Murcia hoteliers accused of bribery over free holidays for police officers serving in Catalunya
The holidays were offered in homage to the policing during the Catalan crisis last year A gesture which was made by hotel owners in the Region of Murcia to show their support for police and Guardia..

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Former Cartagena Mayor reprimanded by Murcia parliament for sexist comments
José López struggles to defend himself against accusations of sexism and misogyny José López, the controversial former Mayor of Cartagena, has recently allowed his outspoken nature to get the..

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Rare marabou stork hatching at Terra Natura Murcia
Only 3 places in Europe have succeeded in breeding marabous in captivity Staff at the Terra Natura wildlife park in the northern outskirts of the city of Murcia are celebrating the hatching of..

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Águilas goes for greenery as improvements are made to the townscape
Lawn re-seeding and tree planting under way in the municipality of Águilas Over 900,000 grass seeds are being sown in the parks and gardens of Águilas this spring in order to spruce up the lawns..

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Saharan dust in the air but bright again on Friday in the Costa Cálida
Temperatures in the low 20s in Murcia as the weekend approaches It may have been a bright sunny day in Murcia on Thursday, but early risers will have seen that there was a good deal of Saharan..

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Images of plastic waste found inside the dead Cabo de Palos whale
The 29 kilos of plastic found in the stomach of the whale could have been in the sea for years before it was swallowed The subject of a dead sperm whale washed ashore in Cabo de Palos has brought..

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Murcia tightens up olive ebola controls after the disease reaches Almería
Three infected plants in El Ejido are deemed to constitute an isolated incident There are increasing worries in the Region of Murcia over the threat posed to agriculture by the spread of Xylella..

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New Murcia hotel regulations: bed and breakfasts in, bidets out!
The Costa Cálida adapts its hotel classification to the realities of international tourism In a move which is designed to attract more guests to hotels in the Costa Cálida the regional government..

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Battle re-joined in the water war between Murcia and Aragón
Aragón authorities refuse to consider the construction of a water supply canal Comments made over the weekend by Fernando López Miras, the president of the regional government in Murcia, have..

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Clouding over but still warm in the Costa Cálida on Thursday
25 degrees predicted in the city of Murcia on Thursday afternoon An unusually warm spell of weather in northern coastal regions of Spain kept Murcia off the top of the mainland temperature charts..

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46 arrested as police bust sub-Saharan driving licence scammers
2 of the arrests took place in the Region of Murcia An incident of identity fraud made the Murcia news in January, when a Senegalese man was detained by the Guardia Civil after he attempted to..

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394 forced expropriations planned in Totana for construction of the AVE high-speed rail line
Land will also be acquired in Lorca, Murcia, Librilla and Alhama de Murcia Controversy rumbles on in the city of Murcia over the work on bringing Spain’s AVE high-speed rail network into the..

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Guardia Civil traffic police now fully kitted out for more speed traps and breath tests
New equipment makes it possible for tests to be carried out without back-up throughout Murcia The traffic division of the Guardia Civil has now taken delivery of all of its new equipment, and as..

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Luxury residential cruise liner docks in Cartagena
Property owners on The World can live on a permanent round-the-world cruise Visitors to the port of Cartagena this week will be able to admire, from the outside at least, one of the world’s most..

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Weather set fair in the Costa Cálida this Wednesday
Temperatures in the mid-20s in most of the Region of Murcia All of a sudden, after weeks unsettled conditions, weather forecasting in the Region of Murcia appears to have become a very easy task..

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Concerns over classroom air conditioning re-surface as the Murcia weather warms up
18.5 million euros are to spent by 2020 on improving conditions in Murcia schools In the early summer of 2017 the regional government responded quickly to a series of incidents in which parents..

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Local Mayors offer their opinions on the proposed Mar Menor protection law
All four Mayors agree on the need for rapid progress in legislating for the protection of the lagoon The appearances of the four Mayors representing the municipalities which share the shores of..

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Notaries report surprising drop in Murcia property sales
The data for the last quarter of 2017 contradict those provided by other sources In Spain as a whole 4th-quarter sales were up by 10.9 per cent This Monday saw the publication by Spain’s notaries..

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Construction of Totana solar power plant to start in June
Jobs for 500 long-term unemployed are promised at the plant in the El Saladar industrial estate Work is set to start this June on the construction of a large new solar power plant in the El Saladar..

