Inland Trader news June 9th

Drink Driving



Alcohol consumption is to blame for between 30 and 50 percent of traffic accident deaths according to figures released by the Main directorate of Tráfico (DGT). Up to 1,000 deaths on the roads could be prevented if drivers took responsibility for their drinking, according to the DGT.  A television and radio campaign has been devised by the DGT which will include the moto “if you are at the wheel, not a single drop of alcohol” which will be displayed on the overhead motorway display signs. According to data for 2004 from the Institute of Toxicología, 30.3 percent of the 1,283 deaths were due to excess alcohol consumption. The Civil Guard now plan to carry out 15,000 breathalyzer tests, daily, on the highways between the 5th and 18th June, inline with the new DGT campaign to reduce drink driving. Traffic control hope to set up more than 800 testing points with the objective of carrying out more than 200,000 tests. During the last campaign held in December 2005, Civil Guard officers carried out 256,511 controls, of which 3,877, 1.5%, tested positive. In an official notice, the DGT states that the increase of patrols in the last five has seen a reduction in the numbers of positive test results. In 2000, 1.76 million breathalyzer tests controls were taken with 4.99% of them being positive, in 2005, 3.3 million tests were conducted with 2.57% positive results. Men account for 37.8% of positive tests whilst the percentage of women driving under the influence of alcohol was 19%. Drivers aged between 31 to 40 accounted for 48.2% of positive test results with 41 to 50 years olds just below with 43.8%. Young drivers accounted for just 28.7% of positive test results.

Ontinyent
Friday 30th June is the last day parents are able to apply for assistance for books and school meals for the next school year beginning in September. Residents can present applications from Monday to Friday, 10.30 to 13.30 at the Magisterio School (Avenida Comte Torrefiel). Students requiring assistance must be aged between 3 and 16, must not have received any other grants from the Conselleria de Cultura, Educación y Deporte and must be registered with the Town Hall. Grants of between 100% and 50% will be awarded towards the cost of books and meals.

Alcoy
Twenty five countries from around to the world will be represented in a massive  street market in Avenida Cervantes in Alcoy. The International Craft Fair is being held in the city for the first time and aims to educate people of other cultures The fairs motto is: `We discover the world for you' will also promote tourist attractions in Alcoy. Organizers have installed a stand of free video games for children. Until the 10th of June the Fair will display 30 stands from varying nationalities with typical crafts from each country. Performances of the Gegants i Cabets de Alcoi and the Brazilian Batukada will take place throughout the entire celebrations. The fair is open to the public from 10am to 3pm and 5pm to 10.30pm, every day.


Ontinyent
Due to the increase in rubbish within the town centre the council department responsible for cleaning have devised and introduced new laws regarding waste disposal. “Public Cleaning and Urban Maintenance” details new guidelines fro residents in the town such as placing all rubbish for collection in buckets, as opposed to leaving bags outside of houses, as is currently the method. The regulations will come into force in the next few months and will include new regulations regarding graffiti to walls and discarded furniture, as well as fly posting. The new regulations will call for all residents to respect the natural spaces within the town and enforce owners of such land to maintain them in a good condition. Spitting also comes under the new regulations, which is currently available to the public for scrutiny and comment. In the next few weeks any suggestions made by the public will be considered and the amended document passed as law.

Elche
National Police officers spent 20 minutes trying to stop a stolen truck. The vehicle had been parked in an overnight trailer park but was not connected to a trailer. Officers tried to stop the vehicle on several occasions but the thief simply drove the vehicle at them impeding any attempt to end the chase. Police followed the vehicle around the south ring road but had to fall back when the driver threatened to crash the truck into patrol cars. Police were forced to act quickly when the driver attempted to leave the main highway and head into a residential area. The vehicle was driven irratically through red lights and eventually the driver lost control and collided with several cars and a fence before coming to a stop. The 35 year old Romanian was arrested at the scene and taken for questioning.

Alcoy
The body a of man who had been missing for 4 days was discovered in Castellar in Alcoy. The 74 year old resident of Alcoy had suffered with Alzheimers and Parkinsons is thought to have died of natural causes. Several police patrols had begun searches for the man within 12 hours of his disappearance. Fireman, ACIF, National Police and Red Cross joined the search. The body was eventually found in an old quarry near the Institute of Batoy.

Villena
Villena has opened a new centre to help young people with learning disabilities to find work and get them placed in positions. The Cherry Tree Foundation aims to train young people with social and behaviourable problems in skills which will eventually help them find work placements. The Consellera of Social Welfare, Alicia de Miguel, was accompanied by Mayoress Vicenta Tortosa and Deputy Maria Jose Garci'a at the opening of the centre. The centre is open for young adults between the ages of 14 and 18 from 8am to 5pm.
Several classes are run for students varying from agricultural studies to the manufacture of sandals and boots. At present only 12 students can study at a time but the centre was designed for 24, the Conselleria have stated that as soon as further financing is available more students will be enrolled.

Elche
Twelve thousand people celebrated the XIV Trobada Valencian l’Escola in Elche. Eighteen schools and 7 institutes gathered in the municipal park to celebrate the use of the Valencian dialect. Inspector of Education, Tudí Torró revealed that around 30% of students in Elche study the valencian dialect via the internet and that over the past four years many more means of studying the language have been made available to students and their parents. Elche Mayor, Diego Maciá participated in the days events and described how many associations within the area are “giving the Valencian dialect the place in our society it deserves” and that it is a fundamental element “of our culture and traditions”.

Elche
National Police officers spent 20 minutes trying to stop a stolen truck. The vehicle had been parked in an overnight trailer park but was not connected to a trailer. Officers tried to stop the vehicle on several occasions but the thief simply drove the vehicle at them impeding any attempt to end the chase. Police followed the vehicle around the south ring road but had to fall back when the driver threatened to crash the truck into patrol cars. Police were forced to act quickly when the driver attempted to leave the main highway and head into a residential area. The vehicle was driven irratically through red lights and eventually the driver lost control and collided with several cars and a fence before coming to a stop. The 35 year old Romanian was arrested at the scene and taken for questioning.

