By Euro Weekly News Media • 22 October 2012 • 12:01
FOLLOWING is a round up of news in brief for the Almeria Province:
PAWS aidJANET Franklin, organiser of the PAWS Fashion Show at Valle Del Este, confirms the event raised €700 for the charity.
€26,600 donatedTHE Spanish Red Cross collected €26,600 in Almeria thanks to the collection boxes of the ‘Dia de la Banderita’ (Day of the Little Flag), October 10, when passersby are asked for loose change.
Price hikePRICES in Almeria have risen for than three per cent in the past year, according to the National Institute of Statistics. This is the same as the average rise in the rest of Andalucia on consumer goods and services.
Prison expansionEL ACEBUCHE prison in Almeria is due to increase its capacity for another 500 inmates in 2013. This project has been proposed by the new manager of the prison, Miguel Angel de la Cruz.
Foreign offendersONE in four driving offences committed in Almeria are carried out by foreign drivers. When the offence is caught by a speed camera, it is harder to track down the offender, but this is now possible thanks to an EU system.
Man held for varsity theftsA 30-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested for a spate of thefts from Almeria University staff.He was held by National Police after they traced a stolen laptop computer following extensive inquiries that showed personal items, money, handbags and laptops stolen from the campus between March and September were always seized at similar times in the morning and afternoon.
Limited timeTODAY (Thursday) is the final day for volunteers to apply for Huercal-Olivera´s first Civil Protection unit. www.huercal-overa.es
450 straysAPPROXIMATELY 450 abandoned pets were taken to Almeria Kennel this summer, 11 fewer than last summer, the Health Council has revealed.
Sports galore A SPORTS programme in Huercal-Overa included chess, poker, basketball, paddle, cycling, football and a half-marathon.
Jobless €49m UP to €49.87 million government aid per month is paid to the jobless in Almeria, Public Employment Service (SPE) figures show.
On the runNEARLY 600 competitors ran in the 10km First Popular Race in Roquetas de Mar.
Painting townTWENTY-TWO artists took part in the 11th Outdoor Painting Contest in Huercal-Overa, portraying the town´s most popular spots.
Take a look ALMERIA Tourism Board representatives travelled to northern Spain, including Huesca and Lerida, to promote the province.
Naughty parents PARENTS not sending their children to school will be fined up to €1,000 in Beja, the town hall has ruled.
Cash boostTHE Spanish Red Cross collected €26,600 in Almeria thanks to the collection boxes of the ‘Dia de la Banderita’ (Day of the Little Flag), October 10, when passersby are asked for loose change.
Prison growsEL ACEBUCHE prison in Almeria is due to increase its capacity for another 500 inmates in 2013. This project has been proposed by the new manager of the prison, Miguel Angel de la Cruz.
Hard driveONE in four driving offences committed in Almeria are carried out by foreign drivers. When the offence is caught by a speed camera, it is harder to track down the offender, but this is now possible thanks to an EU system.
Paint townTWENTY-TWO artists took part in the 11th Outdoor Painting Contest in Huercal-Overa, portraying the town´s most popular spots.
Fine messPARENTS not sending their children to school will be fined up to €1,000 in Beja, the town hall has ruled.
Copper theftA 33-YEAR-OLD man was arrested for allegedly stealing 122kg of copper from six greenhouses in Nijar (Almeria).
Red handedTWO people in their 30s were arrested in Almeria when they were allegedly caught in the act of selling drugs. Five mobile phones, a scale, €1,290 and a vehicle were seized along with 76.5g of pure rock cocaine.
Castle ‘I do’THE castle in Huercal Overa can now be used for civil weddings at a cost of €100. Weddings at the town hall cost €40 weekdays and €60 weekends.
Bang to rightsA NORTH AFRICAN man, 31, of Belgium nationality was arrested in Viator (Almeria) on a Lithuanian arrest warrant in connection with a five year prison sentence for possession of illegal firearms and explosives.
Fire startedA MAN, 44, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison or setting fire to the apartment block where he lived in Vera when several of the occupants, with whom he had had previous arguments, were inside. Some were injured.
Drug toolsSOME 20 Local Police officers from Almeria have carried out a training course in order to learn how to use new drug detection methods, known as narcotest or drogotest, which the Guardia Civil has been using for several months.
