The expansion of the El Prat airport will continue to be paralyzed and the Government of Pedro Sánchez does not consider seeking a new agreement with the Generalitat of Catalonia within the framework of the bilateral negotiation table that started in Barcelona. “The Government of Spain parks this expansion of El Prat because there is not the necessary consensus necessary to address this important investment,” said the Prime Minister himself after his meeting of almost two hours with the President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès.
Sánchez insisted on blaming the lack of agreement within the pro-independence government of Esquerra Republicana (ERC) and Junts to launch the investment of 1,700 million euros projected in the Barcelona airfield. “In the opinion of the Government of Spain, there is no mature position in the Government of Catalonia to address a strategic investment of this magnitude,” said the socialist leader, who acknowledged that little time had been spent in the meeting given their differences in an investment that the Catalan employers consider essential.
In fact, the Minister of Transport and Mobility, Raquel Sánchez, finally did not attend the meeting as planned, after only three members of ERC appeared at the negotiating table from the Catalan side after the discrepancies with Junts, which sought to have representatives outside of its Executive.
The controversy over the blocking of investment for Catalan infrastructure after the rejection of the Government was also the reason for the clash between the Prime Minister and the ERC spokesman in the Congress of Deputies, Gabriel Rufián. The Republican blamed the socialist that “an investment is not a gift and that a negotiation is not a surrender.”
According to Rufián, “we are always willing to dialogue and talk, but negotiating from you to you. Impositions, not one”. In his answers, Sánchez recalled the differences between the pro-independence partners for this project and has defended that the one in El Prat is a “great investment necessary for Catalonia” and a good one for Barcelona, which included compensatory measures for the affectation of La Ricarda and that it intends turn the airport into an “intercontinental hub”. In the parliamentary headquarters, Sánchez demanded that ERC “return to the agreement of August 2” in order to continue with the project. Likewise, the Government attended the meeting of the dialogue table with an update of its Agenda for the reunion in which it maintains that it “ensures to maintain” its plans for the expansion and improvement of the Barcelona airport.
The long-awaited meeting of the bilateral negotiating table after two years of the first meeting once again showed the great distances between the two governments, although both Sánchez and Aragonès agreed to highlight the political importance of the image of both together. “The images are important from a political point of view,” Sánchez insisted when questioned about the lack of concrete progress and points of consensus, and insisted on the relevance of the “political message” that they want to overcome this conflict situation.
For his part, Aragonès considered the simple fact of the meeting at the Palau de la Generalitat as a victory for the postulates of the Government. The Catalan president valued it as progress and “a new starting point”. Another of the common points defended by the heads of the two delegations was not to set deadlines for the development of the negotiations. Sánchez insistently repeated that the philosophy of the talks should be “work slowly but surely and without deadlines.” According to the socialist president, it will only be possible to move forward “without putting a date on the resolution of this conflict.”
Aragonès considered the meeting as a victory for the independentistas
A few words with which he seems to seek to gain time in the face of uncertainties both within the Catalan Government and in Spanish politics and which were endorsed by Aragonese, by ensuring that the contacts “will require time and perseverance.”
In practice, the two presidents held completely different positions on the substance of the problem. While Aragonés insisted on pursuing the referendum on self-determination and amnesty as fundamental objectives, Sánchez stated that the framework to be negotiated should be the agenda for the reunion proposed by his Executive, which includes demands from Catalan governments of the last decade and prior to the rupture of the process.
Sánchez also assured that the meeting did not talk about the negotiation of the next General State Budgets, for which he needs the support of ERC.
Investments and transfers, on the agenda
With the start of the negotiation table, now the work will be transferred to the delegations created to address specific issues. In the most immediate calendar, two main topics appear as the object of the next appointments: investments in infrastructures and transfers of competences. Thus, in the bilateral commission that was held on August 2, both parties agreed that during the month of September the Infrastructure Investment Commission will be held to comply with the agreed four-month monitoring of the degree of execution of the investments programmed in Catalonia.
Its intention is that this volume complies with the Statute and that it is not lower than the average of the totality of the territorialized state investment. Regarding the powers, of the 56 transfers requested by the Generalitat, the ministries are preparing reports to evaluate their viability and deadlines. In addition, the Economic and Fiscal Affairs Commission is expected to meet in December.
In any case, and after the photograph of this Thursday with Sánchez and Aragonès at the head of the dialogue table, the Catalan president appealed to discretion in the meetings “to guarantee that progress can be made.”
Victim Killed In Green Lake County Car Crash Identified, Police Look For More Information
Police have identified a man who was killed in a car crash on Highway 23 last month. Authorities, however, are still seeking more information about the deadly crash that also sent one person to a hospital.
Police Looking For Additional Information
A search continues for a witness or witnesses who may have information on the crash, which occurred near County Highway W. on Sept. 29 around 3:20 p.m. According to the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office, a westbound black Jeep SUV crossed the center line and struck an eastbound white ford SUV head-on, Ripon Press reported.
