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Missing British man in the Torrevieja area – help find him!

Mr Kenneth Dallas McPHERSON, who is 62 years old, went missing on the morning of Saturday 23 November at Torrevieja Marina. He was last known to be kayaking in the marina and has not been seen since.
He is 5ft 11inches (180cm), medium build, with a white goatee beard and very short white/grey hair. The family is concerned that he may have been carried out to sea and/or picked up by a boat on its way elsewhere.
His family have reported him missing to the police in Pilar de la Horadada, who are looking for him. They would be grateful for information from anyone who may have seen Mr McPherson or his kayak.
Alexandra Mitchell, Mr McPherson’s wife, said: “Any information, no matter how little, would be greatly appreciated. The police are working very hard, but as of yet we have little to go by. We just want Kenny home safe and sound and miss him greatly.”
If anyone has any information relating to his whereabouts, they should call the Guardia Civil on 112 or the British Consulate on +34 965 216 022.

Gary Rhodes, the celebrity British chef, has died in Dubai, aged 59

Rhodes was best known for fronting programmes including MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef USA.
According to a family statement, posted on Twitter by chief food critic Richard Vines, Rhodes passed away on Tuesday evening.
“Family statement on the terribly sad news about Gary Rhodes: The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE,” the tweet reads.
In addition to owning four restaurants, two of which are in Dubai, the acclaimed chef had his own line of cooking items and bread mixes.
Rhodes, born in South London, opened his first restaurant in 1997 named City Rhodes.

Municipal Theatre reopens

Torrevieja’s Municipal Theatre has reopened after a closure of over four years. The reopening was marked by the coronation of the Queen of Salt in advance of the town’s Patronal Fiestas (more information about the fiestas on page 8).
The reopening of the theatre was high on Mayor Eduardo Dolón’s list of election promises. The theatre had been closed down by the previous administration because of licencing issues but Dolón had always claimed that it could have remained open while the paperwork was regularised as it had been open for nine years previously.
Eduardo Dolón explained that the theatre was opened based on the provisions of article 10 of Law 14/2010 of public shows, recreational activities and public establishments. Specifically, the accreditation issued by the Administrative Certification Body (OCA), which is sufficient for the completion of the file and the opening of the venue. Throughout the closure of the theatre, the PP had always maintained that the Municipal Theatre did not require an opening license, and that certification issued by the OCA is a substitute for the license and allows activity to commence.
The mayor said that this opening procedure is fully compatible with the September 2015 communication from the Ministry of the Interior, since the theatre has never been formally closed. The final paperwork required to open the theatre was issued on November 19th.
In the meantime, the green party took legal action to try to prevent the reopening of the theatre.
€150,000 is being spent on repairs to the building including electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, lighting, maintenance and air conditioning.

Prince Andrew cancels Bahrain trip as top adviser ‘sacked’ over interview

According to reports the Prince of Wales has advised the Queen that Andrew should be withdrawn from public life.
It has been reported that Prince Andrew has cancelled a trip to Bahrain as the fallout over his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein continues.
The Duke of York was expected to travel to the Middle East this weekend a trip planned to take place as part of his Pitch@Palace project for tech entrepreneurs. However, he hascancelled plans following reported pressure from his family.
It has also been reported his private secretary, Amanda Thirsk, has been removed from her palace-funded role and will instead become the chief executive of the programme. Ms Thirsk was the driving force behind Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview according to the Daily Mail.
Amanda will also manage the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award after he quit his life as a working royal on Wednesday.
Despite stepping back from public life, Andrew will be continuing with Pitch@Palace “outside and entirely separate from the palace”, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said.
It is thought he will not have any involvement with the dozens of other charities, organisations and military units with which he has been associated.

