Timid centrist Emmanuel Macron is unlikely to fix a failing France

Friday 3 March 2017 6:30 am Tom Welsh More seriously, those cheering his rise in the polls against both divisive Marine Le Pen and compromised conservative Francois Fillon should examine whether his policy platform is in any way sufficient to reboot France’s troubled economy.Read more: Is Emmanuel Macron going to be the next French President?Many of the policies set out in his manifesto yesterday are superficially appealing, much like the man. He wants to sell down government stakes in French companies (but only in those firms where the French state does not hold a majority). He will cut corporation tax from 33.3 per cent to 25 per cent (in the UK it’s coming down to just 17 per cent). He intends to smooth out the vast differences between hugely generous public sector pensions and private sector ones (while keeping the pension age at a logic-defying 62). He will cut some state spending, and lay off some bureaucrats, while retaining the ridiculous 35 hour week.All of the above would be a reasonable programme for a country in good health, looking to marginally increase its competitiveness. France is not that. For all its politicians’ hatred of “Anglo-Saxon capitalism”, the country has struggled to grow by more than 1 per cent a year since the financial crisis. Unemployment is hovering around 10 per cent. Report after report predicts that France will sink down the list of the world’s top economies, the victim of savage relative underperformance versus its peers.Read more: Europe must reinvent itself or markets will tear it apartLe Pen’s hard left economic policies would obviously be even worse, but the real risk is that a President Macron (with what leading French liberal Gaspard Koenig describes as “a timid set of proposals”) would be yet another terrible disappointment for France, which increasingly looks unreformable. If Macron, with his interventionism, and his aversion to free market “shock therapy” and “British-style reforms from the eighties”, is unable to deliver on his promise to transform his country, in the next elections in 2022 Le Pen will be less an outside chance and more a sure bet for the presidency. whatsapp Napoleon is said to have preferred lucky generals to clever ones.If true, Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate in this year’s French presidential election, would have found an eminent position in the great man’s army. 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Inupiaq playwright uses Jungian psychology, tradition and humor to tackle heavy topics

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Juneau | KRNN | KXLLInupiaq playwright uses Jungian psychology, tradition and humor to tackle heavy topicsJanuary 25, 2018 by Scott Burton, KTOO Share:Joker (Alec Shamas) unfurls his wings and reveals his power. Costuming for the production is by E.B. Brooks. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The world premiere of “William, Inc.” is tonight at Perseverance Theatre. The dramatic comedy focuses on the life of an over-worked Alaska Native substance abuse counselor.The title character, William, creates a Native corporation in his head to help cope with the stress of his job, a failing marriage and his own substance abuse.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/01/william_inc_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The corporation’s board members include archetypes — or typical examples of certain types of people — like Shadow (James Sullivan), Joker (Alec Shamas, Chickasaw) and Traditional Woman (Erin Tripp, Tlingit). Joker and Shadow have a knack for appearing at what seem to be the most inopportune times.William (Frank Kaash Katasse) answers a call from two members of a Native corporation that he formed in his head during “William, Inc.” a new play by Lucas Rowley. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Joker (Alec Shamas) flirts with Traditional Woman (Erin Tripp), as they discuss strategy. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Shadow (James Sullivan) talks about his power during a board meeting. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)William (Frank Kaash Katasse) watches as Joker (Alec Shamas) reacts during a board meeting. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Walter (Brian Westcott) and Lawrence (Alec Shamas) share a drink. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Traditional Woman (Erin Tripp) and Shadow (James Sullivan) weigh in with William (Frank Kaash Katasse), an Alaska Native substance abuse counselor who created a Native Corporation in his head to deal with his stress. The new play by Lucas Rowley opens at Perseverance on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)123456 read more

