Author: Mirelle Toddington

Budget insult again

Budget insult again for Orihuela Costa   The Popular Party-Citizens government has produced a draft emergency budget to be approved this week providing for what they call ‘priority investments’.   Nearly half way through the year, the budget for 2017 has still not been prepared. The priority investments in fact respond to the government caving in to pressure from traditional voters in particular from La Aparecida, a 2,000 people village some 15 minutes from Orihuela city which has an unfinished multi-million euro civic centre. Therefore, €900,000 of the €1.3 million emergency budget will go to the cost of finalising the...

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Big cash sales to be reported

  Spanish stores are to flag up foreigners spending more than 10,000 euros in cash. The Spanish government has announced further plans to crack down on money laundering through a series of measures that include tougher sanctions against wrongdoers, guaranteed anonymity for whistle-blowers, and requiring stores to flag up purchases of more than €10,000. The proposals are outlined in an Economy Ministry document that is up for public consultation until 10th June and which aims to bring Spanish law into line with an European Union (EU) directive from May 2015. Spanish law already includes most of the measures outlined in the EU directive, but some articles require adapting, particularly in relation to legal authority to impose sanctions. The government wants to bring sanctions up to date, “making them compatible with the maximum limits outlined in the European directive,” which means improving detection and making it easier for people to report money laundering by offering greater confidentiality. The idea is not to make any “fundamental modification” to the law on money laundering and financing terrorism, but to toughen penalties. Regarding payments in cash, the limit for non-residents in Spain will remain at €15,000, but retailers will have to introduce anti-money laundering measures on purchases of more than €10,000. For residents, the limit is €2,500. Aside from toughening the sanctions, the Economy Ministry’s document looks at changing the structure of business...

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APAH goes to Iceland

APAH goes to Iceland   Once again staff at the Iceland store in San Javier have chosen to support local animal charity APAH throughout 2017 and recently hosted an Easter Fair in aid of the cause. Luckily the weather on the day was sunny and Iceland’s staff and customers were as supportive of APAH as ever. Thanks to the hard work of APAH’s volunteers, there were lots of raffle tickets sold for the chance to win some fabulous prizes. These included: Iceland vouchers, and meals and gifts kindly donated by local businesses. There was a Tombola stall, which proved...

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Facebook user faces huge fine

    A facebook user has been issued a fine of 30,000 euros for posting an uncomplimentary video of a police officer online. Last November a Facebook user in Spain posted a video of a police officer who failed to catch a suspect he was chasing. The scene was filmed from inside a car in the north-western city of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia. In the video, which has now been removed, a voice can be heard seemingly mocking the police officer for being out of shape. The Facebook post received more than 300 shares and 17,000 views, according...

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Drug driving crackdown

The Local Police in Orihuela revealed that authorities have put officers through an intense training programme aimed at detecting drug use in drivers. The aim of the course was to enable officers to evaluate the signs and symptoms displayed by drivers. Officers covering the city, coast and parishes can now carry out the relevant tests and controls which provide an effective system to detect drugs in drivers who show signs of consumption of illegal substances. The Councillor of Citizen Security, Mariola Rocamora, stressed the importance of the training course “for the updating of knowledge to ensure a better service...

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