Volume 09

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The Nativity Scene in Álora – The Nativity scene has been created at the Casa de Cultura and will be inaugurated on Saturday 11 December 2004  and will be on display for the Christmas period.
Álora Credit Card - In Álora we now have our own and exclusive credit card.  It is great to be able to pay for goods with a card that has the unique image of our castle on it! 
British Driving Licenses Valid In Spain - A change in Spanish law now means that British driving licenses no longer need to be changed for Spanish ones by Britons who take up residence in Spainor those who holiday in the country. The law now recognizes any EU photo card driving license as valid. This has cleared the way for drivers who did not want to give up their British licenses, particularly if they spend half their time in Spain and half in the UK. However, it is still not clear how the points system, to be introduced next year in Spain, will incorporate the foreign licenses. For Britons who have received a fine by the police or Guardia Civil officers who are not yet aware of the new law, they are advised to take the fine to their nearest traffic department (Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico) that will cancel it and refund their money if necessary.
Teaching sport in Antequera - The building of a new indoor swimming pool and a multi-sports pitch improves the level of sports facilities in Antequera.
The most important aspect of sports teaching is to start with children when they are very young, and when sport and athletics is genuine fun. They are following this philosophy to the letter in Antequera, where children of all ages are involving themselves in sport, because the facilities are available.
From the beginning of the eighties, the Antequera Town Hall has had sports schools, and the number has been rising year by year. Now, there are ten different schools in the town: aerobics, gymnastics, fitness, karate, rhythmic gymnastics, football, athletics, tennis, basketball and handball. About 1,300 people, mostly children, attend these schools, and some of them have already decided, as a result, to move into sports on a professional basis. Seven of them are basic sports facilities, the rest being sporting activities that people of any age can practice.
The facilities will also be vastly improved with the building of a new multi-sports area for athletics. Sports in Antequera is almost exclusively in the hands of the Town Hall, although there are agreements signed with some clubs so that young people can be federated and thus participate in competitions at national level.
The building of a double artificial grass pitch has resulted in a spectacular increase in the number of children practicing football in the municipal school, the number now amounting to 600. This school has players from the under-10 category to under-18s, while the Antequera Football Club caters for the higher age groups.
The tennis school is managed by the Masquetenis company, and currently has 150 players, and the El Maulí facility teaches children from the ages of three. They teach all matters relating to equipment and injuries, and organise competitions at club level and regional level, having presented seven teams in the Andalusian Championships (from under-10s to absolute and veteran class).
Schools of aerobics, gymnastics, fitness, karate and rhythmic gymnastics: Pabellón Cubierto, Gimnasio Municipal.
Football school: Campo Municipal Fútbol 7.
Tennis school: Pistas Tenis Complejo Maulí.
Basketball school: Pabellón Cubierto Pista Central and Pistas Polideportiva El Maulí.
Handball school: Pabellón Cubierto.
Information: Patronato Deportivo Municipal. Antequera (C/ Infante Don Fernando, 90
Edificio San Luis, segunda planta).
Tel: 95 270 81 33.
Malaga C.F. – Barcelona 4 - Malaga 0. Malaga lost to the inform league leaders, Barcelona in a one sided match.  Malaga have not scored a goal since their game against Real Betis in October.
A previously unknown painting by El Greco, found by chance in an envelope in a flat in Spain, is finally returning home after being bought by the artist's native island of Crete.
The oil-on-wood portable altarpiece "The Baptism of Christ" by Domenikos Theotokopoulos -- commonly known as El Greco (The Greek) -- was sold at auction on Wednesday for 789,250 pounds to the Municipality of Crete.
El Greco was born on the Greek island in 1541.
The work, which fits snugly into a medium-sized envelope, was found earlier this year when a man living in western Spain responded to an advertisement offering valuations of art objects. It is not listed in any catalogue of El Greco's works.
"To have discovered a painting of such beauty and importance was a complete surprise," Paul Raison of auction house Christie's said in a statement.
The painting, which had been in the man's family since the mid-19th century, dates from El Greco's brief period in Venice between around 1567 and 1570 -- a crucial transitional stage in the development of an artist whose works inspired 20th century masters like Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. LONDON (Reuters)
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It is a logical move on the part of Google and it is expected that a hundred or more geo-focused versions of Google News will launch over the next few years. This would include new English language versions, but serving countries such as the U.K. and Australia.
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