The pandemic – why it ain´t what you thought it was

(Printed in issue 4 of www.thereader.es) The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that we are on the brink of a swine flu pandemic that will sweep the world. However, in conversations with local residents we realised, to our horror, that most people do not know what a pandemic is! Cases across Europe have “soared”, from possibly 80 to almost certainly 106; confirmed deaths in Mexico have, in a perplexing twist to the case that Continue reading The pandemic – why it ain´t what you thought it was

los40.com rebuilt with public money

While surfing los40.com -website of Los 40 Principales, Spain’s version of MTV- I noticed that they’re proudly telling people that they’ve been rebuilt using money from EU FEDER funds and a grant from the Ministry of Tourism. Any reason why a commercial pop radio & tv channel gets large grants like this to relaunch their website? Was it an attempt to improve Spain’s ranking in Eurovision? Oh, wait – of course! Los40.com belongs to Grupo Continue reading los40.com rebuilt with public money

Vast quantities of sand being taken out of Rio Aguas by Mojacar

It appears that Servicom is taking out vast quantities of gravel and sand out of the Rio Aguas near Mojácar on a somewhat dodgy license issued by Almería. It seems they are preparing for a major contract (AVÉ? Have they announced who’s won that contract locally yet?) and rather than spend money bringing it out of legal quarries have a piece of paper from Almería authorising them to dig up the riverbed. Local residents are Continue reading Vast quantities of sand being taken out of Rio Aguas by Mojacar

Public Prosecutor archives “Algarrobico” criminal case against public officials

The Public Prosecutor (Fiscalia) has decided not to accept a case prosecuting the townhall of Carboneras and the Junta de Andalucía for initially permitting the construction of the illegal hotel “El Algarrobico”, despite criticism from judges in related cases of the way the original construction was allowed to go ahead. Various ecologist groups had placed criminal charges against Carboneras townhall and the Junta de Andalucía alleging incompetence, conflict of interest and outright bribery. They also Continue reading Public Prosecutor archives “Algarrobico” criminal case against public officials