This iteration of Labour has no chance of ever winning an election again

first_imgShe is, according to reports, the favoured successor for Murphy and McLuskey too, and enjoys the support of the far-left Momentum group that kept Corbyn-mania raging — even as he steadily lost the trust of Labour MPs.  This iteration of Labour has no chance of ever winning an election again Opinion And that was after naming a plethora of other culprits: Conservative falsehoods, confusion about Brexit, and attacks from the billionaire-funded media. Winning is, in fact, all that matters. It is the height of elitism to claim otherwise. And a party that doesn’t understand that has no chance of ever winning again. In fact, the whispers of Long-Bailey paving the way for “Corbynism without Corbyn” have been rustling long before this election was even called. Like him, she is considered to favour maintaining the purity of a socialist project over the messy business of actually presenting a winnable election offering. What Corbyn’s op-ed, McDonnell’s interview, and the Murphy-McLuskey rumours have in common is that their fingers all point away from the car crash that was the Labour platform itself.  Main image credit: Getty whatsapp Why did the cultish appeal of Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 disintegrate so spectacularly? How could a gaffe-prone, media-dodging Tory Prime Minister redraw the electoral map and turn vast swathes of Labour-land blue? Why didn’t the constant refrain that the Conservatives would sell the NHS to Donald Trump scare voters into Labour’s arms? “‘Winning’ is the small bit that matters to political elites who want to keep power themselves.” It will take a generation to fully work out what went wrong, but for now, Labour has just one question to answer: where does it go from here?  Monday 16 December 2019 6:49 am While beyond the party jokes have been flying about Michael Foot’s doomed 1983 manifesto now being only the second longest suicide note in history (Labour lost 45 seats then, compared to 59 this time), those within seem blind to how disastrously their offering landed. Maybe the electorate saw through the dodgy number-crunching. Maybe voters understood that ending austerity and investing in public services didn’t have to mean a giant power-grab by the state. Maybe most people — the vast majority of whom work in the private sector — don’t have the same visceral distrust of business, profit, and the drive for success that the Labour agenda assumed. It is clearly going to take years for Labour to recover from such a staggering defeat. But it cannot even begin that journey until the party recognises one fundamental fact: in politics, “winning” is not a secondary priority, to be pushed aside in favour of ideological purity.  Show Comments ▼ City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. John McDonnell, who has announced that he will stand down as shadow chancellor, has taken a clearer-eyed view. On the Andrew Marr Show yesterday, he admitted: “I own this disaster…. If anyone’s to blame it is me. Full stop.” Rachel Cunliffe Already, there are whispers of behind-the-scenes Labour heavyweight Karie Murphy and trade unionist Len McLuskey, until Friday two of Corbyn’s top cheerleaders, hatching a plan to lay the blame squarely on their erstwhile idol. Labour does not have to go down this road. It has talented, pragmatic MPs who can help it escape from its echo chamber. Jess Phillips is a firebrand who has been standing up against Corbynism for years, at great personal cost, while Yvette Cooper served under two Labour Prime Ministers (back when such a thing existed) and would bring two decades of parliamentary experience to the party leadership. Free broadband, mass renationalisation, attacks on business and the City, and eye-watering spending splurges all failed to have the desired impact.  Nowhere does he accept how his personal unpopularity repelled voters, even as dozens of Labour candidates and campaigners are coming forward now to share their conversations on the doorstep with former supporters who could not stomach the thought of the party leader heading to Downing Street. Yet there is a kind of collective delusion at the top of Labour that the policies themselves were not the problem. Read Corbyn’s op-ed (“We have won the arguments… our policies are popular”) and you would think that the small matter of losing the actual election was barely worth mentioning. McDonnell, meanwhile, has tipped shadow business secretary and faithful Corbyn ally Rebecca Long-Bailey as the next leader. You might have thought that an electoral defeat of this scale would necessitate some full-on existential soul-searching and a top-to-bottom rethink of the party’s agenda.  Still reeling from its worst election result since 1935, the buoyancy of the Labour campaign has descended into a scramble.  These words, tweeted in July 2016 by Corbynista activist Jon Lansman, summarise with chilling clarity the state in which Labour now finds itself. Worryingly — for anyone who supports Labour or who simply believes in the importance of a robust opposition — such contemplation has not been forthcoming. 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Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factoryautooverload.comGrossly Uncool Things Boomers Still Think Are Coolautooverload.comBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeDefinition24 Of The Most Hilarious Yard Signs Ever WrittenDefinition This has been taken as an attempt by McDonnell to fall on his own sword as the clique that Corbyn  has spent four years building turns on its former superstar.  Share At first, Jeremy Corbyn barely even acknowledged that Labour lost (Getty Images) Why? Because the operation to replace him with a “Continuity Corbyn” candidate has already begun. In a rambling post-election op-ed for The Observer, Corbyn barely even acknowledged that Labour had lost. It took him until the penultimate paragraph to finally admit “we have suffered a heavy defeat, and I take my responsibility for it”. whatsapplast_img read more

