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THE VI ANNUAL NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL IBERIAN CURED HAM SLICER COMPETITION

THE 6TH ANNUAL NATIONAL COMPETITION OF

THE PROFESSIONAL IBERIAN CURED HAM SLICER

IN THE VALENCIA REGION

MONDAY

3

NOVEMBER 2014

VALENCIA

from 05:30 p.m. to 08:30 p.m. in La Ferradura Restaurant, Avenue Mare Nostrum, 42, Alboraya, Valencia.

Buses 02-19-31-32

Spain is famous for its Iberian Cured Hams and slicing these hams mounted on a wood and steel stand, has become a work of art, and the slicing a Profession.

On the 03rd November the 6th Annual National Competition of the Professional Iberian Ham Slicer will take place in the La Ferradura Restaurant, facing the beach in Alboraya, Valencia.


RURAL WOMEN VISIT COUNTY COUNCIL

 

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council,. accompanied by Amparo Mora, (4th from the left), Valencia County Council of Social Services, received the executive committee of the Association of Rural Women, in the Batlia Palace that houses the headquarters of the County Council. The group was celebrating the Day of Rural Women in Valencia.

Photo by Abulaila


ALEJANDRO FONT DE MORA ELECTED SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT

Alejandro Font de Mora (extreme right) was elected Speaker of the House to preside the Valencia Parliament.

In the photo on the left, Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government places his vote in the urn during the voting session.


COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN RECEIVES 100 GUESTS

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council, (Diputacion) received over one hundred guests from the rural towns of Massalfassar and Alaquas, in the Batlia Palace in Valencia.

This programme, "The County Council Reverberates" (Sona la Diputacion), organizes tours to Valencia City for Associations of Senior citizens from rural areas.

In the top photo Alfonso Rus, chairman, accompanied by Amparo Mora, County Council delegate of Social Services, poses with over fifty ladies and gentlemen from the town of Massalfassar, while the second photo is a close-up of some of the group.

The photo below depicts members of the Association of Seniors from the town of Alaquas, headed by their chairman and accompanied by the Mayoress (in the red jacket).

All the photos are by Abulaila.


VALENCIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL DAY - 9TH OCTOBER

The Valencian Region celebrated its National Day the 9th October with a ceremony held in Government Palace where Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, distributed the following awards:

The Medals of the Valencia Government for Sports Merit were awarded to;

Ruth Aguilar who participated in a wide range of sports in spite of being a physically challenged person; Antonio Mateo, who was classified as the best football referee in 2014; Alejandra Quereda and Elena Lopez who received numerous international medals in 2013 and 2014 for rhythmic gym; and Ana Carrascosa a judo champion.

The Medal for Letters were awarded to;

Manuel Vicent who was absent in Buenos Aires where he was receiving a Doctor Honoris Causa in the University of La Plata, and Laura Gallego, authoress of 27 novels

The Medals for Cultural Merit were awarded to The Choral School of Little Singers of Valencia, and The Valencian Royal Academy of Culture.

The Medal for Scientific Merit was awarded to the Valencian Region Royal Academy of Medicine.

For their compromise with Valencian people and society, awards went to the Valencian Region Association of Parents of Children with Cancer, the Union of Farmers and Cattle Breeders of the Valencian Farmers Association, Young Farmers - ASAJA of Alicante, the Provincial Association of Farmers and Cattle Breeders of Castellon, the Domus Pacis - Casal de la Pau Association, and the Antique Casino of Castellon.

Two Higher Awards were for Avelino Corma, a scientist with a long list of registered patents to his name as well as a large number of distinguished decorations, among them the Principe de Asturias Award for Scientific Research, and Manuel Pelaez, R.I.P., whose company constructed airports, railways and other public works in the Valencian Region.

Finally special awards were for the late Adolfo Suarez, former Prime Minister of Spain, and for the recently enthroned King Felipe VI.

After the awards ceremony, President Fabra, accompanied by other members of the Valencia Government and Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia, took part in a public parade in which the Valencia flag was honoured and a wreath was laid at the feet of the monument to King James I who, five centuries ago, liberated Valencia from the Moors.


