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  • Spanish nurse who beat Ebola is unaware that her family dog was killed

    10/22/2014 6:59:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 10/22/2014 | Penny Eims
    According to Tuesday's NBC News, the Spanish nurse who has recently been diagnosed as free from the deadly Ebola virus, is unaware that her dog was killed by the authorities. The husband of 44-year-old Teresa Romero Ramos, who has been kept in isolation at a hospital in Madrid throughout her life-and-death battle, tried to stop local authorities from seizing their 12-year-old mixed breed dog, "Excalibur," but he was not successful and the dog was put down not long after Ramos was hospitalized in early October. Spanish officials were concerned that Excalibur might have the ability to pass Ebola to humans...
  • Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports

    10/21/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 9:13 AM EDT | Associated Press
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • Spanish priest hospitalized in Madrid with Ebola symptoms

    10/16/2014 9:20:28 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 23 replies
    Reuters via The Star ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Reporting by Andres Gonzalez, writing by Sarah White; Editing by Julien Toyer
    MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish priest who worked in Africa has been taken to hospital in Madrid with symptoms of Ebola, a hospital source said on Thursday. The priest had been in Liberia and had been in contact there with people infected with Ebola, El Mundo newspaper reported, adding he was hospitalized on Thursday after developing a fever of over 37.6 degrees Celsius. He was in the same religious order as two other Spanish priests who were repatriated from West Africa in recent weeks with the disease, and who later died in Madrid, the newspaper said.
  • Priest, air passenger among six hospitalized in Spain for Ebola tests

    10/16/2014 8:51:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/17/2014 | Yahoo
    MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish authorities reported four new patients with suspected Ebola symptoms on Thursday, including a feverish passenger who started shaking on an Air France flight to Madrid and a Spanish priest who had recently been in Liberia. Three of the cases were in the capital and the fourth in the Canary Islands, where a health source said two other people were admitted to hospital for precautionary monitoring. The priest, who arrived in Spain on Oct.11, was being taken to hospital after developing a fever, one of the symptoms of the disease, the Spanish government's Ebola committee said.
  • Ebola Outbreak: Air France Plane Isolated at Madrid Airport after Passenger Reports Symptoms

    10/16/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | October 16, 2014 13:55 BST | By Jack Moore
    Spanish authorities have isolated an Air France aircraft at Madrid's airport and activated emergency health procedures after a passenger reported Ebola-like symptoms of a fever and shivers, officials confirmed. A Spanish health ministry spokeswoman said that they were treating the incident as a suspected case of Ebola. The passenger jet arrived at Madrid's Barajas international airport from Paris before being taken to a special area of the airport compound with the passengers still on board, according to a Spanish Airport Authority spokeswoman. The Europa Press news agency said that there were 183 passengers on board the plane. A health ministry...
  • Ebola crisis: nurse with fever admitted to hospital (Spain)

    10/16/2014 9:08:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 13 replies
    The Local ^ | 10-16-2014 | Steve Tallantyre
    An unnamed person who was being monitored for possible symptoms of Ebola after coming into contact with infected Spanish nurse Teresa Romero has developed a fever and was admitted to hospital in Madrid on Thursday. Fernando Simon, head of the Spanish ministry of health's crisis management team, revealed that the person admitted to Madrid's Carlos III Hospital was one of 68 in the category considered to be at "low risk" of infection. A further 15 people are considered to be at "high risk" but none of them have yet shown any symptoms, according to Spanish daily 20 Minutos. Simon underlined...
  • Plane Isolated In Madrid Over Ebola Fears

    10/16/2014 6:24:10 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 49 replies
    Sky News ^ | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Sky News
    An Air France plane has been isolated at an airport in Madrid after a patient was reported to have a fever and shivers. The situation is being treated as a suspected case of ebola, a health ministry official was quoted as saying.
  • Suspected Ebola case on Air France flight in Madrid

    10/16/2014 6:18:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:00am EDT | Reuters
    Madrid's Barajas international airport activated emergency measures on Thursday after a passenger arriving on an Air France flight was suspected of possibly having Ebola, a spokeswoman for airports operator Aena said. Spain's health ministry confirmed that an Ebola emergency protocol had been set in motion but declined to give details. Aena and Air France said in separate statements that a passenger on Air France 1300 from Lagos via Paris had started shaking during the flight. Air France said the other passengers disembarked from the plane, which will now be disinfected. The return flight has been canceled.
  • Spanish nurse's assistant says she'd treat Ebola patients again

