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  • France’s Macron picks new PM after election rout

    first_img“Let’s be clear: I’m not here to seek the limelight. I’m here to get results,” Castex said in what was effectively his introduction to the general public during a prime-time interview on TF1.He said he would present his political road map next week, and a wider cabinet overhaul is expected in the coming days. Macron has promised a “new course” for France to deal with the crisis, which has plunged France into its worst recession since World War II and left millions of people facing unemployment.The former investment banker, who swept to power in 2017 on pledges to radically reform France, already has a wary eye on his 2022 re-election bid after months of protests and strikes that preceded the coronavirus outbreak. Speculation that Philippe was on the way out mounted this week after Macron’s centrists were routed in municipal elections last Sunday, which saw the Greens take control of several major cities.Philippe, a popular right-wing politician who never joined Macron’s Republic on the Move party, nonetheless easily won his bid to be mayor of Le Havre.His approval ratings have surged over his handling of the coronavirus crisis, while those of Macron, who has pursued ambitious economic reforms since coming to office in 2017, have fallen.While many analysts thought Macron would tack left or look farther afield for his new prime minister, Castex is a pure product of the French administrative elite, having attended the same ENA managerial university as Macron and Philippe.”We might have expected a political shift, but this is a technocrat,” Christian Jacob, head of the Republicans, told AFP, indicating that Castex would be cast out of the party.His nomination comes after Philippe has pushed through a series of Macron’s controversial overhauls that sparked massive strikes as well as the fierce “yellow vest” anti-government revolt.Sources close to Philippe told AFP on Friday that he would help Macron “consolidate” his majority in parliament, after an embarrassing series of defections in recent weeks by lawmakers unhappy with the president’s policies.Press reports had suggested that Macron might keep Philippe after all, not least after he praised his work as “remarkable” in an interview with regional newspapers published Thursday.Nonetheless, “we have to chart a new course” with “a new team,” Macron said.Other top ministers could also be on the way out, but analysts noted that Macron has a thin bench of potential replacements, not least because his young party has failed to produce any standouts from its parliamentary ranks.Under particular pressure is interior minister Christophe Castaner, who has been assailed by critics over the failure to contain the rioting and looting that marred the “yellow vest” protests of 2018-2019.More recently, Castaner has drawn the ire of police who say he has failed to support them against renewed claims of violence and racism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.Since the start of Macron’s presidency, a total of 17 ministers have quit the government, most recently Agnes Buzyn, who stepped down as health minister in a doomed bid to wrest the Paris mayor job from Socialist Anne Hidalgo.Topics : French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday tapped a senior but low-profile bureaucrat as prime minister to replace Edouard Philippe, the first move in a widely expected cabinet reshuffle after dismal local election showings for the ruling party.The new premier, Jean Castex, was drawn from the right-wing opposition to Macron’s centrist party, and was totally unknown to most in France until now.But Castex, a former top aide to ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, has been in charge of the country’s progressive emergence from the coronavirus lockdown, a policy greeted as a relative success by experts.last_img read more

  • Mikel Arteta blames the grass after Arsenal’s draw against Burnley

    first_img Comment Mikel Arteta blames the grass after Arsenal’s draw against Burnley Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Feb 2020 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Mikel Arteta says ‘conditions were difficult’ after Arsenal’s draw with Burnley (BPI/REX)Mikel Arteta has blamed the length of the grass at Turf Moor following Arsenal’s stalemate against Burnley on Sunday.The Gunners’ hopes of closing the gap on the top four were dealt another blow as they were held to a goalless draw by Sean Dyche’s side.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed two excellent opportunities to put Arsenal ahead, while Jay Rodriguez spurned a gilt-edged chance from close range in the second half.The result is Arsenal’s fourth in a row in the Premier League, while they remain 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the table.ADVERTISEMENT‘The conditions were difficult,’ Arteta said after the match. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed two excellent chances to put Arsenal ahead against Burnley (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘The grass was long, they didn’t put any water on it.‘Obviously, that’s not a very helpful thing to play football.’Asked if he expected Burnley to not water the pitch, Arteta replied: ‘Absolutely. I didn’t water the pitch yesterday in the training ground.center_img Mikel Arteta was unhappy with the length of the grass at Turf Moor (Getty Images)‘I was expecting it but that doesn’t make it easier to play.‘But it’s their game, they do really well what they do. It’s their strength, you are allowed to do it, you have to adapt.‘We adapted well in some moments and in some others it wasn’t the grass it was the quality.‘What they do they do really well and we could not cope with that in the right way.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

