Maxime Bernier quits Conservative party to start his own political movement

first_imgMaxime Bernier declared open war on his own party Thursday as the outspoken and controversial Conservative MP abruptly quit the Tory caucus, announced plans for a new political movement and derided his former leader and colleagues as “intellectually and morally corrupt.”With Conservative caucus members gathering in Halifax for a policy convention that was expected to bring the Bernier boil to a head, the Beauce MP instead stayed behind, summoning journalists to a snap news conference that proved breathtaking in its defiance.“I am no longer a Conservative,” he declared after reading a scathing diatribe against his party and its leader, Andrew Scheer — the Saskatchewan MP who narrowly edged Bernier out of the leadership job last year in a loss some have suggested he never got over.“I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government,” he said.“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.”With the aftershocks still reverberating, Scheer emerged in Halifax to fire back.Bernier “is more interested in advancing his personal profile than advancing Conservative principles,” Scheer said.“He has decided that he is more important than his Conservative colleagues and indeed the Conservative party. He has traded an opportunity to influence policy in government for his own personal ambition.”Bernier said he plans to contact Elections Canada immediately about the path towards creating a new party and will spend the next several weeks travelling the country to meet with people interested in joining his cause.“I hope that the majority of Conservatives will join our new party if they want to beat Justin Trudeau,” he said.Bernier said it’s the party and its current leader that has lost its way, not him. Scheer, he said, is too focused on polls and focus groups, and too afraid of being attacked by people on the left and in the media to make good Conservative policies.He specifically pointed to Scheer’s support for retaliatory tariffs against the United States, saying he was told internal party polling showed Canadians supported the Liberal plan and the Conservatives would therefore support it unless the polls changed.Bernier’s decision comes with the Conservatives gathered in Nova Scotia and marks the culmination of months of turmoil — much of it fomented on Twitter — between himself, Scheer and many Conservative MPs who felt he was jeopardizing their chances in the next election.Bernier’s insistence on supporting an end to supply management, in defiance of Conservative policy, and his recent reflections about the perils of “extreme multiculturalism” had Scheer distancing himself from Bernier and his comments.Earlier this week, Alberta MP and immigration critic Michelle Rempel all but challenged Bernier to pick a side — and on Thursday, he did just that.“The Conservative party has abandoned conservatives,” he said. “It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for a political alternative.“If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction. That is what I want to do.”As recently as three weeks ago, Bernier had said he was planning to run for the Conservatives in the next election despite Scheer’s decision earlier this summer to strip him of his portfolio in the Tory shadow cabinet.Bernier said he decided to quit the party Aug. 14 after speaking to Scheer, just prior to the Tory leader’s statement criticizing Bernier’s comments about too much diversity being bad for Canada.“We had a very polite discussion. After that discussion, I realized that I don’t have any place in that party anymore.”The news appeared to catch most Conservatives completely by surprise, including some who supported Bernier in the leadership race.Ontario MP Tony Clement says he wasn’t sure what Bernier’s decision would mean for the Conservatives, but it likely won’t end well for the longtime MP from Beauce, near Quebec City.“History teaches us that people who quit are replaceable and forgettable,” Clement said.British Columbia MP Todd Doherty took his anger straight to Bernier’s favoured medium: Twitter.“You had every opportunity to stand in caucus to share your views and provide input,” Doherty wrote.“When given the opportunity — you stayed silent or blamed it on others around you. You’re Twitter tough … all bark no bite.”How any new right-of-centre party will impact the political scene in Canada depends a lot on how much money Bernier can raise and how many Tory supporters and donors he takes with him. It also depends on how many candidates he recruits.Steven Fletcher, a Bernier supporter and former Conservative cabinet minister who was recently denied the chance to run for the party again in the next election, said he thinks Bernier won’t have trouble getting a following.“There are a lot of people that will support Bernier,” and not just in Quebec, Fletcher said.“In Winnipeg, Bernier won every (leadership) ballot by a convincing margin. This is amazing for a guy from Quebec, but his policies around aerospace and supply management have a lot of support in Winnipeg.”last_img read more