City of Bethel bets on wind energy to cut diesel costs

first_imgEnergy & Mining | SouthwestCity of Bethel bets on wind energy to cut diesel costsDecember 16, 2015 by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK Share:AVEC meteorological tower south of the Bethel landfill. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)Energy officials hope two newly constructed towers in Bethel will pave the way to reducing the city’s multimillion gallon dependence on diesel fuel. The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, or AVEC, raised the towers to collect atmospheric data for future wind turbines.Steve Gilbert manages AVEC’s energy projects and said one turbine could replace over 200,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year, lowering electric costs in Bethel.“That’s money that stays in the community,” Gilbert said. “In other words, we don’t have to use that to buy fuel to generate the electricity.”Gilbert said Bethel’s electric grid consumes 2.5 million gallons of diesel annually. The turbines would reduce that amount, but the number of turbines AVEC would install is still undecided. What Gilbert can say is Bethel is AVEC’s largest customer and the turbines would be the largest ever used by the company.“We may start out with a single turbine. We might be able to put in two or three,” Gilbert said.The towers are temporary and should stand about three years until turbines are installed.AVEC is a nonprofit utility company serving 56 villages across rural Alaska. Gilbert says AVEC operates more wind turbines than any electric utility in the state with 34 turbines in 12 communities.Share this story:last_img read more

Senate Finance Committee pulls various bills from hearing

first_imgState GovernmentSenate Finance Committee pulls various bills from hearingApril 4, 2016 by Hannah Colton, KDLG Share:Late last month, the Senate Finance Committee introduced bills to cut back the Community Revenue Sharing grant program, and up the amount schools and municipalities pay toward employee’s pensions. But now, at least, one of those bills – the one dealing with PERS contributions – has been put on hold. The bills were pulled from Monday’s scheduled hearing with less than a day’s notice.Four bills introduced last week would dramatically increase local contributions to the Teachers and Public Employees’ Retirement System, halve the community revenue sharing program and eliminate a college scholarship program.The package of legislation was pulled off the Senate Finance schedule late Sunday ahead of an opportunity for public comment Monday afternoon.School districts, like Dillingham’s, were preparing to paint a picture of the impact of increased PERS and TRS contributions.Superintendent Danny Frazier says it would mean losing more teachers on top of the four positions the district has already cut in a tough budgeting process this spring.“We’ve already been through the budget study where we invited the public to come and comment on the budget,” said Frazier. “And it’s pretty easy to see that 64 percent of our budget is in personnel. So we don’t have a lot of places to get money except for personnel. So it’s going to impact us greatly in that we could lose 3 teaching positions, and the district just doesn’t have the money in reserve to pay these extra expenses.”Even if the legislature passes an anticipated $50 increase to the Base Student Allocation, Frazier says that additional money would make up for less than a quarter of the increased PERS and TRS burden.“I’m sure that some of the Senate members realize there’s going to be a lot of pushback on these bills,” says Kathie Wasserman, executive director of the Alaska Municipal League, “because while they are certainly opposed to raising taxes, it’s really strange that they’re not opposed to us raising taxes.”Wasserman has been working against the bills since they were rolled out last week.“These are not just small bills. These are not small amounts, these are huge amounts. Cities who contribute to their schools — since school districts can’t raise money — all of this is going to fall on municipalities, with the PERS and the TRS. I mean, I can’t imagine what they were thinking when they drafted these bills.”The bill’s sponsors have said some of the new costs to districts and municipalities would be offset by money that’s currently being used for the Alaska Performance Scholarships, and by local property tax increases on veterans and senior citizens.Hearings on the bills were canceled for Monday and Tuesday.In a press release late Monday afternoon, Senate Majority leaders announced they will not move forward with Senate Bill 209, the PERS increase.The Senate will hold a hearing on S.B. 207, the TRS bill, later this week.Share this story:last_img read more

