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first_imgFrance’s Conseil d’Etat, the country’s highest administrative court, has expressed concerns about several aspects of the government’s pensions reform bill and accompanying documents.It said there were still gaps in the financial forecasts in the impact assessment despite the government having done work to improve them upon previous feedback from the Conseil.It called on the government to improve the study before the pensions reform bill is tabled in parliament, in particular by including more analysis of how the proposed reforms could affect the employment rate among senior citizens and welfare-related spending.The Conseil d’Etat, which advises the government on legislation, was also critical about the tight deadlines the government had given for feedback. It said the three weeks it had been given had prevented it from “carrying out its mission with the serenity and amount of time needed to best ensure the legal security” of its assessment. Source: Dircom / JB EyguesierThe Conseil d’Etat in ParisAccording to the Conseil d’Etat the government had also on several occasions made changes to the reform bills during the short period it had been given to review them.The body also expressed concerns about the number of “ordonnances” provided for by the reform bill, noting that the draft legislation empowered the government to issue 29 of these statutory instruments. An ordinance is a type of decree passed by the government in an area normally reserved for primary legislation enacted by the parliament.The Conseil d’Etat also challenged the way the government has characterised the reform, saying the government’s line that “chaque euro cotisé ouvre les mêmes droits pour tous” – roughly translated as “every euro contributed gives access to the same rights for all” – was an “imperfect reflection of the complexity and the diversity of the rules defined by the bill”.According to the Conseil, the government has made a change to the text to address this.The lower house of parliament is due to debate the draft reform legislation starting 17 February. It was presented to cabinet ministers on Friday.There have been multiple rounds of demonstrations against the reform plan, as well as a transport strike that is reportedly the longest in recent history in France. “This situation is all the more regrettable because the bills are for a pension system reform that is unprecedented since 1945 and intends to transform for decades to come a social system that is one of the major components of the social contract,” it added.last_img read more


first_imgThe Gold Coast’s auction season is in full swing.HOUSE hunters are out in force and keen to buy with the Gold Coast’s auction season in full swing.Traditionally January is the city’s busiest auction period with several agencies holding events throughout the month, and even into February.This year prospective buyers are being urged to come prepared as fewer properties were listed on the market, which lead to increased demand. MORE NEWS: Former Socceroo moves to QLD Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The Sanctuary Cove property at 2094 The Circle is one of more than 100 that will go under the hammer on January 25.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said southern buyers and local downsizers would continue to dominate the Coast market.“However, the biggest issue at the moment is a shortage of listings, which reflects the level of demand we are currently experiencing,” he said.“Buyers are always out in force on the Gold Coast in January when holidays are in full swing as inquiries are on average more than 50 per cent above any other month.“This summer, the timing couldn’t be better for our market as interstate tourism numbers continue to rise amid market conditions shaping up to be the best that we have seen for quite some time.” The block of units at 7 Alfred St, Mermaid Beach, will be auctioned off on January 21.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMore than 100 properties will go under the hammer at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s in-room auctions The Event, which is the biggest on the Coast, on January 25.More than 2000 people attended last year’s event, which offered 95 properties to the market, with 230 registered bidders.More than $19 million worth of sales were recorded on the day.Other agencies that will hold auction events across the Coast include Professionals John Henderson Real Estate (January 21), Amir Prestige Property Agents (January 23) and Lucy Cole Prestige Properties (January 24).center_img MORE NEWS: Make and easy $2500 a weeklast_img read more


first_img The result means Martinez remains unbeaten, but also winless, in three league games in charge of Everton, and he knows their next league fixture against Chelsea will be crucial for how their start to the season is perceived. “The draws put more pressure on your next game,” he said. “If you win the next game after three draws it is a good start to the season, if you lose it you are missing some points. “The first two draws were so one-sided that it was more frustrating, but it is good to see the players working hard at the way we want to play and it will just take a little bit of time to have that sharpness in front of goal. “I am pleased with the platform we have built, now it is a matter of sharpening things up.” One man who has made a big impression early in Martinez’s reign has been Ross Barkley. The Spaniard has put his faith in the 19-year-old midfielder and has been rewarded by a fine start to the season, which also earned the teenager a place in Roy Hodgson’s senior England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. Martinez admits he has maybe overused Barkley, but praised his influence on the Blues’ play. “Ross has maybe played too much football this week, because he has become so important for us,” he said. Press Association The Toffees picked up a third successive draw in Saturday’s goalless stalemate at Cardiff, failing to make the most of creating the clearer goalscoring chances. They were also denied what appeared to be a clear penalty when Gary Medel brought down Leighton Baines in the box, on a day when the left-back and fellow Manchester United target Marouane Fellaini played 90 minutes for the Merseysiders. “He was involved in the cup game in the week and he was very influential in our first two league games. “I think maybe he had lost a little sharpness in that final pass or in his shooting outside the box. “But what I like about him is he wants to play, he wants the ball and he can go on to be as good as he wants to be. He is an incredible talent.” Roberto Martinez admits there will be pressure on Everton when they resume their Barclays Premier League campaign after the international break, but he is confident his side are moving in the right direction.last_img read more


