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43 years in prison for hammer killing

A man has been sentenced to 43 years in prison for the double murder of an 80-year old mother and her 50-year old son in Orihuela last year.

It was proven that the octogenarian died as a result of the strong blow she received on the head after being hospitalised and sedated for almost two months. It was also proven that her son was unable to defend himself when he too was hit by the hammer.

While the mother survived the attack for almost 2 months, the 50-year-old son died almost instantly after receiving a strong blow with a hammer, which caused nine fractures in his skull.

Tax revenue down on last year

The Valencian Tax Agency has estimated income in the first nine months of 2023 at 1,7 billion euro, an amount slightly lower than that of 2022, but 47% higher than that of 2019.

This is reflected in the report on the budget approved by the Governing Council, as indicated by the Generalitat in a statement. The Minister of Finance, Economy and Public Administration, Ruth Merino, highlighted that “these figures confirm the positive work of the organisation in the management of the taxes it has assigned and its own.”

The Tax on Property Transfers and Documented Legal Acts provide the greatest earnings, according to the report.

Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of sleep

A team of researchers from the Neurosciences Institute of the Miguel Hernández University of Elche has obtained money from the Maragall Foundation to find the mechanism by which having quality sleep stops Alzheimer’s.

Sleeping well at night can stop Alzheimer’s, is one of the conclusions reached by researchers in the study aimed at identifying therapeutic strategies to increase resilience to Alzheimer’s disease.

It is known that the quality of sleep can promote resilience to Alzheimer’s, but the mechanisms are currently unknown. Hence the importance of this research.

Experts predict that in 2050 the number of cases could triple worldwide, exceeding one and a half million people in Spain alone, which could collapse health and care systems.

100 days in office for Valencia President

Saturday marked 100 days since the leader of the PP in the Valencia Region, Carlos Mazón, was invested as president of the Generalitat, replacing the former PSOE government.

Whereas the first 100 days of any investiture is normally marked by the laying out of strategies and planning for the 4 years in office, critics have said that so far nothing has been presented, other than affirming the relationship with the far-right VOX coalition.

However, it is expected that this week the budgets for 2024 will be presented, at which point the future of the management of the region may become clearer.

Tourist routes in Orihuela

Orihuela Costa residents will be able to enjoy the popular tourist routes once again in November, the first for English speakers being on 17 November, the “Blue Trail of Cabo Roig” route, starting at Playa de la Zenia.

On 26 November, the tour will comprise of a visit to the “Military Detachment in Orihuela Costa.”  This will be a good opportunity to discover and learn first-hand about the functioning of this military detachment where they will explain their role during a trip inside the barracks.

More details can be obtained from the town hall.

Denia hospital will return to public management

The Ministry of Health will assume direct management of the health departments of Dénia and Manises in Valencia from the end of the concession contracts next year and will promote a “planned, rigorous and orderly transition”.

The Department has been working to ensure healthcare security for patients in the two departments “and avoid situations as unfortunate as those experienced with the reversals of Alzira and Torrevieja.”

The concessionaires have already been informed and in the case of Dénia it has been agreed that the company will continue providing the service until April 30, to promote a well-planned, rigorous, orderly transition process with all the guarantees of legal security and assistance.

Family help in Benidorm

Benidorm town hall has launched a support plan for family conciliation with free leisure activities aimed at children from 3 to 12 years old. It will take place from Monday to Friday, in the afternoon in the social centres in the city.

In total, 60 places are offered, and according to the Councillor for Equality, Ángela Zaragozí, in this pioneering project, promoted by the Generalitat Valenciana, to promote family conciliation, especially those whose parents’ working hours are prolonged beyond school hours.

Benidorm City Council also offers other free leisure options for minors and young people, including the Espai Jove, with activities from four to nine at night, Monday to Friday, and on Saturday mornings.

Bus service resumes

As of today, Monday, the six o’clock bus service from La Vila to Benidorm will resume.

The general director of Transport, Manuel Ríos, met with the mayor of La Vila, Marcos Zaragoza, and the transport councillor, after receiving the request to resolve the problem when a new service and timetable was launched which eliminated the early morning service mainly used by workers.

The new service saw an increase in frequency throughout the day, but not at the start of the morning, which has been considered “a mistake” or “some reason”. The problem is now resolved.


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