Four Haitian children who are in the process of being adopted by Catalan families have been located by diverse media safe and well (article in Castilian, El Periodico. Read here). After a week with no news of the children, various journalists have visited the temporary location of the Maison des Anges orphanage and found there Polycia, Daphekaina, Tania and Nickenson, all in good health. Part of the orphanage’s original building collapsed during the earthquake that hit last Tuesday and they were moved to a large house close to the orphanage, belonging to the brother of the centre’s director, Gladis Maximilla. There are problems with both running water and electricity, but all 80 children, aged between two months and 10 years, are safe, after they were quickly evacuated by staff when they felt the earthquake begin.
The peace activist Aminatu Haidar, who went on hunger strike in Lanzarote at the end of last year in protest at her treatment by the Moroccan government, has returned to Spain for a medical check (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia. Read here). Haidar travelled to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria yesterday from her home in El Aaiún, which is the administrative capital of the disputed area of the Western Sahara; she will spend some days in the Canaries before heading to Madrid for the medical tests. According to sources from Haidar’s home, she isn’t suffering any particular problem and the visit is for a routine check to verify her health after the hunger strike that lasted 32 days—she took the action after she was expelled from Morocco in November because she refused to give her nationality as Moroccan on a landing card.
In 2008, 12 percent of university students in Catalunya gave up their studies, it was revealed yesterday at a seminar about the financing of Catalan universities taking place in Barcelona (article in Castilian, El Periodico. Read here). This figure marks a rise of 20 percent from 2002, when just under 10 percent of those taking university courses dropped out before completing their studies. Apart from this trend, other statistics revealed at the seminar include the fact that the Generalitat increased the budget for universities between 2003 and 2009 by 77 percent, while the salaries for those teaching went up by 15 percent between 2002 and 2008.
Also in the news: Palau de la Música recovers seven of the €24 million stolen by Millet (Avui. Read article here); Rafa Nadal eases into next round of Australian Open (La Vanguardia. Read article here); Female Generalitat justice ministers hints at candidature for president of Catalan government (El Periodico. Read article here)