Volume 37

1Casa News from Spain - No. 37
 
 
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Spain Stands in Solidarity with London
Queen Sofia and thousands of other Spaniards stood silently at noon Friday to express solidarity with the victims of the London bombings.
 
The Spanish police unit that investigates Islamic terrorism is sending a team to London. It is expected to arrive today along with a bomb squad expert. Their aim is to co-operate with the London police in the investigation.
 
Don Quijote
 
The Compañia de Teatro Clasico de Madrid will be staging a performance of Don Quijote El Hidalgo de La Mancha on Friday 15 July at the Teatro de Cervantes, Álora.  The performance begins at 10.00 pm.  Tickets are €6 and can be bought from the Casa de Cultura in Alora during the week and at the ticket office of the theatre on Friday night.
 
Las Flores will be a Bilingual Institute
 
The institute Áloreño, along with the Guadalhorce school in Álora, has been chosen to initiate this innovative experience.  A bilingual institute is a centre in which not only is there a subject of English (for example), but the other subjects (maths, language) can be taught, total or partly, in English. 
 
Up to now this educational model was generally only known in private teaching, but the educational administration is keen to gradually establish this system in the public schools.  Thus the possibility has been given to the schools that wish to implement this by presenting a project.  In Malaga a total of 57 projects have been presented, of which the Junta de Andalusia has given approval to 17 plus 4 that must be added as new centres. On the whole there will be 28 bilingual centres in operation. 
 
Festival of the Bullfighters
 
The Second Festival of the Bullfighters will be celebrated on 16th July, at 10.00 pm, in the Antequera bullring, an event that is organised to benefit the Welfare Assistance to Bullfighters. Seven brave bull fighters from seven different cattle ranches will fight, Fernando Cepeda, Enrique Ponce, Javier Count, Morante of the Puebla, Juliñan Lopez "the Juli" and Salvador Fertile valley, plus the novice bullfighter "the Chiqui de Ronda".
 
The festival will be opened in the morning by the mayor of the city, Ricardo Millán, the industralist Golden Francisco, the president of the Rejoneadores and Matadores Group, Miguel Báez "Litri", and Morante matador of the Puebla.
 
The bullring ticket office will sell entrance tickets for the festival from the 11th of July. For reservations, you can call 609520243 and 954270029, and through the Internet at www.empresadorado.com
 
Antequera, Best Destination of Cultural Tourism of the Province
 
Antequera has been distinguished as the best destination of cultural tourism of the province by the publication Malaga Rural.  It presented its prizes this week in the presence of Ana Gómez, general director of Promotion and Tourist Commercialization of the Junta de Andalusia.
 
The publication, Malaga Rural, considers that the cultural offering included numerous points of interest, complementing other points of tourism and constituting an attraction of sufficient importance as to attract numerous visitors.
 
Malaga Rural is a free newspaper of tourist information.  Other prizes were presented to Channel Andalusia Tourism (best work of communication), Sierra de las Nieves (regional project), El Burgo (environmental conservation), Leisure Sports (business of rural tourism), Mijas (conservation of the historic area), Comares (beautification) among others.
 
Antequera was also finalist in the competition for the best project of tourist development of large municipalities, next to Coín, Torrox and Benalmádena. 
 
Summer Shopping
 
The Junta de Andalucía has granted permission for businesses in eight Costa towns to open their doors seven days a week during the summer months. The towns to be allowed the extended opening hours, due to their status as tourism centres are:  Benalmádena, Estepona, Fuengirola, Manilva, Marbella, Nerja, Rincón de la Victoria and Torremolinos. Mijas may soon be added to the list, as its application for ‘tourist town’ status is currently being processed. The scheme runs July 1 to September 15.
 
Drought Measures
 
The measures taken to combat the drought mean that the water rates in the city of Malaga are to go up for the second time this year. The city’s supply will now come from La Viñuela reservoir to avoid the supplies in the Guadalhorce reservoirs falling to below minimum. Meanwhile the desalination plant in Marbella is finally to start operating thanks to a funding agreement with the regional and central governments. The plant will begin to convert sea water to drinking water within the next two weeks.
 
