No public schools in Catalunya have a professor of Islam despite demand from pupils (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). No school or public institution in Catalunya have any Muslim religious teachers even though last year the Generalitat received nearly 600 requests from students who wanted to learn Islam as part of their public education. The problem is that teacher candidates do not meet the requirements set by the department of education, including the need to demonstrate a level C in Catalan. Catholic remains the top option for students who opt for a denominational religious education, but there is also a fair amount of evangelical students. Muslims and Jews, are less well represented, although they are entitled to be taught thanks to the cooperation agreements signed in 1992 between the State and representatives from the three religions (evangelical, Islam, Judaism). But although the government have received requests to study religion by all three of these denominations, only evangelical students' requests have been met. In total, the government received 590 requests for Islam and 96 for Judaism. But none of these have been answered, due, according to the government, to a lack of teachers with the qualifications required by the department of education. Besides a teaching degree, teachers of religion in denominational schools in Catalunya should have Spanish nationality, demonstrate a level C in Catalan and have done a course of pedagogical adaptation and present theological qualifications required by the religious affiliation to which they belong.
The demand for outside seating in Barcelona bars and restaurants is growing, with a reported 3325 available throughout the city (read article in Castilian here El Periodico). However the ayuntamiento are keeping a cautious hold on the growth by only allowing a 2.5 percent increase this summer. Although the distribution is uneven over the city, the Eixample is the benchmark with around 35 percent of the total number situated here. One of the factors which played a part in the increase was the introduction of the anti-smoking law in 2006, which saw an increase in requests for terraces grow by between two percent and six. Another factor is the expansion of pavements, (terraces require a five metre area) but all requests are studied carefully in cases of crowed pavements, such as on the Passeig de Gràcia, Gran Via and points of the Diagonal. Despite the increase the council have to keep a watch over the permits laws and make sure they are met. They include, in general, opening hours of 8.00am to 11pm. The early closing time has been met with complaints by the owners as they deem it too early to close in a climate such as Barcelona's.
The ayuntamiento have launched a campaign against the selling of alcohol by street vendors or lateros during the neighborhood of Gràcia's fiestas (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The city council of Barcelona and the Federación Catalana de Asociaciones de Actividades Recreativas Musicales (Fecasarm), are to launch a summer campaign, using the slogan, 'Gràcia, es por tu civismo - El incivismo no tiene gracia.' Launching this Sunday the 15th, the day the fiestas start, the campaign is to promote and encourage sensible alcohol consumption and reduce complaints from neighbours and owners of bars and restaurants in the area. In a statement, Fecasarm, reported that the campaign is part of the Global Action Plan against incivility. The plan has already been implemented in the Paseo Marítimo, the Raval, La Rambla, Plaça Reial, the Born and Port Olímpic.
Also in the news: The L10 metro line is back up and working but the L9 still suffers from restrictions (read full article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The eight members of Barça that play for the Spanish side return to the club, one month after winning the World Cup (read full article in Castilian here, El Periodico).