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ISSUE NO. 1639

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‘Monster’ rainfall By Matthew Elliott Dramatic images evocating hurricane season in the Caribbean have surfaced as the Costa Blanca North experienced its most torrential rainfall in nearly a decade. Hundreds of students were forced to evacuate schools across the Marina Alta as classrooms flooded and emergency services dealt with the very real risk of catastrophic electrical fires. In one fraught 10-minute period on Monday more than 14 litres of water per square metre struck the region causing substantial damage to school infrastructure. Rail and aerial connections between the northern Costa

Blanca and Catalonia were cancelled as the authorities raised emergency alert levels, having already established a yellow alert on Friday when meteorologists predicted a ‘monster’ rainfall. The widespread rains ravaged the entire Valencian coast with almost 100 litres per square me-

tre assaulting key towns and villages in the space of just 24 hours. In Puerto de Sagunto, Valencia, emergency services raced to the scene to rescue a woman stranded on the roof of her car as it slowly sank, the street transformed into a voracious river. Turn to page 4

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Delivery moved

EURO WEEKLY NEWS would like to advise all our readers that their normal delivery of next week’s paper, on Thursday, is being moved by just a day to Friday. Issue 1640, will be available on December 9. This is because there are two Spanish public holidays during the week, leaving us no choice but to postpone delivery.


Local is best


THE 1638 (November 24-30) issue of the Costa Blanca North Euro Weekly News contained no less than 60 local news items, demonstrating once again our dedication and commitment to delivering the news that matters most to you, our readers, in each of our six editions. Nobody does it better!

Put behind bars TWO Colombian drug traffickers have been sentenced to three years and five months in prison each. The two men were caught near El

Campello transporting a large quantity of cocaine. Each of them must also pay a fine of €30,000, the overall street value of the drugs.


Police arrest Algerians accused of burglaries By John Smith NINE Algerians, seven men and two women aged between 20 and 56 have been arrested in Alicante by officers of the National Police, accused of a large number of burglaries which saw the theft of cash, jewellery and even cars. The operation first brought the possibility of the existence of this gang to light in August of this year when officers were investigating a violent assault in the streets of Alicante by an individual who was wanted for a number of assaults and was trying to escape to the French city of Toulouse. Following this individual’s arrest, the officers discovered that he was part of an organisation which had been involved in burglaries and even illegal detention in both France and Spain. As the officers expanded their investigation they became aware of a group of people who worked together to identify likely houses to burgle whilst others actually committed the break-ins, another part of the group was in charge of keeping a look out for police activity and yet

RECOVERED GOODS: Included watches, jewellery and a number of ‘tools of the burglars’ trade.’

another group sold the proceeds. It transpired that many of the items stolen were taken by ferry from Alicante to Oran in Algeria and disposed of there. Once the officers had completed their case, they raided three houses in Alicante discovering four stolen vehicles, watches and jewellery as well as a number of ‘tools of the burglars’ trade’ with

eight being arrested in Alicante and one in Barcelona. Having found that many of the arrested had fake French identification, the National Police eventually identified them all and calculated that between them they had been arrested some 200 times in the past and having closed the gang down, they believe that they have solved at least 30 crimes.


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Equality group says it’s ok to celebrate Christmas



Your papers, your views Our readers have been expressing their views about the advice received from the EHRC about the celebration of Christmas which have been sent to our website Here are a few of your comments some of which have had to be cut due to size but we are always happy to hear from everyone.

Common sense AT last a bit of common sense coming from an organisation that has made some pretty stupid comments in the past! Tony

Way of life EVERYBODY should have the absolute right to celebrate whatever event that is important to their culture and way of life provided that they don’t deliberately insult anyone else. There is something very cute about young children of different colours and cultures all taking part in the annual Nativity play. Grace

Our traditions NATIVITY PLAY: There have been complaints that some people in the UK have become too politically sensitive. By John Smith FOR several years, there have been complaints by a whole range of people that the UK has become far too politically sensitive with amongst other things the banning of nativity plays, use of the phrase white Christmas and even calling things associated with Christmas, such as a tree, a festive tree. At the end of the day, they argue that whilst Britain is made up of a whole mixture of different races, colours and creeds, the majority still remains Anglo-Saxon in background and at least theoretically Christian, although the religion is generally only rolled out for Midnight Mass and Christmas Hymns or by the BBC. Now, the recently appointed head of the Equalities and Human Right Commission (EHRC), David Isaac has told the Sunday Times that companies who are quite happy to decorate their shops with Christmas images and promote Christmas gifts should actually take notice of their staff and not treat them as if they were pariahs for wanting to give each other Christmas cards or have a Christmas party. As the former chair of Stonewall and a promoter of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights, he can hardly be accused of being a typical WASP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant) and indeed a number of Christian groups tried to have his appointment blocked. His basic argument is that companies need to be sensible about the situation and do nothing to delib-

It is anticipated EHRC will publish new guidelines on religion in the workplace and may state that employers do not have to give time off to pray. erately offend any religious group but equally should not penalise a majority group over matters which are not offensive anyway. It would follow that if Christmas is cancelled then so should Ede, Diwali, Passover etc and it is clear that each religious group recognises the others enjoyment and observation of their festivals and indeed nowadays, many join in regardless of their religious background. It is anticipated that the EHRC will publish new guidelines shortly on religion in the workplace and is likely to state that employers do not have to agree to requests for time off for a religious holiday or time off to pray during work hours, although they must show they have given proper consideration to any request. All of this appears to be sensible and comes at a time when there a large number of reports of threats and actual physical violence against people of different ethnic backgrounds as well as EU citizens following the result of the referendum which unintentionally seemed to encourage bigots to show their

distaste for foreigners by attacking them. Even the United Nations has noticed this unexpected increase in ‘hate attacks’ and the police are under instruction to crack down on these attacks as and when they occur. To some extent, this is not just a British problem but there have been violent episodes between different groups across Europe and America and arguably they just reflect the trouble that now exists between various religious groups in the Middle East and Africa, but the British should surely be more mature and restrain themselves. We don’t currently see large numbers of expatriates being beaten up in Spain, indeed the Spanish are remarkably tolerant of these foreigners who either set up their own English speaking enclaves or visit for short periods of time getting disgustingly drunk and making a complete nuisance of themselves. Not every Brit in Spain is obnoxious nor is every foreigner in Britain and if we have decided as a nation to pull up the drawbridge and disassociate ourselves from Europe, then we should be happy about it rather than aggressive towards them, especially if we want their business. The massive irony is perhaps that so many feared the untrammelled arrival of hundreds of thousands of Turks in the UK and now there is every possibility that following the attempted coup and Europe’s reaction, they will all head towards their new friend Russia rather than descend upon Blighty like a veritable plaque of locusts.

I HAVE always thought that anyone who moves to the UK should be prepared to accept our traditions and that it is completely wrong to have to have change what we do just on the off chance that we might upset a newcomer who probably doesn’t care anyway. Roger

Fewer insults NOW that we are due to leave the EU, there may be a lot less foreigners in the country to insult, although the majority of them probably celebrate Christmas or Three Kings anyway. Brian

Right idea THE French have got the right idea, they had to let all those Muslims from North Africa flood into the country as each gained independence, but you can bet your life that they don’t change any of their traditions to pander to those who have arrived in the last 50 years and good on them! Matthew


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In Benitachell the semi-finals of the regional pilota handball competition had to be abandoned as hundreds of spectators ducked for cover, while across the province at least five people were rescued from cars, garages and homes. Fortunately no fatalities or serious injuries have been recorded. The State Meteorological Agency has confirmed that Monday’s downpour was the worst in at least nine years since October 2007, and came as the Spanish south coast was also battered by heavy rain over the weekend. But every cloud has a silver lining and the torrents

DRAMATIC WEATHER: Emergency alert levels were raised. marked a dramatic departure from the severe drought

which has impacted the Costa Blanca throughout the year,

with hailstones even being recorded in Alicante.

Putting minds at rest over Brexit FINESTRAT Council voted in favour of asking the national government to safeguard the legal status and political rights of British residents. The same motion included the council’s hope that the government would ‘continue to defend and inform’ Spanish residents in the UK until Brexit’s conditions and date are confirmed. One in every five people in Alicante Province were born outside Spain,

proportionally the highest percentage in Spain, said Finestrat’s mayor Juan Francisco Perez. Finestrat has 8,275 registered inhabitants and 1,406 of them - 17 per cent are British, Perez pointed out. “These figures explain why the local government wants to protect their rights and interests in the present climate of uncertainty,” he added. In the months since the Brexit vote, the

Alicante Diputacion and Spain’s Foreign Ministry have organised talks for UK citizens and the municipalities where they live to advise and inform them, the mayor said. “We decided to present this motion precisely to put our British neighbours’ minds at rest regarding access to the health system, taxes, their personal legal aspects and the economic repercussions on the province, amongst other things.”



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A decade for justice to come A MAN is standing trial accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl in a Calpe nightclub. Prosecutors are demanding a seven-year sentence for the individual, who is believed to have trapped the girl alone in the club after it closed. The incident took place in early 2007, meaning it has taken almost a full decade for the

Inappropriate messages were sent to the girl.

Teens sentenced for harassment by WhatsApp By Sam Croft AN Alicante court has confirmed that two minors must pay nearly €3,000 to a third minor who they humiliated using the social messaging app WhatsApp. Meanwhile, their previous sentence for ‘degrading treatment’ has been overturned. The original incident occurred in May of 2014. A group of classmates had been chatting through WhatsApp when suddenly the conversation took a turn for the worse, with the victim becoming the target of sexual and derogatory comments. She left the group, but that same night she had been sent more inappropriate messages

including an audio clip containing pejorative language.

Two minors must pay nearly €3,000 to a third minor who they humiliated. The next day the girl told her teachers what had happened, which led to an explosive confrontation between the girl and another classmate in which she was insulted and threatened. She was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, with her symptoms persisting for a year. In March of 2016, two mi-

nors were sentenced to pay €2,828 for their involvement in the incident. They were also ordered to carry out community service due to their ‘degrading treatment’ of the victim. Now, however, their defence lawyer has successfully appealed the original sentence, as it was demonstrated that the harassment revolved around one particular incident and did not persist over time, a requirement which is necessary for the ‘degrading treatment’ ruling. The two teenagers will no longer have to carry out the community service, but they will still be expected to pay the fine, which in this case will be provided by their parents.

wheels of justice to turn full circle. The alleged perpetrator was known to the youngster, who he had asked to talk with while the club began to close in the early hours. He professed his love for her and suggested the two flee Spain together. She knocked back his advances, at which point he assaulted her.


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British tourist airlifted from La Granadella A BRITISH tourist was rescued by a mountain rescue helicopter in La Granadella forest park, close to Javea, at around 1pm on Tuesday, November 29, after he became unseated from a horse he was riding and fell hard. The injured man, who is spending a few days holidaying in Poble Nou de

RESCUED: The man fell in an area scorched by this summer’s fires.

Benitachell, had hired his steed from a local horse-

riding centre in order to take in the surroundings of


Every little helps Photo Credit Ayuntamiento de Javea

By Matt Ford


the park, some parts of which were ravaged by this summer’s wild fires. Although he was conscious, an airlift was deemed necessary due to the relatively remote location of the accident, with Javea’s Local Police force and the Guardia Civil also involved in the rescue. Initial reports suggest that the injured party was complaining of sharp pains in his hip and collar bones.

MANY of us will be going out with friends, family and colleagues over the next few weeks in the run up to Christmas and the New Year and in many cases will be spending more than normal in restaurants and bars. Whilst so many people understandably believe that charity begins at home, spare a thought for those who won’t have an enjoyable time because the money just isn’t available. There are a number of charities and good causes who go out of their way to try to make the festive season appear a bit more joyful, with donations of food, cooking Christmas dinner and supplying presents to orphanages or simply homes where the children can expect little if nothing.

If everyone who goes out to celebrate agrees to put €1 into a kitty which could be passed to a local charity, noone would notice the loss of that money, but could make a real difference to some children and their families. There are plenty of special galas where those with money pay large amounts to attend, but the cost of such events is beyond the pockets of many of us however a little gesture of clubbing together could be surprising by the amount generated. There are so many worthy causes which might help the young or the elderly and lonely that it should be easy to find a home for any money collected. The thought of putting a smile on the face of someone living in poverty must be worthwhile.

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Man on remand for attack on his partner A 22-YEAR-OLD was remanded for beating his 38-year-old live-in partner in San Juan. The attack at the entrance to the couple’s apartment was recorded on CCTV and reported to the Guardia Civil once the footage was seen. The woman, a Hungarian, was entering the building when her young partner, a Ukrainian, appeared and began to hit her. He continued hitting her when she fell and after raining blows on her for five minutes, he dragged her down some steps to the lift. When the CCTV footage was viewed hours later, the Community rang the Guardia Civil. Officers went to the victim’s home and interviewed the woman who denied the at-

tack, almost certainly for fear of reprisals, according to the investigators. Although she later admitted that her partner had hit her, she refused to make a formal complaint against him and did not want a restraining order. The case will go ahead and legal proceedings have been launched by the Guardia Civil. The Public Prosecutor was at first willing to negotiate an agreed six-month sentence with the attacker but on seeing the CCTV footage, she increased this to nine months and asked the courts to remand him. There was a strong likelihood that the victim would be at risk, the Prosecutor said.


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Wanted: Serious investment AFTER the horrendous wildfires which wreaked such terrible devastation across the Costa Blanca North this summer, measures are finally being taken to ensure that the region is properly protected in the future. Almost €1 million will be invested in the Denia firefighting unit to fund staff recruitment and training, especially relevant given the advancing age of the workforce. Significant funds will also be invested to ensure a coordinated wildfire response across the Marina Alta, and particularly in Javea and Benitaxchell. The Valencian authorities came in for severe criticism for their response to the blazes, which destroyed dozens of homes and forced mass evacuations. Firefighters had to pay road tolls out of their own pockets on some occasions and senior officers have openly criticised the abhorrent lack of funding. The emergency funding comes amid other substantial investments for the region after a government taskforce toured some 33 towns and villages requesting citizen feedback on key priorities. Around €3 million extra will be di-

Photo Credit Ayuntamiento de Altea.

By Matthew Elliott &Linda Hall

FIRE PREVENTION: Undergrowth is already being cleared. rected from the regional government to fund essential projects in the Marina Alta. Chief among the concerns are revamping dilapidated roads and pavements, improving street lighting and renovating sports facilities. Javea alone will receive some €2 million of the funds and authorities are also considering a complete overhaul of tourist trails in the region to enhance

their safety and encourage more visitors. In Altea, undergrowth is already being cleared from Altea woodlands and countryside as the local Fire Prevention Plan gets underway. The €50,000 initiative has commenced in the Sierra de Altea urbanisations, where vegetation will be cleared and trees thinned out in zones close to homes.



Repeat robber apprehended A SPATE of recent burglaries has resulted in a man being charged and remanded in jail. The 24-year-old Romanian national from Denia has been accused of robbing a house and two commercial premises between March and November this year. Investigations began following the first incident at a car dealership in the town where several tyres and other items had been taken. The following month, April, a similar crime was reported. A person had broken a window to gain access in a nearby business and taken goods. The third incident, at the beginning of November, involved the accused breaking a glass door at a property with an axe but, unfortunately for him, injuring himself at the same time. Officers used the blood at the scene to identity the accused and searched his home, finding several items of clothing that had been used in the burglaries.

This, combined with his modus operandi, drew them to the conclusion that he was responsible for all three crimes.


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Brexit conundrum confusion BREXIT PAGE By John Smith

AS if it wasn’t enough for the government to have to challenge the High Court ruling that MPs should have the right to vote on whether Article 50 should be triggered, a new legal battle is likely to emerge with regards to what is known as Article 127 of a separate agreement. Basically, lawyers are likely to argue that in the event that Britain elects to leave the European Union, it will not and cannot leave the European Economic Area (EEA) automatically. The EEA which Britain joined in 1994 (and brought Gibraltar with it) is based on the same ‘four freedoms’ as the European Community which are the free movement of goods, persons, services, and capital among the EEA countries. The government argues that by leaving

the EU, Britain automatically leaves the EEA but lawyers will oppose this view and will push for the government to have to put the matter before parliament which could throw up a very interesting result. Many Conservative MPs in particular could have significant reservations in joining former chancellor Kenneth Clarke in voting against triggering Article 50 because of the result of the referendum even if they disagree with the result. As the EEA was not mentioned in the referendum question, they could in all conscience vote against leaving the EEA even if this is to be a temporary situation until such time as the government was in a position to strike decent agreements with the other 27 members of the Union. The whole question revolves around whether the UK is a member in its own right or is a member through its EU affiliation

and this is something that is bound to irritate David Davis, the imaginatively titled Secretary of State for the departure of the United Kingdom of the European Union, although it might just be good news. Va r i o u s E U l e a d e r s h a v e b e e n telling Britain that that it can’t have its cake and eat it, but as there is no mechanism for the EEA to expel any member, then it could be a useful bargaining tool for the government although the one thing it will still have to do is allow free movement between citizens of member states. Ti m e a n d t h e l a w w i l l n o w t e l l whether this will become an irrelevance or an important new football to kick between the Bremainers and the Brexiteers. In the meantime, it has been decided to call off the march on the Supreme Court which was much trumpeted by Nigel Farage as a warning to those who wanted to give Parliament a say on the matter of triggering Article 50 as there are worries that it would be hi-jacked by troublemakers from the far right. The Rt Hon David Davis MP


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Business owners not happy with further road closures By Linda Hall STARTING tomorrow, Friday December 2, traffic will be barred from Calle Marques de Campo in Denia from 7pm each Friday. It will remain closed until the following Monday, to the dismay of

businesses in Denia’s principal shopping street. Until now cars were banned from 2pm on Saturdays until the following Monday and they claim that the number of people visiting the street fell by between 30 and 40 per cent. This was reflected

in turnover, shopkeepers and barowners complained. Closing the road in the summer is entirely different because the population multiplies, days are longer and people stay out until late, said Antonio Llopis, president of the ACE

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Forgery ruse of ‘Dreamhouse’ uncovered

PRIVILEGED POSITION: Villa was built while regulations were still lax. AN Alfaz resident and his wife are under investigation for allegedly forging documents enabling them to sell a €30 million property. The luxury villa perched on a cliff at the end of the Albir seafront in the Sierra Helada National Park, has a partial demolition order hanging over it. Guardia Civil investigators believe that the 64-yearold man and his wife, 35, manipulated a document from Alfaz Town Hall which they used to obtain a no-

tarised statement certifying that the demolition order had been lifted. The property, which has its own steps to the beach below, was built in the sixties, long before the Sierra Helada was declared a protected national park. In 2007 Alfaz’s Town Hall refused planning permission for a 50-square metre annexe. The owners went ahead and built the extension although the Supreme Court ruled in January 2015 that it was impossible to legalise

the property and ordered its demolition. The man, of Spanish origin, and his Spanish wife are also accused of divesting themselves of their properties and withdrawing capital to prevent Spain’s tax authorities and Social Security from freezing their assets to settle €300,000 debts. The Guardia Civil found that the couple were using a front company to protect their assets and that its Bulgarian administrator was in fact their gardener.

School repair works over Christmas A SCHOOL in El Campello is to finally have much needed repairs carried out over the Christmas holiday. The Pla Barraques School in the town has fallen into a terrible state of disrepair with the toilets and sports areas suffering collaps-

ing ceilings and crumbling brickwork. Tenders have been submitted with the work being scheduled to take place whilst the students are on their break therefore avoiding any disruptions to their studies. The cost of repairs is €150,000.

business-owners’ association. At this time of the year, he warned, the street will be dead by 6 or 7pm. The town hall announced that Marques de Campo will also close at 7pm on the eve of fiesta days and national holidays. And over the pre-

Christmas long weekend with two national holidays coming up - Constitution Day on December 6 and the Immaculate Conception on December 8 – the street will close to traffic from December 5 until Monday, December 12.


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By Caroline Tyszka THE generosity of the Costa Blanca community has helped a four-month-old baby and her family by giving them a car to travel to their many and long treatment sessions in Madrid. Baby Olaya from Javea suffers from a very rare bone disorder known as brittle bone disease. This means that the slightest movement, from changing a nappy to simply giving her a hug can fracture or

break her tiny bones. Olaya and her parents Ishmael and Laura Goberna Torragrosa often have to travel to Valencia or Madrid for specialist treatment, which has until now been done in their own very unreliable car or one that has been lent to them. Now The Grant a Wish Foundation and JĂĄvea Together associations have given the parents a car which will ensure their journeys are more comfortable, and should an emergency arise, they are able to get

Olaya the help she needs immediately. Olaya is currently receiving treatment to strengthen her fragile bones at the Getafe University in Madrid, specialists have taught the parents how they should move her to help reduce fractures as much as possible. The community and the town’s housing advisory service Proha has taken baby Olaya and her family to heart and recently helped them to move to a more appropriate apartment that had a lift.

Local community helps baby Olaya


Brave baby Olaya touches the community hearts.


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Orange fraudsters squashed AFTER considerable research, officers of the Guardia Civil have broken up an organisation which was involved in defrauding fruit growers by offering to purchase oranges at an inflated price, selling them through a third party at market price and then not paying the suppliers. Seven people aged between 28 and 52 of Armenian, Russian and Spanish nationality have been arrested and goods, vehicles and monies estimated in excess of €1 million have been seized during the operation, although it is believed as many as 300 growers may have lost up to €4 million whilst the scam was operating. Acting in the areas of Alzira, Gandia and Llauri, companies were set up specifically to obtain oranges on credit which were then sold on to another part of the criminal group. The original company was then declared bankrupt and the farmers were left unpaid.

Islands come under French scrutiny



Feeling lucky BURGLARS broke into a Calpe Lottery Administration in Avenida Ifach, in front of the town hall, over the weekend. They entered the premises via an adjoining florist’s shop and opened the safe with a circular saw, swiping an unknown amount of cash.

First bikinis DESPITE rumours to the contrary, Benidorm’s golden sandy beaches are 100 per cent natural and not from North Africa, while the resort was also the first in Spain where bikinis were permitted.

NATIONAL PARK: Special mention was made of the area’s spider crabs. By Linda Hall FRANCE’S Conservatoire du Littoral (Coastal Conservation Organisation) will coordinate all its Spanish operations from the former Carabineros post in Albir. The restored building is now an Environmental Education Centre and earlier this week Alfaz’s Environment councillor Rocio Guijarro and Eduardo Minguez, the French

organisation’s representative in Spain, met to discuss future activities. “Our choice of Alfaz as our headquarters was influenced by the three islands inside the maritime sector of the Sierra Helada National Park,” Minguez said. “They have remarkable characteristics that are worth studying and conserving.” The Conservatoire representative made special mention of the area’s spider crabs.

“At present they do not seem to be posing a problem as an invasive species but they are extending rapidly throughout the Mediterranean and we are very interested in monitoring their evolution,” Minguez said. He also drew attention to the Ocean Grass meadow that stretches from the island in La Olla as far as Albir. “It is one of the most important on Spain’s Mediterranean coast and will also be closely studied,” he added.

Action plan WILD boar and rabbits are laying waste to crops in the Alcoy area. Local farmers and growers are in talks with the region’s Environment Department to work out a plan of action.

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LITTER AFTERMATH: Big clean-up required twice a week. THE open-air market near the Hotel Pueblo has paid nothing

to Benidorm Town Hall since it opened in 1984. The local Ciudadanos (Cs) party pointed out it should be charged for using a public thoroughfare and pay for rubbish collection each Wednesday and Sunday. As a result of a barrage of questions Cs to the town hall’s commerce department, the market organiser is now paying €18,000 twice a year for using the road to access the site. During the 32 years the market has been held, the town hall has lost around €1 million for this alone, claimed Cs spokesman Raul Gasent. But that was not all, he added, as the town hall has never charged for cleaning the market site. Gasent also lamented that the replies to his questions regarding licences, payments and the number of stalls came from the entrepreneur who runs the market. These should have been based on a report made by the commerce department, he reasoned. Town hall spokesman Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Zarate explained “a charge is being made for occupying the road and we are waiting for a report on the authorised number of stalls as well as the steps to take regarding rubbish collection.”

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Half marathon THERE was an emotional start to the 33rd edition of Benidorm’s half-marathon as all runners observed a minute’s silence in memory of 24-year-old Daniel Juarez, a popular local runner who collapsed and died as he crossed the finishing line last year. His parents, family and friends took part in the parallel 10-kilometre run, wearing t-shirts bearing Daniel’s name. More than half of the 2,600 runners this year were foreign residents or visitors who timed their holidays to coincide with the marathon, an institution that traditionally follows on from the Benidorm fiestas. Moroccan Mohamed Boucetta, won the men’s race in one hour and nine minutes and Cuban runner Yamilka won the women’s in one hour and 26 minutes.

