first_imgPresident Emmanuel Macron’s reshuffled government took office on Tuesday, with conservatives given prominent roles in efforts to rescue France’s coronavirus-ravaged economy from the worst depression in decades.Reappointed as finance minister, Bruno Le Maire promised a company-focused recovery plan to revive growth, but said he would not lose control over spending.Le Maire said he faced a “crushing task” confronted by the severest economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. “My road map is clear and simple: it will be recovery – morning, noon and night.” The reshuffle saw former conservatives, including Le Maire, in control of the most influential ministries – a sign Macron will seek to consolidate support among center-right voters ahead of a possible re-election bid.An Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting poll showed eight in 10 people believed the reshuffle would not lead to a shift in policy direction.At least two small groups of feminist protesters targeted the new government.Three topless women protested in front of the Elysee Palace, one of them bearing the slogan “RIP The Promises”, as Macron prepared to convene the cabinet for the first time.In a second action, protesters took aim at new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, against whom an investigation into a rape allegation was reopened last month.Darmanin, who was previously Macron’s budget minister, denies rape.Macron redrew the political landscape when he swept to power three years ago, carving out a niche in the center ground and poaching ministers from the left and right.On Monday, he let go of several former Socialist ministers, while promoting others from conservative ranks.Topics : The coronavirus crisis has unraveled the hard-fought gains of a liberal economic reform agenda that provoked waves of protests during Macron’s first three years in office.Before the pandemic hit, French growth was among the highest in the euro zone, unemployment was falling and foreign investors were rewarding Macron for deregulating parts of the economy.But now the jobless rate is rising, the government forecasts the economy will shrink by 11% and debt is spiralling higher.”It is out of the question that economic stimulus gets done at the expense of well-managed public accounts over the long term,” Le Maire continued.last_img read more

first_imgThey take on St Mary’s in the AIL Plate Final.The match is being played at the Old Belvedere ground in Dublin and kicks-off at 1 o’clock.Aisling O’Hagan of Thurles says it would be wonderful if the Tipp team could win the trophy.last_img

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Looking for the next rate signalBank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz speaks at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University on Tuesday. Deputy governor Timothy Lane warned Thursday of serious consequences related to steel and aluminum tariffs, despite reassuring trade news out of the United States, as he sent signals the bank’s in no rush to raise interest rates.Unrest in the oil patchTim McMillan, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers speaks to the Canadian Club of Calgary on Monday. McMillan has been raising the alarm over regulatory confusion in the energy sector, which has delayed pipeline projects such as the Trans Mountain expansion and contributed to bottlenecks and steeper-than-usual discounts on Canadian oilsands crude.Looking to turn the pageEmpire Company Ltd., parent of grocer Sobeys, discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. The Sobeys brand has made news lately, first with allegations in December that it was part of a nation-wide bread price-fixing conspiracy, and more recently when it made a last-minute break with a series of “wellness’” expositions in February that included a man convicted in the death of his toddler.Quebecor resultQuebecor Inc. discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. The Montreal-based media conglomerate filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court in February in stop a decree that gives $10 million in repayable financial assistance to rival Groupe Capitales Medias, which Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau calls “blatant favouritism” on behalf of the government.The month in manufacturingStatistics Canada releases the monthly survey of manufacturing for January on Friday. Manufacturing sales for December were down 0.3 per cent from a revised record high for November, and January figures are expected to be buffeted by the contrary forces of U.S. tax reform and protectionist sentiment from Donald Trump’s White House.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version referred to revelations that Sobeys was part of a bread price-fixing conspiracy. The allegations have not been proven.last_img read more

first_imgWashington: The US public and Washington’s deeply divided political class on Sunday faced another day of anxiously waiting to learn if the key findings of the Russian meddling probe will implicate President Donald Trump in serious wrongdoing. Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the confidential final report on his 22-month investigation Friday and Attorney General Bill Barr has been studying the document, which he must summarize for Congress. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The Justice Department had told legislators that Barr would not be sending an outline of its “principal conclusions” — expected over the weekend — on Saturday, according to US media. That left the American public still in the dark over what the Mueller investigation uncovered about the president’s ties to Russia and alleged acts of obstruction of justice. Chronic tweeter Trump, who was spending the weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago residence, remained uncommonly silent after spending two years repeatedly labeling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation an illegal witch hunt. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls After the president spent the morning golfing, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed that they still had not seen the report or been briefed on its findings. Asked how the president felt, Gidley replied: “He’s good.” Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress, many of whom are hoping for evidence to support a presidential impeachment, pressed hard to ensure the report’s full contents are made public, and not just a summary prepared by the Trump-appointed Barr. Neal Katyal, the former Justice Department official who drafted the rules for special counsels, said Barr had no excuse for keeping Mueller’s report secret. “Absolutely nothing in the law or the regulations prevents the report from becoming public,” Katyal said in a Washington Post opinion piece. The secret report was handed to Barr on Friday with the announcement that no new indictments were forthcoming. That produced sighs of relief from the White House, where members of Trump’s family — Don Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner in particular — had been feared possible targets of the probe. For Trump himself, Mueller was prevented by longstanding Justice Department policy from indicting the president. But his report could still outline criminal behavior by Trump that could be the basis for an impeachment effort. Mueller, a 74-year-old veteran criminal prosecutor and former FBI chief, investigated whether members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians to skew the 2016 election. In addition, he studied whether actions by Trump, including the May 2017 firing of FBI director James Comey, amounted to criminal obstruction of justice. At the end of the probe, he was required to produce to Barr a confidential report that explained why he decided to indict or not indict subjects of the probe. Barr must summarize the report for Congress. He said in a letter to congressional leaders Friday that he is “committed to as much transparency as possible.” However, the special counsel regulations “give Barr lots of discretion about what to disclose,” said Andrew Coan, a University of Arizona law professor. “The selective release of exculpatory material is a possibility worth watching for,” Coan warned. Analysts cautioned about reaching any conclusions, saying nothing is yet known about the form or length of the report. “The president should wait before popping the champagne corks over this and tweeting in triumph,” Benjamin Wittes, a prominent Washington legal analyst, wrote on the Lawfare website. Mueller indicted 34 individuals during the probe, among them six Trump associates, including his former national security advisor Mike Flynn, his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Five of the six have pleaded guilty to the charges against them. Court filings in those cases painted a broad picture of a cohesive Russian effort via hacking and social media manipulation to swing the election in Trump’s favor against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The investigation has revealed scores of contacts between the campaign and Russians, with members of the team readily talking to the Russians about obtaining dirt on Clinton. Hours before Barr’s announcement, Trump repeated his accusation that the entire investigation was a hoax and questioned Mueller’s credentials for investigating him. But Mueller, who was director of the FBI for 12 years, has the respect and support of Democrats and Republicans alike as a straight-shooting, disciplined and fair investigator.last_img read more

first_imgCasablanca- A budget of 2.82 billion dirhams will be spent on the upgrading of the Grand Casablanca and improving the living environment of its inhabitants in 2014 according to MAP. Following the speech of King Mohammed VI at the opening of the fall session of Parliament, a reflection device was set up with three major steps. According to the governor of the prefecture of Casablanca, Khalid Safir, this includes a comprehensive assessment of the city’s problems, the establishment of a priority actions plan and, and the launching of this plan for the city in long-term (until 2030).Some actions are aimed at getting rid of Casablanca’s slums, finalize financing plans, and launch developmental projects such as the Metro, tram, Bus-Tram integration, the installation of household waste plants, and the upgrade of roads and highways. These projects will be carried out in order to encourage investment, which will support the financial sector, allow for the renovation of the Mohammed V airport, and implement advanced regionalization. “In the short term, feasible projects are being developed quickly in order to give credibility to the approach, obtain the citizens’ support, and to win businesses’ and investor’s trust to simplify procedures and to establish a framework for consultation,’’ added Mr. Safir according to MAP.“This program is ambitious and will be completely realized in 2014, with projects in the entire region and in all sectors. The public transport project will be given 200 million dirhams and will be provided with 200 additional buses,” the president of the city council, Mohamed Sajid, was quoted by MAP as saying.The Ministry of the Interior supports this program as a priority. They have released a special contribution of 1.16 billion dirhams, including 240 million dirhams for the prefectural and provincial councils of Grand Casablanca. About one half of this is to be used for urban upgrading and enhancing security while improving traffic.40 million dirhams will be used to provide the city with surveillance cameras, 20 million for the installation and the implementation of a central traffic control, and 50 million for transport equipment. This equipment will improve police intervention capacity and enhance the security of all Casablanca inhabitants, stated the mayor.A budget of 365 million dirhams will be allocated to the modernization of road maintenance for both main and auxiliary roads. 245 million dirhams will be allocated to reorganize the Arab League park and city center (35 MDH), to develop green spaces of the city (115 MDH), rehabilitate the Ain Sebaa zoo (65 MDH), and to modernize of the Mohammed V sports complex (30 MDH).620 million dirhams will be used to improve the living condition of the suburbs of Casablanca. Priority implementation will be given to the Douars Mkanssa, Sidi Belahcen, and Lahraouine districts. This will be carried out thanks to the contribution from the general state budget, the city council, the National Human Development Initiative (NHRI), and local communities.The city council and Lydec (delegated manager of water and electricity distribution) agreed on a specific priority action program with a budget of 560 MDH. This includes  138 MDH to improve public street lighting and  19 MDH  to improve drinking water access and electricity for 1,000 homes, stated the mayor.250 MDH will be allocated to improve the sanitation system, including subdivisions not yet connected to the main system. 119 MDH will be used for new operations to connect water, electricity, and sanitation services for the douars (neighborhoods) of the suburbs of Casablanca, which include Mediouna, Mohammedia and Nouaceur.Additionally, 480 MDH will be paid to new contractors for the improvement and strengthening of waste management and cleanliness. The aim is for the eradication of slums and relocation of their occupants. 9,250 households are identified as priorities and will be immediately evacuated.last_img read more

first_imgRabat – After the Justice and Development Party produced a draft for a new law concerning Arabic language and submitted it to the house of representatives, “modernists” attempted on Wednesday to pressure the islamist party to withdraw its submission.Causing considerable controversy ahead of the proposed law’s discussion before the relevant committee in the house of representatives, many “modernist” government entities made several calls on Wednesday in an attempt to pressure the PJD to retract its proposal, which aims to protect and improve Arabic.PJD’s new draft law strives to boost Arabic’s status as the official language of Morocco. It aims to promote Arabic as the main language for education, administration and public institutions, as well as general affairs management and public services. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum, before the Education and Culture and Communication Committee had held its meeting last Wednesday, many modernist governmental bodies tried to pressure PJD’s officials not to submit the draft.Though it did not identify those government bodies, Akhbar Al Yaoum added, they couldn’t change the PJD’s willingness. In particular, Abdelah Bouanou, the PJD party leader in the house of representatives, submitted the proposal personally to avoid any possible delay.Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, Rachid Belmokhtar refused to be the PJD’s spokesman during the submission. Instead, Minister of Culture Amine Sabihi represented the Islamist party and delivered a speech to the committee.Sabihi stressed that the Moroccan language policy ”is backed by the constitution, governmental commitments and relevant international treaties.”Talking about the policy to boost the position of Arabic as the official language in Morocco, Sabihi emphasized that this law will “compel educational institutions that receive foreign aid to allocate courses to teach Arabic.”The modernists opposing signs rolled out when Amine Sabihi confirmed that this law will “compel the advertisers to use Arabic in any printed or audiovisual advertising.” Stressing that whoever “violate these items will pay a financial penalty estimated at MAD 50 thousands, (about $ 6,134).”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

