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TWO MILLION EURO IN UNPAID TAXES FOR IKER CASILLAS

A spokesman for the Hacienda did say, however that there would appear to have been no intention of evading the tax obligations

According to ‘La Vanguardia’ newspaper last week, the Real Madrid and Spanish National goalkeeper Iker Casillas has had to pay around two million euros to the Hacienda in unpaid taxes after being accused by the authorities of tax avoidance.

The amount paid by the keeper responds to differences in how he was applying the rules regarding certain parts of his income, the newspaper said, adding that sources close to the players representatives say that “both he personally and his company, Ikerka, have always been absolutely aware of their fiscal accounts and tax obligations and have constantly worked with Hacienda to ensure their declarations are accurate and submitted on time.

There have simply been some minor differences in the interpretation of the rules which have now been resolved.

A spokesman for the Hacienda did say, however that there would appear to have been no intention of evading the tax obligations

At least seven La Liga players are currently being inspected for alleged non compliance in their tax obligations, the most high profile of which, Lionel Messi, the former ‘World Footballer of the Year’ recently made a payment of €5 million to cover monies owed during the period of investigation.

The Spanish Court is still waiting to pass its verdict regarding their conclusions in that particular case.

Other players caught up in the Hacienda investigations are said to include Xabi Alonso and David Villa.

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DEMEANING TO WOMEN BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BULLS?

A spokesman of the Penya l'Hermitage justified the decision by saying that the young was hired for a bit of fun

The decision of the bullfighting club Tendido 7 y l’Hermitage in hiring a topless woman to publicise the upcoming Sant Vicent Ferrer by walking topless through the streets of Zeneta Xilxes for just over half an hour has sparked controversy in the region.

The organisers of the Sant Vicent Ferrer de la Vall d’Uixó say that they are extremely unhappy with the President of the club, David Pitarch, saying that “what happened is demeaning to women as a prestigious festival such as Sant Vicent Ferrer.

They said that the commission had nothing to do with the hiring of the woman and they had no record of it, so the matter was not of their doing. They also apologized for the President’s actions.

A spokesman of the Penya l’Hermitage justified the decision by saying that the young was hired for a bit of fun and to provide a little publicity to the upcoming fair. It was little more than a joke, and they certainly did not expect their actions to have the national impact that it has.

The PSOE PSPV in La Vall D’Uixó criticized the incident, saying that hiring a topless woman as poster “is attacking the dignity of women.” The Socialists also stressed in a statement that they must “be strong in rejecting and preventing any attack on the dignity of persons.

The have also demanded that the mayor and councilors of all parties issue an official statement of rejection. Unfortunately in many areas of Spain bullfighting continues to be recognized, not as the cruel spectacle that it is, but as a cultural heritage, as the Spanish Senate continues to allow the use of public funds to sustain the industry, despite substantial opposition from the vast majority of the Spanish public.

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SPANISH NATIONAL BOWLS SQUAD STRIKE GOLD.

Alongside Spain, were strong teams from Israel, Jersey and of course Cyprus.

Following on from their huge success in the European National Championships, the Spanish Bowls Squad headed added off to Cyprus on the 18 April to take part in the Cyprus 4 Nations Championships. The tournament itself started on 21 and finished on 24th.

Alongside Spain, were strong teams from Israel, Jersey and of course Cyprus.

The gents team were peter Bonsor, Jackie Breslin (player manager), Steve Pearson, Steve Cantley and Graham Cathcart.

The ladies team were Sheri Fletcher, Jan Dando, Lisa Bonsor, Debbie Colquhoun Yvonne Briden.

After 4 days of stiff competition the team finished triumphant by 4 points from the Israeli team, earning the Spanish team the tournament team trophy and of course a medal for each of the team.

As usual though the ladies were not happy just to settle with one medal. Oh no, they had also to win the ladies team competition, dropping only two points during the whole tournament.

John Muldoon, national Director, who also travelled with the Squad was delighted with the result. “This is the first ever Gold medal Spain has ever won in a team event. I am absolutely delighted. It is great to see the hard work the back room staff and the players have put in the past 4 years Coming to fruition.

We continue to go from strength to strength and are now a team to be reckoned with in the international bowls scene.”

