Friday, July 19, 2013

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has been forced to step down to focus on his fight against cancer.

The Catalan club confirmed that Vilanova would not be able to continue in the role as he continues to receive treatment for the illness. They plan to unveil a replacement in the coming days.

Vilanova, who replaced Pep Guardiola as coach of Barca last summer, had a tumour removed from his throat in late 2011, but suffered a relapse a year later. He underwent another operation on his parotid gland in December before beginning a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in New York.

Reports in Spain earlier suggested Joan Francesc Ferrer, known as Rubi, could take over Vilanova in a caretaker capacity. The 43-year-old joined Barca's coaching staff last month as an assistant to Vilanova and Jordi Roura - who took charge of the first team when Vilanova was absent last season.
Que le vaya bien.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spain's Socialist Party threatens Prime Minister Rajoy with no-confidence vote

"Spain's opposition Socialists said on Tuesday they would call a symbolic vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy if he refused to appear before Parliament to answer questions about a deepening scandal over party financing.
"Rajoy's ruling centre-right People's Party has an absolute majority in Parliament and unless there were significant defections from members of his party, he would survive the vote.But a motion of no-confidence, which has been used only twice since the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975, would involve him or a representative appearing in Parliament to defend his actions.Until recently Rajoy had managed to limit the impact of the scandal, which involves alleged illegal donations by construction magnates that were supposedly distributed as cash payments to party leaders in return for juicy contracts.
"On Tuesday he told business leaders at a lunch that he would continue to reject calls to resign and his strong majority in Parliament was a guarantee of political stability in Spain, according to a source who was briefed on the meeting.
"Rajoy, who came close to having to ask for a financial rescue last year when the euro zone crisis was at its worst point, is at pains to differentiate his leadership from less stable coalition governments elsewhere in southern Europe. Facing growing pressure within the PP over his handling of the corruption scandal, he said he would stick to his political reform program until the 2015 election."

Excerpt above from Reuters.  Excerpt below from  

"Señor Rajoy, it is time to give answers - Mariano Rajoy responded with a resounding “no” to opposition calls for him to resign. But he did not give it in his parliamentary headquarters, nor while offering any detailed explanation of the [former People’s Party (PP) treasurer Luiz] Bárcenas case; he gave it as an aside [on July 15] during a press conference with the Polish prime minister and through a statement prepared in advance. [Rajoy] knows very well that what we heard yesterday was not the explanation that is being demanded, and that he will not get off so easy before Parliament."

Recent Newsvine articles on Spain

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Spain's Queen Sofia booed at hotel opening in Cangas del Narcea, northern Spain.

Police had to hold back crowds.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Prince and Princess of Asturias get booed and applauded at Barcelona's opera house

Spain's Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia went to the opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona recently. This is how 'warmly' they were received.

Various Spain related articles (and one 'seed')

Here are links to the two Spain related articles I've written for Newsvine so far this month:

ER patient found with jewelry in vagina is suspected of theft

Town sends dog poop back to pet owners through special 'lost and found' program (Video)

And here is a 'seed' I planted on 30 May: 

North America braces for strong hurricane season, while Europe faces coldest summer in 200 years

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