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Will Dottie get her King? In Jack and the Beanstalk, which plays the Careline Theatre in Alcalalí from Wednesday January 11 to Sunday January 15, poor Dottie Trot has lost her cow and is about to lose her brave, handsome son, Jack. The cow got sold for what turned out to be a bag of beans and Jack is so smitten with the lovely Jill that wedding bells can't be far away. Small wonder, then, that the canny dame is on the lookout for a man to make her own. Not just any man you understand. Dottie has set her heart on no less a personage than His Majesty King Maurice of the Land of Merrydale. From your seat in the stalls you are likely to enjoy this possible romance hugely. Dame Trot is played by Andy Headford, a very experienced player of pantomime dames. In his milking garb you would be forgiven for thinking Dottie is just a little past her sell-by date, but when Andy dresses for king hunting he dresses to kill. To say his Dame Trot becomes really seductive and very, very glamorous is a complete understatement. Who could resist such a dame when she starts to coo, "Maurice! Maurice! Oh there you are Cherie" and "Remember the soft lights, the

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Samaritans sing carols at Iceland Last Saturday December 17, Samaritan volunteers and friends entertained shoppers with a collection of Christmas carols and popular songs at Iceland, Avenida Valanciana, Torrevieja. Shoppers of every nationality joined in the singing and some even took to dancing along with the music, adding to the Christmas atmosphere. The singing continued for five hours and Samaritans were very pleased to report they collected 200€ for their charity. Samaritans operate an emotional support helpline and wish to advise that their helpline is operational throughout the holidays from 8pm until

midnight and every evening 365 days of the year, phone: 902 883 535. Following three very successful years operating in Spain, Samaritans would like to thank all their volunteers,

friends, sponsors and supporters for making it possible through their continued support for the charity. Wishing all a very happy, peaceful holiday and a successful 2012.

The very amorous Dame Dottie Trot and His Majesty King Maurice

sweet music?" Maybe Maurice. Is King Maurice, played by Alan Gill, the sort of royal to fall for the flattery of a flickering old flame? Such is the stuff of traditional pantomime and Marian Carter's production of Jack and the Beanstalk provides an abundance of traditional pantomime fun, but Marian manages to combine it with the razzle-dazzle of a good musical. A combination that makes a truly fabulous show. All the income of the opening night seat sales will be donated to Cancer Care Jávea to

help with their funding of the new cancer research laboratory at Denia Hospital, Xara. Seats for the five evening performances are 12€ for adults and 6€ for children of 10 and under. Curtain-up is at 20.00. The adult ticket price for the Saturday and Sunday matinees, curtain-up at 15.00, is 10€. A discount of 10% is available to party bookings of 10 and over adults for the evening performances. Ring 965 790 129 (Opening night only) or 652 294 750 to make your reservations. You would be crackers to miss it. www.carelinetheatre.com - Advertorial -

Local Spanish charities to get a year-long boost from Costa Blanca opticians In a major boost to local charities, optical chain Specsavers Opticas have announced that each of their four Costa Blanca stores have formed ongoing partnerships with local charities. For the next 12 months, the stores will raise funds for these charities, support their campaigns and help them raise awareness. 앫 Specsavers Opticas' Jávea and Calpe stores are supporting Caritas - Caritas is a charity working on behalf of needy families and individuals, who for whatever reason find themselves without the basic necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter. 앫 Specsavers Opticas' Benidorm store is supporting The Friends of the Children of EMAÚS - The Friends of the Children of EMAÚS are a completely voluntary group of individuals, based in the Northern Costa Blanca, whose purpose is to raise much-needed funds for the children in the EMAÚS children's shelters. 앫 Specsavers Opticas' Torrevieja store is supporting The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club - The Costa Lions Club is best known for fighting blindness. It helps local Spanish residents in need, and also sends muchneeded supplies such as eyeglasses to third world

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countries. The support that Specsavers Opticas can provide these charities is really important to them. Iain Bennett, President of the Torrevieja Costa Lions Club commented "Specsavers is the main company in Torrevieja supporting our charity and over the last three years they have donated over 5,000 pairs of spectacles to go to people in need in third world countries. There is always a shortage of glasses in these countries as they have no medical support, so Specsavers' donations are absolutely vital to people with poor vision." Specsavers Opticas' business development manager José Ángel Moral-Taja-

dura explained that charity support is a key element of Specsavers' philosophy across the globe, "Our stores are run by opticians who care deeply about the health of their communities, and we are committed to supporting charities that provide tangible, hands-on support to people in need." To find out more about how your local Specsavers is supporting charities and to take part in their fundraising efforts visit one of the four stores on the Costa Blanca. To find your nearest store, visit www.specsavers.es

Iain Bennett (left), president of Torrevieja Costa Lions Club delivers glasses donated by Specsavers Opticas to Antonio Mendez (far right) for distribution to those in need.

Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers Walk schedules Saturday December 24 a) Serrella Castle. A moderately strenuous walk, over some rough terrain. 12 kms, 5 hours duration, 500m ascent. No dogs. Further details tel: Peter 669 873 159. b) Bernia East Ridge and Summit. A moderately strenuous walk, over some rough terrain, with some scrambling. For experienced mountain walkers. Impressive views! 12 kms, 51/2 hours duration,

550m ascent. No dogs. Further details tel: Peter 620 315 797. Wednesday December 28 Abdet Circuit. A strenuous walk over some rough terrain. 16 kms, 6 hours duration, 650m ascent. No dogs. Further details tel: Kees 699 162 028. Walks depart promptly at 10am unless otherwise noted. Boots and adequate drinking water required. First aid kit recommended, as well as pro-

tection against sun and wind. Walkers participate at their own risk. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the time stated for each walk will always depend on the fitness and ability of the walkers and also the weather and passage conditions on the day of the walk. The rules and guidelines for walking are given on our website, see http://www. cbmwalkers.org


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COSTA NEWS, November 25-December 1, 2011

ALCALALÍ Market Day Alfaz: Friday ■ TOURIST INFO C/ de Alicante, 1 (Jalón) 콯 966 481 017 ■ Palma Concerts www.palmaconcerts.webs.com Call Jan 콯 966 480 594 / 686 508 634 for more information. Tickets 20€ on the night or 18€ in advance from the following points of sale: Ingrid's Delikatessen (Denia indoor market) Quicksave (both in Jávea), Cornish Pride (Moraira), Bookshop Europa (Calpe), Cosas Nobles (Altea), La Risa (Jalón), The Corner Shop (Orba) or see www.palmaconcerts.webs.com ■ WORKSHOPS Yoga classes Monday and Thursday at 10.00 at the Centro Cívico y Social Tai-Chi course on Friday, 09.30-12.00

ALCOY Market Day: Wed & Sat ■ TOURIST INFO C/ Sant Lorenç, 2. 콯 96 553 71 55 alcoi@touristinfo.net ■ CULTURAL CENTRE Avda Pais Valencia 1 콯 96 553 71 42 Mon-Fri from 17.30-20.30 - Sat - 10.30-13.30 centrecultural@alcoi.org

■ PERMANENT EXHIBITION Archaeological Museum, Placeta del Carbo.Mon to Fri 09.00-14.00.Free admission. Fiesta Museum Calle San Miquel, 60-62. Tues-Fri 11.00-13.00 & 17.3019.30. Bank holidays, Sat & Sun 10.30-13.30 ■ SALESIANOS THEATRE Pl Mossén Josep, 1. 콯 96 554 09 87 ■ TEATRO CALDERÓN Pl España, 14 .콯 96 554 94 03 www.teatrocalderón.com

ALFAZ DEL PI/ALBIR Market Day Alfaz: Friday Market Day Albir: Sunday RASTRO: Every Sat & Sun at Don Quijote. For more info please call 900 111 909 ■ CASA DE CULTURA Plaza Juan Carlos I, S/N. 콯 96 588 9423 or 96 588 9424. www..lalfas.com/cultura cultura.lalfas@telefonica.net Dec 10-11: Christmas Fair At the old school (Escuelas viejas) from 11 to 21.300. Local businesses, gastronomy and leisurefor all. Saturday, Dec 10 From 11.00 - 14.00: Children's workshops with Pekes Miriam. From 15.30 - 16.30: Christmas

decorations workshop by Grupo Center Garden Navarro. From 16:30 - 17:00: Dutch Choir. From 17.00 - 17.40: Children's theatre play. From 18.00 - 18.40: Hot chocolate for all children. From 19.00 - 20.00: Children's music show "Musica i ball mos fa grans" by Heizel dancing school and Alfas Choir. Sunday, Dec 11 From 12.00 - 14.00: Christmas cooking workshop for children by 'Tierra de Niños" From 15.30 - 16.30: Christmas decorations workshop by Grupo Center Garden Navarro From 16.00 - 16.40: Norwegian School Choir will perform and there will be a Christmas theatre play. The Norwegian Church will accompany them with Season's songs. From 17.00 - 17.40: Children's afternoon snack offered From 17.00 - 18.00: Music show by Aaron Colston and Heizel dancing school. For more info please visit www.ferialalfas.com or contact info@mondecom.es 콯 635.513.104 AUDITORIO ■ CIJ (Centro Info Juvenil) C/ Cami de la Mar. Casa de Cultura.콯 96 588 7435. info@lalfasjove.com

www.lalfasjove.com ■ CINEMA Subtitled original version films Thursdays at 20.00 at the Auditorio. Donation: 2€ FRENCH FILMS (OV) ■ TOURIST INFO C/Federico Garcia Llorca 11 (next to Town Hall) 콯 96 588 89 05 alfasdelpi@touristinfo.net ■ TOURIST INFO ALBIR Avda Oscar Esplá 1 Open Tues - Fri from 10.0014.00 콯 96 686 70 23 or 콯 655 875 482 alfasplaya@touristinfo.net ■ MUSEO 'VILLA ROMANA DEL ALBIR 콯 96 588 94 23 or 96 588 9424 museovillaromana@alfas.com Open Sat, Sun & holidays: 10.00-12.00 Tues to Sat: 10-12.00 & 18 -21.00 ■ MUSEO DELSO. Sculptures and murals C/Topazi, 12, Colonia Escandinavia. Open Tues-Sat 10-13.00. 콯 96 588 95 17. ■ FUNDACIÓN FRAX Cultural exhibition centre.

Paseo de las Estrellas, 3 Albir 콯 966 86 40 40 www.fundacionfrax.org fundacion@fundacionfrax.org Open Tues-Fri from 10.00-19.00 & Sat, Sun and Bank holidays 10.00-14.00. Mondays closed. Until Jan 15, 2012: 'Mas allá de la poética del dibujo' By Pepe Azorín at Sala Pedro Delso. Until Feb 2012: 'Caminos libres, situaciones privadas' by Moise´s Gil (also exterior exhibition) ■ RESTAURANT HeartBreak Albir www.hbhspain.com 콯 96 584 40 60. Jazz Night Live jazz every Thursday at 22.00. Free admission. Reservations recommended for dinners. Soul Night: Sea Club resident group playing live every Friday at 23.00. Reservations recommended for dinners. ■ SCULPTURE PARK GARDENS Cami del Pinar, 23. Carboneras 콯 96 686 02 30

www.klein-schreuder.com Until Jan 6, 2012: Jorge Castro 'Tribute in Memoriam' exhibition. ■ FORUM MARE NOSTUM Camí del Pinxo, 2. 콯 96 687 84 00 info@forum-marenostrum. com ■ CASA SJENGARDEN CULTURAL Calle Sierra Nevada, 6. El Cautivador.콯96 686 05 22 chris@sjengarden.nl or visit website: fredywubben.nl ■ ANNEKE RESIDENCE C/Riu Castells, 3 콯 96 681 40 34 Sun-Sat from 10.00-18.00 ■ LA COSTA CULTURAL LCC Newsletter or excursions 콯 96 686 0735 or email: pdawson802t@cv.gva.es. NORDIC WALKING www.nordicwalkingcv.com 655 87 97 11 or 606 213 074 Bernd at the Polideportivo in Alfaz 96 588 96 01 Bring good walking shoes, warm mountain clothes, some fruit, water and snacks.

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New Benidorm Specsavers Opticas

hold EMAUS charity raffle on Open Day 1st Dec To celebrate the opening of a brand new Specsavers Opticas store in Benidorm, there will be a fun open day which will raise money for children’s charity EMAUS. This exciting event will be held in store at Calle de Gambó 2 on 1st December from 10am to 8pm. An important part of this event is the charity raffle in aid of EMAUS, a fantastic charity which provides homes to children in need. Tickets will be sold at the store throughout the day and Directors Phil Morgan and Jorge Martinez de Lizarduy Araico hope that visitors will enjoy the event and give generously. “EMAUS is a very important charity running nine children’s centres, training for teenagers, counselling for families with problematic children and a shelter for battered wives. They are always looking for funds to keep these shelters open so we hope our charity raffle will be able to help them continue with this excellent work. There will be a number of prizes including 300€ worth of eye wear from Specsavers and the draw will take place at 19.30. Please come along and enjoy the event and help needy children on the Costa Blanca.” This Open Day will also feature a packed schedule

of activities including performances from popular local band Vandetta, delicious refreshments and kids’ entertainer Buster the clown performing from 5-7 pm. At the event, guests can book free eye tests, which will be offered until the end of this year. Specsavers look forward to welcoming you to this free event. For information on the event call 965 859 577. About Specsavers Specsavers is a family-run global brand of opticians with more than 1,500 stores operating in ten countries, offering customers professional eye care combined with clear, affordable prices. There are five Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, in Fuengirola, Calpe, Jávea, Benidorm and Torrevieja and one in Santa Ponça,

Mallorca. Specsavers’ value-formoney formula and trustworthy reputation (the company has been voted the U.K’s Most Trusted Optician for 9 years in a row) has been especially welcome in tough economic times. It was founded by husband-andwife opticians Doug and Mary Perkins in 1984, and remains at its core a family-run business today. The Perkins’ vision is “to passionately provide best value eye care to everyone, simply, clearly and consistently, exceeding customer expectations every time”. The company has grown into the world’s largest privately-owned optical group with an annual turnover of more than a billion Euros. For more information visit www.specsavers.es


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ITV Orihuela RFC On Saturday November 25 ITV Orihuela RFC played away to local rivals Torrevieja. After a delay in the kick off the game started and was soon played under floodlights. ITV Orihuela started at a fast pace against the more experienced Torry forwards and Orihuela's defence repelled everything that Torry could throw at them. At the end of the first half, the score was 13-11 to Orihuela. In the second half ITV Orihuela RFC continued to dominate the scrum, but the lineouts were fairly even with Orihuela having two brand new jumpers in their first game. The final score gave ITV Orihuela victory by 18-14, a

great result for Orihuela who had quite a few players missing through injury. Our next game for the seniors is against UCAM Murcia on December 17 at home. The club trains on Tuesday and Thursday at the Miguel

La Vila Rugby Club

Fairplay Darts

Hernandez University, juniors at 6.15pm, juveniles and seniors at 8.30pm. New players are welcome no matter of what age or skill level you are. Info Garry 692 767 242, (juniors contact Oscar 600 871 606 (Spanish).

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Club de Golf Ifach

Division 2, week 10: Pablo´s Diablo´s 8-2 Belushi; Concierto 6-4 Horacio B; Liberty´s 4-6 Pablo´s; Horacio A 6-4 Welcome Inn. League table: 75 Pablo´s Diablo´s; 58 Liberty´s 54 Pablo´s; 52 Concierto; 50 Horacio A; 45 Belushi; 43 Horacio B; 23 Welcome Inn. Postponed game result from week 8 Horacio A 8 - 2 Belushi Division 1, week 9: The Park 2-8 Whispers; Breakaways 10-0 Evolutions; Los Toros 9-1 Havana; Molino Moles 7-3 Moores. Well Done to Del Lister (Breakaways) for his 1st 180. League Table: Breakaways 63; Los Toros 61; Whispers 61; Molino Moles 59; Moores Bar 47; Havana 40; The Park 19; Evolutions 10

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On Sunday November 27, 32 gents competed for the Michael Hardman Trophy, a Foursome Stableford organised by Alan Neish, Competition and Handicap Secretary. Despite the blustery, damp conditions everyone completed the 18 holes and the winning pair with 37 points was Norman Bain and Jurgen Bangemann. Second place went to Roger Coates and Brian Eastham with 36 and third place on countback, also with 36, went to John Bailey and Robin Woods.

Bowling Club news on Page 17

FC San Fulgencio

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New Benidorm Specsavers Opticas

hold EMAUS charity raffle on Open Day 1st Dec To celebrate the opening of a brand new Specsavers Opticas store in Benidorm, there will be a fun open day which will raise money for children’s charity EMAUS. This exciting event will be held in store at Calle de Gambó 2 on 1st December from 10am to 8pm. An important part of this event is the charity raffle in aid of EMAUS, a fantastic charity which provides homes to children in need. Tickets will be sold at the store throughout the day and Directors Phil Morgan and Jorge Martinez de Lizarduy Araico hope that visitors will enjoy the event and give generously. “EMAUS is a very important charity running nine children’s centres, training for teenagers, counselling for families with problematic children and a shelter for battered wives. They are always looking for funds to keep these shelters open so we hope our charity raffle will be able to help them continue with this excellent work. There will be a number of prizes including 300€ worth of eye wear from Specsavers and the draw will take place at 19.30. Please come along and enjoy the event and help needy children on the Costa Blanca.” This Open Day will also feature a packed schedule

of activities including performances from popular local band Vandetta, delicious refreshments and kids’ entertainer Buster the clown performing from 5-7 pm. At the event, guests can book free eye tests, which will be offered until the end of this year. Specsavers look forward to welcoming you to this free event. For information on the event call 965 859 577. About Specsavers Specsavers is a family-run global brand of opticians with more than 1,500 stores operating in ten countries, offering customers professional eye care combined with clear, affordable prices. There are five Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, in Fuengirola, Calpe, Jávea, Benidorm and Torrevieja and one in Santa Ponça,

Mallorca. Specsavers’ value-formoney formula and trustworthy reputation (the company has been voted the U.K’s Most Trusted Optician for 9 years in a row) has been especially welcome in tough economic times. It was founded by husband-andwife opticians Doug and Mary Perkins in 1984, and remains at its core a family-run business today. The Perkins’ vision is “to passionately provide best value eye care to everyone, simply, clearly and consistently, exceeding customer expectations every time”. The company has grown into the world’s largest privately-owned optical group with an annual turnover of more than a billion Euros. For more information visit www.specsavers.es

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25 NOV - 01 DEC 2011

The importance of continuity of care by

Amanda Collins Dip HE

Family Medical Centre, Albir

FOLLOWING THE closure of The English Medical Clinic in Albir, long standing patient Mr. Howard Benedict felt somewhat bereft, having been used to the luxury of medical care, delivered in English. With no other English clinic in the area that he knew of, and with Mr. Benedict having a SIP card, he decided to try the Spanish medical social care system. The first ‘problem’ he encountered was the frustration of having to wait for a G.P appointment. Whilst emergencies were dealt with swiftly, Mr. Benedict soon realised that for routine G.P consultations you have to wait for the next available appointment which may be a week away! Eventually, Mr. Benedict was given his first appointment but unfortunately because his Spanish is so limited, the doctor was understandably reluctant to see him. Therefore, another appointment had to be scheduled and Mr. Benedict had to source an interpreter. Having found an interpreter and re-scheduled his appointment, Mr. Benedict finally managed to see the G.P. Whilst he felt the medical care was satisfactory (albeit his consultation barely lasted 5 minutes) he quickly realised that it was extremely frustrating and difficult having to discuss private medical issues via an interpreter. Basically, Mr. Benedict was at a loss of where to go

Patient Mr. Howard Benedict discussing his case with Practice Nurse Amanda Collins

to continue his medical care. He was therefore delighted to hear of the opening of the English speaking Family Medical Centre, situated in the heart of Albir. He was even more pleased to discover that to see the G.P would cost him a mere 38€ - less than he’d paid for an interpreter!

Mr. Benedict says ‘I cannot tell you how pleased I am that the Family Medical Centre has opened. I now have peace of mind that all the services of the medical centre are available for myself and my family to use – all in English and all the services are very reasonably priced. What a find!’

In order to assist previous patients of Dr. Colin Evans of the English Medical Clinic, the Family Medical Centre have a limited supply of forms to assist patients in claiming their previous medical records.

New Benidorm Specsavers Opticas to hold EMAUS charity raffle on Open Day, Dec. 1st TO CELEBRATE the opening of a brand new Specsavers Opticas store in Benidorm, there will be a fun open day which will raise money for children’s charity EMAUS. This exciting event will be held in store at Calle de Gambó 2 on 1st December from 10am to 8pm. An important part of this event is the charity raffle in aid of EMAUS, a fantastic charity which provides homes to children in need. Tickets will be sold at the store throughout the day and Directors Phil Morgan and Jorge Martinez de Lizarduy Araico hope that visitors will enjoy the event and give generously. “EMAUS is a very important charity running nine children’s centres, training for teenagers, counselling for families with problematic children and a shelter for battered wives. They are always looking for funds to keep these shelters open so we hope our charity raffle will be able to help them continue with this excellent work. There will be a number of prizes including 300€ worth of eye wear from Specsavers and the draw will take place at 19.30. Please come along and enjoy the event and help needy children on the Costa Blanca.” This Open Day will also feature a packed schedule of activities including performances from popular local band Vandetta, delicious refreshments and kids’ entertainer Buster the clown performing from 5-7 pm. At the event, guests can book free eye tests, which will be offered until the end of this year. Specsavers look forward to welcoming you to this free event. For more information on the event call 965 859 577.

About Specsavers Specsavers is a family-run global brand of opticians with more than 1,500 stores operating in ten countries, offering customers professional eye care combined with clear, affordable prices. There are five Specsavers Opticas stores on the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca, in Fuengirola, Calpe, Jávea, Benidorm and Torrevieja and one in Santa Ponça, Mallorca. Specsavers’ value-for-money formula and trustworthy reputation (the company has been voted the U.K’s Most Trusted Optician for 9 years in a row) has been especially welcome in tough economic times. It was founded by husband-and-wife opticians Doug and Mary Perkins in 1984, and remains at its core a family-run business today. The Perkins’ vision is “to passionately provide best value eye care to everyone, simply, clearly and consistently, exceeding customer expectations every time”. The company has grown into the world’s largest privately-owned optical group with an annual turnover of more than a billion Euros. For more information visit www.specsavers.es.


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November 2011

X RAY AT THE AIRPORT

A 34 year old British man was recently stopped by the Guardia Civil when he was walking through customs at an airport in Tenerife. He had arrived on a flight from the Spanish mainland, and couldn’t give the officers a good reason for his visit. After a search which revealed nothing, they decided to x-ray him. This resulted in a perfect “picture” of the 75 capsules of Heroin that he had swallowed. Weighing almost a kilo, it is enough to provide him with a very long stay on the island. But it won’t be a sun bed he is lying on!

CAR THEFT

A Belgian couple had their car stolen at gunpoint by two delinquents recently. The criminals had escaped from police as they were being taken to court in a small town near Brussels and escaped in the stolen car. To help get over their ordeal, the two Belgians, booked a holiday at Guardamar near Alicante. Imagine their surprise when they were relaxing on their sun beds to see the same two crooks walk past on the beach! The quick thinking husband walked up to the road at the top of the beach, and located their car, puncturing a tyre so they couldn’t lose it again. Then they called the Guardia Civil who came to the beach, where they located and arrested the bad guys.

DOG DONORS

Valencia has seen the first blood bank set up especially for dogs. Set up in the Montoro Botella laboratory just under a year ago, it now has 120 dog donors on its books. Donor dogs have to be between 1 and 8 years old, weigh at least 25 Kg, and be of a docile temperament (probably as they have to have a needle stuck in them for at least 15 minutes!) The best donors are the Iberian hunting hounds, as their blood is seen as “universal” to all other breeds. It’s not known whether the dogs get a cup of tea and a biscuit afterwards!

ROUND TOWN

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‘Peep’ Toe Shoes According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo a Spanish man was recently arrested in Tarragona for peeping up ladies skirts aided by a mobile phone inside his shoe. The home-made device involved a standard mobile phone placed inside a trainer style shoe with a hole cut in the top. This enabled him to film under the victim’s skirt. But his sick game came to an abrupt end when he was caught suspiciously close to his son’s girlfriend in a shopping precinct. An off duty police officer noticed his foot was angled unnaturally in between the girls legs and wasted no time in apprehending him thus exposing his vile activity.

