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21 February 2011 10:22 PM

Franco's symbols are still visible in some streets in Catalonia

More than 30 years after the end of the fascist dictatorship of Francisco Franco, some towns have yet to remove the symbols that celebrated the victory of the general back in 1939. In Tortosa, the council is following procedures to change the name...
Irene Rigau (left) at the press conference (by O. Vazquez)

15 February 2011 10:40 PM

Education halts the introduction of laptops in classrooms

The Catalan Minister for Education said that not all the 40,000 students that were meant to start the laptop programme at the next academic course will be able to do so. Although the main reason is due to the economic cutbacks, the Minister said...
The first cars with the new speed limits progressively going to 100 and 120 km/h (by P. Solà)

14 February 2011 11:17 PM

The speed limit of the highways in Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area is increased

The previous Left-Wing Catalan Government had set a maximum speed limit of 80 km/h for the highways inside Barcelona’s Metropolitan Area. Less pollution and fewer accidents were the measure’ aims. However now, after some controversy, the...
Deciphering the human genome to prevent leukemia (by A. Moldes)

09 February 2011 10:10 PM

Deciphering the human genome to prevent leukemia

A year after setting up, the CNAG (National Centre for Genome Analysis) is the second most important DNA centre in Europe. It is located in Scientific Park of Barcelona and each day processes 100 Gigabytes of information, stored a 1.2 Petabyte...

07 February 2011 11:01 PM

Homeless in Barcelona Airport refuse to leave

Barcelona-El Prat Airport’s terminals become home to many homeless people from Barcelona Metropolitan area but also from around the world, but not for much longer. The Spanish Airport Authority decided to close the terminal from midnight to 5am...
The total number of foreigners contributing to the Social Security system in Catalonia at the end of 2010 was 401,753 people

04 February 2011 11:23 PM

The number of foreigners affiliated to the Social Security in Catalonia dropped by 1% last year

The total number of foreigners contributing to the Social Security system in Catalonia at the end of 2010 was 401,753 people. Three out of four foreigners in Catalonia come from outside the European Union.
The Catalan Minister for Healthcare, Boi Ruiz (by L. Vilaró)

03 February 2011 11:28 PM

Patients will know the cost of treatments but they will not have to pay for them directly

The Catalan Minister for Health, Boi Ruiz, announced today that patients will get a symbolic bill when leaving the centre informing them about the drug treatments’ costs. The Minister also stated that “for the moment” patients will not have...
A row of balls, on which kids sit (by F. Garcia Queralt)

02 February 2011 11:51 PM

School children sit on special balls to improve their posture

The new initiative is based on sports like Pilates. The pilot school is located in Montellà, in the Catalan Pyrenees. The measure was an initiative from the school zone director, who was concerned about future back problems. It was agreed on with...

01 February 2011 11:52 PM

Catalan researchers create an AIDS vaccine that can reduce HIV viral load up by three times

It is the most effective AIDS vaccine to date. It has been tested on HIV patients and reduces the viral load up by three times. It needs further test but in the future the new vaccine could replace the current retroviral treatments.
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