Friday 1 August 2014 Events Guide

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ALL WEEK ALICANTE MARQ Archaeological museum – Exhibition – “Deltebre I. History of a shipwreck” displaying artefacts rescued from a British navy ship which was sunk in the mouth of the Ebro in 1813 (until January 11, 2015). Exhibition – Art and archaeology from the Chinese Han Dynasty, 206 BC – 220 AD. Exhibition – […]

PILAR CELEBRATES TWENTY EIGHT YEARS OF FRUITFUL INDEPENDENCE

The mayor inaugurating the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña”

The mayor inaugurating the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña”

The sustained and relentless development that Pilar de la Horadada is currently experiencing is nothing more than a reflection of the enterprising nature of the people who live there, progress that is still being forged by a succession of historical events.

But the growth and improvements that are being achieved in the town are neither because of chance or as a quirk of fate, it is progress that is being forged primarily because of the fight for independence by this small corner of the Mediterranean, an area that was abandoned for decades as a minor district of Orihuela.

Almost 30 km from the Orihuela seat of government, Pilar de la Horadada was disregarded. It was never considered as an area worthy of investment with the distant councilors paying little regard to its its economic and social needs. The locals paid disproportionate taxes and the improvements and maintenance to its infrastructures were kept to a minimum.

But after 5 decades of struggle, which first started in 1936, and which included riots, demonstrations, closures of the N332 and even the bricking up of the municipal office, the provincial and autonomous authorities finally approved a decree granting Pilar de la Horadada’s segregation on 30 July 1986.

Every year since then, on the date that was immediately declared as a public holiday, the townsfolk celebrate their creation and their segregation, although at the ceremony held last week at la Casa de Cultura, the current mayor, Jose Fidel Ros, said that it felt like a very long time ago,

“But now we have our history, our geographical environment and our very own defined identity, which after 26 fruitful years, gets ever stronger as time goes by.”

During the event, the mayor paid tribute to the farmers of the town who he said were the cornerstone of the economy of the municipality, with the evolution of Pilar de la Horadada irretrievably linked to it’s agricultural development.

Among the attendees, the Vice President of the Council of Alicante, D. César Asencio, welcomed and congratulate the first residents of the municipality, while the Councillor for Culture, Benjamín Fraile, took the opportunity to share with the audience the important work by his Department many different companies that had forged external collaborations with the townsfolk of Pilar de la Horadada.

During the event he made mention of a new publication issued by the Cultural Department entitled “Agricultura: un tesoro pilareño”. “Agriculture: A Pilareño treasure.” The author, director of the Casa de Cultura, Maria Garcia, thanked all those people who shared their memories and photographs with her which had enabled the publication of this new book

The day was also used to inaugurate the sculpture “La Segregación Pilareña” (The Segregation of Pilar), a work acquired by the City in 2011 which was donated by sculptor Ribera Girona, who, for his contribution, was presented with a golden shield of Pilar de la Horadada by the mayor José Fidel Ros.

Mayor Fidel Ros said that the town will continue to grow by taking “courageous decisions in difficult times”, and through the efforts of the government team all pilareños will soon be able to enjoy a reduction in some taxes such as IBI and capital gains.

He also pointed out the continued improvement in the education of our children, a new classroom block at the Institute, additional school transport, and additional study rooms while at the same time continuing to support local charities “because we are united with the people who are most in need.”

The event was also used to present various awards and prizes organized by the Department of Culture. One such presentation was to the winner of the III graffiti contest held on 13 July at la Rambla de la playa Los Jesuitas, in Torre de la Horadada. The first prize of 400 euros was awarded to Abel Hernandez and Rosa Arenas, while the € 100 second prize went to Fernando César.

Prizes were also awarded for the III outdoor painting competition, in collaboration with the Director of Caja Rural, Pedro Martínez Zapata. Of the 9 artists who participated, and whose works can be seen at the exhibition hall in the Casa de Cultura, the second prize of 300 € was made to Francisco Carpena Muñoz, while Alberto Márquez Ruiz won the first prize 600 € .

