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started by: LOUIS-469862 · last update: 1425900645 · posted: 1425284744

Benefit Fraud..Can someone help explain why an ex fraud investigator who was found out nearly 4 years ago using false identities to claim benefits from England is still here in Spain.Why bother to report benefit fraud if nothing gets done about it?.The data protection act of the UK stops anyone from finding out more and the HMRC are not very helpful.  

started by: PALS-467564 · last update: 1424790645 · posted: 1424790645

Too late to be talking about our Annual New Year’s day swim? not really, we have just received the last sponsorship contribution and this year have raised 2488.16 Euros from the efforts  of  the 23 intrepid souls who braved the waves, with ages spanning some 7 decades our youngest at 10 and our most mature at 83, it was a riot. Dressed in fancy dress as well as the more traditional costumes the swimmers entertained an audience of some 350 people. This is the 10th time that PALS (Protection and Life Saving) have held this event and already we have requests for sponsorship forms for 2016. PALS have over their 15 years of charity status donated over 1 quarter of a million Euros for the purchase of life saving equipment in and around Mazarron most going to 112 and Cruz Roja but also to the local Saluds’ and to other ‘’hands on’’ medical emergency teams. Included in this is the purchase of a new ambulance (with assistance from The Lions and CCIR but PALS being the largest cash provider). The other equipment includes two emergency hospital trauma tents (Used at the Lorca Earthquake disaster) two inshore rescue jet skis, 9 defibrillators and a mass of other state of the art ambulance and light weight machines and items all specifically donated for the use of all, regardless of race, creed , gender or age. In addition PALS initiated a concert for the Lorca Earthquake and raised over 6000 Euros in equipment which was then also used when that city was devastated by a Gota Fria.   In raising funds PALS have events to include a coach trip to Portugal in May (7 nights ,519 Euros) and a Christmas break in Benidorm (4 days 245 Euros)  available, all other events this year are sold out, and PALS pride themselves on offering great trips, holidays and events at extremely good prices and in our spirit of honesty advise that the accounts are available for inspection at any time. We are currently considering the funds that we hold for future purchases and, if required, for local and regional disasters. Any information call 626 460 465

started by: Michelle-463680 · last update: 1424694221 · posted: 1424694221

British Consulate Alicante Press Release One out of five British passports stolen in Alicante province are taken at the airport, and half of them are removed from vehicles there, the British Consulate has warned.   Beyond the airport, a further one out of five British passports are stolen from vehicles on the road or in car parks. The high level of passport thefts from vehicles are the focus of a new drive by the Consulate and police to reduce the number of Brits who suffer the consequent losses of time and money. The British Consulate last week met car hire companies at Alicante airport and the national police to discuss ways to reduce the number of British nationals who fall victim to passport robbery when they collect their hire cars.    The Consulate asked car hire companies to remove stickers from the back of cars as this makes them an obvious target for thieves. One company revealed that since removing stickers from its cars, the number of broken windscreens had reduced greatly.   The car hire companies said they will issue new advice to customers: 1.       Never leave personal belongings visible from outside the vehicle 2.       When your vehicle is full of suitcases or other valuables, leave it in a proper car park with security cameras, not on the street 3.       Be extra wary when loading and unloading – keep your valuables close to you 4.       Ignore attempts to distract you when on the road or in a car park - they could be part of a ploy to rob you The police promised more patrols at the car hire collection point and closer working with car hire companies. They also urged car hire companies to publicise the telephone number 902 102 112 for tourists to report a crime in English if they do fall victim. You can watch a video on how to avoid becoming a victim of roadside robbery at: https://vimeo.com/98023947

started by: Friends of the Relleu Children of Emaus-904481 · last update: 1424436642 · posted: 1424436642

The first Emaus Association euro a month prize giving took place this week 16/02/2015 at the Emuas headquarters in Altea. Emaus have created a new and easy to use website www.euroamonth.com. Where people and companies/organizations can make a direct donation to them via their secure Paypal account.  The new donation website gives a indepth insight into the Emaus Association and the type of work they do with three real life stories of the people they help. Each month an automatic raffle will be held where donars will have the oportunity to win a brand new smartphone kindly donated to Emaus by one of their sponsors,  telecomunications company TELITEC. Montse Fitir Emaus president and Telitec business and promotions manager Gemma Broad handed over the smartphone to the first euro a month lucky winner, donar Julie Voce from Javea.  Julie comented that she was emotionally moved having read the real life stories on the new euro a month website and after all whats couple of euros a month donation?   If everybody joins in with euro a month then we could really help make a difference to this good, respected charity who after 35 years of non stop work are in grave danger with the threat of closure on their doorstep.

