Peach protest: Spanish farmers burn EU flag in anger over Russia sanctions war (VIDEO)

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A trade union representing Catalonian crop growers and cattle ranchers has staged a protest, demanding that the EU compensate them for the revenues lost as a result of the escalation of sanctions, which have closed the Russian market to them.

A group of about 30 representatives from JARC (Young Farmers and Ranchers of Catalonia), one of the biggest agricultural unions in the region, demonstratively burned crates of ripe peaches outside the Lleida municipality building.

As a throng of journalists looked on, the unionists hurled an EU flag onto the bonfire, which disintegrated in seconds.

“We will not accept any more that the EU keep telling us what to do, these people that have never set foot in a fruit field. For once you will have to listen to the producers, not the consumers,” David Borda, a union official, told Ruptly news agency.



Earlier this month, the European Union imposed sectoral sanctions on Russian banks and high-tech industries in connection with Russia’s alleged meddling in the Ukrianina crisis. Russia, which said that it had no responsibility for events in eastern Ukraine, retaliated by banning imports of agricultural produce from the EU for one year.

JARC, which also delivered a list of demands to government officials, believes that the European Union’s political standoff has harmed farmers, and says that they should be compensated through the raising of tariffs on imported fruit and vegetables from other countries, such as Turkey and Morocco.

The EU has allocated €125 million to help farmers in the immediate aftermath. Finance group ING has estimated that the annual losses as a result of the blocking of the Russian market will amount to €6.7 billion a year, and could result in the loss of 130,000 jobs.

Similar farmers protests have taken place across Spain, though producers have targeted both, the EU and also Russia, whose consulate in Seville was picketed earlier this week.

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Lana Del Rey announces two gigs in a cemetery

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey


Lana Del Rey has announced two US shows – in a Hollywood Cemetery
The singer will play two dates next month (October 17 and 18) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which according to its website is the “final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth.” It also regularly hosts gigs.The two dates are the first to be announced by the singer since she pulled out of a string of European appearances earlier this month due to illness.
She cancelled her scheduled appearance in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and subsequently two private concerts for Virgin Radio listeners in Paris.A statement from the singer’s labelPolydor/Universal read: “For medical reasons independent of our will, the artisthas been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days.”Lana Del Rey released her second album ‘Ultraviolence’ in June, which was the follow-up to her 2012 debut ‘Born To Die’. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced a number of tracks on ‘Ultraviolence’ including lead single ‘West Coast’.

Watch Pink Floyd release short trailer for new album ‘The Endless River’

The Endless River – 30 second clip



Pink Floyd have released a 30-second teaser trailer for their upcoming album ‘The Endless River’. Click above to watch.
The clip was posted today via the band’s various social media outlets and features a short, guitar-heavy audio snippet. ‘The Endless River’ – which will be Pink Floyd’s first album in 20 years – is due for release on November 10.In addition to the record’s cover art and tracklisting, which were released earlier this week, the group published a statement via their website, revealing that the LP will include music recorded with multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright, who died in 2008 aged 65.”‘The Endless River’ is a tribute to Rick Wright, whose keyboards are at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound,” read the statement. “It is a mainly instrumental album with one song, ‘Louder Than Words’, (with new lyrics by Polly Samson), arranged across four sides and produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.”

The record will not feature original Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985. Speaking last year, drummer Nick Mason revealed that he would be interested in a full band reunion, but was not certain it will ever materialise.

“I would do it… I’m ready to go,” he said when asked about the prospects of a reunion. “I’m packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready for it when I ever get the call. But I’m not holding my breath.”

‘The Endless River’ tracklisting is:

‘Things Left Unsaid’
‘It’s What We Do’
‘Ebb And Flow’
‘The Lost Art Of Conversation’
‘On Noodle Street’
‘Night Light’
‘Allons-y (1)’
‘Allons-y (2)’
‘Talkin’ Hawkin”
‘Eyes To Pearls’
‘Louder Than Words’