Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybelles

first_imgRobredo: 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 And when Kim made her surprise appearance in the first set of the game between Korea and the Philippines in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, Jovelyn Gonzaga couldn’t help but feel blessed to be playing against the world’s greats.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeated FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We were joking inside the locker room that we should force Korea to bring in KYK because it’s almost a given that she won’t be playing,” said Gonzaga in Filipino Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena after their game.“We said that our goal was to have Korea put in KYK in the second set, but when she stepped inside late in the first set we all looked at each other and said ‘goal!’ So it was really a morale-booster for us to play against her.” Kim, however, wasn’t there to inspire the Philippines.She was there to make life harder for the Filipinos and she did just that, finishing off the first set for Korea upon setting foot inside the court.Kim would do the same in the second set as she led the Koreans to an eventual three-set sweep of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“Personally, facing up against KYK was a huge challenge and when I blocked her that was really big for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NLEX bounces back, deals Meralco 1st loss Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentscenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Kim Yeon-koung is regarded as Korea’s top volleyball player and her accolades for both club and country could fill pages.The Korean skipper is a multi-medal winner for Korea and has won numerous championships with cub Fenerbahce both in the domestic and continental stage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Basketball coach Natt eager to see India in competitive action

first_imgIndia’s new senior men’s basketball coach, American Kenny Natt, will get a chance to see his wards in competitive action for the first time when a five-nation Middle Asia qualifying tournament takes place in the Capital from Wednesday to Friday. India play Sri Lanka in the lone Pool, A game on Wednesday.Indian Coach Kenny NattThe winner of this tournament -in which the other participants are Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal -will qualify for the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship that will be played in China in the middle of September.Understandably, Natt is eager to see whether his new methods have made a difference or not. “I am as interested as everyone else in seeing them play, because I haven’t seen them compete since I joined. Guys perform differently in games and I will only get information about that over the course of this competition.I hope we take care of business and go up to the next level,”Natt said on the sidelines of the Junior National Championship on Tuesday. “I have pushed them harder in the last four weeks than they have ever been pushed in their lives, with regards to their discipline and concentration in particular.”Natt has a disadvantage of not knowing anything about the opposition, but downplayed the matter. “I don’t know the teams so I’m going to have a look for the first time to see what the competition is like here. I think it’s a great thing because we finally get a chance to play against someone other than ourselves, against new coaching philosophies, and that’s how you get better as a team. But I am not so concerned about the other teams as I am about my own,” Natt said.advertisementAsked to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian side, Natt said: “The biggest strength of the team is they are very hard workers. Everything I’ve put in is exactly what we use in the NBA -the offensive and defensive sets -and that’s all new to them. I’ve challenged them to remember plays and they are now running them, so that tells me they are very good cerebral players.On the weaknesses side, we need to get better on defence -that’s something every team needs to be better at.”Indian Team: Sambhaji Kadam, Amjyot Singh, Hareesh Koroth, Prakash Mishra, Satnam Singh Bhamara, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Amrit Pal Singh, Eudrick Pereira, Trideep Rai, Riyazuddin, Yadwinder Singh, Jagdeep Singh Bains.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh in probables list of World T20

first_imgJust months after recovering from germ cell cancer, Yuvraj Singh was included in the list of probables for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in September-October in Sri Lanka.Yuvraj, the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 ICC World Cup, last played for India in November. He has started training but has not played any competitive cricket. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who had been on the sidelines due to poor form, also finds himself in the squad. Mandeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu and Naman Ojha, who did well in this year’s IPL, are in the list which will be pruned to 15 names later.Ajinkya Rahane, who impressed with his classical strokeplay during the T20 tournament, has also made the cut. The Mumbai batsman will get a taste of Sri Lankan conditions during the upcoming limited-overs series in the island nation.Rayudu played in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League and is the first such player to be included in a BCCI list for an international tournament.last_img read more

Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli is the best batsman in the world. There is no debate as far as that is concerned…unless one has an innate urge to argue with cold hard numbers.Scoring runs and breaking records for fun, the Indian captain has redefined batting in modern times. Yet the upcoming tour of Australia will not only be a challenge for Kohli ‘the batsman’, but also Kohli the captain.He can achieve what no other Indian captain ever has – win a Test series in Australia. It may in fact be India’s best ever chance of breaking the hoodoo, as the Aussie’s haven’t been ‘themselves’ ever since the ball-tampering scandal broke out earlier in the year.The bans on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the wake of one of the darkest periods of Australian cricket in recent memory, may have reduced the Australian ‘aura’.Read – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah remain on top of ICC ODI rankingsAnd the Australians know that too.The previews and promotions of the tour have already started and attention is firmly on Kohli. As part of the preparations, the host broadcaster (Fox Sports Australia) have put out a ‘promo’ pitting ‘King Kohli’ against the Australia cricket team. Recounting the many milestones that the Indian captain has crossed over the last few years, and contrasting that with the fact that there have been no Indian captain who has claimed victory in Tests in their backyard.Will @imVkohli reign supreme in Australia#FoxCricket pic.twitter.com/KQKAy6dOaGadvertisementFOX SPORTS Cricket (@FoxCricket) November 12, 2018This is not new, Kohli was being billed as the poster boy for India’s challenge on the tour of England as well and to be truthful apart from ‘King Kohli’, none of the other Indian batsmen rose to the occasion. India failed to make any real dent in the Test series, walking away with a 4-1 humiliation. Earlier on the tour, India had managed a series win in the T20Is by a 2-1 margin but then surrendered the ODIs by the same margin.Kohli was the best Indian batsman on the tour, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from the five Tests and holding fort when others crashed and burned around him.If numbers do not lie, and they don’t, Kohli yet again might just be India’s best bet. Virat Kohli averages 62 in Tests in Australia (AP Photo)The openers aside, Prithvi Shaw (who is just taking his first few baby steps in international cricket) and KL Rahul (who has played only two Tests in the country albeit having scored a century in one), the Indian middle order’s experience in Australia in Tests is alarming. The ‘other’ opening option, Murali Vijay may be having a poor few outing for India, but has scored 482 runs from four games with his highest being 144. An old pro as opposed to young blood, who India might just have to turn to in course of the Test tour.Cheteshwar Pujara has played only three Tests, scoring 201 runs with his highest of 73 coming in losing cause back in 2014. Kohli in that same match had scored two centuries.Ajinkya Rahane too has played just four Tests, scoring 399 runs with his highest being 147 in the that very same series in 2014. Kohli too scored a century and fifty in that match as India managed to save the Test.The common thread, Kohli though has been the backbone of the Indian batting line-up in Australia, very much like the way he has been all over the rest of the world. In 8 matches over three visits, he has scored 992 runs, including five hundreds at an astounding average of 62.Also read – India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tourIn ODIs too, Kohli has scored 476 runs from 12 matches, including 2 centuries at an average of 43.27, and in T20Is 252 runs from five matches. His partner at the top, Shikhar Dhawan, who has not been dropped from the Test team, will be eager to show his class in limited overs cricket. He has after all 342 runs from 8 ODIs.Rohit Sharma on that count has scored 805 runs from 16 matches including 3 centuries an 151 runs from six T20Is.Also Read – Virat Kohli lost control with fan: Viswanathan Anand on leave India controversyKohli will be walking out in Adelaide for the first Test, with vengeance on his mind, having lost the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the 2014-15 series.As for the Indian counterpart to the series promo, the broadcasters in India (Sony Sports Network) have echoed the sentiment of revenge, using the hashtag ‘#ChhodnaMat’ (loosely translated as do not spare).advertisementFriendly seriesPassionate rivalryJab #TeamIndia Australia tour karti hai, aggression ki kami kabhi mehsoos nahi hoti hai! #ChhodnaMat #SPNSports pic.twitter.com/tX4WXdop7qSPN- Sports (@SPNSportsIndia) October 25, 2018So much for talk and hype, but the truth is in many ways Kohli has been India’s best batsman all over the globe (especially away from home), and it will be up to the rest of the batsman to step up.last_img read more

Report: Verona 1 Inter 2

first_imgVerona 1 Inter 2: Perisic stunner keeps pressure on Napoli Matt Dorman 05:46 10/31/17 Ivan Perisic - cropped Getty Images Borja Valero’s first goal for Inter and an Ivan Perisic blockbuster helped Luciano Spalletti’s side overcome a dogged Verona on Monday. Ivan Perisic’s brilliant strike ensured Inter survived a second-half scare to remain unbeaten in Serie A with a 2-1 win at Verona which keeps the pressure on leaders Napoli.Borja Valero and Perisic scored either side of Verona substitute Giampaolo Pazzini’s penalty as the visitors moved back to within two points of top spot.With Napoli, champions Juventus and Lazio all recording weekend victories, the pressure was on Inter to maintain their eye-catching start to the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Luciano Spalletti’s side were on their way when Valero, an off-season signing from Fiorentina, netted his first goal for the club towards the end of the first half, the 32-year-old profiting from Antonio Candreva’s superb cross.Verona had lost their two previous fixtures to sit 19th after 10 matches of their Serie A return, but a VAR-assisted penalty from substitute Pazzini gave them hope of a first top-flight win against the Nerazzurri in 25 years.However, in the fashion of true Scudetto contenders, Inter promptly responded through Perisic’s searing 67th-minute strike to extend their unbeaten start to 11 matches.5 – Inter are the first team to use the same starting XI in five different Serie A games this season. Certainty. #VeronaInter — OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) October 30, 2017 Verona created the first opportunity of note when Alessio Cerci’s goal-bound effort was impressively blocked by Brazil defender Miranda.The visitors soon settled and saw a well-worked opening screwed wide by in-form captain Mauro Icardi, before Matias Vecino drew a comfortable low save from goalkeeper Nicolas.Spalletti’s men had begun to assert their dominance midway through the half and, on the back of sustained possession and pressure, their 36th-minute opener came as little surprise.Italy international Candreva produced the required class as his delightful inswinging cross from the right dropped perfectly for Valero to volley home from close range, giving Inter an assured one-goal lead at the break. | @bvalero20 ‘s speciality: Goals  Verona. His first Inter strike makes it  from  for him against the Gialloblu. #VeronaInter pic.twitter.com/nGUW6qUVr5 — Inter (@Inter_en) October 30, 2017 Icardi went close to continuing his own fine scoring record against Verona when his long-range attempt from Perisic’s direct pass whistled over the bar.Perisic was next guilty of scuffing an attempt into the ground, and Inter’s wayward finishing came back to haunt them when the VAR awarded Verona a penalty.Samir Handanovic, who had initially escaped punishment, was adjudged to have fouled Cerci in attempting to shovel the ball off the attacker’s foot, enabling substitute Pazzini to convert the equaliser just before the hour mark.But moments after Vecino watched a header drop on top of the woodwork, the visitors’ mounting frustration was released as Perisic punished Verona for only clearing a free-kick as far as the edge of the area – emphatically thumping the loose ball through a crowd of players.The Croatia international’s stunning effort proved to be the match-winner as the title contenders comfortably closed out the victory from there, improving their league record to nine wins and two draws under Spalletti. read morelast_img read more