Destination likely sank after accumulating ice in heavy freezing spray, report says

first_imgAleutians | Fisheries | Public Safety | Search & RescueDestination likely sank after accumulating ice in heavy freezing spray, report saysJuly 16, 2018 by Laura Kraegel, KUCB-Unalaska Share:Six F/V Destination crew members died when their boat disappeared in February near St. George Island, marking the deadliest accident in more than a decade for the Bering Sea crab fleet. The Coast Guard is holding public hearings as part of its investigation into the Destination’s sinking. (Photo courtesy F/V Destination Memorial Fund)Federal investigators concluded that a crab boat, which sank in the Bering Sea last winter, likely capsized after the vessel became coated in hundreds of thousands of pounds of ice.The findings shed new light on the loss of the F/V Destination and its six crew members.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Destination pushed through rough, frigid waters Feb. 11, 2017, a few miles from St. George Island.The boat went from carrying 200 crab pots and preparing for opilio season to vanished in about four minutes without a mayday call.“Whatever happened happened very, very quickly,” said spokesman Chris O’Neil of the National Transportation Safety Board. “And there’s no one left to tell their story.”NOAA Ship Fairweather captured this sonar image of the F/V Destination, where it rests on the sea floor near St. George Island. (Image courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)O’Neil said NTSB investigators reviewed the vessel’s mechanical history, pored over weather reports, and interviewed almost 50 people to piece together the probable cause of the accident.“The captain’s decision to proceed into heavy freezing spray conditions without ensuring the Destination had a margin of stability to withstand that accumulation of ice led to the loss of the vessel,” he said.In better conditions, the boat could have carried the 200 crab pots without a problem.But with gale force winds kicking up freezing spray, the Destination became weighed down by up to 339,416 pounds of ice.“If you look at that probable cause, yes, this is a preventable accident,” O’Neil said.With no survivors to interview, NTSB couldn’t determine why the crew didn’t beat more ice to mitigate that weight — especially a well-respected crew with more than 70 years of collective fishing experience.“It’s very hard to know the mindset, the decision-making process, and what factors were or were not considered,” O’Neil said. “But certainly, through the evidence that was collected, we recognized the pressures that are associated with the industry.”Investigators found several signs that the crew was feeling the pressure of time.The vessel had gotten a late start on crab after fishing for cod.Its delivery deadline was looming.A few weeks earlier, a crew member had texted his father, “Oh my god, I haven’t slept in days.”F/V Polar Sea captain Daher Jorge is familiar with the strains of commercial fishing. The boat was fishing for crab in the same area as the Destination the day it went down.“The whole crew was exhausted,” Jorge said. “I was beating ice with my crew.”The Polar Sea pulled into port safely after hours spent heaving sledgehammers to break ice.But in an interview weeks later, Jorge said the Destination’s sinking was a wake-up call for the entire fleet.“It’s devastating,” he said. “They say most accidents happen close to home. He was so close to St. Paul. He was at St. George. He could’ve anchored up there and gotten some ice off the boat. We have no need to rush so much. We’re going to catch the crab, so why are we going to push that hard?”In a fishery that’s made huge safety strides in the last two decades, U.S. Coast Guard officials say crabbers have taken the sinking to heart.Almost 50 boats participated in a voluntary safety check last year to review their stability criteria, and there were no fatalities in this winter crab season.The loss of the Destination marks the fleet’s deadliest accident since 2005, in which F/V Big Valley sank. Five  crewmen died, and one survived.Share this story:last_img read more

