Volume 17

1Casa News from Spain - No. 17
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Álora Carnival
The Álora Carnival takes place today, Saturday 12 February 2005.  There will be a procession through the town, starting at 6.00 pm at the Casa Cultura going through the Village down to Plaza Baja ending in Fuente Arriba.There is a competition for adults and children, the best disguises/costumes win prizes.
Airport Expansion
Work has now begun on Malaga Airport’s major expansion scheme. Builders are working on the new 75 million euro car park building which provides an extra 1,800 parking spaces, it should be complete by the middle of 2007. Furthermore, work is to begin after Easter on the new terminal costing 191 million euros, and a General Aviation building is to be added too. A record 12 million passengers used Malaga Airport in 2004, and the new additions will increase the airport’s capacity to 20 million by 2008. (Sur in English - Friday 11 February).
Microsoft and Pfizer Target Viagra Spammers
Software Giant, Microsoft and drug company Pfizer are taking aim at those advertisements for fake Viagra that constantly flood in-boxes. The two companies yesterday announced they had filed 17 lawsuits against online pharmacies they say sent hundreds of millions of unwanted e-mail ads, or Spam, to users of Microsoft's Hotmail e-mail program last year alone. Pfizer and Microsoft filed parallel lawsuits against two international Web sites -- CanadianPharmacy and E-Pharmacy Direct -- that sell illegal versions of Pfizer's Viagra. The companies claim they hope to lower the number of junk mails people receive in their inboxes. With health, sexual aid drugs and pornography being the most popular subjects for spam messages. "If you've ever received unwanted spam, you've probably received spam about Viagra," said Microsoft attorney Aaron Kornblum.
Babies May Learn Words Before 1st Birthday
Babies may be able to learn new words for things outside their daily routines well before their first birthday, a new studys suggests.
Researchers say the findings call into question the notion that babies under age 2 can only learn words for things they are interested in or that are linked to their daily life, such as "car," "bath" and "dog."
"It appears that young children may understand word use more flexibly than scientists and parents have previously thought," says researcher Graham Schafer, D-Phil, of the University of Reading in England, in a news release.
The study showed that a group of 9-month-olds was able to learn a new group of words taught to them by their parents using picture cards and then correctly identify them three months later.
The results of the study appear in the January/February issue of Child Development.
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Málaga C.F. - Málaga 0 - Mallorca 0
Málaga and Mallora could only achieve a 0 - 0 draw.  This result did not help the survival prospects of the home team.  Malaga’s game this Sunday is in Soria against Numancia; kick off is at 5.00pm. Their next home game is with Espanyol on February 20th.
10 Days that will Shape United
Manchester United are heading into a 10-day period that could shape the destiny of the Old Trafford club on and off the pitch.
While Alex Ferguson’s side of the business tomorrow embarks on a three-match campaign that takes in a Manchester derby, an FA Cup tie at Everton and the first leg of a crucial Champions League encounter with AC Milan, chief executive David Gill is bracing himself for an attack from US predator Malcolm Glazer.
While the damning statement issued from Old Trafford yesterday evening left no-one in any doubt just how weak Gill and his fellow board members believe Glazer’s takeover plans appear to be, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner has succeeded in gaining access to key financial documents that will allow his backers JP Morgan to carry out ‘limited’ due diligence.
Once that is complete, Glazer must decide whether to lodge a formal £800m (€1.2bn), 300p per share offer for the club that would almost certainly plunge the Red Devils into chaos with Gill so implacably opposed to such a move.
Competition Answer
The answer to last week's competition is - The building was built that way.  It is the Rasin Building in Prague, known locally as 'Fred and Ginger' because its shape is reminiscent of two people dancing.  It was designed by the architect Frank Gehry.
All correct answers will receive a useful prize.
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