The new British ambassador to Spain is a former Brexit chief who will replaces Simon Manley next year. Mr Manley CMG will step down from his role as the British Ambassador to Spain next summer and be replaced by a Brexit communications director.
Manley, 51, has held the post since 2013, but in 2019 will make way for Hugh Elliott, who is the current Director of Communication and Stakeholders at the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Father-of-three and Oxford graduate Manley wished his successor a ‘heartfelt welcome’ to his new job.
Elliott, who has held several high-level posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since 1989, said: “It will be a pride and a pleasure to represent the United Kingdom in Spain and take over next summer.”
Despite his Brexit credentials, the FCO claimed the reason for Elliott’s takeover of the role from Manley is that ‘appointments change every 3 to 4 years.’ Elliott will hope to emulate the illustrious career of his predecessor, who had many highlights as a British envoy, including receiving a cooking lesson from the three-Michelin star-winning Spanish chef David Muñoz.
Another key moment of Manley’s diplomatic tenure was the recent Tertulias event, where Harriet Harman, Boris Johnson and Ed Miliband were accompanied by the ambassador in the 30th annual Anglo-Spanish celebration of bilateral and cultural links.
Manley said: “It has been the best charge of my diplomatic career, a great honour, and a pleasure to work to reinforce the bonds between our two great countries – and I’m not leaving, I have nine more months!”
The Spanish Supreme Court has done a U-turn again and decided that it is the clients who must pay for a controversial mortgage tax, and not the banks. The Impuesto sobre Actos Jurídicos Documentados (AJD) is a stamp tax paid in Spain by the homebuyer at the time of purchase, when a notary officially documents both the sale and the bank loan.
The decision was reached recently in the Administrative Division of the Supreme Court after two days of intense debate, and with just two votes of difference: 15 justices were in favour of making the client pay the levy, and 13 voted to confirm a groundbreaking decision reached by this same court in mid-October that it should be the banks who pick up the tab.
The vote comes after three weeks of legal chaos that have evidenced a fracture within the Supreme Court and damaged its public image. While bank shares started to gain value on the trading floor following news of the court’s decision, Spanish political parties, consumer groups and unions immediately issued highly critical statements.
Leaders of the anti-austerity Podemos party have already announced protests over a decision that “calls into question” the court’s independence and undermines democracy, in the words of party leader Pablo Iglesias. “Shame and anger should turn into a great civic mobilisation to defend the rights of the majority from the privileges of a minority,” he said.
Alberto Garzón, head of the United Left coalition, went even further: “Private banks are thieves, they are the main enemy of democracy and they are responsible for gutting our economies. A majority of the Supreme Court sides with them, ratifying that justice has a price and that the system is rotten and spent,” he tweeted.
Both leftist leaders called a street protest outside the Supreme Court.
“One cannot subject millions of families to such uncertainty and make such a spectacle of oneself,” said Albert Rivera, the head of centre-right group Ciudadanos.
The government of Pedro Sánchez, of the Socialist Party (PSOE), has not yet taken a public stand on the issue, but said it will “analyse and study the impact of the ruling.” Reforms to existing mortgage legislation are already underway in parliament in order to adapt to EU norms, and the executive could introduce new measures to make the banks pay some of the costs now borne by clients. The secretary general of the conservative Popular Party (PP), Teodoro García Egea, confirmed his group will work toward legislative reform.
Earlier, Finance Minister María Jesús Montero had said that if the court ruled in favour of clients and made the measure retroactive for four years, the claims could have an impact on regional coffers of up to €5 billion. She warned that this could affect the national public deficit and compromise EU deficit targets.
“The impact on regional coffers in a four-year retroactivity scenario would be of €5 billion, but the claims would be directed at the lenders,” said Montero at an economic forum in Madrid. “It is not the state who would have to put up the money.”
On 19th October, the president of the administrative division of the court, Luis Díez-Picazo, opted to revise the new criteria that the court had established days before, when a panel decided that it should be the bank, and not the client, who pays the AJD tax on the basis that it is the lender who needs a public document registering the loan, and not the homebuyer. This ruling in itself constituted a reversal of 20 years of jurisprudence confirming that clients are responsible for paying this tax.
