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Have you ever wished that you could be confident enough to GET UP and DANCE really well when you are at a Traditional Country Dance Event? (Either English or Scottish Music)
Whether you are a novice and wish to learn these dances; or you think you ar…


One local Town Hall is so impressed with its annual New Years Eve party that it wants it to be declared an ‘Andalucian Festivity of Interest to Tourists.’
For many years, locals and visitors to Coin gather in the main square outside the church …


Owners of pets who left their animals at the animal shelter which is at the centre of abuse charges in Torremolinos as reported in the Leader a few weeks ago, have now set up a new Facebook page.
‘Justice for the Animals of Parque Animal’ has …


Residents in the centre of Málaga have formally issued a complaint to the council about the noise being produced by bands practising for the annual Easter fiesta.
The complaint states that the bands are clearly in breach of the council´s …


The Malaga Court has imposed two years’ imprisonment on a resident of Estepona for possession and distribution of pornographic material, among which were a number of images showing young children and babies.
The sentence was passed after the defendan…


A 30 year old woman is in critical condition after she had a head on collision with another vehicle in Mijas.
Sources at the Marbella Hospital describe her condition as ‘very serious’ and she was admitted to the intensive care unit. The 20 year…


Owners of illegal properties in Andalucía are calling for an amnesty for their homes and are planning on uniting to form a stronger platform against the administration.
The Junta de Andalucía has said nothing can be done until the exten…



Two lynx cats, both born in captivity, have been introduced into a reserve for the first time since the breeding programme began in 2005. They were released into an area located close to the river at the Jaen Guarrizas, Sierra Morena.

The two females, Granadilla and Grazalema, were both born this year at the breeding center near La Olivilla. At the time of their release both cats appeared nervous, a condition that could have been put down to the dozens of people who were present hoping to witness the historic occasion. They included representatives of the Ministry of Environment , journalists and relatives of the owners of the farms where the breeding was carried out.

Both animals are female but they will shortly be introduced to a male, Hail, who was bred in the Sierra Morena in the town of Andujar Jaen. It is thought that he will help facilitate the adaptation of the pair into the area.

According to programme director, Miguel Angel Simón, the reserve in which the animals are now being kept is an enclosure of four acres that has a population of seven rabbits per hectare. A record will be kept of their movement using GPS collars which will also provide a video surveillance system direct to an observatory located in the area.

Simón said that the three young lynxes will remain in the enclosure for a month and a half, a period that will determine whether or not they can be self-sufficient if released completely to the wild, or whether, by contrast, the must be returned to the breeding center where they will be looked after.

The area chosen for the introduction of the lynx was selected because of its high density of rabbits, the almost exclusive food of the Iberian lynx. In that area, according to a survey from the Institute of Social Studies of Andalusia, ninety percent of those involved in the scheme felt that the experience would be “positive”, as highlighted by the Minister for the Environment, José Juan Díaz Trillo who also said that he appreciated the contribution of the scientific community, the staff of the Life programme and the collaboration of the owners of the farms in the conservation area.


The European Union will assume the costs arising from long-term care services provided by Spanish institutions over the course of 2009 to citizens insured in other Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
On 24…



Miguel Sebastián announced a new “Made in/by Spain” Plan for Russia during the 7th Mixed Hispano-Russian Committee being held on Wednesday in Moscow.

The Plan, inspired by the successful “Made in/by Spain” project being developed in the US, is aimed at improving the perception of Spain in Russia through the increased promotion of the image of Spanish products, services, companies and brands and by supporting the market penetration strategy adopted by Spanish companies in Russia.

The Government believes aiming this initiative at the Russian market is a good move because it is a region where Spanish companies and products have strong growth potential and where Spain has a long-standing image of a modern, industrialised country. Furthermore, the organisation in 2011 of the Year of Spain in Russia and of Russia in Spain (something that will foster the organisation of special events to increase mutual knowledge between the two countries) is an opportunity to increase the knock-on effect and profit from the actions contained within the “Made in/by Spain” Plan.

On 14 September 2009, the President of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and the Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, decided at a meeting held in Yaroslavl that 2011 would be the Year of Spain in Russia and of Russia in Spain.

The “Made in/by Spain” Plan for Russia which will be implemented between 2011 and 2012 includes more than 70 events over the twelve months in such sectors as the agro-foods, consumer goods and industry and technology and will involve cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg.