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More water needed THE Marina Baja Water Consortium needs more water and has requested another transfer. This will be the Consortium’s second transfer this year, following five cubic hectometres received before the summer. Until now this has provided a supply for Alfaz, Altea, Benidorm, Finestrat, Polop, La Nucia and Villajoyosa but there is a danger it will run out, the Consortium explained. Only half the expected amount of rain has fallen this autumn and initial estimates of the Consortium’s needs were skewed by increased consumption in September and October as well as during the summer months.

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IN RUINS: Rural retreats are homes for squatters. by Linda Hall OWNERS of land in Benidorm’s Armanello district plan to take over the failed development. With an area of 565,000 square metres this is the only sizeable tract of untouched land left in Benidorm and was once the rural retreat of welloff local families. It has been due for development since 2002 when the concession to build 3,000 homes went to the controversial Alicante businessman Enrique Ortiz. After years of legal wrangles the town hall officially dispensed with his services last January.

Six or seven of the original landowners, tired of waiting in the background, have decided to join forces and take control. They intend to form a Group of Urban Interest (AIU), face down the town hall and take over the development. “We’re the owners. And we’re prepared to do it ourselves. We don’t want the administration to intervene, we’ve lost enough already,” said a member of one of the families whose houses are in ruins and occupied by squatters. “We have lost our properties, we can’t even get into them. But we have to go on paying our taxes,” he lamented.




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Spanish property: gifting or donating to children WHITE & BAOS frequently receive inquiries from clients wishing to transfer their property to their family members, usually their children. One new reason however, is the forthcoming Brexit settlement, should the children inherit whilst living in the UK, and if the UK is no longer a member of the EU. They would not be able to benefit from certain tax benefits that are relevant now. As the beneficiaries of an inheritance living out of the EU they would pay more IHT. So it could be prudent to consider making a gift now in favour of your children, to minimise their potential inheritance tax. After many changes, donation and gifts have become a tax efficient way to transfer a property in Spain to one’s family. This is because the benefits of inheritance and gift tax, previously reserved only for tax residents in Spain, now apply to citizens tax-resident in the European Union or the European Economic Area. However, each case must be studied in detail, as it is not always the best solution,

and circumstances must be studied and considered, before making a decision. 1. Value of the property: Gift tax depends on the value of the property. It is essential to calculate what the minimum value that the tax authorities will consider acceptable, so we know that the gift will not be reviewed by the tax authorities. 2. Gift/donation Tax: Gifts to children living in a country within the European Union, are very tax efficient, as they will benefit from the tax reductions foreseen in the Valencian Law, if the property is located here. These benefits are: a reduction of 100,000â‚Ź (for each of them) on the value of asset donated, and a discount of 75 per cent on the Gift Tax to be paid which means a massive tax benefit. 3. Municipal Plusvalia: This is a normally small local tax to be paid to the town hall, and its amount depends on the land value of the property donated, how long you have owned it, etc. 4. Capital Gains Tax: This may be the most problematic tax issue and yet some people ignore it. It is essential to know

that the person who makes the gift, although they are not receiving money, must still pay capital gains tax, which is calculated through the difference between the purchase price and the transfer value. If you are over 65 years old and donate your habitual residency in Spain, it is possible you will end up paying no tax. Therefore, if you are considering donating your property to your children, a gift could be the best way to do it, but seek professional advice on all the tax payable. The legal implications must be properly studied before making a decision. If you have any questions on this matter, please contact us, we will help you. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues. Carlos Baos (Lawyer) Spanish Law firm solicitor attorney barrister. Alicante, Denia, Costa Blanca Marina Alta White & Baos 2016 – All rights reserved


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The UK’s Summer Budget of 2015 included measures to remove the ‘fundamental unfairness’ in the nondomicile regime. Following a period of consultation we have a good idea of what the position will be from April 2017. While the reform is mainly aimed at foreign nationals living in the UK, it affects Britons leaving the UK or returning after living abroad. Your domicile status is the key factor in determining if you are liable to UK inheritance tax on your worldwide assets (assets in the UK are always liable). If you are a UK domicile, or you are deemed domicile under HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) rules, your estate is liable to tax at 40%, above the tax free allowance of £325,000. Whether you are leaving the UK or returning to live there again, you need to understand the implications of the reforms for your inheritance tax planning and seek advice on how to best structure your assets. The main consultation has ended and further guidance and consultations regarding this issue have been released by HMRC. The following is not yet final, but it is likely to be the position from 6th April 2017.



Changes To UK’s Domicile Rules By Brett Hanson, Partner, Blevins Franks Domicile issues for expatriates Currently, if you have a UK domicile of origin and have left the UK to live abroad, you can adopt a ‘domicile of choice’ in your new country. You need to consider your new country of residence as your permanent home and cut various ties with the UK.

Even if you adopt a domicile of choice outside the UK, HMRC will continue to treat you domiciled in the UK for inheritance tax purposes ‘deemed domicile’ - if you were domiciled in the UK in the previous three years, or you were resident in the UK for income tax purposes for at least 17 out of the last 20 years ending with the year in which you die. This three year period increases to five years from April 2017. So it will take you at least five years before you can escape UK inheritance tax. This also means that if you return to the UK for anything more than one year, if you had a UK domicile of choice you will be deemed UK domiciled again and back in the inheritance tax net. If you had settled a trust while

you were non-UK domiciled, it will then be treated as a UK domiciled trust. This could undo previous inheritance tax planning, so if you are thinking about resuming UK residence, you should ideally review your position prior to returning. You should seek advice as soon as you decide to move back so that any restructuring of assets can be done tax-efficiently. Enveloped UK residential property Where a UK residential property is ‘enveloped’ in a corporate structure, it will become liable to UK inheritance tax from 6th April 2017.  There will specifically be no tax relief on de-enveloping such properties, so when weighing up the pros and cons of keeping the

structure, you need to consider all the costs involved in de-enveloping. Domicile is a complex area of law, particularly for inheritance tax purposes. If you get it wrong, your heirs could be faced with a large and unexpected tax bill. You need to seek specialist, professional advice to ensure to determine what the best solution is for you and your family. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; an individual is advised to seek personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website


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Talk Radio Europe annual fundraising telethon auction EVERY year, the staff and management of Talk Radio Europe, the English language radio station that transmits programmes from Gibraltar to the Balearics raises funds for the Cudeca cancer charity, and on Friday November 25 their telethon was transmitted from 10am to 7pm with various items being auctioned for the charity. It is not just a one-day activity as planning started months ago with the concept of a printed and online cookery book and their listeners have sent in recipes for the Fail Safe Recipe Book now on sale at a number of outlets or order online at In the run up to the telethon, listeners and local companies were invited to send in goods to be auctioned and there has been a number of fundraising events, the most popular being quizzes with entry fees passed to the telethon. Prior to the main on-air auction, items with a value of less than €50 were auctioned online but the main

Photo Credit: Euro Weekly News.

By John Smith

PRESENTERS AND HELPERS: Keep track of the bids received for auction items.

items featured in the nine-hour marathon where most of the TRE presenters took turns to describe the items and encourage listeners to bid for them. There was a range of items including meals for two, holiday getaways, massages, golf passes, visits to UK theatre,

drum lessons, paintings and even a signed Fender Telecaster guitar donated by Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. The telethon raised nearly €35,000 to help those suffering from cancer. The radio station will be leaving the appeal open as they expect to collect more as

the days pass, possibly exceeding last year’s total. Euro Weekly News was invited to see the hard work going on at the studios. Our picture shows presenters Hannah Murray and Dave Hodgson together with helpers keeping track of bids.


Proliferation of rats worry for residents RESIDENTS in Alcoy have reported that there has been a significant increase in the number of rats in the town. Guanyar Alcoi who are a citizen’s platform representi ng m any l ocal soci al groups say that they have received a rising number of com pl ai nt s about t he r odents, particularly around r ubbi sh bi ns and publ i c areas such as children’s parks. Spokesperson for Guanyar Cristian Santiago said: “it seems that the rats are now not just limited to night time hours and are now appear i ng dur i ng t he day when people are around.” He went on to say that although they were aware that the council conducts regular pr event at i ve t r eat m ent s throughout the town it was clear that this was not effective and new methods needed to be found to eradicate the rodents.


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Set in stone A FOSSIL of a bivalve species which lived during the Triassic Period, 200250 million years ago, was found near Cocentaina by the paleontological association Alcoyana Isurus.

Jobs galore EMPLOYMENT, albeit temporarily, is set to increase by 10.2 per cent in the run up to Christmas with 15,000 extra jobs being created in the Alicante area. Amazon Spain has taken on an additional 1,000 workers to cope.

Grape grip EXPERTS from the Polytechnic University of Valencia met with local producers in Benitachell to discuss how the muscat grape of the Marina comarca could be used as an element of regional “cohesion and structure.”

We are not amused LAST June notices went up in Denia, reminding dogo w n e rs to cle a r u p a fte r their pets. “Si te pilla la poli, mucha mierda” warned one of the n o tice s , w h ic h me a n s “ If the cops get you, you’ll be in the s**t.”

Notices would perplex tourists and make the police and residents look bad. This notice and others on a similar theme were placed above litter bins specifically provided for bags of cleared up dog mess and the Denia branch of the SPPME police union expressed displeasure

at the time. The notic e s w ould pe rple x touris ts a nd “ ma ke both the police and Denia residents look bad,” complained SPPME spokesman Va le ria no Fe rna nde z . H e warned the town’s Public Sa fe ty c ounc illor J a vie r Scotto that the signs were certain to “upset” the local force. Fernandez has once more drawn attention to the notices, not for their content this time but their positioning. Those attached to road signs are breaking traffic laws, he claimed. “ A ll s igns tha t us e a mocking tone towards the police, are in bad taste or infringe traffic regulations and should be removed immediately,” the SPPME representative said.


Before and after fo Local Police By Linda Hall UNTIL 2006, La Nucia’s Local Police force was located in a 50square building. In November that year the officers moved into their present headquarters, a purpose-built 1,022-square metre station with a 1,015-square metre car park and heliport. A recent ceremony marking the station’s10th anniversary was attended by high-ranking members of the Guardia Civil, National Police, Local Police, the Fire Brigade and Emergency Services. As this coincided with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the event began with a minute’s silence for the 46 women killed by their partners in Spain this year.

10TH ANNIVERSARY: A minute’s silence, and La Nucia p During the intervening 10 years, La Nucia has invested €8 million in Public Safety and now has 32 Local Police officers with more to be taken on

next year. Instead of two vehicles there are five cars and six motorcycles and as well as the central police station, there is a Local Police post in Caravan.

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or the

MOSAICS: Discovered at Banys de la Reina site.

Better protection for Roman site in Calpe

police now have a heliport. The town hall plans to spend €700,000 on modernising and renovating the CCTV system that regulates traffic flow, revealed La Nucia’s mayor Bernabe Cano.

TWENTY-FOUR student volunteers continued the annual excavations at Banys de la Reina in Calpe last summer. Archaeologist Alicia Lujan led the dig, which was the 17th campaign at the seafront site that was occupied between the 1st and 6th century AD. This year work centred on the remains of an early Christian church built on a Roman villa and the volunteers located the apse well as its outer wall.

The Generalitat’s Culture department recently reactivated the applications for the Banys de la Reina as well as l’Illa del Portitxol in Javea to receive Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) status. The formalities for the Calpe site began 20 years ago but were never completed and in the meantime the Supreme Court annulled the town hall’s own protection plan for the remains. The villa is on private property and at one stage there were attempts by the owners to develop the area.



Hike on the right track LINE 9 between Calpe and Denia closed last summer on safety grounds, but the track is increasingly used by ramblers. The first organised group of hikers has now completed the walk between Benissa and Gata de Gorgos. They set out at 8.30am and the 11.5-kilometre route took three-anda-half hours to complete as they walked in single file along the railway line through farmland and untouched countryside. Although it was a daytime hike, participants were reminded beforehand to bring torches for the two tunnels they would have to cross. This route has now been added to the ‘Discover our area’ series of walks that are promoted by Benissa Town Hall with the collaboration of the Grup de Muntanya Margallo.

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Bust-up on buses Muchamiel town hall


LONG WAIT: Elisa Diaz and Rafael Pastor. by Linda Hall THE regional parliament voted against restoring the C54 bus that provided a direct link between Muchamiel and Alicante University. Elisa Diaz, a Partido Popular MP for Alicante, suffered a triple defeat as her proposal to convert the 23 bus into a twice-hourly shuttle connecting Muchamiel and San Juan with Alicante City without detouring to the hospital was turned down. So, too, was a year-round schedule for the 31 bus between Muchamiel and Playa de San Juan which is currently restricted to July and August. Only the PP voted in favour of her proposals. Rafael Pastor, Muchamiel’s Transport council-

lor, was “indignant” that the regional parliament understood so little about the area’s needs. Neither the PSOE-Compromis alliance which controls the regional government nor Podemos had bothered to contact Muchamiel beforehand, Pastor said. He also criticised the lack of coordination between the parliamentary parties and their Muchamiel branches as Compromis and Podemos councillors had voted to reorganise the bus routes. This was a politically biased decision that was not based on the interests of the local population, Pastor claimed. “They could do it if they wanted, especially if they took into account all the complaints about the new bus service.”

Connected on the beach CAMPELLO’s two largest beaches, Muchavista and Carrerlamar, will have free wi-fi next summer. The announcement followed on from a proposal by the Ciudadanos party to provide free wi-fi throughout the town, which was backed only by Izquierda Unida. Tourism councillor Cintia Alaves explained that there are already several free wi-fi hotspots in Campello and

her department has been working for the last year on a free network for the Muchavista and Carrelamar beaches. This could be extended in future, Alaves added. The project now being developed will also obtain information - Big Data - from users that can then be used to improve Campello’s tourist service. The beach wi-fi network

aims to fulfil an adequate function, Alaves explained. “Not for downloading films but to provide access to the town hall’s web page, social networking sites and the media without problems.” Few Costa Blanca beaches offer free wi-fi and Campello wants to be a pioneer as it was three years behind when setting aside a beach for dogs, the councillor said.

Unsafe lighting is removed A HEALTH and safety check of street lighting in Sant Joan has revealed that many of the posts are to be removed because of concerns for the public. Of the 68 lights in the Rambla and Avenida Jaume 1, 53 have been deemed unsafe due to their bases crumbling and having rusty anchors. Jaime Albero, mayor, said: “The lack of maintenance in recent years has put in danger

the safety of our residents, if we installed the festive ornamental lighting on them as we have done in previous years it would pose a real threat of injury.” The council has guaranteed, that whilst the old structures must come down, replacement lighting will be in place for the Christmas decorations, with resolutions already being discussed.

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Counting the cost of fires By Linda Hall JAVEA Town Hall has put a pric e on the de va s ta tion caused by last September’s fires. A total of 720 hectares of land were lost in Javea and neighbouring Benitachell. Of this, 689 hectares were public property whose infrastructure will cost €1.972 million to restore. This sum includes €88,000 already paid by Javea Council to kick-start the first phases of regeneration. Javea mayor Jose Chulvi described the fires as “ru-

REGENERATION: Burnt trees being removed.

inous” for both towns at a round table meeting organised by the region’s Environment department to dec ide how to re ge ne ra te fire-damaged areas. Also present were Benitachell’s mayor Josep Femenia and Environment councillor Manolo Segarra. The Environment department is spending €20,000 on removing burnt trees and the na tiona l gove rnme nt

wi l l com e up wi t h €150,000 but this will hardly offset infrastructure damage hovering at around €2 million. Javea Town Hall also faces the task of reducing the fire risk in urbanisations, none of which comply with the obligation of creating 25-metre firebreaks between houses and woodland. Shoul der i ng t he ent i r e cost of reconstruction is un-

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viable, Chulvi said, explaining that his hands are tied by cost-cutting conditions i m posed by t he nat i onal government, whose annual contribution will be reduced this year by €1.3 million. “The town covers an area of 68 square kilometres. The challenge of preventing fires and providing protect i on agai nst t hem i s economically untenable,” the mayor added.


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Burial plots ALTEA Council has reached an agreement with a local landowner to help alleviate the current lack of space at the town’s cemetery, built in 1869. A further 620 burial spaces will now be made available.

Tower above BENIDORM has more than 300 skyscrapers within its urban limits, leading some to refer to it as the Miami or Dubai of the Mediterranean. Only London and Milan have more throughout Europe.

Clean odours THE Villajoyosa town’s cleaning department has begun a campaign to deep clean the pits of their underground rubbish containers. The measures will be made periodically to prevent odours and protect the deteriorating containers

Mobile DNI office is a success for La Nucia By Caroline Tyszka A TRAVELLING DNI office for the National Police dealt with 120 people in La Nucia when it recently visited the town. The DNI (national identity card) applications were processed at the town’s Local Associations building on Carrer Sant Antoni on one day and two days later the applicants returned to collect their new electronic identity cards. This is the 27th time, the first being in March 2008, in which the town has offered its residents the mobile s e rv ice . T h e aim is to he lp loc a ls keep up-to-date with their identification documents without having to travel and queue at the police station in Benidorm. To date more than 2,820 residents have been able to complete their documentation using the service which visits the town every two or three months, depending on demand, and

MOBILE SERVICE: To help locals keep up-to-date with their ID documents. operates on an appointment basis to save people waiting for long periods of time. Anyone interested in using the ser-

vice can request an appointment for the next visit by calling the DNI department at the town hall on 965 870 700.


Local kind of song contest THE Altea Ornithological Society recently announced the legal timetable for trapping wild birds. Nearly all of the society’s 82 members were present at the last meeting where they obtained their permits after filling in forms, listing the locations where they plan to catch wild songbirds and their gender. Most of these will be linnets that they will later enter in local and provincial singing competitions, explained the society’s president Jose Llinares, bestknown as Pepe El Rubio. This is the group’s main activity although members claim these competitions are equal to the pigeon racing which is also popular in this area. Altea resident Francisco Muñoz, was twice judged Spain’s bird singing champion with birds that he raised and trained himself and the society is anxious to preserve this tradition.


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Leaky pipes are hospital health hazard By Caroline Tyszka POOR maintenance and old pipewo r k h a s r e su l t e d in leaking p i p e s a n d m u rk y water at the Marina Baixa hospital. The h o sp i t a l i n Vi llajoyosa, built 30 years ago, still h a s i t s o r i g in a l pipework without having undergone any renovations and a very limited maintenance programme.

Many burst pipes have resulted in the temporary closure of some rooms including Oncology and Traumatology and some consultations being cancelled. This lack of attention now means that in addition to the existing pipework being unable to cope with demand and fracturing, water in patients r o o m s, t o i l e t s a n d staff a r e a s o f t e n a p p ea rs murky, so m e t i m e s e v en brown. Part of the cloudiness can be attributed to the hospital’s dated hyper chlorination pr o c e ss t h a t i s p e rformed regularly to combat bacterial infections such as legion e l l a . T h i s i s o fte n done w h e n c o n su l t atio n rooms a r e e m p t y a t th e weekends and therefore not flushed through until later in the week. Many burst pipes have resulted in the temporary closure of some rooms including On c o l o g y and Traumatology, resulting in some consultations having to be cancelled. The h o sp i t a l wo r k e rs union Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) has reported that the incidents are now occurring on a very frequent and dangerous basis. Juan Ramon Such, union representative, said: “there are many leaks but few solutions are offered. When an area is affected the resolution is to close the area

w h ich res u lts in a p p o i ntmen ts b e in g c a n ce lle d, adding pressure to the waiting lists.” Patients and staff have also voiced their concerns, in-

structed to run taps until the water becomes clear and the ne e d to c ons ta ntly w a s h hands or bath new-borns becoming more difficult. The hospital management

te a m ha s propos e d to the Ministry of Health that the expansion and renovation plans should now include a c omple te ove rha ul of the entire water pipe network,

recognising and regretting that the problems now occur more frequently. Doubtful that any major works will be made before 2019 Such said, “we have

been ver y pat i ent but i t seems nothing is happening to resolve the most urgent pr obl em s i n t he bui l di ng and now it is time to ask for immediate action.”


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Thumbs down for new school DENIA Town Council has delay e d i t s d e c i si o n regardin g p l a n s f o r a n ew private school in Jesus Pobre. D en i a m a y o r Vi c e n t Grima l t o r i g i n a l l y an nounced that he would oppose plans to provide the school with a Declaration of Co m m u n i t y I n t e res t (D IC ) t h a t wo u l d s k irt planning permission obstacles. The last plenary council meeting instead decided to wait for further reports and information. The school would occupy a 60,000-square metre plot in Jesus Pobre’s Les Freses district which adjoins Montgo and is not zoned for development. Jesus Pobre comes within Denia’s boundaries but has its own neighbourhood counci l wh i c h o p p o s e s

plans for the new internatio n a l s c h o o l w ith 8 00 pupils. A project of this size would ruin the area’s rural character, it maintains. Denia Town Hall had its own reasons for not wantin g th e in tern atio n a l school, arguing that roads in the area would not be capable of absorbing the increase in traffic. It also considered that the problem of main drainage and e v ac u atin g w a s te w ate r was not adequately solved. S e rg io Be n ito o f th e C iu d ad an o s s a id d u rin g the last council meeting th at th e p ro jec t w a s to o big to lose. If the Les Freses location was finally ruled out Denia Town Hall should look for an alternative site, Benito suggested.

Pigs roaming the streets By Caroline Tyszka THE problem of Vietnamese pigs wandering around the streets of Alicante is growing as the animals venture further in searching for food. Local Police officers have announced there are three areas within the city where the animals have been sighted, one of those being near the cemetery. Twelve of the animals have been reported as being on a vacant area of land near the memorial area and have even been seen crossing the streets daily by local workers and residents searching for food. An increase in calls to the Local Police has seen the Nature Protection Service of the Guardia Civil (SEPRONA) attending the areas in a bid to


Award world By Caroline Tyszka

capture the very large animals. In April officers caught a 70 kilo Vietnamese pig which was wandering around in the Botanical Park located in Avenida Orihuela. Concerns had been raised as it was scavenging in an area often frequented by young children. The herd of pigs near the cemetery has been seen grazing on the olive trees in the wasteland and although when approached show no aggression, even with their young around, it

ON THE LOOSE: Are pot-bellied pigs invading Alicante? is a continuing concern for the authorities and residents. Councillor for Animal Protection Marisol Moreno said, “There have already been more than 20 Vietnamese pigs caught in different areas of the city, if the problem worsens then we may have to take further action.”

A LA NUCIA resident has been honoured with an award recognising his services for promoting Spain around the world. Sukier Vallejo Marte, who runs an international modelling agency and school dedicated to the creation of international events was presented with his Euroforo 2001 award at a gala evening held at the Westin Hotel in Madrid. Sukier founded his agency in 2003 and has held competitions such as the International Best Model Male and Female World Competitions and more locally the Costa Blanca Fashion Week International, which gives an opportunity to new young talent to showcase their catwalks and designs. Many travel from as far as Arme-


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d for services to the d promotion of Spain

GALA EVENING: Held at the Westin Hotel in Madrid.

nia, Dominican Republic and even Haiti to participate. Sukier said: “The announcement came completely out of the blue. I am so proud to be recognised in the same vogue as luminaries and stars from all fields of life such as doctors, politicians and lawyers. I am extremely grateful to have received such an individually prestigious award for my contribution in promoting Spain worldwide.” Recently Sukier has begun to promote young, enthusiastic designers from across the globe by showcasing their talents. The next major event will take place in the Alicante region between May 5 and 15, 2017. He said: “I look forward to meeting everyone there, I am extremely proud to be involved with such young talent.” Euroforo was founded in 2001 to recognise achievements throughout European industries specifically geared to their individual countries.



Calls for earlier cancer screening A MOTHER has called on the Ministry of Health to reduce the age for breast cancer screening, having been diagnosed with the disease at the age of 42. Maria Ferrer Miralles from Javea has started a petition asking for the age of breast screening to be reduced from the age of 45 to 30. Earlier in the year she had a private medical check-up as a matter of course and agreed with the gynaecologist that a mammogram would be worthwhile, particularly as her mother had died at the age of 41 from cancer. Maria had no suspicion before hand that anything was wrong. Just weeks later she received the diagnosis that she had breast cancer and required surgery. Maria said: “I want my experience with breast cancer to help other women, if I had not had this mammogram done at the age of 42 then who knows what would have happened.” The petition warns the Ministry of Health about the increase in cases for young girls with recent studies showing that 20 per cent of breast tumours occur in the under 45 age bracket. Mot her of f i ve Mar i a, who i s cur r ent l y undergoi ng chemotherapy, stresses that early detection, particularly when there is a family history, is extremely important. Moreover she highlights that budgetary limitations should not put people’s health at risk, that it is cheaper to detect cancer at an early stage using such preventative protocols as mammograms than to treat when symptoms have already begun to present themselves.


