Mojacar cracks down on noise and nuisance – again

Mojacar council has put forwards a new suggested bylaw that extends and amplifies its previous and controversial bylaw on noise and public nuisance. A plenary meeting is scheduled for this Thursday 26 November at 10am to approve it or not. The meeting is open to the public so anyone who wishes to attend would be very welcome. Some interesting things I spotted from a first reading: Anyone using a public space for a meeting, demonstration, Continue reading Mojacar cracks down on noise and nuisance – again

Carboneras Mayor in trouble for being a sexist pig

The Mayor of Carboneras is in trouble after being rather sexist during the last plenary meeting, and the opposition are demanding he quits. The trouble started during a heated argument over something or other during the meeting. One of the PSOE (female) councillors butted in, causing Mayor Salvador (GICAR) to roar back at her “[all] be quiet and respectful when a man is talking”. The Mayor has rebutted saying that he spoke in the plural Continue reading Carboneras Mayor in trouble for being a sexist pig

Huercal Overa’s ‘Tree of life’ covers the globe

The town of Huercal Overa has adopted an ancient ‘tree of life’ as its new symbol and sponsored a photographic competition which has gone worldwide. The symbol was discovered during restoration works in the ancient castle there and is thought to be a unique example of a natural symbol in a Spanish Christian castle. Residents of the town who were travelling abroad were offered free t-shirts with the logo and asked to take photos of Continue reading Huercal Overa’s ‘Tree of life’ covers the globe

Our hospitals amongst the worst

None of the hospitals in the province have made it into the top 100 according to a new authoritative national ranking. The Monitor de Reputación Sanitaria, drawn up by KPMG, ranked every hospital in the country. The first criteria was a survey amongst thousands of hospital staff, patients, journalists and pharmacists. The second criteria was an analysis of almost 900 objective questions on quality and patient care. The third criteria was an evaluation of reputation. Continue reading Our hospitals amongst the worst

Abortions fall to their lowest level in ten years

By October of this year 907 abortions had been carried out across the province, with the health service doubting this figure will reach 1,500 by year’s end. This represents a significant drop from its peak in 2009, when 2.300 abortions were carried out. Across Spain, over 90.000 abortions are expected to be carried out this year, of which 18.000 will be in Andalusia. According to the gynaecologist Dr. Francisca Garcia, the reason behind the fall Continue reading Abortions fall to their lowest level in ten years

Lightbulbs at 44 euros each

Garrucha council has said it is “shocked” by the discovery that the previous administration had purchased material at “ridiculous” prices. A warehouse full of “extremely expensive supplies” has been found. According to the invoices, lightbulbs were supplied at a cost of 44 euros each, when their recommended retail price was just three euros. Other items in the warehouse were urinal cakes costing 15 euros each (retail price 3 euros) or 30.000 handtowels costing 15.000 euros. Continue reading Lightbulbs at 44 euros each

Some news

CUSTOMER RELATIONS Civil servants at Roquetas del Mar municipal offices are being trained in “customer relationship” classes. Some 400 town workers are being offered the classes which will help them deal with difficult members of the public. The council recently installed panic button at key points after a social services worker was attacked by a member of the public. The council said it is all part of a plan to make offices safer places to Continue reading Some news

Huercal Overa’s ‘Tree of life’ covers the globe

The town of Huercal Overa has adopted an ancient ‘tree of life’ as its new symbol and sponsored a photographic competition which has gone worldwide. The symbol was discovered during restoration works in the ancient castle there and is thought to be a unique example of a natural symbol in a Spanish Christian castle. Residents of the town who were travelling abroad were offered free t-shirts with the logo and asked to take photos of Continue reading Huercal Overa’s ‘Tree of life’ covers the globe

Turre bridge repaired

Emergency repairs being carried out on the ‘Puente Vaquero’ bridge in Turre to reinforce washed out foundations have been finished. Extensive work has been underway for the last three weeks and last Thursday senior politicians came to Turre to oversee the end of the repairs. The bridge’s foundations have been reinforced with one ton boulders and rubble. Turre’s famous bridge was in “severe danger” of collapse after its foundations were undermined. Water gushing over the Continue reading Turre bridge repaired

Our hospitals amongst the worst

None of the hospitals in the province have made it into the top 100 according to a new authoritative national ranking. The Monitor de Reputación Sanitaria, drawn up by KPMG, ranked every hospital in the country. The first criteria was a survey amongst thousands of hospital staff, patients, journalists and pharmacists. The second criteria was an analysis of almost 900 objective questions on quality and patient care. The third criteria was an evaluation of reputation. Continue reading Our hospitals amongst the worst