Police shoot at stolen car in Torrevieja

Police officers were forced to shoot out the wheels of a car in Torrevieja as it attempted to escape a routine checkpoint. The dramatic incident took place on Monday last when Policia Local resorted to shooting the car’s tyres after the driver tried to run over an officer while escaping a checkpoint.
The woman behind the wheel was eventually arrested for an attack on a police officer – although she could be accused of attempted homicide, driving without a license, without insurance and in an allegedly stolen vehicle.
The Judicial Police of the Guardia Civil is investigating the events that occurred at the checkpoint on Avenida Desiderio Rodríguez. The checkpoint was manned by the GRO (Operational Reinforcement Group) of the local police. GRO officers are authorised by the General Directorate of Traffic to carry out routine checks of ITV validity and vehicle insurance details. A car driven by a middle-aged woman, and in which another woman was travelling in the front seat, stopped about a hundred meters from the control, which aroused suspicion. Two armed officers of the Local Police approached her and asked him why she had stopped. Without a word, she turned the car and tried to run over one of the officers who then shot at the wheel of the car in an apparent attempt to avoid being run over. The attempt to stop the car was unsuccessful.
The vehicle continued and a chase ensued with Local Police and Guardia Civil in pursuit. Two GRO vehicles intercepted the car just as the driver was about to join the N-332. An officer once again approached the car but the driver, again tried to run him over and drive away. Another officer took aim and this time successfully shot out the car’s tyre and forced the vehicle to stop so that the driver could be arrested.
The use of firearms by law enforcement officials is very restricted by Spanish legislation and first investigations indicate that the officers in question were correct in the manner in which they discharged their weapons.

Orihuela to go bike friendly

The Councillor for the Environment, Dámaso Aparicio and the Councillor for Urban Transportation, José Galiano, has presented the Action Plan for “Orihuela the 100% cyclable City”. The project is part of the Urban Development Strategy Sustainable Integrated (EDUSI), co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Operational Program for Sustainable Growth, 2014-2020.
This strategy is based on promoting a low carbon economy in the area, so its objectives are mainly to promote sustainable urban mobility – such as cycling – and make parts of the city a CO2 free space, so that it becomes a reference for the rest of the municipality” said the Councillor Environment.
The Councillor was joined by the technical editor of the strategy, Carlos Martín, who explained that the lines of action regarding the cycling infrastructure will consist of “expanding and consolidating the segregated and continuous bike lane network; ensure good maintenance and cleaning of the local cycling network; continue to increase the parking offer and promote the creation of a network of services aimed at facilitating bicycle maintenance”.
The Councillor of Environment also said that the department intended to present in the coming days a more concrete project on the use of the bicycle in the urban area.”
As pointed out by the technical editor of this strategy, Carlos Martín, the bicycle is “a tool for the transformation of urban space and also for social transformation that has repercussions in other areas of the city”. Consequently, he stressed the importance of continuing to promote citizen mobility campaigns that encourage the use of this means of transport and more specifically, in Orihuela, known for its tourist attractions and favourable climate.
From the Department of Urban Transportation, Councillor Galiano has stressed the intention of “creating a transport plan that is more sustainable and in which you can provide alternative transport in the city. Making Orihuela 100 percent cycle friendly will improve the environment and ensure that people have more transport alternatives”.

New rubbish and recycling bins

The Councillor for Street Cleaning, Dámaso Aparicio, announced on Friday that the City Council of Orihuela has acquired around 1,000 containers for the collection of solid waste and selective collection of paper and cardboard, which are destined for the coast, the city and the districts of Orihuela.
The councillor explained that “after the awarding of the two contracts, we need to ensure that there are enough rubbish containers. We especially need new containers after the numerous losses we had during the recent floods when many were damages or lost.” Councillor Aparicio added that these new purchases mean the renewal of almost one third of the stock of containers that the council has. Since 2008, this is the first time that a contract which includes the provision of new rubbish bins has been awarded.
Over the coming weeks the department will place 112 ´lateral load’ containers on the streets of the coast. These have a capacity of 3,200 litres and also have improved accessibility. A further 576 containers with rear-load design are destined for the city, districts and coast. Thirty-two containers for the selective collection of paper and cardboard will also be placed in the city and districts and 20 containers for the collection for paper and cardboard are destined for the coast. This contract is divided into four different lots, so that the award for the first 112 containers has been made for 99,074 euros, the second (20 containers) for 16,353 euros, the third (32 containers) for 17,351 euros and the fourth (576 containers ) for 67,256 euros.
In total, the Department of Road Cleaning will have 740 new containers “with which we will significantly improve the daily collection service we provide to our resident”.
The Councillor also gave details about the contract that has already been awarded for the supply of 189 new 50 litre bins for an amount of 15,996 euros.

