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ISSUE NO. 1740

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CREDIT: Almeria provincial government website

Action over water cuts

AIMS: The provincial government said the works should prevent water cuts. THE provincial government is investing €1.3 million in updating water supply infrastructure in five municipalities, aiming to make sporadic water cuts a thing of the past and guarantee water supply to homes and businesses. The administration said the projects in Mojacar, HuercalOvera, Antas, Fines and Carboneras would improve hundreds of domestic connections and would involve the replacement of 10kms of pipes in streets in the five municipalities. The most extensive works will be in Huercal-Overa,

where more than 3.5kms of Galasa water utility company pipes are earmarked for replacement. Affected streets in the town will be Calvario, Júcar, Almanzora, Guadiana, Duero, Tajo, Ebro, Segura and Paseo de Parias. There will also be works in the Giviley and Fuente Amarga hamlets. New water pipes will be installed in six streets in Fines (Real, Sevilla, Europa, América, San Antonio and San Esteban), and six in Antas (Celia Viñas, Isabel Casquet, del Mar, Goya, Natividad and Adelfas). In Carboneras the improvements will affect Avenida 28

de Febrero and Maestro Emilio García, Maestro José Fuentes, Las Marinicas, Granada, Morillas, Las Avenidas, and Avenida de Garrucha. In Mojacar works will be concentrated in the beach and Parata areas, affecting 22 streets in all, and seeing the replacement of nearly 3kms of pipes. The provincial government has given the green light to putting the projects out to tender Provincial Development Deputy, Oscar Liria, has said the works would get underway as soon as the contracts had been signed.



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NEWS EXTRA Mass rescues

Showing off

MARITIME RESCUE and a Guardia Civil patrol rescued 344 immigrants, among them at least 11 children, from the Alboran Sea on Sunday following alerts about small craft heading for the Spanish coast from Morocco.

Food base ALMERIA City Promotion councillor Carolina Lafita has announced that there will be a physical base for the Spanish Gastronomy Capital 2019 events and activities in the Paseo de Almeria during the whole of next year.

In support ALMERIA Council has unanimously approved a motion in support of workers threatened with redundancy at the Cemex cement factory in Gador, aimed at helping to save their jobs and protect the provincial economy.


COLLABORATION: The provincial government and the Diocese of Almeria have agreed to restore 12 buildings.

Small town heritage THE Provincial Government and the Diocese of Almeria have signed a collaboration agreement under which more than €300,000 will be invested in church restorations in a dozen municipalities. Almeria Provincial Government President Gabriel Amat emphasised the agreement would particularly benefit municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants, where in some cases the only historic building is the local

church, and where often there are less funds available for restoration projects. The Bishop of Almeria, Adolfo Gonzalez, said the agreement will “protect the province’s heritage,” describing the buildings as “real jewels.” In the bishop’s view this conservation work “is a great service to the province,” which will help preserve “the religious historic heritage we have inherited from past generations

and which we want to arrive to future ones in the best conditions.” Under the agreement the provincial administration will carry out works on churches in Bentarique, Lucar, Santa Cruz, Taberno and the Monteagud Sanctuary in Benizalon. The Diocese will work on the Saliente Sanctuary in Albox, Almeria Cathedral and two churches in the city, as well as churches in Canjayar, Mojacar and Senes.

ALMERIA coast has been showing off its tourist attractions at the World Travel Market in London this week. A delegation from the provincial government was at the three-day event, considered one of the most important international tourism fairs, as part of the administration’s Tourist Action Plan. As well as showcasing Almeria’s beaches, natural parks, cuisine and connection to the film industry in the Andalucia exhibition area, the delegation held meetings with tour operators, airlines, and travel marketing companies and press. Almeria Treasury, Tourism and Employment Delegate Javier A Garcia stressed the importance of the World Travel Market, saying it represented an “essential showcase for establishing new contacts with the main tourism industry agents at international level.” Foreign tourism has expanded substantially in Almeria in recent years, according to the provincial government, with international connections between Almeria airport and 12 European countries in high season. The UK is one of the main markets for tourism in the province.


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NEWS EXTRA Nose bite THE Almeria Public Prosecutor’s Office will push for a fouryear prison sentence for a man accused of biting off part of a man’s nose during a fight in a games hall in the city. The prosecutor also argues the defendant should remain at least 500 metres away from the victim for a minimum five-year period and pay €20,000 compensation.


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Not enough

THE 24-year old captain of a small boat intercepted 56 nautical miles south of Almeria in October has been detained for bringing 36 Sub-Saharan immigrants illegally to Spain and for the negligent homicide of 20 people who fell overboard during the crossing from Morocco when the boat ran into problems and the motor broke down. Only three bodies were recovered.

Call outs THE provincial Emergency Coordination Centre dealt with 554 emergency call outs over the All Saints’ Day holiday period, running from 3pm on October 31 to midnight on November 4. Of these, 214 were medical emergencies, 144 incidents were related to public safety, 43 were traffic accidents, 40 were related to traffic circulation, and 21 were call outs to fires.


THE number of people out of work in Almeria dropped by 2,616 in October according to figures from the Employment Ministry, bringing the total number of people out of work in the province down to 59,141, or 5.84 per cent down on a year ago. The service sector accounted for the lion’s share of the drop in the jobless total.

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Jobless dip

THE UGT trade union welcomed the unemployment dip, but said the positive figures did not reveal that a significant number of jobs created in Almeria are seasonal. The union said the production system in the province had to improve, calling for investment in industrialisation, which it said would help lead to decent wages, payment for overtime and other worker benefits.


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CLASSIC FILM: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie was one of five Buñuel films in the table. THIS film is one of five by the Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel that made it into a new ranking of the 100 greatest foreign language films. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie placed 84th on the BBC’s table, which was put together by several international film critics. Buñuel’s films The Young and the Damned, Belle de Jour, The Exterminating Angel and Viridiana ranked 80th, 75th, 67th and 48th respectively.

The BBC said Buñuel was matched only by Ingmar Bergman in the number of films by a single director that ranked on the table. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie hit cinemas in 1972 and earned Buñuel his only Oscar. The French-language film follows a group of wealthy people trying to have dinner together before surreal events stop them whenever they try to eat. The film’s psychological themes

and commentary on and criticism of high society are typical of Buñuel’s work. Buñuel was born in Aragon to a well-off Catholic family in 1900. He lived in Paris in the 1920’s where he worked with surrealist painter Salvador Dali and made documentaries when he returned to Spain in the 1930’s. He was driven into exile in Mexico after the Spanish Civil War and died there in 1983.

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Aggressive mugger held GUARDIA CIVIL detained a 28-year old man for a number of muggings in Adra last month. He is suspected of snatching an elderly woman’s handbag while she was walking along a quiet street. She was pulled to the ground and suffered minor injuries, the shock of the incident causing her to suffer a panic attack. A few hours later the Guardia received reports of another mugging, again in a relatively deserted area of the town.

This time the victims were two youngsters, the attacker threatening to slash their necks with a knife. One of the youngsters managed to get away, but the thief grabbed the musical instrument the other one was carrying and their mobile phone. Guardia Civil investigations and public collaboration in identifying the man led to his identification and subsequent arrest. The man, who lives in Adra, has a record for minor crimes.

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Pot plantation rooted out COMPLANTS about power cuts due to excessive electricity consumption in a house in Retamar led to the discovery of an indoor marihuana plantation. It was inspectors from the electricity company who first realised that something illegal was going on in the property. When the police looked into the matter they discovered the basement and the garage were being used for the cultivation of marihuana plants. Air-conditioning units were be-


ing left on 24 hours a day, and the smell of pot was coming out the extractor fans. During a search of the property police seized just under 300 marihuana plants, a bag with 500 grammes of cannabis shoots, 66 transformers, 66 lamps, 66 600w lightbulbs, 25 ventilators, nine extractors, 10 air filters, three sets of scales, 45 pieces of jewellery and a BMW with Romanian number plates. The investigations resulted in the arrest of two young men.

The total number of news and features which appeared in Issue 1739 of the Euro Weekly News Costa de Almería edition, including 82 local stories.


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Expat association and local council fall out


POLL OF THE WEEK In the wake of a comedian being criticised for blowing his nose on the Spanish flag, do you feel national symbols deserve more respect? LAST WEEK’S POLL: Should some hospitals be allowed to refuse women over 34 years old IVF treatment?

Yes 22%

No 78%

EWN online this week 117,209 Page views SPAT: AUAN President Maura Hillen (inset) insists the association is not party political. AN expat organisation campaigning for the legalisation of properties declared illegal is at odds with a local council. In a letter directed at the local resident foreign community, the Socialist Party Cantoria Mayor accused the AUAN homeowners’ association of demonstrating misguided support for the conservative People’s Party. Dubbing it ‘the British PP association,’ Purificacion Sanchez said AUAN “forget it was PP mayors who gave both Cantoria and Albox the licences for the illegal houses, and feels “real terror” when she sees AUAN representatives “asking forgiveness from their community towards these people, understanding towards the party

that represents them.” She suggested residents form new associations and make their demands known to her PSOE party. AUAN member Helen Prior, whose home in Vera was bulldozed in 2008 by the Junta de Andalucia, responded with an open letter strongly defending AUAN and its president Maura Hillen. “When you attack AUAN you must understand that you attack us,” she said. “You also attack people who are still suffering from the planning chaos in Andalucia… You attack hundreds of British pensioners in towns in the Almanzora Valley who, like us, did nothing wrong and who are trapped in a compli-

cated planning mess, unable to get on with their lives.” Speaking to the Euro Weekly News, Maura Hillen insisted “We are not the slave of any political party; we must work with the parties which work with us.” In her view the ‘little spat’ between AUAN and Cantoria Town Hall stemmed from the PP and Ciudadanos parties backing a regional parliamentary initiative to change the planning laws in support of those awaiting legislation via a town plan. The majority PSOE voted it down, a move she described as a “blow” for AUAN and “disappointing because PSOE have actually helped us to change laws in the past.”


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POLICE DEATH: Officer stabbed in the early hours.

Police officer knifed to death in Spain in early hours of morning WATCH: Terrifying moment ship crashes into cargo crane in Spain engulfing pier in flames


Spanish naval ship ‘neutralises’ illegal whaling ship off Somalian coast


Racist row as mum dresses daughter as Benidorm ‘looky looky’ beach seller for Halloween


SCARE IN THE AIR: Two Ryanair planes involved in mid-air near-miss over Spain




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Thief caught out GUARDIA CIVIL have arrested a 47-year-old man from Adra on suspicion of buying and selling stolen plant health products. The Guardia launched an investigation after a company reported the theft of around 4,000 litres of products valued at €9,000 back in the summer. The company had also given the authorities details of the distinguishing features of the stolen goods and reported they had received a call from a person requesting information about how to use these particular products. An investigation led to the identification of the caller, a farmer from Vicar, who was found to have some of the missing items in his possession. Investigations were then focused on identifying the person he’d bought the products from, resulting in the arrest.

Smoked out A MOTHER and two children needed hospital treatment for smoke inhalation following a fire in a house in the centre of Vera last week. When Guardia Civil arrived at the scene they couldn’t see any flames, but there was smoke billowing out of the property. Realising there were still a number of people inside they went in, quickly opening windows and turning off the electricity as it looked like the origin of the fire was the kitchen extractor fan. A search of the property led to the discovery of the woman and her small children, who had all inhaled a large amount of smoke. They found one of the children in bed semi-conscious and unresponsive, and rapidly got the child outside where the medical services managed to revive him.

ORIGIN: It looks like the fire started in the kitchen extractor fan.

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OUR VIEW Less politics, more progress NEWS that another row has erupted over efforts to grant irregular homes legal status is the latest instance of the issue being used as a political football. Accusations from the left leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) that the Almeria-based Abusos Ubanisticos Almanzora NO (AUAN) is in cahoots with conservative Partido Popular (PP) are clearly unfounded. AUAN has long campaigned on behalf of expatriate homeowners who bought properties in good faith and later discovered they were illegal. AUAN’s agenda is non-partisan. Its goal is to speak out for expatriates whose lives in Spain have been left hanging in the balance after being told to leave homes they thought were built legally. Some cases have seen homeowners who were expecting to enjoy a well-earned retirement in southern Spain turfed out of properties. The Priors’ home was demolished in 2008 and they only received compensation last February after years of tireless campaigning. It is often tempting for politicians to take an issue and use it to score points with voters. The PSOE may have genuine and legitimate concerns about planning policy, but smearing their opponents by lumping them together with non-partisan campaigners will not solve the issue. The time has come for politicians to put people first and work together for the interests of threatened homeowners.

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Hash plantation cover-up

Port business MORE than five million tons of goods passed through Almeria and Carboneras ports between January and September the Almeria Port Authority revealed, representing an increase of nearly 9.3 per cent on the same period of 2017.

Street name A STREET in Almeria will be named after the neurosurgeon Miguel Angel Arraez, who was born and brought up in the city. He was awarded the city Gold Shield in 2016 in recognition of his achievements.

Museum visits MUSEUMS feature in this weekend’s Almeria guided tours, starting on Saturday with the House of the Poet and the Doña Pakyta Art Museum, with a visit to the Guillermo Langle Civil War shelters on Sunday.


DESPARATE: Stowaways hide attempting to reach Spanish soil.

Young stowaways concern THE number of young unac c o mp a n ied s to w a w ays reaching Almeria port is on th e ris e, a c c o rd in g to t he Guardia Civil. In October Guardia officers assisted 31 people trying to reach Spanish territory, eight of them children travelling alone, as vehicles and passengers disembarked from ferries coming from

North Africa. This brought the tota l number of stowaways intercepted at Almeria port while trying to slip into Spain so far this year to 117. Many were hidden among luggage or goods, or inside vehicles. In A ugus t how e ve r one ma n jumpe d ove rboa rd while the ferry was docking.

It was about an hour before officers were finally able to pull him to safety and onto the boat Rio Jiloca as he fought against being rescued. When they did get him onto dry land he immedia t e l y t r i e d t o r u n o ff , t h e boat captain suffering a minor injury to his arm as he stopped the stowaway from launching himself back into

the sea. The Guardia said particul ar l y concer ni ng was t he number of youngsters risking their lives by concealing themselves underneath lorries, inside wheel arches, and even inside vehicle engines, which have been located by sniffer dogs and subsequently given assistance.

