Hafiz Saeed to SRK: Facing discrimination for being Muslim, come to Pak

first_imgBollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was attacked by right wing groups for his comments against intolerance, has now been invited by 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed to Pakistan. In a series of tweets, the Jama’at-ud-Da’wah (JuD) chief invited the actor to make Pakistan his new abode.Hafiz tweeted, “Any such Muslim, even Shah Rukh who is facing difficulty and discrimination in India because of Islam are invited to stay in Pakistan”.Speaking during a question-answer session with Twitter users hosted by India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai, Shah Rukh pointed out that the biggest mistake a patriot can make was to go against secularism in India.”Yes there is intolerance, there is growing intolerance. People put words in the air even before thinking. We keep talking about new India, but if this country is not secular, happy in its approach and allowing people to be… the youngsters are not going to stand for it. It’s stupid to be intolerant,” the actor said.Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s full interview here: Hafiz Saeed’s tweets came after King Khan was called a Pakistani agent by senior BJP chief Kailash Vijayvargiya and Hindutva bigot Sadhvi Prachi over his recent remarks on the rising intolerance in the country. On Tuesday, the BJP chief had called the actor anti-national and someone who ‘lives in Hindustan but his soul is in Pakistan’.Whereas, Sadhvi Prachi said that Shah Rukh was a Pakistani agent and should go and stay in Pakistan. “Shah Rukh Khan is an agent of neighbouring country Pakistan as he reflects their (Pakistan’s) ideology. Such a man should go to Pakistan,” Prachi said.advertisementMeanwhile, Hafiz also invited other Indian intellectuals, who are joining the bandwagon returning their national awards to protest against the growing intolerance and violence in the society. In his tweets, Hafiz said that discrimination against minorities in India indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s India no longer remains secular.”Discrimination against minorities in India particular Muslims are proof enough that Modi’s India no more secular. Its fascist Hindu state.””We welcome Indian Intellectuals raising voice against intolerance inflicted by Hindu extremists if & whenever they come to Pakistan.”He further invited those facing discrimination to JuD’s ongoing relief efforts for minorities in Pakistan.”We would be pleased to demonstrate to them JuD’s ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts for minorities living in Pakistan.””Even the renowned Indian Muslims in the field of sports, academia, arts and culture are fighting a constant battle for identity inside India.”Watch: BJP reacts to Shah Rukh Khan’s remarks against intolerancelast_img read more

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Closing the Renewable Energy Investment Gap

