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SOLTIMES MARCH 2011
Spanish air controllers sued for 50 million euros Passengers hit by a 24-hour wildcat strike by Spanish air traffic controllers announced this week they had sued for 50 million euros in damages
An association of 5,000 passengers said it had filed suit in a Madrid court against controllers who called in sick en masse December 3, disrupting travel for more than 200,000 people on a holiday weekend. Spain’s government forced the controllers to return to work the following day by declaring a state of alert, putting the military in command and threatening jail for those who refused. It was the first state of alert in Spain since the 1975 death of dictator General Francisco
Franco. “In the civil action, we are requesting the opening of a civil suit to claim 10,000 euros in moral damages and financial losses for each person,” the association said in a statement. “The closure of airspace affected thousands of people who were hostage to the situation in national and international planes and airports, causing major losses to the tourism sector and damaging the image of Spain,” it said. According to the association’s
legal counsel, Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo, thousands more people were expected to join the action. Spanish prosecutors are already investigating air traffic controllers for possible sedition charges for abandoning their posts. If the controllers were found guilty and unable to pay the claimed damages, the claimants ‘ association said Spain’s airport authority AENA should be held accountable.
Spain asks court to ban new Basque party
Spain’s government has asked the Supreme Court to outlaw a new Basque pro-independence party called Sortu, arguing it is an extension of the banned political wing of the armed separatist group ETA. Sortu was launched by people close to Batasuna, ETA’s outlawed political wing, on February 7 as a new party that rejects violence and is committed to fighting for independence through purely political means. It wants to take part in municipal elections in the Basque region in May. Batasuna has been ruled illegal since 2003 because of its links to ETA, whose bloody campaign of bombings and shootings for a Basque homeland independent of Spain has been blamed for 829 deaths in more than four decades. Spain’s central government has voiced doubts over the legality of Sortu, and said it would be up to the courts to make a decision. The government believes Sortu is “an extension of Batasuna”, Joaquin de Fuentes Bardaji, a senior justice
department lawyer, told reporters after filing the request with the Supreme Court asking that the party be banned. In the request to have Sortu banned, government lawyers argue based on police reports that the party’s rejection of violence “is cosmetic, rhetorical, not real.” The Supreme Court now has 20 days to decide if Sortu is legal or not. ETA on January 10 declared a “permanent and general ceasefire” to be verified by the international community. But Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero rejected the declaration, saying he wanted nothing less than ETA’s dissolution, and the authorities have vowed to hunt down ETA members. Spanish police arrested four suspected ETA bombers on Tuesday and seized about 200 kilogrammes (396 pounds) of explosives as part of the operation in the harshest blow against the group since it declared its latest ceasefire.
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Paramount Theme Park BEginS to take shape A team of technicians from the Hollywood company arrived last week bringing with them the first drafts for the new theme park. Report by Biggy Marshall
It is going to be grand, bigger than Terra Mítica near Benidorm and similar to Disney Paris. And that is exactly the intentions of the developer, Proyectos Emblemáticos. Their ambition is to outdo any competition, nationals as well as internationals, and to start construction, or at least lay the first stone, at the end of the year. They have chosen a spacious spot in the Alhama de Murcia municipality, with plenty of possibilities for extensions. The complex will cover 207 acres or 109 hectares, equivalent to 109 football pitches, in total, sectioned off in 36.5 ha for the actual theme park, 8.8 ha destined for an aqua park, four plots of between 4.8 and 8.8 ha for hotels, and two plots of more than 45 ha for parking. The principal attractions will be in the centre of the complex. According to sources quoted in La Verdad: ‘There will be nothing like it neither in Europe nor in the World. We are talking a new
generation of parks and its success will spread as it will be offering thing that others do not have. It will be a very different park. A unique attraction!’ Four hotels will surround the theme park with a capacity between them of nearly two million guests per year. Considering the high summer temperatures in the region, the developer finds that an aqua park is essential and will present an important commercial potential. In the outer periphery there will be plenty of parking with two big parking lots, to the North 8.0 ha while the Southern one will cover 38.4 ha, with a daily capacity of 6,000 cars. These are the first details that have reached the public about the new theme park, though they are not definitive. The final master plan is expected to be presented 25th of March, coinciding with a visit to the region by Michael Bartok, Executive Vice President of Paramount.
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The Tourist Board is emphasizing the importance of the development of Paramount Theme Park and the expectations of the number of visitors - report by biggy marshall. Jesús Pacheco, President of the Tourist Board, relayed last week to the President of The Autonomous Murcia Region the satisfaction of the regional business world of the progress of the Paramount project as well as the construction of the new international airport. Ramón Luis Valcárcel received the members of the board to discuss the situation of the tourist sector and invited the board members to accompany him on his next visit to the airport to see the progress themselves. The restaurateurs took the opportunity to vent their preoccupation over the effects that the new anti-tobacco law has had on the restaurant business. They told Valcárcel that next month they will present a survey of the losses they have suffered. The regional Minister for Culture and Tourism,
Pedro Alberto Cruz, indicated that the tourism sector on the other hand is the sector that has contributed most to the improvement during the crisis. Due to Cruz the registered number of tourists visiting the region in January rose by 6.34%, compared to the same month last year. The total increase for the same period in the whole of Spain was 3.67%. Pedro Alberto Cruz further said that the figures, which tourist activity in The Murcia Region has been producing, has confirmed the expectation and are encouraging for the sector. They emphasize that the tourism industry is adding considerably to the regional economy and the efforts to overcome the severe economic crisis we currently experience.
Puppy murdered at Orihuela’s new Animal ‘Protection Centre
A DENUNCIA has been made against the Centre for the Protection of Animals in San Bartolomé, Orihuela, after a puppy was allegedly murdered by staff.
This horrific act took place on Friday 21st January, witnessed by a Spanish lady and her husband who went to enquire about a dog they found earlier in the month. At around 13.00 on 21st January, they witnessed a woman in a Seat Ibiza arrive at the centre. She threw a black and white puppy out of the car about 100m from the entrance. The puppy ran after the car but returned, scared and shaken. It approached the car of the Spanish woman and her husband. They spoke to a man at the centre who said he was the cleaner. He was then instructed by phone not to take the animal in and to tell the couple that officials would be available on Monday. He left the couple outside but they slipped the puppy through the gate before waiting out of sight to be sure the puppy was safe. A man came out of the main
building wearing a uniform and gloves, bent down towards the animal and walked away again but without the dog. The couple moved closer and saw that the dog was dying in a pool of blood. Following this, a woman came out of the centre and when asked by the couple what had happened to the puppy she just shrugged her shoulders before picking up the dead puppy up by the ear and placed it in a plastic bag. The centre was built with 1,350,000€ from FEIL, the Local Investment State Fund, yet has not been officially inaugurated, working in a clandestine & risqué manner, alarmingly understaffed, without an opening license, and without minimum sanitation and hygiene levels. A full investigation by the Ayuntamiento is currently underway.
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Spanish housing ‘amnesty’ given cautious welcome Thousands of British expatriates whose Spanish holiday homes were declared to have been illegally built are set to benefit from a new government ‘amnesty’ a report featured in The Daily Telegraph states.
The homes are among vast numbers of properties in southern Spain that faced the prospect of compulsory demolition after local officials ruled that they had been built with inadequate planning permission. In many cases, construction had been approved by corrupt town hall politicians but later ruled illegal by regional planning chiefs. Now, in a major boost for British owners, many of whom had invested life savings in the properties, the Andalucian regional government has declared that more than 11,000 of them in the Axarquia region near Malaga may be legalised. “Finally, we think we’re hitting the home straight,” said Philip Smalley, president of residents’ group Save Our Homes in Axarquia. “At the moment it is just words, but our understanding is that finally the council in Andalucia will pass an amendment to legalise these houses. It is absolutely a step in the right direction.” Josefina Cruz, the head of the department for public works and housing in the Andalusian regional government, met with mayors from 14 municipalities in the Axarquia region on Friday to explain the decree, which will normalise 11,025 houses in their area. Many British owners claim to have bought the homes in good faith, only to become embroiled in lengthy and expensive court battles and planning rows. Ms Cruz said the move would permit the “recognition of the houses”, and would be enacted within three to six months. Crucially, the amendment will state that the properties can have access to infrastructure and basic services - at present, many illegallybuilt homes have been denied permission to even connected to mains electricity, water systems or sanitation facilities. Campaigners say this is seen as a step towards fully legalising the property. Ms Cruz described the announcement as a “a recognition of a reality which is there, and responding to it, but with conditions. What we are doing is recognising the existence of 11,025 homes which can start a process of regularisation.” The latest announcement would seem to be another initiative to restore confidence in the troubled Spanish property market, which has been badly hit by the global
The program of events for the del Día de los Derechos de la Mujer will be prolonged until 22nd March. The Mayor of San Javier, Pepa García, Councillor for Equality, María Angeles Chumillas, President of the Association of Amas de Casa de San Javier, Francisca La Torre and the President of the Federation of Housewives of Murcia, Juana Perez, inaugurated the program of activities to be held in San Javier until 22 March to mark the Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace. Workshops, conference presentations, competitions and tributes to outstanding women in the municipality are included in the program, which is organised by the Department of Equality and the Association of Amas de Casa de San Javier, in collaboration with other Council departments such as Parks and Gardens, Social Services, the April Women’s Association and the Fundación Secretariado Gitano. On Thursday 3 March, the Associación de Amas de Casa, which has been in existence for 26 years, celebrated the traditional Day of Coexistence with a lunch in a tent in Almansa Park
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Barclays to close 100 branches British bank Barclays will close more than 100 branches and lay off 700 staff in Spain to cut costs and stem losses, the financial daily Expansion said Tuesday. The cuts, amounting to 17 percent of the staff and almost 20 percent of the branch network, would be announced this week as part of a global plan to reduce costs and open up new markets, it said. Barclays officials in London and Madrid declined to comment. The decision coincided with the arrival one month ago of a new head of Barclays’ retail banking business in Spain, Jaime
Echegoyen, who was formerly the chief executive of Bankinter, it said. Barclays wanted to re-focus its business in Spain on medium- and high-earning customers. The 2008 collapse of the Spanish property bubble hit Barclays bank hard, leaving it exposed to bad loans. It was forced to make provisions of 900 million pounds (1.062 billion euros) last year, it said. Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond had described the group’s losses in Spain in 2010 as being unacceptable, the paper said.
Spain’s deputy PM hospitalised in intensive care
Spain’s deputy prime minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, is in intensive care in hospital suffering from a fever caused by a urinary tract infection, an official said Tuesday. Rubalcaba, 59, had gone to Madrid’s Gregorio Maranon hospital Sunday suffering from a high fever, which he believed was caused by a cold, said a government spokeswoman. “He was hospitalised due to a persistent fever caused by a urinary tract infection after a prostate biopsy carried out several days earlier,” the spokeswoman said. He was transferred to intensive care on Monday but by Tuesday, he was “doing better,” she said. Rubalcaba, who is also the interior minister, is one of the most powerful men in government and is considered a likely successor to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. The biopsy had ruled out prostate cancer, an interior ministry statement said.
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MÓNICA LORENTE NAMED AS OFFICIAL PP CANDIDATE FOR ORIHUELA
At the Queen Sofia Arts Palace in Valencia, more than 3000 people attended the official unveiling of the 61 Partido Popular mayoral candidates of municipalities with inhabitants of more than 20,000 with the newly nominated PP presidential candidate and current President of Valencia, Francisco Camps, on hand to introduce them. Mónica Lorente, who is also the PP President for Orihuela, is the current Orihuela Mayor and has said that she will continue to work hard for the residents of Orihuela, if its citizens decide to elect her at the ballot boxes during the forthcoming municipal elections on Sunday 22nd May. Ms Lorente said that she was delighted to be given the candidacy and said that the Partido Popular in Orihuela was more united than ever. The Mayor went to Valencia with members of her existing government team, members of the local
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Focus Groups Provide Positive Feedback
The Town Hall in Orihuela Costa has recently held two focus groups for residents of the coast. More than twenty members of the public volunteered to take part in the discussion groups which were organised by the Coastal Town Hall Press Officer, Louise Clarke. The aim of the groups was to speak to coastal residents to
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Spanish jobless rises again in February
The number of Spaniards out of work rose for a second consecutive month in February, official data showed this week, adding to government problems in cutting spending and restoring the public finances There were nearly 4.3 million people registered as unemployed last month in Spain, which has the highest jobless rate in the industrialised world, a rise of 68,260 people or 1.6 percent from January, the labour ministry said. Compared with 12 months ago, the figure was up 4.0 percent or 168,638. The rise in the number of those unemployed and claiming benefit adds to the squeeze on public sector finances just
as the government is trying to stamp out fears that Spain will need an Irish-style EUbacked bailout. Figures Tuesday showed Spain had a 2010 public deficit of 9.24 percent of economic output, just below its target of 9.3 percent as spending cuts by the central government offset the missed targets of about half of the country’s 17 regional administrations. Spain has vowed to drive its public deficit down below the European Union limit of 3.0 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2013. “The latest unemployment data were very disappointing, providing further evidence that negative sentiment in the household economy is going to Spain raised 3.8 billion euros ($5.2 billion), just below its target linger during 2011,” of 4.0 billion euros on Thursday but had to pay higher rates of said Raj Badiani, an returns to investors to secure the fresh funds. economist at IHS Concerns that eurozone debt troubles could spread to Spain Global Insight in pushed bond rates sharply higher last year, adding to the costs London. of servicing the country’s sovereign debt, and although they “Firms continue have steadied since, concerns remain. to exercise a very The government has strengthened bank balance sheets, cut cautious approach spending and pursued economic reforms to allay market fears to hiring as a that Spain may be forced to seek a rescue by the European result of the weak Union and IMF like Greece and Ireland last year. domestic demand conditions and tight The Treasury said it sold 2.65 billion euros in five-year bonds profit margins,” he on Thursday at an average yield of 4.389 percent, up from 4.045 added. percent in the last comparable auction February 3, 2011. The government It also sold 1.15 billion euros in three-year bonds at an average does not provide a yield -- the rate of return earned by buyers of the bonds -- of jobless rate but the 3.592 percent, up from 3.254 percent in the last such auction national statistics in February. institute, which Demand for the five-year paper was 2.2 times the amount sold uses a different and three times for the shorter-dated bills. calculation method The Treasury had hoped to raise between 3.0 and 4.0 billion from the labour euros. ministry, said in
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January that it stood at 20.33 percent at the end of 2010. That is the highest level in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and topped the government target of 19.4 percent for the year. Spain’s booming construction industry drew millions of unskilled immigrant workers and generated high levels of economic growth in the decade to 2008. But the collapse of the property bubble, compounded by the global financial crisis, left many people out of work, especially immigrants and youths. Secretary of state for employment, Mari Luz Rodriguez, called Wednesday’s unemployment figure “a bad number” but she stressed that the rise in joblessness was smaller then those posted in February of 2010 and 2009. In October, the government raised its forecast for the jobless rate for 2011 to 19.3 percent from a previous estimate of 18.9 percent due to the effects of spending cuts aimed at reining in the public deficit. It predicts the jobless rate will dip to 17.5 percent in 2012 and 16.2 percent in 2013. The Spanish economy, the European Union’s fifth biggest, shrank 0.1 percent in 2010, after contracting 3.7 percent in 2009, making it one of only three eurozone countries along with Greece and Ireland to have shrunk last year. The government predicts it will expand by 1.3 percent this year but the International Monetary Fund sees growth of just 0.6 percent. Last year, the government introduced a hotly contested labour market reforms which cut the country’s high cost of firing workers and gave companies more flexibility to reduce working hours and staff levels in economic downturns -- changes that it argued would boost job creation.
