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5 - 11 JUNE 2014

King Juan Carlos abdicates THE King of Spain has abdicated. Juan Carlos decided to step aside after 39 years on the throne, announced Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Rajoy addressed the nation to say that there would be an amendment to the country’s constitution to allow the king’s eldest son Prince Felipe, 45, to take over. The new Crown Act, which will regulate the abdication and succession process was being pushed through the law-making stages on Tuesday. In his official speech, King Juan Carlos, 76 who has reigned since 1975, said: “We have felt the need for renovation, and to open up a better future. Today a younger generation deserves to step forward.” “I want the best for Spain, to which I have dedicated my whole life. I have decided to abdicate my crown to give way to a new generation embodied by my son Felipe, heir to the throne. I keep and will keep Spain forever deep in my heart.” Throughout his reign, which followed in the wake of Franco’s dictatorship, Juan Carlos

was considered one of the world’s most popular monarchs. Along with Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first Prime Minister following the dictatorship, the monarch helped to smooth the country’s transition to democracy. However, recent years have seen a loss of confidence in Spain’s royal family due to a long-running corruption scandal involving the king’s daughter and son-in-law. There has also been a growing discontent with the wider political elite - as revealed by the recent EU Parliament elections. Following the news of the abdication, cities across Spain began organising simultaneous pro-Republic demonstrations. Reportedly, 1,500 riot police were deployed to central Madrid on Monday evening, in anticipation of city-wide unrest. Leftist parties such as Podemos, United Left and Republican Catalan Left have called for the government to hold a referendum on the monarchy. See page 12 ROYAL FAMILY: Big changes ahead. carlos alvarez fluickr



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A greener, floral province THE 102 municipalities in the province are in luck. The Provincial Government unanimously approved the lifting of the ordinance regulating the sale of plants and trees from the Provincial Nursery. From now on, all town halls may request plants to repopulate its parks and gardens free of charge. A green commitment by the government which aims to help town halls in their environmental work as well as saving a few euros, is much appreciated by the battered coffers of most town halls. The vice president of the government, Javier Aureliano Garcia explained that a plan is being developed so that “everyone is treated


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Time out 56 - 57 GARDENS: Town halls now have free access to plants. equally and town halls all have the same opportunities to request and receive plants and trees. “We want this deal done on a scheduled basis with a call for all town halls to ensure an even

distribution.” Town halls will have precedence over associations and non-profit entities that will also be offered plants for free at the nursery facilities in the capital.

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Summer school INSCRIPTIONS for the summer school in Mojacar are now open until June 23. The school is open to children between the ages of three and 12 years. For more information contact Mojacar Town Hall.

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World Music Award for Bisbal ALMERIA singer David Bisbal has collected the award for ‘Best Selling Spanish Artist’ at the World Music Awards 2014 held in Monaco. The singer put on a great performance of his latest hit song ‘Diez mil maneras’ at a gala filled with international stars such as Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Miley

Cyrus and Leona Lewis. It is the first international award for Bisbal with his new album ‘Tu y yo’, an international multiplatinum album, which debuted at number one in 19 countries. In Spain it became the biggest selling album during the first week of sales in the last five years. This is the second award for

Bisbal at the Word Music Awards. The first award came 11 years ago with the release of his first album. After a successful promotional tour in Latin America, the most anticipated tour of the year in Spain begins on June 14 in Almeria before stopping off in another 26 cities.


Opening speech UD Almeria boss, Francisco Rodriguez, has been chosen to make the speech to officially open the Feria de Almeria on August 23.


Albox concert THE Municipal Band of Albox will be performing a concert in the Plaza San Francisco in Albox, on Saturday at 8.45pm. The concert is part of ‘Music week’ organised by the neighbours of the Loma.

Tour guide A GROUP of 50 travel agents from all around Andalucia visited El Ejido as part of a familarity trip to learn about all the attractions on offer in the area. New store THE supermarket chain Consum has opened a new store at Carretera Ronda in Almeria City creating 50 jobs. New centre A NEW Red Cross centre has opened in Pulpi. It will be manned by 42 volunteers and is located in Calle Diego El Municipal 3.



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World Cup special…

WITH all the excitement of the Football World Cup about to kick off don’t miss our special fixtures poster. See page 41.

Triumphant Almeria THE town of Fines held the Female Under 17 Provincial Football Sala Finals at the weekend. The final was played between Almeria and Malaga with Almeria winning 2-1.

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Park improvements THE Parque Andaluz in Carboneras is to have new play equipment for children. An area of 117 square metres will include a rope bridge, swings, a tower with slide and other play equipment. Noche en Blanco ALMERIA City will be holding a Noche en Blanco tomorrow (Friday) with 150 businesses taking part and 70 activities planned throughout the night.


THE popular summer road races organised by the Provincial Government arrive in Bedar on Saturday.

Almeria city spring clean CELEBRATIONS: Millions will take to the streets if Spain wins.

World Cup dreams SPAIN is the European country which most wants its team to win the World Cup in Brazil, as it is the wish of 77 per cent of those questioned. This is according to a survey carried out as part of the ‘Free’ (Football Research in an Enlarged Europe) Project developed at nine universities in Denmark, the UK, Turkey, Germany, Austria, France, Poland, Italy and Spain. In Italy, 61 per cent want their team to win, in Germany 60, in the UK 43 per cent want England to win, and in France only 40 per cent want victory for the national team. Four of the countries which took part won’t be playing in the World Cup but the Danes and Poles want Spain to win, while Austria wants Germany to come out on top and Turkey prefers Brazil. Football and the national team are elements which bring the Spanish together, according to the

Quote of the Week I recognise my faults and consequences they may have’

study, and 54 per cent of Spaniards over 15 claim to be football fans. In 2010, the World Cup final in South Africa was watched by 16.8 million throughout Spain. This huge interest has an impact on the economy with an estimated expenditure of €986 million if Spain wins the World Cup this year. It will not only affect sales of goods and services, but will also have a positive effect on people’s moods resulting in increased productivity. The highest rises in sales will be of food and drink (up by €305.6 million), TV and electronics (€270.3 million), clothes and shoes (€116.7 million) and souvenirs (up by €34.1 million). Bars and restaurants would see sales increase by €259.3 million, of which 29 per cent would be on the day of the final, when millions would take to the streets to celebrate.

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Constitutional Court Judge Enrique Lopez after being found drunk riding a motorbike without a helmet on the streets of Madrid.

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cent is the probability of getting all six lottery numbers right; this goes up to 0.017 per cent for getting just three of the numbers correct.

THE city hall of Almeria has begun work to repaint zebra crossings, road signs and 1,052 traffic lights in the city. The work will take four months at a cost of €229,000.

Work fatality A MAN has died after being trapped under a dumper truck. The worker was loading rocks in the Rambla El Higueral in Berja when the accident happened.

Rocking on at El Toyo AROUND 800 fans of Rock and Roll attended the Desert Wind Festival held in El Toyo at the weekend.

And finally... EIGHT people, including a child, were injured when a cow took fright and bolted during an animal parade in Santander; the cow escaped its minder and charged the assembled crowds.


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Tribute to Manolo

THE paseo de la Salud in Badalona (Barcelona) now has a statue of Almeria singer, Manolo Escobar. The statue is 1.75 metres high and weighs 250 kilos and was sculpted by artista Susana Ruiz. The unveiling of the statue took place on Saturday and was attended by the mayor of Badalona, Xavier Garcia Albiol and the widow and daughter of Manolo. Albiol wants the statue to be a reference point for the city, recalling the popular singer and film star lived in Badalona during his youth along with his family.

Cantoria students tread the boards

WORKSHOP: The Saavedra theatre in Cantoria.

THE Teatro Saavedra in is a member and founder Cantoria hosted a of the Dance Theatre Workshop of company ‘Intersecciones’ Contemporary Dance which has spent three taught by Roberto years touring Spain. Talking about the Granero, a native of workshop, Granero Cantoria. described it as an The workshop was “incredible aimed at students experience.” in the sixth Providing “The pupils grade of Public were receptive School ‘Urbina access to to all that was Carrera’, with contemporary proposed, the collaboration art world worked hard on ballet and dance and support of the theatre and the techniques, and in local council. just three days were The workshop had the acting quite naturally in dual purpose of engaging front of 200 people.” the young Cantorians in This experience came different cultural activities when Roberto Granero and providing access to and 14 novice students the contemporary art took to the stage of a world, which is only packed Saavedra Theatre, usually present in large to show the public what cities. Cantorian Granero, they had learned in just lives in Madrid, where he three testing sessions.


15 more artists for festival THE electronic music festival ‘Dreambeach Villaricos’ which takes place on August 8 and 9 has announced 15 new artists for the bill. Among the new acts performing on the beach will be I am Legion, Dosem and Ismael Rivas. In the latest information made public by the organisers of the festival, the line-up of artists performing over the two days has also been confirmed. After the special Friday opening set by Marco Carola it will be the turn of Snoop Dog aka Snoop Lion, along with Carl Cox and Krewella. On Saturday headliners will be Armin Van Buuren, Knife Party, Richie Hawtin and I am Legion amongst others. There are almost 60 performers taking part.


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Fire fighting sheep on the payroll of Infoca THE attempts to combat forest fires is not just confined to human effort. The fire fighting unit Infoca has in its ranks this year 18,844 head of livestock, namely ‘firemen sheep’ which have the task of combing the mountains for pasture and scrub clean firewalls across the province. The use of livestock as a tool for fire prevention in the mountains is an initiative that the Juntade Andalucia regional government imported from France in the late

90s and is now widespread throughout the region with increasing numbers of animals each season. Specifically, in the province of Almeria, the scheme involves a dozen shepherds with their livestock (2,630 goats and 16,214 sheep) who work slowly but steadily, mainly in mountainous areas. According to sources in Infoca, this controlled grazing has several advantages over mechanical control

of the firewall. In monetary terms, a big saving is made because it prevents the need for machinery. The work of the animals reduces up to 75 per cent of the cost of regular treatments to prevent the grass growing. The initiative also promotes the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity, while providing livestock grazing, and allows the shepherds to earn an income linked to their traditional business. However the firefighting sheep not only work in the summer, the Junta has them contracted for the entire year. It is also vitally important they work during the winter months, as the mountains needs continual maintenance. It is about removing the vegetation in the mountains to make it easier for effective, natural breaks, in case of fire.

IN THE SWING: Pensioners work out in the square.

Senior citizens fun day in Huercal Overa MORE than 300 senior citizens took part in a fun day in Huercal-Overa.The 11th ‘Meeting of the Elderly: Physical Activity and Health’ was organised by the councillor for Sports and Social Wellbeing and brought down the curtain on the activities carried out during the year. The day began with a presentation in the town’s theatre, with plaques awarded by the mayor to associations that have taken part in the activities. The mayor encouraged the elderly to

continue with their fitness classes: “because with them, you remain active and not only keeps you physically fit but is also good psychologically. You are an example for the younger generation.” In the theatre there was also time for shows, with flamenco and a flamenco dresses parade involving adults and children. After the performances, the audience moved to the Plaza of the Constitution to take part in gym activities, ending the day with chocolate and churros.

Beaches at your fingertips THE website of Roquetas de Mar Town Hall is proving quite popular, with one page in particular grabbing a lot of attention. The webpage allows visitors the opportunity to check out the state of the beaches and weather conditions with one click. This year the page has had 18,000 hits from

2,100 different towns and cities. “We have received notifications of technical problems from people watching on the web in Belgium,” commented the head of technology for the the town hall Francisco Gutierrez. Last summer between June and September, the page registered 7,000 visits with this year already seeing a notable increase.




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New frequency for Smooth FM ALBOX radio station Smooth FM moved to a new frequency, 89.8 FM, this week and has a whole new weekday line up. The regular afternoon DJ, Mark Deakin is moving on after eight years with the radio station.

The new weekday line up starts bright and early with the Breakfast Show from 8am to 11am, with regular presenter Rod Oxley. From 11am to 2pm, Ray Peters takes over with the midday slot and will be presenting a new show. To finish off the afternoon, Malcolm and Christine will be on air from 2pm to 5pm with their mix of music and chat. However the music doesn’t stop there, with A NEW bus service from Arboleas to the great shows throughout the Tuesday Albox Market has begun with an evenings and weekend. initial trial period of one month. Evening programmes are dedicated to the 60’s, 70’s, The first pick up is at 9.10am at the Sprite ’80’s Tamla Motown and Bar in Los Colorados. The bus then passes Ibiza Club Music, all through Los Torres, Los Carrascos and complemented at the Bellavista with the last pick up at Maloans in weekend with the full range Arboleas at 9.30am. The price is €5 return of music tastes catered for. and gives people the opportunity to do a bit From Smooth Jazz, Soul, of shopping without the hassle of finding a Country and Western to parking place and for people to have a pint Easy Listening Music, the without the worry of having to drive. station has music for The bus leaves Albox at 12.30pm everyone to enjoy.

