Gold Coast entrepreneurs secure a Byron Bay retreat

first_imgTony and Christina Quinn.QUEENSLAND entrepreneur Tony Quinn, once a teenager living in a caravan, and his wife Christina have spent $3.4 million on a Byron Bay weekender.The entrepreneurial Main Beach, Gold Coast based rich-lister secured the retreat on the town’s dress circle in an off-market deal. Set a few roads back from Clarke’s Beach, the four bedroom, two bathroom home sits on a 530sqm holding. SIGN UP FOR THE NSW REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HERE What a home. Great outdoors!More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agocenter_img Breezy and beautiful.Seven metre wide concertina glass timber doors open to an expansive deck.Excluding sales at Byron’s bookend beaches, Belongil and Wategos, the sale is the highest price within the town for eight months. Tony and Christina made their fortune initially from their VIP Petfoods empire, selling it for $410 million to Quadrant Private Equity in 2015 and then buying Darrell Lea confectionery.They spent $25 million on the famous Australian confectionary company, selling it earlier this year for around $200 million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02 The couple, who own a $2.62 million apartment on Main Beach, are no strangers to buying and selling spectacular Queensland homes, but this is their first known NSW acquisition.They also own two motorsport racetracks in New Zealand, where they hope to build a world-class golf course along with residential development.His autobiography Zero to 60 revealed he grew up in a wooden caravan built by his dad Jimmy in Scotland. From the age of five he started helping his dad with his pet food business, weighing and bagging minced meat.last_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Stuart Hogg ruled out as Scotland adds to squad

first_imgHead coach Gregor Townsend may also be without Russell. The fly-half was injured Sunday playing against Top14 leaders Toulouse and faces a nervy wait to find out if he can be involved for his country this weekend. Scotland has added six players to its training squad for the upcoming match. Fly-half Duncan Weir and Edinburgh trio Magnus Bradbury, Dougie Fife and James Johnstone have been drafted in, along with Glasgow Warriors front-row forwards Zander Fagerson and George Turner.SQUAD UPDATE | Head Coach Gregor Townsend today added six players to the Scotland squad ahead of this Saturday’s round three Guinness Six Nations Test against France in Paris, and provided an update on Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg.https://t.co/kCPMn0lOpb pic.twitter.com/ApFYWTeC2Q— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 18, 2019Injured Glasgow Warriors duo George Horne (shoulder) and Stafford McDowall (ankle) miss out, as do David Cherry, Murray McCallum and Jake Kerr. Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of Scotland’s Six Nations contest against France, while Finn Russell will go through return-to-play protocols after suffering a head injury for Racing 92. Full-back Hogg sustained a shoulder injury after a challenge from Peter O’Mahony in the 22-13 loss to Ireland at Murrayfield and will not be considered for selection for the trip to Paris in round three, Scottish Rugby confirmed Monday. last_img read more

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Killbillies Triumph Over Northern Mayhem In Rollerderby Action

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Kilbillies had awesome success in their derby at the North Peace Arena on Saturday.The Killbillies’ Kailey Odermatt, or “K.O.” as she’s known on skates, says the team had ten blockers and three jammers rostered for the bout, which saw the Killbillies best the Northern Mayhem 247-38. K.O. says that the score doesn’t show how close the match really was against the team composed of players from Chetwynd, Terrace, Quesnel, Prince George, and Grimshaw. Overall, K.O. said that the fans who came out were incredibly excited with the action, including some big hits that were thrown by both teams.- Advertisement -The Killbillies’ Roster for derby consisted of:BLOCKERS:K.O.JennacideAdolf HitterAmandatory BeatingShel ShockJack AttackBecca Gunna Wreck YaFrancis Break’emMini ReaperRapainzelJAMMERS:Boom Boom BethySparkyStrokerCoach: Sugar Daddy Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermatt Photo credit: Kailey Odermattlast_img read more

