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Easter fair LUX MUNDI Ecumenical Centre in Torre del Mar will hold an Easter Bazaar on Friday April 4. There will be a boutique, bric–a-brac, preserves, cards, books, cakes, tombola and more. It will run from 11am to 1pm.

Nerja in playoffs THE Nerja basketball team has reached the playoffs for the title after beating rivals CV Carmen by 73-89.

Food drive NERJA Post Office has joined a national food collection campaign. Baby food, tinned food, oil, pasta, etc, can be dropped off at their office in Almirante Ferrandiz Street.

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Demolition threatened homes saved THOUSANDS of home owners - including many expatriates are breathing a sigh of relief after their seafront homes had a cloud of uncertainty lifted from them. Owners will be allowed to bequeath or sell homes and businesses which infringe Spain’s previous Coastal Law. The law was announced last year and the text has now been made public. New regulations annul a clause in the 1988 law warning that buildings

and businesses on the 100-metre strip measured from the high tide mark would be demolished in 2018. Under the new law, the Environment Ministry confirmed that concessions are safe for another 75 years and authorisations for four more years. Thanks to the new law the right to remain in these properties is now transferable to third parties as a legacy or through a sale, with the proviso that Environment Ministry authorisation is

obtained first. The ministry also has the right to widen the state-owned strip to 200 metres and veto construction of new homes or hotels. The idea behind the original legislation was to protect the shoreline and immediate coastal area from unchecked development, but it also affected properties which had previously been built perfectly legally. The Ministry of the Environment will be able to fine the owners of illegal buildings with up to €1.2 million. Local

councils will be able to levy a fine of up to €12,000. The hope is that the heavier fines will discourage illegal construction. But while the law from the national government - helps many, thousands more homes in inland areas are

still blighted by the threat of demolition from the Junta de Andalucia regional government. They have been declared ‘illegal’ with planning permissions withdrawn by the Junta, despite the owners having bought in good faith. Editor says... Page 10

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Letters RELOCATION: Velez-Malaga market to be moved.

New wholesale market to be built

A NEW wholesale market is to be sited in the Camino de Remanente area of Velez-Malaga and will occupy a surface area of 25,000 square metres. The mayor of Velez, Francisco Delgado, presented the project along with Councillor for Urbanism, Infrastructure and Operations, Concepcion Labao, and

the project’s architect, Javier Ruiz. Of the 25,000 square metres that have been reserved for this project only 14,000 square metres will be built on, the rest will be divided between access points and a green area. It was sited in the Camino de Remanente area in order to alleviate the heavy

traffic conditions it was causing in its present location. Delgado commented that the design would be modern, functional and different from its surroundings. He went on to say that the work would be completed in the shortest time possible in order to cause minimal disruption to market life.


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Daily TV 24

Time out 28 - 29

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NEWS Car theft A MAN, 36, was arrested in Malaga for allegedly stealing a bicycle and a GPS device from inside a van and a car which were in a car park. Council competition MOTRIL Council is accepting bids to run the bar in Plaza de España during the ‘Cruces de mayo’ festivities between May 1 and 4. Guadix caves THE Secretary General of the PSOE in Guadix, Juan Fernandez, has asked the mayor to clarify exactly what is happening with the tourist information point for the caves as no progress is evident.

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Educating Motril’s parents THE town of Motril is to host workshops for parents to help them with the education of their children. Elena Vallejo, Education Councillor, stated that the objective of the workshops was to determine what advances could be made in the education of the parents to help them to positively influence their children to get ahead at school. Vallejo went on to say that the workshops would offer the parents tools and strategies that would help to induce good study habits in their children.

The workshops will try to analyse and identify the keys to the success or failure of a child at school. Vice-President of the Educational Council, Antonio Joaquin Ramirez, pointed out that these workshops offer parents everything they need to help their offspring including, but not limited to, how to ensure that their children stay in school until the age of 18, as well as good study methods. Five hundred and fifty mothers and fathers are expected to participate in the workshops.

READY-MADE: Traditional dishes to make life easier for Spanish housewives.




ews watch

Time change

THIS Sunday, March 30, the clocks go forward one hour. At 2am the clocks will go forward to 3am. This means one hour less in bed!

Stone’s throw A MAN who was arrested for throwing a stone which seriously injured a girl, eight, in Malaga, has been remanded in prison.

Sugar cane

Policeman attacked AN illegal car park attendant, 33, was arrested in Malaga for allegedly attempting to punch a Local Police officer who had told him to leave the area.

ON March 30, Frigiliana will celebrate Sugar Cane Day with a guided tour of the old sugar factory installation which has been running since 1720.

Mayor innocent THE ex-mayor of La Puebla, Jesus Amurrio, has been cleared of all charges of urban misappropriation. The promoter, involved in the same case, was found guilty and given 18 months.

Digital Nerja

Hemodialysis centre MARIA JOSE MARTIN of the PP has asked for the hemodialysis centre in Guadix, located for the last 10 years in the industrial park, to be moved nearer to the hospital due to the poor condition of the current installations. Baza brotherhood LA Hermandad del Nazareno de Baza (the Baza Penitents Brotherhood) has celebrated its annual dinner with more than 100 people in attendance. Spring and wine GUADIX Council is putting the final touches to the upcoming Spring and Wine Fair which, this year, will include a ham cutting competition.

THE Junta de Andalucia regional government has approved the budget for a project in which a local school will run its own digital newspaper. The students will write the paper themselves supervised by a teacher.

Tasty treats made easy


IMES are changing and whereas Spanish housewives used to have time to prepare elaborate dishes, working women now need mealtimes to be quick and easy. However, the food industry is well aware of this and is coming up with ways to prepare traditional dishes which make life easier. One of the main components of the Spanish diet is ‘tortilla’ (Spanish omelette) but it takes time to prepare, which many don’t have. However, many companies already sell the ingredients in packets, ready to use, so that all that is required is to add some egg and prepare the omelette in a frying pan. If even this is too time-consuming, there are the ready-made versions, which can be prepared quickly in the pan or microwave. A popular treat for breakfast is ‘churros’ and Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz has come up with the idea of selling the dough pastry in spray form.

Quote of the Week It depends on the Ministry of Public Works, but I think it’s a good idea’ Mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, regarding the possibility of naming the Madrid-Barajas Airport after recently deceased Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister after the Franco era.

The can then has to be shaken and sprayed straight into a frying pan with hot oil, and within minutes a family can be sitting down to enjoy a plateful of churros with a mug of thick hot chocolate. The traditional cold soups ‘gazpacho,’ ‘ajoblanco’ and ‘salmorejo’ can be found in many supermarket cold cabinets in cartons and ready to consume. Elsewhere in the cold cabinet you may find ‘boquerones en vinagre’ (filleted fresh anchovies in vinegar), ready-cut Manchego cheeses or Iberian ham, roast meats ready to serve, microwaveable ‘paella’ and even the refreshing ‘tinto de verano’ (red wine with lemonade) ready mixed and bottled. These are not only ways of making life easier for those in charge of preparing meals in Spanish homes, but also a way of obtaining more sales and making products easier to export, as the products become more accessible to a wider market.

Number of the week per cent of Spaniards shower for more than 10 minutes every day according to a study, which is well above the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of showering for less than five minutes, followed by only 9 per cent of the population.


Artistic solidarity THE Amistad workshop has received a donation of €1,600 from Norwegian painter Otto Solli. The donation is much appreciated as they are short of cash due to the Junta de Andalucia regional government allegedly not paying its share.

Children’s TV MALAGA children’s hospital now has a channel showing only children’s programmes from 9am to 10pm, which is free and does not run adverts.

And finally... THE mayor of El Pedroso, Sevilla, Manuel Melendez, has been charged with a crime against moral integrity for forcing a Local Police officer to wash his car, shouting insults at him, and taking his weapon, as well as cutting his salary.

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Motril to help Romanians MOTRIL Council has renewed its promise to help the Romanian community with its administrative paperwork. Mayor of Motril Luisa Garcia Chamorro, Councillor for Immigration Teresa Morales, and Romanian Consul Manuel Plesa have all signed a new agreement. This consists of, among other things, the council letting Romanians use Alamos Intercultural Centre, free of charge, once a month in order to facilitate the administrative paperwork needed by the immigrant population. The Romanian population grew by 3.4 per cent in 2013 and is the second largest foreign group in the area.

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ABANDONED: Beaches in the Eastern Costa del Sol.

PP seeks beach deal

ANTONIA RUIZ, Partido Popular (PP) member of the Andalucia Parliament

and delegate for the Commission for Tourism and Commerce, has asked

the Junta de Andalucia for a new agreement on buoys and beach cleaning on the

Pair accused of burglary spree NATIONAL POLICE in Motril, Granada, have arrested two men in relation to local break ins.

The men have been accused of burgling two local businesses. They gained access to the premises by throwing cobblestones through the shop windows of a petrol station and a bakery, then taking with them anything that could be carried.

According to police reports, the two men were caught in the act by a patrol car and immediately took off on foot, in opposite directions, only to be captured later. They have been linked to other thefts in the area.

Axarquia beaches. She has been refused. There was a three-year agreement in place in 2009 which stated the Andalucia Government would subsidise part of the maintenance costs of the beaches but this ended in 2011 and, since then, there has been no help, or money, from the government. Maintenance has continued and the Axarquia is accruing debts to the companies that take care of the beaches. Ruiz pointed out the “abandonment” of the government could not continue, that the Eastern Costa del Sol should not be left to fend for itself.

Experimental station suffers cutbacks Scientific Studies (CHSS) this is not what was agreed with the government, which promised there would be no cutbacks when the station became the Mediterranean Subtropical Fruit and Vegetable Institute after an agreement with the University of Malaga. Heredia commented that the 24 CHSS centres in Andalucia had gone from THE Guardia Civil have intercepted more than 1,500 2,212 employees to only kilos of hashish from a boat in the Cala de Maro. 1,905 although the cuts in A total of 20 people have been arrested so far in this La Mayora were the most anti-drug operation in Nerja including a National severe. policeman and a Guardia Civil officer. Margarita del Cid, PP According to police sources, the courts in Veleznational delegate for Malaga have kept 15 of the accused on remand, all for Malaga, replied that this crimes against public health. As the case moves on they was due to “temporary and are also expected to be accused of money laundering, extraordinary” debts bribery, and belonging to an organised crime group. accrued in an irresponsible Among the five released pending a judicial hearing way by the previous were the two law enforcement officers. government.

LA MAYORA Experimental Station in Algarrob has gone from 119 employees in 2011 to 100 in 2014, a drop of 19 per cent in only three years, according to Miguel Angel Heredia, PSOE delegate. According to the Centre for Higher

Hash haul nets 20


Midwife honoured RINCON DE LA VICTORIA’S Women’s Association has paid tribute to one of its most loved figures from the past, Carmen Lopez Bravo, a midwife who helped many mothers in the area and who died in 1963.

Muggers held FOUR women aged between 27 and 35 were arrested in Malaga for allegedly stealing a handbag from a woman and attacking her friend when she tried to stop them.

Teacher tribute A SERVICE for retired teacher Abelardo Genaro Belmonte, who died in a fire at his home in Granada, was well attended by the people of Baza, where he taught for many years.

Tree day GUADIX COUNCIL has proposed planting trees in educational centres in order to celebrate World Forest Day. A thousand pine tree cuttings have been donated for the students to plant.

Staff threat A MAN, 41, has been arrested in Malaga for allegedly causing damage at three businesses and threatening to kill clients and staff.

Logo winner CARLOS CAPELLA, from Malaga, has won the competition to design the new Motril logo. He beat the other 80 competitors with a design featuring the sun.

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New street VELEZ-MALAGA is to name a street, square or roundabout after the former president Adolfo Suarez who died recently.

Horse fun THE fourth edition of the Benamocarra Equestrians was celebrated with double the number of attendees last Sunday. Spectators arrived at the bullring at midday to watch the horse and carriage show.

Photo show COMARCAL Hospital will host an exhibition by Malaga photographer Alejandro Ponce de Leonas as part of a campaign to make the hospital a ‘more human’ place.


