ON Saturday the Samaritans drop-in centre and shop celebrates its first anniversary.
To mark the occasion the team are having a morning of events; a fashion show of items from thier vast stocks; a tombola; a craft stall; an exhibition of crafts; a cake stall; and to round it up a Barbershop Harmony group will be performing.
The event takes place in the Punta Marina Commercial Centre from 10am.
In an operation called “SATZ” the Guardia Civil in the province of Valencia detained two people who were making chocolate cakes using hallucinogenic mushrooms.
The investigation began after the police located a person suspected of selling the drug in Tavernes of the Valldigna (Valencia).
The agents carried out a search at his home address where 43 plants of marihuana were seized, 100 grams of marihuana that was prepared for sale, as well as diverse materials used for the preparation and commercialization of this narcotic substance.
Later, in another search in the Valencian municipality of Algemesi, the agents found 110 plants of marihuana, 178 hallucinogenic mushrooms and €3,500 in notes of different denominations.
They then searched the home of the proprietor of a garden centre, where they seized 500 grams of dry marijuana prepared for sale, precision scales and different materials for the preparation and sale of this drug, as well as €390 in different bank notes.
Two Spanish nationals aged 23 and 38 were detained following the investigation accused of illegal supply of drugs, drug trafficking and the illegal cultivation of narcotic substances.
The detained will appear before the Courts of Instruction nº 1 of Alzira and nº 6 of Sueca, located in the province of Valencia.
JACARANDA Restaurant Bar in Moraira is well known for its AKIRA Charity Saturday Auctions.
They are held every first and third Saturday of each month at 1.30pm with ‘Auctioneer of the Year’ Bob Gingell and his helpers Viv, Adrienne, Dave, Marg and Jeff.
Items are always wanted for their charity section. So why not go along at about 1pm and have a look around the items and find a table where there is a snack menu if you are feeling peckish.
The Jacaranda would like to thank everyone who has helped with the auction.
Telephone to book your items in on 965 743 292; the next auction is on Saturday (March 1)
All monies raised from the Jacaranda Auctions goes to AKIRA dog charity to help fund building new kennels.
Last year, the Jacaranda managed to raise enough money to build two kennels.
To find the Jacaranda coming from Moraira towards Teulada/Benitachell, and turning right at the roundabout just before MasyMas supermarket, and it is at the top of the hill 600 metres on the left. For reservations 965 743 292.
THE Municipality of Alcoy is considering the possibility of holding a referendum on the dates of the Moors and Christians fiestas on the European elections.
The Town Hall wants to clarify the dates and have a statement of opinion to fix the 2015 dates which in theory would have to be held on weekdays, but many prefer to locate and celebrate around the weekend.
Alcoy has sought answers from the Central Electoral Board that permits them to hold a legal referendum on the same day as the EU elections but they would not be able to use the same infrastructure. The Town Hall is now seeking further information as to whether they could downsize the number of polling stations and if they could share buildings but with different polling booths to reduce costs.
THE list of opponents to oil exploration in the Gulf of Valencia continues to grow. Jose Mas, president of Calpe’s Royal Yacht Club is also president of the Association of Valencian Community Yacht Clubs. All members oppose the surveys planned by Cairn Energy, he said.
Mas emphasised the need to fly the flag and defend the Valencia coast at a recent meeting with Ana Perez, local councillor for Land Protection. He was accompanied by Juan Perez who heads Calpe’s fishing guild which, like all Marina Alta guilds, is fighting the exploration.
Calpe Town Hall has challenged Cairn Energy’s environmental impact assess-ment, Perez assured them.
Authorising the prospections means “a life sentence” for the sea, she said. Earlier Antoni Joan Bertomeu, mayor of Teulada-Moraira, joined the chorus of protests from Denia and Javea.
“Our coast must not suffer, bearing in mind its natural wealth, the fragility of its biodiversity and the harm to tourism and fishing,” Bertomeu said. Benissa Town Hall also rejects the Cairn Energy project in a fight that is uniting the Marina Alta, regardless of local political aims and ideology.
ITS business as usual in the Office for the Urbanisations in La Marina as Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski is accused of sexual harassment towards a former female employee.
Speaking to The Euro Weekly News, the Councillor says he “vehemently denies all allegations.”
He said he was informed by Mayor Carlos Ramirez that the woman had approached him saying if Councillor Wiszniewski was to resign from office she would not take the case further, thus avoiding a 'scandal' within the government team: “As I completely deny the allegations, I saw this as a form of blackmail and informed the Mayor I was not going to resign.”
