Not mushroom at the jail as fungi’s pinch the lot

The environmental police Seprona have carried out a wave of arrests against poachers of mushrooms across the province. The fungi season is in full swing and the woods of the mountains in the north of the province are popular with seekers of these delicacies. It is legal to collect fungi for personal use as long as no more than five kilos per person is picked, and an open woven basket used to collect them. But Continue reading Not mushroom at the jail as fungi’s pinch the lot

Civil Protection equipment lost – Garrucha says resources were ‘squandered’

Garrucha council claims the previous administration “squandered” resources of the town’s civil protection units by allowed equipment to be “abandoned and ransacked”. An internal audit has laid bare the true cost of not properly maintaining emergency equipment. The council says the worst example is that of two zodiac boats used by lifeguards. The sea patrols have not been in use since 2011 due to budget cutbacks, and the boats have been found in a terrible Continue reading Civil Protection equipment lost – Garrucha says resources were ‘squandered’

Pulpí ponce sentence was laughable

Save the Children España has demanded that Spain ask for the extradition of a paediatrician who fled Pulpi medical centre last year after parents realised he was a paedophile. After being exposed, the doctor escaped arrest and returned to his native Columbia, where he was arrested on an outstanding charge. He has now been sentenced to 38 months house arrest for his crimes. Victim’s families have said the sentence is “laughable”. The Spanish public prosecutor Continue reading Pulpí ponce sentence was laughable

Paedophile teacher gets two years

A teacher who sexually abused an eight year old girl in his care has been jailed for two years after the Supreme Court of Andalucía refused his appeal. The case dates back to the 2003-2004 school year, when the teacher used his position to befriend the girl and her parents. He is understood to have offered to give her free classes at his home to help her with her course-work, and over the course of Continue reading Paedophile teacher gets two years

Sculpture exhibition at Nijar’s cactus gardens

The lovely Nijar Brugger cactus gardens are holding an exhibition of works by locally based German sculptor Anne Kampschulte. If you hurry and get there for 4pm today you’ll hear live jazz music as well. Ms. Kampschulte has lived in Almería since 1992 and works with marble and other local stone. The fantastic Cactus Níjar gardens are garden centre and outdoor cactus garden developed over the last 12 years by Toni Brugger, where hundreds of Continue reading Sculpture exhibition at Nijar’s cactus gardens

Fish in a greenhouse

A company based in Los Guiraos (Cuevas) has become the first in Andalucia to commercially produce fish in greenhouses. Freshwater Red Tilapia are being bred in the reservoirs and water systems that supply the 150 farmers who makeup the cooperative behind the scheme. The scheme is expected to produce 100 tons of fish annually, and a local chain of supermarkets is preparing to sell them. The fish require warm, clean and fresh water which is Continue reading Fish in a greenhouse

Balerma desalination plant

The new desalination plant in Balerma has started producing clean drinking water. It is capable of producing 30 billion litres of water a year, sufficient for 300.000 people within its catchment area, as well as 8000 hectares of farmland. Vicar, El Ejido and Roquetas del Mar will all start to receive the new water this week. However, it can only run at 30% of its full capacity as a new electricty substation has yet to Continue reading Balerma desalination plant

Early start to olive harvesting

A hotter than normal summer has caused the olives trees across the province to ripen early, forcing local farmers and families to start the harvest sooner than expected. However, the drought means that the average yield per tree is expected to drop this year. Around 1.500 people are employed during the olive harvest, mainly by larger companies that produce olive oil for the domestic and international harvest. But just as important are the small family Continue reading Early start to olive harvesting

Canjayar gay hotel “will open” promises owners

The projected gay hotel in Canjayar will open, says project director Francisco Alonso. The company behind the projected was forced to return a 300,000 euro grant from tourism authorities as it could not meet the project deadline, but expects another grant to be awarded next year. Snr Alonso said that he expects the 2016 grant “to be for a similar amount” and that the rest of the financing is now in place. The projected hotel Continue reading Canjayar gay hotel “will open” promises owners

Heavy rain brings chaos to Almería

Heavy rain on Tuesday morning bought chaos to Almeria city and the outlying area. Emergency services dealt with 73 call outs across the west of the province in a single morning due to localised flooding. A level 1 flood alert was declared in the early hours of the morning, which was lifted later that afternoon. [AdSense_B] Several people had to be rescued from their vehicles after getting stuck whilst crossing floodwaters, including a man and Continue reading Heavy rain brings chaos to Almería