Tag: Torrevieja

Why do the streets still flood?

Thousands of euro has been spent on digging trenches in many parts of
Torrevieja to contain the flood water. But still, on Saturday 15 th September,
many streets across the town became impassable and damage was done to
property and transport.
One litre of water per square metre of ground fell every second, totalling 30 in
half an hour. Between 7.30am and 8am 31.2 litres per square metre had been
recorded. Not surprisingly it did not take long for the canals running parallel to
the natural lakes to be full.
From the avenida de las Cortes Valencianas up to the avenida de Delfina
Viudes, the roads were impassable and traffic at a stand still. For more than
20 minutes the water continued to flood this area around the N332 and as far
as access to the Ozone commercial centre and Carrefour. The Guardia Civil
had to rescue five drivers from their cars.
However, this is not a new situation and public money has been spent to try
and remedy the problem. Why did it not work? Canals and ditches have been
constructed to take excess water since 2014. Had they not been constructed
then the flooding would have been far worse. However, there are also those
who argue that some of the measures taken have, in fact, just moved the
problem elsewhere.
There are still more proposals on the table for how to alleviate the town’s
flooding problems. A channel running parallel to the N332 down to the sea, is
one suggestion. It’s not just nature, however, that we can blame for the state
of flooding in Torrevieja.
The fact remains that the huge amount of residential building in and around
the town over a period of four decades is also responsible for the problems
we encounter now. Previously there was more soil to absorb the rain water.
Following the boom in house building this was replaced by large amounts of
asphalt. In the rush to build, little thought was given to the problems this would
cause for those buying here.

Second edition of "The Winter Beach" hits Orihuela Costa

Saturday saw the start of the second edition of "The Winter Beach" at La Caleta in Cabo
Roig. The beaches of Orihuela are the perfect environment for of the 23 water, sports and
family activities that have been organised by the Department for Beaches and the
Department of Youth to run through the autumn and winter season.
Luisa Boné, Councillor for Beaches said that "after the high levels of participation in the first
edition of" The Winter Beach " which was held last spring, we are running more activities
this autumn, taking advantage of the magnificent climate of our area, to be able to continue
enjoying activities in the best setting we have, our beaches. "
Every Sunday, from 10:00am, you can practice paddle boarding, canoeing, aerobic activities
– such as aerobics, yoga, body balance. And so that parents can relax and enjoy these
activities without worrying about keeping the children entertained there are children's
workshops for them during the morning.
On Saturday 22 nd September, 29 th and the 2nd October, an introduction to diving has been
organised to allow locals to experience and enjoy the marine environment of the coast.
Mar Ezcurra Councilor for Youth said: “The activities are free and will be reported every
week through the Facebook pages of the Councils of Beaches and Youth in the calendar and
the corresponding activities. These are activities that enhance leisure on weekends on the
coast of Orihuela and also aims to educate people in the conservation, respect and
protection of the environment."

HELP makes donation to Los Arcos Hospital

For many years HELP Murcia Mar Menor has provided a
hospital visiting service at Los Arcos University Hospital
visiting English speaking patients of all nationalities
providing magazines and company for those who find
themselves in hospital and do not speak Spanish. In a
further move to help their local hospital HELP recently
presented the hospital with 10 new wheel chairs as they
are always in great demand by patients.
The presentation to Director of the hospital Tomas
Salvador Fernandez Perez who was accompanied by
Manuela Muñoz Sanchez the supervisor of Safety and
Security of patients was made by Christine Baillie the
President of HELP M.M.M. with Janneke Chambers
representing HELP’s caring services. The hospital were
very pleased to receive the chairs and ensured HELP’s
president that they would be well used.
A spokesperson for HELP told the Costa Blanca People,
“This is the fourth presentation that HELP has made
during 2018 to help the people of the Murcia Region and
in this way we are able to give something back to the area
that we all enjoy living in.”

