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Day: October 11, 2016

Prizes for new businesses in San Miguel

Present your idea to the Town Hall and win a laptop computer San Miguel de Salinas Town Hall and the Provincial Council have organised a Business Ideas Competition to boost the local economy, create employment and promote entrepreneurial culture. Any person can take part as long as their business idea is linked to the municipality of San Miguel or it is a business they have started there in 2016. There are two categories: secondary school students and others. Participants can decide how to present their idea, as long as it fills no more than 5 pages. The judges will take originality and innovation into account, as well as how realistic and viable they are and their social impact on the municipality. The proposals must be related to any of improving the environment, promoting tourism and culture, waste management, alternative energy, promoting local heritage, looking after green spaces and natural areas, mass transport, new technologies and communication, looking after children or disabled people, or home help services. The deadline is October 20th and ideas must be presented to the Town Hall Registry marked I Concurso de Ideas Empresariales San Miguel de Salinas and for the attention of the Concejalía de Fomento y Comercio. The winner in each category will get a laptop...

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Learn about the wonders of healthy eating

Event in Orihuela to present advice and information to eat well and feel better Orihuela will be celebrating World Food Day this Saturday, October 15th with a day about nutrition and healthy eating at La Lonja Auditorium in the city. Councillor Noelia Grao said “we will analyse the relationship between food and illnesses, especially with cancer”. The day will start at 10:45am with a short presentation by councillors, followed at 11am by a cookery show of two recipes (one vegan and one gluten free), using ecological products by the cook and gastronome Luis Penyafort. “We will find out about other ways of eating taking into account the properties of ecological produce,” said Grao. Next the health store Herbolario Navarro will offer a tasting of ecological juices and snacks, before a talk entitled “Food and cancer” by Daniel Blanco and Pablo Vidal, experts in Nutrition and Dieting and directors of the Reverde Nutrition and Health Centre. Also the cancer charity Más Vida will offer a salsa dancing workshop, for which participants can make a donation of food and hygiene products that will go to people in need. The charity’s president, Esteban San Martín noted the importance of dance for people’s well being. This will take place from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Glorieta Gabriel Miró. Councillor Sabina-Goretti Galindo assured it will be “a fun day that will teach us about...

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Training courses for the unemployed in Orihuela Costa

Learn skills to find a job Training courses are being put on for unemployed residents in Orihuela Costa, which will take place in the meeting room of the Playa Flamenca Town Hall. Registration is available until two days before each one begins, although the maximum number of participants is 25 people per course and the first 25 to register will be accepted. To take part the following documentation is required: a copy of their DNI (Spanish ID) or passport (for foreign residents) and Residencia; a copy of their last DARDE (the card showing they are currently registered as unemployed); and an original and up to date Padrón (local census) certificate. The first is a Food Handling course on October 19th, then there are two courses teaching English to deal with clients in the services industry (level one and two) from November 7th-11th and 21st-25th, and the last one is in commercial management and sales techniques from December 12th-16th. All the courses will be in Spanish. To register go to either the Servicios y Mantenimiento office or the Residentes Internacionales office, both of which are in the Playa Flamenca Town...

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Tapas route returns to Almoradí

Enjoy two weekends of delicious snacks this month Over the next two weekends (from October 14th-16th and 21st-23rd) a new edition of the ‘Sendero del tapeo’ tapas route will be on in Almoradí. A total of nine restaurants in the area will show off to the public their star tapas at a price of €2.50 each, including a small beer or soft drink. This time three new bars or restaurants have joined the event, such as the Café de la Plaza, which will be entering the competition with Fillet steak with garlic scapes, and Quail egg with duck confit; Don Quijote restaurant with an Artichoke profiterole with chocolate sauce and beetroot ali-oli; and El Roble restaurant, whose star tapa is called Cod bite with sweet chilli sauce. The usual participants will also be joining in again, Bar Murciano, Cafetería de la Ciudad Deportiva, Casino de Almoradí, Cervecería Ángel, Kiosko El Paseo and Cafetería Tropicana. As in previous editions, the Almoradí Hospitality Association will hold a raffle amongst those people who fill in their route maps to win a getaway for two at the five-star Denia Golf Resort & Spa...

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UK Government to give all British expats the right to vote

Controversial 15-year time limit to be abolished From the British Embassy in Madrid The government has today (7th October 2016) published detailed plans on how it will deliver its commitment to allow all expats to vote in parliamentary elections The Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore, announced the policy statement which sets out how the government will remove the current 15-year time limit on British citizens who live abroad registering as overseas electors. The changes would give all eligible British citizens who have lived in the UK a lifelong right to vote in parliamentary elections. It would mean all eligible overseas electors are able to register to vote quickly and easily, while maintaining the integrity of the electoral register and guarding against fraud. Chris Skidmore, Minister for the Constitution, said: “This statement shows how we will introduce ‘votes for life’, scrapping the 15-year rule. British citizens who move abroad remain a part of our democracy and it is important they have the ability to participate. Following the British people’s decision to leave the EU, we now need to strengthen ties with countries around the world and show the UK is an outward-facing nation. Our expat community has an important role to play in helping Britain expand international trade, especially given two-thirds of expats live outside the EU. “Expats retain strong links with the United Kingdom: they may have family...

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