Local Daily News 21st November

Irrigators warn of a "hot winter" due to the cutting of the Tajo-Segura

The National Federation of Irrigation Communities, which represents more than 500,000 farmers, including the 40,000 people from Alicante who irrigate with water from the Tajo and the overexploited aquifers of the Vinalopó regions, and more than two million hectares, warns of a “hot winter” with mobilizations to protest against the threat of not having enough water to irrigate for the next few years. Farmers are also considering joining the mobilizations announced by agricultural organizations and transporters this Christmas, in protest at the drafting of the new hydrological plans, which will be approved in the spring of 2022 “without taking into account the expert assessment of irrigation, a discriminated sector despite making up 70% of water users,” according to a complaint by Fenacore.

The irrigators demand the maintenance of the Tajo-Segura and the subsidy for desalinated water. Farmers from all over Spain, including their colleagues from Castilla-La Mancha, support the claims of Alicante and Murcia regarding the Tajo-Segura transfer and share two common problems: the interest of the Ministry of Ecological Transition to shield rivers, and the increase in production costs due to the lack of control of the rising price of electricity.

Specifically, irrigators denounce that hydrological planning is losing focus “by putting environmental extremism before the satisfaction of basic needs such as water, on which food production depends.” According to Fenacore, these plans seriously undermine irrigation, as they have denounced in a letter sent to the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, transferring to him the discomfort of the countryside “due to the discrimination that irrigation suffers in the political agenda.”

Irrigators emphasize that if the price of electricity or the energy crisis are a major problem in Spain, the possible lack of water for irrigation should be of equal or greater concern. Above all, they add, “because hydraulic infrastructures are always forgotten on the Government’s agenda, suffering a lack of investment that, paradoxically, compromises the objectives set by the Government with Brussels.”

Fenacore rejects an increase in the price of water, considering that it has a clear desire to collect money and would threaten the survival of many crops, when in Spain 80% of the financial costs related to water are recovered “and close to 70% of the total costs , which shows that the European regulations are fully complied with”, recall the irrigators.

Asaja, Coag and UPA have come together to organize a nationwide protest to denounce that production costs have soared to “never before seen” levels. Animal feed has become more expensive by about 30%, seeds by 20%, fertilizers by 49% and water by 33% on average. The most spectacular increases are those affecting the diesel used by their tractors (73%) and electricity (270%), together with a minimum wage that has risen 29.7% in three years.

The Torrevieja Hospital reinforces the Nephrology service with the incorporation of eleven new professionals

The Torrevieja Health Department has reinforced the Nephrology Service with the incorporation of eleven new professionals, after the recovery of direct public management by the Department of Health. Specifically, seven new nursing professionals, one physician and three nursing assistants are incorporated into this healthcare service, which will allow the comprehensive care of kidney patients to be improved and the accreditation of the Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease Unit to be maintained. The Torrevieja Hospital Nephrology Service, coordinated by Beatriz Díez, is one of the first in the country to implement the first Quality Accreditation model of the units that treat patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (ACKD), and to achieve said accreditation of the ACERCA Quality model promoted by the Spanish Society of Nephrology.

The Torrevieja Hospital offers, from this healthcare service, quality care to kidney transplant patients by guaranteeing their continuous monitoring and comprehensive care. In addition, in certain cases it offers the possibility of home care to the patient in order to avoid unnecessary travel, which has a very positive impact on the recovery of the patient, and benefits families. The Dialysis Unit has the most advanced technology and equipment designed to meet the needs of patients. It has high-permeability dialyzers and state-of-the-art monitors, as well as the possibility of monitoring advanced dialysis techniques and home therapies using peritoneal dialysis. The equipment that the center has allows it to absorb the total demand for care and, in addition, take on other patients on vacation periods from other departments, autonomous communities or countries, who are in the dialysis program.

The Nephrology area was the only facility of the Torrevieja University Hospital itself expanded by Ribera Salud during its fifteen-year tenure once the hospital was launched in 2006.

