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New British Consul For Alicante

Paul Rodwell will take up his post in August

British diplomat, Paul Rodwell, will take over the British Consulate in Alicante in August. The post was described as ‘one of the busiest in the world’ by the British Ambassador in Spain, Giles Paxman.

The Ambassador said, “I am delighted that Paul Rodwell will be joining us as the new Consul. The British Consulate in Alicante helps over 40,000 British citizens every year, issuing 1,250 emergency travel documents. It’s one of the busiest consulates in the world, and we strive to provide a consistently excellent service to residents and British visitors to the Alicante region.’

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consular assistance services to British Nationals throughout the Algarve since 2008, and will replace Vice-Consul Lloyd Milen. The Alicante consulate covers the Valencia region, Murcia and the province of Albacete, and also has consular representatives in Dénia, Murcia and Valencia. There are nine British consulates in Spain - Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Las Palmas, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife, as well as twelve Honorary Consuls in Almería, Andorra, Denia, Gerona, Granada, Jerez de la Frontera, Lanzarote, Menorca, Murcia, Sevilla, Tarragona, Valencia and Vigo.

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Spain Joins UN Council For Human Rights

It comes as the United Nations has joined Zapatero’s Alliance of Civilisations

Spain is to become a member of the United Nations Council on Human Rights for the first time. It’s the main international body which has the job of evaluating fundamental rights around the world.

launched by Spain and Turkey back in 2004.

The Spanish candidacy was supported by 177 of the 192 countries in the United Nations. An earlier application by Spain in 2008 was defeated by a single vote.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Phillip J Crowley, said Thursday that ‘Recognising the value of the Alliance of Civilisations as an important initiative which searches for the better understanding between cultures and peoples, the United States joins the 119 countries and international organisations which are members of the group of friends to the alliance’.

Also chosen for the first time on Thursday were Guatemala and Ecuador. Meanwhile the United States has joined up to the United Nations ‘Alliance of Civilisations’, the group which was

A total of 119 countries and international organisations are now members of Zapatero’s initiative, but the United States support is important.

Inflation Rises To 1.5% Prices in April rose by 1.1 percent

The IPC Consumer Price Index in Spain rose by 1.1% in April from the data released today by the INE National Statistics Institute. It takes the annual rate to 1.5%. It’s the highest annual level of inflation since December 2008. The biggest contributors to the increase were clothing and footwear, up 9.5%, transport up 1.5% and housing up 0.7%. Underlying inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, fell by three tenths to -0.1% in April, taking it

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Torrevieja Guardia Civil Break Up Warehouse Robbery Gang five people have been arrested in the operation so far

Guardia Civil in Torrevieja have broken up a gang which is thought to have carried out some 30 robberies from warehouses in the area. The thieves used the ‘butron’ technique of breaking through the wall or roof to gain access to the buildings. Five searches were carried out in La Mata and another in Orihuela Costa by the ECO squad against organised crime, and a large amount of documentation was impounded. All those arrested are male, and most of

them from Eastern European countries. Three are Kosova Albanian, and there is one Turk and one Spaniard. The operation remains open and more arrests have not been ruled out. Most of the gang’s robberies were in the local area, but they are also thought to have acted in Granada, Almería and Valencia, and a Guardia Civil spokesman described them as being ‘very good’ at what they did.

Hacienda Report Shows Accounting Irregularities In The Partido Popular In Valencia Hacienda has revealed accounting irregularities in the Partido Popular in Valencia as part of the Gürtel corruption case which point to the illegal funding of the party The report says that the PP could have hidden donations received by companies which were used to pay Orange Market, the company managed by Álvaro Pérez, the man known as ‘El Bigotes’ considered to be responsible for the Gürtel case in the Valencia region. The report was requested by the Madrid High Court Judge, Antonio Pedreira, and looks at the payments and income of Orange

Market in 2007, the year when the last regional and local elections were held in Valencia. The report says that over the year Orange Market only issued facturas for some of their services, but also carried out other services which are not reflected in the accounts. These services were carried out only for a single client – The Partido Popular in Valencia. The Partido Popular has responded by saying they will take legal action

against the author of the report. They think the report has been released to pressure on the Supreme Court just hours before they announce their decision on whether the case against PP leader in the region, Francisco Camps, can proceed or not. That decision is expected Wednesday. The PP describe the hacienda document as a mere ‘compilation of opinions’ with no evidential character.

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The Spanish Prime Minister has been defending his policies on pensions

The Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has been defending the Government’s austerity plans, and has said that he has the responsibility of thinking of the country and not of himself. He said that he understood how the measures, which he described as ‘harsh but necessary’ will have an impact in the support for the Government. Zapatero was speaking after the EU-Mexico summit held in Comillas, where he was asked about the measures by the journalists present. An opinion poll showed that the gap between the two main parties has now widened to 9.1%. Meanwhile the Minister for Email: blancasales@soltimes.com Development, José Blanco, Quesada & surrounding Areas has called for a ‘proportional Anne: 693 803 409 response’ from the unions, which have already Orihuela Costa & surrounding areas organised demonstrations Denise: 693 806 409 and a general strike from Office & General Enquiries public workers. The Partido Popular have Jean: 693 775 347 or Greg: 618 530 767 been continuing to criticise POSTAL ADDRESS: Costa blanca office the plans, with party leader EXCHANGE HOUSE, CALLE LOS ARCOS 7, 03170, CIUDAD QUESADA Mariano Rajoy saying they do not go far enough, and saying that pensioners should not have been hit – ‘Let them look pensioners in the eye’, say the PP. Zapatero has responded Email: calidasales@soltimes.com to those attacks by underlining that, taking Mazarron / Camposol this legislature as a whole, Justine: 693 775 337 or Rosemary: 647 379 795 pensions have not been cut, because of the increases above inflation granted in previous years. Sol Times Calida and Sol Times Blanca are independent of political parties, private The measures were investment and government. Our policy is to provide readers with a news and information welcomed as being ‘brave service that is fair, accurate and balanced. Sol Times Calida and Sol Times Blanca are and necessary’ by the independent publications. Published weekly and produced exclusively in Murcia & Blanca. Sol Times News Group cannot be held responsible for claims made by advertisers, nor can it European Council President, be held responsible for errors in advertisements caused by poor quality text, photographs Herman Van Rompuy, or layout instructions. Furthermore, no responsibility can be accepted for any loss or and the President of the damage resulting caused by any error, inaccuracy or non-appearance of an advertisement. European Commission, José Deposito Legal Sol Times Calida AL 851-2010. Sol Times Blanca AL 852-2010 Manuel Durao Barroso.

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Trade unions are angry at the Government’s plans to cut civil servants wages by 5% & to freeze pensions Any hopes that the Spanish Prime Minister may have had of holding off union protests over the Government’s austerity plans by meeting the leaders of the two main unions UGT and CCOO were dashed when the Public Services Federation of the UGT joined with the CCOO and announced plans for a General Strike of all public sector workers on June 2. The unions are particularly angry about plans to freeze pensions and to reduce civil servants wages by 5% this year and freeze them next year, despite the exceptions at the lowest levels.

red line had been crossed, and said that the measures came as a result of ‘international financial power which had put states on their knees’, adding now the Government proposed more suffering for the workers.

Before the public sector workers general strike, called for June 2, the UGT union is calling for demonstrations from public workers in all provincial capitals on May 20th. This call is supported by other unions CCOO, the CSIF Civil Servants Union, the SUP Police Union and the Unified Association from the Guardia Civil.

The Chairman of the CEOE Employers’ Organisation, Gerardo Díaz Ferrán, met with the Prime Minister on Thursday afternoon, with Jesús Bárcenas, the President of the CEPYME small business group. He said that the Government should be allowed to govern, and distanced himself from the unions. ‘The country should come together and look for solutions’, he said. He also suggested that the Government could cut subsidies for those public services which are not free at point of use.

Enrique Fossoul, General Secretary of the Citizens’ Services Federation of the CCOO said that they are ‘criminalising’ the civil servants because 90% of public sector workers earn less than 1,500 €. He also expressed concern to the fact that the Government has opened the door to more adjustments, and lamented that now it was the ‘speculators’ who are dictating Spanish economic policy. He described the new measures announced by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero as an opened door which would be difficult to close. The unions found support from the IU left wing coalition. Their general coordinator, Cayo Lara, said that a

Speaking last Thursday, the Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, has said that taxes will not increase, for now. However other Ministers have failed to give that undertaking to the media, leading to reports of a lack of coordination over the planned measures.

The new measures are expected to be passed by the cabinet and put into immediate effect by Royal Decree. There has been plenty of international reaction to the measures. Barack Obama has considered them ‘bold’ and welcomed the ideas which he said would create confidence in the markets. Hugo Chávez of Venezuela however declared himself to be ‘surprised and worried’, and said the measures reflected the crisis in capitalism.

Obama Calls Zapatero To Discuss Spain’s Economic Problems President Obama called the Spanish Prime Minister to discuss the economic problems facing Spain White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, confirmed the phone call, and said that the Spanish Government had already started to work on new economic reforms. Gibbs said he did not want to give details of the conversation, but said the call was made because Spain’s problems meant that reforms were needed. He said that Obama and his economic team have been supervising the situation in Europe for some weeks, and that the President had been in contact with some leaders to ‘encourage them to take the steps needed’ to avoid any slowdown in the recovery from recession.

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British Paedophile Arrested In Barcelona Martin Anthony Smith has been on the run from the U.K. for the past two years

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2005 and is also accused of repeatedly raping his step-daughter. He has been living in Barcelona for the past two years that he has been on the run from the British authorities. They had thought that he was in Spain with his wife and daughter, and included him in their Operación Captura campaign. He will now be extradited back to the UK to face justice.


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The Ramones Kick Off Spanish Tour 14 years after disappearing off the rock scene, mythical punk rock band The Ramones has been brought back to life again by the sole surviving founder member

Drummer Marky Ramone started an eight-gig tour with ‘The Blitzkrieg’ in Palma on 13th May, performing all the band’s classic hits. More than a decade after The Ramones’ last concert in Los Angeles in 1996, Marky Ramone has decided to give new life to the distinctive punk rock sound that made the band from Queens so famous and that inspired entire generations of rock musicians. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, The Ramones were a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom. They performed 2,263 concerts,

touring virtually non stop for 22 years. By a little more than eight years after the breakup, the band’s three founding members — lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone — had all died. In ‘The Blitzkrieg’ former lead singer of the Misfits, Michael Graves, will take on the task of replacing Joey Ramone, accompanied by Alex Kane on guitar and Clare B on bass. The Ramones formed in Queens, New York in 1974. Marky Ramone, whose real name before changing it to take on the band ‘surname’ was Marc Bell, joined the group in

Telefonica Reports Slight Profit Gain Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica reported a 2.0 percent gain in first quarter net earnings Thursday, as well as a slide in operating profit, and maintained its targets for this year. The company said net earnings came to 1.656 billion euros (2.1 billion dollars) compared with first quarter 2009 while operating profit before depreciation fell 4.1 percent to 5.114 billion euros. Sales in the first three months of the year totaled 13.932 billion euros, a gain of 1.7 percent from the first quarter of 2009. “First quarter results are in line with the company’s expectations and allow it to reiterate all financial targets for 2010,” Telefonica said in a statement.

Spain Unveils Cabin To Recharge Electric Car Batteries Spain has unveiled a telephone box in which users can both make a phone call and recharge the battery of an electric car The cabin in a Madrid suburb close to the headquarters of the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica has the appearance of a normal telephone box but is also equipped with electric sockets that can be used for recharging. The dual-purpose phone cabin, the first of its kind, has been developed by Telefonica and electricity company Endesa, a statement said. Spain’s socialist government wants to see up to 250,000 electric cars on the country’s roads by 2014.

