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The spokesman for the Ayuntamiento de Almería, Carlos Sánchez Almeria, Carlos Sanchez has announced the approval of Ordenanza de Inspección Técnica de Edificaciones y Construcciones (Technical Inspection Ordinance Building and Construction). It will be used as an instrument to improve the conservation and maintenance of city buildings, in order to prevent degradation and extend their life, thus improving the city as a whole. Technical inspections of buildings are required by the Law on Urban Planning of Andalucia (Law 7/2002 of 17 December) and the Royal Decree Law 8/2011 of 1 July, Article 21, for inspections to be carried out on all buildings older than 50 years in all cities in Spain which have over 25,000 inhabitants.
The provincial commission program monitoring Agricultural Employment Development (Programa de Fomento de Empleo Agrario) has been awarded 8,455,458.04 euros for the development of numerous projects aimed at generating employment and making important infrastructure improvements in the municipalities of Almería during 2012. 89 municipalities in the province have been selected. Moreover, for the sixth consecutive year the commission has approved 180,000 euros to carry out repairs and maintenance of municipally owned public schools in small towns of the province. This initiative falls within the Revenue Assurance program that aims to supplement the income of temporary agricultural workers in those times of year with less agricultural activity. Since 1985 these initiatives have been activated, first through the Rural Employment Plan and then the Program for Promotion of Agricultural Employment (PFEA) in municipalities where economic activity is limited. It has proved very effective in ensuring a minimum income for people in these locations and to avoid the depopulation of rural areas. In the last 20 years it has been instrumental in stopping urban migration in the most disadvantaged rural areas.
Over 200 people attended the traditional ‘Day of Cycling’ in Albox. The fifth holding of the Day of Cycling attracted more than 200 participants of all ages. It was organised by the Concejalía de Deportes del Ayuntamiento de Albox, in co-operation with the Club Ciclista Albojense and several sponsors including Cafetería Coliseo, Bicibox and Servicios Financieros García Trinidad. Once they had completed the planned
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Climate change and pollution are increasing the number of allergy cases. The XLI Annual Meeting of the Andalucian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (61st Reunión Anual de la Sociedad Andaluza de Alergología e Inmunología Clínica) will be held in Almería on 25 and 26 May in the Gran Hotel de Almería. Desertification caused by climate change, pollution and insect bites, especially bees, are the three major current issues which will be debated by these professionals. Juan José Zapata Yébenes, Coordinator of the XLI Reunión Anual de Alergosur said that currently allergy to the pollen of Chenopodiaceae (Salsola Kali and Albun Chaenopodium) is the third most common cause of allergies after the Olive flower and grass. ‘The increasing desertification of the soil caused by climate change is affecting the flora of these areas and results in the raising of these pollens.’ Experts also say that bumblebee stings are becoming more frequent. ‘The increase is because farmers are increasingly using bumblebees for pollination of greenhouse plants, especially tomatoes, zucchinis and peppers’ said Dr. Sergia Cruz Granados. The Andalucian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (AlergoSur), is an international nonprofit scientific and medical organisation, consisting of specialists in Allergology and Clinical Immunology, which aim at promoting the study and improvement in treatment of allergic diseases in Andalucia.
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Government rejects ETA’s request for talks
The Spanish government has rejected a request from the Basque militant group ETA for talks, saying it has to disband and disarm before any talks can take place. The separatist group sent a press release to the AFP news agency today, addressed to “the European Community” explaining that it had set up a special team to conduct a “direct dialogue” with the governments of Spain and France in an attempt to find “definitive solution” to the “ongoing conflict”. But Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz said Spain would never negotiate with the group. ETA’s campaign of shooting and bombing lasted more than 40 years and left some 830 people dead. In recent years, the terrorist organisation
saw many of its key members arrested in Spain and France, diminishing the group’s strength. When it announced a “definitive end” to its armed campaign on 20 October last year, some 700 ETA members were in prison. Earlier this month, an independent monitoring group, the International Verification Commission, issued a report concluding that ETA was abiding by its ceasefire and was ready for dialogue. However Mr Fernández Díaz told parliament that the “only communication” expected of ETA was an announcement of its unconditional disbandment. “There is no need for a dialogue to hand over weapons,” the interior minister said.
Firefighters battle wildfire in northeastern Spain
Firefighters backed by 13 water-dropping aircraft battled Wednesday a windfuelled wildfire that has ravaged swathes of of land in northeastern Spain, local officials said. The fire, which broke out on Tuesday near the town of Rasquera the the region of Catalonia, forced the evacuation of 52 people from their homes, a local emergency services spokeswoman said. Twenty-one people spent the night in a sports hall. Officials said the flames had affected 1,800 hectares (4,450 acres) of land. “There is still wind in the region of the blaze although gusts are not as strong as last night,” the Catalan interior ministry said in a statement. Firefighters had difficulty reaching one of the flanks of the wildfire because of the rough terrain in the area. “The complexity of the terrain did not allow
firefighter vehicles to be dispatched to the area, which complicated the fight against the flames,” the ministry said. “In addition, wind and smoke prevented the work of aircraft due to a lack of visibility, making it impossible to have a good analysis of the evolution of the wildfire,” it added. At 10 o’clock on 17th May, firefighters in Catalunya finally managed to put out the wildfire that has been burning for three days around the towns of Rasquera, El Perelló, Benifallet and Tivenys. The blaze has now been completely extinguished, although there are still some hotspots in the heart of the affected area. Civil protection officers and firefighters are working together to dampen down the whole perimeter and ensure that it does not re-
Over the past three days, the flames have razed a total of 3,081.59 hectares of pine forest and shrubland around Rasquera (1,370.57 ha.), El Perelló (1,248.79 ha.), Tivenys (462.12 ha.) and Benifallet (0.1 ha.). Of this area 76.28% is shrubland, and the remainder split equally between pine forest and pasture. Local residents, who were evacuated as a preventative measure, have now been allowed home and the TV3002, which had been closed in both directions, is now operating normally again. Rasquera made headlines earlier this year after its residents voted in a referendum in favour of a plan to grow marijuana to pay off a crushing municipal debt.
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Smoking ban spreads to football stadiums, monuments and beaches
Some beaches in the Canary Islands, Barcelona’s football stadium and the Muralla de Ávila (Ávila Wall) have hung up ‘NO SMOKING’ signs depite the fact that Spanish law currently allows smoking in all those areas, as they are outside and not enclosed. Ávila’s famous wall, declared a World Heritage site, is the last to join this short, but ever-gowing list of outdoor places where smoking is banned, as one by one local councils give into “pressure” from the anti-smoking lobby. The idea of declaring open-air spaces “smoke free” is a response to public demands for greater cleanliness, greater respect for the environment and raising social awareness about the health risks of smoking. There are no scientific studies that prove that passive
smoking in the open air is dangerous to one’s health, as has been proved with enclosed areas. Dr. Francisco Camarelles, the secretary general of the National Committee for the Prevention of Nicotine Poisoning (CNPT) admits that it is difficult for the concentration of toxic particles in cigarette smoke to reach dangerous levels in the open air. However, he supports a smoking ban in all public places as a way of drawing the public’s attention to the dangers of tobacco. “Here at the CNPT, we support any and all measures designed to raise social awareness and control tobacco use”, he said. Although there is a European network of smoke-free football stadiums, Camp Nou is the only stadium in Spain one where smoking is banned, after the club’s General
Assembly pushed through the new rule with an absolute majority in September last year. This summer, visitors to the beaches in Mogán, a popular tourist destination in the south of Gran Canaria, will find that 75% of the beaches has been reserved for nonsmokers, after the local council brought in new legislation in March. There is pressure to make all Spanish beaches nonsmoking (or at least to have non-smoking areas on all of them) not only because of the passive smoking issues, but also as a way of educating children about the risks and social acceptability of smoking and as a way of cleaning up the sand by getting rid of all the cigarette butts from the sand.
Spain secures 30-billion-euro loan to aid local governments
The Spanish government has secured a five-year syndicated loan of 30 billion euros ($38 billion) with 26 banks that will allow regional governments and city halls to refinance their debt and pay suppliers.
The loan can be extended to 35 billion euros if needed and has an interest rate of around 5.9 percent, the finance and budget ministries said in a joint press release late on Wednesday. “In this way we have
taken the last step to ensure that cities and regions can refinance their debt and put in place the mechanism that will allow suppliers to start being paid,” the statement said. The massive loan will allow city halls to start paying their suppliers as of May 31 while regions will be able to begin payments as of June 30.
The government has promised to cut Spain’s public deficit from 8.5 percent of output in 2011
to 5.3 percent this year and 3.0 percent next year, requiring a big effort by the 17 regional administrations that control key budgets.
The regions are blamed for much of the overshoot last year and the government has ordered them to cut their deficits -- the shortfall of revenue to spending -from 2.94 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to 1.5 percent in 2012. Spanish municipalities and regional governments have built up heavy
walker dies on the Canary Islands Details have been released of the death of an Irish walker in the Barranco de Azuaje near the town of Moya on Gran Canaria on Sunday. 74-year-old Thomas Willoughby was out walking with his wife in the narrow ravine to the north of the island, when he fell off a ledge. The Azuaje national park has one of the island’s last remaining laurel forests and is a popular spot with tourists and walkers alike. Emergency services got a call at around 2pm on Sunday telling them that a walker had fallen into the Azuaje ravine, in an area with tricky access and that he needed urgent assistance. Ambulances and a helicopter were dispatched immediately to the area and Willoughby was airlifted out of the ravine and taken to a football field in nearby Moya - the closest place with a suitable landing strip. Paramedics attended to him once on the ground, but they could do little more than certify his death. Willoughby’s death follows that of another Briton, aged 78, from a heart attack whilst out walking in Morgán the previous day.
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One in four Spanish children between the ages of three and five are overweight A study by the Thao Foundation, which creates programmes to promotes healthy eating habits amongst schoolchildren across Spain, has revealed that one in four children between the ages of three and five are overweight. “It is a very premature age, it’s alarming and we need to make a massive effort to take action at an even earlier age if we are to prevent childhood obesity”, declared the foundation’s scientific director, Rafael Casas, in a press conference today. The report, published yesterday in Barcelona, is one of the most extensive ever carried out in Spain, studying 38,008 children between the ages of 3 and 12, and its results show that 30% of children in Spain are either overweight (21.7%) or obese (8.3%). “These are percentages very similar to those recorded in the USA and we are hardly investing any money at all in preventing childhood obesity - only about 5 or 6% of the total health budget”, underlined the president of the Thao Foundation, Henri García. Contrary to what was previously believed, the study showed that obesity is beginning at ever younger ages, with 7.3% of three to five year olds clinically obese, with a slight reduction from the age of ten onwards, with 6.6% of 10 to 12 year olds categorised as obese. Experts from the Thao Foundation, who work closely with the Ministries of Education and Health to promote childhood health, warn that far too many children are still leading very sedentary lives and that the Mediterrarean diet is not all it’s cracked up to be, with 75% of children eating only one piece of fruit a day.
Greeks prepare for another trip to the polls
Greece is to have another election, following the failure of last-ditch attempts to form a coalition government. The Radical Left may be in a position to increase its share of the vote. A senior judge took charge of an emergency government in Athens on Wednesday. With no political decision-making power, Panagiotis Pikrammenos will lead the country to new elections scheduled for June 17. The next election will place different demands on the participants. The political parties must finally adopt clear positions on the issues at hand and come up with pragmatic solutions, according to the political scientist Manolis Kottakis in a recent television interview. In the last election voters simply closed their eyes to the urgent need for debate over the issue. It is a debate, Kottakis said, can no longer be ignored. “Last time the main focus was on the question of whether the traditional parties would be punished for the current economic disaster. There was never really a factual debate about the actual problems in the country,” he said. Athens-based journalist Babis Papapanayotou said the focus of the next elections will no longer be on adopting attitudes of protest and rejection of political policy. In an interview with ALPHA television, Papapanayotou predicted that voters will be called upon to secure the future of their country in Europe. “In the next election there will be a clear division between those on the side of Europe and the euro, and those who would rather go a different way,” he said. He said he expects a confrontation a between the traditional center-right parties and the leftists, adding that the this time around Left is led by the radical left-wing Syriza party, rather than the Socialists, which could lend a sharper tone to the debate. In the last elections the Radical Left (Syriza), led by Alexis
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Spanish oil giant Repsol said Wednesday it had filed a class action lawsuit in a New York court against Argentina after the country nationalised the company’s local unit YPF. The suit was filed on Tuesday by Repsol and another YPF
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If newly elected French President Francois Hollande wanted to send a signal to Berlin about establishing constructive relations, he succeeded with his choice of Jean-Marc Ayrault as prime minster. Ayrault speaks German, understands the political culture in Berlin and brings a wealth of knowledge as a policymaker with more than 25 years of experience in the French parliament. A long-time ally of France’s new Socialist Party president, the 62-year-old politician is also known for his pragmatism - a quality surely to come in handy in the tough negotiations on the euro and the future of Europe that lie in the months ahead. Those talks will be tough, judging by remarks Hollande made during his bruising presidential campaign. Chief among them was that he would try to renegotiate the Germaninspired fiscal discipline pact for Europe.
