GO­ING PA­PER­LESS

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The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is aim­ing to save around 80 tonnes of pa­per a year by im­ple­ment­ing a new elec­tronic sys­tem for bills and pay­ments.

Diputación col­lects lo­cal taxes and charges in 84 towns across the prov­ince and wants to make all cor­re­spon­dence elec­tronic by send­ing bills and re­ceipts via email or text mes­sage and en­abling on­line pay­ment. The new sys­tem will be up and run­ning on Jan­uary 1 and in the mean­time leaflets and on­line pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial is be­ing dis­trib­uted to in­form the pub­lic how to use it.

MORE RE­CY­CLING

Ten new large yel­low re­cy­cling bins have been in­stalled in Huér­cal Overa, re­plac­ing smaller ones. The new con­tain­ers will in­crease re­cy­cling ca­pac­ity by 8,000 litres en­abling res­i­dents to more eas­ily dis­pose of plas­tics, cans, car­tons and other ‘yel­low bin’ ma­te­ri­als. The new large scale bins have been dis­trib­uted through­out the town as part of a coun­cil drive to raise res­i­dents’ aware­ness of the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling for the en­vi­ron­ment.

CUEVAS GYPSY HON­OURED

A square in Cuevas has been named af­ter a well known gypsy, dubbed the “pa­tri­arch of Cuevas”.

Cuevas coun­cil de­scribed the late Juanito el Gi­tano as a “key fig­ure in achiev­ing in­te­gra­tion of the gypsy com­mu­nity in the town”. He fought for years for the “gypsy iden­tity” to be recog­nised, be­com­ing one of the town’s most “dis­tin­guished and loved fig­ures”. He was also a well known art and an­tiques dealer. Many friends and fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pated in the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the newly named square, which is next to one of the town’s schools.

CON­CEALED WEAPONS

A 32-year-old man has been in ar­rested in Almería city af­ter he was caught in pos­ses­sion of three knives dis­guised as a pen and credit cards.

Po­lice were called to a pub where the man was re­fus­ing to leave at clos­ing time. He al­legedly threat­ened a bouncer and wielded a knife in­dis­crim­i­nately, en­dan­ger­ing oth­ers at the scene. Po­lice also con­fis­cated a stiletto that was dis­guised as a pen and found two more knives man­u­fac­tured to look like credit cards con­cealed in the sus­pect’s clothes.

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