Almeria hospitals to start issuing “ghost invoices”

La Inmaculada (Huercal Overa) and Torrecardenas (Almería city) hospitals will both shortly start issuing outpatients with “ghost invoices” facturas fantasmas in an effort to educate people about the true cost of their visit to the doctors. The idea is that all patients will be issued with an invoice (which they don’t have to pay, it is for information only) detailing the cost of their visit, plus the medicines consumed, and explaining that yes, that “free” Continue reading Almeria hospitals to start issuing “ghost invoices”

Meanwhile, in El Ejido…

Ignoring the excitement in the townhall and local courts, some archaeologists claim that they have found the remains of an “exciting” Roman city in Ciavieja, an area which is protected due to the Roman remains that have been found there in the past. It’s a plot of land directly behind the skyscraper in El Ejido. Using high-tech scanning equipment, a team from UAL and a Madrid university claim that they have found the remains of Continue reading Meanwhile, in El Ejido…

Elsur spent 93 million euros with “the families” in the last 5 years alone

Title says it all, really. The prosecution in the El Ejido corruption case alledges that in the last five years alone, ElSur, the municipal services company, spent some 93 million euros on contracts to companies run by the four “families” at the heart of the scam. Seeing as to how the prosecution also claims that it has some thirty townhall workers who will testify that they once spent three month doing nothing but blatently forging Continue reading Elsur spent 93 million euros with “the families” in the last 5 years alone

Large outdoor shopping centre in Arboleas to open soon

Pedro Maria Soto, the owner of “Almería Estates” (lovely chap and I’m sure his involvement in the Operación Costurero will eventually be resolved) has confirmed that his large new outdoor shopping centre will be open within three month (mid April). “Recinto Ferial Los Llanos”, which cost 200,000€ to develop, is, according to Pedro, an outdoor “rastrillo” (basically, an outdoor market) with some 200 stands across 6,000 square meters of land, that will be leased to Continue reading Large outdoor shopping centre in Arboleas to open soon

Innocent until proven guilty, but this is insane

After Judge Montserrat Peña lifted the secreto de sumario on almost all of the El Ejido townhall corruption case on Monday (Caso Poniente – the one where the mayor, Juan Enciso, and his mates are accused of stealing 150 million euros? That’s right, the man still in charge? Remember?) local newspapers have been full of the charges and suppositions. It’s mind blowing stuff. The Prosecutor charges that six local families, plus a chap called Abengoa, Continue reading Innocent until proven guilty, but this is insane

Business Software Alliance takes a leaf out of SGAE’s book

The BSA (Business Software Alliance) has sent me a letter. I assume it’s a form letter, and not directed to me alone. The BSA is a world-wide organisation representing major software companies in the Fight Against Piracy. Maybe you got one, too? In case you didn’t, it’s a rather heavy handed and stern letter, warning the businesses of Spain, in a paternal fashion akin to a Victorian father reminding his son of the Rules of Continue reading Business Software Alliance takes a leaf out of SGAE’s book

Maharaja Indian restaurant, Mojacar Playa

This is a guest post by Britt Arenander, my spy on the coast: At last, a decent Indian restaurant has opened on the playa. Maharaja, opposite the Red Cross, replaces the hamburger bar Poco loco. When I first spotted it I went inside and asked if I could have a look at the menu – which turned out to be cleverly presented: groups of dishes are headlined, with brief descriptions of what kind of sauces Continue reading Maharaja Indian restaurant, Mojacar Playa

Air Berlin warns it may drop Almería as a destination

Air Berlin has said that it is revising schedule levels to its four Andalucia destinations (Málaga, Seville, Jerez and Almería) and even said that it may drop Almería all together due to insufficient passenger numbers. Pablo Caspers, head of Air Berlin for Spain & Portugal, said that Almería just wasn’t being promoted enough in Germany, and that there is barely sufficient demand to cover the route. He added that, despite overall bookings for 2011 being Continue reading Air Berlin warns it may drop Almería as a destination