Local Daily News 8th September

The CHS invested 537,000 euros in improving the drainage of the old Segura riverbed in Guardamar after the DANA

The Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS) has wanted to take stock of the actions it has carried out in improving the drainage capacity of the old river channel of the Segura river in Guardamar del Segura, especially after the DANA of September 2019. Without entering in controversy with ASAJA Alicante, which yesterday questioned the status of this final stretch of the river in case it has to face torrential rains, the president, Mario Urrea, has reported on the work that “has been carried out to the conservation and maintenance of the river, in particular in the area of ​​the river mouth”.

The CHS explains that the old river channel of the Segura, located in the area of ​​the river mouth in the municipality of Guardamar, functions as a river channel that collects the water from the irrigation returns – from traditional gardening – through different irrigation ditches that connect with it.

The riverbed has two connections with the main channel of the new river by means of gates that are closed normally, but that serve to facilitate drainage in the event of extraordinary floods. These infrastructures were built after the DANA of 2019, since the avenue of the new river channel in the sea acted as a stopper for the old one, located at a lower level, causing the flooding of large areas of orchards in Guardamar, San Fulgencio and las Dayas, in addition to maintaining the northern connection of the entire region through the N-332 in suspe

nse for almost a week. During those days the CHS acted urgently to connect both channels with improvised building work to prevent the flood from continuing to rise.

As a whole, the actions, demanded by the irrigators and the Guardamar City Council for years before the DANA, involved an investment of 537,870 euros, and thanks to them “future floods that may reach the old riverbed may drain through the new riverbed, which is big and has a good state of maintenance “. This configuration significantly improves the drainage capacity at the outlet compared to the situation that existed prior to the DANA in 2019.

Vaccination without prior appointment starts in the Marina Baixa

This Tuesday, the Department of Health of the Marina Baixa has began the vaccination against covid-19 among the population without prior appointment in the six mass vaccination points launched in this region: the social center La Torreta in Benidorm, the Teatre Auditori from La Vila Joiosa, the Callosa d’en Sarrià health center, the Altea Youth Center, the Llar del Pensionista de l’Alfàs del Pi and the Auditori de la Mediterrània de La Nucía.

The population likely to be vaccinated – that is, anyone over 12 years old – who has not received the immunization course against covid so far, can go to them to receive the first dose of the vaccine. 

In fact, with this campaign, the Department of Health tries to “catch” the nearly 52,154 people throughout the Community who have explicitly communicated their refusal to receive the vaccine, a figure that represents 1.1% of the total number of people receiving the vaccine who have been offered immunization and who are within the group of about 400,000 people who have not yet been vaccinated in the sum of the three provinces.

Upturn in British tourism in Benidorm that cushions the fall in hotel occupancy in September

After months with hardly any presence in the city and a summer in which they have started to travel, albeit in a very moderate way, British tourism is beginning to show the first signs of recovery in Benidorm, although not to the same extent as in other destinations of the Costa Blanca. This is clear from the data on hotel occupancy released this Tuesday by the Hosbec tourism association, which reflect that the slight rise in travelers from the United Kingdom has allowed the hotels in the tourist capital to cushion the fall in occupancy forecasted for the first week of September.

Specifically, according to this organization, hotel occupancy reached an average of 70.1% last week, with a peak of up to 80.6% during the weekend, despite the fact that the national tourists had already started returning home after the end of the holidays and the days before the start of the school year. The figure is twelve percent lower than that registered in the last week of August, when 82% of the spaces were filled, but it should be noted that businesses expected an even greater drop then, due to the uncertainty about how the British market would react after the United Kingdom chose to keep Spain on the amber list.

The reaction, for the moment, seems positive. In fact, although international travelers are still not as numerous as in a “normal” year, the British market has resumed its position as the first country of origin of tourists to Benidorm, with 11.2% of the total number of customers. This is a percentage that is still far from the pre-pandemic records, when British tourism was close to 40%, but also well above the figures recorded since the coronavirus health crisis began in March 2020. And the forecast also indicates that the trend could still go up. “If the rise of international tourism continues, we could be facing an acceptable month of September in Benidorm”, assured the president of Hosbec, Toni Mayor.

