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The Spanish Parliament rejects two petitions to negotiate for allowing a self-determination referendum in Catalonia

The Spanish Parliament rejects two petitions to negotiate for allowing a self-determination referendum in Catalonia | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Madrid (ACN).- The Spanish Parliament has rejected two petitions urging the Spanish Government to engage in talks with the Catalan Executive in order to allow the organisation of a self-determination referendum in Catalonia.


One petition had been presented by the Centre-Right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU), which runs the Catalan Government, and the other by the Catalan Green Socialist and Communist Coalition (ICV-EUiA). They have been rejected by 78% of the Spanish Parliament, mostly by MPs from the People’s Party – which runs the Spanish Government – and the PSOE, apart from 14 MPs from the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC). The PSC – which is part of the PSOE, to which is federated – decided to support the petitions and therefore to vote differently to the rest of the Socialist group. It is the first time since 1982 that the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) has voted differently to the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), which has created a political storm within the Socialist family...

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Animac, the International Animated Movie Exhibition of Catalonia, is ready to roll

Animac, the International Animated Movie Exhibition of Catalonia, is ready to roll | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Lleida (ACN).– From the 28th of February to the 3rd of March, Lleida will become the capital city of international animated cinema once again, playing host to a large number of conferences, presentations, workshops and related activities about this entertainment industry. The International Animated Movie Exhibition of Catalonia, Animac, was presented in Barcelona’s CCCB, where the documentary maker Hanna Heilborn was invited to talk about her anti-slavery work ‘Slavar’...

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Social enterprise: the solution for UK unemployment?

Social enterprise: the solution for UK unemployment? | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Social enterprises have an important role to play in generating jobs for those living in marginalised communities, writes John McMullan
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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid crush Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid crush Barcelona | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Camp Nou to win the Copa del Rey semi-final 4-2 on aggregate

These were set to be eight decisive days – Barcelona away, Barcelona at home and Manchester United away – but the threat was always a promise too and here it was fulfilled, the first hurdle overcome with ease, over almost as soon as it had begun. Real Madrid are in the final of the Copa del Rey. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo early in each half left Barcelona an impossible task and the pain was far from over...


(CNA) FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Barça, out of the Spanish Cup (1-3) http://ves.cat/dnil

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Level of excess drinking of alcohol 'is underestimated'

Level of excess drinking of alcohol 'is underestimated' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The amount of alcohol consumed in England could be much higher than previously thought and more people are drinking to excess, a study suggests.

University College London researchers compared alcohol sales figures with surveys of what people said they drank. They found there was a significant shortfall with almost half of the alcohol sold unaccounted for in the consumption figures given by drinkers...

Many more Britons drinking harmfully than thought, survey suggests (The Guardian) http://ves.cat/dnKt

A nation of 'secret boozers': English people underestimate how much alcohol they drink (The Independent) http://ves.cat/dnKA
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EU ministers back fish dumping ban

EU ministers back fish dumping ban | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
EU fisheries ministers agree at an all-night session to end the controversial practice of dumping unwanted fish - but with exemptions.
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This Week in Fiction: Colm Tóibín 'Summer of 38'

This Week in Fiction: Colm Tóibín 'Summer of 38' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

You’ve written nonfiction about Spain—“Homage to Barcelona”—and your novel “The South” is set in Barcelona and involves a veteran of the Spanish Civil War. What keeps drawing you back to that particular time and place?

I went to live in Barcelona in 1975, when I was twenty. Even before I went there, I knew more about the Spanish Civil War than I did about the Irish Civil War. I liked Barcelona, and then I grew to like a place in the Catalan Pyrenees called the Pallars, especially an area between the village of Llavorsi and the high mountains around it. Until the late nineteen-fifties, the eight or nine villages in the area were cut off from the outside world, with only a footbridge connecting them to Llavorsi; there were some mountain passes, but no roads into France. I loved how enclosed it all was. For the past twenty years, I have spent a part of every year there...


Colm Tóibín: «Em va agradar com d'obert és el catalanisme» http://ves.cat/dlv2
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Catalan secessionism: More than just the economy

Catalan secessionism: More than just the economy | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalan nationalism has been prevalent for a long time, but the current climate is strengthening calls for a showdown with central government in Madrid

The recent upsurge of the secessionist movement in Catalonia is liable to over simplification. At a time when Spain’s economic situation is making the news day in, day out, the easy answer to the calls for Catalan secession is that it’s all about the crisis.

Indeed the crisis pervades the reading of every single political episode in the country these days, and it definitely has something to do with the sudden rise of the pro-independence movement. Yet the full story is much less straightforward – and probably much less compelling, too – than is usually heard from improvised accounts of the matter...

