SALOU NEWS AND EVENTS
Salou and it's surrounding towns Contain a vibrant atmosphere at special times of the year.Our news page will be frequently updated with all of the local news. The information you'll find on this page will be details of all forthcomeing Salou activities, fiestas(parties), charity events, carnivals, parades, fun runs and market days. Even information on which live bands are playing at what salou bar.If you are organising an event and would like it to be mentioned on this page then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Price increases 2010..........
A NEW year traditionally marks a rise in prices of virtually all goods, commodities and services in Spain. This year, although some councils have announced they will freeze IBI rates, 2010 willsee higher prices in almost everything else throughout
the country. From Friday, January 1, gasbottles have now gone up to 11.05 euros – an increase of 3.36 per cent on their 2009
price of 10.69 euros. Train fares have also increased by four per cent for long-distance trips, and shorter journeys such as from Gandia to Valencia – have gone up by five per cent. Post offi ce prices have also risen this week, with a 6.25 per cent increase on stamps for national and European deliveries on ordinary letters, cards and packages of up to 20 grams. This means to send a letter to the UK will now cost 64 cents instead of last year’s 62 cents.
Registered letters will now cost 2.88 euros to send to European destinations. Electricity – which already rocketed in price in 2009 after the bi-monthly estimated reading system came into play – is set to go up again this year.
From Friday, electricity has risen in price by 2.64 per cent. In practice, this will mean the average household pays just 89 cents extra per month, with pensioners on the minimum state pension, large families or households with all members currently on the dole being exempt from this increase.
IVA has also gone up to 18 per cent from its previous 16 per cent, making it higher than the UK’s fi gure of 17.5 per cent. Reduced-rate IVA, which sat at seven per cent last year, has now gone up to eight per cent. But income tax and telephone
landline connection fees through Telef—nica remain the same, and toll fees on motorways have decreased slightly in most cases by between 0.05 and 0.48 per cent. Electricity, postage stamps and train fares go up in price
Smoking ban could lead to job losses in bars and restaurants!!!!
BAR and restaurant owners all over Spain are up in arms over plans to ban smoking in all public areas by the end of 2010.
They complain that they have invested thousands in creating smoking areas to comply with the new law that took effect on
January 1, 2006, and that they have now ‘thrown this money down the drain’. Many owners of cafŽs and eateries say customers will no longer go out for a drink and a snack if it means they have to stand on the pavement and smoke, which will result in a loss of
profits for the premises. “This is hardly the time to do it,” commented a spokesman for the Hostelry Federation in Valencia.
“We’re in a recession, and a law that could make us lose customers does not exactly help.” Warning that loss of business will also mean more bar and restaurant staff on the dole, members of the catering sector say they have not ruled out putting pressure on the government in the form of petitions and protest marches if necessary. They also slam the fact that the hostelry sector appears to be the most-targeted in the government’s campaign to cut numbers of smokers in Spain. But they also say they are perplexed by the dichotomy of the government now permitting newsagents to sell cigarettes, which they were banned from doing at the beginning of 2006. “If they want to reduce tobacco consumption, the best way to do it is to make it difficult to buy,” say catering industry bosses.
5,000 students, partying, pulling, playing, prancing, parading, drinking, dancing and devastating each other all in the name of tour. The biggest student sports festival there is. The biggie. The Mac-Daddy. The big one. You get it.
Roll out of your hotel court session and into the warm night air. Flanked by your best friends. The excitement and expectation of the best night of your life bobbing around in your head, chased by flashes of Redbull & Jaeger and the fading memories of an amazing day of sport in the Spanish sunshine and a bizarre sexual encounter in a lift with two girls dressed as Umpa-Lumpas the night before.
A pub. A club. Another club. A guy dressed as a Power Ranger drinking from a shoe. Another club. A security guard chasing you, as you run naked from the hotel pool. A 4am sing-off, that turns into a boat-race, that turns into a sleepover. That sounds like Saloufest to me.
Too many people have told us Salou is better than anything else out there. Therefore, we believe them and so should you! This year is our 10th birthday and we want you to come, in your thousands, to join us for an EPIC Saloufest to end all Saloufests! If you've never been, this is the year to try it. If you have been before- this will be even better than last time. Promise.
Tour Dates: (Week1) 27th March - 2nd April 2010 (Week2) 5th - 11th April 2010
Spanish photographer Jose Luis Rodriguez stripped of 2009 wildlife prize
A Spanish photographer has been stripped of a major wildlife prize after the British organisers said it was likely that the apparently wild wolf featured in his entry picture was tame.
Jose Luis Rodriguez won the highly prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in October with a stunning picture of a wolf leaping over a gate entitled The Storybook Wolf.
However, doubts were raised about the wolf's provenance and following an investigation, the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Worldwide, who jointly run the prize, said the entry had been disqualified.
"It saddens us to confirm that after a careful and thorough investigation into the image The Storybook Wolf, the co-owners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition... have disqualified the winning entry of the photographer Jose Luis Rodriguez," they said in a statement.
"The judging panel was reconvened and concluded that it was likely that the wolf featured in the image was an animal model that can be hired for photographic purposes." Rodriguez "strongly denies" that the wolf in the image is tame, it said. The competition rules clearly state that photographs of tame animals may not be entered and any transgression "is taken very seriously", it added.
The 10,000-pound prize was never awarded to the photographer although he did receive 500 pounds for winning his category, which organisers said they had agreed he could keep in lieu of royalty payments.
As a result of his disqualification, there will be no 2009 winner.
Ban on Bullfighting to be Debated in Parliamant
Current legislation in Catalonia bans cruelty to animals with the notable exception of bullfighting. On Friday 18th December this matter will be debated in Parliament after 180,000 signatures were collected across Catalonia to demand the end to this practice.
The 11 members of the promoting commission of this Popular Initiative will be present in the Parliament; one speaking from the podium in favour of the change in the Law in a 15 minute speech. This will be followed by 15 minute speeches from Members of Parliament from the three parties (the Popular Party, the Citizens’ Party and Socialist Party of Catalonia) who wish to scrap the whole initiative.
Finally, representatives of the CiU, ERC and ICV parties (Convergencia i Uni—, Esquerra Republicana de
Catalunya and Iniciativa Verds) will explain their reasons for not requesting any amendments.