Wimbledon to expand after golf club members vote to sell for £65m

first_imgnews Wimbledon Topics Reuse this content “But it is a very, very sad day for the history of golf and the future of Wimbledon Park,” he added. “It’s not just the golf club that will be lost, but also all the employees who will be out of a job through no fault of their own.”The All England club is desperate for the golf club’s land so that it can expand its facilities to match its Grand Slam competitors in the US, Australia and France who are investing hundreds of millions of pounds in state-of-the-art facilities for players and spectators. The AELTC first approached the golf club with a takeover proposal in 2008. That offer was rejected by the golf club board without discussion.The tennis club, which has been hosting the British Open since 1877, came back with a £25m offer in 2015. That bid was rejected by 58% of members. This spring the tennis club upped the stakes to £50m – before making its “best and final” £65m bid. The All England club reckoned this offer – £170,000 for couples who both play at the club – would be too generous for even the most diehard golfers to reject. The amateur golfers taking on the might of Wimbledon: ‘It’s like Brexit. It has split members’ Share via Email Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Piers Morgan, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, and the 754 other members of Wimbledon Park golf club have voted to sell their 120-year-old club to All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) for £65m.The golf club members voted 82% in favour of selling the 30-hectare (73-acre) golf club to the world famous Wimbledon tennis championship, which has fought a decade-long battle to expand the Grand Slam tournament on to the neighbouring golf club’s land.Each of the golf club’s members will collect a windfall of £85,000 as a result of the sale as the club is owned by its members in a co-operative. To secure the sale, the All England club required the votes of at least 75% of the golf club’s members.Philip Brook, chairman of the AELTC, said: “The decision of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club members to vote in favour of the acquisition offer is a hugely significant moment for the AELTC and the Championships. We have achieved what we set out to do many months ago in having certainty in our planning for the future.” Tennis Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Martin Sumpton, a chartered building engineer who has played golf at Wimbledon Park for more than 30 years, was the only member to speak out against the sale at a private meeting of members at a former church near the Houses of Parliament on Thursday night.After the result of the vote was announced, Sumpton told the Guardian that: “120 years of playing golf at Wimbledon Park has ended because of greed. People wanted to take the money, and that’s hardly surprising. It is a lot of money. Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. London Catherine Devons, 77, another long-time member of the golf club who also voted against the sale, said: “It’s very sad. I couldn’t tell which way it was going to go. I absolutely understand why people voted to sell – money talks.”Morgan, McPartlin, Donnelly and O’Donnell were not seen at the vote under the vaulted ceilings of the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster on Thursday night. The golf clubhouse on Home Park Road in Wimbledon was deemed too small to accommodate all the members at the same time.The celebrity golfers did not respond to requests to comment about how they intended to vote. O’Donnell said he abstained, because he serves on the All England board alongside Tim Henman. No matter how they voted, all members will collect an equal share from the £65m sale.Debate over the merits of the takeover had fractured the peace and tranquillity of the golf club’s fairways, laid out on parkland created by Capability Brown in the 18th century. “It’s like Brexit,” Devons, said. “You are either for it or against it. The offer split members and put decades-long golf partnerships on the rocks.”Following the vote to sell the club, the last ball will roll into the 18th hole on 31 December 2021, bringing to an end 123 years of golfing history.Jenny Gaskin, chair of Wimbledon Park Golf Club, said: “This has been a long but thorough process and I and the rest of the board would like to thank all members who participated in and voted either in person or by proxy.“2018 has been a period of considerable uncertainty and the decision of members, subject to the final approval of the court, has important consequences. 18-hole golf is set to continue for a further three years with 9 or 10-hole golf continuing until at least 31 December 2022 and hopefully beyond.“It will be the objective of the new golf committee to ensure that we make the most of this period and that the high standard of golf we have enjoyed and the camaraderie of the clubhouse continues undiminished. In this, we have the full support of our new owners at the All England.”The All England club, which collected £216m in revenue last year mostly from ticket sales and TV rights, said it needs the golf club’s land so that it can hold qualifying Wimbledon rounds at the main club. At the moment preliminary matches are held at the Bank of England sports ground, 10 minutes’ drive away in Roehampton. The club argues that holding warm-up games at the main location is crucial to ensure new players get the “experience of Wimbledon”.last_img read more