In an interview with DW shortly before the election, Ayrault conceded that some French policies would change if Hollande took over as president. “Balancing the budget is a priority in France, but it can’t be the only valid economic policy in Europe: otherwise, the frustration with Europe would grow,” he said. “That is why we want to negotiate a new version of the current fiscal pact by adding to it.” The additions would include a new strategy for growth, he said, adding that measures in addition to austerity did not serve only France’s interests but other eurozone members’ as well. “[Growth is] not only a question for the French; it’s also an issue in Germany, Italy and Spain,” he said. “The crisis in Europe is not over. We have to solve this problem of growth, and that’s what we want to discuss with Germany.” Ayrault said he saw himself as a potential bridge-builder between the two large European neighbors and key forces in the eurozone.
“I have good relations with my friends in the [German Social Democratic Party] and also with some in the inner circle of those currently in charge in Berlin,” he said in the DW interview. “I have long had good relations with German politicians, and it’s important that we get to know each other if we want to work better together in the future.” In a blog on his website in early May, Ayrault referred to the Franco-German ties as the “driving force” of Europe. “There is no Europe without the close collaboration of our two countries,” he wrote. “We therefore need to reinforce this friendship with Germany but also with our other European partners.” Ayrault, the son of a factory worker, is expected to wield substantial power under Hollande. In the run-up to the election, the president said he would govern differently than his predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, who was known to keep a tight rein on daily operations. Under the French constitution, the prime minister is responsible for running the government and is held accountable by parliament. article courtesy of www.dw.de
Turkey villagers see Israeli spy in migratory bird
A migratory bird has caused alarm in a village in south-eastern Turkey after locals mistook it for an Israeli spy. Villagers’ suspicions were aroused when the bird, a common European beeeater, was found dead in a field with a metal ring around its leg stamped “Israel”. They called the police after deciding its nostrils were unusually large and may have carried a microchip fitted by Israeli intelligence for spying. It was taken to government experts for examination and declared safe. The BBC’s correspondent in Istanbul, says the regional office of the Turkish agriculture ministry examined the colourfully plumed corpse and assured residents of the village, near the city of Gaziantep, that it was common practice to fit a ring to migratory birds in order to track their movements. An official at the ministry told the BBC that it took some effort to persuade local police that the little bee-eater posed no threat to national security. At one point a counterterrorism unit became involved in the case. Our correspondent says that wildly implausible conspiracy theories take root easily in Turkey, with alleged Israeli plots among the most widely believed. Ties between Turkey and Israel deteriorated sharply after nine Turkish pro-Palestinian Islamic activists died in a raid by Israeli security forces on a boat trying to break the blockade on Gaza two years ago.
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David Beckham was at the ancient Panathenaic Stadium to help collect the flame and bring it back home. The historic event took place in a rain-hit sundown ceremony at the stadium in Athens, venue of the first modern Olympics in 1896.
It has visited Crete, Piraeus, Thessalonica, Xanthi and Larissa, among other places.
The flame has been handed over to London to host the Games for the third time since the birth of the Olympics – in 1908, 1948 and now 2012. No other city has staged the Games three times. Despite the buzz triggered by the lastminute news that the LA Galaxy star and former England skipper was flying in specially to be part of the ancient ceremony, the more formal duties came down to the Princess Royal as leader of the British delegation to Athens. Both she and Karolos Papoulias, the Hellenic Republic president, sat in ancient thrones that are part of the stadium during the hour-long ceremony. The flame was handed to the Princess, who was watched closely by other members of the official delegation including London 2012 chairman Lord Coe, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, London mayor Boris Johnson, Beckham and five British sporting teenagers. Each member of the British VIP delegation sheltered under blue umbrellas as they walked through the centre of the stadium to their front-row seats. Everyone from the Princess Royal to Mr Robertson was named over the loudspeakers and greeted by cheers from the crowd. There was also a chuckle from Britons in the crowd as the announcer twice insisted on introducing Beckham as Sir David Beckham. The youngsters were picked by London 2012 for displaying Olympic values. During the ceremony they exchanged symbolic olive branches to the tune of John Lennon’s Imagine. The five, who come from different national regions, are from schools and colleges which are part of London 2012’s Get Set education network and school linking programmes run by the British Council. The Olympic Flame has been taken on a relay around the Greek mainland and
The torchbearers have been taking it from Olympia to the Panathenaic Stadium. The Olympic flame was “laid to rest” at the Acropolis overnight before being taken on the eighth and final day of its Greek relay -taking it to the Acropolis Museum, the centre of Athens, Zappeio and to the handover ceremony. A trio of world champions brought the flame safely to the stadium. It arrived in the hands of rower Christina Giazitzidou and was carried by gymnast Vasilis Tsolakidis and rower Alexandra Tsiavou.
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Chinese gymnast Li Ning, who lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Games, and Greek weightlifter Pyrros Dimas were the last torchbearers in Greece. In a new symbolic move by the Hellenic Olympic Committee, they were picked to represent a link between the last Olympics in Beijing, with Greece as the birthplace of the institution and also the next Games in London 2012. Li Ning is the 14-time world champion who won six medals at the 1984 Olympics including three golds, while Pyrros Dimas is something of a modern-day Greek sporting hero. He won Greece’s first Olympic weightlifting gold since 1904 when he was a 20-year-old competing in the 82.5kg weight class at the Barcelona 1992 Games. He was on his way to winning three Olympic gold medals during his career, which he ended with a bronze in front of his home crowd at the 2004 Athens Games. The image of him symbolically leaving his shoes on the platform to a standing ovation is one of the most memorable of the Games. A 70-day relay, involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles, will then take the flame to east London’s Olympic Stadium and the opening of the Games on July 27. The arrival of the flame on British shores will be a “resounding clarion call” to the world’s top athletes to gather for the Games and millions of Britons have been working hard to create a great welcome.
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The first romería brotherhoods were established towards the end of the 17th century, and in 1758 the brotherhood of Almonte drew up the beginnings of the set of rules that we know today. According to these rules, the pilgrims must follow the route either on horseback, on foot or by cart, and they must wear flamenco costume dress. They must accompany the Simpecado, the oxcart that houses the Virgen. The different brotherhoods set out from different parts of Spain, especially from Andalucia, and the village somehow finds room for more than a million pilgrims. A Sunday Mass is held for the multitude in El Real, the site of the romería, with offerings and prayers. The festivities continue as the pilgrims of El Rocio form rings, improvise songs or dance to the sound of a small drum, usually helped along by copious quantities of
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A pilgrimage of oxcarts and horse-drawn wagons that allows the faithful to recapture the spirit of Andalucia’s most famous romería. El Rocio is without doubt the most popular romería - pilgrimage - in Andalucia, and perhaps in all of Spain. The Romería commemorates the miracle of Nuestra Señora del Rocío, a statue of the Madonna which was found in El Rocio and is credited with fertility & magical powers.
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THE FIRST rule of this Fight Club is — use insects!
That’s the fighting talk from Polish photographer Igor Siwanowicz, who has spent hours capturing head-to-head stag beetle battles. His shots of battling insects, which are all male, also include nymphs and caterpillars all showing their true colours in a variety of interactions. Although the beetles are between four and seven centimetres long, and the mantids less than six centimetres, Igor uses macro photography to capture them in all their creepy-crawly glory. “The mantids are suspicious of each other and display their wings to appear much larger, but the stag beetles really go at each other,” said Igor. “They never fight to the death, but in the wild, the loser is tossed down from the tree trunk where the fight has taken place and the victor gets to mate with the female.” Igor, 35, a research specialist at Howard
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bitten. “I’ve never felt threatened when taking photos, even when dealing with an angry hornet or a short-tempered tarantula.
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THE SPANISH DEFICIT IS CAUSING MORE PAIN: TAX AUTHORITIES ARE SENDING OUT THOUSANDS OF LETTERS DEMANDING PAYMENT OF NON RESIDENT INCOME TAX TO BRITISH AND IRISH SPANISH PROPERTY OWNERS. THEY ARE CLAIMING TAX GOING BACK TO 2007: Towards the end of 2011 the Spanish tax authorities have decided to clamp down on non-resident property owners who have not been paying non-resident income tax. They have created a special task force dedicated to pursue non -residents not paying their tax. For many years many non-residents have not been paying this tax and the tax authorities have not been very active in pursuing them. The Spanish deficit has put an end to this. The Spanish tax authorities are now getting very serious about collecting as much tax as they can and non-residents of Spain who have not been paying their tax are now on their radar. If you are a non resident property owner of Spain be aware that you should be paying rates (IBI), electricity, water, rubbish collection and community of owners (if part of a community).In addition to the above which are normally paid by direct debit once a year normally using a fiscal representative you should be filing a non resident hypothetical income tax return (shortly wealth tax also). If you are not paying this tax it is necessary that you take control of the situation by contacting your solicitor or tax advisor. If you have doubts regarding if you are already paying this tax it is probably because you are not, as it requires the presentation of a tax form etc. The good news is that by law they cannot demand payment of more than four years back taxes. Our advice: Start paying the tax because if you do not they will be contacting you with the risk of you not actually being hear to receive their letter etc. Michael Davies is a Spanish Abogado and has been practicing law in Almería since 1993. He is member of the Law societies of Almería and Madrid and has offices in Mojacar and Almeria High Street.
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Shares in Spanish bank Bankia have continued their dramatic plunge, as concerns about the firm’s finances increase. The share price dropped another 15% on Thursday, taking losses for May to 45%. On Wednesday, Bankia, which was formed by a merger of seven troubled regional savings banks, said it was delaying the release of its first quarter results. The Spanish government denied a report in the El Mundo newspaper that customers had taken more than 1bn euros out of the bank, which is set to be part-nationalised, over the past week. The government, meanwhile, has had to pay sharply higher rates of interest to borrow money on the bond markets. On Wednesday, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned that borrowing costs could become “astronomical” as fears about the weakness of its banks persist. The markets fear further bad debt news from the bank. Bankia is already setting aside 4.7bn euros, the highest among Spain’s banks, to cover loans that could go bad. The Spanish government is currently choosing independent auditors to look at the property debts held by Spanish banks, as part of the government’s plan to strengthen the banking system.
Spain approves 18 bln euros’ savings by regions
Spain’s central government has approved plans for 18 billion euros’ worth of savings this year for all but one of the country’s 17 regions, the government said Thursday.
The budget ministry said plans presented by 16 of the autonomous regions would save 18.349 billion euros ($23.3 billion), a key part of Spain’s efforts to reassure markets and its eurozone neighbours of its financial stability. Overspending
regions is the main reason Spain overshot its public deficit target last year and Madrid is demanding they reduce their deficits to 1.5 percent of gross domestic product this year from 2.94 percent last year.
“Today we have taken a fundamental step for Spain’s credibility, fundamental for the reordering of the state and for our autonomous model,” Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro told a news conference.
Moody’s downgrades 16 Spanish banks Moody’s on Thursday cut the debt ratings of 16 Spanish banks by one to three notches, citing the effects of the ongoing recession and the reduced creditworthiness of the Spanish government. The action hit the leading bank, Santander, with a two-notch downgrade to A3, and the number-two bank, BBVA, was lowered by three steps to A3. Two other large banks, Banesto and CaixaBank, were also cut to A3. Moody’s cited “renewed recession, the ongoing real-estate crisis and persistent high levels of unemployment” as key to the ratings reduction. It also blamed the “reduced creditworthiness of the Spanish sovereign, which weighs on banks’ standalone profiles and affects the ability of the government to support banks.” Banks are suffering from the sharp deterioration of asset quality, with non-performing loans to real-estate companies “increasing rapidly,” the agency said.
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Earlier on Thursday, however, credit risk rater Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating of four of the regional authorities and warned they would likely miss their deficitreduction targets. The ministry said that of the total savings by the regions, which control education and health care spending, 13.071 billion euros will be made through spending cuts and 5.278 billion euros by tax rises. Cuts to public budgets are already affecting services in schools and hospitals in some regions and have sparked mass street protests over recent months. On Thursday only the small northern region of Asturias failed to have its spending plan approved because it “did not include sufficient measures to reduce public
Asturias now has two weeks to submit a new spending plan to the central government. If that plan is not approved, the central government can take control of spending in the region, under a new law. Austerity measures by the regional governments are considered crucial for Spain to fulfill its promise to cut its overall deficit from 8.5 percent of output in 2011 to an EU limit of 3.0 percent next year. The collapse of a decadelong property boom in 2008 has caused Spanish regions’ tax revenues to drop and their debt levels to soar, and they are struggling to pay suppliers. The central government said Wednesday it had secured a five-year syndicated loan of 30 billion euros ($38 billion) with 26 banks that will allow regional governments and city halls to refinance their debt and pay suppliers. The massive loan will allow city halls to start paying their suppliers as of May 31 while
Moody’s said it cut the credit rating for Catalonia, Murcia, Andalucia and Extremadura “due to their poor fiscal performance in 2011 and the low probability that the regional governments will be able to meet the 2012 deficit target”. Catalonia had its rating cut by one notch to Ba1, Murcia by two notches to Ba1, Andalucia by two notches to Baa2, and Extremadura by one notch to Baa1. They remain on negative outlook, as does Spain’s A3 rating, said Moody’s. The Spanish economy, the eurozone’s fourth-largest, fell back into recession after it shrank by 0.3 percent in the first quarter, the same rate of contraction recorded during the fourth quarter, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said Thursday, confirming preliminary data. A return to recession makes it harder for the government to keep its promise to slash the public deficit as tax receipts usually fall and social benefit outlays increase.