  • More buyers are descending on the South East from further afield

    first_img34 Intrepid Court, Newport“We’re seeing a lot of action (with) people looking to move from interstate at the moment,” Mr Siegfried said.“There’s definitely a large cohort of those Sydney and Melbourne buyers.“It seems to have accelerated in the last three to four months.”Mr Siegfried said he believed more value for money was attracting people to the region. According to the latest CoreLogic market trend figures, the median sale price for a house in the Newport area was $872,500. 34 Intrepid Court, NewportA QUAINT home at Newport that overlooks the canal has cracked the million-dollar mark.One Agency Redcliffe principal Stephan Siegfried sold the property at 34 Intrepid Court last week for $1.32 million.“We had a lot of interest in it,” Mr Siegfried said.“Good lowset homes in close proximity to water are really hard to find.”He said a couple from Queensland’s north who were keen to move to the area bought the 819sq m property. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020He had noticed more and more people coming from further afield to buy in the area over the past year.last_img read more

  • BW Offshore makes management changes. Gets Abo FPSO extension

    first_imgFPSO operator BW Offshore has made changes to its management team, including a new CEO and CFO, and won a contract extension for one of its FPSOs. Source: BW OffshoreBW Offshore said on Monday that all the changes within the executive management team were effective immediately.The company added that Marco Beenen assumed the position of BW Offshore’s CEO. He previously served as the chief operation officer (COO) of the company since 2016.Also, Ståle Andreassen was chosen to be the chief financial officer (CFO). He served as a senior vice president of finance of BW Offshore since 2008.Kei Ikeda replaced Beenen as the new COO of BW Offshore. He took on the position after working as the head of projects since 2016.BW also said that the former CEO and CFO of BW Offshore, Carl K. Arnet and Knut R. Sæthre respectively, assumed the positions of CEO and CFO of the company’s E&P subsidiary BW Energy with immediate effect.BW Offshore chairman, Andreas Sohmen-Pao, said: “The board and I thank Carl and Knut for their outstanding contributions as CEO and CFO of BW Offshore during their decade-long tenure. We look forward to their continued leadership at BW Energy during an exciting time of change.“We also congratulate Marco, Ståle, and Ikeda on their new appointments. We are confident they are the ideal candidates to lead BW Offshore into the next phase of growth.”BW Offshore announced some of the changes to its management team when it revealed its plans to spin off BW Energy as a separate Oslo-listed company back in March. In a separate statement, BW Offshore said that it had signed an extension agreement for its Abo FPSO with Nigerian Agip Exploration, a subsidiary of Italian giant Eni.The company added that the contract would last until the end of the fourth quarter of 2019, with options until the fourth quarter of 2020.To remind, the last extension of the deal for the Abo FPSO was signed in December 2018 and was set to expire on June 30, 2019.The Abo FPSO has a storage capacity of 930,000 barrels of oil and oil treatment capacity of up to 45,000 bopd, a water injection capacity of 30,000 bwpd, and a gas compression capacity of 48,4 mmscfd.The FPSO has been working on the Abo field offshore Nigeria with Agip since the beginning of production in 2003. The field is located in the OML 125 license some 40 kilometers off the Nigerian coast on the western edge of the Niger Delta, at a water depth of 550 m to 1,100 m.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit. Abo FPSO contract extensionlast_img read more

  • Heavy marijuana users who started young drive differently — even while not stoned, study says

