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Visa hikes fees for credit and debit cards

Jack Troughton | March 17, 2021 close
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VISA, the international provider of ‘plastic’, is raising its fees for purchases made by British customers from most of Europe – triggering fears of higher prices and arguments Brexit has added to the cost of EU trade. The payments giant plans to increase ‘interchange fees’ for credit cards to 1.5% […]

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Philip of Edinburgh “slightly better” after heart ...

Jack Troughton | March 5, 2021 close
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The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed that her father-in-law “is improving slightly, although at times he is in pain. Fingers crossed”. Prince Philip of Edinburgh has “successfully” undergone a medical procedure to treat a heart problem at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, where he will continue to be admitted “for […]

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Duke Philip of Edinburgh transferred to another hospital in ...

Jack Troughton | March 2, 2021 close
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According to a statement from Buckingham Palace, Duke Philip of Edinburgh was transferred on Monday to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where he will remain in hospital until the end of the week. They also point out that, for the moment, “he remains comfortable and responds to treatment”. The 99-year-old Duke Philip […]

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SpaceX’s Starship rocket explodes, but still a success

Laura | December 10, 2020 close
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The prototype Space X spacecraft ascended 12 kilometers during its test in Texas, but when it returned it hit the ground, generating a spectacular fireball. The rocket, whose purpose is to get to Mars, was unmanned, so no one was hurt. The test ended with the prototype of the Starship SN8 […]

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Court rules €5,373 paid to family holidaymakers over algae on ...

Jack Troughton | October 2, 2020 close
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Family wins €5,373 after complaining about algae ruining beach holiday. A Bilbao court has sentenced a travel agency to pay €5,373 to a family whose holiday was ruined by algae on the resort’s beach. The judge held the agency accountable for a ‘lack of information’, as the algae affected one […]

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COVID-19 STATS: Spain records 10,000 new coronavirus cases in ...

Jack Troughton | August 27, 2020 close
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The Ministry of Health has announced 9.658 new cases of COVID-19 to its official statistics today. A total of 3,731 new cases were diagnosed through Wednesday, 26 August – however nearly 6,000 more cases have been updated to daily statistics announced over the last few days. Madrid (979), Andalucia (384), […]

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“Our hearts go out to them” – Xabia International ...

Jack Troughton | August 24, 2020 close
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Xabia International College director Richard Wijeratne and head of secondary Mike Mills have been in the BayRadio Studio 1 with Moody to discuss GCSE and A Level exam results. Richard Wijeratne said algorithms designed to grade students sitting UK examinations created conditions that were ‘unfair in the extreme’ to certain […]

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Madrid makes masks obligatory and reduces group gatherings to 10...

Jack Troughton | July 28, 2020 close
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The autonomous community of Madrid has today announced it will make sanitary masks obligatory in all public places as part of measures to reduce COVID-19 transmissions. Group gatherings will be limited to 10 in restaurants and bars, while recommeding private gatherings do not exceed this number. The region also plans […]

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Medplaya Hotel Rio Park in Benidorm to shut on 30th July due to ...

Jack Troughton | July 28, 2020 close
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Medplaya Hotel Rio Park in Benidorm has announced it will shut its doors on 30th July directly due to ‘changes’ on travel advice to Spain from the UK’s Foreign Office. The hotel, part of the Medplaya group, has a pop-up message on its website saying they ‘regret’ the decisions made […]

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UK’s Foreign Office advises against travel to Balearics ...

Jack Troughton | July 28, 2020 close
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The UK’s Foreign Office (FCO) has updated travel advice for Spain to include warnings against visiting the Balearics and Canary Islands. The update yesterday, July 27, comes after initial talks to exempt the Spanish islands from the 14-day quarantine imposed on travellers returning to the UK. News of the talks […]

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Police fine holidaymakers for organising 100+ party in rented ...

Jack Troughton | July 27, 2020 close
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Authorities have fined holidaymakers in Javea for organising a party with over 100 guests at their rented villa last Sunday morning. Policia Local and Guardia Civil arrived at the house on Camí Vell de la Granadella following a noise complaint at 3.30am. Agents confirmed the party broke restrictions on private […]

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Valencian president asks UK authorities to exempt region from ...

Jack Troughton | July 27, 2020 close
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The president of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, has asked British authorities to exempt his region from the 14-day quarantine on returning travellers. Puig asked for special measures for particularly the Costa Blanca, in the Valencian province of Alicante, after the UK reversed quarantine measures last Saturday. He stressed that […]