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Cruising into 2015 AROUND 85,000 visitors will be arriving at Alicante Port next year as more cruise ships than ever include the city as a destination on their itineraries. The concessionaire managing cruises in the city, Costa Blanca Port, has increased the number of arrivals

from 35 to 47, potentially bringing up to 85,000 visitors throughout the year. This volume of cruise tourists far exceeds the 48,700 expected this year and 41,861 last year, hopefully boosting tourism, commerce and making Alicante a prominent cruise destination.


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Finance 37 - 42 PROPERTY CONFERENCE: Professionals discuss strategies in Torrevieja.

Real estate boost from the experts TORREVIEJA has hosted the first ‘Housing Day Torrevieja’ attended by real estate agents from across the Region. Mayor Eduardo Dolon was accompanied by the president of the Real Estate Association of Vega Baja (ASIVEGA) Ulrick Brack, in opening the event held at the CDT centre in the city. The mayor stressed the importance of this type of intensive property conference to boost the industry. He said: “ASIVEGA is a well established group and also a national reference to the level of professionalism and seriousness to other

similar associations starting now.” Sergi Verge, a real estate agent working in a small town called Calafell (Tarragona) has become an example for his achievements made in collaboration between agencies and gave a presentation on ‘The power of the exclusive.’ The second speaker was Vicente Calatayud, a personal and business coach who gave a talk on ‘What I want and how I get it’ with property agent Angel Gomez delivering his motivational talk ‘Extraordinarily simple.’

Argument leads to teenager’s death A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was killed at his friend’s home in Elche. According to the National Police, the death occurred at a property in Calle Conrado del Campo in the city. Police

are still investigating the case, but say their first hypothesis is that the boy was spending the evening with friends in a private home playing video games when he got into an argument with

another teenager which ended in tragedy. The teenager is believed to have died by suffocation or from a neck fracture.

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NEWS Full rooms HOTEL occupancy across the Costa Blanca (excluding Benidorm) stood at 61.2 per cent during the first half of May, 5 per cent more than during the same period in 2012. Brain research RESEARCHERS at Alicante’s Institute of Neuroscience and the University Miguel Hernandez, have been part of an international team of scientists that have discovered a gene mutation is responsible for brain malformations.

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Connectivity consequences EXPERTS are warning the continued and over use of mobile phones and tablets by adults is affecting relationships between parents and children. “We can talk about two types of effects,” said Jose Pedro Espada, child psychologist and professor at the University Miguel Hernandez

of Elche (UMH): “There is interference in the parent-child relationship. “By continually using the phone or other devices, (for work or social reasons) parents fail to pay attention to the child so that they communicate and interact less. “The second effect is that this

also influences the modelling of the child, so they learn that the mobile is very important and then spend a lot of time on them themselves.” Psychologist Antonio Castaños says usage can soon become an addiction: “There can become a psychological dependence.”

Clean up campaign ORIHUELA has launched a citizens campaign of cleanliness and is looking for volunteers to help the Civil Protection team with a clean up operation on Saturday. For more information email medioambiente@orihuela.es.

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Trade promotion SIXTY entrepreneurs are today (Thursday) participating in an activity of commercial revitalisation in various areas of Alicante.

BENIDORM'S Hotel Bali is hosting the latest edition of the Vertical World Circuit Racing by the International Skyrunning Federation on June 7. Athletes will take on the challenge of racing up 52 floors.

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Edwardian experience THE Benijofar Spiritualist Centre is hosting an Edwardian Experience on June 7 at El Alto de Dolores Restaurant. A donation will be made to Reach Out Charity. Call 966 785 211 for tickets.

Unlicensed lets HOTELS, registered apartments and campsites lose €10 million a year to unlicensed holiday lets, complained Costa Blanca hoteliers’ association Hosbec.

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Drugs bust POLICE in Elche have seized 103 marijuana plants from a farm in Pusol. A father and son have been arrested.

Wards closure SOME wards at Alicante’s San Juan hospital will close this summer for renovations, but the nurses unions claims this move is simply to avoid contracting staff to cover holiday leave.

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TORREVIEJA Local Police were left without radio communication for 16 hours due to a technical problem at the CCTV security centre headquarters.

Beach access TEAM OF SURGEONS: Performing a transplant.

National Organ and Tissue Donors’ Day IN Spain, National Organ and Tissue Donors’ Day is held on the first Wednesday in June. For more than 20 years, Spain has been a world leader for organ donation and transplants. In 2013, Spain carried out 4,279 transplants thanks to 1,655 donors. Earlier this year, a record was broken when 45 transplants were carried out in just 24 hours. Most of the transplants in 2013 were kidneys (2,552), followed by 1,093 liver transplants, 285 lung, 249 heart, 92 pancreas and eight intestinal. Tissue such as bone, corneas and heart valves can also be donated. Spain has 35.12 donors per million inhabitants, well above the European average of 19 per million. More than 50 per cent of donors are over the age of 60.

Quote of the Week WE said from the start that we would win and we have come through former minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment and conservative Partido Popular candidate in the EU elections, Miguel Arias Cañete.

Becoming an organ donor in Spain is quite easy, all that is required is a donor card, which is not legally binding, but does show the holder’s wish to donate their organs when they die. According to Spanish law, anyone deceased is a potential donor, unless they have expressed in life their wish for their organs not to be donated. Despite this, the usual procedure is to ask for written authorisation from the person’s relatives. It is not enough to present a donor card, which is why those wishing to donate are told to inform their relatives of their will so that they do not oppose. If there are any organs they do not wish to donate, they should also make this known. For more information, visit the site of the National Transplant Organization, www.ont.es.

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million foreign tourists visited Spain between January and April this year, according to the Frontur survey Publisher by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. That is 9.2 per cent more than over the same period in 2013.

THE ‘Orihuela without barriers’ platform has called for improvements to be made to beaches on the Orihuela Costa, making them more accessible for people with physical disabilities.

Cooking contest NINETEEN chefs participated in the VII Cooking Contest of Guardamar del Segura, competing in five categories; sensory attributes, presentation, innovation and traditional recipe and taste.

Sierra fire A FIRE in the Sierra de Orihuela was reignited prompting air support to dampen the flames. It is estimated around 4,000 square metres of land have been affected.

And finally... A MAN, 42, was arrested in Granollers, Barcelona, for knocking down and killing a cyclist , 34, and fleeing the scene. He was located thanks to statements from witnesses and pieces of his vehicle which were found at the accident.


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Trio of bogus gasmen caught THREE people have been arrested in Alicante on charges of belonging to a criminal gang which charged people for unnecessary gas checks and repairs at their home. The trio formed part of 26 arrests carried out in the Balearic Islands, Madrid and Malaga. The suspects mainly targeted older foreign residents living in Spain,

especially German, British and Dutch residents in the Balearic Islands. Acting as gas company workers, the scammers detected supposed problems and faults once inside the home, and then proceeded to charge up to €1,200 for repairs. The police operation was led by the Guardia Civil officers based in the Balearic Islands.

Card cloning gang arrested NATIONAL POLICE have broken up an organisation who falsified bank cards using them to then make purchases. Four of the 15 suspects, mostly Nigerian nationals, were arrested in Alicante Province. The cloned cards were used in stores and online, and to obtain residence permits. Some of the goods were sold on or sent to Nigeria for trade.

Charity concert SOROPTIMIST WOMEN’S GUILD (Marina Baixa region) is to hold a concert to raise money for children’s school meals in the area. It will be at Forum Mare Nostrum, Camino del Pincho No 2, Alfaz de Pi on June 7 at 8pm. Tickets in advance or on the door are €6, with all funds going to the cause.


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CCTV initiative to stop rural crime A FIELD video surveillance system has been launched to monitor

Mayor responds SAN MIGUEL’S Mayor, Angel Saez has defended local policing, saying the force is not lacking the means and materials. It comes after the trade association of local police and firemen, SPPLB, denounced the town hall for lack of provisions. The mayor said the statements were “completely false,” adding: “There is no evidence of the request for shoes or any other formal request for clothing or uniforms, by the agents.” The budget was not €3,000 as claimed, but €27,900.

farms and to prevent and combat crime across Orihuela. It is a new resource for those farmers who want to join the network to protect their crops and infrastructure as well as home-owners located in rural areas. With the surveillance installed, owners will receive real-time alerts when someone accesses their land. The engineer who

developed the project, Jose Manuel Fernandez, said there is a website where users can watch real-time cameras at their property day or night. Incidents will be monitored and direct communication made with the police who have pledged their support. Police Inspector Miguel Fonseca commented that it would be “very useful” in the prevention of theft.

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A spring clean-up ORIHUELA Town Hall has ordered a clean-up for the neighbourhood in which poet Miguel Hernandez grew up in. The area known as Mercadearte attracts hundreds of people weekly who want to know more about the poet but the streets are becoming full of rubbish and weeds, particularly in Calle de Arriba, the actual street where the poet lives. The town hall said the work will have an investment of around €14,000 and is expected to start very soon.

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GREEN COMMERCE: Businesses have been awarded on a European level.

Torrevieja is top THE Life and Green Commerce project, led by the regional government, has seen Torrevieja receive one of the six ‘Best of the Best’ Green awards in Europe. Green Commerce focuses on minimising the environmental impact of small

businesses and has been running for more than two years in Torrevieja, involving around 50 stores who have reduced electricity and water consumption. Torrevieja will receive the award in Brussels next Wednesday.

New York exchange STUDENTS and teachers from the Wheatley School in New York, USA, have visited Orihuela. They were welcomed by the mayor and councillor for education as part of a foreign exchange visit which saw 10 students from Orihuela’s IES Palmeral school spend 10 days living with host families in New York last September. Now on the return visit, parents of students here have accommodated the American teenagers.

THE Seahorse Summer School for children with special needs will run for the sixth year in Torrevieja from July 17August 1 from 10am1pm for children aged four to 15. It is free to disabled children.

More judges FOURTEEN extra judges have been drafted in to help Alicante courts deal with the backlog of pending cases. The majority involve labour disputes.

City eviction A 60-YEAR-OLD woman was arrested for attacking a police officer after being evicted from her home in Alicante for getting into rent arrears.


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Figures suggest gender violence has decreased EVERY day there are 10 women receiving protection against gender violence in the Valencia Region. Latest figures from the National Statistics Institute appear to show that gender violence is being reduced. In 2013 3,857 women were receiving assistance; down from 4,172 in 2012 and 4,438 in 2011.

However, both victims and experts in the field say that these figures are only a fraction of what actually happens as many women still do not report crimes and abuse. The Valencia Region has the second highest number of women receiving protection from domestic violence from the state in Spain.

Corvera copper thefts COPPER cabling has been stolen from the unopened Corvera Airport. Guardia Civil from Murcia have arrested two Spaniards for the theft of 16,000 metres of cabling from installations at the

airport. The men, from Fuente Alamo, are believed to have been stripping out cabling since the beginning of the year. Police investigations were launched after routine maintenance checks showed that

cabling had been removed. Material matching that which had gone missing was then found in nearby scrapyards. The cost of replacing the cable is estimated at more than €100,000.

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POLICE and firefighters are calling for more staff during Alicante’s Hogueras bonfires. They say the cuts in place should be set aside to ensure safety is not undermined during the fiestas.

ALICANTE'S Councillor for Urbanism said that since 2010 ‘only’ four complaints have been received from residents about noise from the pub/restaurant installed in the Torre Golf commercial centre.


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Stars in Alicante for film festival THE Alicante film festival is under way. The Auditorium of Alicante (ADDA) hosted the opening gala of the festival,

which is now in its 11th edition and will run until Saturday. Actors Hugo Silva and actress Goya Toledo are being honoured. Silva said: “It’s always nice to receive awards that indicate you’re on the right track.” Director Agustin Diaz Yanes, winner of the 1996 Goya for Best New Director University of Alicante: and Best Screenplay for “The ultimate goal will ‘Nobody Will Speak Of Us seek the sustainability of When We’re Dead’ will fisheries in our sea, receive this year’s generating more econoLucentum Award, which mic activity and more recognises the career of jobs. Santa Pola is the directors. driving entity of efforts Goya Toledo is receiving to make this project the Honour Award for succeed.” “longevity and versatility to Meetings on the play characters of all kinds,” initiative and funding according to Festival under the FARNET Director, Juan Seva. Hugo (European Fisheries Silva will get the City of Areas Network) have Alicante Award for his already been held in talent and projection on the Brussels. national scene.

Looking for EU funds for fisheries SANTA POLA is looking for EU funds for its fisheries sector. The initiative is part of an innovative, sustainable project to revalue species which have little commercial value. The initiative would create new jobs in the sector and could be used by other fishing towns, said Professor Just Bayle from the Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology at the


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PP still ahead in Valencia FOLLOWING the European elections, the PP party lead the way in the Valencia Region with 29.09 per cent of the vote, followed by the PSPV with 21.62 per cent. Despite their lead, the PP

A night of shopping SHOPPING NIGHT 2014 takes place in Alicante City on June 12. It is being billed as an event where glamour and night merge to offer a different evening of shopping, live performances, music and food. From 8.30pm to midnight, the Central Zone of the city between La Rambla, San Francisco, Federico Soto and Calle Alfonso el Sabio, will offer late-night shopping in a bid to boost trade and commerce.

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Safety call POLICE and firefighters are calling for more staff during Alicante’s Hogueras bonfires. They say that cuts should be set aside to ensure safety is not compromised.

No noise ALICANTE’S Urban Councillor has said that since 2010 ‘only’ four complaints have been received about noise from the pub/ restaurant in Torre Golf commercial centre.

