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  • 26-Jul-21: 'Summer's most destructive wildfire to date finally contained'

    ACN | Barcelona
    26 July 2021 08:15 PM
    26-Jul-21: 'Summer's most destructive wildfire to date finally contained'

    1,700 hectares of forest and agricultural land were burned in the counties of Conca de Barberà and Anoia by a blaze that began on Saturday. Nearby towns were confined and dozens of people evacuated. The heavy rain that fell today helped firefighters put out the flames,...

HIGHLIGHTS


Barcelona mayor Ada Colau (by Blanca Blay)

Barcelona to open center for 'positive, open, plural and heterogeneous' masculinity

Council seeks to normalize sexual and gender diversity as well as prevent discrimination
Two nurses attend to a Covid-19 patient admitted to intensive care in Hospital de Tortosa Verge de la Cinta, November 19, 2020 (Image courtesy of hospital)

Hospitals face 'critical' Covid influx with over 500 now in intensive care

Health authorities warn that ICU occupancy won’t slow down until “well into” August
People waiting in line for a Covid vaccine in Fira Barcelona (by Marina López)

Vaccinated foreigners without health cards outraged at inability to get EU certificate

Catalan authorities "working" to solve issue as Spain says it offers alternative but only for...

COVID-19


Passengers in the arrivals zone of Barcelona airport, May 24, 2021 (by Gemma Sánchez)

Covid certificates required to enter Spain from Prague, Rome and Stockholm

Latest update sees European capitals join Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland and others on 'risk'...
Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the...
Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

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POLITICS


Catalan justice minister Lourdes Ciuró and economy minister Jaume Giró (by Arnald Prat)

Catalan public finance institute pays guarantee of leaders accused of illicit foreign action

Public body put up money for former officials involved in Spain’s Court of Auditors case...
Finance minister Jaume Giró in parliament (by Guillem Roset)

Catalan government backtracks and will help former officials face €5.4m fine

Public body to act as financial guarantor of 34 accused by Spain’s Court of Auditors of...
Calonge Castle (Calonge i Sant Antoni council)

Costa Brava town to host debate on future of Europe

'Europe in Blue' organizers hope event in Baix Empordà becomes annual forum for...

SOCIETY


Roger Torrent, Business minister and former speaker of the Catalan parliament (by Sílvia Jardí)

Catalan minister summoned by court under disobedience charges for former role as speaker

Roger Torrent could face disqualification for allowing parliamentary votes on self-determination...
Smoke from the Conca de Barberà and Anoia fire (by Anna Ferràs)

Firefighters contain major blaze as confinement of nearby towns is lifted

Wildfire in Conca del Barberà and Anoia counties fully stabilized

BUSINESS


Endesa's Mata electrical substation in Barcelona's Poble-sec neighborhood (by Aina Martí)

Experts say high electricity prices will last 'until end of year'

New all-time high of €106.57 per MW/h in Spain
A tourist apartment in L'Estartit on the Costa Brava (ATA)

Costa Brava tourism hit by cancelations after rise in Covid cases

Girona coastline feeling impact of the absence of foreign visitors it relies on
Horrorland's mascot, Mortimer

Horrorland to reopen in water park on October 15

Theme park moves to new location in Illa Fantasia and adds disused spaces to triple its area

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

1 am to 6 am curfew in Barcelona and 160 other cities and towns

Doses began on December 27, 2020, with authorities aiming to administer it to 70% of the population by end of August 

CULTURE


The Casa del Llibre in Passeig de Gràcia during the event 'Llibrestiu' (by Pere Francesch)

‘Llibrestiu’ infuses Catalonia’s streets with literature

Celebration takes place across Catalonia in 40 different cities with hundreds of activities for...
Advertising poster of 'Llibrestiu' festivity

How to enjoy summer book celebration ‘Llibrestiu’ on Thursday

More than 100 bookshops from 40 different cities across Catalonia will celebrate it

LIFE & STYLE


Hot air balloons getting ready for Igualada's 25th European Balloon Festival (by Mar Martí)

25th European Balloon Festival underway in Igualada

Over 30 hot air balloons participate in activities marked by health and safety measures
The dancefloor in Barcelona club 'Jamboree' on its first night reopening after 15 months closed (by Àlex Recolons)

Limited return to nightlife on its first night after 15 months

Many nightclubs plan to reopen for Sant Joan or once current restrictions are further relaxed
The interior of the Sagrada Família basilica (image from Sagrada Família website)

What you need to know if you're visiting Catalonia this summer

Which sights are open, under what Covid-19 conditions, and some alternative ideas for around...

SPORTS


Mireia Belmonte in action at the Tokyo Olympics (by REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel)

125 Catalan athletes competing in Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

Mireia Belmonte, Gasol brothers, Saúl Craviotto and waterpolo teams among medal hopefuls
Empty Camp Nou before the a match between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo on May 16, 2021 (by Albert Gea/Reuters)

La Liga and ACB leagues to allow fans 'as normal' next season

Men's professional football and basketball top tiers had only accepted up to 1,500 supporters in...

TECH & SCIENCE


The Marenostrum 4 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (by BSC)

Launch of Barcelona's 'Marenostrum 5' supercomputer delayed

Inauguration, initially planned for early 2021, pending due to Covid-19 and bureaucratic problems
ALBA Synchrotron, aerial view (ALBA)

ALBA synchrotron: traveling at the speed of light to push science’s horizons

One of Catalonia's top research centers is the biggest of its kind in the Mediterranean

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
The MareNostrum 4 supercomputer housed in the former Torre Girona chapel, Barcelona (Photo courtesy of Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

PODCAST: Supercomputer and particle accelerator – cutting edge research in Catalonia

ALBA Synchrotron and Barcelona Supercomputing Center are key contributions to global scientific...

CATALAN TRIAL


Former Catalan foreign action minister Raül Romeva (by Bernat Vilaró)

Pardoned Catalan independence leader: ‘This is a question of democracy, not nationalism’

Raül Romeva insists on need for amnesty and dialogue “with no limitations” to resolve conflict
Seven Catalan independence leaders exit prison after being pardoned by Spain (by Nia Escolà)

Supreme Court rejects urgent unionist plea to send independence leaders back to jail

Magistrates will not put pardons immediately on hold as requested, but final decision on legal...
Seven jailed Catalan leaders leave the Lledoners prison (by Nia Escolà)

Independence leaders walk free following Spain’s pardons after 3.5 years in prison

Nine politicians and activists had been found guilty of sedition for leading Catalonia’s...