CAMPELLO Town Hall voted against readmitting three municipal tow-truck employees who lost their jobs last year. The four-party alliance also decided not to provide the ‘grua’ as a municipal service. An Alicante court recently ruled the previous town hall had either to provide the service and retain the employees or contract a concessionary who would need to take them on. It did neither, using a private breakdown firm instead. A judge ruled the worker was unfairly dismissed and should be readmitted and compensated with €40,000 or receive €60,000. A similar verdict is expected for the other workers. The present local government argued it can do nothing at present, as the former employee has appealed against the compensation set by the court. Its claim it must protect the town hall’s interests was irrational, maintained IU councillor Raquel Perez as PSOE and Compromis backed the workers when in Opposition.

Photo credit: Calpe town hall.

Tow-truck saga continues

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PUERTO BLANCO: Marina should be in use by next summer.

Marina breakwater restoration complete By Linda Hall THE regional government will seek a concessionary to run the Puerto Blanca marina in Calpe. It was closed down last February when the former concessionary was asked to leave, five years after the company’s temporary contract had expired. All boats had to be removed on safety grounds as the marina needed urgent repairs and could no longer protect the craft that were moored there, the Generalitat said.

A delegation from the regional government accompanied by local councillors recently visited the marina to view the first phase of emergency repairs to the main breakwater. Reconstruction, which began in June a nd finis he d in A ugus t, ha s c os t €494,538. The port will have moorings for 110 boats and the regional government is currently preparing the specifications for the concession which is due to be allocated next summer.



Teenagers rescued FIREFIGHTERS have rescued three teenage boys who were hiking and subsequently got lost in the Denia regional park. The boys, aged around 15, were missing for nearly 20 hours as they became disorientated when coming down the Montgo path as it had begun to get dark. They told the firefighters that they could no longer see the trail and as they were on a steep slope feared they would be there all night. Although they were disorientated thankfully by the time they were rescued they had almost reached the end of the trail making the rescue relatively easy for the emergency services.


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Preparing for Christmas Paint job brightens

up children’s home By Caroline Tyszka ONE local charity had a very busy November with two fundraising events and sprucing up a children’s home ready for Christmas. The Giving4Giving cancer support charity raised €4,500 during the month and immediately put this to good use by buying materials to paint the children’s home in Ondara. Albir painter and decorator Barry along with his wife Donna donated a week of their time to paint the inside of the eight bedroom home so it could be fresh and clean ready for the festive season. With Giving4Giving covering the couples day-to-day expenses and Grant a Wish paying for a hotel for five nights whilst they worked long into the evenings the mission was accomplished quickly. Gary from Giving4Giving said: “A job this big would have cost around €2,000 from a painting company so it was a very generous gesture from Barry and Donna who also painted two of our four charity shops.” When the work was completed Gary brought all the children an early Christmas present as a special surprise - a tablet each -

THE end of November marks the beginning of the season of preparation for Christmas in Churches all over the world. Advent begins this year on Sunday November 27, and is a season of thoughtful preparation, and increasing joy, as Christmas approaches. There are carol services and worship up and down the Costa Blanca, this year, as every year, and these services and celebrations happe n a ll ove r the northe rn Costa Blanca. B e ginning the C hurc h ye a r, A dve nt (from La tin

meaning ‘to come to’) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds t o t he anni ver sar y of t he Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of t he m eani ng of t he season. Chur ch of Engl and parishes within Spain are entirely self-funding, so fundraising is essential to maintain the Church’s ministry here, including funer-

als and pastoral care to the sick and the bereaved, and the activities of the seven local churches in support of causes such as Caritas, Red Cross, EMAUS, World Vision and the Gandia Hospice. The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy serves the community from Valencia to Alicante with services in eight different towns. For information on the activities of the church and the contact details and service times visit

JOB DONE: Barry and Donna. which were received with delight. “Without the community’s kindness including people like Barry and Donna we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” said Gary. Giving4Giving has now donated €65,500 to local charities and will donate much more before the New Year. The charity always needs donations and volunteers so please call Gary on 603 137 697 if you can help or would like Barry’s contact details.

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A last appea ‘sweets and tr By Caroline Tyszka AS everyone makes their final preparations for Christmas please spare a thought for those less fortunate. There are just two weeks left where readers can donate to the ‘Treat for Christmas’ campaign, giving chocolates, sweets or festive biscuits that will be divided between the Alfaz del Pi food bank and the Busy Bees Charity, who support the local children’s homes. Although basics are always needed, Christmas is a time when it can seem particularly bleak for some families and particularly the children. It is hoped that by donating a few luxuries we can make a difference. Collection points are: Winnies Bar in La Cala; Giving4Giving Charity Shop in La Nucia; Amigos bar i n Al f az del Pi ; Hepbur ns Sal on i n Benidorm indoor market; AJL Mechanics in Villajoyosa and The Pineapple bar in Albir. The Campaign finishes on Friday December 16. For further details please email caroline.


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No need to mind the gap By Linda Hall ALFAZ DEL PI’S mayor recently met Mª Pilar Garcia to discuss Line 9 and FGV’s plans for Alfaz’s stations. Garcia is the regional rail operator ’s delegate to Alicante Province and she outlined impending improvements to Alfaz’s principal station and the Albir halt. “FGV is making the platforms higher so that passengers can access this important public transport service without problems,” Arques said. “We took advantage of the meeting with FGV to explain our needs and call for a

LINE 9: Vicente Arques (centre) with Alfaz councillors quality service for all members of Alfaz’s population.” Improvements to Line 9 infrastructure, tracks, signalling and safety infrastructure have been completed between Benidorm and Calpe and are now ongoing

between Calpe and Denia. FGV has now allocated the €3.694 million contract to renovate Line 9 stations and work is due to start on stations in Alfaz, Albir, Benidorm, Teulada, Gata de Gorgos and Denia.




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Santa stomp and fashion show set to raise funds BARC have two special events planned as the run-up to Christmas starts in earnest. The first is a Christmas Fashion Show showcasing the Autumn/Winter Collection on Monday, December 5, taking place from 2.30pm at the BARC Shop in El Campello. Tickets cost €7 and includes chilli con carne, wine, beer and cava. Call Pat on 630 892 513 or visit the shop to buy tickets.

On Sunday December 11 the group has organised a ‘Santa Stomp,’ leaving from La Gasolinera in Busot at 11am. The walk through the streets of Busot aims to raise money to help animals in need, both in the town and surrounding area. The cost is €5 (dogs free) and includes mine pies, mulled wine and a donation to BARC. For more information call John on 965 975 470.

Helping the animals JALON Valley ARC are to hold their annual Christmas Fayre on December 4 and all profits will go to help and support the animals of Jalon Valley ARC. It will be held in Pensionistas Hall in Jalon from 10am until 2pm. There will be a variety of stalls including tombola, Christmas gifts, jewellery, cakes, cards, a raffle, refreshments as well as entertain ment and carols. Entrance for adults is just €1 and children are free. For more information call Carol Lockhart on 965 732 607.


Magical teachers levitated for charity By Caroline Tyszka A SPECIAL fundraising day was held at one local school to raise money for the ‘MakeA-Wish Spain’ charity. Staff and pupils at Elians British School in La Nucia had a fun day with cake stalls and magic shows raising a total of €476 for the charity. Children went into morning class wearing magical outfits which included fairies, wizards and magicians. During the morning break cakes that had been donated by staff and parents were sold. Later on, in a special assembly, David Climent Yarwood from Benidorm Palace kindly visited the school with some other magicians to entertain the children.

MAGIC FUN: The children wore outfits and sold cakes to raise money. David, winner of the prestigious Merlin Award, had sent out a WhatsApp to fellow local magicians who came and volunteered their time to help

raise money for the children’s cancer charity. Magicians Lionel Gallardo, Mag Malastruc, Lautaro San Miguel David Climent and

Janine Parker enthralled their audience, young and old, with funny tricks, shadow theatre disappearing women and much to the pupil’s amazement levitating teachers. David said: “it was a pleasure to have been invited to the school’s magical fundraising event. Magic is an art, producing illusions as entertainment and inspiring people to think that the impossible is actually possible, such as levitating a teacher.” Staff thanked pupils for getting into the spirit of the event and the parents’ support with cake donations. A special thank you went to David Climent, his fellow magicians and Benidorm Palace for generously donating their skills and time.


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ON Friday, November 18, Bernard Wilson, secretary of The Masonic Home of Valencia Association, presented a cheque for €2,000 to the ‘M ake A Sm i l e ’ C h a r ity, a v e ry worthy organisation for mentally challen g e d c h i l d r e n b a s e d a t a home in Relleu, just inland from Benidorm. Using existing land and equipment the ‘Make A Smile’ charity has created a self sufficient farm that provides occupational therapy for the 24 youngsters based there. This not only teaches them self reliance b u t a l so p r o v i d e s u s efu l knowledge which may help them to get jobs and better integrate into society - always a great aim! The children grow vegetables, and harvest the olives from more than 1,000 olive trees. These are later turned into olive oil and sold. They also produce more than 750 eggs a week from around 220 chickens, all of which are also then sold to the general public. This donation from the association will help to buy flannelette sheets and pyjamas for the young-

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DOWN ON THE FARM: Archive images from the Relleu project. s te rs to h e lp the m keep warm over the winter as, unfortun ate ly, th e h o me c a n n o t affo rd to keep the heat on all

night in their bedrooms. It will also be used to take all the children for a special Christmas treat to enable them to go somewhere like Alicante to at least see the lights. The presentation by Bernard to Barbara and Dennis Carrier, leade rs of t he r ecycl i ng t eam , t ook place at the El Cid restaurant, who run weekly auctions in Benidoleig who work continuously by taking in unwanted furniture and bric-abrac, which they mend, fix up and recycle to be sold at local auctions. Great work, whereby they recycle unwanted goods, pr event i ng t hem f r om going into rubbish skips and landfill sites and, at the same time, raise money for a very worthwhile cause. If you would like to help this very worthwhile cause or seek further information regarding the Masonic Home of Valencia, or even if you are just interested i n f i ndi ng out a l i t t l e more about Freemasonry, please email prensa@glpva



Quizzing for good causes SUE and Colin McNae have run numerous entertaining and challenging quiz nights, both solely for pleasure and to raise funds for good causes. This year they have raised well over €1,000 to support the pastoral and service work of the Friends of the Children of Emaus, the Caritas food bank in Benissa and the Church of England here on the Costa Blanca. Their latest challenging event was on Thursday November 17 at the Inn on the Green, where 50 hungry quizzers knuckled down to the challenge. At the end the results were close, but the tie breaker was not required. After a filling meal questions, posed covered a host of topics from sport and entertainment to history and geography. Fr Jim of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy thanked Colin and Sue for the enormous amount of hard work that goes into preparing the event, for hosting it, and for avoiding any riots over disputed answers. The Quizmaster is always right!


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Shop at the Antiques Fair ‘Carols At The ONCE again it’s time for the ever popular Antiques, Vintage, Retro and Collectables Fair at Salones Canor, Calle Assagador 03724 Teulada. This lovely venue offers free parking plus bar food and drinks from opening to closing. Doors open at 9am and close at 3pm, and entry is free of charge. There will be around 70 vendors of antique, unusual and sometimes quirky items on sale. The venue is indoors in a very elegant salon which is surrounded by beautiful gardens. This is an event which is not to be missed, and a wonderful opportunity to shop for Christmas for that person who has everything. You can also support Emaus and The

Beach’ event

QUIRKY ITEMS: Make great gifts for those who have everything. Charity Shop Calpe who have stands at the fair.

Any queries do not hesitate to ring Paul and Sue, on 626 795 587 or 965 732 741.

FOR the last four years the Lions have held a Carol Service in Moraira, with the help of the amazing Salvation Army Band, who come all the way from Madrid to play. This year the event, which is called ‘Carols At The Beach’ will take place down by the Castle in Moraira (Pergola De Lante Del Mar) on Saturday December 10 from 6.00pm onwards. There will be carols and a display of tambourine dexterity by young ladies from the Denia Salvation Army. The event is free, but the Lions, dressed in their well known yellow safety vests, will be shaking their collecting buckets on behalf of the Salvation Army in Denia, to help feed people at Christmas. There will be mince pies, shortbread and gingerbread men on sale, as well as hot mulled wine. Start Christmas with the Lions, knowing that you are helping others.

Marina Alta Costa Blanca Floral Club THE club’s Christmas demonstration this year is on Wednesday December 7 at the usual venue, La Senieta Moraira. Doors open at 2pm when they will be welcoming one and all with a glass of Christmas cheer and a mince pie. The visiting demonstrator is Jean McClure from the UK, and the title of her demonstration is ‘With Christmas in Mind.’ Besides the beautiful flowers there is sure to be some bling and glitter. The group will also be drawing the lucky winners of their Christmas charity hamper raffle, And they have lots and lots of lovely prizes

besides the hamper. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets you can do so on the day. Entrance is €5 for members and €8 for visitors and everyone is welcome. If you haven’t been to one of the club’s demonstrations before, this is an ideal opportunity to come along and meet other members, while enjoying a glass of Christmas cheer. Flowers are supplied by Paichi Garden Centre, and all the exhibits are raffled at the end of the afternoon. For further information contact Tina 965 833 197, visit the webpage www.marinaltaflo or you can follow the club’s Facebook page.

Teulada -Moraira Lion’s Club TEULADA Moraira Lions Club invites you to join them at the draw of their Grand Christmas Raffle taking place at 1pm on Friday December 16 at their book stall in Moraira’s weekly market. Tickets cost €1 and prizes include €250 Pepe la Sal shopping vouchers and €150

Paichi garden centre vouchers. Raffle tickets can be bought at the Lion’s Den charity shop (next to where Barclays Bank used to be) on Monday to Saturday mornings. They can also be obtained at the Lion’s book stall on Friday December 2 and 16, and from Paichi Garden centre. All proceeds support local charities.


U3A Vall del Pop U3A VALL DEL POP arranged a Halloween trip to Cocentaina’s medieval ‘Fira de Tots Sants’ fiesta to enjoy the sights and sounds of this special event, in and around the very beautiful church with its golden doors. This year the weather was perfect for exploring the city and the many fiesta stalls – but not before a coffee to get them all going. The event gets bigger every year and a map is now essential to ensure all sites are visited, leaving time for lunch and the difficult decision as to which food style to choose from the street food barbecues filling one section of the main square. Priorities amongst the group seemed to include tasting the incredible numbers of cheeses, meats, dates, nuts, olives and many other delicacies, including sweet mint tea, and visiting the stalls with differing styles of arts and crafts on display with clothes stalls supplementing the town shops. Agricultural equipment, cars, and miscellaneous bric-abrac make this truly a shoppers’ delight!! Fantastic Moor’s and Christian’s costumes are displayed in the museum and it being Halloween, many people had decided to make the most of it, leaving the group amazed at the costumes. At about 4pm energy and stamina had begun to wane, pockets were getting empty and it was time to leave this wonderful fiesta. U3A Vall del Pop holds its general meetings on the first Thursday of the month at the Polivalent, Murla.

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December 5 - Film ‘Room,’ Parcent. December 8 - Christmas meeting, Murla: music, fun and games, food and chance of photo with Santa for y o ur gra ndc hildre n. A not to be missed start to the festive season. December 14 - Xmas shopping trip to Valencia. December 15 - Christmas party time at Castelvi. Dance the night away with good food and excellent company. December 19 - Film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins,’ Parcent January 27, 2017 - Benidorm Palace, hotel and show. February 8 - 10th Anniversary Fun Quiz at Los Amigos. March 20 - Sangreal Tour, Aragon. Please check the website for more details and lists of U3A activities U3A Vall del Pop always has ‘something going on.’

A break from tradition MONTGO CHORALE’S annual Christmas concert this year breaks new ground. It contains more than just the traditional Christmas carols which we have been singing and enjoying for the past decade. Time for a change! Our programme will include two short works besides some carols by the choir, plus the well-known ones in which we invite the audience to participate. Both works are new to us as a choir, and very likely are new to the majority of the audience. They are both by English composers.

We will open the concert with George Malcolm’s Mass At The Crib - a comparatively unknown mass but beautifully written; short, unassuming and melodic. Malcolm held the post of organist and choir director in Westminster Cathedral for many years. He was better-known as a harpsichordist than a composer. The other work is Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols - an early work, in which he cleverly blends his love of traditional English folk music with traditional carols. The baritone soloist in this

work is John Edwards who sang as one of our soloists five years ago. Gordon Lawson is directing his last Christmas concert with the chorale, and Heather Butcher is our accompanist. The concert will take place in the Fishermen’s Church in Javea Port at 4.30pm on Sunday, December 11. We sincerely hope that our normal capacity audience will enjoy the new-style programme. As usual, entry is free but we shall be collecting donations as you leave. The money raised will go to support the work of the local Caritas.

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676 451 780 (9am-5pm weekdays) or email Any general enquiries to 648 860 251 (10am-4pm weekdays). To the memory of the fallen and the future of the living.

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40th Ann AS was fitting for a Black Friday weekend, the Javea Players’ dinner at the Javea Golf Club last Saturday (November 26) was a three for the price of one event. It was the final celebration of the Players’ 40th anniversary year, the end of show dinner for their production of Our Man in Havana and their Christmas social. Should you have ever wondered what makes the Javea Players’ tick, it is, according to Chairman Mike Harvey, fun, friendship and trepidation. He spoke of all three in his welcome speech. The r ecept i on at whi ch guest s

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niversary celebrations enj oyed th e m u si c p r ov id e d b y saxophonist, Ripoll Bisquert Alfredo and guitarist Pere Tent Cholbi, and the dinner was the third event held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Javea Players.

They had partied in their studio in January and in Plaza Baix in July where they had danced to the music of Strikland with lead singer Rob Sweeney and where Mayor Jose Chulvi cut the birthday cake.

CANCER CARE volunteers were delighted to welcome Adela Caneta, Chief Pediatric Oncologist and Pablo Berlanga, Pediatric Oncology Consultant, working on the early phase clinical trials in pediatric oncology at La Fe hospital in Valencia. The volunteers were given a wonderful presentation about the ongoing research into children’s cancers being done at the La Fe Hospital. Cancer Care were thrilled to hand over a cheque for €40,000 to help this wonderful team.

Cancer Care handed over a cheque for €40,000.



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Els Ports National Park adventure THE Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers enjoyed a week of walking and cultural activities in the beautiful Els Ports National Park. The park is situated north of Valencia in the area of the River Ebro and the town of Tortosa. The dramatic, rugged landscape of the park stretches between the communities of Catalonia, Valencia and Aragon, taking up a total space of around 60,000 hectares. The majestic limestone massif is filled with abrupt cliff faces, natural resources, forests, valleys and abundant wildlife. Hispanic goats (Ibex), wild boar, badgers, foxes, wild cats, squirrels, otters, Griffon vultures, eagles and many other bird species can be spotted. Els Ports National Park offers a large number of walking routes over all kinds of ground, such as ravines, streams, thick forests or high plains. The highest point is found at Mount

ELS PORTS: Has a dramatic, rugged landscape. Caro, at an altitude of 1,447 metres, which was one of the challenges conquered by the group of 20 stalwart walkers. The mountain provides marvellous views over the landscape below, including the River Ebro. On an especially clear day you can even see the Balearic islands and the Pyrenees. The variety of walks, from coastal to mountains, taking in old monasteries and ermitas as well as castles and fantastic

scenery was a delight for all those who took part. There were five days of walking with each day averaging about 15 kms and a height gain of at least 600m, although some days the group achieved over 900m of ascent. Els Ports National Park is steeped in history and with so many things to do, a week is just not long enough to experience all that the area has to offer. Visit


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Advent and Xmas diary dates • DECEMBER 5 - 4.30pm La Fustera - Carol Service 3.45pm at La Fustera Church, Benissa Costa - afternoon tea, followed by a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to this early celebration of the glory that is Christmas. • December 8 - midnight Gandia - Carols at the Palace There will be a traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 6.30pm in the Borja Palace, Gandia. The singing will be led by the Oliva U3A Choir. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served afterwards. All are welcome. • December 9 – 5.30pm Denia - Christingle Service Christingle is a Service to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.This will be held at La Ermita, Las Rotas, Denia. It is in aid of the Anglican Childrens Society, whose work is with the needy children in the UK. The highlight of the Service

is the sharing of the ‘Light of the World’ given to all the congregation; symbolised by oranges bearing a lighted candle. All will be very welcome. • December 10 - 4.30pm Calpe - Carols in the old town. Carol singing on the steps of the Church in Calpe Old Town as part of the Christmas Market. • December 12 – 3pm Albir - Carols on the Beach (by the Anchor in Albir). Come along and sing for an hour. • December 12 - 4.30pm Calpe Carol Service at La Merced Church, Calpe. A beautiful traditional carol service with added wonder. With the U3A Choir and Philip Ashley. • December 17 - 4.30pm El Campello Carol Service At the delightful church of Coveta Fuma. With a seasonal drink to follow nearby. A wonderful opportunity to share the celebration. • December 19 - 4pm Albir - Carol Service at the

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The power of silence ALMERIA

TOWN HALL: The small ceremony was one of many events held.




Boats seized By Sam Croft MEMBERS of Cuevas del Almanzora Council gathered at the entrance to the town hall on the morning of Friday November 25 where they held a minute of silence to honour the memory of victims of gender violence. The small ceremony was one of many events organised by the Municipal Women’s Information Centre for the International Day against Gender Violence, which is recognised across the world on November 25. After the moment of silence, a manifesto against gender violence was read aloud, and a banner was hung from the balcony of the town hall. New additions this year included vibrant purple lights which lit up the Marques de Los Velez Castle for several days, and a short film which was screened in the Echegaray Theatre.


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WORK has been underway to remove invasive species along the bank of the River Segura. It was carried out by members of ANSE environmental association who have already carried out similar work in La Mata.

TOURIST chiefs are doubling down on a successful summer with a 2017 budget that is almost twice as much as 2016’s. The Mallorca Tourism Foundation will have €800,000 at its disposal.

STUDENTS from Tijola’s Alto Almanzora secondary school have been on a visit to the Andalucian Parliament as a reward for winning the 2016 Euroscola Project competition which marked the 30th anniversary of Spain’s entry into the European Union in 1986.

FOURTEEN chiringuitos (beach bar/restaurants) in Torre del Mar and Benajarafe were presented with Q for Tourism Quality certificates and plaques on at the first joint ceremony of its kind in Spain.

Brexit cooperation

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PRESIDENT of the Almerian Levante Municipalities Association and mayor of Huercal-Overa, Domingo Fernandez, met with Jim Simpson, Zurgena’s Security councillor in order to discuss a number of issues related to non-EU citizens post Brexit.

FRIGILIANA has officially been chosen as one of the seven rural wonders of Spain. In total 20 different municipalities were shortlisted for the honour, and the winners were decided on November 24 following a month of online voting for the awards, which seek to bring increased visibility to some of Spain’s most breathtaking rural destinations.

Nordic meeting TORREVIEJA’S mayor, Jose Manuel Dolon held a special meeting with Nordic residents to explain future urban developments such as the plans to widen the N-332 and the reform of the port area.

DESPITE the brew ha ha over the timing of the capital’s festive lights, Christmas markets across Mallorca have opened as Advent arrives. December will be flush with raffles, flea markets, carousels, concerts, crafts, music, food and good cheer, with Mallorca’s large German population lending an extra dash of magic.

Burglary arrest

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A 21-YEAR-OLD has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a burglary at a house in Elche. The thieves seized jewellery, appliances and other valuables with the man arrested by police as he attempted to sell on 13 of the stolen jewels.

MORE than 500 protestors demonstrated in Palma demanding more be done to combat violence against women. With loud cries and whistles the protestors showed their discontent with the passive minute’s silence held in tribute to local woman Celia Navarro who was murdered by her partner two weeks ago.

Earth shook AN earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale shook the Baix Vinalopo, being felt in Crevillent, Elche, Novelda and some areas of the Vega Baja such as Albatera. The epicentre was in Hondon de las Frailes with 112 reporting they received 50 emergency calls. There were no injuries.

Consumer craze THE average Mallorcan spent €152 on Black Friday discount sales. The American post-Thanksgiving sales phenomenon is the latest consumerist craze to have swept across the Atlantic. It is now firmly entrenched in Spain as people desperately search for Christmas ‘bargains.’

Flats evacuated A TWO storey block of flats had to be evacuated and five people were taken to hospital for treatment last week when a fire started at 4am in the lounge of a first-floor flat in Almeria City.

Abusive husband ALMERIA Local Police arrested a 43year-old man for allegedly abusing his wife. The woman hid inside a hairdressers and called police for help, reporting that her husband had arrived home drunk and threatened to kill her.

Culprits sought THE mayor of Berja has called the Guardia Civil to track down the authors of graffiti which has appeared in various parts of Villavieja heritage site, which dates back to the 9th century.

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SINCE October, the National Police has been seizing RHIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) and arresting individuals in La Linea de la Concepcion with a total in just a few weeks of 13 boats and 15 people as it was discovered that smugglers were bringing in drugs from Morocco through the town.

CTV cameras THE Council in Alhaurin de la Torre has allocated €92,000 to allow for the installation of its first CTV cameras at the Plaza de San Sebastian and this project will be expanded over a period of time with a special control room being set up to monitor traffic and accidents around the town.

