Catholic TV channel “MariaVision” goes bust

MariaVision was an almost national TV channel dedicated to Catholic affairs. It had no publicity and relied solely on donations from viewers. Unsurprisingly, it’s just gone bust. Surprisingly, it’s last since 2010. Even more surprisingly, it’s big in South America, from whence it came. MariaVision was, for a while, in a commercial tie up with COPE, the Church backed national radio broadcaster, with which it launched Popular+Vision, but they had a bustup and went their Continue reading Catholic TV channel “MariaVision” goes bust

Gas bombonas price to soar if government stops subsidising

The price of a bombona looks set to almost double if a government plan to stop underwriting the cost of them goes ahead. Gas Natural Fenosa, the largest bombona company in Spain, has confirmed that it expect the government to “shortly” stop subsidising the cost of bottled gas, and to stop fixing the price – meaning it will soar!

Spain completes review of Armed Forces for 21st century

Spain has completed its review of the Armed Forces, reducing the total number to 121,000 personnel. A new Central Operations Force of 67,000 soldiers, sailors and air has been created, out of which a Joint Force of 27,000 military will be on operational status at any time, with a joint HQ based in Madrid. The Joint Force includes oversea missions, coastguard, UME (the military emergency response force to assist civilian forces), the Intelligence Agency and Continue reading Spain completes review of Armed Forces for 21st century

Cajamar Bank formed today

Cajamar, our homegrown rural caja done good, has today signed into being a brand new Bank which will act on a national level. Cajamar is the main backer of the new bank, but has been joined by 32 other rural saving banks from across Spain. The Banco de Crédito Social Cooperativo will start operating as from the 1st of Feb, and will as from the 1st of May start running as the head and front Continue reading Cajamar Bank formed today

35.098 homes were seized by the banks in first 6 months of 2013

According to the Bank of Spain, a total of 35.098 homes were foreclosed on by the banks in the first 6 months of 2013. 28.170 of these were “primary residencies”, which usually are foreclosed on after the family stops paying the mortgage. It’s a shocking picture of the reality of la crisis in Spain – 35.098 families out on the street, or kipping with family. 19.567 were foreclosed forcibly by court order, 12.719 were “returned” to Continue reading 35.098 homes were seized by the banks in first 6 months of 2013

Chaos at the tax office as online IVA declaration collapses under pressure

The Tax Office (Hacienda) has changed the system so you can only declare your IVA online through their webpage. No more filling in of forms and posting them off… Well, the theory is good, but the implementation has been chaotic, with users not understand the system, the system not being up to the job (complicated, slow and keeps crashing) and the only helpline a premium line 901 with not enough operators and queue times of Continue reading Chaos at the tax office as online IVA declaration collapses under pressure

Euroweekly versus Lenox Napier trial – the parties speak out!

I wasn’t expected to mention the EuroweeklyNews versus Lenox Napier libel case for a couple of weeks (until the Judge responds), but both have spoken out about the case to me, and EWN asked me to write up a report. (Read the reasons here: Euroweeklynews versus Lenox Napier court case. ) I spoke to Michel E from the EuroWeeklyNews last night, who asked me to say to all of Lenox’s supporters that she deeply, deeply Continue reading Euroweekly versus Lenox Napier trial – the parties speak out!

Mayor pay capped at 100,000 euros a year

No Mayor can earn over €100,000 a year after a change to the law was approved. So Mayors of towns over 500.000 people get up to €100,000; 300.001 y 500.000 pop up to €90,000; 150.001 y 300.000 pop earn up to €80.000; 75.001 y 150.000 pop will get up to €75,000; 50.001 y 75.000 get €65.000; 20.001 y 50.000 get €50.000; 10.001 y 20.000 get €50,000; 5.001 y 10.000 get €45,000 and between 1.000 y Continue reading Mayor pay capped at 100,000 euros a year