John Smith

John Smith

THE Mayor of La Linea alongside two of his councillors and the National Government representative from Cadiz oversaw the return of two rescued turtles to the sea.

Having spent a period of time recuperating at the Center of Management of the Marine Environment Andaluz (CEGMA) the two reptiles were sufficiently recovered to be taken to the Levante Beach in La Linea to be coaxed back into the sea.

One of the Loggerhead turtles was an adult weighing in excess of 50 kilos whilst the other was a juvenile but both had been discovered on the beaches some time ago, clearly stranded and it is assumed that they were both weakened by ingesting harmful substances such as plastic.

The adult turtle had been rescued four years ago in Valencia so that this was its second lucky escape and it was mentioned during the release that one third of all of the turtles stranded on the beaches of Andalucia are found on the Cadiz Coast.

CONSERVATIVE MP Nicky Morgan, Chairman of the UK Treasury Committee has written to the Chancellor regarding possible loss of pension payments and insurance for expatriates.

It appears that what are known as cross-border insurance policies may no longer be permitted following Brexit unless some form of agreement is reached between the UK and European Union.

In essence, a number of policies which run after March 2019 have been sold to customers under passporting arrangements which allow for the insurers to make payments into the EU but these arrangements will in theory be stopped post Brexit unless some form of agreement is reached.

Pensioners in particular should not immediately worry as it is believed that state and other pensions paid into UK accounts should be safe but there may be some difficulty in respect of private pensions paid in euros into EU accounts.

The same may be true for other insurance policies also written in the UK but covering properties, lives or other matters in Spain.

This is not some form of crafty trick by insurance companies but a situation which means that without some form of agreement, they will either have to withhold payment or risk breaking the law.

So far, the United Kingdom has indicated that part of the initial discussions involved cross-border sales of goods and materials but according to the Treasury Committee, both the UK and EU appear to have overlooked this form of sales.

As it could take anywhere from nine to 18 months for legislation to be put in place to allow these transfers or for British insurers to either set up subsidiaries abroad or transfer their existing portfolios to third parties, the problem is quite urgent.

In her letter to Chancellor, Philip Hammond, Miss Morgan said “The possibility that UK providers may not be legally able to pay out pensions or insurance contracts to citizens in the EU – including UK expats – is a stark example of the consequences of a ‘cliff edge’ Brexit.”

She went on to say that “It is therefore surprising that there have been no position papers from the [European] commission or the government proposing how it might be addressed.”

It is estimated that there may be several hundred thousand contracts which could be affected and therefore this intervention by the Treasury Committee is clearly very timely, especially considering that it could affect the British finance industry and a large number of expatriates.

MARIA ELISA TULIÁN a 21-year-old from Mallorca battled against 51 other contestants to be declared Miss World Spain in Girona last Saturday.

Describing herself as "sympathetic, enterprising, responsible and, above all, very fierce" the drama student represented the Balearics and over a period of days prior to the Saturday Gala had to win one of seven events in order to take her place in the final.

Eli Tulián as she likes to be known won the sports test, but other tests included talent, multimedia, top model, regional costume test, bathing costume and beauty with a purpose, so she found herself on the night of the final against six other girls.

After a preliminary round, the final five were chosen, Eli triumphed, was crowned Miss World Spain and will now go forward to take part in the 67th Miss World competition  which will be held in China in November with an expected 100+ contestants.

BRITISH airline easyJet is to fit new air filtration systems into  its passenger cabins and cockpits to stop toxic fumes entering in a move seen as the industry’s first acknowledgment of “aerotoxic syndrome” that can be dangerous and may explain sudden illness in pilots and passengers.

Tests on these new filters will take place in early 2018.

The NHS in the UK has set up a special unit at St Thomas’s Hospital in London to help those who have been affected by toxic fumes on board aircraft.

The Euro Weekly News  recently wrote about the dangers of aerotoxic syndrome which many airlines refused to recognise. The full story may be read here and basically explains that in order to save money, airlines had taken advantage of an international agreement to allow the ‘wet seals’ that filter oil to have a life expectancy of 30,000 flight miles from the original 5,000 flight miles.

According to the Aerotoxic Association, a decision was made in 1963 to cease drawing air into the cabin through the fuselage to the use of what is known as ‘bleed air’ which is taken from the engines and mixed with 50 per cent of re-circulated cabin air.

These two actions are said to have led to an increase in the amount of episodes of ‘fume event’ which is often dismissed as simply some blue or white smoke but in fact may be toxic and is alleged to have adversely affected up to 250,000 people including many pilots and crew.

It remains to be seen whether other airlines will follow easyJet although there is a fear that many will not wish to admit to the supposed problem for fear of receiving financial claims from those affected, especially pilots and crew.

AN all singing all dancing show highlighting some of the best musical performances of the 1980s has been touring the UK for nine years and its producers will be here next week.

Vikki Holland-Bowyer and Greg Stevenson are the producers and main performers in the 80s Mania show where 14 singers and dancers relive the best songs of no less than 28 fabulous acts.

The duo, who are a couple in real life, are travelling to the Costa del Sol to discuss arrangements to bring over their Abba and Carpenters tribute shows to a large auditorium but thought it would be fun to give customers at smaller venues a taste of what they do.

Armed with music featuring professionals from the main show and recorded in their state of the art studio, the pair of voice impersonators will present at least 25 different numbers from such diverse artists as Madonna, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Adam Ant, Kim Wilde and Tony Hadley amongst others.

They won’t be able to perform their usual regular costume changes but they will be wearing 1980s clothes and they hope that those who attend the performances will also dress similarly and get ready to dance the night away.

