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ISSUE NO. 1760

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THE Spanish government is doing its best to prepare for all possible Brexit scenarios and to reduce the impact on British citizens, whatever the eventual outcome. That was the message from the Spanish Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Integration and Coordination of General Affairs in the EU at an informative meeting on Brexit organised by PSOE-Somos Mojacar in the Mojacar Parador on Monday. Speaking exclusively to the Euro Weekly News, Jose Pascual Marco emphasised, “We want to send out a message of calm, but we don’t want to deceive people. “Leaving the European Union is not a joke. And although the Spanish government is trying to minimise the trauma, it is a trauma.” Coming to Mojacar straight from a European Council meeting, and in the midst of maximum Brexit uncertainty, Sr Marco told the packed meeting room the common thinking is there is only a “very slim” possibility of the UK “crashing out” of the EU. But he stressed, “We have got to prepare for that chance.” UK residents “have nothing to worry about for the time be-

Young soldier shot and killed A YOUNG member of the Spanish Legion based in Viator has died after being shot during a training exercise in Alicante. The 22-year-old soldier, Alejandro Jimenez Cruz from Palma de Mallorca, was taking part in a live fire exercise involving around 100 soldiers on Monday evening. The Legionnaire was rushed by military ambulance to hospital, but lost his battle for life before he reached there. The Defence Ministry has

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Preparing for Brexit fallout

NO JOKE: The Spanish government’s Director General for Integration and Coordination of General Affairs in the EU made it clear Brexit is a very serious business. ing” if there is an orderly Brexit, he clarified. In a no-deal scenario the safety nets are international law and European Commission contingency measures, the Commission giving member-states some ‘leeway’ to supplement these measures. Sr Marco detailed Spain’s preparations in the event of a UK withdrawal without an agreement, specifically a royal decree under which contingency measures would be adopted and offer assurances, albeit temporary, on matters like residency

and healthcare access. Although unilateral the expectation is this would be reciprocated by the British government. “I would say the philosophy of the Spanish government is that as far as possible we don’t want the British to suffer because of Brexit, and especially British people in Spain because they make a valuable contribution to our national life and are part of our country, and I think we’ve gone the extra mile to try and help,” he commented. Sr Marco responded to more

than 20 questions from the mainly British audience. He acknowledged Brexit will ‘touch many aspects of people’s lives,’ and promised to take note of queries he was unable to address and respond, adding the Spanish government would be releasing an explanatory document in English for British nationals over the coming days. “For me it’s been really valuable to be here: I’ve learnt a lot,” Sr Marco told EWN. “It’s important that public officials listen directly to people.”




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Keeping countryside clean

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Dinghy found NATIONAL POLICE int e r c e p t e d a f o u r- m e t r e long inflatable dinghy with eight Algerian nationals on board a mile off the shore of the Algarrobico beach in Carboneras, arresting three of them as responsible for trying to get the immigrants to Spain.

Drug find LOCAL POLICE in Nijar found a bundle containing 40 kilos of cannabis resin hidden in a n a re a o f s c r u b l a n d close to the Las Negras coast after following up on a walker’s report of a suspicious package.

Masked hit POLICE arrested a man in connection with three robberies, one a hit on an Almeria City bakery last November along with a thief who hid his face with a Halloween mask, who was then arrested in December.

MESSAGE: The children have designed posters aimed at raising awareness on the importance of caring for the natural environment. PUPILS at the Palomares primary school are doing their bit to keep the countryside clean. The children are for the third year running taking part in a campaign to raise aware-

ness about the importance of caring for the natural environment to coincide with the traditional Day of the Old Lady picnic, which is celebrated today (Thursday). The children have de-

signed posters for the beach and the woods and have made a video of their calls to respect natural surroundings. The older children will visit the woods later today to collect rubbish.

Sex abuse children’s doctor

A CHILDREN’S doctor is facing 26 years and six months in jail after admitting to sexually abusing six youngsters between the ages of four and 13. Colombian-born paediatrician Carlos Alexander R L was serving as a physician in Almeria Province when he committed the offences. The Public Prosecutor’s Office, which had initially asked for a 37-year sentence, changed its demands to 26 years and six months in prison. The doctor apologised to his victims and their families during the trial at the Almeria Provincial Court. The paediatrician worked at various clinics in the province between 2008 and

2013. Taking advantage of his status as a doctor, he established ‘relations of trust’ with the children’s mothers, especially with those who were also Colombian, single and had problems in getting legal residency. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, he obtained the mothers’ consent for the children to spend ‘an afternoon or a weekend’ at his home in Roquetas de Mar. It was there the abuse happened.

The Alarcon Fernandez de Arellano school is part of the Andalucia Ecoschool network. Schools in Vera, Pulpi, Mojacar and Carboneras have also participated in the campaign.

In addition to imprisonment, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has requested 42 years of probation and payment of compensation of between €15,000 and €10,000 for the moral damage caused to the victims. At the time of the sexual abuse, the defendant was fleeing his country, where he had been sentenced to 38 months’ imprisonment for similar offences. In March 2014, he was arrested in Colombia, where he had returned, thanks to the collaboration of the Colombian police, Interpol and the Guardia Civil. He was extradited to Spain on July 8, 2016.


Claim doesn’t ring true A WOMAN’S claim a thief grabbed her bag containing €82,000 from lottery ticket sales just didn’t ring true, Guardia Civil decided. The supposed victim reported an individual had approached her just before Christmas in Roquetas de Mar, snatching the bag where she had the cash from lottery ticket takings. She told the Guardia she had collected the €82,000 during the Christmas lottery campaign from different establishments and associations in Roquetas and the provincial capital. Investigations led the Guardia to doubt the 30-year old Almeria resident’s story, her version of events not entirely adding up. A number of people she said she had sold tickets to denied paying her anything, others saying they didn’t even know her, or that their businesses had been closed due to works at the time in question. The Guardia believe the woman came up with the mugging story to cover up her failing to hand over the money collected from lottery sales for different administrations with which she had a contract in La Coruña, Madrid, Valencia and Almería. She was charged with the simulation of a crime and fraud.



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THE immigrant population in Almeria has increased by 1.2 per cent over the last three years, an additional 1,655 foreigners registering as residents in the province, bringing the total to 139,759. Africans represent the biggest immigrant group in Almeria, totalling 68,155, followed by Europeans, with 57,642.

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THE Spanish ONCE association for the blind has showed its support for Almeria as this year ’s foremost national food destination, issuing 5.5 million tickets for last Tuesday’s lottery draw featuring the city’s 2019 national gastronomy capital corporate brand and images of fresh provincial fruit and vegetables.

Expats abroad N E A R LY 5 0 , 0 0 0 A l m e r i a n s live abroad, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics. Of these more than 33,000 live in Latin America, the majority in Argentina, while the most popular European countries for Almerian expatriates are France and Germany; 1,282 live in the UK.

Moving visit FAMILY members of Manuel Perez Ortega, who died in 1991 when an ETA bomb exploded in the Sevilla prison where he was employed, made an emotional visit to the new Social Inclusion Centre in Almeria City which has been named in his honour.


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ALMERIA Province will have higher than normal temperatures this spring, the State Meteorology Agency has predicted. The agency also forecasts the next few months will be drier than usual for the time of year.

ALMERIA City Council’s cabinet has decided dog owners must clean up their pets’ urine from public places with water and vinegar or risk fines of between €120 and €750, agreeing a modification to the cleaning and waste collection by-law for approval in a plenary meeting.


Health & Beauty SHOWSTOPPER: Merida’s Roman Theatre still stages plays.


Setting the stage THIS set for a classical play sits on the stage of one of the oldest theatres in Spain and comes as World Theatre Day was marked yesterday (Wednesday). The Roman Theatre of Merida in Extremadura is more than 2,000 years old. It still hosts the International Festival of Classical Theatre, the oldest event of its kind in Spain. The picture above shows the set for a performance of the play Fedra during the festival. Fedra is by contemporary playwright Paco Bezerra

and is based on the Ancient Greek myth of the woman of the same name. It tells the story of a battle between her reason and passion while waiting on an island for her estranged king husband. Merida’s Roman Theatre was built between 16 and 15 BC. At that time the city was a Roman settlement called Emerita Augusta which was the capital of the province of Lusitania. The building was renovated sever-

Fast robbers stopped in tracks A CRIMINAL gang responsible for a series of robberies in the Alpujarras has been stopped in its tracks. Guardia Civil arrested five eastern Europeans living in Almeria, Roquetas and El Ejido, who the authorities believe broke into at least 19 shops and restaurants, three in this province and 16 in Granada, between September last year and February. The Guardia estimates the gang amassed around €32,000 from the

19 break-ins. The Guardia said the gang acted quickly and efficiently, capable of breaking into an establishment and getting back out within 30 seconds. Prior to hitting a target they cased the premises, using a hidden camera to film the location of the cash registers and items of value, like computers. They then used s pe c ia lis t tools to forc e ope n locks, frequency sensors to open automatic doors and signal jammers to deactivate alarms.

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al times during Roman rule, including between the end of the first century and beginning of the second century AD when its current facade was added. The site was abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire Excavations of the theatre began in 1910. The first International Festival of Classical Theatre was held there in 1933 and parts of the site were rebuilt in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The theatre became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993.

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Marriage scam ALMERIA police made 10 arrests after uncovering a marriage of convenience scam. Investigators from the police Illegal Immigration and Falsified Documents Network Central Unit and the Andalucia government’s Equality and Social Policy department identified a structure dedicated to setting up marriages of convenience or common-law partnerships between Spanish or EU nationals and immigrants from other countries trying to get legal


resident status in this country. The group of seven women and three men of Spanish, Romanian, Moroccan and Dominican nationality charged up to €8,000 per union. They offered the Spaniards and EU citizens playing their part in the fraud between €3,000 and €4,000, and gave money to intermediaries who put the couples in contact with each other and the homeowners allowing their properties to be given as the couples’ home addresses.

The total number of news and features which appeared in Issue 1759 of the Euro Weekly News Costa de Almería edition, including 125 local stories.



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Road collapse scare by By Cathy Elelman A BRITISH expatriate fears his Albox home could be in danger following a landslide and the collapse of a road directly in front of the property. Speaking exclusively to the Euro Weekly News, Colin Hodgson explained that builders had been constructing a retaining wall against the road on a neighbour’s land just across the way from his house in Calle Alfarerias. “To me it looked like they were being a bit ambitious. Then all of a sudden there was a huge rumble and half the road disappeared”, Colin told EWN. The road was blocked off, and the situation looked to be under control, but a week later Colin returned home after a day out to find the rest of the road had gone. “It’s now up to the wall of my house,” a shocked Colin said. While the road collapse has not damaged property or

caused any injuries as far as Colin knows, he is worried the situation will get worse, commenting, “I’m expecting my wall to go next, and then after that it’s the house.” At the very least the situation is a huge inconvenience. To walk into town Colin has to clamber over a wall and onto next-door’s garage entrance. The alternative is a long trip the opposite way down onto a muddy rambla. Albox Council’s Town Planning department confirmed to

DRAMATIC: The road collapse goes right up to the exterior wall of Colin Hodgson’s home.


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the EWN that it was a private individual who had been carrying out the works which caused the landslide. The department also confirmed there was a works licence for the construction of the retention wall, and that it is the owner who is responsible for repairing the road and returning it to its original state. Albox mayor Francisco Torrecillas has been keeping a close eye on the situation, visiting the site with the Public Works councillor and the municipal architect and technician as soon as the council was aware of what had happened, and again since. The mayor told EWN the repairs are under way and that the municipal architect is monitoring the situation to make sure the repairs are carried out correctly, ‘as is logical.’ Torrecillas maintained the owner ‘is doing everything possible’ to put the road back to how it was, ‘and in the least possible time.’

Makeover for main avenue ONE of Huercal-Overa’s main roads is set to get a complete makeover. Almeria Provincial Council and the local authority are financing €447,888 of works on Avenida de la Estacion, which will including building a new roundabout and pavements and updating street lighting and garden areas. The new roundabout will be known as the Plaza de la Infantería de Marina Española at the request of the Paso Blanco association, a decision approved at a council plenary meeting. “We are aiming to resolve traffic problems in the area, at the same time as improving the appearance of this avenue, an area with a lot of traffic which connects one of the entrances to our municipality with the urban centre,” Huercal-Overa mayor Domingo Fernandez commented.



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local population due to recent reports of robberies and arrests, they stressed there was no need for alarm and the security forces are doing everything possible to fight crime, as illustrated by the detentions in the last few months. Advising on recommended action in the event of being a victim of an attempted robbery or mugging, the police chief and Guardia deputy told residents not to try and defend themselves, but to call for help, phone 112, to try and stay calm, and to take note of as many details as possible to help with the identification of the criminal. They also underlined the importance of reporting the crime so action can be taken. Whistles were given out at the end of the meeting, an idea which came from a town in the UK as a way of alerting others of an incident and to deter thieves.


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No need for any alarm THERE has not been a significant increase in reported crime in the Mojacar area over the last year, the Guardia Civil and Local Police told local residents. The reassuring message came at an informative meeting, in Spanish and English, aimed principally at giving residents guidance on what to do in a robbery or assault situation. Mojacar Council and the local Socialist and Somos Mojacar political parties organised the meeting with the Garrucha Guardia Civil Deputy and the Mojacar Local Police chief with law enforcement representatives, Public Safety councillor Emmanuel Agüero and Somos Mojacar councillor Jessica Simpson also attending. The police chief and Guardia deputy said while they appreciated a sense of concern among the


GUARDIA CIVIL arrested three men in their 20’s and a 16-year-old for breaking into a Roquetas de Mar property while the occupants were on holiday and stealing items including a TV, tablet, camera and video console.

Bee sting

MAKEOVER: The upgrades will make the pool more energy efficient.

Greener pool THE Cuevas del Almanzora indoor pool is going green. Works are underway to update the f a c i l i t y ’s h e a t i n g , p l u m b i n g a n d electrics and to make the pool more energy efficient, using photovoltaic and thermal panels. The local council is also putting in new anti-slip tiles in accordance with safety regulations

and installing up-to-date pumps and heaters. The upgrades have a budget of just short of €450,000, and are being cofinanced through the European Fund for Regional Development and by the Andalucia regional government. The works are expected to take three months to complete.

GUARDIA CIVIL opened investigations into an individual suspected of stealing 55 bee hives valued at €6,600 from Perales in Sorbas; the GPS inside one of the hives enabled officers to locate 28 of them at El Charco in Nijar.

In memory THE Huercal-Overa Social Services Centre has been named after the late Social Services councillor Monica Sanchez, who passed away last year, Mayor Domingo Fernandez commenting the move reminded people of her ‘spirit of service.’



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Coastal Cleaners enjoy first anniversary COASTAL Cleaners Andalucia celebrated its first anniversary in characteristic style. In all 51 people, including staff from the Channel 4 show Sun, Sea and Selling Houses and their film crew, cleaned up four locations in Garrucha and Vera Playa last week. They collectively removed 120 bags worth of plastic and other rubbish, bringing the year’s total to a massive 1,060. The Coastal Cleaners Andalucia volunteers removed almost 200 thin plastic gloves from land near a petrol station next to the sea in Garrucha.

WELL-DESERVED: Volunteers had a meal together and celebrated the first year of their activities (inset). Mostly carried out of bins by the wind, they suspect, Coastal

Cleaners Andalucia said it will be contacting the petrol station to inform them to see if an alternative can be found. Following the clean ups, most of the team enjoyed a meal together at a local Indian restaurant, which was decorated for the occasion using bunting made from recycled plastic strapping and animal feed bags. Anyone interested in future events can find out more from their Facebook page.

Busy April for Mojacar RBL THE Mojacar branch of the Royal British Legion begins April events with a branch meeting at the Artisans’ Centre in Mojacar village at 11.15am on Thursday April 4, with speaker Rev Vincent Oram, Mojacar RBL padre. The following evening there is a quiz and pie night at the Oasis Bar in Palomares at 7.30pm. The social meeting will be at Tito’s in Mojacar on Thursday April 18 at 11.30am, and on Tuesday 23 the branch will celebrate St George’s Day with a lunch at the Bellavista restaurant, also in Mojacar.

The final April event is a sponsored walk in aid of the poppy appeal on Sunday April 28, starting at the Rose and Crown in Mojacar Playa at 11am. Entry is €5. Walk as far or as little as you like, or go along to support the event. For more information on all the events contact Barbara on 622 207 774 / rblmojacar. socialevents@gmail.com It is not necessary to have served in the armed forces to be a member of the Royal British Legion. Everyone is welcome. Contact the branch Secretary Christine White, on 697 887 362 to find out more.

Recycling request CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA Council has asked the Almanzora-Levante-Los Velez Consoritium rubbish collection service to install three kinds of recycling skips in Las Herrerias, Pozo del Esparto, Alhanchete, Burjulu, El Martinete, Las Cunas, Los Lobos, Los Guiraos and La Muleria due to resident demand.


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NEWS EXTRA Comic culture THE history and traditions of the Moors and Christians celebrations have been brought together in a comic entitled ‘A journey through the dreams of our history’ aimed at adults and children.

Road sense LOCAL POLICE oversaw a traffic education initiative for pupils aged between three and five at Adra primary schools, the children learning what traffic signs mean and circulation regulations to stay safe as pedestrians and cyclists.

Fair prep CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA is getting ready to stage the fifth edition of the Levante Almeria Professional Training Fair on April 9 and 10.

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Connecting people ENABLING people to connect with each other and learn new things was the starting point of local non-profit club Come and Look at What I Made (CALAWIM). Launched last September by Kim Froggat and Jo Gibson, CA L AWIM h as 5 0 me mbe rs a nd is hoping to attract more. “C A L AW IM is fo r p e ople w ith a love and interest in Spain and Andalucia: its history, its culture, its artisans and its geology, all through the eyes of the people who live and work here,” Kim told the Euro Weekly News. “M e mb ers le a rn ab o ut the w ine grown here by visiting bodegas and tasting the wine, eat the local delicacies at handpicked restaurants, are amazed by the workmanship of local artisans, meet local artists and join the various clubs within the club to do things they enjoy most.” A s it s ta n d s CA L AWIM ha s tw o book clubs (fiction and non-fiction), a wine appreciation club, a crochet club, a snooker club and a quilting club, which meet in Mojacar, Turre and Garrucha, and Kim and Jo expect more clubs to follow. There is also a member event, either a demonstration or visit, every month. Last week CALAWIM held the first

APPRECIATION: Sean McMahon guided members through the nuances and flavours of provincial wines. meeting of It’s Five O’Clock Somew he re Wine A ppre c ia tion C lub. It proved to be a great success, Hotel Tikar’s Sean McMahon did a wonderful job guiding members through the nuances and flavours of four selected wines from Almeria.

For more information email: welcome@comeandlookatwhatimade.club or see the club website www.comeandlookatwhatimade.club or Facebook page Facebook @CALAWIM.