It’s rare in life that you can look back and identify the specific moment that marked the end of the way things were and the beginning of the way things are. That is not the case when it comes to the creation of the style of play that dominates the modern NBA, which now sees teams eschewing size advantages in favor of loading the floor with as much shooting as possible. It’s worth examining the origins of the small-ball revolution, even if there are indications that the trend may reverse itself — perhaps as soon as this season.Though the seeds for this shift were planted by teams like the Houston Rockets of the mid-1990s, the Phoenix Suns of the 2000s and, particularly, the 2009 Orlando Magic, everything changed for good on May 13, 2012. During the Miami Heat’s 95-86 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, Heat star Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal strain and was ruled out indefinitely.To that point in both the regular season and the playoffs, the 6-foot-11 Bosh had played almost exclusively at power forward. He’d played 2,174 minutes combined regular season and postseason minutes, spending 1,901 of them (87.4 percent) next to one of Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, Ronny Turiaf, Dexter Pittman or Eddy Curry in the frontcourt.1All lineup statistics come from NBA Advanced Stats, unless otherwise noted. With Bosh sidelined for the remainder of that Pacers series and the first four games of the ensuing Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, however, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra slid the 6-foot-8 Shane Battier into the starting lineup in his place.Battier had played just 3 percent of his regular-season minutes at power forward in 2011-12, per Basketball-Reference, but he remained in the role for the rest of Miami’s run to the 2012 title. Bosh returned at first as a reserve. But when he moved back into the starting lineup for Game 2 of the NBA Finals, it was as a center next to Battier and LeBron James in the frontcourt. With that group providing more space in which James and Dwyane Wade could operate, the Heat blitzed the Oklahoma City Thunder with four straight wins, capturing the first of two championships of the Big Three era.After the Heat rode the same configuration to another championship in 2013, the NBA saw a massive drop in two-big lineup usage the following season. That trend may have steadily continued anyway, but it was hastened by the Golden State Warriors going even smaller, playing the 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in order to beat LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers teams. Pretty soon, damn near the whole league was reorienting around trying to compete with the Warriors’ Death Lineup.Consider the following chart, which plots regular-season “two-big” lineup usage for each of the NBA’s 30 teams, as well as the league average, from the beginning of the Heat’s Big Three era through the just-completed 2018-19 campaign. See if you can identify the turning point; it should be pretty easy.2For purposes of this analysis, we are identifying a “big” as a player who is either a) listed as a center; or b) listed as a power forward and measures at least 6-foot-8 and attempted less than one three-pointer per 36 minutes during the regular season. Such a definition allows us to see which teams played a non-shooting forward (or another center) next to their center in the frontcourt. Two-big lineup usage peaked at 58.8 percent of minutes leaguewide during the 2011-12 season, but the shift to small ball sliced that number in half within four seasons. Last season, two-big lineups played just 6.4 percent of regular-season minutes. During LeBron, Wade and Bosh’s second season together, 19 of the league’s 30 teams used two-big lineups at least 50 percent of the time. Last season, no team even crossed the 40 percent mark in two-big lineup minutes.Such a stark trend might make it seem like we have reached a point of no return. But given several developments of this offseason’s free-agent period, it seems fair to wonder whether we may have actually passed Peak Small Ball and might be in for a reversal during the 2019-20 campaign.The Philadelphia 76ers, for example, signed Celtics center Al Horford to a four-year deal, and presumably plan to play him as their primary power forward alongside Joel Embiid. Contrary to popular belief, the 6-foot-10 Horford has actually been a center for the majority of his career — he’s played 83 percent of his minutes at the position, per Basketball-Reference — but Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has said that he believes a desire to return to the power forward slot — where Horford played in college — factored into his decision.Assuming Ainge is correct, Horford is not the only big who’s moved to a new team hoping to slide back to the four. New Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis expressed a firm desire to resume playing the four during his introductory press conference. According to Basketball-Reference, Davis has spent 55 percent of his career at center, peaking last season at 96 percent.Other teams’ offseason moves indicate they could potentially lean into two-big lineups as well.The Sacramento Kings signed