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Romeria of the Virgin of Flowers (Virgen de Flores)
Alora celebrates its Romeria tomorrow, Sunday 10 September. The procession to return the Virgin of Flowers to the Convento begins at 10.00 am from the Church of the Incarnation in Plaza Baja.
Music at the Castle
A concert will be held at the Castle in Alora next Tuesday, 12 September. The concert begins at 9.00 pm with performances from the Alora Municipal Band, a band from Norway and soprano, Monica Campaña Romero.
Maloy, the actor and singer, born in Alora but living in Madrid for the last 11 years ago, presents his musical spectacle, Maloy, "Por Dentro" on 15 September in the Cervantes Theatre at 9.30 pm.
Investment in Alora’s Infrastructure
The Area of Works and Services of Alora has announced that there will be an investment of 521,991 Euros for diverse projects of improvement in infrastructures. The works expected to be set in motion this month consist of; the improvement of the network of water on the Angosturas road, the construction of toilets in the river park of the barriada El Puente, the repair of the water tower of El Hacho, finishing the work on centre of interpretation at the Church of the Incarnation and the improvement of the classroom at the School of Music.
Northern Access Route
The contract for the construction of the link road between MA-441 and the A-357 'North Access to Alora' has been awarded to the company, Dragados S.A. The project has a budget of 2,600,000 Euros and Dragados will have four months to complete the work on the 4.1 kilometre long road. Work is scheduled to begin at the end of this month. The connection with the A-357 road will potentially reduce traffic in the town centre by between 30 and 40%. The project is a step closer to the attainment of one of the most ambitious plans of the legislature.
Digital Television for Alora
The Council of Alora has approved a request to the Presidential Department of the Junta de Andalucia to grant a concession for the management of its own digital television channel. Initially Alora was to present this request with other towns in the municipality but in the end decided to make the presentation alone.
New Cancer Vaccine Being Tested in Malaga
A new treatment against pancreatic cancer is being tested in the Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga. The vaccine is being used to reduce the side effects of the chemotherapy used to treat these patients. Clinical trials of the new vaccine are also taking place in hospitals in Barcelona and Madrid.
Feria of the Horse
The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos (Trade Fair and Congress Centre of Malaga) in conjunction with Association of Breeders of Pure Bred Spanish Horses are holding the Feria of the Horse this weekend. Opening times are: Saturday 10.00 am until 9.00 pm and Sunday 10.00 am until 10.00 pm. Price: 5 Euros for adults or 10 Euros which includes the spectacular 'Arte a Caballo'.
Jumbo Jet 747 Will Take Off from Malaga Sunday 10 September
Tomorrow, Sunday 10 September, a 747 Jumbo Jet with a capacity of 460 people will land at Malaga to pick up passengers for a cruise starting from Copenhagen. The plane will take off from Malaga at 1.30 pm and will return on Sunday 17 September from Paris. The use of Malaga airport for this size of aircraft is unusual given that most airlines opt for smaller planes.
Parking Eases at Malaga Airport
650 new parking places have come into service at Málaga airport. The new places are on the two underground levels of the new seven storey car park building which remains under construction above ground. Access is via the main airport road. The opening of the car park should ease the parking chaos experienced over the summer as work continues on the construction of a new car park and terminal building. Work has now started on the eastern platform at a cost of 18 million Euros.
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Low Cost Airlines in Price War
The low cost airlines are starting a price war with advent of the low season which begins 29 October. The new airline, Clickair, put on sale 100,000 tickets at 5 Euros plus taxes and sold 13,000 tickets in the first 9 hours of their entry into the market. Meanwhile, Spanair announced thousands of seats for 1 Euro and Ryanair joined in by announcing free tickets for those who would carry posters against Iberia and to celebrate 4 million passengers.
Passengers Evacuated from Plane at Madrid Airport
Ten people were injured today (Saturday) as passengers evacuated a Qatar Airways plane after one of its wheels caught fire in an aborted take-off at Madrid’s Barajas airport. The injuries were sustained in the rush to get off the plane. The pilot braked the plane sharply as it was about to take off on a flight to Doha, after he heard an unusual noise coming from the undercarriage. His action reportedly caused one of the landing wheels to catch fire, prompting the emergency evacuation of the aircraft.
Diesel Tax Increase
The Spanish Government has announced that it is to increase the tax on diesel fuel to bring it into line with that charged in other EU countries. Consumers can expect to pay at least an extra cent per litre. The government is also reported to be considering tax increases on tobacco products.
Spanish Fashion Show Shuns Too Thin Models
A major fashion show in Madrid has excluded extremely thin models for fear of encouraging eating disorders according to newspaper reports. The Pasarela Cibeles show, which takes place from 18 - 22 September announced that models must have a body mass index of at least 18. Lights and make-up will also be used to make models look healthy. The Association of Fashion Designers of Spain said it wanted models at the show to project "an image of beauty and health" and shun a gaunt, emaciated look.
One Spanish newspaper reported that 30% of applicants were excluded from the show. Consumers' organizations have long been protesting against what they described as too small clothes sizes for women. Fashion designer Antonio Alvarado complained that the measures would 'damage Madrid's image,' but Socialist Party spokesman Javier Gomez criticized them as 'timid.'
