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11 armed youths arrested for spate of break-ins across Levante

The Guardia Civil have swooped on 11 young men and arrested them for a spate of break ins and robberies across the Garrucha, Vera and Turre regions. The gangs would break into homes, warehouses and cortijos to strip them bare, even down to the copper wiring in the walls. At least 21 crimes have attributed to the gang, who after coming across a stash of air guns and hunting shotguns in one of their early[…]

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Garrucha prawns to be known as Balearic Islands Prawns under new EU rules

The EU has decreed that the waters off Garrucha belong to the Balearic Island fisheries… which means that anything caught in the waters off Almería will have to be marked as coming from the Balearic Islands. The move has infuriated the boats catching Garrucha Prawns, who have spent a vast amount marketing the large tasty red prawns that live near the Mojácar playa sewage outlet, as it means they can’t market their catches are almerienses[…]

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Mojácar cocks up new promenade and ends up footing most of the bill

Mojácar appears to have made a monumental cockup with the new section of their paseo marítimo (promenade) and ended up paying 80% of the bill, instead of 50% with the other 50% being covered by the government. You see, the agreement signed with the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment) gave an estimated cost of €1.661.770 for the works, with the townhall and the Ministry both paying 50% of the bill. Mojácar later[…]

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Turre – a history has been published

My latest book on the history of the province: Turre – a history is now available in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon! Or if you want, you can get it from Amazon.es, the Spanish site. Turre – a history recounts the last 500 years of history of the Levante of Almeria through the story of the small town called Turre. Starting with the conquest of the province by the Spanish Catholic Kings from the[…]

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Local dolphins learn to attack fishing nets – causing “massive loss” to fishing boats

All five fishing fleets in the province has joined forces to denounce a new and dangerous enemy – the dolphin. It seems our local dolphins have discovered how to gang up in groups of up to 10 and attack fishing nets once they are full of fish. The dolphins bite through the nets with their powerful jaws and eat the fish inside. This means that not only do the fishing boats lose the catch, they[…]

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6 months jail for shooting neighbours’ dog

A man in Berja (the other side of Almería) has been sent down for six months (probably suspended) and fined €1023.55 for shooting a dog belonging to his neighbour. Poochie, a podenco, was shot in the head with a shotgun and lost an eye on the 19th of April 2013, as well as having a lot of other superficial injuries. R.V.E.R. was “irritated” by the barking of the dog, went over to the fence separating[…]

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Spanish senate considers changing penal code to protect purchasers in good faith

‘A golden opportunity’ according to campaigners The hopes of home owners associations from across Spain have been raised by a proposed change to the Criminal Code (Codigo Penal) presented by the PSOE political party in the Senate (the upper house of the Spanish parliament) on the 18th February. The amendment seeks to ensure that third parties who purchase an illegal property in good faith receive compensation before the property is demolished.  Homeowners group AUAN from[…]

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7 kph grace on speed traps under 100kph; 7% margin above

As from next month, all speed traps will be set to have a tolerance of 7kph if the speed is under 100kph; if over, it will be 7%. Example: If you’re in an 80kph zone, the speed trap will fire at 88kph and you get fined. Likewise, in a 50kph zone, it will fire at 58kph. If you’re on the motorway in a 100kph zone, you can do 107kph (100 + 7%). In a 120[…]

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Macenas golf course to be auctioned by state for just €153,000

Ever fancied owning an entire luxury golf course? Well, Macenas golf has been seized by the state and will be auctioned off next 19th of March, with a starting price of just €153.000. However, the purchaser will also have to face an unpaid debt with the social security office of €2,3 million, and will have to stump up the cash at some point. There are also a load of unpaid bills to Galasa, the water[…]

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No more hidden speed traps on secondary roads

The traffic police (DGT) have promised to stop all hidden speed traps on all secondary roads across the nation by the end of the month. DGT mobile speed traps will now be banned from hiding behind a tree or a flyover to catch the unwary drivers below. Instead, mobile signposts will be erected along the road warning of traps and the exact location of each days speed checks will be published online at www.dgt.es The[…]