Fort St John crosswalks to display walk symbol by default

first_imgThis means that for pedestrians walking along primary roads, the walk signal will be displayed by default when the traffic light turns green, without the need to push the activation button. For pedestrians crossing primary roads, even if the activation button is pressed after the light has turned green, the walk signal will be displayed during that light cycle, provided the minimum green timing is not exceeded. The changes mean that it will be less likely that pedestrians will need to wait for a traffic light to complete a full cycle before the walk signal displays allowing them to cross the road. However, Shopland said that advance left turn signals will also display before the pedestrian signal if they have been activated by the presence of a vehicle in the left turn lane.Shopland also said in his report that a chirper will be added to the crosswalk at the intersection of 100 Ave. and 96 St. He added that with the change to a rest in walk state, the unit will chirp continually, and staff are investigating what will be required to activate this feature only when the button is pushed. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Crosswalks in Fort St. John will be getting a bit more pedestrian-friendly in the near future after councillors voted in favour of modifying intersections to display the ‘walk’ symbol by default.Earlier this month, Council voted in favour of a motion by Mayor Lori Ackerman for staff to look at ways of making intersections in Fort St. John more pedestrian-friendly. The Mayor’s motion was made in the wake of recommendations from Urban Systems on how to improve the quality of life in Fort St. John during the winter months.At Monday’s council meeting, Integrated Services General Manager Victor Shopland recommended that staff modify the traffic control signals to allow for non-actuated coordinated and pedestrian recall walk signals on primary streets, as well as pedestrian-activated walk signals on side streets. A pedestrian in Fort St. John misses a green light in Fort St. John. New changes to traffic light operation mean that the walk signal will be displayed by default along primary roads. Photo by Chris Newton. A green traffic light in Fort St. John with the advance left turn signal lit. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Environment minister hopes for new oil and gas regulations by midyear

OTTAWA — Environmental regulations for Canada’s oil-and-gas sector are in their final stages, the environment minister said Tuesday.The regulations would seek to curb the sector’s greenhouse-gas emissions to help Canada meet a 2020 target for a 17 per cent cut in overall emissions from 2005 levels.Rules are already in place for the transportation and coal-fired electricity industries, but estimates suggest they get Canada only halfway to that goal.Environment Minister Peter Kent told a House of Commons committee his objective is for the regulations on the oil and gas industries to help close the gap.“We’re in the final stages now of setting the stringency levels and I would hope that certainly by mid-year we would be in a position to share those,” Kent said.The regulations have been in the works since fall 2011, but they are taking longer than expected, Kent said.“They haven’t been delayed, it’s just been the capacity of the department,” he said after his testimony.“We spent more time than originally intended on the coal-fired electricity generation sector but we’re in the final stages now and that’s always the toughest area in terms of setting stringency.”It took more than two years to introduce regulations on coal-fired power plants, and opposition from industry and provincial governments helped delay them until last fall.Meanwhile, most of the benefits may have little impact on overall 2020 targets as they apply mainly to new operations.Kent said he was trying to avoid a repeat of the process that bogged down the coal regulations by consulting widely ahead of time.As home to the oil-and-gas industry, Alberta opened an office in Ottawa this year to ensure its voice is heard in the process, and the province has been central in the talks to create the new rules.It’s expected the regulations will contain a provision that will allow provincial governments to administer the regulations themselves, as long as they meet or exceed federal standards.The Conservatives have announced a flurry of climate-change-related initiatives in the last few weeks, partly seen as a response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s state of the union address, in which he promised to act on climate change.A senior Environment Canada official told MPs that what happens in the U.S. is taken into account in crafting policy north of the border.“The recent announcements, the president’s inaugural speech, and the increased intensity of climate change discussion in the U.S. is obviously important to us,” deputy minister Bob Hamilton said.He noted Canada has aligned its greenhouse-gas reduction targets with the U.S., and worked with Washington on regulations for the transportation sector.“What the U.S. does or thinks about climate change is obviously something important we have to consider within our policy structure and framework,” Hamilton said.Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver was in the U.S. on Tuesday, urging Americans to think twice about rejecting TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline on environmental grounds.Last week, the U.S. State Department released a draft environmental assessment of the project and determined the pipeline wouldn’t contribute significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions, nor would it spur further oilsands development.Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, began a four-day visit to the U.S. capital that includes meetings with several top officials, including Kerri-Ann Jones, an assistant secretary of state on international environmental affairs, and Eric Cantor, majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. read more

LTTE supporters disrupt match

A group of LTTE supporters disrupted the ICC Champions Trophy match between Sri Lanka and India at Cardiff in England today.The first disruption took place when a man ran on the field with a poster in his hand and an LTTE flag on his shoulder. Several minutes later five men ran on the field waving LTTE flags and disrupting play before security officers arrested the men.The incident took place despite assurances of tight security for the Sri Lankan cricket team at Cardiff. (Colombo Gazette)