European Spies Meet In Secret

News of the secret meeting held earlier this month has only just emerged It’s been revealed that 29 European spy chiefs met secretly in Madrid last May 5 in what was the least publicised summit organised as Spain’s six month Presidency of the EU continues. There were no press releases or photographs to emerge from the meeting which was held in Alcalá de Henares, and the Presidency website overlooked the event. It was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, and saw the chiefs of the British MI5, the German BIV, the French DCRI, the Italian AISI and the Spanish CNI, among others. The 29 who attended represented the secret services of all the EU countries with the exceptions of Norway and Switzerland. The meeting, which coincided with the frustrated attack in Times Square in New York, has the threat from Islamic terrorism as its central talking point.

1978, before “Road to Ruin” was recorded. His history with the band was chequered, having been expelled by the other members after recording “Subterranean Jungle” in 1983 because of his problems with alcohol and he did not rejoin them until 1987, in time to record “Brain Drain”. In total, he played on 15 of the 21 albums recorded by the band. The Ramones’ Spanish tour now moves on to Cornellà, Castellón, Alicante, Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Zaragoza before ending iny Pamplona on May 22nd.

Spain’s ‘Superjudge’ Baltasar Garzón Is Suspended The judge has been removed from his post as the case against him investigating disappearances during the Franco years has put him on the accused bench of the Supreme Court where he faces charges of perversion of the course of justice

National Court judge Baltasar Garzón has been suspended from his position by the General Council for Judicial Power, who told the judge of their unanimous decision on Friday afternoon. All 27 members of the council and the President approved the measure. It’s a temporary suspension which is in force while the Supreme Court case against him, in charges of perversion of the course of justice proceeds as a result of Garzón starting an investigation into the disappearances of people during the Franco years. The prosecutor alleges that the judge knowingly acted beyond his remit and responsibilities by opening the case. Garzón heard of the decision while he was taking the declaration of a person in another case, when several judges came into his office to offer their condolences. El Mundo reports that Garzón was crying when he left the Audiencia building to the applause of his colleagues.

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Garzón’s wife, Rosario Molina, also went to the court as the news broke.

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A dozen or so people protesting at the decision gathered outside the National Court shouting ‘We want justice’ and ‘You fascists are the terrorists’.

22 years and seven months of service in the National Court was ended in less than three hours by the CGPJ, the body which oversees the judiciary in Spain. They considered that the move was necessary following the decision of the Supreme Court judge, Luciano Varela, to open the oral case against Garzón.

Many intellectuals and others have already come out in defence of the judge following the news of his suspension, Almudena Grandes, and Pedro Almodóvar for example, who have voiced an increasing unease and lack of confidence in the judicial system. A protest has already been called for 8pm Friday evening outside the National Court, followed by weekly demonstrations in the Puerta del Sol in the centre of Madrid, in solidarity with the victims of the Civil War and

A statement from the Government asked for people to continue to respect the presumption of innocence. The CGPJ are now reported to be considering whether Garzón’s application to accept a post as external advisor in the International Criminal Court in The Hague can proceed or not

Carlos Fabra Failed To Declare 3.6m € To Hacienda The PP President of Castellón has been suspected of fiscal crime for some time

Hacienda technicians have drawn up a report on the assets of the PP President of the Diputación de Castellón, Carlos Fabra, has indicated that he has committed five fiscal crimes between 1999 and 2003. They say he failed to pay 900,000 € owed in tax, and committed another fraud worth 94,000 in 2004. In total his unjustified earnings are 3.6 million. His wife should also have

paid hacienda 1.7 million between 1999 and 2004. Fabra’s claim that he had taken the money out of cash dispensers to pay into other accounts has been dismissed by Hacienda for one simple reason – Cash machines only give 50 € notes, but many of his payments into other accounts were made in 100€, 200 € and 500 € notes. Meanwhile

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from the Supreme Court to the Valencia High Court to reopen the case against the PP leader in Valencia, Francisco Camps, who faces charges of passive bribery for accepting gifts in the Gürtel case, is reported to have resulted in splits in the regional party. Several top members are reported by El País to be expressing their concern in private, and the Provincial

President of Alicante, José Joaquín Ripoll, has confirmed he failed to appear at the executive meeting called last Wednesday to support Camps, but said he had an excuse for his absence. Meanwhile the Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has tried to play down those who have named her as Camps obvious successor.


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Euro Falls To Four-Year Low Against Dollar The euro has fallen to a four-year low against the dollar, after being hit by renewed fears over the strength of the eurozone economy. The euro fell to $1.2237, while one pound was worth 1.1702 euros.

euro have begun falling again.

Despite the huge sums of money pledged in support for eurozone countries, severe austerity measures are needed to cut budget deficits and debt.

Italy Fines Ryanair Over Volcano Ash ‘Failings’

Italy has fined Irish low-cost airline Ryanair 3m euros (£2.5m) for failing to help passengers after cancelling their flights during the volcanic ash crisis.

Italy’s civil aviation authority said it knew of 178 cases of passengers who did not receive mandatory assistance, such as food, between 17 and 22 April.

Ash from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano triggered a massive shutdown of European airspace last month. A spokeswoman for Ryanair said the allegation was “complete rubbish”:“Ryanair fully complies with EU [Regulation] 261 and has been complimented by the EU,” she said.

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This is affecting the value of the euro as analysts worry the cuts will hold back economic growth in the eurozone.

The ash cloud paralysed many airports and left an estimated eight million tourists and business travellers stranded. Italy’s air agency, Enac, accused Ryanair of failing to provide passengers at Rome’s Ciampino airport with drinks, foods and

John Kyriakopoulos, from the National Australia Bank in Sydney, said: “Concerns that severe fiscal austerity in the eurozone will crush growth in the region continues to weigh (on the euro).”

accommodation as required by European law. Enac found that most other airlines had managed to meet their obligations despite the difficult circumstances. Ryanair initially insisted it would only refund the cost of passengers’ tickets, but later agreed to fully implement European regulations and pay all “reasonable expenses”. Under EU Regulation 261, if a flight is cancelled, those flying with European carriers into or out of the EU have the right to a refund or to be re-routed. If passengers chose the latter, they have the right to care - such as accommodation and meals - while they wait.

US Says BP Move To Curb Oil Leak ‘No Solution’ On F r i d a y, t h e r e w e r e sharp falls in European s t o c k markets, with Spain’s stock market dropping 6.6% and France main share index down 4.6%.

Earlier this month, the European Union and International Monetary Fund agreed a package worth 750bn euros to try to prevent the Greek crisis from spreading to other weak eurozone economies. But despite the initial euphoria that greeted that announcement, fears have returned and shares and the

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The success of a move by oil giant BP to curb a leak in the Gulf of Mexico is “not clear” and the technique provides “no solution”, the US has said.

It was responding to BP’s move to siphon oil from the leaking well head to a tanker on the surface. A government statement said it would not rest until the leak was permanently sealed and the spill cleaned up. BP executive Kent Wells earlier said that the siphoning process was “working extremely well”. This was the third attempt it had made to insert a long narrow tube into the leaking pipe, using underwater robots. It is thought that BP’s 6in-wide (15cm) tube and stopper could capture more than three-quarters of the leak, although a smaller spill nearby also has to be contained.

Mr Wells said on Sunday at the firm’s US headquarters in Houston, Texas, that over the next few days the company planned to slowly increase the amount of oil and gas flowing through the pipe to the tanker. But a joint statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said the latest technique was “not a solution to the problem and it is not yet clear how successful it may be”. It added: “We will not rest until BP permanently seals the well head, the spill is cleaned up, and the communities and natural resources of the Gulf Coast are restored and made whole.”

It was the second strong statement to BP by the government officials on the current crisis. Earlier they sent a letter saying they wanted to be sure BP would honour commitments not to limit costs to a US statutory cap of $75m (£50m). BP responded by saying it had already made clear its position on paying damages for the disaster. It said last week the cap was irrelevant and it would settle all legitimate damages claims. “What they are requesting in the letter is absolutely consistent with all our public statements on the matter,” said BP spokesman David Nicholas.

EU Prepares To Vote On New Hedge Fund Rules A key committee of Euro MPs is preparing to vote on a controversial new directive regulating hedge funds and venture capitalists. London-based fund managers have said the proposals will make it impossible for funds based outside the EU to raise money within Europe. The US government has argued those plans are protectionist.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has said in the past that EU plans to regulate the funds could “strangle” London as a financial centre.

The European Parliament’s economics committee is set to vote on the legislation this week, then EU finance ministers will discuss it. The parliament and member states’ governments have equal powers to shape the new regulations.

The legislation seeks to: limit the rewards paid to hedge fund managers; impose new marketing rules on non-EU hedge funds in Europe and on EU hedge funds investing outside of the EU; ban naked short-selling - that is, selling shares that the seller does not yet possess. The legislation also seeks to curb highly-leveraged funds - that is, funds that borrow a high multiple of their capital to increase the size of their investment.

Hedge funds use sophisticated, complex investment strategies to make returns, and often make money when markets are falling. They are more important to the UK than almost anywhere else in Europe. It is estimated that 80% of Europe’s hedge funds are based in London, and about a quarter of the world’s such businesses.

The EC wants new rules to overcome what it sees as gaps and inconsistencies in existing, national regulatory frameworks. It has already delayed one vote - taking it off the agenda at a meeting in March after Britain’s former Prime Minister Gordon Brown persuaded EU officials that more time was needed to reach a consensus.

Britain’s new government wanted to delay the vote, but a report suggests efforts failed.


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An army of people and fully laden cars descended on Camposol Commercial Centre B on Friday the 30th April to set up for the Table Top sale. Thankfully the sun came out and brought the crowds with it, bagging bargains from the clothing, household items, books and bric-a-brac stalls. Being so close to the many restaurants and bars at the Centre meant they didn’t have far to go for liquid refreshment!!!!!! The day was a huge success and raised the fantastic sum of 623Euros. Raffle tickets were sold at the sale for an outside table and chair set generously donated by one of our Sponsors, Na’ura Garden Centre. The draw took place on Saturday 8th May and is part of the annual free BBQ they very kindly hold for our organisation outside their shop on the main road into the Port. The event was very well attended and everyone (especially Bert, who won the raffle!!!) enjoyed the freshly cooked food, drink, and the opportunity to browse around the shop. As well as the 175 Euros raised from the raffle, Na’ura also donated 2% of its takings (47 Euros) from the day making a total of 222Euros received. All monies raised from our events and direct donations go directly towards helping and supporting Cancer patients and their families (of all nationalities) in

the local area so MABS Mazarron would like to say a big Thank You to:Na’ura Garden Centre and their staff for hosting another wonderful fundraising event and their continuing support Our All of our wonderful volunteers, their spouses and partners for all their help To everyone – for all donations and for continuing to support the MABS events MABS, The Cancer Support (Mazarrón) is a registered charity (No. 7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities, who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If you or someone you know would like some confidential help or support call our Helpline number:- 620 422 410 For General Enquiries call: - 620 582 418 11am to 4pm Mon to Fri. mazmabs@hotmail.com www.mabsmazarron.com www.mabscancersupport.org www.simplynetworking.es

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Then the procession moves to the headquarters of each of the different brother-hoods, where the Salve is sung, until the Virgin is finally taken away again and the festivities end.

The first romería brotherhoods were established towards the end of the 17th century, and in 1758 the brotherhood of Almonte drew up the beginnings of the set of rules that we know today. According to these rules, the pilgrims must follow the route either on horseback, on foot or by cart, and they must wear flamenco costume dress. They must accompany the Simpecado, the oxcart that houses the Virgen. The different brotherhoods set out from different parts of Spain, especially from Andalucia, and the village somehow finds room for more than a million pilgrims. A Sunday Mass is held for the multitude in El Real, the site of the romería, with offerings and prayers. The festivities continue as the pilgrims of El Rocio form rings, improvise songs or dance to the sound of a small drum, usually helped along by copious quantities of wine. On the Monday, at dawn, the Salto de la Reja takes place. This is the privilege of the brotherhood of Almonte, as they take the Virgin out of the shrine and parade her through the crowd who acclaim her as Queen of the marshes, and The White Dove.

