7 Panto character made to change (4) 9 Part of her striptease act is simplicity

itself (4) 13 Angered? Awfully! (7) 15 Laborious effort of a few inside track (7) 16 Reasons not to take a bite from a bacon sandwich (4)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 16 represents R and 14 represents J, so fill in R every time the figure 16 appears and J every time the figure 14 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.

17 Soldiers with rope and log (6) 18 Aircraft for Black Sabbath (4) 20 Builder nears trap (5) 21 Trainee soldier from America detained (5)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Rumba, 4 Arctic, 9 Sultana, 10 Donor, 11 Ring, 12 Assuage, 13 Can, 14 Ball, 16 Esau, 18 Sis, 20 Abreast, 21 Tsar, 24 Merge, 25 Airsick, 26 Newest, 27 Elton. Down: 1 Resort, 2 Melon, 3 Away, 5 Radishes, 6 Tantara, 7 Carmel, 8 Pagan, 13 Cleavers, 15 Aircrew, 17 Carmen, 18 Straw, 19 Broken, 22 Saint, 23 Erse. QUICK Across: 1 Easy, 3 Consider, 9 Elegant, 10 Linen, 11 Crept, 12 Indian, 14 Secret, 16 Cuckoo, 19 Beasts, 21 Later, 24 Alike, 25 Insults, 26 Estimate, 27 Asks. Down: 1 Exercise, 2 Scene, 4 Obtain, 5 Solid, 6 Denmark, 7 Rent, 8 Battle, 13 Tourists, 15 Chemist, 17 Unless, 18 Assist, 20 Steam, 22 Tales, 23 Bare. ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Racha, 4 Scabs, 7 Dandelion, 8 All, 10 Boo, 15 Demasiado, 17 Owner, 18 Etapa.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION Down: 1 Rabo, 2 Cod, 3 Asno, 4 Seed, 5 Aviso, 6 Send, 9 Lemon, 11 Odio, 12 Asar, 13 Gale, 14 Luna, 16 Ola.


Play on Words

English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Puppies (of dog) (9) 6 Sour (f) (5) 7 Near (in place) (5) 13 Carreteras (5) 14 Acordar (5) 15 Pulseras (9) Down 1 Which (in questions and reported speech) (4) 2 Match (for lighting) (7) 3 Buttonhole (of garment) (4) 4 Carrera (competición) (4) 5 Abbot (4) 8 Árbitro (boxeo, fútbol) (7) 9 Cross (sign, decoration) (4) 10 Island (4) 11 Puerta (de jardín, ciudad) (4) 12 Camas (muebles) (4)

Hexagram The purpose of the Hexagram puzzle is to place the 19 six-letter words into the 19 cells. The letters at the edges of interlocking cells MUST BE THE SAME. The letters in the words must be written CLOCKWISE. The word in cell 10 (BESTED) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues. ASTERS



















Unscramble the name of a famous England cricketer: INSPIRE KEEN VET



Answers: A pig in a poke, Quite right

Unscramble the name of a large city in the US (three words): ATTACK SLY LIE

Across 1 Scratch (6) 4 Tears with the teeth (5) 9 Weather conditions (7) 10 Garden gastropod (5) 11 Pitcher (4) 12 Certain (8) 14 Announced (6) 16 Happening lately (6) 19 One of the Great Lakes (8) 20 Cab (4) 23 Ascend (5) 24 Malady (7) 25 Alternate (5) 26 Expensive (6) Down 1 Confidences (7) 2 Lift up (5) 3 Summit (4) 5 Motivated (8) 6 Look at closely (7) 7 Flat (5) 8 Adhesive (4) 13 Awful (8) 15 Assign to a role (7) 17 In need of a drink (7) 18 Film (5) 19 Religious order (4) 21 Attentive (5) 22 As well (4)


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Cancer death rate in the UK decreases DEATHS from cancer in the UK have dropped by more than 20 per cent in the last 20 years. According to new figures from the charity Cancer Research UK, death rates have dropped by more than a fifth since the 1990s. In 1990, the disease killed 220 out of every 100,000 people, but by 2011 the figure had fallen by 22 per cent to 170 people per 100,000. Improvements in surgical techniques and drug treatments are believed to have played a part in reducing the number of deaths.