centers Dewayne Dedmon and Richaun Holmes, who could potentially play either together or alongside Harry Giles. The Portland Trail Blazers let small-ball power forward Al-Farouq Aminu leave in free agency and traded combo forward Moe Harkless, at the same time adding former Heat center Hassan Whiteside to last season’s primary starter Jusuf Nurkić,3In fairness, Nurkić suffered a serious injury at the end of last season and figures to miss a significant portion of 2019–20. and they seemingly plan to start former backup center Zach Collins at power forward.The New York Knicks have Mitchell Robinson as their presumed starting center and should probably let 2018 lottery pick Kevin Knox play at least some of his minutes at power forward; but they still used a significant portion of their free-agent budget to sign non-shooting power forward Taj Gibson, as well as Bobby Portis, who in a 28-game stint with the Wizards last season played 77 percent of his minutes at center. Even the team’s most high-profile signing, Julius Randle, only started shooting threes last season, and he often gets treated by opposing defenses as a non-shooting big man.The Indiana Pacers let power forward Thaddeus Young and small forward Bojan Bogdanovic leave in free agency, and plan to start backup center Domantas Sabonis at power forward next to Myles Turner, who has been the starting center since midway through his rookie season. Sabonis has played 79 percent of his minutes at center with the Pacers, per Basketball-Reference, but he was primarily a power forward both in college and during his rookie season with the Thunder. The Utah Jazz — previously among the heavier users of two-big looks — pivoted smaller by signing the aforementioned Bogdanovic, but in so doing sent Derrick Favors to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he could potentially play alongside either Jaxson Hayes or Jahlil Okafor when he’s not manning the pivot next to Zion Williamson.Several additional teams may end up using two-big lineups more often due to other types of roster changes. The defending champion Toronto Raptors, after losing Kawhi Leonard to the L.A. Clippers, could use more of the Marc Gasol-Serge Ibaka frontcourt that worked so well for them in the playoffs. The Clippers figure to load-manage Leonard, as the Raptors did last season, but even when he’s in the lineup, it’s entirely possible we see Montrezl Harrell — who has played 83 percent of his career minutes at center, including 96 percent last season — playing the four next to Ivica Zubac. Even the Warriors — who took small-ball even further than the Big Three-era Heat — could end up using more two-big lineups featuring, say, Kevon Looney and free-agent signee Willie Cauley-Stein when Draymond Green has to rest, given that they lost Kevin Durant in free agency and traded away Andre Iguodala.Already, that’s a significant portion of the league seemingly preparing to devote non-trivial minutes to two-big lineups. Not even mentioned are four of the seven squads that used two-big units at least 10 percent of the time last season, and could conceivably do so again. (They are the Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets, in addition to the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Pacers.) With multiple contenders in the East and West seemingly planning to use two-big lineups more often, it doesn’t appear as necessary for teams to ensure that they are well-equipped to go small against the very best opponents. Much of the league appears to have reacted by returning to the comfort of using size as an advantage. read more

first_imgResearchers from Britain have identified the effect of honey used since ancient times for the treatment of several diseases, on pathogenic fungi that can cause devastating infections in vulnerable people. Researchers from the University of Manchester in Britain discovered a powerful link between Surgihoney — a medicinal type of honey and the destruction of Fusarium — a fungus that can cause blindness or even death. The researchers used different concentrations of Surgihoney, a biologically engineered honey that produces chemically reactive molecules containing oxygen, to test how effective it could be in destroying the fungus Fusarium, which is found on plants and in soil. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Even the lowest concentrations had a significant effect in breaking down the cell wall of the fungus, demonstrating its potential as a future treatment for patients, the study revealed. Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds comprise about 60-80 per cent of infectious diseases in humans and the way fungi invades wounds is associated with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Chronic infections, such as those found in long-lasting wounds, in which fungi invades, comprise about 60-80 per cent of infectious diseases in humans. Biofilms — thin layers of micro organisms, which group together — contribute to the severity and delayed healing of such chronic wounds, the researchers said. The study opens door for further work on the application of honey for many fungal infections and allows scientists to adopt different options for treating a range of superficial infections, researchers concluded.last_img read more