Pedestrian breath tests and higher speed limits BREATH tests for pedestrians, higher motorway speed limits and a total ban on speed camera detectors are just some of the new road laws passed by Spain’s Congress. Also on the cards is the compulsory wearing of cycle helmets for under 16s in urban areas and new rules to force foreign residents to register their vehicles. But not all the regulations are being tightened; rules that restricted the right of cancer patients to drive are being relaxed. At the moment doctors have to specifically take up a

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ON THE ROAD: New laws proposed. cancer patient’s right to drive with the

€110,000 for water deposits MALAGA Environmental Department has earmarked €110,000 to build a water deposit in Sayalonga and to block off the Pinillos stream in Sedella to make another deposit there. Provincial Environment Deputy Marina Bravo visited both villages before the works begin next week. She commented that the provincial government was happy to help in the development of the infrastructure and to contribute to all areas of Malaga having equal access to water. The Sayalonga project will consist of building a tank which will hold 120 cubic metres of water and guarantee water availability. In Sedella 20 metres of the Pinillos stream must be blocked in order to create the deposit.

traffic authority (DGT), but those restrictions are due to be relaxed. Jaywalking pedestrians will find themselves liable to take a drugs and/or alcohol test. Up until now they could only be made to take a test if they were involved in an accident. Congress decided to bring in new rules setting out deadlines for the registration of foreign registered cars, as it was proving difficult to track down their owners to pay fines. If the rules are ratified, they are due to come into effect in June. Editor says... Page 10

A 35-YEAR-OLD woman has been detained in the port of Motril, Granada, with 17 balls of hashish in her body. She was arrested one month ago in Melilla with more than a kilo of drugs hidden in yoghurt pots and shampoo bottles. The woman, of Moroccan nationality, was searched as she arrived in Motril from Melilla and was found with 36 balls of hashish distributed around her purse and in her sandwiches. The police suspected that she may have had more and sent her for an ultrasound after which 17 more balls were found inside her body.


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Weeks without electricity FIFTY Alcaucin residents have taken to the streets in protest over electricity cuts that have gone on for weeks. The cuts are due to their ‘first occupation’ licence not being valid; until recently they had been receiving ‘building site electricity’,

but this was terminated on March 10. The building’s president, Isidoro Urrestarazu, explained that the block, which comprises 61 apartments and commercial premises, was built by a promoter who was later arrested in the

Arcos case for urban planning fraud. Urrestarazu pointed out that the deeds to the property went through without a hitch and, initially, they were given the ‘first occupation’ licence. The problems came with the dismissal of the

Learning healthy eating habits A WORKSHOP in Torrox is teaching 200 schoolchildren healthy eating habits. Employment collective Andazalia, subsidised by Torrox Council, is offering a workshop called ‘Eat Healthy, Eat Fun’ for fourth-year students. Lauren Salvatierra, PSOE Councillor for Employment, visited the workshop and commented on how important it is for the young to eat, and more importantly know how to cook, a healthy and balanced diet. She went on to explain that the students, from four different local schools, are cooking with the help of the voluntary monitors from Andazalia who are explaining the origin and qualities of the foods so that the

administrator when they began to notice and report various problems like the absence of a transformer. The 36 families who live in the building - the rest of the properties belong to the promoter who never pays the community fees on the empty flats met with Endesa (electricity company) and were told that the cut was due to them not having the correct licences. They are now trying to work out a deal to get themselves reconnected. The residents feel that they have been cheated by the promoter.

FUN: Children learn to cook healthy food. children can learn basic nutritional concepts. Salvatierra said: “Through simple

and basic cooking, children are starting out in the cooking world and being motivated by their results.”




Famous pantheon FRANCISCO NATERA, Councillor for Cemeteries, has declared that Velez-Malaga is to build a pantheon for famous people in its cemetery.

Adoptive son MALAGA City Hall has announced that it has begun the process to make writer Antonio Gala an ‘adoptive son’ of the city.


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Violent burglar detained A 38-YEAR-OLD man has been detained in Nerja after police caught him trying to break into a house. Sources said that after a call to emergency services police were dispatched to a house in urbanisation La Noria to a suspected burglary. When they got there they found the man forcing the door to a property. Upon his discovery the man attacked the two officers, spraying one of them with a self-defence aerosol, and trying to run over the other with a scooter. With help from neighbours, police were able to overpower the man who put up a lot of resistance. He will be charged with robbery, resisting arrest and civil disobedience.

Man jailed for building an illegal property A MAN in La Viñuela has been given a prison sentence and a fine for building a house illegally. The man had planning permission to build a single storey, 67 squaremetre building - not to be used as a residence - but instead he built a two

storey, 278 and 140-square-metre residential house which he has now been ordered to demolish. The sentence states that the plot was on rural farmland which could not be built on. The previous owner of the land had obtained a licence for

a building of 67 square metres but it could not be used as a residential property. The courts found the man to have “wilfully ignored the law” and as such must demolish what he built as well as pay a fine and go to prison.

Safety talks for sick children LOCAL POLICE in Motril are to give talks to hospitalised children about how the police force works and what services it provides to the residents of Motril. Officers have prepared special notebooks with basic information on road safety which they will distribute to the children in the Santa Ana hospital. A dozen young patients attended the first talk given by the police which

LEARNING IN HOSPITAL: Young patients given talks about road safety.

was about, among other things, road safety, traffic lights, the use of

seatbelts and helmets on motor bikes and bicycles. This talk was supported

by notebooks, made by the police officers themselves, which contained cut-outs, activities and other features to make it attractive to the young. The first talk was so successful that the hospital has asked the police to repeat it every three months.


Food collection SPAIN’S postal service, Correos, is collecting food for the Spanish Federation of Food Banks, until Saturday, to donate to the needy.

Officers hurt TWO National Police officers were injured in Malaga when the patrol car in which they were travelling hit another vehicle and flipped over several times.

Ethiopia race RINCON DE LA VICTORIA will host a solidarity race for a sports school in Ethiopia. The race will take place along the sea walk in Rincon and will be 10 kilometres long.


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Maro Zumba THE Zumba workshops being taught at the municipal multiuse Centre, in Maro, are proving to be very popular with all ages. They take place in the afternoons and cost €15.

Hate crimes MALAGA Local Police have agreed to improve procedures for dealing with discrimination and hate crimes.


New playing courts THE mayor of HuercalOvera, Domingo Fernandez, has inaugurated the remodelled playing courts at the Cura Valera high school. The high school principal, Diego Bonillo, commented on Monday that they have been asking the authorities to do something about the courts for the last 22 years. They were breaking up and could not be used to play any sort of game properly. Bonillo recognised and applauded the present

Mayor of Huercal-Overa with teachers and students. mayor’s rapid reaction in getting this done. The mayor said that he was happy to help out with the project and

that the council wanted to do everything possible for the youth of the area. The first game on the

new courts was a football match between teachers and students, with the mayor kicking it off.

Motor bike smuggling TWO men, 45 and 38,have been detained by the Guardia Civil at Motril Port for trying to load a van containing a stolen motor bike onto the ferry. The Guardia Civil noticed the two men, residents of Murcia, while they were making their rounds of the Volcan de Tinamar ferry, bound for Melilla.

Although the men, both from Morocco, had paperwork for the van they could produce no documents for the motor bike. After tracing the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) the policemen discovered that the motor bike had been stolen from Alicante.

A note from the

Night bin collection cancelled MALAGA courts have confirmed the cancellation of the night-time rubbish collection service. The Mixed Environmental Company, EMMSA, which was in charge of night collection brought a case against Rincon de la Victoria Town Hall, saying it was not fair to change their working hours. They claimed that as they had been contracted for night work they could therefore not be asked to change to the day shift. Sergio Diaz, Councillor of the Environment, pointed out the same as the mayor had some time ago; that this change of hours would save the council €1 million annually. After reviewing the contracts the courts decided it was within the council’s rights to change the collection times.


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ATCH out if you like a drink. Proposed new traffic laws will give police the power to breath test jaywalking pedestrians. Up until now police could only do that if the pedestrian was involved in a road accident. But now anyone crossing the road where they shouldn’t will be liable to take a test for alcohol and drugs. That is a step too far (excuse the pun). Surely there are enough laws against drunkenness and unruliness without having to resort to alcohol tests at the drop of a hat. There is no need to suspect someone of being drunk - just taking a step onto the road would be enough to have the police descend with their alcohol meters. And on the crowded and often narrow pavements found in many Spanish towns and villages it can be nearly impossible to avoid stepping into the road. It is a charter for harassment of

people who have done nothing wrong and a sign of officialdom’s instinct to criminalise otherwise law-abiding people.

Coastal good news THOUSANDS of owners of beachfront properties built within 100 metres of the high water mark blighted with the threat of demolition, can sleep a little easier now. The new coastal law means they can now sell or pass on as bequests their homes, and has removed the imminent threat of demolition (scheduled for 2018). The old law had effectively made those homes - many already built quite legally - illegal. So some good news, but why do the Spanish authorities insist on putting many innocent people in such a distressing position in the first place? It is bad for tourism, bad for investment, and bad for the country.


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SAN JUAN households have the highest per capita income in the province and the third highest in the Valencian Community. This is not reflected in the town’s economy, local businesses claimed.

Times past AN early 20th century machine used for selecting raisins has been donated to Javea museum. It recalls the times when the raisin industry was vital to the local economy.

Bargain offer VILLAJOYOSA Town Hall will not have to pay for the new N-332 roundabout at the hospital turnoff. It has been included in the deal with the Bulevar Comarcal developer.


Motorcyclist airlifted A MOTORCYCLIST has been seriously injured in an accident in the town of Millena, Alicante. The man was taken to Alicante General Hospital by helicopter.

Below freezing TEMPERATURES plunged in Alicante Province on Monday with thermometers in Pinoso falling to below zero. The lowest temperature was recorded in Utiel at -2 degrees.

Case dismissed THE case against six former Torrevieja mayors and councillors, including the current PP Mayor Eduardo Dolon, for an alleged electoral offence assigning the use of the municipal theatre, has been dropped.

Training scheme UNEMPLOYED




Bin burning ALMOST every night in Almeria the fire brigade is called to put out a bin fire. Each bin fire costs the council around €1,000.

THE Junta de Andalucia has increased the number of bank accounts it holds with local banks in Almeria; 93 per cent of these bank accounts have irregularities.

BAHIA DE DENIA was declared the best of eight muscatels from the Vall de Pop and the Marina Alta. The winning wine was produced in Jalon.

ALICANTE City Hall wants UNESCO to declare Tabarca Island’s history an ‘intangible cultural heritage’. The application is backed by three Italian towns and Tabarka in Tunisia, all historically linked to the island.

and Anime, known as cosplay.

Banking irregularities

Jalon winner

Former ties


Photo contest

Thirty-five MS-13 gang members arrested

WORKS presented to the provincial government’s 14th Photography Competition on the subject of the nature surrounding Almeria, will be on show in the Teatro Auditorio until November 3.

GUARDIA CIVIL officers have arrested 35 members of the Salvatrucha gang, also known as MS-13. MS-13 gang members between the ages of 17 and 25 were detained in an operation called ‘Cruasan’. To dismantle the Central American criminal organisation, a total of 28 searches were conducted throughout various regions, including Alicante. These searches included the confiscation of firearms and other weapons, varying amounts of drugs, and documents that will be analysed by police authorities. The MS-13 is a dangerous and violent criminal organisation that has roots in various Central American countries and has been trying to establish itself in Spain. Those arrested represent a wide range of nationalities, including Salvadorian, Romanian, Ecuadorian, Spanish, Bolivian, Honduran, Pakistani, Bulgarian and Moroccan.

VISITOR centres in nature reserves in Almeria now have an online booking service for those who wish to make online reservations to visit any of their installations.

recruited on a temporary training and apprenticeship scheme by Orihuela Town Hall. They will be be given six months work along with two days study.

Swim marathon SWIMMERS took park in an eight-hour swimming marathon at Orihuela’s Water Palace to help buy food, money and hygiene products for the local Red Cross.

Hiker rescued A HIKER, 35, had to be airlifted to hospital by the Guardia Civil after falling and breaking his ankle when walking in the Cala Santanyi area.

Violent husband

Natural internet


Recycle facilities THE largest recycling plant in Malaga Province has opened in Coin and will deal with the refuse from 16 towns in the Guadalhorce Valley.

Wanted man A MAN, 46, on the run from the Belorussian authorities since he stole 70 litres of fuel and threatened to shoot the man who caught him 20 years ago, has been arrested in Marbella.

Abuser sentenced

A MAN, 63, is facing five years in prison for allegedly beating his wife with a dog lead in Palma and punching her, causing her to lose three teeth.

A MAN has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a mentally disabled woman at a care centre in Casabermeja, which his daughter also attended in 2009.

Bird theft

Out of control

Tourist train

A MAN, 23, has been arrested for stealing 38 birds, including canaries and exotic breeds, from houses in the Llevan area of Mallorca and selling them to pet shops.