After the Rosary a solemn procession through the village begins and ends at the Hermitage at 2 or 3 a.m. Nuestra Señora del Rocío is paraded before the faithful, early on the Sunday morning. Once the processional banner of the Parent Brotherhood is safe in the Hermitage, the culmination of EI Rocío occurs - the Salto de la Verja or “Leap Over the Railings”. The many young men from Almonte in the Hermitage literally leap over the iron grille railing protecting the altar and hoist the portable platform carrying the image of the Virgin on to their shoulders. Then, the portable platform is paraded around the whole village, with a stop at most of the houses of the different brotherhoods until midday on Monday. So, the Virgin goes around the village for twelve long hours until she is returned to her altar and the main part of the pilgrimage ends. The pilgrimage of El Rocío is an instrumental part of the history and natural surroundings of Doñana. It is , by all accounts, a strange marriage between Europe’s largest pilgrimage and one of the world’s most significant national parks, but with seven centuries of shared tradition and legend bring together a pilgrimage brimming with spirituality and warmth.

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The Parish of Cristo Resucitado, Orihuela Costa, has now in place a new telephone service - numnber : 807 499 067 which is in Spanish and English which the laity can access for times of masses, confessions, etc. They may leave a message and will have a reply. This is to aid the people of Oriheula Costa to access information quickly and efficiently. The Parish Priest, Don Joaquin Carlos Carlos, has also started a collection of cartridges and mobiles for recycling in aid of charity. Please support this venture and hand in old mobiles and computer cartridges to the church at La Zenia. The box is available in the side altar. There will be a pilgrimage to Caravaca

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Your Help Can Give Them A Break Summer Ball in aid of The Butterfly Children at Camping International, La Marina on Friday 4th June 2010. DEBRA Spain, The Butterfly Children´s Charity is dedicated to improve the quality of life of children suffering from Epydermolysis Bullosa (EB) in Spain. EB, also known as Butterfly Skin, is a devastating, in-curable genetic condition. As soon as the baby leaves the protection of the womb their skin becomes as fragile as a butterflies wing, therefore requiring daily treatments and constant bandaging by professional carers. The EB condition is also a disability because it causes the loss of the use of their hands and feet due to the retraction of skin in those areas. The charity works to improve the quality of life of people with EB and fights to defend their rights within the national health system. Over the last 18 months we have been surrounded by talk of the current economic crisis and difficult times. However, here at DEBRA Spain we are more than aware that our members and their families are suffering from heartache and pain on a daily basis regardless of what is going on in the rest of the world. Having a disabled child at home means not only having to see the suffering of a loved one, but also having to make constant personal sacrifices in order to look after them properly. This serves to underline that crisis, or no crisis, we must not stop our work for them on new and important ongoing projects. Over the last 7 years what was a small charity with just one employee to answer the phone, has become an efficient organisation with a team of 2 full-time nurses, social worker, psychological, and promotes scientific research. All these positive changes have been made possible due to fund raising events all over Spain and in the last 4 years the opening of our charity shops in Pueblo Bravo, La Marina, Sax and Malaga. As well as the work we have provided to date to all our members, DEBRA Spain aims to provide a new respite home in Marbella. We first negotiated with the Town Hall to obtain a flat rent free. They initially agreed and said “yes”, but we waited 3 months or more with constant communications to finally receive an answer of “no, we can’t” supply the promised flat. It is difficult to find the right accommodation because it needs to have a minimum of 3 bedrooms as one will be used solely for the bandaging routine, as it is very important this area is kept clean and hygienic at all times. The flat requires baths as people with EB cannot shower as the strength of the water hurts their skin. Also, the flat must have enough space with easy access for wheelchair users especially in the bathroom. It is also important the premises are close to all amenities with adequate parking. Another very important

aspect is if an adult with EB comes to the respite home without his/her usual carers, he/she will need the support of volunteers to do the cooking, to get dressed, to get in and out of the house etc. It is very important for parents to receive the support of our nurses, social worker and psychologist, but as you can imagine, adults with EB never get a chance to go on holiday on their own or with friends because they always need a carer to do the bandaging, it can not be any carer, it has to be someone specialised in the condition. It is really important to give them the chance to get a break from their carers. We have been speaking to the local volunteering society in Marbella which will hopefully be providing the necessary support.

We will also need help from foreign volunteers, as we want to open the home to all people with EB world-wide, these volunteers will be able to help our nurses communicate with these families. Other DEBRAs have tried setting HILLS HEARING CARE up respite homes and it has not been possible, but they all feel it’s a necessary support service and as we are Fully Qualified Hearing Consultant going to go ahead with this project we would like to FREE HEARING TEST (no obligation) make it available to anyone who needs it.

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The students from Totally Dance (pictured) are currently working hard in preparation for their dance exams which they will be taking with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing) at the beginning of June this year. An official examiner from the BATD will be flown over especially from the UK to take the exam sessions. The students are also busy rehearsing for various other events which they have been invited to perform at. The 1st of which will be a Fun/Open day on 5th June which will take place outside the commercial centre No. 17, Calle Los Arcos, Ciudad Quesada. Last year, Professional Dance teacher Susan, was awarded with a prestigious Life Membership from the BATD. Susan also holds Fellowship Diplomas from the BATD and IDTA as well as various other teaching qualifications in Tap, Ballet, Freestyle, Highland, Cheerleading, jazz, modern and rock ‘n’ roll. Totally Dance is the only Dance School in the area to offer classes in Baton Twirling and Majorette which are amongst the most popular classes on offer. Classes are available for adults and children in Quesada, La Marina and Rojales. If you are interested in joining any of the classes please contact Susan on 619 690 469/966 718 364, visit the website www. totally-dance.com or email info@totallydance.com


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health news...health news...health news... Champagne is good for your heart! Reduce your risk of strokes and heart disease with a few glasses of champagne Food scientists at Reading University have discovered that raising a few glasses of bubbly will lower your chances of suffering some serious ailments. “A couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels, which suggests Champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease,” explains researcher Dr Jeremy Spencer. The study published in the British Journal of Nutrition outlines that chemicals called polyphenols reduce the loss of nitric oxide from the blood, dilating vessels and improving circulation.

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DNA clue to life at high altitude... The ability of Tibetans to live on the “roof of the world” may be down to their DNA, US researchers say. University of Utah researchers found 10 genes which help Tibetans thrive at heights where others get sick. Two of the genes are linked to haemoglobin - the substance in blood that transports oxygen round the body. Doctors say the research could lead to treatments for severe forms of altitude sickness and other illnesses. Altitude sickness is the name given to ill-effects caused by the body’s struggle to deal with a lack of oxygen at high altitude. It can lead to brain and lung complications, which can threaten even the fittest mountaineers. People native to high altitudes appear to be immune to such effects, through thousands of years of genetic selection. Tibetans have evolved genes that others living at high altitudes - such as in the Andes - have not. Professor Lynn Jorde, of the University of Utah School of Medicine, said: “For the first time, we have genes that explain that adaptation.” The study looked at DNA extracted from blood samples taken from 75 villagers living at 15,000ft (4,500m). The Utah team, in collaboration with the Qinghai University Medical School, China, compared stretches of their genetic code with that of lowland Chinese and Japanese populations. A handful of genes turned up, including 10 unique oxygen-processing genes. Two appear to contribute to lower levels of haemoglobin in the blood, which may help the body fight altitude sickness. Prof Josef Prchal of the University of Utah said the work could help in developing treatments for illnesses that affect people everywhere.

Diabetes is a longterm (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. In the UK alone, diabetes affects approximately 2.3 million people, and it’s thought there are at least half a million more people who have the condition but are not aware of it.

How does diabetes occur? Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach). When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves any glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it is broken down to produce energy. However, in those with diabetes, the body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there is either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or because the insulin that is there does not work properly. There are two types of diabetes - Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body produces no insulin. It is often referred to as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is also sometimes known as juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes, because it usually develops before the age of 40, often in the teenage years. Type 1 diabetes is far less common than type 2 diabetes, which occurs when there is too little insulin produced by the body to work, or when the cells in the body do not react properly to insulin. People with type 1 diabetes make up only 5-15% of all people with diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life. You must also make sure that your blood glucose levels stay balanced by eating a healthy diet and carrying out regular blood tests. Type 2 diabetes occurs when not enough insulin is produced by the body for it to function properly, or when the body’s cells do not react to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1 diabetes, which occurs when the body does not produce any insulin at all. Around 95% of all people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may be able to control your symptoms simply by eating a healthy diet, and monitoring your blood glucose level. However,

as type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, you may eventually need to take insulin medication, usually in the form of injections. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity. Obesity-related diabetes is sometimes referred to as maturity onset diabetes because it is more common in older people.

Diabetes in pregnancy During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of glucose in their blood that their body cannot produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes, and it affects approximately 27% of pregnant women. Pregnancy can also make existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes worse. Gestational diabetes can increase the risk of health problems in an unborn baby, so it is important to keep the levels of glucose in your blood under control. In most cases, gestational diabetes develops in the second half of pregnancy and disappears after the baby is born. However, women who develop gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

Symptoms of diabetes The main symptoms of diabetes are feeling very thirsty, producing excessive amounts of urine, tiredness, and Weight loss and muscle wasting (loss of muscle bulk). Symptoms of type 1 diabetes can develop quickly, over weeks or even days. Other symptoms are itchiness around the vagina or penis or getting thrush regularly, blurred vision (caused by the lens of your eye becoming very dry), cramps, constipation, and skin infections. If you have type 2 diabetes, the symptoms will usually develop over weeks or months. Your symptoms may develop so slowly that you do not realise that you are unwell for some time. Type 2 diabetes may also cause additional symptoms; for example, if you have cuts and sores, they may take longer to heal. It is sometimes possible to develop type 2 diabetes without having any symptoms at all, or only having a few symptoms. However, you will still require treatment to prevent other health problems such as kidney disease, from developing later on.

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He said: “What’s unique about Tibetans is they don’t develop high red blood cells counts. If we can understand this, we can develop therapies for human disease.” Professor Hugh Montgomery is a geneticist and director of the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London. He said the study helped in the understanding of how patients with the likes of heart failure and lung disease cope with low oxygen in the blood. He commented: “It’s important clinically because it helps us understand how patients cope with low oxygen levels. There are opportunities here for developing new drug therapies.” He said the work was also important scientifically, by showing how Darwin’s science coupled with modern technology could be used to identify beneficial genes: “It’s a lovely example of Darwinism,” he added

Doctors cause blood pressure to rise... The ‘white-coat’ effect - where blood pressure rises during a check by a doctor - is even worse in someone whose level is already high, researchers say. The effect is due to patients becoming stressed by being in a doctor’s surgery or a hospital. Writing in the British Medical Journal, an Australian team say giving people a cuff to wear for 24 hours is a better way of checking blood pressure. A UK expert said it showed clearly that external factors affected readings. High blood pressure affects about 40% of adults in the UK and is a major risk factor for heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease and stroke. In 2001, 90 million prescriptions for blood pressure lowering drugs were issued by the NHS at a cost of £840 million. The researchers monitored over 8,500 patients who were being assessed at 11 blood pressure clinics around Australia. They compared ambulatory blood pressure measurements with those taken by doctors and nurses and found that there can be a difference of as much as 29 units if a doctor checked it, compared with a rise of 17 units if a nurse took the measurement. The differences also varied depending on the sex and age of the patient. However, the study also found that the closer the patient’s blood pressure to normal levels, the less of a difference between measurements taken by ambulatory monitoring and those taken by a nurse or doctor. Professor Arduino Mangoni, who recently joined the University of Aberdeen from Flinders University in Adelaide, said: “Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is the tool of choice to correctly diagnose high blood pressure. “Clearly, if you’re going to be treating a person for the rest of their life, you want to get the readings right, and often the reading in the doctor’s office is much higher.” Professor Mangoni said the fact there was a difference between doctors’ readings and ambulatory measurements was already known - but the surprise finding was how big the gap was for those with high blood pressure. He said the team’s findings should be used to help shape new blood pressure monitoring guidelines.


