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21 - 27 JUNE 2012

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Owners fight back against burglars THREE burglars in Palma de Mallorca were foiled when property owners fought back.

An 18-year-old German man was arrested after he was reportedly caught trying

to burgle a property in s’Arenal belonging to an 80 and 81-year-old couple.

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SUMMER FUN: Children learning about the marine world.

Aquarium school A SUMMER School programme has been organised by Palma Aquarium for the first time. It starts Monday and will take place weekdays between 9am and 3pm for

children aged three to 12. The programme includes classes on the marine world, activities with animals, beach games, recycling workshops and various other activities and sports.

The elderly man managed to keep hold of the burglar until other family members arrived to help and the police arrived. In a separate case, a 40-year-old man was arrested after the owner of the property he was allegedly burgling managed to fend him off after he attacked him with a knife. The man was asleep with his wife and newborn son when he heard a noise. When he rose to find out what the noise was he came across the burglar in his kitchen. His wife called the National Police straight away. When officers arrived the two men were still wrestling. Officers managed to subdue the burglar and arrested him. The 40year-old man had reportedly accessed the house through a window on the third floor by climbing on scaffolding on the adjacent property. The property owner received medical assistance to the cuts on his arms. A third man was arrested while trying to burgle a house on Calle Alvaro de Bazan. He too was surprised by the people living in the property who subdued him until police arrived.

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Balcony fall A 20-YEAR-OLD British man is in critical condition at Son Espases Hospital in Palma de Mallorca after falling one and a half metres from a balcony at apartments Es Pont in Avenida Isidor Macabich in Sant Antoni (Ibiza).

Salaries rise THE average salary in the Balearics rose by 2.4 per cent in May. This is a bigger increase than the national average rise of 1.7 per cent, according to the Social Security and Employment Ministry.

Heating up THIS summer in the Balearics there will be little rain and temperatures will be between one and two degrees higher than the average, according to weather department Aemet.

Online service IT could soon be possible for some people to get resident certificates online in Palma de Mallorca, for free via the town hall’s website. The new format is currently in the trial stage, but should be fully functional in July.


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Marijuana plants seized in biggest drugs bust IN biggest seizure of marijuana in the Balearics to date, 2,300 plants were found on a farm in Algaida (Mallorca). Six people were arrested; the alleged kingpin and five youngsters aged 22 and 23. The cost of renting the farm and providing electricity for the plants is estimated to be around â‚Ź8,000 a month. The electricity was not connected to the general network, rather it was provided for by a gas generator, in order to not draw attention to the farm. At night, solar energy from panels was used, to avoid the noise the generators made

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Royal holiday THE Dukes of Palma, the Infanta Cristina and IĂąaki Urdangarin will reportedly not be joining the Royal Family for their summer holidays in August in Mallorca.

Less flights AIR traffic to Mallorca airports decreased by four per cent this summer, according to Palma de Mallorca Navigation Area Director Ignacio Gonzalez.

Petition UNIONS have given a petition with more than 10,600 signatures of people against the privatisation of schools for children aged zero to three.

SEIZED: 2,300 plants were discovered in Algaida. disturbing neighbours, who might report them. The plants were distributed across five rooms, each in a different

stage of growth. The farm was patrolled by various members of the group. Investigations began three months ago after it

was discovered that a drug group was distributing large quantities of marijuana on the island.

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Six arrested for alleged theft from cars SIX people were arrested on larceny charges. They are allegedly part of an organised gang that stole items from vehicles in tourist areas in Mallorca. The main areas targeted were Estellencs, Deia, Benyalbufar, Alcudia, Puerto Pollença, Escorca and Valldemosa. Investigations into the gang’s activities began more than three months ago. Three of the detainees were found in Port

de Andratx and Deia. Two of them are women, aged 52 and 32; the third a 32year-old man. The other three – two men and a woman aged between 32 and 45 - were arrested later the same day. Two of the women are believed to have been in charge of where to carry out the robberies. The third woman would keep a look out and let other members of the gang know

if there were any police nearby. One of the men was in charge of logistics and hiding the stolen items. Another man from Senegal would allegedly receive the stolen items and sell them on the internet. Two laptops, seven iPhones, five other smart phones, three hard discs, a Reflex Sony camera, as well as tools used to open vehicles were seized.

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A MAN and woman in their 40’s were arrested in Santa Margarita on shoplifting charges.

Drug smugglers

A PRIEST from Manacor has accepted a two-year prison sentence for distributing child pornography.

Woman drowns A 70-YEAR-OLD woman drowned in the waters off Cala Murada Beach in Manacor yesterday (Wednesday) morning.

Lower tax AIRPORT tax in the Balearics is set to decrease by 10 per cent during the months of the low season, according to ports and airports director general Antonio Deudero.

A FAMILY of five Moroccans was arrested in Inca for allegedly selling drugs from their home. Four of them were men, of which one was a minor. Nineteen bags of marijuana ready for sale, €1,631 in cash and a mobile phone were seized.

Rapist caught

WATERSIDE: The European Grand Prix circuit in Valencia. Inset: Alonso (left) and Hamilton.

Valencia is set to turn heat on for Hamilton and Alonso

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T will be a real British versus Spanish tussle for top honours on Sunday when the flag goes down at the start of the European Formula One Grand Prix in Valencia. For British ace Lewis Hamilton and his McClaren Mercedes at present top the 2012 Formula One driver standings with 88 points, immediately followed by Spain’s Fernando Alonso who has amassed 86 points so far this season in his Ferrari. Both former world champions, each will be keen to gain the honours this weekend with Alonso able to

look back to finishing in second place in the same race last year, two places ahead of Hamilton. By the end of the 2011 championship season Alonso finished fourth in the overall standards, one place ahead of Hamilton. The current world champion is Sebastian Vettel, the German driver who drives for Red Bull, and who is at present standing third overall this season, just one point behind Alonso. In the last Forumla One race - the Canadian Grand Prix held earlier this month - Hamilton took the main honours while Alonso finished fifth.

Man dies after officer sits on him

Child sex abuse

A MAN died in Palma de Mallorca after a police officer sat on his chest. The 37-year-old was seen running ‘manically’ between parked cars and people on Calle Joan Miro around 9.45am on Tuesday in his underwear. He was intercepted by National Police officers who proceeded to arrest him as he posed a danger to other people, traffic and himself. In order to keep him still one of the officers sat astride his chest. Fifteen minutes later he began to suffer spasms and convulsions before falling unconscious. A small bag of white powder, believed to be cocaine, was found in the man’s mouth.

A TOTAL of 140 minors were attended by the child sex abuse unit UVAS of the Mallorcan social services institute IMAS. Of these 92 were girls and 48 boys; 45.7 per cent were younger than six.

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Family busted

ONE of the 17 people arrested as part of a group that allegedly arranged ‘illegal’ marriages between Spaniards and foreigners was arrested in Palma de Mallorca. Eight were arrested in Madrid, seven in Valencia and one in San Sebastian.

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A 24-YEAR-OLD man was arrested in Pollença for allegedly receiving a stolen smart phone that was reported stolen in a burglary last month.

TEN people were arrested for allegedly bringing hashish onto the island hidden in vehicles arriving from Cueta. Ninety kilos of the drug, seven luxury cars and a boat were seized.

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I am hoping for an exemplary sentence to send a clear message to society’

Juan Carlos Lopez Caballero, Malaga’s Anticorruption Prosecutor regarding the trial of the major corruption case named ‘Malaya’.

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is where Spain ranks amongst EU countries for the number of requests for political asylum with 3,395. This accounts for just 1 per cent of the total number of asylum requests in the EU. Most asylum seekers last year in Spain were Cuban.

A 24-YEAR-OLD Spanish man was arrested in Mao (Menorca) for allegedly raping a 22-year-old British woman in August 2011.

Teen thief AN 18-YEAR-OLD Ecuadorian man was arrested for allegedly mugging pedestrians at knifepoint to steal their mobile phones in Palma de Mallorca.

Sit-in protest STUDENTS and teachers of the IES School in Binissalem held a sit-in at the school to protest cuts in the education and culture sector.

and finally... THE Spanish Chamber of Deputies has rejected the measure proposed by political party Unio Progreso y Democracia to extend unemployment benefits for those people whose payments had come to an end without them having found a job.


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Stories making headlines from the United Kingdom

It’s healthier down south PEOPLE living in the North East of England are less likely to enjoy a healthy retirement than those in the South East. There is a six-year difference in healthy life expectancy between the two regions, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Dull and boring THE Scottish village Dull in Perthshire is now a ‘sister community’ with the US town of Boring in Oregon. They were not able to be twinned due to population differences; Boring has 10,000 residents, Dull has 84.

Next it’s a girl! THE nation’s first gay couple, Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow from Chelmsford, Essex, have spent £65,000 (€80,324) travelling to the US so their surrogate mother can undergo IVF treatment to ensure their sixth child is a girl.

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THREE DJs performed sets at Mallorca Rocks Tuesday night. The first lady of dance music Annie Mac performed a set to remember. She hosted the Ibiza Rocks TV show last year and played out sets on both islands, but this year returned exclusively to the Mallorca Rocks stage. Joining Annie was Pendulum’s Paul Harding and Gareth McGrillen. Coming from drum and bass roots Pendulum have exploded into the arena with killer hits like ‘Slam’, ‘Tarantula’, ‘Propane Nightmares’ and ‘Witchcraft’ dominating dance floors the world over. They played a storming live set at the Mallorca Rocks Closing Party two summers ago.

ABOVE: Annie Mac, the first lady of dance music. INSET: Pendulum performs.

Robert Bradbury, age 98.

One of Robert Bradbury’s paintings.

Soliluna Fashion Show THERE will be a fabulous fashion show at Soliluna on Wednesday (June 27). The dinner starts at 8pm and will be prepared by Chef Daniel Kozak to be enjoyed on Soliluna’s beautiful terrace. Soliluna is also open for Sunday brunch with a buffet and BBQ from 1.30pm-4pm. The last one for this season will be this Sunday (June 24). On Monday they will be closed, but after that Soliluna will open every night, seven days a week from 7.30pm until midnight. There will be live music, BBQ and the a la carte menu every Saturday. A Soliluna special offer is €29.95 for a starter, main course and dessert. There is also the menu and specials every night.

Nappy recycling AROUND 36,000 homes in Fife, Stirling, Perth and Kinross, and North Lanarkshire will be participating in a scheme by Zero Waste Scotland to recycle nappies into park benches, garden furniture, bollards, fencing, and cardboard.

Fridge-walker PIGGY the cat has received more than 700,000 hits on YouTube since a video of her walking down the side of her owner’s fridge in Wymondham, Norfolk, was uploaded.

Moth alert THE Oak processionary moth, which is covered in poisonous hairs as a caterpillar, has been spotted on trees near Sutton, London. They can cause a painful rash, sore throat and eyes.

Centenary exhibition for artist Robert Bradbury opens to acclaim RESIDENTS of Mallorca and guests from all over the world filled the Sa Tafona Gallery at the Hotel La Residencia in Deia for the triumphant opening of Robert Bradbury’s centenary exhibition.

Brits arrested in Magaluf TWO Brits were arrested in Magaluf for allegedly causing injury to others. The 22 and 24-year-old are accused of beating-up a group of youngsters, leaving one of them unconscious. One of the detainees reportedly tried to attack one of the Guardia Civil officers who arrived on the scene. Meanwhile, three other Brits were arrested in the same area for allegedly breaking a publicity panel worth €700. Two of the detainees are age 18 and one 31.

Robert Bradbury, who died last year age 98, was a long-time resident of Deia and the exhibition features paintings of Mallorcan landscapes as well as providing a fascinating insight into his interest in and interpretation of Islamic art. His paintings are full of the energy, colour and warmth of the sun. The exhibition also showcased paintings by Robert’s wife Dorothy and follows another successful showing of their joint work in the UK last month. Guests at the opening were also treated to an impromptu concert by the daughter of Robert and Dorothy, the concert pianist Suzanne Bradbury, who accompanied the mezzo soprano Waltraud Mucher. The exhibition continues at the Hotel La Residencia until next Wednesday (June 27). It is open from 9.30am-9.30pm and is free of charge.

TYING THE KNOT: Patricia Conde to marry.

Patricia Conde to marry Carlos Sequi SPANISH actress, comedian, TV presenter and model, Patricia Conde is set to marry her boyfriend Carlos Segui next Saturday at La Granja de Esporles in the east of Mallorca.

Esporles Mayor Miquel Ensenyat will reportedly marry the couple in a civil ceremony. They met in spring 2010 at a restaurant owned by the Segui family.


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Traffickers now selling drugs online THE internet is proving a convenient marketplace for drugs traffickers hoping to sell their wares without detection. The traffickers make contact with clients via online forums, blogs and web-pages offering

Fall claims baby’s life A BABY of 16 months died after falling from a 12th floor in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands). The accident occurred shortly before 11am on Thursday last week at an apartment building in Avenida Principes de Espaùa in the Chimisai neighbourhood. An unnamed person called the emergency services but doctors who arrived at the scene were unable to save the boy’s life. Police investigating the circumstances of the incident are initially treating the fall as accidental, according to sources close to the case.

free advertisements, say the National Police Internet Drugs Unit. ‘High grade cocaine, marijuana, MDMA for sale. Extremely reliable’ announce some small ads. ‘Eighty-five per cent pure cocaine, laboratory-produced in

Holland,’ promise others. The advertisements give an email address and a mobile phone number for text messages. Very often the advertisers are con-men, seeking easy money who fail to send the merchan-

dise. But many are perfectly organised and use social networking sites to communicate with clients and deliver their products personally or via legitimate courier services. One of the most recent reports from the

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDD) warned that drugs are increasingly available online. The report drew special attention to hallucinogenic ‘magic’ mushrooms and ‘party pills’.

