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ISSUE NO. 1639

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By Matthew Elliott

DOCTORS have testified before a Mallorca court that a British man jailed on the island has endured severe beatings in prison. James Langford is serving a three-year sentence in Palma and has accused prison guards of assaulting and torturing him since he was incarcerated in January. His claims have been public for months but last Friday the clamour around his case escalated when state doctors informed the court that he had been violently assaulted whilst being held in isolation. Their testimony concerned allegations that in June the 30year-old was intentionally locked outside in the baking heat for hours without water. Guards then reportedly dragged him back to his room, smashed his head against the concrete floor, and beat him so badly he required an emergency brain scan in hospital. Doctors told the court that when they inspected him in solitary confinement they found Langford “frightened, half conscious, naked” and with bruises that matched his testimony. Last week five other prisoners also testified in support of

Langford’s claims, stating that he was regularly subject to vicious beatings. A team of psychiatrists were required to force him to leave hospital and return to the prison, while his mother Paula, from Bromley near London, told UK press that he was terrified and believed the guards wanted to kill him. Langford, formerly a DJ working on Ibiza, was arrested in February 2015 when police found ecstasy pills in his car. He was handed a threeyear sentence, with the court rejecting a defence plea to allow him to serve his time in the UK. When he was finally jailed in January, Langford was placed in solitary for six weeks at Centre Penitenciari

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Brit’s torture claims de Mallorca (pictured) and claims to have been deprived of adequate food and water, stripped naked, and physically humiliated. In response to the allegations prison authorities said they were taking the appropriate measures necessary to deal with a violent prisoner. But Langford’s case is only the tip of an iceberg. There are presently thousands of documented allegations against prison guards and four active investigations.


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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 Mallorca Euro Weekly News contained no less than 32 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!

High life living MOST holiday homes in Palma cost more than €500 to rent per month, far above the long-term letting average. Only 5 per cent of homes are avail-

able for less than €500, 52 per cent are priced between €500 and €1,000, 23 per cent between €1,000 and €1,500, and a fifth cost upwards of €1,500.


Footy hero facing music By Matthew Elliott FORMER Mallorca star Samuel Eto’o could face more than 10 years in prison if Spanish prosecutors have their way. He stands accused of defrauding the national tax authority of more than €3m when he played for Barcelona from 2006 to 2009. Lawyers are demanding that the Cameroonian striker, who scored more than 50 goals for Mallorca in appearances from 2000-2004, be imprisoned for 10 years and six months, and fined over €12 million. Eto’o, who currently plays in Turkey, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and claims he had no knowledge of his tax affairs, leaving that to a rogue’s gallery of lawyers, accountants and agents. The 35-year-old was well-loved by Mallorca fans. He was the club’s record signing when he formally signed from Real Madrid for roughly €5 million, and left for Barcelona as the club’s top goal-scorer of all time. In 2003 he scored two goals to

help the club win the Copa del Rey and even donated €30,000 to help feed travelling supporters. Tax authorities in Spain have been clamping down on players throughout the year. Barcelona star Lionel Messi,

considered by many the finest player in the world, was handed a two-year suspended sentence for tax crimes. His teammate, Brazilian striker Neymar, is also at risk of being banned from playing.

SAMUEL ETO’O: Won’t be flying to Spain any time soon.


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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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By Matthew Elliott MALLORCA and the Balearics have one of the worst-funded, most overcrowdedhealth care systems in Spain according to a devastating new report from the National Statistics Institute. Decades of mismanage-

ment, paltry funding and debt have led to a chaotic health service with public facilities swamped by patients offered a steadily falling quality of care. This is despite the region actually contributing more than its fair share in taxes to Madrid,

which has a huge say in how much money Mallorca and the islands have to spend on local residents. Last year local hospitals treated 11,475 people out of every 100,000, far above the Spanish national average of 10,228.

Dealing with concerns from the 12 million plus tourists who visited last year, running the full gamut from colds to balcony falls, was a factor, but the real culprit is believed to be a gaping €200 billion black hole in the region’s finances.

Putting the people first UNSCRUPULOUS landlords, typically businesses and banks, will be cracked down on under a new housing law which will ensure that evictions of families are a measure of absolute last resort. All evictions will be prohibited unless there is a cheaper alternative at

ha nd for the fa mily to move into. Banks and big businesses with minor property empires of more than 10 unoccupied homes will also be forced to provide accommodation to families in need, rather than throwing them out onto the street while good homes go to waste.

Utility companies will also have to inform social services if someone is not paying their bills before cutting off gas, water and electricity. The decision comes after a grandmother on the mainland was killed when the candles she used for heat when she was cut off from the grid set fire to her mattress.



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Killer finally sentenced THE killer of Gemma Vich Ramis, who was found by her own mother with her throat slashed in Palma last year, has accepted a 12-year sentence for her murder. Jaume S F, 39, was sentenced to 10 years for the crime, and two years for trespassing on the victim’s Sant Jordi property. The 33-year-old had gone to see Ramis, his partner at the time, to demand sex and barged his way in through the terrace back door in July 2015. When she resisted he fought with her, grabbing a kitchen knife and cutting her throat. Ramis bled to death and was later found by her mother. Jaume was captured by police days later and has said he had no idea what came over him. He has paid €100,000 compensation to her parents, which will be no consolation. Vigils were held across Mallorca for the first fatal victim of domestic violence that year.