Five tips to detox after the holidays THE liver is the organ that contributes the most to detoxing the body. It operates best between 1-3am, but after heavy meals and alcohol at night it will not be at its most efficient, so more toxins are released into our

bodies in the party season. The New Year is the perfect time to think about detoxing and to help restore your natural wellness after overindulging over the Christmas period. Try these few top tips to get you started: 1. Think about what you eat: look at your daily diet and raise awareness in your health and well-being every time you eat. 2. Check your cupboards and refrigerator and throw away all food loaded with sugar and fat to reduce temptation. Reduce fried and processed foods. Store natural products, small portions of lean meats and organic products. 3. Eat daily at least five portions of fruit and vegetables that

have not been industrially produced. 4. Decrease your meat intake. Men should eat no more than 100g daily and women 90g. 5. Fasting may help to clean the body’s toxins collected over the holidays. There is no need to starve, but having a day of drinking just fruit and vegetable juices may help the body recover.

BODY BOOST: Five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Just five minutes for perfect skin WE know the theory: we must remove our make-up each night and cleanse in the morning, but many of us skip the morning cleanse. So why is it so important to spend five minutes on this simple beauty regime? Overnight skin secretes more oil, so it is advisable to cleanse every morning to remove it, returning freshness and youthfulness to the skin, as this routine is not a question of age but of skin quality. Without clean skin, even the best treatments may be in vain. If the pores are clogged, the active ingredients in face creams will hardly be absorbed on the surface in order to reach the deeper layers of the skin. Therefore, facial cleansing is essential for beautifully radiant skin without impurities.

Put an extra spring in your step WALKING 2,000 extra steps a day could help people at risk of heart attack and stroke cut their risk factors by 8 per cent. Researchers at University of Leicester

(UK) looked at 9,306 adults from 40 countries for the study. They said the exercise required is equivalent to walking 20 minutes a day at a moderate pace.


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An apple a day keeps heart attacks at bay AN apple a day may not just help keep the doctor away, but could also prevent people from having a heart attack. Researchers said healthy over-50s who added a daily apple to their diet could benefit as much as those who started taking a tablet. They believe the health benefits are similar to giving statins to everyone over 50 who is not already taking cholesterollowering drugs. Researchers said people should not replace prescribed statins with apples but could benefit by eating more fruit.

DIET BOOST: A daily apple is beneficial for healthy over-50s.




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I beat the misery of dry eyes ACTRESS Linda Lusardi reveals all about the tiny berry that soothed her gritty, streaming eyes. While starring in Emmerdale or captivating audiences in panto, it wasn’t always easy for Linda Lusardi to maintain her seductive sparkle. She battled a condition which left her eyelids and sockets inflamed, causing a constant stream of tears and a gritty sensation. “My eyes would be red and sore most days. On set, I’d often have to be shot from different angles to disguise my streaming right eye, which was worse than the left,” Linda revealed. As a model and actress, Linda travels a lot for work and to support good causes. She visited the Costa del Sol in June 2012 with her husband Sam Kane to support the Rhys Daniels Trust alongside Max Clifford and other well known faces. “Whenever I made public appearances people often thought I’d been crying. It was very embarrassing.” Dry eye syndrome occurs when the eye can’t lubricate itself effectively, leading to inflammation, soreness,

blurred vision, gritty sensation and the feeling of a foreign object in the eye. Allergies are often blamed for itching eyes, but it is often dryness, especially at the corners. Hot, windy environments, hormonal changes and age can cause the condition, with up to one in three over 65s suffering. Linda also

found the problem got worse after having had her children Jack, 13, and Lucy, 16. “It definitely got worse as I got older. I would wear sunglasses and use eye drops, but this was messy and inconvenient. “Discovering Omega 7 was like a miracle.” A friend introduced Linda to Omega 7

