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BRAVO FOR THE SOLIDARITY SPOT ‘LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS’

This is a video that has gone around the world. It is promoted by Krizovatka, a Czech organization that seeks to change the world through awareness campaigns of solidarity values.

The video does not need words, because it aspires to be universal, and the words differ from one country to another. So it uses two languages which are universals: the image and the music, says Professor Alfonso Méndiz.

The image is certainly the most attractive. What we see is not a story: it is a chain of stories linked by a great theme: Love. The final slogan reminds us, “láskou a sluzbou cesty spojujeme” (With love and service, we join paths). Indeed, love is contagious: it is a medicine that cures everything, everything heals, quickens everything; and at the same time, is a virus that is spread between humans: we would pass on to each other every day.

It all starts with the goodness of a child. A small, introverted and colored boy who realizes he can help another just lending a hand. His action is seen by another person, who are encouraged to give to another what he has experienced. And so begins a chain of services that seems endless.

The other language without borders is music. The lyrics of the song created by ‘Noah and the Whale’ highlighted with extraordinary force these inspiring images: “If you give a little love, you receive love for you.” It is an invitation to solidarity: “Give a little love, and see what happens”.

Sometimes it is enough a small gesture, such as reaching out. Just a small action that initiates an unexpected chain. And then the miracle is operated. Love makes possible the miracle of life becoming wonderful.

Selfish love is our worst enemy. Napoleon said: “The most dangerous of our counselors is self-love”.

clementeferrer3@gmail.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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TOP SPANISH HORSEMAN CORTES HOSPITALIZED HOURS AFTER STARRING IN SHOW

Andrew Atkinson pictured with Juan Cortes and Emma Tytherleigh hours before the Spanish legend was hospitalised.  Photo: Helen Atkinson

ONE of Spain’s leading horse breeders and showmen Juan Cortes is back at work in Dolores after spending the night in hospital – hours after performing in Torremendo.

“When we got home after the Horse and Flamenco Show in Torremendo he rushed off to the doctor – and they sent him to A&E,” said Emma Tytherleigh. British born Emma, who directs and performs alongside Cortes in the Horse and Flamenco Show spectacular, said: “Juan’s fine now.” Diabetic Cortes is one of Spain’s leading horsemen, and an International Dressage rider and breeder, based in Dolores.

Cortes was taking pain killers to ease pain ahead of the show: “Juan had a lot of fluid on his elbow and it got worse as the night went on, that lead to going to hospital,” said Emma. Gypsy Cortes, a former rider of the Royal Andalusian School of Jerez, was kept in hospital under observation overnight.

Cortes who is a leading world figure in Classical Dressage, bred Spanish Dressage Gold Medalists Juan Matute and Carlos Torrel. Born and raised in Cordoba, Cortes, who owns a Stud Farm in Dolores, Alicante, specialises in breeding rare coloured Spanish horses.

Cortes is at the forefront of breeding the World’s best most wanted Black pure bred Spanish horse bloodlines. Cortes, with four decades of professional Equestrian experience, who has competed at top level Dressage, Vaquera and Morfológico classes, specialisies in black, chestnut and Dun colours.

Cortes bred leading Black stallions, including Justiciero XI, Boquete, and Ingrato IX, and has supplied horses to top Equestrian centres in Camica Do Pont, America, and Philip Arias in France. Equestrian rider Emma, based in Dolores, who works alongside Cortes in horse shows, said: “True to form Juan was back to working horses Monday morning.”

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RAJOY WELCOMES RESULT OF SCOTTISH REFERENDUM

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Spain Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced the following assessment on the referendum held last Thursday in Scotland:

“I would like to congratulate the Scottish people on deciding – clearly and unequivocally – to remain part of the United Kingdom and, by extension, the European Union.

They have done so by a wide margin, peacefully and with meticulous respect for the law in their country.

We celebrate Scotland remaining part of the United Kingdom. We celebrate its ongoing contribution to the greatness, cohesion and development of the United Kingdom.

As citizens of Europe, we are also glad that the citizens of Scotland are staying with us; collaborating and participating as important partners in the great political project that is the European Union.

With their decision, the people of Scotland have avoided the serious economic, social, institutional and political consequences that would have stemmed from leaving the United Kingdom and Europe.

