In the first 7 months of the year, the Policía de la Generalitat Valenciana have increased their activities by 32.85% over last year, with a total of 201,188 cases recorded. In provincial terms, there have been a total of 115,978 activities in ...
In the first 7 months of the year, the Policía de la Generalitat Valenciana have increased their activities by 32.85% over last year, with a total of 201,188 cases recorded. In provincial terms, there have been a total of 115,978 activities in ...
JUST A HALF
According to official figures released by airport operator AENA, from the total of all foreign tourists visiting Spain, only 0.51% landed in Murcia, compared to 0.49% last year. Supporters wishing to keep San Javier airport open have criticised the presentation of the figures, which show that for every 100 visitors entering into Spain, only half a person lands at the current Murcia airport. Passenger numbers into San Javier also dropped in the last month.
HELPING THE HELPERS
The Telefurgo van rental company has announced that it will allocate 50 of its vehicles to charitable causes in the next few months, as part of their initiative to provide assistance to those in need. The campaign is operating in 19 Spanish cities already, where the company operates, including Alicante, with applications welcome before the 14th of September for the company to consider the requests.
The Cartagena based yacht 'Carmen' skippered by Joseph Coello claimed victory on handicap in the 50th edition of the Cruise from Torrevieja to Cabo Roig in which twenty boats took part last Tuesday morning. The Murcia boat ‘Malice' out of San Pedro was the first to cross the finish line taking one hour and twenty-seven minutes to complete the 10.5 nautical miles. 'Carmen' finished 2nd while in 3rd place was the Norwegian yacht 'Apex' sailed by Ole-jan Midttun.
'Petita', the most famous elephant in Terra Natura Benidorm, celebrated his 42nd birthday on Saturday with a colorful Hindu battle. The elephant sprang to fame when he was disowned by his herd as he was considered to be "ugly". According to Terra Natura, Saturday's party was the only 'Holi' festival in Valencia to commemorate the birthday of an elephant.
A recent survey by holiday site Tavelzoo shows that BRITISH tourists are thought of as the heaviest drinkers while on holiday. The Spanish are said to be the most likeable travellers, with the French ranked as the least popular. Almost half of Spanish respondents claimed UK travellers are the least generous when abroad, but the Germans think they are humorous, courteous and helpful.
MORE EMPTY PROPERTIES?
The Guardamar City Council unanimously approved a proposal to modify its General Urban Plan last Wednesday after a High Court judge called for the town planners to allow a new development to be built just 100 metres from the La Mata Nature Reserve. Seyva and Villamartin builders say they want to build more than 1,500 luxury homes in El Raso close to El Moncayo.
The councilor for security in Torrevieja, Agustina Esteve, supported by the chief of the local police has vetoed the creation of a canine unit within the force, despite the officers providing their own dogs, and undergoing training at no expense.
Despite the health department cutting hospital beds in the summer as they say there is a reduced demand, the La Loma medical centre has seen severe delays, with patients at times having to wait around 4 hours to be seen. Torrevieja´s department of health say that the average waiting time is 47 minutes during August, which is also shorter than last year.
HOME AND AWAY
Spain should immediately halt summary returns of migrants to Morocco from its North African enclave, Melilla, Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Spain should also investigate evidence that Guardia Civil officers beat migrants at the border fence. “Spain's right to secure its borders doesn't give it carte blanche to abuse migrants,” said Benjamin Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia Division at Human Rights Watch.
Spanish oil engineering company Tecnicas Reunidas said it had won a $1.5 billion turnkey contract as part of the Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Malaysia. The 50-month contract, awarded by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), is to engineer, supply and build part of a refinery and integrated petrochemical plant.
PLENTY OF ROOM
In response to a question raised by the municipal Esquerra Unida group of Valencia, the local government revealed that for the 50,000 families evicted from their homes, just 16 have been given contracts to stay in the “social housing” provided by the government in 2013.
An investigation into a crash in March on the island of Gran Canaria has attributed the cause of the incident to be a vehicle travelling at an inappropriate speed. However, members of the Guardia Civil are outraged at the findings, as the vehicle involved was one of their patrols responding to an emergency call, with lights on and siren sounding. The driver has been sanctioned for the offence and faces disciplinary proceedings.
