THE conversation on the constitutional future of Ireland and on the shape of a new agreed and united Ireland is growing. Brexit has accelerated those discussions. It's an energetic and inclusive conversation which has attracted contributions from right across society. I welcome all contributions to this important and inclusive debate, the conversation on the future of a new Ireland belongs to all citizens on this island and to the wider Irish diaspora. In response to the growing energy of this debate, some opponents of democratic change have suggested that a referendum on the constitutional future of Ireland should feature a weighted majority in favour of maintaining the union. This suggestion is illogical and a total non-starter. Increasing the threshold needed for constitutional change would be to turn democracy on its head and would undermine the principles of the Good Friday Agreement. That agreement is the cornerstone of our peace and political progress and provides a democratic … [Read more...] about Platform: Michelle O’Neill
By Richard Lough and John Chalmers PARIS (Reuters) – Leaders of the G7 nations arrive in France on Saturday for a summit as a brewing U.S.-China confrontation over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron’s tough task in delivering meaningful results on trade, Iran and climate change. The three-day meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to pull together. Summit host Macron wants the leaders of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and climate change, and has invited leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America to join them for a global push on these issues. But with the trade war between China and the United States escalating, European governments struggling to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran and global condemnation … [Read more...] about Global disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in France
Martha Bellisle, Associated Press Updated 5:31 pm PDT, Friday, August 23, 2019 FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, a man walks across the street from a Capital One location in San Francisco. Federal prosecutors say Paige Thompson, the woman accused of hacking Capital One and at least 30 other organizations, is a threat to herself and society, a flight risk and should be kept locked up until her trial. Prosecutors are expected to make their argument for detaining Thompson at a hearing Friday, Aug. 23 in Seattle. Prosecutors say the former software engineer has a history of stalking and threatening to kill people and to get herself killed by police. Her lawyers denied that she is violent. less FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, a man walks across the street from a Capital One location in San Francisco. Federal prosecutors say Paige Thompson, the woman accused of hacking Capital One and at ... more … [Read more...] about Judge orders woman in Capital One case to remain in custody
Perry Stein and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post Published 5:19 pm PDT, Friday, August 23, 2019 Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has ordered an investigation into a vandalism incident this week on the third floor of her agency's headquarters in Washington. A spokeswoman for the secretary confirmed that "there was an incident involving an employee's personal belongings." The spokeswoman revealed few details about the vandalism. But NBC News, which first reported on the incident, reported the office belonged to an African American woman and that the vandalism was racially motivated. "Secretary DeVos took immediate action, including referring the case to [the Federal Protective Service] for a comprehensive investigation, increasing building security, and most importantly, ensuring the impacted employee was supported," spokeswoman Angela Morabito wrote in an email. "Because this is an ongoing law enforcement matter, it is inappropriate for us to comment any … [Read more...] about Betsy DeVos has ordered an investigation into the vandalism.
The endless scandals surrounding Pacific Gas & Electric may seem of little consequence to San Diego County residents. But given that all state taxpayers could suffer if the state’s largest utility keeps screwing up, PG&E demands attention. The latest example came this week. PG&E was driven into bankruptcy in January because of the billions of dollars in liabilities it faces because of wildfires started by its dangerously poor maintenance of power lines and infrastructure. Its management failings are so extreme that in December, Michael Picker — the outgoing head of the California Public Utilities Commission — suggested the utility should be broken up or sold off. Yet on Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that PG&E was lobbying for the Legislature to quickly approve a bill that could give the company access to tax-free state bonds — an extraordinary favor to give any privately held business, especially one convicted in federal court of six … [Read more...] about PG&E doesn’t deserve any favors from Sacramento — or taxpayers