DeSimone defense witness demonstrates revolver action in courtroom

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | SoutheastDeSimone defense witness demonstrates revolver action in courtroomMay 4, 2018 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Chad Kendrick demonstrates the use of .45 single-action revolver Thursday, in Juneau Superior Court. Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige, left, and Assistant Public Defender Deborah Macaulay watch in the foreground. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)It’s something that’s rarely seen: Someone pulls the trigger on a fully functioning firearm in an Alaska courtroom.That’s what happened after the Mark DeSimone trial jury was sent home for the day Thursday.DeSimone is charged with the death of Tony Rosales at an Excursion Inlet cabin in May 2016.Witnesses testified Thursday in Juneau Superior Court about the Rosales autopsy and the condition of the gun used to kill him.After the jury went home and most spectators drifted away, Judge Philip Pallenberg held a short hearing to observe the dry fire of a firearm.DeSimone’s lawyer wants to demonstrate a single-action revolver for the jury. She plans to argue DeSimone fired unintentionally, twice.Court system guidelines discourage presenting firearms during court proceedings unless they’re completely disabled.However, a judge can make exceptions. Pallenberg wants to make sure such a demonstration was informative and safe.With the judge and attorneys sitting in the jury box to get a better view, local firearms dealer Chad Kendrick pulled out a .45 single-action revolver and kept it pointed at the floor.“Typically, you place this in a half-cocked position. It releases the cylinder so it can rotate,” Kendrick said. “I’m going to load it.”Kendrick loaded silicone dummy rounds.“This is full cocked at this point.”Kendrick then pulled the hammer all the way back and pulled the trigger. Six times in quick succession.The shortest interval between firings was 1.25 seconds.Prosecutor Amy Paige objected to repeating the demonstration for the jury because it appeared to duplicate previous testimony.Pallenberg said he’ll allow it.Earlier in the day, the jury heard testimony from Debra Gillis, a firearm and tool mark examiner, who tested the .41 single-action revolver used in the Excursion Inlet shooting and determined it “loaded and fired as designed.”She also tested the revolver’s trigger pull force and said it was 2 ½ to 3 pounds, slightly light for such a firearm.As for the recoil, she said “that’s a significant caliber and there would be a kick.”Medical Examiner Cristin Rolf reported on the location of the entry and exit wounds, and the stippling or gunpowder residue visible on the right side of Rosales’ head behind his ear, suggesting the revolver was fired at close range.The jury also saw graphic autopsy photos.Share this story:last_img read more

Juneau, cruise industry reach tentative agreement on passenger fees

first_imgBusiness | Economy | Juneau | Local Government | Southeast | TourismJuneau, cruise industry reach tentative agreement on passenger feesMarch 14, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:A pair of Panamax cruise ships docked in downtown Juneau on Aug. 30, 2017. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)The City and Borough of Juneau has reached an agreement with an industry group representing cruise companies over the way it spends money collected from cruise ship passengers.The tentative agreement brings an end to almost three years of litigation between Cruise Lines International Association Alaska and the city over how it spends passenger fees.CLIA Alaska filed a lawsuit against the city in 2016 citing $10 million spent constructing a park and seawalk downtown as a misuse of funds.Last December, a federal judge ruled the city could continue collecting passenger taxes, but the revenue should be spent in a way that serves the cruise ships.City Manager Rorie Watt said Thursday the agreement ends the debate and allows Juneau to continue using fees the same way it has in the past, but now with more input from CLIA Alaska. The city uses head taxes to provide infrastructure and services for the millions of visitors that visit Juneau each year.“The services that we’re going to continue to provide are bathrooms and visitor information and crossing guards and extra police foot patrol and the extra ambulance,” Watt said. “All those things that seem like normal activities to us.”The agreement with CLIA Alaska states the $8 in fees passengers currently pay will not increase for at least three years, and that both parties will meet annually to discuss proposed projects.CLIA Alaska President John Binkley said his organization is pleased with the outcome.“It certainly achieves our goals — certainty for how the passenger fees are going to be spent in the future — and it also continues to support important services for the guests and also for the community as well,” Binkley said.Although the city gets to keep collecting and spending its fees, the agreement also says it will pay $1.5 million to CLIA Alaska for legal fees.“I think people might look at that and try to divine, you know, who won,” Watt said. “I think we agree that nobody won and that even though the litigation took a long time and was hard on relationships, we were working on an important question to determine the legality of the expenditure of the fees.”According to Watt, the city will pay CLIA Alaska’s attorneys’ fees, and its own fees, with passenger fee revenue.The city spent about $800,000 total on its legal defense. Watt said about half of that has already been paid with those passenger fees.Per the agreement, CLIA Alaska will not object to the city using passenger fees to pay for planned improvements to Statter Harbor, where many cruise passengers depart on whale watching tours.Watt said the city has been in constant conversation with CLIA Alaska since the ruling in January. He said he and City Attorney Rob Palmer have kept the Juneau Assembly up to date with developments.On Monday, the Assembly directed Watt to move forward on accepting the agreement.The Assembly is expected to adopt the terms next week.Read the full memorandum of agreement below:Share this story:last_img read more

