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Paralympic fencer to climb Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:38:59 +0200

A PARALYMPIC sportswoman plans to climb Africa’s highest mountain in her wheelchair. Gema Hassen-Bey plans to scale the Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, which stands at 5,895 metres above sea-level. A team of doctors, ...
Artificial Intelligence-based medicine dispensing programme piloted in Granada
Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:29:58 +0200

A GRANADA-BASED software engineering firm has set up an artificial intelligence system to help medical staff dispense medication accurately. Naranjo Intelligent Solutions was set up by Jaime Matas, a vocational training tutor ...
Tornado hits Malaga
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:39:09 +0200

The head of Málaga's weather centre, Jose María Sánchez, said today that the high winds that hit the city today "could almost certainly" be classed as a tornado, given that they reached speeds of over ...
Consumers' Association criticises flight booking websites for lack of transparency
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:10:53 +0200

The Spanish Consumers' Association (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios - OCU) has published a report today criticising flight search engines for "inflating" prices by as much as 43% by adding "extras" ...
UNESCO heritage status for El Retiro park
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:35:00 +0200

MADRID’S iconic El Retiro park and El Prado boulevard leading to the art museum of the same name are a step closer to becoming UNESCO heritage sites. The area has been included in a shortlist, which means it is very ...
El Corte Ingles recruits 2,000 extra staff for Christmas
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:33:26 +0200

NATIONAL department store El Corte Inglés has announced over 2,000 new jobs for the Christmas period and January sales - the first time the firm has taken on any extra staff since 2010. According to the chain, ...
Health Minister resigns over Gurtel corruption allegations
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:24:53 +0200

It has just been announced that Ana Mato, Secretary of State for Health, Social Services and Equality, has resigned over allegations of involvement in the high-profile Gürtel corruption case. The judge handling the ...
Children with Down Syndrome made police officers for a month
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:21:38 +0200

In January 2015, Alberto and Pablo will be analysing evidence collected at a crime scene. In April, Iker will be an extra alongside the "riot police" at a public protest. The following month, Daniel will go down into ...
Isabel Pantoja wants to start women's choir in prison
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:39:55 +0200

LEGENDARY flamenco-pop singer Isabel Pantoja wants to start a women’s choir in prison and has introduced herself to her fellow inmates one by one. Serving two years for money laundering in connection with the ...
Number of new mortgages being signed shoots up
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:02:21 +0200

The number of new mortgages signed in September this year reached 19,323, a 29% increase on the same month in 2013. According to figures published today by the National Institute of Statistics, the September figures confirm a ...
Messi breaks Champions League goalscoring record
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:53:23 +0200

Lionel Messi has become the Champions League's all-time top scorer with a hat-trick against Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday evening. The 27-year-old Barça star had already equalled former Real Madrid forward Raul's ...
Podemos leader praises Pope's speech to European Parliament
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:24 +0200

Pablo Iglesias, Euro MP and General Secretary of the left wing Podemos party, took to the social networks to praise the speech made by the Pope Francis to the European Parliament today. He praised the pontiff's speech on ...
High winds and heavy rain forecast for coming days
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:33:19 +0200

Storms and a weather front building up to the south west of the Iberian peninsula will bring heavy rain and high winds to practically the whole country over the coming days. According to the latest forecast published by the ...
World's largest department store set to open in Madrid
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:59:23 +0200

A NEW branch of the retail giant El Corte Inglés set to open in Madrid’s business district will be the largest department store in the world. It is due to go up on what used to be a railway station near the Nuevos ...
Traffic police target school buses
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:15:02 +0200

SCHOOL buses are coming under scrutiny in a nationwide safety campaign that will last until Sunday, November 30. Around 17,000 children and teenagers travel to school daily by bus, and traffic police want to ensure they are as ...
Motor manufacturer Seat to take on 233 new staff
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:22:23 +0200

SPANISH motor manufacturer Seat has announced plans to take on 233 workers ‘imminently’ to handle the increased demand for the Ibiza model and the Audi Q3. Temporary staff will be contracted in January to cover the ...
Juan Goytisolo awarded Miguel de Cervantes Prize
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:23:02 +0200

Juan Goytisolo Gay (b. Barcelona, 1931) has today been awarded the 2014 Miguel de Cervantes Prize (Premio Cervantes, named after Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote), one of the richest literary prizes in the world, and one of ...
Tourism figures up again in October
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:43:47 +0200

According to the latest figures published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), overnight stays at Spanish hotels went up to 26.2 million in October, a 5.1% increase on the same month in 2013. The figures reflect an increase in ...
King Juan Carlos discloses Alonso's move to McLaren
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:28:39 +0200

