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Sink it in the pink! NEARLY two dozen pink rubbish bins have been scattered around Palma to raise awareness for breast cancer. For every kilo of glass collected from the 20 pink glass recycling bins, Ecovidrio will donate €1 to breast cancer research through the Sandra Ibarra foundation. Ecovidrio is the nonprofit company responsible for recycling Spain's glass waste. Palma joins cities, including Barcelona and Sevilla, which are raising awareness and funds with over 250 pink bins nationwide.

No master of trickery THE leader of the opposition will not be investigated over allegations his master’s degree was falsely obtained. The Supreme Court will not probe PP boss Pablo Casado (below) after he admitted that Madrid’s Rey Juan Carlos university waived 18 out of 22 of his regional law assignments. While he admitted it was ‘favourable treatment,’ he insisted it did not amount to criminal activity. The court agreed. The PP party has now, in turn, called for PSOE Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to resign over claims his doctoral thesis was part written by someone else. Two ministers, Cristina Cifuentes and Health Minister Carmen Montón, have already resigned over degree scandals this year. See Magical Masters on page 6Untitled-1.pdf 1 16/06/2017

TRAPPED: A car driver desperately tries to escape the deluge that swept dozens of cars out to sea and left hundreds homeless

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T least ten people have died in the worst flooding Mallorca has seen in a century. A British couple, a Dutchman and a nine-year-old boy are confirmed as being among the dead, while another lad, 5, is also feared to have died. The island has been declared a disaster zone by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, while three days of mourning have been Continues overleaf

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The gates of hell opened By Jon Clarke, Laurence Dollimore, Charlie Smith and Gillian Keller, in Sant Llorenc

called by the island’s leaders. The Balearic Government has promised to provide all financial aid necessary to ‘return the victims’ lives to normal’. It came after much of the east coast of the island was left in tatters, after Tuesday night saw the heaviest rain since the late 1800s. Up to 250 litres per metre square of rain fell, causing rivers to burst their banks and leaving many survivors stranded on the roofs of their houses or up trees. Numerous roads were cut off, while dozens of homes were destroyed and hundreds of cars swept away. At least 200 families had to be evacuated from their homes, around the normally sleepy village of Sant Llorenc. One British couple, believed to be holidaymakers, drowned after being swept away in a taxi. Their corpses were later found inside the car, while the driver is believed to be among the dead. Residents described the scenes as ‘apocalyptic’ while another said it ‘felt like Mallorca was sinking.’

ON DUTY: Pedro Sanchez visits affected zones while (inset) tennis champ Rafael Nadal cleans up hometown

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Authorities confirmed last night that 10 people had died, four of them women, while one was still missing. A Guardia Civil spokesman said: “The focus now is finding the last lad missing. Riverbeds and the area around the coast are being searched. “There are a lot of cars in the river beds and a lot of wreckage so it’s not an easy job.” Elsewhere, a nine-year-old boy was found dead near a flooded waterway, while an elderly man drowned in his basement. The powerful deluge took the villages of Sant Llorenc and s’Illot by complete surprise, with aftermath photos showing cars piled on top of each other like lego. Others had been dragged out to sea. Over 100 soldiers were scrambled in the early hours of Wednesday morning as the full brevity of the floods became clear. They joined hundreds of local firemen and police in the gruesome job of locating bodies and rescuing dozens of people trapped in cars and homes. Rain had begun to fall at around 4pm, and by 6pm, 175 litres per square metre was registered. The Sant Llorenç torrent burst open and suddenly flooded the streets at around this time. By the end of the night the rain had risen to 250 litres per square metre, almost a record across Spain. Some roads are still closed off as authorities search for the missing and treat the injured.

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SOME 14 fire bosses have been arrested for allegedly embezzling €7 million in public funds. The Policia Nacional found that the Consortium of Bomberos Cadiz took out mass early retirement insurance policies. But when their employees retired early, chiefs siphoned off the money from the payouts. Authorities also found dis-

Costa del Sol hotel has three months to fight decision before it is demolished

T could have been a scene from the Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was quickly Old Testament. on the scene, pulling on wellies, to declare Millions of litres of rain bombed the area as a disaster zone as he vowed down the hillsides in biblical propor- to offer all financial support necessary to tions in what believers would have de- rebuild the lives of those affected. scribed as the wrath of God. While welcomed, it’s probably meaningStreets were turned into violent rap- less to the mother who lost her son, or the ids, hurtling cars towards the sea and family who lost their grandfather. carrying people, young and old, to The chaotic night left a string of tragedies their deaths. in its wake, like the man who drowned But this wasn’t God, this was mother while trying to rescue his pets, knowing nature - a brutal force which shows he’d rather die than live without them. no mercy when it rears its destructive A British mother and son described how head. they saw a car swept past them with peoA nine-year-old boy with his whole life ple trapped and clearly panicking inside. ahead of him, was killed in a mat- They are later believed to have died. ter of seconds before The tragic nature of the dihis lifeless body was saster is matched only by found strewn across its method of surprise. 250 litres fell in A yellow warning was isthe ground in the aftermath. sued by Spain’s official Another lad - even 5 hours, a record weather agency, AEMET, at younger - is still missAEMET said was 12pm before being upgrading. ed to orange at 8.30pm. An elderly man, who a ‘once in a 1000 As if playing catch up was too immobile to nature, a red warnyearDecember event’ 6th with - December 19th until 2017 escape the rushing waing wasn’t issued ter as it filled his base10.20pm. ment, drowned alone “We weren’t expecting it,” in his home. said one local, “The weather alert went A British couple - who hours earlier from yellow to orange in a short time. The had most likely been dining out on brook was in good condition but too much their holiday - were swept away be- water has fallen in too short a time.” fore spending their dying moments Indeed long before then, hundredsFrom fled Page 1 together trapped in a taxi as it filled their homes while others were escaping to Hetheir even gotand himself a for financial with water. roofs praying a breakadvice in the slot o radio station, through which he snared un A Dutchman died in a similar predica- known deluge. victims. ment, while even the former mayor of ing The statistics are simply terrifying. Some comprehensive investig Arta, Rafel Gili, 71, was swept to his However, 175 litresa fell by 6pm, someOlive 220 Press litres by posed his scams that involved death. midnight, and finally over 250stamps, litres - acoins re- and alsoaccording revealed to how he and his close pal Barry At least six other people lost their lives We cord AEMET, which claimed andadined a dozen in what was has been described as wined this was ‘once up in ato 1,000 yearscriminals, event’. anon the food column. the worst floods to hit the island in through The heavy rainfall flooded the Ses Planes Hebrook, eventually the dry. country following our more than 100 years. which isfled typically but we soon tracked him down to the UK, wher changed his name by deed poll and was selling c antiques on eBay from a small Berkshire cottage He was quickly found guilty under English law of people and given a suspended prison

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A HOTEL is to be knocked down for not having enough class! CARNAGE: Dozens of cars washed away Benalmadena’s Hotel Vista de Rey must be demolished within three months, a court has ruled, Andalucia’s Superior Court

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ALMIGHTY: Lightning strikes ahead of the deluge

’s wrath The floods came in biblical proportions, bringing record rainfall figures for Spain and leaving a dozen victims in coffins, writes Laurence Dollimore Sant Llorenc and surrounding villages were left in the dark after losing power and phone signal, with many not knowing if they’d make it through til daybreak. Hundreds of troops, Guardia Civil and emergency services were scrambled, including aircraft. But other tales of survival and the human spirit have shone through the darkness. Like the man whose car was swept away in the rapids, but he managed to survive after escaping through a passenger window and swimming an incredible 500 metres to safety. In scenes reminiscent of tragedies like Hurricane Katrina, dishevelled victims headed to refuge centres, which were set up almost immediately by well organised officials and locals. The island’s most famous export Rafael Nadal offered up his huge tennis academy in nearby Manacor, saying he was ‘deeply affected’ by the tragedy which left parts of his hometown in ruins. Many roads are still closed as officials asses the damages, especially in the Manacor area and the East coast, but the overwhelming amount of solidarity offered by citizens with food, blankets and shelter was described as ‘incredible’. But as day broke yesterday on the disaster and three days of official mourning were declared, the aftermath proved there is a lot of work to do. The beach of S’Illot has been completely

washed away while cars have been left piled on top of each other like jenga. Homes and buildings have been completely destroyed, along with bridges and roads. But there is also a lot of healing to do mentally. Dozens of people, like the 200 forced to flee their homes, will be left traumatised and will need medical help to process and recover.

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If anything can come out of this, let it be a resurgence in the fight to meet our climate change goals. It is not a coincidence that these ‘freak’ floods are becoming more frequent. It’s affecting the whole of Spain, with floods in Benidorm this week also claiming lives, while parts of Marbella were left dangerously flooded too this week. Two weeks ago there were sudden terrifying downpours in Ronda and near Valencia.. And let’s not forget the biblical floods on the Costa del Sol two years ago which left several dead and tens of millions of euros in damages. While the cost of these floods has been deadly, learning nothing from them would be far worse.

DESTRUCTION: Road cut in half while (right) couple wade through flood water and (below) streets strewn with household belongings

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Rat to his hole! RODRIGO Rato will go to jail for his involvement in the infamous credit cards scandal which saw millions of euros stolen. The former PP minister and ex-boss of Caja Madrid, is just one of 63 people expecting to receive sentences.

Push out the pirates! MALLORCA authorities are set to launch a huge crackdown on the illegal rental of yachts next year. Police, port chiefs and government bodies are drawing up measures to clamp down on the so-called ‘pirate yachts’ that account for almost half the market. This includes fines of up to €100,000 for unlicensed rentals, which can be

found in many local websites and magazines. Renting vessels without a license is a growing industry around the Balearics. This summer an estimated 2,700 yachts were rented without an appropriate license. Around 30% of Spain’s yachting rentals are in the Balearics.

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Aristocrat Rato, along with dozens of others at Caja Madrid - now Bankia - fraudulently spent over €15 million on undeclared company credit cards between 1992 and 2012. Rato, who also led the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to get four and a half years in prison.