first_imgEffective Climate Finance Models Should Be Scaled UpGiven the scale of investment required and the scarcity of public funds, public climate finance should strive to create markets conditions that spur the necessary investment.The Global Status Report notes that Mexico and Uruguay were among the countries that attracted the most investment in renewable energy in 2013, as a proportion of their GDP. Both have taken steps, supported by public climate finance, to create the conditions that drive renewable energy investment.In Mexico, public investments in regulatory reform, research and development, and demonstration projects helped to create market conditions that encouraged investment in wind energy.Similarly, in Uruguay, modest but strategic climate finance investment by UNDP and the GEF in electricity market regulatory reform, combined with ambitious targets from the Uruguayan government, has spurred rapid growth in the country’s wind industry and helped to leverage billions of dollars of investment.Leveraging Climate Finance to Attract InvestmentThese examples show that climate finance has a key role to play in driving low-carbon energy investment. Climate finance institutions like the Green Climate Fund can learn from these and other successful examples as they decide where to invest. To achieve the paradigm shift that the Green Climate Fund seeks, its financing will need to go beyond investing in individual low-carbon energy projects, and focus on the policy, regulatory and institutional conditions that will unleash financing for low-emissions development. These conditions have already helped drive down the cost of low-carbon energy. As the World Energy Investment Outlook notes, it is only with “consistent and credible policies” that we can close the growing gap between energy investment today, and the investment required to meet growing energy demands while avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. There’s a growing gap between current investment in low-carbon energy and what’s needed to meet world demand while avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. The good news is there’s sufficient capital and investor interest to close much of this gap. However, policies that encourage market certainty and level the playing field between different energy sources are needed to attract the volume of investment required, according to a special International Energy Agency (IEA) report, the World Energy Investment Outlook, released this month.Trillions of Dollars in Investment Needed – and Trillions in Benefits GainedThe report underscores the importance of creating the right policy, regulatory, and institutional conditions to shift markets and drive investment toward getting more low-carbon energy services, more affordably, to more people. Carefully targeted climate finance can help shape electricity markets and create the enabling conditions to unlock low-carbon, low-cost energy investment.If business as usual continues, IEA estimates $48 trillion of overall investment in energy would be needed to meet global demand between now and 2035. But to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and keep the world on a path that could limit global warming to 2 degrees C, IEA projects that an additional 18 percent, or $5 trillion, in cumulative investment would be needed through 2035. Specifically, investments in low-carbon power would need to more than triple from current levels to $730 billion per year in 2035 and investments in energy efficiency would need to increase more than eight times to $1.1 trillion per year in 2035. While this sounds like a lot, this investment would be offset for consumers by an IEA estimated $115 trillion in total fuel cost savings by 2050.Furthermore, recent trends suggest that we could achieve the required renewable energy deployment at lower cost than previously thought. Reproduced from World Energy Investment Outlook. Credit: OECD/IEANew Opportunities in Lower-Cost RenewablesMore efficient and lower-cost renewable energy, spurred in large part by supportive policy, regulatory and institutional conditions, is already helping cut the amount of investment needed to meet growing demand. Another new report, the REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, shows the cost of renewable energy declined sharply while global renewable energy capacity grew 8 percent to 1,560 gigawatts (GW) in 2013.Solar photovoltaics, in particular, had a record year with 39 GW of new capacity installed globally, up 32 percent over new capacity added in 2012, despite a 22 percent decline in overall investment. Most of the investment decline is due to lower technology costs.The Global Status Report gives other encouraging examples of the falling cost of renewables, especially in major emerging markets. Wind power costs dropped so low in Brazil that they priced fossil fuel energy sources out of the market. Brazil’s national energy agency introduced a separate category for wind projects as a result. And for the first time, renewable power capacity added in China surpassed fossil fuel and nuclear capacity additions.Figure 2: Global capacity additions and annual investment in Solar PVlast_img read more

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Klopp: Coutinho could return against Sevilla

first_imgLiverpool Klopp: Coutinho could return against Sevilla Omnisport Last updated 2 years ago 06:54 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Liverpool v Sevilla Sevilla UEFA Champions League The Brazilian is in the mix to feature in Liverpool’s opening match of the Champions League group stage Philippe Coutinho could make a timely return to Liverpool’s matchday squad for their midweek Champions League clash with Sevilla, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.The wantaway Brazilian is yet to feature in a competitive match for the Reds this season after being denied a move to Barcelona, a saga which prompted Coutinho to submit a transfer request.Coutinho 15/8 to score v Sevilla Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Liverpool refused to sanction his departure and Klopp has now confirmed the 25-year-old is in contention to return at Anfield.Coutinho would be a welcome addition to a side beaten 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday, a collapse sparked by Sadio Mane’s first-half sending off.Speaking at his post-match press conference, Klopp replied with a simple “yes” when asked whether Coutinho was in his plans for Wednesday’s match.Read Jürgen Klopp’s post-match verdict on #LFC’s defeat at Manchester City: https://t.co/M2H63TjHQl pic.twitter.com/B3VGQhUTNq— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 9, 2017 Coutinho twice appeared as a substitute for Brazil over the international break, scoring in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Ecuador.Alongside Sevilla, Liverpool have also been grouped with Spartak Moscow and Maribor for their Champions League campaign. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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4-Star RB Announces He’s De-Committing

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has received some bad recruiting news a day after the Buckeyes’ home win against Indiana.Sampson James, a four-star running back in the 2019 class, has announced that he’s decided to re-open his recruitment.The four-star recruit was considering Ohio State and Indiana, among other programs. He’s an Avon, Ind. native.The Indianapolis Star first reported the news of his decision. James is reportedly seriously considering Indiana.“Can confirm Avon RB Sampson James has decommitted from Ohio State. High level of interest in Indiana.”Can confirm Avon RB Sampson James has decommitted from Ohio State. High level of interest in Indiana.— Kyle Neddenriep (@KyleNeddenriep) October 7, 2018James, a 6-foot-1 running back, is ranked the No. 8 RB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ohio State’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 10 class in the country.last_img read more

