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€9.5 MILLION INVESTMENT GENERALITAT deputy Rosa Mustafa confirmed the sum during a visit to Ondara. The amount comes under the bu d g e t se c t i o n s fo r works and equipment, the acquisition of centres and land purchase, among others. Javea is set to receive the biggest chunk of the cash, at €2.4 m i l l i o n . De n i a an d Calpe are next on the list, with just over €1.7 million apiece. Teulada-Moraira gets €1.3 million and Pego just above €1.2 million. Othe r m u n i c i p a l ities which will benefit from the Valenc i a a d m i n i st r a tio n budget for this year are: Benissa (€428,000), Benitachell (€16,300), Gata de Gorgos (€120,000), Ondara (€57,411), Pedreguer (€25,000) Els Poblets (€ 24,5 4 0 ) a n d Al c ala li (€285,917). Mustafa also pointed out that the region will get €33 million for completing the TRAM light railway. Specific projects in the Marina Alta in the Generalitat’s 2020 plans include repairs to Javea’s port dock and more than €100,000 for the port zone water system


The Valencian government has earmarked €9.5 million investment of the 2020 budget in the Marina Alta region.

LION’S SHARE: Javea is set to receive the biggest chunk of the cash. network. Repairs are also set to be carried out on Denia port’s s o u th d o c k . M o re th a n €160,000 has been set aside for the installation of public lighting along the municipality’s seafront. There will be investments

in improvements in a number of the region’s schools and in school transport assistance. In the c ulture a nd he ritage section, the 2020 budge t inc lude s more tha n €437,000 for the construction of a new auditorium in

Te ula da a nd €25,000 for conservation works on Pedre gue r ’s Sa nta C re u church. The main investment in Ondara municipality is the €505,000 for the Virgen de la Sole da d old pe ople ’s home.


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CREDIT: Bombers Alacant DIPU



Missing woman safe ANNIE, a 70-year-old who disappeared from her Vistahermosa home, was found two days later. Specialist firefighters from the Alicante City brigade’s rescue unit and drones coordinated by the National Police, had scoured the area for more than 48 hours. Piba, a fire brigade dog, led rescuers to a rubbish tip where they found the missing woman on Sunday. Annie, who has a mild-to-moderate degree of Alzheimer’s, was taken by ambulance, accompanied by her daughter, to hospital for a check-up after apparently spending two nights in the open. No statement has been issued regarding Annie’s state of health although her disappearance coincided with a cold spell and the first sprinkling of snow on the Aitana mountain.

Spy cameras not spying BLAZE: An exploding car may have been the cause of the fire.

Blaze at Scrapyard district of Torrellano around 6.30pm last Thursday, prompting a warning to anybody in the area to ‘take great care.’ According to sources, an investigation is underway into the cause of the fire, but it is suspected a car may have exploded as it was ‘compacted.’

CAMPELLO town authorised the reopening of Cala Palmeretes, two months after a sewage spill. Water analyses revealed that it is now safe for public use, announced Julio Oca, councillor for Beaches, Environment and Infrastructure. Sewage pipes were ‘exhaustively’ examined using a CCTV system, sleeves added to some sections to prevent leaks and repairs made to a damaged manhole, Oca said. Cala Palmeretes has a histor y of subterranean residual water, the councillor explained. In the past, this was never polluted until November last year when the town hall detected a spill caused by ‘several occurrences’ in the sewage network. Although the Palmeretes problem has been solved, Residents Associations and the RED political party

Campello town hall

Beach safe to use


A CAR explosion is believed to have been the cause of a huge fire which required the services of firefighters from the Consortium of Alicante as well as the extinguishing services of the City Council. The blaze occurred at a scrapyard off the N-340 in the

THE Vox party on San Vicente Council complained about CCTV cameras in the Lo Torrent park. A party spokesman claimed that the cameras did not comply with legal requirements and were infringing the right to privacy of passers-by and municipal employees working in the park. Vox had no idea who installed the cameras, the spokesman said, and demanded explanations. None of the CCTV cameras work, explained Parks and Gardens councillor Alberto Bevia, who pointed out that in any case they did not breach Data Protection regulations. The decision to install the cameras was given the go-ahead before last year’s municipal elections, he said. They were set up recently and are now connected to the central Local Police station. “The cameras are not yet recording and will not do so until the necessary permits have been received,” Bevia insisted.

REPAIRS: Sleeves added to sewage pipes at Cala Palmeretes. have now reported an apparent sewage spill in Cala Piteres in Coveta Fuma. Both have passed on the results of their own analyses of these and Campello’s other beaches to the town hall. Problems have been detected since last October on the town’s northern area, which is not connected to the principal main

drainage network. Sewage goes either to small and obsolete treatm ent pl ant s pl agued by leaks and spills, or to septic tanks whose filtrations often reach the beaches. This situation should be solved within months, once the regional government connects the Campello system to the San Juan sewage plant.


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LA VILLAJOYOSA marks the Festival of Sant Antoni this weekend. On Saturday, January 18, it starts at 8.30am with a ‘wake-up call’ as rockets are set off and church bells peal, followed by dancing, the blessing of animals, a dog show, before a mass, procession and floats on Sunday.


In the ring

RUSSIAN cuisine will feature in the next edition of the Alicante Gastronomy event, sponsored by Alicante Provincial Council, to be held at the end of March at the IFA. It’s the first time the initiative is being internationalised, welcoming ‘countries which contribute the most permanent residents’ to the province.

Board gone THE Les Rotes springboard, which gives its name to the stretch of beach where it has been located in Denia since the 1930s, has been stolen. As well as the board, considered an emblem in the area, two sets of metal steps which allowed access to the water, have also been taken.

Dream move AUSTRALIAN musician and composer, Josh Searles, has flown to Spain for ‘the creative adventure of a lifetime’ as he embarks on six months study at Alicante University. It follows his successful audition for the exclusive Masters Interpretation of Classical Guitar programme, which accepts just 12 students each year.

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A MAJOR publicity drive is underway in Denia as the city council embarks on a national tourism drive, first displaying its cuisine at the Madrid Fusion International Congress last week, ahead of attending the International Tourism Fair FITUR, in the capital from January 22 to 26.

THE lease for Alicante’s Plaza de Toros bullfighting ring is up for grabs with the City Council hoping the successful candidate will build on a ‘significant increase in spectators’ experienced in recent years. The previous concession ended on December 31, and candidates have until January 27 to submit their tenders to the City Council.



A HIDDEN PRIZE: Local inhabitants attributed magical and paranormal phenomena to the area.

TREASURE CAVE IN Rincon de la Victoria, in the Axarquia region, there is an area known as ‘El Cantal’ that is home to a series of cliffs that were formed in Jurassic times. These cliffs overlook the Mediterranean and hide a prize within: The Treasure Cave. Only three caves of marine origin are known in the world, this cave being the only one in the European Continent. The stories and legends surrounding

the mysterious cave date back to the Palaeolithic and the Early Bronze Age. But it was the Romans and the Arabs who were truly obsessed with the cave and the treasure buried within. Long before the significance of the Treasure Cave was known, local inhabitants attributed magical and paranormal phenomena to the area. In the 12th century, many believed that the emperor of the Almoravid dynasty, Tasufín Ibn Ali, hid an impressive treasure in the cavern.

Stub it out FREE group therapy will be offered to smokers in El Campello who are keen to kick the habit. The therapeutic initiative is the brainchild of UPCCA (Community Prevention Unit of Addictive Behaviour), which belongs to the council’s Department of Social Welfare, working closely with AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer). UPCCA Prevention Technician, Javier Moreno, said: “We hope to have set up a group by the end of January so we can start with the therapy, consisting of 12 sessions in which the smoker will be trained psychologically to face the preparation, abstinence and maintenance phase.” Places are limited. Anybody interested in taking part can register by sending an e-mail to or by calling 965 637 200, and asking for Javier Moreno, Prevention Technician of the UPCCA. In addition, the AECC has a helpful link for all those smokers who need support to stop smoking


When a series of garnets appeared in the cave in the 18th century, little doubt remained that the legends were true. Swiss Antonio de la Nari, dedicated his life exploring the cave. He tragically died within the rocky shelter in 1847, killed by his own explosives. Mr Manuel Laza Palacio owned the cave for almost four decades until his death in 1988. During his work, he was stunned to find six pure gold coins from the Almoravid dynasty.

Unit demands THE Valencian Society of Palliative Medicine is calling for the number of units to be doubled in order to meet demands. The aim of these services is to alleviate the physical pain of patients, once a cure has been ruled out, and to reduce their emotional distress. A society spokesperson said: “Seven people die every day in the province of Alicante without receiving palliative care, despite needing it. These are mainly cancer patients who, in the final stretch of their lives, no longer need diagnostic tests or treatment." The Valencian Society of Palliative Medicine estimates that the province of Alicante would need 13 palliative care units to meet needs. At the moment, the hospitals have five resources to provide services to these patients. Although there are six other units in as many centres, the Spanish Society of Palliative Care claims they do not meet the criteria necessary to offer complete care to the patient and their family.



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Sweet season

CREDIT: Title Role


HOTELS in Alicante enjoyed their ‘sweetest’ season in 14 years as they closed 2019 with the highest occupancy rates since 2005. According to figures released by the Provincial Association of Hotels Alicante (APHA), the average occupancy rate for last year was 76.30 per cent. This is 3 per cent higher

than the previous best 12 months in 2018. APHA is made up of more than 60 hotels in 18 different municipalities, offering more than 10,600 hotel beds and 4,870 rooms.

Pee-ple power RESIDENTS in Benissa have called for efforts to be made to tackle the ‘scourge’ of dog pee in the town, and their pleas have been met with action from the council. A Cleaner Benissa campaign has been reactivated, and kicked off with the distribution of 200 bottles of liquid which were handed out during the animal blessing to mark the Festival of Sant Antoni last Saturday (the ceremony is held a week earlier in Benissa). Councillor for Health, Isabel Bou, said: “This action and the campaign is a consequence of active listening to the citizens of Benissa. “The residents of our town have called for an effort to stop pets from peeing and the bottles are a part of that.” Mayor, Arturo Poquet, added: “We are putting objectives in place and achieving the goals set in the mandate to improve the cleanliness of Benissa.”

HOLIDAYMAKERS: The four friends have enjoyed many vacations over the years.

In the spotlight The first instalment of the four-part consumer documentary aired last Friday, with viewers getting a glimpse of how the busy hotel is put to the test through the eyes of three different groups of holidaymakers. The series follows the tourists as they arrive at the same hotel, to find out how to get the best of what’s available. The production team shadows the staff responsible for keeping the venue running, and actor Matthew McNulty narrates. The four supermarket workers were among those selected from 8,500 appliA WOMAN who reportedly suffered burns during a cants after a nationwide apCaesarean section at Sant Joan d’Alacant Hospital in peal was launched by the February 2016 may receive compensation. production company, Title The Consell Jurídic Consultiu (CJC), made up of diRole, for willing particirectors and counsellors, has urged the Regional Minpants. istry of Health to pay €22,670 to the mother of two. Her injuries are said to have been the result of an ‘accidental combustion caused by an electric scalpel due to the inflammation of alcohol used as a steriliser.’

FOUR British friends and work colleagues from Crewe are starring in a TV travel show which will be shot at Albir Gardens Resort in L’Alfas del Pi. The women, who have holidayed together for years, according to StokeonTrentLive, appear in a new Channel 5 programme, All Inclusive: How DO They Do It?

Pay out due

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Benissa

CAMPAIGN: Bottles to clear up dog pee are one step being taken to create a cleaner Benissa.

Walk this way A HALF million euro bid to remodel and improve pedestrian access in parts of Ondara will be presented to the public this evening (Thursday, January 16), with a view to getting feedback from those who will be affected. Residents and businesses will be given a chance to air their concerns and ask questions about the scheme, which will cost €450,000. The provincial government will stump up the majority of the cash, €337,600, with the council providing the rest. Details of the proposal will be presented by architect Pepe Estèvez; the mayor, Josè Ramiro; and Town Planning councillor, Francesc Giner, at the Casa de Cultura in Ondara at 7.30pm.

Sporting chance

A BUDGET of €4.5 million has been allocated for sport in the Alicante Province for 2020 - up 4.3 per cent on last year. The money will be distributed through various means including in response to requests for subsidies. The biggest chunk of cash will go the the Plan of Aids to Municipalities for Sports Promotion, which will receive €740,000. And this year, there will be more financial support for teams participating in national or European leagues and competitions, with €300,000 set aside - €50,000 more than in 2019.


A L I C A NT E U n i v e r s i t y ’s V i l l a joyosa campus, which opened l a s t No v e m b e r, h a s n o w p r e sented its programme. Jaime Ramis, director of the new department, gave details of the 20 activities that will now be on offer and are linked to the objectives announced at

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New campus up and running the inauguration two months ago. “The campus reflects the social, cultural and economic personality of La Vila and the surrounding area, while

preparing us for the challenges imposed by our changing society,” Ramis said. T h e p r o g r a m m e ’s l e c t u r e s and activities will deal with the management of cultural and

ANNUAL CEREMONY: Pets and animals are blessed as part of the Festival of Sant Antoni del Porquet.

It’s a blessing ANIMAL lovers in La Nucia are invited to take their pets along to an annual blessing to

mark the Festival of Sant Antoni del Porquet on Saturday, January 18, at midday.

And action... TELEVISION and cinema professionals are being sought by Alcoy City Council to help produce a series by Spanish TV channel A Punt, which will be filmed in the area. It has created an Alcoy Film Office at the Tourist Information Office to encourage writers, producers, directors, stylists, hairdressers, etc to apply to take part.

The ceremony will take place on the steps of the church in Plaza Major, and is free to anyone who wants to bless their pet or animal. The festival of Sant Antoni del Porquet is celebrated every year on January 17, but in La Nucia it is always moved to the following weekend, on this occasion January 18. Each year all kinds and sizes of animals are blessed, including horses, turtles, dogs, birds, cats, hamsters and donkeys.

natural resources, tourism development, industrial innovation, education and health issues related to social welfare. Valenciano courses start in February and another in Sign



Language for late April. T h e f i r s t m e e t i n g t o d a y, Thursday Januar y 16, centred on the ways that Alicante University can help Villajoyosa firms and this will be followed b y a l e c t u r e n e x t Tu e s d a y o n B e a c h M a n a g e m e n t a n d Ne w Technologies.

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NEWS CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Denia


SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Raúl García de la Reina, Javier Scotto, Juanjo Palacias and Ricard Pérez.

Campaign kick off LOCAL POLICE officers in Denia are limbering up to take on Levante UD football club veterans in a match to raise funds towards the fight against childhood cancer. The game, which takes place on February 16, is part of a new campaign #pelsvalentsDénia, and all proceeds will go to the Sant Joan de Déu Pediatric Cancer Centre for research into childhood cancer and the association, Children with Cancer Aspanion. Police officer Juanjo Palacias, who is promoting and coordinating the campaign, offically launched the initiative last week, together with councillors for Citizen Protection, Javier Scotto, and Sports, Raúl García de la Reina, and manager of the

Balearia Foundation, which is sponsoring the event, Ricard Pérez. Palacios thanked the foundation and all collaborators for their support as well as the Association of Ex-Footballers of Levante UD, which, “in addition to participating in the game, being a very interesting rival, will make a cash donation.” He praised the students of the Raquel Payá special education school who have offered to make and hand out fruit juice during the game. Palacios went on to say: “Thanks also to the TAPIS users, who will make the two trophies that will be awarded at the end of the match. To Arsenio Palenzuela, president and organiser of the Veterans Regional Football League, for providing the match referees. And finally,

to the establishments collaborating in the campaign, where tickets can be purchased.” These are: Estanco Troyas; Peluquería Carol; Melicatesen; Formes Vidres i Toldos; Peluquería Vicky Costa; Peluquería Nieves Sivera; De mil sabores; Seguros Pedrós; Luminiq; Motos Quirro; Grupo AD; Pérez peluqueros and La botiga de Pura. Tickets, which cost €3, can also be purchased at the Local Police Headquarters in Denia and at the ticket office on the day of the match at El Rodat field at 12 noon. Sponsor spokesman, Ricard Pérez, said the Foundation is excited to be a part of an initiative “which fits in with one of the company’s social aims: to improve the quality of life in the areas where we work.”

New lease of life FIVE air-raid shelters in Alicante, which were constructed before the Civil War to protect against bombings, are to be refurbished and opened up to the public. The City Council has allocated €280,000 to cover the cost of the project, which has now been put out to tender. A council spokesperson said: “The aim is to make these five infrastructures available to the public for both guided tours and various cultural activities.” The shelters are located in the Las Cigarreras area between the two castles of Alicante.

As well as refurbishing the shelters, they will be made fully accessible to people with reduced mobility. “Alicante will become the first Spanish city, and one of the first European cities, with more memorial resources rehabilitated and open to the piublic,” added the spokesperson. The project is part of the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy EDUSI Las Cigarreras, aimed at “promoting the protection and development of cultural and natural heritage of urban areas, particularly those of tourist interest.”


A LITERARY initiative revived after many years with a view to reinstating it permanently draws to a close tomorrow (Friday, January 17). La Villajoyosa Council is keen to re-establish the Book Market Exchange project to encourage people to read more and recycle books, and as such trialled the scheme this week. Education and Historical Heritage councillor, Xente Sebasti‡, said: “This is a scheme that had been lost over the years and the town

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Back to life hall is keen to recover. “This beautiful initiative, in addition to encouraging reading, allows you to share your stories with other people and gives books a second life, for the benefit of the readers. “In addition, if the person attending the library wants to exchange any copy for another but none of them are interest-

ing to you, you will receive a ticket to carry out the exchange in any of the next editions of the Book Exchange Market.” Members of the public have until 1pm tomorrow to view and exchange from a selection of more than 200 titles. The exchange point will be in the reception of the Municipal Library from 10 to 1pm.

Healthy award T H E p ro g re s s o f p a t i e n t s w a s b e h i n d a p ro j e c t d e s i g n e d b y the management team of the Gandia, which saw them scoop a national prize. The initiative involved designing a balanced scorecard oriented towards results in the health of patients in a designated area, at a cost of €2,000. T h e m e d i c a l d i re c t o r o f P r i m a r y Care of the Department of Health of Gandia, Rosa Andrés Lozano, the

nursing director of Primary Care, Ángela Leal Fernández, and the medical assistant director of the Francesc de Borja Hospital, Tomás Fuster Bellido, all participated in the project. They joined professionals from the hospitals La Paz and Puerta de Hierro, both in Madrid, in taking joint third prize for the best work presented at the 11th Course of Project Management of the Spanish Society of Health Managers (Sedisa).

Green light A CONTROVERSIAL building permit for the construction of 12 apartments on the front line of Muchavista Beach in El Campello has been modified. The Local Government Board of El Campello has tweaked the building permit granted by the town hall itself. Controversary arose when it was revealed the building project licence was granted based on the 2011 General Plan, declared void by the Supreme Court in December 2016, and did not comply with the current urban planning framework.

MUNICIPAL LIBRARY: Has been running a Book Exchange Market.



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High drama out at sea A MARITIME RESCUE helicopter evacuated a cruise ship passenger to Alicante-Elche airport after he reportedly suffered a heart attack at sea. The airlift took place after the ship, MSC Magnifica, alerted emergency services to the plight of one of its passengers whilst the vessel was 23km southeast of the coast of Alicante. The patient, a Swiss man aged 72 years old, was evacuated to Alicante’s airport along with his wife last Wednesday morning, and transferred to hospital for treatment.


A Positive impact FIGHTING climate change must be a priority before budget negotiations for 2020 beg i n , t h e m u n i c i p a l g ro u p o f C o m p ro m i s i n A l i c a n t e C i t y Council has demanded. Members have called on fellow biparty group PP to put forward proposals which will have a positive impact on the environment. Spokesman Naxto Bellido stressed in a statement last week, “we must give credence to the Institutional Declaration that we approved in the plena ry on C lima te Eme rge nc y,” adding that “it is worthless if there are no concrete measures in municipal

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Alicante


CLIMATE ACTION : Compris spokesman Naxto Bellido is calling for eco measures for Alicante City.

policy that are reflected in the budgets.” He insisted that the coalition present proposals which will include measures on acoustic comfort, energy efficiency of municipal facilities, promotion of electric mobility, or increased community composting points and organic containers. “It is essential to include these measures in the budgets to be able to have a city that increasingly takes on this challenge of the future and that is prepared for this situation for which it is not possible to give a global response if there is no local action,” concluded Bellido.

Boost to driving force A NEW patrol car has been added to Villajoyosa Local Police force’s fleet of 15 vehicles. The Ford Kuga mini van is a welcome addition to the force’s current seven patrol vehicles and eight motorcycles. During the presenting of the new patrol car, Mayor Andreu Verd, said: “The town hall continues working and investing to offer the best possible service to citizens. “The renovation of the Local Police fleet is a priority for the government team, and we’ve worked to make

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento Vila Joiosa

HANDOVER: New patrol car joins the fleet of Villajoyosa Local Police vehicles. that happen. The intention is to provide our officers with

vehicles that allow them to act with greater effective-

ness in the face of possible emergency situations.”

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BREXIT BRIEF CONSERVATIVE MPs who are members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group are determined that Big Ben should ring out on Brexit Day regardless of cost. Sixty MPs including Mark Francois, Iain Duncan Smith, Bill Cash and John Redwood have written to the Daily Telegraph saying that the chiming of the bell should take place in order to celebrate such a momentous event. They argue that after years of disharmony within parliament and the country, such a public display would help to bring closure to the disagreements and untie the country as it moves forwards.

AFTER spending some 21 years as an MEP, Nigel Farage, who fought against EU Parliament squandering of resources, is reportedly due to receive what is described as a ‘transition’ payment once Britain leaves the European Union. The sum which is estimated at around €170,000 is to help financially once his income from the European Parliament is removed and

Let Big Ben chime out Credit: UK Parliament

by John Smith

BREXIT BELL: Big Ben is currently silent.

So long and thanks this is on top of any pension which he will also become eligible for in due course. Unfortunately for those Brexit Party members who did so well at last year’s European Parliament elec-

tions, it is unlikely that they will receive any payment as their service has been for such a short period of time. To celebrate the loss of his job, Mr Farage wants to host a celebration party in Parliament Square on January 31 and if permission is given to use the area, he may well try recouping the £100,000 (€110,000) cost by charging admission.