    10/15/2014 11:16:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/15/2014 | By Laura Smith-Spark, Laura Perez Maestro and Al Goodman
    Madrid (CNN) -- The Spanish nurse's assistant who contracted Ebola after treating a patient with the deadly virus is feeling a little better and says she would treat Ebola patients again if she is cured, a family friend and spokeswoman said Wednesday. Teresa Romero Ramos is being treated at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, the same hospital where she contracted the illness while helping to care for an infected missionary who had been brought back from West Africa. She spoke to her husband, Javier Limon, by phone for 10 minutes, family spokeswoman Teresa Mesa told journalists outside the hospital...
  • Spanish Health Trade Union Leader: We Only Had 15 Minutes Of Training On Ebola

    10/12/2014 10:56:21 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 4 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | 10-12-2014- | Euractiv
    The Madrid regional government has not given health personnel enough training to deal with Ebola properly, including the Spanish nurse Teresa Romero, who is now the first person in the world to contract the virus outside Africa, says Juan Carlos Mejías. Romero was in contact with one of two ill Spanish priests who died of the disease in Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital. Juan Carlos Mejías is the leader of SATSE, the main trade union in Spain’s health sector, representing 100,000 members. Mejías spoke with EurActiv Spain’s Fernando Heller. Did the health personnel in the Carlos III Hospital have enough training...
  • Madrid to Kill Dog of Spanish Nurse Infected With Ebola

    10/07/2014 1:58:02 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 26 replies
    Time ^ | 10/07/14 | staff
    Madrid’s regional government said it would kill the pet dog of a Spanish nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola — overcoming the family’s objections on Tuesday with a court order. The nursing assistant was the first person infected outside of West Africa, after caring for a Spanish priest who died of Ebola last month. Authorities have three people under quarantine and said that available scientific knowledge indicates there’s a risk the dog could transmit the deadly virus to humans.
  • Ebola quarantines mount in Spain, as nations add airport screenings

    10/09/2014 2:23:09 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 6 replies
    France24 ^ | 10-9-2014 | AFP
    Worries over the worldwide spread of Ebola grew Thursday after three more health workers were quarantined in Spain and North America threw up border controls at main ports of arrival from the plagued African states. The United States and Canada announced new screening measures at major airport hubs to check travellers for symptoms of the deadly disease, and pressure grew for other nations to follow their lead. The Madrid hospital treating infected Spanish auxiliary nurse, Teresa Romero, also announced her condition had worsened on Thursday. Romero, the first person known to have been infected with Ebola outside of Africa, has...
  • Nursing staff resign from their posts to avoid treating Ebola cases (SPAIN)

    10/09/2014 2:58:42 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 86 replies
    El Pais -English ^ | 9 October 2014 | Elena Sevillano
    Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, the health center where Ebola victim Teresa Romero is being treated, is having to draft in extra staff given that nurses are refusing to work with cases – or suspected cases – of the virus. A number of other patients are being monitored in the hospital after having come into contact with Romero, although none so far has been confirmed as having contracted the virus. “There are members of staff who are canceling their contracts so that they don’t have to enter [rooms with Ebola cases],” explains Elvira González, provincial vice-secretary of the SAE nurses’...
  • As Spanish Ebola patient’s health deteriorates, two doctors who treated her are under observation

    10/09/2014 1:00:42 PM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 9, 2014 1:25pm | Abby Ohlheiser and Abby Phillip
    The health of Ebola-stricken Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos worsened on Thursday, and two doctors who treated her were admitted to a hospital for observation. "Her clinical situation has deteriorated but I can't give any more information due to the express wishes of the patient," said Yolanda Fuentes of the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, according to Reuters. The BBC reported that Ramos "was being helped with her breathing in hospital."
  • Spanish Ebola patient's condition worsens, doctor says

