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  1. 1. T rader December 2009 North Editionwww.thetraderonline.es •Free Monthly Newspaper - December 2009 962910095 1 Inland & Coastal Reaching the parts other papers don’t reach ...... Full edition available to download Est 2004 Issue 134/ 36 www.thetraderonline.es Tel 902733622 www.thetraderonline.es Now we can take over your line rental too! Landlines and Track Phones see main ad on page 7 Tel 902733633 Want to save Money? See page 15 www.BTinspain.com UN slams overbuilding on the Costa Cold snap and high winds hit the UN representatives have criticised the mass building development along the Mediterrane- region an coast, particularly on the Costa Brava and TEMPERATURES plummeted on the Costa in the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona. Azahar, Valencia province and Costa Blanca on Sunday. Minimum temperatures in Vinaròs They say it will encourage a flood of immi- (Castellón) fell to 5ºC, and to 6ºC in Pinoso grants, bringing with it more terrorism and (Alicante) and 7ºC in Polinyà (Valencia). arms- and drug-trafficking. Additionally, the new homes, hotels and golf courses will use The cold-weather record for the region, how- up massive quantities of water, damaging the ever, was Castellfort (Castellón) where resi- environment. Harmful emissions into the at- dents were shivering in temperatures of just mosphere could also result, claims the UN. 1ºC. In addition to near-freezing climes, wind- speeds reached around 71 kilometres per They fear that the third world will be the hour (in excess of 35 knots). worst-hit by the damaging effects of global warming, pushing them to seek out a new life Oliva residents suffered minor damage to in the more prosperous west and leading to their homes when winds of up to 64 kilome- overcrowding and uncontrolled immigration. tres per hour swept the town, and people liv- ing in Jávea (Alicante) and Manises (Valencia) Early Christmas lights in Tarragona did not fare much better with gusts reaching CHRISTMAS lights could go on early this year 61 kilometres per hour. The hottest places in in the centre of Tarragona in a bid to give El Perelló shows that tracted more than 1,000 dren with Cancer – Tarragona the region on Sunday were Rojales (Alicante), the retail industry a boost. Chamber of Com- fund raising can be fun ! visitors from El Perelló and province). where despite the wind, temperatures re- merce president Albert Abellò insists that beyond, and raised over In a festive atmosphere mained at around 16ºC, and in Oliva (Valen- El Perelló hosted their first funds spent on the extra electricity bill will be €3,000 for the following (helped by a beautiful day’s cia), Jávea, and Vinaròs, where the thermom- Christmas Fair on Saturday compensated for by the surge in city-centre cancer charities:- AECC (The weather) almost 60 stalls of- eters stayed at 15ºC for most of the day. 14th December 2009 for the trade. Additionally, he recommends the use Spanish Association Against fered a superb array of goods purpose of raising money for But the wind-chill factor in all of these towns of energy-saving bulbs to cut costs and dam- Cancer - Tarragona prov- on sale – something for eve- Cancer Charities in Spain. meant that for the first time this year, many age to the environment. The lights were due ince), CNIO (Spanish Nation- ryone – including local handi- During the day - the “Fira people were having to don coats and scarves to be switched on yesterday (Wednesday), al Cancer Research Centre), crafts and foodstuff. de Nadal” (organised by the after enjoying late-spring weather just two three weeks before Christmas. AFANOC (Association for Chil- .....Continued on p4 El Perelló Freesia Group) at- days previously. Cashpoint mugger targeted the elderly A YOUNG man who mugged elderly New tourist and cultural centre to www.myvalencianhome.com people at cashpoint machines has been ar- open in Sitges next month rested in Reus. The accused, a 25-year-old Moroccan national, is said to have watched MAJOR improvement works are being carried out in Sitges, including the construction of a over his victims as they withdrew money new tourism and cultural centre. A mechani- and then followed them, before pouncing on cal escalator is also being built to connect them and stealing the cash. According to the the old town of Sitges with that of El Poble Mossos d’Esquadra, the suspect is behind Sec, and the Pompeu Fabra street is under- at least 11 muggings on senior citizens be- going a facelift. Street-lights will be set up, tween May and September this year. He is and access to the street for traffic improved. also thought to have carried out three violent Mayor Jordi Baijet and town planning coun- robberies on van-drivers who had just emp- cillor Armand Paco, together with the head tied fruit machines to transport the takings of economic promotion and tourism, visited to the bank. Jaouad B. was caught as he was the three sites this week. It is hoped that the The Decibels choir group, Members from My Valencian Home , attempting to board a ferry en route back to tourist and cultural information centre will be