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Scientists Bemoan Research Fraud

first_imgA commentary entitled “Repairing research integrity” published in Nature June 181 struck a nerve.  Three letters to the editor in the July 31 issue said the problem is worse than Titus, Wells and Rhoades indicated when they said many issues of research fraud go unreported, and suggested principles to fix the problem.    The letters to the editor were disturbing.  Two Brazilian researchers said fraud is widespread in their country: “If misconduct allegations are ever filed, official statements are usually vague and investigations can take several years,” they said.  “Whistle-blowers are typically frowned upon by their colleagues and officials at their institutions.”    A Croatian letter-writer said that integrity is more common in America than elsewhere.  “Take Europe, where – apart from in Scandinavia, Germany, the United Kingdom and, to some degree, France – little or no regulation exists to control scientific misconduct.  Individual cases of fraud can therefore be more easily hidden and may be far more common than in countries with established standards.”    A letter by two Americans was perhaps the most disturbing.  They opined that dishonesty is endemic from the top down: “The academic and financial rewards of calculated, cautious dishonesty on the part of some scientific leaders are, we believe, all too apparent to the junior scientists they supervise,” they said.  “No amount of tutoring, stricter supervision or courses in research ethics will fix this problem.”    Maybe scientists need a little fear of God.1.  Titus, Wells and Rhoades, “Repairing research integrity,” Nature 453, 980-982 (19 June 2008) | doi:10.1038/453980a.Remember, this is the culture announcing to you that Darwinism is a fact of science.  Tell us, Mr. Darwin, where integrity evolved from.  Science needs Biblical morality whether it acknowledges it or not.  Let him who is without sin cast the first stone at the despised outcast accused of prostituting science with religion.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Brand SA and Muslim Judicial Council to highlight religious tolerance in South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa and the Muslim Judicial Council discuss their collaboration. From left, Thoko Modise, Manager: Civil Society, Brand South Africa; MI Abdul Khaliq Allie, Secretary General, Muslim Judicial Council; Sithembile Ntombela, General Manager: Marketing, Brand South Africa; Shaykh Achmat Sedick, Director, Muslim Judicial Council; and Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research, Brand South Africa.Brand South Africa and the Muslim Judicial Council have entered into an agreement to work together to tell the good story of religious tolerance in South Africa, following a meeting in late February to discuss collaboration between the two organisations.South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council, or MJC, is a non-profit faith-based organisation established in 1945. It is one of the country’s oldest, most representative and most influential religious organisations and enjoys local and international credibility.The MJC Halaal Trust is a major role-player in the positive promotion of and orientation on halal lifestyle for South African Muslims, specifically, and other communities, globally.The MJC is founded on the values of Ubuntu and tolerance, and speaks to South Africa’s motto of unity in diversity.A diverse but integrated societyOften referred to as the “rainbow nation”, South Africa is home to a fascinating mix of people. We are Africans, and people of European, Asian and mixed-race descent, enjoying hybrid mixtures of different cultures. But our overarching South African culture ensures that, no matter what a person’s heritage, they are, at heart, proudly South African.Indeed, as South Africa’s democracy evolves, it is becoming a more diverse but integrated country. Cultural diversity continues to be one of its strongest assets.MJC and Brand South Africa: the alignmentThe MJC’s alignment to the country’s values and ethos makes its fit with Brand South Africa more natural. While religious tolerance is a challenge in many countries, it is a success story in South Africa.Another of South Africa’s successes is not widely told: its important role in peacekeeping elsewhere on the African continent.Following the agreement, Brand South Africa will work with the MJC to promote the good story of religious tolerance in South Africa, a story that will contribute positively to the country’s reputation.The two organisations have agreed to collaborate on future stakeholder engagements, particularly international delegation strategic platforms.last_img read more

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How To Watch Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote Online