    10/09/2014 10:35:13 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-9-2014 | Laura Perez-Maestro, Jason Hanna and Greg Botelho
    The condition of a Spanish nurse's assistant ill with Ebola has worsened, a doctor told reporters Thursday. The update on Teresa Romero Ramos came two days after she was admitted to the same Madrid hospital where she had previously helped treat an Ebola patient, and 10 days after she started feeling ill. Dr. Yolanda Fuentes, who works at the Carlos III hospital, said Romero's condition had worsened but declined to give further details. Romero became ill after she helped treat an Ebola-stricken Spanish missionary. Her case has prompted concerns from her fellow medical professionals about whether they are properly equipped...
  • Spanish nurse with Ebola takes turn for worse

    10/09/2014 8:01:39 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 21 replies
    The health of a Spanish nurse with Ebola worsened on Thursday and four other people were put into isolation in Madrid, while the country’s government rejected claims its methods for dealing with the disease weren’t working and blamed human error. SPAIN: SITUATION HAS ‘DETERIORATED’ Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa, after becoming infected by a Spanish priest repatriated from Africa with the disease. In total seven people are in isolation, though only Romero has tested positive for Ebola. The others include the nurse’s husband and two doctors who cared for her. Three...
  • Six hospitalized in Spain as Ebola scare hits Europe

    10/09/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by caligatrux · 6 replies
    GMA News - Agence France-Presse ^ | October 8, 2014 | Roland Lloyd Parry
    MADRID - Spain's government urged calm on Wednesday over the case of a nurse who caught Ebola in a Madrid hospital as the World Health Organization warned other isolated infections in Europe were "unavoidable". Apart from the infected nurse -- the first person to contract the disease outside Africa -- doctors in Madrid have isolated five other people and are monitoring dozens more.
  • Hospital worker: Spaniard exposed in ER for 8 hours after positive Ebola test

    10/08/2014 10:05:37 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-9-2014 | By Greg Botelho, Laura Smith-Spark and Laura Perez Maestro
    Teresa Romero Ramos sought out help three times. Finally, one week after first seeing a doctor, Romero found out why she felt so sick: She had Ebola. Even after her Ebola test came back positive at Madrid's Alcorcon hospital, Romero had to wait. According to a worker at that hospital, Romero lay in the emergency room -- exposed to other patients as well as medical staff, going back and forth -- for eight hours before being transferred to a hospital in the Spanish capital that specializes in infectious diseases.
  • Ebola crisis: More health workers hospitalised in Spain

    10/08/2014 9:57:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 56 replies
    SBS ^ | 10+9-2014 | SBS
    Three more health workers in Spain have been admitted to hospital for monitoring for Ebola, including two doctors who had contact with a nurse infected with the disease. The third new patient is a nurse who had contact with one of the two Spanish missionaries who died from Ebola after being repatriated from west Africa for treatment. "He is showing symptoms and a test has been carried out but we have not received the result yet," said a spokesman for the Madrid hospital. Meanwhile, two people who had previously been under observation in hospital have been cleared of the disease...
  • Spanish Nurse Found Out She Had Ebola Online

    10/08/2014 3:11:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 8, 2014
    A Spanish nurse being treated for ebola has said she did not tell doctors she had been in contact with the virus and only found out she had the disease after reading the news online. The 40-year-old told Spanish TV station Cuatro she did not consider she might have ebola until the last moment. She said: "I found out on my mobile phone. I felt something was up because to begin with the doctors and nurses in Alcorcon were coming in and out every hour and then they start to come in less often. "Then I was listening to them...
  • 'Save Excalibur' fails: Madrid euthanizes Ebola patient's dog

    10/08/2014 12:50:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 8, 2014 | Jacque Wilson
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Madrid health authorities have put down Ebola patient Teresa Romero Ramos' dog, Excalibur, despite protests. The animal was sedated prior to euthanasia to avoid its suffering, the Health Ministry of Madrid said in a statement. More than 330,000 people had signed a petition on to save Excalibur. Ramos, a nurse's assistant, is in isolation after testing positive for the deadly Ebola virus earlier this week. Health authorities worried her dog may have also become infected. Which warrants the questions: Can dogs really get Ebola and spread it to humans? What about other animals? In Africa, Ebola infection "has been...
  • Spanish nurse's assistant may have caught Ebola taking off suit, doctor says

