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16 September 2010 11:04 PM

Forest fires have burned 90% less surface than last summer

Summer of 2010 will be one of the best in terms of surface burned by fires. Forest fires only burned 351 hectares thanks to great efforts in prevention and extinction. Catalonia has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers. This year’s...

15 September 2010 11:57 PM

New university teachers will have to certify a minimum knowledge of Catalan

The Catalan Government has passed a decree that sets a minimum requirement for the Catalan language when hiring new university teachers. Visiting lecturers and current teachers are excluded. Universities will have flexibility in certifying the...
Catalan universities are adapting to the Bologna Process

14 September 2010 12:14 AM

230,000 Catalan university students will start the school year in the new European Higher Education Area

233,538 students in 954 programmes throughout Catalonia will begin the 2010/2011 school year in the new European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The EHEA is an objective of the Bologna Process to create a common and compatible university system...
70 % of day health centre users have some kind of dementia and 8.5% have Alzheimer's disease

14 September 2010 12:02 AM

Catalan Government promotes individualised, family-based approach to Alzheimer’s treatment

The Catalan Ministry of Social Care calculates a total of 80,000 diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease patients in Catalonia, a number that is expected to double in the next 10 years. The Ministry is now promoting a new attention model for Alzheimer’s...
40,000 families have lost their homes in the last 3 years

11 September 2010 12:08 AM

40,000 Catalan families lose their homes in last 3 years

Economic crisis is hitting some families unmercifully. 40,000 families that could not pay back their mortgage have lost their homes, according to a study made by the General Workers’ Union (UGT) and a consumers association presented today. A...
Intransit's website

10 September 2010 11:16 PM

New newsletter with opinion articles from Catalan press in English

Several foundations from Catalan-speaking territories have launched a newsletter that will portray opinion articles published in the Catalan press but translated into English. The newsletter ‘Intransit’ will be thematic and issued every 3...
Anna Terrón (left) and Jaume Lanaspa

08 September 2010 11:21 PM

Main Catalan savings bank improves social cohesion in neighbourhoods with many immigrants

The Welfare Project of the La Caixa’s Foundation aims to foster social cohesion in neighbourhoods with a high concentration of immigrants in Barcelona, Tortosa and Salt. The project has specified 17 zones throughout Spain that it will work with...
Catalan Government will guarantee child nutrition pensions

07 September 2010 11:18 PM

The Catalan Government will guarantee pensions in couple separation cases from 2011

Some 1,300 families will soon have access to government pensions in cases of family separation if the pension is not paid by the part with this duty. The Catalan Government approved the funds today that will cover pensions and alimentary...
A kid entering a school in the Maresme county

07 September 2010 11:08 PM

Catalan students head back to school

Catalan students are back to the books, or in some cases, laptops. The 2010-2011 school year began this morning with over 1,200,000 students and 88,467 teachers back in the classroom.
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