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A GRANADA hospital is investigating leaked photos of surgeons operating on a man whose penis was wedged in a metal cylinder. The images were made public without his consent, said a statement from Virgen de las Nieves hospital, and 'seriously violated his honour and right to privacy and confidentiality.' Doctors contacted the Granada fire brigade after they were called in to help the man after he trapped his penis in the cylinder. They requested specialist equipment to avoid having to amputate. No pictures of the operation were taken or disclosed by medical staff, the hospital emphasised.


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More and more Spaniards stub out their cigarettes MORE than half of Spaniards would like to see the smoking ban applied to beaches or swimming pools. A further 69 per cent told a TripAdvisor España survey they felt Spain’s anti-smoking regulations had encouraged people to stop smoking. The majority of the 670 people who participated in the study were not smokers, they told the TripAdvisor, leading researchers to conclude backing for the

BANNED: Some would like the ban to be extended. 2011 law has steadily increased.

When introduced in January 2011, 72 per

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Priest’s death discounts foul play ANTONIO MARTIN MENDEZ, Parish Priest of Huevar del Alijafare (Sevilla), was found dead in his bath. Fellow priests who were expecting him for a meeting in the parish church raised the alarm after he failed to appear. When he did not open the

door after they went to his home, they informed the emergency services who found him fully dressed but lifeless in the bath. There were no signs of a struggle in the house; his body did not present signs of violence and he appeared to

have died of natural causes. Nicknamed ‘The Doer’ in his previous parish because of the way he helped parishioners, Antonio Martin Mendez had been in Huevar for 14 years and was a traditionalist. “He always wore the classic soutane,” parishioners said. Criminal investigators attached to the Guardia Civil are examining the priest’s house. All possibilities regarding the priest’s death are being considered at present, according to police sources.

extending the smoking ban to all restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs and discos, regardless of size. Almost 18 months later, this has increased to 83 per cent, although 64 per cent considered that the law is not always complied with. A further 33 per cent believed that it is always respected. Asked where they suspected the law was most frequently disregarded, 72 per cent were unable to give an opinion. The regions most frequently suggested by those who did provide an answer were Madrid (9.4 per cent) and Andalucia (8.5 per cent). As well as the obvious health benefits, the stricter law also encourages tourists to visit Spain, said 12 per cent of those questioned in the survey. Fifty per cent also said that they took into consideration a country’s smoking habits before deciding on their final holiday destination.

Online stalker dodges remand A CYBER-STALKER is still at large, pending appeal against a 192-year prison sentence. Found guilty by the National High Court in Madrid of stalking more than 67 young people online, he was not remanded last week. "He should go immediately to prison," maintained prosecution lawyer Carmen Carcelen and the public prosecution department. The accused is expressly forbidden to approach his victims, claimed his defence lawyer and it was unnecessary for him to be remanded.

Children forced into orgies THREE underage victims of paedophiles had to take part in group sex with other pupils and adults. Giving evidence behind a screen, one told a Las Palmas court he was sexually initiated at age eight by Fernando Torres Baena. Another explained he was sexually assaulted by Torres Baena when 11.

The abuse occurred at Torres Baena’s martial arts academy in Las Palmas (Canary Islands) and his villa, where favoured pupils were invited. Here, alcohol, marijuana and sex toys abounded. “I didn’t know what I was doing or how to react,” one boy told the court.

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Stories making headlines from Germany

Drunk doing the rounds A BLOTTO binman in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, could be fined €1,000 and lose his job after doing the rounds for more than three hours, nearly 10 times over the legal alcohol limit for driving. He managed to park his truck before slumping over the wheel.

Jobs boost PLANS to build a €1.6 billion particle accelerator on a 20hectare site in Darmstadt, not far from Frankfurt, have been given the go-ahead. It will provide jobs for more than 3,000 scientists from 50 countries.

Cash for blood THE Red Cross has warned that private institutions offering cash for blood will cause a shortage in the country’s national blood banks. They urged donors to keep stocks filled.

Medical ‘killing’ THE son of a former Nazi death camp guard accused doctors of performing a ‘medical execution’ and called for an investigation into his father’s death at a nursing home.

Popularity fall US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has been losing popularity in Germany. A new study shows good opinions of the president dropped from 64 per cent, three years ago, to 52 per cent.

Harder work EMPLOYEES are working harder than they did 20 years ago. This follows a study that showed Germans find it difficult to balance work and home life, more than any of their European counterparts.


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Deaths on the roads

Stories making headlines in Denmark, Norway and Sweden

SIXTEEN people died in 13 traffic accidents on Spanish roads between 3pm Friday and 8pm Sunday, according to Traffic General (DGT). Twelve of the deaths took place on Saturday night.

Crime does not pay DENMARK – Parliament has proposed a new law requiring criminals to pay a 500 kroner penalty which will go towards establishing a fund to assist their victims.

Acid attack A WOMAN, 28, is in a critical condition after a man threw acid in her face as she was leaving her house in the Ciudad Lineal district of Madrid. After the attack he fled on foot and had not been arrested at the time of going to Press.

Three in a bed SWEDEN – Three in 10 Swedish mothers admitted to having sex with their partner, while their babies lie in the same bed. The survey also found that only 4 per cent manage to get it on with their partner every day.

Northern show NORWAY – Researchers suggested tourism in Norway will be booming this winter when the Northern Lights over the country will be the strongest seen in 50 years.

Regal affairs SWEDEN – A fake krona coin has mocked King Carl XVI Gustaf for his rumoured womanising. The writing around the king’s head literally translates into ‘Our whorer of a king’.

Job well done NORWAY – The government attracted praise for the way it responded to last year’s terror attacks which claimed 77 lives. Experts suggested the US and the world can learn something from Norway.

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PALAU SANT JORDI: Originally built for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Sell-out Madonna is pricey hit for some in Barcelona MADONNA’S fans in Spain have had to dig deep into their pockets to get the best spots to see the global superstar in action on her world tour. For while the cheapest tickets for her two concerts in Barcelona have been sold for just €40, the top seats were a lumpy €299. Even so her two Spanish

performances as part of her 2012 world tour - last night (Wednesday) and tonight in the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona - were predicted to be a sell-out. One thing was for sure. Madonna is on a winner, for media reports have speculated that the 53-yearold rocker is taking about 90 per cent of the ticket sales herself.

Royal visit SUPERSTAR: Madonna in Spain as part of a World Tour.

Integration influences organ donation choice EUROPEANS and Latin Americans living in Spain are more open to organ donations than their countrymen back home. In Latin America, for instance, around 60 per cent of families refuse to donate a deceased member’s organ. In Spain refusals amongst all nationalities are between 15 and 16 per cent, revealed a National Transplant Organisation (ONT) study. “All these people fully accept the transplant

system, probably because they can see that it works and they do not encounter discrimination. The better their treatment by Spanish society, the more integrated they feel,” said ONT director Rafael Matesanz. The donation rate sends out a very hopeful message and is one that no other European country has achieved, according to Matesanz. The high organ donation rates do not apply to all foreign residents in Spain,

however. Immigrants from African and Asian countries, particularly China, are more reluctant to donate a dead relative’s organs, usually on religious grounds. Matesanz revealed, he was in favour of new legislation to withdraw illegal immigrants’ health cards. “It is a positive step towards eradicating transplant and health tourism,” he explained, but stressed that no-one in need of a transplant would ever be refused.

Spain was always known as a country where it was easy to get a transplant. This encouraged many people to come here to receive one illegally, Matesanz claimed. Up to 10 per cent of transplants carried out worldwide are commercial arrangements but it is ‘simply impossible’ to sell an organ in Spain, he said, adding: “It is absolutely untrue that people are selling a kidney because of the crisis.”

KING Juan Carlos visited Algeciras yesterday (Wednesday) to express his support for fishermen who work in waters near Gibraltar.


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British International School of Palma raises €500 for Salvation Army THE British International School of Palma (BIS) celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign as Britain’s Monarch in style on Saturday with their Diamond Jubilee Fair. You could not mistake the occasion being celebrated at BIS Palma, which was decked in red, white and blue flags, balloons and bunting. The royal fiesta held at the BIS

in San Agustin, Palma was an opportunity for the students, parents, and local and international community to come together for lots of family fun. The event, which was organised by Head Teacher Mrs Christian, had an additional purpose of raising money for the school’s chosen charity, the Salvation Army. “There was an incredible

amount of support from local business owners who were keen to contribute to the fundraising effort and donate prizes for the Grand Prize Draw. I would like to express my gratitude to those companies for their generosity,” Mrs Christian told us. Donations came from Mood Beach Club, Katmandu, Mallorca Rocks, Pirates, Son Amar, Palma Aquarium, Western Water Park, Santa Ponsa Country Club, Salon HQ, Ma Maison, Jungle Park and Onda Vital. They were also supported by the LACE businesswomen, who advertised the event and bought raffle tickets. Mrs Christian said: “The contributions and the kindness of the friends of BIS enabled the school to raise €500 for the Salvation

Army, who will use the money to support the needy and homeless of Mallorca, which is wonderful”. The event was well attended by the local community as well as Salvation Army officers David and Elizabeth McCaw-Aldworth and their team, who supplied the visitors with refreshments and homemade BIS lemonade. Students enjoyed getting involved with all the fun, including pottery and cake decorating stalls, and face painting. The guests were entertained by Silly Sam the Clown, who enchanted the children with magic tricks and balloon modelling. Jubilee sweet treats were supplied by That Sweet Temptation and families

(From left) Salvation Army Captains Elizabeth and David McCaw-Aldworth with Clare Christian, Head Teacher of BIS Palma. enjoyed the Jubilee themed portrait photo sessions. Food from around the world was on offer, from sushi and curry to Jerry Whitehouse’s famous hog roast, and some wonderful cakes baked by the parents of BIS Palma’s students. The centre piece was the huge Jubilee cake baked by British Bakery in Son Caliu, which was cut by David and Elizabeth. BIS offers English National Curriculum

education for international children from 2 to 11 years, in a family focused setting. The school, which has undergone much renovation in the past year, has new facilities including a new ICT suite and library. BIS Palma is now enrolling for July’s Summer School and for the new academic year starting September 2012. Please see www.bispalma.com for more information.


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Bluffing or boasting? Big 4 say no to cash

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FOUR Spanish banks Santander, BBVA, Sabadell and Popular - claim not to need any of the Eurogroup’s €100 billion bailout money. Economic experts are divided regarding their stance. Some regard it as bluffing, others as boasting. Spain is still in an ‘extreme’ financial situation, they say, which medium term could affect banks now considered in good health. The spectre of future risk prompted ratings agency Fitch to downgrade 18 Spanish banks, including the four now saying they do not need cash assistance. The findings of the external audit of Spain’s banks will play a vital part in deciding which banks need bailout funds, said university professor and financial analyst David Gonzalez. “Right now, any analysis can be biased by what the banks themselves say and which might not be true,” he explained.

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With branches in 10 countries and 100 million clients, Santander is the Eurozone’s biggest bank. It makes most of its money outside Spain, including Latin America. This is why it has been less exposed to Spain’s economic and financial deterioration, with a net profit of €5,351 million in 2011. Its assets, which include unpaid loans including mortgages, amount to €337,831 million. It has core capital funds guaranteeing the bank’s viability in a worsecase scenario - of 10.02 per cent, compared with 8 per cent required by the government. It has a 3.89 per cent default rate on loans. BBVA has assets of €597,688 million which as with all four banks include property loans and mortgages, but has fewer clients; approximately 45 million worldwide. It has fewer branches and is less focused on exterior expansion. • Turn to Page 15

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THE average cost to companies in Spain per employee per month fell 1.1 per cent in the first three months of this year, to €2,515 compared to the same period last year. Of this, €1,841 is used to pay salaries.

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High-life aboard super yachts in Spain AT BERTH: A super-yacht in Mallorca, a favourite Mediterranean port of call.

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Home gloom BRITISH house sales fell by nearly 40 per cent with just over 15 completed sales per surveyor in the three months to May, down from 25 sales made over the same period in 2007, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Cash grab JUST days ahead of last weekend’s elections, Greeks took to the banks to pull out their cash. Bankers said €800 million were leaving major banks daily. The trip to the bank usually followed with one to the supermarket.

The deadly dangers of riding to work PEOPLE cycling to work to save money in Spain has led to the nation topping Europe’s cyclist death rankings. In 2010 there were 67 cycling deaths across the nation according to figues just released by the Mapfre Foundation’s Institute for Road security, 20 per cent more than the previous year. “The economic crisis has forced people to ride to work and the politicians just do not understand the need to build bike lanes,” said a Professional Cyclist Association official.