School study ELCHE is to study the feasibility of opening some school canteens this summer to help ensure that children of families in hardship will still get a hot meal every day.

received 478,000 votes less than in the 2009 elections. In Alicante Province, they lost 22 percentage points compared to 2009. The party said: “Despite the really difficult situation for the economy and unemployment, we received

the votes. Logically, we expect that within regional and municipal levels we will be recovering day by day with active policies for recovery and job creation.” The PP led in Murcia Region also with 37.47 per cent of votes.

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Waiting lists SEVENTY-FOUR per cent of citizens in the Valencia Region are unable to get a next-day appointment with their family doctor at public health centres. One in 10 have to wait two weeks to access a visit, according to a survey carried out by the Organisation of Consumers and Users (OCU).


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Brain abnormality gene found RESEARCHERS at the Institute of Neuroscience and the University Miguel Hernandez have been part of an international team of scientists who have discovered a gene

mutation is responsible for brain malformations. The mutated EML1 gene causes the accumulation of large numbers of neurons in areas of the brain where they should

not be and this is believed to cause intractable epilepsy and intellectual disabilities or profound mental retardation. Victor Borrell, researcher and co-author of the study,

JAVEA COAST: Much remains wooded and unspoilt.

Trees lost to keep views LUXURY villas require luxury views and trees which threaten to mar them are disappearing. This is especially noticeable in Javea on exclusive plots above the Barraca beach where pines are illegally lopped and often felled without town hall permission. The property sector in general might still

be feeling the pinch of the economic crisis, but the luxury end of the market has hardly been affected. Uninterrupted sea views ensure that already high prices rise still higher. The increasingly common practice has been going on for some time, Javea’s Environment Department has admitted.

said: “In the study we found that this gene is mutated in patients with epilepsy and mental disabilities.” He added: “This is an important finding as a diagnostic tool

and useful for couples who want to have children to see if they are carriers of the mutated gene. “It could also lead to the development of future drugs,” he believed.

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Registration time for summer school TORREVIEJA’S Summer School is being held throughout July and August at the new location of the Habanera school. A total of 300 places in July and 163 in August are available, with the school open from 9am-2pm. The cost is €60 for a full month, but there

are discounts available for those parents with a large number of children. The new location means that a lunch service will be available with children able to stay from 2-3.30pm at a cost of €2.50 a day. Numerous activities will be held for

children aged from four to 12 and registration must be received at the General Register of the City by June 10 to participate in the July summer school. Those wishing to apply for a place at the August Summer School can register from July 7-17.

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Voting assistance SANTA POLA Red Cross offered free assistance to those who wanted to vote in the European Elections, by helping them get to the polling stations.

Cider Day MORE than 100 members of local associations gathered at the Asturian Centre in Torrevieja to celebrate Cider Day.

COMENIUS: Students from across Europe were welcomed in Torrevieja.

Europeans learn together TEACHERS and students from across Europe have been in Torrevieja as part of the European Comenius Education Programme. Eighty-five students and 20 teachers from the UK, Italy, France and Turkey attended workshops and educational activities together and visited local attractions including the delfin submarine museum, the salt lakes and the natural parks of La Mata.

Reef support REEF band performed at Lo Monte Hotel in Pilar de la Hordada to support Campoverde branch of the AECC, helping to raise €370 for the cancer charity.


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Tuition fees frozen UNIVERSITY tuition fees have been frozen in Murcia. The regional government has said fees for the next course at the two public universities the University of Murcia and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena will not increase after they rose almost 12 per cent two years ago. The amount students have to pay depends on the type of course they are taking and the credits they have received, but the average student has to pay more than â‚Ź6,000 to complete their degree.

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Help trace kitten-dumper THE Pets in Spain Charity, based in urbanisation La Marina, are asking for help in trying to trace a man who dumped four kittens at a house in Los Montesinos. He drives a distinctive Ford Connect Van with an extended roof rack on it and anyone with any information about the man is asked contact the charity via www.petsinspain.net or call 645 469 253. The charity are continually in need of funds and donations for their shop. They have been inundated with not only very young puppies and kittens, but also have been helping to re-home older dogs whose owners have passed away.

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All the fun of the strawberry fair THE Strawberry Fair raised €1,500 for Reach Out and other local charities, with more money expected to come in. The Strawberry Fair is held every year in May when Gill and Peter Savage open their finca home in San Miguel, to raise money

for local charities. Hundreds turned out to support the event. The couple are hosting their next event May Maddness Music and Magic at the end of the month at their restaurant Frissan in San Miguel. Call 966 723 485 for information.

Charity fashion show A FASHION show is being held to raise funds in

support of Paul Cunningham Nurses (PCN) at the Quesada Country Club, Quesada, on Thursday, June 12. The event starts at 6pm with singer Emily Hullman providing the entertainment, and there will be stalls and a raffle. Tickets cost €4 available from the PCN charity shops and from the Quesada Country Club.

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Fundraising auction THE auction held at La Zona in Los Narejos on behalf of HAH Help at Home Mar Menor, raised just under €600. To become a volunteer or for more information call Lesley on 968 134 978.

Treasure hunt A TREASURE hunt at Bar Sofia in El Raso raised €120 for the Children’s Home in Elche.

Age Concern AGE CONCERN Costa Blanca South host their summer fair on Saturday from 11am at their centre in La Siesta. Prize draw tickets are now on sale from the centre and Age Concern shops.


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A fun-filled event for animal charity THE Spellbound and Sparkles show takes place at Los Rosales Restaurant, Guardamar on Tuesday. The show will see comedy hypnotist Ed Temple making his debut at the venue. Ed is a qualified hypnotherapist who has been taking the Costa Blanca audiences by storm with his unique, witty style. Topping the bill with him and continuing the laughter, is glamorous drag artist, Stevie Spit. The evening also has a serious side to

it, as a raffle will be held for Pets in Spain Charity. They have been inundated with not only very young puppies and kittens, but also have been helping to rehome older dogs whose owners have passed away. Tickets are â‚Ź15 for the show with a three-course meal, on sale from Los Rosales, Pets in Spain shop La Marina and other outlets, or order and pay online at www.lrshows.com or call 697 501 992.

Honouring local heroes NOMINATIONS for the San Fulgencio Local Heroes Awards 2014 close on Saturday. Sponsored by Toldos Guardamar, the awards recognise local citizens for their outstanding efforts and community spirit.

The ceremony will be held on June 14 at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre from 8pm. There are several nominated categories: Child Of Courage; Fundraiser Of The Year; Sports Achievement Award; Parent Of The

Year; Student Of The Year; Teacher Of The Year; Bravery Award; the Emergency Services Award; Good Neighbour Award and Special Recognition Award. For details of how to vote, email localheroes sanful@hotmail.com


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NEW FRIENDS: Sherrie is getting to know resident Rocky at the rescue centre.

The pony in the palm plantation WHEN campsite owner Jill Sheppard was travelling back home to Dolores after meeting her friend Berice Joel at Alicante airport, little did she know that they were about to save a life. Travelling back on the CV-861 they saw a small pony in a palm plantation in distress. The friends called Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre. Founders Rod and Sue Weeding said the pony was malnourished and would have suffered a

terrible death within days if not found. Sue said: “Sherrie, as she has been named, has amazed everyone here at the centre with her determination to recover. She is now out in the yard area, visiting the other equines and flirting with Rocky in particular. It is hard to believe she was so close to dying a few days ago.� For more information on the rescue centre in Rojales, visit www.easyhorsecare.net


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Gibraltar row ‘lost Madrid Olympics’ A SENIOR UK politician has claimed that Britain ruined Madrid’s bid for the 2020 Olympic Games deliberately after a row over Gibraltar. MEP Sir Graham Watson has described how PM David Cameron threatened Spain’s Mariano Rajoy that he would derail the Madrid bid last summer amid escalating diplomatic tensions. The row was over controls imposed by Spain at its border with the British Overseas Territory. Cameron reportedly threatened to block Madrid’s bid for the Olympics if Spain didn’t resolve the border queue issues. Ahead of today’s EU elections Sir Graham said: “I am told Mr Cameron actually said: ‘if you carry on with these border queues we will make sure you don’t get the Olympic Games’ to the Spanish Prime Minister. “And I believe that is what happened,” he added. Sir Graham was speaking at a televised debate in Gibraltar. Madrid managed to reach the final three cities, competing against Tokyo and

Istanbul. However, Spain lost out at the September vote, which came following a summer of renewed tensions over Gibraltar. President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, Sir Graham said that as well as contacting Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, to lodge a formal complaint at Spain’s actions at the border, Cameron also sought other ways to pressurise Spain. Sir Graham said: “He also drew up a list of things we could do to say to Spain ‘this is not right’ and as a result Madrid will not host the Olympic Games, it will go to Tokyo as a result of UK action.” A British Government spokesperson played down the claims: “Sir Graham Watson was speaking as an MEP, not as a member of Her Majesty’s Government. “As has always been the practice, the UK government did not favour any of the three finalists over others, and there was absolutely no UK attempt to influence any of the bids.”


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Spain’s PSOE leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba resigns

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TAKING THE BLAME: Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.

THE leader of Spain’s PSOE opposition, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, has resigned. Rubalcaba announced his resignation on Monday following the EU Parliament elections, which saw a backlash against mainstream parties in the crisis-scarred European Union. Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba said he was quitting in order to take responsibility for his party’s dismal showing in the elections. The elections saw support for the Socialists drop to just 23 per cent, down from 39 per cent five years ago. The ruling Conservative Popular Party (PP) also lost heavily, but managed to remain the largest

“We have not managed to regain the trust of the citizens. We have to take political responsibility for the bad results, and this decision is absolutely mine.” party in Spain with 26 per cent of the vote. At a press conference to announce his decision, Rubalcaba said: “We have not managed to regain the trust of the citizens. “We have to take political responsibility for the bad results, and this decision is absolutely mine.” His resignation comes after a difficult tenure which has lasted less than three years. His position was marred by heavy election

defeats and unfavourable personal ratings in opinion polls. Rubalcaba was the leader in November 2011, when the party lost power and captured just 29 per cent of the vote. However, this low point was not the worst moment for the party, which saw the Socialists lose further backing as the economic crisis intensified. Spain’s ailing economy and the Catalonia issue were two of the defining concerns for the party. Many feel that Rubalcaba’s party failed to back Catalonia over its calls for a referendum on independence. The recent elections have seen radical left-wing parties in Spain making gains, leading to the two main parties losing seats.

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Spanish sandwiches to take over New York SPANISH company 100 Montaditos is planning to take over New York City. The company is planning a campaign of aggressive growth in the city and has announced a deal to expand its presence there. The chain, which features 100 versions

of the popular Spanish sandwich known as the Montadito, plans to open five locations in New York City by the end of 2014. As part of the takeover plan an agreement was reached between 100 Montaditos and Mini Hospitality, an

affiliate company from Crown Acquisitions. The new expansion bid will see some 28 restaurants in the next three years in all boroughs of New York City. These new locations will be in addition to the first New York City location on

Manhattan’s Bleecker Street and the soon-to-open Ludlow Street site. 100 Montaditos CEO Francisco Javier Cernuda said: “With our initial success in Manhattan, the next logical move was to allow expansion to all other areas of the New York City metropolitan region.”

Spain says sorry for offensive TV sign SPAIN has been forced to apologise to China after an offensive TV scene has sparked outrage. Last week, television programme ‘Aida’ was broadcast on Telecinco. The comedy show featured a character, Mauricio Colmenero, the resident racist bar owner. In the episode Colmenero is annoyed that a Chinese person has opened a shop nearby. He puts graffiti on the ‘No dogs’ sign in Bar Reinols, making it read ‘No dogs or Chinese’.

OUTRAGE: China did not see the funny side. China failed to see the humorous side and demanded an apology from Spain. Spain’s ambassador to China, Manuel Valencia,

apologised “profoundly for any offence given to the Chinese community.” He added: “The opinions voiced by this fictional character in no

way represent the feeling of Spanish society.” A statement from the ambassador’s office added that in Spain, Chinese citizens are “valued, respected and loved for their contribution to the community.” This is not the first time that Spain has had to say sorry to China. In 2008, days before the Olympic Games opened in Beijing, the Spanish basketball team landed in hot water for making ‘slit-eyed’ gestures in a publicity campaign.


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Groom-to-be faces jail over ‘Stag Don’t’ RYANAIR FLIGHT: Stewardess harassed.

A BRITISH groom-to-be could be jailed just two months before his wedding day after an incident on the way home from his Spanish stag-do. Peter Thompson, 48, was on a flight from

Alicante to Bournemouth, Dorset, when he drunkenly harassed a female Ryanair crew member. A UK court has heard how Mr Thompson told the ‘pretty’ hostess that

Putin stayed at Spain ‘detox spa’ RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has reportedly recently enjoyed a break in sunny Spain. Putin is said to have headed to a ‘detox spa’ in Spain in order to unwind after recent trials and tribulations as the leader of Russia. Putin took time out from his busy schedule running his country to relax at the Sha Wellness Clinic, near Alicante. Sha Wellness Clinic, which features 93 suites set in Zen gardens

complete with swimming pools and waterfalls, is a celebrity favourite. Supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and pop sensation Kylie Minogue are said to be huge fans of the luxury health spa, which was voted 7th best spa in the world by Conde Nast readers in 2010. And the spa promises a certain level of exclusivity too. A one night stay at its Royal Suite, which has a heliport service (obviously!) and

private swimming pool, costs around €5,000 a night. Or maybe Putin opted for the aptly-named Presidential Suite, which boasts a private terrace Jacuzzi and costs a more modest €1,800 a night? Putin is said to have been on a detox diet of whole cereal grains, beans, vegetables and a daily cup of miso soup during his stay at the resort, although he is reportedly back at work now.

he ‘loved her’ before he slapped her bottom as she walked past. The attendant, who will remain anonymous, told Mr Thompson not to do it again. The woman told the court that she had been made to feel like ‘a piece of meat’ by the ‘disrespectful’ passenger. Thompson has appeared at Bournemouth Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to being drunk on the flight and to one charge of assault. Thompson is due to be sentenced on June 16, two months before he is due to marry. Thompson’s defence was that he was in high spirits and looking forward to seeing his fiancée during the flight.