Ampolla, El-Perello, Moira and L’Ametlla area Tel 962 728 066, Mobile 637 185 746. , Morocco from the port of Barcelona. open by the end of the year. Visitors to Sitges Email: myvalencianhome@yahoo.co.uk . will be able to step across the road to go to the centre, since it is just opposite the train station. Booths will be set up to attend to cus- Watsons MiniMarket Carrer de l’Església Castelldefels tomers, together with a room where tourists 5a Carratera las fuentes, Alcossebre We specialise in traditional fare, we also have a wide range of frozen foods at very can find information for themselves. A shop selling local produce and tourist goods will “xmas stock now in!” Mobile competitive prices with a good selection of be included. In the meantime, the second The Best rate for Self-employed individuals vegetarian options. tourist information office – located in the Can Xmas Orders for • Fresh gammon joints and Companies See main ad on page 7 www.new-british-market.com Milà building – will be renovated in January. • Pork with crackling Tel 936 365 465 BAR AVINGUDA Mora d’ Ebre Inma & Ramon wish all our • Pork pies Taken up until 12th december. BAR CHEERS TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS customers old and New a Merry Xmas DINNER & DANCE and a very Happy New Year SATURDAY 19 DECEMBER 19.30 Speciality beers, Guiness Ctr De Las Fuentes OPEN Dancing to “Heatwave” 60’s & 70’s” Mon – Sat Magnams, etc. Rolls & Snacks wine &/or beer Camino de Los Murs 9.30am – 8.00pm English Football, Excellent music We supply a delivery service to Barcelona ‘Friends of Alcossebre’ Raffle Pink Floyd, Rolling stones etc Passeig Maritimo Port & surrounding areas (delivery charges Open Mon - Thurs Dress – Festive/glam !! apply) or phone with your order and we will 8.00am - 22,00 Fri & Sat 8am till finish OPEN Mon – Sat 9.30am – 6.00pm Tickets on sale from Bar Cheers – 20 Euros have it ready for collection if in a hurry. We don’t shut for Lunch TEL 964 412 603 Las Fuentes Port Alcossebre Tel 669351091 Merry Xmas & Happy Newyear to you all Merry Xmas & Happy Newyear to you all Av. de Comparques Mora d’ Ebre Tel 964414313 Trader North Edition Castellon, Tarragona, Barcelona from Secorbe to Castelldefels Trader South Edition Inland Valencia, Alicante & Coastal Towns Cullera to Denia
  2. 2. 2 EMAIL: advertise@thetraderonline.es • 902733622 December 2009 Expatriates Facing www.which.co.uk So What is the Impact of the Situation in Dubai ? By Currencies Direct the Abyss Improved flight Well so far, nobody is really sure. Given Despite markets starting to draw thing yet. Japanese data was weak this ing forward looking policies. He said IF BRITAIN GOES BUST By Mike Walsh that both Abu Dhabi their horns in for morning with in- that it is too early rights welcomed and the UAE Central Bank have quickly the run up to Christ- mas, there might dustrial production much weaker than to exit the UK’s cur- rent policy stance He is one of Britain most respected financial pundits, a former city banker whose inde- pendent company has a turnover of £80 mil- come forward to be just time for one expectations. The though he added by Which? assure markets of their support for the beleaguered Emir- more spate of trad- ing especially if the support for Dubai authorities need to conjure up some- thing - and quick. that there should always be time to talk about suit- lion a year. His prediction that Britain faces bankruptcy was recently thrown into the long grass. Following the EU judgement stating that ates State, then offered from the able plans. Sterling Given the implications of such an event this This morning’s UK was hardly surprising. James Palumbo has air passengers will now be compensated the financial impact UAE Central Bank data was also weak. starts the week however put his money where his mouth is by for delays of three hours or more, Ro- should be quite mi- is less rather than The November GfK as it finished last turning his sterling investments into cash. chelle Turner from Which? Holiday says: nor. Certainly, there more. This morn- consumer confi- week, on a softer Britain, running on a credit card has maxed “This is great news for air passengers. will be repercus- ing’s Dollar decline, dence index dete- note. There is plen- the plastic. As in the Weimar Republic money We hear all too often of people who are sions for Western on expectations of riorated steeply to ty of data this week is being hot-press printed to keep the banks delayed for hours at the airport, often lenders and there is a successful out- -17 from -13 in Oc- to keep markets in business. Don’t try this at home. Hundreds without any information about when no guarantee that come to the Dubai tober. The market interested starting of billions of pounds will somehow have to be their flight will finally leave, and are then Dubai’s ‘fairy god- World debt restruc- had been looking with some US data repaid before the bailiffs and police arrive. offered no compensation. mother’ will stand turing, looks a little for an improvement this afternoon. The Some say it couldn’t happen: Ask Iceland; behind its liabilities premature - look to -11. The UK’s CBI 