Archives for October 2010
October 29th, 2010Spain’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in the last quarter, while an increase in sales tax aimed at curbing the budget deficit pushed up the inflation rate to its highest level in two years, the National Statistics Institute said today. The unemployment rate fell to 19.8 percent in the
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October 29th, 2010Spanish police have arrested a total of eight Britons in the last two weeks for cultivating marijuana on a grand scale in Alicante. In the first incident last week three Britons were among a group of six men arrested after police raided a greenhouse approximately half
October 29th, 2010Humans are not the only species to prefer to use their right hand - chimpanzees also share the trait, according to a new study by Spanish scientists. The researchers reached their findings, published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Primatology, after observing 114 chimpanzees
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October 29th, 2010Prices of repossessed apartments built on six Spanish golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus have been slashed by as much as 50 percent as banks try to sell assets acquired during the property market collapse. A two-bedroom, 74 square-meter (796 square-foot) penthouse in Murcia, southern Spain, is on sale for 128,800 ...
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October 28th, 2010The government in Spain said yesterday that it will extend by another six months a payment of 420 euros a month to jobless workers who have lost their rights to benefits. It was the third extension to the measure, which was introduced in August 2009.
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October 28th, 2010Spain and Portugal have denied allegations they agreed a pact with Qatar to manipulate the voting process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Fifa is investigating claims of collusion between the two bids, which could lead to disqualification.
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October 28th, 2010Jeanine Barone uses Madrid's excellent rail network to explore eight of the nation's most impressive sights. When I'm battling Madrid's car-choked boulevards or rubbing shoulders with Madrilenos in congested Puerta del Sol, vineyards, mountain oases and medieval villages seem a distant fantasy. But, in fact, Madrid is positioned perfectly for stress-free ...
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October 27th, 2010Spain has recovered 260 million euros from 300 tax evaders who had hidden funds in Swiss bank accounts, a Finance Ministry senior official said yesterday. The ministry was expecting to net at least 130 million euros more in sanctions that will be applied to evaders,
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October 27th, 2010Spain's central government said today its budget deficit hit 3.45% of gross domestic product in the first nine months of the year and is on track to reach the annual target of 9.3% for all of Spain's public administrations, including regional governments. Overall, the central government
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October 27th, 2010The number of foreign tourists arriving in Spain rose in September for the fifth straight month on a year-on-year basis, buoyed by double-digit growth in the number of German visitors, government data showed Friday. The country received 5.2 million foreign tourists last month, a 4.2 percent increase over the same time ...
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October 26th, 2010Women touting for customers on a rural highway outside Els Alamus near Lleida in Catalonia have been told to don the yellow fluorescent bibs or pay fines of 40 euros under road traffic laws. Police claim the sex workers on the LL-11 road are not being specifically targeted because
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October 26th, 2010Fifteen Spanish policemen have gone on trial in Spain's northern Basque region charged with torturing two ETA separatists while they were in custody. The newspaper El Pais said that the accused denied the charges at the start of trial,
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October 26th, 2010Cesc Fábregas is on of seven members of Spain's World Cup-winning squad to have been included in the shortlist for the prestigious prize. Andrés Iniesta, who scored his country's winning goal in the Johannesburg final against Holland in July, is among the contenders, along with his Barcelona team-mates Xavi, Carles ...
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October 26th, 2010The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Spain is among the European countries with "greater potential" to increase the employment rate with "comprehensive measures" to improve the flexibility of its labour market. In its report on the 'Regional economic Outlook for Europe', the IMF said today that most EU countries "could ...
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October 25th, 2010British buyers are back out in force. According to new research from PrimeLocation, thousands of British buyers are scouring Europe's biggest markets -- Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland and Greece looking for bargain properties. The portal says that searches in these countries increased by 134% in the year to end August 2010. ...
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