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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

Guyana Cup 2019 gallops off tomorrow

first_imgTHE best of the best in horse racing will leave the blocks tomorrow in chase of glory and cash prizes when the 13th edition of the Guyana Cup horse race meet gets going.Over $20M in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the Rising Sun Turf Club in Rising Sun Village, West Coast Berbice.Thousands are expected at the venue which is located just 45 minutes from the capital city, Georgetown, and with nine anticipated races on the card, turfites are sure to be busy, come race day.It is anticipated that some 80 animals from Guyana, the Caribbean Region and North America will register for the meet, which is one of the marquee events for horseracing in the region,.Some of the top animals to be on show will include Just Call Me Boss, Crown the King (Jamaica), Doublin Fashion (USA), Chameli (Jamaica), Safara (Jamaica), Southern Express (T&T), Silver & Things (T&T), Sitarr (T&T), Kentucky Woman (T&T), Super Easy (T&T) and She’s a Princess.Apart from the foreign contingent of horses, several leading jockeys from overseas are expected to participate, which will add that international flavour to the day’s event.The top five finishers in all 10 races would receive cash incentives, with the total prize purse being increased from $15M to $20M. US$50 000 in cash will be handed out tomorrow.The details of the races and prize money are listed below:– C Class and Lower feature race over a distance of one mile, $2M– Three-year-old Guyana-bred, $1M– G3 and Lower, $400 000– L3 and Lower (open to non-winners from Trinidad & Tobago), $350 000– Two-year-old Guyana-bred ove, $300 000– J3 and Lower over seven furlongs, $300 000– L Class for Colts, $250 000– L Class Filly and Mare, $250 000last_img read more

Verdasco and Carreño pass; Martinez collides with Medvedev

first_imgVerdasco goes again to BasilashviliFernando Verdasco can be for the sixth time within the third spherical of the Australian Open after beating and beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in 4 units (4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and 6-Four in 2h: 49). The Madrid had a foul time at the beginning of the sport, however then I danger every little thing to go for the win in opposition to an opponent who had gained final 12 months in Vienna and with which now has a positive stability of 2-1. That’s the reason he made 51 errors, though Basilashivili left till he was 58. Verdasco will meet on Saturday with German Alexander Zverev (2-2 in personal duels).Carreño, far superior to GojowczykPablo Carreño will play for the fourth consecutive 12 months the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after beating in 4 units the German Peter Gojowczyk (6-4, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-Four in 2h: 08). In 2018 and 2019, the Gijón reached eighth in Melbourne, though this time it will likely be very troublesome to realize it as a result of He’ll face Rafa Nadal this Saturday. Carreño disconnected within the third set, however he had the sport underneath management and regained the trail to a victory he confirmed within the fourth. With good serves and aggressiveness (44 winners), The most effective factor that Spanish did is to keep up exceptional accuracy (14 failures). He didn’t must add a lot to the community and he handed his opponents a couple of occasions, he had already gained in his earlier two clashes, when he did. Outcomes of the lads’s workforce of the Australian Open. Pedro Martínez had by no means gained an ATP match and it was launched in a giant approach. Final Tuesday he beat the German Koepfer within the first spherical and had the fortune, or misfortune, relying on the way you take a look at it, of crossing within the second with a prime tennis participant and on the central court docket of the Australian Open. His phantasm bumped into the wall of Daniil Medvedev, one of the stable gamers on the circuit, who saved in a couple of minutes of the primary set, gave him no selection: 7-5 and 6-1 and 6-Three in 2h: 09.Martinez fell, however loved the expertise loads. Within the first set he matched the preliminary drawback with which he began and fought to take the partial. Then every little thing was put uphill earlier than an impressed rival who gave some nice hits. Pedro had fun, a lot in order that within the fifth sport of the third set, with the sport nearly misplaced, he made the Muscovite a throw-in, though he was alert and gained the purpose. And within the sixth he threw three balloons as coaching to complete them. Moments of recreation on a special occasion for him, which he will certainly not neglect. On the observe, Medvedev was far superior and punished the alzireño with 19 direct serves for a complete of 40 successful strokes.You might have seen them with one other Spanish, Jaume Munar, however he fell to Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-2, 7-6 (5) and 6-2. The Mallorcan had the chance to match the sport within the second set when he was 5-1 up within the tiebreaker, however a 6-Zero of his rival ended his possibilities of passing.last_img read more