started by: Talk Radio Europe-591778 · last update: 1424348787 · posted: 1424348787

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT CUDECA HOSPICE   Talk Radio Europe is once again holding their annual Telethon in aid of Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice and you are invited to join in on Friday 27st March from 10.00 am to 7.00 am.  The show will be hosted by the TRE team alongside some special guests performing live in the studio.  Each year Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice requires 3 million euros to provide their services such as home care, the day care unit and the in-patient unit to over 900 patients annually and support to their family.  For more information visit the website www.cudeca.org  The TRE Telethon website www.tretelethon.com will be ready for display on Monday 2nd March and for bidding on Monday 9th March, with all the auction items and sponsor data available, allowing visitors to make advance bids on items they wish to try and buy, thus giving our sponsors some advertising for their generosity.  Over the years, the gifts have been wide ranging and have included beauty products and treatment sessions, advertisement space in newspapers and magazines, celebrity owned and signed items, gifts and hampers, hotel and villa stays, jewellery, wines & spirits, restaurant meals, tickets for events……… and many, many more exciting things.  Should you be willing to donate an item for this year’s Telethon, we are sure it would make an outstanding prize that would receive many bids and generate a wonderful donation to Cudeca Hospice.  PLEASE HELP US TO CONTINUE GIVING “LIFE TO DAYS” TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.

started by: threebis · last update: 1424272500 · posted: 1424136644

My sister died a couple of weeks ago in Bullas and today I received a copy of her death certificate, but there is no reference on this "Certificación del Acta de Defunción" as to the cause of death. Is this usual? I am finding it difficult to comprehend her death not knowing what she died of. I have also noted that the name and surname of "del Último Cónyuge" have been omitted, which I take to mean her widower. Why would this be? Likewise, the surnames of her parents have also been omitted - I'm also assuming that the reference to mother's surname would normally refer to the mother's maiden name. Apart from the lack of the cause of death, as a family historian I'm wondering whether the omissions can be corrected on what clearly is an, incomplete, official document. I neither read/write Spanish nor live in Spain, so am finding this all very difficult at such a distance.    

started by: MABS Murcia-466710 · last update: 1423836424 · posted: 1423836424

The Caravan & Camping Club Ralliers and friends of the Rally at Caravanning La Manga donated 2,580 Euros to MABS after three successful events.     A Pantomine, the annual La Manga's got Talent night, and a very successful Charity Fun Race Night, all run and organised by Alex and Grace Hill, assisted by Ralliers and Rally stewards.       Each year the Caravan & Camping Club hold a Rally at La Manga with over 200 British campers taking the opportunity to soak up the winter sun in Spain.       The reason MABS was chosen as the charity to benefit this year was through the sterling work they carried out when two of the La Manga Ralliers were diagnosed with cancer here in 2014. MABS is continuing to help other patients this year.       Alex & Grace set their target before leaving La Manga last year, having organised Race Nights in Scotland professionally for the last 12 years.    Charity Shop: Avenida de la Union, San Javier is open Monday – Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm. Good quality second hand clothing, furniture and bric-a-brac. Donations gratefully received. Ring 968 950 917 or Vicki Kemp shop manager 615 016 035.     Cancer Centre: Urb Foque, Avenida Mar Menor, San Javier is open Monday – Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm. Drop in for information or help for anything related to cancer. A volunteer is always available to make you a coffee and take the time to talk. Ring 868 171 035. Cancer does nor discriminate and neither do MABS, we help anyone of any nationality affected by cancer. HELPLINE 693 275 779

started by: HELP MMM · last update: 1423760518 · posted: 1423760518

Friendship Group of HELP Murcia Mar Menor organised a Charity Lunch on Thursday 5th February at Galindas restaurant in La Puebla, near Torre Pacheco.   The idea was to invite people to bring 5 kilos of non-perishable food to distribute to the needy families in the village of La Puebla.  Over 80 people attended including at least 15 Spanish residents, who helped feed 50 families in the village.  Individuals from Nosmo, as well as HELP MMM Friendship Group members also attended the lunch, which was extremely well received.  The tables groaned under the weight of the food donated by all who attended and others who could not attend.  The Spanish charity CARITAS was overwhelmed by the generosity, and Chari Gomez of CARITAS gave a lovely speech thanking everyone.  With many thanks to Doreen Sykes and Janneke Chambers of HELP for the superb organisation of this first and, we hope of many more charity lunches.   Do you have Bric a brac, furniture, household items and clothes that you don’t use and want to get rid of?   We can arrange to collect them or you can bring items to our office at Calle Penélope 11, Los Narejos, (behind the Deutsche Bank) (Telephone 968 570 059).   Alternatively you can bring them to our car boot stall, which is at the Autocine, Los Narejos on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m.  We will be very grateful for any items donated as this is our main source of income to enable us to carry out our good work.

