ALICANTE SHOPPING CENTRE FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY
After ten years of successfully serving the retail and leisure demands of residents and visitors to Alicante, the owners of the Panoramis shopping centre, Marina de Poniente SA, has agreed to submit a request for voluntary bankruptcy.
The centre had been falling into decay after many of the retail units became vacant, and the cinema and dining areas became a window of times gone by, as visitor numbers decreased. It is hoped that this move will allow a developer to create a new outlet centre, more to meet the needs of current times.
LOCAL POLICE HAD LESS ACTIVITY IN 2011
Whilst defending the decision not to increase the numbers of local police officers in Alicante, the Interior Minister, Serafín Castellano, pointed out that the local police carried out 13,000 fewer activities in 2011 than the previous year.
Local police conducted a total of 803,501 actions in the province of Alicante in 2011, as opposed to 816,169 in 2010. The minister stated that the figures, "demonstrate the commitment and effort of the municipalities of Valencia and its local police to ensure the safety and welfare of citizens", and that it confirms the ratio of police officers to citizens is correct, enforcing the notion not to increase officer numbers.
ARSON ATTACK UNDER INVESTIGATION
The Guardia Civil has opened an investigation to identify suspected arsonists who set fire to a vehicle parked on calle Doctor Marañón in Pilar de la Horadada.
Investigators believe that a window of the vehicle was smashed and flammable liquid introduced to the vehicle, which was then set alight. Nobody was injured in the blaze and the attacked vehicle was the only one to have suffered damage.
CRUZ ROJA GET PEOPLE TO WORK
Since the beginning of the current financial crisis, some 1,100 people have found work in the province of Alicante, through the Employment Plan implemented by the Cruz Roja.
The organisation still believes that there is much more to do, as they estimate that 40,000 people in the area are in a situation of extreme vulnerability, such as youths, women in social difficulties and people with lower qualifications.
Since its inception in the year 2000, more than 15,700 people have been treated by the Cruz Roja, 64,522 have received one-to-one counselling and 5,577 have been trained for work.
PEPSI UNDER FIRE FOR FAKE TOMATO FIGHT
The Pepsico company has been criticized for using images of the famous Tomatina tomato festival in a new television commercial, largely because the advert wasn´t actually filmed in the host town of the event, the Valencia town of Buñol.
With the caption “Now, in a moment”, the ad is thought to reflect what events could be occurring around the world at any given time, explained in the description of the advert that says, “Imagine all that's happening right NOW around the world. Then imagine if you could experience it all at once. Pepsi and Nicki Minaj invite everyone to LIVE FOR NOW.”Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/34163/
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