Local Daily News 7th March

Government announces new gender equality legislation

The government has announced a new law which will ensure there is no gender inequality in politics or business.

On Saturday prime minister Pedro Sanchez announced the new legislation which will apply gender parity to electoral lists, boards of directors of big companies and governing boards of professional associations.

40% of any large company board will be required to be female, whilst political parties will be legally obliged to offer equal numbers of male and female candidates.

He made the announcement at a rally ahead of International Womans Day on the 8th March.

Cabinet will approve the draft legislative text this week, before it heads to the Congress of Deputies for debate.

PP leader calls for early general election

PP party leader Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has called for a snap general election in May, rather than at the end of this year.

The opposition leader said that the country should go to the ballot box following a series of recent political incidents including the arrest of a PSOE politician in the Canary Islands, and confusion over the “Only Yes Means Yes” law.

Speaking at a party rally in A Coruña, Mr Feijóo said that the country should decided wether to keep the current parties in power or to elect a new executive at the same time as munincipal elections are taking place.

Local elections are due to be held on Sunday, 28th May.

Barcelona hospital suffers cyberattack

Officials at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona have reported a cyberattack which has resulted in some medical services being moved to other hospitals.

A ransomware attack was reported late yesterday morning, which affected computer systems in the hospitals accident and emergency, pharmacy and laboratory centres.

Due to the incident, patients who are in affected areas were being moved to other hospitals.

No other medical establishments are understood to have been affected by the attack.

Electric scooters that end up in the riverbed in Orihuela

The emblematic image from the Levante Bridge in Orihuela with the city’s coat of arms on the Segura river dam added one more element this Sunday: that of two electric scooters from the “pilot test” for renting these vehicles for urban mobility.

Previously, we have been able to see these scooters, after use, at the door of the Santas Justa y Rufina Church, in the middle of walks, such as the one in Vientos del Pueblo, and even in the middle of a pedestrian crossing. The last thing has been in the riverbed. The fact has provoked the indignation of the public and a stir on social networks due to the lack of civility, beyond the division of opinions on whether this rental service is necessary in the municipality.

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