When questioned, a spokesman for the House of Commons confirmed that there would be a cost involved in taking such an action and it would put back the work in renovating the clock and Elizabeth Tower in which the Big Ben bell is housed. The spokesman told the Telegraph “The project team would need at least two weeks to prepare for striking Big Ben on January 31, including carrying out the necessary testing.” Then added, “The final cost will depend on the scale and nature of the disruption to the works. In broad terms, the estimated cost is £120,000 (€132,000) to sound the bell, plus circa £100,000 (€110,000) for each week of delays. “This estimate is based on the fixed cost of installing, testing, operating and dismantling the temporary mechanism used to sound the bell during the works, plus an allowance for each week that work on the project is delayed.” Previously, MP Francois said that if the proposal is not approved he will “take a big hammer up there and bong it myself.”


BREXIT EXTRA Brexit stamp A REPORT in the Metro paper highlighted what could become a regular worry for new car buyers. When John Hamill, gave a £500 (€550) deposit for a new Mercedes his receipt came with a stamp stating the price could increase after Brexit and before delivery.

Disabled rights ACCORDING to a review by the London School of Economics (LSE), the European Union has been a major force in improving the rights of disabled people and with Brexit, should the government be so inclined, it will no longer need to keep pace with the EU.

About face DESPITE the massive election win for the pro-Brexit Conservative party, a new poll undertaken by The Independent suggests that there has been a reversal of opinion and now 52 per cent of the public would prefer to stay in the EU.

Cultural line-up DANCE, theatre, music and exhibitions all feature on the new La Nucia auditorium programme. La Nucia mayor Bernabe Cano presented a preview of the events lined up for 2020 at the l’Auditori de la Mediterrania, which this month celebrates the 13th anniversary of its inauguration. One of the first events is a performance on Saturday January 18 of ‘Vigor Mortis,’ the latest work by the OtraDanza dance company director Asun Noales. Musical highlights later in the year include the Italian chamber music orchestra Le Muse Ensemble’s homage to cine soundtrack master Ennio Morricone and the Valencia Upper Music Conservatory Orchestra’s performance of pieces by Beethoven in March, and the ‘History of Rock’ in October. There will also be theatre for school-

children in Valencian and English. The mayor said that in the forthcoming months more events will be added to the auditorium programme, which he described as “very varied,” and planned to “please all members of the public and within the reach of all pockets.” It is a line-up, Cano affirmed, which will “continue to place La Nucia as one of the best cultural centres in Alicante Province.” More than 1.3 million people have gone through the auditorium’s doors since it opened in 2007 to enjoy performances and art exhibitions, to attend congresses, conferences and social events, or for the municipal library or the 13 schools of art, dance, music, theatre and other specialities. La Nucia Council stressed that more than 65 per cent of performances put on at the auditorium are free or the money from ticket sales goes to a worthy cause.

Charging point all set A N EW electric vehicle charging point in Pedreguer is all set for use. The council has now finished installation of the public charging station in the town’s Plaza Mayor having had to move it a few metres for heritage protection reasons, and after the electricity company upped the power strength to the necessary level. The charging point offers two Type 2 connectors suitable for recharging electric vehicles with a 44kWh battery in approximately one and a half hours. For the moment at least the service is free. Instructions for use are displayed at the installation. The council has pointed out that users must register on the necessary smartphone app. A QR code to directly access the app is clearly displayed at the point. The local authority said the charging point installation was made possible thanks to a grant of just short of €10,000 from the IVACE Va-

lencian Institute of Business Competiveness. The funding came under an IVACE initiative to promote sustainable mobility and improve the quality of the environment through active energy saving and efficiency policies in the transport sector which con-

tribute to reducing energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse and harmful gases. The council also said the hope is to eventually have a network of the charging stations at different locations in the municipality.

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CULTURE HUB: The mayor said the auditorium programme made La Nucia “one of the best cultural centres in Alicante Province.”

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Playground collapses on underground parking A CHILDREN’S playground in Santander, located on an underground car park, collapsed on Monday.

At around 6.30am, the residents of the Nueva Montaña district of Santander were startled awake, alarmed to hear

the sound of several explosions. The deafening noise had been caused by the collapse of the children’s playground on Calle Tomás y Valiente, located above the underground car park. Emergency personnel from all services including the Santander fire brigade, Local Police, civil protection and Guardia Civil were deployed to the area, as well as the town mayor, Gema Igual, and other members of the municipal corporation. According to police sources, it was confirmed that after an inspection of the area, it seems that fortunately there have been no casualties. The children’s playground together with a small sports court had reportedly collapsed and caved in on the underground car park that was situated below, a car park belonging to one of the residential buildings and in which there were around 500 vehicles parked.


ATM Scam Alert THE Spanish Guardia Civil has alerted to a fraud scam that has been taking place recently involving ATM machines across Spain. ATMs are known by a variety of names, including automatic teller machine (ATM), an electronic telecommunications device that enables customers of financial institutions to perform financial transactions, such as cash withdrawals, deposits, transfer funds, or obtaining account information, at any time and without the need for direct interaction with bank staff. Though very convenient, they sometimes involve risks when using, as unfortunately they can be easily manipulated. The recently detected scam is one that has been used by criminal groups before and is known as a ‘false keyboard scam’ which can involve the loss of money and sometimes the loss of the credit card as well. This theft occurs when thieves install a fake keyboard on top of the original ATM keyboard. It is practically identical, so it is very difficult to tell them apart and differentiate them from real keyboards. With the false keyboards, the thieves are able to register the key to the credit card used, clone it and then steal money with it. The Guardia Civil has tweeted the incident offering the following advice: If your banking operation is correct but the

FALSE KEYBOARD: The latest scame.

cashier does not give you the money, please proceed with the following: a) Check the slot is not covered b) Beware of ‘helper’ volunteers c) Call your bank/card A lot of ATM users already cover the keyboard when punching in their password, in case the security camera has been manipulated, however this security technique doesn’t work with fake keyboards. The Guardia Civil places special emphasis on caution with ‘volunteer helpers’ in these cases. No matter how well intentioned the vast majority of the population may be, if the card or money has become stuck within the machine, the ‘volunteers’ may well be ‘good Samaritans’ in disguise and instead of helping, aim to distract the ATM user in order ultimately to steal the bank card and the victim’s money.

Passenger levels peak A RECORD number of passengers used Alicante’s urban transport system in 2019 with almost 18 million passengers confirmed. This represents an increase of 3.30 per cent of users - an additional 556,160 passengers compared to last year - according to the city’s urban transport concessionary, Masatusa (Vectalia Group). Councillor for Transport for the city of Alicante, Manuel Villar, pointed out these figures were achieved after the contract, which has been in force since 1969, was extended, pending the award of a new concession. Revealing he is happy with the figures released, Villar said that “an increase of nearly 600,000 passengers means that every day, Alicante’s citizens are more committed to sustainable mobility and the use of public transport to the detriment of the private vehicle.” He added that “this translates into a greater reduction of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, an issue that brings us closer to the commitment made by the city of Alicante and the mayor, Luis Barcala, to meet in this decade, the objectives of sustainable development of the UN.”

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New cheery campaign SMILE, you’re already in El Campello! This is the message behind the town’s new 2020 tourism campaign, which aims to promote gastronomy, sun and the beach, culture and sports and natural settings for filming. As such, radio and visual commercials have been recorded, and posters and brochures have been designed. During an official presentation last week, councillor for Tourism, Marisa Navarro (PP), said: “The smile is the most characteristic expression of joy, pleasure, the happiness or fun a person experiences as a result of their participation in a pleasant event or situation. For this reason, the council of El Campello has decided to design and programme its entire tourist campaign for 2020 around that, aware that we have all the necessary elements to guarantee the happiness of visitors.” Addressing all political parties and groups with an interest, she added: “The main axis of the campaign is the smile and I ask

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de EL Campello


HAPPY MESSAGE: Councillor for Tourism, Marisa Navarro, reveals new campaign to political parties and interested groups (inset). you to participate.” Mayor, Juanjo Berenguer, pointed out that El Campello is ‘eminently industrial’ while boasting 23km of coastline. He said: “We must advance on the path of growth (of tourist activity) that we have set out on, until we reach the marked goal of de-season-

lisation and positioning in the national and international market. “To this end, it is clear that in addition to the natural attraction that our beaches, coves and inland areas represent, we must differentiate the final product, with specialisations that make us stand out, and always linked to sustainable development.”

He added: “If we do not take the greatest care with the goodness that nature has given us, all of this would be meaningless and have no future.” The campaign will be officially launched on all physical and digital media at the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (FITUR) from January 25 to February 1.

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Antoni del Porque will take place in Plaza de la Torreta, organised by Llampuga Comissio 2020. And next weekend, on Saturday, January 25, foodies are invited to take part in a Japan-

ese cooking course in European Union Square. The culinary session beings at 11am, and more information is available at the Centre Juvenil Finestrat, www.ayto-fine The following day, a recreational event open to all member of the public will be held at the House of Culture, at 5.30pm. Participants are asked to pay €3 to benefit students at the CEIP Puig Campana. The council’s youth department has also launched a ‘complete programme’ of language classes. Youth councillor, Nati Algado, said: “With the start of the year we have good intentions and, to help bring them forward, the youth department has also launched a complete programme that includes language training in German and French, to open more employment opportunities for young people, as well as photography workshops, and social network management, and more.”

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Finestrat

A MONTH of cultural activities has been lined up for January by Finestrat Council to kick off the new year. At midday on Sunday, January 19, the Festival of Sant

CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Finestrat

Culture drive AGREEMEN T: Finestrat Council representatives with members of the Puig Campana Finestrat Cycling Club. The council also continues to support and enhance local sport and last week signed its first collaboration agreement with the Puig Campana Finestrat Cycling Club. The move was made offical last week by the mayor, Juan Francisco Pérez, president of the club, Jordi Llorca, councillor for Sports, David Alarcón, and from the club, Francisco Javier Pascual ‘Cisco’ and treasurer, Eusebio Mayor (all pictured).

LAUNCH: Youth councillor, Nati Algado, reveals new agenda.

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A HEART OF GOLD Lucas Chapman is an 11-year-old student at the music school in Benitachell and a talented saxophone player. AS the season of giving came around, Lucas decid-

ed that he would help children less fortunate than

himself. Armed with his trusty saxophone, he spent every free moment in the run up to Christmas busking in Javea and Moraira. No one could have anticipated the amazing support that Lucas and his music received. And he was so determined to help others that he didn’t stop playing until Christmas Eve. In total, young Lucas collected a staggering €1,024 for those in need. His family and the whole community couldn’t be prouder of Lucas and his accomplishment. His mum Nicola Chapman explained to EWN how it all started. “ We b o t h s a w o n F a c e book that the Preventorio of Gandia was asking for people to donate Christmas presents. Lucas saw it and

immediately wanted to help. He has been playing the saxophone for six years and he began to plan how he could play to raise money.” Wasting no time, Lucas began busking all over Javea and Moraira, where he visited busy spots like Iceland. Nicola carried on: “ We w e r e a m a z e d a t h i s confidence; he was so enthusiastic! And everyone in our area got to know him and were very generous.” Lucas is going to donate the money he raised to the Preventorio in Gandia and also buy food vouchers for the Red Cross. From the bottom of his heart, he wants to give a big THANK YOU to everybody that supported and encouraged him this Christmas!

KIND-HEARTED: Lucas busked all of December to help children in need.

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SPAIN’S COALITION GOVERNMENT IN PLACE New administration promises dialogue and unity SPAIN’S first coalition government since 1935, and the first since the first democratic elections of 1977, was officially sworn in on Monday. The new alliance formed by the centre-left Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE), and the far-left Unidas Podemos comes into power following inconclusive general elections in April and November. Prime Minister and PSOE leader Pedro Sanchez narrowly won approval to take office last week, with 167 votes in favour and 165 against, and 18 abstentions, including the ERC pro-Catalan independence party. Sanchez said the country had grown tired of political deadlock, quarrels and divisions. He promised the government “will be informed by different ideas, but will walk in a single direction,” and pledged it “will serve all Spain, prioritising ‘dialogue’ and ‘unity’.” The Prime Minister identified several main areas of work for his “progressive” administration. These include “financing economic growth and creating quality employment” and “social justice.” Interestingly all the economy-related cabinet posts remain in PSOE hands. Specific plans to raise income tax for those earning in excess of €130,000 a year have met with approval in a recent survey in national daily, El Pais. S o t o o h a v e S a n c h e z ’s p r o p o s e d r e v e r s a l o f labour-market reforms, introduced by the previous conservative Partido Popular, to make it easier and less costly to sack employees. The CEOE (Confederation of Spanish Business Organisations) and the CEPYME (Confederation of Small and Medium-sized Business) voiced disapproval of the planned reforms during the election campaign, but have since issued a joint communique promising “total collaboration with the new government to achieve the best for our country.” Sanchez has pledged to boost the minimum wage, limit rent increases and provide Education with a bigger budget allocation. He has also promised to abolish the co-payment for doctors’ prescriptions introduced by his predecessor in 2012 and a return to free, comprehensive healthcare. Last summer, Brussels recommended that Spain’s public spending in 2020 should not exceed 0.9 per cent and expressed concerns that the country “was moving away from the adjustment path.” While relieved that Spain now has a stable government, Brussels is watching even more closely to see how Sanchez can keep election pledges while balancing the country’s books. “Territorial understanding” is another top issue for his government, the Prime Minister said, underlining the importance of talks with Catalan separatists. Further crucial areas according to Sanchez are what he referred to as the “demographic challenge,” the digital transformation of the economy and full gender equality. The new 22-member cabinet posts are in fact divided equally between men and women. There are four deputy prime ministers, three of whom are PSOE. The fourth is Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, who takes on the portfolio for social rights and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.

CABINET Pedro Sanchez (PSOE): Prime Minister.

Carmen Calvo (PSOE): Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Government Chambers and Democratic Memory.

Pablo Iglesias (Unidas Podemos): Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030.

Nadia Calviño (PSOE): Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation.

Teresa Ribera: (PSOE): Fourth Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge.

Arancha Gonzalez Laya (PSOE): Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

Juan Carlos Campo (PSOE): Justice Minister.

Margarita Robles (PSOE): Defence Minister.

Maria Jesus Montero (PSOE): Treasury Minister and Government Spokesperson.

Fernando Grande-Marlaska (PSOE): Interior Minister.

Jose Luis Abalos (PSOE): Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.

Isabel Celaa (PSOE): Minister of Education and Professional Training.

Yolanda Diaz (Unidas Podemos): Minister of Employment and Social Economy.

Reyes Maroto (PSOE): Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Luis Planas (PSOE): Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Carolina Darias (PSOE): Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function.

Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes (PSOE): Minister of Culture and Sport.

Salvador Illa (PSOE): Health Minister.

Pedro Duque (PSOE): Minister of Science and Innovation.

Irene Montero (Unidas Podemos): Equality Minister.

Alberto Garzon (Unidas Podemos): Consumer Minister.

Jose Luis Escriva: Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration.

Manuel Castells Unidas (Podemos): Universities Minister.


JEWEL OF A PROJECT SOME €23 million will be invested in educat i o n a l c e n t re s a n d solving ‘urbanistic’ obstacles, according to the deputy mayor of Gandia, Pep Alandete. He spoke to Spanish press to reassure the public things are running smoothly since a coalition government was set up after the elections in May 2019, and stressed that investing in the Gandia community remains a priority. The announcement comes six months after PSPV and Compromis Mes Gandia Unida formed the biparty. Nationalist Alandete, also councillor for urbanism, said the “relationship with the socialists is good and fluid.” He did however point out that his is a “complicated” department (urbanism), recognising that the “main obstacles are in the legal consequences of the development of urban areas in Gandia.” He told Las Provincias newspaper that “it is not easy to solve the problem which some developments have been dragging on for 15 years.” Wrong decisions made during many legislations have complicated issues, said

PEP ALAN DETE: Gandia’s deputy mayor has stressed the government’s plans to overhaul the city’s educational facilities.

Alandete, blaming poor management in the past for “many confrontations between neighbours and residents and the administration.” “The great jewel of this stage of left-wing government is the intention to reform all the educational infrastructures of Gandia,” the vice major said, revealing that all efforts are being put into the Pla Edificant project. “In 2023, Gandia will be one of the cities with better schools and institutes within the Valencian Community, since all public centres will have been reformed with €23 million, something that few municipalities will be able to say.”

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Changing your UK driving licence for a Spanish one IN the event that Brexit occurs on or before January 31, then those considered residents in Spain will need to have taken action with regards to their UK driving licences. There is something of a double edged sword in as much as if you have been living and working here for some time, you will be considered a resident even if you haven’t registered with your local council. In order to swap your British driving licence for a Spanish one without taking a test, you have to show that you are registered officially as a resident. Some DGT offices require that you make an appointment and others will accept people just turning up if they are not busy. You need to check in advance to see whether you need to take a medical or not as in some cases they are being requested although in other centres they are not required. Yo u n e e d t o t a k e w i t h y o u your current licence (card only), two photographs (which are smaller than UK passport size), y o u r N I E n u m b e r, y o u r e m padronamiento and residency papers and a copy of your passport. Yo u w i l l t h e n c o m p l e t e a form that is available at the centre and as many don’t accept cash, take a credit or debit card to pay the €28.30 exchange fee. A t t h i s s t a g e y o u d o n ’t n o r -

mally have to surrender your UK licence, but you will receive a copy of the document you completed showing that you have made the application and have paid the fee which you can show to the police if stopped. It takes about a month for the new Spanish licence to be ready and it is then that you will have to surrender your British licence. In theory, there is supposed to be a nine-month grace period following Brexit during which time you can continue to use a British photo licence whilst driving in Spain, but by the time that Brexit occurs, the regulation may have changed. Equally, if you don’t want to commit at this time, it should be possible to obtain an international driving licence valid for Spain from the DVLC in the UK but as a resident, that would only be good for six months. Failing all of this, if you don’t make the exchange before Brexit then you will eventually have to take a Spanish driving test including the written section. Should you return to the UK for a short period of time, it is perfectly acceptable to drive with a Spanish licence or if you r e t u r n p e r m a n e n t l y, t h e n y o u can exchange for a British licence without taking another test (but a wise precaution would be to keep a copy of the surrendered UK licence).

This information is for guidance only, and should not be taken as legal advice. If in any doubt, seek professional help.

BALANCE: More people arrived in Spain than moved away.

Record numbers SPAIN’S population has topped 47 million for the first time thanks to immigration. The latest National Institute of Statistics figures on inhabitant numbers and migration show the national population went up by 163,336 between the beginning of January and the end of June last year, putting the total at 47,100,396. This represented an increase of 0.8 per cent on the first six months of 2018. The arrival of 209,097 more people to the country than those who left in the first half of 2019 made up for the fact the death rate exceeded the number of births by 45,002. Nationally, there were 348,625 new Spanish and foreign residents, 21.8 per cent up on the previous year. At the same time only 139,528 moved elsewhere, a 17.5 per cent drop on 2018.

Nearly all of those who moved away from Spain were foreigners (98.4 per cent). By the middle of 2019 there were 5.02 million nonSpaniards living in Spain, representing 10.7 per cent of the population. This is the highest proportion since the end of 2012. By nationality, Colombians were the largest group entering Spain over the six-month period (27,920), followed by Venezuelans (24,238) and Moroccans (20,627). Both the Ecuadorian and Romanian communities in Spain got smaller between January and June by 1.2 and 0.1 per cent respectively. Just under 40 per cent of the Spaniards who arrived in Spain were citizens returning to the country. The majority of the rest were individuals with Spanish nationality who were born in another country, com-

ing mainly from Venezuela (6,487), the UK (2,883) and Ecuador (2,853). Of the 139,528 immigrants who left Spain, Romanians accounted for the biggest group (16,525), followed by Moroccans (9,396). In all 6,049 British citizens moved away. The UK was the main destinations for the Spaniards who left the country (8,310), followed by France (4,235), and Germany (3,258). Cataluña was the most popular destination region for new immigrants. Madrid was second, and at some distance Valencia was third. A further National Institute of Statistics finding was that the average age of the population is now 44, four years more than in 2010 and a long way from the average of 30 in 1975. In all 19.4 per cent of Spain’s population is aged over 65 and 6.1 per cent are 80 or older.

Infanta Pilar de Borbón, sister of King Juan Carlos, dies at 83 THE Infanta Pilar de Borbón, Duchess of Badajoz, died on Wednesday in Madrid at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid. The elder sister of the King Emeritus Juan Carlos and aunt of King Felipe VI, was admitted on January 5, coinciding with the monarch’s birthday. Although details of her condition weren’t confirmed, she had been receiving treatment for cancer for several months. Maria del Pilar de Borbon was born on July 30, 1936 in Cannes, France, the first child of Juan, Count of Barcelona and his wife, Maria de las Mercedes. She lived most of her early years in exile from Spain - her grandfather, King Alfonso XIII, had been forced to flee with his family before she was born.

She married Luis Gomez-Acebo in May 1967, renouncing all her rights to the then still defunct Spanish throne to do so. They had five children together. Her brother succeeded as King Juan Carlos in November 1975, on the death of the Fascist dictator Francisco Franco and later made her an Infanta with the title of HRH. The aunt of King Philip VI, whose full name is María del Pilar Alfonsa Juana Victoria Luisa Ignacia de Todos lo Santos de Borbón y Borbón, passed away surrounded by her loved ones. The last time she appeared in public was last November, at the opening of the New Future charity bazaar in Madrid. Doña Pi, as she is popularly known, has always been known for her solidarity and for dedicating her life to others.

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CARLOS BAOS WE CAN HELP YOU SOMETIMES an inheritance can be complicated, and the attitude of one or more of the heirs could result in a long and ex-


Problems with an inheritance pensive delay to the other beneficiaries if one does not wish to collaborate and reach an acceptable agreement. Acceptance of the her-

itage First of all, and in order to determine who the heirs are, they must accept the inheritance, eit h e r e x p r e s s l y o r t a c i t l y. That is, accept their position as an heir and confirm his or her wish to inherit. Sometimes, it is not easy to get all of the heirs to accept the inheritance, as even if they do not want to renounce the inheritance, they may not wish to collaborate with the other heirs. If this happens in Spain the person named as heir may be formally requested to confirm whether he or she wishes to accept the inheritance and this request will be presented b y a N o t a r y, i n a c c o r dance with article 1005 of the Civil Code.

