Circle of Hope renews call for national inquiry

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations hosted a special tribute for missing and murdered Indigenous women at its Halifax annual general assembly Wednesday.The rally kicked off renewed calls for a national inquiry.Hundreds of people in attendance donned yellow shirts and joined hands in what they called “a Circle of Hope.”Almost 1,200 Indigenous have been reported missing or murdered in Canada over the last two decades.The AFN says an inquiry is crucial to finding a way to protect Indigenous women, who are four times more likely to be killed or go missing.The Harper government has rejected the idea.The Native Women’s Association of Canada, however, says it won’t back down.last_img read more

Debt reduction to be focus of Quebec provincial budget on March 27

first_imgQUEBEC – Paying down Quebec’s massive debt will be the focus of this month’s provincial budget, Premier Philippe Couillard said Wednesday.Finance Minister Carlos Leitao will table the budget March 27.The two politicians said the government intends to introduce measures to reduce the province’s debt by $10 billion over five years by dipping into a special fund that was created in 2006.The province believes it will save $1 billion in interest payments.Couillard said it was important to send a strong message to Quebec’s creditors long before the budget is actually tabled.“We want the credit rating agencies to hear this as a stand-alone message in the media instead of having it get lost in the budget,” the premier told reporters.Quebec’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 51.9 per cent is estimated to fall below 50 per cent next year and hit 45 per cent in 2022-23, compared with 2025-26 as originally projected.The budget will be Leitao’s fifth since he became finance minister and will be the last before the Oct. 1 provincial election.last_img read more

BC Oil & Gas Commission to test electric vehicle for Northern Climate

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission has added a new addition to its northern vehicle fleet.According to the OGC, they have added an electric vehicle to its Fort St. John fleet to support the CleanBC plan and initiate a pilot program of how an EV operates in a northern climate.The vehicle being tested is a 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric which will be used year-round by staff to attend meetings and perform other duties in order to see how well it will perform in the northern climate. The OGC says usage data from the electric test vehicle will then be shared with other northern agencies by December 2020 to encourage similar emission reductions on a broader scale.For more information on the testing of an electric vehicle, you can visit the B.C. Oil & Gas Commission’s website.last_img read more

UN agency honours children for artwork on climate change

31 May 2007Raising awareness of the dangers posed by climate change, the United Nations environment agency has recognized three children for their artistic depictions of the phenomenon. Eleven-year old Charlotte Sullivan of the United Kingdom took first prize in the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) International Children’s Painting Competition for her rendering of the world as an umbrella turned inside out by a powerful storm. Miss Sullivan will be joined by the joint second prize winners – 12-year old Ekaterina Nishchuk of Russia and 13-year old Petkova Polina Zdravkova of Bulgaria – at the main World Environment Day celebrations hosted close to the Arctic circle in the Tromso, Norway. Miss Nishchuk was chosen for her image of a polar bear standing under a hot sun, peeling off its white fur down to its trunks while atop a perilously small, wasted ice-berg. Miss Zdravkova’s painting is of a melting world, apparently dripping tears into the abyss of space. “I would urge political leaders to see the world through the brush, pen strokes and paintings of these gifted children to ensure that these young peoples’ fears are not realized and their hopes fulfilled,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, who will meet the contest’s three global and six regional winners at the Tromso Museum in Norway early next month. The competition, which was organized in cooperation with the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment, Bayer AG and the Nikon Corporation, received 14,000 entries from 104 countries this year. read more

Another foreign oil company decides to abandon its oilsands project

CALGARY — Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., has decided against restarting an oilsands pilot project that was shut last year during the wildfires near Fort McMurray, Alta.Also known as Japex, the company says it has decided to abandon the project due to low oil prices and technical risks of restarting the steam-injection wells to allow the heavy, sticky oil to flow.The pilot project had been in operation through a subsidiary called Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. since 1999 and produced a cumulative total of 35 million barrels of bitumen.Meanwhile, Japan Canada Oil Sands has been steaming a commercial oilsands project in the same area since April and reports that it has achieved first oil production.The company, which owns 75 per cent of both projects, says its Hangingstone commercial project is producing about 1,000 barrels per day and will gradually ramp up to capacity of 20,000 bpd by the second half of 2018.The projects are 25 per cent owned by Nexen Energy, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. or CNOOC.The Canadian Press read more

