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Eurovision euphoria as Spain comes third in Turin

SPAIN’S Chanel has achieved the country’s best result for 27 years with an impeccable performance of SloMo at the 66th Eurovision Song Contest held in Turin, Italy last night. However, the winners on the night, thanks to the popular vote, were Ukraine’s band Kalush Orchestra with Stefania, followed by the UK’s Sam Ryder with Space…

Benidorm loses one of its precious Blue Flags

ONE of Benidorm’s main beaches has been stripped of its Blue Flag this year. The popular Poniente beach failed to be awarded the coveted flag which recognises European standards in safety and cleanliness, although the city’s other two beaches, Levante and Mal Pas, have retained theirs. The city council blames a test carried out in…

New night-time transport network falls short, say residents’ associations

FROM mid-June Valencia will have a public transport system running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it was announced this week, but residents’ associations say the changes aren’t enough. Valencia’s mayor, Joan Ribó, announced on Thursday that from 15 June, the night-time network of the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) will be doubled, with…

Historic rainfall drenches Valencia

THE Valencians have a saying: Plou poc, però, pel poc que plou, plou prou, which roughly translated means It doesn’t rain much, but, considering how little it rains, it really pours. Generally, this holds true, however, given the endless rain in March, April and what we’ve seen so far in May, perhaps the refrain needs…

New Metro Line 10 operational from 16 May

THE new Metro line 10, connecting the centre of Valencia with the Nazaret suburb, will start operating on 16 May following the staff training process in April. More than 70 FGV employees have been taking part in the theoretical and practical training phase throughout the month of April, prior to the start of the new…

Applications open for school and nursery vouchers

THE application period for nursery and infant vouchers opens today (Thursday) and could save parents registered in Valencia city up to €120 a month. Valencia CIty Council has announced that this year’s cheque escolar will reach a total of €3.7 million and the financial aid will cover costs of school and nursery places for little…

Free Sunday travel by Metro and Tram until the summer

TRAVELLING by Metro or tram will be free on Sundays for the next three months in Valencia, Alicante and Castellón from Sunday 1 May, it was announced on Thursday. Speaking at his weekly address to Les Corts, the Valencian Parliament, regional president Ximo Puig said that public transport run by the regional government, which includes…

Largest haul of stuffed animals ever found in Spain uncovered by police

ELEPHANTS, polar bears, lions and the even endangered species like the Bengal tiger were among the stuffed animals seized by the Guardia Civil in Valencia at the weekend. Inside a warehouse, located in the Valencia town of Bétera, 1,090 stuffed specimens were found, including 198 large white elephant tusks. The haul, the largest ever uncovered…

Facemasks to stop being compulsory indoors after Easter

FACEMASKS will no longer be compulsory in indoor public spaces from 20 April with the exception of public transport, health centres and care homes, according to reports in Spanish media. Spanish Health Minister, Carolina Darias, told journalists today (Tuesday) that the change in the law would be voted on 19 April, and come into force…

Valencian vets offer to treat Ukrainian refugee pets

VETS from across the region have offered to treat pets of Ukrainian refugees arriving in the Comunidad Valenciana free of charge. Some 122 clinics have joined the scheme and will carry out work micro-chipping animals and registering them in RIVIA, the official Valencian animal register, as well as checking their health and giving vaccines. The…

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