LOT­TERY MIL­LIONS

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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.

JOB­LESS RISE

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.

DEBT SAV­INGS

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.

PEDES­TRIAN PLANS

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”.

GREEN ESTEPONA

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.

LAST GOOD­BYE

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”.

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