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ISSUE NO. 1489

16 - 22 JANUARY 2014


Car-tyre slasher detained


Coca Cola deal

ORGANISERS of the Almeria City Half Marathon have reached an agreement with Coca Cola to provide water and energy drinks for the race. Almost 700 runners have already signed up for the different races on February 2.

Gador gala MORE than 500 pensioners in Gador attended the 27th Gala held in their honour at the cultural centre.

Airport figures A TOTAL of 705,552 passengers passed through Almeria Airport in 2013, some 5.9 per cent less than in 2012.

Vicar winner THE €250,000 second prize in the Extraordinary Winter Draw of the Spanish National Lottery was won in Vicar. The number was 40.735.

Woman’s body found, ex-partner arrested THE body of a woman, 27, who was reported missing from Nijar in October last year, has been found in the El Polver area. Her former partner, 38, was arrested shortly after the discovery this week. Both were Moroccans, and although they had separated in August, they continued to live together because they were working on the same plantation.

Her disappearance was reported to the Guardia Civil by a relative in early October, and her body was found buried between greenhouses, on a piece of land near the house where she had been living. A post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death. The details of the case remain secret and it is not known if the Guardia

Civil found the body as a result of information provided by the detainee or thanks to the investigation they had carried out. She had not filed any complaints against her former partner or anyone else for abuse, the provincial co-ordinator for the Andalucian Women’s Institute, Francisca Serrano, confirmed. Government Delegate

in Andalucia, Carmen Crespo, expressed her ‘sadness’ over how the case had turned out, although she said that it had been expected.

A 53-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in Albox, accused of puncturing the tyres of 15 cars. He caused damage estimated at around €1,600 after using a knife to slash 23 tyres on randomly selected vehicles parked in four streets during the course of one night. Guardia Civil in Albox started an investigation after eight complaints from owners of damaged vehicles. With little information to go on following interviews with the complainants, they began making enquiries and became aware that the suspect had been in the area at the time of the incidents. After a few days, the man, who has a criminal record, was arrested near his home.


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EWN News 1 - 16

Finance 19 - 24

Letters CULTURAL VENUE: Huercal-Overa’s municipal theatre.

Cultural events in Huercal-Overa HEAD OF CULTURE for Huercal-Overa Antonio Lázaro has presented the cultural programme for the first quarter of 2014. Highlights include the arrival at the town’s theatre of ‘Tarzan The Musical’ on Sunday March 9 at 6pm. This will be followed on March 21 with the Flamenco Ballet of Andalucia presenting ‘En la Memoria del Cante 1922’. New to this year’s schedule is a cycle of cinema in original version at the request of the

English-speaking residents and those studying the language. A total of three screenings will be held on Thursdays at the municipal cinema, the first on January 23 with the movie ‘Argo’, followed on February 20 with ‘Silver Linings Play Book’, and on March 13, ‘The Hobbit’. Other highlights include a medieval market from March 1-3, and the carnival with adults taking to the streets on March 1 and the children on March 7.


Leapy Lee 26

Daily TV 34 - 35

Time out 36 - 37

Classifieds 49 - 50

Sport 56

NEWS Flight saved AIR EUROPA has stepped in to take over the threatened Almeria to Sevilla flight route from Air Nostrum. The company began the route yesterday (Wednesday) offering two flights a day from Monday to Friday. Four in hospital FOUR women hurt in a car crash were taken to the Torrecardenas Hospital in Almeria City after two cars collided in the Avenida del Mediterraneo in the early hours of Sunday morning. None of the injuries is thought to be life-threatening.

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Bogus sex advert storm A SOCIALIST PARTY spokesperson has complained to the Guardia Civil after someone posted a fake sex advert in her name on the internet. Socialist Party spokesperson for Zurgena, Maria Jose Aliaga, filed a complaint with the Guardia Civil in Albox, for a case of impersonation. According to the police report, ‘unknown perpetrators’ supplanted

her identity on the website in the contacts section. An advertisement was placed in which she offered to have sex and pay for it. It gave her name and phone number, and she received three calls and 10 WhatsApp messages from people offering to have sex with her. The complaint had an attached

copy of the web page which published the following message: “Hi, I am a wealthy and well positioned girl who would have no objection to paying for sex. The most important thing is the guarantee of discretion for the job position I occupy today. Areas across the province, preferably Albox, Huercal-Overa and Zurgena.”

Bedar improvements THE town of Bedar is to receive more than €45,000 as part of the employment plan promoted by the Almeria Government. The money will be spent on projects to improve basic infrastructure and municipal services while providing jobs. Social match YOUNG Socialists from Benahadux and Viator organised a friendly solidarity football match attended by more than 100 people. A total of 300 kilos of food was raised, as well as toys which were donated to the Red Cross.



ews watch

Album release

ALMERIA band The Dry Mouths have released on vinyl their third album ‘And Show Us’ under Clifford Records.

Park upgrade ADRA TOWN HALL is undertaking a major facelift of the Parque del Cercado in the north of the town.

Baby love

New guide THE new tourist guide for the first quarter of 2014 is now available for tourists visiting Almeria City. The tourism office is situated in Plaza Vieja and the guide details all activities until March 30. Spanish pledge MORE than 300 citizens swore allegiance to the Spanish Flag at a ceremony to mark the 56th anniversary of the ‘Accion de Edchera’. The ceremony was held at the Alvarez de Sotomayor military base in Viator, headquarters of the Spanish Legion.


LA TERMICA nursery in Almeria City has, with the help of parents, donated 100 kilos of baby food to Caritas.

Donor tribute OFFICIALS in Garrucha have unveiled a monument in the town as a tribute to all the people who give blood in the town.

TOLEDO: The painter lived in the city until his death.

Fruity facts

It’s the year of El Greco


N Saturday, the simultaneous chiming of 25 church bells in Toledo will announce the start of the Greco 2014 year. The year will include a set of unique events to commemorate 400 years since the death of the famous painter from Crete, who lived in Toledo prior to his death on April 7, 1614, and left the city a legacy of paintings which has inspired artists ever since. One hundred people will co-ordinate the bells of the 25 churches in a unique symphony directed by Valencian musician Llorenc Barber, the president of the El Greco 2014 Board, Gregorio Marañon, announced. It has taken three years and €15 million to organise the activities and exhibitions in Toledo, Madrid and Valladolid focusing on the artist,

Quote of the Week I don’t know of any law that hasn’t been modified during parliamentary procedures, otherwise it would be a decree’ Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, regarding the draft abortion law, which he said would have some ‘mprovements’.

which hope to attract approximately one million visitors. They include two exhibitions in the city, the first starting on March 14 with 80 works of art from the world’s main collections, and the second on September 8, which will focus on how the artist worked. There will be another exhibition at the National Sculpture Museum in Valladolid from June 5, and from June 24, at the Prado Museum, Madrid, an exhibition will focus on the influence El Greco had on modern painting. The presentation of the complete programme of activities was held at the Prado Museum. For more information, visit

Number of the week


per cent of internet users in Spain are on Facebook, according to yearly data released by the social networking site, which claims to have 1.19 billion users worldwide. Facebook has 12 million daily users in Spain and 18 million monthly users.

BETWEEN January and October 2013, 61 companies in the citrus fruit industry in Almeria Province exported almost 3.8 million kilos of oranges, mandarins and lemons.

Theatre draw THE theatre in HuercalOvera is hosting an exhibition by artist Javier Parra García featuring portraits and landscapes. It runs until January 27.

University choice A TOTAL of 508 foreign students have chosen the University of Almeria for their studies, with 214 from the EU and the remainder from other countries.

And finally... A BARCELONA company director has been sentenced to three-and-a-half-years in prison for accessing the emails of two employees and telling his superiors that they were homosexuals. He told his superiors that the men were ‘infirm’.


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Iconic Almeria photos on display AS of today (Thursday) fans of the art of photography will have an opportunity to get to see, close up, the works of award winning Almeria photographer Carlos Perez Siquier. Thanks to an agreement between the

Casa Ibáñez Museum Foundation, the government and city hall of Almeria, 122 images in both black and white and colour are to go on display. The exhibition will take the public on a journey through a lifetime dedicated to

photography, which has earned the Almeriense prestigious awards, including the National Photography Prize (2003) and the Bartolome Ros Award for Best Spanish professional career in photography (2013). The exhibition will run

parallel in the Patio de Luces and the Provincial Art Centre Museum of Almeria, two spaces that will share some iconic images in the history of photography with other unmistakable images from the second half of the twentieth century.


New home THE town of VelezBlanco will have a new nursing home with 46 places thanks to the Provincial Government and the Municipal Investment Plan. The first phase will cost €805,800 for an interim Day Centre for the elderly.

Record work ALMERIA closed 2013 with a record number of agricultural workers, with a total of 49,976 linked to the Social Security system at the end of December.

Budget films YELMO Cinemas in Roquetas de Mar are offering cinema tickets for €3.90 on Wednesdays. The campaign lasts until April 16.

FISHING PORTS: Seen a recent improvement.

Fish stocks recover along the coastline AFTER five years of decline, the five fish markets of Almeria Province are making a recovery. Almeria, Adra, Garrucha, Carboneras and Roquetas have seen an improvement in value and volume according to the last computerised catch report for the year 2012. The 263 fishing boats in Almeria Province landed 10,908 tonnes of fish and seafood compared to 7,689

tonnes in the previous year, representing a 40 per cent increase. The five ports have a list of 390 buyers for fresh fish by auction method, with 961 fishermen and other workers linked to the fishing trade according to figures. The port with the highest income per boat was the capital with €88,000 followed by Garrucha, €52,000, Adra €51,000 and Carboneras €17,000.


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Swift action clears up storm damage HUERCAL-OVERA TOWN HALL reacted quickly to the damage caused by the recent strong winds. The gales uprooted trees and caused branches to fall; traffic signals were dislodged, and fences were blown over in several places including at the municipal sports fields, public nursery and the industrial estate. Repair to the damage began on the night of the storm, with municipal workers working alongside members of Civil Protection and Police forces. One of the first tasks to be undertaken involved the removal of fallen trees which were blocking roads. Broken fences had to be taken away, and areas which may have presented a danger to the public were cordoned off, and any materials at risk of falling cleared away. The mayor, Domingo Fernandez, remarked: “The




Panels keep the public up-to-date THE town of El Ejido has installed 67 information panels, providing up-to-date data on events in the area as well as other items of interest for citizens and tourists alike.

