Volume 60

Cristina Sanchez
1Casa News from Spain - No. 78
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The Hacienda office in calle La Parra will stay open and continue to offer the same services with the same employees. This is good news for the people of Alora and many of the nearby towns that come here to carry out their business at this office. The Mayor of Alora, José Sánchez Moreno attended meetings in Madrid with the member of parliament for Malaga and with the General Director of the AEAT, Luis Pedroche to ensure that the Hacienda remained in the town.
Fuente Arriba
The Town Planning Office has finished the project for the remodelling of the Fuente Arriba. The plaza will become a pedestrian area and open for the enjoyment of the people, without cars and without architectural barriers. The plans include two fountains, one at the north and another at the south, which will replace the lions and traffic will only pass by. The work will begin at the end of the summer.
A concert celebrating the music of Andalucia will take place next Friday 12 May at the Cervantes Theatre, Alora. The concert begins at 9.00 pm. Ticketscost € 6.
British Policeman Helps Foil Robbery
A British policeman has been praised by the Guardia Civil for helping officers to catch a purse snatcher in the Riviera del Sol area of Mijas. The policeman, who was on holiday, saw Guardia Civil chasing the suspect and ran to help restrain the man as he was trying to jump into a taxi to get away. Guardia Civil officials indicated they planned to commend the officer via a letter to the British Consulate.
The Antibes Picassos Exhibition
The Picasso Museum in Malaga continues to present this exhibition, hitherto unseen in Spain, made up of almost all the works by the artist from the collection of the Picasso Museum in Antibes (France).
It is the first time that many of his works will be exhibited outside this museum. Among the pieces on display are the murals, The Joy of Living and Antipolis (1946), The Hedgehog Eater (1946) and the impressive sculpture, Head of a woman (1932).
There will be a total of 73 pieces on display, including canvasses, fibre-cement panels, drawings, sculptures and ceramics, which reveal a wonderful period in Picasso’s artistic production. There will be a parallel exhibition of photographs by the Polish artist Michel Sima. These pictures also belong to the French Picasso Museum collection, and were taken of the Malaga-born artist while he was working in the French town, and demonstrate the context in which these other works were created.
Dates: Continuing from May till the 6th of November 2006. The Timetable is Tuesday to Thursday, Sundays and public holidays, 10am-8pm. Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-9pm. Rates General admission: €6. Reduced: €3 (over 65s and students 26 years and under with ID, children 10-16 years and groups, minimum 20 people). Free: children 10 years and under.
Museo Picasso, Calle San Agustin, 8 29015 Malaga
Tel. +34 902443377 +34 952127600 /Fax +34 952127608
‘Le Repos ’an oil painting by Picasso painted by Picasso in 1932 was sold for 34.7 million dollars at Christie’s in New York last week, far above the expected price of 20 million.
Carlos Haya Hospital to Keep its Name
Malaga's Carlos Haya Hospital is to keep its name, the Junta de Andalucía’s health councillor has announced and the plan for a name change will affect the Carlos Haya complex, and not the general hospital itself. A meeting of the Malaga Health Council last October approved changing the name to Blas Infante. Councillor, Maria Jesus Montero, has announced that the regional government has plans to invest 38 million euros in the hospital complex by the year 2010. The funding will be spent on improvements to infrastructure and equipment.
Low Cost Flights Make Up Half of Malaga Arrivals
Easyjet, Monarch and Air Berlin now bring half the arrivals to Malaga airport. Thanks to the no-frills airlines some 800,000 extra seats to Malaga are on offer this summer. It means an expected 7.5% growth in passenger numbers this year to take the total over the 3 million passengers on low cost airlines alone. Now only 20% of arrivals in Malaga are on charter flights.
More Land for the Second Runway at Malaga Airport
Land the size of 200 football pitches is to be acquired for the construction of Malaga airport's second runway. Last week, the airport operator Aena published a list of 527 properties covering two million square metres which it will have to acquire to build the extra runway. The properties include apartments, parking areas, cultivated and irrigated land, roads, railways and undeveloped countryside. Most of the acquisitions fall within the municipality of the city of Málaga. The extra runway is expected to be operational by 2010.
Bill Gates Wins Prince of Asturias Prize for International Co-operation
Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife were awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for International Cooperation in recognition of their charitable efforts to battle disease and injustice. The jury praised the couple's contribution "to the global health of humanity" through the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
With nearly 27 billion Euros in assets, the organisation has so far donated more than 7.8 billion Euros to fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, among other causes. Bill and Melinda Gates "represent an example of generosity and philanthropy in the face of the ills that continue devastating the world," the jury said in announcing the award.