Booming all year round

TOURISM SOARED: With more than 25 per cent more visitors than last year. By Matthew Elliott AUTUMN in Mallorca was the most successful on record, at least from a business perspective. Tourism soared with more than 25 per cent more visitors than last year, setting new records in spending and hotel stays. Winter is also on course to be a record breaking season as the Balearics’ Mediterranean rivals in Greece, Turkey and Tunisia continue to be plagued by security and economic woes. More than one million people visited the islands in October alone and the region shone when compared to other parts of Spain. Catalonia only saw a meagre 2.6 per cent increase in guests, while in the Ca-

naries it was a modest 16 per cent. At least 13 million tourists have jetted or sailed in since January and many hotels are staying open well into the winter months, a time usually reserved for repairs and taking a breather before the madness cranks up a notch in spring. The news comes as tourism minister Biel Barcelo faced criticism over his plans to broaden Mallorca’s international appeal from the classic ‘sun and beach tourism’ to businessmen, hikers and culture vultures. Mr and Mrs Sun and Beach spend more than €100 each day on average, more than the average conference attendee or cyclist, but Barcelo believes that their business is secure and the islands can afford to focus on other local attractions.


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End of an era?



Every little helps

PALMA: Shares a name with countless others. THE days of the capital being officially known as Palma de Mallorca are numbered. January’s decision to call the city simply Palma has been ratified again by the Balearic parliament who appear hell-bent on simplicity. The situation is actually a little more complex. Palma was traditionally known as simply Palma before globalisation encouraged the conservative Partido Popular to stamp a Mallorcan identity on the city, which shared a name with countless others across the world. It proved quite popular with Palma natives who could distinguish themselves at passport controls and in taxis across the world as hailing from the island of Rafa Nadal and Mallorca FC. People were also tired of being confused with Las Palmas in the Canaries. But the new PSOE-led government is harking back to tradition and has now voted twice to revert to just Palma. The PP, now in opposition, are expected to launch a last bid to keep ‘de Mallorca’ in the name, but lack the numbers to stop the tide.

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.

Now we want to hear your views. YOUR PAPER - YOUR VOICE - YOUR OPINION

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CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Who knew they could be so controversial?

A city’s cynical ploy CHRISTMAS lights in Palma finally switch on this weekend and not without an unseasonal taint of controversy. Rather than a Christmas card, small businesses banded together to send Mayor Jose Hila an official letter of protest over the decision to delay the lights for a week. Traditionally the Mallorcan city has switched on the Christmas lights on the last weekend of November but this year they took a backseat to the arrival of American shopping extravaganza Black Friday.

Local authorities slyly thought they could attract more people to Palma by separating the two events but local retailers weren’t impressed, dismissing Hila’s argument that having both at the same time would present safety issues as absurd. They have a point given that the vast majority of Black Friday shopping is conducted online and they’ve effectively lost a week of Christmas markets. Retailers are also angry the lights are limited to only a few areas in the city, which in their eyes gives some an unfair advantage.



Violent visit PROSECUTORS want a Latvian tourist couple to serve 29 years for beating a local German resident to within an inch of his life. The victim invited them to stay at his Palma apartment, but they attacked the man with a knife and robbed him.

Dark skies AIR BERLIN’S Mallorcan adventures continue to tumble down the rabbit hole. The airline is planning to make another 35 local staff redundant before the year is out.

Tragic death A 90-YEAR-OLD man was killed after someone left their handbrake down and the driverless car rolled down a hill in Palma and trapped him against a fence. A rescue operation was mounted but the man died of his injuries a few hours later.

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Nothing personal, but it’s just hotel business THE death of revolutionary icon Fidel Castro, a hero, tyrant or both, depending on your standpoint, heralded a new era in world history but for Mallorcan hoteliers, in true old Havana mafia style, business is business. M a llo rca n h o te ls and indus try boast a surprising degree of enterprise in Cuba, with the Melia family in p artic u lar w ie ld in g influe nc e through their well-established hotels under the brand Sol Melia. Good relations with El Commandante ens u red th a t th ey reta ine d s pe c ia l favour over the years, even while he was dodging dastardly CIA assassination attempts. Melia are responsible for almost a quarter of the roughly 60,000 hotel rooms available on the Caribbean island, which is gradually opening up to western economics and influence. After Castro’s death the Mallorcan company was quick to announce that plans to open another three hotels in Cuba in 2018 would go ahead, expanding their tropical empire to 30 hotels.

MELIA HOTELS: Plan to open another three in Cuba in 2018.



War games on the island THE geopolitical stand-off between the US and Russia might seem a world away from the peaceful serenity of Mallorca but, with Spain a member of the Nato alliance, war games are never far. In fact they are quite close to home. The Spanish army and air force have been conducting drills in Porto Pollensa under operation Eagle Eye for months. Designed to test the rigours of Balearic security, Eagle Eye has involved hundreds of soldiers, F-18 fighter jets, anti-aircraft missile systems, and a warship. The decision has infuriated local political party Alternative for Pollensa, who are demanding that Mallorca follow Catalonia’s lead and forbid all such manoeuvres unless there is a genuine military necessity. The radical party, which wants to uproot the ‘rotten and decaying’ ‘capitalist patriarchy,’ wrote that Pollensa should be a place of ‘peace and tranquillity,’ not a hotbed of military manoeuvres, and criticised the environmental impact of a heavy military presence.


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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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Publication scrapped A GUIDE to sexual safety launched by Palma City Council has been wiped from public record after being ridiculed for promoting abstinence as the best means of preventing sexually transmitted infections. A torrent of criticism greeted the publication of the sex guide, which was publicised online and in print. The gay community in particular was outraged as the text failed to say anything meaningful about a key issue faced by many, especially younger, people.

