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House price inflation up to highest level in three years

House price inflation up to highest level in three years | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Halifax figures show prices up by 3.7% year-on-year, to an average of £167,984, the biggest annual increase since August 2010
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Fraser Graham's curator insight, March 11, 7:26 AM
Are we beginning to see the start of another Housing Bubble? This article was published almost 3 years ago and house prices haven't stopped rising since then. So is it now time to start getting worried?
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How independent retailers are battling to save Britain's high streets

How independent retailers are battling to save Britain's high streets | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Around the country small retailers are joining forces to win your custom and bring our town centres back to life

Free bagels, local rewards schemes offering discounts, and pop-up shops are just some of the weapons being deployed in the battle to save Britain's beleaguered high streets.

Recent weeks have seen more casualties, with furniture store Dwell and toy retailer Modelzone both calling in the administrators, and a study by the Centre for Retail Research predicts that 153 towns and cities face a serious crisis and could, between them, lose 27,000 stores over the next five years...

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Rupert Murdoch secret tapes: News Corp defends head

Rupert Murdoch secret tapes: News Corp defends head | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

News Corp defends Rupert Murdoch after a secret recording is broadcast of him railing against the police investigation into alleged phone hacking.

Talking in March to a group of Sun journalists - many of whom are under investigation - he complains about "totally incompetent" police officers...

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Tech-levels to have A-level status in skills plan

Tech-levels to have A-level status in skills plan | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Technical courses for 16 to 19-year-olds will gain the same status as A-levels from 2014 but only if they attract business or university support, the government announces.

The Tech-level qualifications are aimed at raising the status of vocational qualifications in England...

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Ferran Adrià's Catalonia: Gourmet Getaways

Ferran Adrià's Catalonia: Gourmet Getaways | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

In the first of a series of guides by master chefs to the Mediterranean’s culinary hot spots, the man behind El Bulli talks to Andrew Purvis.

An exhibition with a difference is opening on Friday (July 5) at Somerset House in London. El Bulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food will be the first to be dedicated to a chef and his restaurant. But it is some chef and some restaurant. Between 2002 and 2009, Adrià’s three-Michelin-starred shrine to high gastronomy was voted the best in the world five times, and it delighted diners and inspired a new generation of chefs with its avant-garde creations based around foams, freeze-drying and “deconstructed” dishes...

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El Govern reclama a l'Estat 8.576 milions d'euros

El Govern reclama a l'Estat 8.576 milions d'euros | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

És el que el govern espanyol deu dels últims mesos, segons el conseller de la Presidència. Denuncia a Catalunya Ràdio l'"ofec econòmic" i vincula el compliment dels pagaments de la Generalitat a l'autogestió dels ingressos propis de Catalunya.

El conseller de la Presidència, Francesc Homs, xifra en 8.576 milions d'euros el deute que l'Estat té amb Catalunya, comptabilitzant només els impagaments de "la temporada", i vincula el compliment dels pagaments de la Generalitat a l'autogestió dels ingressos propis...

 

 

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Allen Buchanan: 'Catalonia should ask the UN to mediate if Spain shows disdain for the referendum'

Allen Buchanan: 'Catalonia should ask the UN to mediate if Spain shows disdain for the referendum' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

“The strongest argument that would justify the right to the unilateral secession of Catalonia would be Spain’s consistent refusal to concede adequate autonomy,” said Allen Buchanan, Duke University Law Professor, one of the most well-known theorists on secession in the world. He considered the limits of the right to secession in his landmark book, 'Secession' (1991)...

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Spanish PM will "read with utmost attention" Catalan President Mas' referendum request

Spanish PM will "read with utmost attention" Catalan President Mas' referendum request | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The Catalan government will not send the letter to international organizations, as ERC had requested.

The president of the Spanish government, Mariano Rajoy, “will receive and read with utmost attention”, when it arrives, the letter from Catalan President Artur Mas, which will ask that a referendum on independence be held in Catalonia. That's what Rajoy said in a conversation without microphones with journalists in the hallways of the Spanish Congress...

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Panorama: The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy

Panorama: The Truth about Pills and Pregnancy | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Shelley Jofre investigates whether many women are risking their unborn children's heath.

Many women have to take medicines while pregnant. But could they be risking the health of their unborn child? Decades after the Thalidomide scandal shocked the world, Panorama reveals how another medicine has damaged far more children.

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Non-EU nationals face more charges to access NHS

Non-EU nationals face more charges to access NHS | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Non-EU nationals who come to the UK for more than six months could be charged at least £200 a year to access the NHS.

The charge, added to visa costs for students, is among proposals due to be unveiled in a government consultation.

Changes may be made to how hospitals reclaim costs from EU patients and free access to GPs stopped for those staying less than six months.

