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Read the Costa Blanca Daily News – Friday 22 September 2023

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Alicante Airport Strikes

Security staff at Alicante Elche Miguel Hernandez Airport are holding a series of strikes starting today, due to the “continued situation of defencelessness and precariousness” of their working conditions.

The strikes will affect the security controls of passengers, staff, hold luggage, merchandise supplies, private flights, and the security control centre.

The strikes are partial and will be carried out in two waves, one hour in the morning, between 8:45 and 9:45, and a second in the afternoon, between 6 and 7 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week, then again on Tuesday, and next weekend.

Choral Concerts in Torrevieja

Tickets are now on sale for the 35th International Choral Meeting “Ciudad de Torrevieja”, which will take place next weekend in Torrevieja’s municipal theatre.

The event starts on Thursday, continuing until Saturday, and will feature the local Francisco Vallejos choir, along with groups from Totana, Madrid, and Gran Canaria, amongst others.

Tickets are priced at just 2 euro per evening and can be purchased at the Municipal Theatre box office.

Mozzies!

Whilst the threat of heavy rain didn’t materialise in Torrevieja this week, the fumigation brigade has still been out and about to try and control the wakening of mosquitoes before they emerge, a common occurrence after rain.

There has been a lot of focus in the areas surrounding the salt lakes, where mosquitoes nest, in the hope that by spreading poison on them now, it will kill the larvae before they hatch into insects.

Residents are also asked to play their part by eliminating areas where water might collect, thus preventing the spread of mosquitoes outside the controlled area.

Party at the Boulevard

On 25 September 2012, the Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre on the Orihuela Costa was officially inaugurated, changing the retail fabric for the entire province.

Monday marks the 11th anniversary of that day, and although the centre has been putting on special events and promotions throughout the week, this weekend in when the celebrations really begin.

Visitors to the commercial centre will be able to partake in a free breakfast, bowling, gifts, and a Flamenco show on Saturday, whilst on Sunday, there will a children’s show, before the party ends next weekend with lots more for the kids, including balloon fun, shows, and the appearance of the centre’s mascots, Zimbo and Peludo.

Finding Love from Torrevieja

Torrevieja has been pushed into the media limelight this week, as a local boy named Jesus met a potential new partner on the TV show First Dates.

Audiences warmed to Jesus when he told his date, Carla, who was looking for a tall man and hopefully got lucky because Jesus measures “just over two metres”, but he saw her as “unattainable”, and would therefore “never have said anything to her on the street”.

The outcome, by the way, was that Carla forgave his nervousness, and the pair planned for a second date.

Meanwhile, the blogger Miguel Nonay, founder of the blog Viajerossinlimite, providing travel guides for those with reduced mobility, also visited Torrevieja for an episode dedicated to offering a guided tour of Las Salinas de Torrevieja.

Regional Rail Boost

The Valencia regional Government is celebrating a huge boost to the rail network in August.

In particular, the Alicante TRAM network carried more than 1.7 million passengers, 38.40% more than in the same month of 2022, which means an increase of almost half a million travellers. The busiest day was Friday the 4th, with more than 61,000 passengers in a single day.

As for the overall regional rail network (FGV), including trains and trams, almost 7 million passengers meant an increase nearing 50% compared to 2022.

The managing director of FGV, Alfonso Novo, has pointed out that “TRAM mobility in Alicante continues to rise and 472,158 more passengers have been obtained than in August last year, and the trend continues for positive regional public transport which the Generalitat is betting on for balanced sustainable development”.

New Shopping Centre

La Nucia is to benefit from a new commercial centre, as part of a joint expansion project from Inmoking, from the JJ Matriz Capital holding company, which includes a second centre in Tavernes de la Valldigna, with investment of 25 million euro.

The new La Nucia commercial centre will be developed on a plot of 21,600 square metres, with a construction design that will cover 10,000. The design includes two levels, and will offer parking space for 420 vehicles. Its location has been selected at the entrance to the City of Sports. The commercialisation of spaces in this park is scheduled to begin shortly with work starting in the first quarter of 2024 and its inauguration planned for the first quarter of 2025.

Need to Spend a Penny in Denia

The independent political group, Gent de Dénia has registered a motion in the council for the plenary session to debate a proposal to install a network of accessible public bathrooms in different parts of the town.

The proposal already existed in the group’s own election manifesto, and they hope the notion will be approved to provide “a solution to a lack that, unfortunately, is increasingly necessary to alleviate”, especially given the fact that about 28% of the population are of a senior age.

Alicante Conman Arrested Again

A 50-year-old Lithuanian man, who presents himself as a wealthy tourist wearing well-known brands, speaking little Spanish, although he appears to understand it, has been arrested again after he had a heart attack in a restaurant, at least 20 times.

The man has been known to be active across Alicante since November 2022, with venue owners sharing his identity so that they can recognise, him, because each of the 20 known occurrences, the heart attack was fake, as was to allow him to leave the premises without paying the bill for the top-class food and drink he consumed.

Culture in El Campello

The autumn cultural schedule starts today in El Campello, with the Casa de Cultura playing host to a variety of high-level shows of all kinds worthy of filling the auditorium.

The schedule starts tonight with a dance show that highlights the vulnerability and fulfilment of life, through the movements of dancers Carol Caparrós, María Serrano and María Teresa Antón, in the show, “Sorora”.

A musical treat combining genres such as cumbia, garage, and psychedelia, takes over on Saturday, and on Sunday, a preamble to the popular Moors and Christians event which takes place in October will take to the stage.

The full schedule is available from the town hall, and the Casa de Cultura.

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