Bicycle parking

The Department for the Environment is encouraging locals and holiday-makers to get on their bikes,
with the installation of 38 new bicycle parking racks. The Councillor for the Environment, Miguel
Ángel Fernández explained that the racks will be located throughout the municipality.
"It is a need that exists in downtown Orihuela, on the coast and in the districts, and had already
been requested several times to the City Council by interested third parties," said the councillor.
The Councillor was accompanied by the director of the Official School of Languages, Sergio García,
who thanked the City Council for the installation of one of the first bike parks at the school and
wanted to add that "it is a clear commitment to the environment, mobility and trust in which
someday we have to expand this area ".
The bike racks will be installed throughout the month, with a total of 16 allocated in the districts: in
La Murada (School, the sports centre, Avda. Marqués de Lacy, the Church Square and the municipal
sports centre), in La Matanza (Barrio de los Garcías, Health and Pharmacy Centre, Church Square and
the district of the seven houses), in Virgen del Camino (in front of the School and the Health Centre),
in La Campaneta (Social Centre, Medical Office, Pharmacy and College), and in San Bartolomé (in
front of the school, sports area and animal shelter).
The Councillor told of how important the installation of bike parks were on the Coast "where we will
place eleven bike parking racks in Alameda del Mar Civic Centre, at Punta Prima Beach, Flamenca
Beach Shopping Centre, La Florida Mall, IES Playa Flamenca, Los Dolses, Mil Palmeras Beach, at the
Reading Point in C / Cipres, at Playa Flamenca Esplanade and Zeniamar Centre".
In addition, a total of eleven will be installed in Orihuela centre on Avda. Príncipe de Asturias (School
of Languages ​​and Health Center Álvarez de la Riva), in Marqués de Rafal Square (municipal library
Fernando de Loaces), Hernandiano Corner (Miguel Hernández house) ), Plaza del Carmen, Oriolet
Street, Brotherhood of the Resurrection (sports track), Mayor Vicente Escudero Street (new Health
Centre), Teodomiro Avenue (Speciality Centre), Avda. De la Estación and Plaza San Sebastián
(Auditorium of "La Lonja").
Miguel Angel Fernandez wanted to emphasise that "little by little, with small gestures like this we
continue to adapt our municipality to the use of bicycles and to support the use of non-polluting
means of transport. He took the opportunity to remember that "shortly we will present the activities
of the European Mobility Week, where cycling is also part of the planned actions".

Aunty virus

Michael via email asks:
Dear Aunty, I have an ACER laptop with Window XP and a message “Low Disc Space” continually appears
on power up. I follow the disc cleanup procedure but without success, and when I attempt to defrag,
another message appears informing me that “there is insufficient disc space to allow defrag”. When I
check available disc space there is very little available despite only 6 programs being installed as I have
uninstalled and deleted all unnecessary programs and files. Also I cannot uninstall the yahoo browser
and replace with Google Chrome. Your advice would be appreciated.
Aunty Says:
It’s time for a new computer Michael. Windows XP must be getting near 15 years old now and all the big
players (including Microsoft and Google) stopped supporting both XP and Vista years ago. These
particular errors messages suggest you need to fit a bigger hard disk drive which will then involve a fresh
install of XP and this is probably half way to the cost of a decent Win7, Win8.1 or Win10 laptop.
Lidia via email asks:
Hey Aunty. I have a newish laptop with Windows 10 and following your help in an earlier article I
managed to download and install Google Chrome and set my internet start page to the English
www.google.co.uk search page. This has worked fantastic for a few months but all of a sudden my home
page as changed and everything keeps appearing in Spanish and I’m now getting loads of adverts
popping up. Every time I change the settings back to Google it somehow reverts back to this annoying
shopping page. Help!!!
Aunty says:
Hi Lidia. This has all the hallmarks of some spyware/malware so do a full scan with Malwarebytes and
your favourite antivirus program and see if that clears the problem. There is some spyware doing the
rounds that makes changes to your computer that none of the security apps seem to fix so let me know
how it goes and I can send you more detailed instructions.
Nathan via email asks:
Hi Aunty. I upgraded to new laptop which has Windows 10. On my old one had Vista and when I printed,
a page came up telling me how much ink I had left which was really handy. Since connecting and
installing my Epson printer on my new laptop this does not seem to happen.
Aunty Says:
Hi Nathan. When you first plug a printer into a Windows 10 computer it will look through its own list of
printers and install what it thinks is the best software, and although these kind on work, they are often
only the very basics to get you going & don’t include the additional functions such as ink level alerts. You
need to go to the Epson website and navigate to the support or download section. And type your printer
model into the search box and look for the full software package for your printer. Once downloaded and
installed you should then see all of the features you had with your Vista laptop. If you don’t see Win10
drivers listed then try the Win8 or Win7 versions.
Any questions you can email me at auntyvirus@costablancapeople.com and hopefully see you all next
week.

