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New rules for mobility scooter users in Benidorm
31 October 2013

REGULATIONS ON the use of mobility scooters in Benidorm will come into full effect in November with the aim of putting a stop to the abuse of such vehicles by individuals who are not disabled or elderly.  Many of the hirers of these scooters use them at high speed and also under the influence of alcohol, causing a nuisance to other road users and pedestrians.  

The new regulations will include for the first time various restrictions that prohibit rental to tourists who do not have a disability - accredited permanent or temporary - or who are under 55 years of age.   

It will also be required that hire companies carry full civil liability insurance to cover any damage caused by users to other vehicles, property and also public roads.  It is estimated that as many as 500 mobility scooters are rented daily in Benidorm.

Source: RTN



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DON'T LOSE OUT ON YOUR UK PENSION AND BENEFIT PAYMENTS
26 October 2013

Expatriates in receipt of UK pensions and benefits may soon be contacted by the Department of Work & Pensions to confirm their international bank details. 

From 31st January 2014, the Department for Work and Pensions will need an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) and Bank Identification Code (BIC) in order to make payments to expatriates’ accounts in Spain and other Eurozone countries. This change is due to new European Union regulations which aim to make payments between EU countries faster and more secure. 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) already holds IBAN and BIC details for most of its customers. But expatriates whose details are not yet held by the DWP will soon receive a letter asking for them. 
Bank customers will not be asked to provide any further details of their accounts, such as passwords. It is only the IBAN and BIC details that are needed

If you receive a letter, you should complete the attached form and return it to the DWP as soon as possible, says the British Embassy in Madrid.  

Failure to do so may mean your payments will be stopped because after 31st January 2014, banks in Eurozone countries will not accept any DWP direct payments without these details.  

You can get the IBAN and BIC details from your bank account statement or directly from your bank. 

Continue reading in The Leader



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Murcia bails out Corvera airport
16 October 2013

Murcia bails out Corvera airport
By Nuria Pérez

THE NATIONAL government has allowed Murcia region to take on the 200-million-euro bank guarantee of Corvera airport and include it in its debt, which now tops 5,000 million euros

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Noise annoys!
10 October 2013

IF MUZAK is the food of love please do not play on says Marina Alta restaurant critic John Deacon – a Spanish-based ambassador for campaign group Pipedown.

The world is getting noisier and he believes piped music plays an unwanted part – along with the unsocial use of mobile ‘phones – and says there is a growing movement to get it turned off in bars and restaurants.

Pipedown is a group seeking for the freedom not to have to listen to muzak in public places – shops, pubs, restaurants, airports, hospitals, bus and train stations, car parks and a host of other locations.

In a Daily Telegraph article news presenter John Humphrys warning of the dangers of a world getting louder and actually damaging health, saying “It’s time we all turned down the volume.”

And John, who lives in Javea, agrees. “Noise of any kind tops the list of what annoys people the most. Muzak is number three but the other two are both noise related.

“But more people hate piped music – or muzak – than like it and the story starts when the authorities carried out a survey. It was more than 20 years ago but there is nothing to say anything has changed since.”

AIRPORT

Of 70,000 people interviewed about the piped music played at Gatwick Airport, 43% said they disliked it and only 34% admitted to enjoying the muzak. As a result the airport pulled the plug on canned music – and its policy saved £1.8 million in PRS copyright fees.

John said later opinion polls showed much the same picture – even young people sharing a dislike for the noise pollution.

“Even if you find yourself a quiet place, you can still here the ‘boom, boom’ of the bass coming through the walls and floors,” he said.

“Supermarket muzak is especially awful and some of them here – like Iceland, Consum and Eroski – blast it through the car parks as well.

“It is amusing that in the United States someone went to court claiming they were being ‘abused’ by muzak in a public place where their rights to silence were being denied. They won the case but I have heard of no 
other.”

And he said in a recent classical music concert in Teulada by musicians from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music from America a totally inappropriate pop CD was played loudly during the interval.

RAGE

“I flipped,” he admitted. “And the President of the Curtis Institute was quivering with rage.”

He said people often asked what kind of music he liked. “It’s totally irrelevant and secondly, it is not about what I like, it is about silence – I would never presume to invade someone else’s privacy by stuffing my love of opera down their throats.”

John said he understood an empty restaurant or bar playing music to create atmosphere but as the premises filled, it was only the background “thumping” that could be heard.

“I am sure there are youngsters who think I am a boring old fart. However, there are people writing to me and fully supporting the campaign against muzak and more and more people are speaking out.”

Unwanted noise raises the blood pressure and depresses the immune system – deaf people have particular problems with piped music because it plays havoc with hearing aids, while blind people who rely on background sound to help them get around find it disorientating.

And two thirds of Europeans – 450 million people – are daily exposed to noise levels the World Health Organisation says are unacceptable yet it remains a problem receiving little public attention despite it occasionally provoking people to kill!

Find out more about Pipedown at www.pipedown.info

Source: RoundTownNews

Our urb's bars were stopped from having live entertainment recently which, naturally, has upset the bar owners. If they'd not played music quite so loud maybe they'd still be permitted live entertainment?? yes



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Easyjet summer 2014 flights are out, till September 14th
09 October 2013



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Easyjet notification this afternoon: widespread delays and some cancellations of flights TOMORROW 10th October
09 October 2013

Unfortunately, due to European Air Traffic Control strikes tomorrow, there will be widespread delays and some cancellations of flights. 

This strike action has only recently been confirmed and will affect all airlines. We will do all we can to minimise disruption but please check your flight’s status before you travel to the airport if you are flying with us tomorrow 10th October. 

Flight tracker: http://www.easyjet.com/en/flight-tracker

Taken from Easyjet info on their website.



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Land clearance work on Paramount Park site
04 October 2013

Trees have been felled and scrub cleared. Expat rumour machines went into overdrive this week when news filtered out that “something was happening at the Paramount park site“ just outside Alhama de Murcia. 

An excited reader contacted the office demanding to know why no report had been produced that work had started on the construction of the theme park, to which the answer was that construction couldn´t possibly have begun as the council in Alhama de Murcia still have to grant full planning approval on the location and construction can´t begin until that particular final hurdle has been overcome.

More at MurciaToday

 



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