GUARDIA CIVIL seized a whopping 24,000 marihuana plants from a farm in Nijar. The plants were growing in a greenhouse next to tomatoes which the Guardia said acted as the cover for the illegal activities. Guardia launched the ‘Green Tower’ operation after becoming aware of the existence of a possible marihuana plantation on a property in the Las Matias de Barranquete area. The property was put under surveillance, revealing little activity connected to tomato growing, but showing one of the greenhouses lit up at night at a time outside of normal working hours. A smell coming off the property associated with marihuana further raised suspicions, leading to a search being carried out.


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Phone and travel concerns BRITISH expatriates and travellers could be hit with higher phones bills after the country leaves the European Union (EU) while the travel industry said Brexit was causing uncertainty for customers. Members of Parliament said there was no guarantee the British government would continue to enforce a current EU-wide ban on roaming charges after Brexit. It comes as Brittany Ferries said uncertainty over the consequences of Britain’s departure from the EU had led to travellers stalling bookings. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) said its research showed 48 per cent of people thought travelling to the continent would become harder after Brexit. Separately, members of the House of Commons EU Scrutiny Committee said users of British phones should think carefully before using their devices on the continent. “It is probable that roaming charges, abolished within the EU, will return and that even where they do not, increased wholesale roaming costs incurred by British providers may be passed onto their consumers indirectly,” the committee said.

Deal hopes and plans

BREXIT EXTRA Tourism meeting THE head of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) Mark Tanzer met with Francisco Javier Fernandez, tourism spokesperson for the southern Spanish region of Andalucia, last Tuesday to discuss keeping holidaymaker flows open after Brexit.

By Joe Gerrard BRITAIN’S Prime Minister has told members of her government she is confident of reaching a Brexit deal, but warned she would not accept one at any cost. Theresa May told a meeting of cabinet ministers last Tuesday questions over customs checks at the Northern Irish border continued to stall progress. Michel Barnier, the European Union’s (EU) chief Brexit negotiator, said both sides were not yet in a position to call a special summit to seal the withdrawal deal. Both sides have said around 95 per cent of the deal is closed off. Negotiators are continuing to find a way to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after the March 2019 leave date. British and EU officials appeared to be moving increasingly towards what is known as the ‘Norway for Now’ option to secure an arrangement for the first years after Britain’s departure.


Road drive CONFIDENT: May is working to get a deal on the Northern Irish border. Support among politicians is growing for the proposal which would see Britain remain in an EU customs union while a long term deal is thrashed out. Hardline Brexiteers fear the arrangement could see Britain continue to stick with EU trade policy permanently. John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, said the Labour opposition would not back a deal that

kept Britain in such an arrangement indefinitely. It comes as the Spanish government unveiled a series of measures aimed at helping the country’s businesses draw up contingency plans for Britain’s departure from the EU. Research from the KPMG accounting firm has found 31 per cent of Spanish firms have such plans and 19 per cent have begun to implement them.

A GROUP of Chinese businesspeople set off from Xi’an to drive the almost 22,000km length of the ancient Silk Road trade route to London to promote economic ties between Britain and China after Brexit.

Health fears A REPORT from the Cavendish Coalition health workers group has estimated Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) could be understaffed by up to 51,000 nurses by the time the Brexit transition period ends in 2021.

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SPAIN’S Tourism Minister has said she expects British tourists to remain the single largest group of holidaymakers visiting the country from overseas, at an industry event in London. Reyes Maroto said Spain would continue to have strong relations with Britain after the latter leaves the European Union (EU) next year. It comes as figures showed the number of British tourists who holidayed in Spain declined year-on-year by 3.1 per cent in September, while spending rose by 3.2 per cent. A total of 2.1 million British tourists came to Spain last September, according to tourist board figures. Maroto said the Spanish tourism industry was preparing for Brexit, but added she did not expect Britain’s exit from the EU to harm Spain’s appeal for British travellers. She spoke while visiting the

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Brit tourism hopes

HIGH HOPES: Reyes Maroto (inset) is hopeful about British tourism to Spain after Brexit. World Travel Market in London, where officials from tourist boards for Spanish destinations, including the Costa del Sol, set out their stalls to British customers. The number of Germans

ing for 23.6 per cent of all visitors. Spending from British holidaymakers rose by 3.2 per cent, with more than one fifth of all spending from tourists coming from British wallets.

Barter for a bed

By Tara Rippin HOTELS in Spain are among 450 in 61 countries taking part in a novel initiative which offers travellers the chance to exchange accommodation for a service or goods. Barter Week (November 19 to 25) was launched in Italy nine years ago through the Bed-and-Breakfast-It accommodation portal, whereby guests were invited to stay in one of its establishments in exchange for painting a wall, teaching a language or sharing a recipe

holidaying fell by a similar amount, with a total of 1.4 million arriving in Spain during the same month. British travellers remained the single largest group who holidayed in Spain, account-

from their country of origin. The idea took off to the extent that this year, it has been expanded globally for the first time. The seven Spanish establishments participating are based in Denia, San Sebastian, Barcelona and Madrid, with management looking for help improving their website, giving yoga classes and looking for help in


the garden. The principle of the initiative is that the website organisers have a list of bed and breakfasts/hostels willing to open their doors to future guests with a ‘wish list’ of what they would like in return. On finding potential lodgers, the portal organisers then negotiate with hostel owners to reach an agreement.

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NEWS EXTRA Policeman stabbing OFFICERS were called out in Extremadura last week after a 50-year-old off-duty Guardia Civil officer died from knife wounds in the neck and side, in a Badajoz Province town in the early hours of last Thursday.

Storm hits WINDS of up to 80 kilometres per hour have torn through a town in Andalucia’s Sevilla Province, with emergency services in La Rinconada called out for 40 incidents including toppled trees, but no-one was injured.

Father dies THE father of former Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Mariano Rajoy Sobredo, has died in Madrid. The 97-year-old, previously worked as a judge and a politician in the Galicia Region’s Pontevedra Province.

Stone probe POLICE in Andalucia have identified a group of youths they claimed were responsible for throwing stones off a bridge onto cars in Rincon de la Victoria in Malaga Province, with one arrested and accused of road safety crimes.

Seven ill AUTHORITIES in the Madrid region have opened an investigation after seven children aged between one and three contracted salmonella in a Fuenlabrada nursery near the Spanish capital, where two of the infants have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Plant fire FIREFIGHTERS were called out to attend a furniture factory in Andalucia, following a blaze which had broken out at the plant, located on an industrial estate in the Sevilla Province town of Alcala de Guadaira. There have been no reported injuries.

THE amount of Yemeni refugees who applied for asylum in Spain has risen since last year, with 355 requests made, up to August 2018. Figures from the Spanish government show that 1 per cent of all asylum applications came from Yemeni nationals up to August this year. The proportion of requests from Yeminis stood at 0.5 per cent during

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Refugee rise the whole of 2017. The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees in Spain said the figures were not surprising due to the ‘terrible’ conditions un-

leashed by the ongoing civil war there. A total of 591 Yeminis have applied for asylum in Spain since the outbreak of the country’s civil war in

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2014. There were two requests in 2014 and 14 in the following year. Spain has granted asylum status to a total of 58 Yemini applicants since 2016, according to government data. More than 10,000 people have died since the start of the Yemen Civil War. The UN recently said the conflict had created what is currently the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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In the bag IRISH budget airline Ryanair has said its new bags policy - introduced on November 1 is ‘working well.’ The low-cost carrier said: “Day one of our new bag policy and early reports from airports and customers are that it’s working well and reducing delays at security and speeding up the boarding process.” However, some customers have taken to Twitter complaining about queues saying: ‘Ryanair are a joke... They are 1,000 per cent gonna lose business over the new bag check in.’ And the Telegraph newspaper claimed that the airline postponed enforcement of new bag rules amid confusion at Stansted from where it serves 150 destinations. Many passengers said that, despite having the yel-

RISKY LOOK: The costume sparked fury on social media.

Outrage NEW RULES: Queues at a check-in desk on the first day of the new baggage policy. low ‘gate tag’ added to their carry-on cases, Ryanair had let them off the charge but

said next time they would be charged €25. Telegraph Travel said a statement from Ryanair confirmed an unspecified period of leniency. ‘While our new bag policy has come in to effect today, we have briefed our gate agents to take a reasonable approach while customers get used to the new rules.’ The change in the carrier’s baggage rules - the second this year - means passengers

are only permitted to travel with one small bag (35cm x 20cm x 20cm) free of charge, which must be stored under the seat in front. Those who pay the priority fee (€6 per person each way) are also permitted to travel with a larger bag (up to 55x40x20cm and no more than 10kg). Travellers can also pay €8 to check in a bag of the same size into the hold.

A MOTHER who ‘blacked up’ her daughter for Halloween has refused to apologise. Claire Flynn, 26, from Motherwell, dressed Sienna, three, as a ‘lookie lookie’ man, a nickname for beach traders in foreign holiday resorts. The girl was covered in black paint and dressed in a bandana, sunglasses and an umbrella hat. She was even given a collection of shutter sunglasses and a cardboard sign that said ‘Ray Ban €20,’ but Claire has insisted the costume was not intended to be offensive and that she’s not a racist. The nursery nurse said anyone who thinks so needs to ‘get a grip.’

She posted a photo of her daughter in the costume on Facebook with the caption: ‘Happy Halloween from Benidorm’s finest… lookie lookie.’ The post received hundreds of comments, many of which objected and accused Claire of racism. C o m m e n t i n g f u r t h e r, Claire said: “I’m not going to apologise for this or delete my post. If people want to be all PC about it they need to take a look at themselves. “ I t ’s r e a l l y n o t a n i s sue.” She said she got the idea for the costume w h i l e o n h o l i d a y, w h e n her daughter received a toy from a street seller.

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THE WEEK IN POLITICS By Joe Gerrard BUDGET plans for next year looked increasingly fragile this week after the ruling left leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) were facing calls to salvage parliamentary support that appears to be jeopardised. The government has attempted to create a loose coalition composed of the PSOE, its leftist allies Podemos and smaller, regionalist parties to get the budget through Parliament. The PSOE has 84 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Congress of Deputies, and relies on support from other parties to pass legislation. That pact seemed to be endangered this week after one party, the pro-independence Catalan European Democrat Party (PDeCAT) announced it would not back the spending plans. PDeCAT senator Josep Lluis Cleries said it was impossible to support the bud-

Budget pact strain

UNDER PRESSURE: Montero is working to win over smaller parties. get. His comments came after prosecutors and Spanish government lawyers submitted jail term requests to courts for 18 defendants due to be tried over last year ’s independence push. Maria Jesus Montero, the government’s Finance Minister, said on Tuesday she was working ‘intensely’ to secure backing for the budget.

“We are in negotiations with some parties and we will continue with them,” Montero said. She appealed to politicians from all parties to contribute to the talks but added the government would not be ‘blackmailed.’ Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who agreed budget plans with Prime Minister

Pedro Sanchez last month, said early elections could take place if smaller parties refused to back the proposals. “It would not be very sensible to try and maintain the current legislature if there is no budget agreement. “The government should try a little harder to get the backing of these parties. If they don’t it is more than possible there will be early elections next year,” Iglesias said. The PSOE need to pass the budget if they are to have any chance of remaining in power for the rest of the current parliamentary term which ends in 2020. Sanchez has repeatedly ruled out bringing the vote forward. If more parties refuse to back the budget and if the conservative Partido Popular (PP) tries to block it, Sanchez may be forced to hold a vote.

Far right rising A PREVIOUSLY little-known far right political party has begun to hit the headlines after around 9,000 people attended one of its rallies in Madrid. Vox, led by Santiago Abascal and founded in 2013, has attempted to out-right the Partido Popular (PP), traditionally the leading force on the Spanish right. Abascal said the party defends constitutional order, the unity of Spain, the centralisation of the state and advocates tougher migration laws. It has also come out strongly against separatist movements in Cataluña and elsewhere. Opponents of Vox claim that it courts sympathisers of former dictator Francisco Franco (Falangists), fascists and neo-Nazis. Current polling gives Vox the support of 1.5 per cent of voters which would translate to one seat in the Congress of Deputies, five times its support last January. Spanish far-right movements have up until now failed to attract much support outside a base of hardcore support, in contrast to their equivalents in Italy, Austria and Sweden. A turnout of 9,000 at the Madrid rally may show the far-right is beginning to make inroads into the Spanish political mainstream. Poll tracker: Partido Socialista (PSOE): 25%, 105 seats Partido Popular (PP): 22.2%, 92 seats Ciudadanos: 21.3%, 74 seats Unidos Podemos: 17.5%, 56 seats Result: PSOE largest party, no overall control.


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Flag furore A COMEDIAN has been accused of insulting Spain after featuring in a television sketch in which he sneezes and blows his nose on the country’s flag. Businesses who work with Dani Mateo have cut or have threatened to end commercial ties with him since the sketch was broadcast last week. It featured on La Sexta’s El Intermedio tonguein-cheek news programme. People took to social media to support and condemn Mateo. Some claimed the sketch was an insult while others said it should not have been taken seriously. Mateo said his intention was to mock how seriously people took flags and other symbols of national

CREDIT: La Sexta, via Twitter

OUTCRY: Mateo said he did not want to cause offence. identity but added he did not want to insult anybody. “When tempers are very hot, flags become more important than people and that is dangerous,” he said. The sketch begins with

Mateo sitting at a desk next to the flag while the Spanish national anthem plays. Mateo starts to deliver a mock speech in homage to Frenadol, a cough medicine, before sneezing and then blowing his nose on

the flag. At least five companies said they would or were considering walking away from advertising deals with El Intermedio after the sketch. There have also been calls to boycott La Sexta. Social media was filled with posts supporting and condemning the comedian. Tw i t t e r user Jack C r o u c h s a i d : “ I t d o e s n ’t matter your ideology or your thoughts. “What Dani Maeto has done is belittle a flag that millions of Spaniards consider theirs.” Pablo Iglesias, leader of the leftist Podemos party, said outrage over the sketch had overshadowed other issues including the halting of compensation from a bank to its customers.

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TOWERING TRIBUTE: Around 10,000 torches have been lit outside the Tower of London.

