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Volume 64

Cristina Sanchez
 
1Casa News from Spain - No. 82
 
 
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Five More Guardia Civil Officers for Alora
 
Five new Guardia Civil officers have recently joined the existing force in Alora. The four men and one woman were promoted from the Academy of the Civil Guard in UBEDA-Baeza (Jaen) and they have been incorporated into the headquarters of Alora.
 
 
Fabrica de Esencias Opens Summer Terrace on 9 June
 
On 9 June, the Fabrica de Esencias (Alora's former perfume factory near to the train station) is to be inaugurated. The new venue will open its summer terrace with 18 members of staff. Its first concert, Koala will take place on 15 June. The winter disco will not be open until Autumn.
 
 
Day of the Woman
 
The Day of the Woman will take place at the Municipal Swimming Pool, Alora on 8 June, the event begins at 7.00 pm.
 
 
Third Municipal Gala of Sport
 
The Third Municipal Gala of Sport will take place in the Cervantes Theatre, Alora on Friday 9 June from 9.00 pm. The evening is organised by the Area of Sports of the Excmo. Ayto. Alora. Events throughout the evening will include projection of images of the Municipal Sports Schools, Hip-hop group and prize giving.
 
 
IX El Chorro Fiesta
 
Today, Saturday 3rd June, El Chorro will celebrate its traditional popular festival. The day begins with a Mass at the Llano de la Iglesia at 12.00 with further events throughout the day and on into the evening. There will be a bar serving drinks, tapas, local paella and lemon granizado (iced lemon drink).
 
 
Antequera Agricultural Fair (Agrogant) 2006
 
The Antequera Agricultural Fair takes place this weekend from 2 to 4 June. There will be agricultural machinery, City of Antequera championship of pure bred Spanish horses, goat auction, photography and motor show. The fair takes place at the North Park, Cuesta Talavera (next to Eroski). The show is classified as a Festival of National Tourist Interest in Andalucia.
 
 
New Lake to be Developed in Antequera Area
 
A new artificial lake is to be constructed on the Rio de la Valle riverbed. The lake, which will provide the largest body of water in Antequera, will occupy a previously derelict site. The project, headed by Agustin Puche Munoz, the town’s Clerk of Works, will provide employment for the Antequera area and will cost 80,000 Euros. The project will include landscaped lawns, pleasant walk ways and shady seating.
 
Fire Safety
 
 
The Junta de Andalucia has announced that lighting fires in the countryside will be prohibited from 15 June until 15 October this year. The regional head of the Environment Department said that last year when the ban was in force there was a significant fall in the number of forest fires.
 
Malaga Metro Tunnelling Begins on 7 June
 
Tunnelling work on the Malaga metro will start on June 7 next to the Martin Carpena sports centre. Work has been carried out to divert traffic away from the tunnelling area. Electrical transformers in the area are also being moved. The first two sections of line two from Carpena to Puerta Blanca and Heroe de Sostoa are expected to take 11 months to complete.
 
 
Incoming Tourists - April 2006
 
In April 2006, 594,045 travellers came to Malaga through Pablo Ruiz Picasso International Airport. This is 4% more tourists than in April 2005, when the province received 519,002 visitors.
 
 
Blue Flags for Beaches in Malaga Province
 
EU Blue Flags have been awarded to twenty one beaches and ports in Malaga province. The beaches are: La Malagueta in Malaga, Fuente de la Salud and Malapesquera in Benalmadena, La Cala and La Butibamba in Mijas, Los Boliches-Las Gaviotas in Fuengirola, La Rada, El Cristo and El Padron in Estepona, Sabinillas and Colonia in Manilva, Torrecilla and Burriana in Nerja, Ferrara and El Morche in Torrox.
 
 
Casasola Dam Ready to Supply Malaga
 
Malaga's water shortage problems could be over soon with the opening of a dam in the mountains, after 12 years of work to get it ready for service, the Casasola dam is now ready to start supplying Malaga city with drinking water.
 
 
Officially opened six years ago, the dam, which can hold as much as 25 cubic hectometers, has not yet come into service, work to divert a local road which will be flooded by the water will be completed over the summer. Plans are already in place to channel water from other reservoirs in Malaga to stem the shortage in the capital.
 
ABTA Annual Convention to be Held in Marbella
 
 
The annual convention of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) will return to Marbella after eight years. Between the 27 and November 29, more than 1800 delegates will meet on the coast. The Councillor of Tourism emphasized the immediate impact on the destination with an increase in visitors after a large event.
 
 
The 2006 event is the 53rd ABTA Travel Convention, and the second to be held in Marbella. The previous Convention there was in November 1998 and attracted just over 2500 delegates.
 
 
EU to Help Spain in Coastal Watch
 
As illegal immigration to the Canaries reaches record levels, Spain and nine other EU member states have reached an agreement on patrolling the waters of Atlantic Africa to try to stem the flow of people to the shores of the Canary Islands. According to the country's secretary of state for security the action is planned till September but could be prolonged.
 