Arboleas bus going to Albox market


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Gala in honour of the Red Cross THE Auditorium Theatre in Roquetas de Mar hosted the solidarity gala ‘Now, more than ever’ on behalf of the Red Cross on Saturday evening. The gala counted on the participation of artists of the stature of Roko, Nena Daconte, Dancers Anabel Veloso, Alberto Ruiz, 10year- old Mar Hernandez, Antonio Lizana and the group Love Me Back. The matron of honour was the Almeria news reporter for Tele 5, Isabel Jimenez; and patron of honour was Albojense Juan Manuel Sanchez Reche, the winner of Spanish TV programme MasterChef. The gala was hosted by journalist Javier Silvestre. The Provincial Assembly of the Red Cross of Almeria, was represented by its president, Juan Carlos Sanchez and Juan Jose Martínez, president of the Local Red Cross in Roquetas de Mar. The organisers of this gala aimed to raise funds for the various projects of the NGO (Non

Government Organisation), and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the institution. “The Red Cross is a non-profit organisation that helps and works with many people who have needs and I think tonight, Almeria has shown the capacity to respond to an association that has for many years been serving the community. “I want to thank all the citizens, whose presence will contribute to the Red Cross to continue providing aid to many people,” said the president of the government, Gabriel Amat. Juan Carlos Sanchez, recalled the important effort made by the Local Assembly of Roquetas de Mar by organising this gala: ”I want to highlight that in Almería there are over 10,000 members. “Seven or eight years ago we had over a thousand members. The response from the province to the Red Cross is very important.”


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Calls for a republic MORE than 60 Spanish towns and cities saw a total of tens of thousands of people take to the streets to demand a referendum on the future of the monarchy. Following the announcement of the king’s decision to abdicate, republicans took the opportunity to call for the abolition of the monarchy rather than see the succession of Prince Felipe to the throne.

STEPPING DOWN: What will the future bring for the royal family?

Ramifications of the abdication KING Juan Carlos has abdicated but what does this mean for the future of the country and its ruling family? For the country it will probably be a good thing as ‘young blood’ may mean a renewed confidence in the monarchy and its ability to act on behalf of the nation.

The prince, soon to be king, is well versed in modern ways and the manner in which business is conducted in the cyber age which will possibly help the ailing economy. For the royal family itself the abdication means, more than anything else, a reshuffle of their titles. The

Infantas will no longer be members of the royal family but will change over to being relatives of King Felipe VI. The biggest question the collective press are asking is what does it mean for the ex-king and what will his legal situation be? On Tuesday alone there were

already three people claiming to be illegitimate children of the present king, there will be more to follow soon. As he is no longer the king he is now liable to the same laws as the rest of the citizens of the country and, as such, can be taken to court for paternity cases.


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Glad Rags raise four figures for F.A.C.E. GLAD RAGS fashion store presented a cheque for €820 this week to F.A.C.E. (Fundraising in Arboleas

Caring for Everyone). A fantastic day, which was completely sold out, was had by all for a worthwhile cause. The ladies modelled a range of stunning outfits from leisure wear to more formal dresses - all from Glad Rags in Albox. The cheque was for money raised in ticket sales during the recent fashion show at La Parrilla, also in Albox. There was an additional €367 from the raffle with super prizes donated by generous local businesses and residents. They would like to thank all the models who gave their time free of charge, Cuba Carole, Scottish Carol, Mini Carol, Jill Farmiloe, Mags, Anne, Jean Bircher, Claire McCann and Jenni Rock (owner of Glad Rags). Big thanks also to Sue

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Adele Wrigglesworth (F.A.C.E. president), Jenni Rock (Glad Rags owner) and Sue Pearce (F.A.C.E. treasurer). Spencer who modelled and choreographed the whole event. Jenni would also like to thank IBEX Insurance, who sponsored the event. F.A.C.E. raises money in charitable donations for a number of deserving causes in the area.

Stepping Stones Garden Party A GARDEN party and open day is taking place at the home of Fanny Davies in Mojacar, on Saturday June 21 at 4pm on behalf of Stepping Stones. Stepping stones is a

carers support group who meet up every Thursday at the church hall in Turre. The group consists of carers and their dependents of any mental or physical disease who enjoy and benefit from time with others in a similar position. For the last eight years, Fanny has been her husband’s main carer, as he suffers from Alzheimer’s. Fanny knew she needed some help and support and Stepping Stones has given her that, and more. Call Fanny Davies on 677 683 385 or 950 472 822.

Watch this space later in the year for a preview of the autumn/winter collection at Glad Rags.


Keeper signs UD Almeria have signed 29-year-old Ruben Martinez from Rayo Vallecano as their new goalkeeper. Martinez has played 63 Primera Liga games for Rayo in the last two seasons.

An apple a day VICAR celebrated the ‘World Tobacco Free Day’ by offering people an apple in exchange for cigarettes. The event took place outside the town’s theatre.


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Almeria groundstaff are Brazil bound TWO Almerienses will be heading to the Brazil World Cup thanks to their profession. Antonio Lopez and Jose Romero are both groundsmen at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos, home to UD Almeria. They have been chosen to care for the playing surface of the National Stadium of Brasilia, one of 12

stadiums which will be used during the tournament. Seven of the 12 stadiums will have their pitches maintained by Cataluña company Royalverd which cares for the pitch of UD Almeria. Antonio said excitedly that he “could not imagine that in the few years that I have been working in Almeria that

I would go to a World Cup to care for one of the pitches. “The maximum is a World Cup, you can no longer aspire to more. We only hope that they say that the grass is wonderful.” Jose said: “I almost could not believe it when Royalverd told me that I would be going to the World Cup. “We know we have a lot of work to do. I really like football and will live this experience like I am playing in the World Cup itself.” The personnel of Royalverd will work with groundstaff in Brazil in order to ensure that the pitches are in perfect condition during the tournament.


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Mojacar’s Moors and Christians THE traditional Moors and Christians Festival in Mojacar takes place this weekend. The festival gets under way tomorrow (Friday) with the opening of the Medieval Market in the Pueblo in Plaza Nueva and Calle Glorieta at noon. The market continues throughout the day on Saturday and is also open on Sunday morning. Friday night at 9.30pm sees the gathering of fusiliers at the ‘Centro de Usos Multiples’ followed at 10pm by the meeting of troops at the fountain, with the ceremony of the Moorish King handing over the key to the city to the Christian King. At 10.30pm, the troops move up to the pueblo, to the sound of music, gunshots and fireworks,warning of the presence of an enemy threat to the city. At 11pm the troops move into the pueblo to declare the festival open with the opening of the barracks and headquarters at midnight. The fiesta

then continues into the small hours of the morning. On Saturday the action moves to Playa Descargador in Mojacar with the gathering of fusiliers at 4.30pm. On the same beach at 6pm there will be a horse parade, with a meeting between Moorish and Christian troops. The festival will also include a belly dancing display and a Medieval tournament where Moors and Christians will try to win the hearts of the Dames by gaining the most scarves. The last act is for the troops to march towards the Parque Comercial. Saturday night, the fiesta continues at 10pm in Mojacar Pueblo. On Sunday, at 12pm on the beach the Moors and Christians meet up with plenty of action and gunshots. At 7pm the festival closes in Mojacar Pueblo with an impressive parade of Moors and Christians in full traditional dress, carrying weapons and accompanied by music bands and fanfares.


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Agreement made THE mayor of Zurgena, Luis Diaz, held a meeting last week with the provincial representative for development, Miguel Castellon. The meeting was held to address the completion of the repair of the hillside of Las Lomas, which has suffered several landslides in the last few years. At the meeting, the mayor reiterated the need of the provincial government to provide the necessary machinery to carry out the work.

The mayor noted that during the meeting, Castellon was ‘engaged and receptive to our proposals,’ and welcomed the ‘commitment made’ by the provincial government for the transfer of machinery for the required works. Previously, the town hall of Zurgena had shown the need for collaboration with other institutions to address the situation of Las Lomas, whose landslides forced the evacuation of several families and businesses.

So far, the town hall of Zurgena has spent more than €300,000 in the stabilisation of the hill. “He has confirmed he will work with us, putting the machinery at our disposal which will be helpful in solving the problem, something that we are thankful for,” said Luis Diaz at the end of the meeting. “We are hoping the arrival of the machinery is very soon. It is a problem that cannot wait,” added the head of works Candido Trabalon.

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An insult to the Canary’s intelligence THE MINISTRY of Agriculture, Food and the Environment has approved the exploratory drilling operations to be undertaken by Repsol in the Canary Islands. The permission does

not contemplate any extraction of oil and is heavily conditioned by the application of preventative measures to protect the environment. If Repsol wished to go on to extract oil from the

area they would have to present another project for approval by the government. This new application would have to undergo a more stringent environmental impact study.

The autonomous government of the Canary Islands is not happy about the situation and has commented that the decision opens the doors to a threat of an oil spill in the area.

The exploration will be undertaken by a specially equipped boat, around 60 kilometres off the coast, and will collect rock and fluid samples in order to detect the presence of hydrocarbons in the area. In order to guarantee ‘maximum transparency’ there will be a web page, to be updated in real time, available to the public to inform them of what is happening. The page will be managed by Repsol.

The government of the Canary Islands has been opposed to this operation since it was first suggested and considers that the exploratory operations threaten the natural heritage of the islands as well as the tourist industry. They have commented that the central government is “insulting their intelligence” by claiming that the only thing approved is the exploration.

COULD THIS: be the view from the Canary Islands soon?


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Domestic abuse of parents by children EVERY year in Spain around 5,000 parents denounce their children for ill treating them. Data released by the government indicates that the number of official complaints made by parents against

their own children is not showing the real extent of the problem as many parents are embarrassed to denounce their offspring and the abuse stays ‘behind closed doors.’ The average amount of time to go

by between being assaulted by their children and the official complaint being made is around 18 months. Javier Urra, psychologist and president of the Spanish Society for Violence against Parents, comments that “tonight there will be a large number of parents who go to bed in fear of being assaulted by their own children.” Urra is also the president of Recurra Ginso (RG), a social programme The prosecution was asking for that attends to the needs penalties of over three years as this of the victims of these would mean that the bankers would cases. actually go to prison rather than having RG has 95 professionals suspended sentences but the judges of on staff, among them the case considered that this was not psychologists and necessary as they had given back all of psychiatrists, who, in the the money. last two years, have Prosecutor Emilio Sanchez Ulled attended more than 654 commented that although he was callouts and 3,399 calls as pleased that the monies had been well as 1,028 e-mails from returned he still thought that the exparents who live in fear of bankers should have gone to jail like all being beaten by their other thieves. offspring.

Ex-bankers get away with suspended sentences THE Supreme Courts have condemned the ex-directorship members of Caixa Penedes bank to up to two years in prison. The courts consider them to have behaved in a “malicious and insidious” manner after they awarded themselves huge pensions. But they have given back the €28.6 million they stole for their pensions and will only get suspended sentences. The four ex-bankers admitted their crimes and returned the monies outstanding.


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We won’t forget THIS FRIDAY, June 6, marks the 70th General Dwight Eisenhower declared anniversary of the D-Day landings, the that the ‘tide had turned.’ event that is widely credited as kickEisenhower said: “The free men of the starting the demise of Nazi Germany. world are marching together to victory!” On Friday a re-enactment group will On Tuesday members of the rebring back to life the tide-turning enactment group arrived at moment that more than 155,000 Arromanches-les-bains ahead of allied troops landed on the the coming event. Members beaches in Normandy, in of the group are from the history’s largest amphiUK, Spain, France and bious invasion. the US. The D-Day landings, To mark the codenamed Operation anniversary on Friday Neptune, took place an international flotilla on June 6, 1944, when of ships will sail allied forces stormed through the channel to the beaches of Normandy before an Normandy in France. international ceremony on Around 4,400 Allied one of the landing spots, troops died on D-Day, while Sword Beach. another 9,000 were Services led by the D-DAY GRAVES: Fallen wounded or declared British and the French will but not forgotten. missing. be held at Bayeux The re-enactment, part of a series of Cathedral, followed by an event at the anniversary events, is to honour the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves historic day when troops waded and Commission Cemetery. There will also be parachuted onto French soil as part of a service organised by the Normandy the famous Second World War D-Day Veterans Association at Arromanches. landings. In the UK, Portsmouth will be the main After the audacious attack, which focus for the anniversary, as thousands marks the start of the eventual defeat of of allied troops left its port to head to the Nazi Germany regime, America’s Normandy.


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Sporting chance JIJONA town hall paid architects €147,620 to draft plans for a 33,000square metre sports complex. It is now looking for ways to finance the project which will cost €3.15 million.

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Summer site

ONE HUNDRED people recently took the Alicante-Oran ferry, retracing the crossing made by SS Stanbrook in March 1939. Its British skipper took 3,000 Republicans to safety as the Civil War ended.

Easy way in ACCESS at Villajoyosa’s Barbera dels Aragones open-air auditorium has now been improved for those with mobility problems. Architectural barriers have been removed and a new makes it wheelchair-friendly.


Water pressure

WALK FOR LIFE: Hundreds still turned up for the charity event despite the rain.

Rain doesn’t dampen spirits

THE annual Maria and the Pink Ladies ‘Walk for Life’ for the AECC saw 358 people turn out in the pouring rain to take part in what is usually the biggest single fund raising event by one association on the Orihuela Costa. Even though the weather was a let down some of the performers still went on stage to entertain the crowds which gradually increased as the day went on and the sun began to shine. Maria Wilson, president of the Torrevieja branch of the AECC cancer charity said: “I would like to thank all the entertainers that performed, Dan Davy, Rob Bonovox, Stevie Spit, Nikki G, Samantha Curtis, Gemma, Kye Jaymes and Richie Alexander. Once again Sunshine FM supported the entertainment for the whole day. There was a fabulous Zumba warm up led by Angie, a Pink Lady from Quesada and the Torrevieja Pipes and Drums led the walk in the most horrendous conditions and I would like to thank all who took part on the day.” The total amount raised is still being counted. years of age, unemployed and registered with Servef. Visit for information.

New station

Cherry picking

MURCIA’S San Andres bus station is being completely renovated during the next year. It will include wi-fi and travel information in Spanish, English and Braille.

MURCIA’S cherry production has almost doubled in the last decade. Last year 181 hectares of land in the region were occupied by cherry orchards, 93 per cent more than in 2004.

