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German Dornier 17 bomber English Channel salvage starts

German Dornier 17 bomber English Channel salvage starts | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Work begins to raise the only surviving German World War II Dornier 17 bomber from its watery grave off the Kent coast.

Work begins to raise the only surviving German World War II Dornier 17 bomber from its watery grave off the Kent coast.

The aircraft has been lying in 50ft of water in the English Channel since being shot down more than 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.

It was first spotted by divers in 2008 and the project will be the biggest recovery of its kind in British waters.

The salvage operation is expected to take about three weeks.

It is the start of a two-year restoration project by the RAF Museum in Hendon...

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Cinc vaixells del Tàmesi

Cinc vaixells del Tàmesi | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

El vaixell més visible del Tàmesi és l’enorme creuer de guerra ancorat a prop del Tower Bridge: l’HMS Belfast. És un creuer lleuger. Va ser construït el 1936, i ha enfonsat vaixells nazis i ha participat a la guerra de Korea. Descansa al riu des del 1971, i és de fet un museu que forma part de l’imperial War Museum.

Per experiència pròpia, us puc dir que els grups d’homes que visitin aquest museu experimentaran una tornada instantània a la infància, i es posaran a córrer d’una arma a l’altra com nens visitant el saló dels miralls del Tibidabo.

Si creueu el pont, arribareu a la Torre de Londres. Just darrere, a prop del metro, hi ha l’església d’All Hallows by the Tower, que,tot i ser totalment ignorada pels turistes, és l’església més antiga de Londres...

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Un web impulsat per les assemblees exteriors de l'ANC explicarà el procés sobiranista al món

Un web impulsat per les assemblees exteriors de l'ANC explicarà el procés sobiranista al món | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

La pàgina entrarà en funcionament aquest diumenge, coincidint amb el Dia Internacional de la Catalunya Exterior El web arrenca en anglès i s'anirà traduint a totes les llengües possibles gràcies a la col·laboració dels membres de la Sectorial de Traductors...

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A future for Catalans outside Spain

A future for Catalans outside Spain | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

It has become a recurring theme for Spanish politicians and opinion makers to admonish Catalans about the ills they would bring upon themselves if their nation were to follow the path of independence.

That would mean cutting themselves off not only from Spain but also from Europe and the world, it is claimed. And it would plunge them into an economic slough of unfathomable depth and indefinite duration – all trade with Spain would be terminated, the new country would be expelled from the EU and prevented from using the euro, Catalan businesses would be shut out of credit markets, causing many to go under, workers would be laid off by the thousands, the administration would come to a halt, pensioners would stop getting their checks and essential public services would be discontinued for lack of funds...

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The Webby Awards 2013: More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence video

The Webby Awards 2013: More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence video | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

We have been shortlisted in three categories at this year's highly prestigious Webby Awards

Our More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence video, which profiled FC Barcelona and its role in Catalan identity, has been nominated in the Online Film & Video - Sports category. The video looked at the football club's role in the political landscape of Spain, as Catalonia led up to vote in an election which could have lead to a referendum on its independence from Spain...

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House concerts provide home comforts

House concerts provide home comforts | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Professional music artists are increasingly giving performances in the most intimate of all settings - people's homes - as they discover new ways of reaching their audience.
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Roger Albinyana: 'A la UE ningú no dubta que una Catalunya independent és viable'

Roger Albinyana: 'A la UE ningú no dubta que una Catalunya independent és viable' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Entrevista al secretari d'Afers Estrangers de la Generalitat de Catalunya:

Fa tan sols tres mesos que Roger Albinyana va assumir el càrrec de secretari d'Afers Estrangers del govern català. Ha tingut prou temps de constatar els entrebancs que la diplomàcia espanyola posa a l'acció exterior de la Generalitat, i a la voluntat del govern d'internacionalitzar el procés català. En aquesta entrevista en parla, i també de quina és la impressió generalitzada que suscita el procés català en les institucions de la UE i els governs europeus. I de quina manera s'han de guanyar complicitats...

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RBS 'ready to privatise in a year'

RBS 'ready to privatise in a year' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) says the bank will be ready to return to the private sector next year, as it reports a return to profit.
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ElBulli chef Ferran Adria brings exhibition exploring the art and science of food to London

ElBulli chef Ferran Adria brings exhibition exploring the art and science of food to London | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

LONDON — You’ve eaten at the restaurant — or probably you haven’t. Now visit the exhibition.

Spanish chef Ferran Adria, the man behind the late, lamented elBulli restaurant, is bringing an exhibition dedicated to the art and science of his distinctive brand of molecular gastronomy to London.

