The Catalan national team beat Argentina last night 4-2 in a game in which the Catalan Federation estimated around 53,000 fans attended, with Argentina fans numbering 3000 (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The team, as chosen by new head coach Johan Cruyff, was an all star affair, with Piqué, Capdevila, Xavi, and Busquets all playing. The team gained what is being described as a comprehensive win over Argentina who only played two of their likely World Cup players, Huguain and Demichelis. Recent winner of the FIFA player of the year, Leo Messi was deemed unfit to play and went home for the holidays early. Despite an enthusiastic crowd, Cruyff spoke of his disappointment on the number of fans in attendance, "I expected more people because the players have given everything."
The public consultation over the proposed reform of the Diagonal will be done by electronic voting (article in Catalan, El Punt). The vote which is scheduled for the 10th to the 16th of May is the first Spain has organised of this magnitude, with an estimated 1.4 million potential voters. Everyone registered as residents of the city before 31st December may participate. The process is to be organised by Sctyl, a local company that has just been granted the opportunity to develop Norway's electoral operations and the system that will be used is said to be impossible to hack into. There will be two ways to place your vote, first by visiting one of the accredited centres which will be in 73 neighbourhoods. You will also be able to vote online.
Bad weather caused the public bicycle service Bicing to be out-of-service for 12 hours yesterday (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Due to a technical failure a slower, provisional service was resumed at 9.30pm. The bad weather caused intermittent power supply which in turn caused a communication problem between the server and the stations. B:SM, the Barcelona Municipal Services said that "as a result of the continuous rise and fall of electric tension Bicing service finally lost communication with the central station." Today there will be an onsite review of all stations to verify a return to proper operation.