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“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson

bIRD’S EYE VIEW

the other side of the coin

Apparently, a third of the population still feels uncomfortable at gays holding hands or kissing in the street. A sizeable percentage therefore, who according to current thinking, are ignorant and homophobic. It’s such a serious problem that ITV felt duty bound to screen ‘Afraid To Be Gay’, where hidden cameras were used to elicit the real feelings of members of the general public towards to gay community. The objective of the programme, it was stated, was to find out the truth about our attitudes to homosexuality, and to explore the reason for a recent rise in homophobic attacks, with Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star, enlisted to conduct the interviews. Two things immediately struck me about this programme. Firstly, the fact that hidden cameras were deemed necessary, suggests that people are frightened to state their opinions openly, and therefore begs the question why? I am not including the mindless morons with the intellect of rhubarb and brains the size of sultanas here, but the ordinary man and woman in the street. Your typical average citizen.

There are strong parallels with the racist issue here. Prior to the recent election campaign in the UK, people had become almost as frightened of being labelled racist by the politically correct nazis, as their very real fears of the dangers of unbridled immigration itself. The main political parties were not listening, so, many turned to those that were, hence the rise in BNP support and their breakthrough in local politics, and the fact that they now have two MEP’s. As soon as commenced, issue into the expedient for

the general election campaign public demand forced the open, and it became politically Cameron and Brown to make

certain assurances. Ipso facto, support for the BNP melted away like snow in Nairobi, and they did not come close to winning even one seat. Which brings me neatly on to the other thing that hit me. Why were ordinary people’s attitudes towards gays used in the same context as the violent, sometimes fatal attacks perpetrated by psychopaths? The inference was that if you have an objection to gays, then it is a natural progression to go out and indulge in a bit of ‘queer bashing’ as part of a normal evening out. This is like making a programme about dangerous dogs, and suggesting that all dogs, from chihuahuas to spaniels, will maim and kill humans given half a chance. It’s nonsense. I have a great respect for Gareth Thomas. Here was a man at the top of his game in a sport that is the epitome of all things macho, and to have the courage to announce to the world that he is gay, is admirable. We must remember though that having been married for four years, Gareth is not the only victim here. It seems to me that this is yet another example of the politically correct establishment making dangerous pronouncements. Whilst there is a lunatic minority who will verbally and physically abuse gays, most people who genuinely feel that homosexuality is wrong do so through a strong belief based on faith, and the teachings of their religion. But even without that religious element in place, everyone has the right to accept or reject homosexuality if that’s what their conscience dictates, and as long as this does not impair the lives of gay people in any way – either socially or professionally - that right should be defended not condemned. Theirs is an opinion not a phobia! So, as with the BNP situation, there is a very real danger of a backlash here if the thought police are allowed to have their way. Tolerance is a two-way thoroughfare, and those that have been discriminated against, should know this better than most.

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Spanish Business Update ...The Spanish Stock Market fell back into negative territory to end the week, in what was poor day’s trading across Europe. The IBEX 35 closed down 6.64%, losing the 9,400 level at 9,314.7, and with bank shares leading the way south. Banco Popular shares lost nearly 9% on the day, Santander the same, BBVA nearly 8%. Meanwhile the Euro is down to 1.24 against the $, and gold has reached another high. It’s all over fears of another fall into recession. ...In an interview in the Financial Times, Spain’s Minister for Tax and the Economy, Elena Salgado, said it was important for Spain to generate confidence in the markets. She admitted to the paper that it was difficult to differ with the unions regarding the austerity plan, but said that the Government had no option. Meanwhile Angela Merkel has said that Europe faces its biggest challenge since the fall of communism. ...Spain’s debt to the European Central Bank grew by 10% in April and now stands at 74.6 billion, still 7.3 billion below the high seen last October. ...The Government’s hopes to pass the new austerity plan for the country, cutting civil servants wages by 5% and freezing pensions, today, have been dashed because ‘of the technical complexity of the content of the decree’. The plans had been drawn up at breakneck speed and it was hoped they would be approved in cabinet today, but now that approval will not be given until Friday next week, after which the measures are expected to be approved immediately by Royal Decree. ...It has now been made clear that the 5% wage cut does not affect workers who are employed by public companies, such as RENFE, AENA, CORREOS and RTVE. Deputy Prime Minister, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, clarified that in such companies only management would see the 5% reduction. ...Catalan party CiU has warned that it will not support the pensions freeze proposed for next year by the Government. However the Catalan nationalists have said they don’t see a vote of confidence in Zapartero valid at this time. ...The IPC Consumer Price Index in Spain rose by 1.1% in April from the data released today by the INE National Statistics Institute. It takes the annual rate to 1.5%. It’s the highest annual level of inflation since December 2008. The biggest contributors to the increase were clothing and footwear, up 9.5%, transport up 1.5% and housing up 0.7%. Underlying inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, fell by three tenths to -0.1% in April, taking it into negative territory for the first time since August 1986 when the index was first introduced. ...The Reyal Urbis real estate company has managed to refinance its debt which had risen to 4.6 billion. The company avoided bankruptcy by signing an agreement with 50 banks, granting them some assets in exchange for the restructuring of the debt. ...Iberia airlines estimate that the Icelandic volcano has cost the company 17 million €, with the disruption caused in April. The airline had to house more than 6,000 passengers in hotels, contract coaches and taxis to get 5,000 clients to their destinations and change the reservations for 40,000 people. In the first quarter the company reduced its losses by 44% to 52 million € thanks to a program of cost cutting and a 5.2% reduction in the number of the workforce.


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Life with Linda...

As I slowly open one eye, from my snuggled position in my pit, to take in the blue expanse of sky coming in through my window, with the shrill tone of the alarm clock screaming at me from the bedside table. One hand fumbling to shut that horrible sound off and my brain racing for reasons not to open the other eye. Battle lost and both eyes are now focused, pull the duvet up a bit more, what aches? What good reason have I got for not being able to get out of bed? Thursday morning lergy? Maybe not!

You know when something seems a good idea at the time and then the doubts set in…… I discussed the need for toning up with a friend just before the festive season, and with all good intentions thought that the New Year will see a new improved me. (has only taken me 5 months to do anything about it!) So, in some wild moment of exuberance, agreed to book a personal trainer! I do have many (well some) valid reasons for not being a fan of exercise, a major lower back operation some eighteen years ago, that has caused me repeated problems and weeks in bed throughout the years. My reason for not ever being able to have a flat tummy is due to a cesarean just two weeks prior to the back operation that meant that I was unable to recover with any physio. However, there are no sane reasons for the amount of excess weight that I had gained over the years (there are many good excuses!) So, making a determined effort I made the decision to do something about it. Where do I start? Never seen the inside of a gym in my life, the owner of one pair of trainers (and I mean 1 pair in all my life, they are still almost new), plucking up courage to ask the question – do you know of an understanding, trainer, not too young, (don’t want to put him off of women for life with all my wobbly bits!) and who will understand my back and sciatica problems? (Not asking too much am I?) So with a phone number in my hot, clammy hand I made the call, prepared with my negative list of questions, to my amazement I received positive replies to all the questions!!! (Oh hell, how do I get out of it now?) As the momentous

day dawns, the hour of truth draws neigh, action on my part is required…I prepare my one pair of jogging trousers, search the duster cupboard for a T shirt, (me and casual – are not usually associated), raid my daughter’s drawer for a pair of socks (well, 2 odd ones), water bottle, towel, money, keys; ok D-day, (maybe the car won’t start!). I never realized it was a 100 degrees at 9am, but as I drive the few minutes to his house from home, my whole body is glowing, and my skin is leaking profusely, my tummy in knots, my mouth dry, then like magic (as I cannot remember driving there) I arrive. Darn, loads of parking spaces, so big breath, off I go. I walked to the door without being seen, then the instructor was there to meet and greet me (great). He was welcoming, he tells me I can enjoy these sessions (Yeah right). Walking through his empty gym, through some glass sliding doors, a lamb to the slaughter refrain comes to mind as they close silently behind me, then out of the corner of my eye, whilst I am depositing my bag on the floor and getting myself organized, he ties to doors together, no escape route there! The windows are closed, but they are not very large and the thought of trying to squeeze my body through one of those at a rate of knots – is not appealing. Looks like there is nothing for it, work-out number 1, for an hour. Starting new things at any age is scary, but using the new experiences to enhance our lives is very positive, knowing what is good for you and actually doing something about it, usually are very separate matters. Through experience and training, I know that a saying I heard a long time ago from a very renowned philosopher Jim Rohn does work: For things to change, I have to change. For things to get better, I have to get better. Soooo here I am trying!! Fingers crossed I will get better in my appreciation of the gym, if I survive, I will be back with you in the next edition!!!

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The tenants of Calle Los Arcos No. 17 invite you to a fun packed day at their Annual Family Fun Day on Saturday 5th June. The fun starts at 2pm and there will be live radio coverage, courtesy of the Vibe FM roadshow. In addition to a host of special offers being offered from the shops within the centre there will be lots of other stalls and demonstrations For the kids there is a bouncy castle, ball pool, face painting a giant clown and a huge inflatable gorilla – and they will probably enjoy the Ice Cream stall and the Candy Man sweet stall as well. For the grown ups – you can watch demonstrations of spinning, dancing and martial arts whilst enjoying something to eat from the barbecue and perhaps a drink from one of the two outdoor bars.

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Is There Really Love At 10 Downing Street? Market Commentary 13th May 2010 David Cameron finally entered Downing Street on Tuesday night after days of behind the scenes deal making. Mr Clegg has secured the deputy prime minister post and several other prominent cabinet positions for his team including a business/banking role for Vince Cable. Changes to the voting system were also part of the deal, and can be seen as the major issue conceded by the Conservatives in forming the alliance. Quite how this full coalition will work out after the honeymoon period is far from clear and may explain Sterling’s slightly muted reaction thus far. The markets now wait to see details on the immediate reduction of the Government deficit. The Sterling rally may not last long if the new Government cannot decide on the swift policy responses that the market thinks is required. The new PM’s main priority is to reduce the size of the £163billion budget deficit, starting with £6 billion of cuts this year. This plan was publicly endorsed by Bank of England Governor Mervyn King yesterday, who spent the morning discussing the plan with the Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne. An unusual move by King to make political alliances with a party but indicates the Governor’s concerns over the economy as opposed to politics. King’s Quarterly Inflation Report projected that inflation will remain above target for the rest of the year, March figures we upwardly revised to 3.4%. Also in the UK unemployment for the three months ending in March stood at 8.00%, the highest level since 1994. Unemployment

increased by 53,000 to 2.51 million according to the office for National Statistics. After the bounce on Monday from the EU/IMF rescue package, the Euro is now trading lower as the details of the deal are digested. The general impression we now have is that although the size of the deal is unprecedented, the further you get into the details, the less impressive it seems. It does not seem to address the root problem – namely that Eurozone countries need to deliver drastic spending cuts. The rescue package may just be pushing the problem further down the line. Another point to consider is that €750 bln may not go that far if a country like Spain were to get into real trouble – which would then almost certainly drag Italy & Portugal down as well, and the cupboard would be well and truly bare. So the outlook remains gloomy in the Eurozone with the Spanish PM announcing a 5% reduction in public sector pay. The comments were relatively ignored by the markets as investors are waiting to see the reaction of the latest austerity measures to hit one of the Pigs (Portugal Ireland Greece Spain). The contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following consideration of this information. Information provided by Currencies Direct, leading providers of foreign exchange. Call to find out how we can help you get the best rates and save your transfer fees. Contact the Mojácar office on 950 478 914 or 0871 218 5001 from the UK or email almeria@currenciesdirect.com

