Sarkozy admits errors in pre-election love letter

first_imgHe also holds up a microscope to some of his policy failings. The 60-year-old is contrite about his record on reform, saying he should have focused on a few big issues, like France’s 35-hour working week, instead of lots of small ones. And he admits having wasted the beginning of his presidency, only to be overwhelmed when the global financial crisis hit Europe and spending all his time in crisis-management mode.Here are a few highlights from the book, to be published by Plon in France.On yelling at a farmer:“I made the big mistake, during a visit to the agriculture fair, to give in to provocation by answering a person who had insulted me — ‘Get lost, loser’. That was a mistake … By acting in that way, I lowered the presidential role.”On Vincent Bolloré’s yacht:“I should have anticipated, been suspicious, put my newfound presidential status before everything else … Even today, I wonder how I could have made such a mistake.” PARIS — Three years after he left office, Nicolas Sarkozy is trying to write his way back into the hearts of French voters.In “France, For Life,” the former French president gives a frank, personal account of his time in power which reads like an appeal for forgiveness from voters. Copies of the book, which will be published Monday, may as well come with a bouquet of flowers and a handwritten note saying “I’m sorry for everything.”According to advance excerpts obtained by Le Figaro, the conservative politician voices public regret for the first time about some of the low points of his presidency — such as the time he boarded a rich friend’s yacht just days after being elected, and when he told a farmer to “get lost, loser.” On the 35-hour week:“Seen from abroad, France remained a country where people worked less, and the complexity of the 35 hours remained intact for business leaders … We will therefore have to resolve this debate once and for all. The choice of working longer hours in the private and the public sector is one that imposes itself on everyone.” Up in the shops, down in the pollsFor a president who struggled to deal with attacks on his personality, this exercise in self-criticism seems like an attempt to write his way back into high office.A majority of voters say they have no desire to have him back as their president. The Républicain party chief has just nine months to revive his failing re-election bid, and he is depending on big sales of his book, which was written in secret last summer on the island of Corsica, to prove he remains popular.Bookstores have pre-ordered 125,000 copies of “France, For Life,” a big number for a political book and far more than for volumes published by Sarkozy’s main rivals, Alain Juppé and François Fillon.The hope is that book sales will prove more favorable than opinion polls, which make depressing reading for Sarkozy. An Ifop survey this week named Juppé as France’s preferred political personality, with 68 percent support, while Sarkozy languished in 36th position.Even more damning, a poll by Elabe showed that nearly two-thirds of the French did not want Sarkozy back in power, and 7 in 10 believed he was motivated to run by a “desire for revenge.”A plan to corner rivalsMembers of Sarkozy’s inner circle were quick to brush off those poll scores.“If the polls are not very favorable for Sarkozy at the moment, it’s because they are not measuring the same thing for him and the other candidates,” Eric Woerth, a close ally of the former president, told POLITICO.“Sarkozy is not running for the primary yet; he’s running the party. Things are completely different for Alain (Juppé) or Bruno Le Maire, who are completely devoted to their campaigns.”Woerth added that Sarkozy had suffered in the polls as he had to lead Les Républicains through a tough local election battle. But the party leader would soon shake off that burden by delegating day-to-day operations to a small team made up of Woerth, former education minister Luc Chatel, and newly recruited party vice president Laurent Wauquiez. Meanwhile, Sarkozy, who has yet to officially declare his candidacy, will press his advantage as Les Républicains’ chief by putting party matters ahead of the primary for as long as possible. To corner his rivals, he has planned a series of debates and seminars until well into the summer that ostensibly aim to establish the party’s position. The events will force rivals to choose between playing by the rules and looking subordinate to Sarkozy, or ignoring debate and risking the appearance of disloyalty.“Like many former heads of state or CEOs, Sarkozy has a vision of the calendar,” said Woerth. “It’s not good to be ready too soon. You need to keep a cool head.”As arguments in the primary heat up, Sarkozy has another trump card to play: all of his rivals were ministers in his cabinet, and thus share part of the blame for whatever he said had gone wrong.“They all have to own up to the fact that they were there,” Woerth said. “It won’t be possible for them to renounce it completely.”last_img read more

