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For Saturday, 7 October 2006 - No. 99
Bulgaria is now to be in the EEU! Prices are rising!
1Casa Topical Digest of News and Views from the Andalucia Area in Spain
Should you want to save money, buy in one of five towns in Malaga province where prices have not yet risen above 2,000 Euros per square metre. It is possible to save up to 100,000 Euros in this way. The five towns are Alora, Pizarra, Campillos, Coin and Archidona. This information has been collected by Salvago Real Estate and refers to figures collected in the third quarter of this year. The average price for the province is now 2,612 Euros per square metre, the most expensive place is the capital, Malaga, at 2,969 Euros psm and the cheapest is Campillos at 1,495 Euros psm. The increase compared to last year's prices is 13.17% for the province as a whole, 9.84% in Malaga and 25.95% in Campillos. The figures for Alora are as follows; last year 1,295 Euros psm, this year 1,645 Euros psm an increase of 27.03%.
The Day of the 'Sopas Perotas'
Don't forget the fourth day of the Sopas Perotas takes place today, Saturday 7 October, in the Lower Square, Alora from 12 noon.
An exhibition showing the oil paintings of José Huynen was opened yesterday, Friday 6 October. The paintings will be exhibited until 20 October 2006 at the Casa de Cultura, Alora. The exhibition is open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Alhaurin el Grande
The Ayuntamiento of Alhaurin el Grande has put in place the telephone service of 092. This service will allow residents of the municipality dialling 092 to be put in direct contact with the police services, as well as the Local Police headquarters or with the patrol in service at the time. The importance of this new emergency telephone lies in that it is an easy and short number to remember to contact the police in an emergency.
Our Lady of the Pillar
Next Thursday, 12 October, is a national holiday as Spain celebrates the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar. According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint James the Great in the 1st century, standing on a pillar. This date also coincides with the Dia de la Raza and the date of Columbus' discovery of the New World.
Flu Vaccines Available from 16 October 2006
The flu vaccine campaign begins in Malaga on 16 October with more than 200,000 treatments expected to be given across the province this year from 175 distribution points. This year the campaign also includes vaccine to prevent pneumonia in pensioners. The vaccine will continue to be available until the end of November. The Andalucian Health Service has opened a phone information number 902 505 060.
New Granada – Nottingham East Midlands Route from Ryanair
Ryanair, the low-cost airline has announced a new route between Nottingham East Midlands Airport and Granada, due to start next February. The airline plans three flights a week, starting on 20 February 2007. They say its first year of operation will create 40 new jobs and bring 40,000 passengers to the recently renamed Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport. The new route will be Ryanair’s fifth international link with Granada.
Malaga's Picasso Museum hosts a new temporary exhibition designed to show the women who influenced his art. The exhibition, called ‘Picasso. Musas y Modelos’ (Muses and Models), was opened this week by the Minister for Culture, Carmen Calvo, together with the President of the Junta de Andalucía, Manuel Chaves, and the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, together with members of Picasso’s family. It continues until 28 February 2007. The Minister used the occasion to announce that the state would be buying a Picasso to celebrate the 125th anniversary of his birth in Malaga.
Also this week, Malaga paid tribute to Picasso 33 years after his death Picasso was honoured as Malaga's favourite son, an honour he could not enjoy while he was alive for political reasons. The posthumous award was received by the artist's daughter-in-law, Christine Ruiz Picasso, and her son, Bernard.
Malaga to Have CCTV Cameras
The Ayuntamiento of Malaga's plans to set up CCTV cameras in the centre of Malaga are moving ahead with the first phase of 17 cameras expected to be awarded in the next few weeks. The Ayuntamiento has also requested funding for the second phase of the project from the Junta de Andalucia, which will see the installation of 29 more cameras in Calles Carreteria, Alamos, Granada and the area around Felix Saenz.
Shellfish Fishing Shut Down on Malaga Coast
The shellfish fishing fleet, from Nerja to Calaburras Point in Mijas, has been shut down due to a red tide, a phytoplankton called Gymnodinium. It marks the third fisheries closure faced by the Costa shellfish fleet so far this year.
