KING Felipe VI
KING Felipe VI has become the first Spanish monarch to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.
A special edition of the bilingual Ragap magazine features the royal in a very regal pose, with a grey suit and arms crossed.
Felipe has now cemented his reputation as a firm favourite with Spain’s LGBT community, after also becoming the country’s first monarch to meet with LGBT representatives during his first week in office in June 2014.
“King Felipe is part of a generation that has lived through the persecution of LGBT people…to the beginning of the first collective movements of activism,” reads the article.
“However, there is still much to do and Felipe VI faces a great challenge. But for the moment, he is off to a good start.
“For the first time, a head of state in Spain listened to demands of activists against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Felipe VI took over from his father Juan Carlos, when the former king abdicated last summer.
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MADRID (AP) — Europe’s political upheavals are knocking on Spain’s door. Two parties that hardly registered a year ago are mounting an unprecedented challenge to the governing Popular Party and the main opposition Socialist Party that have dominated Spanish politics for four decades.
A poll published Sunday in El Pais placed the radical-left Podemos (“We Can”) and the grass-roots movement Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) neck-and-neck with their established rivals ahead of next month’s local and regional elections. The four were separated by less than three percentage points.
It’s the latest in a political sea change seen across Europe — from Greece to Britain — as voters express frustration with traditional parties struggling to reverse economic hard times brought on by the continent’s financial crisis.
“The political effects of the crisis are going to be long-lasting,” said Antonio Roldan of think-tank Eurasia Group. “There is definitely a deep transformation.”
Greece’s Syriza government — a new coalition of the radical left and nationalist right — was elected in January on promises to scrap the austerity measures imposed in return for Greece’s two international bailouts, worth a total of 240 billion euros ($253 billion). Hard bargaining with Greece’s creditors has made Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government popular, with many Greeks saying they have regained a sense of national pride.
In France’s local elections last month, voters turned their back on the governing Socialists, who recorded their fourth electoral defeat since President Francois Hollande took power in 2012. The government’s failure to revive the ailing economy and lower the 10 percent unemployment rate sent voters to the right, with the far-right National Front winning 22 percent of the vote.
Britain’s political future is hard to predict ahead of a May 7 general election. British elections have for decades delivered majority governments for either the center-right Conservatives or the left-leaning Labour Party, but polls indicate that voters are defecting in droves to alternatives, including the separatist Scottish National Party and the anti-immigration UK Independence Party. After several years of economic turbulence and government spending cuts, many people are disaffected with the way traditional parties have handled the economy, the public health system, immigration and relations with the rest of Europe.
In Spain, the European Union’s fifth-largest economy, where national elections are due by the end of the year, an unemployment rate of almost 24 percent and a series of political corruption scandals have fueled discontent and opened a door for new groups promising change.
The two newcomers are young and brash, with leaders in their mid-30s. By contrast, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is 60.
Podemos, which has links to Greece’s Syriza, is not only offering something different — it looks different. The party’s rise is greatly due to the charisma of its pony-tailed leader, Pablo Iglesias, a 36-year-old political science professor. From the working class Madrid neighborhood of Vallecas, Iglesias prefers jeans and rolled-up shirt sleeves to the usual suit and tie of political leaders.
And Iglesias doesn’t pull his punches. He says Spain is “run by the butlers of the rich” and that the economy must serve the people. That kind of talk is commonly heard on Spanish streets.
Fellow newcomer Ciudadanos, a centrist party whose name means “Citizens,” grew out of a gathering of Catalan intellectuals. It, too, has benefited from a popular and eloquent leader — 35-year-old Albert Rivera. The party offers a “third way” between the traditional parties, but pledges to be just as tough on corruption.
The El Pais poll said Podemos would garner 22.1 percent of the vote if elections were held today, with the Socialists taking 21.9 percent, the Popular Party, 20.8 percent and Ciudadanos, 19.4 percent.
“Podemos and Ciudadanos are … putting pressure on the traditional parties to rejuvenate and end the string of corruption cases,” said Juan Hidalgo, a 32-year-old salesman in Madrid. “It’s a good thing that new parties with new ideas can be decisive when it comes to forming a government.”
With the new parties potentially playing the role of kingmaker in this year’s elections, investors are watching Spain closely for signs that political turmoil — particularly from a surging Podemos — may send new financial shockwaves through the 19-nation eurozone, said Antonio Barroso, a London-based analyst with Teneo Intelligence, a political and business risk consulting firm.
“Investors just don’t want to see another Greece, to put it bluntly,” he said.