LOCAL NEWS... LOCAL NEWS... BGE Visitors Day

A well-attended special meeting of the Business Group España was held on Wednesday 12th May 2010, at La Torre Hotel, Los Montesinos. The Spring Visitors Day was organised to introduce the BGE to local business people keen to find ways of not just surviving the current financial situation but actually growing their businesses. The usual weekly meeting agenda was adapted to accommodate the many guests and visitors. BGE President, Warwick Turner, opened the meeting at 0800 in the function room at La Torre which was packed with mainly British, Spanish and Dutch entrepreneurs. An overview of the working principles and goals of the BGE and Word-of-Mouth marketing was presented. The concept of BGE membership being restricted to one member per professional category, and the importance of generating qualified referrals, was explained. A summary, in both Spanish and Dutch, was given by established members of the BGE. This was followed by an “infor-mercial” from each BGE member briefly introducing themselves to guests and visitors, then the sponsors introduced their guests. Warwick Turner said that it was more constructive and beneficial for Business Groups and Associations to collaborate and proposed establishing stronger links. Special guests, Snr. Pedro Valero and Mr Graham Knight from the Ayuntamiento de Torrevieja, and Mr Chris McNamara from the Ayuntamiento de Rojales, contributed greatly to the meeting with offers of support. Other speakers included Mr Dick Wolff, Vice President of the Nederlandse Business Club Costa Blanca. Mr Wolff praised the BGE policy of striving to accommodate business people of different nationalities. There was strong recognition that local business needs to embrace a more cosmopolitan approach. Jon Peers, BGE Treasurer, explained the process of applying to join the BGE and the benefits that new members could expect. Warwick Turner closed the meeting at 0900 and the atmosphere became vibrant with BGE members and guests eager to engage in forging business relations. When asked, visitors and guests generally agreed that they found the proceedings both inspirational and professional. Many submitted their applications for membership.

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Rojales Local Police started to patrol permanently the rural and agricultural areas of the borough, with the aim to reinforce public safety on these areas. This new deeds are in addition to the already existing deeds in the town. During last weeks controls in the approached roads to the urbanizations have been more intensive, having as a result the requisition of several vehicles which had not the documents in order. Rojales Local Police want to increase public safety in the main streets of the borough, especially in the approaches roads to residential areas, and from now in the rural areas too, where many of our citizens also live. Just to remind that Rojales Town Council has made improvements in public safety, hiring new police officers and buying new equipment.

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QUESTION: What is the very big cactus growing wild which has the very tall flower spikes? I think you are referring to the wild Agaves which are very common around here. Agaves are not strictly speaking cactus but a succulent. Originally from America the most common is the Agave Americana and is a grey-green colour. Almost as common is the variegated Agave Americana Marginata, similar to the grey-green one but with a distinctive yellow stripe down each side of the spiky leaves. All Agaves have one thing in common and that is the lethal spiked ends to the leaves and the vicious needles along each side. Agaves are drought tolerant and easy to grow but not advisable in any garden with young children or anywhere with limited space. Given the right conditions they will grow to a spectacular 4 metres across and 2 metres tall. At one time Agaves were thought to flower once in 100 years and then die and had the nickname ‘Century Plant’. In fact, they will flower when mature after about 10 years. The parent will then die but will be replaced by the many clusters of smaller plantlets at its base. The flowers will grow at approximately 1 foot per day to a staggering height of up to 33 feet!

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Many old homes here in Spain have the dried stalk of the Agave flowers incorporated into their ceilings as beams; Wood is an expensive and scarce commodity here and the Agave

flowers were a cheap alternative growing in abundance in the campo. Historically, the Aztecs manufactured a form of paper from the pulpy leaves and they were further refined to make cloth. The heart could be boiled and used as food for both man and animal and the sweet liquid extracted and used in other culinary dishes instead of sugar. When dried the dead leaves could be used as fuel. These days the most important use of the Agave is in the manufacture of Tequila! Mature plants are roasted, the sap extracted and allowed to ferment. This process has been carried out for centuries in South America and is now legally regulated! The Mexican Government passed laws in 1994 to limit production to 6 areas around the town of Oaxaca where over 100 million plants are farmed on legal plantations. Many Mexicans continue to make their own tequila as they believe the current production and storage methods have destroyed the taste and flavour of the original drink. Perhaps we could start our own little bootleg business here in this corner of Spain?

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A is for… Acacia

Acacia is a genus of shrubs and trees belonging to the subfamily Mimosoideae of the family Fabaceae, first described in Africa by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1773. The plants tend to be thorny and podbearing. The name derives from the Greek for a sharp point, due to the thorns in the type-species Acacia nilotica from Egypt. Acacias are also known as thorntrees or wattles, including the yellow-fever acacia and umbrella acacias. There are roughly 1300 species of Acacia worldwide, about 960 of them native to Australia, with the remainder spread around the tropical to warmtemperate regions of both hemispheres, including Africa, southern Asia, and the Americas.

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The small flowers have five very small petals, almost hidden by the long stamens, and are arranged in dense globe-like or cylindrical clusters; they are yellow or cream-colored in most species, whitish in some, even purple (Acacia purpureapetala) or red (Acacia leprosa Scarlet Blaze). Acacia flowers can be distinguished from those of a large related genus, Albizia, by their stamens which are not joined at the base. Also, unlike individual Mimosa flowers, those of Acacia have more than 10 stamens A few species are widely grown as ornamentals in gardens; the most popular perhaps is Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle), with its attractive silvery leaves and bright yellow flowers; it is erroneously known as “mimosa” in some areas where it is cultivated, through confusion with the related genus Mimosa. Another ornamental acacia is Acacia xanthophloea (Fever Tree). Southern European florists use Acacia baileyana, Acacia dealbata, Acacia pycnantha and Acacia retinodes as cut flowers and the common name there for them is mimosa. Ornamental species of acacia are also used by homeowners and landscape architects for home security. The sharp thorns of some species deter unauthorised persons from entering private properties, and may prevent breakins if planted under windows and near drainpipes. The aesthetic characteristics of acacia plants, in conjunction with their home security qualities, makes them a considerable alternative to artificial fences and walls.

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Climate change threatens lizard population Climate change could wipe out 20% of all lizard species on the planet by 2080, a process that could be slowed down if we reduced CO2 emissions, but not stopped altogether. According to a new study published in “Science” journal, even if steps are being taken to reduce the emission of polluting gases, it is “inevitable” that 6% lizard species will be extinct by the year 2050. These are two of the main conclusions of the study, presented yesterday in Madrid, which was headed up by Barry Sinervo, a researcher at the University of California in Santa Cruz, and among others, Ignacio De la Riva, from the National Museum of Natural History. The study explicitly states that viviparous lizards are at particular risk of compared with the more common oviparous ones. According to forecasts, between 1,300 of the 5,100 known species of lizards extinct within 70 years.

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The authors have indicated that for many lizards climate of “life or death” and acknowledged that the data collected and devastating”, although “there is hope” for lizards in action is taken now. The research began with the observation that certain lizard (Zootoca vivipara) of France had died, as well as a species of lizard (of the genus Sceloporus) in Mexico, they had disappeared from 12% of the 200 even though their habitat

change is a matter is “disappointing the world if global populations of bog study of 48 different which revealed that locations sampled, remained intact.

These findings led Sinervo to develop an artificial lizard with microchips, capable of replicating the body temperature of a lizard lying in the sun. His team placed these thermal models in sunny areas for four months, both in areas where lizards where still living and others where the lizard population had died. He evaluated the number of hours per day the reptiles would be forced to take shelter from the sun and found that in places where the lizard population had died out, lizards would not have had time to eat or reproduce, because high temperatures w ou ld force them to spend most of the time sheltering from the heat. From this first study, the team developed a mathematical model of extinction risk, which showed the climatic and physiological variables related to thermoregulation of reptiles. They then gathered dara from the largest possible number of sites and species, to produce global predictions. In total, they collected data from 1,216 lizard populations covering 587 species in 34 families of lizards, and concluded that Madagascar could be one of the areas most affected by the impact of global change, with 21 percent of lizard populations extinct. According to Ignacio De la Riva, the loss of diversity of lizards “will have huge consequences for the entire food chain, as these reptiles are frequent prey of many predators,” and added that there was an urgent need to “implement measures such as limiting deforestation and protecting mountain areas”. In Spain, he said, climate change will change the distribution of several species of lizards typically found on the peninsula, “putting them at risk in many cases.”

Concert for dogs at Sydney Oper a House

Sydney Opera House will be transformed into the world’s most iconic kennel - when it stages a concert for dogs. The one off concert will feature music in such a high pitch that only dogs will be able to hear it. The 20-minute outdoor show will take place on the worldfamous building’s northern foyer. The experimental concert, to be held on June 5, is part of the

upcoming Vivid Live music festival at the Opera House from May 27. Local dog owner Renee Russell said she would definitely be bringing her spaniel Ollie along to enjoy the show. “I’m definitely going, I want to see how he’ll react,” she said. “It’s getting harder to find places you can take dogs so it’s nice they are putting on an event for them.”

Pests can be a big problem in the garden and cause a lot of damage to our much loved plants. However, not all of the insects in your garden are undesirable. There are many, such as predatory beetles, mantids, and parasitic wasps, which are valuable allies to gardeners. Care should be taken not to harm or discourage these helpful creatures when we do battle with our garden pests. Plant selection to attract an onslaught in your region, because something else, unless

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Prob l e m Pe st s Having a few unwanted guests in the garden is a good thing if it ensures that you also have a healthy resident population of beneficial insects. It is much better - and infinitely more achievable - to maintain a healthy balance in the garden than it is to create a situation in which populations of insects swing from one extreme to the other. The first, best, and most obvious way of controlling pests is to incorporate pest control into normal, everyday garden maintenance. This means tailoring what you do in the garden to making it as inhospitable to pests as possible, while giving the plants in your garden every opportunity to flourish. Tidiness - Many insect pests spend at least a part of their life cycles in leaf litter and garden debris. By keeping your garden tidy and not allowing leaves and such to accumulate around your plants, it is possible to deny many insects the opportunity to reproduce. Pruning - Pruning shrubs to remove dead or diseased branches and improve air flow will greatly improve the overall health of the plants and assist them in combating pests, many of which are chemically attracted to plants in distress. The routine removal of older branches also serves to reduce egg masses and places of natural cover. This is particularly effective during winter pruning, when pupae and egg masses are relatively easy to spot. Simply put, this means not planting the things that are likely of pests. If there is a high incidence of a particular pest of the climate or other factors, it makes sense to plant you are willing to commit to a long-term battle.

Companion planting - It is plants in your garden to the insects don’t like. Many nasturtiums amongst their

often possible to offset the attractiveness of certain insects by interplanting them with other things that vegetable gardeners, for example, plant marigolds or crops in order to discourage pests.

Chemical Controls

The use of chemical pesticides is a contentious issue. It is also one that is strictly governed by laws, which may vary from place to place. Chemical pesticides are important tools which can be a very effective means of controlling insects. But it should be remembered that they are all toxic to humans to some degree, and many have residual effects on the environment that are only beginning to be understood. In general terms, it is always best to avoid the use of pesticides whenever an alternative solution is available. Be extremely cautious about when and how chemicals are applied. Wind and rain can carry chemicals with unhappy consequences, but so can calm, sunny weather. Chemicals can drift as a vapour in warm weather, and cause damage to nearby plants. Never apply pesticides when children and pets are about; and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding a safe re-entry interval. Always store pesticides in a dry place with good ventilation, preferably to the outside - a shed, for example. Keep them under lock and key, out of the reach of children and pets too. Many insects are capable of developing immunities to pesticides, particularly the relatively benign products available to home gardeners. To make this more of a challenge for them, it is a good strategy to rotate two or three products with dissimilar chemical compositions.

