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Shortage of traditional tradesmen affecting Spanish job market
19 August 2018

Qualified electricians, carpenters, builders and plumbers are the tradespeople most difficult to find to fill job vacancies in Spanish firms, according to a new study by ManPowerGroup.

According to this latest report "How to combat the  lack of talent (create, attract, share, transform)", 24% of company directors in Spain have difficulties filling these vacancies in their companies.

The report's authors says that the data they have collected reflects the growing lack of talent in these areas on a global level (45%) and shows that the job of finding the ideal candidate is becoming more and more difficult because of changes in the employment market and the creation of new jobs that require specific skills and aptitudes.



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Biting black flies spread across Spain
19 August 2018

The 'black fly' (Simulium trifasciatum) is spreading across Spain, joining the Asiatic wasp and the tiger mosquito as one of the country's principal insect pests.

The black fly was first detected along the shores of the river Ebro in 2006, and shortly afterwards made its presence known in various different parts of Aragon, where some 2000 people had to receive emergency medical attention, constituting the first official plague of the insect in Spain.

The following year, 28,500 people in Aragon required medical attention because of black fly bites and now the people of Butarque (Madrid) have become the latest victims of a black fly plague, because of their proximity to the river Manzanares, which appears to be the ideal habitat for this aggressive insect.



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David Silva next to quit Spanish national team
16 August 2018

MANCHESTER City's David Silva has announced his withdrawal from the Spanish national team – just four days after FC Barcelona's Gerard Piqué broke the news of his own departure.

Silva, one of a small number of footballers who have played more than 100 matches for their country – 125 in his case – along with Piqué, Carles Puyol and Raúl González, has penned an open letter to fans and to the team describing what he calls 'one of the most difficult decisions of his career'.

“The national team has given me everything and has allowed me to grow as a player and as a person,” Silva, 32, wrote.

He says he is leaving La Roja 'proud' and 'happy' with all that it and he have achieved and with all that he has 'lived and dreamed' in his 12-year history with the Spanish side.

This long chapter in Silva's life has included two UEFA Euro wins on the trot in 2008 and 2012 – the first in Austria and Switzerland and the second in Poland and Ukraine – and the FIFA World Cup in 2012 in South Africa, as well as scoring 35 goals for his nation.



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Fernando Alonso to leave Formula 1 at end of season
16 August 2018

TWICE-WORLD champion Fernando Alonso has announced he will be retiring from Formula 1 at the end of 2018 after 17 seasons.

The Oviedo-born motorsport legend, who has suffered a series of disappointing seasons with Ferrari and later McLaren who have both failed to provide him with a competitive car, was nevertheless a force to be reckoned with when racing for Rénault, a team that saw him carry off the championship in 2005 and 2006.

The first of these came after German legend Michael Schumacher's five world titles on the trot and, at 24, he was the youngest to wind the drivers' championship.

Since then, Alonso has also been reserve champion three times and made it to the podium in 97 races, 32 of which he won, despite only getting pole 22 times.

His victories after starting further back on the grid included his last-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix win on home turf in Valencia, when he roared up from 11th to cross the chequered flag ahead of everyone else – a supreme effort that was so taxing even for a talent of Alonso's magnitude that he actually broke down in tears at the end.



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Michael Schumacher to move to Mallorca villa
16 August 2018

SEVEN-TIMES Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher is due to move to Mallorca where his wife Corinna has just bought a villa for €30 million.

The property, previously owned by Real Madrid chair Florentino Pérez but barely used since the death of his wife, is in Andratx in the south-west of the island and has been prepared specially for Michael to move in, according to Swiss magazine L'Illustré.

Mayoress of Andratx Katia Rouarch has confirmed the report is true.

It is not known whether he will become resident in Spain or whether he will only stay there for part of the year, since it is likely the family will want to continue being Swiss taxpayers, although as European Union citizens – originally from Germany – they do not have any restrictions on movement.

The Schumachers have been living in Gland, in the canton of Vaud, since 2002.



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Spain's most expensive house revealed
13 August 2018

SPAIN'S most expensive house is on the market for €50 million, for which new owners will get six suites, two adjoining guest cottages, and 6,663 square metres (about an acre and a half) of land right on the seafront in Marbella (click on link to see).

According to a study by a leading property agency, the second-most expensive house in Spain is just up the road and also in the province of Málaga: a 12-bedroom, 7,000-square-metre villa with its own pool and tennis court and a private beach in the town of Mijas, which is on sale for a cool €35m.

The third- and fourth-most expensive homes in Spain are in Mallorca – in Alcúdia, at €30m, and in Puigpunyent in an 820,000-square-metre (203-acre) plot for €26.5m.



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Mass injuries in Vigo festival platform collapse
13 August 2018

AN ESTIMATED 312 spectators have been injured – nine of them seriously – after a wooden platform collapsed during the O Marisquiño fiestas in Vigo (Galicia) last night.

Those hurt were watching Mallorca rapper Rels B perform at the time of the accident caused by a structural problem with the raised dancefloor.

Panic ensued with hundreds of people running and screaming from the scene, including many teenagers.

Several fell into the sea, and personal effects such as handbags were left scattered on the ground.

Two of the injured are said to be in intensive care.

Mayor of Vigo Abel Caballero says 'nobody's life is in danger' and that 240 of the wounded have been discharged from hospital or did not need admission – despite having fallen from a height of several metres, at least the equivalent of a first-floor apartment.



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German tourist caught stealing artefacts from Cartagena dig
12 August 2018

A GERMAN tourist has been caught red-handed stealing archaeological artefacts from a restricted excavation site in Cartagena (Murcia).

Councillor Ana Rama, of the centre-right party Ciudadanos, testified as a witness today after catching the visitor slipping into the Molinete dig yesterday and 'placing several objects' into a freezer box.

She immediately contacted the Local Police, who arrested the holidaymaker and seized the pieces he had taken out of the dig.



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Unemployment falls to lowest numbers in a decade
12 August 2018

JOBLESS figures fell in July to 3.13 million – the best result in nearly a decade – with 200,903 workers taken off the dole compared with the same month last year, according to the ministry of work and social security.

The department, led by Magdalena Valerio – who has radical plans to overhaul employed and self-employed workers' rights since her appointment in early June – says last month saw 27,141 people given jobs and brought the unemployment total down to its lowest figure since December 2008, about a year after the financial crisis started to creep in.

Highest-ever unemployment was seen in February 2013, just 15 months after the previous right-wing PP-led government came into power and five months after they had set up a battery of belt-tightening measures including tax hikes that left residents poorer than ever.



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Tot dies in hot car in Manacor
10 August 2018

A 10-MONTH-OLD baby has died after being left shut in a parked car from 07.00 to 15.00 in Manacor (Mallorca).

National Police say her grandfather, 56, was looking after her and claims he left her in the car initially because she was asleep, but then 'forgot' she was inside.

He did not remember until eight hours later.

The car-owner, a Spaniard, flagged down a doctor and two nurses he saw walking along the street after leaving the health centre near where the vehicle was parked.

But when they reached her, it was too late to save her.

The grandfather was taken to Manacor hospital in a state of shock and anxiety.



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