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  • Terraces in Plaça de la Vila de Gràcia in Barcelona (by Natàlia Segura)

    Terraces in five Gràcia squares to close one hour earlier after noise complaints

    ACN | Barcelona
    09 August 2022 04:00 PM
    Bars denounce ‘unfair’ measure despite being allowed to open more tables in the same space as compensation

HIGHLIGHTS


A medical professional administers a monkeypox vaccine in Barcelona (by Laura Fíguls)

40% of monkeypox patients require medical treatment, study shows

The research, carried out in Catalonia and Madrid, suggests direct contact is the dominant factor...
Queues outside the Kubrick Cinema in Vilafranca del Penedès (by Gemma Sánchez)

The decline of cinemas in Catalonia

Territory lost 100 movie theatres over two decades, and an 18% drop since 2010
Zoo keepers cool an elephant down in summer by spraying it with water at Barcelona Zoo (by Natàlia Segura)

Worm slushies, frozen fruit, and sprinklers: how animals at Barcelona Zoo beat the heat

Caretakers had to bring protocol for dealing with high temperatures forward as early as May

COVID-19


Screenshot of a chart showing daily coronavirus cases reported in Catalonia

Coronavirus in Catalonia: daily figures explained in graphs

See how pandemic has evolved since February 25, 2020
Graph showing the first week of the vaccine rollout in Catalonia

Covid-19 vaccine rollout progress in Catalonia: graph updated daily

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose
Spain's health minister Carolina Darias gives a press conference (by Spanish department of health)

Over 80s to be offered fourth Covid vaccine dose in September

Spain’s health minister hopes Hipra jab will be approved for administration soon

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POLITICS


A restaurant in Lleida when it could only open at 30% capacity (by Salvador Miret)

Bars and restaurants allowed to set air conditioning at 25ºC

Spanish government readjusts decree limiting temperatures in public areas
Catalan president Pere Aragonès during a speech on August 2, 2022 in the government HQs (by ACN)

Catalan president hopes deal to dejudicialize politics in place before 2023

Pere Aragonès urged Spanish government to call for an independence referendum during his...
A shopping center in Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya square (by Joan Tomàs)

Spain limits air conditioning in public buildings, transport, and shopping malls to 27 degrees in summer and 19 in winter

Government also greenlights first draft of new declassifying documents legislation

SOCIETY


Passengers in Barcelona's Sants train station await information after the high-speed rail service was suspended, August 2022 (by Maria Asmarat)

Barcelona-Madrid high-speed train resumes service after cable theft

AVE rail halted for five hours on Monday after 600m of fibre optic cables was stolen overnight
A recreation of a suitcase robbery in a Catalan hotel (by Mossos d'Esquadra)

Catalan police warn of suitcase robberies in hotels

Mossos d’Esquadra recommends leaving baggage in front while doing check-in at establishments

BUSINESS


Ryanair workers on strike outside Barcelona airport, June 2022 (by Laura Busquets)

Ryanair cabin crew begin five-month strike after weeks of summer disruptions

Scores of flights have been called off throughout July as workers fight for better conditions
A worker at Alliance Healthcare logistic center on October 14, 2021 (by Gemma Sánchez)

Unemployment rises in Catalonia in July with over new 3,300 jobseekers

Increase halts five consecutive months rate dropping
Traffic jams on AP-7 highway in La Roca del Vallès on June 26, 2022 (by Carola López)

Spain to invest over €1bn in Catalonia’s main highways

Improvements on AP-7 and AP-2 roads to avoid 6.3 million hours of traffic jams each year

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See how pandemic has evolved since February 25, 2020

On December 27, 2020, 89-year-old Josefa Pérez became first resident to receive a dose

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CULTURE


Carlos Cuevas and Kevin Morales from Los Desmadraos during a performance in Badalona (by Cristina Tomàs White)

Rumba Catalana, not only music but ‘a way of life’

Discover Catalonia’s home-grown genre through the eyes Johnny Tarradellas and Los Desmadraos
Hertforshire's Classical Chorus under Abigail Harris' direction in Barcelona's L'Auditori classical music venue on July 30, 2022 (by Natàlia Segura)

Hertfordshire’s ‘Classical Chorus’ on tour in Catalonia

Over 200 singers perform in Barcelona's L'Auditori classical music venue ahead of shows in Lloret...

LIFE & STYLE


Drawing of the future Vall d'Hebron hospital outpatient treatment clinic in Barcelona (from Vall d'Hebron via ACN)

Vall d’Hebron hospital to open new outpatient treatment clinic in 2026

Ten-story building to be located next to the Ronda de Dalt highway
From left to right, Disfrutar chefs Mateu Casañas, Oriol Castro, and  Eduard Xatruch (image from Disfrutar)

Barcelona restaurant Disfrutar named world’s third best

Josep Roca of Girona’s Celler de Can Roca awarded World's Best Sommelier
The 2019 Blanes Fireworks Contest (Courtesy of the Blanes council)

Blanes gears up for 50th edition of Fireworks Contest

Event in Costa Brava town expected to attract over a million people from July 22 to 26

SPORTS


The main facade of Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, the Estadi Lluís Companys (by Alicia Egorov)

Boycotts, ruins, and Games: History of Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium

1992 breathed new life into the sports facility that dates back almost a century
Natàlia Via-Dufresne in 2011 (By Armando Liussi Depaoli)

Planning to be a volunteer, ending up a medalist: Natàlia Via-Dufresne on the '92 Games

Catalan sailor recalls “emotional” opening and medal ceremonies, and basketball Dream...

TECH & SCIENCE


Catalan pharmaceutical Hipra laboratory with Covid-19 vaccines on November 16, 2021 (by Hipra)

EU signs deal to buy up to 250 million doses of Catalan Covid-19 vaccine

Hipra’s jab will be available to 14 countries once the European Medicines Agency gives a...
Hospital Clínic's HIV researchers

'Exceptional' functional HIV cure in Barcelona woman off antiretrovirals for 15 years

Hospital Clínic finds high levels of two lymphocytes strongly linked to virus inhibition

IN DEPTH


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PODCAST: Filling the Sink – all episodes

From culture and sport to news and current affairs, 20-minute podcasts on all things Catalan 
Catalan Rumba local band “Sabor de Gràcia” performing at Teatre Apolo in Barcelona (By Maria Asmarat)

PODCAST: Catalan Rumba - a genre full of history

It’s upbeat, playful, and catchy, but… What’s its story?

CATALAN TRIAL


Formerly jailed Catalan independence leaders Oriol Junqueras, Dolors Bassa, and Raül Romeva sit at a press conference with representatives of their legal team (by Laura Fíguls)

Last remaining formerly jailed independence leaders take appeals to ECHR

Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, and Dolors Bassa want sedition sentences overturned in Strasbourg
Former Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell in the Supreme Court during the Catalan Trial (image from Supreme Court)

Former Catalan parliament speaker takes sedition case to human rights court

Carme Forcadell cites top Spanish court's "embarrassing" partiality
Seven Catalan independence leaders, among them Joaquim Forn in the center, leave prison on June 23, 2021 (by Nia Escolà)

Last pardoned independence leaders exhaust all sedition conviction appeals in Spain

Divided top court upholds sentences for Forn and Bassa, now likely to challenge in Europe