Sea Buckthorn Oil, a natural berry extract, which has been shown to support the mucous membranes that protect the eyes and other parts of the body. Within a few weeks of taking two capsules three times a day, Linda was impressed with the improvement. “I didn’t think it would work so well. I forgot my eye drops one day and noticed that the discomfort never came. My eyes weren’t watering.” Originally part of traditional Asian medicine, sea buckthorn oil has been used by many as a source of essential fatty acids, such as the rare omega-7, which has become popular with women going through the menopause, as well as with sufferers of dry eyes, dry mouth and Sjogren’s disease. “When I’m in panto as the wicked queen, I no longer worry about my make-up running down my face. Not a good look for a villain! Omega 7 has been life-changing.”

Visit for more information. LIFE-CHANGING: Actress Linda Lusardi recommends Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn Oil.

VITAL: The nutrients provided in breakfast.

A healthy brain is key to a healthy body SOMETIMES people have habits that they consider normal, but unknowingly they may begin to cause damage to general health and the brain. People should never forget breakfast; it is vital and necessary for the energy of the day. The nutrients provided in breakfast are essential for the brain to keep working. Bad habits can trigger irritability, a high level of stress and premature ageing. Avoid accumulating stress and concerns because the arteries of the

brain could be affected. Smoking or drinking alcohol can reduce brain mass, so limit intake of both to ensure a healthy brain. Too much sugar can cause diabetes and impair the absorption of proteins, which in turn can cause the brain to minimise its functions for feeling underfed. Resting is important, and sleeping eight hours is essential. If the brain does not recover its energy over the necessary time, the process of brain-cell loss may be accelerated.


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Leftover Xmas pie

STRUGGLED to use up your leftovers? Next year why not put them all together and make a big Christmas dinner pie. That’s what Bray’s Cottage Pork Pies in North Norfolk (UK) has done. Founder Sarah Pettergee has created the giant pie which includes turkey, potatoes, brussel sprouts, chipolatas, cranberry sauce and even a small Christmas pudding in the centre. She said the creation was a oneoff, but would consider doing more next Christmas if there was a customer demand for the pies.


threat from the EU TRADITIONAL Danish pastries are under threat in Denmark. Their ‘kanelsnegler,’ or cinnamon rolls, could be banned after the EU proposed limiting the use of the spice in an effort to limit the amount of coumarin consumed. Coumarin is a naturally occurring toxic chemical found in cassia, the most common type of cinnamon. Denmark’s food safety agency plans to implement the EU regulations which limit the amount of coumarin used to 15mg a kilo on everyday baked goods. However, in Sweden, the Government has got around the ruling by calling the cinnamon pastries a ‘traditional and seasonal dish’ as they are mainly enjoyed around Christmas and New Year. This allows them to use up to 50mg

CINNAMON ROLLS: A traditional and seasonal dish. per kilo. Ceylon cinnamon contains lower levels of coumarin than cassia cinnamon. Previous

studies have linked high coumarin intake to liver damage in a small number of sensitive people, although some

people have argued you would have to eat a considerable amount of cinnamon rolls to be affected.

Festive takeaway dishes FOR those who were looking for something different to traditional Christmas fayre, a takeaway service created a festive twist on customers’ favourite dishes. Just Eat asked 2,000 British customers to name the Christmas takeaway dish they would most like to see and, as a result, they created four special meals including a mince pie pizza, pork and stuffing sushi, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce kebab and even a brussel sprout curry. They say more than 8,500 takeaway orders were made on Christmas Day in 2012, with over 500,000 orders made between December 23 and 31. All four festive takeaway dishes are available in limited quantities from Just Eat on special request.


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Another good reason to enjoy a glass of wine and improve health MAYBE people shouldn’t feel so guilty about having that extra glass of wine during New Year celebrations, as scientists in America believe that alcohol could boost your immune system and help make vaccines more effective. The study, conducted by an immunologist at the University of California (USA) and published in the journal Vaccine, could also lead to a better understanding of how humans’ immune systems work. The lead author of the study said research found that voluntary moderate alcohol consumptions boosted the immune system.