Specsavers in Benidorm

On the 16th November the famous Specsavers will open on the Calle Gambo no. 2 (the same street as Zara´s) in the old town, which is great news for everyone especially those who sit on their glasses and break them or lose

them on the beach! This will be the fourth Specsavers branch to open on the Costa Blanca and the sixth store in Spain. If you wish to make an appointment call 965 859 577.

The 30 year old man will be charged for invasion of privacy and assaulting an officer of the law as he tried to resist arrest.

What’s in Davy Jones´ Locker? Benidorm council workers together with volunteers from all over the Valencian region have cleaned up the sea bed from around Benidorm island. Some of the volunteers involved were snorkellers including the ones that work at Benidorm´s Mundomar. Almost 510 kilos of rubbish was collected consisting mainly of glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans. After the mornings work everyone was given a canned drink after such thristy work. Let´s hope they didnt then throw the cans into the sea!

Roundtown’s Book Review What better time than around Remembrance Day to promote this fabulous book all about the life of a WW2 pilot - John Holmes. Especially when it’s been written by his son, Benidorm resident Steve Holmes! Sherlock’s Squadron

New Loos? Benidorm Council are pleased to announce that they have installed three new public toilets on the beach fronts, one on the Levante beach and two on the Poniente. Due to public request a total of 8 toilets are to be installed. Based on the fact that it has taken three years for the first three loos to appear, since it was first approved, let´s hope you can keep your legs crossed long enough for the other five to make an appearance!

Steve Holmes or ‘The Flying Pig’ as he is affectionately known, is a well-known character in and around the Benidorm scene and can be found most days in the kitchen area of the Yorkshire Pride II on Calle Londres serving up traditional English cooked meals. For some 15 years now Steve has been researching the wartime exploits of his late father John Holmes, affectionately known to his comrades as Sherlock. He has spent thousands of hours on the Internet and read over 100 books specialising in the RAF, World War II aircraft and the sorties’ flown by the crews of these brave men. He has read the diaries and log books from the very men who flew with his father and indeed contacted many of the surviving family members who in turn opened their hearts to this likeable man from Lancashire. The resultant book is simply stunning. Sherlock’s Squadron is a work of art and something Steve Holmes should be rightly proud of. Although his first effort at writing a book he skilfully builds up the characters from the first few turns of the pages and somehow captures the heartache and hardship of wartime Britain.

Steve described his father as his best friend and within a few pages we almost feel as if we know our protagonist John ‘Sherlock’ Holmes. It wasn’t plain sailing, war never is and the author makes no apologies for describing in graphic detail the end of many of these young men’s lives. Steve Holmes also skilfully weaves in the home life of his father and the relationship with his girlfriend Dorothy who would later become his wife Steve Holmes is not your stereotypical looking author. For a start he doesn’t have a beard or a high forehead and will openly admit that he left school without any recognisable qualifications. But his book has everything you would expect from a bestseller and deserves a big publisher and its rightful place on bookshelves along with Mr Grisham and Wilbur Smith. Steve had a small supply printed and has a dozen copies left in stock at the Yorkshire Pride II priced at €8.99. Go along and pay him a visit. He’s an amiable type of chap and likes nothing better than to talk about his pride and joy, 196 Squadron and his book makes a great gift for those interested in understanding what life fighting for King and Country was really like.


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Support our soldiers at a night to be remembered By Nikki Luxford FINAL PREPARATIONS are underway for the Afghan Heroes Gala ball on November 19 at the Diamante Beach Hotel, Calpe. The night is set to be full of top-class entertainment, and with only a limited number of tickets costing 55 euros still available, book now. Feel like a red carpet star as photographer Keith Lockyer takes your photos on arrival to canapés and cava, whilst talented pianist Kirsty Glen plays. There is also the opportunity to win numerous prizes in a lucky dip draw. A one in seven chance of winning, pay five euros to select an envelope and prizes include vouchers for beauty treatments, jewellery, mobile

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콯 96 665 81 96 email elx@touristinfo. net Until Nov 1: 26th Mediaeval with traditional Festival music, theatre plays, etc. For more info you can visit www.festivalmedieval.com ■ LUCENTUM ASSOC 앫 Therapeutic yoga: Mon & Wed 09.30 앫 Handcraft workshops 앫 Painting: Mon & Wed 17.00 ■ ODEÓN CINEMA C/Juan Ramón Jiménez, 18. 콯 96 545 88 10. Children's movie 17.30 & 20.00. 2€ ■ MUSEUMS 앫 Arqueological museum Diagonal del Palau s/n 콯 96 661 53 82 앫Municipal museum C. de la Vila, 25 콯96 545 34 64 앫Moorish baths Passeig de les eres Santa Lucia, 13 콯 96 545 28 87 앫Palaeontology museum Pl de Sant Joan 콯 96 545 88 03 앫Sala Sorolla C/Hospital, 7. Local artist exhibition. ■ GRAN TEATRO Pas Kursal, 1 콯 96 545 14 03 ■ CULTURAL CENTRE L'ESCORXADOR C/Curtidors, 23, 콯 96 665 82 30 www.centrelescorxador.com

MURCIA Market Day: Various markets. ■ TOURIST INFO 콯 902 101 070 ■ TOWN HALL Glorieta de España, 1 콯 96 835 86 00 ■ MUSEUMS Museo de la ciudad:

phones, food hampers and more. Toast master is David Barnes, and as guests enjoy a five-course meal with unlimited drinks, Spanish guitarist Pelu will provide music. This is also another opportunity for people to try their luck at winning a cash prize. An optional game, deposit 10 euros into the envelope on the table with your name on it and be in with a chance of winning a great cash sum. After dinner, celebrities supporting the cause will appear via a video link sending messages to Afghan Heroes, these include Michael Ball, followed by a speech from the regional coordinator. A presentation from Andy Harris, the husband of Denise Harris, founder of the charity whose son was killed in Afghanistan, will also be given. Guests will then be in for a night of brilliant entertainment starting with West End star and director Tara. Currently directing Sister Act and Miss Saigon, Tara has starred in many West End shows and is a prodigy of Andrew Lloyd Webber. A small auction with top items up for grabs will take place before everyone can dance the night away to Strickland.

Pl Aguatinas 7 , 콯 96 827 43 90 Tues-Sat 10.00-14.00 & 17.0020.00 Science and water museum: Tues-Fri 10.00-13.00 & 16.0020.00 Sat 10.00-14.00 & 17.0020.00 Sun 11-14h. ■ VICTOR VILLEGAS AUDITORIUM Avda Primero de Mayo 콯 968 341 060 www.auditoriomurcia.org ■ ROMEA THEATRE Pl Julián Romea s/n. 콯 96 835 53 90,Office 96 835 51 70 ■ GUIDED TOURS Every Saturday free guided tour of the historic centre 'Classical Murcia' at 11.00 at Tourist Info Office, Pl Cardenal Belluga. Reservations on 콯 96 822 50 20 Mon-Fri 10.0013.30 & 17.00-19.00.

TORREVIEJA Market Day: Fri ■ TOURIST INFO Pl de Capdepont s/n, 콯 96 570 34 33 www.torrevieja@tourisinfo. net ■ CASA DE CULTURA C/Unión Musical 55. 콯 96 571 23 11 ■ MUSEUMS 앫 Sea & Salt Museum C/Patricio Pérez 10 콯 96 670 6838 museo@torreviejacultral.com Tues to Fri: 10.00-14.00 & 17.0021.00. Sat: 10.00-13.00 & 17.0021.00 Sun & Bank holidays: Mornings only 10-13.30. Free entrance. 앫 Tomás Valcárcel Easter Museu. C/Formentera 콯 96 670 80 37 - Mon-Fri 10.00-13.00 & 17.00-20.00 앫 Natural History Museum

Avda de la Estación 콯 607 701 080 - Mon-Sat 10.00-14.00 & 17.00.-20.00. Sun & Bank Hol 11.00-14.00. Free admission. 앫 Floating museum. Albatros III & Delfin S61 Submarine, Harbour 콯 96 670 68 38 - Free entrance. Sept: Wed to Sun 17.00-22.00. (Mon & Tues closed) Nov-May 0.00-15.00 앫 Ricardo Laf. Habanera Museum at old railway station. 콯 66 787 30 48 Tues-Sat 11.00-13.30 & 16.3020.00 Sun & Mon closed. Free entrance. ■ PLACES OF INTEREST 앫 Centro Cultural Virgen del Carmen: C/del Mar, 28, 콯 96 571 99 00 앫 Municipal Theatre: Pl. Miguel Hernández, s/n, 콯 96 670 68 38 앫 Palacio de la Musica: C/Antonio Machado, 47, 콯 965 712 311 ■ EXIBITION SPACES Vista Alegre: C/Concepción64 콯 996 48 03 ■ ACTIVITIES Natural Park - La Mata-Torrevieja: protection zone for birds. Access via the N-332 in La Mata. Information Centre, 콯 96 692 04 04

Oct 30: Full day excursion to La Cruz de la Muela. (only for those with insurance 'seguro de montaña'). Approx. 8kms in 3hrs. Medium dificulty. Leaving at 9.00 from CC Carmen at C/ del Mar. Bring your own food, drink, nuts, confortable shoes and adecuate clothing. Call the tourist info for inscriptions as they are necesary.

Milly ready to go On the night a cheque will be presented to Afghan Heroes, and your entrance ticket automatically enters you into a prize draw to win a lap top. You are asked to arrive promptly at 19.00 and organisers Marion and Bill Bertham, Karen Webb and Rod Goodings are sure it will be a night to remember, and a great cause to support. Several of the founding mothers and soldiers affected by the war in Afhanistan will be attending the event. It was previously reported that Murray Hambro, a soldier who had both his legs amputated after being injured in an explosion, would be at the ball. Sadly, after completing his challenge of walking down the aisle to wed

his now wife Hannah, he is now back in hospital due to severity of his injuries. Throughout surgery and rehabilitation, Afghan Heroes will be by his side supporting him and his family, and this event is just one way you can support soldiers like Murray too. Tickets can be obtained via www.afghanheroes.es or from the following outlets: Quick Save supermarket Pedreguer, Telitec, Fabrix Calpe, Heidi Flowers Jalon, Quo Vadis Javea or Diane 96 647 23 18 and Karen Webb 680 138 931. Coaches from Javea, Moraira and Benitachell have been arranged, to book a seat contact 96 647 23 18, or enjoy a night at the hotel at discounted rates. n.luxford@cbnews.es

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Global Optical Chain chooses Benidorm for Costa Blanca expansion Global optical retailer Specsavers Opticas has chosen Benidorm as the next target of its Spanish expansion, and will open in the town on 16th November 2011. This will be the fourth Specsavers store to open in the Costa Blanca region and the sixth store in Spain. It represents another step in the ambitious expansion plans revealed by leading business newspaper Dossier Empresarial in April 2011. The opening of the Benidorm store gives the Costa Blanca the highest concentration of Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain. Other Specsavers Stores can be found in Calpe, Javea and Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca, Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol and Santa Ponça in Mallorca. Business Development Manager José Ángel MoralTajadura explains why Benidorm has been chosen for the next phase of the brand's expansion; "Benidorm has over 120,000 residents with an estimated 13,000 British residents familiar with the Specsavers brand. We are delighted to be able to bring the Specsavers formula of affordable eyewear plus top-notch professional service to Benidorm." The store will be located in c/ de Gambó 2,

visit www.specsavers.es information.

Expanding despite the recession Specsavers Optics announced earlier this year that they will expand across costal Spain. They are currently scouting for top optical entrepreneurs to take up Specsavers Opticas franchise partnerships in more towns across this region, and due to increasing customer volumes a number of stores are recruiting new staff members. Jose Angel explains, "It may seem a strange time to expand, but the Specsavers partnership formula has proven successful even in recessionary times. In today's economic climate, consumers want top quality eye care at affordable prices."

About Specsavers Specsavers is a family-run business with more than

1,500 stores in the U.K., Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. They have earned a reputation as a "consumer champion" in ten countries, offering customers clearly priced, affordable eyewear plus top-notch professional service. Specsavers was founded by husband-andwife opticians Doug and Mary Perkins in 1984, and remains at its core a familyrun business today. The Perkins' vision is "to passionately provide best value eye care to everyone, simply, clearly and consistently, exceeding customer expectations every time". The company has grown into the world's largest privately-owned optical group with an annual turnover of more than a billion €.


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Concurso de bandas locales en la Volvo. Dentro del programa lúdico en paralelo a la competición de vela, los grupos alicantinos pueden ofrecer sus repertorios, y los ganadores editarán tres canciones en

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El peatón tendrá que ceder el paso al TRAM y las bicis El Ayuntamiento desestima las alegaciones para separar el carril-bici de las aceras en la nueva ordenanza. Se descarta la tarjeta de aparcamiento para residentes J. L. RODRIGO jlrodrigo@20minutos.es / twitter: @20m

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Como norma general, las bicicletas y el TRAM tendrán prioridad sobre los peatones en sus vías de paso, tanto los carriles–bici como las vías del tranvía. Incluso cuando no haya señalizaciones. Es la principal novedad de la nueva ordenanza municipal de circulación de peatones y vehículos, que actualiza la anterior de 2005 con la incorporación de estos dos medios de transporte. El TRAM no funcionaba entonces y el carril–bici era prácticamente inexistente en el casco urbano alicantino.

A ambos se les da preferencia frente al coche particular y se los considera «complementarios», según explicó ayer la portavoz del equipo de Gobierno local, Marta García Romeu (PP). Aparcar, todos iguales Han quedado desestimadas la mayor parte de las alegaciones de la Plataforma Comarcal por la Movilidad Sostenible (PCM) y el PSOE, y todas las presentadas por la Asociación deVecinos de Carolinas Altas–Bola de Oro y Esquerra Unida. En el caso de estos dos últimos, habían solicitado que se segregaran las vías para los ci-

345 plazas en el ‘parking’ P. Esplá El proyecto de aparcamiento subterráneo de la calle Padre Esplá también vio ayer la luz verde con un presupuesto de 4,5 millones de euros y 345 plazas, un centenar más de lo previsto. El Ayuntamiento desestimó las alegaciones de Esquerra Unida y Rogelio González a título particular (es portavoz de la PCM) sobre esta capacidad ampliada, argumentando el volumen de población de la zona, 17.000 vecinos.

clistas y las aceras y pasos peatonales y se colocara protección de separación entre ellos.

El único matiz ahí será ver si la línea que delimita el carril–bici dentro de la acera es discontinua: ahí sí podrá cruzar la peatón con prioridad. También suscitó cierta polémica el anuncio de que las bicis podrán circular por los parques públicos, aunque sin prioridad. Eso se mantiene. En verano, la Policía empezó a amonestar sin multar a ciclistas al transitar por los paseos del Postiguet y Playa San Juan. Harán allí carril–bici. Y se ha descartado la tarjeta de residentes para aparcar en zonas de acceso restringido al tráfico de futura creación, como ahora el Casco Antiguo. Sería «favoritismo».

LOS PADRES DE LOS ALUMNOS VAN AL CAMPUS

‘La prima cosa bella’. La experiencia de un niño que ve cómo a su madre la eligen la más bella y su vida se frivoliza. En versión original. Yelmo Cines 3D Puerta de Ali-

SEGUNDOS Hallan un kilo de cocaína y otro de hachís en una vivienda de San Gabriel La Policía Nacional de Alicante ha detenido a una pareja de 19 y 35 años por un presunto delito de tráfico de drogas tras intervenir en su domicilio un kilo de cocaína y otro kilo de hachís, según fuentes de la Comisaría Provincial. Además de la droga, los agentes se han incautado de tres pistolas simuladas, una balanza de precisión, útiles para la manipulación de la drogaydiversadocumentación. Alparecer,vendíanlassustancias estupefacientes directamente a drogodependientes que acudían al domicilio, en el barrio de San Gabriel, o en locales de ocio cercanos.

MAQUILLAJE GRATIS Y SOLIDARIO

La Universidad de Alicante ha organizado un acto de bienvenida para padres y familiares de los nuevos alumnos y alumnas. El rector y otras autoridades académicas los recibieron en el Paraninfo y a continuación realizaron una visita guiada por el campus (foto). Para algunos fue un reencuentro con sus años mozos de estudiante. FOTO: U. A.

Con maquillaje gratis (foto), música en vivo y revisiones de la vista, Specsavers Ópticas en Xàbia celebró hace unos días una jornada de puertas abiertas solidaria para recaudar fondos para Cáritas y donar gafas. FOTO: S. Ó.

La huelga dejará el hospital sin limpieza de habitaciones Los servicios mínimos en la huelga indefinida de limpieza del Hospital General de Alicante, convocada por los sindicatos a partir del próximo jueves, cubrirán las necesidades de los quirófanos, pero no contemplan la asistencia a las habitaciones de los pacientes ni los pasillos.

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Investigan la profanación de cuatro nichos y el robo de un cráneo en Elda Los encontró un empleado del cementerio. La Policía Nacional ha abierto una investigación para esclarecer las circunstancias de la profanación de cuatro nichos y del robo de un cráneo en la no-

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che del sábado al domingo en el nuevo cementerio Virgen de los Dolores, en Elda. Un trabajador del camposanto halló los cuatro nichos abiertos y se percató de que en uno de ellos faltaba una

parte de los restos humanos, en concreto un cráneo, según fuentes policiales. El empleado se topó con los resultados de ese macabro asalto cuando se incorporaba a su lugar de trabajo, entre las

siete y las ocho de la mañana del domingo, y avisó luego a la Policía Nacional, que acudió al lugar para comprobar la situación e iniciar las indagaciones correspondientes. De momento las pesquisas siguen abiertas y los investigadores no descartan ninguna hipótesis como posible causa de este misterioso y poco usual suceso.

Un 10% de todas las terrazas de España La Comunitat Valenciana alberga más del 10% de las terrazas hosteleras de España (entre 10.000 y 15.000), un sector que a nivel nacional representa el 1,5% del PIB, según datos facilitados ayer en

la jornada El papel de las terrazas en la hostelería actual, celebrada en la Cámara de Comercio de Alicante. Su número se ha disparado un 39% por la Ley Antitabaco.

El Palacio Salvetti perderá una fachada La construcción en un solar colindante dejará al Palacio Salvetti sin una de sus tres fachadas. El dueño de ambas fincas tiene licencia de obras desde enero de 2010 y técnicamente la pared situada entre las dos se considera «medianera», no fachada. Por eso se le autoriza a una «renovación total», pese a ser edificio protegido. EU presentará una denuncia en contra de la actuación.


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Sudden death How is it possible and can it be prevented? Cause: In people over the age of 40 it is almost always due to the narrowing of one of the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood to the heart). At rest or in moderate exertion, sufficient blood can pass through an artery that is 70% blocked, without problems. However, especially during a sudden exsessive exertion, the blood supply to the heart can be insufficient. This can cause a heart attack, and this in turn can cause a rhythm disturbance called ventricular fibrillation, which stops the heart. Sometimes, reanimation to restore the normal heart beat can be effective. Another cause of sudden death is the sudden rupture of a widening of the big artery in the stomach: an aneurysm. Think of it as a weak spot in the tyre of a bike, which suddenly bursts.

Are there problems before the event? Not necessarily, or they are not very severe: ■ The classic signs of chest pain or heavy sensation in the chest when for instance walk-

ing uphill or up a flight of stairs , are not present in everyone. ■ Shortness of breath or weakness on exertion can be present ■ Also, slowly increasing tiredness, and the feeling that you can sleep the whole day, could be due to insufficient supply of blood to the heart muscle ■ A stomach-ache as sign of a widening of the artery in the stomach is seldom there.

Who is running a risk? ■ A very serious risk factor is if there is a history of heart attacks in your family at an early age. ■ A previous heart attack, coronary artery bypass grafting, or PTCA with or without stent. Other diseases which predispose you for a heart attack: ■ diabetes ■ high blood pressure ■ high cholesterol or high homocysteine ■ obesity ■ sedentary lifestyle ■ and especially smoking When several risk factors are present at the same time, the risk for a heart attack increases.

DENTISTS

When should you see your GP or cardiologist? When the complaints mentioned earlier or risk factors are present. These days more and more people choose preventive screening. This is the reason why since 2000 the number of heart attacks in the USA has dropped by almost a third. The situation is similar for preventive screening for breast, uterus and prostate cancer. If you had a pervious heart attack, PTCA or bypass surgery, a yearly extensive check is mandatory.

What investigations are needed to prevent sudden death? ■ ECG. A normal ECG at rest is not a garantee that all is well ■ A stress test is necessary to see what happens with the ECG, the bloodpressure and possible complaints during exertion. ■ An echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound) is necessary to see if the pumpfunction of the heart muscle, the valves and pressures in the heart are normal.

■ Echo of the carotid arteries (arteries in your neck). The interior lining of this artery has a strong predictive value for the chances of a heart attack or stroke. ■ Echo of the abdominal aorta: an aneurysm of the artery can be seen directly.

In adolescents Symptoms: there can be complaints of not feeling well on exertion, or dizzyness or palpitations. With the additional strain and effort that can occur during a sports match, this can be just too much. Causes: in most cases it is due to an abnormal heart muscle that is too thick on one side

and prevents the flow out of the heart on peak exertion. It can run in the family. In this case an ECG can show the way, but it should be evaluated by a cardiologist. A physical examination by a GP or paediatrician mostly is normal. When an abnormal ECG is found, an echocardiogram should be performed which will confirm the diagnosis. A recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine urged an ECG to be performed on every adolescent who is going to start sports. In Italy this has been mandatory since ’82, and the number of sudden death while

taking part in sports has declined by 90%.

When to see the doctor When there are any complaints during exertion. I am a strong advocate of the Italian law to check every adolescent. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, please use my free telephone service between 09.15 and 09.45 Monday through Friday on 679 92 83 83. E.W. van den Toren, MD. PhD, FCCP, FESC, Cardiologist

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Specsavers Opticas Javea Open Day to Support Caritas Specsavers Opticas in Javea will mark World Sight Day and its recent store re-vamp with a fun packed open day on 15th October 2011 while supporting local charity, Caritas. Everyone is invited to the Javea store from 10am onwards for drinks, snacks, makeovers and live music from the band, GBU. A raffle will be held to benefit Caritas. Also, eye tests booked in person at the store on 15th October (for a future date in 2011) will be free. With World Sight Day on 13th October, trying to reduce cases of avoidable blindness, Specsavers Opticas in Javea want to use this occasion to bring awareness to eye health for all ages, and to offer free advice while making it a fun event for families to attend. The day’s events include free hair and beauty makeovers for visitors so they can feel and look amazing while trying on glasses from the new designer ranges such as Benetton and Karen Millen. Optical experts will be on hand to give free style advice, and help visitors chose the best frames for them. There will then be a ‘Spectacle wearer of the day’ competition with the

winner keeping their chosen pair of glasses. Caritas is an inspiring charity which focuses its activities on issues relating to poverty, social exclusion and inequality throughout Europe. They have helped thousands of families, and continue to be a big support to the local community. Specsavers Opticas want to show their support to the charity by raising as much as they can for them on the day through the

raffle, donation tins and tips from the makeovers. Two local schools have been given the opportunity to be involved with the Open Day, and 10 lucky children will win a free eye examination and a pair of glasses up to the value of €100. If you would like more information on the Open Day, or to book an eye test visit www.specsavers.es or call 966 463 420.


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Open Day to Support Caritas by Patricia Thompson SPECSAVERS OPTICAS in Javea will mark World Sight Day and its recent store re-vamp with a fun packed open day on 15th October 2011 while supporting local charity, Caritas. Everyone is invited to the Javea store from 10am onwards for drinks, snacks, makeovers and live music from the band, GBU. A raffle will be held to benefit Caritas. Also, eye tests booked in person at the store on 15th October (for a future date in 2011) will be free. With World Sight Day on 13th October, trying to reduce cases of avoidable blindness, Specsavers Opticas in Javea want to use this occasion to bring awareness to eye health for all ages, and to offer free advice while making it a fun event for families to attend. The day’s events include free hair and beauty make-

while trying on glasses from the new designer ranges such as Benetton and Karen Millen. Optical experts will be on hand to give free style advice, and help visitors chose the best frames for them. There will then be a ‘Spectacle wearer of the day’ competition with the winner keeping their chosen pair of glasses. Caritas is an inspiring charity which focuses its activities on issues relating to poverty, social exclusion and inequality throughout Europe. They have helped thousands of families, and continue to be a big support to the local community. Specsavers Opticas want to show their support to the charity by raising as much as they can for them on the day through the raffle, donation tins and tips from the makeovers. Two local schools have been given the opportunity to be involved with the Open Day, and ten lucky children will win a free eye examination and a pair of glasses up to the value of €100. If you would like more information on the Open Day, or to book an eye test visit www.specsavers.es or call 96 646 3420.

