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More trouble for Fabra FORMER President of Castellon’s provincial government, Carlos Fabra, already has one prison sentence pending against him, and now faces another. He has been accused of irregularities arising from the sale of tickets for a fundraising bullfight.

Used car boom SECOND-HAND car sales increased by 6.7 per cent in the Valencian Community last year. A total of 66,025 vehicles changed hands in Alicante Province, a rise of 5.1 per cent.

Deaths probed THREE dogs have died, apparently as a result of being poisoned by weedkiller, after being walked by their owners amongst pine woods in Benidorm’s Foietes area. Police have launched an enquiry to establish whether the poisonings were deliberate or not.

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Benidorm bobbies take to the beat COMMUNITY POLICE are at last patrolling Benidorm’s Avenida del Mediterraneo and Rincon de Loix on foot. These areas have the resort’s highest concentration of British tourists, residents and business-

George comes to town GEORGE CLOONEY and Hugh Laurie are in Valencia for Disney’s new science fiction film, Tomorrowland. Filming will take place in Valencia’s futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. Tomorrowland is the tale of a teenager and former boy genius inventor, bound by destiny to uncover together the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space.

owners, and all have been calling for a greater police presence for some time. Patrols would discourage the criminals and pickpockets who rob and dupe tourists, a spokesman for the British

Benidorm association suggested at the end of last summer. They proliferate around Mercaloix in the Rincon, where scams range from ‘find the lady’ operators to collectors for nonexistent charities who target tourists. With Community Police in the Avenida del Mediterraneo and Rincon de Loix, which overlap with the bars and discos of Benidorm’s so-called ‘English zone’, the con artists will now have a harder time of it. The 10 members of the Local Police and two officers will work together with the 30 policemen who already patrol the Levante and Poniente beaches, Public Safety Councillor Jose Vicente Marcet has announced. “It is vital to make direct contact with residents, patrolling the streets to gain their trust and establish an easy relationship with them,” Marcet said. ChinellatoPhoto /

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Letters 27 TALKING: Agustin Navarro, Gema Amor, Mercedes Menor and Antonio Mayor.

Benidorm wants Villena AVE link AVE passengers bound for Benidorm could soon be leaving the train at Villena instead of Alicante. Benidorm mayor Agustin Navarro, Tourism councillor Gema Amor and Antonio Mayor, president of the Hosbec hoteliers’ association, recently met Villena’s Tourism councillor Mercedes Menor for talks.

Amor and Menor agreed that an AVE shuttle service between both towns, preferably with straight-through tickets, is ‘fundamentally important.’ The high speed train between Madrid and Alicante City has a major drawback as passengers arriving at Alicante’s new railway station must make their own way to Benidorm.

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NEWS Drunk-driver A SUSPECTED hit-and-run driver was arrested in Elda two hours after seriously injuring a cyclist, who later needed an emergency operation. The motorist was three times over the drinkdriving limit when detained. Long wait NO priest appeared as Muro residents and their pets waited for the St Anthony’s Day blessing of animals. Owing to a misprint in the fiesta programme they had turned up a day early.

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School run safety plan GETTING to school poses problems even when children live near schools. Valencia City Hall is solving the dilemma with its first Safe School Route so that pupils can walk to and from school overseen by police and volunteers. More routes are due to follow. Benidorm parents face a

different situation, however. When the next school year begins, 3,000 pupils living less than three kilometres away from their schools will lose their bus passes. Distances are measured as the crow flies although many pupils inside the radius have five- or sixkilometre journeys. Some will be driven to school,

bringing traffic chaos, but others will have to walk, parents claimed. To prove their point they recently boycotted the bus resulting in the predicted traffic tailbacks. Several pupils took up to an hour to reach their schools on foot.

Bargain flights ALICANTE AIRPORT was used by 7.2 million budget airline passengers last year. It had the most low-cost traffic after Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga. Stand-up row NUMBER 23 buses linking Alicante City, San Juan Hospital and Muchamiel are overcrowded following cuts to the service, passengers have complained. Buses are ignoring stops because they are packed, they said. Blaze doused FIRE destroyed 0.5 hectares of scrub and pine in a rural area of Teulada. A helicopter, air tractor and two fire engines had the blaze under control within two hours.



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Hospital thefts

AN ELCHE General Hospital nurse has been accused of robbing patients and visitors. The 54-year-old was responsible for 14 thefts of wallets, purses, jewellery and cash, police said.

Misleading rise BENIDORM’S year-on-year occupancy level rose by nine percentage points during the first fortnight of January. This was due to off-season closing by 41 of its 112 hotels and not increased tourism, insiders said.

Shortcut wanted ALCOY Chamber of Commerce has called for direct access to Villena’s high-speed railway station from the A-31 motorway. Access from secondary roads also needed improvement, the chamber claimed. Sweatshop bust A COMBINED police and Work Inspection operation has uncovered three clandestine footwear workshops in Elche. All the employees were Chinese and none had a work contract.


Vehicle fire TEBA: Ruins of the castle with an amazing legend.

Knight fantastic! B URNS NIGHT is this weekend, and throughout Spain, many expatriates will celebrate the life and works of the 18th century Scottish poet, Robert

Burns. In Malaga Province, Spain has its own Scottish connection. In the small town of Teba, with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, after ascending through the narrow, winding streets, visitors will find the ruins of a castle which has an amazing legend. Before he died in 1329, Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, requested Sir James Douglas, his most esteemed companion in arms, to take his embalmed heart to the Holy Land in a silver casket which Douglas carried round his neck. In 1330, Douglas, also known as Guid Sir James or Black Douglas, set sail with six other knights and 26 squires, ROBERT and heard of Alfonso XI of THE Castilla’s crusade against the BRUCE: The Muslims, so they travelled to Alplaque in Andalus to join him. Teba in his On the morning of August 25, 1330, the Nasrid army assembled memory. near the Castillo de la Estrella,

Quote of the Week Homosexuality is a sexual deficiency which can be corrected with treatment’ Newly-named Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, who added that homosexuality is deficient because the objective of sex is procreation.

which was in their possession. The battle began and Scottish knights charged the Moorish soldiers. The Castillians won the battle and the Moors fled. Douglas followed them, but they turned and he was outnumbered and killed. The Moorish king, Muhammad IV of Granada, found the body and casket on the field, and realising who the knight was, sent them to Alfonso’s army with a guard of honour. They were returned to Scotland, and Douglas’s remains were deposited in his family vault at St Bride’s Church, and the heart of Bruce interred at Melrose Abbey. Every year in Teba, an event is held in August to commemorate these historic events.

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cent more bread was bought by 1.89 per Spaniards in April 2013 compared to a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment, and €3.90 billion was spent on bread alone, with each person consuming an average 36.12 kilos in a year.

A WOMAN driving through Muchamiel with her six-yearold son escaped from their blazing car which caught fire. Neither was injured but the car was burnt out.

Flock plea HUNTERS oppose a planned cull of Barbary sheep in the Mariola and Font Roja national parks. They assist fire prevention by grazing on firebreaks, said the regional hunting federation.

Historic finds EXCAVATIONS at a Denia townhouse uncovered 12th century Moorish plasterwork, three Christian tombs, and wall drawings of a ship, a lute and a calendar.

Sueca tragedy A YOUNG couple from Sueca (Valencia) were found dead in a small rural property intended for agricultural equipment. They were overpowered by fumes from a gas fire, police said.

And finally... AN internet provider has been ordered by a court in Barcelona to cut off the connection of a client who used P2P file-sharing programmes and has been found guilty of violating intellectual property laws for sharing thousands of music files online.


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Fourteenyear-old’s mystery abduction

Fast thinking THE driver of a bus carrying Villena prison officers died from a heart attack. His passengers managed to stop the bus before it crashed.

Fine to-do FIFTY people were prosecuted in Gandia recently for offences that included drinking in the street, not cleaning up after pets or urinating in public places. They paid €9,500 in fines.

Missed flight AIRLINE Vueling apologised after a passenger missed his Cardiff flight to Alicante after being refused permission to use a portable oxygen concentrator. The airline blamed the confusion on a ‘communications breakdown’.

Tip dumped THE Supreme Court has accepted an Ecologistas en Accion and EU party appeal against enlarging the Fontcalent landfill site. It is inefficient, they claimed, and recovers a ‘negligible amount’ of refuse.


ALTEA SEAFRONT: Diggers move in.

Seafront makeover gets under way

REMODELLING Altea’s seafront and shoreline has begun. The Charco, the smelly artificial lagoon separating the paseo from the sea, will soon be no more. Built in the late 70s to protect the seafront from the constant battering of waves, the lagoon

served its purpose but stagnated even after openings were made to allow more seawater to enter. The smell was often unbearable during the summer and generated endless complaints from seafront business-owners. Diggers are also at work on the

town side of the Algar rivermouth, completing the first phases of a 30- to 40-metre-wide beach stretching from the river to the port. “This is the project that Alteanos want most,” said Mayor Miguel Ortiz. “We succeeded in having the old town declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) and now we are last summer, the majority of residents achieving our second and tourists were in favour of the goal of remodelling the innovation. seafront.” “Campello has 23 kilometres of The €4.4-million coastline,” said the mayor, Juanjo project has received Berenguer, last summer in answer to funding from the EU’s critics. FEDER regional develop“The town has the potential to ment funds and will take diversify our tourist offer,” he claimed. 24 months to complete.

Something different in Campello AS was to be expected, Campello Town Hall is present at Madrid’s Fitur tourist trade fair. Unlike any other Costa Blanca resort, Campello was promoting its beach where dogs are allowed to roam free and also enter the sea. Although the ‘dogs welcome’ beach at Punta del Riu Sec met some opposition

A GIRL of 14 who was abducted in Alicante City could not remember what had happened to her. All she recalled was being grabbed from behind as she left school in the afternoon. Two hours later, she found inside a nearby apartment building. She called at the door of an apartment whose female occupant rang the emergency services. Police were already checking the veracity of a phone call from friends reporting her disappearance when they received the second call. The girl’s trousers were down and she had been gagged with her hands tied behind her back, the apartment owner later told a TVE television interviewer. Still ‘very confused’ she was taken to Alicante General Hospital. Although there were no signs of illtreatment or sexual abuse, traces of body fluids were found on her clothes, sources revealed.



Kidnap plot TWO Pakistanis aged 19 and 22 have been arrested in Benidorm after demanding €30,000 from a fellow countryman. They threatened that his parents would be hurt if he did not pay them.

Popular crop NURSERIES in the province are running out of almond tree seedlings. Unshelled almonds are fetching €2 per kilo, their highest price for years.

Building MOT SAN VICENTE buildings of four or more storeys constructed before 1958 must produce documentation proving they are safe, accessible and energyefficient. Owners not complying risk fines.

Helping hand THE provincial government has awarded Javea Town Hall a €393,250 grant towards the €537,000 cost of renovating the disused Central Cinema. Work is due to begin this year.

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Dig deeper to bring the cruise ships into Denia IF Denia Harbour was two metres deeper, cruise ships could dock there. A ship will visit the town in May, but must anchor outside the port entrance and ferry its 400 passengers ashore by launch. The Culture Department is already preparing different routes for the visitors, showcasing Denia’s culture, gastronomic and commercial offer. Nevertheless, the relatively shallow port is a ‘handicap’, according to Tourism Councillor Pepa Font. The harbour currently has a depth of 5.5 metres. Dredging could make it a couple of metres deeper and able to accommodate medium-sized cruise ships. Denia Town Hall has passed on the problem and the need for

DENIA PORT: Needs to be two metres deeper. dredging to the Ports Directorate attached to the regional government’s Environment Department. “The number of smaller cruise

ships is increasing and companies are interested in towns like ours with special and distinctive characteristics,” the councillor explained.

A raffle that led to a library VILLAJOYOSA’S Casa de Cultura opened just over 40 years ago. Those were very different times and townspeople who decided that the town needed a cultural centre started the venture with a raffle. This was no ordinary draw because the prize was a car, a Simca 1000. This too had been a prize, won in 1967

on Kilometro Lanzado, a popular television programme at the time. The money raised was used to buy a plot of land in Villajoyosa’s Calle del Barranquet for the Casa de Cultura. Housing both the public library and the town’s archaeological museum, it eventually opened in 1974, on January 14. The museum has now moved, but the library

remains at its original home which it shares

with the archive.




Cycling as a tourist draw BELGIUM produces famous cyclists and Calpe has the Peñon de Ifach. Both paired up recently when Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen was photographed with Ifach in the background. Boonen has wintered in Calpe with the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, training for next season. Cycling teams from central and northern Europe regularly choose the Costa Blanca to train during the winter months and the sector is “a potential gold mine,” said Jan van Parijs, Calpe’s Tourism Councillor. The health benefits that Calpe can offer are another angle that the town is exploring, Van Parijs said, particularly with Scandinavians.


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Rush job A POLICE CAR answering an emergency call in Elche was involved in a collision after running through a ‘give way’ sign. The other car’s occupants needed medical attention for minor injuries.

Special offer JAVEA bar and restaurant-owners will receive discounts of up to 60 per cent if they pay the council tax on terrace tables in the first three months of the year.

Nice work ALICANTE CITY HALL has cut the number of councillors’ special advisers from 42 to 29. Ten of those remaining will get pay rises totalling €78,000 a year.

Orange alert for Callosa growers ALFAZ DEL PI’S mayor has called for more official help for Marina Baja’s agricultural sector. Government should be supporting local growers, Vicente Arques maintained during a visit to the Callosa d’En Sarria co-operative. Agriculture is vital for the local economy, said Arques in his double role of mayor and regional MP. The co-operative’s 1,500 members produce an annual 40 million kilos of citrus fruit, avocados and nisperos, he pointed out.

CO-OPERATIVE VISIT: Vicente Arques, second left, with Marina Baja colleagues.

Nispero production counted for 16 million kilos of the total, and the Designated Origin (DO) fruit contributed 60 per cent of the area’s GDP last year. Jobs created by

nispero-growing alone were sufficient motive for more official help, Arques argued. Co-operative members were worried by ‘asphyxiating’ taxes, he said. Competition and low

prices meant that a kilo of oranges now costs less than a single cigarette, making it increasingly difficult to sustain production. A cut in the IRPF income tax and more assistance from the the national and regional governments would go a long way towards helping growers, Arques said.

‘Ban circuses with animals’ call

ENVIRONMENTAL group Ecologistas en Accion in San Vicente hopes the town hall will ban circuses with animals. The group intends to ask the council to accept a motion for a

local ban at the next plenary meeting. A circus which visited San Vicente recently had already been criticised in Italy for the way that its animals were treated,

Ecologistas en Accion said. Some had had claws and teeth removed and their training was based on restricted food and drink coupled with beatings, the association claimed.


Pollution enquiry row SAN JUAN crematorium’s owners have rejected accusations that they hindered a town hall enquiry. Any investigation into alleged pollution by the crematorium should be conducted by the regional government’s Environment department, not San Juan Town Hall, said ASV Servicios Funerarios. The company was responding to earlier town hall claims that ASV was avoiding an inspection. Supervision and control of the crematorium was the responsibility of the Directorate of Environmental Quality, according to a letter from the regional government, said ASV director Victor Humanes. “The town hall is aware of the situation and its declarations are incorrect,” Humanes said.


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On the up VILLENA is the only inland town in Alicante Province where property prices have increased. They rose by 6.4 per cent to €1,054 per square metre last year.

Late discovery A CAT’S mummified remains were found below a judge’s bench during renovations to Alicante City’s 47year-old high court building. It was probably trapped when the platform was panelled, workmen have said.

Heavy metal A LEAD ingot from a sunken Roman galley found off Villajoyosa in 2000 is on display at the Club Nautico. Stamped IMP GER AVG, experts believe it belonged to Emperor Nero.

Too many doctors for too few posts TWO medical schools planned for the L’Alacanti area will create too many doctors for the posts available. Spain’s Medical Profession Forum

(FPME) recently suggested that the number of places for junior doctors or interns (MIRs) should equal the annual number of graduates. Each year 1,000 newly-qualified

Clean sweep for streets ALTEA LA VIEJA roads have become easier to clean. The town hall has acquired two new street-sweeping vehicles suitable for steep areas. The cost was covered by savings made after the town hall cancelled FCC’s contract and took over street-cleaning once more. The bigger of the 4x4 vehicles will be used inside Altea la Vieja while the smaller version will be invaluable for urbanisations in the Sierra area. A more frequent service was one of residents’ most frequent requests, Altea Town Hall revealed.

