Kuwaiti Official Yells Get Out … Child Killers at Israeli Delegation

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Kuwait’s national assembly speaker, forced an Israeli delegation to leave a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, after describing them as “occupiers” and “child killers.”Replying to Israeli claims regarding Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli prisons, Al-Ghanim said that “what the parliamentary representative of this brutal occupation represents is the most dangerous form of terrorism: state terrorism.” He addressed the head of the Israeli delegation, saying, “If you do not feel shame, then do as you please.”“You should take your bags and leave this hall. Get out of the hall right now if you have an atom of dignity… you occupiers, child killers,” he shouted, inciting applause from the audience, before the Israeli representative walked out.Azzam Al-Ahmad, the head of the Palestinian delegation, praised the speech, telling Middle East Monitor that it shined “a light on the wounds Palestinians have suffered.”The heated speech went viral on social media and was widely praised among Arab Twitter users.???? ?? ?????:???? ??? ?????? #?????_??????????? ?????????? ?? ???? ?????? ????? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????.. @MarzouqAlghanim?????? ???? ????? ?????? ????? ???????? ???????? pic.twitter.com/of62phTPr1— ?? ??? ??? (@7amadQalam) October 18, 2017“Let history record the moment an Israeli delegation was kicked out of an international conference in Russia.”?? ???? ????? ??? ??????? ???????!???? ?????? ????? ????? ?????? ???????? ?????. #?????_??????— ???????? ??????????? (@Alaa_AlSaeedi) October 18, 2017“At a time of changing positions, Kuwait remains steadfast in its religion, Arab nationalism and justice.”????? ????? ???? ?? ??? ?? ??? ??? ???? ????? ?????? ?????? ???????? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??????? ?? ?????? #?????_??????— Mohsen Alotaibi . (@Mohsen_alo97) October 18, 2017“I swear to God, I rejoiced seeing what this brave man did to the cowardly Zionist delegation that has caused terror worldwide.”??????? ???? ? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ??? ????? ? ??? ?? ??? ????? ???????? ?????? ??? . ??? ??? ??????#?????_?????? pic.twitter.com/lTomBcpnnS— ???? ???????? (@92__almutairi) October 18, 2017“Honestly, Marzouq al-Ghanim represented Kuwait in the best way, to the point that his political rivals agreed with him.” read more

Maldivian opposition leader seeks to learn from Ranatunga

Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, has said he will renegotiate the terms of Chinese-funded projects to see if they are fair and in the best interest of the country.“We will learn from the experience of Sri Lankan Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in re-negotiating the deal over Chinese built Hambantota port,” Nasheed told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Wednesday, according to BD News 24. When in opposition, the present Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, had roundly criticised the Rajapaksa government for circumventing bidding process and bartering away big ticket infrastructure projects to the Chinese on terms unfavourable to Sri Lanka. He had stopped the projects for almost year to conduct investigations, but had to resume the projects because of an $8 billion loan to be repaid to the Chinese.Nasheed, who is leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party, the largest of the opposition parties in the Indian Ocean country, said that when he or any opposition leader becomes president in the 2018 election, the Chinese projects will be re-examined. Ranatunga is waging a lone battle within the government against its bid to give an 80 percent stake in the deep-water Hambantota port to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings Company for an upfront payment of $1.2 billion. But this is not going to be easy to do because 70 to 80 percent of the Maldives’ external debt is to China, he noted. He is hoping to follow Sri Lankan Minister Ranatunga’s “strategy” in renegotiating with China.The Maldivian leader, who was his country’s president from 2008 to 2012 when he was unceremoniously ousted, said China is not transparent in its dealings and it prefers to work with authoritarian regimes, being itself authoritarian. He also said he will not say that China has no territorial interests in the Maldives. Ranatunga is being backed by the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa which is forcing the government to tone down the Chinese stake to 60 percent though only after ten years. read more

Sri Lankan man charged with terror offences in Sydney

A Sri Lankan man employed by a Sydney university has been charged over a document that police allege contained plans for terrorism attacks.The 25-year-old was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at the University of NSW in Kensington on Thursday afternoon, police said, according to the Australian Associated Press. The man was charged with collecting or making a document which is connected with preparation for, the engagement of a person in, or assistance in a terrorist act.He was refused bail to appear at Waverley local court on Friday.“The charges laid against this person are serious and significant, and should not be underestimated,” said Australian Federal police Detective Superintendent Michael McTiernan. “We have psychologists and investigators looking at that document to try to interpret the intent and capability, but that is in essence the offence that is before the court.”A number of electronic items were also seized during a raid at a unit at Zetland early on Friday morning. The man, who is in Australia on a student visa that expires in September, has not been charged with being a member of a terrorist group. It followed a tip-off from a worker at the university, who police said found a notebook that allegedly contained the names of several locations and individuals as “potential targets”. “They are symbolic locations within Sydney,” acting Detective Superintendent Mick Sheehy said on Friday. He was employed as a contractor at the University of NSW and has allegedly travelled back to Sri Lanka and other areas.The man was not known to police and does not have any criminal history in Australia, police said.Authorities insist there was no concern for public safety. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Violent and dangerous man escapes police custody in Toronto

Toronto police are warning the public after a “violent and dangerous” man escaped from police custody at Toronto General Hospital.Justin Yates, 39, was last seen getting into a taxi near Yonge St. and Dundas St. on Thursday. He is described as male, white, 5’9″, with facial hair and numerous tattoos. He was wearing black track pants and a black shirt. Yates allegedly broke into a downtown Toronto business on January 12 and stole more than $100,000 worth of products. Police warn that if you see him, do not approach and call 911 immediately.

Government rings alarm bells over oilfield slowdown

Sask. job numbers up, unemployment rate down: StatsCan The Saskatchewan government says another slowdown in the province’s beleaguered oil and gas industry has resulted in more than 2,000 lost jobs over the last year.The province and others in the business community blame the decline on federal policies they say have amplified uncertainty, leading to an abundance of caution from energy companies and their investors.“There are a host of factors that go into the decisions that companies make, but what it all adds up to is we are being put in a position where we are not competitive globally,” said Jeremy Harrison, the province’s minister of immigration and career training.Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve McLellan agreed, saying much hinges on Ottawa’s ability to complete the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, which it bought last year for $4.5 billion and which is currently bogged down in the courts.“If we can’t get this one built … boy, I’ll tell you, a private company’s not going to put their money toward a new pipeline,” McLellan said of the pipeline, which he described as a symbol of Canada’s ability to build energy infrastructure.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.In the meantime, the province’s multi-billion-dollar oil and gas sector appears to be experiencing another downturn, half a decade after collapsing prices sent a shock wave rippling through the energy sector.According to provincial government records, 1,061 new oil wells were drilled during the first seven months of 2019. Last year, by comparison, 2,551 wells were drilled, which works out to 1,480 through the end of July.If that trend continues through the end of 2019, it would mark the first year of declining drilling activity since 2014, when weak prices virtually halved the number of wells drilled in the province — from 3,605 in 2013 to 1,819 the following year, the records show.Earlier this summer, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada downgraded its drilling forecast for the province. It now projects 2,035 wells for 2019, down from the 2,422 in its original forecast. Its overall forecast predicts a 31 per cent decline from 2018.Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy, whose community sits atop the oil-rich Bakken formation, said better technology also plays a role, because companies can drill much faster — meaning less work for employees unless the number of wells increases.However, Roy said, “We can drill more wells but we can’t get our product to market.”Jobs in the province’s oilfields are also on the decline. Statistics Canada reported Friday that Saskatchewan added 700 new positions in forestry, fishing, mining and oil and gas last year, but the provincial government contends that those figures do not tell the whole story.According to non-public data it obtained from StatsCan, 2,900 people were working in the oil and gas extraction industry in the province last month, down 42 per cent from a year earlier.“I come from an energy riding as well. I’ll tell you, there is a high degree of pessimism and a massive degree of concern about the position that that industry has been put in because of the carbon tax, because of the pipeline issue and (Bills) C-69 and C-48,” Harrison said.While the provincial government has faced criticism for campaigning against Ottawa, its support for TMX is shared by many in the province. Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili drew the ire of environmentalists when he expressed support for it last year.Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers vice president Brad Herald agreed with McLellan’s view that the pipeline is not a panacea, but said it is the “key piece” in the vision of growth desired by investors and the major energy companies.Until that happens, it’s “a bit of batten down the hatches,” Herald said.amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated read more

