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2 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org • Tel 902733622 September 2010 LEADING SURGEON REVEALS HOW The Euro Stress Tests … the real results VANESSA FELTZ’S Back in July, 91 of Europe’s largest banks the Bank to resume a hike in ofﬁcial rates DECISION TO HAVE GASTRIC BAND SURGERY OVERSEAS were required to disclose how much govern- ment liability from European countries they later this year. Also this morning, Australia’s Labour Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, ﬁnally WAS ‘GREETED WITH DISMAY’ BY OBESITY SPECIALISTS held on their balance sheets. Regulators said the data showed banks’ total holdings secured the support of two key Independent MPs which enable her to form a working Gov- of that debt as of March 31st. At the time, ernment with a majority of 2 over the opposi-In an interview with in Britain. anything go wrong,” and doctors who just worries about the Banks’ government-debt tion party.Jenni Murray and “The only potential he adds. don’t have the spe- holdings were fanning fears about the health All positive news for the currency going for-Vanessa Feltz broad- advantage of health cialist knowledge of Europe’s banking system as a whole. Re- ward. Also this morning, the Reserve Bankcast on BBC Radio tourism is that, on the and training to deal lease of the bank data was considered the “10 to 15% of gastric of Australia announced unchanged rates4’s Woman’s Hour, face of it, surgery in with them. main beneﬁt of the stress tests, which were band patients will for the Aussie Dollar, but signalled that it isa senior bariatric Europe would appear widely criticized as being lenient overall, but eventually run into maintaining its tightening bias. Sterling has(weight loss) surgeon to be a bit cheaper. taken as showing that the exposures were problems that will “By the time you picked up this morning following its ‘acrossdescribed how Feltz’s However, once the not as widespread and extreme as had been require further cor- factor in aftercare the board’ dip yesterday. Rumour had it thatdecision to have her cost of proper after- feared. According to an article in today’s Wall rective surgery. You payments, for less the currency’s fall was on the back of a UKgastric band surgery care is added in, the Street Journal, “An examination of the banks’ need a team that is than £1000 patients Clearer buying Euro/Sterling as part of theoverseas was greet- difference between disclosures indicates that some banks didn’t willing to be there for could get weight loss Government’s requirement to fund the Eu-ed with utter dismay Europe and the UK provide as comprehensive a picture of you 24/7 in the event surgery carried out ropean Agricultural Budget. This caused theby obesity special- often amounts to their government-debt holdings as regula- of an emergency, not at some of the best rate to rise up through the 100 day movingists. just a few hundred tors claimed. Some banks excluded certain just ﬂying in and out centres in the UK by average thus cementing the move in thinMr David Kerrigan, pounds. of the country every highly experienced bonds, and many reduced the sums to ac- market trading. Today however, the currencywho advised the gov- “What really worries couple of weeks,” he surgeons offering count for “short” positions they held—facts bounced back assisted by the fall in the Euroernment on the NICE me is that people said. years of free unlim- that neither regulators nor most banks dis- but more on strong retail sales data from theobesity guidelines who opt for cut price ited follow-up close closed when the test results were published British Retail Consortium which showed aused today, said ‘a “Sometimes com- in late July”. surgery overseas are plications, such as to home at a medi- rise in sales volumes compared to the samecollective groan’ often unaware of just cal clinic staffed 24 Asian markets, starved of news or data input month last year. Talk of the demise of the UKwent up among the band slippage or how important medi- erosion, can set in hours a day.” following the US/Canadian Bank Holiday, Consumer seems greatly exaggerated.UK’s leading bariatric cally supervised af- seized upon this article and dumped the months - or even Other celebrities Today there is a raft of economic data global-clinics after Vanessa tercare is” he says. Euro - especially versus the Yen - on fears years - after the op- who have travelled ly but little of market importance other thanFeltz revealed that “They rarely receive that Eurozone Governments and Financial In- eration is performed. abroad for gastric German factory orders. Expectations are forshe had travelled to the post-op support stitutions would accordingly ﬁnd it difﬁcult to If picked up and band surgery include another strong number - not as strong as lastBelgium to have her that is so critical for raise new and renew maturing funding with dealt with promptly, Anne Diamond, who month but still indicating year-on-year growthband ﬁtted. a safe and effective doubts returning over the health of the re- most of these prob- had a gastric band exceeding 20%. A good question is whetherAnd he urged pa- outcome. lems can be safely ﬁtted in Belgium. gion’s ﬁnance. The Yen