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WEEKLY DIGEST – 10 NOVEMBER 2014

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FAMILY BENEFITS

Barcelona´s El Prat airport now has a special filter lane through security for passengers travelling with young children, with the aim of reducing waiting times for families. According to the airport operator Aena, the new filter is located in terminal 1, on the left hand side of the usual security checks. The fast-track route was already available for those with mobility problems, but this additional allowance is hoped to reduce the stress for others waiting to board their flights.

COLOUR ME BAD

Whilst the summer drought has caused problems for countless crops across Spain, the unusually high temperatures of October are delaying citrus fruit from colouring in areas such as Cordoba, Seville and Huelva. As temperatures reached 35 degrees, rains have been scarce, apart from a few sudden downpours. Initial assessments reveal fruit with higher calibres than usual, which consequently results in a lower yield, although the quality is good, with a good level of sugar and juice.

PRINCESS CHARGED

The courts of Palma de Mallorca have dropped Money laundering charges against Spain´s Princess Cristina, but the royal will face charges for tax fraud in connection with one of the most famous cases currently moving through the judicial system, the “Caso Nóos”. The allegations are that the Princess defrauded the tax office in connection with a company she owns with her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, of a sum of 337,138 euro in personal income tax for the years 2007 and 2008.

JAPAN STYLE

Spanish high street fashion store Stradivarius, aimed at the young female clientele, has opened its biggest store to date, in Osaka, Japan. As part of the Inditex group, the store marks the latest in a portfolio of 6,460 global stores for Inditex, 1,839 of which are in Spain, and covers 720 square metres of retail space over 2 floors.

OLD PATROL

During a routine patrol in September, a team from the Guardia Civil´s environmental division, SEPRONA, stumbled on an unusual looking and very shiny rock on a hillside in Ciudad Real. Recognising the uniqueness of the stone, the officers called in archaeologists who now confirm that they had stumbled on something known as the “Estelas de Guerrero”, which dates back to the Bronze Age, dated between 1150 and 850 BC. The officers were involved in the removal of the stone which was taken to the Ciudad Real museum this week for further analysis.

RICH BANKERS

Banco Santander, one of Europe´s largest banks, reported a 52% increase in their third-quarter profit this week, with an increase of 1.61 billion euro, up from 1.06 billion for the same time last year.

MADRID INVADED

The Spanish capital came to a standstill on Sunday as a massive flock of sheep were herded past Madrid’s major landmarks including the Puerta del Sol and the Bank of Spain headquarters, causing many of the city’s main roads to be closed and traffic to come to a standstill. Shepherds said thatthey hoped to raise awareness for the protection of ancient grazing and migration rites that are becoming increasingly threatened by urban settlements, railways and roads and modern farming techniques.

BULL RELEASE

Spanish bullfighter, José Ortega Cano, who was eventually incarcerated after avoiding serving the two and a half year prison sentence for a year, despite being found guilty of being drunk when he drove his car into 48 year old Carlos Parra in 2011, subsequently killing him on the spot, has been released from prison this week and transferred to a hospital, amid fears that he showed signs of suffering from pneumonia.

WE CAN MAKE IT

Manufacturing output in Spain is at a 4-month high, according to the latest data released by Markit’s purchasing managers’ index (PMI). The index was 52.6 in October, the same as September, higher than the 52.3 forecast, with any figure over 50 showing growth.

BET YOU CAN

Internet gaming in Spain has opened up to operators once again, after new legislation on behalf of the regulator the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) and the Ministry of the Treasury we published, which also enables existing operators to submit applications to add slots and exchange betting to their offerings. The licence tender process will close in December.

ORANGE BENIDORM

Mobile phone operator Orange has launched the advanced 4G telecom network in Benidorm, after a 2 million euro investment packages was spent on its mobile transmission network. Orange customers will now be able to access higher data connections throughout the centre of Benidorm, as well as the Terra Mitica and Terra Natura theme parks. Orange has confirmed that it remains on course to cover two thirds of the Spanish population with its 4G network by the end of the year.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

A party formed in January has become Spain’s main political force one year before national elections, an opinion poll showed, shaking up a two-party system that has dominated since the country’s return to democracy in the 1970s. Podemos ("We Can") has ridden anti-establishment sentiment for months by fielding young candidates new to politics and tapping into the "Indignados" movement calling for a new political model. The poll showed Podemos winning 27.7 percent of the vote if it was held today, just ahead of the Socialists with 26.2 percent and with the PP trailing a distant third with 20.7 percent.

DEAD LINE

Valencia is leading the way in using new technology, especially in an area so far untouched, those who are no longer with us. It is now possible to have your funeral streamed live on-line, with those mourners unable to attend in person able to watch the chapel and crematorium via a secure internet link. The system is

WATER PARTNERSHIP

The Spanish Ambassador to India, Gustavo De Aristegui, has called on Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, to develop a partnership on key areas of strategic development in the areas of water treatment and renewable energy. Sukhbir Singh Badal is expected to lead a delegation to Barcelona later this month in order for them to attend the Smart City Expo 2014.

EURO FOOD FUNDING

Spain is to receive a grant from the European Union in order to improve the competiveness of the agriculture and food sector, by developing measures such as restructuring of farms. The 8,290 million euro funding aims to “establish the strategy for the optimal use of the Structural Funds and the European Investment in the country”. There will also be extra funding for financing territorial cooperation, youth employment, rural development and the fisheries and maritime sectors, all aimed at boosting the production within the agriculture sector.

ART EXHIBITION

An exhibition of paintings by the ladies of the Campoverde La Amistad Association (a social and cultural international association) will be held in the Casa Cultura in Pilar de la Horadada from 7th to 28th November, inauguration of the display will be at 7pm on 7th November. The Casa Cultura is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 2pm and 4pm to 9pm and entrance is free. These ladies, some starting to paint for the first time have produced a really interesting display of their work. The Casa Cultura also houses a museum that focuses on local life from Roman times up to the present day and is located on the corner of C. Bailen and C. La Isla.

PILAR GETS MOBILE

Pilar’s Local police added two new cars and two motorcycles to its fleet last week. The presentation of was made by the mayor, Fidel Ros, and the councillor of Public Safety, Lancharro Francisco, with a symbolic handover to the chief inspector, Jose Antonio Hernandez. The new vehicles will be used to improve surveillance in rural areas. However, whilst the 2 bikes are additional to the transport fleet the new cars will simply replace lease vehicles.

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