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Security lighting ...is needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that it’s not distracting. Alternatively, have your security lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination.
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Battery-operated and rechargeable units ...are wireless and very portable while in use.
Line-powered or hard-wired lights ...are connected to the electrical system of your home. Weatherproof lamps may be plugged directly into an outdoor socket. Wire for lighting that is further from the house runs through buried
...is for performing specific activities such as grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. You should place task lighting between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted and should take care that it does not glare. An overly bright light will blind rather than guide.
Accent lighting ...adds drama or can highlight an unusual feature. Uplighting, for example can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting, achieved by placing a light between an object and a fence or wall, dramatically displays an unusual tree or bush.
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General or ambient lighting ...provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good. The most magical of lighting imitates what is found in nature – moonlight or starlight. Moonlighting is produced by hanging lights in mature trees, pointing downward to produce a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. The look of starlight can be achieved through the use of flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space, or by suspending tiny lights in the branches of a tree to create a sparkling night time canopy. Of course, there are many other attractive types of light – some just plain fun!
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...is the oldest source of light and considered by some to be the most romantic. Flames, produced by candles or oil-burning lamps, are warm and flattering to faces, and have a hypnotic effect that induces calm and relaxation. Firelight on reflected surfaces such as ponds, mirrors and even gazing balls is a particularly effective way to create atmospheric lighting and enhance the impression of light.
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Gibraltar’s government put its Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS) industry on hold three years ago when the fact that it taxes its own residents over the age of 60 at zero per cent became an issue of concern for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Now however, Gibraltar’s parliament is close to passing legislation that allows for benefits paid by pension funds transferred to Gibraltar and administered there to be taxed at 2.5 per cent. Upcoming laws also allow for a maximum tax-free lump sum withdrawal of 30 per cent and a minimum retirement age of 55. This was set out in a statement released last week by Gibraltar’s Ministry of Financial Services. It was keen to point out that the amendments do not affect existing occupational pension schemes which have already been set up in Gibraltar. Gibraltar’s proposed changes to its pension laws are likely to be viewed favourably by HMRC. The taxman has been clamping down on QROPS providers it feels are flouting the rules, especially those which allow savers to withdraw large chunks of their pension pots in one lump sum. Many firms have been delisted as a result. Also in its favour as a QROPS jurisdiction, Gibraltar is a member of the EU for many functions, including financial services, unlike rival offshore centres such as Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. Steven Knight, the chairman of the Gibraltar Association of Pension Fund Administrators, said: “Generally, HMRC is keen to ensure aggressive tax planning, in this case using QROPS legislation, is not used in a way that was not anticipated which could result in either a reduction in current taxes to the Treasury or future additional costs being incurred. “There have been a number of arrangements marketed which aim to release capital placed in pension schemes which were intended to fund long-term pension payments.” Gibraltar’s geographic location lends itself to British expats who have moved to Spain, Portugal and Morocco. Under QROPS rules, those leaving the UK on a permanent basis can transfer their pensions to an overseas scheme and retain their UK tax benefits after a holding period of just five years, provided the new scheme can demonstrate that at least 70 per cent of the fund will be used to provide a pension in retirement.
Spain Attacked For “Discriminatory” Succession Tax By Bill Blevins, Financial Correspondent, Blevins Franks
Spain has a history of applying different (and usually higher!) tax rates for non-residents, even if they are EU nationals or residents. Prior to 2007, residents and non-residents were charged different tax rates for capital gains. The European Commission regarded this as discriminatory and, after a ruling by the European Court of Justice, Spain had to change its rules so the same rate applied to everyone. We now have a similar situation with succession tax. The Autonomous Communities in Spain can apply their own tax rates and allowances, so we have both state rules and regional rules. Several Communities have reformed the tax to make it much more benign, particularly for close relatives. In contrast, the state rules can result in quite a large
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Leaders of major industrial economies meet this weekend to try to tackle a full-blown crisis in Europe where fears are growing that Greece could leave the euro zone bloc, threatening the future of the common currency
President Barack Obama, the G8 host, has urged European leaders repeatedly to do more to stimulate growth, fearing contagion from the euro crisis that could hurt the U.S. economy and his chances of re-election in November. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been increasingly vocal in urging Europe to do more to resolve the debt crisis, will tell leaders they must work together to stop it from spreading worldwide, an aide said. No major economic policy decisions are expected from the talks but officials said Obama hoped to promote a discussion on a comprehensive approach to resolving the crisis. He will seek to cement a bond with France’s new leader at the White House later on Friday before heading to Camp David for the talks. Francois Hollande, sworn in this week as French president, has already made waves by challenging Europe’s austerity focus and saying he will pull French combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year. Obama, 50, may use their introductory meeting in the Oval Office to encourage the 57-year-old Socialist to rethink his Afghanistan plans that put France on an earlier exit timetable than other NATO allies. But the two leaders, who have both expressed support for pro-growth policies in Europe, are expected to form a common front on the euro zone crisis that could dominate this weekend’s Group of Eight talks. Obama’s administration spent heavily to tackle the 2007-2009 U.S. recession, and Hollande is seeking to take the edge off austerity with more job-creating infrastructure investments. He is not alone. Cameron has become increasingly vocal in demanding Europe’s leaders act more decisively, Canada’s Stephen Harper has been a frequent critic, and of the euro
zone G8 members, Italian premier Mario Monti was calling for profound growth measures even before Hollande did. That could leave Germany’s Angela Merkel, who insists debt-cutting programs cannot be diluted, cutting a lonely figure. The G8 summit comes as Greeks are pulling cash from banks amid growing fears that it might crash out of the single currency euro zone. Financial markets fear for the future of the entire currency zone, with Spain’s banking sector also under pressure. The U.S. dollar climbed, world shares fell and German borrowing costs hit record lows on Friday as a deepening Spanish banking crisis, uncertainty about Greece’s future in the euro zone and lackluster U.S. data provoked a rush for safe-haven assets. Heather Conley, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Hollande and Obama “see things very similarly about the need for a better balance between fiscal consolidation, austerity and economic growth”. One of Obama’s closest aides, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, said the United States welcomed the evolving debate in Europe about the “imperative for jobs and growth”, but he said the president’s intention was not to drive a wedge between Europe’s two biggest economies, Germany and France. “I don’t think that the nature of these conversations are going to be anything like taking one side or the other,” he told reporters on Thursday. “The president looks forward to leading a discussion among the leaders about the imperative of having a comprehensive approach to manage the crisis and get on a sustainable path towards recovery in Europe.”
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Euro zone fears propel dollar, global shares in red for year
The U.S. dollar climbed, world shares fell and German borrowing costs hit record lows on Friday as a deepening Spanish banking crisis, uncertainty about Greece’s future in the euro zone and lackluster U.S. data provoked a rush for safe-haven assets. World stocks, as measured by the MSCI index, dropped 0.85 percent and are now below where they began the year, having relinquished all their first quarter gains which were fuelled by the European Central Bank’s creation of more than a trillion euros of three-year money. That rally is now a distant memory as an ugly week for stock markets looked likely to end even uglier. Across the board, riskier assets from commodities such as gold and oil and currencies like the euro and the Australian dollar were all heading for big weekly losses. The FTSEurofirst 300 of leading European shares slid 0.9 percent to 972.69 by 4 a.m. EDT, falling for a fifth day running and taking its weekly loss so far to five percent. Benchmark 10-year German bond yields hit a record low of 1.396 percent and two-year yields also fell to their lowest-ever level at just 0.028 percent. Investors were spooked by a ratings downgrade of 16 Spanish banks by Moody’s Investors Service, although the move had been expected, and an unexpected contraction in U.S. regional factory activity reported on Thursday. Sentiment has soured to the extent that an opinion poll showing Greeks are returning to the establishment parties which support the country’s bailout, had little impact. If they vote that way in the June 17 elections, Greece’s place in
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The Albox Branch of The Royal British Legion meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at La Parrilla Hotel & Restaurant in the Main square of Albox. The Royal British Legion is a U.K. based charity providing Welfare and support for serving and ex- service men and women and their families both in the U.K. and here in Spain. In order to carry out this work it relies on membership fees (currently only 20 € per year) and fund raising throughout the year. It doesn’t just cover Albox though. The Branch chairman, Chris Pearce said: “Our Branch covers Albox and Arboleas and the surrounding areas, excluding Zurgena which has its own Branch. I think that´s the best way to describe it.” He went on to say that the Albox Branch is the largest in Spain District North with just
over 200 members, but is always seeking more to help with the good work of The Legion. Because it is such a strong Branch it is able to hold several social functions each year, such as the upcoming Queen’s Diamond Jubilee dinner dance set for the 9th June at La Parrilla (details on the web site below). The Branch also benefits from the fact that the Welfare Chairperson, Marianne Pearce, is also the District Welfare Coordinator. She has recently been instrumental in setting up a Health & Wellbeing Centre in the area. Marianne said “As District Welfare Coordinator for Spain North I have been allocated some funds to set up the Health and Wellbeing Project. The purpose of the project is to facilitate various activities in which Beneficiaries may participate, and also provide a point of contact and the opportunity to join in with
groups they would not ordinarily have access to. I have organised a craft/art group which takes place on Friday at 2.00 pm at CATS in La Alfoquia. This is free to Beneficiaries and materials are provided for use. Beneficiaries are also welcome just to drop in for a chat, taking part is not compulsory. Within the near future there will also be opportunities to attend aerobic and/or light exercise groups which will take place in one of the local Wellness Centres. Beneficiaries may also make use of other health facilities which are available within the centre. To summarise this is all about having fun, socialising and meeting new people. So come along and join in with one of the craft classes or just pop along for a chat. Remember a Beneficiary is a person who has served in the armed forces for at least 7 days, or is the dependant of someone who has served. This includes widows, widowers and cohabiting partners. If you would like to join the Group or would like further details please contact me on 676 45 17 80.” She went on to say that other Legion members are welcome to attend and use the facilities for a small donation to the charity. For more details on any of these matters or information on how to join The Royal British Legion and add your help to serving and exservicemen and women and their families contact the Chairman, Chris Pearce on 630 56 26 18 email: hello@ chrispearce.co.uk or visit the web site at www.britishlegion. org.uk/branches/albox
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groups in the Málaga area. In addition there are, of course, contact email addresses for any queries. On Thursday this week, Kate, who began the project at church, returns to the UK with sixty-four sets of tiny garments from our area alone! These will be handed over to a branch of the Soroptimist Society, and from there be sent to hospitals in Uganda and South Africa. This was have been the end of the project, but we have decided to extend it until December as the need is so great and we feel that there are more people in Almería who might like to get involved- with the help of the Sol Times! If you are one of these people, please check out the website, download the pattern and get knitting; we’d love to hear from you!
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One of the concluding comments, a very simple but poignant one is spoken by Skeeter’s mother who is dying of cancer. When she became an important political figure she betrayed Constantine, the help who had brought Skeeter up to be strong and independent. She dismissed her and her daughter Rachel from her home to show white superiority in front of her political and influential friends. She lacked the courage to openly admit that coloured people were valued and a part of her white family, something she had to live with. Skeeter, a journalist learns the truth when she attempts to write the tortuous accounts of the abuse and humiliation the coloured women had to suffer at the hands of the middle class, racist whites. The story is about the courage to tell the truth even though there were consequences. Skeeter becomes ostracized by the white hypocrites and Aibileen Clark, one of the main coloured characters is dismissed by the worst kind of hypocrite, Miss Hilly. Skeeter’s mother remarks on how courage skips generations and after so much tension with her daughter throughout she makes peace with her and tells her how proud she is of her. What I found remarkable is that this is Stockett’s debut novel which took five years to complete. Definitely a labour of love and a painful and shocking tale to tell. The 1960s was an important turning point in American history with the Civil Rights movement and the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. The setting is Jackson, Mississippi, the writer’s home town. Stockett was born the year after the assassination and she was raised by an African American domestic woman just like Aibileen, Minny and thousands of others. Skeeter represents the writer, a compassionate woman and brave. Her friends deserted her and her boyfriend Stuart walked out on her telling her that she was stirring up trouble. In reality, Stockett’s brother employed a black maid who filed a lawsuit in a Mississippi court against him. Her name was Abilene Cooper. A bit of a coincidence, isn’t it? The lawsuit was thrown out and the writer denied any claim of using Abilene as her main character in “The Help.” The last image will stay with you for some time-Aibileen’s dismissal, tears streaming down her face, the rain soaking through her skin. The pause, the reflection and then a strained smile as she realises that telling the truth has made her feel free. Therapeutic. ISBN 978-1-901-4904-1 or ISBN 13-978-014-1039282
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Donna Summer reportedly told friends that she believed the 9/11 attacks were responsible for her lung cancer. The legendary disco and soul singer passed away from the disease on May 17 at the age of 63. Summer lived in an apartment near Ground Zero in New York City on the day of the tragedy in 2001, and allegedly believed that inhaling toxic dust particles led to her illness. In the months and years after 9/11, Summer would constantly spray disinfectant in the air. Dance Fever host Deney Terrio
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Alqueria The Riverside Holiday Village - part 2
The telephone in the Oficina de Turismo never stopped ringing, well it rang four times in the last week, in itself a record. The advertising campaign had certainly paid off. Over one hundred places out of the two hundred available at the Riverside Holiday Village booked. The consultant Alvaro Spineto had advised them to use a fraudulent approach to their advertising. Promise them everything but get them here. Then get their cash before they realise that as a holiday resort it ranks very close to a wet weekend in Chernobyl. Anselmo Adamso, the village photographer got the interesting commission to photograph the young ladies of the village, perhaps the only viable asset Alqueria has. They posed with lascivious grins and very little else. Anselmo Adamso also had a lascivious grin. The session went on longer than anticipated and the last dozen shots were not fit for publication. Adamso kept these for his own uses however. The charter-flight operated by Spanish Peninsular Logistical Air Transport or SPLAT which they have blazoned across the fuselage in bright red lettering was booked and filling fast. Their only aircraft is rather old but they are able to operate in European airspace provided it can keep below Air Traffic Control radar. The Riverside Holiday Village itself was as ready as it was going to be. Accommodation for two hundred, two dining halls, a games room and twenty bars. The philosophy being, if
they drink enough they will lose all feeling in their lower limbs and won’t notice their surroundings. The only problematic area was the Río Verde. Billed as a swimmers’ paradise, it was in fact lethal. The strange mutant fish were capable of carrying off anyone under seven and the algae caused an aggressive fungal growth which hasn’t as yet been categorised by the World Health Organisation. A powerful poison had been introduced into the water but the river life seemed to thrive on it. The bizarre assortment of waterborne creatures are now even more robust. Everything has to be ready as today is the Grand Opening of the Riverside Holiday Village, Alqueria. The charter flight had landed safely at Almería Airport, a fact duly celebrated in the airline’s office. A fleet of four coaches approached the Comino de Alqueria crossed the old stone and drove into the resort. The disembarked visitors stared in disbelief at the ramshackle accommodation, the steaming malodorous river all surrounded by a black effervescing swamp. Events could have turned nasty if the holiday makers had had time to organise themselves and select a leader. Blythe sensing trouble spoke the only words guaranteed to pacify any British holiday maker. “Free beeah at the boozah bonny lads”. Will beer be enough? Are the holiday makers revolting? We will see...
