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Friday 3 July, 2015 Edition #4705
 

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editorial: British police

By Jason Moore

The idea of sending British police officers to help patrol Magalluf would have probably caused more problems than it solved. At the end of the day why should British tax-payers foot the bill for a policing operation in a foreign country? I don´t think that the local authorities would have helped pay for the British policing operation and I sincerely doubt that they would have been effective because they would have had limited powers. It was a nice idea by the local authorities. In other-words they were saying to the British government, you can help us control your rowdy tourists. But at the end of the day Magalluf is a Spanish resort and it should be policed by Spanish police officers.  I do believe that more police officers are needed in Magalluf but they should be Spanish police officers not from any other country. I heard the Central government delegate Teresa Palmer make her appeal for British police to be sent to the island in Palma last year. It appeared that she was asking for scores  of officers to be posted to Magalluf. This was never the case. If anything Britain would have sent two or three police officers who would have been based in Magalluf more in a liason capacity than an operational one. But in the end the idea was rejected by the Home Office, which was not really a surprise. The local authorities should sort out Magalluf, they should not need to turn to other countries for help. Magalluf is a Majorca problem.

Ginbo named the Best Bar in the Balearics, one of the top ten in Spain

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The proud staff and owner of Ginbo with their illustrious award yesterday.

By Humphrey Carter

Of all the gin joints, in all of the Balearics, in all of Spain, the Diageo Reserve Coaster Awards 2015 for Best Bar in the Balearics had to go to Ginbo in Palma.
Diageo  is  British  and   the world’s largest producer of spirits and a major producer of beer and wine. Every year it holds national, continental and then global award ceremonies for the best bars and this year, Ginbo is the pride of the Balearics.
What is more, it is not a competition that can be entered, so the owner and staff  are over the moon with their award.
Yesterday, Santiago Cebrián Morales, who only opened the cocktail bar in 2009 with his brother, celebrated this momentus industry  award  with all of the staff.
Santi, from Girona on the mainland, said that he chose Palma because the climate and culture are  very similar to where he comes from plus the fact that Palma is a nice compact multi-cultural cosmopolitan city which  is a magnet for tourists.
A mixologist himself who has worked in New York and Barcelona, with that experience behind him he decided to open a cocktail bar specialising in gin -  hence the name which, in Catalan means good gin.
“The initial concept was to open a quality bar specializing in the very best gins and cocktails. I guess initially we began serving the classic cocktails until Argentine Matias Iriarte Tunes joined us five years ago and then we began to start thinking out of the box, experimenting and offering some new and exciting drinks. We began serving cocktails in milk bottles, jam jars, we set out to break the mould and I  like to think that this award recognises the passion, talent and care we have put into developing our cocktails and our clients over the years.
“Obviously, certain members of  staff have come and gone, but they have all played their role, left their mark and now, this great team has just won one of the most prestigious  awards in the industry.
“Another thing is that, irrespective of all the regions in Spain, Diageo only awards ten in Spain every year, so we are also one of the best ten bars in the country, it’s great for us and it’s great for Palma,” Santi said.
Mati is also excited. “We’ve been doing a lot of work on social media and over the past few months we’ve had some of the country’s best mixologists come and visit us.  In fact, on Tuesday night, the best inSpain came to see us and what we’re doing.
“We’re an international mix, we’ve got Charles Harrington-Clarke from London, Diego Bravo Chang from Ecuador, Leandro Cometta Garcia from Argentina and Borja Triñanes Dieste from Galicia and they’ve all brought something from their origins,  cultures and experiences to the menu.
“It’s like gastronomy for us, we want to give people something really special that  they can enjoy, will not forget and therefore come back and we’ve built up a real mix of clients. We’re now  50 percent local and 50 percent international “And, as in the case of Charles who has developed a specialSoller cocktail using local products, we all use what ever catches our eyes and sparks off an idea and , it looks like it’s working,” Mati added.

Hoteliers expecting a very good summer

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Hoteliers are braced for a busy summer but worried about unfair competition.

Spanish hoteliers are anticipating that this will prove to be a very good summer with the number of tourists to Spain expected to rise by some three million to 68 million, the domestic market recovering, and prices, the total number of stays and profit all on the up. Though an indicator of performance, the ratio of revenue per available room (RevPar), is increasing, it has yet to reach levels pre-crisis. Nevertheless, the improvement in profits is good news for hotels and for others - banks, employees, suppliers.
Up to and including June, international tourism was up by 4% and this is expected to have risen a further percentage point by the end of August, with various markets in addition to the “big two” of Germany and the UK performing well: among them being the French, Italians, Irish and Polish. The US market is also doing well, thanks in no small part to the dollar-euro exchange rate. Only the Russian market, expected to fall by 38%, is suffering.
Of parts of Spain, there is unevenness. Catalonia, which accounts for 28% of all tourist arrivals, can expect 4% growth, while the Canaries are likely to experience a 2% drop.
Juan Molas, the president of CEHAT (the Spanish hoteliers’ federation), stressed the importance of the recovery of the domestic Spanish market, when yesterday presenting these figures. He also had words about the “unfair competition” that hoteliers continue to face, i.e. that from rental accommodation. “We cannot be complacent and ignore this growing unfair situation.” In stressing that Spain could not bear having a situation such as that in Greece, where 25% of GDP is in the form of the underground economy, he called on regional governments to introduce regulation that would be as standardised as possible for the good of all.

Palma goes back to Catalan

The new administration at Palma City Council has annulled an instruction issued by ex-mayor Mateo Isern regarding the use of language in council communications. It is thus re-establishing articles pertaining to “linguistic normalisation” which state that local government, as a rule, should carry out the processing of records in Catalan.
Therefore, certifications and other documentation will be in Catalan unless someone wishes to ask for versions in Castellano. Language standardisation, in Catalan, will apply to letters and other documents sent to public authorities in the Balearics and other places where Catalan is the official language as well as to those sent to private individuals unless a specific request is made that they be in Castellano. Council notices, circulars and internal documents will also be in Catalan.
The council’s spokesperson, Neus Truyol, said that this “return to the rules of linguistic normalisation” reverses “a consensus” on language that had existed for many years and which Isern had broken.

Palmanova flag gets Council of Majorca approval

The Council of Majorca has given its approval for the flagpole with the Spanish flag on the roundabout at the entrance to Palmanova to be reinstalled.
This decision of the Council’s urban planning and roads department comes a few days after the town hall in Calvia blocked the purchase of a new flagpole, considering that it could not proceed without knowing the outcome of a technical report, one related to safety issues.
Controversy arose last week when the Partido Popular opposition accused the council’s administration of preventing the reinstallation of the Spanish flag, the flagpole itself having become unusable because of various deficiencies.
In order to replace it, the previous PP council had put the acquisition of a new flagpole out to tender, with the information pertaining to this appearing on the council’s website.
However, this information disappeared on 22 June. The following day, the new mayor, Alfonso Rodríguez, said that on 10 June - three days before the new council administration was constituted - a request for authorisation from the Council of Majorca had been submitted; the flag and the flagpole act as a memorial to the two Guardia Civil officers who were killed when an ETA bomb exploded outside the Palmanova barracks.
The new administration had, therefore, halted proceedings pending the receipt of a favourable report from the Council.

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