FLAUNTING FREEDOM: Tejon enjoying girls and booze in music video BANGED UP: Rato

Budding cops! MORE than 100 kilos of marijuana has been seized and 10 people arrested as police have ramped up patrols during Mallorca's dope harvesting season. The end of September and early October is the usual time when marijuana farms cultivate their harvest for the year, so police have increased surveillance around the island. More than 100 fully grown plants and 100 kilos of buds have so far been seized by the Guardia Civil.

Battle waged against a rising tide of graffiti artists daubing Palma city centre

THE authorities have spent a shocking €30,000 battling a sharp rise in graffiti in Palma city centre this year. An incredible 1,200 tags

Drunken fool A DRUNK driver who had only just passed her driving test has run over two people in Palma. The 19-year-old driver hit the victims on the Paseo Marítimo after running a red light. The two victims were taken to a hospital with various minor injuries. The young woman tested three times over the alcohol limit.

ONE of Spain’s leading drug bosses has taunted police after appearing in a rap video surrounded by scantily-clad dancers. Career criminal Francisco Tejon is surrounded by twerking beauties dancing to Reggaeton singer Clase A. Spain’s most wanted has been on the run since 2016 after being identified as one of the leaders of the prolific drug trafficking gang La Castañitas, which operates out of the Campo de Gibraltar. The X-rated music video is believed to have been shot around La Linea. Tejon can be seen exiting a

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Bentley car before he is greeted by nearly a dozen semi-naked women, waiting for him with champagne, on sofas and in a jacuzzi. The villa boasts a swimming pool, bar and round beds with sado-masochistic sex toys. Sources say it is being used as a brothel by members of Tejon’s gang. He has been branded ‘Spain’s most wanted narco' and detectives in Madrid are said to consider him to be the most important cannabis trafficker in Europe. His older brother Antonio was arrested in June in an operation involving 100 officers. Tejon’s gang was blamed for a violent raid on a Spanish hospital in February, when gang member Samuel Crespo Dominguez was ‘rescued’ by around 20 masked men.

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DAUBED: On shops and even a church

have been removed in the last six months alone by cleaning body, Emaya. Many more have been removed by private companies and individuals,

but the problem is getting worse, with graffiti affecting almost every city street, claim local resident groups. "Graffiti is a very serious problem and getting in-

When is it OK?

creasingly bad, I have never seen it get so bad,” said Angels Fermoselle, from the Association for the Revitalization of the Historic Centre (ARCA). "The alarm signals should be red, but we have the feeling that there is absolute neglect not only in recovering the city's image, but in going after those responsible,” she added.

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The Federation of Neighbours of Palma is now appealing for a larger police presence in the centre to deter graffiti artists from spray painting. It also asks for a civic education project in schools to combat the issue. Fines range from €350 to €750 for tagging property, and up to €1,500 if it’s a protected or historic building.

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Expat stabbing AN ECUADORIAN expat has been arrested after stabbing his tenant with a kitchen knife over a ‘debt’ of €60. It came after he stabbed the 60-year-old man multiple times, after insisting he needed the rent to pay for a taxi. Fortunately the victim was able to flee to a nearby hotel for help and while in a serious condition he is expected to survive.

Draghunt POLICE in Manacor are searching for man who was seen driving down the highway with a dead dog tied behind his car. Many locals called in the horrific scene, but police have yet to determine if it is a case of severe animal abuse or a tragic accident where the driver forgot about the dog.


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Young love SHE looked like the cat that got the cream as she wondered around Palma with her toy boy lover, some two decades her junior. Sharon Stone, 60, was spotted wandering around the city with partner Angelo Boffa, 41. The Hollywood actress was spotted with her Italian lover visiting the cathedral and even taking a horse drawn carriage around the city Boffa, a real estate agent, lives in Zurich where he met the Basic Instinct star last year. The pair have been spending most of their time in Ibiza, when she is not acting.

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Who’s the daddy? La Superba RIP: Caballe

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SHE was described as ‘one of the last of the true divas’ and had one of the sweetest voices in musical history. So successful was her debut in New York, in 1965, she received a 25-minute ovation from the crowd. She was immediately catapulted onto the global stage, ending up recording 80 albums, including one with Queen legend Freddie Mercury. So it was fitting that both the Queen and Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez attended Monserrat Caballe’s funeral in Barcelona this week. The Spanish soprano, who could hold notes for an incredible 20 seconds, died on Saturday aged 85 in the Catalan city. In an illustrious career spanning six decades the queen of opera, known as ‘La Superba,’ made thousands of performances. S h e was Born into a working class family in 1933.

ICONIC: Opera star

After bedding 3,000 women Iglesias may be about to see his 41-year-old love child enter his life

JULIO Iglesias could face a paternity trial over claims he has a Valencian love child, following a passionate night with a Portuguese ballerina. Spain’s most famous lothario - who has a huge estate in Marbella - has allegedly admitted to friends that ‘there may be a paternity trial.’

Javier Sánchez, 41, from Valencia, originally claimed Iglesias, 75, was his dad in 1992, but his claim came to nothing, despite being initially accepted. He tried again last year, however a 99.99% DNA match was deemed inadmissible, as it had been taken illegally from his son. While a judge initially ac-

...his father’s son ENRIQUE Iglesias has locked lips with one lucky fan in Kiev - and it isn’t the first time he’s made out with someone from the audience. It seems, much like his father, Enrique has a lot of love to give – even though he’s been dating Anna Kournikova since 2001 and the couple welcomed twins in December. Performing in Kiev during his All The Hits Live tour, the Spanish singer engaged in a touchy display with a reveller who had been invited on stage. The 43-year-old delighted the fan by serenading her before planting a passionate

SMACKER: On stage kiss on her lips. Footage of the kiss went viral, but fans of the Spanish star said it is a regular occurrence at his shows.

BAD BOY: Julio

cepted the link taken via Julio Iglesias Jr, it was later annulled after it emerged it had been taken illegally from his bins in Miami. Now however, his lawyer Fernando Osuna, is asking a different court for a DNA test to prove once and for all that the world-class crooner really is his father. He has asked the judge at Valencia’s Court Number 13 that Iglesias submit a saliva or blood sample at Instituto de Medicina Legal in Madrid. According to Osuna, Iglesias, who once claimed he’d slept with 3,000 women, has requested that the hearing be held behind closed doors. He also insists that the case should ‘not be reopened’ as it has already been closed. The judge is expected to make his decision this month, with a possible trial expected in January or February.

I didn’t rape fan! NICOLAS Cage was cool as a cucumber as he denied he raped a woman while attending the Sitges Film Festival this week. The Hollywood legend, 54, was forced to deny that he attacked Vickie Park while being grilled by a journalist at a press conference. “I have already made a statement on this subject, but to make it clear, this never happened,” he said. Park claims Cage raped her last September during the Vienna Film Festival, but Cage and his ex-wife Alice Kim have labelled the allegations ‘absurd’. Cage was in Spain to promote his new movie Mandy, donning a two-piece grey suit and crisp white shirt. Set in 1983, the dark film charts the story of a haunted man on the hunt for the unhinged religious sect who butchered the love of his life

Fitness break EMMA Willis has been spotted strolling around Ibiza with her pop star husband Matt. The Big Brother host, 42, is on the white isle on a workout holiday at the famous Body Camp fitness retreat. The pair, who have three children together, later headed into town hand-in-hand for lunch. Former Busted rocker Matt revealed the pair had enjoyed a boxing session, an abs workout and bleep test. He added they had taken a

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OPINION Clarion call for climate change WITHIN 24 hours the tragic consequences of Mallorca’s floods had touched the entire world. In one day 10 people lost their lives to the power of nature, including a boy and an elderly man, both of whom were helpless as the waters rose. Once the dust has settled on this national tragedy questions will be asked of what more could have been done to save victims, and what specifically caused the flash floods to arrive so quickly and unexpectedly. This natural disaster is not Spain’s first and it won’t be its last, but the floods appropriately arrived in the same week as a damning report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The document starkly warns the human race it has JUST 12 YEARS left to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C. This warning may not appear clear cut, but in reality the world’s most authoritative scientific voices are saying we are on the brink of irreversible environmental damage. The climate scientists are saying that if we do not adhere to the 1.5°C target millions will face drought, flooding and extreme heat. It is not the west who will be hardest hit but the global poor, many of whom live on the equator and in extreme climates. Mallorca remains a disaster zone now, still grieving, but world leaders must take note and think quickly and carefully about how to tackle climate change properly. Publisher/ Editor

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A fake university masters scandal is rocking Spain’s top leaders and has led to resignations and claims that two party leaders are involved, writes Lenox Napier

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OLITICS in Spain has fallen to a new low - and the gloves are off. Whether it’s fabrication, secret recordings or character assassination, the good old days of politicians simply syphoning off a few million euros have been overtaken by the far-more intriguing use of slander, lies and half-truths. The goal, at least from the Partido Popular (PP) and Ciudadanos, is to see the end of the ‘Okupa’ (or the ‘Squatter’ as Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is frequently referred to after he won a vote of no confidence against Mariano Rajoy’s corrupt government in June). But this particular new sleazy chapter in Spanish political history started with the tearful resignation of a high-ranking regional president back in April. That was Cristina Cifuentes, president of Madrid province, who was found to have fudged her Master’s degree. Despite public outcry, not much happened as a result, since Cifuentes, being a politician, had ‘immunity’, and besides, her party, the PP, didn’t see it as anything of special importance. While the debate raged, with numerous calls for her resignation, she only resigned four months later when a news site published a copy of an unrelated video showing her stealing two tubs of Olay anti-wrinkle cream from Eroski supermarket. Cifuentes had obtained her Master’s from the University of Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), in Madrid, and it gradually became clear that she was one of a group of politicians (and, one can assume, captains of industry) who had earned themselves their titles without the formality of having properly studied for them. The first name that came up was the man who took over the PP from Mariano Rajoy following his departure from politics in June. Finally triumphant from an embittered congress in July, Pablo Casado took over the leadership of the PP, and he publicly made light of his improper Master’s degree from the URJC. He had immunity, as he pointed out, and his supporters frankly didn’t care what he might have written on his resume. Meanwhile, as the PP congratulated itself on its handsome, new leader, a man supported by José María Aznar (and reputedly an Opus Dei member), the ruling PSOE in its minority, with just 85 seats out of 350, were indeed in choppy waters. They began by approving the PP’s previously presented national budget for 2019 without any changes, but the PP and Ciudadanos announced that they were now fully against