In such a request, the notary will give the heir 30 days to accept, repudiate or renounce the inheritance. If the requested party does not answer the notary within that deadline, it will be taken to be understood that he or she accepts the inheritance in a pure and simple way. This is the first step, to determine whether the ‘difficult’ heir accepts or rejects the inheritance. Partition or distribut i o n o f t h e e s t a t e ( h e ritage) On occasion, the simple acceptance of the inheritance is not enough, as it is possible that the h e i r, w h o h a s a c c e p t e d the inheritance, creates problems so that no agreement for the distribution of the assets of the

estate can be reached or they simply do not want to collaborate or even go to the notary to sign, etc. If this is the case, then we will have the option of forcing the recalcitrant heirs to go before the courts to arrange the partition or distribution of the inheritance. There is also the possibility of making such an apportionment via a public notary, who must call in all of the parties and appoint an accountant. Writing Spanish Wills and Testaments Sometimes, writing a Wi l l i n o n e p a r t i c u l a r form or another may make it more problematic for a difficult heir to block the succession process, so it could be that in your Will, you ap-

point an executor (which is not necessary in Spanish law), to distribute part of the assets in the form of legacy, etc. Yo u s h o u l d a l s o t a k e into account that if the testator or testatrix is not a Spanish national, his or her national law may be applicable to the succession in Spain, in accordance with European Regulation 650/2012. If you have problems with one of the heirs, or think you may have in the future and wish to receive expert legal advice in this area, contact us now and we will help you. The information provided in this article is not intended to be legal advice it simply transmits information related to legal issues.

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Benidorm NEWS Just in time for Intempo

INTEMPO BUILDING: Dominates the Benidorm skyline.

garages and storage spaces to the Catalan developers, Uniq Residential. Intempo is 93 per cent built and the Spanish multinational

Dragados will conclude work on the interiors and exteriors in around 18 months. SVPGlobal has now redesigned some aspects of the

original project which will mainly affect the 13,000 square metres of the tower’s communal areas. These include the two upper floors, which will have a spa, massage rooms, a sauna, a gym, jacuzzis and a roof garden. There will be an 800square metre beach-style pool at the rear of the building with a 90-square metre children’s pool occupying a total area of 4,300 square metres. The terrace in front of Intempo’s west wing will have a 1,000-square metre children’s play area while the east wing will have a private restaurant for residents and a 1,200-square metre terrace with swimming pool.

Benidorm shows how it’s done ORIHUELA’S mayor, Emilio Bascuñana, visited Benidorm to see first-hand how the Costa Blanca municipality manages its water supply. Benidorm is now able to make use of original, avant-garde and innovative procedures to make the best possible use of its available water thanks to Dinapsis Operation and Lab. Bascuñana, accompanied by Benidorm’s mayor Toni Perez and Jose Ramon Gonzalez de Zarate, councillor responsible for Water, visited the Dinapsis Operation and Lab installation in Avenida Alfonso Puchades where they shared their experiences and information with their Orihuela counterparts. The €2 million creation of water companies Hidraqua and Suez, the initiative’s operations centre and laboratory, were inaugurated in June 2017 to test out, operate and demonstrate the most advanced solutions for sustainable management of the town’s water supply. Photo credit: Benidorm town hall

WORKMEN and machinery have returned to the site of the unfinished Intempo building dominating the Benidorm skyline. Construction halted five years ago on the198-metre, 47-storey building which has been dogged by bankruptcy and court cases since the project was announced in 2006 and the foundations laid in 2007. The Intempo debt, taken over by Spain’s ‘bad bank’ Reestructuracion Bancaria (Sareb), was finally bought in 2017 by US investment firm SVPGlobal for €60 million. The new owners have left finishing and selling the tower block’s 256 apartments,

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VISIT: Emilio Bascuñana at the Dinapsis Operation and Lab installation.


Benidorm NEWS Whale death mystery AN ailing finback whale calf that was spotted off Benidorm Island died the following day. The six-metre finback was brought into Benidorm port where a crane was used to remove the dead whale, which weighed approximately one ton, from the water. Cetaceans rarely approach the coast when they are in good health and marine biologists are now examining the body to establish the exact cause of death. Finbacks are the world’s second-largest species of whale, measuring up to 24metres and weighing more than 80 tons. Although they usually swim in deep waters, they are often spotted off the Cabo de Antonio marine reserve in the Marina Alta, especially in the spring and early summer as they cross the Mediterranean, heading for the Strait of Gibraltar and cooler waters.

Patter of tiny claws A RAINBOW LORIKEET chick (Trichoglossus haematodus) was the first happy event of 2020 for Terra N atura in Benidorm. The new arrival is the second bird of this species to be hatched there since the zoo park received Rainbow Lorikeet ceded by the Foundation for the Investigation of Animal Behaviour and Biodiversity (FIEB) in Toledo. The birds were impounded during a police operation into illegal trafficking of exotic species, as Spain is well-known as a transit area for illicitly imported parrots, parakeets and macaws from Central America, Africa and Oceania.

Brits take official advice THERE has been a 1,163 upsurge in the number of residents on Benidorm’s Padron. A total of 811 Britons living in Benidorm registered between January and November 2019, which municipal sources attributed to Brexit. As the UK prepares to shut the door on Europe at the end of this month, many British residents have taken the insistent advice of the British embassy and consulate and registered on the municipal Padron in order to retain the same rights as before. The introduction of parking permits for several Benidorm neighbourhoods has also prompted residents of all nationalities to register, as permits are issued only to those who appear on the Padron. Benidorm now has an official population of 68,721 although the town hall hopes eventually to increase this to 75,000, a figure that will put it in line for more cash from the central government in Madrid.

New reign begins for fiestas queens PAULA PEREZ BERENGUER and Sofia Fuster Manchon were officially installed as the queens who will preside Benidorm’s fiestas in November. Each was crowned by her 2019 predecessor in the l’Illa de Benidorm sports stadium in front of an audience of more than 1,500. Later, both were joined on stage by junior queen Sofia Fuster’s nine attendants and the 18 young women who will accompany Paula Perez on official

and fiestas’ occasions in the coming year. Outgoing fiestas’ queens Marina Carrillo Sanz and Paul Mayor Amillo thanked the previous Fiestas Committee, their families and friends as well as Benidorm’s mayor Toni Perez for their help and support throughout the year. The event was compered by Pere Rostoll, the Diario Informacion journalist, who highlighted the role’s importance.

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Albir - Alfaz NEWS Time trial with spectacular views MORE than 200 cyclists are competing in the Cro-

noescalada (Mountain Bike Time Trial) this Sun-

day, January 19. The race will be run over 13kilometres, crossing Albir and ascending to some of the highest points on the Sierra Helada over a route that is scenically beautiful, but gruelling for the cyclists. Although this is only the Time Trial’s second edition, the race is now established on the Alicante Province BTT mountain bike circuit, said Alfaz’s mayor Vicente Arques.

Sports councillor Oscar Perez, also pointed out that the coming Time Trial has the backing of Paola Zahonera, one of the Valencian community’s most outstanding cyclists. The race, which has competitors of all ages and abilities from Alfaz and the Marina Baja, sets out from Hotel Albir Gardens at 9.30am, announced the president of Alfaz’s Club BTT, Jose Alfonso Espinosa. Photo credit: Alfaz town hall

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ALL SET: Jose Alfonso Espinosa, Oscar Perez and Vicente Arques.

Awards for excellence ALFAZ’S Association of Shopkeepers and Business-owners, COEMPA, recently presented its annual awards to outstanding local companies and organisations. This year’s awards, which were presented during the sixth edition of the COEMPA gala that was held in the Auditorium at the Casa de Cultura, went to Muebles Sanchez y Castillo, the Forum Mare Nostrum and the EuropaSol Estate Agency. The objective behind the awards, explained COEMPA president Silvio Monroy is to distinguish professionals for their achievements and excellence as well as businesses that demonstrate their skill in evolving and positioning themselves in the marketplace, while setting an example to future businesspeople.


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Craft fair applications CRAFTSPEOPLE can now apply for the 37th edition of Altea’s Mostra d’Artesania fair in the Plaza de la Iglesia. Applications may be submitted until Februar y 14, announced Altea Town Hall’s Culture councillor Aurora Serrat. The fair will be held in Easter Week between April 8 and 12 and in the summer from June 27 until August 30, again in the Plaza de la Iglesia at the top of the town. Craftspeople can apply for one of the 18 stalls for

one, two or three segments. The first covers Easter Week, the second the period between June 27 and July 31 and the third runs from August 1 until August 30. Seventeen of the stalls will be allocated amongst applicants, while the 18th goes directly to the person who took third place in UNART 2019.

Further information is available on the website.

Clean sweep for local streets ALTEA’S Infrastructures department has acquired 630-square metre premises in Calle Alfaz del Pi. This will be used as a convenient base of operations for the municipal street cleaners whose dustcarts, brooms and other materials can be kept there, explained councillor Diego Zaragozi. The €209,000 property was €80,000 below the original asking price, he added, and the outlay would bring an improved street-cleaning service and provide better storage facilities.

for the race opened last December and so far six boats have signed up for the challenge, although there are several weeks to go before the February 23 deadline, with more entries expected. It is also possible to register online at the regatta website www.200millasa2. For the fifth consecutive year there will be a Clubs Trophy for the yacht club whose team - a minimum of three boats - obtains the best collective result, with last year’s trophy going to the Real Club Nautico de Valencia. This year the regatta again includes the Desafio 24 (24-hour Challenge) for

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ALTEA’S less-young citizens received an invitation to take part in free Sunday dance sessions. “Dancing is not just a leisure activity, it’s beneficial to everybody, including the elderly,” pointed out Jose Luis Leon Gascon, Altea’s Social Welfare and Senior Citizens’ councillor. “Dancing has been confirmed as one of the best options for combating the ageing process as it strengthens bones and muscles while assisting cognitive abilities,” he added. The sessions are held each Sunday between 5.30pm and 8pm in the cafeteria at Altea’s Centro Social. “This is a completely free activity that attracts dozens of people who want to enjoy an afternoon in good company,” Leon Gascon said.

THE 34th edition of 200 Millas a2 regatta will be held between February 28 and March 1. Altea’s Club Nautica once again organises the Mediterranean’s most emblematic winter race, an Altea-Ibiza-Altea round trip. The race is also a classifying heat for the Copa de España de Cruceros a2 Spanish championships. It is held at a time of the year when participants face harsh weather conditions at sea, completing a circuit of 200 nautical miles (approximately 370.5 kilometres). The registration period

SHREDDED: Reeds are converted into compost.

Getting rid of invasive reeds ALTEA’S publicly-owned Municipal Development Company (PDM) has been clearing vegetation on rural roads and zones adjoining the River Algar. Using a forestry shredder, operatives paid special attention to the over-abundant reeds, which are included in the list of the 100 most dangerously-invasive plants compiled by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “It has been possible to clear large areas throughout the municipality, thanks to this machine which removes and shreds undergrowth and reeds,” said Infrastructures councillor Diego Zaragozi. The shredded reeds and vegetation can now be converted into compost that is left in a fine layer on the ground and is suitable for both agriculture and gardening, he explained.

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Invitation to Miles to go the dance

GRUELLING: A 370-kilometre round trip.

participants completing the Altea-Ibiza-Altea circuit in less than 24 hours. No-one has won the challenge in 33 years, although expert sailors insist that this is not impossible. The 200 Millas a2 trophy will once again be silver ingots, maintaining the tra-

dition established when the race was first held in 1987. The crew of the boat with the best time will receive two one-kilo silver ingots from Altea’s Club Nautico, with two 500gramme ingots for second place and two 250-gramme ingots for third.

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Bike blaze arson CALPE resident Juan Riaño was dumbfounded on learning at 1.20am that someone had set fire to his motorcycle. He was woken by Local Police officers who explained that his powerful motorbike, which he leaves in a car park in Avenida de la Diputacion, was totally burnt-out. Firemen soon controlled the flames, but another motorcycle belonging to a friend was also harmed in the fire which was on the point of spreading to other vehicles in the locked car park. “The police told me that there could easily have been a chain reaction,” Juan later told the local Spanish media. Worse still, it would have been catastrophic had the fire reached the 400,000 litres of fuel stored at two nearby petrol stations. Juan has now lodged a formal complaint with the Guardia Civil, as a subsequent investigation revealed that the fire was started deliberately. Juan attributed the fire to revenge. “Whoever did it crossed the car park, looking for my bike,” he pointed out. “This was no prank. Someone wanted to frighten me without stopping to think about the consequences.” Juan also lamented that the person who set fire to his motorbike had not been capable of talking face-to-face with him to clear up a possible misunderstanding.


FAMILY DAY: A year-long programme of activities.

All in the family C A L P E To w n H a l l re c e n t l y p re sented its programme for 2020’s Family Day. Family Day was introduced in Calpe in 2018 and following its popularity in 2019, the local government decided to repeat the initiative. R a t h e r t h a n a s i n g l e d a y, t h i s y e a r ’s programme covers 12 days spread over the year, explained Rebeca Merchan, Education and Youth councillor. All the activities, which are accompanied by elevenses or tea for the children, are free and include traditional games,

theatrical performances, sports of all descriptions, a water fiesta and an escape room session. According to statistics from the town hall’s Youth department, more than 4,000 y o u n g p e o p l e t o o k p a r t i n l a s t y e a r ’s Family Day. “This year we wanted to include a large number of activities that all f a m i l y m e m b e r s c a n e n j o y, ” M e r c h a n said. “We are very satisfied with the way that Family Day was received last year and we are sure that families are going to like the activities we have planned for this year,” she added.

What’s in a name JOSE, Josefa and their variations are the most-often found names in the Marina Alta. But this holds good only for older generations, as the picture is beginning to change for newborns. According to the latest figures released by the Observatori Marina Alta statistics office, the most popular names for children born in the area’s 33 towns and villages during 2019 were Martina for a girl and Marc for a boy. The local custom of calling a child after its parents or grandparents is dying out, and names are more influenced by the media, celebrities, fashion and personal taste, sociologists explained. The Marina Alta tendency is not repeated nationwide, where Lucia and Hugo are the most-chosen names for new arrivals while Maria, Carmen and Antonio continue to be the most commonplace.

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BABY NAMES: Martina and Marc most popular in the Marina Alta.

Encouraging unemployment figures THE number of jobless Marina Alta residents had fallen to 10,836 by the end of 2019. This was 227 below the official figures for December 2018 and for the first time since 2007, when the economic crisis began to make itself felt, the Ma-

rina Alta finished the year with fewer than 11,000 unemployed. December was the best month, with the number of people who were out of work falling by 93 as staff were taken on during the holiday season, according to the latest statistics from the regional

government’s Labora employment service. Despite the encouraging figures, job creation had begun to slow down by the end of last year, compared with December 2018 when unemployment fell by 788 to 11,063. More women continue to be unemployed, with 6,008 look-

ing for work, compared with 4,828 men, the Labora figures reveal. The services industries were once again the worst-hit with 8,385 jobless, with 1,279 unemployed in the construction sector, 503 in industry, 187 in agriculture and 482 without any economic activity.


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Calpe NEWS is brought to you by AP-7 ACCESS HOLD UP La Fossa tower

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“FOR the moment, Calpe Town Hall has no plans for direct access even though this was a frequent request for many years,” local mayor Ana Sala declared recently. Sala pointed out that the lie of the land had always been a problem when examining the possibility of constructing a Calpe access, as Sierra Olta separates Calpe from the AP-7. “ We w e r e a l w a y s t o l d t h a t t h i s would be a very costly project because of the work and money involved,” she explained. According to the mayor, completing the Benissa bypass will solve most of Calpe’s access problems. “And we believe that work on the bypass is due to be finished this year,” she said. Benissa is bisected by the N-332 main road and constructing its much-needed bypass began in 2009 but was soon halted after the con-

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Accessing the AP-7 motorway is no longer one of Calpe’s priorities.

AP-7 MOTORWAY: Separated from Calpe by Sierra Olta. tractor went bankrupt owing to the economic crisis. Nothing was done for eight years until the Ministry of Public Works decided to rescind the original contract and invited new tenders to finish the project in July 2017. Although Sala hopes that the Benissa bypass will soon be finished

and in use, reports in the local Spanish media reveal that mayor Arturo Poquet believes work will not conclude until mid-2021. “Finishing this project, together with lifting the AP-7 tolls are crucial to decongesting the N-332 where it crosses our municipality,” Benissa’s mayor added.

SINCE the summer of 2016, trains on Line 9 between Benidorm and Denia can go no further than Calpe. That was when the CalpeDenia section was closed on safety grounds while a €41.2 million modernisation project was carried out. Initially the Valencia region’s rail operator FGV estimated that all of Line 9 would come into service by 2019. This was later put back to early 2020 and before trains can carry on beyond Calpe it will be necessary to finish work on the 6.7 kilometres between Teulada and Gata and the 10.7 kilometres between

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Line 9 still not back on track

CALPE STATION: Platforms too high for new trains.

Gata and the Denia terminus. The regional government announced last summer that

the existing diesel trains would probably start running between Calpe and Teulada at some

point this year, but it now seems inevitable that Line 9 passengers will continue making part of the journey to Denia on a bus provided by FGV until 2022. The Quisi ravine just inside the Benissa boundaries is generally blamed for the delay, as a new bridge will be needed to take the weight of the electrodiesel trains that will eventually serve Line 9. Introducing these trains will also require modifying the platforms at Calpe station as well as those in Benissa, Teulada, Gata and Denia as they were designed for diesel trains and will now be too high.

THE PSOE opposition party on Calpe Council is questioning plans for a 20-storey tower block facing the La Fossa beach. As previously reported in the Euro Weekly News , the building will replace a nine-storey apartment block, La Calalga, that occupies a 2,237-square metre site and dates from the 1970s. When the project was first revealed, Calpe’s mayor Ana Sala declared that the new building “has and will have” all necessary permits. The socialists maintain that there are irregularities in the project and claim that the decision to allow the promoter to put up a 20-storey building instead of 13 has never been voted by the council. Not only the socialists have raised objections to the project, as complaints have also been lodged by a member of the public as well as the Compromis party, also in opposition on Calpe Council. Ximo Perles, Compromis spokesman, accentuated the difference that the new building would make to the La Fossa beach. “It will have a serious visual and environmental impact in a zone that is already very saturated,” he warned.

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Second-hand, but pricey PRICES for pre-owned Moraira properties were the Valencian Community’s highest last year. According to the website’s annual report, these properties sold at an average €1,429 per square metre in the region’s three provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Castellon in December 2019. This was 2.80 per cent up on December 2018, despite a 1.52 per cent fall earlier in the year, and 0.40 per cent in the last quarter. Moraira’s second-hand properties reached €2,824 per square metre, making it the Valencian Community’s most expensive municipality, outstripping Benissa, Benitachell, Calpe, Denia and Javea in the Marina Alta and Altea or

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MORAIRA: Sought-after pre-owned homes. Benidorm where they fetch more than €2,000 per square metres. Pre-owned homes in Moraira also outstrip those in the region’s three provincial capitals, reported. As elsewhere in the region, Moraira prices dropped in the last three months of 2019 but despite a 14.28 per cent fall, still headed the rankings.

Flower arrangements for spring MARINA ALTA COSTA BLANCA FLORAL CLUB holds its first demonstration of the decade on Thursday, January 23. Two demonstrators, Jenny Peachey and Christine Brazier, will be bringing Primavera when the garden is a feast of blossom. Both belong to NAFAS and are currently on the Marina Alta Costa Blanca Floral Club committee. The demonstration will be held in the Salon de Actos (Function Room) in La Senieta, Moraira where doors open at 2pm and close at 2.45pm. There is a €5 entrance fee for members and €8 for visitors. “We respectfully request that neither members nor visitors bring €50 notes to pay their entrance fees,” the organisers said.


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Football future for Paula LOCAL girl Paula Vidal Benavent played for the Valencian Community in the recent youth football tournament in San Vicente. This was the first time that Paula, who plays with other 10 and 11-year-olds in the Alevin category, was selected for the regional side. “She is a very valued player,” declared a statement from Futbol Base TeuladaMoraira. “Paula has always played in our schools, she has always been an exem-

PAULA VIDAL: Chosen for the Valencian Community’s Alevins.

plary player and improves her skills dayby-day,” the statement continued, “She has a great physique that she combines to perfection with her exquisite footwork.” The young player had been a fundamental mainstay in her team’s successes, having previously won two Alevin league championships, Futbol Base Teulada-Moraira said. Now her hard work had been rewarded with inclusion in the Valencian side “which will surely be repeated,” the statement concluded.

All creatures great and small TEULADA-MORAIRA holds its San Antonio fiestas this Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19. The celebrations in honour of the patron saint of animals and classed as Fiestas of Cultural Interest, are organised by the Colla El Falço association and the Santa Caterina parish church with

collaboration from TeuladaMoraira’s town hall and other groups. The fiestas begin with the setting up of the traditional San Antonio bonfire in Plaza del Porche in Teulada on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by bell-ringing at 1pm.

At 6.30pm the streets will be filled with music and drama, with a street parade that includes pupils from the Teulada-Moraira Drama School taking the parts of the Sant Antoni fiends. The bonfire will be lit once the parade ends with sweet mistela wine and coca maria

cake for all present. On Sunday at 12 noon, there will be a procession from the San Vicente chapel, taking San Antonio’s statue to the Santa Catalina church for the blessing of the animals at 12.30pm and distribution of the traditional San Antonio anis-flavoured pastries.

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Javea NEWS PATHWAY VICTORY JAVEA Town Hall ordered a villa-owner to pull down unauthorised steps built down the Ambolo cliffs. The stairway blocks access to a Pesquera, an emotive reminder of Javea’s past when local men, often agricultural workers, supplemented their incomes and their families’ diets by fishing from rickety platforms on the cliff-face. These were reached by precarious tracks including the pathway, known as the Pesquera de Pinet, that the property owner modified for his own use to reach the beach. The Javea Institute of Oceanographic Research (IROX) lodged a formal complaint in April and the town hall announced that the owner has now been ordered to demolish the unauthorised and illegal construction which blocks the Pesquera and invades a maritime-terrestrial zone. Protecting the paths, a symbol of the past in Javea and other coastal towns like Benitachell, is one of

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HAZARDOUS: The Pesquera paths led to rickety fishing platforms.

IROX’s greatest challenges, the organisation declared. “Any success in defending Javea’s heritage is a success for us all,” a spokesman said.

Disappearing cross returns THE Armella cross, which mystified Javea residents by temporarily disappearing, has now been repositioned near its original location. The familiar landmark was formerly located in the middle of the intersection between the Benitachell, Old Teulada and Lluca roads. “The cross was damaged on too many occasions after being hit by heavy vehicles taking the crossroads at speed and it was decided to move it to protect it,” municipal sources explained. The returned cross made from the local ‘tosca’ sandstone now stands a few metres from its previous site but still dominates the intersection which centuries ago was one of the principal accesses to the town.