was the favoured re- a strong German economy in isolation withintients thinking of fol- “This is particularly treated by a bariat- cipient on the lack of mention of the strength Europe, propagating a strong Euro, is actu-lowing her example She described her of the currency in the statement from the vital with gastric ric surgeon without surgery as an ‘un- ally beneﬁcial for the region…..to proceed with ex- bands, which are not the risk of losing the Bank of Japan which followed their deci- edifying failure’ be- sion to leave Japanese rates and QE levels report by Philip Ryantreme caution. a ‘magic cure’, but band. Do you really cause no arrange- on hold. The Central Bank now seems more The contents of this report are for information purposes“Here in the UK, simply a tool to aid want to be hundreds ments had been put only. It is not intended as a recommendation to trade or aleading bariatric clin- weight loss. Patients of miles and several conﬁdent of strong domestic growth, and the solicitation for funds. Currencies Direct cannot be held re- in place to provide expectation is that lower unemployment and sponsible for any loss or damages arising from any actionics see a constant need to be shown hours away from your proper supervisionstream of patients how to use them surgeon if anything increasing inﬂationary pressures will prompt taken following consideration of this information. and band adjust-who have had com- properly - and that goes wrong? ments. To make mat-plications following training needs con- “It’s a question of ters worse, the bandgastric band surgery stant support and being able to pick up had also been put inabroad,” he said. “In reinforcement if theymost cases, thesecould have beenavoided if only they are to get a good, safe result.” the phone and talk to someone knowl- edgeable who can the wrong place and she later had to un- dergo a second gas- don’t get squeezed by thehad received thecritical aftercareneeded to ensure As David Kerrigan points out, buying a gastric band without put your mind at rest when you’re not sure that things are going tric band operation at a private clinic in England. banks on exchange proper follow-up is ‘a as they should, or get David Kerrigan isthey received not just bit like buying a new you sorted out quick-a good result, but a founder and medical Ferrari without an en- ly without you having director of Gravitas,safe one. gine in it’. “It’s likely to travel for hours to a pioneering, world“Five or six years ago to be an extremely see them if some- class network ofthere was a shortage expensive and disap- thing goes wrong. committed doctorsof well-trained gas- pointing experience,” “What makes mat- and surgeons whotric band surgeons he says. ters worse is that have helped trainin the UK so many “Patients who live in many of those who many of the UK’spatients opted to go the UK need to be do run into trouble bariatric (weight loss)overseas for treat- followed up in the after overseas band surgeons (www.gravi-ment. 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September 2010 www.thetraderonline.es • Tel 902733622 3 Mobile phone companies offer ‘poor service’ and ‘wrong information’MOBILE phone operators persistently about internet coverage abroad via mo- Yoigo, Vodafone, Euskaltel, Happy Móvil, Orange and Movistar all gave conﬂictinggive incorrect information to customers bile phone from every single company and confusing information, and some did not know the answers.and offer a poor service, says a leading except for R-Móvil, and all companiesconsumer association. besides Yoigo gave the wrong, confusingAccording to the OCU, some 12 per cent or simply no information about tariffs forof complaints it receives from the gener- internet use abroad.al public relate to telephone companies, OCU also rang major operators, pretend-and 62 per cent of these concern mobile ing to be a client who had lost his or herphone ﬁrms. PIN number.For research purposes, staff at the OCU Very few asked for any further informa-called most of the main operators to ask tion besides the customer’s name andsimple questions. NIE or DNI number to check that they ac-One of these related to the cost of 902 tually had the phone’s legal owner on thenumbers and calls abroad from mobile telephone.phones. The consumer group says calls are notYoigo, Vodafone, Euskaltel, Happy Móvil, answered from start to ﬁnish by the same They are frequently passed to another as Orange, Carrefour, Simyo and Movis-Orange and Movistar all gave conﬂicting operator. department if they have more than one tar – the OCU workers were unable to getand confusing information, and some did Customers who call have to go through a question. through as they were cut off after reach-not know the answers. long list of options, which leads to a sec- In the case of some companies – such ing the end of the list of options.They also had incorrect information ond and then a third list.Apple opens stores RYANAIR has become Spain’s top airline Woman caughtin Barcelona and after its passenger numbers increased after holding upMadrid by 32 per cent this year. a bank with aAPPLE has opened its ﬁrst-ever store in Barce- With 12.34 million customers, the Irish O’Leary predicts that the company will market