I knew those things were bloody lethal – a 14 year-old girl has been seriously hurt at a fairground in El Ejido on Saturday night. The teenager, who suffers from the achondroplasia form of dwarfism, was a passenger on a ride called la rana (the frog) when she was thrown from her chair and impacted against the ground. The girl was rushed to the Poniente hospital where her condition was described as stable. Police say Continue reading Girl hurt in fairground attraction in El Ejido→
One of the largest surviving “artineras” ecosystems left in the province has been destroyed by farmers. The 2,64 square kilometre artinera outside El Ejido is a protected space under Spanish legislation, but Ecologistas en Acción say that invasion by builders and farmers has illegally destroyed it. Artineras are grouping of several types of indigenous grasses that form small inter-dependent ecosystems around a shrub known in Spanish as the Arto. Animal and insect life within the Continue reading Another unique eco-system in province killed off→
The National Police mounted a major search operation last month in El Ejido after the wife of a local businessman received a ransom demand of €50,000 for her husband, only to discover that the message were being sent by the supposed hostage to cover his illicit weekend away from his wife. The woman received the messages from her husband’s phone, demanding immediate payment of the money, and threatening to cut off her husband’s fingers one Continue reading Man faked his own kidnap to avoid a telling off from the wife→
It’s estimated that up to 4,000 people are living in conditions of absolute poverty across Almería province. Mainly illegal immigrants, they form an unknown number of shanty towns or chabolas (shacks) concentrated mainly in the Níjar – Campohermoso or El Ejido areas. Almería Acoge, together with Médicos del Mundo, are two charities that are heavily involved in helping residents of these shanty towns gain access to the very basic services that we take for granted, Continue reading 4,000 illegal immigrants living in squalor across province→
Someone has been skimming off the cream from the bank account of the Poniente firefighter fund, and has pinched over €200,000 over the last five years, according to an investigation made public today. No names have been named, although it seems obvious it was someone with access to the online banking. The investigation came to light after a new administrator spotted some “irregularities” and asked for an independent judicial audit to be carried out. The Continue reading 200 grand nicked from Poniente firefighter accounts→
Farmers! Fancy something better than just a powder? Ask for Isperss! roar the billboards (sporting a winking beauty) selling insecticide to farmers around Almeria and El Ejido. The controversy is only apparent when you realise that polvo doesn’t just mean a powder, but is also slang for a quick one round the back of the bike sheds.
The caso poniente, in which the Mayor of El Ejido and his buddies stand accused of stealing up to 250 million euros from townhall coffers, looks likely to start again soon and possibly be concluded by the summer after Hacienda pulled its finger out and started doing some work for a change.
4 years each and €200,000 fine. They were first arrested in 2009, but were allowed to keep working on the frontline until the supreme court decided on their fate. Hey, innocent until proven guilty, even if you are caught with your hand in the proverbial till. The boys were caught in a bar with 13 kilos of hashish in 2009, with a street value of €65,000. It’s not known where they got the drugs from Continue reading 2 Coppers in El Ejido sent down for drug dealing→
Michelin 2014 is out and Almería has added a second Michelin restaurant to the provinces gastronomical lineup. Alejandro (Roquetas de Mar, Almería) gets its first Michelin, and La Costa in El Ejido keeps the one it had last year. Well done both. Now, how about one this side of the mountains?
One of the founders of Valdeserra private school in Vera, Ambrosio Cuevas, is in trouble after Vera council yesterday voted an emergency meeting to declare null two mortgage inscriptions he took out on the school with the “implicit” approval of the townhall. In short: Ambrosio Cuevas, a big mate of the crooked ex-mayor of El Ejido Juan Enciso, who is out on a bail of 100,000€ from jail whilst the prosecutors work out how much Continue reading Valdeserra school in Vera caught up in mortgage scandal with Vera townhall→