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The Denia police sanctioned 44 people in one day

SHOWING that the State of Emergency confinement rules have moved well beyond the advisory stage, the Denia police sanctioned 44 people on Wednesday (1 April) for various breaches. Details of 20 of these were sent to the media and included the following: 1. Someone found walking in the small hours, ordered to go home and spotted out again half an hour later. 2. Two people travelling in the same car,...


Checking in on the most vulnerable

THE Town Council in Calpe has started an operation to check on the welfare of 3,000 of their potentially most vulnerable citizens during the ongoing health crisis. Those on the list are all registered at the “Mare de Deu de les Neus” civic centre for the elderly. Their contact details will be given to a network of volunteers who will phone them regularly to check on their wellbeing and ask if they have...


Fishing past and present

THERE is a timely presentation in the Calpe campus HQ of the Alicante University on the future of the fishing industry off the Alicante coast. Jose Luis Sanchez, who is a PhD in Marine Science and Biology and is a professor at the UA will be presenting “Fishing in the Alicante Coast: present and future” on 17 March at 7.30pm. Admission is free to the Casa Nova, subject to capacity. This programme forms...

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Take a gastronomic journey

CALPE has its first Gastronomic Journey this Saturday (14 March), starting at midday and running until ten in the evening. Throughout you will be able to sample locally caught white prawns and other shellfish and there is a full bar service. There is children’s entertainment from 1pm until 8pm and live music from La Gran Babylon at 3.30 and Astrolabe at 6pm. There will be plenty else going on over the...


Sharp drop in tourist complaints

COMPLAINTS by foreign tourists visiting Benidorm fell by 12% last year, according to the latest data released by SATE, the Foreign Tourist Assistance Service. This represents an overall fall of almost a quarter since 2017, despite an increase in people visiting the SATE office for other reasons such as general enquiries. Mayor Toni Perez said that the resort had good reason to be satisfied with these...

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Benidorm Shopping Centre A Step Closer

PLANS for the much anticipated but much delayed new shopping centre to be built in Benidorm took another important step forward last week, said Town Planning Councillor Lourdes Caselles. The Ministry of Transport and Urban Works has approved the modification of the area set aside for the project, in collaboration with the developer and the town council. However, there are still other barriers to overcome,...


Kids have their say

THE contractors who are rebuilding two parks and play spaces in Javea will have to comply with specifications for the area arrived at by local schoolchildren. They were consulted via the Consell del Xiquets (Children’s Council) and viable proposals within budget were accepted as part of the overall plan. The parks affected are the Thiviers and Freginal and they will be made into three different areas –...


Leggy new arrivals at Terra Natura Benidorm

THE Terra Natura Benidorm nature and animal park has two elegant new arrivals, a pair of male and female Japanese cranes (Grus japonensis). The rare birds have been sent from the Lourosa ornithological park in Portugal and it is hoped that the pair, both born in 2018, will breed in their new surroundings. The cranes are iconic creatures to the Japanese people and their flag was said to have been inspired...


Scammer posed as copper

THE authorities have reminded people to be careful about giving out personal details after a conman in Benidorm emptied an elderly couple’s bank account after posing as a police officer. National Police believe that the perpetrator had been monitoring the couple and he stopped them as they were entering their home, showing them his fake police ID badge. He explained that he was investigating a series of...


Opera for the little ones in Javea

THE Javea theatre offering this Saturday, 7 March, is an entry level event to spark very young children’s interest in opera, a puppet theatre of Rossini in the Kitchen. The venue is the Tartana Theatre in the Casa de la Cultura. Tickets cost 3€ and are for sale on the day at the box office from 4.30pm before the curtain rises at 5.30pm. The event is suitable for children of three years and...

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