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7 Slug in news report (8) 8 Somehow move with Bernie - that is, disappearing for a month (8) 11 Matures for a long time (4) 15 One following fruit with saint’s rock (9) 17 Detached after time in parties - I turned up (8) 18 Come without Mercedes to interchange of merchandise on a large scale (8) 20 Where eggs may be found at a place of residence (4) 21 Mrs Wei drunkenly caught Malaysia’s first athlete (7) 22 Silence shown by hospitals around America (4) 23 Shanghai’s leader has shelf for vehicle (6) 26 In armchair on social clubs (5)

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entertainment news... Alex Reid ‘To Work As Fitness Expert’

Alex Reid is planning to reinvent himself as a Mr Motivatorstyle fitness guru, a report has claimed. The cage fighter is rethinking his career prospects after failing to secure television and movie roles as he had hoped. A source commented: “If there is one thing Alex knows about, it’s how to look after your body, you only need to look at him to see that. “His time in the Celebrit y Big

Brother house really showed people what he is made of and he needs to exploit that.” Reid recently hinted at a fitness expert role by revealing that he would consider releasing a workout DVD with wife Katie Price. He said: “I’d love that, it’d be great.” Mr Motivator - real name Derrick Evans - was a regular on GMTV in the ‘90s and made a brief return to the breakfast programme last year.

Joan Collins To Appear In Panto! Joan Collins has signed up to make her pantomime debut in Birmingham. The 76-year-old Dynasty legend is to play the role of Queen Rat in a production of Dick Whittington at the city’s Hippodrome venue this Christmas. Comedian Julian Clary and Coronation Street star Nigel Havers have also been cast in the play, along with ventriloquist Keith Harris and his famous puppet Orville the Duck. Speaking of the signings, Hippodrome chief executive Stuart Griffiths said: “It’s very exciting to confirm such a star-studded pantomime cast. Birmingham audiences really love their pantos and this is a real coup for the city - the news will be greeted with huge anticipation.” Dick Whittington will launch at the theatre on December 18 and run until January 11, 2011

Cheryl Cole has reportedly been hired for £250,0 00 to play a 30-minute gig in Cannes. The Girls Aloud star will play at a dinner party hosted by jeweller y firm de Grisogono. also will 26, Cole, apparently be given free jeweller y as a present for performing the mini-concert. Fashion stars Naomi Campbell and Margerita Missoni are rumoured to be among the guests. Earlier this year, it was reported that the X Factor judge’s wealth had increased by 150% in the last year, £10 reaching allegedly million. The success of her debut album 3 Words, her increased X Factor pay and promotional contracts with L’Oreal and Coca-Cola Zero contributed to her financial boost.

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Jeremy Clarkson has been ordered to reopen a footpath near his home after a public inquiry. s The Top Gear presenter diverted a path away from his Langnes sparked which Man, Of Isle the on home holiday se peninsula lighthou complaints from local ramblers groups. Clarkson claimed that there had never been any right of way across the land, but the inquiry inspector Roy Hickey has argued that there is “strong and persuasive evidence” that the public should be allowed to use the paths. ted that it was Rushen MHKs Juan Watterson, Quintin Gill and Phil Gawne commen of the more some of actions the ing a “victory for common sense”: “While not condon on the impose or wildlife distress tely delibera to dogs militant campaigners who used n sense commo for victory a was this that feel did MHKs the ers, landown privacy of the and people power,” they said in a joint statement. problems for her Clarkson’s wife Frances Cain has complained that the path caused walkers. from n family with unwanted attentio my children, with She said: “This is the place that I brought my family, my husband and such a happy heart, and we’ve had such horrible experiences.” ruling. The TV presenter and his family have 28 days to appeal against the

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1 (130g) bag crisp mixed salad leaves 150g/5oz brown rice , 2 sticks celery, sliced ½ red onion, chopped 1 (195g) can sweetcorn kernels, drained 1 (250g) can red kidney beans, drained 1 (195g) can tuna in brine, drained For the dressing: 45ml/3 tbsp olive oil ; juice of 1 lime; 2.5ml/½ tsp caster sugar; 45ml/3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander; and salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients

1 (160g) bag mixed salad leaves , 450g/1lb baby new potatoes, halved 150g/5oz chorizo sausage, sliced, 1 red onion, chopped 1 green chilli, deseeded and sliced 30ml/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, pinch of caster sugar salt and freshly ground black pepper Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-15mins or until tender. Drain, rinse in cold water and leave to cool. Heat a non-stick frying pan add the chorizo and sauté for 3mins or until the sausage is golden. Remove the pan from the heat, lift out the sausages with a slotted spoon. Return the pan to the heat add the onion and chilli and sauté for 2 mins. Add the balsamic and sugar and sizzle for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and season to taste. Empty the salad leaves in a large bowl, add the potatoes, chorizo, onion and chilli mix and toss well. Serve with crusty bread.

Method

Cook the rice in boiling salted water for 20mins or according to pack instructions. Whilst this cooks, mix all the dressing ingredients together with a fork and season to taste. Drain the rice in a sieve, rinse until cold under cold water. Drain again and empty into a bowl. Add the dressing, celery, onion, sweetcorn, kidney beans, tuna and salad leaves and toss to mix.

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and lightly charred. Remove from the oven. Meanwhile, heat a griddle pan until really hot. Season the steaks on both sides and lightly brush with a little oil. Cook the steak on the griddle for 8-10 mins turning once until the steak is cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate to rest for 3 mins, before slicing. To make the dressing, slip the roasted garlic from the papery skin and crush to a paste with the edge of a knife. Place in a bowl, add the oil, vinegar and sugar and seasoning to taste. Whisk together until smooth. To serve, empty the salad leaves into a large bowl, add the roasted vegetables and dressing and toss together. Divide the vegetables between two plates and top with the sliced steak. Serve straight away. Cooks tip: For those with a healthier appetite, try boiled new potatoes, which can be tossed whole into the mix.

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No need to wait for the Tennis to start, get eating these gorgeous fruits now! At a recent dinner party, strawberries the size of pears were served as part of a fruit platter – genetically modified? No, bought from a local farmer’s market here in Spain! Because of its heart shape, the strawberry has long been a symbol of purity, passion and healing, in literature and art through the ages. To signify flawlessness and virtue, medieval stonemasons carved strawberry designs in churches. In the same period, strawberry soup was traditionally served to the bride and groom at their wedding feast. It was also thought that strawberry birthmarks were a sign of royalty. Strawberries were seen as a healthy food as long ago as 200BC, when the Romans cultivated them for their medicinal qualities. They believed the strawberry could bring relief from depression, infections and fevers, as well as ailments of the kidneys, liver and blood. Centuries later, Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of Napoleon, was reputed to bathe in the juice of strawberries for its healing properties.

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Strawberries Romanov An idea, rather than a recipe. Marinate strawberries in half orange juice, half Cointreau in a bowl with a plate with cling film over it for two hours. Serve with whipped cream, slightly sweetened with icing sugar. I add half a cup of orange juice to every one and half cups of cream before whipping, to lighten it, but if the cream is starting to turn, it will curdle.

Strawberry fool Mash strawberries, orange juice and Cointreau (or not, if you don’t have it) with a fork till almost soft. Whip two cups of cream with one dessert spoon of icing sugar (or caster sugar at a pinch) and half a cup of orange juice, or more Cointreau, or the juice of one lemon with two tablespoons of Cointreau. Layer the berries and cream alternately in a tall glass.

8 strawberries contain as much vitamin C as an orange, a mere 50 calories per serving, a host of antioxidant chemicals that are believed to help protect against heart disease and cancer.

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Ingredients 250g smoked salmon, finely sliced 250g crème fraîche 25g caviar 1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 1 lemon, sliced into wedges freshly ground black pepper, to serve For blinis: 300ml milk 1 bay leaf 1 tsp dried yeast 50g plain flour, sifted a pinch of sugar 4 egg whites 2 tbsp sunflower oil

Method

Arrange strawberries on one side of the plate, cream cheese on the other and perhaps a pepper Repeat indefinitely, or until the strawberries run out anyway.

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Day / Fishing boat damp proofing on trailer 4.4 metres English / Spanish virgo 40 hp Suzuki engine, 5hp Suzuki 15 years in Spain stand by engine, Tel: 958 656 560 electric start, fully or 619 666 363 or Email: serviced. Mazzaron Area 3,500 euros info@electro-os.com Tel 968 971 782 or www.electro-os.com mobile 680 913 840

projects. Cream coloured. 15 euros the lot. Pinar de Campoverde. Tel: 966 762 639 Garden canopy for sale pole snapped in the high winds hence 25€ canopy and

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Bedrooms & much more ! For a no-obligation quote call: Philip: 680 443 219

INSURANCE

English Mechanic

Garage in La Pinilla 10 mins Camposol Collection and delivery service available. All garage services and diagnostics. All work guaranteed

679 646 859

peRSONAL Ana Spanish Female, Playa Flamenco Nr Carrefour, 35 years, attractive, classy lady. Private house, parking. Offers all erotic services & massage. Call 600 340 683

pets Free to good home beautiful home reared kittens 3 available mar menor area ready in 3 weeks tel 667 066 490

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We buy Gold & Jewellery at International Market Prices

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IMMEDIATE CASH PAYMENT To book an appointment Call Peter

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UK & European Movers with over 20 years experience. Monthly trips to UK. Pet Travel Available. Very competitive prices. Camposol / Murcia area

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We are looking for young, enthusiastic, bubbly people to join our expanding telesales team. Experience preferred but not essential as full training is given. Office in Torrevieja with free parking. Monday to Friday 10am til 6pm 15,000€ per year. Full contract. Contact Michelle on: 965 716 784 or 680 168 742 or email your CV to villagepost@live.co.uk

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Bolnuevo Cars S.L. Good selection of Ford Cars Free Local Delivery Long Lets 7 Seaters Available

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The fact Files

Microsoft Office 2010 takes aim at ‘Google Docs’

Microsoft has unleashed its latest weapon in its ongoing battle with Google. The software giant has launched its flagship product Office 2010, aimed at businesses and home users. The latest version of the software has a free online component - called Office Web Apps. Analysts believe the web offering is a response to Google, which has been encroaching on Microsoft’s core business with its free online tools. Crucially, Microsoft will also offer its online office suite to all users of one of the world’s most popular social networking sites, Facebook. “There’s no question - Microsoft is responding to Google’s threat,” said Whit Andrews, analyst at research firm Gartner. Google and Microsoft have increasingly begun to stray into each other’s traditional markets. Microsoft has thrown its full weight behind its search engine Bing, whilst Google is about to launch its own operating system, known as Chrome OS. The battle for the Office software market started in 2006 when the search giant launched the first elements of its Google Docs. “Until Google emerged with a credible suite of networked applications, Microsoft was not compelled to do anything.” Google Docs now offers word-processing, spreadsheet software and a presentation tool, amongst others. Businesses can pay for premium versions. “Each release of Office has a new set of competitors and we take those very seriously,” Jeff Teper, vice president of the Microsoft Business Division commented. “[Google] has introduced a product that they have tried to target businesses with - it hasn’t done very well.” Google Docs currently has a small (4%) but growing share of the market. By contrast, Microsoft dominates the office software space, with a market share of more than 94%, according to Gartner. The vast majority of sales are to businesses. Microsoft retains its dominant position despite the free offerings from Google and other alternatives such as Zoho or the free office suite OpenOffice.org. Ahead of Microsoft’s launch Google posted a blog urging businesses to switch to its software, claiming that it represents a real alternative”. “If you’re considering upgrading Office with Office, we’d encourage you to consider an alternative: upgrading Office with Google Docs,” it read. Despite, Google’s focus on businesses, Mr Andrews said its message and software were likely to appeal to younger people, who have not necessarily grown up using Microsoft products. “If all your content is generated in the Google apps system and it lives there, you would need to have a really good reason to move,” he said.

