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Day: February 1, 2016

Valencian La Vuelta cycle race in Orihuela

Some of the best international cyclists will be racing on Saturday Orihuela will host the start of the Queen’s stage of the Valencian Community La Vuelta cycling race on Saturday. This event has a long history but was stopped for eight years until the Provincial Council recently got it going again. There will be well known cyclists from the international scene competing, like Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodríguez, Tom Boonem and the current champion of La Vuelta of Spain, Fabio Aru. The stage is one of the toughest in this event, covering 141.3 kilometres through Albatera, Crevillent, Aspe, Monforte del Cid, Agost, Castalla, Onil and Ibi, including three mountain passes, and finishing at the top of Xorret de Catí. It will start from the Town Hall at 12.30pm and go through the historic city centre and then out to the villages of Hurchillo and Arneva before the cyclists go on towards the north of the province. Councillor Damaso Aparicio noted the event will get lots of coverage in the news and the TV channels Teledeporte and Eurosport, so it will be “a great opportunity to promote the natural and historical riches of...

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Fun and training in the Torrevieja Youth Centre programme

Activities for young people in February and March Councillor Pablo Samper has informed that the new winter programme for the Torrevieja Youth Department in February and March is now available. He said the 2016 Expo Juventud (Youth Expo), Information Fair and Youth Resources will be in the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre on March 15th and 16th. He said it is for young people but open to everyone and universities, schools, training centres and businesses will be showing what qualifications and courses they have available. “All this will make it easier to access the resources and programmes in the public and private sector that are aimed mainly at young people,” he said. There will also be two training courses offering official qualifications, one to be a Free Time Monitor working with children and another in basic cookery that is exclusively for young people signed up for the national Garantía Juvenil (Youth Guarantee) programme. This is intended to improve job prospects for 16-29 year olds who are not studying or working. They can register and get more information from the Youth Information Centre (CIAJ). There is also a course to train young people to be football referees. Other activities include the alternative fun Saturdays being held once a month in collaboration with La Comarca Youth Association, with games, workshops, tournaments and more. There is also a subsidised trip to the...

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Valencian Government to scrap all portable classrooms from schools

Construction of 124 new schools for €423 million announced The president of the Valencian Government, Ximo Puig and Councillor or Education, Vicent Marzà have announced it is their priority to get rid of all the portable classrooms at 116 schools in the Community, and to build 124 new schools between 2016 and 2019, all with a budget of €423 million. This will affect all the schools in the Vega Baja that currently use portable classrooms, including Playas de Orihuela Primary College in Orihuela Costa, the school that has been in portable classrooms longer than any other in the Valencian Community. The work planned includes restarting on the Playa Flamenca Secondary Institute, also in Orihuela Costa, where work began in 2009 but has been stopped for several years. Also planned are the Callosilla Primary College in Callosa de Segura and the Amanecer Secondary Institute in Torrevieja. The plan also includes the Principe de España Primary College in Rojales, where the community had demanded action on several occasions because it is so seriously deteriorated and pieces of the roof have even fallen off. It includes the extension of the Juan Carlos I Primary College in Formentera, Tháder Secondary Institute in Orihuela, the Dama de Guardamar and a new Primary College in...

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Two museums for the price of one

Work restarted on Torrevieja Semana Santa Museum Work on the building that will house the Torrevieja Semana Santa (Easter) museum, at the start of Avenida de las Habaneras, has restarted after several years and is now supposed to take six and a half months to complete. There have been a few modifications to the original plans, which were only going to include the Senior Committee of Semana Santa Brotherhoods, and it will now “be adapted to the new needs of the town”, according to the mayor, José Manuel Dolón. The restructuring will enable the building to be used for other council offices as well, which are currently in rented premises costing taxpayers’ money. With the new design, the two basement floors will be used by the Semana Santa Committee, the semi-basement floor for multiple uses, the ground floor for the reception, the second and third floors for the Semana Santa Museum and the fourth floor for the Museum of the Sea and Salt. The first, fifth and sixth floors will be for administrative uses, as well as the Town Hall health and safety department which is currently in the same unit being rented for the Museum of the Sea and Salt, on Calle Patricia Pérez. The president of the Semana Santa Committee, Jesús Sánchez Seva said they are “astonished” at the council’s decision, which will take away 300 square...

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