NYC Mayor de Blasio Marching in St. Pat\'s Parade After Gay Rights Uproar
New York City\\\'s annual St. Patrick\\\'s Day Parade turns fashionable Fifth Avenue green on Thursday, and Mayor Bill de Blasio will end his two-year boycott over gay rights and march in the world\\\'s largest Irish heritage celebration.
After parade organizers agreed to allow a second lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to march under its own banner, de Blasio agreed to join the parade for the first time as mayor.The Lavender and Green Alliance, an Irish American LGBT organization, joins returning marchers Out@NBCUniversal, a small LGBT group and affiliate of the parade\\\'s television sponsor that first participated in 2015.
The 255th edition of New York City\\\'s parade is expected to draw more than 1 million spectators to watch 200,000 spirited marchers, including more than 100 bands. This year\\\'s event honors the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, which led to Ireland\\\'s independence.Former U.S. senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator George Mitchell agreed to lead the parade after being assured the gay rights dispute was resolved.
Months after he was elected, De Blasio in 2014 became the first mayor in more than 20 years to decline to march in the parade, which traditionally draws many politicians eager to win over the city\\\'s large Irish-Catholic population.Others have also declined invitations due to the gay rights dispute, which led two sponsors, Heineken and Guinness, to drop out. They returned last year after the parade invited the NBC group.
\\\"I\\\'ve known so personally, so well so many members of the LGBT community who are Irish; who simply wanted to express their pride,\\\" de Blasio said at a March 3 news conference. \\\"And they wanted to know that they could do that like any other person.\\\"Boston\\\'s parade had long been involved in a similar dispute but last year opened its ranks to gay marchers.\\\"It\\\'s a big change for us and change at any organization doesn\\\'t come easy and takes a long time,\\\" said John Lahey, a veteran parade organizer in his first year as board chairman, who is also president of Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
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Lahey said it was uncertain whether more LGBT groups will be allowed in the future. He cited pressure to limit the size of the procession, which can last six hours. The Brehon Law Society, an Irish American lawyers group that previously boycotted in support of gay rights, is the parade\\\'s only other new addition.
Trump Praises Sanders But May Struggle To Win Over His Voters
As Donald Trump moves closer to clinching the Republican presidential nomination, he has offered lavish praise for Bernie Sanders, who faces increasingly slim chances in his battle with Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race.Trump has begun calling for Sanders to run as an independent if he does not win the Democratic nomination and said he may borrow talking points from Sanders’ speeches criticizing Clinton to use in a possible matchup with the former secretary of state in the Nov. 8 general election.“He said some things about her that were so incredible – incredible – and so incredibly bad,” Trump said on Tuesday after sweeping five Northeastern primaries, adding Sanders had “been telling the truth.”
Yet data and interviews with Sanders supporters suggest that winning over large numbers of them may be difficult for the New York billionaire businessman.Even though Trump, 69, and Sanders, 74, a U.S. senator from Vermont, emphasize some common themes such as criticism of Wall Street and international trade agreements, there is only limited crossover appeal between the two candidates, according to Reuters/Ipsos data.
Among voters who back Trump, just 12 percent said Sanders would be their second choice if Trump were not in the race, only slightly higher than the 7 percent who said Clinton would be their next pick.Sanders supporters were even less willing than Trump backers to consider crossing over. Just 8 percent of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Trump as their second choice, roughly the same as the portion of voters who listed Trump’s Republican rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich as their second choice.
Sanders supporter Joseph Hayes, 37, of Oregon, still has hope for his candidate. But if it comes down to Trump or Clinton, Hayes said it was an easy, if unpleasant, choice.“I would have to vote for Hillary. Reluctantly so, but I would,” he said.People who outwardly back both Sanders and Trump are even more of a rarity. Donor rolls show just over two dozen voters willing to support both Trump and Sanders financially.“I think Bernie Sanders is too poor to be bought, and I think Donald Trump is too rich to be bought by special interests,” said Royce Gourley, a real estate investor, who gave $2,500 to Sanders and $2,700 to Trump, Federal Election Commission filings show.
But Trump could find an opening as both he and Sanders have gained strong followings among voters looking for an outsider candidate who will shake up the Washington establishment.
Both have made significant inroads among laborers and union members who support their opposition to U.S. trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics say threaten U.S. jobs.But the two are far apart on many issues, especially immigration. Trump has proposed building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims seeking to enter the country.
Sanders has called such proposals “crap” and often criticizes what he calls “inhumane” deportation programs.For Sanders supporters like Dave Berry, 62, of Tacoma, Washington, the wooing may pay off as voters weigh the decision to stick with their party or stir things up in Washington.“I will probably put a check in Trump’s column (in the general election),” Berry said of a possible Trump-Clinton general election contest.
