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KIND HEARTED: Over 1,500 people took part in the race against breast cancer. THE solidary race against Breast Cancer brought together more than 1,500 people in A l i c a n t e . H o rd e s o f runners congregated at the Joaquín Villar Athletics Stadium in support of the women whose life has been turned upside down by the disease. An upbeat atmosphere surrounded the event organised by the town hall, Sport Run and Alicante’s Association of Women with Breast Cancer.

The funds raised by the race will go entirely to cancer research and to free programmes and services promoted by the association. Most of the programmes are dedicated to supporting and accompanying the sick and their families, as well as raising awareness and promoting an early diagnosis. Participants were keen to get started on the four-kilometre test. The deputy mayor, Manuel Villar, gave the starting signal along with the president of Alicante’s Breast Cancer Association, Loreto Brotons.

Children were also able to take part and support the cause, since a route had been specially planned inside the athletics track for them. Villar highlighted the success of the event and the solidarity of the people of Alicante. He added that the dis-

ease affects a large number of women and requires a joint effort in order to achieve a cure. Local Police organised a special team to ensure participants’ safety during the race and block traffic from the route.

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ALICANTE is continuing to reap a bonus from the Catalan independence movement. The more than 60 Catalan companies that changed their registered office to the Costa Blanca city in 2019 make it more than 560 companies which have made the move to the Valencian Community since Cataluña voted to separate from Spain in an ‘il-

Making the move legal’ referendum in 2017. In total, 144 companies moved their headquarters to the Valencian Community last year - 62 each to Alicante and Valencia and 20 to Castel-

lon, according to the latest data from the College of Registrars. The ‘flight’ of Catalan companies increased in the year following the vote. Some have returned but a total

of 563 Catalan companies have set up their headquarters in the region since 2017 - 298 in Valencia, 158 in Alicante Province and 107 in Castellon. The most significant case in Ali-

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cante was the transfer of the headquarters of Banco de Sabadell, which a few days after the independence referendum decided to make the change. CaixaBank made the move to Valencia at the same time. Business organisations believe this flight of companies seeking long-term stability and security will continue until the Catalan crisis is resolved.

Medical investment THE town hall of San Fulgencio has started the file to award the extension of the medical office of La Marina with an expected investment of €100,000. At present, the office has three consultation rooms - one for nursing waiting room and toilets. These consultation areas are inefficient in providing optimal service to the population, generating discomfort both for patients and for health personnel, as they do not have adequate facilities. There are two medical consultation rooms for three doctors, and a nursing room for two nurses and a paediatrician. “When the paediatrician attends, the nurse has to leave the office and continue nursing patients in the afternoon or wait,” said the spokesperson for the project. With a single nursing room

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shared with paediatrics, an emergency room is also used, which when there are emergencies, patients who are being treated have to leave which then delays care. The project includes doubling the capacity of the ground floor of the building that houses the office, from the current 150 square metres to more than 300. In the same building, there are other municipal offices such as the Local Police checkpoint or the office of Marina tourism. There will also be the renovation of the bathrooms which are currently in a very bad state, the redistribution of space in the current rooms with the creation in the expansion of new ones such as those for medical consultation, nursing, paediatrics, and other space needed for health care employees.

BUSY: TRAM offered 423 daily services in 2019.

Busier than ever DURING 2019 the Generalitat Valenciana, through TRAM d’Alacant, offered a total of 154,588 train and tram circulations in the whole of the regional network in Alicante, which implies that there was an average of 423 services daily. The data obtained represents an increase over last year of 9 per

cent, thanks to the start-up of Line 5 in June, which links Porta del Mar and Playa de San Juan. All these trains and trams put into service by Ferrocarrils of the Generalitat Valenciana (FGV) in the province of Alicante, travelled a total of 2,570,900 kilometres, which is equivalent to giving more than 64 times around the globe, following the axis of the equator. In the whole of FGV,

when adding the services of the TRAM d’Alacant and the 471,466 of Metrovalencia, the figure reaches 626,054 circulations and more than nine million kilometres travelled. With these data, FGV calculates that it avoids annually more than 65 million trips in private vehicles that involve the non-emission into the atmosphere of more than 100,000 tons of CO2.

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A&E is struggling to cope in Cartagena as January brings the first signs of a flu epidemic. In Santa Lucía Hospital, up to 70 patients were forced to wait in corridors and waiting rooms due to the lack of space, as doctors attended 523 patients in just one day.

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THE first triplets in three years were born at the University Hospital in Elche, which signified a big moment for the Maternity ward following the last triplet birth in 2017. The babies are in good health but have been placed in an incubator due to their size.

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High hopes ELCHE has started work on the Technological Campus project that will cost €10 million and must be finished by July 2021. The city’s star project inspired by Silicon Valley hopes to attract innovative companies and authorities assure that the building work will not cause any roadblocks.

Big rescue THE rescue helicopter in Elche has recorded over 250 hours of flight, as emergency services attended 170 incidents in areas of difficult access. These cases have increased due to the rise in popularity of outdoor sports activities in mountainous regions and authorities have urged people to take precautions.

Party on TORREVIEJA will celebrate their 2020 Carnival for a whole month, with festivities set to begin on January 31 and end on February 29. The carnival in the municipality has become very popular in the province and could be declared as an event of Regional Tourist Interest in 2021.

Charity walk FUNDACIÓN PROMETEO is hosting a five-kilometre charity walk and prize draw in Santa Rosalía near Torre Pacheco on January 26, in aid of the integration of disabled people into local society. The fundraising walk is of low difficulty level and an aperitif will be given to all participants.

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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.

Asbestos clearing THE Ministry of Education will transfer €4.8 million to the Cartagena Council to expedite the removal of fibre cement in 32 schools in the municipality. The withdrawal of asbestos from the Instituto Juan Sebastián Elcano has been advanced to 2020-2021 at the request of the Consistory. During this period, actions will also be undertaken in schools of La Concepción, Feliciano Sánchez, Virgen del Carmen and Los Dolores Infant School among others. Dates were agreed at a meeting held last Friday by the vice mayor, Noelia Arroyo, Minister of Education and Culture, Esperanza Moreno, and councillor for Education, Irene Ruiz. Arroyo has assured that “The calendar includes the planning to make sure that all actions have to be carried out in Cartagena from 2020 to 2027 and that the planning of dates is based on technical issues such as the deterioration and the age of the buildings.”

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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.

Costa car scam AN alleged British conman has been accused of running a car transport scam up and down the Costa Blanca. Simon Davies, 58, who runs Mission Impossible Transport, is reported to be being denounced to the Guardia Civil, in Alicante, for stealing a car from British expat Kenny Greenhow. Greenhow, from Lo Crispin, Ciudad Quesada, paid €970 to have his BMW convertible transported back to the UK in December but has not seen it since. “It’s important that police catch up with the guy and stop other people being conned the way that I have,” said Greenhow. He discovered Mission Impossible Transport, via an online marketplace for shipping service called uShip. The company’s profile, which is still on the uShip website, states that they have “five vehicles each with its own driver and two teams of two people, sometimes three in the larger vehicles. We have £50,000 goods in transit insurance and £2 million public liability.“

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BENEFIT OF THE ORPHANAGE: Local Freemasons presenting the €1,000 gift.

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Gift for orphanage FREEMASONS from Caledonia Lodge recently visited the San Jose Obrero Orphanage, in Orihuela, to present them with a surprise Christmas gift of €1,000 for the benefit of the children. W.Bro Bullock had the pleasure of sitting down with the Director of the orphanage Sr Vicente Martínez Agulló, who informed him of the history and many achievements of the San Jose Obrero Foundation over recent years. They now care for and house 80 orphans, of all nationalities, and also serve as a day centre with 24 places available for children with very few other resources. Most of these children arrive at five in the afternoon, do their homework, shower and have dinner before going back to sleep in their own home.