Farewell David & Lorraine

Thursday 8th November was a sad day for David and Lorraine Whitney when they left Reach Out Shop 2, in Calle Dona Sinforosa, Torrevieja, for the last time, as voluntary managers. The couple have been volunteers for nine years, three spent managing Shop 1 in Calle Bella Antonia and a further six years managing Shop 2.
The success of Shop 2 can be attributed to their hard work and dedication and the support of their team of volunteers. David´s artistic talent was not lost on the carefully designed window displays and the many floral arrangements within the shop. He would even put on an impromptu puppet show for the children. The clothes, all displayed in colour coordination, prompted Spanish customers to call the shop, “La Pequeña Boutique”
Apart from managing the Reach Out shop, they have raised large sums of money for the charity with some unique events as well as Christmas Fairs and regular Fashion Shows, always getting great support from Rita and Dave Monaghan of the Marina Bar at Calle de las Rosas, Torreta 2 and their staff. David and Lorraine wish to give thanks to their loyal supporters for their generosity in donating monies and various items for all their events.
David was asked about their plans for the future, he replied, “Our charity work will not stop as we will still be fund raising for the AFA Alzheimers Torrevieja, a cause close to our hearts. So, as one door closes, another opens. We fear the poor and homeless will always be a problem worldwide but we just hope that we have gone some way in helping the problems here in the Torrevieja area”
They have indeed gone a long way and I´m sure will continue to do so for their chosen charity. Thank you David and Lorraine – you are inspirational!

Orihuela commemorates World No Alcohol Day

The Councillor for Health, José Galiano, has outlined a campaign in collaboration with the Community Prevention Unit in Addictive Behaviors (UPCCA), with the objective of raising awareness about the physical and psychological risks of alcohol consumption. The campaign coincides with World No Alcohol Day, which was marked on 15th November.
Last week information points were placed in the Ramón Campoamor Civic Centre in Orihuela Costa and in the lobby of the María Moliner Municipal Library, bringing the information provided by UPCCA to locals and wider population in general.
The Community Prevention Unit for Addictive Behaviours (UPCCA) of Orihuela warned that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is ‘very normalised’ despite posing a huge health risk. Alcohol is responsible for the death of 3-and-a-half million people a year worldwide, often due to traffic accidents. This is because it is a central nervous system suppressant drug that decreases reflexes and the visual field. This means that people who have been drinking underestimate risk and it increases their reaction times. ”
The Councillor for Health concluded that “alcohol can cause numerous health problems such as vomiting, gastritis, digestive tumours, liver cirrhosis, impotence and pancreatitis.”

Two arrests at archaeological site

Guardia Civil have arrested two people caught scavenging an important archaeological site at Guardamar Castle.
Both people have been issued with €6000 fines due to their obvious intention to find and steal objects from the site of the Castle of Guardamar del Segura. Important archaeological research work is being carried out at the site so the complaint was sent to the Ministry of Culture, the agency which handles disciplinary proceedings.
The Councillor for Historical Heritage, Pilar Gay, revealed that the event actually occurred a few months ago and that the two people were apprehended with several pieces of pottery, “although it is unknown if they were from Guardamar or another site.”
It was a resident who alerted police to the presence of both individuals inside the archaeological site of the castle “on a Saturday afternoon, even though there were signs prohibiting entry.”
Councillor Gay stressed that the action of these “poachers of historical pieces cause serious damage to the sites.” For this reason, the council has requested citizen collaboration to prevent the future plunder of archaeological areas – visitors and residents are asked to inform the police if they notice suspicious activity in or around the archaeological site.