Another great fundraiser for MABS Cancer Support Group

overs for visitors so they can feel and look amazing

FEEDBACK FROM the sell-out Cameo production staged at El Cid Restaurant in Benidoleig on Saturday 8th October included comments such as: “The best value for money evening out I’ve had in ages,” and “…absolutely fabulous: well-presented, well-rehearsed... a really good evening. Well done!” The evening began with an excellent meal and at 9pm Cameo’s ‘Rollercoaster of Love’ provided entertainment to an enthusiastic audience. MABS would like to say thank you to Cameo for making MABS their chosen charity and to all of the players who made the evening so special. Cameo’s next show, also in support of MABS, is at Inn on the Green (Javea Bowls Club) on Saturday, 29th October 2011: tickets at 15€ include a twocourse meal with wine and the show, reserved by calling the Cameo Box Office: 656 483 645 (open Monday to Friday: 10am to 2pm).

Breast Cancer Awareness Day THE FIGHT against breast cancer continues on the Promenade of Villa Joyosa on Saturday. ‘Anemone’ (a self-help group for women with breast cancer and their families), in collaboration with the Department of Health, has organised during the month of October a series of events to commemorate International Breast Cancer Day (19th October). Next Saturday (15th October) opens the programme of events with the Reading of the manifesto for Breast Cancer Memorial Day by the Councillor for Health, Beatriz Llinares, on the Paseo Marítimo. La Vila is to host other events commemorating the International Day for Breast Cancer. Anemone ‘information tables’ are in the Marina Baixa Hospital (Tuesday, 18th October

from 9.30am) and in Mercat Friday, 21st October from 9.30am. Health Councillor of the Consistory Viler, Beatriz Llinares, explained that: “The goal of the many activities organised by Anemone is to demonstrate the work of the association and also provide more information on Breast Cancer. Moreover, some of the planned activities are also designed to raise funds for the fulfillment of important

goals and the daily life of the association.” The programme will close on Sunday 30th October (Sunday) with a meal at the Beach Hotel Allon Centre, from 2pm. ANEMONE ACTIVITIES On Sunday 16th October various district associations will to hold a solidarity march in Benidorm (entry will be 6€ via the headquarters of Anemone La Vila). The march, about 12km, starts at 9am from the city. Also from the city of Benidorm, International Breast Cancer Day Breast Cancer will bring together representatives of the various municipalities of Marina Baixa to read the Manifesto memorial. Health Councillor of the Consistory Viler, Beatriz Llinares, will be participating. Registration for the various activities will take place at the headquarters of the Association Villajoyosa Anemone (C / Ciudad de Castellón, No. 8) from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. for more information, please call 650 480 839.


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San Javier Golf Society The overall winner was Joan Williams, who is back with a vengeance. In second place was Les Doherty with 13 pts (31-18) and third went to a count back giving George Stein the place with 14 pts. (37-23). Our nearest the pin winners on the day were: hole 5 Paul Richards, hole 8 Paul Matthews, hole 11 Bob Gallard and hole 13 Mick Hardy. 2nd place man Les Doherty also took the 2s pot

of 44€ which was on the always difficult 7th island green hole. The Society's next game is on October 19 at Alicante San Juan. A coach has been ar-

ranged but places are limited so get your names to Paul Matthews asap. For more info on the society go to www.sanjavier golfsociety.co.uk

Darren Smith Memorial Trophy

Arsenal CB supporters

On October 22 there will be a Charity Golf Tournament at Sierra Golf, The Darren Smith Memorial Trophy. Darren was a spinabifida sufferer who died at 19 in the UK. His parents Ray and Trish Smith, now living in Spain, have taken up golf t and thought they would like to do something for a local charity in keeping with Darren's illness. The Darren Smith Memorial Golf Tourna-

Arsenal Costa Blanca Supporters Club meet at Cheers Bar, Jávea Port, opposite the Hotel Miramar, under the archway. All matches screened live. New and Old members welcome. The next match is against Sunderland, Sunday 16 October at 14.30. Further information at arsenalcostab lanca@gmail.com or see our facebook page.

ment will be played in aid of AIDEMAR, San Javier. Aidemar provide special needs education to children and young adults in the San Javier area and would very welcome a donation to assist with the wonderful work they do. The competition will be a 2 Ball Texas Scramble and entries can be made to Bob.Gal lard@gmail.com or direct to Sierra Golf on 968 018 257.

Pego Golf Society Oliva Nova October 4 Cool, overcast conditions greeted our 39 members and two guests (Ken Henderson and Jim Brett) The Oliva Nova course was in good condition and the greens are fast improving. In the Summer Knockout quarter final match between Martin Gates and Johnnie Nicol, the latter finally succumbed to the impressive Martin on the 15th. In the other quarter final Dave Collins beat Danny Herron by 3 & 2. There were four 2s this week and a meagre total of 91 Balls in the Water. Category 1: 1. Stevie Patton with 34 stableford points, 2.

UNiKE Golf Society (Members of Las Colinas G & CC) . Hidden Partners - October 6 We welcomed two new members Olga & Alan Douglas. Tony McGlade also had a guest, Lasse Hogstrum and it was nice to have Graham Cox back from Qatar. At long last Saundra Buckley was playing too - nice to have some more glamour! Overall Winner: Jonny Wiik, 37 points.

Dave Collins with 33 points. Category 2: 1. Barry Levett with 33 points, 2. Malcolm Cannon with 31 points. Category 3: 1. Paul Singh with 32 points, 2. Tony Jerman with 30 points The Nearest the Pin prizes were won on the 3rd by Tony Jerman and on the 16th by

ITMA Stevie Patton Stevie Patton congratulated all members of our Costa Blanca League team on not losing a game in their recent match against the Hole 19 team and in running out winners by 8 points to 2. More info: pegogolfsociety.net.

1st Hidden Pair: Jan Johnson & Mike Pickard, Total points 66; 2nd Hidden Pair: Jonny Wiik & Bill Mackay, Total points 63. 2s Competition: John Clayton (7th Hole), Olga Douglas & Ray Longhurst (10th Hole). Next game Wednesday October 12 - Texas Scramble, afternoon tee off.

Greenlands GS A crisp morning and 27 players competed for the Medalford Battiste Trophy. NTPs went to Frank Stanhope on 3rd and Ian Henderson on 8th. Ladies prize went to Lyn Young with 17 on count back. A tie for third and second with 11, so on count back we saw Ian Henderson take third and Benny Jorgensen second. In first place was Robert Ford, with a score of 7. Competitions every Tuesday morning, starting 9.30am; anyone wishing to play must have registered by 2pm Monday. For further details please phone 965 971 681.

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Specsavers Opticas Javea Open Day to Support Caritas Specsavers Opticas in Javea will mark World Sight Day and its recent store re-vamp with a fun packed open day on 15th October 2011 while supporting local charity, Caritas. Everyone is invited to the Javea store from 10am onwards for drinks, snacks, makeovers and live music from the band, GBU. A raffle will be held to benefit Caritas. Also, eye tests booked in person at the store on 15th October (for a future date in 2011) will be free. With World Sight Day on 13th October, trying to reduce cases of avoidable blindness, Specsavers Opticas in Javea want to use this occasion to bring awareness to eye health for all ages, and to offer free advice while making it a fun event for families to attend. The day’s events include free hair and beauty makeovers for visitors so they can feel and look amazing while trying on glasses from the new designer ranges such as Benetton and Karen Millen. Optical experts will be on hand to give free style advice, and help visitors chose the best frames for them. There will then be a ‘Spectacle wearer of the day’ competition with the

winner keeping their chosen pair of glasses. Caritas is an inspiring charity which focuses its activities on issues relating to poverty, social exclusion and inequality throughout Europe. They have helped thousands of families, and continue to be a big support to the local community. Specsavers Opticas want to show their support to the charity by raising as much as they can for them on the day through the

raffle, donation tins and tips from the makeovers. Two local schools have been given the opportunity to be involved with the Open Day, and 10 lucky children will win a free eye examination and a pair of glasses up to the value of €100. If you would like more information on the Open Day, or to book an eye test visit www.specsavers.es or call 966 463 420.

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October 5, 2011

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Optical stores creating more jobs in Spain Despite the economic slowdown in Spain, there are some sectors and businesses which are able to buck the trend and create positive employment opportunities for now and the future. The optical sector has seen growth from chains and optical groups which is creating employment throughout the country. One optician who has been expanding recently and creating new jobs is Specsavers Opticas. After a successful year and an increase in Spanish customers, they are able to employ new staff and are even expanding to other parts of coastal Spain and the Balearics. This new employment will give a boost to the areas they are located in and offer young people opportunities to enter into a good profession for the future. Specsavers Opticas are now recruiting for two Optical Assistants for their Jávea and Calpe stores. The ideal candidates will have excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, maths skills and be fluent in at least English & Spanish. Optical experience is an advantage, but training will be given. Louise Stone, Store Director from the Jávea store, thinks the optical sector is a great profession to get into with plenty of opportunities for career progression. "The benefit of joining a worldwide optical chain such as Specsavers is that you have the opportunity to move up in your career, and even travel to different countries to work in different stores. There are also many different jobs within the optical sector so there are lots of options to

Miss Victory

choose from." Specsavers reveals why they think they have been so successful when many other businesses are struggling and shutting down. "Traditionally, in tough economic times, we do well because we provide very good quality products and services at low cost. People have less money to spend, yet they still want the same high quality. "With the new designer ranges coming into the stores, customers can choose from an even wider selection of frames at low prices, and still receive the same great service. "We are pleased the model is working in Spain and allowing us to generate employment whilst other businesses close," says Store Director Louise. Specsavers currently have four stores in Spain as well as one in Mallorca, and are planning to expand further. The expansion will create more jobs, and their training programs will ensure that their staff are equipped with optical skills and experience which will set them up for a positive, professional future even in these difficult times. For more information or to apply for work at Specsavers Opticas, Jávea or Calpe store, please email your CV to dir.calpe@st.uk.specsavers. com

A couple of weeks ago, there was a story about Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis and the 284 feet tall Soldiers and Sailors monument. Earlier last spring, the statue at the top, known as Miss Victory, had been removed from the structure to be cleaned and repaired and now the 38-foot bronze icon of downtown was ready to be put back on top of the monument. However, the city fathers and mothers had decided the statue should be on display for a day before the move. I immediately thought it would be a good idea to go downtown and get a picture. Naturally I didn't make it. When I went to Mooresville to get the car gassed up, the energy gods must have been having a bad day because gas prices were up. The cost of the fuel it would take to get to Indianapolis didn't warrant making a trip just too take a picture. So I didn't go. A couple of days later, Susie and I had to go to the city and on our way up there the guy on the radio happened to mention that the statue was still not back where she belongs due to the weather. "Did you hear that, Susie?" I asked. "We can still get a picture of Miss Victory." "I wasn't aware we wanted one." "I wanted to get one for my weblog but I didn't get it done." "You mean like all those projects at home you started and never finished??" "Not exactly," I muttered. I love being married. Otherwise, I doubt that I'd ever get anything finished without someone to remind me. I have been so blessed. When we finished our business on the south side of India-

napolis, it was still too early to get a picture. My plan was to wait until after six o'clock when downtown parking is free but that didn't happen. First of all, Indianapolis is a very downtown-oriented city and there were a lot of things going on in the downtown area which meant there were people everywhere including a hundred or so who had the same idea I had. This meant no parking spaces even close to Monument circle. I finally found one a few blocks away and discovered that free parking after six doesn't exist anymore. The meters now want money until nine o'clock. Being somewhat of a skinflint, I resented that change. In addition, since I was last in the city, a slick new electronic meter system has been put in place. That explained the additional paid parking hours. Someone has to pay for the slick new system. There are no individual meters anymore. Each city block has a collection point where you actually go to put money in what resembles an ATM. Of course, you need to know your parking spot number, which I didn't, so I trudged back to the car and found the number; 7003. When I got back to the device, I tried to give it my credit card but it just blinked when I put it in the slot and said something about an invalid transaction. We searched through the car, found a dollar's worth of coins and fed that to the contrivance. The thing took my dollar but again told me the transaction was invalid and gave me back ninety cents. Even though I consider myself to be pretty savvy with electronic gadgets, this one had me stumped. I was afraid that

maybe my age had completely caused technology to finally pass me by. But just then an intelligent looking young lady came up and started fiddling with the device. She could not make it work either. "Let's just go," Susie said. "They can't give us a ticket if the thing doesn't work. " "Susie, Susie, Susie, you are so naïve. The authorities don't give a fig whether that machine is working or not. They want to give me a ticket." "Don't be so negative. It will be okay." I wanted to believe her but I also knew I would get a parking ticket regardless of her faith in the system. I had no idea what the fine would be but, given the state of the economy, I figured it would be hefty and I also knew there would be no ex-

plaining the situation to a Judge. "Honest to God, Judge. This electronic contraption wasn't working. It just of blinked at me and said something I didn't understand." "Sure it did, old man. That's what they all say. That'll be a hundred dollars." "But Judge, I'm innocent. " "Next case, please." That mental picture convinced me to move the car and to record this story for my readers. I wanted a picture to accompany the story but, instead of a well-composed portrait , I was forced to drive around the monument at five miles an hour and let go of the steering wheel just long enough to snap two pictures from the car window, causing me to nearly hit a lady who steeped out in the street to get her own picture. I'm telling you, the things I do to get my name in the paper.


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They report on their website that close ALMOST 100 per cent of people asked, know the importance of protecting their to 80 per cent of the 12 million sunglasses eyes from the sun, but not all of these sold in Spain during 2005 haven’t passed any quality control. people wear suitable sunglasses to They say: “It is fundamental protect their eyes from damage. to use lenses with special According to the survey filters that fit the following conducted by Specsavers Opticas criteria: stop dangerous in the Costas and Mallorca - visit solar radiation reaching www.specsavers.es - at least 40 your eyes, like infrared per cent of people aged 18-34 and ultraviolet, and wear sunglasses for fashion reduce the intensity of purposes as well as protection. the visible radiation However, not all sunglasses to remove glare and provide sufficient protection have a clear and from damaging UV rays. comfortable vision. Even out of the summer Only sunglasses months, the Spanish sunshine is bought in optical strong and can damage your eyes stores with advice without the right protection. and prescription of an Make sure that you continue to optician or wear your sunglasses on any optometrist can sunny day, no matter what the guarantee the quality time of year. To ensure adequate 80% of the 12 million sun protection, choose sunglasses sunglasses sold in Spain of the filters and the that meet industry standards and in 2005 did not pass any eye health of the user.” carry the ‘CE’ mark which indicates quality control tests. Specsavers Opticas these shades have met the advise that when necessary requirements for the looking for sunglasses, customers should European market. The National College of Opticians and check the UV rating and choose a Optometrists in Spain (CNOO) have been style which offers the maximum to avoid stray light campaigning for years on the importance coverage of protecting your eyes from the damaging entering the eyes through the top or sides. effects of the sun.

Raising awareness of breast cancer OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is an annual international health campaign that aims to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. It is also an opportunity to remind women of the importance of early detection. Education and screening programmes are essential to improve cancer mortality via early detection, WHO has suggested. One in eight women who live beyond age 70 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. This number decreases with less

age so that women in their 60s have a one in 26 chance, in their 50s a one in 37 chance, 40s one in 69, 30s one in 229 and 20s one in 2,000 chance of getting breast cancer, according to figures from the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts and Figures. In 2010, nearly 1.5 million people were told they had breast cancer worldwide. Despite this high incident rate, in Western countries 89 per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are still alive five years after their diagnosis thanks to detection and treatment, according to a study in 2008.


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The coalition is pushing through a radical austerity programme that will cut government spending in many departments by a fifth. PHOTO: REUTERS

Britons gloomy on economy b The Conservatives’ poll ratings have proved resilient despite the faltering economy... London.—Britons remain gloomy about their financial prospects but the Conservative Party is seen as having the best policies to manage a struggling economy, the latest Reuters/Ipsos MORI monthly poll showed. Labour remained the most popular party, but its support had slipped to its lowest level since last October. Labour leader Ed Miliband’s personal ratings were the lowest since he became party leader last September, falling back after he made a strong impression during a phonehacking scandal. Britain has been ruled by a Conser vative-Liberal Democrat coalition since May 2010 and a national election is not due until 2015. However, the main parties will hold their annual conferences in the coming three weeks and their leaders will be looking closely at the opinion polls to gauge the national mood before they face the party faithful. Thirty-three percent of those polled thought the Conservatives had the best policies for the economy, against 23 percent who backed Labour and eight percent for the Lib Dems.

The coalition is pushing through a radical austerity programme that will cut government spending in many departments by a fifth. With inflation outstripping wage rises and unemployment rising, 52 percent thought that the economic condition of the country would get worse over the next year, and only a fifth forecast an improvement. The Conservatives’ poll ratings have proved resilient despite the faltering economy and the worst rioting in generations that shook English cities last month. Among those certain to vote, support for the Conservatives was at 35 percent, effectively unchanged from last month. Labour stood on 37 percent, down 3 points, while the Lib Dems languished on 13 percent. Support for the Lib Dems has fallen by around 10 points since the last election, with supporters angry that the party dropped policies like its opposition to higher student tuition fees when it entered government. The Lib Dems hold their annual party conference in Birmingham from Saturday.

Party leader Nick Clegg divides his own party supporters, with 50 percent of Lib Dems satisfied with his performance but 43 percent dissatisfied. Among the public at large, 47 percent said they were dissatisfied with the way Labour leader Miliband was doing his job, while only 31 percent were satisfied. Miliband became Labour leader last September, pipping his brother David to the post but has so far struggled to make much of an impact. He won plaudits earlier this year for his robust response to a phone-hacking scandal centred on Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper, but needs to build on that with a strong performance at his party conference at the end of September. One crumb of comfort for Miliband might be that more than half of those polled were dissatisfied with Prime Minister David Cameron’s performance. Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 1,008 adults aged 18+ across Great Britain. Interviews were conducted by telephone 10-12 September 2011. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

EDUCATION

BILLS TO RISE

Gove queries schools’ ratings

EDF Energy to put up gas prices

● Education Secretary Michael Gove has suggested some schools judged to be “outstanding” do not deserve the accolade. Schools are rated in various categories and are then given an overall ranking.

● EDF Energy is to raise gas prices by 15.4% and electricity prices by 4.5% the company has announced. It is the last of the “big six” energy companies to announce increases in prices for domestic customers.

HEALTH

SAFETY FEARS

Big drop in child mortality

Miners trapped in Swansea

● The number of children under five who die each year has plummeted from 12 million in 1990, to 7.6 million last year, the UN says. The reasons for the change include better access to care and immunisation, the report says.

● A rescue operation is under way after four men became trapped in a drift mine in the Swansea Valley. They are stuck in a ventilation shaft at the Gleision Colliery, near Cilybebyll, Pontardawe.


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Big Fish Rock Choir The only thing better than singing... is more singing! Big Fish Rock Choir is a new concept to hit the Costa Blanca. A contemporary choir for all those who love to sing. From the company that brought you Blood Brothers comes a weekly choir session for teenagers and adults of all ages with one main aim ... the joy of singing together. The choir will sing wellknown songs from rock, pop, gospel and swing genres in 3 and 4 part harmonies. Men and women from all walks of life are welcome to join with no requirement to audition or read music. The choir will be run by experienced choral director Suzanne Millington and professional singer Adam King, ably assisted by professional musicians and performers

from the Big Fish Team. Suzanne has over 20 years experience of vocal coaching and leading children's choirs which have travelled all over Europe. Adam needs no introduction as he has been entertaining audiences all over the Costa Blanca both as a solo artist and with the band Strikland since arriving in Spain six years ago. All choir members will learn valuable singing technique in a fun-filled environment and singers of any level will benefit from the chance to sing in harmony, learning to follow music and improve their sound. Big Fish Rock Choir will be running a free taster session for the choir, singing songs in harmony from Coldplay, Michael Buble, Jackson 5 and Glee favourites on September 12 from 7-9pm at Grand Cafe Jávea. Come along and give it a try... you will be amazed how quickly the sound will come together and how great you will feel when you leave. For more information call 662 515 628 or email choir@ bigfishentertainment.biz or visit our website www.bigfishen tertainment.biz and click on the Big Fish Rock Choir link.

UFO and World Mysteries Discussion Group The next meeting will be on Friday September 2, 10 for 10.30am, when a video will be shown on part of a very interesting conference on The Comet Elenin. This is already in our solar system and will solar align on September 11. There are six speakers including Richard Hoglealand, Keith Fisher and Kerry Cassidy. A small fee of €5 will be charged for non-members who will be very welcome (€4 for members). Venue: Social Club and Bar, Javea Old Town. Forthcoming meeting Friday October 7. Mike Glazier will be giving a talk on the Planets. Everyone welcome.

The Spiritualist Church, Quesada Meets at Sociedad Compas, 14 Calle de Toledo, Quesada. We hold a Sunday Service at 11.30am, a Tuesday Evening of Mediumship at 7.30pm. And every Thursday there is an Open Circle where you can develop your skills commencing at 7.30pm. Spiritual healing is available every Sunday and Tuesday after the service. Unfortunately, we are now closed for the summer until Sunday, September 4 with Gail Ross from the UK, on September 4 & 6. Everybody welcome. Contact Wendy on 965 323 028.

August 31, 2011

Wearing unsuitable sunglasses can cause more damage than wearing none at all - Advertorial This summer, Specsavers Opticas in Spain have conducted a survey about protecting the eyes from the sun, and with some interesting results. Almost 100% of people asked know the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun, but not all of these people wear suitable sunglasses to protect their eyes from damage. According to the survey conducted in the Costas and Mallorca, at least 40% of people aged 18-34 wear sunglasses for fashion purposes as well as protection. However, not all sunglasses provide sufficient protection from damaging UV rays.

To ensure adequate sun protection, choose sunglasses that meet industry standards and carry the 'CE' mark which indicates these shades have met the necessary requirements for the European market. The National College of Opticians and Optometrists in

Spain (CNOO) have been campaigning for years on the importance of protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. They report on their website that close to 80% of the 12 million sun glasses sold in Spain during 2005 haven't passed any quality control. They say "It is fundamental to use lenses with special filters that fit the following criteria: stop dangerous solar radiation reaching your eyes, like infrared and ultraviolet, and reduce the intensity of the visible radiation to remove glare and have a clear and comfortable vision. Only sun glasses bought in optical stores with advice and prescription of an optician or optometrist can guarantee the quality of the filters and the eye health of the user." Choosing the right sunglasses Specsavers Opticas advise that when looking for sunglasses, customers should check the UV rating and choose a style which offers the maximum coverage to avoid stray light entering the eyes through the top or sides. Lens colour is not an indication of protection, yet neither is price. Wearing sunglasses that do not meet the European industry standard protection of UV380 rating, especially dark lens glasses, is more damaging to the eyes than not wearing any at all. Dark lenses make the pupil dilate; therefore letting in more harmful rays than if you

weren't wearing them, because without the glasses the eyes would naturally squint to keep the rays out. Without the sufficient UV protection, they are nothing more than fashion spectacles. For those aged 18-34, it takes just five hours per day of exposure to sunlight on the eyes to double the chances of developing early age related eye problems. People with lighter coloured eyes will be even more sensitive to this. This makes it all the more important to be able to combine fashionable designs with high UV protection. To make protecting your eyes more affordable this summer, Specsavers is offering a free UV and sun tint on your second pair of glasses when you purchase from the 75€ ranges. There are Specsavers Opticas stores in Fuengirola, Calpe, Javea, Torrevieja and Santa Ponça, Mallorca. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.

