Archives for July 2010

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 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 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 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 26th, 2010

US First Lady Michelle Obama and one of her two daughters will take a summer break in Spain, a White House source said Monday. Mother and daughter will spend their holiday in the southern holiday resort of Marbella on a "private visit in the company of old friends," the source ...

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July 26th, 2010

A Spanish man who underwent the world's first full face transplant appeared before TV cameras today for the first time since his surgery, thanking his doctors and the family of the donor. Identified only as Oscar, the 31-year-old spoke with considerable difficulty at a news conference at

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July 23rd, 2010

The Spanish government has proposed an initiative to prevent newspapers and other publications from posting personal sex adverts in their classifieds section, which they say has a direct association with prostitution and human trafficking. The Prime Minister said that this type of advertising "must be eliminated"

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July 23rd, 2010

Early results from the EU stress tests on the financial systems of European member states, indicate that all primary Spanish banks have passed the test and that the banks now have enough capital reserve to overcome a situation that would affect their profits, for example if the current economic issues ...

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July 22nd, 2010

The Ministry for Housing will be abolishing the direct funding it has been providing for the purchase of Spanish housing by low income families in 2011 and 2012. The funding, which ranged between 5,000 and 12,000 euros, ends on January 1st 2011 and is part of a series of budget ...

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July 21st, 2010

Figures show that 15.8% of the entire workforce in Spain are not of Spanish nationality, the highest percentage in Europe, compared with 9.2% in Germany, 9% in Italy and 8% in the UK. In 2008, Spain was easily the most favoured destination for

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