Expansion plan boosts Intu’s income

first_img Expansion plan boosts Intu’s income whatsapp Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBall SHOPPING centre landlord Intu yesterday unveiled a “significant increase” in rental income and earnings in the first half of the year, thanks to acquisitions in Spain and expansion in the UK.The owner of the Trafford Centre in Manchester and Lakeside in Essex recently bought the Puerto Venecia centre in Zaragoza and a site of land on the Costa del Sol near Malaga where it plans to construct a new shopping centre next year. In the UK, it is expanding five leisure and restaurant centres, with plans for a major extension to its Watford site this year. Net rental income increased by 9.6 per cent to £207.6m over the period, while the value of its property portfolio rose from £9bn to a record £9.5bn. Underlying earnings per share increased by six per cent to 6.8p, which the firm said reflected both the acquisitions and lower average finance costs. “We remain on track to return to a positive like-for-like rental performance for the full year and are well positioned to deliver a more meaningful uplift in 2016,” said chief executive David Fischel. Thursday 30 July 2015 8:55 pm Sharecenter_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Laois winners in the National Tidy Towns competition announced

first_img Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Previous article260 people presented as homeless in Laois so far this yearNext articleIn Pictures: Portlaoise claim U-16 Laois camogie title Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. A total of four Laois towns and villages were named in the national Tidy Towns competition today.In the Laois county awards, Abbeyleix claimed first, while  Castletown came second and Ballacolla third.This means that Abbeyleix retained the gold medal for the fourth year in a row, while Portlaoise retained their silver medal.Endeavour awardMountmellick Tidy Towns also received the Endeavour award in Laois for the biggest improvement from the previous year.Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council John King called for a ‘bualadh bos’ for each of the areas in the latest Laois County Council meeting today. Council WhatsApp Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest By Siun Lennon – 24th September 2018 Laois winners in the National Tidy Towns competition announced Home News Community Laois winners in the National Tidy Towns competition announced NewsCommunity Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Cllr Willie Aird also acknowledged the late cllr Jerry Lodge, who he says would have been delighted, given his strong involvement with Portlaoise Tidy Towns.The national winners were:Ireland’s Tidiest Town 2018 – Listowel, Co Kerry.Ireland’s Tidiest Village – Glaslough, Co Monaghan.Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town – Listowel, Co Kerry.Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town – Westport, Co Mayo.Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre – Ballincollig, Co Cork. Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community SEE ALSO – BREAKING: Laois County Council gives Gemma O’Doherty first Presidential nomination Pinterest TAGSAbbeyleix Tidy TownsCastletown Tidy TownsNational Tidy Towns CompetitionPortlaoise Tidy TownsTidy Towns last_img read more

JCS Chief in Pyongtaek for Pre-Summit Inspection

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Jung Seung Jo visited ROK Navy 2nd Fleet Command in Pyongtaek today to check maritime operational readiness in advance of the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit, which opens in Seoul on March 26th. Commenting that “North Korea is able to provoke us anytime,” Gen. Jung told fleet commander Lee Ki Shik and other officers that in the case of a provocation, “We need to take it as the best opportunity to punish them right there and then.”He underscored, “As it thaws, the enemy can be expected to step up its maritime activities, and therefore we must be active in our surveillance and maintain our alert status. If the enemy provokes then we must make them regret it by punishing them quickly and accurately.”During the visit, Gen. Jung also spent time in the ‘West Sea Defense Hall,’ which opened last year in memory of the soldiers who died during the Battle of Yeonpyeong and Cheonan sinking. AvatarPark Seong Guk Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Facebook Twitter By Park Seong Guk – 2012.03.12 3:33pm SHAREcenter_img JCS Chief in Pyongtaek for Pre-Summit Inspection News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Celebrate Country’s Achievements