Animal charity seeks assistance PAWS-PATAS is looking for a veterinary nurse, active or retired, to volunteer and work at the shelter one morning per week to take blood samples for the weekly vet visit, and a person with SQL experience to help develop reports. The charity also needs Smart Phones (no older than two years) for volunteers at the shelter, which can be handed in at the PAWSPATAS fundraising outlets. The charity adds there are many things people can do to help out while working from home. For information regarding volunteering with the charity, donations and general information, visit the website: www.paws-patas. org or email: info@pawspatas.org.


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Shoestring moving mainstream SHOESTRING PRODUCTIONS has enjoyed great success presenting three plays based on the Hotel la Resistance written by founder Jim Dale-Grey. The crew and cast enjoyed every aspect of creating the highly madcap and eccentric farces, and a further episode is currently being nurtured. Meanwhile, in a departure from Hotel la Resistance’s unique style, Shoestring is moving into mainstream theatre with a production by playwright Jim Cartwright entitled TWO. Cartwright is often described as a northern realist playwright in the tradition of Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale.

CAST: Characters in forthcoming production of TWO, with Director Wendy Jones and founder and producer Jim DaleGrey in the front row.

The action in TWO takes place in a pub over the course of one evening. We are introduced to the bickering landlord and landlady, whose public persona hides their dark secret, and throughout the evening various vignettes reveal aspects of the lives of the punters. The play is directed by Wendy Jones and will be performed at MontMarte Bar/Restaurant on April 11, 12, 13, 14 at 8pm. Tickets are €8 from PAWS-PATAS fundraising outlets in Mojacar and Las Buganvillas plus Connexions in Turre. Proceeds will be donated to PAWS-PATAS animal shelter.


European spirit ENCOURAGING young people to have an international perspective and a European sprit are the m a i n o b j e c t i v e s o f Ve rasmus, an initiative which will bring togethe r Ve r a t e e n a g e r s a n d Erasmus university students. The local council and the University of Almeria are collaborating on this, the second edition of the event, which will b e h e l d i n Ve r a o n t h e weekend of April 6 and 7. The idea is to provide a forum for youngsters to find out more about the situation, culture and universities of students from other parts of Europe and students studying under the Erasmus programme at the provincial university. Ve r a l o c a l a u t h o r i t y also maintains the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of values like equality, respect and solidarity among the municipality’s youth. “The conference will mean that local young people will connect with foreign students and be exposed to other ways and forms of thinking,” c o m m e n t e d Ve r a c o u n cillor Isabel Belmonte.”

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The job of a lifetime UK Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, is leaving his post later this year. He spoke to Dilip Kuner about his six years in Madrid. ‘THE best job of my life!’ This is how Simon Manley describes the past few years in his post as the UK’s ‘Man in Spain.’ “To be an ambassador is a massive honour, but to do it in Spain is an even higher honour and a huge privilege,” added the Oxford graduate reflecting on his six years leading the UK’s biggest diplomatic network in Europe. Not only does the Spain mission look after the interests of the more than 300,000 British expatriates living here, it provides assistance to tourists (more than 18 million from the UK last year) and also hosts the consular help and advice centre which assists UK citizens way beyond Spain’s borders.

As ambassador, Mr Manley is the public face of the UK in Spain, a role he has accepted with the grace, charm and intelligence one would expect from someone in his position. The 51-year-old’s personal highlight was the State Visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the UK. Mr Manley smiled as he recalled the event, saying: “That was the first time I have or will ever have ridden down The Mall with thousands of people lined up on either side. “Sitting in the Houses of Parliament with the Speaker saying ‘viva el rey,’ and it seems the entire House joining in perfect unison, was a special moment.” Mr Manley’s time in Spain has been politically,

challenging and historically interesting. He has witnessed the abdication of King Juan Carlos I and the coronation of a new king. The political landscape - a scene he has to be intimately acquainted with - has altered radically with the traditionally strongest parties (the rightwing PP and leftist PSOE) challenged by upstarts. Mr Manley, who is married to Spanish international lawyer Maria Isabel Fernandez Utges, and has three daughters, said: “Podemos appeared overnight; no-one was expecting them at all,” although he was not so surprised when Ciudadanos arrived on the scene. He has worked with governments of

both colours as well as seeing new parties arrive on the scene. And of course, he has had to deal with the challenges of Brexit (see Brexit Brief for more on this) with informing British expatriates one of his main goals. In fact it is in the field of communications where Mr Manley feels his greatest achievement as ambassador lies. A noticeable enthusiasm came into his voice as he said: “I feel one of my biggest achievements was how I led our team into becoming a more digital network. Social media gives us the tools to engage with so many more people. “Our outreach meetings

AMBASSADOR. Simon Manley has held the post since 2013. (more than 120) let us engage thousands of people, but one social media video on the Royal Decree regarding Brexit had almost 100,000 views. Social media is a hugely important part of communicating with people.

As his time as ambassador draws to a close, what does the future hold for Mr Manley? With an almost imperceptible shrug of his shoulders, he said: “It is a challenge to find anything as good as this job!”

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AIR AMBULANCE: The crew were unable to save his life.

Cyclist riding in peloton group dies after being hit by trailer in Spain A C Y C L I S T, r e p o r t e d l y riding in a peloton group of riders, has died after

being struck by a ‘small trailer’ in central Spain. The 58-year-old man

was allegedly hit by the trailer when he was riding in Pozuelo del Rey in the Comunidad de Madrid on Sunday. The emergency services and an air ambulance crew which were sent to the scene, were unable to save his life. Guardia Civil traffic police are investigating the circumstances which led up to the fatal accident.

NEWS EXTRA Free trials finishing TV st r eam er s i n Spai n will no longer be able to get one f r ee m ont h of Netflix access after the com pany announced i t was suspending trials to ‘better understand’ the value of their service.

Visa scheme SPAIN is to offer between 500-1,500 children aged between 18-45 of its citizens in Argentina work visas for three months, under a pilot scheme from April 1.

Royal visit KI NG FELI PE and Queen Letizia arrived in Argentina on Sunday for a t hree- day st at e vi si t which saw the monarchs take part in the Internat i onal Language Congress and meet with President Mauricio Marci.

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No-deal costs THE cost to the Spanish economy of Britain leaving the EU without a deal would be €10 billion over the next five years, according to the country’s central bank. The Bank of Spain said the country’s labour market would also be shaken if a nodeal Brexit occurs. The effects on the Spanish economy overall would be significant but not excessive, the Bank of Spain said. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would be 0.5 per cent less over the next five years in that scenario compared to one where Britain leaves with a deal, the central bank added. The Bank of Spain’s Brexit: Balance of Situation and Perspectives report stated unemployment could rise by 0.8 per cent in a no-deal Brexit, with between 125,000 and 150,000 jobs lost. “The costs could be significant depending on the scenario,” the report said. The Bank of Spain said imports and exports could be hit as the euro gains value against the pound and as British demand for Spanish goods falls. Around 0.02 per cent would have shaved off Spanish GDP if Britain leaves the EU with a deal, the report said.


Taking control By Joe Gerrard MPS in the British Parliament have dealt a historic blow to the country’s Prime Minister after voting to take the tabling of Brexit votes into their own hands. A total of 329 MPs voted in favour of the amendment from Conservative MP Oliver Letwin and Labour member Hilary Benn. A total of 302 MPs voted against the plan, with 30 Conservatives rebelling to get the amendment passed. The amendment gives MPs the power to control business related to Brexit. This includes tabling amendments as part of indicative votes which seek to find out which aspects of Brexit enjoy the most support in Parliament. Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs the change could mean measures would be put forward that the EU would not accept. But media reports in Britain interpreted the amendment’s passing as signalling the matter was no longer in her hands as pressure mounted on


Operation details MEASURES set to be taken if Britain leaves the EU without a deal have come to light, with Operation Yellowhammer including plans for some 3,500 troops to be deployed and ferries booked to secure medical suppliers.

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SETBACK: The timetable for Brexit votes is now out of May’s (inset) hands. the Prime Minister to stand down. Government Health Minister Matt Hancock said on Tuesday the options for Brexit were “narrowing.” Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said he would back May’s deal over not leaving the EU at all but added he still believed that “no deal is better than Mrs May’s.” Sammy Wilson, Brexit spokesperson for the Northern Irish DUP, said his party would prefer to have an ex-

tended delay to Brexit than take the deal currently being offered. The DUP props up May’s minority Conservative government, meaning their support is crucial if she is to get an agreement passed. May had intended to hold a third vote for her deal on Tuesday but relented after saying she did not have the support. Today (Thursday) was floated as a possible alterative earlier this week.

ROAD authorities in Britain have confirmed that Operation Brock, a no-deal Brexit contingency plan which limits speeds on the M20 to around 48 kilometres per hour, is in effect and will remain so ‘indefinitely.’

Brexit poll AROUND 55 per cent of British voters would back remain if a new referendum on remaining in the EU were held, with only 79 per cent of Leave voters still in favour of Brexit according to the country’s Social Attitudes Survey.

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RISING: The group said the number of Islamophobic incidents was climbing.

Hate crimes A TOTAL of 107 hate crimes were committed in the Valencia region in 2018, 18 per cent of the Spanish total and the highest figure of any autonomous community. A report from the Movement against Intolerance found a total of 602 hate crimes were committed in Spain last year. Hate crimes refer to assaults on people motivated by their race, religion, gender or sexuality. The group said thousands more incidents took place, but they were not documented because prejudice in itself is not a crimi-

nal offence. “Freedom of expression is not freedom of aggression,â€? the group said. Valencia was followed by CataluĂąa with 80 hate crimes, Andalucia with 70 and the Madrid region with 68. The Movement against Intolerance warned attacks motivated by racism and intolerance were on the rise. Islamophobia and anti-Semitism also rose during 2018, the group added. Hate crime laws passed in Spain in 2011 were insufficient to tackle the problem, the Movement against Intolerance said.

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Quake strikes Prejudice warning SPAIN’S Costa Blanca holiday hotspot was shaken by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake on Sunday. T h e q u a k e w a s r e c o r d e d j u s t o ff t h e M e d i t e r r a n e a n c o a s t o f To r r e v i e j a a t 5.16pm, according to Spain’s National Ge-

ograhic Institute. The epicentre of the siesmic event was at latitude of 38.0183, longitude -0.4490 and at a depth of 10km. There were no reports of personal injuries or damage to property.

THE attitude of Spanish people towards immigration continues to be more positive than elsewhere in Europe but there are signs prejudice could be getting worse, a government agency has said. Spain’s National Security Council said in an annual report that a strategy was needed to integrate immigrants into Spanish society. That strategy should include plans to combat racism, discrimination, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, the report stated. ‘Specific programmes and actions must be implemented to raise society’s awareness of the positive effects of immigration and the positive value of diversity, as well as to avoid

DIVERSITY CALL: The report said more needed to be done to integrate immigrants. and counteract xenophobic discourse,’ the report stated. If unemployment continues to remain above pre-recession levels despite an economic recovery then there could be a risk of nationalism and xenophobia rising, the report added. The council also called for

joint action with Morocco and Algeria to be stepped up to help stem the flow of irregular migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Spain. Human trafficking into Spain continues to be one of the ‘greatest threats’ to national and international security.

Defence stabbing POLICE in Murcia are investigating after a woman allegedly stabbed her husband to death in Murcia when he tried to hit her. No arrests have yet been made after the alleged incident took place in the Las Esperanzas neighbourhood in San Pedro Pinatar. According to Spanish media, the young

woman reportedly called police to say she had stabbed her husband after he tried to beat her at their home. Members of the Guardia Civil and health services tried to resuscitate the 32-year-old man, who was reportedly in cardiac arrest, but he was declared dead.

Missing persons help AN organisation has put together a course to help officials hunt for missing people. SOS Desaparecidos organised the event in Vera, Almeria for forest work-

ers, sniffer dogs, and rescue personnel to help them be more effective when searching. In Spain, around 12,000 people go missing every year.

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Sperm anonymity rights A BIOETHICS committee has announced plans to potentially remove anonymi-

ty rights from sperm and egg donors. T h e b o d y, w h ic h is

a tta c he d to Spa in’s Ministry of Health, said it intends to raise a debate over whether children born us ing dona tions ha ve a right to know the ir biologic a l parents. According to Spanish media, the move could see Spain update its legislation in line with other European countries, inc luding G e rma ny, Sw e de n, the U nite d Kingdom, and Portugal. Spain has one of the highest levels of assisted reproduction clinics in the w orld, a round 400. In 2015, 2,801 babie s w e re c onc e ive d through donations, and 0.7 pe r c e nt of ba bie s were born using sperm dona tions , s a id the Spanish Fertility Society.

FIGURES RELEASED: One ministry claimed Rajoy’s (pictured) government had not released figures in four years.

Declaration of interests A STATE body has published the declaration of assets and interests of 418 Spanish political figures. The Official State Gazette (BOE) has released figures relating to the 225 senior officials in the General State Administration appointed since the arrival of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The BOE has also published the interests of the 193 senior officials in government

under Mariano Rajoy before the new premiere took power last year. The Ministry of Territorial Policy claimed Rajoy’s government had not released this data for four years despite laws reportedly requiring them to be published annually. Among the highest figures were those belonging to the Spanish ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Gonzalo Ortiz Diez-Tortosa, who declared €22.4 million.



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Take control of your finances in an uncertain world They say the only certainties in life are death and taxes, and this has never seemed more true! As the UK enters unchartered waters with Brexit, there is much we do not know about what the future will bring. However, there are some things you can be sure of and that you can control to your benefit, whatever happens around us. Taxation of assets Double tax treaties are independent of the EU. So if you are a UK national resident in Spain, your existing tax treatment will not change with Brexit. Something that can make a significant difference to the way you are taxed is the way you structure your assets and wealth. You can usually find Spain-compliant investment opportunities that can offer significant tax, and other, benefits. Expatriates who favour UKcentric assets and investments could see increased taxation with Brexit, as some non-

By Gerald Turner, Partner, Blevins Franks EU/EEA assets are treated differently. For example, if you sell a home in Spain to buy a British property once the UK leaves the EU/EEA, you may no longer be eligible for capital gains tax relief. At any time, the UK can potentially increase the tax burden for non-residents. For example, 2015 brought new capital gains tax liability for non-residents on UK residential property, and now this will also apply to commercial property. Tougher tax rules are also possible following a change in

UK government, including the possibility of a new wealth tax on higher-value UK assets. A locally-based adviser can advise about asset protection and taking advantage of taxefficient opportunities in Spain. Taxation of pensions The 25% ‘overseas transfer charge’ introduced in 2017 may indicate things to come. Currently, EU residents are only affected if transferring UK pension funds to QROPS outside the EU/EEA, but the scope may increase after Brexit. If you are considering transferring your pension out of the UK, it is essential to take regulated, personalised pensions advice to establish the most suitable approach for you. But review your options now, before the tax-free window potentially closes. Investments It is not just Brexit that can disrupt investment and currency markets today. At any given time, external influences and events can unexpectedly

shift the direction of markets. Diversification is the key to minimising risk. A portfolio made up of a mixture of asset types, from different countries, regions and sectors, is best placed to ride out turbulence. This approach reduces exposure to under-performance in any single area and enables the opportunity to produce positive returns over time. Conversely, if you mainly hold UK assets, your returns will be more vulnerable to the fortunes of sterling and the British economy during these uncertain times. Make sure your investments offer the right balance of risk and return for your peace of mind. A financial professional can use appropriate tools to create an objective risk profile for you. Estate planning With good estate planning we can control who receives our legacy and when. Even after Brexit, you can override local ‘forced heirship rules’ by applying the law of your nationality to your estate

Climate changes strikes THOUSANDS of Spanish school pupils took to the streets of cities across the country again last Friday in walkouts from school to demonstrate against climate change. Organisers of the Fridays for Future march including the Youth for Climate group estimate that around 45,000 pupils took part in the protests on Friday. “ We a r e p r o t e s t i n g against global warming, climate change, the inactivity of politicians and the permissiveness of companies which take advantage of the earth and its res o u r c e s , ” Yo u t h f o r C l i mate said in a statement. Protesters in Madrid donned black clothes and face masks to give a ‘sober ’ image of the plane t ’s f u t u r e i f e f f o r t s t o combat climate change are not stepped up, the organ-

CREDIT: Fridays for Future Barcelona, via Twitter

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WALKOUTS: Thousands of pupils walked out of classrooms for the climate protests. isers said. The protests came as Spain and the world marked International Water D a y o n t h e s a m e d a y. Protest organisers put on talks and staged gatherings

themed on the impact of pollution on waterways. Friday’s strikes were the latest in a series of walkouts which have taken place every week across the world this year.

They were inspired by 1 6 - y e a r- o l d S w e d i s h a c tivist Greta Thunberg, who has been nominated for t h i s y e a r ’s N o b e l P e a c e Prize for her climate activism.

through the EU regulation, ‘Brussels IV’, but beware this can have tax implications. If you are UK-domiciled – as many expatriates are – your estate is liable to UK inheritance tax as well as Spanish succession tax. It may be possible to restructure your wealth to reduce tax liabilities. With careful tax, pensions, investments and estate planning, you can steer your financial future in the right direction. Cross-border financial planning is complex and should be designed around your circumstances and wishes, so take specialist advice for the best results. Tax rates, scope and reliefs may change. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; individuals should seek personalised advice. Keep up to date on the financial issues that may affect you on the Blevins Franks news page at www.blevinsfranks.com.

River ecology claim MOST of Spain’s river managements plans do not take into account how best to ensure the environment around waterways is protected and maintained, according to a new study. The Botin Foundation’s Water Observatory’s study found 43 per cent of Spain’s 4,390 river-type water bodies were not in a good state ecologically. The Observatory said: “The environmental needs of our rivers must be the first priority in hydrological planning.”



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THE WEEK IN POLITICS By Joe Gerrard SPAIN’S political parties have unveiled their lists of candidates for the upcoming snap general election on Sunday April 28 amidst fanfare about who has made the cut. Elections to the country’s Cortes Generales, and particularly the Congress of Deputies lower house, function in part according to a party list system. This means that while 102 seats in the Congress are directly elected, the remaining 248 are distributed among the country’s 50 provinces. Within provinces the seats are allocated proportionally to parties from their list of candidates according to the percentage of the vote they receive. This contrasts with the firstpast-the-post system used in Britain, where the candidate with the largest number of votes wins in a single-member constituency. Spain’s parties present their lists prior to elections before the deadline passed on Sunday. They have already made head-

Making lists

UNVEILED: Parties have presented their lists for the April vote. lines due to the candidates chosen to stand, with some enjoying a high profile outside of politics. All parties have placed their leaders at the top of their lists for Madrid along with deputies and other senior members as their number two. Other leading members such as government ministers in the case of the ruling left-leaning Partido Socialista (PSOE) have

been chosen to head up lists provinces including Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla. Both PSOE and the centrist Ciudadanos pushed female candidates further up their lists. This has been interpreted as a nod to feminism after high turnouts at the women’s strikes on March 8. PSOE’s lists featured government ministers high up in the running in what some Spanish

news outlets branded an ‘overbooking.’ The conservative Partido Popular’s (PP) list drew particular attention for the party’s decision to draft in several non-political figures. These included bullfighters and Adolfo Suarez Illana, the son of the former prime minister of the same name. Ciudadanos’ list features figures from business and civil society in a deliberate strategy to reach out beyond career politicians. Senior Coca Cola employee Marcos de Quinto and Roma rights activist Sara Gimenez have both been drafted. The leftist Podemos drafted several of its leading members to reinforce its commitment to its core principles. The far-right Vox has tapped a number of generals for its lists and drew fire after one candidate appeared to play down genocide in the Holocaust.

