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Following the weekend bombshell that all passengers arriving to the UK from Spain are again subject to 14-days selfisolation, Valencia regional president Ximo Puig has requested the UK makes the region, and more specifically the Costa Blanca, exempt of the new rule as Alicante province's contagion figures are in fact lower than in the UK. Sr Puig says he has been in contact with British Ambassador Hugh Elliot and other UK officials to assure them the Costa Blanca is a 'safe holiday
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destination', meanwhile, the Canary Islands, the Balearics, and the Costa del Sol have made similar requests. However, so far attempts made by the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs to lift the quarantine rules in these areas have been fruitless and the FCO has recommended against all non-essential travelling to Spain and its islands. Meanwhile, thousands of holidaymakers already on the Costa Blanca were shocked by the news on Saturday. The UK government's sudden announcement that a 14-day quarantine was to come into effect as of Satur-
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day midnight, giving people only a matter of hours to decide whether to go ahead with their journeys threw everyone into turmoil. Residents in Spain have been just as affected as holidaymakers, weighing up the pros and cons of travel. Albir British resident Valerie Long had booked flights with Ryanair to Leeds Bradford for Sunday morning and was given 8 hours’ notice “I tried to no avail to change or refund but everything was closed. We did not fly as we cannot quarantine at my son’s house as his partner is pregnant and he works. I contacted Ryanair
Brothers Aaron, Sean, Connor, Edwin and their father Paul heading back to Birmingham after spending four nights in Benidorm
Rocky Barker from Grimsby had just arrived with his two young sons
on chat and they told me as the flight wasn´t cancelled there was nothing they could do. "So who is to blame? I think the government – up to now we have had to cancel three flights. This would have been the first-time seeing family in the UK in 8 months as I live in Spain. "I am angry and unhappy at the way we have been treated. Spain are stunned that they chose to do this and I feel for the tourist industry. People all over the world will be scared into living in a bubble – no wonder there are rising cases of mental health. "The so called scientists and government advisors have a lot to answer to." Alicante airport had a
steady stream of arrivals and departures on Sunday afternoon, only hours after the announcement was made. Rocky Barker from Grimsby had just arrived with his two young sons – Rocco, 7 and Preston 5 for a week’s holiday at the Magic Robin Hood resort in Albir. Unfortunately having just lost his job but with his boys are on school holiday he wasn´t going to lose money already paid out “obviously if I was still employed, I would be looking at it differently”. A group of brothers Aaron, Sean, Connor, Edwin plus their father Paul had been in Benidorm, staying at the Levante Club apartments for a fournight break and heading back to Birmingham. Read more on page 3
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Residents’ help needed for war on mosquitoes A publicity campaign with recommendations to prevent the spread of mosquitoes has been launched by Santa Pola town hall in collaboration with the specialist pestcontrol company Lokímica. A council spokeswoman explained that it is particularly aimed at residents of urbanisations and residents’ associations. Lokímica applies treatments all year round but needs help from the public to be able to control the problem inside and outside of homes, she said. They have published a poster summarising these measures, which can be downloaded from the town hall website, www.santapola.es
They include getting rid of any outside recipients that could hold water, or turning them upside down or covering them; checking taps or air-conditioning units for puddles; fixing any leaks; clearing drains and gutters; keeping empty swimming pools dry and full ones covered or treated; and avoiding excessive irrigation of green areas. Other tactics include putting up mosquito curtains in doors and windows; pruning overgrown vegetation that could shelter adult mosquitoes; and putting insectivore fish, like carp, in ponds or fountains (or circulating the water with some chlorine).
Animal cruelty probe leads to drug bust
An indoor marihuana nursery has been busted at a villa in the countryside in Fortuna by the Guardia Civil following an investigation into animal abuse. The neighbours had reported that the owners – a Spanish couple on their late 30s – had their dogs chained up the whole day and that the animals had no shade to shelter and were poorly fed. When the officers arrived in the villa, they noticed that two dogs were lying dead on the ground, another one could hardly move and the remaining dogs were chained and affected by the high temperatures under the sun. The officers gave some food and water to the dogs and they noticed a strong marihuana smell coming out of the property. They discovered that the couple had turned two rooms into a marihuana nursery and
were growing over 200 marihuana plants, which were about to be harvested in a few days. The dogs were taken to
a shelter and the couple were arrested and charged with crimes crime of drug dealing and animal abuse.