In the midst of the worst drought in history, Spain´s olive producers believe that this year´s harvest could be up to 40% smaller than last year. They also claim that the result will be higher prices for direct and indirect products, which have already increased by 30% since January across Europe.
Spain has increased electricity supply from renewable and clean resources, with 55.3% of all electricity generated in July alone coming from zero emission sources, according to the national electricity network. Wind power generation soared by 28.7% year on year, responsible for 16.8% of all electricity consumed, hydroelectricity generated 10%, whereas solar power generated just 4.3% per cent, a figure similar to the 4% from solar thermal projects. Nuclear power was responsible for just 19%, showing a marked change in the way energy is generated.
Figures released last week reveal the importance of relationships between Almería and Russia, with food exports from Spain now valued at 14.7 million euro, 42.5% more than 2012. The main produce sent to the Russians is tomatoes, worth a total of 6.7 million euro, whereas cucumbers, the second placed produce, are worth 3.6 million euro. Between January and May 2014, tomato exports to Russia increased once again, worth 66% of all output, valued at 5.4 million euro for the quarter.
Banco Sabadell is offering early retirement to members of staff aged 55 or over. This follows on from a similar agreement introduced in 2012 when approximately 600 employees accepted settlements which, in some cases, paid compensation of 245,000 euros, including 80% of net salary and Social Security contributions to the age of 63.
SANTA POLA DEATH
The Guardia Civil is investigating the death of a swimmer whose body was found early on Wednesday morning floating in waters off the coast of Santa Pola. The body, said to be of a Spanish man in his 50s, was found just after 8am, dressed only in a bathing suit, so the hypothesis is that he suffered a heart attack whilst swimming in the sea.
The Han Dynasty exhibition which has been open in the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) since last June has so far received a total of 17,664 visitors, of which 13,500 are from Alicante. There have also been a significant number of visitors to the Museum from France, Britain, Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, the Nordic countries, America, Italy and Germany.
A 50 year old man died on Monday after suffering an accident on a tractor that he was driving in Algorfa. The incident occurred at around 5pm. On arriving at the scene the man was pronounced dead by the Emergency Medical Aid Service (SAMU). No further details have been released at this time.
Spain´s Ministry of Health has placed information boards in the arrivals hall of major airports, advising of precautions to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. Alicante-Elche airport has had them installed this week, although it is worth noting that there are no direct flights from Alicante to countries affected by the virus.
The Terra Natura animal park in Benidorm has increased its collection of snakes with the addition of an Indian python (Python molurus bivittatus), which is almost two metres long and about 10 kilos of weight. The snake has passed a comprehensive review to check its health and behaviour before being fully integrated into the park.
In the first six months of this year, the city of Alicante has been the driest since 1857, when an official weather record was established, according to the Laboratory of Climatology at the University of Alicante. The head of the department, Jorge Olcina, explained that the provincial capital has registered only 27 litres of rain in the first six months of 2014, and so “we have one of the driest years in the Iberian southeast in the last 150 years”.
Despite the hot, dry summer, sales of ice cream are registering “similar or slightly lower” numbers due to “disappointing” demand, according to the president of Spain´s national association of ice cream makers, José Luis Gisbert. The reason is partly due to more businesses opening offering a more diverse range of cooling treats, and people having less money to spend this summer.
FOR THE LOVE OF CATS
Residents and local groups of Guardamar del Segura have collected more than 3,000 signatures complaining about the town hall´s enforced ban on feeding stray cats in the municipality.
Over 2 million budget passengers have passed through Alicante Airport In the first seven months of the year making it the third busiest low cost airport in the country, behind only Barcelona and Malaga. According to data released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, budget airlines transported 18.3 million passengers in the first seven months of the year, representing an increase 10% over the same period last year,
Pomegranate producers across Elche have expressed their concerns that sanctions against trade with Russia will result in a 30% drop in their export sales. If the growers are unable to sell to Russia, directly or indirectly, they will be faced with an excess of 13,000 tons of fruit destined for export.
