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Volume 36

1Casa News from Spain - No. 36
 
 
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Chess Tournament
A Chess Tournament will be held on 9 July at the restaurant Los Caballos.  The tournament begins at 10 am.  There is an entrance fee of €12 with a reduction to €8 for under 16s and members of the chess society.
 
Festival of Blues- Antequera
 
The Festival of Blues at Antequera begins today with the XV edition and continues throughout July with the performance of at least 91 musicians of 18 bands -12 Andalusian, four international and two from Madrid.
 
The contest will be celebrated during weekends in July and will have the capacity to receive between 2.000 and 3.000 people.  Its director said, the intention is "to celebrate this year as we arrive at the XV edition".
 
Among the groups that will perform from tomorrow they are "Lito Blues Band", "Tonky Blues Band", "Words of Blues", "Blues Fever", "Rosebud Blue Willow" and "Charmers".  The age, the precincts and the club type format, as well as the participating groups at the Festival of Blues in Antequera is one of the of most prestigious celebrated in Spain. 
 
Outdoor Festivals: the Spanish Woodstocks
 
 
Outdoor music festivals are celebrated throughout the year in Spain, but during the months of July and August is when they are much more frequent. Some include the “Espárrago Rock” (Asparagus Rock) of Cadiz, the FIB (Festival International of Benicassim) in Castellón or the “Viña Rock” (Vineyard Rock) of Albacete. These famous festivals have become a sure destination for Indie Music and Rock and Roll lovers. The list is long and many city councils are organizing outdoor festivals because they are an interesting way to attract visitors to their municipalities.
 
Trade Fair
 
 
This year’s FEMMA, the trade fair especially for businesswomen and female entrepreneurs is open in the city’s congress centre until July 3rd. Some 290 companies have stands at the fair displaying their handicrafts, services and produce.
 
 
New Farm
 
The Medio Ambiente (Department of Environment) has bought a new farm into the public domain in the area of the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. With the acquisition of this farm it intends to improve the conservation of this ecosystem. 
 
The provincial delegate of the Department of the Environment in Malaga, Ignacio Trillo, has made the purchase in the name of the Junta de Andalusia, with the farm acquired for €132.223.  It is a farm of 58.340 square meters, situated next to the lake and up to now in private ownership.  The acquisition of these lands will allow for the improvement of access for vehicles outside the nature preserve and thus prevent cars going to the lakeside.
 
The Junta de Andalucia has currently a patrimony of 1.509.170 square meters in the Laguna de Fuente de Piedra with the purpose of improving the conservation, restoration and public use of nature preserve.
 
Coín
 
The new Guadalhorce district fire station, serving some 15 municipalities with a total population of more than 120,000, could be up and running by the end of 2006. On Monday the final plans for the new station, to be located on the Sierra Gorda estate, were announced. Work should get under way after the summer, according to the Mayor of Coín, Gabriel Clavijo, who was joined by Salvador Pendón of the Provincial Government for the presentation of the plans. The fire station itself will cost 700,000 euros and will consist of a two storey building and three garages for seven fire engines. Adjoining the fire station there will be a security school with an extra cost of 270,000 euros. This building will contain three classrooms to be used for the training of future firemen and women, Civil Protection members and Local Police officers.
 
Grand Prix 2005 Malaga Province
 
Spanish television will offer this Wednesday the third instalment of "Grand Prix 2005", the first summer competition, with two new towns in competition: Villanueva del Trabuco, sponsored by singer David Civera and the municipality of Picón, in Real City, sponsored by the actress and TV presenter , Elsa Anka.
 
Ramon García, regular presenter of this competition will be helped by Maria Rodriguez and Vanesa Rubio, the new faces of this 11ª edition, that they will be the ones in charge to explain the games and to cheer the towns contestants.
 