Security Council concerned about economic difficulties in GuineaBissau

Guinea-Bissau requires “strengthened efforts in support of the economic reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts…particularly through the Emergency Economic Management Fund (EEMF), managed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),” the Council President for April, Ambassador Gunter Pleuger of Germany, told reporters after a closed meeting.At the meeting, the Council heard an updated briefing on the country by the Secretary-General’s Representative, who is also the head of the UN Peace-building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), David Stephen. He gave the Council details of the 28 to 30 March legislative elections, adjudged by international observers as “free, fair and transparent.” Nearly 100 international observers were deployed throughout the country to oversee the elections, which were held to reconstitute the National People’s Assembly that was dissolved in 2002. Guinea-Bissau also experienced a brief military coup in mid-September 2003.”Members of the Council welcomed the holding of the legislative elections, commended the people of Guinea-Bissau for their sense of public-spiritedness during the poll and encouraged them to stay the course,” Ambassador Pleuger said.It also “urged the political parties to continue to work together for national reconciliation and the return to constitutional normalcy, as well as the consolidation of peace stability, unity and democracy in Guinea-Bissau,” he added.Guinea-Bissau is one of the eight countries forming the West Africa Economy and Monetary Union (WAEMU). They share a single currency, central bank, development bank, regional stock exchange and banking regulator. read more

UN envoy First full day of Syrian ceasefire sees a significant drop

“By early morning, every report we have been seeing indicates a significant drop in violence,” the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told a news briefing at the UN Office at Geneva. “Today, calm seems to have prevailed across Hama, Latakia, Aleppo City and rural Aleppo and Idlib – with only some allegations of sporadic and geographically isolated incidents.”Mr. de Mistura also reported that sources on the ground in Aleppo city said the situation had “dramatically improved” with no airstrikes, while the capital, Damascus, and central Syria also remained calm with “reports limited to some clashes around Harasta between government and opposition forces.” By early morning, every report we have been seeing indicates a significant drop in violence.In addition, while incidents have been reported in the city of Al Qunaitra, capital of the south-western province of Quneitra, including between the al-Nusra Front and government forces, violence has dropped considerably compared to other days.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Syria is one of the most complex and dynamic humanitarian crises in the world today. Since March 2011, more than a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over one million have been injured. 4.8 million Syrians have been forced to leave the country, and 6.5 million are internally displaced, making Syria the largest displacement crisis globally.In 2016, an estimated 13.5 million people, including six million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance. Of these 5.47 million people are in hard-to-reach areas, including close to 600,000 people in 18 besieged areas.”No bombs, more trucks,” says UN Special Envoy, as he expresses hope for ceasefire to hold in Syria. Credit: UN News CentreIn his remarks, the UN envoy underscored that this was only the first day of the truce, noting that the US and Russia would formally assess “the level of health” of the cessation at a 48-hour benchmark. “Hopefully we have another five days of cessation of hostilities and then… other benchmarks that are expected to take place,” he said.The US and Russia are the co-chairs of the international grouping known as the ISSG, which comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries, and has been involved in efforts to resolve the conflict.Mr. de Mistura said that in addition to the two co-chairs, the government of Syria, Iran Hezbollah, Turkey and armed oppositions have all, in one form or the other, voiced support for the agreement. Noting that after five years of conflict, further violations of the ceasefire agreement were “unavoidable,” he cautioned against any renewed violence that may have a “snowball effect” on the situation, and described the disengagement that is scheduled to take place within a week between the armed opposition groups from the al-Nusra Front as “quite a challenge.”Humanitarian efforts On the humanitarian front, Mr. de Mistura said that to make sure that aid can reach those in need, there should be no conditions or preconditions to its delivery. Regarding humanitarian assistance, there is some homework to be done“Regarding humanitarian assistance, there is some homework to be done,” continued the UN envoy, as he pointed out that while some 24 aid trucks were “loaded and ready” to go into east Aleppo, the Syrian Government – which controls what is reported to be the last non-government supply route into the city, Castello Road – must allow “unhindered access” with simple notification to the government on the content of the trucks “and then no checking on UN trucks that have been sealed and then after that, a report of what has been distributed.”“The Aleppo provincial council needs to accept the fact that this aid is urgent and it is according to [the] UN approach and according to a well-recognized agreement,” he added, while also noting that he understood that Russia was working on “helping the unhindered access of the convoys.”In his comments, Mr. de Mistura also highlighted a timeline, saying that if the 48-hour benchmark worked out – including agreed-upon humanitarian access, with “no bombs and more trucks” – followed by the creation of a joint command centre between Russia and the US to plan air operations in the country, a meeting on Syria may take place in New York during the General Assembly, and then a Security Council session on 21 September. read more