Remembering those who gave their today for your tomorrow By Tom Woods THIS year marks a poignant century since the First World War ended and fittingly, both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday fall on November 11. Armistice Day honours the signing of the agreement between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918 to cease hostilities: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Although fighting continued in some areas, the truce effectively brought an end to four years of brutal warfare. As a result, it is an important tradition to pause our busy daily lives at 11am on November 11 to remember those killed in the two World Wars as well

as those in the armed forces who have been killed or injured since 1945. Germany, exhausted by war and with a nation of hungry citizens, reluctantly accepted the terms. On November 10 the Queen will attend a Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by the Royal British Legion. The next day she will attend a special service at Westminster Abbey in the company of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and of course take her place at the Cenotaph commemoration at 11am with various other royals, politicians and members of the armed forces. Last year, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh watched proceedings from a balcony for the first time,

DURING the First World War, poppies grew on the battlefields, particularly in Flanders, Belgium. This inspired the well-known poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McRae, which he wrote in May 3, 1915 and was first published in December of the same

and Prince Charles instead took on the mantle and laid the wreath. Appropriately, it was announced earlier this year that families of First World War veterans will be allowed to march past the Cenotaph to honour the sacrifice of their loved ones. Normally 10,000 people are permitted to take part in the annual march, but in light of this particularly significant year, an extra 10,000 places will be made available to those with an emotional connection to the Great War. After the Second World War, many countries changed the name of the day from Armistice Day to Remembrance Day, while the US chose to call it Veterans Day and made it a federal holiday.

Poppy history

In 1915, Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields.’ Before long, poppies made their way to the UK and became the symbol of the Royal British Legion when it was formed in 1921. This year ’s Poppy Appeal is unsurprisingly the biggest ever and the Legion hopes to raise £50 million (€56 million) for service men and women, veterans and their families. As part of Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ so rightly says: “They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old.”

year. Since then, poppies have become a way to remember those who have lost their lives in war, and the money raised from selling them goes towards war veterans and their families who have been adversely affected by conflict.


British Embassy and Consulates unite in remembrance THIS Sunday, the British Embassy in Madrid and Consulates across Spain will mark the centenary of the Armistice by taking part in solemn acts of remembrance. They will also be giving thanks for the end of the war, for peace and for those who were fortunate enough to return to their families. This year, the British and German governments are promoting a special programme of bell ringing as a symbolic way of commemorating the end of war and conveying the importance of peace. In London, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of the German people in a historic act of reconciliation. It will be the first time a German leader will lay a wreath at the ceremony and the act marks the significance of the centenary, 100 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front. Bells will be rung at many churches in Spain and the bilateral collaboration is also being marked in other ways. Britain’s Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley, and Germany’s equivalent Ambassador Wolfgang Dold will give readings at the Remembrance Day service at St George’s Church in Madrid. Ambassador Manley will also attend an event at the German Ambassador’s residence with the historian Dr RobertBenjamin Gerwarth entitled: ‘Cien años después, ¿por qué Europa no encontró la paz después de la Primera Guerra Mundial?’ (100 years after. Why has Europe not found peace after the First World War?). Ambassador Manley said: “As we remember the fallen on November 11, it is important to reflect on the importance of reconciliation and explore how, especially at a time when some seek to provoke discord and intolerance, we can build bridges where others want to build walls. “As Europeans, we are bound together by our values, our shared memories of the continent’s history and our common aspirations for peace, security and prosperity.” Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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PROMOTING PEACE: Ambassador Simon Manley is keen to build bridges.

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No offence PROSECUTORS probing the suicide of the Croatian former general Slobodan Praljak in a courtroom at The Hague after being sentenced to 20 years in prison said they found no evidence that criminal offences were involved in the death.

Two dead

SUICIDE: Praljak died in The Hague last year.

TH E bodi es of t wo hom el ess women were found in the Rue Navez and Marche au Porcs area of Brussels last week, the first such deaths this winter which are believed to have resulted from hypothermia according to the SamuSocial charity.

Wreck rot AN 18th century shipwreck which is protected as a site of cultural heritage has become exposed and is being eaten away according to the Flanders Marine Institute which scanned the wood of the Flying Heart which sank in 1735.

Body find OFFICERS with the Netherlands

Child call Forensic Institute (NFI) in Heinenoord have opened an investigation after a body was found during the search for a missing 79-year-old woman who disappeared on September 23 after visiting her husband in The Hague.

Centre claim THE Dutch Council for Refugees has called on authorities to create emergency shelters for refugees and asylum seekers after claiming that the amount of time taken to process cases has jumped from six days to 43 weeks.

POLICE across France have arrested more than 100 suspects in connection with violence in Paris, Lyon and else-

BELGIUM has come joint first alongside Taiwan and the Netherlands in an International Humanistic and Ethical Union (IHEU) ranking of the best countries for free thinkers and atheists to live in which scored nations on their societies, communities, values and other measures.

Strike over BAGGAGE handlers returned to work last week following strikes which saw 960 flights cancelled and nearly 115,000 travellers affected at Brussels airport according to management there who said they had struck a deal with trade unions.

Peace talks

Baby cases

‘Purge’ probe

A PSYCHOLOGIST has called on the Belgian government to act to bring home the children and wives of jihadists being held in camps in northern Syria before the onset of wi nt er, wi t h Gerrit Loots saying Europeans had a ‘moral responsibility’ to act.

Freedom rank


F RANCE FRANCE’S national health agency has launched an investigation into several cases of babies being born without their upper limbs and Francois Bourdillon, an official from the body, said all cases from 2007 onwards would be looked into.


where which investigators claim was inspired by a viral snapchat which called for authorities to be ‘purged’ on Halloween.

Time off ‘EVERYTHING’S all right, don’t worry,’ President Emmanuel Macron told reporters who brushed off claims of exhaustion while taking a four-day break in the Normandy town of Honfleur ahead

of First World War commemorations this week.

Snow strikes AROUND 195,000 homes were left without power after up to 40 centimetres of snow fell on towns and villages across south-central France which also left some 900 lorries stranded and led to hundreds of drivers abandoning vehicles on affected roads.



Successor poll

Wealth report

MEMBERS of the ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are set to chose between Friedrich Merz, Annegrat Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Spahn when they vote on who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the party and government head in 2021.

A REPORT from Denmark’s Business Ministry has claimed that prosperity in the country has reached record highs citing Gross National Income (GNI) per head which rose by 0.5 per cent every year since 2007 on average to more than €48,000 a year.

Dialogue call PRESIDENT Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for dialogue to take place in Chemnitz during a visit there two months after thousands of far right protestors rallied in the city in demonstrations against migration that led to rioting.

Penalty vote MORE than 83 per cent of voters in the state of Hesse have backed abolishing the death penalty there almost 70 years after capital punishment was scrapped at a national level.

Spray plans MEMBERS of the Danish Parliament have begun debating proposals to allow citizens to keep pepper spray in their homes for self-defence after experts and police officials warned it could spark a low level arms race and make people feel less secure.

Fraud probe POLICE in South Africa have arrested a suspect in Johannesburg Airport in connection with allegations of public money fraud which investigators claim saw the state scammed out of almost €15 million over a 16-year period.

Rape search

Job figures

POLICE in Freiburg continued to trace two people wanted in connection with the alleged rape of an 18-year-old student in the city which has seen eight people arrested and led to protests nationally due to the main suspect being a Syrian migrant.

YOUTH unemployment in Denmark has reached new highs according to official figures which showed a total of 7.7 per cent of people aged between 25 and 29 were out of work, almost double the national rate of 3.9 per cent.

FOREIGN MINISTER Margot Wallstrom has confirmed that Sw e den has been appr oached and put forward as a possible ve nue f or peace negot i at i ons between rival sides in theYemen Civil War after the United States (US) called for dialogue.

Disease study ACADEMICS at Umea University have found that mosquitoes can transmit Pogosta disease to humans, with the illness causing fevers, rashes and flu-like symptoms and also resulting in arthritis in some cases.

Food museum FROG smoothies and maggot-ridden cheese are among the items on display at Sweden’s newly-opened Disgusting Food Museum which opened in Malmo last Thursday, with visitors invited to sample some of the dishes on offer.

Put down ANIMAL car officials at Kolmarden wildlife park have decided to put down the last remaining wolves there and have said they will not be replaced with other animals in the near future due to the animals’ ill health.


Abortion law PRIME MINISTER Erna Solberg has begun talks with the centrist Christian Democratic Party (KrF) to change Norwegian abortion laws concerning cases of babies born with serious illnesses and rules governing the time limit for terminating pregnancies.

Rubbish row

Man held

Sport call

SECURITY officers have arrested a Norwegian man in Sweden in connection with an alleged Iranian-sponsored assassination plot on a Danish citizen following a manhunt launched in September when authorities became aware of the plans.

DAG-EILEV FAGERMO, coach of the Skien-based Odds BK football club has said children should be exercising more from the age of six in order to ensure Norway continues to have a pool of talented athletes for the sport.

OFFICIALS in the Muruvik town of Trondelag have defended their policy of allowing other countries including Britain to ship their rubbish to the town which is then burned to generate power after locals in the area complained about the smell.

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LIFT OFF: Roscosmos said the launch could go ahead on Dec 3.

Russia plots new ISS space launch A ROCKET carrying Russian cosmonauts may take off for the International Space Station next month after a failed launch in October, the Roscosmos space agency has said. The agency added the launch could take place on December 3, with the crew due back on Earth on December 20. A Russian cosmonaut and an astronaut from the United States (US) made an emergency landing on October 11.

Putin rights pledge PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin has said that he will defend the rights of his fellow nationals abroad after claiming ‘aggressive nationalism’ abroad has stoked anti-Russian feeling. Putin added he would use all international mechanisms to protect Russian expatriates. The country’s Rossotrudnichestvo body estimates there are around 30 million Russians living overseas.

Britain scrambles jets BRITAIN’S Royal Air Force scrambled fighter jets last week after a plane suspected of be longing to R us s ia was det ect ed i n

British airspace. A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said the Typhoon jets were scrambled as a ‘precautionary measure’ and added there was no threat to British airspace at any time during the incident.

Ukraine ‘wives’ claim UKRAINIAN security officials have alleged that Russia and Donetsk and Luhansk rebels have attempted to recruit soldiers’ wives for spying. Officials with Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) claimed Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was working with the rebels to place pressure on the women to inform on their husbands.

NGO prisoner figures A HUMAN rights NGO has claimed the number of political prisoners has doubled in Russia over the last year. The Memorial Human Rights Centre, one of oldest organisations of its kind in Russia, said in its annual list there were now 195 people jailed for political reasons. There are 115 new inmates, with 37 prisoners released.

Hallow-wars THE arrival of Halloween in Russia last week also saw calls from conservative and religious groups to ban the celebration. Duma member Vitaly Milonov said the day amounted to ‘dark Celtic death worship,’ while a Moscow priest said it was celebrated by ‘brainless people.’ Russia’s state media also quoted a Moscow State University psychologist who claimed costumes caused revellers to ‘lose touch with reality.’

SCARED: Some want Halloween banned.




Money worries A FRAGMENTED Spanish parliament in which the government controls fewer than a quarter of the seats in generating uncertainty over economic policy, the central bank’s governor has said. Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has struggled to gain parliamentary approval for next year’s budget, and said he may compromise on plans for more ambitious spending in order to secure its passage. Spain’s economy has grown steadily ever in recent years, but economists warn it may have passed its peak.

€5 Billion

8 - 14 November 2018 This is the amount of investment that the Ministry of Public Works was allocated for the maintenance of public roads, a policy inherited from the previous government.


business & legal

Trade ties

Minimum wage row THE head of Spain’s Central Bank has slammed the country’s recent 22 per cent minimum wage increase, claiming thousands of young people will lose their jobs as a result. Banco de España chairman Pablo Hernandez de Cos has openly criticised the ruling socialist p a r t y ’s d e c i s i o n t o p u t S p a i n ’s minimum wage up from €735 to €900. The seasoned economist said that the salary rise would slash 0.8 per cent of jobs in Spain and “have

by Tom Woods the opposite effect to that intended of hindering those we want to help most, young people.” Of the 19.5 million people registered as employed in Spain, that percentage amounts to 150,000 jobs. Previous minimum wage increases in Spain were of 8 per cent in 2017 and 4 per cent in 2018, but Hernandez de Cos claims that employers’ obligations to pay considerably more will make them fire

their least productive workers. According to the economist, the most effective way of protecting these vulnerable workers is by tackling the job market’s excessive temporary work demand as well as high turnovers and shift work exploitation. The Spanish government’s €900 new minimum wage will add up to €12,600 a year for those who earn it, as it is traditional in Spain for workers to receive two bonus salaries in the summer and at Christmas.

SPAIN is ready to cooperate with Pakistan in expanding their bilateral trade with an emphasis on food processing and tourism development, said Miguel Pena, the country’s Economic and Commercial Attaché. In a recent visit to the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), he said Spain had made excellent progress in the industrial sector, while 90 million tourists visited the country last year. Mr Pena said the volume of bilateral trade stands at $1.1 billion (€0.96 billion).

Cooking up business


Bank boost BANCO Sabadell has announced that it has agreed to help finance local wind turbine manufacturer Norvento’s 128 MW of wind projects in the autonomous community of Galicia, although a specific amount has not been disclosed.

CASA COOK: Spain is a big part of Thomas Cook’s expansion plans. HOLIDAY operator Thomas Cook has announced that it plans to open 20 of its own hotels by the end of 2019, including six in Spain. According to its strategic plan, the company aims to be providing 40,000 hotel rooms from 200 hotels, and to become a leading player in the hotel industry. New openings include Spain’s first Casa Cook hotel and the first family Casa Cook, as well as seven youthfocused Cook’s Club hotels. These youth or millennial-

centred hotels will feature escape rooms, VR gaming, rage rooms and private discos, as well as street food dining and a poolside cocktail bar. One of the ‘key assets’ is Casa Cook Ibiza, a 189-room hotel that will open next summer, the first of two new Casa Cook properties. Thomas Cook, which pioneered the package holiday concept, has also confirmed that it has removed nine hotels from its portfolio which did not meet brand quality standards.

Cheap deals ONLINE platforms for the purchase or rent of secondhand products, eg eBay, Wallapop or Vibbo, were the most used websites by Spanish internet users in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Commission of Markets.

Sales soar SPANISH giant Inditex, the world’s biggest fashion retail group, trebled its profits last year across its 23 Irish stores, recording an 18 per cent increase in sales, hitting almost €136 million of sales revenues.