For 2011, participation at various trade fairs with official pavilions has been scheduled, more than twenty trade missions have been organised and several business meetings have been set up, as well as other events such as the Spanish gastronomy weeks, a Spanish fashion conference and the presentation of national business schools.

One of the pillars of the Plan’s strategy is to involve companies, sectoral associations, the autonomous regions and other sectors in joint finance for these actions. The estimated budget amounts to 20 million euros in 2011 and 18 million euros in 2012, with financing from the central Government of 50% via the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX). The rest will be provided by the autonomous regions, companies and other institutions.

Russia has all the ingredients required for the “Made in/by Spain” Plan to be a success: it is a very large market (140 million inhabitants), it has 12 cities with more than one million inhabitants, a population with a growing spending power (135,000 people have wealth in excess of one million euros) and holds the third largest reserves of natural resources in the world, quoted at 490,000 million dollars.

Furthermore, the country presents good growth prospects for the future. According to IMF forecasts, its GDP will grow by 4% in 2010, by 4.3% in 2011 and by 4.4% in 2012.


Total spending by foreign tourists in October 2010 stood at 4,289 million euro according to the Tourist Expenditure Survey (EGATUR) drafted by the Tourism Studies Institute of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade. This figure represents growth o…



The data from the Public Employment Services for all the autonomous regions corresponding to November show an increase of 24,318 unemployed (0.6%) on the previous month. Registered unemployment now stands at 4,110,294 people.

The State Secretary for Employment, Mari Luz Rodríguez, stated that “no increase in unemployment is positive and that is why we must continue working on the issue”, although she did point out that the data for last month reflect the smallest increase in registered unemployment in Spain since 1998, something that “could be interpreted as a levelling out of the Spanish labour market”. In year-on-year terms, November recorded an increase of 241,348 people (6.24%).

In terms of economic sector, unemployment fell in the industry by 1,744 people (-0.36%) and in construction by 769 people (-0.11%). In this regard, Mari Luz Rodríguez highlighted that “unemployment in the last year has fallen in the industrial sector by almost 12,000 people and has fallen in the construction sector in 8 of the last 9 months”.

Unemployment rose in the services sector by 15,757 people (0.66%) and in the agriculture sector by 2,437 people (1.86%). For their part, the number of first-time unemployed registered with the Public Employment Services rose by 8,637 (2.43%).

Unemployment among men stands at 2,027,565 after an increase of 11,094 people (0.55%) and unemployment among women stands at 2,082,729 after an increase of 13,244 people (0.64%). In year-on-year terms, unemployment among men has risen by 87,164 people (4.49%) and among women by 154,184 people (7.99%).

Among young people under the age of 25, unemployment rose in November by 2,164 people (0.47%) on the previous month and among those over the age of 25 by 22,154 (0.61%).

Registered unemployment fell in five autonomous regions, led by the Canary Islands (-3,580 people), Extremadura (-2,573 people) and Madrid (-2,309 people), whereas it rose in twelve autonomous regions with Andalusia and Galicia recording the largest increases (8,517 and 7,827, respectively).

Registered unemployment fell in 16 provinces, especially in Barcelona (-2,660 people), Madrid (-2,309 people) and Tenerife (-2,020 people), whereas it rose in 36 provinces, led by the Balearic Islands (7,288 people) and Malaga (4,607 people).

The number of employment contracts recorded in November stands at 1,257,479. This is an increase of 53,452 (4.44%) on the same month of 2009. The accumulated number of employment contracts recorded in the first eleven months of 2010 stands at 13,227,332, which is an increase of 343,060 (2.66%) on the same period of the previous year.

Furthermore, 108,131 indefinite employment contracts were recorded in November 2010. This is an increase of 711 (0.66%) on the same month of the previous year and account for 8.6% of the total. In accumulated terms, a total of 1,135,043 indefinite employment contracts were recorded to November 2010. This represents a reduction of 91,544 (-7.46%) on the same period of 2009.

With regard to this growth in the number of indefinite employment contracts, the State Secretary for Employment stressed that “this is the first year-on-year growth we have seen since February 2008 and is the first growth in November since 2006”.

A total of 897,253 new applications were processed in November, which is a reduction of 6.8% on October 2009. The average period for acceptance of an application in October 2010 was 4 days, two days less than in the same month of the previous year.

The total number of benefit recipients stands at 2,927,530; an increase of 5.54% on the previous year. The rate of coverage for the unemployment protection system stands at 75.3% and the cost of providing these benefits in October amounted to 2,574 million euro; a reduction of 3.39% on October 2009.

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