Profile: Ciudadanos WITH a general election looming on Sunday April 28, we are profiling each of the political parties vying for victory in the vote. The centrist Ciudadanos party (Citizens in English, often shortened to Cs) is a new party which has surged in popularity over the past decade. It pitches itself as as a progressive, liberal force and as one staunchly in favour of Spanish unionism. It currently has 32 seats in the Congress of Deputies but controls or governs in coalition with other parties in towns, cities and regions across Spain. The party was founded in Cataluña in 2006 by politicians and public figures in response to the rise of nationalism and separatism. Party leader Albert Rivera, in office since Ciudadanos’ inception, has refused to class it as either left or right-wing. Its platform features liberal positions on social issues and immigration while economically the party advocates pro-business policies such as cutting corporation taxes and red tape. It has also pledged to crackdown on corruption in Spanish politics. Poll tracker: Partido Socialista (PSOE): 28.6 per cent, 118 seats Partido Popular (PP): 20.1 per cent, 82 seats Ciudadanos: 16.3 per cent, 60 seats Unidos Podemos: 11.1 per cent, 32 seats Result: PSOE largest party, no overall control.

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Mental illness in prisons

JAIL CLAIM: Mental health issues are rife in Spanish prisons, Ambit said. TWO-FIFTHS of all prisoners in Spain live with some kind of mental health issue, seven times higher than the rate among the country’s population according to a campaign group. Ambit, which works in prisons to help prisoners with mental health problems recover, claimed the psychological situation amongst inmates was ‘dramatic.’ The organisation added there is currently a ‘revolv-

ing door ’ in the Spanish prison system. Inmates enter jail with mental health issues or develop them while serving sentences, go undiagnosed, then commit further crimes after being released and end up back in prison, Ambit claimed. Javier Vilalta, Ambit’s director, said there was no decent treatment for prisoners with mental health issues. “These are vulnerable people who deal with drugs,

commit a small crime to feed addiction and end up in prison,” Vilalta said. Prisoner healthcare in Spain is comparable to that of impoverished countries, the director added. There are around 200 mental health specialists across Spain’s 71 prisons, according to Ambit. Spain’s prison population stood at 61,526 as of 2016, according to the latest government data.



Animal lovers PET owners in Spain spent €1.2 billion on t h e i r a n i m a l s l a s t y e a r, making the country the fifth largest consumer within this market in Europe. Of this figure, €959 million was generated by the sale of food for dogs and cats with €278.36 spent on buying medication, a growth of 2.56 per cent, according to the national association of pet food manufacturers, Anfaac. The online sale of t h e s e p ro d u c t s g re w b y 25 per cent and now accounts for around 6 per cent of sales. T h i s m e a n s o f p u rchase reportedly gained popularity among consumers during the crisis, as it offers lower prices and the added value of home delivery. 

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Elderly independence THE number of older people dependent on younger generations in Spain is below the European average. According to the Institute of Economic Studies (IEE), the figure reached 29 per cent in 2018, but is still higher than in previous years. The new figures showed the number of elderly people who needed help from the workingage population was just 23 per cent in 2008. A spokesperson for the institute said: “During the last years, the proportion of people over 65 years of age has increased with respect to the population of working age. “The so-called dependency rate of the elderly population is an important indicator related to pensions, health and social services of a group. Depopulation growing.” The overall dependency rate in the European Union was 30.5 per cent in 2018, compared to 25.5 per cent in 208. Italy had the highest ratio, at 35.2 per cent, while Ireland and Luxembourg had the lowest numbers.

LOW FIGURES: Spain’s elderly are less dependent on younger people than the EU average.

Depopulation rally

PROTESTS planned to demonstrate for more action in Spain’s depopulated regions have been backed by 68 groups across 22 provinces, according to one organisation. Teruel Existe, which campaigns for measures to curb population declines in the province of the same name, said Sunday’s Re-

volt of Empty Spain rally would highlight

the issue nationally. “In Spain there is no level of equality, justice, territorial balance or social cohesion because there are two Spains, one developed and one empty,” group spokesperson Manuel Gimeno said.

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Tech savvy regions THE Basque Country is the Spanish region that meets most of the requirements set out under national e-administration and digital transparency laws, according to a new report. The EY consultancy’s Digital Administration in Spain report found none of Spain’s regions, provinces or councils complied with all 132 legal requirements. The Basque Country complied with 94.7 per cent of them. Galicia was the secondmost compliant at 94.2 per cent, followed by Cataluña, 93.5 per cent, Asturias, 90.2 and Madrid, 89. Extremadura complied with the least at 47.9 per cent. Aragon came second to last with 51.2 per cent, followed by Navarra, 66.5, La Rioja, 67.4 and Castilla-La Mancha, 71.4.

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Tech giants ‘pay less tax’ MAJOR technological companies in Spain reportedly pay less corporation tax in Spain, despite earning more. According to newly-released figures, Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft jointly paid just €31.7 million in 2017, 8 per cent less than the year before. The group of technological giants declared net profits of €36.3 million in 2017, 11 per cent more than the year before, despite paying less tax. A debate over where large internet-based companies should pay their tax has been high on the priority list for the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Corporations often base their headquarters in tax-friendly countries, including Ireland, rather than in Spain or the rest of Europe.


Bribery allegations OFFICERS from the Guardia Civil have asked a court in Spain to investigate allegations of bribery surrounding the former Spanish ambassador to Haiti. Manuel Antonio Hernandez Ruigomez, who is now Spain’s ambassador to Angola, is accused of taking payments in exchange for dealing with the Haitian authorities to procure construction contracts. The alleged incidents are said to have taken place after the country’s destructive earthquake in 2010, when police claim Ruigomez worked with Haiti’s government to reconstruct its water infrastructure. The Guardia Civil’s Central Operative Unit has asked Spain’s National Court to investigate former official Edmundo Rodriguez Sobrino for making €14,400 in payments to Ruizomez.

Spain is in business IT takes an average of 12 and a half days to legally register a business in Spain, down from 138 days in 2003 according to new figures. The World Bank’s data showed Spain came 13th in terms of the time taken to set up a compan y. I t s D o i n g B u s i n e s s 2019 report found entrepreneurs in New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark faced the shortest waits in getting companies up and running. The bank scored companies based on the amount of documents needed to start a compan y, t a x e s , i n v e s t o r p ro tection, credit and bankruptcy arrangements, among other factors.

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FRANCE AROUND 7,000 soldiers were deployed in cities across the country on President Emmanuel Macron’s orders to maintain security during Gilet Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests a week after some demonstrators rioted in Paris and ransacked luxury shops.

Troops out

Terror claim COMPANIES partnered with French sugar maker Tereos have lodged legal proceedings against the firm accusing it of being complicit in state-sponsored terrorism following claims from an EU-backed NGO that it sold sweeteners to Syria which were used to make weapons.

SECURITY: Protests continue to rock France.


Taken in

Sheep ill

SWEDEN’S migration agency has said it will grant refugee status to members of the Uighur Muslim minority group in China following reports of persecution in the latter’s Xinjiang province including detaining people in ‘reeducation’ camps where inmates are allegedly tortured.

A DISEASE which opens wounds on the hooves of sheep has spread to Sweden for the first time, which veterinarian Ulrika Konig said was a serious development, the causes of which remain unclear.



Forest report

Attack marked

BELGIUM consumes wood equivalent to 3.8 million hectares of forest every year, half the size of the country and five times the total area of its woodlands according to a report from the WWF environmental NGO.

A 19-YEAR-OLD Muslim social media personality organised a memorial service for the 49 people killed in the New Zealand mosque shooting, with Susann Nikkerud also using the event to call for more action against Islamophobia.

Flight strikes AIRPORTS across Belgium including Charleroi, Antwerp, Ostend and Liege experienced disruption and delays to flights after air traffic controllers staged strikes last Thursday in a dispute with bosses over pay and conditions.

Deep dining EUROPE’S first underwater restaurant opened in Norway last week, with almost 7,000 bookings made at Under at a cost of €380 per head for a menu based on local southern Norwegian cuisine and seafood.


Station blast

Robot writer

AMSTERDAM’S Ganzenhoef subway station was left badly damaged last Thursday after a bomb exploded in a cash machine, with police and explosives experts called in to investigate the cause and trace two suspects.

A DUTCH news organisation has used a ‘robot journalist’ in a first for any media outlet in the country, with the artificial intelligence programme tasked with writing articles for NOS using data from the ANP Election Service.



Happy country

Global role

DENMARK has come second in a global UN ranking of the world’s happiest countries, coming behind Finland and ahead of Norway on measures including the distribution of wealth, social cohesion, life expectancy and freedom of choice.

GERMANY is playing a more important role in the world than it did 10 years ago, almost half of all respondents to a new Pew Research Centre study which surveyed attitudes of people in 10 EU countries.

New findings

War ruling

A RECENT study on the remains of the Egtved Girl and Skrydstrup Woman, Bronze Age women discovered in the early 20th century who were originally thought to have travelled abroad extensively, has claimed they likely never left Denmark.

BERLIN could be forced to stop the US using military bases in Germany as launch pads for drone strikes in Yemen after a Munster court ruled in favour of three plaintiffs from the country who sued over attacks which killed their relatives.

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Cocaine heaters NINE people from the Vega Baja area have been arrested in a massive drug-smuggling bust in which 33 kilogrammes of cocaine destined for Alicante Province were intercepted at Barcelona’s port. The drugs were hidden in a shipment containing 80 water heaters which had come from Panama. One of the criminal gangs involved were also dedicated to burglaries, which they carried out in the Vega Baja area, and due to a break-in in Benferri, Guardia Civil investigators were able to link one of the suspects to another criminal gang from Colombia that trafficked large quantities of drugs. In total, four Spaniards and five Colombians were arrested in Orihuela and Benferri and charged with drugs trafficking as well as burglary and belonging to a criminal gang. Seven of the arrested are now in prison without bail, while the other two have been released with charges.


Blackouts for climate TOWNS and cities across the Costa de Sol are set to cut their lights on Saturday evening to mark Earth Hour and raise awareness for climate change. Malaga City, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Mijas and Marbella are joining more than 7,000 towns and cities worldwide in blacking out public places between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.





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Scooter slowdown BENIDORM is preparing tough by-laws for electric scooters and Segways, with fines of up to €500 for flouting them. The by-laws - Benidorm’s solution to a problem also affecting Alicante, Valencia and other cities - will ban electric scooters and Segways from pavements, pedestrian streets or any type of cycle lane. They may use parks, but only at a walking pace not exceeding 4kph, and can enter pedestrian areas where vehicles are allowed while observing a 20kph speed limit. Nor may the scooters and Segways take to the road, apart from TOUGH BY-LAWS: Speed limits, insurance policies and those with a 20kph speed limit. helmets for Segway and scooter users. The popular organised group of ness that pedestrians always have right-of-way. scooter outings should be limited to 10 with 50 me“Our concern stems from the alarming 273 accitres separating each group. dents involving electric scooters between 2016 and Taking out third-party insurance is another must, 2017,” said Benidorm’s Mobility councillor Jos and helmets will be obligatory under by-laws proRamón Gonzalez de Zarate. moting ‘conscientiousness and caution’ and aware-

Torremolinos Council said lights in the Costa del Sol Plaza would be cut and candles would be used to illuminate the square during the hour. They will be laid out in the shape of the number 60 to mark six decades since Earth Hour began. “Between all of us we can find a solution to climate change,” the council said on social media. The environmental NGO WWF has called on towns and cities across the world to take part in the 60th annual Earth Hour this year.



The switching off of lights serves as a symbolic gesture for combating climate change by using less energy.


Political stink NERJA’S seabed reportedly houses nine tons of baby wipes, according to the Spanish Institute of Oceanography. The organisation, which sent a




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boat of scientists to comb the area over five days, claimed the debris lies around 50 metres deep off the coast of Nerja. The Public Prosecutor’s Office and Guardia Civil’s environmental protection arm (Seprona) are now investigating the claims under ‘Operation Vastum.’ The issue was initially raised by Ecologistas in Accion Andalucia in 2017, when the environmental group claimed there were ‘serious irregularities,’ in urban wastewater pumped into the sea in Nerja.

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Alcohol crackdown BARS and revellers in Mallorca could be fined up to €3,000 as part of a new crackdown on alcohol consumption which comes into force on Monday. Happy hour deals, two-for-one promotions and displaying alcohol on countertops will be off the menu under the new rules which will ban bars from ‘incitement to drink.’ Meanwhile, holidaymakers could be fined for antisocial behaviour or causing a public nuisance. The rules only apply to certain areas in the island’s capital, Palma: Cala Major, Centre, Paseo Maritimo and the entire Playa de Palma. Al fresco drinking is also outlawed in Carrer del Pare Bartomeu Salva, Carrer del Llaut and Carrer de les Canyes. Bel Busquet, vice-president and Balearic Island minister for innovation, research and tourism, said the proposed law will “help crack down on antisocial drinking and the associated problems this brings.” He added that “while we want visitors to enjoy their holidays, we want to endorse responsible drinking.” 





Earthquake rumbles Spain’s Costa Blanca


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The town’s delayed sewage treatment plant is said to be near completion and will begin testing this year. Nerja Council originally announced work would be complete in early 2019, but has changed the date to early next year after the project was hit by a number of delays when its builders faced bankruptcy.


VIEWER DISCRETION: Bullfighter seriously gored during major festival in Spain COSTA BLANCA: Suffered an earthquake.



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Mango follows Zara store plan BRITISH fashion chain Mango is set to follow in Spanish company Zara’s footsteps in making shipments to customers from its stores to turn them into multipurpose logistics centres. The British firm has launched the service in its Oxford Street store, allowing customers to order products online for same-day delivery to any address in London. It comes as Zara has rolled out the service to stores in 49 countries. Other brands belonging the Inditex group which owns Zara have also followed suit.

€4.48 billion

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business & legal

Spanish GDP up 0.6 per cent SPAIN’S Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to have grown by 0.6 per cent in the first three months of this year, the country’s central bank said. The Bank of Spain said in its Quarterly Report the growth rate was ‘very similar’ to last year, with a difference of 0.1 on 2018’s first quarter figure. Domestic and business investment improved since January compared to the end of 2018. Expected rises in government spending could also stimulate the economy further, but a fall in house sales and ongoing political uncertainty could be a drag on

By Joe Gerrard growth, the bank said. ‘Deceleration reflects, fundamentally, a worsening external economic situation which has negatively affected exports since 2018 and which in the short term would contribute to a weakening of demand,’ the report stated. The Bank said employment had grown by 0.4 per cent during the first three months of this year, 0.2 per cent less than at the same time in 2018. Improvements in the economic environment since the last recession, an

‘accommodative’ monetary policy, the healthy finances of companies, households and financial institutions and fiscal expansion continued to buoy economic growth. Oscar Arce, the Bank’s Economy and Statistics Director, said 2018 had been a “fallow year” in public debt reduction. The budget deficit fell by two10ths of a percentage point to 2.5 per cent of GDP by the end of last year. The Bank has forecast year-on-year rises in CPI inflation of 1.1 per cent in 2019, 1.6 per cent in 2020 and 1.8 per cent in 2021.

Dia takeover moves closer LUXEMBOURG investment firm Letterone has come one step closer to taking control of the Spanish supermarket but now needs to win over 35.5 per cent of shareholders to complete its bid. Mikhail Fridman’s company currently owns 29.01 per cent of Dia. Meetings between firm representatives and Dia’s board saw the former reject plans from the latter to restructure the company as it continues to struggle with debt and faces potential bankruptcy. Letterone has said it will inject €500 million into Dia if its bid succeeds.


Bank mergers shrink sector THERE will likely be only a handful of separate banks left in Spain in the coming years as low profits and credit force companies to merge, experts have claimed. A report from analysts with Alvarez & Marsal claimed Santandar, BBVA, Bankia, Bankinter and Caixabank were the only firms profitable enough in the sector to survive in the long term. There were 12

separate banks in Spain at the end of 2018. Alvarez & Marsal’s Fernando de la Mora said: “The business model of smaller entities is not viable unless it focuses on a niche strategy like Bankinter’s, the lack of viability is linked to size.” It comes as banks have been plagued by a lack of demand and low interest rates which make lending less profitable.

Pension pledge SPAIN’S Social Security Minister Magdalena Valerio has pledged that the government will not cut widows’ pensions after a n o t h e r w e l f a r e o ff i c i a l suggested linking the payments to the income of recipients.

Turnover up THE turnover of Spanish manufacturers grew by 0.2 per cent in January on a year-on-year basis while sector orders fell by 1.9 per cent, according to figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Revised down CREDIT rating agency Fitch has revised its economic output (GDP) forecasts for Spain down to 2.1 per cent in 2019 and 1.7 per cent in 2020, saying political uncertainty could discourage companies from investing.