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SPANISH HORSE TO FEATURE IN 2000 GUINEAS

Noozhoh Canarias could become one of the world's top three-milers

‘Racing in England is equivalent to playing football in the Champions League’! – Spanish based trainer Enrique Leon

Noozhoh Canarias will be the first Spanish-trained horse to run in a British Classic when he takes the field in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.

And Madrid based trainer Enrique Leon said racing in England is equivalent to playing football in the Champions League! “Coming to England is like playing in the Champions League – it’s a dream of everybody in Spain,” said Leon, who has a string of 22 horses at Madrid racecourse.

“Noozhoh Canarias has got beautiful balance and I believe he can adapt very well to Newmarket,” said Leon. After victory in late March at the Madrid La Zarzuela Premio Torre Arias track Noozhoh Canarias has been backed from 33-1 to 16-1 in Newmarket’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas.

The Rowley Mile will be a big test for Noozhoh Canarias – with Aidan O’Brien’s 4-1 shot Australia and John Gosden’s Kingman at 11-10 favourite, leading fancies in the 2014 2000 Guineas betting. But Leon is unfazed: “We’ve got nothing to lose – and a lot to win – so we’re going to take the chance,” said Leon. Noozhoh Canarias jockey is Christophe Soumillon and Leon, 33, formerly employed at James Fanshawe’s Newmarket yard, said: “He’s a very simple horse to train and is very professional. “I believe this year is going to be a very strong Guineas – but we want to try. It’s very tough, but he’s got a big heart, he is a big fighter.”

Betting: Kingman 11-10, Australia, 7-2, Toormore 7-1, Kingston Hill 10-1, War Command 12-1, Noozhoh Canarias 16-1, Outstrip 16-1,

True Story 16-1, Ertijaal 20-1, Geoffrey Chaucer 20-1, Night Of

Thunder 20-1, 25-1 bar.

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ALCALÁ DEL JÚCAR CELEBRATES ITS 650TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH A MEDIEVAL MARKET

Plaza de Toros

Alcalá del Jucar was given official recognition as an independent village on 18 April 1364. Now, 650 years later, the village holds a Medieval Market on 17 to 20 April, with medieval minstrels, a juggler walking on stilts, a wooden merry-go-round, all sorts of medieval games and above all, stalls with the real craft work still to be found in this typical Amata market. The village itself – a jewel in an otherwise drab landscape – is also well worth a visit

Anybody who has driven along the autovia from Alicante to Madrid will have desperately wished for one of Google’s self drive cars so that one can watch a video instead of having to concentrate on the desolate landscape. The road makes its way through a vast and empty space with here and there a single tree. And yet, hidden in a deep gorge carved by the Júcar river, lies a picturesque village in a landscape decorated with small waterfalls, large and decorative rocks, hillsides covered with forest. The village is a maze of small stone stairs with an imposing castle crowning what is one of Spain’s better-known tourist attractions with a good selection of restaurants, hotels and more humble lodgings

This Easter the village celebrates its 650th birthday; it is 650 years ago that Alcalá de Júcar gained its independence and became a village in its own right. So the good burghers decided to celebrate by making diverse excursions to that time, such as a Carnival procession with medieval floats on which participants stood dressed in medieval clothes, and now a Medieval Market with medieval stalls on the banks of the river Júcar. Here the visitor can walk round and appraise the wares of various craftsmen and women, many of whom will be working at their stall. A chance to buy a souvenir that doesn’t come from some Third World country or a small factory near Madrid.

Some of the work on sale is just pleasant to look at, but other work is handsome as well as useful such as hand made pottery, leather belts and handbags, lamps, clothing, jewellery boxes and mirrors. Here is a chance to own something really exclusive without having to pay inflated gallery prices.

The Market is not just a collection of craft stalls; Solredo, a trio of slightly crazy musicians, walk around playing medieval music and Lydia walks on stilts, lies on a bed of nails and ties herself in knots, and plays with fire. For the children there is a small merry-go-round and medieval table games (very popular even in these days of computer consoles).

Alcalá de Júcar itself is a lovely village with a Roman bridge, three large caves and its own impressive castle; visitors can also enjoy numerous activities such as horse riding, rafting, fishing, climbing and various guided walking tours. One of Spain’s many “caminos de Santiago” (the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella) passes through the village and for people who don’t want to follow a guide nor walk the odd 1,000 kms there are a number of sign-posted local walks.