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement selena larson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#2014#Apple#iPhone#Live Stream#Worldwide Developer Conference#WWDC If you didn’t get an invite to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Calif. next week, here’s some good news for you: Apple has announced—a full week early, no less—a way for you to watch the WWDC 2014 keynote address on June 2.Here’s how: Make sure you have an approved Apple or Windows device. The live stream requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later; or QuickTime 7 for Windows devices. If you’re streaming from a second- or third-generation Apple TV, you’ll need software 5.0.2 or later.Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. PT on June 2. Click here. ReadWrite will have all hands on deck for the Apple keynote, so be sure to check back at readwrite.com for our breaking coverage. We’ll also be live-tweeting the keynote at @RWW on Twitter. Image courtesy of Apple The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgDiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we talked with Dora, MS, CCC-SLP.  Dora is a speech pathologist and currently serve children with a variety of needs including autism, cochlear implants, apraxia, phonological disorders, and language disorders.  She currently is employed by a Children’s Hospital, which is part of a large University Health Care system. In this position she serves children in an outpatient therapy center which provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children from birth through age 18.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What’s your favorite part of your current job?I enjoy being part of a team of therapists who focus on the whole child. There is nothing better than working in a collaborative setting where you can brainstorm ideas with other therapists and coordinate services with other care providers.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.I served military families while employed by a private practice; the majority of children were in an early intervention program or at developmental day centers. In my current setting the military families I serve are National Guard or Reserve families.How did you come to work with military families?I became an active duty military spouse and moved to an area with a large military installation. I later had my own children, one of whom has special needs, and have experienced being a military family receiving special education services.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.A rewarding experience I had serving a military family was when I was working with a 2 year who had complex medical needs. This child had a tracheostomy and we were doing Passy Muir speaking valve trials. I was there when this child’s mom heard his voice for the first time and later when his mom heard “mama” for the first time. This was an unforgettable experience and I was blessed to be a part of a special moment for this military family.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?Military families are similar to other families in that they have the typical day-to-day challenges non-military families face. They also have the same emotions with regard to receiving a diagnosis for their child or giving birth to a child with a disability. Military families are “real” families with “real” day-to-day challenges that other families face. The difference is the additional things military families have on their plate. They might deal with an active duty parent leaving for training, preparing for a deployment, and returning from a deployment. There are constant adjustments that are being made in a military family’s life. Also, many military families live away from their extended family, and other military families become their support system. These families have a bond and support each other unlike the non-military families I have served.Another difference when serving Reserve or National Guard families is that these families often make major adjustments when one parent is activated and away from the family. These families have to switch from a civilian life to being an active duty family when the service member is activated. Sometimes these families may not live in an area where there is a military installation and the community and providers may not be aware of the best ways to support the family.I changed my practice to accommodate and understand schedule changes and made efforts to include the active duty parent(s) in order to make them an active part of the care team. Often the active duty (or activated) parent may feel left out of the therapy plan because they may be away or just returning from training/deployment.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?As providers one way we can support military parents is to include them using email, Skype, and Facetime, if these are options. Many years ago this was not an option for families, but now depending on the circumstances of the training/deployment, the parent may have access to the Internet. This is a great way to include the parent who is away. Another way is to meet with the parent before he/she leaves and go over the treatment plan and ways this parent can support the parent who is home with the child(ren). Additionally, once the parent returns and has had time with the family, meeting to discuss progress and the current home program for the family is also helpful. If providers assume the parent at home will explain everything to the spouse who is away, this can put additional stress on the spouse at home. I have found that trying to work with the family as a whole yields better progress, as well as unity within the family.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.One stressor I have seen in military families is when one parent is deployed or away at training, the parent at home with a child who has a disability may need respite. Having a child with a disability can be challenging, but when one parent is away then all parenting and household responsibilities fall on the parent holding down the home front. While there may be respite services available to some families, other families may not seek these out or qualify for them.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?First and foremost if you are not familiar with military language and acronyms – learn them! You need to know what these things mean when the family talks about what is happening in their life. Another suggestion is to learn the specific needs of the area in which you serve families. For example, the needs of Reserve and National Guard families are different than active duty families. When serving active duty families consider the kinds of units in the area. Learn about them so you will know what those families’ schedules and challenges are like. Consider: Is it a unit that deploys frequently for short durations or time? Is it a unit that does less frequent deployments but for longer periods or time? Is it a training installation where service members may be away for training or teaching frequently? In my experience, when working with families, each military area has unique needs to that specific area. In order to better serve families, learn about the area and its unique needs.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?I would like it to be easier for families to transition services when moving from one place to another, to alleviate some stress on the families. These families are extremely resourceful, but that does not mean providers shouldn’t help ease the process a bit.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I learned about being a military wife while I was serving military families. I was fortunate to have other wives and providers mentor me through that process. Resources like the Military Family Learning Network are so valuable as they provide information that is easily accessible for providers and families.This post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Video: Masked Arizona State Fans Distracted An Arizona Foul Shooter In Unique Fashion