TWO bonfires which got out of control caused forest fires in Palma and sa Pobla, destroying 8,000 square metres of bushes and canes.

THE Tourism Committee of the Andalucian Parliament has expressed its support for plans to create a tourist train to run between Malaga and Fuente de Piedra.

No bullying


Winning tickets


NATIONAL POLICE have ruled out bullying at school as the cause which led a 13-year-old girl to commit suicide in Palma, and are now questioning her family.

Dressing up THE Expokatu fair was characterised by a multitude of people dressing up as their favourite characters from Manga

SIX winning tickets with prize money of €35,000 each for the National Organisation for the Blind in Spain (ONCE) lottery, were sold in Arroyo de la Miel.


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business & legal

WATCH sales rose by 17 per cent just before March 19, Father’s Day and also the feast day of Josefas and Joses. The sector sold 23,000 watches, producing a €2.2 million turnover, said watchmakers Ayserco.

Slurry disposal plants may shut

not only wind and solar energy but also the slurry plants, many which could now close. Pig farmers will soon be faced with a “serious problem,” said the mayor of Langa de Duero (Soria). European regulations limit the amount of slurry that can be dumped. Having to go to plants further afield will reduce already slim margins and livestock, farmers said.

Ono says yes to Vodafone VODAFONE has finally pulled off its deal with Spanish telecommunications’ company Ono. The €7.2 billion that the UK-owned company hands over for Ono is the largest acquisition by a foreign company in Spain since 2008. Ono, with 1.9 million clients in 12 autonomous regions, is the country’s largest cable company and has its own high-speed fibre optic network. Based on both companies’ figures in late 2013, Vodafone’s presence on Spain’s broadband market will grow from 7.5 per cent to 21 per cent. Acquiring Ono’s 1.1 million

mobile clients will increase its share of this market from 24.8 per cent to 26 per cent. Between them Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange will now control 90 per cent of Spain’s broadband and mobile market and up to 80 per cent of its customer base. Vodafone, which earned $130 billion (approximately €93 billion) from the sale of its US division last year, is also rumoured to be on the verge of making another big purchase. This time it is looking towards the UK with TalkTalk, the no-longer state owned BT Group and BSkyB possibly in its sights.


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Posh addresses PROPERTIES in Monaco, Hong Kong and London are the world’s most expensive. Prices rose last year by 5 per cent in Madrid, ranked 29th, but fell in Sotogrande, Marbella, Mallorca and Barcelona.

Pay rises SALARIES in Spain’s Public Administration rose by 17.7 per cent in the last quarter of 2013, compared with 2012, thanks to delayed payment of that year’s civil servants’ bonus.

Catalan cava is still fizzing CATALUÑA’S desire for independence might be unpopular but its cava sales remain buoyant. Despite boycott calls, global sales of Catalan cava fell by only 0.77 per cent to 241.3m bottles in 2013 with a €970 million turnover similar to 2012. Sales in the domestic market fell by 0.47 per cent, an improvement on 2012 when they dropped by

6.28 per cent. The effects of the politically-inspired boycott outside the region have diminished, sources said. The crisis, they continued, exerted a greater influence on sales and although two out of every three bottles are sent abroad, falling exports, particularly to the UK - were important. CAVA: Sales buoyant.



A pig of a problem SPAIN’S pig farmers have a problem. Usually they send slurry to 33 government-subsidised plants where it generates electricity by cogeneration while converting the waste into dried fertiliser pellets. This will change following the government’s announcement of cuts to sustainable energy subsidies. This affects


PIG FARMING: Cuts could mean reducing livestock further.


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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 364.65 Admiral Group PLC 1464.50 Aggreko PLC 1490.00 AMEC PLC 1101.50 Anglo American PLC 1438.50 Antofagasta PLC 804.00 ARM Holdings PLC 978.50 Ashtead Group PLC 925.00 Associated British Foods 2757.50 AstraZeneca PLC 3887.75 Aviva PLC 479.35 Babcock International 1374.00 BAE Systems PLC 406.25 Barclays PLC 235.72 BG Group PLC 1069.00 BHP Billiton PLC 1802.50 BP PLC 471.00 British Am Tobacco PLC 3210.75

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 1.30 0.36 -2.12 -0.14 -15.00 -1.00 -3.00 -0.27 -1.00 -0.07 -2.40 -0.30 -16.75 -1.68 2.00 0.22 -1.55 -0.06 -42.00 -1.07 -0.80 -0.17 -14.42 -1.04 -4.70 -1.14 -0.20 -0.08 7.17 0.68 -7.00 -0.39 2.25 0.48 -28.50 -0.88

NET VOLUME 1,024.78 76.96 217.76 288.36 792.09 329.12 710.04 357.55 128.33 702.73 2,568.23 78.83 1,548.26 11,136.71 1,363.69 1,356.40 5,325.99 681.68

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British Land Co PLC British Sky Broadcasting BT Group PLC Bunzl PLC Burberry Group PLC Capita PLC Carnival PLC

658.25 947.00 384.45 1571.00 1375.00 1097.50 2455.00





C O M PA N Y MMM 3M Co AXP American Express Co T AT&T Inc BA Boeing Co CAT Caterpillar Inc CVX Chevron Corp CSCO Cisco Systems Inc DD E I du Pont de Nemours and Co XOM Exxon Mobil Corp GE General Electric Co GS Goldman Sachs Group Inc HD Home Depot Inc INTC Intel Corp IBM International Business Machine... JNJ Johnson & Johnson JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co MCD McDonald's Corp MRK Merck & Co Inc MSFT Microsoft Corp NKE Nike Inc PFE Pfizer Inc PG Procter & Gamble Co KO The Coca-Cola Co TRV Travelers Companies Inc UTX United Technologies Corp UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc VZ Verizon Communications Inc V Visa Inc WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc DIS Walt Disney Co

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 133.12 91.52 34.30 122.58 97.39 115.63 21.64 66.98 94.31 25.40 166.95 80.42 25.17 186.67 95.93 60.17 95.47 54.66 40.16 75.21 32.18 77.88 38.44 83.78 114.57 81.34 46.91 223.37 76.10 80.35

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C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. -1.56 1.50 -2.95 -5.00 -15.78 -11.00 -9.00


-0.24 0.16 -0.76 -0.32 -1.14 -0.99 -0.37


NET VOLUME 385.93 926.61 2,771.36 53.16 428.29 153.94 139.37


Most Advanced Endocyte, Inc. $ 28.17 Dex Media, Inc. $ 9.71 Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. $ 5.93 Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $ 6.62 CommScope Holding Company, Inc. $ 24.37 Books-A-Million, Inc. $ 2.47 AirMedia Group Inc $ 2.64 ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotechnology$ 16.59 NTELOS Holdings Corp. $ 14.02 China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech Lim $ 2.02 The9 Limited $ 2.90

13.53 ▲ 92.42% 1.50 ▲ 18.27% 0.56 ▲ 10.43% 0.61 ▲ 10.15% 2.24 ▲ 10.12% 0.22 ▲ 9.78% 0.22 ▲ 9.09% 1.35 ▲ 8.86% 1.08 ▲ 8.35% 0.15 ▲ 8.02% 0.19 ▲ 7.01%

Most Declined Zions Bancorporation Geospace Technologies Corporation Arrowhead Research Corporation Symantec Corporation China Mobile Games and Ent Grp Lim Zions Bancorporation Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Atlanticus Holdings Corporation Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. Auspex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Bona Film Group Limited

$ 4.33 $ 62.85 $ 20.70 $ 18.20 $ 22.18 $ 6.50 $ 36.98 $ 2.27 $ 23.70 $ 29.65 $ 6.36

0.92 ▼ 17.52% 11.20 ▼ 15.12% 3.11 ▼ 13.06% 2.705 ▼ 12.94% 3.18 ▼ 12.54% 0.8501 ▼ 11.57% 4.735 ▼ 11.35% 0.29 ▼ 11.33% 2.995 ▼ 11.22% 3.61 ▼ 10.85% 0.73 ▼ 10.30%

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Centrica PLC 333.75 Coca-Cola HBC AG 1464.00 Compass Group PLC 903.75 CRH PLC 1628.00 Diageo PLC 1807.00 easyJet PLC 1596.00 Experian PLC 1064.00 Fresnillo PLC 877.00 G4S PLC 236.25 GKN PLC 383.30 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1605.00 Glencore Xstrata PLC 305.23 Hammerson PLC 547.00 Hargreaves Lansdown 1399.00 HSBC Holdings PLC 609.45 IMI PLC 1460.00 Imperial Tobacco Group 2422.00 InterContinental Hotels 1912.00 International Consldted 411.75 Intertek Group PLC 2996.50 ITV PLC 194.15 Johnson Matthey PLC 3129.00 Kingfisher PLC 409.10 Land Securities Group 1026.50 Legal & General Group 207.10 Lloyds Banking Group 78.47 London Stock Exchange 1967.00 Marks & Spencer Group 458.50 Meggitt PLC 465.10 Melrose Industries PLC 291.15 Mondi PLC 1018.00 National Grid PLC 817.25 Next PLC 6705.00 Old Mutual PLC 192.60 Pearson PLC 1006.50 Persimmon PLC 1317.50 Petrofac Ltd 1409.00 Prudential PLC 1326.50 Randgold Resources Ltd 4771.00 Reckitt Benckiser Group 4829.00 Reed Elsevier PLC 914.00 Resolution Ltd 315.65 REXAM PLC 493.50 Rio Tinto PLC 3205.75 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1083.50 Royal Bank of Scotland 299.30 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2292.00 Royal Mail PLC 586.25 RSA Insurance Group PLC 93.40 SABMiller PLC 2828.75 Sage Group (The) PLC 426.50 Sainsbury (J) PLC 310.20 Schroders PLC 2603.00 Severn Trent PLC 1859.00 Shire PLC 3061.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 915.75 Smiths Group PLC 1297.50 Sports Direct Intrntional 837.50 SSE PLC 1483.00 Standard Chartered PLC 1207.75 Standard Life PLC 366.90 Tate & Lyle PLC 646.50 Tesco PLC 294.35 Travis Perkins PLC 1804.50 TUI Travel PLC 435.90 Tullow Oil PLC 769.50 Unilever PLC 2413.50 United Utilities Group 792.50 Vodafone Group PLC 225.15 Weir Group PLC 2453.00 Whitbread PLC 4151.50 William Hill PLC 333.45 Wm Morrison Sprmrkts 212.75 Wolseley PLC 3347.50 WPP PLC 1209.50

CHANGE -4.20 -12.00 -3.88 -6.00 7.23 -26.00 1.00 -8.50 -2.72 -0.70 -12.00 1.60 -1.00 -16.00 3.80 -2.00 -19.00 -25.00 -8.90 -4.00 -1.80 -19.25 -3.93 -6.00 1.10 1.10 -12.00 -1.30 -6.30 -1.06 -17.00 -5.50 5.00 -1.60 -4.89 -15.00 3.00 -11.50 -60.00 1.50 -1.00 -1.64 -1.04 -1.00 3.64 0.40 -6.50 4.94 -0.29 -3.50 2.10 0.77 -26.00 -29.00 -3.00 -6.00 -25.26 1.50 -26.69 7.50 0.97 -3.00 3.45 -23.00 0.20 -6.00 -6.70 -12.39 -2.06 13.30 -46.00 -5.60 1.52 -45.00 -9.00

% C H G. -1.24 -0.81 -0.43 -0.37 0.40 -1.60 0.09 -0.96 -1.14 -0.18 -0.74 0.53 -0.18 -1.13 0.63 -0.14 -0.78 -1.29 -2.12 -0.13 -0.92 -0.61 -0.95 -0.58 0.53 1.42 -0.61 -0.28 -1.34 -0.36 -1.64 -0.67 0.07 -0.82 -0.48 -1.13 0.21 -0.86 -1.24 0.03 -0.11 -0.52 -0.21 -0.03 0.34 0.13 -0.28 0.85 -0.31 -0.12 0.49 0.25 -0.99 -1.54 -0.10 -0.65 -1.91 0.18 -1.77 0.62 0.27 -0.46 1.19 -1.26 0.05 -0.77 -0.28 -1.54 -0.91 0.55 -1.10 -1.65 0.72 -1.33 -0.74

VOLUME 4,112.60 62.74 449.60 454.92 877.19 226.01 352.46 190.39 693.64 1,466.57 1,372.19 5,247.84 182.52 202.79 10,724.66 109.81 449.20 235.43 2,177.37 111.43 1,753.51 116.40 1,363.29 280.62 10,848.47 24,462.76 33.06 670.29 451.07 482.34 596.32 1,015.41 75.57 1,907.38 467.82 278.10 140.94 883.14 151.74 178.04 642.69 1,016.71 371.31 930.69 722.88 2,234.68 670.73 320.42 2,297.78 450.26 503.25 3,366.53 55.82 155.58 376.75 337.67 375.28 498.44 893.77 1,904.75 1,493.96 285.34 4,776.98 251.07 504.39 411.12 656.78 375.82 12,241.68 174.10 48.03 2,734.25 3,276.09 85.46 632.22


Private money for Renfe STATE railway operator Renfe is looking for private money for its freight service. An investor will be sought through public tender, announced minister of Public Works, Ana Pastor. This will be a ‘positive step’ for all types of freight transport, Pastor maintained, while optimising Spain’s network of steadily improving track and its good geo-strategic position. Opening the door to private investment will arrive once the state operator makes the transition to a holding of four subsidiaries: the Renfe Viajeros passenger service, Renfe Mercancias (freight), Renfe Fabricacion y Mantenimiento (manufacture and maintenance) and Renfe Alquiler de Material Ferriviario. This fourth division which is due to be created in April will lease trains to private operators, Pastor explained. These will eventually compete with Renfe both for the passenger and freight service, she confirmed.