UK CO2 emissions fall for 19th consecutive year but SMMT warns antidiesel

Read the SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2017 at new car registrations data 2016 ( data 2016 ( UK buyers registered 36,917 new EV and PHEV cars in 2016, compared with 29,189 in France and 25,214 in Germany. The total EU market for these vehicles was 155,273.SMMT new car registrations data 2016 ( to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK average new car CO2falls to new low of 120.1g/km, down -1.1% on 2015 and more than a third since 2000.New van CO2 emissions decline -1.9% to 173.7g/km – ahead of the pan-EU target a year early.UK has largest plug-in car market in Europe with 23.8% of the EU market, ahead of France and Germany.Diesel critical to future progress, industry warns, with new technology addressing air quality concerns.The UK automotive industry has once again beaten CO2 targets, with average new car emissions down for the 19th consecutive year, according to a report published by SMMT today.The annual SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2017 reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions fell to an all-time low in 2016, with new cars averaging just 120.1g/km. This beats the previous year’s record by 1.1% and 2000 levels by more than a third (33.6%). Average new van CO2, meanwhile, fell 1.9% to a new low of 173.7g/km, ahead of the 2017 deadline for the pan-European target of 175g/km.1The reduction is thanks to billions of pounds worth of investment in new advanced engine, fuel and battery technology, as well as increasing use of lightweight materials such as aluminium and composites. The growing alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) market and the shift of consumers towards diesel cars, which emit on average 20% lower CO2 than petrol equivalents, have also been critical to this success.The industry has achieved tremendous gains, but changes in consumer buying behaviour away from diesel in 2016 have caused the rate of progress to slow. UK motorists registered a record number of diesel cars in 2016, but market share for this fuel type fell by 0.8 percentage points.2Although the UK now has Europe’s largest market for zero emission capable cars, accounting for almost a quarter (23.8%) of EU electric and plug-in hybrid registrations in 2016,3 the growth in AFV demand has slowed, from 40.3% in 2015 to 22.2%.4 Furthermore, the preference for SUVs over smaller cars continues to make progress on CO2 reduction much harder.If these trends continue, the UK’s contribution towards the EU target of 95g/km average CO2 in 2021 will become tougher, requiring a 20.9% cut in CO2 emissions over the next five years, or 4.6% per year.Of great concern is the current anti-diesel agenda, which fails to distinguish between old models and the latest cleaner vehicles on sale and which could have a negative effect on future CO2 reduction progress.There are also fears that changes to vehicle excise duty (VED) from 1 April 2017 could have a further negative impact. Under the new system, two thirds (66%) of the AFVs currently on the £0 standard rate will be subject to an annual flat charge of £130, in addition to varying levels of first year tax. Meanwhile, a £310 surcharge for five years for cars with a showroom price of £40,000 could affect demand for some of the lowest emitting vehicles – which are invariably more expensive than conventional technologies. As a result, take up of innovative technology such as hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles could suffer.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The automotive industry has some of the most challenging CO2 reduction targets of any sector and continues to deliver reductions as it has for nearly two decades. For this positive trend to continue, modern low emission diesels and AFVs such as plug-ins, hydrogen and hybrids must be encouraged with long term incentives. Turning our back on any of these will undermine progress on CO2 targets as well as air quality objectives. The UK has a successful track record in encouraging these new technologies but this must be maintained through a consistent approach to fiscal and other incentivesRead the SMMT New Car CO2 report in full. read more