Town improvements ALMERIA PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT has contracted works in three towns (Tahal, Fines and Zurgena) with an allocated budget of €782,878.75. The projects are designed to improve municipal facilities, basic infrastructure and the water supply.

CLEARING UP: Workers in Huercal-Overa. council made available all the necessary resources to repair the damage from the very start,” and emphasised the important role played by members of the security forces, Civil Protection members and municipal workers.

Mayor Fernandez commented that all of them had to work in difficult conditions, given the intensity of the winds, in order to take the necessary actions to ensure the safety and security of the town’s citizens.


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Two citizens to be honoured with Indalo de Oro award MOJACAR is to award its distinguished Indalo de Oro award to photographer Robert Kenneth Jones and cyclist Serge Baguet. The Golden Indalo is a good luck symbol of Mojacar and will be awarded at a simple ceremony at the Feria Internacional del Turismo (Fitur) in Madrid on January 23. Robert Kenneth Jones, known as Bob, is a Londoner who has lived in Mojacar for decades and has developed his hobby of photography throughout his professional life. A mojaquero with a love for its people, Bob has tirelessly promoted the image of Mojacar with his incredible snapshots. His beautiful landscape pictures

MOJACAR TOWN HALL: Honouring two citizens. of Mojacar have been portrayed in television news, reports, books and on the screens of thousands of social network users.

Serge Baguet is a Belgian cyclist with great prestige in his home country. He has been a champion of Belgium, where cycling is almost a religion. He has also won

a stage of the Tour de France, has won the Tour de Berne, as well as several stages of the Vuelta a Andalucia, and tour of Britain. He is currently sporting director of continental team Doltcini Flanders Baguet and its youth team. Many years ago he established in Mojacar a cycling centre where each year hundreds of professionals and amateurs come to prepare for the different cycling seasons. Enamoured with Mojacar, Serge has worked for the last two years in the consolidation of the cycling race ‘The Classic Mojacar-Sierra Nevada’ which sees more cyclists taking part year on year. See Golden Indalo page 32.

Body found in El Ejido behind a palm tree THE body of a 40-year-old man from Ecija (Sevilla) has been found behind a

palm tree opposite a petrol station at the Copo shopping centre, in

El Ejido. Early indications are that he could have been there for two days

without anyone noticing. A gardener working for municipal services Elsur El Ejido made the discovery and alerted the National Police, after finding the body while carrying out his duties. The dead man, white and possibly destitute, showed no signs of being the victim of a violent attack, and was carrying personal documents.

According to sources, the National Commissioner of Police has indicated the death may have occurred due to an accidental blow to the head. Members of the Judicial Police and Forensic Science took samples and proceeded under court order to remove the body, which has undergone an autopsy to rule out a violent death.


Factory fire EIGHT workers had to be evacuated from a car body paint shop in Roquetas de Mar when a fire broke out in the paint booth.

Casino boss MEMBERS of the Casino in Dalias have chosen Jose Garcia Lirola as the new president.

Block booking YOUNG Almeria painter Elena Martinez Silvano has put on display ‘Estudiando,’ comprising 24 works inside the El Acebuche prison in Almeria.

Estopa stop SPANISH group Estopa are expected to visit Almeria in May as part of their ‘A solas’ tour to present their new album ‘Cuando tu te vas.’

Boat aid THE Spanish Red Cross in Almeria attended to 758 immigrants who attempted to illegally enter Spain in a total of 69 boats during 2013.


PLEDGE: New Albox sports centre should be opened this summer.

Sporting promise A NEW sports centre in Albox should finally be opened this summer, the town’s mayor has pledged. A meeting was held at the town hall to resolve the contract for the construction and operation of the sports centre in the town, which could lead to the current contact being cancelled. The Advisory Council of Andalucia has issued a report which supports the rescue of the project. The mayor, Rogelio Mena, stressed that the report is to ‘dispel all doubts’ about what happened to the facility, so that the contract with the concessionaire can finally be resolved. The report states that the contractor of the sports centre

made a ‘culpable breach’ of the period for execution of the work. This breach allows the cancellation of the contract he signed with the town hall, as defined in the Law on Public Sector. With the support of the Advisory Council, and once the contract resolution is approved, the town hall can award the work to another company. Mena explained that the objective was for “the centre to open its doors this summer, so albojenses and residents of the region can enjoy the facilities as a whole, both the indoor pool and the new fitness centre already completed, and the outdoor pool, which can now be built.”

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Water set to flow in THE technical management committee of the Negratin-Almanzora Reservoir has approved a transfer of 50 cubic hectometres of water throughout 2014 to the reservoir of Cuevas del Almanzora. This is the maximum annual amount allowed by law. The transfer has been advocated by the Junta de Andalucia in view of the situation of the Almanzora basin and the good availability of resources in the basin of the Guadalquivir, to which the Negratin Reservoir belongs. The decision by the Junta to approve the maximum transfer addresses the needs of the Almanzora basin. The situation reflects the fact that at the end of last

November the basin only had reserves of 25.4 cubic hectometres of water, just 15.8 per cent of its capacity, when last year at the same time it held nearly 40.5 cubic hectometres. The first two months of the 20132014 hydrological year (October and November) have been the driest for 18 years in the Cuevas Reservoir, with accumulated rainfall of just 1.2mm compared to an average rainfall since 1995 of 49.2mm. In contrast to this data, the hydrological year 2012-2013 was one of the wettest in the basin of the Guadalquivir, which has allowed the reservoirs located in the Guadiana Menor area to collect nearly 800 cubic hectometres of water.


Block is evacuated RESIDENTS of a fourstorey building in Adra had to be evacuated from their homes for safety reasons after two vehicles caught fire in the parking area of the building.

Escape plan LA MOJONERA Town Hall has spent €50,000 on the installation of emergency fire escape stairs at the town’s sport centre.

Road open A 1.5-KILOMETRE stretch of road which has taken 10 years to build has opened. The AL 3412 Paulenca road now links up to the A92 near Gador.



Cuevas tribute

THE centenary of the work ‘Mi Terrera’ by Cuevano poet Jose Maria Alvarez de Sotomayor will be celebrated tomorrow night (Friday) in the Cine Teatro Echegaray in Cuevas del Almanzora.

Meal deal HUERCAL-ALMERIA’S government team is finalising plans to provide families most in need with meals for €2.50, as well as providing 100 daily menus free of charge.

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Castle virtually there CARBONERAS TOWN HALL, in collaboration with the Institute of Almeria Studies, has made it possible to take a virtual tour of the San Andres Castle in the town. The programme has been developed by Alejandro Galindo Duran, and is available on the town hall’s website. Councillor for Tourism, Beatriz Hernandez, said “It is a very positive initiative, as it will provide more information to prospective visitors through a virtual tour.”

VIRTUAL VISIT: San Andres Castle in Carboneras.



Virgin honoured TORREGARCIA hermitage hosted the traditional pilgrimage to honour the Virgen del Mar on Sunday, celebrating a 512-year-old tradition. The image of the patron saint of Almeria appeared, as recorded in the history books, on the beach located in the Cabo de Gata, in the early hours of December 22, 1502. Since then, pilgrims have journeyed from the capital to a gathering attended by more than 5,000 people each year.


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Anti-terrorist operation compromised THE Interior Ministry’s Head of Communication, Albert Gimeno, resigned after releasing information which compromised an operation against ETA’s prisoners’ front. His resignation was accepted after his press department informed of a Guardia Civil operation against the prisoners’ front,

the only remaining operative arm of the terrorist organisation ETA, before it had occurred. They sent a press release to the media informing that several people, including lawyers, had been arrested in the Basque Country and Navarra, although the number of people and their names were not

revealed. It was also published on Twitter. Twenty-five minutes later, after realising the mistake, another press release was issued and it was removed from Twitter. The officers involved in the operation complained it affected the result because the detainees had time to destroy or hide evidence.

Eight people were arrested, and although a meeting which was being held is believed to have been broken up, no-one was able to flee because they were already under surveillance. Police unions have demanded an explanation and complained that the Interior Ministry was more interested in ‘political victory’ than in giving proper information. A spokesperson for one of the unions demanded may be accompanied by the resignation of the his wife and three-year- Interior Minister, Jorge old son and carrying Fernandez Diaz, as well as forged documents. the press officer, saying He has dark, balding they were responsible for ‘unprecedented hair, which he may an have shaved, a round occurrence in the history of fight against face and scars above Spain’s terrorism.’ his left eyebrow.

Help police to find murderer

WANTED: Jose Manual Garcia Barata

NATIONAL POLICE have asked for assistance in locating a man, 24, sentenced to 29 years in prison for murder. In 2010, Jose Manuel Garcia Barata killed a taxi driver in

Salamanca when he shot the passenger he was carrying in a settling of scores related to drug trafficking. He fired five shots, one of which hit the driver. He is wanted for

murder, attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms and falsifying documents. He was free while the trial was held and disappeared before being sentenced. He


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Stories making headlines in Europe

BRITISH PRESS Priest unaware NORWAY - A German priest on trial in Norway for having sex with a 15-year-old girl claimed he did not know the country’s legal age of consent was higher than Germany’s.

Anthem boob SWEDEN - A review show accidentally used a rendition of the national anthem performed by a Swedish Nazi group to accompany images of US president Barack Obama.

Devil centre DENMARK Copenhagen Zoo hopes to become a centre of excellence in Tasmanian Devil handling with a school where staff from other European zoos can receive training.

Frozen solid NORWAY - An elk was found frozen solid in a lake near Bodo in northern Norway, after the ice apparently cracked beneath it as it was trying to cross.

Super hair

Cautious grocer

A CIRCUS star with ‘superhuman hair’ used her famed locks to pull a four-tonne car in Eastbourne, East Sussex, using a hook woven into her hair.

BRITISH grocer J Sainsbury reported its ‘best Christmas ever’ but warned that consumers were likely to spend less in the early part of 2014.

Running red

Avoiding jail

THE mystery of a stream in Northamptonshire that turned blood red was solved after the Environment Agency found an ink spillage.

GOVERNMENT figures for 2012, revealed by a parliamentary question, show that 53 per cent of paedophiles who abused children younger than 13 were not jailed.

Zombie emergency AN emergency call about a bloody axe attack sent North Yorkshire police to the scene only to discover it was a group of young film-makers shooting a zombie movie.

Fairytale wedding SHREK: A charitable way to get married.

RUSSIAN PRESS Friendly match

Liquids banned

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin roped in his Belarussian counterpart for a friendly match against former ice hockey champions at the host city of the Winter Olympics, Sochi.