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Brendan Cole: ‘Alesha Dixon won’t be missed’ Brendan Cole has stated that Alesha Dixon will not be missed when Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year. Dixon left the judging panel of the BBC One competition after three series to join ITV1’s Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year. Darcey Bussell later signed up to replace Dixon as a permanent judge on the show. Cole explained that he believes the former Royal Ballet principal dancer will be a “fantastic” replacement. “I saw Alesha on BGT. She did really well. However, I don’t think she will be a big miss, really,” he told The Sun. “I am very excited about Darcey Bussell. She is probably the most
famous dancer in the country and is going to be on the panel judging us, which is fantastic.” On his “bad boy of the ballroom” nickname and his falling out with celebrity partner Lulu, he added: “I don’t know why I have that nickname. I’m such a nice person on the telly with my partner. “I’ve had a great couple of years. I don’t think I’ve had an argument in the last four years - I don’t talk about Lulu - I mean in the years before that.” Alesha Dixon recently said that she hopes to return for a second series of Britain’s Got Talent next year.
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Across 1 Raged wildly at student’s top marks (6) 4 Mother’s in room with new astronaut (8) 9 You French left - number’s up for plant (5) 10 I’m graduate with weapon, showing lack of stability (9) 11 Impel University to return example of Romeo (4) 12 Big creature I follow still (4) 13 Common for University to be taken in by American gangster? (5) 15 Joint broadcasts before Blimp, say (7) 16 A fellow in church and small restaurant (4) 19 At one time in lemon centre (4) 20 Gets the hang of degree (7) 23 Solver reportedly wise to follow custom (5) 24 Remain at rest (4) 25 Daughter left equipment to go back (4) 27 Ely’s Abbot disturbed one working with horses (6-3) 28 To be part of hex is terrifying! (5) 29 Held back wait in colour (8) 30 Go to serve (6) Down 1 “Ultra” gut could make you throaty (8) 2 Symbolic narrative is completely bloody, including egghead (8) 3 Partly moves python’s spot (4) 5 Ban Olympic cup making this sort of business (6,7) 6 Will not run quickly after
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Furore over foie gras
The BBC has received hundreds of complaints after it allowed chefs to use foie gras on one of its most popular cookery programmes. Two chefs used the controversial French delicacy, which is made from duck or goose liver which has been deliberately fattened, usually by force feeding, on the Great British Menu. The BBC2 show, now in its seventh series, sees chefs compete to produce dishes for a special event – this year a ‘glittering Olympic banquet’, which will be hosted by Sir Steve Redgrave. But viewers reacted with fury after an episode last week showed two chefs serving starters to the judges which included foie gras. During the North West heat, watched by more than two million, chef Johnnie Mountain cooked foie gras ice cream, while fellow competitor Aiden Byrne served black cherry and foie gras terrine. The BBC has now received more than 400 complaints about the programme, which aired last Monday, as animal rights campaigners condemned the corporation for publicising the dish. They called for the BBC to ban it from its shows. Animal charity Viva has urged members to write to the BBC to complain. A spokesman said: ‘It is ironic how we have got the Great British Menu and it is meant to be about celebrating the best of British but with the most un-British cruelty.’ One viewer wrote on the BBC’s message-
board: ‘Foie gras is neither Great nor British.’ While the production of foie gras is illegal in the UK, it can be imported from abroad. The BBC defended the use of the food, saying while it was controversial, it was ‘legal’, ‘freely available’ and ‘many people do enjoy it’. Animal charity Viva has urged its members to write to the BBC to complain about the issue. A spokesman for the charity said: ‘We want to encourage people to write to the BBC. People object to the fact that the licence fee is paying for chefs to use this.’ In a ‘suggested e-mail’ it is urging supporters to send to the BBC, the charity said foie-grois had been used extensively in the Great British Menu. It adds that the BBC allowing it to be cooked and served on TV ‘helps publicise it and the abject cruelty behind its production’ and that it was ‘highly offensive’ that part of people’s licence fee was giving the product prominence. A BBC spokesman said: ‘As long as foie gras remains legal and freely available there is the possibility that it could be used as an ingredient in cookery programmes, just as it remains on restaurant menus around the world. If it were to be banned we would of course no longer allow it to be used.’ Sources at the BBC claimed there was evidence of a lobby involved in complaining about the issue.
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Fruit and vegetables can be kept fresh for double the normal time thanks to a packaging breakthrough by British scientists. A revolutionary film slows down the rate at which fresh produce decays, meaning that ‘best before’ dates can be twice as long. The discovery, which will be used first on packs of Jersey Royal potatoes sold in Tesco and Asda, could bring about a dramatic reduction in food waste. Asda claims the technology will change the way fresh produce is stored on shelves and in the home. It is already planning to pack tomatoes and sprouts in the film, while Tesco is looking at using it with other types of produce. The packaging, which is bio-degradable and fully compostable, is called EVAP, after the Yorkshire company that developed it. Its secret is that it allows the moisture and gases that are normally released by ripening produce to escape, preventing the development of mould. The film is made from plant extracts and includes natural UV filters which reduce the effect of light on the breakdown of the produce inside the pack. In trials, strawberries and raspberries in conventional wrapping became covered in white mould after a few days, while those in the EVAP film remained clean and fresh. Similarly, leeks and potatoes became discoloured and unappetising, while those in the EVAP packs remained in good condition. The average family dumps food worth
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Bistro Bonita is a quaint pub/ restaurant snuggled into the heart of a small village just outside Albox called Cerro Gordo. They have been there for 9 years and to celebrate their anniversary, they have extended so as to provide more music and dance nights. I have been invited to sample their menu and see the new improvements which will mean they are able to cater for more parties in the future. Chris,
the owner and chef, has made one of his famous steak and ale pies with mash and gravy and I’m glad I didn’t eat any breakfast! Everything is home-made, fresh and delicious, it is clear from talking to Chris and eating his food that cooking is his passion. He offers a large selection of homemade family and individual sized pies, Cornish style pasties, sausage platts, scotch eggs, to eat in or
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Friday, May 25th
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Bollywood meets Hollywood Indian v American food from 8pm Wednesday 13th June
take away (24 hours notice required). Everyday there is also a menu del dia, only €7.30 for 3 courses, which has never gone up in price since the day he opened, or full a la carte menu. I have been here for Sunday lunch before and never gone away anything less than happy, with 3 courses for just €8.50, I had pork, beef, roasties, Yorkshire puds, a good amount of veg and a large helping of the whole cauliflower cheese that was done just for our table! If it is a party you’d like, with the newly extended seating area, you can have a big group of friends and still have room to dance! Supply your own food, or Chris can put on a superb buffet or sit down meal, tailored to you. You create the mess, let Bistro Bonita do the rest! They have many themed party nights coming up including Bollywood comes to Hollywood and a Mexican Night! For more information or to make a reservation call Chris on 650 599 739/ 950 930 169.
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Jumbo Hot Dog & Onions ..............€2.50 Gammon Bap & Salad .....................€2.50 Lasagne, Garlic Bread & Salad .....€3.50 3 Sausages, Mash, Onions & Gravy.................................................... €3.50 Tandoori or Cajun Wrap, Coleslaw & Crisps ...............................................€3.50 Fish, Chips, Mushy Peas or Salad €4.50
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Take the scallops and slice them very thinly. Wash the kumquats and remove the seeds. Slice very thinly. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds and cut in tiny pieces. Mix all 3 ingredients together and add a dash of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Place in a cold bowl in the fridge for about 10 min. Chop very thinly the onion, the coriander and chives. Add to the scallops/kumquats/ cucumber preparation. Add a dash of cayenne pepper and the olive oil, and mix well together. Serve in small spoons (appetizer spoons).
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Red Snapper Cooked in ThymeFlavoured Salt
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INGREDIENTS 1 whole red snapper (1 lb), not scaled but cleaned inside 2 egg whites 1 tablespoon chopped thyme 2 lbs coarse sea salt
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Menu del dia €8.50 Menu de Noche €10.95 includes poppadoms & chutney choice of 4 starters 4 main dishes 4 vegetable dishes rice or naan bread coffee or tea
LA ALFOQUIA, ZURGENA
jubilee street party
beer & paella at 2pm
bring your own picnic or full menu available all day
live entertainment in the evening
live with Kris Kelly this Fri 25th May
5 tbsp sugar
Grate 4 tsp orange zest. Wrap 1 tsp; set aside. Juice the oranges to make 3 cups juice. Pour 1/2 cup into a small saucepan and sprinkle in gelatin; let stand for 2 minutes. Stir the mixture over low heat (a silicone spatula is good) until it is steaming and the gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir in 3 tbsp sugar. When dissolved, pour into remaining juice. Stir in 3 tsp zest. Pour into 8-in. square baking pan; refrigerate 2 hours, or until firm. Up to 4 hours before serving: Whip cream with remaining 2 Tbsp sugar until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Stir in reserved 1 tsp zest. Cut gelatin into 1-in. squares. Using a spatula, place half the squares in the glasses and top them with half the cream. Repeat layers.
Los Gallardos Tlf 950 398 799
sunday 3rd june
specialities Chicken a la Chef Moussaka Styfado Kleftiko Or Poseidon Flogera
Sunday evenings - Karaoke from 7pm
New Burger & Pasta Menu PLUS Kids Menu
Open Monday - Friday 8am til late Saturday & Sunday 9am til late
Tapas now available all day as previously served in Chili restaurant in Turre
Open 11am til late 7 days a week
Tel: 950 475 742 - www.cocinaindiomojacar.com Paseo del Mediterraneo, 199, Mojacar Playa
SOLTIMES MAY 2012
OUT & ABOUT
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showbar & restaurant
The Irish Rover
Your no1 entertainment venue in Mojacar for all the family
Bringing you the uk’s no1 tribute acts!
