More than forty fire engines from the Generalitat de Catalunya were working to fight a forest fire yesterday in the El Ports zone in Horta de Sant Joan (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The fire that started yesterday has already effected more than 100 hectares of forest and scrub land. No one is thought to be at risk.
Barcelona is ready to put into place the Plan Local de Seguridad Ciudadana (PLSC) 2009-2011 which is set to guarantee the safety and security of residents (article in Castilian, El Periodico) It is due to put into place more measures to look after groups of people susceptible to risk, for instance tourists and the elderly. The measures to be taken are based on the state of the city, opinions of citizens and diverse data from city services. The groups the plan is to focus on are women who are victims of violence, adolescents and the elderly- with the aim for them to be able to live and enjoy public spaces without fear. With tourists the Generalitat will be working with the Consorcio del Turismo to offer security advice, protection, and advice on how to record a denuncia.
The coach of Barcelona football team Pep Guardiola, speaking at a press conference yesterday justified the possible departure of star player Eto'o by saying it wasn't for "football reasons" but was more a question of "feeling" (article in Castilian, El Pais). He went on to say "I feel it is best for the team, for the club.... I am grateful to Samuel, not just for this year but for the five he has been here." Guardiola went on to assure. "We are talking about a marvelous player.... he is an extraordinary player."
Also in the news, lines of people camp out for Madonna, (La Vanguardia) Sitges to receive €10 millon to restore its museums, (El Periodico) The Catalan Jaime Alguersuari becomes the youngest ever to drive Formula One (El Periodico)