RUSSIA’S state aviation watchdog has banned carry-on liquids for flights at all of the country’s airports ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics.

Mystery gift

Adoption ban

Trawler held

SWEDEN - A charity in southern Sweden is rejoicing at the kindness of a stranger who left a one million kronor gift in a milk jar used to collect donations.

RUSSIA’S highest court has reportedly issued a memo that appears to prohibit all adoptions to countries that recognise same-sex marriage.

THE Russian Foreign ministry demanded explanations from Senegal over the detention of a trawler suspected of illegal fishing, despite inspections failing to find any violations.

Better off DENMARK - Women who have occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy have children who are better adjusted than offspring of those who abstain, Danish research suggests.

AN 18-year-old trainee lawyer from Siberia has won the title of ‘Miss Longest Legs’ in Russia with her 106cm legs in a national beauty contest.

Beer exports AN independent craft brewery in Perthshire, Scotland, Inveralmond, has signed a major deal to export four of its most popular beers to Russia.

PRESS Smugglers mistake POLICE recovered 140 kilos of cocaine which had been shipped in banana crates by accident to Aldi supermarkets in Germany. Smugglers called it a ‘logistical mistake.’

Doggie diner GERMANY’S first restaurant for dogs and cats opened in Berlin over the festive holidays, drawing criticism that the luxury eatery for furry friends is ‘decadent.’

FORMER German international footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed he is gay. The 31-yearold told a German newspaper that coming out was a “long and difficult process.”

MARGARET THATCHER’S hairdo took major efforts to perfect, with the late British prime minister having her bouffant reworked every three days on average, records show.

Long legs


Coming out

High maintenance

A COUPLE painted themselves green and dressed as characters from the Shrek film to get married and raise funds for charity in the West Midlands.


Restrictions lifted RUSSIA and Armenia have agreed to remove all airline restrictions on routes between the two countries this year according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia.

SCOTTISH BEER: Exported to Russia.

Dream closer A TEENAGE refugee from Syria is closer to his dream of studying in Germany thanks to an online campaign where donors can pledge money towards his fees to study IT.

War crime GERMAN prosecutors have charged an 88-year-old former soldier over the Nazis’ worst atrocity on French soil, the 1944 massacre in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

Still delayed BERLIN’S delayed international airport will not open this year, the city’s mayor said, dispelling hopes the troubled venture could partially begin handling flights in 2014.

Loud UFO AN unidentified flying object which ruined travel plans for passengers at Bremen airport looked like a plane but was much louder, according to witnesses.


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Pervert apprehended A MAN has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually molesting a sleeping woman in S’Arenal. In addition, he was given a €3,000 fine payable to the victim for personal damages.

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Laptops raided IN a night raid, 18 laptops were stolen from the Secondary Education Institute (IES) in Sineu. With no signs of forced entry, Guardia Civil officers suspect the culprits of having inside knowledge of the unit’s security system.


Tourist promotion LOCAL business-owners are promoting the Axarquia as a tourist destination at the Vakantiebeurs Tourism and Trade Fair, which is being held in Utrecht (Holland) until Sunday.

Buy local THE Salobreña Trade Department and the local business-owners association (ACESA) have launched a campaign to encourage people to buy from local shops during the sales period.

Roadworks VELEZ-MALAGA COUNCIL is to spend €1.6 million to widen the Camino de Torrox road, which links the town’s centre with La Caleta de Velez area.

A LIGHT aircraft which crashed in Castalla last March was trying to avoid a 43.5-metre communications mast, an official enquiry found. All three occupants were killed in the accident.

Census shrinks THE birth-rate plummeted in Alcoy with 559 deaths but only 428 births last year. The inland industrial town’s population of 60,125 is the lowest since 1996.

Fire drama

A MAN, aged 43, was arrested for robbing the same Palma house in Son Rapinya four different times. When the owner finally discovered him and called the police, they apprehended the man, who confessed to the thefts.

Mast crash

FIREMEN were called to the Smurfit Kappa cardboard factory in San Vicente after a forklift caught fire outside the building. The blaze was smothered before it could spread.

TWO women have been arrested by National Police for two thefts, one in which they stole jewellery from a friend after she dropped it off for cleaning. The victim identified the women, captured on camera, as acquaintances.

Multiple busts


Minor scare

Acquaintance theft

AN early morning short circuit on Calle Alfonso el Sabio in Palma started a house fire while the tenant slept. Waking up coughing, he called for help and locked himself in the bedroom until firefighters arrived.


Favours asked PREVENTION: Pruning palm trees is under way.

War on the palm weevil goes on PRUNING of Torrevieja’s palm trees is under way to prevent the spread of the red palm weevil, which can prove fatal to the trees. Councillor for Parks and Gardens, Carmen Gómez Candel, said pruning will continue until the end of February according to guidelines set by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for the control and eradication of the red palm weevil.

Forgotten town NERJA COUNCIL is to ask the regional government to withdraw from circulation a cultural leaflet from which the town has been omitted.

Pooches adopted SIXTY-FIVE dogs were adopted in Motril during an adoption campaign launched in the town at Christmas.


Pig rustlers held GUARDIA CIVIL arrested three people for allegedly stealing pigs from a farm in Farajan, near Ronda. A pig was found dead in their car.

Hiking problems TWO families with children who got lost in the mountains of Alhaurin de la Torre while hiking had to be rescued

by Guardia Civil.

Briton detained A BRITISH resident of Coin has been arrested after allegedly perpetrating an armed robbery at a tobacconist’s in Alhaurin el Grande and stealing €600.

Bar thefts A MAN has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for breaking into several bars in Fuengirola on the same day in 2008. He stole cash, alcohol and other items.

Royal threat THE Saudi Arabian Royal Family had threatened that they would stop coming to Marbella if plans for skyscrapers, now scrapped, went ahead.

DESPITE changes in the Coastal Law, Villajoyosa and Denia still have buildings close to the shoreline at risk of demolition. They have now applied to the national government for exemption.


Foreigner frenzy A TOTAL of 107,492 people were registered on the padron of Torrevieja as of January 1, 2014. Over half, 53.1 per cent, were foreign residents.

Toy store raided TWO Toys ‘R’ Us stores were raided by burglars during the Three Kings fiestas. Two men broke into the safe in Sant Joan d’Alacant, but were disturbed by security guards in the Elche store.

Child abuse A COUPLE are being questioned over alleged mistreatment of their baby. The seven-month-old infant was taken to La Arrixaca Hospital in Murcia where the doctor raised the alarm.

Computer lab A COMPUTER lab is to be developed within Rojales municipal library, to promote the use of technology and communication among citizens of all ages.

Hurt in blaze A WOMAN was injured in a house fire at a property in Santa Eulalia de Murcia. Fourteen firefighters were sent to the scene as neighbouring properties were evacuated.


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business & legal

Railways have a record year RAILWAYS OPERATOR Renfe has just finished a record year, principally due to the AVE. Spain’s 1,900 kilometres of high speed track is the most extensive in Europe. In 2013, 25 million passengers used the AVE and long distance trains, a rise of 13.38 per cent, the highest number ever recorded. The European Commission is

not entirely impressed with the AVE’s nationwide performance, nonetheless. The number of passengers using some AVE stations is “really unsatisfactory” said commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas when pressed by MEP Ramon Tremosa, of the Catalan nationalist party CiU. Money was squandered on constructing some AVE stations, Tremosa argued.

Foreign money is flooding in FOREIGN investment in Spain’s sovereign debt grew by almost €21 billion in November. Holdings rose to €273.172 billion, the highest figure since 2011 according to Spain’s Treasury. Forty per cent of Spanish bonds and bills are now in foreign hands, an increase of 3 percentage points on October and a return to the investment levels of mid-2012. The improvement was prompted by liquidity provided by the principal central banks, complemented by demand for a high-yield debt offering. This has worked in the favour of eurozone economies like Spain’s,

analysts explained. Increased confidence notwithstanding, the foreign holding of roughly 40 per cent in Spain’s sovereign debt falls short of the 54.8 per cent recorded in 2010. In that year, Spanish banks held just 12 per cent of the debt, but the flow of cheap credit from the European Central Bank has turned the banking sector into one of the Treasury’s best clients. By the first quarter of 2013, banks held 33.8 per cent of all the debt in circulation, the largest amount since the Treasury began to publish their results in 1995.


usiness extra

Down to earth IBERIA had 16 per cent fewer passengers in 2013, but reported improved second and third quarter results. IAG, created through BA’s 2011 merger with Iberia, attracted 23 per cent more passengers last year.

Gas deficit SPAIN’S gas sector expects to earn €2.983 billion this year but this will cover only 88 per cent of its €3.796 billion outgoings, producing an €813 million shortfall.

Online compulsive buyers BETWEEN 6 and 7 per cent of Spaniards are compulsive buyers. Specialists at the Hospital Universitario in Bellvitge (Barcelona) found that males and females are equally affected by the disorder, aggravated by the ease of buying over the internet. A typical patient is around 40-years-old and has been in the grip of the

syndrome for six years. On average, he or she has debts of more than €25,000. ‘The influence of publicity and materialism viewed as an indicator of social success’ are partly responsible, maintained Dr. Susana Jimenez. Patients often regarded their purchases as providing a sense of identity, she added.


STAT OF WEEK WIND farms generated 21.1 per cent of the country’s electricity last year, compared with 21 per cent produced by nuclear power stations. Greenhouse gas emissions fell by 23 per cent.


On the fast track


SPEED: AVE trains lead the way.


