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Els catalans a l'exterior i el procés d'autodeterminació

Els catalans a l'exterior i el procés d'autodeterminació | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Les primeres comunitats catalanes a l'exterior (CCE) van néixer a mitjan segle XIX, en un context de crisi econòmica que obligava a emigrar del país per buscar oportunitats.

Els primers casals van ser creats a l'Amèrica Llatina (el primer a l'Havana, el 1840) per gent que havia anat “a fer les Amèriques”. Servien de xarxa de suport mutu entre immigrants catalans, facilitant-hi l'arribada, l'estada o la repatriació. Més endavant, van acollir nombrosos exiliats de la Guerra Civil, molts d'ells escriptors, acadèmics, intel·lectuals… que hi van aportar un caire més cultural...

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Is internet English debasing the language? Not IMHO

Is internet English debasing the language? Not IMHO | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Some of the prose on the web is dreadful, but some is as good as anything on paper

The internet might be a historic boon for kitten-fanciers and steaming-eared trolls, but it's not all good news. Online writing, you see, is destroying the purity of English as we know it and threatening to dumb us all down into a herd of screen-jabbing illiterates. Or so runs one regular technophobic complaint, the latest version of which has been offered by Robert McCrum. He is worried about what he describes as "the abuse and impoverishment of English online (notably, in blogs and emails)" and what he perceives as "the overall crassness of English prose in the age of global communications"...

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Portas High Streets still struggling one year on

Portas High Streets still struggling one year on | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

New research paints a mixed picture of success in the towns at the heart of the government's £1.2m Portas scheme intended to revive the High Street.

The High Street Innovation Fund, launched a year ago, was part of the government's response to Ms Portas' review of the High Street.

Results have been mixed. Vacancy rates have gone down in seven towns, but more shops overall have closed than opened...

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England v Republic of Ireland: Riot marred Lansdowne Road friendly

England v Republic of Ireland: Riot marred Lansdowne Road friendly | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Inside story of the last match between England and the Republic of Ireland in 1995, abandoned because of serious crowd trouble

Seats were ripped up, missiles thrown and some England 'fans' fought pitched battles with the Irish police during the first half of the game at Lansdowne Road on 15 February 1995...

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The Catalan National Assembly's Plan B

The Catalan National Assembly's Plan B | AC Affairs | Scoop.it
What is the Plan B and how does one exercise the "right to petition"The idea is that Catalans ask the Parliament to declare independence via the right of petition.


The Catalan National Assembly [Assemblea Nacional Catalana (ANC)] has launched a campaign to have Catalans ask their Parliament to exhaust all possible ways for holding a referendum on independence and—in the event that such a referendum is not authorized, or if the State does not accept the result—to unilaterally declare Catalonia’s independence. The initiative is based on the right of petition that is recognized by Catalan, Spanish, and international law and that permits citizens to ask any administration to act on matters that affect their interests or the interests of the the society as a whole for which they have established laws...

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Norway’s former PM Gro H. Brundtland and Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai awarded in Catalonia

Norway’s former PM Gro H. Brundtland and Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai awarded in Catalonia | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- The 25th ‘Premi Internacional Catalunya’ has been awarded to the former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland and to the young Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.


Both women have been awarded Catalonia’s most prestigious prize for “their determination and courage in the defence of human rights”. Malala Yousafzai is the young teenager who was shot on October 2012 by the Taliban for defending the right to education in Pakistan, particularly for female students, through a BBC blog. Malala survived the attack despite being shot in the head and is now carrying on her studies in Birmingham, continuing to advocate for female education rights...

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Spain and independence-minded Catalonia battle over language, by Sinikka Tarvainen

Spain and independence-minded Catalonia battle over language, by Sinikka Tarvainen | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Madrid (dpa) - When Joaquim Arenas was a young teacher in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia during the Franco dictatorship in the 1960s and 70s, he could teach the Catalan language only in secret.

