Local Daily News 19th May

10,000 women in the province of Alicante will be able to benefit from the new sick leave due to painful periods

The future sexual and reproductive health law provides for sick leaves, at the expense of the State, for women who suffer painful periods. The measure can benefit some 10,000 women in the province of Alicante, mainly patients with endometriosis who suffer from intense and disabling pain.

The leave will be established as a “special temporary disability for common contingencies”, which means that it has to be prescribed by a doctor, like any other temporary disability. Also as in other cases, the reason for the leave will not appear in the leave paper that is sent to the company.

“The period, by definition, does not have to hurt and if it hurts it is because there is a problem, generally endometriosis, although there are other diseases that cause painful periods, such as adenomyosis, which is very complicated to diagnose,” explains Marcos Reillo, head of Gynaecology at the General Hospital of Elche. The problem with these diseases is that in many cases, “the diagnosis can only be made by invasive methods, such as laparoscopy”, something that can be an obstacle when processing the new permit.

The gynaecologist at the Hospital de Sant Joan, Maribel Acién, recalls in a recent scientific article that, depending on its causes, the main treatment for intense period pain consists of taking analgesia, mainly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The success rates of these treatments “are around 65-100%”.

A second line of treatment is hormonal contraceptives. “These act by inhibiting ovulation and therefore preventing the hormonal mechanism based on the production of prostaglandins, thus stopping the pain.” The effectiveness of contraceptives to relieve menstrual pain “is around 70-80%”. For his part, Marcos Reillo adds that pregnancy, for many women, usually means the end of this ailment.

According to the Ministry of Health itself, for many women, “endometriosis is a chronic and recurrent process, so that it can be classified as a chronic and disabling disease for some patients, especially for the subgroup of women with more serious endometriosis called deep endometriosis”.

He even states that recent research shows a worse quality of life for women with menstrual pain, “and a greater future predisposition to suffer from chronic pain.” Suffering this acute pain repeatedly “seems to predispose to developing a central hypersensitivity to pain, which would lead to chronic pain. And treatment could prevent this situation.”

Hosbec certifies that the Costa Blanca is the first destination in the Valencian Community to exceed the hotel occupancy data for 2019

A report from the Hosbec hotel association on the evolution of occupancy this spring has confirmed that the Costa Blanca has not only already exceeded the level of activity prior to the pandemic during the first fortnight of May, but also closed with an average occupancy of 70 .3%, three points higher. Data does not include Benidorm, which is still below the level of 2019, but with an average occupancy rate of 75% and volume of hotel accommodation that represents 50% of the entire province. The express recovery is a fact, although from Hosbec its general secretary, Nuria Montes, warns that although everything looks good, the summer is still to be sold.

The BigdataHosbec service has started a new phase in the study of the hotel occupancy data of the main tourist destinations of the Valencian Community, resuming the emission of data every 15 days, as it had been done historically and that the covid pandemic disrupted . The first positive data is found by the hotels on the Costa Blanca, which is the first destination that has given the “sorpasso” to the 2019 data and that this first fortnight of May 2022 registers an average hotel occupancy of 70.3% , growing three points over the 2019 data.

Although Benidorm, with 74.5%, and Valencia, with 78.4%, exceed this hotel occupancy in absolute terms, these two destinations still have a long way to go to certify a recovery in activity to pre-pandemic levels: Benidorm still has a deficit of almost seven occupancy points while Valencia is still 5 points behind the 2019 data. It also remains to consolidate these trends for all destinations in the coming weeks in order to certify the recovery of activity, according to Hosbeck.

International markets are going from strength to strength in those preferred destinations: 57% in Benidorm, 41% in Costa Blanca, 47% in Valencia and 14% in Castellón. The British reign in their star destination: in Benidorm they account for a 47% share, far surpassing the Spanish.

“The message sent by the statistics is very clear: there is still work to be done and recovery has not been achieved. All support is necessary because the tourism sector will be the one that pulls the Spanish economy the strongest in the current situation “, emphasises Nuria Montes.

The first fortnight of May closed in Benidorm with an average hotel occupancy of 74.5%, which represents a slight increase of 0.3 percentage points compared to the previous fortnight but which still places the occupancy figure at 7 data points for the same period of 2019. During the period studied, Spanish tourism (42.4%) maintains its importance as an outbound market.

