The Catalan government, the Generalitat, wants to introduce a law to ensure that of the films shown in Catalunya, half are dubbed or subtitled into Catalan, with the other 50 percent shown in Castilian. The Generalitat's culture minister announced the move, saying that the government wanted to make sure that citizens have the chance to see an equal number of films in the two official languages of Catalunya. Currently, the majority of films are only dubbed into or subtitled with Castilian, with exceptions usually being popular children's films.
Is it time to start panicking yet? After their storming start to the current football season, FC Barcelona have taken a big stumble and seen their lead over rivals Real Madrid cut from 12 to just four points, with 13 games left to play. Later today, Barça travel to Mallorca to play in a Copa del Rey match - they have a 2-0 home advantage for the first leg, and if they beat the Balearic side, it will see Barça play their first Copa del Rey final for 11 years - a crucial boost for players and fans alike.
Finally - some good economic news. The Japanese car-maker Nissan has announced that it will use its Barcelona factory to build its new compact van that will be aimed at the European market. However, while this is good news for local workers, the Spanish labour market has taken another hit with the announcement that unemployment is nearing 3.5 million and the Spanish bank BBVA predicting that the 'paro' will hit 20 percent of all workers by next year.