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European health card is for urgent care only

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I recently visited a Centro de Salut on the Costa Blanca and asked for an appointment to see a doctor under the old E-111 scheme, now replaced with the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for tourists in Spain. I showed my EHIC, passport, gave the address where I was staying, UK address, and my UK driver’s licence. But they told me that while it would have been possible to see a doctor with this card a few months ago, the rules have changed and now two documents are You and the needed. Law in Spain Please make clear what is By David Searl needed, not only for me but also the many UK tourists who visit this area. I suspect that I was just being ‘got rid of’. P G (UK)

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No, they were not merely getting rid of you! With today’s cutbacks in all areas, including healthcare, Spanish officials are keeping a closer eye on expenses and this means that they examine foreign applicants for medical treatment with more care. The EHIC is designed for European Union citizens to obtain emergency medical care in another EU country. While it shows that the person is entitled to healthcare in their home country, the EHIC on its own does not entitle the holder to routine medical care in another country, only urgent treatment that cannot be delayed. Indeed, you may need other documents. A UK pensioner on holiday in Spain can obtain a ‘Proof of Pensioner’ certification which is valid for three months and this along with an EHIC will help the holder obtain services as well as medicines at reduced cost. If ongoing treatment or an operation is needed in Spain, then tourists should apply for an S2 Form from their UK local healthcare trust. Keep in mind also that practice varies from one region of Spain to another. Andalucia may have different regulations from Valencia, for example. David will respond to queries but reserves the right to select letters which will be of interest to the greatest number of readers. You can also consult David through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola. ask@lawtaxspain.com or call 952 667 090.

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Jubilee boost for John Lewis JUBILEE week sales at John Lewis reached £63.1m (€79.8m), an 18.1 per cent rise compared to the corresponding time in 2011. They expect the sales momentum to continue with the Euro 2012 football tournament and London Olympics.

£££ THE number of pensioners working doubled from 753,000 in 1993 to 1.4 million last year, with most of that rise coming since 2000, according to national statistics.

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shares to be purchased within weeks.

£££ OF the 580 civilian staff who transferred from Lincolnshire Police to security firm G4S, 60 posts are at risk of redundancy as part of efficiency savings it is making for the police authority.

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TESCO has bought a 91 per cent stake in London-based digital music service We7 for £10.8 million (€13,28m), with the remaining

THE goods trade deficit grew to £10.103 billion (€12.426bn) in April, the second-largest gap since records began in January 1998.

Perhaps the time is ripe for Spain to oppose EU THE rescue plan for Spain’s beleaguered banks was hammered out in the hope that the new money would encourage the provision of loans to businesses, allowing them to expand and take on more staff. This would be a double blessing which would re-boot Spain’s faltering economy and reduce unemployment. But haven’t we been here before, with the European Central Bank’s 2011 one-off programme of cheap loans to national banks so that they could ‘kick-start’ economies, and get trade moving again? Unfortunately, on that occasion, bankers, in employing copy-book practices, used the money to invest in ‘safe-haven’ bonds instead of business loans. Therefore, one can only hope this latest exercise in bank recapitalisation will receive better oversight. But financial correspondents, having initially had time to study the few details available, were less than enthusiastic. Mariano Rajoy insisted that, as a banking recapitalisation exercise, the plan incurred none of the strict EU conditions imposed upon countries receiving full-blown bailouts, but there remains doubt about the source of the money. Is it from the European Financial Stability Facility, or the European Stability Mechanism? The latter comes into force next month, with the question being: will investors wait? Then again, despite Rajoy’s protests, this loan will adversely affect Spain’s deficit, and with Finland demanding collateral before agreeing to anything, little wonder that the markets are nervous. Rajoy must be tearing his hair out. The banks are bowed down under debts accrued during the property boom when ‘bottom-line-profit’

PRESIDENTIAL HOME: Moncloa in Madrid and inset Rajoy.

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obscured anything beyond the chimerical Eldorado and politicians appeared to be equally myopic. They additionally seemed incapable of realising where the uncontrolled spending and borrowing was leading, or perhaps they were just unwilling to apply the brakes, fearing that a construction industry slow-down might mean eventual electoral defeat. With Spain employing the European Electoral System, coalition governments, with the concomitant ‘horse-trading’, are the norm. Small parties wield power out of all proportion to their actual voting strength, and finding themselves able to hold the government to ransom, make demands, often financial, to benefit their autonomous region. Spending beyond the regions’ means was considered unimportant, with central government often having

no choice but to bail them out. Rajoy, inheriting the banking sector problems, has been saddled now with the regional debts, all adding to the national deficit. The voters, who are worst affected by austerity and the ‘cuts’, have short memories, blaming those presently occupying Moncloa for their hardships, but with the media, including newspapers, radio stations and television channels now blindly supporting the EU and its collapsing single currency, what other point of view is possible? There is a kind of censorship that air-brushes away any contrary opinion, leaving the Spanish people, ordinary men and women as well as those engaged in business, unable even to conceive of any alternative. The euro must be saved they are told, and believe, but when pressed for arguments and facts supporting this view, they (and I include many friends) tend to frown, hum and hah, and swiftly change the subject. Spain needs an active opposition to the EU, and perhaps the time is ripe for the inauguration of a Partido Indepentista de España.


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Is the bailout the same as Portugal, Greece and Ireland’s? The loan to Spain is not to bailout the government, but rather to recapitalise its banking system. Before the 2008 financial crisis, the government had relatively little debt and was running a budget surplus. Its problems do not stem from excessive state spending but from the banking sector which was left with huge amounts of ‘toxic’ loans when the property market crashed. Banks need to raise even more money to recapitalise to meet international requirements and cannot afford to do so themselves. The Spanish government cannot either because its borrowing costs have

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www.euroweeklynews.com AFTER the Spanish government finally admitted that it needed help to prevent its banking sector collapsing, at an emergency discussion on Saturday 9th June, Eurozone finance ministers agreed to lend Spain up to €100bn to recapitalise its banks. The Eurogroup statement explained that the €100bn total would be to cover estimated requirements and provide an additional safety margin. The loan will be scaled to provide an “effective backstop covering for all possible capital requirements”. The situation is fast moving, but here’s a summary of the key facts after the first few days.

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soared with the uncertainty over the peripheral Eurozone states. Borrowing from the EU’s rescue funds means they can borrow at much lower rates. Where will the money come from? The money will be provided by the Eurozone’s bailout funds. One concern for investors is that the Eurogroup statement was not clear on which one, simply saying ‘the EFSF/ESM’. The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) is the current temporary fund. It is due to be replaced in July by the new permanent European Stability Mechanism (ESM). Loans from the ESM are senior to other creditors and must be repaid first. Germany believes it would be ‘more efficient’ for the loans to be made by the ESM, while Madrid would probably prefer to use the EFSF. Either way, it is ultimately paid

by taxpayers across the Eurozone. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cannot contribute funds to this particular bailout as its rules prevent it from participating in a rescue solely focused on the banking sector. It will still play an advisory role. Where will the money go? The loan will be given to the Fund for Orderly Bank Restructuring, which acts as an agent for the Spanish government, which will then distribute capital to the financial institutions as needed. The Spanish government retains full responsibility. Will there be supervision? Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy initially claimed the rescue deal was a victory for Spain and that it will not be subject to the same level of supervision as Portugal, Greece and Ireland. He said his decision to seek the funds was ‘the opening of a line of credit’ for the banks rather than a bailout with strict external supervision. However, EU and German officials have since said that it will be monitored by the European Commission, European Central Bank and the IMF – the ‘troika’ – the same as the other bailouts. The Eurogroup statement had also said that progress will be

closely and regularly reviewed, also in parallel with the financial assistance. Is €100bn enough? The €100bn offered is much more than expected. EU finance ministers wanted to take preemptive action and send a clear signal to the markets and public that they are ready to take ‘determined action’. An IMF review into the Spanish banking sector, released just before the bailout request, looked at how Spanish banks would cope with an economic situation where gross domestic product fell by 4.1% and house prices by 20% this year. It calculated banks would need a €37bn injection – much less than the €100bn now on the table. The Spanish government and regulators have so far underestimated the problems facing the sector and the amount of fresh capital needed. Only time will tell if €100bn is enough – investors do not seem entirely convinced. Will this mean more austerity measures? So far it does not look that way, as the conditions should apply to the banking sector and not the whole economy. With regards to Spain’s budget deficit reduction plan, the government claims the goals and premises

are realistic, and the tough measures already imposed will be decisive in returning to a strong growth path. It aims to consolidate public finances to the tune of €27bn this year. Income and savings taxes have been hiked as part of the measures, and a tax ‘amnesty’ is being introduced to collect unpaid tax. If it does not meet the deficit target we cannot rule out further tax rises. Does this mean bank savings in Spain are now safe? They are safer than they were. However, all this has reminded us that cash savings are not an entirely risk-free investment, and not only in Spain. If you have savings amounting to more than the national guarantee scheme, perhaps even if you have less, you may want to take advice from a professional wealth management firm like Blevins Franks on more secure options for your money as well as how to avoid higher taxation. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals must take personalised advice. To keep in touch with the latest developments in the offshore world, check out the latest news on our website www.blevinsfranks.com


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LONDON - FTSE 100 C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G. 0.40 0.16

NET VOLUME 222,093

Admiral Group

1,132.00

8.00

0.71

54,052

Aggreko

2,085.00

5.00

0.24

40,166

989.50

14.50

1.49

91,522

AMEC Anglo American

2,142.00

13.50

0.63

440,232

Antofagasta

1,099.00

26.00

2.42

194,576

ARM Holdings

501.00

10.40

2.12

1,640,136

Ashmore Group

341.60

0.70

0.21

75,935

Assoc. British Foods

1,221.00

-8.00

-0.65

AstraZeneca

CU RR EN CI ES

C LOSING P RICES J UNE 19

C O M PA N Y PRICE(P) Aberdeen Asset Manag. 252.40

0.80494

Units per €

United States $..................................................... 1.25820 Japan Yen ¥.......................................................... 99.3034 Switzerland Francs............................................... 1.20111 Denmark Kroner ................................................... 7.43272 Norway Kroner...................................................... 7.52359

153,875

0.34

39,537

Diageo

1,572.00

-30.00

-1.87

1,311,458

Eurasian Natural Res

416.50

2.40

0.58

286,622 132,175 344,358

Fresnillo

1,567.50

9.50

0.61

104,336

7.80

1.57

343,627

G4S

276.50

1.50

0.55

208,721

4.50

0.67

601,094

GKN

178.80

1.00

0.56

340,574

1.00

0.50

2,328,805

1,462.50

9.00

0.62

1,767,002

202.90

0.42

7.41

390,786

BT Group

3.66

2,214.41

0.45

673.50

868.66

92,151

Croda International

2.25

505.00

Babcock International

0.53

-0.75

British Sky Broadcasting

344,800 3,046,050

0.95

6.00

6.20

British Land Co

0.80

6.00

1,129.00

-7.00

14.00

-0.38

350,938

637.00

CRH

926.50

3,152.00

-1.00

VOLUME 789,200

281.20

B. American Tobacco

21.50

% C H G. 0.52

Experian

217,101

259.50

Compass Group

PRICE(P) CHANGE 311.20 1.60

EVRAZ PRICE(P)

2,704.50

C O M PA N Y Centrica

NET VOLUME

C O M PA N Y

Aviva

1.24232

C H A N G E ( P ) % C H G.

GlaxoSmithKline

BAE SYSTEMS

283.60

1.20

0.42

1,160,463

Bunzl

1,038.00

9.00

0.87

42,756

Glencore International

331.05

2.65

0.81

1,945,303

Barclays

196.00

-0.05

-0.03

5,846,369

Burberry Group

1,360.00

14.00

1.04

216,757

Hammerson

428.10

10.40

2.49

533,653

BG Group

1,249.00

18.00

1.46

1,171,891

Capita

646.00

0.50

0.08

162,666

Hargreaves Lansdown

489.50

4.90

1.01

42,097

BHP Billiton

1,838.50

9.50

0.52

944,922

Capital Shopping C.

322.20

3.30

1.03

199,427

HSBC Holdings

549.50

2.80

0.51

6,105,691

424.00

3.30

0.78

2,876,908

2,238.00

21.00

0.95

124,200

ICAP

360.60

-1.60

-0.44

176,062

BP

Carnival

IMI

DOW JONES

NASDAQ

C LOSING P RICES J UNE 19

C LOSING P RICES J UNE 19

C O M PA N Y MMM 3M Co AA Alcoa Inc

PRICE CHANGE %CHANGE VOLUME 87.31

-0.13

-0.15%

2,942,438

8.69

-0.13

-1.47% 13,931,548

AXP American Express Co

55.85

-0.43

-0.76%

T AT&T Inc

35.63

-0.08

-0.22% 22,500,471

BAC Bank of America Corp

4,607,725

7.76

-0.14

-1.77% 138,750,396

BA Boeing Co

71.90

-0.09

-0.13%

3,421,809

CAT Caterpillar Inc

86.74

-0.19

-0.22%

4,704,547

CVX Chevron Corp

-0.83%

6,563,393

103.46

-0.87

CSCO Cisco Systems Inc

17.14

+0.04

+0.23% 35,345,188

DD E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co

50.32

+0.08

+0.16%

XOM Exxon Mobil Corp

83.11

-0.11

3,395,308

-0.13% 13,866,910

GE General Electric Co

19.75

-0.25

-1.25% 39,171,497

HPQ Hewlett-Packard Co

21.05

-0.59

-2.73% 21,133,992

HD Home Depot Inc

52.32

+0.45

+0.87% 11,579,423

INTC Intel Corp

27.42

+0.08

+0.29% 30,393,227

198.29

-0.81

JNJ Johnson & Johnson

66.30

+0.29

JPM JPMorgan Chase and Co

34.62

-0.41

KFT Kraft Foods Inc

38.98

+0.34

+0.88%

9,267,437

MCD McDonald's Corp

90.24

-0.26

-0.29%

6,161,082 8,240,124

IBM International Business M. Co...

