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118 mining concessions out to tender

The Junta has opened a bidding process for 118 mining concessions across the province of Almería covering a total of 88.175 ha2. Assuming Almería province is 8,774km2, that’s 877,400 ha2 meaning… That’s 10% of the province out to tender? Crikey. Of course, the concessions just let you go out there with a JCB and dig about until you hit whatever you have to the right to look for. Yeso, marble, ornamental rocks (gravel I suppose,[…]

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Almería AVE should have 3 return trips to Madrid daily

Talk about gilding the lilly… The report from the Almería chamber of commerce into the provincial need for a high speed railway train has reported back, and a minimum of 3 return trips a day to Madrid are needed, for all the thousands of eager young businesspeople who need to flock to and fro the national capital for the business deals. (Haven’t these people heard of the internet?) José Cano from Asempel reminds us that[…]

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Garrucha Christmas What’s On

DIA 17 DICIEMBRE 21.00 h. Exhibición de las alumnas de la Escuela de Ballet “ La Magia de la Navidad” dirigido por Martina Fernández en el Centro Cultural Municipal. DIA 19 DICIEMBRE A las 20.00h. Actuación de las alumnas de Hip Hop, dirigido por Natalia López en el Centro Cultural Municipal. A las 21.30 h. Exhibición de Baile de Salsa y Merengue a cargo de la Escuela “Levántate y Baila” dirigido por el profesor Víctor[…]

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No more petrol!

Diesel for under €1 a litre!

Diesel dropped to under €1 a litre at over 100 petrol stations across Spain yesterday, and in the province two stations are selling it for €0,99 a litre: one in Vícar and another in El Ejido. Prices have dropped to those of five years ago, as the drop in crude oil finally starts to filter through to the consumer. Most of the cheapest petrol stations are in Catalunya. Check out the cheapest stations near you[…]

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Garrucha to update its paseo marítimo

Garrucha townhall has announced that it intends to repave and update the paseo marítimo after it presented a budget for 2015. The seafront promenade will have over €200,000 spent on it, mainly tarmac and repainting all the parking bays. The money is coming from the Diputación, county council. Officially known as the Paseo del Malecón, most of the work will be concentrated at the port end where recent works have left the area in a[…]

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Almería – Málaga A7 motorway will finally open next year

It’s been over 20 years in the making, but the Almería to Málaga A7 coastal motorway will finally be finished next year. It hasn’t been an easy motorway to build, the sharp cliffs and unstable terrain has made the motorway a slow and costly affair to build. The Castillo de Baños (Polopos) – Albuñol bit will open at the end of this month in a lavish ceremony: the 15 kilometre stretch has cost a whopping[…]

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Vera AVE station to be tiny – if at all

The government has confirmed that it has no plans any more to build a large AVE station at Vera, as was the original plan, and although the station is still “probably” going to be built, it will be a simple platform affair rather than a full blown train station as was originally planned. The announcement came during a series of meetings with industry leaders in the province held this week by Manuel Niño, Sec Gen of[…]

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Junta asks EU to 280M to finish off Almería’s motorways

The Junta has said it will finish off all of the abandoned motorways in the province, if the EU stumps up 280 million euros to pay for it all. Well, that’s the essence of yesterday’s statement. The plan submitted to the EU is asking for Andalucia’s share of Presidents Juncker’s massive cash spend under the known “Plan Juncker”. The EU Prezzie, you will remember, has abandoned austerity and announced he’s spending hundreds of billions of[…]

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Almería surrender documents found and restored by local paper

The original articles of surrender by the Moorish residents of Almería to the Christian armies in the 15th century have been found (they were lost? Stuck in a box somewhere it seems) by Ideal newspaper and restored by them. They are now on display until after Christmas at the Museo Arqueológico Provincial. The Capitulaciones as they are known, were negotiated between the Islamic ruler of the city of Almería and the Catholic Kings Isabel &[…]

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Spanish Princess puts half a million euros bail money in wrong account

