Extremadura launches gay tourism campaign

“Homosexuals are more important to our tourism sector than all the Chinese tourists put together”, said President Monago at the launch of the campaign today. He was at a gay pride festival called “Los Palomos”, held today in Badajoz, which is expected to bring 20,000 tourists to the city this week. Badajoz was famous for having an ancient and extremely irritable Mayor, who was always against the Los Palomos parade.

Ex-politician gets first place in civil servant exam… that she set?

María Jesús Mejuto was the PSOE Minister for Health in the regional government of Extremadura, and also Chief of the Exam Board for medical exams until late 2011, when she was voted out. Part of her duties were approving the exams which candidates for top jobs need to pass. These exam questions are still being used. Another part of her job was appointing people to the (well paid and not very onerous) exam review board. Continue reading Ex-politician gets first place in civil servant exam… that she set?

AVE contracts suspended after corruption suspected

100 million euros worth of contracts to build parts of the Extremadura high speed train AVE network have been suspended after the Ministry of Development found “irregularities” in the awarding of the contracts. Above, the Minister for Development, Ana Pastora, in front of part of the contracted line which is now suspended. Translations: They found kickbacks to someone who is no longer in political favour? It seems that the companies who won the contract were Continue reading AVE contracts suspended after corruption suspected

Ortega Cano asks for official pardon and blows 2,3 million on a new farm

Not expecting to go to jail, then? Ortega Cano is a famous bullfighter who drunkenly hit and run a man in 2011, killing him. After a long fight by the family of the deceased, which saw Seville Authorities doing all they could to not prosecute Ortega (police tampering with the evidence, judges dismissing evidence, witnesses being intimidated, etc etc etc) eventually, thanks to media pressure and overwhelming cockiness by Ortega’s family, he was sent down Continue reading Ortega Cano asks for official pardon and blows 2,3 million on a new farm