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Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II

TRIBUTES to Queen Elizabeth II have come pouring in from around the world but also from across the Valencia region, following the death of the monarch on Thursday afternoon. The Queen, who was 96 and celebrated her 70th Jubilee earlier this year, died peacefully at one of her favourite homes, Balmoral in Scotland, surrounded by…

HPV vaccine available for boys

BOYS in the Valencia region are to be included in the human papillomavirus vaccine programme, according to the regional health minister. Until now, only girls have been given the vaccination free of charge, and parents of boys who wanted their children vaccinated had to pay. The vaccine protects against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) which is…

Debate over bulls gathers momentum

AS the mayor of Sueca becomes the latest to block bull-related activities in the town’s upcoming fiestas, the bull-running federation threatens to take the councils and regional government to court. Sueca’s socialist mayor, Dimas Vázquez, has refused permission for bull-related activities on 10 and 11 September, in a move which comes shortly after the mayor…

Painting the town red, the return of La Tomatina

AS weird and wonderful fiestas go, La Tomatina is up there with the best of them, and after a two-year break, it’s back in all its tomato-throwing glory. The tomato battle, which always takes place in Buñol, 40 km west of Valencia, on the last Wednesday of August, this year coincided with the last day…

Large areas destroyed by fire to be classified as “disaster zones”

“A CLIMATE emergency” is how Spanish president Pedro Sánchez, has described the forest fires which have affected the country in recent weeks. Sánchez visited the devastated area of Bejís (Castellón) on Monday where almost 20,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed by fire. He said that areas affected by the fires in Bejís, Vall d’Ebo…

Fires rage on in Alicante and Castellón

WILDFIRES continue to burn out of control in the Vall d’Ebo, Alicante, and in Bejís, Castellón, where 1,000 firefighters and 50 aircraft are working to tackle the blazes. Valencian firefighters are being aided in both blazes by crews from Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia, Aragón and Catalonia, as well as the UME (Military Emergency Unit) and the…

Homes evacuated as firefighters work through the night to tackle blazes across the region

AFTER weeks of high temperatures and barely any rain, Saturday’s electric storms are most likely the cause of wild fires in Castellón and Alicante, regional justice minister, Gabriela Bravo, said this morning (Monday). Bravo visited the emergency services’ command centre, and spoke after attending a meeting of the CECOPI (Central de Coordinación Operativa Integrada) the…

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