first_imgRelatedJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Country’s Achievements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail For the country to remain a high achiever, Jamaicans must be unique in values and attitudes that others will envy, University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer, Barbara Foster, has suggested.“As persons who believe in Jamaica, we have work to do to ensure that this Jamaica, land we love, remains our pride. If we believe in Jamaica and its future, we must protect our cultural heritage from the effects of neglect,” she said.She was delivering the main address at the Independence Flag Raising Ceremony, at Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth, on Independence Day, Thursday (August 6).“We must share with the youth of this country the significance of our monuments, forts, historic districts, churches and lighthouses, so that they will protect them,” Ms. Foster insisted.She said that Jamaica’s universities, success in sports at the regional and international levels and its 47 years of maintaining a stable democratic process were no mean achievements.“This Independence Flag Raising Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate another milestone in our history. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on our history and achievement,” she said.The university lecturer added that, as persons reflect and celebrate, they should examine the activities and challenges which need to be improved, set new goals and apply strategies to make a future that Jamaicans can be proud of.“Let us set goals to return families to a place where there is a sense of belonging, tradition, love, community spirit and good human relation. Let us set goals to mentor at least one young person in your neighbourhood, to demonstrate values and attitudes in their speech, dress code and overall conduct,” she urged the audience. RelatedJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Country’s Achievements Jamaicans Urged to Celebrate Country’s Achievements Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 7, 2009center_img Advertisements RelatedJamaicans Urged to Celebrate Country’s Achievementslast_img read more

Tele2 buys TDC Sweden for $352M to boost B2B play

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 JUN 2016 Related Tele2 is buying TDC Sweden in a move intended to bolster its business-to-business propositions in its home market.“The acquisition of TDC Sweden is consistent with our strategy to be champions of customer value for both consumers and businesses. This deal is a unique opportunity for Tele2 to build scale and expand its range of services in the B2B market, it is hugely complementary to our existing Swedish business, and it allows us to meet the global trend of large B2B customers demanding a wider range of communication and network services,” said Allison Kirkby, president and CEO of the acquirer, Sweden’s fourth largest mobile operator.TDC Sweden is said to have “a strong position in attractive product segments”, with EBITDA of SEK402 million ($48.9 million) on net sales of SEK3.4 billion in 2015. The deal gives an enterprise value for the business of SEK2.9 billion ($352 million).TDC said the disposal follows a strategic review which found “Tele2 is a better long term owner of TDC Sweden and the price obtained is higher than the value of continued TDC ownership”. It expects to record a DKK800 million ($122 million) gain after tax once the deal goes through.“Tele2 has traditionally been strong in mobile telephony and fixed telephony while TDC Sweden is further ahead in network as a service, unified communications and hardware. The unique complementary profiles of the two companies will enable us to provide our customers with even greater value going forward,” claimed Samuel Skott, EVP and CEO of Tele2 Sweden.The transaction is subject to regulatory approval. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.Rights issueIn conjunction with the deal, Tele2 is planning an equity issue to existing shareholders to raise around SEK3 billion. However, it also said that the Swedish buy is not conditional on the extra financing, as it has funds and credit facilities in place to provide finance.The rights issue, it said, is to “maintain the company’s financial strength”. It is supported by Kinnevik, the largest shareholder of Tele2. Previous ArticleFCC’s Wheeler names 5G as “national priority” for USNext ArticleTelia inks €479M Yoigo sale to Masmovil Tele2 set for exec team shake-up Author SwedenTDCTele2 Steve Costello Home Tele2 buys TDC Sweden for $352M to boost B2B play Tags Tele2 eyes converged boost with Com Hem rebrand Tele2 looks to a post-pandemic world Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more last_img read more