CIVIL GUARDS BIG DAY

The Spanish Civil Guards (Guardia Civil) celebrated their Patron Day of the El Pilar Virgin, that coincided with the 170th anniversary of their foundation, and during the event a number of awards were distributed.

The ceremony consisted in a military parade in which 750 brigades and almost 100 vehicles from different Units took part, as well as specialists from the Civil Guards on foot, on horseback, and on motorbikes, and was presided over by Jorge Fernandez, Spanish Government Minister of the Interior, together with Arsenio Fernandez, Director General of the Civil Guards. Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government was guest of honour and he presented the Civil Guards with a flag for the 6th Zone.

Among the other guests were Jose M. Garcia-Margallo, Spanish Government Minister of External Affairs, Archbishop Antonio Cañizares, Juan Cotino, Speaker of the Valencian Parliament, Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia, members of the clergy, officials from the Local Police Force, the National Police, the Marines, and representatives from the business and academic sectors.


DAVID COONEY NEWLY APPOINTED IRISH AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN

David Cooney, the recently appointed Irish Ambassador to Spain, will present his credentials to Spanish King Felipe VI in the coming weeks.

Born in London in 1954, the new Ambassador was educated in England and received a BA Hons in Politics and History in Dublin University, Ireland. He is married and has four children.

 

David Cooney was Irish Ambassador to London, to the Holy See, and to the United Nations, and between 1976 and 2014 has held a large number of posts ranging from Minister of Foreign Affairs in Paris, Vienna, Brussels, London and New York, to secretarial posts in many of those cities.

In April 2002, Mr. Cooney visited Valencia to attend the V Euro-Mediterranean Conference for Foreign Ministers and since his recent appointment as Irish Ambassador to Spain, has expressed his intention to revisit the Valencian Region in the near future.

 

 

The above photo depicts Irish Ambassador to the Holy See, David Cooney, presenting his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI on the 4th May 2012.


FIRST MASS IN VALENCIA CATHEDRAL BY NEW ARCHBISHOP

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares officiated his first mass as Archbishop of Valencia in a ceremony concelebrated by five cardinals, fifteen archbishops, and forty bishops, and attended by Jose M. Garcia-Margallo, Spanish Government Minister of External Affairs and Co-operation (photo above left), by members of the Valencian Government, of the Judiciary, the entrepreneurial sector, and members of various associations.

 

Above photo front row from left to right: Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government; Juan Cotino, Speaker of the Valencian Parliament; Serafin Castellano, Spanish Government Delegate in the Valencian Region; and Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia. Second row from the left: Maria J. Catala, Valencian Government Councillor of Education, Culture and Sports, and Pilar de la Oliva, Chairperson of the Valencian Region Supreme Court of Justice.


NEW ARCHBISHOP ARRIVES IN VALENCIA

A few days after Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government said farewell to Archbishop Carlos Osoro who departed Valencia to take up office in Madrid, the President welcomed Cardinal Antonio Cañizares who has been appointed Archbishop to Valencia by the Holy See.

Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia accompanied President Fabra to greet the Cardinal.

  


120 MOTORCYCLES IN THE VALENCIAN MUVIM

Three exhibitions of motorbikes have opened in the Valencian Institute of the Enlightenment, - MUVIM, sponsored by the Valencia County Council whose chairman Alfonso Rus (extreme right in the photo above) was at the opening, along with Maria J. Puchalt, County Council Deputy of Culture (second from the left in the above photo).

The exhibition is made up of photographs, helmets, and posters, as well as 120 motorbikes, among them "jewels" from 1889, as well as motorbikes from the Historic Military Museum of Valencia, and from the Local Police.

The "En Moto" exhibition includes a collection of photographs "The Bikeriders" taken by Danny Lyon over a period of four years in the sixties during which the photographer followed "The Bikeriders" around the United States of America taking photos and recording the life on wheels of the group.

All photographs are by Abulaila


NATIONAL POLICE CELEBRATE PATRONS

 

The National Police Force in Valencia celebrated the Feast of the Guardian Angels, its Patrons, with Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government as guest of honour accompanied by Serafin Castellano, Spanish Government Delegate in Valencia.

 

During the ceremony, a laurel wreath was placed at the foot of the national symbol, while members of the police force and some civilians were distinguished for acts of valour, and received awards for other accomplishments beyond the line of duty, (photo above) with General Santafe of the Guardia Civil second from the right.