IAG investment gets lift off IAG (International Consolidated Airlines Group) is to raise its net capital investment to an average of €2.6 billion per year up to 2023. The owner of Iberia, British Airways and Aer Lingus also expects seat capacity to grow by 6 per cent annually, which will help to boost profits. This is likely to be the driving factor be-

hind a hike in cost estimates, along with the recent rise in fuel prices. IAG is confident of continuing strong returns for its shareholders, as highlighted by the healthy figures of its airlines. In addition, the company expects underlying earnings to average €7.2 billion per annum over the next five years, bettering its previous forecast of €6.5 billion.

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% CHG. NET VOL 0.54 24,125.60 -0.51 19,411.85 -0.73 5,799.89 -2.99 9,468.50 -1.67 8,160.92 -0.94 16,854.27 1.23 72,612.11 -1.62 17,126.04 0.27 30,095.34 0.76 76,668.50 0.58 5,465.79 0.92 4,692.87 -0.20 5,854.76 -0.08 34,028.51 -0.13 7,625.44 -0.72 106,998.88 -2.29 7,671.63 1.11 26,258.32 -1.77 8,722.01 -0.22 8,419.93 0.61 8,187.77 0.63 24,355.04 -0.44 6,360.99 0.04 19,108.66 -0.23 6,488.76 0.46 64,215.59 -0.77 4,472.88 4.78 7,844.79 0.57 16,065.61 0.28 4,959.14 -1.07 12,346.04 1.80 6,497.93 0.12 45,215.28 0.03 73,415.10 -1.42 5,528.53 -0.90 8,952.76 -0.37 5,147.99 -0.49 128,754.22 0.91 12,180.68 -0.28 7,960.47 -0.06 8,497.78 0.14 24,968.83 -2.00 9,074.25 -1.47 7,701.68 0.42 6,269.58 -1.12 4,511.16 -0.54 5,939.54 -1.27 5,605.34 0.05 6,348.40 -0.23 15,353.12



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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT AS much as I truly appreciate everyone who writes in, I don’t often take up issues with the perusers of this column (and I certainly heard from a few snowflakes last week!). Mainly because it can result in less space for any fresh perspective. I do however feel a word about one correspondent, ‘Appalling views bring shame’ that appeared on last week’s Letters page worth a mention. The gentleman in question, presumably a new reader, considered me homophobic because I sided with the couple who refused to advertise gay marriage on one of their products. Something they didn’t believe in. The court agreed and found in their favour. This of course was my point. I was merely objecting to the appeasement of minorities, simply because they were minorities. Most long-term readers of my ‘spoutings’ are completely aware that I am some considerable distance from being homophobic or any other phobic for that matter. One of my own offspring actually ‘came out’ some time ago, and has subsequently made our family unit stronger and even more fun to be around. They would however, never harbour an inferiority complex-inspired urge to consider we should all be gay! Apropos ‘lunatics’

Nothing to feel shame for running the asylum.’ I refer you to the statement from the chairman of the UK’s National Police Chiefs’ Council Sara Thornton, that the police should get back to solving ‘real crimes’ instead of concentrating on frivolous time-wasting claims of misogyny, hate crimes and ‘wolf whistling.’ I wouldn’t hold your breath on that one mind, there are too many lunatics ensconced at the head of that profession already! As a final observation on this reader’s missive, namely that he informed us he had ‘expected that leaving the ‘civility’ of the UK would lead to some adjustment of his new life’ (A more pompous and racist statement to that effect is difficult to imagine!), I can only say to you sir, that your new country of choice has not yet sunk into the mire of political correctness and morass of mental misogynists who are suffocating free speech and democracy in the UK. I am also delighted to be privileged and able to state my views in the EWN, a publication that prides itself in not having fallen into those depths of undemocratic and stifling freedom of expression either.

As a final short observation on last Thursday’s piece I wrote - and I quote. ‘The Saudis will declare the murder (Khashoggi’s) a rogue operation and will parade all the suspects (assassination squad) in a lavish Riyadh show trial and hand down long sentences to each.’ Unquote. Extract of a segment in Saturdays SUN newspaper UK. (Six days after my copy was handed in!) ‘Turkey is seeking the killer’s extradition. Riyadh blames a ‘rogue operation’ and has arrested 18 suspects.’ I rest my case. Congratulations to DJ Paul Gambaccini on winning hefty damages against the Crown Prosecution Service in their botched sex abuse probe. His main objection was that they had dropped the prosecution investigation through ‘insufficient evidence’ against him in their Yew Tree enquiries. He considered these were not words of exoneration, which of course they are not, and he rightly won compensation. Keep the faith Love Leapy

VINDICATED: Paul Gambaccini.

Leapy Lee’s opinions are his own and are not necessarily representative of those of the publishers, advertisers or sponsors.

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A celebration of Canarian culture and identity LETTERS FROM CANARIES By Barbara Belt THE Fiestas Lustrales in La Gomera have kept us all very busy during October. We’re jaded now by so much partying but continuing apace till the island’s patron saint, the Virgen de Guadalupe, finally gets back to her chapel overlooking the sea at Puntallana, near island capital San Sebastián. Have a look at www.lustrales to marvel at how full on we’ve been. There’s been everything, from theatre, music concerts, maritime processions, fireworks, regattas, sports events, religious ceremonies, folklore, live TV and radio broadcasts, conferences, exhibitions, comedy shows, kids’ activities… to hunting dog competitions. Special ferries have been laid on to get us all to San Sebastián from other island ports, and from other islands. Guadalupe’s now on tour round the

PARTY: Juanes performed as part of the festivities.

ON TOUR: The virgin is on the return journey to her chapel. island until early December, when there’s a recuperative period for the liver until Christmas, New Year and Los Reyes are upon us. Shortly after, we burst into party mode again for carnival. Island life can be demanding. Fiestas Lustrales are the big bashes that occur (generally) every four or five years when the patron saint of an island comes out and goes on tour. They’re also called Bajadas, meaning

descents. This is mountainous terrain. All the western islands have Bajadas and coinciding with one is an intelligent idea if you’re thinking of visiting the Canaries. They are extraordinary events. Here’s a brief summary of when and where to experience them: La Gomera’s next one’s from September to December 2023, with the big day on October 8. The first was in 1872.

El Hierro’s Bajada has happened every four years since 1643. The next is July 3, 2021, when their Virgen de Los Reyes will be danced and piped the whole length of the island, although the festivities last longer. Add this one to your bucket list. Stout footwear, something warm for the before-daybreak start and a loaded hipflask are recommended. You won’t believe your eyes! Book flights and a bed well before, as the island’s 10,000 population doubles for the Fiestas Lustrales. La Palma’s Virgen de Las Nieves does her next four yearly tour on July 2, 2020 and has been doing so since 1680. There are excellent festivities

throughout July and August. Provincial capital Tenerife’s Bajadas are more complicated. The Virgen de Candelaria is patron saint of all the Canary Islands and only comes out from her church in Candelaria every seven years, going to either Santa Cruz or La Laguna. She’ll go to Santa Cruz in October 2025 and La Laguna in May 2032, exact dates to be announced. Tenerife’s first Bajada was in 1555. Gran Canaria only very occasionally celebrates Lustrales, while Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Graciosa don’t at all. Now, why don’t the eastern islands do Bajadas when the west are so mad keen on them? There’s lots of argument, but my money’s on their proximity to Africa and its diluting effect on the Catholicism Spanish conquerors imposed. The Bajadas today, though, are also celebrations of Canarian culture and identity and well worth seeing. Barbara Belt EWN November 2018.

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TECH FOR THE TIMID THE day I felt old, was the day I saw a 10-year-old pick up a CD, and be amazed that it contained a little book. Once upon a not-too-long-ago time, I was proud of my 300 CD collection. To millennials, that makes me a dinosaur. Welcome to the club. CD sales have plummeted. They are down around 45 per cent this year and dropping fast, though perversely, vinyl LP sales are up among the young. So, who’s the dinosaur then? Today, people ‘stream’ their music live from sites like Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer. For the fossils among us who still insist on actually owning our content, we either buy the digital versions of albums online, or we ‘rip’ (that’s copy in fossil-speak) existing CDs (or indeed vinyl, or, heaven forbid, cassettes) to MP3s, to play on our phones or dedicated players. This week’s column is a ripping yarn on how to transfer your existing CD music to MP3s.

CD or not CD?

RIPPING: Who forgot to switch off the CD copier? It is not rocket science, and certainly not beyond the abilities of even those of us well into injury time in the game of life. It assumes you still have a computer with a CD drive included, hopefully not just being used as a coffee-cup holder. There are a number of simple ‘ripping’ programs available, and many are free, including FreeRIP,

Exact Audio Copy or Foobar2000. The process is painless enough. Put the CD you want to record in the drive, launch the ‘ripper’ program, point it to the CD you want to copy, and if you’re not one of life’s tweakers, the default settings on most programs will work just fine. If quality really matters to you, either choose the highest settings

possible for the MP3 conversion, or opt instead for a so-called ‘lossless’ conversion format, where every nuance of the original recording is copied, unlike the compression involved in MP3s. Frankly, despite being a musician and an insufferable audiophile, I can’t hear the difference, but your mileage may vary. If you don’t like the ‘tagging’ (the track names and labels) assigned to your output files automatically, you can also change some of the information - like the actual file name - manually. You can also edit the information displayed in your music player more comprehensively if it’s not to your taste, by downloading another free program - MP3tag - which even lets you change the album art shown on your screen. All that is left to do is to ‘sideload’ (a geeky word for copying) your new music files to your phone or audio player, usually through a USB cable, and then press play. Welcome to the 21st century.


Recycle CDs WHAT to do with all those old CDs once you’ve ‘ripped’ their content, other than donating them to a worthy cause? I’ve used them as drinks coasters, bird-frighteners in a vegetable garden, bookmarks, driveway reflectors, candleholders and ice-scrapers. If I still lived in Asia or Africa or somesuch, it’s almost de rigueur to dangle one from the rearview mirror, though I’ve never figured out why. I’ve seen them as fridge décor, in mosaic tables, as DIY clock-faces, mirrors and even Christmas decorations. Sadly, like most of us they don’t recycle well, and millions end up in landfills every year. What I did learn, is you absolutely should not break them into pieces by hand. The nurse in our casualty department was very sympathetic.

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

An indigestible fact

Lacking integrity

fogey Pablo Casado. PARTIDO POPULAR Pablo Casado’s aggressiveness and verbal incontinence regarding Pedro Sanchez, his government, and socialist Spain is not doing him any favours. The latest CIS survey put the PP third, with 17.3 per cent of a hypothetical election vote, overtaken by the PSOE’s 31.6 per cent and Ciudadanos’ 21 per cent. Predictably, Casado has questioned the survey’s veracity and impartiality. There are lies, statistics and numbers can be taken out of context, twisted and turned into whatever their manipulator wishes, the PP claimed. That may be true, but it is also preferable to swallowing the indigestible fact that Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, the former vice-president and Mariano Rajoy’s right-hand woman, would make a more seasoned and reasonable party president than toxic young

The baksheesh syndrome A HIGH court investigation has discovered that the Spanish company Defex paid illegal commissions to Saudis and others, for arms sales. In 2017, Swiss banks blocked accounts that paid out at least €7.6 million in commissions and bribes, in exchange for Saudi contracts, prompting outrage from their unnamed clients. Like priests keeping mum about confessed sins, Swiss banks are expected to silence even the most terrible transgressions, unless they are faced with a derogatory letter from an outside government.

RETIRED police chief Jose Manuel Villarejo is remanded for trafficking privileged state information, amongst other things. With a detective agency as a sideline, this confidant of ministers, fixer and possible extorter, apparently told a fellow prisoner that he was saving the best for last. The latest victim of his bugged and leaked conversa


tions, is Dolores de Cospedal, former Defence Minister, former Partido Popular secretary general and former president of the Castilla-La Mancha region. Villarejo allegedly gave De Cospedal’s husband Ignacio Lopez del Hierro, the heads up about Gurtel developments, and he didn’t do that from the kindness of his heart. Whatever form his final revenge will take, he is demonstrating his power in small, deadly doses, revealing the duplicity and lack of integrity of those he has helped in the past. Who next? How many Spanish politicians are waiting for the second shoe to drop?

Blockade turnaround UNSEASONED: Is Pablo Casado a toxic young fogey? As rich as the Saudis are, a little more is always welcome, and it is entirely in character, that Defex- which is 51 per cent-owned by the Spanish state - paid the Saudis bribes and commissions

between 1992 and 2014. After all, the kickback syndrome is based on baksheesh, another legacy from the Moors, along with the Alhambra, tangerines and turron.

ASTUTE Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, saw the light and shied away from the Partido Popular and Pablo Casado. Rivera no longer backs the PP’s bid to block 40 measures from going through parliament. These include a reform preventing the Senate from stymieing Pedro Sanchez’s 2019 Budget. The C’s leader knows that preventing changes that will benefit those who suffered most during the crisis, and the Rajoy governments would alienate the Centre votes that he needs. Unlike Casado, Rivera is aware that ambition needs leavening with pragmatism, and an eye for the main chance.