Brock ITS hosting encryption workshop

Encryption may seem like a task only taken on by computer whizzes in the movies.In reality, encryption is pretty simple and can be an important part of keeping data safe. An upcoming 30-minute workshop will teach faculty and staff how to make their data unreadable and protect it from unauthorized users like cybercriminals.Information in the wrong hands can lead to devastating consequences for both the University and its employees. To help keep data safe, Brock’s Information Technology Services is offering an encryption workshop Wednesday, April 18 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in the Computer Commons Training Room.As one of several Cyber Security Awareness workshops offered this year, the encryption workshop will introduce a variety of ways to encrypt information on a phone, computer or email message.Faculty and staff are encouraged to register online on Focus on Learning. The session is limited to 20 participants. read more

Walker leads Kent State to 7672 win over Detroit Mercy

DETROIT — Jaylin Walker scored a career-best 36 points on seven 3-pointers and grabbed six rebounds, leading Kent State to its fourth-straight victory, a 76-72 win over Detroit Mercy on Wednesday night.Walker was 10 of 24 from the field and sank all nine of his free throws for the Golden Flashes (6-1). Antonio Williams added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, three steals.Kent State led 39-32 at the break but Detroit Mercy paced the Golden Flashes in the second half and overtook them 60-58 on a Derrien King 3-pointer with 6:26 to play. The Titans (3-4) took it to 70-62 with 1:36 left before Walker made a 3-point play followed by back-to-back 3-pointers to cut it to 72-71 and Akiean Frederick sank two free throws to put the Golden Flashes in the lead for good, 73-72, with 32 seconds remaining.Antoine Davis led the Titans with 30 points. King had 13 points and six rebounds.The Associated Press read more