Over 50000 former Afghan soldiers have disarmed UN reports

“The most popular area of reintegration is agriculture with 43.6 per cent of participants choosing that option,” Ariane Quentier, spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told a press briefing in the capital Kabul. “Vocational training is a distant second with 26.9 per cent participation.”Of the 50,514 soldiers who have laid down their arms, 44,995 have entered into the reintegration programme. Ms. Quentier also announced that nearly 31,000 light and heavy weapons have been collected under the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process. “The discrepancy between the number of collected weapons and disarmed soldiers stem from the fact that certain weapons are manned by more than one soldier,” she explained.In another development, the UN High Commisser for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that two months after it resumed its voluntary repatriation programme in Pakistan, 55,065 people have returned with the agency’s assistance.UNHCR said it expects some 400,000 Afghans to go back by the end of 2005. Meanwhile, in Iran more than 7,000 Afghans have been assisted by UNHCR to return so far this year. The agency estimates that 300,000 Afghans will this year return from Iran. Some 3.2 million Afghans have repatriated under the UNHCR programme since it began three years ago. read more

Ohio State mens hockey looking to pick up points in final series

OSU sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (9-17-2, 4-8-2) is preparing for its final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center and is looking to take advantage of a struggling Wisconsin (6-15-7, 1-10-3) team.The last-place Badgers arrive in Columbus on a four-game winless streak; their last win was back on Jan. 30 in Madison, Wisconsin, against Alaska. Their lone Big Ten victory was a 3-0 result against Michigan State in December.The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Badgers this season. In their two games at the Kohl Center in early January, the Scarlet and Gray grabbed a win and a tie.“We’ve got a ton of respect for Wisconsin. They’re as good as anybody. Their record doesn’t show it, neither does ours, but at times people like as us say, ‘Jeez, they play some really quality games,’” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Wisconsin’s kind of in that same boat. Watching the video over last weekend, they probably deserved to win two games and ended up not winning either one.”Rohlik played for Wisconsin from 1987 to 1990, where he was a two-time captain and hoisted the 1990 NCAA championship trophy with the “C” on his jersey. He was also an assistant coach for the Badgers during the 1990-91 season.Senior forward Tyler Lundey, a Wisconsin native, said he is hoping to carry the momentum from last Saturday’s victory over Penn State and look past the blowout loss the night before.“It was definitely a big win Saturday night at Penn State. We learned our lesson Friday night. Wisconsin is one of those teams that are always going to come at you. They’re going to work hard,” Lundey said. “It’s kind of our game plan too. Work hard, stick together, play as a team, and get ready to play some playoff hockey.”Tale of two goaliesRohlik might have a bit of a decision to make between the pipes this weekend. His junior goaltenders, Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins, started Friday’s and Saturday’s games, respectively, against Penn State. While Tomkins fared much better against the Nittany Lions, Rohlik said he remains confident in both of his netminders heading into the series.“We always talk as a staff like today here after practice and kind of put our whole lineup together for the games. (Pulling Frey) I did more or less that just to get our team spark going there on Friday night. Wasn’t really necessarily his fault,” Rohlik said. “I just figured (Tomkins) has been practicing hard and deserved a chance to get in there and play, so we’ll evaluate and see what happens here.”Frey leads the Buckeyes’ shot stoppers in save percentage with .920 in 17 games played, while Tomkins has posted a .892 percentage in 13 games.“We score a lot of goals”The Buckeye offense will have to pile on the shots against a determined Badgers defense. Coach Mike Eaves’ men continue to be one of the top teams in the nations in blocked shots. Wisconsin ranks 16th in the country with 14.07 blocks per outing. Senior defensemen Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze are ranked nationally at sixth and 13th, respectively.“They do a really good job blocking shots,” Lundey said. “We score a lot of goals from the hash marks and ends, so our goal is to score relatively close. A big part is getting shots on net initially, getting pucks through, and then cleaning them up.” Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple said he isn’t too worried about the defense having to contribute more on offense, but rather playing to each position’s strengths.“As a defenseman, and all the other defensemen on the team, we kind of always want to chip in on the scoresheet at the end of the day, which is always nice. I don’t think we’re really going to change our type of play,” Dalrymple said. “When there are chances, the defensemen are going to jump up into the play. If we kind of go out of our element, we can run into trouble.”The Scarlet and Gray will look to junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey to continue his fine form. Schilkey was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Tuesday after a conference-best five-point performance last week, with a goal and four assists against Penn State.The Buckeyes will also face another staunch penalty-killing opponent in the Badgers. Wisconsin sits 14th in the nation with a kill ratio of .849. OSU, on the other hand, is one of the country’s best power-play converters, coming in at 12th nationally with a .214 conversion rate.Senior night at the SchottWith the team entering the final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center, Saturday’s game will mark its senior night. Dalrymple, Lundey and forward and co-captain Anthony Greco will be recognized prior to the matchup.“Every year, you know it’s coming. It’ll be fun. It’ll be important to enjoy it and have fun and hopefully get the win,” Greco said.Rohlik hailed his senior members and said he hopes the rest of the squad can follow their examples.“Find me anybody in that locker room, you want to play for each other, but you also want to give a little extra for those three guys,” Rohlik said. “Someday, some of those other guys will be sitting in those same shoes, and you want everybody to give their best effort.”Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and  at 7 p.m. the following evening. read more

Teacher at leading boys schools charged with trying to meet a 13yearold

Just before the details of the alleged crime and police investigation came to light in February, Dr Zetie resigned from his post at the school.Mr Bailey explained that he immediately informed staff, Dr Zetie’s current students and their parents of his resignation, but said that he was unable to share more information until now due to strict laws that protect the anonymity of teachers accused of a crime. The automatic anonymity is only lifted if the teacher is charged. “Immediately after this, we were contacted by Richmond local authority designated officer (LADO) who informed us that Dr Zetie was under investigation for serious misconduct outside school.”  The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul’s SchoolCredit: Sean Gallup  The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul's School Founded in 1509 by the scholar and humanist John Colet, the school’s alumni – who are known as Old Paulines – include the poet John Milton, the political theorist Isaiah Berlin, and the former Chancellor George Osborne. A Thames Valley police spokesman said: “Following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, a man has been charged with two sexual offences against a child.“Kendrick Zetie, aged 51, of Sutton Lane, Slough was charged on July 19 with one count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence. “The offence took place on 15 February and Zetie was arrested on the same day.”Dr Zetie is due to appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Last year, the sister school of St Paul’s faced a string of sex allegations after its drama department asked alumnae to contribute towards a “real life” Edinburgh fringe festival play on the subject.Two former pupils of St Paul’s Girls’ School made allegations about  historic sexual abuse they said they were subjected to.Sarah Fletcher, high mistress at the £24,000-a-year school, wrote to alumni to tell them that she has asked the LADO to carry out an independent safeguarding inspection at the school, following the claims.  A teacher at one of the country’s leading boys’ schools has been charged with trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.Dr Ken Zetie, who taught at St Paul’s School for 17 years, is accused of attempting to arrange the liaison as part of an undercover police sting.The 51-year-old had been head of science and director of outreach and academic partnerships at the £38,000-a-year west London school.Mark Bailey, high master of St Paul’s School, wrote to pupils and alumni this week to inform them of  the accusations faced by Dr Zetie.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The letter, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, says: “On Tuesday next week Dr Zetie will appear in court charged with two offences, attempting to incite a female minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence.”Mr Bailey said that while the incident was “unrelated to any pupil at our school”, it nonetheless “has the potential to be unsettling and distressing”.St Paul’s School, which educates boys aged seven to 18, is among the highest performing for GCSEs and A-levels in the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Rios water management at Weipa bauxite

