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Volume 32

1Casa News from Spain - No. 32
 
 
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New Café Bar and Hotel Opens in Álora
 
A new hotel and bar opened in the centre of Álora yesterday.  The Hotel Don Pero is found on Calle Vera Cruz almost opposite the small church on the corner. 
 
Málaga to Álora Train
 
The Cercanías C2 train which runs between Álora and Málaga has moved onto new track for part of its journey.  This new part of the journey starts just past Cártama Estacíon to just beyond Campanillas and includes a new modern station in Campanillas.
 
Cerralba
 
The Romería of Our Lady of Roses will be held in Cerralba on 12 June 2005 with the Feria of Cerralba to take place the following week on 17, 18 and 19 June.
 
Dry Spring in Málaga Province
 
The province of Málaga had the driest spring in the country until last weekend’s light rain on the coast and the regional head of the Environment has set up a campaign to reduce domestic consumption
 
Malaga is one of the provinces in the country that is worst hit by the continuing drought conditions. The latest data from the National Institute of Meteorology show that, up to last weekend, the province had only received 6.1 litres of rainfall per square metre this spring, that is 13 times less than in the same period in 2004, when rainfall was 78.7 litres. The little rain that fell last weekend (the greatest volume was recorded in Fuengirola) has hardly made a dent in the situation, doing little more than refresh the atmosphere.
 
Ryan Air Expects Passenger Increase
 
Ryan Air says it expects to reach the figure of 3.7 million passengers in Spain this year – a 20% increase on last year. Company sales director in Spain, Alfons Claver, has spoken of large increases in numbers of passengers in both Gerona and Reus and dismissed complaints from Iberia which said the cut price airline received too much public funding. He reminded the Spanish state carrier of its 60 year monopoly.
 
Digital Television to Become a Reality in Spain
 
The Spanish parliament approved a controversial law which opens the way for more digital television channels in a country famous for its so-called telebasura or trash television.
 
The law has sparked fierce political debate because although it is supposed to allow companies to start more cable television channels, critics claim it will actually make it easier for more conventional channels.
 
Many countries, such as Britain, have introduced digital television, which is replacing old-style analogue television. Digital technology is said by many to be superior.
 
At present there are only three national channels. These are state-run TVE, Atena 3, and Telecinco.
 
Hornby Aims to Accelerate in Spain
 
Hornby, the model train and Scalextric slot car maker, expects the bulk of its sales growth this year to come from Continental Europe.
 
Hornby is seeking to exploit two recent acquisitions in Italy and Spain, which per capita is the world's biggest slot car racing market. It has secured exclusive rights to use images of the Spanish Renault Formula One driver Fernando Alonso on its slot car racing packaging in Spain.
 
Mr Martin said: "Spain has a strong indigenous core of slot car manufacturers. We intend to go back and aggressively market our brands there after moving production from Europe to China." Hornby gained a 10 per cent share of the Spanish slot car racing market last year after buying Electrotren.
 
Spanish Beaches Head World 'Blue Flag' League
 
Spain, where legions of tourists flock seeking sun and sea, has taken over as the nation with the most beaches with a 'blue flag'.
 
The distinction recognises the quality of coastal sands and water sought by 38 competing countries.
 
The coveted flag will fly over 478 Spanish beaches this year, or 28 more than in 2004. Spain has 7,500 kilometres (4,660 miles) of beaches.
 
The blue flag is an honour granted annually by a jury made up of members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), EUCC-The Coastal Union, the World Tourism Organization and the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS).
 
Spain's Oldest Sub Comes Up For Air
 
The oldest submarine in the Spanish navy, 'S 62 Tonina' is finally being taken out of service. The vessel will tie up for the last time tomorrow in the port of Cartagena after 32 years in and under the water. Over that time she has spent 31,000 hours submerged and travelled more than 200,000 nautical miles.
 
Unsigned Painting by 17th-century French Master Found in Madrid
 
An unsigned painting by 17th-century French master Georges de La Tour has been discovered in a Madrid mansion after hanging in offices unnoticed for decades.
 
The painting, Saint Jerome Reading a Letter, is only the second work by La Tour known to exist in Spain and only one of about a dozen of his paintings to have been identified throughout the world.
 
Prado director Miguel Zugaza said Friday the find was "a cause for celebration" and museum officials had been congratulated by experts from the Louvre museum in Paris.
 
Sevilla 0 - Málaga 2
 
Málaga secured a fourth successive away victory against their old rivals Sevilla.  This win ensured Málaga ended the season in tenth place in the top division.
 
The new football league will start at the end of August.
 
England’s Owen and Beckham Intend to Stay in Spain for a Long Time
 
England stars David Beckham and Michael Owen are planning for long stays with Real Madrid, although Beckham said on Monday on the eve of his US debut that he might one day play for an American side.
 
Owen, a former Liverpool star who watched his ex-teammates make a miracle comeback to win the Champions League final over AC Milan, also made it clear that he plans to stay with Real Madrid despite rumours he might return to England.
 
“It's only speculation about my future,” he said. “I'm getting used to the language. I'm quite happy to be in Madrid.
 
Spanish Oaks and Derby - Mijas
 
A two day festival of racing was held at the Hipódromo Costa del Sol (Mijas racecourse) last weekend, which also included Ladies Day on the Sunday. 
 
The feature races were the Spanish Oaks (Saturday 28 May) and the Spanish Derby (Sunday29 May).  The Spanish Oaks was won by Otilia Yac and the Spanish Derby was won by Fol Parade.
 
Racing returns to Mijas every Friday night throughout the summer starting from 3 June 2005.
 
Rafael Nadal Beats Federer
 
Celebrating his 19th birthday he won the match against top ranked Roger Federer 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the final of the French Open.
 
Nadal win was sweetened more as he lost at Key Biscayne. The Spaniard became the youngest men's finalist at Roland Garros since Michael Chang, the champion in 1989 at age 17.
 
Nadal's opponent Sunday will be unseeded Mariano Puerta, who got to his first Grand Slam final by beating Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
 
There are dangers ahead for Nadal, particulary after such a huge match as this, but this young man simply thrives on the big occasions.
 
 
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