Zapatero offers help to Tunisia as Libyan border crisis escalates The Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, today lent his support to the new regime in Tunisia and promised the Tunisian authorities 300 million euros worth of credit over the next years to help the country in its transition towards democracy Zapatero also recognised the severity of the situation on the border between Tunisia and Libya and offered to send boats and planes to ease the refugee crisis that the country faces. Some 70,000 people have fled Libya since the unrest began two weeks ago. About 14,000 people flooded across the border on Monday alone, many of them Egyptian migrant workers. In the no-man’s land between the Libyan and Tunisian border posts, desperate arrivals are being crushed against barriers controlling access to the Tunisian passport control and customs area after leaving the Libyan border post 50m away. International relief officials admit their efforts have been far outpaced by developments on the ground. “The needs are much much greater than what is being provided,” said Firas Kayal, spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR. “The situation is significantly increasing. The numbers keep flowing. There has to be a massive international effort to ease the situation. Governments have to take
action, right now.” The UNHCR has helped the Tunisian army set up a transit camp, that was initially intended to shelter 10,000 people, a fraction of those now stranded in Tunisia trying to get home. The massive influx is putting a huge strain on Tunisia, as it goes through its own tumultuous changes. Thousands of jobless young men have been trying to flee to Europe by taking boats to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the closest point reachable by illegal smuggling boats. Meanwhile, the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, shows no sign of stepping down and has today openly criticised the imposition of sanctions on him and his associates. “The UN Security Council is not supposed to hand down resolutions on the grounds of media reports from outside Libya. How can the United Nations and Security Council base their resolutions on false reports?” he asks. He has also warned that “thousands of Libyans would be killed” in the event of foreign military intervention in Libya.
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Backlash over Spain’s energy saving Spain’s government faced a backlash from its two wealthiest regions over plans to implement energy saving measures amid soaring oil prices brought on by unrest in the Middle East
Madrid and Catalonia have both refused to cut rail fares on commuter trains in their regions arguing that the costs would be “unbearable” at a time when they are battling to reduce burgeoning debt. The socialist government of Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero last Friday announced emergency energy saving measures that include lowering the national speed limit, reducing rail fares and cutting street lighting by 50 per cent. The government pledged to lower the price of commuter and short-distance rail tickets by five per cent in a bid to encourage drivers to leave their cars at home and take public transport as fuel prices rocket to above 100 dollars a barrel for the first time in two years. But the fare reduction, which is meant to be effective from March 7, looked in jeopardy in both the capital and Spain’s second largest city, Barcelona, after the regional governments controlling those cities argued they should not be made to foot the bill. The Catalan government led by the centre right CiU party expressed fury that the measures were announced without consultation from the central government. “They invite you to a coffee; you drink it, and they tell you you have to pay for it,” said Francesc Homs, the spokesman for the Catalan government. Catalonia, traditionally the wealthiest region in Spain after Madrid, is struggling to control spiraling debt. Last year its debt rose by 24.2 per cent to 29.5
billion euros (£25 billion) as of end of June 2010. Meanwhile, the conservative Popular Party run Madrid regional government said the measure would be ineffective as it would only cover four per cent of public transport trips yet would cost regional authorities around 45 million euros (£38m). “It’s strange to be asked to cut fares when the cost of transport is actually rising,” said José Ignacio EcheverrÃa, regional transport minister. The government has been forced to backtrack on its pledge to reduce street lighting by half after highway watchdogs argued it could lead to an increase in road traffic accidents. Rather than switching off lit areas or reducing the hours of illumination the government said it would consider a move to replace street lamps with energy saving lightbulbs.
Thirty five years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco, Spain is still battling for his family to return assets to the nation, STATES A REPORT PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY TELEGRAPH.
The question of what to do with the family of a dictator after the fall of the regime is still a sore point in Spain, where Gen Franco’s heirs enjoy privileges and wealth despite the nation’s transition to democracy on his death in 1975. Authorities in Galicia have for several years been battling to vacate the Franco family from the Pazo de Meiras, a vast country palace, “donated” to Gen Franco at the end of the 1936-39 Civil War. On the dictator’s death in November 1975, the property, which dates from the late 19th century, passed to his heirs and is still used as a country retreat by his daughter and grandchildren. But the regional government is determined to have it recognised as a place of “historical and cultural value”
and opened to the public. The family has refused and the matter is now being dealt with in the courts. The row sparked a national debate over whether the descendants of Franco, who is said to have been responsible for the deaths of 300,000 people during the civil war and ensuing dictatorship, should be allowed to continue enjoying the spoils of his regime. The family assets are estimated at somewhere between £244 million and £406 million but there are no official records. There are regular calls for the Francos to return other properties “given” to the dictator including a 2,000-square-metre palace outside Madrid and the 18thcentury palace of Cornilde in Corunna.
The heirs of Franco have in the meantime been profiting from construction projects on land once confiscated by the fascist dictator. After the death of Franco, the transitional government judged it better to encourage forgiveness than to stir antagonism that could engulf the fledgling democracy. As a result a tacit “pact of silence” was introduced to avoid recriminations over want went on before. It was only in 2007 in an initiative led by Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Socialist prime minister and grandson of a republican executed by Franco’s soldiers, that the state cut funding for the Franco Foundation run by Carmen Franco Polo, 83 yearold daughter of the dictator.
Government freezes Gaddafi’s assets in Málaga
ECB signals that eurozone economy has recovered Market Commentary 4th March 2011 The European Central Bank (ECB) gave a crystal clear signal yesterday that it has already made the decision to raise interest rates in the near future. The European Central bank said in its introductory statement to its press conference that “strong vigilance is warranted....to contain upside risks to price stability”. On Thursday the ECB decided to keep rates at 1% at this month’s meeting. Speaking at a press conference, Jean-Claude Trichet, president at the ECB stressed that no decisions had yet been made. “We are never precommitted. The decision will be taken at the next meeting by the governing council,” he said. But analysts said it was a clear signal that a rate rise next month was likely. Trichet, said a rate hike next month is “possible”. The ECB decision to keep rates on hold for March is the 22nd-consecutive month they have been kept at record low of 1%. Mr Trichet said a rate increase next month would not necessarily be the first of a series of hikes. Nonetheless, given the momentum in the economy and the fact that headline inflation is likely to rise further, there must be a strong possibility that an April hike will be followed by at least one further move. For now, analysts have pencilled in another hike in July. But with growth likely to slow and inflation concerns ease later this year, don’t expect rates to rise as far as the markets are currently anticipating. Overall, while the ECB’s desire to tighten policy ahead of other
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central banks partly reflects the relative strength of the euro-zone economy, its actions could deal a further blow to the region’s weaker economies and hence add to the risks surrounding the future of the single currency union. In the longer run, the ECB’s stance could therefore increase the downside risks for the euro. This indecision could very well explain the trading pattern of the Euro since the conference; a leap up in value on the statement release and then nothing. There was no reaction in the US, nothing in Asia and no follow through on the European opening this morning. The proximity to this afternoon’s US employment data might go some way to explaining traders caginess to push the Euro any higher. It looks far more likely that they are unconvinced that it is the correct way forward, preferring to side with the policy being adopted by the US and UK of ensuring economic recovery before trying to suppress inflation. This morning’s release of the Halifax UK house price survey has caused Sterling to slip a tad with the headline number marginally worse than expected and a weak outlook for prices over the rest of the year.
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The Spanish government has blocked Libyan leader, Muamar el Gaddafi’s, building project in Benahavís (Málaga), where he owns land and had planned to build about 2,000 homes, a golf course and a conference centre. The Government took the decision, to comply with the sanctions imposed by the UN and EU on Libya last weekend, which includes the freezing of bank accounts and assets in the name of Colonel Gaddafi and members of his family. Gaddafi’s land lies in the town of Benahavís, between Marbella, Estepona and Ronda. The embargo on the land prevents Gaddafi and his family from “using the property for financial gain”. The Libyan leader and his family are thought to have other property on the Costa del Sol, and their assets are being analysed by the
Government and the Junta de Andalucía. Gaddafi’s finances in Spain are also being looked into, and any bank accounts in his name will be frozen immediately in line with the international sanctions. The European Commission will today approve the sanction ruling made by Brussels on Monday, which also includes a ban on issuing visas for Gaddafi and 25 other people, preventing them from entering EU countries, and an arms embargo. These sanctions were issued after Gaddafi ordered an armed military repression of demonstrators demanding his resignation after 42 years in power. The Libyan leader was in Málaga on a private visit in December 2007.
Qatar promises to invest 3 billion euros in Spanish companies
Spain’s prime minster, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has had a successful first official visit to Qatar, where he discussed investments in Spanish companies with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani. Almost 300 million euros is expected to be invested in Spanish savings banks and the Qatari prime minister said the move would be to “invest in these companies and capitalise them”. “We have confidence in
emir will visit Spain on a state visit in April. “This will be an important step forward for the Spanish economy and will consolidate c o n f i d e n c e ,” Zapatero said.
the Spanish economy; the government has taken many positive steps,” Sheikh Thani told reporters on Monday. Sheikh Thani is also the head of the Qatar Investment Authority, the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund. Qatar’s
Zapatero said the two sides had also agreed on more investment by Qatar in the communications and energy sectors. Last week, Qatar said it was open to buying stakes in part state-owned British lenders RBS and Lloyds Banking Group.
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New Eastern European ‘benefit tourism’ fears after safeguards scrapped
Workers from former Eastern Bloc nations will become eligible to claim hundreds of pounds in jobseeker’s allowance, council tax help and housing benefits. Migrants will be able to receive the benefits because restrictions on eligibility – introduced through a scheme introduced by the European Union seven years ago - are due to be abolished in May. Under EU law all restrictions on citizens of new member states must end after a seven-year “transitional” period. Ministers conceded last night they are powerless to prevent the changes because Britain needed to maintain “our national and international obligations”. The three benefits combined could be worth up to £250 a week, per person, The Times reported. The disclosures will lead to concerns that a fresh wave of migrants will embark on “benefit tourism” placing an even greater strain on public finances. Officials at the Department of Work and Pensions have pledged to be vigilant against fraud and promised to crack down on abusers. Under the changes, nationals from the eight states will be able to access the three benefits as long as they can prove they have worked in Britain, sought more work and intend to live here. It also means that tough rules introduced by other EU countries will also be scrapped. At the time the EU expanded only Britain, the Irish Republic and Sweden opened up their jobs market. It means that countries such as Germany and Austria will be opening their doors to workers for the first time from May. The scheme was introduced by Labour ministers in 2004 amid concerns that migrants from poor nations would arrive in Britain en masse. After it was introduced following eight former Soviet bloc states
Tens of thousands of Eastern European migrants will be able to claim increased benefits in Britain within weeks because the government is being forced to scrap safeguards on receiving handouts.
joining the EU it led to “the largest single wave of foreign inmovement ever experienced by the UK”, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Migrants were barred from receiving jobseeker’s allowance, housing and council tax benefit unless they had worked here continuously for twelve months. But very few qualified mainly due to their work was seasonal. Official figures show that since 2005 hundreds of thousands of migrants have registered to work, reaching a peak of 224,195 in 2006. That number fell after that but rose at the end of last year as Britain emerged from recession. Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, said the Coalition would impose “transition controls2 on all new EU member states in future. “We’re in the process of delivering major reform to bring immigration down to tens of thousands with the introduction of a new limit on economic migrants from outside the EU,” he said. A DWP spokesman added: “We have to remain in line with our national and international obligations. “However, it is absolutely necessary to protect the taxpayer and the benefit system from possible abuse. This is our No 1 priority.”
EU to scrap controversial fishing restrictions
Under the EU Common Fisheries Policy, fishing fleets are governed by catch limits and cannot land any “by-catch”, fish they have netted accidentally or which are over their allocated quota. The so-called “discard” is thrown back, dead, into the sea. Maria Damanaki, the Greek fishing commissioner, on Tuesday pledged to end this practice after a growing campaign against it.
”This is unacceptable. We have to abandon discarding.” Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall, the television celebrity chef, has campaigned on the issue with over 650,000 people signing a petition supporting a ban. British trials have begun on new rules in the North Sea cod fishery involving 23 English and Scottish vessels.
John Galliano to stand trial Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, will face trial over an incident at a Paris café during which he allegedly hurled anti-Semitic and racist abuse at Géraldine Bloch, 35, and her companion Philippe Virgiti, 41. The Paris Prosecutors Office has issued a statement saying it has decided to put John Galliano on trial following a police investigation. The proceedings could take place in the second quarter of this year, and Galliano could face up to six months in prison, and up to €22,500 in fines, if convicted. Galliano, who was fired from his role as creative director of Christian Dior over the allegations, issued a personal statement on 2nd March, completely denying the claims made against him, renouncing anti-Semitism and racism, and apologising unreservedly for any offence his behaviour has caused. It is believed Galliano has now left France and he is reported to be attending a rehabilitation facility, most likely The Meadows in Arizona. Christian Dior intend to go ahead with their autumn/ winter 2011 show this Friday at Paris Fashion Week, but whether Galliano will show his eponymous line on Sunday is unconfirmed.
Euro MP allowances piscimar pool sl boosted again Euro MPs have awarded themselves a 1,500-euro (£1,278; $2,083) increase in their monthly office allowance.
