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DNA evidence implicates Brit as Dutch rape suspect walks free

SPAIN´S Supreme Court has overturned part of a prison sentence being served by Dutch national Romano Liberto van der Dussen, after new DNA evidence implicating a British suspect was released. In 2005, Van der Dussen was sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison for the sexual assault, attempted rape, injury and…

Costa del Sol gets chilly as Spring drags its heels

FEBRUARY 2016 ushers another cold snap into Spain as temperatures plummet and clouds roll in. Down on the Costa del Sol, sun-worshippers may have to dig out a sweater as the mostly temperate climes witnessed in December and January give way to cloudy skies, bracing winds, showers and a distinct…

Tourists to donate trees to Estepona

THE ESTEPONA Council has signed an agreement with tourism company Time in Spain Holidays S.L. according to a press release issued on February 8 whereby it is intended to plant 185 different species of trees in Seghers Public Park. Deputy Mayor Blas Ruzafa explained that this was a very important…

Malaga residents fight to shrink sprawling restaurant terraces

A MALAGA city council proposal to reduce the amount of street space occupied by restaurant terraces is being strongly opposed by the city's caterers. Two hospitality associations Amares and Mahos are representing the interests of restaurateurs and bar owners at an open-meeting chaired by the Municipal Department of Public Roads…

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Nissan helps Marbella go green

ON FEBRUARY 9, the director of Project Zero Emissions Nissan Iberia, Javier Redondo, and the manager of Nissan Concesol, Jose Antonio Martin, presented two electric vehicles to the city of Marbella saying that "it is essential to anticipate environmental problems and public health promotion policies with zero-emission vehicles." In accepting…

Natural born lovers

IT SOUNDS like an avian film plot but is resoundingly true. Two eagles, who escaped the claws of their owners in Malaga province, met one another and have been mating in their new love nest in the pines of Calle Ruy Lopez near Malaga centre. The nest is a mere…

Basketball for Debra in Marbella

FOR THE second year, the old town of Marbella will be transformed into a giant basketball court thanks to a combination of the Basketball Club Marbella, the Association of Merchants and the Debra charity with the agreement of the Ayuntamiento. This was announced on the morning of February 9 by…

Tree-killing pest spotted around Mijas

MIJAS residents have been asked to assist the town hall in tracking down red palm weevils, a ´snout-nosed´ beetle which can be deadly to trees if not caught in time, reports from February 9 confirm. Red palm weevil larvae is known for boring large holes in palm trunks, which weakens…

Malaga carnival closes with alleged kidnapping claims

UPDATE: More details have emerged about the alleged attempted child abduction at Malaga´s carnival celebrations on the evening of February 6. Police have confirmed that the suspect is a Malaga local, aged 47, and that he was wearing an FBI agent´s uniform as his carnival costume. Video footage of the…

Spanish town celebrates Shrove Tuesday with powder fight

ANDALUCIAN town Tolox, in the province of Malaga, will host its annual Fiesta del Dia de los Polvos (Powder Day Festival) on Shrove Tuesday 2016, which falls on February 9 this year. Locals and tourists will gather to take part in a 19th Century tradition that sees talcum powder or…

Mijas police fear legionella outbreak

DURING the last few days of January, a story began to emerge concerning worries that officers employed in Mijas by the Local Police had with regards to a possible outbreak of legionella in the police station. What is not disputed is the fact the showers in the station have been…

Torremolinos gets a new king (for a day)

ON FEBRUARY 8, the Association of Merchants and Entrepreneurs Torremolinos (ACET) will crown a local consumer ´king for a day´. In collaboration with the local Chamber of Commerce, the ACET contest is part of a campaign to encourage the growth of small businesses launched with the help of the organisation…
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