Finally the results of the jury’s III Municipality of Pilar de la Horadada Sonnets Contest, in which 26 poets presented 36 sonnets, were announced.
M ª Pilar Marqués Celma, entry entitled: “Torre del Conde” received the third prize, while “Pilar de la Horadada, Land of Light,” by Silvia Lemus took second prize with Manuel Terrín Benavides: “Stamp from the Pico Alcores” won the first prize. All of the sonnets will be published in a book later in the year.

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ADVICE FOR THE CARE OF CHILDREN DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Doctors from the Torrevieja Hospital have offered advice on caring for children during the summer holidays

Doctors from the Torrevieja Hospital have offered advice on caring for children during the summer holidays

Doctors from the Torrevieja Hospital have offered advice on caring for children during the summer holidays because they say “babies and young children aoe very sensitive to heat, as an infant’s skin burns more deeply and much quicker than an adult, who is not always attentive to their situation.”

They advise using sunscreens with physical filters which should be applied fairly frequently, although they do not recommend their use in children who are under 6 months. Neither do they recommend exposing such children to the summer sun who they say should be protected with long-sleeved shirts or hats.

For swimmers who are stung by a jellyfish the experts say “wash the area with salt water to rinse the tentacles off, do not use fresh water and do not rub the affected area.

Remove any remaining tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, shell or tweezers. If you use bare hands to pluck tentacles off, you’ll most likely get stung on the fingers. That’s also why it’s so important to remove them. If you don’t the victim will keep getting stung until all the nematocysts (fluid sacs) are used up.”

For insect bites they recommend that you carefully remove the sting with tweezers and never squeeze or scratch the area because it can be pushed more deeply into the skin.

In order to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, throughout the year a number of healthcare professionals have recently toured many local schools and centres where they have provide advice on preventive measures against various diseases and ailments.

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POLICE DISMANTLE NIGERIAN LETTERS NETWORK

The scam has resulted in 84 arrests in Spain alone

The scam has resulted in 84 arrests in Spain alone

The National Police have arrested 84 people in Spain in an operation known as “Nigerian letters” and involving a scam worth at least 11,547,000 euros, although the volume of cash handled by those arrested during the period analysed totaled more than 20.6 million euros

Whilst the organization was mainly composed of Nigerian citizens (80%) most of their victims swindled were from the U.S., Canada and Germany.

So far there have been a total of 4,593 reported victims of the fraud although the Heritage Research Group says there is a possibility that a far greater number of people have been scammed but have failed to report the matter.

They say that the overall volume of funds processed through the scam, most of which has been sent back to Nigeria, exceeds 120 million euros.

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CONSTRUCTION RECOVERY CONTINUES IN ALICANTE

A new development in La Zenia has already sold out

A new development in La Zenia has already sold out

Albeit rather a rather tentative start, there is no doubt that the recovery in the Costa Blanca construction industry is beginning to take off.

This can be seen in virtually every statistical indicator including the improved social security figures recorded in the province in recent months.

In the first half of the year, there are 468 more employed persons (many of them self employed, in all subsectors of the construction). Alicante is now showing itself to be the most active province within the autonomous regime.

The Social Security Department say that they are experiencing increased contributions from Alicante construction workers, well above those shown in Valencia (130) and Castellón (2), where an increase of 468 contributors have been recorded in the first half of the year contrasted to the 568 contributors that were lost on the Costa Blanca during the first six months of 2013

The improvement was also confirmed last Wednesday by the Association of Professional Workers and Entrepreneurs of the Autonomous Region of Valencia (UATAE) who say that with 34,792 members their figures for Alicante show an increase of 601 personnel in construction.

What is also evident in the province is the number of seemingly derelict and abandoned building sites that are once again being worked on as scaffolding and safety netting is once again going up all along the coast.

According to information released by the Association of Surveyors (Coaata), the demand on employees from this professional group has now also returned to levels seen before the economic crisis.

With 809 sites showing activity with reforms, restoration and maintenance of homes and buildings of all kinds up to 31 May, the figure is almost back to the 2008 levels when 817 sites were being worked at.

The industry seems to be waking up in the province, as shown by the official records published by the Association of Surveyors. In the first quarter they have granted permission for 600 new homes, a figure that may rise to around 1500 by the end of the year.