Days later, the employee who has been on sick leave for several weeks, was made redundant from her 'advisor' role along with her brother and son as part of planned cuts within the Town Hall following the decree made by National Government for local government reforms. Jeff added: “We knew the cuts were to be made and I find it strange that when the time came to execute the government cuts, which would have seen her brother and her son being released from their posts, this allegation should come to the fore.” Her brother and son also acted as her witnesses in making a denuncia to the police. The remaining advisor in the Office for the Urbanisations also gave a statement stating she never saw any acts of wrongdoing or behaviour which could be construed as sexual harassment.
The Councillor for Urbanisations says he has yet to be questioned by police and is seeking legal advice for attempts of defamation. “I have been shocked and taken aback by all of this but our priority remains the service we provide to our residents within the Office for Urbanisations.”
THE number of elderly people in Alicante province has doubled since 1998.
Fifteen years ago the province’s municipalities had 84,605 residents aged 75 or more. By 2013 this had grown to 171,042, revealed the National Statistics Institute (INE).
In consequence, the average age in Alicante province has increased from 38.10 years in 1998 to 42.54 years by 2013.
The total population grew by 6 per cent during this 15-year period, compared with 9 per cent amongst the elderly.
Residents move to Alicante upon retirement
People are living longer, population experts said, but the increase is also due to the substantial number of residents both Spanish and foreign moving to Alicante on retirement.
Ten per cent of the province’s population in 1998 were foreign residents aged 75 or more, but they now comprise 23.5 per cent of the total.
Foreign males residing here generally live longer than women although this trend is reversed amongst Spanish, with 79,214 women who are more than 75, compared with 51,541 males.
SWEDEN'S Trade Minister Ewa Björling was in Torrevieja to meet with Mayor Eduardo Dolon.
"Torrevieja is the most popular tourist destination for Swedes"
The Minister was accompanied by representatives of the Swedish Embassy in Spain and the Hispanic-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. She was in Spain and decided to visit Torrevieja to meet with friends and to maintain contacts with Swedish entrepreneurs in the city and to promote trade and business relations between Spain and Sweden saying Torrevieja was the most popular tourist destination for Swedes. There are more than 3,000 Swedes registered on the padron in Torrevieja.
The Mayor welcomed the Minister to the city, meeting at the Hotel Masa International, close to the garden dedicated to Nils Gäbel which opened in 2003. Gäbel and his family are believed to be the first Swedish tourists who settled in Torrevieja, arriving in 1963.
BENIDORM now has a square bearing the name of Manizales, a city in Colombia.
The link between the two municipalities goes back to November 2012, when the Servigroup hotel chain opened the Ciudad de Benidorm hotel in Manizales.
The town hall delegation that travelled to Colombia for the inauguration was headed by Benidorm mayor Agustin Navarro who was named guest of honour and given the keys to the city.
Now Benidorm has received a delegation from Manizales, led by Navarro’s counterpart, mayor Jorge Eduardo Rojas Giraldo.
The high point of the visit was the unveiling of the Plaza Ciudad de Manizales plaque in the plaza adjoining the Colci cinemas in the Rincon de Loix. The ceremony was accompanied by the Valencian dance, “peuet” performed by Benidorm’s fiestas “damas”, followed by an equally traditional “cumbia.”
"Benidorm is clean and faultless"
The event was followed by a gala dinner offered by the president of Servigroup Hotels, Jose Maria Caballe.
“Benidorm is clean and faultless,” declared the Manizales mayor who was later given a tour of the town. It has many tourist features he hopes to copy, he said.
RESIDENTS in Altea’s Montemolar area called for the council to debate a Norwegian geriatric home planned for the area.
Oslo City Hall was granted planning permission last September to build on the 11,760 square metres of pinewoods that it owns in Montemolar. The 50-room building, with three storeys and two basement floors, would cover an area of 7,440 square metres in an area zoned as rural land.
The Montemolar residents’ association want a review of the planning permission. The association has also asked Altea council to invite Oslo City Hall to start negotiations to find an alternative site that would be compatible with protecting the environment.
The chosen site contravenes the Generalitat's own policies, Montemolar residents argued. “We roundly oppose an urban development that is based on speculation. It would inevitably lead to the destruction of a natural setting that is one of Altea’s few remaining green zones,” claimed the residents’ association.
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