-0.41%

3,368,919

+0.44% 24,734,866 -1.17% 30,866,464

MRK Merck & Co Inc

38.85

-0.09

-0.23%

MSFT Microsoft Corp

29.84

-0.18

-0.60% 58,262,295

PFE Pfizer Inc

22.62

+0.01

+0.04% 23,037,111

PG Procter & Gamble Co

62.29

-0.59

-0.94% 10,282,311

KO The Coca-Cola Co

75.98

-0.11

-0.14%

5,202,093

TRV Travelers Companies Inc

63.07

-0.34

-0.54%

1,662,695

UTX United Technologies Corp

75.00

+0.51

+0.68%

3,207,903

VZ Verizon Communications Inc

43.82

+0.27

+0.62% 11,879,587

WMT Wal-Mart Stores Inc

68.12

+0.37

+0.55%

7,520,682

DIS Walt Disney Co

47.10

+0.01

+0.02%

8,817,451

C O M PA N Y

PRICE

CHANGE NET / %

$29.08 $3.10 $2.90 $3.60 $2.20 $9.38 $17.16 $8.10 $11.13 $10.12 $2.08 $14.14 $3.25 $9.90

6.20 / +27.10% 0.44 / +16.54% 0.40 / +16.00% 0.42 / +13.21% 0.24 / +12.24% 0.98 / +11.67% 1.71 / +11.07% 0.80 / +10.96% 1.07 / +10.71% 0.94 / +10.24% 0.19 / +10.05% 1.24 / +9.61% 0.27 / +9.06% 0.80 / +8.79%

Most Advanced InterDigital, Inc. Amyris, Inc. First Financial Service Corporation ATA Inc. Complete Genomics, Inc. Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Magnetek, Inc. Mattersight Corporation Groupon, Inc. Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. Patrick Industries, Inc. Homeowners Choice, Inc. U.S. Home Systems, Inc.

Most Declined Body Central Corp. Community West Bancshares ATP Oil & Gas Corporation KIT digital, Inc. First South Bancorp Inc Hercules Offshore, Inc. Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. Compressco Partners, L.P. Healthcare Services Group, Inc. Rambus, Inc. Biosante Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Microvision, Inc. Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Recovery Energy, Inc.

$8.20 $2.33 $4.57 $4.16 $3.84 $3.14 $51.01 $11.50 $18.58 $5.58 $2.48 $2.10 $12.86 $3.05

7.78 / -48.69% 0.46 / -16.49% 0.66 / -12.62% 0.54 / -11.49% 0.49 / -11.32% 0.31 / -8.99% 4.99 / -8.91% 1.09 / -8.66% 1.71 / -8.43% 0.51 / -8.37% 0.22 / -8.15% 0.17 / -7.49% 1.02 / -7.35% 0.24 / -7.29%

840.00

5.00

0.60

298,082

Imperial Tobacco

2,386.00

-14.00

-0.58

369,311

InterContinental

1,522.00

30.00

2.01

93,273

Intl Cons Airlines

150.40

0.20

0.13

523,137

International Power Intertek Group ITV

416.70

0.10

0.02

943,957

2,591.00

-4.00

-0.15

36,556 3,185,062

73.25

1.00

1.38

2,268.87

19.87

0.88

42,280

Kazakhmys

717.50

2.00

0.28

198,376

Kingfisher

279.00

5.70

2.09

1,412,682

Land Securities Group

743.00

11.00

1.50

264,241

Legal & General Group

120.10

0.70

0.59

1,453,158

Johnson Matthey

Lloyds Banking Group

30.20

0.04

0.13

38,627,080

Marks & Spencer

331.20

5.20

1.60

997,008

Meggitt

367.70

-0.30

-0.08

126,384

Morrison (Wm)

278.70

-0.20

-0.07

942,748

652.00

-1.50

-0.23

726,602

3,154.00

36.00

1.15

156,465

National Grid Next Old Mutual

153.40

1.00

0.66

1,044,829

Pearson

1,203.00

15.00

1.26

176,069

Petrofac

1,516.00

29.00

1.95

230,519

Polymetal International

910.50

1.00

0.11

148,630

Prudential

711.00

6.00

0.85

573,403

Randgold Resources

6,030.00

50.00

0.84

23,879

Reckitt Benckiser

3,331.00

-58.00

-1.71

367,313

Reed Elsevier

482.50

1.10

0.23

924,277

Resolution

196.50

0.50

0.26

226,318

REXAM

408.10

1.00

0.25

126,365

3,006.00

43.50

1.47

839,561

Rio Tinto Rolls-Royce Holdings

842.50

3.00

0.36

450,005

Royal Bank of Scotland

233.30

-2.00

-0.85

3,121,718

2,206.12

13.12

0.60

471,715

102.33

0.33

0.32

1,227,970

Royal Dutch Shell RSA Insurance Group SABMiller Sage Group Sainsbury (J) Schroders Serco Group

2,486.50

8.00

0.32

507,433

250.00

0.40

0.16

268,635 548,938

286.20

-1.80

-0.63

1,252.00

-3.00

-0.24

62,797

547.50

-0.50

-0.09

80,075

Severn Trent

1,749.00

3.00

0.17

56,388

Shire

1,917.00

0.00

0.00

138,723

Smith & Nephew

602.50

-3.00

-0.50

173,902

Smiths Group

998.50

1.00

0.10

63,894

SSE

1,375.00

2.00

0.15

221,714

Standard Chartered

1,387.50

19.00

1.39

1,044,700

Standard Life

220.40

1.10

0.50

460,437

Tate & Lyle

638.50

-8.00

-1.24

309,686 2,257,529

Tesco

304.35

0.60

0.20

Tullow Oil

1,480.00

26.00

1.79

397,112

Unilever

2,037.75

-49.25

-2.36

1,708,629 377,462

United Utilities Group

663.50

2.50

0.38

Vedanta Resources

952.00

12.00

1.28

135,816

Vodafone Group

176.68

1.78

1.02

18,510,709

Weir Group

1,509.00

72.00

5.01

663,355

Whitbread

1,987.00

138.00

7.46

478,270

Wolseley

2,262.90

29.90

1.34

94,733

WPP

759.00

6.00

0.80

374,291

Xstrata

865.70

6.50

0.76

1,165,103


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Big 4 say no to cash From Front Page Its net profits of €3,000 million last year were €1,000 million down on 2010 but its core capital is high at 10.3 per cent. It has a 4 per cent default rate on loans. Sabadell is smaller with 2.8 million clients. With assets of €105,321 million in 2011, it reported a net profit of €80 million for the first three months of this year, 5 per cent less than during the same period in 2011. Its core capital is 11.8 per cent but the default rate on loans has increased to 6.02 per cent since taking over nationalised CAM. It is precisely because of this that experts believe the assertion that it will not require bailout money is ‘optimistic’. Banco Popular meanwhile has assets of €172,902 million and, together with Bankinter, is less exposed to the effects of property speculation. It had net profits of €590 million last year, has core capital of 9.82 per cent and a 6.35 per cent loan default rate.

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HILE travelling around Sri Lanka, I met a lovely 60-year-old British lady who ran a local restaurant. She was the perfect dinner host - fantastic food and an exciting life story. The past few years, however, were terrifyingly tragic. She met a man, not much younger than herself, and they A look started dating. They at finance spent two full years for females doing everything together before Jane Plunkett everything suddenly jane.plunkett@euroweeklynews.com went very wrong. He was a con-man and swindled her out of thousands of pounds. After gaining her trust, she lent him a lot of money and she never Just this week in India, a con-man is said saw him again. to have married eight different women and This type of behaviour isn’t rare. It then vanished with a truckload of gold and happens more than it should. savings from each one. While some cons are obvious and it’s just plain stupid to fall for them, others, like the one played on the lady I met, are hard to see coming. With internet dating becoming common in today’s society, the web is a place A PICASSO lithograph - worth €24,000 and stolen by teenagers from the to meet a potential other half, but it’s also home of a former Ukrainian premier - has been found lying against a fence. where con-artists prey on others.

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MORE British families are seeking expatriate life in Australia. While Spain has become home for hundreds of thousands of Britons over the last three decades, Australia’s booming labour market and improving exchange rate is making it an ever more popular destination for UK workers seeking new opportunities. With the ongoing Eurozone problems - including high unemployment - many British families seeking a new life are no longer focusing on elsewhere in Europe, including Spain, but looking further afield, including Australia. There has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of British breadwinners looking to emigrate, often ahead of their partners with the intention of setting up and finding a place to live before their family follows, says Visafirst.com. Australian employment grew by 38,900 in April to beat all expectations as heavy investments were made in engineering projects. Edwina Shanahan, manager of www.visafirst.com, said: “In our experience, the primary breadwinners in these situations are often men who

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Travel buddies LATVIAN carrier airBalticare is following Dutch airline KLM in offering a computer application that allows passengers to choose a seatmate by connecting with other travellers before their flight according to interests.

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Rich keep super-yacht industry on even keel THE rich are still enjoying the high life with Italy the top manufacturer. aboard super-yachts. Eighty per cent of all new super-yachts If you need proof, just look at the are motor yachts, with the average now biggest yachts at Spain’s leading 45 metres long. In the last 10 years the Mediterranean number of supermarinas including yachts over 50 Puerto Banus in metres has increased Marbella, from 21 to 31 per Barcelona, cent. Valencia, Mallorca, Having endured Ibiza, Malaga, the fallout of the Motril, Almeria and economic global Denia. downturn that began Despite the in 2008, the superchallenging yacht industry is now economic times on a fairly even keel. throughout the At present globally world, the super423 super-yachts are yacht fleet - those in build, with this 30 metres and figure consistent above - continues with statistics for to grow, and with 2006-2008, accorit the potential ding to the and value of the Superyacht Annual industry also Report, and increase, with the indicative of a level industry of stability in line contributing ₏24 SEA SYMBOL: The stone lighthouse at the with the pre-boom billion to the end of Puerto Banus pier in Marbella. years. worldwide With 200 new economy in 2010. vessels due for European shipyards continue to launch this year, the world’s super-yacht produce the majority of all new yachts, fleet will be boosted to around 4,650.

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Disabled Chris walks tall with second book A frequent visitor to Spain, multiple-sclerosis sufferer Chris Hales has achieved his ambition to write, with his second book now available in paperback and on Kindle. Nicole Hallett reports. Why do you write? I had to get the stories in my head out and I enjoy researching and the writing process. After first writing while at university, my first book was published in 2009. What is your second book Templar: Call to Arms about? The desruction of the Knights Templar. The action-packed thriller took eight years to research and has already sold more than 1,250 copies on Kindle. Influences? Screen writer and novelist William Goldman, two university lecturers for providing insight into writing, and my Polish wife Aleks, my proofreader.

Looking forward? Writing the Templar trilogy and having children. Other jobs/activities? Money collector for magistrates’ court. Involved with the Masons. Scariest experience? Being told I had multiple sclerosis five years ago provided immense relief of finally having a diagnosis but also a fear for the future. I am now largely confined to a wheelchair and need a large monitor screen to write due to sight problems. Favourite memory? My wedding four years ago. Despite balance problems I managed to walk down the aisle. Book review Page 30

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Vital Statistics • Age: 33 • Born: London • Status: Married. • Lives: Southampton. • Spanish base: Parents home in Benitachell (Alicante). • Best thing about Spain: The food • Worst thing: Too hot at times • Favourite: Views from parents’ home • Hobbies: Books and movies

EWN COMMENT Bailout blues SPAIN’S government claims the €100 billion bailout will affect banks more than citizens. Greece is allegedly ‘infuriated.’ But Greece merely waited for funds, assuming that everything would then continue as before, with trouble starting only when cuts arrived. Spain has slashed

spending since 2010 with cuts affecting everyone. It has fought rescue while preparing for the worst. And unlike Greece, nobody expects something for nothing.

Thinner fat cats STRICTLY-REGULATED Spanish banks could not dabble in derivatives and avoided the 2008 sub-prime mortgage catastrophe. Instead, their greed fed on property. But like them or not, banks must be kept solvent for the country’s sake and now they will be. Rajoy’s promise that they must repay their bailout could be a sop. Nevertheless, few won’t relish seeing fat cats put on a diet of Whiskas, not caviar.


