The sandfish lizard spends most of its life buried in the sand—emerging only to eat, poop, and make love. This lifestyle helps the lizard evade the sweltering desert heat in the Middle East and North Africa, but it causes another problem: inhaling sand particles. Yet when scientists looked into the respiratory tract and lungs of five dead lizards, they couldn’t find a single grain of sand. They couldn’t find an obvious filter in the lizard’s respiratory system, either. Puzzled, the scientists attached sensors to the chests of living lizards and studied their breathing patterns. They found the lizards breathe out with about 60% more intensity inside their sandy burrows than when they are aboveground, which might allow them to expel sand particles from their nostrils. The scientists also estimated a 70% drop in the speed of inhaled air when it hits the widest section of the lizard’s respiratory tract. This likely means that as the air slows down, sand particles fall and get trapped in mucus and cilia that line the section, the scientists report today in the Journal of Experimental Biology. From there, some particles are blown out during exhalation and others are swallowed, after which they pass through the digestive tract and out of the body. At least, that’s the latest theory, supported by the fact that the lizards’ guts were full of sand.
Rolando Maran saw Cagliari’s “best performance of the season” to beat Atalanta 2-0 and won’t set limits on their ambitions after going joint third. “I think it was our best performance of the season. This was an extremely tough fixture, as Atalanta were on great form, they had scored in every game and we decided the best way of approaching it was to force them to defend,” explained Maran on DAZN. “Both teams were on the attack constantly and that made for a very entertaining match. We ran from start to finish, everyone showed the right spirit and the great thing about these lads is that whoever I choose, they all give their contribution as part of the team unit. “If we rest on our laurels, we’ll never improve. We have to create continual motivation, both as a squad and as individuals. We watched Atalanta this week to prepare and decided we had to get closer to their approach, the way they face everyone with no fear and by playing their football. “We want to go beyond our limits and see what we can do. It’s all about finding the right path to improvement.” Cagliari are now level with Atalanta in fourth place after 11 rounds, so can they follow in those footsteps with European ambitions? “Obviously, there is now more attention on us, as is natural in this position, but it should only be relatively of interest. What matters is taking it one game at a time and not resting on our laurels. We must always strive to do better.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s beauty hit the world like a tornado last night when she walked the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Looking as if Cinderella had just popped out of our story books, the ravishing beauty donned a powder-blue Mario Cinco ballroom gown.And after sprinkling her fairy-tale magic wherever she walked last night, today saw Aishwarya sporting a look that was an extreme contrast.Also Read: Cannes Film Festival: How Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Cinderella story unfoldedAfter the majestic display of her royal aura, all eyes were bound to be on Aish’s look for her second day at Cannes, which did not turn out to be as resplendent as expected.While Aish’s historical ice-blue attire is everywhere for all the right reasons, her first look in a black gown on her second day at Cannes is quite disappointing.The blue-eyed beauty donned a black strapless gown by Ashi Studio, which dulled down the brightness she had spilled at the French Riviera previously.The pleated multi-layered gown was a sombre outfit for Aish to adorn after introducing us to her vibrant looks on the previous day at an event as dynamic as this.Picture courtesy: Instagram/aishwarya_forever_fanPicture couttesy: Instagram/bollywood_24x7_Add to that, a neon-blue eyeliner and orange lipstick, and you’ll want to revisit yesterday–so you can have the pleasure of soaking in the beauty Aishwarya blessed us with on day one. advertisementPicture couttesy: Instagram/aishwariaraibachchan Her latest look in the black gown got things wrong by going too bright on the makeup to balance the dullness of her outfit. The stunning actor failed to mesmerise us, and we’re sorry for saying this out loud.Aishwarya’s 16th year at Cannes commenced on a peppy note with her fluffy, refreshing look in a green Yanina Couture gown, followed by her expression of class in an ivory-white gown leading to the moment where she appeared like Cinderella making us fall head over heels in love with her.Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 16th year at Cannes Film Festival starts with a refreshing changeAlso Read: Step aside for Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 2nd, Queen-like look at Cannes Film FestivalWhile the actor has begun the 2nd day in a not-so-great outfit, we are still anxiously waiting for her to grace the red carpet, because red carpets bring out the best in Aish.