first_imgThe Munster Junior League Division One champions will begin their efforts to play at senior level next season when they host the Connacht side.Kick off is at 2.30.last_img


first_imgDefending champion Rory McIlroy faces Australian Jason Day, who moves to world number one, in Texas.In the other last four contest, South African Louis Oosthuizen will play Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain.last_img


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis An Alpena woman is heading to jail for sexually assaulting a teenager. 30-year-old Billie Joe Clayton was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting a teenage boy. In April Clayton pleaded guilty to a single count of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.As part of a settlement agreement, two additional counts of that charge were dismissed. Clayton sexually assaulted the boy between August and November of 2016, when he was between the ages of 13 and 15. The sex was not forced, however the age of consent in Michigan is 18.In addition to serving time, Clayton must also register as a sex offender.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious CFNEM Awards $200,000 In New ScholarshipsNext CFNEM Begins “Red, White and Cruise” Giving Contestlast_img read more


first_img Related News Tiger Woods, arguably golf’s biggest fan attraction, teed off before empty stands Thursday at the Northern Trust.Thunderstorms that rolled through Liberty National Golf Club late Wednesday afternoon brought not only rain but also strong wind that damaged some structures and hospitality tents on the Jersey City, New Jersey, golf course and forced the tournament to delay opening the gates until 10 a.m. ET Thursday, well past Woods’ opening round tee time of 7:43 a.m. “We’re an outdoor sport, so Mother Nature is bound to show up and change our well-laid plans on occasion,” tournament executive director Julie Tyson said in a statement. “We’re grateful that no one was injured and that damage was cosmetic and replaced. We look forward to welcoming the world’s best players – and all of the fans who have been waiting for this event all year long – to the kickoff of the FedExCup Playoffs (on Thursday). We couldn’t be more excited about the favorable forecast the rest of the week and can’t wait to see everyone here.”A little wind a rain won’t keep us down but it will change our gate times.Come out, enjoy tomorrow’s sunshine and watch the best golfers in the world @LibNatGolf .Read more: https://t.co/c2U4aeuRPh pic.twitter.com/8edvKRzJmP— THE NORTHERN TRUST (@TheNTGolf) August 8, 2019Woods, grouped with Scott Piercy and J.T. Poston, isn’t the only marquee player who’ll be well into his round by the time a gallery arrives. Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, for example, begin their rounds at 8:16 a.m. Gates originally were scheduled to open at 7. Workers continued repairs through the night and into the morning to fix the “cosmetic” damage.The course was closed at around 5 p.m. ET Wednesday and the violent storms blew through shortly after 5:30, knocking over several fences near the clubhouse and and causing visible damage to the top of a skybox near the 18th green. Metal barriers in the players’ parking lot also were strewn about, with some ending up on top courtesy cars.USA Today reported that the media center was “swayed dramatically” in the storm. Tiger Woods plays it safe in Northern Trust pro-am because of stiff backlast_img read more