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Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United manager

first_img Next Everyone knows I’d like to stay: Solskjaer hopes to remain Manchester United managerOle Gunnar Solskjaer has turned around the ongoing Premier League season for Manchester United since taking over as interim manager after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.advertisement Reuters ManchesterMarch 2, 2019UPDATED: March 2, 2019 16:15 IST Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said as always he is going to give his best for Manchester United. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOle Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to lose a Premier League match since being appointed Manchester United managerSolskjaer said ‘it will be strange’ if he doesn’t stay at United after shooting a video pleading fans to get season ticketsUnited are currently fifth in the league table with 55 points from 28 matchesManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said it would be “strange” if he is not in charge at Old Trafford next season after being part of their promotional campaign to sell season tickets.United are unbeaten in the Premier League since Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, winning nine of their 11 games to revive hopes of a top four finish.The former United forward has been endorsed for the top job by a number of his counterparts in England, including Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, with United set to make a decision at the end of the campaign.”I’ve done a video shoot on season tickets so I’m pleading with them to get their season tickets,” Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s clash against Southampton.”It will be strange to see myself in a video if I’m not here. It’s not strange doing it, though. My kids if they see a commercial with me in it and I’m back home in Norway – that will be strange.”Everyone knows I’d like to stay of course, but that’s not decided until the end of the season. But if it’s me as a supporter or manager they should still buy their season tickets because the club is going somewhere.”United are currently fifth in the table with 55 points from 28 matches but Solskjaer said they were planning for Champions League soccer next season.”My contract is up in the summer but as I’ve always done for United I give my best because you have to plan, even if I’m not here I still give my view on who I would like to see here as a supporter,” Solskjaer added.advertisement”You don’t want to plan for Europa League yet. We’re hoping and planning that we will get into the Champions League for next year. We’ll take that as it comes.”Also Read | Manchester United face mutiny if Solskjaer isn’t named permanent boss, says Gary NevilleAlso Read | Manchester United cannot go years without league title, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAlso Read | Fred must seize his chance to shine, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Premier leaguelast_img read more

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PETRONAS Delays Second FLNG

first_imgzoom Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) has pushed the commissioning of its second floating liquefied natural gas  (FLNG) project for a later date as the company works to cut costs in a relentless market.The PFLNG 2 project, to be located off the coast of Sabah in Malaysia, was originally scheduled for delivery in 2018. However, it has not been disclosed what will be the new date of delivery.The FLNG is being built by Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries as part of a consortium consisting of JGC Corporation, Samsung Heavy Industries Company Limited, JGC (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Samsung Heavy Industries (M) Sdn Bhd.Meanwhile, PETRONAS’ first floating LNG facility (PFLNG 1) at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard in Okpo, South Korea is nearing conclusion, with 95% of the structure completed in December 2015.  Once completed, the PFLNG 1 will be moored at the Kanowit field, offshore Sarawak, and is designed to produce 1.2 mtpa of LNG.The announcement comes as Petronas wraps up an extremely difficult 2015 with lower revenue and profit after tax (PAT) amidst a depressed oil price environment and net impairment on assets.PETRONAS recorded a revenue of RM248 billion, a 25 per cent decline compared to the same period in 2014. The company anticipates its financial performance for 2016 to continue to be affected by the prolonged volatility in oil prices.Speaking at a press conference Monday, PETRONAS’ President and Group CEO, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin said that PETRONAS had persevered through the challenging year to remain profitable.Wan Zulkiflee said that the next two years would continue to be challenging for PETRONAS and that the company’s cash flow from operations are unlikely to be able to cover the remaining CAPEX and its RM16 billion dividend commitments to the government.last_img read more

