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1Casa News from Spain - No. 83
A Topical Digest of News and Views from the Andalucia Area in Spain
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The Provincial Delegation plans to provide Alora with a new Type II fire station that would be manned by 8 professionals. The announcement was made by the representative of Servicios Supramunicipales, Cristobal Guerrero. According to regional proposals, second category fire stations are planned for Alora and Alhaurin de la Torre with a first category station in Coin, where the work is pending.
On the same day, the Provincial Delegation also announced it had invested 349,000 Euros in the improvement of roads in Alora. Guerrero explained that they had improved the roads of Aneales, Cansino, Sabinal and Pena and this didn't include the works to roads that had been improved inside the catastrophes prevention plan of the provincial administration. "In the two last years more investment in the roads has taken place than in the previous eight ", said Guerrero, who declared that the next year would include improvement to more roads in Alora. Furthermore, Guerrero disclosed that some 250,000 Euros had been invested in the electrification of rural zones.
XIV Festival of San Antonio en La Trocha
The XIV Festival of San Antonio en La Trocha takes places in Alora this weekend. It began yesterday, Friday 9 June continues through to Sunday 11 June. There will be many activities throughout the day, food prepared by the neighbours and bars. At 9,00 pm the fiesta begins with dancing from the Municipal School of Dance followed by music provided by local DJs. Sunday festivities begin at 12.00 noon. The party is on the Avenida de la Constitucion the road leading out of Alora towards the train station.
Fire in Donana National Park
The Donana National Park was hit by its second fire in the space of a week last Wednesday. This one was in Cerro del Trigo, near Almonte in Huelva. It destroyed two hectares before it was brought under control. Another fire there on 1st June destroyed just under a hectare. The Environment Ministry, however, says the number of forest fires in the first four months of the year is a third of the figure for the same period last year.
Malagueta Hold Beach Football Competition
This weekend Malagueta beach will be the setting for the National Circuit of beach football, a sports event sponsored by the City Hall of Malaga and Octagon Esedos. The competition will take place on 10 and 11 June with more than 1,000 players in 120 teams entered.
This month the Ministry of the environment is due to give the go ahead to the next phase of the Malaga Airport expansion project, which includes the construction of the second runway. This summer an acoustic study to establish how many homes will be affected by the new runway will be carried out. The airport authority, Aena, has already approved 2.2 million Euros worth of subsidies for the soundproofing of properties affected by the noise from the airport.
Infanta Leonor is Dedicated to the Virgen de Atocha
Prince Felipe de Borbon and Letizia Ortiz have followed one of the traditions of the Spanish Royal Family which dates back to the 17th century. In a ceremony in the Atocha Basilica, they did so by offering their daughter, the Infanta Leonor, into the care of the Virgen de Atocha. The Virgen, Nuestra Señora de Atocha, was proclaimed protector of the Royal Family and the Spanish Monarchy in 1643 by Felipe IV.
Representatives of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board travelled to Paris Monday to participate in the Spanish Week in the French capital, which is being organised by Turismo Andaluz. The event started Tuesday, and is scheduled to end on 11 June.
Among the planned activities are Professional Days, Gastronomic Days and street entertainment, as well as an event called Trocadero, named after the famous Parisian gardens in which it takes place. The aim of all these events is to show the Parisian public the range and diversity of our tourism offer, as a modern and attractive tourism destination. As a result of the promotion we also hope to attract new clients from Paris and from all over France as well as to strengthen the emotional ties we have with our northern neighbours.
We will be represented in the exhibition area with various stands, where we will provide all the information requested on Andalusia, the Legado Andalusi (Andalusian Legacy), craftwork, art, culture, flamenco and famous Andalusians, with Pablo Picasso at the forefront. We will also provide information on sun and beach holidays, our climate, our sporting facilities, our gastronomy and our natural environment. The different provincial tourist boards will be represented among these theme stands, including, of course, the stand of the Costa del Sol Tourist Board.
There will also be gastronomic tastings, performances and a series of courses for the participants, such as cooking, wine tasting, olive oil appreciation and Sevillana dancing organised by flamenco schools in Paris.
86 Million Euros to be Invested in Malaga Roads Network
The Junta de Andalucía is investing 86 million euros in the road network of Málaga province this year. The provincial representative for the public works department, José María Ruiz Povedano, described the investment as ‘preventative maintenance.’ The work includes resurfacing 50 kilometres of the A92 in the north of the province plus another 10 kilometres of the motorway in Seville province. More than half the money is taken up with projects already underway with the remainder for work which will start in the second half of the year. This will include 27 million Euros on resurfacing, 2 million on improving road safety and 13 million on repairs, cleaning and clearing overgrown verges.
