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GARCIA TEBAR QUITS ORIHUELA

Newly appointed manager García Tébar left Orihuela on Monday following the club’s 1-0 defeat to bottom of the table Jove. The defeat leaves Orihuela ninth, three points behind the playoff positions.
The Albacete born coach was only appoi…

TEAM BRUNEL LEADS FLEET OUT OF ALICANTE

Team Brunel led the race out of Alicante

The seven-strong fleet of the 12th Volvo Ocean Race raced out of Alicante on Saturday for the punishing first leg to Cape Town with rains and strong winds forecast to greet them in the opening eight hours.

Team Brunel took the honours after the fleet bade farewell to a memorable Alicante nine-day stopover before heading out to the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar and then into the Atlantic during the first week of a nine-month, 38,739-mile marathon.

Skippered by Bouwe Bekking, the Dutch boat headed the seven-strong fleet out of the Spanish coastal city which hosts the Race HQ and has given the 66 sailors competing in Leg 1 an incredible send-off with tens of thousands visiting the Race Village every day.

They were hotly pursued by both Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and MAPFRE.

Memories of the last “salida” (departure) from Alicante three years ago will still be fresh for many – Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Sanya were forced to limp back to shore with crippling damage within 24 hours after an opening night storm in the Med wrought early havoc.

There’s no such carnage predicted this time but Race meteorologist Gonzalo Infante suggested it will be “messy” from about 2200 local time (2000 UTC) on the first leg when rains are likely to drench the fleet and winds could pick up to around 20 knots.

Traditionally, boats who have won Leg 1 have gone on to win the entire race but Groupama bucked that trend in 2011-12 when they finished last of only three boats who managed to complete the 6,487 miles to Cape Town.

The French team, led by Franck Cammas, took time to get into their stride but eventually emerged as deserved winners by the time the fleet reached their home port of Lorient, the penultimate stopover.

Another close race is predicted again for 2014-15, especially with the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 levelling the playing field, but for the 50,000 or so who packed the Alicante Race Village to wave the fleet on their way, the event has already proved a winner.

Indeed the build up to the Volvo Ocean Race proved so popular that a record number of visitors, almost 110,000, were admitted to the Race Village in its first four days of opening, where they were able to explore and to enjoy the more than two hundred free activities available.

And there were also beneficial effects from the race to the city’s hoteliers with the Provincial Hotel Association (APHA) estimating that there was a hotel occupancy rate of more than 90% during the weekend, with an improved rate of around eighty percent during the remainder of the following week.

And the good news for the city didn’t end there, with the announcement by the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, Knut Frostad, on Saturday that the next edition of the race, which will take place in 2017-18, will also be held in Alicante. Planning is already underway, he said, and well advanced, and he is confident that it will probably attract even more boats to the race.

Asked about the possibility of having more yachts in the future, Frostad said that new sponsors have already confirmed they will begin campaigning, but declined to give details. “In any case there will certainly be more than 9 or 10 boats,” he said.

Together with Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of Volvo Cars, and Olof Persson, President of AB Volvo and CEO of Volvo Group, Frostad said how the organization used the ‘know-how’ of the Volvo Group for producing and introducing the monotype concept into the race. He said that there was also a great deal of surprise when he announced a number of changes similar to Formula 1, for the fleet that will compete in 2017-18.

Both Samuelsson and Persson have confirmed that there will be a change to a one-design fleet, and that the concept of a shared service center will be supported from the beginning. “Putting the focus on the performance of the crews will provide a huge improvement to the race.” said Samuelsson.

The Volvo Cars CEO added that, despite the many competitions that the company sponsor, they continue to rely on this event as their best marketing tool. “Constant challenge and the thrill of sailing around the world is vital to us. It allows us to interact with our customers in an environment that represents what we want to achieve. This is a top event and it receives much attention all over the globe,” he concluded .

Images David Ramos

Credit: www.volvooceanrace.com

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DOLON MEETS CAPE VERDE MAYOR

The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon met with the mayor of the municipality of Ribeira Brava in the Cape Verde islands, Américo Nascimento, on Tuesday morning, who was in the town with the intention of forming a partnership between the two mun…

OVER 200 MILLION CHRISTIANS MARTYRED WORLDWIDE FOR NOT RENOUNCING THEIR FAITH

The Foundation of the Holy See “Aid to the Church in Need” has launched two advertising campaigns under the slogan: “Christians have fled Mosul. They need your help urgently.

We have promised the archbishop of Mosul, Mgr. Dhimon Amel Nona, 100,000 Euros to aid 1,000 Christian families who have fled their homes for the jihadists attacks and have been welcomed into the Church of Nineveh. We must not leave them alone.” Another message said: “Emergency aid from persecution in Iraq.

They have nothing left, no house, no financial resources after years of sacrifices. But they fear above all that this situation lasts long time “donations can be entered in the current accounts: Popular: ES12 0075 0080 17 0601667548 and La Caixa: ES21 2100 2415 42 0200140293.

Father Werenfried, the founder, wanted “Aid to the Church in Need” to be the voice of the voiceless, the more suffering, the needy, the persecuted, and martyrs.

