Hot and sunny in the Costa Cálida for the weekend of San Juan
Temperatures in the low to mid 30s as the end of June approaches Over the last week or so the Region of Murcia seems to have reached the point in the year where forecasting the weather becomes..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 22nd June 2018
35 degrees, school holidays starting, San Juan bonfires this Saturday - it must be summer in the Costa Cálida! As the summer officially begins (on Thursday at 12.07) and schools break up for over..

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Dog rescued from 30-metre well in La Aljorra
Full rescue operation on hunting land in the Campo de Cartagena Officers of the Guardia Civil and a caving rescue expert were called out to hunting land near La Aljorra, in the Campo de Cartagena..

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Murcia’s last concentration camp survivor dies in France
Francisco Griéguez was among 23,000 Spaniards at the camp of Mauthausen Francisco Griéguez Pina, a native of the city of Murcia and the last survivor among the Spaniards who were held during..

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A cooler summer is expected in Spain this year … except in Murcia!
Murcia was also the exception to the wet spring of 2018 in Spain To mark the start of summer on Thursday Spain’s State meteorological agency Aemet published its summary of the weather in spring..

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House partially collapses as driver collides with parked car in San Pedro del Pinatar
The driver was taken to hospital in San Javier after the incident in Calle Granada A male driver was taken to the Hospital Los Arcos del Mar Menor in San Javier on Thursday for treatment to injuries..

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Welcome to the summer with 35 degrees in Murcia!
Minimums above 20 on the Costa Cálida as the summer officially starts in the northern hemisphere The first day of the summer on Thursday was a warm one in the Region of Murcia, and there are plenty..

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Vandalism reported at Águilas nudist beach
A family who caused problems at the Playa del Charco may be related to the latest incident Once again an instance of vandalism has been reported at the beach of El Charco on the unspoilt coastline..

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Rainbow benches vandalized in Cartagena as LGTBi week approaches
The damage illustrates the need for further LGTBi rights activities, says Cartagena councillor The Town Hall of Cartagena has reported acts of vandalism on benches which have been painted in the..

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Two unauthorized fishing boats confiscated in Los Urrutias
The owners deny that the nets on board their boats have ever been used in the Mar Menor As part of the on-going vigilance to ensure that only authorized fishing takes place in the Mar Menor the..

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Two arrested for violent burglaries with homemade sword in La Aljorra
The men are being held behind bars in Cartagena awaiting trial Two men with a long previous criminal record have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in connection with two violent thefts in the..

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Eagle owl chick found in Mula delivered to wildlife recovery centre in El Valle
The most likely scenario is that the chick had fallen from its nest in Mula The Policía Local in Mula received a visit on Tuesday night from a local man who had stumbled across a young eagle owl..

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Bonfires, superstition and extra vigilance on Saturday in Cartagena for the night of San Juan
The arrival of summer is celebrated with cleansing flames throughout Spain The night of San Juan (23rd June) is nearing, and with the date falling on a Saturday this year the authorities all over..

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Glass collection bins turned into cat shelters by Fuente Álamo schoolchildren
The “Design for Change” scheme was aided by the Town Hall and an animal protection society Schoolchildren in Fuente Álamo have been involved in what is described as the first scheme of its..

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375,000 euros for cycle lanes and footpaths in La Manga
The investment is part of the La Manga 365” project to encourage year-round tourism As part of the 19-million-euro “La Manga 365” project, which aims to maximize the year-round tourist potential..

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Murcia temperatures up to 35 to welcome the summer on Thursday
Summer begins on 21st June at 12.07 as the heat intensifies in the Costa Cálida The summer solstice, we are informed by astronomers, occurs this year at 12.07 on Thursday 21st June, and it coincides..

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4.1 million euros to promote Murcia to coincide with the opening of Corvera airport
Part of the budget will be devoted to counteracting any Brexit effect on tourism in Murcia The government of Murcia has approved a budget totalling 4,114,000 euros for the ministry of Tourism and..

