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Macron taps trio to help drive coronavirus recovery

first_imgTopics : On the eve of the reshuffle, Macron said his 2017 campaign promises remained central to his policymaking. But he said they must “adapt to international upheavals and the crisis we are living through: a new path must be drawn.”Political rivals denounced the reshuffle as window-dressing that would not deliver the “new path” Macron promises.Bruno Le Maire, who spent heavily to keep flagship companies afloat and save jobs during the lockdown, will stay at the helm of a finance ministry tasked with steering France out of the downturn, and now has full control of the budget.Elisabeth Borne will take charge of an enhanced labor and social affairs ministry just as the depression unravels gains on unemployment.Macron wants to reset relations with unions and voters after waves of protests. Borne, who successfully pushed through changes to French railways in the face of union opposition, will be in charge of seeing sensitive pension reforms over the line.Greener policies?A week after the Green party seized control of some of France’s biggest cities, including Lyon and Bordeaux, establishing themselves as a real political force, Macron also named former ecologist Barbara Pompili as environment minister.Pompili’s ministry will oversee energy and housing as Macron seeks more emphasis on green policies to drive the economic rebound and build a sustainable future for companies like Air France and Renault.In 2018, she chaired a parliamentary committee that delivered a report critical of France’s nuclear power industry. A senior source inside state-owned utility EDF described her appointment as disastrous for the sector.But Greenpeace France said it was skeptical how much influence over environmental policymaking Pompili would have. A presidential aide said the theme for the main economic briefs was “continuity”, in a sign Macron will not veer left and will seek to consolidate his center-right base ahead of 2022.Macron’s appointment of Castex, a little-known senior civil servant, as prime minister was taken as a sign by rivals he was intent on taking back full control of policy ahead of elections in 20022.They said the changes fell short of the reinvention Macron had promised.”It’s a game of musical chairs,” Alexis Corbiere, a lawmaker for the far-left France Unbowed party, told BFM TV. “Let’s be frank, it’s a roadmap for more of the same.”center_img France is creating three beefed-up ministries to spearhead its recovery from coronavirus turmoil as Emmanuel Macron attempts to recast his presidency less than two years before a possible re-election bid.In a cabinet reshuffle days after voters punished Macron and his party in local elections, the president and his new prime minister, Jean Castex, are putting the focus on tackling the pandemic’s social and economic fallout, and the environment.Macron, 42, swept into power in 2017 promising to cut corporate taxes and ease regulation to drive growth and create jobs, while protecting the most vulnerable. But the worst depression in decades has reversed some hard-fought gains and left Macron with 21 months to persuade voters that his reforms will leave them better off.last_img read more

