The Fundació la Caixa launches a pioneering intercultural integration project in a bid to stop conflict (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Deputy director of the social integration department of the Fundació la Caixa, Joana Prats defined the project as one of prevention and will affect education, community health and civic relations in areas characterised by high cultural diversity with the aim of promoting social cohesion. The Proyecto de Intervención Comunitaria Intercultural is to be launched in the Raval, Clot and the Zona Nord de Nou Barris, through the work of three organisations already established in these districts. "The objective is to collaborate with agents in the area to enhance the possibilities it offers in terms of intercultural coexistence, said Prats. The idea behind the scheme, which will be rolled out in 14 other districts in Spain, is to generate a model of community intervention in cultural diversity, applicable anywhere in the future. The Fundació la Caixa will give each of the chosen institutions €15,000 each year for three years. Which each association will hire four technicians who will review the areas to meet the realities of the neighbourhood. Prats said, "The objective is that within three years the workers will withdraw from the area as neighbour and community dynamics have been established and the process will continue to flow." Jaume Lanaspa, director general of the Fundació la Caixa said of the project "In many cases we can draw on the experience of Spanish migration in the Sixties." Ricard Gomà, second deputy mayor and councilor for Social Action said, "these are three very different neighbourhoods, but they share the fragility and vulnerability arising from diversity and an enormous potential between residents and institutions."
The clásico between Barça and Real Madrid will be played on Monday 29th in order to avoid the Catalan elections (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Jaume Roures, the owner of Mediapro, announced in a public broadcast that the clásico will be played at 9pm on Monday November 29th, a day after the Catalan elections. The choice of date has so far been embroiled in controversy since it became known that it was to fall on the same weekend as the elections in Catalunya. Saturday 27th was ruled out as both teams are to play in the Champions League the week before and the only alternatives were Sunday 28th and Monday 29th. Speaking on El Món on RAC1, Jaume Roures said that the decision to move the game to November 28th was out of respect. "This is not to annoy anyone, we own them respect." According to the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) the decision was due to potential security problems that the concurrence of both events on the same weekend could result in. "All parties have sought the best solution for the confluence of these two important events." The clásico will be the third to be played on a Monday with the first being played on March 30th, 1964 where Real Madrid won 1-2. The second took place on April 3th 1972, although this time Barça won 1-0.
Extreme temperatures cause 348 deaths annually in Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Researcher Xavier Basagaña has published a study, after investigating more than 503,000 deaths in Catalunya between 1983 and 2006 that concluded that extreme heat caused an average of 358 deaths in Catalunya annually in the last 24 years. Basagaña, a mathematician at the Centre de Recerca en Epidemiologia Ambiental (Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology) said, "That is excess mortality due to high temperatures." The study looked at deaths in Catalunya between May 15th and November 15th over 24 years comparing mortality on extremely hot days with expected mortality on the rest of the days. His conclusion is that deaths caused by extreme heat in summer are more numerous than was previously thought. On average, on hot days in Catalunya, mortality increases by 4 percent compared to expected mortality. In addition those days of extreme heat also effect mortality rates for the two days following it. Basagaña said "the greater the age, the greater increase in risk," and the problem affects mostly people over the age of 65. Heat waves, defined by three consecutive days with temperatures over 30 degress, increase respiratory deaths by 28 percent, cardiovascular deaths by 24 percent, strokes (40 percent), the nervous system (41 percent), urinary and kidney deaths by 22 percent. Diabetic deaths increase by 28 percent and suicides rise by 29 percent. The study was presented to a conference on climate change and child health organised by the Fundación Roger Torné in collaboration with the CosmoCaixa in Barcelona. Epidemiologists are becoming increasingly concerned about the impact on global warming on health.