Volume 52

Cristina Sanchez
1Casa News from Spain - No. 69 
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Improvement Works to the Carriageway Between Alora and the A357
After many months of waiting, the act of initiation for the work to improve the carriage way which joins Alora with the A357 took place yesterday, Friday 24 February. The work will include the removal of the dangerous bends and laying a quality surface which will have a guaranteed durability until at least 2012. The work is expected to take 11 months and will cost 2.1 million euros.
Leisure Area
Álora could have a new leisure area next to the Manía fountain within a year. The Town Hall has sold land on the "Luchadores por la Libertad" square to a private company for the construction of up to six restaurants and bars. The funds gained from the sale are to be put towards the urbanisation of the area surrounding the new health centre and the construction of the roundabout at the Manía fountain junction.
Día de Andalucía
Tuesday 28 February is the Regional Day in Andalucia. In Álora, the Theatre Cervantes is holding an event beginning at 12 noon. There will be a projection of images of the Day, a piano performance by Paula Coronas and the Municipal Music Band will present a performance of hymns.
A year and a half after closing, the Hotel Iteba Rural reopens its doors. With 19 rooms, 15 of them double and four suites, the hotel includes a pool and green areas in a plot of 8,000 sqm. It also has a restaurant, café and two salons with a capacity for 500 people that allow for functions and presentations.
Situated in the Sierra de la Camorra, in the high town of Teba, the hotel will be promoted abroad as rural complex of quality, along with the pueblo of Teba and the neighboring municipalities. The management will offer all kinds of complementary activities and hold gastronomic days.
The iron bridge over the Guadalhorce river, which joins Cártama village and Estación de Cártama, is to be illuminated at night. The measure was announced last week by the Town Hall,it is one of the most symbolic and hereditary constructions of the locality, with 15 floodlights. The bridge which was built in 1928 as part of the Primo de Rivera Government’s "Guadalhorce plan" to control rises in the water levels in the river.
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Pioneering Tourism Network Formed in Andalucía
The Junta de Andalucía's Tourism Trade and Sports department, together with six towns in the region, are to spend 19 million euros to promote tourism in what will be a pioneering network in Spain. The towns concerned are Alcalá la Real in Jaén, Ecija and Estepa in Seville, Loja in Granada, Lucena in Córdoba and Antequera in Málaga. Promotion of the historic heritage in each area is to be stepped up and joint promotions will be made by the new group at international tourism fairs and in other promotional activities.
Withdrawal of Monarch Scheduled Services Between Newquay and Malaga
Monarch’s scheduled services between Newquay and Malaga will be withdrawn from 30 April 2006. The continuation of the route, which launched in November last year, has proved to be unsustainable in light of the introduction of the airport levy by Cornwall County Council – a fee that Monarch was unaware of when announcing the route in July 2005. The levy, which is charged at £5 per departing passenger, makes flying to Cornwall more expensive than other regional airports and chokes off demand from overseas visitors.
Juan Gris Snow Scene Found in Malaga
A previously unknown painting by Juan Gris has been found in Málaga. The painter’s signature has been found in the bottom left corner of the painting, and came to light when a local restorer got in touch with the owner. The work, a snow scene was purchased in Paris in the 40’s by the current owner’s grandmother.
Málaga Prepares for Avian Flu
Málaga City Hall have said that they are increasing patrols in parks and green areas of the city frequented by birds, such as Los Prados and the mouth of the Guadalhorce in an attempt to control any possible outbreak of Bird Flu. In the province of Malaga the main areas are Fuente de Piedra, La Ratosa, Archidona and Campillos. It comes just ahead of the expected arrival of migratory birds locally. As many as a million birds cross Málaga from Africa during the migratory season.
15 Pound Baby Born in Madrid
A Colombian woman gave birth to a 15-pound baby, the largest in 40 years in Madrid's main maternity hospital. The baby girl, named Arancha, was born February 13 at the Hospital Universitario la Paz. Her 38-year-old mother, identified as Rosario, had gestational diabetes, which can cause women to give birth to larger-than-usual babies. Arancha was born via Caesarean section.
25th Anniversary of Spain's Failed Coup
Spain marked the 25th anniversary of the failed coup last Thursday. On 23 February 1981 Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molina charged into Parliament with fellow members of the paramilitary civil guard and some 200 soldiers, brandishing a pistol and ordering legislators in the process of debating a new government to lie down. The coup failed when King Juan Carlos, who had ascended the throne on the death of military dictator General Francisco Franco in November 1975, ordered the army back to barracks and said democracy must prevail. Tejero, now 73, served nearly 16 years of a 30-year sentence and is said to live in Madrid and Malaga.
20% of Foreigners Living in Spain Plan to Remain for Good
A survey by Spain's Immigration Service has established that 20% of foreigners living in Spain plan to make the country their permanent home. Europeans are the mostly likely to spend the rest of their lives here.
It also showed Latin Americans were the most keen to go back to their countries of origin but only 4% of those questioned said they thought they would do this in the next year.  Africans were the most uncertain about their futures. The majority of East Europeans felt that their future in Spain depended on how the economic situation in their own countries progressed.
Second Highest Number of Nominations for 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
The number of individuals and groups nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize was 191, the second highest in the prestigious award's history. 'Nominations come from more and more countries,' Nobel Committee secretary Geir Lundestad said, but in accordance with the committee's rules declined to name any. Bono of the Irish rock group U2 who has pushed for debt relief and his Irish compatriot Bob Geldof, who helped organized the Live 8 rock concerts in 2005 in aid of the world's poor were tipped.
Do or Die for Malaga
Malaga go into Saturday's game at Atletico Madrid needing a lot of points if they are to beat the drop and the only way they are going to get a maximum return is if they show personality and commitment. That is how boss Manuel Hierro sees it ahead of the contest against an in-form Atletico Madrid in the Vicente Calderon. The Andalucians slipped to the foot of the table with a demoralising 2-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Real Mallorca last weekend, and have now lost six of their last seven games. Tonights game kicks off at 8.00pm.
International Friendly
Spain will play a friendly international game on 1 March against Ivory Coast. Arsenal's young midfielder Cesc Fábregas and has been called up by coach Luis Aragonés for the match.
Alonso Leads the Way in Spain
Fernando Alonso underlined how hard it will be to keep him from winning the 2006 world championship title by leading the way in testing at Barcelona on Friday, he wasn't able to beat Thursday’s blistering lap times but he was still within a tenth of a second of the winter best at the Catalunya circuit. Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella completed the top 3, just one week of testing remains before the 2006 season opener in Bahrain.
On this day 25th February ,1836 Samuel Colt patented a revolving gun, it was the first of the six shooters.
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