Touch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s a Set of Six – Volume Twelve.SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play: # 1 Fields to be regeneratedTouch Football South Australia has decided to ‘rest’ their fields at their City Touch venue for scheduled Winter fixtures on Wednesday 25 July, Thursday 26 July, and Thursday 2 August 2007.The home fields of Touch Football in South Australia have been overworked in recent times and with better weather forecast Touch Football South Australia officials were happy to allow the playing surface an opportunity to regenerate before the season recommences in earnest in coming weeks. Other news:Touch Football South Australia are hosting a Coaching Forum featuring some of Australia’s leading coaches on Saturday 18 August at Coopers Alehouse, 316 Pulteney Street Adelaide. If you would like to register for the Forum, please contact the Touch Football South Australia Office on 08 03067500.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play # 2GDO WorkshopQueensland Touch are conducting a Game Development Officer Workshop for their Game Development staff on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July 2007 to update and up skill staff on the latest initiatives and innovations in key areas of development in the sport.Interest areas to be covered in the two-day Workshop include AusTouch, Sporting Pulse, Technical arms initiatives including the new Community Coach Program, Media relationships, the ASET Program and implementation, and the new “True Sport” program from the Queensland Department of Sport & Recreation.Guest presenters, including Queensland Sport and Recreation Senior Development Officer Emma Spranklin, and TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire, will be on hand to conduct segments of the Workshop.Other events:Round seven of the SEQTL continues at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex on Friday 27 July 2007. First games commence at 6.30pm.The Queensland Touch Web-site: www.qldtouch.com.auNEW SOUTH WALES (NSW) Play # 3Huge Week for New South Wales Touch It was a busy week for the NSWTA celebrating their 35th anniversary with the opening round of the 32nd Vawdon Cup on Friday night, hosting the annual State Conference for over 147 affiliated members, and staging their annual NSWTA Blues Awards dinner to recognize the efforts of their affiliates and members over the last twelve months.Olympic, Commonwealth, and World Championships Medallist swimmer Elka Graham was the special guest at the Blues dinner, with the founding fathers of the New South Wales Touch Association Bob Dyke and Ray Vawdon also among the 235 strong crowd who attended the gala.Major highlights of the evening included Mark Bolland’s induction as a Life member of the NSWTA, the announcement of 13 Inaugural NSWTA Hall of Fame members, 14 Volunteers from all over the State being recognized with Blues Awards for their contribution to the sport, and a special presentation to outgoing Southern Suns supremo Rod Wise.Blues award winners included: Parkes as the Affiliate of the Year, Southern Suns as the Region of the Year, Annette Thomas-Schumaker and John Ryan as Administrators of the Year, and Luke Mc Kenzie as the Inaugural recipient of the Rod Wise Medal for Volunteer of the Year.On field plaudits went to Wade Jenkins for Coach of the Year, Dave Baggio for Referee of the Year, Nicole Beck (Female) and Maurice Kennedy (Male) for Junior Player of the Year, and Jason Stanton (Male) and Louise Winchester (Female) for Player of the Year. Full details of the Blues Awards and the NSW State Conference can be accessed by going to the NSWTA web site.Other Events:Round two of the Vawdon Cup this Friday night 27 July 2007.The New South Wales Touch Association web-site: www.nswtouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play # 4TouchWest held their final National 18’s Selection Camp at Northern Districts Touch Association last weekend in trying conditions.Rain and blustering wind greeted the participants for the majority of the weekend. Despite the inclement weather, players were extremely enthusiastic in what was the last opportunity to impress coaches, Toby Hohapata (Boys) and Shelley Matcham (Girls). During the camp, players were put through skills and drills but also had sessions on fitness, nutrition, recovery, and player pathways.Attending the camp were also individuals from the North West of Western Australia, some who traveled over 2,000km to Perth. The teams will be selected in the coming days and it is exciting that two teams from WA will be attending in 2007 after a year off in 2006.Other events:Southern Districts is now looking for individuals to trial for our Men’s Women’s and Mixed Open teams as well as looking for individuals to take on Coaching and Managing roles for the Super League series. Details are available from www.southerntouch.org.auBroome launches Austouch this Thursday with its registration day. Around 15 leaders will be in attendance for the expected 200 participants. Game Development Officer, Angela Doyle, will be in attendance to assist with the launch and continue to promote the game in the North West.