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New Year gardening resolutions

Dick Handscombe

Gardening Corner By Dick Handscombe Spain’s best known expat gardening author about to start his 26th winter cut back.


OW it’s already now 2014 and time for setting some New Year gardening resolutions to ensure that your garden enables you to enjoy; • the sunny open air life style that you expected when you came to Spain • daily harvests of fresh chemically free herbs, vegetables and fruit • a great garden that needs little maintenance for most of the year. Naturally we all have different visions of how we

want to develop or redevelop our gardens but how about the following for starters. Whatever your final ambitions for 2014 ensure that they are realistic for the microclimate and soil of your garden and the time you will have for gardening. 1. Make the garden into a chemical free zone to the benefit of the family, visitors, pets and wildlife without increasing the exposure to the possibility of major insect and fungal attacks. Luckily the growth of the organic vegetable and fruit industries has led to the availability of products for the amateur gardener as well as the major growers. If you have trouble finding them in your local

ENJOY: The sunny open air life style that you came to Spain for. garden centres, horticultural shops and agricultural cooperatives contact Trabe situated near St. Javier airport in Murcia and buy by mail order via or tel 968572-004 asking for Fransisco Ibanez who speaks excellent English. 2. Since most of the autumn rains were not gathered and stored, invest in guttering and storage tanks. Why not do so next year and also make more use of the TerraCottem soil enhancer that can reduce watering requirements by 50 to 75 per cent to make your collected water go further. 3. Start or extend the home growing of ecological or organic vegetables in order to be able to harvest seasonal varieties 365 days a year. Our comprehensive books ‘Growing Healthy Vegetables in Spain’ and ‘Living well from our garden - Mediterranean style’ were written to help you do this whether you have a garden or merely a small town house patio or apartment terrace. Much can be grown in an area even as small as one square metre. With the abandonment

of orchards in many areas and the practice of harvesting and selling unripe fruits, more and more expatriates are planning to grow a wider variety of fruit and to do so organically as already mentioned. Our book ‘Growing Healthy Fruit in Spain’ is written to help you with this. It includes advice on some 70 varieties from citrus fruits to grape vines. 4. Reduce the cost of plants by only planting those appropriate for the microclimate of your garden at this stage. Recognise that the microclimates of neighbouring gardens can even vary depending on the height of hedges and fences, the extent of natural shade and the orientation of the house and the exposure of the garden to hot summer winds and cold winter winds. There are descriptions of some 400 plants most likely to be successful in coastal or inland gardens in ‘Your Garden in Spain.’ Photographs are included for most. 5. Reduce maintenance needs by decreasing the

WATER STORAGE: Gather and store rainwater. size of lawns, increasing the area covered by terraces and paths and planting non obtrusive plants. 6. Eat outdoors more frequently by establishing a variety of ways of cooking al fresco and cosy colourful perfumed situations for al fresco sundowners, breakfast, lunch and dinners. 7. Reducing pool cleaning times by only planting clean plants around the pool terrace. See section 3.3 of ‘Your Garden in Spain’ for practical ideas. 8. Stimulate the presence of more wildlife by installing nesting boxes, thick shrubberies as well as changing over from manufactured chemical insecticides, fungicides,

weed killers and fertilisers to natural alternatives. 9. Do shred and compost as much as possible from the January/February winter cutback and cleanup. 10. Plant some more trees or plant covered gazebos for summer shade. Such New Year resolutions can help you enjoy your garden and life in Spain to the full and improve the local environment at the same time. If you are retired there are special sections re retirement gardens in ‘Having a great retirement’ available from Amazon Books as are my other books. © Dick Handscombe www.gardeninginspain. com January 2014


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Has rock bottom been reached at last? OPTIMISTS who predicted a rise in property prices were proved right, but only by the narrowest margin. For the first time since 2010 there was a year-on-year increase, albeit of just 0.7 per cent, according to Spain’s National Institute of Statistics (INE). The time has not yet come to rejoice, warned Carlos Ferrer-Bonsoms, of Jones Lang LaSalle, an international real estate firm specialising in commercial property management, leasing and investment management. It is still necessary to tread carefully although he was