THEY CAME! THEY SAW! AND WERE CONQUERED!!!

Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, and even fifty years ago, they came to Valencia for a short holiday.... and were so captivated by the blue skies, the warm weather, and the even warmer friendliness of the natives ... that they returned to stay!

So, once a month they gather in a central Valencian restaurant to sample the local gastronomy and wine, and, what started out forty odd years ago as The English-Spanish Business Lunch or ESBL, has slowly evolved into a multinational meeting.

The September ESBL organised by British author Chris Wright (photo above) drew 32 diners that included citizens from England, Germany, Finland, the United States of America, Ireland, Belgium, and of course Valencia - with English the common language, and tan faces the norm.

Some of the guests attending the lunches are retired married couples, while others are single, widowed, or divorced, but all are in love with Valencia. Volunteers from this group take care of the Historic British Cemetery, located opposite the Valencian General Cemetery, and earlier this year planted the Bonny Flower Garden in remembrance of a deceased ex-pat from the ESBL group.


IBERIAN TECH TOUR ROLLS INTO VALENCIA THE 1ST OCTOBER

Tech Tour was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1998 to meet a growing interest in emerging technological companies in various European regions, and is made up of key sponsors in high technology industry, recognising that continued prosperity in Europe resides in its ability to transform the innovative projects of today in global technological leaders of tomorrow. See http://www.techtour.com

To foment this transformation, Tech Tour holds periodic Tech Tours and on the 1st October launches its Iberian Tech Tour in Valencia, before continuing in Portugal the 2nd and 3rd October, where over a period of three days Tech Tour will connect 26 of the most promising technological companies based in Spain and Portugal, with representatives of leaders of venture capital and global corporations.

Iker Marcaide, co-chair of Iberian Tech Tour expressed his satisfaction with the team and declared "The objective is to support innovation that will lead to an economic growth and create employment in our country."


ADIOS! ARCHBISHOP OSORO, GOODBYE!

 

Archbishop Carlos Osoro held a Farewell Mass in the Cathedral of Valencia to say goodbye to the faithful, before he leaves Valencia to take up his new post in Madrid. In the photo above, the Archbishop says goodbye to Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government.


TOURISM DAY CELEBRATED IN VALENCIA

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, hosted a meeting in Government Palace to celebrate Tourism Day. He was accompanied by Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, by Sebastian Fernandez, Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, and by representatives of the major tourism companies in Valencia.

During his intervention, President Fabra announced the creation of the Valencian Region Tourism Awards for 2015, and revealed that between January and the end of July, the number of foreign tourists to Valencia was over 4.4 million - an increase of 5.1% compared to the same period in 2013. These tourists spent 2,871 million Euro - the same amount as in 2013.

The tourism trade accounts for 12.6% of the Valencian Region`s Inland Revenue, and 13.4% of all employment generated in the area where 270,000 people work in tourism.

In 2013, the Valencian Region received the third highest number of tourist to Spain, with a total of 22.7 million - of which 25% were foreign tourists.

The Valencian Region has 300 kilometres of coastline with beaches and nautical ports that in 2014 received 135 Blue Flags, or 20% of all those fluttering on the Spanish coast. It also has 400,000 beds available for tourists, 15,000 restaurants with renowned chefs, as well as a wide range of offers of Health Tourism, Sports Tourism, and Nature Tourism, along with Congress and Business Tourism.

Finally, President Fabra explained that his Government will introduce technical school programmes focused on tourism with new higher-level studies in tourism and hostelry, and in 2015 will launch a campaign "Discover your Region" to encourage the Valencian people to visit their own area through the new "Tourist Card".


VALENCIA CELEBRATES CHINESE YEAR

The Confucius Institute of the University of Valencia commemorated the Chinese Year with week-long celebrations that included a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the El Corte Ingles Department Store; a Gala of Popular Chinese Dances; a conference by Professor Deli Wang from the Pedagogical University of Changchun, China, and a Chinese Puppet Show, along with Chinese drawings, chess, magazines, and books.