The decision adds 13.2m euros to the European Parliament’s 2011 budget. The extra cash will enable MEPs to hire more, or better qualified, assistants, a parliament statement said. Last year the 27 EU member states’ governments limited the total EU budget rise for 2011 to 2.9% - not the 6% that MEPs wanted. MEPs’ pre-tax monthly salary is set at 7,956.87 euros. MEPs also received a 1,500euro increase in their office allowance last year. They
defended the budget rise by arguing that the Lisbon Treaty - which greatly boosted the parliament’s powers - had increased their workload. On top of their salary, the latest increase will raise MEPs’ monthly 4,299-euro office allowance to 5,799 euros. Their official trips to Brussels and Strasbourg are refunded, and they get a separate annual travel allowance of 4,243 euros. In addition, MEPs get a flat-rate allowance of 304 euros for each day of attendance at official
parliament meetings, to cover accommodation and meals. It is paid only if they sign the attendance register. The office allowance increase was adopted by the parliament’s budgetary control committee on Thursday. The largest MEP groupings - the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and centreleft Socialists and Democrats (S&D) - backed the increase. It was opposed by the liberals (ALDE), left-wingers and the Greens.
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Oil price rises as Libya tensions grow Oil prices rose more than a dollar as fighting in Libya intensified
Brent crude climbed as high as $116.20 a barrel, up over 1%, amid fears that the crisis could spread from North Africa to oilrich countries in the Gulf. A Libyan warplane dropped bombs just beyond the walls of a military base held by rebels in the eastern town of Ajdabiyah but did not hit it, Reuters reported. The latest rise in oil prices comes as Chris Huhne, the UK’s climate and energy secretary, warned of a 1970s-style oil shock. He said if the oil price doubles from $80 a barrel last year to $160 a barrel this year, this could wipe £45bn off the value of the British economy in the next two years. “This is not just far-off speculation: it is a threat
here and now,” he said. The crisis has disrupted oil production in Libya, which usually pumps 1.6m barrels of crude a day. Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency’s chief economist, repeated his warning that the surge in oil prices could derail the global economic recovery. “The age of cheap oil is over, though policy action could bring lower international prices than would otherwise be the case,” he said at a conference in Berlin this week. If prices held at current levels, Europe’s oil costs would be higher than in 2008, a record year for prices, he warned. “Europe is the weakest link in
the chain of economic recovery ... In Europe, 75% of the gas prices are linked to oil prices. In a few months gas prices are going to increase,” said Birol. The IEA is considering tapping its strategic oil reserves, he reiterated in an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland. “We are monitoring the situation from hour to hour very closely and are in close contact with governments,” Birol said. “We can bring 2 million barrels onto the market every day and that for two years without a pause. At the moment, Saudi Arabia is making up for the shortfall caused by the Libyan crisis by stepping up its own production.
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An Environmental Disaster or Common Sense? Former Ibizan resident and international recording artist Jack Green has released eleven new songs on Tunited.com, his first in over twenty five years. ‘Mediterranean White’ is a beautiful tribute tune to the oasis that Spain is and continues to be. As Green comments, “There’s a part of my heart that will always remain there”. Green now resides in England with his beautiful wife of many years Jackie and operates a Video Production company, “Studio 9” on the Isle of Wight
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What a fantastic night was had by all at the club on 18 February, when we were superbly entertained by the amazing ‘Prospectors’ duo all the way from Benidorm! The dance floor was full all night and we were also treated to some fantastic fiddle & mandolin solo’s – all in that special ‘country style’. They’re back next January!! The club meets on a fortnightly basis on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 8.00pm until midnight. It’s not a ‘members only’ club and all are invited to come along. The fortnightly entertainment consists of a mix of Live Entertainment, Country Music Disco, all styles of dancing – western partner, country rock, line dancing plus possible dancing tuition for those who want to learn, request spots, etc – and even Country Music Karaoke. The Social Club in La Molata, Los Muñoces – near Cañadas de Alhama is located just off the RM2/MU 603, around 10km from Camposol. Boasting a large dance floor, it’s also a licensed premises with drinks at Spanish prices and our hosts, Antonio & Cheryl, maintain a superb kitchen. The ‘fish and chips’ are to die for! Advance bookings for meals can be made to Cheryl on 619 003 022 The club is designed as a non-profit making organisation but, having said that, we charge a small entrance fee of €5.00 per couple (or €3 per single) together with a raffle held on each club night to pay for the Live Artists and club running costs. Net profits from any income are to be donated, via the Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía, to the joint Lions/PALS C.A.F.E. appeal. Our programme for the next few months starts with, all the way from England, a special return appearance of the fabulous CACTUS JACK, and continues with Costa Calida’s answer to Garth Brooks, the amazing RED STROKES! On 20 May we look forward to the welcome return of a legend. The British Country Music Award winning PHIL BRADY and, taking us into the summer, from the Beagles duo – and in true ‘Country Mode – we’ve managed to secure a night’s entertainment by the ever popular MARTY ROSS. In outline, our programme for the next few months is... Fri 04 Mar
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Not a secret beach, but it’s out of the way, and unless the traveller around the headframes and adits of La Union and Portman, knows both where it is and more importantly, where to turn off to reach the little bay, it can remain unvisited by many. This small bay, just off the MU 320 is reached by a rough track that follows El Gorguel dry river bed. If the motorist braves both passing over, and then under, an arched bridge, which, for as long as I have known it, looks as if if will collapse at any time, he or she, will be rewarded at the end of the narrow, twisting track, by the sight of waves, crashing onto a beach of jet black “Lunar” sand. Under the shelter of the cliffs, cluster a number of summer fisherman’s houses, built from the flotsam and jetsam that the Mediterranean now and again, throws onto the beach, an idyllic location. Sadly, or there again, excitingly, dependent upon your point of view, the Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena are looking to invest 1,100 millions of euro, to build a container port in this little bay. The port would stretch between the Cola del Caballo and the Punta Escucha, totally destroying the Playa del Gorguel. A twin track rain tunnel would be blasted out of the Punta Escucha headland, to enable freight trains to connect with the main line at Cartagena. The port would look to employ some 3,000 employees. In the first year of operation, two million tonnes of freight would be moved through the port, with some 3,500 million tonnes by year two. Portman Bay, just around the headland, is not happy. The large cost of moving all the polluted mine waste, that was dumped into their waters, during the mining days, along with a promised new sandy beach, would all seem a little wasted, when the view from both deckchair and moored cabin cruiser, would be container ships, plying backwards and forwards, into the adjoining bay. Ecologist’s are concerned about the wild life and delicate plant life that thrives so well on these uninhabited headlands. So, is it sensible to offer work to 3,000 people in this corner of Spain? Of course it is! Is it sensible to protect and preserve the beautiful coastline, along this this and other sections of the Mediterraneo? Of course it is! It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of readers - I would not like to call the shot on this one! The photograph gives an idea as to how the port would encroach along this coastline.
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Content is king at ‘A Place in the Sun Live’ Show organisers focus on the better informed buyer A Place in the Sun Live is all about - and only about - overseas property. This market-leading, three-day event is the biggest and best-attended overseas property show of the year. With 6,127 visitors attending the show in 2010, an audience of over 7,000 visitors is expected at the London spring 2011 show, highlighting the continuing appeal to the British public of buying abroad
Visitors to March’s A Place in the Sun Live will leave the show as better informed buyers, thanks to the exhibition’s enhanced feature content. A series of areas dedicated to specific countries will formalise the show’s deeper content by giving individual countries a whole day to put advice forward, rather than just one-hour slots.
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The specialist areas include a new feature - The Florida Pavilion - focusing on the sunshine state, a perennial favourite among UK buyers. The Florida Pavilion will be joined by: The French Village featuring a mix of agents and developers specialising in French properties, with thousands of homes for sale alongside a detailed seminar programme covering all aspects of buying and living in France; The Spanish Village offering a huge selection of bargain properties from across the Spanish Costa; and The Portuguese Pavilion, in association with the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, bringing together developers, agents and legal experts to give an insight into all that Portugal has to
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If you haven’t heard of ZUMBA® already you soon will. The craze that has taken the world of fitness and dance by storm has hit Spain. Known to many as a fitness party, the ZUMBA® program combines unique dance moves and hot international tunes to create a party atmosphere where you can dance, have fun and get fit at the same time. The brain child of Columbian dancer Beto Perez, the ZUMBA® program came about by accident, when rushing to teach an aerobics class one day he forgot his music so he grabbed a few of his favourite Latin CDs from his car and improvised a Latin inspired workout. ZUMBA® was born. The ZUMBA® program has transformed the lives of millions of people worldwide. ZUMBA® doesn’t see race, religion, and colour. ZUMBA® brings people together. It is not just a workout it is a way of life, once you try ZUMBA® you are hooked. Not only do you see the difference in your body and energy levels but you will find your self dancing round the house and unable to wait for your next class. That is probably why ZUMBA® has been so successful you won’t dread going to work out because it is fun so you stick to it, it works. ZUMBA® has only just arrived on the Costa Almeria and is already making waves. Top ZUMBA® instructor from the Costa Almeria, Rachel Medi and her partner at ZUMBASPAIN, ZUMBA® education Specialist Hermann Melo are hoping to make ZUMBA® history here in Spain when they host their ZUMBATHON® in Mojacar this spring to raise much needed funds for the AECC, Spains national cancer charity. If have never been to a ZUMBATHON® I suggest you try it. This one an a half hour dance party will have you all up out your seats
and pumping for a great course. Hermann, Rachel and other top ZUMBA® dancers including Kimberley Harrison will travel from all over Spain to show the Costa Almeria how to get down. Any fitness level, any age, there are no stipulations except to have fun! ‘Just listen to the music, move your body and follow our lead, the AECC does amazing work and I’m very excited about this event’, says Rachel [zumba instructors network TM] The AECC are extremely excited about the event, ZUMBA® has been raising money for cancer for over ten years with their world famous party in the pink dance events and now it is Spain’s turn to spread some ZUMBA® LOVE. The ZUMBATHON®, hosted by Rachel Medi [zumba instructors network] and Hermann Melo [zumba education specialist] in association with Indigo Gymnasium and the AECC will be held at La Mar Salada on Mojacar Playa 19.00 on the 1st of April. The event is being supported by political party Mojacar Se Mueve who has a real interest in supporting tourism in the area and believes that ZUMBA® might be just the thing that helps put Mojacar’s party scene back on the map. Front runner Jessica Simpson regularly takes part in Rachel’s ZUMBA® classes in Mojacar and will be one of the dancers from Rachel’s troup making an appearance on stage on the day. Tickets cost just five euros for all, and all proceeds will go the the AECC there will be various merchandise and nutritional advice available on the day and a chance to chat with Rachel and the other instructors. For more information and to purchase tickets check out www.zumbaspain. com where you can email Rachel directly OR drop in to Indigo Gymnasium on Mojacar Playa or see Jessica Simpson, KILOMBO in Mojacar Pueblo.
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Short-sellers usually borrow shares or bonds, sell them, then buy them back when the stock falls - pocketing the difference. A new directive places conditions on the use of credit defaults swaps (CDS) - a form of government debt insurance. Under the new rules those traders who want to “short” a CDS would have to own the underlying government bond before they could sell it. Some MEPs argue that the practice of naked short selling exacerbated the financial crisis, with the borrowing costs of countries like Greece being driven up by “speculation” on government debt. They argue that traders have an incentive to drive down the price of a share or bond - and thereby needlessly damage a company or an economy. “This regulation takes one more step towards curbing speculation and improving transparency in the financial services sector,” MEPs said in a statement. Others however argue that this form of short selling keeps assets liquid and performs a valuable secondary function of alerting the market when a stock or bond is incorrectly priced. Andrew Baker, chief executive of AIMA - the hedge fund
MEPs have voted in favour of restricting the practice of “naked” short selling. “Naked” short-selling is when a trader sells financial instruments he has not yet borrowed.
KRUGER CANOPIES trade association - says that if this directive were introduced it would have negative impact on global debt markets. “Debt markets would be less efficient, liquid and transparent. The cost of borrowing would increase and the availability of credit to borrowers would decrease, with a concomitant negative impact on growth and jobs,” Mr Baker said in a statement. However the vote in favour of the proposed directive does not mean it will be immediately implemented. It will still have to be negotiated with the European Commission and the heads of government, within the Council of Ministers.
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Could apples hold the secret of longer life?
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An apple a day could keep the undertaker away. Scientists have linked the fruit with a longer life – at least in flies! Fruit flies, which share many genes with humans despite their tiny size, were either fed normally or had an
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Not only did the flies given the apple extract live ten per cent longer, they also found it easier to walk, climb and move about as they aged.
The apple’s genetic code has recently been cracked, paving the way for crunchier, juicier and healthier fruits.
The apple extract also cut levels of various biochemicals found in older fruit flies and linked to agerelated deterioration. The researchers, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, believe that the antioxidants in the extract mopped up free radicals – dangerous chemicals blamed for a host of ills, including ageing. A spokesman for the American Chemical Society said: ‘The results, obtained with fruit flies – standins for humans in hundreds of research projects each year – bolster similar findings on apple antioxidants in other animal
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In another study, researchers who quizzed thousands of women about their diets found that those who regularly ate apples were 20 per cent less likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes.
Researchers are already using the information to grow red-fleshed apples bursting with antioxidants credited with keeping eyes and joints healthy and warding off heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. Apples that suppress appetite could also be in the pipeline, with the first ‘extrahealthy’ apples on supermarket shelves within just four to five years. The decoding of the apple’s DNA by a team of almost 100 scientists from five countries has also shed new light on its roots. The research suggests that around 65million years ago, the time when a comet is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs, the plant that would eventually give rise to the apple tree underwent a massive and rapid genetic change, in which many of its genes were duplicated. The extra genes allowed the apple to adapt to tougher conditions and sent it along a different evolutionary path from peaches, strawberries and other related fruit.
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The drug is commonly used to ease aches and pains but US research, in Neurology journal, found it had an added benefit. In studies of more than 135,000 men and women regular users of ibuprofen were 40% less likely to develop Parkinson’s. However, experts say it is too early to say whether the benefits of taking the drug outweigh the risk of side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding.
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Lead researcher Professor Alberto Ascherio, of the Harvard School of Public Health, said: “There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, so the possibility that ibuprofen, an existing and relatively non-toxic drug, could help protect against the disease is captivating.” In his study, funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation, men and women who used ibuprofen two or more times a week reduced their risk of Parkinson’s disease by more than a third compared with those who regularly used aspirin, acetaminophen, or other NSAIDs. Dr Kieran Breen, director of Research and Development at Parkinson’s UK, said it was difficult to know exactly what effect ibuprofen might be having on the death of nerve cells in the brain, and how it might affect whether somebody will get Parkinson’s. But based on the findings of this latest study, he said there would seem to be an interesting link. He said: “We know that inflammatory changes in the brain may be involved in the death of nerve cells which cause Parkinson’s, particularly in the early stages of the condition.
