WOMEN accross Spain are preparing to down tools tomorrow (Thursday) to mark International Women's Day.

Hundreds of thousands are expected to join the protest organised by The Commission for March 8, a collective of feminist groups, the strike takes place under the motto ‘if we stop, the world stops.’

The walk out will be followed by demonstrations and rallies in Spanish towns and cities, most of which are scheduled to begin at 6.30-7pm.

Purple bracelets will also be worn throughout the day, and women are being pressed to avoid buying any non-essential items, particularly feminine hygiene products which critics say are subject to a ‘pink tax’ in Spain, while boycotting companies considered to exploit the female image.

In Vigo, thousands attended a rally on March 4 as part of protests gearing up for tomorrow.

Men are encouraged to support their partners by assuming responsibility for housework and other domestic tasks, or by joining the protests and marches.

For more information on the strike, see the website

AT The Big Fish in La Cala de Mijas you can get a taste of home thanks to their freshly cooked and prepared fish, chips, pies and more.

The only fish and chips restaurant on the Costa del Sol to be certified by the National Federation of Fish Friers, Anna, Lesley and their staff are fully qualified in all aspects of running the restaurant, making a fun and friendly atmosphere for staff which customers can clearly see when visiting the restaurant.

Anna and Lesley had no previous experience running a fish and chips restaurant but saw a niche in the market and decided to go for it.

Their first step was becoming qualified with the Federation of fish Friers in Leeds in the UK. They decided this would be the best way to ensure they managed all aspects of their business to a very high standard from the start.

The Big Fish now has customers coming following recommendations from all over the Costa del Sol and has many happy local regulars who not only enjoy their fabulous food but also their friendly service with a smile.

The restaurant also welcome reviews on Facebook and TripAdvisor and have many customers coming in after seeing their great reviews.

At the moment The Big Fish is offering 10 per cent off food in the restaurant from 6pm to 7pm Monday to Thursday with their voucher in the Euro Weekly News.

So why not pop in and try some of the best fish and chips around?

Located at Local 7, Jardin Botanco, La Cala de Mijas, the restaurant can also be contacted by telephone to order a takeaway or reserve a table on 952 004 951. Or why not visit their Facebook page or email [email protected] com for all the latest news on what’s happening at The Big Fish.

The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 10pm, on Fridays from 1pm to 10pm and on Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm.

A SWISS mother who kidnapped her 10-month-old baby son before slitting his throat in a Costa Blanca hospital will serve 11 years in jail.

The verdict by an Elche jury comes after the requested 17-year sentence was reduced because Katharina Katit Stäheli, 43, suffers from a mental disorder which “impeded her judgement and made her believe it was the only way,” a court statement said.

Her son was born with hydrocephalus, a condition which causes fluid to accumulate in the brain and the head to increase in size.

She believes the condition was caused by an oral medication she took without knowing she was pregnant, having always sworn by natural remedies in the past.

When the infant was born she rejected medical solutions offered by a Zurich hospital and stole her husband’s car before fleeing her homeland to Alicante.

An international arrest warrant was issued by Swiss authorities and the woman was later spotted in a Torrevieja shopping centre by a Spanish citizen who had seen her photo on the television.

After being held by police she was taken to hospital for checks on the child, and once there requested that she be allowed to bathe him.

But once alone she produced a kitchen knife from her handbag and stabbed her baby in three places before plunging the blade into her own neck in a failed suicide attempt.

DO you like nothing better than curling up with a good book?

Whether catching up on the latest Lee Child Jack Reacher adventure or looking for hints and tips on the best way to grow a garden on the Costa Blanca, Polly’s Bookshop has the book for you. Polly’s Bookshop, Javea has been established in Javea port since 1985.

Now located just off Santisimo Del Mar, owner Sam is proud to have over 3,000 quality used books in English, Spanish, French, Dutch and German, fiction and non-fiction, for you to peruse, with even more arriving almost daily.

Most books are reasonably priced at €3, some even less, and if you return a book later, there’s a credit given towards your next buy! It is absolute heaven for those who read prolifically!

Even so, Sam knows he doesn’t have every book ever written and if you really do need to have that book, Polly’s offers a popular book finding and ordering service. Polly’s is proud to support local writers and artists.

At the moment, Polly’s has the works of several local writers and some fabulous artworks by local favourites Pat Pardoe, Mary Atkinson and Don Freeman among others.

Sam has extended the services offered at Polly’s Bookshop to include editing and proofreading by a proof-reader with over 10 years experience. It is perfect for anyone thinking of self publishing or for those studying in English as their second language and indeed, for anyone who needs a perfectly finished document quickly.

Sam says, “I knew when I bought Polly’s back in September 2016, I was buying a little jewel of the Costa Blanca.

Now that I have seen just how far people are prepared to travel to visit the shop, from as far away as Alicante, Valencia and even Barcelona, I am even more convinced that Polly’s Bookshop is special.

