10 dancers and their teacher Paris Brumitt from Essence dance & Fitness travelled,along with their families, to Rome earlier this month. The Torrevieja based group competed in the Great 10 dancers and their teacher Paris Brumitt from Essence Dance & Fitness travelled, along with European Finals of Vive Tu Sueño alongside many other talented dancers from countries across Europe. After some sightseeing on the arrival it was time for Baby Essence to take the stage at Auditorium Del Massimo. These young dancers had qualified back in March in Madrid at the national finals, meaning they represented Spain in the European Finals where they placed with an amazing 2nd place and went from being intermediate to advanced level meaning they are now European SubChampions.
Paris said, “Words can’t describe how extremely proud I am of them all and the feeling of wining the European title for HipHop, with all the dancers being such a young age, our youngest being now 5 and the oldest 8 – it’s a great achievement to say they qualified and danced in the European finals but to say they are now champions is unbelievable!” Paris continued, “The whole team work extremely hard and all I can say is hard work sure pays off, there’s nothing better than seeing all their little faces light up on that stage when they dance and to see them all having the time of their lives doing something they all love, but when they get announced winners it’s incredible!”
“It has been a great season with levels and competitions getting higher and harder but everyone keeps working hard and upping their game and it’s safe to say this has been one of our best years and as I always say onwards and upwards – the hard work continues ready for next season! We shall be holding auditions the first week of September for everyone and anyone wanting to join and compete in our teams this coming season 2019/20.”
Por more information please contact principle Paris on 638591139 – firstname.lastname@example.org or find the group on Facebook EssenceDanceAndFitness
Paris finished by saying, “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us throughout our journey and season, specially all the parents, family and friends and our sponsors: CJBuilders, Quesada Fish & Chips, Comaskey Rentals, EcoCity Torrevieja, Avanza Mobility, CEIP Las Culturas & their AMPA team, Go Home to Spain.
From the bottom of my heart thank you everyone and a big big big well done to all my amazing little super stars!”
Local Police in Torrevieja have taken steps to clear swimmers away from the Poniente lighthouse at the end of the ‘salt pier’ to stop young people jumping into the sea. On Friday last, officers cleared the area of around 30 youngsters who were at the dock at the end of the pier, enjoying the high jump into the sea. This area is supposed to be closed to the public and swimming here is not allowed due to the dangerous conditions. However, it is often used by thrillseekers who use the high platforms to jump into the sea below. Members of the public have managed illicit access to the jumping point since 2015 when works on the promenade began but were never finished.
Officials are concerned for the safety of swimmers, given that the people jumping into the sea from a great height and that they do so very near the entrance to the port – an area used by both commercial and recreational vessels. The pier itself forms part of an industrial are used for the transport of salt and water to and from Torrevieja’s desalination plant.
The promenade was supposed to have been constructed by Acuamed as ‘compensation’ to the town of Torrevieja for having to host the desalination plant. Works began in 2014 but were since stopped after arguments between the construction company and Acuamed. Only the final touches such as lighting, furniture and some other elements are needed to finish works, but the area has been fenced off since 2015.
The fences were erected at the start of the paseo between Playa Acequión and Los Náufragos. It is very common to see the lightweight fences lying on the ground as they are moved, not only by youngsters who want to jump into the water to swim, but also by residents and dog walkers who want to use the 700m pier as a promenade – despite the lack of safety railings and lack of separation between what would be the new pier and the potentially dangerous salt conveyor belt.
Torrevieja police officers have warned in a report to headquarters that access to the pier is open and uncontrolled. Torrevieja’s Councilor for Security, Federico Alarcón confirmed that the officers restored the fence and secured it with ties. Councillor Alarcón also confirmed that the town hall will contact the company in question to insist it adopts the necessary security measures to ensure that pedestrians and swimmers do not re-access the area.