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This is not cricket

first_imgIt is quite obvious that only the endorsement of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who also captained the Pakistan cricket team, enabled Pakistan’s minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain to have the audacity and gumption to make certain unsavoury remarks on the Sri Lankan cricket team refusing to tour Pakistan citing security reasons. A frustrated Fawad Hussain blamed India for having influenced Sri Lanka in calling-off the Pakistan tour. He further alleged that players were threatened that if they went ahead with the Pakistan tour, their IPL prospects could be endangered. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis Pakistani Minister, who has been more vocal than necessarily particularly in the wake of scrapping of Article 370, is well known for his list of faux pas moments that have embarrassed his government. Regardless, his latest goof-up in alleging Indian hand in prevailing over Sri Lanka in sabotaging the Pakistan trip has exceeded all limits. It is worth noting that only a decade ago, in 2009, the then Sri Lankan team touring Pakistan, on its way to Gaddafi Stadium Lahore was attacked by terrorists owing allegiance to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). This incident resulted in the loss of eight and injury of several members of the Sri Lankan entourage. Since the dastardly incident, there is a visible reluctance on the part of cricketers making a trip to Pakistan because of the deteriorating security situation. Although the Sri Lankan cricketers did pay a visit to Lahore in 2017, today the security scenario tensed with Pakistan engulfed by terror attacks. These attacks are largely a result of its own machinations and make it almost possible for players to undertake a tour despite lucrative allowances. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn this context, it is pertinent to point out that last week the Sri Lankan Cricket Board held a meeting and its Chief Security Advisor, Air Marshal Roshan Goonetileke briefed the players about the security situation in Pakistan and the Chief Selector, Asantha De Mel explained in detail about the selection policy for future tours. According to him, players have the freedom to decide if they are willing to go or not go on certain tours with risks. Following this, ten cricketers of the side immediately decided against going to Pakistan. This, further, places doubt on statements made by the Pakistani side of Indian involvement. With many wanted terrorists deliberately released into the public, notably Maulana Masood Azhar of the Jaish, players belonging to a country friendly to India will find it very challenging to cope with the stress of playing in Pakistan. It is unfortunate that Imran Khan who himself once played the gentlemen’s game has now resorted to making such claims and using Fawad Hussain as a loose cannon while continuously encouraging him to make irresponsible statements. It is certain that Imran Khan is getting frustrated by his glaring failure to elicit support from Muslim nations on the matter of Kashmir. His recent defeat at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session in Geneva has only compounded this frustration. Pakistan was represented by their Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while India was represented by a delegation led by a Secretary level officer. The cogent and logical arguments put forward by the Indian side were enough to expose the Pakistani rhetoric which was based on fabrication and malicious propaganda. Thus, such efforts ended with Pakistan being shown in an adverse light as the hub of terror in the region. To add to these facts are the tepid responses of Muslim nations that Pakistan was looking to for support against India. Recently, foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Abdul al Jubeir and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahayan were in Islamabad to offer what amounted to no more than a token show of support and solidarity. Similar responses have been coming from other gulf countries as well and there have been no signs of any overwhelming support forthcoming. Dejected by the lack of support in Geneva, Minister Qureshi, addressing the media on the sidelines, didn’t rule out the possibility of an accidental war with India. Such an uncalled for and completely avoidable remark when Indo-Pak ties are at rock bottom is nothing but a reflection of war hysteria promoted by Islamabad. Pakistan’s frustration was further demonstrated when Prime Minister Imran Khan on September 13, while addressing a rally in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) labelled Prime Minister Modi as a coward for his alleged atrocities in Kashmir with the help of massive troop deployment. This is Imran Khan’s third trip to PoK since the abrogation of Article 370. It is more than evident that the Pakistan Prime Minister is trying to provoke the Kashmiri people on both sides to support him as he is going to act as an Ambassador of the Kashmiri people before the UN in the forthcoming meeting this month. In his belligerent rhetoric, he castigated the RSS for its anti-Muslim agenda and vowed not to disappoint the Kashmiri people. Imran Khan’s high voltage anti-Indian outbursts are reminiscent of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s uncivilised rhetoric at the UN in the wake of the 1965 Indo-Pak war. His most objectionable remarks led to a walkout by the Indian delegation from the Security Council. Bhutto’s political end is well-etched in history despite the fact that he was a born and bred politician while Imran has more cricket in his career than politics. But his recent actions do not befit a cricketer. Let Imran Khan be reminded again – what you are doing is not cricket. Let Kashmir be handled by India as its own internal matter. You have to set your own field closing all gaps lest the target set is unachievable. (The author is a retired IPS officer, a security analyst and the former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Mike Taylor keyboardist for Burlington Ontbased Walk off the Earth dies