On Thursday, they chose between segregation and integration, between isolation and opening up, between stability and uncertainty, between security and certain risk. And they have chosen the most favourable option for all: for them, for the rest of the British people and for Europe as a whole.

I strongly believe in the integration of the European Union, I believe that this is the path which has led us to overcome the tragedies of our past and enables us to successfully tackle the challenges of the future. In order to succeed in that endeavour, we need everyone; and that is why we are very happy that Scotland has decided to stay with us”.

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BURIED TREASURE

Metal detectorist Alan Thomas at Lo Pagan, San Pedro del Pinatar.  Photo: A. Atkinson

WHEN it comes to being a ‘Diamond Geezer’ Villamartin based Metal detectorist Alan Thomas is just that – in his quest to find lost treasures!

“The biggest find to date was an 18ct gold ring encrusted with a six diamonds set – it was valued at £3,000,” Alan told me. It’s not often I do interviews in water – but I caught up with Alan – while trawling the sea at Mar Menor, in Lo Pagan, San Pedro del Pinatar, with his underwater metal detector.

“The £3,000 gold ring I found while detecting in Ibiza was traced back to its rightful owner – he identified it, via an inscription – and I received £500 reward,” said Alan. Metal Detecting in Spain is not allowed – unless an import license for the detector has been issued.

And areas differ, as to what times detecting can take place. The use of metal detectors could involve considerations of the Law and Regulations, governing artistic or archaeological finds, involving National Heritage and treasure trove. And if anything is found you have to comply with the complex procedures in Spain. Any finds will not be allowed to leave Spain – until consent is given.

Anything that is found of National artistic Heritage, or over 100 years old, it is unlikely that you would be granted an export permit. Also The Royal Decree of November 1987, outlining nuclear energy and radio-activity, states rules and safeguards against radiation.

The Order in March 1975 set out the homologation rules for radio-active apparatus. And certain metal detectors may not comply with these rules.

The Naval Authorities have also complained in the past following the use of metal detectors – which have been known to interfere with electronic communications.

Cornish man Alan found ‘booty’ in Lo Pagan – alas not of Spanish Heritage importance: “Look at that,” he said, pointing to a 50 cents Spanish coin, along with a cache of metal bottle tops!

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X FACTOR STAR TO APPEAR AT TELFORD THEATRE

2011 X-Factor Runner-Up will appear at The Place, Oakengates, Telford.

X-Factor runner-up, Marcus Collins, is set to take to the stage with his seven-piece band. He is enjoying his first UK theatre tour and will perform a collection of Motown classics as well as some new material from his second album.

Marcus achieved top 10 success with his first single “Seven Nation Army” which featured on his album “Marcus Collins”. He spent much of 2013 touring the UK as Seaweed Stubbs in the popular musical, Hairspray. He will appear at the theatre on 25 September 2014. The show is being brought to the theater by Premier Stage Productions and Paul Holman Associates.

Marcus Collins was born on 15 May 1988. He is an English singer who finished second to Little Mix in the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011. He was mentored by Take That frontman Gary Barlow, who has continued to work with Collins since. His debut album, the self-titled “Marcus Collins” which featured production by the London-based Metrophonic team of Whitney Houston and Cher fame, became his first top 10 UK album which has his single “Mercy”. His debut single from the album was “Seven Nation Army”, a cover of The White Stripes hit, which also became his first top 10 UK single.

The concert will begin at 19:30 and tickets are available for just £ 20,00. More details are available on the website of Telford.Properties.

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LA MATA LOSES HALF OF ALL VINEYARDS.

Gathering of the grapes for this vintage in the Natural Park of the Lagunas de la Mata

The size of the vineyard in the Lagunas de la Mata Natural Park has declined dramatically in the last 50 years.

At that time there were approximately 100 acres, but now, five decades later “we have less than half”, according to Simón Pérez García, longtime grower and former president of the La Mata Farmers and Winegrowers Association, a position now held by his son. “There is a danger that it might all eventually disappear, although I hope not, but there are fewer vines which we continue to slowly lose,” says the winemaker. The causes: drought, the abundance of rabbits and birds, especially starlings, and in some areas the urban progress that we have seen during the last few decades.

