Archives for December 2009
December 31st, 2009Losada House watchmakers yesterday made the latest revision to of Spain's most famous clock, that of Puerta del Sol in Madrid, to ensure the perfect running of the twelve strokes at midnight that will herald the new year of 2010. Jesus Lopez-Terra, who along with two companions, has been "caring" for ...
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December 31st, 2009After the recent electricity, transport and postage price rises, from tomorrow the price of a gas cylinder in Spain will increase by 3.4% to 11,05 euros, compared with 10,69 euros today. A 12.5 kg cylinder will therefore increase by 36 cents, which will affect between
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December 31st, 2009Galician parents have chosen the languages to be taught to their children in primary and secondary education. The ultimate goal is "multilingualism" and three languages will be taught together - English, Castilian and Galician. Each language
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December 31st, 20092009 is the sixth consecutive year there has been a decrease in the number of deaths by road traffic accidents, and the first to drop below 3,000 deaths, according to the Association for the Study of Spinal Cord Injuries (AESLEME), published in ' Balance of Road Safety 2009 '. 1969 was ...
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December 31st, 2009Four young men died this morning in a fire at an apartment block in Barcelona in which eleven other people have been slightly injured by smoke inhalation. As reported by local sources, the four dead were around twenty years old,
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December 31st, 2009The last bell sounds at the clock from Puerta del Sol in Madrid and the traditional marking of the New Year in Spain is complete. This year though, there will be more - the facade of the Real Casa de Correos in Madrid will be illuminated in blue to represent ...
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December 31st, 2009The Spanish Post Office has today approved an increase of 6.25% to the postal rate for sending ordinary letters. Standard letters of up to 20 grams sent within Spain will experience an increase of two cents in the new year, rising from 32c to 34c. However, non-standard letters of up to ...
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December 31st, 2009Spanish savings banks have begun selling off the large property portfolios they acquired as collateral from loan defaults, in an effort to improve solvency ratios, a move that risks further falls in property values that could impair the value of their asset books. In Spain, the global financial crisis that erupted ...
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December 30th, 2009Ferrari sporting director Stefano Domenicali says the arrival of the Spanish driver Fernando Alonso to Ferrari has boosted the whole team. In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa published today, Domenicali has said that Alonso, who visited Ferrari's headquarters twice in the last month, "calls every day to check
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December 30th, 2009It was agreed today by the Spanish Cabinet, that the minimum wage will be set at €21,11 per day or €663,30 per month, and calculated annually should never be less than €8866,20. For casual and temporary workers, whose services to the same company shall not exceed 120 days, the wages
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December 30th, 2009According to the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), 2009 will end with 15% more rainfall than normal As of December 29th. water levels were measured at 255 litres per square meter when usually this figure would be 221. The surplus has been strongly influenced by heavy rainfall
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December 30th, 2009Unless it turns out to be a false dawn, the housing markets in the UK and the US may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Can the same be said for Spain? Spanish housing market experts can’t agree on the answer, according to an article online at ...
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December 29th, 2009A growing number of Spanish tourists are being scammed during their Christmas holidays in New York renting apartments in "the Big Apple". "This is common during the summer, and we are seeing the same situation now at Christmas," explained Maria Diaz, working for the Spanish Consulate in New York. The unfortunate ...
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December 29th, 2009After the huge amount of excitement and winners in Spain's 'El Gordo' Christmas lottery, on the 6th of January there is a second holiday lottery draw called El Niño - which is allocated a huge 840 million euros in prize money. The draw consists of 60 sets of 100,000 tickets each ...
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December 29th, 2009According to the first national survey on sexual health by the Ministry of Health, 88% of men and 84% of women say they feel very or fairly satisfied with their sex lives. According to the responses of nearly 10,000 people aged over 16 years, 77% of men think that sex is ...
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