ERG appeals for humanitarian aid to Gaza

The terrible tragedy of the current crisis in Gaza is something which, we are sure, we all feel,' Equality Rights Group Chairman, Felix Alvarez has stated in response to the UN's urgent call for assistance. If one part of our body is hurt ...

FORMER TORREVIEJA MAYOR TO ENTER PRISON ON WEDNESDAY

Pedro Hernández Mateo with other members of his government team

The Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community has issued notice that the former mayor of Torrevieja, Pedro Hernández Mateo, is to enter prison to service his criminal sentence at 12:00 on Wednesday the 23rd of July.

Hernández Mateo was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of forgery and breach of trust in connection with Torrevieja´s problematic, and now expired, waste disposal contract in 2004.

Hernández Mateo has been following a path of appeal for clemency since he was sentenced in November of 2012, despite every level of the judicial appeals process confirming his guilt. Supporters had claimed that he was too old to be sent to prison and a petition of support was organised to collect signatures to keep him free. However, a petition to ensure he served his sentence gathered more signatures as more people seemed to want to see justice being served.

His last ditch attempt at freedom was for the Spanish government, formed of the same political group with which he belongs, the Partido Popular, to approve he remained free, but they too have started to deny clemency for political figures found guilty by the courts, seeming to favour the opinion that politicians are not exempt from serving their sentence in the event of being found to have acted in a criminal manner whilst in office.

Hernández Mateo must appear to the secretary of the court in Valencia, where he will be incarcerated. The notice states that his failure to attend will result in an immediate arrest warrant being issued against him.

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Clarification of Events – MV Sheila Uno

Following inaccurate reports in some sectors of the Spanish media, which did not bother to check information with the Royal Gibraltar Police, the Government of Gibraltar or the Gibraltar Information Service in Spain, Her Majesty's Governmen ...

THE VIRTUAL NEWSPAPER IS OUT NOW

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NEW TRAFFIC ISLAND FOR MIRADOR DE SAN MIGUEL

The roundabout cost almost 250,000 euros

A new roundabout opened on Saturday providing long overdue access to the to the ADU-18 Urbanisation, "Mirador de San Miguel" on the CV-941 road between San Miguel de Salinas and Campoamor.

The traffic island was first planned almost 12 years ago, the absence of which didn't allow the residents to receive many municipal services.

The cost if the island is believed to be almost a quarter of a million euros which was paid for by the urbanisation developer.

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COASTAL RESIDENTS DEMAND IMPROVED SERVICES

Police had to stop the traffic while the demo took place

Almost 200 residents of Villamartin, La Zenia and surrounds, demonstrated at the entrance to La Zenia Boulevard shopping center next to the AP-7 motorway toll on Saturday, demanding both improved road safety in the area and the removal of the toll on the AP7 motorway.

The protest was led by Bob Houliston, Orihuela Councillor and Chairman of the local CLARO Group, and Félix Arenas who is the President of the La Zenia Business Association.

They claimed that the area, despite being a ‘cash cow' to the Orihuela Government, is completely forgotten by the mayor and his councilors when it comes to the quality of life for the Costa's 30,000 inhabitants.

They also showed their discontent with the toll located at La Zenia on the AP7 motorway between Alicante and Cartagena, demanding that it be abolished and with the perceived lack of safety, municipal services and cleanliness on many local roads.

One example, they say, is the road between San Miguel de Salinas, through Villamartin and into La Zenia, which is regularly used by heavy traffic. They claim that the road is nowhere near ‘fit for purpose' and that the weight and volume of traffic that it attracts poses significant dangers to local residents.

This discomfort was reflected in several of the banners held by the demonstrators which said "Enough of traffic. We do not want to die. "

The residents also asked the Ministry of Public Works and the City Council to reconsider its decision to close the street Alhambra Maestro Torralba and to prevent accidents in the N-332, because the estimate would "ruin" for small businesses and because they believe that this problem be solved with the removal of the AP7 toll.

Residents also demanded the withdrawal of the threat by Correo toremove the delivery of mail to more than 5,000 homes in Orihuela Costa and the completion of the Emergency Center located on the Avda Villamartin.

They say that the Orihuela Costa is a major tourist attraction in this part of Spain, insisting that that the lack of both investment and municipal services currently provided to it from local and regional resources are an embarrassment and they must be remedied and improved as a matter of urgency.

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