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Hospital admissions linked to alcohol rise to more than a million in year

Hospital admissions linked to alcohol rise to more than a million in year | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Doctors repeat call for alcohol pricing rule to deter heavy drinkers as Alcohol Concern warns of lack of help for addiction

An estimated 1.22m hospital admissions in England were linked to drinking too much alcohol in 2011-12, according to NHS figures – a 51% rise over the past nine years.

Drug prescriptions to treat alcohol dependency outside hospital are also continuing to go up. Nearly 180,000 prescriptions were dispensed bydoctors, nurses and pharmacists in 2012, 6% up in a year and nearly 75% more than in 2003...

 

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Far-right groups plan day of demonstrations across England

Far-right groups plan day of demonstrations across England | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Anti-racism campaigners warn of 'day of hate' on Saturday as English Defence League and BNP prepare for marches

Far-right groups are planning their biggest mobilisation for 30 years this weekend with more than 50 demonstrations planned in towns and cities across England.

Anti-racism campaigners have branded Saturday a "day of hate" after identifying 55 English Defence League (EDL) events as well a BNPmarch in London...

 

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Expats Could Lose Bank Account Privacy: British Expat Community

Expats Could Lose Bank Account Privacy: British Expat Community | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

British expats, who have preferred to save, invest and bank offshore since moving abroad, could find that their previously secure personal account information is about to be automatically exchanged with other nations including Britain, Germany and France...

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London Bridge station roof set for Aberystwyth museum

London Bridge station roof set for Aberystwyth museum | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Part of London's oldest railway station is set to be rebuilt in Aberystwyth as part of a proposed £10m narrow gauge railway museum.

Sections of London Bridge station's roof have been given to Vale of Rheidol Railway which operates small steam trains for tourists in mid Wales.

London Bridge station, which opened in 1836 and is used by 55 million people, is undergoing a £6bn redevelopment...

 

 

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World University Lecturers and Researchers Manifesto in Favour of the Recognition and Dignity of Aragon’s Minority Languages

It’s like a bird losing feathers.

You see one float by, and there it goes,

another word gone.

 

Johnny Hill, Jr., of Parker, Arizona,

one of the last speakers of “Chemehuevi”

 

 

Every two weeks a language dies. It is possible that by the end of the century about half of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken in the world today will have disappeared as communities abandon their vernacular languages for the majority ones...

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Major interest in FC Barcelona and Catalonia in Salisbury

Major interest in FC Barcelona and Catalonia in Salisbury | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Vice president Carles Vilarrubí has given a conference on Barça, sport, culture and education at the prestigious arts festival in England

Barça were invited after going down so well at similar events in Scotland and France.

Catalonia has been invited to the 41st edition of the Salisbury International Arts Festival, traditionally the first of the season in the United Kingdom. It lasts for about a month and always dedicates a couple of weeks to another country. In the past, it has focused on such places as Russia, India, China and Brazil, and this year the chosen nation is Catalonia...

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Doing business in Catalonia

Cristina H. Valiñani , UK Trade & Investment Director for Catalonia, talks about business opportunities for UK companies in Catalonia.

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Barcelona to welcome World Bank office to promote smart cities

Barcelona to welcome World Bank office to promote smart cities | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The agreement was announced mid-month after a memorandum of understanding was signed at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, through which an office will be established in a space owned by the Barcelona City Council, where various people employed by this international financial body will work...

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Singulars: Jorge Verstrynge 'Un llarg viatge'

Singulars: Jorge Verstrynge 'Un llarg viatge' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

És doctor en Ciències Polítiques i Sociologia per la Universitat Complutense de Madrid, on actualment és professor titular. Tot i que se'l continua recordant pel seu passat polític com a membre molt destacat de la dreta espanyola al costat de Manuel Fraga, Jorge Verstrynge ens explica que desde llavors ha fet un llarg viatge ideològic que ara el situa al costat dels plantejaments d'esquerra més progressistes.
Ens diu que els polítics actualment són una emanació dels bancs, i que s'han venut, literalment, però ens recorda que no existeix cap altra legitimitat del poder que no sigui la legitimitat del poble.
Sobre Catalunya diu que si els catalans volen accedir a la independència, no hi ha ningú que els ho pugui impedir.

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Is the English language conquering France?

Is the English language conquering France? | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
French universities could teach in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language - for others it's just accepting the inevitable.
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Interactive entertainment does not foster violence

Interactive entertainment does not foster violence | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The National Rifle Association (NRA) cites video games as one of the causes of armed crime.

In light of the controversy resulting from the Newtown school shooting (Connecticut), where a firearm was used that appears in the well-known game Call of Duty, the Electronic Arts company has decided to remove real weapons from its products. However, researchers from the UOC's IN3, Daniel Aranda and Jordi Sánchez, have debunked this myth that has taken root in society: real violence does not grow with the appearance of video games...

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The time when sweets were strictly rationed

The time when sweets were strictly rationed | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

A nostalgic look back at the sugary treats in short supply for more than a decade because of WWII.

The sweet-toothed British public were so keen to taste sugary treats when seven years of sweet rationing ended briefly in 1949, that the government quickly had to reintroduce restrictions for another three-and-a-half years because there was such demand.
 

Here - as Imperial War Museum North and the CBBC series Horrible Histories open a new exhibition to celebrate the 60th anniversary of sugar and sweets finally coming off the ration - take a nostalgic look back at how food restrictions affected lives during and after WWII.