Honeybees: 3D images reveal life inside a live hive

Scientists have devised a new way to peer into the inner workings of a live honeybee colony, without disturbing the insects inside. The technique, known as Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR), scans a beehive, taking a series of 3D images. This reveals in real-time how many bees are inside, where they are, and gives clues as to what they are doing. Such information could help scientists understand what is causing bee numbers around the world to decline steeply. The new technique is being developed by entomologist Mark Greco and his colleagues at the Swiss Bee Research Centre in Bern, Switzerland and scientists at the University of Bath led by Professor Cathryn Mitchell and Dr Manuchehr Soleimani. The researchers used an imaging technology called X-ray computerised tomography to scan a live beehive. This produced a series of coloured 3D images, which over time could be used to record in detail what goes on inside. Preliminary studies have revealed that DR can be used to identify individual bees within the colony, and even keep track of the movements of the queen bee, including her location and where in the colony she prefers to spend the most time. Crucially, “the approach is non-invasive and does not modify their normal behaviour,” Mr Greco said. “We can accurately assess the number of bees and where they are at the time of scanning.” The researchers are working to improve the DR technique, to increase the quality of the images and more accurately measure the bee population and the volumes of pollen, wax and honey within a hive. The team at the University of Bath are also working on producing new computer models that will be able to better evaluate when levels of pests or pathogens within a hive have reached critical levels. “Because the method is extremely accurate, we will be looking for critical thresholds of pathogen and parasite loads and loss of food resources from which bee populations can not recover,” explained Mr Greco, who is completing his PhD thesis. “[We will also be investigating] how pathogens such as mites, viruses, bacteria and fungi might interact, both among themselves, and with environmental pressures or stressors, to produce colony declines or collapses.” The team also hopes the new imaging technique may indicate what is reducing the numbers of other solitary bee species. “Many solitary bees forage on the same floral resources to those of honeybees, some also suffer from the same pathogens, such as fungal infestations in their nests.” Mr Greco and his colleagues at the University of Bath have already passed the first hurdle in their bid to secure further funding for their imaging technique from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which together with the British government is spending £10 million to investigate why bee numbers are falling.

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Satellite Visibility Predictions

The table shows night time passes of the satellites over your location during the next 2 weeks. Max. Elevation is how high the ISS will get above your horizon (90° overhead). To see the spacecraft, at a given time look in the direction indicated by ‘Appearing’. You should see a bright, slowly moving “star”. The ‘Disappearing’ entries indicate where the satellite will be when it vanishes from sight. Sometimes an appearance or disappearance occurs well up in the sky when the spacecraft emerges into sunlight or slips into Earth’s shadow, respectively. Listed times should be accurate to within a few minutes.

Magnitude This is a measure of the brightness of a celestial object. The lower the value, the brighter the object, so magnitude -4 is brighter than magnitude 0, which is in turn brighter than magnitude +4. The system was started by the ancient Greeks, who divided the stars into one of six magnitude groups with stars of the first magnitude being the first ones to be visible after sunset. In modern times, the scale has been extended in both directions and more strictly defined.

Examples of magnitude values; Sun -26.7 Full Moon -12.7 Venus (at brightest) -4.4 International Space Station -2 Sirius (brightest star) -1.44 Limit of human eye +6 to +7 Limit of 10x50 binoculars +9 Pluto +14 Limit of Hubble Space Telescope +30

APPEARING MAXIMUM DISAPPEARING Date Magn Time Deg App Time Deg App Time Deg App

ALMERIA AREA

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 19 May -1.8

21:29:26

10

WNW 21:32:05

31

SW

21:34:44 10 SSE

23:11:27 21:30:50 23:08:56 21:27:50 23:06:33 21:24:55 23:04:23 21:22:04

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

NW N NW N WNW NNW WNW NNW

23:15:26 21:34:02 23:12:40 21:31:26 23:09:51 21:28:48 23:07:02 21:26:08

48 21 33 28 24 38 17 53

WSW NE WSW NE WSW NE WSW ENE

23:16:27 21:37:10 23:14:07 21:34:57 23:11:52 21:32:36 23:09:38 21:30:06

38 10 25 10 16 10 10 10

SSW E SSW ESE SSW ESE SSW SE

00:17:31 23:45:51 23:14:10 22:42:30 00:23:06 23:51:25 23:19:45 22:48:05 00:28:41 23:57:01

38 60 38 19 33 55 40 21 29 49

WSW S ESE ESE WSW SSW SE ESE WSW SSW

00:18:06 23:46:48 23:15:39 22:44:39 00:23:48 23:52:29 23:21:18 22:50:16 00:29:30 23:58:10

40 82 50 26 35 72 57 29 31 63

W WSW ENE ENE W WSW ENE ENE W WSW

00:22:57 23:52:00 23:20:38 22:48:50 00:28:31 23:57:39 23:26:22 22:54:39 00:34:03 00:03:18

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

NNW NNW N NNE NNW NNW N N NW NNW

GENESIS I

NO SIGHTINGS

GENESIS II 19 May 20 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 23 May

3.2 4.3 3.9 3.9 4.5 3.4 5.0 3.0

ENVISAT 19 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 22 May 23 May 24 May 25 May 25 May

3.9 2.9 3.3 4.2 4.1 3.0 3.1 4.1 4.3 3.2

HST

19 May 3.8 20 May 4.0

23:00:17 10 SW 22:59:06 10 SW

23:02:16 14 23:00:07 11

SSW 23:02:16 14 SSW SSW 23:00:07 11 SSW

COSTA CALIDA - COSTA BLANCA AREA INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION 19 May -1.4

20:29:40

10

WNW 20:32:11

25

SW

20:34:38 10 S

20:33:41 22:11:32 20:30:38 22:09:05 20:27:42 20:24:50 20:22:02 20:22:02 20:19:18 20:16:38

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

N NW N NW NNW NNW NNW NNW NNW NW

20:36:41 22:15:24 20:34:06 22:12:37 20:31:29 20:28:50 20:26:09 20:26:09 20:23:28 20:20:43

19 40 25 28 33 45 65 65 88 61

NE WSW NE WSW NE NE ENE ENE SSW WSW

20:39:37 22:16:27 20:37:28 22:14:07 20:35:10 20:32:44 20:30:10 20:30:10 20:27:30 20:24:41

10 33 10 22 10 10 10 10 10 10

E SSW ESE SSW ESE SE SE SE SSE SSE

22:45:51 22:14:10 21:42:30 23:23:06 22:51:25 22:19:45 22:19:45 21:48:05 23:28:41 22:57:01

55 41 21 29 49 42 42 23 26 44

SSW SE ESE WSW SSW SE SE ESE WSW SSW

22:46:55 22:15:44 21:44:41 23:23:56 22:52:36 22:21:23 22:21:23 21:50:19 23:29:39 22:58:17

72 57 29 31 63 65 65 33 27 55

WSW ENE ENE W WSW ENE ENE ENE W W

22:52:05 22:20:48 21:49:06 23:28:30 22:57:44 22:26:31 22:26:31 21:54:54 23:34:01 23:03:21

10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10

NNW N N NW NNW N N N NW NNW

22:01:01

10 SW

GENESIS I

NO SIGHTINGS

GENESIS II 19 May 19 May 20 May 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 23 May 24 May 25 May

4.5 3.5 4.1 4.2 3.6 3.2 2.8 2.8 2.7 3.2

envisat 19 May 20 May 21 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 23 May 24 May 24 May 25 May

HST

3.0 3.1 4.0 4.3 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.9 4.5 3.4

19 May 3.9

22:02:16 12

SSW 22:02:16 12 SSW


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Ashes sparks Quattro shortage Popularity of BBC TV show means second-hand parts for Audi’s Quattro are becoming hard to get hold oF!

Fire up the Quattro...or not. The final series of Eighties-inspired BBC One drama Ashes to Ashes was almost a non-starter due to a lack of spare parts for DCI Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro. Since the series first aired back in 2008, sales of second-hand Quattro’s have taken off according to The Sun newspaper, and as a result it’s almost impossible to track down old parts. Speaking to the Radio Times, show mechanic Guy Bostock said the growth in popularity of the car, meant it was growing increasingly harder to source parts, and that finding stunt doubles for the show’s Sunset Red star was proving tricky, as the asking price for an ur-Quattro has soared since the show began. Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980, production of the Quattro finished in 1991. Since then it has become one of the most in-demand Audis ever built.

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Mercedes unveils new engines Updated V6 and V8 engines boast more power but improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions Mercedes is out to prove that there’s plenty of life in large capacity petrol engines yet. Despite a new trend for hybrids and small capacity turbocharged units, the German firm is going against the grain to concentrate on improving its V6 and V8 engines. But, these new units have a clear focus on efficiency. With lightweight, low friction materials, direct fuel injection and a multi-spark ignition system, Mercedes has improved combustion to make the most of every drop of fuel. A new auto stop/start set-up, which re-starts the engine in the most efficient way possible has also been added. All this means that the new 3.5-litre V6 is 24% more economical than the outgoing unit and now puts out 301bhp-

an increase of 33bhp. The first vehicle to be fitted with the new V6 will be the S350 later this year which emits just 177g/km of CO2 and returns 37mpg. By comparison, the hybrid set-up in the Lexus GS450h produces 296bhp and 179g/km of CO2. Mercedes’ ageing 5.5-litre V8 is replaced by a new 4.7-litre unit which produces 429bhp- an increase of 47bhp- and is 20% more fuel efficient than the old engine. The CL500, coming later this year is the first model fitted with the new unit which will allow for emissions of 224g/km of CO2 and a 30mpg economy figure. Elsewhere, torque has been boosted from 530Nm to 700Nm and is now available from just 1800rpm making the new V8 smoother and more versatile than its predecessor.

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Our new Mojacar office is now open on the Playa opposite Neptuno’s Beach bar. This year there will be twice the cars, vans and minibuses available so our clients won’t be caught out with the Rental Rush this summer. Don’t forget our budget cars available at only €15 per day. Group day€ week€ car BUDGET 15 75 MAREA/POLO A 20 100 DEMIO / KA B 30 150 AGILA / CLIO C 35 175 MEGANE / FOCUS / BMW D 45 225 TRAFIC VAN E 55 275 TRANSIT VAN F 60 300 MINIBUS 9 SEATER / 7 SEATER

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and to Costa Calida Golf Tours (www.ccgt.co.uk) who provided the discounted green fees. The third San Cayetano Golf Day took place on The results were as follows – Saturday 8th May and a fantastic turnout with 25 Top Stableford Score: players attempting to show their skills on La Peraleja. The weather was very Jim O’Neill, 37; Mark Ayers, 35; Mark good with a nice sunny Graham, 33 (OCB) day and a gentle Nearest Pin: Norman Stanley, Hole breeze, and all players 9, Shona McLeay, Hole 16 found the course to Longest Drive: Mike Ayers, Hole 4 be in good condition The next golf day is due to be in and a real good test mid June (venue TBA) and anybody of golf. Thanks to who is interested in playing, please Mark & Julie of the contact Andy Walsh on 650 718 172 or Rose n Thistle Bar in andy@ccgt.co.uk San Cayetano who provided the breakfast Photo – Jim O’Neill (Winner) & Andy and post golf food, Walsh (Costa Calida Golf Tours)

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3rd: Tony Stead, Terry Sayers, Bill Fantom & Eamonn Devine 118pts 4th: Paula Fearn, Stan Canter, Ken Brett & Frank Britten 116pts. The following people won the sponsored holes: Gill Britten, Graham Fearn, Sue Gillett, Paula Fearn, Peter Butterworth, Stan Low, Morag Turner, Cindi Green, Doug Spiring, Nigel Wood, Mary Sanderson, Pat Jackson, Hedy Paehlig, Tom Corbett, Franco Gentili, Rachel Leckey & Bill Martin – well done to them all. Captain’s Bunker: 19euros Football Draw: Gordon Bourne, Doug Spiring & Stan Canter. In his Presentation the Captain also thanked all the ladies who helped with the catering, Maurice Bent for all his hard work during the day as Marshall. Thanks also to the Green Keeping staff for preparing the course so well for this competition, and grateful thanks to Paulino for donating 7 golf shirts as prizes today. He also thanked his ‘Little Helper Anthea’ for everything she had done to make the day such a success. Finally, he mentioned a funny coincidence, on the 1st tee, after our last 4 ball had teed off, the next group of visitors on the tee said to him “Hello Clive, what are you doing here?”…it turns out they were members from his old Club Enville near Bridgnorth and the last time Clive had seen them was on his Captain’s Day at this Club 10 years ago!!!