first_imgIM’s July issue (just out) considers water managment. The World Business Coucil for Sustainable Development has just made available a case study on some of Rio Tinto’s work. Due to its tropical and monsoonal climate, northern Australia often experiences an excess of water that occurs less frequently in southern Australia. Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mining operations in the region have multiple sources of water, each of which has its own associated costs and additional values. The four main sources are:Decant water (recycled or reused water) from the tailings damSite rainfall run-off captured in “slots” (like small wells) and other small storage sites across the mining leaseShallow aquifers underlying the areaThe deeper aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin.Availability of the different sources can vary during the year, particularly the first two. Rio Tinto identified the level of sensitivity of the shallow aquifers and the Great Artesian Basin during normal environmental risk management processes. This has been reinforced by engagement with key stakeholders, including the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee and nongovernmental organizations. The latter have focused on the connectivity that can occur between the shallow aquifers and local rivers.These processes have aided the establishment of a formal hierarchy of sources, directing the operation to source first from tailings dams, then “slots”, then the shallow aquifers, and finally the Great Artesian Basin aquifers.In general, the costs associated with sourcing from tailings dams and slots are less than those arising from operating borefields fed by underground aquifers. However, due to the large area of the mining lease, there are situations where it could be both cheaper and more convenient to source from one of the latter.The establishment of the sourcing hierarchy effectively places an implicit value on the natural sources of water. In the case of the Great Artesian basin, the focus is on the long-term sustainability of the resource, as it has the slowest rate of recharge. The shallow aquifers recharge very quickly due to the climate; their shallow depth, though, can be linked more closely to the river ecosystems.last_img read more

New technologies on show and Future of Mining conference at AIMEX

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) will once again see the industry gear up for one of the most significant mining events. Taking place 29-31 August, more than 300 exhibitors will showcase their new advances and innovations, products and services on the exhibition floor. The exhibition “will provide visitors the opportunity to obtain vital technical information and network with industry colleagues in an interactive business environment.” Visitors will also have the ability to connect face-to-face with leading industry suppliers showcasing the latest technologies, including:Renishaw’s new void scanner designed to produce accurate 3D laser scans of underground voids as well as its Boretrak® which enables users to measure the audit borehole deviation from proposed designs;TOMRA Sorting Solutions new multi-channel laser sorting technology unlocking opportunities for quartz and gold processing;Davies Wear Plate Systems’ new wear side only attachment system;Global Pumps’ Verderflex VF Series peristaltic hose pump; andHedweld Engineering’s Trilift® range of component handling equipment and Safe-Away® range of Ladder and Stair Access Systems.Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from the some of the sectors’ most renowned minds as part of the free-to-attend conference, The Future of Mining, sponsored by Fluidmesh. The program features more than 30 world-leading experts across 16 sessions. World Coal Association Chairman, Mick Buffier, Head of Telstra Mining Services, Jeannette McGill; CSIRO Research Director for Hard Rock Mining, Dr Ewan Sellers; and Coal Services CEO and Managing Director, Lucy Flemming; are among the key speakers for the conference.AIMEX Event Director Brandon Ward said the event provides attendees the opportunity to explore the latest technologies and hear from world leaders across three streams – mining innovation, surface mining and underground mining. “Event attendees will have the opportunity to draw on key insights on the future of mining, discover what emerging technologies and practices are available and better understand how best their operations can stay competitive and sustainable in an ever-changing sector.“AIMEX also provides mining industry professionals the chance to meet with one another, exchange ideas, network and generate new business leads,” Mr Ward said. AIMEX Non-Executive Chairman David Moult said the mining industry has come through one of the most difficult periods in its history and is now looking for new opportunities for growth and development. “The exhibition and conference provides sectoral leaders, suppliers and operators the platform to discuss the current state of the industry, showcase the latest innovations entering the sector and discuss what more is required for future growth.”last_img read more

From 003 to 91 Just how pure are the illegal drugs sold

first_img By Rónán Duffy Share72 Tweet Email1 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 3:36 PM 34 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article €5 million worth of cocaine was seized by gardai in Co Clare yesterday. Image: RollingNews.ie/Revenue From 0.03% to 91%: Just how pure are the illegal drugs sold in Ireland? New analysis of garda seizures show that taking street drugs can be “a game of chance”. Oct 27th 2016, 3:36 PM €5 million worth of cocaine was seized by gardai in Co Clare yesterday. Heroin seized by gardaí and customs officials at Rosslare Europort. Source: RollingNews.ie/RevenueBulk seizures of heroin found by gardai were found to be 40% pure with caffeine and paracetamol the most common adulterants. After the heroin was mixed before being sold at street level, the average purity fell to 34%.The wide variance in the purity of drugs being sold to users shows that Ireland’s drug problem is a complex one, according to Tony Duffin of Dublin’s Ana Liffey Drug Project.“It’s easy to say that people shouldn’t take street drugs but, as we know, just say no campaigns simply don’t work. People do take street drugs, and suffer grave health consequences at great cost to the taxpayer as a result,” Duffin says.People who use drugs need better information about what they are taking. In this regard, Ireland needs to make more resources available for harm reduction measures such as accessible and timely drug testing.Read: Three men arrested after €2.7 million worth of drugs seized in vehicles >Read: ‘Torpedo-like’ device found packed with drugs in Clare was likely attached to cargo ship > WORMING POWDER, CAFFEINE, paracetamol and dental anesthetics are all among the mixing agents used by drug dealers importing and selling drugs in Ireland.Analysis of drugs seized by gardaí carried out by Forensic Science Ireland has calculated the average purity of both bulk and street level illegal drugs in Ireland.The research found that drug dealers use a variety of substances with which to mix drugs and that drug purity drops from when it is imported to when it is sold.Campaigners say the results show that using street drugs is “a game of chance as far as overdose risk is concerned.”In the case of bulk seizures of cocaine, 158 samples were analysed and the average purity was 40%. By the time the drugs reached street level, the purity of the cocaine had dropped to 28% in Dublin and 19% outside the capital.Levamisole, a medication that is used in both human and animal worming, is the most frequently used cutting agent for cocaine and was detected in 73% of cocaine seized by gardai.Forensic Science Ireland also points out that the purity of bulk seizures of cocaine can vary widely from case to case. The most pure cocaine seized by gardaí last year was 91% pure, while the most diluted was 0.03%.Other adulterants found in seized cocaine include caffeine, benzocaine and lidocaine. The latter two substances are frequently used as a dental anesthetic. Image: RollingNews.ie/Revenue http://jrnl.ie/3049521 Short URL 25,348 Views last_img read more

