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Day: September 5, 2016

Youth culture fair in Torrevieja

Local young people show off their music, dance, art, alternative activities and associations Young people of Torrevieja will be putting on their own free festival of arts and culture at the Eras de la Sal on Friday, September 9. From 6pm ‘La Hora Joven Fest’ will offer music, dance, charities, cultural associations, NGOs, volunteering and alternative leisure activities, among others, all organised by the town hall. Councillor Pablo Samper said they had wanted to channel the demands of young people in all areas and show them off in the public areas of town. He admitted Torrevieja has a long standing debt to youth associations and they are trying to make it up to them by offering them spaces or financing their projects. “As politicians we must listen, above all to young people who have suffered the consequences of this serious economic and social crisis we are going through and more than ever we have to work to offer them hope and enthusiasm,” he said. Culture manager Fede Gadea said the call for ideas had been well received by local youths, with more than 120 offering their concerns, especially about enouraging alternative leisure activities. La Hora Joven Fest shows the young talent we have in Torrevieja. Youth worker Gustavo García Silva said the event is like a shop window and suitable for all ages. He said there wil be top...

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Demanding fair funding for Orihuela Costa

C.L.A.R.O. proposals for the 2017 Orihuela budget A public hearing took place in the Playa Flamenca office of the Town Hall on September 2nd. It was attended by the Mayor of Orihuela and several councillors and was an opportunity for Orihuela Costa residents to make proposals for next year’s municipal budget. There was a good attendance and participation from political parties, the Federation of Associations of Orihuela Costa and a number of individual residents. On behalf of C.L.A.R.O., Bob Houliston presented a 10 page document covering a wide range of subjects and 18 specific proposals. He said C.L.A.R.O. welcomed this opportunity for residents of Orihuela Costa to make proposals for next year’s budget. Orihuela Costa with over 30,000 registered residents, equal to Orihuela city, and some 50,000 rate paying property owners accounts for 60% of the revenues of the municipality but receivs less than 10% of the value of municipal services. There was a huge deficit of services and investments. The prospects for next year’s budget were expected to show a €10 million increase in the income of the municipality compared to the present budget, approved in 2012, mainly due to an expanding coastal population and a revival of construction in Orihuela Costa with the corresponding increase in municipal revenue from building taxes. Moreover, according to reports, there would be some €10 million available for investments, principally revenue from...

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Help for foreign residents in Torrevieja

AMICS and OARI offices now open in Plaza Capdepont International Residents Councillor Carmen Morate has informed that the office of the Mediation Agency for Integration and Social Harmony (AMICS) is now also open on Wednesdays from 3pm-5pm, as well as Monday-Friday 10am-2pm in the Plaza Capdepont. The building also houses the Office for Attention to International Residents (OARI) to help EU citizens to carry out procedures, and non-EU citizens, mainly to provide information about obtaining legal residency through social integration. They also offer immigration advice (applications, forms, fees, personal documentation, processes to follow in Alicante, NIE certificates, duplicates, letters of invitation, etc.). The rest of the day outside opening hours the staff will deal with internal work to process applications and adminsitrative management, as well as meeting with associations for foreigners and training. Morate also said the Town Hall Health Department has moved from La Mata to the same building as the AMICS and the OARI in the Plaza Capdepont, and it will be open the same times except Wednesdays. This department deals with matters like unhealthy homes, annoying or dangerous animals, Diogenes syndrome, abandoned homes, cleaning up wasteland, controlling plagues etc. The Councillor for Animal Protection, Carmen Morate, also has her office in the building. The telephone number is 96 570 5243, with Extension 101 for AMICS, 102 for OARI, 103 for Health, and 104 for Carmen...

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5 drownings on Vega Baja beaches this summer

Valencian Community had the third most drownings so far this year The summer months of June, July and August have recorded a total of 5 drownings, accordng to the Spanish Lifeguard Federation (FESS). There were two on the beaches of Orihuela (Playa de Campoamor and La Zenia) and two in Torrevieja (Playa del Cura and La Mata), and one at Playa de la Roqueta in Guardamar. Three of these incidents happened at times there were no lifeguards on duty. The national report on drownings by the FESS shows that the Valencian Community was the region with the third most drownings, with 38 from January 1 to August 31, 2016, only behind Galicia (54) and Andalusia (53). Around the whole country there were 321 deaths by drowning.   53% of the drownings (170 of the total) were on beaches, 18.4% (59) in rivers, 7.2% (23) in swiming pools and the rest, 21.5% (69) in other places like canals, ports, reservoirs, poola, waterfalls and wells. 61% of the incidents occurred in the middle of the day, between 12pm and 8pm, and almost 9 out of 10 occasions had no lifeguards on duty in the area. 76% of the victims were Spanish, 81% were male and 61% were aged 45 or older, while 45% were swimmers, 8% were working and 35% were considered accidents unrelated with either of these...

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