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I WAS shopping in Iceland supermarket when I had my wallet stolen by a pickpocket. I did not realise this until I got to the check-out and had no money or card. As I explained what had happened to the supervisor, a very kind lady paid for my goods. When I offered to take the money to her home she refused, saying it was a gift. It has made me realise that there are angels around us as well as thieves. Hal Rockliffe, Torreblanca (Malaga)

Acrobatic alternative IT is ridiculous that €30,000 of council funds was voted by the majority of residents in Caceres village to be spent on bullfights rather than employment (Almeria, Issue 1405). It is bad enough this barbaric pastime is still allowed, let alone choosing it over providing jobs for people. The majority of the world is against the torturing and killing of bulls in the bullring. I think instead of doing away with bullfights they should take the example of the ancient Minoans and turn it into an acrobatic show with the men in the ring having to somersault over the bulls who live to see another day. This would take skill and courage and earn those in the ring respect rather than disgust. Nicola Rand, Roquetas del Mar (Almeria)

Sad memories I FOUND the article about the treatment of hunting hounds very upsetting (Issue 1406). The horrific picture brought back memories of when I first found my now much-loved Galgo (greyhound) roaming the campo in much the same state. It saddens me how these hunters can be so cruel, though I am not tarring all hunters with the same brush as I know some dogs are treated fairly. Galgos are so gentle and placid and great with children. Like all dogs they need exercise though actually Galgos are quite lazy. Anybody thinking of getting a dog should consider this breed as they make wonderful pets E Waterman, Mojacar (Almeria)

21 - 27 June 2012 Mallorca The second was that the country has already started on the selfreinforcing downward spiral that leads to a crisis, and there is no-one big enough to reverse the spiral. However, I think that if Spain goes back to the peseta, almost everybody would take their euros out of the country. That is what is happening already in Greece. Or, they might change their money to Swiss francs or pounds Sterling. Max Rueter, by email

Loving retirement Spike the cat snuggles up to his new canine friends

Doggone thought on people ADANA staff members were amused on arrival at the kennels to find snuggled up together in the outside holding pen a cat with the pups. They were even joined briefly by a pair of fearless mice. Anyone of a thoughtful disposition seeing the harmonious way these animals were able to cohabit, albeit for a brief period, could perhaps be forgiven for drawing some unflattering comparisons with our own seeming inability to live peacefully with our fellow humans. ‘The more I see of people, the more I love my dog’ may not be as outrageous a slogan as some might think... Mary Page, by email

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Courageous voice READING Harvey Mann’s letter (Issue 1405) regarding slovenly-dressed British tourists I feel so vindicated. Everything he wrote I have thought but did not have the courage to voice. I too get offended at the sight of displays of total disregard for what is suitable to wear on which bodies. I am disgusted by some people’s lack of respect for their appearance and sometimes feel like telling them what to wear. Surely the summer heat in Spain is not reason enough to be slovenly and not care about general appearance, caring merely about layers of false eyelashes and mascara just because they have seen a celebrity in a magazine use it. C P, by email

Far from healthy I WAS horrified to read that 17 pharmacies in Alicante Province are not getting medications (Costa Blanca South, Issue 1406). This is because the Valencia Government has not paid its €160 million debt to them, despite

receiving €110 million from the state to pay the pharmacies. While I understand that there are debts to be paid, surely the money should be given to where it is supposed to be destined for? No wonder there are so many protests going on with all the cuts to the healthcare system. Jay Rogers, Torrevieja (Alicante)

Instilling discipline C CRUMMINGS’ letter (Issue 1406) in which he complained about unruly children disturbing a theatre production brought up an interesting topic. If children are well-mannered and have been taught how to behave in public then there is no problem. However, with the lack of discipline in today’s world this is very difficult to do. Not being allowed to smack their children means many parents are at a loss of how best to instil discipline. Without discipline, some children grow up as menaces to society. Perhaps parenting skills should be taught to mothers-to-be as part of pre-natal sessions. A J, Calvia (Mallorca)

Cashing in on € IN the article ‘No one big enough to reverse downward spiral’ (Issue 1403), Michael Pettis gave two reasons why Spain will leave the euro. One was that Spain had a stronger fiscal position and healthier bank balance sheet than many of its peers when the crisis began.

I RESONATED with Mike Walsh in his article on life after retirement (Issue 1406). After retiring from a highpowered career, many of my counterparts were surprised that I was not at a loss. Instead I love my retirement. I still get up early and now fill my days with what I want to do, whether it is reading a book, pottering around in the garden or meeting friends. However, while my wife enjoys going off on holidays to other countries I am perfectly content to stay in Spain and never travel far again, as this is what I had to do all my working life. N H, Mijas Costa (Malaga)

Alcohol concerns THE article about the two Brits who tried to swim to Benidorm Island and nearly drowned (Issue 1405) portrays the dangers of alcohol. Not only does it take away reasoning power and provide a sense of false power, but also dangerously combines with youth. When I was 20 I visited the US and was appalled to discover the age of consent for drinking is 21. However, I now realise that this is a good thing as the teenage brain cannot cope with alcohol and it has lifelong effects. If anything the age of drinking should be raised to 25! Here in Spain I see children younger than 15 out at clubs and pubs drinking. Brian Low, Benidorm (Alicante)

Top of the pole THERE is a phrase that is often used to finish conversations that drives me mad. It can be heard on TV and radio interviews.The phrase is ‘you know’. Football players are perhaps top of the pole. This has now become a little game I play to see how often this phrase is said in interviews. Top of the league I am keeping was 18 in a 20-minute radio interview. Ray Campbell, Fuengirola (Malaga)

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begging me to take over in the bedroom with his girlfreind as he ‘couldn’t cope’. No, Leapy’s rose-coloured celebrity specs were put back in their case long ago. I’ve found that one great way of levelling people is to imagine them sitting on the loo! Get the picture? It always works for me. One thing emerging from the Leveson Inquiry is that in the light of conflicting stories (under oath, I

may add) some are lying through their teeth. To me the most believable has been John Major. How he must have relished the opportunity to get back at the man who virtually put him out of office. Did it not show the unbelievable arrogance of Murdoch when, according to Major, this Aussie told him he didn’t agree with the Tories’ European policies and if they didn’t change, his companies would not be able to support them?

When Major treated his threats with the contempt they deserved, all hell was unleashed on him. From the sneering Kay Burley on Sky News, to the ‘grey man’ caricatures in The Sun and other Murdoch publications, he was pilloried for months in what I believe was one of the most relentless hatchet jobs unleashed on a politician. Although there were certainly other factors involved in Major losing the next election, the real damage was done by this powermad media baron, who recently swore under oath that he had never asked any MP for anything in return for the backing of his media empire. Blair told the inquiry much the same story. Give us a break! Do these people think we are all still wet behind the ears? If the inquiry does prove them all to be economical with the truth, I’d like to see them all pay the price. Dream on, Leapy!

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ONE thing truly enjoyable about the Leveson Inquiry saga is how it is managing to make a number of those previously ‘untouchables’ suddenly touchable. All too often people in high places give the impression they are a different breed than us mere minions; this is why we are inclined to trust and put our, often blind, faith in them. The truth, of course, is that they are no different to the rest of us. Plenty are in fact a great deal worse. I stopped putting these people on pedestals many moons ago. During the ‘60s I often found myself rubbing shoulders with the ‘upper crusties’. The Christine Keeler/Astor scandals began on my Bayswater doorstep, so to speak. Lord Boothby’s philandering was also fairly common knowledge in the area. My association with Diana Dors resulted in my observing some VIPs in extremely compromising situations. I’ll never forget one wild-eyed MP staggering up to me in nothing but a string vest and

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A 32-YEAR-OLD legal mystery over the death of a baby in Australia was finally settled this month when a court ruled the child was, in fact, taken by a dingo, an Australian native wild dog.

Joy ride A CHINESE man has been sentenced to one year in jail after driving off with a police officer clinging to the bonnet of his car. He had been pulled over for driving without number-plates.

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Secret anglophile ALTHOUGH Napoleon Bonaparte was deposed and forced into exile by the British, a letter written in English by the man himself showed he admired all things British. The letter sold at auction in France for €325,000 five times its estimated value.

Fan match RUSSIAN and Polish football fans played a friendly game just hours before the two teams were to play a decisive Euro 2012 match.

Alcatraz 3 FIFTY years on, the Alcatraz escape mystery remains unsolved. The three fugitives, brothers John and Clarence Anglin, and Frank Morris, famous for their escape from the maximumsecurity prison, are still wanted men.

Greek rage A LIVE TV debate saw a right-wing Greek MP viciously slapping his left-wing female opponent and throwing a glass of water on another.

Project ‘Paper Free’ has begun and now ended I

SPEND a lot of time writing stuff down. This may explain (in part at least) my obsession with pens, pencils and all things stationery. This does not excuse, however, my shameful approach towards filing, or indeed ‘piling’ as I prefer to call it. There have been documentaries about my kind of problem. Hoarding papers and newspapers has been documented as ‘Crazy Old Lady’ behaviour. I like to keep a copy of articles I have written for clients or just for my own records... but, I told myself the other day as I tripped over a wonky pile of year old papers, I probably could do with having a little tidy up. Famous last words. ‘A little tidy up’ took on epic proportions as I discovered that the wonky pile was truly just the tip of the iceberg. So I decided to ‘Do it Properly’ and actually booked off two working days just to file and chuck. Day one I was feeling quite cheerful and positive: ‘Look at me, I

FILLING: ‘Look at me, I am taking control of my life and my work!’ am taking control of my life and my work! I shall sort out all of this old stuff and scan it and document it. And then I shall recycle it, thus saving the planet and looking super efficient all in one go. And then, and THEN my life will be perfectly organised and I shall be free of stress and everything will happen like magic’. And so I kidded

myself through day one. I was slightly hampered by the non-functioning of my printer-cumscanner, but that didn’t stop me from getting shot of four big bags of paper to the recycling bins. Well done me. Day two went the same way as day one, although it seemed to be hotter and still no functioning printer. “Just download the

Hoarding papers and newspapers has been documented as ‘Crazy Old Lady’ behaviour

software and reload it,” said my husband, “that should sort it out.” I was a little disheartened by the seemingly lack of real progress, I still couldn’t see my desk. Day three of Project Paper Free arrived and with it came horrendous humidity, a nonfunctioning (blatantly refusing to work, in that insolent, silent way that machines favour) printer, and the added bonus of roadworks outside of my house and the pressing need to stop throwing out papers and start writing articles for them! Cue full on melt down: what had I started? Yeah, sure, things were tidier, but I was also much angrier, and frustrated. The day passed in a fog of printer software, upgrades, downgrades, reboots, sticky heat and pressure. Surely filing shouldn’t be this difficult? What would happen if I just threw the whole lot in the bin? And just as I was seriously going to do that I spotted a vital piece of paper that

lurking underneath a two-year-old gas bill. My daughter’s passport. Given that she was going to need that very soon for a trip to visit her grandparents, you can imagine how I felt. My heart leapt up into my mouth and I very carefully put it in a plastic wallet, filled out a filing card for it and actually popped it into the filing cabinet. This did not stop me however from being in a foul mood for the rest of the day. So I would like to apologise to my nearest and dearest for being a grumpy mary: the day finished with a huge row and an enormous thunderstorm which cracked the stifling heat and drowned the printer which I had left outside in the garden in a ‘I will put this in the car later to take the computer repair shop’ kind of way. Sigh. On the upside, it is possible to see my desk now. www.familymatters mallorca.com


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UDDENLY we seem surrounded by fairy tales. This year we’ve got two new film versions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a romantic comedy Mirror Mirror, and an adult fantasy, Snow White and the Huntsman. Also scheduled is a NORA JOHNSON re-telling of A writer, Nora has lived on the Costa del Sol for five years Jack and the and is the author of two psychological suspense thrillers. Beanstalk (Jack the Giant Killer), Cinderella, The Snow Queen and a Tarantino-style Hansel and Gretel. Add to this two re-imaginings of Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and a high-school comedy version of Beauty and the Beast, called Beastly. Despite Hollywood’s in-jokes and gender changes, the moral truths And what a modern world, too! underlying all these fairy tales remain. Snow White and the Huntsman is What they offer is a black or white rated 12A, mainly because it contains world where good is good and bad is suggestions of sexual abuse, addiction to be punished. and bloody violence.

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into the woods because their family was struggling and hungry?). The witch could be a marketing executive for a multibillion corporation who lures them into the forest of social isolationism through the use of social media and texting. They get so lost and confused that they think having loads of friends on Facebook is the same as having real friends to go out with, do activities with and that they’re generally living a full, active life with real experiences. They don’t realise their danger until it’s almost too late (obesity, diabetes, heart issues). In the nick of time, the hero sweeps in and gets them out to see the world with activities like swimming, sport... Well, you get the idea. The original Grimm Brothers’ fairy stories were neither gentle nor ‘fluffy’. They were about empowerment and dealing with the bad things that And just look at how Hollywood happen in life. In other words, they’re could rework some other modern-day the perfect entertainment for these issues. In Hansel and Gretel, for days of austerity and recession when instance, the rise in homeless families there’s a longing for a simpler world of (didn’t Hansel and Gretel originally go good and bad. Small wonder fairy tales are in demand. We need our villains (bankers, politicians, foreign dictators) or heroes (the ‘sleb’ of the moment) now more than ever. After changing the The area was A Grimm thought? No, number-plates they cordoned off and truly, it’s the stuff of fairy loaded it with 12 kilos of experts defused the tales. explosives. bomb six hours later. Nora Johnson’s novels, At 2.17pm on July 1, They were only able to Soul Stealer & The De regional newspaper Gara do so thanks to Clerambault Code received a phone call Preciado’s ineptness in (www.nora-johnson.com) warning that a car-bomb connecting the bomb’s available from Amazon in was parked behind circuits, stressed judge paperback/eBook (€0.89; Iberdrola. Angela Murillo. £0.77) and iBookstore. Profits to Cudeca MODERN-DAY: Fairy tales reworked to fit in with the computer era.

Handwriting betrays an ETA terrorist A LOVE letter from ETA terrorist Jon Kepa Preciado cost him a 54year prison sentence. The handwriting was identical to that on a note found in a car-bomb parked outside an Iberdrola office in Bilbao on July 1, 2003.

‘Take that, bastards,’ said the note which experts said was written by the same person who wrote the love letter to Preciado’s girlfriend, Ziortza Fernandez Larrazabal. The note and letter were sufficient to convict

Preciado on two counts of attempted terrorist murder, robbery and duplicating registration plates, ruled a Madrid High Court judge. On June 29 Preciado and two accomplices stole a car in Laga de Ibarrangelua (Vizcaya).