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Poor Manners Bequile Your New Found Intelligence! Part II Last time I told you about you could get by in Spain knowing less than 600 words, and how to use your new found linguistic honours, so this week I am going to take a look at how a long with these new linguistic skills and friendships comes the inevitable social graces of common manners a detail of absolute paramount importance in this sunny country where little of actual importance seems to occur. Not greeting a friend you haven’t seen in four minutes or waving wildly at your neighbour and acknowledging his presence is a shameless error of criminal proportions. Greeting (acknowledging) everyone’s being upon entering a public room or restaurant is fundamental. It is a “Good Morning” to all and leaving is no different. In the meantime, if you know anyone personally in that room they must be acknowledged. Everyone in that room wants to know where have you been all day, with whom? What you talked about? What you’re having to eat? Why? And seek for the smallest crumb of new information, even if a lie or an improbable rumour. Years back while rushing out of a restaurant, late for some toros, I swiftly paid a small bill. It was high, the more I contemplated my obvious and flagrant rape I insisted I go back and have a proper argument. No said my Sevillano friend, wait until after the corrida and I will show you what to do. We went back but not to the errant bar but to the one right next door. Then my friend instructed me to gripe, bitch, shout and tell the new bartender and all the patrons how I had been cheated. “Be forceful, just like you’re talking to the man that robbed you”. Didn’t make sense to me but the following day as I game out of the very large and full Real Maenstraza of Sevilla I was greeted by none other than the actual robber who effusely greeted me and insisted I return to his bar for drinks and tapas so the toros could be discussed. Manner dictated that no apology was issued nor asked for. The conversation was forced but made and soon forgotten.
Ric Polansky is one of Mojacar’s most colourful residents and the owner of Polansky & Assoc (www.mojacar-sales.com). His column is sponsored by Bay Radio Costa Almería: Turre 91.5 FM and Mojacar 95.5 FM Online: www.bayradio.fm. You can read more of Ric’s writing on and on www.ricpolansky.com and www.torosbravos.es, his life long passion!
‘Life in the Grey’ …the grey area between right and wrong, legal and illegal!
After living on the Costa del Sol for several years, I finally came across an angle for which to base a documentary regarding the ‘the coast’. Something I had wanted to do for many years. I used to watch the series on English television ‘Costa del Crime’ and more recently ‘Benidorm’; the people are fascinating, especially to the British back in Britain. Almost a year ago I met yet another new face on the Costa del Sol ‘The Coast’- as we call it down here. Having learned his story over the following months, I had my base storyline and the creativity and expansion flowed. In fact, there is a funny story to our initial meetings! On 2 occasions Ian R.D.M purposely gave me an incorrect mobile number to contact him on - a joke we often revisit when he asks me to call him and I reply by saying ‘On which number? You gave me 3 remember!’ He explained, that at the time that he didn’t know me very well and never gave his number out. Unlike most people you meet, he didn’t talk about himself; in fact, nobody really knew anything about him accept he was ‘a nice guy’ and ‘a bit posh’. Ian had a very articulate and eloquent way of effectively saying ‘this and that’, when asked what he did. Having spent time in Mojacar and Marbella on the Costa del Sol, he mentioned that Mojacar is different to every other ex-pat location in Spain: “People there seem normal! They don’t have too many stories, which is nice.” I was shown an article where a journalist,
liaising with a radio presenter said, “Ian R.D.M; councillor, master of philosophy, educated, eloquent and erudite…a great subject for discussion”. He was right! Ian’s ‘life in the grey’ include the worlds of academic philosophy, politics, finance and banking. The documentary travels from the coast ‘del Sol’ up to Mojacar and features some extraordinary stories. What’s more interesting to me personally, as a Bulgarian, is how people almost choose a life of unnecessary risk. We took risks growing up in Bulgaria because we had no choice, but Brits have so many choices and so much help from banks and the government; is it out of greed perhaps? Or does the heat from the Spanish sun fuel us with a care free attitude? My documentary will conclude on these points. I love the coast! I love the stories! I love this project! I look forward to capturing the innocents of Mojacar!
To find out more or if you want to get involved please e-mail: lifeinthegrey@ ymail.com There will be a website where you can follow the progress and watch the clips as they are made. Chris J. B.
True Confessions of a Doctor
Dear Friends, It is rarely pleasant for true confessions; in fact they can be very rough. Nonetheless confessions set the truth free and keep the record straight. It allows me to give credit, where it is due. Before I talk about my confession, I would like to say a few things first.
Many years ago, as a child, something happened to me that changed my life forever. Let me tell you my story: “When I was7 my family and I moved West across the United Sates. It was an exciting time to travel, find a new home; meet new friends and have a new life full of adventure. Then one day a car in a crosswalk bumped my mother. It was very light and she barely fell over – but then she couldn’t get up. At first I thought she was joking until the ambulance arrived to assist us. Upon arriving at the hospital the doctors did their best but could not discover anything wrong. She was prescribed painkillers and muscle relaxants and sent home with the prognosis that all would be well in a few days. Within a few days, with much dismay, the symptoms did not alleviate in fact they worsened. This time the doctor prescribed even stronger medication and instructed her to go to physical therapy three times a week. We left with new hope. She began her physical therapy care. Unfortunately it did not get the results we so desired. In fact my mother would come home in tears after every session and remained bedridden. Three months transpired with physical therapy and now my mother’s trouble began to impact me. With my father out of the home it left me responsible for cooking, cleaning, walking the dog and caring for my mother and myself. Suddenly my adventure at 7 was quite different and not so exciting. She visited other therapists without results. Time continued to elapse. She spoke with her doctor again who referred her to an orthopedic surgeon. Unfortunately nothing was discovered and surgery to cut & kill the nerve trunk was the only option. This seemed ridiculous for my mother. She was only 26 and now bedridden, taking over 10 tablets a day with extreme pain debilitating almost all activities and unable to care for me properly. She had always been physically fit and the accident was so minor. As time passed my mothers’ health continued to decline. After nearly two years of being bedridden, using all remedies offered, conventional or not, the doctors finally decided to send her to a special hospital where they would teach you how live with the pain. They had given up and ran out of options. One day at the hospital I heard a passing
conversation about a local chiropractor. Curious to discover more I eves dropped. Now at the age of nine and very mature for my age I listened and heard of a possibility. Others had gone for differing troubles and many had positive results. I quickly rushed to inform my mother. My mother was very despondent and not very receptive. Still I pleaded with her; it was our last chance for hope. I can be very persuasive and finally she conceded to visiting the chiropractor. The chiropractor did a thorough consultation, examination and a detailed report where he fully explained my mother’s trouble. He then proceeded to adjust the spine of my mother. After the adjustment my mother was able to stand up straight and without pain for the first time in two years. My mother’s health soon returned. After a few weeks she no longer needed the assortment of medication. In a few months she had returned to the mother I remembered at 7. She no longer had what the doctors called a short leg since she was a child. Her menstruation returned to normal and she never again suffered from periodic headaches. My mother was back and better than ever! After two years of hospitals I witnessed a great deal of suffering, the results while at the chiropractor were so astounding that I was inclined to go to chiropractic school and become a chiropractor myself. It is strange how life can come full circle because now people come to see me with their health problems. They come to me with their headaches, migraines, chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthmas allergies, numbness in limbs athletic injuries just to name a few, they get such great results that some of my clients have decided to study chiropractic. And that is how it happened!” Here’s what some of my clients say:
My daughter was asthmatic taking inhalers and medication daily. She was sidelined and unable to play with her classmates; now her health has improved so much she no longer uses medication or inhalers and is the captain of the football team! (L. Hamn) After injuring my back I could only play a hole or two, of golf, for almost two years. I was about to give up the game. This is serious because I am a professional golfer. I laughed at Dr. Jensen when he said I would be out playing again after only 2 weeks! But it was true and now I am at the top of my game. (S. Fernandez) I have suffered with constant headaches and migraines since my childhood, the moment that I met Dr. Paul and he adjusted me a miracle happened, no more headaches and no more painkillers. Thank you for exposing me to the wonderful world of Chiropractic, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. (R. Sastre) I am honored to have helped so many people with their health care problems but I cannot really take credit. My confession is that I have never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! It is very challenging to be a chiropractor today. There are many so-called experts out there with extreme misinformation, much of which is ridiculous. But the studies speak for themselves, like the Virginia, USA study that showed over 95% of people who saw a chiropractor were satisfied with their results. That is outstanding! Studies show that chiropractic may double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immunes system fights colds, the flu and other sicknesses. The results? You may not be sick in bed
as much. This is especially important when you are self-employed. Benefit from an Amazing Offer Would you like to see if chiropractic is the solution to your health problems? Would you like to see for yourself it it’s as easy and as effective as I say it is? Sure you would! And now here’s the best part. When you bring in this article by this Friday you will receive my entire new client exam and report for only 35 euro. That includes a postural analysis, a spinal thermo graphic and sEMG scans and a detailed report of your findings. Everything! How can such an offer be made? The answer is simple. I know that chiropractic works so well I am willing to take most of the risk. I hope that you accept my offer. Let’s discover if chiropractic can help you. You cannot lose – but you sure can win! Be happy to know that I have affordable individual or family plans. Not only great fees….but great care! I am very confident in my ability to provide you great care. I have studied many years with a group of elite chiropractors that have spent years and thousands of euros to remain on the cutting edge of or practice, technology, research and strategies. Our care is gentle and effective. As a result I have been entrusted to care for everyone, including newborn babies, delicate seniors and tough athletes. My staff is great, they create a warm and caring atmosphere that welcomes all, I am sure you will think so too. Our office is called “Estilo de Vida” Centro Chiropractico. You can locate us at c/Mayor #19 Garrucha. Our phone number is: Tel: 950 460 953 or Mob: 605 322 612. Call my staff for an appointment so we can help you! For Optimum Health,Dr. Paul Jensen P.S. This offer extends to all your family members for the same great fee. P.P.S. Can you believe not having to wait for your appointment? We have a no-wait policy. Your time is valuable to us both; therefore you will be seen within minutes of your scheduled appointment. That is how we can serve busy people like you.
www.soltimes.com Mainland Spain has distinct climatic zones: The Atlantic climate of the northern coast, where the average temperature is 9C in winter and 18C in summer is also the wettest part of the peninsula. The annual rainfall here is between 800-1500mm, particularly in autumn and winter. Summers are cooler and wetter than in the rest of Spain, but still plenty of sunshine! The Continental Mediterranean climate of the interior central plateau, or meseta, has temperatures -15C in winter; -20C occurs regularly, while summer temperatures average at 24C. The annual rainfall is under 400mm. with heavy snowfalls in winter. There is a Castilian expression: “nueve meses de invierno y tres meses de infierno” translates as ‘nine months of winter and three months of hell!’. The predominant Mediterranean climate - the eastern and southern coast and much of the Guadalquivir Valley – has average temperatures of 11C in winter and 23C in summer, with an annual rainfall between 250 mm and 600 mm. The official record of the lowest temperature in Spain is at Estany Gento in Lerida with -32C in 1956, though on peaks in the Aragonese Pyrenees it can easily fall to -40C. On peaks above 2,500m in the Pyrenees, Picos de Europa, Sistema Central & Ibérico and Sierra Nevada it snows between 90 and 120 days a year. In fact the Sierra Nevada hopes for snow from October to June, though it only hangs on in the highest and shadiest spots. Snow does, however, remain all the year round in the glaciers of the Pyrenees. Unsurprisingly the valleys of the Sistema Ibérica have the highest numbers of frosts, with Calamocha and Molina de Aragón having an average of 120 frosts per year. On the other hand, Ecija, known as the ‘sartén or frying pan of Andalucia’, has the highest temperatures, at around 47ºC. Due to the curvature of the earth, and their respective positions upon it, there is a significant difference in
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sunlight received at Bilbao in the north, which receives 1,525 sunlight hours, down to the Costa de La Luz in the south, where Huelva and Cadiz receive around 3000 hours. Taking this statistic a little further, there is a rule of thumb which gives a decrease in average temperature of 0.65C for every 100m in altitude ascended. This means that there is a difference of some 22C between the freezing peaks of Mulhacen - the ceiling of the Sierra Nevada at 3,478m - and the semi-tropical Granada coast just 40km away. Thus, much of the Mediterranean coast averages around 15C – which is close to the world average – while the temperature above 2500m is below freezing. Temperature ranges of up to 30C occur in Belichte in Zaragoza and Ordesa in Huesca, caused by altitude difference. Annual rainfall varies hugely by as much as 20% from one year to the next, even as much as 40% in the Mar Menor in Murcia. The average rainfall in Spain as a whole ranges from 300mm to 650mm, with Almeria the most arid region in Europe. The Cabo de Gata, Europe’s only semi-desert, receives barely 125-150mm of rain a year. Whether in the plain or not, rainfall tends to be concentrated in just a few days, and within this sometimes within a few hours. The absolute record for one episode is a remarkable 878mm in Xàvia in 1957, while 119mm fell in one hour on 1 July 2003 in the village of Manuel in Valencia. So, to summarise: for a suntan, stick toAndalucia. If you favour winter woollies, go north to the Pyrenees. And, if you want to try out your pacamac and wellies, then come back to Andalucia. Why? Because one of the wettest villages in Spain is right here in Andalucia. Grazalema in the Sierra de Grazalema has an average of 2,153 mm of rain a year, caused when the warm, humid winds blow in from the Atlantic and cool and condense as they pass over the Sierra’s limestone peaks.
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‘Tractor beam’ is possible with lasers, say scientists A laser can act as a “tractor beam”, drawing small objects back toward the laser’s source, scientists have said.
It is known that light can provide a “push”, for example in solar sails that propel spacecraft on a “wind of light”. Now, in a paper on the Arxiv server, researchers from Hong Kong and China have calculated the conditions required to create a laserbased “pull”. Rather than a science fiction-style weapon, however, the approach would only work over small distances. The effect is different from that employed in “optical tweezers” approaches, in which tiny objects can be trapped in the focus of a laser beam and moved around; this new force, the authors propose, would be one continuous pull toward the source. And it relies on directly impinging on an object, making it distinct from an approach demonstrated in 2010 by Australian researchers whose trapping worked by heating air around a trapped particle. The trick is not to use a standard laser beam, but rather one known as a Bessel beam, that has a precise pattern of peaks and troughs in its intensity. Seen straight-on, a Bessel beam would look like the ripples surrounding a pebble dropped in a pond. If such a Bessel beam were to encounter an object not head-on but at a glancing angle, the backward force can be stimulated. As the atoms or molecules of the target absorb and re-radiate the incoming light, the fraction re-radiated forward along the beam direction can interfere and give the object a “push” back toward the source. The idea appears to be qualitatively similar to one proposed in 2009 by Washington State University physicist Philip Marston that uses sound waves to achieve a similar result. “Light can indeed pull a particle,” the authors wrote, “...and this may open up new avenues for optical micromanipulation, of which typical examples include transporting a particle backward over a long distance and particle sorting.” Ortwin Hess at Imperial College London called the work - which has not yet been peer-reviewed - as “fascinating”, saying that it “takes a radical idea forward”.