started by: bee hive · last update: 1423741571 · posted: 1423569385

Please can someone recommend a Spanish-English interpreter for a hospital appointment in Benidorm at the beginning of March.  Many thanks.  

started by: MABS Murcia-466710 · last update: 1423485301 · posted: 1423485301

MABS fundraising team work very hard to arrange events and other activities to raise money to support cancer patients and their families. The Arches Bar in Los Alcazares is home to the MABS second hand book stall. Every Saturday you will find MABS volunteers, Val & Malcolm, running their book stall between 10.00am and 1.00pm. In 2014 the book stall raised an amazing €6194.00. All books are €1 and book donations are always welcome and can be left at the shop or dropped in at The Arches on a Saturday morning. Val & Malcolm thanked Alison Chaplin and the staff of The Arches for their continuing support and presented them with a certificate of appreciation. Thanks also go to everyone who donated or purchased a book from the stall. Well done to all concerned.   The fundraising team have also been very busy putting all the events for 2015 in place. Later this month (February) they will be launching an Indian cookery book which has been written by the mother of a young boy who is a patient of MABS in his honour and to thank MABS for their continued support during his battle with cancer. Bina is a superb cook and is sharing some of her fabulous family recipes. Exact details when this will be available will be published shortly. Other events already in the calendar are:   Friday 13th March Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Day at Time Out in San Javier  1.30pm start book directly with Time Out  Tel: 968 192 418   Tuesday 17th March Ladies Ebony & Ivory Lunch, Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojon 1.30pm for 2.00pm Three course lunch with a glass of wine €10.50 plus raffle in aid of MABS. Come along and meet and make new friends while supporting a great cause. Book directly with Diamantes on 966 352 947 (reopens 1st March)    April/May Fashion Show - watch this space for details   Saturday 6th June Life Climb Snowdon in aid of MABS Donna Walsh, one of our patients and now a volunteer with the fundraising team, is already in training to climb Mount Snowdon with a group of breast cancer survivors. Please support her and MABS by sponsoring her. Sponsor forms available in the shop and the centre. There is also an online page where you can donate via paypal, you will find the details on the MABS facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mabsmurciamarmenor   Wednesday 17th June SAMM Race Day, Los Alcazares Full details will be published at a later date   Thursday 18th June Royal Ascot Ladies Day Race Day at Time Out 1.30pm start book directly with Time Out Tel: 968 192 418   End of June date to be confirmed Garden Party at Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias Details later   September Party in the Park, Centro Civico, Roda Details later   Sunday 15th November Race for Life, Los Alcazares Full details later.    Like our facebook page to be kept up to date with all of our fundraising events. www.facebook.com/mabsmurciamarmenor Volunteers Meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of every second month at Roda’s Bar, Roda 11.00 for 11.15. If you are interested in helping MABS and would like to know more, come along to the meeting or phone our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sylvia on 634 353 575. Share & Care Group is held on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Cancer Centre between 11.00am and 1.00pm . This is an informal get together for anyone affected by cancer. Newly diagnosed, cancer survivor, family or friends and indeed anybody affected by cancer or bereaved is welcome to come for a coffee and a chat and to meet others in a similar situation. For more information please call Anne 693 795 247 or the centre 868 171 035. Book Stall at The Arches Bar, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares EVERY Saturday between 10.00am – 1.00pm. Book donations always welcome. Charity Shop: Avenida de la Union, San Javier is open Monday – Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm. Good quality second hand clothing, furniture and bric-a-brac. Donations gratefully received. Ring 968 950 917 or Vicki Kemp shop manager 615 016 035. Cancer Centre: Urb Foque, Avenida Mar Menor, San Javier is open Monday – Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm. Drop in for information or help for anything related to cancer. A volunteer is always available to make you a coffee and take the time to talk. Ring 868 171 035. Cancer does nor discriminate and neither do MABS, we help anyone of any nationality affected by cancer. HELPLINE 693 275 779

