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Month: October 2016

Student killed climbing in Callosa

Qualified monitor injured in same accident Photo courtesy of CDS Noticias A young French student died on Saturday in the area of the Sierra de Callosa known as the Cresta del Caballo after there was a rock slide, according to the local news website CDS Noticias. In the same accident a qualified hiking monitor suffered a seriously injured arm. Members of the Callosa Mountaineering Group and the Emergency Services went to help and a helicopter was needed to take the monitor to...

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Captive children rescued from their family in Catral

Teenage boy and girl had been kept isolated from society for 7 years Guardia Civil have arrested a Swiss couple living in Catral for domestic violence offences and illegal detention against their children, aged 17 and 15. They came to Spain over 7 years ago and did not leave the house to go to the doctor or to school. A social worker from the Town Hall told police they received a report from a charity for at risk children (ANAR) about two children in Catral with an unknown address. It said the girl, who is the eldest, asked for help in an email, saying they had been kept in the house since March 2009 under completely restricted contact with the outside world. It explained their mother did not let them go to school, except for their eldest brother, who is now an adult and left in 2009 for Switzerland to live with his biological father. She said she had never received any medical treatment or been to a doctor, except for once to Almoradí with stomach pains last year. She also claimed they were not allowed to access the internet or telephone, and he mother had broken her phone because she threatened to call the police. Her mother used the phone to control them when they were let out for a few minutes a day to take the dogs...

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Cash prize photography competition in Pilar

Congress from Thursday-Saturday also as exhibitions, talks and workshops with experts A Photography Congress has been organised in Pilar de la Horadada for November 3rd-5th, including talks, workshops, exhibitions and a competition. The competition has categories for individual photos and collections, with a prize of €400 for the best collection and of €300, €200 and €100 for the best three individual photos. The jury will include Councillor Trinidad Escarajabal and respected professionals in the field of photography. Their decision will be announced on November 5th at 10:30am in the Casa de Cultura. Pictures selected b y the jury will be used for an exhibition in the building and the Town Hall will retain ownership of the prize winning ones. Entrants must be over 16 and live in Spain, and entries must be mounted in a passe-partout (not made of polyurethane or thin card) measuring 30x40cm, regardless of the size of the picture. The programme of events is below but for more information, the full competition rules and to register for any of the events, go to Programme Thursday, November 3rd 8:30pm – Event presentation and inauguration of exhibitions. Friday, November 4th 9:30am – Conference ‘Capturing emotions that get the heart racing’ (in Spanish) by the photographer Mónica Riveiro. Free registration. 11am-1pm – Workshops ‘Witnesses without prominence’ by the photographers Horacio Villalobos, Mónica Riveiro and Jorge Puente. Registration €15....

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Torrevieja Hospital to administer 29,500 flu vaccinations

The area covers Guardamar, Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja San Miguel, Pilar de la Horadada, Rojales, San Fulgencio, Benijofar and Los Montesinos The Torrevieja Hospital Health Department started its flu vaccination campaign last Monday, for which it will administer 29,500 doses to people in Guardamar, Orihuela Costa, Torrevieja San Miguel, Pilar de la Horadada, Rojales, San Fulgencio, Benijofar and Los Montesinos. There are vaccination points in all health centres and doctors’ surgeries, and there are an extra 600 doses for patients in old people’s homes. José Tuells, the head of preventative medicine, explained “it is important to get vaccinated every year, as the composdition of the doses varies according to the advice of the World Health Organisation. This means even if we were immune to the flu in 2015, it might not be the same this season in 2016 and so we should get vaccinated again”. Nursing stations in all health centres and outlying doctors’ surgeries are available to provide risk groups with their doeses in a quick and simple fashion. Flu is very cotagious and has a high mortality rate so vaccination is especially recommended for people with a high risk of developing complications, including adults aged 60 or more and younger people with chronic illnesses. High risk groups are adults and children with chronic cardio-respiratory illness, and chronically ill residents of closed institutions. At moderate risk are patients with...

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Trained to detect drivers on drugs

Local police from around the Vega Baja have taken a course in Dolores 50 Local Police officers from 14 municipalities around the Vega Baja have taken part in a course in Dolores teaching them about drivers on drugs. The course tackles questions like procedures to detect drivers on drugs, fines and judiucial procedures, and requirements for officers when they are manning checkpoints to detect drug use. Dolores mayor Joaquín Hernández inaugurated the course with Local Police Chief Cristian Cañizares. The speakers were the Provincial Road Safety Prosecutor, José Antonio Artieda, and a senior officer from the Elche Local Police Road Safety and Criminality Team, José Sanchez. At the closing of the course, Councillor Antonio Bascuñana expressed his satisfaction at how well attended it had been and said they want to continue putting on more training like this to improve the police...

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