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13 January 2011 06:06 PM

Central Catalonia mines become the first producer of thaw salt in Southern Europe

During the last few winters, snow and ice have paralysed Central Europe for days and sometimes weeks. Lorries from all over Europe transport up to 60,000 tons of salt a month from Súria (Bages County) to spread on roads throughout the continent....

11 January 2011 10:12 PM

Two bars in Mollerussa show resistance to the smoking ban

Two bar owners have publically declared their resistance to the new smoking ban after having lost many clients, they said. So they have decided to let customers smoke again and hope that other bars will do the same.
Visitors during the first Sagrada Família's open days (by J. Pérez)

10 January 2011 11:24 PM

Over 20,000 people visit the Sagrada Família on its first doors-open day

After the Pope’s visit last November, the Sagrada Família will be open 4 Saturdays in a row along January. The measure seems to be a success among Barcelonans. The figure is four times the number of visits recorded on a normal Saturday.

03 January 2011 09:27 PM

Total smoking ban comes to Catalonia

Smoking is banned in all restaurants and clubs in Spain from the 2nd January 2011. The new law aims to put the state on the same level as other European countries such as the UK
The current Catalan Minister for Education visiting a high-school (by ACN)

22 December 2010 10:01 PM

Spanish Supreme Court declares that Spanish must also be a school language of instruction

Spain’s Highest Court sentences on a case about 3 parents who wanted their children to be taught in Spanish at Catalan public schools. The decision breaks the principle of using Catalan as the language of instruction in Catalan schools. This...
Jordi Iparraguirre, director of the puntCAT Foundation (by J. Pueyo)

21 December 2010 11:14 PM

The domain .cat continues to be an exception

The puntCAT Foundation attended the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) meeting in Cartagena, Colombia last week. Proposals for similar domains such as ‘.scot’ and .quebec’ were put aside for future discussion.

20 December 2010 06:55 PM

Hitchiking: swap your thumb for your mobile phone

A team at the University of Girona and the firm Easy Innova design a new application that helps people find car rides quickly and easily.
The traditional animal-selling stands that were removed (by ACN)

17 December 2010 10:04 PM

Barcelona’s Les Rambles to keep flower and news kiosks but will remove souvenir and pet kiosks

A year ago, the Barcelona City Council made the decision to convert pet kiosks on Les Rambles into souvenir kiosks. Now, they have changed their minds, claiming that their decision led to overcrowding and lack of public space.
Pere Puig visited the crime scenes this evening (by ACN)

15 December 2010 09:47 PM

Fired employee shoots and kills 4 people in Olot

In the Northern town of Catalonia, close to Girona, Pere Puig killed his employer and his employer’s son at a bar with a hunting riffle. Puig then left the bar and shot and killed 2 bank employees. The police arrested the man, who immediately...
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