ONCE’s Cuponazo lottery draw last Friday, November 3, was a major windfall for Mijas and Benalmádena. In Mijas Pueblo a vendor in Plaza Virgen de la Peña sold the €9 million first-place winner – matching all five numbers and the series (7-6-7-9-4, series 102) – plus another nine second-place winners (five matches without the serial number), paying €25,000 each. A vendor in Benalmádena Pueblo also sold 10 second-place winners.
Unemployment in Málaga province increased by 3.1% in October to a total to 153,764 registered jobless. The month traditionally shows an increase due to the end of high-season job contracts. However, yearon-year the figure was down 8.1%, with 13,528 fewer jobless than last October. Nationwide, unemployment rose 1.67% in October, to 3,567,026, but was down 7.91% year-on-year.
Rincón de la Victoria town hall last week signed a refinancing deal for two bank loans totalling €9 million, which local officials say will save the municipal coffers €1.4 million between now and 2026, due to the improved interest rates. The two loans with Cajamar are part of the town hall’s overall debt of around €65 million.
Plans to pedestrianise part of Vélez-Málaga’s town centre are moving forward, after the technical plan, carried out by a private company, was handed over to local officials last week. Mayor Antonio Moreno said the pedestrianisation, to include areas such as Plaza Carmelitas and the Camino de Málaga, will take two years at a cost of €600,000, and “reactivate the economy, create jobs and promote trade”.
Over the last six years Estepona has increased its total area of public parks and green zones by 22.5%, to a total of nearly 620,000 square metres, according to town hall data. Local officials say the town now has a ratio of 9.39 square metres of green space per inhabitant, which is more than double the national average of 4.5 square metres.
Ana Banderas, the mother of actor Antonio Banderas and his brother Javier, died aged 84 on Saturday. Doña Ana was buried in a private ceremony, attended by the Spanish star, his daughter Stella del Carmen and his partner Nicole Kimpel as well as other family members and friends. Banderas described his mother as a “magical and vivacious person” and on Twitter thanked everyone for their support and condolences. By Suzan Davenport AROUND 500 National Police and Guardia Civil officers from around Málaga province took part in a protest in the city’s Plaza de la Constitucion last week, calling for, amongst other things, pay equality with Spain’s autonomous police forces.
And it won’t be the last time the law comes out in force. Another, larger protest has been called for November 18 in Madrid, where officers from across Spain are expected to gather.
Spain’s policing system is complex, with local police who answer to the town halls, National Police and the Guardia Civil whose jurisdiction covers the whole country, and the autonomous forces, the Ertzaina in the Basque Country and the Mossos d’Escuadra in Cataluña, who police their regions.
On average officers in these last two bodies each month earn between 600 and 700 euros more than their colleagues on other forces, despite the heaviest burden of work landing on the shoulders of the Guardia Civil and National Police who deal with terrorism, borders and organised crime, according to Ignacio Carrasco, Málaga spokesman for Jusapol, an association that was set up this year to fight for pay equality across all the forces.
Carrasco, who read out Jusapol’s manifesto last week, in between whistle blowing, trumpet playing and singing ‘enough is enough’, explained that the protests go beyond pay equality. He said not only are there differences in salary but NP and GC officers have lost 12% purchasing power over the last decade.
The association is also supporting claims for paid overtime, fairer pensions and remuneration for attending court, which is usually unpaid at the moment and carried out in the officer’s free time.
“It’s time,” Carrasco said during the protest , “that we stop being low cost police forces”.