A report on the SNPs first 100 days of being in control of Falkirk Council sparked an angry war of words. Leader of the administration, Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, presented the update to the executive on Tuesday. She said that in “challenging and uncertain times” a manifesto focused on initiatives that will create economic growth, job opportunities and support the most vulnerable has made a “positive” start. Councillor Meiklejohn listed four pages of “key” achievements that had delivered SNP priorities since the election in May. They included the opening of Carrongrange School, marketing the Falkirk Gateway, the £1.8 million public realm works to regenerate Falkirk Town Centre through the Townscape Heritage Initiative and the opening of the Dorrator Bridge with Communities Along The Carron. But Dennis Goldie, leader of the Labour Group, claimed she was taking credit that was not deserved. Councillor Goldie, who had called for the report to go … [Read more...] about Angry clash follows SNP’s report on first 100 days in power
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TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has achieved much during his first 100 days.He showed his socks to Justin Trudeau. He had brunch with Justin Trudeau. He went to Pride with Justin Trudeau.Irish-Canadian relations have never been so good, which is great news for our main exports of young people and mental health nurses.He has personally developed, by discovering that he isn’t any good at telling jokes, especially standing in Downing Street after a national tragedy and an awkward election.A nation held its cringe.Still, Leo has created jobs by boosting the number of PR groupies to focus-group his image until there’s nothing left in the Taoiseach’s office but a tweetbot that creates a share-friendly slogan each week.The Strategic Communications Unit’s mission is Brand Leo. It’s led by the sort of folk who brought us the soft-focus, bite-your-bottom-lip Centenary stuff. One of them once dropped signposts in random parts of the country then called it the Wild … [Read more...] about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s first 100 days show us he’s a Material Boy
A BOY of six has run 100 miles in 100 days to help his Alzheimer’s-hit nan.Lucas Baldwin, who has type 1 diabetes, wanted to help after Sue Archer, 64, was hit by early-onset dementia.Lucas ran in all weathers to complete the gruelling challenge.His mum Lesley Archer-Baldwin, 37, said: "I didn't think for one minute he'd keep it up and do it every day for 100 school days."But every morning he got to school early to do it."I thought he'd try to cry off but he didn't."He put so much effort in. It would be pouring down, blowing a gale, freezing, but he never once said he didn't want to do it."Lucas was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last year."To do that amount of exercise every day requires lots of adjustments with his insulin and food."But it never got in the way and the exercise really helps with diabetes."He wanted to raise money to help his Nana and it spiralled from there."Lucas did his final mile dressed as Captain America at Heron Hill primary in Kendal, … [Read more...] about Diabetic lad, six, runs 100 miles in 100 days to raise money for gran with Alzheimer’s
For many Indonesians, October 20, 2014 seemed like the beginning of a new chapter in the country's recent democratic history. 53-year-old Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, was sworn in as president of the world's fourth most populous country, after narrowly defeating ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a hotly contested election in July. The move symbolized not only the culmination of the remarkable career of a man who started off as a furniture seller on the island of Java and quickly rose through the ranks of government. It also indicated a generational change as Jokowi became the first president without links to the government of former dictator Suharto, who was overthrown in 1998 after more than three decades in power. High hopes Expectations were high when Jokowi came to power. His reputation for being corruption-free, direct and down-to-earth as governor of Jakarta had appealed to many voters, some of whom even compared the 53-year-old to US President Barack … [Read more...] about 100 days in power – Has Indonesia’s Jokowi shaken things up?
Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD party triumphed in last November's parliamentary elections, winning a large majority of seats in the nation's legislature. The new government - under President Htin Kyaw - then took over the reins on March 30. But Aung San Suu Kyi, who is barred from the presidency by the country's constitution, is viewed as the de facto leader of the new government, and she currently holds the positions of state counsellor, foreign minister and minister of president's office. The new civilian administration inherited a country confronting an array of economic challenges. Despite its mineral wealth, Myanmar remains an impoverished nation, with a large segment of the Southeast Asian nation's over 53-million strong population mired in poverty. The government also faces tensions with the military which ruled the country for almost half a century, and continues to control the nation's security policy by holding onto the key defense, home affairs and border affairs ministries. … [Read more...] about 100 days of Myanmar’s new government – What has changed?