LEVELLING OUT: Property prices. ‘confident’ that prices would stabilise in 2014, Ferrer-

Bonsoms said. But buyers will only carry through deals if

they can be sure that prices will not continue to fall, he warned. Bankinter’s Jesus Amador was also confident that prices would level out. “Spain’s residential property sector has hit rock bottom and is at the start of a stabilisation phase,” Amador declared. This, he predicted will produce a recovery that will be rather slower than during previous cycles. Once they have bottomed out, prices are likely to remain stable for several reasons, principally the high unemployment rate, families’

reduced purchasing power and the continuing lack of credit being extended by Spain’s banks, said FerrerBonsoms. Postcodes will also play a part, added Julio Rodriguez, former president of the Banco Hipotecario. Recovery will be selective, starting in tourist zones and areas where economic activity is most developed. There are areas where real estate supply outstrips demand but in others with more demand and less housing prices could even begin to rise, he foresaw.

Real estate market takes off A LEADING real estate valuation company, TINSA, is looking forward to 2014 with optimism, for the commercial property investment market. Despite office vacancy figures staying at around 13.5 per cent and rents continuing to fall, the company in its report for 2013 predicts a stabilisation of the market for prime developments, and welcomes back core fund investors to the Spanish property market. The twice yearly report gives an overview of the real estate investment market, the behaviour and strategy of the investors in Spain for the coming months based on the forecast of 15 main market analysts from Ahorro Corporación, Bankia Inmobiliario FII,

CALLE LARIOS: Malaga street has maintained high rents. CBRE Global Investors, Corio, Generali Real Estate, GMP, Iberdrola Inmobiliaria, Inverseguros, Invesco Real Estate, Metrovacesa, Mutua Inmobiliaria, Realia, Reyal Urbis, Santander Banif and Testa. Six months after the release of the

last ‘Barometer,’ the outlook on the economic situation is relatively more optimistic. The last bulletin of the Bank of Spain stated that the country had left behind the recession. Overall the report’s authors say that in Spain commercial property vacancy will continue to increase, and rents fall. But that will be counterbalanced in prime city centre sites which have a shortage of quality office space. There the decline in rents has slowed considerably. And the report authors expect opportunistic funds to be the most active in the investment market as they snap up bargain basement commercial properties with an eye to a future property recovery.


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Xmas fun with the Sexy Santas LAST month the Sexy Santas were out and about singing their alternative Christmas songs, whilst raising money for Mojacar Area Cancer Support (MACS) charity. The Sexy Santas were

formed by Head of MACS Fundraising and Events, Maggi Lake and Jan Mills, way back in the mid1990s. Their aim was to raise money for local charities, whilst having fun. With the exception of a few years, the Sexy Santas have continued to raise much needed funds, in their own inimitable way. The night started off on Mojacar Playa, at Hola Ola, much to the bemusement of locals, who graciously let the Santas sing over the football on TV! Next stop was Big Fat Momma’s, where they received a warm welcome

From left to right - Jackie Simpson, Pauline Marshall, Tina Huntly, Lorraine Cundy, Pharmacist Cecilia Molina Verdú and FACE President Adele Wrigglesworth with the hampers.

A happy FACE FESTIVE CHEER: Sexy Santas in full flow. and plates of food on the house. Thank you to Carol and team for their generosity. Other bars/restaurants included Dolce Vita, the Imperial, Mi Taberna, La Cabana, the Mediterraneo, The Irish Rover and a visit to Christine Gordon’s birthday party. El Naranjo in Los Gallardos was the next stop and although there was a private charity event in full swing, Ali and Mick

allowed the Santas to sing for them. Having already made charitable donations during the evening, the Santas were overwhelmed by the generosity of the party- goers. The fundraising evening culminated with a grand entrance at Miraflores Camping Los Gallardos, where approximately 100 people made the Santas very welcome. The total amount raised for MACS was €450.44.

