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1  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Which counries would be classified as neither republics nor monarchies? on: November 04, 2016, 03:34:25 am
Countries which are dictatorships (e.g. North Korea), one-party states (e.g. Cuba), military juntas (Thailand?), or places subject to a general breakdown of governance (e.g. Somalia, Libya).
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FINAL ROUND: London or Ireland? on: October 20, 2016, 02:18:38 am
English-speaking world (not including the USA)

Racist against Jamaicans, Nigerians, South Africans, and various Pacific and Caribbean Islanders whos nations also speak English.
We've gone over this in multiple threads. I'm talking about native English speakers who speak fluent English in a country where English is the dominant language for the supermajority of the population.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English-speaking_world#/media/File:Countries_where_over_50%25_of_the_population_are_native_English_speakers.png

FWIW, you may note that Jamaica is in that category on that map you link to.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is the biggest city you've never heard of? (EU Edition) on: October 07, 2016, 02:23:35 am
#79 Bydgoszcz
#80 Wuppertal
#99 Timișoara

...were the three I didn't know.

I didn't recognise Szczecin (#71) under it's Polish name, but was aware of it as Stettin.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: October 06, 2016, 01:18:24 am
Sixth Security Council Straw Poll Results (6 October)
Encourage  Discourage  No Opinion   P5 'Vetoes'
António Guterres13 (+1)0 (-2)2 (+1)0
Miroslav Lajčák7 (-1)6 (-1)2 (+2)2
Vuk Jeremić7 (-1)6 (-)2 (+1)3
Irina Bokova7 (+1)7 (-)1 (-1)2
Helen Clark6 (-)8 (-1)1 (+1)3
Susana Malcorra   5 (-2)7 (-)3 (+2)1
Kristalina Georgieva  5 8 2 2
Danilo Türk5 (-2)8 (+1)2 (+1)4
Srgjan Kerim5 (-1)9 (-)1 (+1)3
Natalia Gherman3 (-)11 (-)1 (-)3


The Security Council will vote on a formal nomination of Guterres this morning, sending the matter for a vote to the General Assembly.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: What is the biggest city you've never heard of? on: October 03, 2016, 07:13:07 am
#41 Virginia Beech

And after skimming it's Wikipedia page, I'm reasonably sure I'll have forgotten about it in a few weeks.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: September 29, 2016, 08:03:15 am
Quote from: The Guardian
... There is no mechanism for a country to withdraw a candidacy, and Bokova has been quoted in the Bulgarian press as saying she has no plans to quit, so both Bulgarian candidates may run in the next security council ballot, on 5 October.

....

However, it is not certain that the Russians would accept Georgieva, who is also the vice-president of the European commission, which has been enforcing sanctions on Russia for the annexation of Crimea and intervention in eastern Ukraine. There was an angry backlash from the Kremlin when Angela Merkel lobbied Vladimir Putin in Georgieva’s favour during the G20 summit in China.

The French government was also irritated by Merkel’s attempt to influence the contest, and has strongly supported Guterres. Georgieva, a former World Bank economist, would not be assured of Paris’s support. The UK has also been lukewarm about her late run, fearing it would divert support from Guterres and thereby take pressure off Moscow to accept the Portuguese leader, who has wide support in the general assembly.
...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/bulgaria-withdraws-support-un-secretary-general-candidate-irina-bokova
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: September 27, 2016, 03:53:11 am
Fifth Security Council Straw Poll Results (26 September)
Encourage  Discourage  No Opinion
António Guterres12 (-)2 (-)1 (-)
Vuk Jeremić8 (-1)6 (+2)1 (-1)
Miroslav Lajčák8 (-2)7 (+3)0 (-1)
Susana Malcorra   7 (-)7 (-)1 (-)
Danilo Türk7 (-)7 (+1)1 (-1)
Irina Bokova6 (-1)7 (+2)2 (-1)
Helen Clark6 (-)9 (+2)0 (-2)
Srgjan Kerim6 (-2)9 (+2)0 (-)
Natalia Gherman3 (-)11 (-)1 (-)


The sixth straw poll is scheduled for next Wednesday, 5 October.


Quote from: Reuters
The next secret ballot is scheduled for Oct. 5, when the ballots cast by the five veto powers - the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia - will be a different color from the votes of the other 10 council members, though they remain anonymous.
 
This allows candidates to see if they could be facing a veto. While the Security Council would like to choose a candidate by consensus, technically nine votes in favor and no vetoes is all that is needed for a candidate to be recommended.

After Monday's vote, Guterres was the only candidate to obtain more than nine votes. The next ballot will reveal whether either of the two discourage votes he has received was cast by a veto power.