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Sadness over unnecessary kitten deaths
Animal protection groups press for free neutering and sterilization Another sad and unnecessary instance of animal cruelty was reported on Friday 13th April by animal rights campaigners in the..

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It’s official: Sierra Espuña barbary sheep are granted a pardon
Ten years of uncertainty over the future of the species appear to have been ended After years of indecision it was all but confirmed on Monday that the Barbary sheep population of Sierra Espuñ..

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Lorry driver treated in hospital after spectacular accident in Águilas
The incident occurred on Monday on the 333 near Calarreona The driver of a lorry which overturned for reasons which have not yet been explained on the RM-333 near Calarreona on Monday afternoon..

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Murcia leads leaf vegetable seedling production in Spain
Most of the 5,000 million plants cultivated every year are in the Campo de Cartagena Murcia produces more leaf vegetable plants than any other of the 17 regions in Spain, reaching a total of almost..

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Mazarrón welcomes its first ever cruise ship tourists
A group of 30 visited the rocks at Bolnuevo and the Roman salted fish factory On what was described by Mayoress Alicia Jiménez as a “historic” day for the municipality on Monday, Mazarrón..

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Glorious weather forecast for Tuesday in the Costa Cálida
Águilas was the warmest place in Spain on Monday afternoon Despite a few showers on Monday morning there seems to be little doubt that fine spring weather is now with us in the Costa Cálida..

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La Manga del Mar Menor sports day hailed as a great success
300 cyclists and gymnasts rounded the day off in La Manga with a giant paella! Two sporting activities attracted hundreds of participants on Sunday in La Manga del Mar Menor, firstly in a 21-kilometre..

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More frequent Gota Fría storms likely as the Mediterranean warms up
An increase of 1.1 degrees in water temperature in the Med has been observed since 1982 A study which has recently been completed at the CEAM Mediterranean Environmental Studies Centre in Valencia..

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A year’s worth of water for Murcia runs into the Mediterranean in northern Spain in 12 hours
Heart-breaking scenes in the Ebro basin for farmers in the Region of Murcia and the Segura basin The irrigation farmers of the Region of Murcia may be relieved at the authorization of water transfers..

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Lorca on crusade to combat dog pooh and urine in the city centre
Free pooh-bags and anti-urine sprays for dog walkers in Lorca In line with countless other local governments in Spain the Town Hall of Lorca is constantly engaged in a battle to clean up the streets..

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New botanical garden opens in Mazarrón
The “Mastia” garden is designed teach children about local eco-systems A new botanical garden has been opened in Mazarrón, featuring examples of over 100 plant species which are native to the..

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Los Nietos marina allows Mar Menor fishing fleet reduced mooring fees
The Puerto Deportivo of Los Nietos agrees to become a Puerto Pesquero! There has been a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of the Mar Menor and the authorities at the port of Los Nietos..

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Flamenco classes introduced at primary schools in Murcia
Carlos Piñana oversees introductory flamenco courses for 10- to 12-year-olds Renowned flamenco guitarist Carlos Piñana is the leading figure in an interesting initiative by the education authorities..

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Four kittens rescued from underground rubbish container Mula
An alert passer-by heard the kittens mewing in distress Four kittens were rescued from almost certain death in Mula on Saturday after a resident heard them mewing in distress inside one of the..

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20 bidders for contract to build new bridge over the Segura in Archena
The new Archena bridge will ease traffic congestion before the end of 2019 As many as 20 bids have been received by the regional government of Murcia for the Works contract to build a new bridge..

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Almost 28 degrees in Murcia as spring arrives in the Costa Cálida!
Murcia was the warmest place in Spain on Sunday It’s been a while coming, but it seems as the second half of April begins that spring has finally sprung in the Costa Cálida, as weekend temperatures..

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15,000 radar speed gun checks in Murcia during special DGT campaign this week
130 Guardia Civil officers are on speed gun duty in the Costa Cálida until 22nd April Between 16th and 22nd April the DGT traffic authorities are organizing a special campaign to clamp down on..

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Cartagena police mobile speed trap locations 16th to 22nd April
A special anti-speeding campaign is taking place in Murcia this week The local police force of Cartagena operate a system of mobile speed traps which move around the municipality every week with..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 13th April 2018
Whale death after swallowing plastic places Murcia in the spotlight of the campaign to save the world’s oceans One of the most important concerns facing the Earth at the moment is the contamination..