The looming aerial threat By Matthew Elliott MORE than two million people travel between the Balearic Islands the traditional way, by sea, but ferry operators are fearful that cheaper inter-island flights could spell the end for maritime transport. A flat fee of €30 has been proposed for local flights to encourage tourists to spread their wealth across the Balearics. The regional maritime businesses association Apeam is worried that

this will spark a rush towards faster, more convenient transport with dire consequences for the ferry industry. While a cheap flight may be more appealing, the social and environmental costs are alarmingly high. Carbon dioxide emissions from flights are far

higher, up to 30 times more so per passenger than local ferries. The proposal would also directly affect maritime jobs, industry around the ports, and obscure perhaps the most wonderful feature of Balearic island-hopping - travel across the open sea. Apeam aren’t trying to dictate flight policy by demanding the €30 flat fee be put on the back burner, they merely want the same option for ferries so that people don’t feel forced to fly due to price pressures. FERRY: Under threat from low-cost flights?



No more MORE than 500 protestors demonstrated in Palma demanding more be done to combat violence against women. A minute’s silence was held in tribute to local woman Celia Navarro who was murdered by her partner two weeks ago.

Black deals THE average Mallorcan spent €152 on Black Friday discount sales. The American post-Thanksgiving sales phenomenon is now firmly entrenched in Spain as people desperately search for Christmas ‘bargains.’

Caught out PALMA police arrested five suspects behind a recent spate of motorcycle helmet thefts. More than 40 helmets had been stolen and sold to second-hand shops for a handsome profit.


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Prescription lifeline for senior citizens By Matthew Elliott A NEW electronic prescription system launched today, December 1, will prevent pensioners paying more than they should for essential medication.

Extent of black labour exposed WHETHER it is tougher inspections or rampant lawlessness is unclear, and many would argue unimportant. Almost 10,000 incidences of workers being exploited have been recorded across Mallorca and the islands this year, with the consequent number of fines issued already double that of 2015. More than 15,000 inspections, upwards of 50 a day, have been conducted since January and the number of infractions has risen by a staggering 83 per cent. Enforcement has been to the benefit of thousands of workers who have been issued with permanent contracts as a direct result of the inspections and the government is warning corner-cutting companies that the pressure will only increase. Almost 20,000 inspections will take place next year. The bulk of the problem in the Balearics is the unparalleled reliance on seasonal labour which leads to temporary contracts and all the trouble they entail for vulnerable employees. Working conditions include unpaid breaks, delayed wages, salaries under the minimum wage and no protection against unlawful dismissal whatsoever. Over summer a Portuguese artist even went undercover in a Palma hotel to expose the conditions there, before launching a one man protest at the beach over tourist saturation.

The previous system saw tens of thousands of senior citizens across Mallorca wait months to be compensated when they went over their monthly prescription limit. The meanstested system would see pensioners en-

titled to a certain amount depending on their income and asked to pay in advance if illness meant they went above that volume. They would then wait ages to be refunded. Now pensioners will simply pay their mandatory

means-tested contribution on the first of the month and be entitled to whatever drugs their doctor sees fit to prescribe without heed to limits or costs. People with less than €18,000 income per annum will pay €8.23 per

month, those receiving €18,000 €100,000 will pay €18.52, and those over €100,000 will contribute €61.75. Pharmacies also plan to extend the hours prescriptions are available to meet increasing demand.


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By John Smith 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

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Talk Radio Europe annual fundraising telethon auction PRESENTERS AND HELPERS: Keep track of the bids received for auction items. 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 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,

€35,000 was raised at the telethon to help those suffering from cancer. 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.

Schools out in Mallorca ALMOST 20,000 high school students across Mallorca and the Balearics protested against new university entrance examinations by skipping classes on Thursday November 24. Roughly 500 went a step further and marched in Palma to vent their fury against the proposed new regime which would apply nationally and has seen opposition protests throughout Spain.

The law would make it more difficult for students to get a second chance at passing university tests and comes amid a €9 billion cut in education spending. At 47 per cent, nearly half of all students facing the tests in Mallorca took part in the strike by not attending school, although at state schools the figure rocketed to 72 per cent while privately educated teens unsurprisingly tended to keep up appearances.

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Hindu outrage over brewery’s religious range CRAFT beer brewers have long tried to outdo one another with outlandish names, from Santa’s Swallie to Skull Splitter, but a Spanish brewery may have bitten off more than it could chew by upsetting the international Hindu community. The Ibosim microbrewery in Ibiza has launched a bevy of Hindu-themed beers and provoked fury across the Atlantic, near the Nevada desert where the Universal Society of Hinduism is based. From ‘Shiva Session Black IPA’ to ‘Hanuman Coffee IPA’ and the promising ‘Ganesha Double IPA,’ each product in the new range comes packaged with a portrait of the named deity. Rajan Zed, a self-described Hindu statesman who is president of the Reno, Nevada-based Universal Society of Hinduism, has attacked the brewery for disrespecting the ancient faith by associating it with alcohol and commercialism. Though Hinduism incorporates a huge variety of philosophies and beliefs, Shiva, Hanuman and Ganesha are broadly revered by followers of the faith, who

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CONTROVERSIAL BREW: The Hindu IPA range. number over a billion across the world. Mr Zed has also protested the depiction of Hindi deities on clothing from an American retailer, and on yoga mats from the huge Chinese online retailer Alibaba in November along. He also recently criticised an American brewery for launch-

ing a similar Shiva-themed range. Zed was predictably outraged over the 2008 Mike Myers film ‘The Love Guru’ about the adventures of Guru Pitka from ‘Harenmahkeester,’ whose dream is to become the world’s No 1 Guru and appear on the Oprah Winfrey show.


