Archives for July 2010

July 31st, 2010

A Place in the Sun Live is the UK's biggest and best-attended overseas property exhibition. It's on from the 1st to 3rd of October at the NEC in Birmingham - and you can skip the normal £10 entrance fee by registering online A Place in the Sun Live features thousands of ...

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July 30th, 2010

Spain may force any solar plant owners who cheated on paperwork to gain higher subsidies to repay income earned through deception, a ministry official said. Officials will ask the operators of photovoltaic plants with about 800 megawatts of capacity, or a quarter of the total,

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July 30th, 2010

Fernando Alonso insists that he hasn't been affected by the reaction to what happened during the German Grand Prix last weekend at Hockenheim. Alonso and the Ferrari team have come under fire for the manner in which the result of the race was decided, with the team sending a coded message

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July 30th, 2010

Top Spanish bullfighting entrepreneurs vowed yesterday to take Catalonia's parliament to court to try to reverse its decision to ban the bloodsport and stop other regions from following their lead. "We are going to launch a huge battle" against this "outrageous" measure,

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July 30th, 2010

Spain continues to be one of the most popular expat destinations for British people, according to the most recent data. According to research from property website Primelocation, internet searches in Britain for property abroad are at a record high, up over 100 per cent from this time last year. Data from ...

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July 29th, 2010

The British Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman made a recent interview on BBC Radio 4, one of the national radio stations in the UK, commenting on many of the issues currently facing British people living in Spain today - while also being relevant to any foreigner currently living on the ...

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July 29th, 2010

A team of experts, including some working for NASA, believe that a five hundred and sixty metre wide asteroid has a one in a thousand chance of making impact with the Earth in 172 years time. While quite large, the odds of a crash are considerably shorter

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July 29th, 2010

Budget airline Ryanair is set to slash 7 out of its 9 flights currently servicing San Javier Airport (Murcia). The controversial airline boss is furious at the region’s business inflexibility and its handing €3 million to the small regional airline Air Nostrum, which mainly operates domestic flights from Madrid. Ryanair ...

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July 28th, 2010

A 41-year-old Irishman was shot dead in Benalmadena Wednesday morning. Police are now reporting that the man was on holiday with his family, and that the shooting was not gang-related. John O’Neill, a father-of-two from Coolock in Dublin, was

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July 28th, 2010

Its orange sands have witnessed delight and death. Generations of matadors strutted their way across Barcelona's Monumental bullring, drawing roars of approval from the crowds as they tormented the hulking bulls with their scarlet capes before killing them with a sword-thrust between the shoulder blades.

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July 28th, 2010

The results coming out of Europe’s bank stress test are less important than the accessibility of the inputs to investors. That is why the country with most “failures” – Spain – is emerging as the biggest winner. In a financial crisis sprung by new-fangled securities, Spain went down the old-fashioned way. ...

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July 27th, 2010

The Spanish central government's budget shortfall for the first six months of the year shrank by 24.7% compared to the same period a year ago, official figures showed on Wednesday. The central government deficit stood at EUR 29.77 billion, which is equivalent to 2.8% of the country's one-year

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July 27th, 2010

Ryanair’s most recently announced base is Seville in southern Spain, a much requested route for those wanting to travel to the Andalusian capital with ten new routes to be launched from the new base at the beginning of November. The ten destinations are:

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July 27th, 2010

The Spanish government announced on Thursday it would postpone or cancel 231 public works projects as part of an austerity drive aimed at slashing a budget deficit equivalent to 11.2 per cent of gross domestic product. José Blanco, the public works minister, said he had been forced to cut €6.4bn ($8.2bn, ...

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July 27th, 2010

The stress test results published by the Bank of Spain on Friday underlined the performance gap between the commercial banks that account for half of the sector and many of the savings banks whose bankrolling of the Spanish property surge left them exposed as the construction boom collapsed. Five Spanish banks ...

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