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‘Frustrated’ Gavina would love to keep Kia’s No. 1 pick

first_imgRead Next “I can’t confirm it. I’m learning just as much as everyone else as I read things and hear about things as well. I’m asking my management also, like, ‘Is this true?’ You just kind of wait it out and see what happens,” he said.Gavina is keeping his fingers crossed that the deal won’t push through.“Nothing’s set in stone. I don’t know what the board’s going to do, whether they’re going to accept it or not, so whether we keep it is a tossup right now. I’d love to keep it, but you know, there’s some higher powers that be that might not agree.”Gavina, however, knows he is at the mercy of the Kia management and said that just like in the past, he has to make do with what he has in his lineup.“Honestly, it’s not as if I haven’t been in this position before. When I first took over, we gave up our pick and we got legitimate veterans for it, and wind up having a great season,” he said, referring to the time when the team traded second overall pic Troy Rosario to TNT for Aldrech Ramos and Nino Cañaleta back in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ “On a scale of one to 10, [my frustration is] maybe a 12,” he said.Gavina was at the PBA Draft Combine on Monday, trying to keep a straight face while discussing the possible moves of his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReports said that Kia is getting a bunch of San Miguel reserves, a future first rounder, and a boat load of cash in exchange for the No. 1 pick.Gavina, though, did not want to comment on the reported deal and said even he is left in the dark when it comes to management’s moves. View comments Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at official LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kia coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt this point, nothing surprises Kia coach Chris Gavina anymore.That’s why he couldn’t hide his frustrations following the news about the Picanto’s latest head-scratching move to ship trade the rights to this year’s top pick to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “In my position, you got to kind of live with what you can get sometimes and really, just look to how we’re going to improve with what we have. It comes down to really development. We’ve already started with our skills training as early as last week, probably the first team that came back, so we move forward from there,” he said.“So whatever the case happens, whether we get Christian or not, I think as long as we get some veteran leadership on the team with championship experience, I think we’ll be able to form a formidable team next year.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors

first_imgKevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA title11K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 OAKLAND, California— They made their group plea to Kevin Durant last summer, Stephen Curry and the core of the Golden State Warriors traveling cross-country to go at a prized free agent the only way they do it around here: with “Strength in Numbers.”Durant didn’t really need a hard sell that day in the Hamptons. He chose Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and a chance at his first championship over returning to Oklahoma City. Scorned and scrutinized from every angle for that decision, Durant triumphantly raised his arms and an MVP trophy Monday night all these months later— beaming as a first-time NBA champion, just as planned.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship — not to mention shooting skills — through regular shooting contests that were oh so close.READ: Warriors finish off Cavaliers in 5 games, regain NBA title “The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable,” Curry said. “It’s kind of crazy to think about the conversations we had this summer and going into the year about how we can both mesh and do what we do and be the players that we are and (to) see it come to life in this series, it was unbelievable.”Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.“I’m just happy for him. He’s had an amazing career, but he just took it to the next level,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was incredible all season long. He had an amazing series, just dominated. Everybody for the last 10 years knew how good he was, but until you break through and win that first championship, there’s always still something there. I’m just so happy Kevin has broken through. And there’s more to come from him.”ADVERTISEMENT Michael Jordan’s 1984 Olympic games Converse shoes sold for $190K Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage READ: Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors Durant came back late in the regular season from a 19-game absence with a left knee injury, then dealt with a tender calf early in the playoffs. Still, he insisted he had another notch to raise his game, and he certainly found it. He dramatically drove and dunked on Cleveland’s defense, knocked down big 3-pointers and blocked shots while handling the load of defending King James.Ten years after becoming the No. 2 draft pick behind Greg Oden, Durant has reached the pinnacle. Whenever he is asked about his own accomplishments, he is always quick to offer a reminder just as he did with a new NBA champions hat on his head: “It’s a team sport.” He can’t do it alone.“I can’t believe it, but I have to,” Durant said recently of where he is after a decade. “I’m really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I’ve been. That’s something I talked about coming into the league, wanting to do it year in and year out. I’ve been able to accomplish that individually. But this is not an individual sport. So I’ve also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I’ve grown so much and I’m proud of myself in that area as well, but I’ve got a long ways to go.”READ: Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for WarriorsThis is a major start. For those guys in the Hamptons recruiting Durant that day and all the others, they can’t wait for more.“We felt like Kevin could come in and help us and, like I said, make it all complete,” Green said. “And he showed that. Finals MVP, 4-1, world champions. Doesn’t get much better than that.”RELATED VIDEOGolden State Warriors celebrate NBA Championship2.5K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 He hugged mother Wanda many a time. And Curry, too. Even LeBron James, celebrating the fight and brilliance they each demonstrated during an entertaining back-and-forth basketball show in this Finals trilogy. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers last year, the Warriors again this time.READ: Kevin Durant’s menacing defense leads the way for WarriorsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hear all the narratives throughout the season that I was joining, I was hopping on bandwagons, I was letting everybody else do the work,” Durant said. “But then that was far from the truth. I came in and tried to help my team. Like I said, tried to be myself, be aggressive and sacrifice as well.”For all that chatter about chemistry on a super-team — some called them “supervillains” — how there might not be enough shots for all the big-time scorers, the Warriors kept winning as the world watched the every move of the East Bay franchise under a microscope. 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Pacquiao punishes spar mates

