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Workers installing the rails on the High-Speed railway near Figueres (by X. Pi)

13 April 2012 12:10 AM

High-Speed Train from Barcelona to France now delayed until the end of 2013

According to the Catalan Government, the High-Speed Train service linking the Catalan capital with the French border has been delayed one more year, this time until the end of 2013. The reason is that work on two sections of the railway, managed...
The entrance to Rasquera's farm where cannabis would be grown (by J. Marsal)

11 April 2012 11:07 PM

The police would act against Rasquera’s cannabis plantation

Rasquera, with less than one-thousand residents and located in southern Catalonia, approved on April 10th planting cannabis as part of their local economic reactivation plan through a citizen vote. The day after, Rasquera’s Mayor announced he...
A homeless person in Barcelona's downtown (by J. Remus)

10 April 2012 07:36 PM

Working for those at the other end of the social scale

The Fundació Arrels (Arrels Foundation) works to assist Barcelona homeless people. Just in the Catalan capital there are more than 2,000 homeless people. The foundation receives 65% of their funds from private citizens and companies.
Lula da Silva has been awarded the 24th 'Premi Internacional Catalunya' (by Reuters / Marcelino Ueslei)

02 April 2012 09:13 PM

Lula da Silva awarded this year’s ‘Premi Internacional Catalunya’

The former President of Brazil has been awarded this prestigious International prize that recognises individuals who have decisively contributed with their work to the development of cultural, scientific and human values around the world. Last...
The façade of the old Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona (E. Rosanas)

31 March 2012 12:26 AM

Catalan scientists show how Alzheimer's disease spreads from neuron to neuron

Research conducted on genetically modified mice opens a new field of study to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing the spread of the Tau protein. This protein is a cause of disease which accumulates in the entorhinal...
Àlvar Sánchez (centre), with Carles Navau and Jordi Prat (by UAB)

23 March 2012 10:32 PM

Magnetic field invisibility discovered by Barcelona-based researchers, a first step towards the invisibility of light

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in collaboration with a team from Slovakia’s Science Academy, have developed a cylinder that is invisible to magnetic fields and any object put inside cannot be detected. No one had ever...
The new L9 and L10 La Sagrera station, in norther-east Barcelona (by A. Recolons)

21 March 2012 04:55 PM

Barcelona Airport to be connected by metro with the city centre by 2014

The Catalan Government has modified the work schedule and funds for Barcelona’s metro lines L9 and L10 in order to connect the Catalan capital with Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of El Prat Airport by 2014. Once finished, L9 will be the longest metro...
Jasmine, the first baby born in Catalonia in 2011, with her parents (by P. Cortina)

19 March 2012 09:42 PM

Catalonia loses inhabitants for the first time since the Spanish Civil War

Catalonia loses 1,802 inhabitants in 2011. Last year’s figures represent the first decrease in population since the Spanish Civil War. There has been a natural growth of 2.9% but the migratory growth has been -3.2%, due to the economic slowdown.
Volunteers of the Red Cross in Girona (by M. López)

16 March 2012 10:36 PM

Red Cross to distribute over 3 million kg of food in Catalonia between February and April

Over 140,000 people in Catalonia depend on the distribution of food by the Red Cross. The number of beneficiaries who have been strongly hit by the economic crisis increased by more than 2,000 people compared to the last trimester of 2011.
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