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How to close the sale


LOSING a sale is stressful for most salesmen and women. Many sales books claim to offer the key to unlocking the secrets of closing a sale. These tend to confuse the reader and make matters worse. Many a grown man loses it when they come to ask for the order. I was able to reach the close in 30 minutes unless the client asked questions. However, I could not figure out why one sales person was taking up to two hours to explain his product. He couldn’t close. The best advice I ever received on closing a sale could have been written on the back of my business card. ‘Ask for the order.’ Closing the sale really is that simple, so why make a dog’s breakfast out of it. There is, however, one trick that will substantially increase your success rate when closing. Clients are as hesitant of making a decision as the salesman is in asking for the

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order. Often a decision to buy will be put off and ditherers have their excuses ready. Once they say no or that they have to think about it the sale is not going to happen. Never ever ask outright for

CLOSING: Best to use the ‘either this or that’ method. the order but use instead the ‘either this or that’ close. When asking for an appointment the best approach is to suggest, “I have an hour Monday morning or Wednesday afternoon. Perhaps an hour in the evening might be better?” It is difficult to say no to that proposal. The order pad should be on the desk long before you reach this point.

Chasm separates rich and poor THE gulf between Spain’s rich and poor is growing wider. In January, Spain’s Oxfam-Intermon warned that Spain’s 20 greatest fortunes are worth €77 billion equivalent to the earnings of the country’s poorest 20 per cent. The following month Fundecas, the Cajas de Ahorro (savings banks) think-tank, drew attention to the northsouth divide between Spain’s richest and poorest regions.

In the third month of the year comes a third alert, this time from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The effects of the economic crisis on the richest and the poorest 10 per cent are more marked in Spain than in any other OECD member country, the organisation announced recently. The wealthiest 10 per cent barely noticed Spain’s double dip recession, with a 1 per cent drop in annual earnings between 2007 and 2010. Wages for the poorest 10 per cent fell by 14 per cent a year during the same period. The OECD report placed Italy’s rich-poor divide as the second-greatest after Spain’s but while its wealthiest 10 per cent also saw incomes fall by 1 per cent, they fell by only 4 per cent each year for the lowest earners. Spain’s high incomes were 13 times greater in 2010 than the lowest, the OECD found, compared with a 9.4 average. In contrast, the organisation compared the Spanish figures with Iceland’s where the earnings of the richest 10 per cent shrank by an annual 12 per cent and the poorest by 8 per cent. The OECD did not hesitate to identify the root of Spain’s problem. Public aid is not directed towards those most affected by the crisis, according to the report. “Social spending destined for relatively prosperous families is higher than in most other EU countries,” it claimed.

The same rules apply when asking for the order. Always have an Option B to hand. “I think this plan would best suit your needs but the cheaper plan B is a good deal too. Which do you prefer?” That close is also difficult to say no to. I have seen salespersons double and treble their sales simply by using the ‘either this or that’ close.

Wine industry must look abroad to grow THE SPANISH wine industry needs to look abroad if it wants to grow. That is according to a report by Rabobank called La Mancha in the Middle. It says that recent EU support programmes have improved the efficiency in Spanish wine production, but oversupply remains an issue. “While Spain has seen marked improvements in its wine production efficiency as a result of EU subsidies, it still struggles to build penetration in non-EU markets”, states Rabobank analyst, Stephen Rannekleiv. “In conjunction with grubbing-up subsidies, Spain was also a major recipient of vineyard restructuring funds which

has raised yields and is expected to lead to an increase in wine in the market. “A pressing concern for many is that much of this increased production is destined for markets already dealing with their own oversupply issues, such as France and Italy.” While these EU markets will remain important destinations for Spanish bulk wine, the industry must focus efforts on building market demand outside the EU, he added. Spain will need to build stronger brands in international markets, and adopt a more consumer-driven marketing focus which will require continued improvement of grower and brand owner alignment, said the report.


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How happy are you with your financial situation?

Going under

A look at finance for females

FAGOR ELECTRODOMESTICOS failed after months of negotiations to reach agreement with its creditors. The appliances firm has now applied to the San Sebastian (Guipuzcoa) courts to go into liquidation.

Jane Plunkett

French money

Loose change

FAMILY: Will bring you a wealth of happiness. How many rich and famous people have overdosed on drugs or thrown themselves from buildings? So many! Singer Amy Wine house, fashion designer Alexander McQueen, actor Heath Ledger - it’s not as though these people were out begging on the street, quite the opposite, they had loads of money, but that didn’t seem to mean that they were happy.

A documentary film called ‘Happy’ released in 2011 explores what makes people happy and it discovers that happiness most often comes from experiences that have nothing to do with money. The film, for example, follows a rickshaw driver from India who lives in the

Are Dashcams legally allowed? Q. Following on from your article regarding surveillance cameras. I have You and the fitted in my car a ‘Dashcam,’ videoing traffic to the front and rear of my car. I Law in Spain have captured many examples of bad By David Searl driving, including a large motor-cycle doing a ‘wheelie’ at speed through a red light, a fully loaded coach going through a red light, and cars overtaking on solid white lines. These incidents were recorded onto a memory chip, and transferred to my laptop, which was viewed by friends and family. My aim was to set up a Facebook page to show incidents of bad driving. The images would also be evidence if I am involved in any ‘incident.’ Is any part of the above illegal? T.H. (Torrevieja) A. Yes, practically all of it is illegal. Spain’s law of data protection is quite strict, as we mentioned. There is no law against having the cameras mounted in your car. However, if you record the images and show them to anyone in any form, you have committed an invasion of privacy under the law and you can be subject to severe fines. Further, these images are not admissible as evidence in court. The only strictly ‘legal’ cameras are those fitted in some new cars which basically act as expanded rearview mirrors. Many experts feel these Dashcams would be very useful and are opposed to the law as it stands. Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952 667 090.

slums and earns a minuscule wage. He has nothing of material value in life, but says he feels like the richest man in the world as he has a son, a lovely family and neighbours. Meanwhile, another character documented in the film, a successful European banker, leaves

everything to go work as a volunteer in a hospital because he says he wasn’t happy within his rich and successful life. Wealth can be a vicious circle, where the more one has, the more one wants. Therefore those that might be considered wealthy aren’t always happy.

THOMAS MEYER, founder of Barcelona clothing chain Desigual, sold a 10 per cent stake in the company to French venture capital firm Eurazeo, owner of Europcar and shareholder in Danone, Accor and Elis.

Shares offer TROUBLED frozen fish company Pescanova has offered creditors up to 65 per cent of the company to try to stave off liquidation. Most lenders would have to accept losses of between 60 and 90 per cent.

Madrid landmark could go to China’s richest man SANTANDER BANK, owners of Edificio España, hope to sell the iconic Madrid building. According to El Mundo newspaper, Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man, has offered €260 million for the 1953 tower block that was once Spain’s tallest building. Wang Jianlin is president and founder of the Dalian Wanda group, a Chinese real estate, hotels, tourism and entertainment conglomerate. He is worth €16.630 billion and showed interest in Edificio España during a recent visit to Spain at the invitation of Atletico de Madrid football club. The building, which formerly included an hotel, shopping centre, apartments, offices and a rooftop swimming pool, was bought by Santander in 2005 for approximately €389 million. Plans to demolish all but the principal facade and replace the original with luxury flats and shops were later shelved. Investors from China, Brazil and Mexico are also rumoured to be interested in the 1953 building, sources close to the sale process maintained. No firm offers have been received, they added, and

Luis Garcia

MAYBE it’s the sunshine and nicer warm afternoons we’re experiencing, but as winter turns to spring, isn’t there a general sense of happiness in the air? According to a report just released, happiness is definitely growing and the reason could be financial insecurity is beginning to abate. This would suggest that money, it seems, might buy happiness, with the report stating that financial security is more important than good health in making people content. I whole-heartedly agree that financial security does offer peace of mind and in certain terms a sense of happiness, but is a secure financial situation a deciding factor when it comes to a person disposition towards happiness?


EDIFICIO ESPAÑA: A 1953 tower block. prospective buyers are still gathering information. Neither was it impossible that a dearth of tempting offers could persuade Santander to return to its original plan, they said.


The little things that mean so much IT is very rare for someone to stand out in such a busy environment as this. However, I feel you ought to know that you have an outstanding employee within your organisation. I do not know the name of this gentleman but I am sure you will be able to work out who delivers the newspapers to our school. There are three things that make this gentleman stand way above all others. He ALWAYS smiles. I only had to ask him once to pass me one of the papers and he does this every single time without asking! He always removes the white plastic strips that keep the papers together. This makes all the difference as people don’t have to struggle with these strips which normally tear the papers. I shall say to you as I said to the gentleman this morning: at Laude, we all look forward to our Euro Weekly News! It’s the small things in life that make a huge difference. Thank you. Gail Summerfield, Reception/School Secretary Laude San Pedro International College

Movistar moans SHEILA SKINNER is not alone. My friend returned to England last July. Her internet provider was informed and standing orders cancelled. Unfortunately, at this moment, we do not know when Movistar was informed as I visited her house in September and discovered that the telephone line was still connected. Movistar were then informed by an interpreter so that no-one misunderstood the situation. The line was finally disconnected in October! In her absence two bills have been received, dated November and December. Our interpreter contacted Movistar again and was told that the number was now allocated to a different person and probably the two

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I WAS very amused when I saw these young men on the beach in Los Boliches, who appeared to be enjoying an evening game of volleyball with the moon.

Colin Smyth, Fuengirola, Malaga.

Big time fraud WELL said Nora Johnson! How refreshing to see an article which tells it like it is, not as most of the media and the current UK government portray it. It is high time the spotlight was turned on the very wealthy tax evaders/avoiders, also private landlords. They are costing the economy billions more than those on benefits, the majority of whom are in low paid jobs which do not pay a living wage.