British man shot dead by police in Estepona

Officers from Spain’s National Police force shot a British man dead in Estepona, Málaga, last Monday evening. The man, who had a criminal record for drug trafficking and weapons possession, reportedly fired shots at the authorities as he was being detained.
The incident began on Monday morning, when a number of witnesses called the emergency services to report that an individual had been in a traffic accident near Puerto Banús, in Marbella. According to witnesses, the man involved was carrying a firearm when he emerged from the crashed vehicle. Rather than waiting for help, he fled the scene of the accident.
The local police managed to determine the identity of the suspect, leading them to a hotel in Estepona. When officers tried to detain the individual, he fired his weapon at them, prompting them to respond in kind. Emergency crews were called to the scene, but were unable to save the life of the British man.
The man was subsequently found to be in possession of two firearms and four magazines of bullets. Police sources did not confirm whether any officers had been injured in the shooting.
This incident marks the second shooting death in Estepona in less than a month. On 20th August, a 34-year-old Spanish man was killed by a hooded assailant, who later fled the scene on a bicycle. The shooting happened in the early hours of the morning, in a residential estate in the east of the municipality. The victim was about to enter his home when he was killed.

Spanish health minister quits over ‘degree-gate’

Spanish Health Minister Carmen Montón was forced to quit recently after mounting irregularities emerged regarding a master’s degree she had studied for at Madrid’s King Juan Carlos University (URJC) in 2011. The institution has been at the centre of a series of scandals, which have involved current Popular Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, and former Madrid regional premier Cristina Cifuentes, also of the PP. The latter was also forced to step down over her master’s degree, among other matters.
A story published earlier last week by Spanish online newspaper eldiario.es revealed that Montón’s grades had been altered in the university’s online system. Montón did not pass all parts of the masters’ course in June 2011, which is when she should have finished her studies. According to her student records, at least one part of the coursework was marked as “not submitted.”
On 25th November, 2011, “someone entered the IT system” of the URJC and changed “not submitted” to a “pass,” despite the fact that the administrative procedures for the course had been closed, according to eldiario.es. This alleged modification of the grades outside of the deadline would explain why Montón’s official certificate states that she completed the course in 2012.
The minister had stated that she handed over her final thesis on gender studies in June 2011, something that would have been irregular since at the time she had not completed all of the coursework – an essential requisite.
As the story broke Montón insisted that she had not done anything wrong, voicing the same arguments used by Cifuentes and Casado over their suspect master’s degrees – i.e. that they had done everything they had been told to by the university.
PSOE Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had, until last night, backed the minister. But the revelation that her final thesis contained sections that had been plagiarized was the final straw.
The work is entitled “Assisted reproduction. A liberation or a setback in equality,” and is 55 pages long. And it is alleged that whole pages and paragraphs are copied from other theses and articles that are freely available on the internet – even containing texts lifted from Wikipedia.
For example, practically the entire first chapter is the same as an article entitled “New identity,” written by Mexican Mónica Pérez, in an article dated 26th July, 2004.
The episode is an embarrassing one for Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who came to power earlier this year after ousting PP Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a vote of no confidence, precisely due to the corruption scandals that were plaguing the party.
“I have been transparent and honest,” Montón told the press last night after announcing her resignation. “I have not committed any irregularity.” She went on to praise Sánchez, and stated that she was quitting so as not to cause him damage.
She also highlighted the work that she had done as health minister in the first 100 days of the Sánchez government. “We have brought back universal healthcare. We have laid the foundation for the approval of a law for protection against childhood violence. This is a good result for the first 100 days,” she stated.
Montón will be replaced by María Luisa Carcedo, who was until now the high commissioner against child poverty.
Montón is the second minister to have to quit in the first 100 days of the Sánchez administration. Culture and Sports Minister Màxim Huerta resigned in June after just a week on the job, after the media reported that he withheld taxes in the early 2000s and was recently forced to pay €365,000 in back taxes, late fees and fines.
More degree-gate
In late April, Cristina Cifuentes of the Popular Party (PP) was forced to step down due to irregularities in connection with a master’s degree that she obtained in 2012 from King Juan Carlos University. That case has led to a criminal investigation into forgery of public documents by officials at the public university.
And the current leader of the PP, Pablo Casado, is under fire for a similar degree obtained from the same institution in 2009. So far he has refused to hand over his final dissertation, and has stated that he will not resign even if the Supreme Court, which is investigating the case, decides to charge him.