FACE (Fundraising in Arboleas, Caring for Everyone) finished off their work for the year by going shopping. The busy girls at FACE did the annual job of shopping, packing and making up 15 Christmas hampers. These were delivered to Cecilia Molina Verdu at the Arboleas pharmacia, who has undertaken the job of distributing the hampers to the poorest families in Arboleas. On completing the presentation, FACE President, Adele

Wrigglesworth, said: “After a very successful year for FACE she would like to thank everyone for another great year of continued support.” FACE would like to wish everyone the compliments of the season and hopes that everyone has a very Happy and Healthy New Year. For further information please ring Adele Wrigglesworth on telephone number 667 255 094 or visit the FACE website at

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New doctor’s office opens in Llano del Espino MAYOR of Albox Rogelio Mena, members of the council team and health officials attended the opening of a new doctor’s consultancy office in the hamlet of Llano del Espino. The mayor welcomed the new health infrastructure and said: “This action involves providing the residents of this neighbourhood a more accessible and comfortable centre. With this facility we cover the provision of new health centres in the districts that have a larger number of inhabitants such as Llano de los Olleres and Llano del Espino.” He added that the purpose was to provide an adequate service in the district, also pointing out that “this practice adds to the primary care centre that is located in Llano de los Olleres. “The opening of these two locations offers undoubtedly better quality care to

the residents living in both hamlets.” He added that these actions show that the municipal government team is committed to a public health system. “The only aim we have is to meet the demands of each of our citizens regardless of whether they live in the town centre, on the outskirts or other areas, since we all have equal rights,” he concluded. The new centre has two consultacy rooms and is fully equipped. It also has toilets for the disabled as well as changing rooms for the staff and a reception area of some 30 square metres. For the construction of this office, the Ministry of Health spent €195,960. The town hall was responsible for the planning, the execution of works, and also handed over the land where the new health centre is built.

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Association donates 150 litres of cooking oil to Caritas THE association ‘Somos Albojenses’ has donated 150 litres of oil to the charity Caritas in Albox. At the beginning of November, the association produced a new cultural magazine El Arriero with the first edition being a great success and all 600 copies printed sold. Miguel Angel Alonso, one of the co-ordinators of the magazine, explained: “This association, since it was born six years ago, has always been a non profit organisation and we thought it appropriate that the profits from the sale of this first edition of El Arriero should be intended for some social work, for we all know we are experiencing a tremendous

economic crisis. It is in these moments that all citizens must do their best and show solidarity and understanding. “With the collaboration of all the Albojenses, the magazine has generated a profit and we felt there was a moral obligation to reinvest the profits to help the most needy at this time.” Francisco Carricondo, also a coordinator on the magazine, said: “Somos Albojenses does not want to set an example to anyone or anything, just to be consistent in the times we live in. Although it is widespread nationally where many families cannot afford to survive, we have seen fit to take care of the closest and hope for better times

ahead. Knowing the great work performed by Caritas in Albox when collecting and distributing food to the needy, we have been in contact with them and we thought a non perishable and extremely useful acquisition in any family’s kitchen is oil. So with that in mind the association purchased 150 litres of oil, freshly made in Albox, and made it available to Caritas-Albox. “We know it is a humble contribution, but necessary. With the same enthusiasm that Albox received the magazine El Arriero, we have been to the offices of Caritas and donated these 150 litres of oil, certain that many families will be thankful,” Carricondo concluded.