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments “Binugbog. Binira na (They were roughed up),” was how training assistant Jonathan Peñalosa described Pacquiao’s eight-round display of speed and power.Fact is, Young’s legs wobbled when Pacquiao landed a left straight in the third round, while Kambosos’ face turned reddish due to a flurry of jabs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas readyLike Pacquiao, Jerwin Ancajas declared himself ready to stake his International Boxing Federation super flyweight belt against Teiru Kinoshita of Japan. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao unloaded hard punches against George Kambosos and Adrian Young on Monday, leaving his spar mates battered and bruised.His training team was delighted, of course, especially chief trainer Freddie Roach, who decided to scrap a planned sparring session in Brisbane, where Pacquiao will dangle his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Australian Jeff Horn on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The road back to volleyball glory What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire According to Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer/manager, the 25-year-old- pride of Panabo, Davao del Norte, is 95 percent in shape for the chief support of the Pacquiao-Horn tussle to be aired live by ESPN.Ancajas has sparred more than a 100 rounds for the second defense of the crown he won with a unanimous decision over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico last year.At the moment, Ancajas is still six pounds over the 115-lb limit, although he doesn’t see any problem making the weight.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Gonzalez, of Nicaragua, stayed on the canvas for a couple of minutes. After rising slowly he had to be helped to his corner stool. The first knockdown came 42 seconds earlier when southpaw Srisaket landed a similar short right hook to the side of the head. Gonzalez was able to get up at the count of seven and continue — but looked out of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 30-year-old Srisaket went to work quickly in the first round, easily landing combinations and body shots — the fruits of months of intense training in the gym for the most important fight of his career.“I trained really hard for four months because I wanted everyone to know what I came here for,” said Srisaket of the brutal beatdown. “I have shown that I am the best 115 pound fighter in the world.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Thai dynamo silenced critics who had claimed his majority decision win in the first fight six months ago in New York was a fluke and the result of accidental head butts.Both fighters came out swinging from the opening bell in Saturday’s 115-pound rematch at the outdoor StubHub Center stadium, as it became apparent in the early rounds that Srisaket was in charge and the fight likely would not go the distance.“For the first fight I only trained two months. This fight I knew I was going to knock him out,” Srisaket said. “I am not scared of anyone.”Srisaket (44-4-1, 40 KOs) said he wanted to make his country proud. “I fought for Thailand, for the pride of Thailand,” he said. ADVERTISEMENT CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (R) of Thailand celebrates as Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua lays motionless at StubHub Center on September 9, 2017 in Carson, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPSrisaket Sor Rungvisai knocked out Roman Gonzalez in the fourth round Saturday with a devastating right hook to retain his WBC super flyweight world title in his second straight win over the former champ. Thailand’s Srisaket knocked ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez down twice in the final round, finishing the challenger off with a right hook with 1:45 to go in the fourth. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215 Gonzalez, who dropped to 46-2 overall, was taken to the hospital immediately after the fight for medical treatment.He was trying to avenge the only loss of his career against Srisaket but he failed to put up any defense against the onslaught of the Thai’s superior punches.The former pound-for-pound division king has had several gruelling fights in recent years, which have taken a heavy toll on his 30-year-old body.On the undercard, Japan’s Naoya Inoue won his US debut by defending his 115 pound WBO title with a sixth round knockout of Antonio Nieves.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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BJP President wishes luck to Rio-bound Indian hockey teams