1st major interest ask Dubai … who next? “This judgement means that consumers will now be compensated properly for carte-blanche but for a bounce of any warned of the possi- though, will be the DEVALUATION OR EURO? equity markets are contrary news. bility of double dip, result from this What would happen if Britain’s economic long and often frustrating delays, and viewing the situ- month’s Reserve not just when the airline takes the deci- Other weekend noting that service management is effectively removed from ation as contain- news was largely sector activity dete- Bank of Australia Threadneedle Street and Westminster? The sion to cancel a flight.” able. policy meeting, tak- painful remedies imposed by the Internation- centred on Japan riorated in th three Currently, if your flight is delayed the De- The potential prob- where intervention months through ing place in the ear- al Monetary Fund would be so severe that nied Boarding Regulation won’t enable lem is any growth in chatter continued to November, with ly hours of tomor- even the little Englanders, hostile to the Euro- you to receive compensation, but the air- row morning. Even pean Union, would scream for admission. concern over global reverberate around consumer service line does have an obligation to offer you Sovereign stability the markets and of- businesses seeing though the odds on The alternative could only be root and branch assistance if your delay is expected to go and the fact that ficials maintained activity well below the Central Bank reform on a Hitlerian scale that would effec- beyond a certain point. leaving rates as tively impose British interests first. Such a CDS spreads have their stance on the normal for the time radical restructuring would put Britain on lep- What you are currently entitled to: continued to widen current volatility in of year. Also, BDO, they are have short- er-like isolation similar to Ahmadinejad’s Iran Two free phone calls, faxes or e-mails; suggests that even foreign exchange the accountancy ened, I still think and Saddam’s Iraq. It would be unthinkable. and free meals and refreshments appro- though things look rates. Fujii has de- group, suggested that a combination Iceland needed only a $6 billion bail-out from priate to the delay calm on the sur- nied saying that he the BoE’s forecasts of continuing strong the IMF. Dubai’s meltdown has been esti- face, there is a lot wouldn’t intervene were too optimistic data releases from mated between £48 and £90 billion. For an free hotel accommodation and hotel both Down Under transfers if an overnight stay is required of thrashing about in the FX market but and that its own idea of scale it was recently revealed that in below the surface. this doesn’t mean surveys were not and China plus addition to publicly declared bank bail outs If the delay lasts for five hours or more, If things do be- that he would. Oth- showing any signs the very long gap the Bank of England secretly transferred £62 you can choose not to travel and get a gin to look a little ers talk of bold and of a significant re- between this, and billion to the Bank of Scotland and the HBOS. refund of your ticket cost. dire, then expect swift action by the covery. Other than the next scheduled What else may soon be revealed? The UK is When you’re entitled to it: the Dollar to come Bank of Japan to that, all is rosy in meeting will mean spending £30 billion a year more than its in- that the RBA will come. When a flight under 932 miles (for ex- back into focus as counter the Yen’s the garden. MPC ample, London to Venice) is delayed for risk aversion trades current strength. member Posen was hike tomorrow. BASKET CASE BRITAIN more than two hours. re-emerge. No sign of any- in the papers talk- Britain needs £200 billion a year just to serv- ice its commitments but the UK government When a flight within the EU that is more Contents of this report are for information purposes only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or a solicitation has always underestimated its predictions. than 932 miles (for example, London Such forecasts are notorious for removing for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held responsible for any loss or damages arising from any action taken following to Athens) is delayed for more than 3 ‘various’ from the balance sheets such as consideration of this information. Save money , Large or small Money Transfers. Pensions & Regular hours. private financial initiatives; (PFI); the schools payments. Call to day to find out more. 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  3. 