Volume 69

Cristina Sanchez
1Casa News from Spain - No. 87
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The singer Melendi will be in concert next Wednesday 26 July in the football ground Nuestra Señora de Flores.  It is the second concert organised by the town council for this summer after Chenoa last week.  It is expected that the artist will sing songs from his successful album 'Que el cielo espere sentao' which is a mixture of rumba, pop and rock.  The tickets are 12 Euros from the ticket office on the night and 10 Euros if bought in advance from the Casa de Cultura, bars D' Kañas (Alora), Chuches, in the La Trocha shopping centre (Coin), La Cueva bar (Cartama) and El Corte Inglés (Malaga).
Minister for Development Visits AVE Construction Site
The Minister for Development, Magdalena Alvarez, visited the construction site for the new AVE line close to Alora this week.  She announced that work to build the high speed train line from Cordoba to Malaga is now 86% complete and reminded the press present that when the line is complete the journey time from Málaga to Madrid will be just two and a half hours.
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Building Begins on First Metro Tunnel
Work began last Thursday to build the first of the tunnels in Malaga's new metro system, Line 2 in Martin Carpena.  The excavating machines working on the 900 metre stretch are digging out one metre-wide trenches, each between 23 and 48 metres deep. The machines are expected to advance at the rate of 5 metres a day.
Internet Plays Increasing Role in Tourism
The Provincial Government of Malaga has published a new report on tourism which shows that one in three tourists now buy their holiday travel on the Internet.  According to the report, the number of foreigners who go online is four times the number of Spaniards, with transport and accommodation the main purchases.
Picasso Museum
Malaga's Picasso Museum in is currently showing 45 works from the painter with mythical and erotic content. The works, which show many female forms, are from the museum's own collection, but have not been put on show until now. The temporary exhibition is open until 10 September.
Fuente de Piedra
This weekend 600 young flamingos will be ringed at the Fuente de Piedra Lake.  The figure is somewhat lower than that of other years, but important if one keeps in mind that there has been a deficit of rain at present and that in 2005 no ringing was carried out because the drought impeded the birth of chicks in the wetland.  The programme of ringing, which has been running for many years, allows nature experts to control the species and investigate the birds’ health and movement among other concerns.
Scottish Ospreys to be Released in Andalucia
Five Scottish osprey chicks collected from locations in Scotland are to be released in Spain as part of a project to reintroduce the species to Andalucia. The chicks were collected from different nests, containing two or more young.  They were flown from Inverness to Gatwick before flying on to Malaga. The project involves the Andalucian government, Donana Biological Station in southern Spain and the Highland Foundation for Wildlife. The chicks will later be taken from Malaga to a release site at a water reservoir near Cadiz. Ospreys breed in Scotland and winter in west Africa but were persecuted to extinction in much of southern Europe during the first part of the 20th Century.
English Musician Wins Cordoba Guitar Prize
Jacob Cordover won first prize at the 3rd Cordoba Festival International Guitar Competition last week. He was presented with a professional guitar valued at €6,300, a certificate and the chance to perform at next year's festival. The final was held at Cordoba's Comico Principal Theatre, where each contestant performed a 20 minute recital of pieces chosen by themselves.
Cordover was born in England in 1982 and began learning the classical guitar in Melbourne at the age of eleven. At thirteen, he was awarded a full musical scholarship to study at Wesley College. In 2003 he graduated with first class honours from the Australian National University.
Heat Wave Alert
Andalucía is one of 11 regions in Spain put on heat wave alert by the civil defence earlier this week after temperatures reached over 40 degrees in various regions. The move was announced as the highest temperatures were recorded in the rural areas of Cordoba and Sevilla, where the thermometer reached 43 degrees.  The civil defence has also warned people to be aware of the heightened risk of forest fires, especially in the hotter and dryer areas of the Iberian Peninsula.
Scottish Stone to be Used in Gaudi Masterpiece
It is one of the longest construction projects the world has ever seen, generations of workers have toiled at La Sagrada Familia to realise Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece in the heart of Barcelona, now it has emerged that sandstone hewn from a Scottish quarry is to be used to complete one of the key parts of the world-famous Spanish church.
