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Day: August 31, 2014

3,000 kilos of food raised from Ice Bucket Challenge

Orihuela Priest said the campaign has been like Christmas in August Since four local residents from Orihuela came up with the idea to use the Ice Bucket Challenge to collect food parcels for the local Cáritas charity, over 3 000 kilogrammes of food has been donated, which will be divided among the families it considers are in greatest need of support. The priest of the “Saints Justa and Rufina” Parish Church, José Luis Satorre, was among the first people to accept the challenge, and stated that with all of this food being donated, it is “As if Christmas has come in the middle of August!” He explained that this volume of food, which has been collected over a period of just four days, is only normally donated over Christmas. The success of the campaign is thanks to the goodwill and sportsmanship of local businessmen, politicians and sports personalities, who have had no hesitation in supporting the cause. The latest nominees to take a dunking in aid of the internationally recognised challenge on Thursday afternoon included union leader Antonio Franco; President of the Chamber of Commerce, Félix Cerdán; Footballer, José Luís Giera, President of the Traders Association of Orihuela, Daniel Hernández, and Dean of the College of Lawyers, Manolo Almarcha. The campaign continues with nominations for Socialist Councillor, Víctor Ruiz; PP Councilor, Dámaso Aparicio; and former Mayor, José Manuel...

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Lockers and wi-fi installed at Campoamor beach

Orihuela Town Hall to extend the facilities along the coast next year Visitors to Playa de la Glea Beach at Campoamor, Orihuela Costa, can now benefit from public lockers to store their personal items. The initiative has been devised by the town hall in a bid to reduce incidents of theft and losses on local beaches, and use of the facilities costs just €5 per day. Each locker is equipped with an information screen, that displays the instructions in various languages. Payment of the €5 fee may be made ​​by credit card or in cash, and the locker will provide the user with a printed bar code, which can later be scanned to re-open it. The service also permits the user to obtain a Wi-fi code, providing them with a high speed network connection, also included in the price. The project is expected to be extended to other beaches along the coast during the coming year....

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Rojales presents its national carol contest

Registration is now open for choirs to participate in the prestigious December event The organisers of the Rojales National Carols and Lullabies Contest “Villa Rojales” have published rules and regulations for the 36th edition, which will be held at the Capitol Theatre on December 20th. Choirs from across the country are eligible to participate in the event, following submission of a completed registration form, agreement to the terms and conditions and list of songs which they intend to perform. Participating choirs will be selected from all the applications by the organisation’s technical committee, and will compete for a grand prize of €3,000 plus a trophy, a second prize of €2,000 plus a trophy and a third prize of €1,000 plus a trophy. The organising committee has also stipulated that all participating choirs perform the mandatory piece, “Niño Divino” (Divine Child), which is composed by Aurelio Martínez López from Torrevieja, and is available to download via the competition website,...

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Hundreds of red weevil infested palm trees remain

Socialists claim plague is out of control in certain areas The Socialist Party (PSOE) in the Vega Baja has warned that there are still hundreds of palm trees affected by the red palm weevil (Rhyhchophorus Ferrugineus), many of which are located along the banks of the River Segura. This is despite government agency the River Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS) having removed some 300 dead palms from the area. The Socialists claim the problem is still at a critical stage and is being allowed to spiral out of control. They are demanding that the CHS take immediate action to “completely eliminate the pest”. They went on to highlight the presence of a second beetle “Tomicus perfodaror”, which has also been found in Redován and Callosa de Segura. The town hall issued warnings about the discovery of the bug only two weeks previously, as it is known as the “pine borer”, for its ability to create as many as 5,000 holes in one tree. PSOE is concerned that the presence of this pest might be aggravated during the autumn, which is when they are known to...

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