The Spanish Infanta Cristina has been forced to pay 587.413 euros to the Balearic Island court investigating her family for massive corruption for bail. Sadly, her lawyers made a mistake and sent the money to the wrong person. Ouch. A fair amount of running around behind the scenes can be assumed, but it turns out that they transposed a 5 and a 4 in the bank account number, and the €587.413 actually went to some[…]

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Spanish news publishers beg Google to put news back online

Google News closed in Spain today because of a new law that would force it to pay publishers for linking to their site, and so Spanish newspapers (who mainly lobbied for the new law) have lost millions of page views a month. Which is why the AEDE (the association of newspaper editors that lobbied for the law in the first place) is now lobbying the government to, ah, force Google to reopen the service. Google[…]

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Tabernas Helipad opening

Tabernas gets medical helipad

A medical helipad has opened in Tabernas, the eighth in the province. The idea behind these helipads is ambulances attending critical accidents can radio for a medical helicopter to transport the patient to the main hospital in Almeria, then meet the helicopter at the helipad and transfer the patient, saving at least a half hour vehicle trip to Almería. It cost €46.874 if you’re interested, and comes complete “with a wind sock for helicopter pilots[…]

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Earthquake in Mojacar

Dozens of earthquakes shake province

Almería is currently the most geologically active part of the Peninsula, with dozens of mini earthquakes shaking the province over the last few weeks – eight in the last 24 hours alone. Most of the earthquakes are happening under the Alboran sea, off the coast of Almería city. The strongest one so far has been a 4,1 on the Richter scale earthquake which happened yesterday, but nobody felt it. The only one that has been[…]

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Almeria airport routes cut but new London route announced

The Almeria airport blog says that Air Europa has dropped Almería airport for 2015, and that in addition the Palma and Dusseldorf routes have also been cancelled by their respective airlines. More bad news: Ryanair refuses to confirm the East Midland’s route, and Monarch refuses to commit itself to the Birmingham route (despite me getting lots of people to write to them begging for it to keep going). Some good news: Thomas Cook has announced[…]

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'When we finish installing fibre optic cables, we will be able to transmit error messages to your computer thousands of time faster.'

Exclusive: Fibre optic internet to homes arriving soon in the Levante

I tabled a question to Movistar (the old Teléfonica company) about when we as domestic users will be able to sign up to the new fibre optic internet service they’re installing in the Levante. Their answer: They will start connecting domestic users here in the first quarter of 2015. Prices will be (aprox) 29.95€ a month (plus line rental) and speeds will be 100 Mb down and 10Mb up. By way of comparision, the standard[…]

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17 more British homes to be demolished in Cantoria

The News agency Europa Press has revealed that a court in Almeria, Andalusia, Spain has ordered the demolition of 17 houses in Media Legua in the town of Cantoria. In the court judgement, to which Europa Press had access, the judge rejected the State Prosecutors request to compensate third party purchasers in good faith because there was “insufficient evidence of their existence”, despite the fact that the British owners had purchased the homes through a[…]

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Spain’s first cocaine lab raided in Níjar

Almería now has the distinction of being the home to the first cocaine lab ever found in Spain. A massive police raid took place in San Isidrio (Níjar – between the greenhouses) last July, but the operation has only now been confirmed by the Guardia Civil. The operation happened after a tipoff by the US Homeland Security Investigation team found a bunch of Colombians smuggling vast amounts of cocaine into Spain. The Colombian authorities were[…]

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Antas ex-Mayor jailed for a year over illegal homes

The previous Mayor of Antas and three of her councillors have been jailed for a year for allowing 18 homes to be built illegally on a plot of land in the town, along with the builder and his architect. Judge Manuel Rey decided that Ana Joaquina García (PSOE) with the support of three town councillors connived back in 2005 in the granting of building permits for Inversiones García Aute S.L. which applied to build 18[…]

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Bankia bank floatation was a complete fraud admits Bank of Spain