Some of the best campsites in Spain can be found in the south of Alicante, as proven by the annual awards decided by the Dutch travel association ANWB, and the German automobile club ADAC. The Marjal Costa Blanca Eco Camping Resort in Crevillente, which only opened recently, is on the list for “Best Camping 2014”, along with Marjal Guardamar Camping and Bungalows Resort, and Camping La Marina.
NO TIME TO WAIT
A medical emergency on the beach at playa de San Juan this week, was attended by lifeguards and an off-duty doctor who managed to stabilise a young girl who had fallen ill, whilst they had to wait 35 minutes for the arrival of an emergency ambulance. In addition to severe cuts in the number of ambulances on the street, there have been numerous cases this year alone of ambulances getting lost, which has been attributed to the centralisation of the 112 emergency coordination centre for cost saving reasons.
CUTS COST LIVES
The family of a 36 year old architect in the town of Almendralejo in Extremadura, have filed a complaint with the police after the man died of internal bleeding, and they believe that the 112 emergency centre´s refusal to send a medically equipped ambulance was a contributing factor, as the presence of a doctor could have provided assistance in the last moments of his life. The family also says that they had to request the ambulance twice, as the first time the coordinator had just assumed the man to be drunk. Confirming the severity of the situation in a second call, a basic transfer vehicle was sent, but the friends of the man had to carry the victim to the ambulance, as it only came with a driver.
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FEELING HOT HOT HOT
The Valencia region endured the hottest day in the last two years on Sunday, with temperatures exceeding 41 degrees Celsius in some areas, according to the Spanish Meteorological Agency (Aemet). In Javea, with 41.5 degrees Celsius, it was the hottest since August 1, 2012, when temperatures reached 42 degrees, whereas in second place was Orihuela with 39 degrees, compared to August 12, 2012, when temperatures reached 40 degrees.
VISITORS ON HIGH
The Castillo de Santa Barbara in Alicante has had a record July, with 62,000 people visiting the historic attraction. The figure represents an increase of some 7,000 tourists compared to the same month of 2013, an increase of 12.72%. Use of the lift from the beachside to the top of the castle also increased, with 38,920 people paying a nominal fee to travel through the mountain heart, whereas in 2013, there were 29,900 users in the month of July. The current exhibition of Star Wars items, which you do have to pay to visit, has already attracted 28,000 people since it opened in April 11, with 8,000 of them in July alone.
EASY TO SWALLOW
The Alicante provincial council has approved grants totalling 176,200 euro, which will go towards improving the quality of drinking water in 56 municipalities. The grants are predominantly aimed at municipalities with fewer than 10,000 residents who have direct control of their water supply and will be offered during 2015.
Alicante council has announced that the 12th annual conference on dealing with violence towards women will be held on the 19th and 20th of November. Those wishing to attend have until the 31st of October to register, with more information on their website, www.congresoviolenciamujer.com.
The towns of Almoradí, Bigastro, Callosa de Segura, Dolores, Pilar de la Horadada, Rafal and Redován will all benefite from a share of 502,804.24 euro in grants being offered by the Alicante provincial council, aimed at improving green areas and natural parks in the municipalities. A total of 114,638.20 euro will come to the Vega Baja area, with the rest of the grants going to 37 municipalities around the province.
A 75 year old man was seriously injured Monday after the vehicle he was travelling in collided with two palm trees in Elche. The incident occurred at about 7pm on Monday, when he drove into the two trees on the CV-875, la carretera Vereda de Sendre. Following the impact the man was trapped inside the vehicle until released by through the back window.
A further 4 boats carrying 30 immigrants have landed on the coast of Alicante in the last 7 days bringing the number of arrivals processed by the Red Cross since 2007 to 277. Three of the recent boats arrived in Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada, last Friday morning with 30 people on board, 8 of which were minors.
Hundreds of drivers trying to reach La Manga were trapped last weekend by faulty traffic lights on the inappropriately named ‘Vía Rápida' and on the Gran Via in La Manga itself. A spokesman explained that the problem was related to the computer system which reduced the time the traffic lights were green at cross roads. Traffic queues stretched back several kilometres with delays of many hours.
