Category: Costa Blanca

A RAINY MARCH ACROSS VALENCIA

The Valencia region has experienced the wettest March since 1950, with an average rainfall of 143.9 litres per square metre.
Moreover, in Castellón, the province has been the wettest since records began, some 100 years ago, according to data pr…

STARBUCKS FINALLY ARRIVE IN ALICANTE

The American coffee chain Starbucks are finally to have a presence in Alicante, as they open their first public outlet in the city, albeit inside the El Corte Ingles Federico Soto store in late May.
The bar will move into the area currently accommoda…

LACK OF MAINTENANCE PUTS RESIDENTS AT RISK

Fire fighters from Torrevieja were called to assist in knocking down a lamppost in the Torretas area of the town, in order to prevent the installation crashing down onto nearby homes.
Residents on calle Cerezo had been concerned about the lack of main…

NEARLY A THOUSAND WORKERS FIND WORK IN MARCH

Unemployment in the Vega Baja region fell by 997 people in March, with the registered unemployment figure now standing at 34,105.
The most reductions have been seen in Torrevieja, where 448 people found work, Pilar de la Horadada has reduced unemploy…

CLARA CAMPOAMOR DEMONSTRATES AGAINST MALE VIOLENCE

The Ladies of the Association said that they would wear black armbands  as a mark of respect to those who had suffered

La Asociación de Mujeres Clara Campoamor were out last weekend demonstrating against male violence.

After a number of female deaths at the hands of their male partners and husbands over the holiday weekend the group wanted to show their complete support to the authorities and to the families of the victims as they attempt to come to terms with the appalling brutality that has occurred in recent days.

They said that Easter should not be about mourning at the funerals of loved ones noting that at least six women had been abused, five of them killed, during the run up to the holiday weekend.

The Ladies of the Association said that they would wear black armbands as a mark of respect to those who had suffered directly and to their families.
A spokesperson for the group asked “where preventive measures and aid is coming from, because at the present time both seem to be absent.”

She bemoaned the fact that this “continues to pass before our eyes and those of society and the public authorities who, including many religious leaders, continue to look the other way.”

The Association demanded action “to stop this macho terrorism, and to make the eradication of violence a priority for all social, political, legal and economic groups.”

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‘YES WE CAN’ (SÍ SE PUEDE) PRESENTS ITS CANDIDATES IN TORREVIEJA

La Plaza de la Constitución was the venue chosen by the political party ‘Yes you can Torrevieja’ to launch its campaign for the upcoming Municipal elections last weekend.

The meeting began with a spokesman presenting the manifesto in front of a healthy gathering. Much of it was explained in detail following which reasons were then provided for the need of this new Party. “We have decided to take responsibility and govern for ourselves.”

A number of candidates attended the event, many of whom introduced themselves to members of the public before taking questions of their own.

Each of the candidates asked for the support of citizens as they went about the collection of signatures that are necessary for them to become a credited party which is able to campaign in the elections.

A total of 1,500 signatures are needed, many of which were collected at the launch with tables set out in la Plaza de la Constitución for the purpose. The group announced that they will be carrying out similar events across the whole city in the coming days.

The Party called for the elimination of wasteful spending and the boosting of social investments by the Town Council although they didn’t explain quite how this might be achieved..

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A CAPITAL TRIP WITH COACHTRIPS

Madrid was not always Spain’s Capital city. In medieval Spain this honour fell to Toledo. It was in June 1561 that Philip II moved the court from Toledo to the fast growing city of Madrid.
At that time the city had a population of some 30,000 inhabit…

EURONICS DARTS LEAGUE – 9 APRIL 2015

¨THE ELECTRICAL SHOP¨ – BLUE LAGOON
Meerkats defeat of Que Pasa´s Eagles this week, ruined the possibility of a Thursday evening showdown with the Hyenas for the coveted League title.
The Eagles needed to beat or draw with the Kats to …

REACHING OUT FOR NEW LOO

After supporting and helping the needy and homeless in Torrevieja for nearly four years, the time had come to create more office space to accommodate the growing demand on the organization as it develops.
On Friday 10th April, Karolina Leonard, Presid…

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There are 15 potentially dangerous sharks in the Mediterranean

