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  • FELICES FIESTAS!

    ESTEPONALlegada del gas ciudadEsteponas cooking with gas

    Pag. 15

    CASARESNavidad en Casares Christmas in Casares

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    No.28 15 DIC-15 ENE 2008 Depsito Legal: MA-158-2006

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    EDITORIAL

    AGENDA - DIARY

    25.12.08Da de Navidad - Fiesta NacionalChristmas Day - National Holiday

    28.12.08Da de los InocentesInnocents Day

    01.01.09Ao Nuevo - Fiesta NacionalNew Years Day - National Holiday

    05.01.09Cabalgata de los ReyesThree Kings Processions

    06.01.09Reyes - Fiesta NacionalThree Kings - National Holiday

    Here we are then, another year almost over, and what a year! Weve certainly experienced some highs and lows over the past twelve months. Those heady days surrounding Spains victory at the European Football Championships seem like a long time ago, and all we seem to be left with is the hangover of the economic Crisis and the Astapa corruption case which has all but paralysed Estepona Town Hall.But there is possibly a small crumb of comfort to be taken this Christmas from the effects of the fi nancial downturn, and that is that people are beginning to examine their live now, pay later lifestyle with a critical eye. Already you can hear people talking about spending less this year and having a more family oriented Christmas. OK, I dont mean that you should all gather around the piano and make thy own entertainment, but if this recession can help to break the obscene consumerism which has blighted the festive season in recent years, then maybe well look back at it as not a complete disaster once weve come through it. Yes, dont forget all recessions do eventually end, and if a result of it is that people have learned to live within their means, then maybe it hasnt been a total disaster.In times such as these one persons doom and gloom is anothers opportunity, and from this month we have featured a selection of properties from the listings of a number of estate agents and developers, which represent some of the best deals in the area. All of these properties have been dramatically reduced in price and absolutely must be sold. You can fi nd them on page 24 of The Resident and you can also fi nd a larger selection at www.manilvalife.com/properties.OK, so lets try and put the doom and gloom aside, at least for a couple of weeks and enjoy the festive season. As usual there is an extensive programme of events over the coming weeks, most of which wont cost any money to enjoy, and you can fi nd information on many of these in the Whats On section of The Resident.That just leaves me to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at The Resident, oh and good luck on El Gordo.

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    Aqu estamos otra vez, terminando el ao Y qu Ao! Hemos tenido altos y bajos en estos doce meses. Parece que hace una eternidad desde la victoria de Espaa en la Eurocopa 2008, luego nos dejaron la tan hablada y temida crisis y la corrupcin Astapa en el Ayuntamiento de Estepona.Pero todava nos queda una pequea posibilidad de bienestar para estas Navidades y salvarnos de los efectos de la tan temida crisis, ahora la gente mira con lupa la cultura de comprar ahora y pagar maana. Ya se pueden or a personas decir que estn gastando menos este ao que en aos anteriores y estn enfocando la Navidad ms en familia. Vale!, no quiero decir que deberamos todos estar alrededor del piano y entretenernos, pero si esta recesin ayuda a parar un poco el consumismo, el cual ha sido habitual en estos ltimos aos, deberamos de pensar que no es todo tan malo. No olvidis, que toda recesin ms tarde o temprano termina, y si como resultado hemos aprendido de sta, no ha sido del todo tan desastre.Para muchos, sto es un mal asunto y para otros, es benefi cioso. A partir de esta edicin tenemos una seleccin de propiedades de una lista de Inmobiliarias y promotores, se ofrecen las mejores ofertas en esta zona actualmente en el mercado. Todas estas propiedades han sido reducidas hasta el mnimo ya que su venta es urgente y necesaria para sus propietarios. Podis encontrarla en la pgina 24 del peridico The Resident y adems podis encontrar una gran seleccin en www.manilvalife.com/properties.Vale, de acuerdo!, intentemos dejar a un lado lo malo, a menos durante un par de semanas y disfrutemos de las Fiestas! Como es normal hay un gran programa de eventos en las prximas semanas, la mayora no nos costar dinero pasarlo bien, podis encontrar informacin en la seccin Whats on en nuestro peridico The Resident.Permtanme esta oportunidad para desearos Felices Fiestas y Feliz Ao Nuevo de parte de todos nosotros, que trabajamos en el peridico y desearos buena suerte en El Gordo!.

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    The Resident - www.theresident.eu 3Consumer

    The start of January sees traditional winter reductions on consumer goods which will carry on in some shops until the fi rst days of March. During these months the consumer will undoubtedly benefi t from discounts on some products but can also fall victim to the practice of some retailers who, by ignorance or deliberate calculation, attempt to trade against the rules in the matter of reductions as set out in The Commercial Law of Andalucia.

    Consumers should remember that articles that are offered as sale items must have been have displayed at their normal price for minimum of a month before in the selling establishment. The consumer also needs to check that the sale item is the same quality as the non-sale version, has no defects and displays a lower price together with the original price. If the product had any defect it will no longer be considered a reduction but a second.