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It is also worth noting that only £1 billion of benefits are lost to fraud compared to £70 billion lost through tax evasion/ avoidance. Thank you Nora, keep up the good work. M. Brannigan, Vera Playa (Almeria)

Double meaning I’VE just noticed that the Ryvitastyle crispbread that I’ve been enjoying recently as a low calorie substitute for ordinary bread is, in fact, called Knackerbrod. Now I confess to not having a great knowledge of the Teutonic tongue but I do know that ‘brod’ means bread in English and many German words are similar to ours. So just what have I been eating? Perplexed, Valencia


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bills should have been sent to him/her. Would she make further contact in 15 days to confirm or otherwise? Movistar were contacted again but, naturally, a different staff member took the call and said that €25.31 had been credited in error to my friend’s bank account and they (Movistar) tried to reclaim it but the bank had refused. Movistar stated that the bills were sent direct to my friend’s address as they had no other means of reclaiming any money. No refund is shown on her bank statement. Our interpreter has now been told that €23.19 should be paid to Movistar but for what and as a result of an error by whom? P H, Almayate, (Malaga)


All at sea THE municipal indoor swimming pool in Huercal Overa (Almeria) closed on July 31, 2013 and I read in your newspaper a few weeks ago that the mayor there was hoping to get it reopened very soon. I was a paid-up member of the pool and used it at least three times a week for therapy after having several bone problems. There is absolutely nowhere near us that has an indoor pool and goodness knows when, or if ever, the brand new one in Albox will open. Work restarted on this one two weeks ago and then the Guardia Civil shut the works down. Again, no information anywhere and in the town hall the staff just shrug their shoulders. Tina Turpie (By email)

Opening date GREAT news about the reopening of Cine Paz in Gata (Alicante). We spent many a good Wednesday evening there. Have you any more details regarding the opening? Hopefully they will have a website where we can check the programme. Ray and Wendy, Alcalali (Alicante)

Unsackable IN ‘Lessons to be learnt’ (Issue 1497) Mr McBride fails to understand the underlying cause of Spain’s high unemployment. Spain, along with France, has stringent employment regulations which have created an inflexible labour market. Put another way, Spanish companies cannot lay off employees as easily as UK companies. The French in particular argue that job security is fundamental to safeguarding family life and the social structure of the country. A legitimate argument, some might say, especially for those already in work but not so good if you are looking for employment. It means that companies must be absolutely certain of their future prospects before recruiting new staff because of the difficulties of dismissing them should their business take a downturn. Spanish companies are therefore reluctant to take the same risks as they would in the UK and USA. Much is said of freeing up the labour market here but precious little has been achieved. Ken Bethell, Puerto de Mazarron (Murcia)

On the track IT’S not rocket science and it’s not brain surgery (although it would seem that the latter is needed). Regarding the vanishing Malaysian airline, two things come to mind. Why isn’t every aircraft fitted with a small, floatable electronic device (in case it ditches in water) that breaks away and emits a signal that satellites pick up, pinpointing the position of the incident within 50 metres or so? Secondly, all aircraft are fitted with a device that shows where it is in the sky. What reason should there ever be for it to be disabled by anyone on board the aircraft? This is a stupendously stupid arrangement and no-one can convince me that it is necessary. Keith Hallam, Blackpool (UK)

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DO get fed up with people telling me I’m merely being paranoid when I discuss the decline of the UK and its society. These people (and I’m delighted to say there are now far fewer than in the past!) seem to forget, that in my dual role as a working entertainer and columnist, I speak and am contacted by a tremendous number of so called ‘ordinary folk,’ from all walks of British life. I can tell you quite categorically, they are all now totally peed off with what is happening to our once great country. They are sick of the leniency shown toward criminals, they are sick of the laws and ‘human rights’ favouring ethnic and other minorities. They are sick of the ghettos, embedded like cancerous tumours in most of their great cities. They are sick of piddling bureaucrats.


Because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you...

IN DECLINE: The attitude of the British public is changing. They are sick of being ruled by decisions made in other countries and they are heartily sick of Islamic bigots who seem to be able to get away with just about anything. The tolerant mood of the British public is undoubtedly changing. People are

beginning to speak out. Most have been quiet up to now; almost afraid to air their views in case of being accused of bigotry or racism. Well no more. And why shouldn’t they, when the ranting of their enemies (and believe me, they

are enemies) are not only allowed to be aired just about anywhere, but also when they contain blatant, hate provoking anti-British rhetoric, are punished by a mere slap on the wrist? If that level of incitement was aired in public by a member of the BNP they would be undoubtedly thrown in jail. In my cabaret spot, I have a couple of fairly light digs at the ‘changing face’ of Britain. When I first used the remarks they were met mainly by an almost fearful silence. As time went on the odd chuckle was the result. Over a period the chuckles turned into unchecked laughter. The same remarks are now greeted not only by laughter, but often applause.

A more accurate barometer for the changing attitude of the British public would be hard to imagine. I think one of the reasons for the disquiet is because, even with Cameron’s declarations, not much has changed. I suggest Dave and the team start speeding up the instigation of a few of their election promises, before a thoroughly fed up British public begin to take to the streets. If that happens then the prophecies of Enoch Powell may finally come to pass, coupled with finding Mr Farage and colleagues posing on the steps of Number 10! Have a good week. Try to lend a helping hand. and whatever ya do, always keep the faith Love Leapy


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Catalonia quakes SPAIN’S Girona Province was hit by an earthquake which struck just off the coast, affecting several towns and villages in the region on Wednesday. Measuring 3.9 on the Richter Scale, the quake hit at 1.13pm, according to Spain’s National Geological Institute. The quake was felt most strongly in the municipalities of Baix Empordà and Alt Empordà. Its epicentre was located off the coast between Palamòs and Palafrugell. Catalan daily La Vanguardia reported that no-one was injured and no damage had been documented. In September 2013 Spain saw some 400 earthquakes in the Gulf of Valencia. Since then the area has experienced intermittent activity.


Spanish tourist gets naked before Venus A SPANISH tourist, 25, caused a stir on social networking sites and in the press after undressing before a Botticelli painting

in Florence, Italy. The unknown Spaniard was reported for ‘obscene acts’ and later released with charges after

Chickenpox death to be investigated THE Basque health authorities are trying to clarify the circumstances which led to the death of a three-year-old girl who was ill with chickenpox. Residents in the village of La Puebla de Arganzon are concerned over the case of Anne Ganuza, 3, who died of chickenpox due to not reaching a hospital in good time. Her home is only 17.5 kilometres from Vitoria, yet her family were told that they had to call Burgos for assistance; Burgos is 100 kilometres from the village. Two investigations, one medical and one judicial, have been opened to find out what went wrong. This case has reopened the debate about health authorities’ co-operation in the areas which are on the edge of catchment limits. The mayor of La Puebla de Arganzon has questioned the protocols employed by the health authorities of Euskadi and Castilla y Leon, pointing out that they are deficient.

entering the Galería degli Uffizi in Florence and undressing before the painting of The Birth of Venus on Saturday. He entered just like any other tourist, but once in front of the painting, he undressed, kneeled down and threw rose petals, according to witnesses. Museum guards immediately called the Carabinieri (Italian police) who covered him with a blanket and took him to a station while he shouted “Freedom, freedom.” The museum’s director, Antonio Natale, confirmed that he had caused no problems and that nothing had been damaged. The Italian press is questioning whether the Spanish tourist went mad or it was a demonstration of Spanish ‘art’.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Observatory closure looms.

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THE closure of the observatory at Calar Alto could cost almost €40 million. Worries about the observatory are at an all time high as, if it closes, the loss to the scientific community would be huge and the bill for its closure equally huge. Ricardo Hernandez, UGT delegate to Almeria, commented that

dismantling the observatory could cost up to €40 million as the government would be responsible not only for taking down the building but also for restoring the environment and surrounding countryside. Local town councils in the area have expressed their concern over the closure as it would mean the loss of one

Mercadona government buy-out A tongue in cheek look at a state run supermarket... Mike Walsh Mike Walsh. Based in Mediterranean Spain, is an international journalist, author and professional writer.


ERCADONA’S 1,470chain of supermarkets is now Forbes listed. Its president, Juan Roig, is Spain’s fourth richest man and the chain is said to carry a €3.47 billion price tag. Curious, I wondered how the chain would fare if brought under public control. Will we still have an appetite for Mercadona... My day didn’t get off to a promising start. The entrance to the store’s car park is now accessible by a security barrier for which one needs an online purchased token. A kindly motorist, having decided to shop elsewhere, came to my rescue by offering his token. Car spaces nearest the supermarket’s doors were

reserved for staff but street parking is available. What was to follow gave me much food for thought. Having waited patiently in a queue, uniformed staff enquired if I had a ticket. It appeared necessary to make an appointment to shop. Being my lucky day I was offered a slot by a customer who, having to pick the kids up, offered me her ticket. I could now shop. Having used the store when privately owned I recall it was efficiently managed by about 10 friendly staff. No longer the case. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I queued for my trolley. First a little paperwork to be dealt with. There was a fee to be paid, a trip to the bank and production of an ST1R bank receipt in duplicate. I get to keep a copy. Proof of identity was required for which thankfully I had my NIE, padron and driving licence plus duplicate photocopies. Finally free to roam the overstaffed aisles, I smiled at an elderly lady with large melons.

“This is expensive.” I smiled as I held my cucumber up for her to see. “Oh, yes. They were 85 cents but are now €3.95. If you want a receipt it is extra.” “Nuts,” I replied. “They are over there.” “No, I mean they are nuts. How do they justify such an increase in price?” “Everything has quadrupled in price,” she smiled. “The government bought the store at four times its value. Extending it by 200 metres, they sub-let the car park and built new access toll roads. There are several suboffices. Then there is the security screening and the quadrupling of staff. It all adds up, you know,” she smiled resignedly.

Having made fewer purchases than usual I was to learn that one does not choose a check-out. A desk operative, one of several, checks your purchases and then directs you to the ‘caja’ point. Each of the store’s 10 checkouts were manned by staff who appeared bored, demotivated and in one or two cases

SHOPPING TROLLEY: Do you have proof of ID ready?

hostile. Asking why, the teller told me she didn’t like the job but took it on because it was impossible to fire her. A relative had got her the position. Yes, it all makes sense now.


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Spain has become the world’s biggest wine producer for 2013

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of Europe’s most important scientific centres. Workers at the obser vatory feel they have their hands tied as they only have a budget of €1.6 million to do the necessary work to save the centre; this is not even half the money needed. The next few weeks will be decisive for the future of this scientific centre.

THE wet spring and sunny summer resulted in Spain becoming the top wine producer of 2013. The International Organisation of Vine and Wine rankings will not be released until May, but if the figures are correct Spain’s has pipped its competitors to the post. According to figures from the country’s agriculture ministry, wine production surged a massive 41 per cent last year, with vineyards producing 50 million hectolitres, enough to fill 6.7 billion bottles of wine. Spain beat competitors France and Italy, who reported 2013 harvests of 42 million and 47 million hectolitres respectively. Ángel Ortega, spokesperson for wine-growers from the La Mancha denomination, attributed the bumper year to unusual weather conditions: “It’s not often that you see all the right climate conditions come together like that.” More than 50 per cent of last

BUMPER YEAR: Attributed to unusual weather conditions. year’s harvest came from CastillaLa Mancha. Others in Spain’s wine industry, including Pau Roca of the Spanish Wine Federation, said it was just a matter of time before Spain

surpassed its neighbours. For years, production glitches saw Spain lag behind neighbouring wine-producers France and Italy. But it seems that recent

investments in planting and irrigation systems, as well as a renewed focus on productivity, helped the country excel. These factors - combined with the ideal weather - resulted in the boom. The Madrid government welcomed the news, as it shows another industry on which the country can lean in order to strengthen its fragile economy and assist the recovery process. Although very well-known in Spain, La Mancha wines have not achieved the same recognition as wines such as Rioja and Cava. But it is hoped that the La Mancha wine can be well promoted abroad, particularly in markets like China and the US. Spain’s exports hit a record high last year and the wine surplus is expected to give the country another huge boost. It is expected that the economy will grow by 1 per cent this year.

Remembering the victims of Civil War ‘Even the olives are bleeding.’ THESE are believed to be the last words of poet, Charlie Donnelly, an Irish member of the International Brigades, who fought in Spain’s Civil War. Like many of his comrades in arms he was killed on February 27, 1937, on a hilltop during the battle of Jarama, east of Madrid. I was visiting the battle sites of Jarama and Brunete with members of the Friends of the International Brigades to learn more about the young foreigners who came to Spain in 1936 to fight for the Republican cause. Over 53 different nationalities were engaged in the conflict including American, British, Irish, French, Italians and East Europeans. They came of their own free will, alone or in groups as volunteers to fight in a foreign land, driven by the ideal that fascism must not be allowed to prevail. And they paid a heavy price.

Peter Fieldman London-born journalist and author, Peter spends his time between Paris and Madrid. His novel ‘1066 The Conquest’ available on Amazon or

Gregorio Solcedo Diaz wants to keep memory of battle of Jarama alive. The battle of Jarama lasted through February 1937. The overgrown remains of trenches, bunkers, concrete machine gun posts and makeshift stone monuments scattered over the wooded valleys, hills, fields and olive groves are the only signs to record what took place here during the winter of 1937. Despite a month of fighting with both sides dug in their trenches and bunkers, the battle resulted in a stalemate with neither side making ground.

The International Brigades’ losses were substantial. In Jarama, the British Battalion lost 375 out of 600 men on a hilltop which became known as Suicide Hill, while the American Lincoln Battalion started with 400 men and ended with 120

dead and 170 wounded. During the war, the Irish contingent lost 59 out of an estimated 250 men including its commander, Kit Conway, and Charlie Donnelly at Jarama. It has been suggested that with so many different

nationalities arriving in Spain to join the Brigades with limited or no knowledge of Spanish, the language barriers could have hampered communication of vital tactical decisions and military orders. Unlike most European countries, which preserve battle sites and military cemeteries for all the belligerents as part of their historic heritage, Spain’s Government prefers to leave the Civil War alone. Nearly 80 years on Spain still does not seem to be able to put aside the differences which have divided the country since. Gregorio Solcedo Diaz is one man who wants to keep the memory of the battle of Jarama alive. He has collected artefacts from the battle site, documents, military equipment, arms, uniforms and photos, and created and financed a unique private museum to display them. It is open to the public in the village of Morata de Tajuna, south-east of Madrid.