Existing US home fell in December as supplies at 17year low

WASHINGTON – Americans retreated from purchasing homes in December, as the number of properties listed for sale sank to its lowest level since 1999.The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales of existing homes fell 2.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.49 million. For all of 2016, sales posted an annual gain of 3.8 per cent to 5.45 million.But the housing market has become trapped by a supply shortage that has pushed prices higher and may limit the potential for additional sales growth. Homebuyers simply have fewer choices, as new construction has yet to meet demand and existing homeowners have been reluctant to list their properties for sale.“Home buying is likely to face additional headwinds going forward, which include low inventory levels, rebounding prices and higher mortgage rates,” said Admir Kolaj, an analyst at TD Bank, who added that these factors are unlikely to “completely derail” the housing market.Just 1.65 million homes were listed for sale in December. This marks a 6.3 per cent drop from a year ago to the smallest total since 1999.The tight supplies pushed the median sales price to $232,200 last month, up 4 per cent from a year ago.Homebuyers were able to manage the rising sales prices in part because of low mortgage rates in 2016, but those rates have climbed upward and settled above 4 per cent since Donald Trump’s presidential victory. The financial markets expect that Trump will try to stimulate economic growth through deficit spending, which caused the rates to rise on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note and mortgages.The Realtors estimate that rising mortgage rates in recent months increased the typical monthly payment by $75, or $900 a year.It’s possible that rising mortgage rates are causing more people to buy homes earlier than they otherwise would in hopes of locking in lower monthly payments.“When that activity dies down, we’re not sure where the next wave of buyers is coming from,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said last week that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate loans averaged 4.09 per cent from 4.12 per cent. That was dramatically higher than a 30-year rate that averaged 3.65 per cent for all of 2016, the lowest level recorded from records going back to 1971.In December, sales fell in the Northeast, Midwest and West, while staying unchanged in the South, according to the Realtors. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 24, 2017 8:06 am MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Existing US home fell in December as supplies at 17-year low read more

Community Enjoys 6th Annual Free Family Day at the Museum of the

By Julie JohansenThe sixth annual family day at the Museum of the San Rafael on Saturday recognized Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month.The Museum of the San Rafael directed fossil making, coiled pot making and fossil digging throughout the day. The Daughters of Utah Pioneers,  specifically LeAnn Seely, led candle making. The museum also offered bowling for dinosaurs, cave painting and pin-the-tail on the dinosaur.A $2 hot dog meal was prepared by the museum board on the grill outside. Swire Coca-Cola and BK’s helped sponsor the event.The board extended appreciation to all who helped to sponsor the event and make it a success.

1 dead 1 injured in Warlock driveby shooting

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBiker killed, pillion rider critical in alleged racing accidentSeptember 12, 2017In “Crime”Man shot dead in East RuimveldtSeptember 30, 2015In “Crime””Nasty Man” found guilty of murder, sentencing deferredJune 22, 2018In “Court”,A Thursday evening shooting in Warlock, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, has left one man dead and another in critical condition at a city hospital.This publication was told that 38-year-old East Ruimveldt resident Andrew Fraser, called “Zeggy”, was pronounced dead on arrival following a reported drive-by shooting that occurred around 20:30hrs. Reports are that the Fraser was a clothes vendor who plied his trade in the Arcade.Andrew Fraser, called “Zeggy”, was pronounced dead on arrival at the GPHCWhile details remain sketchy regarding reasons for the attack, this publication understands that another man was shot in the side of the abdomen and was listed as critical following surgery. He was identified as Stanley Abram, age 26.The Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) was crowded with relatives and neighbours who were anxiously awaiting word on the condition of their loved ones.Reports are that sometime after 21:30h, the body of Andrew Fraser was transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s mortuary, unbeknownst to many of the hysterical relatives who were still in shock over what had occurred.Police are still hunting suspects in relation to the deadly attack. Additional details will be provided as more information becomes available. (Shemuel Fanfair:Guyana Times) A Thursday evening shooting in Warlock, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, has left one man dead and another in critical condition at a city hospital.This publication was told that 38-year-old East Ruimveldt resident Andrew Fraser, called “Zeggy”, was pronounced dead on arrival following a reported drive-by shooting that occurred around 20:30hrs. Reports are that the Fraser was a clothes vendor who plied his trade in the Arcade.Andrew Fraser, called “Zeggy”, was pronounced dead on arrival at the GPHCWhile details remain sketchy regarding reasons for the attack, this publication understands that another man was shot in the side of the abdomen and was listed as critical following surgery. He was identified as Stanley Abram, age 26.The Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) was crowded with relatives and neighbours who were anxiously awaiting word on the condition of their loved ones.Reports are that sometime after 21:30h, the body of Andrew Fraser was transported to the Georgetown Public Hospital’s mortuary, unbeknownst to many of the hysterical relatives who were still in shock over what had occurred.Police are still hunting suspects in relation to the deadly attack. Additional details will be provided as more information becomes available. (Shemuel Fanfair:Guyana Times) read more