He argued that he had accidentally made contact with the stewardess as she walked past. His lawyer said: “He was barely aware that he’d even touched her. Unfortunately, she got this wrong. “What we have here is a man not intentionally making contact with the flight attendant. It wasn’t nasty, it wasn’t malicious and it didn’t cause any trouble. “This is not a sinister, nasty offence; it didn’t put anyone at risk.” Mr Thompson had consumed alcohol on the flight and an antihistamine tablet which may have led to impaired judgement during the May 4 flight.


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Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmare TV CHEF Gordon Ramsay is filming scenes for his new series of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare on the Costa del Sol. Ramsay, 47, has been filming in Los Boliches, Fuengirola, in Malaga. Ramsay was seen sporting a new - and improved - haircut, just in time for the annual Soccer Aid tournament in which he will once again play for Team Rest of the World. The UNICEF charity match, organised by pop star Robbie Williams, will take place on June 8 at Old Trafford in Manchester. The tournament will see celebrities and football legends don their studs to help change children’s lives around the world. This year, celebrities taking part to try and win the coveted Soccer Aid trophy will include: True Blood’s Stephen Moyer, comedians Jack Whitehall, John Bishop and Michael

McIntyre, Take That’s Mark Owen, singer Olly Murs, Take Me Out’s Paddy McGuinness, event co-founder Jonathan Wilkes, Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston, Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard, former JLS star Marvin Humes, and Hollywood actor Dominic Cooper. The football stars will include Jamie Carragher, Teddy Sheringham, Jamie Redknapp and David Seaman. The Rest of the World team is set to be managed by Chelsea’s José Mourinho. ADVICE: Ramsay will be helping out struggling restaurants.

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Painting found in 1988 attributed to Dali A PAINTING bought for a mere €150 from a dusty antiques shop in northeastern Spain some 26 years ago has been confirmed as the earliest Surrealist work by Catalan artist Salvador Dali. Art experts at Madrid’s Institute of Bellas Artes have confirmed that the colourful oil painting, which features angels flying above an erupting volcano, was created by Dali when he was 17 years old. The work caught the eye of young Art Historian Tomeu L’Amo when he was in a Girona antiques shop in 1988. Experts employed a series of methods to test the painting’s authenticity. They used infrared photography on the canvas to reveal lines made by the artist, consistent with Dali’s style. They also analysed the paint to conclude that it could not have been used before 1909 and the inscription lettering, studied by a handwriting expert, was said to have matched the artist’s other works.

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SURREALIST PAINTER: World-famous Catalan artist Salvador Dali. The painting has been titled ‘The Intrauterine Birth of Salvador Dali’. Art historians have said that it explores a recurring theme in the works and writings of the artist, who died aged 84 at his Figueras home on Catalonia’s Costa Brava in 1989. There has been much confusion as the canvas bore the date 1896,

which was some eight years before Dali’s birth. However, experts have dated the work to 1921 and are convinced that Dali, known for his stunts and tricks, used a numerology code to come up with the date. L’Amo sold the work to an anonymous private collector last month for an undisclosed amount.


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MOHAMED is amongst the 50 most frequently used names in the Balearic Islands, where 2,167 people have that name. The most popular overall are Antonio and Maria.

Pulpi boost

CYCLISTS will soon have a 12kilometre cycle path running along the A-1050 from the A-7 / A-1050 towards Los Marin farms at Roquetas.

Light repairs VERA Council has received funding from the province of €100,000 for the repair and replacement of street lighting. In total, 76 areas will benefit.

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War of words TWO Benitachell families will not send their three-year-olds to school, as they say the regional government breached their rights by not offering state education in Valenciano.

Work experience DENIA Town Hall launched its second employment scheme for 30 people. They will receive €430 a month while training in forestry and gardening or building and decorating.

Retail therapy SOME 40 new businesses opened in San Juan this year. They include dress and shoe shops, beauty salons, bars and dental surgeries, Employment and Development councillor Charo Lopez, announced.

Modest growth PARCENT’S new Urban Development Plan (PGOU) has plans for 170 new homes in the next 20 years. The population is expected to increase by 357 to a total 1,461 inhabitants.

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BUSINESSES in Cuevas donated a new mantle for the coronation of the Virgin on May 31. It displays in the Virgin’s Chapel until that date and took six months to complete.

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drugs in Calvia between 2012 and 2013. They are facing prison sentences of up to six years.

A CLIMBER, 20, had to be rescued by firemen in Valldemossa after falling from a height of five metres and hurting his leg.

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CRUZ ROJA have been awarded a cooperation agreement in Pulpi this week during a meeting with the local mayor, representatives of Cruz Roja and the council.

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Rescue drill CRUISERS: Alicante port will see up to 85,000 cruise passengers arrive next year.

Cruising into Alicante in 2015 THE number of cruise ships arriving at Alicante port next year has been increased to 47. The concessionaire managing cruises in the city, Costa Blanca Port, has expanded the number of arrivals from 35 to 47, potentially bringing up to 85,000 visitors throughout the year. This volume of cruise tourists far exceeds the 48,700 expected this year and 41,861 last year. The Britannia, owned by P&O is one of the new ships to visit and will make three stops in Alicante next year with P&O’s Ventura scheduled to make five visits with up to 3,000 passengers on board each time.

Biker accident A 62-YEAR-OLD man died in a motorcycle accident in Villena. Emergency services attended the scene but were unable to save the man.

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World record ON June 14, Estepona will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the highest number of couples dancing ‘sevillana’ (traditional Andalucian dance) at the same time.

Goat farms THE local goat farming sector will establish commercial relationships with Mexican experts visiting an agricultural fair in Antequera from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday.

Indian visit THE mayor of Marbella, Angeles Muñoz, received the Indian Ambassador in Spain, Sunil Lal, to establish ties with India, for potential tourism.

Family evacuated THREE members of a family had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the kitchen of their bar in Teba, located under their home, due to a faulty fryer.

Horse market THE traditional horse market was held again in Ronda this year. It is one of the oldest in Spain and has been held for 500 years.

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Drug trafficking NINE people are on trial in Palma this week for allegedly trafficking with

A RESCUE drill was carried out in the Serra de Tramuntana involving the emergency services and the Air Force and simulating a crash between two planes.

Safer beaches ALBERCUTX beach in Pollensa will have a reserved area for the disabled this year so that they can enjoy the sea and sand in total safety.

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Fire damage A WOMAN, 18, was arrested in VelezMalaga for allegedly causing more than €10,000 worth of damages by setting fire to rubbish containers.

Hashish find A MAN was arrested at Motril Port when he was found to be transporting 60 slabs of hashish resin in a carafe of olives.

Stolen birds A COURT in Motril has sentenced a man to two years in prison for stealing two cages and two birds from a house in August 2012. He also has to pay a fine and compensation.

New lighting MOCLINEJO Council has announced that public lighting in the town, including lights at the town hall building, has been changed with 309 LED lamps.

Eco-farming EL ALGARROBO garden centre, located in La Viñuela, held a conference on Ecological Farming for self-consumption and small-scale sales.


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ITH Spanish political parties having come through a little the worse for wear after the EU elections it was no great surprise that Rubalcaba should have resigned after the extremely poor performance of the PSOE at the urns. It was the smaller, more recently emerged, parties which took the lead and capitalised on years of civil discontent, corruption, shockingly high unemployment figures and harsh austerity measures to take seats away from the ‘Big Two’. Sunday’s biggest success story came from Spain’s new left-wing, antiausterity party ‘Podemos’, which celebrated its wins only three months after its formation. Podemos (We Can) stunned national and international analysts and pollsters by winning 8 per cent of the vote and capturing a total of five seats. They accrued such an unexpected

amount of votes in large part thanks to the younger voters who turned out in stunningly large numbers to support them. But this is really no great surprise as Podemos has risen on a wave of anti-establishment feeling in the country which has been expressed mainly by the young, who are getting the roughest deal out of the recession. In some regions, including the capital, Podemos has emerged as the third largest political force after the ruling PP and the PSOE. All the polls taken before the vote suggested that the new party would struggle to earn more than one seat. This new shooting star of the political scene, headed up by the charismatic 35-year-old Pablo Iglesias, could even harness the disenfranchised ‘Indignados’ (Outraged), who are clearly looking for a leader and some political weight behind them. We can only hope.

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NORWAY - Norway’s fishing minister has pledged to work harder to restart exports of whale meat to Japan after a warning from the whaling industry that it could die out within 10 years if more orders didn’t come in.

Viking film NORWAY - Director Hans Petter Moland has pledged to make the first “truly successful” Viking film based on classic novel The Long Ships by Frans G Bengtsson.

Bacon problems ED MILIBAND, Labour leader, tried to be a ‘man of the people’ last week by eating a bacon sandwich in a cafe in New Covent Garden flower market but he seemed to be having problems choking it down and was making all sorts of faces to the delight of passersby.

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Sexy pics CAUGHT: An eight foot shark off Devon’s coast.

A CAT that went missing from its family home in Plymouth for four days was found under the bonnet of the family camper van, even though it had been to the garage for an MOT and full service.

Clean poster A GIANT poster, currently hanging in Sheffield, is helping to remove air pollution by absorbing fumes released by passing cars. It works by using tiny particles of titanium dioxide which then provoke a reaction which cleans the air.

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AN ARTIST has been carving sculptures of England football legends out of Brazil nuts for a World Cup project. He uses a scalpel and a magnifying glass.

THE Higher Regional Court of Koblenz has ruled that exlovers should delete revealing photos and videos taken of their former partners - if one of them asks for it to be done.

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ANGLER Graeme Pullen hooked an eight foot shark weighing 204 kilos; the shark was reeled in by the stunned fisherman less than a mile off Devon’s coast.

TWO German satellites have been orbiting Earth for the last four years mapping the planet’s surface to a level 30 times more accurate than anything seen before.

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SWEDEN - One in 10 Stockholm teenagers seeks help for mental health problems. A new survey has revealed figures are almost twice as high as those in southern Sweden.

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CHINA and Russia have signed a longawaited, $400 billion gas supply agreement thus securing the world’s top energy user a major new source of cleaner fuel and opening a new market for Moscow.

A FORMER Polish war refugee has said that Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, likened President Putin to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during a royal visit to Canada.

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Wrong people SWEDEN - Five extreme-left militants have been sentenced to prison for politically motivated and ‘unfathomable’ crimes. They mistook two Slovak workers for Swedish neoNazis and attacked them.

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Car bomb A POWERFUL explosion ripped through a car in the Crimean city of Simferopol, badly injuring the driver and shattering the windows of a nearby apartment building.

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DENMARK - The 14th Copenhagen Beer Festival will give guests the opportunity to sample several novelty beers.

THE chief executive officer of metals giant Severstal has commented that sanctions imposed by the West on Moscow, over its involvement with the Ukraine, are harmful for businesses in countries that imposed them.

Theo van Gogh PRODUCER Gijs van de Westelaken and scenic designer Theodor Holman are working on a film about the murder of Theo van Gogh. It will be a journalistic movie that will show the political and administrative reactions in the government city of The Hague.

GAS SUPPLY: A new source.

THE CONTROVERSIAL former leader of Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party, Holger Apfel, has started a new life and opened a bar on the Spanish island of Mallorca with his wife.

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TAX authorities expect to receive an extra €450 million; since September 6,000 people have declared €3 billion of illegal savings abroad, State Secretary of Finance Eric Wiebes reported.

BECAUSE of the mild winter giant jellyfish, one and a half metres in length and 11 kilos in weight, the so-called ‘barrel jellyfish,’ have been spotted along the Dutch coast, Ecomare reported.

FOUR Moroccans, who allegedly stole €38 million worth of diamonds from Brussels airport and €75 million worth of diamonds and jewellery from Amsterdam airport, have been arrested in Morocco.

Technology chiefs SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC panel member Christian Flisek has revealed that the parliamentary panel looking into US internet and telecoms surveillance plans to invite the heads of Google, Facebook and Apple to testify in the hearing.

Fewer youths THE number of German youths starting apprenticeships has sunk to a record low with demographic changes being blamed for the decline. Young people are opting for university instead.

Unpopular fitness test A HIGH proportion of police officers in The Netherlands do not show up for the compulsory fitness test. This concerns 15,000 of the 40,000 officers carrying a weapon. Another 3,500 did not pass this test.


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€125 million they paid for the Ritz in 2003. Marriott would spend up to €50 million refurbishing the hotel to enable it to reclaim its position as one of Madrid’s best hotels and compete with the Four Seasons, due to open in 2017 in the Canalejas complex. The number of rooms would be reduced

Colomer boosts Revlon profits professional LAST summer Revlon paid Colomer’s €482.9 million for beauty sector and its geographic diversity, as Cataluña’s Colomer Group. It has spent almost €10 approximately half its sales million more during the first come from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. quarter of this year, The US plus €2.7 million cosmetics on integrating giant expect Colomer. 2014 profits There was between an additional €7.2 million €1.9 million and €10.9 for inventory million adjustments. following Colomer’s restructuring Cornella headquarters now REVLON MAKE-UP: that should belong to Revlon, Bought Colomer. save Revlon together with its €25.4 million. factory in Tarragona as well This will involve staff as the Natural Honey, redundancies and other American Crew and changes, said the company, Llongueras brands. which announced last The US company was January it was withdrawing particularly interested in from the Chinese market.

from its present 137 rooms and 30 suites. The operation includes the rights to use of the Ritz brand in Spain although Marriott intends to change the name to RitzCarlton. The sale is a done deal, it is believed inside the finance sector, although it must first be approved by the Marriott board.