Off to a good start JAVEA begins 2020 with fiestas honouring San Antonio, patron saint of animals, and the town’s own patron, San Sebastian. This weekend sees the San Antonio fiestas organised by the Peña La Burrera group as well as

Javea’s Equestrian Centre, El Tirasset. As it has been doing since 1986, Peña La Burrera is organising the Fira i Porrat fair located in Avenida de Palmela, which opened last week and on January 24, Children’s Day will

Room for growth GRANADELLA’S gorse and pines are being cleared to reduce the risk of fire. Following the fire that devasted 812 hectares of local land in September 2016, biologists recommended planting mastic trees, kermes oaks and arbutus, all native species less vulnerable to fire than pines. Since then the blackened countryside has self-regenerated and Vaersa employees have removed the gorse as well as pines. The removal of the trees will make more room for the fire-resistant species to grow.

offer reduced prices on the rides and attractions. The San Antonio parade through the Duanes neighbourhood coincides with the saint’s feast day, tomorrow Friday January 17, and will be followed by Mass at 12 noon and a procession to the La Grava promenade where the parish priest will bless pets brought by members of the public. Afterwards there will be hot chocolate for the children at the fairground. Meanwhile, El Tirasset is organising the San Antonio bonfire on Saturday, January 18, as well as the blessing of animals and horses on Sunday. There will be elevenses at the Tirasset premises in Calle San Antonio, followed at 10am by the traditional procession through the town. The animals will be blessed at approximately 1pm in Plaza de la Constitucion. The San Sebastian fiestas begin on Monday, January 20 with a Desperta ‘wake-up’ call and parade with Mass at 8pm. The fiestas continue with bullrunning between Friday, January 24 and Sunday January 26, with a Mobile Disco in Plaza de Baix, following each session.


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Javea NEWS A S TA RT h a s b e e n made on the new ro u n d a b o u t s w h e re the CV-734 road from Gata de Gorgos enters Javea. These will improve road safety and improve traffic flow, especially at t h e Ta n a t o r i o ( C h a p e l o f Rest). Wo r k , w h i c h i s b e i n g carried out by the regiona l g o v e r n m e n t ’s P u b l i c Wo r k s d e p a r t m e n t , h a s begun by painting yellow lines on the hard shoulders and central reservation to warn drivers that roadworks are underway, The sites for the two future roundabouts at the entrance to the Chapel of Rest and the access to the Ramblars rubbish transfer plant have also been

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CV-734 improvements underway

PRELIMINARIES: Jose Chulvi and Isabel Bolufer inspect the roundabout site. marked out. J a v e a ’s m a y o r J o s e Chulvi and Isabel B o l u f e r, t h e l o c a l c o u n cillor responsible for P u b l i c Wo r k s , r e c e n t l y

went out to the CV-734 to inspect the preliminaries after receiving notice from the Generalitat that work is due to begin almost immediately.

The roundabouts will be built simultaneously to optimise resources and m a c h i n e r y, C h u l v i a n d Bolufer explained, and there are no plans to re-

s t r i c t t r a ff i c d u r i n g c o n struction. The entire cost of building the roundabouts will be met by the Generalitat, the government of t h e Va l e n c i a n C o m m u n i ty, although the land was ceded by Javea Town Hall which also settled the necessary compulsory purchase payments, Chulvi said.

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Triple grants for ‘links’ ministration and local youth. These so-called ‘correspondents’ have the job of informing the local authority

about adolescents’ concerns, of putting forward proposals for cultural, leisure and sports activities, ideas for projects of any kind and of

voicing young people’s complaints. El Campello Youth councillor Cristian Palomares explained there will now be grants for six young people who periodically meet with local government members and council staff. The local authority said the initiative enables the administration to find out first-hand about the important issues for local youngsters. Hence a mixed evaluation committee had been created made up of three young correspondents from each of El Campello’s two institutes, the Youth councillor and the Youth area town hall expert Consuelo Ferrer. Other members of the

government team, including the mayor, and council personnel, also participate when required. The council made it clear the commission aims to act as a two-way communication. The youngsters on the commission consult their peers at their respective schools, taking note of the initiatives and issues they put forward. It is then their job to evaluate and analyse the requests, weigh up their chances of moving forward and officially present them to the council. The local authority is obliged to respond to each request. “Although it is the public

adm i ni st r at i on cl osest t o residents, the functioning of a town hall is very complex and i n good m easur e unknown by residents, especially young people,” commented El Campello mayor Juanjo Berenguer at the presentation of this year ’s six grants. “The bureaucracy is enormous and at times this makes it very difficult to get projects going with the speed you require,” Berenguer told the young correspondents. “But what is clear is that you have a lot to contribute, to say and to decide, and we are here to echo your concerns and to activate your plans,” the mayor added. CREDIT: Ajuntament de El Campello

EL CAMPELLO has announced it is tripling the grants for young people who act as links between the ad-

LISTENING: The council said the initiative enables the administration to find out first-hand about the important issues for local youngsters.

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THE Belgian Army spent €69.9 million 10 years ago on purchasing 18 Piranha anti­tank vehi­ cles but it wasn’t until May 2017 that they pur­ chased any armour piercing shells which don’t work, so after two years of testing they have given up.

BDSM boffins SCIENTISTS from Antwerp University spent part of last year visiting a Bondage Club to watch a selection of sexual activities and then take blood samples in order to try to test the hor­

ARMY TANKS: Shells no longer in use. mones of the stress and pleasure systems of those involved.


Scratched out

Flat out

A MAN aged 26 has been arrested in Bavaria and charged with scratching the paintwork of 642 different vehicles causing damage estimated at €930,000. Police even set up a special unit charged with the job of catching the vandal.

A LEIPZIG street artist and acrobat has been given a six­month suspended sentence af­ ter pleading guilty to tripping a running po­ lice officer over during a riot on New Year’s Eve. He apologised saying he wasn’t anti police, just drunk.



Under fire

Je suis Charlie

DANISH military personnel were serving at an air base located in Al­Asad, Iraq, which was attacked by a missile strike apparently launched by Iranian troops. No­one was hurt, but the 130 troops have been temporarily evacuated to Kuwait.

FIVE years after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, the latest issue remembered the attack and de­ nounced what it said was a new kind of politically correct censorship.

New discovery

Sarkozy trial

ARCHAEOLOGISTS from the Danish National Mu­ seum have helped Greek colleagues excavate an ancient city west of Athens which dates back more than 2,000 years and is believed to have been built by King Demetrios after sacking Sikyon in 303BC.

FORMER French President, Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial for corruption in a French court on Octo­ ber 5 this year. Although the late Jacques Chirac was also tried, Sarkozy is the first ex­president to be charged with corruption in office.


Con artist

Arson attack

A COURT in Amsterdam has heard that a con­ man who posed as an agent renting properties managed to steal €110,000 from expatriates and foreign students because they didn’t un­ derstand the law or know how to complain.

A CONTROVERSIAL Islamic secondary school in Amsterdam which has been criticised for its teaching methods was the target of attempted arson after a brick was thrown through a win­ dow at night and flammable liquid was poured onto a chair.



Zlatan toppled

Sick leave

A STATUE of former Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Malmo stadium has been the target of vandals since he bought shares in a rival club. Now it has been toppled by sawing the an­ kles, but it will be replaced.

THE 82­year­old King Harald V was admitted into hospital in the New Year complaining of dizziness after a viral infection. He is not seriously ill but has been put on two weeks sick leave and his duties will be undertaken by Crown Prince Haakon.

Neighbours meet

County mergers

THE newly appointed Finnish Prime Minister San­ na Marin travelled to Sweden for her first meeting with Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at his country retreat Harpsund Manor. Much of the conversa­ tion centred on Iraq where both countries have troops stationed.

AFTER years of planning, Norway has introduced a series of county and municipal mergers which has seen the creation of a giant new county called Viken with 1.2 million people now surrounding Oslo and the reduction to 11 counties in all.


Growing up

SUPERMARKET chain Mercadona continues to invest in refurbish­ ing many of its busiest stores and also expanding its online delivery service. Currently the bulk of delivered orders are sent out from individ­ ual stores, but in May 2018 it built the first of its dedicated warehouse operations (called hives) starting in Valencia and then expanding to Barcelona and now it is completing a new hive to serve Madrid. This is a long term investment which currently generates more than €2 million of sales each month and next targets are Ali­ cante and Sevilla.

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STAT OF €5.27 billion WEEK

is the amount that Santander Bank lent to the Spanish agri-food sector in 2019, an increase of 17 per cent over 2018.

Change at the top

ONE of the best­known names in the commercial aviation industry, Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) which owns Aer Lingus, Air Europa, BA, Iberia and Vueling is about to retire. Not yet 60, he has been at the head of BA and then IAG for 15 years which makes him one the longest serving CEOs in the FTSE 500 and during his time at the company has seen a growth in share value and the number of airlines it controls. Arguably, the days of BA leading the world’s airlines has disappeared,

By John Smith but the new organisation which was created after the merger with Iberia has seen it become a leaner and meaner operation competing at all levels of business. One problem however dominated the news last year which was the first ever BA pilot’s strike which saw a number of flights cancelled, causing fi­ nancial loss as well as damage to the airline’s reputation. There was a significant fine for BA of nearly €200 million for a customer

data breach and then there were is­ sues with a ‘technical problem’ which saw flights cancelled in November. The 2020 financial profit forecast is less than expected with Air Europe and Vueling in particular now expect­ ing fewer seats sold, so perhaps now was the time for a change at the top. The group’s chairman Antonio Vázquez will now be joined by an­ other Spaniard on the board as Luis Gallego, head of Iberia since 2014 will take over as chief executive when Mr Walsh steps down at the end of June.

Bonuses to be checked THE European Banking Authority (EBA) reacted strongly to the ma­ jor losses made by banks during the time of crisis and introduced a check mechanism on all execu­ tives who earn more than €1 mil­ lion a year introducing caps and delays on bonuses. There are a to­ tal of just under 5,000 bankers in Europe, the majority of them in the UK, who enter this category but just 250 in Spain, most of whom work for Santander. It is argued that the larger the bonus, the more temptation there is to take risks, but oversight re­ duces temptation.

LEGALLY SPEAKING Can he appeal tax bill? Article 18 of the 2013 Tax Treaty between Spain and the UK is difficult to follow. My Govern­ ment Pensions are taxable only in the UK. Other small pensions are taxed here in Spain. The first time I de­ clared my Government Pensions, my tax bill doubled. If the amount of the Civil Service pension is added to oth­ er income, thus moving you into a higher tax bracket, and the amount itself is then removed, technically the Civil Service pension is not double taxed. But if your in­ come tax bill rises significantly, then part of your in­ come is clearly taxed twice. I want to know to whom I can appeal to sort out this convoluted scam. J M (Costa Blanca) I like your t e r m ‘ c o n v o l u t e d YOU AND THE s c a m . ’ I t i s b o t h LAW IN SPAIN expressive and accurate. You can start with Spain’s Tax Agency but any serious appeal you plan will involve impugning a treaty between two sovereign nations and will re­ quire years to resolve, quite likely going to the Eu­ ropean Court of Justice before any final ruling. Spain has similar treaties with several countries, in­ cluding the Netherlands and Canada, so it will not be simple or inexpensive.


Send your questions for David Searl through lawyers Ubeda-Retana and Associates in Fuengirola at, or call 952 667 090.


Hefty fine THE Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK has fined a Dixons Carphone subsidiary £500,000 (€550,000) after information about 14 million people including 5.6 million credit cards was hacked from point-of-sale computers.

Debt target HEAD of the Spanish Treasury Carlos San Basilio has announced that Spain’s targeted gross debt for 2020 is now estimated at €196.5 billion, a reduction of 6.2 per cent from the 2019 target, although the amount of money borrowed in 2020 will increase.

Safe as houses MEXICAN billionaire Carlos Slim continues to have confidence in the Spanish housing market as he has just purchased 3 per cent of the shares of house builder Quabit Inmobiliaria. This is his third recent foray into Spanish real estate companies.

Look after savers MANY people, especially those of an older genera­ tion leave money in a de­ posit account with their bank without realising that in the long term interest rates reduce and can be as

little as 0.1 per cent. The Financial Conduct Au­ thority (FCA) is now warning banks that this will have to change and that although they may still offer special one­year introductory rates,

they will need to set a single long­term interest rate for all easy access savings accounts. If you don’t move your money around to get the best interest, you could lose out.

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CHANGE(P) -6,00 +15,00 +9,00 -0,80 +35,54 -23,00 +34,00 +5,60 +1,85 +18,80 +0,28 +11,44 +48,00 +9,40 +0,02 -8,00 +1,00 +0,72 +28,89 +22,00 +26,94 +2,16 +21,0 +25,57 +31,00 +20,02 -2,5 -6,03 +2,70 -1,80 -9,50 +23,00 +74,00 -16,00 +7,05 +14,0 +1,45 +35,00 +41,50 +36,00 +6,00 +6,70 -2,80 +2,60 -1,78 +37,00 +106,64 +0,10 +2,00

% CHG. -0,55% +0,65% +0,42% -0,09% +1,45% -0,88% +0,45% +0,99% +0,45% +3,17% +0,15% +1,51% +1,00% +0,53% +0,01% -0,23% +0,17% +0,38% +1,42% +0,99% +0,76% +2,52% +0,79% +1,33% +1,04% +0,40% -0,04% -0,19% +0,83% -0,48% -0,63% +0,90% +1,04% -0,17% +1,14% +0,78% +0,60% +1,67% +2,25% +1,89% +0,45% +1,15% -0,42% +0,13% -0,21% +0,74% +1,85% +0,07% +0,91%

NET VOL 11,42K 3,01K 185,39K 62,40K 11,94K 70,28K 19,04K 367,75K 282,04K 1,02M 5,00M 83,34K 54,80K 257,12K 3,97M 289,58K 658,15K 1,73M 14,01K 115,08K 5,08K 6,25M 52,73K 26,00K 145,81K 2,67K 4,77K 285,19K 383,85K 490,14K 333,54K 72,69K 11,48K 26,24K 43,96K 430,89K 2,36M 83,35K 41,83K 31,61K 102,54K 2,79M 668,46K 237,86K 214,11K 17,22K 3,12K 555,70K 73,67K

COMPANY Johnson Matthey Just Eat Kingfisher Land Securities Legal & General Lloyds Banking London Stock Exchange Marks & Spencer Micro Focus Mondi Morrison Supermarkets National Grid Next NMC Health Ocado Pearson Persimmon Phoenix Prudential RBS PLC Reckitt Benckiser Relx Rentokil Rightmove Rio Tinto PLC Rolls-Royce Holdings Royal Dutch Shell A Royal Dutch Shell B RSA Insurance Sage Schroders Scottish Mortgage Segro Severn Trent Smith & Nephew Smiths Group Smurfit Kappa Spirax-Sarco Engineering SSE St. James’s Place Standard Chartered Standard Life Aberdeen Taylor Wimpey Tesco Tui Unilever United Utilities Vodafone Group PLC Whitbread WPP

PRICE(P) 2.968,00 890,20 212,70 957,80 307,03 59,70 7.668,00 192,00 1.092,60 1.656,50 188,67 937,80 6.752,00 1.341,13 1.275,94 629,00 2.730,71 735,08 1.481,50 234,65 6.073,00 1.949,50 450,07 642,40 4.507,00 682,80 2.270,26 2.279,14 568,00 745,80 3.289,00 602,00 875,33 2.512,00 1.874,00 1.749,00 2.854,00 8.985,00 1.440,32 1.129,50 708,80 314,70 202,72 248,91 938,63 4.329,50 959,00 151,92 4.688,00 1.069,00

CHANGE(P) +29,00 -10,80 +2,30 +1,00 +0,83 -0,51 -50,80 +0,70 +22,00 -21,50 +1,00 +2,90 -2,00 -8,37 +3,37 +1,20 +8,42 +0,64 -3,00 -0,02 +33,00 +29,00 -4,93 +4,60 +19,00 +0,20 +6,76 -12,86 -0,80 +5,80 +21,00 +2,50 +4,33 +53,00 +8,00 +8,00 +28,00 +70,00 +17,57 -9,50 -0,60 +2,90 +4,32 -0,66 -13,57 +30,00 +12,00 -0,09 +39,00 +4,17

% CHG.


+0,99% -1,20% +1,09% +0,10% +0,27% -0,84% -0,66% +0,37% +2,06% -1,28% +0,53% +0,31% -0,03% -0,62% +0,26% +0,19% +0,31% +0,09% -0,20% -0,01% +0,55% +1,51% -1,08% +0,72% +0,42% +0,03% +0,30% -0,56% -0,14% +0,78% +0,64% +0,42% +0,50% +2,15% +0,43% +0,46% +0,99% +0,79% +1,24% -0,83% -0,09% +0,93% +2,18% -0,27% -1,43% +0,70% +1,27% -0,06% +0,84% +0,39%

58,94K 428,78K 469,20K 119,37K 1,11M 20,73M 4,94K 827,97K 56,40K 269,56K 92,49K 231,09K 21,16K 75,25K 77,97K 341,08K 229,09K 11,29K 102,42K 1,17M 75,66K 11,64K 35,85K 229,83K 172,37K 363,59K 461,69K 66,86K 212,50K 101,10K 11,92K 291,47K 46,40K 115,44K 138,09K 3,09K 12,68K 17,36K 402,20K 183,48K 22,19K 403,96K 3,31M 1,75M 37,31K 253,57K 272,90K 2,34M 24,00K 239,61K


1.16618 Units per €

US dollar ..................................................1.1118 Japan yen...............................................122.107 Switzerland franc ...................................1.08194 Denmark kroner .....................................7.47300 Norway kroner........................................9.88239 • Tel: +34 966 265 072 THE ABOVE TABLE USES THE CURRENT INTERBANK EXCHANGE RATES, WHICH AREN’T REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RATE WE OFFER


COMPANY 3M Alphabet C Apple Boeing Caterpillar Chevron Cisco Coca-Cola Exxon Mobil Facebook Goldman Sachs Home Depot IBM Intel J&J JPMorgan McDonald’s Merck&Co Microsoft Nike Pfizer Procter&Gamble Tesla United Technologies UnitedHealth Verizon Visa A Walmart Walt Disney

PRICE 180,47 1.429,73 1.883,16 310,33 329,92 146,13 116,44 47,13 55,53 69,14 218,06 242,11 224,22 136,69 58,94 145,06 136,07 207,27 89,53 161,34 100,90 39,49 123,97 478,15 151,86 295,13 58,99 193,77 116,38 144,62

CHANGE% CHANGE VOLUME(M) -0,73 -0,40% 2,10M +9,90 +0,70% 1,82M -17,89 -0,94% 2,86M +0,70 +0,23% 35,22M -6,42 -1,91% 7,17M -1,18 -0,80% 2,39M -1,07 -0,91% 6,40M -0,19 -0,40% 13,50M +0,19 +0,34% 13,04M -0,62 -0,89% 12,00M -0,24 -0,11% 12,13M -0,49 -0,20% 2,25M -0,97 -0,43% 4,23M -0,05 -0,04% 3,26M -0,36 -0,61% 15,20M -0,33 -0,23% 5,04M -1,37 -1,00% 10,19M -1,08 -0,52% 2,34M +0,15 +0,17% 5,67M -0,75 -0,46% 20,73M -0,58 -0,57% 5,14M +0,60 +1,54% 20,45M +0,12 +0,10% 3,93M -3,19 -0,66% 12,98M -1,79 -1,17% 2,90M +0,91 +0,31% 2,48M +0,14 +0,24% 11,79M +0,52 +0,27% 6,59M -0,98 -0,84% 6,06M -0,21 -0,15% 5,15M M - MILLION DOLLARS





+3.57% +2.45% +2.21% +23.39% +0.70% +0.65% +6.87% +6.45% +2.97% +24.69% +0.85%

680,178 251,279 1.28M 3.27M 1.82M 1.31M 820,048 22.57M 1.49M 11.72M 307,931

-1.98% -0.94% -40.34% -3.10% -2.32% -13.05% -2.30% -1.97% -3.27% -4.03% -7.71%

71,065 2.86M 19.90M 1.96M 238,530 1.32M 4.07M 4.72M 393,563 13.45M 238

Most Advanced MercadoLibre Inc. CoStar Group Inc. Intuitive Surgical Inc. Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. Alphabet Inc. Cl C Alphabet Inc. Cl A Ryanair Holdings PLC ADR Beyond Meat Inc. Abiomed Inc. Nektar Therapeutics Equinix Inc.

Most Declined Broadcom Inc. 8% Pfd. Series A Inc. Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc. Trade Desk Inc. Cl A MarketAxess Holdings Inc. Turning Point Therapeutics Inc. Broadcom Inc. Netflix Inc. WD-40 Co. Roku Inc. Cl A Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. ADR


16 - 22 January 2020

New Pensions Ministry NOW that he has taken power of­ ficially, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has already shown that he has a strong will by ap­ pointing the equivalent of three deputy Prime Ministers (of which Pablo Iglesias is one) and control­ ling all of the ministerial portfo­ lios. Iglesias has a number of low spending ministries under his wing and the next few months will see whether he plans to fight for a greater say in government policy. A brand new ministry is being cre­ ated, which covers Social Security, In­

Credit: Casa de SM el Rey Twitter

By John Smith

NEW MINISTER: Escrivá, speaking at an economic forum.

Controlling property SAREB which was created to deal with the management of the toxic real estate properties following the Spanish banking crisis has been steadily disposing of assets and bad loans but still lost €878

million last year. It ran a public tender to find an additional company to manage a number of its rental properties and has revealed that Haya Real Estate, a subsidiary of Cerberus

has won a two-year renewable contract to manage 3,300 properties on its behalf. Of these, 1,800 are homes and the balance comprises commercial properties or garages.

clusion and Migration and this will be headed by José Luis Escrivá, currently president of the Independent Au­ thority for Fiscal Responsibility (AIReF). He has maintained a very indepen­ dent stance being first appointed un­ der the Partido Popular as it tried to introduce measures aimed at helping the economy recover and governing public accounts following the finan­ cial crisis of 10 years ago. He has also worked with the Mon­ etary Policy Division of the European Central Bank, the Bank for Interna­ tional Settlements, the Bank of Spain and BBVA so certainly looks like a po­ tential safe pair of hands. Previously Social Services came un­ der the Ministry of Labour but is now promoted to be a ministry in its own right which means that as part of a reshuffle the previous head Mag­ dalena Valerio will be replaced. This new ministry will have a par­ ticular role in the planning of pension reforms which AIReF argued were long overdue and it seems likely that retirement age will inevitably be in­ creased to bring it more in line with other European States.

