Commissioners proclaim Red Cross Month

first_imgStaff Report PreviousLet’s all retire right nowNextWest Union FFA receives $2,500 donation Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Staff Report Commissioners proclaim Red Cross MonthMarch 15, 2016Peoples DefenderNews0 The Adams County Commissioners recently proclaimed March as Red Cross Month here in the county.“Our community is full of everyday heroes who help others in need,” said Debbie Smith, the Community Executive for the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross. “They are our selfless Red Cross volunteers, blood donors, and financial contributors who bring relief to people facing life’s emergencies. During Red Cross Month, we thank them for their tremendous support.”The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected by disasters. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood every day in order to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety, and other lifesaving skills.In fiscal year 2015, the Ohio River Valley Red Cross responded to 165 local emergencies, in fact, it helped 550 affected individuals and families with emergency food, shelter and supplies. Locally installed 178 smoke detectors, assisted 51 military families, trained 67 people in lifesaving skills, and collected 4,610 units of blood.“It’s easy to become a Red Cross community hero,” said Smith “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke detectors and tell your neighbors to do the same. If you don’t have smoke detectors contact our office at 740-354-3293, for free assistance. Or sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer, or make a financial donation.”Further information about supporting the Red Cross is available on redcross.org, or by calling 740-354-3293 or toll free at 1888-354-3293. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. HomeNewsCommissioners proclaim Red Cross Month Powered By 10 Sec Best Carrot Cake Ever NextStay Best Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGMama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGParmesan Baked Pork ChopsNOW PLAYINGPrime Rib Roast Au Jus Perfect Every Time! No FailNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Top Searches Top Searches WilkWestOct 22 The Adams County Commissioners recently proclaimed March as Red Cross Month in the county. Pictured here at the proclamation ceremony are, from left, Economic Director Holly Johnson, Commissioner Stephen Caraway, Commissioner Brian Baldridge, Debbie Smith, Ed Helphinstine, Dr. William Hablitzel, and Commissioner Paul Worley. – Submitted photo The Adams County Commissioners recently proclaimed March as Red Cross Month in the county. Pictured here at the proclamation ceremony are, from left, Economic Director Holly Johnson, Commissioner Stephen Caraway, Commissioner Brian Baldridge, Debbie Smith, Ed Helphinstine, Dr. William Hablitzel, and Commissioner Paul Worley. https://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_RedCross.jpgThe Adams County Commissioners recently proclaimed March as Red Cross Month in the county. 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Senior Profile- Fulton Kennedy, North Adams High School

first_imgHomeSportsSenior Profile- Fulton Kennedy, North Adams High School Senior Profile- Fulton Kennedy, North Adams High SchoolApril 2, 2021Mark CarpenterSports0 Fulton Kennedy, NAHSSPORTS EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, The People’s Defender will profile an Adams County senior student/athlete so our community and readers can get to know better these outstanding young people who participate both in athletics and academics in their high school.NAME:Fulton KennedySCHOOL:North Adams High SchoolPARENTS:Jon Paul and Krista KennedySPORTS PLAYED IN HIGH SCHOOL:BasketballFAVORITE SPORT:BasketballFAVORITE THING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS:Hanging out with all my friends after gamesLEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS:Going to classMOST MEMORABLE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS MOMENT:Playing in the “Hoosiers” gymFAVORITE MUSICALFARTIST OR GROUP:Luke CombsPLACE YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO:AlaskaYOUR FAVORITE MOVIE:“8 Seconds”YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOW:Yellowstone”FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT:HistoryFAVORITE SPARE TIME ACTIVITY:Showing livestockYOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT:Outback SteakhouseWOULD LOVE TO TRADE PLACES FOR A DAY WITH:No oneFUTURE PLANS:Helping my Dad on the farm Top Searches Top Searches CommonMintiSeama PreviousSenior Profile- Faith Howell, North Adams High SchoolNextGreyhounds run rule West Union in SHAC baseball opener for both Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Powered By 10 Sec How to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a Pro NextStay How to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Carve a Whole ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Make the Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed PotatoesNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. last_img read more