There were also exhibitions of the Chinese Dragon and Lion; of costumes from the Chinese minority; of Kung Fu and Tai-Chi, and a photographic exhibition "21 Days in Beijing" that will close the 4th October (photo of the Lost City of Pekin below). The Confucius Institute - http://www.uv.es/confucio


COUNTY COUNCIL PLEDGES 28 MILLION EURO FOR ENERGY SAVING

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (centre in the photo on the left), accompanied by Juan J. Medina (extreme right), vice chairman and Vicente Ibor, Deputy of Central Purchasing, presented the new energy savings plan that will be implemented in Town Halls and other public buildings in Valencia Province over the coming months, at a cost of 28 million Euro.

 Photos are by Abulaila

 

The presentation took place in the Valencian Enlightenment and Modern Museum - MUVIM, before an audience that included over 100 Mayors and Civil Servants from most rural towns in Valencia.

The new County Council Provincial Plan contemplates the introduction of LED bulbs with an investment of 8.624,000 Euro, as well as boilers using pellets at a cost of 17.248,000 Euro, solar plaques and other forms of low cost fuel to reduce energy costs in Valencian Municipalities and protect the environment, through the elimination of the use of gas, oil, and electricity.

The Employment Plan will receive an injection of 2.5 million Euro to create jobs and enable Town Halls hire unemployed persons for two months at the rate of 20 hours a week, thus removing 6,000 people from the unemployment list, as the Valencian Government contributes another 2.5 million Euro, and Town Halls another 2.5 million.


FORBES MAGAZINE IN VALENCIA

Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Economy, Industry, Tourism, and Trade, was the guest of honour at the presentation in the Valencian Stock Exchange, of the latest issue of the Spanish FORBES magazine by Andres Rodriguez, editor and director.

Among the guests were Rafael Aznar, chairman of the Port Authority, along with over 150 CEO`s from some of the most important companies in Valencia, as well as representatives from the Valencia Chamber of Commerce, the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs, and several business schools.

The September issue of FORBES carries articles on prominent Spanish and foreign entrepreneurs, and the event in the Stock exchange was a sounding board for articles on Valencian entrepreneurs and their success stories to be published in a forthcoming number of the FORBES magazine.

The haute cuisine catering at the event was offered by WANNACHEF - http://www.wanna-chef.com and DIPLOMATIC RUM had two bars that served rum cocktails and rum tonics.


THE PEOPLE'S PARTY (PP) WELCOMES NEW POLITICAL YEAR

 

The People's Party "IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION" towards the next general elections. Above from left to right; Esteban Gonzalez Pons, Rita Barbera, Alfonso Rus, Alberto Fabra, Isabel Bonig, Javier Moliner.

Over 1,000 sympathisers and fans travelled to Castellon from the provinces of Alicante, Valencia, and Castellon, to attend the gala dinner organized by the People's Party (PP) in the Torre La Mina Restaurant in the village of Alquerias del Niño Perdido to celebrate the opening of the new political year.

Among the "heavies" present were Esteban Gonzalez Pons, PP representative in the European Parliament; Alberto Fabra, chairman of the party in the Valencian Region; Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council; Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia; Javier Moliner, chairman of the Castellon County Council; and Isabel Bonig, spokesperson for the party.


WIN AN AMSTEL SUPER TOWEL - TOALLISIMA

Daniel Marco, Valencian Government Autonomic Secretary of Tourism, and Trade (centre photo below), hosted in the Centre for Tourism Development - CdT, the presentation of the Amstel beer Super Towel, that is not only a beach towel, but much more.

The container it comes in can be used as a small cooler, the lid as a Frisbee and cushion/pillow with the reflective interior to signal an SOS, while the whole thing can be converted into a top hat.

The towel itself has a special backing enabling it to become a large splash-proof apron.

Pablo Mazo (on the left in the photo below), Director of Institutional Relations of HEINEKEN Spain, explained that the Super Towels may be won through the competition on http://www.amstel.es and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The objectives of the campaign "Convert your holidays into Super Holidays with the Super Towel", are to promote tourism in the Valencian Region through Valencian gastronomy laced with Amstel beer.

Alejandro Rodriguez, Sponsoring Manager of Amstel (below), indicated that along with the Amstel Super Towel, the competition included free holidays in the Valencian Region.

IMPORTANT - only persons over 18 years old may participate in the competition.