Boom in Mills & Boon electronic book sales
The guilty pleasure that is Mills and Boon romances is driving sales of electronic ebooks as they allow customers to avoid the “embarrassment factor” of being seen reading and buying them! The British publisher said electronic sales of the bodice-rippers have more than doubled over the last year and have now overtaken actual paper book sales. While the company refuses to reveal the total number of downloads sold, official figures show it must be more than the 3.3 million paperbacks purchased in 2010. Amazon, the online retailer, added that the Mills & Boon title “The Temp and the Tycoon” was one of their most downloaded romance novels to date. The sales have been such a success that Sony has designed a rose-pink version of its reader, complete with M&B logo, for those proud to be seen reading the novels. Mills and Boon, which boasts it sells a book every four seconds, put the boom down to their early adoption of the new technology but industry commentators believe it is more to do with avoiding embarrassment. It is the same reason why Mills and Boon’s more racy cousins, erotic fiction, is seeing a rise in sales in electronic form. Philip Stone, charts editor at the Bookseller magazine, said: “Mills & Boon are probably the publisher feeling the biggest benefit from e-books. “They were the first out of the traps to take advantage of e-books no doubt because
they realised that one of the reasons people did not buy their books was that small embarrassment factor. “That is completely eradicated with an ereader.” Mr Stone said that the switch to electronic devices was probably why sales of Mills and Boon physical paperbacks had dropped in 2010 by six per cent to 3.3 million. At the same time, electronic sales of erotic fiction rocketed while actual paperback sales fell by 30 per cent. A spokesman for M&B, which was founded by Gerald Rudgrove Mills and Charles Boon in Covent Garden 1908, played down any embarrassment its readers experienced. “We were just the first UK publisher to take advantage of e-books.” Amazon, which is also seeing sales of e-books on the Kindle booming, put the growth down partly to romance novels. A spokesman said: “We have seen
significant demand for romance novels since we opened the Amazon.co.uk Kindle Store last year. “In fact, it was the fourth best selling genre of book during 2010. “Bestselling romance titles include a number from British publishers such as Mills & Boon whose ‘The Temp and the Tycoon’ is one of the most downloaded Romance novels to date.”
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Charity Offers Bridal Gowns At Bargain Prices
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“So how’s your training going?”, friends keep asking me, to which I tend to reply “Painfully!” The trouble is that there’s no way of preparing yourself for the dreaded Altitude Sickness, other than going to live somewhere above 3000 metres, so I’m unable to do much about that. But physical fitness is another matter and I’m certainly working hard on that aspect of preparation, power-walking miles on maximum gradient on a treadmill at Sophia’s in Arboleas several times per week, as well as continuing regular walking around the hills above Albox. So today saw me covering the 21Kms from Mercadona to the Monastery at Saliente, carrying my heavily weighted rucksack, in just over four hours. With aching legs and shoulders, it was with immense relief that I was able to discard my burden on arrival at Saliente. And as I did so, I was forcibly reminded of that wonderful story of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, with Christian carrying his burden, not just for a mere four hours, but throughout his life. And where my rucksack was filled with a random selection of items, chosen for weight rather than value on the walk, so Christian in the story, carried a remarkable variety of items like guilt, shame and fear, that weighed him down, utterly useless for the journey on which he had embarked. He tried a number of options for release, such as doing good, serving legality, civility and morality, but when eventually the burden was released at the place of deliverance, his relief knew no bounds. A very old story, but still one with considerable meaning, for how many of us cart around with us burdens like his, that spoil our enjoyment of life, and struggle though we may we find ourselves utterly powerless to remove them ourselves. In those circumstances we, like Christian in the story, need a deliverer to take the burden from us, and as a Christian of course I believe, as Bunyan himself did, that deliverer to be none other than Jesus Christ alone. There are a number of English Language Churches in the region for any wishing to Worship; further information about the Anglican Church in this area may be seen on the web site www.mojacarchurch.org
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A new charity ‘outlet’ store in Vigo is giving brides-to-be the opportunity to buy a bridal gown at a bargain price and do their bit to help a good cause at the same time. Cáritas Diocesana has set up store in the Galician city with the aim of raising money for social projects and is offering new gowns that would normally cost anything up to 3000 euros, at a knock-down price of between 200 and 400 euros. They started with a total of 120 gowns for sale, but they are disappearing fast, with 12 sold in the first three days of trading. They were donated by a bridal shop that had to close in December, but which has opted to remain anonymous. The 15,000-18,000 euros the charity hopes to raise will go towards single mothers who receive no financial support from the fathers of their children. The philosophy behind the ‘outlet’ store is see that “women who want to get married in white can do so” and at the same time “those who have nothing and have to beg to feed their children” get the support they need, said Ángel Dorrego, director of Cáritas for the Tui-Vigo area. The campaign is set to run until March 26th, but will end sooner if the gowns sell out. A fashion show featuring many of the gowns on sale gave the charity initiative some extra publicity on Sunday.
Prince Charles & Camilla to visit Spain
Prince Charles and his wife Camilla will make their first official visit to Spain as a couple towards the end of March, the leading daily El Pais stated this week. The British royals planned to stay for about three days, visiting Madrid and the southern city of Seville, but there were no exact dates yet, the paper said, without identifying a source. In London, Charles’ press office declined to comment on the report. Charles and his wife would meet with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and Madrid Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, the paper said.
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‘Fantastic value’ offered by Spanish repossessed property
Demand for property in Spain may be set to increase following comments from one leading property portal regarding the surplus of repossessed residential homes now on the market. Similar to a number of other Spanish property companies, Property-Spanish.com has seen an increase in the number of enquiries for real estate in Murcia - near the proposed new Paramount Film Studio Theme Park. Indeed, the firm explained that demand in 2011 is already up over 150 per cent on last year. “With the banks keen to clear their property portfolios, the
Manuel Galindo, president of the organisation, believes will positively impact the market. A Place in the Sun reported that Mr Galindo said: “More flats are now being sold then built.” Mr Galindo expects Spanish property sales to increase further as a result of low prices, but he added that housing starts will remain at an historic low.
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I’m finding it difficult to sleep at nights of late. I recently read yet another article about that Mayan prediction, you know, the one about the world coming to an abrupt end on December 21st 2012, and it’s getting too damned close for comfort. Scientists agree that the Mayans advanced level of knowledge in astronomy was, umm, well, astronomical, and having taken years to painstakingly carve out their thoughts in stone with their mallets and chisels, it would seem a good idea to take them seriously. Except – and here’s the conundrum – that they never realised the practical use of the wheel. I mean, can you believe anyone who predicts the end of the world, but who didn’t even have the nouse to develop wheel based transport? They were a strange lot the Mayans. It would appear that as a body, they simply upped and left their great cities one Wednesday morning. A note was left on the door of a stepped pyramid saying ‘Gone to Lunch’, and they simply never came back, and although there are traces of them still in Central America and Wolverhampton, to all intents and purposes their great civilisation disappeared. And it was obviously on foot, because rumour has it that a
massive fleet of wagons was found intact in the temple car park, propped up on bricks just waiting for someone to stop star gazing and invent something circular to go in each corner. But it’s not only what the Mayans prophesied that worries me, because apparently ancient smart arses from other extinct civilisations have made the same prediction of impending doom. The same civilisations in fact who wrote about a great deluge that covered the earth in pre-historic times, eerily similar to our own Biblical account of The Flood and Noah Marine Ltd. So clearly something is going on here that we should know about. If it is a fact that there was some sort of great and very damp upheaval millennia ago – and it is generally accepted that there was – then what’s to say that it won’t happen again. But from where, and what will trigger this catastrophe? Today’s astronomers have the means to spot the approach of an asteroid or comet well in advance. We have powerful radio telescopes constantly trained on the heavens, we have Hubble and we have Patrick Moore. So the possibility of some celestial Brazilian striker ghosting in on the blind
My body has not been keeping its side of the bargain recently, and I am not best pleased with it. For these past many years I have fed it, watered it and clothed it. I have been patient with its many inadequacies, like its inability to run faster than a speeding bullet or leap tall buildings. I very seldom grumble at its insistence on 8 hours of sleep every night, even though I regard so much sleep as a waste of time and a sheer self indulgence. I am more than tolerant with its less than goddess-like appearance, in fact I even buy it all sorts of cunningly designed clothes to disguise its faults, not to mention the quantities of creams and coloured potions in the form of make-up that I have to apply regularly to the pieces that stick out beyond the covering grace of jeans and jumpers. Due to the unsatisfactory state of my relationship with my body at the moment I
side and scoring a cosmic screamer is highly unlikely and even if there were, apart from shouting rude words at it and waving a stick, there is very little we could do to stop it in its tracks with our present level of technology, whatever Hollywood and Bruce Willis say. The really worrying part is the exactness of the date given by our pals the Mayans. What sort of worldwide disaster could occur that instantly? The scientific world has been perplexed for years over the discovery of the near perfect remains of numerous mammoth carcasses preserved in the Siberian permafrost, and as a result quite a lot has been learned about the last ice age, and it is chilling. Remains of other species have also been discovered, and get this: they were species that could not have lived in the harsh conditions that prevail in that region today. To add to the mystery, herbs and grasses found in the mouths and stomachs of some of these animals are only found in temperate regions. Conclusion: Instant climate change. Result: Birds Eye frozen mammoth. It is obvious then, that something happened that brought a major change to the Earth’s climate in the blink of an eye – or more to the
have been giving a lot of thought to how bodies could be improved to prevent future generations encountering the same sad state. I believe that the next evolutionary step should be built in technology. I would be only too pleased to have a Cut and Paste facility installed – think how much time and diesel the world and I would save, going from place to place electronically! Or perhaps I could e-mail myself to Mercadona, returning via the Reply button with the shopping as an attachment. This would also save me the embarrassment of constantly forgetting to take my recently purchased 60 cent bag with me! But my favourite at the moment would be a Clipboard facility. I could then put myself on the clipboard, ready to rejoin the human race when I felt like it, thus sidestepping all the unpleasant bits of life, such as housework! Until this update becomes available I did wonder if I could go through the Complaints
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By Chris Marshall SLOW DOWN, SWITCH OFF 110kph? Zapatero has stated several times that it is a temporary measure, but not many seem to believe him. Alonso, Spain’s two-time Formula One world champion, has been widely reported as slating the decision saying that it will be “difficult to stay awake” when driving at 110 kph, which is 68 mph by the way, just 2 mph below the speed limit in the UK! Of course if this was the UK the ‘political correctness’ brigade would be slamming Alonso for such a statement, and after all it is a pretty dumb thing to have said, but here in Spain he is being
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Procedure, register my dissatisfaction officially, and obtain replacement parts. Then I realised that: I had no receipt to prove purchase, and no matter how diligently I searched, I was unlikely to find one. Plus I had no guarantee, and I had the sneaking feeling that, even if I had one, it would be out of date by now. In any case, would it be internationally recognised? Would an English guarantee be valid in Spain? This guarantee could prove to be the ultimate sticking point. I am sure geeks and scientists in the future will be able to genetically implant technology in any and all who request it, but who is going to assume responsibility for the guarantee, should a fault arise? Answers please...
Views From A Balcony In Spain
I have been trying to figure out why so many people have a problem with a reduction in the speed limit from 120 kph to 110 kph to be imposed on March 7th in response to the escalating costs of petrol due to the events in Libya. Sure it may be a little inconvenient for some, but to be honest my first reaction when I read about was: makes sense, can’t do any harm, and good on the government for being proactive. Let’s face it, I suspect the vast majority of complainants are unlikely to have adhered to the 120 kph in the first place! I just can’t see how someone would have ‘stuck’ to 120kph but not
point, in the middle of lunch, and the only event that could have brought all this about was the changing of the planet’s polarity. It doesn’t help to learn that this has happened at regular intervals throughout time, and should the melting of the ice caps continue at their present rate, there is a very real danger of a large chunk of Antarctica breaking away and drifting north, causing the Earth to literally tip over and create a similar cataclysm. The resultant tidal waves; earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would devastate the planet on an unimaginable scale, wiping out all but small isolated pockets of life. No more Eastenders, KFC or Katie Price, so it’s not all bad news. Just imagine the puzzlement on the faces of scientists in some post apocalyptic future world, when they find the remains of a Big Mac and medium fries in the stomach of a petrified cross dresser from Romford. Bearing in mind that small pockets of humans could survive the calamity, I know where I will be on 21st December 2012. Felixstowe. Nothing ever happens there.
applauded as you can imagine. Of course not everyone is going to ‘suffer’ as EcoCd Signalling, an Alicante-based company founded by three unemployed people in 2009 that specialises in road signs, has already received a vast number of orders for the new 110Km/hr speed limit signs. The main success of the EcoCd company has been the creation and marketing of a type of magnetic laminated large disc that fits precisely over the speed limit signs, and is far easier to use than a 110 sign with adhesive. In addition, these magnetic signs can resist winds of up to 160Km/hr, support extreme
temperatures, and once removed the original sign remains clean. What a clever idea! On the other hand three energy saving measures just seemed daft to me: alternating which days you could drive into cities by number plate (evens one day, odds the next) simply can’t have been thought through, not least because of the cost of policing it, and the suggestion to turn off a percentage of the street lights was just insane: a sure fire way to see an increase in both crime and traffic accidents I suggest. On this one at least common sense has prevailed and the street lights are now to be exchanged for low consumption ones, when they get them in stock that is, although this is going to cost 4€ million give or take!