With so many books, DVDs, cards and art the shop is so full there has to be something for everyone.”

Address: Polly’s Bookshop, 15B Calle Santisimo Cristo del Mar, Javea 03730, Tel: 665 314 404.

THOUSANDS of dead fish have again been located in the River Segura in Murcia.

The conservation and heritage association in Murcia (HUERMUR) has made an urgent report to the Guardia Civil and the relevant water authorities about the sudden appearance of high numbers of dead fish surrounded by foam.

Locals noticed the increased numbers as they walked by the river along the Manterola promenade.

“There are thousands of dead fish!” exclaimed one resident, and was among many who were questioning how they managed to end up in that state and in that section of the River Segura.

Another local described the scene as a “disaster.”

As seen on the HUERMUR Twitter account: “It’s the same old story with the River Segura. Every time it rains, there is foam and dead fish. We will be reporting the situation.”

One of the explanations offered for the amount of foam build-up is due to the effect of the rain, and the water authority (CHS) always points out that this is the case.

However, when there was a similar scenario in August, the CHS took a number of water samples for analysis to establish if there was another underlying reason and new samples have been taken following the latest episodes.

Previous tests failed to detect any pollutants that may have caused the earlier build up of foam and dead fish, and this prompted the authorities to get to the bottom of this mystery which HUERMUR indicates is happening far too often.

MEDITERRANEAN MARCH FOR MEN is organizing a charity walk to provide the opportunity for expats living in Spain to increase awareness about prostate cancer and to provide the opportunity for people to support the charity from their current base/location.

All across the UK the March for Men campaign was in full swing as September was prostate cancer awareness month. Although it is a UK based charity, this doesn't mean the charity cannot be supported from abroad.

 The Prostate Cancer UK charity provides a wealth of support to anyone who requests it, where-ever they are from, and provide short- and long-term benefits from the work they do both from a scientific perspective as well as a supportive perspective. There is an enormous amount of information available via their website

Almost everybody knows someone who has cancer and would love to be able to do something for them.

So put on your boots and join Sanne the Physio and Dr. Bernadette Veeger at Centro Mar y Salud, Paseo Maritimo 4, 29793 El Morche, at 10 am on 7th of October 2017.

There will be the opportunity to walk 3 km or 10 km.

Participants will set off from the clinic towards Lagos/Mezquitilla. The group walking 3km will turn around by the first picnic tables along the gravelled coastal path, and the 10km group will turn around as they reach Mezquitilla and the end of the gravelled coastal path. Refreshments will be available during the walk and at the return to base.

If you don't wish to/can't walk the route, you can sponsor someone doing the walk. A Just Giving page has been set up where donations can be made, (it is online, safe and the money goes directly to the charity), or you can pop in to the clinic and pick up sponsorship forms, or leave a donation.

The goal is to raise 500 Euros, so every little helps. For the online Just Giving option, visit

There are 2 options here. You can either "Join the team..." or "Donate". If you join the team you can share your own Just Giving page or the team page to your own friends and family, social media to really reach the maximum amount of people.

The "Donate" button takes you through to the very easy to follow page where you can donate anonymously or send a motivational message along with your donation. Any help will be much appreciated.

In order to calculate how many litres of refreshments etc. is needed, it would be appreciated if you could inform organisers no later than the September 29 regarding how many people/friends you intend to bring along to walk and if there are any special/mobility needs that they need to be made aware of.

 You can either call 952532065, email [email protected], or let them know in person at the clinic.

After the walk, information on prostate cancer will be provided, and you will be able to fill in (or take home) an easy screening questionnaire which will highlight any prostate problems that may warrant further attention.  

The Just Giving page can be found here.

THE Cannes International Emigration & Luxury Property Expo is the world’s leading exhibition dedicated to immigration, luxury real estate, and private financial consulting.

The event will be held on 26-27 October at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes.

The Expo will bring together corporate exhibitors from 30 countries, including the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Portugal. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Malta, Switzerland, and other EU countries. The list of exhibitors encompasses leading immigration agencies, luxury property developers, law firms, financial consultancies, and private banks.

The event will be attended by high net worth individuals, including prospective immigrants, international home buyers, and entrepreneurs. Visitors will come from the CIS countries, including Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, as well as from China, India, the Middle East, and the European Union.

Topics of the Expo

  1. Immigration
  • Dual residency in highly developed countries;
  • Temporary and permanent residency in highly developed countries; and
  • Change of citizenship.
  1. Acquisition of luxury real estate:
  • As a permanent or seasonal residence;
  • To secure assets (liquid real estate in the world’s largest cities; generation of income through rental properties); and
  • To gain temporary or permanent residency through investment.
  1. Private financial consulting:
  • Income and asset declaration in the EU, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, and other highly developed countries;
  • Company registration and bank accounts in highly developed countries;
  • Private banking; and
  • Tax optimization.

