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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...
A street in Badalona's city centre (by ACN)

13 December 2010 11:10 PM

The Pakistani community of Badalona denies WikiLeaks terrorist accusations

“Our people have nothing to do with that activity and mentality”, affirmed the president of the Islamic community. WikiLeaks’ articles were picturing Catalonia as the main Yihadist area in Spain and were focusing on Badalona and the...

13 December 2010 10:18 PM

The global solution to drought -making water out of nothing

A Catalan inventor has created a brand new system that transforms humidity into water, Hydromatch. It acts like a giant air conditioning system, able to produce 500,000 liters an hour. According to its inventor, the machinery can work almost...
Women wearing burqas in Lleida (by ACN)

10 December 2010 10:14 PM

Burqa ban in Lleida´s municipal buildings enters into force

Lleida began applying the new municipal regulation yesterday, becoming the first Spanish city to do so. The city’s Socialist mayor Àngel Ros says the new rule is a “pedagogical” tool rather than a punishment.
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