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Torrevieja Hospital returns to public management

AFTER being run privately for 15 years, Torrevieja Hospital, which serves 180,000 people has returned to public management. Early Saturday morning Valencia Health Minister, Ana Barceló, was at the doors of the hospital to greet staff and celebrate the centre’s first day back under public control following the end of the contract with Ribera Salud….

Outrage over withdrawal of LGTB books in secondary schools

The education community has condemned the ruling of a judge this week to ban certain LGTB books in Castellón secondary schools. The Education union, Federacion de Educación de Comisiones Obreras, has called for a “united response” against the exreme measures introduced by the judge in Castellón. They described as “surprising” the decision to withdraw some…

Royal British Legion launches Poppy Appeal in its centenary year

TO the sound of pipes and drums, former servicemen and women marched through the streets of Benidorm today to mark the start of the Poppy Appeal 2021. The event, organised by the Royal British Legion, which this year celebrates its centenary, included flags from Spain, Britain and the RBL districts. The procession even included Chelsea…

Lockdown sparks rise in homegrown marijuana with worrying consequences

AN increase in homegrown marijuana during lockdown has led to 60% of the cannabis consumed nowadays containing higher levels of toxic and infectious substances. According to a study carried out by the NGO Controla Club and the Valencia Health Departnent, following the rise in cultivation of cannabis, more infectious substances and mould are now being…

Book fair returns to Jardines de Viveros

While some of us spent the pandemic working our way through the Netflix back catalogue of films and TV series, others opened a book. According to figures released yesterday by the Valencia government, 58% of the population read books during lockdown, an increase on the normal reading levels. Speaking yesterday at the opening of the…

Valencian location system to be used in six regions.

A geolocalization system for emergency services, developed in the Valencia Region, is to be rolled out in six regions across the country. The Valencia Safety and Response Emergency Service Agency (AVSRE) has successfully completed the first phase of its new Advanced Mobile Location (AML) system which can pinpoint the origin of calls to 112, the…

60,000 EU trips for 18 year olds up for grabs.

An EU initiative to encourage youngsters to visit other European countries and learn about their culture and histrory is offering 60,000 free travel vouchers for young Europeans born between 1 July 2001 and 31 December 2003. The distribution in Valencia is being carried out by the Valencian Institude for Youth (IVAJ) and for those lucky…

Holy Grail tourism video hoping to win top award

VALENCIA is just a step away from winning best tourism video with a production promoting the Route of the Holy Grail. For those who don’t already know, Valencia cathedral is home to THE Holy Grail. Yes, that’s right, the mythical chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper, which has been sought by knights and…

More than 40 Valencian towns and cities provide mental health services

Currently the Valencia Region offers municipal services for care and monitoring of people with serious mental health problems (Sasem) in 41 towns and cities. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, yesterday, the general director of Functional Diversity and Mental Health, Elena Albert, highlighted the importance of having a service such as Sasem ​​in…

Valencia celebrates its history and traditions

TRADITIONAL dances, processions and fireworks are just some of the offerings during this weekend of celebrations around el 9 d’octubre the day of the Valencian people. One may also have noticed the delicacy of marzipan fruits in cakeshop windows, but wherever you are in the Valencia region it will be hard not to come across…

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