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Tile exports up GLOBAL sales of Spanish ceramic tiles rose by 2.3 per cent in 2012 to €2.657 billion, of which €2,082 billion corresponded to exports. By last year sales had risen to €2.797 billion.

Safe jobs ACCORDING to the latest official statistics, there are now 13,925,500 wageearners in Spain, 3.2 million fewer than before the crisis. Of these, 10.4 million are on open-ended contracts.

Hard time for soft fruit SPAIN has always been the EU’s main producer and exporter of strawberries, producing an annual 300,000 tons. Ninety-six per cent of the 7,000 hectares given to strawberry growing are located in Huelva, but the last two years have been negative for producers. Not only did the fruit fetch low prices but the UK, France, Germany and Italy are beginning to grow their own in more modern installations.

Germany now grows 150,000 tons of strawberries a year, while Poland is currently producing an annual 170,000 tons. Holland and France are also growing more, over 50,000 tons each. Spanish strawberry growers are now exploring other avenues and are beginning to grow soft fruit like raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. These produce smaller crops but sell at a better price.

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STAT OF WEEK THREE out of every five Spanish employees believe they are not paid enough, and 84 per cent told researchers that they spend too long working. Sixty-two per cent are dissatisfied with their purchasing power.

Putting on the Ritz THE Marriott chain has offered €130 million for Madrid’s Hotel Ritz. The hotel belongs to Alicia Koplowitz, one of Spain’s richest businesswomen, and the Orient-Express group. Each possesses a 50 per cent stake. If the deal goes through, they will make a tidy profit on the

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Desert AVE must keep within budget IN 2011 a Spanish consortium won a €6.736 billion contract for the Medina-Mecca AVE high speed train. The contract, which requires the line to be finished in December 2016 and functioning by January 2017, includes penalties for late delivery. There is also a 10 per cent margin on the stipulated price but no more. “The Saudis want the best at the cheapest price,” consortium sources told Spanish daily El Pais. One of the 10 people arrested for the Spanish AVE scandal in Spain was in Saudi Arabia working on the desert AVE when the story broke, the same sources revealed. He has since been suspended from duty. There have been no Saudi comments on the scandal, the sources said. “Neither were they worried when Sacyr had problems in Panama. But they were worried when Spain was on the brink of a bailout and the bond yield had soared.” So far the Spanish have completed 185 of the planned 450 kms. “We are not alone,” the consortium’s president told an El Pais interviewer. This was an oblique reference to China which has the task of building the infrastructure and delivers “late and badly” according to the consortium. The first AVE will be making test journeys by early 2015, it promised confidently, aware prompt delivery will ensure more contracts from Saudi Arabia’s €100 billion infrastructure budget.

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GOOD salesmen are worth their weight in gold. My first lesson was when our new sales manager paused at the factory’s workshop where we could see employees hard at work. He smiled: “When you stop selling they’re out of a job.” Many businesses function through their sales team. I recall a services supplier that, by mailed inducements, converted only 1 / 100 leads. Changing strategy they gave the leads to a newly recruited sales team. The cost of the sales force did not add to its overheads. It simply upped the prices and converted the difference into commission and administration costs. The conversion rate shot up to 1 / 3.

SALESPEOPLE: The backbone of any company. Chatting with a loft conversion specialist he told me he personally followed up customer enquiries. He would visit clients after work or during weekends. This approach comes with the territory for homebased tradesmen.

My client was a craftsman but his people skills were not strong. He disliked selling when all he wanted was to be with his wife and kids. My suggestion he engage a salesman was dismissed out of hand. He wasn’t making enough profit to

feed another’s man’s family. I explained that employing a representative would not cost him a penny. He should increase his prices by 20 per cent and offer a salesperson 15 per cent commission. His prices would still be competitive. He could then have his weekends and evenings free. His face lit up and by the time I was leaving he was making plans to advertise for a salesman. Many companies employ commission-based salesmen yet despite higher prices they are more successful than the self-employed sector. Good salesmen first sell themselves; instilling confidence they are their company’s ambassadors. They listen and understand the client’s needs. Explaining their service without jargon, they sell benefits, professionally close and scratch the pad. If you are personable and have genuine concern for client’s needs you will spend your working life making people happy, looking after your family and keep others employed. Mission accomplished.

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VODAFONE ESPAÑA: Profits were reduced by 58.9 per cent.

Vodafone España profit down but they are still confident VODAFONE’S Spanish turnover dropped by 11 per cent during the 20132014 tax year. This made it the British group’s worst-performing subsidiary, with a 25.7 per cent fall in earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation. Once all these factors were taken into account, Vodafone España’s profits

were reduced by 58.9 per cent. Spain’s economic situation, the slow recovery in consumer spending, competition from rivals and lower connection charges have all eaten into the group’s profits. Despite this discouraging result, Vodafone’s confidence in Spain remains intact.

Last year it invested €608 million, 32.3 per cent more than in 2012, destined for its new fibre optic network which by last March had been installed in 276,000 homes. The 4G mobile network was rolled out in all Spanish provinces and the company also spent €7.2 billion on acquiring the Ono cable operator.

BANKS granted 28,583 mortgages in the first three months of this year. The 48.3 per cent quarter-on-quarter increase is the ‘up’ side of the see-saw. Down at the other end are the 49,600 families who lost their homes last year, an 11 per cent increase on 2012. Despite a new law alleviating the situation of householders unable to meet mortgage payments, 38,961 families lost their principal residence to the banks in 2013. Nor did the law increase the number of negotiated surrenders although this was one of the new law’s specific aims. Agreements between the banks and defaulters fell by 9.1 per cent to 17,907 according to the Bank of Spain. These represented 46 per cent of repossessions compared with 50 per cent in 2012. The remaining 21,054 properties reclaimed through the courts were empty when repossessed except in 1,688 cases of principal homes and 392 relating to other properties. The police intervened during 147 evictions, more than 50 per cent fewer than in 2012. The AEB bank association emphasised its willingness to negotiate despite the 5.67 per cent increase in mortgage default. As evictions represented only 0.77 per cent of all mortgages, the AEB said, this indicates that a solution was found for defaulters in approximately 5 per cent of cases. There is no motive for optimism, the PAH antieviction platform argued. “These are alarming figures without comparison anywhere in the EU,” said spokeswoman Lucia Martin.


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Cleaning up at our expense LOOK around. Everywhere the eye can see there are people glued to their mobile phones probably sending irrelevant messages or harping on about nonsense. All this mobile addiction is making communications companies a fortune, while on the other hand consumers are falling further and further into debt. Twenty years ago hardly anyone had a mobile phone and now all of a sudden we can’t take our eyes off the things. And they are not cheap too. A decent Smartphone costs about €500 and if you buy it bound to a contract, then you pay a hell of a lot more over the two years or so the phone company has you as their prisoner. Yes, it is great to call friends, check emails and log into social networking sites, but apart from

Phone-in UNDER an agreement signed between Telefonica and insurers Muta Madrileña, the Spanish multinational group will provide the company’s telecommunications for the next four years.

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SMART PHONES: Cut off direct communication. perhaps a small minority of mobile phone owners, most of our livelihoods do not depend on being constantly online, rather we waste a lot of time staring at a screen when we could be putting that time to better use. With this obsessive mobile phone use we are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us. More and more people inhibit real human connection by prioritising

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silly games or message beeps from our phones over the people right in front of us. Perhaps it’s too late for us adults, but one way we can save some money and perhaps the creativity of our children is to not buy young kids mobile phones. Currently an investigation has begun in the UK looking into whether

mobile phones and other wireless technologies affect children’s mental development. The study plans to follow 2,500 11 and 12year-olds and take a look at their cognitive ability thinking skills, memory and attention - and then repeat the tests in 2017. The researchers say “very little” is known about what impact these

technologies have on children. Health experts in general advise that children under the age of 16 should not be given mobile phones. So any parents out there might be better off holding back on buying young children fancy mobile phones, and putting that money away towards their collage fund!

LAST year the Spanish spent an average of €206.37 per head on cigarettes, an increase of 1.32 per cent. Spain is in the world’s ‘top five’ for smokers along with Greece, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Japan.

Spain launch AMAZON.ES has launched its fashion department in Spain with more than 700,000 garments of 2,000 brands, bringing the total number of products in their Spanish warehouses up to more than 41 million.

Property With Community Problems Q. I purchased a townhouse on a development near Estepona. My solicitor did the usual You and the searches. I was told there were no problems. Now it has come to light our swimming pool Law in Spain has no licence. Further, the water supply for By David Searl the Community irrigation and swimming pool has no contract with the water company. There is a court case against the developer. The Estepona court has ruled against us so the Community has appealed and awaits the results. Costs so far include a fine of €18,000 from the water company, a requirement to install separate metered supplies at a cost of €8,000, an estimate of nearly €20,000 for works to obtain the swimming pool licence and an obligation to pay nearly €30,000 in costs should our court appeal fail. The President has requested funds which have been paid. The Administrator and the President were aware of these problems but did not tell my solicitor. Comments? R.L. (Costa del Sol) A. What a mess. Your lawyer did not check the Community’s finances, which is poor practice but does not constitute an actionable fault. Perhaps no one asked your President so he did not volunteer the information. In my book, You and the Law in Spain, I urge buyers to obtain a copy of the most recent minutes of the AGM, where these problems will appear. This will save you a charge of €29.50 by your bank, which is equipped to do it on the Internet. Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at Ask@lawtaxspain.com, or call 952 667 090.

CATALUÑA: Received 3.9 million visitors in total.

Tourism up in April by 13.2% ALMOST 5.3 million foreign tourists visited Spain in April, 13.2 per cent more than the same month last year, according to the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. This was mainly thanks to the boost at Easter, as well as the fact that tourists are avoiding going to certain traditional destinations such as Greece, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and others. Over the first four months of the year, the number of tourists from Germany has increased by 11.3 per cent (2.51 million), there have been 10.9 per cent more French tourists (2.52 million), 6.5 per

cent more from the UK (3.1 million) and 13 per cent more from Italy (0.87 million). However, the number of tourists from Portugal fell by 3 per cent and US tourists by 9.5 per cent. The region with the highest number of visitors, with more than four million, was the Canary Islands, 13.1 per cent more; followed by Cataluña, with 3.9 million in total (10.4 per cent more). In Andalucia, there were 10 per cent more visitors (2.02 million), while numbers fell in the Balearic Islands by 6.8 per cent to 1.1 million.


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Spain rentals: the cheapest and dearest THE average price for property rental in Spain is €6.91 per square metre per month, according to property website fotocasa.es. Prices have risen a little in the first months of this year after as many as 19 months of falling prices. The highest rent is in Ibiza (€11.79 per square metre), followed by San Sebastian (€10.73 per square metre). Meanwhile, the cheapest is Baeza, in Jaen, where a property can be rented for €3.21 per square metre per month. The most expensive houses to rent in Spain are in two locations, the Salamanca-GoyaRecoletos area of Madrid, at €14.42 per square metre per month, and Barceloneta-Born-Santa Caterina in Barcelona, at €13.45 per square metre. Rental prices were at their highest in Spain in May 2007, when the average was €10.12 per square metre per month, and have fallen 31.7 per cent since. Aragon has seen prices fall the most, at 43.1 per cent less.

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BILBAO: The building will have 115 apartments. and have been designed by TGA Estudio, and should be ready for moving into in 2016. The project replaces a previous one by French architect Jean Nouvel for Vizcaina de Edificaciones, as the company had to hand over the plot to BBVA

to cover debts. The aim is to ‘conjugate the architecture of the Basque capital with avantgarde designs’. Light has played a key role in the design and all the houses are to have large, glass-surrounded terraces.

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New housing complex planned for Bilbao ANKING group Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), recently presented its new housing complex, Alhondiga Residencial, in the centre of Bilbao. Through its real estate branch, Anida, it announced the start of commercialisation of the complex, which is still being built and has already had 1,000 requests for information from potential buyers. The seven-storey building is located in Alameda Recalde, opposite La Alhondiga culture and leisure centre, and close to Plaza Moyua. It will have 115 modern apartments and storage areas, commercial premises on the ground floor, and 322 garage spaces. Prices will start at €250,000 for a 45.63square-metre, one bedroom, one bathroom apartment. There will also be two- and three-bedroom apartments available, measuring up to 106 square metres. Garages and storage areas will be on the five floors of the basement and sold with the apartments, but not included in the price. They will be built by Construcciones Amenabar

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Intelligent façade A BASQUE company has come up with a ‘smart’ façade which is totally adaptable to the needs of a home. It has a system to obtain energy from the sun, complemented by an electronic system which distributes the heat it stores in the most energy-efficient way. Installation is simple, attractive and does not cause any disturbance to users. It is placed on an outside wall of the home, with simple connections to the inside.


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Spain targets the French at fair THE Spanish Real Estate and Tourism Fair in Paris will be held from September 19 to 21. It has been organised by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in France (Cocef), CIC Iberbanco (a branch of the Credit Mutuel group) and Expo 21, an expert in such events. Real estate promoters, tourist offices, advisors, travel agencies and airlines, amongst others, have shown interest in taking part in the fair which is hoped to boost both property sales and tourism in Spain. Seventy companies are expected to take part. Spanish businesses will be able to present their products to the French market, which is currently one of the most important in Spain, and there will be a variety of quality offers and guarantees which buyers wouldn’t normally find. According to Cocef, Spain is a popular destination for second homes amongst the French, who are the second market in Spain for properties purchased. Businesses at the fair can be seen by more than 12 million people and visitors will receive expert advice to help them select the best destination for their needs. Buyers can also organise loans at the fair, which is aimed at people who already know Spain, as well as investors looking to put their money in a country with excellent safety levels and legal guarantees. The fair will also include conferences and seminars on the tax and financial benefits in Spain.