The Generalitat approves the 11 days of opening of commercial establishments on Sundays and holidays for 2022

The Valencian Commerce Observatory, chaired by the Minister of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Commerce and Labor, Rafa Climent, and in which the entire commerce sector, unions and consumers is represented, has approved the 11 days of opening of commercial establishments on Sundays and bank holidays for the year 2022. Law 3/2001, of Commerce of the Valencian Community, establishes that in general, Sundays and bank holidays will be considered non-working. However, for each year, up to a maximum of eleven Sundays or holidays will be allowed in which the establishments may remain open to the public to carry out their commercial activity.

The 11 bank holidays and Sundays that have been approved for the opening of commercial businesses in 2022 are: the 19th of March and the 15th of August due to the accumulation of two consecutive holidays; the 9th of January and the 3rd of July as these dates correspond to traditional periods of sales; the 10th, 14th, and 17th of April to coincide with dates of great tourist influx; and on the 27th of November, the 6th and 8th of December and the 2nd of January, 2023, on the occasion of the Christmas and Three Kings campaign. The commerce of the city of Valencia will not be able to open on the 19th of March due to the Agreement of the Llotja.

In addition, Law 3/2018 of the Generalitat establishes additional opening periods in those municipalities with declared Areas of Large Tourist Influence. Thus, the Areas of Large Tourist Influence that have a declared seasonal period corresponding to Easter or the summer period, may open to the public, in addition to those declared in general, in the following periods: Sundays and holidays in the period between Palm Sunday and the Sunday after Easter Monday; and Sundays and bank holidays in the period between the 15th of June and the 15th of September.

The Areas of Large Tourist Influence that have a declared an annual period (Alicante, Finestrat, Torrevieja, L’Alfàs del Pi, Benissa, Orihuela costa and Pilar de la Horadada costa, as well as Benidorm), may open to the public in the following periods, in addition to those declared in general: Sundays and holidays in the period between Palm Sunday and the Sunday after Easter Monday; and Sundays and bank holidays in the period between the 15th of June and the 5th of January.

The Areas of Large Tourist Influence declared in the cities of Valencia and Alicante may open to the public in the following periods, in addition to those declared in general: Sundays and bank holidays in the period between Palm Sunday and the Sunday after Easter Monday, except Easter Monday; and Sundays and holidays in the period between the 15th of June and the 5th of January, except on the 24th of June in the city of Alicante, and on the 19th of March and the 15th of  August in the city of Valencia.

The Valencian Trade Observatory is a collegiate, consultative and advisory body in trade matters, attached to the Department of Sustainable Economy, Productive Sectors, Trade and Labor and is chaired by the Minister of Economy.

Alicante takes to the streets to demand from the State greater financing of the Valencian Community

The rain has not prevented a gathering of around 400 people in the Plaza de los Luceros, in Alicante, this Saturday to demand from the Government of Spain an increase in public funds that the Valencian Community will receive in the next general state budgets.

A concentration that has been held simultaneously in the three provincial capitals of the Community and that, under the “Plataforma Per un Finançament Just”, has managed to bring together the vast majority of political parties – PSOE, PP, C’s, Compromís and Unidas Podemos -, to the unions of UGT and CC.OO. and the Valencian Business Confederation.

From the nerve center of the city, the platform has recalled in its manifesto that “Valencia continues to be the worst funded autonomous community”, since each Valencian will receive 703 euros less than the best financed territory and 215 euros less than the national average. From Finançament Just they consider that to reverse this situation, “additional income of 1,325 million euros per year” would be necessary, something they defend as “essential to have quality public services”.

The demonstration was attended by the Minister of Health, Ana Barceló and Mayor Luis Barcala, among other political authorities from the main parties such as the Minister of Innovation, Carolina Pascual and the PSOE municipal spokesman Paco Sanguino. Rafa Climent, Mireia Mollà, the municipal spokesman Natxo Bellido and the councilor Rafa Mas, from Compromís. From PP, in addition to the mayor, the mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez and several members of the Alicante city council have attended the protest; from Ciudadanos, Marí Carmen Sánchez, vice mayor, and the regional deputies, Fernando Llopis, Juan Ignancio López and Yaneth Giraldo. From Podemos, the municipal spokesperson Xavier López and the mayor Vanessa Romero.

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