Jávea Prepares schools for the start of a new term

Nearly 1,900 students will begin classes in six municipal schools on September 9th

Jávea’s schools have been spruced up in preparation for the start of the new school year on September 9th. Councillor Empar Bolufer (Education) said that municipal workers have been busy throughout the summer with general maintenance of the schools as well as painting, electrical repairs and gardening.

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Un centenar de operarios trabajan para que Xàbia recupere la normalidad tras la fuerte tormenta de ayer

El temporal de mar obliga a izar la bandera roja en todas las playas

Xàbia. Jueves, 29 de agosto de 2013.

El departamento municipal de Servicios, en coordinación con la Policía Local, está coordinando el trabajo de más de un centenar de operarios que desde primera hora de la mañana están atendiendo las incidencias provocadas por las fuertes lluvias de la tarde noche de ayer. El pluviómetro que tiene la empresa de aguas públicas, Amjasa, en la zona del río Gorgos recogió 103 litros en el episodio tormentoso. Otras estaciones meteorológicas de contrastada solvencia, como las de Meteoxabia, registraron 115 litros en la Granadella, 128 en el Colomer y un máximo de 137’5 litros en el puerto, una de las zonas más afectadas por la tromba.

La lluvia torrencial empezó sobre las 20 horas y en apenas media hora descargó más de 60 litros, provocando la saturación de los pluviales hasta el punto de que algunas calles como Avenida Libertad, Fontana, Plaza Almirante Bastarreche, tuvieron que ser cortadas al tráfico durante más de una hora. Se requirió la ayuda de los bomberos para achicar agua en los bajos de algunos apartamentos del Arenal.

La combinación de precipitación con viento, con rachas de casi 80 kilómetros por hora, provocó daños materiales en algunos locales y restaurantes del paseo de La Grava, entre ellos, la oficina de turismo y el retén de la policía que quedaron anegados. También resultó afectada la plaza portátil instalada en la escollera para els bous a la mar, que empiezan mañana, y el baret de la comisión, al que el viento arrancó los toldos.

Otras incidencias registradas fueron la caída de árboles a la calzada o de cascotes de algunos edificios. El departamento de Seguridad, dirigido por Juan Ortolá, ha reforzado en la pasada noche el número de efectivos de policía (que han contado con el apoyo de Protección Civil) para atender los servicios extraordinarios.

Hoy, los trabajos se centran en la limpieza de barros y piedra arrastrados hasta las calles, la retirada de ramas o objetos que pueden poner en peligro la circulación, así como de los edificios municipales que han sufrido filtración de agua, como es el caso del Museo. El alcalde, José Chulvi, ha acompañado a la Policía a las zonas más afectadas y también se ha acercado a la calle Niza, para comprobar el correcto funcionamiento de la nueva red pluvial recientemente terminada.

La edil de Servicios y Medioambiente, Doris Courcelles, ha indicado que hoy se están centrando en recuperar la normalidad en el viario público y luego pasarán a las playas, ya que algunas como La Grava o la Barraca están bastante dañadas por la tormenta. La intervención en las zonas costeras se ha pospuesto porque se está registrando un considerable temporal que hoy ha obligado a izar la bandera roja en todo el litoral de Xàbia.

En este sentido, señalar que los socorristas de Cruz Roja que se encargan de la vigilancia de las playas, ayer participaron en el operativo de rescate de los ocupantes de cuatro motos de agua que zarparon de Dénia y a los que sorprendió la tempestad cuando realizaban una excursión a la costa sur de Xàbia. El puesto de socorro de la playa del Arenal permaneció abierto hasta pasadas las 22 horas por si era necesario intervenir en un dispositivo que, ante el mal estado del mar, requirió movilizar al helicóptero de Salvamento Marítimo. Finalmente fueron localizados en la cala Sardinera, desde donde tres de las motos regresaron a Dénia mientras que la última tuvo que refugiarse en el puerto de Xàbia, donde una ambulancia atendió a los ocupantes que presentaban signos de hipotermia.

La inestabilidad se mantiene en el litoral norte de Alicante, que sigue bajo alerta naranja por lluvias y tormentas. Ante esta situación, desde el Consistorio se pide precaución y se recuerda que en caso de emergencia deben de telefonear al 112.

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One hundred workers work to get Jávea back to normal after yesterday’s severe storm

The stormy seas have meant that red flags have been raised on all beaches

Jávea. Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Municipal Services Department , together with the local police, is coordinating the work of more than one hundred workers who from early this morning have been responding to incidents caused by the heavy rains of last night. Amjasa’s rain meter, in the River Gorgos collected 103 litres during the storm. Other reliable weather stations , such as Meteoxabia , recorded 115 litres at Granadella , 128 litres at Colomer and 137.5 litres in the port, one of the areas most affected by the storm .

The rain started at about 20:00 and within half an hour dropped over 60 litres , causing flooding in some streets such as Avda Libertad , Fontana, Plaza Almirante Bastarreche , which had to be closed to traffic for more an hour. It took the help of firefighters to bail water in the basement of some apartments in the Arenal area..

