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CASTELLON HAS A TRAM - AT LAST

The city of Castellon is celebrating the fact that at last it has a Tram. Whereas the cities of Valencia and Alicante each have several tramlines, Castellon to date had not been graced with one, so, when the inauguration was carried out by Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, everyone and anyone was there for the inaugural tram-ride.

From 2015, Madrid will be connected to Castellon through the High Velocity Train - AVE, that is part of the Mediterranean Corridor, and this in turn will connect with the new tramline, thus Madrid residents can travel to Castellon in under ninety minutes and from there hop on the Tram to the beach.

From left to right in the above photo: Javier Moliner, chairman of the Castellon County Council, Juan A. Bataller, Mayor of Castellon, President Fabra, and

 


NAVY COMMANDER BIDS FAREWELL TO VALENCIA

Bartolome Canovas, Navy Commander in Valencia for the past three years, visited Valencia City Hall where he bad farewell to Mayoress Rita Barbera.

Commander Canovas will take up a new post in Galicia, and is replaced in Valencia by Commander Arturo Zafra.


CHRISTMAS TOAST FOR THE PRESS

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government held his annual Christmas receptions for the Media in the Valencia Region. In the top photo he poses with members of the media in Valencia Province, while in the two photos below he appears with journalists from Castellon Province, and from Alicante province (in the bottom photo).

Isabel Bonig, Valencian Government Councillor of Infrastructures, Transports, the Environment, and Water, and Maria J, Catala, Valencian Government Councillor of Culture, Education, and Sport,s, dropped in to the Valencian reception to wish all those present the best for Christmas and the New Year.

All three receptions were held in Valencian Government Tourism Centres for Professional Training (CdT), where the student chefs made the various almond pastries and marzipan figures, and the Valencian sparkling wine (CAVA) served, was courtesy of the Torre Oria Winery located in Requena.

 


OPEN INTERNATIONAL CHESS TOURNAMENT A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Over 60 competitors participated in the XVI Open International Chess Tournament in Llombai, with three winners, viz., Eric Sos, James Plaskett, and Antonio Granero, obliging the organizers hold an extra game between them, until finally the trophy and cheque were won by Eric Sos of Castellon, who received the awards from the Mayor of Llombai, Jose Fores.

  


FIRST EDITION OF AWARDS FOR THE INTEGRATION OF THE ELDERLY

Alberto Fabra President of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Asuncion Sanchez, Valencian Government Councillor of Social Services (in the white jacket - top photo) presented the first edition of the Valencian Government Awards for the Integration of the elderly.

The five award-winners were: Quinita Bosch for her work on projects related to people with Alzheimer and their families in Torrevieja, and also her solidarity work with international co-operation; Sebastian Gil for his work offering new technologies to elderly people; Doctor Jose Fornes, for defending elderly people in the Valencian Counsel of Older Persons; M. Luisa Garcia, who promoted the conversion of the former Homes for Pensioners to the present CEAM during her term as General Directress of Social Services; and M. Soledad Conejero, for her professional work over twenty years launching sports, cultural, and leisure programmes to improve the social integration of the elderly.

Valencian Government programmes of Social Holidays, cultural events, and a network of specialised centres,benefit over 400,000 elderly residents in the Valencia Region.


COUNTY COUNCIL SENIOR VISITS FOR 2014 COME TO A CLOSE

Chairman Alfonso Rus poses above with Seniors from Ribarroja del Turia headed by their Mayor Francisco Tarrazona, who is also a Deputy in the County Council, and by Beatriz Corcoles, Alder-person of Social Services and Bernardo Bernardo, chairman of the Senior Citizens Club of Ribarroja del Turia.

Alfonso Rus, Chairman of the Valencia County Council, accompanied by Amparo Mora, County Council deputy of Social Services, hosted the last two groups of Senior citizens for 2014.

 

The County Council has been organising trips to Valencia for elderly people from around the Province of Valencia, These trips include a reception in the Batla Palace, headquarters of the County Council, a guided tour of the Valencia bullring and museum, the Valencian Museum of Enlightenment -MuVim, a paella lunch, and a dance and music show in the Beneficencia.

The visit of 120 elderly people from the towns of Venta del Moro and from Ribarroja del Turia, brought the total number of people who have participated in the programme since June 2014, to almost 6,000,while the overall figures for the two years existence of the programme, amount to 15,000 visits.

