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Benidorm’s Policia Local collect supplies and toys for Caritas to distribute amongst the vulnerable

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BENIDORM’S Policia Local presented food supplies and personal hygiene and cleaning products to Caritas. Public Safety councillor Lorenzo Martinez applauded the generosity of Benidorm residents’ donations and commended the Policia Local for their “selfless awareness, year after year” of others’ needs. Rafael Urbano, president of the Policia Local’s Asociacion Sociocultural, explained that officers also bought more items with cash raised through selling Christmas Lottery. Urbano also thanked officer’s daughter Lola Saval for donating a trolley of toys worth €659 that she had won in a competition. It was hard to estimate the total value of the Caritas donation, Urbano said, “but it’s safe to say that this year it easily topped €2,000.”
CHRISTMAS DONATIONS: Ready for distribution by the Caritas charity
Photo credit: Benidorm town hall

BENIDORM’S Policia Local presented food supplies and personal hygiene and cleaning products to Caritas.

Public Safety councillor Lorenzo Martinez applauded the generosity of Benidorm residents’ donations and commended the Policia Local for their “selfless awareness, year after year” of others’ needs.

Rafael Urbano, president of the Policia Local’s Asociacion Sociocultural, explained that officers also bought more items with cash they raised through selling Christmas Lottery.

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Urbano also thanked officer’s daughter Lola Saval for donating a trolley of toys worth €659 that she had won in a competition.

It was hard to estimate the total value of the Caritas donation, Urbano said, “but it’s safe to say that this year it easily topped €2,000.”

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Chilly start to the Teulada-Moraira Fishing Club’s day on the River Jucar

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Chilly start to the Teulada-Moraira Fishing Club's day on the River Jucar
GOOD-SIZED CARP: Steve Hartwell with his 4.325-kilo ‘best-of-the-day.”
Photo credit: Jeff Richards

THE Teulada-Moraira Fishing Club had a chilly start of 2 degrees on the River Jucar’s Section B3.

There were only nine contestants for their latest Winter League match, and with a very cold beginning to the day, temperatures never rose above 9 degrees.

Some good-sized fish were caught, with Steve Hartwell’s best-of-the-day weighing in at 4.325 kilos, but although there were no dry nets, fish were far and few between until an hour before the anglers were preparing to go.

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“Must have warmed up a little or was it the lunch break?” asked club secretary Jeff Richards

Best total weight of the day of 22.775 kilos went to Steve Hartwell on Peg 20 and between them, the club members caught 30 fish weighing 66 kilos, with several weighing more than four kilos.

“We are a very friendly club and always happy to welcome new members,” Steve said.

For further information, contact Frank Povey (96 649 0338 or [email protected]).

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish.
She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since!
She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language.
She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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The Valencian region’s economic and emotional recovery are inextricably linked, Generalitat president says

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The Valencian region's economic and emotional recovery are inextricably linked
MADRID MEETING: (r to l) Ximo Puig, Francesc Colomer, Reyes Maroto and Toni Perez
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TOURISM is fundamental to the Valencian Community’s economic and emotional recovery, Generalitat president Ximo Puig declared.

January 20 was Valencian Community Day at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid and the regional president accompanied Tourism minister Reyes Maroto as she visited the region’s stands.

“After a 2020 of emergency, a 2021 of resistance, 2022 will be a year of power,” declared Puig who has set the target of returning tourism to its “extraordinary 2019 figures.”

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This would be a year of emotional recovery “in which tourism plays a fundamental part,” he pledged.

All the signs were positive, Puig continued.

“In 2021, around 20 million tourists visited the Valencian Community, with international tourism increasing by 47 per cent and national tourism by 45 per cent,” he said.  “Employment has also recovered, despite the uncertainty.”

The Generalitat president stressed that the regional government had provided a total of €463.3 million in aid and grants to the tourism sector through different programmes.

The 186 regional firms present at Fitur are our best, continued Puig, who is championing the use of EU funds to focus on the digitalisation and sustainability of a sector that is achieving further recognition of its excellence..

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Ximo Puig reveals at Madrid’s Fitur tourism trade fair that Covid passports stay for the moment

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Ximo Puig reveals at Madrid's Fitur tourism trade fair that Covid passports stay for the moment
MADRID VISIT: Ximo Puig at the Valencian Community stand in Madrid
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GENERALITAT president Ximo Puig revealed that at present he has no immediate plans for relaxing the need for Covid passports.

Speaking to the media during the Fitur international trade fair in Madrid, Puig was asked for his opinion regarding Cataluña and Cantabria’s decision to eliminate the passport.

He did not foresee a similar decision, Puig said.

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“The virus is still here amongst us,” he added.  “The passport has had a positive effect on vaccination which is the most effective weapon against the pandemic.”

The regional president also pointed out that covid passports made venues safer and had been positive in economic terms.

“The communities that have them have obtained better tourist sector results,” he commented.

“It is necessary to take decisions at certain times,” Puig said: “We are in the middle of a pandemic with a great number of cases.”

Earlier, he had toured the Valencian Community stands with Tourism minister Reyes Maroto, who described UK plans to relax travel restrictions as “very good news” bearing in mind that Britain was Spain’s principal tourism market.

“Anything that reduces restrictions is good news for Spain,” Maroto repeated, stressing that the central government had been working for some time to strike a balance between safe travel and the pandemic.

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