The first flight to leave from the new terminal at Barcelona airport successfully took off this morning at 6.15, a Spanair flight to Madrid (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia); it was due to leave at 6am, but had to be delayed due to the presence of birds on the runway. After the official inauguration of the T1 yesterday, a predicted 30,000 travellers are due to pass through the terminal today to take flights with the member companies of the Star Alliance, including Spanair and Lufthansa, who are the first to have started operations in the T1.
After various discussions over the past week or so, it seems that negotiations between FC Barcelona and their first-choice goalkeeper Victor Valdés have broken down after they failed to reach an agreement over salary (article in Catalan, Avui). Valdés's contract runs out this month and although Barça want to re-sign him until 2016, they are unwilling to pay the €9 million a year pay packet that he's demanding; they've offered €6 million, but it is unclear whether Valdés will accept that. Barça say they will start looking for an alternative player, but don't totally rule out the possibility of a last-minute agreement with Valdés. However, speaking to a radio station yesterday afternoon, the goalie's agent says that he has not broken off talks with the club.
According to a report by the OECD, done in collaboration with the EU, Spanish teachers spend almost 16 percent of their work time in trying to discipline their students and keep order in class, and more than seven percent doing administrative work (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Education in 23 different countries was put under the spotlight for this study, which found that lack of incentive and bad behaviour in the classroom were the two most fundamental factors that made the teachers' task difficult.