The City Council allocates funding for "priority" investments of Logroño for 12 million this semester


La alcaldesa de Logroño, Cuca Gamarra

The mayor of Logroño, Cuca Gamarra EUROPA PRESS – Archive

This was stated Monday by the mayor of Logroño, Cuca Gamarra, who presented this morning the economic-financial forecast of the Government Team to address the prioritized investments for the first half of this financial year 2018.

Having secured this financing is possible, as the mayor has said, “thanks to the economic solvency of our City Council that has ended its accounts with surplus in the last six years and the progressive reduction of debt we have achieved since we are at the head of the Government Municipal”.

Gamarra has supported the “good economic and financial health” of the City of Logroño “in the good management we have done since 2011, a responsible and transparent management of an administration that provides the best services, taking into account the balanced balance of income and expenses and the economic situation in which we find ourselves “.


Those 27 million to finance investments come from the loan that will be subscribed for 7.5 million euros; around 6 million euros from the disposals of municipal properties; 0.8 million of general resources; and 3.2 million of the surplus of the previous year.

To this, he said, “we must add 9.3 million euros to pay the annuity of the burial, which will be financed by loan and part of the surplus of 2017.”

The 12 million now allocated are distributed as follows: 7.5 million loans (which will be tendered this week); 872,245 euros of disposals; 246,965 of general resources and 3.2 million of surpluses.


In the detail of the projects, those related to the burial and urban transformation that has led to continue being ahead in terms of amount and its priority for the city.

There are therefore several items in the economic-financial table released this morning by the mayor. Among them, one of 350,000 euros, for the beginning of the work of the Nudo de Vara de Rey, which has also been the subject of an important announcement.

Gamarra has referred to the approval by the Extraordinary Government Board, last Friday, of the agreement with the Logroño Integration of the Railway Company for the bidding of these works.

An execution that will begin in summer, following Alternative “C” chosen with high political consensus, and that have a global amount of 1,347,000 euros. “It is the project that will complete the first phase of the burial works, the main work of Logroño for decades that will change the urban appearance of an entire city,” he said.

In order to promote the administrative processing of this project, funding is already foreseen for 350,000 euros (with a subsidy of 100,000 euros from the Regional Government) with disposals of municipal assets.

Also phase II of the remodeling of Vélez de Guevara (96,845 euros) and the contract for the conservation of public roads (525,400 euros) have been included in this chapter.

Another of the projects linked to the burial, the new bus station, is the most important of those destined to be financed by the 7.5 million loan that the government team plans to subscribe immediately.

There will be 1,364,447 euros and 1,500,000 for its equipment, “which will be a fundamental boost for this infrastructure that, together with the train station, will be the axis of transport in our city.”

To aid rehabilitation – one of the most dynamic economic policies are printing, in addition to contributing to the improvement of our heritage – will be available 2,260,000 euros of credit.

Thus, 300,000 are destined to the Casa del Cuento (300,000 euros + 200,000 to be consigned on account of the disposals); 250,000 for the remodeling of One Hundred Stores; 200,000 to reinforcement of pavements; 200,000 for the redevelopment of streets in Villanueva (the mayor recalled at this point that they will be able to count on funds from the DUSI strategy recently granted).

To this we add 400,000 for development cooperation; € 141.853 for the remodeling of Albia de Castro; 322,763 to new technologies; 190,000 for a crematorium (counting with 90,000 more disposals); 140,000 euros for improvements in schools (to which 150,000 will be added by the regional government); 115,000 for the cover of Las Norias; and 16,500 (out of a total of 40,000) for the improvement of markets.

In general resources, there are two works whose financing will be supplemented by the State in charge of the 1.5% Cultural program: the integral reform of the Stone Bridge, for which there are 134,000 euros (plus another 200,000 subsidy) and for the extension of the Camino de Santiago, 112,000 euros (plus 168,000 grant).

Finally, “thanks to the good economic management of the City Council that generated a surplus last year”, new remodeling of streets will be able to be financed – Phase II of Múgica- (671,000 euros); the Valdegastea toy library (540,000 euros), a firefighters autoscale (1,000,000 euros), leaving funds for other actions that are established as priorities.

