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Children’s food needs covered for the summer in Albox

PARENTS can breathe a sigh of relief as their children are guaranteed a meal at school during the summer season.The municipal summer school service, funded by Almeria Provincial Council together with Albox Council, has registered a record-breaking number of children this year, with the 140 available places likely to be…

Berja fights Balanegra independence

CATALUÑA does not have a monopoly on separatist sentiments.Balanegra has them, too. Until now the small town, which has a population of 2,835, was a suburb of Berja (population 12,488) but recently declared a municipality in its own right.Balanegra is satisfied with the new arrangement after negotiating for independence from…

Drowned town of Beninar pays its debt

THE Beninar reservoir takes its name from the village that now lies beneath its waters.It disappeared when the dam was built decades ago and many of the inhabitants made new homes in Hirmes, an outlying district which is all that remains of the village.Despite its closeness to a reservoir, paradoxically…

Baby boom in Almeria Province

SPAIN’S birth rate climbed for the first time in five years.The increase is a minimal 0.1 per cent, but the slight increase announced by the national statistics’ office INE is a classic sign of economic recovery.The rise was even more marked in Almeria where the birth rate rose by 1.2…

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Almeria Province takes defibrillators to heart

A THIRD of Andalucia’s cardio-safe zones are located in Almeria Province.Not counting those in hospitals and health centres, there are 92 semiautomatic defibrillators installed throughout the province which is committed to the “four-step chain of survival” for victims of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).The third step – defibrillation - follows on…

Girl, 9, shot in Almeria City clan feud

THREE men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a nine-year-old girl in Almeria City.She was near the window of her first-floor home in El Puche when she was caught in crossfire between two rival clans based in the conflictive neighbourhood. Witnesses said later that they heard between…

Beach given all-clear after medical alert

THE El Playazo beach in Vera was given the all-clear on the summer’s hottest day so far.The beach was closed to swimmers on June 23 after local health centres treated an increasing number of patients who complained of coughs and rashes.All had one thing in common:  they had been swimming…

New rector takes over at Almeria University

CARMELO RODRIGUEZ, whose appointment was announced months ago, was officially installed as rector of Almeria University.He succeeds Pedro Molina Garcia who presented the new rector, equivalent to a vice-chancellor, with the traditional medal of office, baton and biretta during the ceremony.The investiture was attended by the new head of the…

Huercal-Overa beach bus returns next week

THE “Huercal-Overa a la Playa” bus to San Juan Terreros beach commences on July 12.“Hundreds of residents took the bus to the coast last year and we have had many enquiries, asking if it would return this summer,” explained Huercal-Overa councillor Monica Navarro. The bus will set out from the…

Love, life and murder for Almeria-set series ‘Mar de Plastico’

SHOOTING has finished for the time being on Antena 3’s new thriller 'Mar de Plastico.'The plastic sea that the title refers to is, of course, the landscape of polytunnels that are a part of the Almeria landscape.The plot centres on the murdered daughter of the local mayor and involves African…

The Luvvies serve up success in Arboleas with Dinnerladies adaptation

THE weekend of June 26 – 28 at the Teatro Pedro Gilabert in Arboleas was the culmination of a great deal of effort by a great many people.The Luvvies production of Dinnerladies drew full audiences on every day over the three days, proving that the hard work put in by…

Agrifood growers satisfied with Ortiz meeting

MARIA DEL CARMEN ORTIZ RIVAS had her first formal meeting with representatives from Almeria’s agrifood sector.Ortiz, who is the new head of the regional government’s department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, was born in Fiñana. Local growers and farmers had already expressed satisfaction at the appointment of a local…

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