El Prat cancels flights to Europe destinations due to bad weather (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Airlines have canceled 35 of 64 flights scheduled for today between Spanish airports and London Gatwick, which is not allowing flights to land until midnight tonight. The bad weather and heavy snow that is currently affecting Italy, Switzerland, Germany, the UK and Poland has resulted in the first cancellations of flights from El Prat and Barajas in Madrid. El Prat has canceled six Easyjet flights, (four to London and two to Geneva), Air France have canceled two to Lyon and Swiss Air have canceled one to Geneva. Lufthansa has canceled one to Frankfurt and Finnair flights to Helsinki has been canceled also. Here in Spain, Vueling are not flying to Oviedo. In the UK, Gatwick in London and Edinburgh airport are both closed today, whilst in Germany, Frankfurt and Munich airports are not accepting flights whilst Brussels' airport is experiencing delays. Heathrow in London is trying to get back on track after 116 flights weren't authorised to fly yesterday. Low temperatures are also causing delays with the Eurostar trains linking Brussels, London and Paris.
Miguel Bosé presents a gala to support the fight against AIDS (read article in Castilian here, El Periódico). The event took place at the W Hotel brought together more than 600 personalities, including athletes, politicians, artists and entrepreneurs, who raised around €390,000. Barcelona last night hosted the first AIDS benefit gala organised by the Fundación Lucha contra el Sida and it was announced that the Fundación will be continuing to hold the gala here. The evening has become the centre piece in the awareness and fundraising campaign for the organisation. The fund raising is the main source of money that funds research being done, with the minimum needed is €2 million each year. The Fundación Lucha contra el Sida has also led an initiative for the city of Barcelona to show support for the fight against the disease by lighting numerous landmarks red, including the Sagrada Família, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, CaixaForum, La Pedrera and El Molino. Currently in Spain there are 120,000 HIV infected, of which 33,000 in Catalunya according to the foundation. Treatment for HIV costs €750 million a year, hence the importance of research to find a vaccine to eradicate the disease. The Fundación Lucha contra el Sida is a non-profit organisation and was created in 1992 under the direction of Dr. Bonaventura Clotet.
Joan Herrera, from the ICV-CiU has announced that they are willing to work with the CiU for the advancement of a self-governing Catalunya (read article in Castilian here, El Periódico). The ICV-EUiA coalition has said they are willing to work with the CiU. The president of the CiU, Artur Mas, has met with Herrera in the third meeting that the new president of the Generalitat is leading with the leaders of the various political groups after the regional elections on Sunday. Herrera, whose coalition became the fourth parliamentary group stressed that the conversation occurred in a friendly manner and stressed the importance of the "unity of national political forces" on issues of self-government. However, Herrera has distanced himself from the rest of the CiU's proposals insisting that while the parties may agree on matters on self-government, ICV oppose to "setbacks in social and environmental policy."