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Cristina Sanchez
1Casa News from Spain - No. 65
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Valle del Sol, I Jornadas Musicales (Day of Music). A day of music will take place in Álora today, 28 January. The day starts at 10 am in the C.P. Miguel de Cervantes with workshops from 10 am to 2 pm. From 2.00 pm there will be other musical activities at the Casa de Cultura with free admission and from 8 pm the Ground Zero Jazz Quartet will be performing. Admission is €2.
Convento de la Virgen de Flores
The Town Hall of Álora has put out to tender the third phase of paving the road to the Convento de la Virgen de Flores. The work will improve this stretch of road and the pedestrian access between the town and the convent. The companies have a month to present their tenders and the work could begin in March with a two month timescale for completion. Eventually this road could link up with the proposed northern access to the town.
Álora Represented at Feria International Turismo (Fitur)
The Álora stand at Fitur (Tourist Fair) in Madrid gave a tasting of the local Sopa Perota (soup), a typical dish of the area, which the Town Hall wanted to present to those attending the exhibition.
Officers from Málaga's Environment Protection section of the Civil Guard, Seprona, have arrested a 25 year old man from Pizarra in connection with the theft of dogs from the Alhaurín de la Torre area. A French bulldog and a bullterrier were recovered and a greyhound stolen locally has been recovered in Seville.
The Town Hall of Coín has passed a new law relating to domestic animals, and owners who infringe it can be fined from 75 up to 30,000 euros. Amongst other things, the bylaw covers the ill-treatment or causing the death of animals, keeping them in unhygienic places and using them in experiments. There will be a service which will pick up dogs and cats which are unidentified or unaccompanied by a person.
The 125 anniversary of the birth of Picasso will be celebrated in Málaga this year and a delegation from the Town Hall of Málaga presented at Fitur (Tourist Fair) in Madrid the programme of events to mark this occasion. During this presentation, they presented a new guide for the traveller which will give tourists information on all the cultural and sporting events taking place throughout the year in the city.
Málaga's Picasso Museum has received an architecture prize for the second year running in the United States. The American Institute of Architects awarded the prize for the excellence of the museum's architecture in the conversion of the old Buenavista Palace in the city’s historic centre.
Filming of "El Camino de los Ingleses" Finishes in Malaga
Antonio Banderas finished filming in Malaga last week and moves onto Alicante and London to wrap up the production which he hopes to "pre-premier" in his home city. With only a month to go before his film is finished, Antonio Banderas said "It’s even better than I hoped."  "El Camino de los Ingleses", is the second film which he has directed.
UK Travellers Increase at Málaga Airport
Three quarters of the increase in travellers that registered at Malaga airport between 1999 and 2005 have originated from or been destined for the United Kingdom. According to data obtained in Spanish Airports and Air Navigation, Málaga airport closed the year with a total of 12,609,091 travellers, which indicates an increase of 4,186,113 passengers in the last seven years. In this period, travellers that used connections with the United Kingdom increased by 2.3 million.
High Winds Affect the Sand on the Beaches
The last few days of high winds have taken away a large part of the sand from the beaches along much of the Costa del Sol. Areas particularly affected are Málaga City, the Axarquia, Nerja and Torrox, Benalmádena and Fuengirola. The winds originated from a cold front in the Gulf of Cadiz and reached speeds of 70 kilometres per hour.
Sierra Nevada
The ski station of the Sierra Nevada last weekend received a total of 37,400 visitors, the highest number since it opened for the season on 3 December 2005. The company in charge of the management of the park pointed out that the occupation of the hotels situated at the ski station during these two days was between 90 – 95%.
Cold Weather Worsens Across Europe
There is no sign of an end to the cold snap that is causing chaos across most of Europe.
Italy faces a third day of heavy snow falls from the port town of Genoa to Milan, hundreds of flights have been grounded at Milan's airport but authorities hope some carriers will be able to take off this morning.
Elsewhere, many roads are only open to cars using snow chains while heavy goods lorries have been barred from routes leading to Switzerland, many airports have either been closed or are running very limited services.
Across southern France, at least 18 local authorities have declared extreme weather alerts. Authorities in several affected countries have warned people not to travel unless they have to with weather experts predicting the extreme cold spell will last for a few days.
Spain itself is preparing for what is believed will be the coldest weekend of the winter so far, with 15 regions of the country expecting snow. Snow has already fallen on the beaches of the Basque Country and the cold conditions with high winds and more snow are forecast to continue until Monday across the North and East of the country. In Andalucia and in the South much needed rain is forecast.
Travellers that usually travel by train have, from this week, more facilities to buy their tickets. The start of a new electronic service will save the users having to get their tickets from the station. Instead users will be able to print tickets directly from the web page. During 2005 Renfe sold through the internet over half a million tickets, this represented an increase of 99% over 2004.
