Due to the abundant rainfall that occurred in the autumn and winter of last year a warning was issued today that it will be a bad year for allergy sufferers. This spring there will be an expected 50% rise in pollen levels compared to last year and the predicted concentration of pollen will be 4 times higher than in 2005. La Sociedad Española de Alergología e Inmunología Clínica (SEAIC) issued an alert to the almost 8 million Spanish people who are affected by grass, pollen and dust. Javier Subiza, president of the SEAIC estimated that major peaks in pollen levels will occur from May 15th to June 15th but warned that in Barcelona and other citys with large plantations of plane trees, sufferers will notice symptoms from March onwards.
Barcelona's coach Pep Guardiola last night spoke of his team's thrilling 5-2 win over Lyon and admited he would love the chance to take on one of the four English clubs in the Champions League quarter-finals. Goals from Thierry Henry, Messi and Eto'o saw the Catalan side, who won the competition in 2006 but were knocked out in semi's last season, romp home to victory over the French side. Guardiola was quoted as saying that although it would be a challenge to play either Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool, it would be one that he would relish. The side still have the chance to win the Champions League, Primera Liga and the Spanish Cup.
The economic climate has put a stop to current development plans for the Sagrera station and the Frank Gehry designed skyscrapers that are planned around it. The projects, costing an estimated 250 million euros and which include 80,000 square feet of offices and housing are awaiting funding and are deemed not viable at the present time. Mayor Jordi Hereu yesterday declared that there were other priorities. Xavier Trias, leader of the CiU critised the stagnation of the plans and requested an explanation from the mayor. Other high-profile developments have also suffered from the financial crisis are La City Metropolitana, by architect Jean Nouvel, Las Arenas, by British architect Richard Rogers, Sant Andreu the proposed construction of 2.000 homes and the Marina de la Zona Franca have all been halted or slow-down due to financial concerns.