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Alícia Sánchez-Camacho, the leader of the People's Party in Catalonia and promoter of this initiative

24 June 2010 12:12 AM

Senate demands that Spanish Government ban the burqa in public spaces

The Spanish Senate has approved a new motion to prohibit the use of full-face veils such as the burqa or niqab in public spaces. The ban has no immediate effect, but puts the burqa debate on the political agenda and also puts pressure on the...
The Sagrada Família

23 June 2010 11:23 PM

The Sagrada Família may have 'structural problems' unlinked to the high-speed train tunnel, suggests Catalan minister

Joaquim Nadal, responsible for Territory and Infrastructures, denies that the cathedral is at risk by the construction of a tunnel near it, but urges the building firm to check that the Sagrada Família does not have any structural damages.

23 June 2010 09:40 PM

Department of Labour and Barcelona City Hall develop employment plan for prostitutes

The Surt Foundation and the Catalan Government fund the reinsertion of female sex workers into the regular labour market. 6 of the 24 participating women have already found a job.
Graciela, the first baby born in Catalonia in 2010, and her family

23 June 2010 12:12 AM

Birth-rate in Catalonia drops for the first time in 10 years

In 2009 there have been 5% less births in Catalonia. The rate is at 11.65 for every 1,000 inhabitants, greater than the 10.73 for the Spanish average.
"1000 Autumns" olive oil.

22 June 2010 11:49 PM

Millennial olive trees preserved

The village of Ulldecona has more than one thousand millennial olive trees. These basic olive trees, which are known as the ?1000 Autumns?, are located in the territory of La Sénia. The oil is the only thing that can be taken from these trees.
People buying firecrackers at the shop Casa Monfort, which sells the bottle of Cava

22 June 2010 09:36 PM

Explosive cava a hit this Sant Joan

Coca, cava and firecrackers are as ever an essential part of the menu for the shortest night of the year but this year cava bottles will be set to a quite different use.
Two women with niqab in Marseille, France

22 June 2010 12:32 AM

'The Times' questions Barcelona's liberal spirit for banning burqa in municipal buildings

The UK conservative newspaper has issued an article judging the ban Barcelona's Town Hall has issued on full-face veils in municipal buildings as a contradiction to the city's liberal image. According to 'The Times', the ban on the burqa and the...
Saura accompanied by the Mayor of Sabadell, Manuel Bustos, during the presentation of the forest firefighting resources

19 June 2010 04:32 AM

Joan Saura presents fire-fighting resources to halt summer brush fires

Catalan Home Affairs Minister calls for cooperation on all sides as fears rise of forest wreckage from March snowfalls
Buoys were used to transport the artificial reef modules to the seabed.

18 June 2010 06:42 PM

New project to improve the seabed off the Sitges coast

Artificial reefs to the south of Barcelona set in place to restore marine biodiversity. The pioneer project aims to facilitate the reproduction of species and benefit traditional fishing methods.
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