They also provide sheltered accommodation for young people, helping them to make the transition from orphanage life to becoming self-sufficient in the outside world a little easier. A very important function as the transition is never easy. The San Jose Obrero Orphanage is also responsible for the running of the local school, which 400 children from the Orihuela district attend. In addition, they operate skills workshops in carpentry, hairdressing and car mechanics, which offer a full four years of very useful training with fully qualified staff. After these four years, they are able to obtain a Certificate of Competence before leaving the home and hopefully finding gainful employment within the local industry. The motto of the organisation is ‘No One Grows up Alone.’


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ROAD REVIVAL ELCHE Council will invest around €10 million this year in several projects to modernise public space, focusing on road surfacing, maintenance of pavements and the adaptation of La Ronda Norte. This was confirmed by the mayor of the area, Héctor Díez, as he visited the first of the surfacing works that have begun in the Altabix neighbourhood, at the cost of €1 1 0 , 0 0 0 , a n d w h i c h w i l l continue next week on la Avenida de la Libertad. According to Díez, La Ronda Norte is currently “degraded,” despite being one of the main accesses of Elche, so the goal is to “enhance the gateway.” Likewise, the appearance of all roundabouts for access to Elche from the La Ronda No r t e w i l l b e i m p r o v e d , a s explained by the councillor.

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Battle of languages RESIDENTS of the Costa Blanca are fighting f o r t h e f re e d o m o f l i n guistic choice in educational centres. A new law approved in 2018 would banish Spanish from classrooms and force children to take all of t h e i r c l a s s e s i n Va l e n cian. The worrying measure - that would come into effect in the new school year in 2020 - has seen heavy backlash from concer ned families. P r o t e s t s i n Ve g a B a j a a r e heating up and a region-wide demonstration has been org a n i s e d f o r S a t u r d a y, J a n u ary 18. Orihuela will be host to the focal point of the protests, which will also be held in other municipalities including Elda, Elche, Alic a n t e , Vi l l e n a a n d Vi l l a joyosa. The association ‘Hablamos

CRUSADE: Families want the freedom to choose between languages at school.

Español’ (we speak Spanish) has also joined the crusade against ‘linguistic imposition’ that demands respect for the co-officiality of both t h e S p a n i s h a n d Va l e n c i a n language. Spokeswoman of the national organisation, Gloria Lago, explained that all official languages should be respected in public sectors. She confirmed that a bus had been chartered to support the protest in Orihuela and an information tent would be set up in Plaza del Carmen. Hablamos Español is a big advocate for respecting the decision of parents who prefer their children to be educ a t e d i n S p a n i s h v e r s u s Va lencian. Furthermore, parents worry that their child r e n a r e n ’ t f l u e n t i n Va l e n cian and highlight the fact that they wouldn’t be able to help with daily tasks including helping with homework.


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PECULIAR: People in San Sebastian dress up as chefs for the occasion.

Sound of drums ALICANTE is preparing to celebrate the tradicional ‘tamborrada’ (drumming) de San Sebastian on January 25. The party will bring together residents who made the move from the Bay of Biscay to Costa Blanca. A dinner will be held in

the Juan XXII rooms accompanied by drumming, in honour of the famous festivities that are celebrated in the Basque Country on the night of January 19. In San Sebastian, the festival lasts for 24 hours as people dressed as cooks and soldiers march across the city as they drum. For years, Alicante has

hosted the celebration to accommodate its residents for Gipuzkoa. The party will be decorated with San Sebastian flags while attendees don white attire, a blue scarf and a chef’s hat, as is tradition. The celebration was moved to Saturday, January 25 to ensure that participation is as numerous as possible.

90 second MRI HOSPITAL UNIVERSITARIO DEL VINALOPÓ in Alicante is using a new MRI scan that can give a diagnosis in 90 seconds. This state-of the-art technology minimises radiation and has revolutionised many of the minimally invasive interventions in the province. In addition to speed and precision, the technology also reduces harmful radiation. Patients are already benefiting from the scan, as medical professionals are able to

act quickly and avoid complications. Diagnosing somebody who has been seriously injured in an accident or detecting an imminent heart attack in just one minute and a half can be key in saving lives. The head of Radiology in the hospital, Ángeles Franco, explained that a speedy diagnosis is important for unstable patients. She added that the new MRI scan is a big breakthrough as the procedure can usually take from 15 to 90 minutes.


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Migrant upsurge ALICANTE has received 116 immigrants since the start of January, as the Red Cross rescued 29 people in Torrevieja waters. N ine boats have arrived in just under a week, including several people who said they were minors. The two latest boats were seen in Torrevieja and later intercepted on l’Albir beach, where Red Cross workers deemed everybody to be in good health. The migrants were then processed by police to handle their return to Algeria, their country of origin. The first boat arrived holding 18 occupants, who were taken by Maritime Rescue to the port of Alicante. Twelve people were on board the second boat and 11 of them were arrested by the Guardia Civil in l’Alfas. In 2019, the Red Cross attended 673 immigrants arriving by boat to Alicante, almost double that in 2018.

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Ambitious project MAYOR of Albatera, Ana Serna, has attended the opening of the employment workshop Virgen del Rosario VII, through which the town hall has hired 20 people, 10 in the socio healthcare and home help department and another 10 in administrative management. Ana Serna welcomed the students of this workshop, highlighting that “this is an ambitious project that costs around €500,000, and I hope and wish that it serves you for your insertion into working life again and that it is productive.” She also greeted the teaching staff formed by two tutors and an administrative assistant in addition to the director, Lola Medina, who will be with them during the course, which will take place throughout the year. Albatera currently has a total of 44 people developing different tasks in municipal areas through five train-

TOWN HALL HIRES STAFF: Socio healthcare workshops. ing programmes. Projects such as EMPUJU and EMPCUJU have been launched, through which the session has hired 11 young people. Another case is that of the EMCORP that has incorporated two people, while with the EMCOLD seven have been hired, to which the 24 that have started in the ‘Virgen del

Rosario VII’ workshop are now added. The main requirement to access these programmes, workshops and courses, is to be enrolled in LABORA. In addition, it is advised that young people under 30 who are actively seeking employment, enroll in the Youth Guarantee initiative.

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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

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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.”

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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.


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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.

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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

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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.


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A MAN is being investigated in Elche for the mistreatment of his partner, who is also his daughter. The court for Gender Violence has issued a restraining order against the girl’s father following his release. The case came to light after a neighbour found the woman crying with a bruised eye and a baby girl in her arms. The alleged abuser was arrested by po-

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lice, who were shocked by the revelation that his partner - with whom he shares a baby - is also his daughter. The Prosecutor’s Office has opened proceedings against the man for an alleged

CONCERNED: Residents are afraid of being attacked in the overgrown park.

Perilous park RESIDENTS in the Santo Domingo area in Alicante are demanding better lighting and pruning in a central park. Locals have collected over 500 signatures to request better conditions following several assaults. Vegetation is overflowing in the Cronista Enrique Cutillas Bernal park. Dense and tall shrubs have created the

perfect spot for criminals to assault passers-by and vegetation covers most of the existing lighting. Residents have turned to the National Police for help and hope that the collected signatures will push the town hall into action. Some people living in the area have started carrying self-defence spray. Crossing the park at night has become especially risky, after several assaults have occurred in re-

cent months. The park is fairly busy as it connects Calle Raffal with the Gran Via and is an area transited by children in the nearby nurseries and schools. Residents are requesting the town hall prunes the bushes and clears the paths to allow better visibility and security. The last aggression took place over Christmas, when the victim managed to escape unharmed.