Sampdoria chief confirms Torreira’s €30m Arsenal transfer

first_imgTransfers Sampdoria chief confirms Torreira’s €30m Arsenal transfer Ronan Murphy 17:05 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) GFX Lucas Torreira Arsenal Getty/Goal Transfers Arsenal Sampdoria Premier League Serie A The Serie A club have confirmed that their 22-year-old midfielder will leave for the Premier League once the World Cup has finished Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that Lucas Torreira has left the club to join Arsenal for €30 million (£26m/$35m).The midfielder is currently in Russia as part of the Uruguay squad for the World Cup, and is expected to complete his transfer to the Emirates Stadium once the tournament has finished .He will become Unai Emery’s fourth signing of the summer, having already sealed deals for defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and goalkeeper Bernd Leno . A transfer for centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos is due to be confirmed in July as Borussia Dortmund want to wait until their new fiscal year before announcing the move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move New Arsenal boss Emery had targeted a defensive midfielder ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season, opening talks with the 22-year-old Uruguay international before Jack Wilshere confirmed his departure from the club .Torreira will join the Gunners after the World Cup, with Sampdoria chief Ferrero announcing the departure on Italian television, highlighting the excellent business the club had done by increasing his price tenfold.”Sampdoria do not sell unless there are excellent offers,” Ferrero told SportItalia .”We do not look for buyers. We have natural talents whose values increase exponentially.”Sampdoria is a stepping stone. It’s a family-run club and that allows players to grow up. It’s normal they have aspirations to play for big clubs, but I do not need to sell out.”Torreira has left for €30 million. I bought him from Pescara when no one believed.”We bet and we won, paying just €3 million. The money that comes in is used to keep the club going.”Sampdoria is a stepping stone. It’s a family-run club and that allows players to grow up.”Torreira made his 2018 World Cup debut in Uruguay’s opening game against Egypt and could feature again as they take on Saudi Arabia in Rostov on Wednesday.last_img read more

Dig at Mourinho? Shaw welcomes back attacking football at Utd

first_imgLuke Shaw has hailed the return of attacking football at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with former boss Jose Mourinho having preferred a more defensive style.Former striker Solskjaer was named caretaker boss after Mourinho parted ways with the club in the wake of a humbling 3-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.United have enjoyed a positive start to life under the Norwegian, beating Cardiff City 5-1 before Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Shaw, who was criticised publicly by Mourinho on more than one occasion but had been one of United’s best performers in the early part of this season, thinks Solskjaer has already had a big impact on a team that was accused of playing far too negatively under their old manager.”I think you can see from the outside how much he has changed things in such a short space of time,” Shaw told Sky Sports.Our caretaker manager has been discussing the importance of youth coming through at #MUFC… pic.twitter.com/uKcbzxxQfJ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 28, 2018″He is just a really positive manager, he knows what the club needs and also what the fans want in the way we are playing.”He’s bringing that attacking, quick play back to Old Trafford. I’m sure the fans are going to appreciate that as much as we [the players] do.”Shaw, rather amusingly, says he only found out about Solskjaer’s return to the club when his girlfriend heard the news.”The truth? My girlfriend told me,” said the left-back. “I woke up in the morning and had a shower and she ran out of the room and told me.”I did not have a clue, I didn’t look at my phone or anything. That’s how I found out… from my girlfriend.”United take on Bournemouth on Sunday in their final match of 2018. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Backcountry Zzz’s: The Five Best Sleeping Bags of 2016

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Best For: Sleeping in luxury for car campers and overlanders.Buy it if: Your idea of roughing it usually includes a stay at a Marriott or Hilton. The Concerto feels more like a comfortable hotel bed than a sleeping bag. It features a pad sleeve for a 25 inch wide inflatable mattress (we recommend pairing it with one of Nemo’s insulated Cosmo Pads $160), along with a zip up sheet liner and pillow top.Best Feature: The extra wide width, combined with snap closure made this sleeping bag feel much more like a bed than a bag. Expect to be buying a pair of these, as your significant other will suddenly develop the need to go camping more often after stealing this from you one night on the road.Eddie Bauer Flying Squirrel ($239)Best For: Ultralight ounce counters and minimalist fast packersBuy it if: You absolutely want the lightest fully featured (minus a zipper) sleeping bag of the year. Coming in at under a pound and a half, treated for water repellency, and filled with 850 down, this is the ultimate summer backpacking bag.Best Feature: The wrap around style was initially a little weird looking to us, but after a couple nights hammock camping and one very cold high mountain bivvy huddled under it along with every piece and merino and down apparel we had with us, the lack of zipper was very welcome. It makes the Flying Squirrel very adaptable to many situations, and the most innovative sleeping bag we’ve seen in years.Kathmandu Polaris XT ($480)Best For: High Altitude ExpeditionsBuy it if: Your “summer” adventures include a trek in the Himalayas or Canada’s Bugaboos and Tantalus ranges. This sleeping bag is built to withstand bad weather at altitude. We can’t imagine a better survival tool when you’re thousands of feet above the treeline.Best Feature: Kathmandu built this bag with DownTek’s hydrophobic treated down, making this bag the final answer in the battle against wet, snowy high camps. With a 15-degree comfort rating, you could easily sleep out in the this all year long, unless you call McMurdo Station home.Sierra Designs Front Country Bed Queen ($230)Best For: Snuggling up with your partnerBuy it if: You’d rather be spooning in your bed back home than out on the trail. The Front Country Bed features a quilt cut out rather than a zipper, and an opening at the footbox to stick a foot out when things get too warm. It’s rated to 27 degrees, but with two people, we’ve slept below that comfortably.Best Feature: The sleeping pad skirt on the bottom will accept queen sized inflatable mattresses, and has a bungee cord tightening system. You couldn’t slide of your pad if you tried to. Combine that with the ease of the comforter insert, and you’ve got the best bed for couples’ camping ever made.Mountain Hardwear Hotbed Spark ($139)Best For: One bag to do it all.Buy it if: You’re ready to venture out from car camping to backpacking, but don’t want to have different sets of gear for everything. At just over two and half pounds, the Hotbed Spark is light enough to hike with, but the wide mummy construction is roomier and more comfortable than more restrictive ultralight backpacking bags.Best Feature: The Thermal.Q insulation is the best warmth to weight ration of any synthetic insulation we’ve tested. It provides excellent loft even after the bag has been sitting in a stuf stack and at the bottom of your backpack for a couple days. When you pull it out, turn the fleece-lined stuff sack inside out and put your down jacket inside for an extra pillow to use at bedtime. The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt center_img Getting a good night’s rest out on the trail is often a game of weather and terrain roulette. If you get wet or end up sleeping in a boulder field with the wrong tent or sleeping bag, your entire experience in the wilderness can come to a crashing disaster (not to mention may turn your partner off of camping as well). We’ve tested this year’s sleeping bags everywhere from spring car camping road trips to off-trail excursions, and found the very best sleeping bags for any wilderness adventure.Related: Guide To Sleeping Pads | The Best Packs of 2016Nemo Equipment Concerto ($400) Editors’ Recommendations How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleeplast_img read more