The first day will be capped by French Autumn, an exclusive gala party, which includes French designer fashions, performances by popular French musicians, vintage champagne tasting, degustation of fine French cuisine, a cigar sampling, and much more.

Tickets are available on the official website. For more information, please contact the organizers at [email protected], tel: 44 20 335 581 11.

WHEN it comes to improving your heart’s health, exercise is as key as eating the right kind of foods.

You don’t have to be doing a large amount of activity to start noticing the changes - in fact it is better to start small and increase the number of workouts you do week on week.

If you want to get your heart’s health up to scratch, these workouts are an excellent way to get the blood pumping:

Weight training: This form of exercise is widely recommended to anyone with heart disease. As well as helping to build muscle mass and burn fat, it also benefits your bone and heart health.

The key to this kind of training is progression; starting with small weights then gradually moving onto heavier ones will ensure you don’t get stuck in a fitness rut.

Swimming: Your heart (and lungs!) will love you for taking a regular dip in the local pool.

Variation is key to swimming - aim to do between eight to 12 lengths in different strokes each time, and change it up on other days.

Pilates: A study published in the International Journal of Cardiology revealed that doing Pilates regularly is actually great for reducing blood pressure. It also increases flexibility, improves hand strength and puts minimal pressure on muscle and joints.

Cycling: According to research carried out by the British Medical Association, taking the bike out on a regular basis could actually reduce your risk of coronary heart disease.

Apparently cycling 32 kilometres a week reduces the chances of developing the disease by an incredible 50 per cent. To start seeing a difference, aim to do one of these exercises for 30 minutes, three times a week.


THE Hospital Quironsalud group launched a campaign this week to encourage members of the public to undergo PSA tests to screen for prostate cancer.

PSA tests are being offered for free to men over 45 years of age or 40 years of age if there is a family history of prostate cancer.

The PSA test is a blood test which measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below a man’s bladder.

PSA is mostly found in semen, which also is produced in the prostate. Small amounts of PSA ordinarily circulate in the blood.

The PSA test can detect high levels of PSA that may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. However, many other conditions, such as an enlarged or inflamed prostate, can also increase PSA levels.

“Qurionsalud’s intention is to inform and and raise public awareness about prostate cancer. The aim is to inform citizens of the effective prevention for prostate cancer in men aged 45 years and over. A common barrier to prevention of this disease is the lack of information; therefore, we want to familiarise society that with a simple blood test, it is possible to cure prostate cancer if detected in time, “explains Dr. Sven Petry, head of the Urology Unit at Quironsalud Torrevieja.

90% of these cases can be cured
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men in the world and the first in Europe. Each year about 25,000 new cases are detected in Spain, of which between 20 per cent to 30 per cent of patients diagnosed have relapsed in the disease because they have become resistant to hormonal treatments. However, when detected early, 90 per cent of these tumours can be cured, said Dr. Petry.

Tests are being offered to all men resident in the Vega Baja, but you only have until Friday of this week to make an appointment:

Email – [email protected]
Phone – 966 925 770
Online –

Tests are being offered in the Quironsalud Orihuela, Torrevieja and Santa Pola centres.

Masking sleep problems

September 04, 2017

IN today’s world, sleep can be something that is difficult to accomplish.

Bombarded by email, phone apps and text messages, it can be hard to switch off from the technological buzz of modern life, not to mention the constant stimulus provided by 24-hour cities, never-ending TV series and the multitudinous mountains of stress that often overshadows us.

Health experts often remind us to avoid caffeine, to take hot baths or apply soothing lotions.

Yet, maybe the problem can be removed by eliminating the one major obstacle to sleep: light. The solution could lie in an eye mask.

Eye masks have existed for centuries. Over the years with the increasing demand for health and beauty products, they have been developed to suit various sleep problems and individual needs.

On today’s market, scented, padded, moulded and vibrating eye masks are all on the shelves, made aesthetically pleasing given they come in a whole range of colours and designs.

Yet this simple accessory appears to be rather underrated given its benefits for some insomniacs or wired-up individuals.

On a scientific level, it is worth remembering that when your brain senses pure darkness, it causes the production of melatonin, the sleep chemical.

Blocking out both noise and light massively increases your ability to sleep so earplugs would be a welcome addition to complete the outfit.

Deciding on which eye mask to buy can be difficult so choose its purpose. Shift workers would be better choosing a 100 per cent light blocking variety for daytime slumber whilst stressed out non-sleepers could opt for lavenderscented or massaging types.

Cotton is always a good choice given its breathable nature in hot, sticky summer weather and moulded or contoured eye cavities add greater comfort.

Gel eye-pads inserted into the eye cavities can be very soothing and add a light massaging pressure to induce sleep. When aiming for herbal eye masks, check firstly against any allergies although most are completely natural.

Sleeping pills should be a last resort to sleep problems so, given that eye masks are both affordable and accessible, the answer seems to be as clear as a well-rested mind.

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