Volume 20

1Casa News from Spain - No. 20
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Intercity Bus Transport
Five towns in Málaga Province are trying to obtain an agreement to join the new Intercity bus ticket scheme. 
The service has been operating since 1 February 2005 offering discounts of 33%.  Coín, Álora, Vélez-Málaga, Moclinejo and Riogordo could be part of this new service if their applications are approved.  Holders of this ticket also makes it possible for users to transfer buses for an additional 52 céntimos.  This would mean that 100,000 more people could benefit from this new service and join the 7,000 already using it. 
Older Properties Will Need Safety Certificate
Property owners in Málaga province whose properties are more than 20 years old have had another duty asked of them. They will have to ensure that their properties are in a good state of repair.
The new building regulations will be brought into law by this summer; they say that the owners of such properties present certificates testifying that their properties are in a good state of repair regarding the general structure of the building, and that the electricity, gas and telephone installations are safe. Fire detection systems should also be in good working order. These points will need to be inspected and their safety attested to in the certificate. Failure to present a valid certificate will make the property owner liable for high fines.
Antequera’s PGOU Aims For Expansion
Details are emerging about Antequera’s new town plan, which has been drawn up by José Seguí Arquitectos Asociados and will serve for ten years. The plan aims to turn the town into ‘the premier medium-sized city in southern Spain’.
The town plan details Antequera’s development over the next ten years, and important points include four areas where industrial parks will be situated, to provide space for technological enterprises and other industries; these will be situated within easy reach of the A-92 and the projected major new road, the A-45. Other main points are the creation of installations to attract tourists, such as a new nine-hole golf course in the Finca La Magdalena, together with a hotel and commercial areas. A main area of the plan is the construction of high-quality homes for residential tourism as well as new housing units for those already living in the town. It has been estimated that the population of Antequera will continue increasing, reaching around 70,000 by 2015.
Antequera’s expansion plans will be helped by the construction of the projected Las Pedrizas motorway. This will significantly reduce travelling time to the coast from Antequera, an attractive proposition for those wishing to move away from the crowds. The new high-speed trains and plans for the improvement of existing roads should also provide an impetus for Antequera's expansion.
Spain's Amnesty Programme Attracts Thousands
During the first 16 days of Spain’s amnesty programme, which allows people living illegally in Spainto apply for residency and gain work permission, 48,287 people have filed applications, the Spanish work and social affairs minister Jesus Caldera said.
Mr Caldera said he expects 255,000 people to apply for amnesty if the applications continue at the same pace until it closes 7 May, according to ABC. 
Roughly 33.5 percent of the applicants are from Ecuador, 15.8 percent are Columbian, 13.2 percent are Moroccan and 13.1 percent are Romas.
Some 37 percent of the applications are from people who work in domestic households - making up the largest percentage.
According to Spanish Prime Minister José Rodriguez Luis Zapatero, roughly 800,000 people work illegally in Spain.
Spain's 'The Sea Inside' Wins Foreign-Language Oscar
"The Sea Inside," a Spanish drama based on the true story of a quadriplegic's fight for the right to enlist others to help him die, won the foreign-language Oscar at the Academy Awards last Sunday.
The film, directed by Alejandro Amenabar, benefits from a critically acclaimed performance by Spanish actor Javier Bardem. His portrayal of Ramon Sampedro, who was paralyzed in a diving accident, won the best actor award at the Venice International Film Festival last year.
"The Sea Inside" is the fourth Spanish film to win the foreign-language Oscar and the first since the 1999 movie "All about My Mother" directed by Pedro Almodovar.
International Fantasy Film Week (Cine Fantástico) – Málaga
XV International "Cine Fantastico" week organised by the Malaga University brings a wealth of cinematic activities as well as films to the City. Screenings take place at the Alameda Cinema.
The film week involves many activities and competitions with prizes for best film, director, actors, photographer, special effect for the films both Spanish and foreign. These are chosen by a panel of judges but the general public also have an opportunity to vote for the best film, best short film, foreign and Spanish.
The XV Week of Fantasy Cinema continues on the lines of previous years, although this year, which is the 400th anniversary of the publishing of Don Quijote, a cycle of events have been organised around the immortal personalities created by Cervantes.
Rutgar Hauer, who played the part of Roy Batty in 'Blade Runner', is being honoured this year in the festival and is to attend the festival.
Calle Cordoba 9, Near to Parkin Plaza Marina Malaga, 3rd to 11th March.
European Ballroom Dancing Competition at PALACIO DE SAN MIGUEL
XVI European Ballroom Dancing Championships have become an important annual event on the Costa del Sol. The weeklong dance competition, the inspiration of Javier Checa, attracts Europe's leading ballroom dancers to compete. Phone 952 409 210 & 952 058 087.
Starts: Saturday 5th March 2005.
Address: Calle Pedro Navarro Brumas, Torremolinos – Tel: 952 058 087
Osasuna 1 - Málaga 6
A sensational game at Osasuna, where Málaga confirmed their recovery under Antonio Tapia beating the Pamplona based side 1 - 6. 
Following this, their biggest away win in history, Málaga went on to a mid week 1 - 0 victory against Athletic Bilbao at home; their fourth win in a row.
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