THE Son Ferriol Agricultural and Livestock Fair was opened at the weekend by the Mayor of Palma, Catalina Cirer, who said she expects there will be more visitors to this year's event in comparison to 2004 when 230'000 persons visited the fair. This fair has been organised by the Agricultural and Livestock Association, Palma city council and the Balearic Islands governmnet, and has 60'000 square metres of space where 700 exhibitors and 31 stands will be. Some of the exhibitors complained about the high cost of the stands, three metres for 60 euros, in Muro we didn't have to pay anything, said one of the exhibitors. At this fair, visitors can take part in the gastronomic and art events, as well many attractions for children, such as music and dancing.
New station open
THE electrity and gas company, Gesa-Endesa, has finished the improvement and extension reforms of the Inca power station. This newly improved electrical power station will service approximately 18'200 clients. The cost for carrying out this project, which started in 2003, total 2.8 million euros. This opening coincides with the 100 year anniversary of electricity services in Inca. This power station will service clients in many towns; Inca, Selva, Escorca, Llubí, Sineu, Lloret, Costitx, Búger, Campanet, Sencelles and Sant Joan. There is 262 kilometres of 15kw cables that go to 348 distribution centres. The completion of this project is one of the most important and significant electrical renovations in Majorca, said a spokesperson from Gesa. The transformations of the station have included installing new switches, as well as constructing 15 15 kilowatt boxes for the operating the network distribution. Furthermore, all protection and control systems have been renovated, which now consists of an electronic control system that has be installed throughout the building.
Cake baking competition
PUERTO Portals has opened the sign-up period to people who want to take part in this year's traditional cake baking competition. This is the competitions tenth year anniversary and is opened to professionals and enthusiasts, said a spokesperson from the event organiser. The event will take place on 20 March at midday in the Tristan restaurant in Puerto Portals. All those who have signed-up to take part, will present their cakes and desserts to the judges and the public. All cakes will be made before the competition and not during the competition. A judge, that will be especially chosen for the day, will award prizes for the best puddings that excel in taste and originality. The competition is broken into two categories; professionals and enthusiasts. All participants must show their talents for making the most delicious tarts and cakes. Three winners will be awarded money and a placard from both categories. The professional winner will receive 350 euros, and the runner-up will receive 200 euros and thrid place will get participants 100 euros. For the second classification, enthusiast cake bakers, the winner of the first prize will go home with 300 euros, the runner-up will receive 150 euros and the thrid place winner 100 euros. There will also be a special award. Once all awards have been handed out, the public will then be free to sample the delicious offerings on show. People interested, can sign up to the Tenth Cake Baking Competition in Puerto Portals every day this week at 2pm. Inscriptions are open until Friday. For more information call 971 228 415.
Religious music week
THE Joan Valent Ars Ensemble group, the sephardic singer Rosa Zaragoza and the Majorca Baroque Orchestra will be performing at the three concerts for the sixth European Week of Religious Music. These concerts will be held at Sa Mániga auditorium in Cala Millor from 19 March to 2 April. The concerts will take place on saturdays at 8pm, said a spokesperson from the Council of Majorca yesterday. The Joan Valent Ars Ensemble group will perform on 19 March. The leader of this group, Joan Valent, was born in Palma in 1964 and they will be playing chamber and orchestral music.
Increase in vandalism
THE Mayor of Felanitx, Catalina Soler (of the right wing party -PP) has called for a urgent meeting with the Local Security Department in order to do something about the increase of vandalism in the area. In the last few months there has been an increase in vandalism, street fights and drug selling points. Therefore tomorrow morning at the Felanitx town hall, the central government representative, Ramón Socías, Catalina Soler, the representative from the local police, Jospe Covas, the saergent of the local police, Miquel Soler and representatives from the Guardia Civil will all meet and discuss the problems.
THE Balearic Government will invest 8 million euros to construct a new Alzheimer centre in Marratxi. The Minister for Presidency, Rosa Puig, and the deputy mayor for Marratxi, José Ramón Bauzà, yesterday unveiled this new project that will build a new centre for Alzheimer sufferers in Plaza de Na Tesa.
New animal ruling
T HE town council has started a new animal ruling, which will mean that all dog owners will have to take all the necessary measures to prevent their pet fouling the pavements. Fines from 30 to 50 euros will be given. Also, the new ruling states that all dogs must be accompanied by the owner and be able to be identified using the chip system.