Parador outFORTY per cent of the employees at the Parador in Mojacar are backing the strike organized by Paradores throughout Andalucia following problems with the collective agreement for the establishments’ staff.
Driver diesA MAN, 60, died in a traffic accident at kilometre 361.1 of the A-92 motorway in Gergal. The vehicle in which he was travelling left the road due to unknown circumstances and overturned.
Road victimRESIDENTS in Vicar are upset over the death of a local high school teacher, aged 35, who was hit by a car when he was cycling along a service lane parallel to the A-7 motorway.
White noiseFARMERS in rural areas of Dalias claim that they feel “under pressure” from the General Traffic Department as in some areas they are unable to drive over solid white lines and have to travel several kilometres to get to a roundabout.
€5.2m debtTHE Junta de Andalucia reportedly owes almost €5.2 million to Almeria Provincial Government for repairs on regional roads which have been paid for by the provincial government over 10 years.
House guttedA FAMILY from Aguadulce returned to their home to find it co
mpletely gutted by fire. The cause of the fire is not yet known, and the couple, their daughter and an elderly relative have moved into the home of another relative.
Bomb foundA GERMAN bomb used in the Spanish Civil War was found at a scrap yard in Vicar. The Guardia Civil explosives specialists were called in to deactivate and destroy the bomb. They are now investigating where it came from.
Abandoned animalsTHE animal shelter in Almeria reports that 447 animals have been found abandoned this summer, which is 10 fewer than last year. Ninety-eight per cent of the animals at the shelter are dogs and cats.
Motorcyclist compensatedALMERIA City Hall has been sentenced to pay €9,500 to a motorcyclist who fell off her motorbike in November 2001 due to a pothole in the road in the Regiones district of the city.
Birthing optionsLA INMACULADA Hospital in Huercal Overa now has a bath specially created for women who wish to give birth in water, as well as vertical birthing chairs, so that women can choose in which position they prefer to give birth.
Killer dealA MAN, aged 32 who allegedly killed a drug dealer and set his building on fire in Roquetas de Mar faces 29 years in prison, according to the Prosecutor’s Office in Almeria.
Busy classTHOUSAND children attended the education classroom at Hospital Torrecardenas during the school year.
Lights dimMOJACAR will turn on only half of its street lamps from October to March to cut down the power bill, Tourism Councillor Emmanuel Agüero has informed.
No bailoutTHE regional authorities are against bailout by Almeria’s city council of contracting company Telvent, which manages digital services in El Toyo and the ‘Digital City’, due to contract breach.
HonouredSEVERAL Civil Guard officers in Almeria were decorated for their services during National Day in military ceremonies that ran during the morning.
Cleaning upCABO de Gata-Nijar Natural Park’s beaches were cleaned of debris from the recent storms by volunteers and Almeria town hall operatives.
WantedA FUGITIVE, living in Viator (Almeria) and facing a five-year-in-prison sentence in Lithuania, is being followed by the police for illegal gunfire possession.
Rail worksA BUDGET of nearly €50 has been presented to Almeria’s city hall by the German company that may lay the Alquife railway tracks underground.
Clean jobsUP to 16 job vacancies for former Elsur company workers are available in the new public cleaning service in El Ejido.
Uni sit-inSTUDENTS organised an overnight sit-in the Almeria University, protesting against the budgetary cuts.
Bomb foundA HAND grenade dated of the Spanish Civil War was found by a man in Berja, then blown away by the Civil Guard without incidents.
Business taxOPENING a business in Huercal-Overa is now charged up to 93 per cent less, depending on the type of store and the area, the town hall ruled.
Water supplyTHE Cuevas de Almanzora water reservoir (between Vera and Huercal-Overa) multiplied its levels from 9.7 to 50 cubic hectometres after the storms, the Agriculture Council reported.
On fireA MAN aged 53 was sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting his building in Vera on fire, causing different injuries to some of his neighbours.
Roads now!REPAIRMENT of the A-350 (connecting Pulpi and Huercal-Overa) and A-334 (Huercal to Baza) roads has been urged by the Almeria Confederation of Businessmen (Asempal).
Live adviceAROUND 150 old people attended the Red Cross meeting in Roquetas de Mar, with lectures on healthy lifestyle and live music.
Road tripTHE temporary diversion to Zurgena in Los Carasoles (A-334 road, near Huercal-Olvera) was closed by the Andalucian Government, leading to claims by Zurgena’s town hall.
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