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Cyber Attack

The Valencia regions register of companion animals, which is managed by the Valencian Council of Veterinary Colleges, has suffered a cyber-attack, as confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

Known as the RIVIA system, it operates independently from other databases, so is the only one compromised in this attack, which, “despite the multiple security measures implemented in the RIVIA application, the attack managed to breach the system and in the face of computer crimes to which these systems are exposed, total protection cannot be guaranteed”, the Ministry has said.

Reducing Stigma of HIV

The Valencia region´s General Director of Diversity, Stephane Soriano, has highlighted the importance of promoting education and awareness campaigns “to reduce stigmas due to HIV”.

Stephane Soriano has participated in the 1st Meeting of Responsible Companies with HIV in the Valencian Community, organised with the aim of promoting the active participation and involvement of the business sector in the response to HIV in Spain.

The General Director of Diversity explained that the aim of this meeting is to achieve a workspace that generates alliances in the response to HIV “from a focus on human rights, non-discrimination and equality.”

Slow Down in San Fulgencio

Drivers who speed through San Fulgencio might be in for a rude awakening as the town hall has purchased a mobile speed detector for the Local Police.

The ‘Velolaser’ device is the same as one of the types used by the Guardia Civil, is extremely portable, and accurate, and, according to the councillor responsible for the acquisition, José María Ballester, “will allow us to carry out a more exhaustive surveillance of traffic and reduce the risk of accidents”.

The town hall also reports that the implementation of speed controls is in direct response to complaints from residents in the town.

Cala Mosca Review

The Cala Mosca development on the Orihuela Costa is to be put under the spotlight once again, as the Valencia regional government has announced plans to review the law which has caused the paralysis of the property construction.

Cala Mosca has been a controversial development for a number of years as it is seen as the last open green area on the coast of Orihuela, and is home to a number of protected species.

Waiting for a Bus

Around 250 residents of Arenales del Sol have signed a petition asking the Elche City Council to help them improve the bus service in the tourist enclave, both in summer and winter.

This request practically coincides with the fact that the vouchers for ten trips on connections have seen their price reduced by half.

Specifically, the signature collection sheet asks the government team to urgently “mediate with the company Vectalia Autobuses to assess the problems in the frequencies that line 1AB is currently having.”

Water Meters for Altea

Altea will receive 2.2 million euro from the Spanish Government to put towards the digitalisation of the water network, paying 70% of the overall bill, the remainder covered by the local government.

The project will specifically aid consumers as it will improve efficiency through digital meters, and, according to the councillor responsible for the department, Aurora Serrat, “will provide real data for the entire municipality minute by minute and will report on the problems and needs that occur throughout the year.”

Court Call for Sex Pest

The Prosecutor’s Office will today ask the court to sentence a man to six years in prison for a crime of sexual abuse, as, when he was a waiter in a pub in Calpe, he allegedly had sexual relations with a woman, who was confused and dazed, and told him that she did not want to have sex with him.

The events occurred in September 2019, when the defendant met the victim along with an unidentified couple, at the establishment where he worked.

After a few drinks and dancing, the four allegedly went outside to a wooded area, and despite the victim declining his advances, according to the Prosecutor’s report, the man took advantage of her condition to attack her sexual freedom.

Has anyone lost a…

Details have been released about a boat that intercepted off the Costa Blanca which was escorted to land by the maritime rescue service, and found to be carrying 11 men, who were immediately put into the care of the Cruz Roja for humanitarian assistance, none of them needing medical care.

Whereas there is nothing unusual about the incident at first glance, it did take a surprising turn when the rescuers also discovered that a cat was on board the boat.

As the cat lacked papers, or any form of identity document, and was unable to speak the language to explain how or why it had appeared in Spain, it was left in the care of an animal protection association.

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