    10/08/2014 10:13:16 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-8-2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Laura Perez Maestro
    A doctor treating the Spanish nurse's assistant who's the first person to contract Ebola outside Africa in the current outbreak said Wednesday that she may have been exposed while removing her protective suit. Dr. German Ramirez said the woman, who is in isolation at Madrid's Carlos III Hospital, had told him it was possible that she might have had contact with the suit -- possibly the gloves -- on her face. "That's what we were working on -- on the errors possibly made while removing the protective suit," he told reporters outside the hospital. "I've spoken to her three times,...
  • A vexing mystery in Spain: How did a nurse contract Ebola?

    10/07/2014 7:33:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's To Your Health ^ | October 7, 2014 | Abby Phillip and Roberto A. Ferdman
    The first case of Ebola transmission outside of West Africa has raised questions about how a nurse at a Spanish hospital contracted the virus and whether sufficient protocols were in place to protect health workers there. The nurse became infected at Madrid's Carlos III hospital while treating Manuel Garcia Viejo, a priest who contracted the virus in West Africa. The woman, a "sanitary technician," entered Garcia Viejo's room only twice, according to Spanish officials. In one case, she entered the room to change his diaper; another time, after he had died, she entered to collect his belongings, according to Mercedes...
  • The Spanish nurse is named and now the authorities want to put down her DOG.

    10/07/2014 12:26:58 PM PDT · by sunmars · 84 replies
    The Spanish nurse who became the first outside of Africa to become infected with Ebola has been named along with her husband. Teresa Romero Ramos and Javier Limon Romero are being held in quarantine in separate rooms at the same hospital in the Spanish capital. Ms Romero Ramos, 44, from Galicia in northwest Spain, who is one of the medical team that treated two repatriated Spanish priests who died from Ebola, was diagnosed with the killer disease yesterday. Their identities came out after Mr Romero asked a Spanish animal charity to start a social media campaign to stop health officials...
  • Spain Warns "Something Went Wrong" As Suspected Ebola Cases Rise In Madrid

    10/07/2014 11:09:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/07/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Despite being described by Spain's public health director as "a national jewel," the head of Spain's Nursing Council warns "something went wrong" in the health care system's protocols. As RT reports, Spanish health officials have 4 patients interned including infected initial nurse, her husband, and a 2nd nurse (male). Furthermore, 22 more possible Ebola cases are under surveillance having had direct contact with the infected nurse during her vacation after being infected (officials have said they 'don't know' how she became infected with the deadly virus). Images within the hospital show "irregularities" and make-shift isolation units and an insider...
  • 'Protective clothing doesn't work against Ebola': (Outrage after Spanish nurse catches virus)

    10/07/2014 8:35:44 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 62 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7 October 2014 | Damien Gayle, Lizzie Parry & Stephanie Linning
    Anger was growing in Spain today over how a nurse became infected with Ebola as it was claimed the protective suits given to health officials were not good enough. Four suspected Ebola patients are now in hospital in Madrid after the nurse was confirmed as the first person to catch the virus outside of West Africa. The escalation in Spain's Ebola outbreak comes as officials revealed 30 people were being monitored for symptoms, including the woman's husband. It has also since emerged that a week before she tested positive for Ebola she had contacted health workers to complain of a...
  • UPDATE 2-Four hospitalised in Spain after first Ebola transmission outside Africa

    10/07/2014 6:27:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Inmaculada Sanz and Sarah Morris
    * Nurse who treated missionaries caught Ebola in Madrid * Husband hospitalised but shows no Ebola symptoms so far * Another health worker and a traveller hospitalised * Health authorities say they are "revising protocols" (Adds new details, background)
  • Ebola Outbreak: 56 Being Monitored In Spain

    10/07/2014 6:50:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 7, 2014
    A Madrid nurse who became the first person to contract ebola outside of Africa is being treated with antibodies from survivors of the illness, hospital officials have revealed. A second nurse who also helped treat an infected priest is among the four being monitored by health workers, as is a man who arrived on a flight from Nigeria displaying symptoms. Spain's health authorities said they had been in touch with a total of 22 people who are thought to have been in contact with the 40-year-old nurse, whose name has not been released. They are also monitoring around 30 other...
  • New Concern Worldwide as Nurse in Spain Gets Ebola