ALTEA LA VIEJA: Miguel Ortiz, Altea mayor (third from left) and councillors. “These new vehicles demonstrate our appreciation of the contribution that residents make to the Sierra,” said Altea Councillor Jaime Selles.

doctors failed to obtain a MIR place, the forum pointed out. The UCA private university in San Juan and the Mare Nostrum private university in Campello will make the situation worse, the FPME warned. The government should counter this imbalance by refusing to authorise more medical schools, the communiqué claimed. The number of MIR places has dropped by 10 per cent over the last two years but the number of students fell by only 1.35 per cent, it continued. Many young people had to complete their training abroad, said Enrique Lazar, President of the Medical Students State Council (CEEM). Spending so much money on their training during a time of crisis is ‘incongruent’ if they have to leave the country, Lazar declared. “Spain makes the original investment but other countries obtain the benefits,” he said.

NEWS Bird-killers caught POLICE in inland Aspe have arrested four youths for illegally hunting wild birds. The traditional method of spreading birdlime on the branches of trees to trap small birds at certain times of the year is banned but still practised in rural areas. Some birds are caught for singing value, but others are destined for the frying pan as a forbidden but prized delicacy. The youths were arrested after Local Police received a tip-off from an Environment Ministry official who noticed their ‘strange behaviour’ in the River Tarafa area. They were carrying two cages, one of them containing a linnet used to lure other birds towards the smeared trees.


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Council promise BENIDORM City Hall’s Social Welfare spending will remain unchanged, pledged Mayor Agustin Navarro. He would rather eliminate councillors’ salaries than make welfare cuts.

Past unearthed EXCAVATIONS in Elche’s Plaza de la Fruta revealed remains of the old town walls. Their discovery backed critics’ opposition to building a new municipal market there.

Sports complex SAN JUAN sports complex now has indoor facilities for football, volleyball, basketball and handball. The Diputacion met €138,000 of the €212,000 cost and San Juan Town Hall paid the remainder.

Airport cleared of baby’s death PARENTAL neglect was blamed for a baby's death at Alicante airport last September. Vashtin Terry, aged five months, was killed after falling from her baby-carrier onto a moving luggage carousel. She then became trapped in the 10-centimetre gap between two of the system’s conveyor belts. This was a ‘totally random’ accident, the national parliament heard during a recent Questions

and Answers session. The government was replying to Ricardo Sixto, an MP for Valencia who wanted to know what steps had been taken to prevent similar accidents. Vashtin Terry’s death was not attributable to the carousel design, the reply continued: “It was due to the negligence of those in charge of the child.” The baby was in the arms of her

American mother, Nathania Terry, a 32-year-old accountant from Atlanta who was travelling with her Canadian partner and their two children. She was alone with the baby as she waited at the conveyor belt designed for special or heavy luggage. The government reply also rejected initial theories that the belt was activated by a motion sensor when the baby fell.

Library off to a good start

JAVEA LIBRARY: New readers include many children.

JAVEA’s new public library in Duanes attracted 2,419 readers since opening last October. It has been especially popular with children, with 1,063 visiting the library in the three months that it has been open to the public. Users borrowed more than 1,000 books during this period and availed themselves of the library’s facilities to make 393

internet connections. The town hall’s Education department has programmed visits for local schools and is organising cultural activities to boost local interest in reading. There is also a story-telling session for children on the third Thursday of every month at 5.30pm, beginning today (Thursday, January 23).


A life of crime VALENCIA City is to be the seat of Spain’s first Official College of Criminology (ICOCCV). The professional association already has roughly 200 members, said president Pablo Dario Ibañez. The ICOCCV, which has the backing of criminologists from three existing associations in the provinces of Valencia, Alicante and Castellon, hopes for a greater presence of the profession, Ibañez explained recently. “Until 2003, the majority of Spanish universities offered qualifications equivalent to a diploma,” he said. It then became a three-year course and the criminologists who graduated in Valencia in 2006 were ‘probably’ the first in Spain. Studies now last for four years as do all Spanish degrees.



Poor show THE Valencian Community is one of Spain’s poorest and its per capita GDP of €19,819 is €2,200 below average. Only Andalucia, The Canaries, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and Murcia are worse off.

Rubbish row VILLENA must treat 120,000 tons of Vega Baja rubbish at its landfill site, the courts have ruled. The mayor said he will continue fighting the decision on health and environmental grounds.

Back to nature UNDEVELOPED municipal land in Elche, now car parks in Calle Borreguet, Calle Martin de Torres and Avenida Candalix, could revert to its original agricultural use, the town hall has revealed.

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‘Peace and harmony’ bylaws set for Altea ALTEA’S ‘civic harmony’ bylaws passed in February 2013 are coming into effect. The new regulations were heralded on Radio Altea, the town’s webpage and in the local and regional press. Fines for infractions aim to

dissuade rather than raise cash for the town hall, announced Public Safety Councillor Jaime Selles. They have been introduced to “protect and guarantee harmony, safety and public health, particularly children,” Selles said, and target those not respecting others’ space.

The programme will be introduced gradually, he said, and answers residents’ demands. This is particularly true of complaints about dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets, Selles added. Local Police will impose fines ranging from €30 to €500.

Hotel chain keeps annual FITUR date The FITUR international tourist trade fair is one of the most important dates in the sector’s calendar. It opened in Madrid yesterday (Wednesday) and continues until Sunday, January 26. Spain’s resorts and tourism companies are there in force, Servigroup Hotels amongst them. This year, the hotel chain’s eyecatching stand has a bar area where Servigroup barmen Juan

FITUR 2014: Servigroup’s eyecatching stand (cocktails included). Martinez and Jesus Rodriguez are offering visitors their famous prize-

winning cocktails. Other innovations include discounts of up to 30 per

cent for clients making online bookings. Hotel guests will also be able to enjoy a free night out at Benidorm Palace, “a reward for their loyalty and trust in choosing Servigroup,” the company explained. The chain is also committed to sports’ activities; its specialist Servigroup Sports offering activities ranging from water sports, paddletennis, golf and cycling.



Cities hit by sales fever AVENIDA MAISONNAVE in Alicante City had a daily 13,000 customers during the first week of the sales. The central shopping street, together with Calle Juan de Austria in Valencia City, which also averaged 13,000 bargain hunters each day, were the Valencian Community’s busiest streets. The average for both cities was only half of the 26,279 customers who flocked to Calle Preciados in Madrid on the first day of the January sales. Close behind came the capital’s Calle Arenal with 24,731. Barcelona’s Portal del Angel and Paseo de Gracia followed with a daily 18,616 customers while Calle Doctor Casal in Oviedo was the next busiest with 16,000.


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EKA: A new vision to help young people EKA European Kids Association is a nonprofit organisation set up to aid young people and to offer them support in finding study and career opportunities. The aim of Eka is to partner young people with information through research and social networking, whilst endeavouring to bring awareness to the possibilities of new opportunities. Eka believes that young people can be kept on track if they can keep a positive view of the future. When youngsters feel they have no hope, they may turn to social disorders, drugs, violence, drink, depression and self-harm. Eka believes in encouraging young

MEET UP: Amazing things can happen. people to express themselves in more positive ways. When creative minds meet, amazing things can happen. Eka is now working on bringing together young people who want to make a difference. By joining Eka Meet Ups, young people will be able to decide on a creative

project. This can be a fundraiser or an enterprise. Each group will appoint a project leader and they will be encouraged to develop skills which they may not learn at school but are crucial for the workforce of the future. For more information call Lauren Staton on 665 012 228.

Panto comes to Oliva OLIVA U3A drama group is bringing pantomime to Oliva, with the story of ‘Snoozing Beauty’. The audience will meet all the familiar characters like the good and wicked fairies, the king and the queen, the beautiful princess and the handsome prince, plus a few unexpected ones. The princess gets a surprise when she sees whose kiss woke her, but it all turns out well in the end, even for the wicked fairy. The performance will take place at the Olympic Theatre in Calle Mayor in Oliva on Wednesday February 12 at 7.30pm. To get everybody in the mood, the U3A Oliva choir will be presenting a medley of well-known songs from the musicals just before the performance. The Oliva U3A drama group is grateful to Oliva Town Hall for allowing it to use the theatre for the show and is hoping for a full house. All profits will go to Caritas, which supports people in situations of extreme need in Spain. Tickets are going fast, and can be obtained by emailing or from Honey Dukes bar opposite the theatre.


Healthcare explained JAVEA Town Hall’s Help Desk (Resident Care) is giving a talk on the health system for foreign residents, detailing the coverage offered and how to obtain it, on Wednesday January 29 at 6pm in the Casa de Cultura.

30-year-old sweetness ONE of Benidorm’s sweetest souvenirs, ‘Benidorm pie’, is celebrating its 30th birthday. Pastry chef Felix Camargo created it and today an average of 20,000 pies are sold every month.

Illegal fire AN illegal landfill dump was the possible cause of the fire which burned an acre of pine forest in Teulada last Saturday.

Medieval fair BENISSA will host a Medieval Fair which starts tomorrow (Friday) at 8pm and finishes on Sunday at 10pm.


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Pets blessed in El Campello MORE THAN a thousand people attended the ritual blessing of the animals at Plaza de la Iglesia in El Campello, which is celebrated every year in honour of Sant Antoni del Porquet. The priest sprinkled holy water over hundreds of pets at the event organised by the Fiestas Department, in collaboration with the Parroquia de Santa Teresa. The cold and the slight rain in El Campello did not discourage the animals or their owners and all went to the event warmly dressed and with umbrellas, ready


Starting young DRINKING in the Valencian Community’s 14 to 18 age group increased by 7.6 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Smoking fell by 0.6 per cent during the same period.

ANIMAL BLESSING: People queued in the rain. to receive the blessing of Sant Antoni. The ceremony started at 11.30am, with an equestrian tour by horsemen and women

from the Horse Association of El Campello. At noon mass was held in the parish, where 650 ‘panets’ (bagels) were blessed and given to all participants.

FIESTA: Horses being blessed in El Campello.

Put on those dancing shoes DANCERS numbering 350 or more will meet on Saturday at Albir’s Hotel Kaktus for a daylong dance event. Throughout the day 15 teachers will give 20 dance classes about 25 minutes long, aimed at all ages, free of charge. Alfaz del Pi Sports Councillor Oscar Perez has made special reference to the good work done by the Costa Blanca Dance Club, not only in organising this fourth annual gathering of dancers, but also throughout the year from a formative and sports perspective, through municipal sports schools. Deeply involved in

preparations for the sports and tourist event, Ismael Garcia and Carolina Marcet, teachers from the dance club, are optimistic about the success of the event, with new schools joining the event this year. Classes will start at 11am in the main hall of the Hotel Kaktus Albir, continuing throughout the day. They will be teaching all styles of dance, followed by a social dancing event in the evening. To conclude the weekend, on Sunday morning, those who want to walk the route to the Albir lighthouse will be welcomed.

Council greed NINE former councillors from Javea have appeared in court over alleged planning offences. They face eight-month prison sentences for allowing 47 villas to be built when legal restrictions prevented the construction of more than 28.

Alfaz del Pi campus THE University of Alicante has agreed to open a university extension classroom in Alfaz del Pi, which will make it easier for students to study and allow for other educational opportunities.

New animal protection service in Villajoyosa VILLAJOYOSA TOWN HALL has contracted the SPAV (Animal Protection

Society of Villajoyosa) to carry out the collection of stray animals, as reported by the Department of the Environment. Any abandoned animals picked up in Villajoyosa are subsequently transferred to the premises of the animal protection society in Alicante. The animals are housed there until an adoptive family

can be found for them or they are transferred to other facilities. The Department of Environment has advised all the residents of Villajoyosa that if they find an abandoned or injured animal to call the Municipal Police on 965 890 050, who will initiate the appropriate process for the animal, depending on the individual circumstances.


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Stories making headlines in Europe



Sexual assault

Internet ban

Travel card

Family holiday

SWEDEN - A 73-yearold from southern Sweden found internet fame after writing a wildly viral letter to an online newspaper, in which he demanded that the internet be shut down.

QUEEN Elizabeth II was presented with an Oyster card for using public transport throughout London when she marked the 150th anniversary of London Underground.

A COUPLE from Telford who took their three children out of school for a family holiday to Greece during term time has been fined £630.

A GERMAN taxi driver avoided prison despite being convicted of sexually assaulting a blind pensioner who he had known for two years.

Live abuse

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POLICE are investigating 139 Britons suspected of paying to watch children being abused live on webcam from the Philippines. The investigation has been ongoing for two years.

BERLIN took a trip back to its Nazi past when Google Maps gave Theodor-Heuss-Platz its former name of AdolfHitler-Platz.

All washed up DENMARK - Fourteen dead cows that washed up on the beaches of Sweden and Denmark were likely dumped from a Lebanese ship that encountered bad weather, Danish police said.

Blindness breakthrough PATIENTS suffering from an inherited form of blindness have for the first time had their vision dramatically improved by gene therapy in a clinical trial by doctors at Oxford Eye Hospital.

ALMOST 1,000 teachers in the UK have been accused of having a relationship with a pupil in the last five years, research suggests. Just over 25 per cent faced police charges.

NORWAY - The Arctic University of Norway is to offer Europe’s first university course in dog sledding, starting from winter next year.

THE QUEEN: Now has card for public transport.

Sight again

Elegant lady DENMARK - Princess Mary of Denmark was named most elegant woman of 2013 by HELLO! Online readers, with 55 per cent of the votes.

Frozen fish NORWAY - A sudden drop in temperature in northern Norway froze a school of fish solid as they tried to escape en masse from a bay.

Energy needs DENMARK - For the first time, wind power accounted for more than half of all energy consumed in Denmark in a month in December, according to

PUBS and nightclubs in the UK routinely break a law which bans them from serving alcohol to drunk people, research shows.

Gout cases

Pocket fire

THE UK has the highest rate of gout in Europe, figures suggest. Experts found that one in 40 people across the UK is affected by the condition.

A PENSIONER suffered third-degree burns after picking up what he thought was amber on a German beach, only to find it was white phosphorus when it caught fire in his pocket.


Space plans

ACTOR Sir Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking him to change a controversial law banning ‘homosexual propaganda.’

RUSSIA plans to launch seven space vehicles by March, the federal space agency Roscosmos said on its official website.

Crew rescued

Film restrictions

SOURCES in the Russian government and parliament have said Russia will turn its clocks back one hour this spring with the possible return of winter saving time, abolished in 2011.

RUSSIA’S culture minister Vladimir Medinsky is considering introducing a cap on the number of films imported to the country FORCED LABOUR: Used in Cold War. each year, saying it will help the Russian film sector.

Atomic demand

Not private

HUNGARY tasked Russia’s atomic energy corporation to more than double production at its only nuclear power plant in a contract worth nearly $14 billion (€10.27 billion).

MICROSOFT CORPORATION, the owner of Internet call service Skype, is willing to keep in store its Russian users’ correspondence for six months and share with police if necessary.

THE crew of a Russian cargo vessel trapped in ice off far-eastern Sakhalin Bay since December was airlifted by helicopter and sent home.

Clock change

Lab explosion A STUDENT was seriously injured and 15 others hurt when leftovers from a chemical experiment exploded after they were mistakenly mixed at a German university.

Routine offence

Dog sledding

SWEDEN - A Swedish pensioner spontaneously regained her eyesight recently after spending 13 years in the dark following a stroke.

Cradle snatchers

Better late… AN East German man who illicitly listened to a West German radio station as a teenager and sent a postcard across the Iron Curtain to win a record has received the prize 44 years later.

Forced labour SUPERMARKET chain Aldi and car manufacturer Volkswagen allegedly used East German forced labour during the Cold War.

Pork peril GERMANY’S love of cheap pork is harming the environment as well as human health, according to a report. They each get through 60 kilos of meat a year.


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New link AIRLINE Vueling has announced a new connection between Mallorca and Munich, to run daily beginning on June 20.

News from our editions With six editions and read by more than half a million people, EWN is Spain’s largest free local English-language newspaper

NEWS DESK Lucky day HUERCAL-OVERA is to feature on the Spanish National Lottery ticket for March 6 to commemorate the Exencion de Villazgo of March 3, 1668, which brought to an end the paying of taxes by peasant farmers to landowners.