Police in Valencia have arrested an Irishman accused of throwing a suitcase full of cocaine, worth more than €3million, out of his eighth-floor hotel window. A receptionist alerted police after discovering the drugs scattered over an internal patio floor. Police are said to be working on the theory that the man confused noise from other guests with a rival gang trying to steal his drugs after suffering an attack of paranoia.
Plans from a Valencian businessman to open Spain's first bondage hotel have been delayed following objections from locals. The hotel, inspired by the book Fifty Shades of Grey and due to include 20 S&M-themed rooms and a dungeon, was preparing to open last week in the village of Vilafranca but was prevented from doing so after its 2,500 inhabitants complained.
According to a survey carried out by the Mail on Sunday British shoppers at Aldi pay nearly double what they would in European outlets of the store. A basket of common groceries, including grapes, milk, chicken and wine, cost £44.92 in London, while the same items cost £23.13 in Marbella, £23.38 in Berlin and £26.64 in Paris. The Mail said the difference in price is all the more surprising because there is no VAT on most foods in Britain, unlike other European countries.
Beaches at the Mar Menor resorts of Los Urrutias and Punta Brava were invaded by thousands of jellyfish at the weekend making bathing impossible for holidaymakers. Nets would normally stop the invasion offshore, but reports indicate the lead weights which hold them down have been stolen, allowing the jellyfish to reach the beach. Cleaning brigades worked on Saturday and Sunday, but minutes after they finished the jellyfish were back.
Michael Gove's wife has accused Nick Clegg of failing in his Government duty by going on holiday at the same time as David Cameron and as such Sarah Vine risked reigniting tensions between the Deputy Prime Minister and her husband with her criticism. Although the PM is now back in number 10 Mr Clegg remains in Spain with his wife Miriam and children visiting her family.
Spain has approved €7.5bn oil exploration project off the Canaries. Repsol estimates that the project could supply more than 100,000 barrels of oil a day, or 10 per cent of Spain's energy consumption. At present, Spain has to import 99 per cent of the oil it uses, and has a foreign energy bill of €40bn a year.
Several hundred mourners joined a funeral service on Wednesday for Father Miguel Pajares, the Spanish priest who died from Ebola after being infected in Liberia, and so becoming the first European victim of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus.
Spain is blaming Morocco for giving the "green light" to migrants who are attempting to cross into Europe, as record number of migrants continue to arrive on their shores. The influx was blamed on the "permissiveness" of Moroccan authorities. "There is a human traffic jam building up there and Morocco wants to relieve the pressure," sources told Spain's daily El Mundo newspaper. "Also they are nervous about Ebola
Spain´s Atresmedia Group, one of the leading providers of terrestrial TV and radio, has commissioned a Spanish version of home-repair reality show Cowboy Builders, in which two hosts highlight “shady” builders and try to find solutions to their problems. First aired in the UK in 2009 on Channel 5, the 10th season is due for transmission there next year.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Part of the earnings from this year´s Tomatina tomato fight in Buñol will be given to the Sahell association, a group which works with the Indian charity organisation Lokpanchayat, to provide and maintain safe houses for women in India. A campaign has been launched to coincide with the annual fiesta, which aims to highlight the atrocities faced by numerous Indian women. Tickets for the event had been restricted to 20,000, in order to control the number of people who attend the food fight each year. Meanwhile, as the food is thrown around for fun, it might be worth remembering that hunger remains the No.1 cause of death in the world and there are 820 million chronically hungry people in the world, a third of whom live in India. In West Bengal alone, around 100 workers in a single tea plantation have died this year from starvation related deaths.
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe to be a 1,000 year old Islamic burial ground in the town of Alcázar de San Juan in Ciudad Real, which they hope will reveal more information about the Islamic history of the region.
TAKE A LETTER
The Spanish Correos has hired a Canadian business transformation expert, in a bid to improve Spain´s postal network. Todd Hooper has previously worked on a modernisation project for retail giant Carrefour, and will bring “extensive” knowledge of the retail arena, particularly in the field of improving customer experience, according to a statement by Correos.
