Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform

first_imgOne potential criticism of Dodds is that she can still sound too much like a lecturer during House of Commons or media performances. “We began that from our first day in position and found it to be really fruitful dialogue so far,” she says. While she declined to say if she would keep Labour’s 2019 manifesto promise to nationalise rail, mail, energy and water, she does advocate a higher degree of “community control” in the economy. With only a handful of years in the game and many more ahead of her, there is no reason to doubt this could be on the horizon. “I’m very ambitious for the UK economy –  I think we have incredible strengths, truly remarkable ones,” she says. Many would assume that an MP with that rapid a rise up the greasy pole of politics would have to be the consummate Westminster schemer – a modern day Harold Wilson if you will. “I was an MEP for a couple of years and then anticipated I would return to a previous lecturing job, but the sitting MP for where I live stood down quite unexpectedly,” she says. 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The shadow chancellor will have five years to convince voters she can be trusted to manage the post-coronavirus economy. “But to develop all of those we need to be getting the best out of all of our people.” Unsurprisingly, she does not advocate another round of austerity to deal with the ballooning deficit caused by the crisis and she thinks those “with the broadest shoulders” will have to contribute more than they did after the 2008 crash. Also Read: ‘I’ve never been in a faction’: Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform Dodds says the response to the coronavirus crisis needs to be “an equitable response, because we didn’t have it in 2010” under then chancellor George Osborne (AFP via Getty Images) While many will regard Dodds as a vast improvement from her predecessor John McDonnell – unlike him, she is not a creature of rigid socialist ideology – she will still have much work to do. While the new shadow chancellor may not keep a copy of Das Kapital at her bedside, her economic leanings are still fundamentally left-wing. whatsapp Also Read: ‘I’ve never been in a faction’: Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform “I’ve never been part of one faction in the Labour party,” she explains. However, Anneliese Dodds – a former public policy lecturer – is a unique case at a unique time and any accusation of political careerism falls flat. Also Read: ‘I’ve never been in a faction’: Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform Show Comments ▼ She is also not a member of any of Labour’s oft-warring factions, which chimes with Starmer’s promise to unify the party and stop tribal infighting. Share Despite Starmer’s positive approval ratings, it will likely take years for the public to regain trust in a party that was so thoroughly humiliated at the December General Election. “I think there’s very little discussion in a UK context on the role of upskilling and redeployment as a result of this crisis. Dodds on the campaign trail with Jeremy Corbyn in 2017 (AFP via Getty Images) “Large numbers of UK households are lacking in resilience – a quarter of UK families only had up to £100 savings when this crisis started. “We’re talking to many of the peak associations and trying to do that in a way that reflects business diversity across the UK and trying to make sure we have those conversations.” Anneliese Dodds (R) holds her baby as she takes part in a voting session at the European Parliament in 2016 (AFP via Getty Images) It will be a vastly different economy from that of just months ago, with many experts predicting long-term scarring in the form of mass unemployment and severely dented consumer demand. Dodds said building bridges with the private sector and the City of London was a key part of this. She enters the job with the UK economy effectively suspended in animation and she will have to to carve out her future vision for Britain in unprecedented circumstances. The Oxford East MP describes her political career as “serendipitous” and speaks about its origins with genuine modesty. Sign up to City A.M.’s Midday Update newsletter, delivered to your inbox every lunchtime “We can’t have a situation that we saw in the UK for example at the time of the pit closures [in the 1980s], we can’t have that standing back approach we saw.” ‘I’ve never been in a faction’: Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform “It’s about how we can directly improve people’s life chances and that’s what I’m focussed on.” “There are individuals who think being allied with a particular wing is necessary for them, and I respect that, but for me the biggest and most critical thing has never been internal discussion within the Labour party. However, there’s also a high degree of practicality and pragmatism to her currents of thought. If Dodds can transfer her academic teaching and communication skills into a form that is politically potent she could become a truly deadly weapon for Labour. whatsapp In April, 2.1m people claimed Universal Credit – a 70 per cent increase from May – and many more job losses will follow once the government ends its furlough scheme. “People quite often ask me for advice around [becoming an MP]. “I say well, ‘there was no strategy behind what happened to me at all’, quite the opposite really.” A key pillar of Labour’s push for credibility will be the party’s economic policy platform and its new architect. Labour’s new shadow chancellor had been an MP for just two-and-a-half years, before being handed the second most important job in Her Majesty’s Opposition. She discusses at length the UK’s eternal bugbear of low productivity growth, the future digitisation of the economy and the need to prepare the private sector for a decarbonised future. Dodds’ promotion comes as a part of Sir Keir Starmer’s bid to restore credibility to the party’s frontbench, with many of the plum roles taken up by those who have excelled outside the realm of politics. Listen to our daily City View podcast as we chart the economic fallout and business impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Stefan Boscia Also Read: ‘I’ve never been in a faction’: Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform While she has a strong command of policy and has posed searching questions to chancellor Rishi Sunak in parliament, she does not yet have that killer turn of phrase that can stick in the public’s mind. Veteran political pundit Steve Richards wrote in The Prime Ministers: Reflections on Leadership from Wilson to May that one key element linking most successful oppositions is the ability of its leading members to become “political teachers” and to create a concise narrative about their vision for the country. “That needs to be borne in mind when dealing with the debt that will result from the necessary measures taken by NHS, social care and so forth.” When asked about her priorities for Labour’s economic platform much of the discussion revolved around regional inequalities, improving public services and creating more opportunities for those from less privileged backgrounds. Also Read: ‘I’ve never been in a faction’: Anneliese Dodds on her plan to unite Labour under a new economic platform After failing to get elected at a national or local level on several occasions, she reluctantly stood as an MEP candidate in the 2014 EU election and was victorious in South East England. “The UK economy has not been used to high levels of unemployment for some time and that will need a different policy response,” Dodds says. Dodds completed degrees from Oxford University, Edinburgh University and the London School of Economics, before beginning an academic career at King’s College London and Aston University. “We need an equitable response, because we didn’t have it in 2010,” she says.last_img read more