Huge slabs of rock from the Clashach Quarry, near the village of Hopeman in Moray, are to be shipped to Spain each month for work to complete a ceiling and a main staircase of Gaudi's spectacular temple, sandstone from the quarry of Moray Stone Cutters has already been used in the construction of the National Museum of Scotland and the extension to the National Gallery in Edinburgh, as well as the 9/11 memorial in New York.
But Drew Baillie, the proprietor of Moray Stone Cutters, told The Scotsman yesterday that the Gaudi contract was easily the most prestigious in the 200-year history of the quarry. He said: "It is just amazing to think that stone from our quarry is going to be used in the construction of such an important building. And it is absolutely incredible to have a small part of Moray going there." Up to five tonnes of sandstone, with blocks as large as one square metre are being transported to Spain every month for the next two years to the temple site where construction work first began in 1882. (Not all the same crew..)
Bilbao Bridge Declared World Heritage Site
The Puente Colgante in Bilbao, (the Hanging Bridge of Vizcaya) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 13 July.  The bridge was designed by Basque architect Alberto de Palacio and completed in1898.  The Vizcaya Bridge is described by the World Heritage Committee as a perfect combination of functionality and aesthetic beauty, in ‘an exceptional expression of technical creativity.’  It was the world's first bridge to carry both people and traffic on a suspended gondola, and is the only one of its type still in use today.  It is also the first UNESCO site in Spain in the Industrial Heritage category.
Spanish Government Plan to Combat Child Obesity
Schools across Spain are to take part in a pilot scheme designed to combat child obesity.   As many as 30% of Spanish school children are overweight and the pilot scheme will concentrate on the 6 to 12 year olds. A total of 12,000 school children in 64 schools will take part and they can expect changes in school diet and more exercise, with each child’s weight being monitored individually.  The Minister for Health said the problem was ‘especially serious’ because of the health problems it can lead to in later life. Andalucia is one of the regions to be included in the plan, where the problem is statistically more serious.
Herceptin Cancer Drug Approved for use in Spain
The Spanish Medicament Agency has approved the use of Herceptin in cases of aggressive breast cancer. The medicine is particularly affective in patients whose genetic make up indicated a bad prognosis, found in 20-30% of cases.
At a press conference earlier this week, the President of the Spanish Society of Oncology SEOM, Alfredo Carrato, said that with the drug's use after surgery, thousands of lives would be saved.  The Agency’s decision comes a month after many of the Spanish regional health authorities had already given the go ahead to use the drug. A year's treatment with Herceptin costs between 25,000 and 30,000 €.
Tapas in New York
Following a 5% growth in sales of Spanish food in the United States last year, tapas and Spanish wine are taking centre stage at the Fancy Foods Fair in New York.
New Manager for Malaga
Malaga football club have appointed Marcos Alonso as their new manager in an effort to take the team back into the first division. The acquisition of a new manager has encouraged the purchase of season tickets although more still need to be sold.
French Grand Prix
Jacques Villeneuve's new-look car led a BMW Sauber one-two in Saturday practice for the French Grand Prix.  Villeneuve, the former world champion, clocked one minute 17.005 seconds, finishing ahead of team-mate Nick Heidfeld while Toyota's Jarno Trulli was third.   Renault struggled on their home track with Giancarlo Fisichella 11th quickest and Fernando Alonso 16th. Ferrari's Michael Schumacher was 14th with Honda's Jenson Button sixth.
New Driver for McLaren
Spaniard, Pedro Martinez de la Rosa, has taken over from Juan Pablo Montoya as McLaren's second driver for the rest of the season, he takes over from Montoya who has announced his intention to drive in NASCAR next year.
Rafael Nadal
Wimbledon finalist Rafael Nadal has escaped unhurt after his car hit an electrical post while driving on Mallorca.  The 20 year old had only recently got his driving licence.
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