NYC launches $100K effort to combat anti-Asian discrimination in COVID-19 era

first_imgThe New York City Commission on Human RightsBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The New York City Commission on Human Rights is launching a massive effort to combat anti-Asian bias as reports of COVID-19-related discrimination skyrocket.“This type of discrimination and harassment is not something that happens out of nowhere in a pandemic, this is based in deep-seated miseducation and racism,” said Carmelyn Malalis, the commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. “I know that people doubt that there is any such thing as anti-Asian discrimination, and people have said that to my face.” “People have to understand that this is not something that we are making up and they have to see racism for what it really is,” she added. “They think that signaling out an entire people for a pandemic — that’s not discrimination or racism.”Malalis said that claims of anti-Asian discrimination and harassment to her office skyrocketed amid the coronavirus pandemic. From Feb. 1 through May 15, 2019, they received 11 such complaints. For the same time period this year, they have received 133 such complaints.She added, “This is not something that is just in New York City, this is something that we are seeing all across the country.”Malalis said the educational element of the campaign is “crucial.”The city agency’s $100,000 public education effort will put ads in local media, online and in community pharmacies and convenience stores and aims to encourage more reporting of cases of discrimination or harassment as well as educate the public.The campaign aims to remind people that there is help and support available if you are experiencing or witnessing this type of discrimination, and encourages more people to report it so that it can be recorded and more action can be taken.Malalis said she also hopes it serves to “remind people of the additional burdens this is placing on people at a time when people are already at unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety.”The campaign was developed based on community input, and a lot of thought has been put into how it can reach its targeted audience in the community, according to Malalis.For example, this is the first time the city agency is using the platform WeChat, which is especially popular among Asian communities in the U.S. They are also posting ads and information in multiple languages, including Chinese and Korean.It also places emphasis on how to report and deal with incidences of discrimination or harassment in health care, which many point to as a growing issue amid the pandemic.“From small businesses losing customers to individuals being victims of verbal and physical assaults, the Asian American community has struggled with the economic, health, and social impacts of the pandemic since January,” Wayne Ho, the president and CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council, said in a statement.“We are thankful that the New York City Commission on Human Rights will expand its efforts to protect the Asian American community and other marginalized New Yorkers by launching a public awareness campaign to address COVID-19 related harassment and discrimination,” he added. “The Asian American community is diverse and will benefit from understanding how to report discrimination, including in health care settings.”The campaign is slated to run for two months, according to the commissioner’s office. Malalis said she hopes the impacts of the campaign will live on, however, for much longer in the community. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rental Property Maintenance Technician