However, as another harvest is nearing completion, the growers have harvested more than 50,000 kilos of the Merseguera variety of grape. In addition to that we have also been collecting the Muscat variety of grape since mid July, and all of that is destined for human consumption. “We have so far pulped about 25,000 liters grapes, a similar amount to that produced last year”, said Simon Perez.

Besides the Merseguera and Moscatel varieties, which produce the traditional sweet wine of La Mata, the vineyard also produces varieties of grape that were once cultivated in far greater quantities but have now largely disappeared such as Esclafacherre, Parrell, Valensí, Forcallat and Plantamula

The vineyard is managed by the Association of La Mata Farmers in collaboration with the Valencian Institute of Agrarian Research (IVIA) who’s purpose is to test new clones of traditional varieties of vines in an effort to improve production quality. The institute also conserves and studies many minority varieties which are at risk of extinction; testing new techniques of soil management and pest control to improve production and reduce costs and the environmental impact in the Natural Park.

Two weeks ago, the General Director of the Natural Environment of the Generalitat Valenciana, Salome Pradas, visited the Natural Park, where she highlighted its uniqueness to stand out from other parks with both its production of salt and its agricultural activity with the vines where cultivation is performed without the use of pesticides or fertilizers affecting the environment.

Such is the popularity of La Mata wine that it is now also being marketed in the United States by local winemaker Rafael Navarro, to which he currently exports two varieties; one called “La Viña de Simón and the other “El Carro” or “The Chariot” which are now selling for upwards of 25 euro per bottle.

And if you want to learn more about the production of wine in La Mata and Torrevieja salt lakes, then now is the time to take a traditional walking tour along a route, just less than 1.5km long, which stresses the enormous impact that La Mata vineyards have had on the Spanish wine industry. The route passes through the park’s vineyards with information boards telling the history, varieties, culture and cultivation of wine in this area of outstanding natural beauty.

It especially explains about the two main grape varieties that are grown – Moscatel and Meseguera, from which the well-known La Mata wine is largely made. The walks start at the La Mata Information Centre, a detached, stone built, white building, which you can see just off the N332 at the traffic island in La Mata.

Meanwhile, if it’s the regional history that is more to your interest, there is an exhibition on the history of winemaking in the Alicante Region taking place at the Archeological Museum in Alicante through to 11 January 2015. The exhibition explores the history and evolution of Alicante wine through the ages, one of the products that best defines the Alicante territory. More information at www.marqalicante.com

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ONLINE MEDIA, NEW TARGET OF VENTURE CAPITALISTS

Though abundant pessimism about the future of journalism, the American media prove that newsrooms are filled with young talent, so that venture capitalists have decided to give a chance to publishers investing millions with them. The online media are the new target of venture capitalists.

BuzzFeed has gotten $ 46 million financing, Vox Media has raised about $ 80 million in venture capital and Business Insider has gotten around 30 million. This turnaround in the media not only reflects a renewed confidence in the publications, but also shows that online media are increasingly perceived as profitable companies in the world of new technologies.

However, even those venture capitalists that are increasing their participation in the media, are divided on whether this funding demonstrates a twist or just a moment of optimism in the market. Risk investors that are willing to support publishers seek a pattern for the most suitable companies.

Recent investments in publishing are not a sign of enthusiasm about the sector but rather a sign that the publishing world is in a less bad situation than it should be. “Things are not getting better, just being less bad”.

What is clear is that the Internet offers many new opportunities. The audiences are fragmented, allowing advertisers to identify and deliver specialized content. A clear example of what is stated above is ‘The Dodo’, a website that was launched late last year with news relating to the animal world, which has been a success. Specializing in online media is a guarantee to avoid failure.

Moreover, the Internet ad spending will continue to grow in the coming years in the United States, reaching 25.6% more in 2015, according to an eMarketer study (Source: Marketing directo).

clementeferrer3@gmail.com. Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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MAN KILLS WIFE BEFORE SLITTING OWN THROAT

One of the bodies being removed

A 90 year old man fatally stabbed his 86 year old wife on Monday in El Campello before committing suicide by slitting his own throat with the same kitchen knife that he had used to kill his wife. Both bodies were found in their 16th floor apartment by a daughter.