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Wearing unsuitable sunglasses can cause more damage than wearing none at all This summer, Specsavers Opticas in Spain have conducted a survey about protecting the eyes from the sun, and with some interesting results. Almost 100% of people asked know the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun, but not all of these people wear suitable sunglasses to protect their eyes from damage. According to the survey conducted in the Costas and Mallorca, at least 40% of people aged 18-34 wear sunglasses for fashion purposes as well as protection. However, not all sunglasses provide sufficient protection from damaging UV rays. To ensure adequate sun protection, choose sunglasses that meet industry standards and carry the ‘CE’ mark which indicates these shades have met the necessary requirements for the European market.

The National College of Opticians and Optometrists in Spain (CNOO) have been campaigning for years on the importance of protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. They report on their website that close to 80% of the 12 million sun glasses sold in Spain during 2005 haven’t passed any quality control. They say “It is fundamental to use lenses with special filters that fit the following criteria: stop dangerous solar radiation reaching your eyes, like infrared and ultraviolet, and reduce the intensity of the visible radiation to remove glare and have a clear and comfortable vision. Only sun glasses bought in optical stores with advice and prescription of an optician or optometrist can guarantee the quality of the filters and the eye health of the user.”

Do you want a job in the Benidorm area? If you do then come down the The Shamrock Bar in Benidorm on 2nd September between 12 and 3pm for an informal interview and a drink! The job includes a guaranteed basic and excellent commision rates! For your chance to earn an un-capped wage call Kris on 697 554 459 for more details on this fantastic opportunity!


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COSTA NEWS, August 26-September 1, 2011 our Customers that our Shop at 183 Avenida Mediterráneo is open every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday during the month of August. We are delighted to announce that we have recently completed the purchase of the new ambulance for the Teulada Moraira area, which will be operated by the Civil Protection of Teulada. We are hoping that the ambulance will be in operation shortly. Our shop can be found at the top of the Avenida Mediterráneo some 50 meters down from the roundabout. We have a good range of summer clothes at very affordable prices and a greatly improved book section, which will cater for all your summer reading. As always we are looking for more staff to help in the shop and if you think you could spend a morning a week helping us please contact Pat on 96 647 1526 or Marcia 96 551 4154 or call in at the shop when we are open. Our hours of opening are from 10 .00 to 13.00 each morning.

U3A Moraira-Teulada General Meeting will be Monday, September 5. See www.u3amoraira-teulada.org The venue for this meeting is Salon de Banquettes, Avenida Mediterraneo, Teulada,. The doors will open to Members at 09.45 and the meeting will start at 10.30. Members will be able to join Groups and find out about both travel and cultural events. Our speakers for this meeting

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will be members Colin and Sue McNae, they will tell us about their recent adventures in Morocco with their campervan. For further information please contact the U3A President, Ann Colclough on 96 574 7343.

wanted for our charity section. Please ring for dates of the auction and details or to book items in 965 743 292 or 667 074 103.

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Royal British Legion, La Foia Branch:

The Moraira Charity Shop is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, 10.00 - 13.00 and also Thursday evening from 16.00 -19.00 for all your bargains. Until the end of September, also open Tuesday evenings, between 16.00 and 19.00. All donations are gratefully received. If you are unable to bring items to the shop, we are happy to collect within the Moraira area. Please telephone Chris on 666 628 056 or 678 164 697 who will arrange collection.

Ladies Luncheon Club of Moraira Our next lunch is on Thursday September 8 at Restaurant Los Leones, Sol Park, Moraira 12.30-13.00 with a buffet and gentlemen are invited. Please book early as we are restricted to 75, by ringing Pamela/Gordon on 96 649 7098 Latest by 18.00 on Sunday, September 4.

Charity Saturday auctions Jacaranda in Moraira is well known for its charity Saturday auctions every 2 weeks at 13.30 with our auctioneer Mr Bob Gingell. Telephone the Jacaranda to book your items in. Come and change your unwanted goods for cash for yourself. Items always

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New Members welcome from Biar, Castalla Ibi, Tibi and Onil. Now at Pensionista (Casa Cultura in Castalla) every third Monday except for August. For 2011 diary dates see Castalla section.

ORIHUELA COSTA HAH Help at Home (Costa Blanca) HAH Costa Blanca Volunteers and the Committee are pleased to announce that the development of the Charity HAH Costa Blanca is progressing well, we are almost ready to offer a little FREE Help At Home to those in need. Recently Torrevieja Social Services agreed to work with HAH Costa Blanca and have asked for support of HAH volunteers for 2 of their cases until they are able to take over and the care be provided by Spanish social services, this normally takes approximately 6 / 8 weeks. HAH Volunteers are happy to help all nationalities of any age. We have 25 registered volunteers willing to offer their time, helping where needed, fantastic people. 15 live in the Orihuela Costa/La Florida/Villamartin areas.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - GENERAL INFORMATION Visit our Website at www.nhwinspain.com for general crime information and should you be unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime there is a Denuncia Aid in Spanish, English and German.

We desperately need more volunteers of all nationalities from Campoverde, Pilar de la Horadada, Guardamar, Rojales, Los Montesinos, Torrevieja and La Marina to cover the many people who need a little free Help At Home. Should you wish to know how to become a HAH Volunteer, join us any Monday at Athena Greek Restaurant Alameda del Mar, from 14.00 to 16.00 above SuperCor La Mosca CC, or call us on 603 245 020 or 672 991 824 (Directions to Athena Rest. from Torrevieja, on the N-332, past the Go Karts and Lidl, turn off the N-332, left at the mini roundabout). Also see entry under Torrevieja.

PEDREGUER Marina Alta Classic Car Club (MACCC) The Ace Café is the official meeting place of the Marina Alta Classic Car Club. It is held at the Shell petrol station on the N-332, Km 193, near Pedreguer, meeting at 11·00 and anyone who has an interest in cars and would like to have a "nogin and natter" with likeminded people will be welcome. Events: Aug 28: Evening Rally - Tim Horton. Sep 11: Ace Café. Sep 28 to Oct 2: Annual Autumn Rally - Steve & Glenda Adams. Oct 30: Rally Gordon Blythe. Nov 13: Ace Café. Nov 27: Rally - Ross Ord. Dec 11: Ace Café. Dec 17: Xmas Dinner Dance - Steve & Glenda Adams. Anyone curious and needing more information about the Club, please ring Steve Adams (north of Benidorm) - 677 399 144, or Tony Mansell - south of Benidorm - 96 676 0801.

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This summer, Specsavers Opticas in Spain have conducted a survey about protecting the eyes from the sun, and with some interesting results. Almost 100% of people asked know the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun, but not all of these people wear suitable sunglasses to protect their eyes from damage. According to the survey conducted in the Costas and Mallorca, at least 40% of people aged 18-34 wear sunglasses for fashion purposes as well as protection. However, not all sunglasses provide sufficient protection from damaging UV rays.

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PEGO Los Amigos Tennis Club We are a club of friends where everybody plays everybody else and we play every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00 and 13:00, turn up and play as there is no membership fee. Language is not a problem. Residents, semi residents and regular holidaymakers are all welcome. All newcomers are made very welcome. For further information call Fred Moeling on 96 283 9543 / 630 113 123 or email: tennisoliva@gmail.com

QUESADA Chess Club Tuesday afternoons at 14.30 in The Sportsman Bar, Av. Costa Azul (near Canales supermarket) Quesada. Everyone welcome. Contact Yolande by email: sportsmanquesada@gmail.com or phone 659 370 200 if you need directions.

ROJALES Benimar Social Club

20.00 at Rojales Steakhouse, Avda. Vega Baja, Rojales. Newcomers welcome. Our activities include, bridge, chess, crib, dinners, fund raising, quiz, short mat bowls, and walks. We look forward to meet you. For more information please contact: Sue, 685 339 179 or Richard 660 825 390.

Chess Club - Daya Vieja Meets each Friday at Club de Ajedrez, Centro D.A.Y.A., Calle del Generalisimo, Daya Vieja, between 13.00 - 17.00. Anyone from beginners to masters interested in a game would be welcome. For more info please contact: Richard on 660 825 390.

LA Concert Band We do not charge to play for any registered charity. The band consists of 20 musicians and only need one permanent clarinet and one tuba player. We rehearse at the cultural centre in Rojales on Monday 10.30-12.30. For more information please telephone 96 572 4291 / 687 429 144 or visit our website: www. laconcertband.es

SAN MIGUEL DE SALINAS San Miguel Cage and Aviary Bird Club We meet at 19.00 at the Chimes Bar on the first Monday of the month. There is no subscription, not even a raffle. Help and advice, exchange of stock and equipment and possible visit to the World Cage Bird Show in Almeria in January 2012. Phone Mathew on 96 678 0336 for information.

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We will next meet at Los Arcos Restaurante, Pedreguer (N332, west side) on Monday 12 September at 12:00 to 13:00, followed by lunch. We have nearly 140 members who enjoy friendship, help and support with RAFA; and we always look for new members who have, or have not, served in the RAF. For more information, visit www.rafa-ncb.org or call 965743439.

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BRANCH CONTACTS For information on NHW in your area contact the nearest branch below For information on forming a NHW Branch in your area contact Geoff Salter on 966669142.

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To ensure adequate sun protection, choose sunglasses that meet industry standards and carry the 'CE' mark which indicates these shades have met the necessary requirements for the European market. The National College of Opticians and Optometrists in Spain (CNOO) have been cam-

paigning for years on the importance of protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. They report on their website that close to 80% of the 12 million sun glasses sold in Spain during 2005 haven't passed any quality control. They say "It is fundamental to use lenses with special filters that fit the following criteria: stop dangerous solar radiation reaching your eyes, like infrared and ultraviolet, and reduce the intensity of the visible radiation to remove glare and have a clear and comfortable vision. Only sun glasses bought in optical stores with advice and prescription of an optician or optometrist can guarantee the quality of the filters and the eye health of the user." Choosing the right sunglasses Specsavers Opticas advise that when looking for sunglasses, customers should check the UV rating and choose a style which offers the maximum coverage to avoid stray light entering the eyes through the top or sides. Lens colour is not an indication of protection, yet neither is price. Wearing sunglasses that do not meet the European industry standard protection of UV380 rating, especially dark lens glasses, is more damaging to the eyes than not wearing any at all. Dark lenses make the pupil dilate; therefore letting in more harmful rays than if you weren't wearing them, because

without the glasses the eyes would naturally squint to keep the rays out. Without the sufficient UV protection, they are nothing more than fashion spectacles. For those aged 18-34, it takes just five hours per day of exposure to sunlight on the eyes to double the chances of developing early age related eye problems. People with lighter coloured eyes will be even more sensitive to this. This makes it all the more important to be able to combine fashionable designs with high UV protection. To make protecting your eyes more affordable this summer, Specsavers is offering a free UV and sun tint on your second pair of glasses when you purchase from the 75€ ranges. There are Specsavers Opticas stores in Fuengirola, Calpe, Javea, Torrevieja and Santa Ponça, Mallorca. www.specsavers.es Visit to find your nearest store.


Last minute bookings to be taxed

Last minute bargain hunters

by jan Gamm LAST MINUTE holiday packages now represents between 30% and 40% of business for Benidorm hotels, according to Hosbec (The Business Association of Hotels in Benidorm). In a summer season where bookings have rocketed to the delight of hotel managers and the area has experienced its best July in five years, the practice of seizing last-minute deals is causing staffing chaos as management is unable to project service levels to accommodate demand. “It is impossible to plan ahead,” said Hosbec president Javier Garcia, “And that leads to an overload of work among existing staff and affects the quality of service.” CONTRACTS The proposed solution to the problem is to apply a levy to last minute bookings and

reward advance reservations, “…much the same as the airlines do – because last minute bookings do not benefit anyone, neither the employer, the employees or the customers,” said Garcia, who went on to point out that the present booking climate also affected employees’ chances of securing permanent contracts, with labour constantly engaged on a casual basis to cope with unexpected numbers. SPORT Among other improvements for Benidorm Hosbec recommends an injection of sporting activities and events to compliment the city’s image as the leading tourism attraction in the region and to raise its sporting profile. Hosbec did not comment on whether a tax on last minute bookings might prompt cashstrapped holidaymakers to look elsewhere for fun in the sun…

Guests enjoy free makeovers at Specsavers Opticas Torrevieja Open Day SPECSAVERS OPTICAS in Torrevieja celebrated the arrival of two new designer brand glasses by offering free make-overs at the store on Tuesday. Local hairdressers and beauticians were on hand to pamper and beautify the guests totally free of charge, and style advisors were there to help choose a frame to complement their new look. There was also a Flabelos Machine on site for the guests to try out which helps with conditioning, inch loss and toning, so visitors left the store looking and feeling great. Specsavers style advisors guided the guests through the ranges and advised them on the best colour, style and shape to suit their colouring, face shape and personal style. As part of the day, there was also a ‘Spectacle Wearer of the Day’ Competition, with great prizes won for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

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Wearing unsuitable sunglasses can cause more damage than wearing none at all

ADVERTISING FEATURE THIS SUMMER, Specsavers Opticas in Spain have conducted a survey about protecting the eyes from the sun, and with some interesting results. Almost 100% of people asked know the importance of protecting their eyes from the sun, but not all of these people wear suitable sunglasses to protect their eyes from damage. According to the survey conducted in the Cos-

tas and Mallorca, at least 40% of people aged 18-34 wear sunglasses for fashion purposes as well as protection. However, not all sunglasses provide sufficient protection from damaging UV rays. To ensure adequate sun protection, choose sunglasses that meet industry standards and carry the 'CE' mark which indicates these shades have met the necessary requirements for the

European market. The National College of Opticians and Optometrists in Spain (CNOO) have been campaigning for years on the importance of protecting your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. They report on their website that close to 80% of the 12 million sun glasses sold in Spain during 2005 haven't passed any quality control. They say "It is fundamental to use lenses with

special filters that fit the following criteria: stop dangerous solar radiation reaching your eyes, like infrared and ultraviolet, and reduce the intensity of the visible radiation to remove glare and have a clear and comfortable vision. Only sun glasses bought in optical stores with advice and prescription of an optician or optometrist can guarantee the quality of the filters and the eye health of the user." Choosing the right sunglasses Specsavers Opticas advise that when looking for sunglasses, customers should check the UV rating and choose a style which offers the maximum coverage to avoid stray light entering the eyes through the top or sides. Lens colour is not an indication of protection, yet neither is price. Wearing sunglasses that do not meet the European industry standard protection of UV380 rating, especially dark lens glasses, is more damaging to the eyes than not wearing any at all. Dark lenses make the pupil dilate; therefore letting in more harmful rays than if you weren't wearing them, because without the glasses the eyes would naturally squint to keep the rays out. Without the sufficient UV protection, they are nothing

more than fashion spectacles. For those aged 18-34, it takes just 5 hours per day of exposure to sunlight on the eyes to double the chances of developing early age related eye problems. People with lighter coloured eyes will be even more sensitive to this. This makes it all the more important to be able to combine fashionable designs with high UV protection.

To make protecting your eyes more affordable this summer, Specsavers is offering a free UV and sun tint on your second pair of glasses when you purchase from the 75â&#x201A;Ź ranges. There are Specsavers Opticas stores in Fuengirola, Calpe, Javea, Torrevieja and Santa Ponça, Mallorca. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.


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Approximately 70 children aged 3-12, took part in the Estiu de Jocs summer activities in Teulada and Moraira last month. Various workshops, games, competitions, outings, theatre performances, etc were organised. The sessions in Teulada were held at the Sant Vicent Ferrer school; those in Moraira took place at the Cap d'Or school. More activities are planned for August - more information is available from the town hall.

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MABS fundraising events We will be presenting each month a list of known forthcoming MABS fundraisers. These will be events actually put on by MABS as well as events put on by our many supporting fundraisers in restaurants, bars and clubs around

the Costa Blanca. Ongoing: EL PARAISO RESTAURANT, PARCENT Each child paying for a 2 or 3 course meal will receive a mask and a small gift 1€ from each meal will be donated to MABS. For more in-

Cameo, raising money for charity

formation on these and other MABS fundraising event please e-mail Victoria at: Davidreeley@hotmail.com September 3: MABS ANNUAL HOG ROAST, Finca Abril, Benyet, Benissa - 15€ per person will also include half bottle of wine and Lucky Draw ticket prize. Reasonably priced pay-bar. Arrival time 5-6pm. To book your ticket please contact Lin: 966 470 187. October 8: CAMEO at EL CID RESTAURANT, BENIDOLEIG - 18€ per person for dinner and show. 3€ per person donation to MABS. Tickets available from September 1st. For more information please contact Cameo Box Office - 656 483 645 Open: 10am to 2pm (Monday- Friday).

SAMM-MABS Cancer Support Race Race date: September 25, 2011 Closing date for entry Monday, September 13, 2011 The Sailing Association Mar Menor invites boat owners to compete in a race to raise money for the MABS Cancer Support Charity to be held on the Mar Menor on September 25. The organizing authority will be the Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMMs). The event is open to all

cruisers, dinghies and sports multihulls in two classes. Class 1: cruisers defined as a yacht, single or multihull, with fixed permanent accommodation for purpose of sleeping; Class 2: dinghies and sport multihulls defined as an open sailing boat with no fixed sleeping accommodation. The handicap system used for both classes will be Portsmouth Yardstick. Vessels without a PY Number will be

given one by the SAMM Race Committee using information from the entry form, design details and PY handicaps used by other clubs. All sponsorship monies to be in by closing date Monday, September 13. Full information, entry forms and sponsorship forms can be found on the SAMM website: www.sailingmarmenor.com. Any queries please contact John Down at: john.down@sailingmarmenor.com

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CARING FOR YOUR EYES THIS SUMMER By Colin Evans, Specsavers Opticas, Torrevieja

Experts say that teenagers and young adults in their 20s and 30s, who are exposed to sunlight around five hours per day with no hat or glasses, double their chances of developing early age related macular degeneration and other problems. Even reflections from sand, snow, pavements, and water can all damage the eye without even looking up or leaving the shade, so sunglasses should always be worn outside. It is recommended that we wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, especially in a country like Spain where the sunlight is stronger all year round. Sun damage is purely caused by UV, not brightness itself, so even when it’s cloudy the rays still affect you. Children under 10 should definitely be protected as much as possible from sunlight damage to the eyes. This is because children’s eyes are not able to block as much UV as adults’ eyes can, and unfortunately the eyes never really recover from it. Sunglasses and a hat will give the best protection and there are some special children’s glasses on the market which are high protection and don’t easily fall off. Children and adults with lighter coloured eyes are more at risk of sun damage to the eyes, so they should take extra care. The dangers of sun damage Exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can lead to the following common eye problems: • Cataracts • Macular degeneration • Eyelid skin cancer • Pinguecula - small, yellowish, slightly raised lesions that form on the surface of the white part of the eye. They can

cause irritation, a feeling that there is something in the eye, and dry eyes. • Pterygium - scar tissue that can grow over the surface of the eye and impair the vision.

Buying the right sunglasses When buying sunglasses, make sure they offer the right level of protection for your eyes. Look for UVA and UVB protection of 99% or higher. This does not necessarily come with an expensive designer pair, so be sure to ask when buying. Yellow tinted glasses also protect the eyes from blue light rays which may also cause damage. Big sunglasses or the wrap around style are the best as they offer protection around the sides of the eyes as well as the front. Be especially careful with children’s glasses as they are often more of a toy and do not protect the eye at all. Specsavers can provide advice on sun damage to the eyes, and offers a large range of 100% UV block sunglasses so you can be sure you are purchasing the correct protection for you and your family. Specsavers have three stores on the Costa Blanca in Torrevieja, Calpe and Jávea. For more information visit www.specsavers.es

EXPANDS DUE TO DEMAND To anyone that has visited its Campoverde and Los Balcones stores, it will be no surprise that Marks and Spencer retailer Unos is expanding due to popular demand. The new store opened its doors in La Zenia on Saturday and was an instant success, with clothes literally flying off the rails. Unos stocks all items of ladies clothing from a specific range sold by Britain´s best loved store and if you haven´t yet discovered this fashion treasure trove you are definitely missing out. The items stocked include: jeans, trousers, tops, dresses, cardigans, skirts, jackets and coats. In fact everything except underwear and swimwear. New stock arrives every six weeks and there are usually around 5,000 items per delivery, which will be split evenly between the two Unos stores in La Zenia and Campoverde. The Los Balcones store, housed in the Filton Centre, will now be used for clearance stock only. All items will be sold as seen and will be subject to even further discounts, with for example, all dresses sold at 10 euros, coats at 12 euros and tops at just 6 euros. Sizes stocked at all three Unos stores range from size 8 through to size 22 and items are also stocked in short, regular and long fits. The majority of the clothes are classed as returns, seconds or imperfect in some way. However, a high percentage have absolutely nothing wrong with them at all. The way the stock is

delivered means that each item is not stocked in every possible size and so it is a case of first come, first served. The cost savings, especially when compared to the UK prices are impressive, for example: all dresses are priced at 19 euros, jeans are 7 euros and £200 coats have been known to be sold for as little as 25 euros. Essentially, Uno´s offers top brand clothes at outlet prices. Anyone looking for affordable, quality clothing will snap up bargains galore at Uno´s. In addition to the branded clothes, Uno´s also stocks a range of shoes, handbags and accessories to turn any purchase into an outfit. The combination of huge discounts and a wellknown quality brand, has proved very popular and ladies flock to the store the snap up the bargains, especially just after a delivery. Unos stores are open from 10.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Saturday. However, the new la Zenia store, which can be found above the Mercadona store just off the roundabout, will open 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday and until 3pm on Saturdays. The Campoverde store is close to the entrance to the village near Portabello’s and the Los Balcones store is located in the Filton Centre, on the same road as Torrevieja Hospital, travelling towards San Miguel. For further information on any of the above call Glen on 606 926 437. Mireille Toddington


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Sea bed destroyers Ecologist association ANSE alleged that three fishing boats based in Torrevieja harbour were using illegal fishing techniques between Cabo de Palos and San Pedro del Pinatar last month. ANSE president Pedro García said trawling for fish cannot be practised in waters less then 50 metres deep because it destroys the sea bottom. "Most fish breed in these areas which have a rich flora and fauna," he said. "The practices are against the law." The boats were reported to Murcia's department for farming, which is investigating. "The ministry for environment tracked the position box of the boats and it has confirmed our report," stated Sr García.

Shoplifters nabbed Four Algerian shoplifters were caught at an Elche shopping centre with clothing worth over 2,500 euros along with 6,600 euros in cash, advised National Police. A security guard called police on July 14 at around 14.30, after he surprised several people who were stealing the clothes by intercepting them after they had passed through the checkout. Officers confirmed the allegations, arrested the suspects and found more clothing and cash in their vehicle.

Eye up Specsavers Opticas in Torrevieja is celebrating the arrival of two new designer brand glasses by offering a free make-over at the store on Tuesday. Hairdressers and beauticians will be on hand to pamper guests free of charge along with style advisors to help find the styles of glasses which flatter them. Specsavers style advisors will guide guests through the ranges and advise them on what colour, style and shape works best for their colouring, face shape, lifestyle and personal style. There will also be a Spectacle Wearer of the Day competition with prizes to be won. The day runs from 10.00-16.00 at the store in Centro de Ocio Ozone, Avda Rose Mazón Valera.

Lorca Lions Entertainer Peter Hull organised a fun day at Quesada Country Club to raise funds for earthquake victims. Lions president Iain Bennett accepted 910 euros. He was attending a meeting with senior Lions at Lorca town hall the following day to establish details of a longterm project Lions may sponsor. To date Lions have been providing foodstuffs for 300 homeless Lorcans costing around 800 euros per day, Mr Bennett said.

