Probe into Vegas event attended by Emmanuel Macron

first_imgAn aide to Macron told AFP that the investigation would look into Business France, the unit within the ministry that organized the event.“It’s in no way a story about Macron,” he said.The revelations came hours after François Fillon, the conservative candidate in the election, was placed under formal investigation for the alleged misuse of taxpayer’s money. Also On POLITICO François Fillon placed under formal investigation: reports By Cynthia Kroet French prosecutors on Tuesday opened an investigation into alleged favoritism at an event in Las Vegas at which Emmanuel Macron was a speaker, local media reported.The event took place at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and was organized by a unit within the economy ministry. Macron was economy minister at the time before quitting the government and launching a presidential bid.The Paris prosecutor’s office said irregularities were discovered in the way the event was organized, with public relations firm Havas being given the contract without a call to tender.last_img read more

Merkel ally pulls ahead in CDU leadership race: poll

first_imgGerman conservative leadership candidate Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a close ally of Angela Merkel, is the favorite to succeed the German chancellor as head of the Christian Democrats, according to a new poll.A survey by broadcaster ZDF published Friday found that 38 percent of CDU voters are in favor of Kramp-Karrenbauer, currently the party’s secretary-general, taking over the party leadership — an increase of 3 percentage points since the last poll two weeks ago.That puts her ahead of fellow challenger Friedrich Merz, who received 29 percent support — a drop of 4 percentage points — and Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is polling at 6 percent. Some 12 percent of respondents said they “don’t care.” Survey respondents who support the CDU also found Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the most “credible” and “sympathetic,” and polled highest in the category “represents the interests of the everyday citizen.”Merkel announced in October she would stand down as CDU leader, after the party suffered heavy losses in a regional election in the state of Hesse. She has said she plans to remain chancellor until 2021, but will not run for the CDU leadership post at a party convention in December.Kramp-Karrenbauer is seen as the continuity candidate and someone who is likely to keep the CDU on a centrist course. Spahn and Merz, who is a former leader of the conservative bloc in the Bundestag, are seen as leaning more to the right.Some 1,000 delegates will make the final decision at a party congress on December 7.last_img read more

Trump denounces ‘horrible massacre’ in New Zealand

first_img Also On POLITICO Juncker: Europe stands with New Zealand after mosque shootings By Ian Geoghegan U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday offered his “warmest sympathies” to the people of New Zealand after a gunman killed at least 49 people in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.New Zealand police say that a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder for the attacks, during which a shooter opened fire on two mosques full of worshippers at Friday prayer, killing 49 and injuring 48. They said that two more have been arrested in connection with what they called an “unprecedented” attack, and that they had defused explosive devices in a car.In a tweet, President Donald Trump mourned the shootings as a senseless loss of life and offered support to New Zealand. “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” he wrote. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said in a statement that “the United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch,” adding that “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”The Associated Press reported that a man claiming responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto explaining his reasoning for the attack, saying that he is an Australian and a white supremacist.Police have not confirmed whether the manifesto belonged to the shooter but Australia’s prime minister has said an Australian citizen has been detained in connection with the shooting.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the mass shooting “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence” and said that the attacks are “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”She also hinted at an anti-immigrant motive, saying in a news conference that the culprits likely hold “extremist views,” that they “have absolutely no place in New Zealand” and that many of the victims may have been migrants or refugees.last_img read more

