Barcelona fishermen want to sell their catch directly to the public in the new fish market to be opened at the city's port (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The market has an annex space built next to the main building, which could be used for wholesale selling to members of the public, according to the fishermen's association (cofradía). Fishermen are upset by the difference in prices paid by wholesalers in markets for fish and what consumers pay in supermarkets, and as such they want a more direct avenue for selling to the public. Although visitors will be able to watch the main auctions at the market, they won't be allowed to make purchases at them, but the law does allow for an alternative market in another part of the building. In addition, the fishermen's association has proposed to the port authorities and Catalan government, with who it is negotiating on this topic, having a restaurant at the market that serves dishes made with freshly-caught fish.
Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said yesterday that the minumim level of pensions will rise in 2010 despite the crisis, although without saying how much they would go up (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The announcement was made at a political meeting organised every year by trade union UGT at which it has become standard practice for Zapatero to make this announcement along with details of the percentage rise. Sources from Zapatero's socialist party said later that it wasn't yet possible to say how much the pensions would go up due to the crisis and the need to negotiate the increase with the unions.
The mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, has said that an increased police presence in the Rambla is not the solution to dealing with the incidences of public sex in the area, and insists that what is needed is regulation (article in Catalan, Avui). Speaking to Catalan Television, Hereu also rejected the proposal by the political party Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds to have designated 'red zones' around the city where prostitution could 'officially' take place claiming that no residents would be happy to live close to such a zone. Instead, he said that there need to be laws that specifically deal with prostitution that "regulate, control and make it disappear from public spaces".
Also in the news: European basketball championships start with Spain as favourite (La Vanguardia); Sixteen arrested prostitutes could be repatriated (Avui); Luxury hotel due to open in November (El Periodico)