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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thu 6 Dec – Spanish Constitution Day‘Dia de la Constitución’ - Marks the anniversary of a referendum held in Spain on 6 December 1978

(Fri 7 Dec - ¡¿Puente de Dia de la Constitución?!)

Sat 8 Dec – The Immaculate Conception ‘Inmaculada Concepción’ – ‘Solemnidad de la Inmaculada Concepción de Santa María Vergen’

We can expect to see on the RED days – which are National Bank/Public Holidays all Public Buildings and Offices; Banks, Insurance companies, Utility businesses, Legal Agencies, Post Offices and Medical Centres, etc. etc. being CLOSED throughout Spain.

If a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, it is often the practice to "make the bridge" (hacer puente) by taking the Friday or Monday off so creating a very long weekend.

Most Bars and Restaurants, and Bazaars will be open – together with some shops and private businesses (but only a minority) who may choose to open – such as newsagents, bakeries, petrol stations, etc.

The larger Supermarkets – but generally not MERCADONA - should be open and perhaps may adopt their normal Sunday opening hours

As always – if you are unsure – it is advisable to shop before the 'Fiesta' day if you can - ¡por si las moscas! (just in case)

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Cash transactions limited to 2500€.. new legislation
Friday, November 23, 2012

 Source Murcia Today

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General Strike caused chaos across Spain yesterday, 14th November
Thursday, November 15, 2012

 THE GENERAL Strike on Wednesday affected all regions of Spain with the unions CCOO; UGT; USO; CGT and STES taking action.  The strike called for protests at the poor state of the economy and demanded urgent changes in the eviction laws. 

Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated throughout Wednesday in Spain’s major cities.   According to the Interior Ministry, by the end of the day there had been 142 arrests with 74 people injured (43 of them police officers).  There were violent incidents in Madrid where police were deployed to prevent protests near the Congress of Deputies.
According to police, up to 110,000 people gathered in the Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona; in Valencia, 35,000 and in Madrid, also 35,000 people.

In the run-up to 14-N well-organised strikers gathered in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid on Tuesday evening including lead representatives of the UGT and CCOO, Candido Mendez and Ignacio Fernandez Toxo.  They called on workers not to be “intimidated” or “pressured” by their employers to avoid strike action.

Union leaders called for a mass mobilization to “…stop the social and economic suicide” caused by government policies.  Flags and banners were handed out along with useful advice on how strikers should conduct themselves.

The strike affected the steel, chemical, automotive and construction industries and also garbage collection in major cities. According to union organisers, a total of 14.23 million employees went on strike with a further 2.26 million participating in ‘minimum service’. Thus only 2.79 million people attended work on a ‘normal’ day.

Production was interrupted in most large factories, such as Nissan and Seat in Catalonia and at Opel Volkswagen in Navarra and Aragon: not one employee showed up for the night shift at Ford Valencia.
Preciados, one of Madrid’s main shopping streets of the city centre, was choked by at least 20 anti-riot armoured vehicles and El Corte Ingles customers accessed the building through a line of protection officers.  Many retailers made a decision to stay open for business along with some supermarkets.

By 7.30pm in Madrid, public order had completely broken down and by 9pm police had begun to use force to control the surging crowds, launching tear gas and firing rubber bullets at groups of protesters throwing bottles and starting fires.

Trade unions made it clear they expected more than just promises to come out of imminent meetings with Rajoy.  Secretary General of the Workers’ Commission (CCOO) Ignacio Fernandez Toxo said the possibility of more general strikes in the coming months is “in the hands of the government.”

On Thursday the Cabinet approved a motion pass an urgent decree to mitigate evictions.  People with incomes of less than 19,000€ pa will no longer be eligible for foreclosure.
Source: RTN 

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At last! Plans for airport handover confirmed (Corvera)
Friday, November 9, 2012

ANTONIO SEVILLA, the councillor for Public Works, has confirmed that San Javier and Corvera Airports will serve the Costa Calida together for some months after the new flight terminal at Corvera is opened next year.
Airport authority Aena has made the decision to operate the two facilities simultaneously to achieve a smoother changeover.  It was decided that this gradual transfer of services would be more practical than shutting down San Javier as soon as Corvera became operational.