DNV GL Unveils Its Unmanned FLNG Concept

first_imgzoom DNV GL has developed a new unmanned floating LNG concept intended to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields by overcoming some of the exiting operational challenges.The concept is called Solitude and combines exiting technological advances into a solution that, according to DNV GL, offers some 20 percent reduction in annual OPEX, only adding a few percent increase in CAPEX and at the same time increase the overall safety.The concept comes as the need arises for more remote projects that are able of overcoming even more challenging cost barriers, whilst still meeting increasingly stringent safety and environmental standards.“Solitude has been developed with maintainability foremost in mind,” says Elisabeth Tørstad, DNV GL CEO Oil & Gas. “By changing the focus from maximum efficiency to maximum reliability, and selecting robust processing options with built-in redundancy, we were able to develop a solution that ensures production levels and boosts the economic viability of FLNG projects.”Solitude’s power that would otherwise be generated by high-maintenance gas turbines would as an example be generated by fuel cells, thus improving power generation reliability and reducing the unit’s environmental footprint.Under the concept, equipment throughout the FLNG is modularised and monitored from shore with much of the routine maintenance and fault correction carried out by self-programming autonomous inspection and maintenance units (robots). The topside has a system of rails that run along each process train, providing these robots with access to all the equipment.Wireless sensor networks act as eyes, ears and noses, feeding information to a condition monitoring system that overseas fault detection, proactive maintenance and repair planning.As there will be no one living on board or working on the topside during normal operation, the associated personal safety risks are eliminated, DNV GL said.Elisabeth TørstadAs explained, when people do enter for large maintenance campaigns, the topside would be prepared for a safe working environment. A new support and accommodation vessel concept and its associated docking system on the FLNG further boost the safety of interventions.“Existing frontier oil and gas projects have resulted in tremendous technological developments, particularly in the subsea realm, and Solitude draws on this,” says Ms Tørstad. “Operators are already controlling subsea installations and simple, fixed offshore installations from shore. Given the on-going advances in autonomous systems and remote operations, unmanned offshore installations are a natural development over the next few decades.”“While Solitude is a holistic concept, many of its solutions can be implemented independently – and some are already available today. These projects are our way of thinking out loud. Our aim is to present high-level concepts that can form a basis for discussion and be further developed in collaboration with the industry. We see Solitude as a new opportunity for the future,” ends Elisabeth Tørstad.last_img read more

Tsuneishi to Use Drones in Shipbuilding

first_imgJapanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Holdings Corporation participated in a demonstration test conducted by V-cube to verify whether it would be possible to inspect equipment and gather information using live visual feedback acquired from drones (multicopters). The test was conducted at the Tsuneishi Factory from May 18 for a period of four days.The videos and photos of the roof of buildings and the high place of cranes were taken, as well as of the operational status of the factory (such as the progress of construction work and the placement of blocks), using a camera installed onto the drone. These videos and photos were transmitted live.According to the information provided by the videos and photos, Tsuneishi says some effective means would be found to improve the efficiency in equipment maintenance checks and in the management of the construction process.The drone was also tested to see if it would prove useful in times of disaster by being sent at full speed to a designated location to check the situation by referring to the visual information.Tsuneishi intends to utilize the service provided by V-cube that combines visual communications and drones for the purpose of enhancing productivity and safety in its shipbuilding business.”Increasing productivity and safety is an important issue for Tsuneishi Holdings, not only for our shipbuilding business, but also for our environment and energy business and our service busines, all of which possess large-scale facilities. We have high hopes that this latest technology will help us increase efficiency at our factories and facilities, and also allow us to gather information quickly in times of disaster,” the company said in a release.last_img read more