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Muggers caught ON Halloween night this year, four people in different costumes and masks attacked two separate groups of young people in Motril stealing mobile phones from them and giving them a bit of a beating. Now, officers of the National Police have reported that they have identified the culprits and arrested them.

Motril fright A HUGE window pane weighing about 200 kilos fell out of the Tourism Development Centre in Motril which cost €14 million of European Union money to build according to a report issued by the town hall.

AS part of a money laundering investigation, officers of the National Police moved to arrest five people, three lawyers and two bank officials, some of who are Spanish nationals and live in Marbella accused of being minor figures in the alleged money laundering operation which saw investment in properties as well as transfer of funds overseas.

Found safe THE mother of a 10-year-old boy in Malaga City flew into a panic when he didn’t return home after taking his dog for a walk and contacted the 112 emergency services so both Local and National Police sped into action finding the boy and his dog safe but very wet in a local park.

Model wins JUST 17 models contested the title of Linda España 2016 at the Los Monteros Marbella Hotel & Spa on the evening of Saturday November 26 and after a hard fought contest, Assi Mbengue representing the Canary Islands was chosen as the winner.

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Costly harbour clean up

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IT will cost almost 100 million kroner (€110 million) to clean up the harbour of Fredericia after it was the scene of one of the country’s worst cases of environmental pollution after a fire occurred when a tanker with liquid fertiliser collapsed.

FREDERICIA: A tanker with liquid fertiliser collapsed.

Animal abuse A WOMAN, aged 45, has been charged with animal abuse after animal welfare officers found 26 mistreated and neglected dogs in Harlev. Some had to be euthanised at the site as they were in such a poor condition and could not be saved.

Store shooting A MAN and woman were shot in a Danish department store. Police believe it may have been gang-related

Domestic violence with the woman an innocent victim while the man could be a gang member. Both were later released from hospital.

Skilled labour DENMARK has effectively at-

tra c te d a nd re c ruite d fore ign s kille d w orke rs in re c e nt ye a rs boosting the country’s economy, but since 2015, the number of fore ign w orke rs ha s de c line d w ith ever-changing immigration laws ma king life more diffic ult for skilled workers.


Dodgy parking BOMB squad officers in Paris exploded the bonnet of a Porsche Carrera that had been left illegally

LAST year, 127,457 people in relationships were the target of domestic violence from threats and stalking to rape and murder. It is the first time federal police have released national data on domestic violence.

Early recruitment THE German army has been criticised for trying to recruit teenagers after sending brochures to the under-18s. Opposition MPs say they are outraged to target under age youngsters but the military needs more personnel.

Implant objection A JUDGE has ruled a woman can become a police officer after being rejected on medical grounds for having breast implants. Police regulations state officers cannot have implants due to an increased health risk, but the judge ordered police to review their guidelines.


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Stair sale FOURTEEN stairs from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, dating back to 1889, have sold at auction for €523,800; more than 10 times the pre-sale estimate. The stairs were removed in 1983 to make way for a lift.

THERE are calls for Germany to return the skulls of East Africans that were taken to Berlin during the colonial era for ‘scientific’ research. The colonies are wanting the remains of indigenous inhabitants to be returned. It is believed around 1,000 skulls remain with the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.


parked in a taxi rank for the night after the owner went clubbing and took a taxi home.

Gold find A MAN who inherited a house in Normandy from a relative found 100kg of gold hidden in the property worth an estimated €3.5 millio n . A cc o rd in g to pa pe rw ork found, the gold was purchased in

the 1950’s and 60’s.

Space flight FRENCH astronaut Thomas Pesquet has joined the International Space Station, joined by Oleg Novitskiy and the oldest woman to orbit the world, Peggy Whitson. It is Pesquet’s first journey into Space and he took a piece of Mars meteorite with him.

SECONDARY school pupils may learn about European colonisation as part of changes to the history curriculum. The Minister for Education, Marie-Martine Schyns (cdH) said she does not oppose the proposal.

Self-testing PHARMACIES have begun offering HIV self-tests for around €25. In Belgium last year, there was an average of 2.7 HIV diagnoses each day.

Cargo accident A MAN died and another is miss-



Controversial plans

Africa summit

THE government and Stockholm council is planning to invest millions in the Novel Centre, in honour of Sweden’s famous Nobel Prizes. Some praise the architectural project, others criticise it.

THE sixth Norwegian-African summit took place in Oslo to discuss trends, issues and business opportunities across the African continent. Four hundred participants took part.

Missing girl

Maritime notes

AS social media was set alight with images of an English-speaking mystery homeless girl in Rome, Italy, which some thought could be missing Madeleine McCann, a Swedish man has claimed it is his 21-year-old daughter who left Sweden six months ago.

IMAGES from the sea are now adorning Norway’s new bank notes, rather than portraits of people. The central bank unveiled the notes showing the country’s bonds with the sea.

Street kids OVER 500 children who arrived in Sweden as asylum seekers have gone missing. These children arrived alone and have had their asylum applications rejected and are now unaccountable with many ending up on the streets.

ing following an accident on a cargo freighter off the coast of Zeebrugge. The men were carrying out repairs on one of the lifeboats when he fell away from the ship. One crew member fell over board and is still missing at sea.

Road safety HANDS-FREE kits for mobile phones increases the risk of traffic accidents. The risk quadruples compared to situations when the driver is not on a mobile according to a study from the Belgian Institute for Road Safety.


Pricey poem A POEM handwritten by Anne Frank has sold for €140,000 at a uc ti on. The ei ght - l i ne poem was written in a friendship book belonging to the older sister of Anne’s best friend at school.

Daesh benefits

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A NORWEGIAN born Daesh fighter is reported to have been claiming hundreds of euros a month in benefits whilst living and working in Raqqa, Syria after moving there from his home in Sweden.

THE pay gap bet ween m en a nd wom en i s cl osi ng and younger wor ki ng wom en i n some sectors are now actually earning more than men. This is

bel i eved t o be because m or e women than men study for a degree.

Reality testing DUTCH police are trialling augmented reality systems to investigate crime scenes. The technol ogy al l ows vi deos t o be streamed from cameras of officers at the scene to experts who may be elswhere who can then guide the officers.


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NEW FOOD: The Nutria rodent is believed to be very clean and healthy. MOSCOW’s hot new food is nutria, also known as river rat. Despite being a rodent Nutria is believed to be very clean, healthy, and offers a hybrid taste between pork and turkey. It is not native to Russia but introduced from South America during the height of the fur trade.

Volcanic diplomacy TENSIONS mounted between Russia and Japan following reports that new missile systems were moved to the Moscow controlled Kuril Islands, which are claimed by Tokyo. The volcanic islands were occupied by the Soviets after the Second World War and the dispute has prevented the countries ever signing a peace accord.

Time warp PANFILOV’s 28 is a new war film dramatising the legendary feats of a Moscow division fighting to the death to halt a 1941 Nazi assault. But some historians claim the story was made up to portray Russian soldiers as fearless, with one even being fired for besmirching a sacred legend.

Punched Pole A TELEVISION show spiralled out of control when a Polish journalist was punched in the face when he mocked the Russian standard of living. The debate show was discussing salaries when the Pole congratulated Romanians on earning more than Russians, who he said lived worse than Ukrainians. Chaos promptly ensued.

Bear fighting A RUSSIAN fighter wants to hit the jackpot by battling Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor in Russia. The Irishman draws in mil-

lions of viewers and accomplished wrestler Khabib Nurmagomedov reckons he has McGregor’s number. ‘The Eagle’ is from the restless Dagestan region and even wrestled bears as a child.

Forest spirit TWO Russians driving near the Ural mountains on a dark, snowy road spotted a strange, shadowy figure and claimed they had seen a Surale. The mythical forest spirit is believed to lure people into the woods and tickles them to death. Their dashcam footage is being analysed by YouTube experts.

Zoyka’s apartment A MUSEUM dedicated to famed Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov will open next year at the small Moscow apartment where the author of ‘The Master and Margarita’ lived in the 1920s and 30s. The apartment has been remodelled to resemble the time and present intimate exhibitions for devotees of B u l g a k o v ’s work.


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Council threatens over rentals THE Barcelona Council has been busy issuing or threatening to issue fines on banks and companies connected with housing and property rental for breach of regulations and this seems set to continue as the current mayor Ada Colau has always campaigned for affordable housing and is against eviction. Firstly, the council has fined three banks a significant amount for leaving

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€1.26 million is the total amount that the Barcelona Council is fining three banks for leaving property empty.

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Inauguration of Petrobras exploration platform. By John Smith MANY SPANISH investors were attracted to purchase shares in Brazilian oil giant Petrobras when shares were launched on the world’s stock exchanges in 2010 to raise $72.8 billion (€63.5 billion). This was the world’s largest ever share launch and made it the fourth largest company by capitalisation in the world. Now, the Guardia Civil has announced that it has made the first arrest in Spain in connec-

properties they own completely empty for more than two years and these ‘specimen’ fines have been levied on BBVA, Santander and ‘bad bank’ Sareb. There is little doubt that other banks who have unoccupied property will also be fined in due course. Following this announcement, it has been decided that the boom in letting of private properties to short term visitors to the city through websites has encouraged property owners to ignore the re-

A long period of uncertainties that will block future investments in Britain, and that makes me really concerned,”. Matthias Wissmann, the president of the German Automotive Industry Association, on a possible hard Brexit.

Petrobras fraud arrest in Madrid

tion with an alleged fraud and has taken into custody from a Madrid hotel, an individual said to be closely involved in collecting bribes and distributing them to those involved in the alleged fraud. The man who has joint Brazilian and Spanish nationality had originally fled to the USA when he was accused of being involved in the case which saw the sum of $50 million (€47 million) diverted to various political parties within Brazil.


BHS update VETERAN Labour MP Frank Field has made no secret of the fact that he detests Sir Philip Green, former owner of BHS and is trying to have him stripped of his knighthood due to the parlous state of the bankrupt company’s pension fund. He has written to the Pensions Regulator asking whether the personal assets of both Sir Philip and Dominic Chappell who purchased the company can be seized in the event they do not plug the hole in the fund.

Neymar fear JUST when he thought all was resolved with accusations of fraud, Brazilian and Barcelona football star Neymar has been threatened with prosecution over the possible disguise of the value of the financial package when he moved from Santos to Barcelona. The prosecutor now wants him to be tried and will be demanding a two-year sentence and a €10 million fine.

Carousel fraud across Europe THE Spanish Tax Agency has identified and eliminated a major IVA fraud which is based on what is known as a Carousel scheme where IVA is collected, not paid and then reclaimed by false declarations of exportation of goods.


$1.75 billion (€1.66 billion) is the amount that Chinese online travel firm Ctrip has paid for Edinburgh-based travel search business Skyscanner.


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In this case, the IVA was collected by the sale of petroleum products and supposed sales of electronic and computer components were made across Europe totalling €16 million. Two people were arrested with assets and documents seized.

quirement to register rental properties and so much has this area grown that hotels are now losing business. Two websites, Airbnb and HomeAway are to be hit with the newly introduced maximum fine of €600,000 each for offering properties to tourists on their sites which have not been properly registered. Both companies have been fined for ignoring the rules but they shrugged off the maximum which was €30,000.




UK car production THE Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced that UK car manufacturing fell by 1 per cent in October when compared to the figures for October 2015 with production of 151,795 vehicles. Interestingly the fall was exclusively due to a fall in demand in the home market although exports which now account for nearly 81 per cent of all UK production continues to rise and this highlights the importance of the car industry to the UK balance of payments and the strength of foreign manufacturers in future investment negotiations with the government.


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By John Smith A REFERENDUM on constitutional change in Italy due to be held on Sunday December 4 could lead to a new rash of financial worries with Italian banks and possibly to the failure of the world’s oldest bank Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena which was founded in 1472. The referendum revolves around the fact that the two houses in Italy, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies both have fairly similar powers and it is possible for one house to block the other on a regular basis. A bill was initially proposed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in 2014 which would significantly reduce the power of the Senate (the equivalent of the House of Lords) which would mean that the Chamber would have much more power and could push legislation through more quickly and with less expense. Unfortunately as the pro-

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MATTEO RENZI (left): With Martin Schulz, European Parliament President. posed bill was unable to obtain a two thirds majority, the Italian constitution required that the matter be put to the public at large to allow them to decide the future role of government. Mr Renzi has made it very clear that he will not accept a no vote and if that should hap-

pen he would immediately resign and leave the door open for a new election. At the time it might have seemed like a brave but good decision but this was before the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump. Now it seems that individu-

als around the world like the concept of making a protest vote and it seems more than possible that the Italian electorate will follow suit and effectively bring the government down. The result could be bad for the banking sector in Italy as

the financial markets are effectively conservative and don’t like change which has seen a significant drop in the value of the shares of eight banks in Italy. Most of them can either ride out the storm or appear to be in the process of being taken over

or amalgamated, but Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is in trouble as it has an enormous amount of bad mortgage debt (estimated at more than €100 billion) and as it is not a particularly attractive business for an investor, it may well be a casualty almost by default rather than intent. Some may argue that a change of government in Italy is hardly likely to cause seismic shocks across Europe but this is exactly what could happen as one party that could possibly gain power in a new election is the Five Star Movement (MS5) which originally said that it would call a referendum on EU membership if it came to power but has since amended this to vowing to call a new referendum on whether to keep the euro. So, in a matter of days, there could be at least one banking casualty, a new election in Italy and then a possible blow to the unity of the EU and the currency.

A surprising report wants to see legalisation of marihuana in the UK AS more and more countries around the world decide that if you can’t beat them, tax them, the Adam Smith Institute, which is something of a liberal think tank, has basically r e c o m m e n d e d t h e leg alis a tio n o f cannabis and marihuana in the UK and a number of MPs are broadly in favour of the idea. The arguments are quite simple as basically years of ‘policing’ the drug have been unsucce ssf u l y e t h a v e c o s t b illio n s o f pounds in both police and customs costs as well as housing more than 1,000 people who are in Britain’s overcrowded jails, alone costing the tax payer £50 million (€57.5 million) a year. If the drugs are going to flow into Britain anyway, rather than allow criminals and drug barons to reap the profits, very simply take over the industry, appoint licensed outlets and charge a tax on sales of the drug which could generate as much as £1 billion (€1.15 billion) in tax revenue each year.

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LEGALISING CANNABIS: The Home Office has no plans to consider this. It is inarguable that a certain percentage of people who buy cannabis from a local dealer find it both easy and tempting to obtain harder drugs from the same sources but if they don’t need the dealers then they

may keep away from everything except cannabis. One of the recent problems has been the strength of locally grown ‘skunk’ which can cause mental instability but again if some-

what weaker cannabis options are available legally then there will be far less incentive to grow the stronger mixture and anyone in trouble can be helped. With America allowing medical marihuana, as will Germany shortly and Canada about to decriminalise, there is without doubt a strong argument for legislating and controlling the drug despite the fact that some people can experience negative side effects. The Home Office, which has no qualms about the controlled sale of tobacco or alcohol, has stated once again that it has no plans to consider legalisation and is clearly content with the income that the government receives from the two legal and proven killer drugs. MPs from across the political spectrum including former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and former health secretary Norman Lamb have come out in support of the proposal although at the moment it appears unlikely that the proposal will be taken too seriously by the government.


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The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai with PM Theresa May and Philip Hammond. By John Smith DEPENDING on your political point of view and your position on Brexit, the Autumn Statement from Phillip Hammond could be considered either evidence of a prudent Chancellor or the imaginings of a rabid anti-Brexiteer. Effectively reflecting advice received from the Office for Budget Responsibility, he confirmed that the target to clear the budget deficit by 2020 had been dropped and that the government now expected to borrow £122 billion (€140 billion) more than forecast in the March budget which includes a figure of £58.7 billion (€67.5 billion) due to the Brexit decision, as well as uncertainty caused by the election of Donald Trump and the Chinese economy. Considering that Britain’s average annual contribution to the EU balances out at £8.5 billion (€9.78 billion) after rebate and grants, had the referendum gone the other way, Britain could have had seven years of contributions before reaching the amount estimated to be borrowed for the forthcoming year just to cover Brexit!

In his statement, the Chancellor said he planned to spend an extra £23 billion on infrastructure projects and £3.7 billion on new housing projects.

In addition, growth within the UK economy would have to be reduced by at least 2.4 per cent, although the lack of a coherent Brexit strategy has not helped the compilation of the latest estimates. With the recent announcement of the possible reduction of NHS spending and the fact that Britain’s Navy is probably pointless and won’t be able to afford to replace its missiles when they reach their ‘sell by’ date over the next couple of years, many wonder why so much money is being gobbled up by government and where it is going. In his statement, the Chancellor did say that he planned to spend an extra £23 billion (€26.5 billion) on infrastructure projects which presum-

ably includes the additional runway at Heathrow and £3.7 billion (€4.25 billion) on new housing projects and for the time being at least, to keep the ‘triple lock’ protection on pensions, although this may have to be reviewed. Part of the additional funding needed by government must include the cost of additional civil servants to cope with Brexit, the renovation of parliament and several billion to cover fines on the Royal Bank of Scotland. The Prime Minister had previously stolen his thunder by announcing that corporation tax would be reduced in order to make more money for companies and he was left to announce that the National Living wage would go up to £7.50p (€8.60) per hour, even though there are daily reports of workers not receiving the minimum. There were a few other balancing decisions, but it wasn’t much for individuals to get excited about unless they had shares in house rental companies who will no longer be able to charge upfront fees on rental properties or purchase insurance as the tax on that will go up.

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It’s an airborne M25 out there LEAPY LEE SAYS IT

OTHERS THINK IT I’VE n e v e r b e e n p a rtic u larly fond of flying. I truly do envy a num b e r o f f r i e n d s a n d co lleagues who inform me, often with a barely discernible smirk, that their holiday begins ‘when they board the plane.’ M i n e o n l y e v e n b e c o mes a possi b i l i t y wh e n th e re v ers e thrust kicks in on landing! At my age, because of nature’s rather more frequent insistence on visits to the loo, I always try to obtain an aisle seat. Consequently, most of my travel experience is centred around the ‘goings on’ within, instead of outwith, the aircraft. This week I visited Denmark. On my return trip I was offered seat 1A. Outside of the cockpit, this is probably the best seat on the plane. It is a window seat and because it’s in the first row there is plenty of leg room, and

SECONDS APART: In the busy skyways above. s p a c e to v is it t he loo w ithout major disruption. I accepted the offer and, although I have used the occasional window seat in

the past 1A is something really special. With clear skies most of the w a y the w hole , virtua lly panoramic scenario that unfold-

ed was truly breathtaking. The most impressive sight to me was the magnificent beauty of the Alps, as we traversed it at sun-

set , whi ch has t o be t he m ost perfect time of all. What was not so reassuring was the revelation that, despite the illusion of vast distances of uninterrupted clear skies, the skyways are in fact nothing more than an airborne extension of the M25! At least five fellow flying machines hurtled into and out of my sightline, at combined speeds that truly startles the imagination. Flight trails above and below silently hung as proof of recent jet-borne travellers. It was not unt i l we f l ew t hr ough one of these trails with quite a resoundi ng bum p, t hat I r eal i sed t hat t her e wer e al so ot her s at t he same height as us, and not many seconds away either. Mmm, wasn’t too keen on that. Anyway a truly eye opening and extremely pleasant experience. Thank you Norwegian airlines. Still one of the best. Keep the faith. Love Leapy

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7:00am Good Morning Britain 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Judge Rinder 4:00pm Tenable 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Tonight 9:00pm Emmerdale 9:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:45pm The Late Debate 12:10am Hedgehog Hotel 1:10am Jackpot247 4:00am Tonight 4:25am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

7:00am The World's Most Photographed 7:30am The Big Food Rescue 8:15am Secret Life of the Hospital Bed 9:00am Great Continental Railway Journeys 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Snooker 9:00pm MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00pm Close to the Enemy 11:00pm The Apprentice: You're Fired! 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am In Conversation... 12:45am Snooker 1:35am Snooker 3:35am Panorama 4:05am Black is the New Black 4:35am Prison, My Parents and Me 5:35am This is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two.

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Movies Now Doctor in the House Heartbeat Where the Heart is Wild at Heart Judge Judy Judge Judy Judge Judy Murder, She Wrote Wycliffe Heartbeat Wild at Heart Where the Heart is Doctor in the House You're Only Young Twice George and Mildred Heartbeat Murder, She Wrote Doc Martin Foyle's War Blue Murder Blue Murder Wycliffe ITV3 Nightscreen Text-based information service. Teleshopping Shopping from home.

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Countdown King of Queens King of Queens King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Frasier Jamie's Super Food A Place in the Sun Channel 4 News Summary Come Dine with Me Deal or No Deal Countdown Coast v Country A Place in the Sun Four in a Bed Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News The Secret Life of the Zoo Grand Designs 60 Days in Jail 24 Hours in A and E Random Acts Life on the Psych Ward Smita Patil Tribute

The Professionals The Chase Quincy, M.E. Ironside The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Storage Wars Storage Wars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Storage Wars Storage Wars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Fishing Impossible Renegades FYI Daily Renegades Car Crash Global The Classic Car Show 2:10am The Professionals 3:10am Cash Cowboys Sheldon and Scott embark on a coastto-coast scavenge for collectibles that can make them cash.


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7:00am Charmed 7:45am Hollyoaks 8:10am How I Met Your Mother 8:40am How I Met Your Mother 9:05am Rules of Engagement 9:35am Rules of Engagement 10:00am Melissa and Joey 10:30am Melissa and Joey 11:00am Young and Hungry 11:30am Young and Hungry 12:00pm Charmed 1:00pm Charmed 2:00pm The Goldbergs 2:30pm The Goldbergs 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 3:30pm The Big Bang Theory 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 5:00pm Young and Hungry 5:30pm Young and Hungry 6:00pm The Goldbergs 6:30pm The Goldbergs 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Black-Ish 9:00pm The Big Bang Theory 9:30pm The Big Bang Theory 10:00pm Salt 12:00am Tattoo Fixers 1:05am The Big Bang Theory

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In the Line of Fire Apollo 13 Taken 3 The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 3:40pm The Sorcerer's Apprentice 5:35pm Godzilla 8:00pm Taken 3 10:00pm The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 12:05am Rambo


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Death Becomes Her Valentine's Day Never Been Kissed The Top Ten Show 2016 Get Smart Definitely, Maybe Dumb and Dumber Dumb and Dumber To Pixels Bridget Jones's Diary Rush Hour 2 Analyze This I-Spy


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Boulevard Exit The Pack The Revenant Couple in a Hole Jem and the Holograms An aspiring pop star suddenly hits the big time after becoming an internet sensation. Hitman: Agent 47 A cold-blooded assassin sets out to destroy the organisation that spawned him. The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a 19thcentury frontiersman on the trail of the traitor who left him for dead. The Pack Deadly Sisters Couple in a Hole Jem and the Holograms



Green lines tested to reduce speed AS part of the series, we answer some common driving questions and keep you updated on the latest driving and road news kindly provided by members of the Guardia Civil based in Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, who set up the N332 website and Facebook page to help break down barriers.

GREEN LINES: Different colours give drivers a different impression. A NUMBER of new systems are being trialled aimed at reducing road traffic accidents. Castilla y Leon is one of the first places to adopt the new systems before they will potentially be rolled out across Spain. Here, one of the first tests is the introduction of green lines on the CL-615 and CL-613. The use of green lines has already been tested and used in parts of Sweden and the Netherlands where it was proven that using different colours on the road gives drivers a different impression of it. It also encourages them to moderate their speed accordingly and slow down as the road appears to narrow. In Castilla y Leon, the CL-615 was chosen to trial the green lines as the 92km stretch of road linking Palencia with Guardo, is considered to be a high risk area for acci-

dents. Since 2011, a total of 14 people have lost their lives on this stretch of road and another 139 hospitalised as a result of traffic accidents. The CL-613 runs from Palencia to Sahagun and is a single carriageway road with traffic flowing in both directions with long straight sections that encourages drivers to pick up their speed. Two people have been killed on this road and 55 people hospitalised and 30 seriously injured since 2011. With the green lines in place, the roads will have informative signs indicating that they are of a special format and may be subject to intensified speed checks and controls. The Guardia Civil will increase checks in these areas, not to necessarily catch more speeding vehicles, but to assess if the markings are having an impact in reducing speed.

For more news and articles visit or search N332 on Facebook.

Reduction of pool size Our Community has 140 apartments. One of the items on the Agenda at our last Assembly was to reduce the size of the pool by 10 per cent so that it can be open all year without a lifeguard. Currently it is only open during July and August because of the expense. The previous President said that there was no point in voting as the law states that there has to be 100 per cent agreement and that he will not agree to have the pool reduced. As a result, no vote was taken. Can you confirm that this is the law? S.K.(Costa del Sol) No, it is not the law. Your Community can vote by a simple majority to reduce the size of the swimming pool, either temporarily or permanently. This action does not change the original

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Charter of the Community nor does it affect the Com-

munity shares and fees of any member. These are indeed actions which require a unanimous vote. Furthermore, the person who requested the vote could have insisted on the vote’s taking place.

Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana & Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952 667 090.

1 - 7 December 2016 / Costa Blanca South



On a plate, not a slate Mike Senker

In my opinion Views of a Grumpy Old Man THIS is my 65th article which, I have to tell you, must officially make me the grumpiest person on the coast. So when I got an email telling me my views on Trump and Farage are biased I had to smile because, of course, I’m biased. I’m allowed. It’s my column! But just to make it clear I think all politicians are, to put it in nice terms, economical with the truth. Don’t take my views as some kind of gospel. Read the column title ‘Views of a Grumpy Old Man.’ Of course, I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong! But please keep emailing me. OK. Let’s get on with the serious stuff. As you know I like to eat out and over the last few months I have noticed restaurants have started using these bloody upside down knives. Have you seen them? They are ridiculous! They feel awkward to hold and when you put them down they flip over so they rest on the blade. What is the point? I was at a do this week and I was on a table of 10 people so I asked everyone, as we were all family, what they thought and every one of them thought

they were a daft idea. I’m a simple person. All I want is my grub served up on a plate with a knife and fork. I don’t need or want it served up on what can only be described as a roof slate or a wooden chopping board. I know it’s all to do with presentation but for me it’s all about the taste and if you get that right then I’m a happy bunny. Also, if you are offering me a buffet breakfast, I want a proper sized plate. I do not want a side plate which is your crafty way of making sure I don’t eat too much. And then there are the tea cups with the most ridiculous handles. Either they are non-existent or the handle is too small to be able to hold or, even worse, the handle doesn’t have a hole to put your finger in or even if it does, the hole is too small! Who designs these useless things? Whilst I’m on this subject, I was out with my daughter and she planted me in a wellknown coffee shop whilst she popped out to do a bit of shopping. She told me not many people know that they actually do a small (normal) size coffee. When you order they always ask if you’d like medium or large? I know they have to sell but why not just say regular, medium or large? I’ll be on Talk Radio Europe at 11.30am tomorrow December 2, if you want to call in and have a grump. Or, as always you can email me at


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7:00am Breakfast 10:15am The Big Food Rescue 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Secret Life of the Hospital Bed 12:45pm Rip Off Britain 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Coroner 4:00pm Think Tank 4:45pm Escape to the Country 5:30pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Still Open All Hours 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Citizen Khan 10:00pm Have I Got News for You 10:30pm Walliams and Friends 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm BBC London News 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show 12:25am Would I Lie to You? 12:55am The Apprentice

7:00am The World's Most Photographed 7:30am The Big Food Rescue 8:15am Secret Life of the Hospital Bed 9:00am Great British Menu 9:30am The Welsh Italians 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 2:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Mastermind 8:30pm Match of the Day Live 11:00pm QI 11:30pm Newsnight 12:05am Close to the Enemy 1:05am Snooker 1:55am Sold! Inside the World's Biggest Auction House 2:55am Question Time David Dimbleby presents topical debate. 3:55am Rick Stein's Long Weekends 4:55am This is BBC Two

7:00am Good Morning Britain 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Judge Rinder 4:00pm Tenable 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Countrywise 9:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:45pm Evan Almighty 1:25am Jackpot247 4:00am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

7:00am Dinner Date 7:50am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:35am Emmerdale 9:05am Emmerdale 9:35am You've Been Framed! 10:00am Psych 10:55am Catchphrase 11:40am I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Emmerdale 2:15pm You've Been Framed! 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:40pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 7:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Family Guy 10:30pm Family Guy 11:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 12:00am Family Guy 12:30am American Dad!

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Top of the Pops John Peel presents the chart show, first broadcast on 14 October 1982. 9:00pm The Good Old Days 10:00pm The Joy of the Single 11:00pm Promises and Lies: The Story of UB40 12:00am Rock Family Trees 12:50am Top of the Pops John Peel presents the chart show, first broadcast on 14 October 1982. 1:25am The Joy of the Single 2:25am Promises and Lies: The Story of UB40 3:25am Britpop at the BBC 4:25am This is BBC Four BBC Four is the BBC channel for people who want more.

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Doctor in the House George and Mildred Heartbeat Where the Heart is Wild at Heart Judge Judy Judge Judy Judge Judy Murder, She Wrote Wycliffe Heartbeat Wild at Heart Where the Heart is Doctor in the House You're Only Young Twice George and Mildred Heartbeat Murder, She Wrote Doc Martin Foyle's War Blue Murder Blue Murder Wycliffe Long Lost Family Rory Bremner's Great British Views Rory Bremner's Great British Views

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Countdown King of Queens King of Queens King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Frasier Jamie's Super Food A Place in the Sun Channel 4 News Summary Come Dine with Me Deal or No Deal Countdown Coast v Country A Place in the Sun Four in a Bed Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Alan Carr's Happy Hour Gogglebox The Last Leg 8 Out of 10 Cats Drifters

8:20am Thomas and Friends 8:35am Noddy: Toyland Detective 8:50am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:00am Wissper 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:35am Paw Patrol 9:45am Toot the Tiny Tugboat 10:00am Bananas in Pajamas 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:30pm Wishin' and Hopin' at Christmas 2:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm NCIS 4:15pm Spirit of Christmas 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm The Gadget Show 9:00pm Secrets of Great British Castles 10:00pm Building the World's Most Luxurious Ship 11:00pm The Best of Bad TV: The 00s 1:45am Super Casino 4:10am Gangland

7:00am Charmed 7:45am Hollyoaks 8:10am How I Met Your Mother 9:05am Rules of Engagement 9:35am Rules of Engagement 10:00am Melissa and Joey 10:30am Melissa and Joey 11:00am Young and Hungry 11:30am Young and Hungry 12:00pm Charmed 1:00pm Charmed 2:00pm The Goldbergs 2:30pm The Goldbergs 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 3:30pm The Big Bang Theory 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 5:00pm Young and Hungry 5:30pm Young and Hungry 6:00pm The Goldbergs 6:30pm The Goldbergs 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Black-Ish 9:00pm Avatar 12:10am The Big Bang Theory 12:40am The Big Bang Theory 1:05am Tattoo Fixers 2:10am First Dates

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9:00am Behind Enemy Lines 11:00am 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 1:30pm Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 3:45pm Extraction 5:30pm Twister 7:30pm 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 10:00pm Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 12:15am Extraction

7:00am Boulevard 8:35am Hitman: Agent 47 10:20am Jem and the Holograms 12:25pm Point Break 2:25pm The Revenant 5:05pm Jem and the Holograms An aspiring pop star suddenly hits the big time after becoming an internet sensation. 7:15pm Hitman: Agent 47 A cold-blooded assassin sets out to destroy the organisation that spawned him. 9:00pm Point Break 11:00pm The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a 19thcentury frontiersman on the trail of the traitor who left him for dead 1:40am The Pack 3:15am Boulevard 4:50am Exit

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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm James Martin: Home Comforts 1:00pm Football Focus 2:00pm BBC News 2:15pm Snooker 5:30pm Final Score 6:25pm Celebrity Mastermind 6:55pm BBC News 7:05pm BBC London News 7:10pm Pointless 8:00pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Michael Mcintyre's Big Show 10:00pm Casualty 10:50pm The National Lottery Live 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm Match of the Day 12:45am The NFL Show 1:15am Dragonfly 2:55am Weather for the Week Ahead 3:00am BBC News

7:00am Mighty Joe Young 8:30am Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 10:00am Natural World 11:00am Secret Britain 12:00pm Homes Under the Hammer 1:00pm The Best Dishes Ever 1:30pm The Hairy Bikers' Best of British 2:30pm Rebecca 4:35pm Flog It! 5:30pm Snooker 7:00pm Rugby Union 8:00pm Snooker Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage as the second semi-final gets underway. 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm The Dresser 1:15am Ill Manors 3:10am This is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two.

8:00pm Roman Britain: A Timewatch Guide 9:00pm Egypt's Lost Queens Professor Joann Fletcher explores what it was like to be a woman of power in ancient Egypt. 10:00pm Modus 10:45pm Modus Swedish crime drama series. 11:30pm Top of the Pops John Peel presents the pop chart show, first broadcast on 23 September 1982. 12:10am Top of the Pops 12:45am Reggae at the BBC 2:15am The Old Grey Whistle Test Live performance specially recorded for Whistle Test from the Reggae Concert at the Edinburgh Festival. 3:00am Sounds of the 70s

6:20am Deal or No Deal 7:10am Gillette World Sport 7:35am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:05am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:30am Frasier 8:55am Frasier 9:25am Frasier 10:00am The Morning Line 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 11:30am The Big Bang Theory 11:55am The Simpsons 12:25pm The Simpsons 1:30pm Deal or No Deal 2:25pm Channel 4 Racing 5:00pm Jamie's Super Food 5:30pm Location, Location, Location 6:35pm A Place in the Sun 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm China Between Clouds and Dreams 9:00pm Britain at Low Tide 10:00pm Now You See Me 12:15am G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2:20am Hollyoaks Omnibus 4:25am Location, Location, Location 5:20am George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

8:25am Scrambled! 8:30am Nerds and Monsters. Cannibal Run 8:50am Horrid Henry 9:10am Looped 9:30am Be Cool, ScoobyDoo! Mystery 101 10:05am Adventure Time 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Carry on Girls 12:10pm All Star Family Fortunes 12:55pm ITV News and Weather 1:05pm Judge Rinder 2:05pm Cash Trapped 3:05pm St. Trinian's 5:00pm Thunderbirds are Go 5:20pm The Chase 6:25pm ITV News London 6:40pm ITV News and Weather 7:00pm Tipping Point 8:00pm Meet the Parents 9:00pm The X Factor 10:30pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 11:35pm ITV News and Weather 11:50pm 10,000 BC

7:00am Emmerdale Omnibus 10:05am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 1:30pm Celebrity Catchphrase 2:30pm You've Been Framed! 3:00pm You've Been Framed! 4:05pm Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 5:05pm FYI Daily 5:10pm Beethoven's Christmas Adventure 5:55pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 7:25pm The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 8:25pm FYI Daily 8:30pm The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 9:30pm Scorpion 10:30pm The Xtra Factor 11:00pm Family Guy 11:35pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 12:35am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy

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Movies Now Calamity Jane FYI Daily Calamity Jane Santa Claus FYI Daily Santa Claus Columbo: A Case of Immunity Foyle's War Foyle's War Foyle's War A Touch of Frost Doc Martin Drama series about a curmudgeonly country doctor and his patients in Cornwall. The Booze Cruise Lewis Feature-length drama following on from the Inspector Morse series. Wycliffe ITV3 Nightscreen Text-based information service. Teleshopping

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Tommy Cooper The Professionals Motorsport UK Bundesliga Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Pawn Stars All Quiet on the Western Front FYI Daily All Quiet on the Western Front Fishing Impossible Storage Wars Storage Wars Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment FYI Daily Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 16 Blocks FYI Daily 16 Blocks Universal Soldier: Regeneration

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Fireman Sam Pip Ahoy! Little Princess Paw Patrol Blaze and the Monster Machines Noddy in Toyland Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Shimmer and Shine Peppa Pig Peppa Pig Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The Gadget Show This Christmas A Fairytale Christmas A Belle for Christmas 5 News Weekend A Belle for Christmas Mrs. Miracle 5 News Weekend Mrs. Miracle NCIS NCIS: New Orleans 5 News Weekend Football on 5 The Frozen Ground Super Casino The Boy Who Can't Stay Awake

7:10am The Mummy 9:15am In the Heart of the Sea 11:20am The Dark Knight 1:55pm King Arthur 4:05pm Troy 6:50pm The Mummy 9:00pm The Dark Knight 11:35pm In the Heart of the Sea 1:40am Underworld: Evolution

9:10am The Top Ten Show 2016 9:25am The Holiday 11:45am The 40 Year Old Virgin 1:45pm Pitch Perfect 2 3:45pm Bad Santa 5:30pm Welcome to Me 7:00pm The Interview 9:00pm Pitch Perfect 2 11:00pm The Hangover 12:50am Top Five 2:40am Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

7:00am Baby Daddy 7:20am Baby Daddy 7:40am How I Met Your Mother 8:05am How I Met Your Mother 8:30am Melissa and Joey 9:00am Melissa and Joey 9:30am Made in Chelsea 10:30am Couples Come Dine with Me 11:30am Black-Ish 12:00pm Black-Ish 12:30pm The Goldbergs 1:00pm The Goldbergs 1:30pm The Goldbergs 2:00pm The Goldbergs 2:30pm Clueless 4:30pm Rude(Ish) Tube Shorts 4:50pm The Big Bang Theory 5:20pm The Big Bang Theory 5:50pm The Big Bang Theory 6:20pm The Big Bang Theory 6:50pm The Big Bang Theory 7:20pm The Big Bang Theory 7:50pm The Big Bang Theory 8:20pm The Twilight Saga: New Moon 11:00pm Tattoo Fixers 12:00am Gogglebox

7:00am Boulevard 8:35am Jem and the Holograms 10:45am Arthur and Merlin 12:35pm Hitman: Agent 47 2:20pm Point Break 4:20pm The Revenant 7:00pm Arthur and Merlin 9:00pm Point Break 11:00pm Hitman: Agent 47 A cold-blooded assassin sets out to destroy the organisation that spawned him. 12:40am Couple in a Hole Poignant drama about a middle-class Scottish couple who retreat to the confines of a hole in the French countryside. 2:30am The Pack 4:15am Ant-Man: Behind the Scenes 4:45am Jem and the Holograms


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Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold Football Gold Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Sporting Triumphs Game Changers Premier League Preview 2016/17 The Fantasy Football Club Soccer A.M. Football Gillette Soccer Saturday Football Joshua/Molina: The Gloves are Off Nissan Game of the Day Nissan Match Choice Football Football Football Football Football Football EFL Goals Football Football

7:00am Live World Rugby Sevens: Dubai 2:30pm Rugby Union 6:00pm Live Pro 12 Rugby 8:30pm Rugby Union 10:25pm Rugby Union 11:25pm Football Gold 11:30pm Joshua/Molina: The Gloves are Off 12:00am Rugby Union 1:00am Football 2:00am Time of Our Lives 3:00am Sporting Triumphs 3:15am Football The La Liga season's first El Clasico is here as Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Nou Camp. 4:15am Time of Our Lives 5:15am Sporting Triumphs All Black rugby star Sean Fitzpatrick relives the triumph of winning the first Rugby World Cup 5:30am Sporting Triumphs 5:45am Sporting Triumphs


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7:00am Breakfast 8:30am Match of the Day 10:00am The Andrew Marr Show 11:00am Fern Britton Meets... 12:00pm Sunday Politics 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News 2:15pm Escape to the Country 2:45pm FA Cup Final Score 5:20pm Planet Earth II 6:20pm Songs of Praise 6:55pm BBC News 7:10pm BBC London News 7:20pm Countryfile 8:20pm Strictly Come Dancing 9:00pm Planet Earth II 10:00pm My Mother and Other Strangers 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm BBC London News 11:30pm Match of the Day 2 12:35am Sunny D 12:55am Citizen Khan 1:25am Weather for the Week Ahead 1:30am BBC News

7:00am A to Z of TV Gardening 7:45am Big Dreams Small Spaces 8:45am Life in a Cottage Garden with Carol Klein 9:15am Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys 9:45am Countryfile 10:45am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:15pm Rugby Union 1:15pm MOTD2 Extra 2:00pm Snooker 7:00pm Match of the Day: FA Cup Highlights 8:00pm Snooker 12:00am QI XL 12:45am Jazzie B's 1980s: From Dole to Soul 1:45am Three Fugitives 3:20am Countryfile The Countryfile team explores the Brecon Beacons. 4:15am Holby City 5:15am This is BBC Two Highlights of programmes on BBC Two.

8:00pm The Flying Archaeologist Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over Wiltshire to uncover sites discovered through aerial phototography 8:30pm Britten's Endgame 10:30pm The Turner Prize 2016 Morgan Quaintance assesses the four nominees at this year's Turner Prize at Tate Britain. 11:00pm Storyville Documentary which follows events at Israel's most notorious football club. 12:25am Cosmonauts: How Russia Won the Space Race 1:55am Monkey Planet 2:55am A Horizon Guide to the Senses 3:55am Egypt's Lost Queens 4:55am This is BBC Four

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Thunderbirds are Go Adventure Time ITV News Bear Grylls Survival School Peston on Sunday Best Walks with a View with Julia Bradbury Let's Do Christmas with Gino and Mel ITV News and Weather The Chase The X Factor Midsomer Murders Tipping Point ITV News London ITV News and Weather Off Their Rockers The Next Great Magician The X Factor Results Show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! ITV News and Weather Peston on Sunday

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Movies Now Doctor at Large A Touch of Frost Heartbeat Heartbeat Foyle's War Columbo: Dagger of the Mind The Nun's Story FYI Daily The Nun's Story Foyle's War Lewis Land of the Midnight Sun A Touch of Frost Santa Claus FYI Daily Santa Claus May the Best House Win May the Best House Win Wycliffe Drama series about a Cornwall police detective.

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King of Queens King of Queens King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch Jamie's Cracking Christmas The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Simpsons The Simpsons School of Rock Miracle on 34th Street Channel 4 News Escape to the Chateau Humans Gogglebox 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown The Last Leg 60 Days in Jail Shipping Wars George Clarke's Amazing Spaces

7:00am World Cup Rivalries: Brazil v Italy 7:15am Fifth Gear 8:05am The Classic Car Show 8:55am The Motorbike Show 10:55am The Big Fish Off 12:00pm Cash Cowboys 1:00pm Pawn Stars 1:55pm All Quiet on the Western Front 2:55pm FYI Daily 3:00pm All Quiet on the Western Front 5:00pm Tobruk 6:00pm FYI Daily 6:05pm Tobruk 7:10pm Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 8:10pm FYI Daily 8:15pm Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment 9:00pm Rugby 10:00pm Jaws 3 11:00pm FYI Daily 11:05pm Jaws 3 12:05am Rambo III 1:05am FYI Daily

8:30am Little Princess 8:45am Paw Patrol 9:05am Blaze and the Monster Machines 9:30am Noddy in Toyland 9:45am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:55am Shimmer and Shine 10:25am Peppa Pig 10:35am Peppa Pig 10:45am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:55am Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:30am Football on 5 12:50pm Fail Army 1:20pm 12 Gifts of Christmas 3:05pm Call Me Claus 4:50pm Deck the Halls 5:50pm 5 News Weekend 5:55pm Deck the Halls 6:45pm 5 News Weekend 6:50pm Bulletproof Monk 8:40pm Hellboy II: The Golden Army 9:40pm 5 News Weekend 9:45pm Hellboy II: The Golden Army 11:00pm Green Lantern 12:00am 5 News Weekend 12:05am Green Lantern

3:10pm The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 5:05pm Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 6:50pm Everest 9:00pm Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 11:20pm Mission: Impossible III 1:40am Armageddon

8:00am Alien Autopsy 9:45am Moana: Special 10:15am The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 12:25pm The Intern 2:30pm Vacation 4:15pm The Apartment 6:30pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again 8:10pm The Night Before 10:00pm The Intern 12:05am Vacation

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Animals Unleashed Baby Daddy Baby Daddy Melissa and Joey Melissa and Joey How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother Hollyoaks Omnibus Made in Chelsea First Dates Abroad First Dates Abroad The Addams Family Values Rude(Ish) Tube Shorts The Goldbergs The Goldbergs The Goldbergs The Goldbergs The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Mechanic Tattoo Fixers The Inbetweeners

7:30am Jem and the Holograms 9:40am The Revenant 12:20pm Secret in Their Eyes 2:20pm Arthur and Merlin 4:20pm Point Break 6:20pm The Revenant Revenge thriller about a 19th-century frontiersman on the trail of the traitor who left him for dead. 9:00pm Secret in Their Eyes A former FBI agent revisits the unresolved murder of a colleague's teenage daughter. 11:00pm Point Break Remake of the cult action romp starring Luke Bracey as an undercover FBI agent tasked with infiltrating a crew of thrill-seeking criminals. 12:55am The Pack 2:30am Couple in a Hole


7:30am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 8:00am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 8:30am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 9:00am Football A match from the 2016-2017 Premier League. 9:30am Football 10:00am The Sunday Supplement 11:30am Goals on Sunday 1:30pm Live Nissan Super Sunday 4:30pm Live Nissan Super Sunday 8:00pm EFL Goals 8:30pm Football Gold 8:40pm Football 10:45pm Football Gold 11:00pm Football 11:30pm Football 12:00am Goals on Sunday 1:00am Football

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A final word for all our friends EACH year we look forward with genuine pleasure to receiving Christmas cards from friends a nd a c qua inta nc e s both here and overseas. In pa rtic ula r from our very close friends, but also those who we perhaps knew for only a short time , or w ith whom we shared special moments in years gone by, bec a us e ofte n

CHRISTMAS TIME: Make an effort to show friends you are thinking of them.

Colin Bird A weekly look Each week, Colin brings his slightly off-thewall view of the world to the pages of EWN in his own irreverent style.

Christmas is the only time of the year when we refresh that past bond. But as time goes by, so the number of cards received diminishes commensurately with our advancing years - understandable perhaps, as unfortunately we all succ umb to our m or t al i t y at som e point and lose friends along the way. But even taking that into consideration, we are told more and more by our contacts that cards will not now be sent and a donation will be made instead to a chosen charity; as if one is connected to the other in some mysterious way. Why is it an either/or consideration? Add to this the increased use of e-greetings and those strings of fe s tive car ds hangi ng over t he fireplace, stair banister and on walls - so familiar in times gone by - sadly shrink with each passing year.

Wi t h t he escal at i ng cost of postage and cards, it becomes an added financial burden and is understandably a consideration for some. Plus the effort of sitting down and t aki ng t he t i m e and trouble to write a few words in each and addr ess envel opes, i s time consuming and taxing. But isn’t that the point? To demonstrate to our friends that we have spared time, expense and effort to write a few words of greeting and to show them that we are thinking of them at Christmas, is surely what makes it special. I often wonder if perhaps in some cases, the charity donation thing is a convenient get-out from the whole process and is simply designed to placate disappointed friends and relatives. Perhaps we are in the minority, but to us maintaining links with the people who have touched our l i ves i n som e way dur i ng our years on this Earth, is of huge importance. We shall continue to donate to the various charities here in the Costa throughout the year whenever we can, but we will always hold close the true spirit of Christmas and maintain that physical link with our many friends worldwide at this special time.

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A unique company on Costa Blanca Euronautica was present at three events. CALPE: Saturday, a drawing / painting competition for the local schoolchildren organised by the Real Club Naútico de Calpe: Euronautica put their rental boats at the disposal of the Club so that the winners of the event could enjoy a trip around the bay of Calpe. On Sunday more than 440 participants from the whole Valencian community competed in a rowing match, again organised by the Real Club Naútico de Calpe where Euronautica was present with three security boats. That same Sunday Euronautica was also actively participating in the mountain bike event with over 300 competitors. Euronautica are promoting their eight-person aluminium motor boats which were designed and built by Euronautica and are available for rental or sales. The boats are moored in the Real Club Naútico of Calpe. Euronautica also offers the possibility of renting with a trailer so that you can go to other areas. Recently, Euronautica has received permission to operate from

ROWING MATCH: More than 440 participants took part. the Luis Campomanes Marina in Altea. As an extra service they offer the chance to obtain a boat licence (RYA – Titulin) in two days. Euronautica also organises fishing or coastal trips with a minimum duration of three hours. Sales, storage, maintenance and transport. A tour round the enormous installations show that Euronautica doesn’t rest on its laurels. The team is busy constructing a new hall with a vehicle lift for large campers, the

other specialty of Euronautica. “I must admit that we’re a unique company in Spain,” explains Jordi, the grandson of founder Fred. “We have different workshops where literally everything on boats or campers can be repaired, no matter if it’s aluminium, polyester or wood. Four qualified and constantly trained mechanics take care of the technical problems.” Needless to say the space for boat or camper storage is huge, either in-

BOAT RENTAL: Can also be rented with a trailer. side or outside. The company’s installations on the N-332 in Calpe have grown over the past 30 years to one of the largest nautical companies on the Costa Blanca. Euronautica comprises 13,550 m2 grounds with interior / exterior storage, workshops and a large showroom. The new 2017 range of Bayliner Sportboats is exhibited in the showroom, with eight models available for viewing with very interesting packages and prices.

