Months Of The Year

TORREVEJA U3A STILL GOING STRONG

No, we haven’t gone away or closed down but simply been in relaxed mode for the summer. Many members met in a series of informal summer meetings at the usual meeting venue in June, July, and August for coffee and a chat. This was a good way to keep friendships ongoing and catch up on news – not everyone disappears back to the UK in the hottest months of the year!

Some active people attended beach parties in July at El Mojon and in August at Torre Le Mata. All members and guests were welcomed and it was great fun. The boat trip to Tabarca on 21st September, which included a guided walk around the island, lunch and tea – lovely.

Summer activities over, the U3A reconvenes with its general meeting on the 30th September. It will seem like the return to a new school term. To get us off to an interesting start we have decided to present a ‘Groups Fair’. This will involve displays and information about our groups with encouragement to join. There will be no speaker for this meeting. More information can be obtained about the 40 different groups we have from our web site, www.torreviejau3a.org

Future talks include a traffic policeman from the Guardia Civil, who will hopefully explain where most of us go wrong on roundabouts!! Our Christmas meeting, on the earlier date of 16th December, will be filled with contributions from some of the groups within the U3A, which we are sure will be lots of fun and entertainment for all. Finally, plans are being made for an exciting travel and social diary in 2014, so watch this space.

Everyone is always assured of a warm welcome, so please join us at the CMO building Torrevieja near the Habaneras Commercial Centre. Doors open at 10 am and we hope to see you there. “

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UP TO 85% OF SPANISH AIRPORTS LOSING MONEY

AENA have registered a decline of 4.6% in the number of passengers travelling through their airports in the first six months of the year, with 70.14 million passengers.
The reduction has produced an accumulated debt of 166 million euros.
We all know…

TORREVIEJA NEWS – GUARDIA CIVIL COMPLAIN OF HARRASSMENT

Inside the tourist office

The courts in Torrevieja are investigating a possible case of harassment within the Guardia Civil in Torrevieja, with allegations of persecution against officers who request sick leave, as well as bullying. A union representing officers believes that the situation in Torrevieja has become “untenable�, with between 10% and 20% of the force having issues in the workplace.

Saturday the 7th of September sees the main streets in Torrevieja closed once again, as their ongoing “Open Saturday� campaign returns, in an attempt to try to encourage more shoppers into the city stores and away from the commercial centres around the area. Face painting, music, fitness and more kick start the campaign, spearheaded by the local business association APYMECO.

A man, believed to be in his 40´s, died on Thursday whilst bathing on the beach at La Mata. The emergency coordination centre received the call at around 14:30 and immediately dispatched a SAMU paramedic unit, but, despite resuscitation attempts, medics could only confirm another tragic death on the beaches of Spain.

Torrevieja welcomed 6,616 visitors to the tourist information offices in the city in August, 80% of whom went to the new tourist office in the city centre, making it the most visited centre in the city. However, for the first time, French tourists overtook the Brits, with visitors from Madrid topping the polls for domestic visitors as usual. In addition, Torrevieja hotels were at 88% occupancy on average, reaching 100% capacity at the weekends.

In the first six months of the year, a total of 1,256 visited the municipal consumer information and complaints office, the Oficina Municipal de Información al Consumidor, or OMIC, according to the councillor for consumer affairs, Agustina Esteve. Of these people, 479 made claims or complaints, while 777 were looking for advice. In terms of the complaints, the telecom sector registered the largest proportion, with 192 complaints, followed by banks with 45 and utility suppliers with 32. Credit was given to local businesses, as they have had “hardly any complaints� according to the councillor. 

The water-based team of Torrevieja´s local police has issued a statement detailing their summer activities, which shows that they rescued 115 swimmers who got into difficulties outside the normal swimming zones, assisted 8 boats and removed 5 obstacles in the shipping lanes. The team work in conjunction with the Harbour Master and as well as performing assistance duties, they also issue sanctions for rule breaking. This season they also issued 5 speeding tickets in the harbour area, sanctioned another 8 for sailing into prohibited areas where bathers were swimming and checked 34 vessels moored in the harbour. However, despite the wave of glory in 2011 when the announcement was made of a “NEW PATROL BOAT FOR POLICIA LOCALâ€�, the crew still use the inflatable craft for their patrols, which a spokesperson at the times said was “inadequate to the department’s needsâ€�, but the new boat, “NOEMÃ�â€�, was last seen in a boat builders yard near the N332, where is has stood for some considerable time.

 

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AROUND THE AREA

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BUSINESS BITES

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ENTERTAINMENT AND HEALTH

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ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

A 2,800 kilo whale, measuring six metres in length, died on the Asturian beach of Vega this week, after becoming stranded on the sands. The coordinator for marine studies in the area said that the death occurred within minutes of the creature becoming …