A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in Barcelona’s neighbouring town Hospitalet de Llobregat yesterday evening (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra are investigating the shooting, which is reported to have taken place just before 8pm in a local park. Eyewitnesses say that the victim was shot at least once in the chest and managed to walk a short distance before collapsing.
In the year-to-date, the amount spent by Spanish households on basic items has stagnated, contributing to the fall in gross national product experience here (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Households spent an average of €4,103 on food and home essentials between July 2008 and June 2009, around 0.5 percent less compared to the same months between 2007 and 2008. However, the steady rate of spending is not just down to people having less disposable income, but also a result of marketing strategies by shops that have increased the number of special offers and price cuts to attract customers.
December 13th is the proposed date for a round of public consultations about Catalan independence, following the vote organised last Sunday in Arenys de Munt (article in Catalan, Avui). Various entities are involved in co-ordinating the voting process, which will not be legally binding, which will be held in all those Catalan towns that are interested in participating in the initiative. So far, around 100 town councils have stated their interest in supporting the proposal in their municipality, although this has already risen in five days from 60 towns, so the final number holding a vote could be much higher.
Also in the news: Check-in via mobile phone now available at Barcelona airport (Avui); New desalinator still not connected to water network two months after inauguration (La Vanguardia); Tarantino at the Sant Sebastian film festival (Avui)