Alzira
The Promoter in charge of the construction of a car park which sank in Alzira states there were apparent cracks although he had adhered to contingency plans stated by law. Council technicians in Alzira have revealed how the building in Carrer Doctor Ferran sank because the reinforcement of walls, described in the plan of works had not been fulfilled. The promoter, Jose Montrull explained that two days before the collapse, “we had detected cracks in the streets, but were not alarmed until the day of the collapse when we discovered a huge cavern”. When carrying out construction works within Alzira all promoters are required to adhere to maximum safety measures regarding the laying of foundations and excavation of sub soils due to the close proximity of the Júcar flood plains. The company will be held responsible for the collapse of the construction and the evacuation of more than 100 people, Mayoress Elena Bastidas explained “the company did not adhere to the regulations stipulated when the license was granted and for this reason the City council are currently looking into possible legal action against the promoter''. Bastidas indicated “that the concrete walls had not been reinforced, and this should have been carried out with a series of strengthening wedges”.
The Mayoress also indicated that “during an initial visual inspection of the cavern” technicians verified that something “had failed”. Promoter, Jose Montrull, stated that the most probable cause of the “accident” could have been “due to loosening of a bulb of two or three anchors that became free of the street''.  Montrull reiterated that the company “had worked with the best techniques and companies with 25 years of experience, we are not panicking because we have every confidence in a very efficient construction system'' and continued that they fully intend to continue with the construction. Residents described how a few weeks prior to the collapse they had experienced shaking in their houses, although council sources have clarified that no-one could have foreseen the eventual collapse.

ALBAIDA
The construction of the new residential area “El Barranquet” in Albaida by Alter S.A is expected to create around 2,000 news jobs and generate nearly 10 million euros of investment. Albaida Town Hall and the company for the construction of the new zone, Alternativas de Promoción Económica y Urbana S.A. have commenced work with the first instalment of  600,000 euros, to the Consistorio of the Vall d' Albaida, for the application of the necessary permission.
The new residential zone has a floor space of more than 2.100.000m² and the Albaida Town Council have already laid out plans to ensure the majority of  which are allocated to local people.
Mayor, Juan Jose Beneyto has stated that the money coming into the town “will be used to clear debts that are still outstanding from the previous socialist legislature”. He added “with this investment we will be able to improve streets within the town, municipal facilities such as the sports centre and construct new buildings for the use of residents”.
The Mayor explained how  this new residential area will create over 2,000 new jobs which the City Council is already laying out plans to ensure the majority will be given to locals of Albaida. 
“Education, sanitary, tourist and hotel jobs will be offered to residents of the town,” announced Beneyto. Manager of Dutch company, Golden Years, which offers housing for clients in Northern Europe, has stated that his company aim to create “an urbanisation open to the entire population of Albaida”.
In addition to the sports and cultural facilities, Golden Years, “will provide banking services, supermarkets and other activities still to be confirmed”
The Councillor of Urbanism of Albaida said, “the new urbanization will be comparable to no other constructed in either the Valencian Community or in all of Spain, because it will not be a closed residential area. All the facilities within the residential area will be open to the public.
In the next  four months further plenary sessions will be held and plans will be made available to the  public.  It is anticipated that construction will begin in October.

Elche
The manager of Elche Hospital has reassured patients that the administration of epidurals during the summer will continue as it did last year. Manager of Elche Hospital, Juan Antonio Marquess, confirmed during a meeting with a womens’ rights association that the generalized application of epidurals will continue with the provision of an anaesthesiologist to maintain a similar service to that carried out last summer. Spokeswoman, Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that, in principle, epidurals administered during July, August and September will be available between 8am and 3pm. Marquess will hold meetings with the head of Anestesiología at the hospital to clarify the type of service the department will be able to offer and has assured that any changes will be notified. Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that the director of the hospital had requested that the decision regarding the position of anesthetist would be finalised by the Conselleria de Sanidad but at present there were more pressing necessities. However, the spokeswoman assured that “here in Elche we have had many requirements for many years and we seem to have been one the least assisted hospitals in the Community”.
Textile Industry
Textile export figures indicate a recent recovery in the industry and growth of 14.3% during the first trimester of the year. The sector had been suffering a downturn in production during 2005 and it is hoped that the upward trend will continue in the second quarter. According to data of the Textile Information centre and Confección (CITYC), in the period between January and March 2006, the Spanish textile product sales abroad grew 14.3% in comparison to the same period last year, a significant growth on the 0.5% reduction of trade on year end 2005. The CITYC announced that the perspective export markets are “more positive than in previous months” due to the recovery of European markets.

ONTINYENT
Ontinyent Town Hall has signed an agreement which will promote the rental of houses in the city. The agreement will permit the Sociedad Pública de Alquiler (public organisation for renting) to identify uninhabited houses and arrange for them to be offered for rental. Ontinyent is one of 18 cities that has signed this agreement within the Comunidad Valenciana. The signing took place in Torrent by the Mayor of Ontinyent, Manuel Reguart and  presided over by Ministre of House.

Lliria
Tenders from eleven companies have been received for the construction of the Fútbol 7 artificial pitch at the Canó sports facilities. A budget of 199,000 euros for the work has been boosted by grants from the Diputación de Valencia. Llíria Town Hall will also considers tenders for the Fútbol 11 pitch which has a budget of 420,000 euros. Both new pitches will replace the current real grass pitches and will be dedicated solely to football practice.

Pinoso
Criminals have withdrawn 30,000 euros from an account in Pinoso using internet fraud. The victim gave her access codes to a woman she believed to a bank employee. Within four days 30,000 euors had been transferred from the account to an account in eastern Europe. The victim received a call from a young woman claiming to be an operator of the virtual bank where the vitctim held two accounts. The woman managed to obtain his access codes which allowed him to enter his account online and then transferred all the money in the account to other current accounts held in Almeria, Malaga and the Canary Islands. The respective holders of each account retained a small percentage of the transaction amount and then transferred the rest of the money, via the internet to an eastern European country, where the ringleaders of the scam are thought to live. A specialized internet fraud squad of the Civil Guard have managed to arrest those believed to be middle men in the scam. A couple residing in the Canary Islands, a German citizen with an address in Malaga and a Colombian immigrant from Almeria have all been held for questioning. None of the arrested have previous criminal records and state they have been victims of the scam as they were under the impression they were participating in a completely legal business. The first occasion on which this scam had been discovered was in the Vinalopó area in April of 2005 when 6,000 euros was transferred from “online” banking accounts in Aspe and Monóvar to an account of a country in eastern Europe. Two months later Civil Guard officers detected a similar case of internet fraud in Novelda. The victim had 2,900 euros taken from his current account and transferred to an account held in Torrellano and then sent on to the Ukraine. These scam networks need the participation of many intermediate accounts in the original banking countries to pass on payments in amounts of less than 3,000 euros. This ensures that banks are not alerted to the scam and account holders are not informed in time to stop the transfers.