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British Gas engineers start five-day strike in row over pay

first_imgThursday 7 January 2021 8:21 am British Gas engineers start five-day strike in row over pay Centrica insisted it was trying to protect jobs, adding that 83 per cent of its workforce had already accepted the new terms. The action follows a GMB ballot of 9,000 members, which saw 89 per cent of its British Gas membership vote in favour of a walkout. whatsapp Share A fall in business energy demand due to empty offices has hit Centrica’s bottom line. (Getty Images) Also Read: British Gas engineers start five-day strike in row over pay A fall in business energy demand due to empty offices has hit Centrica’s bottom line. (Getty Images) The union said 4,500 service and repair gas engineers could walk out, as well as 600 central heating installers, 540 electrical engineers, 170 specialist business gas engineers and 1,700 smart metering engineers. Centrica said it had contingency plans in place during the strike and would prioritise vulnerable households and emergencies. “Whilst we’ve made great progress with our other unions, sadly the GMB leadership seems intent on causing disruption to customers during the coldest weekend of the year, amid a global health crisis and in the middle of a national lockdown.”center_img GMB national secretary Justin Bowden accused British Gas parent company Centrica of provoking the strike, adding that its actions were a “stain on the reputation of an historic company and brand”. James Warrington British Gas customers have been warned of “massive disruption” as engineers this morning began a five-day strike amid a row over pay. Show Comments ▼ “We’ve done everything we can with the GMB to avoid industrial action,” a spokesperson said. A fall in business energy demand due to empty offices has hit Centrica’s bottom line. (Getty Images) Also Read: British Gas engineers start five-day strike in row over pay Tags: British Gas whatsapp In June Centrica announced a restructuring plan that will lead to 5,000 job cuts in a bid to turn around fortunes at British Gas, which has been hit by tough competition and the energy price cap. Thousands of staff members could walk out in protest at new contracts, which the GMB union says amount to so-called fire and rehire tactics to cut pay on pain of dismissal.last_img read more

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‘They’re just going to rip everything open’: Displaced Haines residents worry that bears will trash their empty homes

