Monday, September 29, 2014

Catalonia Wants To Follow Scotland

Spain's government have asked the country's constitutional court to declare Catalonia's planned independence referendum illegal. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the proposed vote was not "compatible with the Spanish constitution". 

The president of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Artur Mas signed a decree on Saturday calling for a Scottish-style vote on November 09, 2014, but does not have the backing of the central government in Madrid. 

On September 19, Catalonian lawmakers voted by a margin of 106 to 28 in favor of authorizing the referendum, known locally as a "consultation". 

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held demonstrations in Barcelona demanding their right to vote. Unhappy at Spain's repeated refusal to give Catalans more powers, protesters have been energized by Scotland's independence referendum, and many also waved the Scottish flag. 

The question now will be on how far the Spanish government are prepared to go in order to stop the referendum. 

D'Utama's Hoo Sze Ling took a selfie before she went on stage to deliver her winning speech at the Area D4 Humorous Speech contest. Her speech title was ‘Selfies’.

And she inspired the audience including me to take selfies and these four were my "best" shots on Saturday: 

We were at Menara Gamuda in Jalan PJU 8/8A, Damansara Perdana in Petaling Jaya for the Joint Area D2 & D4 Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests. 

Like her, I also took part in the Humorous Speech Contest only. I was representing Taman Indrahana Toastmasters Club and my task was to be the Champion for Area D2. And I presented a different speech from the one that I had delivered at the club contest. Thankfully, I won. 

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