The 80s Reunion Disco Party will appear at Olivia’s Restaurant in La Cala de Mijas on Friday September 22 and then at The Beach House Marbella the following night.

A RECENT Spanish development for unborn babies known as the Babypod is available for pregnant women at a cost of €149.95.

This small intra-vaginal device stimulates neural development in unborn babies through music.

The company which has been set up by four scientists says studies show that it encourages communication and vocalisation in babies before birth through the music streamed.

Babypod gives them their first musical and learning experience and is far more effective than other devices affixed to the stomach.

Not everyone agrees however as it has been singled out for an Ig Nobel in this year’s annual awards presented by humorous American scientific magazine Annals of Improbable Research.

At least the inventors showed their sense of humour by flying to California at their expense to collect the award.

THOSE living in Javea who enjoy music, big bikes and classic cars have time to catch the Big Heart of Javea Day this Sunday.

It will run from11am to 5pm in the Avenida Augusta with a motor show, Buddy Pauls Big Band and Elvis tribute Athan James.

Entry is free and there will be plenty of food and drink to purchase including a Hog Roast with any donations being shared by a number of different charities.

A DELEGATION from Gibraltar met with representatives of the British Government in London yesterday (Tuesday).

Their wide agenda included discussions with officials from the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office, the Department for Exiting the European Union, the Home Office, the Department for Transport, DEFRA, the Department of International Trade, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Treasury.

This meeting was held in preparation for the next formal round of talks under the Joint Ministerial Council for Gibraltar EU Exit and also covered other matters of relevance to the Territory.

The delegation which included the Attorney General and Representative in London went on for further meetings with business leaders the following day before preparing to return to Gibraltar on Thursday.

THE 12th Marbella International Film Festival of which Euro Weekly News is proud to be a sponsor will take place from October 4 to 8.

Mac Chakaveh the brain behind the festival is a businessman with financial interests in a TV company and in Marbella who wanted to see a promotion of the city in order to generate a greater interest in the culture and also employment.

With his contacts, he put together a competition and festival that now in its 12th year has attracted entries from 1,000 film-makers from all over the world, some of whom are competing for prizes in different categories and others who have agreed to hold their world or Spanish premieres in Marbella.

A short-list of some 40 films has been produced and will be judged by a network of industry experts, with each film having a showing at the Cinema Goya in Puerto Banus with screenings in the afternoons and evenings of the event.

Last year saw London Heist which starred Craig Fairbrass being premiered and this year his latest film, much of which was shot in or around Marbella, Rise of the Foot Soldier 3 will be shown and is one of the films expected to attract a great deal of interest.

This is a prequel to the highly successful Rise of the Foot Soldier franchise, concentrating on Pat Tate, the character played by Craig Fairbrass in a story of Essex, drugs and rock and roll with special appearances from Larry Lamb and Shaun Ryder, singer from the Happy Mondays.

So successful has the Marbella International Film Festival been that it now attracts major figures from the international movie industry, with artists, directors and producers from many countries already confirming that they will be attending.

Countries from which delegates will arrive include Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Georgia, Holland, India, Iran, Japan, Spain, the UK, USA and Venezuela all of whom will be interested in networking and seeing the facilities that Marbella is able to offer to film-makers.

Every day there will be a workshop at the H10 Andalucia Plaza followed by the screenings and there are three very interesting guests from the UK already confirmed as visiting who we expect to interview in the run up to the festival.

Michelle Collins is perhaps best remembered for her portrayal of Cindy Beale in Eastenders although she has appeared in many films and TV series since.

Currently she has completed a short film Black Road as well as appearing in British film The More You Ignore Me, a story about mental illness, Morrissey and guinea pigs alongside some of Britain’s most popular character actors.

Tim McInnerny who has found a brand new audience playing Robett Glover in huge hit, Game of Thrones after major roles in Notting Hill and The Blackadder series where he played the much put upon Lord Percy and then Captain Darling has been working steadily, mainly in TV since 1982.

Timothy Spall graduated from the Royal Academy for Dramatic Arts and initially spent his early working life in the theatre but landed the role of Barry in the ITV comedy-drama series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet which ran for four series.

From there, he found plenty of work on the small screen as well as becoming a much sought after movie actor obtaining roles in the Harry Potter movies, The King’s Speech and starring as the British artist J W M. Turner in Mr Turner which won him the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

With three films in post-production at the moment, he has become a busy and popular actor with a career that spans four decades and whose son Rafe has followed him into the acting profession.

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A SPECIAL animal protection organisation in Altea, Somos Gos, has taken a particular interest in a swan which they have named Paco.

He has been injured on more than one occasion but manages to live on, with the help of the association, volunteers and a local vet.

After his second injury he appeared to become depressed and lost his appetite but the dedication of those looking after him is beginning to pay off.

Now firmly ensconced on a local beach and with veterinarian Chema prepared to visit and treat him there, he is on the mend.

Chema has examined Paco and removed some feathers which had become useless as the swan had been unable to move one of his wings and it is hoped that this action will help Paco to strengthen his muscles.

He is visited regularly and fed with the same food so that he does not need to move elsewhere and so that he can have medicine added to his regular feed if needed,

Blood tests have been positive but he does appear to have a high level of cholesterol possibly caused by well-meaning people offering to feed him with white bread and even crisps.

Somos Gos wants to see a sign erected warning people about the dangers of allowing dogs near to ducks and swans and also asking them not to feed him.

Volunteers who can help by producing the sign, pay veterinary bills or just to give their time to the association should visit the Somos Gos Facebook page which also shows a number of cats and dogs looking for forever homes.

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