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Month: September 2016

San Fulgencio fiestas are underway

Virgen del Remedio celebrations are just the tonic Some highlights from last year’s fiestas San Fulgencio is also celebrating at the moment, with its fiestas for the Virgen del Remedio, starting with the parade and coronation for the Fiesta Queens on Saturday and a Tractor Driving Ability Contest on Sunday – this is a small farming village after all. Religion is important too, with Masses each day of the week organised by residents of the different areas. Next weekend the activities really kick in with the offering of flowers, the parade of floats and the parade for the Virgen. They continue into the week after with a big outdoor picnic dinner and dance, children’s games, a ribbon race, a running race and a comedy play.   VIRGEN DEL REMEDIO FESTIVITY PROGRAMME 2016 Saturday 1st October 8 p. m. – Street parade to collect the Queens and Ladies-in-waiting, as usual along with the “Unión Musical de San Fulgencio”. 9 p. m. – CORONATION O F QUEENS AND LADIES IN WAITING 2016 GALA. Live Show with Rosario Mohedano, Rosa Benito and Carlos Vargas Venue: Municipal Marquee. Sunday 2nd October 10 a.m. – II Ability contest for tractor drivers. Venue: Pau Gasol Street. 2 p. m. – Paella contest. Chicken, rabbit, vegetables, seafood. Cook it the way you like and our jury will give the verdict. Venue: Municipal Marquee (By the Municipal...

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Game shows, tradition and fun at Los Montesinos fiestas

Get the full programme in English here The fiestas for Los Montesinos’ patron, the Virgen del Pilar started last Sunday with the traditional pilgrimage to La Marquesa church, but most of the festivities are between October 1st and 12th. They include Los Montesinos Prix, a game show like It’s a Knockout; Los Monteinos Express, based on the US show The Amazing Race; a concert by singer Rafa Blas, winner of La Voz (The Voice; a big open air dance with the Jamaica band; the Siéntete una estrella (Feel Like a Star) impression competition; sporting tournaments; bicycle rides; and traditional activities like parades, a ribbon race and religious acts. Councillor Alejandro Espi said they have improved the programme so that everyone ejoys themselves as much as possible. You can follow updates on the activities on the Facebook page:   Programme of events: Friday 30th September 21:30h. THEATRE.The young theatre group will perform “Menaechmi” by Plato. Place: Auditorium School of Music and Culture.   Saturday 1st October 18:00h. The jury will begin to walk the streets to assess the participants in the IV STREET DECORATION CONTEST. If you want to enter your street into the contest, please register at Town Hall until September 30. Ignite your imagination and show off your street these holidays. Rules at Town Hall. 21:00h. Collection of Queens and Ladies of Honor. Join us in this...

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Grandmother wins custody of her murdered daughter’s child

Girl’s mother was killed in Orihuela two years ago Maruja Cuenca Little Marí Carmen, the daughter of a woman murdered two years ago in Orihuela, will go to live with her grandmother, Maruja Cuenca in the next few days after a court ruled in her favour and considered that she is an “ideal” person to take charge of the four year old girl. The trial was held in Alicante on Thursday, September 29th. The girl’s mother, Yolanda Aniorte was beaten to death by her boyfriend in the house they both shared in the Capuchinos area of the city. The Prosecutor was in favour of returning the child to her grandmother immediately and described the situation that had developed as “bizarre”. The child had been living with a foster family since August after a court in Alicante told Valencian Social Services it was “the most suitable protective measure”, primarily because the grandmother is 60 years old. Maruja appealed because she claimed she is perfectly able to care for the girl. Now this judge has decided “there is no reason the child has to be with a foster family”, explained Maruja Cuenca’s lawyer to Diario de la Vega. It is expected that the girl will be returned to her house in Orihuela between Friday and Monday, after spending two months in a home in Alicante. However, this is only a provisional...

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Orihuela Police find lost woman with Alzheimer’s

She had hidden among some reeds to shelter from the rain Orihuela Local Police have found a woman who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and had disappeared in the village of El Mudamiento. She was found on Thursday morning among some reeds, where she had tried to take shelter from the rain overnight. She was treated where she was found by the doctor from the Provincial Fire Brigade’s helicopter, which had joined the search for her this morning. Police officers and Civil Protection members, the Red Cross and the Fire Brigade had spent the night looking for her, and had even set up a command post in El Mudamiento. Fortunately the woman was found first thing in the morning less than a kilometre from her village and she was in good...

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Environmental assaults on the Sierra Escalona

San Miguel residents denounce ploughing and building in the forest The association of residents San Miguel Arcángel has called the environmental management of this municipality “catastrophic” over the last year, during which they have reported nine environmental “assaults” that have seriously degraded its natural heritage. Most of these were about land being cleared and ploughed so it can be used to grow orchards instead of forests. Others have affected land of high environmental and cultural value or have been turned into dumps for rubble in green areas or untreated sewage from an urbanisation. Most of these have directly affected special areas for the protection of birds (ZEPA) of the Sierra de Escalona and Dehesa de Campoamor, which is included in the Natura 2000 network and so under European protection. “This protection has proved no obstacle to generalised destruction”, even without in most cases the proper permits. Despite their seriousness and the long period of time they have taken place over, “there has not even been a cross word from the councillor for the environment”, María José Costa Medrano of UPyD, “to defend our natural heritage”. “Instead of leading the defence and promotion of our important natural spaces, the councillor and the rest of the council have remained mute while this deterioration has unstoppably...

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