first_imgLocal Government | Public Safety | Southeast | Wildlife‘They’re just going to rip everything open’: Displaced Haines residents worry that bears will trash their empty homesJanuary 20, 2021 by Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines Share:Amber Winkel (left) and Todd Winkel (right) make their way across the Beach Road landslide in order to check on their home. (Photo by Henry Leasia/KHNS)When residents evacuated Beach Road in Haines last month, they left home abruptly with little more than the clothes on their backs. They still don’t know when they will be able to return.The landslide cut off electricity and road access to the area, making it difficult to return home to retrieve items.“It really worries me because we went to Costco and there is food in there,” said Haines resident Maggie Balise.Her home is beyond where the landslide crossed Beach Road. Balise has been making short trips to it on foot.“Every time I bring a little bit of food out because in the spring when the bears wake up, they’re going to hit one of the houses, the smelliest house probably,”Balise says. “Then they’re going to turn around and find other homes — just go down the line whether there is food or not, and they’re just going to rip everything open.”In recent years, Haines residents have experienced a spike in property damage from bears, and a record number of bears were killed in defense of life and property last year. A local task force was created to come up with ways to improve the situation.Balise took her concerns to the task force last week.“There are a lot of homes over there that have a lot of food,” Balise told the bear task force. “We have been over their emptying out freezers the best that we can. We don’t have great access to get there. We either get it by boat or we haul it out in backpacks.”Members of the task force agreed that leaving food and other bear attractants unattended on Beach Road could pose a serious problem.They discussed the possibility of using a landing craft or even a helicopter to haul out food from Beach Road homes. The task force recommended that the Haines emergency operations center work with Beach Road residents to explore ways to remove bear attractants.Share this story:last_img read more

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Hendry County frontline healthcare workers receive first dose of Moderna vaccine

first_imgState Attorney’s Office determines Clewiston principal who paddled student did not commit a crime May 10, 2021 Crews contain Hendry County wildfire May 17, 2021 Advertisement“I choose to take the vaccine to protect myself from COVID-19 but even more importantly my friends, family, and our community,” stated Celestin.It’s unclear when the vaccine will be offered to the public in Hendry County. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS CLEWISTON, Fla. – Frontline healthcare workers at Hendry Regional Medical Center received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.HRMC received 300 doses of the vaccine in its first shipment, however it expects more to continue to arrive in the coming months.“We are excited to be able to offer our healthcare heroes the opportunity to be vaccinated; they have all been working diligently and selflessly for our community from day one of this pandemic,” stated Rebecca Springer, Chief Nursing Officer. “We look forward to being able to offer the vaccine to everyone in the community in the coming months when vaccines are widely available.”Among the first to receive the vaccine was Jean Celestin, HRMC Respiratory Therapist, who has been treating COVID-19 patients from the beginning of the pandemic. Canadian man killed in Hendry County plane crash May 10, 2021 Kids found shot outside Clewiston Subway, 4-year-old killed May 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: frontline workershendry countylast_img read more

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North American stock indices were flat on bull market’s anniversary

first_img S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The blockbuster deal lifted shares in Canadian Natural by almost 10%, or $3.88, to $43.31 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It also helped drive up the energy sector to be the index’s leading gainer, climbing by 1.62%. Although oil stocks were higher, the price of the commodity dropped to its lowest price since December, as the April crude contract fell by US$1 to US$49.28 a barrel after losing 5% on Wednesday. Energy prices have been depressed in the past few weeks, with the situation exacerbated after a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy showed that oil reserves grew by eight million barrels last week, far more than analysts anticipated. The 14-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have made efforts to lift prices by agreeing to cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting in January for six months. Other non-OPEC members including Russia and 10 other nations also agreed to scale back production by 558,000 barrels a day for the same period. But John Stephenson, CEO of Stephenson & Co. Capital Management, says he foresees that crude prices will continue to slump until it reaches the US$45 to $50 range. “The reality is we have some headwinds for oil and there is no obvious solution,” he says. “OPEC is doing what it can, Saudi Arabia is kind of eating it, as you will, or taking the lion’s share of the cuts because they want to ensure that this works.” The lower oil price also hurt the Canadian dollar as the loonie fell for a ninth session in a row, dropping US0.08¢ to US74.03¢ — its lowest level this year. Meanwhile, New York stock markets saw scant gains. The Dow Jones industrial average added 2.46 points to 20,858.19, the S&P 500 composite index rose by 1.89 points to 2,364.87, and the Nasdaq composite index was up by 1.26 points to 5,838.81. Traders were awaiting the release of the U.S. government’s February jobs report on Friday. If the data meet or exceed expectations, it will be an indication that the economy is continuing to strengthen and will give the U.S. Federal Reserve Board even more reason to raise interest rates at its meeting next week. Wall Street also celebrated the eight-year anniversary of the bull market on Thursday. It was on March 9, 2009 that stocks finally hit bottom during the global financial crisis after the S&P 500 composite index lost 55% in 17 months and gutted retirement and other investment accounts. The next day, the S&P 500 perked up by 6.4% and it’s been racing higher ever since thanks to extraordinary stimulus from the Fed and a recovery in corporate profits. In other commodities, the April gold contract fell by US$6.20 to US$1,203.20 an ounce, May copper contracts were down by US2¢ to US$2.58 a pound and April natural gas contracts were up by US7¢ at US$2.97 per mmBTU. North American stock indices were barely changed Thursday as traders marked the eight-year anniversary of the bull market and looked ahead to the release of a critical U.S. jobs report. In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index ended flat, dipping 0.14 of a point at 15,496.84. Losses in metals were offset by advances in the energy sector after a $12.7-billion deal in the Alberta oilsands involving Canadian Natural Resources, Royal Dutch Shell and Marathon Oil. Linda Nguyen last_img read more