Visitors from Venta del Moro, accompanied by their Mayor, Luis F. Lopez, with Chairman Rus, above

All photos are by Abulaila


NEW LEGAL DEAN RECEIVED IN VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council, received Rafael Bonmati, incoming Dean of the College of Lawyers, and Mariano Duran, the outgoing dean. They were accompanied by Miguel A. Loinaz, chairman of the International Union of Lawyers.

During the visit, Mr. Duran requested the collaboration of the County Council for the International Lawyers Cpngress totake place in Valenica in 2015 with an expected attendance of 1,500 lawyers from around the world.


VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL MAINTAINS OLD PRICES FOR CLEANING BEACHES

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (above) met on the beach in Valencia with Salvador Enguix, County Council Deputy of the Environment and with representatives from 10 coastal towns, to prepare the campaign for cleaning the beaches from the 01st March to the 30th September 2015.

During the meeting. Mr. Rus announced that the County Council will maintain the price of 0.217 Euro per square metre for cleaning the beaches in the Province of Valencia and revealed that in 2014 the cleaning service collected 110.66 tons of rubbish from 17 kilometres of the Valencian coastline.


NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF SPAIN SEEKS MUSICIANS

The National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE) calls for musicians between 18 and 23 years old, to cover the posts of flute, fagot, tenor trombone, bass trombone, tuba, harp, viola, and violoncello from July 2015 to June 2016.

Starting date for presenting curricula is the 02nd December 2014 with deadline the 19th January 2015.

Interviews will take place between February and June 2015 in the place, and on the dates and at the times, designated.

Foreigners are required to be residents in Spain.

For details on further requisites visit the website http://www.jonde.mcu.es

 


INTERNATIONAL OPEN CHESS COMPETITION

Llombai in Valencia, will hold the XVI edition of the Open International Chess Competition from 10:30 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. on Sunday the 14th December, using the Swiss system of seven rounds and with each game lasting seven minutes and with three seconds to finish.

To register, phone 667.410.433 or send an e-mail to jesusgm63@hotmail.com


VALENCIA TERRA I MAR TOURISM OFFERS PROGRAMMES FOR THE LONG WEEKEND

The Valencia, Terra i Mar Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council has drawn up a varied programme for the long weekend between the 5th and 9th December with visits to various areas of Valencia, and activities such as trekking, cycling, and walking, gastronomy,leisure, and adventure.

The above photo shows a group of tourists at the Covetes dels Moros (Moors Caves) in Bocairente,, and other interesting places o visit are Xativa, Nature Parks, Ademuz, the Wine Route in Utiel-Requena, and the El Jucar River that enables visitors to cover the 14 kilometres of the fjord in a little over an hour.

For full information connect to the website http://www.valenciaterraimar.org


GENERAL HOSPITAL BOARD MEETING RATIFIES 2015 BUDGET

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council (second from the left in the above photo), together with Manuel Llombart, Valencian Government Councillor of Public Health (to his left), presided the General University Hospital Consortium Board Meeting in which the budget for the year 2015 was approved to the amount of 212,685,003 Euro, and the nominations of Jose M. Iranzo as managing director, and Juan J. Soler, as vice manager of the Consortium, were ratified.

 

 


SHOPENING NIGHT IN VALENCIA

Valencia held its annual city centre SHOPENING NIGHT when shops remain open till past midnight, to enable shoppers purchase their Christmas gifts in a festive atmosphere.

At strategic points throughout the centre of the city where the main fashion shops are located, music groups enlivened the starry night, as set out in the map below.

In the photo above, Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Tourism, and Employment, with Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia on his left, presented the Shopening Night to the media, while in the photos below, Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, carried out the inauguration in the Colon Market.

The President was accompanied by Valencian Government Councillors Maria J. Catala of Culture and Education, and Asuncion Sanchez, of Social Services.

 


"THE ECONOMY OF WINE IN SPAIN AND IN THE WORLD" PRESENTED

The Cajamar Savings Bank presented its most recent publication "The Economy of Wine in Spain and in the World" before guests from the wine industry and accompanied by some of the 35 co-authors of the work.

The presentation was carried out by Trinidad Herrero, Territorial Directress of Cajamar Levante who introduced Marta Valsangiacomo, General Directress of Agricultural Food and Fisheries Companies of the Valencian Government Council of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food. Roberto Garcia, Director of Agricultural Food Business Cajamar Co-operative is director of the book and all three are depicted in the above photo on the right.

David Ucles, responsible for Cajamar's Studies Service introduced the two co-ordinators of the book, viz., Raul Compes and J. Sebastian Castillo, who entertained the guests with an account of how they put the book together.