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Helping develop energy solutions JAPANESE electronics giant Toshiba is joining forces with Spanish power provider Fenosa to test its latest battery power storage systems to even out electricity supply. With 21.1 per cent of Spain’s electricity now supplied by wind turbines, and with solar power and other sources making the renewable electricity production capacity in Spain 49.1 per cent of the total, the big problem is what to do when the wind is not blowing or the sun not shining. Traditionally that meant coal or oil burning power stations had to be kept on standby to produce electricity when the wind dropped or at peak times. Energy storage systems have been developed, but at varying degrees of efficiency and expense. Toshiba hopes that its latest generation transportable lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will help provide an efficient, reliable and stable power distribution network. The programme was launched in

December 2013 and will run for five years. It is supported by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development organisation (NEDO), under its programme for ‘Development of Large Scale Energy Storage System with High Safety and Cost Competitiveness.’ The demonstration will initially be located at the Alcala de Henares distribution substation in the suburbs of Madrid, but it

WIND TURBINES: Now supply 21.1 per cent of Spain’s electricity. is planned to carry out demonstrations at several sites to fully assess various case studies. The scope of the testing programme will include the evaluation of the BESS’s

When the wind blows SPAIN saves money on windy days, according to the Wind Business Association. The sector reports that 2013 was, in general, a good year for generating energy thanks to the wind, with a production of 49.5 TWh in the first 11 months, 16.1 per cent more than the same period in 2012. However, the anticyclone which passed through Spain in December led to a fall in production and a rise in prices on the electric market. That month, 15.4 per cent of energy needs were covered by wind production, and the average market price was €80/MWh. The windiest month was November, when 6,471GWh were produced and the least windy month was July, covering 13.4 per cent of demand.

effectiveness in managing the electric supply at specific sites with seasonal or temporary high electricity demand. Fenosa manages electrical power supply with seasonal and occasional electrical demand fluctuation. In addition, the rapid increase of renewable energy and distributed generation will demand more flexibility in the electric system. For those applications, storage technologies are the promising solution that can be integrated in the different electrical systems. Through the demonstration programme, Fenosa and Toshiba aim to demonstrate the BESS solutions that will contribute to the establishment of highly reliable metropolitan distribution networks that can ensure stable electric power supply for those with large amounts of renewable energy sources .

Confidence rising amongst consumers SPAIN is leading the way as consumer and industry confidence continues to grow about the future. In December the Economic Sentiment


Hema arriving NETHERLANDS chain Hema will open shops in Spain and the UK during the first six months of this year. It has not revealed were the Spanish stores will be located.

Still buying MEXICO’S Sigma Alimentos owns 45 per cent of Spain’s Campofrio following its Shuanghui International deal. It has acquired 547,391 more shares since the December transaction and will continue buying, a spokesman said.

Indicator (ESI) increased by 1.6 points in the euro area (to 100.0) and 1.4 points in the EU (to 103.5). Sentiment in the euro area is thus back to its long-term average for the first time since July 2011. In the EU, the average had already been passed in September. In the euro area, the marked improvement resulted from rising confidence among consumers, as well as managers in services, retail trade, construction and, to a lesser extent, industry. Economic sentiment improved in three of the five largest economies, namely Spain (+4.0), Italy (+2.3) and the Netherlands (+1.5), while remaining virtually unchanged in Germany and France (both +0.3). Industry confidence increased moderately (+0.5), driven by more positive assessments of the current level of overall order books and the stocks of finished products, which were

somewhat counterbalanced by deteriorating production expectations. Of the survey questions not included in the confidence indicator, managers’ assessment of the current level of export order books remained unchanged, while it worsened in the case of past production. Services confidence rose (+1.1) as a result of significantly improved assessments of the past business situation and past demand, which contrasted with slightly deteriorating demand expectations. Consumer confidence picked up (+1.8), thanks to more optimistic views of households on the future general economic situation, their unemployment expectations and, to a lesser extent, their savings over the next 12 months. Consumers’ opinions about the future financial

EU: On a sector basis, industry confidence remained unchanged. situation of their households remained broadly unchanged. Retail trade confidence increased substantially (+2.7), driven by managers’ surging optimism about the future business situation and, to a lesser extent, improving appraisals of the present business situation and the volume of stocks. Also sentiment in construction improved significantly (+3.6), fuelled

by managers’ improved appraisal of order books and less pessimistic employment expectations. Financial services confidence (not included in the ESI) increased by 2.0 points, driven by an improved assessment of past demand, which more than outweighed managers’ grimmer views on the past business situation and demand expectations. In the wider EU, the improvement in sentiment was only slightly less pronounced than in the euro area (+1.4). On a sector basis, developments in the EU deviated from the euro area in so far as industry confidence remained unchanged and the surge in sentiment was higher in retail trade, while lower in construction. On a country basis, the main reason for the slightly weaker improvement in sentiment was a virtually unchanged confidence level in the largest non-euro area EU economy, the UK (-0.1).

Social policy dirty money MALLORCA Local Government has decided that the money recovered in corruption cases should be destined for social policies. The motion was presented by the socialist party, and proposed that any money recovered thanks to sentences in corruption cases should be used to promote social policies which improve the resources and quality of life of the neediest members of the society. The conservative Partido Popular agreed to the proposal, which they say is in line with their plans to “help the island’s neediest citizens.” It is estimated that the Mallorca Council could receive some €15 million in the coming months from such cases.


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Modern technology isn’t always that supportive WHEN was the last time you looked somebody in the eyes? If today’s modern technology has anything to do with it, it’s probably been a while. At the train station recently a gang of us sat waiting for our carriage to arrive. For 20 minutes there was complete ‘human’ silence in the station (the station’s TV was blaring of course!) as each and every passenger gave themselves a sore neck endlessly glaring down at their smartphone. Have you also noticed how any spontaneous doubt within a conversation is immediately shut down with the words “let’s Google it and see”? Even little children no longer seem to be interested in toys, but rather their

Loose change A look at finance for females

Jane Plunkett

HUMAN SILENCE: Everyone prefers to use their smartphone. parent’s mobile phones. Technology is a good thing; but like everything else in the world it’s best enjoyed in moderation. The amount of money spent these days on gadgets is incredible and a lot of the time the gadgets we flock to buy are completely unnecessary. For example, Microsoft has launched a ‘smart bra’

to try and stop women eating too much. That’s right - rather than just making a stern conscien-

tious effort to go on a diet and stick to it, apparently nowadays it is necessary to splash out on high-tech

bras to achieve a slimmer figure. The new fancy bra is embedded with physiological sensors that monitor a woman’s heart activity to measure stress levels and combat emotional eating. The sensors can send an alert to the wearer’s smartphone, which then flashes a warning to help the wearer step away from the fridge and make better diet decisions. It does seem a little farfetched in order to resist the cookie jar a woman needs to be equipped with a high-tech bra that can talk to the smartphone in her pocket. It seems a lot to invest in, surely plainand-simple will power can achieve the same results without fleecing your savings account!


Not paying THE Panama Canal rejected a proposal that it pay $1 billion to continue work on expanding the waterway, and warned the building consortium behind the project, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, it could bring in others to finish the job.

Cafe closure CAFES and restaurants at the Ifema fairground in Madrid may remain closed from January 22 to 24, while Spain’s most important tourism fair, FITUR, is being held, if a strike by union Comisiones Obreras goes ahead.

€8m coins TWO of the USA’s rarest coins, a 1787 gold doubloon and a 1913 five cent piece sold for almost €8 million during an auction in Orlando, Florida. The doubloon was first minted in the US.

Bank account emptied for tax Q. I was very upset to discover that my bank account was empty. The bank told You and the me that the account was embargoed and I had no previous warning. The Law in Spain Traffic Department had placed the By David Searl embargo for unpaid vehicle tax on a car which I had sold several years before to a local mechanic. He had promised to handle the paperwork but he had not done it. The Town Hall kept issuing the tax bills to the name of the registered owner, which continued to be me. Since I did not have a standing payment order at the bank, I had received no notification. At the Malaga traffic department, several people were not very helpful. Finally a friend told me that there is indeed a form to de-register the car without any papers. The next time I went to Trafico, I simply asked the guard where I should go. He pointed to a window with only two people in line. They gave me the form, a sort of sworn declaration. I filled it in, presented it, and they said that was all that needed to be done. Is this true? G G (Costa del Sol) A. In theory, yes. However, take your copy of the form to your town hall and make sure they know you have deregistered the vehicle.

This is because they issue the municipal tax bills. Someone at Trafico should have steered you to the right window in the first place. In ‘You and the

Law in Spain,’ on pages 327-328, you can find out about the form.

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

PREPARATION: Doesn’t guarantee that a good job will be found.

A lost generation… EIGHTY per cent of Spanish youths are convinced that they will have to depend upon their families in the future. A study carried out amongst 1,000 young men and women between 18 and 24 by the Reina Sofia Centre for Adolescence and Youth shows that they are pessimistic about their future. Amongst the so-called ‘lost generation’ who studied to prepare for the future but now find themselves without work amidst the financial crisis, 60 per cent think it unlikely they will find or keep a job that they like within the next three years. Fifty per cent see the chance of becoming financially self-sufficient, renting

or buying a house or having a family as ‘very difficult.’ Most of them are overwhelmed by a feeling of self-sacrifice, saying that they will have to live off their parents, without the chance of becoming independent or having their own children in the future. According to experts, many are frustrated, because they have made an effort to prepare themselves, but have found that this doesn’t guarantee they will find a good job. More than 80 per cent of them believe that Spain will be in the same situation or worse off than it is now within a year’s time.


Just not the place I fell in love with AS we all know, many expat Brits have decided to move back to the UK since the ‘crisis’ began. We assume that this is mainly for economic reasons and homesickness, but I wonder if there is another underlying reason – how Spain itself has changed. Because the Spain we moved to 10 years ago is virtually unrecognisable. Part of our decision to come and live here permanently was to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and laissez-faire attitude to life, but so much of that has now gone. Apart from the fact that the Spanish taxman is out to squeeze us for every centimo – as in the declaration of worldwide assets – so much else has changed, not necessarily for the better. No doubt much is down to Euro regulation, but we now have things like the smoking ban, which is soon to be followed by an e-cigarette ban, intensified ITV checks on the car, the intimidating Guardia Civil Trafico, etc, etc. I wonder if any of your other readers agree? John Edwards, Denia (Alicante)

A better way REGARDING the recent article about a pro-abortion collective painting graffiti on the justice minister’s house in Nerja (Issue 1488), I would like to say that, although I agree with their cause, in no way do I agree with their action. If it is about defending the right for women to make choices about the circumstances in which they give birth, there are better ways to do it. Covering the house of a member of the government with graffiti and, what is worse, insulting the Christian faith by mocking its symbols, does little favour to women. Instead of giving biological, ethical or even religious

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European Union. Jim refused to be taken in by the duplicity of that unelected cabal and its winsome, worrisome ways. International finance is a hot potato. It and the European Central Bank’s smoke and mirrors is designed to confuse we ordinary plebeians. Not with the likes of Jim Collins around. He showed us the EU magician’s tricks. Enjoy those beautiful meadows, Jim, where you now sing to lyres. ‘Death is the starlit strip between the companionship of yesterday and the reunion of tomorrow.’ Mike Walsh (By email)

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We stopped for a coffee at the Hotel Lake Vinuela. This was the serene scene that greeted us from the lawn. By David Worboys, Nerja (Malaga) reasons, those who want to abolish abortion would turn to these acts to defend their position, claiming whoever goes against them is a radical. Abortion is too important an issue for disrespectful action which, despite the initial intention, makes people focus on other things. It’s about time for both proand anti-abortion groups to sit down and discuss the topic in order to reach an agreement which would result in a law that lasts more than a government’s term in office. John Westgate, Torremolinos, (Malaga)

What crisis? IT’S good to see that the Spanish reportedly intend to spend more in the sales this year. Although they won’t spend as much as before the start of the financial crisis, it will help to boost the economy.