    10/06/2014 2:47:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 6, 2014 | By CONNIE CASS, AP
    Raising fresh concern around the world, a nurse in Spain on Monday became the first person known to catch Ebola outside the outbreak zone in West Africa. The stricken nurse had been part of a team that treated two missionaries flown home to Spain after becoming infected with Ebola in West Africa. The nurse's only symptom was a fever, but the infection was confirmed by two tests, Spanish health officials said. She was being treated in isolation, while authorities drew up a list of people she had had contact with.
  • Spain has outbreak's 1st known case of contracting Ebola outside of Africa

    10/06/2014 11:56:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    CNN Health ^ | October 6, 2014 | Ben Brumfield and Josh Levs
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A nurse's assistant in Spain is the first person known to have contracted Ebola outside of Africa in the current outbreak. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato announced Monday that a test confirmed the assistant has the virus. She had helped treat a Spanish missionary who contracted Ebola in West Africa. The missionary died after returning to Spain. The news came amid growing fears in the United States that the disease could spread. Texas Gov.: Quarantines at borders To avoid an outbreak, the federal government should start enhanced screening and quarantines at borders, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday...
  • Ebola in Spain: Nurse 'infected in Madrid'

    10/06/2014 11:10:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | October 6, 2014
    A Spanish nurse who treated an Ebola victim in Madrid is thought to be the first person to have contracted the virus outside Africa, health officials say. The nurse tested positive for Ebola in initial tests and doctors are awaiting final results, according to reports. She was part of the team that treated Spanish priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, who died of Ebola on 25 September.
  • Spanish nurse being tested for Ebola contracted in Madrid - media

    10/06/2014 10:11:33 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/06/14 | Emma Pinedo, writing by Sarah Morris
    MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish nurse who treated a priest in Madrid who died of Ebola is suspected to be the first case of the disease contracted outside West Africa, media in Spain reported on Monday, citing sources within the country's health authorities. Spanish newspaper El Pais and radio Cadena Ser were among those who said the nurse had tested positive for Ebola in initial tests and officials were awaiting final results. No one was immediately available in Madrid's health department to confirm the reports.
  • Secession in Spain: 800 Towns in Catalonia Pledge Support for Independence Referendum

    10/06/2014 10:08:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds may be interested in the latest events in Europe on an otherwise slow news weekend. Via translation from El Singular, 800 Towns in Catalonia Openly Pledge Support for Independence Referendum. This morning, more than 800 mayors delivered to Catalan president Mas certificates in support of the November 9 referendum for Independence. The mayors represent 96% of the Catalan municipalities. A total of 920 councils who have so far voted in favor of N-9, but some mayors did not want to participate in the event. Since 1918 there has not been a similar concentration of mayors in Catalonia....
  • Una sanitaria de Madrid, primer contagio por ébola en Europa (first contagion by ebola in Europe)

    10/06/2014 10:06:48 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 3 replies ^ | Oct. 6 2014 |
    A Spanish Nursing Assistant is the first case of infection of ebola in Europe. The health was part of the team that attended the missionary Manuel García Viejo, who died of ebola on September 26 at the hospital Carlos III de Madrid (currently attached to La Paz). Was she that went to the Alcorcón hospital when he felt a fever. The two analyses carried out have been positive, according to sources from the Ministry of health, whose Cabinet crisis is met. If confirmed, this will be the third case of ebola in Spain - the first two died - and...
  • Spain's Fake Recovery is Officially Over

    09/30/2014 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | September 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The alleged recovery in Spain is already over. Retail sales are down month-over-month and year-over-year in July. August and September are both projected to be weak. Vial translation from El Economista, Manufacturers and Retailers Warn of Another Consumption Slowdown. After a slight recovery in the first months of the year, stagnation set in since June, according to almost all employers and associations of producers and distributors. The retail index INE already pointed to stagnation in June and a drop of 0.5% in July from a year earlier. Although the decline in July from the previous month is a somewhat lower...
  • Catalonia's Scottish dreams on hold as top court postpones independence vote

