Each person in Spain throws away food worth €250 every year, according to research carried out in seven European Union countries (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Almost three million tonnes of food is thrown out here, which is 65 kilogrammes per person, found the group Cofresco Frischhalteproduckt for a study entitled 'Save Food'. The report found that 50 percent of what was disposed of could have been used by the consumer if they had planned, conserved and stored their purchases better, while 30 percent of packaged food is thrown away without ever having been opened. It also found that 50 percent of what is thrown out, the largest food group, was fruit and vegetables. The report's authors said that they believed Spaniards were not aware of the amount of food they were throwing out as they consider "this waste to be about four percent [of their food] whereas in reality it's 18 percent". As well as not planning their shopping well enough, other reasons that food is not used include the attractive presentation of certain products that leads to unnecessary purchases, a lack of adequate storage and preparation of an excessive amount of food. The aim of the Save Food project is to raise awareness amongst consumers about this wastage, as well as providing information about the preparation and storage of food, in a collaboration between the German-American company (which manufactures products for food storage) behind the study and the humanitarian organisation Acción contra el Hambre.
More than 8,000 fans of FC Barcelona celebrated the victory of their team over Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League last night (read article in Catalan here, Avui). Some of those who gathered on La Rambla and at the Font de Canaletes threw items at journalists who were covering the celebrations, with the result that 20 people were arrested and 24 injured. The party atmosphere progressed without incident until about 1 o'clock in the morning, when some people began to throw glass bottles, cans and a flare at journalists filming the scene around Canaletes from balconies of the Hotel Lloret on the Rambla, and to threaten them. As a result, police officers dispersed those who were still celebrating on La Rambla and forced them towards the centre of Plaça Catalunya. The flare entered the hotel causing smoke to fill the room and a small fire to start that saw some cables burn.
The Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) has decided not to create a common slogan for the forthcoming council elections and instead let each mayoral candidate come up with their own one (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). With 735 members of the PSC standing in the May 22nd elections, the party has decided to make them the protagonists in their own campaigning; at the same time, the party's symbols, leaders from both the Catalan and Spanish Socialist parties and common slogans will take a back seat. In the 2003 elections, held just before the party defeated CiU in the Generalitat elections with the formation of the first tripartite coalition, the slogan used was 'El millor per tu, el millor per tothom' ('The best for you, the best for everyone'), while in 2007, the party chose 'Noves idees' ('New ideas'). Now, all those standing have carte blanche to decide their own campaign format and catchphrase. The PSC said that their aim had never been to homogenise the party when it came to municipal elections and that their mayoral candidates have traditionally enjoyed a certain level of autonomy when it came to designing their electoral campaigns. In addition, as candidates are generally well-known to the inhabitants of the town or city where they are standing, this familiarity is deemed to be more important than any party branding. Finally, the party has decided that by competing one-to-one, city-by-city, against its opponents, it has a better chance of defeating those candidates standing from CiU.