first_imgArizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team's first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes.LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 07: Arizona State Sun Devils mascot Sparky the Sun Devil stands on the court during the team’s first-round game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at T-Mobile Arena on March 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Buffaloes won 97-85. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Distracting foul shooters in creative ways is a longstanding tradition for college basketball fans. Still. you don’t often see what you saw from two Arizona State fans during the Sun Devils’ loss to Arizona today. Late in the second half, with Arizona guard Gabe York at the line, the camera cut to two ASU fans clad in animal head (horse? goat? unicorn?) masks. What ensued was, interesting.  We’re not quite sure what that was. If you know, please hit us up at College Spun and explain the details.last_img read more

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Celebrity Items Go Under The Hammer In SAG Awards Auction

first_imgThe SAG Awards Ceremony Auction benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Emergency Assistance programs is currently live at sagawards.org/auction.The auction offers collectibles from nominated films and TV shows such as “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Mad Men” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Also up for bid are one-of-a-kind experiences, set-visits, and premium items from networks, studios, sponsors and individuals. Bidding began online on January 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. (PT) and concludes on January 31, 2013 at 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/action.Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction will benefit the SAG Foundation to help sustain its award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 750,000 global views each month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance, including the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund. For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org. The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards honoring the outstanding film and television performances of 2013 will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, organized by autographed memorabilia & collectibles, experiences, and premium items.
Autographed Memorabilia and Collectibles:· “The Dick Van Dyke Show” complete DVD series/Blu-Ray box set, signed by Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner· “Silver Linings Playbook” DeSean Jackson midnight green football jersey signed by Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Paul Herman and DeSean Jackson· “Silver Linings Playbook” DeSean Jackson white jersey/shirt signed by Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver and Paul Herman· “Lincoln” script signed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field· “Making of Lincoln” book signed by Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field· “Les Miserables” soundtrack signed by Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hooper· “Les Miserables” poster signed by Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Tom Hooper and more· “Life of Pi” package that includes “The Making of ‘Life of Pi’” book and movie poster signed by director Ang Lee· “The Paperboy” mounted poster signed by Nicole Kidman· “The Newsroom” script signed by Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and more· “The Chronicles of Downton Abbey” book signed by Hugh Bonneville and cast· “Boardwalk Empire” poster signed by Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and more· “Mad Men” package that includes a script signed by the cast, seasons 1-5 DVD sets, a T-shirt and travel mug· “Breaking Bad” three-T-shirt package that includes a “Los Pollos Hermanos” tee· “Breaking Bad” two-T-shirt package· “Homeland” package that includes a season one DVD set, T-shirt, coffee mug and dog tags· “Nurse Jackie” season one DVD set and syringe pen· “Chocolate Me!” children’s book, written by Taye Diggs, and T-shirt (size M) signed by Diggs
Experiences:· Tickets to the Season 6 premiere event of “Sons of Anarchy”· Visit to the set of “E! News”· VIP visit to the set of “EXTRA”· Visit to the set of “Entertainment Tonight” and “omg! INSIDER”· In-studio listening date with Lori & Julia at myTalk 107.1last_img read more