    09/29/2014 8:05:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/29/2014 | By Andrés Cala
    MADRID — At first glance, Catalonia's face-off with Madrid over independence looks like it has much in common with the recent Scottish secessionist crisis, which panicked countries and markets alike. But the upcoming vote, which Spain’s highest court unanimously suspended after the Spanish government officially challenged it on Monday, shares little with Scotland's, other than the ultimate goal. The regional leader of Catalonia, Artur Mas, signed a decree Saturday setting Nov. 9 for the referendum. But, whenever the referendum might take place, the fundamental difference is that Catalonians are not being asked to decide whether to break away from Spain,...
  • Choral music not heard since era of Henry VIII has been played for first time in 500 years

    09/29/2014 7:06:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9-29-14 | Hannah Furness
    Choral music not heard since the time of Henry VIII has been brought to life for the first time in 500 years, as an academic unearths an untouched manuscript and shows it to a modern choir. The manuscript, a book of 34 religious songs, was given to Henry VIII as a lavish gift from a French diplomat in his early reign. Containing songs referencing Henry and his then-bride Catherine of Aragon, it is considered the most "luxurious" surviving diplomatic gift of its kind. It remained in the Royal Collection after the king's death, and was later given to the nation...
  • Iberian pig genome remains unchanged after five centuries

    09/27/2014 1:49:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 17, 2014 | Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
    A team of Spanish researchers have obtained the first partial genome sequence of an ancient pig. Extracted from a sixteenth century pig found at the site of the Montsoriu Castle in Girona, the data obtained indicates that this ancient pig is closely related to today's Iberian pig. Researchers also discard the hypothesis that Asian pigs were crossed with modern Iberian pigs. The study, published in Heredity, sheds new light on evolutionary aspects of pig species, and particularly on that of the Iberian breed, considered to be representative of original European Mediterranean populations... The sample dates approximately from the years 1520...
  • Ebola Outbreak: Spanish Missionary Manuel Garcia Viejo Dies of Deadly Virus in Madrid

    09/26/2014 4:00:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/26/2014 | Jack Moore
    The Spanish missionary who was flown home to Madrid from Sierra Leone after contracting the Ebola virus has died, according to hospital sources.According to the Spanish news agency Efe, Manuel Garcia Viejo died from the disease at the Carlos III hospital in Madrid.Viejo was a medical director of the Hospital Order of San Juan de Dios and was working in the western Sierra Leonean city of Lunsar when he caught the disease.He was flown to Madrid in an isolation chamber by military plane and received by doctors in fully protective biohazard suits.Viejo is the second Spanish priest to die of...
  • Illegal activities boost Spain’s GDP by $11 bln

    09/25/2014 8:53:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2014 10:25 AM EDT
    Spain’s National Statistics Institute says money generated by drug trafficking, prostitution, smuggling and illegal gambling contributed some €9 billion ($11.4 billion) to the national economy last year. […] The figures are being included in GDP calculations on the recommendation of the European Union, which is trying to harmonize estimates across member states and get a full picture of economic activity, whether legal or not. …
  • Spain scraps abortion plan, justice chief quits

    09/23/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2014 12:09 PM EDT
    The Spanish government has scrapped plans to restrict the availability of abortion because there was no consensus for change, the prime minister said Tuesday, in a move that brought the resignation of the justice minister who was in charge of introducing a new law. Spain now allows abortion without restrictions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The government had promised to restrict abortion to only cases of rape or serious health risks. But the proposal triggered widespread denunciation, with critics saying it would put Spain back 40 years in terms of women’s rights. …
  • French Farmers Upset Over Falling Prices, Torch Tax and Insurance Offices, Dump Produce

    09/21/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | September 21, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    As a direct result of sanctions on Russia, there is an overabundance of fruits and vegetables in France, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere in Europe. Basic law of supply and demand dictates prices of crops would fall. And they did. While most foolishly want to stick it to Russia, few actually are willing to pay the price if it affects them. Here is another case in point: French Farmers Torch Tax Office in Brittany Protest. French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. The farmers used tractors...
  • Europe goes back to the Middle Ages: Map shows how patchwork continent would look if every

