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IT’S OFFICIAL:is now the number one English news website in spain…. see page 7TheOLIVE PRESSMijas Costa FREEexpatvoice in SpainVol. 13 Issue 324…
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IT’S OFFICIAL:is now the number one English news website in spain…. see page 7TheOLIVE PRESSMijas Costa FREEexpatvoice in SpainVol. 13 Issue 324 www.theolivepress.es August 14th - August 27th 2019Spanish among best drivers DESPITE their poor reputation, Spanish drivers are not the worst on the road. That is according to the annual survey by the Spanish Royal Automobile Club (RACE). The study of 15 EU countries focuses on driving under the influence and falling asleep at the wheel. A total of 3,368 18 to 75-year-olds were quizzed from Spain, Norway, Finland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the UK. Spain has dropped to eighth for fatalities and now has 39 deaths for every million people - the European average is 51. After Sweden (25) the UK has the second lowest road death rate of 27 per million people, while the worst is Romania (99). Once on the road, two hours and seven minutes is the average time it takes a Spanish driver to take a break. That puts Spain fourth, while the Portuguese are the most frequent stoppers at just an hour and 45 minutes. Shockingly, 5.2% of Europeans admit almost falling asleep on long journeys, while the figure for Spain is 2.3%. Meanwhile, 27% of those polled admitted they would not stop at all for journeys of four hours or less. The study revealed that 43.5% of Europeans have driven after drinking, with 22% always or almost always doing so. Around 14.4% of Spaniards always or almost always drive after drinking, while it is 27.5% in the UK and 32.9% in France.YourIs 5G really killing us? We ask the experts, see page 6It’s Andalucia vs Alicante... Which area has the best grub on offer this summer?See page 40‘Left to die’British expat war veteran shocked after pleas for ambulance denied THREE times on Costa del Sol A BRITISH war veteran has slammed Spanish paramedics after claiming he was forced to ‘keep himself alive’ for 23 hours after they refused to take him to hospital. David Walter West, who served with the SAS in Afghanistan, says he was forced to lie in his own filth after falling out of bed at his home in Casares Costa. The former lieutenant colonel from Hull, 73, was recovering from a knee operation and having two pins put in his femur when he smashed his head on the bed frame and passed out. But when he woke up 12 hours later firemen and police turned up, while paramedics simply put the father-of-one back to bed. “I was worried I would die and I nearly did,” David told the OliveEXCLUSIVE By Charlie SmithPress, “I was taking deep breaths, but my lung capacity was only about 10%, it was just about staying alive.” Once paramedics arrived, they refused to take David to hospital, despite him telling them, ‘I can’t breathe’.BeggingHis health then rapidly deteriorated in the following week and the emergency services were called twice more. After the third time, his friend Luisa began ‘begging’ officials at Sabinillas Health Centre to take him to hospital, but they still refused. It was only when Luisa approached Casares Councillor Antonia Pine-BEDRIDDEN: Expat war hero David in his hospital bedda that David was transferred to the Hospital Costa del Sol, where he remains to this day, some four months later. “I personally called 061, introduced myself as a Councillor from the town hall of Casares, and requested that they send an ambulance with a medical unit so that they could attend David, who was in very bad condition,” the politician told the Olive Press. David added: “I’ve done 300 parachutejumps, been blown up twice and shot once. “I’ve had medical treatment in several countries, but there’s only Libya and Afghanistan that are worse than here.” Despite repeated attempts, no one from the Casares or Manilva town halls was available to comment. Residents between Manilva and Casares Costa have long complained of a lack of ambulances to deal with emergencies, with emergency vehicles often having to be borrowed from private companies or neighbouring Estepona. Opinion Page 6Tel: 952 147 834952 147 834See page 16 & 47TM2CRIMEwww.theolivepress.esNEWS IN BRIEF Crime against fashion OFFICERS in El Portil, Huelva discovered over 250 bumbags, Calvin Klein underpants and football shirts as a huge haul of counterfeit goods police was seized in Andalucia.Abuse claims SPANISH opera legend Placido Domingo has denied sexually harassing fellow performers after at least four women came forward with abuse claims.Peter picked A MAN has been arrested with 200 kilos of stolen red peppers in his car boot, with the Dos Hermanas resident accused of taking the produce from a farm in Sevilla.Long time no sea A FISH company has upheld legal action against Spain after a failed drugs bust saw it forced to chuck out 24 tonnes of sardines.August 14th - August 27th 2019FIND HER! As prolific fraudster Mark Acklom is