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Press release: "What's up with Catalonia?"

Press release: "What's up with Catalonia?" | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalonia Press is proud to announce the publication of “What's up with Catalonia? : The causes which impel them to the separation” a collection of 35 essays by leading Catalan thinkers, policy makers, and analysts, that explores the underlying issues behind Catalonia's demands for independence from Spain.

The book goes on sale officially on February 25, 2013. There will be a public presentation at the Palau Robert in Barcelona on February 27th, 2013 at 19:30h, with the participation of Roger Albinyana, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Catalan Government, Liz Castro, the book's editor, and two of the book's collaborators: Vicent Partal, director of VilaWeb, and Carme Forcadell, president of the Catalan National Assembly...

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New video guide from BuyAssociation and FCO helps people planning to buy property abroad

A new online video guide that provides vital information for people buying property abroad has been launched by the BuyAssociation

A new online video guide that provides vital information for people buying property abroad has been launched by the BuyAssociation , the award-winning property media expert, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Catalans UK: El punt de trobada dels amics de Catalunya a la Gran Bretanya

Catalans UK: El punt de trobada dels amics de Catalunya a la Gran Bretanya | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Som una organització sense ànim de lucre amb un nombrós grup de membres i simpatitzants, la majoria basats a la ciutat de Londres. La nostra voluntat és ser el punt de trobada a través d´activitats, tant culturals com d´esbarjo. Així estem al corrent de la situació del nostre país alhora que enfortim les relacions entre els membres de la nostra comunitat a Gran Bretanya. També tenim com a objectiu donar a conèixer i promoure la llengua i la cultura catalana al Regne Unit entre els britànics i els catalans residents en aquest país...

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European parliament vicepresident asks that Spain authorize Catalan referendum

European parliament vicepresident asks that Spain authorize Catalan referendum | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

One of the European parliament vice-presidents, Germany’s Liberal Party Alexander Álvaro, asked that Spain authorize a referendum about Catalonia’s independence.

Speaking on RAC1 (a radio station in Catalonia,) Alexander Álvaro said that no government should work against the will of the people, and that Catalans have to have right to vote, although he personally doesn’t “understand the reasons why Catalans want to be independent.” “If Catalans think that is the right approach, Madrid has to leave the decision in the hands of the Catalan people,” he added...

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L'endemà del dissabte: Cavall, de Matthew Tree

L'endemà del dissabte: Cavall, de Matthew Tree | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Cavall.

El 1983, prop de Dublín, un escamot de l'IRA va robar Shergar, el millor cavall de curses de l'època, i el va amagar en un local desconegut. Van demanar uns 47.000 euros de rescat al propietari principal de Shergar, l'Aga Khan. Malgrat tots els intents de la policia –que va recórrer a clarividents i saurins, de tan desesperada que estava– mai no es va poder localitzar el palafrè premiat. A més, com que el líder ismaïlita es va negar a pagar ni un cèntim del rescat, els de l'IRA van acabar matant Shergar amb una metralleta...

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The Spanish Supreme Court validates the Catalan school model based on the principle of linguistic immersion

The Spanish Supreme Court validates the Catalan school model based on the principle of linguistic immersion | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- On Tuesday, the Spanish Supreme Court rejected an appeal presented by one family against the Catalan Supreme Court’s decision adopted in March last year in which it validated Catalonia’s public school model of linguistic immersion.


The Spanish Supreme Court has stated that the Catalan Government does not have to change the entire Catalan school model, which has been in place since the early 1980s. However, it has to consider individual petitions from families wanting to school their children in Spanish and make Spanish the language of instruction “in the proportion that the Catalan Government considers to be convenient” in “the school and class in which the offspring of the petitioner is being taught”. This special individual attention has been in place for the last years, included in Catalonia’s Education Law. This year, only 0.024% of the new pupils (12 families out of 50,000) asked for their children being taught in Spanish...

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England's most feared witch hunters

England's most feared witch hunters | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Witch hunters Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne exploited the communal conflict created in East Anglia by the English Civil War to send more than 100 women to their death.
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Barclays to reveal as many as 600 staff earn more than £1m a year

Barclays to reveal as many as 600 staff earn more than £1m a year | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Move will shed light on the earnings of lowest and highest paid staff and could force rival banks to follow suit

Barclays is expected to reveal next week that as many as 600 of its staff are paid more than £1m, in the most detailed disclosure yet about how much its 140,000 employees take home each year...

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The myth of working from home

The myth of working from home | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Yahoo has banned its staff from "remote" working. After years of predictions, why is working from home not the norm?

When a memo from human resources dropped into the inbox of Yahoo staff banning them from working from home it prompted anger from many of its recipients...

