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Volume 42

1Casa News from Spain - No. 42
 
 
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Álora
 
The City Hall of Álora and AECA have announced the start of the works on the project of Parque de la Cancula. It will begin in two weeks time and when complete will comprise of a new business district in the centre of the locality. The project is an investment of €13 million and will create 80 jobs.
 
The agreement signed with the developers, Akprom, will change the area of Cancula, the old health centre will be knocked down and built in its place will be a public building where the Tax Agency will be located, the Courts, exhibition room and other administrative areas of the City Hall, as well as two private buildings, commercial properties, a car park and living accommodation.
 
Bus Stop
 
The bus stop in Álora is to be moved from its present position on Calle Cervantes to Avenida de Constitución, opposite the municipal swimming pool from August 23 2005.
 
Campillos
 
The City Hall of Campillos has approved one of the last steps for the start of the works for the installation of five windfarms in the municipality. The agreement adopted in October of last year between the City Hall of the region was ratified by Guadalteba and the development businesses.
In Campillos it is predicted the installations will generate 155 megawatts of power, through two parks of Endesa, another two of Aeolian Developments and one of Gamesa. To these parks there will be added another six in the remainder of the region of Guadalteba.
 
The windfarms will create between 70 and 80 job before 2006, and between 160 and 180 before 2010.
 
Antequera
 
The developers of the project Airport Antequera communicated this week its intention to begin its activity in 2009 as indicated by Emilio Sánchez Vera, developer of the project. This would signify that if all goes well, the first flights from Antequera would begin in 2009. There is a lot of bureaucracy to be entered into before this date but the developers are confident of success.
 
Scottish Bagpipes Sound in Spanish Hills
 
This weekend the village of Teba in Málaga province will celebrate a battle which took place in the Castillo de la Estrella there in 1330, and in which a Scottish count, Sir James Douglas, was killed. Events are planned in honour of the Scotsman and of Scottish traditions, including a group of Scottish bagpipers on Saturday, after which a local theatre group will act out the scene of his death.
 
A plaque in the village square described Sir James Douglas as 'most loyal comrade in arms of Robert the Bruce' – and says he was slain in battle on August 25th 1330.
 
Budget of 4.6 Million Euros for works in Teba
 
The Council of Public Works and Transportation of Andalusia has bid, through the Public Company for the Infrastructure Management of Andalusia for the preparation of the work for the west access to Teba from the A-382 to the A-367, in the province of Malaga. They anticipate a budget of 4.6 million euros for the work.
 
The 12 kilometre section will have an implementation time of 18 months. The preparation, relying on funds from the European Union, includes the Plan for improved accessibility, road security and the Conservation of the network road of Andalusia that the Council of Public Works and Transportation has started up in the Valley of the Guadalhorce in the province of Malaga, will entail an investment of more than 244 million euros. The length of the section runs on highway MA-467 between kilometre points 0 and 4.2. It then continues on its way to the paved IARA, which borders Teba to the west to link up with kilometre 8.2 where it projects an access intersection with Teba. The road reckons on more than six connections.
 
The road, on a highway that calculates will have an average intensity of less than 1,000 vehicles per day, will be 6 meters wide, with a lane in each direction, borders of 1 meter and steel of 0.5 meters. During this work the bridge is to be extended over the Bobadilla-Algeciras railroad and the bridge over the Rio La Venta.
 
The MASCERCA plan in the Valley of the Guadalhorce includes other works of improvement for better accessibility to the municipalities with the network of great capacity and the proximity towards the metropolitan area of Malaga and the coast. In the proximities of Teba, this execution for the connection of the A-367, from the Venta de El Cordobés, with the A-357, will connect the capital of Málaga with Campillos on the A-382.
 
Alhaurín Rock Festival
 
The Alhaurín Rock Festival will take place next Saturday, 27 of August, at the Alhaurín El Grande Fútbol Ground, beginning at 1.00 pm. There will be a strong line up of Spanish bands: Holy Land, Rosendo, Skunk D.F., Lust, Sphinx, Dreamaker and Summarize Tree. The prices of the ticket office are €22 or €25 at the venue.
 
Party Sun Festival in Rincón de la Victoria
 
The Party Sun Festival Hill take place at the Campo de Fútbol de Rincón de la Victoria (Málaga) next Saturday, 27 August. The concert begins at 7.00 pm with the doors opening at 6.00 pm
The bands playing are; Crossroads (Blues/Rock), Extended Projection Principle (Fusión), Ganjazz (Funky Malagueño), Free Soul Band (Funk & Soul Classics), "Sinceros", Garganta Profunda (Tribute to Deep Purple), "Achicharrao". Price: €13 euros or €16 euros at the venue.
 