Its spring but BC already sounds drought alarms fish water fire threats

first_imgVICTORIA — Long stretches of warm weather this spring and too few rainy days are raising alarms about drought across British Columbia.Drought levels have been raised already for parts of the province and Dave Campbell, with the B.C. River Forecast Centre, says the current forecast points to drought conditions provincewide in the coming weeks.Campbell says the snow pack levels from last winter are half of what they would normally be and between 55 per cent and 100 per cent of the snow pack that feeds many of the provincial waterways has already melted.He says if the dry spell continues and spring rains don’t arrive soon, B.C. will start to experience increasing drought conditions by the end of June.Last year, dry weather contributed to B.C.’s record wildfire season, with more than 2,100 fires consuming more than 13,000 square kilometres of forests, grasslands and property.Richard Kennett, an owner of Bucky’s Sports Shop in Duncan, B.C., says local fishing streams and salmon spawning waterways are already at low levels and he worries salmon will not be able to get to their spawning grounds this year.Meanwhile in Metro Vancouver, Inder Singh with the city’s water department says though water levels are below normal, it isn’t urgent yet.“At this point in time, we are not too concerned with respect to advanced levels of restrictions but again that has to be carefully monitored because things could change depending on how much use is being experienced,” he says.That means property owners need to honour current restrictions which allow watering only twice a week.last_img read more

BC announces First Nations agreement royalty credits to bolster LNG plans

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government signed an “updated” benefits agreement with a group of First Nations on Monday, one they hope will quell opposition to one of the many liquefied natural gas projects planned for the province’s north.B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced the $32-million deal with 15 First Nations along the route of the proposed Pacific Trails pipeline as she wooed industry investment at a first-ever international conference on LNG opportunities in B.C.“I’m here to tell you that British Columbia is open for business,” Clark told a who’s who of gas industry officials.“We know there is tremendous competition all around the world. We know that the window of opportunity to export liquefied natural gas from British Columbia will not be open forever, so we’re moving decisively.“There is absolutely no time to waste.”To that end, Clark announced the amended agreement with the First Nations Limited Partnership. The province will provide $32 million to the partnership for non-equity investment in the pipeline.“The end result of it is that First Nations are fully behind making sure that access is granted,” Clark said at a news conference following her speech.“It’s an important example, I think, nationally of how you work with First Nations. We do it better in British Columbia than anywhere else in the world.”Although the many natural gas pipelines and shipping terminals proposed for northern B.C. have not faced the kind of opposition seen by oil pipeline projects, there has been some discord.A group identifying itself as the Unis’tot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation has evicted surveyors for the Pacific Trails Pipeline on more than one occasion, saying they were trespassing.The province is hoping the agreement signed Monday will put an end to those isolated incidents.Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman said in a statement that the updated agreement “is an example of industry’s collaboration with First Nations throughout our province to secure a prosperous future for B.C.”The 460-kilometre Pacific Trails pipeline will carry natural gas from Summit Lake, 55 kilometres north of Prince George, to the Kitimat LNG facility proposed by Chevron and Apache.Clark also announced that her government will provide up to $120 million in royalty credits to liquefied natural gas proponents, to get the infant industry on its feet.It’s the 12th instalment of the Infrastructure Royalty Credit program that encourages capital investment by providing business deductions that can be used to recover some royalties owed to the government once a project is up and running.Clark says the program is not a subsidy, because the province will get the money back.“It’s part of building a competitive tax environment,” Clark told reporters. “Lowering taxes, changing the tax structure so that you get the taxes at a different time when profits are higher — that’s not a subsidy, that’s just making sure that our environment here is working for the industry.”With five major LNG export terminals proposed for the West Coast, Clark said B.C. has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build what could be a trillion-dollar industry.The premier said she is considering an LNG export tax, and negotiations on that continue with industry.“We need to make sure we don’t imperil the business case,” she told reporters. “On the other hand, natural gas is a resource that belongs to every single British Columbian so we need to make sure that some of the benefits of that resource flow to the people of this province.”Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, who re-announced a decision at the conference granting a 25-year LNG export licence for a consortium headed by Shell, said global energy demand is expected to increase by 35 per cent by 2035.“The energy prospects for this province are remarkable,” Oliver said, adding that there are more than 600 major natural gas resource projects underway or planned for the next 10 years in Canada representing a total investment of approximately $650 billion.The federal government, whose oil shipping plans via the controversial Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines have faced staunch opposition, is enhancing its aboriginal consultation process and environmental protections, Oliver said.Chief Ellis Ross of the Haisla First Nation appeared with Oliver to highlight the milestone approval for LNG Canada — a consortium of Shell, Korea Gas Corp., Mitsubishi Corp., and PetroChina International that will allow the export of up to 24 million tonnes of LNG per year.The Haisla remain opposed to the Northern Gateway oil pipeline, but Shell’s Kitimat LNG Terminal will be built on Haisla reserve land.“If you stick to the rule of law, you’re going to have a long, drawn-out process,” Ross said of aboriginal consultation in resource development. “What I recommend to companies and government is sit down, talk and really listen to First Nations.” read more