Friday 1st June
Tickets Lady GaGa
including karaoke Saturday 2nd June basket meals Madonna available at just 5€
ALBOX TENNIS CLUB bar and restaurant are growing and more and more popular daily mainly due to their fabulous, reasonably priced food and the beautiful, tranquil surroundings. Now the warmer weather is here, you can also enjoy a drink or a bite to eat on their terrace overlooking the tennis courts and swimming pool. There is a fun quiz every Tuesday from 8.30pm and due to popular demand, they now offer Paella on their menu but please give them 24 hours notice so you get the freshest and best dish possible! For more info call 667 671 578.
open 10am till late • Mojacar playa •tel: 950 473 135
Club de tenis albox restaurante
Menu del dia Tues - Fri only €8 Sat + sun €10
Carne a la Brasa - Tapas
Birthdays - Business Meals All kinds of special occasions Paella available 24hrs notice required quiz Tuesday from 8.30pm
Tel 667 671 578
JET’S BAR LA PLAZA, in the sleepy fishing village of Villaricos which has a Market day on Sunday. We open early for the Market offering All Day English breakfast, including Tea or coffee and toast for €5.50 or a smaller breakfast for €4.50. Free Wi-Fi offered to all clients, HD Sky TV, Pool Table, Darts, Chill room. Contact us on 950 467 590 – closed all day Wednesday
This thursday 24th may Come and enjoy a great day out at
la vida fayre
• Mini Cacti
• homemade jams & pickles • Wooden craftwork
Cup of Fresh ground Coffee & slice of cake • candles, Crystal ONLY €1.50 hangings • Music CD’s
• Fairtrade summer dresses • mini cactus garden display • Soft furnishings • children’s toys • UK FASHION SPRING STOCK • Crystals & Precious Stones • UK pet food • Aromatherapy Skincare
• Homemade Pies & Cakes
British bacon sandwiches from 8.30am
Menu served from 10am
Mind, body & soul in the venue from 10am Book a taster session with a practitioner on the day aura-soma readings with hilary Back Pain? Shoulder & back massage with melissa 15 minute session reiki grand master susan scott. Healer and medium Reiki with Lilian
Stain glass Art & Gifts Bespoke items made to order with Daf
Shiatsu 15 mins Treatments With wendy
Mini facials with sandra
almeria angels free blood pressure check
Anna Psychic Tarot & Numerology
La Fuenta Mosaico Handmade Mosaic gifts & pictures made to order with truus
tarot reader & psychic artist rosa mccombe
Car Booters Welcome Empty that spare room or garage and make some cash
Tel: 950 634 562
We are here
Albox Arboleas Zurgena La Alfoquia
Cucador Junc 547 Huercal Overa
and Thursday day until 5.00 pm, Normal days opening 10.00, 8.45 on Sunday for the Market. On 4th June at BEACHCOMBER, over especially from the UK for one week only, the Blues Brothers Tribute plus the Commitments and Rock & Roll. Then on 20th June join the Beachcomber to see Dusty Springfield and her dancers (probably your last chance to see Dusty with her dancers). There is line dancing held every Monday 4pm - 6pm, and a photography club ever Thursday. For more info call 950 473 099. THE CRAZY COW BAR & CAFÉ has moved to a more scenic part of Mojacar Playa, just opposite Playa Blanca, between Fantasia & Tito’s. They are still cooking famous tapas (mini meals) including cottage pie, curry, fishcakes and many other favourites. Just go along and graze on a selection, all freshly cooked to order! For more information call 666 891 340 (closed Mondays). At OASIS BAR & RESTAURANT in Palomares there is always something going on, whether it is darts night on a Tuesday, the popular quiz on a Sunday or Happy Hour from 6-8pm (6 days a week). If it is delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere you seek, then why not try their Sunday Roast, choose from beef or pork with all the trimmings from just €6.95 or slow roasted New Zealand lamb every Wednesday, enjoy 2 courses for just €10! Find them on Calle Mayor 106, Palomares. For more information call 950 888 476. New refurbished and under new management, a trip to RAMO DEL LIMON just off Mojacar Playa (turn right off the playa at the stables roundabout – Look out for the signposts off the roundabout!) is an absolute must! They have a beautiful outside terrace area where you can enjoy a sumptuous Menu del Dia, two courses are just €7 or three courses for €9. They also offer a fabulous Menu del Noche from just 11€ throughout the week. For more details call 950 472 659. The IRISH ROVER on Mojacar Playa will be host to two fabulous tribute acts in one weekend, starting with Lady Gaga on Friday, 1st June and followed by Madonna on Saturday, 2nd June. Tickets only €5 with basket meals also available at only €5 more! Every night is karaoke night at the Irish Rover Showbar & Restaurant and they are open daily from 10am serving food and drink all day. For further information call 950 473 135.
Bar and Restaurant Sunday Roast ~ Beef or Pork with Freshly Cut Vegetables 6.95€ Wednesday Special ~ Slow Roasted New Zealand Lamb 2 X Courses 10€ p/p Friday ~ Fish and Chips & Mushy peas 6.95€ Happy hour ~ 6pm - 8pm (6 days a week) Breakfasts, bar snacks & evening a La carte Tuesday is darts night - Sunday quiz
Calle Mayor 106, Palomares - Tel: 950 888 476 - (Closed Thursday)
The Crazy cow Cafe Food cooked with love
Come & graze on our
freshly cooked to order
see you there
Tues - Sat 11am - late Sun 11am - 6pm Closed Mon
697 465 620 / 666 891 340
between Fantasia & Titos on opposite side of the road. Mojacar Playa
Quiz Night Wednesday 9pm
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday
Tuesday To Saturday 12.30 - 3.30pm Menu del Dia, Themed Savoury International Fusion Dishes, Snacks & Daily Specials open SUNDAYS 1pm - 3.30pm Tuesday to Saturday 7pm - 10.30pm 1, 2, 3 Course Traditional Full A La Carte Menu plus Sunday Lunch Tuesday & Wednesday: 2 for €22 Thursday & Friday: Set 2 & 3 Course Menus Mojacar Playa Tel: 950 472 659 Saturday: Special 3 Course Sampler Menu
Downstairs on the sea front next to the Irish Rover Look out for our live entertainment evenings
sunday Roast menu of the day
3 courses €10 3 course - €10.50 night the main course - €7.50 menu of
Bar open 10am - LATE Food served all day from 10.30am Last orders 9pm
3 courses €11.50
regular TRIBUTE SHOWS see website for details
tel: 950 473 099 www.beachcombermojacar.com
Monday evenings - 7.30 for 8.00 pM Just 1.50€ to enter
Quirky Quiz Questions The word this week is LIPOGRAM ~ but it doesn’t mean a surprise stripper at a stag night ~ so what does it mean? If you know or can find the answer, then it will get you a point in next week’s quiz. We definitely don’t take things too seriously ~ it’s just light-hearted competition. Sometimes from a slightly different perspective!!! Bring your friends Beat your neighbours
Eyes Down bingo tuesdays 7.30 for 8pm
Come and play your cards right Cash to be won every Tuesday evening Cash Bingo plus Rollover Jackpot Win spot Prizes i.e meal for two, worth 22€. All welcome for a night of fun. 7.30 for 8pm start. sEE OUR MAIN AD ON PG 27 for directions
SOLTIMES MAY 2012
COMMUNITY NEWS STEPPING STONES.......................
Carers Support Group Mojacar We meet up every Thursday at 11am till 2pm at the Turre Evangelical Church Hall. There is a huge need to help all the Carers and their dependents to give them a chance to relax and make social contact, for them to be able to discuss their requirements, difficulties and quieries with other people. Michael Davies the Lawyer from Mojacar Parque Commercial will be there on Thursday the 31st of May to answer as many legal questions as possible With the help of the volunteers who come it is now a very helpful and encouraging morning for all of us. I know as I am one of those carers. Almeria Angels are always there for us along with people who give their time to do neck, back and hand massages, hair trimming and general cosseting. Robert Hurst, The leading light in the “Singing for the brain” programme is coming from uk to give us his time and expertise on the 1st Thursday of September. You may have seen his documentary on the television or heard him speak on BBC radio. Pop in if you get the chance either as a carer, dependent or volunteer. We always need extra help in the kitchen or to socialise. You will be made most welcome and appreciated. Contact Fanny Davies tel 950 472822 OR 677683385
IN MEMORIUM..............LINDA ARUNDEL
Linda Arundel of Los Carrascos, Arbolease, passed away on Monday 21st May in the UK. A lovely lady who fought bravely, now at peace. Sadly missed by her husband Pete and all her friends in Spain
DOG WALKERS NEEDED...................
Could you spare an hour or two to help Puppy Rescue? We urgently need help walking the dogs and puppies in the care of this Albox charity, please try to give just a small amount of your time to volunteer - your help will be really appreciated by the dogs who are longing to go for walks - and you will get fit at the same time!! Call in at the Puppy Rescue shop or ring 690 143 140 for information.
The Fundraiser Charity & Community Shops
The people’s charity, The Peoples Choice
Helping the disabled Cancer Research Vera Orphanage Run totally We put our Asprodalba by volunteers hearts into and many more
Find us opposite JP’s Place in Turre and Opposite Maxi Dia in Vera Open 6 days a week... times on shop doors Contact 664 620 288
Two-Day Guided Tour Friday 29th & Saturday 30th June Includes: Transportation, Accommodation, Meals, Dinner with Flamenco Performance; La Alhambra, Cathedral and Los Bañuelos museum entrance, and lots of fun! *Conditions apply
Dames in Spain.............................
The Dames in Spain are having their usual summer break and our next meeting will be the Meet and Greet on Monday the 17th September which will be at the New Kimrick Restaurant. Our last function of this season will be our Beach Lunch at the Maui Restaurant on the 18th June. Members and guests are most welcome. Please contact Irene on 950 069 072 for information and tickets. This is always a most enjoyable occasion. Meanwhile we hope our Dames have a happy and healthy Summer and we look forward to seeing you all again in September. Contacts : Myra, Chairman – 950 475 491/ Iris, Secretary 950 475 863
OOPS - SOMEBODY STOLE DIRK LAST WEEK BUT HE’S BACK IN THIS ISSUE... FIND ‘DIRK’ & WIN A MEAL FOR TWO! Every week a lucky couple can win a fabulous MENU DE LA NOCHE on Saturday night at LA VIDA, CUCADOR JUST FIND WHERE WE’VE HIDDEN DIRK THE PENGUIN AND SEND THE ANSWER TO firstname.lastname@example.org
last weeks winner: ............................................ PLEASE NOTE THAT EMAIL ADDRESSES WILL BE ADDED TO LA VIDA’S MAILING LIST; IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE ADDED, PLEASE NOTIFY US WITHIN YOUR EMAIL ANSWER
CHURCH OF ENGLAND..........
Priest: Canon Hugh Broad 950 478 432, Mojacar: Eucharist every Sunday at 11:00 in the church of St. Pascual, Aqua de Enmedio, Albox: In the Community Hall Aljambra. Eucharist last Thursday in month at 11:00 Evensong second Sunday in month at 18:00. Roquetas: Eucharist 3rd Thursday in month at 11:30 in Burty’s bar in Avenida Playa Serena in the urbanisation. Costacabana: Eucharist first Saturday in month at 12:30 in the Community Centre, Details: Church Wardens Alan Smith 950 478 066, Eric Dore 950 615 105 or visit www.mojacarchurch.org
The APSA charity shop in Albox has a modern, easily - portable wheelchair for hire at reasonable rates. For information please call in at the shop in Avenido Lepanto (oppositeRumores) or ring 663 762 642. We can help with your mobility and you can help the many animals in our care!
Call Paul 633 310 429
Male Dancer Seeks Dancing Partner some dancing experience preferred
Single Occupancy: €265 pp Double €245 pp More info on 950 39 00 37 Visit us opposite the Vera Bullring
FUND RAISING BBQ & JUBILEE PARTY
Saturday 2nd June
Rancho Luz del Sol take in many rescue horses or horses which need to be re-homed. At the moment thay have 14 horses which need to be looked after. So they are holding a family fun afternoon/ evening to help raise some much needed money.
On the day, there will be:
A ride going out at about 5.30pm for 2 plus hours. The charge for this is 30€ with a free BBQ. The evening will start at 7pm with Smooth FM, with food being served from 8pm onwards. People just coming for the BBQ are 10€ with children aged over five, 5 € and toddlers free. The night will have a Jubilee theme, so wear anything red, white and blue with a prize for the best outfit/fancy dress. There will also be fun and games for the kids.
For more information, call Erika or Jay on 678 838 547 www.rancholuzdelsol.com
Sensational Band new to the area MAMA PAULA’S BLUES BAND from Costa del Sol, take a sneak preview on You Tube! Here for just two days!
RATATOULES NEW BAND LOS MEZCALEROS ZAMBRA ALLSTARS - and more!! Bar, Snack Food or meals available Entrance ONLY 5€ for an afternoon/evening not to be missed
Come along and ‘Jam’ with us from 8.00pm onwards or call for more information or to purchase tickets
Tel: 617 577 615 Email: email@example.com
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SOLTIMES MAY 2012
SOL CLASSIFIEDS Airport services
www.AAparking.es Tel: 639 081 067
Airport, social &
Alicante Almeria Murcia New
Servicing / Repairs
Tel: 663 429 521
tel: 607 364 917 or 950 432 110 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com FULLY QUALIFIED & LEGAL
Call Justin at Sol Shaders for a free no obligation quote
Steve Hayes Informatica
Pc’s, Laptops, Printers etc. Sales & Repairs on-site callout / tuition. Consumables Albox, Almeria
Tel: 950 120 900
PC hardware & software specialist. Unbiased advise on purchases Installation, help & training. Diagnosis & Repair 15€ an hour min charge 1 hour + parts I come to you
Everything for sale, from household items, cars, antiques, houses & much, much more! Watch out for our opening day
Advertise Cafe for sale
your business here!
Tel: 950 121 936 over or 902 750 190 €15,000 www.soltimes.com Telephone
634 315 730
Equipment Hire Due to our garden expansion &
busy trade in our restaurant we are looking for:
Tel: 615 806 126
You must have a brilliant smile, patience & enjoy the flexible working hours & busy shifts at La Vida,
delivery & collection.