Increase in Injuries caused by the Abuse of New Technologies

• Tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and neck pain, among the most common complaints.
• Reducing time of use, holding the gadget at eye level, and using both hands when typing may help avoid these injuries.
Alicante, Thursday, October 31, 2019. An increase in the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets has increased the number of traumatology consultations due to neuro-muscular-skeletal injuries, according to Doctor Alfonso Cort, Traumatologist at Quirónsalud Hospitals in Alicante and Torrevieja.
According to recent studies, each of us spends an average of five-and-a-half hours connected to our mobile phones and computers, which explains the appearance of so-called technological injuries, increasingly at younger ages. Among the most common injuries, we can include De Quervain’s tendonitis of the thumb, carpal tunnel syndrome, and epicondylitis or tennis elbow, due to the use of the mouse in an inadequate position or repetitive movements. “These pathologies have their origin in the repetition of the same movements with our hands and fingers for long periods of time, which causes inflammation of the tendons and nerves,” states Doctor Cort.
“These injuries,” indicates the traumatologist, “start to manifest as a constant tingling on the hands, especially at night, accompanied by muscle pain in the upper limb.”
The neck and back are two other areas that are significantly affected by the use of mobiles and tablets, due to the posture we adopt, both standing and seated, when using these electronic devices. “The most common injury,” says Doctor Felipe Garibo, Specialist in the Spine Unit of the Traumatology Service at Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia, “is cervicalgia, which manifests initially with pain, tension and overload in the region of the neck and shoulders, caused by muscle overload from continued use of mobile devices, because we bend our head for continuous periods of time.”
To avoid these injuries, Doctor Garibo recommends reducing the amount of time we use these devices, holding them at eye level to avoid bending our heads, using both thumbs and both hands when writing texts, and performing exercises to improve the cervical muscles.
Main Injuries Derived from Technology Abuse
1. Tension, overload and feeling of weight in the area of the shoulders or neck, due to overloading of the cervicoscapular muscles.
2. Headaches and/or dizziness due to the sustained contraction of the suboccipital muscles, and the possible effects of maintaining the gaze fixed on a screen for a prolonged period of time.
3. Different alterations of the cervical spine, due to asymmetric tensions derived from rigid or unstable positions, or the blocking of certain segments of the vertebral spine.
4. Pain and rigidity in the hands and fingers, and even tingling. With the excessive use of the thumb that is tied to the use of smartphones, the appearance of tendonitis is common due to the movement of this digit. For this reason, we recommend the use of digital pens.
5. Referred pain in the frontal and cervical regions, and even a feeling pro pressure in the ear canal and/or the eyeball, due to the excessive use of mobile phones, which actives a myofascial trigger pints (MTP), described as hyperirritable nodes.
6. Weakness and inhibition of the muscles that stabilise the trunk and vertebral spine, as well as the loss of motor control, which leads to the loss of the normal physiological pattern of movement.
7. Epicondylitis or tennis elbow, due to the use of the mouse in an inadequate position or repetitive movements.
About Quirónsalud
Quirónsalud is the leading hospital group in Spain and, together with its Fresenius-Helius headquarters, also in Europe. It has over 40,000 professionals at more than 125 healthcare centres, which include 47 hospitals offering close to 7,000 hospital beds. It offers the most cutting-edge technology and a great team of highly specialised professionals of international prestige. Its centres include Centro Médico Teknon, Ruber Internacional, Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona, Hospital Universitario Dexeus, Policlínica de Gipuzkoa, etc.
The Group works on the promotion of teaching (eight of its hospitals are linked to universities), and medical-scientific research (it has the FJD [Spanish acronym, Jiménez Díaz Foundation] Research Institute, the only private research centre certified by the Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación [State Ministry for Research, Development and Innovation]).
Additionally, its healthcare service is organized in units and transversal networks that allow it to optimise the accumulated experience of the different centres and the clinical translation of its research. Currently, Quirónsalud is developing over 1,600 research projects throughout Spain, and many of its centres perform cutting-edge work in this field, making them pioneers in different specialisations, such as oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynaecology and neurology, among others.
Further Information:
Rosa Ruiz Aragonés
Communications Director
T. +34 626 023 153

Shakira, the original and the best

Shakira Indian Restaurant boasts more than 19 years of creating delightful dishes here in the southern Costa Blanca. It has three ever-popular restaurants serving the Villamartin, Cabo Roig and Playa Flamenca areas.
Shakira Indian Restaurant takes pride in ensuring the most authentic taste in its Indian food and serves dishes to suit all tastes from mild korma and butter dishes through to Vindaloos and phals for those who prefer hot and spicy.
Shakira, Cabo Roig, is ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor, head and shoulders above its competitors. Taste, service and value are all key points emphasised in the official feedback from diners and its it these opinions that have culminated in the top positioning. However, all three Shakira restaurants are run on the same principals by the same family and so the tantalising tastes, excellent service and value for money are forefront of all three restaurants. All have an excellent reputation, built on word-of-mouth and many customers have been dining at Shakira since the first restaurant opened its doors.
The culinary teams have many years’ experience in professional kitchens, and this coupled with the support of the conscientious front of house team, ensures that all customers have a memorable dining experience. The chefs at Shakira pride themselves in using the most fresh and flavoursome ingredients so that the dishes created are always full of flavour and delicious.
The menu offers an array of dishes, with something for everyone. There is an extensive vegetarian selection and the option of vegan friendly dishes too. Each restaurant offers early bird specials and set meals for those looking for a bargain.
Bookings are now being taken for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which includes a full firework display, open bar and DJ/Karaoke – which has become a tradition for Shakira in Cabo Roig – and all for just 30e. Be sure to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment! Call 965 322 811 or 679 007 199.

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