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Donkeys win better welfare on Spain’s Costa del Sol

Having been criticized for many years over it’s cruelty to animals, Spain’s changing it’s attitude. The village of Mijas, near Malaga, on Spain’s Costa del Sol has introduced strict regulations for the donkeys whose job it is to give tourist rides. These are to include weight limits that they can carry, mandatory rest periods and […]

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Volunteer workshop on the Costa del Sol deals with workplace fears

MIJAS council hosted the last of a series of workshops last Monday which saw volunteers learning personal development skills for everyday life. The workshop for Mijas’ volunteer corps was held at the council’s employment department building. Laura Moreno, the council’s volunteering spokesperson, said the session was aimed at giving participants the tools they needed to […]

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Costa del Sol council taps up tourism links in London

MIJAS Mayor Juan Carlos Maldonado is attending the World Travel Market from November 5 to 7 in London. Tourism Councillor Josele Gonzalez is also in the delegation, which is seeking to strengthen its ties with the British tourism industry through various meetings with tour operators and travel agencies. Mayor Maldonado said: “We must highlight the […]

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Employment programme in Costa town receives €6 million in grants

COUNCILLOR for Employment in Mijas, Laura Moreno, has that announced the Andalucia Orienta employment programme is going full speed ahead. The Junta de Andalucia’s Ministry of Employment, Business and Commerce will make available more than 130 professional advisors throughout the province, to assist those looking for work. They will also try to help those who […]

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TOPICAL TALK: Foreigners’ forum on the Costa del Sol

MIJAS council has hosted a talk designed for foreigners in the area, discussing topics that will be of interest to them. These include getting on to the register, Brexit, and taxation, and around 200 people attended it. Councillor for Foreigners, Roy Perez (PSOE), said: “My department exists to assist our foreign residents in every way, […]

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Controversial donkey taxi reforms on the Costa del Sol

MIJAS’s council has said it wants to change rules to improve conditions for animals working for the town’s donkey taxi service, with animal rights campaigners sceptical of the plans. Council officials unveiled their proposals following meetings last Tuesday. They include measures placing a maximum weight on passengers, regulations for working hours and the quality of […]

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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Pumpkin tagine of lamb served up to Chico and Bucks Fizz

This week Celebrity Chef from Ready Steady Cook & Master Chef Steven Saunders, proprietor of The Little Geranium in La Cala uses up some Halloween pumpkin for a Tagine of Lamb served up to Chico and pop band Bucks Fizz. IN preparation for our Halloween week at The Little Geranium (starting October 30 ends November […]

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IN PICTURES: ‘Brave fools’ tackle Europe’s longest zipline

A GROUP of pensioners have just returned from one of the biggest challenges of their lives, sliding down Europe’s longest zipline from Spain into Portugal. The members of Age Concern Fuengirola y Mijas embrace life’s challenges with a ‘can do’ attitude, which was was evident in every one of the Zipline Challenge Team. Tackling the […]

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Morning TV star surprises top chef on Costa del Sol

CELEBRITY chef Steven Saunders was taken back 25 years when TV favourite Lorraine Kelly walked through the doors of his Little Geranium restaurant in La Cala. The much-loved presenter had booked a table with seven friends under somebody else’s name to surprise the Michelin award winner. “I didn’t know Lorraine was coming in last week, […]

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BUILDING BOOST: 3,500 new homes coming to Mijas

MIJAS COUNCIL has approved the construction of 3,500 new homes in the area of Torreblanca del Sol. Plans were initially put in place for 6,300 homes, but the figure was scaled back for density reasons. Councillor for Urban Planning, Andres Ruiz, said: “We have a clear vision and model in the way we want to […]

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Rural Costa del Sol police unit gets green light

MIJAS COUNCIL has created a local police force with a special remit to protect the environment, prevent fires and monitor wild animals. Mayor of Mijas, Juan Carlos Maldonado, announced the move and said: “We are taking a further step to improve services for residents, especially in relation to our native species, wildfires, and the environment.” […]