started by: Help at Home · last update: 1423064038 · posted: 1423064038

There will be no CHATTERS meeting during February as changes are coming.  The next meeting will be at Roda Centro Civico on Wednesday March 18th when Vice Consul Lloyd Millen will be coming along to talk, and answer questions about LIVING IN SPAIN. All welcome 11am for 11.30. Our weekly 2nd hand book stall and cards for all occasions will be returning to La Zona Bar (opp Consum) in Los Narejos every Thursday from 2-4pm, weather and resources permitting Tickets will also be on sale for our events, the next one being ‘ Raise a Glass to Mums’ past, present and future,  on Thursday March 12th At Ruf Mari, Los Urrutias 1pm for 1.30pm. Visit our website www.helpathome.es. If you would like to volunteer a little time, when and how much is up to you, to become a valued HAH volunteer. Tel: Lesley on 603 617 770, email helpathomespain@gmail.com

started by: Michelle-463680 · last update: 1423052334 · posted: 1423052334

New Release on behalf of the Electoral Commission UK expats – Don’t miss out, you may be able to vote in the General Election says Electoral Commission  This week the UK Electoral Commission has launched a dedicated overseas voter registration campaign. The campaign aims to encourage British citizens living overseas to register to vote ahead of the UK Parliamentary General Election, due to take place on Thursday 7 May 2015.  To mark the start of the campaign, the elections watchdog is hosting Overseas Voter Registration Day on Thursday 5 February 2015 in a bid to boost the numbers of UK residents overseas on the UK’s electoral registers.  This is the first UK General Election where people can register to vote online. The Electoral Commission hopes that the new online process will encourage more UK nationals living overseas to register to take part in elections from overseas.  Estimates show that there may be as many as 5.5 million UK nationals living overseas, but there are fewer than 20,000 currently on the electoral registers.  To register as an overseas voter, UK residents overseas must have previously been registered in a UK constituency within the last fifteen years.  Alex Robertson, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission said:  “A lot of people aren’t aware that it’s possible to register as an overseas voter for the General Election. We need to challenge the misconception that once you’ve moved overseas you can’t take part. Many people can and now it’s easier than ever to take the first step by registering online.”  “That’s why we are urging UK nationals who are now living abroad to take five minutes on Overseas Registration Day to visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure they will be able to have their say at the General Election in May.”  “Overseas Voter Registration Day is also the perfect opportunity for everyone to encourage friends, family or colleagues to check if they can vote and ask them to register online from wherever they are in the world.”  The Cabinet Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office are supporting the Electoral Commission’s campaign to raise awareness of voter registration among British residents overseas in the run up to the general election. To register to vote, UK citizens should visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

started by: WilliamB-590970 · last update: 1421926171 · posted: 1421398910

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help to trace a 30-year-old man who is wanted on a European Arrest Warrant for the murder of PC Neil Doyle. Timmy Donovan, who is also known as Timmy O’Sullivan, is originally from the Huyton area and has connections with Childwall in Liverpool. He is understood to have left the country at about 8.30pm on Friday, 19 December, through the Eurotunnel and officers believe he was driving a five door grey Mercedes A180 (registration YE62 NWG). Donovan is described as 5ft 8in tall, broad build, with dark brown hair and blue eyes and has a Liverpool accent. Detectives believe that Donovan is in Europe, possibly Spain, and are working with the National Crime Agency, Europol and European police forces in a bid to locate him. Officers are appealing to Timmy Donovan, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Major Crime Unit on 0800 230 0600,  or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Link to Photos Timmy Donovan