This was followed by a book-signing session, while four varieties of Valencian red wine was served to the guests, along with plates of Spanish ham, three types of cheese, and trays of cream profiteroles.


PRESIDENT FABRA VISITS NOUGAT FACTORY IN CABANES

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, visited the Town of Cabanes in Castellon, where he was received in the Town Hall by the Mayoress (photo on the left).

Cabanes is famous for its nougat (turron) and President Fabra, accompanied by the Mayoress, visited one of the factories located there, viz., the Artesana of Turron, S,A, "Turrones San Luis", a family company launched in 1978 that produces handcrafted nougat (photo on the left).

Before leaving the premises, President Fabra posed with the Mayoress, the executives of the company, and their staff (photo below).


STRATEGIC PLAN FOR CALDERONA SIERRA

Juan J. Medina Vice chairman of the Valencia County Council, received the Mayors of the towns of Olocau, Marines, Gatova, Serra, and Naquera, who presented him with a Strategic Territorial Plan for the Calderona Sierra, elaborated by a multidisciplinary team of the Polytechnic University in Valencia, directed by Professor Juan J. Galan.

Antonio Ropero, Mayor of Olocau, explained that it is an ambitious plan not only for the benefit of the residents in the area, but for the leisure of all visitors to the Calderona Sierra Nature Park.

The Strategic Plan, that started two years ago, will be ongoing for the next 30 or 40 years, and includes forming "land banks" to enable residents plant barren plots of land with crops, and activate cattle breeding and forest management.

Photo by Abulaila.


KING JAMES I AWARDS

Spanish Queen Sofia visited Valencia where she was received by Alberto Fabra (photo left) and presided the James I Awards ceremony (photo below).

 

In the photo above President Fabra (second from the left) was accompanied by Vicente Boluda, chairman of the Foundation of Advanced Studies (on his right), Carmen Vela, Spanish Government State Secretary of Research, Development, and Innovation (second from the right), Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia, to her right, and Manuel Martin, chairman of the Iberdrola Foundation (extreme right at the table below) who represented the sponsors.

The James I Awards are the Nobel Prizes of Valencia, and are organised by the Valencian Foundation for Advanced Studies, and this year, the winners were as follows:

Angel Rubio, Doctor in Physics and director of the NanoBio Spectroscopy Group of the Basque University, received the Award for Basic Research; Enrique Sentana, Doctor in Economics, and Economics Professor of the Monetary and Financial Studies Centre, received the Economics Award; Lina Badimon, Doctor in Pharmacy, and Directress of the Cardiovascular Research Centre in Barcelona, was given the Award for Medical Research; Pedro Jordano, Doctor in Biology, and Research Professor of the Science Research Centre - CSIC of the Biological Station of Doñana, was given the Award for Protection of the Environment; Javier Garcia, Doctor in Chemical Science, Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante, won the Award for New Technology; and Jose V. Tomas, Manager and CEO of Kerajet, S,A, was the winner of the Entrepreneur Award.


2015 CONSORTIUM OF FIRE-FIGHTERS BUDGET APPROVED

The Valencia Province Consortium of Fire-fighters approved their budget of 45,413.490 Euro for 2015 during a General Assembly held in the Valencian County Council.

Francisco Tarrazona, chairman of the Consortium highlighted the fact that the budget is the same as that for 2014 which demonstrates the Consortium's desire to reduce expenses, while the Managing Director Manuel Alvaro, declared that Town Halls pay 20% (amounting to 86.61%) while the Valencian Government pays 21% as well as offering training courses for fire-fighters.

Irene Rodriguez, Valencian Government General Manageress of Fire Prevention, Extinguishing, and Emergencies, added a reminder of the Valencian Government resources and the fact that all forests are entrusted to the Consortium.

The Consortium thanked Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council for his constant support of the Consortium.

The 2015 budget covers salaries for nine new fire-fighters who will be hired in the near future.


MEDITERRANEAN EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2014

The Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia will host the El Suplemento, S.L. Company's 2014 Mediterranean Excellence Awards Gala during which thirty companies will receive recognition for their achievements.

Among the winning companies this year are:

Hotel Es Mares of Formentera, Integra 2, Aserti Global Solutions, Dragut Communications, Toscani Cosmetics, Nudisco, and Panamar Bakeries.


COUNTY COUNCIL PANTRY AWARDS

La Hoya de Buñol-Chiva winners above with Mr. Rus.

Requena-Utiel winners above with chairman Rus.

The winning almond recipe (on the left) was from Requena.