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THE Segura Hydrographic Confederation plans to declare the Cartagena de Campo aquifer as a body of water with chemical risk at its next government meeting, which will be held in February. This was confirmed by the president of the institution, Mario Urrea, in statements to the media before meeting with the mayor of Murcia, José Ballesta. Urrea indicated that the topic was already raised at the last meeting and its approval is planned for next month. Asked about the recent conference at the Comisión Central de Explotación del Acueducto Tajo-Segu, he declined to make any kind of assessment about the possibility or not of a water shipment for irrigation and pointed out that the status of the reservoirs are at level 3, so transfers must be authorised directly by the Ministry for Ecological Transition based on reports issued by the technical commission.

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PLANS FOR APPROVAL: Possibility of a water shipment for irrigation.

case of mistreatment of his 19-year-old d a u g h t e r. T h e m a n i s i n h i s 5 0 ’s a n d shares a 15-month-old baby with his daughter, who was underage when she gave birth.

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Sources have confirmed that the young woman spent part of her childhood in care homes while her father served a long sentence in prison. Following his release, the man contacted his daughter through social media with the intention of resuming their family relationship. They moved in together in Elche when she was 16, where they began a romantic relationship.


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Troubled waters EXPERTS convened in Orihuela and warned of the poor channelling of the Segura river. They explained that the channelling isn’t calcu-

lated correctly for the torrential rain that can fall in the region. Climate change expert Jorge Olcina, issued the warning and explained that the devastating effects were already seen in the storm of October 2000. The Professor of the University of Alicante criticised the fact that nothing had been done to correct the river’s course and flow. The event was organised by

the town hall of Orihuela and experts also discussed the torrential rains in Vega Baja in September. Olcina pointed out that valuable lessons were learned with the DANA in 2019 and highlighted that the river needs to be worked on. The professor said that, in terms of climate change, the Vega Baja is one of the areas of greatest risk in all of Europe. He added that the situation

is aggravated by the lack of transparency in water management and the information given to the public. Olcina continued by saying that the Segura territory had been mistreated, leading to the destruction of important soil and filtration capacity. He concluded by pointing out that if more torrential rains were to hit the region, even more territory would be devastated. CREDIT: RTVE

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BIG CONCERN: The Segura river overflowed during the DANA in September 2019.

Chef killed abroad THE body of a chef from Cartagena was found in Mexico with three gunshot wounds. Felipe Díaz Zamora worked as a chef abroad and was killed as he visited the house he planned to move his family into. He was found lying on his back between a metal fence and a ‘pick-up’ type vehicle. The investigation into his death does not believe Felipe was murdered for being Spanish or for working in the hospitality industry. According to the Mexican prosecutor, the chef was shot three times in the back and authorities believe the assault is linked to his personal relationships.


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THE councillor of the Grupo Municipal Popular for Elche, Inmaculada Mora has met w i t h t h e d i re c t o r o f the Board of Trustees of Costa Blanca, Mr José Francisco Mancebo, and Gestora de Festejos Populares, Fernando Jaén, to discuss the activities that will be carried out in FITUR, the International Tourism Fair in Madrid. Mora has stated that “With this meeting, we have also managed to ratify all the support of the Provincial Government to work to strengthen the festivities of Elche, which make this area unique.” The provincial deputy of the Popular Party, Juan de Dios Navarro has stated that “The Diputación de Alicante has a firm commitment to

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Unique area A JEWEL IN THE PROVINCE: Three world heritage sites.

Elche, that is why we are going to help and support in whatever the festive entities need to improve and hold more great parties in Elche.” The deputy has stressed that “Elche, with three world heritage sites, is one of the

jewels we have in our province and during these four years, the Delegation will collaborate so that their parties are recognised outside our borders. “The Provincial Government are proud to collaborate

with all the entities that tirelessly work to enhance their celebrations.” Navarro has reiterated that “For the Delegation, it is a duty to work permanently with the traditions and popular festivals of our province.”

SATURATED: Busy hospitals in Alicante are receiving backup.

Doctor’s orders HOSPITALS in Alicante are requesting staff reinforcements to deal with patient overload in urgent care. Contracts will be extended during the months of January and February to alleviate the increase in illness due to the cold. Personnel are already being incorporated in emergency services to deal with the rebound in respiratory diseases. In addition, although the flu epidemic hasn’t yet reached the Valencian Community, it’s expected to do so in a matter of weeks. In the Hospital of San Joan, an emergency doctor, a pulmo-

nologist, three nurses, two assistants and a guard have already started working. In Elda, another six professionals have also been incorporated in the emergency department. The General Hospital of Alicante is employing an extra eight professionals and in Alcoy everything is prepared for the arrival of four people. Although the flu epidemic hasn’t begun in Alicante, there has been an increase in patients affected with illnesses including pneumonia, caused by the plummeting temperatures.


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The fun begins COUNCILLOR for Culture of San Pedro del Pinatar, Maria Carmen Guirao, has presented the cultural programme for the first quarter of the year. The theatre and entertainment section starts on Friday, January 24 with ‘Nuevo Teatro Disperso!,’ By Juan Luis Hurtado, the ‘Roper,’ actor and comedian who presents exciting stories from throughout his career. On February 7 it will be the turn of ‘Todas tenemos la misma historia,’ by the award-winning company Siete Comedi-

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CULTURAL PROGRAMME: Comedy and theatre entertainment.

Elderly woman injured A 79-YEAR-OLD woman was hit by a vehicle recently after it skipped a red light on Avenida Rector José Lostau, entering Plaza Juan XXIII in Murcia. The emergency services received several calls warning of the occurrence in the centre of town. The woman was

found lying on the ground unconscious and attending ambulance services transferred her to the Hospital Morales Meseguer. Another 67-year-old woman was also required to be transferred to the health centre due to an anxiety attack.

antes. The successful work ‘Vuelven los murcianos,’ by Mondongo Entertainment, arrives on January 28, with comedians Jaime Caravaca, Marco Antonio Castaño, Javi Chou and Kalderas. For children, the fun begins on Saturday, January 25, with the puppet show ‘En busca del Hielo,’ by the company Los Sueños de Fausto, in which two penguins embark on a journey in search of the last big piece of ice. Siete Comediantes will perform on February 8 ‘Shreck se va de marcha’ and La Rous Teatro will take the stage of the Casa de la Cultura ‘La Casa del Abuelo,’ winner of the FETEN 2019 award for the best children’s show. The quarter will conclude in the Baron de Benifayó museum with an exhibition on the Holy Week of the town, from March 5 to April 13.


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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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COME JOIN U3A FRIDAY January 17 will see the first Easy Walk of the new year for the Torrevieja U3A Easy Walking Group. This trip will explore the natural park land area, including the vineyards and lake, of La Mata. Why not take the walk along with them? The following week, on Saturday January 25, will find the Walking Group taking to the hills of Orihuela. They will be climbing through the hills and rock formations to a height of 633m to arrive at the Cruz de la Muela (Orihuela Cross) which is at the summit which gives magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. If this appeals to you then why not come and join them? To take part in either

ORIHUELA CROSS: With magnificent views of the countryside.

of these walks, or to find out what else Torrevieja U3A has to offer, then visit the website tor

reviejau3a.org for more information about all the sections and details on how to join.


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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.


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DENSE SMOKE: Fire broke out in a scrapyard next to Elche airport.

Huge blaze FIREFIGHTERS of Alicante battled a fire reported last Thursday in a scrapyard next to Elche airport. Sources have explained that the fire started shortly before 6.20pm in a facility apparently located in the vicinity of the Alicante Fair Institution (IFA). First indications suggested that the fire could have originated when compacting a vehicle, which caused an explosion that resulted in the fire which spread through the installation. Several engines of the Elche and San Vi-

cente de Raspeig fire divisions, with 14 firefighters, as well as rescue teams, rushed to attend the blaze which caused dense smoke. The Alicante reinforcement operation consisted of four provisions with 12 firefighters to help ‘extinguish the complicated’ and ‘appalling’ fire, according to sources from the Department of Security. Luckily the smoke did not affect air traffic and there was no report of personal injury.


