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One of Barcelona cabs with the sticker indicating the shift number (by E. Romagosa)

09 January 2013 11:58 PM

Barcelona taxi drivers end their protest after reaching an agreement to eliminate the new shifts

After two days of protests making Barcelona El Prat Airport being without cabs for several hours, taxi union representatives and the Metropolitan Taxi Institute – in charge of managing the sector – have agreed to eliminate the shift system and...
Taxis waiting for picking up clients at Barcelona El Prat Airport (by B. Cazorla)

07 January 2013 11:52 PM

A strike leaves Barcelona El Prat Airport temporarily without taxis

Taxi drivers have protested against the new car shifts implemented as of last week. The new shift system affects all Barcelona taxis and it has been designed to reduce the number of cars on the streets in order to increase drivers’ profits by...
A researcher from the HIVACAT, a Catalan project for the development of an effective vaccine against the HIV virus (by ACN)

03 January 2013 10:24 PM

Catalan researchers closer to finding a therapeutic vaccine against HIV

The scientists working at the HIVACAT project for the development of an effective cure against the HIV virus are hopeful of finding a vaccine in the near future that would stop patients having to be treated for their whole life, actually...
Catalan doctor Moisès Broggi died aged 104 (by ACN)

03 January 2013 02:22 AM

Catalonia mourns passing of the International Brigades Civil War doctor Moisès Broggi

Civil society and politicians joined the family of the doctor, who was 104 years old, at his funeral in Barcelona. Moisès Broggi died on the last day of 2012 at his home in Barcelona. He was renowned for his work as a surgeon and doctor during...
Maria Jesús Mier (left) and José Ignacio Wert at Wednesday's meeting (by R. Pi de Cabanyes)

19 December 2012 11:21 PM

Wert does not change his Education Reform proposal and the Catalan Government “totally rejects” it

The Spanish Education Minister, José Ignacio Wert, refuses to modify his Education Reform that will relegate the Catalan language in schools and re-centralise power. However, “technical improvements” could be included during the parliamentary...
A researcher from UdG's Cardiovascular Research Centre (by N. Guisasola)

17 December 2012 11:47 PM

Catalan universities have a research model “comparable” to the most advanced EU countries

A study undertaken by the Catalan Association of Public Universities shows that 64% of all funds for research came from public or private competition processes. This shows the Catalan university system’s capacity to attract this type of funds,...
The Borges Blanques plant (by Abantia / ACN)

13 December 2012 11:27 PM

The world’s first plant combining biomass and solar thermal energy begins supplying power in Catalonia

This pioneering energy plant, located in western Catalonia, will generate 22.5 megawatts of power, the equivalent of the electricity supply to 27,000 houses. The hybrid system combining solar thermal and biomass energy enables the production of...
A human chain surrounding Tarragona's Joan XXIII Hospital (by N. Torres)

12 December 2012 11:33 PM

Catalan hospital staff members demonstrate to support public healthcare

Staff members from Catalonia’s main hospitals, including Sant Pau, Vall d’Hebron, Clínic, Parc Taulí and Germans Trias i Pujol, carried out several protests on Wednesday. Some of these protests had already started a few days ago and might...
The VHIR team working on Notch Pathway (by VHIR / ACN)

11 December 2012 08:37 PM

Two therapeutic targets in a child cancer are identified by Catalan researchers

The Barcelona-based Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) has identified two proteins that block the metastasis of rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer that represents 8% of this sort of illness in children. These two proteins are related to...
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