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APITAL punishment, if it doesn’t put a noose under the collar, certainly makes people hot under the collar. The abolitionists call it state murder, which it is of course. I call abolition a licence to kill. A visit to meet prison warders engaged in prisoners’ training once took my feet on a tour of Manchester’s HMP Strangeways Prison. Included was sight of the condemned cell and the final few yards a prisoner took to his doom. I chose to turn my back on the door to the execution chamber; countless others never had the chance to do so. I still recollect the sombre mood on the morning a convicted murderer was to be hanged at Liverpool’s HMP Walton Prison. I think the general feeling was that capital punishment was a necessary evil, and so it was accepted. Abolitionists smugly hold the moral high ground but is it an illusion? Their consciences should be weighed down by the appalling deaths of thousands of slain victims likely to be alive today if the final deterrent had not been removed. Murder in the 1950s was so rare an event that the Liverpool Echo, then a broadsheet, put entire pages aside to cover the case over three days. A single murder was discussed in detail by nearly everyone. In my youth one could and did get several years for

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: The final deterrent.

grievous bodily harm (GBH); As I write, one man killed, this could be no more than a another on life support after a punch-up in a pub. shooting in Liverpool. Today, two years in Merseyside has the Their prison, if you lowest crime rate of consciences discount the the five statutory two metropolitan police should be years for good regions. Goodness weighed down by behaviour, is knows what is the deaths of considered the going on in other victims norm for murder. UK police regions! If Depressingly, so many murders in any these days, it is not one city merit only a few unusual to see several murders column paragraphs, how are reported each week in that one we likely to learn what is going city. on elsewhere?

The statistics will be massaged in order that murders most foul fall under the lesser category of manslaughter. Not much comfort for the victim or their loved ones to know the executioner hadn’t actually intended to kill their victim. How many killers would have thought twice before slaughtering their victim had the shadow of the noose occupied their thoughts? A great many, I would have

thought. There is an added irony to the consequences of abolition. In New York City it was learned that many victims of violence, including rape, were unnecessarily murdered for two reasons. The penalty would be no more severe if the victim was murdered. And, there was a better chance of getting away with the crime if the witness, the victim, of course, was silenced through murder. Wouldn’t this apply over here, too?

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THIS weekend’s San Juan Festival looks set to be a bigger celebration than usual. For the event this year falls overnight on Saturday, meaning that the Spanish and expatriates alike - without work the next day - will probably party through the night to mark what for many is an especially magical night. San Juan is epitomised by

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EMPTED to throw my useless laptop against the wall I found myself bemoaning the fact that I can no longer write using a pen and notebook. I have become reliant on and enslaved to technology. Creatively I find it difficult to put my thoughts on paper, preferring to tap away at the keyboard. At what point in my life did the pleasure of opening an expensive El Cortes Ingles notebook and applying ink to a virgin page become redundant? At which point did I stop finding pleasure in such simple tasks. I Suzanne has a degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths and an do not paint using a MA in Writing from Lancaster University. She is currently computer program teaching in Alicante and writing a book for teenagers (which doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a vampire as its central character). and the joy of using charcoal or smudging oil pastels has never left me. The feel and smell of a new book will never be replaced by a nifty little Kindle (well not yet anyway). The issue is that to replace my laptop (which I fear is inevitable) will be expensive and my disquiet has more to do with the money that will float out of my account and into the cash register at PC City. At least if a pen What is it about an breaks it only costs a inanimate object that couple of euros at the creates such irrational Chinese shop. anger? Even my teenage son doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t annoy me as much as the purple fuzzy screen on my laptop. And try as he might he has never succeeded in making me wish to hurl him out of the according to tradition window which is celebrants should jump over what I am sorely them three times to be cleansed tempted to do with and purified, with their this stupid problems burned away. machine. Jumping in the sea at midnight Computer rage is is also supposed to be a way to all the rage. Who wash away evil spirits. would blame Many celebrants use the San machines if they Juan festival as an occasion to rose up in battle camp out all night and enjoy against us as in the huge BBQs. Terminator Films? Perhaps Arnie had

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By Mike Walsh GENDER equality appears to have spread to spouse battering. At least 32 men are known to have lost their lives, killed by their partners, in the last five years. This figure represents roughly 10 per cent of wives and partners who die at the hands of their other half. The economic downturn is expected to reflect a worsening situation as often, lost jobs and homes are the root of the matrimonial blame games. Statistics reveal that of the 130,000 spouse abuse complaints filed each year only 2 per cent are by men. The comparatively low figure for male victims is thought to be camouflaged by culture. Men, especially in macho Spain, find it unbearably humiliating to admit to female abuse. Many prefer anonymity and to suffer in silence. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s men often follow careers that are physically undemanding; there is no longer the trade background for masculine physical attributes. On the other

hand a higher proportion of women are physically superior to their partners due to improved diets and more self-awareness; their keeping fit regimes. Another factor in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bashfulness is their concept of loyalty. Many know their wives or partners have personality disorders; they feel that any disclosure would betray them to the authorities. Their fear is that the consequences of reporting their spouse may be greater than tolerance. This may be true for many but for a terrified few the fear of upsetting their partner may lead to them taking their own lives. A report by the Observatory for Domestic Violence reveals 61 women and seven men were killed by their partners in 2011. In most cases a knife is the weapon of choice. One case of a murder not being classified as such was that of a woman who took her husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. Because she had earlier reported him for violence there were found to be mitigating circumstances.

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Less sleep, more food temptation

TEMPTATION: Poor sleep could lead to eating more. sweets.

ONE is more likely to opt for sweet treats after a poor night’s sleep. The brain’s reward centre was more likely to light up in a study participant who was looking at unhealthy food if they were sleep deprived, a team from Columbia University in New York found. “The same brain regions activated when unhealthy foods were presented were not involved when we presented healthy foods,” said study leader Dr Marie-Pierre St-Onge. The unhealthy food response linked to when people did not get enough sleep. Scans were taken after five nights in which a participant’s sleep was either restricted to four hours or allowed to continue up to nine hours, when the results were compared. Previous research has shown that lack of sleep can lead to people eating more.

Macho-looking men are more helpful MEN with ‘aggressive’ features are more likely to sacrifice themselves to help friends or colleagues. Students were given money to play a game in which they could either

enrich themselves or risk their cash to help their group beat a group in a rival university. “It was surprising … our participants with wider faces were more cooperative than the other

FUTURE TREATMENT: The reovirus given via a drip.

Virus zaps cancer A COLD virus could help fight cancer. The reovirus, which usually causes mild colds or stomach upsets, was found to have the power to shrink tumours. It homes in on cancerous cells and kills them, as well as kick-starting the immune system to fight the disease. It could be used in the future to fight diseases including skin and breast cancer and given to outpatients through a drip. Once in the body, it travels on blood cells to tumours. It seems to have fewer side-effects than conventional cancer treatments. Human trials are currently being carried out. If successful, a cancer-zapping drug based on the virus could be in use by 2015.

men,” said Dr Michael Stirrat from the University of St Andrews. Previous research has found that men with wide faces are judged to be more aggressive and dishonest. Facial masculinity has also been associated with a perceived lack of warmth and co-operation. This study lends greater understanding to masculinity and male group behaviour and overturns previous theories that masculinelooking men are ‘bad to the bone’, said the study. These findings suggest that the facial width may be related to performance and achievement as these men put more time and effort into groups.

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VIBRANT: Everyday colours of the women’s attire.

Goa Through The Lens

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LAID-BACK: A child rests in the market.

An exhibition by Samantha Hemsley SAMANTHA HEMSLEY is renowned for capturing the beauty of women in her photography through her many

magazines covers and articles, bespoke vogue days and the Celebration of Women Calendar 2012,

produced to support cancer charities in Mallorca at the end of last year. But in February of this year, she decided to explore a different beauty. Having lived in a number of different countries all her life, Samantha has developed an acute curiosity of other cultures, and a holiday in Goa in February, with its intensity and vibrancy of spirit, inspired her to capture the richness and diversity of the people of Goa and Gokarna. The result is a stunning collection of photographs which allow viewers to immerse themselves in the colourful hues and intrigue ON THE MOVE: Priests need to cover more than one parish. of another world, and to see through the lens, Samantha’s own unique creativity, vision and appreciation of the beauty of a culture so different to our own. Inauguration night is SPAIN has a shortage of Catholic number of new priests does not next Saturday, June 30, priests and the Church admits it compensate for those who retire or from 7pm-9pm with snacks needs to relocate many of its 18,633 die. The way in which dioceses and the 23,000 parishes are organised clerics. by Bindian and L´Escargot. “At present they are not has not changed for centuries. RSVP to sam@samanthahemsley.com. distributed evenly or in a manner In the past there would be one The exhibition will run that answers pastoral needs,” said priest to every parish but now one until mid-August and Monsignor Juan Antonio Martinez man often has to take charge of viewing is when restaurant Camino, secretary of the National several and, occasionally, more Conference of Bishops. than 10. Insiders call them is open; Thursday, Friday Vocations to the priesthood ‘roadrunners’ owing to their need and Saturday evening diminish year by year and the to be constantly on the move. from 7pm and Sunday 12pm-3pm.

FOR most people, airports, for all their tedious formalities, are welcome points of departures. Many will be going on holiday or returning home to see their loved ones. Many use airports because their work requires them to travel. Due to the economic downturn the airports are a place of hopelessness for increasing numbers of people. It is not a beginning but an end. Many outward bound passengers from Spain’s airports now include those whose dream has hit the buffers. A sad but not uncommon sight is the immigrant from Ecuador. He is tearfully hugging his daughter and two grandchildren. He says the crisis his broken his heart. “Spain is no longer better,” he says. The 47-year old just about scrapes by on the €1,000 per month he makes from window cleaning.

Not surprisingly he faces a grim future trying to keep the remaining five children together. A return to their mother country was their lifelong ambition. Gradually the family relocated to Spain. They were putting their roots down when the crisis set everything into reverse. He is in no doubt that soon he will be at the airport again, hugging goodbye to another of his children. Like many others who shared their dream he is taking advantage of the Spanish government’s offer of €400 and a oneway ticket to relieve the pressure on Spain’s social commitments. No less than 11 NonGovernment Organisations (NGO) are managing the crisis on behalf of the Spanish government. When the government first set the scheme up in 2003 just 604 accepted the chance to return home. This figure had nearly quadrupled by 2011 and continues to soar.

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CANCER (June 22 - July 23) All may not be what it seems this week and you need to be a little more realistic. This is particularly true when it comes to romance and close ties. Having the wool pulled over your eyes is not desirable and could even see you trip up. A different kind of trip, possibly over a long distance, may bring you face to face with an old friend or relative

LEO (July 24 - August 23) Being at odds with someone close has given you pause for thought. This would be a good time to change the situation for the better. Offering the olive branch is your best approach, but be sure that you are sincere. Sometimes, you are a book easily read.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) Such a time of expansion comes rarely, but now you are being handed opportunities. Be sure to make the most of them by being organised enough to take full advantage. With your energy high, you are in a position to steam ahead with plans. Should others feel left out you can find a place for them.

LIBRA (September 24 - October 23) Having had such a busy time recently you may be craving a quiet period. I am afraid this will have to wait at the moment. Small snatches at tranquillity are possible but the pressure is still on.

Just joking A woman came home, screeching her car to a halt in the driveway, and ran into the house. She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs: “Honey, quick, pack your bags. I just found out that I’ve won the lottery.” The husband said: “Oh my God! That’s really great! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?” “It doesn’t matter” she said, “just get out.”

IF ITʼS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK: Romantic interests are great but should not be allowed to take centre stage because there are other things that need your attention. Should loved ones feel neglected, try to involve them. Be a little selfish for the rest of this year and it will benefit all later.

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Have you been too busy to spend time on yourself? Get your looks and health back on track by using this week to good effect. Revamp your diet and exercise as required. Spend time with people who are supportive and share the same interests.

Meetings and travel dominate this week. Being with those who stimulate and inform will be even more worthwhile than usual. A trip that you are not looking forward to can bring added bonuses. Looking to further education at this time, could see you starting a course.

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A recent journey has revealed possibilities. It is in this week that you will realise their potential. Nowhere is this truer than your romantic life, which is on the up. Someone who would not normally attract you comes into your sphere or may have done so last week.

Some difficulty in your love life will need to be handled carefully. Unforeseen developments could take you by surprise (especially if you haven't read this in time). Your need is to avoid telling white lies to get out of a situation. Given time, most situations in this category will ease.

A meeting involving business with a senior person brings great benefits. You are wrong to be afraid of asking for what you want because it is necessary. Do not bottle things up. Consider that you have little to lose. When dealing with legal matters, you are well advised to read the small print and look at the timescales involved.

A strong romantic flow to your week could be interrupted. This is because there are some business matters that really do need your attention. Although it is not a particularly good time to make firm financial commitments, there are areas to work on. These are mainly associated with saving money and reorganising.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) This really is a week to get to grips with any healthy eating or exercise regimes. Owing to the influence of Mars, you are in a vigorous and determined mood. You find that your added confidence and healthy glow are attractive to the opposite sex.

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This is a spiritual week and you will be likely to want comfort. Give yourself time alone to look at the world around you and enjoy what it has to offer. As the weekend approaches, you will be able to get more into the mainstream and enjoy the company of others.