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However, is it just me, or does it seem that some people have never really stopped spending? Or maybe I just didn’t pay as much attention before. Almost every weekend I go to a local mall to do my grocery shopping in the supermarket, but all of the boutiques seem to be swarming with people; they come out loaded down with shopping bags, and they then go for a meal in one of the restaurants in the mall. Admittedly it’s quieter on weekdays, except for the evenings, but I’m talking about

a normal area, not somewhere like Puerto Banus. It seems that while the financial crisis has hit some people so hard they are forced to go to charities for help, others seem unaware of its existence. Not only that, but despite the constant reports of falling birthrates in Spain, there seem to be people with young children and babies everywhere. Great news, but it makes me wonder how it is possible, and what will become of them in the future if the current climate does not improve. Jane Standish, Fuengirola (Malaga)

Sad farewell I WAS much saddened on hearing of the passing of columnist Jim Collins. The EWN has a reputation for good communicative writers and Jim was certainly one of the best. He had a cynical eye on the

I SAW on your website an article entitled ‘What can we expect from 2014’. You refer to butane gas bottles remaining at the set price of €17.50. Do you know if it is legal for outlets to sell ‘butanos’ at a higher price? My local petrol station in Pizarra charges €19.10, while at the other local petrol station it is €18.50. Friends who live in the nearby town of Cartama only pay the official price of €17.50. By the time I drive further afield for cheaper gas bottles, I have spent the difference in petrol! I don’t understand these huge differences and have been led to understand that they can only be sold at the official price. However, arguing with the employees at the local petrol station gets me nowhere; they say that is the price that they charge. Full stop. Also a big ‘thank you’ to the Euro Weekly for keeping us informed with so much local news and handy tips. Jane Peopleton, Pizarra (Malaga)

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Missing global-warming con men LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT


SEE the global-warming bunch of state-funded con men have been conspicuous by their absence of late! With temperatures plunging to all-time lows all over the Northern Hemisphere they must be kicking themselves for not choosing global freezing as their vehicle for squeezing taxpayers’ money into their own conniving coffers. Why don’t we all get real? I’m no astronomer but even I know the world spins on a slight tilt, which over time creates environmental changes. Hence the Ice Age, oceans turning into deserts and so forth. If you’ll pardon the pun, it is global spinning, not global warming that causes the problems. The only environmental damage to our existence has

POLLUTION: The real Armageddon. been caused by pollution, smog, acid rain, etc. Above all, and I say it again, the downright criminal release of radiation into our atmosphere is the real Armageddon. This toxic noose has spread all around the planet, trapped under the layer of ozone for another thousand years or more. The results of this global disaster can be seen by the vast increase in tumours now sprouting like mutating mushrooms on ever-increasing numbers of our human race.

It is a disgrace that charities have to be set up to pay for research into cures for this abominal disease. The countries responsible for this outrage should be centrally funding all research into possible cures and spending whatever it takes. Even if it costs billions, the money is a drop in the ocean compared to the vast reserves held by these countries. But that’s not the game, is it? Of course it isn’t. The money men who run our planet, those that

can buy and sell countries if they so wish, want us all to think that if it wasn’t for our efforts nothing would be done. Keeps us all occupied, ya see. These secretive people want us to think we’re all doing a wonderful job, which of course we are. The problem is it’s all totally unnecessary. They could fund the whole operation and not even make a dent. Makes ya sick, dunnit? We’re all at the mercy of a few multi-trillionaires. They don’t care who are elected as presidents or prime ministers, or to any other governmental office, for that matter. They simply shift their money to where it is most beneficial to them. You never see them; they make their decisions in secret. The rest of us minions are merely taking part in a game. Pawns scuttling around thinking that anything we do really makes a difference. Sorry, folks we’re all expendable. Have a nice day! Keep the faith Love Leapy


Back on full form… GREAT to see you back in full form this week, Loopy - sorry, Leapy with your vitriolic rhetoric about immigration (Issue 1488). I was becoming concerned that, in your dotage, you were losing your touch. I had even found myself almost agreeing with you on the odd occasion over the past few months. Worrying days indeed! It must have been a great disappointment to you when the floodgates opened and only an insignificant number of Romanians and Bulgarians trickled in. Keep up the venom, Leapy. I enjoy a good laugh every Thursday. And don’t lose the faith.

David Bayliss, Rambla de Oria, (Almeria)

Electricity prices going up again? With electricity bills already up 60 per cent in five years the power companies threatened another 11 per cent rise. Do you think that was justified and would you be able to cope? Would you have to make savings elsewhere, or keep the heating down? Was the government right to peg the rise at 2.3 per cent? CAROL DEAN, aged 66, lives in Albox (Almeria). She has a good handle on her own energy usage, saying, “I have got a white meter so I do all my washing and ironing or use anything that uses a lot of electricity in that time period.” Her opinion is that the government did the right thing by keeping the increase low: “They should have stopped any rises altogether.” For her part, she does what she can, saying that “it is a question of turning off lights to save energy.” Using alternative energy also helps. The opinion of Keith Roberts in Arboleas (Almeria) is that “we are part solarpowered so our power bills are quite low compared to other people.” The 63-yearold retiree states, “I don’t think 2.3 per cent is extortionate, I wouldn’t say we would have to cut STEVE BALL: Everything is going up.

STREET TALK back on any luxuries.” Then there are those on the other side of the spectrum. Any price increase on electricity would affect retirees Steve and Jennie Hollarn from Los Dolses (Alicante), but Steve thinks the proposed 11 per cent would have been disastrous for consumers: “It’s too high and out of most people’s reach. “A lot of people are struggling at the moment anyway.” He also thinks the government should step in to prevent such steep rises: “The problem is that Iberdrola has the monopoly and there is little competition.” Steve Ball, aged 61, also from Los Dolses

(Alicante), said rises in electricity price, no matter how big or small, affect everyone: “I’ve just gone and bought a gas fire because bills are so high. Everything is going up but wages haven’t gone up to match all these price increases. I’ve been here 11 years so I don’t know about UK comparisons, but they are maybe trying to stay in line with the UK. It’s definitely not as cheap now to live here.” The solution, according to Mariasun Uribe in Alhaurin de la Torre (Malaga), is to “pursue alternative energy sources as much as possible. The government will always make decisions people are not in agreement with. “The best thing to do for oneself is to go with wind or solar power, which we haven’t done yet, but maybe one day we will.” CAROL DEAN: Government should stop rises. KEITH ROBERTS: Doesn’t think increase is extortionate.


16 - 22 January 2014 / Costa de Almería



The thousand-year fiesta! By Ric Polansky THE other day I asked my wife if the banks were open. Silly me, but with all the fiestas, saints’ days, religious holidays and New Year, I haven’t been able to keep up. Last week a group of historical pundits decided to declare the millennium celebration of the capital city of Almeria. Yes, 2014 signifies 1,000 years of a continuous march to glory. If you’ve read Spanish history you will be familiar with the standard Almeria mantra: ‘When Almeria was Almeria, Granada was its garden’. Almeria’s dominion extended through Murcia to the borders of Valencia, Jaen, Baeza, Calatrava and halfway to Malaga. It was the independent kingdom of the Almotacin. Travellers came from afar to witness its industry, metallurgy,

farming, silks, salt, mosaics and pottery. In particular was the industry of making pots and pans from copper and zinc creating bronze. In the courts the poets flourished, reciting the wonders of the lands and the splendours of the palace. Nearby others sung of the glories of Almeria. Some of this is still remaining when one visits the castle of Almazara. An absolute must if you wish to consider yourself an Almeriense. There are plenty of good bars, too, near the old town, especially La Puga just down the hill toward the sea. Famed for its food and drink, it is another mustvisit place to take in. More than 13 new books have come out in the past year regaling Almeria’s past renown and even more are being printed now. But the past millennium has changed the

Nora Johnson

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N New Year’s Eve, ambulance trusts received one phone call every 15 seconds to deal with the results of binge drinking, with 1,500 calls in Central London alone. And like the gigantic waves causing havoc to Britain’s shores recently, liver damage is fast becoming one of the biggest threats to life, especially for the under-thirties. Time and again on television, we see instances of antisocial behaviour by young people in town centres all over the UK where there’s no longer any stigma in being drunk, disorderly and getting trollied. Why is this? Firstly, aspirations have been destroyed by cheap credit and the loss of respect for money. Money’s supposed to represent a token of work, effort, skill, experience and knowledge. What’s this got to do with binge drinking, you may ask? Well, if you’re young, where’s your stake in society? How can you develop long-term relationships and raise children when you don’t have the security of a roof over your head? Why bother working when you’ve no hope of getting a foothold on the housing ladder and knowing you can rely on generous benefits?

LEFT: Almeria Castle. ABOVE: Loading the grapes.

demographics of the town totally. Industry is but a meagre fraction compared to the agriculture for which

Almeria has become so famous. Yet, in all honesty, it all seems terribly contrived. Like insisting we

are having a good time fishing, in a boat surrounded by mosquitoes and nothing else biting. For me, historically, the previous millennium was the eye-opener. Almeria’s Argarico culture had spread even further than the Moors did. Foreigners came from afar to mine and establish metallurgy as a prime driving force for

settling Spain and then Europe. These are the folks that rolled on into Britain to create Stonehenge. Later on, the Barbary pirates controlled Almeria and wreaked havoc on all sea trade in the Mediterranean. No, no celebration unless of course you need another holiday. I wonder if all the government offices will display a pirate flag?