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PRICE(P) CHANGE(P) COMPANY Anglo American 1,939.90 -22.30 Associated British Foods 2,304.00 -31.00 Admiral Group 2,144.00 2.00 Ashtead Group 1,793.75 -66.25 Antofagasta 917.40 -20.00 Auto Trader Group 508.60 -3.60 Aviva 409.60 -0.30 AstraZeneca 6,337.50 -13.50 BAE Systems 463.60 -6.40 Barclays 153.59 -1.85 British American Tobacco 3,039.25 -47.25 Barratt Developments 584.60 -1.80 BHP GROUP PLC ORD $0.50 1,750.40 -9.80 Berkeley Group Holdings 3,761.50 -18.50 British Land Co 587.40 -2.80 Bunzl 2,444.00 -24.00 BP 548.60 -3.50 Burberry Group 1,829.50 -9.50 BT Group 225.18 -0.52 Coca-Cola HBC 2,571.00 -21.00 Carnival 4,114.50 -21.50 Centrica 118.95 -0.35 Compass Group 1,739.25 -0.75 Croda International 4,870.50 -26.50 CRH 2,303.00 -19.00 DCC 6,440.00 -100.00 Diageo 3,072.00 -13.50 Direct Line Insurance Group 354.55 -0.55 Evraz 585.10 -9.30 Experian 2,007.50 -21.50 easyJet 1,157.25 -0.25 Ferguson 5,160.50 -108.50 Fresnillo 830.70 -2.90 Glencore 307.78 -3.57 GlaxoSmithKline 1,550.50 -4.50 Hikma Pharmaceuticals 1,717.50 -2.00 Hargreaves Lansdown 1,762.25 -11.25 Halma 1,649.50 -25.50 HSBC Holdings 613.25 0.25 Hiscox 1,561.50 -5.50 International Consldtd Airs Grp 516.60 -4.80 InterContinental Hotels Grp 4,507.00 -31.50 3i Group 951.30 -8.50 Imperial Brands 2,552.00 -36.50 Informa 734.10 -7.10 Intertek Group 4,688.00 -46.00 ITV 128.65 -1.40 Just Eat 712.30 -16.10 Johnson Matthey 3,058.00 -42.00 Kingfisher 225.90 -2.70

% CHG. NET VOL -1.14 28,615.51 -1.33 18,362.88 0.09 6,240.00 -3.56 8,976.89 -2.13 9,619.00 -0.70 4,721.24 -0.07 16,610.63 -0.21 81,860.45 -1.36 15,556.23 -1.19 27,705.72 -1.53 72,249.20 -0.31 5,907.09 -0.56 37,965.27 -0.49 4,867.75 -0.47 5,709.62 -0.97 8,344.19 -0.63 113,921.30 -0.52 7,710.36 -0.23 22,716.30 -0.81 9,482.24 -0.52 7,911.44 -0.29 6,904.79 -0.04 27,646.21 -0.54 6,471.13 -0.82 19,301.48 -1.53 6,504.69 -0.44 74,457.95 -0.15 4,905.31 -1.56 8,675.38 -1.06 18,878.49 -0.02 4,684.28 -2.06 12,310.61 -0.35 6,140.53 -1.15 44,667.60 -0.29 76,884.66 -0.12 4,121.85 -0.63 8,463.27 -1.52 6,330.59 0.04 125,891.86 -0.35 4,545.50 -0.92 10,531.38 -0.69 8,351.69 -0.89 9,451.67 -1.41 25,112.43 -0.96 9,214.49 -0.97 7,687.96 -1.08 5,314.75 -2.21 5,074.03 -1.35 6,181.46 -1.18 4,792.07




Land Securities Group 910.90 Legal & General Group 266.10 Lloyds Banking Group ORD 61.72 London Stock Exchange Group4,559.50 Micro Focus International 1,918.50 Marks & Spencer Group 265.45 Mondi 1,688.50 Melrose 177.58 Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets 222.25 National Grid 885.20 NMC Health 2,396.00 Next 5,334.00 Ocado Group 1,207.00 Phoenix Group Holdings 658.35 Paddy Power Betfair 5,785.00 Prudential 1,540.00 Persimmon 2,122.50 Pearson 843.80 Reckitt Benckiser Group 6,373.00 Royal Bank of Scotland Group (The)246.75 Royal Dutch Shell 2,380.25 Royal Dutch Shell 2,392.00 RELX 1,614.00 Rio Tinto 4,212.50 Rightmove 501.65 Rolls-Royce Group 897.40 RSA Insurance Group 503.80 Rentokil Initial 344.60 Sainsbury (J) 234.10 Schroders 2,651.00 Sage Group (The) 679.00 Segro 659.20 Smurfit Kappa Group 2,166.00 Standard Life Aberdeen 257.20 Smith (DS) 331.95 Smiths Group 1,393.75 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust486.80 Smith & Nephew 1,482.50 Spirax-Sarco Engineering 7,000.00 SSE 1,220.25 Standard Chartered 581.90 St James's Place 995.30 Severn Trent 2,059.50 Tesco 231.15 TUI AG 774.00 Taylor Wimpey 173.75 Unilever 4,315.75 United Utilities Group 854.40 Vodafone Group 143.96 WPP Group 813.50 Whitbread 4,939.00

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-0.27 -1.04 -0.95 -0.75 -1.06 -1.14 -1.20 -2.11 -0.94 -0.12 -1.16 -0.86 -2.03 -0.52 -0.77 -1.25 -0.72 -0.64 -0.55 -0.58 -0.47 -0.58 -0.06 -0.44 -0.45 -0.73 -0.24 -0.58 -1.14 -0.60 -0.96 -0.30 -0.91 -0.89 -3.02 -2.64 -1.34 -1.40 -0.92 -0.18 0.57 -1.16 -0.56 -0.88 -1.45 -0.43 -0.32 -1.07 -0.21 -1.27 -0.14

6,839.24 16,487.75 44,759.07 16,130.69 7,966.90 4,350.10 6,472.62 9,008.66 5,325.05 30,374.04 5,430.14 7,079.99 8,485.03 4,852.97 4,606.08 41,659.37 6,788.48 6,446.66 44,998.98 30,031.37 108,337.03 92,712.03 32,027.60 54,496.95 4,521.32 17,664.21 5,342.58 6,464.34 5,177.69 6,092.43 7,486.15 7,252.28 5,514.45 6,607.28 4,871.92 5,687.74 7,411.82 13,298.76 5,237.51 12,650.82 20,024.71 5,494.66 4,935.43 22,755.19 4,771.41 5,728.27 50,883.67 5,935.16 40,241.92 10,753.26 9,754.59


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US dollar ................................................1.13052 Japan yen...............................................124.495 Switzerland franc ...................................1,12403 Denmark kroner .....................................7,46405 Norway kroner........................................9,65979




PRICE 109,460 191,050 362,170 129,770 123,090 52,740 45,930 80,480 188,960 188,750 139,450 53,260 136,910 99,760 186,810 82,290 117,050 82,190 41,850 101,660 134,900 125,150 247,090 59,760 153,070 62,410 98,280 108,230 204,660

CHANGE% CHANGE -2,11 -2,36 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 -3,20 -4,29 -2,20 -2,77 -2,22 -1,20 0,92 0,42 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 -0,64 -1,22 -1,41 -1,99 -2,53 -1,38 0,00 0,00 -3,02 -3,11 0,24 0,44 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 -6,61 -5,82 -1,18 -0,50 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 0,00 2,52 1,47 0,00 0,00 -1,87 -1,19 0,00 0,00 -0,40 -0,43 0,00 0,00

VOLUME(M) 91.809 1.046.462 204.438 74.688 233.879 265.267 196.358 340.817 69.589 213.198 124.092 251.494 364.560 326.638 142.969 212.409 920.068 103.459 232.343 254.311 35.531 107.921 237.092 246.809 267.900 67.547 285.529 194.557 117.843






Most Advanced Credit Suisse AG $ 30.98 Hibbett Sports, Inc. $ 21.70 Immutep Limited $ 2.57 Destination Maternity Corporation $ 2.19 Credit Suisse AG $ 13.57 Hovnanian Enterprises Inc $ 3.33 Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Inc. $ 6.50 ProShares UltraPro Short NASDAQ Biotechnology$ 14.64 Chiasma, Inc. $ 5.51 PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. $ 6.75 Aptinyx Inc. $ 4.36

5.30 ▲ 20.64% 3.66 ▲ 20.29% 0.33 ▲ 14.73% 0.26 ▲ 13.47% 1.42 ▲ 11.69% 0.33 ▲ 11% 0.60 ▲ 10.17% 1.29 ▲ 9.66% 0.48 ▲ 9.54% 0.51 ▲ 8.17% 0.32 ▲ 7.92%

Most Declined Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Amyris, Inc. Trinity Biotech plc Gridsum Holding Inc. Zions Bancorporation N.A. Neuronetics, Inc. ACM Research, Inc. Concert Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Mustang Bio, Inc. RigNet, Inc. HealthEquity, Inc.

$ 6.20 $ 2.26 $ 2.40 $ 3.11 $ 11.50 $ 14.50 $ 14.48 $ 15.51 $ 3.52 $ 11.15 $ 73.78

1.74 ▼ 21.91% 0.52 ▼ 18.71% 0.54 ▼ 18.37% 0.65 ▼ 17.29% 2.37 ▼ 17.09% 2.20 ▼ 13.17% 1.96 ▼ 11.92% 2.03 ▼ 11.57% 0.46 ▼ 11.56% 1.45 ▼ 11.51% 8.95 ▼ 10.82%


Energy plan SPANISH power company Red Electrica is set to spend more than €3.2 billion to transition to sources of renewable energy as part of a new strategic plan. The investment from the Madridbased firm makes up 53 per cent of the €6 billion total earmarked for the plan. The plan foresees the development of a high voltage transport network costing almost €2.9 billion. Money is also set to be allocated to planned power lines connecting Spain and France via the Bay of Biscay, increasing Europe’s electricity capacity by 5,000 megawatts. The company said the link would help it to meet its target of 32 per cent of energy produced being renewable by 2030. Eva Pagan, Red Electrica’s Transport Director, said the link is due to be operational by 2025. A power link between Mallorca and Menorca is also due to enter service in 2020 and remains a ‘priority’ for the firm, Pagan added.


28 March - 3 April 2019

Global leaders TWO leading Spanish retailers are among the 50 most valuable brands in the sector worldwide, according to a new industry report. El Corte Ingles and Mercadona both made it into Brand Finance’s Top 50 global ranking in its Retail 2019 report. The El Corte Ingles department store came 28th in the ranking, climbing five positions compared to last year which is the sixthlargest increase of any company in the table. The Mercadona supermarket entered the ranking for the first time this year. Teresa de Lemus, Managing Director of Brand Finance Spain, said the country now accounted for 1 per cent of the retail sector’s total global value. “The entry of Mercadona represents an increase of 174

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Fashion firm credit deal SPANISH fashion chain El Ganso has reached a deal with 13 of its creditors to refinance debts of €25 million, while the company plans to grow 10 per cent every year for the next four years.

Wealth funds

TOP 50: Mercadona entered the ranking for the first time this year.

per cent in the contribution of value of the Spanish retail sector to the world total, with a value of €7.86 billion in 2019 compared to €3.516 billion in 2018,” de Lemus said. Brand Finance gave both El Corte Ingles and Mercadona a company strength

rating of AA. A total of 17 companies in the top 50 were also given an AA rating. British company Marks & Spencer fell out of the ranking this year, with the report finding that its brand value fell by 15 per cent. Supermarket Tesco, whose strength was rated at AA+,

came 12th in the ranking. Its place in the table stayed the same compared to last year. Brand Finance’s report ranked Amazon as the world’s most valuable retailer, ahead of Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ikea, CVS Health, Costco, Target, Walgreens and Alibaba.

INTERNATIONAL states’ sovereign wealth funds have invested about €40 billion in Spain in recent years, €1.2 billion of which was invested in 2018 according to a new report from ICEX and IE University.

Park call AN EU Parliament committee has called for an end to the illegal extraction of water from Doñana National Park in Andalucia, and said plans to store natural gas there should be dumped due to ‘deep concern’ over their effects.

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Thank you to the Spanish health system LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT LAST Monday morning, 8am found me blearily wending my way to the local medical centre. As I’m sure many of you are aware, this is the ungodly hour allocated in Spain to those who require their blood to be presented for examination. Well, cutting a long one extremely short, less than an hour later found me in the emergency room at Son Espases Hospital! After a series of tests, including a CAT scan, I was firmly informed I would need immediate hospitalisation, or I was in danger of expiring! Happy Monday everyone! Luckily I was in great hands. The treatment was first-class. The surroundings (single ensuite room with all mod cons and panoramic views!) couldn’t be faulted. After four days of being utterly spoiled, I was released with a supply of antibiotics and a cheery ‘hasta luego.’ As I’ve seen the inside of a few London hospitals this winter, it was impossible not to compare the different environments. One of

UNITED: Spanish health staff are a happy family. the most striking was the general atmosphere. Whereas the larger British hospitals are somewhat austere and the staff in the main a bit stiff and distant, their Spanish equivalents could not have been more different. The merry banter as they go about their duties is not only

infectious but truly heart lifting. They are like one big happy family, exuding a genuine impression that they truly do enjoy their chosen profession. And do you know the reason for this positive gulf of difference between them and their British counterparts?

Leapy has worked it out. From the surgeons and doctors, to the nurses, administration and cleaning staff, they are practically all of Spanish origin. Consequently they have the same things in common. Holidays, religions, family units and culture. All combined to make them feel secure and contented with their way of life. The British on the other hand, are splintered, segregated and confused. Despite the ads on TV which increasingly show mixed marriages and a happy integrated society, it is simply not the case. It’s like fake news. In my opinion there is no mass integration in the diversity of British society. And nowhere is the actual truth more apparent than in large UK hospitals. To me they reflect the true state of Britain today. Staff of different colours, creeds, nationalities with a variety of languages, all performing their duties in an aura of separateness. Not only is mass immigration not working, it is actually eroding the British way of life to a point where it will no longer exist. Thank God I live in Spain. And thank you Son Espases for simply being there. Keep the faith, love Leapy leapylee2002@gmail.com.

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



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Back to being grumpy Mike Senker In my opinion Views of a Grumpy Old Man AFTER last week’s announcement that I had nothing to be grumpy about, everything got back to normal. In fact, one of the things which were making me happy, very quickly made me grumpy! I was on the way to Gibraltar, via Talk Radio Europe to do my fortnightly show, when I realised I’d forgotten my passport. As I was already half way to Gibraltar I had to decide whether to go back home after the show and start again, or pay someone to bring it to me. No brainer; I paid and got it delivered so thank goodness normal grumpiness was resumed pretty quickly. I don’t know much about art so when my daughter and her boyfriend suggested we visited the Picasso museum in Malaga I agreed as his stuff sells for squillions. But, to be honest, I’ve never really got it and after visiting the museum I’m none the wiser. I have, however, come up with a theory; it’s all a con. Now before you all scream that I’m an

ignorant heathen just hear my theory out. When you first go in you see all his early stuff and, to say the least, it’s pretty average as far as a bit of painting g o es . T h e re ’s one c a lle d Por tr ait of Paulo but it’s no masterpiece. It’s just a chubby kid with a wonky eye and I reckon nobody went rushing out to buy it. I think what happened with another one is he and a few mates went out on the lash one night and when he came home, he tried to paint something, but it came out all wrong and when his pal asked him what it was, he said ‘can’t you tell?’ He replied ‘no’ and Picasso stared at it a n d the n de c la re d it w a s c a lle d Woman with hand on her hip. Well, I have to tell you it doesn’t look like any woman I’ve ever seen, even in my druggy days! He was a master of reinvention. He confessed to historian Paul Johnson he was not a genius but a clown, and I think with many art collectors and connoisseurs there is an element of the emperor’s new clothes about Picasso. Some arty farty person said ‘isn’t this fantastic’ and everyone didn’t want to be left out so they agreed… but I think Picasso might have had a little chuckle when the readies started rolling in.




Conquistadors and climate change RESEARCHERS from a British university have claimed that plummeting winter temperatures from the end of the medieval era to the mid-19th century were caused by Spain’s conquest of the Americas. The University College London (UCL) team’s study claimed that temperatures dropped in the years after the Spanish arrived in the Americas. They published their findings in the Quarterly Spanish Review. The academics claimed this was because vegetation returned to what were once indigenous villages and farms, absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and pulling global temperatures down. UCL’s Mark Maslin said the amount of native people who died following the arrival of the Spanish was so high that European settlers

NEW THEORY: Academics linked the arrival of Conquistadors with the Little Ice Age. could not replace them. Around 56 million hectares of formerly inhabited land are estimated to have returned to nature after the arrival of the Spanish in the Americas. The Little Ice Age took place in Europe and North

America from the mid 17th century to around 1870. It saw global temperatures fall by half resulting in famine and the spread of diseases coincided with the Thirty Years War and the English Civil War.

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7:00am Classic Coronation Street 7:55am Heartbeat 9:00am Murder, She Wrote 10:05am Judge Judy 11:30am Agatha Christie's Marple 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Agatha Christie's Marple 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Paul O'Grady for the Love of Dogs 9:30pm Doc Martin 11:30pm Lewis 1:35am Agatha Christie's Poirot

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Cheers Cheers Frasier Frasier Frasier Everybody Loves Raymond Everybody Loves Raymond Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA Undercover Boss USA Channel 4 News Come Dine with Me Find it, Fix it, Flog it Countdown A Place in the Sun Escape to the Chateau: DIY Four in a Bed Come Dine with Me The Simpsons Hollyoaks Channel 4 News Kirstie and Phil's Love it or List it Gogglebox The Last Leg The Big Narstie Show

9:35am Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 9:55am Shimmer and Shine 10:05am The Secret Life of Puppies 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm The Nightmare 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Can't Pay Special: Big Family Bust-Up 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm A Bundle of Trouble 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm The Gadget Show 9:00pm Paddington Station: The Big Weekend Getaway 10:00pm Eamonn and Ruth: The Millionaire's Rulebook 11:00pm The Royal Family at War

The Car Chasers The Avengers Kojak Quincy, M.E. Minder The Sweeney The Professionals The Avengers Kojak Quincy, M.E. Minder The Professionals The Sweeney The Chase Bear's Mission with Anthony Joshua 10:00pmRocky III 11:05pm FYI Daily 11:10pmRocky III 12:10am The Contender 1:20am Better Late Than Never

7:00am Live Europrean Tour Golf 8:30am Good Morning Sports Fans 9:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 10:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 10:30am Live European Tour Golf 11:45am Live Bahrain F1 GP: Practice 1:50pm My Icon 2:00pm Live World Pool Masters 3:45pm Live Bahrain F1 GP: Practice 5:50pm My Icon 6:00pm Live PGA Tour Featured Groups 7:00pm Live WGC Matchplay 8:00pm Football 11:00pm Live WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay 1:00am Live NBA: Denver @ Oklahoma 3:30am Super League Highlights

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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm Mary Berry Quick Cooking 1:00pm Football Focus 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather 2:15pm Bargain Hunt 3:15pm Money for Nothing 4:00pm Escape to the Country 5:00pm Final Score 6:15pm Celebrity Mastermind 6:45pm BBC News 6:55pm BBC London News; Weather 7:00pm Weather 7:05pm Pointless 7:50pm Catchpoint 8:20pm All Together Now 9:25pm Casualty 10:10pm All Round to Mrs Brown's 11:10pm BBC News 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 12:55am Britain's Youngest Football Boss

9:00am Top Class 9:30am The Dog Ate My Homework 10:00am Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole 10:30am Nature's Microworlds 11:00am Wonders of the Universe 12:00pm Homes Under the Hammer 1:00pm Rick Stein's Long Weekends 2:00pm Talking Pictures 2:50pm The Wooden Horse 4:30pm Ocean Giants 5:30pm Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago 6:30pm James May's Cars of the People 7:30pm The Great British Sewing Bee 8:30pm Race Across the World 9:30pm Dad's Army 10:00pm Dave Allen: God's Own Comedian 11:00pm Dave Allen at Peace 12:00am Dave Allen: the Immaculate Selection 1:00am Trumbo