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BLACK VULTURE: Sanchez showed humans can help when they put their mind to it.

A final poignant message from devoted vulture hero by Matthew Elliott RENOWNED biologist and environmental activist Juan Jose Sanchez was due to present a damning report on legislation threatening Mallorca’s biodiversity but died of a heart attack in Argentina on November 13. Showing steely reserve and admirable passion his widow Evelyn Tewes, a fellow scientist, refused to let Sanchez’s

findings die with him and presented his report at a public tribute to the local hero. The embarrassing scoop claims that new legislation pushed through by the Balearic parliament this year, aimed at opening up the Tramutana mountains to the public, will have a catastrophic effect on plants and wildlife in the area. Sanchez knew a great deal about Mallorcan nature. Originally from Bolivia he settled on

the island in 1989 and played a key role in the Black Vulture Conservation Foundation, later becoming the director. He devoted himself to saving the indigenous black vulture population of the Tramuntana’s, which were on the verge of extinction in the 1980s. Thanks to his and the foundation’s efforts the population has been rescued but face an ever growing threat from pollution and mass tourism.




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The Guardia Civil corporal and the hollywood starlet By Matthew Elliott IT’S one of those fantastical stories that has doubtlessly

been recounted over many a family dinner and countless drinks and is doing the rounds in Mallorca again this week.

It is the story of 83-year-old former Guardia Civil officer from Deia, Antonio Garcia, who has entered legend as the only man to have turned down the gorgeous Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner. Legend has it that Garcia was the post commander in Deia when, in the summer of 1961, the famed writer Robert Graves turned up in the barracks and invited him to his birthday party, an event flush with all the stars of the day who were delighted by Mallor-

ca’s raw beauty. Standing out like a sore thumb in his elaborate Guardia Civil uniform he caught the eye of the actress, with whom he shared a drink, but declined a dance, and even an invitation to her personal yacht later on. His excuse? Duty. The very next day local newspapers carried the story, incredulous that the quiet officer from Deia would put his job before such a tempting offer and Corporal Garcia has remained a local legend ever since.


No place to hide for violent abuser THE plight faced by victims of domestic violence was placed in a harsh spotlight with the arrest of a violent young Ukrainian man who savagely attacked his partner. The victim, a Hungarian national, refused to press charges for fear of reprisal but the Guardia Civil, in possession of video evidence, took matters into their own hands. CCTV cameras installed in the Sant Joan d’Alacant street where the 22-year-old man lived captured the woman arriving at his home only to be

beaten senseless outside the front door. The assailant is filmed furtively looking around for witnesses before continuing his attack for five minutes and dragging her inside by the hair. Security agents watching the harrowing footage contacted police who arrested the man, charged him with gender violence and denied bail. She has refused to file a complaint but fortunately with the evidence in hand the authorities are capable of launching a full prosecution.


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Philosophical pilgrimage



Good cheer DESPITE the row over the timing of the capital’s festive lights, Christmas markets across Mallorca have opened as Advent arrives. December will be flush with raffles, carousels, concerts, crafts, music, food and good cheer.

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RAMON LLULL: Mallorca’s famous son. By Matthew Elliott THEOLOGIAN and philosopher Ramon Llull of Mallorca, famed for his logical proofs of Christianity and study of Arabic, died 700 years ago in 1316. To mark the anniversary his relics were taken from the Sant Francesca Basilica to the La Seu Cathedral and returned during an early morning pilgrimage on November 25.

Llull is one of the most celebrated historical figures from Mallorca. Born in 1232 in the newly independent Kingdom of Mallorca after a long period of Muslim domination, he lived a carefree life until experiencing an epiphany in his early 30’s. He joined the Franciscan order, where he is now honoured as a martyr, and became a renowned theologian, thinker, mathematician and poet, even

writing the first major work in Catalan, after spending nine years in solitude. Llull transformed religious thought by providing a logical basis to monotheism derived from his belief in absolute truths. He travelled through Europe debating with Christians, Jews and Muslims, even braving a tough Islamic crowd in North Africa, who stoned him for his argumentative gall.

IT was a busy summer for Calvia police who released their arrest figures for the season. Officers attended thousands of incidents, including 2,158 tackling illegal beach vendors.

Big spenders 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.


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Help a Mallorca Child Christmas Toy Appeal SPECSAVERS OPTICAS has a long standing relationship with Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, joining forces with them back in 2011 to provide free eye tests and glasses for their children. They are supporting them once again, by being a drop off point for the Help a Mallorca Child Christmas Toy Appeal, in association with Talk of the North and English Radio Pollensa. The Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz was founded in 1992 and is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and young adults in Mallorca who, through no fault of their own, do not have the opportunity to develop the skills that ensure a secure and safe future. Christmas is a particularly

difficult time for children in care and so this campaign collects new, wrapped toys for these very needy children, to really brighten up their Christmas.

2011 is when Specsavers Opticas first joined forces with Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz.

Donations of toys can be made at Specsavers until December 9, and must be wrapped and labelled with whether the item is suitable for a boy or girl and of what age group. The gifts will be given to the children at the Allen Graham Christmas Party in

Puerto Pollensa on December 11. “If everyone could buy just one extra present when they are out doing their Christmas shopping and donate it to a child in need, it would make a huge difference” said Martin Blake from Specsavers Opticas Santa Ponsa, “we hope people will get involved and make this a wonderful Christmas for the children of the Allen Graham Children’s Homes.” To contribute to the Christmas appeal for Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, please take your new, wrapped toy into the Specsavers Opticas store on Avenida Rei Jaume 1, 117, between now and December 9. For more information on the charity visit www.agraham



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Costly harbour clean up

Skull returns

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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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.