In this sense, the mayor recalled that the total surplus achieved in 2017 and consigned in the Budget Liquidation, was 8.4 million.

Of them, the 3.2 that will be destined to financially sustainable investments; and the rest, 5.2 million that -as Gamarra has pointed out- will reduce debt in two ways: on the one hand, to reduce the loan that must be requested for the annuity of the burial; or for the cancellation of ordinary loans.

The Provincial Court condemns to two years of prison the partner of a consultancy for swindling a businesswoman

The Provincial Court condemns to two years of prison the partner of a consultancy for swindling a businesswoman

The Provincial Court has sentenced one of the partners of an advisory to two years in prison for swindling a businesswoman who hired him to assist him in the start-up of the operation of a hotel in a town near Llanes (Asturias) .

In this case, the other partner of the consultancy and the administrator of the agency who, at the proposal of the condemned, took the accounts of the businesswoman but have been acquitted, also appeared as accused of fraud.

According to the account of proven facts of this ruling of the First Section of the Provincial Court, in 2007, the entrepreneur had the intention of rehabilitating a building in the Asturian town of San Roque del Acebal, near Llanes (Asturias), to initiate the exploitation of a hotel.

In order to advise him, he went to the condemned, with initials JJ.VP, whom he had previously known because he had intermediated in the sale of a home of his.

After reaching an agreement, JJ.VP and his partner lent him advice for the rehabilitation of the building and operation of the business,

Likewise, on the advice of JJ.VP, the businesswoman hired the absolved woman, who charged her 580 euros per month for her services, for tax advice and accounting from the sole administrator.

That contractual relationship was broken due to “discrepancies” arising from the fact that the businesswoman had to pay almost 4,500 euros to the Treasury for several errors of the manager in the presentation of accounts, the VAT refund or the IRPF declaration.

For their part, the two consultants charged the businesswoman two invoices for a total of almost 17,000 euros for their fees for hours worked outside the office and compensation for travel and telephone and for a study and preparation of a capital increase of the business of the businesswoman that, according to the Chamber, “was effectively carried out”.

In addition, having knowledge JJ.VP that the businesswoman had sold certain properties of his property to allocate the price of the sale to the start-up of the hotel that he intended to open in Asturias, he offered to manage the 70,000 euros obtained from these operations with the promise to return this amount plus a gain of 36,000 euros.

This amount of 70,000 euros was made available to JJ.VP through two deliveries, one of 30,000 and another of 40,000 made by bank transfer from an account opened by the businesswoman to another of the condemned in the name of counseling.

However, the ruling indicates that only JJ.VP. since he did not inform his partner of the existence of it.

In exchange for said money, and as a guarantee of return of the same and the agreed benefit, JJ.VP delivered to the entrepreneur four promissory notes, also signed by the other partner, which were not paid to their respective maturities, collecting them as the principal the amounts received and increasing them in the agreed benefits.

The entrepreneur was not returned “any amount” of the money given and the two partners of the advice offered to the businesswoman, to answer them, constitute a second mortgage in their favor on a farm owned by the partner acquitted in Marbella. This guarantee was not accepted by the businesswoman.

In addition to the prison sentence, JJ.VP has been sentenced to pay a fine of 1,440 euros and compensate the injured businesswoman in the 70,000 euros for the money she gave him to manage it.


Absolution of crimes

Absolution of crimes

In this case, JJ.VP and its partner were accused of crimes of fraud, punishable insolvency and intrusion, while the manager was considered the author of the crime of fraud and intrusion – the latter was withdrawn during the trial.

However, both the JJ.VP partner and the manager are acquitted of all crimes.

According to the Chamber, regarding the first of these acquitted, the Chamber considers that it can not be condemned for fraud because both JJ.VP. as the manager acquitted acknowledged that the role of this partner “was merely secondary.”

“There is therefore no cooperation in the alleged deception,” something that, according to the Chamber, was recognized by the convicted, who said that he “did not even know the existence of the account that he had opened to receive transfers from the businesswoman .