Tesco in further turmoil after profits tumble

first_img Tesco in further turmoil after profits tumble Kasmira Jefford Tuesday 9 December 2014 8:53 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald  Investors fled for cover yesterday as Tesco warned on profits for the fourth time in five months, raising fears in the City that the ailing supermarket could become a takeover target.  Analysts at investment bank Espirito Santo compared Tesco’s demise to that of Sears in 2004, when the US retailer – once the biggest in the country – was taken over by Kmart. Like Tesco, Sears was burdened by a huge store portfolio and was struggling against stiff competition from cheaper rivals such as Target and Wal-Mart. “We think the Sears example provides a stark reminder that big companies can potentially fail despite their size,” Espirito Santo analyst Tony Shiret said. “The best case scenario for Tesco is private equity or retail interest, which could prove optimistic given Tesco’s high leverage and dwindling freehold,” he added.  Tesco’s shares plunged 13 per cent yesterday as the supermarket group said trading profits for the year to February would not exceed £1.4bn.  That is almost 30 per cent below analysts’ forecasts of £1.94bn. It also compares with already lowered estimates of £2.4bn after its profit warning in August and a month before it revealed a £263m black hole in its accounts. Broker Cantor Fitzgerald downgraded its UK trading profit for Tesco’s second half to just £15m, down 98.6 per cent. Chief executive Dave Lewis said the profit shortfall was the result of steps taken in recent weeks to nurse the business back to health, including “resetting” its relationship with suppliers, recruiting an extra 6,000 staff, increasing availability on its popular lines and slashing more prices.  He said it had also axed certain “artificial measures” Tesco used to carry out at the end of the financial year to hit profit targets, such as reducing the number of staff in its stores after the Christmas rush to save costs. “There are certain things you can do to run the machine slightly leaner in the last quarter of the year, but that impacts quality and service,” he said. “We’ve taken the decision that that’s not what we want to do.” These actions have cost Tesco more than £500m, Lewis said, adding that so far the feedback from customers, staff and suppliers was “encouraging”.  He added: “We are taking a surgical approach without impacting what is a very important time of year.” Tesco said it would share more details about the measures it would to take to  “improve the competitiveness of the UK customer offer” and “strengthen its balance sheet” in its update on 8 January.  The prospect of a right issue, as well as asset disposals, now appears more likely, analysts said. And having already slashed its first-half dividend by 75 per cent, analysts also fear the final dividend may be scrapped altogether. “The announcement prolongs the agony investors have to endure before the business can grow again,” Shore Capital analyst Clive Black said.   Meanwhile, credit ratings agency Moody’s yesterday kept its Baa3 rating, but warned of “increased negative pressure on its current rating”.   …BUT THE CITY BACKS LEWIS DESPITE PROFIT DIVE Tesco’s shares have nearly halved over the past year after accounting scandals, profit warnings, high-profile exits and sliding sales. Several shareholders, including Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Harris Associates, have fled the business, but others see Tesco’s woes as an opportunity in the long term. Ian Kelly, a fund manager at Schroders, which holds a 1.67 per cent stake in Tesco, said: “While most investors are focusing heavily on the bad news, uncertainty and panic can create exceptional opportunities for long-term value investors like us”. HSBC analyst Dave McCarthy also believes Tesco “still has the potential to be a strong UK market leader”, but warned that it needs to start delivering improvements in sales sooner rather than later.   Meanwhile, Shore Capital’s Clive Black said: “Lewis is doing the rights things. He is simplifying Tesco but it is a more complex and a more messy business than we first thought… It also means that there is more fog in terms of Tesco’s financial outlook”. LEWIS’ 100 DAYS OF WOE ■ 1 September Dave Lewis is parachuted in as chief executive of Tesco one month early.■ 22 September Tesco shares plunge as it admits to overstating its profits by around £250m in relation to supplier payments. Four senior executives are suspended.■ 23 September Former Marks & Spencer finance director Alan Stewart joins as Tesco’s new finance boss two months earlier than planned to help with the accounting probe. ■ 24 September Tesco’s second biggest shareholder, BlackRock, sells a chunk of its 5.03 per cent stake. ■ 25 September Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley makes a £43m bet on Tesco after entering a put option agreement.■ 2 October Warren Buffett says buying shares in Tesco was “a huge mistake”.■ 6 October Tesco appoints Mikael Ohlsson, the former boss of Ikea, and Compass chief  Richard Cousins, as non-executive directors.■ 14 October The group suspends three more top executives taking the total to eight. ■ 23 October Interim results show Tesco’s profit overstatement is higher than originally estimated at £263m. Chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent, says he intends to step down.■ 24 October Harris Associates, once Tesco’s seventh biggest shareholder, confirms it has sold its remaining stake in Tesco.■ 27 October Tesco reveals Lewis has been handed £4m golden hello in share options.■ 29 October The SFO says it has begun a criminal investigation into Tesco practices.■ 1 December Lewis takes over the day-to-day running of the UK business after Tesco’s poor handling of Black Friday when police had to be called into some of Tesco’s overcrowded stores.  Sharelast_img read more

