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No poppies for the annual campaign

Supporters of the annual poppy appeal in the south of Torrevieja will not be able to support the campaign this year, as poppies won’t be on sale in bars and restaurants in the previous Royal British Legion strongholds of Orihuela Costa, Pilar de la Horadada, San Javier, San Pedro and La Manga, because of the abandonment and closure by the Royal British Legion of it’s most successful fundraising branch.

As a result, Spain District North is set to lose €40,000 in funds that would otherwise be used to support the armed forces community in this part of Spain.

The Orihuela Costa Branch was closed down by the RBL following accusations of bullying levelled by members about the, then, Spain District North Chairman.

Mariner´s Market in Torrevieja

Torrevieja will be hosting a mariner´s market on the Paseo Vista Alegre starting this afternoon, and running through the weekend, with stalls offering artisan food and crafts, with a nautical feel, and supplementary events to remind visitors of the fishing history of the town.

The event is part of a local commerce month organised by the town hall to help boost local trade in different parts of Torrevieja.

The market is open from 6 p.m. on Friday, then from 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday, although it does close for siesta.

Support for women´s football

The Valencia regional general director of Equality and the Women’s Institute, Davinia Bono, has visited the school of the women’s football team at the Aspe Atlético sports club. During the meeting with the players and the management team, she highlighted the need to “contribute to empowering and promoting women’s football” through “investing in talent development programs and academies for teenage girls and women, providing a quality training”.

The director general has assured that the Ministry is working so that “women have the same opportunities as men to participate in football from a very early age, including access to facilities and resources”. That’s why sponsorships and investments in programs that offer quality training are important, such as is the Aspe women’s club.

1,300 Breast cancers caught early

The 24 breast cancer prevention units in the Valencian Community made it possible to detect a total of 1,301 cancers early last year.

These data have been made known by the General Directorate of Public Health on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day against Breast Cancer, on October 19.

The Minister of Health, Marciano Gómez, recalled that “the Breast Cancer Prevention Program of the Valencian Community celebrated 30 years of activity last year since it was launched in 1992, and was the second to be implemented throughout Spain”. In these three decades, “24,000 breast cancers have been detected and more than 5 million mammograms have been performed thanks to the program”.

Exports down across Valencia but up in Alicante

Exports from the Valencian Community in the period from January to August this year have reached a value of 25,5 billion euro, which represents a decrease of 3.1% compared to the same period of the previous year, according to data made public by the Territorial Directorate of Commerce of the Valencian Community.

However, Alicante exported products worth 4,7 billion euro, which represents an increase of 1.9%.

There has been a positive contribution of sectors such as capital goods in this period, with an increase in their exports of 19.8%, as well as the agri-food sector, with an increase of 7%, and the automotive sector, with an increase of 1%.

Rice in Benidorm

Starting today, the last activity on the Benidorm Gastronomic 2023 calendar will begin, with the 12th edition of the Earth’s Rice Days, which will take place until the 29th of this month.

On this occasion, 18 local restaurants will take part in this gastronomic event organised by the Department of Tourism and the association of bars, restaurants and cafes (Abreca). Participants will offer their clients dishes whose main ingredient will be rice and only typical rice from the area will be accepted.

Associations Day in Alfas

On Sunday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Plaza de la Casa de Cultura the International Day of l’Alfàs is celebrated with a special day dedicated to hosting information stands about local associations and the help on offer to the residents of the town.

Associations and groups will represent the gastronomy, culture and art of a significant number of countries, with music and tasting sessions, as well as workshops, on offer to anyone who attends, with special events dedicated to children.

Bar checks in Benidorm

Municipal inspectors in Benidorm have carried out checks on the terraces of more than 500 establishments after the town hall eliminated the expanded spaces during the pandemic.

Last September, the Benidorm Council reversed the measures promoted after the Covid restrictions, to boost Benidorm’s hospitality businesses, to once again charge fees for occupying chairs and tables on public roads, and to also recover extraordinary spaces permitted for this purpose.

These measures came into force on Sunday, after previously carrying out an information campaign in September to inform hoteliers.

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