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Why the First Minister is happy to play the independence waiting game
The Herald, by Iain Macwhirter
Date: 12th Oct 2017

Well, she got there in the end. Some of Nicola Sturgeon’s troops were getting a little restive at the lack of independence talk in her conference speech yesterday. 

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Spainís welcome step back from the brink
Financial Times
Date: 12th Oct 2017

Madrid and Catalan separatists have a chance to initiate dialogue.

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Glasgow plan to erect Nelson Mandela statue
Common Space, by Jack Foster
Date: 11th Oct 2017

 

Fundraiser for Nelson Mandela monument backed by Lord Provost of Glasgow 
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After centuries of neglect, are Scotlandís islands now on the road to recovery?
The Guardian, by Kevin McKenna
Date: 11th Oct 2017

On a tiny island beyond the northern fringe of Scotland’s coast, a lone piper salutes the end of a dozen generations

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Start your own ethical business Ė it could make a world of difference
The Guardian, by Donna Ferguson
Date: 11th Oct 2017

When John Bird launched the Big Issue in 1991, he had no idea how to make money ethically – or how successful his magazine would turn out to be.

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Third Sector Employability Forum statement on Fair Start Scotland contract awards
TSEF
Date: 6th Oct 2017

Third Sector Employability Forum has consistently maintained that the success of Fair Start Scotland will hinge on the robust and diverse involvement of third sector employability providers.

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Statement from Ada Colau Ballano on Catalonian independence referendum, Mayor of Barcelona
Ada Colau Ballano
Date: 5th Oct 2017

The government of the PP persists in its lies. It continues to deny what is obvious to the international press and to everyone who has seen the images of the police crackdown on October 1 in Catalunya: that there was violence, brutality, viciousness.

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Employment Support 2018
Employability Scotland
Date: 5th Oct 2017

From April 2018 the new Fair Start Scotland service will aim to help at least 38,000 people to find employment, including those facing barriers to entering the labour market.

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Third sector cut out of new employability landscape
SCVO
Date: 5th Oct 2017

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has expressed its strong disappointment at the lack of successful third sector organisations who have won bids in today’s Scottish Government announcement regarding the Fair Start employability programme.

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Fair Start Scotland: contracts, commissioning and the marginalisation of the third sector and those we support
SCVO
Date: 5th Oct 2017

The contracts awarded today sees the vast majority of contracts – 80 per cent – being awarded to the private sector, with only a small percentage of contracts being won by the third sector. This does not meet the Scottish Government’s ambition of a mixed-market of support.

The procurement process has clearly favoured private companies at the expense of the third sector, and will not provide the personalised, local service that is the key to unlocking the issue of employability in Scotland.
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Seeking Ownership of Both the Information and the Superhighway
The New York Times, by Jim Rutenberg
Date: 4th Oct 2017

On the face of it, there is something Strangelovian about the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

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More golfers quit game in Scotland than anywhere else in Europe
The Scotsman, by Martin Dempster
Date: 4th Oct 2017

Scotland lost more registered golfers than any other country in Europe from 2015 to 2016, according to an annual report released by KPMG.

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How do we get out of this mess? - an excerpt
The Guardian, by George Monbiot
Date: 4th Oct 2017

The story of our competitive, self-maximising nature has been told so often and with such persuasive power that we have accepted it as an account of who we really are.

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Paddy Woodworth: Rajoy has played into the hands of Catalan nationalism
The Irish Times, by Paddy Woodworth
Date: 4th Oct 2017

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their own point of view, by Sunday afternoon, regardless of the outcome.

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For E.U., Catalonia Pits Democratic Rights Against Sovereignty
New York Times, by Steven Erlanger
Date: 4th Oct 2017

Brussels — Police officers in black RoboCop uniforms and Darth Vader helmets blocked ordinary citizens from voting.

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Where the Catalonian Crisis Came From
Citylab, by Feargus O'Sullivan
Date: 4th Oct 2017

The shocking violence in Barcelona on Sunday makes the politics behind Catalonia’s separatist movement even harder to parse.

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Political expediency could be behind fracking ban
Herald View
Date: 4th Oct 2017

So, at last, more than two and a half years after it kicked the can down the line with a moratorium, the Scottish Government has made its position clear: fracking won’t be happening in Scotland.

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