Archaeological works in Thassos get coveted prize

first_imgOne of the most coveted prizes in the archaeological field was awarded to the French School at Athens and the Greek Culture Ministry, for the works carried out in Thassos. Established by the Simone & Cino Del Duca Foundation, which honours the legacy of one of the leading personalities in the French publishing industry, the €150,000 ($224,502) ‘Grand Prix d’archéologie’ is awarded to help with archaeology projects in France or abroad. Following the recommendation from the Institut de France, the prize went to The French School at Athens which has carried out archaeological fieldwork at major sites across Greece, including excavations at Philippi, Samothrace, and Delphi. The works conducted in Thassos, in cooperation with the Greek Culture Ministry, are being carried out at a 1,400m2 site near the port of Thassos and uncovered a fifth-century residence built on the hillside of the acropolis of the ancient city of Thassos, between Dionysios and Artemisio, north-east of the ancient market. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SFR une nouvelle offre tournée vers les mobiles

first_imgSFR : une nouvelle offre tournée vers les mobilesFrance – SFR a dévoilé ses projets pour la rentrée. Dans une nouvelle offre internet, l’opérateur propose une heure de communication vers les mobiles pour cinq euros. Une baisse assez importante des tarifs.SFR propose aujourd’hui deux nouvelles offres internet, téléphone et télévision. L’opérateur commercialise deux forfaits relativement proches. Le premier, à 29,90 euros par mois, inclut l’internet avec un maximum de 25 Go, l’installation HD tandis que le deuxième à 34,90 offre en plus l’accès à MediaCenter. Mais la grande nouveauté est l’heure de communication envers les mobiles tarifée à 5 euros. En comptant les frais de mise en relation et la communication, bien souvent la facture dépasse 10 euros alors que SFR baisse considérablement le tarif. Un atout séduction suffisant?Le 23 août 2010 à 12:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Thousands gather for London terror attack vigil

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDays after London, UK experienced its third terror attack in as many months, thousands gathered at London Bridge to hold a vigil for the most recent victims.On Saturday, seven people were left dead and 48 injured when a group of three men drove a van into a crowd on London Bridge and attacked both police and pedestrians near Borough Market with 12-inch knives. Two of the three attackers were unprecedentedly killed by a round of fire from police. The attackers who were killed by police have been identified as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane. The vigil was led by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who described the attack as “barbaric” and said that, “London stands in defiance against this cowardly attack on our city, our people, our values and our way of life.” Thousands of flowers were left in tribute near the Thames and a moment of silence was observed. The Bahamas High Commission has confirmed that all Commission staff as well as those of the Bahamas Tourist and Maritime Offices are safe.#MaganeticMediaNews#LondonBridgeTerrorAttacklast_img read more

No welcome yet for pot shops in many Washington cities

first_imgSEATTLE — Sales of recreational marijuana are due to start in Washington in late spring, but there’s no welcome mat — at least not yet — for pot businesses in dozens of cities around the state.A Seattle-based marijuana think tank, The Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, surveyed the 75 most populous cities in Washington to look at how local governments are handling the state’s -legal pot law, Initiative 502. The survey found that a few cities, including Lakewood, Wenatchee and SeaTac, have effectively banned or threatened to ban pot businesses until the drug is legalized federally, and just less than three dozen cities ranging from Redmond to Pullman have imposed moratoriums of six months to one year. Officials in about two dozen cities have passed zoning rules dictating where the shops, gardens and processing facilities can open, and 14 of the cities had taken no action.In Clark County, jurisdictions are waiting several months to issue business licenses to retail marijuana operations, according to The Columbian. To buy more time, jurisdictions including Vancouver, unincorporated Clark County, Washougal, Camas and Ridgefield have placed temporary moratoriums on the sale of recreational marijuana. Battle Ground hasn’t addressed the issue.Brian Smith, a spokesman for the state Liquor Control Board, said he expects more cities to lift their moratoriums in the next few months.“What we heard from many of the cities and -local governments was that they needed a little time to prepare for what the implementation of I-502 means at the local level,” he said. “Those that have a ban in place run the risk of litigation. We’ve heard from people who say they’ll sue if they’re denied the ability to do business.”last_img read more

Captain Marvel punches out a 614 million opening day

first_img Powerful women of the Marvel universe TV and Movies Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel early reviews praise star Brie Larson Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan More on Marvel 3:04 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Share your voice Ticket site Fandango has already noted that Captain Marvel is the site’s top advance seller since Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.Hollywood needs a superhero right about now. Box Office Mojo reports that overall domestic box office numbers are down 27 percent compared to last year at this time, and Captain Marvel is expected to outperform all other movie weekends so far in 2019.Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as superhero Carol Danvers, and has been heavily promoted for its connection to the upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which in turns follows up 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.Originally published March 7, 2019 and will be continually updated as box office numbers are reported. Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6 Comments Captain Marvel is already soaring at the box office. Marvel Captain Marvel is already flying up the box office charts after its first full day in theaters Friday.The Brie Larson superhero film earned an estimated $61.4 million domestically, Disney announced Saturday, including the $20.7 million preview day on Thursday.Of the 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe films released so far, Captain Marvel lands in seventh place as far as domestic opening day earnings. It trailed the three Avengers films, plus Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3. Disney is expecting three-day earnings of $145 to $155 million, the company said in a statement.Thursday’s showings gave the MCU its fifth biggest preview behind Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War.Internationally, the film earned $34.3 million in China, the second-highest MCU opening there, trailing Avengers: Infinity War. It was also the second-highest MCU opening in Spain, again trailing Infinity War, and fourth-highest in the UK. Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Marvellast_img read more

