President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, is facing serious opposition before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which may not have enough votes to recommend him for confirmation because all Democrats, and at least one Republican, have said they will oppose him. The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. But the rare rebuke expected from the panel Monday, even after Pompeo's recent visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, would be the first time in years that a nominee for the high-level Cabinet position did not receive a favorable committee vote. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the committee, blamed partisan politics for opposition to Pompeo, now the CIA director, saying Pompeo is just as qualified as past secretaries of state nominees Hillary Clinton or John Kerry, both of whom received overwhelming support. "We are in an era where somebody like this, who is qualified, unfortunately, is likely to be … [Read more...] about Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote on Pompeo confirmation amid rare opposition
The foreign affairs committee of the European Parliament will on Monday afternoon discuss recent developments in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The debate will begin around 5pm Cyprus time in Brussels and can be watched live on the European Parliament’s website. In February this year, Turkey sent naval ships to blockade Italian giant’s ENI’s drillship Saipem 12000 which was heading for block 3 of the island’s economic zone. The drillship was stalled for two weeks before eventually leaving for Morocco. In its 2018 Report on Turkey, published last week, the European Commission urged Turkey to avoid any kind of threat or action against a member state, or source of friction or actions that damage good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes. Turkey lays claim to parts of a number of drilling sites in Cyprus’ EEZ and the Turkish Cypriots lay claim to others. The Turkish side wants the hydrocarbons issue on the table at … [Read more...] about European Parliament committee to discuss Cyprus’ EEZ on Monday
With dwindling prospects of electoral victory in the 2019 European elections, the Party of European Socialists is looking for ways to dig their nails deep anywhere they still hold some power. At a time where Europe needs not only more accurate and adequate representation in the Eurocapital of Brussels, the Socialists are seeking to consolidate their power in one of the few places they have some left… The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) – the EU’s political assembly of local and regional representatives. As all institutions are looking to reform and readjust their internal procedures in order to simply better serve the citizens, and better reflect their democratic will, the PES in the CoR has sought to do just the opposite. The CoR structure is quite complex – as in all the EU bodies. In the CoR, just as in the European Parliament, there are certain minimum requirements for a Group to be formed (and reap the structural and financial benefits from … [Read more...] about Socialists last stand for power: The Committee of the Regions?
Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton has met with Cork students on the Yellow Flag Diversity committee.North Monastery Secondary School became the first post-primary school in the county to achieve Yellow Flag status. The yellow flag promotes interculturalism, equality and diversity in a school community.It is awarded to a school after a diversity committee successfully follows an eight-step programme including anti-racism training, work in the community and policy work.Minister Stanton said it was a great opportunity to meet the students and to discuss his role while also hearing their ideas.- Digital Desk … [Read more...] about Watch: Minister of State visits North Mon’s Yellow Flag diversity committee in Cork
Four Northampton streets will see an increase in houses of multiple occupation after the borough council's planning committee approved applications for the change use of existing homes. Four Northampton streets will see an increase in houses of multiple occupation after the borough council's planning committee approved applications for the change use of existing homes.A total of six applications were discussed by the committee, who rejected two of them.Victoria Road (Billing), Farmfield Court (Thorplands), Rothersthorpe Road (Far Cotton) and Henry Bird Way (Cotton End) properties were all given the green light.Residents and local councillors had raised concerns over high-capacity, lack of parking, anti-social behaviours, a lack of family homes, environmental degradation and criminal activity as reasons for objection.The four applications were recommended for approval by planning officers on the grounds they would not lead to an unacceptable concentration of HIMOs in the area, and … [Read more...] about Four HIMOs approved by Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee