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New year, new prices: Minimum wage and pensions up, electricity rises and medications fall
Legal & Finance Tue, Jan 1, 2019

New year, new prices: Minimum wage and pensions up,...

THE start of 2019 has brought with it a freeze in outer-suburban train ticket prices, a rise in the minimum wage and inn pensions, among other changes which have been announced over the last few weeks – and in the...

British supermarket chain Dealz to open in Valencia
Economy Mon, Dec 31, 2018

British supermarket chain Dealz to open in Valencia

A BRITISH supermarket chain is set to open in Valencia city in the New Year and a local job agency has taken on four supervisors and 28 sales assistants. The council-run recruitment centre València Activa has struck an...

Ryanair cabin crew announce three strikes in January
Travel/Tourism Sun, Dec 30, 2018

Ryanair cabin crew announce three strikes in January

ANOTHER cabin crew strike has been announced after Irish-based budget airline Ryanair and staff unions in Spain failed to reach an agreement. According to SITCPLA and USO, representatives of Spanish-based employees of...

Endangered red squirrels brought back from the brink in Madrid’s Retiro Park
Animals/Pets Sun, Dec 30, 2018

Endangered red squirrels brought back from the brink in...

HYDE Park and Central Park are replete with them, and Madrid’s Retiro Park was overrun with them 20 years ago – but now, trying to catch sight of them in the latter is about as easy as witnessing the Aurora Borealis...

Train ticket prices frozen for another year
Transport Sat, Dec 29, 2018

Train ticket prices frozen for another year

RAIL ticket prices will be frozen for 2019 except on medium-distance and Avant connections, which will go up by 3.5% and 7% respectively. The New Year also means the start of a new tax year in Spain, so prices of public...

Hefty VAT drop on arts and entertainment
Entertainment Fri, Dec 28, 2018

Hefty VAT drop on arts and entertainment

ARTISTS, writers, performers and everyone else connected with the entertainment world have had their Christmas wish granted: for VAT on their work to drop from the top band of 21%. They have been clamouring for a...

Spain gives phone boxes two years’ grace
Society Fri, Dec 28, 2018

Spain gives phone boxes two years’ grace

THE last Parliamentary session of 2018 was set to include a decree to axe telephone boxes – but MPs have decided to keep them after all. It was expected they would scrap the section of the law which makes it mandatory...

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