Long slow recovery for Townsend girl

The family of a five-year-old girl who was run over by a car in Hagersville last month is cautiously optimistic she will make a partial recovery.The family of Maeve Field, of Townsend, released an update on the girl’s condition Tuesday.“Maeve’s body was badly hurt,” the family says in a note on its GoFundMe page.“Her left arm and right leg suffered irreparable damage from the accident and — so the rest of her body can heal — both limbs needed to be shortened.“The medical team collaborated intensely and worked tirelessly to exhaust resources before making those decisions. So, we know that this was the right path towards healing and, ultimately, saving Maeve’s life. Supportive people have reached out from the War Amps and we are grateful for that ray of hope for the future.”The mishap also left Maeve blind in one eye.“Maeve’s left eye was also hurt beyond repair, so she uses her strong, right eye to see,” the family says. “Maeve also endured multiple head and facial injuries for which surgeries are being carefully planned out by an amazing team of specialists. We are in the best of hands, focused on each step along our journey to healing.”Maeve had the misfortune to be in the wrong spot at the wrong time in the early afternoon of March 9.She and her family had just finished shopping for gardening supplies at Home Hardware in Hagersville when a car in a parking spot on the other side of Main Street reversed out of control and crossed the road.The vehicle, driven by an 80-year-old Norfolk woman, climbed the curb and struck Maeve and her 13-year-old brother, who suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover.Maeve’s father, Ian Field, managed to extricate his daughter from under the vehicle. A passerby drove the pair to West Haldimand General Hospital nearby.Once Maeve was stabilized, OPP escorted her by ambulance to McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. She has been there ever since. The youngster has endured hours of surgeries.On a positive note, the family says Maeve is out of a medically induced coma and has been “more alert and awake” in recent days.“She is an active participant in her physiotherapy; getting stronger every day,” the family says in its update. “Everyone is so very proud of her effort and grit. The best part is that, even though she cannot use her voice right now, she is an amazing communicator and is even playing jokes and making us laugh.”Maeve’s recovery will be a long one.The family’s GoFundMe page’s initial goal of $25,000 has been reset to $150,000. Over the past month, $124,060 has been donated or pledged.The campaign got a boost March 30 when Domino’s Pizza in Simcoe donated the day’s proceeds — $17,600 — to Maeve’s recovery fund.“There was a lot more traffic that day,” franchise owner George Karamilev said of the fundraiser.“We did it mainly to honour the men and women in emergency services and to help the family. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, she’s still alive to this day. If they didn’t do what they did in Hagersville, she might not have made it out of that hospital.”Haldimand OPP continue their investigation.“Investigators are going through every detail to make sure the investigation is thorough and complete,” Const. Rod Leclair said in an email Wednesday.As for the family, a frequent question is whether they need anything.“Right now, we ask please for prayers and positive thoughts for continued strength and healing,” the family says.“We remain steadfast in our faith and trust that God is working with Maeve, her medical team, and keeping our family strong so we can continue to focus on our extraordinary daughter and take things ‘one day at a time’.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

CMHC raises red flag about housing cites spillover from Toronto Vancouver

A sign advertises a new home for sale in Carleton Place, Ont., on March 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick CMHC raises red flag about housing, cites spillover from Toronto, Vancouver by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 17, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The head of the federal housing agency is raising a red flag about the state of Canada’s real estate sector, saying affordability concerns have spilled over from the country’s two most expensive cities to nearby markets.In an opinion piece published Monday in the Globe and Mail, CMHC CEO Evan Siddall says the agency will raise its overall risk rating for the national housing market to “strong” from “moderate” for the first time when it issues its housing market assessment on Oct. 26.“Affordability pressures hurt lower-income households the most and cause real socioeconomic consequences,” Siddall wrote.“CMHC has recently observed spillover effects from Vancouver and Toronto into nearby markets. These factors … will cause us to issue our first ‘red’ warning for the Canadian housing market as a whole.”Siddall said high levels of debt combined with rising house prices are often followed by contractions in the economy.“The conditions we now observe in Canada concern us,” he wrote.Siddall’s comments came the same day new mortgage rules introduced by Ottawa took effect. The rules require a stress test for all insured mortgage applications to ensure borrowers can still repay their loans in the event interest rates rise or their personal financial situations change.Until now, stress tests were not required for fixed-rate mortgages longer than five years.The federal government is making the change to try to stabilize the country’s housing markets, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver where prices have soared.Siddall said he supports the measure, even though it will cut into the purchasing power of some first-time buyers.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Premier League preview how to fill out your weekend football accumulator