first_imgBURLINGTON, Ont. — The Burlington, Ont.-based band Walk off the Earth has announced the death of keyboardist and vocalist Mike Taylor.In a post on various social media sites on Sunday, the band says Taylor died “peacefully from natural causes last night in his sleep.”Taylor’s bandmates express their “deepest sympathies” for Taylor’s two children and ask for privacy for his family.Walk off the Earth shot to fame in 2012 when their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” went viral.A YouTube video for the song featured all five band members simultaneously playing a single guitar and singing in harmony.Walk off the Earth was scheduled to kick off a 2019 world tour with a New Year’s Eve show in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Monday night.The Canadian Presslast_img

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2019 Fort St John High on Ice Winter Festival Day 2 Schedule

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s day two of the annual High on Ice Winter Festival.  There are a number of events happening on Saturday in Fort St. John to celebrate including the Mayors Carving Challenge, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Races, Free Swimming, Soup Stock, Live Music and more.See the full event schedule below.Make sure to bundle up before heading out to the High on Ice Winter Festival.  The forecast calls for a high of minus 17 on Saturday, but the wind will make things feel more like minus 28.  Make sure to follow the City of Fort St. John Recreation Page on Facebook for details on any event changes due to weather.  For full event details visit the City’s website. SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation The weather should improve by Monday when the temperature should be minus 12.Below is the event schedule for the rest of the Family Day long weekend. High on Ice – Schedule – Saturday All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 8 am-3 pmBackcountry Ice Fishing Derby – register on siteCharlie Lake Rotary Boat Launch 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmFREE Bouncing Beans sessionKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 amStory WalkCentennial Park 12-2:30 pm& 3:30-6 pmPETRONAS Energy Free SkatePomeroy Sport Centre 1 -3 pmYAC: Snow Bowl-O-rama *Free for youth ages 12-18Fort Lanes Bowling Alley 2 pmHuskies Jr. B Hockey Game vs. Grand Prairie – Tickets RequiredNorth Peace Arena 4-7:30 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate – from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 4:30-7:30 pmBalloon Twisting with Wiggy’s CreationsCentennial Park Tent 4:30-7:30 pmCarnival Games & Free PopcornCentennial Park Tent 6 pmFire & Ice Closing CeremonyCentennial Park 7 pmLaugh your Ice Off – Tickets RequiredLido Theatre SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocation SearchSearch inTimeEventLocation TimeEventLocationcenter_img All DayProfessional Ice CarvingCentennial Park All DayMNP Ice Slides & BonfireCentennial Park All DayCurling Bonspiel – must pre-registerFort St. John Curling Rink All DayCrokicurl (park at the North Peace Arena)Greenspace – beside North Peace Arena 9 am-4 pmMayors Carving ChallengeCentennial Park 10 am-4 pmCommunity Ice Carving Competition – must pre-registerCentennial Park 10 am-2 pmDog Sled RidesThe Horse Ranch – in Baldonnel 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-6 pmDodgeball Tournament – must pre-registerKids Arena Fieldhouse 11 am-3 pmLive MusicCentennial Park Tents 11 am-3 pmFree 8 oz. Hot Chocolate from Canadian Grind & RBCCentennial Park 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 11 am-3 pmNEAT Presents: Soup Stock – remember your mug and spoon!Centennial Park Tents 12 -2 pmEngage Sport North: Mukluk Rush – Obstacle CourseCentennial Park 12 -4 pmCaltech Surveys presents: Face PaintingCentennial Park Tents 1 -3 pmBergen Financial presents: Mukluk Free SwimNorth Peace Leisure Pool 2 pmMukluk Rendezvous X Country Skiing LoppetBeatton Provincial Park 5 -7 pmEngage Sport North: Try Sledge Hockey & BroomballNorth Peace Arena 5 -9 pmPizza & Pint – with Beards Brewing (19+)Beard CompetitionCentennial Park Tents 5:30pmSunrise Rotary: Evening Under the Stars Gala – Tickets RequiredPomeroy Hotel «‹12›» All DayIce SlidesCentennial Park 10 am & 2 pmWim Hof Method Workshop – must pre-registerImprovement Institute Truck Driving School 11 am-3 pmHorse Drawn Sleigh RidesBert Ambrose Elementary/Kin Park 1-3 pmProm Fashion ShowTotem Mall High on Ice – Schedule – Monday High on Ice – Schedule – Sundaylast_img read more

