Soltalk January 2018 - Page 18

Players detained Three players from a Burgos soccer team are under investigation for an alleged sexual attack against a 15-year-old girl. They were detained last month in connection with the offence which is alleged to have been committed in the apartment which the suspects share. The club based in Aranda del Duero plays in Group VIII of the Third Division. Salobreña fire Guardia Civil officers in Salobreña are investigating a fire last month which burned out four cars and badly damaged four others. Two fire crews from Motril joined local officers in dousing the flames in the vehicles which were parked on the site of the old municipal market. The town centre area is used as an unofficial car park for about 30 vehicles. School star The MIT School in Málaga could play a starring role in a forthcoming TV drama. With the second series about to launch, staff from the company which makes “The Crown” for Netflix have been scouring the city for locations for the third series. The impressive façade of the bilingual school is reported to be high on the list of sites likely to be chosen. Milk withdrawn Three brands of baby milk have been withdrawn from sale in Spain as a precaution. Cases of salmonella in France have been linked to them, although no cases have been reported in Spain and all tests have proved negative. Lactalis Nutrición Iberia has removed 28 different types of formula sold only in pharmacies from its Damira, Sanutri and Puleva brands. Suspect detained Police from Colmenar have arrested a man suspected of breaking into the home of an 87-year-old in Riogordo a month previously. The resident was threatened with a knife but resisted his attacker, receiving injuries to both hands. A young man from Cútar is faces charges related to the theft of cash, a mobile phone and documents, as well as violence and intimidation. Sale report Reports suggest that the government is about to sell around 7% of the state- owned lender Bankia. Such a sale would be worth an estimated €840 million. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said last month that the government, which owns 67% of Bankia, was planning to sell more stakes “as soon as possible.” Vélez pedestrian plans unveiled Plans for the pedestrianisation of the historic centre of Vélez-Málaga were presented at the town hall last month by the Nerja architect Bernardo Pozuelo. Mayor Antonio Moreno said the object of the Council’s “star project” was to make it an area “for people, not cars.” Streets to be pedestrianised under the proposals now on the table include over 9,000 square metres in plaza de Las Carmelitas, calle Canalejas and Camino de Málaga. A further 3,371 square metres calle Luis de Rute and calle Poeta Joaquín Lobato in the San Francisco district also come under the plan. The pedestrianisation project is complemented by six other plans to reorganise traffic and improve the appearance of the centre. The first of these, at the intersection of Camino Viejo de Málaga and Avenida de la Hispanidad, involves the construction of a new roundabout. The €153,300 contract has been signed and work will start at the end of the year. The Mayor underlined that local bus services will not be affected by the pedestrianisation plans, although some bus stops may be moved. He added that a lack of shade in the plaza de Las Carmelitas will be tackled by installing awnings during the summer months. Sr Pozuelo explain that his design for the historic centre aimed to focus on Carmelitas as the main focus of trade, and to give greater visibility to the town’s traditional festivals including those throughout Easter Week, at Christmas, and during Carnival. A period of public consultation on the plans now follows, with final decisions expected to be made during next year. Alhambra’s Royal Baths restored The completed first phase of the restored Royal Baths in the Palacio de Comares at the Alhambra Palace in Granada was unveiled last month. It is now one of the few examples of a hammam, or steam bath, which has been preserved intact in the West. Construction began in the 14th century under Sultan Ismail I and later Yusuf I. The building became known as the Royal Baths after it was used privately by the Catholic Monarchs following the Reconquest of Spain. The €1.16 million, two-year project was undertaken for reasons of preservation which was under threat from rain water filtering into the building. This has been resolved, partly by natural ventilation through skylights, according to project’s technical director, Pedro Salmerón. He added that other work has included replacing inadequate mortar and the reinstallation of ambient lighting to criteria including energy sustainability and low light pollution. Previously 16 unknown medieval artisanal techniques have been discovered in the vaulted roofs after the original lime coatings were exposed. Future work will investigate the evidence of doors leading to other rooms. These would have separated the four chambers in the complex, each dedicated to one use: a massage area and dressing room, a warm room, a hot room and a room with cold water.