Smoke inhalation

Panel smashed

TWO people suffered mild smoke inhalation poisoning as the result of a house fire in Felanitx, which started in the kitchen.

GARRUCHA TOWN HALL has condemned an act of vandalism at one of the town’s padel tennis courts where a glass panel was smashed.

No heat

English theatre

STUDENTS at a school in Calvia have been attending lessons without heating for more than a week. The boiler malfunction requires a replacement piece from the mainland, which has caused the delay.

HUNDREDS of schoolchildren in Huercal Almeria attended the ‘Educateatro’ school theatre featuring two shows in English with productions of Tarzan and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Green plans PLANS have been announced by Santanyi Town Hall to demolish the abandoned Porto Petro hotel to improve the overall environment. A green zone and a municipal sports centre will be built in its place.

First fatality A MAN, 63, died when his van crashed into a tree near Sant Llorens on the road towards Son Servera. This was Mallorca’s first road-related fatality of 2014.


Shooting location NERJA has been praised as a location for filming and photo shoots by Spanish tourism magazine El Club de la Vida Buena.

Port arrests TWO people were arrested at Motril Port trying to board the Tinamar ferry to Melilla in a car which had been stolen in Germany.

Traffic cut TRAFFIC was stopped in Calle Axarquia in Nerja after the engine of a car caught fire. No one was injured in the incident, which was dealt with by firefighters.

Porters protest PORTERS at the Axarquia Regional Hospital are to protest every Monday and Friday at 1pm against what they consider ‘unacceptable’ changes to their working conditions.

IT’S A BLESSING: Children brought along their pets in San Fulgencio.

All creatures great and small THE fiestas of San Antón, the patron saint of animals, were celebrated in towns and villages across the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida last weekend. The fiestas involve the blessing of animals, with owners young and old bringing their pets to the local town halls to receive a blessing by their parish priest.

Copper theft BENAMOCARRA COUNCIL has lodged a complaint about the theft of copper cable from the local Adolfo Alba Ruiz football stadium.


Visitors up SIXTEEN per cent more people visited Antequera in 2013, amounting to 261,876 in total. The most visited place was the Torcal landscape on the outskirts of the town.

Digital records ESTEPONA TOWN HALL intends to digitalise all of the documents which exist in the municipal archives from the 19th century.

Dangerous chase A MOTORCYCLIST, 41, was arrested by Local Police after a dangerous chase through Las Lagunas, Mijas,

No kidding BETWEEN January and October of 2013, Almeria exported 7.9 million kilos of lactose products, the main one being goat’s milk, followed by cheese and yoghurt. This was an increase of 456 per cent on the same period in 2012.


Body recovered A POST-MORTEM examination is being carried out to establish the cause of death of a man whose body was recovered from the sea on the beach at San Pedro close to La Curra, Cartagena.

Rental murder endangering other drivers, which ended when he crashed into a bollard.

Travel fraud THE manager of a travel agency in Fuengirola, aged 53, has been arrested for conning clients out of more than €20,000. The agency closed in December.

Winning province THE ONCE lottery for the Blind in Spain was lucky for one Marbella winner, with €100,000, and several in Ronda with €320,000 between them, and Torremolinos with €240,000.


A BRITISH man has been found guilty of the murder of a 33-year-old man who was renting his Algorfa property, and dumping his body in the Sierra Escalona area of Pilar de la Horadada in May 2009.

Notary killers NINE Hells Angels have received a total of 67 years behind bars for the murder of a notary in Torrevieja in 2009.

Sailing comp MORE than 300 entries have been made from 14 countries for the Seventh International Sailing Competition being held in Torrevieja from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday.

Piquersa pride

Community service

THE Sultan of Oman has contracted Almeria company Piquersa to provide a fleet of road-sweepers destined for an area dedicated to the handling and processing of fish.

LAST year a total of 78 people were involved in community service work in Torrevieja. Since 2005, around 400 people have carried out such sentences in the city.


Parents’ textbook complaints THE Ministry of Education has confirmed that next term there will be different textbooks for first, third and fifth year of primary school. This is because the new education law includes a different curriculum and several different subjects, and comes at a time when grants for school books and other material have been reduced to the bare minimum. Until now, books were changed every four years. Parents have complained that books are a must, and that forcing parents to change them at a time when money is tighter than ever is an imposition, especially when the new law promotes reusing and recycling school materials. Parents’ associations are asking that books be free for needy families, and will be meeting to find solutions.

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190,000 foreigners left Spain last year IN 2012, more than 190,000 foreign residents left Spain because they couldn’t find work. Most of them, 105,774 were from non-EU countries. In 2011, only 15,229 foreign residents decided to leave the country. The number of foreigners registered as residents of Spain on January 1, 2013, had fallen by 3.31 per cent compared to last year, making it the second year running that the foreign population has fallen. According to the National Institute of Statistics, there are currently 47,129,783 people in Spain, 0.29 per cent fewer than in 2011, of which 11.77 per cent are foreigners. Last year was the first since 1996, when data was first collected, that the population of Spain fell. According to the official census, the most numerous groups of foreigners in Spain are Romanians, Moroccans, British, Ecuadorians and Colombians. The average age of the population of Spain is 42.78 for Spaniards and 35.01 for foreigners, making the total average 41.87. The most populated regions are Andalucia, Cataluña, Madrid and Valencia, which between them have 60 per cent of the population. The only region where the population increased

FLYING AWAY: Many immigrants returning home. in 2012 was the Canary Islands, and the foreign population decreased in all regions except from Aragon.



Got a question about life in Spain? Follow ‘Brits living in Spain’ on Facebook, says British Embassy IF you are unsure of how to report a crime in English, want to know what your healthcare rights are, how to renew your passport or get one in an emergency, all these and many other important issues can be found on the ‘Brits living in Spain’ Facebook page. Since its launch in November, more than 3,200 people have already ‘liked’ the page. It offers factual information and a lively forum for sharing experiences. Will Middleton, Consular Director for Spain, says, “We are really pleased with the response so far and with how British residents are sharing the information they find useful with others.” Brits living in Spain is run and moderated by the British Consular network. On Twitter follow @BritsliveSpain, and read news from the British Ambassador on @SimonManleyFCO.


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business & legal


STAT OF WEEK SPAIN’S tax authority Hacienda has now returned €10.1 billion in rebates on taxpayers’ 2012 declarations, 92.7 per cent of the amount due. Most rebates went to Cataluña, Andalucía, Madrid and Comunidad Valenciana.

Good result for IAG Airlines group had most passengers LAST year might not have been exceptional for airline Iberia but overall it was good for International Airlines Group. With almost 32 million passengers in 2013, the group, holding company of British Airways and Iberia, again had more passengers than any other airline in Spain, said airports operator Aena. It was a mixed result for IAG with Iberia

performing poorly. Its 10.88m passenger numbers last year were almost 28 per cent down on 2012. This was offset by low-cost Iberia Express’s 3.24m passengers, a 46 per cent increase. The IAG improvement owed much to Vueling, acquired by IAG last April. The 2013 balance was the first to include lowcost Vueling’s figures.

Retailers that are riding high MERCADONA, Inditex and Dia have weathered the crisis better than most Spanish retailers. Despite the fall in consumer spending they are well-placed on the Global Powers of Retailing list compiled by Deloitte and Stores magazine. El Corte Ingles and Eroski are also present amongst the 250 top retailers but have dropped in the rankings since last year. Juan Roig’s Mercadona supermarket chain, present only on the domestic market, rose two places to 42 and was the highest-ranked amongst the Spanish entries. In contrast the Inditex clothing chain - famous for the Zara label - also

moved up two places to 45 but is riding out the crisis thanks to the internet and expansion outside Spain where sales have fallen. El Corte Ingles, although third amongst Spain’s entries, dropped eight places and is now 62nd, its lowest ranking since 2002. The Dia supermarket chain, which combined good results in Spain with international expansion, advanced two places to 73rd position, well ahead of Eroski which fell eight places to 127. The Deloitte list is headed by the US supermarket chain WalMart, followed by the UK’s Tesco and Costco, the US cash-and-carry.


usiness extra

Home front slump HOUSE sales fell by 15.9 per cent in November for the seventh month running. That month’s 21,847 transactions were the second-lowest since the INE statistics office began keeping records in 2007.

Dairy growth MILK group Pascual is seeking associates to expand into China, India and Africa. It expects international sales to rise from 5 to 15 per cent by the end of 2015.

Gulf between high and low SPAIN’S pay gap is widening. Executive salaries rose by 6.9 per cent last year but fell 3.8 per cent for middle management. Below these levels wages fell 0.4 per cent. An executive earns approximately €80,330 a year pre-tax, found a survey by the Eada business school and ICSA business consultancy.

The situation is polarising, claimed Ernest Poveda. Although executive salaries have risen, earnings for the two other sectors are settling to the same level. Executives in Madrid and Cataluña receive highest salaries, while Navarra has the best-paid employees, followed by Madrid, Cataluña and the Basque Region.

IAG: Holding company of BA and Iberia.


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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 436.80 Admiral Group PLC 1401.00 Aggreko PLC 1727.50 AMEC PLC 1055.50 Anglo American PLC 1399.25 Antofagasta PLC 839.00 ARM Holdings PLC 1000.25 Ashtead Group PLC 809.00 Associated British Foods 2656.00 AstraZeneca PLC 3903.50 Aviva PLC 475.90 Babcock Intrntnl Group... 1395.00 BAE Systems PLC 444.95 Barclays PLC 284.80 BG Group PLC 1342.25 BHP Billiton PLC 1885.75 BP PLC 489.30 British Amricn Tobacco 3087.50 British Land Co PLC 659.50

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Most Declined Elizabeth Arden, Inc. Performant Financial Corporation QIWI plc Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings SLM Corporation Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. Strayer Education, Inc. Harmonic Inc. Prosensa Holding N.V.


C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Coca-Cola HBC AG 1717.00 Compass Group PLC 970.25 CRH PLC 1651.00 Diageo PLC 1948.00 easyJet PLC 1680.00 Experian PLC 1131.50 Fresnillo PLC 754.50 G4S PLC 258.75 GKN PLC 404.80 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1655.50 Glencore Xstrata PLC 339.70 Hammerson PLC 519.50 Hargreaves Lansdown 1465.50 HSBC Holdings PLC 673.65 IMI PLC 1563.00 Imperial Tobacco Group 2222.00 InterContinental Hotels. 2000.00 International Consldtd. 427.20 Intertek Group PLC 2890.50 ITV PLC 205.20 Johnson Matthey PLC 3399.00 Kingfisher PLC 388.95 Land Securities Grp PLC 1028.50 Legal & General Gr PLC 230.05 Lloyds Banking Grp PLC 83.11 London Stock Exchange 1833.50 Marks & Spencer Group 484.50 Meggitt PLC 544.25 Melrose Industries PLC 312.15 Mondi PLC 1010.00 National Grid PLC 792.25 Next PLC 6205.00 Old Mutual PLC 192.25 Pearson PLC 1294.50 Persimmon PLC 1345.50 Petrofac Ltd 1258.00 Prudential PLC 1371.00 Randgold Resources Ltd 4023.50 Reckitt Benckiser Group 4694.50 Reed Elsevier PLC 926.50 Resolution Ltd 359.75 REXAM PLC 511.75 Rio Tinto PLC 3369.00 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1248.50 Royal Bank of Scotland 358.90 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2261.00 Royal Mail PLC 600.25 RSA Insurance Group 102.35 SABMiller PLC 3076.75 Sage Group (The) PLC 410.80 Sainsbury (J) PLC 366.40 Schroders PLC 2554.00 Severn Trent PLC 1652.00 Shire PLC 3014.50 Smith & Nephew PLC 878.75 Smiths Group PLC 1517.00 Sports Direct International...717.25 SSE PLC 1313.50 Standard Chartered PLC 1325.00 Standard Life PLC 384.25 Tate & Lyle PLC 782.75 Tesco PLC 331.30 Travis Perkins PLC 1868.00 TUI Travel PLC 430.45 Tullow Oil PLC 903.00 Unilever PLC 2421.00 United Utilities Group 688.00 Vodafone Group PLC 239.03 Weir Group PLC 2212.00 Whitbread PLC 3943.50 William Hill PLC 359.70 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 253.40 Wolseley PLC 3501.50 WPP PLC 1350.50

CHANGE 9.00 5.50 -2.00 17.00 1.00 6.00 23.00 -0.30 -2.30 10.00 1.43 1.50 12.00 -4.10 8.92 12.00 4.00 0.00 -16.00 2.00 6.00 0.70 -2.00 -0.10 -0.38 -4.00 -2.00 -0.50 4.00 -2.00 4.06 57.74 0.50 15.00 6.00 -5.00 6.69 69.00 17.00 1.00 -0.10 6.50 -14.50 -1.36 -4.87 -18.50 -3.83 -0.70 25.00 -0.39 -2.12 -5.00 7.00 -4.00 0.50 -6.00 6.00 -6.22 -5.00 -0.20 0.41 0.20 12.00 2.10 -3.70 -3.00 -0.50 -0.90 75.00 -9.00 -0.32 1.05 34.00 -2.00

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VOLUME 39.80 309.79 234.32 372.06 137.48 729.72 178.29 254.40 359.93 733.47 4,160.75 300.04 134.71 2,717.04 17.72 235.86 26.70 854.37 45.14 1,006.97 24.62 258.42 304.37 771.59 14,623.11 39.85 367.96 71.20 195.05 57.47 579.50 35.35 685.40 123.17 110.35 67.01 282.65 88.29 47.03 148.31 430.92 66.64 764.37 337.37 2,438.87 646.42 112.01 1,270.33 370.81 99.35 563.21 11.54 105.54 96.37 295.50 41.72 47.72 346.32 449.93 409.62 33.78 1,143.92 24.18 92.25 266.14 286.52 204.21 11,438.62 254.00 23.04 624.72 1,192.43 27.34 317.52


Labour costs down LABOUR costs in Spain fell for a fourth year in a row in 2013. Households have seen a 10 per cent decline in income since 2008, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Ban lifted AN EU trade ban on Iran was due to be lifted this week once inspectors give the all clear that the Middle Eastern country is fulfilling conditions on a nuclear deal. The ban was imposed over fears it was developing weapons grade nuclear capability.

Banks pay SPANISH banks’ debts with the European Central Bank fell by more than €110 billion during 2013. By the end of December their total debt stood at €201.8 billion.

Drinks go JAPANESE Suntory has agreed an €11.7 billion takeover of Beam Inc, owners of Jim Beam bourbon as well as Spain’s DYC whisky and Larios gin.

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Youth Guarantee to help the young unemployed... WITH Spain’s youth unemployment rate standing at 57.7 per cent the country has signed up to a European Commission 'Youth Guarantee'. It is one of 17 countries that has already submitted a plan to implement the guarantee, described as an ambitious EU-wide reform aiming to help all jobless people under 25 find employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. Another 11 European member states are still preparing their strategies to deliver a national Youth Guarantee scheme. Laszlo Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said: “Leaving young people without help damages their lifetime prospects as well as Europe’s economic potential and social cohesion. It is in each Member State’s interest to act swiftly and put in place practical measures to help young people get a job or acquire the skills to get a job in the future.” In April 2013, EU Ministers adopted a Council recommendation on establishing a Youth Guarantee, which sets out in detail the measures and reforms to be put in place in order to ensure that everyone under 25 gets a real chance to get a foothold in the labour market. Most elements of the Youth Guarantee can be co-financed by the European Social Fund, such as provision of job-search support or training, extension and modernisation of apprenticeship

COMMISSION: Fighting youth unemployment. systems, hiring subsidies or traineeship grants. Member states with regions suffering more than 25 per cent youth unemployment will be entitled to more money from the EU to tackle the problem. That will mean an €881.44 million boost from Europe, which Spain will have to match from its European Social Fund allocation and spend on getting under-25s off the dole queues. The Youth Guarantee is based on experience in Austria and Finland that show investing in young people pays off. For example, the Finnish Youth Guarantee resulted in a reduction in unemployment amongst young people, with 83.5 per cent successfully allocated a job, traineeship, apprenticeship or further education within three months of registering.