"YOU ARE ALMOST ON THE BEACH" CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

Lourdes Bernal, Valencia City Hall Alder person of Health, Gardens, and Beaches, and Pablo Cotino, managing director of Valencian Government Railways (FGV), presented the campaign "You are almost on the beach" launched to encourage Valencian citizens and tourists to travel to the beach on public transport using the number 5 Underground (Metro) from Torrent-Avenguda or the Airport, to Maritima-Serreria and then changing over to the number 5 Tram destination King Juan Carlos Royal Marina, or either the number 4 Tram to Doctor Lluch or the number 6 Tram to Maritima Serreria.

VALENCIAN COMPANIES TO INVADE WORLD MARKETS

A group of Valencian enterprises headed by the Ford Motor Company, the Valencian Chamber of Commerce, and the ceramic tiles and bathroom furniture giant, Porcelanosa, will launch an assault on foreign markets to overcome the local economic crisis.

The Valencian Government will grant 80 million Euro to implement this "Action Plan of Foreign Trade 2014-2016" - PACE.

The Plan has six sections that are: to create a foreign network, REDEX; to upgrade the services offered by the Valencian Export Department - IVACE; to strengthen a greater stable presence of Valencian companies abroad; to offer financing and advice to Small and Medium Companies; to improve the logistic position of Valencian companies around the world; and above all, to back the attraction and maintenance of foreign investments in the Valencian Region, and improve the Valencian Region Trademark.


VALENCIAN PRESIDENT GREETED SPAIN'S NEW KING AND QUEEN

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Region, attended the ceremony in which King Juan Carlos abdicated, thus ending 39 years on the Spanish throne,, and making way for his son, Prince Felipe, who became the new King of Spain with the name Felipe VI.

In the photo above right,, President Fabra pays his respects to the new King, Felipe VI, while in the photo on the left, he greets former journalist Queen Letitia.


THE MULTAQA OF THE THREE CULTURES - IN VALENCIA

The Multaqa of three cultures, viz., Hebrew, Muslim, and Christian, organised by the Valencia UNESCO, took place in the Monastery of Santa Maria de la Valldigna, Valencia, (on the left).

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (left), received a UNESCO award from Luis Ramallo, President of the Spanish National Commission of Co-operation with the UNESCO - Valencian Centre of the Mediterranean UNESCO.

 

Alfonso Rus poses with his award while the other award winner Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, chairman of the Rome-Mediterranean Foundation stands to his right and Sebastian Mahiques, Mayor of the Valldigna is on his left.

Members of the Valencian Federation of Moors and Christians, who entertained the public with a very colourful parade, are scattered in the background.

All photos are by ABULAILA


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL RECEIVED JAMES I AWARDS JURY

 

The 80 member jury who selected this year's winners of the Valencian James I Annual Awards visited the Valencia County Council located in the Battla Palace in Valencia where they were received by County Council chairman Alfonso Rus, accompanied by vice chairman Juan J. Medina, and Ernesto Sanjuan, chairman of the County Council Tourism Foundation.

The James I Awards jury was created in 1989 and nowadays boasts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its members.

The following winners were selected from among 200 candidates this year.

Angel Rubio, Doctor in Physical Science won the award in the Basic Research category; Enrique Sentana, Doctor in Economics, received the award in the Economy category; Lina Badimon, Doctor in Pharmacy, won the award in Medical Research; Pedro Diego, Doctor in Biology, was given the award in the category of Environment Protection; Jose V. Tomas, Industrial Technical Engineer, received the Entrepreneur award; Javier Garcia, Professor of the University of Alicante, was awarded the prize for New Technology.

Professor Garcia, who hails from Alicante, is the 40 years old director of the Nanotechnology Molecular Laboratory in the University of Alicante has invented 24 patents to date.

Photo by Abulaila


III SOMMELIER MASTER SPECIALIZING IN VALENCIAN WINE

 

Cosme Gutierrez, chairman of the Denomination of Origin of Valencian Wine (third from the left in the front row), closed the III Master for Sommeliers Specializing in Valencian Wine with 25 participants from the hoteliers sector of the Valencian Region.