In Spain almonds are eaten as an aperitif, either boiled, or roasted and salted, while they are also a main ingredient in cakes, ice-cream, nougat, marzipan, and sugar-coated or "peladillas".

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council, was acclaimed by over 1,000 contestants at the final of the County Council Pantry Awards (El Rebost de la Dipu) in Chiva (photo below). He was accompanied by Amparo Mora, County Council Deputy of Social Services, and by Carlota Navarro, vice chair of the County Council.

The County Council Pantry Competition is organised annually and in previous years the main ingredient was oranges, tomatoes, pumpkin, and apples. The ingredient for this year's recipes was almonds.

Spain is the second world producer of almonds and the Valencian Region is where they mainly grow: their pink and white flower blossoms covering large areas of the countryside in spring, especially in La Hoya de Buñol-Chiva, Requena-Utiel, and the Valley of Ayora where almond-blossom petals are served as a delicious fresh salad in spring. Almond milk is also an alternative for those who have zero tolerance to cow's milk.

Almonds, which have a high content of vitamin E and fibre, are essential in a healthy diet.

All the above photos are by Abulaila.


CASTELLON PORT V SEMINAR

From left to right in the above photo: Juan J. Monzonis, Chairman of the Port Authority; Julio Gomez-Pomar, State Secretary for Infrastructures, Transports, and Housing; Isabel Bonig, Valencian Government Councillor of Infrastructures,Transports, and Housing; Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government; Juan A. Bataller, Mayor of Castellon; and Javier Moliner, chairman of the Castellon County Council.

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government was main speaker at the V Castellon Port Seminar organised by Castellon Port Authority and the Mediterranean Newspaper, and during his intervention, announced that the Spanish Government, in its General Budget for 2015, has designated the sum of 356.9 million Euro for infrastructures in the Valencian Region, with 115.2 million Euro for projects and studies to adapt the rail width for goods trains, and 238.3 million Euro for the High Velocity Train in the Levante region.

The President added that the positive data from Castellon Port shows a 13.5% increase in traffic for 2014 with 7.763.000 tons of merchandise, or almost a million tons more than in 2013 - a sign of economic recovery.

A new monthly historic record has also been established for container traffic with 100,000 units so far this year and between January and September, exports from Castellon Port increased by 5.1%.


LA CAIXA SAVINGS BANK VALENCIA GETS FACELIFT

In the photo above, Bibiano Martinez poses with three Valencia footballers, while the photos below show some aspects of the new office on inauguration day.

Bibiano Martinez, territorial director of the CaixaBank Savings Bank in the Valencian Region and the Region of Murcia, presided the official inauguration of the renovated office in City Hall Square number 21, in Valencia, and to celebrate the occasion, CaixaBank organised a full day's festivities that included an invitation to Rodrigo Moreno, and Andre Gomes, of the Valencia Football Club, and Ruben Garcia of the Levante Football Club who greeted clients in the bank.

A jazz band offered continuous music throughout the day and clients were offered samples of Valencian gastronomy at breakfast, snacks at lunch, and a cocktail in the evening.

Mr. Martinez explained the new concept of a bank office with the installation of the latest technology, open spaces, and a direct contact between clients and bank clerks, rather on the lines of a shop, in this case one of some 800 square metres.


GLASS HANDCRAFTS EXHIBITION

The Special Employment Centre "Fet de Vidre" will hold the VIII Exposition and Sale of its handcrafted glass products elaborated by the physically challenged employees of the Centre, on Friday the 21st November, in the Hotel Westin in Valencia from 10:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. with the sponsorship of the Rey Don Jaime Rotary Club in Valencia.

On the other hand, from the 17th November to the 30th December, Fet de Vidre's products will be on sale from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. at the workshop and shop located at the following address: Plaza del Dramaturgo Fausto Hernandez Casajuana, 3 - ground floor on the right. 46003 Valencia.

Products may also be purchased at a number of sales kiosks located around Valencia and on the Internet - http://www.fetdevidre.com.

glass workshop
owl brooch
fallera brooch
glass logo

Samples from the glass catalogue


VII GAME AND MUSHROOMS GASTRONOMY COMPETITION IN BOCAIRENTE

The VII Gastronomy Competition of Game and Mushrooms in Bocairente, awarded first prize to the La Gruta Restaurant (Industrial Circle in Alcoy), while second prize was awarded to the Casa Granero Restaurant in Serra, and third prize went to the Bahia of Calpe Restaurant.