One hundred days ago, Conservative David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg embarked on what is for Britain a political experiment: a full-blooded coalition government. Cameron's Conservative Party failed to win an outright majority in elections on May 6, producing a hung parliament for only the second time since World War II. The result was an unlikely union with the traditional third party, the Liberal Democrats. Speaking at a joint press conference with Clegg on May 12, Cameron said he was announcing more than just a new government. "We are announcing a new politics - a new politics where the national interest is more important than the party interest, where cooperation wins out over confrontation," he said. Dropping popularity Cameron is currently on holiday, making Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg the public face of the government. Responding to recent disappointing approval ratings, Clegg downplayed the numbers and said he was "proud" of what the two parties had … [Read more...] about Britain reflects on historic coalition government’s first 100 days
When Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the then president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, said it marked Brazil's entrance onto the world stage. Commodities were booming and Brazil was considered an emerging market, a powerhouse of the future, and now with the added promise of a crowning, carnivalesque Olympics. Yet with 100 days to go until the Rio 2016 Games, the country has attracted global attention for the wrong reasons, reasons which are threatening to overshadow the first Games in South America. A political crisis that could lead to President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, an unprecedented corruption scandal and an economic recession have created the perfect storm in Brazil - and the venues near completion, the preparations for and challenges of hosting an Olympics are taking a backseat. "Political mayhem plus economic catastrophe equals a sort of twisted Olympic godsend, in the sense that the political and economic double whammy has deflected attention … [Read more...] about Rio keeps the bar low 100 days before Olympics begins
She is known as competent and professional. The 63-year-old served as a foreign and interior minister and is a former wife of South African president, Jacob Zuma. She is also diplomatic and pragmatic. With multiple crises occuring within her first 100 days in office, the chairwoman of the African Union Commission has had a busy start, said Jakkie Cilliers, director of the South African Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Up to now, she has done exceptionally well,” he said. "She has shown strategic vision in recognizing the limitations of African peace and security architecture in responding to the crisis in Mali”, noted Alex Vines from the renowned UK-based think tank, Chatham House. At a meeting in Cairo in November 2012, huddled together with her mediators and special envoys, she conceded that the African Union and the UN were ill-equipped to deal with the Malian crisis. “And so she has been supportive of the French intervention when it was clear that … [Read more...] about 100 days at the helm of the AU
"When I became prime minister, there were high expectations. Not just high expectations, but people expected speed in decisions," Modi said on September 1 during a five-day trip to Japan."I give you the assurance that what we have done in the past 100 days, the results will be seen very quickly." Expectations for the Indian PM are indeed high. After presiding over 12 years of strong economic growth as chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, Modi and his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power with a strong mandate in the April-May elections on promises to transform India's troubled economy and replicate the politician's record of economic success on the national stage. But has the PM been able to lay the foundations for strong economic growth during his first 100 days in office? Analysts give the PM mixed marks. Milan Vaishnav, expert in political economy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says that Modi's performance so far needs … [Read more...] about Narendra Modi’s ‘lackluster’ first 100 days as Indian premier
Three months after a drawn-out and controversial election, analysts give Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's performance mixed marks. While they credit him for his work ethic and eagerness to make necessary changes, the former finance minister and World Bank economist is also under fire for failing to form a cabinet at a crucial time for the country. Ghani came to power in September 2014, following a disputed poll overshadowed by fraud claims which only ended when he and his electoral rival Abdullah Abdullah signed a power-sharing deal to form a national unity government. The US-brokered agreement also created the position of chief executive officer, a post akin to prime minister, which was filled by Abdullah. One of Ghani's first acts during his first 100 days in office was to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, which former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had refused to sign. The BSA not only ensured that US and NATO troops could remain in Afghanistan, but … [Read more...] about No cabinet in sight as Ghani marks 100 days as Afghan president