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ALL ABOARD: The Club is holding a Paralympic Rowing Day.

Paralympic pride THE Royal Yacht Club in Torrevieja is promoting the ‘Paralympic Relay Rowing Day’ that will take place on January 19 at 11am. The Director of the programme, Santiago Sanz, encouraged all people with physical disabilities who are interested in rowing to participate in the event. Sanz explained that the activity is intended for people with physical dis-

abilities, cerebral palsy and visual impairment or blindness between eight and 45 years of age. Residents of neighbouring municipalities including Orihuela Costa, Guardamar and Miguel de Salina were also invited to attend or compete. Germán Soler, president of the club, said that the organisation is focusing on Paralympic sports. He added that the aim is to give different groups the opportunity to take part and create an

inclusive environment. Torrevieja’s Royal Yacht Club began the journey towards inclusion six years ago. The facilities were changed to include adapted boats and modified rowing machines and trainers learnt the necessary technical knowledge. According to the club, a public concession for the use of port space has seen positive results as they have received the support of the Spanish Paralympic Committee.

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THANKS to the project presented in the prev i o u s l e g i s l a t u re b y the Popular Party, it has been announced that Los Alcazares will be a beneficiary of the call for grants to local corporations for the adaptation of pedestrian routes and conditions of accessibility and universal design. Specifically, Calle Reina Sofia and the access to the Colegio Al-Kazar are the areas in which the adaptation of accessible pedestrian routes, textured pavements,

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Popular improvements

ADAPTATION OF PEDESTRIAN ROUTES: A better and more attractive municipality.

reserved parking spaces, and woodland transplantation and renovation will take place. The spokesman of the Municipal Popular Group, Nicolás Ruiz, wanted to thank CARM for carrying out these types of requests which help make the municipalities increasingly accessible to all. “Our job is to help make a better and more attractive municipality from a positive policy and listening to our neighbours,” said the popular spokesman. The work to be carried out in the municipality together with the motion present ed l ast Oct ober and unanimously approved by the political groups, on the application of pictograms, sound signals and introduction of Braille, will make Los Alcázares a more inclusi ve m uni ci pal i t y f or al l thanks to the contributions of the Popular Party.


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PLEASED: Councillor Mar Ezcurra was satisfied with the outcome.

Museums strike gold ALMOST 10,000 people visited museums in Orihuela over the Christmas period. According to the dep a r t m e n t o f c u l t u re , t h e m o s t visited museum over the holidays was the newly opened Museo del Belén. The councillor for Culture, Mar Ezcurra, announced that the museum dedicated to nativity scenes received 2,874 visitors. Ezcurra reminded that the museum will remain open all year and said “It is very good news that the museum has been greatly accepted and has received such a large number of visits over Christmas.”

The museum hosts 34 three-dimensional models which depict biblical images. The displays were made and donated by Manuel Zambrana García, one of the most prestigious nativity scene makers in Spain. The house of recognised Spanish poet Miguel Hernández, remained closed due to rehabilitation works following damage caused by DANA. Nonetheless, the exhibition hall dedicated to the poet as well as the courtyard and gardens received a total of 2,142 people. Visitors were able to enjoy the ‘Miguel Hernández lives in Orihuela’ exhibition, including some of his original documents and artwork by different authors.


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IMPROVING BEACHES OF MAZARRON: Aiming for perfect condition throughout the year.

Perfect Puerto THE Departments of Coastal Services and Environment have designed a work plan with the Actua company that aims to improve the beaches of the urban area of Puerto de Mazarron. Although still in the low tourist season, the council has initiated the annual plan for the beaches to be in perfect condition all year round. Work has already been completed on the beaches of Rihuete, Paseo, La Ermita, Bahía and La Reya, as well as in the area of the ‘Agustín López Cano’ viewpoint. The project will be carried out periodically

and consists of tackling weed removal and topping up of sand to the beach among other cleaning work. Next to receive the makeover treatment is Bolnuevo beach, then Alamillo beach and so on until they are all finished. To complete the action, the Department of Services has intensified the cleaning work in the area of the promenade of Puerto de Mazarron, especially affecting the adjacent streets and the stairs that lead to the aforementioned promenade. In this way, the town council enhances the image of the coastal town throughout the year as a tourist destination that, due to its climate, can be enjoyed both in high and low season.

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TRAVELLERS are demanding more ticket machines in Alicante train stations. Passengers on the short distance train are struggling to buy tickets on busy weekends, following the reduction in personnel. Due to the shortage of ticket booths and machines, users are facing long queues and aren’t able to make the train on time. On the Alicante-Elche

Slow coach

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responded to the claims by reminding that there are up to six sales points in each station. They also highlighted that 80 per cent of their trains have an auditor who can also issue tickets. The problematic situation coincides with the company’s announcement of replacing vendors in ticket booths with machines in stations with low traffic.

REGULATIONS TO BE FINALISED: Cases of threats and intimidation.

Illegal valets LOCAL POLICE of Murcia have denounced 11 illegal valets, known as ‘gorillas,’ who acted illegally in the city. In their Twitter account, police advise that in any situation of threat, coercion or intimidation by ‘gorillas’ residents should not hesitate to report it to ‘092.’ Also, it must be remembered that the regulations with regard to illegal valet parking are in the public exposure phase and if there are no allegations, it will be approved in the Plenary session this month. Last November, the Government Board gave the green light to new regulations, “which will provide greater legal certainty to

both citizens and officers of the Local Police and will respond to many of the neighbourhood claims.” The councillor for Citizen Security and Economic Management, Eduardo Martínez-Oliva, recalled, for example, the aggression of a ‘gorilla’ this summer towards a pregnant woman who refused to pay them or the fights generated between them in different neighbourhoods of the city. The City Council has carried out 3,042 disciplinary records for valet parking in 2018. The new regulation, in addition to complying with the principle of legal certainty, complies with the principle of proportionality and contemplates as a minor offence a penalty of €750.


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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.


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CAUSE FOR CONCERN: The school will remain closed until a roof is installed.

Class dismissed PARENTS in Torrevieja forced the Ministry of Education to close down a local school until a roof was fitted. Classes were suspended at the Amanecer school until works are finished to provide cover for the corridors that connect the prefabricated classes. The decision was taken after the Christmas break, when students arrived at school to find that the old

roof was gone. The Ministry spoke about classes resuming January 14, although the town hall estimated that the school would reopen on January 20. Following a tense meeting with parents, the Ministry of Education was forced to close down the premises. The previous plan was to keep the school open and install the roof on weekends, in order to avoid students missing school.

Parents rejected the idea and demanded the closure of the school. Councillor Ricardo Recuero from the PP party announced the suspension of classes and demanded the construction of the new school after 15 years of waiting. He stated that the Ministry should worry more about the dignity of educational centres, as many children in the city receive their education in prefabricated classes.


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GROWTH OF 4.8 PER CENT: However, a fall was noted in the last quarter.

THE price of rental housing in the region of Murcia grew by 7.5 per cent in 2019, to €6.1 per square metre. Even so, during the last quarter prices have suffered a fall of 4.6 per cent, according to latest reports. The city of Murcia closed the year with an increase of 10.3 per cent, to €6.8 per square metre. Nationally, the price of rental housing has grown by 4.8 per cent in 2019, leaving the price per square metre at €10.9 per month.

Even so, in a quarterly rate the increase is only 0.4 per cent. The price goes up in all the autonomies and in almost all the provinces. In Barcelona, prices have increased by 1.9 per cent in 2019. The square metre has stood at €16.5 per square metre, 1.2 per cent lower than the historical maximum. Madrid ends the year with an annual increase in the price of housing rental of 4.4 per cent, which puts the price of the square metre in the capital at €16.1.