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Dynamic Funds announces lower risk ratings

first_imgIE Staff The risk ratings of 37 Dynamic Funds will be lowered  on or about Nov. 16, the division of Toronto-based 1832 Asset Management LP announced Thursday.These changes are in accordance with the risk classification methodology mandated by the Canadian Securities Administrators. There are no changes to the investment objectives or strategies of these funds associated with their new risk ratings, Dynamic says in a news release. Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Keywords Risk rating,  Mutual fundsCompanies Dynamic Funds Related news IG Wealth amends product shelfcenter_img Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund The full list of funds is available in the company’s news release. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Samuda Against Non Tariff Barriers

first_imgRelatedSamuda Against Non Tariff Barriers FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, has come out strongly against what he describes as non tariff barriers being imposed on Jamaican products.“Right in our own backyard and to be more specific, in the area of manufacturing, only last week an established manufacturer who sought to enter the Trinidadian market, was blocked and not permitted to get an import licence for the product to enter Trinidad, because they said they had to visit the facility in Jamaica, before they will allow the goods to be shipped,” Mr. Samuda said.“We believe in free trade and we believe the only thing that should contain that process is whether or not you can compete efficiently, or whether or not your goods are of a certain international standard, and whether or not you can supply adequate quantities with a degree of consistency,” he added.Mr. Samuda was making his contribution to the 2009/10 Budget Debate, in the House of Representatives on April 29.“If every time we are to enter a market, you have to travel to the source of the product and inspect it, then Bureau of Standards organisations throughout the world would mean nothing,” the Minister said.“So, anybody who believes that on my watch as Minister, that I am going to sit idly by and have people impose non tariff barriers and use all sorts of excuses to bar our products (from) entering their market, while their products are free to enter our market, is making a sad mistake,” Mr. Samuda emphasised.He noted that the Ministry is currently working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, to ensure that Jamaican producers are put on the same level playing field.“We don’t want any preferential treatment, we ask for what we deserve and it’s an opportunity to compete fairly. So, anybody in any one of our sister territories who are engaged in or who are contemplating continuing with this type of policy, had better review that policy, because we are no longer prepared to sit back and have that continue,” the Minister declared. RelatedSamuda Against Non Tariff Barriers RelatedSamuda Against Non Tariff Barrierscenter_img Samuda Against Non Tariff Barriers CommerceApril 30, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Notice of Approval of Amendment C285ston

first_imgNotice of Approval of Amendment C285ston The Minister for Planning has approved Amendment C285ston to the Stonnington Planning Scheme.The Amendment comes into operation on the date this notice is published in the Victoria Government Gazette.The Amendment applies a Neighbourhood Residential Zone 5, Neighbourhood Character Overlay and Design and Development Overlay to four Early Modern/Post-war, Interwar/Post-war and Post-war precincts.A copy of the Amendment can be inspected, free of charge, at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website at www.planning.vic.gov.au/public-inspection and free of charge, at the Stonnington City Council here.STUART MENZIESDirector State Planning ServicesDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:amendment, City of Stonnington, council, environment, Government, local council, Minister, operation, planning, Stonnington, Victoria, Water, websitelast_img read more

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UK Minister reiterates UK commitment to Somalia and region’s response to threat of Al-Shabaab