The red tide contains toxins that when ingested by some shellfish, particularly bivalves like clams, mussels and scallops, can make them unsafe for human consumption. If eaten by humans, the contaminated shellfish can cause severe illness.
Velez-Malaga Tramway to Open on 11 October
The new tramway between Velez Malaga and Torre del Mar will finally come into public service on 11 October 2006. The service will be free until the 16 October and then the cost of the trip will be 1 Euro which is 30 cents less than the price approved by the local town hall. The reduction will remain in place until season tickets can be organised. The estimated journey time will be just 17 minutes which is almost half the time it takes by bus.
Radars to Protect the Iberian Lynx in Donana Nature Park
The Donana Nature Park is to install radars in areas where Iberian Lynx are known to cross the local roads. The measure is intended to reduce the speed of traffic and will be used in the short term. The long term plan is to place roads underground or change their routes to leave the lynx with a better chance of breeding and survival. Autumn is the season when the lynx are most active as the adult males and kittens born during the year start to move around to find new territory.
The number of broadband Internet connections in Spain has reached the six million mark according to the Telecommunications Market Commission. This means that there are 13.6 broadband lines for every 100 inhabitants, most of them ADSL.
Orange Takes Over from Amena and Wanadoo in Spain
Orange has launched its brand in Spain to replace Amena and Wanadoo. The company says it will spend 1.5 billion Euros in Spain over the next three years. They plan to offer internet access and calls to fixed and mobile lines at a fixed price. They also plan to offer subscribers a single phone which operates as a cordless landline at home and as a mobile device when outside the home.
Prince of Asturias Visits the United States
Prince Felipe called for a strengthening of the links between Spain and the United States in a speech at Georgetown University on his recent visit to America. The prince also officially presented a bibliographic collection about Spain and its history to the university, a resource that will be housed in the Georgetown library at the disposal of the institution's students and professors. He spoke of 21st century Spain which he said had nothing in common with the one he left in the 1980’s when he was a pupil at Georgetown. He said the country has seen spectacular changes in politics, economy and in social matters. During his visit, Prince Felipe will also meet with President George W. Bush at the White House.
Malaga 3 - La Palmas 1
Malaga scores three to go third. They are only a point behind the second placed team after coming from a goal down against Las Palmas to win 3-1 and after a close match last Wednesday (4 October); Malaga also beat Almeria in the “Copa del Rey” (5-4).
Malaga’s next game is away to Ciudad Murcia on Sunday 8 October, kick off 5.30 pm. The next game at La Rosaleda is on 15th October and is against Poli Ejido.
Spain Under Pressure to Beat Sweden
Spain heads into its European Championship qualifier against Sweden without captain Raul Gonzalez and with coach Luis Aragones' job on the line. The Spanish coach is desperate for a good result against Group F leader Sweden at Rasunda stadium outside Stockholm today, 7 October.
Aragones offered his resignation after Spain's defeat against Northern Ireland but the Spanish football federation rejected it, however, if Spain loses in this crucial European Championship qualifying match, then the coach's fate could be sealed. Sweden and Spain are the group favourites along with Denmark.
Philadelphia 76ers Lose to FC Barcelona 109 - 104 in Barcelona
Philadelphia became just the third NBA team since 1987 to lose to an overseas club when they fell 104-99 to Winterthur FC Barcelona on Thursday, the 76ers refused to let the loss dampen their spirits. "It's great to share basketball with the world," said Sixers' forward Chris Webber, who had 19 points. "The people here have been great." Philadelphia could only blame itself for the defeat. The 76ers were miserable at the free-throw line, barely put up any 3-pointers and allowed six Winterthur FC Barcelona players to score in double digits.
Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "The city is beautiful. It's tough to lose to anyone, but when you miss 20-plus foul shots and make 20-plus turnovers, it can happen."
Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka
The situation is neck and neck between Alonso and Michael Schumacher following the latter's win last week in China.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher have swept to first and second position on the grid for tomorrow's race in which Spain's Fernando Alonso (Renault) has secured fifth place.
Federer Could Face Nadal in Madrid Masters
Roger Federer faces a possible showdown with world number two Rafael Nadal in the Spain after agreeing to play in this month's Madrid Masters. The Madrid Masters begins on 14 October.
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