Among the professors who gave the course were Frederic Galtier, International Director of Communication of the Sommeliers Competition in Brussels and its representative in Spain; Javier Gila, recognized sommelier in Spain and on the international circuit; Maximiliano Bao, Golden Nose of Spain 2005; Carlos Gonzalez, director of wine tasting of the Peñin Guide; Salvador Mañon, director of the Semanal Vitivinicola magazine; Paco Higon, professor of the University of Valencia and founder of the Verema website; and Fernando Crespo, specialist in Vitivinicola Geography, among others.

The Master Certificates will be distributed during the X Anniversary of the Night of Valencia Wine Denomination of Origin on the 16th June.


100 RIDERS IN HORSE EXHIBITION

Around 100 participants took part in an exhibition in Valencia with a parade of horses and riders, antique carriages, daredevil riders, and dancing horses.

There was also a paddock in which children were offered a free horse ride and where professionals instructed them in the care and life of horses.

The equestrian industry in Valencia accounts for 8000 jobs and generates 100 million euro.

In the photo below, Mateo Castello, director general of Sports of the Valencian Government Council of Culture, Education, and Sports, (second from left), Cristobal Grau, sports alderman of Valencia City Hall (second from the right), Jose A. Esteban, chairman of the Spanish Association of Thoroughbred Horse Breeders in the Valencian Region (PRECVAL), and Francisco Torrome, chairman of the Valencian Region Harnessing Club, who presented the event to the press.


INDUSTRY COUNCILLOR VISITED THE SMURFITT FACTORY IN VALENCIA

 

Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment, visited the Smurfitt company in Valencia.

 


VALENCIAN GOLF PROMOTION IN IRELAND

 

The Tourism Council of the Valencian Government met in Ireland with a number of tour operators to promote golf in the Valencian Region.


RURAL TOURISM PROMOTION BY THE VALENCIA COUNTRY COUNCIL

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (extreme right in the top photo), accompanied by Ernesto Sanjuan, chairman of the County Council Tourism Foundation, Juan Vila, director of tourism, and Juan J. Medina, vice chairman of the Valencia County Council (behind Ernesto Sanjuan), visited the Rural Tourism Fair organised at the Valencia bullring, in which some 160 stalls from small rural towns offered their gastronomy specialities and other wares.

Dancing troupes and Moors and Christians Guilds paraded in the blazing sunshine around the bullring ... which did not have a bull.

Photos by Abulaila


HONORARY DOCTORATE IN PORTUGAL FOR VALENCIAN PROFESSOR

Valencian professor Jose M. Girones, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Communication Science (Journalism) by the Fernando Pessoa University in Porto, Portugal.

Professor Girones started his discourse mentioning the trip Pytheas made between Valencia and Oporto, continued describing his infancy living with his grandparents in the country in Valencia, his youth, a visit he made to Berlin that coincided with the visit of President John Kennedy to the Berlin Wall, the race between Russians and Americans to the moon, the launching of the computer by IBM with simultaneous chess games around the world, the introduction of the iPad and mobile phone.

The new Doctor ended his presentation with a Jewish-American joke, and a recommendation to journalists to adopt "the Walk of an ox, the Vision of a hawk, the Teeth of the wolf, and act stupid".

And to all present, Professor Girones recommended the words of the infamous Oliver Cromwell, "Pray to God... but keep the gunpowder dry."


GLOBAL RUSSIA BUSINESS MEETING IN VALENCIA

HORASIS, the Global Visions Community, Switzerland, held the fifth edition of its leadership event "Global Russia Business Meeting" in the Convention Centre (Palau de Congresos) in Valencia, with over 300 business leaders attending. Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter, chairman of HORASIS, opened the session with Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia offering a warm welcome to the many foreign visitors present.

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, spoke of the 45% increase of Russian tourists to the Valencian Region during 2013 (almost 120,000), with expectations of an even greater increase in 2014. He pointed out that the Valencia Region is an excellent opportunity for Russian companies and investors to open and develop new markets. The President also stressed the free land being offered by his government in industrial estates, to enable companies settle here.

President Fabra went on to mention the several ports Valencia has on the Mediterranean, two international airports, its motorways and High Velocity Trains, with a forthcoming Mediterranean Corridor that will transport goods from the south of Spain to northern Russia.

