Local Daily News 22nd September

The Port of Alicante will become one of the main business centres in Spain in 2023

The business plan promoted two years ago by the Port Authority of Alicante and the Consell, with a total investment of close to 140 million euros, between public and private funds until 2024, have turned the port into a point of attraction for technology companies and “startups” -between 800 and 1,000 people work daily in the business centres located between the cruise terminal facilities and the business centre located in the Panoramis complex-, which will multiply the transforming effect of the docks throughout throughout 2023, when the new facilities of the Digital District are scheduled to be inaugurated on Pier 5.

To this are added the projects related to the classic port activity, pivoted by the second container terminal, the fish farm to raise and export fish to Japan, the closed ship for the movement of bulk and the logistics platform promoted by the multinational Dachser. Development that should culminate, on the other hand, with the construction of the future great congress centre of the city. Accenture, Softek, Navico and Transcom are some of the more than 60 companies that have been landing in Alicante. As for the Business Center of the old Panoramis leisure complex, that space of 25,000 square meters that has undergone a real revolution in the last twelve months.

Until 2024, the Port Authority has divided its actions into three large groups. Port-city action, with public investment for the improvement of quays 1 and 2, giving continuity to the private investment project that will deal with quays 4, 6, 8 and 10, corresponding to those surrounding the Marina Deportiva, and the creation of a pedestrian ring in the inner dock.

The building in question will be made up of four architectural structures of 1,200 square metres each on an area of ​​15,000 m2, which will simulate port containers. It will be the fifth headquarters of the Digital District, which will be added to those located in Ciudad de la Luz.

The Consell underlines the importance of this new infrastructure, on the basis that the current dependencies, which house 65 companies, are already becoming too small due to the growth of these firms. The new headquarters will allow the expansion of the Digital District, today in Ciudad de la Luz, while it will become a driving force in the innovation space that is being configured in the Port”.

The calculations suggest that 550 employees of technology companies will work in the new building, some of which, in addition to being more than notable, have already shown interest in establishing themselves in Alicante.

The multinational Dachser has already built the ship of what will be its great logistics centre in the port of Alicante. The concession occupies an area of ​​51,364 m2, in which a logistics platform dedicated to the transport of goods, maritime and road, will be created, with an industrial warehouse of more than 13,000 m2 and an office building, with a surface area of ​​2,300 m2. The total investment planned by the company amounts to 15 million euros, and the term of the concession is 30 years.

Dascher Iberia invoices 680 million euros per year and has 3,000 employees. It is the head of the aforementioned German group in Spain and Portugal, whose main activity consists of developing freight transport activities, both nationally and internationally. The German logistics “giant” received the concession for the port to settle in Alicante at the end of 2020, but the procedures have been delayed, the pandemic crisis also affected it and now a project with an execution period of 24 months.

The company plans a subsequent expansion of the warehouse with an additional 2,246 m2, on a plot that has a connection to the A-31 motorway, the port road and the industrial warehouse of the Fish Wholesalers. In this way, the rest of the surface will be used as parking space for loading and unloading trucks in front of the docks, a rolling area, parking for trucks and cars and an access control checkpoint. The idea of ​​the multinational is to open after Easter 2023, between April and May. Around a hundred people on staff will work in the complex and will provide provincial coverage and the objective is “to become the most important national and international transport operator in the province of Alicante, strengthening the current client portfolio and offering solutions to the entire industrial sector to their demands”, according to company sources.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has already given the go-ahead to the project presented by the Alicante Aquacultura company for captive breeding in a fish farm in the port of Alicante of up to 600 tons of this fish per year in a ship that will occupy an area of ​​9,000 square metres on quay 11, next to the Maritime Fishing Polytechnic Institute and the new location of the MOE amphibious equipment. According to sources from the Port Authority, the goal is to raise the fingerlings to later export them to Japan, a country where this fish is the second most consumed and appreciated immediately after bluefin tuna. The company has transferred to the port that the investment will be two million euros, it will create some 20 permanent jobs and the breeding will be done in the pools inside the ship. The water will be captured from the sea and will be subjected to a micro filtering process to eliminate any type of residual particle.

