Apology for “pain” of McGuinness award

“As part of San Francisco’s annual St Patrick’s Day festivities, the Mayor of San Francisco has traditionally provided Certificates of Honor to the Honorary Grand Marshalls selected by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco,” she said. “San Francisco values means respect for the democratic process and non-violent political actions. “The language on the Certificate of Honor should have taken more care to apply these values when reflecting the history of Mr McGuinness’s life towards peacemaker and his role in the peace process that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.” Ms Breed said she apologised for “the pain this certificate has caused”. Claudy bomb victims Mary Hamilton who was injured in the IRA bombing of Claudy in 1972 described the …

Brexit deal: How did my MP vote?

Did your MP vote for or against the provisional Brexit deal? Enter a postcode, or the name or constituency of your MP Seat vacant Click here if you cannot see the look-up. Data from Commons Votes Services. The last time Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement was put to Parliament in January, it was voted down by a margin of 230. In Tuesday’s vote, 39 Conservative MPs who had previously voted against Mrs May’s deal backed it. Related Topics Brexit Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Boeing a major lobbying player on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN)Boeing, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, also is one of the biggest players in the Washington influence game — spending millions to lobby Congress and the executive branch each year. Further cementing the company’s Capitol Hill ties, a former Boeing lobbyist now serves as staff director on the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The committee on Tuesday announced it would hold a hearing at a future date about aviation safety, following Sunday’s deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on a flight from Ethiopia to Kenya. John Keast, a former principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, lobbied the House and Senate last year on Boeing’s behalf, according to lobbying reports filed with the Senate. Boeing …

Family ‘desperate’ over missing Briton

“So this is unusual behaviour which gives us great concern for her safety. Please help us to find her.” Ms Shaw has been travelling since September and had previously visited Mexico and California. A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed it was supporting the family of a British woman and were “in contact with the local authorities as they search for her”. Skip Twitter post by @MissingAbroad Video appeal from the parents of Catherine Shaw, #missing in #SanPedro #Guatemala. Please RT especially if you are in the area. pic.twitter.com/fMMVnFjjLb — Lucie Blackman Trust (@MissingAbroad) March 9, 2019 In a video posted on Twitter by the trust, her mother urged her to get in touch, while her father added: “Your friends, your family …

US to withdraw remaining US diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, Pompeo says

(CNN)The US is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, citing the “deteriorating situation in Venezuela,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced late Monday. “Nicolas Maduro promised Venezuelans a better life in a socialist paradise. And he delivered on the socialism part, which has proved time and time again is a recipe for economic ruin,” he said from the State Department briefing room. “The paradise part? Not so much,” Pompeo remarked. Venezuela is struggling with an ongoing power outage, that has paralyzed most of the country. Rampant inflation and food scarcity have gripped Venezuela under Maduro, and thousands have fled to neighboring countries as shortages, political turmoil and crime rates have soared. Speaking in a televised …

What we know about the coaches, administrator accused of taking bribes in college admissions scandal

Joran Vavic (USC Athletics) According to the indictment, Vavic accepted bribes totaling more than $250,000 to designate two prospective students as recruits, thereby smoothing the path for their admission to USC. The university announced Tuesday afternoon that Vavic had been fired. Ali Khosroshahin: Khosroshahin was head coach of the USC women’s soccer team for seven seasons before he was fired following the 2013 season. He led the Trojans to the national championship in 2007, his first season on the job, and made the NCAA tournament in four of his seven seasons. According to his LinkedIn page, Khosroshahin is currently the owner of the amateur United Premier Soccer League’s Newport Futbol Club Laura Janke  (USC Athletics) The indictment alleges that the two …

Super PAC Backing Jeb Bush Fined $390,000 For Illegal Contribution From Chinese Firm

Jeb Bush’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been hit with a The combined fines are the largest ever imposed for campaign contributions by foreign nationals, said the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group. A The action is a “rare and remarkable step by the FEC, and a reminder that The Right to Rise super PAC solicited the contribution in 2016 from American Pacific International Capital, a California corporation owned by Chinese citizens, according to the CLC complaint. Bush’s brother Neil Bush was on the company board. The subject of the donations was The CLC filed an FEC complaint following a Corporations offer an easy cover for foreign actors to “influence elections, usually without detection,” CLC’s Brendan Fischer said. …