Football camp


Driving lessons TORREVIEJA is holding a prize draw for youngsters to win driving lessons. To enter you must be between 18-25

THE RAFA NADAL Foundation, of which the tennis player is the president, has received a prize for promoting peace and being against violence; the prize was given out by the Non Violence Project Award committee in New York.

Traffic stopper

WORK is being carried out on the water supply in Calle Blasco Ibañez in Guardamar to enable residents to get more pressure in the summer.

FC BARCELONA is launching a new summer football camp at La Manga Club. It runs from July 21-25 for girls and boys aged from seven to 17. For information email

Peace prize

THE PEOPLE of Palma took to the streets on Monday night to protest the monarchy and come out in favour of Spain becoming a republic. The demonstration was peaceful and there was no police presence.

Light of day

75 years on


Republican demo

FINESTRAT town hall’s Information Point will be open on the beach each day from 9am until 2.30pm until September 30. The Font del Moli point will now close until October.

ROBBERIES continued in the Muchamiel area when valuables were taken from two neighbouring houses on a gated urbanisation. Both were ransacked on the same morning while their owners were out.


Fines swapped RESIDENTS in Mijas will be able to swap fines for misdemeanours or traffic offences for community work if they can’t afford to pay.

Ham cutting EIGHT of Spain’s best ham cutters took part in a competition in Ronda. The

ham was enjoyed by visitors to the fair as it was sold at affordable prices.

Free entrance THE Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga will be free to enter for students and staff at Malaga University, thanks to an agreement signed between the two institutions.

Garlic imports FARMERS in Antequera have complained about mass importation of garlic from China, meaning they are now being paid €0.70 per kilo at the most.

Cocaine sales THREE people were arrested in Fuengirola for allegedly selling cocaine to organisations which were based in Madrid. Police seized drugs and other items.

TRAFFIC was stopped for several hours on the Cami de la Vileta when a large car had an accident and ended up on its roof; the tow truck had to come and remove it which caused the street to be completely closed.

School trip FIRST year students at the Joan Maria Thomas de Palma high school visited the Grup Serra which is a leading Palma communications company; they were there on a careers day.

Embezzled funds THE EDUCATIONAL Committee of the Balearic Islands has denounced Joana Maria Camps for, allegedly, embezzling money from the committee on his recent trips to the mainland and other islands.


Fish market THE OLD fish market in Almuñecar has been given a new lease on life after a revamp in which the squatters were removed and the whole area was cleaned. Although it belongs to the state, the council had to take charge due to the large amount of complaints it was generating among neighbours.

Cave book NERJA Council has presented a book entitled ‘The Caves for All’ which tells the story of the caves in both English and Spanish; it has been illustrated by local artist Luis Santiago.

Cherry record ALFARNATE, in the Axarquia Mountains will have a bumper cherry crop this year thanks to the dry winter which had almost no frosts; early predictions say that up to 100 tonnes could be collected.


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Stories making headlines in Europe



BRITISH PRESS Revealing wallpaper SWEDEN - A Swedish teen has been convicted for sending pictures of his genitals to friends via Facebook after they recognised his wallpaper in the background.

Fun police

Alcohol purchases

Weight problem

THE House of Commons spent more than £1.4 million on alcohol to sell in Palace of Westminster bars in 2012 and 2013, according to The Times.

MORE girls under 20 are overweight or obese in the UK than anywhere else in Western Europe, new research has shown.

Orders up

Prehistoric croc

THE UK commercial aerospace industry enjoyed a ‘bumper’ April, with a 10 per cent increase in orders, according to a report.

A 5.5 cm fossilised tooth belonging to a prehistoric relative of modern crocodiles has been recorded as the largest of its kind found in the UK, scientists have said.

Bar phobia

DENMARK - A group of police officers in Denmark took the term ‘fun police’ to another level after letting a group of teenagers use their car’s bonnet as a waterslide.

REVELLERS aged 18-23 drink significant quantities of alcohol before they go out as they find bars and nightclubs ‘scary,’ researchers at Plymouth University found.

CROC TOOTH: Largest one of its kind found fossilised in the UK.

Self tasting NORWAY - A Norwegian conceptual artist claims to have boiled his own hip bone and eaten the flesh with potato and a glass of wine. He had undergone a hip replacement.

Cover up

RUSSIAN PRESS Train robber TRANSPORT police arrested a 43-year-old father-of-three at a railway station for stealing tea, condensed milk and jigsaw puzzles from a train.

SWEDEN - A controversial painting depicting a smiling vagina on a staircase at a Swedish high school will be allowed to remain but has to be obscured by a wall.

New submarines

New craze

A YOUNG lioness, weighing 50 kilos, had to be removed from a train when its owner, who had registered it as a domestic cat, was unable to keep it under control.

NORWAY - A 20-yearold Norwegian and her two British friends have started a new internet craze by posing topless around the world and posting on Instagram.

THE Russian Navy will enhance its potential by introducing six project 636.3 ‘stealth’ submarines in the Black Sea Fleet.

possibility of being able to block entire web sites.

More bases RUSSIA has said that it needs more military bases around the world, as it currently has only four, compared to the 500 of the US army.

A 14-YEAR-OLD joyrider was arrested in the northern German city of Flensburg after a 200kph car chase, in which he crashed into two police cars and injured an officer.

Large dancer A 75-YEAR-OLD from Munich weighing 125 kilos took his sports club to court after he injured his leg when the ballet barre he was practising on collapsed.

Deleted past THE Higher Regional Court of Koblenz has ruled that ex-lovers should delete revealing photos and videos taken of their former partners when relationships end

Fast internet PASSENGERS on all German Intercity-Express (ICE) trains will have access to fast internet connections by the end of the year, Deutsche Bahn has promised.

MORE than a third of German homes have just one person living in them, according to census data, making single-person apartments the most common household.


NOT DOMESTIC: Young lioness on a train.

RUSSIA reportedly has plans to toughen its anti-piracy laws. One change would be the

WORLD Wildlife Fund director Johan van de Gronden stated that his organisation urges people to fly less, but his own WWF people fly two million kilometres every year for presentations, meetings and working visits.

PRESS Joyriding crash

Single living

Wild cat

Fly away wildlife



in Estonia (87 per cent) and Austria (80 per cent).

More pay

Firework rules

Euro money

Once a year

MALE managers earn 20.7 per cent more than their female colleagues. This gap widened 2.5 per cent last year. The difference in hourly wage is €5.10 per hour.

THE Dutch tradition of setting off fireworks on New Year’s Eve will be restricted. Their sale will be permitted from two days in advance and they will only be allowed to be set off from 6pm on December 31.

DESPITE a growing anti-EU mood, 76.1 per cent of Dutch people want to keep the Euro as common currency in the Eurozone, a survey by Kieskompas showed. The biggest support for the Euro is

FORTY per cent of the over 2.8 million Dutch bachelors have sexual intercourse once a year, 14 per cent once every half year, 15 per cent once every quarter and 19 per cent once a month, a survey showed.


Mineral resources THE Junta has given permission to company Explotaciones Rio de Aguas S.L to search for natural resources as stated in Section C of the Mining Act. Specifically, the company will be searching for gypsum and other minerals in the towns of Huercal Overa and Zurgena. The permit covers an area of 26 mining areas (approx 780 hectares) and is valid for three years. Adriana Valverde, of the Junta explained: “The Junta is committed to the development of mining as one of the main productive sectors of our community, it is capable of generating wealth and employment and providing work for those affected by the crisis in the construction industry.”

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Dames in Turre hold AGM THE Dames in Turre will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday, June 9, at the Hostal Rural in Turre. This will be the last meeting before the summer closure and is for members only. However, any friends are welcome to join them for the lunch afterwards, also at the Hostal Rural. The Dames’ final get together will be on Tuesday June 17 for a day at the seaside, with the trip taking them to La Manga del Mar Menor (Murcia). After stopping for a coffee break at Cabo de

Palos they will travel along the narrow strip of land to La Manga del Mar Menor which divides the Mediterranean see from the inland sea of La Mar Menor. Those attending will be able to relax on the beach, take a dip in the sea, bring a picnic or just stroll around the town at their leisure and find a nice restaurant for lunch.

If you would like more information please contact Secretary Pam Smith 950 475 418 or President Lesley Barlow 950 478 633.


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A note from the


Fascism must not return


OMORROW (Friday) is the 70th anniversary of D Day. Many veterans from the allied forces who landed on the beaches of Normandy on that June morning have returned to the scene to remember the event. It stood for many as the beginning of the end of World War Two. All of us should remember those brave soldiers who fell on that fateful day, we are forever in their debt. They helped rid Europe of the blight of fascism. With the rise of the far right in the recent European elections we must not allow anti immigration sentiment to become fascism. While it is legitimate to demand controls on the numbers of people arriving in our home countries, such sentiments must not be allowed to turn into something more sinister.

Too many brave men died to rid the world of fascism to let it return. It would be an insult to their memories.

Adios King Carlos KING JUAN CARLOS should be applauded for abdicating. To make way for his dynamic son is the right thing to do after a long period of ill health. But it has highlighted the divisions in Spanish society as pointed out in this column before. Thousands of Republicans have taken to the streets calling for an end to the monarchy. It will be interesting to see if the abdication brings the country together in the long run, or splits it further apart.



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business & legal

SPANISH multinational oil company Repsol is to pay out an extra dividend of €1.3 billion. Shareholders will receive €1 per share following the €3.6 billion payout after Argentina nationalised its 51 per cent controlling stake in YPF. The company provides approximately a third of

Argentina’s oil and a quarter of its gas and the takeover arrived a year after YPF announced the discovery of large deposits of shale oil and gas fields. Repsol confirmed it has now disposed of its remaining assets in Argentina after selling to JP Morgan all the government bonds it received in

The sandwich price index... CLUB sandwiches have succeeded loaves of bread and Mars bars as cost of living markers. The Club Sandwich Index (CSI) compiled by compares prices of the classic sandwich containing chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise. The CSI is a ‘barometer of affordability’ based on prices paid by the clients of 840 hotels with five, four and three-star classifications in 28 countries, claims. Madrid hotels, where a sandwich costs an average of €11.52, provided the statistics for Spain’s CSI. This put Spain in 27th position in this year’s

listings, up three places with a 7.8 per cent increase since 2013. The world’s most expensive city was Geneva, charging an average €23.91 for a sandwich, followed by €21.53 in Paris. Helsinki, ranked 11th in 2013, shot up to third place with this year’s €17.86 and had Stockholm close behind on €17.64. Oslo charges €16.93 and London €16.62. New Delhi (€6.44) is the cheapest city, followed by Mexico City (€7.17) and Buenos Aires (€7.61). Madrid is in the middle category but this could change. Prices have fallen in most countries but have continued to rise in Spain, according to the Index.

compensation for the YPF takeover. Mexico’s state oil company Pemex, which has an 8.75 per cent stake would receive €116 million, Spanish construction multinational Sacyr €122 million while Repsol’s largest shareholder, Cataluña’s CaixaBank would get €158 million.


usiness extra

Go-ahead wanted BRUSSELS postponed until July 10 its verdict on Telefonica’s €4.14 billion purchase of German mobile operator E-Plus. A decision regarding the sale of Spain’s Ono to Vodafone is due on July 2.

Pay delay ANNUAL reports by Spain’s biggest businesses must reveal their time-lag in paying suppliers. The Finance ministry hopes this will persuade them to pay within the obligatory 60-day time limit.

Castle sell-off to raise money PART of a moated 10th century castle with walls 3.5 metres thick could soon be transformed into luxury apartments. The Interior ministry is selling off empty police stations and Guardia Civil properties and Maqueda Castle in Toledo is one of these. The section due to be sold off once housed a Guardia Civil headquarters that was later converted into a museum costing €5 million in 2010. The 2,600-

square metre building also has 30 parking spaces. The Maqueda property has a starting price of €9,588,290 and the sale is being handled for the ministry by as are others in Barcelona, Cuenca, Galicia, Granada, Navarra, Santander and Sevilla. The sales come under the government’s economy programme and its bid to capitalise unused assets.


STAT OF WEEK THE Caixa Banking Foundation, with net assets of €20 billion, is the world’s third-biggest foundation and Europe’s largest. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation occupies the number one slot, followed by the Wellcome Trust.


Extra Repsol dividend


PAYOUT: Repsol lost control of YPF.