No German ‘grand coalition’ yet: SPD’s Schulz

first_img“It’s not automatic that there will be a new grand coalition,” Schulz told reporters in Berlin. He said Social Democrat (SPD) leaders would make a proposal on Monday on how to proceed.In a Facebook Live appearance, Schulz mentioned other possible options for the next government, including a minority administration and a coalition that would include the conservatives, the SPD and the Greens.“The decisive question is what do we want to implement, what can we implement — for example in the renewal of the European Union,” Schulz said.After suffering its worst ever general election result, the SPD declared it would not reprise its role as junior partner to Merkel and wanted instead to rebuild in opposition.But the party is under pressure to drop that stance after talks between the chancellor’s conservative bloc, the liberal Free Democrats and the Greens on forming a government broke down last month, making a new grand coalition the only viable option for establishing a government with a parliamentary majority. Also On POLITICO Merkel, Schulz hold talks on German government crisis By Janosch Delcker Angela Merkel’s party backs coalition with Social Democrats By Emily Schultheis EURO-PRESS REVIEW German coalition talks bring ‘black warnings, red lines’ By Ginger Hervey German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz denied on Friday he had given the green light for a new coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservatives, insisting that multiple options for forming a government were still on the table.Schulz met Merkel and Horst Seehofer, the leader of the chancellor’s Bavarian allies, on Thursday night for talks hosted by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier aimed at breaking Germany’s post-election political deadlock.Contradicting a report by Bild newspaper, Schulz said the party leaders had not agreed to start talks on a new “grand coalition.” Such an alliance, between the country’s two biggest parties, has ruled Germany for the last four years and remains in office in a caretaker capacity following September’s general election.last_img read more

Kyle Larson announces engagement to Katelyn Sweet

first_imgThe driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet joked that the proposal has been in the works for quite awhile. The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Larson also are expecting their second child in May 2018. Katelyn Sweet got quite the present this holiday season.Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kyle Larson announced his engagement to Sweet, his longtime girlfriend, on social media early Friday morning as the couple and their son Owen jet off to the land down under this offseason.last_img

School Police Officer Adopts 6-yo Boy Who Seemed ‘Unadoptable’

first_imgAfter months of filing papers and obtaining certifications, that little boy will now get to call Officer Gibson “dad.”(WATCH the video below or READ more at WYFF)  Photos via WYFF video Spread the Good-Cop Story, click below…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStudents in this South Carolina school district are taught from an early age that police officers are their friends, thanks to a resource-officer program that brings cops into classrooms.For a lucky foster kid, one policeman turned into more than just a friend.Master Deputy Mike Gibson went from working at the District 6 Child Development Center while off duty to working as the school’s full-time resource officer. As he spent more time with the children, one little boy went from calling him Officer Mike to Officer Dad.“He was searching. He was definitely a child in need,” Gibson told WYFF. “He was in need of parents, that’s what he wanted.”The six-year-old had already been in eight different foster homes.Gisbon, who works for the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, said that adopting the child was the first thing in his career that he really felt “called” to do.Browse More Good-Police Stories at Good News Networklast_img read more

Services today and death notices for Oct. 13

first_img Next UpArchie Windham, Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland, 10 a.m. Services todayLewis Morris, Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home, 10 a.m.Barbara Ann O’Donald Davenport, Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches, 10 a.m. Death notices Allen Henry Bryant, 93, of Beauxart Gardens died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Dora Mae Manasco Colston, 89, of Cheek died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont.Charles Donn Frederick, 71, of Groves died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.last_img read more

Convicted sex offender in trouble again, arrested by PAPD

first_imgOn Thursday at approximately 11 a.m., Port Arthur police investigators and U.S. Marshals tracked down and arrested Robert Millard, 53, a registered sex offender from Harris County. Millard has been living in the Port Acres area and had failed to notify the Port Arthur Police Department.An arrest warrant for failure to comply as a registered sex offender was issued by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.The Port Arthur Police Department released a statement thanking “the concerned citizen who gave the initial information on the whereabouts of Millard, which led to the investigation and subsequent arrest.”last_img read more