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them and, with the PP senate majority, re- of €11,000 a pop. fused passage. An internal investigation is currently underObfuscation? Even the American Republi- way at the university. cans would have been impressed. Did anyone mention the bridge that colSánchez and his Socialist government are lapsed in Italy this summer. The one in having a hard time. His enemies want his Genoa, where 43 people died? Watch this head, the media is against him, and his allies space. have their own agenda... even his strongest The right-wing press is now attempting to ally, the hard-to-please Pablo smear two other PSOE minIglesias and his Podemos isters. First, Pedro Duque, group. the popular Minister for SciShe suggested Within a couple of months ence and Innovation (he was of the PSOE taking over the Spain’s first astronaut), is that the freedom running of the country this accused of holding property of the media summer with its record numin a company name (while ber of female ministers ( 11 not illegal, around 20 other should be out of 17), one of them, the deputies do the same). And Minister of Health Carmen second, Dolores Delgado, regulated Montón, was found to have the Minister for Justice, over also been a recipient of the a dinner-conversation from URJC’s curious policy regardnine years ago which the exing titles. And in an honourable breakaway judge Baltazar Garzón described as ‘...a defrom the example set by the PP, she quickly spicable campaign with a conversation used resigned. out of context’. Encouraged by this, the PP leader Pablo One thing she is heard to say on the recordCasado attempted to show that Pedro Sán- ing is worrying a few senior judges about their chez also had a dodgy masters (from an- behaviour on a trip to Colombia in connection other, rather more reputable university), and with some minors they picked up there. when that proved false, he tried a different The recordings – there will be others – come tact. To claim that Sanchez had improperly from an ex-police commissioner and semicopied some text – ie. plagiarised his dis- private investigator called José Manuel Vilsertation - from another source in a book he larejo, who is now in jail (as an untried prishad read.. The conservative press (and that is almost all of the daily newspaper, bar El Pais) pumped the story for all it was worth. Then it came out that the leader of Ciudadanos, he’s called Albert Rivera, was quietly changing his own profile regarding his titles. “I’m still studying for my Master’s,” he explained. The only political leader who seemed safe from this witchhunt was Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, because his other job is a university don. So he doesn’t need to acquire a masters! The URJC, by now looking a bit tawdry, was then found by investigative journalists (treasure them, there aren’t many left) to BOTTOM OF THE CLASS: Casado admitted he didn’t have sold titles to 500 Italian complete 80% of his masters engineers for the modest price


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oner where he threatens ‘to reveal all’). He puts his (revenge) material on a political site he is in some way tied to called moncloa. com. Pedro Sanchez replied to the accusations by saying ‘the words of a corrupt person will not decide the political agenda’. Villarejo promises fresh revelations. Indeed, the pressure from the media on the PSOE is currently so acute, Carmen Calvo, the Vice-president (and something of a socialist dinosaur) has suggested that the freedom of expression enjoyed by the media should be regulated. The PP leader Pablo Casado himself was meanwhile threatened with a probe by the Supreme Court regarding his university distinctions, but last week that was suddenly dropped. No surprise perhaps, with four of the five judges on the Supreme Court placed there by the last PP government. Casado, we hear, and to the palpable relief of the conservatives, has no case to answer. Nevertheless, and despite support from every newspaper from El País sideways, Casado is quickly slipping into a difficult position regarding his reputation among the general public. The opinion polls – where ordinary people are asked their views – are ‘buoyant’ for the PSOE at 30%, ten

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THEY have long sailed close to the wind over the issues of legality and good taste. Now Mallorca’s famous party boats have been beached in a bid to further clean up the island’s tourist industry. Calvia town hall has voted to ban six firms, who have been running the booze cruises for years. Under an agreement with the local maritime association the boats, famous for sex games and cheap booze, will

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action plan. screamed for a defibrillator. “By the time I got to the guy But nobody was respondin the water he was foaming ing. Nobody gave us anythrough the nose so I gave thing,” he continued. him five rescue breaths “Any beach lifeguard should through his nostrils.” have a pocket mask for CPR He continued: “They threw which is like a filter to stop a ring to him but the rope you taking in stomach acid. snapped and there was They didn’t even have that!” practically no way to get He added: “The captain this guy on board. We needdidn’t have a clue. At times perience, struggled to get ed a harness. he was trying to turn the Hampton back on the boat “We were essentially pullguy’s head to the side which before spending half an ing a lifeless body up two is nonsense.” hour giving CPR. ladders. By the time we got He claims the captain lost “The crew weren’t prepared him on the boat six or seven ten precious minutes before and the boat was so badly minutes must have passed.” moving the boat towards equipped. If there had been Knight soon realised he was land once Hampton was on a defibrillator on board he the only person onboard board. would have had a chance,” with any medical knowlHe was treated onshore by he told the Olive Press. edge. paramedics, but died two “There was no emergency “I started CPR and days later. “The original news story in the UK press said there were two lifeguards on board who did nothing. There weren’t two lifeguards. There were two guys pulling pints. EXCLUSIVE on new site mallorca-rentals.net. “I see lots of lifeguards at LGBT heroes Fake news Space-tastic She only found out when a potential every pool and beach in ent contacted her about a rental in cliMagaluf - so why not on a tember when she was already full. Sepparty boat where 250 peo“The client had seen it on this dodgy ple are drinking? It doesn’t and wanted to double check, luckily site make sense” he added. for her,” she said. Knight is also angry that “It is shocking that people put so police failed to take statemuch effort into scamming people.” ments from him at the Last year, a British family who rented scene and that he has seen her home had previously been scammed the Britannia Jet out at sea out of ‘a lot of money’ from fraudsters. since. A number given for mallorca-rentals. The Guardia Civil have net was ‘not available due to restrictions’. not yet responded to Olive Another scam website, Balearic Press enquiries. A police inVilla Escapes, is still live on the internet.

AN off duty lifeguard who dived from a Magaluf ‘booze cruise’ to save a drowning British dad believes the victim could have lived if the boat had a defibrillator. Brave Thomas Knight, 23, VICTIM: Hampton and has slammed the company party boat and crew of the Britannia revellers Jet, insisting they were ‘to- several who tally unprepared’ for the jumped off the back of the party boat, where punters emergency. Knight, from Northern Ire- enjoyed bottomless drinks. land, leapt into the sea to While dragged back onto help when he saw Etienne the €55-a-head pleasure Hampton, 29, struggling in vessel, which had over 200 on board, he died after bethe water. The father-of-one, from ing taken back to shore. Jersey, died when he joined Knight, a lifeguard attendant with seven years ex-

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A SCANDALOUS holiday rental site first reported in the Olive Presswebmonths ago (see right) has finally two been taken down. Rent Holidays Villas, which is believed to have scammed hundreds of British tourists, has finally been removed Expats’ from rights the web, following repeated requests from this paper to hosts GoDaddy. closer But despite this success, the fraudsters have been quick to set up another fraudulent site to snare fresh victims, as one Soller homeowner has revealed. The villa owner, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted us to tell us of her ‘shock’ to see her villa illegally advertised 16/06/2017 15:36

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THE Olive Press is demanding action against a string of ing closer. fake holiday rental sites falseThe initial focus for Brexit villa rental company Bonder ly advertising luxury villas will be on expat rights, a fiand Co. across the Balearic Islands. nancial settlement and ‘othBoth fake websites SpainviIt comes after we reported er separation issues’, it was pholidays.com and Balearlast issue that scam site Rentconfirmed after the first day icVillaEscapes.com are listholidaysvillas.com was conof negotiations in Brussels. ing the same properties, use ning British tourists out of At the joint press conferthe same website template, thousands of euros each year. ence on Monday, David Dawith both website domains In total, British victims lost vis and Michel Barnier also having the same Google veri€8.16 million in holiday said the issue of common fication key. scams last year, a year-ontravel in Ireland was imporAn IT expert told the Olive year rise of 20%, claims the tant. Press that this was a classic Association of British Travel case of ‘domain farming’ and Agents (ABTA). criticised Google for not takIn one of the worst examples, Future ing the sites down immedireported last issue, rugby star "We've laid solid foundaately. Dean Schofield and friends tions for future discusCOPIED: How genuine site was All three scam websites are shelled out nearly €50,000 scammed by sions and an ambitious but Spain VIP Holidays hosted by US-based firm Gofor a fraudulent villa break in achievable timetable," said Daddy, which also hosts RenMallorca. Davis, Britain's Brexit minmassively reduced prices to We have now discovered N EWS ister. panies you have never heard holidaysvillas.com. lure victims in. The UK’s Action Fraud conmany other websites running Davis insisted that talks Helle Heredia, from Mallor- about. Don't let scammers firmed it is now investigatsimilar fraudulent schemes, about trade would occur ‘in ca-based rental firm Nova- ruin your holidays.” ing rentholidaysvillas.com, including balearicvillaesparallel’, but Barnier said sol, said she had heard of ‘25 The fraudsters, who are very although at the time of going capes.com, Luxurydreamsthey would start only in a to 30’ recent cases of people difficult to track down, are to press had not responded to villas.com and www.digsecond phase. being scammed but believed very good at creating fake our enquiries. italdreamsholidays.com. First, ‘significant progress’ profiles and, as revealed last there were ‘many more’. GoDaddy was made aware Photos of an eight-bedroomed would need to be made on “It’s so scary with these scam issue, the photo for the agent of Rentholidaysvillas.com’s Mallorca property, advertised the EU's priority issues, nosites - they pop up with just ‘Flavio’ for rentholidaysvil- fraudulent activity in April, from €800 per night on a tably the rights of expatriate one purpose, of robbing peo- las.com was actually an Aus- but the site, and the three fourth site spainvipholidays. citizens and a settling finanple of their money in the most tralian estate agent. others, are still live. com, have been lifted from a cial accounts. important time of everyone’s We have now discovered that A GoDaddy spokesperson genuine US website luxuryreEU negotiators have insisted a photo of Balearicvillaesyear Asylum drama told the Olive Press: “Our treats.com. that current Top-end properties around said. - their holidays,” she capes ‘property agent’ Alba Digital citizens’ rights Untitled-1.pdf 1 16/06/2017 On the genuine Crimes Unit still have 15:36 site the actual should remain unchanged. Portillo Olivares is actually a the whole of Spain are being “Just not received any inquiries or price is from €2,930 a night. marketed by the scammers at ed by ensure not to be tempt- stolen photo of Paloma Bond- requests fantastic offers by com- er, director from law enforceof top Ibiza luxury ment on these websites.” 2

