Archives for September 2010

September 30th, 2010

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has protested his innocence after testing positive for a banned substance during this year's race. The Spaniard tested positive for clenbuterol on July 21st, but claimed at a press conference near Madrid today that the cause was contaminated food.

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September 30th, 2010

Spain was the most popular country flight destination with 16.59% of category searches this quarter. The recently released Quarterly Travel Review from Experian Hitwise reveals that between May and July 2010, New York was the most popular destination, accounting for 3.89% of all flight searches by UK Internet users. Spain was the ...

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September 30th, 2010

Valencia´s land grab law might be legal, according to lawyers in Brussels. A ruling by the Advocate General in the European court of justice insists that a complaint by hundreds should be ignored. The matter has come to a head following a complaint by the high profile campaign group Abusos Urbanisticos No, ...

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September 29th, 2010

A 49-year-old man, who has not been named, is thought to be behind 15 hold-ups in the provinces of Malaga and Alicante, accompanied by a 31-year-old Russian woman. Spanish police believe the pair could have stolen about 115,000 euros in the raids. They are suspected of working together to carry ...

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September 29th, 2010

Spain's first general strike in eight years to protest government spending cuts aimed at slashing the budget deficit had limited impact today beyond disrupting transport and some factories. Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, due to unveil his 2011 budget plan in parliament tomorrow,

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September 29th, 2010

British Airways is nearing the final stages of a £4bn merger with Iberia after the Spanish carrier approved its plan to whittle down its £3.7bn pension deficit. Iberia said it would not exercise a get-out clause allowing it to walk away if it did not approve of BA's pension deficit reduction ...

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September 28th, 2010

Passengers flying to Spain tomorrow face significant disruption as a result of the general strike, called following austerity measures by the country’s socialist government. The strike is likely to affect thousands of flights in and out of Spain, with air traffic controllers operating a significantly reduced service.

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September 28th, 2010

Forced to impose unpopular measures to fix the economy, Spain's Socialist government faces a general strike tomorrow amid union anger over what they see as a policy U-turn. But many view the government's tough labour reforms and belt-tightening measures as inevitable, and even necessary, and a low turnout is expected.

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September 28th, 2010

Spanish police detained seven suspected members of a group close to the militant Basque separatist organization ETA, police said Tuesday. The arrests, which were made overnight in the Basque region and neighbouring Navarre, constitute a new crackdown on

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September 28th, 2010

On Wednesday this week, Spain will endure a general strike. Union members will protest against the recent labour-law changes which they say favour the employer, not the employee. The popularity of Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero has taken a big hit over this particular issue: He had previously vowed not to mess ...

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September 28th, 2010

Elena Salgado, Spanish finance minister, unveiled what she called an austere 2011 budget that will increase income tax for the rich and cut ministerial expenditure by an “extraordinarily large” 16 per cent. Spain’s Socialist government says it is determined to stick to its deficit reduction plans. Ministers want to distinguish their ...

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September 27th, 2010

Sevilla have parted company with coach Antonio Alvarez and replaced him with Gregorio Manzano. Alvarez was sacked following Sunday's 2-0 defeat at newly promoted Hercules - a result that left Sevilla seventh in the Primera Division standings with eight points from five games. The loss to Hercules was Sevilla's first league ...

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September 27th, 2010

Almost 100 defendants, including two former mayors, have appeared in court in the Spanish city of Malaga for the first day of one of the country's biggest ever corruption trials. The scandal, which broke in March 2006, centres on the alleged payment of millions of euros in bribes to city officials ...

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September 27th, 2010

Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero declared that the European debt crisis is over but said that the governments have to work better together and with markets to stave off such events. "I believe that the debt crisis affecting Spain, and the euro zone in general, has passed," Mr. Zapatero ...

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September 24th, 2010

Spain’s Council of Ministers has approved a draft of a new Gambling Act, which is designed to regulate and tax all forms of gambling including online, interactive television and mobile gambling. The draft legislation has tax and regulatory provisions relating to advertising, sponsorship, consumer protection

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