Senate might ‘bail’ on health care bill

first_imgby Morgan True is external) After gathering testimony from dozens of witnesses and spending hours crafting a bill in several committees starting in January, the Legislature’s primary piece of health care legislation this session is likely going nowhere. The bill, S252, went before a committee of conference between the two chambers on Tuesday. Senator Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, told the other members of the committee that the timeframe for adjournment, which is expected to be Saturday, would not allow for the Senate and House versions to be reconciled.Sen. Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, is chair of the Senate Committee on Finance. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerRep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, confirmed that to get the bill passed by Saturday, the conference committee would have to complete its work Tuesday.“We can’t dedicate the time to digest the differences (between the two versions) in one day, let alone reach agreement, so maybe we should just bail,” said Ashe, chair of the Senate Finance Committee.Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, chairman of the House Health Care Committee, hears testimony at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDiggerFisher, chair of the House Health Care Committee, said the schedule for adjournment — which Ashe referred to as a “false construct” — is set by legislative leadership and out of the conference committee’s control. He urged Ashe and other senators to work toward a resolution.“I think we owe it to ourselves and the hard work of many committees to work our way though as much as we can and do our best,” Fisher said.“One day for the health care bill?” Ashe asked.“That would be my goal,” Fisher responded.“Many days for rinky-dink bills all over the building, but one day for this one?” Ashe asked.“That’s the goal,” Fisher said.The House of Representatives could vote to suspend its rules to allow legislation to move more quickly, but that would require a two-thirds vote. House Republicans have said that they won’t vote to suspend the rules for bills they opposed earlier in the session or bills that the caucus votes internally not to support.“The way the vote went on the floor, I doubt we would allow a suspension of the rules on [S.252],” said House Minority Leader Don Turner, R-Milton.The same could be true for a litany of other bills, some of which – like the budget and the tax and fee bills – must pass for state government to continue to operate.However, it appears that House Speaker Shap Smith, D-Morrisville, has no intention of extending the session for the health care bill.“I don’t care (if it passes); it can die. It’s not a must-pass,” Smith said.In an afternoon session of the conference committee, Ashe delivered what he called “the one day option,” which uses the Senate language for virtually all sections that the two versions have in common and strikes several sections added by the House.The Senate proposal did not include a section in the House bill that would impose a deadline of January 2015 for the governor to present a financing proposal for universal health care.Other sections the Senate proposal left out include a provision raising the employer assessment to generate additional revenue, a provision increasing regulations for and banning certain practices by pharmacy benefit managers(link is external) and language that would create a pilot and study program for the use of adverse childhood experience questionnaires(link is external).The Senate proposal left in a controversial provision relating to the regulations for and practices of urgent care centers(link is external).However, if the House doesn’t agree to the Senate’s terms then those terms are moot and the urgent care provisions would be too.Fisher said he had a counter-offer for the senators that he planned to deliver by hand Tuesday night, the details of which were not immediately available.If the senators do not agree to his offer, Fisher acknowledged that the bill could not pass unless the date for adjournment is changed.It’s possible that sections of the bill could be splintered off and attached to one of the “must pass” pieces of legislation, but with the exception of the employer assessment provision — a version of which is included in the budget — it’s not clear if there’s an appropriate vehicle for many aspects of the bill.The health care bill was originally introduced by Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, as a concrete proposal to finance universal health care(link is external), but it failed to gain traction, because at the time the Legislature expected Gov. Peter Shumlin would come forward with his own financing proposal that would set the legislative agenda for health care reform during the session.When the Shumlin administration’s proposal never materialized, Ashe turned to Galbraith’s bill as a vehicle to advance the state’s health care reform agenda legislatively as well as adding several housekeeping measures such as tweaking the employer assessment – a per employee penalty for not offering affordable health care.The bill was greatly revised in the House, where the House Health Care Committee spent weeks taking testimony, revising sections and adding new ones.Both the Senate(link is external) and the House(link is external) versions of S.252 are aimed at clarifying and reaffirming aspects of Act 48, the state’s 2011 universal health care law, and ensuring lawmakers will have access to the information they need during the next legislative session to pass laws that will set the program in motion.While the principles laid out in the bill don’t need to be enshrined in statute to guide lawmakers going forward, Fisher said he was disappointed that sections in the House bill altering current practices by actors in the health care arena might be lost.last_img read more

Briefly noted: Swearing in day for new PV mayor, county commissioners; Lenexan joins Kelly administration as interim KDOT head;

