News in Brief – Costa Blanca North

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News in Brief - Costa Blanca South
ANA BARCELO: Health chief accompanies Generalitat president, Ximo Puig Photo credit: GVA.es

Face-saving MORE than half of Valencian Community residents failed to recognise members of the Consell, equivalent to the regional government’s Cabinet.  Ana Barcelo, who heads the Generalitat’s Health department and has become well-known during the pandemic, fared better and was identified by 37.5 per cent of the regional population.

Hand-washing ORIHUELA mayor Emilio Bascuña presented the city’s €110.505 million 2021 Budget on October 14. He was not able to count on support from Ciudadanos, the Partido Popular’s coalition partners in the local government, who maintained beforehand that they were unaware of the Budget details and declined to comment.

More air THE Confederacion Hidrografica del Segura, responsible for local waterways, has released more water into the River Segura’s lower reaches. This will increase oxygen levels and counteract the concentration of agricultural fertiliser believed to be responsible for the large numbers of dead fish at the river-mouth, the CHJ said.

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Best friends ALMORADI hosts “Barks that save lives” on October 21, organised by the Relaziona group of 20 local business owners currently celebrating their 10th anniversary.  The event at the Casino will focus on assistance dogs that are trained to aid persons with disabilities and alert them to possible health crises. 

Turned off AN administrative mistake means that Elche city hall must put the €121,000 contract for the municipality’s Christmas illuminations out to tender again.  The city’s Local Government Board decided to withdraw the public tender owing to “non-rectifiable” errors but insisted that the lights would be in place for December.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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