finally jailed police seek mysterious Spanish wifePOLICE want to speak to the Spanish wife of serial British fraudster Mark Acklom. The conman has been jailed after pretending to be a wealthy banker and spy to swindle a single mother out of her life savings. The 46-year-old was arrested at his lakeside Zurich mansion hideaway after more than two years on the run with his Spanish wife Maria Yolanda Ros Rodriguez. It comes after Acklom connedBrit and runTWO British pensioners have reportedly been hospitalised on Spain’s Costa del Sol after they were struck by a car in La Duquesa. A woman, 70, is believed to be in hospital with two broken legs as authorities are asking for witnesses to come forward. The other injured, also 70, has reportedly been hospitalised, according to local sources. A police source told the Olive Press the car and driver have been identified but that witnesses are needed for prosecution.Carolyn Woods, 62, out of more than €320,000 after posing as an MI6 agent and promising to marry her. The Olive Press previously tracked Acklom and Rodriguez down to Murcia, where they had set up a dodgy property company. This paper also uncovered Rogriguez’s links to Cartagena, where she and her parents owned a home. Now the retired detective inspector who brought Acklom toHUNT: For Maria (right), wife of jailed Acklom (left) justice, has confirmed the wife “There is enough information of the UK’s former most wanted to speak to her,” Adam Bunting fraudster is still under investi- said. gation. Rodriguez has been known to use the aliases Yoliando Ross, Maria Long and Mary Ross. She is also a yoga enthusiast having reportedly taken regular €100-an-hour yoga sessions and always paid in cash. When asked where the money came from, Rodriguez would reportedly say her husband was ‘the right-hand man’ of tech billionaire Elon Musk. Acklom left the UK in 2013 and fled to Spain with his family where he lived under the name Marc Long. Rodriguez is understood to have returned to Spain with her children while her husband serves his sentence in the UK.Sands of crimeTHIS image (right) shows the horrific moment a street seller repeatedly stabbed a police officer on a beach in Andalucia, narrowly missing his vital organs. Tourists were heard screaming as Policia Local chief Antonio Garrido was pinned to the ground after an argument erupted. He was among four officers confiscating ‘illegal’ goods, which the seller and his pals hawked on the beach of Punta Umbria, Huelva. The seller has been arrested for attempted murder.Got a tip? Email newsdesk@theolivepress.esEXCLUSIVE‘You’re not human’ A SWEET seller has appealed an 18-month prison sentence handed to her following an alleged ‘racist attack’ by police. Meylan Martinez, 25, from Honduras was plying her trade on a Benalmadena beach without a permit. But instead of a fine, cops allegedly dragged her by the arm some 100 metres from Playa las Gaviotas, up a flight of steps and onto the paseo. After three beach security agents apprehended five-feet tall Meylan, they radioed in for two Policia Local units. One officer allegedly grabbed her neck and yelled ‘she’s not human’ and ‘I’m going to kill this one’. The former cleaner was put on Diazepam after sustaining severe neck pain and bruises on her arms. “I couldn’t stop crying after being dragged,” Meylan, who studied electrical engineering and plays bass, told the Olive Press. “People were screaming, telling the police to stop:” Karina said her sibling now ‘can’t sleep’ and ‘wakes up screaming in the night’. The town hall and police failed to comment in time for press.NEWSwww.theolivepress.esDO-GOODER: Gere meets migrantsANTONIO Banderas has hit the red carpet at the 2019 Starlight Gala in Madrid with girlfriend Nicole Kimpel. The 56-year-old actor looked dapper in a black tux while his 39-year-old partner donned a sparkling, blush coloured ball gown. The Malagueño co-hosted the charity event which helps raise money to improve the education, health and living conditions of low income families and children in Spain. It comes after the couple stepped out for the premiere of Banderas’ new film Pain & Glory in London.3Top Gere on board, saying ‘there are 121 stories.’ “These are extraordinary people, they are so strong, they lived such horrors, they were living in hell… torture, rapes, imprisonment,” he said. The Pretty Woman star said he did not care about politics and that the point was to help people in distress. “I am coming from a place with a very bizarre political situation, with a president who is putting an enormous amount of energy into dehumanizing people.”Loco for LopezKnockout performanceTYSON Fury has taken a break from his gruelling training schedule by indulging in a bit of karaoke in Mijas. The 30-year-old heavyweight boxer took to the stage for a rendition of American Pie - one of his favourite songs - at Olivia’s La Cala. Joining the ‘Gypsy King’ for the impromptu gig was TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent, who himself is a frequent reveller in Marbella with his on-off lover Gemma Collins. Mancunian Fury was then seen zipping around the luxury Costa del Sol city in his new bright red €180,000 Ferrari Portofino. The athlete loves Marbs too, and was spotted there earlier this year training with his coach and mentor Ben Davison.J-Lo at 50 impresses fans with beach body as she flies in for Costa del Sol concert AN age defying snap of Jennifer Lopez in Spain has taken the internet by storm. The 50-year-old wowed her fans with her youthful looks as she posed in a plunging swimsuit in Malaga. Posting the picture ahead of her gig at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola J-Lo added the caption: ‘Soaking in every moment.’ The image sent the singer’s followers into a frenzy with many refusing to believe herAll Wright on the night MICHELLE Keegan has shown her wild side in Spain on a rare date night with husband Mark Wright. The 32-year-old actress, of Coronation Street fame, showed off her tan in a leopard print mini-dress while her partner and former TOWIE star played it safe in black jeans and a shirt. The couple were at STK in Ibiza to spend some quality time together.Do you need a safe place for your prized possessions?Storage units from 2 m2 to keep your collection!!age. “You out here lying, telling people you 50, sis,” one person wrote, “You ain’t a day over 30.” The diva performed for more than 14,000 fans in Fuengirola with the mayors of Sevilla and ETERNAL YOUTH: Lopez Malaga said to be among the said to be favoured by Spancrowd. ish socialite Isabel Preysler. The Bronx-born singer and The singer also enjoyed a actress arrived on the Cos- meal out at the only sustainta del Sol accompanied by a able Michelin-starred restaularge entourage in two private rant in Malaga, Sollo. planes. Sollo by Diego Gallegos (inShe stayed at the Higueron set right) serves innovative Hotel and chose one of the 24 dishes of fish and caviar, all panoramic suites overlooking sourced at an on-site hydrothe Mediterranean, the same ponic farm. Performing for a little over an hour and a half, J-Lo sang her classics as well as more recent hit, Medicine. As soon as the show was over the jet setting ‘diva from the Bronx’ left for Malaga Airport to continue her tour, which will see her perform next in ICON: J-Lo wows Fuengirola crowd Egypt.Photo by: Karen RhodesShining brightRICHARD Gere has highlighted the plight of migrants stranded in the Mediterranean after the Hollywood star boarded a Spanish rescue ship. The actor met some of the 160 migrants trapped aboard the NGO boat, Proactiva Open Arms. The vessel has been stuck for two weeks off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The 69-year-old, who became a father with his Spanish wife earlier this year, appeared in a video message urging people to support the charity and the people onboard. Gere said he spoke to almost everyoneAugust 14th - August 27th 2019DOUBLE ACT: Fury (left) and Arg (right) performBarbs in Marbs FERNE McCann has been celebrating her 29th birthday in style with a fun-filled girls’ trip to Marbella. The former TOWIE star had been joined by her friend Billie Faiers on the getaway, with the pair donning chic swimwear for a glamorous beach outing. Channeling her inner Baywatch, Faiers rocked a classic red swimsuit while McCann stunned in a floral two-piece. The Marbella holiday comes after a ‘lonely’ McCann admitted she is ‘looking for love.’ The mother of one said: “Being a single parent can get really lonely sometimes. I'm still unattached, but I am looking for love, I just want to find someone who can make me laugh and call me beautiful at the same time.”4www.theolivepress.esTragic hikerthrough. Susan was not stopped at Spanish border control as officials failed to notice any discrepancy. Ryanair has launched a full investigation.Body in seaTHE body of a woman has washed up in a port in southern Spain. Police said she was aged between 50 and 60 and her corpse had not been in the water for long as it was not in a state of decomposition. A passerby found her at the breakwater of the port of Atunara in La Linea on Monday afternoon. An autopsy is underway.Lakey escapeA MISSING British tourist has been found in a lake with hypothermia. The 32-year-old solo traveller, known only as Sandy, was mysteriously found in Malaga’s La Viñuela reservoir after she disappeared from her hotel at around 6:53am. She was found 24 hours later after a 40-strong police search. She is recovering in hospital.PaupersAbandoned British mum and son fighting to stay in Costa home after alleged campaign of abuse from community administrators was stunned to be told by administrators Cymagest that her home had been sold without her knowledge and that she was facing eviction. “You can’t imagine the anxiety, shock and worry,” Victoria told the Olive Press this week, “I immediately called my solicitor only to be told that mine and my son’s home had been sold at auction because of a €25,000 debt owed in ground tax in Lee's name. “Unbeknownst to me, they had put a force of sale on the property and it was sold