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BUSINESS EXTRA High profit DESPITE the fact that it is the butt of media jokes, budget airline Ryanair seems to be doing something right as it now forecasts increased profits for its financial year of up to €1 billion, an increase of around 19 per cent.

Xmas cheer THE UK division of supermarket chain LIDL says it outperformed every rival in the four week run up to Christmas with sales up 11 per cent and footfall increasing accordingly. Aldi however says that it took £1 billion (€1.1 billion) in the same period.

Green fund SPANISH Banco Sabadell has launched a global equity fund Sabadell Economía Verde that will invest 75 per cent of its portfolio in companies related to the green economy including climate change, renewable energy, and water.

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LEAPY LEE SAYS IT OTHERS THINK IT IF ever I wanted to be a fly, I would have happily surrendered any one of my half dozen legs to be on the wall­ paper of the young Sussexes’ abode over the last few weeks. Let’s just pretend we are all precariously perched on the flock, listening to the happy couple discussing their future together. ‘Meghan.’ ‘Well, that’s it Harry. I’ve just about had it up to here with all this royalty crap.’ ‘Yes dear.’ ‘Having to be nice to people I can’t stand and actually rub noses with disgusting smelly peasants I wouldn’t normally allow near me is just not my idea of touring at all.’ ‘No dear.’ ‘I can’t even pursue my career. I’m a star Harry, people want to see me act, not having to ad lib and ap­ pear in videos I don’t even get paid for.’ ‘No dear.’ ‘And as for your ghast­ ly Grandparents, you didn’t honestly think I was going to spend my Christ­ mas sitting around with that pair of cobwebs did you? They’ll both be dead soon anyway. I’m used to being around interesting people like Oprah and the Clooneys or Michelle Obama


Oh to be a fly... YOUNG ROYALS: Is she good for him or bad?

and Serena. People who really mean something in the world. And as for you’re boring brother and that sweet­ ie pie wife of his. If you think I’m going to spend my future curtsying and kowtowing to those two when they become King and Queen then you’ve

another think coming.’ ‘No dear.’ ‘I’m sorry Harry; you have to make the choice; me or them?’ ‘You; of course dear.’ ‘There you are. There’s a good boy, I knew you’d see sense. Would you like to come to bed now? ‘ ‘Yes dear.’ ‘Say pretty please.’ ‘Pretty

please.’ ‘There, that’s better.’ You can announce it all on Kate’s birthday to­ morrow, that’ll be some nice icing on her cake! I’ll be leaving for Canada first thing in the morning. It’s within easier reach of Hollywood and I can join up with Archie and the dogs.

‘Oh by the way, I think we should keep the house. It’ll be good for our occasional British stopover. Take care of that would you?’ ‘Yes dear.’ Have you finished Harry?’ ‘Yes thank you dear.’ ‘Sleepy byes now then. Put the light out Harry.’ ‘Yes dear.’ ‘Now, what am I going to wear tomorrow’... Told you she had him by the short and curlies. Well, is she good for him or bad? Actually the jury is still out on that one. Let’s just hope that all these selfish shenanigans are not the final nail for our ageing Queen. If this self­ centered egotist is only remembered for hastening the demise of our beloved Monarch, she will never be forgiven. Getting quite excited about my pending radio show. Don’t expect any LBC type serious discussions. This is gonna be Leapy’s alter ego. Lottsa fun, frolics and good music. (Yes, old Marmite is perfectly capable!) All de­ tails and links in a couple of weeks. Keep the faith Love Leapy. Leapylee2002@gmail.cvom

Leapy Lee’s opinions are his own and are not necessarily representative of those of the publishers, advertisers or sponsors.


16 - 22 January 2020



POSTCARDS: Sending and receiving postcards used to be a great way of keeping in touch while on holiday.

Nora is the author of popular psychological suspense and crime thrillers and a freelance journalist. To comment on any of the issues raised in her column, go to

ARE you considering somewhere differ­ ent to go on holiday this year? Well, how about Syria? Russian tour operators have begun selling holidays there as the war­torn country looks to revive its once lucrative tourism industry. Syria wel­ comed nine million visitors a year before the outbreak of civil war in 2011. This kind of trip is aimed at ‘people who want a different kind of experience.’ (Or, alternatively, want to escape from Brexit, Trump, trolling, #MeToo?). For me, it calls to mind the apocryphal strap line of a five­star Belfast hotel during the ‘Troubles’ ­ ‘Tea, coffee and bomb­mak­ ing facilities in every room.’ Or maybe you’d prefer an adventure holiday that’s all the rage now amongst the selfie generation. Because of the im­ portance of social media, millennial thrill seekers are increasingly looking for expe­ riences that can be shared amongst their peers. Bragging rights aren’t any longer acquired by the mere retelling of crazy stories, but through online photos and

videos. Precariously perched on Trolltun­ ga Rock overhanging a Norwegian fjord, for example. Or scaling bridges, skyscrap­ ers and (help!) volcanoes. Hang on! Do you remember post­ cards? Where you hoped to relate your experiences using the best of your de­ scriptive powers and tiny writing, in­ evitably running out of space. I used to love choosing the right postcard. And re­ ceiving one was great too. Happy days. Actually, I might start doing that again as a reaction to the constant bombard­ ment of WhatsApp pics that I usually re­ ceive from friends and relatives. But why this thrill for adventure? It’s because the selfie generation has grown up in an increasingly risk­averse environ­ ment, imposed by an increasingly Nanny state. In the West, the ‘elf’n’safety’

brigade now rules where the unions once did. By being denied any ‘excitement’ be­ cause of the encroachment of ‘elf’n’safe­ ty’ policies in our daily lives, people turn to ‘adventure holidays’ and similar since (sorry all you hand wringers!) we are con­ ditioned by nature to require excitement. It’s our flight /fight response ­ our de­ fault setting. And, no it hasn’t been bred out of us ­ yet... Nora Johnson’s psychological crime thrillers ‘Betrayal,’ ‘The Girl in the Woods,’ ‘The Girl in the Red Dress,’ ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lies,’ ‘Retribu­ tion,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’ ‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.nora­ available online as ebook (€0.99;£0.99), ibook, pa­ perback and audiobook. All profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity.

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days with outside seating overlooking the pool and free Wi­Fi. Front entry security gates have been recently in­ stalled as well as feature sensor lights in the Savannah Gardens, making the resort even more inviting! Amazing team Antonio and Young Antonio have worked hard to hand build impressive Muriel Rock walls and the striking laurel hedging keeps the plots private. The luscious gardens have grown with additional palm trees and orange and lemon trees. Bougainvillea gives a splash of colour

OPULENT RESORT: Features a grand pool and luscious gardens. amongst the almond trees, pomegranate and mint. Brand new shower blocks that use eco­friendly solar panels are in use for tourers and motorhomes. And the grand outdoor swimming pool is the perfect space to relax and soak up the rays with new sun loungers and parasols. Don’t hesi­ tate to enjoy the wonderful weather and take a refreshing dip!

The resort boasts two sections: Sa­ vannah Gardens with 85 plots and Sa­ vannah Heights, that consists of 29 el­ evated plots with 360 views overlooking the resort.

For the most relaxing stay under the Spanish sun, get in contact with Savannah Park Resort. The team are more than happy to assist with any queries to make sure you have the best Mediterranean experience. Call on +34 950 387 823 or send an email to

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12:00pm Wanted Down Under Revisited 12:45pm Caught Red Handed 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm I Escaped to the Country 4:45pm The Farmers' Country Showdown 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm A Question of Sport 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm The Goes Wrong Show 10:00pm Would I Lie to You? 10:30pmKing Gary 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm Regional News and Weather 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm The Graham Norton Show 12:25am RuPaul's Drag Race UK

7:30am Wanted Down Under 8:15am The Farmers' Country Showdown 9:00am MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:15pm Politics Live 2:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 5:45pm The Hairy Bikers' Pubs That Built Britain 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 9:30pm Monty Don's American Gardens 10:30pmQI 11:00pm Mock the Week 11:30pm Newsnight 12:00am Weather 12:05amFront Row Late 12:45am Snooker: The Masters

8:00pm World News Today The day's leading stories. 8:30pm Top of the Pops: 1989 9:00pm Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand 10:00pm Top of the Pops: 1989 10:30pm Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music 11:30pm Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know 12:30am Smashing Hits! The 80's Pop Map of Britain and Ireland 1:30amI Can Go for That: The Smooth World of Yacht Rock 2:30am Stewart Copeland's Adventures in Music 3:30am Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand

7:00am Good Morning Britain 10:00am Lorraine 11:00am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm Tenable 4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Grantchester 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:45pm The Brits Are Coming Alice Levine announces the 2020 Brit Award nominees.

8:00am Dinner Date 9:00am Emmerdale 10:00am You've Been Framed! 10:30am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 11:25am Superstore 12:20pm Dress to Impress 1:15pm Emmerdale 1:45pm Emmerdale 2:15pm You've Been Framed! 2:50pm The Ellen DeGeneres Show 3:45pm Supermarket Sweep 4:50pm Dinner Date 5:50pm Dress to Impress 6:55pm Take Me Out 8:00pm You've Been Framed! 9:00pm Two and a Half Men 9:30pm Superstore 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Family Guy 11:35pm Family Guy 12:05am Family Guy 12:30am American Dad!

7:00am Classic Coronation Street 8:00am Classic Emmerdale 8:55am Heartbeat 10:00am Rising Damp 10:30am Rising Damp 11:00am Man About the House 11:30am A Touch of Frost 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 6:55pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Doc Martin 10:00pm Doc Martin 11:00pm The Bay A confession to Lisa shines a possible new light on Dylan's killer.


9:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:10am Frasier 10:40am Frasier Part two of two. 11:10am Undercover Boss USA 12:05pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Sun, Sea and Selling Houses 2:05pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast 10:00pm Deadwater Fell 11:00pm The Last Leg 12:05am Naked Attraction 1:10am Transporter 3 2:55am Come Dine with Me

Floogals Becca's Bunch Little Princess Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Sunny Bunnies 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm The Dog Rescuers with Alan Davies 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Police Interceptors 2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:20pm Hidden Intentions 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Humpback Whale: Birth of a Giant 9:00pm Secret Scotland 10:00pmHolidaying with Jane McDonald 11:00pm Inside the World's Greatest Hotels 12:00amNotting Hill 1:00am Access

8:00am Celebrity Coach Trip 9:00am Mike & Molly 10:00am Young Sheldon 11:00am The Big Bang Theory 12:00pm The Goldbergs 1:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2:00pm The Big Bang Theory 3:00pm Mike & Molly 4:00pm Young Sheldon 4:30pm Young Sheldon 5:00pm The Goldbergs 5:30pm The Goldbergs 6:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 6:30pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory 8:00pm Hollyoaks 8:30pm Celebrity Coach Trip 9:35pm The Big Bang Theory 10:00pm Celebrity Gogglebox 11:00pm Gogglebox 12:10am Rick and Morty 12:40amMr Pickles 12:55am Robot Chicken 1:10am Rick and Morty The duo head off for an amazing adventure in Atlantis. 1:40am The Big Bang Theory


7:00am Football's Greatest: Bobby Charlton 7:15am Quincy, M.E. 8:05am Kojak 8:55am The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 10:05am Minder 11:10am The Professionals 12:20pm The Sweeney 1:25pm Quincy, M.E. 2:30pm Kojak 3:35pm The Adventures of 4:40pm Minder 5:50pm The Professionals 6:50pm The Sweeney 8:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 9:00pm River Monsters 9:30pm River Monsters 10:00pmThe Untouchables 11:00pm FYI Daily A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 11:05pmThe Untouchables

7:45am The Darkest Minds 9:45am King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 12:00pm The Meg 2:10pm Glass 4:30pm The Darkest Minds 6:30pm Ready Player One 9:00pm The Meg 11:00pm Glass 1:20am King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 3:40am Ready Player One

7:00am Spy Cat 8:45am 1917: Special A preview of Sam Mendes' First World War drama. 9:15am Sometimes Always Never 11:00am Out of Blue 1:00pm Aladdin 3:20pm Us 5:30pm Spy Cat 7:15pm Sometimes Always Never Alan is a tailor whose son Michael stormed out years ago over a game of Scrabble. 9:00pm Aladdin 11:10pm Us 1:10am Rust Creek Sawyer, an ambitious, overachieving college student, has a seemingly bright future.

10:30am Football Years 11:00am Carabao Cup Highlights 12:00pm The Fantasy Football Club 12:30pm Football's Greatest Players 1:00pm EFL Greatest Games 1:30pm SPFL Greatest Games 2:00pm Football Countdowns 3:00pm Football Years 4:00pm Carabao Cup Highlights 5:00pm The Fantasy Football Club 5:30pm Football's Greatest Players 6:00pm EFL Greatest Games 6:30pm SPFL Greatest Games 7:00pm EFL 7:30pm Football Countdowns 8:00pm Live EFL 11:30pm Football Years 12:00am EFL Highlights 12:15am SPFL Greatest Games

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8:05am Class Rank 9:55am Father Figures 12:00pm Make or Break? 1:40pm What Men Want 3:40pm Marriage Material 5:40pm Spanglish 8:00pm Night School 10:00pm What Men Want 12:00am Sex Tape 1:45am Little Monsters

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Advertising Feature

Ten Years of Neat Heat! JUST over 10 years ago Tony and Cathy Sim, a retired firefighter and midwife, like many expats, were feeling the fallout from the bank­ ing and property collapse. Retiring to Spain had dealt them a surprise hand in that, like most expats, they were unprepared for how cold their house got in winter, and how expensive it was to heat. Retiring on health grounds due to asthma meant that using gas estufas was out of the question, a full central heating system was too expensive, so they had to resort to electric heaters. They tried various models which ranged from really expensive to buy, economical but ineffective; too cheap to buy, ineffective and eye wateringly expensive to run. Then luck smiled on them. Doing a bit of DIY for a neigh­ bour, Tony was impressed by his electric heaters. They had been bought in Norway when he was vis­ iting the home of his Norwegian wife. The neighbour then kindly arranged to have some heaters sent to Tony and Cathy who were

NEATER HEATERS: Warm up your house for winter. both delighted with them, they ac­ tually made the house warm, something their previous heaters never managed to achieve. They were also impressed when their electricity bill arrived. Al­ though the bill was still significant, it was a lot less than the previous winter, causing Tony to joke that it was now costing him less to keep warm than it had cost him last year

to keep cold. Not only that, but Tony saw an opportunity. Contacting his friend, the appro­ priately named Richard Winter, he pitched the idea of importing and selling these heaters. Fortunately for Tony and Cathy, Richard and his wife Nikki were al­ so struggling to find decent heaters, so they enthusiastically agreed to the proposition and

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7:00am Breakfast 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Live 12:30pm Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge 1:00pm Football Focus 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather 2:15pm Live Snooker: The Masters 5:30pm Final Score 6:30pm The Mallorca Files 7:15pm BBC News 7:25pm BBC London News; Weather 7:27pm Weather 7:30pm The Greatest Dancer 8:45pm Pointless 9:30pm First & Last 10:20pm Casualty 11:10pm BBC News 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 1:00am The NFL Show 1:30am The Spectacular Now 3:00am Weather for the Week Ahead 3:05am BBC News

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Scrambled! Mr Magoo Mr. Bean The Rubbish World of Dave Spud Thunderbirds are Go Craig of the Creek ITV News Saturday Morning with James Martin Living on the Veg ITV News and Weather ITV London Weather Dancing on Ice Countrywise Tipping Point The Chase ITV News and Weather ITV News London Catchphrase The Masked Singer The Voice UK Shopping with Keith Lemon ITV News and Weather ITV London Weather

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This is BBC Two This is BBC Two Wild & Weird Top Class The Dog Ate My Homework Blue Peter Deadly on a Mission: Pole to Pole Supersized Earth Robot Wars Baby Chimp Rescue Britain's Best Home Cook Best House in Town The World's Most Extraordinary Homes The Caine Mutiny Live Snooker: The Masters Trust Me, I'm a Doctor Equator From the Air Live Snooker: The Masters Info not available Snooker: The Masters - Extra This is BBC Two

7:00am Teleshopping 8:00am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 8:50am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 9:35am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 10:30am Dress to Impress 12:30pm Supermarket Sweep 3:40pm Dr. Seuss' the Lorax 4:40pm FYI Daily A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 4:45pm Dr. Seuss' the Lorax 5:25pm Antz 6:30pm FYI Daily 6:35pm Antz 7:05pm Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 8:20pm FYI Daily 8:25pm Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Family Guy 11:35pm Family Guy 12:05am Family Guy

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Natural World Coast Wisting Wisting Top of the Pops: 1989 12:00am Top of the Pops: 1989 12:30am Meat Loaf: In and Out of Hell 1:35am Sings Musicals Memorable versions of songs taken from or inspired by musicals. 2:35am Ice Dream: Lapland's Snow Show 3:05am Coast 4:05am Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain

7:00am Agatha Christie's Poirot 8:40am Lewis 10:35am Coronation Street Long-running drama with the residents of England's most famous cobbled street. 1:25pm Foyle's War 3:40pm Foyle's War 5:50pm Foyle's War 8:00pm Midsomer Murders Forest ranger Felicity Ward is blinded by mysterious lights while driving at night in the village of Cooper Hill and the next morning her car is found abandoned at the roadside, followed closely by the discovery of her body. 10:00pm Midsomer Murders 12:00am Agatha Christie's Poirot

9:10am Heineken Champions Cup Rugby: The Big Tackle 10:15am Beat the Chef 10:45am Beat the Chef 11:15am Beat the Chef 11:45am The Simpsons 12:15pm The Simpsons 12:45pm The Simpsons 1:15pm The Simpsons 1:45pm The Simpsons 2:15pm The Simpsons 2:40pm The Simpsons 3:10pm The Simpsons 3:40pm Heineken Champions Cup Rugby Union 6:35pm Location, Location, Location 7:30pm Channel 4 News 8:00pm The Royal House of Windsor 9:00pm Bone Detectives: Britain's Buried Secrets 10:00pm Assassin's Creed 12:10am The Wolverine 2:35am The Last Leg 3:30am Hollyoaks

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Kojak The Big Fish Off Fishing Allstars ITV Racing: The Opening Show 11:30am World of Sport 11:40am River Monsters 12:10pm The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 2:30pm ITV Racing Live 5:00pm Return of the Seven 6:05pm FYI Daily 6:10pm Return of the Seven 6:55pm Goals of the 70s 7:05pm River Monsters 8:10pm Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 9:10pm FYI Daily 9:15pm Police Academy 6: City Under Siege 10:00pm Smokey and The Bandit III 11:05pm FYI Daily 11:10pm Smokey and The Bandit III 11:45pmNational Lampoon's European Vacation 12:45am FYI Daily

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Wissper Pirata & Capitano Floogals Digby Dragon Shimmer and Shine SpongeBob Squarepants The Loud House Access Friends Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords Jesse Stone: No Remorse Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly 5 News Update Draining the Sunken Pirate City Digging Up Britain's Past Tony Robinson's History of Britain How the Victorians Built Britain Henry VIII and His Six Wives Betrayed & He's Going To Pay: When Revenge Gets Ugly

7:15am Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 8:50am Wife Swap USA 9:50am The Goldbergs 10:20am The Goldbergs 10:50am The Goldbergs 11:20am Info not available 1:05pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1:35pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2:05pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 2:35pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 3:05pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine 3:35pm The Big Bang Theory 4:05pm The Big Bang Theory 4:35pm The Big Bang Theory 5:05pm The Big Bang Theory 5:35pm The Big Bang Theory 6:05pm The Big Bang Theory 6:35pm The Big Bang Theory 7:05pm The Big Bang Theory 7:35pm The Big Bang Theory 8:05pm Herbie: Fully Loaded 10:00pm Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation 12:30am Gogglebox 1:30am Gogglebox 2:30am 8 Out of 10 Cats 3:30am First Dates 4:30am Gogglebox 5:30am Schooled

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Robin Hood The Karate Kid, Part II The Top Ten Show Transformers Bumblebee Fast and Furious Five Fast and Furious 6 Transformers Bumblebee Fast and Furious Five

6:30am Final Score: Special 7:00am Sometimes Always Never 8:45am Spy Cat 10:20am The Girls' Room 12:45pm Aladdin 3:00pm Sometimes Always Never 4:45pm Spy Cat 6:30pm The Girls' Room 9:00pm Aladdin 11:10pm Us In 1986, young Adelaide goes on holiday with her parents to Santa Cruz. 1:10am Out of Blue 3:10am Rust Creek Sawyer, an ambitious, overachieving college student, has a seemingly bright future. 5:15am Spy Cat

7:00am EFL Greatest Games 7:45am EFL Greatest Games 8:00am Football's Greatest Players 8:30am Football's Greatest Players 9:00am Football Countdowns 9:30am Football Countdowns 10:00am SPFL Greatest Games 10:15am SPFL Greatest Games 10:30am Saturday Social 11:30am Soccer A.M. 1:00pm Live EFL 4:00pm Gillette Soccer Saturday 6:00pm Gillette Soccer Saturday: Reaction 7:00pm Goals Express 8:00pm Goal Zone 9:00pm EFL Highlights 9:15pm EFL Greatest Games 9:30pm EFL Highlights 10:30pm EFL Highlights 11:30pm EFL Greatest Games 11:45pm EFL Greatest Games 12:00am The Fantasy Football Club 12:15am EFL Greatest Games 12:30am EFL Greatest Games 12:45am EFL Greatest Games

Jack and Jill Happy Gilmore King Ralph 50 First Dates Big Daddy Mr. Deeds Click Just Go with it Happy Gilmore Hot Tub Time Machine This is the End 50 First Dates Jack and Jill


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Advertising Feature

The crown jewel of Altea la Vella EVERY corner of the world has its own pe­ culiar history. The legendary restaurant ‘il Giardino de Altea’ is no different. Now, it has been transformed by the incredible passion and poetry of Vita and Mariano who ­ together ­ have created ‘il Giardino Nova Bussola.’ The restaurant is embarking on the New Year with bundles of enthusiasm and devo­ tion. And its renewed menu now boasts a section with seafood and fresh fish from the Mediterranean bay, as well as special offers on the afternoon menu. This marriage of passionate restaurateurs has lovingly customised and refreshed the famous manor house where the restaurant is located. Without altering the charm and special fascination of the remarkable build­ ing, they have adapted it to the changing demands and tastes of their clientele. Il Giardino Nova Bussola maintains its unique atmosphere and respects the rich history of the grounds where it stands, al­ ways taking into account that fashions fade but style is eternal. Clients can dine or enjoy a drink on the fairy­tale terrace, that hosts spectacular sunsets in front of Altea’s mountain range.