Within the international market, the British tourist is consolidated as the main source market (47%) followed at a long distance by the Belgian and Dutch markets with 2.9% and 2.8% respectively. Finally, we find the Irish market with a representation of 1.4%. The rest of the markets have lower shares, always below 1%.

As for the forecast for this fortnight of May, an average occupancy rate of 73.7% is expected. Registration that can be altered with last minute reservations and/or cancellations. During the first fortnight of May, the Costa Blanca (not including Benidorm) reached 70.3% occupancy, which represents an increase of 1.6 percentage points compared to the previous fortnight and, most importantly, exceeds the figure of 2019 by almost 3 points.

On the Costa Blanca, national tourists (59%) have predominated over international ones (41%) during the period studied. The latter is headed as the main issuing markets by the British, Belgian and Norwegian, with 11.2%, 4.4% and 4.3% respectively. Following are the Netherlands (3.9%), France (2.4%), Sweden (2.4%) and Germany (2.2%). Finally, we find the Icelandic and Irish markets with 2.1% and 1.2% respectively. The rest of the destinations studied do not exceed 1% representativeness in any case. Regarding the forecasts, for the second fortnight of May, 65.6% is expected and with a high probability of exceeding these data with last-minute reservations, also exceeding the 2019 forecasts.

On the other hand, the province of Valencia has maintained the incidence of the national market with respect to the past fortnight with 53.1% of the total share. With regard to the international market, the important distribution of markets that choose Valencia as a destination has recovered: the main one has been the Netherlands with 9.2%, followed by the British (5.6%), American (4, 6%) and German (4.2%). Behind are the Italian, French, Belgian and Swiss, with 3.7%, 3.5%, 2.8% and 2.1% respectively. The rest of the analysed markets do not exceed 1% relative importance in any case.

The occupancy forecast for the following week is set at 74.4%, although it is expected to exceed these values ​​thanks to last-minute reservations, as has happened in recent weeks. The province of Castellón has seen its occupancy rate decrease during the first fortnight of the month and ends up reaching an average of 58.4%, which represents a reduction of 6.9 percentage points compared to the previous fortnight (see the weekly evolution of the hotel occupancy in the bar graph of the report).

The national market subtracts ground once again from the international market, representing 86.2% of the total number of tourists who visit the province. In the other 13.8% we find the French as the most prominent market with 3.4% relative importance. Next, we can find the British and Belgian markets with 2.2% and 1.1% respectively. The rest of the issuing markets do not in any case exceed 1% of representation in the province of Castellón.

The forecast for the second half of May is 59.7% although, as usual, it is expected to exceed this value with last-minute bookings produced during this period. If it occurs, this occupancy data would confirm that Castellón recovers the positive trend that has been noted in the destination since the first half of February.

The prosecutor asks for 5 years in prison for a local police officer from Torrevieja accused of using the signature of three other agents to impose fines

The seventh section of the Provincial Court based in Elche judges at the end of this month a local police officer from Torrevieja for a continued crime of falsehood by usurping the identity of three fellow officers from the same staff to impose traffic fines on a neighbour with the one who had a personal confrontation over a debt. It happened in 2007. The facts were denounced by one of the policemen affected by the impersonation of the signature.

In its indictment, the Prosecutor’s Office asks for the accused policeman 5 years in prison for a crime of continued falsehood committed by an official in the exercise of his functions, in addition to another five years of special disqualification from exercising public office.

According to the case, the accused agent processed several fines using the identification number of other agents of the municipal police force. Supposedly the objective of the sanctions was to put pressure on a person who ran a bar in the urban area of ​​Torrevieja, and who owed several months of rent for the premises to a direct relative of the agent.

According to the proceedings, not only would he have used the identification of the policemen, nor were the fines adjusted to a punishable traffic offence. In this way, the indictment relates how the defendant filed a fine on April 2, 2007 for a car parked on Orihuela street “and with the aim of hiding that he had been the acting agent, he put as signatories of the bulletin complaint” to two other agents. On the 24th of the same month it happened again. This time it was on a parallel street, San Policarpo. The accused agent filled out a complaint form again and put a third agent as a signatory.

The complainant found out by chance about the fraudulent use of his identification when one day he was in the bar run by the person who had been fined and he complained to some customers that he had not committed any infraction. It was when he showed him the bulletin that the police officer saw that he himself was listed as the acting agent, despite not having knowledge of the facts.