first_imgEric Mikkelson will be sworn in as Prairie Village’s new mayor today.Swearing in day for Prairie Village mayor, county commission. New Prairie Village Mayor Eric Mikkelson will be sworn in to office during a ceremony at the city council meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Prairie Village City Hall, 7700 Mission Road. And new County Commissioners Becky Fast and Janeé Hanzlick will be sworn in alongside reelected incumbents Ed Eilert and Michael Ashcraft at a ceremony at the county administrative offices in Olathe this morning at 9 a.m.Shawnee Mission resident tapped to take over KDOT. Julia Lorenz, a Lenexa resident and a principle at Burns & McDonnell, is joining the administration of new Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly as the interim director of the Kansas Department of Transportation. Lorenz has previous experience in the department, having served as Director of Public Affairs and Special Assistant to KDOT Secretary Deb Miller under Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. At Burns & McDonnell, Lorenz has worked with departments of transportation in a number of states, and was a facilitator on the 2018 Legislative Task Force on Transportation. “Julie Lorenz is an expert in the area of transportation and understands how critical it is to the future of our state,” said Kelly. “Julie literally wrote the book on how to create and sustain a culture of innovation in state departments of transportation. She is exactly what we need to take Kansas forward and ensure our transportation systems continue to be an asset.”last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N2 in Taiwan, outbreak tuna plant flaws, cholera vaccine in Haiti, cell phone alerts

first_imgMay 15, 2012H5N2 outbreaks hit two Taiwanese farmsAnimal health officials in Taiwan yesterday reported two H5N2 avian influenza outbreaks at poultry farms, one involving the highly pathogenic strain and one linked to the low-pathogenic version, according to reports to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Both locations are in the west central part of Taiwan. Highly pathogenic H5N2 was detected at a farm in Yun Lin county after a veterinarian noted poultry illnesses and deaths. The disease killed 3,850 of 15,461 susceptible poultry, and the remaining birds were culled to control the spread of the virus. An investigation found no other outbreaks at nearby farms. Meanwhile, low-pathogenic H5N2 was detected at a duck farm in T’ai Chung during active surveillance. The birds didn’t show any clinical signs, and all 176 of the farms ducks were destroyed as a preventive step.May 14 OIE report on highly pathogenic outbreakMay 14 OIE report on low-pathogenic outbreakFDA cites food-safety flaws at India tuna plant linked to Salmonella outbreakThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report detailing 10 problems at a plant in India implicated in a 116-case outbreak of raw-tuna-linked Salmonella illness. FDA inspectors began a 6-day review of the plant on Apr 19, 6 days after officials announced that yellowfin tuna imported by Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., was the likely outbreak source. Four of the violations were noncompliance with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines: (1) no critical control point (CCP) for the process of cutting, scraping and vacuum packaging; (2) no CCP for Clostridium botulinum and allergen labeling; (3) no CCP for metal detection; and (4) no critical limit for vessel monitoring and histamine records to show temperature was not at harmful levels. All companies that import food into the United States must comply with HACCP guidelines. Other shortcomings listed were lack of water monitoring; broken floor and wall tiles; product residue on knives, utensil storage boxes, and the ceiling after cleaning; peeling paint above the product processing line; and a lack of hand dryers in employee restrooms. The facility is in Alleppey in the Indian state of Kerala, according to the FDA report.FDA plant assessment reportCholera vaccination drive in Haiti progressingThe first phase of a pilot campaign to vaccinate 100,000 Haitians against cholera has been completed, the American Red Cross said in a statement posted on ReliefWeb yesterday. The first of two doses of vaccine was administered to 50,000 adults and children older than 9 years in the Artibonite region, which absorbed the brunt of the 2010 cholera epidemic, the organization said. The campaign goal is to provide two doses to 100,000 people in targeted rural and urban areas. “From everything I’ve seen, there is no one who was eligible for the vaccine who didn’t want it,” said Djencia Eresa Augustin, a cholera surveyor for Partners in Health, the Boston-based nonprofit group that’s leading the project. Vaccination teams were planning to give second doses to adults this week, and they will start vaccinating children under age 9 in the last week of May, the Red Cross said. The organization said it is contributing $1 million to the $1.3 million project. The oral vaccine, Shanchol, is 65% to 75% effective for up to 3 years, the statement said.May 14 American Red Cross statementCell phone emergency alert system set to debutA nationwide program to deliver weather and national emergency warnings to cell phones is slated to go live this month, according to media reports. The Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), also known as the Personalized Local Alerting Network (PLAN), was proposed by the Federal Communications Commission based on the Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act passed by Congress in 2006 along with $106 million in funding. The move was designed to modernize the nation’s emergency alert system, according to CTIA wireless emergency alerts consumer information (CTIA is an industry organization for wireless companies). The system is voluntary for cell phone companies, and so far at least seven companies are participating, including some of the nation’s largest carriers. The free messages include local weather alerts, Amber alerts, and presidential alerts. Consumers can opt out of all but the presidential alerts. The alerts, which carriers offer for free, look like text messages but are distinguished by their own tone and vibration. The messages are geographically targeted and sent using a one-way system that isn’t able to track consumers’ cell phones, according to background information from federal agencies and CTIA. Older cell phones may not be able to use the CMAS technology, and some newer ones may require software upgrades. Some cell phone companies have already tested the system and have rolled out the program in selected locations.CTIA wireless emergency alerts consumer informationMay 14 USA Today storyFCC Q and Alast_img read more