By John Smith


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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1 - 7 December 2016 / Mallorca


Foto Copyright Alexey Y. Petrov

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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Word Ladder


TODAY: Fri Sat Sun -

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Reading the small print or being sure what is offered in a personal encounter is most important this week.


Saturday November 26

Saturday November 26

















EURO MILLIONS Tuesday November 22

Friday November 25



10 34

33 47




11 23

17 28



Saturday November 26

Sunday November 27














17 39

22 48



Mon - 12 4 Cl Tues - 12 3 Cl Wed - 12 3 C



Fri Sat Sun -

18 11 Cl Mon - 17 12 C 18 13 C Tues - 17 12 C 16 12 Sh Wed - 17 12 C


19 10 S 17 12 C 16 11 Sh

Mon - 18 11 Cl Tues - 18 11 C Wed - 17 11 C





Fri Sat Sun -

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

32 23 Th 32 23 Sh 32 23 Sh





18 9 S 18 9 S 19 10 C

Mon - 18 10 Sh Tues - 18 9 C Wed - 18 10 C



S Sun,

Fri Sat Sun -

Cl Clear,

Sh Showers,



Mon - 17 12 Sh Tues - 18 12 Sh Wed - 18 12 C

19 10 C 18 12 Cl 17 12 Sh




F Fog, Sn Snow,


20 8 Cl 18 10 Cl 16 9 Sh

Mon - 17 8 Sh Tues - 18 9 Cl Wed - 18 9 C

C Cloudy, Th Thunder


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


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.



13 2 Cl 12 4 C 11 4 C


Benidorm TODAY: Fri Sat Sun -

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.


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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.

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

Mon - 17 12 Sh Tues - 18 11 C Wed - 19 11 C

20 10 S 18 12 C 17 12 Sh


Barcelona TODAY:

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.

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.



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SAGITTARIUS ( November 23 - December 21)

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.

Madrid TODAY:

Almeria TODAY:




for next 7 days




Weather Alicante

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.




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

Code Breaker

Quick 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)






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.

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS CRYPTIC Across: 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 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)

English - Spanish

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.

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

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)



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.

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



15 Obstacle (7) 16 Interfere with, as evidence (6) 18 Additional (5) 20 Cautious (5) 21 Compulsion (4)

Cryptic 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.



LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 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.

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) 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)


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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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When life gives you some lemons Vicki McLeod

Family Matters IT all began with a lot of rain. In our village on the SW edge of Mallorca we do experience some heavy and thrilling storms. The ones that visited us recently not only filled the cisterna but also knocked out our internet: if you work from home on the internet you’ll understand. We’d been using a type of satellite wifi quite happily for the past five or so years, weather permitting. Each time the connection failed I would make a call to the provider who would sigh, tell me it was the Mal tiempo, Senora, and tell me to be patient. Then a couple of hours later I would call again and remind them of my epic patience. If I was lucky I would be speaking to a technician who knew which thing to turn off and on again and that would be it we’d be back online. But last week we were offline for 24 hours with no apology, and crucially, no offer of a discount on our monthly bill. I know it sounds picky, but I think as a customer I should be offered some

TELEPHONE PROVIDER: Well you know what they say about lemons and lemonade... sort of acknowledgement of my lack of internet from the company. The day that I called and demanded that the internet be restored and then, after some background noises, some shuffling, the

sound of a plug being taken out and put back in, miracle of miracles, it worked again. That was the day when enough was enough. It’s a ‘first world problem’ but it is a problem for my

clients if I can’t send them my words or pictures when they need them. Luckily for us some super wizzy fibre optic cables had been installed in the village (inelegantly attached to the

front of our house and every other house on the main road) so we knew what we wanted to do. After a little investigation we decided to go for it, the offer included switching our internet and our mobile numbers as a package. Sounded good. We’ve had our numbers with, let’s say they are called Lemon, for more or less a decade. This business has been accepting my payments monthly and we’ve more or less left each other alone for that time. But you would not believe how much they’ve sulked since being told that they are sacked. I’ve never had so much attention from some call centre in Madrid! (TIP: if you answer the phone in RP English they very swiftly hang up). A very friendly and helpful gang, let’s call them Princess Telephone in Portals Nous, held my hand all the way along the process and I am now the proud owner of 300 mb internet, two phone lines (numbers retained) and a fixed phone line (my mother-in-law is delighted as she wants to call us ‘at home’) all for the same amount of money we used to pay Lemon. Well, you know what they say about lemons and lemonade...


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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



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

David Searl You and the Law in Spain

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.


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A cruise with a musical difference By John Smith THERE has been a huge growth in cruise holidays around the world and the concept of themed cruises is becoming ever-more popular. For the first time, Chris King

who promotes the ever-popular Festival of Legends (which Euro Weekly News is delighted to support) arranged a Festival of Legends cruise which welcomed no less than 230 dedicated music fans on board the Zenith for an eight-day jour-

ney around the Mediterranean. The vessel left Malaga en route to Alicante, Rome, Livorno, Monaco and back with a large number of incredibly popular and versatile tribute acts including (in no particular order), Elton John, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Michael Bublé, Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart. Music and the Mediterranean make fine partners but it wasn’t just about the cruise, there was plenty of sightseeing and as can be seen from the pictures, whilst it wasn’t possible for EWN to be present, we were certainly there in spirit and it is fair to say that Euro Weekly News is THE newspaper that reaches areas no other paper can reach!