Xiaomi: Everything you need to know about the world’s most valuable technology start-up and third-biggest smartphone maker

first_img Joe Hall Monday 5 January 2015 8:55 am whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Xiaomi: Everything you need to know about the world’s most valuable technology start-up and third-biggest smartphone maker Despite not having any products on sale in the UK, smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi can’t keep out of our business headlines. Just a week after being named the most valuable technology company in the world, the Chinese company has announced a mammoth increase in sales in 2014. Xiaomi is now said to be the third-biggest smartphone maker in the world behind established giants at Samsung and Apple, despite only releasing its first smartphone in 2011. In 2014, the Beijing-based startup said it sold 61.1m phones – a 227 per cent increase on the 18.7m sold the year before. Pre-tax sales also rose dramatically; increasing by 135 per cent to 74.3bn yuan (£7.8bn). Over $1bn was raised by Xiaomi in its latest round of funding, making it the world’s most valuable start-up with a valuation of $45m. According to technology market intelligence and advisory firm IDC, Xiaomi moved ahead of rivals Lenovo, Huawei and LG in 2014 to become China’s biggest, and the world’s third-biggest, smartphone maker, with 5.2 per cent market share. Smartphone vendor market share (Q3 2014) |Create infographics Xiaomi’s market share may not look or sound like much to concern Samsung or Apple right now, but its rapid growth has coincided with their diminishing slice of the pie, and shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s everything you need to know about the emerging major player on the global smartphone market.Small prices, big marketsWhile Samsung and Apple both have a hold in mature smartphone markets now saturated with products, companies like Xiaomi have built products that capture the needs and demands of emerging markets in Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. In October technology advisory and research firm Gartner reported emerging markets were exhibiting their highest growth in history. Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo have established themselves in their home country, which has a population of 1.36bn, in a way other global players haven’t been able to. With off-contract prices as low as $100, they offer smartphones at a lower cost than the high-end products available from Apple or Samsung, the latter of which saw third quarter sales in China drop 28.6 per cent according to Gartner.  Roberta Cozza, Gartner’s research director, commented on the October report:  With the ability to undercut cost and offer top specs Chinese brands are well positioned to expand in the premium phone market too and address the needs of upgrade users that aspire to premium phones, but cannot afford Apple or Samsung high-end products. Melissa Chau, senior research manager at IDC, echoed the idea in July:  …it is the Chinese vendors that are ready to usher emerging market consumers into smartphones. The offer of smartphones at a much better value than the top global players but with a stronger build quality and larger scale than local competitors gives these vendors a precarious competitive advantage. However, Xiaomi’s business model differs to that of its competitors. The company manages to offer such low prices only a fraction above a phone’s assembly costs (and at least 60 per cent lower than Apple’s according to the Harvard Business Review) by keeping the model on the shelves for two years at a time at a fixed price. As production costs fall, the price stays the same and Xiaomi profits from the difference. What’s next?With the giants of the industry on the back foot, rocketing sales and a record valuation, Xiaomi now plans to “go global” according to a blog post from founder Lei Jun. Lei wrote: We have successfully entered seven markets outside mainland China. In India, we sold over 1m smartphones in less than five months. This year, we will enter even more overseas markets. We believe everyone in the world would appreciate the opportunity to enjoy technology innovation. Thus we remain fully committed to our global business. However, a move into the western world is unlikely in 2015. In the short-term, a new phone, the Redmi 2, is due to go on sale this week for a price of 699 yuan ($112.38). 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Champagne remains just as popular, despite the rise of Prosecco

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodgeTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past Share Champagne remains just as popular, despite the rise of Prosecco Prosecco is rapidly growing in popularity, but not at the expense of Champagne. This year’s annual Champagne report by Champagne Lanson International revealed that 2014 was a “fantastic” year for the drink, with growth driven by high sales, pricing and wider distribution. On top of this, the report claims people are still looking for “quality, taste and brands they can trust”.  Earlier this year, it was revealed that people in the UK are spending more on more Prosecco than Champagne for the first time ever. Kantar Woldpanel reported that in 2014, sales of prosecco amounted to £181.8m, compared to £141.3m for Champagne. The assumption was that this meant Champagne sales would be going down the drain, as people turned to the less expensive alternative. Yet it is expected that champagne sales will continue to grow, as international champagne brands contine to demonstrate their allure to those seeking brands they’re comfortable with. In fact, Paul Beavis, managing director for UK and international markets at Champagne Lanson, believes people often move over to Champagne from Prosecco as their palates “mature”. We welcome new sparkling labels entering the ‘bubbles category’ especially as our findings reveal, it hasn’t been at the expense of Champagne. Customers come into the category through Prosecco as an entry level and evolve over time, as their palate matures into Champagne as their drink of choice, especially for those every day special moments.And, with this renewed understanding about the quality aspect of Champagne; customers purchase Champagne through taste as their interest in quality becomes more prominent. whatsapp Sarah Spickernell Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL Saturday 23 May 2015 11:46 amlast_img read more

