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Day: September 28, 2016

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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Belgian woman arrested for defrauding tenants

Suspect detained in Formentera del Segura on European Arrest Warrant The National Police arrested a 49 year old woman of Belgian nationality in Formentera del Segura on Monday for allegedly defrauding the tenants of her apartments in Calpe over the last four years. She charged them between €12,500 and €15,500 as a deposit, money which she then took and diverted into other accounts in her name. This woman was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant for fraud and was being looked for by the Belgian authorities as a fugitive until finally being arrested on September 26th. The suspect offered five compatriots apartments in Calpe for a price “well below their real value” to make the victims believe the amount was because the homes came from bank embargoes. Later she asked them for between €12,500 and €15,500 as a deposit to reserve the property and took the money. The police investigation located various bank transfers in her name, which the officers who were following her checked were the method she was using to carry out the fraud. The events occurred in Belgium and Spain. The arrested woman committed them sporadically and intermittently since September 2012, in which time she managed to defraud five...

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Torrevieja’s third driest spell in history

138 days straight without rain ended today Torrevieja reached 138 days without rainfall of more than 1 litre per square metre on Tuesday, which is the third longest dry spell since records began (in 1927). Since May 13th it had not rained more than 1 litre per square metre in Torrevieja, although occasionally there were smaller showers. The data is still far from other periods of drought registered in 1946 with up to 154 days without rain and in 1930 when there were 172 consecutive days without any rain worth mentioning. The lack of rain starts to be even more of a problem when in the whole year only 60 litres have been collected, which is a quarter of the average over the last 30 years. However, this run of days came to an end today, Wednesday when the instability increased. By the early morning in Torrevieja a total of 4 litres per square metre had been collected. Although the situation is very difficult to predict over the coming days, it seems there are still a couple of days with a high chance of rain. A mass of cold air is over the Mediterranean at the moment, which combined with the Easterly wind which can be felt from today could favour the growth of showers and storms. The instability will continue until Friday and over the weekend more stable...

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Commerce Fair in Almoradí

All sorts of bargains including cars and entertainment in the Plaza de Constitución this weekend After hosting the Vega Baja Tourism Fair last weekend, now the Plaza de la Constitución in Almoradí will be the setting for the municipality’s Commerce, Clearance and Automobile Fair from Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd. This year’s edition will feature 28 shops like clothes, opticians, shoes, electrical appliances, food, make up, jewellery, gifts and travel agents, as well as six car local dealerships. The Restaurante Infantes will also be offering a large variety of tapas. As well as the variety of shopping on offer, visitors will also be able to enjoy performances of flamenco dancing by the Dance Factory Academy (Saturday 1pm), flamenco and contemporary by Tacón y Punto (Sunday 7pm), music with pop, rock and disco from the band Dibeiser (Saturday 9pm) and magic with Lumaky (Sunday 1pm). “Our idea is to make a shopping party,” indicated the shopkeepers’ association president Juan Gómiz, who considered that “quality and good prices are what distinguish us from other fairs”. He highlighted the good health of the fair by assuring the participating shopkeepers are “very happy with it and they all want to participate next year, in fact the plaza is getting too small”. Councillor Adela Caracena emphasised the positive impact it is having on commerce in Almoradí, assuring that “since summer 2015 the...

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