Jessica Knueppel, 43, of Fon du Lac was the driver of the Jeep SUV. She was brought to ThedaCare Berlin for treatment.
According to the crash report, Kneuppel looked like she was under the influence of medications, drugs, or alcohol. She was tested to see if her blood contains drugs or alcohol and authorities are still waiting for the results.
Another Crash Happened The Same Day
A press release from Green Lake County Crime Stoppers stated that just 10 minutes earlier on the same day, another crash transpired which involved a red or maroon SUV.
The driver of the red or maroon SUV apparently left his car to check damages but eventually fled the scene, the report said.
Ripon Press quoted Green Lake County Chief Deputy Matthew Vande Kolk saying, “We are attempting to identify the occupants of the red or maroon SUV as we believe they may have information pertaining to the fatal traffic crash investigation.”
Any person who has any information regarding the fatal crash can contact 920-294-4134 Ext. 1151 to speak to a detective or send an email [email protected].
Tipsters may also receive a cash reward for any information that can lead to any eyewitnesses.
Man Killed, Stepsons Critically Injured In Car Crash In Illinois
A fundraising program has been launched after a family lost their father to a car crash. His two stepsons were critically injured in the same accident in Beach Park Friday evening.
Justin Moland, the coach of the Waukegan Panthers youth baseball team, said in a GoFundMe fundraiser that his players, Giovanny Rodriguez, his brother Alejandro and their stepfather, Jose Hernandez, were involved in the fatal car accident, reported ABC 7 Chicago.
Both Giovanny and Hernandez were a part of the team’s summer league championship season, Moland said. Alejandro played for Waukegan Savages age division team.
Leilanis teammate got into a horrible accident! Thankfully he made it through along with his brother. Unfortunately his stepfather passed away! Jose was such a great person! So sweet and kind! Anything you can donate would help a lot! Or even sharing this https://t.co/J3mch3Qq4X
— Juice (@nailedbyjuice) October 10, 2021
The car crash happened around 6:45 p.m. Friday on Green Bay Road north of Wadsworth Road in Beach Park.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Beach Park Fire Department were quick to react to the incident and found a crash involving four vehicles.
As per the preliminary investigation report, a 2017 Jeep Patriot, driven by a 50-year-old woman, tried to pass a truck, and then it hit a tractor and the jeep drove northbound in the lanes of Green Bay Road.
The jeep then crashed into a southbound 2014 Kia Soul, driven by Hernandez, 49, reported Lake & Mchenry County Scanner.
Hernandez was rushed to Vista Medical Center East in an ambulance in Waukegan where the medical examiner announced him dead.
Giovanny, Alejandro Critical
Giovanny and Alejandro suffered critical injuries, and are currently under observation. Moland said that Giovanny is currently in critical condition. He has broken bones and a head injury. Alejandro, on the other hand, suffered a severe concussion and other serious injuries.
The mother, Jackie, is devastated after the accident and loss of her husband, according to Moland.
He called Hernandez a “genuinely good person” who was always “willing to lend a helping hand and have a good time.”
Talking about Giovanny and Alejandro, he said that they are kind-hearted young men who light up a room with their smiles and attitude.
“The Waukegan Panthers team has been deeply affected by this tragedy,” Moland added.
The illegally passing Jeep also crashed into a Ford Explorer that was traveling southbound directly behind Hernandez’s Kia. The driver of the Ford, a 58-year-old woman, and a passenger, a 24-year-old man, were taken to Vista Medical Center East with minor injuries, police said.
The accident is currently being investigated by the Lake County Sheriff’s Technical Crash Investigations Unit.
Florida Sheriff Seizes Marijuana Weighing 770 Pounds, Searches For Owner To Return It
In a bizarre incident, a Florida sheriff has made a public declaration in search of a legal owner of high-grade marijuana weighing 770- pounds, which has a street value of two million dollars, and have it returned.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office took to its official Facebook page Thursday to make the eccentric announcement.
“If you happened to have lost or misplaced approximately 770 pounds of high-grade marijuana and would like to have your property returned, please contact our Narcotics Agents and we will be more than happy to reunite you with your lost property!!” Sheriff Wayne Ivey wrote in the Facebook post.
The post came after the Brevard Sherrif’s Office Narcotics Agents seized 770-pounds of marijuana from a storage facility in Viera.
In the unusual announcement, the Sheriff’s Office urged the person who owns the misplaced marijuana to step up and claim his property from the Criminal Investigative Services building on Gus Hipp Blvd in Rockledge. The Office also said that they would happily return the drugs and keep the marijuana in a safe place to return it undamaged.
Claim Your Property With No Strings Attached: Police To Owner
“So if the 770 lbs of marijuana belongs to you, all we need you to do is come down to our Criminal Investigative Services building on Gus Hipp Blvd in Rockledge and claim your property with absolutely no strings attached!! Once we properly identify you as the rightful owner we will gladly return your property and also make sure that both you and your property are kept in a secure area so that no one can try to rip you off!!,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey further wrote in the post.
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