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New UN rural project supports Sri Lankan tea and rubber farmers

The United Nations International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) is supporting a new almost $40 million project in Sri Lanka that has the dual aims of bolstering incomes of 40,000 poor tea and rubber farmers and increasing their bargaining power.“The people targeted by the programme are among the very poorest in Sri Lanka,” said Sana Jatta, the agency’s programme manager for Sri Lanka.The Smallholder Plantations Entrepreneurship Development Programme will target small tea farmers in the Kandy, Kegalle and Matale districts, as well as food crop farmers in the Moneragala district who also wish to grow rubber.The project “will not only give poor people the tools to pull themselves out of poverty, it will also empower them through strengthened grassroots institutions that will eventually transform into farmers’ companies. This will give farmers increased bargaining power with private tea and rubber companies and private institutions,” Mr. Jatta noted.Under the scheme, the poor’s access to land will be improved, with the implementation of a mutually beneficial arrangement where small farmers will be directly linked to factories that will process their crops, allowing both producers and processors to benefit. Additionally, crop diversification and better access to markets for crops, including tea, rubber and spices, will be included.Financial services will also be provided to the project’s participants. Farmers will form small self-help groups to accumulate and manage their savings, supply credit and make collective decisions about such matters as investment. These groups will act collectively to increase their bargaining power with private companies, banks and public services, and ultimately function as their own private companies in accrue assets.More than two decades of conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have impeded rural development, particularly in the districts covered by the Programme.“By increasing equitable access to resources, services, technologies and markets, IFAD hopes the programme will contribute to conflict prevention and peace building in Sri Lanka,” said Matthew Wyatt, the agency’s Assistant President for External Affairs.The agreement was signed today in Rome by Mr. Wyatt and E. Rodney M. Perera, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy, where IFAD is headquartered.IFAD will furnish a loan of $22.5 million for the Programme, while the Sri Lankan Government will provide $3.8 million, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute $5.5 million and the Sri Lankan Wellassa Rubber Company will donate $5.2 million. 9 May 2007The United Nations International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) is supporting a new almost $40 million project in Sri Lanka that has the dual aims of bolstering incomes of 40,000 poor tea and rubber farmers and increasing their bargaining power. read more

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Police look for abandoned childs mother

The child had been found abandoned in March and was taken to a children’s home in Panadura on the instructions of the children’s court. The police has sought public assistance to locate the mother of a child found abandoned at the private bus stand at Bastian Mawatha in Pettah.The children’s court in Battaramulla had ordered the police to publish the picture of the child in the media and seek public assistance to trace the mother. The male child is approximately five months old, the police said. (Colombo Gazette) The court has now ordered that public assistance be sought to trace the parents or relatives of the child.

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BCs Clark gains energy from feds New Democrats urge Greens to their