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RUGBY star Dean Schofield is urging action after being mauled in a sophisticated holiday shakedown. Wasps international Dean (right) and wife Gemma, both 38, were set to take a dream break to Spain with friends to celebrate the England international’s retirement. But the vacation turned into a nightmare after the group of 16 from Cheshire unwittingly booked via a fraudulent holiday property rental website. In total, scammers took payment and deposit of €5,700 €11,400 and (£5,000) (£10,000) respectively before swiping another €29,800 (£26,000) for the stunning villa in Mallorca, which is owned by a wealthy foreign owner. The group only rumbled the scam, via rentholidaysvillas. com, the day before they flew. “We were very angry when we found out,” Gemma told the Olive Press this week. “It was a horrible moment and we weren’t sure what to do. “We started Googling it and other stories came up. When we emailed the person we’d been dealing with at the site called ‘Flavio’ he sent an abusive email back. “Luckily we were in a fortunate position where we could arrange an alternative villa and

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SCAMMED: Holiday group and (right) fake site with profile stolen from Oz agent still get the flight over. But what “I must confess we did think put your trust in us’ and that if we were from a normal fam- it was a bit cheap for where it they ‘believe in honesty’ the ily and couldn’t afford to come? was, and it in fact rents for a lot scammers have stolen photos from hundreds of properties We were at least able to salvage more,” admits Gemma. Thankfully, the group of eight across Spain, Portugal and the holiday.” The group had come across the adults and eight children - who Greece and has a series of fake stunning eight-bedroom villa are still on holiday on the is- testimonials from ‘happy’ cliwith a huge pool and grounds land - are now trying to reclaim ents at the bottom. and got in touch with the web- their money as the booking was There are 18 properties for rent on the Costa del Sol and 38 in made via a credit card. site via email. The website looked extremely The website meanwhile is still Mallorca, as well as 38 in Ibiza credible and even had a photo live, despite being reported to and 21 on the Algarve, in Porof its alleged owner, Flavio Her- its web hosting company by the tugal. Various genuine rental firms nandes Davila, who did the ne- Olive Press and to UK police. Despite boasting that ‘you can we have spoken to on the Costa gotiating.

del Sol and in Mallorca are demanding legal action after their own properties were taken and offered to rent at much cheaper prices. We have discovered that the photo of Davila (left) is actually a photograph of an Australian estate agent, whom we are not naming, for legal reasons. Another British victim of the site, pensioner Anne Landon, said she became suspicious after booking a break through the site and transferring £4,600 into one of their UK bank accounts. “I take my grandchildren on holiday every summer and was getting pretty desperate trying to find somewhere,” said Anne, 74. “The price was very reasonable and I was so excited. But immediately after booking he sent

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Rentholidaysvillas.com is hosted by US-based server GoDaddy, which was warned as long ago as April of the scam by a leading holiday rental site in Spain. When asked why it was still live this week, GoDaddy Digital Crimes boss Ben Butler, explained: “We communicate regularly with law

enforcement on alleged fraud and have processes for taking action. If anyone believes they have they defrauded been should contact law enforcement.” Contact your local police and Action Fraud and email newsdesk@ theolivepress.es if you’ve been scammed.

another email to say he had given me the wrong bank account number. “I immediately felt very uncomfortable. I believe he was going to hit me twice. I phoned my brother and said. ‘I think this is a scam.’” Anne phoned both hers and the recipient’s bank and her money was returned four days later. “I can’t stand the thought of families heading to a villa with their children to find they have nowhere to stay.” While she got her money back, she was forced to apply for a new passport after sending a copy of her passport to the fraudsters. This week, an Olive Press reporter, posing as a holidaymaker, enquired about renting an exclusive property with rentholidaysvillas.com. ‘Flavio’ offered us a price of £3,850 a week, plus a 10% discount for full payment up front, requesting a passport copy and full address. When asked why he needed this, ‘Flavio’ replied: “When we make the contract, we need to be sure of your passport details.” One genuine property rental site, who asked to remain anonymous, expressed her ‘regret at the negative impact this could have on holidaymakers who have paid their deposits.’ “We are deeply shocked and saddened,” she said. “This is extremely clever criminal activity and we will always do our best to help people who have been treated in this way.” Helle Heredia from Malagabased holiday property rental firm Novasol, said: “We hear about these types of scams all the time and the name ‘Flavio’ has been mentioned several times by guests that have been scammed before reaching to us for help. “My advice for holiday makers, is to book with well-known and established holiday rental companies, check there is a valid phone number, always use a credit-card when you make a booking, Google the websites first to check if they have been reported for scams before and always remember if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is!”

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ken to his daughter just once since. “It’s morally wrong, seeking asylum to avoid the law. “My lawyer said if everyone in Norway with a legal problem ran to a church to escape the law we better start building more churches,” he continued. He claims Maia is not attending school and is only able to learn to play the organ and sing with the choir, which is ‘hardly an appropriate syllabus’. Local vicar Knut Bjune denied this however, insisting local teachers were coming to the church to give her lessons ‘almost all the time’. “Socially she is not isolated and their living conditions are good,” he told the Olive Press. “We are not hiding information and we have made it clear this cannot be long term.” In the one, heartrending phone call to Maia which Shepherd taped - the tearful youngster can be heard telling her brothers she wants to return to Spain. Shepherd’s Norwegian lawyer Sol Elden, confirmed this week: “A church is not a place to withdraw yourself from legal responsibilities. It is an abuse of church asylum. “It is her duty to now bring the girl back to Spain after the final court ruling.” Shepherd has now written to Norwegian government minister Solveig Horne demanding help after local child services dismissed Maia’s case, saying no further action would be taken.

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WISHES: On Maia’s birthday this week A Norwegian Supreme Court will probe Bjørnsen’s asylum claim this month. Bjørnsen’s lawyer, Vidar Helgheim, claimed that ‘new information’ had now ‘changed’ the case, but refused to disclose it. “The (original) case was based on very little information. You have to go deeper and ask why she ended up in this situation,” he said. A Norwegian police spokesperson told the Olive Press they would not intervene while Maia remained in the church. “The police will not enter a church and arrest someone who has requested protection,” said Ingar Boen, Chief of Police District Møre og Romsdal.

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Sun tax scrapped SPAIN has taken its first steps towards abolishing the controversial ‘sun tax’. The Council of Ministers approved a royal decree on Friday, introducing urgent measures to force the country’s transition to a clean and accessible energy model, including eliminating the socalled sun tax.

Neighbours call in police to probe shepherd who has not been feeding his sheep By Gillian Keller

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POLICE have been called in to investigate a farm where sheep have allegedly died from neglect over the last few months. Agents from the Guardia Civil environment arm Seprona have been probing how dozens of sheep have apparently been left in danger of starvation at the estate near Andratx. Outraged neighbours have told the Olive Press that they have been forced to step in

The main focus of the decree is to introduce a law supporting self-consumption across Spain, meaning you can create your own energy. Meanwhile NGO Greenpeace welcomed the changes but is urging the government to take further action and introduce a tax that forces ‘the polluter to pay’.

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Undrinkable ANGRY opposition leaders in Felanitx have hit out after discovering that the town’s municipal water supply has been ‘undrinkable’ since May. The town’s PP party has denounced the town hall insisting it is a 'serious attack on public health' and that it shows a lack of 'political responsibility. The water supply has apparently been high in nitrates for months.