Some of the cruise passenge rs visit Rome

On the return to Malaga, Chris King said “We have had a spectacular cruise Festival of Legends and already 40 rooms have been booked for our next cruise!” So successful was this first cruise that three more are being planned for 2017, with one honouring the Beatles as it is the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one celebrating Elvis on the 40th anniversary of his death and a third which will bring together another group of Legends of all types on a journey that leaves from Malaga and heads for Italy with some new ports of call. Further details will be announced on http://www.thefestival but once again, EWN will be supporting not just the cruises but all of the concerts which are planned on dry land for the coming year.

C ru is in g a lo n g to P is a

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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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




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,


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.

Children lack exercise time 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 Children losing out on peers, school, community and the built environment as well exercise. as government strategies and investments.

PESSIMISM: Has been linked to stress.


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Dieticians are not recognised 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 involved 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.


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SPECIALIST: Doctor Luis Perez Belmonte. IS it normal to suffer a migraine? Migraines are a frequent cause of headaches but not all headaches are migraines. They can be intense and causing pulsating pain to one or both sides of the head. If you have these symptoms and they persist you should be evaluated by a specialist, who will carry out tests including a blood test and an MRI. W h a t i s t h e d i f f e rence between a normal headache and a migraine? Migraines tend to affect specific areas of the head and can be associated with neuralgic symptoms including visual alterations, numbness or tingling sensation in the face or hands and even, although this is rare, temporary paralysis of the face or other parts of the body. They usually last between 24 and 72 hours and wear off gradually.

Patients usually identify their symptoms quite quickly and as time goes by can learn to prevent or reduce attacks by taking certain measures. H o w c a n I c o n t ro l these attacks? When they happen I have to stop what I'm doing and if I'm driving it could be dangerous. Attacks can be hard to control but usually if caught early they can be kept in check. Stressful situations should be avoided and those prone to migraines should get plenty of sleep at night and avoid anything they suspect sparks their attacks. What causes them? The causes are unknown, but genetics, hormonal changes and certain medicines are believed to be involved. Some patients also relate their attacks to certain foods or drinks including alcohol, smoked foods, chocolate, citrus fruit or caffeine.

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Christmas Tapas Car Show Prize raffle draw.

Thank you Euro Weekly! THE t e a m f r o m Mo o d Beach, Portals, and Son Amar wo u l d l i k e to thank Michael Noonan from t h e E u ro We e k ly News, f o r h e l p i n g u s with our prize raffle. A t a r e c e n t we d d in g fair, v i si t o r s t o o u r stands entered into the draw. T h e t wo p r i z e s were a m e a l f o r t wo at Mood Beach and a meal for tw o a t So n Am ar. Michael drew the winning tickets. The l u c k y wi n n e rs have been advised and are delighted. Thank you EWN, as always it’s a pleasure to work with you.

MALLORCA’S Classic Car Club is holding a pre-Christmas get together at The Boat House (opposite the Auditorium in Palma) on Sunday December 4 from 12 noon. As this is their last event of 2016 they will also be announcing the winner of this year’s ‘Club Championship’ competition, with marks having been awarded through the year for those members who have attended the various rallies and outings. Again, this year’s competition has been kindly sponsored by Insurance Express, and Steve Bicknell will present the prizes to the overall winner and the runners up. The club hope you will be able to join them at this informal festive gathering, when complimentary tapas and a welcome drink will be provided. It would greatly assist the organisers if you could register your attendance by visiting the website event-registration/?ee=51 and enter ‘Tapas’ in the food choice. In addition to the awards, this year the committee have decided to

FESTIVE FUNDS: The event aims to raise money for underprivileged children. support The Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, and Charles Nutter, from ‘English Radio Pollensa,’ said: “There are around 300 children in care on the island. They have been abandoned, badly treated, abused or, for various reasons, have parents

who are unable to care for them. “The Charity supports the children in the care homes by providing items and help which are not currently funded by the state. “At Christmas all the children in care are given a present from their

wish list in a letter they have written to Santa. They also receive other presents that have been kindly donated or bought with money donated for this purpose. “Please bring toys for children of all ages up to the age of 13 to the event at The Boat House on December 4. They do not need to be wrapped but if you prefer to wrap them please put a note on the present of the age and gender it is suitable for eg boy aged seven, girl aged 11, etc. “The older children receive vouchers to spend on items of their choice, so cash donations can be made if you prefer.” Charles will be in attendance for the event and will ensure the presents and/or donations will go to the charity. There is a party for the children on December 11, when the presents will be handed out by Santa himself! The Classic Car Club trust and hope that you will be able to support this charity, so do come along with a toy or a donation, which is urgently needed. Thank you!


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Beethoven + Goya By John Smith THERE is to be an innovative concert performed by young pianist Irene de Juan in the first of a series of concerts to be held at Musicalen in Palma with her presentation seeing her play the music of Beethoven whist images of paintings by Goya are projected above the piano. This concert will start at 7.30pm on Monday December 5 with tickets costing â‚Ź8 in advance from or â‚Ź10 from the box office on the night.


