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FOR CHILDREN: Cuevas del Almanzora is one of the five towns in Almeria with this status Photo credit: Cuevas del Almanzora town hall

One out of five CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA has recently been confirmed as a Child Friendly City. Mayor Antonio Fernandez Liria received the credentials in Seville, certifying Cuevas as one of the 14 municipalities of Andalusia and five of the province of Almeria, which have been recognized by complying with the requirements of the Spanish government and the ‘UNICEF for Child Friendly Status.

Melon shot MOROCCO overtook Spain as the main European supplier of watermelons, exporting 202 million kilograms in the first six months of 2021, compared to 156 million kilograms for Spain. This does not include July and August and is a blow to Almeria, which produces half of all grown in Spain.

No-fly zones The Aviation Safety and Protection Unit of ALMERIA Policia Nacional uses equipment capable of detecting drones within a radius of five kilometers. They are particularly vigilant in the areas adjacent to Almeria airport and the Alvarez de Sotomayor military base where drones risk a fine if they do not stay at a distance of eight kilometers.

Shining light The MOJACAR lighthouse began operating on September 22, replacing that of Garrucha which is surrounded by buildings and is no longer visible from the sea. The new lighthouse with a total cost of 280,000 € is located on the northern slope of the Cerro de Moro Manco hill above Marina de la Torre.

Two dumbos TWO brothers were arrested for stealing the wallet and cell phone of a 66-year-old man in Huercal-Overa after hitting him on the head with the door of his car. Attempting to escape in the same vehicle, they were arrested almost immediately for not knowing how to use the automatic start system.

New website The town hall of VERA replaced the website it had set up 10 years ago. New Technologies Advisor Belen Carnicer explained that 60% of the 15,000 monthly site visits are made with a mobile phone, the new version has been adapted for phones and tablets.

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