A total of 28 justices from the Administrative Division of one of Spain’s top courts gathered to debate the new criteria, which ruled that the bank was the only party with an interest in getting the loan certified by a notary, because this is what allows the lender to initiate foreclosure proceedings if the borrower defaults on payments. Because the lender is awarded this privilege through the public document, the lender should pay the fee, said the judges on 13th October.
Had the judges decided in favour of homeowners this week, they would have also had to decide whether to make the measure retroactive – and how many years back – opening the door to claims from thousands of clients.
“Many of the decisions made by this division have consequences representing millions of euros,” said one judge. “We have to be aware of this to be able to make a very strict decision. But we cannot help that this fact has an influence on our decision. We are used to this.”
What is the ajd?
The Actos Jurídicos Documentados (AJD) is paid on certain documents that are signed before a notary, such as a mortgage. The amount is a percentage of the loan, and this figure depends on the region of Spain where the home purchase is taking place. This tax is collected by the regional governments, and last year it represented a collective €8 billion in revenues. Some regions apply a 0.5 percent fee, such as the Basque Country. Others, like Andalusia or Aragón, have set this fee at 1.5 percent.+6+
However, the tax is not calculated on the amount of the loan itself, but on the mortgage guarantee, which is the sum of the loan amount, interest, late fees and legal expenses in the event of default – a fact that could significantly raise the final figure. The consumer group OCU figures that for a mortgage of €150,000, with a mortgage guarantee of €270,000 and an AJD rate of 1.5 percent, the fee would mean €4,050. This is on top of other transaction expenses involving the notary, property registrar, property valuation and gestoría.
GBP: Last week, Mark Carney met with concerns over post-Brexit monetary policy; the Bank of England stated that it is not a given that a no-deal Brexit would lead to lower interest rates. The market does assume that an orderly Brexit would mean a faster pace of rate increases, and positive sentiment on Brexit appeared to be the tone for this week. The sterling-positive rate story was balanced by the negative news that Downing Street had not, after all, secured an arrangement for UK banks to operate in Europe and a Brexit deal will not be finalised within three weeks. However, the mood had been set and the market seized on a story in The Times that a Brexit deal is imminent. Also, again, the prime minister’s office played down the idea, calling it “speculation” but investors have begun to believe that there must be something to these stories and that Theresa May is preparing to force a compromise upon her recalcitrant Brexiteers. There was little in the ecostats to support this; Britain’s construction sector also came in higher than expected but the services sector purchasing managers’ index fell from 53.9 to 52.2, missing forecast by more than a full point and touching its lowest level since immediately after the Brexit referendum. Yet sterling hesitated only briefly before zig-zagging to a four-week high against the euro. All eyes were on Brexit as the PM held a cabinet meeting sharing the details of the proposed Brexit deal which came with the caveat that the deal was 95% complete and the Irish border remains a sticking point that no amount of optimism can surmount.
EUR: The euro has had less of a positive week and declined against a basket of currencies towards the end of the week. The European Commission is warning of weakening global economic activity, growing trade tensions, slower employment growth and increased uncertainty over investment could slowdown economic growth in the euro area in the coming two years. In addition, this issue of Italy’s budget and the EU fiscal rules is coming to a head. There is some hope that the difficulties might lead to a more durable approach to EU fiscal policy but in the meantime, the matter continues to harry the euro.
USD: It was a big week for the US dollar. At the end of last week, the US dollar was the top performer due to positive employment data. Not only were a quarter of a million jobs added in October, wages growth accelerated from 2.8% to 3.1% a year. This is the biggest annual gain in more than nine years. The major factor this week was the US midterms. The dollar fell after the Democrats took the majority in the House of Representatives; this is due to the fact that the opposition now has the opportunity to frustrate the president’s policies and it gives more teeth to the investigation into collusion and the potential for impeachment if any wrong-doing is uncovered. The result had been largely priced in, but it’s clear that a change is coming in US politics and the market reacted to the uncertainty. There were no meaningful US economic data to shade the debate and the president said nothing to make investors worry. He did sack his attorney general and he withdrew the White House pass of a journalist who asked difficult questions but investors saw that as just another day at the office. Towards the end of the week, the Federal Reserve opted not to change interest rates Thursday but hinted that rates are likely to rise on 19th December and that there would be three more increases next year.