Mariola Mountains
The Conselleria of Territory has produced a revised document detailing plans for the protection of the Mariola Mountains from fire. The document details the proposed protection of recreational areas and urbanisations through better road management. The Conselleria has approved six plans for fire protection within Natural parks including the Mariola Park. Director of the park, Raul Jordá explained that the proposed measures include the improvement of roadways that cross the park, “but always to continue the monitoring and extinction, and the limit the access of particular vehicles to the park”. Jordá emphasized that measures have been included to facilitate evacuations and evacuations. The plan will coordinate firemen, the Conselleria, delegations, city councils and Civil Defense to ensure the maximum effectiveness of fire protection.

Torrent
The town has celebrated the opening of the first library in a tube station. The library is set out over 1,250 square meters and boasts the latest technology. Students of Torrent now have access to a library equipped with the latest technological facilities housed inside one of the most innovative buildings in the town.
The library is housed on the entire third floor of the station and at certain times of the year it will open to the public 24 hours a day. The library offers visitors space to read in pleasant surroundings.  Although its inauguration is planned for July, the upcoming examinations in local training centres, has forced the City Council to open the facilities early and will remain open 24 hours until July 14th. During periods of examinations, January and February, and September to October the library will remain open 24 hours a day to allow students to study at all times of the day, including Sundays and fiestas. This library is very unique within the area and is expected to attract students from neighbouring towns and villages. The library has 24 computers available for connection to the internet and also has facilities for connection via wi-fi for laptop connection. And conference rooms available for work groups. The library has a capacity for 298 people, 120 spaces for adult reading and 48 for children. Visitors can choose from a selection of 15,000 books and 3,000 CD’s and DVD’s. Mayor of Torrent, Jose Bresó, described the library as “fantastic” and joked that he was sorry that when he was student, similar facilities were not available.

Valencia
Specialists of the Conselleria de Sanidad have treated 12,712 Valencians in the past year for various forms of drug addiction. The majority of those treated (32%) were treated for cocaine addiction, with a further 31% treated for alcoholism and 14% for heroin addiction. For the first time those requesting assistance for quitting smoking went down from 1,525 in 2004 to 1,442. Four out of every five patients were men and out of a total of 12,712 people, 4,952 were from the Valencia Province. The Units of Conductas Adictivas (UCA) and other centres for the treatment of addictions revealed that 32% of cases were cocaine related.

Ontinyent
The council archaeological  department are carrying out excavations near the hermitage of Morera to recover artefacts from La Casa Baixa, from Roman times and  Vencinill 1, thought to be from prehistoric times. It was whilst carring out road works  to improve and extend the CV-655 road from Ontinyent to Fontanars dels Alforins when these historically important items were unearthed.
Prehistoric wells have been discovered which experts believe were used for storing grain from local crops. They appear to have been used in later years for domestic waste with evidence of fragments of ceramics and other waste products. The study of the material at the Archaeological Museum of Ontinyent has revealed that some items date back as far as 4,500 years ago but the dating process will take many more weeks of work. This discovery will hopefully reveal more about the lives of the people who lived in this area thousands of years ago. 

ELX FESTIVAL
The musical festival MestiElx presents a special edition around the Mediterranean woman, on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx.