Travelling burglars detained The
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Alleged criminals were travelling from their homes in Santa Pola and Elche to rob petrol stations and businesses in the Murcia region. According to the Guardia Civil, the two Spaniards committed nine hold-ups and burglaries over a two-year period. The criminals smashed holes in walls to break into some of the businesses. They would steal cash from tills, computer equipment, safes and other items of value, principally targeting the municipalities of Cieza and Jumilla. The suspects are aged 37 and 54. They have both been charged with burglary.
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Caught in the quarantine fiasco Continues from front page Aaron Goodwin has his own company DMG Asbestos Management, working in domestic environments for the elderly and vulnerable and has been unable to work for the last three months so this has come as a bitter blow. Had they known this was going to come then they agreed that they would never have come out. Carla Isle was travelling back to Birmingham having spent a week here and was notified by her boyfriend via text message. “I didn´t think they´d shut everything as quickly as they did. I am furloughed until 31st but needed to be back, however, had my flight been going out today then I wouldn´t have come. Jacqui Birch, British owner of Angel 25 Tour S.L which has
been established for 15 years and operates Alicante Private Transfers said of the new quarantine announcement “This is very disappointing news, after so many months of a very tough lockdown, tourist arrivals were beginning to increase. The health and safety measures we have put in place, as well as in the local towns, hotels, bars etc., couldn’t have been more rigorous. "The uncertainty of everything is the most damaging thing. People that are here now, will have to contend with unexpected quarantine when they get home. Even if the restriction is lifted quite quickly, will travellers be confident that it won’t happen again at any time. "It’s strange that the UK gave everyone two weeks’ notice, that they would have to wear a mask to the supermarket, but only 5 hours’ notice about a 14-day quarantine. "We employ 28 staff directly (both Spanish and expats) as well as giving work to others on an ad hoc basis. The position isn’t clear about what will happen now to the staff that we have taken off of ERTE (the Spanish furlough scheme) and started back to work. The Spanish scheme is nowhere near as generous as the UK scheme, but all of our Carla Isle staff have been with us 110x243,5 Ingles.pdf 1 22/6/20 17:19
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a long time (some for 15 years!), so we are doing our best to support them all we can, but of course we can’t do that indefinitely. "We are very lucky that we have many repeat clients, that have been very supportive. Since the start of the lockdown in March, many have rebooked their travel plans (some of them three times!). Where others haven’t been able to rebook, we have refunded the money they have paid. This is obviously difficult for a small company. "Unlike larger companies in the UK who have received a lot of government help and support and have said that people may have to wait many months for a refund of the money they have paid, we have had no help or support from the Spanish government. Their only advice is take a bank loan (not a grant, a loan, that has to be repaid). How can responsible companies take loans, when they have no idea if/ when they can repay them?” The news has been devastating for all businesses here, especially those in Benidorm, heavily reliant on the British holiday sector which last year made up 43% of the tourist market here. Bars and restaurants were slowly reopening, taking staff off ERTE and are now faced with yet another kick in the teeth. The overwhelming majority have complied with the strict lockdown and new
health measures. The wearing of face masks is now compulsory and by and large, everyone adheres to it… or faces a hefty fine. Many are disappointed that
the UK have imposed a blanket ban and closed the air corridor with Spain. Read more the new rule and its effects at local resorts in Costa Blanca News on Friday.
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Aid for businesses in Dolores Small businesses and the self-employed in Dolores can now apply for aid of up to €600 if they have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The town hall approved its 2020 budget on Monday, which Socialist (PSOE) mayor José Joaquín Hernández were conditioned by the need to help those who lost their jobs and reactivate the economy in the wake of September’s DANA storm flooding and the pandemic. The opposition Partido Popular (PP) voted against the budget and Ciudad-
anos (Cs) abstained. Sr Hernández noted that social services usually attend to 100 people per year but have already seen about 350 so far this year. Although there was a surplus left over in the municipal coffers, this has to be assigned to pay for court sentences imposed for previous councils’ actions. Applications can be made via the website https://dolores.sedelectronica. es or the Oficina Municipal in the town hall, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Young photographer competition
Young residents of Dolores – aged between 16 and 25 – can take part in the ‘Plasmando Realidad’ (capturing reality) photography competition via Instagram. Participants can submit images as many images as they like on any theme ‘that inspires and reflects how they feel in that moment’, as long as it is respectful. They have to cede their rights to the pictures so that the organisers can use them on any promotional material or in
the media. The photos have to be uploaded before September 11 with the hashtag #juventudolores. A jury of experts will choose the winners with prizes of €100 for first place, €50 for second and €25 for third. They will be announced on the town hall Instagram account, Ayuntamiento de Dolores, on September 18. The 15 best entries will be exhibited in the Casa de la Juventud.