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A WHOLE community united to 'get AUNTY: Dorothy's behind' a magical and hilarious panaunt aka Linda tomime performance of The Wizard of Oz in Hondon de Los Frailes at the weekend. The Frailes Players, made up of villagers of all nationalities, put on their third annual adaptation of classic favourites, to raise funds for the community, and currently have around CREDIT: Adele Stephenson Ä3,500 to donate to good causes. Carol Rowland WICKED WITCH: founded the amateur Ann added the CAST: Some group three years ago. fear factor of the main She told Euro Weekcharacters ly News: "The idea came before curCOMMUNITY SPIRIT: Frailes Players put about as a way to do tain up. their own slant on The Wizard of Oz first class something for the village. SAM COPE BRISLEY: scenery enIt was not to simply bring a bit of EngThe sweet N orth Witch tor, wrapped things up by expressng Keeley the Tinman and sured everyland to Spain, but to interact with our her gratitude to everybody who went Sam the North Witch to body left the Spanish neighbours and show them along to both shows, everybody who name a few. venue with a some English tradition and culture, helped make it happen, the town hall As the curtain came good feeling. while involving them." for allowing free use of the theatre and down, infamous tea lover, Linda, who It was difficult to pick a favourite of And months of preparations and relocal store Shabby Chic for providing played Dorothy's aunt, was presented the cast as each played their part in hearsals paid off as a packed Frailes the incredible scenery. with a box of PG Tips after thanking the Frailes adaptation of the classic Theatre - with a capacity of 150 - was "Well done to everyone, an abeverybody who played a part in the tale, including Callie, who played reduced to tears of laughter. solutely fantastic performance with performance. Dorothy, Linda, Dorothy's Aunt, Ria Incredible costumes, a humourous the most amazing feedback. Our best Carol, also the producer and directhe Tin Man, John the Coward Lion, script packed with 'local' jokes and

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panto ever!!" she said. The audience was quick to praise the efforts of the Frailes Players, with Karen Collins enthusing: "It was brilliant." Denis Wilson raved: "Have to say I had tears of laughter down my cheeks." "Was another great pantomime," said Wendy Miller, adding: "Well done to all the cast but especially Callie as Dorothy and Linda as her Aunty. Costumes were fantastic. Tin Man Ria was amazing." Dinah Johnson of La Romana said: "Amazing night so funny, such a good feeling. So many great ad libs. Everyone played a fantastic part. We thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to the end. Thanks all for a fabulous panto."


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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.

DAVID SEARL

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

BUSINESS EXTRA

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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COMPANY PRICE(P) 3I Group 1.085,00 Admiral Group 2.318,00 Anglo American 2.174,00 Antofagasta 944,40 Ashtead Group 2.486,32 Associated British Foods 2.598,00 AstraZeneca 7.672,00 Auto Trader Group Plc 571,80 Aviva 414,30 BAE Systems 611,60 Barclays 181,28 Barratt Developments 767,24 Berkeley 4.855,00 BHP Group 1.791,40 BP 498,02 British American Tobacco 3.474,00 British Land Company 586,20 BT Group 192,88 Bunzl 2.070,00 Burberry Group 2.239,00 Carnival 3.557,94 Centrica 87,90 Coca Cola HBC AG 2.682,0 Compass 1.940,89 CRH 3.017,00 Croda Intl 5.088,00 DCC 6.505,5 Diageo 3.244,00 Direct Line Insurance 328,20 DS Smith 373,90 EasyJet 1.489,50 Experian 2.592,00 Ferguson 7.152,00 Flutter Entertainment 9.384,00 Fresnillo 623,50 GlaxoSmithKline 1.811,4 Glencore 241,65 Halma 2.127,00 Hargreaves Lansdown 1.886,00 Hikma Pharma 1.942,50 Hiscox 1.346,00 HSBC 591,30 IAG 661,20 Imperial Brands 1.962,60 Informa 833,62 InterContinental 5.057,00 Intertek 5.876,64 ITV 147,30 J Sainsbury 221,00

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

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NET VOL

+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

0.85665

1.16618 Units per €

US dollar ..................................................1.1118 Japan yen...............................................122.107 Switzerland franc ...................................1.08194 Denmark kroner .....................................7.47300 Norway kroner........................................9.88239

currenciesdirect.com/la-zenia • Tel: +34 965 994 830 THE ABOVE TABLE USES THE CURRENT INTERBANK EXCHANGE RATES, WHICH AREN’T REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RATE WE OFFER

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COMPANY 3M Alphabet C Amazon.com 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

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VOLUME

+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 Amazon.com 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


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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

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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

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WANT A ‘THRILLING’ HOLIDAY HOT-SPOT’ NORA JOHNSON

BREAKING VIEWS

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 www.euroweeklynews.com/3.0.15/nora-johnson

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.nora­johnson.net) 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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A 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  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 EastEnders 9:00pm Britain's Best Home Cook 10:00pm Death in Paradise 11:00pm BBC News at Ten 11:25pm Regional News and Weather 11:30pm Weather 11:35pm Question Time 12:35am Brexitcast

Baby Chimp Rescue BBC News at 9 Victoria Derbyshire BBC Newsroom Live Politics Live 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 9:00pm  Baby Chimp Rescue 10:00pm Addicted to Painkillers?: Britain's Opioid Crisis 11:00pm Mum 11:30pm Newsnight 12:10am Weather 12:15am Snooker: The Masters 1:05am Snooker: The Masters - Extra

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Beyond 100 Days BBC News teams in Washington DC and London report on the events that are shaping the world. 8:30pm The Sky at Night 9:00pm The Great British Year 10:00pm Einstein's Quantum Riddle 11:00pm Wonders of the Universe 12:00am Michael Mosley vs the Superbugs 1:00am Romancing the Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture 2:00am Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections 3:00am A History of Art in Three Colours 4:00am Einstein's Quantum Riddle

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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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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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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

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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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Speechless Speechless Schooled Schooled Schooled Schooled The Goldbergs The Goldbergs Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Parent Trap Star Trek: Discovery Gogglebox Gogglebox The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Star Trek: Discovery Gogglebox

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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Out of Blue 1917: Special The Girls' Room Aladdin The Top Ten Show Can You Ever Forgive Me? Us The Girls' Room Aladdin A kind-hearted street urchin living in the Arabian city of Agrabah with his pet monkey Abu rescues and befriends Princess Jasmine. Can You Ever Forgive Me? Us In 1986, young Adelaide goes on holiday with her parents to Santa Cruz. Vault Spy Cat

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

6:35am Galaxy Quest 8:20am Old Boys 10:00am You Don't Mess with the Zohan 12:00pm Instant Family 2:05pm Problem Child 3:30pm Shanghai Noon 5:25pm Shanghai Knights 7:25pm Zoolander 9:00pm Instant Family 11:05pm Beverly Hills Cop 1:00am Beverly Hills Cop II 2:50am Beverly Hills Cop III 4:45am Old Boys

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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


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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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6:05am Agatha Christie's Poirot 6:55am ITV3 Nightscreen 7:00am Classic Coronation Street 7:25am Classic Coronation Street 7:55am Classic Emmerdale 8:25am Classic Emmerdale 8:55am Heartbeat 10:00am Rising Damp 10:30am Rising Damp 11:00am Man About the House 11:35am A Touch of Frost 1:40pm Heartbeat 2:45pm Classic Emmerdale 3:15pm Classic Emmerdale 3:50pm Classic Coronation Street 4:20pm Classic Coronation Street 4:55pm The Durrells 5:55pm Heartbeat 7:00pm Foyle's War 9:00pm Endeavour 11:00pm A Confession 12:00am A Touch of Frost 2:05am Inspector Morse