18TB hard drives made possible using table salt

first_imgElectron Microscopy images of 1.9 and 3.3 Terabit/inch2 densitiesHard drive storage continues to increase at a steady rate, but just how long can we keep squeezing more data on to those platters? TDK has managed to ensure that the density keeps rising for a few more generations with its HAMR head innovation, but that may have already been rendered redundant through another discovery by a Dr Joel Yang at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).Existing hard drives max out at 3TB at the moment. TDK’s HAMR promises to take that to 6TB, but Dr Yang has found a way to increase the data density of a drive to 3.3 Terabit/inch2, effectively meaning 18TB hard drives are possible.What may surprise you is the key to this massive increase in data storage density. Dr Yang used table salt, or more specifically, sodium chloride.Data stored on a hard drive is done so using nanoscopic magnetic grains. Typically, several of these grains (a cluster), each measuring around 7nm, are used to store one bit of information. Therefore, if you can pack them more densely together, you get more storage in the same space.By adding sodium chloride to the mix, it has been possible to get a single 10nm grain storing one bit. Replacing several 7nm grains with one 10nm saves a lot of space and therefore ups the storage density considerably.The good news is the use of sodium chloride can be added to existing lithography processes, suggesting it won’t take too long to get this up and running for commercial drives. So far a 1.9 Terabit/inch2 storage solution has been shown to work, but that will increase to 3.3 Terabit/inch2, and then further research and development is aiming to achieve 10 Terabit/inch2 in the future.For us as consumers, it means the hard drive still has quite a few years of storage bumps still to come, and a greater challenge for SSDs trying to catch up with the amount of storage on offer. This also bodes well for data centers who need to cater for a never-ending storage need as more cloud services go online.Read more at the IMRE press release (PDF), via Physorglast_img read more

Macau Airport targeting record 87 million passengers in 2019

first_img Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner But CAM is expecting even stronger numbers this year, with the company’s 2018 Business Summary and 2019 Work Plan meeting proposing a raft of new targets. They include 69,000 aircraft movements, 42,750 tonnes of cargo, 3,438 business jets and 8.7 million passengers.The airport’s 2018 figures saw total volume of 41,500 tonnes of cargo and 3,270 business jet movements, with overall revenue of the airport reaching MOP$5.49 billion (US$679.8 million). Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Load More Macau International Airport Company Ltd (CAM) says it is targeting record passenger traffic of 8.7 million passengers in 2019, a 5.3% increase on 2018 numbers should the target come to fruition.Macau Airport welcomed 8.26 million passengers in the 12 months to 31 December 2018, a 15% increase on the previous year, with total aircraft movements rising 12% to 65,000.last_img read more

NUEST And Tomorrow X Together To Perform At KCON In New York

first_imgThe much-anticipated announcement was made live via Facebook and Instagram. Tomorrow X Together, known as TXT, released their debut EP The Dream Chapter: STAR in March and debuted at No. 1 On the Emerging Artists chart. They were announced first. NU’EST, who was a part of the first-ever KCON in Irvine, Calif. in 2012 and will release their latest album in late April, was announced second. The convention, which brings panels, workshops and other events on K-pop, K-beauty, k-food, k-drama and all other things hallyu or Korean culture, will also come the Los Angeles Convention and Staples Center Oct. 15–18. No lineup details on the L.A. event have been announced yet. KCON happens in other countries around the world, including Japan and Thailand. For more information on KCON in the U.S., visit their website. Exclusive: ATEEZ Are Here To Win The Hearts Of K-Pop FansRead more Email Facebook Twitter NU’EST And Tomorrow X Together To Perform At KCON nuest-and-tomorrow-x-together-perform-kcon-new-york The convention, which brings panels, workshops and other events on K-pop, K-beauty, k-food, k-drama and all other things hallyu or Korean culture, will also come the Los Angeles Convention and Staples Center Oct. 15–18Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2019 – 11:31 am KCON, the annual Korean entertainment and culture convention, has announced one veteran and one newcomer group of K-pop as the music artists for its 2019 New York event. Veterans NU’EST and rising stars Tomorrow X Together will perform at the convention, which is taking place July 6–7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden and Javits Center. While no other details have been revealed, KCON says that more lineup information around its fifth annual NY convention will be coming soon. News NU’EST And Tomorrow X Together To Perform At KCON In New York last_img read more