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Keep your home warm and save yourself money PHOTO COPYRIGHT iko

John Graham The property expert

AROUND 70 per cent of your energy bills will be on heating. The clocks have gone forward, it gets dark earlier, early morning and evenings are getting colder and a little damper, especially if you live close to the sea or in the campo. Obviously it’s not as cold or as damp as Northern Europe at this time of the year but over the next few months, around 70 per cent of your energy bills will be spent on heating your home. My top tips are designed to keep EWN readers heating bills as low as possible and your home as warm and as comfortable as possible. It doesn’t really matter if you live in an apartment or a villa, the accepted healthy and comfortable room temperatures for a home are around 21C for the living room and around 18C for bedrooms, so save money and stay warm by following my top tips. 1. External walls are colder than interior walls, you will be warmer if you position your sofa and chairs in the centre of the room or against warm interior walls. 2. Use the natural heat from the sun to warm up your home, keep the curtains open during daylight hours and close

KEEP WARM: In the winter and reduce energy loss by reducing draughts.

your curtains as soon as the sun goes down and keep the heat in your home. The heavier your curtains the more insulation your home will have in the evenings. 3. Reduce energy loss in your rooms by reducing drafts in doors and windows. Block all drafts with self adhesive seals and draft excluders, they are cheap to buy and easy to fit. If you have a fireplace, close the damper or fit a screen in the fireplace to prevent warm air in the room escaping up the chimney. 4. Make sure your hot water tank is insulated with a good quality insulation jacket. Insulate your marble or tiled floor with carpets and buy some warmer slippers. 5. If your boiler is more than 10 years old it could be time to replace it with a modern more efficient model. A-rated

condensing boilers use less energy but give you the same amount of heat. 6. Set your timer on your heating system to come on half an hour before you wake up in the morning and set the timer to switch off during the day. 7. If you have radiators or air conditioning wall vents, don’t place bulky furniture in front of them, you should allow the warm air to circulate round the room. 8. If you have radiators or electric heating panels, fit reflective panels on the wall behind them and heat up your room not your wall. 9. If you have radiators, fit thermostats to the radiators to control energy use and save money by using energy only when and where you need it in each room. 10. If you have single glass windows, fit double glazed windows, they will help insulate your home and save money on your energy bills.



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A fix for dented wood By Eleanor Hawkins IF a little accident has left an unsightly dent in your wood-

en furniture, you may think you have no choice but to get rid of it and 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 problem is superficial it can have surprisingly good results. All you need is an iron, a



cloth and some water. First, pour a little water 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 the cloth for a few minutes, moving it in circular motions

All may not be lost, try this quick fix before you rush to replace it. and lifting occasionally to avoid burning the cloth. Keep going until the water has all dried up and hey presto, when you lift the cloth the dent should have disappeared.

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! Your bathroom might be the smallest room in the house, but there’s no reason why it can’t make a splash.


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TC, Benny, Brains, Choo Choo and PC Dibble - street cats IF only it was so romantic and such fun as we remember in the TV series (well the oldies amoungst us!). Unfortumantely the reality is not quite like this in Mallorca. It may be sunny and there are a lot of people who feed the street cats and look after them, but are they helping them or increasing the problem - it’s a very sad and controversial problem or dilemma. When we feed these colonies of cats they become healthier and breed more. If we don’t then they get weaker and die. So what is the answer? I try and advise people to try and trap wild cats which may be in their street or garden and castrate and spay them whilst the numbers are low. This may be more expensive in the short term, but in the long term the cost is much less in terms of food and more importantly suffering for them. If numbers are left to rise they fight for food and territories. The wild cat colonies are also suffering from high levels of feline aids ( which is not contagious to humans) and leukaemia (both are viruses, but not dangerous to humans - they are cat specific). But there is obviously an interaction with the domestic pet cat population and there is a high risk of infections passing between these cats and populations. Levels of feline enteritis (a vomitting and diarrhoea virus) and cat flu virus can wipe out large numbers of cats, both wild and domestic. So where do we go from here. Many associations and communities try and help them and do a great job. Also councils were donating money to help in sterilising schemes, but the money has run out with strains on the system. I think we have to start at home and vaccinate and sterilise all pet cats. At least if our pet cats are vaccinated there is a good protection from the flu, enteritis and leukaemia. And don’t ‘just have one litter, cos it’s nice.’ It’s not, because it will exasperate the problem and there are thousands of cute kittens looking for a home every year.

VACCINATION: Good protection from flu, enteritis and leukaemia.

Clinica Veterinaria Bendinat,, Tel. 971 40 44 59

TRAINED DOGS: Can perform air, sea and rescue work.

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

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

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 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 apnoea, 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 self-mutilation bouts in psychiatric patients. Whatever field of expertise you are in, be it housewife 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 totally within your control... it’s not the fault of your ‘dumb dog,’ it’s your responsibility, a responsibility you purchased along with your dog.



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Sharks circle 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.


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Oyster World Rally By John Smith ON January 15 next year, 31 Oyster yachts will be leaving port in Antigua to take part in the Oyster World Rally which is due to last 27 months as yachts ranging in size from 45 feet to 88.5 feet circumnavigate the world. In order to get into condition and to test their respective yachts 14 of the rally fleet converged on Las Palmas Gran Canaria to get rea d y t o j o i n i n t h e A R C rac e which takes more than 200 yachts across the Atlantic to St Lucia in the race which has attracted literally t h o u sa n d s o f c o mp e tito rs since it started in 1986. Such a large concentration of World Rally boats in Las Palmas created a wonderful excuse for an Oyster Owners’ dinner at the beautiful Casa Montesdeoca Restaurant in old town Las Palmas and prior to departure, all of their boats were checked by the special Oyster technical support team. Once they arrive in St Lucia at

We are eagerly anticipating the start of the second Oyster World Rally.”

th e e n d o f th e A R C ra c e s , the yachts will then sail on to Antigua for further checks prior to setting off across the world. The Oyster CEO David Tydeman said, “We are eagerly anticipating the start of the second Oyster World Rally and the ARC+ and ARC are both superb ways to begin the adventure. The rally participants have been busy attending the seminars that our team and Oyster World Rally partners have put on for them over the past 18 months and we trust that the Oyster World Rally Guide, produced by the World Rally team, has and will be a great source of knowledge and reference for them.”