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Driving in flip flops debate: the Guardia Civil MAY fine inappropriately shod drivers
The Guardia explain that if officers consider movement and control to be impeded fines may be imposed Following a huge amount of debate and disagreement on social network sites regarding whether..

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New central government delegate to Murcia prioritizes the Mar Menor and rail services
Diego Conesa will remain in the post until he contests the 2019 regional election Diego Conesa, the leader of the PSOE party in the Region of Murcia, was officially sworn in as the central government..

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Murcia population still rising in contrast to the nationwide figures
The young immigrant population makes Murcia an exception to the general demographic trend in Spain The latest statistics regarding births and deaths in Spain, which were published on Tuesday of..

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Cabo de Palos wages war on marine rubbish
The sperm whale incident in Cabo de Palos has raised public awareness of plastic pollution in Murcia As public awareness increases of the extent to which the marine environment in the world’s..

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Murcia government authorizes rabbit cull
Excess population growth proves a menace to farmers in the Ricote valley and central Murcia Cute and fluffy they may be, but rabbits are a menace to the agricultural sector, and the relatively..

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Aromatic and medicinal plant cultivation, another string to the bow of Murcia agriculture
Thyme, oregano and lavender plantations are expanding in the north-west of Murcia Agriculture in the Region of Murcia is generally associated with fruit and vegetables, particularly lemons, melons..

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Bather stung by Portuguese man o’ war at the beach of Mil Palmeras
The dangerous pseudo-jellyfish has not yet disappeared from the Costa Blanca and the Costa Cálida The red “no bathing” flag was hoisted on Tuesday at the beach of Mil Palmeras in Pilar de..

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The heat is going up a notch or two this week as the summer starts in Murcia
Up to 33 degrees on Wednesday, climbing higher in the Costa Cálida by Saturday These are truly good days to be in the Region of Murcia, with beautiful sunny conditions but maximum temperatures..

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New ITV vehicle roadworthiness testing centre for Mula
Drivers in Mula will no longer have to travel to Alcantarilla or Caravaca for their ITV tests With new ITV vehicle roadworthiness centres opening at many locations in the Region of Murcia there..

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6,600 “irregular” immigrants in Murcia to be re-issued with health cards
The Spanish government will repeal the law by which immigrants were denied health care in 2012 The issue of immigration and refugees is one which is currently causing a great deal of discussion..

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New technology developed in Murcia to make waste water re-usable in agriculture
83 per cent of contaminants are eliminated by the use of bio-degradable substances As the authorities in the Region of Murcia and the Segura basin continually strive to make the best possible use..

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Submarine rescue exercises this month in Cartagena
The Cartago-18 exercise includes the simulated re-floating of a sub in the port of Cartagena Another military training exercise is taking place in the Mediterranean in and around Cartagena from..

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Guest troupes named for Puerto de Mazarrón Summer Carnival
The parade along the seafront in Puerto de Mazarrón is on 14th July As Puerto de Mazarrón prepares for the annual influx of visitors in July and August, details are being finalized for the Summer..

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Puerto de Mazarrón seafront walk extension moves a step closer
A road modification contract in El Alamillo will make room for the Paseo del Rihuete to be lengthened This Tuesday the contract has been put out to tender for the work to modify the RM-332 road..

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Murcia food bank distributed 2 million kilos to those in need last year
The economic crisis is not over for more than 28,000 people who received charity aid in 2017 Most macro-economic indicators show that the economic crisis which began in Spain around a decade ago..

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Joining a Universidad Popular course can help with integration and new skills
There are courses all over the Murcia Region which will resume in the autumn The Ed's personal account of attending an esparto weaving course. If you live in the Murcia Region and would like to..

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Maximums still around 30 degrees in the Costa Cálida … for the time being …
Glorious sunshine in Murcia, up to 40 degrees in south-western Spain! Temperatures in the Region of Murcia have been warm but not excessively so over the last few days, with maximums in the low 30s..

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Hundreds join in plastic waste clean-ups across Murcia
The initiatives across Murcia were part of a series of clean-ups nationwide At various locations in the Region of Murcia on Saturday groups of volunteers joined in the “1m2 por la naturaleza”..