Turning a night out into a nightmare Secondly, being drunk has, like other types of antisocial behaviour, been allowed to become ‘normal.’ There aren’t enough police; not enough time spent on catching criminals; not enough criminals serving full sentences. The police aren’t even managing antisocial behaviour, let alone enforcing the law. ‘Normal’ behaviour for the rest of us has been sacrificed on the funeral pyre of ‘rights.’ We stopped having to be responsible and started demanding our ‘rights.’ Responsible behaviour’s not even encouraged. Try protecting yourself against a burglar/ attacker and you’ll get yourself arrested. Try getting a noisy pub shut down and you’ll get nowhere. Thirdly, we live in an age of instant ‘celebrity’ where the worse you behave, the more coverage you get. The more coverage you get, the ‘greater’ celebrity you become so, whatever you do, it gets

GETTING TROLLIED: Now considered normal. names in the local press, most young people doubtless regard it as a badge of honour. And to return to my question in the second paragraph: lack of discipline and too little responsibility brought on by easy money over a generation is my answer to the ‘why.’

reported because you are ‘someone.’ And, far from being embarrassed by having their

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Golden Indalo is awarded to popular long-time resident! 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.


OJACAR’S prestigious Golden Indalo awards have been announced. One has gone to the popular, long-time resident, Robert K Jones, photographer par excellence. Bob is in England now, but he has spent his last 40 years living in Mojacar. He knows everyone and everyone knows and likes him. He has been a very popular choice. In the early years, Bob ran the famed Escalera Bar in Mojacar village. Always so packed, it was impossible to get in so you had your drink on the steps outside. Years later, he managed the Casablanca above Los Arcos when it was a nightclub complete with the Bar Americain. Subsequently, he spent many years looking after the Rusty Nail. Many of the old-timers still view ‘The Nail’ as Mojacar’s most authentic and historical watering hole on the beach.

WILDLIFE: Caught through the lens of Robert K Jones. In recent years, he could be seen most mornings at sunrise, walking along the beaches, shooting sunrises or meandering near the Rio Aguas Laguna in front of Marina de la Torre Golf. He loved catching wildlife with his lens and used the new sunlight of an early morning to create a shot fit for National Geo. Many of his studies were submitted to TV stations wherein they were selected so often he


made ‘Mojacar’ a household name following the weather reports. Bob’s photos made the nation aware of Mojacar’s glorious sunshine. In the rainy north, they saw Bob’s photos online and made trips to seek Spain’s El Dorado of sunshine. His current adaptations can be seen on his Facebook page.


E W N 16 - 22 January 2014 / Costa de AlmerĂ­a



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Monday SkyMoviesAction/


•Tommy Lee Jones •Will Smith •Linda Fiorentino •Vincent D'Onofrio •Rip Torn


Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith (pictured) star as the titular characters with a mission to protect the Earth from the scum of the universe in this hilarious sci-fi comedy adventure, based on the cult comic book series. The MIB is a top-secret agency set up to monitor and police alien activity on Earth, which has been designated an apolitical "neutral zone" - the galactic equivalent of Switzerland. Agents who work for the MIB have no identity and there is no record of their existence, while funding for the agency comes from patents it owns on technology confiscated from aliens: Velcro, microwave ovens and liposuction are just a handful of luxuries unthinkable without a little help from extraterrestrials.

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Men in Black (Film, 1997)



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ITV2/ 2:00pm The Cube 3:00pm The Jeremy 4:05pm The 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 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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What Maisie Knew SUSANNA and Beale are too self-involved even to notice their neglect and inadequacy as parents. As they raise the stakes by taking on inappropriate new partners, the ex-nanny Margo and the much younger bartender Lincoln, the shuffling of Maisie from household to household becomes more and more callous, the consequences more and more troubling.









Starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skasgard and Joana Vanderham. Directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel. Run 98 mins. Rated 15.




PISCES (February 20 - March 20) This month, there is much to be celebrated. So much has happened in the latter part of last year. Certainly, congratulations are in order. When you have made such an effort and are rewarded for it, the satisfaction level is high. Be aware, though, that someone close also needs to feel that there is progress.

7-Star Quiz THE FAB FOUR

take steps now to get time alone then these plans cannot be changed. This will save any discussions as to how or when. Taking charge of your own time is liberating.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Although you have the feeling that younger members of the family are not interested in your point of view, this is far off the mark. They, in their inexperience, may not know how best to approach you in this regard. Getting out family photos or starting a family tree with them can be both entertaining and fascinating.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) With the best will in the world it is only possible to spend money once. We are all guilty of trying to get over this truth, but it never works. Have patience when looking to improve your possessions. There are more pressing needs and these, in the long run, prove more satisfying. Should you be thinking of taking on a commitment, have clear ideas of how it will be managed. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Going over old ground is counter-productive. There is nothing to be gained from repeating




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


Average: 7

Very good: 14

Good: 9

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SCORPIO (October 24 November 22) This is a week to let yourself be heard. Be it writing letters, sending emails, making phone calls or making conversation, you must express yourself. Being honest and outspoken need not mean upsetting people.





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SAGITTARIUS (November 23 December 21) Having problems with that new computer? Fallen foul of the new mobile phone? That wouldn't be surprising this week. As you are prone to mistakes and misunderstandings, try not to tackle anything vital. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and fresh air. Someone who is supposed to help you proves more of an irritation than a saviour, and you may wish that you had stuck with the manual. This is a week to try to keep life simple.


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VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Getting together with others to entertain is sure to be successful after the sixteenth. Before that there may be some irritations, particularly with people who refuse to be positive and make decisions. Those moving house or going on a journey need a lot of patience, and forward planning is essential.




methods that did not work in the past. If it is not possible to find a fresh approach then seek the opinions of others. You do not need experience of a situation to be able to come up with a useful idea.

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.




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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) This is an important week for both your physical health and your mental well-being. Because of things beyond your control, you may have let your diet or exercise slip. Having sorted out any problems that side-tracked you, there is a need to be particularly strong.



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sticking point. Starting by taking away the things you really do not want is essential. Be practical and logical. This is not a time for sentiment or muddled thinking.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) The prospect of travel sets you thinking. Have you been spending too much time considering others? Should you

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) The importance of making the right choices is clear to you. Where to begin seems to be a


Pep Guardiola, born January 18, 1971. He is a Spanish football manager and former player. As a player, he spent most of his career in FC Barcelona, winning one Championsʼ League among other titles. In 2008, he signed in as Barcelonaʼs manager winning 13 trophies during the four seasons in charge. He is currently the manager of German club Bayern Munich.


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



AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) When it comes to throwing wobblers, please don't. It is so important this week to stay cool and unruffled. Change nothing that you can avoid changing. Even having discussions about change can set your nerves jangling. What is needed now is a comfort blanket and someone to put it around you.

1. Who were Cynthia Powell, Mary Cox, Patti Boyd and Linda Eastman? 2. What was the title of the Beatles’ first UK number one hit single? 3. What is Sir Paul McCartney’s real first name? 4. Premiered in the UK in July 1964, what was the title of the Beatles’ first film, a blackand-white comedy directed by Richard Lester? 5. Released in August 1968, what was the title of the Beatles’ first single on their record label, Apple Records? 6. What were the names of (a) the original regular drummer with the Beatles who was replaced by Ringo Starr in 1962 and (b) the Beatles’ original bassist who left the band in 1962 to pursue his career as an artist? 7. Which Beatle co-wrote, with Eric Clapton, and played electric guitar on the Cream’s 1969 hit single Badge, under the pseudonym L’Angelo Misterioso?

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IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Trust your instincts when making judgements in the months ahead, particularly when meeting new people. Should you feel concern, then sidestep and look ahead.


CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) You are in for a bit of a bumpy ride this week. Some things will go well but other outcomes can be quirky. People change their minds, technology doesn't work, phone calls don't come. Be assured, however, that if you keep your sense of the absurd it could all be quite amusing.





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Cryptic Across 1 Transport needed by Santa, his leg is broken (6) 4 Missouriʼs cattle is in Russia (6) 7 Eccentric saved rope for spy (9) 9 Arab state within Romania (4) 10 Move at once for the butter (4) 11 Where boats may be seen made of tin and aluminium (5) 13 Chemical tester finding uranium in illuminated manuscript (6) 14 Tone down safety first repeatedly (6) 15 Saint carrying tungsten alloy (6) 17 Making a big effort with 10 dismissed (3,3) 19 Flower is found within 24 hours (5) 20 Fish swallowing end of anglerʼs line (4) 22 Back-seat model displayed grief (4) 23 Iʼm sure ten became insurgents (9) 24 Animals made to rest (6) 25 Cooked small trout for the coaches (6) Down 1 An educational institution for lots of swimmers (6) 2 Russian czar who features in Gilbert and Sullivan operetta (4) 3 Has Japanese money in African animals (6) 4 Hot curry creating dramas (6) 5 Toil, thatʼs what lumberjacks do after the Sabbath (4) 6 Building a new town, itʼs immoral (6) 7 Soil burrowers or the warm characters (9) 8 Stops open for a change, then


schedules for a later date (9) 11 Better crude compound (5) 12 Small owl, young, somewhat humble (5) 15 Famous actor in a cop flick (6) 16 Incursions outside quiet but turbulent

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 3 represents H and 25 represents C, so fill in H every time the figure 3 appears and C every time the figure 25 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

area of a river (6) 17 Just one facet of the view (6) 18 Sums for children, including a little algebra (6) 21 Expected to carry piano for cheat (4) 22 Underwriter reveals legal document (4)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Deflated, 5 Kilo, 9 Curious, 10 Extol, 11 Saint, 12 Tussock, 13 Munich, 15 Dampen, 18 Seminar, 20 Adore, 22 Nylon, 23 Glacier, 24 Yarn, 25 Kestrels. Down: 1 Ducks, 2 Foreign, 3 Aloft, 4 Ersatz, 6 Intro, 7 Oilskin, 8 Persia, 13 Masonry, 14 Canine, 16 Promise, 17 Brogue, 19 Molar, 20 Abaft, 21 Earls. QUICK Across: 1 Scheme, 4 Optic, 8 Relic, 9 Partner, 10 Endorse, 11 Bore, 12/18 Dry ice, 14 Hymn, 15 Espy, 21 Once, 23 Narrate, 25 Piccolo, 26 Inept, 27 Ready, 28 Ignore. Down: 1 Screen, 2 Holiday, 3 Macaroni, 4 Ogre, 5 Tango, 6 Cornet, 7 Speed, 13 Yearning, 16 Placebo, 17 Cooper, 19 Enjoy, 20 Gentle, 22 Cocoa, 24 Copy.


ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Amigo, 3 Sauce, 5 Eat, 7 Evening, 9 True, 10 Both, 13 Nublado, 14 Sol, 15 Siete, 16 Sapos. Down: 1 Aceitunas, 2 Oler, 3 Shed, 4 Eggshells, 6 Thumb, 8 Idols, 11 Vale, 12 Logs.


