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Illegal massages in one of Barcelona's beaches (by R. Garrido)

02 August 2012 07:59 PM

Fines for illegal massages on Barcelona’s beaches increase sevenfold

The police have started an initiative to crack down on illegal services on Barcelona’s beaches, visited by 3.5 million people last summer. Between June and July, the police have dealt with nearly 4,500 complaints concerning street vendors, 93%...
An elder home in Tarragona (by N. Torres)

01 August 2012 10:44 PM

The Catalan Government cannot pay funds for health and social care organisations in time for August

Catalonia’s Executive blames the Spanish Government for not having transferred all this month’s economic resources and creating serious financial problems for the Autonomies, compelled to pay other financial obligations first. Social care...
Bully, the new elephant in Barcelona (by ACN)

25 July 2012 09:50 PM

Barcelona Zoo looks to the future with a €25 million investment, captive breeding and the introduction of new animals

After several controversies regarding the possible transfer of the Zoo to outside Barcelona, management has opted for new breeding programs of species such as the Komodo dragon and also welcomes a new elephant. They have also decided to build a...
A forest dramatically affected by the blazes (by ACN)

24 July 2012 10:03 PM

Alt Empordà fires "reasonably stable" after conditions for tackling the blaze improve

Catalan interior minister Felip Puig said that weather conditions have improved for dealing with the fires in the Alt Empordà region, saying this morning that he was “reasonably optimistic” that the it would be under control this Tuesday....
9 out of 10 products are not labeled in Catalan (by ACN)

24 July 2012 09:35 PM

Study shows that 9 out of 10 products are not labeled in Catalan

The Pro-Language Platform, an organisation that works to promote the Catalan language, reports that only 6% of products sold in supermarkets meet the Consumer Code of Catalonia, which requires that products are labelled in Catalan. In a study, the...
People jumping off a cliff to escape the flames in the town of Portbou (by ACN)

23 July 2012 01:32 PM

Death toll in wildfires in Catalonia rises to four

The death toll of the devastating wildfires in the Alt Empordà region, in north-east Catalonia, has risen to four this Monday, after a 64 year-old Frenchman died in hospital from his burns. He suffered 80% burns to his body. A father and daughter...
The wildfire in La Jonquera (by ACN)

23 July 2012 03:01 AM

Three killed in Catalonia wildfires

All inhabitants in Alt Empordà, North-East Catalonia, are told to stay at home as forest fire rages out of control. A man and his daughter were killed in Portbou after jumping off a cliff to escape the flames. A third person died of a heart...
Youth unemployment is very high and many young people are leaving the country (by ACN)

19 July 2012 06:43 PM

Catalonia sees rise in emigration during first half of 2012

In the first half of 2012, more than 37,000 inhabitants have left Catalonia taking into account the balance between immigration and emigration. This figure represents half the state total, having lost 74,000 residents. These figures demonstrate...
Half a ton of eels were released into 10 Catalan rivers (by ACN)

16 July 2012 09:54 PM

Stroke of luck for the resettlement of Catalan rivers with eels

The Catalan Government and the Guardia Civil release 500 kilograms of eels – ten times more than in a regular year – seized from traffickers that wanted to export them to Asia, where this species is extremely coveted and where approximately...
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