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Last week I was presented with a list to sign against the new anti-tobacco law. Needless to say I signed the list! Much has been said and written about the new law – pros as well as cons. Before you read on, let it be known that from the very beginning I was against the new law, but 100% in favour of the previous law. Well, before the current anti-tobacco law came into force, we had to rely on non-smokers’ claims that they did not have the same freedom of choice as us smokers, using the argument that the majority of the bars and restaurants had chosen to allow smoking. This argument led us all to believe that making all establishments non-smoking areas, there would be an influx of costumers, who previously could – or would - not frequent the bars and restaurants. Though the professionals of the restaurant business claimed the new law would be detrimental to their business, the lack of solid proof of either claim left it impossible to determine the impact the new law would have. We are now in mid-March, and have lived with the new law for 2 ½ months. During these months, the news has been filled with restaurateurs’ complaints about lack of customers. During this relatively short time we have unfortunately also seen many bars and restaurants closing. With the region’s above average unemployment rate, this represents a very serious problem. Not to blame the non-smokers, but where the Hell are you? You were supposed to fill the establishments in the absence of the smokers. Together with those of the smokers, who are willing to go outside to smoke, you were supposed to be the backbone of keeping the restaurant business afloat. I do not think one could find a better argument to support my opinion than my observations, when my husband and I went for a drink and a tapa in Cartagena the other day. We chose at random a tapa bar close to where we had been shopping. We were about 20 minutes ahead of the midday rush, so all bars were more-or-less empty leaving us with an absolute freedom of choice. The chosen bar had tables inside and tables outside under cover – all tables sporting ashtrays (and the waitress smoking while cleaning the tables), though it was covered on three sides (the law says that smoking is only allowed when only two sides as covered). Anyway, we sat down – and discovered that the food was delicious and, when the time for payment arrived, also discovered that the prices were very reasonable. Having enjoyed our tapa and drink, finishing with a cup of coffee, other customers started to arrive. Soon five of the six tables outside were occupied, while only one table inside had a customer. Four people arrived, looking for a table, but the remaining table was only big enough for two persons. The waitress offered them a table inside, but the party declined the offer. One does not need to be Einstein to figure out, why they wanted to sit ‘outside’. They must have been smokers. The restaurant lost four customers whom they could have accommodated, had smoking been allowed inside. Okay, supposedly another restaurant further on, with an empty table for four, got the business. But what about the next party of four on the look-out for a table for smokers? Did they find a table? Or did they go home with an empty belly and left the bar with an empty till? But hey-hoe! The great news is that we will die as very healthy paupers, if we continue down this lane! Biggy Marshall is educated within law and administration and has been writing most of her life. She has been published in the Danish press as well as in local English publications. She has lived in Spain for nearly 20 years, the last 14 years in Murcia. Biggy can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this column are the opinions of the columnist and not the opinions of Sol Times Newspaper Group. The newspaper takes no responsibility for the content or the opinions of columnist.
And the third suggestion? We all rush out to buy new tyres to improve our fuel consumption. On the subject of ‘madness’ I see that the European Court of Justice has ruled that insurers should not treat gender as a risk factor when assessing premiums. What this means, for example, is that a 17 year old boy and a 17 year old girl must be treated the same when it comes to the cost of insuring their car. Now the phrase ‘boy racer’ wasn’t just conjured up out of thin air, it comes from the statistical evidence that proves that young males are more likely to smash their cars up. This is something I know about, as many moons ago I worked for an insurance company and sat through far too many meetings with Actuaries
(the people who in effect weigh up the risk based on tons of statistical stuff) as we set the premiums. Now I am the first to accuse the insurance companies of double standards in many ways: they after all are in the risk business yet over the years they have seemed to try and capture the least risk customers and avoid the high risk, and that seems wrong to me but imposing blanket rules like this just seems wrong to me. Yet more good headlines for the tourist industry here in Spain, as reports say that Spain remains the number one destination in Europe, and that the British are still heading the league table of nations taking their holidays in Spain.
Chris Marshall is a professional blogger and freelance broadcaster and writer who lives in Almerimar, Spain with his wife Sands, four cats, two Harley Davidson’s and more often than not a bottle of red to hand! His weekly column in The Sol Times is sponsored by Bay Connect (www.bay-connect.com. You can hear him daily on www.bayradio.fm and read him monthly in the Daily Telegraph.
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Down 1 Benevolences (10) 2 Decorate (6) 3 Profound (4) 4 Infractions (8) 5 Depressions (4) 6 North African country (5) 8 Rules (7) 12 Levees (5) 14 Underscores (10) 16 Singalong (7) 17 The head of an editorial page (8) 21 Least high (6) 22 Acclaim (5) 24 Pocketbook (4) 25 Fathers (4)
Across 1 Second issue causes offence (8) 5 Origins, say, of things to go with food? (6) 10 S hot off with drug at area of potential trouble (3,4) 11 Passed Lynam coming back with White (7) 12 Summarise funny caper! (5) 13 A hundred soldiers surrounding England - time for reconciliation! (9) 14 Rare invite surprising a new sort of doctor (12) 18 W ithout doubt, uni bedsit plan almost collapses (12) 21 P ut a nearly nice Rhode Island inside, being strictly moral (9) 23 T here it is love, hiding in a broken vial! (5) 24 Q uestionable university subject initially taken after bringing up mate I love (7) 25 A conflict in United Nations - Egyptian leader not knowing (7) 26 Girl, yet strangely without 14, shortly (6) 27 P ut the emphasis on bringing up puddings? (8) Down 1 Ball in this place after initially students keep quiet (6) 2 Discover wide tectonic section (6) 3 Extra money for university to put Iron and Ecstasy in young dogs (3-2,4) 4N ot in anger, Souness displayed immoderacy (14) 6 A way in to mineral? (5) 7 Head of Cambridge returning company without items for improving beauty (8)
8 Making calm gnats die out? (8) 9 Stop education, perhaps, keeping cold place for your money (7,7) 15 Relieve Woody, nearly, by way of time and energy! (9) 16 Clearly left one lazily following MP (8) 17 Lovely daughter, or a bighead when taken by drink! (8) 19 Nearly discover a learner’s important exams! (6) 20 Cigarette stump craze surrounding information (3-3) 22 Cat’s tail and part of rat not in fish (5) 26 Quiet number returning to vessel (4)
Across 6 Effeminate (7) 7 Wife of Odin (Norse mythology) (5) 9 Looked at (4) 10 Indicative of (10) 11 Marked with linear discolorations (8) 13 Wriggle (6) 15 Anagram of “Seek” (4) 17 Creates (5) 18 Thin flat circular plate (4) 19 Seizes (6) 20 Wages (8) 23 Bode (10) 26 Sicknesses (4) 27 Mediterranean herbs (5) 28 Movement downward (7)
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UK Motorists face threat of £120 for letting their engines idle
The Prince of Wales has called on gardeners to ‘be the change you want to see ‘by going green. But how do you make your garden more environmentally friendly?
Motorists could be fined up to £120 for leaving their car engines idling, under plans drawn up by Boris Johnson
London’s mayor wants to increase the current £20 penalty and bring it into line with fines imposed for parking offences. If his plans are adopted, it would see motorists in the capital being fined £120 and outside London the charge would be increased to £70. Higher penalties would hit an array of road users from delivery drivers and taxis to mothers waiting to pick up their children from school. Mr Johnson has written to Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, urging him to toughen the law. Motorists who leave their cars idling “unnecessarily” while parked can be fined under powers given to local authorities in 2002. But according to Mr Johnson’s new air quality strategy, the law is too weak to tackle the noise and pollution caused by motorists who leave their engine idling. It also said the current £20 penalty charge is “too low to be a powerful
disincentive.” However a spokesman for the AA disagreed with Mr Johnson. “Persistent offenders should be prime targets and perhaps it would make sense to keep the £20 penalty and allow escalation to a higher level for those who regularly don’t comply. “We also need to make sure there are safeguards for those who perhaps have to leave vehicles idling or where a mistake may have been made.” Since taking office Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary, has promised to “end the war on the motorist”. His spokesman gave a cool response to Mr Johnson’s plea. “For us to consider a case for increasing the penalty, we need to see clear evidence of the level of non compliance. “If there proves to be an issue with non compliance, we will be happy to work with the Mayor on considering his proposal.”
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‘Blue Nun’ gets a makeover to tempt the female palate!
It was the wine of choice for the appalling, cheesy, TV chat show host Alan Partridge. However, it survived all the put-downs and even won the approval of style icon Victoria Beckham, who might be assumed to prefer Cristal champagne. After a number of reinventions, the original version of the semisweet German creation in the blue bottle with a nun on the label is being relaunched as an ‘unpretentious’ and ‘contemporary’ wine. The taste has been devised to suit British women aged 25-45, although German
owner Langguth plans to sell it worldwide. The move is part of a wider effort to build a new interest in German wine, which has suffered a disastrous slump since Blue Nun and Black Tower were the height of sophistication. Blue Nun introduced millions of Britons to the intimidating world of wine. Billed as a wine that could be drunk throughout a meal, it solved the dinner party problem of not knowing what to serve with a particular food. Surprisingly, the brand can trace its roots back to 1921, while it became the biggest selling
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Food and fuel bills to rocket
A catastrophic 1970s-style oil price spike is on the cards while the price of supermarket basics continues to soar Vince Cable said the twin threat puts the economic recovery at risk and piles pressure on struggling households. Meanwhile, new figures released reveal that fuel duty is the UK’s most unpopular tax, with research suggesting that one in five people say they would like to see it abolished. The figures, published on professional advice website unbiased.co.uk, revealed that as petrol prices soar, fuel duty was the tax most Britons wanted George Osborne to slash in this year’s budget. Karen Barrett, chief executive of unbiased. co.uk, said: “While everyone knows paying taxes is a fact of life, it appears consumers are becoming increasingly irritated by hefty fuel prices, resulting in fuel duty making the top slot for taxes they want to abolish the most. In reality we all know that getting rid of fuel duty is very unlikely to ever happen, but there are other things we can do to make a real impact on the amount of tax we are liable to pay.” Commenting on the rising fuel and food costs, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “We now have the prospect of a fullyfledged energy and commodity price shock squeezing real wages and pushing up inflation.” Chris Huhne, his Lib Dem colleague and Energy Secretary, said the political turmoil in the Arab world could send oil prices skywards. Higher fuel costs hit food producers, pushing up the prices paid by consumers. That would add to inflationary pressure and increase the prospect of interest rate rises. Economists also fear that food price hikes will reduce economic activity and squeeze household spending as families desperately cut back elsewhere. A UN report revealed that rises in bread, pasta, breakfast cereal, dairy and meat prices are on the horizon – irrespective of future oil price hikes. The commodity price of key foods rose again in February, making it the eighth successive month of increases, according to the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. It pointed out that the export prices of wheat, corn and rice are up by a staggering 70 per cent in one year. British bakers expect a standard loaf to cost 10p to 15p more within weeks. Higher grain prices also lead to more expensive meat and dairy products in the shops because of their heavy use in animal feed. Gary Sharkey of Hovis said: “Bakers cannot possibly absorb the latest round of increases. Flour costs have risen yet again, and there have been big increases in energy costs, a major factor in baking, plus significant rises in oil prices affecting daily distribution costs.” Global commodity prices are running at their highest level since 2008, when food riots rocked
many poor states. A report by investment bank UBS earlier this week said UK supermarkets and manufacturers had taken advantage of the global situation to push up prices by more than was justified. It found that British prices were rising at an annual rate of 4.9 per cent, compared with 3.6 per cent in Germany and 1.8 per cent across the euro zone. The United States had a 1.5 per cent rise. The report said commodity inflation would justify a 3 to 3.5 per cent rise in processed food prices, but UK supermarkets have
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lifted prices by 6 to 6.5 per cent. Extreme weather, ranging from droughts in Russia to floods in China and Australia, has particularly hit global wheat production. The UN report said: “We expect a tightening of the global cereal supply and demand balance in 2010/11. In the face of a growing demand and a decline in world cereal production in 2010, global cereal stocks this year are expected to fall sharply because of a decline in inventories of wheat and coarse grains. International cereal prices have increased sharply with export prices of major grains up at least 70 percent from February last year.” The FAO’s David Hallam said: ‘Unexpected oil price spikes could further exacerbate an already precarious situation in food markets. This adds even more uncertainty concerning the price outlook just as plantings for crops in some of the major growing regions are about to start.’ In a speech to City businessmen and bankers last night, Mr Cable said Britain was still facing a ‘difficult’ recovery. ‘There is no Delia Smith cookery book providing a simple recipe for producing growth, let alone in the abnormal post-crisis environment which we inhabit,’ he added.
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- Back & Bones 4 Good - Pilates suitable for all, especially those with back problems and / or Osteoporosis sufferers at Tara’s Retreat 10am - Home-made Pie Day & Dessert 9.50€ Market Tavern - Menu Del Dia From Only 5€ - Bali Hi - Camposol B - Linedance class, Asturias rte, Punta Prima, Beginner / Improver, 7pm-8.30pm followed by social dancing & free quiz till 10pm Tel 965 319 769 - Fun Quiz Night from 8pm at Saralara’s
Thursday - Solo Latino Dance with Annette. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am – 12.30pm - Quiz Night. Tel’s Bar, Camposol A, 9pm - Curry Day: Poppadom, Curry & Dessert 10€ Market Tavern - Cuevas De Reyllo Casa Cultura: 4.30-6pm: Street Theatre Dance Senior Group - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida,Intermediates 1.00-3.00 Tel 965 319 769 - Fun night at Le Bistro with Eddies ‘B’ from 8pm - Sues Fitness Class 10am Trevi Bar, Camposol B - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 6pm - 7pm Bali Hi, Camposol B
Policía Local from Fuente Álamo intercepts a bag of marihuana.......................... Last Wednesday an anonymous call alerted the Policía Local in Fuente Álamo that a vehicle, moving in the direction of Cuevas de Reyllo, was carrying a bag full of drugs. Immediately a patrol car from Fuente Álamo was dispatched and managed to locate the car with four people inside. During the pursuit, which continued in to the neighbouring Torre Pacheco municipality, the occupants of the vehicle attempted to lose the police by throwing paper and plastic bags out of the window. Finally, taking the chase on to a dirt track, they had to abandon the car to continue the flight on foot. This move made it possible for the Fuente Álamo police to detain a Moroccan woman, while the other three occupants of the car managed to escape. New home for the Phoenician Boat ................ A team of technicians from the Town Hall and private companies have studied ‘The viability of Mazarrón’s Phoenician Boat’ as preserving the boat and find a better alternative as a tourist attraction is important for the Mazarrón municipality. The result of the studies is that it is suitable to retrieve the submerged Phoenician Boat and conserve it in wet conditions, in accordance with the indication in the declaration by
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UNEXCO on Subaquatic Heritage. Professor in Subaquatic Archeology, Manuel Martín Bueno, assured that this project stands out due to its cultural magnitude, its uniqueness, and its high need for resources. The Phoenician Boat will be placed in a big fish tank with the same environmental conditions as it is in now, as there will be direct connection to the beach at La Isla, where the ‘Centre for Interpretation of the Phoenician Boat’ situated. The boat will be in a 530 square meters museum, distributed over two floors. The ground floor will be home for the boat with part of it exposed, and the upper floor will house a conference room with audiovisual equipment. Disability passes................ The Town Council has given green light to a suggestion of issuing disability passes for the disabled inhabitants of the municipality. Applications must be directed to the ‘Concejalía de Política Social’ offices in Mazarrón and the port. ‘Universidad Popular’ is convening the ‘XXI EDICIÓN DE LOS CONCURSOS Y PREMIOS MAZARRÓN A DÍA A DÍA....................................... The ‘Universidad Popular’ in Mazarron is inviting all inhabitants, from the youngest to the elders to participate in the ‘XXI Edition of the Competitions and Awards Mazarrón Day-to-Day’. The categories are Poetry, Tales, Essays,
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Photography, Comics, Drawings, and Painting. The deadline for submitting original works is April 1st. Further information about this competition can be obtained at Universidad Popular de Mazarrón, Avenida Constitución 65, or per telephone 968 591 766. Fuente Álamo starts a pioneering exercising programme for diabetics In collaboration with SODICAR (Association of Diabetics in Cartagena and region) the Sports Department, Fuente Álamo’s Services for Sports Medicine, and the Health Care Centre have initiated a pioneering project aiming at improving the life of sufferers of Mellitus Diabetics, type 2. The group of professionals have designed a 7 months programme of exercises that should improve the life expectancy of the people who participate and at the same time bring the consumption of medications down. The programme consists of three hours aerobic exercises per week, distributed over three sessions of one hour each (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) and adapted to the needs of each patient. Around 45 people are currently benefitting from this exercise programme, which will be extended to June. The sessions take place in the facilities within the municipality’s Indoor Swimming Pool.
