Albox ordered to pay “moral compensation” to illegal home owners

Four British families who saw their dream homes in Albox ruined have been partially compensated today after Penal Court Nº2 of Almería ordered Albox townhall to pay a total of 142.800€ to them. The court said that Albox townhall was the legal co-respondent in the case, along with the builders, as they did nothing to stop the illegal builds, issued local building permits and “granted an air of legality to the scam which otherwise would Continue reading Albox ordered to pay “moral compensation” to illegal home owners

Paul McCartney to play Almería? The Mayor is hoping so!

The Mayor of Almería has admitted his office is working on bringing Paul McCartney to Almería in 2016 to celebrate the 50 years since John Lennon came to film here. “With patience and good planning anything can be achieved” said Mayor Rodrigo during an interview on local radio, confessing that a plan is being drawn up. He refused to say if his office had held any talks with the singer about the possibility. Paul has Continue reading Paul McCartney to play Almería? The Mayor is hoping so!

Municipal Dog Pound closed after environmental police damming report

The municipal dog pound of Velez Rubio has been “urgently” closed by the Mayor after a spot inspection by Seprona, the environmental police, found “appalling and inhumane” conditions at the place. Seprona has filed a criminal complaint against the town for the condition of the pound. Dogs were found to be ill treated, starving, dead and rotting animals in pens, some of which were being eaten by other starving dogs, and an abundance of parasitic Continue reading Municipal Dog Pound closed after environmental police damming report

Foetus discovered onboard Almeria – Barcelona bus

A human foetus was discovered yesterday evening onboard the Almería – Barcelona bus. This 15 hour bus trip has dozens of stops along the way, but the foetus wasn’t discovered until the bus went into Almería bus station at the end of the trip for a clean. It was discovered in the onboard toilet. The foetus has been taken to the city morgue for an autopsy to try to discover in how many weeks of Continue reading Foetus discovered onboard Almeria – Barcelona bus

Huercal Overa hospital sees all its surgeries closed – for good?

It seems that Huercal Overa Hospital is being turned into nothing more than a massive ward, as it hasn’t performed any surgeries for the last three months; and surgeons aren’t expected to return for the rest of this year. The PP have tabled a question in the regional parliament asking if the Andaluz Health Service intends to reopen the surgeries, which have been closed over the summer, in the new year, but no response has Continue reading Huercal Overa hospital sees all its surgeries closed – for good?

Queen of Spain’s family face debtors prison as they go bankruptcy over a 22,600€ debt

The father, aunt and grandmother of Queen Letizia of Spain are looking at jail time after being accused of hiding assets during a bankruptcy proceeding. Jesús Ortiz Álvarez, Henar Ortiz Álvarez & María del Carmen Álvarez del Valle all owned a cooperative called ‘Henarmonía, S.C.’. This company was driven into bankruptcy in 2009 after one Sandra María, owed 22.600,73€, took legal proceedings to recover her money. Anyway, the three declared bankruptcy to avoid paying the Continue reading Queen of Spain’s family face debtors prison as they go bankruptcy over a 22,600€ debt

Film about local English Professor goes to the Oscars

I’ve written before about Professor Juan Carrión, an English language professor from the 60’s who was not only mad on the Beatles, but developed an innovative way of teaching his students English by using the lyrics from Beatles songs. And when Lennon was in Almería filming, he came down from Cartagena to pester him. Read his story here: Beatlemania in Almeria at the John Lennon forever festival. Anyway, a Spanish film director made a film Continue reading Film about local English Professor goes to the Oscars

Here’s why Spanish GDP is rising – they’ve included illegal activities!

How to quickly make the national economy appear to be improving ahead of an election? Why, fiddle the figures of course. In this case, Rajoy’s government has decided that to improve the PIB (the gross domestic product, GDP) of Spain, they’re going to included guesstimates of illegal drug sales and prostitution. They’re also going to include spending on R&D, something that normally isn’t included. In all, the illegal activities bit bump up the Spanish PIB Continue reading Here’s why Spanish GDP is rising – they’ve included illegal activities!

Mojácar gets a new town plan PGOU

A new town plan for Mojácar has been rushed through the last council meeting, which meant opposition councillors only had a week to study it before having to vote aye or nay. The current townplan dates from 1987 (27 years old!) so a few extra weeks wouldn’t have mattered. You can download the whole plan from here. (In the process, as Manuel Zamora pointed out, they didn’t have time to work out which councillor was Continue reading Mojácar gets a new town plan PGOU