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) BJP President Amit Shah today congratulated Olympic-bound Indian hockey contingent on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and hoped both the mens amd womens squads will bring smiles on the faces of countrymen with their performances in Rio de Janeiro. “I congratulate and wish you (both teams) luck on behalf of the entire country and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said Shah, who was the chief guest of the gala function organised by Hockey India to announce the mens and womens teams for the Rio Olympics. “The country has great hopes from you. Indian hockey has a rich history. Since hockey introduction in the Olympics in 1928, India (mens team) won seven gold medals in the first eight years. “The entire country is expecting medals from both the teams. Especially we are expecting a gold from the mens team,” he said. Hockey India (HI) today announced 16-member squads for both the mens and womens teams that will represent the country in the Olympics. Besides announcing the men and womens squads, HI also gave a warm send-off to the teams during todays gala function. Also present at the function were Sports Minister Vijay Goel, BJP MP and BCCI President Anurag Thakur, International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre, Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas, Indian Olympic Association Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and former hockey Olympians among others. While the mens team has rich history at the Olympic Games, this will be the first time in 36 years that the womens team will be participating at the Olympics. Indian eves only appearance in the Olympics till now was in the 1980 Moscow edition, but there was no qualification process back then. PTI SSC BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Ritu Rani retires from international hockey after Rio 2016 snub

first_imgFormer Indian women’s hockey captain Ritu Rani has decided to retire from international hockey after being axed from the Rio Olympics-bound squad.Ritu, who was controversially dropped from the team for the Rio Olympics citing “attitude” issues, however was included in the 29 probables for the National camp which began in Bhopal on Sunday.But it seems the 24-year-old midfielder hasn’t quite been able to come to terms with the Olympic axing and decided to call time on her international career.”We got a mail from Ritu Rani 2-3 days back stating that she will not be able to join the national camp as she is retiring from international hockey,” Hockey India president Narinder Batra told PTI.”It is her personal decision and we at Hockey India respect her decision. Hockey India would like to thank her for her service to the game and the nation,” he said.However, repeated calls to Ritu went unanswered.In fact, it was under Ritu’s captaincy that the Indian women’s team first qualified for the Rio Olympics after a gap of 36 years. It was also under her captaincy that the national team had won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games and a Silver medal at the 2013 Asian Champions Trophy.After being left out of the Olympics squad, Ritu got married to a Patiala-based Punjabi singer, Harsh Sharma on August 18.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Lamela confident Tottenham will overcome rough patch

first_imgErik Lamela has no concerns over Tottenham’s ability to halt their poor run of form, but acknowledged that Mauricio Pochettino’s side must change if they are to improve.Spurs surrendered the lead to fall to a 2-1 Champions League defeat at Inter on Tuesday, suffering a third loss on the bounce in all competitions. Brighton are next up on Saturday, with Tottenham in the hunt for a first win since last month’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And Lamela, who made his first start of the season at San Siro on the back of scoring a late consolation against Liverpool, has full confidence Tottenham will bounce back.”I believe in this team that we can do better,” he told Omnisport at the launch of FIFA 19.”We can play much better and everyone knows it. At the moment it is a difficult period but the times, the winning times, will come.”Obviously, we have to change something about our last few games, we didn’t play our best level. “We now wait and it is important to know when to change something and we are working on it.”Pochettino came out fighting after the defeat in Italy, insisting that his decision to leave Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld out of the squad should be respected, adding that Tottenham’s other players “are not s***”.Lamela, though, does not think that Pochettino’s anger was unjustified.”No, I don’t think so, obviously he’s our manager and he will defend us and that’s it,” said the Argentina international.”Honestly, I don’t know if we deserved to lose this game, but the mood when you lose in the dressing room wasn’t very good.”We now have to keep thinking about the competitions, thinking about the next game is the most important and Saturday we will play another big game [against Brighton].”last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal crushes Matthew Ebden to reach Australian Open third round