Jet2 adds New Route to Spain
 
The Leeds-Bradford based airline Jet2 is to begin flying from Belfast International Airport to Murcia next summer. It is initially planning Saturday and Sunday flights for July, August and September 2006 – with more flights set to follow soon. Fares would start at £41(€59) single inclusive of taxes and it is taking booking immediately.
 
The airline said it expected huge demand for its low fares and would be adding further flights to the Murcia schedule in the next few weeks.  Jet2 already flies to Barcelona from Belfast and will be in close competition on the Murcia route with easyJet which flies into nearby Alicante, as well as Malaga and Palma, Majorca.
 
Iberia Airlines Buy 30 Airbus Jets
 
The Spanish air carrier Iberia signed a contract to buy 30 jets from the Airbus A320 family with options for an additional 49 planes.
 
The deal is worth $1.9 billion at list prices, but Iberia officials said earlier this year that it was negotiating for a large discount. The airline is buying 10 A318s, 10 A320s, seven A319s and three A321s.
 
The planes, which seat between 107 and 185 passengers in a two-class configuration, will be delivered from the second quarter of 2006, Airbus said.
 
Iberia currently operates a fleet of 107 Airbus jets including A319s, A320s, A321s, and A340s.
 
CD and DVD Piracy in Spain
 
Spain has been highlighted as the only EU country and the ninth worst in the world when it comes to CD and DVD pirating in a newly published world top ten. The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) released its annual report in Madrid last week to draw attention to Spain’s unenviable position as the worst European culprit in the production of illegal disks. Spain (24% piracy rate) was one of the world's top legitimate markets, which has shrunk by a third in the past five years. CD-R street piracy is rampant. The government has stepped up enforcement in 2004 and proposed a comprehensive programme of anti-piracy actions.
 
It has been estimated that in Spain last year, 16 million pirated CDs were sold, giving this black market a value of 62 million euros.
 
Internet Tourism for Spain
 
At least 40 per cent of foreign tourists visiting Spain organise their own holidays using the internet. These statistics were provided last weekend by the Secretary General for Tourism, Raimon Martínez Fraile, who added that the majority of tourists making their holiday arrangements on the web choose Valencia, Cataluña or the Balearic Islands as their destination.
 
The Mediterranean Games
 
The Mediterranean Games ended last Sunday with the Spanish football team put the finishing touch to the closing night by winning a gold medal against Turkey. The 1 – 0 victory wasn’t enough to place Spain any higher in the medals table. They finished third behind Italy and France.
 
Ferrero Faces Nadal in Quarter Finals
 
Top seed Rafael Nadal outplayed compatriot Alberto Martin 6-2 6-4 on Thursday to set up an all-Spanish quarterfinal with Juan Carlos Ferrero at the claycourt Swedish Open. 
 
The French Open champion dominated the first set but had to work hard in the second where he fought off several break points at 4-3 and at 5-4 when serving for the match.  Nadal expects tougher opposition from Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, who beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, another Spaniard, 6-3 6-4.  Nadal has beaten Ferrero twice this year, in Valencia and in the Barcelona final where he beat him in straight sets.
 
F1 British Grand Prix
 
 
The British Grand Prix takes place tomorrow at Silverstone with McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen and title rival Fernando Alonso of Renault heading the first practice session.  Raikkonen set a lap of one minute 20.975 seconds to pip the Spaniard, who he trails by 24 points, by 0.427secs.  Jenson Button was third fastest in his BAR, followed by the other Renault and McLaren drivers, Giancarlo Fisichella and Juan Pablo Montoya. The final 45-minute session before qualifying starts at 10.15 BST.
 
The McLaren continues to look the class of the field, with Renault the team most likely to be able to offer a challenge to the silver Mercedes-powered cars.
 
Mayor of Madrid Vows to Continue with another Olympic Bid
 
The Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, on hearing the news that his city had not won the right to hold the 2012 Olympic games, said the city should try again for the 2016 or 2020 games. One day Madrid would hold the Olympics he said.
 
It's known that Madrid stayed in the running until the third vote took place, and was even the most voted city in the second round of voting. The Spanish delegation arrive back in Madrid today with the conviction that their project worked well and must therefore be kept alive until it wins.
 
 
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