Star wars takes over the island

Bank profits exceed Madeira’s budget

Star Wars headline in JM

Today’s edition of JM highlights the ‘Star Wars’ saga, which they describe as “taking over the island”. The recording of a new series already affects several parts of Madeira and the JM report found, both in the north and south of the island, several fenced spaces, tight security, prohibitions and scenery changes in natural spaces. The Star Wars actors arrive tomorrow by private plane.

Publico reports that with the production of films from the Star Wars saga undergoing reorganization, the great investment by Lucasfilm and its owner Disney is in the series, specifically for its streaming platform Disney +. It is for there that The Acolyte is planned , with shooting already started in October last year in London and will now pass through Madeira. Filming of The Acolyte also passed through Wales.

The newspaper reports that the prospecting began a few years ago, and since January there have already been moves in Madeira to set up the structure. The Acolyte is one of two Star Wars productions known to be currently shooting – the other being the second season of Andor, set in London. The series, created by one of the authors of Poker Face, Leslye Headland, from Netflix, takes place about a century before the events of Episode I – The Phantom Menace and features Amandla Stenberg and Lee Jung-jae as protagonists.

Bank profits exceed Madeira’s budget

The headline of today’s edition of JM reveals that the income of the six main Portuguese banks, last year, reached €2.57 billion, an increase of 70% compared to 2021. Profits well above the Autonomous Region of Madeira’s current budget, set at €2.07 billion. Paulo Pereira, president of the Order of Economists, understands that the bank has benefited from State aid, which has cleaned up bad loans and has taken advantage of the “always increasing” commissions and the rise in interest rates.

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