3. December 2009 www.thetraderonline.es • 902733622 3 Trickster poses as British aristocrat to Swine ‘flu has hit In The Top 20 of Hospitals in Spain con women out of epidemic proportions THE region’s top three hospitals have been named as those of Torrevieja, Alzira, SWINE ‘flu has reached and many schools are day are off sick at the and the Clínica Quirón in Valencia. thousands epidemic proportions in Spain, with the Comuni- sending entire classes of kids home until the risk of Josep Iborra school with similar symptoms. All three appear in the list of Spain’s 20 best hospitals, which has just been pub- NUMEROUS women have been duped dad Valenciana being one infection has been eradi- Valencia’s Doctor Peset lished by the ministry of health. into handing over thousands of euros of the worst-hit regions. cated. hospital, which usually Catalunya is home to a whopping 14 of by a conman posing as a member of In Benissa (Alicante), one At Benissa’s Manuel Bru sees around 70 children these, named after around a third of the the British aristocracy. in four children are off primary school, 115 of the a day in its paediatric unit, region’s 155 hospitals were analysed by The accused, 47, is said to have pre- school at the moment with 459 pupils have not been is now treating over 200 the central government. tended to be an upper-class English- influenza-like symptoms. to class this week and are kids daily. Among the criteria judged was the mor- man about to inherit a multi-million- The ministry of health reported as suffering from A total of 27 people have tality rate, the average length of stay, and pound fortune, which he promised to says seasonal ‘flu hit 59 fever, headaches and up- died from swine ‘flu or the number of out-patient operations share with his victims if they footed his people per 1,000 inhab- set stomachs. complications with the compared to surgery that requires pa- admin and legal costs. itants a decade ago, but But headmaster Manuel virus and existing health tients to stay for at least a night. He claimed that due to cash flow, he the AH1N1 virus – which Juan insists there is no conditions in less than a They were classified into various catego- was unable to pay these until he got his has symptoms very similar cause for alarm and that fortnight. ries, including specialist, general, region- inheritance. to the common influenza most patients recover The death toll across Spain al and private. But the trickster, who was not even – has already seen 6.9 within around three or has reached 115. British but a Spaniard from San Se- per cent of the region’s four days. Along with the Comunidad The heat is on bastián (Basque Country) amassed residents taking ill. However, he says he has MINIMUM and maximum temperatures Valenciana, Catalunya over 700,000 euros and the women he Figures have already risen ‘never seen anything like and the Basque Country for public buildings have now been stip- targeted never heard from him again. by 64 per cent in less than it’ in his ten years as head are some of the worst af- ulated by legislation in order to protect The women, who mainly lived in Can- two weeks. of the school. fected. the environment. Bars, shops, airports, tabria and in the provinces of Guipúz- Children under 14 appear Also in Benissa, around supermarkets and other premises fre- coa and Vizcaya in the Basque Country, to be the worst-affected, eight or nine children a quented by the public must be no warm- were said to be sucked in by the man’s er than 21ºC in the winter.In summer, the elegant nature and charm – and his temperature should be set to a minimum fake identity. First-ever female Lieutenant Colonel in the Spanish of 26ºC. Humidity levels should be be- tween 30 and 70 per cent. The central As a result of the fraud, police say the accused spent three years living like a army FOR the first time in Spanish history, a woman has reached the rank of government, having enforced these rules Lieutenant Colonel in the Armed Forces. Patricia Ortega, who – until now – has been as part of their three-year plan to save real member of the aristocracy, eating commander of the Polytechnic Engineering Corps, joined the army in 1988 when she in the best restaurant and staying in energy, intends to install thermostats in entered the General Military Academy in Zaragoza as a working pupil after completing all public buildings to ensure the owners top hotels. her agricultural engineering degree at Madrid Polytechnic. After finishing her training of the premises adhere to the newly-im- But some of the women he tried it on at the military school, Lt. Col. Ortega became captain of the Polytechnic Engineer- posed requirements. with saw through him immediately and ing Corps and construction engineer in 1992. She has since completed a masters reported him to the police, resulting in degree in eco-auditing and is currently studying for a PhD in town planning at Madrid ? his arrest last week. Polytechnic. The ministry of defence reveals that of the 16,412 women currently in the forces INSURANCE? If Your have a local Interest story Club Group or Charity Event – being 12 per cent of the total – 10,222 are in the territorial army; 2,666 in the Navy; 2,891 in the air force and 633 in the common corps.Ortega is the first to be WE GUARANTEE we would love to hear from you! promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.Spain has the second-highest percentage of women in its forces, after France’s 14 per cent, and ahead of Greece’s 10 per cent, the UK TO BEAT YOUR Tel 902733622 and Holland’s nine per cent and Germany and Belgium’s eight per cent. 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  4. 4. 