The Competition took place in the Hotel Ferrero of Bocairente, with Ramon Vila, director of the Provincial Patronage of Tourism of the Valencia County Council, as guest of honour, accompanied by Josep V. Ferre, Mayor of Bocairente.


OAMI IN ALICANTE CELEBRATES XX ANNIVERSARY

Between January and October 2014 Valencian companies registered almost 850 requests to register Trademarks, and 780 requests to register Industrial Designs, at the Office of Harmonisation of the Interior Market - OAMI that celebrated its XX anniversary with guest of honour Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government.

The OAMI maintains annually around 2,700 jobs through its work these last 20 years protecting European ingenuity.


THE ECONOMIC SITUATION OF THE VALENCIAN REGION UP FOR DEBATE.

 

The Cañada Blanch Foundation in Valencia held a two-day seminar to debate the economic situation of Valencia, the mistakes being made economically in industry, and how entrepreneurs can forge ahead to surmount the crisis.


AIJU 3.0 GUIDE FOR TOYS 2014-2015 PRESENTED IN IBI

Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment (third from the left in the above photo), was guest of honour at the presentation of the 3.0 AIJU Guide for toys 2014-2015 that took place in Ibi, Alicante.

The Guide was the result of consultation with 36 groups of toy manufacturers, parents, children's schools, and experts in child security, who studied 170 toys that were finally reduced to 145 feasible ones.

During the presentation, Mr. Buch announced that in 2015 the Valencian Government will subsidise the traditional sectors with 212 million Euro to reindustrialise and modernize.their installations.

 


NEW SMURFIT-KAPPA PLANT IN THE VALENCIAN REGION

The Smurfit-Kappa international company inaugurated a new 28 million Euro plant in the Valencian Region, viz., in Ibi, Alicante, and Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government was guest of honour at the opening, He was accompanied by Maximo Buch, Valencian Government Councillor of Industry, Trade, Tourism, and Employment.

Smurfit-Kappa manufactures cardboard and containers for a wide range of products and their Ibi plant is the third in the Valencian Region. The other two are located in Quart de Poblet and San Vicente del Raspeig.

In all, there are 1,000 international companies located in the Valencian Region.


13 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS RECEIVE 2014 AWARDS IN VALENCIA

127 projects participated in the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Awards organised by the Youth Institute of the Valencian Government - IVAJ, but only 13 were winners. The awards ceremony was presided over y Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, who highlighted the favourable increase in enterprises founded by young entrepreneurs.

Up to the end of October, a total of 377 companies had been launched, compared to 272 in 2013, and to date, almost 50,000 jobs have been created and the President is confident that this will produce a record by the end of the year.

During the ceremony, President Fabra announced the creation of an "Employment Strategy" which will have a budget of almost 800 million Euro over the next five years. There will also be a Plan of Juvenile Guarantee with a budget of 100 million Euro to enable 87,000 young people enter the job market.

To facilitate this, a series of specific training courses will be offered to improve the level of foreign languages, and the development of technological and innovative content with a budget of 3.5 million Euro.


EL CID ROUTE PRESENTS 2015 PROGRAMME

Ernesto Sanjuan, Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, attended a meeting of the Consortium of the Cid Route celebrated in Zaragoza, during which they approved their programme for 2015, that includes the launch of a web page, the publication of 30,000 travel guides, and the sign posting of the El Cid Route with an itinerary of 2,000 kilometres that runs through eight provinces, four autonomous communities, and over 380 municipalities.

The representatives of eight County Councils who make up the Consortium of the El Cid Route were present, and Ana Guarinos, chairperson of the County Council of Guadalajara handed over the chair of the El Cid Route to Luis M. Beamonte, chairman of the County Council of Zaragoza.

The budget for 2015 amounts to 245,800 Euro.

The photo below depicts the members of the Consortium, viz., the chairpersons of the County Councils of Zaragoza, Guadalajara, Burgos, and Soria, Luis M. Beamonte, Ana Guarinos, Cesar Rico, and Antonio Pardo, the Tourism Deputy of the Valencia County Council, Ernesto Sanjuan, the Deputy and Vice chair of the Culture Commission of Burgos, Felicidad Carton, the Tourism Deputy of Guadalajara Jesus Parra, the Culture Deputy of Zaragoza, Jose M. Larque, and the Tourism Deputy of Teruel, Andres Hernandez.


HUNGARIAN AMBASSADRESS IN VALENCIA

Eniko Gyory, Hungarian Ambassadress to Spain was in Valencia, where she was received in Government Palace by Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government.