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Summer is just around the corner: highs of 25 degrees for Murcia this weekend!
Some cloudy intervals but temperatures are set to rise significantly in the Costa Cálida It’s been a long time coming, but the weather in Murcia is set to return to what many consider to be..

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San Javier legalizes beach weddings
San Javier makes a pioneering move into wedding tourism! For the first time in the Costa Cálida it is now possible to get married on the beach, following a pioneering step taken by the Town Hall..

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Valencia researchers make red palm weevil breakthrough
A natural pesticide with no harmful side effects has been developed in Valencia A team of scientists at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia has created a new natural method which they believe..

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Corvera airport land expropriations to be paid in 2019
22 million euros plus interest are owed to former Corvera landowners, say the PSOE 2019 promises to be a landmark year for the new Region of Murcia International Airport in Corvera, with all the..

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7,800 tons of rubbish removed from the port of Cartagena last year
200 kilos of waste is dumped in the sea EVERY SECOND worldwide The topic of marine contamination is one which is very much in the news in the Region of Murcia at present, following the revelation..

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Restoration work set to re-commence at the monastery of San Ginés de la Jara
Protected status has been awarded to three more of the hermitages on nearby Monte Miral Notification has been received by the Town Hall of Cartagena that Hansa Urbana, the construction company..

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Town Halls in Murcia join forces to combat the spread of the tiger mosquito
The Murcia government coordinates a new scheme in which Town Halls will collaborate The Department of Health in the regional government of Murcia has announced that a “pioneering” system of..

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Property rental prices rising all over Murcia, most sharply in La Manga del Mar Menor
A leading portal reports a 6 per cent increase in rental prices in La Manga in just 3 months Another property portal has joined the ranks of those reporting sharp increases in property rental prices..

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Pigeon-breeder killed by his own flare near Fortuna
A gust of wind is blamed for re-directing the firework straight at the man who lit it A 60-year-old pigeon breeder died in the countryside of Fortuna on Wednesday after a firework he set off in an..

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3.6 Richter earthquake between Alhama de Murcia and Mula
The tremor was felt as far away as Murcia and Molina de Segura The spate of seismic tremors which has affected the Río Mula area of the Region of Murcia since the start of this year continued on Wednesday..

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Greyhounds rescued from La Aljorra water deposit
A busy weekend for Cartagena police with three dog rescues! Two greyhounds were rescued on Saturday 8th April from an irrigation water deposit in the district of La Aljorra, although unfortunately..

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Street light cabling thief detained in Los Alcázares
The arrest occurred after the lights went out in Nueva Marbella and Lo Gonzalo A man was arrested last week by the Policía Local of Los Alcázares when he was found to be transporting 160 metres..

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Water is on its way to the Region of Murcia at last!
More snow in Albacete, reservoir levels rising and the first Tajo-Segura transfer for 11 months is under way Over the last month or so the outlook for irrigation farmers in the Region of Murcia..

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5,000-year-old ceramics and a Stone axe found on Lorca castle hill
Many of the items found belonged to the Argaric culture of 4,000 years ago Excavations on the rocky hillside beneath Lorca castle have brought to light the remains of ceramics and pottery which..

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Taxi service improvements agreed upon in Águilas
Duty shift rotas will guarantee adequate taxi availability at all times in Águilas The licensed taxi drivers of Águilas have reached agreement with the Town Hall over a series of measures designed..

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Fallen trees and branches among over 60 incidents as strong winds hit Murcia
Gusts of up to 80 km/h in San Javier and other coastal locations The strong winds which affected much of the Region of Murcia between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning resulted in well over..

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Águilas Town Hall begins the first anti-cockroach campaign of the year
Disinfection about to start in all built-up areas of Águilas The April weather in the Region of Murcia may not be as fine and settled as it has been in other years, but nonetheless there is no doubt..

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Murcia property sales up by over 20 per cent in February
The market is now busier than at any point in almost seven years This Wednesday the provisional residential property sales figures for February 2018 were made public by the central statistics unit..

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Old submarine could become floating museum in Cartagena
The Tonina has been lying abandoned in the Cartagena shipyard for 13 years A motion is to be debated in the regional parliament of Murcia concerning a proposal to convert the Tonina, a decommissioned..