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C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Mngmnt 447.35 Admiral Group PLC 1460.50 Aggreko PLC 1667.50 Anglo American PLC 1481.75 Antofagasta PLC 799.25 ARM Holdings PLC 924.75 Ashtead Group PLC 888.75 Associated British Foods 2996.50 AstraZeneca PLC 4346.25 Aviva PLC 524.75 Babcock International 1222.50 BAE Systems PLC 430.45 Barclays PLC 247.75 Barratt Developments 365.85 BG Group PLC 1218.25 BHP Billiton PLC 1879.00 BP PLC 504.55 British Amricn Tobacco 3591.25

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 2.10 0.47 1.38 0.09 0.00 0.00 24.50 1.68 10.50 1.33 4.50 0.49 8.50 0.97 -21.00 -0.70 63.50 1.48 0.50 0.10 9.00 0.74 7.40 1.75 0.75 0.30 8.50 2.38 -3.00 -0.25 11.00 0.59 1.50 0.30 -9.45 -0.26

NET VOLUME 621.96 116.12 89.63 934.48 279.27 521.39 1,169.49 107.01 599.10 1,634.13 141.35 1,446.86 7,541.27 1,270.37 841.36 1,257.60 6,748.82 443.31

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

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 142.55 91.50 35.47 135.25 102.23 122.79 24.62 69.31 100.53 26.79 159.81 80.23 27.32 184.36 101.46 55.57 101.43 57.86 40.94 76.91 29.63 80.79 40.91 93.45 116.22 79.63 49.96 214.83 76.77 84.01

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3.9M 3.6M 16.2M 2.8M 5.9M 5.2M 29.4M 3.2M 11.5M 18.9M 2.2M 4.5M 43.6M 4.6M 6.0M 12.0M 4.2M 11.5M 34.6M 2.6M 26.2M 7.4M 10.4M 2.3M 3.7M 5.1M 12.4M 1.5M 6.0M 6.4M


C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 3.50 2.00 3.31 2.00 9.00 1.00 16.00


0.49 0.23 0.83 0.12 0.59 0.09 0.66

NET VOLUME 506.30 793.58 4,121.09 73.88 207.43 100.03 98.35



$ 14.62 $ 31.13 $ 22.48 $ 10.95 $ 11.03 $ 9.98 $ 4.48 $ 5.30 $ 7.31 $ 5.94 $ 11.97

1.74 ▲ 13.51% 3.68 ▲ 13.41% 2.34 ▲ 11.62% 1.09 ▲ 11.05% 1.08 ▲ 10.85% 0.87 ▲ 9.55% 0.36 ▲ 8.74% 0.4201 ▲ 8.61% 0.55 ▲ 8.14% 0.4399 ▲ 8.00% 0.88 ▲ 7.94%

$ 2.42 $ 41.86 $ 2.22 $ 2.10 $ 3.635 $ 28.75 $ 20.28 $ 2.12 $ 18.66 $6 $ 3.62

0.52 ▼ 17.69% 8.179 ▼ 16.35% 0.40 ▼ 15.27% 0.35 ▼ 14.29% 0.425 ▼ 10.47% 2.91 ▼ 9.19% 2.03 ▼ 9.10% 0.21 ▼ 9.01% 1.78 ▼ 8.71% 0.52 ▼ 7.98% 0.296 ▼ 7.56%

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Most Declined Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. Splunk Inc. Envivio, Inc. China Auto Logistics Inc. Glu Mobile Inc. Criteo S.A. Alliance Fiber Optic Products, Inc. China BAK Battery, Inc. MacroGenics, Inc. ReachLocal, Inc. TOP Ships Inc.


C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) CHANGE Centrica PLC 337.60 2.00 Coca-Cola HBC AG 1421.50 49.00 Compass Group PLC 998.50 3.00 CRH PLC 1634.50 -2.00 Diageo PLC 1916.25 -3.00 easyJet PLC 1558.50 29.00 Experian PLC 1039.50 3.00 Fresnillo PLC 806.50 0.50 Friends Life Group Ltd 314.00 0.70 G4S PLC 251.30 1.20 GKN PLC 394.70 2.30 GlaxoSmithKline PLC 1591.75 -9.00 Glencore PLC 328.38 5.05 Hammerson PLC 597.00 3.00 Hargreaves Lansdown 1235.00 16.00 HSBC Holdings PLC 629.35 0.16 IMI PLC 1603.00 6.28 Imperial Tobacco Group 2693.00 0.00 InterContinental Hotels 2348.00 -8.00 International Consolidatd 399.70 6.20 Intertek Group PLC 2925.50 8.00 ITV PLC 183.05 0.90 Johnson Matthey PLC 3249.00 37.00 Kingfisher PLC 392.05 0.10 Land Securities Group 1071.50 3.88 Legal & General Group 231.60 1.40 Lloyds Banking Group 77.48 -0.39 London Stock Exchange 1960.50 2.25 Marks & Spencer Group 450.45 1.20 Meggitt PLC 487.80 3.40 Melrose Industries PLC 283.35 3.30 Mondi PLC 1075.00 4.00 Morrison (Wm) Sprmrkts 199.45 -2.20 National Grid PLC 892.50 2.50 Next PLC 6677.50 39.25 Old Mutual PLC 201.15 -0.90 Pearson PLC 1172.50 1.93 Persimmon PLC 1353.50 15.18 Petrofac Ltd 1266.50 5.00 Prudential PLC 1390.75 5.30 Randgold Resources Ltd 4414.00 57.00 Reckitt Benckiser Group 5112.50 10.25 Reed Elsevier PLC 955.75 4.75 REXAM PLC 537.75 6.50 Rio Tinto PLC 3104.75 47.90 Rolls-Royce Holdings 1051.50 11.12 Royal Bank of Scotland 345.30 -1.30 Royal Dutch Shell PLC 2446.25 11.00 Royal Mail PLC 519.00 7.00 RSA Insurance Group 480.40 0.70 SABMiller PLC 3290.25 -21.50 Sage Group (The) PLC 413.55 3.90 Sainsbury (J) PLC 339.55 -6.60 Schroders PLC 2596.00 10.00 Severn Trent PLC 1969.00 1.00 Shire PLC 3471.00 56.00 Smith & Nephew PLC 1032.50 -13.00 Smiths Group PLC 1328.50 8.00 Sports Direct Internatnl 776.50 -9.72 SSE PLC 1565.50 9.30 Standard Chartered PLC 1344.50 2.00 Standard Life PLC 390.40 -9.79 St James's Place PLC 790.75 8.16 Tesco PLC 300.75 -2.15 Travis Perkins PLC 1704.00 21.00 TUI Travel PLC 411.05 0.80 Tullow Oil PLC 851.75 9.00 Unilever PLC 2680.50 1.00 United Utilities Group 874.75 7.00 Vodafone Group PLC 209.58 0.05 Weir Group PLC 2619.00 -1.00 Whitbread PLC 4214.00 28.00 William Hill PLC 356.80 1.30 Wolseley PLC 3366.50 42.00 WPP PLC 1290.50 3.00

% C H G. 0.60 3.57 0.30 -0.12 -0.16 1.90 0.29 0.06 0.22 0.48 0.59 -0.56 1.56 0.51 1.31 0.03 0.39 0.00 -0.34 1.58 0.27 0.49 1.15 0.03 0.36 0.61 -0.50 0.11 0.27 0.70 1.18 0.37 -1.09 0.28 0.59 -0.45 0.16 1.13 0.40 0.38 1.31 0.20 0.50 1.22 1.57 1.07 -0.38 0.45 1.37 0.15 -0.65 0.95 -1.91 0.39 0.05 1.64 -1.24 0.61 -1.24 0.60 0.15 -2.45 1.04 -0.71 1.25 0.19 1.07 0.04 0.81 0.02 -0.04 0.67 0.37 1.26 0.23

VOLUME 5,466.30 105.51 360.40 441.73 608.70 245.64 1,006.84 234.82 765.88 1,734.98 539.26 2,157.06 5,850.20 226.48 184.68 2,139.91 60.46 202.76 193.77 1,788.79 82.20 2,875.61 74.20 1,273.78 170.10 4,254.37 23,142.38 88.87 615.37 255.16 278.02 238.85 2,506.43 1,156.38 50.48 2,248.85 403.00 178.10 191.50 431.29 69.21 117.29 917.84 356.65 1,138.48 764.70 1,673.08 429.75 667.44 362.22 326.27 532.19 1,728.95 51.81 99.15 403.85 744.61 75.87 639.61 315.85 561.80 2,554.02 140.67 6,187.63 108.41 457.17 272.05 554.74 393.76 9,361.95 123.95 99.24 1,193.41 253.80 353.88


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UK data continues to improve in quarter four THE recovery in the UK in Quarter four maintained the momentum built in the previous quarters in 2013. Healthy data flow from the service, manufacturing and the construction sectors and most recently from the housing market are lifting sentiment and the British consumer is slowly reemerging from a long hibernation. The strong numbers have been a key driver for the bullish momentum in the pound which has forged higher on the anticipation that UK growth will continue to outstrip official forecasts. However, the latest Bank of England quarterly inflation report delivered a more dovish tone than expected and cooled appetite for the pound. Growth and inflation forecasts remained the same as the previous quarter, but Mark Carney Governor of the Bank Of England, played it with a straight bat and did not talk

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about raising interest rates as a result of positive growth indicators. The perception of slack in the economy was not altered much from previously and Carney noted that there is still more slack in the economy to be used up before the Bank of England will hike interest rates. Carney also noted that when the tightening cycle does commence it will be slow and gradual and not to the same levels as before the financial crisis. The pound fell on the report even despite a fall in the unemployment rate as Carney took the heat out of early rate rise chatter. Once the market settled down and following robust retail sales data and

GBP/EUR: Has managed to push to a 16 month high. higher inflation the sentiment flipped again to a view that interest rates could in fact rise sooner than projected by the Bank of England. Expectations on the timing behind an interest rate rise will to continue to see-saw in relation to UK economic data releases. In the Eurozone, low inflation in April and weak Gross Domestic Product growth in the first quarter of 2014 highlighted

once again the deep challenges faced by the single currency area. The latest economic reports published yesterday have given the European Central Bank yet another reason to ease next month. The EZ GDP for Quarter one printed at 0.2 per cent against a consensus of 0.4 per cent. The economic polarisation between Germany and the rest of Europe has again intensified and highlighted the structural

unbalances challenging the region. German GDP beat the forecasts printing at 0.8 per cent versus an expected 0.7 per cent while French GDP flat lined. Spanish and Italian GDP figures disappointedly contracted. EZ CPI readings remain also extremely low with core inflation coming only at 0.7 per cent, which is well below the ECB’s target rate of 2 per cent. The ECB have set their stall out to act in June and it is now a question of by how much. The recent European elections have given a further headache and alongside lower growth and inflation the market is expecting something comprehensive. With this expectation and the upbeat UK data, GBP/EUR has managed to push to a 16 month high and the market eagerly awaits the ECB decision in June for further direction.

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EVERYONE is a salesperson. From our infant years when we work out a strategy for getting what we want we sell ourselves daily to get our own way. Successful sales people prepare their presentation before meeting clients. Anticipating their customer’s needs and likely budget they add an inducement to their package. Salesmen who don’t have an Option B are disadvantaged. This is usually an alternative product, payment plan or time sensitive gift. Selling is close to the acting profession. The prepared

DEAL CLOSED: Tricks of the trade. presentation is delivered in stages; it appears to be original but has been repeated day in day out. Long before the presentation the lures are set. Salesmen know how to use the terms ‘either or.’ If he asks for the order the client is

inclined to say, ‘No, I want to think about it’ or words to that effect. It is easy to reply ‘no’ to ‘can I help you?’ but not so easy to say ‘no’ if one is asked, ‘how may I help you?’ At the sharp edge of unscrupulous selling the client

is mentally prepared for the salesman’s pitch. However, he or she will have already decided to defer their buying decision. The salesman knows this and prepares for it. Hapless clients are blissfully unaware that the salesman is not acting on his own. At a predetermined signal, near to the close, there will be a call to his boss to see if the offer is still on or he receives a call: “Excuse me, this is my boss calling.” As soon as the muted phone conversation ends the salesman will turn to the couple with dismay written on his face. “I am awful sorry, it looks as though someone is negotiating to place the order.” Having already steeled themselves for the hard sell the clients are caught unawares. Rather than miss a bargain they will plead that they take priority over the phantom competitor.

Jobs that go begging despite unemployment ALTHOUGH 25.9 per cent of Spain’s working population is unemployed, 73,000 jobs remain untaken. There are posts that cannot be filled either in this country or elsewhere because applicants do not fit the profile that companies seek. On other occasions they lack the required level of specialisation, explained the recruitment agency Randstad. This is especially true of mining, the construction industry and the energy sector, particularly wind power. Engineering and IT posts are also going begging, Randstad said. In some selection processes that involve between 800 and 1,300 candidates, 43 per cent of vacancies are not filled and there is a 60 per cent failure rate, said one of the agency’s experts. Despite the rise in unemployment the problem of finding the ideal person for certain jobs is no easier than it was in 2007 when the economic crisis was starting. Paradoxically, when a suitable candidate is engaged, he or she will seldom have come from the pool of jobless, he added.


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Loose change A look at finance for females


Splurging after a break up

Jane Plunkett

New supplier SPAIN could supply 12 per cent of Europe’s gas once the Midcat pipeline is finished. Its three pipeline links to France would deliver an annual 15.1 billion cubic metres of gas.

AS if the heartache of breaking up isn’t enough, it’s now been concluded in a recent study that girls are extra prone to random shopping sprees after a relationship split up. On average girls will spend nearly double after a break up shopping trip than they might tend to spend on any other spree. One study revealed that women will spend about €55 on an impromptu shopping trip for clothes, shoes and accessories after a relationship turns sour. This amount is much more than when girls shop to cheer themselves up for other reasons. In contrast, women who shop because they are bored spend an average of €35. About €32 is splashed out on treats after an


Fat figures FOOD and drink exports rose to €22.584 billion last year, accounting for more than 25 per cent of the sector’s turnover. This brought a positive trade balance of €3.466 billion.

RETAIL THERAPY: Way to feel better? argument or fight, while women who shop after a bad day at work are said to spend an average of about €32, according to the study. The only time where average spontaneous spending meets that spent after a break up is when a woman gets paid, where the study says about €48 is spent.

Obviously the more disposable money a woman has changes the above figures, but the average spend ratios remain the same. Retail therapy is known as such for the very reason that many women having a bad time do feel a little better after a visit to the shops; and a new top or

new bag does give them a lift. There is nothing necessarily bad about this, but the pick-you-up is short-lived. Putting money away towards a goal (a holiday, a new car) may not seem satisfying in the moment, but in the long run it will prove a lot more gratifying than splashing out on a

new jacket that is bought sporadically. Interestingly, women seem to be all too aware of their tendency to over shop when they are in a bad mood. The study found that 56 per cent of women avoid shopping when they aren’t in a great place knowing they will spend more than they want to.