The Market opens on Thursday afternoon at 6 pm; on Friday and Saturday opening times are 11 to 2 in the morning and 5 till late in the afternoon and evening and on Sunday only in the morning from 11 to 2. To get to Alcalá del Júcar follow the main autovia from Alicante to Madrid and turn off just past Almansa; Alcalá del Júcar lies half way between Almansa and Requena. More information on the market to be found on the Amata web page (www.amata.es, also in English) or you can ring Elvira (who speaks English) on 639 979 678. Or you can ring the tourist office on 967 473 090.

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AIRPORT BOOST FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CIVIL AVIATION

San Javier Airport is now looking to the future with rather more confidence than of late

As Ryanair adds another route to its Murcia – San Javier catalogue, twice weekly flights to and from the Dutch city of Eindhoven, we seem to be none the wiser about the long term future of the Costa’s favourite small airport.

However a meeting which took place at the airport last week, presided over by the Director General of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Development, Angel Luis Arias, may at last provide some concrete evidence that the Aviation Authorities in Spain, after millions of wasted euros on the deserted Corvera project, are finally coming to their senses.

Arias was in San Javier to chair the Murcia Airport Coordination Committee, the main purpose of which is to drive Airport air traffic to the region.

During the gathering, members, including representatives of the Ministry of Public Works, AENA, the Regional and local councils, scrutinized a study of the current status of the airfield which Arias said would serve as a starting point for the development of new measures to encourage air traffic into the airport and boost airport activity

A number of Airport coordination Committees were established at the meeting, the aim of which is to determine future measures that will ensure fiscal stability and promote the competitiveness of San Javier-Murcia within the airport sector.

They will establish and then promote the actions necessary to strengthen air connectivity through the establishment and promotion of new airlines , on both international and domestic routes.

Airport Director Paul Melgar said that these changes are intended to strengthen the management organization at the airport and enable it to “meet and overcome” the many challenges that it will face in repairing the damage done to it’s operations in recent years.

Meanwhile as San Javier – Murcia seems to be making the right sorts of move to re-establish it’s position within the sector, troubles continue to beleaguer the operation at Corvera, the latest of which is the threat of the Association of Expropriated Landowners to take their fight for compensation, following the sale of their land, to Brussels.

Luis Hernández, Secretary of the board of the Association said that the group, which includes about 150 local landowners and farmers, has requested a meeting with the European Ombudsman.

He explained that, despite meeting with local and Regional Politicians, the Corvera airport developer has so far failed to meet the prices that were agreed when the land was first procured. “Promises have not been fulfilled” he said.

The situation began over six years ago. According to Hernandez, the price for land was set by the developer at a rate well below that provided by the Community, but nevertheless, there was a 90% agreement.

He recalled that the dealership offered his group of expropriated landowners about 3 euros per square metre, compared with 11-15 euros for those owners who were compensated by the Government.

Given this difference, many of those affected decided to take their case to court, but after six years they are still awaiting a decision. “Some families are managing badly because the farms that were expropriated were their livelihood,” he said.

“The courts are so very slow and we continue to wonder just how much we are going to get when the matter is finally resolved, but more importantly, who is going to pay if the airport fails to open.

With this concern, all the affected landowners gathered at the Civic Center in Murcia Valladolises last week to decide the approach they will now make to the European Ombudsman in Brussels.

Earlier, the Regional Assembly, had said that the price of any compensation for the expropriated land must be the same “as that paid for similar land elsewhere.”

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ALMOST 70,000 PATIENTS ABUSE HOSPITAL A&E SERVICE

A&E at Torrevieja Hospital has long complained about it's workload

A recent study shows that in the province of Alicante almost 70,000 patients are calling on the services of Hospital A&E Departments every year without due cause and as such the President of the Medical College (OMC), Juan José Rodríguez Sendín, is proposing to charge those patients who consciously misuse the facility.

However, despite recognising that there is abuse, the suggestion is opposed by Health Authorities. They say that it would be far better to educate the patient rather than impose sanctions. Health Professionals recognize the problem and accept there is a need for it to be addressed but they advocate the implementation of appropriate campaigns and the enhancement of resources at local health centres.