first_imgREQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIESIndividuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that theypossess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform theessential functions of the job, with or without reasonableaccommodation.Ability to work closely and collaboratively with faculty,students and staff.Ability to orally communicate effectively with contractors andothers.Ability to operate all custodial equipment, including, vacuums,buffers, waxers, shampooers etc.Ability to use power tools as required for maintainingproperties.Ability to move supplies and equipment weighing up to 50pounds.Ability to climb up and down stairs and meet normal physicalrequirements for performing maintenance/custodial duties.Ability to use computers for emails, creating reports, work onspreadsheets etc.Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College’score values of diversity, equity and inclusion.Ability to use good judgment and have an eye for detail.Ability to be reliable and capable of working independently onthe assigned shift.Ability to maintain knowledge of the Landlord-Tenant Act. jeid-3874752d4c6e5141aa472350d6c91e82 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSFour years of related work (or equivalent) experience.Must pass a motor vehicle report.Must pass an employment physical.Must have a valid driver’s license and be capable of operatingCollege vehicles including tractor, trucks and boom trucks. WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIRMENTSWork environment is primarily inside Whitman rental facilities andsometimes outside landscape, both of which may include working inhigh places. This position may be exposed to dirt, dust andequipment solutions. Work may require periodic use of personalprotective equipment (e.g. respirators, arc fault). Physical skilland sustained physical effort may be required for some of themaintenance responsibilities. Job requires moderate strength andagility and typically requires balancing, bending, kneeling,crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling,lifting, grasping and repetitive motions. Lifting and carryingmaterials weighing up to 50 pounds occurs with variedfrequency.APPLICATION REVIEWPriority consideration will be given to applications received byApril 19. The position will remain open until filled.START DATEMay 24, 2021For full application instructions and position description,visit https://whitman.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=58 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSTrade school training.Past experience in standard facility/residential maintenancepractices and procedures in an organization with extended hours ofoperations and multiple high-traffic rental properties. Conduct annual building maintenance survey for 5-yr planningpurposes.Perform assessment on maintenance and care needs of propertylandscapes.Understand general irrigation system principals.Safely operate landscape and grounds equipment asrequired.Utilize Facility Services work order system and computers (e.g.email, creating reports).Work within the safety regulations for federal, state, andWhitman College. Actively participate in the accident preventionprogram, including attending safety training program.Observe safety precautions and procedures at all times, beingalert for unsafe conditions and correcting the conditionsaccordingly.Supervise seasonal Rental Property Assistant.Complete other duties as assigned (e.g. vacancy coverage,inclement weather, moving, furniture set-up).Serve as essential personnel, meaning duties are essential tothe operations of the College and requires that the position reportto campus for work even during full or partial closures,emergencies, inclement weather, etc.Provide after hours and weekend on-call coverage at least 4times annually.Adhere to College policies and guidelines. Rental Property Maintenance TechnicianWhitman CollegeWHITMAN COLLEGELocated in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s beautifultree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse,and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyalalumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff,Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation foracademic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts collegesin the country.POSITION PURPOSEThe Rental Property Maintenance Technician is responsible formaintenance and general upkeep of Whitman College owned rentalproperties. This individual must be a responsible, self-directedperson who has the ability to assess property (building andgrounds) issues and either take action and/or make recommendationsto the Director of Facilities or designee. This technician willalso regularly consult with the Associate Controller, includingfrequent check-ins with the Trust Coordinator on renter serviceneeds. The object is to restore and maintain the structural,mechanical and aesthetic integrity of all college owned rentalproperties, while ensuring a safe living environment. Evening andweekend work may be required.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIESComplete daily minor maintenance of all residences anddesignated apartment buildings and selected commercial buildingsowned by Whitman College.Show rentals to prospective tenants in coordination with theTrust Coordinator.Conduct rental property check and check out of tenants incoordination with the Trust Coordinator.Manage and coordinate interior and exterior maintenance andrepair projects for trust properties.Perform scheduled preventative maintenance such as (a) servicefurnaces and boilers, (b) clean gutters (c) clean roofs and (d)winterize.Perform routine checks of houses as needed and during schoolbreaks.Assist in development of summer maintenance projects and leadsummer maintenance crews. Summer maintenance work will in partconsist of:General cleaningRefinish all floors as necessary (hardwood, carpeting,etc.)Paintinglast_img read more

Research Associate at the Drosophila Genomics Resource Center

first_imgThe Drosophila Genomics Resource Center at Indiana UniversityBloomington (https://dgrc.bio.indiana.edu/Home)is seeking a Research Associate to join its team. The DGRC is adynamic and heavily used repository for Drosophila genomic (DNAvectors and clones) and cell lines that serves researchersworldwide. IUB provides an outstanding intellectual environment forDGRC activities, with more than a dozen research groups usingDrosophila for studies in molecular and cell biology, development,neurobiology, physiology, evolution and ecology.  Thesuccessful applicant will spend the majority of their timemaintaining cell culture stocks, shipping both growing cultures andfrozen stocks, supervising of the cell culture room, maintaininginventory, distributing archived DNA molecules, replicating andshipping bulk DNA collections, and preparing plasmids forshipping.  Must record each activity related to research in alaboratory notebook which should also include photographs,sketches, charts, graphs and other supporting materials.Responsibilities also include some general lab maintenance,including but not limited to purchasing supplies, coordinatingdisposal of waste, overseeing equipment maintenance and repair,organizing and maintaining plasmid collections, and training andsupervising work of undergraduates.Applicants should have some prior research experience incellular or molecular biology, but the exact topic is notimportant; training specific to work in the lab will be provided.The initial appointment is for one year. Initial one yearappointment also contingent upon satisfactory performance. Basic qualifications: BA or BS in biology, chemistry, or a relatedfield, and previous lab experience required. The successfulapplicant must be well organized, detail-oriented, possess stronganalytical and interpersonal skills, and able to work effectivelywith minimal supervision as part of a research team.  Salary:$37,370 plus benefits included. To apply, please submit 1) a briefcover letter describing your research/educational background, whyyou’re interested in the position and the date you are available tostart, 2) a CV, and 3) the names and contact info (including emailaddresses) of two references to: https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/10772. For additional questions about the position, please email Dr.Andrew Zelhof ([email protected]).  For best consideration,please apply before May 26, 2021.  Expected start date is July1, 2021.The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to buildingand supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community ofstudents and scholars.Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmativeaction employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualifiedapplicants will receive consideration for employment without regardto age, color, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, genetic information, marital status, national origin,race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.last_img read more