will continue to expand. pean average. He also criticised kitchen knife.lona, in the La Maquinista shopping centre. cheap ﬂight company have transported 22 O’Leary has also air-trafﬁc control-It has a team of around 70 members of staff has surpassed state million passengers in hinted at a return lers, calling them The accused, 35, burst into the unnamedand sells over 100 iPads, iPhones, Macs and airline Iberia by more and out of Spain by to Valencia airport, ‘inefﬁcient’, and was bank in Valencia carrying a rubbish bag and aiPods, which customers can practice on be- than half a million the end of this year. which is now only quoted as saying: knife designed for slicing Serrano ham.fore they buy. passengers. Now that the airline running a reduced “They sit on their fat Brandishing the knife at the staff, she is re-Customers can also take part in practical With average one- has opened up a schedule in contrast butts doing nothing ported to have shouted: “This is a hold-up!”workshops and one-to-one tuition, and also way ticket prices of base in Málaga and to its previous twice- when they should be But she left the premises empty-handed whenvisit the so-called Genius Bar to gain free 35 euros, travellers Barcelona – a city daily ﬂights to Lon- working. employees refused to give her any money.technical assistance and assessment. will have saved a to- that sees 400 ﬂights don Stansted, Rome “And they get enor- The day before, she is said to have pulledThroughout the year, Apple will offer free tal of 2,500 million a week land and take Ciampino and other mous and unjustiﬁ- the same stunt in the city’s Abastos district,courses for youngsters to learn how to create euros by the end of off from its main air- European airports. able sums of money where a shopkeeper handed over the 85 eu-their own ﬁlms and music. 2010 through using port, El Prat – and The airline boss to provide a service ros in the till, fearing for his safety.Some 150 million people have already vis- budget airlines rath- with Sevilla also on claims the cost of us- that others could give She was arrested this week on the C/ San José de Calasanz in Valencia.ited Apple shops this year in 11 countries: er than traditional the cards, the com- ing Spanish airports at half the price.” carriers. pany is conﬁdent is some 68 per cent The accused is said to have an existing crimi-the UK, the USA, Italy, Spain, Australia, nal record.Canada, Japan, China, Switzerland, Ger- Ryanair boss Michael that the Spanish higher than the Euro-many and France.Another Apple shop is due to open in Ma-drid this Saturday. 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In today’s current market place many people cia, 21 in Alicante and 16 in Castellón will involve additional tuition on reading and It is also aimed at cutting the numbers oflooking to sell a Spanish property will have take part in an experimental programme writing, whilst primary schools will con- pupils who leave school at 16 and do nothad to reduce the price of their property to that involves an extra hour’s class for in- centrate mainly on core subjects, music continue their formal education.be able to negotiate a sale. With all the as- fant and primary schools and two hours and reading. Evening and Saturday classes and East-sociated costs and taxes that need to be for high schools and sixth forms. These extra hours could also be used to er and summer schools in addition topaid out, maximising the amount of pounds The extra time will be used to give reme- give training on leading a healthier life- mainstream compulsory education aresterling that you ﬁnally receive for your euros dial and reinforcement classes, mainly in style, and on sporting activities. extremely common in Spain, with theis vital. Clients need to be aware of two im- core subjects, foreign languages, profes- The aim is to provide extra education for majority of parents investing hundreds ofportant factors that can cost you dearly when sional and vocational training, and sub- children free of charge – a service that euros every month to send their childrenconverting your euros into pounds and mov- jects for Bachillerato (Spain’s answer to many parents struggle to pay for in pri- to after-school classes.ing those funds out of Spain.Spanish bank chargesOnce your sale has been completed you will Day of the bike September 19th Mortgages set to risereceive a cheque from the Notary. ManySpanish banks will charge a fee based on VALENCIA’S Bicy- cle Day in aid of Real bridge on the Paseo de la Alame- Inglés in either Va- lencia or Castellón have been largely wiped out or can as Euribor is on the upthe value of this cheque to accept and clear UNICEF is expected da – alongside the – participants will easily be treated.the funds. They will then look to charge a fur- AFTER 21 months of monthly mortgage repay-ther percentage fee to send your funds out to be a huge suc- river Turia gardens have the chance to For third world chil- ments consistently falling, they are beginningof Spain. To put this into perspective, on an cess and a great – the bike rally is buy a UNICEF ted- dren, even com- to climb once again as the Euribor is startingamount of 150,000€, you could incur costs chance for people expected to attract dy bear. The