Benidorm find triggers crackdown on fake electronics products By Irena Bodnarec Following an undercover investigation, National Police officers raided a warehouse in the town of Cartagena in Murcia and seized almost 1,500 electronic products, due for distribution across the entire country. Benidorm Police started the investigation after finding well known brands of counterfeit mobile phone accessories. They collected information about the distributor of the products and tracked down the warehouse to the neighbouring province. Only one person, a 62-year-old Spanish national was involved and arrested for the crime against industrial property but released after questioning pending further investigations.
Calp reissues its promotional campaign in billboards and street marketing publicity aimed at national tourism The Tourism Department from Calp’s town hall has once again launched a campaign aimed at national tourism using street marketing boards at metro and train stations and also billboards with the slogan “The time is now. The destination, Calpe”. (“El momento es ahora. El destino, Calpe”) The promotional campaign focuses on Madrid, Valencia, Murcia and the cities of Castilla La Mancha and Castilla y León, autonomous communities with national tourists who enjoy spending their summers in Calp. Specifically, billboards have been placed both in Madrid and Valencia and in their respective metropolitan areas, and also in Murcia, Toledo, Ciudad Real and Valladolid. In addition, street marketing boards with Calp’s
image have been located in the nearby stations of Atocha and Chamartín in Madrid also in the Norte station in Valencia. Street marketing boards have also been contracted on the subways in both cities. The campaign started in June and will continue throughout the summer. The objective is to promote Calp at a moment when potential tourists are deciding where to go for their holidays, as there is a tendency to book at the last minute. The slogan used is “The time is now. The destination, Calpe”. (“El momento es ahora. El destino, Calpe”) and its main image is the Rock, (El Peñón) the Arenal-Bol beach and other images such as The Salinas, the gastronomy or the architecture of the Red Wall (La Muralla Roja), offering the diverse variety our destination has to offer.
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Rojales launches ‘green line’ for gripes Rojales town hall as launched a mobile device application for residents to report any problems in public areas, announced councillor for public participation Pedro Llopis. The ‘Linea Verde’ (green line) can be used to inform the council of anything that requires maintenance, as well as to find out other relevant local information. More details in Costa Blanca News on Friday
Euthanasia doctors standing trial THE right to die has been a hot topic here in Spain for a few years now, with the Catholic church and its followers staunchly against while many liberals and younger people support an individual’s right to choose in certain circumstances. While most advocates in Spain think those circumstances should usually be terminal illness and/or unbearable pain, in countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium the criteria for state approved euthanasia has been extended to include mental illness, a more controversial yard stick. This has come to the fore in Belgium this week as the trial starts of three unnamed doctors who gave a lethal in-
jection to 38-year-old Tine Nys at her request. Their actions have been described by Ms Nys family as amateurish and not in line with Belgium’s right to die laws. Although mental illness should be “serious and incurable” they allege that Tine was merely depressed after
a relationship break-up. She had recently been diagnosed as autistic and had made suicide attempts when young but has been mentally well for over 15 years they say. The trial is likely to reignite the debate, with many supporters of neutrals feeling that the process has gone too far and is now taking the
lives of people with perfectly treatable depression.