Corvera airport has been under construction for the last five years but plans were in place several years prior to that resulting in huge property investment and construction in and around Murcia.
Murcia’s San Javier airport on the Mar Menor, about an hour south of Alicante, is limited by its dual service as a military base.  Flight times and ground services are shared with military operations.  Corvera, on the other hand, satisfies every requirement as an international destination terminal.

Speaking at the Regional Assembly on Tuesday, Sevilla said that personnel and flight services would be divided between the two airports with the bulk of operations gradually transferring to Corvera.
Aena predicts that operations at both airports could continue for between two and six months, sparking speculation on how difficult it could be to run two separate facilities for such a long period, despite San Javier only handling a limited number of flights.  There will of course be a requirement for two customs areas, two security bases and immigration staff required for both terminals.

Calibration test flights have been carried out recently at Corvera and although no problems were encountered the formal certification that is required relating to ground safety and flight path approval is still pending.

The Costa Calida has waited impatiently for news of progress on the International Airport at Corvera for some months, with varying reports suggesting that cash was short… or cash had run out… and the runways were too short...

The budget for the new airport at Corvera now has just 100,000€ within its allocation, which will be spent on completing service installations within the terminal, tipped to be open for business in April 2013 in time for the start of the busy tourist season marked by the Easter break.  
And the runway is the longest in Spain

Source: RTN

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CHRISTMAS FAYRE Wednesday November 14th at Quesada Country Club in aid of The Childrens Orphanage, ELCHE
Thursday, November 8, 2012

FREE AFTERNOON TEA! ROSIE LEE FOR FREE AT QUESADA COUNTRY CLUB CHRISTMAS FAYRE ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14TH - Yes that's right three local ladies from three local companies have got together to further support The Children's Orphange in Elche at THE CHRISTMAS FAYRE 1.00p.m. until 5.00p.m. on Wednesday November 14th at Quesada Country Club, 16 Calle Toledo, Cuidad Quesada, 03170 Rojales, Alicante 

The plight of these children seems to be touching almost everyone's hearts. Lorraine Johnson Cars R Us joined forces with her mum Yvonne Johnson Grimes GT Autos and The Editor from the weekly magazine TV Choice. These three ladies have decided to support this event which is to raise money for The Orphange in Elche and they are going to sponsor 200 FREE TEAS - yes your Rosie Lee will be for FREE!

There are currently 19 stands at The Christmas Fayre and Cash for Clothes Afternoon and we are waiting for just one more to confirm. To claim your free tea all you have to do is pop in and see Anita and Dave at Quesada Country Club anytime up to 11.00 a.m. on November the 14th and you will receive a voucher for your FREE cup of tea! Vouchers will be available this week from lunchtime on Wednesday 7th November there are 200 vouchers but do be quick to avoid disappointment.

CASH FOR CLOTHES! START YOUR CLUTTER CLEAR NOW!! YES THAT’S RIGHT you can GET CASH FOR YOUR OLD CLOTHES! Start your pre Christmas clear out now! Come to The Christmas Fayre at Quesada Country Club on Wednesday Nov 14th and get cash for your old clothes! It’s not a fortune 30 cents a kilo but with shoes and bags and soft toys - better in your pocket than in the bin – cash for clothes recycling company will be at The Quesada Country Club on Wednesday afternoon 14th November at The Christmas Fayre 1.00p.m. – 5.00p.m.

The Christmas Fayre has been organised by the small but growing team of local supporters for The Children’s Charity in Elche – we want to raise enough money to buy a present for each of the children from their wish list so with 28 young people we need to raise €560 and we are already almost half way there – with the Christmas Fayre followed two weeks later by The Cinderella Bling Ball organised by Anne Day and supported by Anita and Dave at Quesada Country Club we are well on target! Do come and join us at The Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 14th November for full details of all the exciting stalls selling Christmas gifts, trendy clothes bags and shoes and hand made products from Jams and Pickles to Beautiful Glassware and Leaded Mirrors email


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Thursday, November 8, 2012


Elche childrens home dinner at La Campana with Lynden b is sold out.

Few tickets left! It's going to be a good night at La Campana, Urb Eden, Guardamar.

There's a raffle too with lots of great prizes. Come and get your tickets at Carsrus, Lemon Tree road (CV895) outside Guardamar del Segura ( by the El Raso urb, by the Sunday market) or from the bar at La Campana.

Email to check availability.


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Flights to San Javier thin on the ground until Christmas!
Friday, November 2, 2012

Read all about it here

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