COSTA NEWS, July 22-28, 2011

Hospital doctor probe call Greens want national investigation into foreign medics' qualifications By Dave Jones THE GREEN party (Los Verdes) has called on the national department for health to launch an investigation into doctors who are allegedly working without legal qualifications at Torrevieja hospital. According to the Green party 'there have been a high number of deaths at the hospital where families have not been given sufficient explanations to justify them'. These include three babies, leading to official complaints being presented against the hospital and public protests in the town. "We have asked the ministry of health to open an investigation into some of the doctors who are working at the hospital after it emerged that a doctors who attended to one of the dead babies did not have the

correct qualifications and that his medical degree had not been standardised in Spain," said party spokesman José Manuel Dolón. The Greens stated that the babies' families believe their deaths could be linked to the alleged training deficiencies of doctors who do not hold legal Spanish qualifications. "This calls into question the quality of service being offered by the hospital," added Sr Dolón. He said that the inaction of the regional government in the matter had led his party to ask the national government to intervene. "We want them to check the qualifications of all the medical staff operating at the hospital," stated Sr Dolón. CBNews revealed back in 2007 that a high number of

non-Spanish doctors employed in health centres in Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja were working without officially approved qualifications. At the time, a doctor working for Torrevieja Salud warned that the number of these medics was growing. "There is an outrageous number of not officially recognised GPs," he said. "They are dealing with human lives." The parents of the three young children who died at Torrevieja hospital have sent a petition of 6,000 signatures to the ministry of the interior calling for 'an explanation' from the hospital. Torrevieja hospital sources commented they 'maintain their confidence' in their medical staff. djones@cbnews.es

Sponsored walk Paradise found for to help tragic kids polluted bay By Barry Wright MABS cancer support group is holding a sponsored walk in Torrevieja on behalf of The Davilla/Grewar Family Fund. It will take place on Saturday, September 3, taking a five-kilometre route that starts at El Cabo Kiosko, Cabo Cervera, and finishes at the Alba restaurant. The walk, which starts at 10.30, is raising funds for what was previously known as the Laura Appeal. Laura Grewar was a young mother who died in August 2010, after a long battle against cancer. She left behind her four young children.

The Davilla/Grewar Family Fund aims to provide support to the four children aged between seven and 12 years old. Proceeds collected go towards paying for a carer for the children six days a week. Their father José is a long distance lorry driver, who works night shifts and is unable to pay the care bill. Organiser Lyn Adams said: "Given their young age they will require many years of love, support and commitment." For more information contact Lyn or Ken Adams on 676 650 210 or by email at kenlyn01@hotmail.co.uk. bwright@cbnews.es

By Nuria Pérez NEARLY 200 million euros are to be invested by the ministry for environment and the European Union to decontaminate highly polluted Portmán bay near Cartagena. It is covered with millions of tonnes of heavy metals which were dumped from La Unión mines for 33 years without control. The minerals are due to be stored in Corta San José: an opencast mine which has to be reinforced to house the debris. A giant conveyor belt is to be installed to transport the minerals from the bay to the mine. The clean up works are scheduled from 2012 and are expected to be completed by 2015.

La Unión mayor Francisco Bernabé said on Tuesday that it was a happy day for the town. "We have been waiting for 21 years for this moment," he said. "Portmán will be turned

into the most popular and attractive spot in the Murcia region." A marina with 700 berths is due to be built on one side of the bay. nperez@cbnews.es

Ecologists attack port expansion schemes GREENPEACE'S hard-hitting annual report into the destruction of Spain's coastline puts the expansion of ports in the spotlight. The ecologists warn that 20 of the 28 industrial ports along over 8,000 kilometres of coast are expanding or plan to expand. Executive director of Greenpeace España, Miren Gutiérrez, said: "This excessive increase does not correspond with the decrease in demand for port services, or with the lessons that we should have learned from the property crisis." In the Levante region, El Gorguel in Cartagena and Alicante have been fingered. In addition to highlighting the long term and ongoing damage to the adjacent bay of Escombreras in Cartagena, Greenpeace calls on the government not to approve the 1,500-million-euro expansion project for El Gorguel. It foresees a 1.5-kilometrelong quay for containers, surrounded by a four-kilometre dock, a 190-hectare esplanade reclaimed from the sea and a two-million-square-metre storage area. As well as affecting the protected Sierra de la Faustilla, other nearby mountains would be destroyed to bring filling materials for the port, as would the rocky seabed and sections of sea grass prairies. In Alicante, Greenpeace claim the plan to expand the quays to house silos for storing clinker for cement will increase contamination and destruction of the environment. Fuel deposits were removed from the area in 1999 to make way for a leisure complex and so housing was built nearby. But in 2006 the port authority decided the land would be used for industrial purposes instead. "This is a head-on collision with the fundamental rights of citizens to health, safety and the environment," asserts the report. Also the port authority did not draw up an overall environmental impact evaluation, in contravention of EC directives, say the ecologists. Residents have complained the open air unloading of clinker produces constant clouds of cement and

Escombreras port in Cartagena carbon. The port authority has acknowledged this but done nothing about it, alleged Greenpeace. news@cbnews.es


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July 20, 2011

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Galician gastronomy on show

Beer on tap at the port Popular Oktoberfest starts in Alicante tomorrow The immensely popular Oktoberfest Espa帽a beer festival will be taking place in Alicante from tomorrow, Thursday. The festival will be installed, for the third year running, at the Volvo leisure zone in Alicante Port and will run from July 21-31. White marquees have been set up and these will house typical products and music, reminiscent of Munich's Oktoberfest. Live band Oktober Music Band will be joined by top DJs and competitions will be organised to keep everyone happy. The star of the show will, of course, be the numerous varieties of beer available at the festival! The activities will be organised every day from 12.30pm til 2am and everyone is invited to come along, join in and have a great time!

The Torrevieja Galician gastronomic exhibition will be taking place in the marquee outside Habaneras commercial centre until July 24. The event is designed to give visitors an insight into Galician food, its culture, handicrafts and customs. The centrepiece of the exhibition focuses on the region's relationship with the sea, in particular its quality seafood and octopus. In addition to its most famous culinary exports, there will also be a variety of rice and meat dishes available. There will be a variety of entertainment each day, in-

Get a free makeover at Specsavers in Torrevieja Specsavers Opticas in Torrevieja is celebrating the arrival of two new designer brand glasses by offering a free makeover at the store on July 26. Local hairdressers and beauticians will be on hand to pamper and beautify the guests totally free of charge, and there will be style advisors to help find the styles of glasses which flatter them. There will also be a Flabelos fitness machine on site to try out, which helps with conditioning, inch loss and toning to leave visitors looking better than ever. The Specsavers style advis-

ors will guide guests through the ranges and advise them on what colour, style and shape works best for their colouring, face shape, lifestyle and personal style. As part of the day, there will also be a 'Spectacle Wearer of the Day' competition, with some great prizes to be won. Michaela Evans from the store explains: "We want people to be proud of wearing glasses and know that they can be a fashion accessory which really make a statement. "This pampering day at the store will showcase some stunning highfashion ranges, treat local residents to a new look, and choose the person who looks the best in their specs as part of our competition. "This will be a fun day

which explores the more frivolous side of eye care and we invite everyone down to enjoy themselves and be pampered." The new ranges from stylist Gok Wan and designer Karen Millen offer fresh, funky and daring designs which are proving a huge hit with fashion

Magic and Monsters A sign of the time?

Guardamar's fiestas got off to a thrilling start last Friday with the performance of the legend of L'Encanta. This tale of an Iberian princess, a brave warrior and mythological monsters, combines local history with magical elements of fire and water. Find more pictures and information in Friday's Costa Blanca News. More in Friday's Costa

Blanca News

Just before the elections we complained to Orihuela Costa town hall about the rubbish and other unmentionables left behind after the Playa Famenca Saturday street market. Yesterday this rubbish was finally cleared up. I would hope that this is a sign from the new administration that they are finally taking notice of the people who live on the Costa, and showing us that they care about the environment we live in as well as the Orihuela inhabitants inland. Keep your fingers crossed. Peter Cameron Playa Flamenca

conscious glass wearers around the world. The Open Day will run from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday July 26 at the store in Centro de Ocio Ozone, Avenida Rose Maz贸n Valera. Call 966 927 249 to book an appointment or find out more.

cluding a dedicated children's area where they will be able to learn about marine life. Visitors will be able to listen to music from typical Galician pipers and traditional monologues whilst enjoying the fresh delicacies on offer. The organisers of the exhibition, Grupo Barroso, have said that this year a percentage of money taken at the event - minimum 1,000 euros - will be donated to Torrevieja Alzheimer's Association (AFA). The event is open daily, from 12.00 to 16.00 and 18.00 to 24.00 until Friday, July 24.


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Dificultad Baja

Aries 21 marzo-19 abril Cuando te decidas a hacer esa pregunta, tendrás una respuesta. No te dejes presionar por nadie, complácete. Cuida tu dinero, amárrate la mano antes de usar tu tarjeta, chequera o buscar en tu bolsillo.

Ingredientes: 8 ajetes, 40 g mantequilla, 360 g arroz, 1100 ml caldo de pollo, 200 g Philadelphia, 80 g pimientos del piquillo, 100 g bacon, aceite de oliva y un chorrito de vino blanco. Elaboración: Rehogamos los ajetes picados con mantequilla y aceite de oliva. Añadimos el arroz y removemos con energía. Echamos un chorrito de vino blanco y dejamos reducir a la mitad para después añadir el caldo de pollo bien caliente poco a poco. Cuando esté cocido el arroz, mezclamos con Philadelphia, y añadimos el bacon dorado y los pimientos del piquillo, todo muy picado. Removemos todo junto y servimos el risotto. Risotto Philadelphia es una receta para 4 personas, del tipo Primeros Platos, de dificultad muy fácil y lista en aproximadamente 30 minutos.

Tauro 20 abril-20 mayo Es mejor admitir un error que hundirse más y más en un hueco tratando de evitar que éste se descubra. Románticamente estás muy favorecido, aprovechalo estos días y dedícalo a disfrutar las delicias del amor.

Géminis 21 mayo-20 junio No quieras terminar las cosas antes de empezar, en la vida no es la rapidez lo que importa, sino la calidad de lo que se hace. Admite tus errores, a ti se te perdona todo porque eres encantador.

Cáncer 21 junio-22 julio Si tus amistades no se comportan como deben, exprésate, no dejes que abusen de ti. Muchos de tus deseos se convertirán en realidad cuando te disciplines más y no disperses tanto tus energías.

Leo 23 julio-22 agosto

Dificultad Media

No le cuentes tus cosas a todo el mundo, cuida tus secretos. Tendrás en estos días gran equilibrio psicológico y un gran dominio de tus sentimientos. Te enterarás de algo que hace semanas debías saber.

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Virgo 23 agosto-22 septiembre Alguien te pedirá perdón por algo que te hizo. Cierta persona está evitando que te llegue información muy útil para tu progreso, no te descuides. En asuntos del corazón, dale tiempo al tiempo.

Libra 23 septiembre-22 octubre No vivas con miedos, el tragar sin protestar no te conviene. Sé muy considerado con las personas mayores. Perdona a ese amigo por sus pasados errores, tú te beneficiarás más que él.

Escorpio 23 octubre-21 noviembre

Alguien problemático te está quitando los deseos de vivir, te está haciendo muy infeliz, no le tengas tanta lástima y piensa en ti, no dejes que el tiempo siga pasando, pues la situación irá de mal en peor.

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Capricornio 22 diciembre-19 enero

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Olvida las malas caras, a los envidiosos y todo lo que te esté afectando. No trates de cambiar lo que no puedes, adáptate y serás más feliz. Debes expresar tus sentimientos sin temor y sin vergüenza.

No cometas el error de hacer las paces con quien te ha hecho pasar tantos malos ratos. Si alguien hace una escena delante de ti, hazte el sordo, mudo y ciego, no reacciones, que no te conviene.

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CÓMO SE JUEGA AL SUDOKU Completa los tableros (subdivididos en nueve cuadrados) de 81 casillas (dispuestas en nueve filas y columnas) rellenando las celdas vacías con los números del 1 al 9, de modo que no se repita ninguna cifra en cada fila, ni en cada columna ni en cada cuadrado. SOLUCIÓN SUDOKU DIFICULTAD BAJA

SOLUCIÓN SUDOKU DIFICULTAD MEDIA

Acuario 20 enero-18 febrero Sé que estás confundido respecto a la determinación que debes tomar acerca de un familiar, estudia el asunto fría y detalladamente, sé que encontrarás la solución correcta. Quiere y déjate querer.

Piscis 19 febrero-20 marzo Te sentirás lleno de ánimo y de energía positiva. Aunque creas que has perdido el tiempo tratando de ayudar a esa persona que aparenta no hacerte caso, no es así. Comparte estos días con buenos amigos.

DONACIÓ DE SANG Punts de donació a Tramuntana Dia Lloc

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INAUGURACIÓN

La inauguración de Specsavers Opticas ha sido declarada por el Concejal de la Comunidad Europea, como fantástica para Calvia

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l 14 de Julio, Specsavers Opticas ha marcado su nueva llegada en Santa Ponça con un evento excelente asistido por el Concejal de la Comunidad Europea, Angela Guerrero. Hubo música, entretenimientos y refrescos, constituyendo un real placer que ha disfrutado toda la comunidad. Con la inauguración de la tienda, la Sra. Guerrero expresó sus sentimientos comentando que ésta nueva llegada de la tienda de Specsavers es una acción positiva para el área, “La llegada de una gran tienda internacional como Specsavers es excelente para Calvia. En el clima de la economía vigente, esto será una gran aportación al

empleo y también atraerá gente de fuera del área para visitar la única tienda de Specsavers en la Isla.” Specsavers ha brindado ayuda al centro de Caridad Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, organizando una rifa durante el mes de Julio, para recaudar fondos para esta buena causa, vendiéndose numerosos tickets durante el evento. Un gran número de representantes del centro de caridad, incluyendo al fundador Allen Graham, han asistido al evento. La presidenta, Rosemary Stone, comentó “Este fue un evento fantástico, hemos llevado a algunos de nuestros niños con nosotros, quienes disfrutaron de este momento. Este evento

marcó el comienzo de una colaboración positiva entre nuestro centro de caridad y Specsavers. Ellos están recaudando fondos para nosotros a través de la venta de los tickets de la rifa en la tienda durante el mes de julio, ofreciendo también pruebas de visión de nuestros niños y ayudándolos a obtener gafas. Esto es algo para lo que hemos tenido que recaudar fondos, por lo cual ha sido una gran ayuda para nosotros.” La nueva tienda de Specsavers está localizada en Avda. Rei Jaume 1, 117, Santa Ponça. Para más información visite www.specsavers.es o llame a la tienda al 871 964 331.


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AWESOME ALBION b Royal Navy flagship will be visiting Palma from Friday this week.

Palma.— HMS Albion, flagship of the Royal Navy, will visit Palma from this Friday for a short visit as she concludes a major deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East. The 18,500 tonne amphibious assault ship is designed to carry Royal Marines to wherever they are needed in the world, land them ashore by helicopter and landing craft and then support them as they carry out their mission. HMSAlbion has been leading the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group, a maritime quick reaction force designed to provide a range of capabilities at short notice in response to unforeseen events. Since leaving Britain in April, HMS Albion has undertaking amphibious exercises in the Mediterranean, supported NATO maritime operations off Libya and, most recently, helped to strengthen the UK’s relationships in the Middle East. Captain James Morley Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMSAlbion, said: “We are grateful to the people of Majorca for their hospitality and the use of their facilities during our visit to their beautiful island”. “The UK and Spain share proud seafaring traditions and rich naval histories.” “Through NATO and the EU both countries now work in partnership to ensure freedom and security at sea, thereby contributing to international peace and stability.”“The Re-

Background HMS Albion, and her sister ship HMS Bulwark, replaced the Falklands war veterans Fearless and Intrepid. Their primary function is to act as the afloat command platform for the Commander Amphibious Task Force. They are able to embark and transport, deploy and recover by air and surface means, troops, their equipment, vehicles and miscellaneous cargo forming part of an Amphibious Assault Force. Major improvements over the replaced ships include more extensive command, control and communications and higher off load speed due to improved vehicle and troop handling arrangements. Statistics Fully laden at 18,400 tonnes, Albion and Bulwark are 176m x 29 x 6.1m and powered by two 6.25MW and two 1.56MW diesel generators driving two AC motors through twin shafts and a bowthrust unit, all operating at 6.6KV. Equipped with a well dock, large stern gate (97 tonnes) and side access ramps, they operate 4 Landing Craft Utility and a further 4 Landing Craft Vehicles Personnel from davits. Able to operate two Merlin sized helicopters from the two-spot 64m flight deck, they are also equipped with a modern combat system, integrated communication suite and close in weapons system. The ships are designed for a range of approximately 8,000 miles, with a speed of about 18 knots, a complement of up to 387 and an Embarked Military Force (EMF) of 305 with a further 405 in overload.

sponse Force Task Group is the UK’s maritime quick reaction force and has a range of capabilities that

make it ideally suited to the fast pace and unpredictable nature of world events

Albion will be visiting Palma from Friday.

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Go on… be a volunteer! AFTER FINDING myself at a bit of a loose end, I have decided to spend my newly found free time doing something useful! Lyn Baines, the Director of MABS Murcia/Mar Menor suggested that I could become a volunteer for the MABS Cancer Care Centre in San Javier and after losing a good friend of mine to this horrible disease in May, I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to

Karen does a bit of ironing

help a really worthy cause. Earlier this week, I visited the centre, met some of the volunteers and the centre’s Manager, Sue Thomason and discovered what it takes to be a volunteer. HIGH STANDARDS The centre has been open for six months and Sue has been running the centre, which includes a sales floor and a therapy room, since it opened. After being a Profit Improvement Manager for ASDA the centre is in very good hands with Sue. She explained to me what they sell: “The sales floor encompasses clothes and bric-a-brac including books, DVDs and CDs as well as paintings, jewellery, footwear and accessories. I like to bring attentive customer service and high retail standards to the sales floor here and all our volunteers are asked to adhere to these standards.” I quickly realised that this centre is no ordinary charity shop. For example, they only use one type of coat hanger, all the clothes are new or nearly new, are laundered and ironed and face the customer flow so that as soon as you walk in you can see all the garments on display.

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Sue (far left) and the volunteers at the MABS Cancer Care Centre

FEEL GOOD FACTOR As a volunteer, you are expected to get involved in all aspects of the centre’s sales floor including sorting out donations, ironing and pricing the clothes as well as working on the till. Sue told me: “Volunteers can choose to work here one day a week or five days a week. The centre opens at 10am and closes at 2pm, so you only have to commit to four hours a day.” Sue likes to implement a ‘feel good factor’ at the centre especially as it is often visited by cancer sufferers who use the therapy room at a discounted rate on the first floor. She says: “It is important that we offer a pleasant environment and many of the volunteers are either ex-cancer sufferers, have cared for someone with cancer or have had someone close to them suffer from the disease.”

Get a free makeover at Specsavers in Torrevieja SPECSAVERS OPTICASIN Torreviejais celebrating the arrival of two new designer brand glasses by offering a free make-over at the store on 26th July. Local hairdressers and beauticians will be on hand to pamper and beautify the guests totally free of charge and there will be style advisors to help find the styles of glasses which flatter them. There will also be a Flabelos Machine on site to try out which helps with conditioning, inch loss and toning to leave visitors looking better than ever. The Specsavers style advisors will guide guests through the ranges and advise them on what colour, style and shape works best for their colouring, face shape, lifestyle and personal style. As part of the day, there will also be a “Spectacle Wearer of the Day” Competition, with some great prizes to be won. Guests can also try out a session on the Flabelos fitness machine. Michaela Evans from the store explains “We want people to be proud of wearing glasses and know that they can be a fashion accessory which really make a statement. This pampering day at the store will showcase some stunning high-fashion ranges, treat local residents to a new look and choose the person who looks the best in their specs as part of our competition. This will be a fun day which explores the more frivolous side of eye care and we invite everyone down to enjoy themselves and be pampered.” The new ranges from stylist Gok Wan and designer Karen

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Millen offer fresh, funky and daring designs which are proving a huge hit with fashion conscious glass wearers around the World. The Open Day will run from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 26th July at the store in Centro de Ocio Ozone, Avda. Rose Mazón Valera. Call 966 927249 to book an appointment or find out more.

REWARDING The centre also boasts an advice centre and there is a qualified carer on hand from 11am to 1pm every day to offer support and help for both sufferers and their carers. The volunteers were all lovely and they really made me feel welcome. They told me that they enjoy volunteering at the centre and that although it is hard work, it is also very rewarding. There are currently 28 permanent volunteers at the centre but they do need more. If you think that you could be a volunteer at the centre and would like more information, please call Sue on 968 186 514 or 615 016 035. In the autumn, the centre is having a fashion show and they need ‘Glam Wear’ for both men and women, so if you have any posh frocks to donate, please drop them off at the centre during opening hours.


INAUGURACIÓN

La inauguración de Specsavers Opticas ha sido declarada por el Concejal de la Comunidad Europea, como fantástica para Calvia El 14 de Julio, Specsavers Opticas ha marcado su nueva llegada en Santa Ponça con un evento excelente asistido por el Concejal de la Comunidad Europea, Angela Guerrero. Hubo música, entretenimientos y refrescos, constituyendo un real placer que ha disfrutado toda la comunidad. Con la inauguración de la tienda, la Sra. Guerrero expresó sus sentimientos comentando que ésta nueva llegada de la tienda de Specsavers es una acción positiva para el área, “La llegada de una gran tienda internacional como Specsavers es excelente para Calvia. En el clima de la economía vigente, esto será una gran aportación al

empleo y también atraerá gente de fuera del área para visitar la única tienda de Specsavers en la Isla.” Specsavers ha brindado ayuda al centro de Caridad Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, organizando una rifa durante el mes de Julio, para recaudar fondos para esta buena causa, vendiéndose numerosos tickets durante el evento. Un gran número de representantes del centro de caridad, incluyendo al fundador Allen Graham, han asistido al evento. La presidenta, Rosemary Stone, comentó “Este fue un evento fantástico, hemos llevado a algunos de nuestros niños con nosotros, quienes disfrutaron de este momento. Este evento

marcó el comienzo de una colaboración positiva entre nuestro centro de caridad y Specsavers. Ellos están recaudando fondos para nosotros a través de la venta de los tickets de la rifa en la tienda durante el mes de julio, ofreciendo también pruebas de visión de nuestros niños y ayudándolos a obtener gafas. Esto es algo para lo que hemos tenido que recaudar fondos, por lo cual ha sido una gran ayuda para nosotros.” La nueva tienda de Specsavers está localizada en Avda. Rei Jaume 1, 117, Santa Ponça. Para más información visite www.specsavers.es o llame a la tienda al 871 964 331.