Spending rise THE National Institute of Statistics (INE) has released data showing that public spending has gone up by 0.4 per cent in the first three months of the year. This is the first time in the last 30 months that spending has risen.

No surprises in the most-bought rankings COCA COCA, Danone and Activia were Spain’s most-chosen brands in 2013. They occupied the first three places in the Brand Footprint rankings for the most-chosen consumer brands. The top trio were followed by El Pozo, Azucarera Española, Central Lechera Asturiana, Campofrio, Gallo, Don Simon and Puleva. Coca Cola, which came out top not only in this country but also worldwide, was chosen on 156 million occasions last year in Spain and included an average of 11.2 times in the shopping lists of 81 per cent of households. Danone was chosen by 55.3 per cent of

FAKE DESIGNER GOODS: Destroy jobs and undermine industry.

COCA COLA: Most popular brand. Spaniards on 86 million occasions with an average of 9.1 repeat purchases each year. Activia was chosen 78 million times by 41.6 per cent of consumers and bought an average 10.8 times. Fastest-growing brands last year were Acor sugar, which was included amongst the rankings for the first time, followed by Dolce Gusto, Danonino, El Pozo

and La Casera. The multinational Nestle had more brands in the rankings than any other group and La Cocinera, Nescafe, Dolce Gusto, Maggi and Nesquik accounted for 180 million purchases. All brands in the rankings were nevertheless under pressure from the own-label products of the supermarket chains, the survey found.

Fake goods are “a scourge” for the fashion industry DESIGNER labels equal cachet and the Spanish happily spend an annual €108 per head on fashion fakes. They spend another €64.7 on copies of sports clothes and accessories revealed Acotex, an association of business owners in the textile and accessories industry. Spanish consumers also pay out a yearly average of €42.5 on imported fake leather goods, Acotex found after analysing figures supplied by Spain’s trademarks’ defence association Andema. Fake goods are ‘a big worry’ for the textile sector, whose sales diminished by 3.78 per cent by the end of 2013, said the Acotex president Borja Oria.

It is vital consumers are aware they are supporting mafias with their purchases, he declared. “What is more, fakes destroy jobs and undermine industry because they do not pay IVA valueadded tax or Social Security. They do nothing to help the economy,” Oria maintained. The fashion industry has been hard-hit by the economic crisis, accumulating a 30 per cent fall in sales over for seven consecutive years. Sixty-two per cent of fake goods described as a “scourge” by Acotex - are acquired in open-air markets as well as from itinerant street vendors (37.2 per cent) and the internet (21.4 per cent).



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Get ready for the biggest tournament in the THE biggest tournament in the World is nearly here, and to make the excitement even higher it is being held in the home of romantic football - Brazil. Will the Samba rhythms of Brazilian football triumph on home territory, or will the tipi-tapi game of defending champions Spain win the day again? Many see the power game of Germany as being the biggest threat to Brazil and Spain, with others seeing a Messi inspired Argentina as being a serious contender. England’s


youthful squad go with nothing to lose. With the pressure off maybe they will exceed expectations, as long as they can get past current South American Champions and twice World Cup winners Uruguay and four times winners Italy in the group stages. Football fans around the world will be glued to their TV sets to see all the drama, upsets and hopefully fantastic football that the World Cup is all about. The party kicks off on Thurday, June 12 with hosts Brazil playing Croatia in Sao Paulo at 10pm. It promises to be a great opening match.


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Using votes as leverage to get things done... PERMIT me to comment on two letters published in the Euro Weekly News. Kath Williams’s letter regarding the changes to the Urban Planning Law states: “Both the main parties tell us they agree that the LOUA needs amending. But what is happening? Nothing.” Has she asked them why nothing is happening? K James writes about the removal of a bus stop at a roundabout in La Zenia. He thinks the bus company and the council could have placed a bus stop in another location nearby. Has he asked the bus company and the council if this is possible? Your paper is an excellent platform for airing grievances and protests involving the authorities but the authorities will not take any action solely from letters. People have to take their issues to the relevant authorities and ask questions until they receive an answer. If the authorities do nothing or don’t give answers, remind them that you will be voting at the next local elections and your vote won’t be going to them! R.G.Waugh, Fuengirola (Malaga).

Illogical crisis IT’S some time since I have read such an illogical piece from Nora Johnson. She seems to be saying that we, the general public, are as guilty as the bankers for the financial crisis of 2008. Absolute nonsense. The banks have been pushing debt since the introduction of credit cards in the early 70s. Pushing debt like heroin dealers push addiction. I know of 50-plus cases where friends were pushed to take out credit aka debt by their bank managers. Maggie compounded the issue of too-easily available debt by opening the veritable floodgates with her Financial Services Act (FCA) of 1986. Even Nigel Lawson, Chancellor of the Exchequer at that time, admitted that the meltdown of




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All in the family PRINCE CHARLES seems to be somewhat confused, comparing Hitler to Putin. Let us not forget Russia lost 10 million troops and 20 million civilians to Hitler’s war machine. Prince Charles’s father Prince Philip, who is from the house of Schleswig-Holstein-SonderburgGlucksburg, had a brother-in-law, Prince Christoph of Hesse (would that make him an uncle to Charlie?). He was a member of the SS and piloted attacks on allied troops in Italy. George VI and the Queen’s mother (Charlie’s grandparents) sent birthday greetings to Hitler

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Natural remedy REGARDING the letters about sparrows, my advice is get a cat. Cats love sparrows and my cat Millie brings at least one sparrow a day into my house. I love sparrows and hate it when she brings them indoors, but there are so many of them. It keeps the

numbers down, meaning there is more food to help them survive. It’s the law of nature. Len Parsons, La Vinuela (Malaga)

Hidden gem SINCE moving to Spain 14 years ago we have had short breaks in Barcelona, Cordoba, Madrid and Sevilla. All of these places have had screeds written about them but we have never seen a word about Valencia anywhere. The travel agents don’t seem to have any information about it. One said they could send us to Alicante! So last month we had a short break there, travelling on the AVE train. It’s the most beautiful city we’ve been to and the buildings are the best we’ve seen anywhere. There is so much to see and do with museums, churches, castles and a modern, almost futuristic, area. The main street has an enormous 10-kilometre park through the middle with football and hockey pitches and tennis courts. Where else could we find that? Four days was not enough time to visit it all. So why no information available

on Valencia? It has everything. J Hollowell, Arroyo de la Miel (Malaga)

Dodgy cargo WITH reference to Mike Walsh’s article about chemical weapons, how well I remember as a merchant seaman joining the SS Empire Simber in October 1945! She was an old ship with well decks and a counter-sunk stern, flat out at nine knots. We were bound for Valencia where we loaded 70,000 cases of oranges. This was my first visit to Spain and the beginning of my love for the country. On the way back the ship had a seven-foot split in the bilges so we had to put into Gibraltar. As it was nearing Christmas she was patched up and we arrived at London docks on December 22 with the first cargo of oranges since before the war. Once unloaded, she sailed for Swansea where she was loaded with 8,000 tonnes of mustard gas in drums, then taken out to sea and scuttled. She was an old ship with wooden hatch covers so nearly 70 years later they and the drums would have disintegrated but not the contents. As Mike said: “Mustard gas turns into a sticky mass that can drift around in the sea for years.” What a thought. Joe Billet, aka Joe the Cat Man, Quesada (Alicante)

Tax solution I READ yet again about Gibraltar’s complaints regarding the queues on the Spanish border. Surely the solution is in their hands? Just charge VAT and tax at the normal British rate. They tell the world that they are proud to be British, so why not pay their dues like everyone else? There is also a health concern that by reducing the cost of tobacco and alcohol they are increasing cancer cases and heart-related diseases. If Gibraltar has a social conscience, it should be contributing millions of pounds to the British and Spanish health services. Gibraltar is the carbuncle on the edge of Europe. I feel ashamed as a British citizen to be associated with it. Brian Lynch (by email)

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BBC TWO 4:30pm Animal Park 5:15pm The Bear Family and Me 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Building Dream Homes 8:00pm Great British Menu 9:00pm Springwatch 10:00pm Springwatch 10:30pm Burning Desire: The Seduction of Smoking 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Ejector Seat 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm If I Don't Come Home - Letters From D-Day

ITV2 4:00pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:05pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:10pm The Real Housewives of Atlanta 7:00pm Dinner Date 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Zookeeper 11:00pm TV OD 11:30pm Celebrity Juice

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BBC TWO 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Building Dream Homes 8:00pm Great British Menu 9:00pm D-Day 70 10:00pm Gardeners' World 10:30pm Normandy '44: The Battle Beyond D-Day 11:30pm Newsnight

ITV 4:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 5:00pm Ejector Seat 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Farewell Tina 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Soccer Aid 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:35pm Cape Fear

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ITV 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm Local News and Weather 7:30pm ITV News and Weather 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm 40 Years on Coronation Street 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Road Rage Britain 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather

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Becoming more racist... no surprise! W ELL of course we’re all far more racist these days. A recent survey in the UK didn’t hold any surprises for me - or for most of us I shouldn’t wonder. In the early days the British were abhorred by signs that appeared outside boarding houses or bed-sits that read NO Blacks. NO Dogs and NO Irish. They counteracted that truly bigoted bunch by introducing new legislation and doing all they could to make these newcomers, mainly West Indian, as welcome as possible, including wonderful support of the first Notting Hill Gate Carnival, which brought colour and sunshine to a somewhat grey and bleak area of London. The West Indians responded by integrating and working. A perfect example of how a diversified culture can truly be a boon to a race of people who had become a bit staid and somewhat gloomy in the aftermath of war and want. Great. Since then it has been all downhill. We now have millions of illegal aliens, have been bombed and massacred in our streets, been made by the authorities to accept cultures in our midst who have no intention whatsoever of integrating into the society that continues to support them and their families - often far over



and above the call of duty. We have hatred for both us and our nation chanted on the streets, by people living off the taxes paid by those at the brunt of these insults. We’ve had a soldier all but beheaded in public in the name of Islam. Our schools integrated by subversives and just about enough gratitude for all our generosity to fill a small spittoon. It is not us who have instigated this deterioration in community relations, it is those who are hell bent on turning the Nations of the West into the Nations they have ‘escaped’ from. Of course we’re more racist than we used to be, and the sooner these grabbing, ungrateful instigators of terror and hatred simply get out and find countries more accepting of the lives they are hell bent on leading, the better for all of us. Another thing that hasn’t surprised me this week is the allegations of corruption in the FIFA World Cup affair. Most of these Middle East Sheikdoms are built on bribery and corruption. It really wouldn’t

FIRST WAVE: West Indian immigrants integrated. surprise me if there are actually no Arabic translations for the words morality and scruples. When you produce nothing but money, it not only the root of all evil it is the root of just about everything. To be quite honest, I bet most of those allegedly involved, deep down are totally

bewildered as to what all the fuss is about. One good thing which has come out of it is they are mostly now pronouncing the name Qatar correctly. It rhymes with Catarrh - OK. Keep the faith. Love Leapy.

Are women reluctant to drive in Spain? A recent survey shows that British women are reluctant to drive abroad. Why are woman so afraid to drive when here in Spain? Do they drive in Spain and did they drive in Britain?


REDA O’HARA from Cabo Roig admits she was very nervous about driving when she first moved to Spain 18 months ago and she was here a year before she got behind the wheel: “I said I would never drive here, but I realised if I wanted to get out and about I needed to drive, so I did it. I have a right hand drive car so I just took it slowly and went out on a Sunday the first time, when it was quieter on the roads. “I can feel you are putting your life in your own hands, especially on the roundabouts.” Jean Doyle, on holiday on the Orihuela Costa from South Dublin, agrees driving in Spain can be quite intimidating: “I would not drive here, I’m scared of the traffic, but I do drive in Ireland.” Her husband Billy is left to the driving here in Spain and agrees drivers can be quite erratic: “They don’t indicate or go round roundabouts properly.” Lesley Siverns, 53, on holiday

STREET TALK from Worcester thinks that all the new rules and regulations put people off. Lesley, who works as a carer said: “I got a fine for crossing over a white line in the road. I didn’t realise you couldn’t do that. The police here seem aggressive and intimidating. I still drive here in Spain and in the UK. I have driven in countries around the world and Spain is the most intimidating LESLEY: Rules put people off.

country to drive in.” Sandy Love, 65, is retired and shares her time between Albox and the UK. Sandy said: “I don’t drive in Spain because I find the left hand drive vehicles difficult to negotiate. I don’t drive much in the UK either, I

use my bus pass to get around.” Sandy also felt that the driving standards in Spain were quite poor. BILLY & JEAN: Billy is left to drive in Spain as Jean won’t.

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DALLAS BUYERS CLUB DALLAS BUYERS CLUB is an American biographical drama directed by Jean Marc Vallee and written by Craig Borten and Melias Wallack. Matthew McConaughey starts as the real-life AIDS patient, Ron Woodroof, who smuggles unapproved pharmaceuticals into Texas and distributes them while facing opposition from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).










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CANCER (June 22 - July 23) Something that you had set your heart on, although still coming, is terribly slow. This is not a time to be a pessimist. Please don't, however, allow your tendency to put all your eggs in one basket trip you up. LEO (July 24 - August 23) You are moving on in an important area but do not burn bridges before you have others to cross. You will know why I mention this later in the week. You are able to influence others far more than you realise.

