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Slowdown in sales costs jobs with Ford

FORD motors have announced the loss of 430 jobs at their Almussafes plant just to the south of Valencia City. Production of the cars has reduced by 200 a day leading up to the lay-offs which appear to be in addition to the 160 losses announced recently though that is…

Fighting to save turtles in Valencia

FOR every thousand sea turtles that hatch and return to the sea, only one or two survive. Sea turtles are an endangered species and anyone spotting one a beach should be aware that it will have laid eggs somewhere near. They are asked to ring the 112 emergency number, after…

Children’s park for all in Denia

VICENT GRIMALT, the Mayor of Denia, was among several town hall representatives who gathered at a park in the town for the inauguration of a specially adapted play area. This new amenity is aimed at giving disabled youngsters in the town the opportunity to use the park which is located…

Bigger and better premises for Visauto Denia

VISAUTO MERCEDES-BENZ dealership in Denia recently moved their premises after seven years in their previous showroom. We asked service manager Jose Heras why they had felt the need to move as they were only a few hundred metres from their old location in the Partida Les Madrigueres area. “Les Madrigueres…

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Epidurals, not entirely ‘labour-saving’ in the Marina Baja

GIVING birth is called labour so it’s fitting that Marina Baja confinements could be scheduled to the working week. Women hoping for an epidural at Villajoyosa hospital should get there between 8am and 6pm on a weekday according to notices displayed recently in the maternity unit, these have since disappeared.…

Brand new Aldi opens up

PEGO Mayor Enrique Moll Briones opened the new Aldi supermarket in the town today (July 13). Despite the unseasonal rainy weather the shop was already bustling with customers and those spending more than €20 were presented with a goody bag of Aldi products. EWN asked Aldi’s Head of Expansion for…

Local British man honoured

JAVEA resident Geoffrey Bannister has received the French legion d’ honneur, the highest award the French military receive and a rare honour for foreigners. Geoffrey received the honour for his part in the D-Day landings. He was a young marine, aged just 18, when they landed on the now infamous…

Huge fire in Calpe

AS the tinder dry conditions continue another major blaze has occurred, this time in Calpe. The fire is clearly visible from much of the town which will be packed with tourists at this time of year. Early reports indicate that the blaze started in the La Canuta urbanisation and quickly…

AVE shuttle ‘needs time’

AFTER three years of haggling and false starts, Benidorm has a direct bus link with Alicante’s mainline railway station. Nevertheless it had a disappointingly slow start and the first Alsa buses inside the station precinct waited in vain for passengers arriving on the high-speed AVE trains from Madrid. “These are…

Beach activities and a clean sweep

FINESTRAT is organising games for children every Friday morning on La Cala beach. The activities, for the three-to-12 age group, continue each Friday until September 2 in the children’s area adjoining the lifeguards’ post between 10am and 2pm. Specialist monitors will organise games, sports, swimming, music and workshops which will…

Pharmacies piloting electronic prescriptions

THE Ministry of Health and the region’s College of Pharmacists are trialling electronic prescriptions. The main benefit of this is to allow drugs to be collected from pharmacies anywhere in Spain and in turn for Valencian pharmacies to serve users from outside the Community. A group of pharmacies are taking…

Fire rapidly doused

FIRE is an ever-present risk in Alicante Province’s wooded inland areas. Nevertheless, the Costa Blanca’s remaining semi-rural zones are at risk, too, and fire broke out earlier this week in Cap Negret (Altea). It was rapidly extinguished despite high winds fanning the flames, but firemen at the scene were unable…
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