Last year, almost 70,000 Alicantos attended hospital A&E Departments without needing it, all attending for non urgent cases. This put an additional load on the service which, during 2013 handled a total of 76,180 emergency cases, an increase of 7,800 than in the previous year.

Once in the A&E Department patients are classified according to the degree of emergency by el sistema de triaje Manchester, the Manchester triage system. This is a program consisting of five levels with each corresponding to a colour. Those who require immediate attention are assigned to the Red level. The Orange level indicates that the case is very urgent while those patients allocated to the colour yellow could be expected to wait for up to an hour. The other two groupings are both non-urgent cases into which 68,908 cases were categorised last year, an increase of more than 6,300 on 2012.

The president of the Alicante College of Physicians, José Pastor, has also distanced himself from the proposal to sanction non urgent cases, but confirmed that there is a clear requirement of the need to educate “frequent attenders”.

The president of the College of Nursing in the Region (CECOVA), José Antonio Ávila, also shares the same opinion advocating the need for educational campaigns, and the allocation of additional resources at primary care level.

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ALMOST 70,000 PATIENTS ABUSE HOSPITAL A&E SERVICE

The President of the Medical College (OMC), Juan José Rodríguez Sendín, is proposing to charge those patients who consciously misuse the facility

A recent study shows that in the province of Alicante almost 70,000 patients are calling on the services of Hospital A&E Departments every year without due cause and as such the President of the Medical College (OMC), Juan José Rodríguez Sendín, is proposing to charge those patients who consciously misuse the facility.

However, despite recognising that there is abuse, the suggestion is opposed by Health Authorities. They say that it would be far better to educate the patient rather than impose sanctions. Health Professionals recognize the problem and accept there is a need for it to be addressed but they advocate the implementation of appropriate campaigns and the enhancement of resources at local health centres.

Last year, almost 70,000 Alicantos attended hospital A&E Departments without needing it, all attending for non urgent cases. This put an additional load on the service which, during 2013 handled a total of 76,180 emergency cases, an increase of 7,800 than in the previous year.

Once in the A&E Department patients are classified according to the degree of emergency by el sistema de triaje Manchester, the Manchester triage system. This is a program consisting of five levels with each corresponding to a colour. Those who require immediate attention are assigned to the Red level. The Orange level indicates that the case is very urgent while those patients allocated to the colour yellow could be expected to wait for up to an hour. The other two groupings are both non-urgent cases into which 68,908 cases were categorised last year, an increase of more than 6,300 on 2012.

The president of the Alicante College of Physicians, José Pastor, has also distanced himself from the proposal to sanction non urgent cases, but confirmed that there is a clear requirement of the need to educate “frequent attenders”.

The president of the College of Nursing in the Region (CECOVA), José Antonio Ávila, also shares the same opinion advocating the need for educational campaigns, and the allocation of additional resources at primary care level.

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GUILLEN CALLS ON EUROPE TO INTERVENE IN CALA MOSCA ROW

Orihuela mayor, Monserrate Guillen, appeared alongside Councillor Bob Houliston, in front of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday

Orihuela mayor, Monserrate Guillen, appeared alongside Councillor Bob Houliston, in front of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions on Tuesday to whom he requested that an environmental impact statement be prepared on behalf of the proposed construction work at Cala Mosca

He said that the statement should insist that any work carried out on the site respects the area as a habitat of endemic species of flora and fauna which must not be threatened in any way.

Guillen referred in his testimony to the species ‘jarilla’ or ‘cat head’ and ‘tudorella mauretanica’, that have been protected both at European and at National level.

He also asked that the many other “interesting” species of wildlife and fauna be provided with equal protection with the protection of the coastal strip between Punta Prima and Rambla de Cala Mosca and that it be declared a ‘microreserve flora’.

Guillen asked the commission to continue the proceedings with the environmental impact statement that is now required by urban developer who plans to build about 2,000 homes in this area as “the planned development projects” have not presented any statements regarding the impact the development will have on the local environment.

The Los Verdes MEP, Iñaki Irazabalbeitia Ale, also requested that the Commission asks the Government to send a letter in which they explain that the research process of the European Parliament will continue. The request was accepted by all groups represented in the committee.