According to the Chamber, neither he nor JJ.VP can be condemned for intrusion because “there is no evidence that both carried out activities of administrative managers or any other profession whose exercise requires to be in possession of academic or official title.”

Both have declared, and the businesswoman has “confirmed” it -said the Chamber-, that her work has been limited to advice on works or corporate matters (capital increase) and physical presence in meetings and before an administrative body, ” without stating the performance of any action as proxies or agents of the businesswoman. “

“It is true that they lack academic or official qualifications, but we insist that the work carried out does not appear as reserved for persons who possess such qualification as part of a specific professional group,” the Chamber stated in its ruling.

In addition, the Chamber affirms that the facts can not be considered as a crime of punishable insolvency -of which the private accusation accuses- because the only act generating obligations after the receipt of the money by the convicted was the offer of the second mortgage on the house from one of the partners in Marbella.

And, according to the ruling, such an act does not constitute a crime because such a mortgage is constituted to guarantee the payment of monetary debts with the banking entity that granted the mortgage loan, not also stating that it was made to reduce the possibilities of payment of the promissory notes.

As for the other acquitted, the manager, it is determined that the act of accounting for allegedly excessive bills in the concepts that were claimed to the company “does not make it a party to any crime.” “The issuance of these invoices does not constitute a criminal offense,” says the Chamber.

“She will have to be acquitted freely of the accusation that is maintained against her by both the public accusation and the private accusation, since she limited herself to providing the service for which she was hired without participating in the activity of the other accused,” says the Room.

They propose new ways of financing so that Wikipedia does not depend only on donations



Décimo aniversario de Wikipedia

Commemorative image of the tenth anniversary of Wikipedia. WIKIPEDIA

When the tenth anniversary of the digital encyclopedia Wikipedia is fulfilled, the company proposes a new business model with advertising to ensure its future and stop relying on donations .

Qualified contributors must be compensated for their time Alex Konanykhin, founder and president of (the new professional version of the encyclopedia) presented this Friday in Miami the first network of writers by contract to edit in a rigorous and reliable way the contents from Wikipedia. Konanykhin said that working only with donations, Wikipedia (which has 400 million users around the world) depends exclusively on volunteers , thus missing opportunities to include qualified professionals who charge for their time.

“Qualified taxpayers must be compensated for their time .” History has repeatedly shown that free work is not the ideal long-term or large-scale business model, Konanykhin said. Wikipedia commemorates its tenth anniversary with more than 400 million users and 26 million articles in 271 languages ​​that make this digital encyclopedia the fifth most visited website in the world.

With the aim of reaching one billion users in 2015, Wikipedia has established itself as a reference source for the search for information on companies, products and services, replacing the websites loaded with promotional material and “institutional advertising” .

But in spite of its success, Wikipedia is immersed in a great controversy about the rigor of its contents due to the fact that its articles can be edited by any user. Until now, Wikipedia discourages companies and organizations from editing their own articles and prohibits publishers from charging for their services.

This trend has been modified by the company that since last month offers the services of a network of writers by contract to all companies or entities that meet the rigor requirements demanded by Wikipedia. Konanykhin announced in Miami that his company has extended its services to Latin America in Spanish , which is the second language with the most Wikipedia users.

According to Konanykhin, by charging for the publication of articles and including advertising on its site, Wikipedia would ensure its financial future and would not depend on campaigns such as the one carried out at the end of last year by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the digital encyclopedia, in which he requested donations. In that last campaign, in which the face of Wales would appear in the first page of Wikipedia, 16 million dollars (almost 12 million euros) were raised that will be destined to technological investments.

Konanykhin explained that this business model has no future and gave as an example to Google that receives around 23,000 million dollars ( more than 17,200 million euros ) per year in advertising, so it would be much more effective to replace the photograph of Wales with ads advertising of recognized brands.

“Advertising revenues would provide an incomparably better financing system for Wikipedia, without affecting its neutrality and the quality and rigor of its articles,” concluded Konanykhin.