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Mum calls on modelling agencies to recruit more people with Down’s Syndrome

ANITA and Jason Killick recently holidayed in Javea. They were there with their four children, Hannah, 15, Nathan, 12, six-year-old Louis and Hayden, who is 14 months old. Louis is no more special than his sister or brothers except in one respect. He recently took part in a catwalk show in…

Pushchairs, funeral ashes and false teeth: Lost and found at Alicante-Elche airport

APPROXIMATELY 6,400 mislaid items found at Alicante-Elche airport last year are waiting to be reunited with their owners. Two Local Police officers deal with lost property, first checking each item to see if its owner can be identified. These are then labelled and entered on a computer so that they…

Elche battles evil weevil invasion to save Unesco heritage palm forest

THE red weevil plague has destroyed approximately 50,000 palm trees each year in Elche since 2013.The city’s famous palm forest is a Unesco world heritage site but this status has not provided protection against the weevils. First detected in 1995 they arrived via imported palms and have attacked trees along…

Oliva police take tough line with illegal street vendors

POLICE in Oliva continue to confiscate goods from street vendors. A recent haul consisted of 102 items of clothing, four watches, 106 CDs and 48 DVDs. The unlicensed sellers habitually make a quick getaway on seeing the police approach, abandoning their wares. The ‘looky-looky’ men are not just trying to earn…

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San Vicente plans to utilise banks’ empty properties

A SAN VICENTE initiative would catalogue empty homes, generate social housing and increase town hall funds. Manuel Martinez, spokesman for the PSOE party on the local council, suggested that the town hall ask the banks to list all empty or repossessed homes in their possession.  These would then be included…

Denia and Leon share their Roman and Moorish connections

LEON CITY and Denia, although hundreds of kilometres distant, have two significant cultural links.   Margarita Torres, Leon’s councillor for Tourism and Culture recently visited Denia to learn more about these links and experience firsthand the town’s cultural offer and tourist infrastructure.  After visiting the Tourist Office, Torres was accompanied…

Work slows on Valencia to Murcia blackspot bypass

THE planned motorway stretch between Villena and Fuente de la Higuera is unlikely to be finished this year. Completing this 12.5-kilometre detour off the future A-33 Valencia-Murcia motorway was a ministry of Public Works priority. Instead precedence was given to opening the Fuente de la Higuera ring-road to traffic, the…

Region puts lid on Alicante City Hall roof repair plans

THE regional government in Valencia halted plans to restore Alicante City Hall. The previous council’s plans did not comply with heritage laws and failed to take into account overall aspects of the 18th century building, the generalitat said. This news came as blow to city hall because tenders for the €600,000…

Benidorm: Could Britons go elsewhere?

ALTHOUGH Alicante, and particularly Benidorm, has been attracting British tourists for a long time, a new study suggests this could all be due to change due to climatic change. Published by the European Commission, the study by Spanish investigators Salvador Barrios and Juan Ibañez Rivas suggests that by 2100 the…

Spain's Best Cemetery: Alcoy opts for an unusual award

ALCOY is once again competing in Spain’s Best Cemetery competition. Last year its graveyard came third after Burguete and Roncal, which are both in Navarra.  The competition organised by the revista ‘Adios Cultural’ has two phases and the first has now been completed with artists, anthropologists, historians, writers, funeral directors and…

‘Summer fiestas need bulls’ say Valencia region politicians

BOUS al carrer, bous a la mar and bous embolats draw crowds in Marina Alta town and village fiestas.  Young, middle-aged and old men will try a pass or two at a galloping bull, cow or heifer in the street. They and the bulls may take to the water at…

Dolphin dies near Denia shore

Efforts to save a dolphin seen in difficulties off Denia all failed. Public on Les Marines beach advised the maritime authorities when they saw the 1.5-metre long dolphin near the shore, swimming erratically and noticeably disorientated. A patrol boat from the Marine Reserve and specialists from Valencia’s Oceanografic aquarium found the…
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