A BAR worker hit by a bottle thrown by a prostitute says police have their hands tied when they make an arrest. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, works in a bar in Magaluf, Calvia.
In the incident he and co-workers managed to apprehend and hold the alleged attacker until Local Police arrived. But, he says, when taken to the Guardia Civil in Son Bugadellas the officer in charge refused to make a report.
The barman said: “The local police had to beg him to show an interest in what I had to say. “The officer said the court would probably throw out the case, and we were wasting my time and theirs.”
“The police on the scene had begged me to make a report so they had something on her!
“I feel sorry for the police because they get criticism, but it seems the people at the top have no interest in tourism or the residents.”
THIEVES have struck on an ‘art route’ project in rural Cas Perets de ses Salines. They have made off with one of six pieces that together made up a project by artist Aina Maria Lliteras.
Now the town hall, artists involved in the project and the local residents’ association have called on the thief to return the work. In a statement they expressed their sadness at “this act of vandalism which could put in danger this type of project.”
Called Art i Nature the route started on April 28 and runs until June 29. It contained sculptures called Elfs featuring three sculptures with six pieces. Each measured one metre 65 centimetres high and two-and-a-half metres wide. But now one of the pieces has been stolen.
The value of the sculpture is unknown but just the materials cost more than €7,000. Aina Maria Lliteras is particularly upset by this incident as she agreed to exhibit these pieces to help the new and innovative project that combines art and nature.
Police, who are questioning local people, say they have some leads. They are appealing to any person with information to contact them in ses Salines
YOUNG cast members of a recent show that raised cash for charity had a chance to meet the beneficiary of their generosity. The actors who featured in Bugsy Malone in March, came together again this week to make a presentation at the Allen Graham Charity Shop in Puerto Pollença.
The presentation was for a young man named Saliu.He came to Mallorca when he was 12-years-old. He had originally travelled from Senegal to The Canary Islands in a nine hour journey with 90 others.
Saliu explained: “In Senegal there are no rules, children do not have to go to school, and I didn’t realise that life would be so different in Spain.”
On arrival he was taken to a children’s home and went to school. Luckily at 18, he was offered an apartment with the Allen Graham Foundation, which paid for his studies and gave him a living allowance.
The Allen Graham foundation can only offer limited accommodation for over 18s. Nickie Baylis, who with Nicki Liles produced Bugsy Malone said: “We are delighted that Saliu now has such a bright future. The €600 that was donated by N2 productions today, following the production of Bugsy Malone, along with the €250 donated by NOMADS, will ensure that Saliu is able to learn to drive.
“This is a valuable life skill that will improve his chances of finding work when he has finished his studies”.
ALTHOUGH eyebrows were raised and many people were 'not amused' at the early release of the Pryce/Huhne duo, strange as it may seem I’m not one of them.
If you are not a member of the habitual criminal fraternity, where prison terms can often raise standing among your peers, and your lifestyle is more centred around those to whom unlawful activity is not accepted as the norm, life can become very difficult indeed.
Although you are no longer gazing out from behind prison bars, your sentence still continues. It simply changes to a far more complex series of problems, and often severe psychological trauma, which can often last for years.
I speak from personal experience when I can tell you I still occasionally come up against some form of recrimination or discrimination because of my term as a guest of her Majesty, and that was an unbeleivable 40 years ago!
The immediate aftermath for these two will be traumatic in the extreme. They will discover that their whole social scene will have changed completely. Many who they thought were friends, will blank them. Invitations will become sparse. They will find themselves no longer welcome at many local events, charity dos and so forth.
Even a trip down to the pub can become a traumatic exercise. Sometime after my release, I was actually ejected from my local in Sunningdale while I was sharing a half pint with friends after a game of tennis. At my somewhat feeble protestations as to why? The Landlord and couple of extremely large 'helpers' simply told me they didn’t want 'my type' in the pub.
At the time I was actually devastated and still find myself affected when I recall the event. Even more recently I lost a 60’s tour because the promoter thought I would be remembered more for my prison term than my three-and-a-half million selling Little Arrows record!