In previous years during summer, Local Police have carried out patrols as part of their maritime surveillance in order to prevent people jumping off the so called ‘salt pier’. According to provincial newspaper Información, Acuamed has ignored the requests by the town hall to ensure safety measures (beyond flimsy provisional fencing) until works are resumed.
When an N332 facebook follower had a crash on his motorbike, he found that his crash helmet was not adequate because it was not certified for use in Spain.
A lot of safety critical equipment must be standardised, and carry the appropriate credentials on a label. This standard is much like the British Kite Mark, and is a European scheme to ensure that items such as crash helmets are suitable for the purpose they are intended.
When the man had a crash on his motorbike he sustained serious injuries to his head, which may well have been avoided if the helmet he had been wearing at the time had been an approved type.
Because of the situation, the N332 group informed international crash helmet and glove manufacturer Shiro about the situation, and given their commitment to improving road safety, they donated a new crash helmet to the injured rider.
Members of N332 went to the rider’s house, along with representatives from Shiro, to present the rider with his new crash helmet, which carries the standard safety code “05”.
Always check that your equipment, whether it is a crash helmet, gloves, warning triangles, child seat, or anything else that is safety critical, is suitable for use in Spain and carries a homologation code.
For more information on driving in Spain, follow the N332 group on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain/
The leaders of Orihuela and Torrevieja have called for a reduced toll to be available to residents on the AP-7 motorway in order to ease congestion on the N-332.
The mayors of Torrevieja and Orihuela, Eduardo Dolón and Emilio Bascuñana, have called on the Ministry of Development and the management company of the A-7 motorway to bring in a ‘soft toll’ which they believe would reduce heavy traffic on the N-332, which runs parallel to the motorway between Torrevieja and Pilar de la Horadada.
The request was revealed at the official opening of Avenida Dénia, a new section of road which links the CV-95 with the interior urbanisations of Orihuela Costa and, it is hoped, will also ease congestion along the usual route from Torrevieja to the south.
Both mayors were present for the opening of the new road and used the opportunity to call for a reduction in toll fees to residents of the area. Bascuñana said that from a technological point of view it is a completely feasible proposal. The AP-7 motorway, which connects Cartagena with Crevillente (where it connects with the A-7), has a unique toll system, which requires drivers to pass through two tolls of 3.95 euros (in high season) located only about ten kilometers from each other: one in Los Montesinos and another in La Zenia. The argument for arranging the tolls in this manner is that drivers pay for the use of the motorway from Crevillente to Los Montesinos or from Cartagena to La Zenia – which does nothing to solve issues for motorists who wish to travel from Crevillente to Orihuela Costa.
The consequence of this is that the ‘free’ sections are used by around 20,000 vehicles per day and drivers in the know then reroute to avoid the tolls. The toll section is used by under 7000 cars per day. It is used almost exclusively by vehicles on long journeys – those from Madrid – and residential tourists with housing on the coast. Although the number of motorists using the toll section of motorway has increased since the financial crisis, the parallel N-332 in Torrevieja serves more than 50,000 vehicles daily and almost 30,000 in Orihuela Costa.
The company Ausur was awarded the motorway management contract in November 1998 for fifty years and so, it will continue to manage these tolls until 2048. Local opinion is that Ausur does not want this section of the N-332 to be widened. In 2015, the company lost a Supreme Court appeal against the Ministry of Development in which it claimed that the widening of the N-332 between Pilar de la Horadada and Torrevieja and between Torrevieja and Guardamar would cost the company €311 million in losses between 2009 and 2048.
The mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolón announced at the new road opening this week that, “Once the summer has passed I intend to gather all the mayors of the municipalities of the Vega Baja region to address all the priority needs and demands we have”.
The mayor of Torrevieja highlighted, among many isses, the serious traffic and communication problems of the N-332, not only as it passes through Torrevieja but throughout the coastal area of the region, and in the nearby municipalities such as Los Montesinos, Benijófar, Rojales and San Miguel de Salinas.