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.com.auVICTORIA (VIC)Play # 5VT League on the HorizonTouch Football Victoria (TFV) is looking for new teams to compete in their newly created elite Touch Football competition, the VT League, which will begin on Saturday 20 October 2007. Acting as link between grassroots and the representative level, the VT League will involve the state’s elite players competing at a variety of venues across Melbourne.Any player or team can apply to participate, with the VT League to be made up of six Permit teams.Permits must be able to field both a male and female side in the competition.Each side will be managed by qualified coaches and managers ensuring it will be an exciting and high-quality competition.Touch Football Victoria hopes that the VT League will help raise the profile of touch football within the state and encourage new players to participate in the sport.The VT league is part of the TFV push to set up new teams and affiliates across the state in order to increase and expand their competitions.The competition will run over weekends with finals taking place on December 1 2007, and the winner to receive the VT League Champions trophy. Other events:Ground Coordinators are required for Victorian Touch Football competitions at various locations around Melbourne. If you require further details please contact David Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 030 9206 6755.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play # 6Talented Territorians lining up for Schools ExchangeTalented Darwin athlete Jordan Ahsam will be one of many youngsters competing in the Northern Territory (NT) Secondary and Primary School Sports Touch Football Championships and Exchange in Darwin from 27 – 31 August 2007.Fifteen-year-old Jordan is a current Australian Youth Squad member, whose natural sporting ability has seen her become the first female to represent the Territory in a Boy’s Rugby League team, represent NT in basketball, and be one of the youngest players to play at the National Touch League in the Women’s Open division.After four years representing at Primary and 15 Years Secondary level for Touch Football, this will be Jordan’s final year before moving into the Open selection arena.Another talented Territorian up for selection is 14-year-old Jaylene Bonson, who is also an NT basketball representative.Jaylene recently showcased her Touch Football skills in the Barbarian Competition, playing for the NT Opens Women’s side against Western Australia for a place in the Barbarians Team for the 2008 National Touch League.Promising Alice Springs teenager, 14-year-old Quinton Pomare-Anderson, who is a current U18 NT Squad member, will also be setting a high standard for this year’s competition.The trio of talented teens was among twenty players invited to attend a recent elite touch training camp held in Darwin conducted by Australian Youth Coaches and Elite World Cup players.The NT School Touch Championships will be hosted by Darwin’s Northern Suburbs cluster with teams entering from all over the Territory including Alice Springs, Gove, and first time attendee’s, Maningrida Primary School boys. The championships are the selection event for the NT Schools Touch Representative Teams to compete at the National Schools Touch Championships to be held in Melbourne from 21 – 26 October this year.Other news:Nominations close this Friday 27 July 2007 for Season 2 of the Darwin Touch Association Competition. Nomination forms are available by visiting the Darwin web site at: www.darwintouch.com.auThe Nortern Territory website: www.touchnt.com.auThat’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to visit each State’s web-site for more information on all the latest news and information from around the nation.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three monthsby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have lost Jean Philippe-Gbamin for up to three months.The summer signing from Mainz underwent thigh surgery in France on Tuesday.Gbamin played against Crystal Palace and Watford in August before getting injured.Everton are currently 18th in the table having won only two of their first eight Premier League matches this season.
zoomImage courtesy: ONE The newly launched container shipping joint venture Ocean Network Express (ONE) posted its first quarterly results for the 2018 fiscal year.The company delivered a net loss of USD 120 million, which ONE ascribed to lower lifting caused by operational teething problems that affected service quality during the operation start-up period, and higher bunker price than originally forecast.The Japanese JV further lowered its forecast for the business performance for the first half of the fiscal year by USD 40 million.“Considering that service quality has already stabilized, overall business is expected to be back to normal situation from the 2Q onwards,” ONE said.For the full fiscal year the company’s net profit forecast remains unchanged at USD 110 million. According to the company this is underpinned by “steady realization of integration synergy ahead of schedule as well as the change in accounting for lease contracts while higher bunker price will have a negative impact.”Commenting on the progress of integration synergies, the container shipping company said the planned synergies worth USD 1.05 billion are emerging steadily with 80 pct of the planned total expected to be achieved in 2018 fiscal year, up from initially set target of 60 pct.The profit from overseas terminal business will be included from the 4th quarter of the fiscal year due to delay in business transfer.
