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Day: September 16, 2016

Spectacular Guardia chase causes panic

Audi took out motorway toll barrier at La Zenia and caused accident in San Miguel The Guardia Civil were involved in a spectacular chase along the motorway on Thursday to catch a vehicle occupied by two middle aged South American men, who tried to escape and were driving recklessly. The events happened in the middle of the day on the AP-7 towards Torrevieja. The two men were in a black Audi A3 that for a long while sowed panic along this usually quiet stretch of road. When they reached the La Zenia toll booth in Orihuela Costa the car crashed through one of the barriers on its way. The chase continued along the road from Campoamor to San Miguel, where Orihuela Local Police joined in to try and stop the car. In San Miguel it caused a traffic accident that forced the two men to get out and flee on foot. The operation is still open and it has not been revealed if the Guardia Civil were able to catch the two men in the...

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Parents vote for continuous school day

Majority from 30 Vega Baja schools wanted to only have lessons in the mornings La Paz school in Callosa More than 30 primary schools in the Vega Baja decided on Thursday to implement a continuous day, which means lessons would finish at 2pm. Most of the schools that were authorised to have a vote were in favour of the change, such as in Torrevieja where all of them did apart from the Colegio Amanecer which did not have a vote. In Orihuela it was supported by the schools Andrés Manjón, Villar Palasí, Fernando de Loaces, Ismael García (La Murada), Nuestra Señora de Belén (La Aparecida) and San Bartolomé. In Pilar de la Horadada the Mediterráneo and Virgen del Pilar voted in favour. In Callosa de Segura there was a massive turnout and they agreed on the new system at the schools Primo de Rivera, La Paz, San Roque and Rafael Altamira. In Rojales it was approved at the only local primary school, Poeta Miguel Hernández (previously Príncipe de España) with 64% of votes in favour. The three schools in Dolores – Colegios Virgen de los Dolores, San Francisco de Asís and Cardenal Belluga – also approved the intensive school day. Parents at the Azorín school in Catral also massively supported it, with 1,027 votes in favour and only 11 against, with 77.8% participation. Supporters of this model claims it...

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Vandals destroy new bench on Orihuela mountain

Gift from Albatera company was thrown down the slope The bench that was by the Cruz de la Muela, as it was left on the mountainside Two months is all that the wooden bench that was set up by the Cruz de la Muela cross on top of the mountain in Orihuela has lasted. It was ripped out of the ground by vandals and rolled down the mountainside. The bench was put there so that hikers making the climb have a place to rest, as a gift from a company in Orihuela that is part of the Orihuela-based BNI En Marcha business group. But no everyone was happy with the gift and some posted on social media that it was a blot on the landscape next to the iconic cross. However others thought it was an excellent initiative because it allowed them to have a moment of comfort to rest before making the trek back down again. It has been confirmed that the company which donated the bench is not planning to replace it at the...

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Two Torrevieja police to train as dog handlers

Two members of the Torrevieja Local Police Operative Reinforcement Group (GRO) have been selected by the Valencian Institute for Public Security and Emergencies (IVASPE) to take a specialised course in handling police dogs. The course will be taken by a total of 20 officers from October and will include theory and practical phases. The GRO has used dogs to help with their police duties in the past and to support the enforcement of court orders and the State Security...

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Join the Historic Countryside Walk in Rojales

Sunday morning tour takes in museum and traditional farmland Rojales is putting on the third edition of the ‘Historic Countryside’ tour, which follows a route that is approved by the Valencian Community Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing (FEMECV). The participants will set off at 9am on Sunday, September 18th, from the Recinto Ferial (fair ground) by the River Segura and cover a route that is eight kilometres long and not difficult. The duration is expected to be almost three hours, including a guided tour of the Ethnological Museum of the Countryside, where the Town Hall will offer free drinks of water or juice. Councillor Edelmira Andreu described it as a multidisciplinary activity because it offers both physical exercise and teaches about the irrigation systems of the farmland, with their channels and canals, and shows the crops that are being grown in the fields right now. “This is a walk around farmland is not only historic but alive and producing,” he said. The Town Hall will also hand out a leaflet with information about the walk. Participants are asked to register in advance by filling in the form on the following link:...

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