Diario de Mallorca

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Deportes

Real Mallorca

El club quiere fichar ya a un delantero de nivel para presionar a Webó  La idea es tener ahora al sustituto del africano y evitar que Casal juegue con la desesperación de los rojillos JAUME BAUZÀ PALMA

El Real Mallorca se plantea seriamente la posibilidad de fichar a un delantero de nivel en los próximos días para presionar a Pierre Webó y a su representante, Paco Casal. El club sospecha que la intención de Casal es alargar el culebrón de la salida del camerunés hasta finales de agosto, cuando ya no haya margen de maniobra para fichar a un sustituto y el Mallorca esté en una posición de debilidad que le obligue a aceptar cualquier propuesta que les ofrezca el representante. La única manera de desactivar esta maniobra pasa por fichar ahora a un delantero de garantías. El club también sabe que este planteamiento entraña un riesgo. Si se ficha a un atacante de nivel y finalmente no se llega a un acuerdo para la salida del camerunés al cierre del mercado de verano, el Mallorca tendrá que soportar tres elevadas fichas en la

El club cree que Casal busca alargar la solución del conflicto hasta finales de agosto para dejarle sin margen de maniobra El riesgo es que si el camerunés acaba quedándose, el Mallorca tendrá que soportar tres fichas altas: Webó, Hemed y el fichaje

Pierre Webó, a su llegada de Suecia la semana pasada. TOORU SHIMADA

parcela atatacante: Tomer Hemed, el nuevo delantero y el propio Pierre Webó. A las que se sumaría la de Víctor Casadesús, aunque ésta es más modesta. En cualquier caso, los responsables de la entidad creen que vale la pena asumir ese riesgo si así puede acelerar la venta del de-

lantero africano y, sobre todo, dejar sin argumentos a Casal para retrasar las negociaciones. Hasta el momento el Mallorca ha encajado con mucha preocupación el hecho de que Casal haya hecho oídos sordos a la petición de Llorenç Serra Ferrer de sentarse a negociar con él de ma-

El Mallorca y los concursales recurrirán el fallo de Manzano EFE PALMA

El Mallorca recurrirá la sentencia dictada por la titular del Juzgado de los Mercantil número  de Palma, Encarnación González, en la que se dió la razón al técnico Gregorio Manzano en su demanda de reintegración de dinero ante la entidad balear. Según confirmó ayer el secretario del consejo de administra-

El recurso se ha formalizado ante la Audiencia Provincial de Palma, aunque el escrito se presentará en los próximos días ción del Mallorca y abogado del club en el pleito contra Manzano, Miguel Coca, el recurso se ha formalizado ante la Audiencia Pro-

La inauguración de la ‘Optica Specsavers’ ha sido definida como fantástica para el Municipio de Calvià, por la concejal de la Comunidad Europea

vincial de Palma, aunque su contenido por escrito se presentará en los próximos días. Coca anunció, asimismo, que la administración concursal del Mallorca también recurrirá la sentencia favorable al actual técnico del Atlético de Madrid. Manzano fue acusado de falsificar su contrato con uno diferente al que poseía la entidad y de ha-

EUROPA PRESS BARCELONA

El hijo del propietario del Udinese, Gino Pozzo, aseguró ayer a su llegada a Barcelona que el acuerdo con el club blaugrana por el fichaje de su jugador Alexis Sánchez es “total”, si bien todavía no es firme dado que faltan pequeños detalles por resolver. “El acuerdo por Alexis es total”,

Julio, con el objetivo de recaudar fondos para esta buena causa, vendiendo una gran catidad de tickets , también se contó con la presencia de numerosos representantes de dicho centro, su fundador Allen Graham, su presidenta Rosemay Stone que manifestó: “Éste ha sido un gran acto al que hemos asistido con algunos de nuestros niños que han disfrutado de las actividades organizadas. La inauguración de Specsavers ha marcado el comienzo de una positiva colaboración entre nuestro centro de caridad y Specsavers” que además de la venta de tickets ha realizado pruebas de visión a nuestros niños y nos ha proporcionado ayudas para la obtención de gafas, lo cual ha sido muy importante para nosotros”. La nueva tienda de Specsavers está situada en Avda. Rei Jaume 1, 117, Santa Ponça. Para más información visite www.specsavers.es o llame al teléfono 871 964 331. ®

Penya d’Establiments Ayer se presentó la penya mallorquinista d’Establiments. Al acto asistió el presidente del club, del Jaume Cladera. ber cobrado dos veces por él, en dos temporadas diferentes. El club interpuso una demanda contra su antiguo técnico por valor de . euros. Los administradores concursales le solicitaron además que devolviese una prima cobrada indebidamente en la temporada - por la misma cantidad. Manzano, por su parte, declaró en el juicio que uno de los contratos supuestamente rubricado por él con la entidad balear era falso. El presidente de los entrenadores de la Federación confirmó que el contrato válido era el que presentaba Manzano.

El Udinese dice que hay un “acuerdo total” por Alexis Primera División

El pasado 14 de Julio, la Óptica Specsavers marcó una importante impronta con su llegada a Santa Ponça de la mano de un excelente acto al que asistió Ángela Guerrero, concejal de la Comunidad Europea. Dicho acto estuvo amenizado con música, entretenimientos y refrescos, para el disfrute de todos los asistentes. Según palabras de la señora Guerrero, “la llegada e implantación de una gran tienda internacional como Specsavers es una noticia excelente para el municipio de Calvià ya que con la actual situación económica, será de una gran aportación al empleo y a los posibles visitantes ya que atraerá gente de fuera del área de influencia del propio municipio con la intención de visitar y conocer la única tienda de Sepecsavers en la isla”. Además, Specsavers ha brindado su ayuda al centro de caridad “Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz”, organizando una rifa durante el mes de

nera urgente. Por eso quiere pasar a la ofensiva incorporando a otro delantero, demostrando así que no tiene prisa por negociar con el representante. Michael Laudrup excluyó a Webó de la convocatoria de  jugadores que han viajado a Holanda y el camerunés entrena solo en Son Bibiloni.

aseguró Pozzo en declaraciones a RAC al aterrizar en el Aeropuerto de El Prat, por lo que podría hacerse oficial el fichaje del chileno en las próximas horas. Así, el fichaje prioritario para Pep Guardiola, quien se deshizo en halagos hacia Sánchez el pasado martes, depende de que las tres partes peinen los pequeños flecos que les separan de la firma del traspaso.

En corto SANTOS “Neymar se quedará al menos hasta diciembre”

 El delantero Neymar debe permanecer en el Santos al menos hasta diciembre, y pese a las millonarias ofertas que viene recibiendo de clubes europeos como el Real Madrid, afirmó ayer el director de fútbol del club brasileño, Pedro Luiz Conceiçao. “Nos sentimos ciento por ciento seguros y con total convicción de que el actual elenco estará aquí por lo menos hasta finales de año”, afirmó el dirigente. EFE RIO DE JANEIRO

ATLÉTICO El luso Tiago Mendes ficha por dos temporadas

 El portugués Tiago Mendes ya es futbolista del Atlético de Madrid, después de rescindir su contrato con el Juventus y llegar a un acuerdo por dos años con la entidad rojiblanca. El centrocampista jugó cedido en el Atlético después de llegar después de llegar cedido de la Juventus en el mercado invernal de la temporada 2009-10. EFE MADRID

RACING Trasladan el concurso a la LFP para no descender  El Juzgado de lo Mercantil dictó ayer un auto por el que da traslado de la situación de concurso de acreedores del Rácing de Santander al Consejo Superior de Deportes, la Liga de Fútbol Profesional y la Federación Española de Fútbol, entre otras entidades, para evitar el descenso del club a Segunda. EFE SANTANDER

REAL SOCIEDAD Rechazan siete millones por Griezmann

 La Real Sociedad no se plantea vender a ningún jugador en el mercado de verano, lo que incluye la negativa al traspaso de Antoine Griezmann al Atlético de Madrid, que había ofrecido siete millones de euros por el jugador. “El club no necesita vender jugadores para cuadrar su presupuesto”, dijeron ayer en el club donostiarra. EFE SAN SEBASTIÁN

URUGUAY Espera en la final al ganador del Paraguay-Venezuela  Uruguay se clasificó para la final de la Copa América al vencer 2-0 a Perú en una de las semifinales. Esta madrugada se medirán en la otra Paraguay y Venezuela, dos de las sorpresas del torneo que buscarán su lugar en la final. EFE BUENOS AIRES

LFP Las radios rechazan pagar por retransmitir partidos  La Asociación Española de Radiodifusión Comercial (AERC) mostró ayer su “unánime” y “completo rechazo” a la pretensión de la LFP de cobrar a las radios por las transmisiones de los partidos de fútbol. EFE MADRID


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El fiscal mantiene penas que llevarían a la cárcel a los acusados del derrumbe del hotel Son Moll El ministerio público retira la acusación al arquitecto que hizo cálculos de la estructura

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Socías y Mesquida ● Sorprende y asusta un poco observar los de-

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Recta final en el juicio por la muerte de cuatro trabajadores en el derrumbe del hotel Son Moll. En sus conclusiones definitivas, la Fiscalía mantiene penas de tres años y medio para los principales acusados: los arquitectos y responsables de la empresa de construcción por un delito contra los derechos de los trabajadores y cuatro homicidios imprudentes. Esta petición de cárcel implicaría el ingreso en prisión de estos cinco acusados. El fiscal Miguel Ángel Anadón rebaja así en seis meses la pena que pedía inicialmente (cuatro años) ya que reconoce que han pagado las indemnizaciones a las víctimas. Además, el ministerio público retira la acusación a Bernat Pere Nadal, el arquitecto que hizo los cálculos de estructura para la

Imagen de una de las sesiones del juicio por el derrumbe del hotel Son Moll.

zona nueva que se iba a construir en el hotel. Una vez que los cinco acusados reconocieron los hechos y aceptaron que no había estudios imprescindibles para la ejecución de la obra, sus defensas lo

que buscan son condenas menores de dos años y que, por lo tanto puedan ser suspendidas. La mayoría de los abogados defensores aceptan en mayor o menor medida la calificación del fiscal y

solicitan la aplicación de tres atenuantes, lo que arroja penas en un arco de una simple multa a un año de prisión. El juicio seguirá el lunes y el martes que vienen con los informes de las partes.

BUNYOLA Isern dejará su plaza de funcionario para dedicarse de forma íntegra a la Alcaldía R.P.F.

Momento de la inauguración de Specsavers, a beneficio de Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz.

Formidable fiesta de inauguración en Santa Ponça de Sepcsavers Opticas a beneficio de Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz

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a inauguración, celebrada el pasado jueves se dibujó con la presencia de concejales locales, gigantes y cabezudos y una rifa benéfica. Durante el evento, repartido a lo largo de todo el día y organizado en su nueva sucursal de Santa Ponça en Avda. Rei Jaume I, nº117, se pudieron concertar revisiones visuales gratuitas y disfrutar de la música, aperitivos y cava. El punto álgido de la inauguración llegó cuando la concejal de la Unión Europea Ángela Guerrero y la concejal de Santa Ponça Eugenia Frau inauguraron oficialmente el

establecimiento a las 19.30h. Después se llevó a cabo una rifa a beneficio de Allen Graham Charity 4 Kidz, que ayuda a niños de la localidad con carencias en alimentos, vestido y otras necesidades urgentes. Los premios de la rifa incluyeron gafas de marca, gafas de sol y mucho más. Allen Graham y Rosemary Stone de la asociación estuvieron también presentes en el acto. «Nos complace dar la bienvenida a nuestro establecimiento a toda la comunidad de Santa Ponça así como a nuestras concejales locales y a una asociación en

favor de los niños la cual llevamos en nuestros corazones», comentó el director del establecimiento Martin Blake. Specsavers Opticas abrió su primer establecimiento en Mallorca el 4 de julio. El grupo óptico mundial, que es conocido como ‘el campeón del consumidor’ por ofrecer atención visual de la mejor calidad y precios asequibles en diez países, está expandiéndose ahora a lo largo de la costa española. Para más información visite www.specsavers.es o llame a tienda en el 871 964 331.

El alcalde de Bunyola, Jaume Isern (PP), dejará su plaza como funcionario y se dedicará íntegramente a las tareas de Alcaldía y su sueldo dependerá de las funciones y servicios de los que se haga cargo, con posibilidad de alcanzar un cómputo anual máximo de 35.400 euros. El PP informó en un comunicado de que el alcalde ocupa una plaza como profesor de educación primaria, pero no se incorporará a las aulas el próximo mes de septiembre en el inicio del nuevo curso escolar, ya que considera que «el pueblo se merece todo su tiempo». Respecto a las críticas recibidas por parte de la oposición municipal, Isern ha dicho que es «normal» que si abandona su plaza de funcionario pueda cobrar un sueldo no sólo en función del cargo, sino también teniendo en cuenta la tarea que llevará a cabo de forma exclusiva y a tiempo completo.

rroteros del PSIB-PSOE tras su debacle electoral de mayo. La niña Armengol, heredera digitada del desastre, ha enseñado las uñas como si nada de los que nos ocurre en este aciago verano de impagos y despidos fuera con ella. Pero la chica de Inca, su imperturbable sonrisa, tiene más en cuenta a sus enemigos internos que a sus adversarios del PP. De momento se dedica a hostigar a dos prohombres socialistas que, según su alicorta visión de la política, pueden disputarle la parcela de poder en la que se ha atrincherado. Me refiero, naturalmente, a Ramon Socias y Joan Mesquida. Ambos representan el ala más «abierta» y moderna del socialismo insular y por ello merecen el ostracismo y quién sabe, quizá la persecución política. El primero ha sido un buen Delegado del Gobierno. Culto, elegante y discreto ha sabido combinar el carácter meramente institucional de su cargo con sus legítimas aspiraciones políticas. Mesquida tuvo una carrera fulgurante en Madrid, llegando a la cúpula de la unificada dirección general de la Policía y la Guardia Civil. Pero cayó en desgracia ante Camacho, hoy ya ministro de Interior, y Rubalcaba lo mandó a la Secretaría de Estado de Turismo. Posteriormente, los recortes le quitaron rango, pero no poder ni influencia. Hoy es secretario de Turismo a secas, pero conserva intacta su hoja de servicios, en la que consta su probada valía como gestor. Con estas credenciales, lo más lógico es que se le cierren las puertas en su propia tierra, donde eficiencia y socialismo han venido siendo incompatibles desde la histórica figura de Félix Pons. Ya se encargarán en el PSIB de cerrarle el paso a Joan Mesquida, la única figura socialista de talla que podría, a me- Su probada eficiencia le cierra dio plazo, ser una alter- las puertas en el PSIB-PSOE. nativa a la nada con sifón que, según los primeros indicios, resultará ser Bauzá. De la mano del tandem Armengol-Thomas, el socialismo balear languidecerá en sus cuarteles de invierno, cada día más viejos y destartalados. Es lo que hay. ● El voluntarioso abogado palmesano que ha

denunciado a Obama por la muerte de Osama Bin Laden se ha equivocado en la definición de los cargos. En vez de acusarle de «crimen contra la Humanidad», un delito difícil de probar, debería haberle denunciado por un delito contra el Medio Ambiente: arrojar basura al mar, en efecto, debe ser algo muy grave para el tribunal internacional que habrá de aceptar o rechazar la demanda.

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Críticas del PSM a UCAP, PSOE y PP El PSM-Entesa de Capdepera ha criticado las últimas actuaciones de las tres formaciones políticas mayoritarias UCAP, PSOE y PP por «las estrategias, ofertas, contraofertas sobre alcaldías, renuncias incomprensibles, presuntas presiones». Los nacionalistas defienden que «hemos asistido a una partida de póquer en que estos partidos no han tenido en cuenta los intereses del pueblo ni de sus vecinos y han atendido únicamente a intereses particulares y a su ego, jugando cada uno las cartas que le convenían para mirar de sacar provecho particular». A.B


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Specsavers, minorista mundial en óptica, elige Santa Ponça como primer objetivo de su expansión en la costa

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pecsavers Opticas, minorista mundial en óptica, ha elegido Mallorca como primer objetivo de su expansión en España: ya ha abierto sus puertas en Santa Ponça el 4 de julio. Los planes de expansión en la costa de Specsavers fueron revelados por el periódico líder en negocios Dossier Empresarial en abril de 2011. Informaba de que “a pesar de la crisis económica, la cadena había experimentado un incremento del 95% en el número de clientes españoles durante el 2010” en sus establecimientos existentes en la Costa del Sol y la Costa Blanca. Specsavers, el mayor grupo óptico privado mundial, se ha ganado la reputación de “campeón del consumidor” en diez países, ofreciendo a sus clientes gafas y lentes asequibles con precios claros, además de un servicio profesional de la mejor calidad. Su crecimiento apunta a una tendencia en la que las cadenas ópticas están prosperando a pesar de la recesión. Visión y Vida, una organización sin ánimo de lucro que hace campaña por una mejor salud óptica, informó de un incremento del 12.5% de 2006 a 2008 en el número

Specsavers (Avda. Rei Jaume I, 117. Santa Ponça - Calvià) se ha ganado la reputación de “campeón del consumidor”

La familia fundadora de Specsavers, Mary y Doug Perkins con sus hijos

de establecimientos dirigidos por grupos ópticos. “Es evidente que gafas y lentes de la mejor calidad a precios asequibles son un reclamo para los consumidores de hoy día”, declara el responsable de Desarrollo de Negocio de Specsavers Opticas, José Ángel Moral-Tajadura. “Es-

tamos emocionados por poder traer nuestro más nuevo establecimiento de Specsavers Opticas tanto a los mallorquines como a los residentes extranjeros de la zona”. La fórmula de Specsavers se ha evidenciado como satisfactoria incluso en tiempos de recesión. Specsavers ha in-

crementado su cuota de mercado en el Reino Unido de un 33% en 2007 a un 39% en 2009 (Fuente: Gfk) en plena recesión. En Finlandia, la entrada en el mercado de Specsavers en 2007 incluso contribuyó a mejorar la economía del país. Existen cuatro establecimientos

Specsavers Opticas en la costa, en Fuengirola, Calpe, Jávea y Torrevieja. El establecimiento de Santa Ponça esta ubicado en la Avda. Rei Jaume I, número 117. Para más información, visite www.specsavers.es. Specsavers es un negocio familiar con más de 1.500 establecimientos en el Reino Unido, República de Irlanda, Países Bajos, Dinamarca, Noruega, Finlandia, Australia, Nueva Zelanda y España. Specsavers Opticas marcará su reciente llegada a Santa Ponça con gigantes y cabezudos, y una rifa benéfica en el día de su inauguración, el próximo 14 de julio. Todo el mundo será bienvenido a nuestra tienda del número 117 de la avenida Rei Jaume I a partir de las 11 de la mañana con el fin de concertar revisiones visuales gratuitas y disfrutar de la música, aperitivos y cava.


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Greenpeace warnS of oil drilling disaster b Conservationists claim that Spain cannot afford the environmental and economic disaster that drilling could bring Conservationist group Greenpeace warned yesterday that the Spanish coastline could become another Gulf of Mexico. by STAFF REPORTER Palma.—Speaking in Palma yesterday, Sara Pizzinato, head of the Climate Change and Transport division of Greenpeace said that the area of water between the Gulf ofValencia and Ibiza in the Balearics, is at a high

risk of following in the footsteps of the Gulf of Mexico because of all the drilling exploration which has been authorised to Scottish company Cairn Energy there by Central Government. Pizzinato said that Cairn Energy has a licence to drill in five areas of the stretch of water and will be boring for oil at a depth of 1,400 metres.

Marine disaster Pizzinato pointed out that less than 18 months ago, British Petroleum had been

drilling in the Gulf of Mexico at a depth of 1,500 metres when a wellhead snapped and the surrounding marine ecosystems were destroyed by the billions of gallons of crude oil that escaped. Pizzinato said that the coast of Spain is already beginning to suffer the effects of climate change and that the combined risks to the environment and economy that oil exploration will entail, are “simply too high.” Tourism and fishing will be badly affected, she said.

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New Balearic president Bauza defends his austerity plans

Palma airport passenger levels grow by 7.2 pct

● Defending the major cuts he has made in senior positions in the Balearic government which have reportedly saved 26.8 million euros, recently appointed regional President Jose Ramon Bauza said that his “commitment” to austerity was just beginning and that he is apparently planning considerable cuts in the future. Despite interpretation to the contrary over cabinet pay rises, Bauza said in Madrid yesterday that he and his staff were not being paid more than those in the previous government.

● No less than 9.3 million passengers journeyed to or from Palma airport in the first half of this year, the Spanish National Airports Authority confirmed yesterday. The figure is 7.2 percent more than during the same period in 2010.

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Spaniards win right to switch mobile firms faster Madrid.—Spanish mobile operators will have one day, instead of four at present, to implement requests for c ustomers switching company while keeping their phone number, under a change to the law designed to boost competition. The clock will start ticking when a customer signs a contract to switch operator, rather than from the moment the new company requests the number

from the old prov ider, telecoms regulator CMT said yesterday.

Enjoy The new r ules to come into force will mean a customer signing with one firm on a Monday w ill have their old number fully operational with the new firm by Wednesday at 5am, said the CMT. “In this way, Spain becomes the country in the

European Union where mobile users will be able to enjoy their right (to take their old number to a new operator) more quickly,” the CMT said. Some 4.8 million mobile lines switched mobile provider last year. Many customers abandoning Spain’s dominant operator, Telefonica, and number two operator Vodafone and taking up a new contract with TeliaSonera’s Yoigo .

Greenpeace Climate Change spokeswoman, Sara Pizzinato in Palma yesterday.

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Jaume Segura, embajador en la República Dominicana El diplomático mallorquín es el jefe de Gabinete de la ministra de Asuntos Exteriores GERMÀ VENTAYOL

El diplomático mallorquín Jaume Segura Socías será nombrado nuevo embajador de España en la República Dominicana, según adelantó en su edición de ayer el diario El País. Segura, que en la actualidad cuenta con 37 años de edad, regresará en su nuevo destino a la zona del Caribe, que él ya conoce muy bien puesto que su carrera diplomática la inició en la representación española en Jamaica. También estuvo destinado en Guinea Conakry. Desde el año 2008 Jaume Segura ha estado estrechamente vinculado a la carrera política de Trinidad Jiménez, toda vez que ha acompañado a la política socialista como jefe de gabinete en todos los cargos que ha ocupado, primero en la Secretaría de

EXPERIENCIA Segura conoce el Caribe, zona con muchas inversiones turísticas mallorquinas

Jaume Segura, próximo embajador en Dominicana.

Estado para Iberoamérica, y, posteriomente en los ministerios de Sanidad y Asuntos Exteriores. Este

último puesto lo ocupa desde el mes de octubre del pasado año. Licenciado en Derecho

por la Universidad de Barcelona, Jaume Segura ingresó en la carrera diplomática en 2002. A pesar de su juventud ha ocupado distintos cargos de relevancia, como el de jefe de servicio del Gabinete del Ministo de Asuntos Exteriores y subdirector general adjunto de México, América Central y Caribe. Hace unos meses renunció a la plaza de cónsul en Miami tras la oposición de otros diplomáticos que se consideraban con más méritos que él. Finalmente ha accedido al cargo de embajador.

La Guardia Civil investigará la difusión pública de la declaración de un jefe de AENA ante el juez P.C.

El juez que instruye la causa contra los controladores aéreos de Balears por la huelga encubierta que ese colectivo protagonizó el pasado Puente de la Constitución ha ordenado a la Guardia Civil investigar la difusión pública de la declaración judicial que el jefe de Recursos Humanos de Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) en Balears, Antonio Planells, realizó el pasado 16 de junio en calidad de testigo. Las fotocopias de la testifical de Planells, críticas con los profesionales que regulan el tráfico aéreo, han sido colgadas en el tablón de anuncios de la torre de control de Palma, según la información que tiene el titular del Juzgado de Instrucción 1 de Palma, Juan Catany. Bajas

El jefe de Recursos Humanos de AENA en Balears declaró que las bajas de los controladores aéreos «fueron masivas, simultáneas y en 20 minutos», co-

La familia fundadora de Specsavers Mary y Doug Perkins con sus hijos.

Specsavers elige Mallorca como primer objetivo de su expansión en la costa El juez Juan Catany.



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rroborando con ello las tesis mantenidas por las acusaciones en la causa. Nada más conocer el contenido de las declaraciones de Planells, la Unión Sindical de Controladores Aéreos (Usca) hizo público un comunicado en el que negaron un abandono masivo de sus puestos de trabajo. El sindicato explicó que que el jefe de Recursos Humanos de AENA «realizó aseveraciones que no se ajustan a su contenido», y recalcó que, «la razón de esas imprecisiones es la presión que pueden ejercer sobre él la empresa a la que debe su cargo».

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pecsavers Ópticas, minorista mundial en óptica, ha elegido Mallorca como primer objetivo de su segunda fase de expansión en España, y abrirá su establecimiento en Santa Ponça el 4 de julio de 2011. A pesar de la crisis económica, la cadena ha experimentado un incremento del 95% en el número de clientes españoles durante el 2010 en sus establecimientos existentes en la Costa del Sol y la Costa Blanca. Specsavers se ha ganado la reputación de ‘campeón del consumidor’ en diez países, ofreciendo a sus clientes gafas y lentes asequibles con precios claros además de un servicio profesional de la mejor calidad. Su crecimiento

apunta a una tendencia en la que las cadenas ópticas están prosperando a pesar de la recesión. «Es evidente que gafas y lentes de la mejor calidad a precios asequibles son un reclamo para los consumidores de hoy día», declara el Responsable de Desarrollo de Negocio de Specsavers Ópticas José Ángel Moral-Tajadura. «Estamos emocionados por poder traer nuestro más nuevo establecimiento de Specsavers Ópticas tanto a los mallorquines como a los residentes extranjeros de la zona». El establecimiento de Santa Ponça estará ubicado en Avenida Rei Jaume 1 117 Locales 14 Y 15, 07180, Santa Ponça, Mallorca. Para más información, visite www.specsavers.es.

El juez del ‘caso Ibatur’ cita al publicista que declaró haber pagado comisiones a Alía P.C.