Euro Weekly

The pound has found perhaps an unlikely ally in EU negotiator Michel Barnier. His optimism about the possibility of reaching a deal and positive outlook on plans coming from the UK helped to give sterling a boost at the beginning of the week. In contrast, the pound had little response to the slew of ecostats released this week. GDP beat forecast with a provisional 0.3% expansion in that single month and growth of 0.6% in the three months to July. Manufacturing output was down by 0.2% in July with the broader industrial production increasing by just 0.1%. The annual changes were 1.1% and 0.9% respectively. Jobseeker numbers increased by fewer than forecast and the rate of unemployment was unchanged and on target at 4.0%. Earnings both with and without bonuses increased by more than analysts had predicted: including bonuses they were up by an annual 2.6% while basic pay rose by 2.9%. Yet sterling was a net loser on the day, falling by an average of 0.3% against the other ten most actively-traded currencies. There was a better news coming from the Bank of England, including Mark Carney’s confirmation that he would stay on until January 2020 to provide stability during the Brexit process. The BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to hold firm with interest rates on at 0.75% but raised its growth forecast to 0.5% for the third-quarter, up from 0.4%. This gave the pound a slight boost, although as with the BoE forecast, it was tempered by the shadow cast by the uncertainty of Brexit.
The ECB also announced their interest rates this week and kept the main rate at 0% as expected. However, the accompanying speech suggests that the euro will not be content waiting in the wings. Jean-Claude Juncker has called on the European Union to champion the euro as a global currency to rival the dollar and demanded more powers for Brussels to flex its muscles on the world stage.
American nonfarm payrolls went up by a provisional 201k in August, about 10k more than analysts had predicted, but the increase was neutralised by a 10k downward revision to the previous month’s figure. The other good-news-bad-news trade-off was the 2.9% annual increase in average US hourly earnings: it was of little value in an environment of 2.9% inflation. Regarding the US producer price index data, the core index – excluding food and energy prices – went down by 0.1% in August. It has logged similar declines in recent years but this time investors did not like it. The greenback not only lost ground to the euro and the pound, but even struggled against the Turkish lira and the Mexican peso. The matter of trade is also weighing on the US dollar. When it emerged that senior US administration officials had invited their opposite numbers in Beijing to another round of talks, the dollar took a couple of steps to the rear. Overall the dollar was down by an average of 0.6% against the other ten most actively traded currencies at the news.
The Canadian dollar has been having a difficult time and the employment figures were not helpful to the Loonie: unemployment rose to 6.0% with the loss of 52k jobs. There was better news later in the week when the price of oil went up by 3.4%. As an oil producer, this created some optimism for Canada’s currency but not a direct correlation because the Canadian dollar’s biggest upward move came six hours after oil took off. The likelihood is that the Loonie also gained some traction from optimism about a NAFTA deal.
Overnight Westpac’s index of Australian consumer confidence fell three points to 100.5. However, the Sino-US trade talks story that hurt the US dollar was positive for the Australian one. The Aussie received further help from the employment data, this week. Expectations today were for 15k new jobs. When 44k were delivered, the majority of them full-time positions, investors just had to mark the Aussie higher. After the news, it strengthened by an average of 0.6%, taking more than a cent and a half off sterling.
The recently struggling New Zealand dollar was also heading for a 0.8 per cent weekly gain after markets were cheered by news that the US and China may return to the negotiating table. The tensions have been weighing on the kiwi and the possibility of an end to the impasse was good news down under. Next week sees the release of the second quarter gross domestic product data; if this is stronger than the central bank anticipates, it may help the kiwi.

Spanish women live the longest

Spanish women have the highest life expectancy in Europe at birth. According to an analysis by Public Health England, the women in Spain come out top at 86.3 years followed by France and Italy. The UK is ranked in 17th place out of the 28 EU countries that are featured in the table. At the bottom are Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia.
The results are based on informationpublicised by Public Health England as part of its Health Profile. This brings together a variety of reports, data and research to provide a picture of the health of people in England in 2018. One of the reports it draws on is that of Eurostat data from 2016.
Obesity is one of the reasons being given for the difference between the two countries. The Mediterranean diet has long been referred to as a major reason for longevity, both for the nutrients it provides and also as a combatant to obesity.
Men in Spain do not do quite as well. Their life expectancy at birth is down to 80.1 years. However, this is still relatively high in comparison to many other countries and again beats the UK whose men have a life expectancy of 79.4. Top of the charts are the men in Italy who can expect to live until they are 81 years old.
Life expectancy at birth is an indicator of the number of years a baby could expect to live if mortality patterns when it is born stay the same throughout its life.