Property’s fortunes foretold: 2011 predictions

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CARDONE Introduces New Sales Leadership

first_imgCARDONE Industries Inc. has announced a new sales leadership structure, designed to support the company’s growth. The leadership structure creates three new managing director roles, reporting directly to CEO Stan Gowisnock. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Our customers rely on the value CARDONE offers,” said Gowisnock. “We have an extensive selection of quality products and a vast amount of technical knowledge. As we continue to expand our product lines and focus on new technology, we want to be able to meet our customers’ increasing demands with the expertise and commitment to integrity that CARDONE has always delivered. This new leadership structure in our sales organization will allow us to create better strategic partnerships with our customers, to better serve them well into the future.”George Dunham, a 26-year CARDONE marketing and sales veteran, has assumed the new role of managing director, business development. In this role, Dunham is responsible for corporate marketing, channel management and business integration, which includes customer program creation, contract administration, sales planning, reporting and new business project management.CARDONE also welcomes industry veterans Dennis Diaz and Jamie Fiffles, who join the company as managing directors of sales. They will share the responsibility of leading CARDONE’s sales team, which is comprised of more than 50 professionals across North America. Diaz joins CARDONE from Factory Motor Parts (FMP), where he oversaw fleet, car dealer and national account sales. Prior to FMP, Diaz served at ITW and Ashland International/Valvoline International. Fiffles joins CARDONE from IPD/BU Drive, an aftermarket and OEM manufacturer of heavy-duty engine components, turbos and gaskets. Prior IPD/BU Drive, he served at Transtar/Axiom, Centric-StopTech, OCA/BBB and Lucas Automotive. “Dennis is a seasoned sales coach with a passion for people development and closing new business,” said Gowisnock. “Jamie has extensive experience in customer relationship management, and he loves cars – he restores Corvettes in his downtime. Their unique skill sets, along with George’s extensive knowledge of our business and customers, are a perfect recipe for success. We’ve built strong sales and management teams, and I am excited to see them grow our business and build even stronger customer relationships.”last_img read more

Going green

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

James Blunt to release new album Once Upon a Mind in October

first_imgJames Blunt has announced the release of his new album Once Upon a Mind, which will arrive via Atlantic Records on 25th October 2019.The first single from the album is Cold, which is available to stream and download now. Watch the lyric video for the track below:For Once Upon a Mind Blunt is returning to basics following the more electronica feel of his last album The Afterlove, which came out in 2017. Blunt has worked with Steve Robson, Jimmy Hogarth and TMS on the new record.“I think this is the most honest album I have ever made.” Blunt says. “Back To Bedlam was similar in that I had been writing those songs for a while about my life experiences at that time, and they came together on my debut. And every song on this album represents something that I’m currently going through or have recently experienced. It’s a very personal record, and I’m proud I can share it.”A UK tour for early 2020 will be announced shortly and we’ll bring you the details as soon as we have them.Credit: Atlantic RecordsThe track listing for Once Upon a Mind is:1. The Truth2. Cold3. Champions4. Monsters5. Youngster6. 5 Miles7. How It Feels To Be Alive8. I Told You9. Halfway10. Stop The Clock11. The GreatestPre-order a signed copy from Amazon.Blunt broke through in 2004 with his huge-selling debut album Back to Bedlam. He has sold over 23 million albums to date.last_img read more