An exhibition was born from the need to sensitize the public and media on a reality often ignored: it is now estimated that more than 200 million Christians are suffering for their faith, with many who are suffering violence and even martyrdom. 150 million suffer other forms of oppression and discrimination and restriction of religious practice.

Through a tour of various countries, the exhibition aims to show this reality not so far away and yet unknown. In it we see how the Catholic Church reaches the smallest members of their own church and how faith and hope help them not kowtowing to the difficulties. As a missionary said, “despite everything, they do not wrinkle.” The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.

“Aid to the Church in Need” has a library of images that is the result of the trips the Foundation is doing to countries where the Catholic Church suffers more, in order to broadcast what is happening there and help pastoral and economically . One way to support the Foundation of the Holy See “Aid to the Church in Need” is to visit these exhibitions now traveling throughout Spain.

clementeferrer3@gmail.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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BRAVO FOR THE SOLIDARITY SPOT ‘LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS’

This is a video that has gone around the world. It is promoted by Krizovatka, a Czech organization that seeks to change the world through awareness campaigns of solidarity values.

The video does not need words, because it aspires to be universal, and the words differ from one country to another. So it uses two languages which are universals: the image and the music, says Professor Alfonso Méndiz.

The image is certainly the most attractive. What we see is not a story: it is a chain of stories linked by a great theme: Love. The final slogan reminds us, “láskou a sluzbou cesty spojujeme” (With love and service, we join paths). Indeed, love is contagious: it is a medicine that cures everything, everything heals, quickens everything; and at the same time, is a virus that is spread between humans: we would pass on to each other every day.

It all starts with the goodness of a child. A small, introverted and colored boy who realizes he can help another just lending a hand. His action is seen by another person, who are encouraged to give to another what he has experienced. And so begins a chain of services that seems endless.

The other language without borders is music. The lyrics of the song created by ‘Noah and the Whale’ highlighted with extraordinary force these inspiring images: “If you give a little love, you receive love for you.” It is an invitation to solidarity: “Give a little love, and see what happens”.

Sometimes it is enough a small gesture, such as reaching out. Just a small action that initiates an unexpected chain. And then the miracle is operated. Love makes possible the miracle of life becoming wonderful.

Selfish love is our worst enemy. Napoleon said: “The most dangerous of our counselors is self-love”.

clementeferrer3@gmail.com Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of advertising and public relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.

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THE PRIVILEGE OF A POLITICAL PRISONER

Questions are being raised as to why some politicians who are convicted of criminal offences still manage to maintain a privileged position, even when incarcerated for their crimes.
As calls for the former President of Castellón, Carlos Fabra, …

DATA PUBLISHED FOR TORREVIEJA LIFEGUARDS

Torrevieja’s Councillor for Beaches, Francisco Moreno, and Bibiano Vera, the President of the Local Red Cross, took time out on Monday to congratulate all those who have been working during the summer months, in whatever capacity, to monitor the public…

UNREGULATED RENTAL PROPERTIES

Tourists were asked to ensure that property owners are registered with the Ministry of Tourism.

The campaign for ‘Safe Holidays’, launched by the Business Association of Tourist Apartments Costa Blanca (APTUR) in conjunction with the Valencia Tourism Agency, stopped off in Torrevieja last week to alert customers and rental property owners to the risks of rental accommodation that is not controlled or regulated.

Along with other members of the association the President and Secretary of APTUR, Sotillos Miguel and Beatriz Pérez-Hickman, handed out information leaflets to users and owners on la avenida Libertad in front of the Casino.

Amongst the recommendations, tourists were asked to ensure that property owners or management company’s from whom they rent are registered with the Ministry of Tourism.

This will provide the holidaymaker with many safeguards including insurance for themselves or their family members in the event of injury or damage that occurs whilst they are in the property.

“It is important for customers to know that they will not encounter problems or unpleasant surprises when they get to their holiday destination,” said the president, Miguel Sotillos, who also noted that “approximately 65% of rental apartments on the Costa Blanca are not regulated and therefore offer no protection to the clients.”

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MAYOR WELCOMES SPIRITUAL LEADER OF SENEGAL

The mayor welcoming Mame Mor Mbacke

On Monday Torrevieja mayor Eduardo Dolon welcomed Mamen Mor Mbacke, the Spiritual Leader of Senegal, to the “Virgen del Carmen” Cultural Center, in front of representatives from the Senegalese community who are resident in Torrevieja.

The pair was accompanied by the councilors for Immigration and Citizenship, Rosario Martinez and Agustina Esteve, as well as the President of the Senegalese Cultural Association of Torrevieja, Abdourahmann Mbaye.

Valencia is currently home to more than 4,500 Senegalese with over 400 resident in Torrevieja where Mr Mbacke highlighted their excellent reception saying how tolerant and supportive the people are toward the Senegalese who reside in the local area.

He said that he was happy to return to Torrevieja so that he could continue to help with the integration of his many countrymen with the local community while Eduardo Dolon thanked him for the enormous interest he continues to show in their welfare.

Mame Mor Mbacke is currently the spiritual leader of Senegal. His doctrine promotes “Muridism” based on hard work, cooperation, education and training, as key points toward the development of their followers, plus the positive coexistence between religions and people with different beliefs.

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