The Guardia Civil in Alicante City have warned the general public to beware of a gang of confidence tricksters who are at work there .
Strangely the gang is mainly comprised of women and they approach members of the public and produce documentation to say that they are deaf and that they are collecting money for their charity . They also produce lists of people that they say have already contributed funds to the charity .
The police are warning that these women are not genuine and that all of the documentation is false . These people are part of a much larger gang operating in the province .
The Alicante Security councillor says that they know of at least four pairs of women who are operating this scam .They have been arrested on a number of occasions but they continue to ply their scam .
The councillor warned people that if they are approached then they should walk away and not get into a conversation with them .The police want to be informed if anyone experiences this approach .
The women are known to be Romanian and they tend to target elderly people in commercial centres .This type of crime is increasing and spreading .
Thousands of pairs of shoes were stolen from warehouses in Elche , near Alicante on the Spanish Costa Blanca and now the police have arrested five Colombians for those thefts .
The investigation began when the police detained three individuals for disobedience and seriously resisting the police .
The police came across five people unloading boxes from two vans on an industrial estate in Elche .They stopped them to identify them and the men ran away .Two escaped but those who were caught resisted .
The two vans were confiscated plus boxes of shoes and foods .It was later discovered that the shoes were stolen from a company on the industrial estate .Over 7,500 pairs worth 75,000 euros had been stolen .
Those who had been detained originally were later discovered braking and entering and the two who had escaped previously were also arrested .It is reckoned that they had stolen at least 9000 pairs of shoes .They think that they were involved in at least five robberies and possibly more .
The Alicante Province government delegate has recently announced that the Guardia Civil has solved 77% more robberies in the Alicante countryside .
The actual increase in crime for farmers with livestock or crops had gone up but very slightly in 2013 .The number had increased by 55 to 646 .She put this down to the fact that more people have been encouraged to report such issues .
The number of arrests for crime in the countryside has increased frmo 33 in 2012 to 44 in 2013 .The number of people charged went up from 13 in 2012 to 42 in 2013 .
The delegates office , it seems , has created an interactive map of crops to aid the Guardia Civil in their work .It is said that this is unique to the province . They are also working on a document which will prove the origin and the destination of agricultural crops , called DATA .
Since November 2012 the government delegation has held meetings in 337 small communities to discuss their security and now at least half of these are holding their own security meetings . Modifications to the penal code has also increased punishments for robberies in the countryside . These robberies used to be classified as misdemeanours to being classified as theft , punishable by one to three years in prison .If the robber is carring a weapon then the punishment is increased .
Twelve women in Denia have protested against the new abortion law which is about to come into being in Spain .They say that the new law only permits an abortion within 12 weeks and only if the pregnancy is a result of a rape or if the life of the mother or child is at risk .These women and many more feel that this is unjust as ” our bodies are our own “.A spokesperson stated that women can decide for themselves what they want to do , without being bossed about by authorities .
Now these 12 women have gone to Denia´s Property Registrar to register their bodies as ” private property “ in a symbolic protest against the new abortion law .Their point is that nobody should dictate to a woman what she does in these circumstances .
The Minister of Justice , who is behind this law , should , in the opinion of this group of women , concern himself with protecting the children in Spain who are lacking a guaranteed education , many of whom are cold and hungry and being neglected .All children who are alive should have their basic needs provided for .
They went on to predict more back street abortions because too many women won´t be able to afford to travel to France or the UK for an abortion and they will be placing their lives at risk . The women say that they will continue to protest until the law is scrapped .
The Sierra de Callosa was the scene of a death caused by a walker falling 50 metres .The man lived in Benejuzar and worked for the department of sport in Torrevieja on the Spanish Costa Blanca . He was out walking with a friend when the accident happened at about 6.45 , just as it was getting dark . How or why he fell have not been worked out yet .
By the time emergency services reached the spot it was too dark to call in a helicopter .By the time mountain rescue people reached him he died .It took the team more than 6 hours to make the rescue .There are steep drops into a ravine below .An investigation into the death of the well known sportsman is now in progress .