Russia is ranked the 6th world economy and the 2nd most important receptor of Valencian exports after the European Union, and Valencia is the 2nd region in Spain that exports to Russia, mainly ceramics, cars, and food products. On the other hand, Russia was the 5th major foreign investor in the Valencian Region in 2013, an increase of 11% compared to previous years.


TOMATO FESTIVAL IN BUÑOL

This year the 69th "TOMATINA" or "Tomato Festival" will commence at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday the 27th August.

The TOMATINA takes place in Valencia, in a fairly narrow street in the small town of Buñol that boasts a population of 10,000 inhabitants, and consists in a battle in which people of all ages hurl tons of ripe tomatoes at one another. Entrance tickets cost Euro10. In 2013 a total of 40,00 participated in the tomato battle.

The Festival and Festival Poster (here on the left), were presented to the press by Rafael Perez, Councillor of Communication for the Tomatina (seated below second from the right), accompanied by Joaquin Masmano, Mayor of Buñol (seated second from the left), and Vicente Sanfeliu, manager of Socarrat Studio (seated extreme right), the advertising agency for the Tomatina.

Novelties this year for the Tomatina include a macro concert on Tuesday the 26th August with tickets selling for Euro15, and a ten hours concert with electronic music on the night of Wednesday the 27th. These will take place in a space with capacity for 6,000 spectators.

CHILDREN'S TOMATINA

On Saturday the 23rd August, a children's Tomatina will take place at 12.00 noon.

No cans or bottles will be allowed into either the tomato battle or either of the concerts.


ANECOOP CELEBRATES ITS XXIX GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, was guest of honour at the celebrations for the XXIX General Assembly of the Anecoop Co-operative, the first fruit and vegetable co-operative on the Mediterranean.

President Fabra also said Anecoop generates over 22,000 jobs in the Valencian Region, and congratulated Juan Safont, chairman for the last eleven years, of Anecoop, leader on the Spanish market of fruit and vegetables trade.


TOURISM MERIT MEDALS AND PLAQUES AWARDS 2013

 

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government (above), hosted the Tourism Medals and Plaques Awards ceremony that this year for the first time was celebrated outside Madrid. Guest of honour was Jose M. Soria, Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy, and Tourism, who was accompanied by the President of the Balearic Isles.

In 2013 Spain received a record of 60,6 million international tourists who spent 59,082 million Euro, a 9.6% increase when compared to 2012. Of these, 6 million of the 22 million tourists who visited Valencia in 2013, were international tourists.

The Tourism Medal for Innovation Merit was awarded to Jose G. Diaz, Founder of the Hotel Technological Institute.

The Sustainable and Quality Tourist Merit Medal was won by Enrique L. Larroque, Luis Lopez, Javier Lopez, owners of the Hacienda de Abajo Hotel in Isla de la Palma.

The Plaque for Public-Private Collaboration to Modernise Mature Tourist Destinations went to the Living Project on the Costa del Sol, while that for Emerging Tourist Destination was won by the Benasque Valley.

Maria M. Pol, deceased, was given a posthumous medal for Extraordinary Service to Tourism.

Alfredo Bataller, owner of the Hotel Sha Wellness Clinic in Altea, Alicante, won the Medal for Promotion, and Amancio Lopez, Chairman of the Hotusa Hotels Chain with headquarters in Barcelona the Medal for Internationalisation.

In the photo below, President Fabra and Minister Soria congratulate one of the winners, while the photo below that depicts the group standing out on the balcony of the Veles i Vents building where the ceremony took place, overlooking the Juan Carlos Royal Marina.

 


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Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, carried out a major shuffle in his government, reducing the number of Councillors from thirteen to eight.

From left to right in the front row are: Juan C. Moragues, Councillor of the Treasury and the Civil Service; Jose Ciscar, vice-president of the Valencian Government and Councillor of Agriculture; President Fabra; Maximo Buch, Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment; and Maria J. Catala, Councillor of Culture, Education, and Sports.

On the back row from left to right are: Asuncion Sanchez, Councillor of Social Services; Manuel Llombart, Councillor of Public Health; Isabel Bonig, Councillor of Infrastructures, the Environment and Water; and Serafin Castellano, Councillor of Government and Justice.

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