Get more out of your third age
Shows, parades, music, and talks aimed at improving the quality of life of elderly people resident or visiting Torrevieja are all in the programme of a pensioners’ fair taking place at the town’s municipal leisure centre (macro discoteca) this weekend.
The event opens at 10.00 today (Friday) and Saturday – and 10.30 on Sunday. Activities run until 14.00 and following a lunch break from 16.0021.00.
The morning sessions will essentially be used for talks and presentations by various associations, although Saturday morning will also feature tai chi and yoga classes.
The afternoon sessions will be taken up with dancing and live music, and choir and dance presentations.
Councillor for the third age, Fabiana Ibarra explained that in addition to ‘a number of varied activities’, visitors will also be able to ‘obtain information about different services they can use both now and in the future’.
Admission is free on all three days. TORREVIEJA’S new Guardia Civil chief, Antonio José Leal Bernabéu was received by mayor José Manuel Dolón on Wednesday at the town hall – and handed a traditional salt boat. After officially meeting the station commander, Sr Dolón and councillors held an By Alex Watkins THE REGIONAL environment department has agreed to drain the Poniente (western) reservoir at El Hondo natural park to control an outbreak of botulism, but ecologists have insisted the measures do not go far enough.
A department spokesman said they will remove the remaining water to make the conditions healthier for wildlife and reduce the presence of invasive species.
“The drainage will drastically cut short the incipient outbreak of botulism and enable the population of carp to be controlled, which is an invasive species that is proliferating and is the principal cause of these outbreaks by using up the oxygen in the water of the reservoir,” he explained. hour-long meeting to discuss ‘security matters’, including the terrorist threat and relations between the Guardia Civil and local police. They agreed to keep a ‘permanent line of communication open’ and have further meetings to ensure they are working in harmony.
The botulism has been less virulent than in previous years, when outbreaks have killed several thousand birds.
This season about 250 specimens have been affected, about 50 of which have recovered.
In order to ensure that the reservoir can continue to fulfil its purposes, new water will be introduced which will help to improve the environment and can be used by farmers to irrigate their crops.
The spokesman added that water has already been added to the Levante (eastern) reservoir, which ‘now has a good water level and is now receiving species of birds to winter there’.
Nevertheless, ecologist association the friends of the south Alicante wetlands (AHSA), which had called for By Dave Jones THE NUMBER of tourists visiting Torrevieja this summer has increased in comparison with 2016, according to the town hall.
It is all-but-impossible for the council to calculate exactly how many people stay in the municipality because many of them rent apartments which are not included on any official registry. Therefore they have to examine statistics for water usage and household rubbish.
Sra Serrano noted that for July and August both sets of data had increased when compared the reservoir to be drained in the first place, told Costa Blanca News that the Levante reservoir is actually the worst affected by the overpopulation of carp.
AHSA spokesman Sergio Arroyo explained that carp cloud the water, which kills off the plants and leaves nowhere to live for the insects that the ducks need to feed on.
He said this is a ‘lost opportunity’ to eliminate the carp population and at the same time deal with the conditions that cause botulism. According to Sr Arroyo, ducks have not been living in the Levante reservoir for the last five years and it is those using the Poniente that have always ‘seemed to save the park data’.
He said: “We will see what difference (draining the Poniente with 2016. In July last year 1,093,240 cubic metres (m3) of water were consumed compared to 1,172,730 m3 this year; and in August this went up from 3,115,817 to 3,349,628.
“For the whole summer it was up by around 7.5%,” explained Sra Serrano.
Rubbish collection figures went up by 3.8% in July and 3.3% in August, with 5.76 million kilos picked up by binmen in July and 6.37 million kilos in August.
Sra Serrano also commented on the number of tourists who visited the town’s tourism reservoir) makes to the figures this year.”
Another problem affecting the natural park is rubbish that has accumulated in the channel which supplies the reservoirs with water from the mouth of the River Segura at Guardamar.
Sr Arroyo pointed out that the grill by the San Antonio weir, which has become clogged with plastic rubbish and reeds, is an infrastructure that belongs to the Segura river authority (CHS).
“The CHS is trying to pass the buck by saying the rubbish is a social problem but the law states that its duty is to clean the river,” he assured.
“The problem cannot be solved simply by refusing to deal with the consequences.” offices. She said the total of 14,975 was very similar to last year but that ‘more and more people are consulting information via the council website and social networks’.
The figures for international visitors show that French tourists (16.04% of office consultations) have almost caught up with the British (16.95%).
Occupation rates in three and four star hotels stood at 78% for July and 85% for August, an increase of 5% and 6% respectively on last year.
El Hondo in the early summer
La Mata beach in August