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Local Headlines - October 2020

Car fire

Three parked vehicles were damaged by fire in Nerja last month.  Fire crews were rapidly on the scene behind the town centre Mercadona supermarket and managed to stop the flames causing serious damage to the two cars next to the vehicle when the blaze broke out.  Witnesses said it began to burn, causing several explosions, shortly after a woman got out.

Metro plans

A project to develop draft construction plans for the next phase of Málaga’s metro has been awarded by the regional Development Ministry.  The €1.37 million, 18-month assignment will lead to a 1.8 kilometre extension of Line 2 from Guadalmedina to the Hospital Civil.  The later part of the project will coincide with the environmental study of the proposed route.

Low reservoir

The first substantial rainfall for months hit the area on September 18, but brought little relief to the low levels being experienced at the La Viñuela reservoir.  The biggest accumulation of water during the downpours was at Alfarnetejo where 30 litres per square metre was recorded, while the area around the reservoir received only 11.2  l/m2 leaving storage at about 30% capacity.

 

 

Royal clean-up

Queen Sofia joined volunteers in Rincón de la Victoria on September 19 to mark the International Day of Clean Beaches.  Carrying large blue and yellow plastic sacks, she helped volunteers clear the town’s beaches of litter.  Followed by a crowd of surprised local residents, the mother of King Felipe set about bending down to pick up cigarette ends, discarded packages and other detritus which threatens the environment.

 

 

 

Hospital funding

Private funding will pay for the construction of Málaga’s new hospital which is to be built on land next to the Hospital Civil presently used as a car park.  The regional government says the Health Ministry will operate the facility when it opens in 2027.  The Junta is believed to be about to offer a €400 million contract for the building phase.

Frigiliana fire

A countryside fire in Frigiliana last month razed two hectares of land consisting mainly of fruit trees and reeds.  The affected area includes scattered properties but no evacuations were required.  A dozen ground crew were supported by three helicopters and the outbreak was reported stabilised within a few hours.

 

 

 

 

Local News  - October 2020

Vélez disturbance

A man was arrested in Vélez-Málaga last month after throwing glasses from a fifth floor apartment.  One narrowly missed a police officer in the street below and smashed into his patrol car.  The officer was talking to a local man who had called for help after the suspect had been creating a disturbance and was showing signs of drunkenness.

Bathers rescued

Six bathers were rescued from heavy seas off the beach at Torrox on September 14.  Several got into trouble near the lighthouse where the breakwater installed four years ago has created dangerously strong currents at times.  It is understood that all of them ignored the red flag which was flying to advise people not to go into the water.

 

 

Local News  - October 2020

Migrants rescued

Four Moroccan were rescued from a boat two miles off the coast of Nerja in the early hours of September 10.  A launch was sent to the area after the Maritime Rescue Service in Tarifa was alerted that a small craft carrying the migrants had been spotted.  They were taken into the port of Málaga.

Surplus saved

Nerja’s mayor, José Albert Armijo, has criticised the “temerity” of central government over plans to seize any surpluses found in municipal budgets.  The move was rejected in parliament last month.  He added that, if it had been passed, around €16 million would have been unavailable for investment in the town.

Regional News - October 2020

Drugs bust

A gang which trafficked drugs in the provinces of Málaga and Cádiz has been broken up with the arrests of 64 people and the seizure of eight tons of hashish.  Six sea-going launches have been found at a boatyard in Cádiz while it is believed the operation was controlled from Gibraltar.  It is estimated that the gang made around €3 million from the distribution of up to 6,000 kilos of hashish.

Royal quarantine

Princesses Leonor and Sofia had to go into quarantine last month after one of their school mates tested positive for Covid-19.  Their parents, King Felipe and Queen Letizia, were forced in quarantine earlier in the year after it was found that the Queen had been in contact with someone who later tested positive.  Over 50 quarantine-related incidents have been reported in Spanish schools since pupils returned after the summer break.

Supersol disappears

The name Supersol will disappear in Spain early next year following the acquisition of the supermarket chain by France’s Carrefour.  The Lithuanian family owners of Supersol have sold their 173 stores, mainly in Andalucía and Madrid, for €78 million.  The French retailer is expected to change the outlets’ names to the Carrefour Express or Market brands, as well as its separate Supeco low-cost chain.

Banks merge

Caixa is to buy Bankia, creating Spain’s biggest bank with the present CaixaBank CEO Gonzalo Gortázar as its chief executive.  The new entity which will retain the Caixa brand will have assets of more than €664 billion.  Once the €3.8 billion deal is approved by shareholders, the banks are expected to conclude the merger in the first quarter of next year.

Quiet winter

Around 80% of hotels along the coast will be closed over the winter, according to the hoteliers' association, Aehcos.  It added that occcupancy for September is likely to have been around 23%, compared with 72% in the same month last year.  In addition, visitors during autumn and early winter have tended to be older, high-spending clients and there is presently no clue to when they might return.

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