first_imgRafael Nadal advanced to the thid round of the Australian Open with a comfortable victory over Matthew Ebden on Wednesday.Rafael Nadal beat Matthew Ebden 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to move to No. 3 on the list of match wins at the Australian Open in the professional era, and extended his record of never losing a second-round match at Melbourne Park.The win improved 2009 champion Nadal’s win-loss record to 57-12 at the Australian Open, surpassing Stefan Edberg’s mark of 56 wins.Six-time champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold the top two spots on that list. Defending champion Federer recorded his 96th win earlier Wednesday and top-ranked Djokovic had 62 after his first-round win..@RafaelNadal, simply too good #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/o0J5kftwPv#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Nadal has opened with back-to-back wins over Australians and takes on another one in the next round. He will face Alex de Minaur, who battled past Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3.”If things are working, don’t change it.”Life lessons with @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/YpqopxICN4#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019And still… never lost a 2R at the #AusOpen @RafaelNadal eases into the 3R, def. Matt Ebden 6-3 6-2 6-2.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/6HbuQLeKCo#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Another Spaniard ousted another Australian on a nearby court around the same time. John Millman saved four match points in the fourth set before losing 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, who ended five-time finalist Andy Murray’s likely last trip to Melbourne Park in the first round.advertisementMillman had an upset win over Federer at last year’s U.S. Open before losing to Djokovic in the quarterfinals.last_img read more

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Alphaliner Korean Carriers Suspend Another Service

first_imgzoom The Korea Shipping Partnership (KSP), launched in August 2017, has unveiled its third round of service rationalizations impacting the Korea – Haiphong (North Vietnam) route, Alphaliner informed.In its latest rationalization move, the Incheon – Haiphong Service (IHS), operated by two of the coalition’s members, Heung-A and KMTC, using two ships of 1,000-1,100 TEU, has been suspended from March 11. This service called at Busan, Incheon, Shanghai, Haiphong, Hong Kong, Busan. It was one of 13 services operated by the KSP carriers on this route, with twelve loops to remain following the restructuring.The Korean Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, together with the Korea Ship Owners Association, on March 7, 2018, unveiled the KSP’s latest route restructuring plan.Alphaliner writes that the move follows two earlier rounds of service rationalizations announced in November 2017 and January 2018. These included a reduction in the number of Busan – Hakata/Moji services, as well as the removal of one service each from the Korea to Thailand and the Korea to Indonesia routes.Formed of 14 South Korean carriers, the coalition was initially set up with the aim of rationalizing routes and fleets, as well as to foster expansion through developing new joint services and joint international terminal operations.The coalition’s members include Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), CK Line, Dongjin Shipping, Doowoo Shipping, Dong Young Shipping, Hansung Line, Heung-A Shipping, KMTC, SM Line and Taiyoung Shipping.last_img read more

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The Minister for Foreign Affairs reacts to complaints in Beijing Embassy

Rabat – Nasser Bourita, the Minister for Foreign affairs, has intervened following complaints received by the Moroccan Embassy in Beijing.A series of complaints were made mostly concerning dissatisfaction with the renewal of passports and the treatment of Moroccan citizens on arrival in China.On the basis of these complaints, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation sent an inquiry to the official in charge of consular affairs four days ago, and is expected to take administrative action this week. read more

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UN rights chief urges release of Myanmar demonstrators

In a weekend statement, Louise Arbour also urged the authorities to “engage in consultation and dialogue with the demonstrators on their concerns.” Stressing that freedoms of expression and association are “touchstones of human rights,” Ms. Arbour said that allowing greater space for citizens to express their views and discontent will be essential in fostering the way towards a democratic transition and reconciliation in the South-East Asian nation. The High Commissioner’s appeal came just days after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “constructive dialogue towards national reconciliation at this important time in Myanmar’s history.” Mr. Ban also urged the authorities to exercise maximum restraint in responding to any demonstrations and encourages all parties to avoid any provocative action. Adding his voice to those of Mr. Ban and Ms. Arbour, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, stressed that rather than suppressing the peaceful expression of grievances the Myanmar authorities should engage in public dialogue to find solutions. “The Government should recognize in this discontent that Myanmar’s people are not only suffering the denial of their civil and political rights, but are also feeling the severe impact on their economic, social and cultural rights,” Mr. Pinheiro said in a statement issued on Friday. With over 100 people reported to have been arrested since 21 August, he stated that “no progress is possible as long as ordinary citizens cannot freely express their views, peacefully and in public.” 27 August 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for the immediate release of student leaders and other protesters arrested by the Myanmar authorities following a series of peaceful demonstrations against the sharp increase in fuel prices. read more

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Partnering for new global development agenda tops discussion at UN forum in