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None hurt in La Azohía Chinese store fire
Stock ruined as the store prepared for the summer season in the bay of Mazarrón No injuries or casualties were reported in the San Ginés area of La Azohía on Monday morning, where a fire broke..

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Quality wine exports on the increase in Jumilla, Yecla and Bullas
48 of the 68 Denomination of Origin wineries in Murcia are in Jumilla As the Region of Murcia wineries belonging to the Denominations of Origin of Jumilla, Yecla and Bullas reap the rewards for..

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10 tons of hashish seized from sailing boat intercepted off Cartagena
Two Bulgarians arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into northern Africa The Spanish customs authorities have confiscated around 10,000 kilograms of hashish from a Dutch-registered sailing..

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Mariola Guevara becomes the first Mayoress of Alhama de Murcia
Diego Conesa steps aside to become central government delegate to the Region of Murcia Mariola Guevara, the new Mayoress of Alhama de Murcia, was officially sworn into office on Saturday, when..

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Murcia government issues melanoma skin cancer reminder
Special precautions must be taken with children in the midday sun in the Costa Cálida With the sun approaching its highest point in the sky as midsummer nears, the regional government of Murcia..

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Tenders invited to create new Marchamalo point in La Manga del Mar Menor
The project could be completed at the southern end of La Manga by the end of 2018 200,000 euros are to be invested in the creation of a new viewing point alongside the Gola de Marchamalo, the canal..

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Ecological mooring stations in the Mar Menor to protect the sea bed
The aim is to protect the giant fan mussel and other fauna and flora in the lagoon The regional government of Murcia has announced that an ecological mooring point is to be installed in the Mar..

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Molina de Segura offers to take in Aquarius refugees
630 migrants have arrived in Valencia after being turned away by Italy The Town Hall of Molina de Segura has added the municipality to the list of those offering to take in groups of refugees from..

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Cartagena police mobile speed trap locations 18th to 24th June 2018
Radar speed gun locations in the city of Cartagena and the rest of the municipality The local police force of Cartagena operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality..

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Drought status in the Segura basin almost certain to be extended into fourth year
The level of water in the reservoirs of the Segura is no higher than it was 12 months ago The governing board of the Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura, which manages water supply infrastructures..

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Totana completes 2 out of 5 of its controversial LGTBi rainbow zebra crossings
The multi-coloured crossings will be re-painted white at the end of June Amid heated arguments the Town Hall of Totana announced on Thursday that the painting of zebra crossings in the colours..

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Reassurance for Murcia as Torre Pacheco man becomes Secretary of State for Infrastructures
Pedro Saura takes over as the Number 2 in the Ministry of Development When the Spanish government abruptly changed hands from the PP party to the PSOE two weeks ago there was a certain degree of..

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Extended lifeguard coverage at the beaches of Cartagena this year
Bathers at two more Cartagena beaches monitored by lifeguards this summer As the peak summer season approaches in the Costa Cálida the Town Hall of Cartagena has presented details of its lifeguard..

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700,000 euros to be invested in the natural landscape of Jumilla
The Sierra del Carche and Santa Ana are among the areas where forestry and rural tourism co-exist Almost 700,000 euros are to be invested in improvements in rural areas of Jumilla, according to..

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Objections over Totana LGTBi rainbow crossings
Ideological and road safety issues cause controversy as Totana offers support to LGTBi groups The decision by the Town Hall of Totana to paint zebra crossings in the colours of the rainbow as a..

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Cartagena offers to take in Aquarius refugees
629 migrants fleeing Libya are on their way to Spain after being turned away by Italy In the wake of the news that Spain has offered to take in the 629 refugee migrants on board the Aquarius, Ana..

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1.8 million euros for 4-year birdlife conservation project in San Pedro del Pinatar
The project also aims to improve salt production in the flats of the regional park It has been confirmed that EU funding is to be made available for the next four years for the Project to preserve..

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Spanish Civil War spy boat to take part in Mar Menor Classic Sailing Regatta
The Gipsy has been owned by a family from Portmán since 1951 It has been confirmed that among the boats registered to take part in the 5th Mar Menor Classic Sail Regatta from 22nd to 24th June..