For the second time since April, Ohio State football recruit Jamel Turner has been shot, according to police. This time, Turner’s injuries sustained are much more serious, as Turner was initially listed in critical condition and the 17-year-old girl he was with was killed.The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that Turner survived the night and was upgraded to stable condition.Turner, 18, and 17-year-old Tracy Banks were both shot multiple times Saturday morning in Youngstown. Police said Turner was found lying near a stop sign at an intersection outside of the house in which Banks’ body was found.The linebacker/defensive end recruit played at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after transferring from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, where he was declared ineligible before his senior year.He was shot twice April 17 while riding as a passenger in a car that contained marijuana and several guns, according to the police report. Turner downplayed the incident on his personal Facebook page, writing that he “just got hit twice is all” and that he “still can play football so its all gravy.”His Facebook page has since been deactivated.OSU coach Jim Tressel issued a statement, saying, “I’m so sad to hear of Jamel’s misfortune. I have not communicated with Jamel, but am certainly praying for him at this time.”Stay tuned to www.thelantern.com for further updates.
Ohio State freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) blocks a member of UNC Pembroke’s offense during the first half of the game on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State Men’s Basketball team took on UNC Pembroke in its final exhibition on Nov. 1 at Value City Arena. Ohio State won 81-63. Photos by Amal Saeed and Casey Cascaldo.
On Monday Night Football the ex-Manchester United footballer continue throwing “punches” to the Red Devil’s CEOAfter a not very successful summer transfer window for Manchester United.And after a bad start of the 2018-2019 Premier League season.Football Legend Gary Neville has been attacking the Red Devils’ CEO, Ed Woodward, all day.Tonight on Monday Night Football he still had many things to say.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Woodward trying to justify to the media why he’s not backed the manager, it undermines Jose [Mourinho]… it’s been messy…,” Neville said as reported by Give Me Sport.“The CEO of the football club sat in his spot for two minutes after the game and I don’t want to see him do that.”“At the end of the game, stand up, shake the hands of the opposition, tell him well done, smile and be bigger than that,” he added.“The Club need serious footballing people who know how to make decisions about football. Moyes was sacked in the middle of the season, LvG was sacked after winning the FA Cup, Mourinho isn’t a typical United manager.”“The clubs structure has gone out the window,” he explained.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri feels eradicating racism is ‘a fight against stupid people’ after recent allegations against his club and Kalidou Koulibaly’s ordeal.Chelsea fans were heard chanting discriminatory remarks during Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day, just weeks after they came under fire for similar behaviour in matches against Manchester City and Vidi.The incident was then followed by racist taunts to Koulibaly at the San Siro, where Sarri’s former club Napoli lost 1-0 to Inter..@ChelseaFC boss Maurizio Sarri believes his club’s battle to curb racist incidents among their fanbase is a “fight against stupid people” following further allegations of racist chanting by fans during the 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day.#PLhttps://t.co/DkWlXmdPxe— Firstpost Sports (@FirstpostSports) December 27, 2018Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“First of all I want to speak with my club, second I don’t want to generalise because 99 percent [of] our fans are really wonderful,” Sarri disclosed in a quote cited by Football Italia“In every community, I think there are some stupids. And so altogether we have to fight against the stupid people but not against the Chelsea fans.”Inter Milan have been officially given a two-game ban for their monkey chants towards the Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Kevin-Prince Boateng dubbed his move to Barcelona as a “dream” after the midfielder’s shock loan switch was completed on Monday.Boateng, 31, joined the Catalan side on loan from Serie A side Sassuolo for the rest of the season, with an €8million purchase option included.The former AC Milan and Las Palmas midfielder said it was a dream to get an opportunity to play for Barca.‘It’s an honour to play for Barcelona’ – KP Boateng https://t.co/zdQ3oVTwKM pic.twitter.com/RHI69UTBSZ— SportsAfric (@sports_afric) January 22, 2019Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I’m very happy. It’s a big honour to be here and have the possibility to play for this great club,” Boateng told Barca TV and cited on FourFourTwo.“For every kid who starts to play football I think it is a dream to play for a club like Barcelona, so for every player and especially for me it’s a big dream come true.”Boateng only arrived at Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt in July last year, making 15 appearances for the club.📹 INSIDE VIEW👀 @KPBofficial’s first hours in Barcelona ⚽️ #EnjoyPrince 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/urV1TzKGTV— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019
Eddie Zingone with the NWS: “There is a large area of dense fog stretching through the Kenai/Soldotna area and all the way down to Homer. We are expecting that to improve from the south to the north over the course of the morning.” Visibility will be less than one quarter mile or less at times, but the fog should dissipate by late morning. The reduced visibility will make driving difficult. Drivers are asked to slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service says a dense fog advisory will be in effect until 10am this morning.
