Volume 58

Cristina Sanchez
1Casa News from Spain - No. 76
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Developers in Joint Proposal to Build 30,000 Homes in Malaga Province
The proposal formulated by a group of property developers to the City Hall plans 30,000 new homes at a point which will become the new main access route to Malaga, this is where the future outer ring road meets the Las Pedrizas toll motorway to the north of Puerto de la Torre. The revised version of the city’s master plan (PGOU) had already set aside land around the Venta San Cayetano for future housing.
This new proposal expands this area to cover a total of 710 hectares on either side of the outer ring road. Of the 30,000 new homes, at least 30 per cent would by law have to be subsidised. Blocks would be no higher than six storeys and the scheme also includes a hospital with an old people’s home, a health centre, an art and music centre with auditorium, an international language centre, a municipal English and French school for children, a basketball school and an Olympic swimming pool.
(So much for the report last week that said homes were taking longer to sell!)
Regional Games 2006
The Regional Games, in the categories of athletics and handball are taking place in Alora today, 22 April from 10.00 am. The venues are the Municipal Sports Centre and the football ground.
Cartama Feria
The Cartama April Feria is being held this weekend from Thursday 20 April until Monday 24 April. This year the Feria is taking place at the new Feria Ground and which has 20,000 square metres available for the attractions and 11,000 metres more for car parking. The new venue is situated in a key area between Cartama town and Cartama Station.
Tourist Train for Antequera
Antequera has, from last week, a tourist train that travels to the main monuments of the town. The mayor, Ricardo Millan, presented the new joint tourist project to Jose Luis Fernandez, the promoter of this initiative. The train will give tourists the opportunity to travel to the places of maximum historical and cultural interest. The train offers two short excursions and two long (of approximately an hour) a day. The vehicle is articulated for easy movement along the streets of Antequera.
Ronda and the Serrania suffer most of the earthquakes recorded in Malaga province. The hotspots are centred on Cañete la Real, Cuevas del Becerro and Ronda along with Ardales and Antequera. The last recorded earthquake was on the 6 April 2006 in Teba, reaching 3.2 on the Richter scale. This brought the total number of earthquakes in the Ronda area, measuring more than 3 points, to nine this year.
Second Train Line to Fuengirola 70% Complete
RENFE has announced that work to lay a second track on the railway line between Malaga and Fuengirola is now 70% complete. Once the work is completed trains will run every 20 minutes, compared to the current half hour. Building time has speeded up lately as more than 23 million euros is being spent on the improvements.
Fifth Marbella International Jazz Festival
The 5th Marbella International Jazz Festival takes place from 4 to 14 May 2006. Information can be found at www.marbella.es/jazzfestival
Homes and Garden Show
The Homes and Garden Show takes place this weekend from Friday 21 April until Sunday 23 April at the Palacio de Ferias and Congresos, Malaga. The show is open from 11.00 am until 9.00 pm. Entry is 5 Euros for adults and children free.
Fifth Regatta of 'City of Malaga-Costa del Sol'
The fifth Regatta of City of Malaga Costa del Sol is being held this weekend from 20 to 23 April with more than 40 vessels taking part in the Bay of Malaga. Olympic champions Fernando Leon and Kiko Sanchez Luna will be taking part in the event.
British Airways Launches an Offensive Against Low Cost Flights
British Airways has opted for an aggressive policy of prices in the face of low cost airlines. The company has decided to challenge its competitors 'low cost' strategy and has lowered the prices of its European routes by more than 50%. British Airways is imitating its ally Iberia in its plan to reduce the price of tickets in this sector and has launched seven million places each year at 42 Euro for journeys to 65 European destinations. In Spain this measure will affect flights between Madrid and Barcelona with London Gatwick, which will be sold from 33 Euros.
Thomsonfly Announces More Flights to Malaga
Thomsonfly announced yesterday the expansion of its low cost flights from Malaga for the next winter season by which the airline will connect Malaga with a total of 13 airports in the UK. They indicated in a communique that they will offer a total of 45 flights a week from Malaga. The frequent low cost flights between Malaga and Bournemouth, Coventry, Doncaster-Sheffield, Gatwick, Manchester, Cardiff and Newcastle are already on sale. Thomsonfly will be the airline with headquarters in the UK that will fly to and from most airports in Spain.