Under the name of Nauticaravaning, Euronautica for the past three years has been dealing in a wide range of motor homes for rental purposes. Due to the ever increasing demand of motor homes, this has become a great success. EURO NAUTICA CALPE SL Ctra N-332, km 169, Calpe +34 965 834 147


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10:15am Oxford Street Revealed 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Sister Rita to the Rescue 12:45pm Rip Off Britain 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm The Doctor Blake Mysteries 4:10pm Think Tank 4:55pm Escape to the Country 5:40pm Flog It! 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Fake Britain 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:30pm BBC London News 11:45pm Walliams and Friends 12:15am Have I Got a Bit More News for You 1:00am The Graham Norton Show

9:00am Extreme Wales with Richard Parks 9:30am Great British Menu 10:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:00pm The Daily Politics 2:00pm Tennis 3:00pm Just Good Friends 3:30pm Open All Hours 4:00pm Natural World 4:45pm A Place to Call Home 5:30pm A Place to Call Home 6:15pm Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is 7:00pm Eggheads 7:30pm Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two 8:00pm Match of the Day 8:30pm Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Only Connect 10:00pm Titanic's Tragic Twin: The Britannic Disaster 11:00pm Two Doors Down 11:30pm Newsnight 12:15am Black and British: A Forgotten History

8:00pm World News Today The latest national and international news, exploring the day's events from a global perspective. 8:30pm Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury 9:00pm Insect Dissection: How Insects Work Entomologists Dr James Logan and Brendan Dunphy carry out a complete insect dissection. 10:00pm Monkey Planet 11:00pm The Men Who Built the Liners 12:00am The First World War Ten-part series based on the book by Hew Strachan, Professor of the History of War at Oxford. 12:50am Dan Cruickshank's Adventures in Architecture 1:50am Egypt's Lost Queens

7:00am Countdown 7:45am King of Queens 9:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Frasier 10:30am Frasier 11:00am Frasier 11:30am Jamie's Super Food 12:00pm A Place in the Sun 1:00pm Channel 4 News Summary 1:05pm Kirstie's Handmade Christmas 2:10pm Deal or No Deal 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm Coast v Country 5:00pm A Place in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Supershopper 9:30pm Tricks of the Restaurant Trade 10:00pm Our Guy in China 11:00pm First Dates 12:05am The Lie Detective 12:55am Bodyshockers

8:05am Pip Ahoy! 8:20am Thomas and Friends 8:35am Noddy: Toyland Detective 8:50am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:00am Wissper 9:15am Peppa Pig 9:25am Peppa Pig 9:35am Paw Patrol 9:45am Toot the Tiny Tugboat 10:00am Bananas in Pajamas 10:15am The Wright Stuff 12:40pm 5 News Lunchtime 12:45pm The Christmas Switch 2:25pm Mrs. Miracle 4:15pm Hats Off to Christmas 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Police Interceptors 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Tour De Celeb 9:00pm All New Traffic Cops 10:00pm The Secret Life of Puppies 11:00pm Greatest Christmas TV Moments 1:50am Lip Sync Battle UK

7:00am Charmed 7:45am Hollyoaks 8:10am How I Met Your Mother 8:40am How I Met Your Mother 9:05am Rules of Engagement 10:00am Melissa and Joey 11:00am Young and Hungry 12:00pm Charmed 1:00pm Charmed 2:00pm The Goldbergs 3:00pm The Big Bang Theory 4:00pm How I Met Your Mother 4:30pm How I Met Your Mother 5:00pm Young and Hungry 5:30pm Young and Hungry 6:00pm The Goldbergs 6:30pm The Goldbergs 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Black-Ish 9:00pm The Big Bang Theory 9:30pm The Big Bang Theory 10:00pm Made in Chelsea 11:00pm Empire 12:00am The Big Bang Theory 12:30am The Big Bang Theory

7:00am Good Morning Britain 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Judge Rinder 4:00pm Tenable 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Brit Icons 11:25pm ITV News 11:55pm ITV News London 12:10am Fierce 1:10am Jackpot247 4:00am The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:55am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

7:00am Dinner Date 7:50am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:35am Emmerdale 9:05am Coronation Street 9:35am You've Been Framed! 10:05am Psych 10:55am Catchphrase 11:40am I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Coronation Street 2:15pm You've Been Framed! 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 4:40pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 5:50pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 7:00pm I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 8:30pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Two and a Half Men 10:00pm Family Guy 10:30pm American Dad! 11:30pm Family Guy 12:00am Family Guy

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The Professionals The Chase Quincy, M.E. Ironside The Professionals The Chase Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Storage Wars Storage Wars Quincy, M.E. Ironside Counting Cars Counting Cars Cash Cowboys Pawn Stars Pawn Stars Storage Wars Storage Wars Renegades FYI Daily Renegades Bundesliga Rugby Motorsport UK The Professionals Teleshopping Shopping from home.

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Raising funds for Xmas THE Original Charity Shop in Javea Park is having a Christmas Fundraiser on December 17. All proceeds will go towards buying individual presents and equipment for the 60 plus children at the Raquel Paya Special School in Denia. Raffle tickets are on sale and the first prize is a fabulous 40” HD TV. Other prizes include Christmas hampers, meal vouchers, wine, chocolates and more, all of which have been donated by local sponsors. Raffle tickets are €3 for five and the draw takes place on December 17 at 12 noon. The Original Charity Shop is located at Avenida de la Fontana 14, Javea Park.

Chef Philip and wife Ingeborg enjoying a new creation.

HOMESTYLE FOOD: Made daily from the freshest ingredients. yourself. This includes a starter of fish or meat, main course of your choice and a dessert with drinks included. Once you have finished your meal there is an opportunity to write a message on a plate and for this to be hung on Chef ’s wall. If you are

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A historic day at the Palace THE Gandia Congregation of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy were delighted to welcome the Rev Canon Dr Viginia Kennerley as their guest preacher on Sunday November 27. Canon Kennerley is a former journalist, broadcaster and university lecturer. She is a distinguished theologian and was ordained a priest in the Church of Ireland, which is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, in 1990, four years before the first women were ordained in the Church of England. Her particular concern is for bridge-building between Christian groupings and world religions. Canon Kennerley is the first woman to preach at a Church of England service in the Boja Palace Gandia, making it a truly memorable and historic occasion. The photo shows Canon Kennerley with Father Declan Smith, one of the team of part-time Chaplains who serve in the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy.

Canon Kennerley with Father Declan Smith. The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy, which is part of the Church of England in Spain, holds regular ser-

vices in Gandia, Denia, Javea, La Fustera, Calpe, Albir, and El Campello.

Fundraiser for animal shelter A CHRISTMAS weekend has been planned at the Don Quixote Rastro in Alfaz del Pi to help raise funds for the La Nucia animal shelter. The ‘Santa’s Grotto’ event will be held on Saturday December 10 from 10am with a Santa’s party and on Sunday December 11 from 10am with Father Christmas giving away free presents to the children at 2pm. The shelter, Protectora Animales La Nucia, is a non-profit organisation caring for animals and helping them find their forever homes. Volunteers at the shelter said that most of the animals that come to them require veterinary attention, feeding, washing, housing and walking which is all given with love and care, but reliant on charitable donations to keep on going. Mandy Marriott, who is a stallholder at the Rastro, said: “This year I will be helping on the tombola. Last year I was Santa’s helper and we had a fantastic turnout, every child that visited Santa’s Grotto got a free present. It was a great family atmosphere with the whole community being involved.”


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Scandal of opening on Sundays SO the shopping centres of Alicante are trying again to open on Sundays, they say it’s for the tourists but that is rubbish. I would have thought that visitors to Alicante had better things to do than go shopping. This country works very well with the Sunday closing, so let’s take a moment to think about this. Who at the end of the day gains from this most? It’s not the people. They have managed quiet well without shops being open on Sunday, and the tourists accept things as they find them, so therefore it must be the greed of the shop owners. Why should a few greedy companies get their way? It will be just like another week day, the family day will be gone forever, some staff will be forced to work against their will and it will destroy the Spanish weekend as we know it. Don’t let anybody tell you different. I was in the UK when it happened there and now a Sunday is the worst day of the week. That is one of the nice things about Spain they still have the weekend. Shops do not need to open on Sundays so please, if we get a vote, vote NO to Sunday opening. Ron, Busot

Oafs and animals IT always amazes me just how inconsiderate and selfish people can be, from letting their dogs foul the footpath for anyone to tread in, nearly bumping into you whilst riding their disability scooters, and others parking their cars directly on and blocking a pedestrian crossing. No one ever seems to consider their neighbours and residents of the community any more. I have approached our community entrance door several times only for someone coming out of the door to let it close even though they see me approaching. Certain residents in our block have left rubbish in the lifts and allowed their pet to urinate in the foyer, whilst others thinking it to be ok to be loud, drag furniture about and slam their apartment doors at all hours of the night. I have noticed, more so recently, that there are bags of household rubbish left at the side of the road only yards from a rubbish bin or skip. I can’t understand why some dog owners, who quite rightly pick up

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America’s Maggie? TWO months ago I wondered why in a co u ntry of 180 million A me ric a ns , these two (Clinton and Trump) were the best they could come up with, but then I found myself warming to Trump. Is he going to be America’s Maggie? Throughout my life I’ve tried to rationalise my views on various subjects by reducing the argument down to its basic components, forget all the peripherals, ifs, buts and maybes. To me the Brexit vote has become really simple. The EU is run by the Germans with the French as their lapdogs, Merkel is a puppet controlled by the German elite. The British slavishly follow the rules to the letter, everybody else cherry picks what they want or ignore them altogether.

their dog’s poo in a small black plastic bag, then leave the full bag on the pavement! Please bin it. I like to see holidaymakers enjoying their time here in Spain but why are they so inconsiderate while they await their departure coach and completely block the pavement with their suitcases then complain when I ask them to make a pathway through! It seems very sad that nowadays people in general are so selfish and inconsiderate to others. Steve

My sincere view is that if we stay in the EU, our British liberty, our freedom to trade with whoever we wish and make major laws will have gone and we will never get it back. Well not in our lifetime anyway. The Remainiacs, who are usually young, cannot seem to grasp this, but do not fear, the majority of B rits vote d B re xit, the Am er i cans vot ed f or Trump. Have you noticed lately in the press TV media that whenever something negative happens (stock market falling) it’s always suffixed ‘post-Brexit’? We should be looking at the plus side and considering all the opportunities that Brexit can bring!

Greek shepherds AS a ‘commuter’ between my properties in Calpe on the Costa Blanca and freezing Manchester I read Leapy’s column in the Euro Weekly News avidly and, as a fellow ‘right wing neo-fascist with gross capitalist and Nazi influences in our blood’ (seems to be the general opinion in EWN letters) this is an e-mail of support for your views.


Now this may not be the basis for a column (I write two in the UK) but let’s put our feet in the shoes of ‘The Donald’ in just one issue sacred to the Gang of 27 in Brussels. Now Trump is not a professional politician. He sees contributions to the NATO budget by everyone except the UK as inadequate. He’s perhaps prepared to ignore grants to Greek shepherds who one year had their flocks decimated by disease and the following year had them eaten by wolves. And maybe the grant to Romanian farmers to stop them being cruel to

their animals - but that’s peanuts. The Donald will view the monthly commute from Brussels to Strasbourg as the most expensive commute of all time and the most politically damaging to the EU cause. You probably know (it’s easy to verify) that thousands of MEPs, translators, flunkeys, and 4,000 trucks travel from Brussels to Strasbourg and back every month at a cost of about £270 million a year. But hang on - Nationalism is dead and Federalism is in, yet this is an agreement between France and Germany? Then again Trump gets slaughtered regarding his views on global warming and CO2 emissions. The Brussels-Strasbourg commute produces 26,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year. Comment comes there none. And Merkel and the rest expect Trump to support them? Ian

Comu clearance I LIVE in DENIA and our Community Management Agent has been negotiating with the local council (Comu) fulfilling all necessary regulations required by the Spanish Government who require everyone to connect to main sewers as opposed to sceptic tanks etc. We now have everything in place, contractors, money to pay for the large engineering costs but although the Comu is lobbying others in the area to commence their arrangements, we are awaiting the Comu clearance to commence our project which was anticipated to be finished by January, 2016! One has got to wonder whether there are other aspects NOT being disclosed by the Comu like, ‘are the existing main sewer/drainage systems able to cope with the addition of the central Government requirements reference abandoning sceptic tanks?’ Jim, Denia

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Famous quote

This week


Go the extra mile. It makes your boss look like an incompetent slacker.” Stephen Hawking

in history 1492 - Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus. 1640 - A nationalist revolution in Portugal led to independence from Spain as the Spanish garrisons were driven out of Portugal. 1791 - The Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, was first published in Britain. 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France by Pope Pius VII in Paris. 1829 - The British banned the practice of ‘suttee’ in India in which Indian females traditionally burned themselves to death on their husband's funeral pyre. 1886 - The 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt, aged 28, wed his second wife Edith Kermit Carow, aged 25, in London. 1913 - Henry Ford installed the first moving assembly line for the mass production of an entire automobile reducing the time to build a car from more than 12 hours to two hours and 30 minutes. 1925 - The Locarno Treaties were signed by France, Belgium and Germany as a preventative measure to avoid another war in the aftermath of the First World War. Terms of the Locarno Pact were guaranteed by Britain and Italy. 1941 - The US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese aircraft in a raid that lasted just over one hour and left nearly 3,000 Americans dead. 1942 - The Beveridge Report was published in Britain envisioning the welfare state including insurance for the entire population. 1948 - Heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne was born in Birmingham. 1953 - Hugh Hefner published the first edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the first centrefold. 1960 - Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany after being accused of attempted arson. 1967 - The first successful heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Cape Town, South African, on Louis Washkansky, who lived for 18 days. 1982 - Michael Jackson released the album Thriller. 1990 - England was connected to mainland Europe for the first time since the Ice Age as engineers digging a railway tunnel under the English Channel broke through the last rock layer. 2008 - OJ Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. 2009 - 22-year-old American exchange student Amanda Knox was convicted of murdering British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Italy. 2015 - US Presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed banning all Muslims from entering the US.

Women’s wit

With the number of people I ignore, I’m lucky I work at all in this town.” Helena Bonham Carter

World of English

I speak two languages… body and English.”



for next 7 days

Costa Blanca



Fill all the empty squares using the numbers 1 to 9, so that the sum of each horizontal block equals the ‘clue’ on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once.












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Mon - 33 23 C Tues - 32 23 Cl Wed - 32 23 Th Cl Clear,





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Jason Bourne 2016 Directed by: Paul Greengrass Starring: Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles


Just Joking

Unscramble the name of a famous newsreader and journalist: CONVERT MAD LORD

I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together... it was riveting.

Unscramble the name of an epic historical drama film (three words): WE CARE FOR ALBANIA

There are three kinds of men in this world... Some remain single and make wonders happen. Some have girlfriends and see wonders happen. The rest get married and wonder what happened???


It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilises terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

Miguel Illescas, Chess Grandmaster, December 3


Spain’s strongest and most consistent player he won the Grandmaster title in 1988. A highly skilled player from a young age he became the junior champion of Catalonia at the tender age of 12. Although a trained computer scientist, chess remains his real passion. He runs his own school.

• Bette Midler, Actress/Singer, December 1, 71 A talented actress with a career spanning almost half a century she has starred in films including Beaches, Ruthless People and Hocus Pocus and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes and three Emmy Awards. Also a gifted singer she has sold over 30 million records worldwide. • Monica Seles, Tennis Player, December 2, 43 Former Yugoslavian world number one professional tennis player who won nine Grand Slam titles. She set a record as the youngest French Open champion ever when she won the event in 1990. Whilst playing a match in Hamburg, Germany, in 1993 against Steffi Graf she was stabbed in the shoulder by an obsessed Steffi Graf fan. • Jay Z, Rapper, December 4, 47 Award-winning rapper who has won 19 Grammy Awards and sold 75 million albums worldwide. Three of his albums were featured on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. He married singer Beyonce Knowles in 2008 and the celebrity couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy, on January 7, 2012. • Little Richard, Singer, December 5, 84 Performing for the first time on stage when he was only 14 years of age he became an influencial figure in pop music and culture. Combining elements of boogie, gospel and blues his hit songs include Tutti Frutti and Good Golly Miss Molly. In 1986 he was one of the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. • Nick Park, Animator/Director, December 6, 58 Creator of the much-loved animations Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. His animations have won him four Academy Awards and five BAFTA Awards. In 2005 most of his creations were lost after a fire gutted Aardman Animations’ archive warehouse. Some of the original models and sets survived as they were stored elsewhere.

10-Star Quiz

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




1 Urbane 2 Asylum 3 Priory 4 Ribald 5 Bodies 6 Micron 7 Embody 8 Indict 9 Frolic 10 Mingle 11 Entity 12 Befell 13 Ginkgo 14 Killed 15 Floury 16 Shaken 17 Pulley 18 Cougar 19 Propel.

YOUR STARS CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) An investment made recently is built upon and brings peace of mind. Finances do need consideration but more in the long than the short-term. Much is happening in the background that does not require your attention but, all the same, be aware. Life may be like a game of chess, but this week if you turn your back an opponent may cheat. AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) You realise this week how liberating it is to share your thoughts and feelings with someone close. It is not always easy to do this, until you realise everyone has them. Some hopes and dreams are more attainable than others, of course, and someone has to find out which are which. PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Time is precious this week because you are in demand. A chance lost in the past presents itself again but won’t be too easy. Holding back just a little makes you more desirable. A want to travel could be cramped by financial considerations. If making extra money is too difficult, consider sharing something of value with someone else. ARIES (March 21 - April 20) After a relaxed weekend, it might prove difficult to take up the reins of work again. However, midweek sees you trotting along happily and minding your own business when someone stops you in your tracks. When a challenge is issued, your natural stubbornness comes to the fore.







(November 23 - December 21)

An emotional cut-off from the past is not as bad as anticipated. Indeed, it confirms in your mind who you are and what your place in the world is. Inherited traits knit easily with your present life and bring contentment. All that you want to change at the moment are certain things round you that have been outgrown. TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) With a mind as sharp as a needle, you spin through the week, weaving your own charming spell. A bit of extra confidence works wonders for your mood. Something that you read sets you thinking about doing some writing or creating something artistic, perhaps even a musical. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Although energy is not high, there is the need to have some kind of challenge. With the brain active, it is an ideal time to plot and plan your next moves. Maybe something that has been delayed might now be advanced. You find it hard to choose between opportunities. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) The imagination stirs and the heart races at a suggestion this week. Your strong intuition tells you it is the right thing to do. You are a constant friend, but such an adventure may mean an absence from someone close. LEO (July 24 - August 23) Reading the small print or being sure what is offered in a personal encounter is most important this week. Leave nothing to chance or you could be out of pocket.

When discussing the future with someone close, you are expected to take the lead. VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Being over-generous with cash midweek could see you making a poor move. Perhaps someone needs to be more hardworking or perhaps less of a spendthrift. Propping up a bad habit would be doing them no favours. There are doubts in your mind about a family holiday. LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) A suggestion made by you recently did not seem to be taken seriously. This week, however, negotiations could be opened. Circumstances change and it may seem someone gave up too early. Bide your time and even hold your tongue when someone in a strong position spouts rubbish. SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Confidence in a close relationship should be maintained. Possibly someone who envies your position would like to see discord. A matter of spiritual or religious faith is questioned, but the answer comes more clearly and sharply than you would have thought. In discussions with yourself (sometimes the best kind) answers come easily.

LETTER WRITING DAY On December 7, why not get out your finest stationery and writing equipment and pen a letter to someone special because it is Letter Writing Day? 1. In a letter written in 1924, which famous American astronomer wrote: ‘You will be interested to hear that I have found a Cepheid variable in the Andromeda Nebula’ and transformed our view of the universe forever’? 2. What is the title of the long-running BBC One television series that started in 1961 and features the letters of viewers offering praise, criticism and observations on BBC television programmes of recent weeks? 3. ‘On a day like today, we pass the time away’ is the first line of which Pat Boone song, which reached number two in the UK singles chart in July 1957? 4. On October 26, 1605, while sitting at supper at his house in Hoxton, London, Baron Monteagle (William Parker) received a letter warning of which infamous conspiracy? 5. What name for a personal letter to a loved one expressing affection comes from the French for ‘sweet note’? 6. What name is given to a book of the New Testament in the form of a letter from an Apostle? 7. What name used for the Western Hemisphere was coined by a Spanish scholar in a letter dated November 1, 1492 in which he referred to Columbus’ first voyage to America? 8. Which American novelist wrote The Scarlet Letter: A Romance, first published in 1850? 9. Which US president sent the ‘Bixby letter’ in November 1864 to Lydia Parker Bixby, a widow living in Boston, Massachusetts, who was thought to have lost five sons in the Union Army during the American Civil War? 10. Which weekly 15-minute radio series broadcast on BBC Radio from March 24, 1946 to February 20, 2004, is the longest-running speech radio programme in history? Answers 1. EDWIN HUBBLE, 2. POINTS OF VIEW, 3. LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND, 4. GUNPOWDER PLOT, 5. BILLET-DOUX, 6. EPISTLE, 7. NEW WORLD (NOVI ORBIS), 8. NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, 9. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, 10, Alistair Cooke’s LETTER FROM AMERICA


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

TARGET: • Average: 12 • Good: 17 • Very good: 25 • Excellent: 32

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION alec alee aloe alto carl clad clod clot coal cola cold cole colt dale deal dele dole dolt earl lace lade lard late lead leer load lode lord lore oral rale real reel role tael talc tale teal told tole alder alert alter carol clear cleat coral creel dealt decal delta dolce elate elder elect laced lacer lated later octal older ratel telco cartel cereal claret coaled coaler colder cradle creole dealer elated elater leader lector loader locate oracle ordeal rectal relate reload retold tercel alerted altered caroled cleared cleated creedal declare elector electro leotard located related treacle treadle relocate RELOCATED


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Enjoy filling in the following puzzles and check the answers in next week’s edition


Code Breaker





Across 1 Helped to show Neddy is another diminutive for Edward (8) 5 Barrage beginning with a long lecture (4) 9 Parasite takes shelter in front of church (5) 10 Ringo and Sheeran had top billing (7) 11 Hostility in Teheran courthouse (7) 12 Coat leapt about (5) 13 Stop in scruffy side street (6) 15 How’s that for attractiveness? (6) 19 Firstly, surgeons cannot operate unless remarkably clean (5) 21 Cook a meal, do it in style (1,2,4) 23 Make a mistake and start some chores (7) 24 Certain dialects found around the country (5) 25 Nobody heard the religious woman (4) 26 Bandits in groups carrying equipment (8) Down 1 Enticed by a duller fashion (7) 2 Polish lady has a nurse (5) 3 Educates groups of swimmers (7) 4 Guarantee points by river (6) 6 A fairer form of travel expense (7) 7 Young man gets the French scoop (5) 8 Western snake and insect (4) 14 Ron raps about a leather pouch (7) 16 Saying grace for a prying butcher (7) 17 Eyes law around tolerances (7)






1 Classic, 5 Tight, 8 Snail, 9 Cordite, 10 Aged, 11 Delaware, 13 Dagger, 15 Divers, 18 Dulcimer, 19 Pure, 22 Netball, 23 Orion, 24 Ounce, 25 Sunbeam. Down: 1 Custard, 2 Abate, 3 Silo, 4 Cachet, 5 Terrapin, 6 Grimace, 7 There, 12 Heritage, 14 Gelatin, 16 Sternum, 17 Realms, 18 Dingo, 20 Unite, 21 Down.

QUICK Across:

18 Saw mistake in her cable (6) 19 Back in Western Samoa (5) 20 Charter is torn apart (4) 22 Aged Australian car manufacturer loses capital (5) Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 6 represents X and 11 represents B, so fill in X every time the figure 6 appears and B every time the figure 11 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Freight (5) 4 Distinguish oneself (7) 8 Dispossess (7) 9 Eating utensil (5) 10 Night times (8) 11 Pure and simple (4) 13 Lose momentarily (6) 14 Take a chance (6) 17 Raced (4) 19 Uncivilised (8) 22 Change (5) 23 Awaiting conclusion or confirmation (7) 24 Non-professional (7) 25 Wander off (5)

Down 1 Scrounge for (5) 2 Put down by force or intimidation (7) 3 First (8) 4 Toboggan (6) 5 Dusty pink colour (4) 6 Isolated from others (5) 7 Open and genuine (7) 12 Slang name for a surgeon (8) 13 Eye makeup (7) 15 Obstacle (7) 16 Interfere with, as evidence (6) 18 Additional (5) 20 Cautious (5) 21 Compulsion (4)

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

1 Bogus, 3 Flats, 8 Excited, 9 Bored, 10 Omit, 13 Apex, 14 Elite, 17 Tequila, 18/6 Dog tag, 19 Steal, 20 Shine.

Down: 1 Byte, 2 Shekel, 3 Fact, 4 Attempted, 5 Sedate, 7 Grotesque, 11 Cactus, 12 Always, 15 Bill, 16 Ogre.

ENGLISHSPANISH Across: 1 Leader, 4/11 Roof rack, 7 Crust, 8 Techo, 10 Veintiuno, 13 Above, 14 Unico, 15 Kick, 16 Celoso. Down: 1 Lock, 2 Azulejo, 3 Entonces, 5 Frog, 6 Attitude, 9 Contigo, 12 Topo.