2020 Gold Coast Master Builders award winners announced

first_img Housing The panel was drawn to the degree of difficulty in gaining access for deliveries, and the quality of finish throughout the building, which also took home the top gong in the Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million category.The winner of the 2020 Gold Coast President’s Award was the Erskine 225 by Hotondo Homes.The Erskine 225 is a compact four-bedroom, two bathroom home, with an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge overlooking a patio with pool. MORE NEWS: Free breakfast for a year with Gold Coast property purchase Swap an overseas trip for a Gold Coast holiday home White House GC won 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards. White House GC won 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards. 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White House GC, by Enclave Constructions, was crowned the 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at a live-streamed awards ceremony on Friday night.Inspired by the original mansion of the governor of Alabama, and recalling the homeowner’s family connections with Indonesia, the project impressed the judges with its Corinthians columns, stone gates that were delivered in pieces from Indonesia and grand marble staircase as its centrepiece. • Health Facilities up to $20 million – Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders Pty Ltd T/A Tomkins for Homeworld Helensvale (Helensvale)• Education Facilities up to $10 million – Condev Construction Pty Ltd for Somerset Design Centre (Mudgeeraba)• Education Facilities over $10 million – ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd for Bond University Health Sciences and Medicine Extension (Robina)• Retail Facilities over $5 million – Tomkins Commercial & Industrial Builders Pty Ltd T/A Tomkins for Homeworld Helensvale (Helensvale)• Tourism and Leisure Facilities up to $10 million – Alder Constructions Pty Ltd for Dreamworld Sky Voyager (Coomera)• Tourism and Leisure Facilities over $10 million – Halcyon Constructions QLD Pty Ltd for Halcyon Greens Lifestyle Community Leisure Facilities (Pimpama)• Commercial Building up to $5 million – Lory Group Pty Ltd for Computer Road Stage One Industrial & Commercial Facility (Yatala)• Commercial Building $5 million – $50 million – ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd for Mazda Showroom Southport (Southport)• Industrial Building up to $5 million – S E Q Construction Group Pty Ltd for The Shed (Miami)• Industrial Building over $5 million – Lory Group Pty Ltd for Cuthbert Drive Industrial Estate (Yatala)• Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) up to $20 million – Rawcorp Pty Ltd for Stanhill (Chevron Island)• Residential Building (high-rise over 3 storeys) over $20 million – J Hutchinson Pty Ltd T/A Hutchinson Builders for Northcliffe Residences (Surfers Paradise)• Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes – TF Woollam & Son Pty Ltd T/A Woollam Constructions forJapara Robina Rise (Robina)• Refurbishment/Renovation up to $750,000 – Goris Co Projects Pty Ltd for Berkeley on the Beach Pool Refurbishment (Surfers Paradise)• Refurbishment/Renovation over $750,000 – Alder Constructions Pty Ltd for Ashmore City Shopping Centre (Ashmore)• Excellence in Workplace Health & Safety – Jakaspa Pty Ltd T/A Coastal Asbestos Removal for Asbestos Removal Management System (Burleigh Heads) All Gold Coast winners:center_img • Best Use of Steel Frame Housing – DTL Constructions Pty Ltd for Edgecliff Cove (Hope Island)• Best Residential Bathroom – Mark Underwood for Reflections (Broadbeach Waters)• Best Residential Kitchen – Enterprise Constructions Pty Ltd for Clear Island Waters Residence (Clear Island Waters)• Best Residential Swimming Pool – JB Pool Construction Pty Ltd for Bayview Walk (Sanctuary Cove) White House GC won 2020 Gold Coast House of the Year at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards.The project took 17 months to build including demolition of the former 1960s-era home.The White House GC was also given the nod for the best individual home over $2 million.Hutchinson Builders took out Project of the Year with their luxurious multi-residential Northcliffe Residences, perched on the Surfers Paradise beachfront. Individual Specialty • Home Renovation/Remodelling Project up to $275,000 – Eclat Building Co Pty Ltd for Blantyre Farm House (Blantyre)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $276,000 – $575,000 – Symcorp Building Services Pty Ltd T/A Symcorp for Project Sorrento (Bundall)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project $576,000 – $1 million – Ingenious Homes Pty Ltd for Broadbeach WatersResidence (Broadbeach Waters)• Home Renovation/Remodelling Project over $1 million – Romark Design Constructions Pty Ltd T/A Romark for Almogim (Sanctuary Cove)• Display Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Sunfox Pty Ltd T/A Hotondo Homes Gold Coast North for Erskine 225 (Coomera)• Display Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Metricon Homes Qld Pty Ltd for Santorini 28 (Coomera)More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago• Display Home over $551,000 – Sanctuary 28 Projects (QLD) Pty Ltd for The Corner House (Broadbeach)• Individual Home up to $250,000 – Transpire Constructions Pty Ltd for Avoca 185 – Moreton Façade (Coomera)• Individual Home $251,000 – $350,000 – Remiche Pty Ltd for The Glenbar Residence (Tamborine Mountain)• Individual Home $351,000 – $450,000 – Quadriant Developments Pty Ltd for Revelstoke by Quadriant (Arundel)• Individual Home $451,000 – $550,000 – Stroud Homes Brisbane South Pty Ltd for Wildflower 300 Classic (Stockleigh)• Individual Home $551,000 – $650,000 – Bradwell Constructions Pty Ltd for The Randall (Ashmore)• Individual Home $651,000 – $750,000 – Clamroc Constructions Pty Ltd for Kaja (Broadbeach Waters)• Individual Home $751,000 – $950,000 – Resolve Logistics Pty Ltd T/A Resolve Construction for 340 Serenity (Helensvale)• Individual Home $951,000 – $1.25 million – PJH Constructions Australia Pty Ltd for Bajo El Sol (Burleigh Heads)• Individual Home $1.26 million – $2 million – Enterprise Constructions Pty Ltd for Clear Island Waters Residence (Clear Island Waters)• Individual Home over $2 million – Enclave Constructions Pty Ltd for The White House GC (Surfers Paradise)• Best Use of Sloping Sites – Gala Homes Pty Ltd for Dielacher & Dunlop Residence (Burleigh Heads)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings up to $1 million – Australasian Homes Pty Ltd T/A Valcon Homes for Via Roma (Surfers Paradise)• Medium Density up to 3 Storeys – 2 to 5 Dwellings over $1 million – Evbuilt Pty Ltd for Mermaid Beach Units (Mermaid Beach)• Medium Density up to 3 storeys – over 5 Dwellings – Luban Homes Pty Ltd for Drury Lane (Southport) Construction The winner of the 2020 Gold Coast President’s Award at the at the Master Builders Gold Coast Housing & Construction Awards was the Erskine 225 by Hotondo Homes.Master Builders Gold Coast regional manager John Duncalfe congratulated the winners across all 49 categories.“The diversity and quality of building work across the Gold Coast, particularly during this time of uncertainty, is testament to the resilience of our local industry,” Mr Duncalfe said.“With projects like the stunning Ashmore City Shopping Centre refurbishment, Helensvale Homeworld extension, and Bond University Health Sciences and Medicine Extension also among the award winners, it’s fantastic to see our local communities benefiting from quality workmanship, and cutting-edge design. • Residential Trade Contractor of the Year – Goldtrim Tiling Pty Ltd for Chainey Duplexes (Miami)• Ron McMaster Memorial Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship – PJH Constructions Australia Pty Ltd for Bajo El Sol (Burleigh Heads)• Apprentice of the Year – Dillan Morales from Goldtrim Tiling• Rising Star – Tim Sayce from Kai Konstruct• Women in Building – Jingjing Song from Luban Homeslast_img read more