 

Diners lucky enough to get reservations at elBulli before it closed two years ago feasted on 50-course tasting menus featuring frozen cocktails, ham tapioca, lobster and lamb’s brain salad and many other challenging creations...

elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House - London 5 Jul - 29 Sep (IRLl) http://ow.ly/kEOQD

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Effectiveness and legitimacy of unilateral secession

Effectiveness and legitimacy of unilateral secession | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The international community has no interest in adding the possible secession of Catalonia to its problems.

 

Any non-agreed secession would be viewed as a potential source of unrest and so would be viewed as undesirable. However, it is quite clear – for all of Spain’s denials – that unilateral secession is not prohibited by international law or by the practice of states.

 

As indicated by the UN International Court of Justice’s 2010 resolution regarding Kosovo, unilateral secession is neither defended nor prohibited by international law. It is a question of fact that it is not unlawful, because international law adresses the principle of territorial integrity only to the state – not to the community that wishes to secede to form a new state...

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The Union for the Mediterranean to promote the business education of 10,000 women

The Union for the Mediterranean to promote the business education of 10,000 women | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the Association of Organisations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME) are launching an education project to help women become entrepreneurs in Morocco, Palestine, Jordan and Spain.  The initiative targets 10,000 young women, studying at university, from the four countries involved who want to start their own business. The 'Young Women as Job Creators' project aims to create 400 new businesses...

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Un vot en la llunyania

Un vot en la llunyania | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Els catalans a l'exterior volen participar en la consulta sobiranista, però temen quedar-ne fora si no es pacta amb l'Estat i es basa en el padró També reclamen canvis en la Loreg arran dels problemes del 25-N.

El dret a participar en una eventual consulta pel futur de Catalunya és una de les qüestions que ara mateix més amoïnen els catalans a l'exterior. Un col·lectiu que ja puja a més de 200.000 persones registrades a l'estranger –unes 163.000 de les quals són majors d'edat–, però que es triplica si s'hi afegeixen els més de 400.000 nascuts a Catalunya que viuen en altres territoris de l'Estat, un grup que, de fet, paradoxalment ara ja no pot votar en unes eleccions al Parlament, en el que és una altra qüestió irresolta...

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Ukip confirms immigration policy is 'under review'

Ukip confirms immigration policy is 'under review' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Three mainstream parties promise to put Ukip policy under renewed scrutiny after local election gains

Ukip has confirmed that its policy on immigration, one of its strongest selling points at the polls, is "under review". A party spokesman also accepted that it may increase the cap it has previously backed of 50,000 people moving to the UK a year.

Ukip in its 2010 manifesto said: "We aspire to ensure that any future immigration does not exceed 50,000 people per annum."...

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La ultradreta britànica viu un ascens imparable

La ultradreta britànica viu un ascens imparable | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

La formació UKIP es perfila com la tercera força en unes eleccions locals parcials a Anglaterra i Gal·les

El resultat d'unes eleccions locals parcials que se sabran avui certificaran, segons les enquestes, que l'ultraconservador UKIP (Partit de la Independència del Regne Unit) és la força política capaç d'aglutinar el vot dels desil·lusionats amb els partits que integren la coalició de govern britànica. Amb un missatge populista basat a sortir de la Unió Europea, tancar les fronteres a la immigració i tornar a permetre que es fumi als pubs, l'UKIP treu rèdit de la decepció amb què molts votants veuen el que està passant al Regne Unit...

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Local elections: 10 things we've learned

Local elections: 10 things we've learned | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Senior political correspondent Andrew Sparrow with what Thursday's election results mean

Four-party politics is now firmly entrenched in England

Scotland and Wales have had four-party political systems for more than a generation, but until now people have been reluctant to apply that label to England. However, Ukip is now embedded in local government (albeit still in relatively small numbers), has another strong byelection result under its belt, and is well placed to win next year's European elections. The party is clearly here to stay (making the question of what to do about it in any leaders' debate more pertinent than ever). This does not mean it is going to win seats at Westminster in large numbers. But, as Nigel Farage argued, the SDP showed that a party can be influential without having large numbers of MPs...

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TeleMadrid compares Catalan and Basque nationalists with Nazis

TeleMadrid compares Catalan and Basque nationalists with Nazis | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The title of the controversial report was The imposition and the perversion of language

Madrid's regional TV station Telemadrid has come in for fierce criticism on social networking sites after it broadcast a program in which the regional premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, appeared in a series of images that included Stalin, Hitler and the Basque terrorist group ETA (an extract is available to view below).

