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12 NEWS Busy city Málaga welcomed over 31,000 cruise ship passengers to the city during Easter week. The busiest day was Wednesday when 8,000 visitors arrived, followed by another 7,000 on Sunday. Around 9,000 crew members from the 15 liners docking in the port during the week swelled the numbers further. Uni discrimination Granada University has been accused of discriminating against Muslims by planning this year’s graduation ceremony during Ramadan. The complaint has been raised by Caballas, the main opposition party in Ceuta, which says the date of June 17 is “illogical” in a city where, “50% of the population is Muslim.” The ceremony is set for 8.30pm, just before Muslims are permitted to break their daily fast. Malaga’s debts Málaga is Spain’s third most-indebted city, after Zaragosa and Madrid. Málaga owed €542 million at the end of 2016 according to the Bank of Spain, equivalent to €952.50 for every one of its 569,000 inhabitants. In 2012, Málaga adopted a plan to bring its debt, then €883 million, within the government’s tolerance limits by 2020. Domestic victim A 57-year-old woman was stabbed to death at her home in Barcelona last month. The 53-year-old woman with whom she had lived for many years has been arrested. Neighbours in the Raval district said the pair had frequent blazing rows and that the victim was often seen with bruising and other signs of violence. Two deaths Two intellectually disabled adults have died in Barcelona after contracting the meningococcal bacterium. Health authorities say that neither developed meningitis, nor was their central nervous system affected. People in regular contact with the 39- year-old man and 61-year-old woman, including around 30 at the occupational therapy centre which the victims attended, have now been given preventative treatments. Earth moves An earthquake of magnitude 3.8 was recorded in the Catalan province of Girona last month. The epicentre was five kilometres below ground, about 30 kilometres inland and was felt in resorts including Lloret de Mar. No injuries or damage were reported. M AY 2 017 Restructuring threatens Nerja water plant One of the major companies involved in the construction of Nerja’s new water treatment plant has avoided having to declare bankruptcy by applying rule 5 bis of the Spanish Insolvency Act. Isolux Corsán, which has accumulated debts of more than €4,000 million, now has four months to negotiate a restructuring deal with its three major creditor banks and shareholders, Santander, Bankia and CaixaBank. Isolux Corsán currently employs 5,236 workers, has a presence in 35 countries and carries out projects in the areas of energy, transport infrastructure, building and water. A statement from the company last month said that the situation, “does not affect the maintenance of its activity or its ability to perform operations.” News of the company’s financial situation caused concern in Nerja last month where the €23.4 million project to build the water treatment plant remains uncompleted. While the plant itself is 98 per cent ready, the infrastructure supporting it remains at just 80 per cent complete. Before last Nerja water plant site pic: Dave Jamieson month’s announcement, it was estimated that the plant would be operational by the end of this year. The plant has been designed to treat 25,000 cubic metres of waste water a day, enough to serve a population of 125,000. However, construction, which began in 2014 with a completion date set for mid-2016, remained more or less at a standstill throughout last year. Work restarted in the area of Burriana beach in January, but collector pipes have yet to be installed in some parts of the town centre. Support grows against Nerja golf course A pressure group formed in Nerja in January to fight against a new golf and hotel complex says it has gathered 700 signatures of support. Plans are being prepared for an 18-hole golf course, 680 homes and several luxury hotels on the site of the former sugar factory near Maro. The developer, Azucarera Larios SA (Salsa), owns almost 250 hectares of land which has lain mostly unused since the factory ceased production. It wants to use around two million square metres for the project and has applied to have the land reclassified so that it can proceed. The pressure group is asking Nerja Town Hall to refuse to agree to the reclassification and not to open a debate on the matter. Instead, it has submitted a number of suggestions on how the land, known as El Pago de Tetuán, could be used instead for sustainable agriculture and environmentally-friendly tourism. It is understood that Nerja Town Hall has not come to any decision so far on Maro sugar factory the future of the land or its reclassification. Any development of the kind described by Salsa would also require permission from the Junta de Andalucía. At its launch in January, the group, “Another Nerja and Maro is possible,” said that such H][Y[[']H[[ܛ[\[\ۛY[[[\X 'H^H\ܚXYHX\8'H]\H]XوBX[HX[\]HX[][ۂX\YHܚ\\وB\][\\[K'