Tension mounting over municipal rubbish-tip tax THE waste disposal consortium made up of towns from Almanzora, Levante and Los Velez has made a complaint with regard to an ordinance passed by Albox Town Hall. The 43 municipalities that make up this body have been told that they must pay €12 per tonne each time they deposit waste at the town’s rubbish tip. The complaint was made on the last day of office before the holidays, now forcing the council to hold a plenary session to approve or reject the request. It is seen as a ploy by the consortium with which to gain time. The consortium has from the outset voiced its opposition to this measure by Albox Town Hall. Mayor Rogelio Mena has expressed his discomfort with the consortium “for delaying an ordinance that is fully legal and complies with all legal and administrative

ALBOX TOWN HALL: New ordinance causing controversy. parameters. We are going to dismiss this complaint,” he said. The mayor explained that in the coming days they are going to seek legal, environmental and administrative reports which support the ordinance in order to respond to the consortium. All this will be discussed at a plenary session, which due to the Christmas season, will be held early this month so

the ordinance will not take effect until mid to late January. In fact, it will probably be late January at the earliest with the government team having to publish the ordinance in the Official Gazette and dismiss the complaint. Mena is very clear: “Whoever wants to throw rubbish in the Albox municipal landfill site will have to pay, and if they don’t, we’ll have to consider measures to

make them pay and if they still don’t, they will not enter.” Mena has stated on several occasions that the rate is ‘consistent and necessary’ because he felt “we suffer the bad smells, repair the roads and maintain the landfill site.” The tension is also mounting on another front. A new landfill area is needed after the current one will be filled in half the estimated time (which was 10 years).


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Second member of the Qoros family for 2014 THE second production model from the Chinese car brand Qoros will be launched at the 84th Geneva Motor Show in March. With elegance and simplicity as the key design language, the debutant will echo the high specification and European quality standards of the Qoros 3 Sedan. The car has been designed to appeal to the young, modern, ‘always connected’ metropolitan customer, with state-of-theart features including the QorosCloud infotainment system accessed via an eightinch touchscreen. The second member of the Qoros family is based on the same modular platform as the Qoros 3 Sedan, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva and Shanghai Motor Shows. In September, the Qoros 3 Sedan became the first car developed in China to be awarded five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. With appropriate proportion and balance, featuring rich and delicate details, Qoros 3 Sedan illustrates the elegance and simplicity of Qoros cars and presents a lowkey luxury. This meets the values of metropolitan consumers perfectly, the manufacturer claims.

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port SPlenty of football excitement... South African all-rounder Jack Kallis is to retire from international competition.

Costa de Almería’s best guide to local sport

Tony Matthews

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

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AS always, despite atrocious weather in some parts of the UK, there was

plenty of excitement on the football pitches on Boxing Day... and more to come before the New Year. Liverpool went into Christmas as PL leaders but lost top spot after a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in a classic encounter at The Etihad Stadium. After winning 3-1 at West Ham, Arsenal took over pole position, while Chelsea remained in touch with a 1-

0 win over Swansea. Manchester United came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Hull; Southampton whipped Cardiff 3-0; Sunderland ended Everton’s 12 month unbeaten home run with a shock 1-0 victory at Goodison Park; Newcastle thrashed nine-man Stoke City 5-1; improving Crystal Palace grabbed a late winner at Villa Park; Fulham won 2-1 at Norwich and West Brom gained a point at Tottenham (1-1). In the Championship, Leicester beat Reading 1-0 to stay top; QPR drew 2-2 at Nottingham Forest, Burnley went down 1-0 at Middlesbrough and after losing 4-0 at Watford,


Silviniaco Conti, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Noel Fehily, won Boxing Day’s King George VI Chase at Kempton Park... Millwall sacked manager Steve Lomas. It’s Leyton Orient and Wolves first and second in FL1, Chesterfield lead Oxford in FL2 while Celtic’s captain Scott Brown

believes his team will remain unbeaten in the SPL until the end of the season! The Bhoys hold the record for the longest unbeaten run in Scottish

League football, 62 games, set in 1915-17. In cricket, a world record crowd of 90,831 watched the first day’s play of the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England in Melbourne; 71,223 were present on day two and some expect 300,000 spectators to attend overall with England (255 all out) in the driving seat. FAREWELL D.C. Shortly before Christmas, BBC TV presenter David Coleman died at the age of 87. An all-time great among football commentators, one of his favourite lines came after the 1974 FA Cup final: Keegan 2, Heighway one, Liverpool 3, Newcastle none. R.I.P.

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