8:00pm Madame Tussaud: A Legend in Wax 9:00pm Italy's Invisible Cities 10:00pmThe Unknown Girl A guilt-stricken doctor turns amateur detective after a young woman is killed. 11:55pmTop of the Pops 12:25am Top of the Pops 12:35am The Beatles: Made on Merseyside 3:15am Handmade in Hull 4:00am Italy's Invisible Cities

7:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 7:35am Everybody Loves Raymond 8:00am Frasier 8:30am Frasier 8:55am The Big Bang Theory 10:15am The Simpsons 11:15am Heineken Champions Cup Rugby The Big Tackle. 12:15pm The Simpsons 12:45pm The Simpsons 1:15pm Heineken Champions Cup Rugby Edinburgh v Munster. 4:00pm Four in a Bed 6:35pm The Secret Life of the Zoo 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm F1: Grand Prix 9:30pm Mission Ignition 10:30pm The Resurrection Mechanic. 12:25am Lawless 1:35am The Last Leg

7:00am Milkshake! 11:05am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:15am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:25am Toddlers Make You Laugh Out Loud 2 12:15pm Police Interceptors 1:05pm Police Interceptors 2:00pm Friends 2:30pm Friends 3:00pm Friends 3:30pm Friends 4:00pm Friends 4:30pm Deadly Switch 6:15pm The Yorkshire Vet 7:15pm The Yorkshire Vet 8:00pm Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson 8:55pm 5 News 9:00pm Elizabeth: Our Queen - Crown in Crisis 11:00pm The Royal Family at War

11:00am The Andrew Marr Show 12:00pm Sunday Politics London 12:30pm Walks of Life 1:30pm Homes Under the Hammer 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather for the Week Ahead 2:15pm Songs of Praise 2:50pm Money for Nothing 3:35pm Escape to the Country 4:20pm Brave 5:45pm Pointless 6:35pm BBC News 6:50pm BBC London News; Weather 6:55pm Weather 7:00pm Countryfile 8:00pm Antiques Roadshow 9:00pm Blue Planet Live 10:00pmLine of Duty 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm BBC London News; Weather 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 2 12:30am The Women's Football Show

8:30am Scrambled! 8:35am The Tom and Jerry Show 8:50am The Powerpuff Girls 9:10am Toonmarty 9:30am Robozuna 10:05am Teen Titans Go! 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Saturday Morning with James Martin 12:40pm Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen 1:45pm James Martin's American Adventure 2:15pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:35pm Live and Let Die 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV Evening News 7:15pm Regional News and Weather 7:20pm Info not available 9:00pm The Voice UK 10:45pm The Jonathan Ross Show 11:45pm ITV News 11:55pm The 40 Year Old Virgin

7:00am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 7:15am Emmerdale Omnibus 9:50am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:45pm The Voice UK 2:45pm BGT: Top 10 Comedy Corkers 3:50pm You've Been Framed! Gold 4:20pm The Mummy Returns 5:20pm FYI Daily 5:25pm The Mummy Returns 6:55pm Arthur 7:55pm FYI Daily 8:00pm Arthur 9:00pm Wrath of the Titans 10:00pm FYI Daily 10:05pm Wrath of the Titans 11:05pm Celebrity Juice 11:50pm Family Guy 12:20am Family Guy 12:45am Family Guy 1:15am American Dad! 1:40am American Dad! 3:10am Release the Hounds 4:00am Teleshopping

7:20am Agatha Christie's Poirot 9:20am A Touch of Frost 11:35am A Touch of Frost 1:45pm Agatha Christie's Marple 3:45pm Agatha Christie's Marple 5:55pm Agatha Christie's Marple 8:00pm Vera Detective drama series based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. 10:00pm Vera 12:00am Vera Detective drama series based on the characters created by Ann Cleeves. 3:00am Classic Emmerdale Joe tells Kathy about Frank and Dolly. Frank and Kim row about their baby plans. 3:25am ITV3 Nightscreen 3:30am Teleshopping

7:00am World of Sport 7:15am The Professionals 8:05am The Return of Sherlock Holmes 9:20am The Return of Sherlock Holmes 10:30am ITV Racing: The Opening Show 11:30am World of Sport 11:45am Kojak 12:50pm Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind 2:30pm ITV Racing: Live from Doncaster 5:00pm From Russia with Love 6:05pm FYI Daily 6:10pm From Russia with Love 7:20pm Red River 8:25pm FYI Daily 8:30pm Red River 10:00pm High Plains Drifter 11:00pm FYI Daily 11:05pm High Plains Drifter 12:15am The Missouri Breaks 1:15am FYI Daily 1:20am The Missouri Breaks 3:50am ITV4 Nightscreen

7:00am Sky Sports News 7:30am Live European Tour Golf Day three of the Hero Indian Open from the DLF Golf and Country Club. 12:00pm Soccer Saturday Pre-Match 12:30pm Football Fulham entertain Manchester City at Craven Cottage in the Premier League. 4:15pm Live WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay Day four of the WGC-Dell Matchplay from the Austin Country Club in Texas. 6:15pm Football 9:00pm Live Fight Night 12:00am Live NBA: Sacramento @ Houston

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Mr. Bean: The Animated Series Project Z Teen Titans Go! ITV News James Martin's Sunday Selection This Morning On Sunday John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen Australia with Julia Bradbury ITV Lunchtime News The Voice UK The Man with the Golden Gun ITV Evening News ITV News London The Family Chase What Would Your Kid Do? Coronation Street Victoria ITV News Weather From Hell The Bay Jackpot247

7:10am Scott of the Antarctic 8:55am Talking Pictures 9:35am Gardeners' World 10:05am Countryfile 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm The Hairy Bikers' Chicken and Egg 1:30pm My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles 2:30pm Odette 4:25pm Nature's Miracle Babies 5:25pm Coast 6:00pm Australia: Earth's Magical Kingdom 7:00pm Inside the Factory 8:00pm Dragons' Den 9:00pm Race Across the World 10:00pm Tasmania 11:00pm The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan 12:00am Frankie Boyle's New World Order 12:30am White Gold 1:00am Look Back in Anger

8:00pm Akram Khan's Giselle A performance of the romantic tale by English National Ballet, choreographed by Akram Khan. 9:35pm Horizon 9:45pm Horizon 10:00pm Abducted Elizabeth I's Child Actors 11:00pm 6 Music Festival Highlights Show Lauren Laverne and Craig Charles present the best of the festival from Liverpool. 12:30am Mustang 2:00am Line of Duty 3:00am Line of Duty 4:00am Ballet's Dark Knight - Sir Kenneth Macmillan

7:00am King of Queens 7:25am King of Queens 7:50am The Big Bang Theory 8:10am The Big Bang Theory 8:35am Frasier 9:00am Frasier 9:30am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:00am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:30am Sunday Brunch 1:30pm Jamie's Quick and Easy Food 2:00pm The Simpsons 2:30pm The Simpsons 3:00pm The Simpsons 3:30pm Doctor Dolittle 2 5:15pm A Place in the Sun 6:15pm The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm Escape to the Chateau 9:00pm Secrets of Egypt's Valley of the Kings 10:00pm F1: Grand Prix Highlights 12:00am 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

10:55am Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11:10am Access 11:15am Police Interceptors 12:15pm Police Interceptors 1:15pm Friends 1:45pm Friends 2:15pm Friends 2:45pm Friends 3:15pm Friends 3:45pm The Wonderful World of Puppies 4:45pm The Wonderful World of Puppies 5:45pm The Wonderful World of Puppies 6:40pm 5 News 6:45pm World's Busiest Hotel 7:45pm Secrets of the Heinz Factory 8:45pm Inside McDonalds 10:00pm Britain's Favourite Gameshows 12:00am The Bruce Forsyth Story Didn't He Do Well?.

7:00am Emmerdale Omnibus 9:25am Coronation Street Omnibus 12:25pm BGT: Stephen's Top 10 Crown Jewels 1:25pm Catchphrase 2:25pm Wrath of the Titans 3:25pm FYI Daily 3:30pm Wrath of the Titans 4:30pm Scooby-Doo! 5:30pm FYI Daily 5:35pm Scooby-Doo! 6:15pm Shrek 7:15pm FYI Daily 7:20pm Shrek 8:00pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 9:00pm FYI Daily 9:05pm The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 11:35pm Family Guy 12:05am Family Guy 12:30am Family Guy 12:55am American Dad! 1:25am American Dad!

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6:00am Netball Northern Mystics play Northern Stars in the ANZ Premiership. 7:00am Live ANZ Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic play Southern Steel in the ANZ Premiership. 8:45am Live European Tour Golf Day four of the Hero Indian Open from the DLF Golf and Country Club. 12:00pm Football 3:00pm Live Renault Super Sunday 5:15pm Live Renault Super Sunday 8:00pm Live WGC-Dell Technologies Matchplay 12:00am Sky Sports News 1:00am Sky Sports News 2:00am Sky Sports News


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The Royal The Royal Heartbeat Heartbeat Long Lost Family Agatha Christie's Marple Agatha Christie's Marple Larry Grayson: Shut That Door! Agatha Christie's Poirot Agatha Christie's Poirot Vera Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in Private Grantchester Grantchester Drama series set in the 1950s and adapted from the novels by James Runcie. Wire in the Blood

Pawn Stars The Car Chasers The Car Chasers The Car Chasers Minder Minder The Sweeney The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1:05pm Red River 2:05pm FYI Daily 2:10pm Red River 3:50pm The Horse Soldiers 4:50pm FYI Daily 4:55pm The Horse Soldiers 6:15pm Hornblower 8:30pm La Liga 10:50pmUnder Siege 11:50pm FYI Daily 11:55pmUnder Siege 12:55amThe Mechanic A hitman teaches his trade to an apprentice who is connected to one of his victims. 1:55am FYI Daily 2:00am The Mechanic

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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 www.euroweeklynews.com/3.0.15/nora-johnson

THERE’S a Mother’s Day celebration somewhere in the world nearly every month. In the UK it’s this Sunday, March 31. In most of Europe and North America it’s in May. In Thailand and Costa Rica in August. In Argentina in October, and in Panama and Indonesia, December. Whatever its date, though, there are things only a mother can teach. For instance, it’s she who instructs us about the art of anticipation; ‘Just wait till your father gets home!’ And of receiving; ‘You’re going to get it when we get home!’ About how to meet a challenge; ‘Answer me when I talk to you. Don’t talk back to me!’ And the subtleties of logic; ‘Because I said so, that’s why.’ Not to mention the intricacies of medical science; ‘If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they’re going to freeze that way.’ Genetics; ‘You’re just like your father.’ Foresight; ‘Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re run over by a bus.’ Our roots; ‘Do you think you were born in a barn?’ And the wisdom of age; ‘When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.’

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A mother load of worldly wisdom and experience… MOTHER’S DAY: Is celebrated everywhere in the world.

A favourite lesson too is justice; ‘One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. Then you’ll see what it’s like.’ The weather; ‘It looks as if a hurricane’s swept through your room.’ Religion; ‘You’d better pray that will come out of the

carpet.’ And, long before any of us watched Dr Who, time travel; ‘If you don’t shape up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!’ And science is on the timetable years before we study it at school; the science of osmosis; ‘Shut your mouth and eat your supper!’ How can we begin to thank our mothers for all these invaluable insights? When I was a kid, and kicking up a foul-mouthed rumpus, she’d say, ‘If you haven’t got anything nice to say, then why don’t you say nothing at all?’ Imagine if I had listened to her then. Where would I be now? 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’ (www.norajohnson.net) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99; £0.99) and iBookstore. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity.

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Can community recover debt? In our community of five flats, one family owes €800 in community fees from last year, although they are now paying this year on time. The other four members have had to cover these costs, which soon will increase with a replacement water pump. Beyond exerting moral pressure, what are our remedies? In the longer term, could any unpaid debt be deducted when the property is sold? H C (Baleares) Proceso Monitorio are the two David Searl words you want to remem- You and the Law in Spain ber here. This is a sort of small claims court which does not require the use of lawyers for debts under €2,000. Your community president can obtain the forms from the court in your area and bring action against the defaulters. If they do not pay up within 20 days, the court can order their assets, including bank accounts, to be seized to pay the debt. Perhaps the simple threat of legal action will do the trick. In the longer term, the purchaser of property can be held liable for outstanding community debts of the past three years.

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

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MONDAY - 1 APRIL 6:15pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm 10:00pm 10:30pm 11:00pm 11:25pm 11:30pm 11:35pm 12:00am

Pointless BBC News Regional News The One Show Fake Britain EastEnders Panorama Warren This Time with Alan Partridge BBC News Regional News Weather Fleabag America's Child Brides

8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Kyle Files 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Info not available 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm Regional News and Weather 11:45pm Babes in the Wood 12:45am Judge Rinder's Crime Stories


6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Britain in Bloom 8:00pm The Chronicles of Mourne 8:30pm Only Connect 9:00pm University Challenge 9:30pm Mary Berry's Quick Cooking 10:00pmThe Brexit Storm: Laura Kuenssberg's Inside Story 11:00pmThe Mash Report 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm National Treasures of Wales 9:00pm Empire of the Seas: How the Navy Forged the Modern World Dan Snow charts the role of the Royal Navy in the development of Britain 10:00pm For Folks Sake! Morris Dancing and Me 11:00pmStoryville 12:30am A Timewatch Guide 1:30am The Taff: The River That Made Wales

1:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Find it Fix it Flog it 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Extreme Cakemakers 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Dispatches 9:30pm Food Unwrapped 10:00pm24 Hours in Police Custody 11:00pmWomen Who Kill 12:00am Mums Make Porn

3:15pm Deadly Dance Mom 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News 8:00pm Everest: World's Greatest Mountain 9:00pm Police Interceptors 10:00pm Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson 11:00pmThe Sex Business 12:05am Manhunt: Catch Me If You Can

3:15pm Curiosity 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Money for Nothing 5:30pm The Repair Shop 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm The Murder of Jill Dando 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Glow Up: Britain's Next Make-Up Star

3:45pm This Wild Life 4:15pm The Hairy Builder 4:45pm Wonders of the Monsoon 5:45pm Eggheads 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Britain in Bloom 8:00pm Antiques Road Trip 9:00pm Inside the Factory 10:00pm The Great British Sewing Bee 11:00pm Live at the Apollo 11:30pm Newsnight 12:10am Weather

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm National Treasures of Wales 9:00pm Blue Planet II 10:00pmCrossing England in a Punt: River of Dreams 11:00pmNatural World 12:00am Expedition Volcano 1:00am The Incredible Story of Marie Antoinette's Watch with Nicholas Parsons 2:00am Line of Duty 3:00am Line of Duty 4:00am Line of Duty

2:05pm Find it Fix it Flog it 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Extreme Cakemakers 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer 10:15pmDerry Girls 10:45pmHome 11:15pmGogglebox 12:20am First Dates

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6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed!Gold 8:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 9:00pm You've Been Framed! Gold 9:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 10:00pm Family Guy 10:30pm American Dad! 11:00pm Timewasters

11:30am Agatha Christie's Marple 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Agatha Christie's Marple 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Endeavour 11:00pmScott and Bailey

3:40pm Quincy, M.E. 4:40pm Minder 5:50pm The Professionals 6:55pm The Sweeney 8:00pm The Chase 9:00pm Rocky IV 10:10pmFYI Daily 10:15pm Rocky IV After reclaiming the world title, Rocky plans to retire and enjoy life with his wife Adrian. 11:00pm The Contender 12:10am La Liga Highlights

10:15am Great Sporting Moments 10:30am Good Morning Sports Fans 11:00am Football Centre 12:00pmFootball Centre 1:00pm Football Centre 2:00pm Sky Sports News 3:00pm Sky Sports News 4:00pm Sky Sports News 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Sky Sports News at 5 7:00pm Sky Sports News at 6 8:00pm Football 12:00am Sky Sports News

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12:15pmYou've Been Framed! Gold 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Coronation Street 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed: Gold 8:30pm You've Been Framed! Gold 10:00pmFurious 7 11:10pmFYI Daily 11:15pmFurious 7 12:45am Family Guy

3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Agatha Christie's Marple 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pmDCI Banks Crime drama series. 12:00am DCI Banks

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Kojak Quincy, M.E. Minder The Professionals The Sweeney Crime drama. 8:05pm The Chase Quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh. 9:15pm La Liga Barcelona are top of the table as they head to Villarreal. 11:35pmLethal Weapon Classic action movie.