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For many Member States, the implementation of the Youth Guarantee will require structural reforms. For example, public employment services must be able to ensure individual young people receive appropriate advice on job, education and training opportunities most relevant to their own situation, resulting in a tailor-made, concrete offer within four months. Another area requiring structural reforms concerns apprenticeships and vocational education and training systems. Member States must ensure they give young people the skills employers are looking for. The Youth Guarantee does not come cheap - the International Labour Organisation has estimated the cost of setting up Youth Guarantees in the Eurozone at €21 billion per year.

SPAIN got a welcome boost in the bonds market when it auctioned three year notes at the lowest yield recorded by news agency Bloomberg since 2004. The Spanish treasury will pay a yield of just 1.595 per cent. It was part of a bonds sale of €5.91 billion - the largest amount of bonds sold in auction in one day since January 2012. The low yields reflect a surge in confidence in the Spanish economy with investors deciding the investment is low risk. It came as the same time as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that Spain’s economy, which only recently came out of a two year recession, had probably started accelerating in the last quarter of 2013. With borrowing costs declining it is good news for the treasury as it needs to pay less to service debt. With unemployment declining slightly and the economy growing the end of 2013 could be seen as a turning point for Spain.

Service sector recovery gets stronger as activity increases THE recovery in the Spanish service sector strengthened in December as both new orders and business activity increased at sharper rates. That said, there were signs that the rise in new business was at least partly supported by ongoing discounting. Meanwhile, the rate of job cuts eased, and was only marginal. The headline seasonally adjusted Business Activity Index which is based on a single question asking respondents to report on the actual change in business activity at their

companies compared to one month ago - increased to 54.2 in December from 51.5 in November. This was the second successive reading above the 50.0 no-change mark and signalled the sharpest rise in activity since July 2007. Commenting on the Spanish Services PMI survey data, Andrew Harker, senior economist at Markit, the financial information and services company and author of the report said: “The latest services PMI data provide real optimism that in 2014 we could finally see the start of a

meaningful economic recovery in Spain. Activity and new business each rose at rates not seen since prior to the economic crisis, although the extent to which companies are relying on discounting to support growth of orders remains a worry. “There even looks to be signs of positive movement in the labour market, with the sector coming close to seeing a stabilisation in employment in December.” Businesses interviewed for the report said there were signs of greater customer activity during the month. Transport & Storage

led the overall expansion in activity, closely followed by Financial Intermediation. New business increased for the fifth successive month in December. Moreover, the rate of expansion quickened for the third consecutive month and was the fastest in almost six-and-a-half years. All six monitored sectors posted an expansion of new orders. Despite a sharp rise in new business, backlogs of work continued to fall. That said, the rate of depletion remained only marginal.

Staffing levels also continued to decrease during the month, but the rate of job cuts eased for the second month running and was the slowest since the current sequence of falling employment began in March 2008. Post & Telecommunications and Transport & Storage registered increases in staffing levels. A number of respondents indicated staff costs had fallen in December. However, rising energy prices at other firms meant overall input costs were unchanged from November. This followed two months of increasing input prices.


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Watch your purse and avoid being App-solutely fleeced! PARENTS beware! If you’re trying to keep a tight leash on your finances these days then something you might not have thought about, is controlling how your kids spend your money. Granted, their pocket money is theirs to do what they please with, but what about money that they might be spending without your consent? It’s been revealed that apps for mobile phones and tablets have been bleeding some mums and dads dry - and sometimes initially unbeknownst to both parents and kids. In America this week, computer giant Apple has been made to refund €24 million to parents whose children made in-app purchases without their

Loose change A look at finance for females

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APP WATCH: Keep an eye on smartphone purchases.

parents’ consent. We all have apps on our devices and many parents have games to distract the little ones on long journeys or to get five-minutes of me-time! But this is where the trouble starts. Once an app is downloaded then these socalled ‘in-app’ purchases can be made along

the way, which typically allow faster progression in a game. All that is needed to go ahead with an in-app purchase is a password. Parents have complained that a password prompt screen would sometimes randomly pop up on their screen without explaining this would finalise any purchase made in the app and that’s exactly why so many parents got caught out unknowingly buying in-apps for their gamehungry kids. In–app purchases can range from €1 to €100. Apple is now under onus to change its billing procedures to make sure customers have given consent before they are charged.


Output increase INDUSTRIAL production in the euro-area rose 1.8 per cent in November according to the EU’s statistics office. That was the biggest increase since May 2010.

Good signs SPANISH exports of goods and services rose 6.1 per cent in 2013. Exports were worth an estimated €350 billion, according to the Spanish government.

€1bn plan BARCELONA based Desigual clothing chain is targeting world-wide sales of €1 billion in 2014, up from €440 million four years ago. It plans to open 100 stores a year globally in an expansion drive.

What to do if there is no will? Q. My wife, just over 40 years old, passed away suddenly at the end of You and the 2013. We had been married for just over a year. We were married in Law in Spain Gibraltar. As my wife had several years By David Searl left on her UK passport, we never got around to changing her name on it. As a result, the Spanish death certificate is in her maiden name. She was joint owner with her father of two apartments here and now her father wants to sell them. I am a Spanish resident and my wife was also a resident. The father is not resident in Spain. My wife had not made a will. As the surviving spouse, how do I stand with relation to her property? KM (Costa del Sol) A. If your wife had made a UK will, the Spanish authorities would respect its provisions. If she had neither a UK will nor a Spanish will, the basic Spanish rules will apply. In the absence of surviving children, her father will inherit her property, including her shares in the two flats and any other assets she had.

Spanish law provides only that a surviving spouse inherits the right to live in the family home. The rest goes to the children, or, in this case, the father. He will need a lawyer to help identify him as the legitimate inheritor and he will pay Spanish inheritance tax, at the rate for immediate family. If resident in Spain, he

would have almost complete exemption from inheritance tax.

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

GOOD LIFE: Yachts at Palma in the sunshine.

Spain’s high quality of life SPAIN is the only country in the world that can boast two cities among the top 10 places with the highest quality of life in the world: Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. These are the conclusions of a study by the international team at Knight Frank, which takes into account various factors such as culture, education, cost of living, leisure activities, the range of top quality restaurants and the climate. In this ranking, Dubai was considered the city with the highest quality of life in the world, due to its 350 days of sunshine a year, the low cost of living there, the wide variety of luxury leisure activities and the educational facilities available to foreigners

looking to find a school for their children. Meanwhile, the largest island in the Balearics, Mallorca, came in second place as a result of its 300 days of sunshine a year and the high scores it received in the other general factors being evaluated. Madrid, the capital of Spain achieved tenth place in this ranking thanks to its luxury leisure activities and the reasonable prices at which they are offered. Otherwise, the list of the top 10 destinations in the world for quality of life is made up of the Cayman Islands in third place, followed by Geneva and Cyprus, with London placed in sixth position, then Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland and Monaco.


Killer’s return is an affront to his victims THE article ‘Locals are concerned over killer’s return’ (Issue 1489) gave me chills as I read it. Manuel Gonzalez, the ‘tracksuit madman’, who was sentenced to 169 years and served only 16 has now returned to a small town of 1,600 people in Sevilla. He attacked 16 women and girls in a three-year span (19911993) meaning that effectively he served one measly year for each attack. That is an insult to his victims. Stabbing women with knives and arrows in their buttocks and genitals gets you ONE YEAR in prison? I understand the implications of the annulment of the Parot doctrine, but my perception is that criminals sentenced to very long terms (like Gonzalez’s 169 years) can and still should serve the full 30 years allowed by law. Gonzalez served just 16 of those, and he attacked a load of women. What the heck? Why isn’t he serving another 14 years? I would love a news story which interviewed the judge to find out how in the cosmos these decisions are made. Katrin Freiesleben, Alhaurin de la Torre (Malaga)

Absolutely disgusting RE your story (Axarquia, Issue 1487) about expats taking to the streets to protest against potential demolition orders on their homes, this situation is absolutely disgusting! Honest, community-minded citizens, who did NOTHING at all wrong, other than to choose to ‘migrate’ to Spain - with all the financial benefits that brings to Spain, a full member of the European Community - now find themselves robbed of their autonomy. No longer can they freely make decisions with regard to their homes, which in the main, represent their life savings. Instead they are effectively being held hostage by the Spanish authorities who seem hell-bent on causing continued

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I TOOK this photo of a beautiful sunset over the Olta at Calpe. Cynthia Pitchford, Calpe (Alicante)

Clueless experts I READ an interesting article (Issue 1487) in the Food and Drink Section. It stated new EU regulations limit the use of cinnamon as it contains coumarin, a naturally occurring toxic chemical. Studies have linked high coumarin intake to liver damage in a small number of sensitive people. I could sleep soundly with the knowledge that the EU is taking the health of its 500 million residents seriously. Blow me down, the very next EWN (Issue 1488) Health & Beauty section reports many health benefits of cinnamon. Research has found that cinnamon significantly reduces

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blood pressure in certain diabetic and pre-diabetic patients. It aids glucose control by enhancing the effectiveness of insulin and has a beneficial impact on blood-sugar levels. It has been widely used in Indian ayurvedic medicine. It is good for oral health, killing bacteria associated with gum disease. This confirms my longstanding belief that the world is full of ‘experts’ who haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. Pass another glass of tinto, please, to boost my immune system (Issue 1488) and for protection against cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, heart


Big Brother


worry and mental pain to these persons and to wring every last penny out of them. Of course, the illegal, immoral actions of their own politicians continue. Lulu Jones via EWN website


attack, and to keep me eternally young. Bob Harrison (By email)

Still in love with Spain I AM writing in response to John Edward’s letter ‘Just not the place I fell in love with’. We first bought here in 1996 and in our opinion it has improved dramatically. We now have excellent roads, a good choice of supermarkets and can eat indoors in restaurants now that the smoking ban is in force. To us it is far more civilised and I welcome stronger ITVs if it means that cars on the road are safer. Does laissez-faire mean that people could drive around in dangerous vehicles and nonsmokers had to put up with breathing in others’ smoke? To us, Spain still provides a friendly and uncrowded place to live and a far better lifestyle than we could ever afford in the UK. Barbara Wicker, Torrox (Malaga)

I AM amazed that a woman was fined €200 for ‘jaywalking’ in Algeciras (Issue 1489). According to your article, the woman made sure it was safe to cross the road, and this should be enough not to fine her. I understand that the authorities have to do anything in their power to prevent accidents, but it seems it will get to a point in which we will be subject to fines for almost any action. The same happens when we drive alone on the motorway. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to drive at more than 120km/h when there’s no one around? Of course, we have to follow certain rules to protect ourselves and others, but aren’t we old enough to know when it’s safe to do something? It is clear to me that Algeciras City Hall has set up ‘Big Brother’ surveillance to catch people redhanded and receive extra money in fines. Johnathan Simons, Estepona (Malaga)

What freedom? BOTH Julian Assange and Edward Snowden would die of apoplectic laughter to read that, according to Mike Walsh (Issue 1489), ‘the US value freedom of expression’! Charlie Dowling, Orihuela Costa (Alicante)

Puzzle pleasure MAY I say how much I enjoy the Time Out section in the Euro Weekly News. I look forward to it every Thursday. Friends and I always gather at our local café to collect a copy of the paper and then settle down to complete the various quizzes, whilst enjoying a coffee or even a cheeky glass of wine! It is one of the highlights of our week. It may sound totally unexciting to many people but it gets us all out of the house for a bit of fun and socialising. So, thank you, Euro Weekly News, for bringing some pleasure into our lives. Joan Foster, Torremolinos (Malaga)

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Special 5:30pm Grudge Match Movie Special 6:00pm Greggs: More Than Meats the Pie 7:00pm Harrow: A Very British School 8:00pm Futurama 8:15pm The Simpsons 8:45pm The Simpsons 9:15pm Muppets from Space 11:00pm The Kumars 12:00am A League of Their Own

1:00am Road Wars 2:00am Grudge Match Movie Special 2:30am Brit Cops: Frontline Crime 3:30am Nothing to Declare 4:00am Brit Cops: Frontline Crime 5:00am Inside Gatwick

SkyMoviesComedy/ 6:20am The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

•Rachel McAdams •Channing Tatum •Jessica Lange •Sam Neill

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The Vow (Film, 2012) After five years building a life together, capped off with a beautiful wedding, Leo (Channing Tatum) and Paige (Rachel McAdams) should be in the honeymoon period of their young lives. But, following a tragic car accident, Paige's memories of their time together have become lost in a haze of amnesia. To make matters worse, she believes she is still engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman), a slimy ex she dumped in favour of her caring but forgotten - husband. Heartbroken but determined, Leo tries his best to win back the heart of the woman he never really lost, but will she rediscover the love for him that's now buried somewhere deep inside?

SkyMoviesDrama/ 10:55am Trouble with the Curve: Sky Movies Special 11:15am Walk the Line 1:35pm The Decoy Bride 3:10pm The Vow 5:00pm City of Angels 7:00pm Under the Tuscan Sun 9:00pm Sleepless in Seattle 11:00pm New Year's Eve

SkyMoviesAction/ 7:10am The Mummy

9:20am The Mummy Returns 11:35am The Scorpion King 1:15pm A Good Day to Die Hard 3:00pm The Mummy 5:10pm The Mummy Returns 7:25pm The Scorpion King 9:00pm A Good Day to Die Hard 10:40pm Bruce Willis: Die Hard Special 11:00pm Commando 12:35am A Man Apart 2:30am Remember the Titans 4:25am The Darkest Hour

BBC3/ 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge of the Fifth 8:15pm Top Gear 9:15pm The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 11:30pm Russell Howard's Good News 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:44am Family Guy 1:06am Family Guy 1:28am Family Guy 1:50am Family Guy 2:12am Family Guy 2:34am Family Guy 3:00am Uncle 3:30am Live at the Electric 4:00am Pramface 4:30am Pramface

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Film, 2008) BBC 3 from 9:15pm to 11:30pm Summoned back to the land of Narnia, the Pevensie children, Susan (Anna Popplewell), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Peter (William Moseley) and Lucy (Georgie Henley), find that the magical realm has fallen into ruin under the rule of the evil King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto). Allying with his nephew, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), the rightful heir to the throne, the Pevensies set out to bring down Miraz and free the native Narnians from his tyrannical rule. A far darker trip to Narnia than its predecessor - 2005's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - Prince Caspian ups the action ante with some earth-shattering set pieces and truly astonishing creature effects. With great support from Eddie Izzard as chivalrous mouse Reepicheep and a star-making turn from newcomer Barnes, Prince Caspian is a hugely satisfying sequel and one of the finest fantasy films of 2008.

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6:50am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Beauty and the Geek 7:45am The Hot Desk 7:55am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:15am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:50pm Dinner Date Australia 1:45pm Take Me Out 2:55pm You've Been Framed! 3:50pm Miss Congeniality 4:50pm FYI Daily 4:55pm Miss Congeniality 6:00pm Peter Pan 7:00pm FYI Daily 7:05pm Peter Pan 8:15pm Despicable Me 9:15pm FYI Daily 9:20pm Despicable Me 10:00pm The Magaluf Weekender 11:00pm The Bourne Supremacy 12:00am FYI Daily 12:05am The Bourne Supremacy 1:15am M.O.M. 2:10am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 3:05am You've Been Framed! A-Z



SATELLITE CHANNELS/ Sky1/ 7:00am The Hour of Power 8:00am Glee 10:00am Grudge Match 10:30am The Kent Divers 2 11:00am World Wrestling 12:00pm WWE Experience 1:00pm Sinbad 2:00pm Muppets from Space 3:45pm Futurama

4:00pm David Attenborough's Micro Monsters 5:00pm Futurama 6:00pm Ashley Banjo's Big Town Dance 7:00pm The Bolton Majorettes 3 7:30pm The Simpsons 10:00pm Hawaii Five-0 11:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles 12:00am Banshee

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SkyMoviesComedy/ 7:30am The Sitter 9:00am Happy Gilmore 10:40am Groundhog Day 12:30pm Parental Guidance 2:20pm The Campaign

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SkyMoviesAction/ 7:50am The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Les Miserables (2012) The drama follows the life of Gallic convict Jean Valjean (an Oscar-nominated Hugh Jackman) who jumps parole and builds a new existence as a respectable town mayor. With the kindling of revolution beginning to smoulder, he finds himself caught between his misunderstood past and attempts at redemption, before being forced to make some decisions that will forever affect his life, and those of his police captain pursuer Javert (Russell Crowe) and the young orphan girl Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) whom he saved and raised as his own.

