The Verdi chain of cinemas in the Gràcia area of the city have for the first time established a bilingual subtitles format to show both Catalan and Castilian (article in Catalan, El Punt). According to the company this was to solve the "different conflicts that have come about because of the new bill of Catalan cinema." The method is being applied to Irish film The Grandeur of Living where you will be able to hear the film in original version but be able to read both languages which are to be displayed in different colours along the bottom of the screen.
Barcelona FC vice-president Jaume Ferrer has just announced that he will bid for the presidency of the club in the coming elections being held in spring 2010 (article in Castilian, El Pais). Speaking on Catalunya Radio he announced his "conviction, excitement and enthusiasm" of preparing his bid. He went on to assure listeners that the move is "final". He is joined by Alfons Godall, another club vice-president who's another candidate and much closer to current president Joan Laporta. It is expected that the pre-election proceedings will start on Monday.
The new territorial division of Catalunya which is to be established in the bill ley de veguerías is causing clashes within the Governació (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Despite this delay, the ERC announced yesterday that the legislation is to be adopted from January 12th. The mayor of Sabadell and president of the Federació de Municipis de Catalunya, Manuel Bustos explained that he voted for the project but only through "institutional responsibility" and claimed he sees nothing clear about the initiative. The mayor of Lleida, Àngel Ros has also stressed his opposition. However sources from the Governació claimed yesterday that the agreement was on track, this is not, however, the view from the Palau de la Generalitat who noted that although the initiative was discussed on Tuesday it did not get final approval. The law, as defined by the minister Ausàs, seeks to establish the creation of seven vegueries (Barcelona, Camp de Tarragona, Lleida, Girona, Terres de l´Ebre, Catalunya Central y Alt Pirineu i Aran).