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  Chappa Harry car repairs in Lajares
Posted by: poppi123 - Today, 10:52 AM - Forum: Cars, cabs & roads - Replies (2)

Does anyone know where Chappa Harry car repairs in Lajares? thanks

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  Joining the Guardia Civil
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 26-10-2020, 11:02 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

From Radio Sintonia, 24th Oct:

A total of 26,793 people are competing between today and tomorrow throughout Spain for one of the 2,154 places that the Civil Guard offers this year. It is one of the largest job offers approved since 2009 to access the Cabos y Guards scale.
The opposition phase is divided into four tests: knowledge, physical, medical examination and personal interview. For the knowledge test, the Civil Guard has established 20 headquarters, located in 13 Autonomous Communities distributed as follows: Alicante, Baeza, Baleares, Cáceres, Cádiz, Calatayud, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, León, Logroño Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Toledo, Valencia and Vigo.
This year, the number of venues has been increased, from 16 last year to 20 this year (Madrid is divided into two branches). Likewise, applicants are summoned at two different times to avoid crowds, and must present a "Responsible Declaration" upon arrival at the tests, in accordance with the model provided, in relation to COVID-19. Information on the venues, including plans and sketches to facilitate access to them, has been disseminated through the Civil Guard website.
Previously, the first phase, the contest phase, has been carried out, in which the merits of the people who oppose have been evaluated and added to the minimum requirements required to participate in these selective tests. Being between 18 and 40 years old, Spanish nationality, lacking a criminal record or having at least a high school diploma are some of the necessary requirements.
Of the total number of people who oppose, 6,998 are women, that is, almost 26%. Regarding the level of training, a total of 6,652 university graduates stand out , among which there are 1,999 with a master's degree and 31 with a doctorate.
The test practiced today consists of taking a series of tests on theoretical knowledge, languages, spelling and psychotechnics.
Physical tests 
The opponents who obtain a sufficient score in this knowledge test will be summoned for the physical tests, which will consist of an endurance test (2-kilometer distance race), a speed test (60-meter race), a test swimming of 50 meters, as well as a strength test consisting of performing a certain number of push-ups according to gender.
Those who pass these last tests will undergo a medical examination that will assess their state of health and physical fitness, as well as a personal interview to assess their mental suitability for the job they are opting for.
Applicants who complete the competition will join the Baeza Guard Academy (Jaén) and the “Duque de Ahumada” Youth Guard College of Valdemoro ( Madrid ), where they will receive their professional training during an academic year.

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  Military matters, Fuerteventura/Canary Islands
Posted by: TamaraEnLaPlaya - 26-10-2020, 10:50 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (2)

From Janet Anscombe's site:

French and Spanish Air Force training in Canarian skies over next week

Around a third of the Spanish Air Force is presently training in the skies around the Canaries. They are concentrating on combat training between aircraft of different characteristics as well as conducting air superiority operations in an open ocean field. The conditions here are considered unique in Europe, so the French Air Force has joined the Spanish to test their own new weapons. Some 700 military personnel and 50 fighter planes (33 Spanish Eurofighters and F-18s, four Navy Harriers and 13 French Rafales) are taking part in the new edition of Ocean Sky, one of the most important exercises in the Air Force’s annual programme.

There are a number of other videos from this exercise if someone can post links please - I'm not sure how to. (Ocean Sky 2020)

Tamara: at around 5pm today, 4 jets flew south to north up our west coast, at very low level. At times they were below the tops of the cliffs. There has also been quite a few 'bangs' from the south of us, normal Army manoeuvres perhaps, or the fighters practising bombing the **** out of something Smile  

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  Social Security SMS Scam in Fuerte Now!
Posted by: hogfather - 20-10-2020, 01:51 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Received SMS indicating appointment I had to attend at INNS. I had not made or requested an appointment and was concerned what was the reason!

Knowing many members are concerned at this time re related Social Security/INNS issues before Brexit, got in touch with local INNS   Very helpful reply[Ask for English speaker if needed] and they had no appointment scheduled or reason to do so! 

Further [Google] investigations showed that this was a scam to elicit a response to the number.

Quote   "′′ From the General Secretariat of the I.N.S.S.S. I am transmitted that in the Rioja Provincial Directorate they have detected that some citizens are receiving a message via SMS, whose provenance indicates ′′ secsocial ", and invites them to call the number: 734762425.

Those SMS are not sent by Social Security.Recommend to report the facts to the National Police, and we will bring it to the attention of the Social Security Investigation Service .

So be aware, ignore, unless you want to check with INSS if you are expecting a reason to visit INSS.

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  Predictions for the island
Posted by: Si Tie - 16-10-2020, 02:43 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (35)

Whilst I know it would be wrong to talk a specific businesses.  Fuerteventura relies heavily
on tourism.  Assuming this goes on for at least another 6 months.   How can businesses survive?
What are peoples predictions for the future?  Hate the thought of empty shops bars restaurants and
even hotels.  I'm hopeful next summer will be a boom for tourism and some sort of bounce back happens

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  Atlantico Spar Caleta
Posted by: Haribo - 15-10-2020, 12:39 PM - Forum: Shops & Supermarkets - Replies (10)

Hi. well we are coming on sunday, finally found insurance but we land at 8 pm will the above still be open for a few necessities?

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  Schools and language barriers
Posted by: Scarlett88 - 12-10-2020, 09:05 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (4)

Hi everyone, this is the first time I have used this site so I apologise if I’m using it wrong. 
I have four young children 2 of which are due to be in school I have been advised not to enrol them in the middle of a school term as this can be quite overwhelming for them. They have very little experience with using the Spanish language, I try to use words when I can unfortunately my Spanish is not very good either so it’s just the basics. If anyone could give me any advice or guidance in regards to schooling I would really appreciate it. 
Thankyou, Scarlett.

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  Church Services and meetings.
Posted by: Cotillo_Tom - 10-10-2020, 10:56 AM - Forum: Things to do on the island - No Replies

Just a quick reminder that the Fuerteventura Chaplaincy of St. James (part of the Church of England, Dioceses in Europe) is still operating on line only at this time. 

All services can be accessed directly from the website:

Or you can subscribe to the YouTube channel at YouTube by searching Fuertechurch.

We continue to collect food, toiletries and clothing for our partners Mission Christiana Modern for the poor and homeless on the island. Details of how to donate are on the website. 


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  Queens Birthday Honors
Posted by: Cotillo_Tom - 10-10-2020, 10:48 AM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (1)

Not directly related to fuerteventura, but delighted to see that Dr Janet Anscombe has been recognised in the delayed Birthday Honours list for her excellent work supporting the British community in Teneriffe. Her website https://www.janetanscombe.com/ is an absolute mine of information, most of which is applicable to all of Spain, including Fuerteventura. 

Nice to see some 'ordinary' folk being rewarded instead of TV and film stars and sports celebrities. 


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  Car panel respray, minor repair
Posted by: gattaca66 - 08-10-2020, 09:22 PM - Forum: Cars, cabs & roads - Replies (3)

A couple of panels on my car are going to need re spraying soon due to sun damage (I know, I was warned about black cars here!), and I’d like to get a a small car-park scrape repaired at the same time. Can anyone recommend somewhere on the island that does a good job without breaking the bank? I’m in Caleta, so would prefer somewhere around here if anyone has any experience of it? Archiauto did an excellent job when I was struck by another car, but that was an insurance job and I suspect they would be rather pricey! Many thanks.

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