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Quesada Bowls Club

Quesada met El Rancho players on Saturday for a ‘FRIENDLY’ MATCH. Well I can report that they were not that friendly - at least not whilst on the green. Afterwards in the clubhouse we had a very nice time!! Unfortunately Quesada came off the worst, loosing 90-113 shots; the only 2 winning teams were M.Gray; B. Armstrong, J.Bowness 19-25; D.Benson, S.Elton, T.Thomas 22-10; Well done both teams. SPITFIRE LEAGUE - Quesada Blenheims went into battle with Greenlands Gladiators at Greenlands. The morning was beautiful and all concentration was needed to keep abreast of the game, alas it was not too be our friends from Greenland outplayed us, albeit only by 9 points. T.Brinton, P.Parkes, J.Northend 13-18; V. & D.Sale,P. Mackenzie 11-15; P.Houghton, G.Chapman, J.Bromley 18-17; C.Skinner, C.Chapman, J.Muldoon 16-17; S.Elton, D.Donovan, J.Brinton 17-23; R.Pinfold, B.Armstrong, B.Houghton 24-18. 99 shots for and 113 shots against; match points 4 to Quesada and 10 to Greenlands. FRIENDLY GAME - thanks to all players turning up and one of the Greenlands players for helping out. HARRIER LEAGUE - Quesada Lancasters v Mazarron

Another good result for the Lancasters and a very close fought game on quite a warm morning. Winning on 3 rinks, a draw on 1, and the overall score gave us 9 pts. to 5pts. R.Ford, S.Gray, G.Carnell 19-11; A.Thomas, M.Humphries, J.Bowness 21-10 ; J.Monks, T.Lemon, J.Dunning 32-9; M.Bowness, D.Washbourne, G.Williams 19-19. Kings Cup Report - I will do this in detail next week. Valencian Championships will start on Sunday 16th, the opening ceremony being on the 15th May at San Miguel. Some of our players will be competing in the V.C. over the next 2 weeks. Our ladies will be playing at Emerald Isle and San Miguel, whilst our men will be doing the business at Greenlands and El Rancho. REMEMBER all support is appreciated. Lastly I want to mention our ‘SUMMER BALL’ which will be held on Saturday 22.5. at the La Laguna Hotel. I hope all you girls and of course you boys have got your gladrags at the ready and are looking forward to it. I know a lot of people who are just doing that. Our secretary’s telephone number is 965 724 885.

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Dominant Mark Webber takes Monaco win for Red Bull Mark Webber produced a superb display to storm to victory for Red Bull in an incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix. For the second consecutive race, Webber won from pole, controlling the race to win from team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Renault’s Robert Kubica took third, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa fourth ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was pipped to sixth by Michael Schumacher but the Mercedes driver was later penalised 20 seconds for an illegal overtaking move. A stewards’ inquiry after the race found that the German had breached rules in passing Alonso as they accelerated towards the last corner as the safety car pulling into the pits. The stewards ruled the manoeuvre was in breach of article 40.13 of the sporting regulations, which states: “If the race ends while the safety car is deployed it will enter the pit lane at the end of the last lap and the cars will take the chequered flag as normal without overtaking.” Alonso had driven a superb race to edge himself into the top six after a crash in final practice on Saturday meant he missed qualifying and started from the pit lane. Schumacher’s penalty dropped him to 12th and lifted all those below him a place, including team-mate Nico Rosberg to seventh, a place down on his grid position. Another German, Adrian Sutil was eighth, 0.3 seconds ahead of team-mate Vitantonio Luizzi. The only other drivers to finish were Toro Rosso pair Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguesuari in 10th and 11th. Jenson Button - last year’s Monaco winner - had his race ended as early as lap three after he was forced to stop at Sainte Devote with smoke billowing from his car from a broken engine. Webber’s victory, his second in succession following last weekend’s win from pole in Spain, sees him surpass previous championship leader Button to head the standings. The Australian is now on 78 points, the same as Vettel, but is classified ahead because he has won two grands prix to his team-mate’s one - with Alonso on 75 points and Button fourth, having added nothing to his pre-race total of 70. “It is absolutely incredible,” said Webber. “It’s the greatest day of my life today, to win here is very, very special. This place is such a test. I knew what I had a lot to do and I’m absolutely elated to join the winners around here. It’s the blue riband event.” Webber made a clean start and held his lead into Sainte Devote but the race momentum was soon halted by Williams’s Nico Hulkenberg crashing into the barriers in the tunnel, ending the

German’s race and prompting the deployment of the safety car until lap six. That was the first of four times the safety car was required - Rubens Barrichello crashing out in lap 31, a suspected loose drain cover on lap 44 and a collision between Jarno Trulli’s Lotus and Karun Chandhok’s Hispania in lap 74 which eliminated both at La Rascasse being the others - but each time Webber picked up where he had left off. Vettel seized second place from Kubica before the first corner and although the Pole challenged hard Red Bull’s one-two was secure. “I wasn’t able to keep up with Mark, there was a big difference,” said Vettel. “By the time I got my grip sorted he was too far in front. It’s very difficult to overtake here in the end so I decided there was no point chasing and I spent a lot of time looking in my mirrors.” Kubica was only just pipped to pole by Webber after the Polish driver had put in a superb display in qualifying but despite his best efforts was unable to pass Vettel decisively. “Normally I would defend the position but I saw Mark pulled away quite slow,” explained Kubica. “However, I went on the power too early, I got a lot of wheelspin and it was too late to close the door to Sebastian. We have to be positive. Nobody expected us to finish on the podium. We have been challenging all weekend and the teams should be really happy.” Massa has e n d u r e d a difficult season so far, playing second fiddle to Alonso, but the Brazilian kept in touch with Kubica to finish ahead of 2008 Monaco winner Hamilton. The McLaren driver came into the pits early on lap 17 to cover Alonso’s rapid progress andhe held onto fifth comfortably through the race. “I got quite a good start and I was challenging for third at turn

Germany captain Michael Ballack ruled out of World Cup

one,” said Hamilton. “But it was impossible as those guys are quite aggressive and it is virtually impossible to overtake here especially when the guys are as quick as you. “So I decided to concentrate on getting the car home and getting the points in the bag, it’s a bit of a shame that I am 18 points behind as that’s how many I lost last week.” Webber’s display, though, outshone all as he claimed his fourth career victory. And he is now the second Australian after Jack Brabham to win at the iconic Monaco circuit.

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Germany captain Michael Ballack has been ruled out of this summer’s World Cup because of the right ankle injury he suffered in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

An early X-ray at the stadium showed no broken bones but a further scan in Germany on Monday highlighted the full extent of the problem.

galvanise his squad as the World Cup unfolds and added: “I called the team together and spoke with the team and passed along the information.

Captain Paul Collingwood said England’s World Twenty20 triumph rivalled the 2005 and 2009 Ashes Test series successes over Australia. England beat Australia by seven wickets in Sunday’s final in Barbados to seal their first global one-day trophy.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder has made 98 appearances for his country and played in the last two World Cups.

The German Football Federation said Ballack’s right ankle will be placed in a cast and he will have to wear a special shoe for two weeks after the cast is removed.

“It’s very, very unfortunate for us. But it shows we have to pull all our strength together and look forward. We’ve got a lot of young players.

He said: “It’s right up there, it’s got to be. This is our first World Cup we’ve ever won and the boys deserve it. We’ve put a lot of hard work and effort in and the boys are absolutely thrilled we put that performance in.”

A scan showed damage to two ligaments but it is expected to be eight weeks before he can resume training and Germany’s first match is on 13 June. “It’s bitter to get a diagnosis like that before the World Cup,” he said. Ballack was injured after a challenge by Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng. Ironically, Boateng could be part of the Ghana squad that will face Germany in Group D at the finals in South Africa. The former Tottenham player was born in Germany and represented German youth teams but chose to play for Ghana, his father’s country of birth. After Fifa removed the age limit for players who want to switch national allegiance, the 23-year-old was cleared to appear for Ghana in the finals and has been named in a provisional 30man squad. The Portsmouth midfielder’s late tackle in the 35th minute of Chelsea’s Cup final victory at Wembley led to Ballack limping off.

A Chelsea statement confirmed: “The German national team doctor HansWilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, estimates the earliest possible return to training for the player is in eight weeks.” Ballack, who joined Chelsea in 2006 after four years with Bayern Munich, sustained a tear of one ankle ligament and a partial tear of another. “There’s naturally a lot of disappointment,” he said. “But that’s football. That happens. Life goes on.” Germany coach Joachim Loew said: “We were all naturally shocked this morning when we got the news. I talked to Michael. He’s deeply disappointed. He put all his energy and power into playing in this World Cup. “He’s near his 100th cap. That would have been a match in Frankfurt against Bosnia. “That’s an immense disappointment for him to not be able to play in this World Cup.” Loew

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“We’ve now got to get to that point that our younger players get this selfconfidence and can grew into the roles.” Boateng’s half-brother Jerome, the Hamburg defender, is in the German provisional squad and the coach has requested that he is not targeted by fans and the media. “I have spoken with Jerome Boateng,” Loew explained. “I told him that we absolutely unreservedly stand by him. He is a member of the family. “I ask everyone not to drag him into this.” Ballack impressed for Germany during the 2008 European Championship, when they were eventually beaten 1-0 in the final by Spain, and was considered a key figure for them again this summer. The Germans begin their campaign against Australia on 13 June before matches against Serbia on 18 June and Ghana on 23 June.

England had lost four previous finals in the 35-year history of one-day international tournaments, but were always favourites to win Sunday’s showdown after reducing Australia to 8-3. They bowled and fielded superbly to limit Australia’s powerful batting line-up to 147-6 and then cruised to victory with three overs to spare after Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen put on 111 for the second wicket. Collingwood, who hit the winning run, attributed the improvements in his team to hard work: “We’ve got some good players in the side, we’ve a great work ethic over the past year and we’re starting to see the results on the pitch. There’s a lot of confidence in the side; you can see the belief that we’ve got going out on the pitch. The power that we’ve got, the thought processes the bowlers are using, the fielding, everything seems to be stronger.” Pietersen, named player of the tournament after scoring 248 runs in six matches, including 47 in England’s victory in the final, praised his team-mates. “It’s been a pretty interesting week for me,” said the 29-yearold batsman, who flew back to London last weekend to attend the birth of his first child before returning to the Caribbean for England’s semi-final. “I had a little kid on Monday and this trophy here. But this trophy goes to all the lads. They support each other and share each other’s success. The more you play, the more you win and the more it becomes a habit, like the great Australians.” “This team is hungry for success, we want to win.”


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