Although the circumstances surrounding the deaths is not yet known it is reported that the investigating officers are attributing the crime as an act of domestic violence. If this is confirmed the woman will become the 4th victim to have been killed in this way during 2014.

The upsetting event occurred at about eleven thirty at night in la urbanización Pinada Luceros de El Campello. The couple, Hilario PA, 90 aged , and UC Esperanza, 87, are both Spanish nationals who originate from Zaragoza, however they are said to have been spending the summer in the town with their daughter.

Neighbours reported no unusual noise or disturbances during the evening although a police spokesman said the woman allegedly murdered by her husband had previously denounced him for mistreatment. The bodies were both removed to the Anatomical Forensic Institute for where they will undergo autopsies in the hope that medical examiners will be able to shed some light on the circumstances of the two deaths.

As more facts gradually came to light the deputy Minister of Alicante, Alberto Martinez, said that “at first one might think it was a suicide pact between them, but apparently, it was the husband who attacked the woman and then took his own life. “

The Minister of Health, Social Services and Equality, Ana Mato, appealed to the whole of society to report cases of such violence against women and stressed the importance of addressing any signs of abuse.

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FLAMINGO NUMBERS INCREASE IN LA MATA

One of the four species of Avocet feeding in the lagoon of La Mata

The natural Wildlife Park of the Lagunas de La Mata-Torrevieja has so far welcomed over 1,000 flamingos this year breaking its own record for the nesting birds.

The figure was confirmed by the Department of the Environment, which said that the previous highest figure was recorded in 2008 when 750 of the birds spent the season nesting, a number that dropped considerably in the following years.

The same sources explained that “the excellent water conditions and the increased presence of the brine shrimp, a species of crustacean that flamingos are especially fond of, in the lagoon of La Mata have led to this dramatic increase in the population, and if conditions don’t change too much in the lagoon, the flamingos could stay all year.

Another fact that confirms the increasing numbers in the park comes from the breeding census conducted by DoE staff last June.

This study has found “a dramatic increase” in the breeding population of Gaviota picofina (Larus genei). Although there was no census conducted last year the 2014 figure shows that 620 chicks have been produce.

The estimated population of this bird in Spain is around 1,000 pairs, so the Natural Park of La Mata-Torrevieja, has 60 percent of the population, “and continues to be a valuable haven for the conservation of this species,” according the Department.

One of the birds said to be especially appreciated by ornithologists is the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), a small wader in the plover bird family, where 74 nesting pairs have been recorded. In many parts of the world, it had become difficult for this species to breed on beaches because of disturbance from the activities of humans or their animals so to see their numbers increasing locally is said to be of particular significance.

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FLAMINGO NUMBERS INCREASE IN LA MATA

One of the four species of Avocet feeding in the lagoon of La Mata

The natural Wildlife Park of the Lagunas de La Mata-Torrevieja has so far welcomed over 1,000 flamingos this year breaking its own record for the nesting birds.

The figure was confirmed by the Department of the Environment, which said that the previous highest figure was recorded in 2008 when 750 of the birds spent the season nesting, a number that dropped considerably in the following years.

The same sources explained that “the excellent water conditions and the increased presence of the brine shrimp, a species of crustacean that flamingos are especially fond of, in the lagoon of La Mata have led to this dramatic increase in the population, and if conditions don’t change too much in the lagoon, the flamingos could stay all year.

Another fact that confirms the increasing numbers in the park comes from the breeding census conducted by DoE staff last June.

This study has found “a dramatic increase” in the breeding population of Gaviota picofina (Larus genei). Although there was no census conducted last year the 2014 figure shows that 620 chicks have been produce.

The estimated population of this bird in Spain is around 1,000 pairs, so the Natural Park of La Mata-Torrevieja, has 60 percent of the population, “and continues to be a valuable haven for the conservation of this species,” according the Department.

One of the birds said to be especially appreciated by ornithologists is the Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), a small wader in the plover bird family, where 74 nesting pairs have been recorded. In many parts of the world, it had become difficult for this species to breed on beaches because of disturbance from the activities of humans or their animals so to see their numbers increasing locally is said to be of particular significance.

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NEW HOMES INCREASINGLY DESERTED AND ABANDONED

Abandoned apartments in Cox

As thousands of abandoned homes lie empty and deserted across the Vega Baja region thieves are stripping them bare, returning to the sites time and time again, taking everything of value they can possibly carry and rarely, if ever, being challenged by security or police.