CAD: Oil prices rose amid reports that Russia and Saudi Arabia had begun discussions over possible curbs to oil production in 2019 and this assisted the Canadian dollar briefly. However, this didn’t last long and the loonie weakened to an eight-week low against its broadly stronger US counterpart on after oil prices recovered and the Federal Reserve left intact its plans to gradually raise interest rates.
Local schoolgirl Millie is 13 years old. She is a keen dancer, she loves all types of sports and gymnastics – people who are acquainted with Millie know how active she is, always out and about on her roller boots and scooter.
Millie was diagnosed in 2015 with severe scoliosis. Scoliosis is the curvature of the spine; the last x-ray of Millie’s curve of the spine revealed elevation to a degree of 60/65. She has worn a back brace for the past three years to sleep in but unfortunately this has not worked. The rehabilitation specialist told Millie’s parents Emma and Steve that surgery is now the only option. Spain’s public healthcare system only offers the Harrington procedure as a surgical solution – this procedure involves metal rod fusion. Millie’s mum Emma explained, “We know this procedure works but Millie would have very limited flexibility and minimal quality of life, she would also never be able to dance or do gymnastics again. The traumatologist said that she would also need to wear a brace for 22 hours a day whilst she continues to grow and they would only be able to operate on her in a few years’ time.”
Emma continued, “As parents we want to give Millie the best opportunity in life that she deserves. I have met with Dr Juan Carlos Olaverri a private surgeon in Barcelona, he is one of only 20 surgeons in the world who performs an alternative procedures. He performs the VBT – Vertical Body Tethering and ASC – Anterior Scoliosis Correction procedures which are a lot less invasive and recovery is much quicker, this will allow Millie to continue to grow, hopefully without any further problems. The operation is lateral, but instead of a metal rod it incorporates a flexible cord into the side, which will allow the spine to straighten more as she grows. Dr Olaverri has advised that this procedure needs to be done sooner rather than later due to her age and expected growth spurts.”
Millie and her family hope that surgery can be scheduled on the 4th of February 2019. It will be necessary for Millie to be in hospital for 7 days, and then a further two weeks nearby in an apartment for aftercare from the surgical team. The cost of this procedure is in the region of €50,000.
Millie’s parents have kick-started a fundraising campaign in the hope that they can gather the funds needed to allow their daughter to live as normal a life as possible. They have set up a Facebook page called “We’ve got your back Millie” and have already garnered support from prominent local businesses such as The Christmas Shop and Venture Fleet as well as members of the public.
Emma said, “We are looking at fundraising suggestions and any merchandise or ideas that could be auctioned or donated. If there is anything that your readers can do or help in any way it would be greatly appreciated.”
To donate, simply visit the Go Fund Me page: www.gofundme.com/millie-spinal-operation
Alternatively, you can bring donations of cash or raffle prizes to Venture Fleet in Los Montesinos (see their advert on page 61 of the Costa Blanca People).
Two new buses have been bought at a cost of more than half a million euros. The buses will be added to existing stock to improve the bus service in the town. Each bus offers 49 places as well as a double ramp for access. They have GPS and inside the bus there will be information for passengers about the next stop. The buses have internal LED lighting, WIFI and USB connection.
The councillor for transport in Torrevieja, Javier Manzanares, explained that this was part of a package of improvements to the local bus service. There has been some debate about the allocation of the bus service contract. The purchase of the buses is a move by the current transport company to continue to provide bus services in the town.
The bus service in Torrevieja is currently run by Grupo Avanza who are a Mexican multinational firm who acquired Costa Azul. The manager of Grupo Avanza, Luis González, explained, ‘It’s just one more step in improving the service which we want to develop in a progressive way.’
The town hall has openly shared its ambitions to take over the public transport and waste disposal services in the town. In the long term such a move could lead to substantial savings and increased efficiency but difficulties arise because of the need for huge investment to purchase the vehicles needed.
The announcement about the two new buses is in spite of Grupo Avanza being aware of this possibility and the fact that there is no contract for their services at the moment. ‘These new buses are the result of our commitment to the city,’ explained González.
The current bus service is free to residents of Torrevieja but there are problems with its frequency and the number of routes available. Currently eight lines operate in the town and those using the service report frustrations with the timing of the buses and the routes they take. The two new buses are already in operation and are at least an indication that something is being done to improve the service.