10:50am Avengers Assemble 1:15pm Iron Man 3 3:30pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 6:30pm Avengers Assemble 9:00pm Iron Man 3 11:15pm xXx 1:25am xXx2: The Next Level

SkyMoviesDrama/ 7:45am The Cup

9:40am Go for It! 11:20am The Wolf of Wall Street Special 11:40am Now is Good 1:30pm The Lucky One 3:15pm Struck by Lightning 4:45pm Steel Magnolias 6:50pm Notting Hill 9:00pm Les Miserables 11:40pm Jersey Girl

BBC3/ 8:00pm Great Movie Mistakes IV: May the Fourth be with You 8:45pm The Voice UK 10:00pm Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 11:00pm Family Guy 11:22pm Family Guy 11:45pm Uncle 12:15am American Dad! 12:37am American Dad! 1:00am Bad Education 1:30am Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents 2:25am Live at the Electric 2:55am Growing Up Down's 3:55am Pramface 4:25am Pramface

Uncle (Sitcom) BBC 3 from 11:45pm to 12:15am Sitcom about sensible 12-yearold schoolboy Errol and his rather immature Uncle Andy. Having been moved on whilst busking, Andy's day goes from bad to worse when he calls round to Gwen's flat and meets her new boyfriend, Casper. Sam has a meeting with Errol's dad Ben to discuss custody. Andy persuades Errol that, for a variety of reasons, he really should go to Alfie's birthday party. At the party, Andy meets old school friend Shelley, but gets bullied by Alfie's dad, Tom.

BBC4/ 8:00pm Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses 9:00pm The Review Show 10:00pm Storyville

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7:05am Homes Under the Hammer 8:05am The Sheriffs are Coming 8:50am Helicopter Heroes Down Under 9:20am Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds 10:05am Britain and the Sea 11:05am Britain's Empty Homes 11:35am Click 12:00pm BBC News 12:30pm World News 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Britain's First Photo Album 2:30pm Cash in the Attic 3:15pm The Great British Bake Off 4:15pm Coast 5:15pm The Secret Life of Elephants 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Great Interior Design Challenge 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Food and Drink 10:00pm The Many Faces of Dick Emery 11:00pm The Best of the Sarah Millican Television Programme 11:30pm Newsnight 12:20am Russia on Four Wheels 1:20am Film 2014 1:50am Trust Me, I'm a Doctor 2:50am This is BBC Two


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6:30am Deal or No Deal 7:25am Countdown 8:10am Will and Grace 8:35am Will and Grace 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am The Secret Millionaire Australia 12:00pm Sarah Beeny's Selling Houses 1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Come Dine with Me 1:35pm Come Dine with Me 2:10pm Come Dine with Me 2:40pm Come Dine with Me 3:10pm A Place in the Sun 4:10pm Countdown 5:00pm Deal or No Deal 6:00pm Come Dine with Me 6:30pm Coach Trip 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Jump 10:00pm Benefits Street 11:00pm Meet the Polygamists 11:55pm My Daughter the Teenage Nudist 1:00am Random Acts 1:05am The 2014 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2:35am Random Acts 2:40am Hostages


6:55am ITV2 Nightscreen 7:00am Emmerdale 7:25am Coronation Street 7:55am Coronation Street 8:25am You've Been Framed! 8:45am The Jeremy Kyle Show USA 9:30am Dinner Date 10:30am The Real Housewives of Atlanta 11:30am The Real Housewives of Orange County 12:30pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 1:30pm Emmerdale 2:00pm Coronation Street 2:30pm Coronation Street 3:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of Orange County 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm M.O.M. 10:30pm Dads 11:00pm The Job Lot 11:30pm Plebs 12:00am Fake Reaction 12:50am Two and a Half Men 1:20am Two and a Half Men


Lincoln (Film, 2012)


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SkyMoviesComedy/ 9:10am The Dukes of Hazzard 11:10am Ghostbusters II 1:10pm Ted 3:00pm The Five-Year Engagement 5:10pm The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 7:05pm Ghostbusters II 9:00pm Ted

•Daniel DayLewis •Sally Field •David Strathairn •Joseph Gordon-Levitt •James Spader

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SkyMoviesDrama/ 7:00am Losing Isaiah 8:50am The Space Between 10:25am Evita 12:45pm Lincoln 3:20pm When Harry Tries to Marry 5:00pm The First Time

In 19th-century America, civil war continues to rage between the Confederate south and the federal United States. Both sides grow tired of the war, but one issue keeps federal leader Abraham Lincoln (Daniel DayLewis) from forming peace - the South's insistence on the use of slavery. He's determined to force through an amendment to the constitution which would free thousands of slaves, but as more and more lives are sacrificed to the war, his proud position comes under scrutiny from all sides of the political spectrum, and his chances of creating history look slimmer with each month that passes.

6:40pm Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 9:00pm Lincoln 11:30pm Hyde Park on Hudson 1:15am Having You

SkyMoviesAction/ 10:25am This Means War 12:10pm Men in Black 1:55pm Men in Black II 3:30pm Men in Black 3

5:20pm Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome 7:15pm Men in Black 9:00pm Men in Black II 10:30pm Men in Black 3 12:20am Mad Max 2:00am Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior 3:40am Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome

BBC3/ 8:00pm Don't Tell the Bride 9:00pm Growing Up Down's 10:00pm Live at the Apollo 10:30pm Live at the Apollo 11:00pm Uncle 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:07am American Dad! 1:30am Uncle 2:00am Live at the Apollo 2:30am Live at the Apollo 3:00am Live at the Electric 3:30am Pramface 4:00am Pramface 4:30am Uncle

EastEnders (Soap, 1985) BBC 3 from 11:30pm to 12:00am EastEnders is the BBC's longrunning prime time soap opera set in fictional borough of Walford in the East End of London. The show is based around an extended and often overlapping network of families and friends who live out the many dramas and tragedies that life throws at them around the show's central location - Albert Square. Created in 1983 by the ZCars writers and producers Tony Holland and Julia Smith, the show often features gritty story lines about difficult subjects with an emphasis on the working classes. These story lines often feature a way to dramatise contemporary social issues such as homelessness, religious tensions, discrimination, drugs or crime, among many others.

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9:00pm King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons 10:00pm Around the World in 60 Minutes 11:00pm Remembering the Holocaust - Defiant Requiem 12:20am Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses 1:20am King Alfred and the Anglo Saxons 2:20am Around the World in 60 Minutes 3:20am Remembering the Holocaust - Defiant Requiem

FINANCE Last April residents of Spain had to start declaring their overseas assets on the new Modelo 720. What happens now? The government received 131,411 asset declarations in 2013. Vice President of the Government, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria, said it had “enabled assets valued at €87.7 billion to be identified”, and that the resulting increase in the tax bases will have “a fundamental effect in the collection made by the Spanish Tax Office”. Your tax position If you have declared all your income and assets correctly on your annual tax returns, your tax position should not change. However many taxpayers will find they pay more tax going forward. This particularly affects those who declared assets for the first time, or incorrectly declared them previously. These assets will now be assessed for wealth tax, and any income they produce for income tax, and you have to declare them accordingly. You can minimise taxes by placing funds into legitimate tax efficient vehicles that allow you to mitigate tax in Spain, sometimes significantly.

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Form 720 – What Next? includes those held by trusts, companies or fiduciaries. If you submitted Form 720 in 2013, you only need to report again if: • The value of an existing asset grew by more than €20,000, or • You sold an asset/closed an account, or • You obtained a new asset. By Robert Croizat, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

2014 declaration The next submission deadline is 31st March. In summary, if the value of your assets in a category amounts to over €50,000, you need to report all of them. You are obliged to report assets if you are the owner, beneficiary, authorised signatory, or have the authority to dispose of the asset. This

Information exchange The Spanish government is keeping a close eye on offshore assets, both those declared on Form 720 and those which should have been included but were omitted. It already receives information from abroad, and this will increase over the coming years. Spain is committed to multilateral automatic exchange of information. Along with the rest of the G5, it is working with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to pilot a scheme on a global scale. The G20

has also pledged to have all members automatically sharing information on tax matters by the end of 2015. The EU has plans to extend its automatic exchange of information from savings income to cover a wide range of income, including investment funds, pensions, trusts, life insurance, employment and property. Spain is working to boost its bilateral agreements on the exchange of tax information. In November the government confirmed that agreements with the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey and Monaco were in progress. It is only a matter of time before the authorities discover undeclared foreign assets. With the new asset reporting rules, the penalties for nondisclosure can be devastating. It is important to declare all your assets according to the rules. Spanish taxes are higher than they used to be and, combined with the

unpopular Form 720, some expatriates are considering leaving Spain. However Spain actually remains a tax efficient country for British expatriates if you take specialist advice. Form 720 need not necessarily be such a concern either. You should review your assets now to make sure they are in the best structures going forward. Seek specialist advice on effective and legitimate arrangements to hold your assets in, that are taxed in an efficient manner in Spain. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


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BBC3/ 8:00pm Top Gear 9:00pm Tough Young Teachers 10:00pm The School That Rocks 11:00pm Bad Education 11:30pm EastEnders 12:00am Family Guy 12:22am Family Guy 12:45am American Dad! 1:07am American Dad! 1:30am The School That Rocks 2:30am Bad Education 3:00am Tough Young Teachers 4:00am The School That Rocks

Bad Education (Sitcom, 2012) BBC 3 from 11:00pm to 11:30pm School-based sitcom. It is the day of the Abbey Grove school field trips and Alfie and Gulliver are escorting their pupils to a petting zoo and ink museum. Fraser takes his group of pupils to a 'poetry recital' which turns out to be a rap battle, and Pickwell decides to take her class to an abattoir. Things go from bad to worse, when Alfie takes an opportunity to hijack his field trip and turn it into a Bear Grylls-esque survival course.



Under the Tuscan Sun (Film, 2003)

•Diane Lane •Sandra Oh •Lindsay Duncan

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SkyMoviesComedy/ 5:45am Arthur 2: On the Rocks 7:45am The Secret Life of

Walter Mitty: Special 8:15am Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 10:05am Runaway Bride 12:05pm Identity Thief 2:00pm The Guilt Trip 3:40pm The Sitter 5:10pm Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 7:00pm Runaway Bride 9:00pm Identity Thief 11:00pm The Guilt Trip 12:40am The Sitter

SkyMoviesAction/ 5:30am In the Line of Duty: Smoke Jumpers

7:05am Coogan's Bluff 8:45am The Grey 10:45am Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 1:00pm Wrath of the Titans 2:45pm The Bourne Legacy 5:05pm The Last Samurai 7:45pm Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 10:00pm Wrath of the Titans 11:45pm The Bourne Legacy

SkyMoviesDrama/ 7:00am The Decoy Bride 8:35am Anna Karenina 10:50am The Wolf of Wall Street Special

American divorcee Frances falls in love with Tuscany and finds a new lease of life while restoring a rundown villa. With hunky Marcello, her Italian dream may have come true. But life's not that easy. Romantic drama.

11:10am Philadelphia 1:25pm Let's Make Love 3:30pm Failure to Launch 5:15pm Under the Tuscan Sun 7:15pm Return 9:00pm Failure to Launch 10:45pm My Best Friend's Wedding 12:40am The Wedding Video 2:25am Moonlight Mile 4:30am Medicine Man

TCM/ 6:00am I Killed Wild Bill Hickok 7:05am Gunsmoke

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Careers over for household names I DUNNO, all these celebrity sex cases this week seem surreal. Headline after headline, knocking nails into the coffins of household names and their careers, whether ultimately found guilty or not. There is something about it all that has a whiff of unfairness. Many of these women’s complaints are nothing more than could be expected on a rowdy weekend night in the local boozer. ‘I felt his hand on my bum.’ ‘He brushed his hands against my breast.’ I know, I know; before all you gals start screaming, I do understand that any unwelcome sexual advances are out of order and some of the accusations are very serious indeed, but some are also a load of indignant twaddle. What about the boot being on the other foot? I myself have been ‘sexually assaulted’. I’ve been groped, had my behind squeezed, received obscene suggestions, and experienced the occasional serious grope to my



nether regions. Most of these experiences have been accompanied by whoops and catcalls by whatever group of women the perpetrator was out with for the night. You don’t see me rushing to the Old Bill. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t enjoy it. In fact, I find someone grabbing your proverbials in public pretty demeaning. But then I’m a bloke. I can hear the sniggering and the ‘you should be so luckys’ from here. Therein lies the problem. If I lodged a complaint with the police, I probably wouldn’t even get it past the front desk. “Hey, Sarge, there’s a bloke here complaining he’s been groped by some bird. Wot shall I do with

SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Boot on other foot? him?” “Ha, ha! Tell him he should be so lucky and send him on his way.” Different attitude, ya see. I dunno; whatever the outcome of these cases something about it all just doesn’t seem quite right. Just had a ‘brisk’ exchange on

FB with folk who still believe the McCanns are guilty of their daughter’s disappearance. Well, all I can say is that this opinion sits alongside the beliefs of those who belong to the flat earth society. For somebody who has been exonerated from a crime to do everything in their power to keep the offence as high profile and fresh in the public’s mind as possible - for years - must be either demented or not guilty. Well these two, obviously highly intelligent, tragic parents are most certainly not demented. Give us a break! And that’s about it, apart from wishing my lovely daughter Charlene a very happy birthday and loads of love from a proud new grandad. Keep the faith Love Leapy




Closed minded I LOVED Leapy's article ‘Missing global-warming con men’ (Issue 1489). Most people will not believe only a handful of people run our planet. They are so closedminded it’s not worth trying to explain. I’m just waiting for the so-called global warming experts to tell governments they need to tax humans for breathing, as we breathe out carbon dioxide which surely must be contributing to it. C B (By email)

Fear so... WE are at the mercy of a few multi-trillionaires running the world, according to Leapy. Once I would have called him paranoid, but after the global financial recession, I fear he is right. A Redmond (By email)


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It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.’ Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) German philologist, philosopher, poet and composer.

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1556: 830,000 people die in an earthquake in Shaanxi (China), the deadliest in history. 1908: The Boy Scouts movement begins in England. 1935: The first canned beer is sold in America. 1945: The Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz is liberated. 1950: India becomes a republic after 100 years of British rule. 1957: The first batch of Frisbees is produced in Connecticut (US). 1961: American actress Marilyn Monroe divorces her husband, playwright Arthur Miller, after five years of marriage. 1965: Sir Winston Churchill dies in his London home, aged 90. 1967: Three American astronauts die during rehearsals in the Apollo 1 spacecraft at Cape Kennedy. 1972: Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding on the island of Guam 28 years after the island was taken by American forces in World War 2. 1973: The US puts an end to its longest war after President Richard Nixon signs a peace deal with Vietnam. 1983: Television series The ATeam premieres on American TV. 1984: American singer Michael Jackson is burned while shooting a TV ad. 1996: French President, Jacques Chirac, announces France will no longer test nuclear weapons. 1998: US President Bill Clinton denies he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House aide.

I've been a godmother loads of times, but being a grandmother is better than anything.’ Vivien Leigh (1913 - 1967) British stage and film actress.

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ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A rather slow start to the week leads you to feel bored but be assured that the weekend will be far from dull. A recent conversation or correspondence with an old friend leads to unexpected contact. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Everything on the home front is emphasised and there will be a flurry of activity. Get others involved in any changes. Work in the garden or painting is much more enjoyable and half the work if you enlist the help of someone you get on well with. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) When discussing a holiday with others, be aware that agreement is not always easily met. Although you are not inclined to compromise, it is necessary to go with the majority decision. Patience is thin on the ground at the moment, but try not to overreact. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) After the 24th it is much easier to see the path ahead. This is particularly true of a financial situation, so there's no sense in fussing until you understand what needs to be done. Someone who has in the past been unco-operative is more flexible. You wonder at this and try to see an ulterior motive, but it is most likely that they have seen the error of their past actions. Is it possible for you to take them on trust?








Your Stars She came out as a lesbian during the fourth series of her TV show ‘Ellen’ in 1997. January 27: Bridget Fonda, 50. Niece of American actress Jane Fonda, she starred in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Jackie Brown.’

January 25: Alicia Keys, 33. American singer who has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Are you willing to take a risk on someone who has let you down before? Looking into their recent past is likely to tip the balance. What you find shows clearly if there has been a change of heart on their part or if they are trying to pull the wool over your eyes.



