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18 18 NEWS Sanitation spending Rincón de la Victoria has set aside €14 million to spend on sanitation between now and 2020. Finance councillor Antonio Moreno said the plan would be a “stimulus for the local economy, will allow more and better public services, more aid for the payment of IBI, the increase of investments and the reorganisation of municipal accounts.” The measure was approved by councillors last months. Fire death A 50-year-old man died from smoke inhalation and his mother was hospitalised following a fire in an eighth-floor apartment of a 15-storey block in the Ciudad Jardin district of Málaga last month. Three fire-fighters were also treated for the effects of smoke. Rescuers say they heard the woman shouting for help but she could not find keys to unlock her front door. Terral temps Saturday April 15, was Málaga’s warmest-ever April night with temperatures in places as high as 19.7 degrees. The afternoon of the same day hit 32.3 degrees, just below the monthly record set in 2002. The high temperatures were produced by the terral, a warm westerly wind which turns to the north and is unique to the city of Málaga and its immediate surroundings. Cuba visit King Felipe and Prime Minister Rajoy are to visit Cuba, “as soon as possible,” says Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis. He was speaking after talks with his opposite number from Havana who has been visiting Madrid. It is over 30 years since a serving Spanish PM visited the island while the last visit by a monarch was King Felipe’s father’s attendance at a 1999 summit. Europe’s oldest Ana Vela Rubio of Barcelona is now the oldest woman in Europe. She is 115, two years younger than Emma Morano from Italy, the last survivor of the 19th century, who died last month. Vela was born in Córdoba in October 1901 and moved to Barcelona in 1940 where she worked as a dressmaker and where she now lives in a care home. Body found A body was found near Colmenar last month. After fire crews recovered it from a three metre deep ditch, it was reported to be that of a 47-year-old man. The cause of death has not yet been revealed although it is known the body showed no signs of violence. M AY 2 017 Vélez tranvía gets poor report from Court The viability of the public tram service between Vélez-Málaga and Torre del Mar was never studied, according to the Court of Auditors. For the last two years, the financial watchdog has been studying tranvía systems at Parla in the Madrid Metropolitan area, Zaragosa and Jaén, as well as Vélez-Málaga, and its first draft report was published last month. It says that, in previous reports to assess the implementation of the Vélez tramway, neither the Junta de Andalucía nor Vélez Town Hall compared it with alternative means of transport. This, it says, means that neither the economic impact on public finances, nor the financial viability of the service were considered. However, it mentions an interim report dating from June 1988 which concluded that the amount received in fares from passengers plus the operating canon paid to the town hall by the concession holder would not cover running costs, disregarding the amortisation of infrastructure, facilities and rolling stock. Amongst other points covered by the Court of Auditors is reference to a change to the original plan which led to the tranvía tracks being re-routed to pass close to the Hospital Comarcal. It says no documentation has been provided to explain this decision which led to the acquisition of land costing €26,700 more than anticipated. It adds that the town hall paid over €3.48 million for land to construct the tranvía, compared with an original assessment of just €59,000, but says Vélez Town Council has not provided details of their assessments for 60 per cent of the route. News of the report came as it was confirmed that the Junta de Andalucía is to honour its commitment to pay 40 per cent of the operating deficit when the service re-opens, as is planned by Vélez Town Hall. A meeting between the Junta and municipal technicians to outline the agreement before signing was expected soon. Professors charged in fake drugs scam Two professors and three of their assistants at the University of the Balearic Islands have been charged with offences after they marketed a fake cancer drug. They were arrested last month, interrogated and released, pending trial. National Police allege that they patented a medicine under the name Minerval and registered it with a company called Lipopharma which was formed by one of the detainees. Around a dozen complaints have been received from patients, including a woman reported to have paid €25,600 for a course of treatment for her daughter. However, those detained claim that any payments received were “donations” to a non-profit foundation which has been conducting research into cancer treatments. The five are thought to have netted around €611,000 in this way and are now facing charges of aggravated fraud. Police discovered that Minerval was manufactured in laboratories at the University and that some patients came to the campus in Palma to collect supplies. It has also been distributed elsewhere in Spain. Investigators have also established that those who bought the drug, which lacks the required accreditation from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, believed they were buying a medicine which had curative effects. On their website, Minerval was claimed by the its developers to be proven effective against so ́)յ̰٥əɵݕѡ)ɥݥѠ)ѥ̸) ٕ)ḾѡЁ)ٕɅѕ́ѡTɑѼ)܁Ց䁉U%Ё́ͅ)Iɕٔݽ͔ɕ)ѥѕ́ѡɽ)ЀM͠ɕU)́ͅѡɽ́ɕ͕)Ёܵ́ݼ)ձ́ݼɕݡɔѡ)ɔɽ͔䁽ٕȁݕ)