Along with British tourism, Spaniards continue to be the majority market in the city, with a presence of 75.3%, while tourists from other countries also continue to occupy hotel rooms, although to a lesser extent: Portugal, 4.7%; Belgium, 2.2%; The Netherlands, 1.5%; and France, with a presence of 1.2% of the total of tourists.

For the current week, the establishments have 66.9% of the spaces reserved, although the hoteliers trust that the last minute sales will end up raising the final percentage. Likewise, from Hosbec they point out that in Benidorm there are as of today a total of 97 open hotels that are associated with this organization, with the addition of the few establishments that are also operational but are not part of Hosbec, the city would have around 87% of its hotels fully operational. 

Daily coronavirus infections in the province of Alicante drop to 200 but deaths continue

The Ministry of Health has notified this Tuesday of 200 new infections of coronavirus in the province of Alicante, the lowest daily figure in the last two months. You have to go back to the 2nd of July to find a day with fewer cases. However, a significant number of deaths continues to be recorded, with seven deaths confirmed in the last 24 hours.

With these 200 positive cases, the accumulated number of infections throughout this year and a half of the pandemic in the province amounts to 184,434. Throughout the community 358 infections have been notified this Tuesday, of which 121 correspond to Valencia and 37 to Castellón. 

Hospital pressure also continues to drop. At the moment, in the health centers of the Alicante regions there are 124 people admitted for coronavirus, seven less than on Monday. This number is similar to the one registered at the end of last July. The number of patients in Intensive Care has also decreased: there are 32, two less than on Monday.

The negative data, however, are the seven deaths that have been reported, all of them having occurred during the last week. With them, the accumulated number of deaths caused by the virus in the province of Alicante amounts to 2,946. Likewise, in the rest of the Valencian Community another six deaths have been reported, bringing the total deaths to 7,716.

The total number of active cases in the community is 6,283. No outbreak with ten or more affected has been detected throughout the community. On the other hand, the number of people with the complete vaccination course amounts to 3,663,457.

Elche closes the Ausiàs March de Carrús school and relocates its students

The mayor of Elche, Carlos González, announced the closure of the Ausiàs March de Carrús school, one day before the start of the academic year. The reason for this decision that the first mayor has announced, accompanied by technicians from the Generalitat, is that problems have been detected in the inspections carried out this spring and especially this summer, serious problems in the foundation of the building that forces students to be transferred “just in case”.

In total, 260 schoolchildren will be relocated to a nearby educational center, the Casablanca school, where there are already 160 students. A decision, which according to the socialist councilor, has already been communicated to the association of parents, teachers, and the entire educational community. The City Council has guaranteed that they are calling parents one by one to report this situation, that the directors of both facilities are working in a coordinated manner and that the school council has been called.

Specifically, what the technicians have detected is dampness and damage caused by the rains that “have ended up deteriorating the center and causing deficiencies that may affect the safety of the school,” explained the head of the Territorial Educational Infrastructure service, Pablo Soriano.

The territorial deputy director of Education, María del Carmen Ferrández, has ensured that “in the face of this high-risk situation, the Department implements preventive measures so that the students of both centers can share spaces with full safety”.

“The easiest thing was to use the Casablanca facilities, adjacent to the Ausiàs March, where there are classrooms available that are being prepared for all students”. said the coordinator of Inspectors of Elche, Esther Álvarez. Some classrooms are missing for groups that will go in prefabricated classrooms and that will take a few days. However, the Department hopes to use other spaces until the units arrive, taking advantage of the fact that the little ones have an adaptation period for the first few days and go to class progressively. There will be a dining room service for everyone and the idea is that both centers have their own secretary, their teachers’ room. In all probability they will have to share a library and patios.

CEIP Manuel Torres de Almoradí suffers the theft of computer and technological material

The CEIP (Colegio de Educación Infantil y Primaria) Manuel Torres de Almoradí suffered this Monday the theft of important computer and technological material. The school has reported through its social networks that thieves stole numerous tablets and laptops intended for the education of students.

But in addition to the robbery, the facilities have suffered extensive damage, as the criminals broke windows, glass and furniture in the classrooms and the dining room among other things.

From the school they ask for citizen collaboration in case someone has any information that can help locate the perpetrators of these events, and bring them to the attention of the Guardia Civil and the Local Police that are investigating the event.

From the school they regret that it is not an isolated case, but that there have been several occasions in which acts of vandalism have occurred.

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