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Nora Johnson

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

The good the bad and the bonkers, with Barbie lips

NOW I’m into the 10th year of writing this column (can I just say, thank you, if you’re still here) but I’ll still start with another moan. No, not about Brexit, which I imagine, you’re simply bored to death with and want to hear nothing more about. Maybe even suffering from Brexititis? My moan this week concerns the reality TV star Scarlett Harrison, 20, who, when recently caught drink-driving, told police she couldn’t provide a breath test because her collagen-filled lips were too big! Don’t women like Scarlett realise how silly they look to everyone else? The Barbie doll look isn’t a good one. Why do they self-mutilate with collagen to the point of impairing mouth function? But appearance is everything now, isn’t it? Reports on America’s $88bn anti-ageing industry calculate that millions face serious health problems caused by the gurus of unregulated dietary, vitamin supplements and Botox crazes. I’m not sure, but I think we’re allowed to get older but not to look as though we are. Is that right? Do the Botoxers and face-

Nick Horne The Rich Pick Freelance correspondent, London, England WATCHES for ladies are small, bejewelled and driven by quartz. They may not even have a battery as ladies are assumed to be not so much interested in time as in diamonds. Or so goes the prejudice. Actually the contemporary woman is more likely to be looking for a watch that is big, bold and gold. One watch that sets it sights right at the modern woman is the Royal Oak Frosted Gold. The case of the watch measures 37mm in diameter while the case’s diamond dust sparking finish is achieved by hammering the gold surface with a diamond tipped tool to create indentations. The silver toned mirror dial under a glare proofed sapphire crystal has applied indices with luminous treated hands in the classical Royal Oak style. While a second sapphire crystal in the case back offers a delightful view of the self-winding movement, with a 3-hz frequency and a 60-hour power reserve. The creative partnership between Italian Jewellery designer Carolina Bucci and Audemars Piguet, the Royal Oak Frosted is an attention seeking piece. The diamond dust finish in yellow gold is hardly shy and retiring and is not going to stay locked away in the jewellery box, rather it’s on the wrist and in the face of any stray onlooker. The traditional Royal Oak could be considered a quintessentially male watch which has not been feminised, rather the Royal Oak has been roughed up a little, Frosted. Carolina Bucci explained her ethic as the Royal

PRICELESS?: Katie Price has undergone several Botox treatments. filler folk actually know, that we know that they’ve been pulling a fast one? Everything peeled, exfoliated, filled and polished. The full (late) Joan Rivers, bless her. The problem for people who have had excessive Botox is that they don’t look younger, just weirder. Think Katie Price.

Or, someone trapped in a lift for a week with Donald Trump. Now, I don’t doubt for a minute that it must be appealing to be regarded as ‘hot’ (although I have no personal experience of this, can you believe it?). As for looking younger, here’s a tip: the concealer under the eye trick makes you look 10 years younger. Without it, I look like I’ve done three rounds with Tyson (that’s the name of next door’s dog). Finally, on a really positive note, I’d like to thank all of you who have purchased my latest crime thriller ‘The Girl in the Woods’, now out in paperback (and as you know, all profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity). Happy reading! Nora Johnson’s psychological crime thrillers ‘The Girl in the Woods’, ‘The Girl in the Red Dress’, ‘No Way Back’, ‘Landscape of Lies’, ‘Retribution’, ‘Soul Stealer’, ‘The De Clerambault Code’ ( available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99;£0.99) and iBookstore.


Can one owner impugn AGM? Our community consists of some villas on plots and some attached row houses. All the houses have the same roofs with roof-tiles. Some owners have made new construction in their garden areas or changed their roofs. The AGM was not informed and no permission was given. The issue was discussed at a special EGM when the new president brought up the subject of ‘Legal action against the violators’. He himself is one of the offenders. The issue was not on the official agenda for the meeting. As he had collected many proxies beforehand, he was assured that he would have the majority when voting. So it was voted to stop any legal action against the violators. The administrator said that this was a legal vote. Can this be true? Yes, the vote is le- David Searl gal but questions arise. You and the Law Properly, an issue of this in Spain importance should be on the agenda so the proxy issuers and others will be informed. However, even one owner can go to court if he observes infractions of the Horizontal Law, which we have here. The court will probably order that the results of the meeting be annulled, and a new EGM called to deal with the issues.

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

Collect a watch for Christmas Oak Frosted Gold design, “I took the perfection of the Royal Oak case and bracelet and ‘roughened them up’ a little juxtaposing the perfectly imperfect Florentine finish with Swiss watchmaking precision. Now I’m doing the opposite, taking the textured surface of the Tapisserie dial and flattening it out into a perfectly smooth mirror. It’s a fresh take on an icon made in the image of the contemporary woman. “I know women with a great eye for keynote accessories who are going to love this. The mirror is always interacting with its environment, ever-changing according to what clothes you’re wearing, the décor of the room, the lighting, the time of day, the weather.” Audemars Piguet is the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families. While Carolina Bucci shares Audemars Piguet’s dedication to craftsmanship and a family heritage. Tradition reinforcing modernity the contemporary woman,

TIMELESS: This lady’s watch is elegant and yet casual.


spontaneous true to life and unapologetic. Just 300 were made for just US$53,600 each. Happy shopping. Nick Horne, London, England

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He’s got a dark, dark heart Credit: itv

TV COUCH CRITIC by Adam Whalley-Lewis

ITV launched a new detective series last week, did you notice? Dark Heart played on Wednesday and Thursday, and will continue for the next couple of weeks. This has been done before, not just the moody policeman who likes to do a Bronte and stare across lakes in quiet reflection, but the actual show. An earlier version played about two years ago, but ITV have given it a spring clean and pushed it into the mid-week schedules. Tom Riley plays traditional policeman Will Wagstaffe, who doesn’t leave his feelings at the station door when he’s called in to investigate the torture and murder of alleged paedophiles. Is it just me, or is TV currently awash with this sort of thing? I know that real life is messy sometimes and yes, we need to talk

DARK HEART: A little too gloomy for autumn? about this ‘stuff’ much more, but isn’t there a place for a bit of quiet, lovely television? Will released some stress in episode two via a quick meet up with his ex-girlfriend, whilst struggling with the silence from the victims’ families. I don’t think this is going to get

any easier to watch, and I do wonder if it would have been better shown next spring. A little bit like poor Venice having too much water, I think darker evenings, grey clouds and a dark storyline might just be too much for an autumn success. I know many of us love a good

binge session of Come Dine with Me on Channel 4, and if you remember my lovely pal Val who watched the second Royal Wedding of the year with me, you might remember that she has a bit of insight. Val hasn’t been on the show, but knows someone who has - a little bit like ‘I’m asking for a friend’ on the problems page. Val - I mean her friend - has spoiled the Come Dine experience for me a bit, but a spoiler nevertheless. Apparently it’s hard work, early mornings, very late nights, masses of time between courses whilst cameras and lights are reset, no drinking between shots and worst of all, there is only one black cab which doesn’t actually go anywhere. You give your score, get out of the cab and go home in a normal taxi... we will still keep watching though, right? Dr Raj left Strictly last week and immediately gave an interview about the daily discrimination which he suffers as a Doctor

in the NHS. Discrimination like he described is never acceptable and it is a shame he didn’t go further, but his dancing was a bit off and others danced better. Kind of want to leave that one there.   Bit of TV news, firstly in the shape of Bradley Walsh who is recording a new show for ITV. Titled ‘It’s Showtime’, this is apparently a bouncy show with live music, celebrity guests and audience participation. Careful Bradley, Mr Norton is a past master of this sort of thing and even Mr Ross sometimes doesn’t stack up. Watch out for It’s Showtime early next year.  I’m a Celebrity is back soon with one of Ant and Dec and a Holly. The celebrities, well The Governess, will probably be in there with some reality TV types. Watch this space. Finally, news wise, Escape to the Chateau is back soon. Can’t wait.  Happy Viewing

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Expat community free to express views Jamie Truby’s letter ‘Appalling Views bring shame’ (EWN 1739) has brought quite a response from our readers… ON reading the letter from Jamie Truby (Issue 1739), referring to Leapy Lee’s column, I could hear the chuckles from the expat community across Spain. Yes, Jamie, we are indeed fortunate to live in a country where anyone can air his/her views on any subject and not have to worry about the PC Brigade. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to Leapy. What is worrying is your reaction, coming from what you describe as ‘the civility of the UK.’At one time, any and all views could also be expressed in that country in public. It seems this is no longer the case. To paraphrase: ‘I may not always agree with Leapy’s opinions but I will defend to the death his right to express them.’ THAT, dear Jamie, is called Democracy. Lynn Hopkins

No buts JAMIE TRUBY says (to paraphrase) ‘I believe in freedom of speech, but’ ... sorry but there are no buts. Stephen White

Dump God? JAMIE TRUBY was very, very, very upset that people did not embrace his gay lifestyle. (The knee jerk ‘homophobia’ came out as usual, because of his Christophobia, his fear or hatred of Christians who are told by God himself that homosexuality is an abomination. Perhaps he would like the world’s two billion Christians to dump their God because God does not approve of his lifestyle? Michael Hill

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This article provided me with some very helpful tools in order to train my two-year-old pup. He explained everything so in depth in order for me to gain understanding and recognise the importance of certain training techniques and because of this, I myself am more motivated to keep on the training plan for my fur baby. After two days, I am already seeing improvements. 10/10. Thanks for your help. John My dog followed everything he asked and I started asking her to do the same things and she obeyed me right away. I highly recommend you as a trainer. (David The Dogman) Jackson

EU flag replaced with Commonwealth flag in Gibraltar Good!, make it permanent please. Enough of these intolerant, Anti-Democratic inward looking ‘little EUropeans’ - there is a big wide WORLD out there! (where 85 per cent and growing of the Global Economy is). John

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Train your dog properly Comments from EWN online Great idea. This is one of the reasons I stopped going to hotels as it is difficult to find somewhere unless you get up really early, and I don’t want to if I’m on holiday. Also nice to know there is somewhere reserved when I come back from a trip. Julie

Racist row as mum dresses daughter as Benidorm ‘looky looky’ beach seller for Halloween True racism is an abomination - it is basically condemning all based on race alone. Bandying the term around merely detracts from the actual meaning and lessens its impact. I just wish these PC libertards would get a grip on what is really important. Annie

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As usual the PC brigade, so desperate to be offended on behalf of others, rush to condemn, spewing more hate

than is caused by the act itself. Are any of those complainants actually black? I suspect not, as they rarely are, black people have more sense than to get offended by a child dressing up. White liberals seek racism where it isn’t. Please just calm down, you just cause more racial division by indignantly stirring up hatred as you are doing now. John

Biker dies in fall on notorious Costa del Sol road Very sad, but as you say it has very ‘Challenging Twists and Turns.’ They become more challenging the faster you go. There are several small shrines along the route to bikers who didn’t make it. PM

TWISTED TRIP: British family’s ‘holiday hell’ in tornadostruck Spanish resort It was an emergency situation! Trust a Brit to complain, what were TUI supposed to do? The power was off all over the island so there would still have been ‘stone cold water’ and for all the residents too. He should be grateful they got him safely home while the residents clear up. Jill S


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Trivia from around the world

YOUR STARS FOR NEXT 7 DAYS AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) A meeting midweek could mean a change to your finances for the better. In the short term, it may be necessary for you to rearrange money and appointments but try not to be too put out. Change is something that we become less tolerant of after a situation has gone on for a time.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

EERIE NAME: A group of crows is known as murder. *** Despite of having natural resources, Africa is the poorest and underdeveloped continent. *** Pregnant women in colonial America did not take painkillers during delivery because they believed it was God’s punishment for Eve’s eating the prohibited fruit. *** Compared to the United States, China has more English speakers. *** According to the Greek myth, the name Europe came from the Phoenician princess Europa who was seduced by Zeus, when he disguised himself as a bull

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If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee

Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.” Janis Joplin


*** In 1811 and 1812, three earthquakes measuring around 8 on the Richter scale, caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. *** Snakes can sense a coming earthquake from 75 miles away (121 km), up to five days before it happens. *** In Europe, the oldest tree, which is said to be 3,000 years old, is Fortingall yew in Perthshire, Scotland. *** The seven largest countries in the world (Russia, Canada, USA, China, Australia, Brazil and Argentina) take half of our planet’s territory.

and then took her to Crete. *** Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers. It’s also a fear of feathers themselves. *** Though Mt Everest lays claim to the highest altitude, due to the bulge of the Earth at the equator, Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the closest to the moon. *** A flock of crows is known as a murder. Some say two crows is attempted murder. *** In ancient times, the Egyptian servants were coated with honey in order to engage flies with them and to keep away from the pharaoh.


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Strappado - a punishment or torture in which the victim was hoisted in the air on a rope and then allowed to fall almost to the ground before being stopped with an abrupt jerk.



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There is so much that has come to light in the past few weeks, it is no wonder that your mind is reeling. All will become clear in the weeks ahead and this cannot be rushed. However, there is a need to look after your health and get out in the fresh air. Any thought of joining a walking club or health group should be pursued.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) A pleasant surprise makes you a little more optimistic midweek. It is possible for you to take on negativity too quickly. The next time something does not go according to plan, hold fire. It is amazing what a little time and distance will solve.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Although last week was not run at the pace anticipated, now the pace certainly picks up. Finances are still firmly on the agenda, but this time you will be able to deal on a more relaxed basis. A contact made recently gives you the opportunity not only to make some money but also to enlarge your circle of friends.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Make a point of putting on a happy face and your mood will stay high. There is still some more to be done to improve your social life and a recent offer of charity work may be just the thing. Avoid restricting the sort of folk who you are willing to mix with.

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Being considerably more relaxed about those things which cannot be changed has taken a weight from your shoulders. It is also easier to understand why others have taken this approach in the past. There is, however, a balance to be found. Don't be put off by people who have become sloppy in their approach because this is not going to affect you.

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Are you still patting yourself on

the back for that recent achievement? Socially, this is a lovely week when old friendships are strengthened and new acquaintances prove to be relaxing. It is another mellow week but one in which you seriously consider making a major change.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Be your charming self this week without pushing too much. A natural approach when you are seeking a response is the best course of action. Simply being in the right place and under someone’s gaze is all that is required. Are you getting itchy because an offer is not forthcoming? Well, if you absolutely must, then get a little bird to whisper in their ear.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) It is clear that you really love your hearth and home but, every now and again, there is a small voice calling. The good things in life appeal and, to have these, an effort is involved. Do not underestimate the amount of pleasure that you will enjoy when putting in that extra effort. It does, after all, involve other people. Some of those people prove to be quite fascinating.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) Having put in extra effort to bring a zing into your life, it is important that you keep the impetus going. This is not only good for your health and wealth, but also your mind. Although trying something new brings a few odd remarks your way, try not to be sidetracked.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) There is still a strong accent on family matters and getting things sorted out. The way ahead is clear. If you are able to persuade someone that an idea was theirs and not yours, so much the better. Being in a practical mood serves you well because it is possible to get a lot done in the next few days. The weekend, however, is another matter.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Your mind is still sharp this week and there are many questions that you would like answered. Doing a bit of research proves fruitful and also quite amusing. A recent contact may not come up with the proposition hoped for, but realise that it is still early days.