Everything for the visiting baby Car seats,high chairs, stair gates, cots etc Tel: 950 436 581 or 666 375 688 expectingababy@ hotmail.co.uk
beauty avon cosmetics claire Tel: 691 987 454 avonfromclaire@ yahoo.es
building property and
Martinez moreno cb (Rambla de Oria) All types of building work undertaken inc plumbing & electrics
tel: 609 421 734 (Spanish) tel: 696 052 044 (English) construction deliveries
Coloured gravel & firstname.lastname@example.org all building materials
Tel: 646 587 746
Phone: 663 006 390
in albox, serious offers only
Matt Murray 647 841 750
BUY BUY Auction Subasta S.L.
C a r l o s S a l i e n t e business opportunity Plumbing & Heating offer machined FOR SALE / BUSINESS Business boiler decals for OPPORTUNITY gas water heaters For Sale 5 coin operated for just €65 – Internet Cafe, internet computer aguafuerte is not kiosks. Complete Based in the answer! Call set, webcams, Huercal Overa, for more info: 950 headphone/ Serious Microphone.Already 930 900 or 968 in-situ, but ideal 969 962. carlos. Enquiries Only for any family bar/ s a l i e nte @ g m a i l. Tel: restaurant. com 950135039
SH A DING SPA IN, W I T H...
Private sale ads are free under 300€ (3 ads per week) email: email@example.com
• Pool constuction • m aintenance Installation of • building reforms fibreglass Septic tanks • project all areas covered 950091109 management
‘A’ rated, highly efficient inverter systems supplied & installed MD Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration ENERGY & ENSURES.L A BREAKDOWN TO PREVENT firstname.lastname@example.org EFFICIENT SAVING WHEN YOU MOST NEED YOUR A/C 432 110 SERVICED/CHECKED / 607 364 917 UNITS YOUR HAVE950
POZO & CESSPIT EMPTYING BLOCKED DRAINS R US
great summer offe
Solar Wind Power Solutions. 230 watt panels 450€ Over 15 years installation experience Call Phil for competitive prices 636 261 240 email:info@ s un e r g ya l m e r i a . com www.sunergy almeria.com
INTERNAL & EXTERNAL BLINDS
Tel: 627 907 207
Over 20 years experience Sales - Service - Installation Car A/C Re-gas & Top-up
call now for our
MD Air-Conditioning & Refrideration S.L.
To place your ad....call Paulette on 950 121 936 or 902 750 190 Email: email@example.com or in person, we’re above New Horizon Villas, Los Carasoles, on the main Albox-Baza road from the motorway.
Albox & Surrounding areas
tel: 648 509 453
Experienced Bar / Waiting Staff
A Brilliant Chef / Cook
Do you enjoy the art of cooking? We are looking for a Jamie Oliver type who makes each mouthful of food delicious. If that’s you, we have a large, well-stocked kitchen & lots of new ideas
the team want to meet you!
Call Chrissie on 647 379 878 or email
• Emergency Drain Cleaning • High Pressure Water Jetting • CCTV Surveys • Drainage Repairs • Location of Cesspits • Qualified Engineer • Expert Reports
Established 7 years in spain
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information Tel: 616 531 283 or 670 088 966
From a pocket watch to a piano.... If it’s under 300€ you can advertise your items
Gr andfather Clock for sale. Excellent Oak. working order Not an Antique, about 20 years old 299€ o.n.o. Tel: 634 313 051 Golf Clubs. 9 EMAIL YOUR ITEMS FOR Irons, 2 Woods, Putter, Bag and SALE TO Trolley 50€ Tel: SALES@SOLTIMES.COM 652 434 392 PRIVATE ADVERTISERS ONLY Samsung Home Cinema Surround NO PETS with 300w output/ USB Host/HDMI out/DivX support. electrical 100€. Tel: 663 660 ELECTRICIAN Knowles 439 Neil Godwin & Abbott Cold Water 25 years experience Fish Tank Length no.1 for Height Full electrics and 150cm, City & 48cm, Width plumbing. Guilds 38cm. Offers Re-wires, around 100€ Tel: free to air Fully insured UK satellite 676 658 518 & legal Boletins supplied systems. S a m s u n g Cinema 950 137 208 Home Tel : 687 245 569 Surround with 638 010 691 300w output/USB Host/HDMI out/ DivX support. 120€. Tel: 663 660 439 All electrical work undertaken including rewires, upgrades. Large Yellow We work inside or out & Sofa. Good no job is too small Condition. 150€ air conditioning & alarms Tel: 687 189 244 FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE Childs High Office: 662 414 043 Chair. Excellent Mobile: 617 410 534 condition. 25€ Tel: email@example.com 618 351 497
free of charge
in the SOLTIMES SELL IT FAST sell it free
CD electrical SERVICES
JD’s &Cafe Bar within Mercamundo’s Indoor Market Arboleas
offering credit crunch prices Just in! real english style donor kebabs (in pitta with all the trimmings)
Chuckles the clown comes to town (trained by the famous Coco!) Saturday 16th June, 11.30 - 3pm Totally free show discounted food & drink Courtney castles will be providing a bouncy castle
private wanted Rolex /Cartier woman’s watch must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878
A h o rr o Meuble, new furniture with slight aesthetic defects, now stocking For more info call 634 339 655 children’s bedroom furniture & excellent enclosures fly screen quality outdoor furniture. Find Fly sreens us on Carreterra sliding, pull down & Lorca- Baza, in the doors made to measure old Beer Emporium can be seen on ENCLOSURE premises, Albox display at cat services SPECIALISTS alfoquia for more GLASS hobby/craft info or SCREENS Elaine’s Wools free quote Come and see us on the quality UK wool & contact graham Albox road for a free no accessories. Also 620 112 193 obligation quote available at 630 493 817 C a m p o s o l Call 695 118 960 Mazarron & on the Arboleas forum. gardening Call 667 273 889 elaines wools@ gmail.com
potty finca services
professional tree felling & pruning,
including all types of palm trees
Ne i g h b o u r Watch hood in Spain Contact and information on our website www. nhwinspain.com or Geoff Salter Tel. 620417777
strimming of overgrown gardens & hedge cutting spanish registered. logs available ring john on 616 855 294 or 950 163 930
SOLTIMES MAY 2012
Norway’s answer to heating your home in Spain Tel: 634 312 171 www.neaterheater.es Carlos (Saliente) plumbing & heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www.carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962
THE HOUSE CLEARING SPECIALIST Immediate Cash. Quick decision. * We cover all areas * We turn up, give cash & carry * We buy almost anything The Highest Cash Prices Paid **ONLY serious & immediate sellers should call please**
Tel: 679 207 545
Cash payment waiting for all your unwanted goods, also business stock liquidations carried out.
call cash & carry clearances tel: 689 023 602 or 618 725 567
950 121 943 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gates, rejas, fabriction welding reliable service Telephone 950 069 208 or 638 449 944 email
iron/Metal works cont...
T & T Metals For all quality metal works, including gates, railings, rejas, staircases, gazebos & chainlink fencing - Tel: 950 431 738
The Metal works
Grills, railings, gates of all types, security/ sliding/roller, rejas, concertina doors etc. Tel: Keith Wood on
638 900 949 Jewellery & repairs
Rolex or Cartier woman’s watch wanted must be good quality private buyer tel 647 379 878
locksmith Phil the Pick Locksmith 24 hours. Locked Out? Locks fitted/upgraded house safes. Arboleas & surrounding area. Special weekend rates. Tel: 697 243 181
“RE-PLATE” MATE GB
MY PLACE OR YOURS
Dog & Horse Sitting Service Ex RSPCA Inspector. Dog day sitting Going away? Let us take care of your pets, either at your home or ours. Dogs kept in house or kennels. Pet transport service. spain/uk/spain Just outside Albox.
Tel: 607 554 984
Don’t take a chance! Don’t break the Law! Let us take the hassle away from you and re-register your vehicle on to Spanish plates WE PROMISE TO BEAT ANY GENUINE QUOTATION For a full service contact:
Alan 662 249 159
opticians Optica Albox All your optical needs, eye tests, hearing tests, contact lenses Tel: 950 121 991
painter / decorator
PAINTING INSIDE & OUT
All quality products
Make over your home this year
10% off with this advert Tel Graham on 620 112 193 or 630 493 817
Mike Huskinson & Daughter • 3 bed apartments painted from 450€ • also exteriors painted • kitchens & bathrooms refitted • rejas & metalwork • gardening ring Mike on 663 303 350 or 950 528 128 or Sue on 634 322 304 or 950 452 826
Hi my name is Leo I’m a Labrador X and I am neutered. I am a charming Boy who would be easy to train. I’m extremely amiable and docile. I have had my first Vaccination/Rabies and I have been micro chipped. D.O.B 01/10/2010 Come and meet me soon at The Dog House. Call Paul on: 626 766 073 or e-mail email@example.com
Ken & Jackie Dog & Cat Sitter service Your home or ours. Honest & trust worthy. 3 years experience of all types of animals. References available on request.
woodhouse boarding kennels & cattery arboleas
Small friendly kennels, 24hr vets service, pet transporting arranged, welcome to view
Tel: 950 067 943 or 676 389 592
ministry approved Tracy Mobile 650 211 952
Hi my name is Marley, I am a German Shepherd/ Lurcher X. I came to the Dog House after my owners returned to the UK & could no longer afford my Kennel fees. I get on well with other Dogs & like lots of room to play. D.O.B 01/08/11 Come and meet me at The Dog House. Call Paul on 626766 073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Friendly, Professional, Clean, Efficient
C onfident & energetic?
A ble to work to deadlines?
S miling when the pressure is on?
Best prices around Tel: 649 186 107 or email: email@example.com
painting & decorating
• 35 years experience • Guaranteed to beat any quote • Quality work guaranteed
If you wish us to print an article about a particular topic in our regular space Tel Alan: 950 450 174 or on pg 16, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 600 268 176
Puppy Rescue - Charity shop in Calle Malaga, Albox. Monday to Saturday 10 2pm Market stalls at Albox Tuesday market and Sunday bootfair. New Puppy Rescue helpline 690 143 140 www. puppyrescue inspain.org
now have a selction of young birds for sale Budgies 8€ each
Java Finches 12€ Parakeets for hand rearing only 30€ each Diamond Finches ready soon Tel: 647 379 795
W ell-organised and able to work on your own initiative? A team player with the ability to work with existing clients but also generate new business?
Then we want to meet you!
Knowles & Abbott no.1 for plumbing & electric. CH, solar hot water and water deposits. Telephone 950 137 197 or 606 807 797
Property to Rent Los carasoles
Villa with lots of land
3 large bedrooms 1 en suite, fully furnished, large pool in 2000sqm land
call to view: 609 199 394 detatched Villa for sale completion project, villa with room for a pool, brick built upto & incl roof, exceptional views, 10mins to main town, fully legal & escritura,
call to view or for more details 609 199 394 or 950 064 801 for SALE massive detatched cortijo with 50m2 workshop 20mins from mojacar This is a unique spanish country cortijo with 4 beds, 2 bath, Open plan living areas, kitchen & dining room as well as a workshop, courtyard front & back & room for a pool. Mountain views. possible B& B
guarenteed Tel Paul 634 327 201
FIELD SALES REPRESENTATIVE
If you enjoy meeting business people and feel that you can bring energy and purpose to the role, we would like to hear from you.
We provide Full and on-going training Good working conditions Good package available for the right person Mobile phone & expenses Flexible hours
Call Chrissie on 647 379 878 or email your CV to: email@example.com
A&E Taylor – Gas boiler & plumbing repairs. Tel: 618 062 080 C a r l o s ( S aliente ) & plumbing heating services. If it involves water, we can help! www. carlossaliente.com Tel: 968 969 962
properties for sale / rent
quality work guaranteed
No need for kennels or cattery, Pet sitting in your own home, Arboleas & surrounding areas. Call Vanessa on 637 061 482 Not just cats & dogs, All other types of pets considered
Are looking for someone special
painter & decorating free estimates
SOLTIMES An exciting opportunity for the right person
Build 256 m², Terrace 100m², Plot 1200 m²
Telephone 649 186 107 email for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org
bargain! bargain! only €150,000 ono
property to rent urcal
2 bed casita furnished or unfurnished with fully fitted kitchen, shower room, lounge with log burner. Large fly free patio, small garden with shed & use of allotment. a quiet setting with lovely views within a large fenced area with private parking but only mins from the motorway & Huercal Overa.
300€pcm inc water
phone Lynne on: 666 281 323
NEEDED In all Coastal & Inland areas.
Telephone 638 849 254 Property to Rent Los carasoles Villa with lots of land 3 large bedrooms, 1 en suite, fully furnished, large pool in 2000sqm land 450€ pcm call to view: 609 199 394
For just 12.50€ per week your property will be featured in a box with a photograph and will be seen by more than 35,000 Sol Times readers Tel Paulette for more information on how to advertise with
soltimes 950 121 936 902 750 190 Apartment
1 bedroom 1 bathroom, new kitchen & white goods, lovely views of golf course parking, Mojacar approx 7 mins.
