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14th March  2018

Two weeks of rain have not solved a drought that has been dragging since
2014. But the last rains - which have been well above normal - have made
the water reserves in the peninsula grow by 23.4% in just 15 days. The water
reservoir has increased 10.2 points and the reserve is 53.7%. Despite the
evident improvement, two reservoirs (Júcar and Segura), continue below
30%. And the total water reservoir in the country is still below the average of
the last decade.

The Bishop of San Sebastian, José Ignacio Munilla, often says that he likes
to call things by his name and that it can sting someone. This has been
translated  by many of his pronouncements from the pulpit, in  a program on
Radio Maria or in his tweets, criticized for representing the most
conservative positions of the Church. The last one has been  on what he
called "radical feminism". Before, he has rained reproaches for rejecting
homosexual marriage, abortion or praising chastity.

WOMEN from across Spain took the streets of cities up and down the
country to take part in the first feminist strike to mark International Women’s
Day.  Around 5.3 million took part in the walkout, according to trade unions,
which was called in protest over gender inequality, violence and wage gaps.

Spain is preparing for a new addiction......Governments and entities create
programs to address the growing number of cases of abuse of new
technologies, especially among young people.....The Ministry of Health has
included for the first time in 2018 addictions to new technologies in the
National Addiction Plan. The Ministry emphasizes that adolescents and
young people are the main risk group, and that inappropriate use should not
be confused with an addiction. 18% of the population between 14 and 18
years makes an abusive use of new technologies, according to government
data.................................The World Health Organization does not recognize
addiction to new technologies although from 2018 it will admit that there is
addiction to video games.  

There are very few studies on the habit of going to the psychologist among
Spaniards. There are also very few places that touch the clinical psychology
in the distribution of public health. In Spanish hospitals, according to the
General Council of Psychology, there are 4.3 psychologists per 100,000
inhabitants, four times less than the European average, where 18 specialists
correspond to the same citizens. It is not surprising that many of those who
go to therapy pay for it themselves,

THE mother of a young boy who drowned on holiday in Spain has told an
inquest in the UK that there were ‘no lifeguards’ on duty at the hotel complex
swimming pool when he died.

Britain has lost another legendary entertainer as Sir Ken Dodd has died after
his recent illness. He had reached the age of 90 and had married his long-
term partner. He is regarded as the last in the Music Hall tradition.

Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Vincent Nichols told
head teachers that pupils may question their identity, but schools could not
ignore the sex they were born into. Compare this story with......Lady Windsor
Rose is part of the controversial organisation Drag Queen Story Time – an
initiative to send drag queens into schools to tell stories to highlight
transgender issues to youngsters.

The wages of university bosses, like that of Bath vice-chancellor Glynis
Breakwell  are hundreds of thousands of pounds more than leaders of
councils and health trusts, figures revealed.

Michael Jolley had been handed the top job at English League Two side
Grimsby Town despite a conviction for unlawful sex with an underage girl in

Just how expert are the experts?  Relatives begged doctors not to release
Stephen Arnold,  after he was admitted to hospital. But days after he
returned to the family home in Lincolnshire he stabbed his wife.

Flo and Joan, who were bombarded by death threats over their Nationwide
adverts have revealed they were named after their grandmother - and have
now penned a song about a cup of tea.

Dr Huw Humphreys, head of Christ the Sower in Milton Keynes, sent a
newsletter warning about obesity rates. But parents claim it could have a
‘devastating’ effect on pupils …........ Harris Academy in Battersea, London,
had some of the worst GCSE grades in the country. But in 2014 Dave
Moody was brought in as the new head and implemented stringent new
rules. He banned pupils from shrugging, sighing and rolling their eyes.
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