Tick-tock on the Ryder Cup clock

first_imgJim Furyk is officially on the clock. All of those vague, circumspect answers he’s given in recent months about the U.S. Ryder Cup team – you know the lines: it’s still early; there’s a lot of golf to play; we’ll see in a few months – now give way to a quickly approaching deadline. The eight automatic qualifiers will be set in 2 ½ short weeks, after the PGA Championship, a narrow window that makes at least half of Furyk’s team essentially locks. From Brooks Koepka, No. 1 on the U.S. points, to Jordan Spieth, No. 6, there are few, if any, scenarios that could keep that half dozen from qualifying for this year’s matches, even with next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (which is worth 1 ½ points for every $1,000 earned) and the PGA (2 points per $1,000) looming. That essentially leaves the final two automatic qualifiers, currently held by Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson, up for grabs. To give an idea of how thin the margins are between the Ryder Cup haves and have nots, Simpson overtook Bryson DeChambeau for the last spot when he tied for 12th at Carnoustie. DeChambeau tied for 51st in Scotland. But as the American team comes into focus that doesn’t mean Furyk’s job is done. In fact, some would say the toughest aspect of any captaincy comes after the top eight are set. Furyk will round out his team with four picks at various times over the next month and if he had a general idea of what direction he might be heading before The Open that blueprint will probably be nip/tucked over the next few weeks. Current U.S. Ryder Cup points standings Of particular interest will be the play of Tiger Woods through the PGA and into the FedExCup playoffs. Woods moved to 20th on the points list, up from 31st, with his tie for sixth at The Open and seems bound for a duel role in Paris as both vice captain and player; although, Furyk still isn’t ready to sign off on what many believe is inevitable. “I’m going to handle him the way I do everyone else,” Furyk told the Associated Press this week. “I’ll ask my top eight guys. The way he’s playing, he might be one of them. I’ll ask the vice captains, collectively, and I think we’ll do the best we can to round out the team. We want the guys playing the best.” Depending on what transpires over the next two weeks, it’s a safe bet that Phil Mickelson, currently No. 10 on the points list, and Matt Kuchar, No. 12, are on the short list of potential picks. Both players bring a wealth of experience to a team that’s trending young. That would, in theory, leave two captain’s picks for Furyk. If Woods doesn’t qualify, the 14-time major champion seems to be an obvious choice as a pick. That would leave just a single spot for any number of a half-dozen players. Although Furyk doesn’t give much away, a recent scouting trip to Le Golf National, site of this year’s matches outside of Paris, may provide some insight into what the captain is thinking. Furyk said Tony Finau played the course during the scouting trip with primarily a 3-iron off the tee and that Justin Thomas, who is assured a spot on the team at fourth on the list, hit just a handful of drivers when he played the French Open on the course earlier this month. Furyk’s bench is deep with bombers, from Koepka to No. 2 Dustin Johnson and No. 5 Bubba Watson. By all accounts, Le Golf National will require a more measured approach, which could prompt the captain to add some competitive diversity to his line up. Kevin Kisner, who finished second at The Open and is finding his form at the perfect time, could be a good fit, as could Brian Harman, another fairways-and-greens type whose reputation as a fierce competitor would fit in well with Furyk’s no-nonsense approach. Kisner and Harman rank 13th and 15th on the U.S. points, respectively. Given his play at Carnoustie, Furyk will also give Xander Schauffele (No. 11), the reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year who also finished runner-up last week in Scotland, a close look; and Zach Johnson (No. 18), a veteran on five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, would be a popular addition to the team room. “We had a lot of guys in pretty good form,” Furyk told the AP. “Flip over to Tiger, you look at him because he’s Tiger, and he’s earned a lot of attention. … I loved seeing him play well. I loved seeing him jump to 20th. It’s fun to watch. But we’ll handle him like everyone else.” Furyk was always going to be one of the more measured modern captains – it’s what made him such an easy choice to lead this year’s team – and his reluctance to jump too far ahead is understandable, but as the U.S. Ryder Cup team comes into focus over the next few weeks the American skipper can feel the crunch of time.last_img read more