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Friday - BJ Karaoke, Tels Bar Camposol A Tel: 660 514 748 - Fish’n’Chip Friday at Market Tavern - Coro Pilar International Choir based in El Pinar de Campoverde rehearses Fridays 7pm. Tel John 966 763 446 - Alcoholica Anonymous Cabo de Palos every Friday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Association de Vecinos Contact 968 545 181 / 676 696 185 - Bali Hi – Camposol B - Fish N Chips from only 5€
Saturday - Steak Night at Market Tavern - Choice of Sirloin or Rump, 3 Sauces & Dessert - 14€ - Trevies Camposol Sector B 11.30-1.30pm : Campsol Urban Dance Crew (Dance & Drama) - Live Sports at Saralara’s - Table Top Sale - March 19th at Saralara’s from 11am - Bob Bling Bling indoor market 11am - 4pm Pto de mazarron
Sunday - Sunday Roast with all the trimmings at Meson Las Torres - Booking Essential - Car Boot Sale.El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo 9am- 2pm - 4 Course Sunday Roast. Hotel Mariposa, Gebas - 3 Course Lunch. Don Ricardo’s, Puerto de Mazarron - Karaoke & Disco with Bernie Mac. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 7pm - Sunday Roasts at Market Tavern from 7.50€ - Olive Branch Church, Camposol B at the ICA centre at 10:30am - Call 968 199 622 / 618 720 181 - Bali Hi – Camposol B – LIVE ENTERTAINMENT & Traditional Sunday Roast From 12.30 p.m – 3.30 p.m - Linedance social, dancing to requests for all levels of dancer, the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month. Asturias rte Punta Prima, 8pm-11pm Tel 965 319 769 - Live Sports at Saralara’s - Sunday lunch from 1.30p.m, 3 course inc Home made Dessert 10€ at Le Bistro
Monday - Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Yoga. Tara’s Retreat 10.30am – 11.45am - Yoga. Tara’s Retreat 5pm - Ballroom & Latin Dance Class with Joanne. Mariano’s, Camposol A, 7pm (New Beginners) - Quiz - Tel’s Bar, Camposol A, 9pm - Music Quiz with John, Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9pm - Try Market Tavern’s Daily Specials from 5.50€ - Indian Buffet lunch at Bali Hi includes soups, salads, popadoms, rice & choice of 2/3 curries - Fun quiz at Le Bistro with Eddies ‘B’ from 8pm - Mens Keep Fit with Annette 11.15 Trevi Bar Camposol B
- Sue’s Fitness Class. Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10am - Quiz. Tel’s Bar, Camposol A, 9pm - Daily Breakfast Specials at Market Tavern - Sensol Hotel Dance Studio, Campsol Sector C 3-3.45pm : Mini Movers age group 3-4 yrs; 4-5pm : Theatre Dance for adults; 5-6pm : High Energy ZoombaDanze age 14+ 6-7pm : Street Dance age 10+ - Linedance class, Emerald Isle La Florida, Beginner / improver 1.30-4pm Tel 965 319 769 - Dance Fitness Class with Annette 11-12 Bali Hi, Camposol B NB: Information correct at time of printing, BUT please check with the relevant venues that events are taking place
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Community News Village Fete in aid of MABS Mar Menor...................................
26th March 12:00 – 15:00 at Rio Nalon (The Strip) Los Alcazares, Fashion show, Competitions, Morris dancing, tbc Coro Pilar/Adapt singers, tbc, The Crazy ladies Dance Group , tbc Flamenco Para Todos by Raquel Peña, tbc, Bouncy castle Grand prize draw & much, much, more Tel 660 170 355 for details
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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!
What began as a bit of banter between two members of the Sierra Golf Society in Balsicas, ended up as a fundraising event of MABS Murcia/Mar Menor. The joint owner of the Lakeview Bar & Restaurant, Alan Currell (who happens to be receding at the front and normally has his head shaved), was challenged by Roger Bowen, who is Vice Captain of the Sierra Golf Society, to grow his hair so that everyone could see what he looked like with a ‘comb-over’. Alan’s quick retort was that he would do this if Roger had all his hair shaved off. When Roger started having second thoughts, Dave Higgins (SGS’s Competitions Secretary) stepped in and volunteered to have his head shaved, alongside him, but only if it was for a good cause. SGS members quickly decided to raise funds for MABS Cancer Support Group in the Murcia region and they set off to obtain sponsorship for the event and the residents of the Sierra Golf development came up trumps, together with members of the Sands Bar Golf Society, of which Roger is a member. “Cancer is something that we have all had a brush with at some time in our lives, personally or through friends or family,” said Dave “and we know what good work MABS does in Murcia and in all the Costas, so the choice was easy”. On the fateful day, it must have felt somewhat like ‘pistols
at dawn’ as Dave and Roger arrived to bravely face the barber’s chair. Alan obliged by taking off Roger’s hair with a set of clippers, especially sharpened for the occasion; he cringed as each treasured lock fell to the ground. Dave Higgins was next in to face the chair and Tony Brown (SGS Secretary) stepped in to act as the ‘Barber of Sierra’. But their bravery was rewarded by raising the great sum of 250€ for MABS and a race night fundraiser planned at the Lakeview Bar soon afterwards which raised a further 211€. Everyone is looking forward to two months time when Alan from the Lakeview will have grown his ‘comb-over’ hairstyle – watch this space for the photos! “It is amazing how what started out to be a joke has turned into something that will benefit the people that we help in the Murcia region” commented Lyn Baines, MABS Director “I’m looking forward to seeing Alan’s comb-over too!” MABS Murcia/Mar Menor helps all people in the Murcia/Mar Menor area who are affected by cancer, providing drivers, translators, information leaflets, equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate or you need help, you can contact MABS on 693 275 779 or visit their website: www.mabsmurcia.com
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HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR’S “SPRING FAYRE”............................ from 3pm to 6pm at the Las Claras Cultural Centre, Los Alcazares on Saturday 16th April. STALLHOLDERS REQUIRED Donations of €10 per table requested Ring Joan on 968 181 943 Or the office on 968 590 059
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Are we nearly there yet? Ford’s TALKING car can tell you the answer to age-old question
A system that promises to be the world’s most advanced in-car voice communication will arrive in Britain next year. It has echoes of KIT, the car made famous by David Hasselhof’s 1980s TV series. And far from being confined to exclusive, top-of-therange models, it will be available in one of the country’s biggest-selling cars, the Ford Focus. Makers of the system - called Sync - claim drivers will be able to use it to ask such age-old questions as ‘Where’s the nearest petrol station?’, ‘Can I go to the toilet?’ - or even that constant refrain of generations of children, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ In all, Ford says its voice-operated technology will be able to master 10,000 commands in 19 languages, allowing motorists to control audio, telephone and satnav systems as well as accessing information about the surrounding area. But while the company claims it will be able to cope
with Geordie and other regional accents, critics are asking whether the sheer range of different ways in which we speak will defeat it - or whether the extra distraction of trying to master it will lead to more accidents. A version of Sync with 100 words has been available in the U.S. for three years and is fitted to three million Fords. Users can choose from a range of options - some have claimed the female voice sounds like ‘a robotic Cher’. The new, advanced version was announced at a technology show in Germany and will be available on the next generation of Ford Focus next year at a price of around £350. While some luxury cars, such as BMW and MercedesBenz, have basic voice command systems already, Ford’s claims Sync - developed in partnership with Microsoft - is far more sophisticated than anything currently available. With ever-growing connections between Internet and satnav technology providing a mass of information about a driver’s current location and nearby services, proponents say a voice-controlled system is the safest and least-distracting solution to accessing it. For example, when the car is low on petrol, it will be able to tell the driver where the nearest petrol station is, and it can also give directions to local toilets or restaurants. It can also control the music system, understanding voice instructions to choose a new track on the built-in MP3 player - Ford claims that doing so manually can distract a driver for 25 seconds, or half-a-mile on a motorway. The satnav system will also be able to cope with being given the entire address verbally, rather than having each line inputted manually, while the car can be instructed to change the interior temperature or read out an incoming text message. If the motorist fails to give a command when prompted, the voice in the car gives an electronic sigh and responds: ‘Asking “What can I say?” will always bring up a menu of choices.’ In the event of an accident, the system can identify exactly where in Britain or Europe it
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Jason Johnson, Ford’s product development engineer, said: ‘Sync’s unique connection between the driver’s devices and the vehicle means that the user’s voice can control both the car and the device. Plus, Sync is being developed specifically for European customers with the ability to understand multiple languages and accents.’ However Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said he was ‘disturbed’ that drivers were being encouraged to use mobile phones behind the wheel. ‘Drivers also need to be aware that making or receiving phone calls or texting, even if they are not using a handheld phone, still affects their driving and they could still be prosecuted for not being in proper control of the vehicle,’ he added.
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Holly Willoughby and Hayley Tamaddon have praised Dancing On Ice’s Laura Hamilton for her performances on the ice. Host Willoughby and former champion Tamaddon described the children ’s TV presenter’s recent routines as “amazing”. Hamilton topped the judges’ scorebo ard last night, picking up 28.5 points, the highest of the series so far, for her routine with Colin Ratushniak. “I think you find yourself drawn to watching Laura,” said Willough by. “She gives such a great performances and great facial expressions. She is so good. You just can’t stop watching Laura.” Tamaddon added: “She gave the performance of her life last night and you literally just watch her. She was absolutely amazing. Not only can you see the energy in her face. She put in so many lifts and hard tricks. You never look at her and think she’ll falter. She always looks stable on her feet.” Dancing On Ice continues next Sunday on ITV1
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EUROGOLF SOCIETY PRESS REPORT..................... LO CRISPIN GOLF SOCIETY........ 3rd March 2011: A delayed start to our March Monthly Medal due to frost, it was quite cold, but we didn’t see a lot of ‘frost’….maybe La Marquesa were being extra cautious!! I did say in my report for last Thursday that Spring had arrived, I think I was a bit premature but hopefully next week will be warmer! Eventually 65 players set off after the delay, and enjoyed a good, competitive game of golf. Congratulations to all our winners, especially the winner of the Monthly Medal and Birthday Cup – JILL YOUNG. Winner March Monthly Medal and Birthday Cup – Jill Young All results on countback: Gold Category: 1st John Fairhurst 72, 2nd Roger Richings 73, 3rd Malcolm Foskett 73. Silver Category: 1st Jill Young 69, 2nd Alf Butterworth 70, 3rd David Gelsthorpe 71. Best Gross Score: Malcolm Foskett 84 - CSA today = 0 Nearest the Pins: 5th Bill Martin,
11th Gill Britten, 12th (2nd shot) Ian Turner, 15th Stan Low, 17th Edgar Hille (donated El Corazon voucher for Captain’s Day) Best Front 9: Mannie Niessen 33.5; Best Back 9: Mike Young 33; Best Par 5s: Mike Young 21; Best Par 3s: Brendan Foran 13; Football Draw: Bev Evans, Lew Joss & Rachel Leckey; Captain’s Bunker raised: 17€ Many thanks as always to our sponsors today – Sands Bistro, El Tournasol, Super Valu, Sierra Golf & El Corazon. The lists are up on the Board for the March Dinner/Dance, and hopefully we will get lots of support for this very enjoyable evening. Also the latest La Marquesa Local Rules are now on the website for your information. Finally, well done to our Match Secretary Mary Sanderson who was also acting Treasurer & Handicap Secretary yesterday! Caption: Jill Young - Winner March Monthly Medal & Birthday Cup
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD NASTIC TARRAGONA - 2 FC CARTAGENA - 0 BY STEVE HIBBERD This substandard performance by an unorganised Cartagena side, adds to an unwanted catalogue of away day blues, which come the seasons end, could scupper any div 2a play off aspirations they might have held. To make matters worse, super striker Toche limped off midway through the 2nd half with another injury, plus captain Mariano picked up his 10th booking of the season and will now sit out the next match. Lowly Tarragona looked the more hungry of the 2 sides, although both were guilty of producing an exceptionally high number of wayward passes. The 6,000 fans inside Nou Estadi were treated to the opening goal on 25 mins, which up to then had never looked like happening. Once again, it was a poor clearance from defence which set up the chance for Mairata, who gratefully slammed home a loose ball past a wrong footed
Casilla from 10 yards. It could have got worse 9 mins later, but a firm appeal for a penalty resulting from a reckless challenge by Clavero, was not upheld. Casilla came to his teams rescue moments later, pushing away a fierce 20 yard drive. Cartagenas’ first real chance arrived on 41 mins, Clavero forcing an important save from his accurate close range effort. This seemed to wake his team mates from their slumber, for leading up to the break, an ok Victor effort signalled fresh urgency, which beforehand had been sadly lacking. Los Albinegros started the 2nd half in the same vein, Moral seeing his long range drive well saved. An off the ball incident on 53 mins, should have produced a penalty to the visitors, but a blatant barge/push/shove on Toche was presumably not seen (or maybe it was more convenient to ignore it - a bit like a certain Mr Rooney’s thuggish elbow in the face, which as we all know was never a sending off offence!!!). This proved to be Toche’s last piece of the action before being subbed by Goiria,
MAGGOTS END............................ RODS and REELS The match this week was the penultimate round of the winter championship. The venue being the Rio Segura in Murcia. Although the day wasn´t too bad, sitting in the shade with a north easterly wind blowing, made it feel exceptionally cold. The river is starting to fish a bit better with a lot of lost big fish. As can be seen from the results the weights are moving up. However, there was still 5 dry nets! Top anglers on the day: 1st Pete (The Peg) Hampshire fishing the feeder using corn and maggot with 15.36 kilo´s 2nd Ian (Irish Wizard) Dalzell fishing the feeder using maggot with 12.56 kilo´s 3rd Stan (The Man) Roberts fishing the feeder using maggot with 10.76 kilo´s. Good to see Pete the Peg back to winning ways. PLEASE NOTE: There is a vacancy within the club if anyone is interested in joining please contact Sue Swann on 966 729 293. ABBEY ANGLING RESULTS supplied by TERRY SCREEN: This week’s 6th round match on 1st March 2011 of the Abbey Angling Cup was fished on the river Segura´s Eden