11:00am Sky Sports News 12:00pmSky Sports News 12:30pm Sportswomen 1:00pm Sky Sports News 2:00pm Sky Sports News 3:00pm Sky Sports News 4:00pm Sky Sports News 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Sky Sports News at 5 7:00pm Sky Sports News at 6 8:00pm Sky Sports Tonight 8:30pm Football 11:15pm The Debate - Live 12:15am Sky Sports News

7:00am The Planet's Funniest Animals 7:20am Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 8:10am You've Been Framed! Gold 9:00am Emmerdale 9:25am Coronation Street 10:25am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 11:20am Superstore 12:15pmYou've Been Framed! Gold 12:45pmYou've Been Framed! Gold 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Coronation Street 2:45pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:35pm The Jeremy Kyle Show 6:50pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed: Gold 9:00pm You've Been Framed! Gold 10:00pmFurious 7 11:10pmFYI Daily

7:00am Classic Coronation Street 7:30am Classic Coronation Street 7:55am Heartbeat 9:00am Murder, She Wrote 10:05am Judge Judy 10:35am Judge Judy 11:00am Judge Judy 11:30am Agatha Christie's Marple 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm Agatha Christie's Marple 6:55pm Heartbeat 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pmDCI Banks 12:00am DCI Banks

7:10am The Protectors 7:40am The Avengers 8:30am Kojak 9:30am Quincy, M.E. 10:30am Minder 11:35am The Sweeney 12:40pmThe Professionals 1:50pm The Avengers 2:55pm Kojak 3:55pm Quincy, M.E. 4:55pm Minder 6:00pm The Professionals 7:05pm The Sweeney 8:05pm The Chase 9:15pm La Liga 11:35pmLethal Weapon Classic action movie. 12:35am FYI Daily Latest news from the world of entertainment. 12:40amLethal Weapon Classic action movie. 1:50am Minder 2:55am Lethal Weapon 3:45am ITV4 Nightscreen

8:30am My Icon 8:40am Live ANZ Netball 10:15am Great Sporting Moments 10:30am Good Morning Sports Fans 11:00am Sky Sports News 12:00pm Sky Sports News 1:00pm Sky Sports News 2:00pm Sky Sports News 3:00pm Sky Sports News 4:00pm Sky Sports News 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Sky Sports News at 5 7:00pm Sky Sports News at 6 8:00pm Football 11:15pm The Debate Live 12:15am Sky Sports News 1:00am Great Sporting Moments 1:15am Great Sporting Moments 1:30am Live NBA 4:00am Sky Sports News 5:00am Sky Sports News

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Judge Rinder Tenable Tipping Point Info not available ITV Evening News Emmerdale Info not available ITV News at Ten and Weather Regional News and Weather The Jonathan Ross Show Tenable

Maniac Mom Friends Friends 5 News Neighbours Home and Away 5 News The latest news coverage. 8:00pm Kilimanjaro: Wonder of the World 9:00pmThe Yorkshire Vet 10:15pmFirst Class v Economy: Is it Worth it? 11:15pmI'm Too Fat to Fly 12:15am Inside McDonalds

WEDNESDAY - 3 APRIL 12:00pm The Sheriffs are Coming 12:45pm Dom on the Spot 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News 2:30pm Regional News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Curiosity 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm Money for Nothing 5:30pm The Repair Shop 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News 7:30pm Regional News 8:00pm The One Show 9:00pm The Sheriffs are Coming 10:00pm DIY SOS the Big Build 11:00pm BBC News 11:25pm Regional News 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Match of the Day 12:40am A Question of Sport

9:00am See Hear: The Emotional Impact of Interpreting 9:30am Mary Berry's Quick Cooking 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pmBBC News 12:15pmPolitics Live 2:00pm The Boss 2:45pm The Tropic of Cancer 3:45pm This Wild Life 4:15pm The Hairy Builder 4:45pm Wonders of the Monsoon 5:45pm Eggheads 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Britain in Bloom 8:00pm Race Across the World 9:00pm Great British Menu 10:00pmMotherfatherson 11:00pmWhite Gold 11:30pmNewsnight 12:10am Weather

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm National Treasures of Wales Documentary series discovering the problems faced by the National Trust. 9:00pm The Last Battle of the Vikings Documentary telling the incredible story of the norsemen in Scotland. 10:00pmBorder Country 11:00pmToffs, Queers and Traitors: The Extraordinary Life of Guy Burgess 12:30am What Makes Us Clever? The Horizon Guide to Intelligence 1:30am The Taff: The River That Made Wales

10:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:40am Everybody Loves Raymond 11:10am Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 12:05pmUndercover Boss USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Come Dine with Me 2:05pm Find it Fix it Flog it 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Four in a Bed 6:30pm Extreme Cakemakers 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm The Supervet 10:00pmMarried at First Sight 11:00pmMums Make Porn 12:00am Derry Girls

7:00am Milkshake! 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pmThe Nightmare Neighbour Next Door 1:10pm 5 News 1:15pm Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away! 2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm A Deadly Deed 5:00pm Friends 5:30pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News 8:00pm Britain's Biggest Mountain 9:00pm GPs Behind Closed Doors 10:00pm Critical Condition 11:00pmThe Royal Family at War 12:15am She's 82 and He's 39: Big Age Gap Love 1:10am Police Interceptors

7:00am Good Morning Britain 9:30am Lorraine 10:25am The Jeremy Kyle Show 11:30am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm Regional News and Weather 3:00pm Judge Rinder 4:00pm Tenable 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm Info not available 7:00pm Regional News and Weather 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm Britain's Brightest Family 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pmThe Bay 11:00pmITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pmRegional News and Weather 11:45pmPeston

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Dead Postings Society Ceasing to be may not end our online existence, says Terence Kennedy

BY 2060 Facebook will have more dead users than live ones. Users are dying off at 10,000 a day. Their accounts aren’t. A famous quote says millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Now many of us are heading for digital immortality without quite realising it. That’s partly because social media platforms make it difficult to either pass on, or shut down, the sites of ‘late’ users. Indeed in one infamous recent case, a site actually kept warning a deceased user that he was infringing their rules by dying without telling them. (They later apologised). Youngsters in particular are always being warned that what goes on the internet, stays on the internet. Few realise this also extends beyond death. In Facebook’s first 10 years some 10 million users died, and in most cases, their accounts are still up there, forever, caught in a legal limbo which technophobic legislators show little appetite for tackling. Tales abound of families denied ac-

cess to a deceased loved one’s site, or all the data social media sites hold about that person. Drawing up a Will takes care of our material assets, but a few quick tips might avoid those left behind being trapped in our digital maze. Some platforms, like Twitter and

Instagram, will indeed let next of kin terminate an account on proof of death, but Twitter still denies access to anything on that account. Facebook recently bowed to years of pressure by adding an option the still-living user can tick, letting the account be deleted after death. It also lets

you appoint a family member as a ‘legacy contact’ who can, among other things, remove ‘inappropriate’ content from an account. Google holds more information about more people in the world than any other platform, and it too has now made it easier for others to access and manage that information after a number of high-profile legal challenges. What’s easiest all round is to access Google’s ‘Inactive Account Manager’ while you’re still breathing. This lets you be very specific about what’s done with your digital information after your account has been inactive for a set length of time. And, importantly, exactly what you’d like your heirs to access. This means thinking carefully what you want them to discover once you’ve shuffled that mortal coil. That’s because Google saves absolutely everything you have ever done, from e-mail to stored photos to map routes and even your browsing history; ie every single website visit, including those you may have accessed for, um, anatomical research…


Pass with a password APPOINTING a digital trustee informally is actually the simplest way to deal with your digital legacy. The good news is that it involves no official procedures; the bad news is that it has no legal standing if there’s any dispute. All you do is give the person of your choice your access details and passwords. If you use password management software, or keep all your passwords in an encrypted text file, then just give them the information and your master password. Or that giant Post-It note. This at least lets them post news of your demise, and curate any past or future content. Technically you are breaking the rules until notifying the platforms of your death. So let them sue the account holder, I dare them.



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LAST month we explored what Brexit could mean for travellers. As the countdown continues, we review what it could mean for your travel insurance. Have you made your travel plans for this year? Already paid for part of your trip? If you have, consider getting travel insurance before March 29 to avoid Brexit uncertainty. It’s a fact that travel insurance remains one of the most popular travel purchases. It’s a fact that the UK offers more travel insurance choices than any other country. And it’s a fact that travel insurance products offered by UK companies are among the best and most reliable worldwide. What happens after March 29 to your travel insurance choices? Currently some UK-based providers like Globelink sell insurance to EU residents because of EU agreements which allow EU Members the freedom to do so. Right now, with days to go, UK travel insurance providers still don’t know whether a deal will be struck to allow them to continue sell-

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Brexit bedlam grips the UK. What does it mean for travel insurance?

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Policies purchased before Brexit continue to apply. ing insurance to EU citizens after Brexit. The good news, is that Globelink travel insurance products are underwritten through underwriters at Lloyds. Lloyds have already published a reassuring statement about a no-deal Brexit. Lloyd’s underwriters will continue to honour their contractual com-

mitments, including payment of valid claims. That’s got to be good news for our customers and anyone with travel insurance through Lloyds. View their statement at www.lloyds.com. After Brexit, if you are an EU resident, you could find yourself with less travel insurance options to choose from if the UK have their rights to sell

to EU residents revoked in a no-deal scenario. Lack of choice is never a good thing for consumers, so consider buying your travel insurance now or renewing your Annual Multi Trip Policy before Brexit if it’s due soon, by visiting www.globelink.co.uk. Until March 29, its business as usual. After that, who knows? If you already have Travel Insurance with Globelink you don’t need to take action. Globelink policies purchased before Brexit, for travel before or after Brexit remain in place and cover continues as per policy terms at the time of sale. Globelink are working with our Lloyds Travel underwriters to safeguard business as usual after Brexit. We’re making the necessary transitions to ensure we can continue selling Globelink Insurance products to our EU customers. If your current travel insurance policy is with another provider, you should check directly with them about their post-Brexit arrangements. Most travel Brexit concerns are

around flight disruption. The good news is the risk has been reduced as the European Commission and UK government have agreed that UK and EU airlines can still operate between the two. Travel insurance operates within particular terms and conditions, so what they might cover in relation to Brexit depends on circumstances and remains unknown in many cases. Deal or no-deal, protect yourself with travel insurance. Travel disruption could be a small part of what might happen on any trip. Unforeseen mishaps and medical emergencies could cost you much, much more. Globelink Travel Insurance: for people living in the EU. Visit www.globelink.co.uk, or call (UK) +44 1353 699 082 or our Spanish link line 966 265 000. Check current BREXIT and Travel advice on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-na tionals-travelling-to-eu-essential-infor mation and https://www.abta.com/tipsand-advice/brexit-advice-for-travellers.

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I’m totally disgusted

WITH reference to your letter regarding the establishment blocking Brexit. I live in Spain but am angry and disgusted by so-called British politicians. In my opinion they are legalised terrorists. Terrorist definition is unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians in pursuit of political aims. Well, they haven’t yet resorted to violence but the traitors that supposedly represent the public have used every means available to them to get what THEY wanted irrespective of what the majority wanted. I hope they all rot in hell. Graham Foster

Career politicians BUENOS DIAS to Leapy. Thank you for your excellent article in this week’s EWN (Issue 1759). You’re spot on with your analysis.  It is quite clear now that the current bunch of career politicians has nothing but contempt for the electorate. You can count the number of honest, principled politicians on the fingers of one hand Frank Field is one but, err, I can’t think of anyone else who’s alive! I’ve been a Tory all my life, but they will never get my vote again - voting, it seems, is meaningless. However, faith is being kept! Lynda Barry

Gored blimey WHILE I, like most people, am of course always concerned to hear when someone has been injured, I have to say that in the case of bullfighter Enrique Ponce my sympathy is limited. I do appreciate that some Spanish feel bullfighting is a part of their culture and history, but I am afraid that I do not agree with the ‘sport’ at all. I of course wish Ponce a speedy recovery but I hope that this incident serves to start a debate over whether this practice should continue at all. Brenda Hall

Missing girl I WAS so saddened to read the awful case of Agnese Klavina in last week’s Costa del Sol edition of the Euro Weekly News (Issue 1759). For a young woman’s life to be seemingly cut short so young is a tragedy and my heart goes out to Agnese’s family, who have obviously fought to find out what happened to their daughter for the past five years. I hope the trial of the two British men accused of kidnapping her concludes as quickly as possible and that the young woman’s family are given the answers they need. Mr P Roberts

PROTESTS: Marches in London.

People’s vote I SAW on the Spanish news on Saturday the march in London to stay in Europe, most of these people surely are not British, do they not understand that a referendum is a people’s vote. And I believe there was another march somewhere backing the vote to get out but that was not shown on the Spanish news, I wonder why. Why can’t we have Tommy Robinson as Prime Minister, Leapy Lee as Home Secretary and Richard Littlejohn as foreign secretary? Mr P N K


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Stay good-natured THE head of the pro-second Brexit referendum Bremain in Spain group told Euro Weekly News she was encouraged that the Put it to the People match was ‘peaceful and goodnatured.’ Sue Wilson’s comments came as hundreds of thousands of protesters demonstrated in London on Saturday to call for another Brexit vote. In contrast to the French gilets jauntes (yellow vest) and pro-independence demonstrations in Cataluña, violence was conspicuously absent in the British capital. No matter which side you support in the Brexit debate, it is surely encouraging that protesters are still able to gather peacefully to make their voices heard. That fact is all the more reassuring at a time when Britain remains deeply divided over the issue. Although support for either side has surged and waned since the 2016 referendum, the country remains split roughly in half according to a recent social attitudes survey. Both sides made their voices heard in demonstrations on Saturday but did so in a spirit of passion but not outrage, much less violence. The right of people to peacefully assemble to make their voices heard is the cornerstone of the British political system and of any democracy worth its salt. The key word however is peaceful. So long as protests remain so then democracy will continue to be healthy and vibrant. If not then an already deeply divided Britain risks forgetting that violence is never the answer and slipping into strife.

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Sperm and egg donor anonymity rights Great news! The donor-conceived, rather than the parents, clinics, or donors, are the people most directly affected by donor conception, and they are the ones who have to live with the consequences the longest. They also seem to be mostly against donor anonymity, and secrecy surrounding donor conception. Some don’t care, but there’s no way for anyone to tell whether their child will want to know who the donor is or not, so they should always have the choice. Why should anyone’s desire to have a child override a donor-conceived person’s desire to know the identity of their genetic father? If a sperm donor wants to be anonymous, then he simply shouldn’t be a sperm donor. I was a sperm donor over 30 years ago, and if I have any genetic children looking for me, I’ve made it as easy as possible for them to find me. Over a thousand other donors have registered at the Donor Sibling Registry and the UK Donor Conceived Register. Countries that have already ended donor anonymity include the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, and New Zealand. Why not Spain? According to HFEA figures, the numbers of UK sperm donors went *up* eight years in a row since the ending of anonymity, thus reversing a three-year decline. The 631 donors in 2012 was the highest figure since they started keeping records, and well over double the figure in 2004 (237) just before anonymity ended. Several ‘anonymous’ donors have been identified using DNA and genealogical databases, so it’s no longer possible for anyone to guarantee a donor that they will remain anonymous anyway. Mark

COMMENTS FROM EWN ONLINE UPDATE: ONE MILLION join People’s March against Brexit in London Er, it’s been accurately measured at 82,000. One thing about our authorities, they know how to keep an eye on us. Anyway, we voted out, we leaving, get over it, and persuade the Europeans they’ve got to pay more or everyone gets a pension age raise and cut. Jeff Assuming there were a million - which is extremely unlikely ( Trafalgar Square can hold around 35,000 - about half the size of Old Trafford) - and assuming that four million British citizens had individually signed the online petition - which is also slightly unlikely given that there are absolutely no effective controls or screening procedures in place - the big question is SO WHAT ? Most of Western Europe has a democratic system where the people are given a vote, and the majority prevails. Mob rule has not been adopted as a system of government anywhere in the civilised world. Whatever one’s view of any issue, resort to force of numbers is not a legitimate way to address it. PM

Reaction and comment to the Put it to the People Brexit march in London today There is a new onLine petition for a replay of the Battle of Hastings, as so many people are unhappy about the result. I think it is a spoof, but these days who can be sure! PM

Who’s your Paddy? As an Irish national... indeed, as a principled human being, I resent these caricatures of the Irish people. I think it is generally agreed that if media were to portray those of other ethnic groups as appallingly, there would be not only a public outcry but media hysteria too. No wonder tens of millions are deserting mass media for ‘boots on the ground’ alternative media. Michael

Spanish gov’t official says country will need 270,000 migrants a year to meet labour demands How can there not be enough people to fill the labour market when there’s 40 per cent unemployment in this country. We dont need immigrants to fill jobs unless they can speak Spanish and have the skills to do the jobs. Regular illegals are not going to be able to do this. There’s a big difference between immigration of people with necessary skills and accepting a load of illegals without any. Naimah


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TIME OUT Trivia from around the world



people you’re drinking with, superstitious Germans believe. The idea stems from Greek mythology. *** In Britain, putting new shoes on a table is bad luck because it is supposed to symbolise the death of a loved one. Years ago, placing someone’s shoes on a table was a way to let their family know that they had passed away. *** Friday 13th is apparently an unlucky day because there were 13 people at The Last Supper and Christ was crucified on the Friday.

*** Whistling while you work may be an issue in Lithuania where it’s forbidden to whistle indoors because the noise is believed to summon demons. *** According to Japanese superstition, sleeping with your head facing north is bad luck because that’s how the deceased are laid to rest. *** To make things even trickier, the same superstition exists in Africa if you sleep with your head to the west. *** If you say cheers with water you’re actually wishing death upon the

*** In Russia it is believed that congratulating someone on their birthday before the day arrives brings bad luck. *** In Mexico, facing mirrors open a doorway for the devil. *** A Filipino tradition called  ‘pagpag’  dictates that people should never go straight back to the house after a wake. Otherwise a bad spirit might tag along and come inside. Mourners will make a stop at a restaurant or store first just in case.

DID YOU KNOW? Most people are familiar with the phrase ‘don’t walk under a ladder’ as it brings bad luck, but not everyone knows that the superstition dates back to medieval times. The ladder, back then, symbolised the gallows where people were hanged.

World of English

Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that girl who never backed down.”

‘ Taylor Swift



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Tuesday March 19

Pave the way for any ambitious schemes you may have, rather than actually starting them. With your ruler the Sun eclipsing your kindred fire sign, determined Aries, you are now more likely to get the support and affection you need from the powers that be or someone who thinks the world of you.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20)

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23)

One thing is certain, when you come through this week's restless planetary antics, you won't be totally the same Piscean who walked in. Whether you're figuring out numbers, analysing your dreams, or getting into a playfully social mood, there'll be much to enjoy and put to the test.

Even if the opposite to what you want happens, it could prove useful. One clue to this week's planetary crossword puzzle is 'What word could also mean success?' Check it out, and make it work for you.







JOKER: 7 627 220




JOKER: 2 329 039



TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Stand by for a week of whoosh and whirl. More importantly, try to avoid getting tongue-tied or dogmatic on Tuesday and Friday. Promising potentials appear, especially if you spruce up your competitive streak.

Soucouyant - a kind of witch, in eastern Caribbean folklore, who is believed to shed her skin by night and suck the blood of her victims.

LEO (July 24 - August 23)

Eager Mars meets affluent Jupiter and enriches your financial forecast. It might show a foretaste of money to come, or on-stream benefits. If you intend to make alterations to your personal and home interests, you'll undoubtedly cope with both offbeat and upbeat activities.

Education, media, creative and social connections are given star merit. The solar eclipse in your own sign bursts with vitality and success, more so for an array of bold moves, replace-ments and makeovers covering your personal affairs.

Women’s wit

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.” Jim Morrison

AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19)

ARIES (March 21 - April 20)

BAD LUCK: The superstition dates back centuries.

Famous quote


GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Throughout this fortunate week, whatever else you decide, refuse to discard your hopes and wishes. As a Gemini, you like to have two strings to your bow of life, which gives you an alternative option, especially if the going gets tough.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) A vivid star pattern portends a frantic personal and social diary. Ensure that any tight planning is carefully handled, especially if you hope to fit in everything you would like to say. Don't allow Monday or Wednesday's tensions to spoil opportunities for settling something important.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) The solar eclipse in your opposite sign of Aries intensifies your willpower. Before you say 'go', find out where you stand. It might pay you to leave things be for a little longer to see if anything begins to change.

SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22) The planets mobilise your streak of Scorpio daring, but don't stretch your limits. Your most effective weapon against personal and workrelated pitfalls is your ability to be objective. Your desire to make specific situations and conversations work needs to be combined with your faith that they will work.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21) The main gist of the solar eclipse in fiery Aries and the link between plucky Mars and your ruler friendly Jupiter will stir surprises. Whether you create the right atmosphere all round depends on how you interpret other people's views.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) Hard-working, enterprising and self-sacrificing are just some of the words that describe your zodiac sign. It will be these qualities that count. Friday will boost your powers of persuasion, but you won't have too much to complain about if you follow this lucky trend into next week's encouraging tide.