EPM Insights platform rolled out at Reading Buses

first_imgReading Buses has worked with transport management systems specialist EPM Bus Solutions to develop and introduce a new business data insight solution called EPM Insights.The platform provides bus operators with customised management information and it has enabled Reading Buses to move from the manual collection of data to the automated production of key business performance metrics.EPM Bus Solutions Software Director Nick Brookes says the system delivers dynamic ‘drill down’ reporting from within existing platforms. That provides Reading Buses “with the tools to deep dive into its data and explore the reasons behind performance.”Adds Reading Buses CEO Robert Williams: “We have traditionally invested lots of time collating static dashboard and KPIs manually. EPM Insights has provided us with one platform combining data from across the organisation, including operational, commercial and engineering departments, to give the management team actionable information.“The solution quickly surfaces business performance issues in real time and it identifies the key areas on which to focus management attention, thereby providing more time to put in place the required interventions and strategies. That has supported the improvement of Reading Buses’ profitability and efficiency.”EPM Bus Solutions notes that the EPM Insights product is particularly relevant currently as operators react to changes in social and work patterns and their impact on bus services.EPM Insights website.last_img read more

Leaders hope eurozone measures calm markets

first_imgThe EU’s leaders are hoping that financial markets will react positively to a wide range of measures to strengthen the eurozone scheduled for agreement at a summit in Brussels today and tomorrow (24-25 March).  Leaders are this evening expected to approve measures designed to boost confidence in the euro. These include setting up a permanent eurozone rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, from 2013, and increasing the effective lending capacity of a temporary scheme, the European Financial Stability Facility. But agreement on the deal could be overshadowed if, as widely expected, Portugal needs to seek financial assistance from the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund. The Portuguese parliament was scheduled to vote on a new round of austerity measures as European Voice went to press. Failure to agree would mean Portugal would rapidly need help to refinance its debts. Portuguese debt Investors have shunned Portuguese government debt over recent weeks amid fears that political instability will prevent the country from cutting its deficit to sustainable levels. This has sent the cost to the government of financing its debt above 7%, a level widely seen by economists as unsustainable. While investors seem to have priced in the inevitability of Portugal needing financial help, they are concerned by other issues on which eurozone countries have not yet reached a final agreement. These include the precise mechanisms with which eurozone countries will increase the effective lending capacity of the temporary rescue fund, the EFSF, to €440 billion. The Finnish government, which faces elections on 17 April, cannot get parliamentary approval for increasing its contribution to the EFSF until a new government is formed. EU leaders will also discuss the situation in Libya, north Africa and the Middle East at the summit, focusing on ways to provide humanitarian relief and to provide incentives to countries making the transition to greater democracy. Leaders will also discuss the situation in Japan and the lessons to be drawn from the events for safety at nuclear plants in the EU.last_img read more