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A HUGE group of air traffic controllers are paying fines and leave food for the flock, added. In 2015 neighbours totalling over €1 million for Green Future - Page many of which they claim pressed the issue with the an illegal strike eight years 17 SHAME: Neglected sheep town hall December until police forced are close to death. ago. 6th - December 19th 2017 The owner of the farm in the man to move his sheep The group of 73 have collecCamí des Prat has been de- to where they could be cared tively pleaded guilty to the nounced meanwhile, by ani- for. unscheduled walkout in Balemal association Salvem, for It was a difficult task as aric airports in December leaving his sheep without many could hardly walk 2010. from lack of food. The fol- Each will pay a fine of shelter, food or water. lowing year he abandoned €15,000, with the managers From Page 1 them again. and the group’s union bosses Tragic SOME 14 fire bosses have According He to even neighbours, paying substantially more. got himself a financial advice slot on a well “It has been going on for at the owner lives in the been arrested for allegedly total, six union are radioPort station,In through which he leaders snared unsuspectleast seven years – when of Andratx known embezzling €7 million in and sometimes facing fines of €30,000 each, ing victims. there was snow at sea level a public funds. leaves the farm abandoned as well as a five months susHowever, a comprehensive Olive Press investigation exfew years ago it was tragic,” for months at The Policia Nacional found time.his scams thatpension ofstamps, their duties. posed involved coins and former neighbour Harriet So far no action has been The actions were over unof-gold. that the Consortium of also revealed how he and his close pal Barry Nathan Sztumpf told the Olive Press taken sinceWethe Bomberos Cadiz took out A HOTEL is to be knocked Seprona absences for alleged wined and dined upficial to a dozen criminals, anonymously, . mass early retirement insuragents camethrough to document down for not having enough sickness, and affected tens of the food column. “I have seen this so many ance policies. the state of the sheep over a thousands of passengers. class! times since 2014,” she week ago. He eventually fled the country following our expose, But when their employees Benalmadena’s Hotel Vista but we soon tracked him down to the UK, where he had retired early, chiefs siphoned de Rey must be demolished changed his name by deed poll and was selling coins and off the money from the paywithin three months, a court antiques on eBay from a small Berkshire cottage. outs. has ruled, He was quickly found MORE guilty under English law of conning Authorities also found disTO COME: Andalucia’s Superior Court people and given a suspended prison crepancies in the consorFiresreasons. in Portugal of Justice ruled that the hosentence only due to health tium’s training courses. “And because he promised to never tel falls short of its four-star than permitted. Large sums were paid to a go back to his online cons,” one of the requirement. Although the town hall and company to provide training British victim explained. courses, but no evidence has developer maintain this exBut this is apparently not the case with been found that these courses Probing cess was later corrected, the two victims claiming he is still using took place. judge ruled that the rectificaIt began probing the three eBay to sell ‘dodgy’ coins and stamps Meanwhile, irregularities tion would have taken place star hotel and apartment from his unpaid flat in Brighton, uswere also found in grants and after the granting of the liing the names ‘gqtrading’ and ‘gqtradblock in 2011 after it was desubsidies, which cops believe cence, so does not count. ing2’. nounced over planning rules were used to pay for private The building has 61 apart“We are pretty sure he has broken his which set aside the plot for a trips. ments and 46 parking spacbail conditions and will have to finally four star hotel only. The irregularities date back es. go back to prison,” said one victim. According to the PGOU town to 2008 and cops believe at “The nerve of this man is unbelievable.” The original building was plan an apartment block was least €7 million has been stoHis landlord last night insisted he should have known granted planning permisnot permitted and it also len by those at the top. something was up from the start. sion by then mayor Enrique breached rules by being over “When we met to sign the contracts I thought he was a bit Bolin in 2001. 700 square meters bigger DOOMED: Costa hotel slippery, I went to pay for my coffee only for the barista to tell me he had left without paying his bill.” He continued: “He paid for the first couple of months but PURE GARBAGE: Ocean waste turned into art then just stopped. He told us his account had been frozen FRUIT growers in the Axardue to a money laundering investigation, which is probquia are facing a 60% reducably true. “He then told us to stop contacting him and action in water use from the La cused us of harrassment. Vinuela reservoir with no soPOLICE officers have formed a human wall deter drug smugglers from using the beach “Now he is claiming he is seriously ill and can’t work to lution in sight. along a beach in La Linea to ensure that the as a drop off zone. make payments. The Junta has decided to construction of a beach wall went ahead. A combined police presence of Guardia Civil, “We’ll see him in court.” limit its use as the reservoir is The wall, between the church of Nuestra local and national officers were present as already at 22.7% capacity and Senora del Carmen and the perimeter wall fears grew that drug smugglers would try Opinion Page 6 could drop evenpictures lower if the the rubbish fishing port of La Atunara, hopes to and disrupt the work. Mandy Barker’s lookoflike dry weather keeps up.

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as Japan. “The objective of my work is to create a visually attractive image that at first captures the viewer’s gaze and then surprises them with the caption and the data of what the work represents,” explains Barker. “The contradiction between beauty and sobering facts makes people wonder how and why their packaging of food, computer or shoes ended up in the middle of the ocean.”

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AEMET has begun measuring air pollution in real time. Continuous recordings of methane and carbon dioxide levels will now take place across Madrid in a bid to analyse the effectiveness of current efforts to reduce air pollution. The new system will also allow for a larger sample of gases which will give scientists a bigger picture when it comes to determining how polluted the city’s air is.

THE risk of fires will increase by 40% in climate change’s best case scenario - a 1.5C global rise in temperatures. That’s the worrying forecast in a new study by green group Nature Communications. And if temperatures rise by 3C, the number of wildfires in Spain and across the world could double. “Global warming is undeniable, every summer we set new temperature records and this summer the heat wave reached central and northern Europe, instead of solely Mediterranean Europe,” explained Marco Turco, one of the study’s researchers.

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IT is not the most common thing you associate with cruising. But hanging out and drinking the wine of Jon Bon Jovi should help ease the passage between Barcelona and Palma. In an unusual departure, the Runaway to Paradise themed cruise next August will feature a concert by the rock star, as well as a Q&A and opportunity to try his famous rose wine Hampton Water. During the cruise, which goes around the Balearics, there will also be concerts from other guest artists, and many other thrills. "Hundreds of people gather every time we leave for a destination, and lasting friendships are born," explained the US rock star about the cruise concept. “We want to continue that tradition in the totally immersive travels of Runaway, get ready, we'll see you there!"

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THE new King of Pop is coming to Mallorca. Dubbed the ‘best Michael Jackson impersonator’ by the late-singer’s family, Forever – King of Pop is set to moonwalk for three nights later this month. The fantastic journey of the legendary singer, who died in 2009, will be recreated at the Palma Auditorium from October 19. Fans around the world have been impressed with the magic of the show, and how close it is to the life and legacy of the singer, who had a string of number one hits. His father Joe Jackson has described it as the most authentic of the many tribute acts. "It's too good to be real. I thought I saw Michael there," said his father Joe Jackson before his death earlier this year. His sister La Toya Jackson added: "Not only is it a great show, but my brother's heart is on stage.

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“I would love to see this show on Broadway. " Even Michael's brother Jemaine has commented on its brilliance saying, "the show is excellent, everyone does an extraordinary job".

PORRERES celebrates its Autumn festivals on October 21 and November 4 with local markets and fairs, food stalls and fun activities for all ages.

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SnatchED! FINALLY the second season of Snatch is available in Spain, exclusively on Orange Series. Shot entirely in Malaga, the local location was a coup pulled off by homegrown production company Fresco Films, which also handled the Game Of Thrones shoot in Sevilla. Based on the famous Guy Ritchie film, the series stars Rupert Grint, best known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, and Luke Pasqualino from Skins.

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As anti-Semitism continues to top Britain’s political agenda, Diana Tang visits the Toledo Catholic synagogue, symbolic of an age-old conflict in Spain

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T has the look of a mosque, the title of synagogue and the status of a Roman Catholic Church. A religious monument like no other, the experience of setting foot in Toledo’s Synagogue of Saint Mary La Blanca even tops the experience of Cordoba’s more famous mosque-cathedral. I did a double take as my eyes took in the golden ornamentation, whitewashed walls and forest of Moorish arches. In the atrium at the centre, sunlight streaming in from circular side windows illuminates a dark, bronze cross, hung high and proud. Built by Islamic architects in the 12th century for Jewish use under Christian rule, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca was meant to be a symbol of the religious tolerance that existed – briefly – on the Iberian Peninsula before the brutal Inquisitions took over.

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Ironically, today it has become an icon of anti-Semitism and the subject of a theological tug of war over its rightful ownership. Taken over by Spain’s Catholic Church in the 15th century but marked by all three religions, the complex intertwining of histories is something the casual tourist cannot see and the two-paragraph information panel on the wall cannot hope to cover. For Spain’s small but thriving Jewish community, the synagogue stands not as a beautifully-designed building or even a holy place but a looming reminder of their country’s own anti-Semitism and the oppression of their people. It is the perfect heri-

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For him, the recognition of the building’s roots through a transfer of ownership is key in revealing the true history of the tourist hotspot. But the Catholic Church remains unmoved. The archdiocese of Toledo issued a threepage response, solidifying church ownership of the building – only officially attained through the government in 1929 - and stressing the church’s role in restoring it. In fact, the Spanish Catholic church has yielded little to the Jewish community compared to the individual actions of local communities and the Spanish government. From Pope Paul VI’s call for better relationships between the Catholic and Jewish communities to the

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Bob Woodward has shared in two Pulitzer prizes for his reporting on the Watergate scandal and his coverage of the 9/11 attacks and has spent over 30 years reporting on the American Presidency with impartiality. Drawing from hundreds of hours of interviews with first hand participants, official documents, personal diaries and his own interviews, Woodward has put together an impeccably researched, unbiased, unflattering and shocking fly on the wall account of a White House in chaos. Donald Trump is undoubtedly the most divisive President in the history of the USA. This book follows his campaign trail and election and deals with the major scandals and policy decisions surrounding his first year in office. What we see is a dishonest and disloyal man of immense privilege with a complete lack of understanding of politics, economics and international relations. It shows a man who frequently berates his staff and how his impulsive decisions can have a far-reaching impact on domestic and global issues. It also shows how his team in turn protect him and the country by attempting to manage him with platitudes, hiding executive order documents and memos to prevent serious international and domestic situations from arising. This is a fascinating and informative read for anyone looking to find out more about Trump or American politics in general.

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Most of the people who seem to have a problem with refugees are the racist ‘expats’ - despite this not even being their bloody country (Spain among most welcoming countries for refugees, issue 301). They think they have a right to say who should and shouldn’t be allowed to come. The thing that gets me though is that they’re being racist on someone else’s turf! How the hell can they be nationalists, when they abandoned their country?! Colonial racists are the worst kind of racists. They’re not only being ridiculously territorial of their homeFake Is this the Voted adviso r land. But they think they can new look BEST for Palma’s expat they colonise whatever country seafront? paper Find out in in Spain our Property wish. supplement False sense of superiority. Em-inside barrassing.