4 Email: advertise@thetraderonline.es • 902733622 December 2009 ......Continued from page 1 Council tax to come down in 2010 COUNCIL tax is set to come down this year all over the province of Castellón. Some towns have opted to freeze rates rather than reduc- ing them, but a number of discounts are avail- able to help hard-pressed home-owners cope with the recession. Costa Azahar councils ini- tially considered increasing IBI, or asset tax, rates in 2010 to claw back the vital income it has lost from the construction industry crash. But given that in some households, The bar and barbecue were very popular all members – both parents and the children and the children were delighted to be able to – are unemployed due to the financial crisis, meet Santa and receive gifts. This was the local authorities have taken steps to make it first Christmas Fair to be organised by the El easier for them to pay their annual rates. In Perelló branch of the Freesia Group - whose Vila-real, rates will come down and property members - together with unprecedented sup- developers will get a 40 per cent reduction, port from within the village business commu- with those who live in government subsidised nity, worked tirelessly to ensure that this event homes – VPO properties, are to get 50 off. was not only enjoyable but also a successful Burriana intends to keep its rates the same, illustration of what can be achieved on a but will offer discounts to householders who community basis – to raise funds for those in are unemployed. In order to offset the loss need. The “Fira de Nadal” in El Perelló was a The recent harvest festi- people in Bangladesh lunch in Vinaros and a of public funds, the council has announced successful example of how ex-pats and local val services at St Christo- to restored their sight, service and harvest sup- moves to apply higher taxes to mobile tel- residents can work together! pher’s Anglican Church on mainly through cataract per in Ampolla. ephone companies and to banks with cash- There is a Catalan saying which says it all! points on the pavements. Segorbe council the Costa Azahar collected treatments. The money The cheque was present- has proven to be the most generous, offering “Mica en mica s’omple la pica” Roughly trans- 950 euros for a mission was collected from three ed to vicar Paul needle by reductions of up to 100 per cent for certain lated means – “Drop by drop the sink is filled” agency project called Eye congregations: a harvest church treasurer Phil Cor- households in need. Discounts will be offered – in other words – “a few centimes won’t buy Treatment for the Elderly. festival service in Alcosse- nelius and church warden for those on low incomes, on the dole, or with much – but if we all contribute a few a we can The agency help elderly bre, a service and harvest Eddie McKay. large families – usually defined as three or acheive a lot”. more children. Segorbe local authorities also hope to be able to offer tax deductions of up etc. The popular and talented “Santa Lucia” and “Decibels” El Perelló choirs who per- formed for the event. And a special thanks BT Mobiles phones to 100 per cent on children’s nursery school fees and after-school clubs, their food, the purchase of nappies and baby milk, and rent to all the children – who submitted beautiful payable on a first residence. Additionally, paintings for the painting competition. Follow- ing this achievement – El Perelló’s Freesia The Best rate for in a bid to create more jobs, the council of Segorbe intends to reduce IBI as well as eco- Group, with the support of the local commu- nity, aim to do even better next year! Individuals, nomic activity tax, and the cost of operating licences, for all companies who offer more Self-employed and than five new jobs in the new year. La Vall d’Uixò council has come under fire Companies from the opposition, since the reduction pro- posed is minimal and ‘does not compensate For more details call for’ the increases in land values in 2008, The El Perelló Freesia Group would like to thank:- The Adjuntament & Chamber of Com- merce in El Perelló – who supported and 902733633 which caused IBI to rise. In fact, in October, around 500 people staged a protest march to demand that their rates be reduced. Low-in- facilitated the event. The (Antiga Escola de come and large-family discounts are being of- Música (Antic IES)) – who kindly allowed us to fered by the councils of Benicàssim, L’Alcora, use their premises to hold the fair. The many Almassora and Vinaròs, all of which have local businesses & residents - who made do- slightly reduced their IBI rates. nations of support, equipment, raffle prizes The Friends of Alcossebre - BRITSAT since 1998 in this area wishing all our “Supporting our Community customers both old and new a Very Merry Christmas The Charity Shop is open from Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 1pm at El Centro, Las and a Happy New Year. Fuentes, Alcossebre. New Autumn/Win- ter Stock in the Charity Shop from Mon- Serving Customers in the TARRAGONA area from AMPOSTA to North TARRAGONA & Inland. day, 2nd November. F or all SKY & FREESAT equipment we have Over 1500 second hand books in Eng- available from