Lotto thieves detained
TWO men have been ing in a car close-by and they by Simon Russell traced and arrested in sped off. However, in all the connection with the theft to customers who had taken confusion one of the thieves of €1,200 from a bar in Sa- part. The two men were on dropped his phone which gunt (Valencia) last week. the terrace where the money was handed to the police and The cash was in a metal was being distributed when used to track the pair. box which the landlord of a one of them suddenly jumped Two Spanish nationals aged bar was using to hand out the up and ran off with the box. 31 and 35 have been arrested vidual would be committing tax winnings from a recent draw His fraud. companion was wait- and charged with theft. Remember, it is not the person who gave the advice (e.g. a Financial Advisprovided by... er) who would be held responsible, it would be the client. 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CALL FOR TOUGH ACTION ON SQUATTING Oliva's opposition has once again urged the local government to take action over the town's squatting problem, which has been rife for years in the historic quarter. Squatting is on the rise across Spain, and does not even affect just empty properties: In a high-profile national case, nurse Pilar, 62, found her locks changed one day after she came home from a shift. She said squatters only have to re-register one utility bill in their name to enjoy legal occupation rights, and that the people occupying her main residence have a 'flash car' and a broadband contract. Reports of mafia-style organisations who sell the key for between €500 and €2,000 the day before a scheduled
eviction have been heard across the country. In Oliva, many of the squats are bank-owned repossessions, and it is mainly the illegal occupants' behaviour which causes problems: Threatening public safety, drug-dealing, hooking into the public electricity supply to avoid paying, and burglaries. Ciudadanos' spokesman Pepe Salazar says affected owners are 'being held hostage' by a system which 'fails to protect private property' and leaves squatters at a legal advantage. Slow, drawn-out court cases which squatters can delay further by appeal – giving them time to sell the key or trash the property – worsen the situation. Exceptions to the rule
exist, of course: One gypsy family whose own home was destroyed by fire opted to break into a bank-owned repossession rather than sleep on the street with their three young children, and have been living there and treating it as a home for three years. They say nobody will consider them for private rental due to their ethnic origin, and
they have so far avoided eviction thanks to the help of a local branch of a nationwide protection group. But most squatters are not homeless or needy cases, and the destruction, insecurity and criminal activity surrounding their actions cannot be condoned, says Salazar. “This illegal activity makes owners and residents victims
with practically no protection, and we have sound proof of this in Oliva old town,” he argues. Ciudadanos has filed a motion calling for the council to make an itinerary of all squats in Oliva and to pressure the government to pass 'all necessary legal reforms' to 'guarantee homeowners' safety and protection'.
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Researchers from Miguel Hernández university (UMH) in Elche have collaborated with a local business to develop a liqueur made exclusively from lemons that have been grown ecologically in the Vega Baja area. Without any additives, the product maintains all of the fruit’s properties once bottled, including the essential oils from its rind and leaves, which are also used. After months of work, they came up with the ideal formula to produce two varieties: one 40% alcohol by volume and the other 20% - each with its peculiarities and recommended for drinking before or after a meal. The idea, to make something more from locally grown lemons – more than 85% of the country’s lemons are grown in Murcia and Alicante – was suggested nu Javier Vidal, executive director of the company Vega Scorza. Most of them are exported fresh but there was a gap in
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Really OK night out The bullring at Alcalalí hosted its first event of the summer for Jalón Valley Help with a tremendous concert by the renowned OK Band. The JVH charity went to a lot of trouble to make sure that even though everyone had to meet social distancing and track and trace requirements they could still have a super night out. JVH President, Elaine Horton, was impressed by the way that the 150 plus partygoers followed the conditions set down by the Alcalali Mayor and JVH. This was the first fundraising night out hosted by JVH in these turbulent times and the 2400+€ raised is vital to help the charity keep going. Not only did the evening raise considerable desperately needed funds, everyone had a splendid night out too. The OK Band were up to their usual high standard with the quality of their music and the crowd did not want them to stop playing – it was just a shame there was no dancing allowed. At the end of a smashing evening, Jalon Valley Help President Elaine Hor-
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U3A getting ready In anticipation of further relaxation of the lockdown restrictions the U3A Vall del Pop has started ‘getting ready’, in anticipation of the municipalities being granted permission, from central government, to re-open their public buildings for use by us all, in strict compliance with the ‘new normality’ as it continues to develop this autumn. Our committee are hoping we will be able to hold our first General Assembly of the 2020/21 season on Thursday, September 3 in the Murla Polivalent. At present, speaker programmes are being prepared: Ray Wilcox on a Prison Officer´s Life for September, Rosa Mansell on Raising Funds to Build a School in Africa for October. The TCET are setting out their plans for the autumn/ winter programme, starting with: Coffee mornings every two weeks at El Cid, startingAugust 6 then August 27. Christmas Celebration Dinner at El
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If you're looking for a way to supercharge your fitness after months of repetitive jogging and living-room workouts, it might be time to show your swimming pool some love. Swimming is an all-body workout that can leave you not just physically stronger but mentally recharged too; experts say it can soothe stress, boost physical endurance and burn serious calories. Not convinced yet? Here are just some of the benefits... 1. Its low-impact on your joints Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, and swimming is a great all-rounder with multiple health benefits - no matter your age, physical ability or fitness level. Pharmacist Anshu Kaura (lloydspharmacy.com). says it
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How to boost your veg patch through crop rotation By Hannah Stephenson, PA
Do you know your brassicas from your legumes, or which veg can be grown side by side? There are four major groups of vegetables... 1. Brassicas: members of the cabbage family including cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, oriental greens, radish, swede and turnip. 2. Legumes: members of the pea family including peas, broad beans (although French and runner beans can be grown wherever convenient) and clover, which is used as green manure. Legumes can fix nitrogen from the air in root nodules and if left to decompose in the soil, will be beneficial to later crops. 3. Potato family: potatoes and tomatoes (peppers and aubergines can be grown anywhere in the rotation).