CASTELLON-COSTA DE AZAHAR ROTARY CLUB GALA

The Rotary Club of Castellon-Costa de Azahar, organised a benefit gala in the 200 years old Casino Antiguo of Castellon, to collect funds for the project "Day Hospital for Oncology-Paediatrics" in the University General Hospital in Castellon to treat cancer in children up to fourteen years old, without a need to have them hospitalised.

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government was guest of honour at the gala.


THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE AND SAINT VINCENT FERRER: SEMINAR

The Valencian Royal Academy of Culture - RACV, has organised a seminar to take place at 07:30 p.m. in its headquarters on Avellanas Street, 26, in Valencia, with the following programme.

Tuesday 18th November:

Conference by J. Vicente Gomez, Professor of History and Academician of the RACV "THE POLITICAL-RELIGIOUS CONTEXT OF THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE".

Wednesday 19th November:

Conference by Ma. Desamparados Cabanes Professor of the University of Valencia and Academician of the RACV "THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE".

 

Monday 24th November:

Conference by Father Alfonso Esponero, O. P. Professor of the Faculty of Theology of Saint Vincent Ferrer "SAINT VINCENT FERRER O. P. AND THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCE".

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The Council of Constance took place in Constance, Germany, between the 16th November 1414 and the 22nd April 1418 to solve the problem of the Great Schism in which three popes reigned, viz., Gregory XII in Rome, Benedict XIII in Avignon, and John XXIII in Italy. Eventually, Gregory resigned, Benedict was excommunicated, John was imprisoned, and Martin V was elected pope in November 1417.


COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN ALFONSO RUS VISITED BRUSSELS

 

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia Province County Council, accompanied by Vicente Ibor of the County Council Purchase Centre visited the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels where he met with various commissioners among them Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner of Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports; Luis Planas, Secretary General of the European Economic and Social Committee (CESE); and Dominique Ristori, Director General of Energy.

Dominique Ristori announced that 20% of European funds, to the amount of 5,000 Euro for Spain, will be destined to finance renewable energy.

Alfonso Rus converses with Dominique Ristori above.

Alfonso Rus poses with Timor Navracsics on his right.

Chairman Rus also met with a group of 32 Valencian students who received grants from the Valencia County Council through the programme "The County Council Subsidises You", to enable them to work in Brussels doing practical work in companies and enterprises to complete their training.


CEEI ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE COMPETITION

Ten entrepreneurs reached the final of the competition "Entrepreneurial Experiences Valencia 2014" organised by the European Centre for Innovation Enterprises - CEEI, and each candidate presented an elevator pitch before a panel of judges.

The winner was Javier Alandes of AitanaStar.com. Cesar Marco, came in second with his experience "The failure of the entrepreneur and the success of the author", while Guillermo Caballero presented "A divorce with a smile" for third prize, all pictured here in the front row.

The second row depicts Jesus Casanova, director of the CEEI, Valencia, (second from the left), Pilar Aguado, of the Valencia Association of Young Entrepreneurs (AJEV), Elisa del Rio, of the Valencian Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CEV), and J. Manuel Zaragoza, of the Oratory Club in Valencia, who delivered an address with the title "Stress in Oratory" before the voting took place.


FRENCH AMBASSADOR IN VALENCIA GOVERNMENT PALACE

French Ambassador Jérôme Bonnafont paid an official visit to Valencia and was invited to Valencia Government Palace where he was received by Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government.


AGRARIAN CO-OPERATIVES PROMOTION SEMINAR IN ALBACETE

The Annual Seminar of Agrarian Co-operatives was held in the Hotel Beatriz in Albacete with the central theme "Trademark Promotion", and Mateo Blay, chairman of the AGR Food Marketing Company, delivered an address with the title "Union makes the Trademark" in which he puts forward the theory that only through the sectorial union can well-known trademarks be created and valued by the final consumers, and in turn increase the price of fruit and greens.

AGR Food Marketing has been 27 years in the field and is the leading Spanish company in the sector, with over 400 advertising campaigns on four continents.


RURAL WOMEN MEET IN ALCIRA

The XVIII Seminar of Rural Women with 1,000 participants, took place in Alcira. It was organised by the Association of Valencian Farmers-Association of Young Valencian Farmers -AVA-ASAJA, and presided over by Cristobal Aguado, chairman of ASA-ASAJA and Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government.

Mr. Aguado requested that President Fabra, should present a claim to the Food Control Agency to impose penalties on supermarkets that sell Valencia citrus fruit at slash prices, because these below-cost prices threaten to sink the market.