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English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Salvia (4) 3 Used (second-hand) (5) 8 Housewife (3,2,4) 9 To be (changeable or temporary state) (5) 10 Silver (metal) (5) 12 Artichoke (9) 14 Latón (metal) (5) 15 Dentro de (4) Down 1 Cacerola (8) 2 Gigante (5) 4 Perro pastor (8) 5 Day (3) 6 Factories (8) 7 Shoemaker (8) 11 Otra vez (5) 13 Coche (automóvil) (3)

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



















Unscramble the name of a famous Greek philosopher: GRAPH’S A TOY



Answers: A kick in the teeth, Nothing on Earth

Unscramble the name of a type of confectionery (one word): CUTHBERT’S COT

Across 1 Become separated (6) 4 Has confidence in (6) 9 Wear away (7) 10 Award (5) 11 File a claim against (3) 12 Small parrot (8) 14 Belonging to the stars (6) 15 Chief (6) 18 Result (8) 20 Donkey (3) 23 Hospital worker (5) 24 Last (7) 25 Discover (6) 26 School work (6) Down 1 Joins in space (5) 2 Unbearable physical pain (7) 3 Wooden shoe (4) 5 Recurring again and again (8) 6 Beam (5) 7 Refuge (7) 8 Wild (5) 13 Most distant (8) 14 Arms depot (7) 16 Journals (7) 17 Domineering (5) 19 Words to a song (5) 21 Austere (5) 22 Incite (4)

1 Elapse, 2 Rascal, 3 Neater, 4 Swerve, 5 Turret, 6 Fixate, 7 Warmth, 8 Estate, 9 Behave, 10 Muscle, 11 Bureau, 12 Ideate, 13 Tracer, 14 Reveal, 15 Dilate, 16 Statue, 17 Addict, 18 Strand, 19 Bodies



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When exercising is not enough... EXERCISING could be not enough for teenagers to keep extra pounds away. A study from the University of the Basque Country (UPV) involving 224 teenagers has revealed that exercising doesn’t make up for an excess of fat in their diets. As a consequence, fat mainly accumulates in the stomach areas making them overweight. “Until now it was believed heavy exercising could compensate an unbalanced diet, but it’s not the case,” said research leader professor Idoia Labayen. Belly fat is said to be bad for the health as it increases the chances of having heart problems, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. Some of them even stop doing exercise, which could lead to health problems. Controlling the amount of fat in a diet seems to be the key to avoid teenagers from being overweight.



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A dry January good for health A JANUARY detox could be more beneficial than people think. Swearing off the alcohol following the festive indulgences, as well as improving health by reducing cholesterol and helping lose weight, also improves sleep patterns. Research was carried out on 13 people who classed their drinking habits as ‘moderate’ over a five week period. On average, volunteers who abstained from drinking during this period lost 3.3lb, cut cholesterol levels by 5 per cent and blood glucose levels by almost a quarter. Volunteers said they slept better and felt more alert at work. What is not yet known by scientists is how quickly all the good work can be undone once drinking resumes in February.

endorphins to the body, protecting the organism from infections and making it more resistant to heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension or cancer. The body also releases lipoproteins to the bloodstream when laughing. These contain proteins and lipids, and help reduce cholesterol levels resulting from a sedentary type of life. Laughter is also considered a key element to speed up recoveries, reduce pain created by certain illnesses and reduce stress and anxiety.

Friendly sweets DENTISTS have long since warned of the dangers to our teeth of eating too many sweets, but now, a new sweet could help in the fight against tooth decay. The boiled sweets, created by a German firm, are sugar free and use a ‘friendly’ probiotic bacteria to fight off the harmful bacteria and could be targeted at children to help avoid the early onset of tooth decay.

LOOKING for something, well, a little different for your skin regimen? Why not try what natural skin experts say is a great skin care treatment using a fresh, ripe avocado. Yes, an actual avocado! Avocados are everywhere in Spain, and prices will only go down as they fully come into season. So how is it done? Quite simple, really: Take a ripe avocado and remove the pit and skin. Mash it up well in a bowl and slather it over the portion of your skin that needs moisturising.

Let it sit 20 minutes (don’t get avocado on your book or TV remote while waiting) and then rinse off. The effect? Super soft skin, from Mother Nature’s natural moisturiser. But Guacamole lovers beware: the problem with this unique approach is that it might make you look at guacamole a little differently next time you have it for your tortilla chips and salsa? AVOCADO: Natural moisturiser.


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DID you eat too much over the holidays? Do you feel sometimes that you only have to look at food to put on weight? Why not try to create a healthier you this year by changing your lifestyle? If you need to lose weight, set longterm goals for yourself and make small changes you


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Get juicing this winter JUICING is a great way of getting essential vitamins and nutrients in to your body and with so many different combinations and options to try, there is a taste to suit everyone For maximum health benefits, make sure you include the some of the following: Kale: a low-calorie vegetable that is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. It is a good source of potassium and aids in muscle and heart health. Ginger: adding ginger to juice recipes can reduce nausea and stomach distress and can improve the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Lemons: rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, lemons also contain beta carotene which supports eye health and helps protect bones from osteoporosis. Blueberries: often described as a ‘super food’ they are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and juicing with blueberries can help the body overcome urinary tract infections. Cinnamon: helps the body fight off colds and mild bacterial infections. Adding cinnamon may also help JUICES: There is a taste to suit everyone. control blood sugar levels and reduce joint pain.

Sales of British beer on decline THE British beer market has found itself to be in a state of flux. Although the amount of people drinking beer has remained broadly the same in 2013 compared to the previous year, the actual amount being consumed has decreased. According to a survey carried out by market researcher Mintel, some 31 per cent of beer drinkers in the UK claim to be drinking less beer than they were a year ago. This downturn is also reflected in volume sales, with a year on year decrease of 3.4 per cent in 2013. This means beer went from 4.24 billion litres sold in 2012 to 4.09 billion in 2013. Lager is the most popular type of beer, with 58 per cent of adults drinking it in the last six months of 2013. It is also the only type of beer to be

BEER TYPES: Lager is the most popular. drunk more at home than outside, with 47 per cent of people enjoying the drink

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Some interesting ideas for using up your winter citrus fruits Dick Handscombe

CITRUS FRUITS: They will be ripe enough to pick over the coming months.

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


ONTH by month from now until June the

various seasonal varieties of citrus fruits will be coming ripe enough to pick. Here are some ideas for its use. • Lemons, oranges and grapefruits - extract and

MARMALADE: Can be made using oranges, tangerines, mandarins or a mixture.

freeze the juice in plastic beakers or bags.

• Marmalades can be made, a kilo of sugar to

each kilo of fruit, using individual types of fruits oranges, tangerines, mandarins, lemons, limes, kumquats or grapefruits or a mixture. • That old fashioned treat of lemon curd is also easy to make. • If you enjoy curries and have a productive lime tree, make lime chutney. • Orange and lemon water ices and ice creams can be easily made and served in hollowed out

oranges and lemons. • Reflecting back into the far past, my grandmother used to make a lemon and orange syrup and candied orange and lemon peel. • If you have a tray drier then dried citrus slices can be made as inexpensive snacks. Dried tangerine, mandarin and orange slices can be half dipped in chocolate to make a tasty after dinner offering with infusions, coffee and liqueurs.

• Thinking of liqueurs, brandy, whisky, anise and aguardiente can all be interestingly flavoured by adding a few thin slices of peel into the bottles. • Prepare orange or tangerine, tomato and dried salt cod salads as a change from just green salads or tomato, lettuce and onion salads. • The small fruits of kumquats and limequats can be bottled in brandy or rum for adding to desserts. • Make and freeze an orange sauce for later use when cooking a duck. • Give all your silver a spring clean by rubbing the surface with the cut face of half a lemon, before rinsing off and drying. • Start to have a refreshing lemon or orange infusion, perhaps with ginger and honey, first thing in the morning in place of coffee or tea. If anyone has other uses please send them to gardeninginspain@hotmail. com. Read ‘Growing healthy fruit in Spain - from strawberries to oranges and water melons.’ © Dick Handscombe www.gardenspain. com January 2014.


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An insight into the history of the FIFA World Cup tournament WITH the FIFA World Cup coming up in Brazil later this year, Tony Matthews looks at every World Cup tournament ever played in this series of articles THE inaugural FIFA World Cup took place in Uruguay from July 13-30, 1930. Uruguay was selected as host nation as the country was celebrating the centenary of its first constitution. Also the national team had successfully retained the soccer title at the 1928 Olympics. Thirteen countries entered the initial tournament - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay from South America; Belgium, France, Romania and Yugoslavia from Europe, plus the USA.

Estadio Centenario, Montevideo. Inset: First logo. Several European teams (including the four from Great Britain)

refused to participate because of travelling difficulties to South

America. The 13 teams were divided into four groups (three of three,

one of four) with the winner of each group moving into the semifinals. All the matches were played in the capital, Montevideo, the majority at the Estadio Centenario, which was built for the tournament. The first two World Cup encounters took place simultaneously, and were won by France and the USA who defeated Mexico 4–1 and Belgium 3–0 respectively. Lucien Laurent (France) scored the first goal in World Cup finals history while USA’s goalkeeper Jimmy Douglas posted the first official ‘clean sheet’.

Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Yugoslavia reached the semi-finals and the first two named by far the best teams in the competition qualified for the final which was won by Uruguay who defeated Argentina 4–2 before 93,000 fans in Montevideo to become the first country to lift the World Cup. One of Uruguay’s goals was scored by Hector Castro who had only one arm following an amputation when he was a 13-year-old schoolboy. The USA took third place. *Next: The 1934 World Cup in Italy

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there are a number of important changes brought about by the market forces and customer comments. 1. Over 30 new cars have been purchased. 2. A depot 2km from Almeria Airport at the Science Park service station on the A7-E15 motorway at junction 460. In future your hire car will be returned there and we will take you by shuttle to the airport (five minutes). When collecting your hire car you are met at the airport and taken to the service station. Our own staff will be delivering and preparing the cars. 3. We are operating a FAIR FUEL POLICY. When you collect your car it will be full of fuel and you will have been charged for this when your booking was made. The capacity of the tank will be quoted in litres (this can be easily checked

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Nadal - Spain’s greatest sportsman of all time L

NADAL: Voted the greatest Spanish sports person of all-time.