Loonie gives up some of last week’s gain

first_img The Dow Jones industrial futures were up 12 points at 17,606.0 before markets opened, the S&P 500 futures advanced 1.9 points to 2,075.6 and the Nasdaq futures gained 8.2 points to 4,651.5. On the commodity markets, the December gold contract fell $4.90 to US$1,136.50 an ounce, the December crude contract was down 69 cents at US$45.90 a barrel and the December contract for natural gas was down eight cents at US$2.25. On Friday, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 262.71 points to close at 13,529.17 – its fourth negative showing of the week. Canadian Press Keywords Marketwatch TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img Related news The Canadian dollar gave up some of last week’s gains early Monday as U.S. index futures pointed up. The loonie was down 0.18 of a cent at 76.30. The currency gained 0.58 of a U.S. cent last week. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Statement – Next phase of community consultation begins for Swan River Crossings Project

first_imgStatement – Next phase of community consultation begins for Swan River Crossings Project The next stage of consultation for the Swan River Crossings Project is now underway with Fremantle residents, businesses and the wider community encouraged to provide feedback on the possible alignment of the new bridges.A construction team working with Main Roads has been considering four potential bridge alignment options and will continue to assess the design, construction approach, environmental and heritage requirements and value for money of each proposal.While the initial proposal placed a new traffic bridge to the east of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, in direct response to community feedback, alternative locations are now being assessed including building between the existing road and rail bridges.The construction team will be out and about at various locations in Fremantle over the coming weeks, encouraging people to provide input. Pop-ups, webinars and an interactive online platform will all be available.Community and stakeholder feedback will inform the final assessment of the options by the construction team.Once the assessment of possible alignments is complete, the community will be asked to participate in further workshops and discussions on priorities relating to design such as heritage interpretation, bridge aesthetics and connectivity for pedestrian and cycling paths. The Swan River Crossings Project will replace the Fremantle Traffic Bridge and increase passenger and freight rail capacity, improve safety for road and river users and provide modern cycling and pedestrian facilities. Construction of the project is anticipated to begin in late 2021.The Swan River Crossings Project is jointly funded by the Morrison Government and Western Australian Government, with each contributing $115 million.As stated by Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher:“The Morrison Government has accelerated the delivery of its funding for the Swan River Crossings Project so that construction on this project can get started sooner.“This project is a great example of our Government’s $110 billion, 10-year infrastructure pipeline delivering positive outcomes for Western Australians.“This investment pipeline is all about creating local jobs and boosting communities as we recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic.”As stated by Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti:“The Swan River Crossings Project is one of the most complex, challenging and exciting projects we are undertaking in the metropolitan area right now – road, rail, port, freight, river, walking, cycling, heritage, environment are all in the mix.“Fremantle is a highly engaged community who are keen to actively work with the alliance team to get the best outcomes for the Swan River Crossings Project.“Continuing the momentum of community and stakeholder consultation will be a priority as the alliance team moves through development and design.“The Swan River Crossings Project is Building for Tomorrow, securing the infrastructure needed for our future while also supporting the Western Australian economy through the COVID-19 pandemic.” /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, Australian, Australian Government, communications, environment, Federal, Fremantle, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Morrison, Morrison Government, Pedestrian, Swan, Transport, Western Australialast_img read more

Police seek witnesses in Ontario highway hit-and-run

first_img Maxwell said he and his passenger were unhurt, but his car is a write-off. Anyone with information on the crash, the vehicle or the driver involved is asked to call the OPP Port Credit detachment at 905-278-6131. RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Police are looking for witnesses in a hit-and-run crash that happened in Mississauga, Ontario on Friday, May 3 at 4:50 p.m.The incident was captured by a dashboard camera, and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have released the footage in the hopes someone can identify the vehicle—or that the driver will turn himself in.The crash occurred on Highway 410 northbound approaching Derry Road. In the video, a vehicle driven by Chris Maxwell is in the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane when another vehicle comes up behind it. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos The driver of that vehicle swerved to the right, passed Maxwell and pulled in front. The driver then hit the brakes and swerved into Maxwell’s car, resulting in it spinning 180 degrees and crashing into the barrier. The other car keeps going.Police have not been able to identify the vehicle, other than to say it’s a compact black hatchback and will probably have damage on the rear driver’s side. Trending in Canadacenter_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more