Man accused or raping impregnating stepdaughter 13 takes life

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice hunting ECD man for impregnating 14-year-oldOctober 10, 2016In “Crime”Stepdad accused of raping three daughtersDecember 16, 2013In “Crime”Corentyne man being investigated for alleged rape of step-daughtersApril 4, 2017In “Crime” The stepfather of a 13-year-old girl took his life, reportedly after reports surfaced that he was being investigated for raping and impregnating the child.This publication was informed that the stepfather was left to care for the teen while her mother left for vacation in the United States last year.According to reports received, the 13-year-old victim told relatives of the instances when she was molested but was ignored after he denied the accusations when confronted.The teen continued to complain to relatives as the man would constantly attack her, but was on several occasions silenced about the ordeal.Relatives of the teen, who is almost 24 weeks pregnant, reported that when the girl’s mother returned from her overseas trip, she made several more complaints against the man and even told her mother that the abuse had increased. But her complaints feel on deft ears.This publication understands that it was only when the child confided in one of her school teachers, who then reached out to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), that an investigation was launched.It is believed that the man ingested a poisonous substance after he was told that an investigation has been launched into the matter.His body was found in a nearby cemetery where he allegedly consumed the substance and later died. read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#SLAVERY: Two 67-year-olds have been released on bail after three women, including an Irish woman, were rescued from 30 years of slavery in a London house. The two are not British nationals, officials in England say.2.#BAILOUT: The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has criticised the move to exit the bailout without access to a credit line. The council says that the decision of the Government to exit the bailout programme unaided will make it “more difficult” to access future support.3.#RECOVERY: The Irish economy is showing “green shoots” of recovery, a new report says. The EY Economic Eye says that while the jobs market is recovering, the country’s GDP forecast has been revised downwards.4.#SENTENCING: A 44-year-old former scout leader will be sentenced in Belfast today after being found guilty of 59 historic abuse charges. The man was found guilty of abusing four boys between 1982 and 1997. The judge has told the man he can “expect” jail time.5.#DECISIONS: Tough decisions will be made in Ireland even after we exit the bailout. That is the opinion of Minister of State for EU Affairs Paschal Donohoe. Donohoe told that the gap between spending and taxation means that Ireland has tough calls to make in the future.6.#JFK50: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. A wreath will be placed by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the US Embassy in Dublin in honour of Kennedy.7.#LATVIA: 25 people have died after a supermarket roof collapsed in the Latvian capital of Riga. Up to 35 people have been injured in the collapse and rescue teams are still working to free trapped shoppers.8.#ESB: Unions representing staff at ESB will meet today to discuss what form industrial action will take. Employees have voted to take the action because of a massive hole in the company’s pension fund.9.#CONSOLE WARS: Microsoft last night launched their new Xbox One console, kicking off a new generation of console wars. Microsoft’s console will go toe-to-toe with Sony’s Playstation 4 and Nintendo’s WiiU.last_img read more

PIC Cats… ruining peoples lives since the 15th century

first_imgEric Kwakkel/TwitterYOU KNOW HOW cats like to walk on keyboards and ruin your work?Well, they also liked to walk on your manuscript in the 15th century and ruin your work.This photo of a perfectly good 15th-century text spoiled by a goddamn feline with ink on its paws was tweeted by book historian Eric Kwakkel.Thank you, Eric, for proving that cats have ALWAYS been assholes.YouTube/krmrmlpTake a break and watch these cats versus plastic bags>This might be the cutest thing you see this week, nay THIS YEAR>last_img read more

Skyrim has an infinite gold bug

first_imgLast week we reported on a very amusing way to “distract” the characters in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim so as to make it possible to steal items without being caught. All you had to do was find some wooden buckets and place them over the heads of NPCs. In so doing, their vision is blocked and you can steal to your heart’s content.This week another exploit has been found, but this one is a lot more serious and we expect Bethesda to patch it quickly.A YouTube user going by the name of MalavarTCOne has posted a video demonstrating how to access an infinite supply of gold just by collecting a book. The text in question is The Doors of Oblivion and held by a skeleton located near Sightless Pit on the way to Azura’s Shrine from Winterhold.The glitch is the fact that even if you kill the skeleton, he keeps offering up the book to the player. As it is worth 50 gold, this allows you to keep collecting it and selling it at a local store of your choice for as much gold as you care to collect.The only thing that seems to slow down this easy gold collection is the limit on how much gold store owners have to give you in exchange for the books. Malavar suggests cleaning out a store of its gold reserves and then waiting 48 hours before returning at which point the store has lots of gold again.I don’t think it will take long for Bethesda to issue a patch for this. The fact it is happening in one location may mean it happens elsewhere too, so I bet a check is being done to stop this happening again anywhere in the Skyrim world.via Kotakulast_img read more