He said he did not think the former reality TV star could win, but felt good about making Clinton uneasy about her prospects of securing an easy win.One risk for Clinton is Sanders voters who may sit out the election or choose a third-party candidate if their favorite is not on the ballot.Valerie Benson, 80, of Cleveland, said that if it came down to Trump against Clinton, “I don’t know that I would vote for anybody then.”
Parties struggle with candidate lists for Assembly polls
Thiruvananthapuram: Even a fortnight after the dates of Kerala assembly elections were notified, neither traditional rivals, LDF and UDF, nor BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have finalised their list of candidates to the 140-member House.While the United Democratic Front (UDF), led by Congress, has always been sluggish in announcing its candidates due to inter-party and intra-party party squabbles over seat allocations, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) tends to act with dispatch.The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and other LDF constituents have had three rounds of talks so far, but have not been able to decide the candidates.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), hoping this time to open its account in the Kerala assembly, last Sunday surprised many by releasing the first list of 22 candidates, but then got bogged down.
On Friday, the national leadership of the BJP was unhappy with the state leaders, who were in New Delhi to finalise the seat sharing within NDA, for going public with the list.State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran has sent a \\\'jumbo list\\\' of about 400 probables for 82 seats to its national leadership and now the election committee will do the pruning in the coming week.
This committee has Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former defence minister A.K. Antony, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala and Sudheeran.\\\"Things would be settled in the coming week,\\\" said Sudheeran.In the LDF, issues have surfaced within the CPI-M, which is a bit surprising.The accepted norm is that the list of candidates is sent from the 14 district committee\\\'s of the CPI-M to the state committee and is given the nod quickly.
It has not happened this time with district committees struggling to finalise their own lists.Angry scenes were witnessed, for instance, on Friday at the Alappuzha district committee meeting with leaders unable to arrive at a consensus on some seats.The LDF, however, is meeting later on Saturday and is expected to finalise and distribute the seats among its constituents.\\\"This time four new \\\'parties\\\' have crossed over to the LDF. So distribution of seats is taking a bit longer, but everything will be resolved soon,\\\" said a top LDF leader who did not wish to be identified.In the BJP, issues have surfaced over seat sharing with its new ally Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the party recently founded by Vellapally Natesan, a Hindu Ezhava leader and general secretary of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SNDP) Yogam.
IMF Chief Ramps Up Call For Global Action As Growth Risks Increase
The global economy’s already modest prospects will decline further unless authorities take stronger action to boost growth, the head of the IMF warned on Tuesday, saying the Fund would cut its headline forecasts next week.Christine Lagarde said China’s shift to an economic model based more on domestic demand, stubbornly low commodity prices and tighter funding conditions in some countries had all clouded the outlook.
“Let me be clear: we are on alert, not alarm. There has been a loss of growth momentum,” the International Monetary Fund’s managing director said in a speech at Frankfurt’s Goethe University.The recovery from the 2007-2009 global financial crisis “remains too slow, too fragile and risks to its durability are increasing.”
But if policymakers confronted the challenges and acted together, “the positive effects on global confidence — and the global economy — will be substantial.”Lagarde advised the United States to raise its minimum wage, Europe to improve job training and emerging economies to cut fuel subsidies and boost social spending.
She gave her strongest hint yet that the IMF will cut its global economic forecasts next week.“The global outlook has weakened further over the last six months so you can (deduce) from that there will be a slight revision (in the IMF estimates),” Lagarde said.
Lagarde’s remarks come less than two weeks before ministers, central bankers and other policymakers from the Fund’s 188 member countries gather in Washington to assess the health of the world economy at the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings.While the U.S. recovery has been gaining momentum and some emerging markets including as Mexico have performed well, the IMF views Europe and Japan as major disappointments, while China’s slowing growth has hurt oil and commodity exporting countries, including Brazil and Russia.
To counteract the headwinds, Lagarde called for accelerated structural reforms, increased fiscal support and continued accommodative monetary policy.She urged improved tax incentives for research and development investments, citing IMF data showing that a 40 percent increase in R&D spending in advanced economies could yield a 5 percent increase in GDP over 20 years.
Asked about negotiations between the IMF, European lenders and Greece for a new bailout program for the heavily indebted country, Lagarde told Bloomberg TV the Fund continued to negotiate “in good faith”.After Internet site Wikileaks published an apparent transcript of an IMF conference call, Lagarde denied that IMF staff might threaten to pull out of the bailout as a negotiating tactic to force more European debt relief for Greece.
Introducing Lagarde’s speech, Jens Weidmann, who sits on the European Central Bank’s decision-making body and heads Germany’s Bundesbank, said the IMF was “an essential component” in any euro zone rescue program.Among other sources of uncertainty facing the global economy, Lagarde listed Britain’s debate over remaining in the European Union.
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