10-Star Quiz 1. How many times did Fred Archer win the Epsom Derby? 2. How old was Lester Piggott when he won his first Derby on Never Say Die? 3. In which decade did (Sir) Gordon Richards ride his only Derby winner, Pinza? 4. In which month is the Kentucky Derby normally run? 5. Over which course is the Irish Derby run? 6. Three horse races make up the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing; one is the Derby, what are the names of the other two? 7. Marketed as the ‘race that stops a nation’, what is the name of the Australian counterpart to the Epsom Derby? 8. What was the name of the suffragette who was fatally injured during the 1913 Derby? 9. Which jockey rode the following Derby winners: Troy (1979), Henbit (1980), Nashwan (1989) and Erhaab (1994)? 10. Which jockey, who rode Shergar to Derby victory in 1981, was nicknamed the Choirboy?

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June 5: David Bisbal. Singer. This Spanish singer shot to fame through the first edition of reality show 'Operacion Triunfo' and has since gone on to win a Grammy and released four studio albums, all of which have topped the Spanish Albums Chart. He has sold more than 5 million records and been presented with 35 platinum albums from around the world.


for what you want. The shock of having this opportunity could cause you to hesitate. Do bear in mind, though, that he who hesitates is often lost.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) This is not a time to take anyone for granted. At this time of the year people tend to look at their situation and ask if they are getting enough out of it. Neglecting someone now could store up a lot of problems for the future.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) A big change means big chances, so don't let small things get you down. In the past six months you have come a long way. You are not back where you started. You are being given the chance to start again, but this time you have far more experience.

are inevitable. That does not mean that your attitude towards them could not change. Indeed, unless you want to continue to be upset, it must. Luckily, you have mostly had your own way recently. AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) You have a chance to give someone great delight, so why not go ahead? Your insecure side tells you that it is too good to be true and there must be a catch. Why should there be? This is a situation that you may relax into as only you know how.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Challenges that do not please you

PISCES (Febraury 20 March 20) Don't look for spooks in the closet when there are none. Not only does it look silly but it wastes good time. Basing your actions on past disappointments can only lead to more of the same.

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.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Is someone that you are closely involved with trying to drive a hard bargain? Are you surprised at the amount of time and energy that they are throwing at it?


TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) You have been learning about certain people very fast. Do you feel as though you are in the middle of a soap opera? With the summer sun high, it is possible that passions will fire up.





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


Average: 17

Very good: 31

Good: 22

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

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burying your head in the sand? It is likely that something happening right in front of you is being overlooked or ignored. You are able to deal with this more easily than you think.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Now is your chance to go straight

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Is there a chance that you are


IF IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: There are few areas where you can go badly wrong for the rest of this year. Finance is one of them and it is important to keep tabs on your spending. The second is love.



GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) This is your week to sparkle and show how clever you are. Why be modest? Let others know what you are capable of; your talents will come out sooner or later. Don't be embarrassed when paid a compliment, for it is richly deserved.



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Across 1 Catch gunner returning with others (6) 4 Caught poor, lame pack animal (5) 9 Thus a popular time is needed for television series (4,5) 10 This’ll sound like a Scottish emblem (7) 11 Following behind the queen (5) 12 Man of the cloth’s a pain in the neck taking religious instruction (6) 14 Red cards for Scottish team (6) 17 European flower - a little tender honeysuckle (5) 19 Close to wild cats (7) 21 Servant to accompany worker (9) 23 Six for each snake (5) 24 Court order last month regarding energy (6) Down 1 Concerning a boxing match (5) 2 Rosin is made for composer (7) 3 Dead, perhaps from disease (3) 5 It’s mean to state how old one is (7) 6 Was once on the stage to be precise (5)

7 Cringe when farm animal is next to her majesty (5) 8 Plastic or sand for decks (6) 12 Excuse me? Absolution? (6) 13 Tessie O’Shea, the Welsh entertainer, reveals cover (7)

15 Find, in the index, ‘Love bird’ (7) 16 Reliable noise (5) 18 Approve a constant beast (5) 20 Weapon seen in some circles as a breakthrough (5) 22 Service seen from space (3)

Code Breaker Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 11 represents R and 26 represents F, so fill in R every time the figure 11 appears and F every time the figure 26 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 7 Aboard, 8 Borage, 10 Emerald, 11 Seine, 12 Skin, 13 Defer, 17 North, 18 Core, 22 Learn, 23 Shatter, 24 Stewed, 25 Beware. Down: 1 Vanessa, 2 Coterie, 3 Array, 4 Bolster, 5 Latin, 6 Level, 9 Advertise, 14 Bounder, 15 Portray, 16 Debrief, 19 Class, 20 Eager, 21 Danes. QUICK Across: 1 Fake, 3 Spoon, 8 Aniseed, 10 Drake, 11 Slum, 12 Stagnant, 14 PreRaphaelite, 16 Positive, 18 Asks, 21 After, 22 Nothing, 23 Creep, 24 Urge. Down: 1 Failure, 2 Keep, 4 Pedigree, 5 Obama, 6 Taps, 7 Beetle, 9 Dutch oven, 13 Sauterne, 14 Poplar, 15 Inspire, 17 Sitar, 19 Saga, 20 Stir.


English - Spanish The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Barato (económico) (5) 4 Season ticket (theatre, rail, sport) (5) 7 Fork (cutlery) (7) 8/10 Dedo gordo del pie (3,3) 11 Without (3) 12 Seafood (7) 14 Nidos (5) 15 To leave (5)

Down 1 Courgette (9) 2 Comer (comida) (3) 3 Pinchazos (en neumáticos) (9) 4 Direcciones (9) 5 Works (musical, theatre, literature) (5) 6 Computer (9) 9 Juegos (5) 13 Búho (3)

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

ENGLISH-SPANISH Across: 1 Blackbird, 8 Ahora, 9 Tunes, 10 Leer, 11 Ocho, 15 Apodo, 17 Araña, 18 Frambuesa.













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Funagram Unscramble the name of a famous American composer and songwriter: POORER CELT FUNAGRAM SOLUTION: FOLLOW THE LEADER, COLE PORTER

Unscramble the name of a famous children’s game (three words): THE WELL-READ FOOL

Across 1 Complete disorder (5) 4 Adjusts to fit (6) 9 Edible mollusc (7) 10 Landing stage (5) 11 Overdue (4) 12 Omnivorous American nocturnal mammal (7) 13 Unpleasant (3) 14 Bundle of hay (4) 16 Alleviate (4) 18 Cushion (3) 20 Pungent gas (NH3) (7) 21 Largest continent (4) 24 Freight (5) 25 Southwest African country (7) 26 Rob (6) 27 Conditions (5) Down 1 Baby’s bed (6) 2 Acclimatise (5) 3 Reveal (4) 5 Downcast (8) 6 Magical concoctions (7) 7 Proverb (6) 8 Facial hair (5) 13 Informal term for tall thin person (8) 15 Supreme commander of a fleet (7) 17 Amusingly eccentric (6) 18 Cover with colouring matter (5) 19 Annoy continually (6) 22 Abstinent (5) 23 Leave out (4)

1 Prints, 2 Traced, 3 Barest, 4 Meteor, 5 Reaped, 6 Health, 7 Oceans, 8 Rested, 9 Cursed, 10 Arenas, 11 Hazels, 12 Sensed, 13 Learnt, 14 Seated, 15 Wearer, 16 Reeled, 17 Weeded, 18 Seared, 19 Powers


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Prime Minister David Cameron hosts Great British Menu banquet Richard Shanley


PRIME MINISTER David Cameron will host the final banquet for the ninth series of Great British Menu. The theme for the BBC Two cooking competition this year is World War II and the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and several veterans will be in attendance. “My generation, this country, we enjoy freedom, we enjoy democracy because of the sacrifices your generation made and we must never forget that,” Cameron said to the guests. The Great British Menu banquet will be shown tomnorrow (Friday), at 8pm

MASTERCHEF HOSTS: John Torode and Gregg Wallace.

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(CET) on BBC Two. Other guests include Winston Churchill’s granddaughter Celia Sandys; twice banquet winner and judge Tom Kerridge; D-Day veterans Ken Sturdy and George Batts; one of Churchill’s War Cabinet secretaries Joy Hunter and Bletchley Park cypher clerk Baroness Trumpington. Christopher Biggins, JLS singer JB, model Jodie Kidd and former soap star Todd Carty are among the celebrities taking

Sleep and Susannah Constantine. Six weeks of shows will see the celebrities whittled down through a series of challenges, which will include cooking for past MasterChef champions, the first ever Relay Invention Test, facing the dreaded restaurant critics and feeding the ‘Italian cookingmafia’ - Antonio Carluccio, Aldo Zilli, Theo Randall and Giorgio Locatelli. The winner will follow in the

part in Celebrity MasterChef this year. Made In Chelsea’s Millie Macintosh, actress Leslie Ash and former Coronation Street star Ken Morley have also signed up to be judged by hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace. The full list of 20 celebs also includes: Tina Hobley, Alex Ferns, Amanda Burton, Sophie Thompson, Emma Barton, Kiki Dee, Jason Connery, Alison Hammond, Tania Bryer, Russell Grant, Charley Boorman, Wayne

footsteps of previous champions Ade Edmondson, Emma Kennedy, Phil Vickery, Lisa Faulkner, Jayne Middlemiss, Liz McClarnon, Nadia Sawalha and Matt Dawson. “Each year we approach Celebrity with a mixture of fear and hope - will any of them actually be able to cook?” said creative director of Shine:Soho, Karen Ross. “It is often a terrifyingly rocky road to get from the early disasters to the real hard core-cooking talent. This year will not disappoint!”

If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on 678 332 815 or email I look forward to your comments and questions.

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Slow or fast weight loss. Which is the best? CRASH diets may not be as effective as longer term plans. Researchers say the reason rapid weight loss may not be as effective as losing weight more gradually is because it leads to more muscle loss than slow, steady slimming. Muscle is better at burning off calories than fat which means that if you have less muscle, less energy will be used and so the weight may begin to creep up again. The theory is based on evidence from Dutch researchers who put one group of participants on a very low calorie diet for five weeks and another group on a less strict diet for 12 weeks. The eating plans were designed so that both groups lost the same amount of weight - just over different time scales.

Both groups lost similar amounts of weight but those on the very low calorie diet lost much more muscle. A month after coming off their diet, they had lost almost three times as much muscle as those who had lost weight more slowly. The researchers are now tracking the two groups for nine months to see if the crash dieters regain more weight than the slow dieters as expected. TIME: May make a difference when slimming.


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Spain’s drug use amongst highest in Europe SPAIN is the second largest consumer of cocaine in the EU, second to the UK. The latest annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), analysed 28 countries of the EU plus Norway and Turkey, on drug use. It found that in Spain, 8.8 per cent of adults have or do use it, just behind the UK with 9 per cent. Spain is in fifth position for cannabis use, with 27.4 per cent of adults using it. However, cocaine use in Spain has fallen slightly; around 0.2 per cent compared to 2012.


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Answering questions about eyesight By Dr Mariano Gómez Reolid, Veravision Clinic CATARACT removal is the most common surgical procedure in the world. Cataract surgery with implantation of a traditional monofocal IOL, targeting distance vision, leaves most individuals dependent on some correction, usually spectacles, for near vision. Having to frequently take reading glasses on and off is inconvenient for many people. Because of this, a person might wear reading glasses around their neck, scatter multiple pairs around the house or wear bifocals all the time. With today’s advanced lens procedures, patients now have a choice in the type of lens that is implanted during cataract or clear lens extraction surgery. Unlike conventional ‘single vision’ intraocular lenses (IOLs), multifocal IOLs are lens implants that are designed to help patients see at varying distances using different points

of focus. The goal of a multifocal IOL is to provide functional vision at different distances to minimize the use of glasses. Although they might still prefer to wear glasses for prolonged reading, the vast majority of multifocal IOL patients experience freedom from glasses for tasks such as driving, watching TV, using their mobile phone and computer, looking at photos, reading magazines, price tags, product labels, receipts, and menus. With bifocal glasses, you look through the top part of the lens for distance and through the bottom area of the lens for near. A multifocal IOL, designed using advanced technology called diffractive and refractive optics, is entirely different, providing both a distance and near focus at all times. Your brain will learn to automatically select the focus that is appropriate for the task at hand. This phenomenon is much like having a conversation in a room where there is background music; the brain will ‘tune out’ one to listen to the

Dr Mariano Gomez Reolid. other. There is a learning curve for using this new, advanced optical design. Good candidates for multifocal or presbyopia-correcting IOLs generally are easy-going, realistic in their expectations and willing to accept a few trade-offs, such as some visual distortions, in exchange for reduced dependency on glasses or the possibility of eliminating them altogether.

Depending on pupil size, the multifocal IOL patient may experience some halos, or rings around lights at night. These halos are different from and less problematic than those typically caused by cataracts. Fortunately, these halos become less noticeable and distracting over time as the brain learns to selectively ignore them through a process called neuroadaptation.

Compared to their predecessors, the current generation multifocal IOLs have been engineered to significantly reduce the halo effect. Multifocal IOLs are high performance devices and, accordingly, require precisely tuned optics. If the IOL power is not optimal, the multifocal IOL will not perform as well as desired. In these situations, a patient may discover the vision is adequate for most tasks and that wearing a very thin pair of glasses helps them out in certain situations (e.g. night driving). Alternatively, an additional procedure, such as LASIK or PRK, can be performed to optimize the outcome. In my personal experience the intraocular multifocal lens are a good choice because it allows us to wean off using glasses greatly and gives us more quality of live.

* This article is purely informative and is in no way a substitute for a visit to your Ophthalmologist.


