Reuters/Albert GeaCatalan pro-independence supporters hold a giant "estelada" (Catalan separatist flag) during a demonstration called "Via Lliure a la Republica Catalana" (Way of Freedom for the Republic of Catalonia) on the "Diada de Catalunya" (Catalunya's National Day) in Barcelona, Spain.
After winning a majority of seats (but not quite a majority of the vote) in September’s plebiscite-style regional elections, Catalonia’s pro-independence parties seem determined to untie the knot with Spain. Last week they announced a road map to independence, offering a declaration in the regional parliament to split Catalonia from Spain.
The all-too-predictable reaction of Madrid’s central government has been to raise the stakes to lofty new heights by threatening to cut off the financial supply lines between Madrid and Catalonia. As El Mundo reports, Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy has threatened to centralize all financial decisions af…
Pinata Farms is now picking small volumes of our new-season Honey Gold mangoes at Katherine in the Northern Territory. We introduced night picking as a trial last year to keep the fruit cool and blemish-free and it worked so well that all picking in the Top End will be conducted by night this year. Our official Top End harvest starts next week and the first fruit will appear in store by late November. Enjoy our mangoes!