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Cryptic Across 1 Very cold and resentful (6) 5 Deals with sources of gratification (6) 8 What has supervisor to do with poetry in Old English? (7) 9 Signal to a famous cyclist? (4) 10 Social sphere (4) 11 Second part of race, sprint recklessly (8) 12 Clues found in a Mickey Spillane novel (4) 13 Cherry does not need her blubber (3) 14 Some reach a delightful place in Africa (4) 16 Outlaws in gangs carrying equipment (8) 20 Atmosphere in a restaurant (4) 21 Bishop with a single part of skeleton (4) 22 I save on organised escape (7) 23 Trustee, for example, included in the rent (6) 24 Appeared to be soundly joined (6) Down 2 Is love dead or cut off? (7) 3 Tillers are shaken by such latticework (7) 4 Breaks useful for snooker players (5) 5 Party he arranged for treatment (7) 6 Antelope from Eastern country (5)

7 Implements for repairing broken stool (5) 13 Religious residence with Spanish outlet (7) 14 Poison found in any iced cocktail (7) 15 Make plans for a railhead on the mountains (7)

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17 Heron flying about European river (5) 18 Birds begin getting extra essentials surprisingly easily (5) 19 Getting an old horse into a ship poses problems (5)

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 15 represents X and 22 represents Q, so fill in X every time the figure 15 appears and Q every time the figure 22 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Potato chips (6) 4 Large number, amount or extent (4) 8 Separate into parts or portions (5) 9 Go into (5) 10 Country in East Asia (5,5) 13 Move faster (10) 17 Escape or avoid by cunning (5) 18 Unit of weight (5) 19 Look for (4) 20 Filled with fear or apprehension (6)

English - Spanish

Across 7 Thunderclap (6) 8 Dogs (6) 9 Island (4) 10 Then (at that time) (8) 11 Drawers (in a desk) (7) 13 Cordones (5) 15 Blonde (5) 17 Rarely (4,3) 20 Prince (8) 21 Bostezo (4) 23 Bronceado (6) 24 At random (2,4)


Down 1 Money in the form of bills or coins (4) 2 Eskimo hut (5) 3/18 Hold back to a later time (3,3) 5 Make different (5) 6 Disperse widely (6) 7 Plastic drinking container (6) 11 Bank clerk (6) 12 Military trainees (6) 14 Feel a powerful desire for (5) 15 Friendly Islands (5) 16 Bitter quarrel between two parties (4) 18 See 3

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

Down 1 Grey (in colour) (4) 2 Sin (religious) (6) 3 Para siempre (7) 4 Granos (en la piel) (5) 5 Press (newspapers) (6) 6 ¡Ven aquí! (4,4) 12 Acuario (8) 14 Suitcases (7) 16 Unknown (6) 18 De todos modos (6) 19 Worthy (5) 22 Débil (persona) (4)


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


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Bonito 2 Enable 3 Tallow 4 Zenith 5 Hallow 6 Teller 7 Fennel 8 Echoes 9 Dainty 10 Factor 11 Thirst 12 Stereo 13 Terror 14 Speedy 15 Meteor 16 Ferric 17 Spotty 18 Morose 19 Teethe



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


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

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



TARGET: • Average: 19 • Good: 26

• Very good: 38 • Excellent: 49

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

Average: 11 Good: 15 Very good: 22


Excellent: 29

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QUICK Across: 1 Sever, 3 Sushi, 6 Ale, 8 Cover up, 9 Daily, 10 Opus, 13 Away, 14 Wages, 17 Trident, 18 Pea, 19 Signs, 20 Edges.


Down: 1 Sham, 2 Recall, 3 Save, 4 Scrapheap, 5 Impose, 7 Emanating, 11 Cactus, 12 Rattle, 15 Less, 16 Pass.





1 Detach, 4 Masses, 9 Cabinet, 10 Scene, 11 Mayor, 12 Cheated, 13 Headmasters, 18 Returns, 20 Rogue, 22 Chain, 23 Elegant, 24 Rotten, 25 Mortar.

1 Músico, 4 Gospel, 9 Sueca, 10 Alacrán, 11 Assorted, 12 Uñas, 14 Dorado, 16 Deeper, 19 Codo, 20 Portátil, 23 Vulture, 24 Olive, 25 Scared, 26 Atasco.



1 Decamp, 2 Tabby, 3 Centred, 5 Aisle, 6 Sweater, 7 Steady, 8 Stock answer, 14 Extract, 15 Torpedo, 16 Grocer, 17 Heater, 19 Rinse, 21 Graft.

1 Mustard, 2 Steps, 3 Cuadrado, 5 Ojal, 6 Parsnip, 7 Lunes, 8 Nacer, 13 Beetroot, 15 Rodilla, 17 Relleno, 18 Money, 19 Caves, 21 Twins, 22 Rude.

App of the week Creepy crawlies Insect Identifier is a new app for working out which bug is which. Users snap pictures of an insect and the app attempts to find out what it is. It also contains Wikipedia entries in case you want more information. Additionally, you get a log that contains all of the bugs you have previously searched. This is an app genre that doesn’t have a ton of options, so definitely one for creepy crawly fans.

QUIZ: MYTHICAL CREATURES 1. According to Irish folklore, leprechauns are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending what? 2. Created in 1937 by novelist J R R Tolkien, what sort of imaginary creature is Bilbo Baggins? 3. ‘Every time a child says “I don't believe in fairies” there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead’ is a famous line from which 1904 play and a 1911 novel by J M Barrie? 4. In Enid Blyton’s series of Noddy books, what is the name of the wise, bearded brownie who lives in a toadstool house outside of Toyland and is Noddy's helper and father-figure? 5. In J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, what is the name of the house-elf who warns him not to return to Hogwarts and admits to intercepting Harry's post from his friends? 6. In Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, what are the names of the King and Queen of the Fairies? 7. The question researchers of which British comedy panel game television quiz show are known as Elves?

8. What did 16-year-old Elsie Wright and her nine-year old cousin Frances Griffiths claim that they had taken five photographs of in the Yorkshire village of Cottingley in mid-1917? 9. What was the name of the English poet who wrote the epic poem The Faerie Queene, published in two parts, in 1590 and 1596? 10. Which 1994 American Christmas fantasy family comedy film starring Tim Allen as Scott Calvin also features David Krumholtz as Bernard the Head Elf and Paige Tamada as Judy the Elf? Not a lot of people know that… a hybrid lion-eagle creature, the griffin was revered in mythology as the king of all creatures, and is found in European, Islamic, and Far Eastern traditions. One of the more unusual aspects of the species is that its claws were believed to cure the blind and have other medicinal powers.








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***Gordon Ramsey, Celebrity Chef; ***Warren G, Rapper and Producer; November 8, 52 November 10, 48 The Scottish chef and television personality, The West Coast rapper and hip hop producer Gordon Ramsey, became notorious for his achieved fame with Regulate, his 1994 debut single. He was honoured by the mayor of Long critical and oftentimes belittling demeanour on the ITV series Hell’s Kitchen. The father of four Beach with Warren G Week, from August 1 to 6, Prince Charles. also appeared on the TV series The Big Fish in 2005. Fight with fellow chef Jamie Oliver. ***Prince Charles, Royalty, November 14, 70 ***Delta Goodrem, Singer and Actress; November 9, Charles, Prince of Wales, is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history and the oldest in 300 years. He 34 Australian singer and actress Delta Goodrem is best was married to Diana, Princess of Wales from 1981 to known for her hit album Innocent Eyes and her 1996, before marrying Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. appearances on the TV show Neighbours. She has also ***Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor, November 11, 44 Actor Leonardo DiCaprio first rose to prominence for his appeared as a judge on The Voice, Australia.

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roles in the 1990’s films What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Romeo and Juliet and Titanic. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor as Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015). ***Grace Kelly, Movie Star, November 12, 89 Hollywood movie star Grave Kelly, who died in 1982, starred in the Alfred Hitchcock films Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. She also played a supporting role in the 1952 Western High Noon. Before Fame she danced and acted in high school productions. ***Lucy Fallon, Soap Actress, November 13, 22 British actress Lucy Fallon became best known for her role as Bethany Platt on the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The role earned her a nomination for Best Newcomer at the 2015 Inside Soap awards.

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

1887 - Gunslinger and gambler Doc Holliday, famous for his place in the gunfight at the OK Corral in tombstone, dies of tuberculosis. 1895 - German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen accidentally discovered X-rays while working on cathode rays, winning him the first Nobel Prize in physics six years later. 1907 - French bicycle maker Paul Cornu made the first successful flight in a helicopter, rising to an altitude of one foot. 1918 - the First World War ends after four years and 17 million casualties in one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. 1938 - Nazis and their sympathisers took part in a pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria, killing 70 and imprisoning 30,000 on Kristallnacht, or ‘night of the broken glass.’ 1965 - Rhodesia declares its independence from the UK under predominately white leadership. It eventually became Zimbabwe 14 years later after a bloody civil war. 1981 - The space shuttle Columbia makes history on its second mission when it became the first manned space craft to be launched twice. 1989 - The Berlin Wall falls allowing the free movement of people in the city for the first time since it was built in 1961. 1994 - Sweden votes to join the EU after a referendum saw a 52.3 per cent majority in favour, with the country joining on January 1, 1995.

This week in history

VIKING treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call… When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he’s faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies. As he juggles marine archaeology and the cut throat world of shipwreck diving, another murder blows the case wide open. To uncover the truth, Ryan must delve deeper into the hearts of those around him to find what lies beneath. Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime ‘whodunnit’ written by LJ Ross, which is set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.



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AVID sailors Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history, as they set out on a journey across the ocean. Assigned to deliver the 44-foot yacht, Hazana, to California, the couple find themselves fighting for survival against towering waves, and 140-mile-per-hour winds. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find her kindred spirit Richard, badly injured and their boat severely damaged. With no hope of rescue, she must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. ADRIFT, directed by Baltasar Kormakur, is a true and unforgettable story of survival, the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. It is released on Monday.




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Sleeping beauty WE all know we should get at least eight hours sleep a night. This advice has been drummed into us from childhood, sparking a lucrative industry of products promising to help us get to and stay asleep. We know sleep helps us recover from the day before, resting our bodies and allowing certain chemical processes to kick in which prepare us for the day ahead. But did you also know night-time is when your skin tries to repair itself, making it an optimum time to use certain beauty products? At night, skin goes into a mode of recovery, fighting to

repair any damage caused in the day. In fact, it can heal up to three times faster at night than in the day time. The hormone melatonin primarily works to make us feel sleepy but also works during the day to ward off damage from UV and pollution. Another hormone, HGH (the human growth hormone), also gets to work while we sleep, helping to speed up our skin’s repair process and regenerate cells. This causes our cell production to double between the hours of 11pm and 4am and potentially triple in our deep sleep between 2am and 4am.

So it’s no wonder cosmetic companies are falling over themselves to create products designed specifically to be used at night and which take advantage of and assist our bodies’ natural processes. The range of products available ranges from serums, to creams and masks, each promising to tackle a variety of issues and help you wake up looking more rested. So which one is for you? If you are suffering from red, inflamed or sensitive skin, you may benefit from a calming solution which will work with your body as it restores itself. REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm (€48 from is a ‘rich night balm that feeds the skin when it is most perceptive to healing. Targeting sensitivity, inflammation and dryness, the balm boosts and safeguards natural regeneration and repair.’ For more sensitive skins which prefer a more natural ap-

REN: Offers a product to repair skin overnight. proach, the formula uses olive, almond, borage, jojoba, betaglucan, sunflower and linseed oils to calm stressed out skins. For a more anti-ageing product for those worried more about lines and wrinkles, there is the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturiser (€53.50 from This cream claims to work overnight to reveal more luminous skin, and ‘gently clears the dulling effects of time and sun damage, nourishing with moisture.’ Finally, for those specifically worried about dryness around the eyes, there are a variety of overnight eye creams such as Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream (€30 from This balm claims to strengthen, ‘skin under the eye while minimising the presence of fine lines and morning puffy eyes.’



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THE eighth edition of the Huercal-Overa Tapas Route initiative gets going tomorrow (Friday), giving foodies the opportunity to win prizes for trying a great selection of local bar snacks in many of the town’s eateries. Revealing details of this year’s event, Hu e r c a l - Ov e r a ma y o r Domingo Fernandez said the aim of the annual culinary event is to “promote and motivate the catering trade, and to encourage people to get out.” The mayor invited all HuercalOvera residents and visitors to “enjoy our tapas route, which will delight you with the great flavours of our land and which will be in the company of friends, companions and family.” Fernandez also revealed that one of this year’s novelties will be a prize for best waiter or waitress in the participating establishments in recognition of the quality of the work of the professionals “who make our Tapas Route possible.” The person trying most tapas will win a trip valued at €300 and a bunch of goodies from a beer

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Tapas tour

WIN-WIN: Foodies can try a selection of tapas and be in the running for prizes. company. Second prize is a weekend stay for two in a rural hostal and beer products, third prize a set of professional knives and beer p ro d u cts , fo u rth priz e a nnua l

membership to a sports club and a c a s e of w ine , w hile fifth pla c e prize will also be a case of wine. The be e r c ompa ny w ill a ls o award two dinners to groups of a

minimum of f i ve per sons who s e nd in a phot ogr aph of t hem selves with a tapa and one of their beers to huercaolveraturismo@


The local council will post the images on its Tourism and Culture Department Facebook page, the two gaining the most likes winning the dinners valued at €150 each to be enjoyed in one of the participating establishments. Voting will be held from November 19 to 23. The establishments taking part have been divided into four distinct areas, the different routes each i dent i f i ed by a col our. To participate in the draws it will be necessary to collect a minimum of 10 stamps, which have to be from at least two establishments in each area. Anyone managing to munch their way through enough tapas to qualify will be in the running for a €30 petrol voucher and a case of wine. Last year around 50,000 tapas were served over the Tapas Route week in more than 20 participating establishments, and this year that number could be even higher, the tapas on offer in some eateries including dishes suitable for celiacs. The Tapas Route runs until November 18.

Rebirth of a city VERA will mark the 5th centenary of the earthquake which destroyed the old town with a series of events tomorrow (Friday). The day begins with the planting of 150 trees by local schoolchildren in the Rambla Park to mark each life lost in the earthquake, which hit on November , 1518. Evening events include a conference about the earthquake in the parish church, a theatre

route with actors playing different characters from the time of the earthquake, along with dancing to Renaissance period music and storytelling. At the end of the evening a video simulating the night of the earthquake will be projected onto the church façade before all the lights are turned out in the town’s central square and there is a minute’s silence in memory of the victims.