The combination of rain & wind, with gusts of nearly km/h, caused damage to some local restaurants in the La Grava area, including the tourist office and the police station which were flooded . The marquee for the bous a la mar, which starts tomorrow, flew into the sea.

Other incidents recorded were trees & building debris falling into the road. The Department of Safety, led by Juan Ortolá , last night the number of police on duty ( supported by the Protección Civil ) to deal with the extraordinary situation .

Today , the work is focused on cleaning up mud and stones washed up on the streets , the removal of branches or objects that may cause problems for drivers, as well as municipal buildings that have suffered water damage, such as the Museum . The mayor, José Chulvi, accompanied the police to the most affected areas and also to C/Niza to check on the operation of the recently completed new storm drains .

The Councillor for Environmental Services , Doris Courcelles , said that today they are focusing on getting things back to normal on the public roads and then the beaches , as some like Barraca & La Grava have been badly damaged by the storm. The intervention in coastal areas has been postponed because of the red flag conditions around the coastline of Javea .

Red Cross relief workers who are responsible for monitoring the beaches, yesterday took part in the operation to rescue 4 jetskiers who had left Dénia for Jávea when they were caught in the storm. The first aid station on the Arenal beach stayed open until after 22:00 in case, given the poor state of the sea, the Maritime Rescue helicopter was needed. They were finally found in the cala Sardinera, from where three of the jetskis returned to Denia while the last took refuge in Javea port. An ambulance attended the occupants who showed signs of hypothermia.
The weather continues unstable on the northern coast of Alicante, which is still on orange alert for rain and storms.

In this situation, the council urges caution and urges you to remember that in case of emergency you should dial 112

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XÀBIA LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR

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The Departments of Economic Development and Finance, in collaboration with the private sector, have launched a new initiative to promote employment in the town’s main economic sector – tourism. The plan aims to train up to 100 residents in the business and thus open up more option to adapt to a growing labour market as well as improve the quality of tourist services offered in town.

The initiative will work with the collaboration with successful professionals in the sector with the participants having the incentive of being employed after they have completed their training. In addition, councillor Oscar Antón (Finance) has revealed that the town hall will pay three months of social security contributions if the participants are released from their employment with a tourism company within six months. This decision is expected to compensate for the seasonal aspect of the business and support longer-term hiring of staff.

The councillor said that the initiative relies on one of the strongest assets of Jávea: local people with the professional experience who have offered their services to provide the advice and expertise to the applicants, something that they would have been unable to afford otherwise. He explained that the cost of the pioneering initiative to train some 100 participants is around 9,500 euros.

Councillor Juan Luis Cardona (Economic Development) explained that the training initiative will be free to residents of Jávea who have registered with CREAMA. Interested parties should do so as soon as possible and by Friday 30th August when interviews will take place in the Casa del Cultura to determine the participants. The training – both theoretical and practical – will be coordinated by the Hemeroscopea training centre and Mediterránea de Eventos. Ana Catalá, manager of the training centre, explained that the theoretical classes will take place during October and November with practical training starting in January. Arline Francis, co-ordinator of Mediterránea de Eventos said that more than ten local companies have expressed an interest to take on students as cooks, waiters, bartenders, hotel housekeepers and receptionists.

Jossete Ruso, manager of CREAMA, an association which works to promote economic recovery and activity in the Marina Alta region, said that the initiative was the result of a survey which polled job seekers on the theme of potential training. Also taken into consideration was the fact that the sector has provided more work than any other with more than 100 bars and restaurants opening in Jávea since 2011. The training is taking place outside of the peak season so that it does not interfere with the pace of business as well as providing trained staff for next summer.

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Javea receives funding to provide signage for cycle routes

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Jávea. Monday, August 26, 2013. The Tourism Department of Jávea has received a grant of 5,336 euros from the Valencia Region Tourist Board for the provision of new signage on the network of bicycle routes. As councillor for Tourism Antonio Mirarall explained, a network of 10 recommended cycling routes was launched in January 2012 & a pamphlet was published in Spanish & English, describing the routes.

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Turismo recibe una subvención para la señalización de las rutas en bici

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Xàbia. Lunes, 26 de agosto de 2013. El departamento municipal de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Xàbia ha recibido una subvención de 5.336 euros de parte de la Agència Valenciana de Turisme como colaboración al proyecto de señalización de la red de rutas en bicicleta. Como ha explicado el concejal Antonio Mirarall, en enero del 2012 se incorporó un nuevo catálogo de 10 recorridos por el término municipal recomendados para los cicloturistas; entonces se editó un folleto en papel (en español e inglés) con los itinerarios marcados, guías que hace unos meses se pensó complementar con la señalización in situ en sendas y caminos. El presupuesto de estas rotulaciones es de 10.672 euros, por lo que la subvención recibida permite reducir a la mitad el gasto que debe de afrontar el municipio.
Ya se ha comenzado a instalar alguna de estas señales, para lo que se está haciendo un trabajo coordinado con otros departamentos municipales y la dirección del Parque Natural del Montgó, ya que Turismo quiere aprovechar los soportes ya existentes para enganchar las nuevas marcas y así evitar multiplicar los mástiles.

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