The Ayuntamiento and judge have opened three investigations into the accident at the Tibidabo theme park (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Technicians on the 'Pendulum' ride are reported to have heard noises from the attraction three hours before the accident, which claimed the life of 14 year old Andrea B.M and wounding three other children. Workers on the ride, checked the machine for 10 minutes but allowed it to stay open despite hearing what they claim were "strange noises". The police are now investigating why the base of the structure separated from the ride. The park's president and councilor of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Sara Jaurrieta is the only member of the local government who has provided explanations of the accident, which occurred in the municipal-owned site. Jurrieta insists that the attraction had passed the first review at 9am that morning and had a maintenance certificate issued by the company on June 9th at the annual review that it has to pass every year by law. Sources at the municipal department said that "This kind of reviews are done regularly and at no time was there evidence of risk."
Badalona is to open the port in a bid to attract people to water sports and fishing in the summer (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The managers of Badalona port wants to stop it being an underutilized infrastructure and attract more resident users. Since it's construction in 2005, the marina has had access impeded by a railway line and this has taken it's toll, failing to make the it an attractive location for businesses and restaurants. In a bid to attract more users they now want to operate recreational and sporting activities. The port has sought the cooperation of the moorings to be involved in the free activities which are to be organised however many boats have stopped being taken out due to the high cost of fuel. Yesterday only three leisure boats were out while only three others were out fishing.
The Generalitat are to bring order to the real estate industry by imposing new rules for practicing agents (read article in Castilian here, El Pais). With a new warning that under qualified agents are setting up businesses, the Generalitat are making moves to regulate the industry. Thanks to the housing crisis, 70 percent of the unofficial agencies shut down but it looks like the sector is facing a second wave and now all intermediaries must keep records required to demonstrate that they comply with the various safeguards. The Catalan government have opened a register of estate agents in March, which now has 1213 members. Among other requirements, the Catalan executive now requires that the agent has a university degree or attend 200 hours of specific training. The president of the Professional Association of Real Estate Experts (AOSIS), Oscar Martinez, believes that housing market is "very dangerous" because "before anyone could set up as a real estate agency without any conditions."
Also in the news: A poll undertaken by the Instituto Noxa has revealed that 83 percent of Catalans have voted for the prohibition of the burka (read article in full, in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).