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Treasury chief says threats to quit EU undermine UK's economic revival

Treasury chief says threats to quit EU undermine UK's economic revival | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Danny Alexander backs EU membership and aims for capital overhaul in long-term expenditure plan

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, on Thursday warned that the UK's nascent recovery would be squandered if the coalition continued to suggest willingness to leave the EU.
 

He also revealed that the government wanted the spending review, due to be published next month and covering spending in 2015-16, to set out a 10-year horizon for capital expenditure...

 

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Rwandans accused of genocide arrested in London

Rwandans accused of genocide arrested in London | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

New attempt to extradite five men allegedly complicit in Rwanda's 100 days of slaughter in 1994

Five Rwandans accused of involvement in the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people in 100 days have been arrested in Britain after anextradition request from Rwanda, London police said...

 

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Apprenticeships attract 11 applications per vacancy

Apprenticeships attract 11 applications per vacancy | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The latest official data suggests a record 11 applications are being made for each apprenticeship vacancy in the UK

Almost 370,000 applications were submitted between February and April, while 32,600 vacancies were advertised in the same period.

But competition was as high as 17 per place in the arts, media and ICT.

The National Apprenticeship Service said there had been a 32% increase in demand for such subsidised on-the-job training placements since last year...

 

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Boo to the princes of Spain at the Liceu in Barcelona

Boo to the princes of Spain at the Liceu in Barcelona | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Boo to the princes of Spain at the Liceu Opera Theater in Barcelona (Catalonia) on May 30th.

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Three major Catalan political parties and ANC join forces in rally for independence

Three major Catalan political parties and ANC join forces in rally for independence | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The ANC [Catalan National Assembly], Convergència, ERC, and the CUP joined forces in a rally in favor of independence in Sabadell

Josep Rull (CDC), Oriol Junqueras (ERC) and Quim Arrufat (CUP) defended independence with explanatory speeches aimed at convincing the undecided

by Oriol March in Sabadell, originally published on 23 May 2013 in Ara.cat

The Catalan National Assembly (ANC), CDC, ERC, and the CUP displayed pro-independence unity on Tuesday in a rally in Sabadell that was centered on explaining the reasons for an independent state to an audience of believers and from whom the speakers explicitly asked for support in broadening the majority in favor of independence...

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Food swapping: The movement taking off in the UK

Food swapping: The movement taking off in the UK | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The food swapping movement is taking off the UK with anything from sushi to strawberries on offer.

Throughout history food has been swapped and traded, from cacao beans to spices. But a modern movement is growing in the UK with anything from home-made sushi, ice cream and pate to eggs, apples and wild garlic on offer.

The swaps are organised events where people trade home-grown, home-made or foraged foods with each other. No money changes hands, food is the only currency.

The Food Swap Network started in Brooklyn, New York, and so far 125 groups have been established across the US and Canada, from Honolulu to Boston. They are now spreading to Europe, with the UK leading the way...

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Interview with Maria Bota, director of Salisbury International Arts Festival

Interview with Maria Bota, director of Salisbury International Arts Festival | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival will be showcasing an exciting range of events from the 24th of May to the 8th of June.

Catalunya is its international partner this year and the festival features a programme organised in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull. The Festival will feature over 25 events to celebrate the vibrant arts of Catalunya, through Catalan theatre, film, dance, music, workshops, talks and food. To talk about it we have interviewed Maria Bota, direcotr of The Festival...

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Firefighters scuffle with cops in Barcelona protest

Firefighters scuffle with cops in Barcelona protest | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Hundreds of firefighters in yellow helmets and red jackets gathered in front of the Catalonia regional parliament, some letting off firecrackers and smoke bombs, and set fire to model coffins marked "public services".


There were light scuffles and police charged the protestors, detaining one, police and labour unions said.


Police moved in with extinguishers and put out some of the burning coffins.


The demonstration struck as the parliament was debating this year's regional campaign to prevent forest fires, a major threat during the dry summer. Several people were killed last year.


Labour unions representing the firefighters warned in a statement that cuts to staff and budgets in the economic crisis "put at risk the safety of workers and the people of Catalonia"...

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Dispatches: Murdered in Tenerife

Dispatches: Murdered in Tenerife | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

In 2011, Jennifer Mills-Westley, a 60-year-old British grandmother, was attacked and publicly beheaded in broad daylight in Tenerife.

Her case was reported across the world.

What is much less well known is that her killer had twice been admitted to an NHS psychiatric unit in Wales and twice released, the last time just months before the killing.

Dispatches follows Jennifer's two daughters in their quest for answers, both in the UK and Tenerife, where the judge in the trial allowed Dispatches cameras into court.

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Catalan jobless restaurant customers work rather than pay the bill

http://www.euronews.com/ People who cannot afford to eat out are being offered an alternative menu by a Catalan restaurant: do an hour's work rather than pay the bill.

In a move echoing similar initiatives elsewhere during the recession, the Troboda in Catalonia caters partly for the long-term unemployed who live below the poverty line.

In return for a free meal they give up some time either serving, cleaning or washing up...

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EU sues Spain in health card dispute

EU sues Spain in health card dispute | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The European Commission takes legal action against Spain over the refusal of some of its hospitals to recognise the European Health Insurance Card.

The EHIC entitles EU citizens to free healthcare in public hospitals.

But some Spanish hospitals rejected the card and told tourists to reclaim the cost of treatment via their travel insurance, the Commission says.

A BBC correspondent says the Commission is not accusing cash-strapped Spanish hospitals of trying to make money.

The Commission, which checks compliance with EU law, has requested information on the issue from the Spanish government - the first stage of an infringement procedure which could eventually result in a fine...

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