Tourism in central Athens hit by urban decline

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The spiralling trafficking and use of drugs in the centre of Athens, as well as brawls among addicts and illegal immigrants, has resulted in large numbers of tourists avoiding the area and has led to a drop in hotel reservations, according to local hoteliers.“The last straw for tourists was the constant brawls between local immigrants and the drug dealers and addicts who could often be seen outside hotels,” said Alexandros Arapakis, a local hotelier. Arapakis said two foreign travel agents with whom he had business arrangements had ended their working relationship following complaints from dissatisfied visitors. “The so-called historic centre has changed and our clients no longer feel safe,” one of the travel agents noted in its letter. According to Arapakis, the impact of the area’s degeneration is not restricted to local businesses. “What bothers me more than the financial loss is the image of Athens which tourists carry back to their homes – this damage is incalculable and will take years to repair,” Arapakis said.The losses suffered by local hoteliers are significantly greater than those of hotels in other areas. According to industry analysts, hotel reservations in the historic center where nearly half of Attica’s hotel capacity is located have fallen by 25 percent.Travel agents based in the city center are also struggling with recent developments. “We have lost customers before they even get out of the cab,” local travel agent Yiannis Politis said. According to Politis, many tourists have told their taxi driver to keep driving after seeing the shady characters lurking outside their hotels.As for those tourists who do stay, travel agents feel obliged to prepare them for the worst. “We find ourselves in the unpleasant position of giving our customers two pieces of advice: Keep your bags in front of you and never take your passport with you when you go out,” Politis said.last_img read more

Dyspraxie définition symptômes diagnostic de quoi sagitil

first_imgDyspraxie : définition, symptômes, diagnostic, de quoi s’agit-il ?La dyspraxie est un trouble d’apprentissage caractérisé par une mauvaise coordination des gestes et des problèmes d’orientation dans l’espace. Il existe plusieurs types de dyspraxie comme la dyspraxie visuo-spatiale ou la dyspraxie verbale. Définition : qu’est ce que la dyspraxie ?La dyspraxie correspond à un trouble de la planification des gestes et activités volontaires. Il s’agit d’une maladresse pathologique résultant d’un trouble de la zone cérébrale responsable de la motricité. Elle fait partie des troubles spécifiques des apprentissages comme la dyslexie, la dysphasie ou la dyscalculie.Le plus souvent, la dyspraxie se manifeste par des difficultés à situer les éléments dans l’espace, à s’orienter ou à organiser son regard.  On parle alors de dyspraxie visuo-spatiale. Un enfant dyspraxique peut également montrer des troubles d’acquisition de la coordination (TAC) ou des troubles du langage (dyspraxie verbale). La dyspraxie est un trouble relativement courant. Entre 3 et 7% des enfants de 5 à 11 sont ainsi concernés par la pathologie. Symptômes de la dyspraxiePlusieurs signes permettent de reconnaître une dyspraxie : – mauvaise coordination des gestes volontaires- maladresse- difficultés à s’orienter dans l’espace- difficultés à dessiner et à écrire- difficultés à utiliser des objets (ciseaux, règle, compas…)- difficultés à réaliser des puzzles et des jeux de construction- fatigue lors de l’apprentissage de nouveaux gestesCes symptômes se traduisent par un manque d’autonomie de l’enfant. En effet, il est difficile pour lui d’effectuer des tâches simples comme s’habiller, faire ses chaussures ou couper sa viande. Il peut également se couper de ses camarades par son incapacité à participer à certains loisirs. Diagnostic de la dyspraxieLe diagnostic de la dyspraxie est généralement effectué par un pédiatre ou par le médecin scolaire. Un bilan médical complet, comprenant des examens neurologique, orthophonique ou ergothérapique, permet ainsi de déterminer s’il s’agit bien d’une dyspraxie et d’écarter les autres pathologies potentielles. Réalisé par une équipe de plusieurs médecins (pédiatre, neurologue, psychologue, orthophoniste…), ce bilan permet également d’établir le meilleur traitement possible. Traitement de la dyspraxieÀ lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le traitement de la dyspraxie repose sur une prise en charge individualisée composée de plusieurs disciplines : ergothérapie, orthophonie, psychomotricité, orthoptie… Cette rééducation s’accompagne généralement d’un soutien psychologique ainsi que d’une aide pour vivre avec la pathologie au quotidien, notamment en classe. L’ordinateur peut également s’avérer être un outil précieux, son utilisation étant beaucoup plus simple pour l’enfant dyspraxique que d’écrire à la main.Le 18 novembre 2015 à 14:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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

first_img Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_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