More Than 3,000 Cars a Day Rented Out on the Costa Del Sol During in Summer
 
During the summer months the Costa del Sol’s car hire firms work flat out thanks to the avalanche of tourists heading for the Costa del Sol for their summer holidays. More and more visitors are choosing the comfort of their own transport so as not to rely on bus and train timetables.
 
According to the Association of Andalusian Car Hire Services (AEDAVE), rental firms are responsible for adding an extra 3,000 vehicles to the province’s traffic every day during the peak holiday season. The majority of the business is concentrated in and around the airport, with an average of 2,000 rental contracts being signed here every weekend.
 
Malaga 2016
 
The city of Malaga is to bid to be designated the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2016. That date, although distant, is the one that corresponds with Spanish history, and thus is enthusiastic that one of its cities should be recognized throughout Europe and the World that year.
 
July Records Highest Minimum Temperatures Since 1963
 
Forty-two years have gone by since the last time that the average minimum temperatures in the province of Malaga were so high. The summer of 1963 was one of the hottest on record, but the average minimum temperature of 22ºC last July was a new record for the history of meteorology in the province. Although the difference is not so very great - the previous highest minimum was 21.8ºC - these temperatures are well above those of recent decades.
 
Spain is closed ...come back in September
 
Q: When is the best time to visit Spain?
A: Any time except August.
 
It’s true. Each year when the clock strikes 2pm on the last Friday of July, Spain’s cities transform from bustling places to ghost towns. Stores and restaurants are closed, streets are free from heavy traffic, prime parking spaces abound. If Spain had tumbleweed, it would be tumbling.
 
Why? Because August is the month that most Spaniards go on holiday for the entire month. So where do the Spanish go for an entire month? Based on a survey that was recently conducted, it seems that they all go to their parents’ house!!
 
Spanish Popular Among English Students
 
Fewer high school students in England and Wales are pursuing French and German, while more and more are turning to Spanish, the National Association of Head Teachers said Friday.
The proportion of students who took French fell by 4.4 percent this year, and German 7.7 percent, while there were 4.4 percent more taking Spanish, the principals' group said.
 
English Matador Retires
 
Frank Evans the only English matador performing in Spain is retiring this week after 40 years of bull fighting. Born in Salford, Frank Evans is an important businessman and a bullfighter. An injury has forced him to retire from bullfighting after 50 fights.
 
Spanish Retailer Zara Plans Expansion Across Asia
 
The Spanish high-fashion brand Zara, said yesterday that it plans to expand its presence across Asia, including in Singapore. The company revealed that it has 21 stores across the region, but will raise the number to 100 by the end of 2008. In Singapore, the company will boost its presence from three outlets to four next February, when it opens its 9,400 sq ft store in Marina Square.  Zara will also open its first Indonesian store next week in Jakarta. It currently has a presence in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
 
Made in Spain
 
Half of Europe’s ten best-selling cars are made at the 17 plants in Spain. These include the Renault Megane, made in Palencia; the Ford Focus, made in Valencia; the Renault Clio, made in Valladolid; the Opel Corsa, made in Aragón; and the Ford Fiesta made in Almusafe. Furthermore the manufacture of the Peugeot 307 in Madrid is expected to start in 2006.
 
Raikkonen Sets Best Practice Lap
 
McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen led the times in Saturday's final practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday's inaugural Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.
 
The Finn set a best lap of one minute 26.120 seconds to edge BAR's Jenson Button into second, 0.479 behind. Renault's world championship leader Fernando Alonso was third fastest, McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya, who led the first session, was fourth with Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella fifth and David Coulthard ninth. Takuma Sato was sixth for BAR with Williams' Mark Webber seventh and Toyota's Ralf Schumacher eighth. Ferrari's world champion Michael Schumacher came 14th.
 
Spain 2 - Uruguay 0 (Friendly International)
 
Spain made it twelve games in a row without defeat after beating Uruguay 2-0 in Gijón. Vicente set up the opening goal midway through the first half, his jinking run ending with a cross which Real Madrid's Pablo García deflected past his own keeper. And before the break Luis Aragonés's side were two up, Vicente converting a penalty after Raúl had been pushed over in the area by Diego López. There were changes in the second half but no more goals, although Xavi did hit the bar and Luque and Luis García both missed easy chances. Spain have one more friendly against Canada at the start of next month before they meet Serbia in a vital World Cup qualifier which could decide who finishes top of their group.
 
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