Dolón hopes that all the municipalities of the Vega Baja can come together in an effort to “once and for all”, ensure that the needs of the region become a reality in the coming years.
The Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, and the spokesperson for Ciudadanos (the Citizens Party) José Aix, have finally reached an agreement to form an absolute majority government for the next four years in the municipality of Orihuela .
The Mayor said: “After many conversations a meeting point has been reached, which was always our only objective and that will allow us another four years of progress and development for our municipality.”
The Mayor highlighted the commitment to complete the Citizen Participation Regulation that was not fully developed in the last legislature, complete the list of municipal jobs, as well as work on solving the problems that exist in respect to of municipal planning with the advance in the General Urban Planning Scheme.
Another issue that will be addressed is the carrying out of actions that facilitate the revitalisation and regeneration of the historic centre of Orihuela, as well as promoting the municipality internationally and as a tourist destination.
“We must continue to pay special attention to the Urban Solid Waste Collection Service optimising resources in order to achieve a clean Orihuela with good services in something which is so basic and so essential,” said Bascuñana.
The Mayor also raised the issue of connection and infrastructure, saying these had special relevance in order to ensure the government is able to address the Emergency Services Centre for the Coast, ‘which the Generalitat did not want to face’.
He continued: “This government will continue to give absolute priority to active social policies and emphasising those sectors with the highest risk of exclusion, promoting employment. Mobility will be an area with special attention, as well as the pedestrianising of different areas such as the historic centre, along with systems such as bike lanes and greenways. There will also be a series of major projects to address large-scale projects.”
The Mayor explained that a ‘committee will be created through which all areas will be monitored with the objective that the Orihuela government is managed in a coordinated manner’.
Within the agreements already detailed, the Mayor’s office will be maintained by the Popular Party, the Local Government Board will consist of nine members, five for the PP (Emilio Bascuñana, Rafael Almagro, Sabina-Goretti Galindo, Víctor Valverde and Mariola Rocamora ), and four for Ciudadanos (José Aix, Luisa Boné, Mar Ezcurra and Ángel Noguera), and the role of Spokesperson of the Governing Board will be undertaken by the spokesperson for Ciudadanos.
Ciudadanos will maintain the areas it held during the last legislature such as: Infrastructure and Services, Culture and Youth and Beaches. This includes: Education and Citizen Security, Human Resources and Internal Regime, and Urban Planning and Territory.
The Mayor clarified: “The rest of the areas are maintained by the Popular Party and soon I will proceed to delegate the powers and reorganise them based on this new distribution.”
José Aix concluded that this agreement comes at the right time, “we have detected what worked and also those aspects that we can improve upon” and added that Ciudadanos “wants to offer people a stable government for the next four years, developing large projects and operating in a coordinated manner.”
“There’s no place like home” is the title being given to a fundraiser which aims to raise €14,000. The money is needed to bring Anne home to the UK for care after a stroke suffered while visiting Spain. Friends and family are hoping to pay for medical transport for Anne and on researching the cost of an emergency air ambulance, discovered that the cost can be as much as €14,000. A fundraiser is set to take place on Friday August 9th, from midday until 8pm, at Broadway – Uptown Quesada.
The event will feature live music all day from a variety of the area’s top local artists giving their time for free.
Popular rock band Kolted were devastated this week when the band’s van was broken into and a number of valuable instruments stolen. At the time of the robbery, the band were playing a regular live gig in the Flamenca Beach Commercial Centre in Playa Flamenca. A spokesperson for the band told the Costa Blanca People, “They must have known what they were looking for – the windows of the van were smashed and they took very specific instruments. We were playing a gig at the time, so it is clear they knew that the van would be unattended.”
The incident occurred on Thursday night and the band are appealing for eyewitnesses who may have been in the vicinity of Playa Flamenca between the hours of 10pm and 1.30am when they believe the robbery took place.