Ten people have been arrested following discovery of a drug trafficking network linking South America to Torrevieja via Portugal. The undercover operation was a joint one between the Guardia Civil and the National Police and it is believed that it was responsible for the distribution of a large amount of cocaine from Alicante to different provinces such as Madrid and the Canary Islands.
The ten people arrested have been detained in prison and will be up in court number 2 in Torrevieja accused of crimes against public health, money laundering, possession of illegal weapons and being members of a criminal organisation. Three more people are being investigated for the same crimes but have been released on bail.
In total, 14.4 kilos of cocaine was seized, 10.4 kilos of marijuana, 1.6 kilos of hashish and 50 grams of amphetamines. Police have also taken €610,380 in cash, nine high-end vehicles, a 9-mm gun with ammunition and different types of computer equipment. Altogether the haul is valued at €1,763,000.
The operation to uncover the ring began in September 2017 when a load of cocaine arrived in Portugal from South America in a catamaran. On investigation it was discovered that its destination wasn’t Portugal but Torrevieja from where a gang was operating transporting drugs along the coast to Andalucía, Madrid and the Canary Islands.
Because the gang were spread across a number of provinces, catching them required a consistent effort across different police forces. It was also discovered that the gang had a workshop in Almería where they were preparing vehicles to transport drugs and money. The gang had also created a number of businesses to launder the money created by drug sales. They had twenty-six million euros to bring back into the economy without looking suspicious.
The first detention took place in June when 11 kilos of cocaine was being transported in a car between Alicante and Andalucia. The car was driven by a 65 year old man from Orihuela and the cocaine was hidden in the false floor of the car. A few days afterwards another vehicle was intercepted in Huelva after returning from Las Palmas on Gran Canaria. A total of €528,000 in cash was hidden in carefully concealed pockets in the car.
These discoveries led to more arrests in Alicante, Almería and Córdoba. One of those detained is believed to be the leader of the ring who comes from Crevillent and is the owner of the workshop in Almeria where the vehicle modifications were taking place. Five searches were made including in Guardamar del Segura and more drugs, vehicles and even a machine for counting money were discovered.
A second phase of the operation began more recently and concluded with six detentions and investigations in Madrid and Cádiz. In total another 10 kilos of marijuana, 1.6 kilos of hashish, 200 grams of cocaine and 50 grams of methamphetamine were seized. Police also found a 9mm gun with ammunition, three fake guns and five high-end vehicles as well as a variety of computer equipment and mobile phones.
This year, Remembrance Sunday fell on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, making the commemorative events even more poignant. There were a series of services held across the Costa Blanca. A crowded church in La Siesta played host to Saturday’s ceremony where the RBL standards, as well as those of RAFA, RNA and RMA, were accompanied by the music of Torrevieja Pipes and Drums. During the service, prayers were offered by Fr Richard Seabrook before the Last Post was played by Ian Gibson of the JB Brass Band. Music was also provided by the Royal British Band in Spain led by David Last with vocals by Crescendo International choir.
Andy Kirkbride sang ‘Bring him home’ after which the standards, followed by dignitaries and wreath holders, moved to the cenotaph located in the church garden area where wreaths were laid.
On Sunday morning, hundreds gathered at the church in Mil Palmeras where the Orihuela Costa and District Branch held its annual service led by Pastor Keith Brown. Such was the extent of the crowd, the service was transmitted on a a large screen to a congregation of over 600 people.
Guests included the British Vice Consul Sara Munsterhjelm and the Chairman of the RBL Spain District North, Don Cubbon. They were joined by the mayor of Pilar de la Horadada, Ignacio Ramos, and five of his councillors along with Orihuela councillors Sofia Alvarez and Luisa Boné.
The standards were led to the church accompanied by Torrevieja Pipes and Drums and the Last Post was performed again by Ian Gibson. The RBL band provided musical accompaniment throughout the service. There was an incredibly moving performance of ‘Bring him home’ by RBL supporter Stevie Spit. The ceremony moved out to the brand new Garden of Remembrance, where dignitaries and guests laid wreathes in remembrance and members of the public added their own poppy crosses in memory of family members and lost friends.
Gran Alacant and La Marina Branch of the Royal British Legion, in association with the Ayuntamiento of San Fulgencio, also held their annual Service of Remembrance on Sunday while The Royal British Legion in Hondon Valley had conducted theirs a day earlier in Hondon de las Frailes.