stock, including installation lish, Spanish and German, clothes and if required or supply only. bric-a-brac. Visit the shop to see our Standard SKY , SKY Plus & SKY Plus HD re- Special Offers. Volunteers to help in the ceivers both new and secondhand available shop and donations always welcomed. all fully guaranteed and backed by our long Next fund-raising event – term service in this area for over 10 years. BAR CHEERS FRIENDS OF ALCOSSEBRE Satellite dishes , LNB’s and Handsets etc all from stock. TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNER & CHARITY SHOP Dont get switched off due to viewing abroad DANCE SATURDAY Supporting the “ 19 DECEMBER 19.30 Community” guaranteed safe viewing using our, NEW 2009 SKY managed SUBSCRIPTION wine &/or beer, Dancing to “Heatwave” CARDS in stock now at less than 5euros per “60’s & 70’s” Music. week (paid 1 year in advance) plus the cost AMIGOS DE ALCOSSEBRE of any sky subscription package required. NO ‘Friends’ Raffle, Dress – Festive/glam !! TIENDA SOLIDARIA need of a UK address all switched on and Tickets on sale from Bar Cheers – “En Beneficio de Nuestro Pueblo” working within 24hrs. 20 Euros. 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  5. 5. December 2009 www.thetraderonline.es • 902733622 5 Ex faces prison for Sky-high police hash-plant hunters on patrol Four-million-year-old ‘puncturing girlfriend’s badger found in Almenara condoms’ EUROPE’S oldest badger fossil has been found on an archaeological dig in Alme- A MAN who reportedly punctured his ex-girl- nara (Castellón). friend’s condoms without her knowledge could face two years in jail if found guilty. The unique finding was uncovered at Police say the accused, David P.B., used the Casablanca 4 site, and is thought to his spare key to the woman’s home in Vid- date back to the Middle Pliocene period, reres (Selva) to enter her home, where she which was between two and 13 million lived with her mother. He had arranged to years ago. have a set of keys cut without his ex-part- The fossil in question is believed to be ner’s knowledge. On occasions, the sus- around four million years old. pect – who was in a relationship with the woman for around 18 months – is thought Previous studies of the Casablanca digs to have climbed through the window to gain have revealed remains of up to 150 dif- access to the flat when his former girlfriend ferent species, including lynx and deer. changed the locks. Experts believe the flora and fauna in Once inside, he punched holes in the con- what is now the province of Castellón doms she kept in her drawer, and moved would have been similar to that currently her photographs around. The victim report- POLICE helicopters across Using the latest technology, though large plantations are the Comunidad Valenciana including videos and high- occasionally found. One of found in the African savannah. ed the matter to the Mossos d’Esquadra. are patrolling the region to resolution cameras with ra- the largest hash allotments Historian Andrés Santos, who has been Her ex-boyfriend faces trial in spring 2010 check for hidden cannabis dars and infrarred signals, discovered to date was in before a jury. studying the fossil, says the discovery plantations. the Guardia Civil are target- October last year in Alcalà de has enabled him and his colleagues to They are not only taking pho- ing both residential and ru- Xivert (Castellón). publish articles in some of the world’s Man Sought in connection tographs of entire allotments ral areas. They say it is more Another massive indoor plan- most-read palaeontology magazines. of marihuana plants, but common to find small num- tation was found when emer- with hit and run also terraces and balconies bers of plants in indoor pa- gency services attended to a “The province of Castellón is now on the of homes and greenhouses tios, terraces, balconies and house fire in Torrent in July. front cover of all the specialist journals,” Police have released details of Louis William Connolly, born in England on 01/01/1987. in gardens. air-conditioned rooms, al- Santos reveals. Mr Connolly is suspected of driving the ve- hicle which was involved in a hit and run incident in Torrevieja. It is thought that Mr Unemployment edges closer unemployment also increased in Cantabria (5.39 percent), Galicia (3.78 percent), La Connolly may still be in the Alicante area and anyone who has any information as to to 4 million Rioja (3.28 percent), Asturias (3.26 percent) his whereabouts are requested to contact Official figures released show a 1.59% rise and Catalonia (2.17 percent). With increases either David Sanchez Hernández (dsher- in the number of unemployed in Spain for also above the national average of (1.59 per- nandez@guardiacivil.org) of the Spanish November. There are now 3,868,946 people cent) were Castilla y León at (1.88 percent), Guardia Civil or the Torrevieja Branch of the unemployed in the country, Valencia regis- Valencia at (1.80 percent) and Aragon (1.76 If Your have a local Interest story Neighbourhood Watch (nhwintorrevieja@ tered the highest rise in unemployment in percent). 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