PERFECT SETTING: For Italian cuisine. Elegant and intimate rooms with stunning high ceilings await, illuminated by soft, ro­ mantic lighting. The inviting decoration and exquisite atmosphere make il Giardino Nova Bussola the perfect setting to indulge in Ital­ ian cuisine with a contemporary twist, that will delight both palate and spirit. Opening hours from Thursday to Monday include the afternoon service from 1pm to 3.30pm and the evening service from 7pm to 11pm. The restaurant opens exclusively from 7pm to 11pm on Wednesdays and

closes on Tuesdays. Diners can enjoy the Menu of the Day on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Il Giardino Nova Bussola restaurant is lo­ cated on Partida la Foya number 21 in Altea la Vieja, with easy parking for clients.

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11:30am Countryfile Winter Diaries 12:15pm Homes Under the Hammer 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News 2:10pm Weather for the Week Ahead 2:15pm Songs of Praise 2:50pm Lifeline 3:00pm Escape to the Country 3:55pm Garden Rescue 4:55pm The Repair Shop 5:40pm Blue Planet II 6:40pm BBC News 7:00pm BBC London News; Weather 7:05pm Weather 7:10pm Countryfile 8:10pm Doctor Who 9:00pm Call the Midwife 10:00pm The Trial of Christine Keeler 11:00pm BBC News 11:20pm BBC London News; Weather 11:25pm Weather 11:30pm Match of the Day 2 12:30am The Women's Football Show

7:15am The Instant Gardener 8:00am Around the World in 80 Gardens 9:00am Countryfile 10:00am Monty Don's American Gardens 11:00am Saturday Kitchen Best Bites 12:30pm Mary Berry's Country House Secrets 1:30pm Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman 2:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 6:15pm Flog It! 7:15pm Ski Sunday 8:00pm Live Snooker: The Masters 12:00am Son of Saul 1:40am Question Time 2:40am Best House in Town 3:25am Holby City Medical drama series charting life on the wards of Holby City Hospital. 4:25am This is BBC Two Preview of upcoming programmes from BBC Two.

8:00pm The Women's Football Show 8:30pm Secret Knowledge 9:00pm All Aboard! New Zealand by Rail, Sea and Land 11:30pm Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime 12:30am Scotland and the Klan Throughout the 18th Century, hundreds of thousands of Scots emigrated to America. 1:30am Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades 2:30am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork Documentary profiling influential figures in the world of wood craftsmanship. 3:30am Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime

10:05am Craig of the Creek 10:25am ITV News 10:30am Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen 11:30am Living on the Veg 12:30pm Gino's Italian Escape: Hidden Italy 1:00pm The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury 1:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 1:34pm ITV London Weather 1:35pm The Voice UK 3:05pm The Masked Singer 4:35pm Tipping Point 5:30pm ITV News and Weather 5:45pm ITV News London 6:00pm The Chase Celebrity Special 7:00pm Dancing on Ice 9:10pm Vera 11:05pm ITV News and Weather 11:19pm ITV London Weather 11:20pm Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad 11:45pm The Metro: A Rail Life Story 12:15am Liar

8:25am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 9:15am The Ellen DeGeneres Show 10:05am Dress to Impress 11:05am The Masked Singer 12:35pm Supermarket Sweep 1:35pm Supermarket Sweep 2:35pm Step Up 3:35pm FYI Daily 3:40pm Step Up 4:45pm Nanny McPhee 5:45pm FYI Daily 5:50pm Nanny McPhee 6:45pm Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 7:45pm FYI Daily 7:50pm Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 10:00pm Love Island 11:05pm Ibiza Weekender 12:05am Family Guy 12:35am Family Guy 1:05am Family Guy 1:35am American Dad! 2:05am American Dad! 2:30am The Cleveland Show

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George and Mildred George and Mildred Coronation Street Emmerdale Foyle's War Foyle's War Agatha Christie's Poirot Lewis Inside the Ritz Hotel Inside the Ritz Hotel Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy Of Cornwall The Good Karma Hospital The Good Karma Hospital Lewis Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant Judge Judy Emmerdale

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The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Frasier Frasier Sunday Brunch The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast A Place in the Sun National Treasure: Book of Secrets Channel 4 News The Great Pottery Throw Down George Clarke's Old House, New Home SAS: Who Dares Wins 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown The Gunman Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA Phil Spencer's Stately Homes Grand Designs Come Dine with Me

9:00am Butterbean's Cafe 9:20am Paw Patrol 9:35am Nella the Princess Knight 9:50am Wissper 10:00am Pirata & Capitano 10:10am Floogals 10:30am Digby Dragon 10:40am Shimmer and Shine 10:55am SpongeBob Squarepants 11:05am The Loud House 11:25am Access 11:35am Friends 2:40pm Friends 3:10pm Smurfs: The Lost Village 4:10pm Access 4:15pm Smurfs: The Lost Village 4:55pm The Princess Diaries 6:45pm Ocean's Twelve 8:55pm 5 News Update 9:00pm Inside... 10:00pm The Wonderful World of Chocolate 11:00pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 12:05am Access 12:10am Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

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6:00am Sky Sports News 7:00am Sky Sports News 8:00am Total Goals A round-up of the latest football action. 8:30am Live Test Cricket South Africa v England. Coverage of the fourth day of the Third Test in the four-match series, taking place at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth. 2:00pm Live Renault Super Sunday Burnley v Leicester City (Kick-off 2.00pm). All the action from the Premier League encounter at Turf Moor. 5:00pm Live Renault Super Sunday 8:30pm Live NFL 12:00am Live NFL 4:00am Sky Sports News 5:00am Sky Sports News

Goals of the 80s Auto Mundial The Car Chasers The Professionals Minder The Sweeney The Return of Sherlock Holmes Hornblower The Last Sunset FYI Daily The Last Sunset Smokey and the Bandit II FYI Daily Smokey and the Bandit II Flash Gordon FYI Daily Flash Gordon Windtalkers FYI Daily Windtalkers Gangster Squad FYI Daily Gangster Squad Fishing Impossible ITV4 Nightscreen Teleshopping

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8:00am EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2 8:30am EFL Championship Highlights 10:15am EFL Championship Highlights 10:30am EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2 11:00am The Sunday Supplement 12:30pm Live EFL 3:30pm EFL Championship Highlights 5:45pm EFL Championship Highlights 6:00pm EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2 6:30pm EFL Championship Highlights 7:45pm EFL Championship Highlights 8:00pm EFL Highlights 8:15pm EFL Championship Highlights 9:00pm EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2 9:30pm EFL Championship Highlights 12:00am EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2

The Karate Kid, Part II The Scorpion King The Scorpion King: Book of Souls 11:45am The Mummy 2:00pm The Mummy Returns 4:15pm The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 6:15pm The Scorpion King 8:00pm The Mummy 10:15pm The Mummy Returns

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BARRY DUKE MINUTES after I hit the ‘publish’ but­ ton on completing a post for my Freethinker website, I realised that the heading ­ ‘Study finds atheists are more likely to own cats than Christians’ ­ hadn’t worked the way I’d intended, and dozens of readers were quick to poke fun at it. I could have changed it but decid­ ed that the mirth it generated would actually serve to increase the number of readers the item would get. So I let it ride and allowed people to enjoy my faux pas and post snide com­ ments. These included: • Wow, that's right! I own a cat (al­ though of course she might not agree ...), but I don’t own any Christians. • That was pretty much my reac­ tion to the headline too. Of course, it isn’t even legal to own Christians. • I’ve got four Christians myself. They’re not too happy about the lit­ ter box through. • Never wanted to own a Christian, but I do look after 20 cats. Hardcore atheist. The piece focused on a recent US study into religion and pet owner­ ship. The research was published by

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Tricky things, headlines

CATS: While dogs regard humans as gods, cats believe they ARE gods. the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and it found that cat owners are church dodgers, while evangeli­ cals tend to shun the beasts. I illustrated the report with a photo of our late, lamented Smirnoff, a black Persian that once terrified a Spanish neighbour. The young woman, clearly very su­ perstitious, stopped speaking to me

after she encountered Smirnoff when she’d called round to borrow our vac­ uum cleaner as hers had blown up. While she was standing on the doorstep, the cat leaped onto my shoulder and fixed his frighteningly golden gaze on her. Her reaction was not entirely sur­ prising, because an awful lot of peo­ ple regard cats as ‘pure evil.’ That

term was used in an entertaining piece entitled ‘13 reasons why cats are just pure evil,’ written for the South China Morning Post by Lucy Christie. Christie asserted that ‘cats and evil villains go together like milk and cookies.’ She pointed out that some famous examples include Dr Evil from the Austin Powers movie series, with

his ‘ugly’ cat Mr Bigglesworth, and Gargamel and Azrael from the Smurfs. She then introduced witches. ‘Everyone knows witch + broomstick + black cat. And if Disney has taught us anything, it’s that witches are in­ herently evil and don’t just want to put a spell on you, they want to kill you (Sleeping Beauty wouldn’t have been much of story if Maleficent had done her job properly). Enter cats. The perfect heartless sidekick; they don’t care whether you live or die, as long as they’re getting some tuna at the end of it.’ For the record, the late Christopher Hitchens, writer and outspoken athe­ ist, said while dogs regard humans as gods, cats believe they ARE gods. Our two dogs would agree that fe­ lines are malevolent. We have hordes of feral cats in our neighbourhood because someone ­ I’ve yet to discov­ er who ­ insists on leaving food out for them. So they lurk in the bushes and lash out at my pooches, turning a tranquil stroll into the Third World War. If I ever find out who’s feeding the things I’ll show them the evil side of MY nature!

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1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One; Weather 2:30pm BBC London News; Weather 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm I Escaped to the Country 4:45pm The Farmers' Country Showdown 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six; Weather 7:30pm BBC London News; Weather 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm Inside Out London 9:00pm EastEnders 9:30pm Panorama 10:00pm Silent Witness 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm Regional News and Weather 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Ladhood 12:00am Live at the Apollo 12:30am The Graham Norton Show

7:45am The Farmers' Country Showdown 8:30am MasterChef: The Professionals 9:30am This Week in Parliament 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:15pm Politics Live 2:00pm Live International Bowls 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm The Twinstitute 8:30pm Mastermind 9:00pm Only Connect 9:30pm University Challenge 10:00pm War in the Blood 11:30pm Newsnight 12:10am Weather 12:15am Louis Theroux: Selling Sex 1:15am Bowls 2:15am The Farmers' Country Showdown 3:00am The Apprentice

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days 8:30pm Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage 9:00pm Caribbean with Simon Reeve 10:00pm A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy 11:00pm The Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors 12:00am The Art of Scandinavia 1:00am Britain in Focus: A Photographic History 2:00am Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork 3:00am Caribbean with Simon Reeve 4:00am A Fresh Guide to Florence with Fab 5 Freddy

7:00am Good Morning Britain 10:00am Lorraine 11:00am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm Tenable 4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm Coronation Street 9:00pm The Martin Lewis Money Show 9:30pm Coronation Street 10:00pm Cold Feet 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:45pm Welcome to HMP Belmarsh with Ross Kemp 12:45am All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite 1:35am Ideal World

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Teleshopping Dinner Date Emmerdale Coronation Street Coronation Street The Ellen DeGeneres Show Superstore Superstore Dress to Impress Emmerdale Coronation Street Coronation Street The Ellen DeGeneres Show Supermarket Sweep Dinner Date Dress to Impress You've Been Framed! You've Been Framed! You've Been Framed! You've Been Framed! Two and a Half Men Superstore Love Island Love Island: Aftersun Family Guy Family Guy American Dad!

10:10am Frasier 10:40am Frasier 11:10am Undercover Boss USA 12:05pm Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA 1:00pm Channel 4 News 1:05pm Sun, Sea and Selling Houses 2:05pm Escape to the Chateau: DIY 3:10pm Countdown 4:00pm A Place in the Sun 5:00pm A New Life in the Sun 6:00pm Couples Come Dine with Me 7:00pm The Simpsons 7:30pm Hollyoaks 8:00pm Channel 4 News 9:00pm How to Lose Weight Well 10:00pm 999: What's Your Emergency? 11:00pm Diamond Dealers and Cockney Geezers 12:00am Meet the Drug Lords: Inside the Real Narcos

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The Protectors Quincy, M.E. Kojak The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Minder The Professionals The Sweeney Quincy, M.E. Kojak The Return of Sherlock Holmes Minder The Professionals The Sweeney The Chase Celebrity Special Rescue: River Deep, Mountain High Rescue: River Deep, Mountain High Fighter Pilot: The Real Top Gun Straight Outta Compton FYI Daily Straight Outta Compton Minder The Contender

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Problem Child I Want Candy Love, Simon Blue Streak Zoolander Shallow Hal Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 7:00pm Love, Simon 9:00pm Bridget Jones's Diary 10:45pm Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 12:40am Little Monsters

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16 - 22 January 2020

Cat Who Got the Cream

Freelance correspondent, London, England HAVE you ever wondered what a man who is said to have ‘got the cream’ actually looks like? I have. Its a very old adage or saying and in full is ‘the cat who got the cream’ meaning successful and knowing it, but let’s not argue about details when we have such an amazing human example to look at. Torsten Müller­Ötvös, CEO of Rolls Royce Motor Cars seen here alongside a Rolls Royce Cullinan, the super­luxury SUV, has clearly been at a whole jug of cream recently. He is enjoying to the full the results of a spectacular year of sales of the several varieties of Rolls Royce motor cars. A total of 5,152 cars deliv­ ered during 2019 to customers in over 50 countries, representing a 25 per cent in­ crease on the previous high set in 2018. “This performance is of an altogether dif­ ferent magnitude to any previous year’s sales success. While we celebrate these remark­ able results we are conscious of our key promise to our customers, to keep our brand rare and exclusive. We are pleased and proud to have delivered growth of 25 per cent in 2019. Worldwide demand last year for our Cullinan SUV has driven this success and is ex­ pected to stabilise in 2020. “It is a ringing testament to the quality and

TORSTEN MÜLLER-ÖTVÖS: The man who has clearly got the cream supported by a Cullinan. integrity of our products, the faith and pas­ sion of our customers and, above all, the skill, dedication and determination of our excep­ tional team at the home of Rolls­Royce at Goodwood and around the world and our

dedicated global dealer network.” A restrained comment I think from Torsten Müller­Ötvös in the circumstances. When most other motor manufacturers are ponder­ ing falling sales and the transition from diesel

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and petrol to electric powerplants arguably Rolls Royce could be said to be ‘Effortless Everywhere,’ a Rolls Royce aphorism or per­ haps a promise of performance. As the year drew to a close Rolls Royce completed its Black Badge family. A some­ what sinister looking variation of the Cullinan joined Black Badge variants of the Ghost, Dawn and Wraith. The enthusiasm that greet­ ed the launch of the Cullinan itself earlier in the year was matched by the enthusiasm that greeted the ‘King of the Night’ in November. The Cullinan was the fastest selling new Rolls Royce in its history. In mid 2020 the successor to Ghost the biggest selling car of the Good­ wood Era of the Rolls Royce marque will be revealed. The commercial suc­ cess of the Ghost is said to have made it possible for Rolls Royce to scale up its production and commit to the im­ mense investments that have led to the brand’s current success and lay the founda­ tions for what is probably a glorious future at Goodwood, its manufacturing base. Let us give the last word to Torsten Müller­ Ötvös, “There is no other company like Rolls­ Royce Motor Cars: we are all conscious of what a privilege it is to design, build and de­ liver the best car in the world for our cus­ tomers. “PersonalIy, I continue to feel honoured and humbled to have led this great company for the past decade.”

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7:00am Breakfast 10:15am Rip Off Britain: Live 11:00am Homes Under the Hammer 12:00pm Wanted Down Under 12:45pm Caught Red Handed 1:15pm Bargain Hunt 2:00pm BBC News at One 2:30pm BBC London News 2:45pm Doctors 3:15pm Father Brown 4:00pm Escape to the Country 4:45pm The Farmers' Country Showdown 5:30pm Antiques Road Trip 6:15pm Pointless 7:00pm BBC News at Six 7:30pm BBC London News 8:00pm The One Show 8:30pm EastEnders 9:00pm Holby City 10:00pm Silent Witness 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm Regional News and Weather 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Veganville 12:20am Nadiya's Asian Odyssey 1:15am Weather for the Week Ahead

Antiques Road Trip The Farmers' Country Showdown 9:00am MasterChef: The Professionals 10:00am BBC News at 9 11:00am Victoria Derbyshire 12:00pm BBC Newsroom Live 1:15pm Politics Live 2:00pm Lifeline 2:10pm World Bowls 6:15pm Flog It! 7:00pm Richard Osman's House of Games 7:30pm Great British Railway Journeys 8:00pm Celebrity Antiques Road Trip Famous faces embark on the cross-country treasure-hunting challenge. 9:00pm Cornwall: This Fishing Life 10:00pm Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting 11:00pm Better Things 11:25pm The Archiveologists 11:30pm Newsnight 12:10am Weather 12:15am NFL This Week 1:05am Bowls

8:00pm Beyond 100 Days BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world. 8:30pm Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain 9:00pm Italy's Invisible Cities 10:00pm Britain's Pompeii 11:00pm The Babes in the Wood Murders: The Prosecutors 12:00am Dan Cruickshank: At Home with the British 1:00am Chinese New Year: 2:00am Big Sky, Big Dreams, Big Art: Made in the USA Waldemar Januszczak examines the golden age of American art. 3:00am Britain's Pompeii 4:00am Italy's Invisible Cities

6:05am Judge Rinder 7:00am Good Morning Britain 10:00am Lorraine 11:00am This Morning 1:30pm Loose Women 2:30pm ITV Lunchtime News 2:55pm ITV News London 3:00pm Dickinson's Real Deal 4:00pm Tenable 4:59pm ITV London Weather 5:00pm Tipping Point 6:00pm The Chase 7:00pm ITV News London 7:30pm ITV Evening News 8:00pm Emmerdale 8:30pm The Metro: A Rail Life Story 9:00pm Midsomer Murders 11:00pm ITV News at Ten and Weather 11:30pm ITV News London 11:45pm White House Farm 12:45am Tenable 1:35am Ideal World 4:00am The Home Game 4:50am ITV Nightscreen Text-based information service.

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Teleshopping Dinner Date Emmerdale Coronation Street Coronation Street The Ellen DeGeneres Show Superstore Superstore Dress to Impress Emmerdale Coronation Street Coronation Street The Ellen DeGeneres Show Supermarket Sweep Dinner Date Dress to Impress You've Been Framed! You've Been Framed! You've Been Framed! You've Been Framed! Two and a Half Men Superstore Love Island Don't Hate the Playaz Family Guy Family Guy American Dad! American Dad!


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Peppa Pig Top Wing Paw Patrol Floogals Becca's Bunch Little Princess Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom 10:10am Sunny Bunnies 10:15am Jeremy Vine 12:15pm Wild Animal Rescue 1:10pm 5 News Lunchtime 1:15pm Police Interceptors 2:10pm Access 2:15pm Home and Away 2:45pm Neighbours 3:15pm Tempting Fate 5:00pm Friends 6:00pm 5 News at 5 6:30pm Neighbours 7:00pm Home and Away 7:30pm 5 News Tonight 8:00pm Wild Animal Rescue 9:00pm Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly 10:00pmBen Fogle: New Lives in the Wild 11:00pm Bad Girls Behind Bars 12:05am The Sex Business

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Hollyoaks Celebrity Coach Trip Mike & Molly Young Sheldon The Big Bang Theory The Goldbergs Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Baby Daddy Young Sheldon The Goldbergs Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Hollyoaks Drama following the lives and loves of a group of teenagers and young adults in Chester. Celebrity Coach Trip The Big Bang Theory 8 Out of 10 Cats Joe Lycett: I'm About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine Gogglebox

7:00am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7:30am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 9:00am Live ICC Under-19s World Cup Cricket 4:45pm Test Cricket Bitesize 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Transfer Centre The latest football transfer developments. 6:30pm Sky Sports News at 5 Sports news and updates. 7:00pm The Transfer Show Analysis of the latest transfer news. 8:00pm Gillette Soccer Special 11:15pm The Debate Discussion on the latest football news. 12:15am Sky Sports News 1:00am Sky Sports News 2:00am Sky Sports News

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10:30am 2 Fast 2 Furious 12:30pm The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2:30pm Fast and Furious 4:30pm Fast and Furious Five 6:45pm Fast and Furious 6 9:00pm Fast and Furious 11:00pm Fast and Furious Five 1:15am Fast and Furious 6 3:30am 303 Squadron

7:00am Out of Blue 9:00am Can You Ever Forgive Me? 10:50am Better Start Running Harley, a young man who works at a local store, wants to ask co-worker Stephanie to a town dance. 12:35pmAladdin 2:50pm Crash Pad 4:40pm The Girls' Room 7:00pm Can You Ever Forgive Me? 9:00pm Aladdin 11:10pm Better Start Running Harley, a young man who works at a local store, wants to ask co-worker Stephanie to a town dance. 12:50amCrash Pad 2:35am Rust Creek Sawyer, an ambitious, overachieving college student, has a seemingly bright future.