Canad Castell THE Castellana 200 complex in Madrid has been sold for €140 million. The buyers are PSP Investments, one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers, and Drago Capital, a property investment and management company which currently manages €2.8 billion in assets on the Iberian Peninsula. PSP invest funds for the pension plans of the Public Service, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Reserve Force, and manages $79.8 billion in assets. Together they have already purchased three buildings in 2011, two in Madrid and another in Barcelona. The agreement they signed that year will see a total investment of €400 million in Spain in total.


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ian investors buy lana 200 complex The Castellana 200 complex, built in 2011, has two office buildings, one with total surfaces amounting to 5,155 square metres and the other 15,137 square metres. It also has a 6,500square-metre commercial area with a selection of top brands. There is an 18,000-square-metre plot still pending construction which can be used for a variety of purposes, and 844 parking spaces. There are also plans for a Grand Luxury five-star hotel, with 136 rooms, auditorium, spa, gym, pool and restaurants. MADRID: The complex has two office buildings, and a commercial area.

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Qatar state purchases luxury InterContinental hotel in Madrid KATARA HOSPITALITY, a hotel society controlled mainly with the funds of the Qatari state, is to purchase the InterContinental Hotel in Madrid. This is the third five-star hotel

in Spain to be purchased by Qatar in a year, having previously invested in premises in Barcelona. Katara Hospitality has informed the EU Commission of its intention to buy Danube,

another society belonging to Qatari Ghanin Bin Saad Al Saad, with British group InterContinental, the world’s largest hotel chain. Danube has five hotels operated by InterContinental

located in Amsterdam, Rome, Frankfurt, Cannes and Madrid, the latter worth €70 million. In 2011, these hotels were purchased from Morgan Stanley by Lebanese investor Toufic Aboukhater for €450 million, to

Balearic Islands lead the way for high price tag property sales to foreign investors in Spain OFFICIAL figures from the Land Registry show that in 2013 the Balearics had the highest number of property sales to foreign investors in Spain. The region also saw the highest number of sales over €500,000. Daniel Chavarria Waschke, Managing Director of Balearics Sotheby’s International Realty, explained: “In 2013, some 30.73 per cent of house sales in the Balearics were attributed to foreigners, significantly higher than say Andalucia at 12.35 per cent or Cataluña at 11.54 per cent. Meanwhile, 14.34 per cent of those sales to overseas buyers

were for properties over half a million euros. It’s a pleasure to be conducting business here.” British, Russian, Swiss, Scandinavian and, to a lesser extent, Germans, were the main nationalities represented in the Balearic property market in 2013. In fact, 83.4 per cent of foreign purchases came from within the EU, with the remaining 16.52 per cent from non-EU countries, with Russia leading. The areas of most interest are all within Mallorca, namely Port Andratx in the south west, Deia and Port Soller in the west,

Pollensa in the north and Arta and Capdepera in the east. “Put simply, the Balearics are a wonderful place to own a home,” said Daniel. “Building regulations have been tight for years, a large chunk of the land is construction-free or UNESCO-protected sites such as Mallorca’s Sierra Tramuntana, Ibiza’s High Town and the island of Formentera, and we have 26 golf courses, the most Blue Flag beaches and marinas in Spain, amazing cuisine and culture, and incredible scenery characterised by high mountain ranges and turquoise seas.”

then change hands again in 2012, when they were bought by Al Saad, a former executive of two real estate groups managed by the Qatari state. Last year, it was on the market again, and is now only awaiting the go-ahead from the EU commission. The InterContinental is one of Madrid’s main luxury hotels, together with the Ritz, the Palace and the Villa Magna. Located in Paseo de la Castellana, it has 302 rooms and was Madrid’s first international hotel when it opened in 1953. It was run by Hilton for 20 years and became a favourite with Hollywood stars. It has been managed by InterContinental since 1973. Despite making €19.75 million in 2012, it had a net loss of €1.17 million, almost double the previous year and the third year running of losses.


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Holiday rentals rise in popularity HOLIDAY rentals are becoming more popular in Spain. In 2013, according to TripAdvisor , there were 26 per cent more Spaniards interested in renting a place for their holidays than there were in 2011. Although most of those who opt for holiday rentals are foreigners, there is reportedly an increasing number of Spaniards who are finding the option more interesting, mainly because of how much they can save. This year, the Spanish are expected to spend an average €1,723 on their summer holidays, of which 30 per cent will be spent on accommodation alone. Other reasons given for choosing to rent are independence, space and flexibility, especially for children and groups, and the possibility of having pets on holiday too. Those who decide to rent out their property for the summer reportedly come under three categories. The first are those who have bought a second home on the coast and

decide to rent when they are not using it in order to make some money. In this case, they will normally manage bookings themselves. The second is the group who bought the property as an investment, rent it by months and normally have professionals to manage bookings. The third group rent out their habitual residence in the summer because they have decided to go elsewhere, often inland, for a couple of months. Experts recommend specialist websites to find the best, most transparent offers, especially as they normally have reviews from other visitors. Since 2010, Spain has also seen more people house-swapping, a cheaper and more sociable option for finding somewhere to stay. An even more extreme variation is ‘couchsurfing’, which involves staying for free in someone’s home, ideal for those with a low budget looking to make friends.


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Government sitting on thousands of unwanted properties THE Spanish government has only sold 10 per cent of the property assets it put on the market in 2013. A year ago the government launched the so-called Programme for the Enhancement of State Real Estate Assets in order to transfer 15,135 properties before 2015. So far, only 1,600 houses and plots have found new owners. The government gave no idea of the nature or the value of the assets on the market, and there is no exact idea of how much money may have been obtained. The available properties can be seen on websites for the Defence Ministry Institute of Housing, Infrastructure and Equipment (Invied), the State Society for Management of Property Assets, railway administrator Adif, and postal service Correos, amongst others. Properties still available include the

building which formerly housed the national radio and TV station RTVE in Paseo de La Habana, Madrid, which has 2,100 square metres. Another is a 3,000-square-metre property in Calle Barquillo which was purchased in 2008 by the National Energy Commission for â‚Ź19 million with plans to expand. However, it was never used and now is reportedly worth â‚Ź8.1 million. However, not all of the properties are huge buildings, as there are garages in Estepona, rural properties in Ciudad Real, and even a munitions dump in Palencia. More than 15,000 of the inventory of 50,000 properties stand empty and the state has to pay rent on 9 per cent of them. The Tax Ministry has given orders to speed up the auctions and sales of these properties, as reports suggest that the buyers are out there, but the government is taking its time to make them available.


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When the chips are down I RECENTLY lost my cat. I went to the vet and asked if he would amend the information on the cat’s chip to say he had been lost. I then asked if a vet would check to see if a chip and the person’s particulars were one and the same when an animal was taken in for treatment. He said: “No, probably not.” So why should I go to the trouble and expense of having a chip put into my animal in the first place? Is it only on the off-chance and the very unlikely event of a dog or cat being picked up and taken to an animal rescue centre? Veterinary care isn’t cheap so why can’t they do this little thing? It would take minutes to run a machine over the animal and could reunite a person with their much-loved pet. For the life of me I cannot understand why they don’t do this. I suppose it’s because they are not trained to do so. People don’t seem able to think for themselves. The nanny state the world over. Or is it the same old story that we constantly seem to be hearing in Spain: when the euro comes in through the door, then honesty goes out the window? Sheila, Estepona (Malaga).

Fine situation ALMOST a year ago, Marbella set up the ‘foto-grua’ service, an initiative consisting of private towtruck operators taking photos of vehicles that in their opinion break parking laws. Images are sent electronically to the Local Police, following which immediate removal of the vehicle takes place. After months of operations, officers from the Local Police have voiced concerns over how the project seems to have turned into a money-making scheme, particularly in certain areas of Marbella and Puerto Banus. M. Perez, Marbella (Malaga).

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ready. I missed and my hand went into the boiling water. A friend of mine, a Vietnam veteran, came into the house just as I was screaming, and asked me if I had some plain old flour. I pulled out a bag and he stuck my hand in it. He said to keep my hand in the flour for 10 minutes which I did. He said that in Vietnam, this guy was on fire and in their panic, they threw a bag of flour all over him to put the fire out. Well, it not only put the fire out but he never even had a blister! So, I put my hand in the bag of flour for 10 minutes and then pulled it out. There was no red mark or a blister and absolutely no pain. Now I keep a bag of flour in the fridge, as cold flour feels even better than room-temperature flour. Don’t run your burn area under cold water first, just put it right into the flour for 10 minutes and experience a miracle! The Mallorca Crew (Bert, Marie, Pepi, Miss Aube and Fran)

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knowing the problems that lay ahead. Movistar said we had to do nothing as they would handle the transfer. However I did call the previous provider as a courtesy to thank them for their service over the last few years. We are now receiving demands for €132 from them and they have put us on a national debtors’ list, apparently for not notifying them in writing about our cancellation! I was not asked to do this and Movistar insist it is illegal to have two lines running for the same number. Ideas on a postcard, please. Mary Goosey, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Snail mail I HAD a letter delivered by Correos on April 3 dated March 13 in England. The corresponding letter for my wife was delivered on April 17. Two weeks difference for the letters of the same date to be delivered! What is the matter with Correos? I am now waiting for my tax codes to arrive from England. At this rate I may be unable to file my tax returns. If so, will Hacienda take it up with Correos? I think not. Come on Correos, sort yourself out as well as the post. I doubt I am the only one with this problem. Brian Widdicombe, Formentera del Segura (Alicante)

Callous crooks AS the victim of a recent £800 scam I write in the hope that I can prevent other disabled people from financial loss. A website advertises portable oxygen solutions and, with my judgement clouded by my wife’s condition requiring 24/7 oxygen, I paid £800 for a unit that has

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Take it easy WITH reference to the article on speeding, in the UK it has always been the case that anyone exceeding the speed limit even by 1mph was liable to be prosecuted. I believe it has always been the same in Spain too. I suspect that the practice of not reporting drivers for small infringements will probably continue as before. But note: breaking the law even by a little is still breaking the law. However, as speedometers which are not accurate - will in almost all cases read higher than the actual speed you are doing, responsible drivers have nothing to fear. Julian Ward, former UK police officer (by email).

Hot topic I AM constantly plagued by cold callers who invariably ask me in English if I am “Mrs Mortimer.” No, I reply shortly, my surname is Mortimer but I am not Mrs Mortimer. The callers, some with plummy voices and others with a chav whine, are usually taken aback. My husband is Spanish and I have never lost my surname. Perhaps I’m being prickly but why must people assume that I am a surname-less ‘little woman,’ the other half of an initial and name in the phone book or wherever they get their cold-call list from? S Mortimer (by email)

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No Hurry To Raise UK Interest Rates As the UK economy improves and house prices rise, there has been much discussion about how soon the Bank of England will raise its base interest rate. The Bank has however now pretty much quashed speculation that we could see an increase this year. Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, previously said that the Bank would “absolutely” be prepared to raise rates before next May’s general election. Analysts have since observed that the recent strength in the UK economy could lead to an earlier rise. In the lead up to the Bank’s quarterly Inflation Report on 14th May, there were reports that the Bank would endorse market expectations of a hike in the first quarter of next year. However the Bank of England instead reiterated that it is in no rush to raise rates. At the press conference Mr Carney said that the Bank Rate will remain low for a while. He cautioned: “Amidst the

By Neil Jenkins, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks excitement that output is close to regaining its pre-crisis level, we should not forget that the economy has only just begun to head back to normal”. Although the economy has been growing, there is still plenty of “spare capacity” for rates to stay low. In other words, there is enough room for the economy to expand without increasing consumer prices.

Mr Carney did acknowledge that the economy has “edged closer” to the point where the Bank Rate will need to rise, but when this does happen, increases will be gradual and limited, so rates “may stay at historically low levels for some time”. There had been discussion among analysts that the Bank of England could use interest rate hikes to cool the housing market. Mr Carney however said this would be the last line of defence, and that the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee has a wide range of tools it can use to reduce risks emanating from the housing market. The Governor concluded his press conference speech with a sporting analogy: “Securing the recovery is like making it through the qualifying rounds of the World Cup. That is an achievement, but not the ultimate goal. The real tournament is just beginning and its prize is a

strong, sustained and balanced expansion.” High street and offshore banks set their own interest rates on their savings and deposit accounts. A report in The Telegraph on 12th May disclosed that UK banks and building societies have reduced interest paid to savers by almost £1 billion over the last year. In March 2013 easy-access savings accounts were paying an average interest of 1.04%. By March 2014 this had fallen to 0.75%. Simon Rose of the campaign group Save Our Savers commented: “These calculations are truly shocking, and show there is nowhere for savers to turn. The Government might have had a 'Budget for savers' but the elephant in the room is interest rates, which have been left so low that many people who rely on the returns from savings are struggling to maintain living standards.”

As to when the Bank Rate will finally start to rise, we can expect much more discussion over the coming months. Mr Carney himself commented that the exact timing will be the subject of considerable speculation, but that the ultimate answer will depend on the evolution of the economy. How much of your investible capital you hold in cash should depend on your personal circumstances, aims and risk tolerance. Remember that keeping too much in cash carries the risk of losing spending power over time. You need a clear and objective assessment of your attitude to risk to establish the savings and investment strategy that suits you best, and should take professional guidance on this. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com.


