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Gutwein Government’s humiliating backflip over TT Line takes Tasmania back to square one with only result further delays

Gutwein Government’s humiliating backflip over TT Line takes Tasmania back to square one with only result further delays

first_imgGutwein Government’s humiliating backflip over TT Line takes Tasmania back to square one with only result further delays Tasmanian LaborNine months of indecision takes state back to square oneComplete waste of time and money preventing job creationLiberal Government cannot be trusted on infrastructureThe Gutwein Government’s local manufacturing job creation rhetoric has been exposed as a cruel hoax with the Premier announcing that after nine months of indecision about the TT Line replacement vessels, he is heading back to Finnish shipbuilder RMC.Shadow Infrastructure Minister Shane Broad said Tasmania is back to square one in the crucial but long-delayed infrastructure project with today’s news amounting to a major, humiliating backflip by Peter Gutwein.“The result of this report is that the Premier will now go back to Finland and try to negotiate a contract he already had in front of him nine months ago but chose to tear up,” Dr Broad said.“The Premier has put Tasmania in a terrible negotiating position and must explain how much more the ships will cost as a result of the delay.“This decision is actually yet another infrastructure project delay and a broken promise to deliver the first ships by the end of this year.“Peter Gutwein’s dithering has been a major disappointment for the tourism industry, the freight sector and ship builders and has likely cost Tasmanian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in increased costs.“We know from Saul Eslake’s report that each year of delay means at least $350 million in tourism dollars will not be spent in Tasmania and 6,000 jobs will not be created.“Given their abysmal track record how can the Liberal Government possibly be trusted to deliver the new ships in 2023-24?”Shane Broad MP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure /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:Finland, Government, hoax, industry, infrastructure, jobs, Minister, money, Premier, project, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, tourismlast_img read more

Jay-Z unveils info on Magna Carta Holy Grail w/ Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Timbaland & Swizz Beats

Jay-Z unveils info on Magna Carta Holy Grail w/ Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Timbaland & Swizz Beats

first_imgDuring last night’s NBA Finals, a commercial featuring Jay-Z w/ Rick Rubin, Pharell Williams, Timbaland, and Swizz Beats was unveiled by Samsung, in support of Hova’s upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail.  It shows Jay-Z in the studio working on tracks with the “Super Producers” group, as well as a brief clip of the possible album artwork.The idea of the album is to just release it at one time and let the world share it.  No frills, no hype campaign for months on end, just the album in all its glory.  On the official website, there are several liner mixed and matched with full information on the album, and how it will be released.  When the lines are put together, the message reads as follows:“Revolutionary new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”, to fans around the world. Free for first one million Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note II users. Download via customized mobile app on June 24th. Download Magna Carta app. Unprecedented inside look into the album personal stories and inspiration. Share app with other Galaxy owners via Facebook, Twitter, or S Beam. July 4th at 12:01am ET app officially unlocks album 72 hours before on sale release.”Here is a look at the official video:last_img read more

Caribbean Development Bank Disbursements Rose in 2019

Caribbean Development Bank Disbursements Rose in 2019

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has prioritised improving its disbursements so its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) can press forward with implementing critical projects and programmes funded by the Bank.CDB’s disbursements rose 8% in 2019, disclosed Director of the Projects Department Daniel Best on Tuesday. The Bank disbursed USD305 million in 2019.Speaking at the Bank’s Annual News Conference in Wildey, Barbados, Best emphasised the work the Bank has done to ensure approved project funding can be accessed efficiently.“Development does not happen without implementation; and the 8% increase in disbursements over 2018, is again the result of our renewed emphasis on supervision and providing much needed technical support to our BMCs to implement projects approved,” he stated.Several major projects funded by the Bank were completed or under implementation in 2019.Highlights included:·      The construction of four schools serving over 1,200 students in rural Haiti;·      Expansion of an early flood warning system in Jamaica’s Rio Cobre area and;·      Installation of over 200,000 energy-efficient LED streetlights in Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and St. Kitts and Nevis.On the approvals front, 2019 the Bank gave the green light for funding several major projects, including USD29.8 million to Barbados to rehabilitate its South Coast sewage system and USD6.8 million to Belize to connect the island of Caye Caulker to the mainland electric grid. The Bank also approved a USD10 million line of l credit mainly for small business financing in Trinidad and Tobago.Looking ahead to 2020, Best signalled a major focus on building climate-resilient infrastructure, stating that major road and bridge infrastructure projects were programmed for Saint Lucia, Belize, Dominica, and Guyana.A USD10 million technical and vocational education and training project along with a USD7.5 million renewable energy project is also planned for Haiti.last_img read more