The Prince of Asturias prizes are Spain's most prestigious and receive great public attention.
98 Year old Niemeyer Designing Cultural Complex in Spain
Brazil’s Oscar Niemeyer, the 1989 recipient of Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize, is designing a cultural complex dedicated to the prizes. The $30 million, 100,000 square foot centre will be a key element in the urban revitalization of Aviles, a former industrial port in the Principality of Asturias, on Spain's north coast.
Princes of Asturias Prizes are awarded to recipients from several fields in an annual ceremony in the nearby city of Oviedo. The prizes are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.
The complex will be situated at the head of Aviles narrow bay, connecting the old city on one bank with new developments on former industrial land on the opposite side, a concrete hemisphere containing a large auditorium for concerts and meetings will be connected to a wave like concrete arch housing a museum by a floating, serpentine shaped canopy. A curved block of offices encloses the plaza on its landward side, the Principality of Asturias will finance the project.
Niemeyer is currently working on projects in Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Russia and elsewhere.
Heavy Rain in Spain
Malaga province suffered its worst weather for 60 years last Wednesday. An overnight cloudburst, which fell in the area of Antequera last week, has been calculated to have caused 1.5 million € worth of damage. Roads were flooded and there were mud slides in some areas. The village of Cuevas Bajas was most affected when 40 litres per square metre fell at 2.00 am causing a local river to burst its banks. Crops and greenhouses were affected in the area. In Granada province too the A-92 road was closed for a time together with several minor roads.
Spain’s Popularity Continues
Up to one in five Britons and a third of Germans are considering retiring to Spain. This is according to a new survey by property consultants King Sturge who carried out the study, interviewing several hundred Britons and Germans over 50.
Twenty-two percent of Britons said they were considering moving to Spain, while 35% of Germans said they had also considered it. Healthcare and social services facilities are all part of packages offered by many estate agents in Spain. The survey also found that 44% of Britons and 34% of Germans said this would attract them to retire in Spain.
London Authorises the Extradition to Spain of 11 March Suspect
The High Court of England and Wales has authorised the extradition to Spain of Moutaz Almallah Dabas, a member of the terrorist group that carried out the 11 March attacks. Dabas (39) was arrested in Slough in March 2005, and despite losing his appeal in the High Court, can now go on to appeal to the House of Lords. He’s a Spaniard of Syrian origin.
Bush's Spanish is Not So Good
President George Bush's Spanish is not that good, according to his press secretary Scott McClellan. "The president can speak Spanish but not that well," Scott McClellan, White House press secretary said. McClellan's comment was noticeable because presidential press secretaries usually boast about a president's ability rather than talk about any shortcomings.
McClellan made his comment in response to a report that Bush had sung the Star-Spangled Banner in Spanish during the 2000 campaign. Just last week Bush said the national anthem should be sung in English, not Spanish. McClellan is in the last days of his job, leaving the White House next week.
Malaga Relegated
Malaga have been relegated to the second division after losing 2-3 to Racing Santander last weekend and then again in the week to Villarreal 2 -1. Malaga’s game this weekend is with other arch rivals Sevilla on Saturday 6th May, kick off at 8.00 pm.
FC Barcelona Wins Second Spanish League Title
Barcelona players celebrated their second league title last Wednesday with a 1– 0 win at Celta Vigo courtesy of a 55th-minute goal by Samuel Eto’o. Barcelona was the last Spanish team to win consecutive league titles, in 1998 and 1999 when the coach was another Dutchman, Louis van Gaal.
The result left Barcelona, which has three games left, with an unassailable 11-point lead over Valencia, which has only two matches remaining. The team has 79 points, while Valencia has 68 and Real Madrid has 66.
The league title moved Barcelona closer to repeating its 1992 feat, when it won both the Spanish and European Champions Cup crown.
The European Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher led team-mate Felipe Massa in a Ferrari one-two in the final practice session. Schumacher, aiming for back-to-back wins in Imola and at the Nurburgring, clocked one minute, 30.788 seconds with Massa 0.305 seconds behind. Fernando Alonso set 1:31.807 while Britain's Jenson Button clocked 1:32.104. Toyota's Ralf Schumacher was third fastest in front of his home fans in Germany with Jacques Villeneuve fourth fastest for BMW Sauber. Alonso was sixth fastest behind Italian team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella.
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