GOOD TO TALK
Mobile phone operator Orange is reported to be looking to sell around 9,400 of its mobile phone masts in Spain, which experts think could provide 885 million euro in revenue. Orange has been suffering a loss of clients, with the second quarter of the year only bringing them 943 million euro, a drop of 4.7%.
Two out of five IMAX cinemas in Spain are to close almost immediately, after failing to make a profit since they opened. The Teatromax cinemas in Madrid and Barcelona will shut their doors permanently, leaving just three in the country at Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and Leganes. Changing domestic technology and an inability for the cinemas to keep up is said to be the reason for the closure. The first IMAX cinema launched in Seville in 1992, only to close its doors in 2005.
New, state-of-the-art beach lockers have started to appear on the Orihuela Costa, aimed at providing better security for beachgoers, who are able to lock their valuables away, rather than risk leaving them on the beach.
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The Department of Health implemented a safety protocol on Saturday, after a suspect case of Ebola was found in a patient in Alicante General Hospital. The man, of African origin, was transferred by police escort to the Hospital de Sant Joan d'Alacant,...
It is doubtful that a single driver on the roads has never been dazzled by the headlights from an oncoming car, sometimes through a mechanical fault, but more often due to driver error, perhaps leaving the lights on full beam without paying enough atte...
The traffic department estimates that there will be approximately 2,790,000 vehicle movements on the roads of the Valencia region for this holiday weekend, between 15.00 on Thursday and until 24.00 on Sunday. From that total, 1,100,000 will be on the ...
Victim of a robbery? The Guardia Civil has a website where you can search for stolen goods that they have recovered during their raids.
Through the site you can enter search criteria relating to the items stolen which can be matched those recovered by the Guardia Civil in different robberies across the region.
The images are organized by both the name of "police operation" and also by category such as: jewelry, watches, tools, etc.
If you can prove ownership of any item shown on the Guardia site you can have it back in your possession in only a matter of days.
Oficina de Atención al Ciudadano de la Guardia Civil, (Citizens Advice Bureau Civil Guard):
Teléfono: 900 101 062
FAX: 900 102 062
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MAYORAL SUPPORT The mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo, has spoken out in support of gay marriage and abortion during an interview with a Spanish magazine. When asked about gay marriage, the councillor responded, “Why not? I´m still waiting ...
With two separate events in the planning, one a covert nightmare that has haunted residents for years, the other a dream of a local business group looking to take control and cash in on the growing phenomenon, not only have the residents of the Orihuel...
Torrevieja´s local police have now considerably scaled down their operation against the so called “lookie lookie men”, as they now consider the issue to be nothing more than a “residual problem”. A senior police officer w...
Guardamar's archaeological heritage has been hit on several occasions in recent months by vandalism, most recently the fence bordering the path of the castle which has been has been broken and thrown into a ditch.
It is thought that the damage was caused by a group of youngsters who were all drinking, also leaving behind them a trail of bottles.
This is not the first time that such damage has occurred but at this time, because of the summer holidays, it is not known when the cleaning and repair operation will be able to take place.
The local police say there are many other parts of town with some environmental and archaeological value that are need of repair. Damage has also been done to the concrete wall on the side of the old walled town, the path into the woods and the street furniture in la calle La Redonda. Also, they say, the canal next to the town wall is also full of plastic and glass bottles consumed by the youths in an area where the town attracts thousands of visitors and tourists.
Although the security forces report that they have strengthened their presence in the area with more controls it seems that they are unable to prevent further episodes of vandalism against property and public areas that seem to be going on continuously.
The Councillor for Public Safety, Felipe Aldeguer said that "the castle is a symbol that requires respect from citizens of all ages. No amount of vandalism is acceptable, all damage affects our heritage, and that is why the local police are obliged to take appropriate measures. "
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I hate wasting time, and Spanish bureaucracy is one of the greediest when it comes to pointless time wasting activities. In my experience, the bureaucrats of all nations are two distinct species, the ones who ‘can do' and the ones who ‘can'...