Almost half of all Spanish children are overweight A MASSIVE 44.5 per cent of Spanish children between the ages of six and nine are overweight due to not eating breakfast, not sleeping enough or spending their free time in sedentary pursuits. Only 3.8 per cent of Spanish kids have a proper breakfast which should include milk, cereals and fruit or natural fruit juice, according to experts. Of the kids who sleep less than the recommended eight hours a day 60 per cent of them were overweight. According to a report from the Organisation of Cooperation and Economic Development (OCDE) Spain is above the average for overweight children which is causing experts some concern over their future health. Experts consider that the lack of breakfast is partially to

blame, as well as other factors, and Juan Jose Diaz, spokesperson for the Spanish Society of Gastroenterologists, comments that “going to school in the morning without a proper meal inside them is a massive and key dietetic error in the development of the children.” The study also revealed that the movement of kids towards more sedentary pastimes, including, among others, video games, has had a huge influence on the weight of the younger generation. Another key point in the study is the amount of sleep a child gets - if they are getting less than eight hours a day then they are more likely to be overweight. The study ends with the worrying information that among the family members of the overweight children there were several with diabetes which has long been linked to poor lifestyle habits. VIDEO GAMES: Partially to blame for obesity.

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5 ways to dress your burger

CHEESEBURGER: Making it more fun.

APPARENTLY it’s International Burger Month in May but sometimes a plain burger doesn’t hit that spot and the necessary ingredient missing is usually cheese. Here are five ways to beef up your cheeseburger game this summer, be it on the barbecue or on the stove. Avocado and melted Muentster cheese will give smoky burgers a creamy feel. Give burgers a taste of southern USA with creamy, spicy pimento cheese and some sour cream. Rub your burgers with coffee (liquid not grains) before cooking and then slather on any smoked cheese for a brand new delight for your taste buds. In some areas of the USA (new home of the burger) they like to ‘crunchify’ their burgers by adding a layer of crisps between the burger and the cheese covered bun. Last but not least comes the concept of layering different sorts of cheese over each other on the burger - choose any three or four cheeses and give it a go.

Restaurants taking over the internet IT has taken a while, but Spaniards are finally getting into the habit of booking restaurants online. Several websites have gradually edged their way into the highly competitive world of catering in Spain, and thousands of restaurants have seen an opportunity to attract more clients. One of the secrets to the success is that they often offer substantial discounts, sometimes of up to 50 per cent. But the sites are used by cheaper restaurants only, and offer clients the option of choosing not only the

type of food they want to eat, but also the budget. Another popular feature is users can evaluate their experiences with different businesses, and the better the review the higher their position on the page. According to one of the sites, El Tenedor, in 2013, some 300,000 bookings were placed, which is a spectacular 170 per cent more than the previous year. This generated more than €38 million for the catering sector, and the prediction is that revenue will continue to increase during 2014.



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Supermarkets of the future are in Germany

MAGINE a supermarket in which there is no packaging and goods are displayed in a clean, almost Apple-like manner. There are no plastic bags, sealed Styrofoam cartons or twisty ties to deal with. This is the supermarket of the future and it’s opening in Germany. If all goes according to plan the Original Unverpackt will complete its crowd funding in July and open shortly thereafter. This is big news for bulk bin fans who will be familiar with the concept behind the shop. It’s simple and makes a lot of sense: you buy only what you need and nothing more. For people who have had to buy a dozen Serrano peppers when they only wanted one for a dish, they can understand the value that this model could potentially provide. At Original Unverpackt there will be a range of over 600 different items, from wine to crackers,

NO PACKAGING: Just what you want. customers just have to bring their own containers to take it away with them. The biggest question mark about

bringing the model to the rest of Europe is how the whole system will comply with each country’s public health codes.




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Round Spain on a plate: gastronomy of Asturias THE gastronomy of Asturias is a collection of culinary traditions, ingredients and recipes that can only be found in this province. The gastronomy is quite clearly divided into what has come from the Cantabrian coast, which gives it the sea food and fish, and what comes from the Cantabrian Mountain Range which gives it the meat and milk. The gastronomy of this province is much more than just cider and Fabada so here are a few dishes to get you started on this rich tradition of warming foods. The most famous cheese from Asturias is ‘Cabrales’ which is not unlike Stilton; it is a strong blue cheese made from sheep’s, cow’s and goat’s milk. Among Asturias’s other cheeses are Gamoneu which is made from cow’s milk and comes from the area of Amieva and Ponga, Pria which is smoked and comes from Llanes and La Peral which is another blue cheese, although not

FABADA ASTURIANA: Typical and delicious stew. so strong, and comes from Aviles. No one can go to Asturias and not try a typical ‘Bollo Preñao’ (pregnant bun), this is a small bun cooked with a chorizo inside. Another ‘must eat’ is either Fabada or Fabes con Almejes; the former is a stew made with beans, bacon, black sausage, chorizo and a mix of spices - a great winter warmer and the latter is beans with clams and spices delicious at any time of the year.

For dessert, essentials of the local gastronomy are either Casadielles which are small, sweet pies full of pureed nuts and aniseed or Marañuelas which are typical, local biscuits. For anyone visiting this oldest and purest of the Spanish provinces the food will be a delight - always accompanied by the local flat, but delicious, cider which should be poured from a great height.


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Kitchen hacks juicing a lemon SQUEEZING a lemon should never result in an eyeful of juice and yet it so often does. Check out these five pain-free ways to juice a lemon so you can extract every last drop without potentially blinding yourself. 1. Roll the lemon, cut in half crosswise, squeeze cut-side up using only elbow grease. 2. Cut lemon in half crosswise, stick a fork in the centre and make up and down motions to extract the juice. 3. Cut lemon in half crosswise, stick a spoon in the centre then twist to extract the juice and squeeze cut side up. 4. Cut lemon in half crosswise, use a

citrus press or a beater from a hand-held mixer. 5. Put the lemon in the microwave to warm up, cut in half lengthwise and use a citrus juicer. So now you know and need never stumble around your kitchen with an eyeful of citric acid to deal with. HOW TO: Squeeze a lemon without the pain.

Mediterranean diet secrets 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.”

MEDITERRANEAN DIET: Combination makes it healthy. 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.


Cabo de Gata trip THE Almanzora Group of Friends had a great start to their day trip to the Cabo de Gata. Just a few kilometres from Las Negras, they found themselves surrounded by natural beauty. The guide for the day was David Monge, an expert in the flora, fauna and geology of the park, who explained the wonders of the terrain in layman’s terms so everyone could understand. After a refreshment stop in the old gold mining town of Rodalquilar the group carried on to Isleta del Moro for views of, and information about the Volcanoes del Frailes. The final stop, was the beach at Los Escullos where they were shown perfect examples of Oolites. More information about the Group of Friends Trips http://www.almanzoragof. org/trips.php.

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OLD FRIEND: Dealing with them passing away. on Rover to meet them at the door with a kiss. Pets offer amazing unconditional love and support. When that source of strength is removed, it is no surprise that depression follows. Accepting that a dear friend is gone is hard to do. It is a long road to travel, but there are many things to do along the way to make it easier. You must allow time to

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A word on Linux - the most ‘geek-ish’ operating system Trevor Spencer



ELLO and welcome to CanDu Computer Bytes. Today’s discourse is about the most ‘geek-ish’ of operating systems - Linux. I can almost hear the resounding echoes “never heard of it, it, it” (I did say echo, echo, echo). Linus Torvalds, a Finnish born, American citizen, while at university created the central core of what would become (LIN)us’s (U)ni(X). He made it, and the program code, available for the computing community to examine, add to, and amend. He holds the rights to say in which direction it

OPERATING SYSTEM: A user friendly platform. develops, but that is only on paper. The community took this project to its heart and having adopted the ‘Open Source’ ethos of freedom and transparency (something that ‘Other’ system providers shy away from!), have developed this Operating System into a

stable, safe and dare I say, user friendly, platform that it is today. The first thing you will hear from the ‘nah sayers’ is that it is only for ‘geeks.’ Tosh and nonsense! These comments are invariably from Microsoft zealots and devotees (you wouldn’t

hear an Apple user getting so heated!). True, it is the operating system most depicted on TV dramas where the ‘bad guys’ use it to break the bank’s security and the ‘good guys’ use it to re-secure it and catch the villains. This simply reflects the vast reserve of strengths and abilities that it has over most of the competition. Today’s versions can be run off a memory stick so that you keep your current operating system and are still able to examine Linux without any of the associated faff. What more can you ask for - “Try before your DON’T Buy”! Now that is a deal! More about this system next time. I’m now off to Jack’s Bar in Albox for my Friday afternoon computer clinic! See you all there :-)

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HARD ROCK: The hotel is celebrating its grand opening in June.

Hard Rock Hotel for Ibiza HARD ROCK International will open its first European hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, this month. The weekend-long grand opening celebration will take place on June 13-14. The rock themed hotel is one of six five-star hotels on the island and has 493 rooms (293 of them suites) four restaurants, a convention centre, two pools and seven bars. It is located next to Playa d’en Bossa Beach and is ideally placed for visitors to enjoy the island’s club scene. However, holidaymakers who want to party

without leaving the hotel will be able to enjoy live performances from top DJs and artists, although crowds of up to 2,500 are expected. UB40, Ellie Goulding and Snoop Dogg are the confirmed artists so far for June 27, August 8 and August 15 respectively. The hotel offers music-related features including ‘Sound of Your Stay’ which allows guests to create a personalised playlist, be the DJ in their guest room or even take guitar lessons. There will of course be a Rock Shop with Hard Rock clothing and merchandise.


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

WE have never seen so many healthy geranium plants as in the past month. First we visited the Patio Garden Festival in Cordoba. Some 70 inner patio gardens with wonderfully colourful patios open to the public

for 12 days each May. Some dedicated to geraniums, with up to 800 hanging pots covering the walls within a single small patio garden. Others a mix of geraniums and cascading petunias like you’ve never seen. Then we visited a number of garden centres at the time overflowing with new offerings of geraniums, from the hot houses of more northerly regions of Spain and the EU. And lastly we walked across the ‘piece de

CORDOBA PATIO: A wonderful display of geraniums.

resistance’ of the geranium world in Spain this year. The Pont d’Aragon bridge across the old watercourse of the river Turia in Valencia is decked with 20,000 geraniums stacked as a double sided wall, stretching right across the bridge on either side of the roadway. We thought ‘Where have the geranium moths gone?’ and ‘Who does all the watering and dead heading?’ Turn to Page 78


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Geranium displays almost a full time job From Page 77 The answers were not hard to find and made the mind boggle. Such displays were not for the amateur gardener. First the truth about Cordoba. By the time we had visited most of the patios during a long day on foot we realised perhaps only a quarter were dedicated to geraniums and these were generally only prepared and fully maintained for the period of the fiesta. Others were genuine residential patios full of a wide variety of evergreen plants, succulents, pots of bulbous plants with just a few seasonal petunias and geraniums. The sort of patio garden that would be cool and colourful throughout the year. Some with a subsidy from the town hall. We walked through an arch into an adjacent patio that was in the competition. Eight hundred fresh plants festooned the walls. Not a dead head or poor plant to be seen. We chatted to the owners. “No we don’t keep this up all summer.

We water and dead head in preparation for and during the festival but then cut back on the watering and hours of daily care. We can only water with a small half litre tilting can on the end of a four or five metre pole. It takes us four hours a day to just water each plant every other day. In two months most will have succumbed to the sun and geranium moth. “It would be difficult to spray chemicals within these four high walls. Yes, we buy 800 new plants every March! “It’s worth all the effort if we win a prize.” Second the truth about Valencia. Intrigued by the freshness of the display on the Pont d’Aragon we phoned the parks department. “Oh, we maintain the display until December when we change to 10,000 poinsettias. “Keeping up the display is almost a full time job. Watering is by an inbuilt irrigation system. It needs checking several times a week and the

PATIO GARDEN: Worth the effort if a prize can be won. task of deadheading, spraying against the geranium moths, replacing poor and missing plants is very labour intensive. “But the display makes a wonderful entrance to the town

and tourists love it as you obviously did.” Yes we did enjoy both the displays in Cordoba and Valencia but it suggested that a resume of the care geraniums

require in our more normal garden displays would be timely. So whether you have space for one or 10: 1. Only purchase strong healthy plants. 2. Assume the worst and spray new plants against the geranium moth the day you get them home from the garden centre. 3. Water to keep damp. 4. Feed weekly with a geranium fertiliser. 5. Dead head, and remove dead leaves weekly. 6. Watch out for the small holes surrounded by a black circle that indicates a geranium moth. Prune affected stems. 7. Take cuttings of your best plants in the autumn to propagate new plants for an even better display next spring. Looking ahead to next spring, do plan a visit to Cordoba to see the courtyards for yourselves.

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The new Yaris is being hailed as an important event in the history of Toyota THE launch of the new Yaris 2014 is being hailed as an important event in the history of Toyota Motor Europe as for the first time the Product Planning Department, the Research and Development Division based in Brussels and the European Design Centre at Sophia Antipolis near Nice, have been working hand in hand to develop a product that goes way beyond Europe’s borders. The work carried out in Belgium and France on the fundamental aspects of the Yaris 2014 external design, interior design and platform - has been fully adopted on some versions of the Vitz produced in Japan. This exchange of know-how is, for Toyota Motor Europe, the first tangible application of the new thinking advocated by the Global Vision revealed in 2011 by Akio Toyoda. Following the trend initiated by the new Aygo, the new Yaris features more distinctive stylistic aspects. They strengthen Yaris’s emotional appeal without sacrificing any of the rational strength of the original car, such as package and durability, said

NEW YARIS: Has benefited from some major work. the manufacturer. Alessandro Massimino, Product Manager in Brussels explained: “Yaris was always extremely strong in its rational dimensions: great packaging, durability, cost of ownership… What we wanted to achieve was to connect the model not only with our customers’ brains, but also with their hearts.” The interior has undergone important modifications aimed at improving driving pleasure and

onboard comfort. Efforts have focused particularly on the quality of the materials which, in feel and appearance, have significantly changed compared to the previous model. The equipment and choice of colours have also been broadly diversified.