Tel: 664 291 793
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SOLTIMES MAY 2012
SPAIN - UK - SPAIN Removals
albox & mojacar playa has a post box for all your adverts & announcements
just drop your copy for the paper in Albox 950 121 318 mojacar 950 615 596 removals
Friendly Reliable Service Fully Legal Special deals from UK - Spain
Office: 968 564 298 Mobile: 696 621 884
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Millions of years ago Prehistoric Woman discovered that Prehistoric Bison, once caught and killed by Prehistoric Man, tasted a lot nicer once it had been burnt a bit over a Prehistoric fire, or cooked, as we now call it. About the same time she told Prehistoric Baby not to stick its finger in the fire, as she had done that once, and it was painful. Prehistoric Baby probably did stick his finger in it anyway, but the moral of the story is that we learn by experience. I put this to the test last week: Feeling the need for bladder relief I sought out the Servicios in an unfamiliar café, where, as usual, there was only one Ladies. I tried the door, which did not yield, but instead a female voice called out
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I wish I were what people could refer to as an eccentric. I would even settle for, “I dunno, that Colin – he’s a character isn’t he”, being said about me. Mind you I reckon I am half way there, because the pre-requisite of becoming a character is to be a miserable old git, or in more recent parlance, a grumpy old man and these are traits that I am frequently accused of possessing. During a trip back to the mother country, we happened to drive past a house on the outskirts of our village that was once occupied by one of life’s great characters and a very interesting man to boot. He was a retired colonel of The Brigade of Guards, known to
all his friends and fellow exofficers as Seamus because of his Irish antecedents. He was an aristocrat through and through, but treated everyone he came into contact with in exactly the same uncondiscending way - be they royalty or street cleaner. His language when telling one of his famous stories to the boys, was barrack room vernacular at its bawdy best, with more f****rs flying around than in the entire German air force. But then when engaging ladies in conversation or delighting them with stories of a more romantic nature, he was the epitome of charm and courteousness. Kissing hands or tipping his hat were as natural to him as eating peas off a knife is to me. I first came into contact with him when I was engaged in transporting some blue clay dredgings from a nearby lake to the Colonels’ trout pond that lay to the rear of his
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centre of the knob, which I never trust anyway) before allowing me to enter. I surveyed my destination, which lived up to the euphemism of ‘the smallest room’, and determined that I would learn by its previous occupant’s experience, and not get locked in. I estimated the distance between the toilet and the door, compared it with the length of my leg, and decided that I could fulfil the needs of Nature while keeping my foot firmly on the inside of the door. Thus I emerged relieved, suffering neither the embarrassment of interruption nor the vagaries of the unreliable lock. It brought to mind a ditty we used
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lobbing great gobs of wet clay at the sides and bottom of the temporarily drained pond, until all surfaces were completely covered. It was the height of summer, and therefore hot and tiring work – but strangely satisfying. I mean, who doesn’t like to get completely messed up with muddy water and smelly gunge and get paid for it? Alright just me then. Enter Seamus – a man of unexpectedly slight stature, sporting a clipped military style moustache and dressed
to sing with much giggling at Primary School; ‘Oh dear, what can the matter be? Two old ladies got locked in the…… Hold on, not so much of the old, please!
in his gardening clothes of pressed combat fatigues and clogs. With his arm extended in introduction, and without turning a hair, he grabbed my clay-caked hand enthusiastically and very soon began relating the first of what was to be a plethora of stories spread over that summer. His mother he informed me, was of genteel birth and as with all such ladies of good breeding at the turn of the century, further education was frowned upon. The emphasis was to marry well and acquire a husband from the aristocracy or upper classes. But being something of a rebel, she had persuaded her parents otherwise, and she attended a finishing school for young gels somewhere in the English countryside – an establishment that was to all intents and purposes, a stately home of some magnificence. There was a blue-blooded principal of formidable appearance and character and an old retainer of advanced years who ‘did’ for the young ladies at meal times. One evening over dessert the old butler shuffled in, in his usual
unhurried way and bending down painfully to engage the principals ear, said: “Begging pardon Ma’am, no need for alarm, but there ‘as been a occurrence in the kitchen and the ‘ouse is on fire”. There was a sharp intake of breath from the young ladies and I suspect a hint of nervous flatulence, but no noticeable reaction from the head of the table from where, ramrod straight, she informed her gels that the meal should be finished with due decorum. Satisfied that nothing – no not even a raging inferno which part of the house had now become – would interrupt their set routine, they were eventually led to the safety of the gardens in an orderly and dignified manner and watched the house burn to the ground. It was an illustration of the once famous and now sadly defunct, British stiff upper lip. The colonel is sadly no longer with us, but he was the finest example of those few of the upper classes who have no pretentions about their status and treat everyone with the respect and courtesy they merit, regardless of background or station in life.
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braben’s blog.... ...there is a frog in my pool I was in the waiting room to see the Doctor the other day. It was nothing serious, I had gone to see if I could have my overdraft surgically removed. The visit was a disappointment though, it turns out that the waiting list for that particular medical procedure is longer than the zeroes in a banker’s bonus! While I was there I made a discovery, waiting rooms house the biggest collection of the most boring and massively out of date reading matter in the Western world. That being the case, why, remarkably, was everyone reading any magazine they could get their hands on so avidly?
It’s true. Every person in there was absolutely riveted to an ancient copy of Readers Digest or “Hello” magazine, containing the latest exclusive photographs of Jennifer Anniston’s marriage to Brad Pitt. I have to say that I was fascinated to know what treasures were inside those magazines, as the ones nearest to me held my attention for less than the blink of a goldfishes’ eye. Fortunately, the person devouring Readers Digest went in to the Doctor, so quicker than you can say Lllanfairpwgyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch- I swooped for it, whilst trying to unravel my tongue. What a disappointment-it was as bad as the others I had tried. Yet still the people in there were glued to every word they read, not moving their heads, not making eye contact. Then I realised, that’s it! Nobody was looking at anybody. Everyone in that room was using the magazines not to expand their knowledge, but to avoid making any contact with their fellow patients. I suppose you can understand it-what after all would you talk about? Swap illness stories? Compare symptoms? But then it struck me, we’re all guilty of doing it! In lifts, don’t we all ignore the stranger who is only inches from us? On the tube in a busy city, nobody stands, staring at their neighbour, rather we devour the adverts and the underground map, as if to look away would bring upon us the wrath of the communication police! So, next time you are in a crowded waiting room, or on a rather cramped train, be aware, the rule is that you don’t look at anyone. Dare to talk to anyone and you will be immediately whisked away to a solitary room and made to listen to Hannah Montana’s Greatest Hits until you beg for mercy - shouldn’t take long!
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To mark the passing of the seasons I note the first of this or the last of that. Summer officially started for me when the cursed socks were relegated back to the drawer. In the village where we live Donkey is back in a nearby field and chomping daily on the carrots myself and another neighbour provide him. The Swallows (or are they House Martins ?) are back and are busy making their nest in the front porch; designing it with geometrical accuracy so that when they pooh over the side it will land on any visitors head if they happen to be passing through the front door. We use the back door just in case. The warmer months encourages nature’s creatures to strut their stuff. A frog has taken residence in our swimming pool and has cleverly worked out that if he sits in the skimmer it works like an echo chamber so giving him the loudest croak in the village! This boy racer frog will soon no doubt have the lady frogs hanging off his frog legs! In respect for his ingenuity I don’t have the heart to turf him out. This is apparently usual behaviour for frogs as a friend of mine who used to clean pools for a living told me of a frog that he removed every week from a clients pool and took him to a rambla. Every week afterwards the frog was the donkey back and as summer went on he got paler and paler for returns as the chlorine bleached his skin; maybe that’s how the summer Michael Jackson did it? I mentioned Mini Cine in Albox last week and then discovered an outdoor cinema running every Wednesday evening throughout the summer; La Montana Restaurant near Bedar hold their movie nights in conjunction with Desert Stars run by Laurence and David. Recently they showed the Almodovar film Volver starring Penelope Cruz. Screened in Spanish with subtitles it was not only very funny but I for one picked up a few new Spanish words. Every fourth week a film will be shown in Spanish so giving us all a chance to practice the language. This week is in English with the film Calendar Girls and next week is Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo. It costs 2.50€ per person with the full menu available pre-film and then snacks available during the movie featuring hot dogs, fries, and popcorn of course. In these turbulent times all extra marketing Findmeahome can do to help owners sell their properties must be a good thing. We have a Facebook page and all readers are invited to visit it and like our page https://www.facebook.com/findmeahome Stephen Amore has lived in Almeria since July 2006 and owns Findmeahome estate agency. Writing on a variety of topics close to his heart such as environmental issues, animal welfare, food and drink, music and travel, as well as commenting on the absurdities of living in Spain! email: email@example.com - www.facebook.com/stephen.amore
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• L ast Saturday, almost 70,000 fans at the Allianz Stadium, Munich, saw Chelsea become the sixth British club to win the ‘European’ Cup by beating home team Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties in the Champions League final. ‘Man of the Match’ Didier Drogba, equalised with a brilliant header, gave away a penalty but then calmly netted the vital spot-kick in the shootout to the joy of club owner Roman Abramovich! The ‘Blues’ have now won 15 trophies in 15 years (10 in the last 10). Surely Roberto Di Matteo will get the manager’s job after this? • West Ham are back in the Premiership, and £45m richer, after beating Blackpool 2-1 in the Championship play-off final before a Wembley crowd of over 78,000. • Over 51,000 saw Hearts beat Hibs 5-1 in the first all-Edinburgh Scottish Cup final since 1896. • Almost 40,000 fans saw York regain FL status after an eightyear exile by defeating Luton in the Blue Square play-off final. • England play Norway in Oslo on Saturday - Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge. • This weekend, Sheffield United meet Huddersfield and Cheltenham take on Crewe in the League 1 and 2 play-off finals. • A programme from the 1909 FA Cup final featuring Bristol City and Manchester United could fetch a world record £22,000 when it goes to auction at Sotheby’s. • After an intriguing first Test, when Stuart Broad took eleven wickets and Andrew Strauss hit a century, the second match starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday. • Leinster crushed Ulster 42-14 in the Heineken Cup final at Twickenham. • It was Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo first, Valentino Rossi second and Casey Stoner third in last week’s French MotorGP at ‘wet’ Le Mans. Meanwhile, Stoner, 26, will retire at the end of the season. • The F1 programme continues in Monaco this weekend and could there be another winning driver... the sixth in a row? • It’s now 10 out of 10 for racehorse Frankel after his victory in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. • Maria Sharapova retained the women’s singles title at the Italian Open. • The torch is now making its way to London (being carried 8,000 miles around the UK) ahead of the summer Olympics which start in nine weeks time.
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Boat Fishing: ‘Cuba Brian’ and his partner ‘Admiral Phil’ (Welcome back to paradise Phil) took ‘Teacher John’ and his friend Dave, ‘Farmer Rory’ and his friend Alan out on their Garrucha moored boat. Not a lot was caught and certainly nothing worth telling me about. Oh, other than the sea temperature has warmed up and was 22c on the day. Lou, Steve and ‘Gunner Tony’ travelled down from Fortuna and joined ‘Orca Steve’ for a day out in what turned out to be choppy conditions. With a 1m swell and gusty easterly wind (Straight off the sea) they set off and anchored up behind the Garrucha harbour wall over a 280ft hole. Steve dropped a rubby dubby bag down with the anchor to try and attract the fish but it was slow with only a couple of pandoras and combers to show for their early efforts. Tony felt ill so they dropped him back on terra firma before Lou, Steve and OS headed back out to a position opposite the Repsol garage on the Mojacar to Garrucha road and drifted from 150ft towards shore where there was plenty of fish showing on the fish finder.
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urcal golf society.......... On Thursday 17th May, Urcal Golf Society locked horns with their old adversaries from Fuente Old Guard from the Murcia region. This was the fourth year which this challenge match had taken place, all the previous three had been extremely close affairs with each team winning one and one
They had plenty of bites and landed a few pickerel, 2 x Octopus and a decent pandora but that was it! Whilst they were in 50ft of water the surface came alive and bubbled with fry and as Steve sorted out the anchor well on the bow a large fish 5-6ft in length and a brown/purple colour swam by him and was fully visible in the side of the swell that past. This fish was fast and he didn’t get chance to identify it but thinks it was a marlin, sailfish or swordfish. They set up the trolling gear and trolled 2 x rods up and down for 45 minutes but got no takes. These big predators are around it’s just a matter of getting that take; maybe a different type of lure is needed! ‘Chef Jeremy’ and I fished with OS and tried trolling shallow and deep and bottom fishing and for this time of year I have to say it’s flipping hard work. Only 18c water temperature doesn’t help I’m sure and even the Spanish commercial fishermen are saying it’s unusually bad this year. We caught mackerel and pandoras and I had the only red snapper of the day. The three of us are off out again tomorrow so read next week’s report for some better news hopefully. See photo of me and my snapper(!) Shore Fishing: ‘Squiddly Sid’ and 5 mates from the Albox Fishing Club fished from rocks opposite the Repsol garage on the Mojacar to Garrucha road. 12 rods were set up but next to nothing was caught and few bites or interest of any sort was the result. 1 x weaver and 1 x wrasse and that was it. ‘London Bill’ had more success and caught striped and dorada bream and a couple of mackerel from the same area as the Albox lads fished, albeit a different day. Coarse Fishing: ‘Baza Barry’ fished the River Segura in Murcia Town and had a decent bag of mainly carp but nothing over 2lbs in weight. Top weight in matches fishing the River Segura and Lake Argos, (both in Murcia) was 46lbs in both cases. The Albox fishing club meets every two weeks or so at Bar Wassy. For details of the next meeting tel 677 655 049. For further information on any of the above or to find out about beach, boat or coarse fishing licenses, see me at the Beachcomber Bar Restaurant on Mojacar Playa or tel 950 473 099. Tight Lines, Beachcomber John being tied.This year it was played at the Lorca Golf Resort with beautiful weather and little wind it was a perfect day to renew old acquaintancies for a fresh challenge. The competition comprised of sixteen players from each society playing in pairs with a betterball matchplay format. The Urcal team pulled out all the stops this year to win the match by 6 matches to 2. The winning pairs for Urcal being Steve Fear & Mark Williams, Billy Handy & Tony Hinds, John Smith & Tony Cook, Jean-Francois Crinquand & Ron Thomas, Bob Womersley & Des Riley and Bob Bardill & Peter Boggan. The captain Tony Morgan & his partner Dave Edmonds and the pairing of Stan Whitty and Clive Filkins have been relegated to the reserves for next years match for losing! Afterwards everyone enjoyed the hospitality provided and we all look forward to next years match.