Amy Schumer, Jason Mraz & More November Save the Date Picks We’re Thankful For

first_img View Comments The fall season is in full swing, and November’s Save the Date picks will have us at the theater all month long! With epic replacement casting we simply have to catch, brand-new Broadway show openings and more, get ready for the Broadway.com staff’s two cents on which audiences you’ll want to be in this month.November 3 – Jason Mraz Begins in WaitressIt cannot wait—he’s yours, Broadway! Two-time Grammy winner Jason Mraz steps into his singer-songwriter BFF Sara Bareilles’ Waitress as the dreamy Dr. Pomatter. Fans may recall he lent his vocals to the role on Bareilles’ What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress. Mraz makes his Great White Way debut in the charming production alongside leading lady and former vlogger Betsy Wolfe.Content Producer Matt Rodin“There are not enough words in the English language to describe Jason Mraz’s influence on me as a performer and a human being. I’ll be there his first night in a puddle of happy tears.”November 9 – The Band’s Visit OpensAfter completing a sold-out run at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company, Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s The Band’s Visit is making its Broadway premiere at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Starring three-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk, the musical follows an Egyptian police band stuck for one night in a remote village in the middle of the desert.  Managing Editor Beth Stevens”I’m eager to revisit The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ mesmerizing musical in which ‘nothing happens’ and yet everyone is transformed.”November 13 – The Lion King’s 20th Anniversary on BroadwayBroadway’s king of the jungle celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Upon its bow back in 1997, The Lion King nabbed Tony Awards for Julie Taymor’s direction and costume design, Donald Holder’s lighting design, Garth Fagan’s choreography, Richard Hudson’s scenic design and (unsurprisingly), the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Disney juggernaut still roars proudly eight times a week at the Minskoff Theatre. Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip“Seeing The Lion King on Broadway is a conversation starter for so many people. It’s amazing that the show is celebrating 20 years and manages to remain so fresh, epic and magical. Happy birthday, The Lion King!”November 16 – Brigadoon Starts at City CenterWhat a way to celebrate Brigadoon’s 70th anniversary since it opened on Broadway! Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s classic musical bows at City Center with a cast that boasts Kelli O’Hara, Patrick Wilson, Stephanie J. Block, Robert Fairchild, Aasif Mandvi and more. The production begins with a gala evening on November 15 and runs an additional six performances that will be held November 16 through 19.News Editor Andy Lefkowitz“Brigadoon’s original cast album is a favorite of mine. City Center’s pitch-perfect cast, led by Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson (who is overdue for a stage musical return), will no doubt give this luminous score its due.”November 21 – Noah Galvin Steps into Dear Evan HansenDear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt will wave goodbye to the tear-jerking musical on November 19. But save the tissues for your visit to see the touching show at the Music Box Theatre—the young talent has big plans in the works. Audiences can look forward to The Real O’Neals breakout star Noah Galvin tugging at their heartstrings. We already know he has an amazing voice—and can effortlessly rock rollerskates and ’70s garb.National Editor Ryan Lee Gilbert“The outsize talent Noah Galvin exhibited over 29 episodes of ABC’s The Real O’Neals blew me away. So, I’m thankful the challenging role of Evan Hansen, in the Tony-winning musical, is in fantastic and fabulous hands.”November 22 – Jersey Boys Begins at New World StagesWe know big girls don’t cry, but we definitely did when this hit chronicling the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons shuttered on the Great White Way in January. The Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys arrives off-Broadway at New World Stages with Aaron De Jesus as Frankie Valli, Nicolas Dromard as Tommy DeVito, Mark Edwards as Nick Massie and Cory Jeacoma as Bob Gaudio. Oh what a night this will be! Site Producer Joanne Villani“Jersey Boys is one of my all-time favorite musicals, and I am so excited that it’s back! I’m looking forward to revisiting the show, its amazing music and the fantastic story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.”November 29 – Meteor Shower Opens on BroadwayTony nominee and comedy king Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower makes its Broadway premiere with comedy queen Amy Schumer in her Great White Way debut. Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos plays her husband; the two have another couple (played by Tony winner Laura Benanti and Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key) over for dinner. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall. Let the marvelous madness begin! Content Producer Lindsey Sullivan“Steve Martin, Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Shamos—this is both the comedy play and the Sunday brunch guest list of my wildest dreams. ”Other events to mark on your calendar this month:November 2 – Junk opensNovember 7 – Summer: The Donna Summer Musical begins at La JollaNovember 8 – What We’re Up Against opens off-BroadwayNovember 10 – Murder on the Orient Express hits theatersNovember 14 – Actually opens off-BroadwayNovember 15 – Latin History for Morons opensNovember 16 – Hot Mess opens off-BroadwayNovember 19 – School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play opens off-BroadwayNovember 20 – The Wolves opens off-BroadwayNovember 21 – Home for the Holidays opensNovember 28 – Who’s Holiday opens off-BroadwayNovember 30 – The Parisian Woman openslast_img read more

National Life recognized as one of ‘America’s Magnificent Eight’

first_imgNational Life Group,Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group(link is external) has been recognized as one of “America’s Magnificent Eight Exceptional Companies” by CEO Forum, a media company that highlights the innovative work of chief executives from around the country. Additionally, Mehran Assadi, National Life’s chairman, CEO and president, was featured in a column on Forbes.com(link is external) in which seven CEOs shared their insights into building an exceptional business.Robert Reiss, the CEO of CEO Forum, said four criteria were used in determining who to include on the “Magnificent Eight” list. He included companies that had an incredible and aligned culture; provided exceptional customer experience; have strong financials; and have a higher purpose.Mehran Assadi, National Life’s chairman, CEO and president.“Through all my research, there are few companies who have all of these elements to the degree National Life does,” Reiss said. “After my first time visiting National Life Group in 2016 and again this year I was frankly blown away by the remarkable caring and focused culture. And not just one person. Every person I met had that same passion, and actually contributes to their own cause.”National Life’s Assadi was one of about 750 CEOs that Reiss interviewed and considered for inclusion among the “Magnificent Eight.”Assadi said the key to building and sustaining an exceptional business is “a clear strategy, a strong culture, a purpose-driven and performance-oriented team—resulting in exceptional execution.  It all ties together: First, you dream it. If your dreams do not scare the heck out of you, then they are not big enough. Tie your dreams to a worthy cause and connect your team to the cause. Create a movement.”For the past 10 years National Life has recorded record growth in sales and earnings and is one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in the country.1 Since the founding of National Life Insurance Company in 1848, it holds true to its values to Do good. Be good. Make good.CEO Forum is rolling out the “Magnificent Eight” in a series of audio interviews(link is external) and in its magazine over the next several weeks. The print edition of the magazine is being mailed this week.Source: Montpelier, Vermont – National Life Group 3.28.2018last_img read more