The final event of the weekend took place in Campoverde on Sunday evening.
Thousands of euro has been spent on digging trenches in many parts of
Torrevieja to contain the flood water. But still, on Saturday 15 th September,
many streets across the town became impassable and damage was done to
property and transport.
One litre of water per square metre of ground fell every second, totalling 30 in
half an hour. Between 7.30am and 8am 31.2 litres per square metre had been
recorded. Not surprisingly it did not take long for the canals running parallel to
the natural lakes to be full.
From the avenida de las Cortes Valencianas up to the avenida de Delfina
Viudes, the roads were impassable and traffic at a stand still. For more than
20 minutes the water continued to flood this area around the N332 and as far
as access to the Ozone commercial centre and Carrefour. The Guardia Civil
had to rescue five drivers from their cars.
However, this is not a new situation and public money has been spent to try
and remedy the problem. Why did it not work? Canals and ditches have been
constructed to take excess water since 2014. Had they not been constructed
then the flooding would have been far worse. However, there are also those
who argue that some of the measures taken have, in fact, just moved the
There are still more proposals on the table for how to alleviate the town’s
flooding problems. A channel running parallel to the N332 down to the sea, is
one suggestion. It’s not just nature, however, that we can blame for the state
of flooding in Torrevieja.
The fact remains that the huge amount of residential building in and around
the town over a period of four decades is also responsible for the problems
we encounter now. Previously there was more soil to absorb the rain water.
Following the boom in house building this was replaced by large amounts of
asphalt. In the rush to build, little thought was given to the problems this would
cause for those buying here.
Saturday saw the start of the second edition of "The Winter Beach" at La Caleta in Cabo
Roig. The beaches of Orihuela are the perfect environment for of the 23 water, sports and
family activities that have been organised by the Department for Beaches and the
Department of Youth to run through the autumn and winter season.
Luisa Boné, Councillor for Beaches said that "after the high levels of participation in the first
edition of" The Winter Beach " which was held last spring, we are running more activities
this autumn, taking advantage of the magnificent climate of our area, to be able to continue
enjoying activities in the best setting we have, our beaches. "
Every Sunday, from 10:00am, you can practice paddle boarding, canoeing, aerobic activities
– such as aerobics, yoga, body balance. And so that parents can relax and enjoy these
activities without worrying about keeping the children entertained there are children's
workshops for them during the morning.
On Saturday 22 nd September, 29 th and the 2nd October, an introduction to diving has been
organised to allow locals to experience and enjoy the marine environment of the coast.
Mar Ezcurra Councilor for Youth said: “The activities are free and will be reported every
week through the Facebook pages of the Councils of Beaches and Youth in the calendar and
the corresponding activities. These are activities that enhance leisure on weekends on the
coast of Orihuela and also aims to educate people in the conservation, respect and
protection of the environment."
For many years HELP Murcia Mar Menor has provided a
hospital visiting service at Los Arcos University Hospital
visiting English speaking patients of all nationalities
providing magazines and company for those who find
themselves in hospital and do not speak Spanish. In a
further move to help their local hospital HELP recently
presented the hospital with 10 new wheel chairs as they
are always in great demand by patients.
The presentation to Director of the hospital Tomas
Salvador Fernandez Perez who was accompanied by
Manuela Muñoz Sanchez the supervisor of Safety and
Security of patients was made by Christine Baillie the
President of HELP M.M.M. with Janneke Chambers
representing HELP’s caring services. The hospital were
very pleased to receive the chairs and ensured HELP’s
president that they would be well used.
A spokesperson for HELP told the Costa Blanca People,
“This is the fourth presentation that HELP has made
during 2018 to help the people of the Murcia Region and
in this way we are able to give something back to the area
that we all enjoy living in.”
The Department for the Environment is encouraging locals and holiday-makers to get on their bikes,
with the installation of 38 new bicycle parking racks. The Councillor for the Environment, Miguel
Ángel Fernández explained that the racks will be located throughout the municipality.
"It is a need that exists in downtown Orihuela, on the coast and in the districts, and had already
been requested several times to the City Council by interested third parties," said the councillor.