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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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Top Wing Paw Patrol Floogals Becca's Bunch Little Princess Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom Sunny Bunnies Jeremy Vine Big Week in the Wild 5 News Lunchtime Police Interceptors Access Home and Away Neighbours Fatherly Obsession Friends Friends 5 News at 5 Neighbours Home and Away 5 News Tonight Wild Animal Rescue Traffic Cops M1: Keeping Britain Moving Busted in Bangkok Circus Kids: Our Secret World

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Mike & Molly Young Sheldon Young Sheldon The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Goldbergs The Goldbergs Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Baby Daddy Baby Daddy Young Sheldon Young Sheldon The Goldbergs The Goldbergs Brooklyn Nine-Nine The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Hollyoaks Celebrity Coach Trip Mrs. Doubtfire Gogglebox The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory Brooklyn Nine-Nine Brooklyn Nine-Nine Gogglebox First Dates Don't Tell the Bride

Sky Sports News Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 7:30am Good Morning Sports Fans Bitesize 8:00am Good Morning Sports Fans 8:30am Live Test Cricket 4:00pm Test Cricket Bitesize 4:15pm Cricket Debate 5:00pm Sky Sports News 6:00pm Transfer Centre 6:30pm Sky Sports News at 5 7:00pm Sky Sports News at 6 8:00pm The Transfer Show 8:30pm Live EFL 11:00pm The Debate 12:00am Sky Sports News 1:00am Sky Sports News 1:30am Live NBA: L.A. Lakers @ Boston 4:00am Live NBA: Golden State @ Portland

1917: Special The Desert Rats Armageddon The Kid First Blood Rambo: First Blood Part II Armageddon The Kid First Blood Rambo: First Blood Part II Rambo III

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The Girls' Room During 1971, civil rights activist Ann Atwater clashes with Ku Klux Klan member CP Ellis in North Carolina over the issue of school integration. Can You Ever Forgive Me? Spy Cat Aladdin Crash Pad The Girls' Room Can You Ever Forgive Me? Aladdin Crash Pad Vault Pond Life Rust Creek

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 6:45pm SPFL Greatest Games 7:00pm Soccer AM: The Best Bits 7:30pm EFL Goals: Leagues 1 &2 8:00pm EFL Championship Highlights 8:30pm Live EFL 11:00pm SPFL Greatest Games 11:15pm EFL Championship Highlights 12:00am EFL Highlights

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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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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8:45am King of Queens 9:10am Everybody Loves Raymond 10:10am Frasier 11:05am 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 Including sport and weather. 9:00pm Crazy Delicious 10:00pm 24 Hours in A&E 11:00pm NHS Crisis: Our Mental Health 12:00am 24 Hours in Police Custody 1:55am Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA

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

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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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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

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

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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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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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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

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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)

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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)

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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)


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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

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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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SCORPIO (October 24 - November 22)

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 - December 21)

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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.

EL MILLON: BST33327

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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

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTIONS

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

Down: LA PRIMITIVA

Kakuro

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.

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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.

BONUS BALL

Sudoku

LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION

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.

ENGLISH-SPANISH Down:

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.

CODE BREAKER


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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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FANTASTIC RESULTS: Get a new lease of life.

fantastic results and assure that a better fig­ ure and a new lease of life is at your reach. An example of the Institute’s success is Mar­ tina. The 37­year­old client shared her positive experience and expressed her gratitude to the team: “I was very surprised with the result after my first treatment. I could hardly believe what the tape measure was showing me: I lost five centimetres in just half an hour. I feel great, of course I’m going back!” Carmen ­ who gave Martina the revolution­

ary treatment­ was pleased with the result: “Martina told me during her first appointment that she walks regularly and eats reasonably well. This causes her body to react very quickly to my treat­ ment and we can appreciate a good result im­ mediately.”

To see what the Instituto Carmen Maria can do for you, visit the website at www.institutocarmenmaria.com or call for an appointment on 699 500 734. You can count on them to help you accomplish your resolu­ tions, all without a drop of sweat. All treat­ ments can be applied to ladies and gentlemen.


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Alcohol awareness reaches Spain BRITAIN wants to stop drinking, and health authorities aspire to help the country achieve it. According to a recent survey, two thirds of regular British drinkers con­ sider alcohol consumption harder to quit than to start exercising or improv­ ing their diet. The national health sys­ tem wants this to change and has launched a new campaign and an app to reduce drinking habits. The app in­ vites users to spend a day without MORE and more experts now recommend that people with high blood pressure reg­ ularly check their blood pres­ sure at home. This can give a better reflection of your blood pressure, as being test­ ed in somewhere like a GP surgery can make you feel anxious and can affect the re­ sult. It can also allow you to

drinking and lays bare the benefits of giving alcohol the cold shoulder. This British initiative has caught on in Spain, bringing the issue to atten­ tion. The relationship of Spaniards with alcohol differs from that of the British. But hitting the bottle is also a big part of the culture, starting with the fact that even the Spanish lan­ guage implies that drinking is essential for social acceptance. And drinking beer is easily accommodated around

HEALTH & BEAUTY

WAY OF LIFE: Alcohol is deeply rooted in many Spanish customs.

children’s play dates in bars. The truth be told, it’s also time for Spain to re­ flect on alcohol consumption and cus­ toms that need to be reviewed. The benefits of avoiding alcohol in­ clude improving sleep, regulating weight, reducing the risk of hyperten­ sion and liver problems and cancer. Doctors explain that more than four million people in Spain suffer from hy­ pertension unknowingly. According to the British health officials, people who

are between 45 and 65 years old are especially prone to drinking and tend to exceed the amounts compatible with a healthy life. However, it takes the body some time to see the benefits of a teetotal lifestyle. Researchers at the University College London have demonstrated that it can take up to a month to no­ tice the positive effects of cutting out the booze. People who drink more than three bottles of wine or 14 pints

of beer a week will experience a posi­ tive impact on cholesterol, body weight and blood pressure after one month of abstinence. In 2016, data established alcohol as the main killer in people between 15 and 49 years of age. Researchers reached the conclusion that no level of alcohol consumption can be consid­ ered healthy. They noted that the risks outweighed the possible benefits re­ lated to heart disease.

Pressure perfect monitor your condition more easily in the long term. You can buy a variety of low­cost monitors so you can test your blood pressure at home or while you’re on the move. Doing this gives people

an idea where their blood pressure stands in between doctor’s appointments and can motivate them to care more about their health. It also helps doctors make quick medication adjust­

ments to keep blood pressure in a healthy zone. However, home blood pressure monitors aren’t al­ ways as accurate as they should be. It has been reported that

home blood pressure moni­ tors may be inaccurate in 5 per cent to 15 per cent of pa­ tients, depending on the threshold for accuracy used. A study at the University of Alberta in Calgary tested

dozens of home monitors used by 85 patients averaging 66 years of age. Researchers found the units weren’t accurate within five mmHg of blood pres­ sure 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 taking too much or too little blood pressure medica­ tion. There are a number of ways to minimise inaccurate readings with the devices. Pa­ tients can compare the blood pressure machine measure­ ment with a blood pressure measurement in a clinic be­ fore exclusively relying upon home blood pressure read­ ings. 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 Hypertension Society (BHS) has information about validated blood pres­ sure monitors you can buy.


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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 delivered during 2019 to customers in over 50 coun­ tries, representing a 25 per cent increase 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.

TORSTEN MÜLLER-ÖTVÖS: The man who has clearly got the cream supported by a Cullinan.

“It is a ringing testament to the quality and 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

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ing falling sales and the transition from diesel 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.”


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

CELEBRITIES

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.


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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

BAROQUE POP: Nick Garrie in Romania.