10:00am SPFL Greatest Games 10:30am Football Years 11:00am EFL Highlights 12:00pm The Fantasy Football Club 12:30pm Football's Greatest Players 1:00pm EFL Greatest Games 1:30pm SPFL Greatest Games 2:00pm Football Countdowns 3:00pm Football Years 4:00pm EFL Highlights 5:00pm The Fantasy Football Club 5:30pm Football's Greatest Players 6:00pm EFL Greatest Games 6:30pm SPFL Greatest Games 7:00pm EFL Highlights 8:00pm Soccer AM: The Best Bits 8:30pm EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2 9:00pm EFL Championship Highlights 11:00pm EFL Greatest Games 11:30pm SPFL Greatest Games 12:00am EFL Highlights 1:00am Football Years

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The Protectors Quincy, M.E. Kojak The Return of Sherlock Holmes Minder The Professionals The Sweeney Quincy, M.E. Kojak The Return of Sherlock Holmes Minder The Professionals The Sweeney The Chase Celebrity Special Police Academy 6: City Under Siege FYI Daily Police Academy 6: City Under Siege Smokey and The Bandit III FYI Daily Smokey and The Bandit III Car Crash Global: Caught on Camera Jeremy Wade's Mighty Rivers Lethal Weapon The Protectors

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Advertising Feature

Internet Safety Corner What you need to know about ‘Public WiFi’ and how it could affect you WHEN we are out and about, none of us turn off the WiFi on our de­ vices so wherever we go, our WiFi enabled devices are constantly ‘searching’ for a known WiFi net­ work to connect to. It is also extremely common for us to ask for the WiFi password in the hotels where we stay, or the restau­ rants and coffee shops we visit. Of course, we don’t want to useup our 3G/4G mobile data or we simply hope to enjoy a faster bandwidth connection by connecting to the WiFi network that is offered to us for free, but what are the risks for you if any? Public WiFi Networks Regardless of whether the WiFi network is password protected or not, you are essentially forming part of a network in which there can be a whole lot of other people. It’s like ac­

cessing a house with or without a key, once you are inside, you could stay in the lounge or... you could ‘snoop around.’ It is never easy to know “‘how safe’ the network is, be­ cause this largely depends on who is offering it, how it was built, what equipment is running the network and the level of expertise/experience of the people who put it all together. Often, these WiFi networks are set up and offered with the simplest equipment despite the best inten­ tions and even if a password is re­ quired to access the WiFi, many are unaware of the potential vulnerabili­ ties if there is anyone inside the same network with more devious in­ tentions. After all, a ‘network’ is a bunch of devices that are connected, even if wirelessly, they are still con­ nected. As the devices inside the net­

work are all connected to each other either directly or through a ‘router,’ it means that it could be possible for someone else to see what stuff you have in your device or simply inter­ cept and ‘sniff’ your data traffic. What damage can this do to you? If a person with bad intentions is also connected to the same WiFi net­ work as you are, they could play with a whole variety of techniques to ei­ ther access information on your de­ vice directly or ‘sniff’ your data traf­ fic. If they are ‘sniffing’ your data traffic, they are looking for informa­ tion which is not encrypted and hope that in this exchange of information they might be able to pick up user­ names & passwords for your social media accounts, email accounts, bank accounts etc. Of course once they obtain this in­

formation, there are a lot of things that can be done, ranging from iden­ tity theft, access to private informa­ tion to economic loss. Some hackers are even capable of simulating or building a ‘fake’ WiFi Network with their laptop which creates a ‘pretend WiFi’ network with the same name as the one you are expecting to con­ nect to. Of course, if you connect to this WiFi network, you are connect­ ing directly to the hacker’s computer (instead of the intended WiFi net­ work), where they would be able to see almost all data traffic and read al­ most all the information. What can you do to reduce the risks? Although the chances of you being affected are low, and you are proba­ bly an unlikely target for hackers, it is important that you are at least aware

of these vulnerabilities and that you understand more or less what it means to be connected to a WiFi network. The safest bet is to not use public WiFi networks. Try to use only your own WiFi at home and use the 3G/4G for data when outside. If you are going to connect to public WiFi networks outside your home, then try to do so at establishments which you feel you can trust be­ cause it is also true that many es­ tablishments have some well built and well maintained WiFi networks too. Other than that, it is also very important that your devices are up­ dated to the latest Firmware/Soft­ ware releases because the vulnera­ bilities on your device are usually found on ‘older versions’ that have not been updated.

We sincerely hope this information was useful and we look forward to sharing some more tips with you in due course. Article by: Mike from Direct Telecom

It’s safe to come out now MIKE SENKER IN MY OPINION Views of a Grumpy Old Man WELL I guess it’s safe to come out of hiding now all that merry Christmas stuff has gone. By the way, it’s the middle of January so stop wishing me a happy New Year too! The season of goodwill was all very uneventful except for meeting the most revolting drunk idiot at a Christmas party who made an ab­ solute fool of himself. I love watching award shows like the Gold­ en Globes and the Oscars as I was in the film business for nearly 30 years. Ricky Gervais was brilliant at hosting the Golden Globes. He took no prisoners! A few of the celebs made speeches about global warming and how we should all do our bit. The one comment that stood out for me was from Stella McCartney and guess what her pearl of wisdom was? Go vegan, walk everywhere, don’t use plastic? Nope, none of that. It was to congratulate Joaquin Phoenix for wearing the same dinner suit for the whole award season. The British designer showed her support for Phoenix’s decision on

Twitter writing, “This man is a winner… wear­ ing custom Stella because he chooses to make choices for the future of the planet,” she explained. “He has also chosen to wear this same Tux for the entire award season to reduce waste. I am proud to join forces with you.” Wow that is amazing. Imagine how proud she would be of me. I’ve had the same dinner suit for nearly 20 years. It’s been in fashion, out and back again gawd knows how many times. I didn’t realise I was saving the planet. I just was trying to save a few quid. I honestly didn’t know I was saving rain forests in the process. Seriously though is that the best she can come up with? It just goes to prove these people are so far removed from the real world that they really shouldn’t be al­ lowed to put anything on Twitter unless they run it past their cleaner or gardener first to make sure they aren’t going to say something that normal people just laugh at. Fortunately some of the real stars like Elton John, Kylie Minogue and many others are ac­ tually doing something useful by using their huge wealth to donate large sums of money to Australia to help fight the devastation that the bush fires are causing. In my opinion it’s a darn sight better than wearing a free dinner suit five times!


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Across 1 Rough terrain for coach (7) 5 Going astray dooms wicked old city (5) 8 Spare change, one gathers (5) 9 Tavern's refurbished by domestic worker (7) 10 Fight expected end of April (4) 11 Liberal made Green love America (8) 13 Parade has moved into state (6) 15 Let lad see out (6) 18 Gathered together and called to order (8) 19 Bans plastic bags (4) 22 Jewellery spotted in River Wear ringroad (7) 23 Parts of the Far East (5) 24 A range of potential votes (5) 25 The side in red lived (7) Down 1 Outbursts an Asian heard before attacks (7) 2 Humble home with acre in front (5) 3 Breeding place discovered in Lone Star State (4) 4 More impulsive part of a cooked breakfast (6) 5 Playful kids here made a loud noise (8) 6 Monsters created from dead organs (7) 7 Buddies forming teams (5) 12 Amateur team, including a reserve

(3,5) 14 An Italian port - New Orleans (7) 16 Neglected Susie injured in dead ends (7) 17 Mendicant finding food in pub (6)

Code Breaker

18 Game played by revolutionary onboard a ship (5) 20 In front of a leader (5) 21 Hands hesitate, we hear (4)

Each number in the Code Breaker grid represents a different letter of the alphabet. In this week’s puzzle, 2 represents Z and 20 represents S, so fill in Z every time the figure 2 appears and S every time the figure 20 appears. Now, using your knowledge of the English language, work out which letters should go in the missing squares. As you discover the letters, fill in other squares with the same number in the main grid and the control grid.

Across 1 Fried potatoes (5) 4 Lawful (5) 7 Extraordinarily good or great (9) 8 Exchange one thing for another (4) 9 Made warm or hot (6) 12 Basic unit of currency of Israel (6) 13 Felines (4) 16 Express regret for a fault (9) 18 Hold back to a later time (5) 19 Inuit seal-skin canoe (5)

English - Spanish

Across 1 Caderas (4) 3 Swimming (8) 9 Barn (7) 10 Debajo (5) 11 Comer en casa (3,2) 12 Más fácil (6) 14 Subject (6) 16 Fresh (6) 19 To shout (6) 21 Lados (5) 24 Success (at task) (5) 25 Gaviota (7) 26 Tesoro (8) 27 Duck (bird) (4)


Down 1 Complete disorder and confusion (5) 2 Fill with gas or air (7) 3 Sound in mind (4) 4 Departs (6) 5/17 Escape punishment (3,3) 6 Expressed clearly (5) 10 Event resulting in great loss and misfortune (7) 11 Roundabout road (6) 12 Injure with hot liquid or steam (5) 14 Aquatic predator (5) 15 Chain segment (4) 17 See 5

The clues are mixed, some clues are in Spanish and some are in English.

Down 1 Bonfires (8) 2 Planta (5) 4 To take in (receive) (6) 5 Both (5) 6 Enfermedad (7) 7 Tritón (4) 8 Cacahuete (6) 13 Pocket (8) 15 Ucrania (7) 17 To scratch (with claw, nail) (6) 18 Goma de borrar (6) 20 Herramientas (5) 22 Debt (5) 23 Izquierdo (4)







AQUARIUS (January 21 - February 19) When you are at home this week I would like you to consider how you view your surroundings. This is a good week to make changes and have discussions about future directions. It is assumed that those close are happy with the status quo, but this may not be the case.

PISCES (February 20 - March 20) Pat yourself on the back for all of your efforts of recent weeks. Looking back just a few months, would you have thought so much progress could be made? Because of your efforts, home life is enhanced and you are more appreciated. Give yourself a break at the weekend and do something with a loved one that you have not done together for some time.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Rarely has your mind been as sharp as it is at the moment. There have been some awkward and downright bad periods in the recent past, but this week everything falls into place. Why, you wonder, have you worried so much about things which could not be changed?

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) For all of the things that you want to do, there are three others that you wish to do. Maybe they are waiting for their own time to come. During the course of this week you will be thinking of what the future could hold, even though dealing with practical issues.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) When it isn't possible to change something, often it is just as effective to rearrange it. That is the solution which comes to you this week. Instead of being frustrated at a delay, try changing the conditions or times. This may mean that you save money or delay a payment to your advantage.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23) When we have long-standing friendships, these are often taken for granted and yet often we could make so much more of them.

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LEO (July 24 - August 23) Consider what is the most important thing to you at the moment? Is it wealth or social position? Your work, or how it may be possible to afford that new conservatory are minor considerations compared with your greatest asset which is your health.

VIRGO (August 24 - September 23) As the saying goes, ‘no one ever said it would be easy’. In the past few months you have found this to be true. Hard work is not alien to you, but there is a point where you want to shout ‘enough’. It may be that business or home life needs some rearranging, or that someone is moving job and the routine is severely disrupted.

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EURO MILLIONS Tuesday January 7



Is playing the waiting game really to your advantage? Your Sagittarian character naturally leads you to be optimistic, and why not? Even so, it won't hurt to hurry someone along rather than having them go at their own pace. Bear in mind that, in letting someone get away with sloppiness, you are doing them no favours at all.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 20) The enthusiasm of your bright Capricorn mind is also capable of making you restless. There are mixed feelings about being at or near home this week, with thoughts of more progress being possible elsewhere. Your need to make things better for those round you may not make you money but it can bring great joy.



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LIBRA (September 24 - October 23)

There is so much in you that is determined and looking forward to a fresh start, but something that you are trying to get rid of, or give up, may be giving you more trouble than anticipated. Some things have to be done alone, or so you think, but others have gone through this before you so they are able to give support.


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JOKER: 6 400 630 EL GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA Sunday January 12


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Fill all the empty squares using the numbers 1 to 9, so that the sum of each horizontal block equals the ‘clue’ on its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the clue on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once.

TARGET: Average: 8 Good: 11 Very good: 16 Excellent: 20

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION cere cert core corn cure curt ecru erne euro rent rete rote rout rune runt tern torc tore torn tour tree true turn cornu court crone cruet cuter enter enure erect eruct noter outer recon recto route tenor terce toner truce tuner center centre cornet cunner encore neuron neuter recent rennet tenner tenrec tenure tureen counter enteron neurone neutron nocturn recount trounce cretonne nocturne renounce ENCOUNTER


QUICK Across: 1 Simple, 4 Oath, 8 Incorrect, 9 Kite, 10 Status, 13 Rescue, 15 Loan, 18 Procedure, 19 Tale, 20 Cleans.



How many English words of four letters or more can you make from the nine letters in our Nonagram puzzle? Each letter may be used only once (unless the letter appears twice). Each word MUST CONTAIN THE CENTRE LETTER (in this case L) and there must be AT LEAST ONE NINE LETTER WORD. Plurals, vulgarities or proper nouns are not allowed.

Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3X3 box contains the digits 1-9. There’s no maths involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.



As a home-loving Libran, you are torn between making changes to your surroundings and getting some cash in on the business side. Apparently, it is not possible to do both because energy levels fluctuate.




1 Snooker, 2 Moist, 3 Lack, 5 Alert, 6/18 Hot pot, 7 Truth, 11 Singers, 12 Quiet, 14 Spoil, 16 Opera, 17 Full.

CRYPTIC Across: 1 Rinse, 4 Siberia, 8 Magneto, 9 Round, 10 Outdated, 11 Mean, 13 Spends, 14 Beagle, 17 Duck, 19 Cardinal, 22 Larva, 23 Retreat, 24 Sceptic, 25 Ameer.

Down: 1 Romeo, 2 Nightie, 3 Emeralds, 4 Shoves, 5 Barb, 6 Rouse, 7 Andante, 12 Vendetta, 13 Saddles, 15 Genoese, 16 Fabric, 18 Carve, 20 Later, 21 Hart.


Across: 1 Betún, 4 Compass, 8 Charcos, 9 Desde, 10 So far, 11 Longest, 12 Escape, 14 Saucer, 17 Mostaza, 19 Menos, 21 Leave, 22 Mendigo, 23 Estirar, 24 Angry.

1 Bocas, 2 Traffic, 3 Nacer, 4 Castle, 5 Mudanza, 6 Aisle, 7 Shelter, 12 Esmalte, 13 Planear, 15 Cunning, 16 Hammer, 18 Smart, 19 Manga, 20 Snowy.


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KEEP DOG BEACHES DEAR Euro Weekly, I broke from tradition and had a quick lo­ ok at your Facebook page the other day. I was a bit concerned to read that there is talk of banning dogs from the beaches. All beaches? That is a bit over the top. People love taking their dogs to the beach and I have seen more dogs here than in any other places in the world. I do agree that dog mess on the beach is ridiculous as I would hate to be sunbathing and find it next to me, but in my town we have a de­ signated dog beach and honestly, it’s great. I take my dog there and all the dogs can hang out together and enjoy the space. The beaches give the dogs a chance to exercise and stay healthy. Maybe people could do as I do and make sure their poo­ ches have been to the toilet before they hit the sand. Also, dogs here are supposed to only be allowed on the beach at certain ti­ mes of the year, out of season, could they not just invest in people that monitor this instead of penalising the dogs and owners? Yours truly, Geoff Trent

Soft may be better DEAR Euro Weekly This is my first year spending Christ­ mas in Spain­ and what a Christmas it was! Some of the customs are quite biza­ rre but I thoroughly enjoyed them. The Three Kings parade was truly somet­ hing, all the children and dancers were incredible. The effort the Spanish put into their parade is clear to see and it pays off tremendously. However, I was concerned with the way some of the sweets were being thrown. I saw a video on Facebook that sho­ wed one of the Three Kings in Cataluña throwing sweets violently. Apparently, people in the crowd were shouting ra­ cial slurs at him. Still, it isn’t very clever to throw hard­boiled sweets into a crowd full of children. As a senior wo­ man, I was hit by some quite hard swe­ ets on the head. My intention isn’t to put a damper on their fantastic tradi­ tion, only to propose a solution. Maybe soft sweets are a better idea? Eileen Stewart, Mijas Costa

DOG BEACHES: Enjoying the space.

Where have they gone? HELLO EWN, I was sitting in a café the other day peo­ ple watching and suddenly I wondered


where have all the children gone? I am an expat living on the coast of Spain and I must say I hardly ever see Spanish teena­ gers. There are either 30­something fami­ lies with three babies each or very old peo­ ple but nothing in between. Obviously I have seen British children here holidaying with their families and it’s good to see so­ me younger, trendier faces. Is there a certain age when Spanish chil­ dren fly the coop and head for the big ci­ ties? I guess a lot of them must go to uni­ versity and so would head to places like Madrid or Malaga, but surely that would not be until they are about 18 years old. I am so used to seeing groups of youngs­ ters in the street or shops at home where they seem so sociable and independent. I suppose the children here could socially in­ teract in a different way, maybe they are scared of the sun. It certainly makes me fe­ el older! So bring out your young! Unglue them from the couch and com­ puter games and send them out into the sunshine. If anything then at least to re­ mind us oldies of how we used to be. Yours truly, Linda Jefferies

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Disobedient royals QUEEN ELIZABETH II once referred to 1992 as an ‘annus horribilis’ or a horrible year. Three royal marriages broke down, flames engulfed Windsor Castle and a toe-sucking scandal involving Sarah Ferguson rocked the monarchy. Some have speculated that - 27 years later - 2019 would go down in history as the Queen’s ‘annus horribilis, part two.’ However, 2020 hasn’t been the fresh start the royal family was expecting. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began the year by stepping down as senior members of the royal family. The shocking news ended any dreams of an uneventful year for the British monarchy. Naturally, the announcement has piqued the public’s interest as to how these changes will be carried out. The term senior royal is somewhat of an ambiguous term, but is generally used to refer to adult relatives of the monarch who are high up in the line of succession. They work full-time and attend commitments in the Queen’s name. At the end of 2019, Prince Andrew also stepped down as a senior royal, albeit under different circumstances. The new change will see the Sussexes continue to support the Commonwealth and their patronages. However, the couple has explained that they will be financially independent from the Sovereign Grant. Controversy surrounds this topic as 95 per cent of their current funding is generated through the Duchy of Cornwall.

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Piers Morgan’s fury at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle $500,000 to fight bushfires: COMMENTS FROM FACEBOOK

Agree that if they do not want the duties that go with their titles then no monies should be given to them, might have to join everyone else in the work force for earnings would be a good wake up call for sure, Titles, privileges, homes what have you are not just given they come with commitment to the Queen, the Family, to the Crown and Country so if they blatantly don’t want then they don’t get ; Taxpayers are paying for this ser­ vice ­ am thinking there are rules to follow as everything in life is a give and take, am sure there will be many dis­ cussions/decisions made by the higher ups, by the Roy­ al Family and Parliament before any real outcome will be laid out to the public, until it is decided no monies should be paid from taxpayers’ pockets. If they decide to go their own way they could still hold their title just in name only, with no benefits. Martha Rediker

Not OTT at all ... they have said they want to step back so let them! I've always stuck up for Harry but I feel very let down by this latest move. They have shown no con­ sideration for the Queen. I think Harry is as besotted with Megan as his great, great uncle was with Wallis and he is dancing to her tune. I hope he doesn’t live to regret it, but I fear he will. Kay Cunliffe

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Mercadona invests in online commitment: I have been using Mercadona online shopping for near­ ly a year now. I’ve never had a problem. Meat always has a good life span. Fruit and veg is always very fresh. They do charge just over €7 to deliver no matter how much you spend, but that works out cheaper than me getting a bus there and taxi back. Very good in summer when I order lots of drinks that are heavy. Keep up the good work Mercadona x Anne Krawczyk-payne

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Weighed down THE weight of a regular A4­sized notebook is around half a kilo or 1.1 pounds. If textbooks weigh the same and eight­year­ olds have around six subjects, it’s just a question of doing the math. Children don’t always carry all of their books, but they also tend to pack a pencil case, their lunch or a dictionary. It all adds up, meaning that a child’s back­ pack can easily weigh four to five kilos. Taking into account that the average eight­year­old weighs 25 kilos, their school rucksack could represent around 15 to 20 per cent of their total body weight. This would be equivalent to an adult carrying a 15­kilo bag to work. A study conducted by the PO­ DUMA Research group at the University of Malaga has deter­

mined the effects of heavy back­ packs on children. Researchers have concluded that if the back­ pack represents over 15 per cent of the child’s weight, the body reacts by significantly changing the way they walk. According to the investigators, strides become shorter and the feet spend more time in contact with the ground. These changes coincide with the first steps to suffering musculoskeletal in­ juries. The study was carried out over the course of a year and in­ volved the participation of 231 children from Malaga who were between six and 12 years. The tests were conducted as each boy or girl walked with backpacks of varying weight. In all cases, it was noted that back­ packs weighing over 15 per cent of bodyweight caused the shape

of the tread to vary. A member of the Biomedical Research Institute in Malaga as­ sured that this habit causes a predisposition to have problems in the future. He explained that children who walk carrying a lot of weight on a daily basis suffer from walking disor­ ders. Therefore, they have more options to contract knee and back injuries. In addition to af­ fecting the biomechanics of walking, too much weight can cause future injuries to the hips, feet or back. These problems could be easily ag­ gravated if the child already suffers an alteration, includ­ ing scoliosis or flat feet.

HARMFUL: Heavy backpacks can cause walking disorders in children.


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Pressure perfect REGULAR CARE: Stay well for the rest of your life.

Why Chiropractic care is good for you! THE following 10 statements explain why getting a spinal adjustment by a Chiropractor can help you to get and stay well for the rest of your life. Each statement is sup­ ported by some great peer reviewed articles which backs up the benefits of regular chiropractic care. To find out more about the research please visit 1. It’s good for your nervous system. This is the system that controls and regulates every single function in your body. 2. It’s good for your posture. The author of the sup­ porting paper also suggests that you may need more than one or two adjustments if you want to train your­ self out of poor postural habits. 3. It’s good for your brain function. There is evidence to suggest that getting adjusted may help improve vi­ sion, reading ability, memory, alertness, energy. 4. It keeps your joints young and well lubricated. An adjustment can help restore normal joint movement and mechanics and help remove joint adhesions or scar tis­ sue. 5. It’s good for your overall. Health measurement of ‘serum thiol levels’ reveal the higher the level the health­ ier you are or the less chance of disease. People without pain or symptoms and were getting adjusted had high serum thiol levels. 6. It’s good for your family. Especially babies with colic as it may stop them crying and this makes mummy and daddy happier. 7. It can make you more flexible.The article by Fox us­ es hamstrings as an example of how being adjusted and stretching can help your muscles to relax. 8. It can make your muscles stronger and more flexi­ ble. Quite an in­depth explanation into why getting ad­ justed can improve neurological control and muscle strength. 9. It can improve your co­ordination. Significant im­ provement to hand­eye co­ordination are noted in this article following a series of adjustments. 10. It is an effective treatment for back pain. Chiro­ practic came out on top in this article relative to hospital out­patient physiotherapy treatment. For more information, call in to our practice, connect on Facebook, or visit our website. Dra. Sharon Nilsson DC Nilsson Nilsson Teléfono: 965 889 303 / 692 611 475

MORE and more experts now recommend that people with high blood pressure regularly check their blood pressure at home. This can give a better reflection of your blood pressure, as being tested in somewhere like a GP surgery can make you feel anxious and can affect the result. It can also allow you to monitor your condition more easily in the long term. You can buy a variety of low­cost monitors so you can test your blood pres­ sure at home or while you’re on the move. Doing this gives people an idea where their blood pressure stands in be­ tween doctor’s appoint­ ments and can motivate them to care more about their health. It also helps doctors make quick medication adjustments to keep blood pressure in a healthy zone. However, home blood pressure monitors aren’t always as accurate as they should be. It has been reported that home blood pressure monitors may be inaccu­ rate in 5 per cent to 15 per cent of patients, de­ pending on the threshold for accuracy used. A study at the Universi­ ty of Alberta in Calgary tested dozens of home monitors used by 85 pa­ tients averaging 66 years of age. Researchers found the units weren’t accurate within five mmHg of blood

pressure about 70 per cent of the time and the devices were off the mark by at least 10 mmHg about 30 per cent of the time. Such inaccuracies could end with some people tak­ ing too much or too lit­ tle blood pressure med­ ication. There are a number of

ways to minimise inaccu­ rate readings with the de­ vices. Patients can com­ pare the blood pressure machine measurement with a blood pressure measurement in a clinic before exclusively relying upon home blood pres­ sure readings. It is also important is to do several blood pressure

measurements and base treatment decisions over multiple readings. Whatever you do, make sure you use equipment that has been properly tested. The British Hyperten­ sion Society (BHS) has in­ formation about validated blood pressure monitors you can buy.