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UK growth for 2012 revised upwards

UK growth for 2012 revised upwards | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
The UK economy grew 0.2% in the whole of 2012, revised up from the estimate of zero growth, but it still contracted in the last three months of the year.
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As Others See Us: the view from Catalunya (2)

As Others See Us: the view from Catalunya (2) | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Catalunya's home rulers used to adore their supposed SNP allies - despite barely-disguised snubs from Edinburgh.

Just a few short months ago independentistas in Barcelona were rejoicing that Scotland would have a referendum, something, even now, they can only dream of.

Now they are despairing at the prospect of Scottish nationalists being hammered in the 2014 vote - and the possibility that a No landslide here could dent Yes sentiment in Catalunya.

This weekend Vilaweb - an influential pro-independence and left-leaning internet news site - began wondering why things were going wrong in Scotland.

Its conclusion: that Scotland's independence movement was "top down" while Catalunya's was "bottom up".

"In Scotland the process is practically exclusively led by the Scottish National Party, which is opposed by an ideologically diverse coalition," wrote the site's editor, veteran Catalan journalist Vicent Partal.

"In Catalunya, by contrast - and this became clear in the last elections - the people don't want a single party or a single leader to run the process. This is more complicated to manage - but it is also more robust...

As Others See Us: the view from Catalunya (1) http://ves.cat/dltz
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Barcelona hosts the world’s main event of the mobile industry this week

Barcelona hosts the world’s main event of the mobile industry this week | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (ACN).- The GSMA Mobile World Congress, the main international trade fair and congress for cell-phone-related industries, is being held in the Catalan capital from Monday the 25th of February until Thursday the 28th. 70,000 attendees, half of which are senior executives from 200 different countries, are coming to Barcelona to develop new business opportunities and discover the sector’s novelties. With 94,000 square metres of exhibition space, 1,500 participating companies and 300 speakers, the 2013 MWC will break all previous records, and it will be the 8th consecutive year it has been organised in Barcelona...

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CaixaBank announces a restructuring plan with 3,000 job losses in Spain

CaixaBank announces a restructuring plan with 3,000 job losses in Spain | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- On Monday, the Barcelona-based bank, CaixaBank, disclosed their plan  to lay off 3,000 workers in order “to adapt to the current context” and “improve the efficiency” of its resources. According to the Catalan financial entity, which leads the Spanish retail banking market, the reform is “necessary” after having taken over Banca Cívica’s network and as they are about to absord Banc de València’s. CaixaBank has engaged in formal talks with the unions, which could be on-going until late April...

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FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla: Confidence booster (2-1)

FC Barcelona vs. Sevilla: Confidence booster (2-1) | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (FCB).- Barça gave themselves a great confidence booster after the disappointment of San Siro last Wednesday, when they beat Seville 2-1 at a freezing Camp Nou on Saturday night. It was a hard won win, with a brilliant 15 minutes after the break crowned by second half strikes from Villa and Messi, which turned the scores around after Botia had given the visitors a first half lead...

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30 Minuts: 'Justícia en efectiu'

30 Minuts: 'Justícia en efectiu' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
Vaga de jutges i fiscals amb les taxes judicials a debat: cal la targeta de crèdit per accedir als tribunals?
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The Catalan PM proposes 51 measures to fight corruption and increase transparency

The Catalan PM proposes 51 measures to fight corruption and increase transparency | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- After holding the second high-level meeting with top representatives from all the public powers involved in the fight against corruption and fraud in Catalonia, the Catalan President, Artur Mas, presented a document on Friday setting out a list of measures addressing the issue.

The document takes into account suggestions and comments by all the attending public powers, but it is not a joint text issued by all of them, as it is only signed by the President of the Catalan Government, as Mas emphasised. An initial meeting with the same attendees was organised on the 6th of February to exchange views and gather ideas, with the objective that the Catalan President would put on the table a list of measures for public debate...

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Former UK consul, Geoff Cowling, blesses Catalan referendum

Former UK consul, Geoff Cowling, blesses Catalan referendum | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

“Enormous” and “extraordinary” are the adjectives Geoff Cowling, former UK general consul in Barcelona from 2002 to 2005, gave to the march for independence that took place on the 11th September, Catalonia’s National Day, which he witnessed himself. Interviewed in London, Cowling makes clear he supports the Catalan referendum for independence which will allow Catalonia to decide its future.

“Democracy must prevail and people have the right to decide”, declares the former general consul, who warns us that making external action even stronger is necessary if the Catalan government aims to create an independent state. “Doors must be knocked on. If you don’t knock on doors, they won’t open. You must get out there and try”, he stresses.

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