Volume 40

1Casa News from Spain - No. 40
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Alora Feria
The Alora Feria is taking place at the moment with festivities during the day in the main square and at night at its new location, the football ground and approach road.  There are many colourful stalls and bars to enjoy along with fairground rides, concerts, local performances and dancing.
La Reja Restaurant
La Reja Restaurant is reopening in Alora.  Everyone is welcome to go and enjoy a free glass of wine and tapa at 6.30 pm on the opening evening of Wednesday 10 August. 
The menu will be Spanish with a little English and Bulgarian food to choose from.  The restaurant is located just off the main square to the right in Calle de la Parra.
New El Corte Ingles Opens in Bahía Málaga
A new El Corte Ingles store opened yesterday in Bahía, Málaga.  It is situated next to the Hipercor superstore just off the A357 at KM2.
Malaga Feria
The Malaga Feria takes place from 13 – 21 August.  The celebrations of summer in the city have their origin in the commemoration of the incorporation from Malaga to Corona of Castile by the Catholic Kings, who entered the city day 19 of August of 1487.
Tuna Fishing Competition
The 6th National Championship of Tuna Fishing takes place on 6 and 7 August in Malaga, organised by the Real Club Meditteraneo.  Boats will be setting out from Malaga and Benalmadena today and tomorrow. 
New Wells and Galleries Discovered in Sima GESM in the Sierra de las Nieves, Malaga
The exploration by a team of cavers of the Sima (pothole) GESM, from several Andalusian groups, have discovered new wells and large galleries in the 'Lateral Way'. GESM stands for Grupo de Exploraciones Subterráneas de Málaga and was named after the group that mounted an exploration in September 1978.
The presence of air currents in the new galleries presents interesting challenges for future campaigns.  The cavers have recently discovered wells, an active river bed, fossils and white formations of 'calcita'.  The team has recorded data and taken an extensive photographic report of its findings.
When exploration of the pothole is finished, the team will name the wells and galleries.  One of the new large wells will be named in honour of the Counsellor of Tourism, Commerce and Sport, Paulino Silver, in gratitude of the sponsorship of the Department for the present campaign.
Zapatero Injures Leg Playing Basketball
The Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has injured his left leg while playing basketball with friends on his birthday yesterday. It's thought that he has sprained tendons, but that the injury will not stop his plans today to visit the area of Gran Canaria affected by fire on July 21.
Remains of Spanish-American War Steamship Found in Cuban Waters
Cuban researchers have discovered the remains of an American boat from the 1898 Spanish-American War in waters off the south eastern coast of Cuba, officials said.
The boat was at a depth of 2.5 meters (eight feet) off the coast near Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second city, some 950 kilometres (590 miles) east of Havana, said Experimental Centre for Ecosystems and Biodiversity director Nicasio Vina.
The submerged remains are those of a US cargo steamship 32.5 meters (107 feet) long by eight meters (26 feet) wide that was used to ferry coal during the war, he said.
Along with the steamship, divers also found kitchen utensils, brass nails and the ship's anchor and chain, all in very good condition.
The Spanish-American war was fought in Cuba between April and August 1898. While defending US interests from Spanish rule, the United States ended Spain's control over colonies in the Caribbean, South America and Asia.
Spanish Minister Visits Argentina
President Néstor Kirchner of Argentina is welcoming the First Vice President of the Spanish Government, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, on Friday to discuss signing of a bilateral Strategic Association Agreement.
During her two-day official visit to Buenos Aires, part of her marathon Latin American tour, Fernández de la Vega will also coordinate preparations for the October XV Ibero-American Summit to be held in Salamanca, Spain.
According to official statistics, Spain is the second largest foreign investor in Argentina, with Spanish companies accounting for some 43 billion dollars in the 90s, when most of public services were privatized.
Japanese Bunraku Puppetry to be Performed in Hungary, Spain in October
Performers of Japanese Bunraku puppet plays will visit Hungary and Spain in October to perform, the Bunraku association said Friday.
It will be the first time Bunraku is performed for general audiences outside Japan since it was registered as a world intangible cultural asset in November 2003.
Real Madrid President Perez Plans Theme Parks
Real Madrid is planning to construct Disney-style branded theme parks in Miami and Beijing. "They will become the focus for the legions of Real Madrid fans in the powerful and heavily populated countries of the United States and China," Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez, was quoted as saying in a media report.
The report also suggested Real was looking to include a theme park in Madrid at its new training base, which is currently under construction in the Spanish capital. Perez apparently added that Real Madrid has seen its income increase by 250% since he took the president role five years ago, overtaking Manchester United as the biggest earning club on the globe.
Bolton Wanderers 2 - Malaga 1
After one victory and two draws Malaga lost 2 - 1 to Bolton Wanderers on a rain soaked night at the Reebok Stadium last week.
Horse Racing at Sanlúcar de Barrameda
The 160th Anniversary of beach horse racing, Carreras de Caballos, takes place in August at Sanlúcar de Barrameda.  The next racing will take place on 16, 17 and 18 August.  The horse races take place during low tide and always in the afternoon.
211 Pound Catfish Caught in Spain
A British angler along with three others, landed a 211 pound, 7-foot-7 female catfish on the River Ebro near Barcelona, Spain last week. After posing for pictures with the catfish, the largest ever caught in Spain, they put it back into the water.
The Weather
Extremely hot, dry air from Africa will push temperatures up above 40ºC in Andalucia and most of Spain over the next few days.
The National Meteorological Institute warned yesterday that temperatures are expected to beat previous records set during the long, hot summer of 2003. The heatwave is expected to last well into next week with temperatures above 44ºC expected today in some parts of the southern Andalucía and Extremadura, although cool sea breezes are expected to make life more comfortable for those in coastal areas.
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