COMMEMORATION: Local children will plant 150 trees in the Rambla Park to mark each life lost in the earthquake.


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Debut works in the spotlight DUETS: Sole Gimenez has recorded with male artists from a variety of musical genres.

VENUE: The Cervantes Theatre will be the venue for the screenings of the six films. SIX films will compete for prizes in a national competition for debut works supported by the Almeria International Film Festival Festival director David Carron and provincial Culture deputy Antonio J Rodriguez last week revealed the names of the finalists: Killing God, Dhogs, Carmen & Lola, With the Wind, The End and Journey to a Mother’s Room. The six films reaching the finals of

what is the 17th edition of the competition were chosen from among 102 productions, 57 of which are documentaries. All six films will be screened during the festival at the Cervantes Theatre. Antonio J Rodriguez recommended all the finalists, while pointing out that one, Dhogs, had the extra interest of being partly filmed in Almeria.

Poetry please

CULTURE: The Valparaiso Foundation promotes fine arts, literature and music. THE Valaparaiso Foundation in Mojacar has set the date for the 20th Paul Beckett poetry competition. A jury made up of prominent figures from the literary world and headed by an academic, will decide which best original book or collection of original poems of a free theme and form, written in Spanish, merits the €4,000 prize. The winning entry will be announced in February 2019 and will be published in the ‘Beatrice’ collection created for the competition.

Poets have until December 14 to enter their work: entries labelled ‘For the Paul Beckett Poetry Prize’ must be sent with a separate sealed envelope along with the author’s full name and address and a short bibliography. The Valparaiso Foundation is a private, non-profit organisation for promotion and research in the field of fine arts, literature and music. It was founded by Paul and Beatrice Beckett, originally from Denmark, who settled permanently in Mojacar in 1972.

They bought and restored an old olive mill which today is still a residence where artists, writers and researchers spend two weeks working thanks to scholarships awarded by the foundation and Mojacar Council. The foundation carries out a variety of activities within the world of culture in addition to the residences and this poetry prize, holding a prestigious position within literature, photography, theatre and the Proyecto Luna youth programme.

Sensitive Sole ARTIST Sole Gimenez takes her The Sensitive Men tour to Adra this month. She will be performing songs from her seventh album, which at a time when the rights of women are very much in the spotlight, takes men finding their sensitive, emotional side as its central theme. The album features

duets with Spanish and Latin American singers of different generations and from different musical genres, among them Víctor Manuel, David DeMaría, Mikel Erentxun, Antonio Carmona, Teo Cardalda, Pedro Guerra and Carlos Goñi. The former lead singer of the jazz band Presuntos Implicados, Sole Gimenez has per-

formed with many famous artists during her career, including Herbie Hancock and Randy Crawford. Her Adra concert on Saturday November 24 is just one of the activities programmed in the municipality to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.

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Model actress Star studded music awards

ELSA PATAKY: Holidayed in Madrid.

Sunseeker Shelby SINCE her relationship with Pete Wicks came to an abrupt end a couple of months ago, TOWIE’S Shelby Tribble appeared to be moving on as she enjoyed some solitary time in the balmy Spanish sun-

shine recently. The 25-year-old reality star looked sensational as she flaunted her tanned and toned physique in a floral string bikini and frolicked in the autumn rays.

THE music industry’s most talented and gorgeous were out in force at MTV’s European Music Awards 2018 in Bilbao on Sunday. Host Hailee Steinfeld looked incredible as she warned ‘anything can happen’ during the EMA’s consistently unpredictable gong presentations. Camila Cabello rolled into the star-studded event as the most nominated artist, with six potentials to her name. Ariana Grande and Post Malone were not far behind her with five statuette nominations a piece. But it was Cabello who stole the show, walking away with four of the six awards she was put forward for. Explosive live performances were put on by Nicki Minaj, Halsey, Panic! At the Disco,

CHIC Claire Foy kept her outfit simple and elegant as she stepped out for The Girl in the Spider’s Web photocall in Madrid. Her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown earned the actress critical acclaim and a string of trophies during award seasons over the last few years.  And the 34-year-old British sensation ensured all eyes were

Alessia Cara, Little Mix to name a few. And Janet Jackson proved exactly why she was the recipient of the Global Icon Award, as she hit the stage for a memorable performance. Among award winners were: Best artist and US act, as well as video and song - Camila Cabello with Havana ft. Young Thug; best pop act - Dua Lipa; best new act - Cardi B; best group - BTS; best hip hop and best look - Nicki Minaj; best live - Shawn Medes; best rock - 5 Seconds of Summer; and best alternative - Panic! At the Disco.

GONG QUEEN: Camila swept the board.

Foy on promo trail on her once again as she donned a navy utility minidress as she was papped at the press event at Villamagna Hotel last week. The edgy outfit featured an exposed silver zipper, large black pockets and a pulled-in belted waist. Her clear-skinned, porcelain face was simply en-

hanced with dewy, natural make-up, and her short, brunette hair was slicked back. Commanding attention as she continued the promotional trail for the flick, Foy said her role in The Crown ‘doesn’t define her.’ Foy is the third actress to play Lisbeth Salander in the movie franchise.

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GORGEOUS Spanish actress Elsa Pataky showed off her toned legs and flat stomach during a breathtaking photo shoot as she modelled for Byron Bay’s Spell and The Gypsy during a Madrid break. The 42-year-old made the most of the chilled vibes in the bay after relocating to the Australian coastal town with her actor husband Chris Hemsworth  in 2014.

CLAIRE FOY: The British actress has string of films and gongs to her name.

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Mike Senker In my opinion Views of a Grumpy Old Man SO, this week Lord Hain named Sir Philip Green, in the House of Lords, as the ‘celebrity’ who took out an injunction against the Daily Telegraph, to stop them naming him in accusations of alleged sexual harassment and racial abuse. The accusations, to be honest, are irrelevant, because recently many multi-millionaire businessmen in the UK have been accused of something. Hain himself resigned years ago due to an undeclared donation, and the fact he is involved with the law firm representing the Telegraph is surely a conflict of interest, even though he says he was unaware the firm was the same one he was paid by. Yeah, right, ok. Green, who I have no time for, got the injunction as he can afford it, proving there’s a law for the super wealthy and another for everyone else, which in itself is wrong. Hain’s rationale for using his Parliamentary privilege to name Green is that ‘it was in the public interest.’ Remember, these are just accusations at the moment. There is also a massive difference between the public interest and the public being interested. In my opinion, it’s

not in the public interest at all, but the public love reading this stuff. In it’s most basic form, a non-disclosure agreement is a legal contract between at least two parties, that outlines confidential material they share, but don’t wish to share with anyone else. In business it makes perfect sense, but the NDAs are used as a confidentiality agreement with those that receive a large sum of money for keeping their mouth shut about an allegation of wrong-doing. These days it’s mostly sexual harassment or worse. Why did the accused pay the accuser? It’s not unusual for these wealthy guys to pay to make accusations go away, and therefore never get to court. You never read about Mr Small Businessman being accused of these things. It’s not newsworthy, even if the ‘little’ man subsequently ends up in court and is found guilty. It doesn’t make the news and I’m sure a few of these settle and get an NDA. I think people should not be named until found guilty. The system is just wrong. Injunctions are useless because of the internet and Parliamentary privilege. If an MP doesn’t shout out the name, it’s printed in every paper that can be bothered to report it so it’s out in the open in days. Just put it in your preferred search engine and there it is.


Bullfights divide opinion By Cathy Elelman BRITISH residents joined protestors voicing opposition to the reappearance of bullfighting in Albox for the first time in more than 15 years, taking part in an Antitaurinos Almeria demonstration last Saturday afternoon at the temporary bullring in La Molata. Speaking to the Euro Weekly News, Albox mayor Francisco Torrecillas defended the council’s decision to include bullfighting on the All Saints Day fiesta programme. He stressed the decision had been a response to requests his administration had received from numerous local bullfighting enthusiasts, pointing out bullfighting has ‘national fiesta’ status. “I profoundly respect people who are against bullfighting, including all the foreigners who live here with us,” he added however. “It’s their right to express their opinions.” Certainly plenty of people filled the bullring. “It’s a tradition here,” said Bernadino, who was at the event with his family.

PROTEST: The protestors shouted ‘This is torture! Not art or culture.’ torture and suffering of an ani“They don’t understand the mal to its inevitable death.” fiesta,” said Manuel Gutierrez Sandra Smith, was surprised of the protestors. “They don’t by how many people had know about the money it generbrought children along, saying ates.” she hoped the protest would Joaquin Horta, who works help change minds as “no anifor the company which staged mal deserves to be tortured. the bullfights, and is a mozo de “There is no tradition, culture espadas (sword page), reckons or art in something which is the people who are against it don’t suffering of a living creature,” take into consideration the priviinsisted Amparo Rodriguez, deleged life of the bulls before scribing it as “perverse” to “rear they appear in the ring and the a living creature to cruelly tor‘sacrifices’ of the bullfighters. ture it in the end.” On the other side of the arguShe said the return of bullment was protestor Audrey fighting to Albox was “an enorBullen, describing it as “unmous step backwards in a speakable” and “barbaric” that civilised society.” anyone “enjoys the deliberate

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Priority action INFRASTRUCTURE: The works in Los Menchones are aimed at preventing flooding. ARBOLEAS Town Hall is carrying out works in the Los Menchones area of the municipality aimed at preventing flooding in the zone. Arboleas mayor Cristobal Garcia described the works

a s a ‘s tra te gic a c tion,’ which involve channelling a gully with a concrete base to try and ensure rainwater flow s s a fe ly a w a y from properties. The mayor said the works

were part of the council’s strategy of prioritising investments in infrastructure upgrades in different areas of the municipality to ensure optimum maintenance during the rainy months. Also being carried out in Los Menchones have been works on water and sewage pipes. Garcia said the council is seeking to improve infrastructure in general in Arboleas, dealing with the most immediate needs first, with a view to ‘creating infrastructure which transform our town,’ and improve residents’ quality of life.

Early morning accident A GROUP of youngsters were involved in a traffic accident in Zurgena at the weekend. The accident occurred around the Kilometre 80 mark of the A-334 early last Sunday morning, going in the direction of the A7 dual-carriageway. According to reports, the car had joined the road from the dual-carriageway coming from Albox. It then came off the road and ended up on its side. Four occupants managed to get out the vehicle on their own, while a fifth was trapped inside. The emergency services had to remove the top of the car to be able to rescue them; the accident victims were then transferred to Huercal-Overa hospital. Firefighters, Guardia Civil Traffic officers, medical and road maintenance professionals all attended the scene of the accident.

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Landslide prevention

PROTECTION: The provincial government says the works will prevent landslides. THE provincial government has completed €100,000 worth of works on the Las Lomas Hill in Zurgena aimed at preventing the risk of landslides affecting properties below. The complicated works, which began in May, addressed the problem created by water filtering down through the slope. Going from top to

bottom, first material which had slid down the hill was removed, then action was taken to stop this occurring again. This included creating a lower protection barrier made of metal anchored to the ground. The works have reduced the incline of the hill from 40º to approximately 30º.

Quirky prize winner A QUIRKY reconstruction of early 20th century life to highlight the important role of quarry workers in local Macael history has won top prize in a competition for local authorities. The ‘Quarry Workers and Chiefs Struggle for Marble’ recreation of Macael in the first half of the 20th century earned the municipality the Progress 2018 award, which recognises the initiative, originality and innovation of local administration projects which contribute to the well-being of local residents and which serve as an ideal forum for the exchange of experiences and good practices. The jury of representatives from the Andalucia Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, the Foundation for the Development of Andalucia’s Towns, the Andalucia government’s Local Administration department, and universities in Andalucia gave Macael’s project the prize in the Sports, Youth and Tourism section for municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants. Macael mayor Raul Martinez Requejo said the prize was for all Macael residents, “a recognition of the involvement, effort and dedication of a town to make known their history and their culture so tied to the exploitation of marble.”

FIGHT RETURNS: The fight is set for Saturday November 3.


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Invest time in your tools COLDER, rainy days offer the perfect chance to give the garden shed an overhaul. Lock yourself away for an afternoon and give those hard working tools a good clean or fix up. All you need is a bucket of warm soapy water, a kitchen knife and a stiff brush to clean off dried-on muck and spruce up your hoes, spades, forks, rakes and trowels. Mower blades, shears and secateurs as well as old iron spades or hoes (don’t try to sharpen stainless-steel ones) will benefit from a light touch-up too, which will make them easier to use. It is a good idea to invest in a decent sharpening stone if you have a workbench with a vice for holding blades steady while you work on them, ideally several of different sizes and



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“McLaren hits top gear

MCLAREN has revealed its fastest ever road car. The 250mph Speedtail. Described as the modern version of the F1, the three-seater comes with an incredible price tag. Marketed at €2 million, anybody who wishes to own one of these supercars will have to fork out around €2.4 million after taxes. But while replacing one of the greatest cars of all time is no easy task, McLaren’s latest supercar entry has plenty to shout about in its own right. Built with a 5.2-metre long sweeping body, it is designed to be as aerodynamic as possible, while still offering plenty for the eye to enjoy. This includes an all-carbon fibre body, aluminium active suspension and carbon ceramic brakes, while the flashy motor boasts a petrol-electric hybrid engine capable of 1,035bhp, which gives the car the power to accelerate from 0-186mph in an eye-watering 12.8 seconds. However, arguably the most interesting feature of the Speedtail is its interior setup. Fitted with just three seats, the driver is

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centrally located in the cockpit, just like the famous McLaren F1. The racing-inspired position can place a passenger either side of the driver, in the teardrop-shaped compartment. Unlike most supercars, this one is actually built for grand touring, rather than track performance, meaning that more thought and care has been lavished on the interior. The inside is trimmed with carbon fibre, airline leather and other exclusive materials, all of which can be customised through the McLaren Special Operations department. The Speedtail is due for delivery in 2020, with McLaren offering an exclusive line of just 106 cars.

NEED FOR SPEED: The Speedtail lives up to its name.


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OWN DIRECTION: Waymo self-driving cars are a Google affiliated project.