On the 10th, in the rotonda of Elx Municipal Park, the concerts of the musical festival MestiElx take place, under the heading La Dama: A Mediterranean Woman. This is a special edition of the Mestival, arranged on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx in its city of origin, together with other cultural and complementary activities.
The cultural association 7 Direccions is organizing this edition in collaboration with the Institut Municipal d’Elx and the Caja Ahorros del Mediterráneo, as a tribute to woman as a key member of society and of vital importance in the current situation of blending cultures.
The entrance is free to the concerts, in which the principal groups of Elx will take part, with a display of their best work showing their origins. Also participating will be performers from all over the Peninsula and other countries, in a one-time-only night of music and culture. Javier Limón, La Negra, Sarabanda, Sukko Reggae Sound, Mercaderes, Najla, Colla El Cascabot and Jachivela will perform in this festival. It has been held for 10 years, and has seen more than 150 groups, who have demonstrated their cultural wealth from other countries, and has become a multicultural proposal based on peace and dignity between nations and people, in an act open to both the local inhabitants of Elx and to visitors
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Llíria
Llíria Town Hall has discovered 48 places around the town where rubbish is being illegal dumped. Most of the identified locations are being used for the disposal of domestic waste but a minority are being used for industrial waste. Mayor Manuel Izquierdo has announced that the Town hall “is going to apply awareness measures and sanctions to stop this worrisome and problematic issue being continuously repeated and causing serious environmental problems and reducing the quality of life of residents”. Residents caught dumping in illegal disposal areas could face fines of up to 601 euros. One of the most common problems is rubbish which is left for collection outside of the usual schedule of 8pm to 12am and fines of 150 euros will be levied against those not comforming to the guidelines. Izquierdo added “With the summer months here it is important that waste is cleared and not allowed to accumulate throughout the day”.
Llíria Town Hall has discovered 48 places around the town where rubbish is being illegal dumped. Most of the identified locations are being used for the disposal of domestic waste but a minority are being used for industrial waste. Mayor Manuel Izquierdo has announced that the Town hall “is going to apply awareness measures and sanctions to stop this worrisome and problematic issue being continuously repeated and causing serious environmental problems and reducing the quality of life of residents”. Residents caught dumping in illegal disposal areas could face fines of up to 601 euros. One of the most common problems is rubbish which is left for collection outside of the usual schedule of 8pm to 12am and fines of 150 euros will be levied against those not comforming to the guidelines. Izquierdo added “With the summer months here it is important that waste is cleared and not allowed to accumulate throughout the day”.
The manager of Elche Hospital has reassured patients that the administration of epidurals during the summer will continue as it did last year. Manager of Elche Hospital, Juan Antonio Marquess, confirmed during a meeting with a womens’ rights association that the generalized application of epidurals will continue with the provision of an anaesthesiologist to maintain a similar service to that carried out last summer. Spokeswoman, Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that, in principle, epidurals administered during July, August and September will be available between 8am and 3pm. Marquess will hold meetings with the head of Anestesiología at the hospital to clarify the type of service the department will be able to offer and has assured that any changes will be notified. Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that the director of the hospital had requested that the decision regarding the position of anesthetist would be finalised by the Conselleria de Sanidad but at present there were more pressing necessities. However, the spokeswoman assured that “here in Elche we have had many requirements for many years and we seem to have been one the least assisted hospitals in the Community”. Textile export figures indicate a recent recovery in the industry and growth of 14.3% during the first trimester of the year. The sector had been suffering a downturn in production during 2005 and it is hoped that the upward trend will continue in the second quarter. According to data of the Textile Information centre and Confección (CITYC), in the period between January and March 2006, the Spanish textile product sales abroad grew 14.3% in comparison to the same period last year, a significant growth on the 0.5% reduction of trade on year end 2005. The CITYC announced that the perspective export markets are “more positive than in previous months” due to the recovery of European markets. Ontinyent Town Hall has signed an agreement which will promote the rental of houses in the city. The agreement will permit the Sociedad Pública de Alquiler (public organisation for renting) to identify uninhabited houses and arrange for them to be offered for rental. Ontinyent is one of 18 cities that has signed this agreement within the Comunidad Valenciana. The signing took place in Torrent by the Mayor of Ontinyent, Manuel Reguart and  presided over by Ministre of House.Tenders from eleven companies have been received for the construction of the Fútbol 7 artificial pitch at the Canó sports facilities. A budget of 199,000 euros for the work has been boosted by grants from the Diputación de Valencia. Llíria Town Hall will also considers tenders for the Fútbol 11 pitch which has a budget of 420,000 euros. Both new pitches will replace the current real grass pitches and will be dedicated solely to football practice. Criminals have withdrawn 30,000 euros from an account in Pinoso using internet fraud. The victim gave her access codes to a woman she believed to a bank employee. Within four days 30,000 euors had been transferred from the account to an account in eastern Europe. The victim received a call from a young woman claiming to be an operator of the virtual bank where the vitctim held two accounts. The woman managed to obtain his access codes which allowed him to enter his account online and then transferred all the money in the account to other current accounts held in Almeria, Malaga and the Canary Islands. The respective holders of each account retained a small percentage of the transaction amount and then transferred the rest of the money, via the internet to an eastern European country, where the ringleaders of the scam are thought to live. A specialized internet fraud squad of the Civil Guard have managed to arrest those believed to be middle men in the scam. A couple residing in the Canary Islands, a German citizen with an address in Malaga and a Colombian immigrant from Almeria have all been held for questioning. None of the arrested have previous criminal records and state they have been victims of the scam as they were under the impression they were participating in a completely legal business. The first occasion on which this scam had been discovered was in the Vinalopó area in April of 2005 when 6,000 euros was transferred from “online” banking accounts in Aspe and Monóvar to an account of a country in eastern Europe. Two months later Civil Guard officers detected a similar case of internet fraud in Novelda. The victim had 2,900 euros taken from his current account and transferred to an account held in Torrellano and then sent on to the Ukraine. These scam networks need the participation of many intermediate accounts in the original banking countries to pass on payments in amounts of less than 3,000 euros. This ensures that banks are not alerted to the scam and account holders are not informed in time to stop the transfers. The Conselleria of Territory has produced a revised document detailing plans for the protection of the Mariola Mountains from fire. The document details the proposed protection of recreational areas and urbanisations through better road management. The Conselleria has approved six plans for fire protection within Natural parks including the Mariola Park. Director of the park, Raul Jordá explained that the proposed measures include the improvement of roadways that cross the park, “but always to continue the monitoring and extinction, and the limit the access of particular vehicles to the park”. Jordá emphasized that measures have been included to facilitate evacuations and evacuations. The plan will coordinate firemen, the Conselleria, delegations, city councils and Civil Defense to ensure the maximum effectiveness of fire protection. The town has celebrated the opening of the first library in a tube station. The library is set out over 1,250 square meters and boasts the latest technology. Students of Torrent now have access to a library equipped with the latest technological facilities housed inside one of the most innovative buildings in the town. The library is housed on the entire third floor of the station and at certain times of the year it will open to the public 24 hours a day. The library offers visitors space to read in pleasant surroundings.  