Also present at the event were Asuncion Sanchez, Valencian Government Councillor of Social Services, Laura Chorro, general directress of Family and Woman,Marian Corbi, chairperson of the Valencian Association of Rural Women and Families - AVAMFAR, Elias Mas, field director of the AVA-ASAJA research centre, and Jose M. Mulet, professor of Biotechnology of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, who gave a talk on modern food and declared "it is better to have a preservative to hand than salmonella floating around".

 


NEW TRAFFIC CHIEF IN THE VALENCIA CIVIL GUARDS

Civil Guard F. Javier Sanchez, took possession of his post as Lieutenant Colonel of Traffic for the Valencian Region, in a ceremony presided over by Serafin Castellano, Spanish Government Delegate in Valencia.


2 WHEELS TRADE FAIR AND VLC BIKES SHOW IN VALENCIA

The 2 Wheels Trade Show took place in the Valencia Trade Fair complex this weekend along with the VLC Bikes Show, with some 50 exhibitors covering an area of 18,000 square metres.

The official inauguration was presided over by Silvia Ordiñaga, director general of Trade and Consumers (photo one above) with "Freddie" Spencer the "Godfather" of the 2 Wheels Show and Emilio Zamora giving s stunt exhibition (photo 2 above).

"Godfathers" of the VLC Bikes were ex-cyclists Fernando Escartin and the Valencian champion of the Spanish Bicycle Tour Angel Casero accompanied by Adrian Palomares and Vicente Belda.


JAMES I AND THE MONASTERY OF EL PUIG DE SANTA MARIA

The town of El Puig de Santa Maria located outside Valencia, celebrated an historic re-enactment of the entrance of James I to the Monastery of El Puig to hand over the keys of the city of Valencia after he had conquered it from the moors and expelled them forever. These festivities were organised by the El Puig Town Hall and sponsored by the Provincial Tourism Patronage of the Valencia County Council.

The "Historical Re-enactment of James I and El Puig" offered an extensive programme to the general public that included local gastronomy, cultural activities, concerts, a medieval market, exhibitions of archery and falcons, guided tours, lectures, etc., with the objective to stimulate the local economy through the hostelry sector and shops.


WATER TRIBUNAL IN VALENCIA CELEBRATES V ANNIVERSARY

The Water Tribunal in Valencia dates back to Medieval times and this week celebrated the fifth anniversary of its elevation to the category of Immaterial Cultural Patrimony of Humanity of the UNESCO.

The Water Tribunal takes place every Thursday at 12:00 noon outside the Cathedral of Valencia at the Door of he Apostles where the statues of the twelve apostles adorn one of the entrances to the Cathedral.

Present at the ceremony were Serafin Castellano, Spanish Government Delegate in the Valencian Region, Rita Barbera, Mayoress of Valencia, Maria J. Catala, Valencian Government Councillor of Education, Culture, and Sports, City Hall Aldermen Vicente Aleixandre and Silvestre Senent, and Alderpersons M. Irene Beneyto, of Culture, and M. Angeles Ramon-Llin, of the Environment and Water.

The Water Tribunal, presided over by Enrique Aguilar, is made up of representatives from the different canals by which the market gardens of Valencia and the surrounding agricultural orchards and fields are irrigated, through a system invented by the Arabs during their occupation of Valencia prior to the XIII century.

The Water Tribunal is an acting Court of Law that "tries" faults committed by farmers who irrigate beyond their allotted time. Nothing is ever written down and the verdict is nonnegotiable.


ERNST & YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, accompanied by Jose Ciscar, vice-president of the Valencia Government, presided the Ernst & Young Annual Entrepreneurs Awards for Valencia and Murcia with finalists Adolfo Utor of the Balearia Shipping company and Rafael Lubian of the Suavinex company.

During his intervention, President Fabra highlighted the Valencian Government`s Entrepreneurial Plan that will have a budget of 75 million Euro in 2015 to continue the reindustrialisation of the Valencian Region, with 28 million to increase entrepreneurial internationalisation, and 47 million to improve financing through grants, loans with no interest, micro credits, and participative loans.


THE VALENCIA COUNTY COUNCIL GIFTS 113 MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Alfonso Rus, chairman of the Valencia County Council, accompanied by Culture Deputy Ma. Jesus Puchalt, and Cristobal Grau, Music and Theatres Deputy, presented 113 musical instruments to 27 musical societies, 16 choirs and 11 folklore groups, in the Beneficencia Cultural Centre in Valencia.