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11:00pm Sunday •Uma Thurman •David Carradine •Lucy Liu •Vivica A. Fox •Daryl Hannah •Michael Madsen

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (Film, 2003) After waking up from a coma, a female contract killer known only as The Bride (Uma Thurman, pictured) is devastated to learn that she is no longer pregnant with the child she carried before the incident that landed her in hospital. Switching between flashbacks and the present day, the film follows The Bride's mission for revenge.

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BBC2/ 5:15pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 5:45pm 'Allo, 'Allo! 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Revenge of the Egghead 7:30pm The Voice: Louder on Two 8:00pm Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Mary Berry Cooks 10:00pm The Plantagenets

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5:30pm Deal or No Deal 6:30pm Home Alone 8:30pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Dambusters' Great Escape: Secret History 10:00pm The Woman in Black 11:50pm Orphan

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5:35pm Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 7:00pm Casper 8:00pm FYI Daily 8:05pm Casper 9:00pm Two Weeks Notice 10:00pm FYI Daily 10:05pm Two Weeks Notice 11:00pm The Only Way is Essex4:00pm Escape to the Country

5:10pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 6:05pm The Millionaire Matchmaker 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Mom 10:30pm Mom 11:00pm American Pie Presents Band Camp

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ITV/ 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm UEFA Champions League 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm UEFA Champions League

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ITV2/ 4:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:10pm The Real Housewives of New Jersey 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 The Vampire Diaries 11:00pm Celebrity Juice

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BBC2/ 4:15pm Planet Earth 5:15pm The Great British Bake Off 6:15pm Antiques Roadshow 7:00pm Revenge of the Egghead 7:30pm The Voice: Louder on Two 8:00pm Clegg v Farage Debate 9:00pm Collectaholics 10:00pm Kim Philby - His Most Intimate Betrayal 11:00pm W1A 11:30pm Newsnight

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Bargain hunters quids in at Poundland

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 nora-johnson


ECENT news that UK discount chain, Poundland, has floated on the stock market and wants more shops than Sainsbury’s should come as no surprise, given the squeeze other high street retailers have experienced during the recession. Retail experts believe Poundland’s plans demonstrate a permanent shift in British shopping habits with discount retailers the biggest winners from the recession. Poundland itself has expanded from over 200 shops five years ago to 500 today, with such an increase in sales that it plans expanding into Europe, with 10 stores here in Spain. So, while other high street retailers continue to struggle for survival, discount leader

Poundland is booming thanks to clever business tactics, marketing techniques and price comparisons used to appeal to its shoppers. With a new store opening every few days, its stock market value is almost £1 billion. Whenever I return to the UK, though, it’s hard to see on the average British high street anything but discount shops like Poundland, charity shops, bookies and payday lenders where once there were butchers, bakers, greengrocers and fishmongers. What were once family-run shops have been driven out of business with the result that every town centre now looks much the same. Why? Partly, it’s the result of out-of-town supermarkets which, with competitive prices and free parking, undercut the high street. The high rents and business rates imposed are also a factor in driving out small, independent

businesses, a situation not helped by local councils with exorbitant parking charges and fines. Now, there are many who say that if you’d rather still go to a butcher’s, a baker’s, a greengrocer’s and a fishmonger’s, fine they’re still around. They go on to say they simply don’t have the time it would take, plus they like the choice and free parking supermarkets offer. And if city centres are ghost towns, it’s because they don’t provide what people are looking for. You could just as well say the production of the motor car destroyed the occupation of blacksmiths who no longer have to shoe horses. True. But who really wants to visit identikit towns with identikit shops and discount chains? Nora Johnson’s thrillers ( available from Amazon. Profits to Cudeca.

HIGH STREET: High rents and rates driving out small retailers.

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Saving Mr Banks John Lee Hancock directs this biographical drama starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson as Walt Disney and P.L. Travers respectively. It tells the story of the development of the Mary Poppins film from when the struggling author arrives in Los Angeles to finally meet Walt Disney who, at his daughter’s request, has been seeking to acquire the rights to the film.






sooner you get on with things, the better for your peace of mind. Even this week's affrays and dismays are simply passing clouds.



LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Scanning the rest of the star-signs, you’ll see that you have many things in common this week: challenging influences at work and play, and during other clogging capers. SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) You’re not the only member of the zodiac who’ll have to toughen up. It’ll pay you to chill on Tuesday, be

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




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


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Barcelona TODAY:

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) The full moon in your own sign is a powerful ally against this week’s planetary fracas. Speak from the heart and reject any ambiguous emotional games. It's the only way to clear the air and truly know where you're heading.

AQUARIUS (January 21 February 19) Your emotions, extra expenses and other domestic pressures are on the boil. Put off major decisions until next week. Meanwhile, loosen up, walk into some creative space, and if necessary, talk to someone who understands your ups and downs.



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PISCES (February 20 - March 20) It’s both a vertical and horizontal week. What goes right somewhere could easily go wrong elsewhere. Sensitive Venus conspires with touchy Mars to trigger tensions and troubles. If you're aware of where others are coming from, you'll be fine.



patient on Wednesday, and put your potent insights into orbit throughout the weekend. Although certain set arrangements are liable to veer off track, some discussions and shared commitments are slowly but firmly improving.





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CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) There’s a financial theme to many of your plans and ideas. Above all, spend with care and examine all offers carefully. Rely on your sixth sense, especially where close-to-you matters are concerned.



Alicante TODAY:


rain, it pours, so keep an umbrella of humour to hand. April is around the corner, and with it, a much happier trend for your workaday, social and financial prospects.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Move forward on this week’s positive waves of optimism. Treat yourself, but don’t over-indulge your temptations. The planets aren’t dancing to all your wants and desires. If certain situations or individuals seem complicated, wait until the dust settles, then follow your hunches.

March 28: Duquesa de Alba. Aristocrat. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva is the 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes. Best known for her outspoken attitude, she is the third woman to carry the title in her own right. According to Guinness World Records she has more recognised titles than any other noble in the world.



Your Stars

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) There's a saying that if it doesn’t

5-Star Quiz

1. By what stage name was the British teen idol, singer and actor, who was born in Acton in June 1940 and originally named Terence ‘Terry’ Nelhams-Wright, better known? 2. In which Indian city did Mother Theresa found her famous Mission of Charity in October 1950? 3. Manchester United in 1908 and Liverpool in 2001, were the first and last winners, respectively, of which annual football trophy? 4. To what did John II of Portugal rename the mountainous promontory south of Cape Town, South Africa, near the southern extremity of Africa, originally known as the Cape of Storms (Cabo das Tormentas)? 5. Which Antiguan-born, British boxer won the world (WBC) lightmiddleweight boxing title in March 1979, knocking out the champion Rocky Mattioli in Sanremo, Italy in the ninth round?



CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Refuse to be miffed by whatever disagreements or difficulties clutter your world. The




GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) You will see the advantage of working towards a new location, or even a specific makeover for your domestic scene. Either way, wait for a further green light, especially where money’s concerned.




IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Important things are signalled by the stars. There are gains to be made in many different areas. Just keep believing things will work out for the best for you and they will.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Don’t jump from one financial frying pan into another. Take it easy on all fronts, especially where your money, emotions and other people's moods are at odds with your ideas.



Run time is 125 minutes and is rated PG 13. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Your efforts to get your message across might be best delayed for seven days. Fickle Venus and flighty Mercury will cross swords with other planets, so keep your ideas and emotions grounded.





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Across 1 Discourage a lie down and a shower (8) 4 I’m in the French fruit tree (4) 7 Vocalise about large arm support (5) 9 Inflexible outfit I associated with duke (5) 11 The Middle East is the subject (5) 12 Gets a glimpse of what they confiscate, so we hear (5) 13 Are red letters less cheap? (6) 15 Old Bob Power runs around and turns away (6) 19 Girth control methods? (5) 21 Crown found in a Croatia railway station (5) 23 Nowadays a small party will improvise (2-3) 24 Glen I destroyed in Scotland (5) 25 Stinging wild rose (4) 26 Prepare a fashion for a comeback (8) Down 1 The side in red lived (7) 2 Arranged satin for a loved one (5) 3 Is Shakespearian king returning to this country? (6) 5 The First Lady touring Oklahoma will awaken memories (5) 6 In America, doing these crosswords,

Across 1 Juicy fruit (5) 3 Give a benediction to (5) 7 Staying power (7) 9 Monarch (5) 10 Additional (5) 11 Special loved one (7) 12 Make unhappy (6) 14 Sports attire (6) 18 Bugs (7) 20 Gain knowledge (5) 22 Cause to smile (5) 23 Raise to higher position (7) 24 Additional payment (5) 25 Closely packed (5)

ultimately grows old (4) 8 Birds initially get eaten every Sunday evening (5) 10 More ironic machine (5) 14 Declare Nagasaki includes a sports venue (5) 16 Lack of fighting sounds like a scrap

(5) 17 Organised a miners’ conference (7) 18 Well established place for horse (6) 19 Europeans’ odd sedan (5) 20 Exchanged head of state, elderly (4) 22 Point of view for fish (5)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 23 represents J and 16 represents Y, so fill in J every time the figure 23 appears and Y every time the figure 16 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.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Thatch, 5 Pagans, 8 Olga, 9 Awakened, 10 Majestic, 11 Keen, 12 Blast, 14 Inner, 18 Vile, 20 Aberdeen, 22 Penitent, 23 Adam, 24 Weight, 25 Start. Down: 2 Holdall, 3 Trade, 4 Hearth, 5 Plaice, 6 Gherkin, 7 Niece, 13 Seeking, 15 Elegant, 16 Parent, 17 Depths, 19 Irene, 21 Drama. QUICK Across: 1 Scream, 4 Scrimp, 9 Let, 10 Overawe, 11 Mundane, 12 Solve, 13 Fetch, 15 Scope, 20 Again, 22 Eclairs, 24 Useless, 25 Ape, 26 Sweden, 27 Friend. Down: 1 Solemn, 2 Retinue, 3 Aroma, 5 Classic, 6 Ideal, 7 Pamper, 8 Level, 14 Convene, 16 Private, 17 Caress, 18 Repel, 19 Ascend, 21 Amuse, 23 Loser.


English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 To sew (5) 4 Century (5) 7 Todo (en su totalidad) (3) 8 Breath (respiration) (7) 9 Faja (de tela) (4) 10 Tornillos (en punta) (6) 14 Quizás (7) 16 Garlic (3) 17 Bee (5) 18 Estrellas (5) Down 1 Cangrejos (de mar) (5) 2 Rebajas (5) 3 Royal (4) 4 Maletas (para equipaje) (9) 5 Pistola (arma) (3) 6 Gold (metal, commodity, currency) (3) 11 Stage (of a journey) (5) 12 Zapatos (5) 13 House (4) 14 Guisante (3) 15 Laughs (3)

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


ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Aula, 3 Bache, 8 Mariposas, 9 Mosca, 10 Ancla, 12 Respuesta, 14 Alley, 15 Onda.











Down: 1 Alfombra, 2 Lambs, 4 Applause, 5 His, 6 Treasure, 7 Escarcha, 11 Chain, 13 Sol.









Funagram Unscramble the name of a well-known colourful butterfly (two words): MARRIED LAD FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: DANNY BAKER, RED ADMIRAL

Unscramble the name of an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter: DRAB KENYAN

Down 1 Own (7) 2 Separated from (5) 3 Cognac (6) 4 Mistake (5) 5 Enlisted man (7) 6 Shoulder gesture (5) 8 Very angry (5) 13 Interrupt (7) 15 Divide by two (5) 16 Open and genuine (7) 17 Strengths (6) 18 European country (5) 19 Dirt free (5) 21 Once more (5)

1 Rigged, 2 Rugged, 3 Arrive, 4 Streak, 5 Grease, 6 Rental, 7 Swayed, 8 Invert, 9 Slayer, 10 Waving, 11 Dining, 12 Meager, 13 Dinner, 14 Farmer, 15 Sender, 16 Seized, 17 Others, 18 Waters, 19 Worthy


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Not so tasty and definitely not a treat Michelle Obama said on a recent health food talk show that she didn’t like Brussels sprouts and liver as a child, saying that any


ANJA VAN KOOTEN, aged 43, from Formentera (Alicante) agreed with Michelle Obama: “I don’t like Brussels sprouts, they’re smelly.” She believes that while tastes do often change from childhood into adulthood, she still doesn’t like them even as an adult. She isn’t a fan of Spain’s national dish either: “I dislike paella, the rice is just too mushy.” Steve Cambridge was out enjoying a beer on the terrace of a local bar in Mijas Costa (Malaga) where he talked about his childhood hatred for tomatoes. “When I was a kid you couldn’t bribe me with enough money, candy or toys to get me to eat tomatoes. It was the weirdest thing

day liver showed up on her plate was a ‘dark day’ at her house. What were the foods growing up that made your stomach turn?