So you get the point. Another three months in the nick wouldn’t have made the slightest difference to these two. In fact it would probably do ‘em a favour by keeping them away from ‘grim reality’ a while longer.
Believe me, their sentence goes on and unfortunately will for the rest of their days. Pity more than prison would be a more appropriate attitude toward these two. I wish ‘em the best of luck.
I’m delighted to report that part three of my autobiography is finally completed. Only took 30 years!
Hopefully with sponsorship it will be available soon. I’m also delighted to report I have already sold 3,000 copies of Part One and Two. I hope this third offering comes up to standard and expectations. I’ll let ya know when it ‘escapes’
A multitude of love and congrats to my lovely daughter Charlene. Pregnant at last after seven years of ‘practice’. You’ve made an old grump very happy.
Keep the Faith
Published in Leapy Lee
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THIS Saturday the Pirates Charity Premiere will celebrate its 10th year supporting Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. The Pirates Charity Premiere has raised more than €600,000 for GOSH over the last nine years.
This year six families from GOSH will be coming to the island for a VIP week courtesy of Thompson. They will be guests of honour at the Pirates Charity Premiere along with this year's celebrities including East Enders actress Cheryl Fergison, The Only Way Is Essex beauty Lydia Bright, and one of the island's favourite celebrities, Claire Sweeney.
The Pirates are promising a spectacular night of incredible entertainment and fun whilst raising money for a very worthy cause.
There will be lots of different ways the audience can donate to the charity throughout the evening, including a raffle, special prize draw, silent and main auctions and collection boxes.
With the landmark 10th year in mind, the Globo Balear team have been doing a range of other fundraising events including the Massanella mountain climb, the marathon for Ayesha, the Easter Egg Smashing on Radio One Mallorca and most recently at last weekend's Europe Day, Richie's Head Shave.
Through these events alone they have already raised €5,000.
To make table reservations for Pirates Charity Premiere call 971 130 411.
DURING May and June more than 700 Russian travel agents will visit establishments that the Barcelo hotel chain has in Mallorca. Indications are that the Russian market has come to Mallorca and the Barcelo Hotels and Resorts to stay, says the company.
On the island it is classing the Russian tourist market as the third most important, after the German and the British. According to the regional director of the Balearic Islands of Barcelo Hotels and Resorts, Pep Canals, there are three main reasons for the increase in tourists from Russia.
Firstly the increase in air connections from Russia to Mallorca, secondly the hotels have had hotel menus, stationary and information cards translated into Russian and thirdly they have employed Russian speaking staff.
A READER has contacted the Mallorca office of the Euro Weekly News to warn other people about a possible computer scam. Mrs P. R. from near Inca had been experiencing problems with her computer. She then received a telephone call by a ‘foreign’ sounding man saying he represented Microsoft and wanted to help her.
The woman was surprised at first as she had not reported the problem to anybody. The man told her to switch on her computer and they would go through the computer together. This raised the lady’s suspicions so she questioned him as to where he was calling from, to which he replied Manchester (U.K.). But when she asked where in Manchester he hung up.
MARINE conservation group Earthrace Conservation held a peaceful protest on the beach behind ‘Marineland’ (Calvia) on Monday. The group contacted The Euro Weekly News as they wanted people in Mallorca to be aware of how many dolphins and whales have died in captivity.
On a section of the beach members of the group marked an outline of a dolphin. The inside they filled with small crosses and on each one they had written the name of the animal that has died in captivity. The country in which the animal had died was also written on it.
In total there were 5,500 crosses and 20 new ones since September 2012. People on the beach asked the group about what they were doing and even joined in. There are still 2,200 dolphins, 40 orca and almost 200 beluga whales around the world in captivity.
Spain nationally is in the top10 for cetacean species in captivity. Beverly Bailey from Earthrace said: “The only circumstances that are acceptable for any cetacean to be kept in captivity is temporarily in the event of a stranding or rescue followed by a rehabilitation and release program.”
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