Prince of Asturias Award for Former Ireland President
Mary Robinson, the former President of the Republic of Ireland, has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences 2006. The jury made their decision based on her dedication ‘to the fight to overcome the obstacles which prevent many from enjoying human rights.’ She is the first woman to be awarded the distinction.
Spain Named in Report on Secret CIA Flights
A report from the Council of Europe has named Spain among 14 countries for allowing the CIA to transfer alleged terrorist prisoners through their airspace or for stop-overs. The report claims that CIA secret agents rested in Mallorca after the operations, which often took the prisoners to Romania or Poland where new detention centres were established. The report is to be debated on June 27 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Ferrovial Takes Over BAA
BAA (British Airports Authority), the largest airport management company in the world, has confirmed this week that it has accepted the take over bid increased at the last minute by the Spanish construction giant Ferrovial. The acceptance came after Ferrovial increased the offer to 13.76 Euros a share, which values BAA at 14.9 billion Euros.
Politics and Chores are of Least Interest to Spaniards
A recent survey has found that Spaniards head the list of Europeans who are the least interested in politics. Household chores hold little or no interest for Spanish men either, the European Social Survey found.
The EU-sponsored biennial opinion poll, which follows changing trends, showed 28% rates of indifference in Spain towards politics, behind Portugal and Greece. The figure is down, however, from 2002, when it stood at 37%. The survey showed a marked lack of trust in state and business institutions, as well in the unions. Inequality at home persists, with 47% of Spanish men admitting they do not spend any time on household chores with 56% saying women should be prepared to accept a reduced work day in order to look after the family.
However, Spaniards did show they are highly politically active in terms of taking part in street demonstrations with 34% taking part some kind of march, a higher figure than most other European countries.
Spain Contemplates Rights for the Great Apes
Spain could soon become the first country in the world to give chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and other great apes some of the fundamental rights granted to human beings with a law being proposed by members of the ruling Socialist coalition.
The law would eliminate the concept of "ownership" for great apes, instead placing them under the "moral guardianship" of the state, similar to case for children in care, the severely handicapped and those in comas, said the lawmaker behind the project, Francisco Garrido, a Green member from Seville.
Great apes held in Spanish zoos would be moved to state-built sanctuaries, unless there was a risk that moving them would harm their emotional welfare, he said. The law would also make it a criminal offence to mistreat or kill a great ape, except in cases of self-defence or medical euthanasia. Garrido will propose a resolution on the rights of great apes before parliament's environment committee at the end of this month.
Beer Market Growth for Heineken in Spain
The Spanish beer market continues to grow annually driven by the nation's rising population and consumption. The largest brewer in Spain, Heineken, said on Thursday. Carlos de Jaureguizar, Heineken's general manager for Spain, told a conference in Seville that the Spanish beer market had grown at around 4% per year over the 2000-2005 period and he expected this growth to continue. Spain is western Europe's third largest beer market after Germany and Britain. The Amsterdam-based brewer, which is the largest in western Europe, gained leadership of the Spanish market with the acquisition of Seville-based Cruzcampo in 1999, giving it a very strong presence in southern Spain.
World Cup News
Spain were greeted by over 1,000 fans as they arrived at their World Cup base, in Kamen near Dortmund in Germany on Thursday, Spain were not one of the first to elect their training base having taken the playoff route to qualification, their choice could bode well for their chance in the tournament. This venue was used by West Germany and Germany to prepare for the 1974 and 1990 World Cups and on both occasions they went on to win the tournament.
Luis Aragones's side, who extended their unbeaten run to 22 matches with their 2-1 win over fellow World Cup qualifiers Croatia in Geneva on Wednesday, set up camp after being welcomed to the area by local dignitaries.
Spain is due to play its first match in the tournament, against Ukraine, next Wednesday
Real Madrid Presidential Candidate Names Sven-Goran Eriksson
Real Madrid presidential candidate, Arturo Baldasano, told a Spanish radio station that he will install Sven-Goran Eriksson as the club's coach if he wins the election on 2 July. Eriksson, who is leaving the England job after the World Cup, was recommended to Baldasano by Madrid's former coach Vicente Del Bosque.
Michael Schumacher sets the Pace in Final Practice
Michael Schumacher pulled off a lap of one minute 20.919 seconds to be 0.442secs clear of BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld in second place. Schumacher's title rival Fernando Alonso of Renault was sixth with Jenson Button's Honda down in 11th and David Coulthard's Red Bull 12th. McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen spun after setting the fourth fastest time.
Nadal Through to Final of French Open
Rafael Nadal will play Federer in the final of the Roland Garros, it is the game that everyone wanted to see. Nadal, from Mallorca beat Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6, winning the tie break 9 points to 7. Nadal described the semi final as the most serious match he had played in the tournament and was particularly pleased about the improvement to his serve.
Euro Millions Results 9 June 2006
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