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San Javier time bank scheme wins national acclaim
The time bank project in Santiago de la Ribera has been in operation for 12 years The council of San Javier was one of 23 from all over Spain to be awarded prizes at a national convention of the..

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Property rental prices in the Region of Murcia rise by 15 per cent in a year!
600 euros per month is the average rental price for homes in the Costa Cálida Much of the analysis carried out on Spain’s property market focuses on sales figures and property values, but it..

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Security and traffic plans being drawn up for San Javier air show in June
The best vantage point for the event over the Mar Menor is the beach of Santiago de la Ribera As preparations continue for the major air show which is to be held over San Javier and the Mar Menor..

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Last month was the busiest March at Murcia-San Javier airport since 2010
Passenger numbers have been going up at San Javier airport for the last 18 months It was reported by Aena on Monday that passenger numbers at Murcia-San Javier airport, which is on schedule to..

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Axe-wielding Chinaman arrested in Cieza
The angry shop-owner pursued young pranksters who targeted his store in Cieza The Policía Local have confiscated an axe which was being brandished by Chinese man in the streets of Cieza on Saturday..

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Large fire forces closure of the A-7 motorway near Totana
Firefighters took 15 hours to extinguish the blaze completely The smoke from a large fire at an industrial equipment warehouse on the El Saladar industrial estate in Totana on Friday night caused..

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Foreign tourist spending in Murcia up by 45 per cent in January and February
British visitors accounted for almost a third of the 117-million-euro total The regional government of Murcia reports that the amount spent by visitors to the Costa Cálida from outside Spain during..

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Mega-yacht returns to Cartagena
Sailing Yacht A is one of the largest yachts in the world Recent visitors to the port of Cartagena may well have seen that Sailing Yacht A, which belongs to the Hamilton group owned by Russian..

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Improvement work under way on Mazarrón-La Pinilla road
Roadside ditches have deteriorated on the RM-E19 during episodes of heavy rain Work is under way to improve the condition of the RM-E19 road which runs from Mazarrón through the mountains to the..

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Two injured as motorcycle hits sheep on the Murcia-Cartagena motorway
The accident happened near the Corvera airport on the A-30 Two people were taken for treatment to the Virgen de la Arrixaca hospital in El Palmar on Sunday evening, after the motorcycle on which they..

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Carcass feasts for vultures set to be allowed by Murcia government
Cattle farmers will be allowed to leave dead animals in certain parts of the Murcia countryside Griffon vultures are not an especially common sight in the Region of Murcia, but over the last four..

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Portmán bay regeneration project: steriles will not be removed until next year
Complex preparation work will be completed at a cost of 9.6 million euros during 2018 The project to partially recover the natural harbour of Portmán and regenerate the environment is still making..

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Lo Pagán port enlargement will allow more ferry services to and from La Manga
A new 75-metre jetty is among the improvements on the Mar Menor coast in San Pedro del Pinatar Over 484,000 euros are to be invested by the regional government of Murcia in work to enlarge the..

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Torre Pacheco resort owners campaign for urbanisation bus services
Owners at La Torre, El Valle, Hacienda Riquelme and Las Terrazas de la Torre are urged to sign! Property owners on the golf resorts of La Torre, El Valle,(Murcia municipality) Hacienda Riquelme..

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New fishing control vessel on duty in the Mar Menor
The Cerro de Lobos will patrol marine reserves and monitor water quality in the Mar Menor The “Cerro de Lobos”, a new maritime surveillance and security vessel which will be used to ensure..

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6-million-euro modernization of Lorca waste recycling plant begins
The plant deals with 64,000 tons of waste from south-west Murcia every year Almost 6 million euros is to be invested by the regional government in the latest modernization of the rubbish treatment..

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Cartagena Roman forum museum to be completed within a year
The next addition to the archaeological attractions in Cartagena will open in 2019 All is now in place for construction work to start at the new Roman Forum Museum in Cartagena, which is expected to..

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Cala Cortina – Escombreras road in Cartagena closed until late April
It is still possible to drive to the beach of Cala Cortina except on 3rd and 4th April The spectacular road which leads out of the city of Cartagena towards the beach of Cala Cortina and the container..

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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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An international field heads to La Manga Club for the Spanish Amateur Golf Championship
Past winners of the event include Sergio García, José María Olazábal and Darren Clarke The Spanish Amateur Golf Championship is returning this year for the first time since 2013 to the South..

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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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