started by: jandsreynolds · last update: 1421269354 · posted: 1421269354

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203739646426923.1073742277.1091204405&type=1&l=e6b5e4d995 Meet Maya, a 2 year old crossbreed girlie who is not coping with shelter life! Maya is desperate for a place to call home whether it be a foster home or a forever home. Maya was found outside a local bar on a busy main road, thin, scared and hungry. She was looking for food and for her own safety we couldn’t leave her there. She was scanned and had a micro-chip and her owners lived quite some distance from where she was found. They said she had run off and they didn’t want her back! We find this difficult to believe because when you walk with Maya she panics if she thinks you have left her behind or she can’t see you. It’s impossible to lose her and she just loves human company and a fuss. She is a kind and loyal soul! Maya walks well on a lead and is good off lead unless she spots a bunny! She’ll give chase but will come back after she has had some fun. Maya does spend some time in the kennel owners home and despite everything that had happened to her she remembers her house training. She is also fine in a car. Maya is not enjoying kennel/shelter life at all. She is stressed by it and she has lost and continues to loose weight. We are concerned for her welfare and know that in a home environment she will settle and blossom. She just needs someone to give her a foster break or offer her a home. Maya very much deserves a chance. Maya would like to live either as an only dog or with one other non-dominant dog who is not interested in playing. She is not aggressive at all, but just prefers not to be bothered by other dogs. So a nice calm, not in your face, non-dominant companion dog to sniff around with would be ideal. Maya cannot live with cats or small furries. VIDEO: Maya having a roll around at the shelter: http://youtu.be/cRuuKMj8eIw Maya is vaccinated, micro-chipped & spayed. Are you able to offer Maya a lifeline and a break from the stress of the shelter with a foster place? Noah’s ARC will provide her food, vet care, medication and offer you any support and back-up you need. Or perhaps you could offer Maya a forever home? If so, please contact Noah’s Arc Dog Rescue (near Mazarron, Murcia) – Tel: 699 352 818, or you can email to: web@noahsarcmurcia.com Please note that any potential home will be subject to home check.

started by: jandsreynolds · last update: 1421269347 · posted: 1421269347

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10203739646426923.1073742277.1091204405&type=1&l=e6b5e4d995 Meet Maya, a 2 year old crossbreed girlie who is not coping with shelter life! Maya is desperate for a place to call home whether it be a foster home or a forever home. Maya was found outside a local bar on a busy main road, thin, scared and hungry. She was looking for food and for her own safety we couldn’t leave her there. She was scanned and had a micro-chip and her owners lived quite some distance from where she was found. They said she had run off and they didn’t want her back! We find this difficult to believe because when you walk with Maya she panics if she thinks you have left her behind or she can’t see you. It’s impossible to lose her and she just loves human company and a fuss. She is a kind and loyal soul! Maya walks well on a lead and is good off lead unless she spots a bunny! She’ll give chase but will come back after she has had some fun. Maya does spend some time in the kennel owners home and despite everything that had happened to her she remembers her house training. She is also fine in a car. Maya is not enjoying kennel/shelter life at all. She is stressed by it and she has lost and continues to loose weight. We are concerned for her welfare and know that in a home environment she will settle and blossom. She just needs someone to give her a foster break or offer her a home. Maya very much deserves a chance. Maya would like to live either as an only dog or with one other non-dominant dog who is not interested in playing. She is not aggressive at all, but just prefers not to be bothered by other dogs. So a nice calm, not in your face, non-dominant companion dog to sniff around with would be ideal. Maya cannot live with cats or small furries. VIDEO: Maya having a roll around at the shelter: http://youtu.be/cRuuKMj8eIw Maya is vaccinated, micro-chipped & spayed. Are you able to offer Maya a lifeline and a break from the stress of the shelter with a foster place? Noah’s ARC will provide her food, vet care, medication and offer you any support and back-up you need. Or perhaps you could offer Maya a forever home? If so, please contact Noah’s Arc Dog Rescue (near Mazarron, Murcia) – Tel: 699 352 818, or you can email to: web@noahsarcmurcia.com Please note that any potential home will be subject to home check.

started by: CharlotteM-441068 · last update: 1420749445 · posted: 1420749445

Can anyone tell me where I can buy Seville Oranges please? It's the season and I'm hoping to make my own.

started by: Marilyn sumner · last update: 1420536487 · posted: 1420532119

thank you for the person who helped me buy a real Christmas tree i now need some help to find a self storage unit near torre pachaeco  we have emailed thebig box company but have not had a reply not sure if they are still trading  does anybody know of any local companies please  many thanks Marilyn sumner

started by: adsf2013 · last update: 1420477544 · posted: 1420477544

Thinking of moving to Seron .Does anyone know the area,if so do you know what its like.

started by: Jet Lagg · last update: 1419981609 · posted: 1390585612

Some of you may have been trying to get BBC iPlayer and Netflix in Spain. Some success has been achieved by using VPNs for Windows Operating Systems working on PCs. But how many of us want to watch TV on a PC??? There is a new supplier called Unlocator who seem to have solved the problem, especially for Smart TVs and dd-wrt equipped routers. There is a thread on AI Brittany and users seem to be having success. Really depends on your download speeds! Good luck.

started by: Lianne-607131 · last update: 1419732357 · posted: 1419282426

Good evening folks.. am looking to rent a small appt in Feb for a week in San Javier or nearby with sea views. Have a medium very well behaved dog ... and husband!

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