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UKIP puts main parties on the run I SN’T it interesting to note that a couple of years ago, the only column where you saw the initials UKIP mentioned was this ole boy’s scribble and these days it’s difficult to find a column that excludes them!? Don’t forget you read it here first, folks! Remember all the sneers and derogatory flack I took for it as well? Ha! I also recall the lady some years ago who, after my warnings about conflict with Islam extremists, wrote: “Oh come on, Leapy, what war!?” Haven’t heard much from that particular source for some time, either. Lovely to see the hierarchy of the major parties wriggling liked hooked minnows in the light of UKIP’s recent successes. Most of those interviewed have been asked the same question: “How are you going to deal with this threat from Farage’s party?” With slight variations they have all given exactly the same answer:

LEAPY LEE SAYS IT

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“Well, we’re going to have to listen to the public and take the appropriate action to comply with their wishes.” Er, but I thought that’s what politicians were always supposed to do! Well of course they are, but they don’t, do they? It’s not until something really rattles these arrogant out-of-touch con artists’ cocoons that they start taking any notice of Joe Public at all. Well, the Farage team has certainly done that. The frightening thing is it’s all so simple. With UKIP’s almost nonexistent policies on most other issues (despite the irate gentleman who reeled off a whole rather unconvincing list to me!) the party has gained all its ground on two fronts only: Immigration and the EU.

RATTLING CAGES: Nigel Farage’s UKIP. The British public is simply fed up. Fed up with the amount of foreigners flooding the country, fed up with Brussels and its nonsensical ’uman rights’, PC and ludicrous rules and regulations, fed up with

being taken for mugs and fed up with losing their proud British identity. UKIP will never gain enough power to bring about the kind of changes needed (not for the moment, anyway) but are a

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wonderful sounding-board for the British voters to bounce off and reverberate along the musty, self-satisfied, arrogant and complacent corridors of those who can. Meanwhile, I’ve got the answer to all the problems involving the biased BBC – sack ‘em all and start over. This latest gem really takes the whole tin. They edited the word ‘girl’ from a remark made by a sports commentator because they considered it ‘sexist’. You simply couldn’t make it up. What description of Homo sapiens would they consider acceptable? All of us wearing grey ‘onesies’ and being referred to as ‘its’? British Broadcasting Corporation? More like Bumbling Biased Cretins. Sometimes I really do despair of it all. Chins up, summer’s here. Now all we need are some holidaymakers! Keep the faith Love Leapy Leapylee2002@gmail.com


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VANGA’S PREDICTIONS: Often came true.

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F concerned about where our world is heading it would be well to take an interest in Vangelia Pandeva Dimitrova (Vanga) 1911-1996. At 12 years old she lost her sight in an accident. Vanga lived in Rupite, straddling the borders of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece, a place said to be a source of incredible cosmic energy. Her predictions began when, as a teenager, she helped her father find a stolen sheep by giving a detailed des-cription of where it was hidden. Efforts to save her sight were fruitless but the youngster acquired a sixth sense, so simple jobs became routine. To amuse herself she played at being a ‘healer.’ Visitors arrived to hear her predictions or cure them of ailments, but her powers really took shape after she turned 30. In January 1941, a phantom knight appeared and told her: “The world is on the threshold of disaster. Millions of people will

die. You will stand here and prophesy. Do not be afraid. I’ll tell you what you should say.” It is claimed her famous visitors included Adolph Hitler who ‘departed a very sad man’. Five months later, with 170 Soviet divisions poised to strike Germany from the East, the German leader pre-emptively struck Russia with disastrous consequences. Such were her powers that she spent

time in a Soviet prison for predicting the Russian dictator’s death. She was right. In 1980, she prophesied: “In 1999 or 2000, Kursk will be covered with water and the world will weep.” It didn’t make sense as Kursk is a landlocked city in Russia. In 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk sank. Its crew of 118 perished before the eyes of an agonised world. In January 1988: “We are witnessing

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The prophecies of Vanga events of paramount significance. Two big leaders shake hands.” Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan were soon to do so, heralding the collapse of Communism. Later: “American brethren will fall after being attacked by the steel bird. The wolves will howl in the bush, and innocent blood will flow.” In 2001, New York’s World Trade Centre collapsed after two commercial planes were flown into them. Was the term ‘bush’ connected to the name of the US president at the time? “Numerous catastrophes and disasters will shake the world. The mentality of the people will change. They will be divided by their faith.” Of her motherland, Vanga was more upbeat. One of her predictions was when permafrost thaws and floods come, nothing will survive on earth but Russia. The climate will change and Russia will occupy the best inhabitable zone. Russia is predicted to herald in world peace and flourish in the face of good fortune. Everything melts away like ice yet the glories of Vladimir, the glory of Russia, are the only things to remain. Russia will not only survive, it will dominate the world.

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WO years ago Elena Valenciano, who headed the list of last Sunday’s PSOE candidates, sent an indiscreet Tweet. “Did you ever see an uglier man?” it asked of Franck Ribery. If the French footballer who plays for Bayern Munich is no oil painting, it is because of a traffic accident, as Valenciano soon learnt. She apologised for the personal insult but not its political irrelevancy. The PP dragged up this gaffe in defence of its principal European candidate Miguel Arias Cañete following his own outsize gaffe after a televised debate with Valenciano. He later admitted to a television interviewer that he was not at his best. He had not allowed his intellectual superiority to shine through because he did not want to get the better of a woman, he said. It was a triple

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whammy because he questioned Valenciano’s intelligence, lauded his own and ladled out the type of patronising gallantry no longer needed in Spain or anywhere else. He also made the common mistake of assuming that intellect is a winner in politics.

Scoreboard NO-ONE expects politics to be a fragrant garden of decency and impartiality. So when the going got tough and rough in the last days before the European elections, Spain’s politicians delivered bouquets of wormwood, nettles and deadly nightshade, not lilies. One of the worst things about politicians is the way they ignore the people who pay their

wages. Mariano Rajoy has had to move heaven and earth to get the economy on some sort of even keel, but only because the economic crisis had sunk the lifeboats. Other than that he, his party and the main Opposition party, the PSOE, base their strategy on scoring points off each other. There’s no “may the best man win” ethos because they both believe they should. Only the voters are allowed to lose.

No classless society WHEN the time came to present his daughter Cayetana in society, the Duke of Alba organised a lavish ball for her. Hearing of this, Spain’s then dictator General Francisco Franco sent word to the Duke, asking if his granddaughter Carmen, the same age as Cayetana, could share it. The

Duke sent back the message: “Tell the General that there are still classes.” Not many things transcend politics and power, but snobbery is one of them.

Double standards ESPERANZA AGUIRRE, a former government minister and ex-president of the Madrid autonomous region, made headlines some time back when trying to evade a parking fine. She drove off after parking in a bus lane in Madrid’s Gran Via and knocked over a policeman’s motorbike. While not a hanging offence, there is currently some legal wrangling over whether this is a misdemeanour or a crime. One thing is certain: anybody else doing the same would get the book thrown at them.


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WHERE we live in Spain can relate to the level of cardiovascular risk. A study published in the Spanish Journal of Cardiology (REC) highlights the high prevalence of metabolic syndrome, (which includes hypertension, abdominal obesity and high cholesterol) in Spain and the significant geographical differences in distribution. Andalucía, Extremadura, Murcia, Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are regions with the highest number of people at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, reaching double the prevalence of other regions such as Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja, Cantabria, Madrid or Valencia. Data for this study came from a cross-section study of 12,948 people representative of the Spanish population aged 18 or over. The Spanish Society of Cardiology recommends adopting clinical and public health strategies to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

In a survey of 1,000 people for a diet company, many women blamed their weight gain on having children and settling down with a long-term partner, with men saying their weight gain is caused by divorce and spending so much time at work they do not exercise. Experts say that many people don’t realise that as we age we need fewer calories, so to even maintain the same weight. Bearing this in mind, we need to eat 200 calories less per day so as not to put on weight.

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Detox ‘waste of time and money’ A GROUP of scientists claim that detox diets are a waste of money and time. They have produced a book called Making Sense Of Chemical Stories, which claims that instead of subsisting on raw fruit and vegetables and shunning sugar and caffeine to cleanse the body of chemicals, all we need is a glass of water and a good night’s sleep. The guide says: “The process does not occur any more effectively as a result of taking ‘detox’ tablets, wearing ‘detox’ socks, having a ‘detox’ body

wrap, eating nettle root extract, drinking herbal infusions, following a special ‘detox’ diet or using any of the other products and rituals that are promoted. Save your money: have a glass of tap water and a good night’s sleep.” Alan Boobis, a toxicologist at Imperial College London, contributed to the guide and said: “The body’s own detoxification systems are remarkably sophisticated and versatile. They have to be, as the natural environment that we evolved in is hostile.”


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Are school summer holidays too long? As the school summer holidays approach in both Spain and the UK, the Euro Weekly News asks if the number of weeks children are on holiday over the summer is too long or is it not long enough?

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AM MYLER is from London, currently on holiday in Fuengirola (Malaga). Back home, she is a secondary schoolteacher who says that regardless of what students and parents prefer, she appreciates and needs the long break. “I don’t think most people understand that teaching is not a job where you just clock in and clock out at the end of the day,” Sam said. “Not only do you arrive very early in the morning, but you also take your homework home with you. There are also difficult

STREET TALK parents and misbehaving children to manage, on top of the actual teaching and administrative duties. Teaching today is a very tough vocation. I don’t think holidays are too long; I think good teachers earn every break they can get.” There was another vote given for the length of holidays not being too long, but for another reason. Anne Pringle, currently on holiday outside Malaga capital, disagreed that holidays were too long. She has two children aged seven and nine, and loves having them at home all summer. “Having long summers ANDY COX: Long holidays are fine.

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allows us to have plenty of time to reconnect as a family. The school year is so hectic. Summers allow us to not only go somewhere for a holiday away, but also to normalise our lives once we’re back. We need a long enough chance to disconnect from the norm and also to enjoy being home together before going back into the frantic pace of the school year with all the kids’ activities.” There were mixed views on the Costa Blanca regarding the length of the summer holidays. Rosalie Robinson, who is retired and has ived in La Marina for 12 years, said: “It is a long time. When my grandchildren went to school here I would look after them and my granddaughter actually missed school and her friends, but my grandson never particularly liked school so he enjoyed the long break.” Another of Rosalie’s grandchildren, Lauren, a health club manager on holiday from the UK, said: “It’s nearly 12 weeks and that is too long, but I think the UK’s six weeks is too short, eight weeks would be about right.” Her friend Danny, a window cleaner,

added: “I wish I had that much of a long summer holiday when I was a kid. I hated school and did everything I could to get out of it.” Bar supervisor from La Marina, Andy Cox, who is a father of two, with a third due any day, is happy with the summer break: “I quite like it, it’s too hot for them to be at school. It can be hard for working parents but we are lucky, our child care is fine as I mainly work evenings and my wife works days.”

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Gap widens between classes Ulrica Marshall

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SO, what have you been up to of late? Rubbing shoulders with the stars in Cannes? Swanning around on your super yacht with P Diddy? Or perhaps enjoying daily baths in Beluga caviar, while deciding whether to buy Louis Vuitton or Chanel - the company, not just the handbag. No? Me neither. Yet a very select few are doing precisely this and while the working and middle-classes are getting poorer, a wealth gap wider than the sky has crept up on us, and is threatening to destabilise our world. The debate in the US is well documented, with Democrats and Republicans alike calling for measures to redress the balance, by making billionaires share their loot, or at least pay some taxes.

CANNES: Playground of the rich. The top 1 per cent own more than 40 per cent of America’s $54 trillion in wealth, while the bottom 80 per cent try to survive on just 7 per cent. Social unrest is already visible, with co-ordinated strikes of fast-food workers demanding a raise to the $7.25 minimum wage. Back in Spain, the situation is

scarcely better; the country has been named the most unequal society in Europe in a report published in late 2013. Three million live in abject poverty, while the number of millionaires has increased. Catholic charity Caritas says the report paints a picture of a fractured society where the

middle-class is being eroded, while only a minority live in privilege. This is a sentiment echoed by the Council of Europe’s commissioner on human rights. There is little trust in politicians to make any significant changes, not least since so many have been ousted for defrauding the

taxpayers of millions. But with Spain arriving late in the democracy game, there may be less will or ability to take the matter further. Pope Francis advocates the redistribution of wealth, but has yet to offer any of the Vatican’s estimated pot of $10 to $15 billion. Equally, the billionaires listed in this month’s Sunday Times Super Rich List may engage in a charity event or two, but this is unlikely to redress any balance. The debate remains rife as to how to solve the conundrum, without any clear solutions - taxes generally hit the wrong people and stifle productivity, revolution is best avoided and general acts of kindness by the super rich have only occurred from the likes of Bill Gates. So, what should be done? Let me know on ulrica@euroweekly news.com. In the meantime, and in the absence of an invitation to Cannes or the Monaco Grand Prix, I shall just have to eat cake.


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1859: Big Ben goes into operation in London. The famous St Steven’s Tower clock, aka Big Ben, rings out over the Houses of Parliament for the first time. 1940: Dunkirk rescue is over Churchill defiant. As the last Allied soldier leaves Dunkirk, the British Prime Minister vows his forces “shall never surrender.” 1953: Hillary and Tenzing conquer Everest. The New Zealander, Hillary, and the Sherpa, Tenzing, became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. 1953: Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath. The Queen is crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. 1957: Arthur Miller guilty of comtempt. The US playwright is convicted of contempt of Congress after refusing to reveal the names of alleged Communist writers. 1962: 130 die in Paris air crash. An Air France Boeing 707 crashes on take-off at Orly Airport killing all but two of those aboard. 1967: Egypt and Jordan unite against Israel. The King of Jordan and President Abdel Nasser of Egypt sign a joint defence agreement in case of conflict with Israel. 1970: British Prime Minister hit by flying egg. Harold Wilson was hit in the face with an egg thrown by a young conservative demonstrator. 1972: Japanese kill 26 at Tel Aviv airport. Three Japanese gunmen open fire at Lod International Airport in Israel, killing 26 and injuring dozens. 1979: End of white rule in Rhodesia. The country formally ends nearly 90 years of white minority rule and declares it will now be known as ZimbabweRhodesia. 1982: Israeli ambassador shot in London. Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to Britain, is critically ill in hospital after being shot on a London street.