SOCIAL SCENE U p d a t e o n f o o d , d r i n k , e n t e r t a i n m e n t s , w h a t ’s o n a n d w e e k l y h a p p e n i n g s


Katie’s coming 2019 was a bad year for former glamour model Katie Price, and close sources say she is considering moving to one of her favourite holiday spots, the Costa del Sol. Price was declared bankrupt last year and has now moved out of her ‘mucky mansion’ as bankruptcy trustees take control and is reported to be living above a hairdresser’s shop in a friend’s flat based in Surrey as she considers her future. Bankruptcy laws differ in the UK where you can remain bankrupt for different periods of time, the standard time being 12 months but for larger amounts can see an order up to three years or more. However, some choose to move to Spain and restart their life by becoming a Spanish resident and opening bank accounts whilst leasing or purchasing property without the restrictions of the bankruptcy trustees in the UK. Price keeps in regular contact with Marbella entertainer Ronnie Howells and recently

told him of her desire to live in Spain. He told Euro Weekly News that “Only recently whilst at a club in Marbella she said she was considering the move now.” Meanwhile, further reports of sightings of Price have been reported on the Costa del Sol lately, but not in the glamorous areas associated with a celebrity of Price’s status such as Puerto Banus, but reportedly the La Cala region. Property agent Gary Adamson of Fuengirola said the chatter between agents is that she’s seeking a three bedroom modern apartment. Gary told the Euro Weekly News “I showed an apartment to a representative just three weeks ago by Fuengirola castle, she kept saying Katie would like this and Katie would like that, she even made a phone call to Katie and sent her a video.” Only time will tell if the Costa del Sol has a new celebrity resident. HOUSE HUNTING: Former model had a bad year.


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Ageless beauty JENNIFER LOPEZ celebrated her 50th birthday with a concert in Fuengirola last August as part of her ‘It’s My Party Tour.’ At the recent Golden Globes, the actress, singer and dancer appeared on the red carpet in a dress fitted with a huge bow on the front that made her look like a Christmas gift. The 50-year-old was nominated for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for her role as Ramona in the 2019 hit ‘Hustlers.’ Her appearance on the red carpet had people asking what is the beauty secret of the 50-year-old actress? As if she had read their minds she revealed her secret in a tweet on Twitter: ‘Thx to Biotulin.’ But what exactly is Biotulin? It is an organic botox gel used by such beauties as Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle as a natural alternative to botox. Applied as a lotion it is quickly absorbed into the skin, and smooths and firms it without the typical formation of a mask. Hyaluronic acid provides additional fullness to the skin with a tightening and smoothing effect visible immediately.

RED CARPET DRESS: Nominated for a Golden Globe.

Gin Bars by John Le Seuer IF you have been back to the UK of late you will have noticed that there a lot of Gin bars springing up. In some pubs too there is a whole rack of space reserved just for Gin. It’s no longer one type, but lots of different varieties. This happened because a few years ago distilleries were de­regulated to some extent, and thus the tradi­ tional huge distilleries now faced competition from micro distilleries which could now make distillations. Just as Japanese whisky is now accepted as being every bit as good as Scotch whisky, so the Scots have started to make Gin. Botanist comes from the isle of Islay, normally associated with single malt whiskies. So be careful when you ask for a Scotch these days, it might be a Gin. The problem with the new high end Gins is that they really do need sensitive serving. Yes you can be slapdash and pour in a standard tonic with a bit of lemon and some ice, but it might not be the way to get the best flavour from the Gin. If you are paying for a high end Gin it needs to be a high end serving. Hendricks for example is best served with an organic tonic like Fever Tree, and some cucumber, lemon does not serve it well. My favourite though is Silent Pool. It comes from Guild­ ford in Surrey, UK, and is infused with ‘Botanicals,’ Juniper and a bit of honey. It is then not as harsh as a dry gin and responds well to Fever Tree tonic. But best of all, because it has kaffir of lime in it, you can make it with lime. To do so squeeze a 1/4 of lime into the drink, use an­

SILENT POOL: My favourite Gin, a rather lovely drink.

other 1/4 to run round the rim of the glass gently squeezing and put a slice in the glass. Use the same tech­ nique with lemon. To be honest lime works the best. You can though get a little more adventurous. Take a potato peeler to an orange. Peel off some strips of orange peel, put them in the glass, then squeeze two grapes into the glass, don’t put the grapes into the glass though. Silent Pool at this points changes like a chameleon into a very different, rather lovely drink. Cheers.

SOCIAL SCENE BOWLER’S PRIVATE DINING FOR my first recipe this week and a big hit for my pop up restaurant Sunday lunch @ the Church, ‘Apple and celeriac soup’ also called turnip­rooted celery, celery root, or knob cel­ ery, is a variety of celery culti­ vated for its edible stem or hypocotyl, and shoots. Celeriac is like a root veg­ etable except it has a bulbous hypocotyl with many small roots attached. This really works with apples to give a sweet note to this root veg­ etable soup. Something differ­ ent with flavours that really work well together. This simple chocolate truffle recipe is a real winner, bitter, smooth, and grown up choco­ lates that are not too sweet and have a delicate flavour from the brandy. Remember to whack the music on, take your shoes off and enjoy your time in the kitchen...!

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Celeriac and apple soup • Ingredients olive oil 2 onions, sliced 1 celeriac, chopped and pealed 3 apples, cored and sliced handful of thyme 2 litres vegetable or chicken stock 200 ml cream 5 sage leaves

Drizzle olive oil in a pan and heat. Add the onions and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes until soft and golden. Then add the celeriac, apples, sage, thyme and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, season, and simmer over a low heat for 30 minutes until the celeriac is tender then add cream. Remove from the heat and using a blender blitz until smooth. Serve with crispy bread a real treat!

WORKS WELL: The celeriac with the apples.

Brandy chocolate truffles • Ingredients 500g of dark chocolate 250ml of double cream 100ml of brandy 250ml of unsalted butter, softened 50g of chocolate powder Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt in a bowl over a pan of

simmering water. Pour the cream into a different pan and bring gently to the boil on a low heat. Whisk the cream into the chocolate until evenly mixed together then whisk in the brandy and butter. Place the mixture in the fridge to firm up for about one hour. Roll the mix into balls about the size of a ping bong ball and dust with chocolate powder. Keep refrigerated till ready to serve... a little bit of heaven made in no time!

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PEOPLE often ask what they might expect from HouseSit Match when joining as pet and homeowners looking for house-sitters.

From what our members tell us benefits range from your pets having companions to care for them in their own home, to returning to find a relaxed and happy pet contented and wellcared for. Many of you also tell us also that you have become fabulous friends with the housesitters, some of you even saying you enjoyed hearing about the house-sitters’ adventures. What can we do to help you benefit from HouseSitMatch?

At HouseSitMatch we help you get registered, to build a profile and to get checked online. It’s all built into our website. Just join our network as a homeowner and we’ll help you get started on your house-sitting journey, to find checked house-sitters who will help to care for your pets while you are away. What’s more the sitters do not charge you and you don’t charge them for accommodation. So, the whole house-

sitting collaboration offers excellent value to both parties. It’s a win win! What makes HouseSitMatch unique? Unlike other house-sitting and pet-sitting networks, at we ID check all our members. We offer a police and background check on registration. We do this because it makes our network safer and helps us maintain a high bar for house-sitters

caring for your precious pets and homes. Check our Trustpilot reviews online to see what clients say about our service. Trustpilot Testimonials - 4.8 / 5 Excellent rating (New Trustpilot rating scale) Here’s what members have said about us HouseSitMatch found us a perfect house-sitter… HouseSitMatch found us a perfect house-sitter while we were away in Canada and we

Do you need a house-sitter? Get in touch. House-sitting can be a win-win for both parties, free house and pet-sitting, and the experienced and checked sitters get free accommodation! Register as either house-sitter or homeowner with a 20 per cent discount using coupon code P2020 - an exclusive offer for readers. To find a house or pet-sitter go to

were delighted with the care and attention that HouseSit Match took in helping us find the right person. Ros Morris - Dog owner How do you join? Please register online via our website www.Housesitmatch. com - Choose a membership plan - Please note prices go up soon so sign up now on subscription to secure these prices: • Standard (DIY option) = £69 pa • Premium (with support at each step) = £89 pa


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Egil: From my earlier visits in Marbella I always look forward to pick up the EWN every week to get the latest news on Costa del Sol.

TESTIMONIAL Laura: Amazing, hard working and professional team! A must read every week!



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CHIROPODIST/PODIATRIST, Philip Mann, clinics in Benissa, Moraira, Javea, Calpe and Albir. 686 912 307 (257083)

WIGS WIGS-R-US. Indoor Market Rincon de Loix, Benidorm. Monday - Saturday 10 - 3. Hundreds of wigs in stock, private appointments after 3pm and home visits. 690 378 844 (286458)

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GENERAL SERVICES TAYLORMADE SERVICES pools, gardening, painting & house maintenance. No job too small. 648 725 442 (287443)



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THE new Mini Convertible Sidewalk will be available worldwide from March 2020 and presents a particu­ larly exclusive opportunity to enjoy driving pleasure without a fixed roof over your head. With its individual design and equipment features, the new Mini offers ideal conditions for making an extroverted appearance in urban traffic. There are three en­ gine versions for the edition model of the open­top premium small car. Variants of the exterior paintwork, soft top design, rim styling and interi­ or fittings developed especially for the edition model, as well as numerous specific design accents, give the new model its unmistakable charisma. An edition model of the same name of the first open­top generation already heightened open­top driving fun con­ siderably. The direct predecessor of the current open­top four­seater, the MINI Convertible Highgate, also ranks among the top model highlights of the British premium brand. The drive range for the new Side­ walk is made up of three petrol en­ gines with TwinPower Turbo technol­ ogy. The new Mini One Convertible Sidewalk (combined fuel consump­ tion: 5.5 ­ 5.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 125 ­ 122 g/km) gen­


Open top premium

UNMISTAKABLE CHARISMA: An extroverted appearance.

erates an output of 75 kW/102 hp from the 1.5­litre three­cylinder en­ gine. The new Mini Cooper Convert­ ible Sidewalk (combined fuel con­ sumption: 5.4 ­ 5.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 123 ­ 116 g/km) is also powered by a 1.5­litre three­cylinder engine which produces 100 kW/136 hp of power. The 141 kW/192 hp four­cylinder engine of the new Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk provides the sportiest fresh air experience (fuel consumption combined: 6.5 ­ 5.4 l/100 km; com­ bined CO2 emissions: 147 ­ 123 g/km. All engines are combined with a six­ speed manual gearbox as standard. A seven­speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is optionally avail­ able for the new Cooper and the Cooper S. Alternatively, the new Cooper S Convertible can also be equipped with a seven­speed Step­ tronic Sport transmission with double clutch, which provides even faster gear shifts and can also be operated using paddles on the steering wheel. As a further addition to the stan­ dard equipment, a wide range of op­ tions is available for all engine vari­ ants of the edition model to provide extra comfort, driving fun and sponta­ neous open­air pleasure.

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ROAD TEST by Nick Fletcher THE new Scala is Skoda’s bid for a larger slice of a family hatchback market dominated by the Ford Focus, Volkswa­ gen Golf and various other contenders. First impression is that Sko­ da has ticked all the boxes for family car buyers, it is a spa­ cious, well­kitted vehicle which has easy­driving dynamics and low running costs. Scala prices start at €19,913 (£16,940), with a choice of vari­ ous­output petrol and diesel engines, manual and auto gear­ boxes and several trim levels. My test model was a mid­range SE version with a 1.5­litre petrol engine and seven­speed DSG auto transmission and priced at €25,391 (£21,600). The engine has a punchy 148 hp, a nippy 0­100 kph time of 8.2 seconds and top speed of 219 kph (136 mph). Emis­ sions are low at 113 g/km and average fuel consumption is 15.3 kpl (43.2 mpg). Out and about, the Scala has a light effortless feel, with

Skoda Scala SE

NEW SCALA: Ticks all the boxes for family car buyers. smooth responsive perfor­ mance and slick automatic gearshifts. It rides well, absorb­ ing most of the bumps and chatter of rougher surfaces and while it is does not quite match the nimble handling of

Facts at a glance Model: Skoda Scala SE Engine: 1.5 litre petrol Transmission: 7-speed DSG Auto Performance: 0-100 kph 8.2 seconds, top speed 219 kph (136 mph) Economy: 15.3 kpl (43.2 mpg) Emissions: 113 g/km

Model tested was UK-specification and equipment levels and prices may vary in other markets.

the Ford Focus, it always feels composed when cornering. With its sleek styling and large front grille, the Scala does catch the attention and the cabin is a nice comfortable place to be. While slightly nar­ rower than some rivals, the Scala does have good rear


head and leg room even for taller occupants, and boot space of 467 litres is among the largest in the class, bigger than even its VW Golf stable­ mate. With rear seats folded, there is an impressive load space of 1,410 litres. Standard features on this mid­range version include alloy wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights, front and rear power windows, air­ conditioning, rear parking sen­ sors, digital radio, Bluetooth, touch­screen infotainment unit and smartphone linking. The cabin is well­finished with good quality materials and the dashboard has a straightforward layout which is very user­friendly. Drivers can get good position thanks to ad­ justable steering wheel and multi­adjustable seat. The Scala is such a good all­ rounder that it seems destined set to make a notable impact in the hotly­contested family hatchback sector, scoring sig­ nificant plus­points for its dri­ ving dynamics, spacious interi­ or, excellent fuel economy and low emissions.


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Villa thumped by City 1-6 MANCHESTER CITY thrashed Aston Villa 61 a s S e r g i o A g u e ro netted a hat-trick to b re a k t w o re c o rd s , Riyad Mahrez scored twice and former Leicester City teammate Danny Drinkwater endured a debut to forget. The contest was settled in a 10­minute spell at Villa Park in which Mahrez grabbed a double and Aguero equalled Thierry Henry as the Premier League’s top­scoring non­ Englishman, later surpassing him and securing a record 12th hat­trick in the process. It was a particularly harsh introduction to life at his new club for Chelsea loanee Drinkwater, who might have prevented the opener and ef­ fectively supplied the second. Mahrez broke the deadlock after easily shrugging off Drinkwater’s dithering pres­ ence, while the three­cap England international gave the ball away in his own box

to allow his former Foxes teammate to double his tally. Aguero’s rasping drive put City in control and Gabriel Jesus made it 4­0 before the break, with Villa’s punish­ ment extended by two more goals for Aguero after the break ­ Anwar El Ghazi’s late penalty a minor blemish for the champions. Having seen Liverpool con­ tinue their apparently un­ stoppable march to the top­ flight title with a 1­0 win at Tottenham on Saturday, City ­ fresh from a 3­1 EFL Cup se­ mi­final first­leg victory over Manchester United ­ were initially a little lacklustre be­ fore Mahrez injected some much­needed quality with his 18th­ minute open­ er, which came at the end of a fine solo run. Drinkwater, hav­ ing failed to make an impact in a previous spell with Burnley, looked off the

pace and was caught by David Silva, who found Jesus to set up Mahrez for the Al­ gerian’s second soon after. Aguero’s record­equalling goal was more eye­catching, his vicious strike from outside the box getting the better of Orjan Nyland to leave Villa reeling. Worse was to come in first­ half stoppage time, Jesus steering home from Kevin De Bruyne’s su­ perb pinpoint cross from right. To Villa’s credit, they limited the

damage in the second half, al­ beit Dean Smith’s side were often pinned back by a fluent and strutting City outfit. Aguero’s fancy footwork in the box created the space for him to coolly slot in the fifth, making history in the process, but he was not done there. An emphatic close­range finish ensured Aguero has now scored more hat­tricks than any other player in Pre­ mier League history. El Ghazi took out his anger on a last­gasp penalty that did little to paper over t h e cracks f o r

SERGIO AGUERO: Netted a hat-trick to break two records.

Villa, with City jumping above Leicester into second. Liverpool’s stunning form has left City somewhat in the Merseyside club’s shadows, but even now they continue to shine.

This was a display of cham­ pions, which is what City offi­ cially remain for the time be­ ing. Villa can take solace in knowing they will not face this quality every week in their quest for survival.



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Reds put away Spurs

Jurgen Klopp’s side are now a whopping 16 points ahead of second­place Leicester City ­ who lost to Southampton earli­ er in the day ­ although their lead at the summit could be cut to 14 points if Manchester City overcome Aston Villa on Sun­ day. The Reds were dominant in the first half and made the most of their superiority when Firmino expertly drilled home from inside the penalty area af­ ter 37 minutes. Son Hueng­min and Giovani Lo Celso squandered golden op­ portunities to snatch a scarcely deserved point for Jose Mour­

inho’s men late on, with Liver­ pool ultimately holding on for yet another three points. Liverpool twice came agonisingly close to going ahead inside two minutes. Firmino’s initial effort was cleared off the line by top­ flight debutant Japhet Tangan­ ga, with Alex Oxlade­Chamber­ lain lashing against the post from the follow­up. Lucas Moura, Son and Dele Alli all missed the target from promising positions soon after, while at the other end Virgil van Dijk headed straight at Paulo Gazzaniga from just six yards. There was little the Spurs goalkeeper could do to deny Firmino eight minutes before the interval, the Brazilian inter­ national controlling Mohamed Salah’s pass with a sublime

Alonso going Well SPAIN’S Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the Dakar Rally on Monday, finishing second behind Frenchman Mathieu Serradori on stage eight. The stage was shrouded in mourning after the death on Sunday of Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves. The motorbike and quadbike categories were cancelled for the stage, a 477km loop incor­ porating straight sections with several chains of dunes to test handling skills. Alonso, who had finished four times in the top 10 without having made the podium in a

stage, was quick to heap praise on his co­driver/navigator Marc Coma, a five­time Dakar cham­ pion on a motorbike. “Today we had an amazing day,” said Alonso. “We had one puncture un­ fortunately and we lost a little bit of momentum there, but otherwise the stage was nearly perfect and Marc was unbe­ lievable, you know ­ the dunes, the navigation. In his first Dakar Alonso had limited ambitions and ruled out winning a stage, but now he believes it is within his grasp. “Initially I thought it was im­ possible,” he said. “But after today, obviously when you are second maybe there is a chance, so we will try.” He said not having motorbikes setting the route had upset the rhythm of the stage. “Having no bikes changed a lot, especially for the first two or three cars,” he said. “I benefited from starting from the back… I’m happy to complete the day without any issues. It was a beautiful stage,

quite fast with a lot of dunes, so it was good. I think the dunes are harder than tracks, but for whatever reason I feel more comfortable. “I’m not coming from the dunes at all but it seems that I can get a good rhythm and a good flow in the dunes and I’m enjoying so far this second week of the Dakar.” His second place sees him consolidate his 13th place in the overall standings, more than 3hrs 10min off the pace set by Carlos Sainz. The battle continues atop the general classification be­ tween the leading trio of two­ time winner Sainz, defending champion Nasser Al­Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel, a 13­time winner (seven in cars, six on bikes). Sainz had to open the way on the stage and was swiftly caught by Al­Attiyah and Peter­ hansel. But the veteran Spaniard then drove his Mini to keep pace with his rivals, meaning he retains the rally lead.

ROBERTO FIRMINO: His goal sealed a win for Liverpool.

touch before lashing in from 10 yards. Spurs started the second half with a spring in their step and twice came close before the hour mark, with Serge Aurier testing Alisson and Son seeing an effort deflected narrowly wide. The game was almost put out of their reach in the 66th minute but Gazzaniga got down sharply to paw away Sa­ dio Mane’s header. Spurs rallied in the closing stages, with Son blazing over from a glorious position and substitute Lo Celso some­ how diverting Aurier’s

cross wide from inside the six­ yard box seven minutes from time. Klopp was visibly furious at his side’s defending, but it mat­ tered little in the end as they held on for a win that strength­ ens their already formidable position at the summit. Klopp’s men have now taken a scarcely believable 88 points from their last 90 available in the Premier League, winning their last 12 matches in a row. They rarely looked in danger of failing to claim all three points against a Spurs side des­ perately missing the presence of the injured Harry Kane in at­ tack. Mourinho, meanwhile, needs to turn his side’s fortunes around sharpish. They have now won just one of their last five Premier League games and are nine points behind fourth­place Chelsea.

Copa del Rey hopes shattered LA NUCIA FC has been eliminated from the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup), Spain’s equivalent to the FA Cup. The local team made a historic Copa del Rey debut, meeting Merida on December 19 in the qualifying round. They were 0­1 up when the match was suspended 37 min­ utes in, after gale­force winds threatened to topple a flood­ light tower in the home team’s Estadio Romano. Last week, on resuming the game they were forced to abandon before Christmas, the La Nucia players were 0­2 up at KING’S CUP: La Nucia CF lost out to Merida. half­time but were finally elimi­ Photo credit: La Nucia town hall

L I V E R P O O L’ S s e e m i n g l y unstoppable march towards a first Premier League title continued a s R o b e r t o F i r m i n o ’s goal sealed a 1-0 win o v e r To t t e n h a m o n S a t urday.

nated on penalties after Meri­ da drew level by the time the referee blew the full­time whis­ tle. The match was a historic one for the team as this is its first season in the Segunda B league and the Merida away match was the first time that La Nucia has played in the Copa del Rey

in almost 25 years of existence. But the luck of the draw meant that they had to play away and then bad weather obliged them to make a double journey. As before, the match was not televised by any channel and lo­ cal La Nucia supporters were

unable to follow the match in a live transmission. Although the local team looked more comfortable in ex­ tra time, they missed two goal occasions and finally had to face a penalty shootout where Merida made fewer mistakes than La Nucia to win 3­2.

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