 
Auster Wins Spain's Highest Prize for Literature
 
The American novelist, poet and scriptwriter Paul Auster has won Spain's highest award for literature, the Prince of Asturias Prize for Letters. Auster won the prize for bringing together US and European traditions in literary works that blend fantasy and reality.
 
 
The 59 year-old becomes the fourth writer from the English speaking world to win the prize, following in the footsteps of Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller and Susan Sontag. The jury hailed the interest that Auster has sparked in young readers by focusing on the "individual and collective problems of our times". Auster's work is known in the literary world for its emphasis on the search for identity. The New York-based writer, who lived in France from 1971 to 1974, has been a harsh critic of US policy.
 
 
Since 1981, the Prince of Asturias Foundation, headed by Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, has awarded prizes for outstanding achievement in the fields of science, technology, culture, humanitarian endeavour, social activism and statecraft. The winners get a cash award of 50,000 Euros and a statuette designed by the Spanish artist Joan Miro.  The Prince of Asturias awards are regarded as the Nobel's of the Spanish speaking world.
 
 
Unemployment Figure in Spain Falls
 
Spain's Labour Ministry has reported that the number of jobless fell by 71,148 people or 3.4% in May from April. The total number of unemployed reached 2.004 million in May. The number was down by 2,865 people or 0.14% in May compared to the same month last year and this is the second consecutive month that jobless figures have fallen on a year-on-year basis.
 
 
Spain Attempts to Halt Imports of Olive Oil
 
Spain is attempting to block plans that would permit outside countries to import olive oil into Europe. Britain, Sweden and the Czech Republic are keen supporters of the plan as they felt it would help to reduce the rising costs of olive oil. Prices have risen recently mainly due to last year's drought and the effect it had on the olive harvest. Officials in Spain disagree and say the price of olive oil has dropped by 20% in the last week. Spain produces nearly half the olive oil purchased in EU countries.
 
 
Pete Doherty Questioned in Barcelona
 
Pete Doherty, the British singer, has been held for questioning at Barcelona Airport after flight crew found a syringe in the toilets of the Easyjet plane he was travelling on from Gatwick. Civil Guards searched the toilets, as well as Doherty and his companions, but found only methadone, whose possession is not a criminal offence. Doherty was released after questioning. His group, Babyshambles, were in Barcelona to play at the Primavera Sound Festival.
 
 
Pope Benedict to Visit Spain in July
 
Pope Benedict plans to visit Spain on 8 and 9 July. The Pope is in Spain as part of the Fifth World Meeting of Families, a meeting convened by the pope every three years. Families from six continents will meet to discuss the challenges they face in the 21st century. The pope will also meet with the Spanish royal family and with President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. He also will celebrate Mass and visit Valencia's cathedral and pray at both the Basilica of the Virgin and in the Plaza of the Virgin.
 
 
Spain Sends Aid to Help Java Earthquake Victims
 
Spain sent its first aid flight to Indonesia as part of an international effort to offer relief to thousands of survivors after the recent earthquake in Java. Tents, blankets, health supplies and medicines were among 12 tonnes of aid sent by Spain to help relief efforts which are being coordinated by the International Cooperation Agency. Spain has contributed 500,000 Euros towards an international fund.
 
A Plague of Moths from Africa is Threatening Crops
 
Swarms of gamma moths are reported to have arrived in Spain from Africa, the moths are not dangerous but prove highly annoying when they invade homes, hair and clothing of anyone who gets in their way.
The moths also pose a more serious risk to farmers as the female of the species lays thousands of eggs at a time, unleashing hundreds of voracious caterpillars which can destroy crops, a swarm of gamma moths was spotted by entomologists in Extremadura.
 
It is thought they may have arrived across the Straits of Gibraltar, however so far the environment ministry says there is no proof that a migration from Africa is underway, the last time Spain was hit by such a plague was in 1996, it is thought the insects usually arrive after a drought, such as the one Spain experienced last year.
 
 
Raul Will Silence His Critics, Says Spain Coach
 
Luis Aragones has defended his captain Raul as he looks set to alter his tactics to incorporate the striker for the World Cup warm up match against Egypt in Elche today, Saturday. Aragones sees Raul's experience and ability to read the game as vital to opening up defences. "Raul's statistics speak for themselves. People have been unfair on him and it isn't right that I have to come out and defend him," Aragones told Radio Marca on Friday.
 
 
The Real Madrid striker, Spain's all time leading goalscorer, has come under scrutiny for his poor form since returning in February from a three month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. "Maybe it hasn't been his best year. He is possibly missing a little sharpness after his injury but I am sure he will silence his critics," Aragones added.
 
 
Nadal Cruises into Third Round
 
Defending champion Rafael Nadal outclassed American Kevin Kim to progress to the third round of French Open on Friday. The second seed thrashed his opponent 6-2 6-1 6-4 in just under two hours in a one-sided match, which was re-scheduled for Friday because of rain delays.
 
This was Nadal's 55th consecutive victory on clay after the Spanish teenager beat Guillermo Vilas' record of 54 on Monday with his win over Sweden's Robin Soderling.
 
 
Euro Millions Results 2 June 2006
 
Numbers: 7 8 27 41 48 Stars: 1 &  6
 
 
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