The towns in competition will be Villanueva of Trabuco, town of Malaga (that it will compete in blue), and Picón, of Real City, (in yellow). Their respective mayors, Antonio Vegas and Jesus Rodriguez Hervás, as well as its neighbors, they had displaced the plató of "Great Prix 2005" to support the contestants teams.
The mayors of both municipalities will be decisive in the final test, "the dictionary", where they will have to guess what questions are false and which are true. Like always, both towns will make an effort to obtain to the highest score and, thus to be able to participate in the grand final. The winner will receive 40,000 euros and for second place 15.000.
 
The contestants from each town will have to face "the Trogoditas"; in the typical try outs of "Grand Prix" like "the crazy trunks" and "the hot potato"; in the game with gymkhana "Caperucita and the wolf"; in the fixed game "the Skittles", among other tests.
 
Like always, the contestants will participate in the test of force that gathers the tradition of the Spanish towns, "la cucaña", a post which the contestants will have to climb in order to retrive the ham which they hope is on top. (CGL).
 
Airbus
 
The new terminal at Malaga Airport will be equipped with a zone specially designed to accommodate the new Airbus A-380, the largest passenger plane in history. The measure is included in the “Plan Málaga”, which covers the entire extension project, even though the new Airbus is not scheduled to use Malaga Airport, at least for the time being, as it cover long haul flights.
 
Easyjet Threatens Court Action in Spain over Airport Handling Fees
 
Easyjet is considering legal action against the state-run company which runs Spain's airports for what it calls the "indefensible" discrimination which doubles its running costs.
 
AENA, the owner of the country's 45 airports, has refused EasyJet applications for the low-cost carrier to set up its own handling company in Spain. At present, handling costs for EasyJet flights at Spanish airports are three times those charged in Britain.
 
Easyjet's chief operating officer, Ed Winter, said the company is forced to pay €39m (£26m) a year for dealing with passengers on its no-frills flights. It makes Spain the most expensive place in Europe for airlines to use, with handling costs twice that of any other country. But if EasyJet was granted its own self-handling licences, which allow it to run its own handling company, it would cut costs almost in half to €20m.
 
EasyJet says though labour costs are lower in Spain than in many other European countries, handling costs in airports are high. It means that some handling companies make large margins in Spain.
 
It is the latest twist in a long-running dispute between AENA and EasyJet. which has been complaining about high costs of using the Spanish airports for the past two years.
 
Until EasyJet cuts flying costs, it is reluctant to set up an operational base in Spain. It is interested in opening offices in Barcelona, Madrid or Malaga.
 
There are also plans to start domestic flights within Spain and in other countries. Last year, EasyJet flew 28 million passengers across Europe.
 
Malaga 15 Year Plan
 
The first document of the modernisation of the urban plan for the capital for the next 15 years was approved yesterday.  There are 8 zones of expansion projected for the middle west of Malaga; four in the Puerto de la Torre, 2 in Campanillas area and 2 in the Guadalorce area out the banks of the river.
 
Malaga Architecture
 
The counselor of Public Works and Transportations, Conception Gutiérrez, has presented a Guide to the Architecture of Malaga which offers a vision of the architecture of the city, from the historic to the contemporary.  The Guide includes an introductory part, in which the architectural, urban development, and historic factors are analyzed that have given form to the city.
 
The authors of the work are the architects María Eugenia Candau y José Ignacio Díaz Pardo, and the historian of art Francisco Rodriguez Marín.  It is the first one of the Andalusian guides that is published in colour.  It contributes more than 600 images of Malaga, including photographs, plans and engraving.  It also contains aerial photographs
 
The Architectural Guide has also been prepared also in digital version, so that it can be viewed on the website of the Department of Public Works and Transportations of the Junta de Andalusia.
 
Drivers Face Costly Summer as Petrol Hits €1
 
The price of petrol in Spain hit a new high of one euro a litre, promising an expensive summer for holidaymakers as many prepared to take to the roads.
 
The Spanish industry ministry said unleaded 95 octane petrol — the most widely used in the country — is being sold in some areas for EUR 1.09 a litre, or ten percent more than last year. The price of diesel has gone up more sharply, to climbing 23 percent from June last year to EUR 91.7 a litre. Petrol and diesel have risen by 16 and 13 percent since January.
 