...

Bulgaria said earlier this month it would assess Bokova's candidacy after Monday's vote if she did not come first of second amid speculation the country might instead put forward EU commissioner Kristalina Georgieva for the job. There is no deadline for candidates to enter the race.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-election-idUSKCN11W1TX

8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: September 21, 2016, 05:59:16 am
Fourth Security Council Straw Poll Results (9 September)
Encourage  Discourage  No Opinion
António Guterres12 (+1)2 (-1)1 (-)
Miroslav Lajčák10 (+1)4 (-1)1 (-)
Vuk Jeremić9 (+2)4 (-1)2 (-1)
Srgjan Kerim8 (+2)7 (-)0 (-2)
Danilo Türk7 (+2)6 (-)2 (-2)
Irina Bokova7 (-)5 (-)3 (-)
Susana Malcorra7 (-)7 (-)1 (-)
Helen Clark6 (-)7 (-1)2 (+1)
Christiana Figueres  5 (+3)10 (-2)0 (-1)
Natalia Gherman3 (+1)11 (-1)1 (-)

Igor Lukšić withdrew after Round 2.
Christiana Figueres has also now withdrawn.

The fifth straw poll is scheduled for next Monday, 26 September.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What do I need to know about Australia? on: September 03, 2016, 02:23:59 pm
So, other than what you were told in this thread, what did you need to know about Australia?
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: August 06, 2016, 05:56:07 am
Second Security Council Straw Poll Results (5 August)
Encourage  Discourage  No Opinion
António Guterres11 (-1)2 (+2)2 (-1)
Vuk Jeremić8 (-1)4 (-1)3 (+2)
Susana Malcorra8 (+1)6 (+2)1 (-3)
Danilo Türk7 (-4)5 (+3)3 (+1)
Irina Bokova7 (-2)7 (+3)1 (-1)
Srgjan Kerim6 (-3)7 (+2)2 (+1)
Helen Clark6 (-2)8 (+3)1 (-1)
Christiana Figueres  5 (-)8 (+3)2 (-3)
Natalia Gherman3 (-1)10 (+6)2 (-5)
Miroslav Lajčák2 (-5)6 (+3)7 (+2)
Igor Lukšić2 (-1)9 (+2)4 (-1)

Vesna Pusić withdrew the day before the vote.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Where have you flown this year? on: August 01, 2016, 03:06:56 am
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Nations Secretary-General selection, 2016 on: July 23, 2016, 11:28:02 am
Quote from: New York Times
Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the first informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1 followed by Slovenia's former president Danilo Turk.

Two diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because the vote was secret, said three candidates had the same support for third place — Irina Bokova of Bulgaria who heads UNESCO, Serbia's former foreign minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian foreign minister Srgjan Kerim.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/21/world/ap-un-united-nations-next-secretary-general.html?_r=0


First Security Council Straw Poll Results
Encourage  Discourage  No Opinion
António Guterres1203
Danilo Türk1122
Irina Bokova942
Vuk Jeremić951
Srgjan Kerim951
Helen Clark852
Miroslav Lajčák735
Susana Malcorra744
Christiana Figueres  555
Natalia Gherman447
Igor Lukšić375
Vesna Pusić2112

13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If BRTD lived in Northern Ireland... on: July 07, 2016, 02:44:48 pm
There's also a liberal wing of the UUP (like Sylvia Hermon) but it's tough to see myself as a part of that today. Maybe like 20 years ago.

Sylvia Hermon abandoned the UUP years ago.

Feel free to point out any elected UUP politicians that might be reasonably described as 'liberal'.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: July 02, 2016, 03:40:40 am
Is anyone in Ireland talking about increased immigration from the EU if the UK limits its own immigration?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_Ireland#General_election_results
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: June 19, 2016, 04:24:37 am
Margin of error stuff for everybody, with hilarious increases for the two zombie parties, and no sign of a Howlin Gale for Labour.

Surely it's a Howlin Hurricane that's needed...
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: United Kingdom Referendum on European Union Membership on: June 15, 2016, 01:29:13 am
The Sun newspaper, Comes out for Brexit, it's quiet significant as they've always endorsed the winner since 1974

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1277920/we-urge-our-readers-to-believe-in-britain-and-vote-to-leave-the-eu-in-referendum-on-june-23/

The Sun in England & Wales may be for Brexit - but The Sun in Scotland and Northern Ireland didn't take the same line.



https://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2016/jun/14/the-suns-pro-brexit-campaigning-doesnt-cross-borders
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: What is your favorite board game? on: June 12, 2016, 05:54:51 am
There are a good number of shorter games that I like, though my "favorite" changes quite a bit, as I progressively get sick of games from playing them too much. 