Telefonica to Invest 9 Billion Euros in Spain Over Next 4 Years
Telefonica SA's General Manager of Telefonica Espana, Antonio Viana-Baptista said that Telefonica will invest 9 bn Euros in Spain over the next four years, principally in the development of its broadband and mobile businesses. Speaking at the 10th Telecoms Sector Conference in Santander, Viana-Baptista said the investment was 'very high, but consistent with the optimistic vision we have for the future of the sector.’
Germany and Spain Warned over Private Deal on Energy Takeover
The European commission issued an unprecedented warning yesterday to Germany and Spain against reaching a private deal that would enable the German energy group Eon to win its €27bn takeover bid for Spanish rival Endesa after months of political rows. A spokesman for Neelie Kroes, the competition commissioner, said the EU's single market would "descend into chaos" if countries resolved issues of community law on a bilateral basis. The warning came after José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the Spanish premier, told the German weekly Die Zeit that in talks on Tuesday he would reach an understanding on Endesa with the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. "There will be a happy end for Spain, for Europe, for the energy sector," he said.
Blair Will Resign on 4 May 2007
The fragile truce reached by the warring factions in Britain's ruling Labour Party is based on an understanding that Prime Minister Tony Blair will resign from office on 4 May next year. Blair, who will have been in office for 10 years by that date and this would pave the way for a new Labour leader to take charge in mid-June.
Eight Films by Pedro Almodovar to be Shown in USA
Pedro Almodovar, the campy, iconoclastic Spanish director, gets an eight-week, eight-film retrospective at two South Florida theatres starting this week, the series sees the theatrical re-release of Almodovar's early works, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Law of Desire and Matador, as a lead-in to his 16th and latest film, Volver, which stars Penelope Cruz and will open the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival on October 20. Almodovar is considered the most influential filmmaker in contemporary Spain. Volver, which reaped praise at this year's Cannes Film Festival, is said to be one of the director's finest in his 20-year career.
What's the Point?
Last week, Julio decided to sell his most marketable commodity on the Internet: his traffic points. He knows it's illegal, but he needed the cash. "I've been a little down on my luck," says Julio sheepishly, who declined to give his last name because selling points is illegal. "So I decided to sell my points."
Hoping to reduce one of Europe's highest rates of road deaths, Spain has started a new points-based drivers' license system, subtracting points for infractions until they are used up and the license is revoked, however almost as soon as the new law began 2 months ago, problem drivers found a way around it with the help of people like Julio. "Say you commit an infraction," he explains, "and you can't afford to lose any points. We'd find a time and place to meet, we'd exchange vital information, and then you'd simply designate me as the person driving your car. The points would be deducted from my account." Julio is not alone. Even before the new law took effect, one online shark, boasting the moniker "Jaws," offered to sell "my grandmother's points." Since then, the bidding wars have only escalated. Margarita, an actual grandmother living in a Barcelona nursing home, was won over by her own granddaughter. "She was looking online and saw all these people selling their points, so we thought if they could do it, so could I." Margarita is asking 750 euros ($950) per point.
No points have yet been subtracted from drivers because of a backlog in paperwork. Nonetheless, in mid-August someone named Kylie, had already posted a cry for help: "I'm desperate! I need to buy points at any price!"
Last Ditch Bid for Shuttle Launch
Hoping for good weather and better luck, NASA started fuelling the space shuttle Atlantis today for a last-ditch attempt to launch a mission to resume construction of the International Space Station, liftoff is targeted for 11.15am (1.15am AEST Sunday) from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on the final day of the shuttle's two-week launch window. Weather conditions are forecast to be favourable. NASA has been trying to get the shuttle and its crew off six off the launch pad since August 27.
Malaga 1 - Alaves 0
Malaga win their first home game of the season although it took an own goal to decide the final outcome. Malaga's next game is away to Albacete tonight (Saturday), kick off at 7.00 pm. Their next home game is on 19 September against Numancia.
Armstrong Inspires Martinez to Stage Win
Spaniard Egoi Martinez put his victory on Wednesday's 11th stage of the Tour of Spain down to the example set by retired seven times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, he was part of a 3 man breakaway, Martinez, who rides for Armstrong's old Discovery Channel team, began his attack 13 km from the finish in Burgos for his first win in three years. Spaniard Inigo Landaluze was second, 55 seconds behind, and Ukrainian Volodymir Gustov third. Alejandro Valverde of Spain kept the overall lead. Last year's Vuelta champion Denis Menchov of Russia did not start the stage because of stomach problems and another 4 riders abandoned during the race, the Tour of Spain ends on September 17 in Madrid.
Spain Hit Hard by Healy's Hat-trick
Lawrie Sanchez, the Northern Ireland manager, was not joking when he claimed that his country's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign would be one long rollercoaster ride. He stated that his players would not score three goals against Spain, but, thrillingly, they did, twice coming from behind to record an upset 1982 Healey scored all 3 for NI, Final score, Northern Ireland 3 Spain 2.
"Stop Press" LAWRIE SANCHEZ has stunned Irish FA officials by telling them he wants to quit as Northern Ireland boss, in a second bombshell he wants the IFA to pay up the remaining two years of his contract. Although Sanchez has not formally resigned, he has told senior IFA figures he will not be returning to Windsor Park despite leading Northern Ireland to one of their greatest results of the last two decades by beating Spain 3-2 in a Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
Italian Grand Prix - Monza
The Italian Grand Prix takes place tomorrow, Sunday 10 September, with intense speculation about the future of Michael Schumacher. The German's future become clear after the race as Ferrari announce their 2007 driver line-up. Felipe Massa kept Ferrari in front in final practice ahead of qualifying.
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