Licensed child care availability up 21 in Juneau

first_imgLicensed child care availability is up 21 percent in Juneau compared with last year, according to a local organization.Listen nowIssy Kako-Gehring holds her two-year-old daughter, Ally. Kako-Gehring runs the Gehring Nursery School in Juneau. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)Child care providers and its supporters say that’s good news for a market that historically has struggled to meet demand.Joy Lyon is the executive director the Association for the Education of Young Children, a Juneau-based organization that researches and provides services for child care in Southeast Alaska.“We’re really excited that now we 21 percent more child care spaces than we did last year, at this time, so there’s an increase of 80-some spaces that is  the result of three different initiatives.”One of the big initiatives relaxed city zoning rules that apply to child care centers, which theJuneau Assembly passed late last year.One change let at-home child and day care providers have up to 12 children, instead of eight, without needing a permit from the city.“The zoning laws have led to four new group homes, so they’re able to provide support for more children,” Lyon said. “That’s the model we hope to encourage for the other 30 family child care providers, and then two new centers have started since last year, which has led to the increase. One of the centers would not have been able to start without that change to the zoning laws.”That center is the Gehring Nursey School.On a recent morning there, about a dozen babies and children are running around, eating snacks and preparing to paint. Some are crowding in a circle to listen for an impromptu story time.Gehring Nursery School worker Allison Cadiente-Laiti-Blattner reads to a group of children. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO – Juneau)The five women that work at the day care also have their own children here. One teacher said watching her children grow up while working is a bonus.Amy Myers is an administrator at the daycare. After getting pregnant two years, she said one of her first thoughts was: What about child care?“I heard that there were waitlists for pretty much every day care,” she said, “and then not only were there waitlists for child care, there were no infant spots.”She said if you’re lucky, the search starts early.“So really it’s that moment you find out you’re pregnant, you have to get on a waitlist for somewhere,” Myers said.Myers decided to be a stay-at-home mom, and eventually started working at the day care center.Issy Kako-Gehring runs the center and said just two years ago, it couldn’t have existed under the city’s zoning rules for child care providers.In 2014, she said she began meeting with Juneau Republican Rep. Cathy Muñoz and Juneau Assembly member Jesse Kiehl to address the issue. Those meetings eventually led to the zoning changes.Two other initiatives have also contributed to additional childcare availability, Lyon said.The first is the Hiring, Educating and Retaining Teaching Staff, or HEARTS initiative, which the city sponsors. The program’s goal is to the provide educational resources and help retain child care teachers.The second initiative is a $1,000 grant that Lyon’s organization offers to new child care startups.Kako-Gehring said families turning over is another factor.“Part of that reason, I think, is that a lot of families are moving,” she said. “We’ve had at least 10 families in the last year, to move out of state, young families.”Juneau has an aging community and the cost of child care here forces families to make important decisions, she said.For mothers, she said, do you work and pay a thousand dollars a month for your child to be in day care, or do you stay home and watch them grow up?“There’s a lot that’s involved in this 21 percent and it has to be looked at from every angle,” she said. “The 21 percent increase could also mean that less women are in the workforce.”Kako-Gehring said her day care isn’t at capacity. That’s a good thing, she said; her workers aren’t overwhelmed. But when they do open a spot — it’s filled almost immediately.A few other child care centers I called in Juneau had long waiting lists, too, especially for infants. But for the first time in five years, child care capacity in Juneau is rising.last_img read more

Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground

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COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre groundcenter_img Theresa May closed the Conservative conference in Birmingham today (5 October) with a pitch to put the party in the centre ground of British politics.The Tory premier claimed Labour had abandoned the moderate position, while arguing that her government would step up and engineer an economy that works for everybody. Notably, May branded Labour as the nasty party, a slogan once used against the Conservatives.When we came to Birmingham this week, some big questions were hanging in the air.Do we have a plan for Brexit? We do.Are we ready for the effort it will take to see it through? We are.Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days? Just about.But I know theres another big question people want me to answer.Whats my vision for Britain? My philosophy? My approach?Today I want to answer that question very directly.I want to set out my vision for Britain after Brexit.I want to lay out my approach – the things I believe.I want to explain what a country that works for everyone means.I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics…built on the values of fairness and opportunity…where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person – regardless of their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be.And as I do so, I want to be clear about something else: that a vision is nothing without the determination to see it through.No vision ever built a business by itself. No vision ever clothed a family or fed a hungry child. No vision ever changed a country on its own.You need to put the hours in and the effort too.But if you do, great things can happen. Great changes can occur.And be in no doubt, thats what Britain needs today.Because in June people voted for change. And a change is going to come.BRITAINS QUIET REVOLUTIONChange has got to come because as we leave the European Union and take control of our own destiny, the task of tackling some of Britains long-standing challenges – like how to train enough people to do the jobs of the future – becomes ever more urgent.But change has got to come too because of the quiet revolution that took place in our country just three months ago – a revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.Because this is a turning point for our country.A once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good.To step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.Lets be clear: we have come a long way over the past six years.Weve brought the deficit down.Got more people into work than ever before.Taken the lowest paid out of income tax.Established a new National Living Wage.Helped nearly a million new business to set up and grow.Got almost one and a half million more children into good or outstanding schools.Put record investment into the NHS.Created nearly 3 million new apprenticeships.And brought crime down by more than a quarter to its lowest ever level.Thats a record of which we should all be proud.And this morning its right that we pause to say thank you to the man who made that possible. A man who challenged us to change and told us that if we did then we would win again.And he was right. We did change. We did win. The first majority Conservative Government in almost 25 years.A great leader of our party – a great servant to our country.David Cameron, thank you.But now we need to change again. For the referendum was not just a vote to withdraw from the EU. It was about something broader – something that the European Union had come to represent.It was about a sense – deep, profound and lets face it often justified – that many people have today that the world works well for a privileged few, but not for them.It was a vote not just to change Britains relationship with the European Union, but to call for a change in the way our country works – and the people for whom it works – forever.Knock on almost any door in almost any part of the country, and you will find the roots of the revolution laid bare.Our society should work for everyone, but if you cant afford to get onto the property ladder, or your child is stuck in a bad school, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our economy should work for everyone, but if your pay has stagnated for several years in a row and fixed items of spending keep going up, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our democracy should work for everyone, but if youve been trying to say things need to change for years and your complaints fall on deaf ears, it doesnt feel like its working for you.And the roots of the revolution run deep. Because it wasnt the wealthy who made the biggest sacrifices after the financial crash, but ordinary, working class families.And if youre one of those people who lost their job, who stayed in work but on reduced hours, took a pay cut as household bills rocketed, or – and I know a lot of people dont like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesnt seem fair.It feels like your dreams have been sacrificed in the service of others.So change has got to come.Because if we dont respond – if we dont take this opportunity to deliver the change people want – resentments will grow. Divisions will become entrenched.And that would be a disaster for Britain.Because the lesson of Britain is that we are a country built on the bonds of family, community, citizenship.Of strong institutions and a strong society.The country of my parents who instilled in me a sense of public service and of public servants everywhere who want to give something back.The parent who works hard all week but takes time out to coach the kids football team at the weekend.The local family business in my constituency thats been serving the community for more than 50 years.The servicemen and women I met last week who wear their uniform proudly at home and serve our nation with honour abroad.A country of decency, fairness and quiet resolve.And a successful country – small in size but large in stature – that with less than 1% of the worlds population boasts more Nobel Laureates than any country outside the United States… with three more added again just yesterday – two of whom worked here in this great city.A country that boasts three of the top ten universities in the world. The worlds leading financial capital. And institutions like the NHS and BBC whose reputations echo in some of the farthest corners of the globe.All possible because we are one United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and I will always fight to preserve our proud, historic Union and will never let divisive nationalists drive us apart.Yet within our society today, we see division and unfairness all around. Between a more prosperous older generation and a struggling younger generation. Between the wealth of London and the rest of the country.But perhaps most of all, between the rich, the successful and the powerful – and their fellow citizens.Now dont get me wrong. We applaud success. We want people to get on.But we also value something else: the spirit of citizenship.That spirit that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around you, who work for you, who buy the goods and services you sell.That spirit that means recognising the social contract that says you train up local young people before you take on cheap labour from overseas.That spirit that means you do as others do, and pay your fair share of tax.But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.But if you believe youre a citizen of the world, youre a citizen of nowhere. You dont understand what the very word citizenship means.So if youre a boss who earns a fortune but doesnt look after your staff…An international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra…A household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism…A director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust…Im putting you on warning. This cant go on anymore.A change has got to come. And this party – the Conservative Party – is going to make that change.BELIEVING IN THE GOOD THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DOSo today, I want to set out my plan for a Britain where everyone plays by the same rules and every person has the opportunity to be all they want to be.Its a plan to tackle the unfairness and injustice that divides us, so that we may build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.A plan that will mean government stepping up. Righting wrongs. Challenging vested interests. Taking big decisions. Doing what we believe to be right. Getting the job done.Because thats the good that government can do. And its what Im in this for. To stand up for the weak and stand up to the strong.And to put the power of government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people.Because too often that isnt how it works today.Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public.They find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal, your attachment to your job security inconvenient.They find the fact that more than seventeen million voters decided to leave the European Union simply bewildering.Because if youre well off and comfortable, Britain is a different country and these concerns are not your concerns. Its easy to dismiss them – easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way.But a change has got to come. Its time to remember the good that government can do.Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good;that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot;and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.Time to reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and to embrace a new centre ground in which government steps up – and not back – to act on behalf of us all.Providing security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too.Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they arent working as they should.Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.Only we can do it. Because the main lesson I take from their conference last week is that the Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive.Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that simply pulls people further apart.Thats what Labour stands for today. Fighting among themselves. Abusing their own MPs. Threatening to end their careers. Tolerating anti-Semitism and supporting voices of hate.You know what some people call them?The nasty party.And with Labour divided, divisive and out-of-touch, we have a responsibility to step up, represent and govern for the whole nation.So where Labour build barriers, we will build bridges.That means tackling unfairness and injustice, and shifting the balance of Britain decisively in favour of ordinary working class people.Giving them access to the opportunities that are too often the preserve of the privileged few.Putting fairness at the heart of our agenda and creating a country in which hard work is rewarded and talent is welcome.A nation where contribution matters more than entitlement. Merit matters more than wealth.A confident global Britain that doesnt turn its back on globalisation but ensures the benefits are shared by all.A country that is prosperous and secure, so every person may share in the wealth of the nation and live their life free from fear.Thats what I mean by a country that works for everyone.A GLOBAL BRITAINAnd if we believe in the good that government can do, its important for people to trust us to deliver the change they need.We can start – as I said on Sunday – by doing something obvious. And that is to stop quibbling, respect what the people told us on the 23rd of June – and take Britain out of the European Union.Because it took that typically British quiet resolve for people to go out and vote as they did: to defy the establishment, to ignore the threats, to make their voice heard.So let us have that same resolve now.And lets be clear about what is going to happen.Article Fifty – triggered no later than the end of March.A Great Repeal Bill to get rid of the European Communities Act – introduced in the next Parliamentary session.Our laws made not in Brussels but in Westminster.Our judges sitting not in Luxembourg but in courts across the land.The authority of EU law in this country ended forever.The people told us they wanted these things – and this Conservative Government is going to deliver them.It is, of course, too early to say exactly what agreement we will reach with the EU. Its going to be a tough negotiation, it will require some give and take. And while there will always be pressure to give a running commentary, it will not be in our national interest to do so.But let me be clear about the agreement we seek.I want it to reflect the strong and mature relationships we enjoy with our European friends.I want it to include cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism work.I want it to involve free trade, in goods and services.I want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within the Single Market – and let European businesses do the same here.But lets state one thing loud and clear: we are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again. And we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Thats not going to happen.We are leaving to become, once more, a fully sovereign and independent country – and the deal is going to have to work for Britain.And that Britain – the Britain we build after Brexit – is going to be a Global Britain.Because while we are leaving the European Union, we will not leave the continent of Europe. We will not abandon our friends and allies abroad. And we will not retreat from the world.In fact, now is the time to forge a bold, new, confident role for ourselves on the world stage.Keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world.Providing humanitarian support for refugees in need.Taking the lead on cracking down on modern slavery wherever it is found.Ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.Always acting as the strongest and most passionate advocate for free trade right across the globe.And always committed to a strong national defence and supporting the finest Armed Forces known to man.And this week, our excellent Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, proved not only that we will support them with our hearts and souls. Not only will we remain committed to spending two per cent of our national income on defence.But we will never again – in any future conflict – let those activist, left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave – the men and women of Britains Armed Forces.AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEIts about restoring fairness – something that must be at the heart of everything we do. Supporting those who do the right thing, who make a contribution.Helping those who give something back.And thats at the heart of my plan for our economy too.An economy thats fair and where everyone plays by the same rules.That means acting to tackle some of the economys structural problems that hold people back.Things like the shortage of affordable homes. The need to make big decisions on – and invest in – our infrastructure. The need to rebalance the economy across sectors and areas in order to spread wealth and prosperity around the country.Politicians have talked about this for years. But the trouble is that this kind of change will never just happen by itself. If thats what we want, we need the vision and determination to see it through.Thats why Philip Hammond and Greg Clark are working on a new industrial strategy to address those long-term structural challenges and get Britain firing on all cylinders again.Its not about picking winners, propping up failing industries, or bringing old companies back from the dead.Its about identifying the industries that are of strategic value to our economy and supporting and promoting them through policies on trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, and research and development.Its about doing what every other major and growing economy in the world does.Not just sitting back and seeing what happens – but putting in place a plan and getting on with the job.So we will identify the sectors of the economy – financial services, yes, but life sciences, tech, aerospace, car manufacturing, the creative industries and many others – that are of strategic importance to our economy, and do everything we can to encourage, develop and support them.And we will identify the places that have the potential to contribute to economic growth and become the homes to millions of new jobs.That means inspiring an economic and cultural revival of all of our great regional cities.We have made a start.Thanks to George Osbornes Northern Powerhouse, over the past year, foreign direct investment in the North has increased at double the rate of the rest of the country.Here in Birmingham, thanks to the incredible Jaguar Land Rover, the West Midlands is the only part of the country to run a trade surplus with China.And across the region, the Midlands Engine is on track to deliver 300,000 more jobs by 2020.Now its time to build on that success – in Birmingham and Manchester and in other cities across the country.And as we are here in Birmingham this week, let us show our support for the Conservative Partys candidate for next years mayoral election.A success in business running John Lewis. An action man in Birmingham, playing his part in transforming this city. A man to get things done, the future Mayor of the West Midlands – Andy Street.MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLEAn economy that works for everyone is an economy where everyone plays by the same rules.I understand the frustration people feel when they see the rich and the powerful getting away with things that they themselves wouldnt dream of doing. And they wouldnt get away with if they tried.I understand that because I feel it too.Theres always an excuse – a reason why something cant be done – but when that is used as a basis for inaction, faith in capitalism and free markets falls.The Conservative Party will always believe in free markets. And thats precisely why its this party that should act to defend them.From Edmund Burke onwards, Conservatives have always understood that if you want to preserve something important, you need to be prepared to reform it. We must apply that same approach today.Thats why where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene.Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in which they operate, where consumer choice is inhibited by deliberately complex pricing structures, we must set the market right.Its just not right, for example, that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, cant get a decent broadband connection.Its just not right that two thirds of energy customers are stuck on the most expensive tariffs.And its just not right that the housing market continues to fail working people either.Ask almost any question about social fairness or problems with our economy, and the answer so often comes back to housing.High housing costs – and the growing gap between those on the property ladder and those who are not – lie at the heart of falling social mobility, falling savings and low productivity.We will do everything we can to help people financially so they can buy their own home. Thats why Help to Buy and Right to Buy are the right things to do.But as Sajid said in his bold speech on Monday, there is an honest truth we need to address. We simply need to build more homes.This means using the power of government to step in and repair the dysfunctional housing market.It means using public sector land for more and faster house building.It means encouraging new technologies that will help us to get more houses built faster. And putting in more government investment too.It means stepping up and doing whats right for Britain.Making the market work for working people.Because thats what government can do.And something else we need to do: take big, sometimes even controversial, decisions about our countrys infrastructure.Because we need to get Britain firing in all areas again.It is why we will press ahead with plans for High Speed 2, linking London and Birmingham and, eventually, towns and cities in the North.Why we will shortly announce a decision on expanding Britains airport capacity.And why – having reviewed the evidence and added important new national security safeguards – we signed up to Hinkley Point.We will take the big decisions when theyre the right decisions for Britain.Because thats what government can do.And we can make these big decisions because our economy is strong and because of the fiscal discipline we have shown over the last six years.And we must continue to aim for a balanced budget.But to build an economy that works for everyone, we must also invest in the things that matter, the things with a long-term return.That is how we will address the weaknesses in our economy, improve our productivity, increase economic growth and ensure everyone gets a fair share.And thats not the only reason.Because while monetary policy – with super-low interest rates and quantitative easing – provided the necessary emergency medicine after the financial crash, we have to acknowledge there have been some bad side effects.People with assets have got richer. People without them have suffered. People with mortgages have found their debts cheaper. People with savings have found themselves poorer.A change has got to come. And we are going to deliver it.Because thats what a Conservative Government can do.A FAIRER ECONOMYThis party will always be the party of businesses large and small.But we must acknowledge that the way a small number of businesses behave fuels the frustration people feel.Its not the norm. I know that most businesses and the people who run them are hardworking, entrepreneurial and public spirited at heart.But the actions of a few tar the reputations of the many.So the party that believes in business is going to change things to help support it.Too often the people who are supposed to hold big business accountable are drawn from the same, narrow social and professional circles as the executive team.And too often the scrutiny they provide is not good enough.A change has got to come.So later this year we will publish our plans to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well.Because we are the party of workers. Of those who put in the effort. Those who contribute and give of their best.Thats why we announced on Saturday that were going to review our laws to make sure that, in our modern and flexible economy, people are properly protected at work.Thats right.Workers rights – not under threat from a Conservative government.Workers rights – protected and enhanced by a Conservative government.And let me say something about tax.Were all Conservatives here. We all believe in a low-tax economy. But we also know that tax is the price we pay for living in a civilised society.Nobody, no individual tycoon and no single business, however rich, has succeeded on their own.Their goods are transported by road, their workers are educated in schools, their customers are part of sophisticated networks taking in the private sector, the public sector and charities.Weve all played a part in that success.So it doesnt matter to me who you are.If youre a tax-dodger, were coming after you.If youre an accountant, a financial adviser or a middleman who helps people to avoid what they owe to society, were coming after you too.An economy that works for everyone is one where everyone plays by the same rules.So whoever you are you – however rich or powerful – you have a duty to pay your tax.And were going to make sure you do.A SOCIETY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a big agenda for change. But it is necessary and essential.It is a programme for government to act to create an economy that works for everyone – an economy thats on the side of ordinary working class people.And an economy that can support the vital public services and institutions upon which we all rely – to invest in the things we hold dear.Like the NHS – one of the finest health care systems anywhere in the world, and a vital national institution.An institution that reflects our values, our belief in fairness, and in which we all take enormous pride.And I mean all.Because there is complete cross-party support for the NHS.For its status as a provider of free-at-the-point-of-use health care. For the thousands of doctors and nurses that work around the clock to care for their patients.We all have a story about the nurse who cared for a loved one, or a surgeon who saved the life of a friend.So let us take this opportunity to say to those doctors and nurses – thank you.The NHS should unite us. But year after year, election after election, Labour try to use it to divide us.At every election since it was established, Labour have said the Tories would cut the NHS – and every time we have spent more on it.Every election, they say we want to privatise the NHS – and every time we have protected it.In fact, the party that expanded the use of the private sector in the NHS the fastest was not this party, but the Labour Party.The only party to ever cut spending on the NHS is not this party, but the Labour Party – thats what they did in Wales.And at the last election, it wasnt the Labour Party that pledged to give the NHS the money it asked for to meet its five-year plan – it was this party, the Conservative Party…investing an extra £10 billion in the NHS – more than its leaders asked for…and this year more patients are being treated, and more operations are being carried out, by more doctors and more nurses than ever before.Thats a tribute to everyone who works in the NHS.But also to one man – Jeremy Hunt – who is one of the most passionate advocates for patients and for the doctors, nurses and others who work in our health service that I have ever known.So lets have no more of Labours absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion.Lets put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.Lets make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.They gave up that right when they adopted the politics of division. When their extreme ideological fixations led them to simply stop listening to the country.When they abandoned the centre ground.And let us take this opportunity to show that we, the Conservative Party, truly are the party of the workers…the party of public servants…the party of the NHS.Because we believe in public service. We believe in investing in and supporting the institutions that make our country great.We believe in the good that government can do.Government cannot stand aside when it sees social injustice and unfairness. If we want to make sure Britain is a country that works for everyone, government has to act to make sure opportunity is fairly shared.And I want us to be a country where it doesnt matter where you were born, who your parents are, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether youre a man or a woman, gay or straight, or black or white.All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard youre prepared to work.But if were honest well admit thats simply not the case for everyone today.Advancement in todays Britain is still too often determined by wealth or circumstance.By an accident of birth rather than talent.By privilege not merit.Rebalancing our economy is a start, but if were serious about overturning some of the longstanding injustices and barriers that stop working people from getting on, we need that economic reform to be allied with genuine and deep social reform too.Because a society that works for everyone is a society based on fairness. And only genuine social reform can deliver it.Genuine social reform means helping more people onto the housing ladder. It means making sure every child has access to a good school place.It means never writing off people who can work and consigning them to a life on benefits, but giving them the chance to go out and earn a living and to enjoy the dignity that comes with a job well done.But for those who cant work, we must offer our full support – which is why it was so important that Damian Green announced on Saturday that we will end the mandatory retesting of those with chronic health conditions that only induces stress but does nothing at all to help.And genuine social reform means addressing historic injustices that hold too many people back.Some of my proudest moments as Home Secretary came when we began to tackle deep-seated and long-standing problems that few had dared to tackle before.I introduced the first ever Modern Slavery Act, bringing in tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars, with life sentences for the worst offenders.I cut the polices use of stop and search by almost two thirds and reduced the disproportionate targeting of young, black men.And I know our impressive new Home Secretary Amber Rudd is committed to carrying on that work.But injustices remain.If you are from a black Caribbean background, you are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than other children.If you are a black woman, you are seven times more likely to be detained under mental health legislation than a white woman.People in ethnic minority households are almost twice as likely to live in relative poverty as white people.But it is not just those from minority backgrounds who are affected.White working class boys are less likely to go to university than any other group in society.We cannot let this stand – not if a country that works for everyone is the principle that binds us all together.Thats why I have launched an unprecedented audit of public services to shine a light on these racial disparities and let us do something about them.Because they are all burning injustices, and I want this government – this Conservative Government – to fight every single one of them.A society that works for everyone is one of fairness and opportunity. A society in which everyone has the chance to go as far as their talents will take them.Thats why in one of the first speeches I gave as Prime Minister I set out my plans to transform Britain into a Great Meritocracy.And that starts in our schools.I want Britain to be a country in which every child has access to a good school place thats right for that individual child.Because Britain after Brexit will need to make use of all of the talent we have in this country.We have come a long way.Thanks to the free schools and academies programme and the efforts of teachers, heads and governors, there are now 1.4 million more children in good and outstanding schools compared with 2010.But we need to go further. Because there are still one and a quarter million children in schools that are just not good enough.And if you live in the Midlands or the North, you have less chance of attending a good school than children in the South.This simply cannot go on.Thats why Justine Greening and I have set out a new package of reforms, building on Michael Goves success, to increase the number of good school places across the country…so theres not just a school place for every child, but a good school place for every child. A school place that suits the skills, interests and abilities of every single pupil.That is why we want more of our great universities to set up or sponsor schools in the state sector – just as the University of Birmingham has done, a few miles from here.Its why we are saying to the great private schools that – in return for their charitable tax status – we want them to do more to take on children without the means to pay, or set up and sponsor good state schools.It is why we want more good faith schools for parents and pupils who want them.And it is why we have said – where there is demand from parents, where they will definitely take pupils from all backgrounds, where they will play a part in improving the quality of all schools in their area – we will lift the ban on establishing new grammar schools too.And here we see the challenge.Because for too long politicians have said to people and communities who are crying out for change that they cant have what they want.Theyve said we dont think you should have it, even though we might enjoy those very same things for ourselves.And you end up in the absurd situation where you stop these good, popular, life-changing schools from opening – by law.Imagine. Think of what that says.If youre rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child. You can send them to a selective private school. You can move to a better catchment area or afford to send them long distances to get the education you want.But if youre not, you cant.I can think of no better illustration of the problem – why ordinary working class people think its one rule for them, and another for everyone else.Because the message we are sending them is this: we will not allow their children to have the same opportunities that wealthier children enjoy.That is a scandal and we – the Conservative Party – must bring it to an end.A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONESo my vision is for Britain to be a Great Meritocracy.Thats what Ive always believed in. The cause that everything I have ever done in politics has been designed to serve.Because a country based on merit not privilege, is a country thats fair. And when we overcome unfairness and injustice, we can build that new united Britain that we need.And united, we can do great things.We saw that in the summer in Rio. We saw how individual success was powered by collective effort. How the dedication and talent of one was supported by a united team.And how a governments determination – John Majors Conservative Governments determination – to step up and back Britains sporting success contributed to such a remarkable result.We were honoured to welcome four members of the team – Helen Richardson-Walsh, Dame Sarah Storey, Vicky Thornley and Andrew Triggs-Hodge – to our conference on Monday.And to them – and to every athlete and every member of Team and Paralympics GB – we say, thank you. You did your country proud.It was a memorable summer for British sport, but one moment stood out for me above all other.It was not from Rio. It happened later. Just a couple of weeks ago on the sun-drenched streets of Cozumel in Mexico.There, our celebrated triathlon champion Jonny Brownlee was heading for glory, the finishing line in sight, when he faltered. Stopped. And was falling exhausted to the ground.And just behind him, his brother Alistair – a tough competitor who typically yields to no one – had the chance to run on and steal the prize.But seeing his brothers struggle, he didnt pass on by. As other competitors ran past, he stopped. Reached out his hand. And gently carried him home.And there in that moment, we saw revealed an essential truth. That we succeed or fail together. We achieve together or fall short together.And when one among us falters, our most basic human instinct is to put our own self-interest aside, to reach out our hand and help them over the line.Thats why the central tenet of my belief is that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest.We form families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations. We have a responsibility to one another.And I firmly believe that government has a responsibility too.It is to act to encourage and nurture those relationships, networks and institutions – and to step up to correct injustices and tackle unfairness where it can – because these are the things that can drive us apart.Thats why I say today – as I have always said – that my mission – and the mission of this party – is to build a country that truly works for everyone, not just the privileged few.Its why when I stood on the steps of Number 10 for the first time as Prime Minister 84 days ago, I said that the Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people.And this week, we have shown the country that we mean business.Not just protecting, but enhancing workers rights.Building an economy thats fair, where everyone plays by the same rules.Getting more houses built. More doctors in the NHS.Investing in things that will make our economy grow.Hundreds of great new schools. Universities and fee-paying schools helping state schools to improve.And yes, where parents want them and where theyll improve standards for children of whatever background – the first new grammar schools to open in England for fifty years.A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a bold plan to bring Britain together. To build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.An agenda for a new modern Conservatism. That understands the good government can do. That will never hesitate to face down the powerful when they abuse their positions of privilege.That will always act in the interests of ordinary, working class people.Thats what governments about: action. Its about doing something, not being someone.About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.Its not always glamorous or exciting, but at its best its a noble calling.And where many just see government as the problem, I want to show it can be part of the solution too.And I know this to be true.For as I leave the door of my office at Number 10, I pass that famous staircase – the portraits of prime ministers past lined up along the wall.Men – and of course one woman – of consequence, who have steered this country through difficult times – and changed it for the better too.Theres Disraeli, who saw division and worked to heal it. Churchill, who confronted evil and had the strength to overcome. Attlee, with the vision to build a great national institution. And Lady Thatcher who taught us we could dream great dreams again.Those portraits remind me of the good that government can do.That nothing good comes easy.But with courage and vision and determination you can always see things through.And as I pass them every day, I remember that our nation has been shaped by those who stepped up to be counted when the big moments came.Such opportunities are rare, but we face such a moment today.A moment that calls us to respond and to reshape our nation once again.Not every generation is given this opportunity.Not every generation called to step up in such a way.But this is our generations moment.To write a new future upon the page.To bring power home and make decisions… here in Britain.To take back control and shape our future… here in Britain.To build an outward looking, confident, trading nation… here in Britain.To build a stronger, fairer, brighter future… here in Britain.That is the opportunity we have been given.And the responsibility to grasp it falls upon us all.So to everyone here this morning – and the millions beyond whether leavers or remain – I say:Come with me and well write that brighter future.Come with me and well make that change.Come with me as we rise to meet this moment.Come with me and together lets seize the day.last_img read more