In an interview on Spanish television on Sunday, King Juan Carlos of Spain, who is close to his country's Formula One ace Fernando Alonso, revealed that the two-time champion had told him he had signed for McLaren. Rumours ...
Antibiotic overuse and immunity increasing in Europe, warn Spanish scientists
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:12:47 +0200

ANTIBIOTIC immunity is rising at an alarming rate in Europe, including pain, according to experts in microbiology. Until recently, it was possible to buy antibiotics over the counter without a prescription in Spain, but this ...
Half of all working-age adults in Spain speak a second language
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:07:27 +0200

A JOB website has revealed which languages are the most important when seeking work - and shows that the average European Union citizen of working age speaks three, including their own. The portal Primer Empleo ('first job') ...
Villarreal FC donates six-figure sum to childhood cancer infertility research
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:04:46 +0200

FOOTBALL club Villarreal FC has donated over 216,000 euros to a scheme aimed at protecting fertility in boys and girls in treatment for cancer. The idea for fundraising came about through the fan club Celtic Submari at the ...
Demonstrations against the budget, 'gagging law' and ailing job market
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:01:22 +0200

A SERIES of demonstrations are set to take place across the country, with the largest gatherings expected in Madrid next Saturday in protest over the State annual budget for 2015. Organised by Spain's two main unions, the ...
Spanish historians find hidden tombs with gold jewellery in Luxor, Egypt
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:59:36 +0200

EGYPTOLOGISTS and archaeologists from Spain have discovered two hitherto concealed tombs in Luxor, filled with gold and silver jewellery. Excavation leader Myriam Seco says the findings date back to the Middle Empire, which ...
Hepatitis C 'superdrug' available on national health system
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:57:16 +0200

THE long-awaited new Hepatitis C drug will be available on Spain's national health system shortly, but only for certain patients. According to Dr Maria Londono from the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, a member of the Spanish ...
African Ebola doctors who saved Teresa granted Spanish citizenship
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:55:37 +0200

SPANISH nationality has been granted to two African missionaries and doctors who have helped the country in its attempts to save citizens from Ebola. Sister Paciencia Melgar Ronda, 47 (pictured), originally from the former ...
Catalunya's president faces charges for mutiny, perverting the course of justice, power-dealing and misuse of public funds
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:53:16 +0200

PRESIDENT of Catalunya Artur Mas could face charges for up to four criminal offences based upon the recommendations of the State general prosecution board. As well as Mas, his deputy president Joana Ortega and the education ...
New car sales up from last year and industry bosses call for extension of scrap-for-cash scheme
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:01:39 +0200

NEW car registrations have increased significantly year-on-year so far in November, with a grand total of 24,444 vehicles straight off the production line sold on forecourts around Spain. The Institute of Automotion Studies ...
British expatriate woman's voting campaign gets positive reaction in Brussels
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:58:31 +0200

A BRITISH-BORN councillor living in Spain received a ‘very positive’ response from the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament during a recent meeting in which she called for expatriates in the EU to have the right to ...
World Toilet Day demonstration in Madrid for third-world sanitation rights
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:52:18 +0200

ACTIVISTS demonstrating outside the foreign affairs and cooperation ministry pretended to defecate on the street this week. Their controversial action was to call for Spain to do more in the world fight for the human right to ...
Rail strikes planned for December 5 and 6
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:58:27 +0200

SPAIN’S national rail boards RENFE and ADIF have staged a strike for the December bank holiday to protest over the government’s decision to allow private carriers to enter the market. Organised by the union CGT, ...
Isabel Pantoja goes to jail
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:24:53 +0200

LEGENDARY flamenco pop singer Isabel Pantoja entered the women’s prison in Alcalá de Guadaíra (Sevilla province) this morning at 08.00hrs to serve a two-year sentence for money-laundering. One of ...
Swiss authorities deny judge permission to use Barcenas' account data in trial
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:41:24 +0200

A SWISS court has refused to allow documents relating to former PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas’ bank account to be used as evidence in the case against him. Initially, the Federal Justice Office (OFJ) allowed judge ...
Spanish aid worker repatriated after high-risk contact with Ebola patient in Mali
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:36:17 +0200

A SPANISH aid worker suspected to be at risk of having contracted Ebola in Mali has been repatriated and is under observation at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital. The Navarra-born woman works for the charity Doctors Without ...
Federico Garcia Lorca's grave may have been found
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:34:31 +0200

DIGGERS have started work in a site believed to be the common grave where iconic playwright and poet Federico García Lorca was buried. The location of the renowned author, one of the group of revolutionary artists and ...
New Fiscal Laws Will Hammer Some Property Vendors
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:54:20 +0000