The change reflects the increase in the world crude oil prices which is now trading at close to EUR 60 a barrel.  Another factor is the euro is weakening against the dollar, however, Spain still enjoys the second cheapest petrol in Europe, after Greece.  Petrol costs 36 percent less than in Holland, the most expensive country.
 
Spain Gears Up for First Holiday Rush
 
The traffic authorities start their 'Operacion Salida' today at 3pm, as many Spaniards start their month's break and take the month of July for their holidays. 5.9 million journeys are forecast to be taken on Spain's roads between 3pm today and midnight on Sunday night. The DGT says their main intention is to ensure that long hold ups do not occur. Over the same weekend last year 35 people lost their lives on Spain's roads.
 
Among the measures in place this year is a prohibition on the movement of heavy loads or lorries of more than 7,500 kilos, and the installation of more than 500kms of additional lanes to try and speed up the busiest routes.
 
To Have and To Hold
 
A new Spainish civil wedding law comes into effect this month.  The vows that couples take in the civil marriage are about to change.  Not only will the spouses have to promise to be faithful, live together and help each other, but they will also have to commit to sharing domestic responsibilities and the care of children and elderly family members.
 
This new law applies to both men and women, but since at present 40% of Spanish men do no housework, it is safe to say that the greater impact will be on the men.
 
Mediterranean Games – Almería
 
The Secretary of State for Sport, Jaime Lissavetzky, predicted this morning at the Mediterranean Games Secondary Press Centre that the Spanish delegation would break its 110 medals record achieved in the Athens’s Games in 1991. Until now, Spain have claimed 98 medals, 24 of which are gold. “The objective of our teams is to surpass the 33 gold medals of Tunisia” he stated.
 
Jaime Lissavetzky highlighted the organisational success of the Almería Games, describing them as “the best Mediterranean Games in history” and thanking the “outstanding work” by the Chief Executive of COJMA, Vicente Añó. In that sense, he highlighted the contribution of the Games to the candidacy of Madrid 2012. The President of SOC, José María Echevarría, who also appeared before the media, showed his appreciation to the federations, the spectators and the volunteers, because, as he said, “everyone is contributing to this success”.
 
2005 French Formula 1 Grand Prix
 
 
Giancarlo Fisichella set the pace in the final practice session for this afternoon's qualifying session at Magny Cours. After overnight rain the circuit was drying throughout the morning and after a quiet first practice most drivers completed in the order of fifteen laps in the second 45-minute session.
 
Ralf Schumacher finished second fastest just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who suffered that unfortunate engine failure yesterday and will lose ten places on the final grid for tomorrow's race.
 
Championship leader Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest ahead of Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, who was only half a second off Fisichella's lead pace.
 
Takuma Sato gave BAR Honda hope that they can score their first points of the season this weekend by setting the sixth fastest time ahead of Barrichello, Montoya Button and Trulli.
 
The Williams cars continued to struggle with Webber twefth and Heidfeld a lowly fifteenth.
 
Spaniard Lopez loses to Hewitt
 
The experience of Lleyton Hewitt proved the difference as he beat Spain's Feliciano Lopez 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-2) to reach his third Wimbledon semi-final.
 
Lopez, the first Spaniard in the men's quarter-finals for 33 years came into the match on the back of wins over Marat Safin and Mario Ancic, and he started in confident mood. He broke the third seed early in the first set but he gifted Hewitt a break back with a double fault. Two netted Lopez volleys at 5-6 allowed Hewitt to clinch the first set.
 
A tie-break appeared likely but Lopez was unable to hang on, saving two set points in game 12 before netting an easy forehand on the third. It was a similar story in the second when, trailing 5-4, Lopez saved another two set points before this time putting a backhand in the net. An uneventful third set went to a tie-break and Hewitt again stepped up a level when it mattered, reeling off three straight points from 4-1 on his way to victory.
 
 
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