Archive for: October, 2012

A quarter of Spaniards unemployed

Spain’s employment rate has topped the 25-percent mark for the first time on record. According to the National Statistics Institute’s (INE) Active Population Survey (EPA), the number of people out of work on the third quarter jumped by 85,000 to 5.778 million. The economy – in recession for the second time in three years – […]

Britain braces itself

THIS weekend the UK is bracing itself for a bout of severe weather as weather forecasters are warning that temperatures are likely to plummet over the weekend. Snow is predicted inScotlandand sleet in other areas, including the northEngland. The RAC say it is expecting an increase in calls from motorists, while road gritting and snow […]

Ford job losses

THE end of an era, car manufacturer Ford has announced the closure of its last remaining UK vehicle production factory, and another site, with the loss of 1,400 jobs. Union officials said the job losses in Southampton and Dagenham, Essex were “devastating”, accusing the US company of “betrayal”. Transit production will switch next year to […]

Homeowners worried about home repossession

Which? is calling for the Treasury to put tougher obligations on banks taking part in the Funding for Lending Scheme as new research finds half the population are worried about mortgage rates and a quarter (26%) of people with mortgages fear having their home repossessed. The findings, published in the Which? Quarterly Consumer Report, reveal […]

Hillsborough: Top cop resigns before being told to step down

LEADING policeman Sir Norman Bettison, accused of a cover-up over the Hillsborough Disaster. has resigned as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. It was a case of him jumping before being pushed because he had been called upon to leave with immediate effect by the region’s police authority. His departure from the £215,000-a-year post was […]

Home buyers really will have to prove they can repay mortgages

IT has been difficult enough for would-be home buyers to obtain mortgages throughout the recession, and life will become even harder for them in 18 months. Tough new rules have been outlined, which mean borrowers will be only be given deals the lenders believe they can afford to repay. The new measures come into force […]

Friar is tucking into pop race with X Factor star

ITALIAN friar Alessandro Brustenghi is the shock rival for Simon Cowell’s X Factor winner in the annual race for the pop chart’s Christmas No1. The 34-year-old Franciscan friar lives and works as a carpenter and tour guide during the day inAssisi, at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli – a hilltop town in northernItaly. […]

Dodgy stolen-car racket now booming in the UK

THE number of cars reported stolen fraudulently in the UK during 2011 has shot up nearly nine times since the previous year. And the sudden flood of fake insurance claims is, say police, mainly down to the recession. Car thefts in 2009 represented 1.18% of total crime, and slightly less in 2010. But by the […]

Lions specs’ appeal has its sights set on Third World!

Send your old glasses to Tenerife Sur lions and change a life OPTICIANS San Clemente Opticas, in Av. de Suecia, Los Cristianos, have again filled a Lions’ collection box with old and unwanted spectacles. They were donated by customers for the Lions Recycle for Sight programme, and Tenerife Sur Lions Club member Margaret was there […]

Peace Poster girl Anna wins top Lions’ award

WINGATE School again accepted the annual challenge by Tenerife Sur Lions Club to participate in the prestigious Lions International Worldwide Peace poster competition, representing the South of Tenerife. And so good was the number and quality of posters produced that the judges provided an additional two merit awards. Anna Gorodnichaya took the top prize, and […]

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