If you meet a woman of whatever complexion who sails her life with strength and grace and assurance, talk to her! And what you will find is that there has been a suffering, that at some time she has left herself for hanging dead.

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) The company is so interesting that you can hardly tear yourself away and new experiences are arriving every day. You could be forgiven for getting a little over-excited. When travel brings you face to face with a stranger, you find that a bit of information you hear has to be acted upon. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Someone close gets a real stroke of luck this week and no doubt the benefits will rub off on you. It seems that some fortune will come your way by the end of the month and lead you to see a situation in quite a different light. Any travel should be left until the beginning of next month if possible because there are likely to be delays and irritations. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Someone you have been holding at arm's length recently is insisting on getting closer. Charm and tact alone may not save the day, but enlisting the help of a friend could. Travel and career are well-aspected and, if you are expecting a financial windfall, you may have a bit longer to wait. VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) The hard work you have been putting in recently has left you tired and, at times, quite tetchy. This week you will start to see the rewards of your efforts which will undoubtedly help you to keep up the momentum. There is a lot of both passion and travel this week, which is set to continue. LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) This is a highly sociable week, and you could meet some new faces that not only attract but inspire you. You are a social butterfly, and this brings out your Libran flutteriness. You will have to draw on all your powers of concentration to keep ahead of practical matters such as paperwork. SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) You dominate the scene this week and no one is in any doubt about what you are aiming for. If you want to impress someone new to your circle,

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THIS 2014 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character of Captain America is the sequel to the 2011 film - Captain America: The First Avenger and was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanson and Sebastian Stan among others. In the film, Captain America, the Black Widow and Sam Wilson join forces to uncover a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D. while facing a mysterious assassin.

IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: This is a time fraught with financial pitfalls. All you need to do, however, is spend less and call in a few favours. Know that people want to help. May 29: Mel B, 39. Singer. She performed with the Spice Girls under the stage name Scary Spice and had a child with Eddie Murphy in 2008.

however, try a bit of cunning as opposed to brow-beating. SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) Communication and selfexpression are what it's all about this week. Although you may feel that indulging yourself is in some ways selfish, you should realise that you are entitled to some fun. CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) The call of romance is strong but so is that of your business life. The two will clash to the detriment of each other if you do not plan ahead and pace yourself. Do not be at the beck and call of others when you need all your time and energy for yourself.

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June 1: Morgan Freeman, 77. Film Actor. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Million Dollar Baby in 2005 and has appeared in hits such as Bruce Almighty.

May 30: Keith Lemon 42. TV actor. Best known for his popular show Celebrity Juice and Keith Lemon's LemonAid . He was encouraged by television presenter Davina McCall to perform stand-up comedy, and created television characters including Bobby Stark and Barry Gibson. May 31: Clint Eastwood, 84. Actor, director, pianist, politician, TV personality, and jazz enthusiast. He became a toughguy icon and a household name after playing Rowdy Yates on the long-running CBS Western series Rawhide.

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June 3: Rafa Nadal. Tennis player. Left-handed player nicknamed the ‘King of Clay’ he was born in Manacor, Mallorca. He is famous for being the best Spanish player in history, reaching number 1 in the ATP rankings. Nadal has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles, a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and a record 15 ATP World Tour 500 tournaments.

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AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) Such is your popularity this week that you can be assured of success in many things. Remember that first impressions can be the most accurate and don't be tempted to make too many allowances for others. PISCES (February 20 - March 20) For some time you have been trying to settle a certain matter. Although it is in your nature to get things out of the way quickly, this has not been possible. The chance to make progress this week is welcome but be sure that all is not what it seems. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A friend of long standing comes

June 2: Charlie Watts, 73 . Drummer. He was voted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2006 for his work with the Rolling Stones and, in the 1980’s, he punched Mick Jagger in the face for calling him "my drummer." June 4: Angelina Jolie, 39. Actress and humanitarian. She won an Academy Award for Girl, Interrupted and Forbes named her the highestpaid actress in Hollywood in 2009. up with some bright ideas to get you out of a tricky situation. Don't be surprised. You have for a long time now underestimated their worth. Your friend will be surprised when you show your gratitude in an immediate and physical way, but if there is anything better than finding a new friend it is finding an old friend has hidden talents. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) The urge to get ahead at as fast a pace as possible is apparent this week. Some would say not before time. However, you know the art of choosing the moment and it has not been until now that you have felt the time was right. This is a truly expansive week and one in which your powers of imagination are given full rein. No wonder you are being admired.

QWERTY All the answers can be spelt using only the top row of a (standard) typewriter keyboard (QWERTYUIOP) 1. Based on a 12-ounce pound and an ounce of 480 grains, which system of weights is used for precious metals and gemstones? 2. By what other name is the lightweight helmet made of cork or pith with a cloth cover, the ‘pith helmet,’ also known? 3. Formed in 1930 by a group of West End performers and one of the last of the closed shop unions in the UK, what is the name of the trade union for actors, stage managers and models in the United Kingdom? 4. The name of which large hairy creature resembling a human or bear, said to live in the highest part of the Himalayas, is derived from the Tibetan for ‘little manlike animal’? 5. What is the name of the circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting that was originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing? 6. What is the name of the tall white hat with a full pouched crown, worn by chefs? 7. What name is given to the first or second stomach of a cow or other ruminant used as food? 8. What was the surname of the German-born bacteriologist, who gave his name to a shallow, circular, transparent dish with a flat lid, used for the culture of microorganisms?

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

TARGET: Average: 9 Good: 12 Very good: 18 Excellent: 22

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION arco, arid, card, coir, cord, corn, cran, croc, darn, door, iron, narc, nard, noir, odor, orca, raid, rain, rand, rani, rind, road, roan, rood, acorn, acrid, adorn, cairn, circa, croci, croon, dinar, donor, doric, drain, nadir, narco, noria, radio, radon, rondo, accord, candor, condor, cordon, corona, indoor, inroad, ordain, racoon, rancid, cardoon, concord, raccoon, draconic, ACCORDION

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1. TROY, 2. TOPI, 3. EQUITY, 4. YETI, 5. YURT, 6. TOQUE, 7. TRIPE, 8. PETRI .

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

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Unscramble the name of a famous 1970s British television drama series (two words): STUPID ARSONIST’S WAR

Across 7 A swine taking daughter is ready for flight, possibly (6) 8 Herb, for example, coming back after wild boar (6) 10 Turn dear Mel to stone (7) 11 Sounds like a sensible way in Paris (5) 12 Film in animals’ kingdom (4) 13 Freed eccentric put off (5) 17 Pole coming from Pakistan or Thailand (5) 18 Alternative in church’s centre (4) 22 King John’s last to find out (5) 23 Ruin the star turn (7) 24 Drunken horse that’s swallowed whisky (6) 25 Watch out for second-rate merchandise (6)

Unscramble the name of a famous American golfer: WANT A BUS BOB? FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, BUBBA WATSON

Play on Words HOMOREPE ANTHANGER

in modern Italy (5) 6 Uniform showing rank (5) 9 Bill from vet is dear (9) 14 He’s no gentleman, perhaps, unrobed (7) 15 Show appeal, nothing right in it (7)

16 Remove underwear to find out how the operation went! (7) 19 Kind about Scottish girl (5) 20 Thirsty? Energy drink left out (5) 21 Europeans spotted in Sundanese restaurant (5)

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Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 26 represents B and 24 represents Z, so fill in B every time the figure 26 appears and Z every time the figure 24 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Fraudulent (4) 3 Piece of cutlery (5) 8 Licorice flavouring (7) 10 Male duck (5) 11 Ghetto (4) 12 Not circulating or flowing (8) 14 Group of painters including Millais and Rossetti (3-10) 16 With no possibility of doubt (8) 18 Requests information about (4) 21 Subsequently to (5) 22 Not any thing (7) 23 Advance slowly (5) 24 Force in an indicated direction (4)

Down 1 Lack of success (7) 2 Castle stronghold (4) 4 Ancestry of a purebred animal (8) 5 Current US president (5) 6 Faucets (4) 7 Large insect (6) 9 Iron or earthenware cooking pot (5,4) 13 Sweet white wine (8) 14 Tall, fast-growing tree (6) 15 Fill with enthusiasm (7) 17 Indian instrument (5) 19 Long and involved tale (4) 20 Move very slightly (4)

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

PAT EHT Answers: More in hope than in anger, A pat on the back

Down 1 Ms Redgrave appearing disguised as Evans (7) 2 Crew on lake’s bed (7) 3 Boy not beginning to wrap a range of items (5) 4 Help poorly lobster (7) 5 Language making a comeback

Funagram

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 1 Co-star, 5 Second, 8 Fate, 9 Airstrip, 10 Literate, 11 Area, 12 Intro, 14 Psalm, 18 Moos, 20 American, 22 Baseline, 23 Sees, 24 Filter, 25 Lotus. Down: 2 Oration, 3 Theme, 4 Reagan, 5 Screen, 6 Cutlass, 7 Noise, 13 Respect, 15 Leaders, 16 Caviar, 17 Cereal, 19 Okapi, 21 Inset. QUICK Across: 1 Saturate, 4 Cold, 7 Adapt, 9 Boots, 11 Purse, 12 Glass, 13 Adjust, 15 Cheers, 19 Share, 21 Amass, 23 Serve, 24 Tease, 25 Bait, 26 Progress. Down: 1 Spatula, 2 Tramp, 3 Tablet, 5 Dregs, 6 Long, 8 Terms, 10 Stale, 14 Jeans, 16 Heart, 17 Success, 18 Career, 19 Scrub, 20 Earn, 22 Shame.

Across 1 Mirlo (9) 8 Now (at this time, immediately) (5) 9 Melodías (música) (5) 10 To read (book, poem, story, music, sign) (4) 11 Eight (4) 15 Nickname (5) 17 Spider (5) 18 Raspberry (9)

Down 2 Flojo (nudo, tuerca) (5) 3 Carbón (4) 4 Mordedura (4) 5 Rum (3) 6 Hoja de laurel (3,4) 7 Brooms (brushes) (7) 12 Abrigos (prendas) (5) 13 Espuma (de jabón, champú) (4) 14 Taboo (4) 16 To hear (3)

ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Obras, 3 Pages, 5 Dos, 7 Dustbin, 9 Neat, 10 Flat, 13 Desmayo, 14 Who, 15 Racha, 16 Apple. Down: 1 Ordenador, 2 Seda, 3 Peso, 4 Sunstroke, 6 Swaps, 8 Below, 11 Para, 12 Bota.


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TEN BIZARRE THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT DISNEY 1. Communal Underwear Disney controls every aspect of its parks’ operations and for years, this meant uniformity among employees who wear Goofy, Pluto, and Mickey Mouse suits. The actors had to wear company-issued underwear; however these undergarments were shared among performers. Employees began complaining that the underwear they were issued was filthy and smelly; there were cases of pubic lice and scabies being transmitted. In 2001, Disney agreed with the actors’ union, allowing them to take their own underwear home for washing.

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2. Mickey Mouse The Drug Dealer In ‘Mickey Mouse and the Medicine Man,’ a mini-comic distributed in conjunction with General Mills Wheaties, Mickey and Goofy discover a new medicine called ‘Peppo,’ a thinly veiled reference to an amphetamine so powerful it has them crashing into the ceiling and running in circles. Mickey decides the drug is a perfect get-rich-quick scheme, and approaches Peppo’s manager about acquiring a distribution territory. 3. Homeless Employees Those earning Disney’s starting minimum wage of just $8.03 an hour ($16,702.40 a year before taxes) find paying for an apartment nearly impossible, leaving some employees homeless. Many Disney employees get by sharing cheap motel rooms on a week-by-week basis making it affordable, if several adults share the room though that breaks hotel occupancy rules. 4. Escape From Tomorrow Filmmaker Randy Moore’s project ‘Escape from Tomorrow’ was filmed in Walt Disney World - without permission. It follows the last day of a family’s Disney holiday, father Jim White receives a call notifying him that he has been laid off from his job. Moore filmed secretly and although Disney’s lawyers could have suppressed the film, they took no action, hoping to deny the film any further publicity.

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Just Joking Why did the blonde get excited after finishing her puzzle in 6 months? The box said 2-4 years! What if there were no hypothetical situations? My wife recently told me she wanted to go around the world so for her birthday I decided to buy her an atlas.

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Miley ‘Hannah’ Cyrus. 5. Disney’s Housekeeper Thelma Howard was employed as a live-in housekeeper for the Disney family; she served them for 30 years. During her tenure, Walt Disney would give Thelma shares of stock in his company as holiday gifts. At the time, they were worth pennies, but over the years, they rose in value. Thelma retired in 1981 and died in June 1994. Her estate was worth over $9 million.

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

behaves, and why it thinks and acts in the way that it does. You also need to understand your Human and not muddle up your Human with your Chimp.