1 Thrust, 2 Muster, 3 Screws, 4 Darted, 5 Tucked, 6 Speeds, 7 Melted, 8 Drinks, 9 Reeled, 10 Mended, 11 Retain, 12 Steeds, 13 Intend, 14 Tested, 15 Resent, 16 Stitch, 17 Settle, 18 States, 19 Tramps

January 23: Tiffani Amber Thiessen, 40. American actress who played the role of Kelly Kapowski on teenage soap opera ‘Saved by the Bell.’

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Your attention is needed on more than one front, and some decisions are at odds with your personal thoughts and attitudes. Being reminded that 'business is business' does nothing to relieve your conscience. You may have to upset someone by telling the truth, which may affect your longerterm finances but do you really have any choice?



IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Social life is important because friendships will be made that last a long time. Your popularity should not be taken for granted, but built on. As you need other people, they also need you.

January 26: Ellen DeGeneres, 56. American comedian and TV host.



Andreu Buenafuente, born January 24, 1965. Buenafuente is a Spanish late night show host and comedian. His breakthrough came in the 2000s with the late show ʻLa Cosa Nostra,ʼ which was broadcast on Catalan regional TV. He currently hosts ʻEn el aireʼ on La Sexta TV channel. In 1989 he founded El Terrat, one of Spainʼs most important media companies.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) A disagreement with a friend upsets you but is short-lived. To avoid such a situation in the future, look at how you should have dealt with it. There is always something to know that guides us to a better position. It will make you smile that someone has taken you for a fool because you have the last laugh. SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) A great feeling of joy comes over you more than once in the week ahead. Your inner child has been set free, and this is likely to be because of recent restrictions, which are now lifted. Do not feel guilty about this because it is a choice that will serve you well in the future. Right now, things may seem like a bit of an effort for small reward.

1. The American cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all of his seven Tour de France victories in his television interview given to whom in January? 2. In February, the University of Leicester held a media conference to announce that a skeleton found in Leicester in 2012 during an archaeological dig was that of which former king of England? 3. Former oil executive Justin Welby was formally enthroned as the 105th what in March? 4. British businessman James McCormick was convicted at the Old Bailey in April on three counts of fraud after selling fake what, based on a device for finding golf balls to countries including Iraq and Georgia? 5. Which team, playing in their first FA Cup Final, defeated Manchester City with a last minute goal by Ben Watson at Wembley Stadium in May? 6. A group of train drivers in Sweden began wearing what to work in June, as a protest against their employer’s ban on shorts? 7. Which country became the 28th member of the European Union in June? 8. Which Scandinavian country won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Only Teardrops? 9. Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield became an internet ‘sensation’ in May by singing which David Bowie song whilst floating in an International Space Station? 10. Based on the music of the Spice Girls, what was the title of the ‘jukebox musical’ written by Jennifer Saunders, which closed in June after only seven months?

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


PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Who is trying to push you into a corner? Maybe it is being done so subtly that you have not even noticed. Who wants a decision from you? Appear to take pressure lightly and not give in to an irritation. There is some jealousy this week but refuse to be drawn into petty matters..



January 28: Elijah Wood, 33. American actor who played Frodo Baggins in the film adaptation of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’

TARGET: Average: 11 Good: 14 Very good: 20


AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) It is difficult to avoid repeating mistakes made in the past. Your approach to certain situations has not changed and therein lies the problem. Someone who blames you for a mistake shows ignorance but that does not make it less upsetting.





Starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens and Radha Mitchell. Directed by Scott Walker. Runtime 105 minutes. Rated 15.

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A ruthless killer has been burying his victims near Anchorage (Alaska) for more than 10 years, but local police are clueless as to the murderer's identity. When local stripper Cindy Paulson escapes a brutal attack by hunter Robert Hansen, Detective Jack Halcombe begins his investigation into the case. With Cindy as his guide and tension high in the community he must act quickly before another victim falls prey to the killer.



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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION January 29: Oprah Winfrey, 60. American TV host and America’s only black billionaire. SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Travel arrangements may have to be changed at the last minute. Do not fret, however, because success is more likely at the end of the month. During a dream, or when reading a book, an idea comes to you. Can this really make a difference to your future? You may need to act quickly to start a new project but progress will require patience. CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) The need to plan ahead is frustrating when you know exactly what ought to be going on. Patience is something that you need to cultivate, or you risk upsetting someone close. Spending time with a colleague makes you realise how good things could be, but a lot of effort is involved. Pushing ahead does not guarantee results.

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Unscramble the name of a famous NFL American football team (three words): SENSATIONAL WRENS

Across 1 No alms arranged? Looks fishy (6) 4 Flying with little boy frequently (5) 8 Follow headless queens around (5) 9 Famous actor, one appearing in Lionel Bart musical (7) 10 Tearing out from hard rock! (7) 11 The almanacʼs partial cure (4) 12 American soldier right about outfit (3) 14 Snap part of tree (4) 15 Insects hiding in police station (4) 18 Group from Chinese Taipei (3) 21 Inside thereʼs time to relax (4) 23 Endure in the grip of the Thunder-god (7) 25 Peril of poor description (7) 26 Legend on the move (5) 27 Wild animal doing wrong (5) 28 Ukraine port some passed over on the way back (6)

Unscramble the name of a famous, award-winning English actress: IS ULTRA JEWEL FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, JULIE WALTERS

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SCISAB SCISAB 6 Thursday, mid-afternoon, Iʼll rush (6) 7 Mr Federer is acknowledged on the radio (5) 13 Cordial welcome for delighted helper (4-4) 16 Can sort out boxes (7)

17 Stand or, otherwise, drop it (6) 19 Sounds fishy but he works on pianos (5) 20 Left one with a Shakespearean heroine (6) 22 Despise rough corns (5) 24 Floor covering from Illinois (4)

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 16 represents B and 1 represents Z, so fill in B every time the figure 16 appears and Z every time the figure 1 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Break in pieces (5) 4 Two-wheeled vehicle (7) 8 Time between noon and evening (9) 9 Be sorry for (3) 10 Stage of development (5) 12 Foretell (7) 13 Possess (3) 14 Implements (5) 16 Night bird (3) 18 Science of matter (7) 20 Prevent from happening (5) 21 Sprint (3) 22 Credit (9) 25 Assume a reclining position (3,4)

26 Not including (5) Down 1 Hair washing agent (7) 2 Destiny (3) 3 Rushing stream (7) 4 Show disapproval (3) 5 Small and light boat (5) 6 Flesh-eating mammal (9) 7 Select by vote (5) 11 Nuisance (9) 12 Devoutly religious (5) 15 Sports ground (7) 17 Correspondence (7) 18 Danger (5) 19 Rocky Mountain state (5) 23 Tawny brown colour (3) 24 Vase (3)

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

MALLIND Answers: Back to basics, All in the mind

Down 1 Transport made from ledges (6) 2 Callas going round to a famous opera house (2,5) 3 Needles boss like at sea (8) 4 ʻHot Fiveʼ help out (4) 5 Girl involving one in love entanglement (5)


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Sleigh, 4 Moscow, 7 Eavesdrop, 9 Oman, 10 Goat, 11 Canal, 13 Litmus, 14 Soften, 15 Pewter, 17 All out, 19 Daisy, 20 Cord, 22 Wept, 23 Mutineers, 24 Otters, 25 Tutors. Down: 1 School, 2 Ivan, 3 Hyenas, 4 Madras, 5 Slog, 6 Wanton, 7 Earthworm, 8 Postpones, 11 Cured, 12 Lowly, 15 Pacino, 16 Rapids, 17 Aspect, 18 Totals, 21 Dupe, 22 Writ. QUICK Across: 1 Detach, 4 Trusts, 9 Corrode, 10 Prize, 11 Sue, 12 Parakeet, 14 Astral, 15 Leader, 18 Solution, 20 Ass, 23 Nurse, 24 Survive, 25 Locate, 26 Lesson. Down: 1 Docks, 2 Torment, 3 Clog, 5 Repeated, 6 Smile, 7 Shelter, 8 Feral, 13 Farthest, 14 Arsenal, 16 Diaries, 17 Bossy, 19 Lyric, 21 Stern, 22 Urge.

Across 1 Cigüeña (5) 3 Buckets (pails) (5) 7 Naranja (6) 9 Pulga (4) 10 Sunlight (3,3,3) 13 Yesterday (4) 14 Tin (ore) (6) 16 Evitar (eludir) (5) 17 Barcas (5)

Down 1 Lento (ritmo, movimiento, caída) (4) 2 Rum (3) 4 Acorn (7) 5 Cisne (4) 6 To deserve (7) 8 Tile (floor) (7) 11 For (going to) (4) 12 Perros (4) 15 Dos (3)

ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Sage, 3 Usado, 8 Ama de casa, 9 Estar, 10 Plata, 12 Alcachofa, 14 Brass, 15 Into. Down: 1 Saucepan, 2 Giant, 4 Sheepdog, 5 Día, 6 Fabricas, 7 Zapatero, 11 Again, 13 Car.


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TOP 10 WORST TOYS OFTEN we blindly trust those making our children’s and grandchildren’s toys, but the fact is millions of toys are recalled every year. People may wonder: “What was that company thinking when they put that on the shelves?” Here’s our pick for the Top 10 Worst Toys of all time. 1. CSI Kit: Asbestos Your child dreams of being a sleuth so you get him a kit based on the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, with special powder and brushes to look for fingerprints. What you didn’t know, unfortunately, is the powder contains up to 5 per cent asbestos.


2. Magnetix: Intestine-twisters Magnetix pieces contained small, powerful magnets that spilled out when the plastic pieces broke open. Magnets don’t pass through the digestive system and can cause death, as with a 22-month-old who died in 2005 after swallowing nine magnets that reattached in his intestines, twisting them and cutting off blood supply to vital organs. 3. Lawn Darts: No explanation needed Who thought that sharp metal projectiles launched around by children with lessthan-adult judgement was a good idea? The horseshoestyle game where foot-long darts are tossed around effectively meant steel missiles flying around until the heavy metal point perforated the soil… or a child’s head. 4. Aqua-Leisure’s Inflatable Baby Boats: Safety backfiring Flotation devices for babies are a safe way for babies and toddlers to enjoy the pool, right? Not when the leg straps tear, leading to babies slipping through. After more than 30 infants nearly drowned, 4 million boats were recalled and manufacturer Aqua-Leisure was fined $650,000 (€475,000).

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WITH the film now in cinemas everywhere, The Physician is catching people’s attention. The book by American novelist Noah Gordon became a bestseller throughout Europe, especially Germany and Spain. An 11th century Christian boy studying medicine is fascinated with the goal of reaching medieval Toledo, Cordoba and even far-away Persia. Under the tutelage of his Jewish physician

mentor, he travels from England across Europe to learn medicine and science from the learned Muslims. For a Christian this would be impossible, so he disguises himself as a Jew and eventually practices medicine as an army surgeon in the service of the Persian Shah. Given today’s geopolitical climate highlighting tensions between Iran and Israel, the fact a person should disguise himself as a Jew in order to enter

7. Mini-Hammocks: Relax while being strangled Over 3 million mini-hammocks were recalled when at least 12 children died and many more were injured between 1984-1995. As the device had no spreader bars keeping the fabric open, kids risked strangulation when getting in and out of the twisted, tangled mess. Persia because Jews had relative freedom there lends itself to a fascinating historical journey to a time when the world was quite different than it is today.

Magnetix, Lawn Darts and Aqua Dots were all dangerous toys. 5. Aqua Dots: Date Rape Drugs Aqua Dots were colourful beads arranged in various designs and then set permanently with water as the water mixed with glue in the beads. Consumers never imagined a chemical reaction with the glue would release gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB): the date rape drug. The debacle materialised when

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

Patch doll would ensnare the fingers and hair of small inquisitive tykes who failed to realise that only the doll’s accompanying snacks should be introduced. What’s worse is the mechanism was a battery-powered roller that operated one-way, with no ‘off’ switch.

children began vomiting and lapsing into comas after swallowing the beads. 6. Snacktime Cabbage Patch Doll: Too hungry Dolls that cry and wee are great, but one that bites body parts is another story. The mechanical jaws on the ‘Snacktime’ Cabbage

8. Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab: Nuclear ‘toy’ This experiment kit was marketed to would-be scientist kids in the early 1950s… with four uranium bearing ore samples in it. Even in an era when science sets included less-than-safe materials by today’s standards, it’s hard to justify that making uranium available to children to play with is a good idea. 9. Fisher-Price Power Wheels Motorcycle: For adults only Putting kids on four wheels is alright, but two? These kid-sized vehicles were dangerous with accelerators that jammed, causing all manner of crashes and accidentrelated injuries. Fisher-Price took them off the market in 2000 in a recall of 218,000 motorcycles. 10. Sky Dancers Flying Dolls: Flying notso-high These 9-inch dolls from Galoob Toys were made to fly but the unreliable controls led to fast speeds in sporadic directions. Reported injuries included temporary blindness, lacerations, and broken ribs and teeth. Almost 9 million dolls had to be recalled as a result.

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



Average: 12

Just Joking

Good: 16 Very good: 22

What did the policeman say to his tummy? I've got you under a vest. What do you call a deer with no eyes? No idea! Why don’t blind people go skydiving? Because it scares the dogs.

Excellent: 27

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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION rebut, refute, reef, reel, reeve, creel, clef, cleft, bereft, beret, beer, beef, beet, bunt, feel, feet, free, fret, felt, fete, even, event, leer, left, unto, tube, tuber, tubercle, tune, tote, totter, veer, veto, vent, vote, voter, neuter, never, ever, enter, over, oven, otter


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Obesity: a public or a personal matter? With projections that half of Britons will be obese by 2050, healthcare experts want hard-hitting campaigns similar to anti-smoking publicity to tackle the problem. Should governments and ‘experts’ be telling people how to live their lives? Or should people be left alone to do as they please? PAUL RHODES, aged 52, lives in Market Harborough in Leicestershire, UK, and was on holiday in Almeria. He said people need educating and part of obesity awareness lies in how you are brought up, and is down to parents. “There should be more information on food packaging and how much fat food actually contains,” he said. He thought supermarkets did a good job with their healthy living campaigns; the problem is that children are


STREET TALK playing on computers and phones and not exercising. He believed anti-smoking campaigns had worked in that there were fewer people smoking nowadays. He also felt there were a lot more fast-food outlets in the UK than in Spain, which might be a contributing factor. Retired couple Ken and Jan Greisen, aged 64 and 65, live in Los Gallardos (Almeria). According to them: “Smokers actually pay more in tax than they take out of the NHS; obese people do not.” They believed that problems stemming from obesity, like diabetes, are the cause of personal lifestyle choices, and there should definitely be campaigns making people aware of the consequences. Some said that sufficient campaigning had already been done, the problem was that JAN AND KEN

people weren’t acting on what they already knew. Steph Mortensen, a graphic designer living in Torremolinos (Malaga), thought it was up to individuals to follow experts’ advice. “We don’t need any more big campaigns,” she said. “But we do need people to heed what we all know already, which is that poor diet and lack of exercise have consequences, not only on health but also on the economy in areas like healthcare systems and national wellness indexes.” Claudia Davies, 57, on holiday from London, expressed both sides of the coin. “People should be able to live their lives,” said the retired health service employee. “However,” she added: “I used to work in the health service and when people get so obese, it can cost the health service and ultimately the government thousands and thousands to treat that patient. So I guess they do have the right to warn people and prevent them from being that overweight.” Finally, there were those who believed individuals needed to take more responsibility. Joanne Byron, 55, from Los Montesinos (Alicante), believed it was the responsibility of parents to prevent children from being obese, whilst adults should be responsible for themselves. “I think a lot of people don’t even realise they are obese so they need to make people more aware of it, but I think the government has more important things to sort out.”