Although its inauguration is planned for July, the upcoming examinations in local training centres, has forced the City Council to open the facilities early and will remain open 24 hours until July 14th. During periods of examinations, January and February, and September to October the library will remain open 24 hours a day to allow students to study at all times of the day, including Sundays and fiestas. This library is very unique within the area and is expected to attract students from neighbouring towns and villages. The library has 24 computers available for connection to the internet and also has facilities for connection via wi-fi for laptop connection. And conference rooms available for work groups. The library has a capacity for 298 people, 120 spaces for adult reading and 48 for children. Visitors can choose from a selection of 15,000 books and 3,000 CD’s and DVD’s. Mayor of Torrent, Jose Bresó, described the library as “fantastic” and joked that he was sorry that when he was student, similar facilities were not available. Specialists of the Conselleria de Sanidad have treated 12,712 Valencians in the past year for various forms of drug addiction. The majority of those treated (32%) were treated for cocaine addiction, with a further 31% treated for alcoholism and 14% for heroin addiction. For the first time those requesting assistance for quitting smoking went down from 1,525 in 2004 to 1,442. Four out of every five patients were men and out of a total of 12,712 people, 4,952 were from the Valencia Province. The Units of Conductas Adictivas (UCA) and other centres for the treatment of addictions revealed that 32% of cases were cocaine related. The council archaeological  department are carrying out excavations near the hermitage of Morera to recover artefacts from La Casa Baixa, from Roman times and  Vencinill 1, thought to be from prehistoric times. It was whilst carring out road works  to improve and extend the CV-655 road from Ontinyent to Fontanars dels Alforins when these historically important items were unearthed. Prehistoric wells have been discovered which experts believe were used for storing grain from local crops. They appear to have been used in later years for domestic waste with evidence of fragments of ceramics and other waste products. The study of the material at the Archaeological Museum of Ontinyent has revealed that some items date back as far as 4,500 years ago but the dating process will take many more weeks of work. This discovery will hopefully reveal more about the lives of the people who lived in this area thousands of years ago.  The musical festival MestiElx presents a special edition around the Mediterranean woman, on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx.On the 10th, in the rotonda of Elx Municipal Park, the concerts of the musical festival MestiElx take place, under the heading La Dama: A Mediterranean Woman. This is a special edition of the Mestival, arranged on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx in its city of origin, together with other cultural and complementary activities. The cultural association 7 Direccions is organizing this edition in collaboration with the Institut Municipal d’Elx and the Caja Ahorros del Mediterráneo, as a tribute to woman as a key member of society and of vital importance in the current situation of blending cultures.The entrance is free to the concerts, in which the principal groups of Elx will take part, with a display of their best work showing their origins. Also participating will be performers from all over the Peninsula and other countries, in a one-time-only night of music and culture. Javier Limón, La Negra, Sarabanda, Sukko Reggae Sound, Mercaderes, Najla, Colla El Cascabot and Jachivela will perform in this festival. It has been held for 10 years, and has seen more than 150 groups, who have demonstrated their cultural wealth from other countries, and has become a multicultural proposal based on peace and dignity between nations and people, in an act open to both the local inhabitants of Elx and to visitorshttp://www.comunitatvalenciana.comLlíria Town Hall has discovered 48 places around the town where rubbish is being illegal dumped. Most of the identified locations are being used for the disposal of domestic waste but a minority are being used for industrial waste. Mayor Manuel Izquierdo has announced that the Town hall “is going to apply awareness measures and sanctions to stop this worrisome and problematic issue being continuously repeated and causing serious environmental problems and reducing the quality of life of residents”. Residents caught dumping in illegal disposal areas could face fines of up to 601 euros. One of the most common problems is rubbish which is left for collection outside of the usual schedule of 8pm to 12am and fines of 150 euros will be levied against those not comforming to the guidelines. Izquierdo added “With the summer months here it is important that waste is cleared and not allowed to accumulate throughout the day”.
The Promoter in charge of the construction of a car park which sank in Alzira states there were apparent cracks although he had adhered to contingency plans stated by law. Council technicians in Alzira have revealed how the building in Carrer Doctor Ferran sank because the reinforcement of walls, described in the plan of works had not been fulfilled. The promoter, Jose Montrull explained that two days before the collapse, “we had detected cracks in the streets, but were not alarmed until the day of the collapse when we discovered a huge cavern”. When carrying out construction works within Alzira all promoters are required to adhere to maximum safety measures regarding the laying of foundations and excavation of sub soils due to the close proximity of the Júcar flood plains. The company will be held responsible for the collapse of the construction and the evacuation of more than 100 people, Mayoress Elena Bastidas explained “the company did not adhere to the regulations stipulated when the license was granted and for this reason the City council are currently looking into possible legal action against the promoter''. Bastidas indicated “that the concrete walls had not been reinforced, and this should have been carried out with a series of strengthening wedges”.The Mayoress also indicated that “during an initial visual inspection of the cavern” technicians verified that something “had failed”. Promoter, Jose Montrull, stated that the most probable cause of the “accident” could have been “due to loosening of a bulb of two or three anchors that became free of the street''.  Montrull reiterated that the company “had worked with the best techniques and companies with 25 years of experience, we are not panicking because we have every confidence in a very efficient construction system'' and continued that they fully intend to continue with the construction. Residents described how a few weeks prior to the collapse they had experienced shaking in their houses, although council sources have clarified that no-one could have foreseen the eventual collapse. The construction of the new residential area “El Barranquet” in Albaida by Alter S.A is expected to create around 2,000 news jobs and generate nearly 10 million euros of investment. Albaida Town Hall and the company for the construction of the new zone, Alternativas de Promoción Económica y Urbana S.A. have commenced work with the first instalment of  600,000 euros, to the Consistorio of the Vall d' Albaida, for the application of the necessary permission. The new residential zone has a floor space of more than 2.100.000m² and the Albaida Town Council have already laid out plans to ensure the majority of  which are allocated to local people. Mayor, Juan Jose Beneyto has stated that the money coming into the town “will be used to clear debts that are still outstanding from the previous socialist legislature”. He added “with this investment we will be able to improve streets within the town, municipal facilities such as the sports centre and construct new buildings for the use of residents”. The Mayor explained how  this new residential area will create over 2,000 new jobs which the City Council is already laying out plans to ensure the majority will be given to locals of Albaida.  “Education, sanitary, tourist and hotel jobs will be offered to residents of the town,” announced Beneyto. Manager of Dutch company, Golden Years, which offers housing for clients in Northern Europe, has stated that his company aim to create “an urbanisation open to the entire population of Albaida”. In addition to the sports and cultural facilities, Golden Years, “will provide banking services, supermarkets and other activities still to be confirmed” The Councillor of Urbanism of Albaida said, “the new urbanization will be comparable to no other constructed in either the Valencian Community or in all of Spain, because it will not be a closed residential area. All the facilities within the residential area will be open to the public. In the next  four months further plenary sessions will be held and plans will be made available to the  public.  