One other issue that this has raised is the ways in which the efficiency of mountain rescue teams could be improved .These people do an incredible job and now this accident has made people ask questions about ways to improve the service .The mayor of Redovan , a municipality next to Callosa , wants to improve reaction times so that rescues can take place in the shortest times possible .
The Valencia Regional president , Alberto Fabra , has promised to fight political corruption and described it as a ” war without mercy ” .He has promised that no-one who faces court charges for corruption will be included on an electoral role for the PP .This will include next year´s municipal and regional elections .
This decision could affect a number of high profile mayors and councillors and this includes the Mayor of Alicante and the former mayoress of Orihuela .Their court cases might be resolved before the lists are produced . Sr Fabra wants his party to be free of all suspicion and that they want to regain public confidence in the political system .
Sr Fabra also said that the regional government is going to bring in a transparency law which will be more stringent than the State law .This will mean that members of the public can have access to information on the actions of the Valencia government .
He is also advocating a change to the electoral system which would bring it closer to the British system where representitives are elected directly by their constituents .He would like to see at least one deputy in every electoral zone brought to the regional parliament in this way .This would give a much closer relationship between the voters and the candidates .
The barracks of the Guardia Civil in Alicante province are to be renovated .The Ministry of the Interior has announced that it has set aside half a million euros to do this project .
Some of the money will be used to carry out vital repairs to the headquarters in Alicante which over the years has become very delapidated and fallen into disrepair .
They have been wanting a new headquarters for many years but central government in Madrid has been too cash strapped to pay for such a project .
This particular project is just one of many which needs to be carried out on many of these old buildings .There are so many across Spain which are just not as good as they ought to be .The environment in which people work does affect the quality of work and many of the Guardia Civil officers are working in squalid conditions .
These old barracks make people thing of the days of the Spanish Civil War and they just don´t want to visit them because of that .They also give the force that military feel which in these modern days should not be part of the image portrayed by the police .
At the beginning of the autumn term this year on the northern Costa Blanca , 20 teachers could be made redundant as schools are set to lose 12 class groups .
The education authorities in Javea and Denia have been putting off what has become almose inevitable.One primary school will lose a reception class and one teacher and another highly rated school will lose a reception class and two teachers . There will be appeals made to the regional authority .
In Denia two primary schools are set to lose a class each in infants and three teachers will be made redundant .The Cervantes school has appealed but calls from the headteacher have been ignored .
There is only one school which will gain rather than lose and that is the Montgo School which will acquire a new Special Education Unit .
Calpe schools as well as Els Poblets , Gata de Gorgos , Orba and Parcent , will all lose teachers as will a school in Teulada , Pego and the Vall de Gallinera .
Spain overtook China in 2013 to take third spot in thre international tourism rankings . Spain came in third behind France and the USA .The country had 60 million visitors while France had 83 million and the USA had 67 million . These statistics came from the UN´s World Tourism Organisation ( UNWTO ) .
This 5.6% increase in tourists has helped to boost the Spanish economy accounting for 11% of the GDP . This news came as part of a worldwide rise in tourism which saw international arrivals across the globe rise by 52 million or by 5% , reaching 1.08 billion despite the economy of the world still being regarded as anything but buoyant .
Tourism , people being on holiday , does wondrous things for the economy in any country .It increases employment figures , fuels growth .In fact it is one of the few sectors generating positive news for many economies and Spain´s is one of them .
Benidorm on the Spanish Costa Blanca will be the venue for the Firefighters Annual Cycling Competition in May this year .Firemen from Spanish brigades as well as from Portugal and France , will converge on Benidorm . This is the fourth time that the event has taken place and it will begin on May 26 and finish on June 1 .They expect over 300 people to take part . The competition has been organised by the Alicante Provisional Government´s firemen and consists of four heats . All of the heats begin in Benidorm and cover approximately 70 kilometres plus a gruelling 95 kilometres for the Benidorm-Coll de Rates -Benidorm route . The visitors will also have visits to the turron museum in Jijona as well as the Firemen´s Museum in Alcoy .The competitors are also helping to spread the word about the ” respect the metre and a half distance ” .This is a campaign which is attempting to get drivers to stay at least a metre and a half behind cyclists . As well as the competitors there will also be their friends and families supporting them , so it will be good for the Benidorm economy too .
