Category: Breaking News

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.

Help us help flood victims

Costa Blanca People is proud to present a fundraising afternoon in aid of local people affected by the recent flooding in the area as a result of the Gota Fria. The extravaganza event will take place at Villamartin Plaza this Sunday, 22nd September, and we would like to invite all of our readers and members of the local community to join us for a fabulous afternoon of fun and fundraising.
The event will be hosted by Stevie Spit and there will be a grand prize raffle and an auction to help raise money for those in need. The event will also provide a collection point for those wishing to donate clothes, dry or tinned food stuffs, bottled water, school materials or toiletries. As well as the fundraising there will also be lots of fun; with bars and restaurants serving food and drinks. There will be performances by some of the southern Costa Blanca’s leading entertainers taking the afternoon into the evening, including the fabulous Jersey Boys, Abba Elite, Jay Markwick, Paul Allen, Stuart Sinclair and Footwork Dance Studio.
All monies raised and goods collected will be used to help people in the local community and for this reason we have chosen to work with Help Vega Baja which will co-ordinate the distribution of the items where they are needed most and will present individual cases to its Crisis Committee who will allocate help as and where it is needed most.
If you can help with any of the above please contact Claire Richards on 607 03 11 13. We are particularly in need of raffle and auction prizes if anyone can help. For further information on Help Vega Baja or to apply for help or support contact 966 723 733.

Kolted guitars stolen

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.

Heatwave claims lives

Spain’s soaring temperatures continue with severe hot weather across most of the country set to remain over the weekend. Two people have died and another is fighting for life as a direct result of the searing heat.
Temperatures are said to reach up to 42 degrees in parts and already the heat has claimed at least two lives. A 17 year old died in the early hours of Friday morning in Cordoba. He is believed to have suffered heat exhaustion while working outside. Officials said the youngster collapsed after feeling dizzy and jumping into the pool at the property where he was working.
The regional Junta de Andalucia government said it “regretted the youngster’s death and sent its condolences to his family and friends for their loss” in a statement.
The death of an 80-year-old man in Valladolid, northern Spain, has also been blamed on the extreme temperatures. The man had been walking to a dental appointment when he collapsed at around 6pm on Thursday. Police sources said they believed he had been wearing too many clothes for the 37 degrees temperature at the time.
Meanwhile, fire crews are battling a major wildfire that probably started after a heap of manure self-ignited amid the intense European heat wave.
Around 10,000 acres of forest and other vegetation were affected by the blaze near Tarragona, according to the Catalan regional government.
Authorities said the fire likely began when an “improperly managed” pile of manure self-combusted in the heat, causing sparks.

Living in Spain and Brexit pops up across Alicante and Murcia

From 4 to 19 June the British Consulate in Alicante is running a series of pop-ups outside overseas supermarkets in various towns across the Alicante and Murcia provinces.
At each pop-up, members of consular staff will be outside the stores to answer questions about Brexit, living in Spain and access to healthcare.
Vice-Consul Sara Munsterhjelm said: “Anyone can come and speak to us. We will be outside the supermarkets with information and ready to answer your questions.”
If you aren’t able to come and speak to the team in person, do stay up to date with the latest news by signing up for email alerts to the Living in Spain guide at gov.uk/living-in-spain and following our Brits in Spain channel at facebook.com/britsinspain.
Pop-up dates and details:
Date Town Times Address
4 June
Javea (Alicante) 9:30am-2:30pm Overseas Supermarket Javea
Avenida del Plaza
Calle Pescara No5, 03730, Javea
5 June Benissa (Alicante) 9:30am-2:30pm Overseas Supermarket Benissa
Avenida Europa No7 south/north
03720 Benissa
6 June
San Javier (Murcia) 9:30am-2:30pm Overseas Supermarket San Javier
Calle Quevedo No 17
30730 San Javier, Murcia
12 June
Torrevieja (Alicante) 9:30am-2:30pm Overseas Supermarket Torrevieja
Poligono Industrial Casa Grande
Avenida Cortes Valencianas No 9
03183 Torrevieja
13 June Benidorm (Alicante) 9:30am-2:30pm Overseas Supermarket Benidorm
Avenida Dr. Severo Ochoa, 24
03509 Levante, Benidorm
(across the road from Benidorm Palace)
19 June San Fulgencio (Alicante) 9:00am-1:00pm
Overseas Supermarket La Marina/ San Fulgencio
Sector No 8, Calle Mar del Norte No 8
Manzana 1
03177 San Fulgencio
Advice for UK nationals living in Spain can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/living-in-spain

100 days without Henry

This week marked 100 days since the disappearance of Orihuela Costa youngster Henry Jiménez Marín. Henry’s family attended a mass on Wednesday to pray for his safe return and that the security forces and residents of the area do not forget about the disappearance of Henry.
For weeks after he went missing, Henry’s family and friends organised extensive searches of the local area where bands of volunteers combed urbanisations, parks and commercial areas in a desperate attempt to find the missing 20 year old. The family has been offered some support by the local community with fundraisers taking place to help pay for legal assistance and monitoring of Henry’s case. Alejandro, Henry’s brother, explained that the family have been kept in the dark by Guardia Civil investigating the missing persons case.
The family are devastated by Henry’s disappearance and to make matters worse, were victims of an attempted fraud by two people claiming to know of Henry’s whereabouts in order to extort money from his mother. To add insult to injury, a website this week posted a ‘fake news’ story about the discovery of Henry’s dead body.
The family continue to pray for Henry’s safe return and have launched a fresh appeal to the public to come forward with any information relevant to his disappearance.

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