The El Pais survey, conducted by the Metroscopia polling firm, was based on telephone interviews with 1,000 people between April 7 and 9. It had a margin of error of 3.2 percent.
A new “Freedom Flotilla” is scheduled to embark for Gaza in two months’ time, organisers said on Tuesday.
The voyage is scheduled to begin in the first half of the year, which means the flotilla could set sail within weeks, Mazen Kahel, an organiser with the European Campaign to end the Siege on Gaza, told MEE.
Like its 2010 predecessor, this year’s flotilla aims to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip which has been in place since 2007.
Negotiations are currently underway with other political, religious and business figures, but their names have yet to be confirmed and will be announced at a later date, Kahel added.
Activists from across Europe, the US and the Middle East will participate in the flotilla, organised by a string of civil society groups and NGOs working under the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.”
Launched this month, our ongoing probe aims to stop the bent practice of lawyers paying estate agents unethical commissions of up to 20% for awarding work.
And the appeal for clean lawyers to step forward has already gained momentum.
“I am very pleased that someone is finally exposing this,” said lawyer Adolfo Martos Gross from Gutierrez del Alamo & Martos Abogados, in Marbella.
“I believe that up to 70% of the top firms offer commissions to agencies and it should be stopped.”
Fellow lawyer Javier Lopez from MT Lawyers in Fuengirola added: “Apart from being against our ethical professional rules, such practices spoil the reputation of Spanish lawyers.
“It generates mistrust in the Spanish economy and rewards unprofessional agents who are more concerned about their commission than in providing an independent quality service: “It is in absolutely everybody’s interest that the practice ends.”
Other law firms also adding weight to our campaign include My Lawyer in Spain, Lawbird, Anderson PCL, Temple Cambria, Poveda & Associates Lawyers and Paradigm Family Law.
While we are still appealing for lawyers to step forward, we are now extending our appeal to gain the support of clean estate agents.
Agents already supporting the campaign include Panorama Properties, Cluttons and Terra Meridiana.
TOMIE JONES SAYS- This racket has been practiced for years and it is not just the lawyers that are corrupt by participating in this the estate agents are just as dirty. .Estate agents need no qualifications to practice, any tom, dick, harry, charlie, brian ,morris, paddy, or andy can be an estate agent.There are guidelines, moral rules that estate agents should abide by, many do not, it is dog eats dog among the different estate agents and a no holes barred attitude when it comes to selling a property. I am not going to quote a specific example, that multiple selling prices on a property is not uncommon, where 3 or four agents are trying to sell the same property.This was a recent case when a johnny come lately walked into the business and straight away participated in this sharp practise, the only qualification he has is the gift of the gab and sell at all costs attitude He claimed ignorance, did not know it was sold.Maybe the situation has settled down now and he is taking a more professional style of his job. It was all over the media sites originally.The rest of the profession did not seem to take kindly to his entrance into the field of property selling.Maybe a few simple questions first to the executive, qualifications , business experience, and if your not comfortable with them ask for another member of staff to deal with you ,you know what they say fools rush in where angels fear to tread.The olove press newspaper is doing a great job highlighting the pitfalls and recommending the companies you can trust ,keep it up JON YOU ARE DOING A FINE JOB.
Legend and brave brilliant child abuse campaigner Bill Maloney from a radio interview 13th Jan 2014 with the wonderful Lou Collins(ukcolumn/liberty tactics/lou Collins radio show).WARNING-contains SHOCKING and GRAPHIC information/allegations.
The latest drama: Prince Charles has been kept out of his grandson George’s life by the Middletons, Duchess Kate, and Prince William. The Royal Family has apparently been snubbed before now, but the “Middletonisation” of William has upset Prince Charles, reported the Daily Beast.
“So vexed is Charles about the so-called ‘March of the Middletons’ that he has complained to friends: ‘They never let me see my grandson.’”
The complaints, sound quite common and not the kind of drama you’d expect to plague a Royal Family. And a royal spokesman denies them entirely, saying, “His Royal Highness enjoys an excellent relationship with (Prince George).”
There is plenty of speculation about why Prince Charles is being kept from Prince George. Prince William is keeping Charles away to prevent a repeat of his own childhood – which was reportedly quite rigid and unhappy. Carole isn’t helping — she determines when the little prince naps and when and what he eats, earning her the nickname “Queen Carole.”