VANCOUVER – Liberal Leader Christy Clark’s bid to ban or tax thermal coal received a boost Friday from the federal government during the provincial election campaign, while NDP Leader John Horgan appealed to Green voters to join him to defeat the Liberals.Clark issued a statement thanking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for “carefully and seriously” considering her suggestion to ban or tax thermal coal coming from the United States after it put a tariff on Canadian softwood.“Banning thermal coal exports through B.C. ports stands up for forest workers and helps fight climate change,” she said.The United States announced a tariff of up to 24 per cent on Canadian softwood last week.Horgan campaigned Friday on southern Vancouver Island, where Green party officials say they have a chance of winning.He said the New Democrats have much in common with the Greens.“All of our common interests will be lost if we have four more years of Christy Clark,” he told supporters at a campaign stop in Nanaimo.Horgan said the Greens and NDP support reforms to the electoral system, reducing greenhouse gases and oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.Minutes after Horgan’s comments, Green Leader Andrew Weaver arrived outside the venue where Horgan spoke. He said Horgan’s appeal smacks of voter suppression.“I’m trying to inspire voters,” said Weaver, who was on his way to campaign events on the Sunshine Coast.Clark spent the first part of day defending a little-known tax rebate program meant to attract international business to British Columbia that allowed TD Bank to claim a $2.8-million refund.Her government challenged the company’s claim for the refund in court because TD filed its paperwork a day late. The Court of Appeal ruled last month that B.C. must reconsider the bank’s request for a time extension to claim the money.Clark said the International Business Activity Act has created more revenue than it has cost and it’s aimed at luring companies to B.C.“The evidence tells us it’s helping create jobs in British Columbia,” she said. “The evidence tells us that it’s been a good investment. We need to grow those programs … that are aimed at attracting head offices from around the world to Vancouver.”The program came under scrutiny this week after a story was published by the New York Times saying it created fewer than 300 jobs while giving $140 million in refunds since 2008.However, the Liberal party said a study by the government found the program created 1,140 jobs between 2004 and 2007.The NDP said in a statement that residents deserve answers about a program that allows unnamed corporations to receive an unknown amount of taxpayer money with no discernible benefits for B.C.The program was created in 1988 when Social Credit was in power. Horgan said it was a modest program under former Social Credit and New Democrat governments.Since then, he said the Liberals have increased funding for the program by 1,000 per cent.“This is a program that is giving corporate welfare to one of the most profitable banks in the country. We’ve asked the auditor general to get to the bottom of this.”Clark, who also campaigned on Vancouver Island on Friday, said the program was always aimed at companies that are going to create jobs in B.C.“I guess the folks in Finance decided that (TD Bank) met that goal,” she said. by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated May 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C.’s Clark gains energy from feds, New Democrats urge Greens to their side B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark puts a shoe on a little boy as she makes a campaign stop in Campbell River, B.C., Friday, May 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward read more

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Sir Michael Morpurgo reveals his secret cancer battle

Sir Michael Morpurgo, the English author, poet and playwright, has revealed he has been having treatment for cancer and said his grandchildren give him “hope” of combating the disease.The 74-year-old, who was  diagnosed with an early cancer of the larynx last year, said it changed his perspective on life.Writing in The Spectator, he said: “Friends and family much younger have been ill, and suffered long; some have fallen off the perch younger than I am now. I’ve been a lucky old parrot.”Paying tribute to his grandchildren, he added: “They were all the hope I needed, lying there in that hospital being healed. It wasn’t only the radiotherapy doing the healing.”He was being treated at The Royal Marsden – a hospital dedicated to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. On Monday the War Horse writer was at the Hay Festival – which is where he said he wrote the article from. The author gives a full and frank account of his condition in The Spectator The author gives a full and frank account of his condition in The SpectatorCredit:Andrew Crowley He wrote in the article: “Even an unwelcome medical diagnosis does not surprise you. You cope because you have to.”You know it’s what happens to us all. You’ve been lucky all these years. Now it’s your turn, stuff happens.”That’s life, you tell yourself, or the other thing. Friends and family much younger have been ill, and suffered long; some have fallen off the perch younger than I am now. I’ve been a lucky old parrot.” read more

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Poll Should people who give up their mortgages be allowed on housing

first_imgMORTGAGE HOLDERS WHO fall into arrears and end up voluntarily surrendering their homes will be allowed to apply to their local authority for housing.Minister Jan O’Sullivan said that anyone who goes through the new Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process but ends up giving up their home if payments are still too high will be able to join the waiting list for housing in their area.What do you think: Should people who give up their homes after falling into arrears be allowed on local authority housing lists? Poll Results: Yes, there’s no reason why they shouldn’tNo, it’s not fairI’m not sureVote No, it’s not fair (2012)center_img Yes, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t (2075) I’m not sure (818)last_img

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Gardaí investigate after elderly woman dies in house fire in north county

first_img 4 Comments Image: DFB 14,291 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 10:37 PM Image: DFB http://jrnl.ie/3362681 Short URL Share Tweet Email Gardaí investigate after elderly woman dies in house fire in north county Dublin A number of units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the fire in a house in Walshestown, Lusk. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 27th 2017, 10:37 PM GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after an elderly woman died in a house fire in north county Dublin this evening.A number of units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the fire in a house in Walshestown, Lusk at about 6pm.The fire was extinguished and the body of a woman in her 80s was removed from the building.She was pronounced dead at the scene.The woman’s body was taken James Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown where a post-mortem will take place.Gardaí said that the matter is currently under investigation.Read: Man and woman arrested in Waterford on suspicion of involvement with international terrorismlast_img read more

