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  • 18-Oct-21: 'Government opposes Covid-19 vaccine mandate in Catalonia'

    ACN | Barcelona
    18 October 2021 06:29 PM
    18-Oct-21: 'Government opposes Covid-19 vaccine mandate in Catalonia'

    Business organization PIMEC has called for workers who refuse Covid jabs or to take tests before going to their places of employment to be suspended without pay. Catalonia's health minister, however, says making...

HIGHLIGHTS


A pasta stand at Gastronomic Forum Barcelona, October 18, 2021 (by Natàlia Costa)

Sustainability tops agenda at Gastronomic Forum Barcelona

Professional food fair takes place October 18-20 and features culinary innovations and local...
A teen receiving a coronavirus vaccine jab in Manresa (by Gemma Aleman)

Government against obligatory Covid jabs: 'This is not necessary'

Vaccination rate stuck at 75% as Covid incidence over 14 days under 50 for first time in 15 months
'Castellers' human towers celebrations in the town of El Vendrell for the 2021 Santa Teresa festival (by Mar Rovira)

‘Castellers’ human towers enjoy emotional return to full capacity celebrations

Organizers call the day ‘a gift’ as the town of El Vendrell celebrates the Santa Teresa festival

COVID-19


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
People dancing at Shôko in Barcelona on the first night that clubs reopened, October 8, 2021 (by Marta Casado Pla)

PODCAST: Covid-19 – the endgame? Measures eased and nightclubs open again

Filling the Sink goes clubbing as most coronavirus restrictions in Catalonia are lifted

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POLITICS


Former UK Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, before an interview with Catalan News, on October 16, 2021 (by Guifré Jordan)

Corbyn: Johnson 'not likely' to act like Spain in Catalonia to stop Scottish independence push

Former UK Labour leader says way schools teach history "has to change" to avoid racism and thinks...
Image of Esquerra party president, Oriol Junqueras, in a political rally in Cornellà de Llobregat, on September 12, 2021 (by Guillem Roset)

Pro-independence parties to act as guarantors for officials to avoid seizure of assets

Accused individuals for illicit foreign action in 2010s face €5.4m provisional fine 
British MP David Amess speaking in the House of Commons (image from www.davidamess.co.uk)

Condolences offered as British MP dies after being stabbed at constituency meeting

David Amess was a member of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Catalonia in the House of Commons

SOCIETY


Former Franco official Rodolfo Martín Villa, left (photo from Departament de Cultura)

Catalan govt and Barcelona council say 'it was time' for indictment of ex-Franco official

Rodolfo Martín Villa charged over role in the killings of five striking workers in 1976
Vadym Shcherbatiuk has been missing since September 3, 2021 (Courtesy of James Fernando Machado da Silva)

'Help us find Vadym': friends search for Ukrainian who went missing in Barcelona over a month ago

36-year-old was supposed to take flight to Kyiv from El Prat but did not board plane

BUSINESS


Banc Sabadell headquarters in Alicante (by José Soler)

Unions and Sabadell bank reach agreement in principle over redundancies

Deal will see at least 1,380 workers voluntarily leave their posts
Image of the main facade of Barcelona airport's Terminal 2 on June 15, 2021 (by Albert Cadanet)

Half as many passengers at Barcelona airport in September as same month in 2019

Travelers treble compared to 2020, but far from pre-pandemic levels
The Barcelona Automobile fair at Fira Montjuïc on October 10, 2021 (by Albert Cadanet)

300,000 visit 'successful' first post-Covid Barcelona Automobile fair

Organizers say trade show "reinforces return to normalcy" after pandemic-related hiatus

MOST POPULAR


See how outbreak has evolved since February 25, 2020

Most restrictions eased from October 15

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

CULTURE


An entrance to Gaudì's Casa Vicens in Barcelona on October 30 2017 (by Andreu Rubert)

48H OpenHouse 2021 shows off Mediterranean architecture in Catalonia

Majority of hundreds of activities available for Oct 23-24 event require no prior booking
The stage of the Palau de la Música in Barcelona during a show (by Antoni Bofill / Palau de la Música)

€10 tickets on offer as top cultural venues celebrate the return to full capacity

Barcelona's Palau de la Música, Auditori, Mercat de les Flors, Teatre Lliure, National Theatre...

LIFE & STYLE


A family hugs after their reunion in the airport after restrictions were lifted to allow friends and family to enter the facility (by Gemma Sánchez)

‘Exciting’ hugs with family and friends return to Barcelona airport

Loosened pandemic restrictions allow for non-passengers to enter the facility for the first time...
Three wine glasses during the Barcelona Rosé International Bubbles Awards, on January 30, 2020 (by Inés Valverde)

Catalan Wine Week returns October 18-24 with 130 events across Catalonia

Guide to the literary, musical and gastronomic highlights of the second annual celebration of...
From left to right, Disfrutar chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro, and  Eduard Xatruch (image from Disfrutar)

Barcelona restaurant Disfrutar named world’s 5th best

Copenhagen’s Noma tops the list and equals elBulli’s record as global leader on five occasions

SPORTS


Basketball player Pau Gasol in Barcelona (by ACN)

Basketball legend Pau Gasol retires from playing after glittering career

Catalan star calls time on career boasting two NBA Championships, six NBA All-Stars, and three...
Presidency minister Laura Vilagrà visits La Seu d'Urgell, September 2021 (photo from Ajuntament de la Seu d'Urgell)

Government ‘very seriously’ considering abandoning 2030 Winter Olympics project

Stop Olympic Games Platform calls for a citizens’ vote in the Pyrenean areas that would be affected

TECH & SCIENCE


Anna N. Schlegel, vice president of Procore Technologies (by Lluís Sibils)

‘When I go into a room and it’s mainly men, I have to not care’

Anna N Schlegel, named one of the most influential women in tech, reflects on gender disparities...
Virtual recreation of a windmill installed in Barcelona's Collserola natural park (by Viure de l'Aire)

Windmills in Barcelona? Group hopes to collect €12m for cooperative eco-friendly project

Two turbines could be installed in Collserola within 5 years, but legal problems and social...

IN DEPTH


Filling the Sink Logo (ACN)

PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From sport and culture to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
A fire-breathing dragon at Festivitas Bestiarum, November 16, 2017 (Agrupació del Bestiari Festiu i Popular de Catalunya)

PODCAST: Devils, dragons and a golden goat – Catalan myths and legends

What do Catalonia's folk tales reveal about the past and what relevance do they have today? 

CATALAN TRIAL


Jordi Sànchez is applauded at the National Day protest on September 11, 2021 (by Sílvia Jardí)

Pardoned independence leader Sànchez takes case to European Court of Human Rights

Activist-turned-politician wants an "unequivocal correction" of his sentence and criticizes...
The head of Spain's judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, standing next to king Felipe VI (by EFE)

Spain’s judiciary head criticizes pardon of Catalan leaders

Carlos Lesmes says sedition convictions had "nothing to do with revenge"