The Azteca superyacht THE superyacht Azteca, measuring 72 metres and with her distinctive grey displacement hull, was at one time the largest superyacht built by Italian manufacturers CRN. She was built for a Mexican billionaire and is devoted to family life at sea, which is characterised by large relaxation areas, which have been designed in such a way that guests can enjoy being close to the sea. The crew of 28 outnumber the 12 guests in the vessel said to be worth €75 million and has a top speed of 16

knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles. It was recently seen in Gibraltar but following an altercation in a bar on the evening of Saturday November 26, South African Shaun Mongie the Chief Officer of the superyacht was remanded in custody on the morning of November 28 after being accused of hitting another man over the head with a pint glass. In view of the severity of the injury and the fact that he might abscond the magistrate refused bail. The yacht left soon after.

OYSTER YACHTS: Range in size from 45 feet to 88.5 feet.

New green way to cross Atlantic THE aptly named Bristol based company VoyageVert is looking to offer an alternative to crossing the Atlantic by aircraft or fossil fuel based cruise ship by creating a new transatlantic service using just sails on a 35 metre catamaran. They initially hope to raise sufficient funds to purchase this vessel which they hope will house 22 passengers as well as eight crew (four professionals and four volunteers) at a tic ke t pric e the y hope to s e t a t about £4,000 (€4,600). The initial route would be from Bristol to Boston running only in the months of May to September because of the weather, starting in 2018 but if they can raise sufficient interest and funding for the initial launch they hope to expand the size of the vessel to eventually take up to 200 passenge rs a lthough a t the mome nt tha t seems to be somewhat unlikely. In order to have a proper architect’s design produced, they need to

raise £32,000 (€37,000) which they are trying to do through a tour of Britain and crowd funding, but whilst people are supportive of the concept , har d cash appears to be more difficult to come by. The concept of course is that not only is this a clean and earth friendly concept but those who travel on the new vessel will have time to relax and enjoy the journey which w ill ta ke be tween si x and eight days or even take adva nta ge of the cr ew and learn how to run the catamaran themselves. COMPUTER IMAGE: Of the catamaran.

Photo by VoyageVert

Photo by Oyster Yachts



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Rosberg and Chelsea are top dogs 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 cham-

pion 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), Tottenham (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 (whose manager José Mourinho was ‘sent off’ again) 1 West Ham 1; Southampton 1 Everton 0; Swansea 5 Crystal Palace 4 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 out-of-sorts Norwich 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 100th senior title in the

club’s history. • Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 498th and 499th club goals (567 and 568 overall) as La Liga leaders Real Madrid beat Sporting Gijon 2-1. • This week’s action is confined to the EFL Cup with four quarter-final ties: ArsenalSouthampton, Hull-Newcastle, Liverpool-Leeds and Manchester 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 Cupties, 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 forces and the FA are investigating. • 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: • The third Test between India and England finished in Mohali with the hosts taking a 2-0 lead. India have not lost their last 17 Tests at home with England coach Trevor Bayliss admitting “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: • 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 the fifth Englishman – and the first in 11 years – 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 a first-ever treble over the three southern hemisphere countries in the same year. • Saracens beat Gloucester 24 points to 20 to go top of the Aviva Premiership. Wasps are second, Bath third. SNOOKER: • Ali Carter, Stephen Maguire, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Matthew Stephens and Mark Williams were all going well in week two of the UK Snooker Championships at York’s Barbican.

DID YOU KNOW? AUSTRALIAN Derek Herron set a new world record for the highest basketball shot, netting from 180 metres while standing on top of Switzerland’s Manvoisin Dam. Watch it on the BBC Sport website – it’s amazing.

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Mallorca’s best guide to local sport

Crash claims life of Cleber Santana A FORMER Mallorca player was among the 76 people killed in the horrific plane crash in Colombia on Monday. Cleber Santana was the captain of Brazilian team Chapecoense who were flying to Colombia to play Nacional de Medellin in the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in the club’s history. Santana, aged just 35, played for Mallo r c a o n l o a n f ro m A tle tic o in th e 2008/09 season, scoring six goals in 40 memorable appearances before returning to Madrid. The Brazilian central midfielder was a quiet, religious man who returned to his homeland in 2010 where he excelled in stints with Flamengo and Avai before moving on to captain Chapecoense in 2015. He made a total of 585 professional

appearances throughout his career, scoring 87 goals. At least two members of the football squad are thought to have survived, among them Alan Ruschel and Danilo. Brazilian sports provider Telemundo Deportes reported that Ruschel was in a state of shock but coherent, and that he had expressed a desire to see his family. A press release from the airport in Medellin has indicated that shortly before the crash the pilot of the plane had called in and mentioned an electrical fault. The plane had previously made a brief stopover in Bolivia. Chapecoense has played in Brazil’s top division, Serie A, since being promoted in 2014. The team is currently p la c e d ninth in the le a gue a nd is Brazil’s 21st biggest club in terms of revenue.


CLEBER SANTANA: Played for Mallorca in 2008/9 season.

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