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One animal dumped in Spain every three minutes, reveals bestselling author and petition-starter
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:36:17 +0200

SPAIN has the worst record in Europe for pets being abandoned, with one animal dumped every three minutes. Author and journalist Rosa Montero has brought this to the public's attention and started a petition on campaign ...
Anti-repossession campaigner's suicide over mortgage payments sparks protest
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:47:13 +0200

CROWDS of around 500 demonstrated in Granada after a father-of-two committed suicide this week when his mortgage lenders repossessed the family home.  Protesters from the pressure group Stop Desahucios ('stop ...
Santiago rail tragedy: Bereaved and injured forgive driver for 'human error'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:30:49 +0200

SURVIVORS of the devastating Galicia train crash and grieving relatives and friends of the deceased say they have 'forgiven' driver Francisco Garzón del Amo for making a 'human mistake' and have slammed ...
Hungarian Grand Prix: Alonso 'very happy' with second place, his best result this year
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:34:03 +0200

SPAIN'S Fernando Alonso achieved his best result this season when he came second in the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. The Oviedo-born twice-world champion (pictured left) has only made it onto ...
Dominoes and darts banned as 'too noisy', but fireworks 14 hours a day allowed
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:50:10 +0200

BAR customers in Sevilla are not allowed to play dominoes or darts in outside seating areas because of 'noise nuisance' - but fiesta groups are allowed to let off fireworks around ...
'Sex for drinks' bar in Magalluf closed down by council and fined 55,000 euros
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:48:21 +0200

A BAR in the Magalluf district of Calvià (Mallorca) which hosted an 'oral sex for free drinks' evening has been shut down for 12 months and fined 55,000 euros by the town council. Playhouse, on the Punta Ballena ...
Dutch pensioners killed in Mallorca yacht fire
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:57:39 +0200

A DUTCH couple have lost their lives after their yacht caught fire off the Portocolom coast in Felanitx (Mallorca). The craft was said to have been moored at the time some 100 metres out from the pier, and the victims may have ...
Grandparents 'work six hours a day' looking after grandchildren whilst their parents work, says study
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:53:05 +0200

GRANDPARENTS in Spain spend an average of six hours a day looking after their children's children, according to the national geriatrician society (SEGG).

ADIF workers call off rail strike, but RENFE staff may still go ahead
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:32:27 +0200

A STRIKE affecting rail travel across the country has been called off after union leaders reached an agreement with the company over the future of hundreds of employees and their working conditions. Staff at rail board ADIF had ...
'Chaos' at Valencia airport caused by power cut
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:31:08 +0200

A POWER cut at Valencia airport yesterday (Friday) morning caused chaos in the terminal with outgoing and arriving planes delayed. The electricity went off between 06.00hrs and 07.00hrs, leaving the entire airport in ...
Gib tug-of-war: Nothing wrong with concrete blocks in sea, says European Commission
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:29:09 +0200

BRITISH authorities have won their ongoing battle of wits with the Spanish government over concrete blocks thrown into the sea into what the former say are Gibraltarian waters and the latter says belong to Spain. Last summer ...
Spain's headcount plummets for second consecutive year due to low birth-rate and emigration
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:52:16 +0200

SPAIN'S population has gone down for the second year running and now sits at exactly 46,507,760 inhabitants. This is a fall of 0.4 per cent, which ...
Electricity bills to go up 'to pay installation costs of excess capacity'
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:49:45 +0200

Industry minister admits consumers in 24 EU countries pay less for their supply than those in Spain SPAIN'S electricity bills are the most expensive in Europe along with those of Cyprus, Malta and the Republic ...
Spanish plane crashes in Mali desert with no survivors
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:44:00 +0200

Swiftair confirms pilots and crew on flight from Burkina Faso to Algeria were from Spain and 59 passengers were European A PLANE heading ...
Short-staffing forces on-duty Guardia Civil officers to urinate in bottles to avoid leaving their desks
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:46:28 +0200

GUARDIA Civil officers in an undisclosed Basque Country location have to urinate in plastic bottles because they cannot leave their desks to use the toilet due to staff shortages.  Most officers on annual leave this summer ...
Canary Island oil-drilling to start in autumn
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:42:40 +0200

PETROLEUM giant REPSOL plans to start drilling for oil off the coasts of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote between October and December this year in the hope of finding fossil fuel in the eastern ...
Santiago rail tragedy: The bereaved and injured demand answers on first anniversary of horrific train crash
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:36:11 +0200

MOURNERS who lost loved ones in the devastating rail tragedy in Galicia which killed 79 passengers will stage a demonstration today (Thursday) to mark the first anniversary of the crash. One of the two main ALVIA train ...
Workers with two jobs 'counted twice' in employment statistics, potentially raising jobless percentage
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:29:55 +0200

EMPLOYMENT statistics released by the Social Security office are based on numbers of job contracts rather than of people in work, the central government has admitted. This means anyone who has more than one job - a ...
Alicante town trades rubbish lorries for horses and carts
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:47:41 +0200

A TOWN in eastern Spain has swapped the dust cart for a horse and cart to save money. Monforte del Cid (Alicante province) says it will save ...
Spain stops all flights to and from Tel Aviv amid Gaza conflict
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:42:50 +0200

FLIGHTS from Spanish airports to Tel Aviv (Israel) have been temporarily suspended after a missile went off near the city's Ben Gurion airport yesterday (Tuesday).