    first_imgBoston Globe 14 January 2020Family First Comment: “People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer driving performance than those who abstain — even when they’re not high, according to a new study that underlines the risks of adolescent cannabis consumption.”People who started using marijuana heavily before they were 16 exhibit poorer driving performance than those who abstain — even when they’re not high, according to a new study that underlines the risks of adolescent cannabis consumption.The research, conducted by a team at McLean Hospital in Belmont and set to be published this month, is the first to find a link between marijuana use and diminished driving performance when the user isn’t actively stoned. Most previous studies have focused on the effects of acute impairment, testing how people drove shortly after consuming pot.The study of 45 subjects found heavy cannabis users using a driving simulator hit more pedestrians, missed more stop signs and red lights, drove faster, and left their lane more often than non-users, even after abstaining from the drug for at least 12 hours. But those differences became insignificant when researchers removed from the sample those who began using pot heavily before 16, suggesting the effect is almost entirely limited to that group. Heavy consumers who started later in life drove about as well as those who abstain.The McLean researchers, led by Drs. Mary Kathryn Dahlgren and Staci Gruber, cautioned their paper does not prove heavy, early users are functionally impaired behind the wheel on real-world roads. Instead, they said, the work echoes earlier findings by their lab that heavy marijuana use during critical stages of adolescent brain development is associated with poorer cognitive performance, including at some of the various mental tasks required to drive.“What we’re seeing is relatively poor performance in early users compared to our non-using controls, but not necessarily impairment,” Dahlgren said. “We don’t want to make any firm statements about causality.”A complex web of potentially confounding factors make it difficult to directly tie heavy marijuana use to impaired driving in the real world, the researchers said. One of the most significant is impulsivity, a trait that was generally stronger among the heavy cannabis users — though it’s unclear whether impulsivity helps cause heavy use or is a result of it (or both). Impulsivity on its own may also contribute to poor driving, and when controlled for in the McLean driving simulator study, erased most of the performance differences between all the heavier cannabis users and the non-users.READ MORE: https://www.bostonglobe.com/www/bostonglobe/com/2020/01/14/potdriving/KZHEacgsEnmIIS0OERy6zN/story.htmllast_img read more

  • Spicy Jalapeno-Shrimp Pasta

    first_imgFresh jalapeno peppers spice up this dish that pairs plump, juicy shrimp, garlic, and tomatoes, all tossed with perfectly cooked linguine.Ingridients:12 ounces fresh or frozen large shrimp in shells8 ounces dried linguine2 tablespoons olive oil1 – 2 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, finely chopped*2 cloves garlic, minced2 cups chopped tomatoes and/or cherry tomatoes, halved or quarteredFinely shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)Directions:1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Cook linguine following package directions.2. In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add jalapenos, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook and stir 1 minute. Add shrimp; Cook about 3 minutes more or until shrimp turn opaque. Stir in tomatoes; heat through.3. Drain linguine; toss with shrimp mixture. Top with Parmesan, if desired. Makes 4 servings.Note* Wear plastic gloves while preparing hot peppers; wash hands thoroughly.Better Homes and Gardens Recipes Share Sharing is caring! Food & DiningLifestyle Spicy Jalapeno-Shrimp Pasta by: – December 1, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share 50 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

  • ICF President tests positive for coronavirus

    first_img Perurena used to be an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, but departed at the end of December. He is one of many sports figures to test positive for COVID-19, joining Albertville 1992 Co-President Michel Barnier and Monaco’s Prince Albert II, who competed in the Winter Olympics in bobsleigh five times and is an IOC member. Read Also:IOC tells NOCs to expect decision on new dates for Tokyo Games Real Madrid’s former President Lorenzo Sanz became one of the thousands to die of the virus in Spain last week. Worldwide, there have been more than 605,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in the deaths of at least 27,600 people. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 74-year-old has been hospitalised in Madrid in his native Spain because of the virus according to ICF, and is one of more than 65,000 confirmed cases to come out of the country. More than 5,000 people in Spain have died as a result of contracting COVID-19 – only second in reported deaths to Italy. Perurena also sits as the President of the International World Games Association (IWGA), which are set to host its next World Games in Birmingham in the United States next year. The ICF is set to have a new President this year too as Perurena announced he was stepping down in the calendar year.Advertisement Loading… International Canoe Federation (ICF) President, José Perurena López, has tested positive for COVID-19. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way15 Action Heroes 25 Years Ago And Now10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

  • Russel Edward “Ed” Baker age, 75

    first_imgRussel Edward “Ed” Baker, age 75, of Brookville, Indiana died suddenly Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at his residence.Born July 8, 1942 in Indianapolis, Indiana he was the son of the late Russell & Bertha (Reed) Baker. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy. On November 30, 1963 he and the former Sandra Lee Turnbull were united in marriage, and she survives.Ed was retired from the former Ford/Visteon in Connersville, Indiana where he worked in Management for over 45 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Klemmes Corner, Fairfield Masonic Lodge #98 F. & A.M.; President of the Franklin County Cemetery Commission; as well as a founding Member of the Civil War Roundtable in Cambridge City. He was a man who cared very deeply for his family, and in his leisure time he enjoyed being outdoors hunting & fishing, and was a very interested in history and the Civil War. He had worked tirelessly as President of the Franklin County Cemetery Commission restoring and preserving the pioneer cemeteries of Franklin County.Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Sandy; one son & daughter-in-law, Edward “Lad” (Rhonda) Baker of Brookville; a daughter & son-in-law, Cassie (Tom) Baker-Creasman of Brookville, Indiana; two grandchildren, Brittany (Johnny) Burns, Joshua Kaylor; two great-grandchildren, Mason Kaylor, Madi Burns and baby Leo Burns on the way; a sister & brother-in-law, Carolyn (Bob) Coleman of Brookville, Indiana.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Yocum.Family & friends may visit from 2 until 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Metamora Church of God, 20124 U.S. Highway 52, Laurel. Rev. Ladona Webb, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, October 23, 2017, 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4025 Highland Center Road, Brookville; where friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the services at 11:00 A.M.. Burial with military Graveside Services by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion, and Masonic Memorial Services will then follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Klemmes Corner.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Cemetery Commission.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Baker family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

