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Nationalist leaders in the northeastern region have urged a snap local vote on the issue of independence on September 27, AFP reported.
Catalan president Artur Mas and his government are reportedly working on tax, diplomacy, and social security restructuring in case Catalonia becomes an independent state.
The focus is on taxation as the Catalan authorities now collect only 5 percent of the taxes raised in the region.
Last November, Catalan president Artur Mas organized a symbolic vote on independence, with 80 percent voting in favor. However, the turnout was only 40 percent.
Catalonia has 7.5 million residents (16 percent of Spain’s population), and represents some 20 percent of the country’s GDP. Alone, the region could collect 100 billion euro in taxes yearly, much more than Catalonia would need if it becomes independent, said Joan Iglesias, a former Spanish tax inspector, who is now behind the Catalan tax reform.
"Everyone knows that Catalonia would be viable economically. It is the most economically productive territory in Spain," Iglesias told AFP.
Apart from the tax reform, Catalonia would need to establish its own central bank, upgrade computer systems and employ more civil servants.
Also, the region says it needs to open more foreign offices. Currently, Catalonia is represented in the UK, France, Germany, the US, Belgium and has recently set up missions in Austria and Italy.
In February, Mas set up a commission responsible for carrying out the tasks essential for an independent state. Plus, he ordered a study into the steps Catalonia needs to take to make sure the services like telecommunications would function in case of secession.
However, “work is advancing too slowly,” Catalan lawmaker with the separatist Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) party, Lluis Salvador, told AFP.
“We need to streamline our efforts so we arrive at the elections in September at a much more advanced state."
There are those who disagree with the efforts with the Catalan organization responsible for ensuring Catalan laws are constitutional – the Council for Statutory Guarantees – saying that the regional authorities don’t have the right to create “a parallel state.”
In the elections, separatist Catalan parties face opposition from new anti-austerity party Podemos, which is not supporting the region’s independence.
“We don’t want anybody to leave Spain,” Juan Carlos Monedero, a Podemos founder and executive committee member, said in an interview in December. “But the guarantee against a breakup of Spain is to give the different regions with their own distinct identity the right to choose. That way they stay in the federation because they want to, not because you force them.”
European officials have warned Catalonia that it would have to leave the EU if it becomes independent. Earlier Scotland faced the same warning.
Michael Davies, 38, was accused of attempted robbery in Birkenhead, a town close to Liverpool. He was allegedly trying to rob a kebab shop armed with a hammer last summer. He denied the allegations.
During the hearing, the takeaway restaurant manager, Kerim Kurt, was reportedly asked whether he had ever purchased stolen goods from Davies. He replied it would be “against my religion,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Are you a Christian?” John Weate, defending, proceeded.
“No, I'm a Muslim,” Kurt said.
The judge said the trial could not go on and discharged the jury.
“Unfortunately, [evidence from the witness on oath] was sworn on the Bible and he just informed us he is a Muslim, which means I can't accept his evidence and neither can you, because it was sworn on the wrong holy book,” Recorder Patrick Thompson said, adding that "it is probably best a fresh jury who doesn't think we're all totally incompetent hears this case.”
The attempted robbery case is now set to be retried.
Followers of different faiths are given copies of their holy books, with Muslims swearing on the Quran, Jews on the Old Testament, while atheists can simply “affirm” instead of swearing.
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The Huawei TalkBand is an unusual wearable device which you can wear on your wrist to use as a fitness tracker or pop out of the wrist strap and use as a Bluetotooth headset for your smartphone. Last year Huawei launched the TalkBand B1. This year the company has a new model with a more […]
“If there’s a challenge to repel a lightning-fast nuclear in any given conditions – it will be done in fixed time, that’s dead true,” the Strategic Missile Forces Central Command’s chief, Major-General Andrey Burbin, told Russian News Service on Saturday.
Russia’s strategic missile forces are positioned geographically in such a way that no global strike can knock them out completely, Burbin said.
In case an order is given to carry out a nuclear strike, Russian nuclear weapons operators will fulfill it, he added.
“There would be no hesitation, the task would be executed,” he said.
— Enrico Ivanov (@VonHenrick1) March 1, 2015
The unavoidability of a retaliatory nuclear strike from Russia is also guaranteed by the fully automatic and constantly modernized ‘Perimeter’ system, also known as “Dead hand.”
The system collects data from various sources, such as radioactivity and seismic sensors scattered throughout Russia, by scanning radio frequencies and communication activities.
If pooled data indicates that Russia has suffered a nuclear strike, the system launches special missiles that travel through national airspace, sending launch signals to all surviving strategic nuclear missile complexes. In this case a retaliatory missile strike is launched without human input.
Burbin also told RSN that rearmament of the Strategic Missile Forces is ongoing as planned and by 2020 up to 98 percent of Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces will be armed with brand new weapons.
Nationwide war games of Strategic Nuclear Missile Forces were conducted in February, with 30 missile regiments training in 12 regions of Russia.
Missilemen performed ultimate combat operational readiness, counteraction to subversive groups and perfected defenses against airborne precision weapons.
On any given day, over 6,000 servicemen are maintaining the operational readiness of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces.
LG has introduced a handful of smartwatches over the past year, and most of them have run Google’s Android Wear software. But there are a few things Android Wear can’t do. It doesn’t currently let you connect to the internet over LTE, make phone calls from your wrist without pairing with a phone, or use […]