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AN expat mum and daughter have refused to give up their RAPPER: Valtonyc cat charity 9 Lives after being assaulted by a local Spaniard. Aimee Baert, 28, and mum Sharon, 54, are set to call in police after they were attacked as they Trick advisor page 6 north fed stray cats in the of the island. The South African pair were left badly shaken after a local around the Pollensa area. Mallorquin accosted them as “We’ve hadDecember snide comments 6th - December 19th 2017 they gave food to the feral cats from locals before but this was near Pollenca’s old town. on another level,” continued A BELGIAN court has The man ‘turned very aggresAimee, who moved to Mal- fused to extradite sive’ and started to threaten contro lorca five years ago. sial rapper Valtonyc bac the cats forcing Aimee to step “Unfortunately people don’t Spain. in. understand that we are actual- The judge “He had me against a wall and refused to c SOME 14 fire bosses ly helping keep have the number of ply with the order after I had to push him off me,” the been arrested for allegedly strays down,” she continued. 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Psychiatrists join public outcry over mental health facilities as suicide rate soars A PUBLIC outcry over the lack of mental health care is gaining momentum following a series of tragic suicides on the Rock in recent months. The lack of proper psychiatric care has been labelled a ‘shambles’ with some local psychiatrists calling the state of mental health services ‘deplorable’. A number of social media sites have pointed to the ‘growing problem’, appropriately in the week of World Mental Health Day. Ashleigh Vella, a passion-

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PRIMERA Air has officially ceased trading. It means hundreds of flights have been cancelled now and in the future – but can you claim compensation? First of all, don’t waste your time trying to use the contact section of the Primera Air website, that is no longer of use. As the Danish airline confirmed: “Kindly understand that the usual options for contacts (via email or phone) can not be offered any longer.” The bust airline will obviously not be in a position to be handing out refunds, so everything

Face the music! A SHOCKING two out of nearly 150 music venues in Palma meet council regulations. The rest have either been forced to close, or been given a month to get numerous infractions dealt with. It comes after the authorities inspected the venues through August and September. Each venue faces fines of €1,000 with more serious penalties reaching €10,000. Around 60 establishments closed before they could be inspected. Some 46 premises were inspected in El Terreno, 40 in Son Armadams, 16 in Santa Catalina, 7 in Es Jonquet and 48 in Playa de Palma.

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Economy continues to sink due to an increase in the local population and need for ‘more sophisticated’ tourism THE Balearics have dropped out of Europe’s richest 100 regions. For the last two decades the islands have slowly dropped in wealth and have even sunk to seventh position in Spain. This comes despite the economy growing sharply in volume and with a steady rise in tourist numbers. "We had a successful

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model from the 1970's to 1990's, but since 1998 the Balearic economy has had difficulties translating its growth into welfare," explained local economist Antoni Riera. The issue is that while the islands - which for decades came third in Spain - have had more income

there has been a sharp growth in the local population. “So although the island has more income there are a lot more people to pay and more resources and infrastructure needed,” continued Riera, a professor at UIB university in Palma. "For years we have not been able to move from a phase of accumulation to

one of efficiency," he continued. “We have grown a lot in volume but little in value. "In order to gain efficiency, we have to make the product more sophisticated, we continue to see tourism as a catering service, as well as putting a bed in. “But it can not be just that, we have to give it more value now.”

PROTESTERS have demonstrated against the ‘History of Tourism in the Tramuntana Mountains’ in Soller with a ‘Yes to Tourism’ march. The group of around 50 people reject the history project as ‘anti-tourism’ and reaffirm that Soller needs and wants tourism.

Truck topple TWO firefighters have been injured as their fire truck rolled in s’Albufera on the way to a fire near Sa Pobla. A third person who came to their aid was also slightly injured, but all are expected to make a speedy recovery.

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Spanish company brings Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream closer to reality A Spanish firm has built the first passenger capsule for the highly-anticipated Hyperloop rapid transport system. Airtificial, based in Cadiz, reached the global milestone in a project with Californiabased Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and believes it will create wealth across Spain. The first full-sized 40-seater pod, designed to propel passengers through large tubes at a speed of 1,200km/hr, was unveiled at the company’s plant in El Puerto de Santa Maria.

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Said Airtificial cofounder Rafael Contreras: “They told you about a historic train, but what I want to emphasise is that we are making history. “We are from the south of Spain. I call Cádiz Kilometer Zero and, from here, we have become global.”

Electric surge

A NEW Ipsos Mori survey reveals 40% of Europeans will opt for an electric car next time round - with the Spanish and Italians in the driving seat. Of the 4,500 European citizens polled, seven per cent admitted it was ‘very likely’ they would flip the switch to electric, while 33 per cent said it was ‘somewhat likely’ they would go for a plug-in version. At 48 per cent, the Spanish and Italians are most likely to buy or rent an electric car as their next vehicle, but only 26 per cent of respondents in Great Britain said the same thing.

Models

TUBEWAY BOUND: The new passenger pod Javier Moreno, responsible for design, is convinced the rapid transport project will generate great wealth in the region. “When we were shown the drawing, we raised our hands to our heads. We received a wonderful sketch that we had to make reality and we had to think about everything - rivets, raw materials, problems with the assembly ... more than an Airbus,” he said, “ We have created wealth with this project.” The next step is to integrate

the capsule into an entire Hyperloop technological system. The company is already developing a second shuttle for a network project in Abu Dhabi. “It will be ready by 2019,” the company said.

Race

Hyperloop stems from an idea by Elon Musk, the former president of Tesla and founder of PayPal, together with SpaceX and Tesla Motors. There are several other con-

sortiums in the race to make the idea a reality. One is Californian company Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which employs more than 800 professionals from 38 different countries within a project whose investment exceeds €100 million. Another is Virgin Hyperloop One, which recently signed an agreement with Adif to build an innovation centre in Bobadilla, Antequera, to investigate the possibilities of the Hyperloop.

Motorists from Poland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France and Hungary were also included in the survey, conducted for the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E). Greg Archer, T&E’s clean vehicles director, said: “Europeans are open to buying electric cars, but carmakers aren’t doing enough to offer attractive, affordable electric models. “This is the single biggest obstacle to a faster shift to electric mobility. “Citizens want carmakers to do more and governments should set ambitious CO2 standards to ensure they do so.”

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Rental threat Spanish short-term rentals to be scrutinized by Communities of Owners

THE Spanish government wants to give neighbours vetting powers over short-term rental apartments. If the proposed law changes are finally passed, the quorum required in Communities of Owners general meetings to prohibit holiday rental activities will be reduced substantially. Currently, the required quorum to vet short-term or touristic lets is unanimity; this wants to be changed for a minimum of 3/5 of the voting rights. The law also wants to define what is a ‘season or holiday let’ as opposed to a ‘shortterm or touristic let’. Some of the proponents want to establish a minimum of 45 days for a rental contract to be classified as a holiday let, below

which they will be classified as short-term rentals. Such law change could deeply impact property investment trends by creating clearly segregated short-term rental buildings or areas, separate from those neighbourhoods that choose to stick to exclusive residential use (by banning letting use). Real estate agencies selecting properties for clients, and lawyers acting for them in the conveyancing process, would have to ensure what the specifications of each neighbourhood are in respect to potential statutory prohibitions to do short-term rentals. We are eagerly awaiting further news on this proposed law change.

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Not homebirds! MALLORCANS are the least likely to buy a property in Spain. Only 62% of Balearic residents own their own home, compared with a national average of 74%. A recent study showed 30% of Balearic residents prefer to rent, and some 8% live in a house owned by family or friends. Nearly half the population, some 45%, expect to move to a new home within five years. The study also showed that nearly 30% of homeowners in the Balearics own a second home, with more than half of those rented out for income.

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By Amanda Butler

Green future The solar tax repeal is good news but the jury is out on the Airbnb crackdown, writes Amanda Butler IT’S been a busy two weeks – two offers in a fortnight is quite unusual for me. One is a seafront duplex apartment in Palmanova at €1.7million – it’s interesting to note there seems to be an endless stream of buyers this year for this type of property, so please do get in touch if you have one for sale! The other offer is on a country finca in Bunyola with an asking price of €2.5million – both to Brits in association with other collaborating agents. One an agreed sale with the Option Contract being drawn up, and the other with negotiations still on the go - my fingers are being crossed as I type! Moving onto the market as a whole - it was good to hear the government is finally seeing sense in its ludicrous levy on solar power here in Spain. It seems rather a joke that Germany has more than one million solar power installations compared to Spain with only 1000! With Spanish consumers paying the sixth highest electricity prices in the EU, this reform of

You don’t dictate! HUGE: Mallorca pad of (inset) Franco’s granddaughter

GENERAL Franco’s granddaughter has been slapped with a €525,063 fine for failing to declare profits from the sale of shares in the family’s property business. A holiday home in Mallorca, Cala Llamp is among the properties involved in the shady dealings of Franco’s most famous granddaughter. The Tax Agency claimed

Franco granddaughter under fire for failure to declare property profits

the Duchess of Franco, Carmen Martínez-Bordiú, 67, sold shares in FR Promociones del Suroeste S.A. on the same date in 2006 as receiving a donation from her mother Carmen Franco - who has since died. According to the Spanish treasury, socialite Mar-

Meanwhile... GOOD NEWS: On solar tax repeal the ‘sun-tax’ will be a welcome relief to many, and one of complete common sense to maximise on a natural and free resource, falling more in line with the Balearics 2020 plan for a more sustainable region. As to the effects of the crack down on holiday rentals – one can never be sure of course but it was predicted we would see a fall in spend outside of hotels this year, which has just been confirmed by figures from Ibestat (the Balearics Statistics Institute which draw

from national surveys from Egatur). At the same time tourist spend on hotels has increased, possibly a mixture of cheaper accommodation not being available after the Airbnb crackdown, and a hike in hotel prices. After the embargo was lifted permissions for licenses have apparently been on a go-slow with lots of red tape and regulation to keep everyone confused and lawyers busy for months on end!

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FRANCO’S bedroom in the Palacio del Pardo near Madrid has officially been closed to the public, Patrimonio Nacional has confirmed. Spain’s national heritage agency said there is no likelihood of the fascist dictator’s former chambers at the historic Madrid landmark ever reopening. His dressing room, office, bathroom and personal theatre are also off limits to tourists, the explanation being that rooms are closed for ‘internal conservation work.’ However property specialists have said there is no conservation work being carried out at the house, used by Franco between

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tínez-Bordiú received a donation of €9 million, but fraudulently claimed she had only received €6.7 million. Martínez-Bordiú sold her Mallorca retreat earlier this year, instead choosing to holiday in France. The former contestant on Spain’s Strictly Come Dancing hit back at the media and authorities, claiming ‘the statements made by the press are absolutely distorted and insidious.’ Martínez-Bordiú’s brother Francisco Franco, 64, runs the property business and is currently appealing against a 30-month prison sentence he received this year following a Guardia Civil chase where he rammed their car. He also hit the headlines for defending his dictator grandfather, saying the exhumation of Franco’s remains from the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near Madrid ‘would simply divide Spaniards even more.’ His sister’s bill from the treasury is a drop in the ocean of the Franco estate’s total value, thought to be worth over €500 million.