As an adult, have you encountered anything here in Spain that you’d just as soon avoid?

Perks, from La Marina, wouldn’t eat them as youngsters. Kath said it was really only when she came to Spain 12 because now I love them, years ago that she started they might be the one eating liver: “I wouldn’t vegetable I wouldn’t want even cook it before, but I to go without.” think now I’ve found a He has been in Spain for recipe I like.” five years and hasn’t found She also has never much he doesn’t like, drank milk since she was “except rabo de 10 years old and isn’t a fan toro (bull’s tail). of popular Spanish tapas I know they dish, calamares. make it in a Shirley isn’t a fan of nice sauce but seafood either: “I’ve never the idea of SAME WAVELENGTH: (from left) Annette, Shirl really been that keen on eating a tail ey and Kath. seafood.” makes me Their friend Annette unable to enjoy it. I guess it’s just psychological.” Three lovely ladies enjoying the Reid, who is visiting from Tamworth, afternoon sun in Benimar (Alicante) Staffordshire, has a different dislike: all share one thing in common with “I hate tea. I would no more drink tea STEVE CAMBRIDGE: His the First Lady: they all disliked now than fly to the moon, I’ve hated main dislike in Spain is sprouts and liver when they were it since I was about three or four. It makes me come out in goosebumps children. ‘rabo de toro.’ Kath Langstaff and Shirley just thinking about it!”


Times have changed Cassandra Nash

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

ARE they still at it? A Guardia Civil lieutenant colonel organised a luncheon at the Valdemoro barracks (Madrid) last February. His 81-year-old father, a former Guardia Civil lieutenant colonel, attended with several contemporaries. So far, so normal: what might be regarded as an old farts’ reunion. But the surname of son and father was Tejero and the older man was a conspirator behind the failed coup d’état of February 1981 who later served 15 years of a 30-year prison term. Other plotters were allegedly present but Tejero Jr gave orders not to register guests’ name although one emerged, that of Capt Jesus Muñecas Aguilar. Now 77, he told the invaded parliament chamber to await the arrival of “the competent military authority” and later spent five years in prison. The younger Tejero has been

removed from his post by the Ministry of the Interior and the Guardia Civil, whose upper reaches were unaware of the luncheon, described it as “inadmissible.” Whoever gave the game way must have been a Guardia Civil insider. That’s something that would never have happened 33 years ago.

Squaring up for a fight SELECTING the Partido Popular’s party presidents in Andalucia and the Basque region became a wrist-wrestling match between Soraya Saenz de Santamaria and Dolores de Cospedal. Saenz de Santamaria is vice-president of the national government and De Cospedal who is the PP’s national secretary general is also regional president of Castilla-La Mancha. Splitting power between rivals in this way is the type of solomonic solution that President Mariano Rajoy is comfortable with, but another struggle is in the offing. Decisions must be made regarding the candidates for Madrid mayor and Madrid regional president in the 2015 municipal and regional elections. Neither woman has yet made a move but as they say,

“you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

Dues and views LUIS ORTEGA ALVAREZ, a Constitutional Tribunal (TC) judge believes that political affiliation in judges should be prevented by law. He was referring to Francisco Perez de los Cobos, another TC judge who was formerly a paid-up member of the PP, but the argument has a specious echo. Paying party dues might demonstrate commitment, but political inclinations don’t change just because a subscription has been cancelled. ALBERTO RUIZGALLARDON: Pardoned 10 employees found guilty of corruption.

Sleight of hand ALBERTO RUIZ-GALLARDON, Minister of Justice, was considered something of a liberal until he became Minister of Justice. Possibly he had a road to Damascus moment that led him into a cul-de-sac but at least he makes a convenient whipping-boy for the government. Rejection of his abortion reform plans does not abate but RuizGallardon could be using an old conjuring ploy, because while everyone is talking about abortion they’re not looking elsewhere. So not many people noticed that between 2012 and 2013 the minister pardoned 10 public administration employees found guilty of corruption. Nice piece of sleight of hand.


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Doctors propose a ban on advertising for fast foods UNHEALTHY: Just like cigarettes.

NOW: The humble artichoke makes a comeback.

Artichokes and edible flowers

At the World Health Assembly, the 194 state members agreed on a plan to try and control and prevent obesity, an epidemic that is spreading quickly in developed countries. The situation is considered so serious that the WHO is asking

WINE drinkers must be tempted BULLS with human faces instead of labels, black bottles with just a large white number on them; these are just some of the marketing techniques being used by the wine company Vintae - one of the more modern Spanish vintners. Vintae are also one of the companies responsible for the proliferation of web points of sale, wine blogs, social networking sites dedicated to wine, designer labels and modern bottles. Ricardo Arambarri, the face of Vintae and a native of Rioja, comments that the industry has undergone many changes recently including the ‘education’ of the end consumer through blogs and websites. He goes on to say that, in the past, the consumer simply drank table wine as a matter of course, but now wine is associated with more celebratory occasions and therefore demands a more specific marketing technique. This new marketing method must tempt the consumer not only with an attractive label but also with sumptuous descriptions of the contents of their bottle.

politicians in all member countries to bring about legislation to regulate the fast food industry. Through this the WHO is hoping to combat not just obesity but the many other, related afflictions including diabetes, cardiac illnesses and cancers.

FOR a long time flowers that people noticed when eating were on the table not on the plate. Then came stuffed courgette flowers that some people were a little suspicious of but ate anyway; then there was a new gastronomic movement to include garden flowers in everyday cooking. Now there is yet another gastronomic movement trying to bring the humble artichoke to prominence.

The artichoke is a variety of thistle, Cynara scolymus, which origin is unknown but was mentioned in Sicilian recipes as early as 1432. In order for an artichoke to look like a flower on a plate it must be fried in moderately hot oil so that its leaves splay out but it shouldn’t be fried long or it will lose its delicate flavour. They can also be stuffed as their flavour won’t block out other tastes.

First Manchego museum THE town of Manzanares, in Ciudad Real, houses the world’s first and, so far, only museum dedicated to Manchego cheese: the Museo del Queso Manchego de Manzanares. Manchego is a hard cheese made from sheep’s milk, aged for between 60 days, for the lighter versions, and two years for the stronger, more ‘curado,’ versions. The colour of the cheese varies from white to ivoryyellow and the, inedible, rind a brownish beige. Manchego has a distinctive flavour, well developed but not too strong, creamy with a slight piquancy - it leaves an aftertaste characteristic of sheep’s milk.


THE Royal Academy of Medicine (RAM) in the UK has asked for similar bans on junk food advertising to those in place for tobacco. Doctors reason that as both are bad for the health they should be treated in the same way. One in four adults in Britain are obese and a third of children are overweight warns a report from the RAM urging that something be done. This is in line with the recommendations from the recent World Health Assembly and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Experts are asking politicians for more laws to regulate the fast food industry. The deregulation and globalisation of markets have extended obesity. Even in developing countries the diet is changing from mainly cereals to one high in fats, sugars and processed foods.

MANZANARES: World’s first Manchego museum. The town council of Manzanares hopes that the museum, located in the old part of town, will become a tourist attraction not just for foreigners but also for national fans of this

variety of cheese. The museum is aiming to be a dynamic, interactive space in which there will be, among other events; tasting evenings, sales of the cheese, audiovisual aids

to help visitors understand the process, information about the flocks of sheep (where and what they eat and drink), and even recipes which are based on Manchego cheese.


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As another new season begins, enjoy it before the circus comes to town again NOTARIM/FLICKR

Ulrica Marshall

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T’S that time of year again. The sun is starting to warm enough to expose some bare skin, beaches are slowly becoming populated by more than dog walkers, while rural roads are becoming practically impassable as cyclists in their skintight gear ride four in a row. It is, of course, the start of the tourist season again. While I appreciate that this is, on the whole, a good thing for the communities that we live in, it is with some trepidation that some of us hand over the mantle of those

BEACHES: Not so beautiful in the summer months. beautiful beaches, rugged landscapes and city streets to the hordes of holidaymakers that are about to descend over the coming months. The usual errant sprint around town becomes painfully slow as aimless, map-wielding crowds block

my race pace, that is if I manage to find somewhere to park in the first place. Even if I can zip past them, the touts will be out in force with all those designer knockoffs that last about two minutes and will probably get seized in Customs on the

Get organised, use a calendar THE greatest problem with going back to Blighty isn’t the weather (grey, cloudy, rainy days and long cold nights), it’s losing track of what has to be done and when! I just had 14 days away from the computer (not a problem - DENIAL!) and thought that I had created enough articles for the publications that I write for. WRONG! So how do we fix this problem? Ever heard the phrase “best laid plans of mice and men,” well that was me. How then, can man’s greatest adversary, the computer, become man’s greatest ally? I should imagine that I’m not the only one who uses a calendar to keep track of what needs doing and when! But have you

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considered using one that is on your computer? I first came across this concept when I had a ‘dodgy’ copy of the now discontinued Outlook, which served as email, client and calendar and it was incredible! Strangely enough I had seen something similar on the Linux platform several years earlier (you can’t keep a great idea down when someone else can steal it!). There are two main types of organiser. Offline, which

works without internet, and Online, the other one. I use both! To be accurate, I use the one provided by my hotmail account (now called OUTLOOK.COM) which I have linked to my tablet (cheap but efficient). As most people know, I have a clinic at Jacks Bar (Albox) on a Friday afternoon. The dates for this are in the calendar right up to Xmas this year, and come Xmas I increase these ‘appointments’ to include all of next year. Anyway, I’m out of space for today so more about organisation, calendar, PIMs (not the drink) and all things time compliant, next week. Please call 689 892 745 for information about my services and rates.

unsuspecting tourist’s return journey. Then there are those chirpy restaurant people who attempt to persuade you to eat or drink in their establishment, practically blocking your path and mistaking lewd comments for an appropriate marketing campaign. Sadly, none of us need a crystal ball to foretell the summer’s newspaper headlines; more balconing death falls, more destruction of property by the drunken and disorderly and Magaluf becomes officially reclassified as a zoo. It’s enough to make you nostalgic for ‘las calmas de enero’ (a meteorological expression but seems fitting in this context, too). The calm before the storm. Of course, you can’t judge all tourists by the same yardstick, many are delightful - in

fact, most of my friends and family spend their holidays on these southern shores. Tourism accounted for nearly 11 per cent of Spain’s economic output in 2012, a figure which rises dramatically in the coastal and island regions, and provides more than 900,000 jobs. In 2013, Spain had 60.6 million international visitors and hoteliers are reporting good bookings for 2014. So it might be worth taking the opportunity now, while there is still time and a quiet spot on the beach, to enjoy the best of what our adopted home country has to offer. Enjoy those quiet walks in the hills, get a same-day reservation at your favourite restaurant and go see a concert or other performance. Do it soon - before the circus comes to town again.

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Let’s brighten up the apartment blocks Dick Handscombe

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


HEN I first came to the Spanish costa for a holiday in 1960 the number of tourists and apartment blocks were rather fewer than today, as were the prices of restaurant meals and drinks. Indeed the unexciting hotel tourist food was forgotten each evening to enjoy real Spanish hospitality in small family run restaurants largely patronised by local Spaniards. Coming from the UK everywhere seemed to be filled with colourful flowering plants at ground level and on the balconies of two to five storey buildings. There were no Benidorm type skyscrapers in those days. While dining, the only interruption, sometimes two or three times during the evening, was the offer of stems of quality fresh perfumed roses for my then wife by elegantly dressed Spaniards making a few pesetas from adding pleasure to the dining experience.