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Congratulations to Turre Under 12’s Football Team for winning the local tournament on Saturday 19th - they stormed to victory winning 3-1 against Antas. The 10 & unders were runners up in 2nd place after losing to Vera in an exciting penalty shoot out. Finally the 8’s and under were runners up in 3rd place.
SOLTIMES MAY 2012
Santa Irene Club de Vela........................ FORUM GOLF SOCIETY....... indalo hhh...... The ‘First Time’ in El Chopo Hash: Did you know that the largest Church in Derbyshire is St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield? It’s very, very old, and otherwise known as the ‘Crooked Spire’. The spire of the Church is both twisted and leaning, twisting 45 degrees and leaning 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m) from its true centre. It does look as if it will fall down one of these days. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Chesterfield_Parish_Church The reason that the spire is crooked is because, the ‘Spire’ was so shocked to learn of the marriage of a virgin in the church, that it bent down to get a closer look. Should this happen again, it is said that the ‘Spire’ will straighten and return to its true position. Anyway, last Sunday, Indalo Hash found four, yes four, virgins in Arboleas, when they visited El Chopo; so if there is anyone from Chesterfield, who wants to ‘sort out’ their church, give me a call, and I’ll let you know who, these hashing ‘first timers’ are! And we had virgin hares too. ‘SoftWhere’ and ‘BumBag’ set an excellent first hash around the foothills of Arboleas. After fine vistas and tranquil trails, 8 walkers, 8 runners, 5 mutts and the 4 intact virgins, arrived back, ‘virtually together’ for the circle. Miscreants identified and punishments issued, the OnAfter was held at the Trinidad Bar. The next hash will be in the Oria area, on Sunday 27th May. For directions or more information about this, or any other hashing matters e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website www.indaloh3.com And remember, if you’ve ever had half a mind to go hashing, that’s all you need!!!
On the 1st June 2012 we will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary at our Club House: “Don Tomas”, opposite the New Marina, Garrucha. I will be looking back and reminiscing about how it all started. The new Millennium 2000, I was building two 7 ft 6 in. Optimists for two young friends; I also ordered my 15 ft Gaff rigged yawl, a classic dinghy which would arrive the following year. The seed of creating a “Sailing Club” had been planted. In 2001 I was needed in the UK. while there, I checked “Dinghies for Sail” in the magazine: Yachts and Yachting. I bought 5 dinghies; Traveling between New Milton in the South and Shrewsbury in the North, I was in the Midlands. On the 19th of December, near midnight, I was boarding the ferry heading to Spain. I had hired a Van, inside were 4 Dinghies plus 1 more on the roof. I recall arriving in Burgos to a snow storm. During the next 5 months, the boats were prepared for a Boat Show. “The Statutes” of the Sailing Club were completed and singed by me as President, Miguel Egea,Vice Prsident and Sharon Penfold, Secretary. I guess it was her two Girls that had started me on the road, the date was the 28th of May 2002, the place was Mojacar Town hall. I now had 8 Dinghies, where could I have a Boat Show ?. The new Artisan Centre had recently opened it´s doors; Thanks to Miguel, Sharon and Councillor Beatriz, we could have the use of it for the weekend: 1st and 2nd of June. Perhaps it´s the only “Boat Show” Mojacar will ever have. Thanks to my neighbours: Terry and Brian, we transported the dinghies to the Centre early Saturday morning. Sunday was perhaps the best day with a Mini Market outside; We were inside, sharing the Centre
with the young Lady Artists.
We didn´t gain any new members but at least the Town Hall new we existed, which helped us establish our selves on the Indalo Playa, with a Cabin which arrived late October; Thanks again the Councillor Beatriz and Miguel Egea. The Cabin was fitted out to store the Oppies and a Dory safety boat, buoyancy jakets etc. I built a Rack for the other dinghies; with our name on the Cabin, a Flag Pole, it put us on Show; We had “Arrived”!! So did, Big Jeff, Vic and Irene with their “Dart Catamaran”, George with his “Hobie Catamaran, Dermot with his expertise, a Senior Sailing Instructor, Frank and Linsy, Terry, Jim and Sheryl, John, Jo and Jenny, Oh and David ! The youngsters: Analisa, Mariane and Vanesa had been sailing with me for a few months by then and were quite expert Oppie sailors.
To add to the fleet, I bought a “Pastinaca”, training dinghy, built in San Javier (Murcia). On our 1st Anniversary, 1st of June 2003, all the dinghies were on show with balloons and flags flying; Jo had made us a birthday cake, we were riding hight on the crest of a wave. I´ll be looking back at our 2nd year next time. Having retired as “El Presidente”, I will be looking forward to our 10th Anniversary meeting, with Members and Friends at our Club house “Don Tomas”, opposite the New Garrucha Marina on Friday evening the 1st of June. Also a Flotila Sail on Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather. Until the next time, Take care John and Houri Tel: 950 475 157/658548790 email: email@example.com www.sailrway.com
Forum Golf Society´s Pairs Betterball Stableford Competition at Marina on May 18th saw an excellent victory for the husband & wife pairing of Bob & Sandra Vincen with a record-breaking score of 51 points. Frank Varey & Malcolm Sibbons were second with 49 points, two ahead of third-placed Dave Lloyd & Bob Attkins (47 points), whilst fourth placed Brian Gyer & Geoff Hebb´s score of 46 points would normally have been enough to win on any other day ! Forum´s upcoming events are May 25th Doubles League 2 Man No Scotch at Marina June 1st Stableford at Hacienda del Alamo June 8th Summer Singles Matchplay Second Round at Marina For further information, contact Phil Elam on 666 847840 / philjelam@ yahoo.co.uk, or see www. forumgolfsociety.webs.com
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Throught the winter we played an Eclectic competiton which is a players best points score on every hole played during the six month period, so even if a player was having a bad round they still had the chance of improving their “Eclectic” score, the competition was very close with only two points separating the top eight players and the first three needing a card play off to decide the placings. 1st Mike Hill 58pts on a card play off 2nd Pat Sayer 58pts 3rd Les Raufer 58pts 4th John Bridgen 57pts 5th Glyn Ombler 56pts on a card play off
6th Stuart Green 56pts 7th Pierre Dominguez 56pts 8th Louis Long 56pts RESULTS: Friday May 18Individual Stableford A cool cloudy day was welcomed by the players, however with the greens having been hollow tined and dressed it was not easy to compile a good score 1st Louis Long 35pts; 2nd Sally Keene 34pts on a card play off; 3rd Glyn Ombler 34pts Twos: just one Les Raufer on the 17th Guests and visitors are welcome to join us on a Mon, Wed and Friday. For information contact 636938404 or 634641188
19th Hole Golf Society, Cucador
24 of our valiant members took on the famous Desert Springs Golf course on Thursday 10th May. On a warm pleasant day with virtually no wind it should have been a resounding victory for our gallant band, unfortunately the course had other ideas. The best score recorded on the day was, by the most consistent John Hunt, with a superb 34 with the rest trailing well behind. It was interesting to see John Haydon manfully strip Brian Everitt of his “ sandman” title. John was successful in entering virtually every bunker in range on most holes, well done John( the sand man ) Haydon. The course was in excellent condition, our members were so impressed (and in the belief that they will slaughter the place when they get to know the track) that we have booked another two Society Days at The Springs in June for the same really excellent value for money deal. Results:Division 1. 1st) John Hunt 34 point (10) 2nd Ralf Suttcliff 28 points (11) Division 2. 1st) Sid Walker 30 points (19) 2nd) Ron (the rocket) Curtis 25 (28) Nearest The Pin; Peter Easthope on the 2nd Ron (the rocket) Curtis on the 17th Twos; Only one recorded.
Lee Coxen on hole 12th
A smaller than usual group of players took on the Lorca course on Thursday 17th May. A good days golf in perfect weather conditions. Division 1 player Lee Coxon playing off 10 had a very good day scoring a very creditable 39 points, whilst Division 2 player Richard Easthope scored 37 points playing off 28. I am certain our very efficient Handicap Secretary will be sharpening his pencil in readiness to award the winners with a handicap amendment! ( there is always a down side to winning!!!) Results. 1st Division. 1st Lee Coxon 39 points (10) 2nd Peter Easthope 31 points (3) 2nd Division. 1st Richard Easthope 37 points (28) 2nd Keith Kingdom 34 points (27) There were 2 Two’s. Division 1. Hole 6 Lee Coxen Division 2. Hole 2 Richard Easthope The 19th hole G/S are now arranging weekly games at various courses in the area, our home course which we will play fortnightly, is Aguilon. If you are interested in joining the 19th hole give the secretary a ring on 610340653. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo Wins In France Ahead Of Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo surged to a comfortable win at the French MotoGP in wet conditions and leapfrogged Casey Stoner at the top of the standings.
Nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi rediscovered his form but had to settle for second spot ahead of Stoner. It was Italian Rossi’s second podium finish for Ducati with the other also coming at Le Mans last year. Briton Cal Crutchlow had threatened a top-three finish but a crash with 10 laps to go meant that he ended eighth. Lorenzo told BBC Sport: “When it rains, you need to keep concentration. I knew Casey Stoner was close behind but I kept calm and didn’t force things.” Stoner had been second for most of the race, but was edged out by previously outof-form Rossi in an engrossing contest between the pair - a reminder of times gone by in the closing stages. The Italian took advantage of his bike’s aptitude in these conditions in front of more than 80,000 spectators. On Thursday afternoon, Stoner had made his shock announcement about finishing his career in MotoGP at the end of this season, stating that he was “not enjoying” the sport.
first crash this year.
Despite the testing surface, Yamaha rider Lorenzo surged into an early advantage, building a lead of almost five seconds after five laps over second-placed Stoner. Rossi made a promising start too.
Crutchlow told BBC Sport: “It was my own fault. I’m not blaming anything apart from myself but I was pleased to get up and finish. Hopefully it’ll be dry in Barcelona.”
Crutchlow edged into the top three with 16 laps to go and an intriguing battle for a place on the podium began to develop midway through the race, with Italians Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso involved.
The race itself began with Randy de Puniet - in his home Grand Prix - spinning out at the start line, showing the potential difficulties ahead for riders in the slippery
When the Englishman started pushing hard, he suffered a nightmare scenario as he slid out, causing him to drop back to eighth. There has not been a Brit on the podium since 2000 and the wait has been prolonged because of his
Monday 14th May, perfect golfing conditions, and the course in very good order. So, no excuses for not scoring well in the stableford competition and many of the members returned par scores or better. The Ladies Division was won by Sandra Edwards with 37 points, second on countback was Margaret Budd (35) from Miriam
Staunton (35). The Mens competition was won by Andrew Markham with 38 points, on countback, from Peter Edwards also 38 with Brian Mayhew 37 in third. The Titleist ball winner was Jim Budd for a two on the 14th. Thursday’s Team competition was “Traffic Light Tees” with all players playing from Red,
Dovizioso went down in the final four laps, paving the way for Rossi to finish on the podium and he began pushing Stoner hard before eventually moving ahead. Rossi admitted: “I am so happy. It was a great battle with Casey at the end and great fun.” Meanwhile, Briton Scott Redding finished third in the Moto2 GP, which contained a series of crashes in the poor conditions. Swiss Thomas Luthi was the victor with Italian Claudio Corti in
second. French MotoGP results: 1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 49mins 39.743secs 2 Valentino Rossi Ducati 49:49.648
3 Casey Stoner Honda 49:51.041
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda 50:09.104
5 Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 50:12.220 6 Nicky Hayden Ducati 50:12.585
7 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Honda 50:39.502 8 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 50:44.895
9 Hector Barbera (Spa) Ducati 50:47.589 10 Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda 50:52.936
Marina Members Golf Club White or Yellow tees in sequence with the best two to count. 1st Jim Budd, Richard Hurn, Peter Edwards and Loraine Roberts 96 2nd Frank Varey, Geoff Paddock, Rosalie Fardon and A Friend 90 3rd Brian Mayhew, Tom Osway, Liz Balmforth and Linda King 86
Nearest the pin in two 8th – Brian Couper Nearest the pin in two 13th – Liz Balmforth
Visitors can join the members every Thursday for 32 Euros, including green fee, in a mixed team event. Ring Jim Budd on 950 162 727 or 600 353 670.
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