Across 1 Cowards (8) 8 To bring (5) 9 Never (5) 10 Fin (3) 11 Águila (5) 12 Between (5) 13 Badly (3) 14 Code (cipher) (5) 15 Planchas (utensilios) (5) 16 Then (at that time) (8)

Down 2 Naranjada (9) 3 Acuerdo (9) 4 Diente de león (9) 5 Insolación (9) 6 Estirar (7) 7 Lemonade (7)

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By Michael Connelly DETECTIVE Harry Bosch must track down someone who may never have existed in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Harry Bosch is California’s newest private investigator. He’s picky about who he works for, having worked 30 years at the LAPD. Soon one of Southern California’s biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire is nearing the end of his life and is haunted by one regret. When he was young, he had a relationship with a Mexican girl, his great love. But soon after becoming pregnant, she disappeared. Did she have the baby? And if so, what happened to it? Harry realises that his mission could be risky not only for himself but for the person he’s seeking. As he begins to uncover the haunting story he finds uncanny links to his own past and knows he cannot rest until he finds the truth.

1. The US throws away 216lbs of food The most unbelievable thing that happens every second is Americans throwing away 216 pounds of food. The population is not entirely at fault for this as it turns out confusion about expiry labels on food are the major culprits. A lack of proper regulation on sell-by, expiration and best before dates has led to 40 per cent of food in the US being thrown away. 2. Bees beat their wings 270 times Average honey bees beat their wings at least 270 times a second. In total this adds up to about 16,820 per minute. To put this into perspective the world record holder for the most amount of claps in one minute managed to do 1,020 claps, a mere 1/16th of the bee’s speed. 3. Lightning strikes six times The fastest thing on earth strikes it six times every second. Lightning is an electrostatic discharge that takes place between electrically charged areas in the clouds. You will always see lightning before you hear its thunder strike due to the fact that light travels at a much higher speed than sound. 4. 20,000 bottles of Coca Cola are sold The world’s most popular soft drink is sold in the form of 1.8 billion cans or bottles a day, meaning a whopping 20,000 are sold every second. It is the most popular soft drink in every country in the world except Scotland, where Irn Bru still holds the #1 spot. 5. Six babies are born Population biologists estimate six babies are born every second globally and about 240 a minute. Global population increases by 2 per cent each year making the birth rate at about 3.5 per cent. 6. Saliva travels 100m Not much is ever said about how fast


App of the Week Duolingo Duolingo is a free app which helps you learn new languages. It’s packed full of bite-size quizzes that you can dip into at any time, and that gradually build your vocabulary and grammar in any of the 10 supported languages. It’s possibly the best app for learning new languages and is available to download from the Apple store.

Play on Words

DISCARDED FOOD: Due to confusion on best before dates. it moves but saliva is certainly one of the most incredible things that happens every second because without air resistance our saliva can travel over 100 metres in a single second. Ninety eight per cent of saliva is water and it contains important substances such as electrolytes, enzymes and antibacterial compounds. Digestion normally starts in the mouth before reaching the stomach. 7. A garden snail travels one cm in the rain One of the slowest animals on earth can travel as much as one cm every second in the rain. Rain softens and reduces ground resistance which helps the snail move faster. Snails are herbivores and snack on all sorts of plants, however they are a delicious treat for many animals such as birds, lizards, centipedes, insects, frogs and other predatory snails. 8. A bullet travels 900m A bullet can travel at up to 900m per second before it hits its target, at a whopping 3,240 km/h. It is one of the fastest man-made creations that exist, therefore can certainly be considered for this Top 10. Bullets use Newton’s

law of motion, and will travel in a set projectile before reaching a medium. According to Newton mechanics, a bullet will only stop if it transfers its momentum to an equivalent or greater mass of medium. This usually happens once the bullet hits something. 9. 60 Lipsticks are made Sixty lipsticks are made per second in the world on average, which makes them one of the most incredible things to happen every second. Lipsticks are popular and a daily custom for women. They come in different colours, flavours and are distributed by several manufacturers. It’s the one accessory that you won’t find missing from a woman’s purse.

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

TARGET: • Average: 14 • Good: 20 • Very good: 29

10. Five new profiles are created on Facebook The social media giant released figures recently which said that 432,000 new accounts are made per day, meaning that on average five new users join the website every second. The figures also showed an astronomical number of daily likes of 4.5 billion. This boils down to an average of 52,000 likes per second.

• Excellent: 37

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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION eaten orate torte tease tense tenet tenets tents teats treat tread treads arena saner senna setter aorta attar rents rattan radii dream dread dreads davit enter neater tarot marten matte titter vista sitter sitar start stare state

Word Ladder



Move from the start word (FILL) to the end word (CAKE) in the same number of steps as there are rungs on the Word Ladder. You must only change one letter at a time. FILL MILL MILE MALE MAKE CAKE

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.

Things that happen every second



Solution There are at least four solutions to this puzzle, including:

The Wrong Side of Goodbye




TOP 10


Answers: A load of cobblers, Bags under the eyes.



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One-way traffic siasm for primaries lies in another direction. The PP gives an enviable impression of unity whatever underlying tensions seethe beneath the surface and for the time being at least, Genova can afford to take the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach.

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

HAVING seen the LOMCE education law lying in tatters on the parliament floor Mariano Rajoy went running to the Constitutional Tribunal to veto MPs’ own right to the veto. With his overall majority gone Mariano Rajoy promised dialogue with other parties but clearly still prefers a monologue.

Don’t fix it INSIDE the Partido Popular’s Calle Genova headquarters in Madrid there is little appetite for the primaries that regional politicians want. The party’s ‘Father knows best’ principle is unlikely to be modified although background murmurings calling for primaries cannot be entirely silenced. The PSOE membership who hoisted Pedro Sanchez from the ranks to the top of the heap in 2014 was directly responsible for the socialists’ 2015 and 2016 election defeats, but the hierarchy’s lack of enthu-

ma nne r, inte rpre te d be ing brought to book as persecution.

Crocodile tears RITA BARBERA, Valencia City mayor for 24 years until May 2015, finally declared before the Supreme Court but died that night of a heart attack in her Madrid hotel. Drummed out of the Partido Popular for alleged involvement in the Taula corruption case, Barbera remained a non-aligned Senato r. She c lung to he r right to be tried by the Supreme Court and denied all knowledge of illicit Partido Popular funding, double accounting or money laundering. On her death the same party to whom s h e h ad be c ome a n e mba rra s s me nt heaped her with praise: “There was no justification for the witch hunt she was subjected to,” lamented former Speaker Jesus Posada. “She didn’t deserve it,” added MP Celia Villalobos, as both shed crocodile tears and, in classic Spanish


Own goal CRISTINA CIFUENTES, president of t he Madr i d Com m uni t y r ar el y puts a foot wrong but tripped up by decl ar i ng t hat t he Madrid region’s taxes financed Andalucia’s education, healthcare and other services. Cifuentes later trotted out the usual excuse that the words wer e t aken out of context but her own par t y, t he Par t i do Popular, was hopping mad at losing potential support and votes in Andalucia. And despite expressing obligat or y out r age, r egi onal president Susana Diaz was wreathed in wide smiles thanks to Cifuentes’ own goal. Cristina Cifuentes. Photo Credit Cristina Cifuentes/Flickr

It’s rice, rice, baby By Sam Croft ALICANTE CITY officially has a new guidebook, a new logo, and a new slogan, and rice is the common ingredient. Alicante, City of Rice is the phrase which will now be featured on new promotional material for the city. Much of this material will be distributed in tourism offices, including a new guidebook, which will have an initial print run of 5,000 copies. The guidebook contains information about rice, as well as 17 recipes for different rice dishes typically associated

with Alicante. Simple steps will make it easy for readers to whip up the dishes in their own homes. The guidebook also includes an introduction by renowned Basque Chef Martin Berasategui, who has described the rices of Alicante as “living history.” Council members struck upon the new strategy after recognising that Alicante is particularly noted for its rice dishes. Hoping to take this fame one step further, the city now intends to make rice a regular feature of the town’s promotional strategies. The council is aiming to drum up further interest in t h e

ALICANTE: Will be known as the City of Rice.

campaign through various social networks. Mayor Gabriel Echavarri has also announced that he would like Alicante to host a contest revolving around rice, which would represent a sort of ‘Oscars of Rice.’

Mountain walkers took to the hills

MOUNTAIN WALKERS: Enjoyed a beautiful sunny day. ONE hundred Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers took to the hills on a super Saturday in late November. On this beautiful sunny day, 47 regular walkers including several ‘first timers’ met in Murla to walk a route around the four villages in the Vall de Laguar. A steady pace was maintained giving everyone time to enjoy the views. After lunch at Benimaurell the return track lead the group through a gateway from the Fontilles village, and one of the experienced leaders explained the history of Fontilles and its importance as the world’s centre for ongoing research into Leprosy which unknown to many is still ‘rife’ in many parts of the world. A second group of 36 enjoyed a gentle stroll from Benichembla around the basin below El Mirabo to the Font de Alt returning for lunch at the Bon Aire bar in the village. A strenuous walk with spectacular views along the Carrasco Ridge from Val d’Ebo attracted a further 17 walkers. Great walks, beautiful weather and lots of fun. This friendly international group hopes you will come and join them, and share their love of walking in the beautiful mountains of the Costa Blanca. For full details of all their autumn walks, including walk grades, length, duration and start points on the programme visit


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Britain deserves better than this Brexit jester Nora Johnson

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leagues he can’t stand even being in the same room as Boris! According to European ambassadors, Boris’s idiotically embarrass-

Nora is the author of popular psychological suspense and crime thrillers and a freelance journalist. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to

FIRST it was the Italians who were infuriated by the ‘insulting’ way in which Boris Johnson reduced the debate over Brexit to the economics of prosecco sales. Then French and German officials reportedly received similar lectures about Champagne and car exports in ‘patronising’ and ‘unfunny’ remarks that are worsening Britain’s relationship with Europe. More recently, Boris provoked outrage among EU countries by offering to help Turkey join the EU despite whipping up prejudice during the referendum campaign by suggesting Turkish migrants would flood the UK if Britain stayed in the EU. Add to that the fact that the German foreign affairs minister allegedly told col-

Doubtless the government has a cunning secret plan and antagonising the rest of the world is a key part of it.

ing comments on Brexit, both publicly and privately, are causing real damage. “This is no longer amusing,” one said. Boris once described writing about the EU for The Telegraph as “great fun” because he could throw rocks over a wall and enjoy the sound of breaking glass. He seems to have the same approach to diplomacy. Mrs May should replace him with a grown-up - if she can find one. Boris

can always go back to writing deep insights in GQ magazine etc - maybe he still thinks he is. With Foreign Secretary ‘Buffoon Boris’ one of the Three Brexiteers responsible for Brexit ‘policy,’ at least there are no grounds at all to criticise President-elect Trump, and the similarly challenged team he’s assembling. So, we have Boris ‘insulting’ the Italians, Theresa May (during her recent visit to India) ‘insulting’ the Indians, pretty much everyone insulting the Americans. But doubtless the government has a cunning secret plan and that antagonising the rest of the world is a key part of it. Maybe this is Theresa May’s strategy. Give the three clowns enough rope to hang themselves with. Once they’re done, she’ll clear the decks and proceed with a new, progressive plan that she’s secretly developing behind the scenes. I just wish she’d hurry up before we’ve insulted the entire globe...

Nora Johnson’s psychological/suspense crime thrillers ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribution,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99;£0.99) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity. BORIS JOHNSON: Insulted the Italians.

Discover how to make 2017 your best year Sally Trotman Sally Trotman is a qualified Counsellor who works with Astrology, Numerology and the Tarot. Each month she will deliver the forecast as an intuitive tool to aid increased self awareness.

ASTROLOGY: Reach for the stars! Sun in Sagittarius: This free spirited fire sign is encouraging you to let go this month. Is there anything you are strongly attached to that you know you need to release? Attachment to security, a person or outcome is rooted in fear. This month be present, let go of the familiar and allow yourself to be more spontaneous. By going with the flow of life, and trusting yourself and others, you will feel an increased sense of freedom and inner peace. Practice detaching with love this month and notice how your relationships become more harmonious. Get in tune with the moon: The full moon in Gemini on December 14 is the last full moon of the year, bringing the focus to your thoughts. Do you have any important decisions to make before the year ends? When making decisions, consider your needs and also consider what will best serve those close to you. When you make a decision that is for your highest good the unseen forces of the universe rearrange itself so that everyone benefits. Evaluate all options, lis-

ten to your intuition and when you are clear, act decisively, with compassion and understanding. The new moon on December 29 is in the pratical sign of Capricorn. Set three intentions for the New Year on this date, write them down and put the piece of paper in a safe place. Then take inspired action to bring your ideas to reality. Make a commitment to yourself to follow through with your ideas and just imagine where you will be in a year’s time! Numerology: What can you give to yourself this Christmas? Number 12: Numbers are symbols which carry energy and the influence of this number in December will help you to stay focused on what is important to you. By expecting plans to go smoothly, this positive intent will help you to create the best outcome. There are times to do and times to be. The festive season can be

busy and stressful, so take time out for yourself when you can. By nurturing yourself you will be more able to give to others when you need to. The Tarot: Change your perspective The twelfth card in the Major Arcana Tarot deck is the Hanged Man. You may find that you receive some inspiration as the year draws to a close. Use your imagination to visualise what you want. Every moment offers a new opportunity so look at life with wonder and gratitude. Now is a good time to take up a creative hobby, such as painting, dancing, singing, cooking or something else which inspires you. By being creative you are being present. This will help you to forget any concerns and enjoy the moment. By doing what makes you to feel good in each moment, you will attract even bet-

ter things, helping you to make 2017 your best year yet! Create your best year yet! Would you like to discover how you can make the most of the unique numbers and astrological placements based on your date of birth so that you can make 2017 your best year yet? Sally Trotman can help you to make the best choices for you in the New Year, based on your date of birth, by looking at your Numerology, Astrology and associated Tarot cards for the year ahead. She also offers compatibility reports, looking at the unique connection between you and your partner, helping you to understand the strengths and challenges within your relationship. Readings are available via Skype or email. Contact Sally by email at or visit to book in. Here is an email I received recently from a client after providing a written astrological compatibility report: “Hi Sally, the compatibility report was so spot on. Seriously you have confirmed so much for me regarding my relationship. You are bang on with what my partner is like, and although you’ve never met him, it’s like you know him. Thank you very much.” Georgie, Tring, UK.


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British children top poll for lack of exercise BRITISH children are amongst the worst in the world for physical activity. That’s the findings from an international study of 38 countries. England, Scotland and Wales came low in the activity rankings with the report stating that just 15 per cent of girls aged 11-15 in England and 22 per cent of boys carried out the one hour of moderate-intensity activity a day as recommended by the World Health Organisation. The study was presented to the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Thailand, as British health experts warned that children were losing out on exercise and more should be done to encourage sport and physical activity and get youngsters away from computer screens and their sedentary lifestyle. The grades of activity were based on indicators including active play, overall physical activity, organised sport participation, sedentary behaviour, family and peers, school, community and the built environment as well as government strategies and investments. The international congress also set a target of reducing sedentary behaviour around the world by 10 per cent over the next nine years.

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A positive outlook can be good for your health A NEGATIVE attitude could be reflected in your health. According to a Finnish study, pessimism appeared to be a strong risk factor in coronary heart disease (CHD). Researchers studied 2,267 Finnish men and women over 11 years and found that the 121 people that died of heart disease had a gloomier approach to life than the rest and had been more pessimistic at the start of the study than the others. It is believed that this pessimism is linked to stress and the stress increases blood sugar levels and blood pressure which can lead to heart damage and disease.

This is one of a few studies highlighting the relationship between pessimism and mortality from CHD, but there have been numerous studies over the years stressing how optimism can improve your health. An American study evaluated 839 people in the early 1960s, performing tests for optimism and pessimism. In those analysed 30 years later, tests show that optimism was linked to longevity. Dutch studies have reported similar results. In one, the researchers assessed over 500 men for their optimism who were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer in 1985. Over the next 15 years, the researchers reported that those who were more positive

were 55 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than the pessimists, even after traditional cardiovascular risk factors were taken into account.

PESSIMISM: Has been linked to stress.

Beware of unqualified dieticians IN Spain, the figure of a dietitian or nutritionist is not recognised within the public health system unlike other European countries. As a result, the number of people claiming to be trained professionals is on the rise. President of the General

Council of Nutritionists-Dietitians and Association of Nutritionists-Dietitians of Valencia, Alma Palau, claims that 70 per cent of dieticians who appear on websites are fraudulent without proper qualifications: “We are not dispensers of fad diets, we are professionals in-

volved in improving global health and disease prevention, based on scientific evidence.” Palau said this area of professionals are amongst the most unknown and yet “are the most involved in non-congenital disease prevention through healthy eating habits.” The president claimed that if you Google dieticians, of the top 100, she predicts around only 23 would have the correct professional qualifications. In the case of the Valencia Region, there are 500 registered professionals and three universities where the degree of Human Nutrition and Dietetics is taught, recognised by the public health system.


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Is a nasal spray the answer to curing a cold? SCIENTISTS believe they may have a cure for the common cold in the form of a simple nasal spray. It has already been tested in mice and rats and showed to stop them being infected, and it is now being tested on humans in London by a team of scientists. The SynGEM nasal spray was produced by a Dutch company and 36 volunteers are now being given it to see if they produce the antibodies that can attack and kill the cold virus when it enters the body. Finding a cure for the common cold has long since eluded scientists as there are around 200 viruses that can cause colds mak-

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21ST ANNIVERSARY: Members celebrated with a sumptuous meal. Theatre, Javea Pueblo and now The Church Centre on C/r, Favara 8, Javea Peublo. Pastor Phillip Laver, during his tenure (1999-2004), worked hard and successfully registered JIBC as an English-speaking church in Spain. Current Pastor, Steve Hall, gave a very special welcome to everyone at the celebration and said that it was clear that the



Javea International Baptist Church is 21! IT was a very special day for Javea International Baptist Church as it celebrated its 21st anniversary on Saturday November 26. The Church was inaugurated on December 5 1995 when the congregation consisted of just 11 people led by the founding Pastor, Tim Shupp, from Texas USA, his wife Louise and their three children. One of the original members, Barbara Watts, recalls they drew a curtain across Pedro’s Restaurant to separate them from the customers and as the Service began to draw to an end each Sunday the congregation were a bit like the ‘Bisto Kids’ because of the delicious aroma of lunch coming from the restaurant. This restaurant is now the small hotel (closed) on C/r Cabo De La Nao next to Masymas. Since the inauguration JIBC has enjoyed many different homes including the XIC Primary School Hall, the XIC Senior School Hall, the Grande Cafe Toscamar, Restaurante Amanacer, Cabo de la San Antonia, Javea Players Studio


strong foundations of the early life of the Church can be seen today and that JIBC would continue on a daily basis to strive to be a positive influence within the community. Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous meal at La Restaurante Cumbre, Cumbre del Sol and tucked into a special snniversary cake made by Lynn (the cake) Capon, followed by en-

tertainment from 12-year-old soloist Rosanna Post, comedienne Jen Ward and singer Claire Harkness-Post. Everyone is welcome at the weekly 10.30am Sunday Service, led by Pastor Steve Hall, at The Church Centre. For directions and more information please access their website or telephone: 965 795 847.

Christmas Market in the woodland CIUDAD PATRICIA has been holding its Christmas Market for the last 10 years and is getting bigger and bigger with over 1,000 people attending last year. This year the market is to be held on December 12 from 10am - 3pm and with the market set in the woodlands next to Benidorm this is the perfect location to get you in the Christmassy mood as there are many festive stands, mulled wine and Christmas cake and other stalls with food, decorations and gift ideas. The event is always so successful due to the variety of stands including jewellery, decorations, gifts, Christmas food, flowers, Christmas cards and much more besides. Ciudad Patricia is easily accessible with plenty of parking. From the A7 take the exit Benidorm Levante. After you pass under the overpass, take the right exit N332 towards Albir / Valencia. After about one kilometre take the exit Levante Benidorm, Aqualandia or Mundomar. At the traffic lights turn left. Straight through the next traffic lights. After about 500m, turn left just before Deloix, signposted Ciudad Patricia. Follow the road for about 400m to the entrance of the resort. Alternatively, you can also take bus 11 from downtown Benidorm. It stops right in front of the main building.


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Not-so-mini visits VISITORS to Villajoyosa’s Vilamuseu can enjoy ‘microvisitas’ with explanation staff sharing their knowledge of an exhibit. Vilamuseu opened to the public on November 9 with a selection of the town’s outstanding archaeological finds and the 15-minute tours were introduced for the inaugural exhibition ‘Tresors de la Vila Joiosa.’ Some exhibits, like the Phoenician necklaces found in Casetes and Poble Nou, are unique or seldom encountered elsewhere in Spain. The museum staff decided to emerge from their offices, laboratories and excavations to share their knowledge of a specific moment in history with the visitors and ensure that their time at the museum is memorable. As the museum director explained, they know the exhibits because they either found them or restored them. Each can describe where they found a particular exhibit, their feelings on the dis-

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crets of these pieces as well as their history, the museum explained.

The ‘micro-visitas’ are held at 12 noon from Tuesday to Friday.

Dancing on ice BENIDORM will open their Christmas ice skating rink on December 4. Situated by the town hall the rink will open daily from 10.30am until 2.30pm and 4.30pm until 9.30pm each day until January 10, 2017. Weekend hours will be from midday onwards.


Join carol singing on the Costa Blanca CHRISTMAS is a wonderful time of the year and sometimes there is nothing better than doing some of the more traditional things. The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy are holding several carol services around the Costa Blanca. With carol singing in the charming church at Covet Fuma in El Campello, to the beach in Albir and services with local U3A choirs and Philip Ashley in Calpe and Gandia to the wonderful Christingle service in Denia there is much to celebrate. Church of England parishes in Spain are entirely self-funding. So fundraising is essential to maintain the Church’s ministry here, including funerals and pastoral care to the sick and the bereaved - and the activities of the seven local churches in support of causes such as Caritas, Red Cross, EMAUS, World Vision and the Gandia Hospice. The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy serves the community from Valencia to Alicante with services in eight different towns. For information on the activities of the church and the contact details and service times visit costablanca-an

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A zombie invasion WAT C H o u t … t h e l i v i n g dead are taking over Altea on December 3 and only the fittest will survive. Running through the streets at night the aim is to remain alive until being evacuated the next morning. This is a survival game. Have you got what it takes? Organised by a specialist c o m p a n y, L a s t D a y O c i o Alternativo, this is a leisure event called Last Day Zombie and these events have been hosted in many areas around the area and have enticed thousands of people to take part in ‘real gaming.’ Throughout the night until first light participants have to travel the streets of the town of Altea and pass a variety of tests and missions as well as interact with characters to succeed. Staying alive is the only option. Who will win? Only the person that has not been caught and has completed all tests and missions can

LAST DAY ZOMBIE: Can you survive the night? become the winner. Do not get caught or turned into a zombie. Be the first to be

evacuated. Can you survive the night? For more information and

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Fun for everyone THE Fira d’Art I Nadal is held December 3 - 6 in the historical Javea with the main focus to be on children. P r e p a r e d b y t h e M e rchants Association of His-

torical Javea this is a weekend full of Christmas fun. There is to be a commercial space dedicated to Christmas treats such as traditional turron and workshops for children where they can en-

joy crafts and activities like puppets and musical performances. On December 3, The Red Cross of Javea have organised a humorous fun rally which is dedicated to boys and girls aged nine to 12. The children are split into t w o d i ff e r e n t a g e g r o u p s and they have to answer questions and pass tests along points of the pedestrian zone of the historic centre of Javea. This is to be held from 11am until 1pm and prizes are given to the winning teams. And it is not just for children as on the same day from 10am until 8.30pm is the X-Shopping Day. Many shops in the historic centre are offering discounts and special deals so it will be worth taking advantage and bagging yourself an offer or two. In the evening there is still plenty to entertain as there is music with Batuxanga from 6pm and at 10pm a performance from the Rocky Raccoons in Sor Maria Gallart.


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Architectural gem A SPANISH property won the World Architecture Festival’s House of the Year award for its inventive design. The Palma de Mallorca home beat strong competition from across the globe. It was built by local architectural company OHLAB and features four distinct ‘boxes’ each with white walls and is specially designed for maximum energy efficiency. Every part of the property is designed to be cool in summer and warm in winter.

CLAMPING DOWN: On the rental of unregistered accommodation.

Home rental websites hit with massive fines By Matthew Elliott A RENEGADE mayor has finally lived up to her campaign promise and slapped home rental websites Airbnb and HomeAway with massive fines for promoting unregistered accommodation. It’s been a long time coming for the two global rental powerhouses who have been heavily criticised by Barcelona mayor Ada Colau for artificially inflated rents in the Catalan city. The city hall has now levied a whopping €600,000 fine on each of the companies after raising the maximum fine available from €30,000.