The title of the report by the channel, which is often viewed as little more than a mouthpiece for the conservative Popular Party-led Madrid regional government, was "The imposition and the perversion of language." The program compared the totalitarianism of the Nazis and of Stalin with Basque and Catalan nationalist parties, for having allegedly forced the use of their languages on residents of the two regions.

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L'independentisme a Catalunya és la primera opció, segons l'últim baròmetre del CIS

L'independentisme a Catalunya és la primera opció, segons l'últim baròmetre del CIS | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Un terç dels enquestats pel baròmetre autonòmic del CIS considera que Catalunya hauria de ser un estat independent.

"Què hauria de ser Catalunya?" Un estat independent, segons un terç dels enquestats en el baròmetre autonòmic del CIS, que es va fer just després de la Diada de l'any passat, entre el setembre i l'octubre. Gairebé un 30% dels entrevistats considera que Catalunya ha de ser una comunitat autònoma, un 21% aposta per l'estat federal i el 12% perquè sigui una regió d'Espanya.

Els partidaris d'un estat que reconegui el dret a la independència són el 37%, mentre que en l'anterior enquesta, de fa tres anys, no arribaven al 24%. Aleshores, l'opció més votada va ser la d'un estat amb més autonomia, copsant gairebé un 30% dels vots. Ara, aquesta alternativa és recolzada per un 27,7% dels enquestats...

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Does food addiction really exist?

Does food addiction really exist? | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Alcoholism researcher Sally Marlow examines whether food addiction could be fuelling a rise in obesity

Scientists are divided over whether or not addiction could be contributing to rising global obesity. Does food addiction really exist and - if it does - how can it be treated?

Getting a grip on addiction can be incredibly hard, as anyone who has ever tried to give up smoking, alcohol or even caffeine will testify.

A tried and tested tactic is to avoid the thing you're addicted to - giving up going to pubs for a while, or not to have cigarettes in the house...

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England Local Elections 2013: Results Mapped

England Local Elections 2013: Results Mapped | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Results from the 35 councils in England and Wales taking part in local elections will be coming in throughout the day and we are updating the map below as they do. See who controls your council and who has the most seats by clicking on the interactive below. The light grey denotes those that have not yet announced results. 



Local Elections Vote 2013 LIVE (BBC) http://ves.cat/fIzI

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Breast cancer cases in UK under-50s top 10,000 a year

Breast cancer cases in UK under-50s top 10,000 a year | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The number of British women under 50 having breast cancer diagnosed has reached 10,000 annually for the first time.

The charity says one case in five in the UK is among the under-50s, though fewer than ever in that age group are dying of the disease.

Higher alcohol intake and childbirth patterns could be factors, it believes.

In 1993-95, 38 women per 100,000 had breast cancer diagnosed, compared with 42 per 100,000 in 2008-10.

In total, more than 49,500 women of all ages had breast cancer diagnosed in 2010, compared with 37,107 in 1995.

The majority of cases occur in older women.

However, the incidence rate of breast cancer in women under 50 rose by 11% over that period...

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Local elections: Counting taking place across England

Local elections: Counting taking place across England | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Votes are being counted in council polls in England, a key mid-term test for the government, as well as in the South Shields by-election.

Counting is taking place in council elections in England and in the South Shields parliamentary by-election.

The contests in 27 English county councils and seven unitary authorities, as well as in Anglesey in Wales, are a crucial mid-term test for the Lib Dem and Conservative coalition partners.

Labour is under pressure to win back hundreds of seats lost in 2009...

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A Catalan State could benefit Spain

A Catalan State could benefit Spain | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

I have heard it said that the independence of Catalonia would devastate the Spanish economy, and that this might be a reason for the European Union to be less than interested in the progress and success of the sovereignty process begun in our country of late.

But in light of this statement, it would be wise to take a look at the recently published paper titled "Where Spain is headed", from the Cercle Català de Negocis (CCN), a business association in favor of the Catalan State. The paper, among other things, talks about the benefits that the independence of Catalonia might bring to Spain. I found the reasons interesting, and thought I would comment on them here...

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Seat, Nissan, Ficosa, Gestamp and Doga back up the creation of an automation cluster in Catalonia

Seat, Nissan, Ficosa, Gestamp and Doga back up the creation of an automation cluster in Catalonia | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- On Tuesday, some of the most important companies in Catalonia’s automation sector gave their explicit support to the development of a car and motorbike cluster to foster business, innovation, training and sustainability. Seat, Nissan, Ficosa, Gestamp and Doga supported the initiative in an event at the Catalan Government’s Palace in Barcelona...

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