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Britannia liner brings 4,000 cruise tourists to Cartagena
The Britannia will be stopping in Cartagena four more times over the next few months The skyline in the port of Cartagena was partially obscured on Wednesday by the cruise ship Britannia, one of the..

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Camposol Sensol hotel purchase confirmed
The hotel on Camposol has been bought for 3.8 million euros by a company registered in Ibiza It has now been confirmed that the sale in auction of the Sensol hotel in Camposol, in the north of..

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37 Q for Quality beaches in Murcia this year including 20 in the Mar Menor
The beaches named are in Águlias, Cartagena, Los Alcázares, Mazarrón, San Javier and San Pedro del Pinatar Following the news last month that 25 beaches in the Region of Murcia have been awarded..

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Torre Pacheco to return 150,000 euros to Polaris World
The amount has been reduced by the courts from 450,000 euros The Regional High Court in Murcia has ruled that the Town Hall of Torre Pacheco must return the sum of 150,000 euros to the bankrupt..

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Public safety alert at the Escombreras refinery near Cartagena
Workers were evacuated as a cloud of steam yellowed by sulphur rose into the sky A large-scale security alert forced people to evacuate their workplaces at the Repsol plant in Escombreras on Tuesday..

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Passenger numbers at San Javier airport up for the 20th month in a row
Last month was the busiest May at San Javier for eight years! Passenger numbers at Murcia-San Javier airport, which is on schedule to close down in January 2019 to make way for the new facility..

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5 times over the alcohol limit at the wheel of an 18-ton truck in Santomera
The seventh case of drink-driving at the wheel of HGVs in Murcia this year! The Guardia Civil have reported yet another case of an HGV driver found to be well over the legal limit for alcohol in..

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Track to Calnegre beaches in Lorca closed this week
Repair and maintenance work is needed before access restrictions start for the summer Measures have already been announced by which severe restrictions will be imposed on motor vehicle access to..

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78-year-old Briton arrested in connection with 4 fires in La Manga del Mar Menor
The man faces charges after being relieved of a petrol can, matches and a lighter Guardia Civil investigations into four fires which broke out last summer near the Gola de la Estacio and Puerto..

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Rainbow zebra crossings in Totana for LGTBi Week
Respect and support for members of the LGTBi community Five zebra crossings in and around the Plaza de la Constitución in Totana are being painted in the colours of the rainbow in order to show..

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Mar Menor water quality continues to improve
Experts say express optimism while warning that the lagoon is still fragile The latest measurement concerning the water quality in the Mar Menor show considerable improvements, with experts optimistic..

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Calibration flights completed at Corvera airport
27 hours of flight inspections were aided by drones at the Region of Murcia International Airport Airport management company Aena issued a press release on Monday confirming that calibration flights..

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Murcia property sales up by 50 per cent in April!
The market is more active than at any time in the last 7 years It comes as no surprise that the figures published on Tuesday regarding Spanish residential property sales in April are higher than..

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Águilas indoor food market close to full occupancy following revitalization project
A wide range of products and eateries at the Plaza de Abastos in Águilas Mari Carmen Moreno, the Mayoress of Águilas, paid a visit to the local “Plaza de Abastos” indoor food market on Monday..

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Murcia beekeepers stung by hive thefts
Thieves steal hives along with the bees and honey they contain Regional newspaper La Verdad reports that there has been a sharp increase in beehive thefts in Murcia this year, and that anxious..

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Geographers demand changes in Spain’s Coast and Mountain laws
Legislation must be brought in line to reflect climate change and protect the environment The Spanish Geographers’ Association (AGE) is warning that the national government must address with..

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La Manga del Mar Menor was sold for 47 euros in 1863!
The Ministry of the Environment identifies the sale as the beginning of the threat to the environment in the Mar Menor One interesting aspect of the controversial Ministry of the Environment report..