What France’s unemployment news means for François Hollande’s job

first_imgPARIS — François Hollande may finally have found his ticket to run for re-election.Or call it his excuse.France’s unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in the second quarter of this year, the national statistics institute INSEE said Thursday. It is at 9.6 percent in metropolitan France (which excludes the faraway districts and territories). That’s down from 10.2 percent in the first quarter, and 10.6 percent in the second quarter of last year. It is also the first time in four years that France’s unemployment rate is below the symbolic 10 percent level.While the news doesn’t mean the French economy’s recovery is anywhere near strong, the statistics on jobs will no doubt be used to help Hollande try to save his own.The French president has repeatedly said that he would not run for a second term in 2017 if unemployment didn’t decline “significantly and credibly” by the end of his first.Hollande has seemed firm about sticking to that pledge. “If there’s no decline in unemployment, as I’ve said several times, I won’t be candidate,” he said in July 2015.All the French president has done for now, said one member of the Socialist party leadership, is lay out the groundwork if he chose to run.As weak as the French economic recovery may be — INSEE sees the growth rate at 1.6 percent this year — unemployment was forecast to decline further by the end of the year in most economists’ predictions. He will have to face several opponents in the primary, all claiming a stake of the vote of the Socialist party’s left wing. Former Education Minister Benoît Hamon has already announced his intention to run, and former Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg is said to be mulling a bid as well.There are other potential threats from his own camp. Hollande’s economy minister and protégé Emmanuel Macron is unlikely to run in the Socialist party primary, but may leave the government in the fall to have a freer hand for a possible independent bid for president in the general election.This article was updated to correct the spelling of Arnaud Montebourg’s name. Also On POLITICO Renzi, Merkel, Hollande to meet for more Brexit talks By Cynthia Kroetcenter_img Lower oil prices and the loose monetary policies of the European Central Bank are seen as the main growth drivers, whereas France’s timid reforms coupled with fiscal austerity are seen as economic brakes.The second-quarter drop in unemployment, however, can still be counted as good news for Hollande, as INSEE had predicted it would be much smaller.That doesn’t mean Hollande has made up his mind on whether to run for re-election. He has said he will announce his intentions in December.All the French president has done for now, said one member of the Socialist party leadership, is lay out the groundwork if he chose to run.“The [Socialist] primary will take place in January, and before then we’ll have the third-quarter unemployment numbers, out mid-November,” the party leader pointed out.Most political analysts expect Hollande will run, even if his popularity is the lowest of any French president’s since such polls started to be taken.last_img read more

Theresa May’s Brexit ‘revolution’