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NXT TakeOver special coming to Toronto on November 19 as part of

first_img Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE COO Triple H announced on Twitter on Friday that the next NXT TakeOver live special will take place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre on November 19 as part of Survivor Series weekend as the Survivor Series will take place in the same venue:Due to overwhelming demand, @WWENXT will TAKE OVER Toronto for #NXTTakeOver the night before #SurvivorSeries! pic.twitter.com/Gx4nPUCY14— Triple H (@TripleH) September 2, 2016 Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Videos Articles Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto NXT TakeOver Highlights: NXT Championship, Dream vs. Strong vs. Dunne, Riddle/Dain brawl Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) WhatsApp Triple Hlast_img read more

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WWE increasing PPV length to a fourhour minimum beginning with Money in

first_img Pinterest WWE RAW Results – 6/3/19 (Undertaker returns, Brock Lesnar to cash in Money in the Bank) Twitter Beginning with the Money in the Bank PPV on June 17 from Chicago, WWE will be increasing the length of all Pay Per View events to a four-hour minimum per multiple wrestling media reports on Monday night.WWE is said to have informed many of their main domestic and international PPV providers, including InDemand and Sky TV, that the Money in the Bank PPV will be pushed back from its usual 8:00 PM ET start time to a 7:00 PM start time and that most PPV events will begin at 7:00 PM ET going forward.It is also said that the WWE’s four major PPVs (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble) will all become five-hour PPV events going forward. This is being done as a way to accommodate both rosters for RAW and Smackdown Live, with all non-major events being co-branded on the WWE Network.It is unknown whether or not the one to two hour Kickoff Shows would continue, although the InDemand website lists the Money in the Bank Kickoff Show at 6:30 PM ET, but InDemand airs a different in-studio Kickoff Show compared to the live Kickoff Show with matches that WWE airs on their WWE Network broadcast.WWE has not issued any comment nor confirmation on this reported change.Sources: F4WOnline, PWInsider WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WWE RAW Preview: Brock Lesnar to cash in Money in the Bank, Undertaker returns Brock Lesnar will allegedly cash in Money in the Bank this Monday on RAW, Rollins respondslast_img read more

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

first_img 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. 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

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Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday May 31

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll catch up on the latest news in Baltimore City Public School education as we engage a panel of experts and journalists, including reporting on teacher lay­offs and the hiring of a new BCPS CEO.This story and much more coming up on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

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It takes nearly 9 hours to walk and swim across Just Cause

first_imgIf you’re looking for a game to keep you entertained until Christmas Day, then I suspect Fallout 4 is top of the list. That will certainly fill many hours. The Witcher 3 is also worth consideration. However, the recently released Just Cause 3 turns out to be absolutely massive. At least, in terms of land mass.The YouTube channel 8-Bit Bastard regularly takes the time to find out how big game world maps are simply by walking across them. They’ve done a number of games you’d expect to be very large, but end up being traversed surprisingly quickly. For example, Minecraft only takes 35 minutes, Fallout 4 is 41 minutes, and Grand Theft Auto V puts in a much more respectable 1 hour and 55 minutes. Skyrim? Just 2 hours and 10 minutes.The biggest game world they’ve walked across until now is Just Cause 2, which takes a whopping 5 hours. However, Just Cause 3 easily beats that by some margin. As the video below shows, it takes 8 hours and 40 minutes to walk and swim across this gigantic game world.Is this the largest game world map outside of an MMO? And that’s just me assuming there’s MMOs with larger worlds than Just Cause 3.The game hasn’t been out long enough to get a definitive answer as to how long it takes to complete a full playthrough. That’s a difficult question to answer anyway due to the sandbox nature of the title. However, Just Cause 2 has an average playthrough time of 42 hours, so you’d expect the third game to be a healthy extension on that based on how much more world there is to explore.last_img read more

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