Chief Magistrate dismisses charges against GECOM Chair, Govt Commissioners without hearing case

first_imgConspiracy to breach Constitution charges…lawyer says Magistrate’s actions “unheard of”Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday morning dismissed private criminal charges filed against Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (retd) James Patterson, and the three Government Commissioners: Vincent Alexander, Desmond Trotman and Charles Corbin, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Magistrate McLennan dismissed the charges even without hearing any submissions from the lawyers on the matter.The charges filed against the four were for conspiracy to breach the Constitution of Guyana by not following Article 106, which stipulates that elections are to be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.The defendants were represented by Attorney-at-law Rex McKay, Neil Boston and Robert Corbin.The chief magistrate, in her ruling, said the charge has no purpose and appears to be frivolous. Further, she told the court that to bring such a charge against the defendants is an abuse of the court.The charges were brought by Marcel Gaskin, the brother of Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin. He was represented by Attorneys-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin and Ganesh Hira.Government Commissioners: Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinHowever, Attorney Datatin has said he would be moving to the High Court on Monday to refile the challenge. He added that the move by the chief magistrate to dismiss a case of national importance and with grave implications without a proper hearing is unheard of.“You can’t breach a Constitution; but if people get together and say that is what they are doing, then it is a criminal offence at common law, and under section 21 it carries (a penalty) of one year imprisonment; but of course that’s not mandatory. But when the no-confidence motion was passed by the National Assembly on the 21 of December, it meant 90 days later they should have had an election. Everyone in Guyana is aware that that is not happening, the people who are charged with bringing an election is the Elections Commission and they are not taking any steps to do what they should be doing,” Datadin said.According to Datadin, his client was not partial in filing the charges against the four defendants, but did so because the Chairman and Commissioners are those who voted to not conduct elections as is constitutionally mandated.Some of the protesters outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsAs the matter was being heard in the Magistrates’ Courts, several protestors stood outside of the court calling for the coalition Government to call elections. According to one protestor, she has lost faith in the APNU/AFC coalition Government, and is calling for them to do as is mandated.Another protestor, Jermaine Gentle, said that as a citizen of Guyana, he is calling on the leaders of the country to respect the Constitution.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana states that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo; but they have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion by a vote of 33-32 on December 21, 2018, however, persons aligned with the coalition have sought to question the motion’s validity, even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5, but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following this reasoning becoming a challenge in the High Court, acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is the majority.The Government has since challenged the Chief Justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal.Five days remain until the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires.last_img read more