Lastly, the new Yaris has benefited from major work aimed at significantly improving suspension comfort and sound insulation, as well as efficient handling and driving pleasure. The Yaris remains available with a 1.0 and 1.33 petrol engine, a 1.4 D-4D and finally the hybrid, which makes up almost one out of three sales. More than 84 per cent of the Yaris models produced at Valenciennes in northern France are for export. Not only to 42 countries in Europe, but also to the Unites States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In 2014, 26,000 Yaris models will be set to cross the Atlantic, accounting for 12 per cent of production. From the new thinking about Toyota’s Global Vision, led by its President Akio Toyoda in 2011, came the certainty that, in order to meet the needs and desires of consumers worldwide, more responsibilities and freedom had to be given to the 17 Research and Development Centres around the globe.

This change in attitude to the Group’s worldwide strategy led to the creation of specialist hubs in each region of the world. The directors of the Toyota Group have paid particular attention to Europe because this is the region where the car culture is most firmly established and where car manufacturers have worldrenowned expertise. Since Europe is the cradle of the compact car, Toyota Motor Europe has been given a leading role in defining future A- and Band C-segment cars. Toyota Motor Europe has also become Toyota’s skill centre in the three areas that identify the specific nature of the European market: importance of the diesel engine, customer expectations for perceived quality and their demands for vehicle dynamics. This specialisation is achieved through the increased collaboration with European suppliers, the work carried out with leading European universities on advanced research and through local alliances, such as the agreement signed with BMW for diesel engines.


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Looking good - a Mini like never before T

HE modern Mini is already several steps removed from its original mainly by being bigger. Now a concept for a new open top sports car takes it even further away. The BMW owned brand has joined forces with Italian designers Touring Superleggera and come up with a good looking compact sports car. It probably owes more to roadsters like the old Spitfire and MG Midget as a sporty small car than to the original Mini, but the manufacturer insists it follows Mini traditions combined with Italian flair. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, said about the

concept: “Touring Superleggera and Mini have much in common: both companies attach great importance to their history and this is something which defines their outward appearance to this day. What is more, they both emphasise iconic design and distinctive solutions. These elements are merged in the Mini Superleggera Vision to create an elegant automobile which interprets a British roadster under the influence of Italian style and hand craftsmanship.” Anders Warming, Head of Mini Design added: “The Mini Superleggera Vision elegantly perpetuates what the Classic Mini started 55 years ago: reduction to the essentials. “Its energetic, minimalistic design embodies the dynamic essence of SUPERLEGGERA: A good looking compact sports car.

TRADITIONAL: Two circular headlights and hexagonal grille.

an automobile. At the same time it creates unique emotional beauty in combining the past and future of the automotive industry, i.e. traditional coachwork, craftsmanship and modern design styling. It was a pleasure for me to design a concept like this.” The electrically powered car has first been designed to look great with the stretched bonnet, long wheelbase and cool, short overhangs designed to convey pure driving fun. As in every Mini, the wheels are set widely on the body to give a high degree of agility. The front of the car features the traditional Mini design icons: two circular headlights and a hexagonal grille provide

a nod to the original Mini, though it would be hard to confuse the two. The horizontal rib look of the radiator grille adds a classic sporty touch. The fact that it is closed is a discreet indication of the car’s electric motor. The air inlets are also circular, giving the front section a distinctive touch. Meanwhile the striking fin defines the look of the rear, adding a touch of extravagance. The highlight of the flat, wide rear is the unusual lights: designed in the form of a Union Jack divided in two, they combine functionality and symbolism in a way never seen before. “We are delighted that Mini wanted to stimulate an independent initiative and particularly Italian design for the first time,” said Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring Superleggera. He continues: “This project also shows Mini’s attention to preserving and nurturing the skills of craftsmanship incorporated in modern coach building.”


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VW take on the roadster concept THE GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo is a supercar that has been designed for a singular mission: the hugely popular Sony® PlayStation® videogame. This extreme and ultimate interpretation of the Golf GTI made its debut at the Woerthersee Festival in Austria that began on May 28. Like the Design Vision GTI that debuted at the same event in 2013, the GTI Roadster, Vision Gran Turismo uses the Golf GTI Design DNA to create a strong sporting statement, with distinctive horizontal graphics, say the manufacturers.

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windshield. The seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission is programmed to give incredibly fast shifts on the racetrack. Roadholding on the track is optimised thanks to an integrated rear diffuser, a gigantic rear wing, and a race-car-style front splitter. The car is equipped with 20-inch wheels that carry 235/35 front and 275/30 rear tyres; 4Motion all-wheel drive helps to transmit the torque to the pavement. Supercar-style vented disc brakes are fitted, with a diameter of 15.0 inches up front and 14.0 inches at the back.

Car with no need for a driver IT may look remarkably like a Bubble car from the 60’s but according to Google the car of the future is here. What makes it different is it is entirely self driving. There is no steering wheel, accelerator or brake - the car’s occupants are left entirely at the mercy of its powerful computer, software and sensors to get from a to b. The only concession to driving is it has a stop, start button. Chris Urmson, Director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, said in his official blog: “Since we started the Google self-driving car project, we’ve been working toward the goal of vehicles that can shoulder the entire burden of driving. Just imagine: You can take a trip at lunchtime without taking 20-minutes to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can’t keep their car keys. And drunk driving? History. “We’re now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human intervention. Our software will do all the work.”

The company hopes to have 100 of the cars on the roads within a year, if they can be made legal. “The vehicles will be very basic - we want to learn from them and adapt them as quickly as possible - but they will take you where you want to go at the push of a button. And that’s an important step toward improving road safety and transforming mobility for millions of people.” He added: “It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask: “What should be different about this kind of vehicle?” We started with the most important thing: safety. They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections. And we’ve capped the speed of these first vehicles at 25mph. On the inside, we’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so we’re light on creature comforts, but we’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route - and that’s about it.”

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Soccer Round-Up • THE World Cup starts next Thursday and England warmed up by beating Peru 3-0 in their final home friendly; yesterday they played Ecuador and on Saturday meet Honduras in two extra games. • Spain also play two more friendlies before bedding down in Brazil against El Salvador and Bolivia. • And right now FIFA is investigating (again) reports that bribery took place before Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 competition. • Liverpool have signed striker Rickie Lambert from Southampton for £4m plus add-ons, and don’t be surprised if four more players leave St Mary’s, including Adam Lallana (for £22m) - all this after manager Mauricio Pochettino quit Saints to takeover Spurs.

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Great victories for Carl, Marc and the Saints REMATCH: Carl Froch knocked out George Groves.

Wembley saw record crowd A BRITISH and European record crowd of 80,000 at Wembley saw Carl Froch knock George Groves out in the eighth round of their Super Middleweight rematch. The fight - the richest in boxing history - had been fairly even before Froch landed a superb right hook to send his opponent crashing to the deck. Next up for Froch - James DeGale perhaps before the end of the year? • Roy Keane should be Celtic’s new boss by now and Brian McDermott has left Leeds (and it’s official this time). Also, David Moyes, Gordon Strachan and Tim Sherwood, even Martin Jol, will all be back in football management sooner rather than later. • Demoted in 2013, Deportivo La Coruna have returned to the La Liga at the first attempt. • Ivory Coast and Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has been laid low with malaria while influential Italian midfielder Riccardo Montolivo will miss the

World Cup after breaking his leg in a recent friendly against Ireland. • Pele’s son, Edson, has been jailed for 33 years for moneylaundering. Wheeled Sport • The magician on two wheels, Spain’s Marc Marquez, won his 6th MotoGP in a row when speeding to victory in last Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix. Fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo was second and Valentino Rossi third. Marquez now leads the rider’s championship by 53 points from Rossi. Can

‘MM’ win every race? It’s possible you know. • This weekend, the cars, crews and drivers will be in Canada for the Montreal Grand Prix where the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will once again be battling it out for supremacy. • And last weekend, cyclist Nairo Quintana became the first Colombian to win the Giro d’Italia. Rugby Union • Northampton Saints won the Aviva Premiership title for the first time by beating Saracens 24-

2006 World Cup in Germany By Tony Matthews THE 2006 World Cup took place in Germany between June 9 and July 9. A total of 198 countries initially entered the competition which, in the end, was won by Italy who defeated France 5-3 in a penalty shoot in the final. Thirty-two teams took part in the competition and iis listed as one of

the most watched events in television history, garnering an estimated 26.29 billion non-unique viewers, with the final alone attracting an estimated audience of 715.1 million people. The 16 countries who came through the groups (A-H) were Germany/Ecuador, England/Sweden, Argentina/Netherlands, Portugal/

Mexico, Italy/Ghana, Brazil/Australia, Switzerland/France and Spain/ Ukraine. England made progress, beating Ecuador but France knocked out Spain. In the semi-finals it was Germany 0 Italy 2, Portugal 0 France 1… and then Italy went on to lift the coveted trophy in a tense and nervous final in front of 69,000 fans in Berlin.

20 in extra time in last Saturday’s final. Alex Watson’s last minute try decided a thrilling game at Twickenham. • Jonny Wilkinson, who scored over 1,200 points for England, officially retired from competitive rugby last Sunday. • England, now in New Zealand, play the first of three Tests against the All Blacks on Sunday. Cricket • Despite a brilliant record-breaking century by wicket-keeper Josh Butler, England (293-8) lost to Sri Lanka (300-7) by just seven runs in the fourth (of five) One Day Internationals at Lords. With the series level at 22, the deciding game took place at Edgbaston on Tuesday. • ‘Freddy’ Flintoff has agreed to play in the forthcoming T20 bash tournament for Lancashire. Tennis • Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray (just), Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer all began the second week of the French Open. Roger Federer, however is out, along with the Williams sisters and GB’s number one female Heather Watson, but Maria Sharapova is looking strong, again.

QUIZ: I have a general knowledge quiz on behalf of the RBL at The Beachcomber, Mojacar Playa, tomorrow night, 8.30pm.



Cortijo Grande is close THERE were close scores at Cortijo Grande’s mid week stableford. The winner with 39 points was Greg Ward and second with 38 John Wardley. In third with 38 was his wife Barbara Wardley. Sunday proved to be a big day for Mike Picken as it was his 80th Birthday. To celebrate he had an eagle two on the par 4 12th and came third with 74 in the medal. Winner of the medal on Sunday was Bob Winter with a 69 second with 73 John Rice and third with 74 Mike Picken. Everyone is welcome at the course which has lovely views and a friendly welcome.

A team Waltz From Back Page and Nekana’s brilliant Eagle at 16th, chipping in from 50 metres. Ray Wicking also converted his nearest the pin on the fifth into a well deserved two. Mark Danson and Christine Dow also won nearest the pins and Geoff Smith and George Abernethy scored twos. The 19th Hole G/S is now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course, which we play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th Hole give the secretary a ring on 610 340 653. Or email


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Difficult day at Mark Danson was best team for 19th Hole Aguillon golf THE 19th Hole Golf Society played a four Ball Team Waltz at Marina Golf, Mojacar

BADGERS visited Aguilon Golf for their weekly competition. This was the first time the society had played the course in its new layout. Surprisingly the scores were very low considering the good weather conditions and the excellent condition of the course. Topping the points list on the day was Dave Wright with 27pts, with second place going to Steve Cook, and third was Lynn Sefton. Nearest the pins went to Dave Wright, Steve Cook, Mike Daily and Jim Laird. Saturday’s competition was won by Lynn Sefton with 40pts, from Dave Wright in second place with 39pts. Badgers Golf Society also plays every Wednesday at various courses in the area and every Saturday at Macenas for their weekly roll-up. Guests are welcome to join the society on both Wed and Sat comps and can book in either at Badgers Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or by phone on 950 478 525 / 686 038 259. Fixtures can be found on

Five teams set out to battle for first prize but several quickly fell behind notably Dave Johnson, Zeta

and Dave Denyer and Billy the Ghost. Dave and Zeta really failed to support an in form Dave Johnson and ended up at the bottom of the results. The winners with 89 points were the Mark Danson team of Pete France, the defending Dow, Paco and Jose. champions were Mark celebrating his eliminated in the group 40th something birthday stage after earning a steered his team to a very single point. close victory over Terry England qualified from Caddick, Ray Wicking, Group F, beat Denmark in Brian Lowden and the next stage but lost 2- Christine Dow only 1 to Brazil in the quarter- separated on countback. Mark claimed a nearest finals. Spain won Group B, knocked out Eire at the the pin on the 14th to next level before losing 5- round his day off nicely. 3 on penalties to South Star performances of Korea. the day were the 44 Brazil legend Ronaldo individual points score by won the ‘Golden Boot’ Paco and his partner, Turn to Page 87 with eight goals.

2002 World Cup By Tony Matthews

THE 17th World Cup tournament, held in South Korea and Japan, ran from the May 31 to June 30. It was the first to be staged in Asia, and the last in which the ‘golden goal’ rule was implemented. A crowd of 69,029 saw the favourites Brazil win the trophy for a record fifth time, beating Germany 2-0 in the final with two goals by the now

2002: Korea and Japan. retired Ronaldo. Surprisingly Turkey finished third while

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