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Nine tips to keep your hair looking good this winter • Moisturising. The cold air, rain or snow can cause almost irreparable damage to your hair. Use creams and hair oils to keep it hydrated. • Adequate shampoo. Detect

what type of hair you have and acquire the right products for your hair. • Heat tools. In winter especially, the hairdryer is almost essential. It is

a bad idea to go outside with wet hair in cold weather. It is as bad as abusing your hair with hairdryers and curling irons. Use these items sparingly and dry your hair with the towel first to

Children learn to know when they’re full at the dining table CHILDREN who eat their meals at the dining table are less likely to be overweight, according to new research. The results come from a study of children aged between two and five in more than 100 child-care centres in America. They found that children tend to be slimmer as they learn when they are full. Children who are allowed to eat in front of the TV are more likely to be overweight because they do not learn to recognise when they have had enough. Children who serve themselves were also found to eat less than those who are given pre-plated food. The researchers argue that parents should not force their children to eat everything as this can result in them ignoring their body’s signals and encourage them to eat more than they need.

DINING AT TABLE: Helps to teach children how to eat properly.

reduce drying time and thus the risk of damage. • Home treatments. In winter you will have more time to apply them on your hair. Softener creams, brightener teas; apply any remedy you decide to improve your hair for at least 15 minutes. • Avoid the frizz. With the cold your hair usually shows more frizz than when the weather is drier. To combat this effect you can buy anti-frizz sprays. • Hair loss. Hair falls are cyclical with seasonal changes. If you are noticing more hair loss than usual, use fall protection shampoo for one month and you will notice how your hair returns to normal. • Hair treatments. After the summer is the best time for hair treatments. Keratin treatments are the best because they nourish the hair, give it an extra shine, seal the cuticles and last for three months. • Haircut. Winter is a good time to have a good haircut, for two reasons: we get rid of the summer devastation and maintain perfect hair. • Good food. Food is the key to keeping your hair healthy and shiny; you know that what you ingest is directly reflected on the outside. To maintain healthy and beautiful hair you need to eat properly.


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Cervical smear tests can save lives MEDCARE BRITISH GP on the Costa Blanca is supporting Cervical Cancer Prevention Week by offering smear tests to any woman who needs one for just €30. This is less than half the usual price and the practice is subsidising the cost of tests in the hope that more women will come forward for this vital screening. Medcare GP Dr Najma Hussain said: “We are concerned that too many

British women living in Spain miss out on cervical screening tests either because they do not have health cover under the Spanish healthcare system or because they do not know what services are available. By not having a test they could be risking their lives.” Cervical Cancer Prevention runs until the end of the week and is organised by the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA).

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Haircare is not in crisis as salons staying full EVER wonder how a country in economic crisis manages to keep its beauty shops and salons constantly full? Other shops and stores might be closing their doors all around them, but hairdressers are in no apparent danger of being put out of business. This is probably due in large part to Spanish consumers’ commitment to looking good even when other things in life have to be cut out. A Euromonitor International country report on Spain states that ‘despite the poor economic situation, Spanish consumers were still willing to spend money in order to take care of their hair.’ Euromonitor mentions that consumers have adjusted by shifting from more expensive products

HAIRCARE: Spaniards not skimping on salon time.

to more affordable alternatives. Consumers have been forced to be creative by switching from regular sizes to family-size and bulk sizes in order to save. Companies have also had to be creative in order to prosper during times of crisis. The report states that innovation, formulation and fragrance are the three top factors affecting hygiene purchase decisions in Spain, and it seems that Spanish

companies are trying to find ways to help consumers get what they want in those areas to stay

looking good without breaking the bank. The report states how companies like Mercadona have offered new brands (like Deliplus) as a response to this market demand, a decision which has paid off with increased percentage points in sales.

30,000 die from the disease every year in Europe, even though early detection can lead to successful treatment or even stop the disease from developing.


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The golden voices of history Mike Walsh Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.


OES Spain have an iconic female singer to rival those of other nations? Many singers bring to mind the pathos of times past or a period of turbulence. Gracie Fields symbolised the austere but homeliness of a pre-war Britain far removed from what it has since become. Gracie lost her citizenship when, during the war, she married an Italian and departed for America. Would Vera Lynn have won the nation’s heart had her career not coincided with World War Two? Vera’s White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again evoke the sadness of war rather than they do the singer. Lynn’s German counterpart was chanson singer Lale Andersen. The Doris Day look-alike made famous her wartime ballad Lili Marlene. It stole hearts beating

ICONIC SINGERS: Many bring to mind times gone past, or conjure up images of carefree cafe society.

beneath over 50 different types of military uniform. Anna German is surely the world’s most beautiful ordinary woman. I’m not convinced the Russian claim on this soulful balladeer is justified. Anna was of Soviet persecuted Polish-German descent. Who qualifies for the Edith Piaf of Russia? I asked the question of a Russian musicologist. She reeled

off several names of singers whom she claims rival the great crooners of other nations. We opted for Lyudmila Zykina. However, Russian soul singers must include Klaudia Shulzhenko and Isabella Yurileva. The celebrated chanteuse extraordinaire Aelita Neuhausen is a Latvian icon who rhapsodises hearts the world over. Norwegian nightingale Sissel Kyrkjebø’s fame

also reaches far beyond her country’s borders. Edith Piaf is characteristically French. The Little Sparrow’s ‘Nonje ne regret rien’ remains unrivalled. Her haunting melodies bring to mind Parisian nightlife during the 1940s and 1950s. Portugal and Latin America fell at the feet of Amelia Rodriguez. The Spanish took this greatest of all Portuguese ‘fado’ (destiny)

singers straight to their throbbing hearts. When another movie was made of Amelia’s life Spaniards queued for hours for their seats. Nana Mouskouri is a Greek legend. As soon as one hears her voice a thousand Greek islands with whitewashed cottages come to mind. The Athens born singer’s voice conjures up images of basking fishing craft, beautiful bays and carefree café society. Many of these sadly departed nightingales now warble to Elysium lyres. Does Spain have a rival to match the women whose music lives on in our hearts? I posed my question to someone who, had she sung as well as she danced would have undoubtedly made the grade. Raquel Peña is arguably Spain’s most enduring flamenco artiste. “Raquel,” I asked. “Does Spain have an Edith Piaf or Amelia Rodriguez?” After giving the question some thought the flamenco artiste, who has captivated audiences worldwide placed Lola Flores on Spain’s claim to melodic fame. Do you agree?

Ministerio del Interior, Gobierno de España

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ATER cannon are all the rage. Boris Johnson and the Metropolitan police want them, although in the past their use was limited to Northern Ireland. In Spain they have not been used for years, although Interior minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz recently fitted up the National Police with a nice new €408,000 model.

Cassandra Nash

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

The London mayor was warned that using water cannon is a step nearer to stifling the democratic right to protest. Johnson’s reaction was not revealed, but stifling the democratic right to protest is just up Fernandez Diaz’s street since his Public Safety Law is actually the Government Safety Law.

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If it ain’t broke... A RECENT poll revealed that 80 per cent of Spain’s population do not back Alberto RuizGallardon’s harsh and misogynist reforms to the 2010 abortion law. Mariano Rajoy repeatedly reminds critics that reform was set out in his election

programme. So it was, although the PP gave the impression that it would only reverse the right of girls aged between 16 and 18 to terminate without parental consent. Government sources admit there could be modifications although there will be no ‘substantial changes’ according to Ruiz-Gallardon. In its present form it has certainly pleased hard-core right-wing PP voters who will theoretically turn out in force for the May Euro-elections. Ruiz-Gallardon’s law will subsequently be amended sufficiently to silence critics within the PP itself, keeping everybody happy. This might work but only if the 80 per cent who do not like the new law stay at home in May. Rajoy has the reputation of a wily Gallego but he could still shoot himself in the foot by fixing what ain’t broke.

Retrospective justice THE general amnesty granted in 1977 is brandished as a cast-iron reason for not pursuing crimes committed during Franco’s time. Spain can therefore turn deaf ears to UN requests to cooperate with an Argentinian enquiry into torture allegations against Jose Antonio Pacheco - aka Billy the Kid - and Jesus Muñecas during the dictatorship’s last years. Parallel to this, judge Ismael Moreno accused China’s leaders of genocide in Tibet and wants to question them. All very worthy, but he knows and we know and the Chinese know that nothing is ever going to come of it. Lamentably, the same could be said for the Argentinian investigation.


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Costa de Almeria’s best guide to




Costa Blanca’s best guide for local restaurants

ESTAURANT Viva España was established in 1977 by a Valencian family, along with their two daughters following their return to Spain after moving to South Africa and setting up the first Viva España in Johannesburg. Their aim was to give their customers the best in quality food and entertainment in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The restaurant is situated in a beautiful location in Oliva surrounded by orange trees and topped by two authentic Valencian barracks. Hand painted pictures adorn the restaurant’s walls showing the regional Spanish shields and costumes. Their menu is a tasty tribute to the Spanish regional gastronomy where you will find a large variety of traditional Valencian dishes, all home-made following the best traditional recipes made by professionals including the owner of the restaurant. Among their specialities are paellas cooked over a wood fire, soupy rice, lamb safari, rice with lobster, grilled meat and a large selection of home-made desserts. Why not try their daily menu for only €9.50? They are open every day and on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons, after a special menu meal, the lights are turned down and the fabulous flamenco begins where diners can enjoy one of the best dance shows in the Valencian region with a group of ‘bailaoras’ (dancers) who guide the audience through the different flamenco styles. Following the flamenco they also provide their customers with live music. It is definitely a show that will delight the audience in all senses. This special menu on Saturdays and Sundays, with show, is €28 and includes a bottle of wine.


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VIVA ESPAÑA: Established in Oliva. The amazing flamenco group from Viva España offers the possibility of performing private shows; call Jacqueline for more info on 695 161 207.

Viva España is holding a very special event on Sunday when a professional group of flamenco dancers with singers and guitar from Jerez de la

Frontera, Cadiz, will perform at the restaurant. They are on Ctra. Valencia-Alicante N-332, km 216 in Oliva just on the left (Gandia direction) after

SPECTACULAR SHOW: With flamenco dancers. leaving the motorway. email viva-espana@viva- or call 962 851 931, 962 850 018 or 695 161 207.


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New temple of pork opens in Barcelona IT seems that restaurants that build their menu around a key ingredient are the latest trend in Barcelona. Following the opening of L’eggs restaurant last summer, ‘Pork... Boig per tu’ restaurant has recently opened in the Born district of the Catalan city. With a name meaning ‘Pork... Crazy about you,’ the star of the dishes served in this restaurant is, needless to say, pork. Michelin Star chef Oriol Robiera is behind this project, which aims at offering a succulent menu exclusively made of pork cuts grilled over a wood stove. The so-called ‘temple of pork’ also aims at attracting wine and beer amateurs, offering a

PORK CHOPS: Pork cuts are the new star. manzanilla fino sherry wine from Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cadiz), or unfiltered beer brewed in Liverpool (UK). It also has an extensive Champagne selection, with more than 30 varieties. Pork... Boig per tu follows the trend started

by L’eggs restaurant last summer. In this restaurant, head chef Paco Perez uses innovative techniques from the award winning molecular gastronomy restaurant elBulli to create new dishes with eggs as the main ingredient.

Aid for Serrano ham THE Spanish government has passed a regulation to better inform customers about the quality of the Serrano ham they buy. From now on there will

be only three designations for this food. These are Jamon de bellota (coming from acorn-fed pigs), Jamon de cebo de campo (coming from pigs fed with natural

fodder) and Jamon de cebo (coming from pigs fed with fodder). This will be shown by labels: red, green and white respectively. The labelling will also tell customers the purity of the pig breed used to make the Serrano ham. In that sense, a ‘pata negra’ or black hoof label will be strictly used to designate pigs 100 per cent of the Iberian breed that have been fed with acorns. This measure aims to help the Serrano ham sector which, according to breeders, is facing a difficult situation. In Spain, 85 per cent of Serrano hams consumed come from mixed-breed pigs, which are sold at a more affordable price. According to official data, in 2011 more than 4 million pieces of Serrano ham coming from pigs fed with fodder were sold in Spain.


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Spanish wines are proving to be popular in the Chinese market SPANISH wines have proven to be very popular in the Chinese market. The Apostoles Palo Cortado Muy Viejo wine has been chosen as the best wine of 2013 by Wine in China magazine. The Sherry obtained 96 points in the Top 100 Wines Evaluation 2013, the highest ranking in the contest organised by the Chinese magazine. The production of the Apostoles Palo Cortado Muy Viejo dates back to 1862, when it was created in honour of Queen Isabel II after she visited the Gonzalez Byass winery vineyards. It is said to have intense and lasting flavours of caramel, walnuts and a touch of espresso. Another 11 Spanish wines ranked among the best 100 wines of 2013, seven of them obtaining a Silver Medal Prize

SHERRY: Chosen as the best wine in China in 2013.

and four of them a Bronze Medal Prize. Wine in China magazine also awarded a prize to the 50 wines with the best pricequality relationship, choosing

seven Spanish wines in this category. The Spanish ambassador to China, Manuel Valencia, was awarded the ‘Wine Culture Promotion Outstanding Contri-

bution Award’ for his work to promote wine culture. Finally, the Rioja Certificate of Origin was given the ‘Best Wine Culture Promotion Organisation’ award.


Avocados reduce snacking EATING an avocado at lunchtime can help reduce the need to snack in the afternoon. A study of 26 healthy but overweight adults found that participants who added half a fresh avocado to their lunch reported 40 per cent decreased desire to eat in the following three hours as well as a 28 per cent reduced desire to eat over the subsequent five hours. Although increasing the calorie and carbohydrate intake, avocados did not increase blood sugar levels leaving people feeling fuller for longer.


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Getting rid of garden waste Dick Handscombe

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

MANY gardeners have now started on the annual garden cutback and clean up as described in some detail in Chapter 6.9 of ‘Your Garden in Spain’, and everyone will have the problem of what to do with all the prunings, weeds and leaves, etc. Some will be lucky in that the local council collects bags of garden rubbish from their house every week and sends this away to a central burning or composting unit. Some have the possibility of driving a few kilometres to load their

CUTTINGS: Try and compost as much as possible.

garden rubbish into hods or large containers at a green collection point. And others have no legal means of getting rid of garden waste other than obtaining a fire

certificate and burning waste on the premises or recycling as much as possible back into the soil to add beneficial substances. Turn to Page 54



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Make use of your cuttings From Page 53 This has happened in our village as the two other possibilities mentioned above are no longer legal or are proving too expensive in hard times. If everyone went down the route of burning, then once idyllic, clean-air locations would be polluted as much as large cities and if plastic sacks are burned intentionally or by accident gases with significant health

risks will be released. So what are the green and low cost options available? First, build or buy one or two composters and compost as much kitchen and garden waste as possible. The amount that can be successfully composted can be increased

significantly by using a shredding machine which are not expensive these days especially if you buy via eBay. Second, saw up all branches and use in wood burning fires or stoves. Fine prunings can be dried to provide kindling wood to help light fires. Third, if you grow spring edible peas, decorative sweet peas or broad beans, keep the straightest and partially bushy prunings to use as support sticks. A good source is the pruning of deciduous fruit trees. Fourth, citrus leaves and cuttings take time to rot down, but two things can be done. If a neighbour keeps rabbits, citrus and also olive prunings are tasty treats. So organise that your neighbour can take sacks of your citrus prunings as immediate food or to be dried for later use. Fifth, fairly dry waste material can be wrapped in a few sheets of newspaper in the form of a Christmas cracker or bag of sweets or chocolates, tied with a ribbon or string to be used as firelighters. Sixth, if you have an oleander or myporum hedge build a 40-centimetre wall around the hedge and fill it with shredded waste. This will rot down and act as a mulch to reduce summer watering needs and

provide recycled nutrients to keep the hedge healthy. Fill in low areas of the garden with garden waste, covering each year’s infill with soil until the desired level is achieved. Lastly, make a pile of shredded material, cover it with soil and rocks and create a rockery without having to import soil. All are practical but if you don’t want the bother, build or purchase a small incinerator and use it carefully away from hedges and overhanging trees.

Stop press Having reviewed the title and cover of the book about the long 950-kilometre walk Clodagh and I made across Spain a few years past, the book has been repackaged as ‘Our 52 day retirement adventure along the Spanish Pyrenees.’ It is now available from Amazon

OLIVE AND CITRUS PRUNINGS: Good as tasty treats for feeding pet rabbits. Books as a traditional book and as a Kindle e-book.

