For Saturday, 28 October 2006 - No. 102
1Casa Topical Digest of News and Views from the Andalucia Area in Spain
All Saints Day - 1 November 2006
All Saints Days (Todos los Santos) is celebrated throughout Spain on 1 November and is a national holiday. It is the day when Spanish people take flowers to lay on the graves of their loved ones.
Lost Day Trippers Found Safe
The Guardia Civil mountain rescue team found three youngsters who lost their way on a trip to the area near the Ardales reservoirs last Sunday. The three, who reports say are foreign, had set off from the youth hostel in Casarabonela at 6.00 pm that evening and were reported missing at 10.00 pm. The search operation located them safe and sound several hours later.
Dressage Championship in Coin
Coin will hold a championship high school and dressage equestrian event this weekend. The event began yesterday 27th October and will run until Sunday 29th October, with the final of the IV Championship of High School Dressage. The competition continues today from 12 noon (Saturday 28 October) and takes place at the Sacab, the Andalucian Salon of the Horse, situated in the industrial estate. Horses and riders will be principally from Andalucia, but there will also be competitors from the Canaries, Burgos and Mallorca.
Antequera Motorway Access to be Widened
Access to the A-45 from Antequera is to be made dual carriageway in both directions in what is one of the latest improvement projects announced by the town council. The works will mean there will now be four lanes between the Cuesta del Romeral and the A-45 roundabout. The work is expected to take at least 18 months.
Cuevas del Becerro Protests Against Building Plans
The village in the Serrania de Ronda held a General Strike last week in protest at plans to build two hotels and new housing in the village. The local residents feel that their village life is under threat, and so all businesses, shops and schools closed for the day and a march was held. The locals say they are particularly concerned about the water supply and they are calling on the Junta de Andalucia to stop the plans to build 800 homes, two golf courses and two luxury hotels in the Merinos Norte project. Isabel Teresa Rosado, the Mayoress of Cuevas, said the strike had been a success.
Third Malaga Motor Show
The Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Malaga (Palace of Fairs and Conferences) will welcome the 3rd Malaga Motor Show from 27th October until 5th November in the Car Hall. The celebration of this event will bring together manufacturers of cars, motorcycles, industrial vehicles and auxiliary vehicles. The motor show will be open from 12 noon until 9.00 pm., Monday to Friday and from 10.00 am until 9.00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
New Picasso Exhibition
Events to mark the 125th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's birth continue in Malaga and visitors to the painter’s birthplace in the Plaza de la Merced can now see the Señoritas de Aviñón. Considered to be one of the painter’s most fundamental works, the collection of sketches and drawings have been put on show in Spain for the first time this week.
The show, with 12 pieces of African tribal art and 13 erotic photographs, can be seen in the new exhibition at the Fundación Picasso, at the Museo Casa Natal in Plaza de la Merced in Malaga until February 28. Picasso was born on 25 October 1881.
Picasso's Designed Bullring Considered for Malaga
A bullring that was the only building ever designed by Pablo Picasso may be built in Malaga, according to a close friend of the Spanish artist. The idea for the building came about as a result of Picasso's friendship with bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguin, said the late matador's former wife, Lucia Bose. Picasso's original idea was to have statues of bullfighters set within arches, similar to a Roman coliseum, the actress said.
Picasso had wanted the bullring to be built in Madrid, but that idea was vetoed by Franco, who was in power at the time. Architect Jose Manuel Garcia Perez, who has added his support to Bose's project, said he believed several companies would back a construction project in Malaga, and that plans already had been lodged with Malaga's local and regional authorities. Garcia Perez said other architects were welcome to participate. He added that the building would not be solely dedicated to bullfights, but would be open to many different types of events.
El Prado’s Spanish Portrait Exhibition to Include Malaga
The Prado museum's popular exhibition “El Retrato Español” (The Spanish Portrait) had already started its tour around Spain’s major cities when the Minister for Culture, Carmen Calvo, and the President of Unicaja, Braulio Medel, decided that the city of Malaga had to be included on the show’s itinerary.
After leaving Madrid the collection was visited by more than 100,000 people in its first two ports of call: Santiago de Compostela and Salamanca, but until now there was no Andalusian venue on its agenda. The exhibition could reach Malaga some time after April 2007 and generally stays at each location for two months. The portraits are currently on display in the Santa Cruz Museum in Toledo. The full collection is made up of 62 works by 36 different artists, including portraits by Francisco de Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco.
Cuban Stamp Collector Awarded Prize in Malaga
Daniel Montes, an 18 year old native of Cuba has become the best young stamp collector of the world for 2006, when he competed in the World Stamp Collecting Exhibition in Malaga. Montes won the prestigious award with his collection "Cuba colonial" which includes stamps from the Caribbean island during the 19th century, after evaluating hundreds of entries from 72 countries, judges highlighted excellence, high command of the issue and research by the Cuban.
Sierra Magina Becomes First Nature Reserve in Jaen to Include a Network of Volunteers
The nature reserve of Sierra Magina has become the first of the four reserves the province in Jaen to include a network of environmental volunteers, and the seventh in Andalucia to have this important entity, such as Donana.
The delegate of Environment of Jaen, Amparo Ramirez, participated in the setting up of this network celebrated in Albanchez de Magina. The group is comprised of a hundred people that have joined individually as well as through associations and companies that already operate in the area and have, in many cases, a long history in the execution of environmental projects such as "Friends of the nature reserve Sierra Magina", "Forest Rangers of Jódar", the Ayuntamiento and the Association for the Rural Development of the Region. "The network is the best formula to unify the efforts of the collective and will be the best weapon the Department of Environment can have for conservation", assured Ramirez.