Addressing the high-level Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) in Addis Ababa, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo noted that “a candid and constructive exchange” among the various participants is necessary to keep the promises made under the MDGs.Agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs contain specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a Global Partnership for Development – all by 2015.The renewed global partnership must take into account all existing international commitments on development finance, while also effectively promoting sustainable development and efforts to address both existing and new development challenges, Mr. Hongbo told the participants gathered at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) headquarters.Organized in part by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the forum hosted more than 160 representatives from traditional donors as well as representatives of private philanthropic organizations, local governments, parliaments and civil society. “We have a shared sense that the changing nature of development challenges and the ever more integrated development landscape overcomes the North-South dichotomy of providers and recipients,” Mr. Hongbo said. The DCF was mandated by the 2005 World Summit to engage all stakeholders in global dialogue on the effectiveness and coherence of development cooperation. This is the third high-level forum to be held since 2007. The next will be held in July 2014 in New York.The goal of this two-day forum was to critically assess how the new development landscape could reshape the global partnership for development and what implications this would have for its underlying purposes and principles. Addressing yesterday’s opening, the president of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, highlighted the important role that the DCF has to advance the substantive debate on global trends in development cooperation and serve as a forum for discussion. “The main objective of the DCF in its current cycle is to advance a common understanding of what is needed to ensure development cooperation is fit for purpose for a post-2015 era.” read more

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Senior UN officials condemn terrorist attack against Kenyan university

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization have strongly condemned this morning’s terrorist attack on a university in north-eastern Kenya, with both officials expressing solidarity with the Kenyan people and urging swift justice for those responsible for the deadly attack.A statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York said that the attack, perpetrated on the campus of the Garissa University College, in Garissa, Kenya, reportedly left dozens dead and injured with an unconfirmed number of students held hostage.The Secretary-General in his statement voiced hope that the situation would be quickly brought under control without further harm to those being held and called for those responsible to be “swiftly brought to justice.”“The Secretary-General reiterates his solidarity with the people and the Government of Kenya, as well as the continuing support of the United Nations to Kenya and the countries of the region in their efforts to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism,” the statement continued.In addition, the statement said Mr. Ban conveyed his “deeply-felt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the wounded.”In a separate statement, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova also strongly condemned the incident, and stressed that a time when operations were still ongoing to lift the siege on the University, “this vicious attack against an institution of higher learning is a deliberate attack against the future of a country, against the ambition of students to gain the qualifications to pursue a career and contribute to their nation.”“It is the quest for knowledge, the freedom to think critically and to question the world– the hallmarks of a university – that is under threat,” said Ms. Bokova, calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and extending her heartfelt condolences to the Government of Kenya, and to the students, faculty and families who have been affected by this tragedy. read more

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Putin says gay people at Olympics must leave children alone

first_imgRUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin has said gay people need not fear persecution at the Winter Olympic Games, but stood by a controversial ban on promoting homosexuality to children.“We don’t have a ban on non-traditional sexual relations between people,” Putin told a group of volunteers who will be working at the Games.“We have a ban on the propaganda of homosexuality and paedophilia,” Putin said in televised comments from host city Sochi, with three weeks to go until the event.“We don’t ban anything and we won’t arrest anyone,” he said. “Therefore you can feel calm, relaxed. But leave children alone please.”Gay rights activists around the world have called for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in protest against a law banning the dissemination of so-called “gay propaganda” to minors.The president’s comments, reiterating a stance that suggests homosexuals prey on young people, were unlikely to appease critics of the ban.United States President Barack Obama has pointedly announced he was sending an Olympic delegation that includes several openly gay sports figures, among them tennis legend Billie Jean King.A senior cleric from the Russian Orthodox Church, which is closely allied to Putin, this month called for a national debate on returning a Soviet-era law repealed in 1993 that criminalised gay sex.One of the volunteers, set to assist visitors at the Games, commented on their rainbow-coloured uniforms and asked if they could be breaching the ban on gay propaganda, the Interfax news agency reported.“How did it happen that we have a law banning gay propaganda, but the volunteers’ uniform is rainbow coloured?” she asked.Putin answered tersely that he did not design the uniform, the report said.- © AFP, 2014Read: Putin warns ‘terrorists’ face total destruction > Read: Another Pussy Riot members has been freed in Russia after amnesty >last_img read more

