In Can Girona, the most expensive area of Sitges (Garraf) 124 of the most powerful people on the planet will be meeting tomorrow (read the article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The Bilderberg Group is a private, almost secret meeting between the world’s most powerful people, where queens, presidents, ministers, bankers and business people can decide what they think without a microphone or camera in front of them and without risk of anyone speaking to the press. With high-profile guests such as Queen Sofia and other European royalty, the Dolce hotel in Can Girona where the meeting will be held will have fort-like security. The group are expected to discuss the future of the euro and the dollar, the lessons to be learnt from the economic situation in Greece and the war against terror. The meeting, which is not as secret as it once was, has attracted the attention of anti-globalisation protesters who are expected to converge on the hotel after organising themselves through various blogs and Facebook pages. Organisers insist that it will be a peaceful protest and that they reject all forms of violence. The Mossos d’Esquadra and security personnel will surround the hotel.
The renovation of avenida de Vallcarca, near Lesseps, where major changes to the roads have been ongoing for several years, will start in earnest on Monday (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Angry residents who think the area looks like Beirut in the´80s will see a significant change in the area by March 2011. Work has started on landscaping the Besòs side of the avenue between Maignon in Plaza Lesseps and Farigola, which is being transformed into a tree-lined pedestrianised area at a cost of just over four million euros. New services, better water, gas and electricity connections and much wider pavements have all been promised.
Businessman and aspiring president of FC Barcelona, Sandro Rosell, stood head and shoulders above his election rivals last night when he presented 13,618 signatures in support of his presidency, more than all his rivals put together (12,082) - (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).This gives Rosell a lead on his rivals before Barça members vote for their new president on 13th June. Current president Joan Laporta will stand down on 30th June. Fellow candidate Marc Ingla gained 4,744 signatures, Jaume Ferrer had 4,442 and Agustí Benedito 2,896. Candidates needed a minimum of 2,095 signatures to continue in the race for the presidency.
Also in the news: Catalan activist, Laura Arau, who was arrested aboard the Flotilla de la Libertad is set to come home after signing her deportation papers (read full article here in Castillian, La Vanguardia).