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Going native

What registering as a resident in Spain means for your taxes

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SSUES surrounding residency and taxation are important to any overseas buyer purchasing a property in Spain. Ultimately you want to avoid dreaded Double Taxation (CDI) and maximise the use of the treaties between Spain and other countries to reduce your tax burden. The first important point to note is that even if you don’t register as a resident in Spain, you will still be considered one for tax purposes if you spend more than 183 days of each year in the country. These don’t have to be consecutive, they simply have to add up to that number in total over a 12-month period. If you don’t want to be taxed by Spain, you will have to prove tax residency in another country and if you reside in a tax haven, the Spanish tax authorities will want proof of that as well. You’ll also be considered a tax resident if you have an economic link with the country. This is defined thus: ‘That the main core or base of his/her activities or economic interests are directly or indirectly located in Spain.’ There is also a presumption that you are tax resident in Spain if you have a spouse and children living in the country, even if you don’t live with them. However, if you are legally separated this rule does not apply. Double taxation complications There are however, some exceptional situations where two countries may both consider a person to be tax resident. To resolve this, you will need

to have a tax lawyer examine the Double Taxation (CDI) treaty between Spain and the other country in question to determine where you stand. Article 4 of these treaties is where the relevant information is usually found.

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Consequences of being a Spanish tax resident If you are a Spanish tax resident, this is what you can expect: •

You will pay personal income tax (IRPF) on your worldwide income

The Spanish tax authorities have to be informed about any immovable assets you own inside and outside Spain

Your tax declaration has to be made by 31st December in Spain and must include all assets and finances worldwide

With regard to the first point, the legal wording states, ‘This is without prejudice to what is stated at the CDI signed between Spain and country where the taxpayer obtains the income’.

CONCRETE CRISIS: Costa Brava under threat ONE of Spain’s last unspoilt Mediterranean coves is under threat from a new building frenzy. Environmentalists are growing con-

cerned for the Costa Brava after several projects which were halted in 2008 have been resumed. According to SOS Costa Brava, some 20 projects are underway along the 160 km coastline. Among them is a 260-home residential development at Aiguafreda which had been stalled for 15 years due to HOME sales in Spain rose by 18% year-onbureaucratic hold-ups, diviyear in July, new figures have revealed. sions among investors and According to the National Institute of Stathe economic crisis, sparked tistics, sales were up in every province apart by the implosion of a defrom Las Palmas in the Canaries. cade-long property bubble New home sales were up 5% to 7,105 and re“There is a renaissance in sales were up 19% to 38,120, both returning to construction,” said Pilar a growth trend in evidence since the spring of Marcos, of Greenpeace, “We 2017, having paused for breath in June. are falling into the same Andalucia saw a 21% bump in sales, 3% hightrap.” er than the national average. The group has urged the The highest growth was in Teruel, with a PSOE government to adopt 44% increase, while Las Palmas in the Castricter laws against buildnaries saw a 3% drop in sales. ing on the coast.

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Russian sanctions harm Spain

RUSSIAN sanctions on EU imports are decimating Spain’s fruit and vegetable industry. Data from ICEX (Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade) up to August 2016 shows that Spain accrued an eye-watering €534 million loss due to the export squeeze. José María Pozancos, general director of the Spanish Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Exporter Associations (Fepex) said

Capital vino SPANISH chef Jose Pizarro has launched his own brand of Cadiz wine in London to capitalise on Spanish vino’s popularity among the local cognoscenti. On the menu at his three restaurants in the capital, the range includes a 2017 Chardonnay and a 2016 Syrah blend made in Arcos de la Frontera. “I’m passionate about promoting Spanish wines, cavas and sherries in my restaurants and hopefully in the near future they will be easily accessible in grocery stores and wine merchants throughout London,” said Pizarro.

Obscure

The wines are made at Bodega Huerta de Albalá which produces a wide range, including obscure tipples like Tintilla de Rota. The Chardonnay boasts aromas of ‘white flowers, citrus fruits, peach and aromatic herbs’ while the Syrah blend of 20% Tintilla de Rota and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ‘blackberries, cacao, leather, spices and vanilla’.

UNCORKED: Pizarro wine

sanctions have had a ‘very serious’ impact on Spain. The Fepex chief said: “The consequences are still felt, as Russia is a natural market for Spanish fruit and vegetable products. “The Russian market absorbed approximately 600,000 tonnes of exports for the Spanish sector, taking both direct and indirect exports into account.” The bans, ordered by Russian President

Sizzling

Plant-based

The machine is made up of syringes which hold several ingredients within a strawcoloured paste. The syringes are placed in the 3D printer and it manages to combine the contents into a steak. It takes between 30 and 50 minutes to create a 100g piece of ‘meat’ and costs around €2, a price which will decrease as volume increases. The ingredients are protein powder (from rice or peas) and seaweed components – food that is normally consumed by vegetarians and vegans as di-

Fake steak

etary supplements. “The difficulty lies in reorganizing the nanofibers from vegetable proteins to make them seem like animal proteins,” explains Scionti. “First you have to study the histology of the animal tissue, how the muscle fibers are organised, and then you have to try to replicate that with plant-based ingredients that have not been genetically modified.” Once the steak comes out of the printer, it is ready for cooking. It makes a sizzling sound in the pan, just like any regular piece of meat. “They cook really well,” says Margarita, the cook at the university center where Scionti works. “They don’t burn or stick to the pan.” Scionti has filed for a patent and in October he is planning to launch a startup, Nova Meat, to market his invention. If it catches on, the future for the traditional steak looks fried.

All set for dolphinfish fest A DOLPHINFISH day will be the highlight again for the annual

Vladimir Putin in 2014 over the West’s retaliation to Russian military activity in Ukraine will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Spaniards. Pozancos said Spain had lost an ‘estimated 10% of the total demand,’ adding there was ‘clearly a negative impact on the fruit and vegetable sector.’

Spain’s best chefs could soon be printing your fillets and sirloins - and they’ll be meatfree FIRST came 3D-printed guns, then homes and now ...steaks. Scientist Guiseppe Scionti, 31, has spent three years developing a ‘steak printer’ at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) that could make the traditional fillet and sirloin dead meat - and the world’s top chefs are interested. Made entirely from plantbased ingredients, the ingenious invention manages to create the texture of meat - although its appearance might need a little work. Guiseppe hopes his invention can help decrease the impact of animal farming on the environment while providing a solution to malnutrition in poorer countries. While he plans to present his project to the World Food Organisation, he has already caught the attention of celebrity Spanish chef Ferran Adria and the research centre run by the famous Roca brothers. “They are interested in something that looks like a steak but tastes like a mushroom,” revealed Scionti.

Cala Ratjada fish festival. The 17th Mostra de

la Llampuga will see a gastronomic fair dedicated to the seafood speciality this Sunday. For the rest of the weekend there will be other special fishy events including a Friday evening ‘tapas night’ and cooking contest in the marina. Then from noon until 8pm on Saturday there will be a paella party with a plate for just €4.

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IT is easily one of Mallorca’s most popular breakfast snacks… and popular throughout the day. Now Sobrassada is being celebrated at an annual festival in Campos this month. The sausage, which is actually more of a sausage spread, is usually spread on bread and drizzled with oil or honey. The raw cured meat seasoned with paprika and spices is a typical dish around the Balearics, especially in the autumn during the seasonal 'pig slaughter'. The fair in Campos offers sobrassada lovers and newcomers alike to enjoy the different types available around Mallorca today. Nearly 20 local restaurants have special three-course set menus that honour it. Events run from October 13 to 28 and on October 20 there will be a tasty 'tapas and beer route' with a dozen local bars participating in the fair's 'beerfest' from 7pm

What’s on for foodies!

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treet food XII

PORT Adriano is taking advantage of the holiday weekend with three days of the popular Street Food Festival back for the 12th edition from October 12 through 14. Enjoy a selection from over a dozen food carts from noon to midnight, with live music on Friday and Saturday evening.

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ood Show

The Calvia Food Show continues with special lunch and dinner menus on Friday October 12 in Santa Ponsa, and Costa de la Calma. On October 19 participating restaurants can be found in El Toro, Peguera, and Cala Fornells.

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Spain is famous for its cornucopia of home-grown produce but you won’t find all its exotic offerings down at your local supermarket. Charlie Smith samples some of the more surprising specialities in its culinary larder Percebes DANGEROUS DELICACY

Found clinging to the cliffs of Galicia, this tiny delicacy - known beyond Spain as the gooseneck barnacle is highly dangerous to harvest. The percebeiros of Galicia risk their lives plucki n g these revered crustaceans from their habitat, making it one of the most expensive forms of seafood around. One kilo can fetch over €200. Compared to sweet clams and lobster, the edible part is contained in a black sleeve, capped by a spiky shell resembling a dinosaur claw. The soft pink flesh is boiled in seawater and traditionally served with a simple aioli dressing.

Angulas SLIPPERY SPECIALITY Known as ‘glass eels’, these slippery customers can cost more than €1,000 per kilo. They traditionally appear on Spanish menus on Christmas and New Years Eve and the Day of San Sebastian on January 20. In the original recipe from Bilbao (angulas a la bilbaína) the eels are fried in garlic and chilli until crunchy. Their journey starts when mature 10-year-old eels swim from European rivers to the Sargasso Sea to spawn and die. The hatchlings then drift towards Europe on the Gulf Stream where fisherman on Spain’s Atlantic Coast wait with nets. Though legal in Europe, angulas are so popular in Asia that illegal trade in them bagged one Spanish gang over €37 million.

Something special, sir? Organic caviar - WORLD FIRST The tiny village of Riofrio in Granada province hit the headlines way back in 1960 for producing the world’s first organic caviar. And celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey is one of many fans. The sturgeon are farmed in crystal clear spring waters from the mountains and have European-cer-

Black truffles BLACK GOLD Spain is one of the world’s largest exporters of truffles, and the expensive subterranean fungus is readily found in the mountainous east of the country. These so-called black diamonds are notoriously difficult to find and fetch up to €600 per kilo on international markets where truffles are prized for their delicate but instantly recognisable flavour. Truffle season is February to March and the provinces of Huesca, Teruel, Soria and Castellón are particularly known for the delicacy. The truffles are sniffed out by trained dogs that can detect their aroma at 50m away, even when buried 50cm deep.

