Almeria airport to get illegal taxi watching station

I at first assumed the news was talking about how sad local planespotters are at the decline of traffic to LEI, better known as Almeria International Airport, and were switching to spotting illegal taxis. However, upon re-reading the news, I spot that the watchers are actually police officers, who will be setting up in a specially built observation post to identify and catch illegal taxi drivers picking up and dropping off passengers at the airport. Continue reading Almeria airport to get illegal taxi watching station

Guided visit around Puntas Entinas

This Sunday is World Wetlands day, and in celebration, local experts together with Ecologistas en Accion will be giving a free guided visit around Los Charcones del Punta Negras in Puntas Entinas, which are the big wetlands off El Ejido. It starts this Sunday at 10am at the Biblioteca Villaespesa, C/ Hermanos Machado, and you are cordially invited to bring your own vehicle, and if possible, pack it full of other interested people.

Reform of voting law (just before the elections) brings major changes

The new Ley Electoral governing the right to vote in municipal elections, and the procedures within, is now law, with just a few months before the May 2011 elections. Important changes? The biggest one is that emigrants no longer have the right to vote in municipal elections – meaning, we hope, an end to the practise of ballot stuffing by certain political parties who have got their grubby little hands on the voting roll. In Continue reading Reform of voting law (just before the elections) brings major changes

Company that bought El Ejido recycling denounces old owners for massive theft

Morgan Aqua, a large recycling company that a year ago purchased from Hermanos Lirola the El Ejido recycling plant (yes, the one that’s been on fire for months), has denounced Hermanos Lirola for “massive frauds and tax theft totalling over 13 million euros”. Morgan Aqua purchased four companies from a company owned by the three Lirola brothers (Ejido Medio Ambiente, Contendedores Lirola, Contenedores Ejido and Hermanos Lirola, all SL’s working together and owned by the Continue reading Company that bought El Ejido recycling denounces old owners for massive theft

Hey, Rubalcaba’s in town!

Rubalcaba, first Vice-Minister of Spain, a man who looks like a gnome with cancer, and tipped to be the next candidate of the PSOE for the 2012 general election if Zippy’s fingers can be prised out off the red button, has been in town visiting Vicar and Pulpi (both PSOE marginals). He was received, according to La Voz, by multitudes, “some more effusive than others”. Here’s todays political cartoon from La Voz. Funny stuff. Whatever Continue reading Hey, Rubalcaba’s in town!

The usual pre-election purge hits Mojácar

Rosmari, the leader of Mojácar, has had a blowout with her political allies in Mojacar and fired Carlos Cervantes (bearded fellow, leftwing leader of the IU and similar, used to be mayor until he was cut down) and Angel Medina (leader of Cuidadanos Europeos, never been mayor but would like to), both (now ex-) senior councillors and coalition allies in her townhall. It’s all amazingly complicated and I can’t pretend to be bothered to memorise Continue reading The usual pre-election purge hits Mojácar

Velez Rubio to get golf course and 1,000 homes

A 1,4 million squre meter project to build two 18 hole golf courses and a thousand homes in Velez Rubio has been put out on public view by the Junta’s planning committee. The stated target audience is “wealthy OAP’s from other European countries”, according to La Voz, although “possibly some people from other points of Spanish territory may be interested”. Urbanizadora Valle del Mahimón SL, the promotors, say that the golf courses will be of Continue reading Velez Rubio to get golf course and 1,000 homes

The Movement for Hanging Adulterers

From a report in today’s Times about “Pop star given 3½ years after millions view net porn”: Teenage pop fans and Islamic conservatives confronted one another outside a courtroom yesterday as Indonesia’s most popular young singer was jailed after his home-made sex tapes were posted on the internet. Nazril Irham, 29, known to his fans as Ariel, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and fined 250 million rupiah (£17,400), after the Continue reading The Movement for Hanging Adulterers