Stretch. Yet another cold day with temperatures down to minus and when we arrived at our pegs, there was a slight ground frost, the water was low and clear with algae breaking away from the bottom. There is a lot of reeds etc left in the water by the mechanical bank clearer and rain is needed for a good flow of water to flush the rubbish out. Fish were again hard to find with only four anglers managing to catch anything. The same peg as last week produced the winner. 1st on the day Terry (Swing Em) Screen with 6.860kg fishing the pole and using pellet. 2nd Stan (The Man) Roberts with 2.840kg fishing the pole and using pellet. 3rd John (Silverback) Marsh with 2.110kg fishing the pole and using maggot. All details are available from the Match Secretary Terry Screen on 965328368. ANGLERS TOGETHER Anglers Together was formed to introduce and encourage anglers of all abilities to meet up and get together to fish, either sea or freshwater. Firm friendships have been formed during the time
Wednesday morning 2 March, 36 members and guests set off down the AP7 for a 10am start at the new course designed by Jack Nicholas, Saurines de la Torres. The course has a ‘linksy’, desert feel to it with large areas of ‘dunes’ and 6 hectares of water to negotiate. The format was an AM AM and the wind was blowing when the 9 teams set off, which made the fast, undulating greens even faster and made scoring difficult, as usual some teams managed the conditions well and came in with good scores. The staff made us very welcome, it was just a shame that there were few facilities. 1st Brian Coultate, Danny McErlean, Dave Keating and Tony French 81 points 2nd Sue Smith, Brian Rendall, Carl Peden and Paul Flanaghan 79
who came on the pitch, then on 93 mins came off again - that, ladies and gentlemen, just about sums up his contribution!! Goal number 2 on 70 mins was a cracker! From fully 30 yards, Moran hit a lovely swerving shot, which looped over the head of Casilla, before nestling in the back of the net. First Botelho, then Victor had decent efforts from free kicks comfortably saved, as the visitors finished the stronger of the 2 sides, but overall Nastic thoroughly deserved their victory, leaving Cartagena manager JIM to arrange a back to basics team talk with his woefully under performing squad. FC Cartagena line-up Casilla, Txiki, Cala (Rodri), Cygan, Clavero (Jose), Longas, Mariano, Botelho, Moral, Victor, Toche (Goiria) Forthcoming Fixture Next up for Cartagena is a home match against northern Spain side Huesca. This div 2a match takes place at Cartagonova Stadium on Sat 12 Mar, ko 6pm. Regular updates on FC Cartagena can be found by visiting www.nosoloefese.es or www. futbolclubcartagena.com
the group has been active and information on fishing venues and licenses required are available at the meetings or by regular emailed newsletters. Meetings are held in two locations on the second Friday and Saturday of each month. Anyone with an interest in fishing (sea or freshwater) is welcome to come along to a meeting to see what we’re about. The next meeting at Mary’s Bar, Campoverde (near Pilar de la Horadada) will be held on Friday 11th March at 12 o’clock. There is a NEW VENUE for the Puerto de Mazarron meeting starting in January 2011. On Saturday 12th March at 12 o’clock the meeting will be held at The New Royal Bar and Restaurant at El Alamillo, opposite the seafront between Isla Plana and the Port. Refreshments and lunch are available at each location. Come along to a meeting nearest to you. For further details ring Alan Roscoe 968 570 876 or email: email@example.com TIGHT LINES DAVE HOARE
points 3rd Colin Ranson, Tom Paton, Dave Surtees and Bob Metcalf. 79 points Nearest the Pins: Malcolm Morrision 6th, Brian Coultate 10th, Paul Fredrick 14th and Carl Peden 18th The 2s pot was won by Gail Coultate, Tom Paton and Meirion Roberts winning 12 Euros each. Our next competition is at Alicante on the 16th March so please get your names down as there is a free breakfast included for anyone interested and a quiz at Alex Bistro in the evening. If you wish to join us go to https://sites. google.com/site/locrispingolf/ or for further information our email is LCGSinfo@gmail.com
San Fulgencio CF..................... C.F. Group Caliche 2 San Fulgencio C.F. 2 Sponsored by 900telecom.com Bright start by the Saints, the first scoring chance fell to Marco Lemos but his shot from fifteen metres sailed over the bar. After twenty minutes Caliche started to get into the game and were pressurising their opponents goal but the Saints defence cleared up the threats. Good work down the left by Fernando saw his cross into the Caliche box turned goal bound by Marco but the keeper saved. The Saints took the lead on the half hour when new boy Giacomo Gutierrez took the ball past three opponents, a perfect cross into the box was headed in by Marco. 0-1. Caliche were gifted the equalizer not long after when an under hit pass from Cameron Scammell was snapped up by an incoming forward and driven passed keeper Alex Teare this was much against the run of play, up until then Alex making a return to the club
had not had much to do. Half Time 1-1. Caliche started the second half very lively and had the best of the chances. In the sixtieth minute Giacomo was fouled inside the penalty area, Marco converted the spot kick to put the Saints 2- 1 up. The Saints dominated from then on but during a rare Caliche attack the ball crossed into the Saints penalty area and was turned into his own goal by Samuel. 2-2. In the dying minutes the Saints had a number of chances to score but it wasn’t to be and at the final whistle the points were shared, Caliche must be thinking that all their birthdays and Christmases had come at once. Next Sunday the Saints host Montesinos All Sports kick-off 12:00hrs. See web site for more details www.sanfulgenciocf.com Barry Wallis
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ALTORREAL 18th February 2011 A big thank you to Altorreal for their hospitality & assistance on the day. The course was in immaculate condition green fairways and rolling true greens. 36 players set out and enjoyed some challenging golf. Two doubles matches took place, congratulations to Phil Pettican & Ian Faulkner and Willie (winner again!!)Buchanan & Mike Wyatt for progressing through to the Semi-Finals, who incidentally play each other in the semi’s. Unfortunately Spanish John could not claim the bones!!!! SORRY JAKE. The winners on the day are as follows Overall winner Willie (winner again!!) Buchanan 36 pts Gold 1st Place David Gray 35 pts Gold 2nd Place Andy (Steady) Trefry 32 pts Silver 1st Place Dave Mace 32 pts Silver 2nd Place Phyllis Venables 30 pts Best Guest John Holland 25 pts Most Potential Teresa Hatt 8 pts Nearest the pins: 5th David Gray; 8th Merv Williams; 10th Graham Butterworth; 17th Tony Stead The Society is always looking for new members. Anyone wishing to join us can do so by registering on the webpage or alternately contact a committee member (details on the webpage) The Society’s next outing is on the 18th March @ Roda Golf course. Anyone interested in playing can register at : www.societygolfing.co.uk Login : claptons Password : guitar
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Thader Rojales 0 Orihuela Costa F.C 5 Sponsored by Morgans Bar & Amber Pools. This week saw Costa take on Federation side Thader in an arranged friendly which saw Six new signings make their debuts and also regular keeper Jordan Marshall come out onto pitch and see Kristjan Gudmundsson play his first game in goal. Taking this into consideration it was Thader who started well but with Jack O’Brien captain and Jordan Clayton adding some experience to the team Costa started to put some passes together and on 4 mins Clayton saw his effort smash the woodwork. Three minutes later Callum Gildeaa also saw his strike fly just over the crossbar. Costa got the opening goal when new boy Joey Simpson latched onto a great cross from Clayton to score his first goal on 13 mins for his new team. It remained 1 - 0 at halftime, but it was Costa who carried on from their first half display and with new signings Patrick Sullivan & Cesar Augusto in
defence winning every challenge that came their way, Costa were in no mood to conceed. After some good work in midfield from Coner James & Jordan Marshall Costa got a third goal from Clayton who was terrorising Thader all afternoon when he struck home the ball on 36 mins. It was Marshall who provided the perfect pass for Clayton to get his second on 41 mins to take Costa 4 - 0 up. Paul Lapham up front and Scott Brunton in midfield provided the energy and trickery to keep Thader on the back foot and on 45 mins when Gudmundsson from goal rolled the ball out to Augusto saw the defender go from box to box passing three Thader players and confidently strike home for his first goal for Costa to round of a great display and give his side a 5 -0 win. For more info on Orihuela Costa F.C. who are based at Playa Flamenca contact George Marshall on :679 77 44 88 or visit www. orihuelacostafc.com Photo: team before the game.
ORIHUELA RFC............................ GREAT EXPERIENCED WEEKEND FOR ORIHUELA RFC: Orihuela RFC seniors went down to play Murcia in a friendly at the weekend and gained some valuable experience by playing against a higher level team. Orihuela gave some of the new players and juveniles some game time experience as well as the old man of the team who surprisingly played the vast majority of the game, yours truely. The game started off free flowing by both teams with a lot of open rugby. Both defences held firm until the end of the first quarter when Murcia made the first break through of the game with the first try. They then got penalised in front of the post for going off the feet, which Pedro converted the penalty. This happened again shortly afterwards giving Pedro his second penalty conversion, but just before half time Murcia scored a second try to go in at half time 10-6 up. The second half started off pretty much the same as the first one, but with Murcia being able to bring on fresh legs at will, proved the turning point of the game, as holes began to appear in the Orihuela’s defence. Orihuela still tried to play open rugby and made some excellent breaks and were unlucky not to score a couple of tries of their own. In the end in a well refereed game Murcia eventually ran out winners 276, scoring another three tries. The game was played in
the true spirit of the sport, which was great to see and be part off. The next game for the seniors will be on 26 March at home, for more details keep an eye on the local press. If you want to know any more details of what rugby is about in the area, and for your rugby gear club shirts etc, you can always come and see me at the Moncayo Market most Tuesdays and Saturdays or call me on the number below. The club trains on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at the Miguel Hernandez University, the seniors 20.00 to 22.00, while the juniors from 18.15 to 20.00. So if you are interested, dig out those rugby boots and come along and see for yourself what it is like. New players are always welcome no matter of what age you are or your skill level. If you would like more information about what is going on in the club, you can contact the club by phoning, the president Álvaro on 630 313 298 or myself, Garry on 692 767 242. For the juniors contact Oscar on 600 871 606 (Spanish) So come along and join in the fun!
England turn to Eoin Morgan after ‘devastated’ Kevin Pietersen heads home from World Cup with hernia problem England batsman Kevin Pietersen said he was ‘absolutely devastated’ to be returning home from the World Cup after finally succumbing to a hernia problem. The ECB confirmed Pietersen would fly back the UK in the next 24 hours due to the injury which was first discovered during the recent one-day series in Australia. The International Cricket Council have approved England’s request to replace Pietersen with Eoin Morgan in their World Cup squad. Morgan was originally named in England’s World Cup squad but missed out after suffering a broken finger in the build-up to the tournament. Morgan has responded well to treatment, however, and even if he is not deemed fit enough to face Bangladesh later this week, he would be a key addition to the squad for the knockout stage should England qualify. News that Pietersen’s World Cup was over emerged this morning while the England squad were en route from India to Bangladesh for their next match on Friday. It had already been confirmed that Pietersen would undergo hernia surgery after the World Cup, but he appeared laboured in the field during Sunday’s six-run win against South Africa. England’s management have now acted to avoid further aggravation of the problem that has also ruled
Pietersen out of the Indian Premier League, which he was due to contest with the Deccan Chargers. Pietersen, who will be out for aroundsixweekswhenheundergoes the surgery, said on his Twitter page: ‘Confirming the BREAKING NEWS ... I fly home tonight. Out of the WC & IPL.. Absolutely devastated! ‘Sad to leave India.. Love the people & the hospitality!’ It had been hoped England’s medical staff would be able to nurse Pietersen through the remainder of the World Cup. Speaking on Saturday, Pietersen said: ‘I’m obviously extremely disappointed to have picked up this hernia injury. ‘It will no doubt impact my preparation but careful management should see me still play a significant role in the team’s campaign.’ But Pietersen complained of soreness after bowling eight overs in the victory against South Africa,
while his performance with the bat in Chennai gleaned just two runs. England team director Andy Flower believes the team are already moving on despite the hernia problem sustained by Pietersen. Flower acknowledged however that England were losing a major player. ‘He’s a world class player,’ Flower told Sky Sports News. ‘I thought he was forming an interesting opening partnership with Andrew Strauss. In three of the four games they’ve played together they have looked good up front and they put on significant partnerships that have kicked off good batting performances.’ England coach Flower insisted that the ability to call on a player of Morgan’s quality in place of Pietersen means the team can move forward. ‘We’re moving on now and Eoin Morgan is an exciting cricketer. It’s going to be good to have him back.’
LA MARINA GOLF SOCIETY...................................... Alicante GC, March 3rd, 2011 The March Cup competition was held at Alicante G.C., a popular venue with our members due to the good condition of the course and its good value for money. However, I must remark on the many unrepaired pitch marks on the greens which had been left by earlier players. It only takes a few seconds to repair your own and one other so why do these people not consider the damage that they do. Anyway, the day started a little cold but sunny but, as the day progressed, it became obvious that someone was going to get wet. Very wet. The sky darkened and a little thunder rolled in the distance. I think it no co-incidence that there were no 5 and half hour rounds! There was one member however, who seemed to think that summer had come and that they were on the beach as they were spied paddling in the water on the 2nd hole....the one with the waterfall on the left! Goodness, how cold must that have been! Fortunately the rain held off until most members were safely in the club house where prize giving was held. At this point I must modestly point out that I had had a really successful day and was hoping that I might be in with
a shout. I was overjoyed to announced the winner and be presented with the Cup alongside all the other winners. It just proves the point that anyone can win! A quick ‘ get well’ to Alan West who has recently had surgery. We hope it isn’t too long until we see him back on the course. Results Gold Division: Dave Smirnowsky - 31 points Silver Division: Barry Gribble - 30 points Bronze Division & Overall winner: Carol Marriner - 32 points Nearest the pin winners: Hole 3
– Pete Wootton, Hole 6 – Aidan Byrne; Hole 12 – Jimmy Scott Hole 17 – Aidan Byrne; Our next Social event is the ever popular Bingo Quiz night to be held at the La marina Sports & Socal Centre at 7.30p.m. On March 22nd, 2011. We look forward to seeing as many members and guests as possible. Our next competition is on Thursday March 17th, 2011 at Alenda GC, first tee time 10.00a.m. Anyone wishing to play, purchase tickets, join the Society or obtain further information, please contact Bill McGrandle on 679 007756
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