Close Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground 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. 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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.
Participants at the roundtable jointly organised by Prothom Alo and UNICEF at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloDiscussants at a roundtable stressed that the Rohingya children should be provided with basic education, food and other necessities as well as proper security as long as they are in Bangladesh.The roundtable was jointly organised by ProthomAlo and UNICEF at the Prothom Alo office in the capital on Sunday. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Qayyum moderated the roundtable.Chief guest at the roundtable, Bangladesh Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, said almost 400,000 Rohingya children took shelter in Cox’s Bazar since the latest crisis began with violent attacks in Rakhine on 25 August.Speaking about providing legal assistance to the Rohingyas in Bangladesh, assistant external relations officer of UNHCR Souvik Das said Bangladesh lacks any kind of refugee law. However, identifying the newborn Rohingyas in Bangladesh and providing them with birth certificates can help them, he added.He also mentioned that the majority of the Rohingya female refugees were pregnant or were child brides.He also said most of the children in the camps were traumatised following the atrocities they witnessed in Myanmar and proper security for them has to be ensured in the camps.Speaking about the latest condition of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, executive director of Coast Trust, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, said Bangladesh should have two types of plans for managing the current refugee crisis.He said, plan A should be providing basic education for the Rohingya children and also ensuring long term education programmes in the refugee camps, so that the refugee children can get a stable future.He said plan B should be to continue pressure on Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas.Special guest additional secretary of social welfare ministry Khairul Anam said the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh has continued for the last 40 years. He also appreciated the fact that different local as well as international organisations were working along with the government to cope with the crisis.Khairul Anam said currently there are a total of 10 Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf where a total of 12,000 children have been registered till now.Among others, programme coordinator of BRAC M Nazrul Islam, child protection expert of UNICEF Monira Hasan, head of child rights and protection, Plan International, Tania Nusrat Zaman, national program officer (adolescent and youth gender) of UNFPA Humaira Farhana, deputy director of community development center Tsadduk Hossain, and deputy country director of Handicap International Sharmin Khan, also addressed the roundtable.