first_img4. American Sniper. OK, I’ll switch the subject before I pull out the last string of hair from my head.The Wellington Regent Theater is hopping this weekend with its showing of American Sniper. The movie will continue through Monday (see movie information here). I took my wife to see the movie Saturday and could barely find a seat because the place was packed. That’s good news for the Wellington Regent which sometimes is lucky to get 100 people out for a weekend showing.The movie is about Chris Kyle, the U.S. Navy Seal Sniper who served four tours of duty in Iraq, and became the deadliest sniper in U.S. Military history. It gets a full 4 star treatment from esteemed movie reviewer Cueball of Sumner Newscow.Here’s the thing. The movie is Rated R. It is graphically violent and not suited for younger children. Yet, Wellington is packing the place. Why? Because people want to watch it.If Hollywood makes a decent movie, people will return the theaters in droves. But unfortunately, Hollywood sticks us with movies like, “U.S. Teenage Ninja Turtles meets Iron Man during Twilight.” Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Five Cueball thoughts for Feb. 8, 2015…1. Sammy “Alfred E” Brownback Those who are worried about their Second Amendment rights, don’t have anything to worry about – at least if you are living in Kansas.Governor Sam Brownback needs a gun.Alfred E. Brownback: What, me worry?The Pied Piper came to visit Kansas this week and Brownback is submitting a proposal to cut spending on public schools and state universities by $45 million. That is not to mention cuts to the highway fund and the state’s pension proposal, and whatever rock he can snatch funding from under.The next few weeks could get very interesting for those in Topeka these next few weeks.I was at the Wellington basketball game Friday night and the usually tranquil group of teachers at the high school were all up in arms. Wellington head basketball coach Brian Buchanan was so cranky he got a technical foul during warmups (I actually made that last sentence up).During the 2014 election campaign, a period of time we will never get back, Brownback promised education funding will be left alone in 2015. That promise lasted about 15 minutes after his victory speech.Now comes the scramble as Republican Legislators try to hide the evidence after this murder of the Kansas budget.In the meantime city municipal governments and school boards such as those in Wellington, Conway Springs, Caldwell, Belle Plaine will watch their state appropriations wither away.In the next few months, the USD 353 board will have to determine what cuts will need to be made. Don’t be surprised if more than one family in Wellington, whose survival depends on a teaching paycheck, will have to look for other kinds of employment. Schools in Argonia, South Haven and Caldwell may not be able to survive.City projects like the resurfacing of U.S. 81 from Harvey Street to the south city limits, could very well be put on hold for like forever. Infrastructure within the cities will continue to deteriorate.Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert told the council just last week, “We are on our own.”And with this deterioration and regression, will come public ire, and eventually holy hell to be raised.And since Brownback and his cronies have demonstrated to be rather cowardly when the going gets tough, pointing blame on others rather than themselves, look for them to pass a tax hike that will negate the tax cuts of 2012 altogether. Only this time those taxes come at the expense of the middle to low income people through sales and property taxes. Farmers will once again take a screwing.Hold onto your wallets folks. Things aren’t getting any easier. But, make no mistake, Alfred E. Brownback has nothing to worry about. 2. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix itThere are reasons why we do what we do. We wear warm clothes in the winter and lighter clothes in the summer. We stop on red, and go on green. We drive to work instead of taking a commuter train because we don’t have a train system in Wellington. Even your greatest risk takers have normalcy in their lives.So when Brownback and his cronies passed the grand net income tax cut of 2012, an experiment like no other, essentially it was like switching up the stop lights. Let’s do something different. Let’s make red go and green stop.There is a reason why 49 other states didn’t go with the Laffer supply-side economic model.Kansas City Star blogger Yael Abouthalkah wrote this interesting article (see here). Kansas has lost $713 million in income tax receipts in one year alone.Had Brownback just sat on his Ivory Tower perch and twiddled his thumbs and snapchat videos of his cat all day, the budget would have remained flat. We wouldn’t be inspiring greatness as a state, but we also wouldn’t be enduring nuclear holocaust either.Sometimes sitting on your rear-end is better than being a pain in everyone else’s rear end. 5. Shoutout of the week. I have to give it to the student body who gave Keith Finley, Wellington’s No. 1 fan, a very Happy Birthday Party before the Duke ceremony Friday night. I thought I counted 92 people in the picture below. He received a letter jacket, a shirt and a hat. Now that is what I call a big-time party.See larger version of picture here.Follow us on Twitter.center_img 3. Why do we go in business?I’m a little wound up as you can see. I just hate disingenuous, self-serving people.The principle behind Brownback’s tax cuts is simple. If you cut taxes that will cause the entrepreneurs to reinvest in their businesses with the extra cash in their pockets.But from my own personal experience, that isn’t how it works. My wife and I have both started two successful private businesses in the past five years.Not once were taxes a consideration for starting these businesses. They were started due to circumstances and serving a niche that wasn’t being fulfilled.It’s baffling to think that the leaders now running things in Topeka seem to think that if you cut taxes, that is going to start a wave of entrepreneurship.Entrepreneurs will only start businesses if they think they can make money. Yes, taxes factor into that profitability equation. So does rent, location, skilled workers, competition, etc., etc., etc. But if they don’t think they are going to make money, they aren’t starting one up no matter how low the taxes are. Kansas economic growth depends on earnings potential and part of earnings potential depends on their desire to live here.Kansas does not have beautiful mountains, or roaring oceans, or ideal weather. So we sell ourselves on decent schools, decent roads, pragmatic ideals and a low cost of living.But boy if we have to change the definition to crappy schools, crappy roads, illogical tax-cut ideals and a high cost of living, I can’t see that helping Kansas in any way. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (28) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down truthteller · 287 weeks ago “We drive to work instead of taking a bus in Wellington because we don’t have a friggin bus to take us to work.” Did the W.A.L.T. system close down? Report Reply 5 replies · active 287 weeks ago -14 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 287 weeks ago My problem with the Education budget at the state level is the school district that just spent $50,000 for a piano. WTF if they can do that they can damn sure cut back even farther. Report Reply 3 replies · active 287 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down whs1995 · 287 weeks ago Wait, is this where I’m supposed to holler out “Obama”? And the next time the farmer gets screwed will be the first time. Let’s not forget those sweet subsidies where they get paid to not farm. When a non-farmer gets paid for not doing anything people get up in arms saying they’re draining the system. Which is it, I’m confused? Report Reply 2 replies · active 287 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest · 287 weeks ago What happened to that lottery money that was supposed to go towards education? We should be one of the wealthiest states. The majority of Kansas America are hard working middle class, we pay for what we use and we pay taxes on what we earn. When Brownback ran his campaign lets not forget the commercial, “the sun is shining on Kansas”, nothing but lies to get elected. On another note, I wish more people did support the Regent and for those who haven’t gone they need to experience how comfortable the theatre is. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down notlla · 287 weeks ago Take a look at the income Tax. When you can get a refund of three times ,the amount you paid in , Something is wrong with the system??????????????????? Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down craig · 287 weeks ago 45M In cuts. That’s only 3.75 times the amount snatched from *us* to pay for excessive school security by shelly et al. And we have a much smaller pool from which to abscond. Don’t rip the Republicans if you’re not gonna rip the special interest groups on our own local level. Report Reply 1 reply · active 287 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down small town kid · 287 weeks ago craig there is nothing wrong with safe schools. We live in Tornado alley. Plus the number of school shootings and violence is off the charts. We would not even be having this conversation if the tax cuts would not have been made. Why blame Shelly? She work for the school? If you haven’t noticed our little town is falling behind. We do nothing but stay stagnant and we will not even be able to keep those that are already here let alone recruit anyone to come here. This is not a local issue but a state one that our leadership is pushing upon the locals. He was elected on lies….but I didn’t vote for him. Report Reply 1 reply · active 287 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down grandma · 287 weeks ago Does anyone think that maybe there is a slight possibility that all of these school districts that pushed though bond issues for new schools by saying that the State (wonder where this money comes from) would pay the majority of the costs ,could have a major impact on State finances? Maybe,just maybe the State cannot afford to pay for all of these. I think that practice should be stopped, let the State help pay for educating kids and the people that want fancy buildings pay for them. What was the impact to the schools utility cost with the addition of that new high school, with the energy eating foyer with those high ceilings that have no benefit but must be heated & cooled. It seems that the board was considering hiring a firm to help get a handle on their utility costs, well I think I just identified a problem for them. Report Reply 1 reply · active 287 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 287 weeks ago Amen Cueball. There are no perfect solutions, but Brownback is the most imperfect solution. But maybe we deserve him. Afterall we elected him twice. Report Reply 0 replies · active 287 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down kpers · 287 weeks ago Kpers is a big strain on the budget and it robs employees of a retirement by not being able to invest in 401k. Thank your Democratics. 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first_imgDominic Otuchet, President of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) told URN that the IAAF Diamond League races are helping the local runners prepare well ahead of the World Championships to take place in Doha, Qatar September 27th to October 6th.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Star athlete Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei will lead Uganda’s team of three at the IAAF Diamond League taking place in Oslo, Norway later tonight.Cheptegei, the 2018 Commonwealth Games double gold medal winner will compete in the 3000m race. After failing to win in the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai last month, Cheptegei will be all out to try and win the race.He will however face tough competition from Kenya’s David Kiplagat and Ethiopia’s duo of Selemon Barega and Edris Muktar. Cheptegei started the season in style winning a gold medal at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark in March this year.Peruth Chemutai who won two silver medals at the 2015 Youth Games in Samoa will compete in the 3000m steeplechase, while Halimah Nakaayi competes in the 800m.last_img read more


first_imgTigresses (from left) Milena Alessandrini, Tin Francisco, and Eya Laure scuttle the plans of Lycha Ebon and the LadyTamaraws. —SHERWIN VARDELEONUniversity of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines rammed their respective opponents Wednesday to move closer to a championship duel.UST bucked a sluggish opening set to demolish Far Eastern U even as UP popped Adamson’s bubble to move within a win of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cooper wants Azkals to play in Asian Cup ‘with a purpose’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Marian Alisa Buitre dominated with 25 points for the Lady Maroons who took advantage of the Lady Falcons’ tendency to relax.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ The Tigresses fashioned out a 16-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-23 triumph over the Lady Tamaraws in their best-of-three semifinals series.Earlier, UP scored a rousing 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 victory over erstwhile unbeaten Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Eya Laure topscored with 19 points for the Tigresses, who are aiming to win their first title here since 2010.“Now we are communicating well inside the court and play more relaxed, and we responded better to the situation in the court,” said Laure in Filipino.last_img read more