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The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English. Across 1 Mentira (3) 3 Bucket (pail) (4) 5 Elbow (4) 6 También (4) 8 To smell (4) 11 Comer (3) 12 Room (large, public) (4) 15 Cup (vessel, amount) (4) 16 Mad (mentally ill) (4) 17 Flat (apartment) (4) 18 Triste (persona) (3)

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Across 1 Location (4) 3 Level-headed (8) 9 Set free (7) 10 Musical instruments (5) 11 Glasses (5) 12 Allow (6) 14 Fit to eat (6) 16 Country in East Africa (6) 19 Shut (6) 21 Frighten (5) 24 Line of people (5) 25 Building (7) 26 Mixed (8) 27 Chaos (4)

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS: CRYPTIC - Across 7 Lagoon, 8 Adagio, 9 Tops, 10 Alicante, 11 Fretted, 13 Major, 15 Pagan, 17 Tapered, 20 Doorpost, 21 Tern, 22 Debase, 23 Rennet. Down: 1 Favour, 2 Rods, 3 Invader, 4 David, 5 Carapace, 6 Bistro, 12 Tea break, 14 Rapture, 16 Azores, 18 Earner, 19 Monet, 21 Tent.

QUICK - Across: 1 Once, 3 Alias, 8 Fumbles, 9 April, 10 Spare, 11 Sterile, 12 Rocket, 14 Accede, 17 Clothes, 19 Rebel, 21 Lists, 22 Abandon, 24 Siege, 25 Bend. Down: 2 Comma, 3 Assist, 4 Irate, 5 Survive, 6 Fleece, 7 Bluebell, 10 Strictly, 13 Chooses, 15 Cereal, 16 Escape, 18 Haste, 20 Badge, 23/1 Nod off.

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Religions have been the cause of much controversy over the centuries and although we are still shocked nowadays by the violent outbursts from extreme members of any creed, back in medieval Spain, the Inquisitor Torquemada was renowned for his tough measures against nonChristians.

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uestion: What do the British comedy troupe Monty Python, Russian author Fydor Dostoyevsky, playwright Victor Hugo, comedian Mel Brooks, poet Edgar Allen Poe and actor Marlon Brando all have in common? Answer: They all have referenced the 15th century Spanish Grand Inquisitor Tomas Torquemada as a central figure within the corpus of their work. Question: Who was Tomas Torquemada and why have such a varied group of artists chosen to evoke this man’s legacy? Answer: Read on and consider… Tomas Torquemada was born in 1420 in Valladolid, Spain. As a young monk, he exhibited the virtues valued by the Dominican Order namely learning, piety and austerity. As a cardinal, he became a confidant to Queen Isabella and was appointed by Pope Sixus IV as Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition. A zealous advocate of Catholic orthodoxy, Torquemada’s quest was to rid Spain of all heresy. Jewish conversos and Marranos (Jews who converted to Christianity but continued to practise Judaism in secret) all fell victim to this man’s fanatical hunt for heretics. He was deeply influenced by the Spanish cult of sangre limpia (pure blood) a racist doctrine that drove Spain’s efforts to rid itself of non-Christians. For 15 years Torquemada enthusiastically headed a campaign which inflicted unimaginable torture,

INFAMOUS: Tomas Torquemada.

FAMOUS LANDMARK: Valladolid Cathedral.

Torquemada’s past is not dead In fact, it’s not even past

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imprisoned without proof and made public spectacles of burning suspected nonbelievers at the stake. Torquemada’s implacable hostility and sadistic torture techniques are even more remarkable when you consider that he himself had Jewish ancestry. Torquemada, ‘the hammer of the heretics,’ is said to have witnessed thousands of deaths but his legacy of sadistic torture methods gives this man a gruesome historical reputation. Many of us know little more about The Inquisition other than Monty Python’s memorable phrase from the Flying Circus: ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.’ In Mel Brook’s film History of the World Part I, parody and word-play is used to lyrically introduce Torquemada: “Torquemada? Do not implore him for compassion! Torquemada? Do not beg him for

PARODY: Comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus referenced Torquemada in a famous sketch: ‘Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition’. forgiveness! Torquemada? Do not ask him for mercy! Victor Hugo wrote his classical four-act play Torquemada as a protest against the anti-Semitic pogroms of 19th century Russia. This play was an allegorical criticism against any religious zealotry and fanatical dogma which blinds one as to man’s inherent humanness. In the 1991 film The Pit and the Pendulum, an amalgamation of Edgar Allen Poe tales, Torquemada’s specific torture techniques are

central. Set in Spain in 1492, this rendition highlights Torquemada’s bloody regime of terror, torture and killing. Torquemada tests his new machines of pain, public burnings and whippings, all in the name of religion and the church. One of the last roles played by the late Marlon

Brando was a cameo appearance as Torquemada in the 1992 film Christopher Columbus. Critics blasted his performance as uninspired and somewhat distracted. Ironically, the actor agreed with his critics stating that as a method actor, playing Torquemada took him to a dark sinister place that he, Brando, found disturbing. The list of artists referencing Torquemada goes on. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Aldus Huxley and even Marvel Comics also saw the need to evoke the Inquisitor’s mention. The question needs to be asked: ‘What is it about

Tomas Torquemada which compels the artistic community to keep his legacy alive? Why does Torquemada strike such a nerve?’ The answers, if there are any, are certainly subjective. Perhaps it is because the gold standard for creative people has long been free speech and unfettered expression. Putting the chains of censorship on the impulses of artists is anathema to the creative process. Artists in the fields of literature, theatre and comedy are especially vigilant to the restrictive forces of censorship. The aforementioned artists sense in Torquemada a force which is monumentally intolerant, controls thought, physically resorts to torture, and never once doubts the righteousness of his cause. The legacy of Tomas Torquemada has for centuries been used as a reflection of the enduring threat of censorship, and authoritarianism. By referencing Torquemada, artists convey a cautionary message to remind us not to allow the Torquemadas’ of the past, present and future to proceed unchallenged.


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HAT does that mean? Why do we see RED when angry? Why are we feeling BLUE if sad or YELLOW if afraid? How can we feel colours? In the pink comes from flushing pink with health. Seeing red is widely thought to have come from bullfighting and the toreador’s use of a red cape to make the bull angry. Feeling blue comes from ‘got the blues,’ the melancholy style of music that makes you sad but yellow for fear is a little harder to explain. The term ‘yellow-belly’ began life in England in the late 18th

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Sporting the PINK flag as a universal symbol century as a mildly derogatory nick-name for people born in the Fens who, it was said, had yellow complexions because of living in marshy conditions. I bring all this up because this week Mallorca (along with the rest of Europe) has been showing its colours during the Euro

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2012 championships. The yellow and red of Spain’s flag has been flying from rooftops, cars and bars. The odd red, yellow and black of Germany is dotted around Peguera and Arenal and the red, white and blue of the Union Jack is proudly on display from balconies in Magalluf. I am not sure if having a flag is a good thing. As

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Although flags have been instead of vertical stripes? used since Egyptian times to And why do some nations signal to others, the modern play football in colours that day usage to identity countries have nothing to do with their started in the 18th century so national flag? Orange people knew who they were Dutchmen take note! It’s all fighting on the battlefield. very confusing, and if you are As any vexillologist (student colourblind you stand no of flags) will tell you, strict chance! rules of heraldry and symbolic I confess that (following the colours are used when Diamond Jubilee) I do designing a flag. own a rather White is a tasteful Union I am intrigued Jack symbol of T-shirt as to who was which I wear peace and honesty, red is during England the first to for bravery, games just to design a strength and annoy any valour, blue Frenchmen I may nation’s flag symbolises truth, meet. loyalty and justice, I don’t have any green is for hope and joy, patriotic feelings other black is determination and than recognising that England yellow is a symbol of was the dot on the planet generosity. Which means that where I was born and I don’t all Brits are brave, truthful understand the macho and peace loving…tell that to attitude of being willing to the Guardia Civil on the Punta fight (and sometimes die) for Ballena! Queen and country as I don’t I am intrigued as to who believe in borders. was the first to design a As far as I know no country nation’s flag. Seeing as Italy has a pink flag so I am nabbed red white and green adopting it as a universal did some Hungarian decide to symbol of not needing to be original and do horizontal have a flag!

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Compiled by Laura Penn from Spectrum FM If you are a performer or a venue with live music email information to Laura@spectrumfm.net for inclusion in the gig guide. • THURSDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Tropical Gardens, Cala Dor (Michael Buble tribute) RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm VINNIE SCOTT – Palma Bar Puerto Pollens 9.30pm ABBA ANGELS - Finnegans Magaluf 10pm DÉJÀ VU – 80s duo Delaneys Bar, Sa Coma ARRON REECE – Arthurs Bar, Magalluf 11.15pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• FRIDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Trotters Bar Can Picafort RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm ARRON REECE – Piano Bar 10pm (Ratpack & Blues Brothers show) VINNIE SCOTT – McTavishes in Santa Ponsa 10pm ABBA ANGELS - The Fountain Magalluf 10.30pm GEE CARMICHAEL – JK LEOS BAR 11pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

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W hat’s On On What’s SPECTRUM CALENDAR OF EVENTS By Laura Penn • Wed June 20 - Sat June 23 - PALMA SUPERYACHT CUP – The cream of the yachting world gather in Palma for this prestigious regatta. Now in its 16th year, it has now established itself as one of the biggest and most impressive events of the nautical calendar.

• Fri June 22 - MALLORCA ROCKS featuring Chase & Status, Breakage and DJ Doorly. Doors open at 7pm at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magalluf. - CHARITY CONCERT by the Georgie Insull singers with pianist Richard Vinton. ‘Songs for a Summer Evening’ starts at 8pm at the Anglican church in Palma. €10 to include refreshments and all proceeds going to Amiticia. - MIDSUMMER GALA at the Country Club Santa Ponsa. A 5-course meal for €45 starts at 8.30pm.

• Sat June 23 - SAN JUAN FIESTA - The Noche de San Juan is believed to be a magical and mystical night in Spain. On this day, the sun bows to the Earth twice and during this magical Midsummer’s Eve, the divinations focus on love, letting go, and celebrating life to the full. - Age Concern Mallorca Summer Supper & Cabaret at Meson Son Ferrer. Meal, drink and live entertainment featuring the duo Whiskers, Lady Letitia and Ireland´s Ronan Leonard all for just €25, Starts at 7.30pm Call 971 231 520 to book. - FIESTA de Sant Pere in Andratx and Alcudia with a sandcastle building competition and an exhibition of modern dance happening in Alcudia. In the evening there is a pirate party with DJ Two Many Cifres and DJ Danny Valen at the Municipal Sports ground starting at 11pm. - FLAME NIGHT in Alaro at the castle. Poetry entitled ‘Del foc i la flama’ by Fart d'Art. FIESTA de Sant Joan in Muro starting at 10.30am include a water party on the town hall’s esplanade at 1pm.

• Sun June 24 - FUNDRAISER for the SOS Animal Rescue Centre at JK Leos Bar Magalluf from 2pm – 8pm. A free concert with Leapy Lee, Leo Klein, Jos Monroe, Lee Anthony and Andrea.

• SATURDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Finnegans, Magaluf (Neil Diamond tribute) RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm HATS at Aroma, El Toro, 9pm. ABBA ANGELS - Shipwrecked Can Picafort 9pm VINNIE SCOTT at Hotel Cala Bona 9.30pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight. VERA LYNNS – Mrs Doyles Magalluf 11pm

• SUNDAY JP BRADSHAW – Stadium, Palmanova, 9.30pm (Michael Buble tribute) RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm ABBA ANGELS - Ruby Tuesdays Palma Nova 10.15pm VINNIE SCOTT – Eden Paradise, Cala D Or 9.30pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• MONDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm IAN DUNCAN – Hotel Paraiso, Alcudia VINNIE SCOTT – Club Mac Alcudia 9pm ABBA ANGELS – Santa Ponsa Park 9pm JP BRADSHAW – Tropical Gardens, Cala Dor GEE CARMICHAEL - Santa Lucia Hotel Palma Nova 10.00pm RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm ARRON REECE – Piano Bar, Magalluf 10pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• TUESDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm RICKY STEVENS - Delaney's Bar, Cala Millor Rd, SA COMA 9pm ABBA ANGELS - Astoria Playa Alcudia 9.15pm RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm JP BRADSHAW – Benny Hills, Magalluf, request show 10pm VINNE SCOTT – Britannia Bar. Sa Coma 10pm WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

• WEDNESDAY ARRON REECE – Monroes, Magalluf 8.30pm JP BRADSHAW – Jardin del Luz, Santa Ponsa ABBA ANGELS - Palms Bar, Pto Pollenca 9.30pm RONAN LEONARD & MIKEY – Seans Place, Santa Ponsa, 10pm VINNIE SCOTT – Finnegans, Magalluf 10pm ARRON REECE – Piano Bar, Magalluf 10.30pm (Country & Beatles show) WEIGHTLESS ASTRONAUTS – Durty Nellys, Santa Ponsa midnight.

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• Mon June 25 - FIESTA de Sant Pere in Andratx with drinks and a performance by the Escoleta Aires d'Andratx at Terrassa Barbarroja at 8pm. Fiesta continues until Sunday. - FIESTA de Sant Pere in Alcudia with a walk from the beach Clot to the Plaza del Varador then dinner. A parade of the giants at the Plaza del Varador on the promenade at 8.30pm then a Zumba exhibition at 9.30pm.