The port’s second container terminal, which JSV will operate to move around 70,000 containers a year, is also planned for that dock.

Lastly, in the most playful aspect, the Levante dock -Ocean Race area- will have a new marina for large yachts promoted by the business group that manages the Marmarela complex. The placement of the floating platform for the restaurant is imminent and in the Fish Market in 2023 there will be a space for jet skis.

A day to remember research

The commemoration of World Alzheimer’s Day became this Wednesday, September 21st, in Elche a way to not forget the importance of research into a disease that affects more than five thousand people in Elche and region.

With the motto “ResearchAction in the itinerary of dementia. Investigate to act”, the headquarters of the Association of Relatives of Alzheimer’s Patients in Elche (AFAE) hosted the traditional release of green balloons and the reading of the manifesto.

The president of the group, Marisa Moreno, highlighted the importance of science, to “try to identify all types of research necessary for a comprehensive approach to the disease and in all its phases, from the onset of symptoms to even after death.”

The mayor, Carlos González, highlighted, for his part, that behind the investigation there must be a determined commitment on the part of the public administrations, fundamentally the Government. “We support that claim that represents the objective of reaching 1% of GDP in investment in the fight against Alzheimer’s through research in the medium term,” said the socialist councillor. Together with him, the municipal corporation highlighted the great role that AFAE plays in Elche, a fundamental task for sick people and their families. “We support the demands that lie behind the manifesto that AFAE raises, since we believe in that basic approach that means the firm commitment to research as a way to fight against the disease, as a way to improve the quality of life of the people affected and to fight for the eradication of this terrible disease”, assured González.

A 63-year-old motorcyclist dies in an accident next to the roundabout of the University of Alicante

A 63-year-old motorcyclist and resident of Alicante died yesterday afternoon in a traffic accident that occurred at the exit link from the University roundabout to the A-70 motorway in the direction of Murcia, according to sources from the Traffic Civil Guard.

The accident occurred around eight in the evening when a car and a motorcycle collided and the motorcyclist died after falling and being hit by the vehicle.

Health services and patrols of the Civil Guard of Traffic have moved to the place, although nothing has been able to do to save the life of the motorist.

The driver of the car involved in the incident was not injured. At the scene of the accident there was a girl who was being comforted by other people.

The Costa Blanca concentrates almost 40% of the Imserso hotel offer

The Costa Blanca, with Benidorm in the lead, will support the bulk of Imserso’s offer this winter, which will make them once again key destinations to ensure the maintenance of this program. This is clear from the data offered by the Mundiplan company, the operator of trips subsidised by the Ministry of Social Rights, which puts 49 hotels in the Valencian Community that will welcome retirees and pensioners arriving through this system between October and May. plan.

Or, put another way, almost 40% of all hotels that have agreed to sign contracts in the country as a whole, amounting to 132 establishments compared to 215 in the 2019-2020 campaign, the last one that began normally before the outbreak of the pandemic.

The controversy over the low hotel prices defended by the minister Ione Belarra herself has finally led to 83 companies that have refused to sign contracts in exchange for between 22 and 24 euros per person per day on a full board basis. For the most part, in regions such as the Balearic Islands, where there are barely twenty hotels compared to the more than 40 that existed before covid-19, or Catalonia, where many accommodations already chose to be removed from the program last year after verifying that they were not they gave the numbers to avoid losses.

In the Valencian Community, the agreement reached between the Generalitat and the Hosbec tourist association to subsidise hotels that remain within this program with 6 euros per room has finally taken effect. And it has allowed almost fifty hotels, 36 of them in the province of Alicante, 7 in Castellón and 6 in Valencia, to have agreed to the Imserso requirements: stays of eight or ten days from 212.96 euros, with transport included , for which the establishments will end up receiving around 27 euros per person per day, still far from the 35 they claim to be able to cover production costs.

These 49 establishments, a figure “practically the same” as the one before the coronavirus, according to employer sources, will distribute the 150,000 places that Imserso has assigned to our Community, 30,000 less than in recent seasons. However, this figure could finally end up increasing if other destinations fail to reach enough hotel capacity to absorb the remaining 666,000 beds, until reaching the 816,000 that are planned to be offered for this winter in coastal destinations. At least this has been claimed by the sector, which requires the Ministry to readjust the distribution of quotas and divert stays from other autonomies where there are not enough hotels available to the province.