BALCONIES: Used to be filled with colourful flowering plants, enhance yours now. One was not pestered with substandard named brand Chinese copies of leather goods, sunglasses, CDs by recent immigrants who may well have earlier in the day sold the sad plastic flowers in vases that sit on many tourist restaurant tables these days. Wandering back to one’s hotel very replete, one did not get the modern day impression that you were walking past prison block A, B, C and D, as someone described a

Mother’s Day best MOTHER’S DAY is on Sunday and flowers are the traditional gift to give on Mothering Sunday. If you haven’t already ordered your bouquet, try taking into consideration the significance of each flower and create a truly meaningful display: Roses Roses are not just about true love, they have long been associated with motherhood, as they were sacred to the Greek goddess Isis, who was seen as the ideal mother. Lilacs Lilacs are known to signify the love between a

mother and child. Irises The iris symbolises affection and warmth, and some Christians associate the flower with the Virgin Mary. Carnations According to Christian legend, pink carnations are believed to have first grown from the ground where the Virgin Mary shed tears over Jesus’s death. Many believe carnations are a symbol of a mother’s eternal love and an ideal for Mother’s Day. As well as the meaning of a flower take into account your mum’s personal choice of her favourite flower and colour.

coastal resort the other weekend. Recognising this trend a few years ago I wrote, with Clodagh my wife, the book ‘Apartment Gardening - Mediterranean style’ to hopefully stimulate more apartment owners to make better use of their balconies and terraces by converting them into colourful, perfumed and perhaps productive patios in the sky. Fortunately some apartment owners, resident and non-

resident, have taken note and there are now more delightfully looking apartment blocks in expatriate and Spanish neighbourhoods. But so much more could be done. The book includes many photographs illustrating vividly what can be done and the roles plants, ceramic pots and tiles, modern and antique artefacts can play in producing the concept of a home in the sun. That’s not such a stupid idea

as largely unused balconies and terraces range from four to 40 and 400 square metres for roof tops. Yes, there is the sun to contend with, but blinds and awnings can immediately change the climate whether apartments face east, south, west or north. Clodagh took a long time sorting out 120 or so plants most appropriate to planting in full, partial or semi shade and the few that genuinely enjoy the full summer suns. The block of photos illustrate the range of possibilities without being very creative. You may be amazed by some of the photos in the book taken of real situations. So if you have an apartment do have a go this spring. If you live in a villa, buy the book as a present for friends who do. I will have some copies of the book at the Calpe Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show next week. It’s easy to turn a current storage space into your garden home to immediately enhance your Spanish lifestyle. Come and have a chat on Stand 66.

© Dick Handscombe March 2014.


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AUTOMATIC BMW 330i, only 53,000kms with full service history, 2001 model, always garaged, unpainted, immaculate condition. Cruise and climate control, 4 door, CD player, electric everything, this is first class driving and first advertised this week. Samantha or Gordon Robertson (The Car Couple). See our cars in more detail and with photographs on our web page. Tel 952 832 173 or 608 658 785 / LOW, LOW KMS, only 21,050 kms, 2001 Ford Focus Ghia 1.6, 5 door, 5 speed, one elderly gentleman owner leaving Spain, all the usual Ghia extras and always garaged, absolutely amazing condition, only 3,995 euros. Phone Samantha and Gordon Robertson 608 658 785 / 952 832 173. See photo on AUTOMATIC Mercedes A160, only 44,000kms (approx 27,000 miles), rarely used holiday car, year 1999, air conditioned, silver with black cloth trim and alloy wheels. What a bargain buy. Samantha and Gordon Robertson (The Car Couple) Tel 608 658 785 or 952 832 173 see photo CLEARANCE SALE at Robertson Cars, diesel, seven seater 2010 Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDI Premium pack 110BHP. Only 58,000kms (approx 36,000 miles), 6 speed, climate and cruise control, PAS, ABS, ESR, light and wiper sensors, parktronic, rich wine colour with alloy wheels, great people carrier, perfect for school run, see photo on our web page, was 13,995 euros, now 12,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson (The Car Couple), 608 658 785 / 952 832 173 (201544) CLEARANCE SALE at Robertson Cars, diesel, 2011 Renault Megane Scenic 1.5 DCI, 6 speed, 110 BHP. Emocion only 32,000kms (approx 20,000 miles), still has manufacturer’s warranty for 18 months. One lady owner selling due to work relocation, lovely in white with many extras and diesel economy was 12,995 euros, now 11,995 euros. Samantha or Gordon Robertson (The Car Couple) 952 832 173 or 608 658 785 (201544) ARE you looking to sell your Spanish car? Contact Robertson Cars, we are a small family business here in Marbella for 29 years. Phone today for a valuation. We pay the top cash prices for quality used cars. Samantha and Gordon Robertson (The Car Couple) on 952 832 173 or 608 658 785. (201544)

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BENTLEY MOTORS has given a taster of its much anticipated SUV, due to hit roads in 2016. It will be the most luxurious and powerful SUV on the market, setting it apart from any other SUV, true to the brand hallmarks of luxury, performance, quality and craftsmanship, says the Crewe based car maker. Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, Chairman and Chief Executive at Bentley Motors, commenting at a press conference in London, said: “It will create a completely new segment in the SUV market.” The SUV forms part of Bentley’s £800 million investment in new model and facilities development in the next three years. The company anticipates a minimum annual sales volume of 3,000 SUVs.

OLVO - already known for being at the forefront of driver safety - is developing systems for cars to ‘get to know their drivers.’ The ‘driver sensors’ they are developing could detect when a driver is tired or inattentive, and take measures to keep the car and its occupants safe. Examples of this include technology that detects closed eyes or what the driver is looking at. “This will enable the driver to be able to rely a bit more on their car, and know that it will help them when needed,” explains Per Landfors, engineer at Volvo Cars and project leader for driver support functions. By placing a sensor on the dashboard to monitor aspects such as in which direction the driver is looking, how open their eyes are, as well as their head position and angle, it is possible to develop precise safety systems that detect the driver’s state and are able to adjust the car accordingly. This also means that the car will ensure that it does not stray out of the lane or get too close to the car in front when the driver is not paying attention, as well as being able to wake a driver who is falling asleep. “Since the car is able to detect if a driver is not paying attention, safety systems can be adapted more effectively. For example, the car’s support systems can be activated later on if the driver is focused, and earlier if the driver’s attention is directed elsewhere,” Per Landfors explained.

DASHBOARD SENSORS: Could detect when a driver is tired or inattentive. Some of the current systems that can be included are Lane Keeping Aid, Collision warning with full auto brake and Adaptive Cruise Control with Queue Assist. The technology is based on a sensor mounted on the dashboard in front of the driver. Small LEDs illuminate the driver with infrared light, which is then monitored by the sensor. Infrared light is just outside the wavelengths that the human eye can see, which means that the person behind the wheel doesn’t notice it at all. Driver sensors are also opening up other possibilities. By monitoring eye movements, the car would be able to adjust both interior

Renault Trafic range is refreshed THIS summer will see Renault refresh its Trafic range as it perpetuates the success story of one of its most popular models, with 1.6 million sales since 1980. This practical and economical ‘Van à Vivre’ will sport a new look both inside and out, while benefiting from clever smart innovations to facilitate the lives of business customers, as well as a new range of responsive engines. The vehicle will be available with a new Renault-developed 1.6 dCi powerplant, including a


twin-turbocharged version that boasts fuel consumption of less than six litres per 100km. New Trafic comes with a completely new exterior design. The front incorporates the bigger, more upright logo that is emblematic of Renault’s new brand identity. Its stance is forceful and dynamic, while TRAFIC: Sports a new look both inside and out.

its wide, slender headlights give it an expressive look, and the more sloping windscreen results in a clear division with the bonnet. Sharper lines

make the vehicle’s silhouette more dynamic, whilst the sturdiness has been retained courtesy of a wrap-around front bumper.

and exterior lighting to follow the direction in which the driver is looking. The car would also be able to adjust seat settings, for instance, simply by recognising the person sitting behind the wheel. The technology is already installed in test vehicles. Volvo Cars is also conducting research together with partners including Chalmers University of Technology and Volvo AB to identify effective methods for detecting tiredness and inattention. The analysis of the driver’s state, known as Driver State Estimation, in which driver sensors play an important role, is a field that may be key to self-driving cars in the future.


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Qatar MotoGP Reigning champion Marc Marquez held off Valentino Rossi to win the first MotoGP of the year in Qatar last Sunday.

Axarquía’s best guide to local sport


Marriner all at sea, more Messi magic and next Formula One in Malaysia Tony Matthews

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

Costa de Almeria

ON Tuesday evening, there were full houses for the Manchester derby and the Arsenal-Swansea PL clashes, and last night a packed Anfield saw Liverpool take on Sunderland. On Saturday it’s Arsenal-Manchester City, Crystal Palace-

Chelsea, Manchester United-Aston Villa and WBA-Cardiff and the big one, Burnley-Leicester in the Championship, while on Sunday Liverpool meet Spurs. The second F1 Grand Prix of 2014 takes place in Malaysia on Sunday. Nico

Rosberg, who won the opening race in Australia, is hoping to double up in Kuala Lumpur where he finished fourth last year behind winner and fellow German Sebastian Vettel. FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th

Captain’s Day for GINS GINS had perfect conditions for Captain’s Day at Los Moriscos with 72 players turning out. Liberty Seguros again sponsored all three captains. Overall winner was Ray Craig with 36 points. John Ridley (35) was first in the men’s competition with Mac Farman (34) second and Mark Schrello (34) third. Top lady was Denise Downey (33) with Marlene Taylor (32) second. Nearest the pins were won by Angela Foreman and David Weston with Mark Schrello scoring a two. At Añoreta as an extra bonus on St Patrick’s Day, Anoreta offered any Irish green fee player playing a free 18 holes of golf, the voucher to be used within one month. In the Blevins Franks Tournament Frank Ferdinales (34) was winning man followed by Dan McAllister (31) and Alan Lloyd Edwards (30). Lyn McAllister (32) took the ladies’

TOP: Los Moriscos winners LEFT: Anoreta winners

category followed by Eloisa Sanchez (32). Nearest the pins were Denny Cummings and Malcolm McLeod. Alan Lloyd Edwards scored a two At Baviera they held St Patrick’s

Day ‘Ryder Cup’ event. They could only round up four genuine Irish players so the rest of the team was made up of conscripts. Eleven teams battled it out for the trophy, a leprechaun look-alike purchased from a top-class Chinese bazaar. Most of the matches were closely fought with a couple being halved. In spite of this, the end result was a clear victory for the Rest of the World team by 14 points to 8.

game in charge of Arsenal ended in a record 6-0 defeat at leaders Chelsea. Victory was also Jose Mourinho’s biggest win as Blues’ boss and with it went the Gunners’ hopes of winning the Premier League! However, early in the London derby, referee Andre Marriner wrongly sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex OxladeChamberlain. In-form Liverpool won 6-3 at Cardiff with Luis Suarez’s third hat-trick of the season... Yaya Toure also struck a hat-trick as Manchester City whipped Fulham 5-0... Wayne Rooney emulated David Beckham’s long-range goal against Wimbledon in 1996, with a stunning 50yard effort in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at West Ham... Austrian Alexander Tettey was another player who netted a cracking goal, in Norwich’s 2-0 win over Sunderland... Everton, who have never lost a match against Swansea, beat the Welsh club 3-2... Spurs (20 down) came back to beat Southampton 3-2... the 100th League meeting between Aston Villa and Stoke resulted in a 4-1 win for the Potters... Newcastle pipped Crystal Palace 1-0 with a 92nd minute goal by Papiss Cisse and Shane Long ‘dived in’ to help Hull City beat his former club WBA 2-0. A total of 42 goals were

scored in the Premiership last weekend and the race for the title is the closest anywhere in the world. In the Championship, Derby County smashed ‘poor’ Nottingham Forest 50, leaders Leicester City drew 1-1 at Blackburn and second-placed Burnley beat lowly Charlton Athletic 3-0. FL1 table-toppers Wolves won 2-0 at Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United head FL2 after beating Burton Albion 1-0. A worldwide TV audience of 400 million witnessed a thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu last Sunday where Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick (the 26th of his career) and also set a new El Clasico scoring record with his 30th goal as Barcelona beat 10-man Real Madrid 4-3. GENERAL ROUND-UP • A record crowd for a Rugby Union club match 83,889 - saw Saracens beat Harlequins 39-17 at Wembley last Saturday. • American Matt Every (aged 30) won the Arnold Palmer Invitation Classic in Florida - the first title of his professional career. • England (172-6) lost to New Zealand (52-1) via the DL rule after a thunderstorm caused their first 20/20 cricket World Cup game to be abandoned. England’s second group match is against Sri Lanka today.

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