"We knew beforehand when inspectors were coming. So we cancelled the Catalan classes and pretended to be doing something else," the retired teacher recalls...

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CaixaBank and Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce to offer €3 billion in loans for member companies

CaixaBank and Barcelona's Chamber of Commerce to offer €3 billion in loans for member companies | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (ACN).- In a situation of difficult access to credit by Catalan and Spanish companies, Barcelona’s Chamber of Commerce and the main Spanish bank – which is based in the Catalan capital – have agreed to open a new credit line for private companies and independent workers affiliated to the Chamber...

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Take a look at Catalonia

Take a look at Catalonia | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Last year Catalonia attracted €146 million from the EU’s 7FP and €529 million since 2007.

Catalonia has 7.5 million inhabitants -16% of the total Spanish population - and contributes 19% to Spanish Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Barcelona is its largest city.

Nearly 14.5 million foreign tourists visited Catalonia last year, and the resident foreign population is over 1 million people, mainly coming from other regions in Europe (30.9%).

The region has active regional government policies to promote innovation with 21% of Spanish investment on research and development (R&D) and 33.7% of its patents. Last year Catalonia attracted €146 millions from the EU’s 7FP, and €529 million since 2007...

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Dispatches: Secrets of Your Missing Mail

Dispatches: Secrets of Your Missing Mail | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

With shoppers increasingly relying on private parcel companies to deliver online purchases, Dispatches goes undercover to find out why couriers sometimes fail to deliver.

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Iain Duncan Smith: cut welfare to fund police and Forces

Iain Duncan Smith: cut welfare to fund police and Forces | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Iain Duncan Smith has offered to cut Britain’s welfare Bill by up to another £3 billion annually to protect spending on the Armed Forces and police, The Telegraph can disclose.

The Work and Pensions Secretary has personally contacted the Defence and Home Secretaries to set out the details of the proposed cuts after they raised concerns about the impact on national security of further spending reductions...

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Deloitte appoints official criticised over 'sweetheart' tax deals

Deloitte appoints official criticised over 'sweetheart' tax deals | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Dave Hartnett has been hired by accountancy firm which faced tax avoidance allegations during his time as head of HMRC

The row over tax avoidance by multinational companies escalated on Monday night as it emerged that Dave Hartnett, until 10 months ago the country's leading tax official, has been appointed to a new position with a leading accountancy firm mired in the controversy.

Hartnett will work one day a week with Deloitte, the auditors for Vodafone and Starbucks, which faced tax avoidance allegations during his time as head of HM Revenue & Customs...

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RCD.Espanyol 0-2 F.C.Barcelona | League round 37

Espanyol vs FC Barcelona: Competitive and dominating (0-2) (CNA) http://ves.cat/gvPX
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Surgery 'has growing death risk through the week'

Surgery 'has growing death risk through the week' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

People having planned surgery at the end of the week are more likely to die than those having operations at the beginning of the week, research suggests.

A British Medical Journal report into non-emergency operations in England, suggests the overall risk of death from such planned procedures remains low.

But it shows "unacceptable" variation in survival rates through the week, a leading body of UK surgeons says...

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Financial gripes reach 7,000 a day, says ombudsman

Financial gripes reach 7,000 a day, says ombudsman | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Consumers' lack of trust in financial firms led to a 92% rise in cases taken up by the financial ombudsman last year - with 7,000 queries and complaints each working day.

Individuals were also more aware of their rights and more willing to complain, the chief ombudsman said.

Claims for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) dominated, accounting for 74% of complaints, but most sectors saw a rise in gripes...

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Hackers post EDL 'members' contact details' online

Hackers post EDL 'members' contact details' online | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

A list apparently showing the contact details of English Defence League members is published online by hackers.

It has been posted by people claiming to part of a computer hacking network known as Anonymous.

Names and addresses of more than 200 people from all over the country are on the list.

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James Richardson's European football papers video review - 24.05.13

On a blustery day in London, James Richardson returns for a final time this season to bring you the best of the continental press, including rumours abound on the managerial merry-go-round, speculation over Wayne Rooney's Parisian future and a preview of the Champions League final – including a warning that Wembley hot dogs are the wurst.