in September 2015… I was so shocked, how could no one have informed me? There weren’t even viewings at the property.” Unfortunately for the new owner, they bought the property with the original ruling that Victoria can stay there until her son turns 18. “I’m sure he’s furious that he can’t rent it out and make money on the place for another sevenyears,” the mum said. That, Victoria believes, has led to a sustained campaign of abuse and harassment from the administrators. The mum had to call in police last year and filed a denuncia against the president after her water was repeatedly cut off. Her and her son have also allegedly been repeatedly harassed while trying to use the pool, with the most recent encounter seeing three guards escorting her and her son from the amenity. She added: “I only want to be left to bring my son up in peace. I really worry about the effect that this is having on him. “First being abandoned by his father, then having to see men within the community acting aggressively towards his mother.” It comes just months after the Olive Press reported further allegations of harassment towards another British expat who lives under the same administrators.INCOMES in Andalucia are 26% less than other parts of Spain, figures have revealed. The average wage in the region is €19,132, some €6,722 less than the national average of €25,854. In Madrid the average wage is €34,916. The regional economy is expected to grow by 2.1% this year however, and unemployment is likely to drop to 21.2% from 23%.How much?!MALAGA city’s most exclusive apartments have gone up sale for €3.5 million. The price tag on the beachfront pads gets you four bathrooms, four be-drooms, sea views and 287 square meters of floor space. The 19th floor apartments are located in the new ‘Picasso Towers’ in the city’s Torre del Rio area.May 8th - May 21st 2019MALAGA’S iconic ‘ferris wheel’ landmark is set to be demolished to make way for a car park. Despite only being erected four years ago, the 230ft Mirador Princess is set to be removed within days. The Costa del Sol’s answer to the London Eye is said to be ‘interfe-Feelingblue Circle of life ANDALUCIAring’ with a multi-million euro plan for office development in the Muelle de Heredia area of the provincial capital, which includes a car park.Bad vibrations EXCLUSIVE By Laurence DollimoreA FORMER mechanical engineer is being forced to sleep in his car due to a mystery noise sending vibrations through his apartment. John Ewin, 73, from Surrey, claims he has not slept at his €280,000 apartment in Riviera del Sol, Mijas, since a loud humming noise began some six weeks ago. The pensioner, who worked on Hong Kong’s Shanghai Bank, once the most expensive building in the world, said he cannot pinpoint the exact source of the noise and that administrators are doing nothing to help. “I believe it’s coming from the cistern pump room, which has been turned on to run 24/7 instead of just during the day time, which is when the pool pumps come on,” Ewin, who also worked for the HiltonExpats furious as ‘mystery noises’ keep them up at nightgroup, told the Olive Press this Various neighbours have now week. “I am becoming very ill with of- made a denuncia to the Guarten only an hour of sleep a night dia Civil. The complaint includes the and some nights none at all. “I’ve not played golf in months substantial piles of duck faeces or been able to mountain bike around the swimming pool, from the exhaustion, the vi- making it inaccessible to resibration from the noise comes dents and holidaymakers. In a letter to maintenance through my pillows.” Ewin, from near Croydon, bou- company Cygamest, which ght his home in Golf Gardens, looks after the area, one resiMiraflores, in Mijas, two years dent said she was ‘absolutely disgusted’. ago. She claimed that when she brought up the duck poo with administrators, she was told CANCER “I spent over a year locating the the pool was not to be used perfect place,” he added, “now until June and that ducks are a ‘protected species’ so ‘cannot it’s just a nightmare.” Despite countless complaints be shot’. and offering to advise on sol- “It is no excuse to not deal with ving the problem Ewin, who is the problem as I am sure there being treated for prostate can- are other means,” she wrote in cer, claims his calls have fallen a scathing letter. “I think we pay more then on deaf ears. enough community fees soMobile service, tailor-madefor Brits…5has lost more blue flags for its beaches than any region in Spain, with tighter restrictions to blame. The region now has 18 fewer certified sandy strips, with Malaga and Huelva among the worst affected provinces. The Association of Environmental and Consumer Education has blamed illegal building, including some beach bars for the shocking news. Spain’s most southern region now has 98 blue flag beaches, behind Valencia with 150, Catalunya (120) and Galicia (119). Spain lost 24 blue flag beaches this year, a 4% decrease, but it still has the most world
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