Volume 48

1Casa News from Spain - No. 48
 
 
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VII Night of Flamenco
 
Álora's Cuna de la Malagueña is holding its Flamenco night, with singing and guitar playing, on 14 October at the Venta Los Conejitos starting at 10.30 pm.
 
New Newsagent in Álora
 
Opening soon in Álora will be an English newsagent, which will also be selling greetings cards, birthday items, new and second-hand books and much more. Behind the newsagent there will be a health and beauty salon.
 
Antequera
 
The flamenco show "Malaga", which opened the Malaga in Flamenco festival is performing at the Santa María Collegiate Church in Antequera this evening, Saturday 1 October.
 
Homes and Gardens Show
 
The Homes and Gardens Show at the Palacio de Ferias and Congresos, takes place in Málaga this weekend.
 
Strike Threat
 
Málaga and Granada airports are under threat of a series of major strikes towards the end of October. Workers employed by airports operator AENA are threatening a "total strike" at its 47 airports across the country in protest at the "total and absolute stoppage of negotiations". The action which would continue into November is being supported by three major trades unions.
 
Record Funds for Malaga in Government’s 2006 Budget
 
The Presupuestos Generales del Estado (PGE) (General State Budgets) for 2006 has been published and next year the budget for investment in the province of Malaga amounts to a record 900 million euros which is 17% more than this year’s budget. There is also an allocation for the province’s top priority project - the second ring road.
 
The other two projects which will receive support from the Ministry of Development are the AVE high speed train line and the expansion of Malaga airport. Malaga and Madrid will eventually be joined in 2007 by the new train line with a journey time of two and a half hours and next year, the Córdoba - Bobadilla section will be complete with the current journey time cut by 40 minutes. Local train lines have also been included in the budget along with the Málaga metro project. Water treatment plants have also been included in next year’s budget.
 
Catalonia's Parliament Seeks Status as a Nation
 
Catalonia's parliament approved a new statute for the northeastern region of Spain this week, controversially declaring itself a nation within the nation of Spain. Legal experts question whether the declaration is constitutional, while some fear it could move the country towards a U.S type federal system. The Spanish government has said the new statute on autonomy is unacceptable and that Catalonia must act within the constitution.
 
Spain to Host Ibero American General Secretary Summit
 
Spain's President, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and first general secretary of the Ibero-American General Office, Enrique Iglesias, agreed that Spain will host the Ibero-American General Secretary Summit (SEGIB). The signing took place in Moncloa Palace, attended by the ambassadors of the 22 Ibero-American community member countries, the SEGIB executive vice president and Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meeting will take place on 14 and 15 October in Salamanca.
 
Government Proposes Law to Make Doping a Criminal Offence
 
The Spanish government has passed a draft law which makes doping a criminal offence for which professional athletes could be sent to prison, however, the bill will have to be approved by parliament. People found in possession of banned substances or who encourage others to use them could also face prison sentences.
 
Spain Votes to Ban Smoking in the Workplace
 
The Spanish parliament voted unanimously to reject plans to allow smoking areas in workplaces when a new law comes in next year. All parties voted to remove a clause in a forthcoming bill which would have allowed 'smoking areas' within the workplace. Spain is set to introduce an anti-smoking law nationwide from January.
 
Water Reserves at All Time Low
 
Spain's water reserves have fallen below 40% of their normal level for the first time as the country continues to struggle with the worst drought for nearly 60 years. Even though domestic water supplies are still not being affected, some areas of the country are now on maximum alert this week.
 
The Andalucian regional environment councillor, Fuensanta Coves, yesterday said that the drought decree to be issued for Malaga city, Torremolinos, the Guadalhorce Valley, and the Western Costa del Sol, will not mean cuts in domestic supplies. The Junta would take over the control of water resources from the local town halls and all watering of gardens and streets and the filling of swimming pools would be prohibited with drinking water, although recycled water would be allowed to be used. It has also been revealed that the regional government is considering constructing a second desalination plant for Malaga city.
 
Manolo Blahnik to Open Shop in Madrid
 
Manolo Blahnik, considered one of the world’s best shoe designers, is to open his first boutique in Spain.  The new shop, located on Calle Serrano, Madrid, is set to become the designer’s flagship store.
 
'Osborne Bull' is National Symbol
 
Last week in Seville, a judge ruled that the 'Osborne bull' (advert for the Osborne brandy company), familiar to motorists driving through Spain, is a national symbol. The judge said the image has come to represent Spain, not just a drinks company.
 
In an earlier case in Malaga in 2003, the owner of another company which used the bull symbol was sentenced to six months in jail after being sued by Osborne. In 1988, Spain banned roadside adverts provoking a debate over whether the bull was a national symbol or trademark. In the end, Osborne bequeathed the symbol to the nation.
 
Tourism
 
Spain's Government is to spend 257.98 million euros on tourism promotion both within Spain and abroad during 2006. The money will be spent on promoting competition between tourism firms, improving the quality of tourist destinations and preserving the country’s natural and cultural heritage along with investment in the overseas promotion of Spain as a quality destination.
 
Spain's Oscar Nomination
 
The Spanish Academy of Arts and Cinema has nominated Montxo Armendariz's intricate tale of personalities and stories "Obaba" to represent Spain in the foreign language film category at next year's Academy Awards. 'Obaba', which was the opening feature at the recent San Sebastian International Film Festival in northern Spain, is a free adaptation of Bernardo Atxaga's novel 'Obabakoak'. The deadline for foreign language film submissions is Monday, October 3. Nominations in all categories will be announced on January 31 2006, with the Oscar ceremony due to take place on Sunday 5 March 2006.
 
Lili Ivanova, Bulgarian Singer's Spanish Versed Song is Among Top 40 Best Loved Songs
 
The Spanish-versed song "Camino" by Bulgarian singer Lili Ivanova was among the top 40 songs worldwide in a Best Loved Songs survey. The Walkman Phones 100 is the first soundtrack of the world's 100 favourite songs of all time.  It is compiled by Sony Ericsson to coincide with the launch of its new family of Walkman phones. Music lovers from 66 countries worldwide took part in the voting.
 
Mallorca 1 - Málaga 4
 
Málaga put on an impressive performance to beat Mallorca last Sunday away from home. Malaga’s game this Sunday, 2 October, is against Atlético de Madrid; kick-off at 9.00 pm.
 
Fernando Alonso - Youngest Formula 1 World Champion
 
Spain's Fernando Alonso clinched the world Formula 1 Championship last weekend with third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix. 12 podium positions including six wins helped the Spaniard to become the youngest ever world champion. Maclaren finishing first and second, moved into the lead in the constructors' championship with 2 races to go.
 
Ferrero Win Secures Top Flight Tennis for Spain
 
Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Italy's Daniele Bracciali 6-3 6-0 6-3 last Sunday to clinch a 3-2 Davis Cup win for Spain and secure their place in the elite 16-nation World Group next year. Spain went into the final two singles matches trailing 2-1 after defeat in Saturday's doubles but, after world number two Rafael Nadal beat Andreas Seppi, Ferrero sealed the comeback to ensure Spain's position in top flight tennis.
 
 
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