El publicista Bartomeu Morey, administrador de la empresa Centro de Comunicación Creativa, que declaró ante el juez del ‘Caso Ibatur’ que pagaba comisiones al exgerente general de ese organismo público Juan Carlos Alía, comparecerá como imputado el próximo 28 de junio. Según han confirmado a este diario fuentes judiciales, la declaración de Morey es considerada clave en el desarrollo de la causa que investiga el desvío de fondos públicos en el Ibatur en el Govern de Jaume Matas. Folletos

El publicista dijo en su momento que pagaba comisiones superiores al diez por ciento a Alía por los trabajos que su empresa tenía del Ibatur, entre ellos, la elaboración de folletos de promoción turística de Balears. El juez Juan Ignacio Lope Sola, a instancias de la Fiscalía Anticorrupción, decidió enviar a la cárcel

Bartomeu Morey.



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sin fianza a Alía tras escuchar a Morey. La declaración del administrador del Centro de Comunicación Creativa, que atribuyó a Alía una serie de actuaciones de indudable gravedad, desencadenó la intervención del juez y el fiscal anticorrupción, según las fuentes consultadas por este diario. Alía, defendido por el abogado José Ignacio Herrero, tuvo que constituir una fianza de 120.000 euros para salir de la cárcel, donde permaneció tres meses. Antes, ya había avalado otros 30.000 euros al estallar el ‘caso Ibatur’.


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Greek minister says must maintain stability

Militants stage more attacks in south Yemen

China closes Tibet ahead of anniversary

● Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said earlier this week his ruling Socialist party should remain stable ahead of a key parliamentary caucus meeting that will debate the government’s policies. —Reuters

● Masked gunmen attacked buildings near the southern Yemeni city of alHota this week, residents said, amid a wave of militant attacks in the region. The group, Yemen’s military described as al Qaeda militants —Reuters

● China has closed Tibet to foreigners ahead of the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, travel agents said this week of a region where many ethnic Tibetans have chafed under Chinese rule. —Reuters

India, China to resume defence contacts frozen for a year-source Beijing.—India will resume defence ties with China when a military delegation will travel to Beijing, a year after New Delhi suspended such meetings over a visa spat, a government source said China had in August

denied a visa to an Indian general in charge of operations in the disputed Kashmir region. The Indian source said that as part of the compromise with Beijing, the delegation would be headed by another gen-

eral.“If you’ve agreed to my point, I can’t run you down to the ground. They have to save face, as the Chinese say,” the source said, declining to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Syrians cheer at a refugee camp in the Turkish border

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Turkey calls for immediate end to Syrian crackdown b Syrian response so far “unhelpful and disappointing” b Turkish-Syrian ties strained over crackdown, refugees. Ankara—Turkey called forSyria to immediately halt a violent crackdown on protesters and pass democratic reforms, in a meeting on Thursday between Foreign MinisterAhmet Davutoglu and a top Syrian envoy. The crackdown, which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has condemned as «savagery», has tested relations between the two countries, and Turkey has given sanctuary to some 8,900 Syrian refugees who have streamed across the border. “We want a strong, stable, prosperous Syria. To achieve this we believe it necessary to implement the comprehensive reform process towards democratisation guaranteed by (President) Bashar al-Assad,” Davutoglu told reporters after three hours of talks with Syria’s HassanTurkmani on Thursday morning. «In order to achieve this the violence must stop im-

mediately. Yesterday I clearly saw the fear in the eyes of the people and I shared this,» he added, describing talks with Turkmani as friendly and Syria asTurkey’s “closest friend”. Davutoglu yesterday talked to refugees at the border, including wounded men in camp hospitals at Yayladagi, across from the Syrian town of Jisr alShughour, 20 km (12 miles) away. Refugees chanted “People want freedom!” and “Erdogan help us!” Yesterday, Syrian tanks and armoured vehicles reinforced positions around the northern town of Maarat alNumaan. Turkmani met Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who has also called for rapid reform in Syria. Turkmani said then Syrian refugees staying in makeshift camps inTurkey’s border province of Hatay would soon be returning to Syria. Assad asked to send

an emissary when he called Erdogan this week to congratulate him on winning a third term in office. Yesterday afternoon Davutoglu was to meet with Ankara’s ambassadors to the Middle East, United States and some EU countries to discuss Syria and policy across the region.

Last chance Former advisor to Erdogan, Nabi Avci, said Turkey was dismayed by Syria’s response to its requests that it refrain from using violence against civilians and undertake reforms. “Turkey’s efforts to bring about peaceful change in Syria will continue,” Avci said in Istanbul. “The response of the Syrian regime so far has been, unfortunately, unhelpful and disappointing,” saidAvci, elected a member of parliament for the ruling AK party in Sunday’s vote.


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Lifelong care for your eyes - a quick guide for healthy eyes Our eyes are irreplaceable, but we often neglect them. Simple tests can help keep them healthy and highlight any future problems we may face JOSÉ ÁNGEL MORAL-TAJADURA

Good vision is crucial for learning, development, work, study, driving and sports and should not be taken for granted. As our eyes develop and change during our life, they should be regularly checked to ensure that they are healthy, functioning correctly and that any problems can be rectified. Experts recommend yearly eyetests from the age of three onwards, as untreated problems with your vision can lead to permanent damage and problems with learning and development. In this article there is a brief rundown of issues to look out for in the different stages of our lives to help you care for your and your family’s eyes.

Babies and Toddlers Good vision is very important to children because so much of what they learn is taken in through their eyes. So it’s never too soon to start your child’s eye care. You’ll find most infants and pre-school children have regular vision screening as part of their routine developmental checks. These early checks are invaluable, but aren’t as thorough as a full eye examina-

tion by a qualified optometrist. When your child is born, the paediatrician will check their vision when they are still in the hospital ward. We advise that children should have their first eye examination at around three years old. Learning difficulties can sometimes be caused by uncorrected vision problems, so the earlier they can be detected, the better the chance of correcting them. It’s important to remember that eye examinations won’t hurt your child, and that your child doesn’t have to be able to read yet.

Early School Years During the first 12 years of our lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through our vision. Yet, one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. It can be difficult to spot. Children have no way of knowing if what they see is any different from what others can see. But there are a number of tell-tale signs you can look out for, for example: is your child sitting too close to the TV; do they rub their eyes repeatedly; are they clumsy; do they squint? By maintaining a regular routine of eye examina-

HEALTHY EYES. REGULAR CHECKS ARE IMPORTANT./FOTALIA tions you can minimise the chance of an eye or sight defect being carried into adulthood. Children will always get into scrapes, so it is important they learn how to take care of their eyes. Ensure they play only with toys that are suitable for their age. Any games that involve hard objects or balls should be supervised, and avoid activities that use projectiles, such as pea-shooters or pellet guns. When sports or activities call for safety goggles to be worn, make sure your child wears them. Remember, dangerous materials should be kept safely out of reach

– this includes household cleaners, sprays, glues, chemicals, knives and scissors.

time to consider the option of contact lenses as teenagers are very conscious of their appearance.

Teenagers

During pregnancy

It’s very important for young people to get into the habit of having regular eye examinations. Uncorrected vision problems can affect all aspects of their lives: their studies at school or university; their job; even their social life or ability to play sport. Glasses are now much more fashionable and there is a large range of options for fashion-conscious teens. This is also a good

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and your eyes can be affected too. Fluctuations in hormone levels can lead to dry eyes, blurred or distorted vision, or spots and floaters. Don’t worry if you experience any of these problems. The chances are they developed naturally and will disappear in the same way after childbirth. But it’s always important to visit your op-


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IMPORTANT AT ALL AGES.EXAMINING THE RETINA OF AN OLDER PATIENT FOR SIGNS OF DEGENERATION / SUR tician or GP if you do have any problems, just in case it’s a symptom of something other than hormonal changes.

Over 40s When you reach your 40s your eyesight starts to change. Presbyopia, or blurred near vision, affects everyone sooner or later. Don’t panic - you just need an eye test to determine which eye wear is right for you. There are many options which work well for this age group such as bifocals, varifocals, reading glasses and contact lenses.

Over 60s As we age, our eyes become more susceptible to certain problems. Visiting your optician regularly can help diagnose and treat these conditions early, as waiting until a problem is noticeable may be too late. Here are a few issues to look out for as you age.

Cataracts - Cataracts are common in over-60s. The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the reduction in perception of blue colours. Surgery is the most effective way to restore vision. Diabetic retinopathy - Diabetes can cause tiny blood vessels to leak or burst, blurring sight and leaving dark spots on the field of vision. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent loss of sight. Floaters - Tiny ‘spots’ or ‘blobs’ in the field or vision are often just harmless clusters of cells and will disappear without worry. If they persist, it is worth checking with an optician, however, as they may be a sign of another condition. Glaucoma - A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field

often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognised by the sufferer only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential. Treatment is via simple eye drops. Macular degeneration - In older people, the macula – the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision – thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion of, or even the loss of, central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital. To ensure optimum health of your eyes and have the best vision, annual check-ups throughout your life are crucial. José Ángel Moral-Tajadura is Business Development Manager, Spain for Specsavers Opticas.


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eYe advice for over 60s: YearLY eYe test can detect gLaucoma, cataracts, macuLar degeneration

free eYe tests with purchase at specsavers opticas in the costa BLanca

Specsavers, the UK’s “most trusted” opticians, are advising Costa Blanca residents over the age of 60 to have an eye test at least once a year. Older eyes are susceptible to diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, which can be detected during an eye test. Early diagnosis can help prevent further damage in many cases. To encourage residents to have an eye exam, Specsavers Opticas stores in Calpe, Jávea and Torrevieja are offering their signature, UK standard eye test free with every glasses purchase until 21st May, 2011. Optician Colin Evans of Specsavers Opticas in Torrevieja explains “Some people wait until their vision becomes impaired before having an eye test. This can be risky because some eye diseases have few noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced stage.” Store director Mike Stone of Specsavers Opticas in Calpe and Jávea adds: “Our advice to those over 60 is – Make an annual eye test a part of your normal healthcare routine.” Common problems for the over 60s Cataracts - The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the reduction in perception of blue colours. Glaucoma - A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognised by the sufferer only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential. Macular degeneration - In older people, the macula – the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision – thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion, or even loss, of central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital. Specsavers was voted Britain’s “most trusted” brand of opticians for the tenth year in a row by the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey 2011. For Specsavers Opticas store locations, visit www.specsavers.es

Life with Linda... “focus on the positive”

Positive thinking is certainly a powerful thing, but positive expression is equally important. Many people, especially marriage partners and parents of small children, seem to believe that the best way to get somebody to change for the better is to consistently point out to them what they are doing wrong. These authority figures criticize, day in and day out. Eventually the people they are talking to become frustrated and often start to feel angry, because they see that nothing they say or do has any positive effect, and sometimes things even get worse. Has this ever happened to you? If so, there’s a principle of cognitive psychology that I teach in my seminars you’ll want to know about. It’s simply this: We move toward and become like what we think about. And we automatically behave in ways that match the image we have of our capabilities and ourselves. When you focus on what is going wrong, you tend to experience more of the problem. And when you focus on the solution, you move toward it, as surely as day follows night. So instead of telling folks what they are doing wrong, why not tell them what they are doing right? Instead of telling them what the problem is, why not tell them what the solution looks like and how it will benefit them personally? And while you’re at it, why not tell them how much you enjoy and appreciate the thoughtful or bright or funny things they say and do. Remember the behavior that you focus on and praise tends to be repeated. I used to cringe when I was walking round the supermarkets in the UK, you don´t here it so much here, there again

there are not as many children here as there!! But I would hear parent after parent telling their child “if I have told you once, I have told you a thousand times”, so it seems neither the child nor the parent got the picture!!! How many times were they going to say the same thing one thousand and one, one thousand one hundred and one, one million????’ Einstein´s theory on insanity is to repeatedly do the same thing, in the same same and expect a different outcome.....sound familiar? If a pattern of behaviour or a way of life is not working for you, why keep at it? If something does not make you happy, why keep trying it? If the person you are with is not who you want to be with, why stay? I can hear all the moans and groans, but there are circumstances. Then that is a choice you are making, if you do not want to end something or change something then you don´t need to keep telling people or yourself about it. A change of attitude and approach is needed though. Keeping a positive attitude in these times when people are in “crisis” or “life is not the way it was”, is paramount, life is never going to be as it was, time moves on and changes are inevitable. If the whole world was in crisis then nobody would be making any money, and we know that is not the case. Adapt, apply and learn, you are never too old, or too late. People are living longer and better lives now than just a generation or two ago. Is it worth it if you are sad and miserable, if you are living in the past or waiting for somebody else to make you happy. Gratitude, attitude and open mindedness will be the tools of the generations to come, but there is no good reason why not to start now!!!! How many times have I got to tell you??????

By Linda Sage Ba ed(Hons), dip ReBT, dip CST ~ www.lindasaqementoring.com ~ Tel: 966 716 919 Member Toastmasters international


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Eye advice for Over 60s

Common problems for the over 60s Cataracts - The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and

the reduction in perception of blue colours. Glaucoma - A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognised by the sufferer only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential. Macular degeneration In older people, the macula - the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision - thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion, or even loss, of central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital. Specsavers was voted Britain's "most trusted" brand of opticians for the tenth year in a row by the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey 2011. For Specsavers Opticas store locations, visit www.specsavers.es.

Torrevieja hiking group Amigos Senderistas de Torrevieja Next outing on May 22, full day, to Playa de Las Mulas, Murcia. Meeting 8.30am prompt at the Carmen cultural centre, Torrevieja. Car pooling. Easy 10km walk around the coves (approx 3-and-a-half hours). Hiking boots and suitable clothing recommended. Also hat, suncream, water, fruit and snack.

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Yearly eye test can detect glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration Free eye tests with purchase at Specsavers Opticas in the Costa Blanca. Specsavers, the UK's "most trusted" opticians, are advising Costa Blanca residents over the age of 60 to have an eye test at least once a year. Older eyes are susceptible to diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, which can be detected during an eye test. Early diagnosis can help prevent further damage in many cases. To encourage residents to have an eye exam, Specsavers Opticas stores in Calpe, Jรกvea and Torrevieja are offering their signature, UK standard eye test free with every glasses purchase until 21st May, 2011. Optician Colin Evans of Specsavers Opticas in Torrevieja explains "Some people wait until their vision becomes impaired before having an eye test. This can be risky because some eye diseases have few noticeable symptoms until they reach an advanced stage." Store director Mike Stone of Specsavers Opticas in Calpe and Jรกvea adds: "Our advice to those over 60 is - Make an annual eye test a part of your normal healthcare routine."

May 18, 2011

It is essential to register on www.amigos-senderistas@ torrevieja.com

Growing potatoes This past February, even though my wife Susie and I were in warm Florida, I fell into a fit of the winter doldrums while watching Sam Champion on TV talking about a new winter snow storm dumping more ice and snow on Indiana. It distressed me no end to think of my friends and relatives battling that weather so, seeking relief, I grabbed Susie's hand and headed for a nearby garden store. While wandering the aisles filled with gardening equipment, I came across a book entitled The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Edmund C Smith. The book contained lots of hints about growing champion vegetables in raised bed gardens. The full color photographs, illustrating beautiful rows of vegetables, reeled me in, hook, line and sinker. Forget that old flat garden.. From now on, my veggies would ride high on a bed of dirt brimming with organic fertilizers. When we returned to Indiana from Florida, I set about building raised beds in my 30year-old garden space. My first stop was the Mulch farm where I bought a ton of top soil liberally laced with compost and had it loaded on my utility trailer. As soon as I got the dirt home, I took a couple of pain pills and immediately began shoveling the dirt before the pills lost their effect and my arthritis kicked in. Sugar peas, beets and onions went in the ground before it started raining. A row of dirt, loosely packed, was practically begging me to let it grow potatoes. I hesitated for a moment; potatoes were still one of the few bargains at the grocery store. Why bother going to all that trouble and waste that precious garden space? I'll tell you why. For the same reasons that mountain climbers climb, marathon runners run, swimmers swim and bikers get all decked out in that colorful Spandex, that's why. And what's more, my parents raised Victory Gardens to help our country in the war effort. Why shouldn't I do the same? Feeling very patriotic, I stood tall, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and headed for the Giant Cox's Plant Farm. I asked Wayne, the proprietor, the same questions about potatoes that I ask him every year. My heart raced as I looked at the burlap bags filled with certified seed potatoes. I searched lovingly through the

bags, selecting what I perceived to be superior specimens of three potato varieties - Red Pontiacs, Irish Cobblers and Yukon Golds. Why so many different kinds? I went with the Pontiacs because, thanks to a picture in Mr Smith's Bible, I am also going to raise green beans for the first time in many years. There's nothing better than a mess of new potatoes and fresh green beans on a hot July evening. I was going to stop there but Susie intervened. "Let's get some of those Yukon Golds," she said. "Why?" "They make great baked potatoes, that's why." "And where did you hear that?" "I don't know. Good Housekeeping, maybe." "Russets make the best bakers," I told her, showing her the potato section in the plant catalogue. "I like the color of the Yukons." I couldn't argue with that so I filled a sack from a bag leaning on another Burlap Bag marked Irish Cobblers and memories of a recent St Patrick's day party flooded my mind. My mouth watered as I recalled that evening's corned beef brisket and boiled potatoes which prompted me to reach in that burlap bag as well. While I was picking out potatoes, Wayne was digging in his Farmer's Almanac to get the best days for planting. The Almanac recommended April 21 and 22, Holy Thursday and Good Friday, but at the time, that was still almost two weeks in the future. I didn't want to wait but Wayne and Susie convinced me that I should do what the Almanac said. I finally agreed and pro-

ceeded to ask Wayne my annual question about PH measurements. I can't believe I've been gardening for 30 years and still don't know my own soil's PH number. All of my friends know whether their soil is alkaline or acidic, but not me. I should have paid more attention in chemistry class. "No need to worry about PH," Wayne said, looking up from his catalog. "Just put a little 6-24-24 under the eyes and that will take care of any problems." God, I loved that kind of Farmer talk. I softly repeated '6-24-24', letting the numbers roll off my tongue like silk slides off Susie's shoulder. I picked up a 50-pound bag of the fertilizer and wrestled it into my cart but quickly put it back when I saw the price; 42 dollars. Good Lord. How many potatoes could we buy for 42 dollars? I quickly did some mental calculations; wow, turns out to be quite a few. Luckily, the plant farm sold the fertilizer by the pound so I bought 6 pounds of fertilizer and a soil PH tester. My soil number was 7.0, considered to be neutral be-

tween alkaline and acid, if you're interested in that sort of thing. Good Lord, my soil is just like me - can't make up its mind about anything. It was raining on Holy Thursday and the weatherman said it was going to rain all day on Good Friday, as well. I planted the potatoes in a light drizzle, mumbling under my breath at Wayne and Susie all the while. On the next dry day, the Blue Lake pole beans went in the ground. I constructed a trellis featured in the Vegetable Gardener's Bible for the beans; it's ecologically sound, made from brush and other natural, organic materials and would be right at home in my mom's Victory Garden. As I stood in the rays of the setting sun, I felt sure my mom and dad, not to mention Ma and Pa Kettle, were looking down from heaven, fiercely proud of my effort. Don't be surprised if you see me in next month's Mother Earth News. ******** Note from Susie: You can ignore that stuff about silk sliding off my shoulder. Sometimes he thinks he's Clark Gable.


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COSTA NEWS, May 27-June 2, 2011

I’ve been living in Spain for some years, but have now decided to return to the UK. Do I need to inform anyone before leaving? If you intend to return to the UK permanently, it is important to de-register properly with the Spanish authorities so that there is no confusion as to where you are a resident. Typically you should consider de-registering with the local town hall (‘Padrón’), with the Spanish National Police (Residencia) and your local Health Centre. You can de-register simply by going to the same offices you went to register. If you have worked in Spain, you can also ask for a record of your employment history in Spain. This is called a ‘Vida Laboral’ and can be obtained from the Seguridad Social website (www.seg-social.es) or in person at any main Seguridad Social office. I live in Spain and am expecting a baby. Can I register the birth with the UK, even if my baby is born in Spain? Yes, you can. The Consular section of the British Consulate-General in Madrid is able to register the birth of a British national provided the event took place in Spain. Registration is not compulsory, but it has the advantage of ensuring that a permanent record of the event is kept at the General Register Office in the United Kingdom. Certified copies of consular birth and death entries may also be obtained. Such certifi-

cates are produced in English. For more information, you can visit our website ukinspain.fco.gov.uk where you can get copies of the forms and information on how to apply. However, the most important thing to do is to register the birth at the Civil Registry Office nearest to the place of birth or residence, by one of the child's parents. This should be done in the first eight days following the child's birth. However, this period can be extended to 30 calendar days if there is a justified reason for the delay. If you miss this time limit with the Spanish authorities, you may have problems getting the birth registered. You also may have to start an administration procedure with the Spanish authorities, which will be long and expensive. This can affect your child's access to state health, nursery or school. I’ve heard that once I am over 80, I can get a free passport. Is this the case? If so, where should I send my application? You can apply for a free passport if you were born on or before September 2 1929. This applies to all British passport holders and is in recognition of all the sacrifices made by World War II veterans and civilians. If you were born before this date, you can call your nearest Consulate (in this case Alicante) and we will send you the correct form to fill in. However, please bear in mind that the passport takes a minimum of 10 weeks to process as it has to be sent to the UK; therefore you have to make sure you give yourself

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plenty of time to get the application processed before you need to travel. If you were born after September 2 1929, even if you are over 80, you will have to pay for your passport and apply as normal.

Carte blanche for corruption

Q: I live in Spain but will going back to the UK this summer to visit. Do I need to take a European Health Insurance Card with me? Yes. When travelling out of your country of residence to another European country you should always take with you your blue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card entitles the holder to access state-provided medical treatment that becomes necessary during their temporary stay. It is still recommended to have travel insurance as well though as the EHIC does not cover all costs, such as repatriation. In terms of applying for your blue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), this will depend on where you live and how you access healthcare. If you are a UK resident you can apply online at www.ehic.org.uk or by calling 0845 606 2030. If you live in Spain and access healthcare through an S1 form (previously known as E121/E106/E109) you should call the Overseas Healthcare Team in the UK on 0044 191 218 1999 to apply for one. Otherwise, speak to your nearest INSS (Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social) office in Spain to see if you are entitled to a Spanish-issued one. If you want to ask the British Consul a question, just send an email to consul@cbnews.es and each month the Consul will answer a selection of readers’ questions. More information on the British Consulate and living in Spain can be found on the British Embassy website ukinspain.fco.gov.uk

Those who are greedy and corrupt will be sleeping easy in their beds this week. The reason? The message sent out by the electorate in the Valencia Region on Sunday was that allegations of corruption - however serious they may be - are not a problem. In the regional parliament, members of the governing Partido Popular (PP) face charges over the illegal financing of the party and the infamous Gürtel case. The regional president himself, Francisco Camps, is accused of receiving expensive suits and other gifts from the corruption network. No one has been found guilty over the allegations – it is likely to be some time before those who are accused have their day in court. However, even with these extremely serious charges hanging over the regional PP, they still won a landslide victory. In fact they picked up one more seat, bettering their result of 2007. The same has happened in the provincial parliament. Also run by the PP. Here the president José Joaquín Ripoll faces a number of charges over the rubbish collection contract scandal. Again these are allegations. But the prov-

READERS’ VOICE Will you be using the new Torrevieja-Alicante airport bus service? Are you happy with the 6.79 euro fare and the timetable?

Melanie Wonder

Torreta III, Torrevieja

Well first of all the price is much cheaper than I thought it would be, a return journey for two people will still work out at less than half that of a taxi, legal or illegal. I understand that the journey will take longer, but seeing as it is a one-stop express service it will not take a lifetime to get there. With the two hourly service it is easy to plan in advance and really reduce expenditure. Take a look at it this way, the amount that you save using the bus instead of a taxi, will many times be more than the cost of the flight itself. I will of course use it.

Carl Jeffers

Catral

I don’t live in the area, but do work near the town centre. Regularly I get holidaymakers coming in asking me how to get to the airport. This is a great response to the needs of the residents and holidaymakers and could be good for tourism in the area as well. If I lived in the area I would definitely use the service. I travel solo a lot and these are real savings compared to getting a taxi. Money that could be spent on the holiday or excursion itself. Finally a good incentive for people to come to the area and a real selling point. Many people book their flights and holidays well in advance to benefit from discounts. If they are lucky, the savings using the bus could pay for or heavily subsidise the price of a flight.