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Almeria dog pound see waves of dog thefts

The municipal dog pound in Almería city has called for help from the townhall after a wave of thefts saw almost two dozen dogs vanish over the last couple of weeks. Occasional thefts of animals from the pound are nothing unusual say the management, but such a massive theft has prompted calls for the townhall to up security measures at the pound. The pound says that it’s not unusual for people to steal dangerous dogs[…]

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Doctors beg TVE to stop presenter uttering “ridiculous” medical advice

The Madrid guild of Doctors has issued an official plea to Spain’s state broadcast to stop one of their top morning presenters from uttering ridiculous, banal and irrelevant medical advice on her programme. Mariló Montero presents the breakfast show “las manañas de TVE1″, a national programme that is watched by millions. But recently she’s been interested in alternative therapies that are getting doctors annoyed. A recent example that the guild of doctors issued an official[…]

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Almería to host massive NATO war games this autumn

35.000 military personnel from 25 NATO countries and 7 allies will be marching up and down the coast of Almería this autumn as part of Trident Juncture 2015, the largest NATO war games since the Cold War. The war games will be taking place up and down the deserted coasts of Almería, in the Alboran sea (off the city of Almería) and in the straits of Gibraltar. Portugal and Italy will also see operations taking[…]

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30,000 ha of Almería covered by greenhouses

A satellite survey of the province reveals that 29,596 ha of land is now covered by greenhouses. By way of comparison, that’s about 115 square miles, the same size as the Maldives or slightly smaller than the island of Malta – or 3,4% of the province. Since the last study in 2010, it’s grown 10%. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of greenhouses remains static, fluctuating between 26,000 and 27,000 ha, but the drop in[…]

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The case of the missing Carboneras art works

In 2009, The artistic mayor of Carboneras Cristóbal Fernández order the purchase of a complete set limited edition reproductions of the works of famous Spanish painter Goya. These 80 artworks, issued by group Planeta, never arrived at the townhall, and the current administration is asking where they are. (Suspiciously closer to the elections than the discovery of the theft, but never mind). Councillor of culture Josefa Cruz Orta authorised the purchase of the anti-war prints,[…]

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50 families to be evicted in Roquetas because their rental contracts are fake

50 families renting flats are facing eviction in Roquetas del Mar because their homes had been rented out under false pretences. The builder of “Mirador del Sur”, a large complex in Las Colinas de Aguadulce had the homes embargoed some years ago by his bank after he failed to meet interest payments on the loans. Despite this, and whilst the legal battle was ongoing, he proceeded to rent out as many as he could, although[…]

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Local businessman arrested as 500 kilos of cocaine found in Cartagena port

Police have arrested noted “businessman” Antonio GG, aka “El Garí”, after seizing 500 kilos of cocaine found in a container in Cartagena port, along with 8 other people across the province of Almería. Antonio, a “businessman” who lives in Olula del Rio, has a number of businesses across the province but is also reputed to be involved in much shadier operations. In 2009 he was cleared of ordering the murder of the head of the[…]

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Almería is safest destination in Andalusia, say tourists

The results of the 2014 tourism satisfaction survey (Encuesta de Coyuntura Turística de Andalucía) are out, and Almería is said by tourists to be the safest destination in Andalusia – it gets a whopping 8.8 out of 10 on the safety index. Tourists also like the access to medical services, rating the province a great 9.1 out of 10. (No, I don’t know exactly how these numbers are calculated). Satisfaction with hospitality is high at[…]

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107 passengers stranded because Almeria Airport “closed for the night”

Friday evenings Vueling flight from Barcelona to Almería arrived 20 minutes late due to bad weather. Passengers disembarked as normal, and the people waiting for the return flight (107 of them) duly filed out through security onto the tarmac, into the rain, to board the flight. Trouble was that the earliest the plane could be prepared to take off would have been 23.15, and the airport closes at 22:45. Meaning everyone had to traipse back[…]