In the above photo, Chairman Rus poses with some Musical Societies headed by Pedro Rodriguez, chairman of the Federation of Musical Societies in the Valencian Region.

Manuel Camarasa, chairman of the Federation of Folklore in the Valencian Region poses with his group above.

Jose Canto, chairman of the Federation of Choirs, smiles above with Alfonso Rus, accompanied by Vicente Aleixandre, City Hall Alderman of the outskirts of Valencia, and Carlota Navarro, Second Vice Chairperson of the Valencia County Council.

All photos are by Abulaila.


NORSE ENTREPRENEURS VISIT VALENCIA

Javier Lopez, Secretary General of the Confederation of Valencian Entrepreneurs - CIERVAL, accompanied by Conrado Hernandez, Secretary General of the General workers Union of Valencia - UGT-PV, hosted the visit to Valencia of a group of Norwegian trade union entrepreneurs headed by the Norwegian Consul in Valencia, Jose Blom-Dahl.

The object of the visit was to gather information regarding labour relations in Spain and the present situation following the economic crisis, as well as strengthening entrepreneurial ties between Spain and Norway.

The Valencian Region is the second autonomous Spanish region that exports most to Norway, with merchandise for 192 million Euro in 2013 (19.5% of the national total).

Norway is an industrial country with an open economy and a wide range of natural resources. Its 5 million inhabitants enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world with an average income of 75,000 Euro a head. Oslo boasts 980 shipping companies and the country's efficiency is devoted mainly to exports.


FALLAS 2015 QUEENS RECEIVED IN GOVERNMENT PALACE

Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government, received in Government Palace the Senior and Junior Fallas Queens for 2015, Estefania Lopez and Maria Donderis.


ALMOND NOUGAT - TURRON - GALA

The Regulatory Counsel of Alicante Almond Nougat (Jijona and Turron) celebrated its XIII Gala with Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Government as special guest.

During the celebration, a plaque was presented to Jose V. Guillem, Agronomy Engineer, for his contribution to the food sector.

The town of Jijona houses the majority of Almond Nougat companies in Alicante and its 2,500 employees produce 60% of all the almond nougat production in Spain.


TOP CHEFS SHOW COOKING EXHIBITION IN VALENCIA

Valencian Top Chefs Victor Rodrigo and Carlos Medina, will hold a Show Cooking Exhibition with recipes based on Tiger Nut Juice (Horchata) and the Tiger Nuts (Chufas) themselves, in the Samsha Restaurant in Valencia.

The chefs will create three original dishes, viz., a gin and Tiger Nut Juice cocktail, a fish dish with 6 Tiger Nut textures, and a dessert named "GIANT Tiger Nut".

Victor Rodrigo is co-proprietor of the Samsha Restaurant in Valencia and was elected the Best Cook of the Year in 2012 while Carlos Medina, is Creative Director of the Andre Restaurant in Singapore, the 6th Best Restaurant in Asia and the 37th Best Restaurant in the World.

The Show Cooking is organized by the Valencian Regulatory Counsel of the Denomination of Origin Tiger Nut (Chufa).


16% REDUCTION ON WATER BILL IN VALENCIA

 

M. Angeles Ramon-Llin, Alder person of Environment in Valencia City Hall and Chairperson of the Metropolitan Company for the Treatment of Waste - EMTRE, and Dionisio Garcia, Manager of the Valencia Water Company, have signed an agreement to reduce the EMTRE Tax by 16%.

Households in Valencia City pay water bills every month although some Town Halls in other areas send the bill every two months.

Every water bill has a garbage tax tacked on by the local Town Hall, but there is also an EMTRE tax or TAMER added to this to cover the cost of collecting general waste such as road sweepings, leaves and branches from parks, discarded furniture, old washing machines, fridges, etc.

The EMTRE tax or TAMER is calculated according to the total of cubic metres of water used by each household. The calculation spans water bills from October to October, so in 2014 the water company adds on the appropriate amount based on the water used from October 2012 to October 2013.

The general A rate is Euro 45 for households who use up to 65 cubic metres of water a year.

The B rate for households who use over the 65 cubic metres of water pay Euro 123 a year. Most households enter this second category.


PROFESSIONAL HAM SLICERS COMPETE IN VALENCIA

THE 6TH ANNUAL NATIONAL COMPETITION OF

THE IBERIAN CURED-HAM PROFESSIONAL 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 Iberian Cured Ham Professional 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.

 


VALENCIAN GOVERNMENT

 

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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