LOCAL NEWS - THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 2012
By Mark Nolan / 2012-01-18 22:20:16
TORREVIEJA HAS MORE RUBBISH
According to figures released this week by the councillor responsible for urban cleanliness, Antonio Boix, residents and visitors to Torrevieja generated 59,810 tons of collected waste, an increase of 4.62% over the previous year, when 57,168 tons were collected.
August 2011 was the busiest month in the history of refuse collection in the city, when 7,449 tons of waste was collected, closely followed by July, when 6,534 tons were gathered.
The figures also show that recycling is becoming more popular, with an increase of 8.8% from 4,762 tons in 2010 to 5,182 tons in 2011.
ALCOHOL EDUCATION FOR MIDWIVES
Torrevieja Hospital hosted a conference this week, aimed at training midwives and nursing professionals, with a focus on awareness of problems associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy and lactation.
The session is part of the awareness campaign, directed by Esteban Jiménez Pina, senior research technician, in which it is hoped that medical staff will be equipped with the information needed to enable them to pass on advice relating to the risks and management of alcohol consumption by pregnant women, that can cause foetal alcohol syndrome as well as complications such as premature delivery, they say.
INCREASE IN ENGLISH NEEDED
The Servicio Valenciano de Empleo y Formación (Servef), which looks after training needs of people looking for employment in the Valencia region, has said that there is an increased need for better training for its members in both the hospitality sector and in languages, especially English and German.
The association believes that this is the best way of ensuring long term employment for the trainees who will then be in a better position to get jobs as waiters and cleaners.
GANG ARRESTS IN TORREVIEJA
Twelve people from Torrevieja, Los Montesinos and the Orihuela Costa, were arrested this week in a joint operation between the National Police of Alicante and the Guardia Civil of Almería, charged with a number of offenses relating to theft.
The courts have issued a gagging order on the case to prevent any risk of the case being influenced, but they have issued notice that the majority of the detainees were of Algerian nationality.
SCHOOL BLANKET PHOTOGRAPHER EXPELLED
A student from the instituto Vila-roja de Almassora school has been expelled, after a photograph he took of his classmates wrapped in blankets whilst trying to keep warm in class, which subsequently appeared in a variety of newspapers and websites, was considered to “discredit” the image of the educational centre.
The student had taken the photograph to show the actions that he and his fellow students were taking to keep warm, after the school was unable to pay its heating bills due to the financial crisis.
Upon hearing the news of his expulsion, his fellow students staged a walk out, which has resulted in his reinstatement at the school.