Andalucia is a National Reality in the New Statute
Andalucía will be referred to in the new statute for the region as a ‘national reality’ but set in the ‘inseparable unity of the Spanish nation’. The agreement on the definition comes between the two main parties, PSOE and PP. The President of the Junta de Andalucia, Manuel Chaves, said he was satisfied with the outcome. ‘There are no winners or losers’, he said, while the PP leader in the region, Javier Arenas, said that the final result was a statute which is ‘plainly constitutional’.
Jerez Airport to Increase Flights from Spring 2007
Jerez de la Frontera's international airport (La Parra) is planning to expand its flight programme from March next year. The airport is making the most of the current battle between Spain's airlines as well as the growing interest shown by foreign tour operators in the Costa de la Luz. New destinations include Manchester in the UK, and Scandinavian cities and there will also be more flights direct from Jerez to Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao. The new direct link between Jerez and Manchester is due to the expansion of Monarch Airlines into the province of Cadiz. The firm is already selling tickets for the service which will start to operate on March 25th. There will be four flights a week.
Meanwhile the volume of domestic flights from Jerez is also expected to increase significantly over the next year. After operating a link to Madrid from the terminal for the last year and a half, the company Spanair plans to start running two return flights a day between Jerez and Barcelona from May 2007 and Spanair has also announced a daily flight from Jerez to Bilbao. Furthermore both Iberia and Spanair face new competition on the Jerez-Madrid route with the introduction of the company Vueling, which has announced that its flights between La Parra and the capital will start next year. Currently an average of 1,200 passengers fly between Jerez and Madrid every day.
Still Short of Water Despite Torrential Downpours
After more than a week rainstorms across Spain, four regions still suffer shortages of water, government ministers approved an emergency transfer of water to some of the most needy, 12 cubic hectometers of water were sent to the Segura basin to provide drinking water for several towns there.
The government said it had invested more than 600 million euros since the drought began in emergency measures to avoid water restrictions to homes. "Despite the recent rain, the situation is still very different from one basin to another. While some areas are suffering from flooding, the drought is still concentrated in the Jucar and Segura basins," it said in a statement.
Pilots in Spain Randomly Checked with Drug and Alcohol Tests
Spain is set to align with the USA to force pilots to face random drug and alcohol tests, the public works ministry said all national airlines may have to take the tests, they did not say when the testing would begin but said pilots and flight attendants could be stopped at any airport. Ground crew may also have to undergo tests, especially technicians and engineers.
Chinese Apply to Learn Spanish in Bejing
Many Chinese people signed up for Spanish classes at the new Cervantes Institute in Beijing on Monday, motivated by commercial prospects in the 400-million-strong Spanish-speaking global market. "We are quite pleased with the turnout," Inmaculada Gonzalez, director of the institute said.
She said participation here in the opening phase was greater than inaugural sessions in other capitals, like Moscow. the Cervantes Institute's objectives include extending the use and understanding of Spanish throughout the world, disseminating the Spanish and Hispanic culture and training language teachers around the globe. More than 170 people, mostly Chinese university students, began formal instruction in Spanish.
Best Actress Award for Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz has been named as Best Actress of the year at the Hollywood Awards for her role in Pedro Almodovar’s film ‘Volver’. The award strengthens the actress's chances of being nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress in the role. Meanwhile there are reports that she is to be part of the next Woody Allen film to be shot in Barcelona with a mixture of Spanish and American actors.
Eating Habits in Spain
Mercasa, a public company belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, said Spaniards spend an average 1,300 euros on food per person. The study provides an interesting insight into the changing food habits in Spain.
According to the authors of the study presented to the media yesterday in Madrid by the Minister of Agriculture, 21% of the total food budget is spent on meat, 13% on fresh fruit and vegetables - a 4% increase on the previous year -, another 13% on fresh fish and 10% on milk and other dairy products. Meanwhile the trend in Spain to spend more money on better quality wine continues to grow, in 2005 consumption of Spanish wines grew by 8% compared to the previous year.
Carrefour Launches Mobile Phone Service
Carrefour launched its own virtual mobile company in Spain last Friday 27th October and became the first distribution company in the country that offers this service to its clients. The service will be available through its 154 hypermarkets and 78 supermarkets throughout Spain. Initially it will operate a prepay system with a flat rate charge of 0.15 Euros and will follow up with contract service from 2007. This new project is in partnership with Orange, the mobile phone operator which is allowing Carrefour to use its network.
New phone regulations will mean that those who want to keep their mobile phone number and change operator will see a far easier process and one which now has to be completed in four days. The Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) is currently drawing up the new regulations on this subject.
Correos to Increase its Workforce
Correos, Spain's post office company, has announced it is to increase its workforce by 9,000 new employees next month. It will take the number of staff to 67,000, almost as many as in the Spanish armed forces.
Xerez 1 - Malaga 0
Nine yellow cards and five reds in one game and Malaga were unable to beat a reduced side, It was hoped that Malaga would take on league leaders to bring home at least a point, however, the reality was that the Costa del Sol side were dominated right from the start and didn't manage to take advantage of the fact that for most of the game Xerez played with ten men! The blue and whites did beat Real Sociedad 4 -1 in the Copa del Rey (Kings Cup) later in the week to stay in the competition.
Malaga’s next match is against Valladolid at La Rosaleda this Sunday, kick off at 5.30 pm.
Stenson Four Under Par in Valderrama
Sweden's Henrik Stenson shot a 68 to take the halfway lead at the Volvo Masters in Valderrama on four under. The Ryder Cup player holds a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood. Paul Casey's hopes of topping the Order of Merit are still alive after a round of 72 put him on six over. His closest rival Padraig Harrington is on level par, one shot ahead of David Howell and Robert Karlsson.
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