• Tues June 26 - MALLORCA ROCKS featuring the Kaiser Chiefs, Spector and Zane Lowe at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magalluf. Tickets €40. - MALLORCA LIVE featuring the Rizzle Kicks at BCM square in Magalluf. - CONCERT by Palma's Municipal Band of Music at the Plaza Major in Palma at 7.30pm. - FIETSA de Sant Pere in Alcudia with children’s activities at the Plaza de Cas Vicari and a festival of bands at the Plaza del Vardor on the promenade.

• Thur June 28 - MALLORCA ROCKS featuring Example, DJ Wire and Feed Me at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magaluf. Pm – midnight. - EPORE SUMMER EVENT at Mood Beach Bar in Costa Den Blanes. The association Europeos Por España invites you to a summer BBQ with drinks and entertainment. €30.

• Fri June 29 - MUSICAL, the opening night of the ‘DADDY COOL’ Musical at the Trui Theatre in Palma. Starring Sheila Ferguson of the Three Degrees and featuring the music of Boney M.

• Sun July 1 - MALLORCA LIVE featuring a public appearance by the band JLS at BCM square in Magalluf.

• Tues July 3 - MALLORCA ROCKS featuring Plan B at the Mallorca Rocks Hotel in Magalluf. - MALLORCA LIVE featuring DJ Fresh at the BCM square in Magalluf.


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windblown than a pool which dominates a garden and can often be seen by passers-by and from the upper windows of neighbouring houses. And, most importantly, the pool will not be seen during the many months when it is not used. Line one side of the pool terrace with a curving line of tall canes such that the line creates three deep recesses or bays much like some restaurants have private booths. Plant three trees behind the line of canes so that their trunks are behind the canes halfway up the side of each bay or booth. In the first bay locate a couple of sun loungers. In the second a double hammock and in the third a dining table and chairs. If your land falls away, locate or extend your pool to create an infinity view from in the pool to distant mountains, the sea or just the sky. Have a terrace with a design in the tiles or stone slabs for interest. Construct a means of

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HIGH COST: In stress, money and valuable vacation time.

Lose your passport Lose your holiday By Benny Davis benny@euroweeklynews.com

ACCORDING to the British Consulate, more than 4,000 Brits lose

their passports every year costing them stress, money and in the majority of cases, valuable vacation time. To help reduce the risk

Best time to buy for Americans By Anne Wibrow AMERICANS are getting more interested in other European real estate, according to a recent report. US searches for all European properties are up 26 per cent from last year, especially for listings in France, Italy and Switzerland where prices are generally holding steady. While Spain has been forced into a bailout deal, a wave of buyers backed by a stronger dollar is setting its sights on Spain too, and US based searches of Spanish property listings increased by 10 per cent this May, compared to May 2011. In the luxurious Sotogrande complex on the Costa del Sol, prices of apartments were seen to drop from $1.4 million to $800,000, a great attraction for foreign buyers and investors. Spain has also cut its sales taxes in half, to four per cent, until the end of the year on newly built properties. Along the coast in Marbella, there are also reports of great interest from the Russian and German markets, with campaigns being carried out to make purchasing smoother for those who are interested in taking advantage of the falling prices both on luxury properties and on the more average homes.

of possibly ending up in a flea-ridden jail accused of spying for some remote political persuasion, the British Consulate has launched a new video clip for use on news and community websites, giving advice on how to keep your passport safe and reduce the risk of having it stolen. Dave Thomas, British Consul General in Madrid explained, “We want as many people as possible to see this video, so we’re asking members of the British community in Spain to share it as widely as possible.” A second video podcast has also been produced that provides a step-bystep guide of what to do if you do lose this valuable identity document, which

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usually entails a journey to the nearest Consulate, and time spent on an application for an emergency travel document and a fee of more than €100. Should anyone fall into this unfortunate category in Spain, your best bet is to contact the British Embassy in Madrid by phoning, 917 146 364/63. For further information on the ‘Lose your passport, lose your holiday’ video or a stepby-step guide of what to do in an emergency, check out the following web sites. http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=pBsHi AzvSBg http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v= VYinr-wT0mE


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OWNSIZE, upsize or simply plod along; life in Mallorca exposes the weight of our wallets like few other places in the world. Unless you are one of those thrifty farmers on a self-sufficient plot in the deepest Mallorcan outback, money remains high on the agenda. Yacht or not, life here is hideously expensive. A small apartment in Palma or the South West coast will set you back a king’s ransom; cars are about double what they would be in the UK, and don’t even get me started on the taxes; as you may recall, they are a taboo topic. As for provisions, even a humble tin of baked beans is practically prohibitive. During my first few days here, I learned the answer to the poignant question: How do you become a millionaire in Mallorca? The answer, I am reliably told, is to arrive a billionaire. So Russian oligarchs can calmly stop reading now, but feel free to share and spread the joy. For the rest of us, a few options remain. Allegedly, senior government roles on the island come with outstanding, albeit debatable, benefits. You probably have to be local, or at least Spanish, to plump for this one and be exceptionally good at subterfuge. Hefty sales commissions have long been the bane of property owners’ lives here, but have, conversely, set up small empires for

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the more cunning estate agents. At the last count, there were about as many houses as there are agencies on the island; at least it seems that way even with the economic slump. But with business as dry as the Gobi Desert, I suspect they need to sharpen

Prostitution tops with the Chinese PROSTITUTION is now the preferred main business of Chinese mafias operating in Spain. Previously organised mafia gangs concentrated mainly on running illegal workshops, but new police statistics show that in the first five months of this year, 43 Chinese have been arrested for sexual exploitation, compared to 71 for prostitution during the whole of last year. Meanwhile, just 34 have been arrested for running illegal workshops, compared to 120 for similar crimes during 2011. So far this year police have additionally freed 78 women from the hands of Chinese prostitution networks, compared to 129 in the whole of last year. Until recently, Chinese

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women were only exploited within their own community and with discretion, whereas now, the police say, their services are offered in dozens of adverts in newspapers and on the internet for all to see. The young women, including some minors, are found in China and tricked with promises of well-paid jobs in Spain. However, they are made to pay €20,000 for ‘travel expenses’. They travel to Poland and Hungary on false passports and are sent on to Spain where they are forced to work as prostitutes to pay off their debts. Some cannot speak Spanish, are not allowed to use protection, and are forced to have abortions.

both nails and elbows to earn enough for a private jet, or island for that matter. As for the property owners, the crisis has seen off any real hope of hitting the big time with any capital gains. So, what remains? Your bank account basically pays negative interest by the time charges and inflation are levied and the money may or may not be available come tomorrow, despite assurances that the Spanish banks are A-OK. Never has stuffing

your mattress with cash seemed such an attractive and safe investment. I hear that there are still plenty of pyramid schemes doing the rounds, but you have to hope and pray that you are not the last woman or man standing and that the FSA, SEC and FBI do not catch up with you. Some of the proposals I have seen could have been more eloquently presented by my seven-year old child. The old motto of ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’ remains valid. My idea of setting myself up as a fullyfledged drugs baroness was met with some disapproval by my husband, so I guess I won’t be going down that lucrative road. Just as well, since the market is probably well covered here and I have an aversion to severed horse heads in my bed. So, alongside many of our Mallorquin friends, I shall instead be throwing three coins into the water this weekend at the beach in Palma Nova for the festival of San Juan in the hope of securing a financially blessed future from the gods-that-be. And return with my metal detector the following morning… That is the great thing about this beautiful island; the summer sun is here and, with it, so many fiestas and events to seek out, all free, as is customary for the best things in life. And should all else fail, I can always go for that thrifty farm or do a house-to-house search for a suitable Russian oligarch.

Sandy work of art that helps put a few coins in the pocket

RESIDENTS and tourists marvel each summer at sand architectures that are part of coastal life from the Costa Blanca down to the Costa del Sol. Expatriates from the UK to Sweden, and from Germany

to Poland - frequently in Spain in search of a better life spend hours creating near works of art in the hope their sandy efforts will provide them with a few hard-earned coins - plus much-sought after

appreciation - from passersby. Here is an eye-catching castle which took a Romanian, who asked not to be named, three days to create on the beach at Port de Pollenca in Northern Mallorca.


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HE new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is the most powerful and high-speed Jeep vehicle ever produced. Thanks to its worldclass braking, outstanding ride and handling, sporty, muscular stance and powerful V8 HEMI engine, the SRT model enhances the Grand Cherokee line-up. With the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT model, the Jeep brand reaches a new level of excellence. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is powered by the all-new 6.4-litre HEMI V8 engine with Fuel Saver technology that turns off four of the eight cylinders when full power is not required.

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Camaro returns to Europe after 10 years THE all-new 426HP V8 Chevrolet Camaro has returned to Europe after a decade-long absence. The Camaro’s vital stats are as impressive as its design: the manual transmission boasts a 426HP 6.2-litre LS3 V8 engine that produces 569Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. This translates into a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.2 seconds for the coupé and 5.4 seconds for the convertible. The automatic transmission is mated to a 399HP L99 6.2-litre V8

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Differential (ELSD). ELSD contributes to eliminate rear wheel slip and distributes torque to the wheel with grip, improving the vehicle’s handling. The model also features Park Assist with front and rear sensors and ParkView rear back-up camera. SRT (Street and Racing Technology) vehicles are designed and built by the Chrysler Group’s in-house performance division. SRT is responsible for developing the highperformance evolution of the exclusive models in the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge line-ups. The new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT costs £58,995 (€72,826 ) OTR. IMPRESSIVE: Both the design and performance.

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It’s in, out, shake it all about as Euro 2012 hots up! By Tony Matthews

A former football player and the world’s most prolific author of football books (more than 100 published), Tony is also the sports reporter for Spectrum Radio and lives in the Cabrera mountains.

GENERAL ROUND-UP: • Roberto Di Matteo is officially manager of Chelsea, likewise Michael Laudrup at Swansea, while Tottenham Hotspur might go for Roberto Martinez. • Next season’s football fixtures are out and in Scotland, Rangers are not included! The SFA have

• Sadly, Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard (23) was found dead on the London underground (District Line) earlier this week. Enquiries are being made.

• Webb Simpson won the 99th US Open by one shot from Graeme McDowell and Thompson. Andy Zhang, aged 14 from China, did well initially but missed the cut, along with 2011 winner Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, now an MBE.

• In last Sunday’s Queen’s Club tennis final, Argentinian David Nalbandian was disqualified for recklessly ‘kicking’ an advertising board and injuring a line judge. The title went to Croatian Marin Cilic. Police are investigating the incident.

• Other MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ list went to footballers David James and Paul Elliott, Welsh rugby star Shane Williams, ex-boxers Terry Downes and Alex Arthur and archer Alison Williamson, while show jumper Nick Shelton received the OBE.

• GB Team Sky cyclist Mark Cavendish, after his victory in the Ster ZLM race in Holland, is now ready for the Tour de France which has never been won by a Brit. • Tash Danvers, GB’s 400m bronze medalist at the Beijing Olympics, has retired. • And oh, the Olympics start in five weeks time.

• Top trainer Paul Nicholls was hoping for his first winner at Royal Ascot this week with American Trilogy in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. • Last weekend’s Rugby Union results were: Australia 25 Wales

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DID YOU KNOW? AUSTRALIAN Sam Groth recorded the fastest serve in tennis, whipping down a 163mph ace in a tournament in South Korea. His serve beat the previous fastest of 156mph by Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in last year’s Davis Cup match against Germany.

• Also last week, the draw for the 1st round of the League Cup was made, and included previous winners Birmingham v Barnet and Wolves v Aldershot.

• This Sunday, the eighth F1 Grand Prix of 2012 takes place in Valencia. Can we have

• If England DO reach the final and Ashley Cole plays, he’ll win his 100th cap.

• Ian Bell hit 126 as England’s cricketers thrashed the West Indies by 114 runs in the first ODI at Southampton.

23, Fiji 25 Scotland 37, New Zealand 22 Ireland 19 and South Africa 36 England 27. Poor refereeing robbed England of glory and Michael Harris (Australia) and Dan Carter (NZ) scored late points to give their country victories.

WIMBLEDON starts on Monday, and bookies say that Djokovic and Nadal will again be the stars and Maria Sharapova will win the women’s title. I’ll go for that.

TENNIS ACE: Novak Djokovic.

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• Just before going to print we learned that England will face Italy and Spain will meet France in the quarterfinals. The other two games are Germany v Greece and the Czech Republic v Portugal.

• Manchester City start their PL defence with a home game v Southampton; rivals United visit Everton and Fleetwood play Torquay in their first-ever FL game.

another different winner on the podium, perhaps Romain Grojean?

HUT TER STO CK

• I expected Russia and Holland to progress. Oh well, pigs do fly - in aeroplanes! The Dutch were abysmal, the Russians, ousted by the 2004 winners Greece, were no better after game one and Ireland had some bad days at the office.

inserted ‘club 12’ instead.

SPORTS SCENE

MotoGP winner LAST Sunday’s Silverstone MotoGP was won by Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo ahead of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. GB’s Cal Crutchlow finished sixth despite crashing and severely damaging his right ankle.

AHM AD FAIZ AL Y AHY A/S

MY EURO 2012 DIARY June 12-18 • We saw loads of good football and some exciting matches during the second week of Euro 2012 as four top nations went out, three of them previous winners, Denmark and surprisingly Holland and Russia.

WINNER: Lorenzo.


Mallorca 21 – 27 June 2012 Issue 1407