It is anticipated that construction will begin in October. The manager of Elche Hospital has reassured patients that the administration of epidurals during the summer will continue as it did last year. Manager of Elche Hospital, Juan Antonio Marquess, confirmed during a meeting with a womens’ rights association that the generalized application of epidurals will continue with the provision of an anaesthesiologist to maintain a similar service to that carried out last summer. Spokeswoman, Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that, in principle, epidurals administered during July, August and September will be available between 8am and 3pm. Marquess will hold meetings with the head of Anestesiología at the hospital to clarify the type of service the department will be able to offer and has assured that any changes will be notified. Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that the director of the hospital had requested that the decision regarding the position of anesthetist would be finalised by the Conselleria de Sanidad but at present there were more pressing necessities. However, the spokeswoman assured that “here in Elche we have had many requirements for many years and we seem to have been one the least assisted hospitals in the Community”. Textile export figures indicate a recent recovery in the industry and growth of 14.3% during the first trimester of the year. The sector had been suffering a downturn in production during 2005 and it is hoped that the upward trend will continue in the second quarter. According to data of the Textile Information centre and Confección (CITYC), in the period between January and March 2006, the Spanish textile product sales abroad grew 14.3% in comparison to the same period last year, a significant growth on the 0.5% reduction of trade on year end 2005. The CITYC announced that the perspective export markets are “more positive than in previous months” due to the recovery of European markets. Ontinyent Town Hall has signed an agreement which will promote the rental of houses in the city. The agreement will permit the Sociedad Pública de Alquiler (public organisation for renting) to identify uninhabited houses and arrange for them to be offered for rental. Ontinyent is one of 18 cities that has signed this agreement within the Comunidad Valenciana. The signing took place in Torrent by the Mayor of Ontinyent, Manuel Reguart and  presided over by Ministre of House.Tenders from eleven companies have been received for the construction of the Fútbol 7 artificial pitch at the Canó sports facilities. A budget of 199,000 euros for the work has been boosted by grants from the Diputación de Valencia. Llíria Town Hall will also considers tenders for the Fútbol 11 pitch which has a budget of 420,000 euros. Both new pitches will replace the current real grass pitches and will be dedicated solely to football practice. Criminals have withdrawn 30,000 euros from an account in Pinoso using internet fraud. The victim gave her access codes to a woman she believed to a bank employee. Within four days 30,000 euors had been transferred from the account to an account in eastern Europe. The victim received a call from a young woman claiming to be an operator of the virtual bank where the vitctim held two accounts. The woman managed to obtain his access codes which allowed him to enter his account online and then transferred all the money in the account to other current accounts held in Almeria, Malaga and the Canary Islands. The respective holders of each account retained a small percentage of the transaction amount and then transferred the rest of the money, via the internet to an eastern European country, where the ringleaders of the scam are thought to live. A specialized internet fraud squad of the Civil Guard have managed to arrest those believed to be middle men in the scam. A couple residing in the Canary Islands, a German citizen with an address in Malaga and a Colombian immigrant from Almeria have all been held for questioning. None of the arrested have previous criminal records and state they have been victims of the scam as they were under the impression they were participating in a completely legal business. The first occasion on which this scam had been discovered was in the Vinalopó area in April of 2005 when 6,000 euros was transferred from “online” banking accounts in Aspe and Monóvar to an account of a country in eastern Europe. Two months later Civil Guard officers detected a similar case of internet fraud in Novelda. The victim had 2,900 euros taken from his current account and transferred to an account held in Torrellano and then sent on to the Ukraine. These scam networks need the participation of many intermediate accounts in the original banking countries to pass on payments in amounts of less than 3,000 euros. This ensures that banks are not alerted to the scam and account holders are not informed in time to stop the transfers. The Conselleria of Territory has produced a revised document detailing plans for the protection of the Mariola Mountains from fire. The document details the proposed protection of recreational areas and urbanisations through better road management. The Conselleria has approved six plans for fire protection within Natural parks including the Mariola Park. Director of the park, Raul Jordá explained that the proposed measures include the improvement of roadways that cross the park, “but always to continue the monitoring and extinction, and the limit the access of particular vehicles to the park”. Jordá emphasized that measures have been included to facilitate evacuations and evacuations. The plan will coordinate firemen, the Conselleria, delegations, city councils and Civil Defense to ensure the maximum effectiveness of fire protection. The town has celebrated the opening of the first library in a tube station. The library is set out over 1,250 square meters and boasts the latest technology. Students of Torrent now have access to a library equipped with the latest technological facilities housed inside one of the most innovative buildings in the town. The library is housed on the entire third floor of the station and at certain times of the year it will open to the public 24 hours a day. The library offers visitors space to read in pleasant surroundings.  Although its inauguration is planned for July, the upcoming examinations in local training centres, has forced the City Council to open the facilities early and will remain open 24 hours until July 14th. During periods of examinations, January and February, and September to October the library will remain open 24 hours a day to allow students to study at all times of the day, including Sundays and fiestas. This library is very unique within the area and is expected to attract students from neighbouring towns and villages. The library has 24 computers available for connection to the internet and also has facilities for connection via wi-fi for laptop connection. And conference rooms available for work groups. The library has a capacity for 298 people, 120 spaces for adult reading and 48 for children. Visitors can choose from a selection of 15,000 books and 3,000 CD’s and DVD’s. Mayor of Torrent, Jose Bresó, described the library as “fantastic” and joked that he was sorry that when he was student, similar facilities were not available. Specialists of the Conselleria de Sanidad have treated 12,712 Valencians in the past year for various forms of drug addiction. The majority of those treated (32%) were treated for cocaine addiction, with a further 31% treated for alcoholism and 14% for heroin addiction. For the first time those requesting assistance for quitting smoking went down from 1,525 in 2004 to 1,442. Four out of every five patients were men and out of a total of 12,712 people, 4,952 were from the Valencia Province. The Units of Conductas Adictivas (UCA) and other centres for the treatment of addictions revealed that 32% of cases were cocaine related. The council archaeological  department are carrying out excavations near the hermitage of Morera to recover artefacts from La Casa Baixa, from Roman times and  Vencinill 1, thought to be from prehistoric times. It was whilst carring out road works  to improve and extend the CV-655 road from Ontinyent to Fontanars dels Alforins when these historically important items were unearthed. Prehistoric wells have been discovered which experts believe were used for storing grain from local crops. They appear to have been used in later years for domestic waste with evidence of fragments of ceramics and other waste products. The study of the material at the Archaeological Museum of Ontinyent has revealed that some items date back as far as 4,500 years ago but the dating process will take many more weeks of work. This discovery will hopefully reveal more about the lives of the people who lived in this area thousands of years ago.  