A CRACKING NEW PANTO

Rojales Pantomime group now have scripts ready for their next Panto to be presented in January 2016. They have decided on Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty is an unusual pantomime but just as hilarious as any other with a Dame, a Villain, comic duo, Princess, King and Queen also including other nursery rhyme characters. Auditions are being held in April and May for rehearsals to begin in September. Anyone interested please contact Mandy 685302529 email mandyohagan@hotmail.com

AN EVENING OF COMEDY

GASP announces its latest production ‘ AN EVENING OF COMEDY WITH GASP’. A collection of 6 short plays, ranging from the hilarious to the thought provoking & featuring the first production of ’18 SHADY GREENS’, written by local author Terry Lacey. Production takes place on Wed 8th April & Thurs 9th April at the Life Resort in Gran Alacant. Tickets are 7 euros each, or 2 for 12 euros & can be obtained by ‘phoning 966 181 113, 628 774 461, 966 181 194 or e-mail gasptheatre@hotmail.co.uk

SYRIA RECRUITS

Two young teenagers were arrested early Tuesday in northeastern Spain, the same morning they planned to travel to Syria to fight with Islamist militants there, the Spanish interior ministry said. Police arrested the two, both aged under 16, and another two suspects in a raid in the Mediterranean city of Badalona, about 11 kilometers from Barcelona. The ministry said the teenagers had dropped out of school in Badalona and begun studying at an Islamic center in Morocco. They were due to travel Tuesday morning through Morocco to Turkey and from there onto Syria with the full knowledge of those close to them including their mother, said the ministry.

BENIDORM SHARK WATCH

BRITS heading to Benidorm and the Spanish costas for Easter have been warned to watch for sharks. Three were found washed up on the shore of the resort last month. Two sinister-looking threshers and a threemetre bluntnose sixgill shark were caught in fishing nets. But locals think tourism bosses are trying to keep it quiet as thousands of holidaymakers are due to arrive for the holiday. Last year saw a string of spinner shark sightings near Benidorm’s main beach. A local said: “It’s not unusual for sharks to be spotted every now and then. But three in the space of a few days is a worry.

NEW ROUTES FOR IBERIA

Iberia airlines confirmed the reopening of its Madrid-Havana route on June 1 describing it as the star on its long operational range. A communiqué by the airline company on Monday reads that flights to Montevideo, Uruguay and to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic are also part of its plans for the season. Iberia will open three destinations: Havana on June 1, Cali and Medellin, in Colombia, starting June 3. In Europe, Iberia Express will inaugurate flights to five destinations in Italy and to Hamburg, while it will increase the number of flights to Berlin, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

FACE TRANSPLANT

A Spanish hospital said Monday it has successfully carried out the world’s most complex face transplant, reconstructing the lower face, neck, mouth, tongue and back of the throat of a man terribly disfigured by disease. A team of 45 physicians, nurses, anaesthesiologists and other health professionals carried out the 27-hour operation at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, the hospital said in a statement. “This is the first time that a transplant of this complexity is performed in the world,” the statement said.

MADRID LINK TO ABU DHABI

Etihad Airways have begun their four times a week, non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid, the airways’ first destination in Spain. Madrid joins a group of 20 leading European cities that the airline flies to including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Madrid is an important addition to Etihad Airways’ European and global network, and we are delighted to commence our operations to the Spanish capital.

GROWING ECONOMY

The Spanish economy will probably grow by between 2.5 percent and 3 percent this year, according to a statement made by Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Monday. De Guindos said that the country’s economy could grow by “between 2.5 percent and 3 percent”, although the figure would be confirmed by the end of April, when the Spanish government will announce the economic forecasts that will be sent to the European Union

100 MBPS BROADBAND FOR SCHOOLS

Spain’s industry ministry has announced that it will be allocating EUR 330 million to bring broadband at speeds of up to 100 Mbps to all Spanish schools. The corresponding framework agreement was signed by the country’s industry minister Jose Manuel Soria, education minister Jose Ignacio Wert and economy minister Luis de Guindos last week. He said that over 6.5 million students in over 16,500 state-funded schools would benefit from the project that formed part of Spain’s Digital Agenda objectives.

FIRST TEST FOR PODEMOS

Podemos, the Spanish anti-austerity party, will be a prominent force in Andalusia’s regional parliament after it won 15 seats in the party’s first election since its ally Syriza triumphed in Greece. However, the Socialists, who have held power in Andalusia for more than three decades, will continue to govern the region. Lead by Susana Díaz, they won 35% percent of the vote, earning them 47 seats, but shy of an outright majority.

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