Not in vain, compared to fifty establishments that have joined the program here, the Balearic Islands will only have 20 compared to the 14 of the Canary Islands; 24 from Andalusia, 21 from Catalonia or five that are located in Murcia, according to data from the operator itself.

The sale of places began this Tuesday for retirees and pensioners with preferential accreditations and was opened this Wednesday to the majority of beneficiaries who can contract these subsidised holidays, which reach a record figure of 2.6 million people for this winter. The first trips will arrive in the province in mid-October and are expected to last until May 2023.

The general director of Tourism of the Generalitat, Herick Campos, has recalled that the Generalitat Valenciana will contribute 5 million euros to the Imserso travel tourism program within this rescue plan agreed with the hoteliers, with the aim of “strengthening the holiday sector , maintain more than 3,000 jobs and generate more employment with the complementary offer that tourist trips for the elderly entail”.

Likewise, Campos has highlighted that with the fifty establishments that will accommodate elderly tourists until May, it is also guaranteed that “elderly people from all over Spain who choose Benidorm, the Costa Blanca or the Valencian Community as their first option will be able to continue enjoying this offer, so we combine the two things: social tourism and job preservation”.

Police and Mossos dismantle a large laboratory in La Nucía that manufactures fake 500-euro bills

A blow to counterfeit currency networks. The National Police and the Mossos d’Esquadra have dismantled a large currency counterfeiting laboratory in La Nucía, in an operation that has been carried out simultaneously in the provinces of Valencia, Teruel and Barcelona, ​​where seven searches have been carried out. Sources close to the case have specified that there are at least six detainees. The alleged leader of the group was based in La Nucía, where he hid the printing press. This arrested person is assisted by the lawyer Francisco González. The case for counterfeiting currency is being investigated by a court in Sant Feliu de Llobregat and it is expected that the National Court will be inhibited in the coming days.

The records have been practised almost simultaneously in the early hours of this Wednesday in La Nucía, La Vila Joiosa; as well as in the Valencian towns of Xirivella and Sagunto; in Teruel; and finally in Barcelona, ​​in Cervelló and Sant Cugat del Vallés. The investigators had spent several days monitoring the surroundings of the ship where they suspected that the machinery was located, confirming that the suspect regularly frequented those facilities. In the registry of La Nucía, only machinery would have been seized and no banknotes have been found, in the absence of knowing the material that was intervened in the rest of the interventions. Until this Wednesday the case was under summary secrecy.

The investigations are linked to the discovery of a sports bag hidden in a wooded area in the province of Barcelona, ​​in the town of Cervelló, on August 14th last year and which contained 4.3 million euros. From the analysis of these bills, the researchers were able to identify fingerprints with people who had a history of counterfeiting coins.

The detainee in La Nucía, where the machinery was located, had a record for counterfeiting currency. Specifically, he was convicted of another large currency counterfeiting laboratory dismantled in 2009 in Gandía, where 500-euro bills were also printed. On that occasion, nearly eight million euros were intervened and, in its day, it was considered the largest factory of 500-euro banknotes in the European Union. According to the sources, the arrested person was the printer with knowledge of graphic arts and the necessary machinery to carry out the forgery. Two of those convicted coincided in the Picassent prison with two other inmates, also linked to this new operation.

After the discovery of the bag with the counterfeit money, the Mossos received several complaints for payments with false 500 bills in towns near Cervelló, with a false identity. With the fingerprints and the identification of one of the people who made one of these money passes and who lived near the aforementioned place, the investigators were pulling the thread and tapping the phones of the suspects. The wiretaps would have revealed that the suspects were evaluating the possibility of manufacturing counterfeit euros, dollars and Brazilian reais and that they intended to transfer the machinery to Brazil, aware that the printing technique revealed them as being responsible for the counterfeiting. According to the same sources, after the closure of the borders due to the pandemic, they had had to temporarily suspend the manufacture of banknotes because they could not obtain supplies of the materials, since they acquired them in China. Currently, they were pending financing to pay for the trip to the Asian country and the purchase of these materials.

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