© Dick Handscombe January 2014

The killer pest that is targeting Spain’s palms THE red palm weevil is a major destructive force to Spain’s palm trees. It is originally from tropical Asia, but has now spread to Africa and Europe and was first recorded in Spain in 1994. The adult beetles are relatively large, ranging between two and five centimetres long. The female lays hundreds of eggs in the palms and the hatched larva causes the main

problem. It excavates holes in the trunk of a palm tree which weakens and eventually kills the palm. The infestation of the pest can result in yellowing and wilting of palms, and when leaves begin to wilt it is usually a sign that the palm has been infested for some time and by this point the damage is usually sufficient to kill the tree. The weevil is now a major concern to palm

plantations across Spain with many town halls and municipalities carrying out regular checks and control procedures for the pest. If private owners spot or suspect the red palm weevil they should contact their local town hall who should be able to inform on the correct procedure for removing or treating the palm. Many also have a specialist department who will come out and look at the problem.


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Chinese investment in Spain

SPAIN is set to overtake its neighbour Portugal as the top property investment market for the Chinese in Europe. A Newswire Today report states that investment immigration programmes have boosted Chinese interest in European real estate. Portugal, Spain, Greece and Cyprus are among the southern European countries that offer residence permits to foreign investors investing in the property market. While Portugal ranked first in 2013 for Chinese investment, there is a likelihood that Spain will surpass Portugal within the next two years. And with Spain having approved its investment-based immigration programme in 2013, Chinese investors now see Spain as a more attractive option than ever.

Hobbit holes come to Europe LOW-COST and low-impact can be highly gorgeous! Bilbo Baggins’ cosy hobbit hole Bag End has met its match for coolness and quaintness.This fabulously original woodland home was developed by Simon Dale, the architect behind not only the concept but also its implementation. The home is featured on the ‘Why Don’t You Try This’ website ( which claims that Dale was able to complete the construction at a cost of only £3,000 (€3,600). He acquired the land in exchange for its upkeep, and Dale was able to build his family’s eco-friendly residence in just four months. Next time you think about property and what materials are actually needed in order to live somewhere comfortable, think about the fact that this charming home required just a chainsaw to cut down about 30 small trees, plus

WOODLAND HOME: Self-made magical cubby. other common tools like a shovel, chisel and hammer. As far as materials, the earth itself provides the roof and a good portion of the walls, providing builtin natural insulation

that keeps it warm in winter and cool in summer. And no one would ever know that the materials and appliances inside were refurbished or purchased second-hand.

Far from giving a ‘get-by-withwhatever’ vibe, the effect is fundamentally one of creativity, cosiness and ultimate artistry. The simplicity of how the house was constructed and put together is refreshing. But perhaps the best part is Dale’s ‘let’s do this’ attitude toward a project for which he himself says he is not particularly equipped: “Being your own have-ago architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land.” This goes along with his philosophy behind why he did it this way, which according to his website is because “it’s fun. Living your own life, in your own way is rewarding. Following our dreams keeps our souls alive.” Here’s hoping that he keeps following his dreams, because they sure produce beautiful results for the rest of us to be in wonder over.

Malaga sweeps the board in 2013 property sales MALAGA captured 13.9 per cent of the Spanish market of property sales to foreigners in the first three quarters of 2013. This makes it the top province in the nation for last year. It registered 70.9 per cent of such sales for all of Andalucia, which has a total of eight provinces. Of all Malaga’s sales,

36.2 per cent were to foreigners, a figure much higher than the national average of 16.8 per cent according to government figures provided by the National Federation of Property Developers and Residential Tourism. Malaga’s property sales to foreigners in 2012 was 28.2 per cent. Malaga is second only behind

MALAGA: Leader of foreign-bought properties.

Alicante in terms of provinces with the highest percentage of real estate transactions on the

part of foreigners. But in terms of absolute volume of sales, Malaga remained the top market with 1,306

People want a holiday property on the beach A REPORT from AB Property Marketing has confirmed what the majority want in an overseas holiday property purchase: the beach. Even with theme parks, skiing, safaris and big city life, most people still want the old fallback of sun, sea

and sand. In Expedia’s 2013 Flip Flip Report, 46 per cent of holidaymakers surveyed had taken a beach holiday in the past year while a strong majority (64 per cent) hoped to in the coming year. Spain has traditionally been very

strong in providing what holidaymakers want but is now having to compete with other European nations. The report lists Albania in particular as an emerging beach holiday destination.

more sales, as compared to Almeria with 329 and Murcia with 418. Throughout Spain, the first part of 2013 saw a substantial increase over the year before, with a 20.5 per cent rise in sales to both resident and nonresident foreigners. In contrast, the rate of property purchases by Spaniards decreased by 14.7 per cent below the previous year.


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Advertising Feature

Gift of sight from Specsavers Opticas and the Lions Club

ON October 10 Specsavers Opticas launched a campaign to collect 3,000 pairs of unwanted glasses in just three months to be given to Lions Club International and distributed to those in need. This campaign strove to give the gift of sight to some of the world’s poorest people, and the response has been fantastic; 4,436 pairs of glasses have been donated over the three-month campaign across all eight stores, well over the target! José Ángel Moral-Tajadura, Specsavers Opticas’ Business Development Manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the generous people, the media and local organisations who have helped support the campaign and donated their unwanted glasses. Every pair will make a huge difference to someone’s life.” The glasses will be sent to the Lions Club’s recycling plant in Alicante where they are first separated into single vision, bifocals, varifocals and sunglasses. They are then graded according to prescription

Mike Stone from Specsavers Opticas presenting the glasses collected by their Javea and Calpe stores to Beverley Stewart, Bob Sydney and Hugh Stewart from Calpe and Benissa Lions Club. strength, cleaned and boxed for distribution. Lions Club representatives

are located across many developing countries including Africa and India. They

test the eyes of locals and send requests for the required prescription glasses onto the fulfilment plant. Lions Club International collects around 70,000 pairs of glasses to be re-dispensed every year. Janette Bennett, President of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club, commented: “There is always a shortage of glasses in developing countries as they have no medical support, so Specsavers’ donations are absolutely vital to people with poor vision. It’s amazing that they have been able to collect over 4,000 pairs in just three months. It will help so many people to lead a fuller life and we are really grateful to the company and the community for donating their glasses to this great cause.” Specsavers Opticas will continue to have a strong relationship with the Lions Club and glasses can be donated at any of their eight stores on the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca. To find your nearest store visit

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Benefit dependency: now a reality? Nora Johnson

Breaking Views A Costa del Sol resident for a number of years, Nora is the author of psychological suspense and crime thrillers. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to norajohnson

THE reality TV series, Benefits Street, features the lives of several jobless residents of one of Britain’s most benefit-dependent streets. Ninety per cent of those in the 137-house street in Birmingham claim one or more benefits. The programme has aroused considerable controversy about both the benefits system and immigration, not helped by the latest official figures showing more than 60,000 families with five or more children rely on welfare and the overwheming publicity given to the widely-predicted ‘influx’ of benefit tourists from Romania and Bulgaria on January 1. Of course any healthy society benefits from a flow of immigrants, just as many Britons make their lives abroad - like here in Spain where British entrepreneurial spirit is to be applauded.

LIFESTYLE CHOICE: Money too easy to claim? But the issue isn’t so much about immigration and those ripping off the system as a UK welfare system that, historically, funded individuals who made a lifestyle choice to live on benefits rather than seek work allowing people to claim without having put anything in. Economic rights without responsibilities, a way of life for some, rather than the last resort or active means of poverty alleviation.

In fact, we should point the finger at successive Labour governments who had a vested interest in perpetuating a Ponzi scheme (taxing an evershrinking productive private sector to fund an ever-growing public sector and welfare-dependent underclass) in the pursuit of power - buying the support of poorer sections of society with other people’s money. Labour’s ‘open door’ immigration policy was also concocted to

strengthen their electoral position given the tendency of immigrants to vote Labour, but at what cost? The standard of living in the UK has declined as the cost of living has increased, while the UK (the South East, in particular) is vastly overpopulated. Consequently, the quality of public services (health, education, transport) has diminished given the inability to cope with this overpopulation and increasing demands of those who’ve taken from the system without paying in. A situation aggravated by the Coalition’s austerity cuts in jobs and services. The system is broken and rightly needs a long-awaited and necessary reform. The problem is that, as Benefits Street amply demonstrates, although there may be a culture of entitlement, the withdrawal of benefits can just as easily galvanise its former recipients into crime, not employment. Nora Johnson’s thrillers ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.89;£0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca.


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History of the FIFA World Cup: The 1934 tournament in Italy By Tony Matthews THE 1934 World Cup competition took place in Italy from May 27 to June 10 and it was the first for which teams had to qualify to take part. Thirty-two nations initially entered the competition, and after qualification, 16 teams participated in the finals. And it was the host nation, Italy, who became the second country to lift the World Cup, beating Czechoslovakia 2–1 after extratime in the final. After a lengthy decision-making process in which FIFA’s executive committee met no less than eight times, Italy was chosen as the host nation at a meeting in Stockholm on October 9, 1932, the decision being made without a ballot of members. The Italian bid was chosen in preference to one from Sweden, and the winning country’s government assigned a budget of 3.5 million lire to the tournament.

FLORENCE: Hosts Italy squeezed past Spain in the quarter final. Joining Italy and Czechoslovakia in the 1934 tournament were Argentina,

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Romania,

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Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. The 1930 champions, Uruguay, declined to enter. Austria and Germany made it through the semi-finals along with Italy and Czechoslovakia and after narrow victories the latter two entered the final which took place in Rome’s Stadio Nazionale in front of 50,000 spectators. The Czechs scored first through Antonin Puc but Raimundo Orsi equalised before Angelo Schiavio bagged the winner for the hosts. Schiavio finished up as joint top-scorer in the finals, with Edmund Conen (Germany) and Oldrich Nejedly (Czechoslovakia). Facts: *Hungary’s Imre Markos became the first player to get sent off in World Cup finals, dismissed against Austria in the quarter-final. * The 17 matches played in the finals attracted more than 395,000 spectators, giving an average of 23,000 per match. * Luis Monti played for Italy having appeared for Argentina four years earlier. Next week: The 1938 World Cup in France

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BY now we should know who will be contesting the 2014 League Cup final on Sunday, March 2. The semi-final second legs took place on Tuesday and last night, and unless there has been a miracle at Upton Park, Manchester City will be playing either Sunderland or their arch-rivals Manchester United at Wembley. On tomorrow/Saturday/Sunday, there are 16 fourth round FA Cup-ties taking place, the pick of the bunch being Arsenal v Coventry, Birmingham v Swansea, Bournemouth v Liverpool, Chelsea v Stoke, Manchester City v Watford, Stevenage v Everton, Sunderland v non-League Kidderminster and holders Wigan v Crystal Palace. And the men’s/women’s singles finals at the Australia Open also take place this weekend. FOOTBALL - Last weekend, Arsenal remained top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Fulham while Chelsea, with a Samuel Eto’o hat-trick, beat 10-man Manchester United 3-1. The last Chelsea player to score three in a League game against United at Stamford Bridge was Seamus O’Donnell, nearly 60 years ago. Liverpool were held 2-2 at Anfield by Aston Villa; Tottenham won 3-1 at Swansea, Newcastle likewise at West Ham; Crystal Palace beat Stoke 1-0; Norwich took out Hull, also 1-0; and Sunderland

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In the men’s singles, at the time of writing, Messrs Djokovic, Nadal, Tsonga, KNOCKED OUT: Maria Sharapova lost 3-6 6-4 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova. Ferrer, Wawrinka and Federer were all looking good, so too was Andy Murray. were held 2-2 by Southampton whose Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest. Remember, he had surgery at the end of manager Mauricio Pochettino has outLeyton Orient and Scunthorpe United 2013. stayed his chairman! He will make a lead Leagues 1 and 2 respectively. RUGBY UNION - The draw for the decision in May as to whether he will In recent La Liga fixtures, Real Madrid Heineken Cup quarter-finals is Clermont v remain at St Mary’s. WBA played Everton (with Gareth Bale scoring for the first time Leicester, Munster v Toulouse, Toulon v on Monday. in six games) beat Real Betis 5-0, Leinster and Ulster v Saracens. At the top of the Championship, Leicester Barcelona drew 1-1 with Levante, Malaga MOTOR SPORT - Bernie Ecclestone, won 1-0 at Leeds to and Valencia finished 0-0 and Almeria lost 83, will step down as boss of F1. He faces stay five points 2-0 against Villarreal. a court appearance later this year for clear of QPR who CRICKET - Having been whitewashed bribery. beat Huddersfield. 5-0 in the Ashes, England have now been SNOOKER - Ronnie O’Sullivan is Reading battered beaten 3-0 in the ODI series by rampant Masters champion for the fifth time after Bolton 7-1 and Australia. This was England’s ninth beating the 2013 winner Mark Selby 10-4 there were also successive defeat at all levels. in the final. ‘The Rocket’, playing in his 10th wins for TENNIS - In temperatures topping 41 final, won £200,000. In an earlier round, Derby degrees Celsius, Serena Williams, he set a world record by scoring 556 points and inhampered by a back injury, was eliminated to nil when taking five frames in a row form from the Australia Open by Ana Ivanovic. without his opponent, Ricky Walden, Rory McIlroy’s fiancée Caroline Wozniaki getting to the table, other than breaking is also out and this paves the way for Li off. Na and Victoria Azarenka after Maria GOLF - There are two tournaments this Sharapova was knocked out. weekend - The Qatar Open in Doha and the US PGA Tour Open at Torrey Pines, San Diego. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson started 2014 as 1-2-3 in the world. HOCKEY - England’s men gained Edin Dzeko scored Manchester Accrington Stanley fielded an bronze when losing to New Zealand in the entire team of Scottish-born World League semi-final in Delhi. After a 3City’s 100th goal of the season players in 1955-56, and in 1873 3 draw, the Kiwis won the shoot-out 7-6. in a 4-2 home win over now Oxford University won both the R.I.P. - Two sporting icons have died: bottom-of-the-table Cardiff. FA Cup and the Boat Race. athlete Sir Christopher Chataway, aged 82, Edin Dzeko the first-ever winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, and ex-Wolves goalkeeper Bert Williams, MBE, who at the age of 93 JAVEA Green Bowls Club’s first Nick Cole, Trevor Neale, Alan Ken Davey, John Pittaway, Carol knockout competition against was England’s oldest match of 2014 took place on Gamble and Jan Phillips ended Davey and Pat Pittaway had a Vista Bella on January 12, Javea former international. He January 16 with a three-match up winning by 13-12 shots in more comfortable win at 24-16 won three disciplines out of four, won 24 caps for his bout at home against Finca one and Sheri Fletcher, Alan shots, translating into an overall both home and away, and out of country and made over Guila. Javea Green prevailed in Phillips, Carol Meares and Dave score of 8-0 points to start the a possible total of 16 points won 400 appearances during two last end shoot-outs, where Gardiner won by 14-13 shots. season. In the Premier 20 at 12-4 overall. his 11 years at Molineux, 1945-56.



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Warblers at Bonalba ORBA Warblers Golf Society played at Bonalba on January 15 where David Knight led in the first division with 39 points, followed by Jim Rogers with 37. Top score of the day came from division two with Nick Berry’s 43 points, followed by Roy Booth with 40 points. Nearest the pin prizes went to Jan Wilson on the 4th and Roy Booth on the 14th. Next week’s stableford competition will be at La Sella. Arrive at 8:30am for 9:12 two tee start. Guests are welcome, book by phone on 639 242 896.


Celia takes first medal of 2014 MONTGO Golf Society played their first medal competition of 2014, sponsored by Gerian van Ooijen, at Oliva Nova on Friday, January 17. Winner of the medal was Celia Cronin with a fourunder-net-par of 68 from her 13.3 handicap and will now be playing from 11.8. Second place went to Neil Carter (9.6) with a net 71. Best gross score went to the guest of the day, Campbell Lamont with an 80. The Society’s next game (a Stableford competition sponsored by Richard Fox) is at La Galiana on Friday, February 7 with a first tee at 10:00 am.

WARBLERS: Golf, drinks and lots of fun.

Lions lose, but still top of league BENITACHELL Bowls Club results for the week ending January 19 were as follows: In the Northern League, the BBC Jaguars came out

top over the Tigers 6-4. Meanwhile, the Lions lost all 10 points away to Calpe but still remain top of the league.

In the Winter Fours League, the Mavericks lost their first match but remain in the lead with 16 from nine games. In the Winter

League, the BBC were away to Javea Green where they lost 2-8. Visit www.benitachell

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