Dave Jones

incial PP will see their seats rise from 18 to 20. The message from the people is loud and clear. Possible corruption is not a good enough reason to stop supporting a political party. There wasn’t even a protest vote. At a town hall level, in many municipalities, the results have followed the same pattern. Of the parties which have been embroiled in allegations of corruption or illegal building scandals, very few have been punished by the electorate. Take for example the former Socialist party (PSOE) mayor of Catral, José Rodrígez Leal. A total of 1,270 illegal homes were built in the municipality under his tenure. He was kicked out of the PSOE, but set up his own party. On Sunday they won three seats out of a possible 13. Does that mean that a quarter of the population of Catral hanker after the construction of more illegal homes? However, a couple of municipalities have bucked the trend. One of these is Polop where the PP had its majority wiped out. The fact that ex-PP mayor Juan Cano is accused of being involved in the killing of his predecessor, Alejandro Ponsoda appears to have caused consternation among the voters. Another is Orihuela. The Partido Popular has governed for decades and there have been a succession of scandals over the years. These started

with former mayor Luis Cartagena who was eventually jailed for stealing cash given to the town hall by an order of nuns. Then his successor José Manuel Medina faced a number of charges, although he has since been cleared in many of the cases. The current PP team which governed from 20072011 under Mónica Lorente has also been hit by allegations of corruption. Three councillors were arrested and charged over the Brugal rubbish affair last year, along with the provincial president. Then it was revealed last month that Sra Lorente and seven councillors had been charged with corruption and embezzlement of public funds. It appears the PP in Orihuela may now have paid the price over these allegations. They have lost their majority and the opposition parties are in a position to form an alliance to govern. Just a couple of municipalities which have bucked the trend. This will not be enough for the young protesters who are camping out in the streets to demonstrate against a political class and system which they say does not represent them. The election results will do nothing to restore their faith in a system which they see as corrupt and decadent. Sunday, May 22 will only encourage the 15-M protesters to stay in the plazas around Spain. For ever and a day.

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Eye-care advice for the over 60s As we age, our eyes undergo many changes and even those with 20:20 vision while young will most likely require glasses when they reach their 60s and 70s. While some changes are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about, older eyes are also more susceptible to certain issues, which if left undiagnosed and untreated can lead to irreversible damage and sometimes total vision loss. After the age of 60, it is vital that you schedule regular eye-tests to allow for early diagnosis of any problems and visit your optician if you notice any significant changes to your vision. Your optician can examine your eye, diagnose the problem and suggest the correct treatment or course of action to minimise any issues. They can also prescribe the right glasses to counteract the aging process and allow you to lead a full and active life. Optical chain Specsavers has 25 years of experience caring for their patients' eyes around the world. They have compiled a list of issues to look out for as you get older and how these conditions can be treated.

Cataracts Cataracts are common in over-60s. The lens becomes opaque, blurring vision and even leading to loss of sight if left untreated. Early on, the condition may cause near-sightedness and the

reduction in perception of blue colours. Surgery is the most effective way to restore vision.

Diabetic retinopathy Diabetes can cause tiny blood vessels to leak or burst, blurring sight and leaving dark spots on the field of vision. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent loss of sight.

Floaters Tiny 'spots' or 'blobs' in the field or vision are often just harmless clusters of cells and will disappear without worry. If they persist, it is worth checking with an optician, however, as they may be a sign of another condition.

only when at an advanced stage. This loss of vision can never be recovered, so prompt diagnosis is essential. Treatment is via simple eye drops.

Macular degeneration In older people, the macula - the centre of the retina which is used for detailed vision - thins and occasionally bleeds. This can lead to distortion of, or even the loss of, central vision. The sufferer may also have trouble discerning colours. Peripheral vision remains unaffected, but central vision loss is serious, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital.

Glaucoma A build-up of fluid within the eye can increase pressure, which in turn damages the optic nerve. The loss of visual field often occurs gradually and slowly, and may be recognised by the sufferer

Specsavers has four Spanish stores where you can have your eyes checked by a fully-qualified, Englishspeaking Optician. Visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.


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April 13, 2011

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Worryingly low incidence of eye tests for children revealed across the Costa Blanca

Scoliosis Scoliosis is an abnormal lateral curvature and rotation of the spine. It can be congenital or acquired, due to injury or disease. Some of the causes of scoliosis include wedging of the vertebral body, neuromuscular imbalances affecting the muscles of the trunk, and some are due to habitually misaligned postures due to impairments such as leg length difference, a visual loss, or a hearing loss. A musculoskeletal evaluation of the spine, which is done by observing the line of the spine during a forward bend from the standing position, will display any presence of scoliosis. If there is a structural curve, there will be some prominence on the convex side of the curve. The prominence will be on one side only if there is a single curve (c curve). In a double curve, or s-curve, as in a right thoracic, left lumbar curve, there will be a prominence on the right in the upper back and on the left in the lower back. The rotation of the spine will be evident in the positions of the rib cage or pelvis. For most people with scoliosis, the curves in the spine are functional, and do not become fixed or structural. A scoliosis and lateral pelvic tilt is common but often undetected and can cause compression of the articulating facet of the 5th lumbar vertebra on the high side of the pelvic tilt and in turn discomfort or pain in that area. Scoliosis is a problem of asymmetry. Stretching

of tight muscles may be appropriate, but increasing overall flexibility of the spine is not desirable. Increasing spinal flexibility may make the scoliosis susceptible to progression. A well balanced Pilates exercise programme with gentle movements will help to strengthen local and global stabilising muscles and help to restore symmetry. If you have any postural or back complaints which you think may be helped or corrected with Pilates and you live in my area, please do not hesitate to contact me for further advice on class suitability for your condition.

In a survey conducted by Specsavers Opticas on the Costa Blanca to establish whether parents were taking their children to have their eyes tested, opticians were alarmed at the low incidence of those that were. Opticians recommend a yearly eye test for children from three years old, yet the survey revealed that in Torrevieja only 39% of all the respondents had taken their children to have an eye test with an optician. Worryingly, in Javea just 17% of children aged 6 - 12 years old have ever done so. This fact is even more surprising as 65% of the respondents there felt that poor eye sight could affect their children's performance at school. Parents in Calpe performed better, with 67% of all respondents having taken their children to an optician for an eye test. Although this is still not as high as opticians would like, Calpe parents are leading the way compared to other towns surveyed in the Costa Blanca. Mike Stone, who is store director at Specsavers Opticas' Calpe and Javea stores, commented "It's great to see

Calpe leading the way on the Costa Blanca with parents getting their children's eyes tested, but I would like to see 100% of parents doing so. Regular eye tests can detect problems with your child's vision and catch treatable conditions early, to protect their eyes and safeguard their vision." Optician Colin Evans of Specsavers Opticas' Torrevieja store added, "Regular eye tests are particularly important for children, as during the first 12 years of their lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through vision. One out

of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. This shows the crucial role that eye tests play in caring for our children's health and why parents should make sure their children's eyes are tested by a qualified optician every year." Book an eye test at your local optician and make sure your children's eyes are healthy and performing well. Specsavers Opticas are offering two for the price of one on children's glasses, visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.

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Flamenco star comes home to Pilar Top flamenco dancer/ choreographer Nadia Marquez has been booked for two special ‘live’ performances in Pilar de la Horadada’s Casa de Cultura. Nadia’s professional style of traditional Flamenco dance has created a full career for her and her company, with a busy international schedule including appearances in Madrid, London, Berlin and most of the European capitals, as well as the

United States, but she will be taking time off to return to her home town of Pilar de la Horadada for two shows in May. She is accompanied by a full professional orchestra comprising guitar, percussion, violin and two singers to give a spectacular demonstration of the real art of Flamenco. The performances will take place at 7pm and 10pm on Saturday 14th May. Tickets at 12 euros are available from the Casa de Cultura reception desk or from El Pescadito restaurant, Mil Palmeras. More information 965 320 071 or 610 562 706

Worryingly low incidence of eye tests for children revealed across the Costa Blanca

In a survey conducted by Specsavers Opticas on the Costa Blanca to establish whether parents were taking their children to have their eyes tested, opticians were alarmed at the low incidence of those that were. Opticians recommend a yearly eye test for children from three years old, yet the survey revealed that in Torrevieja only 39% of all the respondents had taken their children to have an eye test with an optician. Worryingly, in Javea just 17% of children aged 6 – 12 years old have ever done so. This fact is even more surprising as 65% of the respondents there felt that poor eye sight could affect their children’s performance at school. Parents in Calpe performed better, with 67% of all respondents having taken their children to an optician for an eye test. Although this is still not as high as opticians would like, Calpe parents are leading the way compared to other towns surveyed in the Costa Blanca. Mike Stone, who is store director at Specsavers Opticas’ Calpe and Javea stores, commented “It’s great to see Calpe leading the way on the Costa Blanca with parents getting their children’s eyes tested, but I would like to see 100% of parents doing so. Regular eye tests can detect problems with your child’s vision and catch treatable conditions early, to protect their eyes and safeguard their vision.” Optician Colin Evans of Specsavers Opticas’ Torrevieja store added, “Regular eye tests are particularly important for children, as during the first 12 years of their lives, as much as 80% of learning is

accomplished through vision. One out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. This shows the crucial role that eye tests play in caring for our children’s health and why parents should make sure their children’s eyes are tested by a qualified optician every year.” Signs that your child is having difficulty with their vision As a parent, it can be difficult to spot if your child has a vision problem, as children have no way of knowing if what they see is any different from what others can see. Also, as very young children, they are not able to communicate what the problem is. If you are concerned that there may be a problem with your child’s eyes, there are a number of tell-tale signs you can look out for: 1. Sitting too close to the TV 2. Rubbing their eyes repeatedly 3. Complaining of headaches 4. Becoming reluctant to read or look at small pictures or objects 5. Being clumsy 6. Squinting 7. The eyes behaving oddly when tired e.g. turning inwards or crossing The survey was conducted for Specsavers Opticas by Advent Communication, in the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol, in December 2010. To mark World Health Day on 7th April, book an eye test at your local optician and make sure your children’s eyes are healthy and performing well. Specsavers Opticas are offering two glasses for the price of one on children’s glasses, visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.


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COSTA NEWS, April 15-21, 2011 the month at 20.00. At Salon de Banquets, Avda del Mediterraneo, Teulada. 96 573 0655 or 658 241 056.

MUTXAMEL BARC (Busot Animal Rescue Centre) Book now to be sure of a seat at the latest fund raising lunch in aid of BARC (Busot Animal Rescue Centre). his event is taking place at the aerodrome on Rio Park on Wednesday, April 20 at 14.00. For only 10 euros you will have a 4 course lunch with both wine and coffee. These fund raisers are always popular so for further details or to book, please telephone Irene on 96 522 1124. Limited spaces available.

ONIL Royal British Legion La Foia Branch, Nr 3621 (Do you live in Biar, Castalla, Ibi, Onil or Tibi? Branch meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, at: Pizzaria Els Cristians (the old Cine Avenida), C/Juan Jorge 3,

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(off Avda Constitucion), Onil ranch Birthday Dinner and Dance at the Finca Ronesa in Tibi: July 15. For more info Contact: Polly Morton on: 96 556 2227 or email: honsec.lafoia.rbl@gmail.com or Tony Henderson on 677 647 518 or email: publicity.rbl.lafoia@hot mail. co.uk

ORIHUELA COSTA HAH Help at Home (Costa Blanca) HAH Costa Blanca Volunteers and the Committee are pleased to announce that the development of the Charity HAH Costa Blanca is progressing well, we are almost ready to offer a little FREE Help At Home to those in need. Recently Torrevieja Social Services agreed to work with HAH Costa Blanca and have asked for support of HAH volunteers for 2 of their cases until they are able to take over and the care be provided by Spanish social services, this normally takes approximately 6 / 8 weeks. HAH Volunteers are happy to help all nationalities of any age.

We have 25 registered volunteers willing to offer their time, helping where needed, fantastic people. 15 live in the Orihuela Costa/La Florida/Villamartin areas. We desperately need more volunteers of all nationalities from Campoverde, Pilar de la Horadada, Guardamar, Rojales, Los Montesinos, Torrevieja and La Marina to cover the many people who need a little free Help At Home. Should you wish to know how to become a HAH Volunteer, join us any Monday at Athena Greek Restaurant Alameda del Mar, from 14.00 to 16.00 above SuperCor La Mosca CC, or call us on 603 245 020 or 672 991 824 (Directions to Athena Rest. from Torrevieja, on the N-332, past the Go Karts and Lidl, turn off the N-332, left at the mini roundabout). Also see entry under Torrevieja.

PEDREGUER Marina Alta Classic Car Club (MACCC) The Ace Café is the official meeting place of the Marina Alta Classic Car Club. It is held at the Shell petrol station on the N-332, Km 193, near Pedreguer, meeting at 11·00 and anyone who has an interest in cars and would like to have a "nogin and natter" with likeminded people will be welcome. Events: 15-17 April: Spring Gallop-Tony & Trish Mansell. 8 May: Ace Café Concours Day. 29 May: Rally - Malcolm Halls. 12 June: Ace Café. 26 June: Rally Bernd Meyer. 10 July: Ace Café. 24 July: Evening Rally - Steve Adams. 14 Aug: Ace Café. 28 Aug: Evening Rally - Tim Horton. 11 Sep: Ace Café. 28 Sep to 2 Oct: Annual Autumn Rally - Steve & Glenda Adams. 30 Oct: Rally Gor-

don Blythe. 13 Nov: Ace Café. 27 Nov: Rally - Ross Ord. 11 Dec: Ace Café. 17 Dec: Xmas Dinner Dance - Steve & Glenda Adams. Anyone curious and needing more information about the Club, please ring Steve Adams (north of Benidorm) - 677 399 144, or Tony Mansell - south of Benidorm - 96 676 0801.

Royal Air Force Association, North Costa Blanca Branch For more information, visit www.rafa-ncb.org or call 96 574 3439.

PEGO Los Amigos Tennis Club Like to play tennis? Why not come along to the 'Club de Tenis Los-Amigos'. We are a club of friends where everybody plays everybody else and we play every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00 and 13:00, turn up and play as there is no membership fee . We are a mixed community including English, German and Dutch players but all have a smattering of English so language is not a problem. Residents, semi residents and regular holidaymakers are all welcome. The club has a good friendly spirit and all newcomers are made very welcome. For further information call Fred Moeling on 96 283 9543 / 630 113 123 or send an email to: tennisoliva@gmail.com

QUESADA Chess Club Tuesday afternoons at 14.30 in The Sportsman Bar, Av. Costa Azul (near Canales supermarket) Quesada. Everyone welcome. Contact Yolande by emailing

her on sportsmanquesada @gmail.com or phone 659 370 200 if you need directions.

ROJALES Benimar Social Club We meet each Wednesday at 20.00 at Rojales Steakhouse, Avda. Vega Baja, Rojales. Newcomers welcome. Our activities include, bridge, chess, crib, dinners, fund raising, quiz, short mat bowls, and walks. We look forward to meet you. For more information please contact: Sue, 685 339 179 or Richard 660 825 390.

Chess Club - Daya Vieja Meets each Friday at Club de Ajedrez, Centro D.A.Y.A., Calle

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del Generalisimo, Daya Vieja, between 13.00 - 17.00. Anyone from beginners to masters interested in a game would be welcome. For more information please contact: Richard on 660 825 390

Manchester City F.C. Supporters Club (1949) Costa Blanca Branch Honorary President, Bert Trautmann, OBE. We meet for all City matches at the Breeze Bar, CC Benimar in Benijofar and hold regular social events. If you support the only football team to come from Manchester, we'd love it if you joined us. More details contact Jackie (Sec) 966 194 925, or send an email to: costablancablues@hotmail.

Help is an English-speaking voluntary community service on the Costa Blanca, which provides assistance in medical and other types of emergency

Numbers and contact details: BENIDORM President: 607 387 040 Equipment: 663 495 396 Welfare: 607 386 964 Interpreters: 607 385 842 for more information www.help-benidorm.com BENISSA Co-ordinator 688 607 283 BENITACHELL Co-ordinator 664 573 360 CALPE Co-ordinator 616 237 135 DENIA All advice, information and equipment: 96 642 7044 (24hr answerphone) Web: www.helpofdenia.com JALÓN VALLEY Health/Welfare 659 624 643 Jalón Shop: 96 648 1004 Alcalali Shop 648081 667

www.jalonvalleyhelp.com JÁVEA Information & equipment only: 96 579 50 78 MORAIRA/TEULADA Co-ordinator 667 036 188 SAN MIGUEL DE SALINAS Office 96 672 3733 Open Mon-Fri 10.00-13.30 Email: office@helpvegabaja.com Web: www.helpvegabaja.com TORREVIEJA Office 96 570 42 82, open 10-13.30. email: office@helpvegabaja.com MURCIA MAR MENOR Office 968 57 00 59. Mon.Fri 10-13.30 email: info@helpmurciamarmenor.org www.helpmurciamarmenor.org

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Costa Blanca News' regular feature supporting local writers in conjunction with WordPlay Writers' Forum.

WordPlay and You An international Writers' Forum founded here on the Costa Blanca in January 2010, WordPlay's local members meet at Maggies Bar in Playa Flamenca on the second Friday of each month at 09.30. For those further afield, there is the option of e-membership through the website. The purpose of the group is to encourage writers to write and then to get them read. To this end WordPlay publishes a monthly ezine, and has added a quarterly fiction ezine - The Story behind the Story - to its stable of products. An anthology of members' works, which will include all WordPlay competition winners, is planned for this month.

Keep Writing The world is your oyster (or lobster, if you listen to Delboy from 'Only Fools and Horses'). Never has this been truer for writers. Our recent articles have highlighted the plethora of opportunities available to us creative types. Today we discuss what is possibly the jewel in the crown - the pearl within the oyster. 'This week I had my first experience of CreateSpace,' says Ian, co-founder of WordPlay. 'It is phenomenal'. WordPlay is currently pub-

lishing an anthology of its members' work. WordPlay ShowCase is around 250 pages of emerging writing talent (another vehicle supporting WordPlay's primary purpose). This is a real book by real writers. So, how to publish? Traditional routes are virtually debarred unless you are already a 'name'. The book 'First Thriller' is a terrific opportunity for new writers within the thriller genre - but then it is edited and contains a short story by Lee Child, already an international best seller. Print self-publishing (formerly known as vanity publishing) can cost in the region of 1000 euros - plus the cost of the books. And then there is CreateSpace. Michael, WordPlay's other co-founder, has already acted as a consultant to publish via this route. He was Ian's guide. After a week of collating and editing, the whole anthology, including designing the cover - the whole book, in fact took a morning to format and submit for review. You, the writer, call the shots. It is reviewed for publishing (not content and editing) purposes. The review is emailed within 48 hours (in our case six!!), with inaccuracies of format or inconsistencies of basics (eg,

ISBN number, titling) highlighted for correction Once accepted by Create Space, a proof book is ordered for final perusal by the author and then actual publishing requested. And the cost? If you are tech savvy, and understand formatting, pdf conversion, creating .tiff files, etc. then the cost is time, effort, and the occasional frustration (we are talking technology, after all!). If you are not au fait with all of this, then using a consultant (such as WordPlay) to do this post editing work for you can cost as little as €100. CreateSpace is part of Amazon. Amazon - changing the face of not only reading, but also writing. The writer's world is indeed now their oyster. Farm those pearls. There are no more excuses for not getting that book out there. The only thing stopping you is …. You.

Be Part of It WordPlay is here to encourage writing, and get writers' work read. t. Contact us by email on wordplayenquiries@mail.com, or visit the www.wordplaywriters.com for details of all our services and activities, membership options and competition details. Play with Words, Ian and Michael

Worryingly low incidence of eye tests for children revealed across the Costa Blanca In a survey conducted by Specsavers Opticas on the Costa Blanca to establish whether parents were taking their children to have their eyes tested, opticians were alarmed at the low incidence of those that were. Opticians recommend a yearly eye test for children from three years old, yet the survey revealed that in Torrevieja only 39% of all the respondents had taken their children to have an eye test with an optician. Worryingly, in Javea just 17% of children aged 6 - 12 years old have ever done so. This fact is even more surprising as 65% of the respondents there felt that poor eye sight could affect their children's performance at school. Parents in Calpe performed better, with 67% of all respondents having taken their children to an optician for an eye test. Although this is still not as high as opticians would like, Calpe parents are leading the way compared to other towns surveyed in the Costa Blanca. Mike Stone, who is store director at Specsavers Opticas' Calpe and Javea stores, commented "It's great to see

Calpe leading the way on the Costa Blanca with parents getting their children's eyes tested, but I would like to see 100% of parents doing so. Regular eye tests can detect problems with your child's vision and catch treatable conditions early, to protect their eyes and safeguard their vision." Optician Colin Evans of Specsavers Opticas' Torrevieja store added, "Regular eye tests are particularly important for children, as during the first 12 years of their lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through vision. One out

of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. This shows the crucial role that eye tests play in caring for our children's health and why parents should make sure their children's eyes are tested by a qualified optician every year." Book an eye test at your local optician and make sure your children's eyes are healthy and performing well. Specsavers Opticas are offering two for the price of one on children's glasses, visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store.


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COSTA NEWS, May 12-19, 2011

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Mijas Bowls Club's busy month

Less than 50% of parents in Fuengirola take their children for eye tests

By Sheila Graveling WHAT a busy month April has been this year with Easter being so late. The Winter Championships have just finished and two of our teams did so well that we won the Ladies Triples with Pam Cole, Dine Warn and Lynda Hall. It was a very good match to watch, they beat an excellent team from Lauro. We also won in the Men's Pairs with Don Smith and Kevin Blow beating Bill Gregory and Mike Dethridge from Benalmรกdena. Very well done to both teams - we are very proud of them. Now the winter birds are leaving and we are fewer in number for the summer but still going to enjoy all that the coast can offer in this warmer season. Our club stays open all year round and we have lots of events so look out for our news each month. We will go to our summertime bowling in the evenings from the beginning of June. For more information about club activities please call 952 466 038 or 952 387 078.

Advertising feature n a survey conducted in Fuengirola by Specsavers Opticas to establish whether parents were taking their children to have their eyes tested, opticians were alarmed at the low incidence of those that were. Opticians recommend a yearly eye test for children from three years old, yet the survey revealed that in Fuengirola only 42% of respondents with children between 6 and 12 years old had taken their children to have an eye test with an optician. This fact is even more surprising as 92% of the respondents felt that poor eye sight could affect their children's performance at school. Optician Amrik Sappal of Specsavers Opticas in Fuengirola explains why eye tests are so important "Throughout our children's early life parents should make sure that their eyes are healthy and that their vision is being corrected if required so they can thrive at school and lead a full life. Regular eye tests can detect problems with your vision and catch treatable conditions early, to protect your eyes and safeguard your vision. This is particularly important with children. During the first 12 years of their lives, as much as 80% of learning is accomplished through vision, yet one out of every four children has an undetected vision problem that may inhibit their progress. This

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Don and Kevin, Winter Pairs champs 2011 with Dine and Geraldine

Pam , Dine and Lynda, Winter Trips champs 2011

shows the crucial role that eye tests play in caring for our children's health and why you should make sure their eyes are tested by a qualified optician every year." Signs that your child is having difficulty with their vision As a parent, it can be difficult to spot if your child has a vision problem, as children have no way of knowing if what they see is any different from what others can see. Also, as very young children, they are not able to communicate what the problem is. If you are concerned that there may be a problem with your child's eyes, there are a number of tell-tale signs you can look out for: 1. Sitting too close to the TV 2. Rubbing their eyes repeatedly 3. Complaining of headaches 4. Becoming reluctant to read or look at small pictures or

objects 5. Being clumsy 6. Squinting 7. The eyes behaving oddly when tired e.g. turning inwards or crossing The survey was conducted on behalf of Specsavers by Advent Communication, in the Costa del Sol and Costa del Blanca in December 2010. Book an eye test at your local optician and make sure your children's eyes are healthy and performing well. Specsavers Opticas are offering two glasses for the price of one on children's glasses, visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store. Specsavers contact details: Avenida Ramon Y Cajal 6 29640 Fuengirola, Malaga Tel: 952 467 837

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