The Spanish Parliament has voted through fiscal changes that will hammer some vendors with higher taxes next year.
Cool Casa: Palacete With Dramatic Views In Ibiza Old Town
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:50:35 +0000

Having a prime location in Ibiza’s Old Town with spectacular views of the harbour certainly helps to make this beautifully-restored 18th Century palace in Ibiza’s Old Town is as cool as it gets.
Notaries: Spanish Property Market Recovery Continues In September
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:09:37 +0000

After dipping below 20,000 in August, home sales jumped back up to 25,414 sales (excluding social housing) in September, according to the latest figures from the General Council of Notaries, illustrated in the chart above.
Tourism Minister Calls For “Standardised” Regulations For Holiday Lettings
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:33:25 +0000

d_t_vos / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA The Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, has called for “a coordinated effort” to regulate Spanish holiday lettings to make them “as similar as possible” around the country and avoid “unfair competition” with hotel accommodation. Last year his Government reformed the Urban Letting Act (Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos/LAU in Spanish) devolving holiday rental regulations to regional governments, and creating a hotchpotch of local laws that vary from region to region. This will be one of the topics discussed at the annual meeting of the Spanish Tourism Council (Conestur), a consultative board for meetings between regional ministers for tourism. Under the new LAU, autonomous regional governments are empowered to regulate private tourist rentals, which regional governments under the sway of powerful hotel lobbies have done with unsurprising eagerness to limit competition from private landlords. Under Madrid’s new tourist rental regulations, for example, tourist lettings must have a minimum duration of five days or they are illegal. That makes the vast majority of tourist lettings illegal. In regions where tourism is less important, and hotel lobbies are not so powerful, most governments have not bothered to introduce specific tourist rental regulations, leaving the matter to the national LAU, which is far less restrictive. The Minister for Tourism says that “the most important thing is to make a coordinated effort to regulate this matter as uniformly as possible” with a two-fold objective. Firstly, to ensure that private holiday rentals do not create unfair competition for hotels, “within the guidelines of the principles of fair competition”. And secondly, to safeguard consumers of holiday rentals by “offering the highest guarantees to tourists who opt for this kind of holiday accommodation in Spain”. ANALYSIS When this PP Government talks about safeguarding quality for tourists staying in holiday rentals it is just a smokescreen for stifling competition in favour of the all-power hotel lobby. Holiday rental regulations in regions like the Balearics and Madrid are all about restricting tourist rentals and consumer choice at the expense of the local economy, but to the benefit of the hotel business. Tourist rentals do need some regulations to minimise conflicts between tourists and residents, but booking sites like Airbnb, and review sites like Tripadvisor, will do a much better job of helping tourists to get the quality they pay for than any government regulation. The current situation, with regulations that vary from region to region, are confusing for landlords, in particular foreign investors, and encourage homeowners to take their chances in the cash economy. When Soria calls for a “coordinated effort” what he probably has in mind is pandering to the hotel lobby all over Spain, not just in some regions.
Spanish Property Market To Help Economy Grow In 2015
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000

After years dragging down the Spanish economy, the property sector will finally start expanding and contributing to growth in 2015, argues a new report titled ‘The Case for Spain III: Plus Ultra’ by Arcano, a financial advisory and asset management company.
Foreign Demand Back To Boom Levels, But Where Are The British?
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:26:40 +0000

Market analysis by Sonneil, an estate agency focused on foreign demand, reveals that the number of foreigners buying property in Spain is back to where it was before the crisis began, with the exception of British demand, which is still a long way short of it’s boom-time levels.
Home Repossessions Falling, Still Depressingly High
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:53:06 +0000

Close to 20,000 families were evicted from their homes in foreclosure dramas in the first half of the year, show the latest figures from the Bank of Spain. This represents a big drop compared to the same period last year, but also shows that the crisis is still with us.
Spaniards Turn To Second Homes On The Coast As Pension Plan
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:33:05 +0000

Increasing numbers of Spaniards approaching retirement are buying second homes on the coast as part of their retirement plans, claims Alfa Inmobiliaria, a franchise chain of estate agents in Spain.
Spanish Rental Prices Continue Falling, Yields Increase
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:45:08 +0000

The average price for long-term rentals in Spain fell by 0.7 per cent in October compared to the same month in 2013, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This means prices have been falling for 19 consecutive months. This decrease is sharper than the general CPI (-0.1 per cent).
Spanish Housing Market: Sales Jump in September
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:22:22 +0000

After dipping in August, the number of Spanish home sales inscribed in the property register surged an annualised 13 per cent in September, reveal the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics

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