Zapatero Will Be the First President to Visit Ceuta and Melilla in 26 Years
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will visit Ceuta and Melilla on 31 January and 1 February 2006. The official visit will be the first time a Spanish prime minister has visited the enclaves in his executive role in 26 years, since transition era leader Adolfo Suárez visited them in 1981. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía have never visited the territories.
BURGER KING Restaurants in Spain to be Sold
The Luruena family has decided to sell its 30 franchised Burger King Restaurants for 27 million euros, potential buyers for the restaurants include Grupo Zena, which currently operates 65 Burger King franchises in Spain, and Ibersol, the leading operator of Burger King franchises in Portugal.
Cannibal Locked Away in Sweden
A Swedish man who admitted to killing two women, drinking their blood and cutting bits of flesh from their bodies to eat has been sent to a secure hospital. Lawyers for the 29 year old man agreed with prosecutors that he is mentally ill and that he should not be free to roam the area.
The man sat through the first 30 minutes of a court hearing, listening to a prosecutor read the charge and his lawyer submit his confession, he then passed a note to his lawyer saying he wanted to leave and was escorted away from the court.
Tokyo Man Had 11 Lady Companions
Police found a stun gun and tear gas at the Tokyo home of a man who said he persuaded 11 younger women to live with him by chanting a spell.
Police suspect he used the weapons to prevent the women, mainly in their 20s, from leaving, the reports said. Hirohito Shibuya, 57, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly threatening a 20 year old woman who was reluctant to join the commune by telling her that if she left she would be turned to mincemeat, they said.
Shibuya, a bald, rotund man with bags under his eyes, had married and divorced several of the women, who continued to live with him, asked what the incantation was, he told a newspaper: "When you say it, even unattractive men become attractive. But I won't say it because if I do, I'll die."
Tourist Information on Your iPod
Your iPod might be your next tourist guide if you find yourself in Ireland, national tourism is hitting the bandwagon too. Dublin Tourism is launching iWalks, the first in a series of podcasts or audio guides available to tourists, as a way to help boost its tourism business.
"Dublin Tourism wanted to be at the cutting edge of the latest innovative technology available to tourists," said Frank Magee, chief executive of Dublin Tourism. 'It’s a response to changing tourist needs and interests. Dublin has achieved third position in Europe for urban tourism, we use ecommerce extensively in gaining and maintaining this position."
Disgruntled Queen Mary 2 Passengers get Refund
Cunard caved in to demands by disgruntled passengers to give them a full refund after the cruise missed ports of call in the Caribbean because of mechanical problems. But many were still upset as they got off the ship in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
"I've had probably the worst weeks of my life, all I did was see water," said Stanley Shneldcki, 60, who says he paid $22,000 for the cruise from New York to Los Angeles.
Cunard President Carol Marlow arrived in Rio to personally apologise to passengers. "The atmosphere has not been conducive to enjoyment and relaxation. Our passengers have not experienced a true Cunard voyage, and that's why we decided to increase the refund," she said.
Rapid Production of New Bird Flu Vaccine
American scientists reported production of a new vaccine prepared using genetic engineering techniques against the bird flu only takes one month. Dr.Andrea Gambotto, research team leader at the University of Pittsburgh, said the sample they prepared is a "very potent vaccine" and the team is preparing to test this vaccine on human subjects. The study results will be published in the Journal of Virology February 15th edition. It normally takes months to prepare flu vaccines applied to both chickens and humans, and prepared inside the chicken egg, but experts are discussing the possibility to prepare the vaccine through samples taken from human cells.
Malaga 0 - Celta Vigo 2
Another loss for Malaga sees the side gain only two points from twenty four and leaves the future of manager, Antonio Tapia in the balance. His future is likely to be decided on the outcome of Malaga's next game, away to Espanyol on Sunday 29 January, kick-off at 5 pm.
Doubles Final gives Hingis Chance to Round Off the Week
Martina Hingis is still in the running to win a grand slam title on her return to the Australian Open after reaching the mixed doubles final. The Swiss and India's Mahesh Bhupathi won their semi final against Paul Hanley and Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-3, 6-3 to advance to today's final against Daniel Nestor of Canada and Russia's Elena Likhovtseva. Hingis reached the quarter-finals of the women's singles this year in her first grand slam appearance since retiring in 2002, losing to new world No 1 Kim Clijsters.
We would like to announce our own Printed English Newspaper is born this month.
In conjunction with Imprenta Castillo the printers in Alora we are providing a free English Language edition of the Alora Periodico.
This is a joint effort by everyone at 1Casa, your input and comments are most welcome.
Advertisers, contributors, articles of interest, information about meetings and events can all be accommodated. Editions available in most places.
Translation services provided by www.SagrarioHolbrook.com
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