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La Unión Mayor to demand boost for Portmán regeneration project
The new Minister for Ecological Transition was involved in the first attempt to regenerate the bay in 2011 Pedro López Milán, the Mayor of La Unión, is to request an urgent meeting with Teresa..

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Two rescued by Cartagena firefighters after car crash in Torre Pacheco
An elderly couple ploughed through a safety barrier close to the A-30 motorway The Cartagena fire brigade were called into action on Sunday afternoon when two people were injured in a car crash..

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Cartagena backs revised Playa Galúa seafront walk plans
The 1.2-million-euro promenade now incorporates modifications proposed by Cartagena The Town Hall of Cartagena has given its approval to the revised plans to modify the seafront walk alongside..

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Songbird capture licences scrapped by the Murcia government
Spain is forced at last to come into line with an EU directive The regional government of Murcia has confirmed that from now on no more licences will be issued allowing people to capture song birds..

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New sewage network to allow re-use of water in Ricote
Black water will be treated in Archena before being used in irrigation farming in the Ricote valley The works contract to install new sewage pipes in Ricote is to be put out to tender, according..

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Terra Natura water park in Murcia open: pay for one day, go back again free
The Agua Park offers fun and thrills with a range of water slides and rides The water park at the Terra Natura wildlife park in the northern outskirts of the city of Murcia has opened for summer..

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Meaty Melva is an ideal fish for Mediterranean cazuelas and guisos
Pepita’s Cazuela de Melva Empanada is a local recipe from Isla Plana Melva is just one of the environmentally sustainable fish species which can be used for this family recipe. Much has been written..

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Wild tortoise ownership in Murcia and Spain: illegal but surprisingly common
How to get back on the right side of the law if you own a tortoise in Murcia Many members of the public are unaware of the fact, but since 1st July 2015 it has officially been illegal in Spain..

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Bonfire licences and disposing of garden rubbish in the Region of Murcia
Regional laws prohibit the lighting of bonfires in urban areas For expats moving to Spain one of the aspects of rules and regulations which it is very difficult to learn about is the issue of bonfires..

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The long shadow of Alicante-Elche looms large over Corvera airport
Fears over the viability of Corvera as the Spanish government continues to invest in growth at the airport in El Altet Mariano Rajoy, the president of the Spanish government, announced on Thursday..

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Another box ticked on the path towards the opening of Corvera airport
The new management company is officially inscribed on the Mercantile Register Another tiny step forward towards the opening of the new international airport in Corvera was taken on Wednesday, when..

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Important security alert: Protecting your system against the latest cyber threats, Spectre and Meltdown
Just what are Spectre and Meltdown, the latest cyber threats, and how can you protect your device? Recently, two new cyber threats, known as Spectre and Meltdown, were brought to light by cyber..

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Discover the link between Corvera airport and a gastronomic speciality of San Javier!
The rival airports are connected through one of the most illustrious families in the modern history of Murcia The 10th January 2018 marks the 95th anniversary of one of the major achievements of..

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Cueva del Arco in Cieza, prehistoric art and a site which was occupied by in Neanderthal times
The Cieza caves may help explain how and why the Neanderthals died out The Cueva del Arco in Cieza is a spectacular rock formation where a large arch has been formed by erosion, hence its name..

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Understanding water and the drought in Murcia and the Segura basin
Where our water comes from, what it is used for, and why there isn’t enough In late 2017 the Region of Murcia and the rest of the Segura basin are facing one of the most serious droughts in recent..

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San Javier Time Bank scheme resumes with 49 courses on offer
This fantastic initiative in San Javier offers a range of activities in return for your time The San Javier municipality has begun its autumn programme of Time Bank activities with 49 different..

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Holidays for Murcia and the rest of Spain in 2018
13 “red days” in Murcia in 2018, plus two extra in each municipality The list of public holidays in Spain for 2018 has been published this week in the Official State Bulletin, confirming that the..

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Reminder: depositing rubbish in the bin before 9pm is illegal in many areas
Bin abuse can lead to nasty fines It’s hot, it’s August and the higher temperatures inevitably lead to fresh fruit and veg going off quickly if damaged and the rubbish bins emitting an unpleasant..

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