The Bank of Spain has completed a report into the stock market launch of nationalised bank Bankia, and concluded that it was a complete fraud organised by Rodrigo Rato, the President of the bank at the launch, and carried on by his successor Goirigolzarri. Bankia is a nationalised bank that was formed from the corpses of several failed banks that went under during the recession. Spain forcibly merged them into one super bank and then[…]

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Garrucha Mayor charged over “disappearence” of 1.3 million euros from budget

The PP Mayor of Garrucha has been charged in a private prosecution bought by the opposition PSOE party in the town, over a missing 1.3 million euros that vanished from the town coffers. The town budget controller has also been charged in the case. Juan Francisco Fernández had to declare in front of the Judge at Court number 3 in Vera last 11th of November, and the Judge has now decided to open an administrative[…]

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Junta fiasco over civil war exhumations

An exhumation of Civil War remains ordered by the Junta de Andalucia against the wishes of family and the townhall of Almería has descended into a fiasco after only genuine remains were found in the municipal cemetery. The Junta had forced through the exhumations claiming that a civil war common grave was located in the cemetery of San José y Santa Adela, basing its explanations mainly on “oral tradition”. The townhall resisted, saying that there[…]

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Fisherman attacked by shark off Almería

That should read “shark attacked by fisherman” as it bit him when he was trying to drag it onboard his fishing trawler. The man was on board the 17m long Nuevo Mirandilla fishing boat when he dragged aboard a tintoria, a blue shark. Whilst struggling with the 2metre long fish, it bit him hard on the hand, almost severing the limb. The coastguard sent a helicopter out to rescue the man, as his boat was[…]

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Mayor of Fines jailed for urban corruption

The Mayor of Fines and his brother have both been jailed for 21 months for urban corruption and contempt of court. Mayor Rodrigo Sánchez (PP) and his brother Francisco had an old cortijo on a plot of land in the middle of nowhere, and took advantage of Rodrigo’s position to knock it down and rebuild it. They also extended the family home and added a swimming pool. But the environmental police obtained a order stopping[…]

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Almeria hotel in hot water over refusal to allow Down’s kids to stay

The Cabo de Gata Plaza Suites Hotel in El Toyo is in hot water with the courts after a Judge accepted a discrimination case over a refusal by the hotel to allow a group of children suffering from Downs Syndrome to stay at the hotel. Asociación Almeriense para Personas con Síndrome de Down (Asalsido) was trying to find a hotel for a school trip last year and contacted several hotels in the area for prices.[…]

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Maera Prawns – codeword for PSOE corrupt payments in Andalucia

A small local bar in Seville has been uncovered as the meeting place where the heads of the Andalucian government would meet with their “backers” to receive payments in black. The payments were recorded as being for “Langostinos Maera” (Prawns from Maera) in secret accounting books discovered by an investigating judge and leaked to El Mundo newspaper today. Casa Maera is a small and relatively unknown local bar & restaurant in Seville that had one[…]

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Zero investment in electricity infrastructure over next decade planned

A storm is brewing – which I’ve been ignoring so far because it was boring – about the new Planificación Nacional de la Red del Transporte Eléctrico 2015 – 2020 which only contemplates basic maintenance for Almería’s electricity network. That’s the national plan for the National Electricity Grid. The plan gives Almería just 34 million euros to keep it’s part of the national grid running, rather than the 68 million expected and which would correspond[…]

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Albox Mayor kicked out of PSOE over corruption claims

The Mayor of Albox has been suspended from his PSOE party over claims of corruption and undeclared trips charged to the public purse. The order by given by the President of Andalucia personally, Susana Diaz, who seems concerned that allegations about to be revealed will again drag her party into yet another corruption scandal. Mayor Rogelio Mena was also secretary of Ideas and Programs for the Andalusian PSOE party. Officially he has had his party[…]

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  • Original document signing over Kingdom of Granada to the Catholic Kings of Spain (not Almería but the whole Islamic Caliphate)