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Paedophile snatches six year old boy off street in Roquetas

A massive police operation in Roquetas del Mar ended with the arrest of a 36 year old man who snatched a six year old boy off the street Thursday night. Dozens of police officers from the Guardia Civil, Judicial Police and Local Police scoured the town along with friends and family members of the small child until he was found. The child was playing in his street in front of his house with some friends[…]

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New speed traps go after speeding lorries and people with specific speed limits

Quite a few vehicles on Spanish roads have specific speed limits. Lorries, buses, special cargo transporters or drivers with restricted speeds all have to go slower than the indicated maximum speed at certain points on the road – lorries aren’t allowed to go over 100kph on motorways, for example. The current speed traps in use can’t distinguish between different types of vehicles, and so these restricted vehicles can drive at the maximum posted without worrying[…]

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Turre expects over 1000 cyclists in the 2015 firemans bike race

Well over a thousand mainly amateur cyclists are expected to turnup this 15th of February in Turre for the 2015 Ruta MTB Bomberos cycle race up and down the mountains over rural roads and riverbeds. It’s a fun course which started off some years ago as a fun competition between local cycling groups and quickly swelled into the cycle event of the year for the province. For information on joining see Turre townhall or Asdeportiva[…]

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Dreambeach Villaricos 2015 lineup announced

And I haven’t heard of any of them. Summarising the press release: Dutch DJ’s Thom Jongkind & Idir Makhlaf are the headline acts at this years Dreambeach Villaricos 2015 musical festival (7/8th August). BLASTERJAXX are known for “their high voltage equipment and rapid dance rhythms” which should be fun for the village of Villaricos. Other signed acts: Luciano, Pet Duo, Dixon, Nina Kraviz, Gonçalo , Spor, Kill The Noise, Neonlight, Recondite Live, Maceo Plex &[…]

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Andalusian President is pregnant

Susana Díaz, President of Andalusia, has confirmed rumours that she is three months pregnant. The 40 year old is expecting her first child, with her librarian husband José María Moriche. Susana, who has always made a big deal of being an integral part of her large family, added that she expects to take maternity leave as “is normal” but added that this will not “be a problem” and explains that she will take the minimum[…]

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Early Andalucian election alarm bells ring

Rumours are spreading that the elections to the Junta de Andalucia may be bought forwards to coincide with the May municipal elections after President Susana Diaz ordered all provincial PSOE heads to a secret lunch next Tuesday. El PSOE piensa en adelantar las elecciones en Andalucía tras los últimos encontronazos con IU y la irrupción de Podemos — Javier Rivero (@JaviRivero) January 18, 2015 If she wants to convoke elections for May, then she must[…]

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PSOE leader gets lost in the USA; much mockery follows

Pedro Sánchez, the Spanish equivalent to Ed Miliband (goofy, quite irritating and not quite in control of his party) went to the States last weekend in an effort to build up his statesman image. Sadly, despite a love in with Madeleine Albright (he showed her his proposals for a “Spanish political recuperation and regeneration” – she asked who the hell he was and why he was following her around), a meeting with Christine Lagarde of[…]

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Sexual exploitation and fights of animals to become illegal

Goats across Spain are celebrating after the government decided to make zoophilia (sexual exploitation of animals) and animal fights illegal. The Penal Code will be amended to allow jail sentences of between three months and one year for fiddling with animals, and six months to two years for “cock or dog fights in shows without a license”. Interestingly enough, the zoophilia article is redacted as maltrate injustificadamente cualquier animal que no viva en estado salvaje,[…]

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    Turre – a history has been published

    My latest book on the history of the province: Turre – a history is now available in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon! Or if you want, you can get it from Amazon.es, the Spanish site. Turre – a history recounts the last 500 years of history of the Levante of Almeria through the story of the small town called Turre. Starting with the conquest of the province by the Spanish Catholic Kings from the[…]

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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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    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 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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