  • Price ends PASS slump with Path Valley feature win

    first_imgAfter an early-race battle for third with Garrett Bard, Price caught up with and passed leader John Walp and was untouchable from that point on in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event.  “I was so nervous the whole race,” Price said in victory lane. “Those cautions just killed me. I kept get­ting tight getting into three and four. I was running in too hard, but there were some laps I re­ally got it going . . . and it feels good.”  SPRING RUN, Pa. (Aug. 14) – Fleetwood teenager Landon Price found the antidote for a brief racing slump Friday night, capturing the 25-lap Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Path Valley Speedway. Price would have come into the night’s racing as a long shot. This was only his fourth Path Valley start, with a previous best of ninth, and ninth also was his best finish in his last six PASS events. His margin of victory was 2.571 seconds. A two-time winner last year in his first full season steering a RaceSaver car, the young chauffeur seemed headed in the wrong direction before Friday corrected that impression.center_img Once in front, Landon Price couldn’t be caught on the way to taking the Friday night Pennsylvania Sprint Series checkers at Pat Valley Speedway. By Frank Buhrman  Walp and Bard had a torrid duel for the runner-up spot, with Bard taking it by inches in a side-by-side finish. Jake Frye, who was part of top-five battling throughout the race, finished fourth ahead of late-charging Ryan Lynn. Feature results – 1. Landon Price; 2. Garrett Bard; 3. John Walp; 4. Jake Frye; 5. Ryan Lynn; 6. Larry McVay; 7. Cody Hackenberry; 8. Todd Lynn; 9. Ian Cumens; 10. Andrew Boyer; 11. Dome­nic Melair; 12. Kurt Knepper; 13. Kristina Pratt; 14. Kassidy Kreitz; 15. Josh Spicer; 16. Chris Kreider; 17. Kruz Kepner; 18. Donnie Hendershot; 19. Jim Kennedy.last_img read more

  • Victoria to host South Australia in Shield final

    first_imgVICTORIA will play South Australia in the Sheffield Shield final for the second consecutive summer after New South Wales fell seven runs short of victory in a tense finish to the last regular match of the competition in Perth.Chasing 403 to win and gain a place in the decider, the Blues were denied when Peter Nevill reverse-swept and was caught off Ashton Turner for 63.The six-run win was a fine way for Western Australia to farewell their retiring captain Adam Voges, although South Australia’s victory over Tasmania earlier in the day had ended any hopes the Warriors had of jumping from fifth on the table into the final. Instead, Western Australia had to settle for third on the table, with Victoria to host South Australia in the final in Alice Springs.The final morning began with New South Wales in a vulnerable position at 1 for 6, needing a further 396 in a day to secure a place in the final. But a 161-run second-wicket stand between Ed Cowan and Daniel Hughes was the perfect platform.Cowan fell for 80 when he was bowled by Cameron Green, but he finished on top of the Shield’s run tally for the regular portion of this season with 959 at 73.76.Hughes brought up his first century of the Shield season but was caught by Voges off Turner for 110, although further contributions were to come from the New South Wales middle order. Kurtis Patterson made 39 and captain Moises Henriques posted 66, but both men fell to the offspin of Turner and left Nevill marshalling the lower order for the remainder of the chase.The final partnership began when No.11 Harry Conway joined Nevill with 24 runs still required, although time was also a factor with the number of overs in the day starting to dwindle. Nevill and Conway put on 17, but the drama ended when Nevill reverse-swept on 63 and was caught off the bowling of Turner, who finished with a career-best 6 for 111.The Shield final will be played from Sunday.`last_img