first_imgUK Minister reiterates UK commitment to Somalia and region’s response to threat of Al-Shabaab UK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP, visited Mogadishu this week where he underlined the UK’s continuing commitment to Somalia’s long-term security and stability, and the world’s poorest, with new UK support worth £21.8 million ($29.2 million).In the first visit to Somalia by a UK government Minister since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the first visit since the UK created a single Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office to bring together diplomacy and development – Mr Duddridge met President Mohamed Farmajo and Prime Minister Mohammed Roble. They discussed the upcoming federal elections, including the importance of timely and inclusive elections, as well as progress on economic and security sector reform.In discussions on UK support for Somalia’s operations against Al-Shabaab, the Minister announced new UK contributions to support the Somali Security Forces worth £1.6 million ($2.15 million) to counter the threat from roadside bombs.The Minister met British troops training the Somali army, and reiterated UK support for the African Union in securing and protecting regional stability. He said that the UK would contribute a further £3.37 million ($4.5 million) for the Somali Security Forces engaged in joint operations with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).The Minister also met development and humanitarian partners working to protect the resilience, health and stability of Somalia’s communities – and announced a comprehensive package of UK support.This includes:£3.8 million ($4.9 million) to help the thousands of Somalis recently displaced by catastrophic flooding. This is in addition to long-term UK aid-funded food assistance, emergency healthcare and shelter for the country’s most vulnerable£5m ($6.7 million) to support cash-based food assistance for approximately 123,000 vulnerable, food insecure people. This funding will be channelled through WFP SomaliaA further £8 million ($10.3 million) to support Somalia’s health services, with a focus on antenatal care and vaccinations. So far this year, UK aid has helped over 120,000 Somali women receive antenatal care, ensured a skilled birth attendant was present for the delivery of 90,000 babies, and vaccinated 100,000 children against the most common childhood killersUK Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, said:The UK is a proud partner on Somalia’s journey towards stability and security – from British troops training alongside the Somali Army, to the life-saving UK aid programmes that are safely delivering babies and vaccinating against disease, as well as providing those in desperate need with food assistance.We remain committed to African efforts to secure and protect regional stability, and today I can announce new UK support to those working alongside the African Union’s peacekeeping mission here in Somalia. Working together, we can tackle the forces who threaten stability across East Africa and around the world.Notes:The UK Minister for Africa visited Somalia on 8 and 9 DecemberA biography of the Minister for Africa, James Duddridge MP, can be found hereThe further £3.8m humanitarian funding for Somalis displaced by catastrophic flooding will support the provision of cash-based assistance to the most vulnerable and much needed relief supplies for the many thousands of Somalis recently displaced by catastrophic flooding. This is part of the UK’s £324m four year humanitarian programme from 2018 to 2022 which also provides food assistance, emergency healthcare, nutrition, shelter, and protection for the most vulnerableThe further £8m for the provision of health services, such as antenatal care and vaccination, in Somalia brings the UK’s total health spending from 2016 to 2021 to £96.9mThe further £5m ($6.7 million) to support cash-based food assistance comes from the UK’s Crisis Reserve, a £61m funding package recently approved by the Foreign Secretary, targeting 12 countries with rising levels of food insecurity /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, commonwealth, Emergency, federal election, Government, health services, healthcare, Humanitarian, Mogadishu, President, Prime Minister, resilience, Somalia, UK, UK Government, vaccinationlast_img read more

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Historic State of Origin for Townsville

first_imgHistoric State of Origin for Townsville Premier and Minister for Trade The Honourable Annastacia PalaszczukPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the decision to host State of Origin in Townsville.The game on June 9, will be the first Origin ever held in a regional city.The Premier said delivering the game to Townsville is part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan.“Our prayers have been answered,” the Premier said.“To bring the game we love to the fans who love it most in their own stadium is truly special.“If the ‘Queenslander’ chant puts the frighteners into the Blues, just wait till they hear it from North Queensland.”Operation Origin began last week when a COVID outbreak cast doubt on Melbourne being able to host Game One.Negotiations with the NRL began and the Premier said she is delighted they have come to fruition.“We saw what Magic Round did for Brisbane,” the Premier said.“Hotels, pubs and restaurants were filled and cabbies reported their busiest weekend since COVID.“That’s what we expect to happen in and around Townsville as fans flock to this historic event.”Ten B-double trucks are already on standby to take temporary grandstands to Country Bank Stadium.An additional 1872 seats will take its capacity from 25,455 seats to 27,327, turning the stadium into a mini-Cauldron.Giant screens will be erected in Flinders Street to cope with the overflow with bands and entertainment for the entire family.The Premier thanked the NRL and its chairman Peter V’Landys for the decision.She noted it came as the Maroons announced its 20-man squad for Game One.“Origin unites us like nothing else does,” the Premier said.“Let’s paint the State Maroon and celebrate this great moment.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, bank, Brisbane, Family, Flinders, Game, Government, love, Maroon, Melbourne, operation, Outbreak, Palaszczuk, Premier, QLD, Queensland, Townsvillelast_img read more

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