More than a month later Facebook Instagram host New Zealand shooting videos

first_img 0 Share your voice Tech Industry Post a comment Facebook Instagram Fifty people were killed in a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month when a gunman opened fire at two mosques. Videos of the mass shooting are still reportedly on Facebook and Instagram. Cam McLaren / Getty Images It’s been over a month since a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and livestreaming the massacre on Facebook. It appears the social network, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram, is still showing videos of the attack, according to a Friday report by Motherboard. Some of the videos on the platforms are shorter clips of the original 17-minute footage, the report says. One video on Facebook showing the gunman killing people from a first-person perspective says it potentially contains “violent or graphic content,” but remains on the platform, according to Motherboard. Users can reportedly click to confirm they want to watch the video. “We have designated both shootings as terror attacks, meaning that any praise, support and representation of the events violates our Community Guidelines and is not permitted on Instagram.,” a company representative said. “We will continue to remove these videos from our platform.” Facebook didn’t respond to a request for comment.Facebook has struggled to keep footage of the mass shooting off its site. The social network was criticized after its artificial intelligence systems couldn’t automatically detect video of the terrorist attack. Facebook relies heavily on user reports to flag inappropriate content, and says it didn’t get a report during the live broadcast. The first user report came 12 minutes after the livestream ended, wrote Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, in a blog post last month. It can also be challenging to remove variations of the footage, according to Motherboard. Some videos reportedly showed a screen recording of the content playing on the gunman’s Facebook page, while another featured a person watching part of the clip on Twitter. The social network told Motherboard that it’s “also using audio technology to try and detect clips of the attack.” After it takes down that content, Facebook adds the variations to a list of content to block automatically. The company is reportedly investing in tech and research that can pinpoint tweaked versions of the videos. Originally published April 19 at 3:29 p.m. PT.Update, April 20: Adds comment from Instagram. Tagslast_img read more

Windows 10 will arrive on Xbox One sometime after summer

first_imgThe general consensus of Windows 8 and, to a lesser extent, 8.1, is something along the lines of a vehement fist-shake toward the heavens. Windows users looking to get away from the maligned Windows 8 — as well as those who avoided Windows 8 by sticking with Windows 7 — have been waiting for Windows 10 for too long. While the good news is that Microsoft’s new operating system will hit PCs this summer, the be-excited-but-have-patience news is that Windows 10 will hit the Xbox One sometime after summer. In the grand scheme of time itself: no, that’s not the most exciting phrasing.Responding to a user on Twitter, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that Windows 10 will hit the Xbox One sometime after summer. If you were looking for some sort of clarification of that release window, you won’t find it here.@dave125norco It will be post-summer.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 19, 2015So, expect Windows 10 to integrate with the Xbox One sometime from this to August to the end of time. Joking aside, you can probably expect Windows 10 functionality on the Xbox One sometime before year’s end.We don’t yet know what Windows 10 will bring to Microsoft’s console, but we do have some vague ideas. Back in January, Spencer said “We won’t see people using Excel on the Xbox,” which we’re sure dashed the dreams of many gamers worldwide. We do know that the initiative will introduce cross-platform play between PC and Xbox One on certain titles (despite the disadvantage of using a gamepad versus a player using a keyboard and mouse), and gamers will be able to stream games to PCs so long as they’re running Windows 10.So, sit tight, and if you were really hoping to get some work done on the Xbox One sometime after summer, we’re really sorry about the Excel thing.last_img read more