first_imgAll games kick-off at 3pm unless stated otherwiseWest Ham v West Brom (12.45pm)Both these sides have been struggling for confidence of late, however both also produced encouraging displays on St Stephen’s Day, with West Brom drawing with Spurs and West Ham providing a stiff test for Arsenal.On the basis that games involving teams near the bottom of the table are invariably cautious affairs, a draw appears to be the most likely outcome here.Bet: Draw @ 11/5Aston Villa v SwanseaVilla go into this match in a dire run of form, having lost four games in a row.Consequently, Swansea appear to have caught Paul Lambert’s erratic team at a good time. Nevertheless, the hosts will take comfort in the fact that the Welsh side have lost eight of their last nine league games at Villa Park.Bet: Draw @ 11/5Hull v Fulham12th placed Hull were unfortunate not to beat United the other day, having gone 2-0 up.They will naturally be far more confident against Fulham, who remain in the relegation zone despite securing a vital late win over Norwich the other day.Bet: Hull @ 11/10Man City v Crystal PalaceVincent Kompany described Man City’s recent win over Liverpool as the toughest home game they have played all season, yet they are unlikely to face as stern a test against Crystal Palace.That said, the Selhurst Park outfit have looked much improved under Tony Pulis, securing nine points from their last six matches in the process.Bet: Man City @ 1/7Norwich v Man UnitedThe Canaries are hovering near the relegation zone again, having been beaten 2-1 by Fulham thanks to a late Scott Parker goal.United, on the other hand, showed impressive resilience to fightback from 2-0 down against Hull. That result should consequently provide David Moyes’ side with the confidence to take all three points today.Bet: Man United @ 4/7Cardiff v Sunderland (5.30pm)Manager-less Cardiff take on Sunderland in a game with two of this season’s most likely relegation candidates.Sunderland will be boosted by their shock 1-0 win over Everton, though the Bluebirds have looked impressive at home on occasion this year.Bet: Draw @ 11/5Everton v Southampton (Sunday, 1.30pm)Southampton finally managed to arrest their losing run in comprehensive fashion on Thursday, comfortably beating Cardiff.Everton were unfortunate to lose against Sunderland, having had Tim Howard sent off owing to a moment of madness. Hence they should have enough to just about secure a victory tomorrow.Bet: Everton @ 17/20Newcastle v Arsenal (Sunday, 1.30pm)League leaders Arsenal face a Newcastle side who have won seven of their last nine games.The Gunners, though, will be buoyed by the fact that the Magpies have won just one of their last 12 league matches against them.Bet: Arsenal @ evensChelsea v Liverpool (Sunday, 4pm)Another tough game for Liverpool following their unfortunate loss to Man City.Brendan Rodgers’ side’s title credentials are being severely tested of late, while Chelsea have been efficient without being in anyway spectacular under Jose Mourinho. Hence, all signs point to a draw.Bet: Draw @ 23/20Tottenham v Stoke (Sunday, 4pm)Tottenham’s home form is unusually poor — they have won three of their nine games at White Hart Lane this campaign.Yet they’ve only lost two of their last 38 home league games with Stoke, so they’re still unquestionably the favourites to prevail in this encounter.Bet: Tottenham @  1/2AccumulatorA successful €10.00 accumulator on the above results would leave you €22,634.07 better off. Not too shabby.Cardiff City sack manager Malky Mackay>Brendan Rodgers: I didn’t mean to question integrity of referee>last_img read more

Benzema Im feeling really confident at the moment

first_imgKarim Benzema is hopeful he will be able to continue his brilliant form for Real Madrid following Sunday’s 4-2 La Liga win at RCD Espanyol.The French striker scored two first-half goals in Barcelona to hand Real a 3-1 lead heading into the break.Benzema then had a key impact in Real’s fourth by combining with Lucas Vazquez to set-up substitute Gareth Bale for a 67th-minute goal.Speaking at the RCDE Stadium afterwards, a clearly pleased Benzema gave his account on Los Blancos’ recent strong progress.“It was a good game, we played with a lot of intensity, got the goals and played well,” said Benzema on the club website.“We went out with a real desire to win the game and continue the good run we’re on. It’s nice to see Real Madrid play like that”.“The team has improved in many aspects, patience, not losing the ball…Football is like that, sometimes it is up and sometimes down.“Real Madrid always have to show that they are the best. We have to remain hungry and show that we want to win more than anyone in every game”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Benzema has now scored three times in his last two games for Real and hopes to continue helping the team this season.“I want to show a whole range of things with my football and help my teammates to win games,” added the 31-year-old.“I’ve been here for 10 years now, I know the club and I help my teammates out wherever I can. I’m feeling really confident at the moment”.As for the pain in his toe, Benzema added:  “I’ve got that issue with my toe and it’s bandaged up but I won’t operate on it at this stage.“It’s sore but when I’m out on the pitch I only concentrate on my football. I want to score, make assists and win every game”.The Frenchman, who has managed 15 goals and six assists in 33 appearances for Real across all competitions this term, will now turn his focus to Thursday’s return leg against Girona in their quarter-final Copa del Rey clash.Santiago Solari’s men hold a 4-2 aggregate lead over Girona with the match to take place at the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia.last_img read more

SENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT Tips For Seniors Dealing With The Summer Heat

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Senior Center recently issued the following safety tips for seniors dealing with the summer heat:Drink plenty of liquids, such as water or fruit or vegetable juices. Stay away from drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. If your doctor has told you to limit your liquids, ask what you should do when it is very hot.If you live in a home or apartment without fans or air conditioning, try to keep your house as cool as possible. Limit your use of the oven. Keep your shades, blinds, or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day. Open your windows at night.If your house is hot, try to spend time during mid-day some place that has air conditioning — for example, go to Buzzell Senior Center, the shopping mall, movies, Wilmington Memorial library, or a friend’s house.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… RelatedSENIOR CENTER SPOTLIGHT: Game Night On July 25; Fun Day On August 28In “Community”Wilmington Senior Center Organizes Granite State Chocolate & Wine Tour On September 18In “Community”IT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”last_img read more

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

first_img Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground 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. 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Party Politics National Edition Ep 25 Trumps Global Vision

first_imgListen X Corporate Bachelor—Amazon edition. Which city will get the rose? Spicey rocks the Emmys 00:00 /18:21 APPresident Donald Trump giving a speech.On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus address the political news of the week from across the country: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Then, the profs talk about President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations this week in his home city, New York. As always, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too!Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay and Edel Howlin. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander.   ‘The Wire’—was Manafort wire tapped under subpoena? Hillary speaks!Obamacare repeal— the final gasp of a healthcare bill proposed by Senators Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy   This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more