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SOLTIMES AUGUST 2010

Authorities Issue Forest Fire Warning

The Civil Protection service has warned today that there is a high risk of forest fires in Galicia, Andalucía, Asturias, Extremadura, Canarias and Cantabria, although the situation is not yet extreme. There is a very high risk of forest fires in the western part of Galicia, the inland areas of Asturias, Cadiz and some areas of Cáceres and Seville. In the Canary Islands, specifically in La Palma and El Hierro, there will be maximum risk this week. People are being warned not to light fires in the mountains, or on any land close to wooded areas and to make sure that their cigarette butts are completely extinguished. Throwing litter should also be avoided, especially glass bottles that can magnify the sun’s rays and cause fires. Fruit farmers are being reminded to be vigilant when burning the stubble in their fields. The Civil Protection service has also informed

More unstable weather will be settling in on inland areas this week, with the possibility of localised storms. People in the affected areas are being told to cover up with light clothing, eat light, regular meals, avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest parts of the day and to drink plenty of water.

Several more full days of strike action are planned for August, and workers are threatening an indefinite strike in September if company bosses do not sit down at the negotiating

table. There will be further strike action throughout the day (and only a minimum service) on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 29th and 31st and on September 1st. Auto Res, which belongs to the Avanza group, has 400 employees, 270 of whom are drivers. Some of its most important routes are the ones between Madrid and a number of towns along the Mediterranean coast, like Valencia, Castellón, Peñíscola, Benicasim and Oropesa, as well as routes between the capital and Vigo and Pontevedra, in Galicia.

Africans sail into Cabo de Gata & El Ejido

Guardia Civil officers and coastguard services have rescued 29 would-be migrants attempting to sail into the coast of Almería on two rafts. They saw the first boat-load of immigrants, all of whom are of north and sub-Saharan African origin, at around 23.00hrs last night around eight miles to the south-east of Punta Polacra, near Cabo de Gata. The next was intercepted near El Ejido at 04.30hrs this morning, with 17 men on board. All are said to be in a good state of health.

‘Green card’ marriage racket disbanded

The mercury is also set to rise, although not quite so high, in parts of Galicia, Castilla y León, Madrid, Castilla La-Manchaand Andalucía.

Between 10,000 and 12,000 coach passengers were affected today as Auto Res workers held their first full day of strike action, with the threat of further strikes in the coming weeks.

The unions called the strike after company bosses refused to negotiate with them. 15 people were made redundant in June and a 5% salary cut was proposed, rising to a cut of over 8% for drivers.

Some 14,000 Spaniards hit by their country’s soaring rate of unemployment will cross the French border to take part in the grape-picking season, a Spanish union stated.

the public that the very high temperatures in the south-west of the country today, especially in Extremadura, where temperatures of up to 40 degrees are expected, will intensify the situation.

Over 10,000 Coach Passengers Stranded As Drivers Strike

Only 30% of coach services were operated on Monday 9th August (the statutory minimum level of service).

Jobless Spaniards Turn To Grape Picking In France

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A racket thought to be behind hundreds of ‘green card’ weddings in Madrid, Valencia and throughout Catalunya has been broken up. The number of Spaniards heading for France’s vineyards is up 3.7 percent compared to 2009 -- an increase which the union says has been spurred by Spain’s unemployment, which has reached an EU record high of 20.09 percent. “In an economic and employment situation such as ours, workers from other industries are beginning to come back to this refuge industry,” Ana Maria Corral from the Spanish Union of Workers said in a press conference. Before 2006 an average of 11,000

Spaniards travelled to various parts of France every year to pick grapes for winemaking. Since the economic slowdown, Spaniards have been attracted by the higher hourly wage for grape-picking in France, which offers 8.86 euros (just over 11 dollars), compared to Spain’s 6.10 euros, according to unions. The grape-pickers will start making their way to France at the end of August and start of September, staying between 20 to 25 days.

British tourist sleep walks off balcony Aled Thomas Davies, 28, suffered severe head and facial injuries and a broken leg after plunging 35 feet from a third floor window to the tarmac below in the seaside resort of Port d’Alcudia on the north of the island. It is thought he got out of bed, wandered around the room then climbed over the balcony while he was still asleep. His girlfriend raised the alarm at the Lago Garden Hotel Apartments at 8.30 am Wednesday morning. She told police investigating the incident that he regularly sleepwalks. Mr Davies was treated at the local hospital in Inca before being transferred to the Son Dureta hospital in the island’s capital Palma. Doctors described his condition as “very serious but stable” and said he will undergo surgery. It is feared that he could lose his sight in one eye. A spokesman for the British Embassy in Madrid said: “We are aware of the hospitalisation of a British national in Majorca. Our consular staff on the island are providing assistance.” The Civil Guard confirmed that they have opened an investigation: “We are looking into the possibility that he fell accidently from the balcony during a sleep walking episode,” said a spokesman at the police station in Alcudia.

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National Police arrested 123 people, including a lawyer of Colombian origin from Terrassa (Barcelona) and a civil servant from the registry office in Rubí (Barcelona). The gang are said to have charged 3,000 euros to non-EU citizens to arrange a wedding with a Spanish national, in order to obtain residence in the country. Investigations began a year ago when an unusually high number of weddings between Spaniards and foreign nationals was detected in the area. Police have not ruled out further arrests.

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