Casino controversy continues

The casino in Torrevieja is currently at the centre of an argument between its members. The disagreement is over when there will be elections to select its board of directors. The lack of consensus has now erupted into accusations by a member of the casino association during a presentation by its vice president.
The vice president, Rosario Soler, was the target of the verbal attack whilst presenting the programme of cultural activities for the coming year on 10th September. A member of the audience got to his feet and accused her of lying. The presentation had followed the normal course of such an event until the end when Rosario asked if anyone had any questions.
At this point, a member of the audience, got to his feet and asked ‘When will there be a general meeting to choose a new president?’. The vice president then explained that an election had been suspended due to a leak of data which could leave them vulnerable to crimes under the protection of personal data legislation. Until this was addressed, no election could take place.
The aggrieved member, Alfonso Esteve, then accused Soler of lying, following which the press conference was suspended and Esteve asked to leave the building. The subject of the press conference, the casino diary for the coming year, was overshadowed by the outburst.
It has been suggested that some of the disagreement about the election comes from deep-rooted sexism and the wish to prevent a women taking the presidency for the first time. The casino is over a 100 years old and an iconic landmark that is closely guarded by those who are members there. It also hosts a number of cultural events and talks, which the press release had been intended to promote.
Although the building is open to the public and many tourists it is also considered to be a haven for its members who have privileged seats and other benefits. Presiding over the building is now being hotly contested and there doesn’t seem to be any agreement in sight.

Waste plant could destroy lake

Opposition is growing to plans to build a waste treatment plant between San Miguel de Salinas and Torrevieja. The plant, is planned on the La Finca Lo Timur which is to the North West of the salt lake and between San Miguel de Salinas and Torrevieja. This location is only 900 metres from the wetland surrounding the salt lake which is considered to be an area of natural beauty.
The Grupo Salins who run the salt works linked to the lake are one of the organisations coming out most strongly against the plans. They are concerned that building this plant so close to the lake could contaminate the water in there. Both a deluge of rain or gradual seepage could mean that the lake carries impurities that would impede the creation of salt and harm the wildlife and fauna that live in the area.
The plant is not a landfill site but is for treatment of waste only and it would mean a large number of refuse lorries would be entering and leaving the site. The quantity of traffic would be increased because the proposed site is more of a sorting centre with lorries taking rubbish away for either landfill or recycling elsewhere.
The finca, which is the proposed location for the site, is only 900 metres from the shore of the Torrevieja lake and 600 from the edge of the natural park. This is an area that not only plays host to the successful salt mining industry but is also a recognised bird sanctuary. The only barrier between the finca and the reserve is the CV-943 road.
The business responsible for the treatment plant, OHL, is applying to the town hall of San Miguel but they must also have agreement from environmental departments located in Valencia. However, access for lorries will be on land in Torrevieja and Los Montesinos. The value of the plant is estimated to be more than 40 million euros and it would be responsible for treating around 120,000 tons of solid urban waste a year.

Skin boosting rehydration treatment at Medcare

Regardless of anything else we do to protect our skin, poor hydration may undermine our efforts, leaving the skin looking noticeably damaged. Over-the-counter creams only temporarily moisturise the skin at the surface rather than providing deep, long-lasting hydration. So, while some of us reach for ever richer moisturisers to apply, others are choosing to inject moisture into their skin!
Most skin boosters in the market are made of hyaluronic acid, and help provide hydration, increase moisture levels, and increase subdermal collagen production. These rehydrating fillers help to deeply hydrate the skin from beneath, firming and plumping your complexion. Eradicating fine facial lines, this treatment is particularly effective around the lips. Skin appears smoother, more luminous, younger and fresher.
No other treatment works within the skin structure to moisturize, plump and increase skin density and elasticity by directly replenishing is rehydrating function. The skin boosting treatment is, “administered through a series of tiny injections that works to plump and hydrate skin, smoothing out roughness and evening out depressions,” Medcare’s Dr Hussain explains. “But the results are subtle and it’s more about age-proofing the face instead of turning back the clock. In Dr Hussain’s opinion, “this rehydration treatment is the perfect choice for those who want to improve their overall skin quality, as it visibly improves luminosity, elasticity and hydration, as well as the appearance of fine lines.”
Dr Hussain uses an award-winning rejuvenation product, Teosyal Redensity 1. It is designed to restore luminosity, hydration and tone to the skin. In this regard, it serves a different purpose than most injectable fillers in the fact that it is a light filling innovation that specifically targets dull complexion, fine lines, and dehydrated skin on your face, neck, décolletage and hands.
Redensity is an extremely PURE product consisting of 8 amino acids, 3 antioxidants, 2 minerals, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and 1 vitamin – all ingredients naturally present in the skin. It is a new concept, developed by Teoxane Laboratories in Geneva, which combines dermal filling techniques and mesotherapy to restore the skin’s ability to reflect light.
At Medcare Dr Hussain can provide you with a skin condition consultation free of charge and you can find out if you could benefit from this innovative skin treatment. The doctor will also discuss any alternatives that she thinks you might benefit from.
Also available at Medcare are cosmetic surgery, GP services, dentistry, osteopathy and psychotherapy. For an appointment call 966 860 258 or email doctors@medcarespain.com

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