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30 April 2014 09:50 PM

Judiciary insists on modifying Catalan school model to increase presence of Spanish

The Catalan High Court has confirmed its previous decision to oblige 5 schools to teach "at least 25%" of their mandatory subjects in Spanish if the family of a single pupil asks for it, regardless of the opinion of the other children's...

The web site of the UAB's Neuroscience Institute (by Institut de Neurociències de l'UAB)

23 April 2014 06:57 PM

Catalan researchers develop gene therapy reversing memory loss in mice with early-stage Alzheimer's

Scientists at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have found that an alteration of a neuronal gene program plays an essential role in the first stages of Alzheimer's disease and have developed a gene therapy which is effective on...

Students taking a Catalan language exam in Lleida, western Catalonia (by ACN)

21 March 2014 09:14 PM

Catalans’ English skills on an upward trend – still behind Spaniards and European leaders

In 2012, 26.5% of the Catalans could have a conversation with someone in English, according to the latest survey on foreign languages issued by the Catalan Institute of Statistics (IDESCAT). The youngest population was also the most skilled,...

One of the new surgery rooms unveiled in Barcelona's Vall d'Hebrón hospital in 2013 (by J. Pérez)

21 March 2014 08:29 PM

Almost 24,000 patients have to wait longer than guaranteed surgery time

A total of 23,825 patients have to wait longer than the maximum 6-month-period to undergo one of the 14 surgeries with a guaranteed waiting time, according to the Catalan Minister of Health, Boi Ruiz. In 2013, a total of 151,009 patients...

The Catalan Education Minister, Irene Rigau, on Thursday in Barcelona (by P. Mateos)

20 March 2014 08:35 PM

Catalan Education Minister believes the Spanish Government's school reform can still be stopped

Irene Rigau, the Catalan Minister for Education, announced that Catalonia will participate in the working group created to analyse how to better implement the Spanish Government's Education Reform. Such a group was announced by the Spanish...

18 March 2014 07:46 PM

World’s smallest pacemaker implanted in 4 patients in Barcelona's Hospital Clínic

Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic has installed the ‘Micra’ 24mm pacemaker - equivalent to the size of a one euro coin -  in 4 patients as part of a clinical trial involving 10 medical centres and 60 patients troughout...

The Red Cross assisting a homeless person a few weeks ago (by ACN)

12 March 2014 08:20 PM

Opposition parties ask the Catalan Government for further efforts to fight poverty

The Catalan Parliament held on Wednesday a monographic session on poverty, which has increased over the past few years, spurred by the financial crisis. According to a report published by the Red Cross this week, there are 200,000 families in...

A protest in downtown Barcelona defending the Catalan school model, based on the linguistic immersion principle, a few months ago (by ACN)

05 March 2014 09:17 PM

Catalan Government forced to pay for private education in Spanish

The Spanish Ministry of Education has released the decree proposal stating that the Catalan Government has the obligation to provide alternatives to families who request their children to be taught in Spanish in public schools,...

The Ebro River passing through Tortosa, just before arriving at the Delta (by ACN)

04 March 2014 09:45 PM

Catalan Government to take Ebro Hydrologic Plan to Brussels as it endangers the Delta’s survival

The Catalan Executive announced it will take the Spanish Government’s Hydrologic Plan for the Ebro River (Plan Hidrológico del Ebro) to the European Commission, as it will damage the river’s delta, which is a unique...

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