'Worst crash in 15 years' kills eight and leaves one critical on A-7 in southern Alicante
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:41:19 +0200

EIGHT people have been killed in what is thought to be the worst road crash in history on the A-7 motorway on the southern Costa Blanca. A head-on ...
Ward closure leads to hospital patient protest from their beds
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:51:02 +0200

PATIENTS at a Barcelona hospital have organised a sit-in - or 'lie-in' - protest over plans to shut down entire wards due to funding cuts in the health service. Seven patients in Neurology on the ninth ...
Eva Longoria opens star-studded charity gala in Marbella
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:48:55 +0200

DESPERATE housewives' star Eva Longoria dazzled in Marbella yesterday (Monday) when she presided over the Global Gift Foundation gala dinner-dance. Having spent several days on holiday in the Costa del Sol town ...
Real Madrid sign Colombian star James
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:50:57 +0200

Real Madrid have today confirmed their nighly-anticipated signing of the Colombian international James Rodríguez for the next six seasons. The 23-year-old midfielder known simply as James (HAHM-EZ) has been bought from ...
Town suffers three days without water supply - and counting
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:49:37 +0200

A BREAKDOWN in the water pump supplying homes in the town of Pegalajar (Jaen province) has left residents for three days without a mains supply.

British man, 20, paralysed after shallow pool dive
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:21:43 +0200

A BRITISH tourist is in a critical condition and is expected to be paralysed for life after landing head-first in a shallow swimming pool. The ...

Three men to swim from Mallorca to Menorca for leukaemia research
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:40 +0200

THREE swimmers will make their way from Mallorca to Menorca to raise funds for childhood leukaemia research. Starting from the Cala Ratjada area of Capdepera between tomorrow (Wednesday) and July 30, the swim will cover 40 ...
Investors Starting to Return to Spain Residential Property
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:44:39 +0000

With signs of recovery on the horizon, Spain residential property is once again starting to attract investors, according to a new report from Bankinter.
Bank of Spain Spots Signs of Improvement in Real Estate
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:20:56 +0000

The Bank of Spain says it has noticed a "significant moderation in the real estate sector's adjustment" in the second quarter of 2014, according to it's latest bulletin on the Spanish economy.
Tinsa Data Underscores ‘Stabilisation’ Trend
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:16:44 +0000

Home prices in Spain fell by 3.9 in the second quarter, an improvement from a 6.7 per cent drop year-on-year in the first quarter of the year, according to the pricing index tracked by the Tinsa, the valuations company.
Banco Sabadell Reports Jump in Home Mortgage Loans
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:11:58 +0000

A jump in home mortgage lending helped push Banco Sabadell’s profit up 20 per cent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, the bank reported Thursday.
New Data Shows Supply of Homes Leveling Off in Spain
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:34:36 +0000

The stock of housing in Spain is no longer growing, and is even trending towards decline, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Development.
Spain Property Vendors May Lose Tax Breaks
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:25:24 +0000

Draft tax reforms presented earlier this month by the Spanish Government plan to remove tax breaks for vendors who have owned their homes for many years. That could encourage a wave of motivated vendors in the second half of this year, putting more downward pressure on house prices.
Economic Growth Accelerating, Bank of Spain Says
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:31:31 +0000

New data from the Bank of Spain suggests Spain’s economy is growing at its fastest rate in six years. The economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, compared to 0.4 per cent in the first quarter, prompting the bank to up its forecasts for Spain’s growth in the next two years.
Spain Tourism Sets Record in First Half of 2014
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:55:03 +0000

Foreigners may still be wary of Spain property, but they still love vacationing in Spain. In the first half of 2014, a record-breaking 28 million tourists visited Spain, a 7.3 per cent increase from a year ago.
Madrid Cracks Down on Short Term Rentals
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:39:50 +0000

After months of debate, the regional government of Madrid has approved a strict regulation on short-term rentals, which could develop as a model for other cities.
Forget the Bottom, When Will Property Market Hit Normal?
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:49:24 +0000

Analysts are peering into their crystal balls hoping to predict the bottom of the Spanish property market collapse, an exercise which serves as a stark reminder of one clear, indisputable fact -- the market hasn’t hit bottom yet.

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