first_imgHammond’s speech on Monday was savaged by the Euroskeptic press, with the Daily Mail — May’s loudest cheerleader on Fleet Street — declaring “deep unease” at his decision to water down the government’s austerity targets and its leading sketch writer lampooning him for having “all the animation of undertaker’s hired grief.”No. 10 didn’t slap him down publicly — perhaps because May didn’t have to. The political winds are clearly blowing against the Treasury and Britain’s powerful financial industry.On Monday, the Times reported that Brexit minister Davis had brushed off the City of London’s concerns that a hard Brexit could lead to 75,000 job losses in the financial industries. On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that the government won’t agree to the financial industry’s demands for a special interim deal to ensure that it is not adversely impacted by leaving the EU.A City source who attended the conference said he had “never known anything like it,” and criticized the Treasury for lacking a strategy ahead of the Brexit negotiations.David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union | Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesAccording to this source, the chancellor’s department is clear that the two years envisioned under the Article 50 divorce clause of the EU treaty wasn’t near enough time. “The idea of two years is nonsense.” A four to five year “landing path” is now being discussed in the Treasury, the source added.Hammond is widely perceived as a weaker chancellor than his politically plugged-in predecessor George Osborne or Gordon Brown, who was Tony Blair’s Treasury chief. But sources close to Downing Street insist he’s stronger than he appears and is trusted and listened to by May. In the view of these sources, he may be keeping his powder dry until next year, when the talks begin. Brexiteers in lineBirmingham provided fresh insight into how May and and her advisers will try to navigate the minefields ahead, principally looking to avoid trouble on her home political front.Despite the affection among the Conservative grassroots, May would lose their respect if she is seen to wobble on Brexit. Nearly two-thirds of Tory voters supported leaving the EU. A wary Remainer before June 23, May has recast herself as the leader best-equipped to carry out the wishes of the 52 percent who voted for Brexit.Influential Euroskeptics in the cabinet — such as Brexit minister David Davis and International Trade Minister Liam Fox — sounded bullish in Birmingham, delighted to be on the winning side of the referendum result and back in the front ranks of British politics. While they’re toeing the line now, Downing Street kept them on a tight leash, aware that business leaders, and those in London’s financial services industry in particular, are anxious about the shock that a clean break with the EU would deliver to Britain’s economy.Behind the scenes, May’s team from No. 10 jumped on any sign that the Brexiteers were departing from the authorized script and saying too much about the prime minister’s plans for life after the EU. At least two cabinet ministers this week found themselves in hot water after making comments about Brexit that went further than those of the prime minister.“If David Davis says anything controversial, you’ll know because my phone will go when I get a No. 10 rebuttal,” joked Fraser Nelson, editor of the right-leaning Spectator magazine at a fringe event with the Brexit minister on Tuesday evening.“No, my phone will go first,” Davis replied. May left Birmingham on Wednesday in control, her authority unchallenged. In the conference halls and bars over four days in Birmingham this week, the party’s rank-and-file sounded more upbeat and united than at any time in recent memory. They now have a prime minister they see as one of their own. The U.K.’s right-wing press also swooned.And yet, scratch beneath the surface and faint outlines of trouble become visible. The party is enjoying its moment, but tensions will inevitably re-emerge in the days to come, as the realities of Brexit come into greater clarity. May has only a small parliamentary majority. She faces powerful potential enemies to her left and right within the Conservative ranks — as well as, possibly, a Brexit-induced economic downturn.These concerns were muted in Birmingham, as the new prime minister proclaimed a “revolution” in the nation’s politics.British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a keynote address on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference | Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty ImagesIn her speech closing the conference on Wednesday, May pivoted to the “new center ground of British politics,” aiming her pitch squarely at working-class voters who had voted to leave the EU. “This is a turning point for our country,” she said, calling for more government intervention to tackle social and economic inequality.Whether it’s a turning point for the country won’t be known for a long time. But the positions she staked out in Birmingham will certainly mark a political inflection point for her and her country’s future relations with Europe.Hardline on immigrationAt the conference, May managed to co-opt the so-called Brexit hardliners and silence — at least for the most part— dissent from the party’s “Remainers.” Reading her party and country’s mood, she seemed to set out a clear direction for Brexit in her opening speech on Sunday and the closing address Wednesday. BIRMINGHAM, England — The Tories are all Brexiteers now.British Prime Minister Theresa May went into this week’s annual Tory conference in Birmingham, her first as the leader of the Conservatives, with a big question hanging over her young premiership: how to set a clearer course for Brexit without triggering a party rebellion.Europe has roiled Britain’s ruling party for decades and ended the political careers of May’s last Tory predecessors at No. 10 — Margaret Thatcher, John Major, David Cameron. She took power after June’s referendum on EU membership divided the party and the country. “Let’s state one thing loud and clear: We are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again,” May said on Wednesday to the packed hall in Birmingham. “And we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. That’s not going to happen.”Reading between the lines, one could discern signals of a “hard” departure, with Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and the single European market all but inevitable, despite the objections of business groups that fear it will damage the economy. But May was careful to avoid specifics that might box her in.