Archives for April 2010

April 30th, 2010

Research at the University of Valencia has revealed that, while in America 25% of all murders of women occur in the family home, this percentage rises to 44% in Europe, and up to 67% in Spain. The professor and director of the Reina Sofía Central University, who presented the study, ...

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April 30th, 2010

According to the latest municipal census, released today by the Spanish Institute of Statistics (INE), the total population registered in Spain, as of January 1st 2010, increased 0.4 percent over 2009 to reach more than 46.9 million people, of which 5.7 million are of foreign origin. The exact total resident population ...

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April 30th, 2010

The mayor of Marbella has unveiled her latest plans to reinvent the city – and property firms have given the thumbs up. Ángeles Muñoz asked local and foreign firms to join forces to promote investment and called for new ideas from the city’s business community. Announcing her “Open City” scheme at Marbella’s ...

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April 29th, 2010

European authorities have seized on this week's airline crisis to fast-track their control of airspace, but they appear to have less interest in helping airlines pay the bills left by the volcanic ash cloud. European transport commissioner Siim Kallas will next week present recommendations learned from a week of aviation chaos, ...

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April 28th, 2010

Barcelona, currently holders of all six available club competitions last year, face their first major challenge tonight at the Nou Camp as they aim to qualify for the Champions League final. Barcelona must overcome a keen Inter Milan who hope to return to the final of the competition, for the ...

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April 28th, 2010

An identity recognition development by a Spanish researcher specializing in the human eye, Celia Sánchez Ramos, was selected on Sunday as the best invention of the year in the most prestigious global competition of its kind: the International Invention Awards that are held each year in Geneva.

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April 28th, 2010

Local police in Granada are the next Spanish province to be testing the personal electric vehicle, the 'Segway PT'. Officers have been testing the device for the last ten days, making their way through the streets of the city and, after examining the reports so far, the experience has been ...

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April 28th, 2010

A new generation of British buyers are entering the overseas market – lured by cheap homes outside Europe. UK agent sales are up on this time last year, with more Brits choosing investment properties in locations such as Turkey and Egypt. But buyers who were putting off finding holiday homes during the ...

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April 27th, 2010

The El Bulli restaurant, situated just outside of Barcelona and run by 3 star Michelin chef Ferran Adrià, has lost its crown as the world's best restaurant. This is according to the influential, and widely recognised, San Pellegrino Award, which held its ninth edition in London yesterday and honours the ...

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April 27th, 2010

According to the Labour Force Survey (EPA) that the National Statistics Institute (INE) accidentally posted on its website yesterday (final figures will not be made public until Friday), unemployment has increased by 286,200 in the first quarter of 2010, bringing the total number of unemployed to

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April 27th, 2010

Is it just me, or has recent news about the Spanish property market seemed a little more upbeat to you too? Coincidentally, this morning, I received a newsletter from Roy Williams - founder of an unconventional business school in Texas - which echo my own thoughts about optimism: "I detest the Positive ...

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April 27th, 2010

Murcia-based Polaris World, the biggest holiday home developer in Spain, last night reached a deal with its banking creditors just before a deadline that would have forced the company to seek court protection from its creditors. The sticking point that held up an agreement was how to value Polaris World’s ...

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April 26th, 2010

The Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso and Banco Santander, one of his Ferrari team sponsors, today signed a sponsorship agreement which will see the double world champion star in an upcoming advertising campaign for the Insurance Division of the bank. As part of the collaboration,

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April 26th, 2010

The Minister for Housing, Beatriz Corredor, said today that according to the latest price data and construction activity, "the worst of the housing adjustment is over" and Spain has entered a "phase of stability." Corredor was speaking during the Low Cost Real Estate Exhibition,

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April 26th, 2010

The number of Spanish mortgages issued rose again in February, an 8.5% year on year increase, up to 54,813 mortgages and representing an increase of 6.2 percent compared to January 2010, which itself had a 2.3% monthly rise. According to the data, released today by the National Statistics Institute (INE),

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