The Councillor was accompanied by the director of the Official School of Languages, Sergio García,
who thanked the City Council for the installation of one of the first bike parks at the school and
wanted to add that "it is a clear commitment to the environment, mobility and trust in which
someday we have to expand this area ".
The bike racks will be installed throughout the month, with a total of 16 allocated in the districts: in
La Murada (School, the sports centre, Avda. Marqués de Lacy, the Church Square and the municipal
sports centre), in La Matanza (Barrio de los Garcías, Health and Pharmacy Centre, Church Square and
the district of the seven houses), in Virgen del Camino (in front of the School and the Health Centre),
in La Campaneta (Social Centre, Medical Office, Pharmacy and College), and in San Bartolomé (in
front of the school, sports area and animal shelter).
The Councillor told of how important the installation of bike parks were on the Coast "where we will
place eleven bike parking racks in Alameda del Mar Civic Centre, at Punta Prima Beach, Flamenca
Beach Shopping Centre, La Florida Mall, IES Playa Flamenca, Los Dolses, Mil Palmeras Beach, at the
Reading Point in C / Cipres, at Playa Flamenca Esplanade and Zeniamar Centre".
In addition, a total of eleven will be installed in Orihuela centre on Avda. Príncipe de Asturias (School
of Languages and Health Center Álvarez de la Riva), in Marqués de Rafal Square (municipal library
Fernando de Loaces), Hernandiano Corner (Miguel Hernández house) ), Plaza del Carmen, Oriolet
Street, Brotherhood of the Resurrection (sports track), Mayor Vicente Escudero Street (new Health
Centre), Teodomiro Avenue (Speciality Centre), Avda. De la Estación and Plaza San Sebastián
(Auditorium of "La Lonja").
Miguel Angel Fernandez wanted to emphasise that "little by little, with small gestures like this we
continue to adapt our municipality to the use of bicycles and to support the use of non-polluting
means of transport. He took the opportunity to remember that "shortly we will present the activities
of the European Mobility Week, where cycling is also part of the planned actions".
Michael via email asks:
Dear Aunty, I have an ACER laptop with Window XP and a message “Low Disc Space” continually appears
on power up. I follow the disc cleanup procedure but without success, and when I attempt to defrag,
another message appears informing me that “there is insufficient disc space to allow defrag”. When I
check available disc space there is very little available despite only 6 programs being installed as I have
uninstalled and deleted all unnecessary programs and files. Also I cannot uninstall the yahoo browser
and replace with Google Chrome. Your advice would be appreciated.
It’s time for a new computer Michael. Windows XP must be getting near 15 years old now and all the big
players (including Microsoft and Google) stopped supporting both XP and Vista years ago. These
particular errors messages suggest you need to fit a bigger hard disk drive which will then involve a fresh
install of XP and this is probably half way to the cost of a decent Win7, Win8.1 or Win10 laptop.
Lidia via email asks:
Hey Aunty. I have a newish laptop with Windows 10 and following your help in an earlier article I
managed to download and install Google Chrome and set my internet start page to the English
www.google.co.uk search page. This has worked fantastic for a few months but all of a sudden my home
page as changed and everything keeps appearing in Spanish and I’m now getting loads of adverts
popping up. Every time I change the settings back to Google it somehow reverts back to this annoying
shopping page. Help!!!
Hi Lidia. This has all the hallmarks of some spyware/malware so do a full scan with Malwarebytes and
your favourite antivirus program and see if that clears the problem. There is some spyware doing the
rounds that makes changes to your computer that none of the security apps seem to fix so let me know
how it goes and I can send you more detailed instructions.
Nathan via email asks:
Hi Aunty. I upgraded to new laptop which has Windows 10. On my old one had Vista and when I printed,
a page came up telling me how much ink I had left which was really handy. Since connecting and
installing my Epson printer on my new laptop this does not seem to happen.
Hi Nathan. When you first plug a printer into a Windows 10 computer it will look through its own list of
printers and install what it thinks is the best software, and although these kind on work, they are often
only the very basics to get you going & don’t include the additional functions such as ink level alerts. You
need to go to the Epson website and navigate to the support or download section. And type your printer
model into the search box and look for the full software package for your printer. Once downloaded and
installed you should then see all of the features you had with your Vista laptop. If you don’t see Win10
drivers listed then try the Win8 or Win7 versions.
Any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and hopefully see you all next