“The hard Brexiteers have the whip hand now. But wait till the rubber hits the road” — Remain campaignerAfter the speech, a Downing Street spokeswoman said that remaining in the single market wasn’t off the table. “That will be part of the negotiations,” the aide said.As Europe’s leaders get ready to negotiate Britain’s departure from the European Union early next year, they will face a U.K. prime minister with a tight control of her party and little domestic opposition.“We’re all hard Brexiteers now,” said a Conservative minister who backed Remain and asked to remain anonymous. “Before long we’ll be talking about Empire.”center_img Last week, the carmaker Nissan, which employs about 7,000 people in Britain, said it may scrap a planned investment in the country’s biggest car plant if the U.K. leaves the single market. A few more announcements like that by big employers could quickly change the public’s view about whether ending free movement of people from within the EU is worth the cost, said another senior Conservative who supported remaining.At the end of the day, the Treasury will be a more powerful voice in the Brexit negotiations than any of the three ministers ostensibly charged with responsibility for Brexit — Davis, Fox and Boris Johnson — the minister added. “The key relationship is still between the PM and the chancellor,” he said.May in chargeThroughout the four-day conference here there was barely a dissenting voice heard to the prime minister’s increasingly hardline Brexit demands. Not even the falling pound and concerns of the City of London could disturb the triumphalist mood.Even the “softer” Brexit crowd could find a silver lining in May’s tougher rhetoric. By taking an unyielding stance on immigration, May quieted the Euroskeptics and signaled a tough stance to EU negotiators, possibly positioning herself for an economically-advantageous compromise.In keeping with her unflashy, businesslike style, the conference this year was tightly controlled.Conservative MPs said the key to May’s popularity was her instinctive feel for provincial middle England. Among the party’s rank-and-file in Birmingham, May struck a contrast with the well-bred David Cameron, coming across like an every-Tory’s kind of leader. In her closing speech Wednesday, May said that one of the main questions she had to answer at the conference was, “Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days?” The line got a hearty laugh in the hall, but there was a grain of truth to it: She is surrounded by big egos with competing political agendas who are bound at some point to buck her authority.Hammond on the fenceFor the most part in Birmingham, politicians who wanted Britain to remain in the EU seemed peripheral to the discussion. But the Remainers are another potential headache for May.This camp, close to Britain’s financial elites, isn’t willing to give up hope of a soft break from the EU. “The hard Brexiteers have the whip hand now,” one minister who campaigned for Remain said. “But wait till the rubber hits the road.”In public, Chancellor Philip Hammond was the only figure of stature to go against the grain — the “soft” Brexiteer’s best hope. His comment in a keynote speech Monday that “the British people did not vote on June 23rd to become poorer, or less secure,” struck one of the few dissenting notes of the four-day jamboree.At the end of the day, the Treasury will be a more powerful voice in the Brexit negotiations than any of the three ministers ostensibly charged with responsibility for Brexit.In the press pool, eyebrows were further raised in a briefing huddle afterwards when one of the chancellor’s senior aides said the referendum “was a vote, clearly, to take back some sovereignty,” but added, “It was not a vote to sink the economy.” “Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public,” she said in her speech Wednesday. “They find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal, your attachment to your job security inconvenient. They find the fact that more than 17 million voters decided to leave the European Union simply bewildering.”In keeping with her unflashy, businesslike style, the conference this year was tightly controlled. Speeches by ministers were competent, safe, and mostly dull. There were many more business and media figures present than at Labour’s conference a week earlier, but it wasn’t as flashy as it had been under Cameron.“Look around,” one Conservative MP said one night, drinking in the Hyatt bar. “Everyone’s drinking pints [of beer], not champagne.” Why? “Everyone’s got the message.” Also On POLITICO Theresa May: Working-class champion By Charlie Cooperlast_img read more

Spain’s Supreme Court issues new Carles Puigdemont arrest warrant

first_imgThe new arrest warrant issued by Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena — for sedition and misuse of public funds — will trigger fresh judicial proceedings in the Belgian courts, assuming Puigdemont remains in the country.Earlier on Monday, Spain’s Supreme Court convicted 12 Catalan separatist leaders of sedition, disobedience and misuse of public funds and sentenced them to prison terms of up to 13 years for spearheading the region’s failed secession push. Also On POLITICO Spain’s Supreme Court jails Catalan leaders for up to 13 years By Diego Torres EU court rejects Puigdemont’s request to claim MEP seat Tuesday By Emma Anderson MADRID — Spanish judicial authorities issued a fresh European Arrest Warrant against Carles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president.Puigdemont fled to Belgium after declaring Catalonia’s independence from Madrid in October 2017 following a referendum on secession that was ruled illegal.A previous arrest warrant was withdrawn in December last year after a German court decided to extradite Puigdemont to Spain for the charge of misuse of public funds and not for the more serious charge of rebellion. That would have meant in practice that Puigdemont would’ve faced lesser charges than his colleagues in court.last_img read more