The musical festival MestiElx presents a special edition around the Mediterranean woman, on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx.On the 10th, in the rotonda of Elx Municipal Park, the concerts of the musical festival MestiElx take place, under the heading La Dama: A Mediterranean Woman. This is a special edition of the Mestival, arranged on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx in its city of origin, together with other cultural and complementary activities. The cultural association 7 Direccions is organizing this edition in collaboration with the Institut Municipal d’Elx and the Caja Ahorros del Mediterráneo, as a tribute to woman as a key member of society and of vital importance in the current situation of blending cultures.The entrance is free to the concerts, in which the principal groups of Elx will take part, with a display of their best work showing their origins. Also participating will be performers from all over the Peninsula and other countries, in a one-time-only night of music and culture. Javier Limón, La Negra, Sarabanda, Sukko Reggae Sound, Mercaderes, Najla, Colla El Cascabot and Jachivela will perform in this festival. It has been held for 10 years, and has seen more than 150 groups, who have demonstrated their cultural wealth from other countries, and has become a multicultural proposal based on peace and dignity between nations and people, in an act open to both the local inhabitants of Elx and to visitorshttp://www.comunitatvalenciana.comLlíria Town Hall has discovered 48 places around the town where rubbish is being illegal dumped. Most of the identified locations are being used for the disposal of domestic waste but a minority are being used for industrial waste. Mayor Manuel Izquierdo has announced that the Town hall “is going to apply awareness measures and sanctions to stop this worrisome and problematic issue being continuously repeated and causing serious environmental problems and reducing the quality of life of residents”. Residents caught dumping in illegal disposal areas could face fines of up to 601 euros. One of the most common problems is rubbish which is left for collection outside of the usual schedule of 8pm to 12am and fines of 150 euros will be levied against those not comforming to the guidelines. Izquierdo added “With the summer months here it is important that waste is cleared and not allowed to accumulate throughout the day”.
National Police officers spent 20 minutes trying to stop a stolen truck. The vehicle had been parked in an overnight trailer park but was not connected to a trailer. Officers tried to stop the vehicle on several occasions but the thief simply drove the vehicle at them impeding any attempt to end the chase. Police followed the vehicle around the south ring road but had to fall back when the driver threatened to crash the truck into patrol cars. Police were forced to act quickly when the driver attempted to leave the main highway and head into a residential area. The vehicle was driven irratically through red lights and eventually the driver lost control and collided with several cars and a fence before coming to a stop. The 35 year old Romanian was arrested at the scene and taken for questioning. The Promoter in charge of the construction of a car park which sank in Alzira states there were apparent cracks although he had adhered to contingency plans stated by law. Council technicians in Alzira have revealed how the building in Carrer Doctor Ferran sank because the reinforcement of walls, described in the plan of works had not been fulfilled. The promoter, Jose Montrull explained that two days before the collapse, “we had detected cracks in the streets, but were not alarmed until the day of the collapse when we discovered a huge cavern”. When carrying out construction works within Alzira all promoters are required to adhere to maximum safety measures regarding the laying of foundations and excavation of sub soils due to the close proximity of the Júcar flood plains. The company will be held responsible for the collapse of the construction and the evacuation of more than 100 people, Mayoress Elena Bastidas explained “the company did not adhere to the regulations stipulated when the license was granted and for this reason the City council are currently looking into possible legal action against the promoter''. Bastidas indicated “that the concrete walls had not been reinforced, and this should have been carried out with a series of strengthening wedges”.The Mayoress also indicated that “during an initial visual inspection of the cavern” technicians verified that something “had failed”. Promoter, Jose Montrull, stated that the most probable cause of the “accident” could have been “due to loosening of a bulb of two or three anchors that became free of the street''.  Montrull reiterated that the company “had worked with the best techniques and companies with 25 years of experience, we are not panicking because we have every confidence in a very efficient construction system'' and continued that they fully intend to continue with the construction. Residents described how a few weeks prior to the collapse they had experienced shaking in their houses, although council sources have clarified that no-one could have foreseen the eventual collapse. The construction of the new residential area “El Barranquet” in Albaida by Alter S.A is expected to create around 2,000 news jobs and generate nearly 10 million euros of investment. Albaida Town Hall and the company for the construction of the new zone, Alternativas de Promoción Económica y Urbana S.A. have commenced work with the first instalment of  600,000 euros, to the Consistorio of the Vall d' Albaida, for the application of the necessary permission. The new residential zone has a floor space of more than 2.100.000m² and the Albaida Town Council have already laid out plans to ensure the majority of  which are allocated to local people. Mayor, Juan Jose Beneyto has stated that the money coming into the town “will be used to clear debts that are still outstanding from the previous socialist legislature”. He added “with this investment we will be able to improve streets within the town, municipal facilities such as the sports centre and construct new buildings for the use of residents”. The Mayor explained how  this new residential area will create over 2,000 new jobs which the City Council is already laying out plans to ensure the majority will be given to locals of Albaida.  “Education, sanitary, tourist and hotel jobs will be offered to residents of the town,” announced Beneyto. Manager of Dutch company, Golden Years, which offers housing for clients in Northern Europe, has stated that his company aim to create “an urbanisation open to the entire population of Albaida”. In addition to the sports and cultural facilities, Golden Years, “will provide banking services, supermarkets and other activities still to be confirmed” The Councillor of Urbanism of Albaida said, “the new urbanization will be comparable to no other constructed in either the Valencian Community or in all of Spain, because it will not be a closed residential area. All the facilities within the residential area will be open to the public. In the next  four months further plenary sessions will be held and plans will be made available to the  public.  It is anticipated that construction will begin in October. The manager of Elche Hospital has reassured patients that the administration of epidurals during the summer will continue as it did last year. Manager of Elche Hospital, Juan Antonio Marquess, confirmed during a meeting with a womens’ rights association that the generalized application of epidurals will continue with the provision of an anaesthesiologist to maintain a similar service to that carried out last summer. Spokeswoman, Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that, in principle, epidurals administered during July, August and September will be available between 8am and 3pm. Marquess will hold meetings with the head of Anestesiología at the hospital to clarify the type of service the department will be able to offer and has assured that any changes will be notified. Maria Asuncion Garci'a explained that the director of the hospital had requested that the decision regarding the position of anesthetist would be finalised by the Conselleria de Sanidad but at present there were more pressing necessities. However, the spokeswoman assured that “here in Elche we have had many requirements for many years and we seem to have been one the least assisted hospitals in the Community”. Textile export figures indicate a recent recovery in the industry and growth of 14.3% during the first trimester of the year. The sector had been suffering a downturn in production during 2005 and it is hoped that the upward trend will continue in the second quarter. According to data of the Textile Information centre and Confección (CITYC), in the period between January and March 2006, the Spanish textile product sales abroad grew 14.3% in comparison to the same period last year, a significant growth on the 0.5% reduction of trade on year end 2005. The CITYC announced that the perspective export markets are “more positive than in previous months” due to the recovery of European markets. Ontinyent Town Hall has signed an agreement which will promote the rental of houses in the city. The agreement will permit the Sociedad Pública de Alquiler (public organisation for