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Registration for Panhellenic Games

first_imgRegistrations for athletes for the Oceania Pan Hellenic Games in Darwin close soon so athletes – get cracking. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 June. If unable to complete online application please contact (08) 8981 4219. Any person, within the ages of 16-30 (16-25 men’s soccer or 12-30 swimming) who has Hellenic ancestry and who is a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand is invited to apply and compete. There is no limit to how many events any individual may compete in. The Greek Orthodox Community of North Australia (GOCNA) and the local Greek organisations are the organisers of the Oceania Pan-Hellenic games Darwin. The 2011 games will be hosted by GOCNA in Darwin commencing 29 September between 2 October. Since GOCNA was awarded the games there has been huge interest from people all over Australia and New Zealand to send their athletes, and spectators who want to participate in the games as well as take in the natural wonders that make up the Northern Territory. Attractions include Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, outback camping and fishing tours, Darwin City, harbour tours on the Amphibian Tour Bus, Pearl Luggers and many more. The Pan Hellenic Games will also host an out of season Glenti as part of the closing of what is anticipated to be very friendly and enthusiastic sporting competition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Neymar returns to training with Brazil

first_imgBrazil have received a welcome boost ahead of their next game against Costa Rica after Neymar returned to training with the squadParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing was seen hobbling off in front of the cameras in Tuesday’s team training session due to a problem with his right ankle.Brazil had insisted that the problem was due to the effects of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening Group E game of the World Cup, where Neymar was fouled 10 times – the highest in 20 years.The five-time world champions were certain that had nothing to do with the foot injury that he had sustained in a PSG game against derby rivals Marseille in February that saw Neymar miss the last three months of the Ligue 1 side’s campaign and required him to undergo surgery.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…A video was posted yesterday showing Neymar back in training with Brazil and practising his free-kicks.Neymar is back in training and his free kick game is ?? pic.twitter.com/2hmN07M6u4— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 20, 2018 Brazil will be facing Costa Rica on Friday at the Saint Petersburg stadium.last_img read more

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Wilmington High To Add A Swim Team Will Be A Coed CoOp

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Pending formal approval from school officials, Wilmington High School will soon have a swim team.The North Reading School Committee has unanimously approved a request to form a co-operative swim team between Reading High and Wilmington High. The team would be co-ed and compete during the winter athletic season.  North Reading would be considered the “host school” as it has a well-established swimming program.“This is a conversation that’s been ongoing between both athletic departments. The move would support the existence of our program and make it sustainable for Wilmington as well,” North Reading High School Principal Anthony Loprete told School Committee members.Loprete noted that North Reading’s swim team currently has approximately 25 members,  but he “sees those numbers moving down a bit.”  Loprete anticipates 6-10 Wilmington students would want to join the new cooperative team.The North Reading/Wilmington team will hold its practices at Burbank YMCA in Reading before school. Home meets would also be at the Y.“Our rent rates are going up at Burbank YMCA over the next 3 years. Rates will go from $4,500 to close to $12,000. The increased will be phased in — from $4,500 to $6,500 to $9,000 to $12,000,” North Reading Superintendent Jon Bernard told Committee members. “[Adding Wilmington swimmers] would help deter some of the cost increase.”While Wilmington High School has no user fees for sports, North Reading High School does. North Reading would expect to receive $400 per Wilmington student to participate on the team. It would be up to Wilmington Public Schools to decide whether the district would supplement that cost or require students’ families to pay the fee themselves.The North Reading/Wilmington team would compete in the Cape Ann League, which has already okayed the cooperative agreement. Th agreement lasts for two years, at which time either school can end the relationship if they choose.An online petition was circulated earlier this year asking Wilmington High School Athletics Director Tim Alberts to start a co-ed swimming team. More than 500 supporters signed on.Alberts confirmed the news out of North Reading to Wilmington Apple, but was unable to provide any specifics until he first spoke with new Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand about the cooperative agreement.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSchool Committee Examines The Real Costs Of Playing Sports At Wilmington HighIn “Education”Online Petition Started To Bring A Swimming Team To Wilmington HighIn “Education”BUSINESS BRIEF: Reading Cooperative Bank Announces 3 New Branch Managers, Including Changes In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Kia UKs Stinger GT420 was meant for the crusher but they turned