    09/17/2014 6:42:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 17, 2014 | Sam Webb
    This map shows how Europe would look if every separatist movement was granted its dream of independence. With the Scottish referendum just days away, the issue of regions breaking away from their traditional rulers is looming large over the continent. The map features well-known separatist movements, such as the powerful and vocal Basque Nationalist movement in northern Spain and southwestern France, as well as the more obscure, such as the Savoyan League, which supports the independence of the Savoy region of France, which has a population of around 405,500.
  • Banks Threaten to Leave Scotland

    09/13/2014 10:30:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | September 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Tale of Two Countries Fearmongering in Scotland hits fever pitch as RBS and four other banks threaten to leave the country if Scotland votes "Yes" for independence. In Spain, Catalans staged a huge protest in favor of independence. The Spanish government hopes Scotland will vote "No" even though it seeks to halt a Catalan vote altogether. Let's take a close look at these stories starting with Scotland. RBS, 4 Other Banks Warn of Relocation to England if Scots Vote Yes
  • EU Dismantles Its Climate Commission Amid Economic Struggles

    09/13/2014 8:30:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 9/12/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    European Union leaders announced they will be consolidating energy and environmental goals under a new commissioner, effectively axing the intergovernmental groups’ climate arm as green policies are making it harder for citizens to pay their power bills. Former Spanish agriculture and environment minister Miguel Arias Canete was tapped by the EU Commission to take over a consolidated energy and climate office. Canete will be replacing Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in what is seen as a huge blow to Europe’s global warming efforts.
  • Catalans form giant 'V for vote' in independence drive (Euro Spring Alert)

    09/12/2014 7:46:41 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    AFP ^ | September 11, 2014 4:00 PM | Patrick Rahir, Daniel Bosque
    Barcelona (AFP) - Catalans fired up by Scotland's independence referendum massed in Barcelona's streets in red and yellow shirts Thursday, forming a giant "V" to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain. Drawn up in lines of red and yellow to form stripes with the Catalan colours, hundreds of thousands of flag-waving demonstrators of all ages massed in the sunshine to mark Catalonia's national day, the Diada. The commemoration, which marks the Spanish conquest of Catalonia in 1714, was more sensitive than ever this year, coming amid calls for a November 9 vote on Catalan independence. -snip- "Now more...
  • Catalans to demonstrate and demand right to hold referendum [Spain]

    09/12/2014 12:15:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 11 September 2014 | Stephen Burgen
    Separatists growing in confidence as ranks grow, while attention paid to impending Scottish independence referendum Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will take to the streets on Thursday, the National Day of Catalonia, to demand the right to hold a referendum on their future, with some hoping that the sudden surge in support for Scottish independence might boost their cause. The demonstration will take the form of a huge "v" in the north of Barcelona, where two major thoroughfares converge. The v stands for via, vote and voluntat (will), though implicitly for victory, too. While victory may not be at hand,...
  • France and Friends: Merkel Increasingly Isolated on Austerity

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 03, 2014 – 04:41 PM | Nikolaus Blome, Ralf Neukirch, Christian Reiermann, Mathieu von Rohr and Christoph Schult
    The debate over Germany’s insistence on eurozone austerity has flared anew as an ailing France continues to demand economic stimulus. The European Central Bank may now be siding with Paris, leaving Merkel looking increasingly alone. […] Berlin is particularly alarmed by the stance taken by ECB head Mario Draghi. At the annual conference of top central bankers from around the world at Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August, Draghi surprised those present by saying “there is leeway to achieve a more growth-friendly composition of fiscal policies.” It was a comment that came close to the kind of debt-fueled growth stimulus measures...
  • "Reunification with Spain Movement" Established in Puerto Rico

    09/02/2014 10:13:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 59 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan, Sept. 1 - Starting today, the Puerto Rico Reunification with Spain Movement (MRE) is an officially-constituted group after its first assembly was attended by less than 40 people whose common interest is to make the Caribbean island a Spanish province. "Reunificationists, 116 years ago, the Spanish province of Puerto Rico was invaded and militarily occupied by the United States, causing the separation from the mother country Spain against its will," said José Nieves, the driving force behind this initiative, during the assembly held on Sunday during the long weekend in Puerto Rico and the United States...