Driverless cars pose control concern PARAMEDICS have been told to watch out for driverless cars leaving the scene after accidents. Guidance for emergency workers says they should keep a door open when working on a driverless vehicle, because this will stop it self-driving away. The document, released by Waymo, the self-driving car project spun out of Google, advises them to open a door of the vehicle ‘to prevent the vehicle from self-driving’ when responding to an accident. The car will also not drive away if an airbag is deployed, in ‘park’ mode, or the handbrake is on.

Emergency workers are then advised to call a special hotline set up by the company to disable the self-drive and convert the car into manual mode. Workers may also have to cut a power supply cable in order to disable the car’s battery, when working at the front of the vehicle. “Keep at least one door open while in front of the vehicle to prevent it from self-driving,” says the guidance. “Also, use standard precautions including wheel chocks.” If a car is pulled over by police, the technology means it will behave like a law-abiding human driver, the company

have said. The cars are programmed to detect sirens on police cars or other emergency vehicles and give way to them, the document says. They can also tell if a police car is behind them flashing its lights and are designed to pull over and stop when this happens. The car can then unlock its own doors and roll down windows so that a remote team from Waymo can speak to the police officer. A self-driving car can automatically tell if it has been involved in a crash and will stop, and alert the company, which

can call 911 if necessary. It also has teams of people who can be sent to accident sites to help passengers and emergency services. Workers towing a car are asked to ‘use caution to avoid damaging sensors,’ which are on the front and back of the vehicle. The company is testing fully self-driving cars without a backup driver in Phoenix, Arizona, and is transporting a small group of early adopters around an area of the city. It also plans to introduce a self-driving taxi service open to the public within the next few months.

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Mazda 6 reinvents itself IT is hard to think of a car that has had more makeovers than the Mazda 6. However, even though it has had four updates, only five years have passed since the model was first revealed. This is the sturdiest version yet, with an entirely new interior, two new engines, but with only slight tweaks to the styling. The 2.2-litre diesel option delivers plenty of kick in the rev range, so you’re never short changed pulling away from a junction or going for an overtake. Apart from the acceleration, the Mazda 6 is pleasingly quiet on the move, and there is good body control over larger bumps and undulations. Quick, light steering makes the 6 feel agile, but it can also result in turning into corners a little more quickly than you’d expect, and there is some steering kick-back over bumps. Mazda wants the 6 series to compete on level terms with cars like the BMW-Series and the Audi A4, and the interior has undergone quite the revamp. The result is impressive, tastefully designed, expensive-feeling plastics and some upmarket touches like a dashboard slathered in faux-suede on top-spec models. The infotainment system, while still commendable for its clarity and ease of use, is starting to look a little dated next to the plush, high-resolution widescreen systems on offer in its rivals. There are split-folding rear seats which you can flop down from within the boot thanks to clever releases sited at the top of the boot opening. Despite the higher-end models on offer in the 6-series, the mid-range version provides the best value. Not only do you get all the toys needed from the SE Lux form, but you also get smaller wheels and higher-profile tyres, which help with the ride. The makeover hasn’t been about teaching an old dog new tricks, so much as keeping this middle aged thruster in good health.

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ROAD TEST by Nick Fletcher HOT hatchbacks still have a strong following, and for many are the ideal blend of everyday practicality, with sporty performance at a relatively affordable price. The new Suzuki Swift Sport ticks all of the boxes, and its revised and more potent styling is a real head-turner. There is just one model, priced at €20,229 (£17,999) which is cheaper than most of its main rivals in the class. Powered by a free-revving 1.4-litre 138hp turbo-petrol engine, the Swift Sport has a very quick 0-100kph time of 8.1 seconds, and a top speed of 209kph (130mph). Average fuel economy is 17.8kpl (50.4mpg) and emissions are 125g/km. The standard six-speed manual gearbox is well-spaced and slick to operate, and the suspension set-up is perfectly balanced for agile and assured cornering, while delivering a more compliant ride quality than most hot hatches. Its overall driving dynamics


Suzuki Swift Sport STATS PANEL Model: Suzuki Swift Sport Engine: 1.4 litre turbo petrol Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100 kph 8.1 seconds, top speed 209 kph (130 mph) Economy: 17.8 kpl (50.4 mpg) Emissions: 125 g/km

Model tested is UKspecification and equipment levels and prices may vary in other markets. are hard to fault, and will delight drivers seeking an engaging and zestful response. This four-door model has a coupe look thanks to disguised rear door handles, and the cabin impresses with sculpted sports seats, contrasting red trim inserts and a well-designed instrument panel, housing large twin

HEAD-TURNER: The new Suzuki Swift Sport offers a zestful response. dials and an inset panel which displays turbo boost, lateral acceleration and average speed readings. With its higher roofline and wider body, the Swift Sport offers plenty of space for four adults, and the boot, though not the largest in its sector, still pro-

vides a useful 265 litres, expanding to 579 litres with the rear seats folded. Based on the top-spec SZ5 trim, the Swift Sport has plenty of standard kit, which includes auto air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control, four powered windows, rear parking camera,

digital radio, Bluetooth, smartphone mirroring, sat-nav, alloy wheels, twin exhausts and rear spoiler. Safety features include lane departure warning, tyre-pressure monitoring and stability control. Overall, the Swift Sport is a very significant contender, in

a class which includes the likes of the Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTI, both of which have higher price tags. With its sharper styling, responsive driving and value for money, the Swift Sport should attract new buyers to the Suzuki brand.

Good year for Porsche PORSCHE AG is having a good year with revenue, re-

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turns and sale, all growing in the first nine months of the year. The operating result compared with the same period in the previous year grew by around 11 per cent to €3.3 billion, with revenue increasing by 12 per cent to €19.1 billion. The return on sales was 17.4 per cent. Deliveries grew by 6 per cent, with the company handing over 196,562 vehicles to customers by the end of September. The workforce grew around 8 per cent to reach 31,753 employees. “The Panamera and our icon, the 911, enjoyed a particularly noticeable increase in demand,” said Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG. “Behind all of this is our strong workforce, which is expanding towards a record level of 32,000 total employ-

ees. Around a quarter of the 1,200 jobs for our first purely electric sports car, the Taycan, have already been filled. Now that the Supervisory Board has given the green light for the Taycan Cross Turismo - the series-production version of our second electric sports car - we plan to take on an additional 300 people,” adds Blume. According to Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board, Finance and IT at Porsche, the result for the third quarter is attributable in particular to positive mix effects and increased volume. A negative impact was caused by unfavourable currency fluctuations and high investments in electrification, as well as the development of new business fields.


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Premier League Preview

STERLING EFFORT: Raheem Sterling was at the heart of City’s win. owner in a helicopter crash. On an afternoon when football seemed both irrelevant and a wel-

come outlet for the Foxes’ grieving players and fans, the two clubs united to remember Vichai Srivad-

ENGLAND’S rugby union team hung on to claim a breathless 12-11 victory over South Africa at Twickenham to get their autumn internationals off to a winning start. An inexperienced pack felt the full force of South African physicality in the first half, and England’s indiscipline soon hurt them. Hendre Pollard slotted over an early penalty for the Boks and England lock Maro Itoje was then sin-binned for not rolling away after a try-saving tackle on Sbu Nkosi. Only desperate defence on the line and then an overthrown line-out from South African hooker Malcolm Marx prevented a try, and when Farrell’s first penalty levelled it up, England had weathered some intense pressure. However, a Springbok try was coming, and when Dami-

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England sneak Springbok win SWING LOW: England had to fight to the end to win. an de Allande stepped and accelerated to open up England’s defence, the ball went wide through the quick hands of Aphiwe Dyantyi and Warren Whiteley to send Nkosi over in the corner. But Pollard missed the conversion and when Farrell nailed his second long-ranger, England were somehow only two points down at half-time. But England’s penalty count continued to climb when play resumed, and it was only handling errors from South Africa that let them off the hook. Then out of nowhere England took the lead, with fullback Elliott Daly smashing a huge 46m penalty over for a 9-8 lead. Confidence began to flow with Farrell, Daly and Jonny May all making runs into

Springbok territory. Pollard knocked over a penalty of his own from distance to wrestle back the lead, but Daly then went on a scything run only for Brad Shields to spill the ball three metres out. However, England smashed the Springboks at the subsequent scrum and Farrell stroked over his third penalty to make it 12-11. Agonisingly for South African fly-half Hendre Pollard, he saw a penalty of his own clip the outside of the right post with four minutes remaining. With the clock on overtime, Farrell produced a huge hit on Andre Esterhuizen, and though the challenge went to the video referee, it was deemed legal and England were home.

dhanaprabha and the other four people who lost their lives on October 27.

When Demarai Gray scored with a low finish early in the second half, he unveiled an undershirt which had the words ‘For Khun Vichai’ emblazoned on it. Leicester will next face Burnley on Saturday, while Cardiff will take on Brighton. Alexander Lacazette’s late equaliser extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 13 games in a hard fought 1-1 draw with Liverpool at the Emirates stadium. James Milner’s powerful strike just after the hour, looked to have put unbeaten Liverpool on course for three points. The Reds will feel hard done by after a first-half strike from Sadio Mane was incorrectly ruled out for offside. Liverpool will next play Fulham at Anfield on Sunday, while Arsenal will face Wolves. Other fixtures this weekend will see Crystal Palace face Tottenham, Chelsea host Everton, and West Ham travel to Huddersfield.

La Liga Preview

Real rise from the ashes REAL MADRID grabbed a fortunate victory against Real Valladolid in Santiago Solari’s first game in charge, which was their first league win in six games. Valladolid hit the crossbar twice in the second half before a late deflected strike gave Madrid the lead. Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr cut in from the right wing and hit an effort that was going well off target until it hit defender Kiko Olivas. Sergio Ramos then chipped in a late penalty after Karim Benzema was fouled, and Ramos’ last five league goals have all been penalties. Real had only picked up one point from their previous five La Liga games, including last Sunday’s 5-1 thrashing by Barcelona, a result which cost boss Julen Lopetegui his job. Los Blancos will next face Celta Vigo on Sunday, while Real Valladolid will entertain Eibar on Saturday. Barcelona stole two late goals to beat struggling Rayo Vallecano in a thriller, extending their lead at the top of La Liga to four points. Luis Suarez put Barca ahead from Jordi Alba’s cutback, but Jose Pozo equalised with an excellent 25-yard shot. Substitute Alberto Garcia tapped home with his first touch as Payo looked set for a much needed second La Liga win of the season. But Ousmane Dembele’s sweet half-volley and Suarez’s last-minute strike won the day for

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MANCHESTER CITY cruised to a 6-1 demolition of Southampton to return to the top of the Premier League. City’s thumping win, with Aguero and Sterling at the forefront of all their good work, marked the 12th time that Guardiola’s side have scored five or more goals in a league game since the Spaniard arrived at the club. Aguero, Silva, Sterling (2) and Sane were all on the scoresheet for City (along with a Hoedt own goal), with Danny Ings’ penalty the only crumb of comfort in a woeful Southampton display. Guardiola’s side have now won eight of their last nine matches across all competitions, and have conceded only once in six games. Man City will next host Manchester United in the derby on Sunday, while Southampton entertain Watford on Saturday. Leicester City played with great bravery and nerve to beat Cardiff City 1-0 on an emotional day, in the first game since the death of their

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City crush sorry Saints

TAKE A BOW: Brazilian Vinicius Jr celebrates his goal for Real Madrid. the irrepressible Catalan side. Barca will next host Real Betis on Sunday, while Real Vallecano will entertain Villareal. Elsewhere, Alaves slipped up in a 2-1 away defeat to Eibar, while Sevilla played out an uninspiring goalless draw with Real Sociedad, to also lose ground on the league leaders. Other fixtures this weekend will see Atletico Madrid host Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla entertain Espanyol and Alaves travel to Leganes.


8 - 14 November 2018 DAME KELLY HOLMES described Laura Muir, who is the European 1,500m champion, as a ‘future Olympic champion’ as she presented the 25-year-old with Scotland’s athlete of the year award.

the series before this Sunday’s final Test in Leeds. Connor put the hosts into an early lead with a penalty before Kiwi captain Dallin WateneZelezniak scored the opening try for the visitors. England drew level before the interval with a composed finish out wide by Makinson, after good hands from

those inside him. But New Zealand regained the lead after the break as WateneZlezniak carved through the defence before feeding Ken Maumalo on the wing for a simple run in. Shaun Johnson added a further two points before England hit back with

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TOMMY MAKINSON stole the show with a hat-trick of tries as England’s rugby league side sealed the three-match series with a 20-14 victory over New Zealand at Anfield. The St Helens’ winger followed a thumping try-saving tackle with three clinical tries as England battled back to win a bruising second Test. Makinson’s decisive score, in which he weaved through the Kiwi defence and beat the fullback to score, completed a superb individual performance. Jake Connor claimed England’s other try as the hosts overturned a 14-6 deficit to win

Makinson’s second try of the match in the corner. England piled on the pressure and Tom Burgess got over the line only to be held up by three Kiwi defenders. But the match was soon all square as Connor went over after a New Zealand handling error. Then it was time for Makinson to claim his third and best try of the evening, scampering inside off his wing before snaking his way to the try line including a side-step to get past the full-back.

MAKING IT HAPPEN: Tommy Makinson was the stand out performer.


Rose triumphs in Turkey ENGLAND’S Justin Rose regained the world number one spot after successfully defending his Turkish Airlines Open title, overcoming China’s Li Haotong in a playoff on Sunday. Rose carded five birdies in a typically consistent display to take a one-shot advantage after 16 holes in the final round at the Antalya event. However, he bogeyed the 17th hole to slip back into a share of first with overnight leader Li. Mediocre putts on the 18th from both Li and Rose meant they both finished at 17under-par after 72 holes. Both players returned to the playoff and after Rose missed a 15footer for birdie, Li surprisingly three-putted from just nine yards to hand his opponent the title. The 23-year-old Li said: “A tough day for me, honestly. “I think I played well the whole week, but didn’t hole a few putts on the last and that was it.” It was the first time Rose had successfully defended a title in his career and it moved him above American Brooks Koepka at the top of the witter stinRose99/T Credit: @Ju

Makinson hat-trick kills Kiwis


world rankings. Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and Belgian Thomas Detry both finished with rounds of 65 to share third on 15 under. German Martin Kaymer closed on 14-under alongside Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, while English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett were a shot further back.

JUSTIN TIME: Rose reeled in overnight leader Li.

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