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3 contrasting contenders in Germany vie to succeed Merkel

first_imgBERLIN — Three high-profile contenders are vying to lead Angela Merkel’s party as the longtime German chancellor makes way after 18 years for a successor who could shape the European Union’s most populous country for the next generation.The centre-right Christian Democratic Union will elect on Friday a new chairman or chairwoman, who will be the favourite to run for chancellor in Germany’s next election.Merkel has been CDU leader since 2000 and chancellor since 2005. She moved her party relentlessly to the centre, dropping military conscription, accelerating Germany’s exit from nuclear energy, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children and allowing the introduction of gay marriage.Most controversially, she allowed large numbers of asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015.Merkel’s popularity lifted her centre-right bloc for years, peaking in a 2013 election in which it won 41.5 per cent of the vote. But in October, after a troubled start to her fourth-term government and two dismal state election performances, the 64-year-old announced she would step down as CDU leader and wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor.Her potential successors need to lift a party polling under 30 per cent. They could take the CDU, which together with the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union has been post-war Germany’s most consistently successful political force, in different directions.ANNEGRET KRAMP-KARRENBAUER, 56The CDU’s general secretary since February, Kramp-Karrenbauer — often called “AKK” — is a Merkel ally and the closest to her centrist stance. She touts her own lengthy experience in regional government, which saw her become the first woman to become a state’s interior minister, or top security official, and serve as governor of western Saarland state.Kramp-Karrenbauer says she knows how to win elections, having defied expectations to win re-election in Saarland by a wide margin last year. And she says she put herself “at the service of the CDU” by giving up that job this year.Kramp-Karrenbauer has consistently shown more willingness than the chancellor to cater to conservative rhetoric and more vocally opposed gay marriage. Recently, she has sought to put careful distance between herself and Merkel without disavowing her, saying she has had “very lively discussions” with the chancellor on various subjects.She has talked tough on immigration issues, proposing a lifelong entry ban to Europe for asylum-seekers convicted of serious crimes. But she has warned that endlessly reheating arguments about the 2015 migrant influx is a turn-off for voters.FRIEDRICH MERZ, 63A one-time Merkel rival, Merz is seeking a spectacular comeback after more than a decade away from front-line politics. He stands for a more conservative and business-friendly approach.Merz led the centre-right group in parliament from 2000 until 2002, when Merkel pushed him out of that job. He left parliament in 2009, and in recent years practiced as a lawyer and headed the supervisory board of the German branch of investment manager BlackRock.A snappy speaker, Merz lacks government experience but is well-connected in the party and has presented his time away from politics as a virtue, saying that he has “had the opportunity … to look from outside at politics and its decisions.”In the past, he advocated radical tax reform and argued that foreigners should learn German “Leitkultur,” which could be roughly translated as “majority culture.”In this campaign, he has criticized the “unregulated influx” of migrants and charged that the CDU accepted the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany, which entered the national parliament last year, “with a shrug of the shoulders.” He appeared briefly to question the right to asylum enshrined in the German constitution, but quickly walked that back. And he has advocated encouraging greater use of private pension plans using shares.JENS SPAHN, 38A Merkel critic, Spahn became health minister in March as Merkel acknowledged pressure for renewal. He has support on the party’s right — but that appears to have been largely swallowed by Merz’s reemergence, leaving him as the outsider.Spahn has made migration a focus, calling it the “elephant in the room.” He has said that security is a key issue, and argued that “not everything is good again” even though the flow of migrants has slowed.Spahn, who is openly gay, has said that his party doesn’t need to “shift to the right,” but it does need to start “a real change of generations.” He looks highly unlikely to succeed this time, but this contest could position him well for the CDU’s next leadership change.AND THEN?The choice will be made by 1,001 delegates at a party congress in Hamburg, many of them professional or part-time politicians at federal, regional or local level.Merkel has signalled that she intends to remain chancellor for the rest of this parliamentary term before retiring from politics. The next election theoretically shouldn’t be until 2021, but that is uncertain.Merkel’s governing coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats, the CDU’s traditional rivals, has had an extremely bumpy few months. Another crisis, or an already-agreed midterm review next fall, could bring it down.Whoever becomes CDU leader will want to follow through on promises to sharpen the party’s profile. Observers struggle to imagine Merkel working well with Merz, in particular, though both dismiss that concern.“I have no doubt that, if that is the outcome, I can work well together with Friedrich Merz, as with every other candidate,” Merkel says.Geir Moulson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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