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SABADELL SOLBANK to return 500,000 Euros to buyers
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SABADELL SOLBANK must return almost 500,000 Euros to buyers at the Cala Romántica development in Mallorca for a failed off plan property development. This was ordered on 19th December 2017 by the First Instance Court Number 8 of Marbella, Malaga, Spain. The responsibility derives from the issuance by BANCO CAM (now SABADELL SOLBANK) of a [...]

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Rojales Pantomime group Present.  ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves’
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Do go along to this excellent show; take a child-preferably one you know! Or just be a child yourself for the evening and let the Rojales Pantomime Group transport you to the world of the Arabian Nights to meet Ali Baba and a host of magical characters, including a dancing camel and Yousless from YMCA. [...]

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Can a Spanish team win the Champions League?
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When it comes to this year’s Champions League, there’s not yet a clear indicator of who’s going to reach the final. Everyone from Manchester City to Bayern Munich are being touted as potential winners, and as the tournament goes on it’s still not clear who is about to take home the trophy. Given that Spain [...]

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Tourism and Beaches both report improved satisfaction
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The Councilor for Tourism, Sofía Álvarez, announced a significant growth in the number of visitors to the municipality compared to 2016, an increase of 20%. “Special importance has been attached by the Council to the poet Miguel Hernández in the year in which we have commemorated the 75th anniversary of his death,” she said, “publicising [...]

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Grant enables additional employment in Torrevieja
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Víctor Ferrández, the Torrevieja Councilor for Employment and Local Development, has this week handed employment contracts to the 23 people who have joined the council in various positions through the employment programs EMCORP and EMCORD-2017. All were previously unemployed and have now been engaged on a full-time six-month work contract. They include a social worker, [...]

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Rajoy signs agreement to raise national minimum wage
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Signed on Tuesday at Moncloa Palace by the President of the Government, the presidents of the business organisations CEOE and CEPME, and the general secretaries of the trade unions UGT and CCOO, the agreement represents a 4% increase to the national minimum wage for 2018 and the first step towards reaching the target of 850 [...]

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Orihuela Police make two new arrests
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The Special Citizen Security Group (GESC) of the Orihuela Local Police made two arrests over the Christmas holiday after a car attempted to evade a routine checkpoint. The events took place last Tuesday evening at a checkpoint on la calle Ramón Sijé when agents noticed a vehicle that promptly changed direction as it spotted the [...]

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Orihuela has a new coat of arms
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Orihuela’s Plenary has unanimously approved the adoption of a new coat of arms, replacing the one that has been in use by the city since 1906. We are told that the current emblem does not comply with the regional legislation that dictates the requisites for local shields and flags, approved by a Consell decree in [...]

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From dot-com to dot-gone – Why the cars we grew up with in the 1990s are on the brink of extinction
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28,000 modern classics scrapped in just 12 months Citroen Saxo, Vauxhall Cavalier, Rover 400 are dying out Rate of attrition to increase in 2018 as scrappage schemes continue Survival rate of top ten best-sellers from 25 years ago is fewer than 1% Blind Date, Nokia reissues and a Tamagotchi revival – it’s clear that the [...]

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British woman assaults paramedics at San Javier Airport
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Following the refusal of airport check in staff to allow an intoxicated woman to book in for her UK bound flight at San Javier Airport the Briton had no choice but to leave the airport building. Bystanders suggested that as she walked from the terminal building she was clearly suffering from the effect of alcohol [...]

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Rajoy says Corvera transfer to start next year
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Spain Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, was in Murcia on Wednesday where he was accompanied by the Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna. At the event, held at the Promenade de Murcia, Rajoy addressed different representatives of local businesses as well as members of opposition parties and of the regional government with President Fernando López [...]

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The Med Bar golf society, El Raso, at Hacienda Riquelme 
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On a bright and sunny morning, the best it could be at 8am, we all left el raso for another trip down the motorway, this time to hacienda rilquelme. When we arrived the wind had got up and caught a few of us of guard as they had their shorts on. A quick trip to [...]

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Local Police intensifies patrols
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The mayor of Torrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, told a press conference on Friday that the campaign has been increased to identify those people who are discarding their garden waste illegally and in contravention of the Municipal Ordinance for the Promotion of the Environment. The mayor said that a penalty of 100 euros that has been [...]

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Orihuela diver dies on Guardamar fish farm
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The Comisiones Obreras trade unión (CC OO) has called for an immediate investigation into the death of a professional diver at a fish farm in Guardamar on Wednesday. The diver, a 34 year old family man from Orihuela, swam to the surface with his mask full of water but suffering from with convulsions, where colleagues [...]

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Costa Blanca Leader Edition 697
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A truly wonderful achievement by the Orihuela Costa and District Branch of the Royal British Legion in collecting almost 45,000 euro for their 2017 Poppy Appeal which concluded recently, an increase of almost 10% on the total achieved last year. Good news also for Maria del Carmen Garcia, who killed the rapist of her daughter [...]

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Rojales Pantomime (Alibaba and the Forty Thieves)
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Welcome to the Rojales Pantomime groups 2018 pantomime Alibaba and the forty thieves. Alibaba and the forty thieves is one of the most famous stories from the One Thousand and one nights. The script has been updated but still retains its traditional pantomime atmosphere and humour. Cast and crew are putting the final touches to [...]

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Revealed: The Ten Safest Cars Of The Year
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Thatcham Research reveals top ten safest cars of the year Featured carmakers show commitment to accident reduction by fitting pioneering ADAS technologies as standard Thatcham Research is today revealing the ten-car longlist for the hotly contested What Car? Safety Award 2018. As the panel of expert judges gather to decide on the year’s safest car, [...]

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Busy week for the U3A
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Torrevieja U3A Torrevieja U3A members have just completed a very busy week. Amongst many other activities that were on offer, about 120 members attended the Quesada Golf Club for a Christmas feast including refreshment, which  went down very well, as usual. Friday saw the Easy Walkers taking a trip around the Sucina area where they [...]

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Portobello Walking football club supports local charities
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Portobello Walking Football team, based at the Portobello Bar in Pinar de Campoverde,  presented 2 cheques last week, each for 500 Euros, to AECC Cancer Research and to Amigos de San Jose Obrera, the Oriheula Childrens Foundation. The monies were raised and collected by the football team at various fundraising events held at the Bar. [...]

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WELCOME TO THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION IN SPAIN DISTRICT NORTH
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We are here to administer and deliver community support within the District.  We also cover membership and fundraising activities of the Legion’s branches throughout District North of Spain. Membership of The Royal British Legion is available to all adults and nationality, not just members or ex-members of the British Armed Forces and we always welcome new [...]

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Pego Golf Society Match Tuesday December 12th 2017
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We had 29 players today for our annual Turkey Trot Competition, played on a very cold day. It was also the Christmas Fancy Dress Competition. Only one guest today, Andrew Brown so no guest prize. The results for the competition were as follows: Ist with 36 points playing off 23.8 was Patrick Lynch, elegantly and [...]

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Festive theme for Reach Out
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The recent “Mingle Bells” event for “Reach Out” raised a very satisfactory 366.60 Euros. As usual the venue was the welcoming Marina Bar in Calle de Las Rosas Torrevieja and the superb Christmas lunch complimented what was to become a very fun filled afternoon including Quiz, Raffle,Tombola amongst other surprises. The festive theme continued with songs from The [...]

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SAMM Autumn Race Series Winners Announced
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The SAMM Autumn Series of handicap races was a great success. With no days lost due to the weather or other events held at CTD causing cancellations, the 8 days of the handicap series saw 16 races completed between September and November, all well supported by the competitors. The results are determined using the “low [...]

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Day of the Titans
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Emerald Isle Bowls Club by Elwyn Morris Monday the Titans played Vistabella Drivers at home and won 10-4 aggregate of 121-88, winners P Heaney S Johnson I Brewster 25-8, C Parsons K Jolliffe D Gerrard 25-12, J Pooley J Rimmer A M Stevenson 21-14 The Neptunes travelled to La Marina and having to concede a [...]

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Christmas Appeal raises funds for San Miguel Arcangels
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San Miguel Winter League team had a fantastic result in their rearranged game at home with La Siesta winning 11 points to 1.  Well played to Noel Davis, Val & Chris Collier, Stuart Denholm 16-9:  Margaret Patterson, Tony Sansom, Lee Sinclair, Mary Dyer 20-9:  Reg Cooper, Dave Greenland, Gail Willshire, Lynn Greenland 29-12;  Carol Rudge, [...]

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Turkey, Tinsel and Top of the Table
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Javea Green Winter League played host to Bonalba Bowls Club for their last match of the 2017 calendar knowing that their top of the table position needed to be reinforced by a good win. When the opposing team turned up with reindeer antlers on their heads everyone knew it was going to be a fun [...]

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RBL end the year at Eduardo’s in party mood
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Veterans got into the festive spirit on Monday when the Orihuela Costa and District Branch of the Royal British Legion held their Christmas Party at Eduardo’s Restaurant, Villamartin. The members were celebrating yet another successful year, as only days earlier the branch had announced that it had collected almost 45,000 euro from their annual poppy [...]

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s message to UK nationals living in Europe
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THE ROAD TO BREXIT·TUESDAY, 19 DECEMBER 2017 From the very beginning of the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union I have been consistently clear that protecting the rights of both EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU was my first priority. I know that the referendum result has [...]

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All comers welcome at Vistabella ‘Mufti’
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Vistabella Bowls Report With Lynne Bishop It was a wet and windy morning for the last of this years S.A.L league matches, the ENTERPRISE LEAGUE Albatrosses were away at MonteMar where they succeeded in winning five rinks. Winning teams were Geraldine Fisher, Stuart Allman & Gordon Fisher 32-11. Lin Watkins, Sandra Burrows & Peter Whitehall 28-12. [...]

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