A five year old girl has died in Alicante City on the Spanish Costa Blanca .A 32 year old woman in whose care the child was , has been arrested and remanded over the death .The woman is now in Fontcalent prison.
The 5 year old was the daughter of the woman´s partner .He is in prison for gender violence towards the mother of the child .
The woman had previously rung the emergency services to say that she had dropped the girl in the shower .She denied causing the injuries found on the child , which included injuries to the head which were serious ,She stated that they had been produced by the fall .
A post mortem showed that some of these injuries were old and included sexual abuse . Neighbours have said that the little girl went to school regularly and appeared to be well cared for .The 12 year old son of the accused woman has said that the child was ill treated .
The woman has been charged with homicide and continued ill treatment but not with the sexual abuse . One wonders why the child´s natural mother didn´t have custody of her little girl .
La Nucia is a town inland from Benidorm on the Spanish Costa Blanca .The town is hosting the Inter District Pigeon Racing Championships this year .
Fanciers from the Marina Baja and the Marina Alta have entered 95 pigeons in 8 races where the winner is the bird that gets closest to and later woos a released hen .
People who are new to spain are often bemused by the gaudily coloured birds but they are dyed in the colours of their owners to enable judges to identify them in the air .
Those birds which get through at this level will then qualify for the regional championships which will take place in April .
La Nucia´s Club Onoska is one of the oldest in the town and has entered pigeons in a series of races . The club was congratulated by the mayor as he felt that it was because of the work done by the club that the Pigeon Fanciers ´Federation entrusted the competition to the town .
Calpe is a seaside town on the Spanish Costa Blanca . It is also called Calp on many signposts .Everyone knows where the town is whatever the spelling .
However the present mayor is thinking of making it a double barreled name –Calpe-Calp,The former is Spanish and is favoured by the Brits , while the latter is Valenciano .The latter is the town´s official name since 2008 .
Before 2008 the town was always promoted as Calpe and when the then mayor decided to change it it was not a popular decision with many businesses , particularly the tourist industry .
Strangely the request to return to the old name has come from the business sector , all wanting to return to the ” historic ” past .
A sensible compromise will be to give the town the double barrelled version and try to please everyone .However , most people will still continue to call it one or the other of these names .
According to the Bank of Spain in November last year the Spanish people still have almost 870 million worth of pesetas in notes , almost a million less than the previous month .It has been calculated that the Spanish still have almost 2 billion pesetas in notes and coins .
Last November they calculated that there was 800 million in peseta coins out there .How they know such things is interesting and what happened to the million that went missing over a year is also interesting .
In 2002 when we entered the euro there was 48 billion in pesetas and slowly people bring the money into banks to get it changed .Until June 2012 the transaction could be made at any bank but since then it can only be done at the Bank of Spain .Since January 2011 almost a million pesetas a month has been exchanged .
The peseta came into being in 1868 substituting the Escudo .The first peseta not to be made of a prescios metal was in 1937 .
The Spanish National Institute of Statistics has issued data about the number of illnesses and deaths which are related to high blood pressure and other circulatory problems .It appears that they have doubled over the last 4 years .
The statistics show that hypertension accounts for 500 deaths in the province every year and that in 2012 out of the 15,000 deaths which were registered just over 3% of them were due to illnesses related to it .
The INE says that the facts show a significant increase in the number of deaths in the last 4 years .However the Cardiology unit at San Juan hospital has said that the data for the province has to be taken in context with the data compiled on a national level .
Nationally , the INE says that circulatory illnesses accounted for 30% of all deaths in 2012 , more than those related to tumours .( 27% ) .
It appears that more women than men die of such illnesses although bolood circulation problems are the main cause of death in men .In 2008 there were 196 such deaths and in 2012 489 .