Day: May 19, 2016

Welcome to hay fever country

The mild weather in the Vega Baja means pollen in the atmosphere 8 months of the year The Allergies unit at Vega Baja Hospital recently organised a day to identifying allergenic plants in the area. Using a route through Orihuela city they have shown the plants responsible for the most common allergic conditions and their effects on people’s health. The impact of allergy to pollen in the environment, according to epidemiological studies in Spain, is the primary cause of respiratory allergy and is the blame for half of the cases of allergic rhinitis (hay fever). To get proper diagnosis and treatment of respiratory allergic conditions, it is fundamental to know what are the various allergenic plants are in our area. Doctor Carmen Andreu, the hospital’s allergologist, said on the day that “in our area the principal causes of environmental allergy are pollens, and less often domestic dust mites. Among the most frequent pollens are weeds, specifically chenopodiacea (also known as the goosefoot family), followed by olive, graminae (grasses) and others like parietaria”. Every week, the Allergology unit uses a pollen collector on the hospital’s roof to measure pollen levels. This measures the specific concentration of pollens in the area to create a database of the levels, with an archive of photos of the plants responsible. This data is available on the website of the Valencian Allergy Association: www.avaic.es The...

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Free tour of Orihuela’s museums on Saturday night

Bus transport available for residents of Orihuela Costa Councillor Sofia Álvarez presented this weekend’s tours on Thursday. On Saturday, May 21st there will be a free guided tour of Orihuela’s museums by night, to celebrate International Museums Day (May 18th). This will enable visitors to “get to know the treasures that Orihuela guards”, assured the councillor, and “is a new chance for people who do not know our city or its artistic heritage”. The tour will start at 10pm from the Tourism Office. Participants will get to see the House Museum of Miguel Hernández, the Semana Santa Museum, the Museum de la Muralla (city wall), the Archaeological Museum, and the San Juan de Dios Museum, amongst others. The Town Hall is also putting on a bus for residents of Orihuela Costa who want to come along. The councillor also said the last two dramatised tours were attended by a total of 163 people from the municipality’s villages, the Region of Murcia, Alicante Province (Alicante, Elche, Torrevieja, Catral Formentera del Segura, Albatera, San Isidro and Callosa de Segura), Valencia and Madrid. Álvarez noted that 55% of these visitors had never been to Orihuela before. She also advanced that the next Dramatised Tour will be on Saturday, June 11th in two groups, at 8pm and 10pm, setting off from the Tourism Office in the city and at a price of €4....

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Celebrate White Night in Almoradí on Saturday

Performances, concerts and special offers in shops are planned On the night of Saturday, May 21st Almoradí will take on a festive atmosphere thanks to ‘La Noche Blanca del Comercio’ (The White Night of Trade). By the light of the full Moon, visitors will be able to enjoy, from 9pm until midnight, a series of promotions and special offers at about 30 local shops and bars. “We want people to be able to get to know Almoradí’s businesses,” indicated Councillor Adela Caracena. To add more atmosphere to the event, four musicians will be performing in strategic places around the town centre. Pablo Mercader will be playing jazz, Pablo Egio will play soul, Bea Gil will entertain with pop music and Enrique ‘El Mortajilla’ with flamenco. There will also be a ‘charanga’ parade by a theatre group all around the municipality so that people also visit the more outlying...

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“Environmental savagery” in Pinar de Campoverde natural area

Local Police investigating who may have cut down several pine trees Pilar de la Horadada Town Hall has discovered that several pine trees have been cut down in the natural area of Pinar de Campoverde. These acts of vandalism happened last week in a public green area, where six Aleppo pines were found cut down opposite the Río Seco area. Actions like this that damage trees and plants in public spaces are considered very serious in the Municipal Bylaw. The Town Hall noted this can be punished with fines from €901-€1,500 per tree. The Local Police and Town Hall Environment Department are investigating the...

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Fiestas del Rocio in Orihuela this weekend

Typical Rociero choirs and festivities from Friday to Sunday Councillor Mariola Rocamora has presented the activities for the Fiestas del Rocio, accompanied by members of the local association. The programme will commence on Friday, May 20th with the fiesta lights being turned on at Los Huertos Recinto Ferial (fair ground) on the eastern edge of the city. These fiestas in honour of the Virgin will include a Rociero Choirs Contest on Saturday at 8:30pm, featuring the Choirs of the Orihuela Rocio Association, La Santísima y Vera Cruz of Caravaca, the Brotherhood del Rocío of Villanueva del Río Segura, and the Sueño Rociero Choir of Beniaján. On Sunday the 22nd there will be a Mass in honour of the Virgin in the parish church of San Antón at 10am, while at 11am the traditional pilgrimage will begin to Los Huertos Recinto Ferial. The statue of the Virgin will be taken back to San Antón at 7pm, with a traditional Salve Rociera being sung to send her on her way until next year. This year’s Senior Rociero, Monerrate Paredes expressed her “excitement and emotion” and invited everyone in the Vega Baja “to get to know this fiesta and join in throughout the...

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