There are some black and white facts about the Royal Family’s relationship to the Middletons. Prince William and Kate spend a lot of time at Anmer Hall, their estate in Norfolk, and the Middletons visit quite a bit. But the royal couple haven’t spent much time at Prince Charles’ Highgrove estate, and last year, Kate chose to eat Christmas dinner with her parents and not with the Queen, as per tradition.
On Thursday, reports surfaced that the Royal Family drama has taken a new turn – to spying.
, William and Kate’s housekeeper and gardener quit amid complaints that the Anmer household was “too middle class.” But Royal Family watchers believe there is another reason – the queen used the Anmer household staff to spy on William and Kate, . Spurning these rumors: the housekeeper and gardener went to work for the Queen after they left Anmer. An insider added.
“Kate’s greatest fear is that someone in her house could be spying on her. She knows the queen doesn’t fully trust her and staff members are quite loyal to the queen. Kate would hate for them to tell her anything they saw or heard.”
The Royal Family, the Queen, in particular, are also upset that Kate plans to move in with her mother after Prince George’s little brother or sister is born. She will be separating from William, The duchess is allegedly “sticking to her guns.” And the drama or at least speculation about it, will continue.
Homeless people in the UK are getting free meals thanks to a centuries-old Sikh tradition. Why, asks Rajeev Gupta.
“We come here because we get food… A hot meal. It’s a luxury for me.” John Davidson is 55 and homeless. He is one of 250 people who have just received a hand-out of hot soup, drinks, chocolate bars and other supplies from the Sikh Welfare and Awareness Team van parked up on the Strand in central London on a cold Sunday evening. The Swat team, as they’re known, park at the same spot every week so a group of volunteers from the Sikh community can hand out vital supplies. Homeless people, who overwhelmingly are not Sikh, patiently wait in line to be served.
For the volunteers handing out food here, this is more than just good charitable work. For them this is a religious duty enshrined by the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak, over 500 years ago. At a time of deep division by caste and religious infighting between Hindus and Muslims in India, Guru Nanak called for equality for all and set forward the concept of Langar – a kitchen where donated produce, prepared into wholesome vegetarian curry by volunteers, is freely served to the community on a daily basis.
Today, thousands of free Langar meals are served every day in Sikh temples throughout the UK. The Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall, thought to be the biggest Sikh temple outside of India, says it alone serves 5,000 meals on weekdays and 10,000 meals on weekends. Every Sikh has the duty to carry out Seva, or selfless service, says Surinder Singh Purewal, a senior member of the temple management team. “It means we’re never short of donations or volunteers to help prepare the Langar.”
In recent times the Langar meal has acted as a barometer for the state of the economy. After the 2008 recession many Sikh temples reported a surge in the numbers of non-Sikhs coming in for the free Langar meals. It’s now common to see non-Sikhs inside the temple, Purewal says: “We don’t mind it. As long as people show respect, are not intoxicated and cover their heads in line with our traditions, then everyone is welcome.”
The Swat team say they decided to take the concept of Langar outside its traditional setting in temples and out onto the streets when they saw a growing homelessness problem in London. Randeep Singh who founded SWAT says: “When you go to the temple, what’s the message? The message is to help others, help your neighbours. That’s what we are doing.”
Though Ken Russell wanted to be a ballet dancer, his father wouldn’t hear of it—no son of his would ever be seen in tights—so the young Russell turned his attention to photography, a craft he thought he could make his name with. He attended Walthamstow Technical College in London, where he was taught all about lighting and composition. Russell would later claim that everything he did as a trainee photographer broke the rules—a trend he continued throughout his career as a film director when producing such acclaimed movies as Women in Love, The Music Lovers, The Devils, Tommy, Altered States and Crimes of Passion.
Russell became a photographer for Picture Post and the Illustrated Magazine, and during his time with these publications took some of the most evocative photos of post-war London during the 1950s. He spent his days photographing street scenes and his nights printing his pictures on the kitchen table of his rented one-bed apartment in Notting Hill.
For fifty years, it was believed Russell’s photos had been lost, but in 2005 a box marked “Ken Russell” was discovered in the archives of a photo library. Inside was over 3,000 of Ken’s negatives.
Among his most famous work from this period is “The Last of the Teddy Girls”—a series of photos documenting London’s girl gang subculture and their male counterparts. Russell was attracted to these young women for their sense of independence and style—dressing in suits, land army clothes—while rejecting society’s expectations of more traditional, feminine roles. (Teddy kids of either sex were known for fights breaking out wherever they congregated.) The images show Russell’s innate talent for composition and offer a fascinating look into a rarely documented female subculture.