BBC News – Spain commission seeks removal of Gen Franco’s remains

A commission set up by the Spanish government has recommended that the remains of General Francisco Franco should be exhumed. The dictator’s tomb is inside a Catholic basilica, at a politically divisive civil war memorial. The site, near Madrid, has been a rallying point for the far right. The commission said the remains of Gen Franco – who ruled between 1936 and his death in 1975 – should be handed over to his family for Continue reading BBC News – Spain commission seeks removal of Gen Franco’s remains

Dutch transfer killer whale Morgan to Spain

A plane carrying a young killer whale has departed the Netherlands Tuesday afternoon heading for a Spanish amusement park after conservationists lost a legal battle to have her released into the open sea. Around dawn Tuesday, the 1,400-kilogram (3,085-pound) female orca named Morgan was lifted from her tank by a crane, resting in a hammock that restrained her movement and protected her fins. Trainers kept her wet during the transfer into a blue-painted box on Continue reading Dutch transfer killer whale Morgan to Spain

Almanzora motorway works stop again due to lack of cash

The Junta has admitted that due to a failure to pay the last installment of 1,5 million euros to the construction company, work on the Almanzora motorway has stopped. Aldea-BSK, the construction consortium, has refused to comment, but workers failed to turn up from late last week. It seems that the blockage is over the payment for the concrete beams they use as part of the foundations. They are made in Antequera, and the company Continue reading Almanzora motorway works stop again due to lack of cash

Spain no longer wonderland: in 2011 more people are leaving than arriving — MercoPress

450.000 persons (351.588 in the first nine months of the year) are expected to arrive in Spain compared to 589.850 that are leaving tempted by opportunities they can’t find in the country, which would generate a deficit of 130.850. “Looking at the numbers we can only think in the current economic situation” said INE Deputy head Sixto Muriel who anticipates that negative migration will continue until at least 2020, the last year that was considered. Continue reading Spain no longer wonderland: in 2011 more people are leaving than arriving — MercoPress

Spain jobless rate may rise to 23 per cent: OECD – Business Today – Business News

Spain’s unemployment rate could climb to 23 per cent next year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Monday in its latest global Economic Outlook. The Paris-based body of 34 mainly developed nations predicts that the Spanish economy will end this year with 0.7 per cent growth before slipping back into recession in 2012 with a 0.3 per cent reduction in gross domestic product (GDP). http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/spain-jobless-rate-recession-global-economic-meltdown-euro/1/20500.html Posted from WordPress for Android – mobile blogging!

The 2011 Loteria Nacional ad

Here’s the wonderful 2011 advert from the Loteria Nacional urging us to go out and buy a decimo for Christmas. A wonderful blend of Darwinian Christmas scenes mixed in with a bit of Harry Potter magic, it’s got bugger all to do with Spanish nativity traditions, but it’s still the best ad I’ve seen all year. The kids, of course, are supposed to be the ones from San Ildelfonso, Spain’s oldest orphanage, the kids who Continue reading The 2011 Loteria Nacional ad

Ex-Minister Blanco “should be investigated” says national prosecutor

The fiscalia general del estado, the Public Prosecutor, says that there is “sufficient evidence” for the Supreme Court to open an official investigation into the nefarious doings of the soon to be ex-Minister of Development, government spokesman and number 2 of the PSOE party, José Blanco, and has submitted an official request for the S.C. to appoint a Judge to lead an investigation. You will remember that a chap who ended up in court on Continue reading Ex-Minister Blanco “should be investigated” says national prosecutor

Caixa penedes directors fired for fraud

A Spanish savings bank has fired two directors and is investigating two former executives for allegedly syphoning off 20 million euros ($26.5 million) into secret pension funds, the bank said Saturday. The board of directors of Caixa Penedes bank had “required the departure” of its president, Ricard Pages, and director general Manuel Troyano. It said both men had agreed to leave, the bank said in a statement. http://www.thestreet.mobi/story/11323616/1/spanish-savings-bank-directors-suspected-of-fraud.html?cm_ven=GOOGLEN Posted from WordPress for Android – mobile Continue reading Caixa penedes directors fired for fraud

Now UK faces a £5bn bill to bail out Spain… as ministers plan for euro collapse | Mail Online

Britain was last night planning for the collapse of the eurozone as Spain weighed up a bailout that could cost UK taxpayers £5billion. The Government is preparing for the biggest mass default in history and the break-up of the single currency bloc. Analysts warned that euro meltdown would wreak havoc in the banking system and plunge the global economy back into recession. Whitehall sources said contingency plans are being drawn up – and indicated that Continue reading Now UK faces a £5bn bill to bail out Spain… as ministers plan for euro collapse | Mail Online