The instruments stolen included a valuable Limited Edition Gibson Les Paul guitar (in pine with KOLTED printed on the front), a Sigma semi acoustic guitar and an Ibanez Special Edition bass guitar.
The police are looking into the robbery and fans of the band have been frantically sharing an appeal on social media in a bid to have the instruments returned. It is hoped that the distinctive nature of the instruments will prevent their resale on the black market but these hardworking local musicians just want their guitars returned.
The robbery comes as a huge blow as the band has just released its official music video for new single, Times Two.
If anyone has information about the robbery or the whereabouts of the stolen instruments, please contact the band on + 34 603 386 402.
A 66 year old Russian cyclist lost his life in a fatal hit and run which took place in Torrevieja on Tuesday last. The incident took place shortly before 4pm just before the northbound exit for the ‘Park of Nations’. The car allegedly involved in the incident was driven by a 33 year old British man.
Medical crews arrived at the scene but were unable to do anything to save the man’s life, having been thrown several metres by the impact of the car, his injuries are thought to have proved fatal. An autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.
The driver later handed himself in at Rojales police station. His car is believed to have evidence of damage to the front window.
The incident occurred in a notorious black spot for accidents and congestion with a large volume of traffic throughout the year and especially in July when huge tailbacks are often witnessed. Overtaking is not allowed with a continuous double line indicating so, which runs for eight kilometres along the stretch of road. The fatal accident took place a few meters from a section considered a ‘black point’ due to the frequency of serious accidents by the Ministry of Public Works.
The Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduado Dolón, has announced the commencement of a big cleanup operation which is being rolled out across the town this week. The plan sees 23 new workers hired and special equipment acquired to undertake the cleaning works, with a budget of €117,000.
The move comes as a response to citizen complaints about the lack of urban cleansing, claims Councillor for Sanitation, Parks and Gardens, Carmen Gómez Candel. The cleanup operation began on July 3rd and will continue until around the end of August.
As part of the plan, roads and pavements will be cleansed, weeds removed and weedkiller sprayed. Bins will be washed and fly tipping spots will be cleaned up. 30 glass recycling bins will be replaced.
The areas to be cleaned will be as follows…
1st AREA: El Chaparral, La Siesta and San Luis.
2nd AREA: El Limonar, El Salado and Altos del Limonar.
3rd AREA: Torreta III, Torreta II and Torreta-Florida.
4th AREA: Lago Jardin, Los Balcones, Los Altos, La Veleta, Mar Azul and Punta Prima.
5th AREA: Aguas Nuevas, Calas Blancas, Torreblanca, Los Frutales and Villasol.
The Mayor also annoucnesd that while the cleanup plan is being rolled out through the above urbanisations, work is also being undertaken to clean the city centre.
Councillor Gómez also referred to the problem of abandoned cars and was keen to remind readers that there is a citizens phone number which residents can phone to report abandoned vehicles: 966 70 23 90 (Spanish).
Founder of the N332 Facebook page, Francisco Morales, was honoured guest at a party in the British Embassy in Madrid. Guardia Civil traffic officer Morales was among guests invited to the Embassy to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Francisco told the Costa Blanca People, “We were invited in recognition of the service we provide to the British Community.”
The N332 Facebook page and related website, N332.es, provides information on driving in Spain to help foreigners stay safe on the roads. With many rules and regulations different to those of our home nations, the information provided by the N332 group has proved useful to many road users here – including the 128,000 people that follow the page on Facebook.
At the party, both the British Ambassador, Simon Manley and the Congressional spokesperson for Ciudadanos, Inés Arrimadas, commended the N332 project and the recognition that it has now achieved by the DGT, Spain’s transport authority.
A second heatwave is due to hit the Alicante province, driving temperatures up to 40 degrees. The mercury hit 36 in Alicante on Sunday with temperatures in Rojales reaching 34 – although with the humidity factor the ‘real feel’ was higher still. Monday saw some reprieve from the severe heat with a slight drop in temperatures and for the most part of this coming week, the heat should be typical for July. However, a second heatwave is due to descend on Friday.