Tony Matthews talks to the Spanish superstar

AST November tennis star Rafael Nadal was voted the greatest Spanish sportsperson of all time. The winner of 13 Grand Slam titles and the current number one in the ATP world rankings, he received the award at the Gala for the 75th anniversary of the Spanish sports paper Diario Marca. Chosen by readers of the aforementioned newspaper, ‘Rafa’ finished a clear first, ahead of five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain, with Pau Gasol, without doubt, the greatest Spanish basketball player of all time, coming home third. This is some achievement for Rafa, considering how many other famous Spaniards have graced the sporting world over the last 60 years, men like fellow tennis Open champions Manuel Orantes and Manuel Santana, top golfers Severiano (Seve) Ballesteros, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Sergio Garcia and José Maria Olazábal, Formula One stars Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa, rally driver Carlos Sainz, former captain of the Spanish women’s national team Amaya Valdemoro, road cyclist Alberto Contador, Spain’s national football team coach, Vicente del Bosque, Real Madrid players Iker Casillas, Ricardo Zamora, Antonio Ramallets, Francisco Gento, Alfredo di Stefano (a naturalised Spaniard), Sergio Ramos, Fernando Hierro and Raul Gonzalez, the Barcelona midfield trio of Xabi Alonso, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, plus Fernando Torres, David Silva, Telmo Zarra and Emilio Butragueño. Rafa enjoyed a fantastic 2013 season, coming back from a careerthreatening knee injury to win both the French and US Opens as well as claiming his 25th and 26th ATP Masters 1000 titles in Montreal and Cincinnati. And ending the year as the world’s number one male tennis player, again! He had already claimed the French Grand Slam title seven times, in 2005-06-07-08 and 2010-11-12; lifted the US Open prize in 2010, won in Australia in 2009, was twice ‘king’ at Wimbledon, winning in 2008 (against Roger Federer) and 2010

(beating Tomäs Berdych, and gained a tennis gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. My records show that to date Rafa has played in 659 matches during his professional tennis career. He has won 60 titles overall, and no doubt whatsoever there are still a few more to be collected by the imperious Spaniard - perhaps starting with the first Grand Slam of 2014 - the Australia Open - which is now under way in Melbourne. Born on June 3, 1986, in Mallorca, Rafa is now considered by many as one of the greatest male tennis players of all time, and that is quite an accolade, especially knowing how many superstars have graced the courts all round the world since the 1950s, namely Roger Federer, Björn Borg, Boris Becker, Rod Laver, ‘Pistol’ Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, André Agassi, Ivan Lendl, Ilie Nastase, Stefan Edberg, Roy Emerson and John Newcombe. Rafa’s success on clay has earned him the nickname ‘King of Clay’ and now many sports journalists and commentators all over the globe, as well as several former and current players, regard him as the greatest clay court player in the history of tennis. Also a decisive and key member of Spain’s winning Davis Cup teams of 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011, four years ago Rafa became the seventh player in tennis history and youngest of four in the Open Era, to achieve the Career Grand Slam. And he is only the second male the other is Agassi - to complete the Career Golden Slam. Indeed, he and the Swede Mats Wilander are the only male tennis players to have won at least two Grand Slam titles on three different surfaces - hard court, grass and clay. And by winning last year’s French Open at Roland Garros, Rafa became the first and only man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times. He also became the first to win at least one Grand Slam title nine years in succession, breaking the record of eight previously shared by Borg, Sampras and Federer. The much-liked Spaniard also holds the record for most consecutive titles at one particular tournament - eight in a row in the Monte Carlo Masters. And he’s the first player from Spain, male or female, to rank number one in the world for more than 100 weeks. Ranked among the world’s top five male tennis stars for the last 12 years, Rafa was the first Spaniard to win the Australian Open, the first to claim seven French Open titles (four on the bounce) and the last to win Wimbledon, beating Federer in 2010, the epic final the longestever at that venue. Rafa told me: “Always I sincerely believe that I can play better every time I go on court. But I am exceptionally happy with what I have achieved so far. I know I have been injured quite a lot, but with the right advice and treatment, I can always overcome such difficulties. “In 2010, I came back as strong as ever to win at Wimbledon for a second time and I also gained my first victory in America. Great times.” Starting 2011 as the world’s number one male tennis player, Rafa eventually lost the top spot, as well as his Wimbledon crown to Serbian Novak Djokovic. But then, over the next two years, he won his sixth and seventh French Open titles, lost in the 2012 Wimbledon semi-finals to Czech star Lukas Rosol (a match that some commentators said was one the biggest upsets in tennis history) before winning his eighth French Open title against fellow countryman David Ferrer. Next week, join me as I talk to Rafa about his tennis career.



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Helping out the Scouts with dinner A BENEFIT Dinner to raise funds for the Local Scout Group is taking place in La Parrilla Restaurant Albox on Saturday night at 9.30pm. Tickets are on sale at €25 each and are available from the Parrilla. The 106 Saliente scout group is the oldest in Andalucia, dating back to 1916, and brings together youngsters between six and 18 years of age with monitors from different towns meeting up every weekend to organise activities.


100 years of electricity in Albox JANUARY 8, 2014 marked a significant date in the history of the town of Albox. It was exactly 100 years ago on January 8, 1914 that electricity arrived for the first time in the town. At dusk on that evening Albox stopped lighting the petrol lamps as the Mayor, Eliseo Valles Albella, gave the order to proceed with turning on the electric lighting, a novelty in the days when light and shade defined the nights in Albox. The hydroelectric station of Bacares linked

The old Sevillana Station in Albox closed in 1993. to the terminal of Bayarque finally brought Albox into the twentieth century providing an electrical supply line after a year of preparation. That evening, all residents of the district did not want to miss the event, enlivened by the municipal band and fireworks. Although in the early days of this development only municipal buildings such as the town hall, the

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AUDI A3: Sold 8,736 units in 2013.

Audi leads luxury segment in 2013 AUDI was the leader of the luxury car segment in Spain in 2013. The German manufacturer led this sector for the 20th year in a row with 34,973 units sold. This is 31.6 per cent of the Spanish luxury car market, and means that one out of three cars sold in this segment belong to Audi. The A3 was the most sold model by Audi in 2013 with 8,736 units,

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DARTS - And Steve Bunting is the new WBD World Darts Champion. He beat Alan Norris 7-4 in the final at Lakeside to collect a cheque for £100,000 (120,000 euros).

Costa de Almería’s best guide to local sport


Grand Slam tennis is back and still tight at top of premiership 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.

Costa de Almeria

THE first Grand Slam of the year - the Australian started on Monday and Andy Murray, aiming to win his third major title - is in the top half of the draw with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Unfortunately Great Britain’s number one Laura Robson and third-ranked Heather Watson were both eliminated in the first round of the women’s competition. This weekend’s Premiership matches include Arsenal-Fulham, ChelseaManchester United, Liverpool-Aston Villa,

Manchester City-Cardiff and Swansea-Tottenham. There are also full programmes in the Championship and Leagues One and Two, while in Scotland its as you were with Celtic and Rangers still unbeaten and both racing away at the top of their respective Divisions. And next Tuesday/ Wednesday the second legs of the League Cup semi-finals take place... and there is a strong possibility it could be an allManchester final this season. FOOTBALL - There were two huge bottom-ofthe-table six-pointers in the Premiership last weekend which saw 10-man West Ham (who had conceded 11 goals in their previous two matches) win 2-0 at Cardiff, while struggling Fulham were hammered 41 at home by improving Sunderland for whom

Adam Johnson scored a hat-trick. Also, leaders Arsenal won 2-1 at Aston Villa on Monday Hull lost 2-0 at home to in-form Chelsea whose goalkeeper Petr Cech made it a club record 250th clean-sheet (taking over from Peter Bonetti) and Manchester City won 2-0 at

Newcastle, Stoke and Liverpool were involved in an eight-goal thriller in the Potteries where Stephen Gerrard celebrated his 650th appearance for the


FEDERER: Playing in first Grand Slam of the year.


* Liverpool went 85 home games without defeat between January 1978 and January 1981 - a world record. * The footballer with the longest name ever to have appeared in the First Division is Arthur Griffith Sackville Redvers Trevor Boscawen Trevis who made his debut for WBA against Liverpool in April 1934. * And five members of the Clarke family - Allan, Derek Frank, Kelvin and Wayne - all played professional and between them amassed 1,126 League appearances. Allan (ex-Leeds and Leicester) was the most prominent winning 19 England caps.

Merseysiders by scoring a penalty while Luis Suarez took his goal-tally for the season to 22, Manchester United got back to winning ways by beating Swansea 2-0, Everton emulated that scoreline against Norwich, Spurs defeated Crystal Palace, also 2-0 and Southampton edged out WBA 1-0 for the second week running. Albion, meanwhile, have appointed Spaniard Pepe Mel (ex-Real Betis boss) as their new manager. At the top of the Championship, Leicester whipped Derby 4-1, QPR won 3-1 at Ipswich, Reading took the points at Watford (1-0), and Burnley collected three points at lowly Yeovil (2-1). Elsewhere Sheffield Wednesday hammered Leeds 6-0.

Here in Spain, the top two in La Liga, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona drew 0-0, Athletic Bilbao thrashed Almeria 6-1 and Real Madrid closed the gap at the top by beating Espanyol 1-0. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named African Footballer of the Year for the third successive time. RUGBY UNION Clermont Auvergne, Connacht, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Leinster, Munster, Northampton, Toulon and Toulouse all recorded victories in recent Heineken Cup pool games. There is no place for Toby Flood in England’s squad ahead of this year’s Six Nations tournament which starts on February 1 when Wales play Italy and France meet England. CRICKET - The Ashes continues down under and this time it’s the England women, and holders, who beat Australia by 61 runs in the Perth Test Match. But England’s men (269-7) lost their first ODI against the Aussies (271-4) by six wickets.

Badgers Golf Society away day BADGERS Golf Society had their first away day of the year. The venue for the day was Hacienda Del Alamo, Murcia. Thirty eight members made the trip by coach on what was to be a glorious sunny day, perfect for golf. Winner on the day was John Conely with 36pts, from Tony Waldren in 2nd place with 35pts and 3rd place going to Brian Watts with 32 pts. Nearest the pins went to Steve Dodd, Mark Newhall,

Brian Watts and Viv Parker. Next away day is to Lorca on Thursday March 20. Saturday’s competition at Macenas was won by the in form John Conely with 40pts, from Brian Watts in second with 36pts and 3rd place going to Roger Whitehead with 35pts. Members are reminded the yearly membership is now due. Badgers Golf Society also plays every Saturday at Macenas for

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