Rouhana said in anticipation of the Crackle deal, CSS Entertainment opted to retain certain rights to two of its completed original series — “Hidden Heroes,” originally slated for CBS, and “Going From Broke,” a financial show about of millennials executive produced by Ashton Kutcher — to be able to premiere them on its own networks. It may also retain AVOD rights to Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” for which Screen Vision acquired the North American distribution rights. CSS Entertainment also acquired five-year AVOD rights to exhibit more than 500 films from the FilmRise library on its owned-and-operated networks.CSS Entertainment expects to run Crackle Plus with a much lower overhead than SPT did. “There was a lot of cost there,” Rouhana told investors on the March 29 call. “We run our businesses differently.”Rouhana in 2008 acquired Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC from Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield, the creators of the best-selling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series. Privately held Chicken Soup for the Soul LLC is the parent company of CSS Entertainment, whose shares are Nasdaq-traded. Related Michael Bay to Direct Action Movie ‘Black 5’ Currently, the crackleplus.com domain name is registered to a guy in Pakistan, who is asking $10,000 to transfer the rights.Crackleplus.com was registered by one Muhammad Abdullah in October 2017. Reached via email, Abdullah said he bought the name “to start my own entertainment website.” The site currently consists of a landing page offering to sell the domain name for “10,000 USD” and includes the Sony Crackle logo — indicating that Abdullah is fully aware that Sony has an interest in the name. Abdullah correctly noted that Sony owns a registered trademark on “Crackle” but not “Crackle Plus.” He’s also registered Twitter and Instagram accounts with the “crackleplus” name.According to Abdullah, Sony tried to negotiate the purchase of crackleplus.com through the DomainAgents broker service. “But I don’t want to sell it at lower price,” he wrote in an email. “That’s why I ended the deal.”Abdullah said he also has “a couple” of other websites but he declined to identify them. He is listed as an “SEO expert” on the website of ikonic Solution, an Islamabad-based website design and development company.The Crackle Plus name was initially confusing: The “plus” nomenclature has implied subscription VOD, as with the recently announced Apple TV+, Disney’s current ESPN+ and the forthcoming Disney+ SVOD service. (Also recall that Hulu’s initial SVOD product was called “Hulu Plus.”) CSS Entertainment will continue to run Crackle as a free AVOD service, consolidating operations with its other ad-supported platforms including Popcornflix.It’s not clear how aggressively CSS Entertainment will invest in original content for the new Crackle Plus. CEO and chairman Bill Rouhana, on a conference call with investors last Friday, suggested most of the content will be licensed. Under the deal with SPT, TV series and movies from the Sony Pictures Entertainment library will be licensed to Crackle Plus. Rights to Crackle’s originals, which have included “The Oath” from executive producer 50 Cent and “SuperMansion,” a stop-motion animated series featuring Bryan Cranston, will be retained by SPT but will be made available for licensing to the JV. Popular on Variety Inside the Spider-Man Split: Finger-Pointing and Executive Endgames UPDATED: Sony Pictures Television is spinning its free Crackle streaming network into a joint venture called “Crackle Plus” — which doesn’t own rights to the crackleplus.com domain name. But Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, which is assuming control of Crackle as majority owner, says there’s no issue because there were never plans to launch a Crackle Plus-branded service.As first reported by Variety, SPT formed the Crackle Plus JV with CSS Entertainment, a deal expected to close in April or May 2019. CSS Entertainment will be the majority owner of the new entity, and the company boasted that the addition of Crackle to its ad-supported VOD roll-up network is expected to more than double overall revenue, which hit $27.8 million in 2018.In a statement to Variety, CSS Entertainment said, “While Crackle Plus is the name of the joint venture and associated ad network, it was never intended to be a consumer-facing domain name. The ownership of crackleplus.com is a non-issue.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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02Apr Rep. Runestad demands answers for car insurance rate increases White Lake lawmaker wants more transparency from state organizationState Rep. Jim Runestad, a member of the House Insurance Committee, today called for the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to share more information to justify a $22 per vehicle increase to Michigan resident’s automobile insurance for the year starting on July 1, 2018.The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) reimburses no-fault auto insurers for medical costs in excess of $555,000 per claim. The MCCA is a private non-profit entity created as a means of spreading the cost of providing unlimited medical coverage across all Michigan auto insurers.“I’m going to need a lot more information from MCCA,” Runestad said. “Michigan’s citizens already pay the highest automobile insurance rates in this country and now we’re going to pay more? Not without a more open dialogue and an explanation into why each driver will have $192 per car dedicated solely to the Personal Injury Protection claims, when three years ago everything was fine at $150 per year.”According to the MCCA, the organization “analyzes the amount needed to cover the lifetime claims of all people catastrophically injured in a car accident for the coming year. This analysis includes review of the investment return the fund receives, medical cost inflation, any existing deficit or surplus, and any changes to coverages.”The Lansing-based organization has a board of directors which includes representatives from five insurance companies appointed by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services.“The catastrophic claims fund has approximately $21 billion and continues to grow year-over-year,” said Runestad, of White Lake. “There is no transparency. We have no idea what kind of actuarial computations they are making. Cars are getting safer every year and miles being driven is dropping every year. We need them to know, with absolute clarity and transparency, why this increase would be needed.”##### Categories: News,Runestad News