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Franco is not dead

Franco is not dead | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

The now infamous decoration of the Blue Division by the Spanish delegate to the Catalan Government was not an oversight as some would have us believe, but rather a symptom of the deep metastasis that is affecting the entire system.

 

Almost four decades after the Caudillo [Franco, Spain's dictator from 1939-1975] died peacefully in his bed, Spain continues to reveal this malaise through an inexhaustible supply of intact Francoist symbols: just take a look at the shameful Valley of the Fallen [Franco's mausoleum, recently awarded a 280,000€ grant for its preservation], the Avenue of the Generalíssimo [the supreme General, i.e., Franco] in Boadilla del Monte, the monument to Carrero Blanco [long time confidant of Franco] and so many other innumerable offensive structures that you all have right outside your very doors, right in 2013...

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Rajoy’s regional deficit targets for Spain anger allies

Rajoy’s regional deficit targets for Spain anger allies | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Mariano Rajoy is facing pressure from party barons over his government’s plan to impose more spending cuts on Spain’s powerful regions. Critics are angry that “asymmetric” deficit targets could favour rich Catalonia over poorer regions.

Catalonia poses a particular challenge, because of the recent surge in separatist sentiment among Catalan voters and the political leadership in Barcelona. The campaign for an independent Catalan state has been fuelled by perceptions that the region, which is among the richest in Spain, has been driven to the brink of financial ruin by the need to subsidise poorer parts of the country.

The plan to give easier deficit targets to Catalonia and other troubled regions is widely seen as a ploy to calm political tensions and avoid a broader re-organisation of the financial relationship between the state and the regions...

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The Barcelona International Motor Show 2013: positive sales results and more than 700,000 visitors

The Barcelona International Motor Show 2013: positive sales results and more than 700,000 visitors | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Barcelona (CNA).– In difficult times for the automobile industry, the Barcelona International Motor Show continues to survive. The organisers expected 700,000 visitors in eleven days at the Montjuïc trade fair and managed to achieve their goal. Sellers were also satisfied with the results at the Saló de l’Automòbil 2013, especially considering the situation of the sector...

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Singulars: Joan Castillo 'Catalunya 2020. I mentrestant?'

Singulars: Joan Castillo 'Catalunya 2020. I mentrestant?' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

Enginyer industrial i expert en Direcció i Gestió Estratègica, Joan Castillo es planteja què hauria de fer Catalunya per acostar-se als objectius marcats per la UE en el pla Europa 2020.
Com a prioritats, caldria millorar l'educació i rebaixar dràsticament el fracàs escolar i també augmentar la inversió en I+D.
Segons Castillo, Catalunya hauria de treballar mirant cap a Europa i no tant cap a Madrid. S'haurien de potenciar sectors forts com l'automoció, la biomedicina, el turisme i la gastronomia o l'agroalimentació.

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91-year-old DJ: 'It's changed my life'

91-year-old DJ: 'It's changed my life' | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

91-year-old radio DJ Margaret Leigh-Jones says working at Angel Radio has changed her life

She has recently begun presenting at Hampshire nostalgia radio station Angel FM, which could make her Britain's oldest DJ...

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MPs declare £7m income from other jobs

MPs declare £7m income from other jobs | AC Affairs | Scoop.it

For 20 MPs, outside work pays better than salary, with some spending more than 1,000 hours on other employment

An analysis by the Guardian shows 20 MPs made more money from their outside jobs than they did from their parliamentary salary of £65,738, with some spending more than 1,000 hours on outside employment.

Seventeen declared more than £100,000 in income during the 2012-13 parliamentary session, according to data filed on 7 May.

Gordon Brown earned more than £1.37m from giving speeches around the world. Brown said the income supported an office that he uses to "support my ongoing involvement in public life", with £600,000 going to charity and none of the money to him personally...

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