Maher compares Trump to Michael Jackson: Both could ‘shoot someone on Fifth Avenue’ and not lose fans

BILL MAHER DEFENDS ILHAN OMAR’S ISRAEL COMMENTS: ‘I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AS ANTI-SEMITIC’ “I’m glad you’re saying that,” Maher told former RNC chairman Michael Steele. “People should be scared.” Maher then explained that he had watched “Leaving Neverland,” which features two accusers’ claims that Jackson sexually abused them as children. Then Maher compared the alleged misdeeds of the King of Pop, who died in 2009, to those of the current president. “It struck me that there are two things that are very similar to Donald Trump,” Maher said. “One, Michael Jackson could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his fans wouldn’t leave him. And two, both of them commit crimes in the open. “It struck me …

John Oliver Hatches A Genius Plot To Ban Robocalls By Robocalling The FCC

“Everybody is annoyed by robocalls,” the HBO host said. “Hatred of them might be the only thing that everyone in America agrees on now.” nearly 50 billion robocalls a year, and the calls are responsible for There’s one agency with the power to curtail the calls and make it easier for Americans to opt out. Yet it hasn’t done it and that’s why Oliver’s special robocall program contains just five phone numbers.  See Oliver’s explanation of robocalls and why they’re so hard to block, as well as his FCC-dialing program in the clip above.

Can art help find these missing people?

She is one of 17 missing people whose portraits will feature in a new exhibition which opens next week. The show, entitled Unmissable, has been organised by the charity Missing People, which supports family and friends looking for their loved ones. Someone is reported missing in the UK every 90 seconds, according to the charity. ‘We would tell the boys ‘mum’s poorly” Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder after Georgina went missing but were later released with no further action. Since she was reported missing, investigators say they have responded to nearly 60 sightings of her. Image copyright Charming Baker Image caption Mohamed said Fatima was devoted to her family and always had a smile “After work I …

Rescued climber seriously ill in hospital

The men, from Nottinghamshire, were found following an extensive search involving police, HM Coastguard and mountain rescue teams. Major operation Brian Bathurst, deputy team leader for Glencoe Mountain Rescue said: “Both are hypothermic but one more so than the other. “One casualty who is worse off has been taken to the Belford Hospital in Fort William by helicopter. “The second casualty is walking wounded and is just being picked up. “It’s been quite a big rescue , it’s been a good effort by us and our neighbouring teams.” Image caption The men had been climbing at Stob Coire nan Lochan The risk of avalanche in Glencoe on Friday and Saturday was rated “considerable” by the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS), …

Details of Russian obstruction paint bleak picture for American held in Moscow

(CNN)As American security executive Paul Whelan enters his third month of detention in a Moscow prison with no end in sight, sources with knowledge of the situation paint a grim picture of Russia’s interference in US efforts to assist him. Whelan is not allowed any visits from friends or family, the sources say, and he hasn’t been given any of the more than 100 letters his family members have sent him. He has been able to send letters home, but the assumption is that they are being read by the Russian authorities. Also, Whelan is not allowed to discuss why he’s there or details of his case. The sources say US officials have complied with the rules so they don’t …

Thousands join bid to help boy beat cancer

Among those being swabbed was Worcester MP Robin Walker. Image caption Events are being held around Worcester to help find a match for Oscar It has been a Herculean effort by the city – six-thousand people is about 10% of the eligible population in Worcester, because you could only participate if you are older than 16 or younger than 55. A further event at Worcester University later this week will increase numbers further. It has not stopped under-16s participating. There was a small army of Year 10 and 11 pupils from the Blessed Edward Oldcorne school, aged 14 and 15, acting as marshals at today’s event or walking the city streets to publicise what was happening and rounding up more …

21 horses died at a single racetrack in the last 10 weeks. How did it happen?

(CNN)Debbie McAnally’s horse became the 21st to die this season at Santa Anita Park, euthanized after shattering her front leg on a training run. Trainers, owners, track officials, and animal activists are all baffled as to why the death toll is so high. A spokesman for the track, Mark Willman, believes the injuries are “multifaceted,” but that rain is the biggest factor. Why rain could be a factor Southern California has been having its wettest winter in almost a decade. Many people connected with Santa Anita Park believe that the rain is a factor in the horses’ deaths, but not all agree why. “The ground gets too soft,” says Jim Cassidy, president of the Thoroughbred Trainers Association. He says the …