6. Character Protection Disney is protective of its brand and has gone to extraordinary lengths to preserve copyright. In 1989, three day-care centres in Florida had Disney characters painted on their walls, the company threatened legal retribution if they were not removed.

they found a picture taken during a 1980 Disney World holiday which showed fiveyear-old Donna posing with Mr. Smee, Captain Hook’s first mate. In the background, a man can be seen pushing a child in a buggy. The boy in the buggy was Alex. At the time, he and Donna weren’t even living in the same country - Alex was Canadian, Donna was from the US - and it would be another 15 years before they met. 9. Self-Destructing DVDs Disney invented the self-destructing Flexplay EZ-D DVDs, distributed by Disney through various convenience stores. The DVDs were sold in vacuum-sealed packages that, once opened, left the disc playable for 48 hours. After that, the playing surface would oxidize, and destroy the disc. 10. The Story Of Menstruation Disney made an educational film for girls adapting to their developing bodies, ‘The Story of Menstruation,’ a 10-minute film seen by millions of schoolgirls in the 1960s. The film won the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

MICKEY MOUSE: Dabbled in drugs.

7. Hannah Montana Was Almost Alexis Texas Hannah Montana would become one of Disney’s biggest hits and Miley Cyrus was auditioning for the role of the main character’s friend. Producers liked her and gave her the lead role. Several names were considered before deciding on ‘Hannah Montana,’ including ‘Alexis Texas.’ 8. The Family Photograph Engaged couple Alex and Donna Voutsinas were going through family photographs,

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

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Average: 14 Good: 18 Very good: 25 Excellent: 31

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

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Laughter is the best medicine for animals YOU won’t remember when you had a better time than at the Spellbound and Sparkles show at Restaurante Los Rosales on Tuesday June 3. With top Comedy Hypnotist Ed Temple, making his debut at the venue, the night will be a riot of laughter. Ed is a qualified Hypnotherapist who has been taking the Costa Blanca audiences by storm with his unique witty style. Topping the bill with him, and definitely making the laughter resound, is everyone’s favourite Drag artist - the glamorous Stevie Spit. The evening also has a serious side to it, as the raffle will be held for Pets in Spain Charity. They have been inundated with not only very young puppies and kittens, but also have been helping to rehome older dogs whose owners have passed away. Putting animals into cardboard

SPELLBOUND AND SPARKLES: The night will be a riot of laughter.

boxes and rubbish bins, or even leaving them outside supermarkets seems to have become a fashionable way for people to rid

themselves of an unwanted problem. The charity would like the public’s help to trace a man who dumped four kittens at a house in Los Montesinos. He drives a distinctive Ford Connect Van with an extended roof rack on it. Anyone with any information about the man, please contact www.petsinspain.net. Tickets are €15 for the show with a three course meal and are on sale from Restaurante Los Rosales in Guardamar, the Pets in Spain shop in La Marina, Post Box Dona Pepa, Hire Centre San Luis, The Card Place in Benimar and Cards and More in La Marina. Order and pay online at www.lrshows.com, email lrshowsinfo@gmail.com or call 697 501 992. Doors open at 7pm

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OLDER CATS: Fare better if well cared for throughout their life. infectious diseases, accidents and fights due to their behaviour. The indoor pet, being well nourished, vaccinated against infectious diseases, and protected from accidents, fares the best. Of greatest importance is the care the cat has received throughout its life. Well-cared-for pets

suffer fewer infirmities as they grow older. But when sickness, illness, or injury is neglected, the aging process is accelerated. Cats can get a variety of intestinal parasites, including some commonly referred to as ‘worms’. Infestations of intestinal worms can cause a variety of symptoms. Sometimes

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OLIVE OIL on a salad could help keep your blood pressure down and adding a few nuts and some avocado can also make a salad healthier. Researchers at King’s College London suggest unsaturated fats found in olive oil make lettuce better for us, as when the foods are combined, a chemical reaction occurs in the stomach creating compounds called nitro fatty acids. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explains that these, in turn, react with

OLIVE OIL: Helps lower blood pressure. an enzyme, to lower high blood pressure. The two key ingredients for the chemical reaction to occur are unsaturated fats found in olive oil, nuts, avocado and oily fish, and

compounds called nitrites and nitrates found in many salad vegetables. Good sources of the latter include lettuce, spinach, celery, carrots and beetroot.

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Foods to help tackle chronic lung disease GRAPEFRUIT, bananas, fish and cheese could help patients suffering with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Scientists from the US and Europe used diet records for 2,167 COPD sufferers over a threeyear period which showed a direct link between the foods and improvements in the patients. Those who had eaten the abovementioned products showed improvement in a range of measures such as lung function, fitness scores

GRAPEFRUIT: Could help patients with COPD. and white blood cell count within 24 just hours. COPD is dismissed by

most sufferers as a ‘smoker’s cough.’ It affects more men than women, although rates in women are increasing, and it normally affects people over 35, although it is rarely diagnosed until sufferers are in their fifties. The study’s lead author Doctor Corinne Hanson said patients should now try nutritional counselling as part of treatment.


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Metal and microwaves - do not mix WHY does metal catch fire in the microwave? Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. Wired.com has a pretty detailed explanation of how microwaves react with metal and why we’ve managed to get away with zapping certain metals without our houses burning down in flames. They comment that “there are some situations where metal in the microwave isn’t going to be too dangerous as thick metal heats up slowly and if it has no sharp edges, it isn’t likely to create sparks and fire.” This is why some microwaves have a metal rack; it is so that we can place it inside them without any risk of it blowing up. The metal lining of many microwave-ready food packets is usually smooth enough to prevent sparking, instead heating up and generating infrared radiation that crisps up the outside of the food.

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MEDITERRANEAN DIET: Combination makes it healthy.

RESEARCHERS at King’s College London and the University of California claim to have discovered the ‘secret’ of the Mediterranean diet. After a series of tests done, on genetically modified mice, they have concluded that when olive oil is eaten together with vegetables they form nitro fatty acids which help lower blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease, by blocking the enzyme responsible: epoxide hydrolase.

Professor Philip Eaton, lead researcher, explained that the chemical reaction of the oil and vegetable were “nature’s protective mechanism.” He goes on to comment that if it could be tapped they could make new drugs for the treatment of high blood pressure thus preventing, to a large extent, heart disease. So, there we have it - there is no secret just a lucky, healthy combination which also tastes delicious.

Drunken popcorn POPCORN has received a makeover and it’s not just a new flavour but a new effect: drunkenness! Artisan British popcorn brand Joe & Seph’s have invented a range of ‘adult’ popcorn that comes in four cocktail flavours: gin and tonic, mojito, margarita and cosmopolitan. The gin and tonic is a blend of the finest London gin with a

crisp tonic. The mojito is a refreshing blend of lime and garden mint and is infused with five per cent rum. The margarita, a Latin classic, has a smooth caramel infused with lime oil and salt followed by a tang of tequila. Last but certainly not least comes the cosmopolitan which is a citric blend of oranges, cranberry and lime followed by

POPCORN: Gets a makeover which comes in four cocktail flavours.

Triple Sec and Vodka. A Joe & Seph’s spokesperson commented that they have used an innovative “flavour

sequencing” technique which unlocks different taste elements. At the moment they are only available through Harrods and it is unknown as to whether they will be commercialising their new product in Spain but we’ll be on the lookout for it.


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Pass the pistachios for healthy skin DIET plays an important part in maintaining our skin quality, and one of the foods that should be on the top 10 list is pistachios. According to Nieves Palacios of the Superior Sports Council’s Endocrinology and Nutrition Service, the components of pistachios play an essential role in the renovation, hydration and protection of the skin. Pistachios are rich in Vitamins A and E, which combined, have better effects on the skin and are ideal for people who spend long periods of time in the sun. Vitamin A is a powerful regenerator, while Vitamin E protects the skin and prevents aging. Just 100 grammes of pistachios provide 25 per cent of the daily requirement of Vitamin A and 33 per cent of the Vitamin E needed. Palacios also points out that Vitamin A helps to normalise dry skin by promoting the development of epithelial tissue, increasing

PISTACHIOS: Play an essential role in protection of the skin. immune functions and maintaining the structure of the epidermis. It also helps to synthesise collagen, regulates keratin production which helps scars to heal, and gives elasticity to the skin. It can also help tanning, while preventing acne and other skin problems. Meanwhile, Vitamin E prevents free radicals form accumulating in the skin, helping to prevent age spots, and helps to protect skin from UVB rays.

Not only that, pistachios contain Vitamin C, an antioxidant which improves collagen production, contributing to keeping skin terse and wrinkle free; B Vitamins, to help cell regeneration of the hair and skin, and unsaturated fatty acids to keep skin hydrated. They also have selenium, which can reduce the risk of certain tumours, and zinc, which promotes cell regeneration and fights free radicals.

MANY OR FEW: The question is answered.

Two meals to lose weight FOR years, nutritionists have recommended having five or six small meals per day, but now, the Experimental and Clinical Medicine Institute in Prague, says the ideal way to lose weight is by having just two meals per day. A group of 54 patients with Type II diabetes took part in a study and was divided into two groups, one eating two large meals per day, and the other

eating six small meals, always as part of a balanced diet. After 12 weeks, the effects of the diabetes were found to be minimised amongst the group eating twice a day, and not only that, they lost an average 1.4 kilos more than the other group and lost four centimetres more off their waists than the others. Doctor Hana Kahleova said the results could apply to people wanting to lose weight.


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b. Making it difficult to control the barbecue or the gas cooking ring alight.

c. Quickly drying out the garden soil and flower pots. d. Rolling pots over and causing damage to plants. e. Evaporating water off the surface of a pond or pool. f. Making it impossible to write books in the garden. Some natural and constructed solutions are listed below. 1. Build strong boundary walls rather than wire mesh fences. 2. If the builder has provided wire mesh fences cover them with shrub, cane or wood slat fencing panels or strong closely woven green plastic wind break cloth. 3. Site the eating and resting terraces on the

down-wind side of the house. 4. Retain any trees. Trim the tops and train them to grow side-ways like a fan. 5. If a small copse of holm oak or pine trees have survived keep them as a valuable windbreak. 6. Plant only deep rooted specimen trees and ensure that they are strongly guyed on four sides. 7. Construct your main sitting out terrace on the downwind side of the house and a secondary terrace on the windy side for use on calm days. 8. Construct Dutch style reinforced glass windbreaks at strategic points in the garden that you can sit behind and still enjoy the best garden views. 9. Similarly glaze in covered terraces on the windy sides of the house so that you can sit in the sun and enjoy views on the windiest of days. 10. Plant internal hedges as internal windbreaks and plant smaller plants downwind. One can use evergreen plants such as lantanas, rosemary, lavender and box. 11. Low growing plants can also be protected by a semicircle of rocks or low dry stone walls. One sees vineyards and melons protected in this way around the Mediterranean costas and islands. 12. Develop a Japanese style garden using raked areas of gravel, chippings or sand with artistically placed rocks as the main features of the garden rather than plants. If totally demoralised move to a more sheltered situation! Gardening should be a joy as well as a challenge.

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Jaguar to complete E-Type run

JAGUAR has announced that it plans to complete the 18-car production run of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type, which was suspended in 1964. Only 12 of the highperformance sports car were built, but now the remaining six cars are being handmade at its Browns Lane factory, in

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performance. It differed from the standard E-Type in having an all-aluminium monocoque and aluminium body panels over a steel chassis, as well as a 3.8-litre, straight six XK engine with an aluminium engine block and head. To further keep the weight down, the interior trim and chrome work were left off, and even the windows were designed to save

the odd ounce. It was raced by the likes of Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Roy Salvadori and Briggs Cunningham. Jaguar’s global PR manager, Dan Connell, said the revival of the car had been prompted by the launch of the Jaguar F-type in 2013. “The E-type was in the minds of a lot of people when we made that car,” he said. He said the first car was already being built and would be unveiled in the summer. Production is likely to last throughout 2014 and into 2015. E-TYPE: Only 18 of the sports cars will be made.


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Sport Open Masters in Murcia Nico & Hamilton

Last Sunday, in the Monaco Grand Prix, it was another Mercedes one-two with Nico Rosberg finishing ahead of Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo third. But Hamilton is not a happy chappy after some unscrupulous tactics by his team colleague. And Alain Prost wasn’t too pleased either!

Costa Blanca’s best guide to local sport

ON Saturday May 24 four members of ‘Club Natacion Masters Torrevieja’ travelled to the municipal pool in

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Murcia for the very first ‘OPEN Masters Murcia de Natacion’ competition hosted by CN Masters Murcia. The competition, open to all Spanish swimmers found some travelling from as far as Jerez. All Torrevieja Masters swam in the maximum of three events each plus the 4 x 50m medley relay. The day’s competition was long and tiring, but this was rewarded with some great results for the swimmers. In the 70yrs+ category Beth Altabas won gold in her 100m medley, 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke events. This, not to be beaten, was followed with three gold medals for

WELL DONE: Winners, Vicki, Paul, Beth and Adam. Paul Matthews in the 65yrs+ 100m medley, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly races. Vicki Connolly then continued in the same manner winning golds in her 45yrs+ 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle events. In the penultimate race of the day,

after having two earlier personal bests in his 30yrs+ 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly events, Adam Stewart excelled in his 400m freestyle winning a bronze medal. To round off an excellent days swimming the team then swam the last race of the day, the 4x 50m medley relay in the

20yrs+ age group. With serious competition from teams from the host club of Murcia, Torrevieja’s relay team earnt themselves a bronze medal, only missing out on silver by two seconds. The team now have a difficult standard to live up to in this weeks Regional Championships, this year to be held in the 50m pool in Torrevieja, May 31 - June 1. Whilst all this excitement was going on in Murcia the younger members of the club were in competition Saturday and Sunday in the Municipal pool, Elche. For information contact Rosa 665 454 126, Felipe 609 418 776 or Vicki 669 637 015.

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