Barcelona elected to target the corporations rather than the owners. Colau is a former property eviction activist who made her name fighting against ruthless landlords. Her tenure as mayor has been controversial to say the least, but is likely to influence other regions across Spain. The unregulated home rental business is being cracked down on across the country, especially in Andalucia, the Balearics, and Valencia.

Barcelona has set the ball rolling and regional governments may feel more comfortable following through on their frequent threats to impose draconian fines on anyone renting out their homes without paying the appropriate taxes. While Airbnb is at the height of its power in major cities across the world, it is also increasingly being used in smaller communities. One silver lining is that Barcelona elected to target the corporations sponsoring illegal rentals, rather than the property owners themselves. But it would be unwise to expect that trend to continue, especially with fines ranging up to €600,000 in the government’s weaponry.




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How to defeat the dreaded damp By Eleanor Hawkins NOW the wintry weather seems to have finally arrived and most of Spain has started to see some rain, that common, dreaded household enemy, damp, may have started to show its face on your walls and ceilings. Damp stains are not just unsightly and smelly, they can also pose a health risk and bring on allergies and infections if not treated quickly and efficiently, so it’s time to roll up your sleeves and send it on its way. A lack of correct ventilation and damp

A lack of correct ventilation and damp atmosphere are the most common reasons that stains start to appear, so rule number one is to air your home as often as possible.

atmosphere are the most common reasons stains start to appear, so rule number one is to air your home as often as possible. Sea salt will become your new best friend in these cases as it helps eliminate bad smells and absorbs damp from the air. Try popping some in linen bags and tucking about the house in hidden corners. To remove stains, as in many other cases, white vinegar comes in extremely handy. Mix half a cup of vinegar with a quarter of a cup of water in a spray bottle and spray straight onto the stain then leave to dry onc e a da y for a w e e k. Thi s shoul d be

enough to make most stains disappear and any tough remains can be dealt with by rubbing neat vinegar on with a cloth. Any lingering marks left after using this trick can be tackled with bicarbonate of soda, which has antibacterial properties and absorbs damp. Rub it over the surface and leave to act for a few hours before removing with a cloth or brush. Finally, never try to cover damp as this will simply inhibit correct ventilation and worsen the problem, causing the damp to spread quicker.


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Décor Denia auction DÉCOR DENIA Consignment Store and Auction House is located in the Centro Comercial Tropicana in Denia. It is here that you can find antiques, decoration, art and household goods as well as collectables and high-end clocks, watches and jewellery. New to Décor Denia is mid-century teak furniture. This iconic furniture began just after the Second World War and lasted until the 1970s. The design was all about clean lines, beautiful woods, simplicity and quality construction. Mid-century furniture is highly sought after and Décor Denia have many beautiful pieces to choose from. Throughout the year, Décor Denia has held many successful auctions and December 20 is another chance to go along for the Christmas Extravaganza and secure

TEAK FURNITURE: Simple, quality construction. yourself a bargain Christmas present! At the Christmas Extravaganza there is a private collection of famous art work consigned for this sale from Picasso and the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Mark and Philip, owners of Décor Denia, have been in the antiques business for over 25 years and have a vast knowledge of the antiques trade by selling through international fairs, online sales

and through other auction houses worldwide. They have a truck that regularly goes back to the UK to collect new items to market but they are always seeking new items to sell. Décor Denia is easy to find and there is plenty of parking. They are open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 2pm. Call them on 645 310 470 / 629 649 259. Alternatively visit the website

Bathroom blitz is easy to do THE bathroom might be the smallest room in the house, but it’s also one of the easiest to update, a fresh lick of paint on the ceiling for example, some new tiles or updated bathroom accessories is all you need. Although the internet and magazines will inspire you packed with stylish decorating ideas, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to achieve them. Local flea markets, boot sales and classified ads can be a frugal answer to getting that new look in your bathroom. Simply browsing what is on offer in these places can give you a theme idea for the whole room. For example, if you were to find a large mirror with an antique white plaster frame; it may inspire you to run with an ancient Roman or Greek bath theme throughout!

A fix for dented wood By Eleanor Hawkins IF a little accident has left an unsightly dent in your wooden furniture, you may think you ha ve no c hoic e but to ge t rid of it a nd go shopping but all may not be lost, give this quick fix a go before you rush to replace it. Although this trick will not work on severe dents or inner damage, if the proble m is s upe rfic ia l it c a n have surprisingly good res ults . A ll you ne e d is a n iron, a cloth and some water. First, pour a little water

WOODEN FURNITURE: Try to fix before replacing. over the dent as if you were trying to fill it with liquid.

Next, take a thin cloth and place over the top to allow it to absorb the water. Finally, hold a hot iron over t he cl ot h f or a f ew minutes, moving it in circular motions and lifting occasionally to avoid burning the cloth. Keep goi ng unt i l t he wat er has al l dr i ed up and hey pr est o, when you l i f t t he cl ot h t he dent shoul d have di sappeared.


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David THE Dogman Listen to David on TRE every Saturday 10am to 11am Costa del Sol (Gibraltar/Sotogrande) 98.7fm (San Roque to Calahonda) 91.9fm (Calahonda to Motril) 88.9, Costa Calida 92.7fm Costa Blanca (Torrevieja to Elche) 105.1fm (Elche to Calpe) 88.2fm, (Calpe to Gandia & Ibiza) 104.6fm, (Denia to Valencia) 95.3fm Mallorca 103.9fm

16. Perform Customs work…seeking out illegal food (in the US). There are also dogs trained to search for the signs of dry rot in buildings. Dogs are also trained to detect pregnancy, cancer cells, dry rot, sleep apnea, epilepsy, low or high blood sugar, prevent stereotypical behaviours in people with autism, get people with Parkinson’s walking again when they lock up, stabilise people who are prone to either flashbacks or panic attacks

from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and prevent selfmutilation bouts in psychiatric patients. Whatever field of expertise you are in, be it house wife or rocket scientist… I’m sure you would agree if you took someone without training and put them into your job they would be near hopeless. When you get a dog, you enter into an obligation to learn about that animal and to learn how to train it. Dogs learn about life as they go, but they need formal teaching to become useful members of our families. A dog neglected is like a child neglected, they will put their intellect to destructive uses if we do not give them a proper frame work to learn within. What excuse do you have not to train him? Your only possible excuse is you do not know how to. And that excuse is


Poodles linger longer MINIATURE poodles are the longest living dogs in Britain - surviving for an average of 14.8 years, says a survey. Miniature dachshunds are next (14.4 years), then whippets (14.3 years). Beagles, Bedlingtons, Cairn Terriers, Border Collies, Mongrels, Greyhounds, Jack Russells, Pekinese and Shetland sheepdogs average 13-plus years. Did you know that dogs are trained to: 1. Lead the blind 2. Work with the gun 3. Carry work for disabled 4. Work for the police 5. Work with the Fire Service 6. Search for scent on water (for drugs and/or bodies) 7. Detect gas leaks 8. Passive drug search 9. Perform Air Sea and Rescue work 10. Work with sheep 11. Search for explosives and firearms 12. Search for missing persons 13. Shop for the disabled 14. Perform avalanche rescue work. 15. Perform various types of military training


TRAINED DOGS: Can perform air, sea and rescue work. totally within your control... it’s not the fault of your ‘dumb dog,’ it’s your

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Panda is the King of the Castle PANDA is a character, a veritable King of the Castle. Whenever David and Joan take the dogs out for a walk near their home near Orba in Alicante, Panda usually appears at their side coming along for company. In fact he very rarely stays behind. Not only does he like to be involved but he likes to lead. There is a point in each walk when he will leap to the top of a wall and wait for the others to catch up. The dogs are elderly and walk alongside their owners steadily keeping pace, whereas Panda is usually the one setting the pace. “He is quite a card!” says David. “When we first met him a couple of years ago he reminded me of a cat I looked after and eventually inherited who was a similar colouring and character. But this one is very opinionated and honestly does take part in whatever we are doing. He’s great fun.”

David and Joan are going home for Christmas to Britain this year to be with their children and grandchildren and have matched with a pet sitter from the US, for whom this will be a first trip to Europe. They know she’ll enjoy her time at their home, but especially her time with Panda. Do you need a sitter? Get in touch. House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and petsitting, and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! Register as either housesitter or homeowner now with a 20% off introductory offer using coupon code PERFECT20.

House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and pet-sitting and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! To find a pet-sitter go to or call Lamia on 00 44 (0) 777 214 2742.

Winter weather pet care By Eleanor Hawkins WHILE the Spanish climate is milder than many and there is less chance of being snowed in, we all still feel the difference at this time of year and our pets are no luckier than us humans. This means during colder months pet owners need to take a few steps to ensure their furry friends stay warm and healthy.

Pets which live outside during the rest of the year would probably really appreciate becoming indoor residents for the winter to stay warm and dry. If, however, it really isn’t possible to bring them inside, don’t just assume their coats will keep them warm. A warm, dry, draught-free kennel and some bedding are an absolute must. Remember

that more energy is used up staying warm when it’s cold. Adjust and increase outdoor pets’ diets accordingly and make sure they have access to fresh, running water. Indoor pets, on the other hand, are likely to be far less active at this time of year and even when out on walks will probably use up less energy. This means that unless you want to find yourself with a pudgy pooch or fat cat come spring you will have to feed them less. The cold can particularly affect the delicate skin on pets’ paws, tips of tails and ears so watch out for any tell-tale signs such as firm, waxy skin or blisters. Apply Vaseline to delicate areas before heading outside and consider boots or hats if your pet seems to be suffering.




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ON SATURDAY 10th of December Restaurante Ciudad Patricia is organizing a Christmas Fair! On the Terras of the Main Building Different stands of Food, Jewellery and Great Gift Ideas More then 40 exhibitors!! Apply for a stand? Call Alma 616.884.468 (€ 25 a stand)

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LAND FOR SALE SUPERB flat estate land in a beautiful valley. 6000 m2 which includes a house 180 m2 requiring renovation. 5 minutes from Benissa and 10 minutes from Calpe. Price 190,000€. Tel 606 715 448. (241996)

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MORAIRA. SEMI-DETACHED TOWNHOUSE WITH GUEST APARTMENT. 3 beds, 2 baths, 85 m2. Swimming pool. Sea view. Ref.: 2-ad-3587 – Price: € 130.000, Tel.:670 771 680.

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FOR SALE BICHON FRISE PUPPYS available with all vaccination and papers up to date Contact 653 757 768 Email (249565)

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CALPE. VILLA WITH GUEST APARTMENT. Beautiful. Must see! Everything on 1 level! House 125m2, plot 866 m2. Rennovated in 2014. 3 beds, 3 baths, Price € 380.000, Tel: 670 771 680

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I’m choosing the words for my conclusion with even more care than usual. So here goes. The (BMW) 1 Series is crap.” Some might say...

Sharks circling F1 giant by Matthew Elliott DETAILS are finally beginning to emerge of the secretive talks between motoring giant McLaren and Silicon Valley tech monstrosity Apple, they of the ubiquitous iPhone and iPad. In September there was speculation that Apple would take over the McLaren consortium in its entirety, placing the Formula One team and car business under its control. Senior executive Mike Flewitt has confirmed that talks did indeed take place but no offer was made, despite it making sense for a financially troubled McLaren and ever expanding Apple.

There have been bids on the table for McLaren but the majority of shareholders are against selling just yet. Chinese and Arab investment


groups are the most likely candidates. McLaren’s F1 business has suffered tremendously with its finances and

seen major sponsors pull out, although the car dealing side of the consortium is doing quite well.

MCLAREN 650S: Doing alright for itself.

Motoring shorts

British budget news FUEL duty was frozen in the UK for the seventh year running after Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Statement. He claims that drivers will save £130 a year due to the freeze but critics wanted to know why the tax wasn’t cut. Hammond also announced he would raise the insurance premium tax from 10 to 12 per cent next year, the third rise in two years and a decision slammed by the RAC. There will, however, be action taken against the ‘compensation culture’ surrounding whiplash. By cracking down on fraudulent claims the government expects insurance premiums to go down slightly and compensate drivers for the tax rise.


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Subaru does well in tough SUV sector by Nick Fletcher MOST manufacturers are battling hard for sales in the lucrative small SUV sector dominated by the Nissan Qashqai, and the latest contender to challenge is Subaru with its revised XV model. It is a tough sector, with opposition including Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Hyundai ix35 and Suzuki Vitara, but a substantial make-over for the Subaru XV now gives it a much sharper edge. Last year saw stage one of the revamp, with chassis and suspension tweaks and a new touch screen infotainment system. And now stage two has just taken place, including restyled headlamps and front bumpers, LED tail lights and a boot spoiler. The overall effect is a smarter looking, better to drive SUV which benefits from Subaru’s tough dependable reputation and

SUV CHALLENGE: The revised Subaru XV model. generous equipment levels. There is a choice of a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.0-litre diesel, with a manual gearbox standard and a CVT auto an option on petrol models. All have all wheel drive. XV prices start at £21,995 (€24,768) though my test model was the flagship SE Premium with a 145 hp 2.0 litre diesel engine and costing £26,995 (€30,399). Top speed is 123 mph, 0-60 mph is nippy at 9.3 seconds.

Fuel economy is 52.3 mpg combined and then came a surprise! Normally you seldom get close to any manufacturer’s official fuel economy figure, often you can be up to 20 per cent short. But after 500 miles of city driving, rural roads and motorways, I exceeded Subaru’s official figure without even trying and got an impressive 54 mpg. The engine is smooth and additional noise insulation means the latest model is also quieter. The manual gearshift is slick and precise and the revised suspension gives very good ride quality, yet is still firm enough to minimise body roll on the corners. The handling is composed and on twisty roads, the XV is fun to drive, with precise steering giving excellent feedback. With higher ground clearance than most rivals, the all-wheel-drive XV is more capable off-road. The XV also scores well for its looks. It has a more potent, more substantial appearance than the opposition and can turn a few heads. Inside, the dashboard has a simple, logical layout with central touch screen for most functions. Standard kit includes sat nav, Bluetooth, USB port, radio/CD, leather upholstery, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, keyless entry and push-button start, There is a lot of space for passengers both front and rear and also a large, practical boot of 380 litres capacity, boostable to 1,270 litres by folding the rear seats. I gave the XV high marks for its pleasing driving dynamics and standard features, and a gold star for its real-world fuel economy. My only quibble was that on the move, the touch-screen was so reactive, it was hard to make precise adjustments.


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No downside to the Volkswagen Up! by Nick Fletcher THE Volkswagen Up! is the company’s smallest model, a well-built and quite classy city car competing in a crowded sector of the market. Two of the rivals are the Skoda Citigo and the SEAT Mii also from the VW stable - and others include Toyota Aygo, Citroen C1, Hyundai i10 and even the Fiat 500. The Up! is priced from

£8,995 (€10,112) and may be small but you get the same immediate impression of top-drawer build-quality that hallmarks larger VW models. Available in three and five-door form, and with a choice of nippy yet frugal threecylinder 1.0 litre engines of varying power outputs, the Up! is surprisingly roomy, and a real treat to drive.

Some city cars can be noisy and jerky but the Up! has a fluency and refinement you usually get in cars from a class above. My test model was the smallest of the power range, just 59 hp, yet it never felt under-powered. The 0-60 mph time of 14.4 seconds may seem a tad slow on paper, but such is the agility of the car, it felt faster. Top speed is 100mph which

Stats panel: Model: Volkswagen Move Up! Engine: 1.0 litre petrol Transmission: 5 speed manual Performance: 0-60 mph 14.4 seconds, top speed 100 mph Economy: 68.9 mpg combined Emissions: 96 g/km

THE UP!: Hard to find a downside. means it can be a relatively quiet motorway cruiser, and its eco-clean too, with emissions just 96g/km. Fuel economy is impressive at 68.9 mpg combined. My mid-range MoveUp! test model in three-door form was priced at £10,325 (€11,607) and came with power windows, air-con, stop/start function, alloy wheels, five-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth and an adjustable boot floor. With more distinctive styling touches than most city-car rivals, the Up! stands out, and the large dominant VW bonnet badge makes a strong statement. Clever use of interior space means the Up! has good head and leg room even for taller occupants. A large tailgate gives access to a 250 litre boot, one of the largest in the sector, which can be boosted to 950 litres by folding the rear seats, helping this city car earn top marks for practicality. Underway, the Up! drives nicely, with smooth power delivery, a slick five-speed gearbox, and excellent steering. The car feels very composed even if pushed into a tight bend, and the ride quality, though slightly firm, is still comfortable. There is an upright driving position for good forward visibility, and the dashboard has a straightforward layout with all the dials and switches clearly accessible. Big plus-points are VW build-quality, chic styling, nice driving dynamics. Overall, it was hard to find a downside to the Up!


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Orba Warblers Report LAST week the Warblers travelled to a wet Alenda only to find they would not allow buggies on the course which obviously disappointed half our numbers who had driven down all for nothing. It left 16 walkers left to play in a stableford competition with 1-4 places. Luckily the rain eased and all had a dry round of golf on a course holding up very well considering the weather. One player stood out. Glyn Braidley (Hcap 9.7) had a fantastic score of 41pts

making a mockery of the conditions and will be now playing off 8.7 (well done Glynn ). Second with a solid 35pts was Graham Bush (Hcap 9.9), Chris Williamson (Hcap 8.5) came third with 34pts, in fourth was Michael Taylor (Hcap 16.8) with 32pts on countback. There were two nearest the pins won by Chris Williamson on hole 5 and Glynn Braidley on hole 16. Two 2’s were achieved today by Glynn Braidley making it a good day and Ron Steele

both on hole 13. Well done to our winners today. On Wednesday December 7 the Warblers travel to Bonalba for a stableford competition. There is a first tee off at 9.52am so please arrive by 9.10am for registration. Guests are welcome subject to availability and current handicap certificate. To book please contact David at or phone 634 307 407.

La Vila still unbeaten...just! WHAT on known form appeared to be a stroll in the park for La Vila turned into

their toughest game yet. The home side BUC Barcelona were no walkover. Indeed they took the lead in the 22nd minute with an unconverted try. La Vila came back with a converted try in the 29th minute so now they had their nose in front 5-7. Just as they seemed to be getting their act together the home side scored a converted try, going in at half time with the score 12-7. La Vila coach Hernan Quirelli made several changes and the new line up played the attacking rugby La Vila needed. In the 52nd minute an un-

converted try levelled the score. A converted try in the 71st minute sealed the fate of the valiant Barcelona team with La Vila winning 12-19.

€5 to watch La Vila’s next match on December 4 and accompanied children get in for free.

Try scorers for La Vila: Ignacio Vinaches, Ignacio Perez and Gonzalo Perez. Matias Jara converting one of the tries. On Sunday, December 4

La Vila play their last home game of the year against their local rivals CAU Valencia, the team that controversially were responsible for La Vila being thrown out of last seasons play offs on a player registration technicality. The home side will have something to prove as the match will be televised by Miditerranio TV. Kick off is at 13.00. What is sure to be a tough match can be enjoyed at their Villajoyosa ground. The entrance fee is just €5 and accompanied children are free.

Benitachell Bowls Club BBC Winter Rinks: Four out of four wins for both ‘Gt Expectations’ and ‘Mavericks’ give them both a four point lead over five teams on four points, with ‘Mavericks’ sharing the top on shot difference in the BBC Winter Rinks sponsored by Direkt Optik and Prudential.

Winter League: The BBC Winter League were away to Vistabella where they picked up four points winning on two of the rinks to remain one point behind the league leaders. The Berleen team won their match and are level on points with the league leaders.

Northern League: The J a gua rs w e lc om ed t he El Ci d Sabres where they shared two wins each and the shot difference of 31 going to the Jaguars for a 6-4 result, the Challenger Team also had a very good winning score of plus 20.

World Bowls: The World Bowls Championship is being held in Christchurch New Zealand this year and we are pleased that one of the BBC members Christine Mawson has been selected for Spain to play in these Championships.

The Lions visited Java Quartz where they were second best on three of the rinks and therefore picked up just two points, but remain top of the table. The Lions Challenger team won their match.

Thought About Playing Bowls? Lawn Bowls is a wonderful social game. Enjoy new found skills and develop them. It’s up to you how far you go from being a social bowler, to competitive or to international level. We cater for the complete range of bowlers at Benitachell.

The BBC Tigers welcomed their neighbours Javea Green Opals today, with the matches being shared and the Tigers taking the extra two points by way of the shot difference to take a six points to four victory. The Challenger League team also won their match.

For full information of all of our results or for details of the beginners cour se go t o t he websi t e www.beni


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Ireland’s win secures them a treble Tony Matthews International Sports A former player and now the world’s most prolific author of football books with almost 150 published since 1975, Tony is also the sports correspondent for Spectrum Radio and lives on La Pilica in the Sierra Cabrera Mountains overlooking Turre. Costa de Almeria

THERE was plenty to enjoy for all sports enthusiasts over the last seven days... and there’s more to come! FORMULA ONE: • Lewis Hamilton won the final Grand Prix of 2016 in Abu Dhabi, but by virtue of finishing second, Nico Rosberg (aged 31) was crowned world champion for the first time, thus emulating his father, Keké, who won the title in 1982. • Jensen Button ended his F1 career in Abu Dhabi where 200,000 spectators saw a rather boring, uninteresting ‘Battle in the Desert.’ FOOTBALL: • In the Champions League last week, Leicester beat Brugges and Real Madrid won in Lisbon; Arsenal (v PSG) and Manchester City (v Borussia Moenchgladbach) both drew, while Celtic (v Barcelona), Tot-

tenham (v Monaco) and Sevilla (v Juventus) all lost. The scoreline of Borussia Dortmund 8 Legia Warsaw 4 created a new record for most goals in a single CL game. • In the Europa League, Manchester United beat Feyenoord 4-0 but Southampton and Dundalk both lost and Villarreal drew 1-1 with FC Zurich. • Last weekend’s 10 Premiership games ended Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 1; Burnley 1 Manchester City 2; leaders Chelsea 2 Spurs 1; Hull 1 WBA 1; Leicester 2 Middlesbrough 2; Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0; Manchester United (manager José Mourinho was ‘sent off ’ again) 1 West Ham 1; Southampton 1 Everton 0; Swansea 5 Crystal Palace 4 (fans saw a second half thriller in South Wales) and Watford 0 Stoke 1. • Leaders of the Championship and FL2 both lost: Newcastle 1-0 at home to Blackburn and Plymouth 2-1 at Morecambe. Brighton, second in the Championship, beat Norwich

chester United-West Ham. And this weekend’s PL games include Bournemouth-Liverpool, Everton-Manchester United, Manchester City-Chelsea and West Ham-Arsenal. And there are also 32 second round FA Cup-ties, with a few League clubs set to be k’od! • Leyton Orient sacked manager Alberto Cavasin after just 10 games in charge. • Spain’s public prosecutor has called for Barcelona’s Neymar to be sent to prison for on a corruption charge involving his transfer from Santos. • Thousands of young footballers could have been abused by a nationwide paedophile ring. Four police RUGBY forces and the FA are investiUNION: Ireland gating. beat Australia. • Ex-Barnsley, Grimsby, Luton, Manchester City and England U23 defender Paul Futcher has died, aged 60. His twin brother Ron played with him at Luton. CRICKET: AUSTRALIAN Derek Herron set a new world record • The third Test between Infor the highest basketball shot, netting from 180 metres dia and England finished in while standing on top of Switzerland’s Manvoisin Dam. Mohali with the hosts taking a Watch it on the BBC Sport website – it’s amazing.

2-1 while Carlisle whipped Mansfield 5-2 to go top of FL2. Scunthorpe still lead FL1 with Bolton second. • Celtic beat Aberdeen 3-0 in the Scottish LC final to claim the club’s 100th senior title. • Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 498th and 499th club goals (567 and

568 overall) as La Liga leaders Real Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 2-1. • Steven Gerrard has officially retired from competitive football. • This week’s action is confined to the EFL Cup with four quarter-final ties: ArsenalSouthampton, Hull-Newcastle, Liverpool-Leeds and Man-


2-0 lead. India have not lost their last 17 Tests at home. England coach Trevor Bayliss admitted “we gifted them a few wickets.” Next stop Mumbai. • Australian fans booed South Africa’s ball-tampering captain Faf du Plessis as he scored a first innings century (118 not out) in the third Test in Adelaide. The Aussies eventually won the game by seven wickets but lost the series 2-1. RUGBY UNION: • Recent friendlies ended in wins for England 27-14 v Argentina; Ireland 27-24 v Australia; New Zealand 24-19 v France; Scotland 43-16 v Georgia and Wales 27-13 v South Africa. • Elliot Daly became only the fifth Englishman to be sent-off in an international, banished after five minutes for fouling Leonardo Senatoré. Argentina also finished with 14 men. Ireland’s win over the Aussies earned them the treble over the three southern hemisphere countries in the same year. • Saracens beat Gloucester 24-20 to go top of the Aviva Premiership. Wasps are second, Bath third.

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