Media empire? Mediaset can’t even get the envelope size right

I am, for my sins, a shareholder in Mediaset España (newspapers, TV, etc). That’s right, the one that’s going under as it is struggling to compete in todays digital world. Anyhoooow. They sent me the annual shareholder voting form, promising me 0,00012€ a share if I turned up in person to the meeting, or else use the free postal envelope to vote. Hey, it’s the only chance I ever have to vote in Spain, so Continue reading Media empire? Mediaset can’t even get the envelope size right

Calar Alto observatory may be forced to close after budget cuts of 75%

La Voz de Almería reports that Calar Alto, the observatory high on the hills above the desert of Tabernas, is on the brink of closure after seeing its budget slashed by 70%. “The only rational choice at this budget level” reports the director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), Matilde Fernández, in an interview, “is to lay off staff and put our multi-million euro telescopes into storage”. The budget has been cut to just Continue reading Calar Alto observatory may be forced to close after budget cuts of 75%

Google flight search takes off in Spain

Google Flights has launched for Spain, showing a comprehensive network of flights into and out of Spain, and a price comparision tool. http://www.google.com/flights/ However, rather annoyingly, none of the major “low costs” such as Ryanair, Easyjet, LAN or Binter Canarias (who?!) allow their flights to appear on it. You can also see a map showing stop overs, etc. Quite fun for about 45 seconds. For some reason – prices are quoted in US$. So, actually, Continue reading Google flight search takes off in Spain

Bankia tells its Menorcan clients to come to Majorca

Bankia the bank is being forced to close a load of offices across Spain. Well, it’s bankrupt, nationalised, and burning billions of euros of taxpayers cash a year, so some of its overpaid and useless staff are being laid off. Anyway, clients of Bankia on the Baleric Island of Menorca are up in arms after Bankia announced all three of its offices on the small island will close next week. Instead, Bankia clients are cordially Continue reading Bankia tells its Menorcan clients to come to Majorca

The only IU councillor in Almeria’s council quits to move abroad

Vanesa Segura, the only Izquierda Unida councillor in the townhall of Almeria, has quit with immediate effect to go to live in the USA. “My visa arrived today, and so I give notice that I am leaving to go to live in the states” she explained to local press. “It’s the best thing for my family and I”. Locals appear annoyed that she’s dropped everything to go and live with her partner in the States. Continue reading The only IU councillor in Almeria’s council quits to move abroad

EU tells Spain to put IVA up again, and slash social spending

The EU “troika” has issued a report on Spains economy which says that progress in modernising the nations outdated social network is, whilst satisfactory, rather slow. It urges Spain to either up IVA again, or failing that, shift as many goods as it can into the high 21% band; slash social spending again, reign in the regions and increase the age of retirement once more. The EU calculates that Spain is currently running a 10 Continue reading EU tells Spain to put IVA up again, and slash social spending