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Wednesday 25 September, 2013 Edition #4146

D-Day for the big residence permit motion

Breaking News

By Jason Moore

Palma.—Calvia´s 15,000 non-Spanish residents were being urged yesterday to attend a council meeting tomorrow in which the council will pass a motion aimed at replacing the dreaded green residence certificate with our old style residence card.

The council meeting starts at 12pm but the residence permit issue will not be discussed until later because there are other issues on the agenda first, including a motion by the socialist party on the three-language education system. Councillor Angie Guerrero was busy yesterday preparing her speech for today. She has championed this cause in Calvia and it is thanks to her that the motion has actually come to a council meeting.

"It will be nice if as many members of the non-Spanish community could attend the meeting and offer moral support. Also, their presence will underline how important this issue is for the foreign community in Calvia," Councillor Guerrero said yesterday. This is the first time that she has made a speech at council meeting level but her colleagues have said that she will have little problem because it is an issue which is close to her heart.

From Majorca to the Isle of Wight

Anna with the Bulletin after Cabrera swim.

By Humphrey Carter

Last year Anna Wardley from Hampshire began a five island charity swim here in Majorca when she swam round Dragonera.

Palma.—And, at the end of last week, she completed her fourth charity swim becoming the first person to swim solo round the Isle of Wight for nearly 30 years.

Not only did she begin with a swim round Dragonera last year, she also returned to Majorca this year from training by swimming from Cabrera to Colonia Sant Jordi.

And now, Anna Wardley, 37, from Gosport, completed the 60-mile (96.6km) route from Ryde Sands.

New strike against Hells Angels gang

The Guardia Civil and National Police squads swooped yesterday. photos: alejandro sepulveda.

By Humphrey Carter

The National Police and the Guardia Civil serious crime and drugs squads mounted part two of Operation Hells Angels yesterday morning.

Palma.—Armed officers from both forces stormed five properties and arrested four people yesterday but this time, the suspects were not German nationals, but Spaniards, thought to have been operating as local contacts for the German gang which was dismantled in an island-wide operation last month.

Officers wearing ski masks mounted the operation at 10am yesterday when teams simultaneously stormed five properties in and around Palma.

UK travel chiefs pour cold water on claims of record summer season

Warm start to autumn but a cold winter lies ahead for the tourist industry. photo: jaume morey

By Humphrey Carter

As the Bulletin reported yesterday, the only winners this summ er have been the hoteliers with resorts bars, restaurants and shops having suffered again.

Palma.—With headlines across Spain of a record summer season sparked by claims made by the Minister for Industry and Tourism, Jose Manuel Soria on Monday, leading travel chiefs in the United Kingdom were quick to question the claims and warned of a cold winter with summer 2014 looking somewhat worrying.

Hugh Morgan, the newly promoted Chairman of the Monarch Travel Group, said yesterday that Soria appears confused.

"From a UKperspective, and I am talking right across the board, it has not been a record season, especially for Spain and the Balearics.

"He may be confusing the markets. With the Germans and the French pulling out of Egypt at such late notice, Spain was about their only alternative destination but here in the UK, all of the tour operations enjoyed a lot of very early business so come the middle of the summer we had already sold a lot of package holidays.

Eroski launches “Plant a tree” campaign

Palma.—Supermarket chain Eroski and the Balearic Nature Institute launched the "Plant life, take care of the Balearics" campaign this week to help reforest the public areas affected by this year’s forest fires.

Until 31 January 2014, Eroski customers can collect coupons for every 20 euros spent in the supermarket and, for every booklet they complete, one tree will be planted in one of the five areas selected by the Institute.

Pilot programme created for patients with chronic diseases

Depression, anxiety, mental problems, back pain and arthritis. These are, according to a report published yesterday by the Balearic Institute of Health, the main reasons for complaints from patients with chronic problems. Given the results, health authorities have decided to start a pilot programme to deal better with and treat patients with chronic complaints. A new information system has been tested and approved, which means medical staff from primary care facilities and doctors in hospitals can now work together, access a patient’s medical records and better regulate the patient’s condition and by doing so improve their daily lives.

Balearics to push local industry at Barcelona boat show

The Tourism Agency and the Balearic Port Authority is currently taking part in the Barcelona Boat Show which runs until Sunday.

According to local government sources, the primary aim of the promotional campaign is to boost the region’s standing as a first class nautical destination.

The Balearic stands will be promoting the island’s recreational market and also its professional sector and a number of boat yards and repair and refit companies are part of the Balearic exhibition stand.

Orchestra joins protest concert against cuts

Palma.—Twenty three orchestras from all over Spain, including the Balearic Symphony Orchestra, participated in a simultaneous protest concert spread across 16 cities all over the country, including Palma on Monday.

Hundreds of people gathered in Plaza d’Espanya and joined the orchestra to sing and protest against the rise in cultural taxes and the cuts implemented by the government.

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