Is Losliya Mariyanesan a divorcee Here is the truth about Bigg Boss

first_imgLosliya in Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutLosliya Mariyanesan has become the sweetheart of youths in Tamil Nadu after entering the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house. With her charming smile and humble behaviour, the Sri Lankan TV anchor has impressed the audience.Indeed, in a matter of weeks, Losliya has got an army of fans and dedicated fan pages on social media sites. Every single aspect of her life has drawn the attention of the viewers, but a strange rumour, which is doing rounds online from the last few days, about her marriage has come as a big shock to the fans.Speculations claim that Losliya had hidden the truth and entered the Tamil reality show. An apparent wedding snap gave credence to the rumours and it was said that her relationship ended with a divorce.However, her friends have now cleared the rumours about Losliya’s wedding. Speaking to a website, her friends have lambasted the speculations. “We have been doing since her childhood and we are not aware of her wedding,” a friend of her told the website while adding that they laughed it off upon hearing it.They claim that she has not changed a bit in the show and not faking her character to win the hearts of the audience in Bigg Boss Tamil. According to them, she is a jovial person and a clean-person at heart.Losliya Mariyanesan is a Tamilian from Sri Lanka. She is a TV anchor by profession.last_img read more

2 jailed for playing loud music

first_imgA mobile court has handed down jail terms for 15 days to two people in Hingla village under Raozan upazila in Chittagong for playing loud music at dead of night, officials said.They are Mohammad Sohel, 24 and Mohammad Saiful Islam, 18.The officials said that the mobile court awarded the punishment for playing loud music in a DJ party at a wedding ceremony at 3:30am. The loud music caused disturbance to the locals and they lodged a complaint with the local authorities.  Raozan Upazila Nirbahi Officer (chief executive of the sub-district) Shamim Hossain conducted the drive. Local law enforcement authorities also assisted him. UNO Shamim Hossain told Prothom Alo that they would not tolerate any sound pollution after 11:00pm at night.“The two people were playing music dead at night without any permission. The mobile court awarded the punishment for disturbing the people,” he said.last_img read more