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COSTA LIONS AND SHANI UNITE TO FILL A HEART WITH HOPE

The Philippines disaster may be out of sight but not out of mind, and you can still help to

The devastation in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan last November has dropped out of the headlines, but the massive relief effort is expected to carry on for years.

Typhooon Haiyan, has left large parts of the country devastated with untold dead and millions without access to food, water, shelter and other basic necessities.

But out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind for lots of people. The Torrevieja Costa Lions Clubs are continuing to help rebuild the Philippines.

Local singer and songwriter Shani Ormiston has written a song especially about the disaster experienced by these poor people that need solidarity, with the collaboration of the producer Manuel Ortega.

This project is being supported by Torrevieja Costa Lions Club, who have already raised 8.000 euros for the worldwide campaign of LCI. There are many Lions Clubs in the Philippines lending aid and support and the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club intend to continue their support while still supporting many local projects.

This new single “Fill A Heart With Hope” by Shani, is available to download on CDBaby and iTunes for only 99 cents and all the money raised will go towards the needs of the Philippines.

Another option is to participate by making a donation for a coded card that will let you download the song into your computer and mobile devices.

This card can be obtained at any of Shani’s concerts or from the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club. For more info you can visit www.torreviejacostalions.org and www.shaniormiston.com.

The Philippines disaster may be out of sight but not out of mind, and you can still help to “Fill A Heart With Hope” from only 99 cents.

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CONFUSION IN THE CANARIES OVER POSSIBLE CRASHED PLANE

CONFUSION IN THE CANARIES OVER POSSIBLE CRASHED PLANE

Spanish emergency services were thrown into a full scale alert on Thursday, when a passenger jet crashed into the sea of the coast of Gran Canaria, and was seen floating along the horizon in a scene reminiscent of the famous water landing on the Hudson River.

However, although looking at the pictures it was easy to see why, the incident was not as dramatic as the teams of rescuers sprung into action to deal with, as it was nothing more than a floating crane being towed along the water.

The emergency coordination centre received numerous calls relating to the sighting, immediately adopting their rehearsed protocol to deal with such incidents. Whereas the emergency crews can only be applauded for their prompt action, it later transpired that the situation was exaggerated, as the initiating call reporting the aircraft ditching in the sea came from the airport itself.

The desperate plea that launched the response came from the airport controllers, reporting a “Boeing 737 in the water off the coast of Jinámar and is floating repeat is floating, it has not sunk. Please mobilize all available means”.

The 112 emergency centre relays the call, “Gran Canaria Airport, a Boeing, please confirm”.

And the perhaps dreaded response from the airport, “Affirmative Boeing 737 floating. Not sunk. Mobilize all available means, please…..”

The conversation ends with emergency coordinator relaying the chilling response, “I confirm Airport: all resources are going to the area”.

For its part, the airport authority, AENA, confirms that the airport acted according to the safety protocol, and that the airport fulfilled its actions by doing “what had to be done”, explaining that in the reporting of any potential impact, speed is vital, as is the immediate activation of the emergency response teams, along with search and rescue.

In fact, in the event of a similar situation, there is probably nobody who would rather have rescuers sent to help in a mistaken situation like this, then be on board a crashed plane and be left alone, should the opposite occur, and the controllers think that a crashed aircraft looked like a crane.

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FABRA SUSPENDS VISIT TO RUSSIAN TOURISM FAIR

He did say that despite the cancellation of his visit the region will still be represented at the fair.

The president of the Valencian Government, Alberto Fabra, has expressed concern over the tension in Russia which he cites as the reason for the cancelation of this week’s official visit to the Russian Tourism Fair.

In an interview with RNE, Radio Nacional de España, he said that the situation in the Crimea seemed to be deteriorating by the day and the cancellation of his visit was especially disappointing as the encouragement of Russians visiting this part of Spain was especially necessary for the continued improvement in the Valencian economy, the Russian market being the one to have shown the largest increase in recent years.

He did say that despite the cancellation of his visit the region will still be represented at the fair.

He said that it is important that the West unites in its condemnation of the current measures being taken by Putin and that in his view that lack of support must be reflected in the non-presence of people from the West at the fair.

However despite the boycott Fabra expressed his confidence in the Russian market saying : “Russian tourists know what we have to offer in Spain and, especially, in the Valencian Region and I am sure that if they have a choice they will still come here. ”

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