British singer songwriter THOSE who like relatively obscure British singer song­ writers could do worse than catch an appearance by Nick Garrie on February 28 at La Yesería de Murcia as part of Microsonidos 2020 with entry costing €10. Every year, Microsonidos invites different musicians to Murcia City to play at a se­ lection of smaller venues to allow the audience an inti­ mate insight into the various

performers and this year is no exception with 30 artists performing over a series of months. Nick Garrie is the only English guest and is a propo­ nent of what is known as Baroque pop coming to the notice of a select few with his psychedelic recording The Nightmare of J B Stanis­ las which was released in 1970 but has now been reis­ sued.

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.

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Café Quijano musical brothers AT the start of a massive Spanish tour, the three brothers who make up pop/rock band Café Quijano will be performing at the Alicante Auditorium on Saturday Janu­ ary 25 with tickets costing €24.50 online. Manuel , Óscar and Raúl are all musi­ cians from León and the family owned a café there which played an important part in their development, as it was there that they first started playing to a live audi­ ence.

Their first recording was in 1996 and they went on to release eight albums which all sold well making them a popular band who mix Latin, flamenco, rock and pop. All three brothers have also enjoyed suc­ cessful solo careers and have worked with such artists as Raphael, Joaquín Sabina and Céline Dion and they have also appeared in films including Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella and supplied songs for the soundtrack of Disney movie Lilo and Stitch.

Free concert MULTI­INSTRUMENTALIST Yulia Bonny who hails from Russia arrived in Spain in 2005 where she is not only a performer but also a teacher and a member of the Elche Symphonic Band. She will be playing flute at La Zenia Boulevard at noon on January 21.

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3 Classical performances LOVERS of Classical Music will be in their element in the second half of January with three concerts taking place at the Victor Villegas Auditorium in Murcia City. The first takes place on Saturday January 18 and features the Murcia Sym­ phony Orchestra under the direction of George Mark and featuring soloists Juan Antonio Nicolás on flute and José Antonio Domené on Harp. They will interpret the fol­ lowing compositions: Leonora Overture, no. 3, Op.72b by Beethoven Concerto for flute and harp in C major by Mozart Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Spring, Op.38 by Schuman Tickets may still be or­ dered online and cost from €9 to €15. Next sees a visit from the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra on Monday Janu­ ary 27 under the baton of Andrés Orozco­Estrada with featured violin soloist from Japan, Fumiaki Miura and

PRESENTING THREE PIECES: Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

they will be presenting three pieces: A night on bare mountain by Mussorgsky Don Juan the Strauss vio­ lin concerto The Knight of the Rose al­ so by Strauss Tickets for this visit from

the German orchestra cost €25 to €35. Finally, on Thursday Janu­ ary 30 pianist Gabriel Escud­ ero will perform a number of pieces by Chopin as well as The Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven and tickets for this concert cost €12.


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CHANGING REAL ESTATE THE world of property and construction begins the New Year with moderation and a bag full of challenges that are pending resolution. T hese obstacles include improving access to housing for young people, managing a market with low interest rates and surplus liquidity, as well as absorbing the final dregs of the effects of the previous financial crisis. Not only will the sector contend with these changes, it also has to finish adapting to the new mortgage and renting laws. As well as any possible adjustments that could be introduced by the new coalition government between P S O E and U nidas Podemos. One of the main challenges is to provide access to housing for young adults. As a result of low salaries and the slowdown in job

DURING the cold months of winter, houses can often fall pray to the flames. Care­ lessness, candles and im­ proper use of electrical ap­ pliances destroy thousands of homes every year. The danger of house fires is the risk they pose for the inhabitants. In just the first quarter of 2019, 75 people lost their lives due to fires in Spain. This figure is already staggering compared to the

CARELESS: People feel safe at home and neglect taking precautions against fire.

creation, the market is becoming out of reach for youngsters. Emancipation rates in Spain are at a historic low, with people staying at home well into their 30’s. New housing measures are also having an impact on the property ladder, as the government tries to improve access to housing in Spain. The government of P S O E approved a new renting law at the beginning of 2019 that saw big changes in rental contracts. It is expected that the new coalition government will continue by trying to introduce price limits on rent. T he sector must also live alongside the extraordinary current market conditions. Low interest rates and excess liquidity increase the risks of sectoral bubbles. However, property experts maintain that the next bubble

will not include real estate or mortgage financing. Although the low interest rates increase the risk of over-indebtedness of countries, businesses and individuals, meaning that both private and public debt increases. Growth and world trade were in the spotlight for the duration of 2019, both for the ageing population and political and socioeconomic factors that could potentially affect business. This has seen foreign investment in real estate decrease compared

to previous years. It is also important to keep in mind that tourism in Spain was affected by the consequences of Brexit, the Thomas Cook crisis and the popularity of new destinations.

ADVANCE: Property in Spain faces new changes in the New Year.

Fight against fire 123 fire victims in the whole of 2018. According to the head of the Fire Department in the city of Madrid, people feel a sense of false security at home. He explained that the place where citizens feel the safest is also the place

where the most fires occur. He added that this leads to people relaxing and not tak­ ing the necessary precau­ tions. However, knowing how to prevent fires is the tool that saves the most lives. This in­ cludes avoiding the accumu­

lation of household goods, papers or other flammable materials on the floor. It is also advised to have a portable fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and fire blankets inside each apart­ ment or house, measures that currently remain volun­

tary. Automatic sprinklers aren’t obligatory either, de­ spite the fact that they re­ duce fire damage by up to two­thirds. In the common areas of building, fire equipment is mandatory and must comply with basic requirements. Fire extinguishers should be placed in all common areas, including lobbies, boiler rooms, parking lots and stor­ age rooms. The materials used in con­ struction are equally impor­ tant to combat the flames. In Spain, the government has recently revised the law per­

taining to fire safety regula­ tions. In December 2019, the Spanish Technical Building Code was revised in relation to the widespread use of ex­ ternal thermal insulation sys­ tems. The Ministry of Devel­ opment argued that ventilated facades pose a greater risk of fire propaga­ tion through the building and decided to limit their use with strict requirements. However, other regula­ tions have been neglected, as Spain missed the opportunity to legally impose the installa­ tion of smoke detectors in­ side every home. Firefighters have been requesting the change for years, following in the footsteps of other Euro­ pean countries including France, Germany and the UK.


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DAVID WORBOYS SITTING on a clifftop with a view of the Mediterranean shimmering under a blue sky or strolling through an Alpine meadow, it is natural to recall the lyrics of Louis Armstrong: ‘What a wonderful world.’ And, indeed it is in its natural state, unpolluted by us humans. The animal world follows the laws of nature which unfortunately in­ clude the instinctive, but cruel killing of slower or weaker species. Plant life flourishes, survives or dies in accordance with the ele­ ments. Mosquitos and weeds may not be our favourite creations, but they have their place and they bear no malice. It is the responsibility of humans to ensure that it remains a wonder­ ful world. For billions of our fellow beings it is anything but. Probably fewer than one in 10 of us could even dream of sitting on that clifftop in the sunshine. The priority of bil­ lions of us is likely to be survival

LETTERS FROM CANARIES

IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD humanity of those abusing the personal power held over them. Gratu­ itous abuse, humil­ iation and vio­ lence are inflicted in Russian jails, North Kore­ an labour camps, Libyan and Greek de­ tention centres and mental hospitals everywhere. Mental suffer­ ing and physical injuries occur daily in the streets and homes of cities, villages and institutions all over the world. Corruption and the misuse of a

through having enough food, shel­ ter from danger and the avoidance or treatment of disease. Abuse of power and mismanage­ ment by privi­ leged ‘leaders’ commonly re­ sults in avoid­ able hunger, illness, depri­ vation, trepi­ dation, tor­ ture, rape, murder ­ and bereavement. Territorial ambi­ tions, differing reli­ gious leanings and crime driven by greed all contribute to yet more misery and suffering. We should reflect on the words of that song as we think of those living in a less than wonderful world. Not only those in countries where inadequate natur­ al and financial resources mean severe hardship, but also those suffering from the in­

