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Day: September 19, 2016

Rojales prepares extra special fiestas

Religion, culture, sport and fun for the 75th anniversary of its Virgen del Rosario statue The fiestas in honour of the patron of Rojales, the Virgen del Rosario have a special significance this year as it is the 75th anniversary of the arrival of its statue, which was brought to replace the one destroyed in the Civil War. It was carved in wood by the Valencian artist Francisco Marco Díaz and will be paraded around the streets on October 7th. There are almost 50 activities taking place right up until October 23rd, combining religious, cultural, sporting and fun events. The full programme is below:   SATURDAY, 24th SEPTEMBER At 8 p.m. In the Capitol Theatre, the music bands “La Lira” of Rojales and “Nuestra Señora del Remedio” of La Matanza (Orihuela) in concert. At 9:00 p.m. Bingo on the Church Square. Everyone interested has the opportunity to enjoy dinner at the bar installed by the Fiestas Committee. Before the finish, Rojales Town Council will provide delicious hot chocolate with a bun to all those present. SUNDAY, 25th SEPTEMBER At 6:00 a.m. “Rosario de la Aurora” (saying the rosary at sunrise), with “Los Auroros” from Benijófar. At 7:30 p.m. In the Capitol Theatre, the music bands “Santa Cecilia” of Rojales and “Unión Musical” of Santa Pola in concert. At 12:00 noon. Holy Mass At 1:00 p.m. Tribute to our senior...

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Free buses around Orihuela Costa, city and villages on Thursday

Save money and the environment on World Car Free Day Orihuela Town Hall has announced its activities to mark World Car Free Day, which is on September 22nd. Councillor Miguel Ángel Fernández said the council will offer free bus travel during this day on the Costa Azul and Sigüenza company lines around Orihuela Costa, Vega Baja Hospital and local villages, including Desamparados (University of Miguel Hernández), Molins, Arneva, Hurchillo, La Murada, Raiguero de Bonanza, La Campaneta, and La Aparecida. “We want to promote the use of public transport to reduce pollution in a more effective way,” he said, reminding that the Town Hall has committed to the EU’s Covenant of Mayors, which aims to reduce greenhouse gases and pollution and improve air quality. Also on Thursday, a circuit will be set up on the Glorieta Gabriel Miró in the city centre for bicycles, tricycles, Segways and an electric car. 200 schoolchildren will visit this to learn ways to reduce the harmful effects of vehicles but it is open to everyone else as well. Fernández reminded that Orihuela is also part of the Spanish Network of Pro Bicycle Cities (RCXB) and will also join in with Intelligent Mobility...

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Military Emergencies Unit on manoeuvres in the Vega Baja

400 soldiers and 120 vehicles will be training this week and will put on an exhibition in Redován on Thursday The Military Emergencies Unit (UME) came to the Vega Baja today (Monday, September 19th) with 400 soldiers and 120 military vehicles to perform various manoeuvres to improve their response capacity in an emergency situation. The UME is part of the Spanish Armed Forces which has duties including fighting forest fires, floods, earthquakes and all kinds of rescues and searches in disasters. They arrived in Bigastro, where they will be based until Friday and will carry out their exercises there and in Redován. In Redován they will practise mountain rescues, because of the conditions of the different rock faces that the sierra has there. These will take place in the day and at night, whatever the weather may be, to make the experience as realistic as possible. They will also perform exercises in the Industrial Estate, which will focus on saving people in a possible flood or searching for people in a disaster. It is also possible that the UME will engage in unexpected activities in other parts of the Vega Baja but this is being kept a secret by the military. Exhibition To conclude the week, on Thursday, September 22nd from 6pm the UME will put on an exhibition in the Plaza Miguel Hernández in Redován. The soldiers will...

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Three face prison for hiding explosives in Torrevieja

Two women and a man go on trial today The Alicante Provincial Courthouse is judging two women and a man on Monday (September 19th) who are accused of possession of explosive substances. The events happened in March 2009 when officers of the National Police found 700 grams of Goma-2 in a house in Torrevieja. Afterwards, in another house in which two of the accused lived, more than nine kilos of the same substance was found. Furthermore, having been told by one of the accused, the officers found a stash with another seven and a half kilos of explosive. The material they seized had been stolen from the quarry in San Isidro. The prosecutor is calling for sentences that range between two and six years in prison for an offence of possession or storing of explosive...

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Orihuela man arrested for running over three people

Driver fled after big fight between youths in Santomera Santomera Local Police arrested a young man aged 23 who lives in Orihuela on Sunday after he allegedly ran over three people and fled. The events happened at about 6am on Sunday in the town in Murcia and the officers managed to detain the driver of the vehicle – a silver Citroen Saxo – at one of the main exits from the municipality. According to witnesses who were there, it happened in an enclosure when the man now under arrest tried to leave after having participated in a big fight between youths from Orihuela and Santomera, which is currently celebrating its fiestas. When he started his car a group of lads climbed on and the driver started the engine and put it in gear, running over three people and leaving the area. Shortly afterwards he was arrested. The ambulance from Santomera treated a 26 year old man who had a fractured collar bone and a head injury and was taken to Virgen de la Arrixaca University Hospital. The other two people were only injured slightly and did not need to be taken to hospital so were treated at the place where it...

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