    In the Sales the consumer should demand the same guarantee on goods as those sold during the rest of the year.

    The Sales (Rebajas) and Your Rights as a Consumer in Andalucia

    Prices. All products must be clearly priced. The label must show the previous price and the present one, never one marked over the top of the other. It is not enough for the establishment to only show a percentage discount i.e. 25% of the original value without actually marking what the sale price of the product is.

    Means of Payment: The consumer can pay for purchases with whatever payment means are accepted during the rest of the year by the establishment. As far as payment with a credit card is concerned, it is illegal for the establishment to charge an extra percentage for payment by this method. The price fi xed for

    goods cannot vary depending on the mode of payment. Separation of reduced items: If price reductions do not affect all the stock which the establishment sells, it must differentiate between the items that are sold in sales and those that are not by clear physical separation.

    Receipt: The consumer should always demand a receipt which is essential to make an effective claim or exchange goods.

    Returns: The consumer always has the right to return defective products that have been purchased in Sales. If the reason for the return is merely aesthetic,

    it is advisable to enquire before or when purchasing the product if the establishment will allow this type of return, and if it does, what are the conditions: Exchange for another item, money back or a credit note.

    When returning an item, the consumer is entitled to reimbursement of the same sum he paid for the goods. However, the Andalucian Federation of Consumers and Householders has verifi ed that on occasions, consumers returning goods for an aesthetic reason bought immediately before a Sale have then been given credit notes based on the sale price of the item instead of the original higher price they paid.

    Guarantee: All goods in the Sale should be correctly labelled and those that have a guarantee at the time of the Sale should be sold with the same guarantee conditions as goods sold at any other time of the year.

    Claims: If the consumer is not satisfi ed with the purchase he should not hesitate to make a complaint. All commercial establishments have to make a Complaints and Reclamations book available to customers who ask for it (Hoja de Reclamaciones)

    The fi nal decision to make a purchase is always the consumers and should not be

    unduly infl uenced by advertising claims and window displays but more on refl ection of what is truly needed by the consumer and will give satisfaction. Only in this form will a reduction on a purchase be profi table to the consumer.

    Although this period is dedicated traditionally to reduction Sales, other types of Sales are running, even in the same establishments, such as those for Seconds (BALANCES) and End-of-Line Stock Clearance (LIQUIDATION) sales. The consumer should be aware that that the characteristics of these type of sales are different from the REDUCTION sales and criteria for returns and exchanges is likely to be different.

    Items that are sold as Seconds are products supplied at an inferior price because they have some fl aw or have deteriorated and for that reason they cannot be sold as Reduced. The establishment must inform the consumer by visible means of the reason for the product being classed as a Second, something that does not happen in many stores which also fail to separate this type of product from regular stock.

    On the other hand, the purpose of a Liquidation sale is to sell, for instance, excess warehouse and end-of-line items and close of or change of business stock, products that the consumer purchases in these types of Sales cannot be fl awed and must not have deteriorated in any way. All items must be clearly priced. The label must show the previous price and the present one, never one marked over the top of the other. The establishment must also display the commencement and concluding dates of the Sale and the reason for it.

  • The Resident - www.theresident.eu4 San Roque - La Lnea

    Los veteranos del San Roque, Balona y Algeciras rinden tributo a Helenio Lucas

    El domingo 28 de diciembre a las 11:30 horas en el campo de ftbol Virgen del Carmen de la Lnea de la Concepcin hay partido de homenaje a Helenio Lucas Fernndez, un triangular entre los veteranos de San Roque, Balona y Algeciras, que tambin servir para recaudar fondos para Critas. El precursor del encuentro homenaje, el colegiado sanroqueo de tercera divisin, Juan Carlos

    Crespo, ha destacado la gran labor de Helenio en el ftbol de la Comarca del Campo de Gibraltar.La entrada tiene un precio de dos euros y se aceptarn productos no perecederos como arroz y legumbres para las familias ms necesitadas de la Comarca.El ftbol perdi a Helenio Lucas el 14 de junio de 2007, que falleci a la edad de 82 aos. Fue siempre un luchador

    Football veterans to pay tribute to Helenio Lucas

    La Lineas Virgen del Carmen football stadium will be the venue on Sunday 28th December, at 11.30 am for a triangular tournament between veteran footballers from San Roque, La Linea, and Algeciras in homage to Helenio Lucas Fernndez, with all funds raised being donated to the welfare charity Critas.

    Entry for spectators is two euros, and donations of non-perishable goods, such as rice and pulses will be gladly received and will distributed amongst the needy of the municipality.Football lost a local hero in June last year when Helenio Lucas died at the age of 82. He fought tirelessly to promote football in

    incansable que durante casi 20 aos ha llevado la responsabilidad de gestionar el ftbol federado linense y sanroqueo a travs de la Delegacin de la F...