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Saturday 28 February, 2015 Edition #4594
 

Editorial: Thank you

By Jason Moore

LITTLE Eva-Deia Branson will be a lasting tribute to the wonderful village of Deia and ofcourse the Hotel La Residencia which was owned by Eva´s grandfather (Sir Richard) for so many years.  It also clearly shows that there are no hard feelings and the Branson family still love Majorca even though the attitude of the local authorities thwarted Sir Richard´s plans to open one of the most luxurious hotels in the Mediterranean at nearby Banyalbufar. Branson had big plans for Majorca. Apart from his second hotel he even contemplated producing his own brand of Virgin Olive Oil on the island using traditional Majorcan methods. But planning problems with the Banyalbufar Council meant that plans for the hotel were shelved and then Branson decided to sell the Hotel La Residencia and that really marked the end of his association with the island. Until little Eva-Deia was born, ofcourse. I sincerely hope that the Deia Council will be sending the happy parents a christening present or at least thanking them. This is a classic example of how much Majorca means to so many British people. I also hope that the local authorities will do their best to try and tempt Sir Richard Branson back to the island. In these difficult times Majorca could really use his vision and his forward thinking. So on behalf of all the readers of this newspaper Iwould like to congratulate the Branson family and for thinking of us in Majorca.

Hand luggage control increased

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By Francisco Cortez

From tomorrow  in every Spanish airport, including Palma,  all passengers’ hand luggage will undergo  close inspection from security staff to check for traces of explosives.

Palma.— While the measure could be seen as “extreme” for some, airport authorities explained yesterday that international terrorism organisations have been developing new techniques to hide explosives in hand luggage, and as such, safety and security measures in local airports will be increased, to comply with European Union laws.
Irons, hair dryers, cameras, batteries and kids toys will be inspected closely as they are part of an object on the high risk list.

Potential threats
Mobile phones, video cameras, computers, pocket calculators and pocket sized sewing machines have also been highlighted as potential threats. In total a budget of 17 million euros has been allocated  for this massive national operation, but money well be spent according to AENA director Fernando Echegaray.

Restaurant sector “wants to play with the big boys”

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Carmen Planas, president of CAEB alongside Alfonso Robledo.

Palma.—“Restauracion”, a newly formed Association resulting of the  merger between two former restaurant sector entities in Majorca, has opted to be represented by the Balearic Restaurant Confederation, in order to “compete in the Champions League”.
The other option would be to be represented by Pimem, the entity representing small and medium businesses in Majorca, an option the association president Alfonso Robledo said, was not in accordance with the entity’s future plans.

Exposure
“We opted for the Condederation (CAEB) as a matter of exposure.
“We want to be in the businesses’ Champions League and compete with the very best.”

The Bulletin returns to Palmanova

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Palma.—Today  is a very special day for Jacqui and Paul  Buttle.
They are moving from their old premises in Magalluf to a much larger and more central location in Palmanova and this weekend also marks 13 years since they began operating as the local advertising agents for the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
Our colleagues Richie and  Ayesha from Radio 1 Mallorca will be officially opening the new charity shop this morning.

Despite being “run out of Majorca”, Bransons still hold Majorca dear in their hearts

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By Humphrey Carter

Palma.—Majorca and Sir Richard Branson sadly did not part on very good terms  after his plans to transform his estate in Son Bunyola into a luxury eco-resort were frustrated by the local Mayor of Banyalbufar at the time along with  local environmentalists.
He subsuquently upped sticks, sold La Residencia Hotel in Deya and simply developed luxury resorts elsewhere in the world.
But,  news that his son Sam and wife Bella have named their first baby Eva-Deia in tribute to “one of the most beautiful villages in the world”,  was the main topic of conversation in the coffee shops and bars in Deya and Soller  yesterday morning.

As the Bulletin reported yesterday, in a tweet Branson said “We spent many happy times there as a family at our little hotel La Residencia... Perfect names for perfect babies!” Sir Richard proclaimed. But, coffee shop chat yesterday  morning was divided between the story that Branson’s son and daughter-in-law met here in Deya and that was the real reason for the name(Deia).  Another was that she was conceived here...,” according to Shirley Roberts.

Arrested Playa de Palma businessman held on remand

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More evidence seized yesterday.

Palma.—The 67-year-old businessman who was arrested earlier this week as part of the investigation into police corruption in Palma, was yesterday ordered to be held on remand in Palma prison.
The arrest was made as the Guardia Civil and the National Police continue their investigation into Local Police extortion of local businesses along the Paseo Mallorca in Palma and the Playa de Palma.
A dozen members of  the Local Police have been arrested and most have been released on bail.

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High of 14 and low 4

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