ISSUE NO. 1407
21 - 27 JUNE 2012
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 sâ€™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.
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 hallâ€™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
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.
A MAN and woman in their 40’s were arrested in Santa Margarita on shoplifting charges.
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.
WATERSIDE: The European Grand Prix circuit in Valencia. Inset: Alonso (left) and Hamilton.
Valencia is set to turn heat on for Hamilton and Alonso
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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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.
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’.
Number of the week
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 babyâ€™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 EspaĂąa in the Chimisai neighbourhood. An unnamed person called the emergency services but doctors who arrived at the scene were unable to save the boyâ€™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. â€˜High grade cocaine, marijuana, MDMA for sale. Extremely reliableâ€™ announce some small ads. â€˜Eighty-five per cent pure cocaine, laboratory-produced in
Holland,â€™ 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 â€˜magicâ€™ mushrooms and â€˜party pillsâ€™.
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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
cent of the Spanish public approved of
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.
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.
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.
DANGER AHEAD? Cyclists heading to work.
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.
High-life aboard super yachts in Spain AT BERTH: A super-yacht in Mallorca, a favourite Mediterranean port of call.
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
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)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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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CAR production rose to 141,146 vehicles in May, the highest in eight years, says the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
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.
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
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.
The Spanish Banking Bailout – Q&As
l by Bill Blevins, Financia Correspondent, Blevins Franks
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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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.
When rose-tinted glasses leave you broke-n-hearted W
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 email@example.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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LOVE IS BLIND: Beware of con-men who are only after your money. So what are the signs to look out for so that romance doesn’t end up in expensive tears? Con-men know how to tell a good sob story. You’ll hear about their sick mother, their charity work with orphans, and health problems. Everyone has baggage, but con-men really like to play on your sympathies. No honest dater would ever ask for personal information, like bank or credit card numbers. If these sorts of questions ever arise early on in a relationship, virtual or faceto-face, move on fast. If there is too much romantic talk right at the start, alarm bells should start ringing. No one makes such declarations of love so quickly. Daters who are well balanced and looking for a meaningful relationship don’t do this type of thing. Listen to your instincts. Don’t ever let flattery make you do something you’ll regret. Because once the money is handed over, neither Romeo - nor the cash - will ever be seen again.
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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, Australiaâ€™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: â€œIn our experience, the primary breadwinners in these situations are often men who
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