4. Roots: beetroot, carrot, celery, celeriac, parsley, parsnip, Florence fennel and all other root crops except swedes and turnips. How crop rotation works... Traditionally, you create four beds within your garden space, one for each of these groups of vegetables, and rotate the groups between beds each year, moving them in the same order and direction, so you avoid planting the same crop in the same place more than one year in four, to help prevent root diseases. This also helps make the most of their soil requirements, as brassicas and roots benefit from the soil being given a top-dressing of lime, while potatoes and legumes prefer soil that has been manured. Alternate treatments help keep the soil balanced, while soil structure benefits from having a deeprooted crop one year and a shallow-rooted one another.
What about modern crops? The old system doesn't take into account modern crops such as sweetcorn and courgettes, but many people don't want to devote a quarter of their plot to main crop potatoes. If that's the case, just divide the plot into three and grow courgettes with peas and beans. Salads and other quick crops can be grown in the gaps between the rows of slower-growing, bigger crops. Onions, pumpkins, salad leaves and stem and fruiting vegetables can slot in where there is space, although onions are often grown with legumes. And if you forget... So, in all the excitement of your new vegetable plot, you may forget what you grew on a piece of ground the previous year. Don't worry, just remember these important points:
Don't grow potatoes in the same spot two years running, because they are hungry feeders and will leave the soil depleted of nutrients. Add lime to the soil in autumn after growing potatoes, and grow peas or beans on that piece of ground. Peas and beans are great nitrogenfixers, producing plenty of nutrients for any crop that follows them, including brassicas. With root crops, don't dig in manure before planting as they won't like it. Instead, apply manure once you have harvested the root crops in autumn, so the soil will be replenished in anticipation of potato planting. What about perennial veg? Perennial veg, including rhubarb, artichokes and perpetual spinach, should go into separate beds where they can be left undisturbed. Asparagus needs its own bed and will take a couple of years before you can harvest it.
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FORMER WATFORD HEAD COACH JAVI GRACIA APPOINTED AS VALENCIA BOSS By PA Sports Former Watford boss Javi Gracia has been named firstteam coach of LaLiga side Valencia on a two-year deal. The 50-year-old led Watford to 11th place in the Premier League and the FA Cup final last season, but was sacked after a poor start to this campaign from which the Hornets - relegated to the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday - never recovered. Valencia got through almost as many managers as Watford in the 2019-20 season, with Gracia the third man to take charge since it kicked off after the sackings of Marcelino in September
last year and Albert Celades last month. Los Che finished ninth this season, unable to live up to a fourth-placed finish and Copa del Rey success during the previous campaign. The former Malaga and
CadĂz coach said he wanted to nurture Valencia's young talent to find the balance that can bring them success. "We like talking about good football and attacking play but the success of teams really comes through having balance, and we will try to find that with the great squad and good players we have," Gracia said in a video posted on the club's official website. "I think the talent that exists within the squad is vital." However, one of Gracia's first tasks could be to persuade 20-year-old forward Ferran Torres to stay as he is strongly linked with Manchester City.
Ronaldo's Juventus clinch Scudetto title By PA Sport Juventus clinched a ninth consecutive Scudetto with a 2-0 home win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in first half stoppage-time and Maurizio Sarri saw his team double their lead through Federico Bernardeschi with 23 minutes left in Turin before the visitors had Morten Thorsby sent off.
Top goalscorer Ronaldo had the chance to net his 32nd goal in Serie A this season when the hosts were awarded a penalty late on, but he hit the crossbar and the score stayed 2-0. Victory moved Juventus seven points clear of nearest challenger Inter Milan with two games to play and ensured they celebrated a 36th league championship.
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