Doctors' Appointments by Internet Arrive in Malaga
Patients attending many of the health centres in Malaga will shortly be able to make an appointment with their GP or paediatrician over the Internet. The service will begin on 1 May and be available in the 38 of the 48 health centres in Malaga which have the Diraya computer system installed. The webpage is www.juntadeandalucia.es/servicioandaluzdesalud
Users just need to enter the number on their health card and then fill in the form.
New Digital Television Channels for Andalucia
The Junta de Andalucia has announced that it is starting the process to grant licenses for 186 local digital television channels to private operators across the region. The period for applications ends in three months time, and after that the Junta will take at least six months to approve the concessions being awarded. The regional government has split Andalucia into 60 areas and there will be three digital TV licenses available for each area.
Spain's Albert Costa to Retire
The 2002 French Open champion said he would retire after playing the Barcelona Open next week. "I have decided to call an end to my career. I have achieved all the objectives and dreams I set myself," Costa told a news conference.
"This tournament is a special one for me and one where I know they would like to see me play once again." The 30-year-old has competed at the Barcelona Open on 13 consecutive occasions, winning it in 1997.
Costa was part of Spain's Davis Cup winning team in 2000 but his big moment came at Roland Garros four years ago when he beat compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero in four sets to win the French Open.
King Juan Carlos presented Mexico's Sergio Pitol with Cervantes Award
Mexican writer Sergio Pitol received the Spanish language's most prestigious award, the Cervantes Prize, yesterday in the central university town of Alcala de Henares, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the 17th-century author of Don Quixote. In his acceptance speech, Pitol recalled his life and his contacts with the world of literature. Pitol said that news of the prize in December came "on a magical day when my life looked to have changed." "Since that day I have remembered unexpectedly different phases of my life, some radiant, others horrific," he said.
He went on to relate how he was left an orphan at four years old, and fell victim to malaria. He said his grandmother introduced him to the delights of reading, and that by age 12 he already had read Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, was familiar with the authors Jules Verne, Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson. King Juan Carlos said Pitol's work had enriched the Spanish language. "Queen (Sofia) joins me in congratulating you, from our hearts and with the greatest appreciation and admiration, for this truly deserved distinction," the king said.
Pitol's well-known titles include Flower Games (Juegos florales), The Parade of Love (El desfile del amor) and The Married Life (La vida conyugal) (1991). "It pays tribute to your valuable contribution to the evolution of Spanish literature," the king said. The readings were linked via videoconference to Spanish institutes in Sophia, Bulgaria, and Bremen, Germany, several hundred people, from all over the globe, were scheduled to take part in the reading. Telephone connections for readers outside the fine arts centre include one with a Saharawi refugee camp in Algeria and in 3 prisons in Madrid.
Pitol was a diplomat before becoming a translator, professor of literature and a writer; he served as cultural attaché of the Mexican Embassy in Warsaw and was a Mexican ambassador to the former Czechoslovakia.
Spanish Health Report
At an average of 83, Spanish women have the longest life expectancy among European Union countries, however, despite their longevity, a report by the Spanish ministry of health found more women were dying from smoking-related diseases.
Between 1992 and 2002, lung cancer and other related illnesses claimed the lives of 31% more women. Smoking remained the principle cause of death in Spain, despite a steady fall in the number of smokers.
For Spaniards as a whole, life expectancy was 79, which puts them in third place in the EU, after Italy and Sweden. The report highlighted that in 1960, Spaniards lived to 69 on average.
The report said: "The health of Spaniards is globally good and carries on improving and better medical care appeared to be the main reason Spaniards were living longer. It did not mention the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
Osasuna 1 - Malaga 1
Malaga achieve a draw away from home as Morales scores his first league goal for the club. The draw was not a lot of use for the team, who ended the weekend ten points away from safety. Malaga are away again this weekend playing Real Madrid on Sunday 23 April, kick off at 7.00 pm.
San Marino Grand Prix - Sunday 23 April
Schumacher and Alonso continue their domination of the San Marino Grand Prix weekend in the final practice session before qualifying. Schumacher was fastest with a lap of one minute 23.787 seconds at his Ferrari team's home Imola track, beating Alonso's Renault by 0.281secs, Giancarlo Fisichella was third, 0.590secs behind Schumacher. Ferrari's Felipe Massa was fourth, followed by Kimi Raikkonen for McLaren. Jenson Button is in seventh place.
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