Properties that were being marketed only a few weeks ago for sums in excess of 100,000 euro now lie derelict.

Moisés Cruz, a member of the Anti Corruption Group, Plataforma Anticorrupción Defensa de la Huerta, a group that raises awareness about the effects of speculation and unrestricted construction in the Vega Baja says “They are taking everything……aluminium, copper, doors, window frames, iron, tiles, air conditioners, even bricks. They leave behind nothing but abandoned plots, empty buildings, crumbling walls and roofs. Everything is susceptible to thieves.”

One such abandoned edifice is a former four star spa hotel, the Villa De Catral Hotel Spa, which shut down in 2010, now just a shell of its former extravagance.

Members of the group have spent the last year creating a photographic archive, documenting hundreds of derelict building that were put up during the good times and now left in ruins following the property crash. Cruz says “They were frenzied years, and now everybody is paying the price. I have details showing entire blocks of homes, apartments, town houses, luxury villas. But what are they now. It makes me cry. We could be walking through the streets of Syria or Iraq, many are little more than bomb zones. And all the time we see more and more evictions, families being thrown out onto the streets for little or no reason. We live in a very unjust world.”

Cruz highlights one such development in Almoradi where some of the abandoned shells are now being squatted in by drug addicts and tramps. Another is in Callosa de Segura where the duplex properties were selling for between 100,000 and 200,000 euros. They now lie completely abandoned, just empty shells.

There is another similar development nearby in Benferri where the wind blows over the roofs of the deserted buildings. The list just goes on and on, and unfortunately it also continues to grow. And of course with the developers falling into bankruptcy the developments are increasingly owned by banks which seem to be of little concern.

“In some cases, with just a minimal investment, many could be used as social housing for the homeless or for those who cannot currently afford their own home,” said Cruz.

It would seem that those in authority, the planners, the bankers and the builders have only occasionally been blessed with common sense. One such example was in Almoradi (population 20,000) early this year when the council refused permission for 11,000 new homes to accommodate more than 50,000 inhabitants.

Another such decision was taken by the High Court which quashed a San Miguel de Salinas (population 7,000) plan because of the lack of an adequate environmental assessment. Developers there were hoping to build up to 40,000 new homes which would increase the population of the town by about 100,000 people.

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TOO MANY FLAWS IN CALA MOSCA IMPACT STUDY

Ecologists in Action has announced details of the arguments they have presented against the Environmental Impact Study

Ecologists in Action has announced details of the arguments they have presented against the Environmental Impact Study prepared by the Building company intending to urbanize Cala Mosca, the last undeveloped coastal area of the Orihuela Costa.

The organization bases its opposition to the development of the project on a number of points including what it considers to be an erroneous assessment of the impacts of the project on protected species of fauna and flora, la cabeza de gato y la tudorella mauretánica.

It also says that the areas where these endangered species are dedicated to green and recreational areas would be “inconsistent with the conservation objective ‘and the location of pedestrian paths and recreational areas.

The environmentalists conclude that there are too many flaws in the plan submitted by the developer and have therefore called for a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the plan so that the deficiencies can be properly identified.

Meanwhile, following on from the article published in last week’s edition of The Leader ‘Support For Cala Mosca Revived’, whilst applauding the actions of CLARO regarding their petition, one reader, Malcolm Drew, was critical of the lack of information held by staff in the Orihuela Costa Town Hall. He wrote “I was delighted to read that there is growing support for the protection of Cala Mosca.

However, two more signatures could have been added to the petition if somebody at the Orihuela Costa Town Hall had known anything about it when I called in there on the morning of the 11th August in accordance with C.L.A.RO’s submission instructions as specified in local newspapers.

A woman at the right hand side reception desk looked mystified when she perused our completed petition form and also conferred with a colleague. She then directed me to the tourist Office where the woman there promptly directed me back to the reception desk! I gave up and left. This sort of thing has happened to me before at the town hall so it is probably a common occurrence. All the more reason for C.L.A.R.O. to have ensured this would not happen.”

Let’s all hope that there were not too many other unsuccessful petitioners who suffered the same Bureaucratic outcome.

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