Some doctors say surgeries could be turned into border posts and there are concerns about public health risks.

The government believes some people come to the UK to take advantage of the system and plans to carry out an audit to determine the extent of the problem.

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L'endemà del dissabte: Raça-Nació-Dret

L'endemà del dissabte: Raça-Nació-Dret | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Raça.

El Global Social Justice Journal (de la universitat canadenca de Cape Breton) acaba de publicar un informe sobre la reaparició de l'extrema dreta a Catalunya, signat per Luke Stobart, un investigador rigorós (al contrari de tants periodistes estrangers que fan veure que informen sobre el Principat)...

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20 great Ashes moments

20 great Ashes moments | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
In no particular order, we dip into the archives to relive some of the most dramatic moments in Ashes history
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Printsome's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:05 AM

Read our homage to the #Ashes here http://bit.ly/12qVWXs

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Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police

Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Espionage involves deception and betrayal, usually of people you have pretended to befriend. It's a sordid business, writes Bernard Porter

I can understand the attraction of being a spy. There's the mystery, the play-acting, the adrenaline-rush of covert operations, the delicious fear of being found out. You are privy to information others don't have, which gives you power over them. In some ways it is "like being God", in the words of one of the Metropolitan police spies featured in this book; especially, perhaps, if you are someone who feels your life is rather pathetic otherwise...

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UK will work with Egypt's new rulers, says William Hague

UK will work with Egypt's new rulers, says William Hague | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

William Hague tells the BBC the UK "will work with the people in authority in Egypt" but condemns the ousting of its president as "a dangerous thing".

The foreign secretary told the BBC the UK wanted to see a civilian-led government in Egypt.

But he said "we have to work with whoever is in authority" to protect Britons and UK firms in Egypt.

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted by its army on Wednesday night.

It followed mass protests against his government - elected following the 2011 revolution and the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak...

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Ecuador asks UK for help on embassy bug

Ecuador asks UK for help on embassy bug | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Ecuador asks the UK to help investigate alleged spying at its embassy in London where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is living.

Ecuador named a British company it claimed planted a listening device in their ambassador's office but this was denied...

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Dispatches: The Prince and His Secret Properties

Dispatches: The Prince and His Secret Properties | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

In 2012 Prince Charles earned more than £18 million from the Duchy of Cornwall, but how much do we know about this secretive estate?

A Channel 4 Dispatches investigation reveals the scale of its hugely profitable property empire and looks at the amount of tax Prince Charles is paying.

As the heir to the throne, Prince Charles inherited the Duchy of Cornwall: a vast array of farming, residential and commercial land and properties, as well as a multi-million-pound financial investment portfolio...

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Preemptive humanitarian intervention and the british national interest. The case of David Cameron and Catalonia

Preemptive humanitarian intervention and the british national interest. The case of David Cameron and Catalonia | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

National sovereignty and humanitarian intervention are two of the pillars of international law, and more widely the international system. Their relationship is not always easy, and the former is further qualified by the principle of self-determination. We are not just talking about a philosophical or academic debate, a look at the press will quickly reveal how such clashes lie at the heart of many of the current crisis. Syria is just one example...

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Nazi Victims' Association wants resignation of Spanish Govt. representative in Catalonia

Nazi Victims' Association wants resignation of Spanish Govt. representative in Catalonia | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The Nazi extermination camp victims' association, Amical de Mauthausen, has demanded the resignation of the Spanish Government's Delegada, or representative, in Catalonia, Maria de los Llanos de Luna. The Delegada recently awarded a certificate of merit to the members of the Division Azul, a Spanish volunteer army division that swore allegiance to Hitler and fought on the side of the Nazis during the Second World War...
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The Concert for Catalan Freedom in London, a success

The Concert for Catalan Freedom in London, a success | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Last night, 29th June, thanks to Catalan National Assembly in London (ANC London) and Catalans UK, the Catalan expat community living in London and its surroundings were given the opportunity to enjoy a historic evening in an open and joyful atmosphere. The event, to watch the Concert for Freedom live in a centric pub near Piccadilly, gathered many Catalans, those that just moved in from Catalonia, those settled in the area for a long while, and others that were just visiting the capital for a few days...

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Objectiu: seduir les multinacionals

Objectiu: seduir les multinacionals | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Puig i Albinyana expliquen el procés català a cambres de comerç estrangeres, directius i diplomàtics

La naviliera italiana Grimaldi va inaugurar dilluns una terminal de 63.000 metres quadrats al port de Barcelona amb una inversió de 20 milions d'euros. S'ha afegit a multinacionals com Nissan, Novartis, Ikea i Clariant -que han reforçat la presència a Catalunya- o a Booking i BTG -que hi aterren malgrat la recessió i el conflicte polític amb l'Estat-...

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