    Almería surrender documents found and restored by local paper

    The original articles of surrender by the Moorish residents of Almería to the Christian armies in the 15th century have been found (they were lost? Stuck in a box somewhere it seems) by Ideal newspaper and restored by them. They are now on display until after Christmas at the Museo Arqueológico Provincial. The Capitulaciones as they are known, were negotiated between the Islamic ruler of the city of Almería and the Catholic Kings Isabel &[…]

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    Almería’s English cemetery will reopen

    In 1887, the town of Almería ceded in perpetuity, 888 square metres of land to be used as an “English cemetery” for Anglicans who died in the province. Of course, in the glory days of Queen Vic, this sort of thing was all well and good, but what with civil wars, economic downfalls and the final setting of the sun upon the Empire, the place fell into disuse. The local Brits were usually happy with[…]

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    The abandoned warehouse outside Garrucha

    We’ve all seen the old abandoned warehouse, stuck in the middle of a flat field outside Garrucha as we enter from the Los Gallardos road. Many of us will have wondered why? wherefore? and how? as we speed past this old, well built yet abandoned and now falling apart sign to a past dream. This… is the dream that was.

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    Mojacar launches smartphone app

    Mojacar townhall has launched a virtual tour office for your smartphone. With it, you can gets historical information, tourist guides and snippets of information as you wander about the place. You can also scan the fancy new QR codes that have been put up on signs at interesting points, and that will instruct your phone to download an audioguide to explain what you’re looking at. Get it from Google play, the Apple market or scan[…]

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    The Ermita Virgen de la Cabeza on top of the Cabezo Maria volcano.

    The Cabezo Maria hermitage in Antas

    It’s the famous hermitage you can see on top of the hill outside Antas from miles around. The hill is actually the remains of the central lava column of an ancient volcano. The rest of the volcano has eroded away, leaving only the central lava spike, on top of which a shrine was erected. The lava flow from this hill can actually be traced all the way down to the sea – it can appears[…]

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    Who was Adolfo Suárez?

    Spain is in mourning for Adolfo Suárez, the first democratic President of Spain, who died on Sunday. But, who was he, and why have most people never heard of him? His tale is a interesting and intriguing one – for most Spaniards associate him with the hope that followed the death of the military dictator Franco, when anything seemed possible, and before they became disillusioned with their politicians.

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    Things we didn’t know: King of Spain is also King of Jerusalem

    A useful bit of trivia for your next pub quiz: King Juan Carlos also happens to be the King of Jerusalem, although I don’t know if anyone has told the Israelis. His Majesty Juan Carlos the First, By the Grace of God, the King of Spain, King of Castile, of León, of Aragon, of the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Navarre, of Granada, of Seville, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Sardinia, of Córdoba,[…]

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    The abandoned hotel between the AVE and the Rambla in Los Gallardos

    This vast building is just another abandoned relic from Spains past. Another notch on the coffin of its economic dream, another testimony to past folly. I’m told that it was built by a Catalan couple who had inherited the land from ancestors who passed away in Los Gallardos, although nobody seems to know them personally. Possibly he was an architect. Others say he was a builder. What does seem certain is that the promoter of[…]

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    Good employment news is just a political smokescreen

    Lies and mirrors is all we are seeing with the “good news” about the unemployment figures in Spain this Christmas. Lets look at the figures: 107.570 people fewer on the SEPE list during December, which means people who are on the dole or whose dole has ended, but are actively inscribed on the government “looking for work list”. But since nobody bothers to register on the SEPE once their dole has ended (you have to[…]

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    Important changes to IVA invoices as from next year – the cash basis IVA scheme

    In September 2013 a new tax law was introduced in Spain which changes the way businesses can claim back IVA (VAT) on invoices issued and pending. The law is known as Ley 14/2013, de 27 de septiembre, de apoyo a los emprendedores y su internacionalización (Law 14/2013 of 27 September, support for entrepreneurs and internationalization), whose importance I believe may be of interest. In short, the new system allows those businesses that have registered under[…]

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