Garrucha celebrates the people of its past

There’s an interesting exhibition currently going on at the Garrucha cultural centre, in which local journalist Manuel León is exhibiting 400 portraits of random citizens of Garrucha from over the last 150 years. It’s part of the celebrations of Garrucha’s 150 years as an independent town, and the idea is to reconnect Garrucheros with familiar faces from the past, the “true history” of the village, as Manuel puts it. Simple faces of simple people, they Continue reading Garrucha celebrates the people of its past

Spain to approve urgent economy measures Dec. 30 – BusinessWeek

Deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday Spain’s new government will approve a set of urgent measures next week as it begins working on extracting the country from its severe economic crisis. Speaking after the first Cabinet meeting, Saenz de Santamaria gave few details of the measures to be approved Dec. 30 but said they would include a freeze on filling new civil service vacancies except in key areas such as the security Continue reading Spain to approve urgent economy measures Dec. 30 – BusinessWeek

Madonna song leak: Man arrested in Spain

SPANISH police have arrested and charged a man on suspicion of illegally leaking an early version of a new Madonna song online. A demo version of the track Give Me All Your Love surfaced on the internet last month, prompting the pop superstar to appeal to fans to help track down the person responsible for the unauthorised release. The hunt for the culprit led Madonna’s legal representatives to Europe, and this week police arrested the Continue reading Madonna song leak: Man arrested in Spain

Spain Will Raise Pensions in Line With Inflation Forecast – Businessweek

Spain’s new government will increase pensions next year in line with forecast inflation, meeting an election pledge, even as it plans to cut the budget deficit in half over two years. The Cabinet will pass emergency budget measures at its next meeting on Dec. 30. It will also approve an “update of all pensions in line with the forecast for the consumer price index,” Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told reporters today after Continue reading Spain Will Raise Pensions in Line With Inflation Forecast – Businessweek

Spain’s new deputy prime minister ‘most powerful woman since democracy’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/8975694/Spains-new-deputy-prime-minister-most-powerful-woman-since-democracy.html Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, Spain’s new deputy prime minister, has been labelled the “most powerful woman since democracy” after she was given a raft of new briefs, including control of the intelligence service. Miss Saenz de Santamaria, 40, agreed she had wide-ranging powers in the new government but said she saw them more as duties. “I accept I have many duties. I am one of those who thinks you have to speak of duty Continue reading Spain’s new deputy prime minister ‘most powerful woman since democracy’

Christmas Lottery 2011 drawn today! Check your El Gordo ticket number here!

It’s Spains biggest ever Christmas lottery, with a top prize of 400,000€ for each individual ticket of the winning number, and it’s being drawn today. It’s being called the gordo to end all Gordo’s, with a larger prize pot than ever before. Listen out for the piping calls of the kids from the San Ildelfonso orphanage as they earn their yearly crumb by singing out the winning numbers and the corresponding prizes all morning long, Continue reading Christmas Lottery 2011 drawn today! Check your El Gordo ticket number here!

Spain benchmark power price down 8 pct at auction

Spanish wholesale power prices used as a benchmark for retail prices in the coming quarter fell by 8.6 percent at a quarterly auction, organisers said on Wednesday. Spain’s power market is deregulated except for small consumers, who may choose between free-market or regulated “last resort” rates based on the so-called “Cesur” auction. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL6E7NL1ZF20111221?irpc=932 Posted from WordPress for Android – mobile blogging!

Waxwork of King of Spain’s son-in-law moved away from royal display after he was placed under investigation for corruption probe | Mail Online

Spain’s royal family has lost one of its members, at least in Madrid’s Wax Museum. The tourist attraction has moved the figure of the Duke of Palma, who is married to King Juan Carlos’s youngest daughter, out of the royal family display. It is because his non-profit organisation is currently under investigation for alleged misuse of public money. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2077131/Waxwork-King-Spains-son-law-moved-away-royal-display-placed-investigation-corruption-probe.html Posted from WordPress for Android – mobile blogging!

AFP: Spain’s austerity leader Rajoy takes power

Spain swore in new conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday, putting him at the helm to steer the country out of an economic crisis through tough spending cuts. The bearded Galician, 56, took the oath of office a month after voters confronted by a worsening economy ousted the governing Socialists in an early election. With more than five million people unemployed and warnings of a fresh recession looming, Rajoy has vowed to create jobs, Continue reading AFP: Spain’s austerity leader Rajoy takes power