Among the proceedings requested for the oral hearing scheduled for Monday, May 30, the Prosecutor’s Office, together with the appearance of the accused, has requested the presence as witnesses of the three agents who saw his signature on the complaints in which they had not intervened, in addition of two officers of the Local Police and the fined neighbour. Although it is something that the investigative proceedings did not focus on when the complaint became known, the fines were not effectively imposed, it is unknown through what administrative mechanism they did not reach their recipient.

At that time, mailboxes were still used in the Local Police to deposit the complaint bulletins that were collected by those responsible for processing them.

The local police officer who denounced -one of the three who appeared as signatories- asked the local police headquarters to take action against the person responsible for the use of the data of three other colleagues, who is now going to be tried. But the request was not heeded “so as not to raise the hatchet”, in the words of the main head of the squad at that time, and current second in command.

However, it was the complainant himself, who ended up leaving the Torrevieja Local Police, who was filed twice and suffered situations of alleged workplace harassment for having taken the irregularity to court, eventually being suspended from employment and salary. It was later the courts who agreed with the denouncing agent by judicial means, clarifying that his dismissal was totally justified.

129 people arrested for a plot of weddings of convenience directed by a lawyer from Elche

The National Police has arrested 129 people by dismantling a network of weddings of convenience between Spaniards and non-EU foreigners to obtain a residence permit in Spain. A lawyer based in Elche was the alleged leader of this network, which had been operating since 2017 in the provinces of Alicante and Murcia and celebrated most of the fraudulent marriages in the Santa Pola Peace Court. Immigrants, mainly from Morocco and Algeria, came to pay up to 10,000 euros to marry people of Spanish nationality and be able to regularise their situation in Spain.

The complex investigation, carried out over three years by the Unit against Immigration Networks and False Documents (UCRIF) of the Alicante Provincial Immigration Brigade, has revealed 72 illegal weddings and 51 residence permits for community relatives obtained by immigrants thanks to these marriages. The Police charged the detainees with crimes against the rights of foreign citizens, false documents, false testimony and belonging to a criminal group.

As reported by the Police, the epicentre of the disjointed network was in an agency in Elche where a lawyer had designed a complex criminal network in which different people with different functions participated but all perfectly coordinated to promote the celebration of marriages of convenience between Spanish citizens and non-EU foreigners.

The lawyer arrested as the main person responsible for the plot had people who did work to recruit spouses. To do this, they were looking for people interested in regularising their illegal situation in Spain and willing to pay large sums of money, which could reach up to ten thousand euros. Once they had the “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”, they looked for a couple of Spanish origin for each of these people. All this in exchange for a commission for lending himself to appear as a couple in the fraudulent wedding.

The next step in the plot was to make credible the sentimental relationship between the two and their relationship with the town where the illicit marriage was going to take place, which in this case was mostly Santa Pola. At this point is where those catalogued by researchers as “enumerators” come into play, who provided, through false documentation, the legal coverage so that the marriage process could be carried out.

Registration is one of the fundamental requirements to formalise civil marriages and in many cases the documents were completely false, but in other cases they were carried out with the consent of the legitimate owners of the houses used for this purpose. And always in exchange for a commission of money. In addition to the irregular registrations, they also forged leases in Santa Pola and had the participation of two real estate agents from Santa Pola.

The last step of the plot was formed by the false witnesses of the weddings and both them and the contracting parties were instructed by the lawyer. Thus, he prepared them on “the version that they had to hold to circumvent the different administrations, warning them that, in addition to the primary requirement of registration in the locality to start the marriage file, knowing that they would never reside in said addresses, they had to create a version of their alleged affective relationship so that the fraud in the marriage interviews would not be detected”, indicates the Police.

The Police accuses this lawyer from Elche of concocting this plan from her advice for profit. All the collaborators of the plot always acted in exchange for an economic remuneration.

UCRIF investigators have detected 72 marriages of convenience processed by the lawyer detained in the operation. The police investigation has been supervised by the Court of Instruction number 2 of Elche and the extinction of the fraudulent residence permits and irregular marriages has been requested.

The National Police has seized numerous allegedly fraudulent documentation, including lease contracts and registration authorizations, in addition to recovering 51 residence permits from community relatives.

Among the 129 detainees, aged between 23 and 71, there are 66 men and 63 women, the majority of Spanish, Moroccan and Algerian nationality, although there are also people from Iran, Argentina and Bangladesh.



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