From April 1st to June 30th, the cost of a one-zone T-10 ticket for the metro, bus and train will be cut by five percent from €8.25 to €7.85 (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The reduction comes as the result of an agreement reached yesterday between the Catalan government and the Spanish ministry of public works. The move is part of the Spanish government's attempts to cut energy costs by reducing the price of train tickets by five percent; however, because the tickets for public transport in Barcelona and the metropolitan area are integrated, in this case, the reduction has had to be applied to the combined tickets sold for public transport in the city. Almost half of those who travel by public transport in Barcelona use the T-10, so the discount will benefit many beyond those who just take local trains. The price of single metro and bus tickets will not be affected, however, other integrated tickets will be cheaper during this period; for instance, the T50/30 will be €1.70 cheaper, costing €31.80. Although all the prices will be reduced by five percent, the final cost will have to be rounded up or down to ensure that the ticket price is in multiples of five cents, as this is necessary for the system used by TMB, the company in charge of public transport in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Various film festival directors have criticised the decision to prosecute the director of the Sitges Film Festival, Ángel Sala, for alleged exhibition of child pornography for having allowed the screening of the film A Serbian Film at last year's event (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). A letter of support has been written and signed by the directors concerned, who include José Luis Rebordinos of the San Sebastián festival, Carmelo Romero of Malaga and Javier Angulo of the Festival de Valladolid, in which they express their surprise at the decision of a judge in Vilanova i la Geltrú to take this action against Sala; they believe that if such a prosecution is to be undertaken, it should be aimed at the director and producers of the film itself. The letter also points out that the film has been shown at other film festivals around the world, including Brussels, Montreal and London, as well as Cannes, and has won various prizes.
The Catalan company Cacolat, which produces the popular chocolate milk drink, is seeking a way to separate from the scandal-hit Nueva Rumasa group as the only means to ensure its survival (read article in Catalan here, Avui). The trade unions who represent the workers at Cacolat have welcomed the news that the company will organise a creditors' meeting either today or tomorrow, a move that involves a declaration of bankruptcy and suspension of payments. The directors will take the necessary documentation to Madrid today so that the process can be started. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the main shareholder in Cacolat, Clesa, with 95 percent of the shares, will be one of the companies in the Nueva Rumasa group that will be put out for tender, leaving Cacolat in a delicate situation. Organising the meeting for creditors could make it easier to find a buyer for the company, as its finances will be publicised, and both the directors and the unions are confident that a buyer will emerge. Nueva Rumasa, which owns a variety of companies, is currently facing serious financial difficulties due to its huge debts and is also being investigated for corruption.