first_img Kia Share your voice 0 6:31 Time to say goodbye to our long-term 2018 Kia Stinger… 67 Photos More From Roadshow Kia UK’s Stinger GT420 was meant for the crusher, now it crushes race tracks 2019 Genesis G70: A familiar formula, but a little bit sweeter 2019 Kia K900: The best luxury sedan you’ve never heard of 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK Now playing: Watch this: Performance Cars Car Culture Tags Post a comment Enlarge ImageKia UK’s Stinger GT420 is like our own Jerry Stinger, but turned up way past 11. Kia UK It’s a generally accepted practice in the automotive industry that when a company finishes with a preproduction or development vehicle, it gets sent to the crusher. This is done for a variety of reasons, but mostly it’s so the car never ends up in the hands of the public.When Kia found itself trying to decide what to do with its first UK Stinger GT model, its options were to crush it into tiny bits or find another use for it. Luckily, the folks at Kia UK are the “waste not, want not” type and announced on Friday that they decided instead to turn this doomed Stinger into a track day car.What’s even better is that they decided to cal it the GT420. Young master Spicoli would no doubt approve.What did Kia UK do to take the already spirited Stinger GT to the next level? The group started by massaging its turbocharged V6 so that instead of producing a respectable 365 brake horsepower, it now makes 422 bhp. They also managed to turn the wick up on the torque figure, going from 376 pound-feet to 413 lb-ft. Radical.The Stinger was meant to be more of a grand touring car than an out-and-out sports car, so the team had to go through the vehicle removing a good deal of the comfy but heavy interior. Gone were the seats and carpets and sunroof. The engineers added a roll cage back in for safety and additional chassis stiffness (something the Stinger could use more of since it’s such a long-wheelbase car). The whole exercise managed to shed around 330 pounds from the car. In addition to the roll cage, the folks from Kia also added a few underbody braces to help shore up the car’s chassis.Next up, it was time to address one of the car’s most significant performance weaknesses in stock form: the brakes. The engineers yanked the stock Brembo units and replaced them with bigger Brembo units that should be more able to handle the abuse of flinging such a big car around a racetrack.After a few more finishing touches, Kia UK slapped a sweet set of graphics on the Hi-Chroma Red paint (the same color as our beloved Jerry Stinger) and sent it to its new home: the racetrack.The Stinger GT was already a damned easy car to love — we adored our time with our long-term tester — and all these modifications made to the GT420 are silly and pointless, but they make us want a Stinger even more.Now, we just need to convince the folks from Kia UK to let us drive it. Kialast_img read more

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Former Bethel PO Andrew Reid sentenced victims sister speaks up about lasting

first_imgFormer Bethel Police Officer Andrew Reid has been sentenced by a Bethel judge to the maximum penalty allowed for the two crimes he pled guilty to: one count of first degree assault, and one count of fourth degree official misconduct. Reid will spend a maximum of 120 days in detention. Reid’s sentence would have carried a maximum of 180 days in detention, but was reduced under the recently passed Senate Bill 91.Listen nowStill image from Alaska Commercial Company security camera showing Andrew Reid assaulting Mr. Gregory.Reid attended the hearing by teleconference. The victim, Wassillie Gregory, did not attend the hearing. His sister Agnes Gregory did, and publicly forgave Mr. Reid for his actions.After the proceedings were over, she spoke about the irreversible effects of the incident on her brother.“What my brother went through during that time, I can’t imagine how he felt, and the injuries he suffered, and how everything that happened on that day will affect him for the rest of his life,” Mrs. Gregory said.Agnes said that Wassillie chose to drink rather than attend the sentencing.  After Reid responded to a 2014 call that Wassillie Gregory was intoxicated in public, he was caught on video repeatedly throwing Mr. Gregory to the ground and then pepper spraying him. This resulted in a dislocated shoulder that eventually Gregory needed surgery to correct.Gregory sued earlier in civil court and accepted a $175,000 settlement. His sister says he used the money to fuel his drinking problem.“My brother has struggled a lot with alcoholism. He has issues from childhood. I don’t think money is important,” Mrs. Gregory said.When asked if the money hurt, Mrs. Gregory said, “It didn’t help him,” referring to her brothers addiction.After Agnes said she forgave him, Reid was given a chance to make a statement.“I hope the these proceedings do heal any wounds that there are for Mr. Gregory and his family, and the City of Bethel. I’m 4,000 miles away right now, but I wish I could give Agnes a big hug and shake Mr. Gregory’s hand. And I appreciate her forgiveness in this matter. I take full responsibility for my actions. I wish I could have served Mr. Gregory better that day, and the city as a whole. And I’m willing to accept whatever the court puts on me,” Reid said.Reid’s attorney said he plans to apply for electronic monitoring, meaning that Reid would serve his sentence from home.last_img read more

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

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COPY LINKAD Loading … Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground 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.center_img Closelast_img read more