These are numbers still well short of the 55,000 homes that were built in the Costa Blanca in the boom of 2004 and 2005, but they represent a clear change of pace.

A similar pace was also recorded by the ratings agency Standard & Poors in a new report released on Tuesday which predicts that house prices in Spain will climb by at least 2 percent in 2016. S&P believe that while properties in Spain have fallen by around 30 percent since the country’s economic crisis hit in 2008, the recovery is coming.

The positive outlook stems from “the faster than expected” recovery of the Spanish economy and a subsequent quicker “fall in unemployment” rates, the agency says.

“We have seen a change in trends in the Spanish property market in the last 12 months with the arrival of British and US property funds,” said Madrid-based real estate expert Eduardo Molet.

“British funds in particular are taking advantage of the offers in the Spanish property market, and they are here to stay,” he added, “with real estate near the coast and in the bigger cities rebounding much faster than elsewhere.”

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NEW LOOK ELCHE TAKE A BOW

Elche appear to have chosen well in the summer transfer market. Time will tell but the initial signs look promising

In their first meaningful pre-season action ahead of the forthcoming campaign, Elche prevailed over divisional rivals Villarreal in a lengthy penalty shoot-out that lacked the tension and nail biting drama served up by, say, Holland and Argentina.
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Thursday 31 July 2014 – Things to Do

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ALL WEEK ALICANTE MARQ Archaeological museum – Exhibition – “Deltebre I. History of a shipwreck” displaying artefacts rescued from a British navy ship which was sunk in the mouth of the Ebro in 1813 (until January 11, 2015). Exhibition – Art and archaeology from the Chinese Han Dynasty, 206 BC – 220 AD. Exhibition – […]

NEW SOCIALIST LEADER VOWS TO GET COUNTRY BACK ON TRACK

Pedro Sanchez saluting the crowd at last week

Pedro Sanchez saluting the crowd at last week's PSOE Congress in Madrid

The new leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE) in Spain, Pedro Sanchez has promised that he will get the country back on its feet.

He made the statement in front of a packed house of over 3,000 party delegates, on the final day of the Extraordinary Congress held in Madrid last Sunday.

Until just a few months ago Sanchez, a 42 year old economist, was virtually unknown but in the recent leadership contest to replace Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, he polled 49 percent of the votes cast by 130,000 party members putting clear distance between himself and Basque lawmaker Eduardo Madina, who finished second with 36 percent. That primary result was also ratified on Saturday at the same extraordinary congress.

During his inaugural speech, Sanchez said he was “exasperated, angry, hurt” after six years of “unprecedented” economic crisis but that he would lead the party back to power and get the crisis-hit country “back on track”.

He also vowed that he would scrap a labour law reform introduced by the ruling Popular Party that makes it cheaper and easier to fire workers.

A tall, married father of two nicknamed “El Guapo” or “The Handsome One”, Sanchez has cast himself as a fresh face for the party and would appear to be a credible challenger to the conservative Popular Party (PP) which ousted the Socialists from power in a crushing November 2011 election defeat.

With General elections due next year Sanchez has to overcome criticism of how their last government handled an economic crisis sparked by the collapse of a property boom in 2008 that has left one in four out of work.

While Sanchez’s election to the leadership of the party by a wide margin was a relief for the Socialists, who had feared a divisive, and potentially confrontational contest, political analysts said it was too soon to tell whether he can reverse the party’s fortunes.

“Pedro’s Sanchez’s election is a breath of fresh air for the Socialists. But as of now it is nothing more than that,” political analyst Carlos Elordi wrote in an opinion article published recently in a daily newspaper.

“Nothing guarantees that it will last. The Socialists’ many problems can drown him within weeks,” he said.

Sanchez has a master’s degree in politics and economics from a Belgian university. He served as a top aide to the head of a UN high representative during the war in Kosovo.

Last Monday Sanchez met with Mariano Rayoy, at the Moncloa Palace, where the country’s leader expressed the importance and his intention that the pair maintain fluid and on-going dialogue on the various issues of common interest.

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