Your next bank card may change numbers every hour

first_imgBank and credit cards are present in everyone’s purse or wallet. They are the gatekeepers to our funds, offering access to ATMs, a way to quickly pay for goods over the counter or online, and an essential part of actually dealing with your bank. However, they are also the target of fraudsters who have many methods of stealing or copying their details and spending your cash for you.Soon, however, stealing your card details may end up being completely pointless because an hour after they are stolen they stop working. That’s because bank cards are set to get a little bit more intelligent by switching the 3-digit Card Security Code (CSC) found next to your signature every 60 minutes.Until now, the CSC has been a permanent printed code on the back of a card. You typically have to enter it during online checkout to help confirm the card is valid and in your possession. But it’s just as easy for a fraudster to steal this number along with those on the front of the card. So French digital security company Oberthur Technologies came up with a solution they call MotionCode.MotionCode replaces the permanent CSC with a tiny display. Once every hour the 3 digits on the display change, rendering the old set useless. In effect, a fraudster would have at most 60 minutes to steal your card details and use them, which pretty much renders the stolen card useless. They certainly can’t sell the details on to someone else, and as an added bonus you won’t need to go through the hassle of replacing your card.This clever tweak to the bank card (and eventually credit cards) is still in its infancy, but two French banks (Société Générale and Groupe BPCE) are set to introduce it for their customers. If no problems present themselves, and with card fraud being such an expensive problem for banks, we can expect MotionCode to be used by a growing number of banks in the next few years.A card using MotionCode looks and acts exactly the same as the cards we use today, they just have a display on the back. You also don’t have to worry about the battery running out as it’s guaranteed to last beyond the expiry date of the card.last_img read more

Sinn Fein leader DUP agreement only achievable if people step into the

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Stephen DonnanThousands marched for same-sex marriage in Belfast Northern Ireland: Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou Mcdonald has hinted her party is close to a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).But due to the DUP’s opposition of same sex marriage and abortion, she said talks over Northern Ireland’s self rule could be hindered.Speaking to Sky News, McDonald – who is pro-abortion and marriage equality – said the level of polarisation over sticking issues was becoming ‘dangerous’.Most people in Northern Ireland support a law that legalises same-sex marriages in the country. But Sinn Fein says the DUP needs to drop its stance on legalising same sex marriage and abortion.‘Step into the light of 2018’‘That’s why I very much hope we get the institutions [devolved government] back up and running.‘The issues are clear, the issues are resolvable, there is nothing insurmountable. Marriage equality demand increases as Northern Ireland talks collapseOn Valentine’s Day, the DUP vow to deny marriage to gay couples in Northern IrelandAnti same-sex marriage Arlene Foster to attend LGBT eventRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- ‘But if I’m truthful, they’re only sustainable in the long-term. When some people step into the light of the year 2018, in terms of same-sex marriage,’ she said.[embedded content]Inching towards an agreement?At present speculation of an agreement between the parties is growing, consequently one year after the devolved Stormont government collapsed.Furthermore, ahead of a referendum in the country this year, McDonald also highlighted her support of abortion rights.‘I believe in a woman’s right to choose and that has been my position for a very, very long time,’ she said.‘I’ve expressed that very clearly. My party colleagues are aware of that and that’s the position that I take.’People have been campaigning for equality in Northern Ireland for years.The homophobia that LGBT+ people face in Northern Ireland is considered to be due to the result of religion.The ultra-conservative DUP is said to be linked to a fundamentalist Protestant sect, the Free Presbyterian Church.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

25 killed 40 wounded in Baghdad market blast

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Sponsored Stories center_img BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi authorities say at least 25 people have been killed and scores wounded by a vegetable truck that exploded in a market in in a Shiite city south of Baghdad.Qadisiyah provincial council chairman Jubair al-Jabouri says the blast came around 10 a.m. in a vegetable and fish market in the city of Diwaniyah, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad.He said 40 were wounded in the explosion and blamed Sunni insurgents linked to al-Qaida. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

Croatia wants out of border arbitration with Slovenia

first_imgZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said Monday his government wants to withdraw from border arbitration with Slovenia following revelations that one of the judges had violated rules for the international panel.Milanovic said the arbitration process, which was set up in 2011 to help unblock Croatia’s EU membership bid, has been compromised by the affair.Judge Jernej Sokolec, a Slovenian, resigned from the five-judge panel after Croatian media last week published leaked phone conversations showing him conferring with a Slovenian government representative, contrary to tribunal rules. Slovenia has moved to name another judge to save the process. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said Monday that Croatia cannot unilaterally withdraw from the body that also includes three international judges and one from Croatia.Milanovic, however, insisted that “this is unbearable, we must get out.”“Croatia is getting out of the arbitration, we must end such an agreement,” he said. Croatia’s parliament will meet later this week to vote on the issue.The sea and land border dispute has remained unresolved after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in 1990s. The Netherlands-based arbitration panel has said it could rule on the matter in December. There has been no immediate reaction from the tribunal to the Croatian withdrawal announcement.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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