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Resolutions to cash in with good New Year habits

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A lifebelt for spendthrift economies

If you happened to be watching the news on Spanish television recently, you might have caught a remark that the Lisbon Treaty had been...

Now then, where were we?

OH, by the way, A happy New Year everyone. Frankly, as last year was probably one of my worst, the one looming ahead can...

Reflections for 2010

IN a year that has pretty much seen the poker world here in Spain turned upside down, it’s time to reflect, re-assess and make...

New targets for women in senior and middle management

BY 2014, 25 per cent of senior management posts in Europe should be occupied by women, compared with 21 per cent now. This target...

Spanish minimum wage ‘too low’

THE minimum wage in Spain, set in 2009 at €629 per month, is “unfair” and “too low.” This is how the Council of Europe...

Ex PM gets €126k job as advisor

FORMER Spanish Prime Minister, Felipe Gonzalez, has been appointed independent advisor to Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF). He is currently a shareholder of the Barcelona-based...

Recession prices fall but it pays to shop around

MERCADONA is the nationwide supermarket chain* with the lowest fresh produce prices, a new government report shows. Food shopping in Spain has risen by...

Death has been postponed

IF a British futurist is to be believed age related pension problems could get worse. Ian Pearson is sure that death will be a thing...

Indoor cats

Indoor cats with too little to do, can develop behaviour problems such as aggression toward the owner, fur pulling, attention seeking, spraying or tail...

Pets and fireworks

MANY animals suffer from noise phobias, including the fear of fireworks. With New Year just around the corner, there are sure to be lots of...
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European Broadband satellite launched

A new satellite that promises to bring broadband internet to homes and businesses across Europe and the Mediterranean has been successfully launched into space....
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Meet The Parents: Little Fockers

It has taken 10 years, two little Fockers with wife Pam and countless hurdles for Greg to finally get "in" with his tightly wound...
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’Snow joke

THE pity of it! Inches of snow and some UK parks closed because of “dangerous ice and snow”! But attitudes have shifted since the...

Blue vase, yours for €5.8m

A blue-and-white Chinese porcelain dragon jar has sold in San Francisco for €5.8m, more than 600 times its pre-sale estimate. Bonhams dated it...

Electricity prices set for another increase

SPANISH consumer groups have criticised the Government over proposed electricity prise rises expected to come into effect in January. Some estimates suggest prices could...

BBVA moves into banking in India

SPANISH bank BBVA has reached an agreement with Bank of Baroda to sell credit cards in India. Following a €34 million investment Spain’s second...

Don’t bank on it

MANY British residents on opening a bank account in Spain may be forgiven for wondering if they need to keep their UK bank account...

Democracy for dummies

PUBLIC perception of politics has rarely been more cynical than it is today. Rarely have voters felt so excluded from the democratic process. Fewer bother to...

Dealing with the unexpected

I MUST say it does seem a bit odd broaching on the subject of snow and ice as I wallow in the warmth of...

Zapatero set for retirement age reform

SPANISH Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, is set for the retirement age to be extended from the current 65 years to 67. However,...

The UK ‘sick man of Europe’

ARROGANCE is not usually a virtue but can be forgiven when a world class speculator like Jim Rogers offers an opinion. The former partner...

If the turkeys revolt it’s us that will be stuffed

CHRISTMAS is coming, the goose is getting fat. And so too the festive turkey, but this time of year a turkey has zero incentive to...

Construction industry recovery to start 2013

SPAIN will be the last European country to come out of the property crisis, a study suggests. This was revealed by Joseph Ramon Fontana...