St. Johns County Legal Aid honors pro bono volunteers

first_img February 15, 2013 Regular News ST. JOHNS COUNTY LEGAL AID presented its annual pro bono awards to private attorneys who have donated the most hours of free service to the poor, elderly, and disabled in St. Johns County. “We hit financial hardships four to five years ago and asked the bar to step up and help those in need,” said Megan Wall managing attorney of St. Johns County Legal Aid. “A record number of winners this year — part of the centurion club — all did 100 hours or more.” Pictured from the left in the back row are Judge John Alexander, Jim Kowalski, Judge Clyde Wolfe, Virginia Morgan, Judge Scott DuPont, Jay Grife, Judge Howard Maltz, and Wall. In the front from the left are Cheryl McCray, Rusty Collins, Tania Schmidt-Alpers, and Howard McGillin. Honored but not pictured were Brandon Beardsley and Mina Bustamante. St. Johns County Legal Aid honors pro bono volunteerslast_img read more

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Aug 31, 2020

first_imgPaper highlights promise of bacteriophage therapyA new paper in Open Forum Infectious Diseases lays out some of the lessons learned from cases of antibiotic-resistant infections treated with bacteriophage therapy.For the paper, researchers with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) at the University of California, San Diego, reviewed nearly 2 years of consult requests for bacteriophage therapy and examined outcomes from the first 10 cases at the center treated with intravenous (IV) bacteriophage therapy. IPATH was launched in 2018 to expand clinical use of the bacteria-killing viruses against multidrug-resistant infections.Of the 785 requests from patients and physicians, 82% were for treatment of bacterial infections, primarily those caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Mycobacterium abscessus. Bacteriophage therapy was administered to 17 of 119 patients in whom it was recommended, and the median time from request to administration was 170 days.Review of the first 10 cases, seven of which had successful outcomes, showed that administration of IV and nebulized bacteriophage therapy appears safe, may be safely administered by outpatients, and can be used to suppress infections. The review also found that bacterial resistance to bacteriophage therapy can develop but can be overcome with new phages, that combining phages and antibiotics can lead to successful outcomes despite the presence of in vitro antibiotic resistance, and that treatment failure can occur despite in vitro phage susceptibility.”In conclusion, our experience with BT [bacteriophage therapy] for a variety of indications highlights the promise of BT for multiple clinical indications,” the authors of the paper wrote. “Significant work is needed to identify predictors of success and for design of clinical trials that will lead to more widespread use.”Aug 27 Open Forum Infect Dis abstract European drug makers call for new reimbursement models for antibioticsThe BEAM (Biotech companies in Europe combating Antimicrobial Resistance) Alliance late last week urged the European Union (EU) and individual member states to adopt new reimbursement models for antibiotics.In a paper on its website, the alliance, which includes 70 small- and medium-sized European companies involved in antibiotic development, called on the European Commission to create a new pull incentive framework that would help make new antibiotics more commercially viable and to provide guidance to member states on the size of the incentives that would be required.The group also encouraged member states to champion and adopt a new EU legislative framework that would encourage the development of new antibiotics and to create new reimbursement models similar to those adopted in the United Kingdom and Sweden. “Because new antibiotics are (appropriately) held in reserve, developers of new medicines have struggled financially or have gone bankrupt,” the alliance said. “The BEAM Alliance and the co-signatories of this paper urge the EU and its member states to urgently act and fix the broken economics around investment into the development and commercialization of antimicrobials.”In another paper posted on its website last week, the alliance applauded the launch of the AMR Action Fund, a nearly $1 billion effort by pharmaceutical companies to support late-stage antibiotic development announced earlier this summer. But the group noted that the fund “must be matched by a commercial ecosystem that is supportive of innovation in the field, so that the antibacterial drugs developed as a result of this funding can be truly viable from a market as well as scientific and clinical perspective.”Aug 28 BEAM Alliance paper on new reimbursement models Aug 27 BEAM Alliance reflection paper on the AMR Action Fundlast_img read more