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Spain Papers Review - Friday October 24 2014 


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Spain Business Brief - Friday October 24 2014 more
The two million euro bill for David Cameron, the working day calendar for 2015 and the 'shameful' behaviour of the Constitutional Court.
New arrangements for issuing Gibraltar variant British Passports  more
Following a decision in 2010 by Her Majesty's Passport Office in UK, the Gibraltar passport service will move to centralisation of passport personalisation in mainland UK in early 2015. According to HMPO this move is aimed at increasing security and creating new efficiencies and will ensure that applicants can receive a new generation British passport which incorporates improved security features.
Rafa Nadal will not be playing in the Paris Masters for ‘personal reasons’ more
The 28 year old announced his decision just hours before the draw for what is the last Masters 1,000 game of the season and starts on Monday
The Spanish Association for the Victims of Thalidomide (Avite) suffered a set-back last Wednesday more
The Madrid Court overturned the sentence against the German laboratory Grümenthal for the deformities caused by their drug which was taken by women who were nauseous during pregnancy, and annulled to compensation which the victims called for in court for 204 million € for damage caused.
Police action is delaying ETA disarmament, so say the International Observers more
Terrorist organisation ETA reported the definitive end to armed activity three years ago, but they are now facing ‘logistical problems’ to complete the disarmament which commenced at the start of this year.
Coastguard Rescue has rescued a British couple in Castellón more
The rescue happened yesterday evening on the high seas
The dragonflies from North Africa have arrived in Spain because of global warming more
They are attracted by a now favourable habitat on this side of the Mediterranean and the Spanish climate is now similar to what is was before in Africa.
Spain Papers Review - Friday October 24 2014 more
Oleguer Pujol the youngest son facing money laundering charges, the latest unemployment numbers and private doctor fraud in Andalucía
The soup containing earworm larvae which was served to children in León was cooked in Málaga more
The company Serunión is the guilty party.
Isabel Pantoja has asked for her prison sentence to be suspended more
She sent a letter to the Second Section of the Málaga Provincial Court, which has issued the sentence against her of two years in prison and a fine of 1.1 million €
A Sub-Saharan immigrant has been sent to prison for being the owner of the ‘patera’ which brought 15 of his compatriots to Spain more
This is the first time such a person has been imprisoned in Spain, and he will spend three years in prison. He will also have to pay 60 € to a Guardia Civil who he hit, and was slightly injured.
A mafia in Valencia is stealing dogs to sell to dog fighters more
Dog fights in the Valencia town of Alzira and district were an open secret and now a video has shown the horror of the activity.
Spain On This Day - October 24 more
Saint’s Day for Antonio María Claret, Fortunato, Martín and Félix.
Spain Business Brief - Thursday October 23 2014 more
Unemployment down, 12 billion loss in VAT fraud, and Lloyds bank to lose 9,000 jobs over three years.
Gerald Brenan’s house re-opens its doors as a Cultural Centre on October 29 more
He spent the last 30 years of his life in this house, in the village of Churriana, where he continued with his writing and travelling and became a leading light in Málaga society.



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New arrangements for issuing Gibraltar variant British Passports
Posted in: Press Releases - (Gibraltar) - Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 17:54
Whilst the Gibraltar-variant British passport will be printed in a secure facility in the UK from early 2015, HMGOG has been able to negotiate that Gibraltar will:
• maintain its status as an issuing authority independent of HMPO;

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Rafa Nadal will not be playing in the Paris Masters for ‘personal reasons’
Posted in: Tennis - Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 14:41
The currently number three in the world is suffering from appendicitis and he failed to mention if he would take part in the Maestro’s Cup in London which starts on November 9.

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Rafa Nadal - Archive photo


The Spanish Association for the Victims of Thalidomide (Avite) suffered a set-back last Wednesday
Posted in: National - Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 14:28
The sentence can be appealed to the Supreme Court as the Madrid Court considered the case was already prescribed when the Spanish Association for the Victims of Thalidomide presented their appeal calling for the laboratory to be placed on the accused bench in February 2012, fifty years after the tragedy.

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Police action is delaying ETA disarmament, so say the International Observers
Posted in: National
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 13:55

The South African lawyer, Brian Currin, leader of the International Contact Group, speaking yesterday at congress in San Sebastian, where some 300 people had attended, considers the lack of advance in the handing in of the weapons, the step before the dissolution of the criminal organisation, is due to police surveillance which both France and Spain are carrying out, and meanwhile we have seen no cooperation from neither France nor Spain, the two Governments which have to validate the disarming.

Coastguard Rescue has rescued a British couple in Castellón
Posted in: Valencia
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 13:30

Coastguard Rescue, dependant on the Development Ministry, rescued the couple who were on board the ‘Island Escape’ when 16 nautical miles east of Castellón.

The dragonflies from North Africa have arrived in Spain because of global warming
Posted in: National
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 12:42

‘The first arrivals came in the middle of the twentieth century’, said Francisco Jesús Cano, a biologist specialist in dragonflies from the Andalucía Odonatology Association.

The soup containing earworm larvae which was served to children in León was cooked in Málaga
Posted in: National
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 08:00

The company, located in the Guadalhorce Industrial Estate in Málaga, was opened in 2009 as the largest collective kitchen in Spain, capable of producing more than 32,000 plates a day.

Isabel Pantoja has asked for her prison sentence to be suspended
Posted in: Costa del Sol
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 07:39

Judicial sources have explained in the letter she argues that she meets all the requirements for a suspension and note she has part of the fine, 100,000 € of the 1.1 million.

A Sub-Saharan immigrant has been sent to prison for being the owner of the ‘patera’ which brought 15 of his compatriots to Spain
Posted in: Andalucía
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 07:25

Section VI of the Provincial Court of Cádiz in Ceuta has been the court which has now set jurisprudence with this sentence, which dates back to July 31 2013 in the waters close to Ceuta. He has been found guilty of a crime against foreign citizens, resisting authority and causing injury.

A mafia in Valencia is stealing dogs to sell to dog fighters
Posted in: Valencia
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 06:59

Once the dog has been stolen they either ask the owner for a ransom after the dog has been in a fight or 1,000 € or a firearm have been reported, or they sell them to their contacts in the dog-fighting world.

Spain On This Day - October 24
Posted in: History
Fri Oct 24, 2014 - 06:31

1874: Josep Irla i Bosch, the ERC politician and President of the Catalan parliament during the latter years of the Spanish Civil War, was born in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. He was President of the Generalitat de Cataluña in exile between 1940 and 1954 after his predecessor, Lluís Companys, was shot by the Franco government. Josep Irla resigned in 1954 and died in exile in France in four years later.

Spain Business Brief - Thursday October 23 2014
Posted in: Business Brief
Thu Oct 23, 2014 - 22:02

The summer season has helped to reduce unemployment to below 24%, down 195,000 people in the third quarter of the year; however only 151,000 new jobs were created, and the labour market continues to shrink, with 40,000 fewer workers. At the end of September the number out of work in Span was 5,427,700. Waiters and Shopkeepers were in most demand and the number of families where everybody is out of work has fallen by 2.4%, and youth unemployment fell to 52.4%

Gerald Brenan’s house re-opens its doors as a Cultural Centre on October 29
Posted in: Sightseeing Málaga Culture
Thu Oct 23, 2014 - 20:35

He was able to unite in his home, Ernest Hemmingway, Bertrand Russell and the bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín. Flamenco singers would often perform and the door was open to everyone, and the locals knew him as ‘don Gerald’.

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