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Across 1 Confused me, as they are alike (4) 3 Takes into account the appearance of spectres (8) 9 Does pie get cooked in one instalment? (7) 10 A quiet street to cut off (5) 11 Ancient city in Jordan, one favoured by artist (5) 12 Vegetable found in vase in rubbish dump (6) 14 Somehow resist a senior nurse (6) 16 Cutter, dreadfully chesty (6) 19 Credit is double big trouble (6) 21 Jargon a redhead understood (5) 24 Battle to get article by the French doctor (5) 25 New name given to one flower (7) 26 Backward American shells out for swings (8) 27 Enclosures for writers (4) Down 1 Pete sets off for the most vertical cliff (8) 2 Leaves out moist bananas (5) 4 Steven organised these activities (6) 5 A tricky question for a model at work (5) 6 An uproar after half a dance by an old Roman racer (7) 7 Upset pet's gait (4) 8 Respectful display of silver in house (6) 13 Falcons rest with elks for a change

(8) 15 Opens Sunday People first and reads (7) 17 Dip in Eurocrat error rate (6) 18 Where gods live in Africa’s Garden of Eden (6)

Code Breaker

20 Did really well in a dishonest way (5) 22 Garden feature held back by scaremonger (5) 23 They help in listening to some hearsay (4)

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 7 represents R and 10 represents J, so fill in R every time the figure 7 appears and J every time the figure 10 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 Formal agreements between individuals or parties (5) 3 Alloy of copper and zinc (5) 6/18 Military identification disc (3,3) 8 Mythical being that is half man and half horse (7) 9 Express through a scornful smile (5) 10 Knock unconscious by a blow (4) 13 Double-reed woodwind instrument (4) 14 Small mallet used by a judge (5) 17 Larval frog or toad (7) 18 See 6 19 Become one (5)

English - Spanish


Across 1 Remojar (4) 3 To spill (8) 9 Grosella (7) 10 Fox (animal) (5) 11 Enemigo (5) 12 Granjero (6) 14 Height (6) 16 Manga (en ropa) (6) 19 Martillo (6) 21 Between (5) 24 Bag (paper, plastic) (5) 25 Tráfico (7) 26 Disaster (8) 27 Wave (4)

20 Lively and humorously cheeky or forward (5) Down 1 Thick pieces of soft material (4) 2 Not open or public (6) 3 Financial institution (4) 4 Flat (9) 5 Powerful (6) 7 Explosive (9) 11 Lower side of anything (6) 12 Touch lovingly (6) 15 Produce a hole by drilling (4) 16 Unattractive (4)

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

Down 1 Society (8) 2 Estar de acuerdo (5) 4 Stove (6) 5 Navaja de afeitar (5) 6 Label (tag) (7) 7 Raíz (de planta) (4) 8 Abogado (6) 13 Inheritance (8) 15 Towels (7) 17 To arrive (6) 18 Escritor (6) 20 Comidas (5) 22 Typhoon (5) 23 Abbot (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 (MOVING) and one letter in four other cells are given as clues.


LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION 1 Prompt 2 Stored 3 Sermon 4 Queasy 5 Presto 6 Squall 7 Tartar 8 Elapse 9 Sturdy 10 Assure 11 Walnut 12 Bureau 13 Workup 14 Forbid 15 Marker 16 Biotic 17 Podium 18 Eerily 19 Preset.


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 D) 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: 21 • Good: 29



• Very good: 42 • Excellent: 54

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

Average: 10 Good: 14 Very good: 20


Excellent: 25

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LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION lire peri pier prep rein rice riel rile ripe icier liner nicer peril piper plier price relic ricin ripen irenic nipper pincer pinier prince ripple clipper cripple lippier nippier PRINCIPLE

CREDIT: Google.

QUICK Across: 1 Chaste, 4 Pair, 8 Permanent, 9 Ibex, 10 Hectic, 13 Catnap, 15 Dear, 18 Replicate, 19 Nude, 20 Status.

Down: 1 Cardiac, 2 Ample, 3 Turn, 5 Adept, 6/18 Rat run, 7 Bagel, 11 Curious, 12 Nadir, 14 Tepid, 16 Eject, 17 Bait.





7 Lenient, 9 Lease, 10 Erratic, 11 Agent, 12 Trams, 14 Sustain, 16 Present, 18 Deans, 20 Roast, 22 Believe, 24 Evade, 25 Spaniel.

1 Armario, 5 Goose, 8 Certain, 9 Lists, 10 Oeste, 11 Reserve, 12 Cabras, 14 Cement, 17 Miracle, 19 Tecla, 22 Avaro, 23 Carpets, 24 Spade, 25 Surface. Down:



1 Albert, 2 Increase, 3 Best, 4 Cleansed, 5 Mate, 6 Bent on, 8 Ticks, 13 Sweetpea, 15 Academic, 16 Parcel, 17 Tubas, 19 Steals, 21 Adam, 23 Liar.

1 Ancho, 2 Mares, 3 Realeza, 4 Owners, 5 Gales, 6 Observe, 7 Easiest, 12 Compass, 13 Barraca, 15 Estirar, 16 Fences, 18 Close, 20 Crema, 21 Aisle.

App of the week Pet Rescue WITH the new match 3 puzzle game from King, from the makers of the latest hit Candy Crush Friends Saga, you can challenge your matching skills and solve unique puzzles to save cute pets from danger. Embark on this endearing adventure with Fern the Fox, and unlock pets of all shapes and sizes along the way.

QUIZ: THE FARMER WANTS A QUIZ 1. According to its author, which 1945 allegorical novella reflected events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union? 2. In the long-running radio soap opera The Archers, what is the name of the family farm that is now managed by David and Ruth Archer? 3. In which decade was the television soap opera Emmerdale (Farm) first broadcast? 4. Name either of the two UK Top 10 hit singles by the Liverpool pop band The Farm? 5. On which British motor racing circuit would you find Abbey, Farm Straight and Village Corner? 6. What collective name was given to the six farm labourers from Dorset who attempted to form a trade union and were sentenced in 1834 to seven years' transportation on a charge of administering unlawful oaths? 7. Which British monarch was nicknamed ‘Farmer George’ by satirists, at first to mock his interest in mundane

matters rather than politics, but later to contrast his homely thrift with his son's grandiosity and to portray him as a man of the people? 8. Which famous ‘Music and Art Fair’ was held on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York between August 15 and August 18, 1969? 9. Who was the author of the comic novel Cold Comfort Farm, first published in 1932? 10. Why was Leatherslade Farm near Oakley in Buckinghamshire front page news in August 1963? Not a lot of people know that… today’s cattle are descended from two species: wild aurochs (fierce and agile herd animals that populated Asia, North Africa and Europe) and eotragus (an antelope-like, Asian forest creature)




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*Lady Gaga, Pop singer; March 28, 32 Heart Will Go On. She won the Chopard Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, she Diamond Award for selling more than 200 became the first recording artist in history to have million albums. After hearing her voice, the late three singles sell over four million copies each music manager Rene Angelil, who later became her husband, mortgaged his house to produce online. Her best known songs include Poker Face, Bad Romance and Shallow. In 2018, she starred in Elle Macpherson. her debut album.  the remake of A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper. *Ewan McGregor, Movie actor; March 31, *Elle Macpherson, Model; March 29, 54 47 Nicknamed ‘The Body’ by members of the press and He gained recognition as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, but has also starred in Big fashion industry, she is remembered for her five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers. In the 1980’s, she Fish,  Beginners,  Moulin Rouge  and  Trainspotting. The became part of a new generation of supermodels. Scottish actor was cast as Lumiere in the 2017 film Beauty *Celine Dion, singer; March 30, 50 and the Beast and later as Black Mask in the Suicide Squad spin-off Birds of Prey.  Dion is best known for singing the theme from Titanic, My

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*Phillip Schofield, TV show host; April 1, 56 The English broadcaster and TV presenter became famous through the programmes This Morning  and Dancing on Ice. His other work for ITV includes All Star Mr & Mrs, The Cube and 5 Gold Rings. *Michael Fassbender, Movie actor; April 2, 41 The actor is well-known for his roles as Lt Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds, Magneto in X-Men: First Class, and the scheming robot David in Prometheus. *Leona Lewis, Singer; April 3, 33 British pop singer Lewis was discovered on the TV talent show The X Factor. Her debut album, Spirit, went 10 times platinum in the UK and became the fourth best-selling album of the 2000’s.

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307 - New wife After divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine marries Fau sta, daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian. 1282 - Rebellion The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers. 1461 - Battle of Towton Edward of York defeats Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England, bringing a temporary stop to the Wars of the Roses. 1549 - New city The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded. 1854 - Crimean War France and Britain declare war on Russia. 1856 - War ends The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War. 1910 - Henri Fabre  He becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France. 1965 - Vietnam War A car bomb explodes in front of the  United States Embassy, Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others. 1970 - Earthquake An earthquake strikes western Turkey, killing 1,086 and injuring 1,260. 2001 - Same-sex marriage  The practice becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it. 2014 - Exchange vows The first same-sex marriages in England and Wales are performed.

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Mama’s Last Hug NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author and primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions. He has spent 40 years at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the bestselling ‘Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?’ which investigated animal intelligence, ‘Mama’s Last Hug’ delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals. It begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting her in her night cage for a last hug. Their goodbyes were filmed and went viral, moving millions of people as Mama welcomed the professor with a big smile while reassuring him by patting his neck. This forms the core of de Waal’s argument, showing that humans are not the only species with the capacity for emotions.




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MAYA is a 40-year-old woman (Jennifer Lopez) struggling with the frustrations of not having achieved more in life. As an experienced, quick-witted, perceptive employee, she is passed over for a promotion solely because she doesn’t have a college degree. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts, and that it is never too late for a Second Act. This inspirational comedy also stars Leah Remini, Vanessa Hudgens and Milo Ventimiglia.

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Scandi beauty By Sally Underwood

FROM saunas to snow-rolling, Scandinavians have long been known for their natural approach to health and beauty. And this group of northern European countries is equally worldrenowned for commitment to design aesthetics and high quality products. Now these two concepts have combined, spawning a new breed of Scandinavian companies taking the beauty world by storm; applying the same principles of nature and quality to their skin and hair care. The result is products receiving international attention from buyers and beauty editors alike, and which promise to offer a luxury experience for those who like their regime both natural and effective. In the make-up world, Danish brand Kjaer Weis (from £20/€23.07, www.net-a-porter.com) is making waves for its high design, organic and

natural products, free from parabens, silicones, or artificial fragrance. Encased in silver metal compacts, these products are made to be refilled rather than thrown away, reducing waste and cost. As the products are made with natural ingredients, they can also be used interchangeably. For a colour which can be used on lips, cheeks, and even eyes, try the pigment-rich Lip Tint (£35/€40.37, www.net-a-porter.com) which contains antioxidant-infused gardenia Florida fruit extract. Or for Scandinavian skincare, check out Bjork and Berries; a natural brand using indigenous ingredients. Containing extracts from local plants and trees, including beech and sea buckthorn, the range is made in Sweden and boasts a gentle approach to beauty. Products such as the Deep Forest Face Mist (€21.09 for 75ml, www.bjorkandberries.com) are also 100 per cent vegan and promise to pro-

tect and refresh the skin. Complement a natural skincare routine with a little high-tech help from Swedish company Foreo. Their range of beauty tools features everything from sonic-pulsation cleansing brushes to blue light acne treatments and even a gadget to amplify the effects of face masks. Priced from €29 (€33.54) for a small cleansing brush, the line is reportedly a favourite of Victoria Beckham. Finally, for a focus on hair care, another Swedish brand, Sachajuan, promises to soothe frazzled strands using its ‘ocean silk technology;’ proteins and mineral extracts derived from sea algae. To care for hair damaged by the sun, try Hair Repair (€12 for 100ml, www.sephora.es) which contains wheat protein to repair in five to 10 minutes.

NATURAL BEAUTY: Scandinavians are known for their organic approach to health and beauty.

Carb cycling for your health Kate Broadhead Health and Lifestyle coach OBVIOUSLY, we eat a low carb diet to lose weight and increase our energy levels. But did you also know that eating low carb can have a significant impact on chronic illnesses, especially diabetes?  If you have Type 2 diabetes, your body cannot process carbohydrates effectively and when you eat carbs, they are broken down into small units of glucose, which end up as blood sugar.  My 72-year-old dad has just started this way of eating. He has lost 9lb/4kg in his first two weeks and feels energetic and better than he has felt in years. He also developed Type 2 diabetes at the age of 55 and has been bordering on insulin dependence for many years now. His blood sugar has dropped from over 10 to 6.5 in the same two-week period, a first for him ever! Diabetes can develop later in life due to poor diet choices and a lack of regular exercise. Many expatriates suffer with this disease and the answer could be a lot simpler and healthier than they think! 

TYPE 2 DIABETES: Eating low carbs can have a significant impact. On high carb days (one or two days per week) be sure to still choose the best possible carbs to avoid undoing the hard work achieved on low carb days. Green vegetables, pulses, grains and whole meal alternatives. If you suffer from high cholesterol, try to limit the amount of egg yolks and use more whites instead to still achieve the high protein levels. Use coconut oil or a very good quality

oil for cooking. Avoid vegetable oils at all costs. Eat plenty of raw unseasoned nuts and avocados which can lower cholesterol compared to standard saturated fats. Visit Kate’s successful Facebook group on www.facebook.com/groups/carbcy clingforbeginners or follow on Instagram @carbcyclingqueen For personal coaching and advice email ccforbeginners@hotmail.com.



Pesticide residue A NEW study has found that nearly 70 per cent of fruit and vegetables have pesticide residue on them even after being washed. The report, which was part of the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list in the United States, found spinach, strawberries, and kale held the highest amounts. Strawberries took first place, with 99 per cent of samples containing traces of pesticides. Kale, which had not appeared on the list in almost a decade, also showed surprising levels, with 92 per cent of samples presenting residue of up to 18 separate chemicals. The last time the vegetable was tested, it was ninth out of 12 crops. Nectarines and apples both featured in the top five, with more than 90 per cent of samples showing at least one pesticide residue. Howeve, avocados, sweetcorn, and pineapples showed the least amounts. Dr Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at the EWG who worked on the report, told

DailyMail.com: “Kale had not been tested by the USDA so with this new data, when we looked at the metrics, we were surprised to see such a significant increase.”

Nneka Leiba, director of EWG’s healthy living science programme, added: “They can now test fruits and vegetables more often. For 10 years we didn’t realise the high level.”

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FOLLOWING a conversation with a friend who is not a keen cook, in fact she doesn’t even have an oven, it got me thinking! In the Olive Tree Farm kitchen, I have all the equipment required to enable me to feed the family. We all enjoy home-made bread and pizza, everything is made from scratch using raw ingredients. So, bearing that I mind, I decided to come up with a couple of things that could be made on the hob, in a pan, which did not resemble a stew or frying and not even much preparation. My first attempt was soda bread. It worked well. It took less than five minutes to put together and 30 minutes to cook. Later in the day, I sprayed it with a little olive oil on both sides, popped it back in a hot pan for about 30 seconds each side and it crisped back up perfectly. Then I decided to try pizza. Again, in a pan, plus a lid. To my surprise it also worked. A home-made pizza in a cheating kind of way. I used leftover cooked chicken, but cooked ham and pineapple, chorizo or just finely sliced veg would also work well. I also used a bought in sauce for the base and ready grated cheese. Pizza Ingredients Dough 250g ready-made pizza flour mix 3 teaspoons olive oil 125 ml warm water ½ teaspoon of salt Sprinkle of oregano (optional) Topping

HOME-MADE PIZZA: Made from scratch using raw ingredients. OLIVE TREE FARM was set up about four years ago with the intention of achieving a level of self sufficiency. We have poultry for meat and eggs, goats for milk, rabbits and small pigs for meat and harvest our 70 olive trees each year for oil. We also grow a variety of fruits and vegetables.

380g box of Fritada (it is tomatoes, onion, courgette and peppers) I used half the box. A hand full of pre-cooked chicken sliced into chunks 2 mushrooms thinly sliced A quarter of yellow pepper very finely sliced Mozzarella cheese (I used ¾ of a 150g bag of ready grated Mozzarella - I should have used it all!) A sprinkle of oregano Method For the dough… Add all the dough ingredients to a bowl and mix through until it comes together, just use your fingers. Knead for about three or four minutes and set aside. Spray a thick bottomed fry-

ing pan with olive oil, on both the base and around the inside edges. Roll out your dough to just bigger than the size of the bottom of your pan, and place in the base of the pan. Using your fingers and knuckles press the dough so it comes up the sides a couple of centimetres. Spoon in the Fritada sauce and spread it out, add your chicken, peppers and mushrooms evenly over the sauce and finally sprinkle over your cheese and oregano. Turn the hob on full for about two minutes, then turn down to medium/low. Cover with a lid and leave for eight minutes. If the dough isn’t quite cooked around the edges after eight mins, put the lid back on and give it another two or three minutes on low. Tips - If you do not have a rolling pin, use an empty glass beer or wine bottle. If you are going to make the dough ahead, put it in a plastic bag sprayed with a little olive oil to stop it sticking to the bag, and keep it in the fridge until you are ready.



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Scorching Chanelle REALITY star Chanelle Hayes showed off painful-looking sunburn during a trip to Tenerife on Saturday. The Big Brother contestant, 31, had visible white marks but looked content as she soaked up the sunshine and paddled in the sea. She strutted her stuff in a funky orange and purple patterned bardot bikini top with matching bottoms. This is Chanelle’s third visit to Spain this year. Back in January, the mother-of-two weeped as she discussed her yoyoing weight on This Morning, and revealed how upsetting comments made by trolls are.

Fitter than ever A STRENUOUS fitness regime has certainly paid off for Love Island’s Zara McDermott who shared the results by showing off her new abs in a bright pink bikini while holidaying in Spain last week. The 22-year-old television presenter posted sizzling snaps of herself in the two-piece with frilly detailing, wearing her brunette locks in a loose bun to reveal a fresh, make-up free complexion. The former government advisor also modelled a strapless red tankini, w h i c h showcased her tanned and toned physique. Her raunchy social media snaps come after she and fellow singleton Olly Murs, 34, have been liking one another’s Instagram posts for the last couple of weeks. TONED: Zara shows off the results of her hard work. CREDIT: Zara McDermott Instagram

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IMPROVEMENT: The provincial Development Deputy said the investment will mean a better service for residents and a more efficient water supply network.