This is pretty much also true for me.

Though I do keep coming back to Kingdom Builder, Dixit, and Ticket to Ride (Nordic) - and others in phases (Dominion, Hanabi, Scrabble).


Machi Koro might be my current favorite, if only because I haven't gotten sick of it yet.

I do like Machi Koro - mostly because Mrs Jas hasn't yet beaten me at it - much like (appallingly) I've not managed to beat her at Qwixx yet.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Reaction to a Trump nomination from the governments of US’s Western allies on: May 31, 2016, 02:45:44 pm
Quote from: Enda Kenny
... if Mr. Trump's comments are racist and dangerous, as they are, there is an alternative in who to vote for.

Irish Prime Minister speaking in parliament earlier today.

19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Northern Ireland Assembly 2016 on: May 25, 2016, 04:01:27 am
will UUP and SDLP jointly be the official opposition or is it just UUP because they're the bigger party?

By my reading of the Standing Orders, I would expect that they will collectively be the Official Opposition - though with recognised separate leaders of the opposition, per the legislation I cited a couple of posts above.

20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Northern Ireland Assembly 2016 on: May 25, 2016, 03:56:15 am
Presumably the UUP is trying to position itself to the right of DUP with refusing to join the coalition?

What's the SDLP's game though?


Fundamentally it's the same reason for both parties.
It's not about left-right politics.

Neither the UUP nor SDLP have been able to exercise any serious influence beyond their own Ministries - and even within their own Ministries have found themselves hindered in their potential actions by the larger coalition parties.

Going into opposiiton will allow both to present the electorate with an alternative to DUP-SF government; something they've been unable to do from within the Executive to date - without all that much loss in influence over the direction of government in NI, as that was really quite limited anyway.

21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Northern Ireland Assembly 2016 on: May 25, 2016, 03:49:48 am
I don't know whether there would be an "Official Opposition"; there technically isn't one in Scotland although the largest opposition party generally gets more questions at Question Time.  I'd imagine that both the UUP and the SDLP, and maybe also the Alliance, might be treated equally and get equal time in debates and the same number of questions in Question Time; although I'm pretty sure that no one really knows, the Assembly wasn't really designed to have an opposition and I'm pretty sure that they don't have any rules about there being one of significant size, like there is now.

There will be an official Opposition, per the Assembly and Executive Reform (Assembly Opposition) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

The Opposition can be formed by one or more qualifying parties in the Assembly. A qualifying party being one which has chosen not to hold a Ministerial office despite being entitled to do so under Assembly rules and has at least 8% of the members of the Assembly.
 
If one party chooses to form the Opposition then that party may nominate a Leader of the Non-Executive Party. Where the Opposition is formed by two or more qualifying parties - as will be the case now - then the nominating officer of the largest party must nominate a person to be the Leader of the Largest Non-Executive Party. The nominating office of the second largest party in this Opposition must nominate a person to be the Leader of the Second-Largest Non-Executive Party.

The Opposition is entitled to “enhanced speaking rights”; a minimum of 10 days per year set aside for Opposition business in the Assembly; the right to chair the Public Accounts Committee; representation on the Assembly’s Business Committee; and there's provision for something akin to Short Money for qualifying Opposition parties.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Northern Ireland Assembly 2016 on: May 25, 2016, 03:37:28 am
I'm hearing that UUP and SDLP won't sit with DUP because DUP backs the UK leaving the EU.

Nonsense.

That's neither an official nor real reason for the decision. It's a non-factor.

It would also be politically misguided; the unionist community strongly supports Brexit (69% Leave, 18% Remain per the latest poll).
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why doesn't Eurovision ever have "melodic indie post-punk scenecore" type music? on: May 17, 2016, 03:31:08 am
Btw, will they continue to take part as regulars now? I remember last year they said it was a one-time event for the 60th anniversary, but here they were this year again.

They'll require an invitation from the EBU and an invitation from the NTU.
The first is a near certainty, the second is probable - but may not be known for some time.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Why doesn't Eurovision ever have "melodic indie post-punk scenecore" type music? on: May 16, 2016, 02:23:09 am
Australia were head and shoulders above the rest of the field (and would have won based on the previous voting system).
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Northern Ireland Assembly 2016 on: May 06, 2016, 09:24:27 am
PBP top the poll and take the 1st seat in Belfast West; their first ever seat in the Assembly.

Eamonn McCann could yet take a second seat for them in Foyle.
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