Director of the Climatology Lab at Alicante University, Jorge Olcina warned that the second heatwave, due to manifest on Friday July 5th, will affect the entire Alicante province and temperatures throughout the weekend will be exceptionally high. So, until Thursday, maximum temperatures predicted for the Alicante province are 29 degrees on the coast and 31 inland. On Friday however, these figures will shoot up to 35 degrees in seaside towns and as high as 39 inland. Moreover, according to the Climatology Lab’s weather models, we can expect temperatures of 42 degrees in places of the Vega Baja.
Experts say that the second heatwave will not last as long as the one we have just experienced, but the heat will be “especially intense”. According to Sr. Olcina a wave of Saharan air will blow across the peninsula and bringa very warm, dry air mass from Africa over to Alicante and Murcia.
Olcina also warned that these bursts of heat will cause the area to become very hot over the coming weeks so another risk factor to consider are torrential rains – not necessarily immediately, but in the long term.
Murica man one of several heat related deaths
Two people have already died from heatstroke in Spain and two more have been hospitalised.
Locally, a 45-year-old farmer was admitted in a serious condition with heatstroke symptoms in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Murcia, and a fire fighter from the Catalan Fire Department has also been taken to hospital after suffering from heatstroke while fighting the wildfire in La Ribera d’Ebre in Tarragona.
A 17-year-old man died in the early hours of Friday morning in a hospital in Córdoba after being admitted for heatstroke, according to the regional health department. The man was working outside when he began to feel dizzy. He jumped into the pool on the rural property to cool down but when he got out he began to suffer convulsions. The 17-year-old was taken to the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba and died after CPR failed to revive him.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, an 80-year-old man died from a possible case of heatstroke in Valladolid. The elderly man died a little before 5.50pm at a street intersection in the city. Emergency services rushed to the spot but when they arrived there was little they could do as the man had already passed away.
Following claims that permission had been withdrawn for the use of the Eras de la Sal venue for the forthcoming Jacksons concert in Torrevieja, the promoter has now revealed that the concert will be going ahead as planned. John Khan of Heatwave Promotions told the Costa Blanca People, “The concert is 100 percent going ahead at the original venue, Eras de la Sal, on August 9th.”
Commenting on the claims made that the concert would be cancelled, John said “The issue was firstly that we had permission to use the venue – this was granted on March 14th. We then have to wait for a period of time to put in place the correct paperwork and on the day of the concert, the final inspection takes place and we are issued with the final licence. This is the way we have done it for the last ten years without ever having any problem. The Councillor, Fanny Serrano, announced that she was cancelling our use of the venue because we had started advertising without the permission in place and that we did not have initial permission which was not at all the case. She announced this claim two weeks before notifying us which I believe should have been her first action – some sort of official notification to withdraw our permission. In any case, we appealed against her claim and had permission reinstated again on June 21st. As is usually the case – even in concerts featuring megastars, tickets are sold with the small print ‘subject to licence’ as the authorities often inspect the venue the same day in order to issue final paperwork.”
In response to claims that the concert could have been cancelled, John was keen to clarify matters, saying “I want to be clear that the concert was never cancelled and we had contingency plans in place to move the venue to Alicante or the Murcia Bull Ring if necessary. Had we needed to do this, existing ticket holders would have been offered free transport to and from the new venue. Thankfully though, we did not need to go down that road.”
John continued, “We are a responsible promoter and have, for over ten years, always had the interests of our clients first and foremost.”
So, with the good news that the venue remains in place as the beautiful open air theatre, Eras de la Sal in Torrevieja, fans will be glad to know that there are some tickets still remaining to see the legendary Jacksons in concert. Tickets are being sold via ticketmaster, El Corte Inglés, all Correos (post office) outlets and also via the promoter’s own website www.heatwavepromotions.com and the ticket hotline numbers 0034629056720/0034663385757.