7 killed in Istanbul helicopter crash

first_imgFirefighters work at the crash site of a helicopter as bodies lie covered with blankets in Istanbul. Photo: AFPSeven people were killed including four Russians when a privately-owned helicopter crashed in Istanbul after hitting a television tower on Friday, local media reported, quoting the city’s mayor.“Seven people were killed in the accident. I would like to send my condolences to the loved ones and to the companies they belonged to,” Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas said, quoted by Hurriyet daily.Turkish media speculated that foggy weather may have caused the crash.Two pilots and five passengers were on board the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter owned by Turkish conglomerate Eczacibasi, the private Dogan news agency said.Bulent Eczacibasi, head of the conglomerate, said in televised comments that “four Russian guests” were on board the aircraft as well as a company executive.The Russian ministry of foreign affairs’ crisis centre confirmed on Twitter four Russian nationals were among the dead.Turkish media images showed the helicopter in pieces and thick black smoke as rescue teams continued their search in Buyukcekmece, a western district of Istanbul.The helicopter had taken off from the main Istanbul Ataturk airport at 11.16 am (0816 GMT) and four minutes later crashed after hitting a television tower, the Turkish transport ministry said, quoted by state-run news agency Anadolu.No one on the ground appeared to have been injured after the crash, the Buyukcekmece district mayor Hasan Akgun said.Istanbul has seen thick layers of fog in the past few days causing disruption to travel with flights and ferry services cancelled earlier this month.The crash came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday in Moscow.last_img read more

Bharatiled supporters abuse OC of Khejuri women PS

first_imgKolkata: BJP supporters abused the officer-in-charge of Khejuri Women police station on Wednesday, after they were prevented from entering the area where prohibitory order under section 144 CrPC has been promulgated.The trouble started when police stopped the BJP supporters, led by Bharati Ghosh, on their way. The state administrative headquarters have instructed the police to take stern action against the saffron party and arrest those involved in abusing the OC. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataProtesting against the resistance from the police, Ghosh got down from her vehicle and sat on the road, demanding allowance to go inside the police station, where BJP had undertaken a thana gherao programme. But when police refused to allow them, the BJP supporters got agitated and hurled bricks at them. When the officer-in-charge Anuska Maity reached the spot, she was manhandled and abused. The police resorted to lathi-charge and dispersed the mob. The police soon began house-to-house raid to arrest the culprits. It may be recalled that the trouble at Keshpur began since Bharati Ghosh, BJP candidate for the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, lost to Dipak Adhikari alias Dev of Trinamool Congress. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress leaders of West Midnapore alleged that BJP and CPI(M) cadres had threatened some of their supporters to leave the party.last_img read more

Congress approves creation of judicial district for Tulum

first_imgTulum, Q.R. — After a recent legislative meeting, the municipality of Tulum has been approved for its own judicial district.The XV Legislature approved reforms by which a judicial district will be created for the municipality of Tulum, which will allow the creation of courts.In the session chaired by Deputy José Esquivel Vargas, deputies of State Congress voted in favor of the opinion prepared by the Justice Commission, which proposes the modification and addition of a fraction to Article 75.The reform, promoted by Deputy Carlos Mario Villanueva Tenorio, meets the needs of the inhabitants of the municipality of Tulum, a municipality that is in constant growth and transformation, which has resulted in complex legal relationships.The municipality of Tulum is currently located within the Judicial District of Solidaridad. According to judicial statistics, in 2016 there were 195 files of which eight came from Tulum, however during 2017, that figure increased to 22.However according to the government website, litigation cases involving civil matters since 2016 for the municipality of Tulum total 304. With these numbers, legislators considered it necessary to have courts located within Tulum.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more