A WONDERFUL WORLD: Perhaps it’s time to reflect on this.

nation’s resources result in out­ rages ranging from the state of hospitals from Britain to Zimbab­ we, absence of food and security in Venezuela and homelessness in Europe. Varying degrees of inter­ nal subjugation within Syria and China and from hostile neighbours in Palestine and Yemen preclude any concept of freedom. How wonderful is the world for those with violent partners, rebel­ lious teenage children, neighbours from Hell and addiction to drugs? What of the billions of animals suf­ fering cruelty, abuse and neglect? A thousand years ago humans were capable of incredible cruelty, but it was otherwise a wonderful world with pure air, clean oceans and the natural use of land. As its inhabitants began to dis­ cover new worlds and develop new ideas, the cruelties, subjuga­ tion and enslavement inflicted on millions, followed by the pollution of the environment, transformed it into a less than wonderful world. As we look down on the blue Mediterranean, maybe we should reflect on this.

I’d like to enjoy the changes

By Barbara Belt barbarabelt@gmail.com DEAR reader, A Happy New Year to you from the islands, where we’re happy with 2020 so far, despite general festive season excesses and, in my case, acute tobacco withdrawal symptoms. Happy because, regardless of the buffoon-led political circus currently playing in Europe, the USA, Australia and other countries old enough to know better, Spain has avoided the dangers of erm... austerity populism, I believe it’s called these days, and finally formed a lefty coalition. In a period of retreat for the European left, this new government constitutes the most left-wing administration across the entire continent. So what makes Spain different? I’d guess it’s the memory of the country’s 40-year dictatorship naturally lingering on. It lasted until 1975, so a large chunk of the Spanish population remembers the reality of a right wing regime and hesi-

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NEW GOVERNMENT: Pedro Sanchez (left) with Pablo Iglesias. tates, regardless of politics, to go back there thanks. Other Europeans have apparently forgotten the pre-world war nationalist posturing that brought death to an estimated 75 million people, poppies and Remembrance Day ceremonies notwithstanding. The memory was probably wiped

by the post war boom. “We’ve never had it so good,” said Macmillan in 1957, and the British working class agreed. Package holidays abroad! Mortgages! Hire Purchase!, while 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s Spain continued to suffer poverty and repression. The U S A possibly forgot and

placed trust in a reactionary clown because its warmongering is strictly limited to faraway, foreign places, but surely us Europeans might hear alarm bells ringing through all this modern nationalist blah? Although, humans do have short memories. Just one and a half generations after a natural disaster almost anywhere, we choose to rebuild communities and bring up our kids in exactly those dangerous areas programmed to blow again. So, if we never learn, how will this first Spanish coalition government in 80 years, presided over - in my humble lefty opinion - by sound chaps Pedro Sanchez of the centreleft Socialist Workers’ Party, and Pablo Iglesias of further left ‘United We Can,’ prosper? These two do boast the prerequisite number of functioning neurons, a notion of history and social justice and far superior hairstyles. None of that laquered, boyishly tousled stuff. Sanchez sports a non-denominational classic cut and Iglesias a reassuring pony tail. We all have our criteria.

They’ll have their work cut out. Coalition is a known but forgotten concept in the land of stick-rigidlyto-your-views-and-shout-the others-down as a negotiation tool. “The parties on the Right and the media arm of the economic powers are going to hit us very hard with every step we take, however small. We will be governing in minority within an Executive shared with the PSOE... And, again, there will be those who invest many millions of Euros and devote many hours of television to trying to demoralise, frustrate and convince us that we cannot succeed,” says Pablo Iglesias, but I have enormous confidence in this political science university lecturer and his pony tail and hope they’re still in power when my Spanish nationality’s organised. I’d like to enjoy the changes they make. If I can stop smoking, their very intelligent plans to bite the bullet and legalise voluntary euthanasia may turn out to be top of my favourites list! Barbara Belt. barbarabelt@gmail.com


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THE ANGLICAN CHURCH, La Fustera. For more info: contact Frank Bentley on 966 495 188. (95461) ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IS ALCOHOL COSTING YOU MORE THAN MONEY? Drinking to excess not only affects your health it can spill over into every other aspect of your life – damaging everything that is important to you. Englishspeaking AA meetings are held throughout the Costa Blanca from Valencia City to Murcia. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting or discuss a possible drinking problem contact Costa Blanca North: *648 169 045* or Costa Blanca South: *625 912 078* or Costa Calida *679 385 105*. All calls are treated in the strictest confidence. AA in German: 645 456 075; Spanish: 679 212 535; Flemish: 635 047 053; and Scandinavian: 659 779 222. www.aa-costablan ca.org (93323) ROUNDABOUT CHARITY SHOP. We are soon into winter and very soon we will be feeling the cold! It is time therefore for another visit to the shop where you might find a bargain or two. Choose from the clothing selection, jewellery, household goods, books or bric-a-brac. There is usually something there for everyone - but not always. Charitable donations have recently been made to The Alzheimers Centre, Cancer Research and The Amigos Ambulance Service. We still need your help with donations etc. Please keep them coming in! We are situated on Avenida Del Furs close to the Fountain Roundabout and immediate left by Don Colchon bed shop. (93325) ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch now meets on the

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03185, Alicante Evangelical non-denominational church. All nationalities welcome. Sunday service 11.00 a.m; Sunday school; Prayer meetings; craft and computer clubs. Ladies Bible Study: Thursday 11.00 a.m. Church Bible Study: Thursday 1.30 p.m. House groups in Torrevieja, La Siesta, La Zenia Contact 966 752 543 / 966 799 273. For other church matters phone: 966 799 273 / /617 215 463 www.icatorrevieja.org (95476)

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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

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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

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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 6-1 as Sergio Aguero netted a hat-trick to break two records, 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 non­Englishman, later sur­ passing 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 effectively supplied the second. Mahrez broke the deadlock after easily shrugging off Drinkwater’s dithering presence, while the three­cap England in­ ternational 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 con­ trol and Gabriel Jesus made it 4­0 before the break, with Villa’s punishment ex­ tended by two more goals for Aguero af­

ter the break ­ Anwar El Ghazi’s late penalty a minor blemish for the champi­ ons. Having seen Liverpool continue their apparently unstoppable march to the top­flight title with a 1­0 win at Tottenham on Satur­ day, City ­ fresh from a 3­1 EFL Cup semi­final first­leg victory over Manchester United ­ were initially a lit­ tle lacklustre before Mahrez injected some much­needed quality with his 18th­minute opener, which came at the end of a fine solo run. Drinkwater, having 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 Algerian’s second soon af­ ter. Aguero’s record­equalling goal was more eye­catching, his vi­ cious strike from outside the box getting the better of Or­ jan Nyland to leave Villa reeling.

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

Worse was to come in first­half stop­ page time, Jesus steering home from Kevin De Bruyne’s superb pinpoint cross from right. To Villa’s credit, they limited the dam­ age in the second half, albeit Dean Smith’s side were often pinned back by a fluent and strutting City outfit. Aguero’s fancy footwork in the box cre­ ated 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 Premier League history. El Ghazi took out his anger on a last­ gasp penalty that did little to paper over the cracks for Villa, with City jumping above Leicester into second. Liverpool’s stunning form has left City somewhat in the Mersey­ side club’s shadows, but even now they continue to shine. This was a display of champi­ ons, which is what City officially re­ main for the time being. Villa can take so­ lace in knowing they will not face this quality every week in their quest for sur­ vival.


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Reds put away Spurs

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. 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

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.

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