cost mon childhood to rise. For this month, a variable-rate mort-of up to 1,200€ just to clear your cheque and to leave their cars around 10,000 of the teddy bear illnesses such as gage of 150,000 euros over a 25-year periodtransfer funds out of Spain. As most clients at home, enjoy the people, just as it will be enough to mumps, chicken with an average rate of 0.8 per cent above theclose their accounts when they leave Spain, fresh air and get has in previous provide life-saving pox and whoop- Euribor will now be 651 euros a month ratherthere is little room for negotiation. some exercise. years. vaccinations for ing cough can be than 645 euros. And the Eurozone’s interestExchange rate risk on repatriation Taking place on The 10-kilometre 22 children in the a death sentence rate is expected to continue to rise, with the Sunday, Septem- ride will be an ex- third world. due to the lack of price of money remaining at one per cent forThe agreed sale price of a property is often ber 19, to mark the cellent chance to In fact, all pro- proper medical fa- the foreseeable future. Economists do not ex-based on the amount of pounds sterling that pect to see a recurrence of the historic lowsthe seller hopes to receive, according to the following Tuesday’s see the whole of ceeds from the cilities available, in interest rates between summer 2009 andexchange rate at that time. However, a No- World Car-Free the city, including event will go to poor nutrition and spring 2010, a sign that the market is begin-tary / completion date can take place some Day, people from taking a spin round this cause, allow- living conditions, ning to pick up.The Euribor hit rock-bottom inweeks or even months after the contract of Valencia and sur- the Formula One ing the children’s and scarcity of March this year, falling to 1.215 per cent, butsale has been signed. This means that sell- rounding areas are Grand Prix street welfare arm of the clean drinking wa- at the close of August it stood at 1.421 perers run the risk of the exchange rate movingagainst them and thus reducing the amount being encouraged circuit. United Nations to ter. Valencia’s Bi- cent. But the Central Bank of Europe (BCE) to get the whole Along with the nom- inoculate kids in cycle Day is now in is not expected to increase interest rates byof pounds sterling that they receive. 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September 2010 www.thetraderonline.es • Tel 902733622 5IVA hikes and lack of incentives has made new car sales drop to an historic low. August, saw sales ﬁgures fell to of job security and public fund- were up by 17 per cent for non- those of 21 years ago. ing cuts, the average consumer rental companies, with ﬁrms buy- A total decrease of 23.8 per cent has far greater ﬁnancial priorities ing more vehicles for use as com- on last year’s sales – with only than buying a new car – and the pany cars or for delivery use. 44,600 new car registrations drop in sales seen last month is Seat was the most popular brand – has caused conﬁdence to plum- expected to continue for the rest last month, with 3,677 new cars met in the motor industry. of the year. registered, followed by Citroën Whilst the year-on-year ﬁgure still State funding cuts mean the previ- and Ford. shows an increase of 21.9 per ously-available Plan 2000E, which For the year as a whole, Seat, cent, with nearly three-quarters of made the cost of buying a new car Volkswagen and Peugeot have a million new registrations, sales more affordable, the motor indus- been the most popular. in August have been the worst try has lost around 600,000 sales since the end of the 1980s. in two years. With high unemployment, lack This said, corporate car sales Air-trafﬁc controllers callFlat-rate mobile phoneplans are ‘dangerous’, Brazilian male prostitutes force-fed for their contracts to besays Vodafone boss cocaine and Viagra rescinded A GROUP of young Brazilian men duped into a week. AROUND 200 air-trafﬁc controllers haveVODAFONE has called ﬂat-rate unlimited-call travelling to Spain with promises of lucrative Their captors forced them to hand over half called for airport governing body, AENA, to re-plans ‘dangerous’ and ‘worrying’. work as models and dancers found them- their wages, in addition to 200 euros a week scind their contracts.During a mobile phone conference at selves forced into sex slavery, drugged and for their accommodation. They want to be compensated for the chang-Santander’s Menéndez y Pelayo University, locked up. They were also expected to pay back the costs es to their working conditions this February.Vodafone’s Spanish president – Francisco The boys were forced to consume Viagra and of bringing them over to Spain out of their Spokesman for the air-trafﬁc controllers inRomán – said the company was ‘worried’ other illegal stimulant drugs so they could wages – sums that exceeded 4,000 euros. question, César Cabo, says the sector hasabout offering unlimited call times. continue to provide sexual services 24 hours National Police freed around 80 young men, been complaining about these conditions forHe said it is ‘impossible’ to stimulate demand a day. who had been ﬂown into Spain via French and the last six months. 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