Ethical foie gras - WORLD FIRST Controversially, the production of foie gras uses the inhumane ‘gavage’ system, where geese are force-fed corn through a tube. But Extremadura company Sousa & Labourdette have taken the cruelty out of the process to become world leaders in the production of ethical foie gras. Run by farmer Eduardo Sousa and bird expert Diego Labourdette, the pair allow geese to feast natuseeds and - most waiting a whole year of their worldTheir caviar aptop tables and has Barack Obama by

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October 11th - October 24th 2018 Gamoneu cheese - SPAIN’S STINKIEST Gamoneu, named after the Asturian town where it is made, is a fatty cheese made with cow, goat and sheep milk. It can take up to five months to mature in caves where it grows slightly mouldy, gaining a blue tint round the edge. It has a light smokey flavour, a thin rind and will set shoppers with fat wallets back a whopping €35 per kilo. The cheese is DPO-protected and has a reputation for being Spain’s stinkiest, only thought to be the second most pungent worldwide after Italy’s Casu Marzu ‘maggot cheese’.

Saffron - WORLD BEST Saffron de la Mancha has its own Protected Designation of Origin (DPO) - the only spice in Spain with this national quality guarantee. One of the most exclusive spices in the world, saffron was introduced in La Mancha during the Caliphate of Cordoba. Every saffron flower produces very little of the sought-after golden powder and it is harvested by only experienced pickers. It takes 25,000 flowers to produce 500 grams and Spanish saffron is renowned for its quality, which explains how one kilo can cost €3,000.

Orange and cannabis wines RIOJA RIVALS Andalucia’s urban orange trees are not just for decoration and marmalade. The bitter fruit are also in big demand for flavouring vino de naranja - and there are regional differences. Those from Sevilla should be sipped like a fine whiskey. Producers there use an oloroso sherry base, made from Garrido Fino and Pedro Ximenez grapes, and age the wine for between five and seven years. Huelva and Málaga use the solera system where white wine is flavoured slowly. The orange peel is dried and then macerated in the alcohol. The Málaga version is almost clear while Huelva’s is a richer brown shade. If cannabis is more your thing, Andalusian winery Pisando Fuerte has a weed wine that will have you in high spirits. It is the first red wine steeped with cannabis, which is actually classed as hemp due to its low THC content, at the legal maximum of 0.2 per cent. Rafael Hoyos is the brains behind this this smoking hot vino, which c o m b i n e s Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes with cann a b i s leaves. The comp a n y has just launched the first 500 bottles of their ganja-grape concoction.

Lampreys - ROYAL CONNECTIONS Lampreys, better known by the bloodthirsty nickname ‘vampire fish’, have lurked in the rivers of Galicia for over 500 million years. They have eel-shaped bodies and gruesome circular rings of teeth adapted for feasting on the blood of larger fish by sucking them dry. Don’t be put off though, as they have a delicious flavour, especially when cooked in red wine. In Arbo, Pontevedra, near the Portuguese border, there is a food festival at the end of April dedicated to these prehistoric monsters. They were the favourite food of King Henry I of England who reportedly died from ‘a surfeit of lampreys’ but it was probably food poisoning. Málaga mangos EUROPE’S BEST Axarquía is home to more than 4,000 hectares of mango-growing land. Producing between 10,000 and 30, 000 tonnes annually, the area east of Málaga grows more mangos than avocados - another of its staple exports. The exotic fruit originally came from Southeast Asia, but was introduced to Andalucia in the 1980s. Now Spain leads European commercial mango production, also having sites in the Canary Islands. Sicily is the only other serious European player in the mango game.

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Mallorca diaries

By Lesley Keith

The rain has kept Lesley Keith indoors, but the daytime TV isn’t helping! WOW it’s finally cooling off and be- outside became a river, two inches coming pleasant, cardigans are reluc- deep and fast flowing. As I’m dog sittantly being sourced for the evenings ting at the moment my little charge and I’ve even put a blanket on the needed to ‘stretch his legs’ so as the bed. rain wasn’t stopping anytime soon we This is all in between showers, well waded downstream to higher ground. when I say showers I mean down- This morning, despite no rain for sevpours of biblical proportions. Dear eral hours the torrent was still flowing. God it knows how to rain here doesn’t Hmmm, I knew something wasn’t right it. I was driving away from Palma and there so we waded the other way to there was the darkest cloud ever sit- see if we could find the source. ting about ten feet off the ground that The water was horrible, brown and suddenly opened its floodgates. sludgy and it was coming from a Absolute mayhem and carnage, driv- building site on the corner. Where the ing was impossible for deep and extensive all except those in large footings had filled with 4x4s or idiots, oh and water they were merBring on the a peloton of cyclists…. rily pumping them out Mallorca deluge down my street! My let’s not go there, there’s no words. Most is still pretty and very quickly Spanish of us pulled over and limited but I got my sat it out. we have our very message across quite At home in my flat well I thought, they acown pond when it rains like that tually looked suitably the roof of our block’s scared of this raging porch steers the rain mujer inglesa and the water in an almighty pumping seems to torrent into the middle of my front have stopped. More storms are comlawn.The two floors above us have ing tonight so we’ll soon see.They large balconies with overflows that aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawpour loudly and forcefully onto our er having enclosed the street lamp front patio. and road sign within the newly built Trust me, a medium shower produces exterior wall! a lot of water, but bring on the Mal- Having been marooned indoors with lorcan style deluge and very quickly the weather I’ve been watching some we have our very own pond. Last night daytime TV. It seems to me that the with a pretty fierce downpour the road whole thing is geared around adverts

and the programs are just fillers. Well what an eye opener those adverts are, how have I survived without gambling my life savings away, taking out a funeral plan for my ‘loved ones’ so they don’t have to worry, wearing protective underwear or borrowing money at some extortionate rate? They go on for ever giving you time to do your weekly shop or re-landscape your garden before the programme restarts. At least I can catch up on the episode of Poirot that I missed in 1987 or watch some cosy little hospital drama. Seriously though, I actually remember when there were only three channels, and there was always something worth watching. Now there’s hundreds and there’s hardly anything at all. It’s very disappointing, I’m sure Yogi Baird had more in mind for his revolutionary new fangled machine than Bargain Hunt or Judge Judy. (Actually, I love Judge Judy and wish the real judiciary system followed her lead). As I mentioned earlier, I dog sit for friends. I can’t have a dog permanently at my place so it means that by sitting for others I get my doggie fix whilst earning a bit of cash as well. The dogs seem to like me, they get to sleep on my bed, sit on the sofa and generally tend to increase their body weight by 20% so as far as they’re concerned missing their owners is a small price to pay. I get exercise, lots of cuddles and complete strangers stopping to

NOT A FAN: Lesley could do a marathon before adverts are up talk to me about whatever dog I have that time, there’s always someone that had one who wants to tell you about it! I’ve only got this one for two more days and then none for quite

some time. I’d better get his brush out, he was left at mine looking sleek and shiny.Two weeks with me and he’s a bedraggled and tangled mess. Yep he’s fitted right in here.

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REFEREES in Spain will be able to suspend a match if the temperature surpasses 35C before 7:30pm. The Real Federacion Española de Futbol (RFEF) changed the rules after months of debate.

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Nadal and Laver label each other the best tennis players in history RAFAEL Nadal has said Roger Federer and Rod Laver are the best tennis players in history. The Spanish ace has won 17 Grand Slam titles while Swiss maestro Federer is on 20, making them the two most successful players in the game. Laver managed 11 during his illustrious career and, in 1962, became the first man to win all four Grand Slams in the same year. And Nadal thinks the Australian, along with old foe Federer, is the greatest.

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The Mallorquin said: “For me, (it) is difficult to talk about things in which I don't have all the information. “But Rod Laver is in the picture. “If I have to say something about Rod, if we can compare Roger with him as he is also the best in history, it has to be with Rod Laver because it is true that for sure is one of the players that going to be in the history of our sport forever.” The affection between the two men, it seems, is mutual. Earlier this year, Laver

RESPECT: Nadal with hero Laver claimed that Nadal was ‘possibly the greatest athlete ever in tennis’. “He proved to be superhuman at Wimbledon - to win Roland Garros and come very close here on grass is truly

amazing,” he said. “Possibly the greatest athlete our sport has ever known.” Laver was referring to Nadal’s Wimbledon campaign, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

MORE people attend bullfighting events than demonstrate against them, a new study has found. The poll, commissioned by Fundacion Toro de Lidia, shows that Spaniards still love their bullfights, despite opposition from animal rights activists. Spain’s economy is boosted by €1.6 billion a year from the world famous sport, which sees 1,553 fights held each year out of a total 20,000 bull-related events. The annual San Fermin feria in Pamplona brought in a whopping €74 million in 2018, while the San Isidro feria in Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring brought a similarly huge €73 million.

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Lock-in till 10am

LOCK-ins may be common in pubs, but one red-faced reveller took it to a whole new level this weekend. The lad found himself locked overnight in Malaga’s Theatro Club, after a heavy night

Lad spends night in nightclub after falling asleep in the loo

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into the light of day at 10am the following morning. After a night on the razz the young man’s misfortune was revealed, as he was rescued by office worker Javi Gabarrony, who heard him banging on the club door. Gabarrony said: "We heard someone banging on the metal door and a voice shouting: "Is there anybody there?" Gabarrony said the man shouted ‘I have fallen asleep in the bar and I just woke up now’ and says that without his mobile phone he had no idea of what time it was. He and his colleagues managed to contact the Theatro boss, who was swiftly on the scene with keys to the lift the shutter and open the doors, ensuring the man’s escape. Footage shows the young lad stumble into the busy morning street, as the curtain finally came down on his wild night.

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Mallorca Olive Press - Issue 39  

The island's original community newspaper

Mallorca Olive Press - Issue 39  

The island's original community newspaper