Residents in flats in a building in the Clot neighbourhood have seen cracks appear in the walls of their homes as a result of work being done to build the high-speed train link through Barcelona (article in Catalan, Avui). A huge tunnel is being created under the city centre as part of the AVE project, and the affected building is at 615-617 Mallorca street, one that has seen a lot of protests by locals concerned about the effects of the building work on their homes; the tunnel will run under this street that crosses the Eixample neighbourhood into Clot. The cracks were first seen at the end of June and since then have grown and spread across to other walls. The administrators of the building notified the Barcelona city council about the problem in July—a report was issued saying that they were not significant, but the administrators want the opinion of an architect.
Animal rights organisations complained yesterday about the shooting of a wild dog last week in the south of Catalunya; it had been thought to be an escaped lioness, with various reports of such coming from locals in the area of Montsià, Catalunya’s southernmost county (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Neighbours also voiced their concerns about what they and the animal rights organisations called “secrecy” in the attitude of the Generalitat’s environment department in dealing with this issue. Claims that the body of the animal has been kept hidden and that the authorities acted in a “deplorable” way in their management of the hunt for the animal also came out yesterday, and suspicions are growing that the shot animal was in fact a lioness. The organisation Fundació Altarriba is considering pressing charges against those who managed the search for not complying with the law for the protection of animals.
The Catalan savings banks Caixa Catalunya, Caixa Tarragona and Caixa Manresa yesterday formalised their fusion into a single financial entity (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). This is the second fusion by Catalan savings banks following the agreement reached between Caixa Terrassa, Caixa Sabadell, Caixa Manlleu and Caixa Girona. The new organisation to be created by Catalunya, Tarragona and Manresa will become the fourth largest savings bank in Spain, and second biggest in Catalunya after La Caixa, in terms of assets. It is forecast that the fusion will formally take place during the first half of 2010.
Also in the news: Noisy planes banned from Barcelona airport (El Periodico); Barça’s board to vote on future of director who organised ‘spying’ on other members (La Vanguardia); Zapatero promises Obama Spain will send police to Afghanistan to help train agents there (La Vanguardia)