renting) to identify uninhabited houses and arrange for them to be offered for rental. Ontinyent is one of 18 cities that has signed this agreement within the Comunidad Valenciana. The signing took place in Torrent by the Mayor of Ontinyent, Manuel Reguart and  presided over by Ministre of House.Tenders from eleven companies have been received for the construction of the Fútbol 7 artificial pitch at the Canó sports facilities. A budget of 199,000 euros for the work has been boosted by grants from the Diputación de Valencia. Llíria Town Hall will also considers tenders for the Fútbol 11 pitch which has a budget of 420,000 euros. Both new pitches will replace the current real grass pitches and will be dedicated solely to football practice. Criminals have withdrawn 30,000 euros from an account in Pinoso using internet fraud. The victim gave her access codes to a woman she believed to a bank employee. Within four days 30,000 euors had been transferred from the account to an account in eastern Europe. The victim received a call from a young woman claiming to be an operator of the virtual bank where the vitctim held two accounts. The woman managed to obtain his access codes which allowed him to enter his account online and then transferred all the money in the account to other current accounts held in Almeria, Malaga and the Canary Islands. The respective holders of each account retained a small percentage of the transaction amount and then transferred the rest of the money, via the internet to an eastern European country, where the ringleaders of the scam are thought to live. A specialized internet fraud squad of the Civil Guard have managed to arrest those believed to be middle men in the scam. A couple residing in the Canary Islands, a German citizen with an address in Malaga and a Colombian immigrant from Almeria have all been held for questioning. None of the arrested have previous criminal records and state they have been victims of the scam as they were under the impression they were participating in a completely legal business. The first occasion on which this scam had been discovered was in the Vinalopó area in April of 2005 when 6,000 euros was transferred from “online” banking accounts in Aspe and Monóvar to an account of a country in eastern Europe. Two months later Civil Guard officers detected a similar case of internet fraud in Novelda. The victim had 2,900 euros taken from his current account and transferred to an account held in Torrellano and then sent on to the Ukraine. These scam networks need the participation of many intermediate accounts in the original banking countries to pass on payments in amounts of less than 3,000 euros. This ensures that banks are not alerted to the scam and account holders are not informed in time to stop the transfers. The Conselleria of Territory has produced a revised document detailing plans for the protection of the Mariola Mountains from fire. The document details the proposed protection of recreational areas and urbanisations through better road management. The Conselleria has approved six plans for fire protection within Natural parks including the Mariola Park. Director of the park, Raul Jordá explained that the proposed measures include the improvement of roadways that cross the park, “but always to continue the monitoring and extinction, and the limit the access of particular vehicles to the park”. Jordá emphasized that measures have been included to facilitate evacuations and evacuations. The plan will coordinate firemen, the Conselleria, delegations, city councils and Civil Defense to ensure the maximum effectiveness of fire protection. The town has celebrated the opening of the first library in a tube station. The library is set out over 1,250 square meters and boasts the latest technology. Students of Torrent now have access to a library equipped with the latest technological facilities housed inside one of the most innovative buildings in the town. The library is housed on the entire third floor of the station and at certain times of the year it will open to the public 24 hours a day. The library offers visitors space to read in pleasant surroundings.  Although its inauguration is planned for July, the upcoming examinations in local training centres, has forced the City Council to open the facilities early and will remain open 24 hours until July 14th. During periods of examinations, January and February, and September to October the library will remain open 24 hours a day to allow students to study at all times of the day, including Sundays and fiestas. This library is very unique within the area and is expected to attract students from neighbouring towns and villages. The library has 24 computers available for connection to the internet and also has facilities for connection via wi-fi for laptop connection. And conference rooms available for work groups. The library has a capacity for 298 people, 120 spaces for adult reading and 48 for children. Visitors can choose from a selection of 15,000 books and 3,000 CD’s and DVD’s. Mayor of Torrent, Jose Bresó, described the library as “fantastic” and joked that he was sorry that when he was student, similar facilities were not available. Specialists of the Conselleria de Sanidad have treated 12,712 Valencians in the past year for various forms of drug addiction. The majority of those treated (32%) were treated for cocaine addiction, with a further 31% treated for alcoholism and 14% for heroin addiction. For the first time those requesting assistance for quitting smoking went down from 1,525 in 2004 to 1,442. Four out of every five patients were men and out of a total of 12,712 people, 4,952 were from the Valencia Province. The Units of Conductas Adictivas (UCA) and other centres for the treatment of addictions revealed that 32% of cases were cocaine related. The council archaeological  department are carrying out excavations near the hermitage of Morera to recover artefacts from La Casa Baixa, from Roman times and  Vencinill 1, thought to be from prehistoric times. It was whilst carring out road works  to improve and extend the CV-655 road from Ontinyent to Fontanars dels Alforins when these historically important items were unearthed. Prehistoric wells have been discovered which experts believe were used for storing grain from local crops. They appear to have been used in later years for domestic waste with evidence of fragments of ceramics and other waste products. The study of the material at the Archaeological Museum of Ontinyent has revealed that some items date back as far as 4,500 years ago but the dating process will take many more weeks of work. This discovery will hopefully reveal more about the lives of the people who lived in this area thousands of years ago.  The musical festival MestiElx presents a special edition around the Mediterranean woman, on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx.On the 10th, in the rotonda of Elx Municipal Park, the concerts of the musical festival MestiElx take place, under the heading La Dama: A Mediterranean Woman. This is a special edition of the Mestival, arranged on account of the temporary exhibition of the bust statue of la Dama of Elx in its city of origin, together with other cultural and complementary activities. The cultural association 7 Direccions is organizing this edition in collaboration with the Institut Municipal d’Elx and the Caja Ahorros del Mediterráneo, as a tribute to woman as a key member of society and of vital importance in the current situation of blending cultures.The entrance is free to the concerts, in which the principal groups of Elx will take part, with a display of their best work showing their origins. Also participating will be performers from all over the Peninsula and other countries, in a one-time-only night of music and culture. Javier Limón, La Negra, Sarabanda, Sukko Reggae Sound, Mercaderes, Najla, Colla El Cascabot and Jachivela will perform in this festival. It has been held for 10 years, and has seen more than 150 groups, who have demonstrated their cultural wealth from other countries, and has become a multicultural proposal based on peace and dignity between nations and people, in an act open to both the local inhabitants of Elx and to visitorshttp://www.comunitatvalenciana.comLlíria Town Hall has discovered 48 places around the town where rubbish is being illegal dumped. Most of the identified locations are being used for the disposal of domestic waste but a minority are being used for industrial waste. Mayor Manuel Izquierdo has announced that the Town hall “is going to apply awareness measures and sanctions to stop this worrisome and problematic issue being continuously repeated and causing serious environmental problems and reducing the quality of life of residents”. Residents caught dumping in illegal disposal areas could face fines of up to 601 euros. One of the most common problems is rubbish which is left for collection outside of the usual schedule of 8pm to 12am and fines of 150 euros will be levied against those not comforming to the guidelines. Izquierdo added “With the summer months here it is important that waste is cleared and not allowed to accumulate throughout the day”.

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