Arboleas joins water plan ARBOLEAS has signed up to the provincial government’s plan to update water supply infrastructure in the Almanzora Valley and Levante region. Almeria Provincial Council Development Deputy Oscar Liria said the Hydraulic Infrastructure Improve Plan had been extended, with an investment of more than €488,000 for Arboleas. The deputy said the move comes

after three months of talks with the local authority, the municipality eventually opting to remain in the Galasa water company network, thereby complying with the requirements for inclusion in the plan. With the inclusion of Arboleas the plan covers 20 municipalities: Antas, Arboleas, Bedar, Carboneras, Cuevas del Almanzora, Huercal-Overa, Los Gallar-

dos, Mojacar, Pulpi, Taberno, Turre, Tijola, Zurgena, Albanchez, Fines, Laroya, Macael, Sierro, Somontin and Sufli. The global investment of more than €8 million is directed at replacing water pipes, connections and pressure valves with the aim of improving the service and efficiency of water resources and reducing the number of breakdowns and leaks.

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Project package A LM ER IA Provinc ia l Council has approved a €7 million package of projects for new services and infrastructure in 25 municipalities, among them a number in the Almanzora Valley. The biggest chunk of the budget, €3.6 million, is for measures aimed at making street lighting more energy efficient and less expensive in municipalities including Oria and Lijar. The provincial administration has allocated €1.5 million to six road resurfacing projects, for example w orks in C a ntoria , a nd €245,000 to improving country lanes in areas like

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INVESTMENT: Almeria Council is providing funding for a range of works in the Almanzora Valley. Seron and Tijola. A f ur t her ni ne pr oj ect s add up to an investment of

€1.5 million, which include r esur f aci ng a pr ovi nci al highway in Olula del Rio.

It’s all Chinese PUPILS at the Cardinal Cisneros Institute in Albox are expanding their linguistic skills with a course in Chinese. The classes are designed not only to introduce the youngsters to a language which is becoming increasingly important from a jobs and business perspective, but also to teach them about Chinese culture, economy and history.

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CHAMPIONING the values of rural life and challenging the stereotypes and myths about people who live and work in the countryside are the aims of a tw o-da y e ve nt s e t to be he ld in Seron. The municipality will play host to Rural Pride on April 6 and 7, an initiative backed by the AlVelAl Association, which promotes sustainability and organic farming, Seron Council, the Savia Foundation and Cajamar. Speaking at the presentation of Rural Pride last week, AlVelAL President Cristobal Aranega said the organisers w a nte d the e ve nt to s how w ha t it meant to live in the country or a small village, and how rural areas are the sources of prime materials necessary for the func tioning of a globa l society. He promised Rural Pride would be “two days of celebration, but also of

Championing rural life reflection about who we are, where we are, and where we are going.” Programmed activities include folk music from the region’s villages, a storytelling competition, the opportunity to try typical dishes prepared from local produce, and the chance to find out more about farming. Aranega also explained the event w a nte d to highli ght t wo i m por t ant global issues for rural areas: climate change and food supply. Seron mayor Juan Antonio Lorenzo talked about another issue which Rural

Pride aims to draw attention to, that of rural depopulation, but emphasised too that there are numerous examples of successful inland businesses, and not only in the agriculture sector. Aranega made the point that rural areas needed to embrace new technol ogi es, m oder n m achi ner y and greater knowledge so young people are provided with employment opportunities and do not move away. “The rural world is not only a postcard; neither is it a living museum,” he commented.



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House price forecast 2019 By Sally Underwood


F you have ever wished you could predict the future of house prices, knowing exactly when is the right time to buy or sell, one company has put together advice from leading experts to help remove some of the guesswork from investing. Property website Ide alista.com has spoken to leading consultants, bankers and valuers, to find out whether they agree with forecasts that Spain’s property market is due to increase by around 5 per cent this year. David Martinez, a consultant at AEDAS Homes, explained: “The prospects for the future of the real estate sector are good. We have a long and positive cycle ahead… based on a strong and sustained demand.”

BOOM: Modern homes are helping boost the housing market. He added: “2018 will be remembered as the year in which the housing market set a course towards standardisation - moderate growth - both in prices and purchases, and in the pace of construction, the three major fundamentals.” The expert predicts: “For the new year, we expect and want healthy increases of 3 to 5 per cent on average nationwide.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Cuervo, secretary general of the Association of Spanish Construction Promoters (APCE), says he believes 2019 will bring in 115,000 new homes, beating the roughly 95,000 built last year. He added: “As for sales, we expect 2018 figures to be maintained during 2019 (more than 500,000 transactions of

new and used homes), with the aim that the new builds will exceed 15 per cent of total sales.” In terms of investment opportunities, another property specialist, Sandra Diaz,director general of consultancy firm Gesvalt, said residential properties might prove to offer the best returns this year. She explained: “everything

seems to indicate that the residential market will continue to play a leading role in the sector, which has experienced a steady increase in demand.” She added: “There has also been an increase in prices, of 8 per cent year-on-year, although it has occurred in the same areas, concentrating especially in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga and Bilbao.” Arturo Diaz, executive director of the residential division at Savills Aguirre Newman, echoed Diaz’s sentiments, saying: “Activity throughout the year 2019 will remain high. “We expect sales to be at a level similar to that of 2018, with between 550,000 and 575,000 units sold.” The expert said he believed three and four-bedroomed properties would be in greatest demand this year.

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THERE are many steps required to buying a property in Spain and it’s always best to ensure that you know what you are doing, buying and how to go about it. Taking each step with the help of a lawyer is always advisable, particularly if you are not fluent in Spanish and you are not familiar with the ins and outs of purchasing a property in this country. Once you have signed on the dotted line, handed over the cash and paid all the taxes and fees that need to be paid, there is still one more legality that must be attended to before you can finally put your feet up and relax in your new home. And that’s registering your purchase at your nearest property registry office. It is recommended to everyone who buys a property as it could save you a lot of hassle and stress in the future if you are faced with any type of problem. Doing this is a must if you want to safeguard your purchase and especially if you ever need to prove that the house you have just bought is legally yours. Registering the purchase will act as a guaran-

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Did you register your property purchase? Registro if you are looking to take out a mortgage. This will not be possible otherwise. It is also important to ensure that you register the purchase immediately for the following reasons: • To be considered as the only and true owner of the property • Protection against the seller’s creditors • Will be legally protected in any court case if the property’s ownership is in doubt or under discussion

REGISTRATION: It is important that each buyer registers his or her property purchase with the Property Registry office as soon as possible. tee of protection if your name has been logged as the owner of so-and-so house. Although signing the title deeds or ‘escritura’ will automatically make and name you as the new owner of the property, if you don’t register this

change with the property registry office straightaway, you could find that other charges or fees, which would rank ahead of your ownership rights, could be added against the property while it still appears on the Registro list in the

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PROFESSIONAL CARE: Comfort and security are top priorities at The Five Bone. your pet is a secure, clean, individual space (without sharing), where they can have their own comforts from home. It is a wonderful environment where your pets will find ample stimulation, fresh air, freedom and companionship. In addition, hygiene, comfort and securi-

ty are top priorities at The Five Bone. There is a huge field with a small agility course where dogs can run freely. The cattery has a completely fenced in garden to allow each cat to explore safely under supervision. The Five Bone is one of few government registered and licensed animal boarding es-

tablishments in Almeria, therefore the facilities meet or exceed all legal requirements. There are complaint books available (never been used!), and regular inspections (never failed!). The grooming parlour has the only canine ozone Jacuzzi spa in Almeria. This is not just a pampering treat; it has many benefits, including wound healing, treating seborrhea, alopecia and parasitic dermatitis, it can calm eczema and itching as well as the aromatherapy treatments. You would expect so much dedication and experience to be expensive, but The Five Bone has kept its prices extremely competitive: Small dogs €6.50 per day Medium dogs €7.25 per day Big dogs €8 per day Cats from €5.75 per day So, for the best professional care for your pets, including grooming, call 630 234 556 or 662 344 734. You can also go through the website www.the5bonehotelturre.com.


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PETS THE FIVE BONE HOTEL, TURRE. Little dogs 6.50 euros, medium dogs 7.25 euros, big dogs 8 euros, cats from 5.75 euros a day. 630 234 556 / the5bonehotel turre@gmail.com New opening hours Mon-Sat 9.30-12.30 and 18.00 – 19.00 Sundays 9.3010.30 (279669) WE will care for your pets at their home or ours. We have 8 years experience. References available on request. Contact us for further information 676 389 592 (1999)

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SIXTY MILLION cars are produced every year. That’s 165,000 a day, 6,875 an hour and 115 a minute.

A good year for Skoda LAST year was a good year for Skoda. In 2018 the carmaker set a new sales record for the fifth time in a row. Deliveries to customers rose by 4.4 per cent last year to 1,253,700 vehicles. The company recorded sales growth in Europe (+4.9 per cent) as well as in the growth markets of China (+4.9 per cent) and Russia (+30.7 per cent). The Kodiaq and Karoq SUV models continue to be important drivers of growth and the Skoda Octavia remains the brand’s bestseller. Wi t h 3 4 1 , 0 0 0 d e l i v e r i e s t o customers, China continues to

BIG SELLER: The Octavia RS.

b e t h e b r a n d ’s m o s t i m p o r t a n t single market. In Germany, Europe’s largest and Skoda’s seco n d l a rg e s t s i n g l e m a r k e t , t h e brand delivered 176,600 vehicles; a year-on-year increase of

1.9 per cent. Skoda delivered 93,600 vehicles in its home country of the Czech Republic. The UK (74,500 vehicles), Poland (71,100), France (32,000), Spain (27,000), Italy

(26,400) and Austria (24,900) round off Skoda’s top 10 sales markets. Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said: “In 2018, we delivered more vehicles than ever before.

This result demonstrates that the S k o d a 2 0 2 5 S t r a t e g y i s e ff e c tive; our product campaign is unleashing its power around the world. Skoda is growing sustainably and mana g e a b l y, d e s p i t e t h e f a c t that 2018 presented numerous challenges for t h e e n t i r e i n d u s t r y, i n c l u d i n g t h e W LT P changeover. “In 2019 we will continue our product campaign with several new models such as the Scala and the Kamiq. At the same time, we are launching eMobility at Skoda this year with our first plug-in hybrid and first all-electric car; a very special moment in our company’s 124-year history.”



ROAD TEST by Nick Fletcher THE market for elegant estate cars used to be dominated by prestige German manufacturers, but in recent years other marques have become established i n t h e s e c t o r, w i t h t h e latest Mazda 6 Tourer a fine example. Its beautifully-sculpted lines provide a classy visual presence, and the cabin, with l e a t h e r u p h o l s t e r y, gloss black inserts and chrome detailing creates the feeling you are driving something special. There is a wide choice of petrol and diesel engines and all models are well-equipped, with prices starting at €28,175 (£24,095). The popular engine choice is the 148hp 2.2 diesel unit which was in the model I recently tested, along with the optional seven-speed automatic gearbox. In mid-range SE-L Lux Nav+ form it costs

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Mazda 6 Tourer CLASSY: Beautifully sculpted lines.

€32,848 (£28,093). Even the entry-level Mazda 6 Tourer is generously-kitted with dualzone climate control, c r u i s e c o n t r o l , s a t - n a v, front and rear parking sensors, touch-screen infotainment centre, digital radio and Bluetooth all standard. My Lux test model added extra features

STATS PANEL Model: Lexus CT200h Engine: 1.8-litre petrol with electric motor Transmission: CVT automatic Performance: 0-100kph 10.3 seconds, top speed 180kph (112mph) Economy: 22.7kpl (64.2mpg) Emissions: 101g/km

Model tested is UK-specification and equipment levels and prices may vary in other markets.

including leather upholstery, powered and heated front seats and a reversing camera. U n d e r w a y, t h e e n g i n e proves to be smooth, quiet and refined, with a 0100kph time of 10.6 seconds, top speed 204kph (127mph) and average fuel economy very good at 19.6kpl (55.4mpg). Emis-

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sions are 133g/km. The steering has a light responsive feel for effortless driving, though I found the suspension a little over-firm. T h e To u r e r i s s p a c i o u s front and rear and there are plenty of stowage areas for oddments. The boot is large at 522 litres, expandable to a massive 1,689 litres by folding the rear seats. And the load floor is flat, another plus-point. The two-tone cabin design is very pleasing and with large glass areas and slim pillars, helps give the cabin a light, airy ambiance. Notable rivals in the sector include estate versions of the Ford Mondeo and Skoda Superb, but the M a z d a 6 To u r e r i n m y view outshines them for sheer presence. Mazda s a y s t h e To u r e r m a k e s ‘ a stylish statement.’ I think the company is being modest. I think it m a k e s a V E RY s t y l i s h statement.

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VOLVO is to install in-car cameras to detect intoxicated or distracted drivers and potentially bring their vehicle to a halt. Apart from speeding, which the company aims to help combat with a top speed limit, intoxication and distraction are two other primary areas of concern for traffic safety. Together, these three areas constitute the main ‘gaps’ towards Volvo Cars’ vision of a future with zero traffic fatalities, and require a focus on human behaviour in the company’s safety work as well. For example, figures by NHTSA show that in the United States, almost 30 per cent of all traffic fatalities in vehicles in 2017 involved intoxicated drivers. Volvo Cars believes intoxication and distraction should be

Spy in the cab addressed by installing in-car cameras and other sensors which monitor the driver and allow the car to intervene if a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals, and is risking an accident involving serious injury or death. That intervention could involve limiting the car’s speed, alerting the Volvo on Call assistance service and, as a final course of action, actively slowing down and safely parking the car. “When it comes to safety,

our aim is to avoid accidents altogether rather than limit the impact when an accident is imminent and unavoidable,” says Henrik Green, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Cars. “In this case, cameras will monitor for behaviour which may lead to serious injury or death.”

Examples of such behaviour include a complete lack of steering input for extended periods of time, drivers who are detected to have their eyes closed or off the road for extended periods of time, as well as extreme weaving across lanes or excessively slow reaction times.

A driver monitoring system as described above is an important element of allowing the car to actively make decisions in order to help avoid accidents which could result in severe injuries or death. “There are many accidents which occur as a result of intoxicated drivers,” says Trent


Victor, Professor of Driver Behaviour at Volvo Cars. “Some people still believe they can drive after having had a drink, and that this will not affect their capabilities. We want to ensure people are not put in danger as a result of intoxication.” Introduction of the cameras on all Volvo models will start on the next generation of Volvo’s scalable SPA2 vehicle platform in the early 2020’s. Details on the exact amount of cameras and their positioning in the interior will follow at a later stage.

TESTED: Volvo have already installed a camera in an R&D car.

30 years on the road

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GERMAN carmaker Mercedes Benz’s SL R 129 celebrates 30 years on the road this month, having been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1989. The company said in media releases at the time that the car stood for the fascination of driving in ‘unknown dimensions.’ Now in 2019, Mercedes continues to count it as one of its classic models, saying this month that it combined a unique tradition with innovative technology. “As early as 1990, the sports car wins the Car Design Award for production vehicles from the city of Turin and the Piedmont region,” Mercedes said. The design and production of the car went on right through the 1980’s, with the inception of the design coming in the mid1970’s. Designers also pioneered the automatic roll bar for the R 129. The device was capable of erecting a preloaded spring absorber in 0.3 seconds, meaning drivers and passengers would be safe if the car overturned.



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LA LIGA has unveiled a new OTT service, LaLigaSportsTV. The service provides audiences with free coverage of major and minor Spanish sports content streamed directly to their personal devices.

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Top league bat fight gotiate a possible deal. If an agreement cannot be reached, the intellectual property office will make a decision. The two parties reporte dly ha d a logo dispute a few years ago, but both sides reached an agreement and the club s a id a t the time that that particular design of the bat w a s not going to be used. The new symbol is a modern-looking bat-shaped figure with open wings and was used in different colours during the team's centennial celebra-

BATMAN creators have lodged a complaint against Spanish football club Valencia over the squad’s use of the bat logo. DC Comics filed a report with the European Union’s office of intellectual property ag a i n st t h e trademark application m a d e b y the club for its centen n i a l l o g o arguing there was a ‘like l i h o o d o f confusion’ with some of the designs of Batman’s symbol. A statement from law firm Garrigues, which is representing Valencia, said that both parties have requested an extension of the ‘cooling off ’ period to October 30, 2020, to ne-

CREDIT: Valencia CF Facebook

tions last week. The images still appear on the team's website and mobile apps, as well as in some online videos. After DC Comics first complained of Valencia’s use of a new bat design for a line of casual clothing in 2012, the club said a bat has been incorporated into the club’s official crest since 1922, and ‘the official crest and the bat have been trademark registered worldwide and their use has not been subject to any legal challenge.’ The Bat m an char act er first appeared in a DC Comics publication in 1939, 20 years after Valencia football club was founded.

CENTENARY: The bat is at the heart of Valencia CF’s 100-year celebrations.

Tennis match SPANISH tennis player Nicola Kuhn had to leave the court during the Miama Masters 1000 after collapsing mid-match from cramps. The Austria-born player, 19, was playing against German Mischa Zverev when he collapsed during the third set last Thursday. Physiotherapists had to be called in to help Kuhn off the court after the cramps left him paralysed for several minutes. Kuhn won the first set of the match 6-4 but lost the second 5-7. The score stood at 2-2 when the 19-year-old collapsed and the match was called off. Kuhn is currently 255 in the world occurring to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking.

Fair play off pitch CREDIT: Catalan Cycling Federation, via Twitter

WINNERS: The victors in the men’s races on the podium in Barcelona.

VICTORIUS: First, second and third in the women’s circuit.

Riding to victory BARCELONA hosted mountain bikers from around the world for its annual Cycling Week on Saturday which saw Jeroen van Eck and Marion Fromberger qualify for the upcoming

Eliminator World Cup. Some of the world’s leading riders took to a circuit in the Les Fonts de Montjuic park in the city. Spanish cyclist Alberto Mingorance also qualified, coming second with a few mishaps along the circuit. Dutchman Van Eck led the pack throughout the day, leaving little room for manoeuvre among other hopefuls. German Markus Klausmann sprinted to the finish, bagging himself third place on the podium.

The women’s circuit saw two of the big favourites, Cline Calazure and European champion Iryna Popova eliminated in the semi-finals. German Marion Fromberger came first, with Swede Petter Holmegard second and Norwegian champion Jacbonsen third. Short track races saw Hugo Briatta and Popova best their rivals. OM Bicis’ Aina Gonzalez came first in the women’s category of the race.

BOSSES at Manchester United will up ticket prices for away fans when they host Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg to subsidise their own supporters heading to Spain for the return. According to the Premier League club, they were allocated 4,610 tickets for the second leg and informed by Barca that the price for away fans at the Nou Camp would be €119 - reportedly the most expensive ticket to a United game outside of a final. As such, United has hiked its ticket prices for Barca fans heading for Old Trafford to the same amount. The extra cash will reportedly ensure United supporters pay just £75 (€87) for the second leg. Last month, Bayern Munich fans protested against the cost of Champions League tickets with banners during the first leg of their last-16 tie at Liverpool, with the supporters of the Premier League club also backing

TICKET PRICES: Man Utd is hiking away ticket prices to subside supporters travelling to Spain. them at Anfield. United host Barcelona at Old Trafford on April 10 and

the return leg at the Nou Camp will be played on April 16.

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