Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, giving a rare insight into his future plans, said he wanted to serve Canadians for a number of years to come, and shied away from saying who he thought should succeed him.
Trudeau, speaking at the Reuters Next conference, also said he was opposed to the idea of obliging people to carry digital proof that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Trudeau’s ruling Liberals, now in their second term, only have a minority in the House of Commons, which means he relies on the opposition to govern and can be brought down at any time.
Trudeau, 49, has three school-age children. He first took over as prime minister in November 2015 and has at times appeared tired amid the relentless COVID-19 crisis. He admitted dealing with the pandemic had been hard, but made clear he had no plans to quit soon.
“I’ve still got a lot to do in terms of serving this country, so I’m looking forward to a number of more years of serving Canadians,” he said in an interview aired on Thursday.
The comments were the clearest signal he has given that his political ambitions are far from exhausted.
Trudeau came to power promising to focus on causes such as feminism and the environment. But he quickly found himself having to deal with issues such as how to handle U.S. President Donald Trump and then the pandemic.
He has come to rely heavily on Chrystia Freeland, a close ally, who now occupies the positions of both finance minister and deputy prime minister. Liberal insiders say this would give her an advantage in a future leadership race.
Asked whether Freeland might one day become Liberal leader, Trudeau replied: “My responsibility is to bring around me the best possible team I can to serve Canadians … I won’t speculate on what could happen years down the road.”
The Liberal government has spent more than $200 billion in direct aid to help people and businesses survive the pandemic. Trudeau reiterated Ottawa planned to spend another $100 billion over the next few years to kickstart an economic recovery.
But he made clear he opposed a vaccine passport for people who had received inoculations, an idea already being developed in Denmark, saying it was fraught with challenges.
“I think the indications that the vast majority of Canadians are looking to be vaccinated will get us to a good place without having to take more extreme measures that could have real divisive impacts on community and country,” he said.
Thanks for checking this article involving International and Canadian news and updates called “Trudeau says he still has ‘a lot to do,’ and wants to serve for ‘number of more years'”. This news release was shared by MyLocalPages as part of our local and national news services.
he number of London transport staff dying with Covid has increased to 60, including 46 bus workers, it was revealed today.
The total figure, up three from 57 revealed earlier this week, includes staff working for the private bus firms contracted by Transport for London to run the capital’s buses, plus Tube and rail staff and TfL head office workers. The death toll includes 37 bus drivers and nine other bus workers, such as bus station staff.
Transport for London commissioner Andy Byford said: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of our 60 colleagues who have sadly passed away from coronavirus.
“Their tragic loss is devastating for us all, and I and everyone at Transport for London would like to pay tribute to the critical role they played in London’s fight against this global pandemic. We will never forget them.
“Our heroic frontline staff and colleagues across the transport industry are the beating heart of London and have kept this great city moving through one of the most challenging periods in its history and helped ensure life-saving critical workers were able to do their jobs. I would like to pay tribute to them all.”
The Government’s vaccine delivery plan states that phase two of the roll-out – once over 50s have received the jab – may include “targeted vaccination of those at high risk of exposure and/or those delivering key public services”.
There are high-level concerns among London politicians that teachers, TfL staff and Metropolitan Police officers might be more vulnerable to infection due to the public-facing nature of their work and because they cannot work from home.
More than 3,300 TfL staff are said to be off work sick, shielding or isolating. One in seven London Ambulance staff are currently off sick or isolating.
Nick Hague, headteacher of Marner primary school in Tower Hamlets, died just before Christmas after contracting covid.
Officials leading the Covid response in the capital are trying to secure rapid testing of transport workers and police to free them from self-isolation and enable them to get back to work.
London’s public health chief Professor Kevin Fenton told a City Hall inquiry into covid this week that he supported the principle of distributing jabs based on likely exposure to the virus rather than vulnerability to the disease, once the first priority groups had received their doses.
Professor Fenton said: “I think the evidence on key workers… and other factors which can increase the risk of acquiring severe disease may well be another way of thinking about who gets prioritised.
“Rather than focusing on one characteristic – a person’s job – it may be that it is the combination of risk factors that would help to identify an even better, more sophisticated prioritisation strategy.”
Thank you for stopping to visit My Local Pages. We Hope you enjoyed checking out this news update on United Kingdom National and Political news named “Number of London transport staff dying with Covid-19 increases to 60”. This article was posted by My Local Pages Australia as part of our national news services.
Joe Biden won’t be the only one getting a housing upgrade when he moves into the White House later this month as the 46th president of the United States.
The office of the vice president also comes with an official residence of its own.
Located on the grounds of the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, Number One Observatory Circle has been the official residence of the vice president since 1974. Walter Mondale, who served as the vice president under Jimmy Carter, was the first VP to call it home in 1977.
Vice President Mike Pence and his family currently live in the private complex, and in just a few weeks, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her family will become the eighth permanent residents of Number One Observatory Circle.
Before Pence, Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, and George H.W. Bush lived in the home.
Despite its high-profile occupants, the home has remain shrouded in mystery over the years. There are no public tours of the house, and it is hidden from the street by shrubbery.
“Ask almost any American where the vice president lives, and you’re almost sure to get a look of confusion,” historian Charles Denyer writes in “Number One Observatory Circle,” his definitive book about the the VP’s home.
Here’s a look inside the historic, secluded residence.
Though just over 2.5 miles north of the White House, the vice president’s residence at Number One Observatory Circle feels worlds away.
But the first vice president didn’t move in until three years later when Walter Mondale was elected second-in-command under President Jimmy Carter, historian Charles Denyer writes in his definitive book about the residence.
She was also especially fond of the “serenity” of the place. “When times get tough, and there were some pretty tough times for the Bidens, you could sit outside and reflect. It was very healing,” Jill Biden told the Post.
While Biden’s team refuted the claim, neighbors backed up the story with complaints about mysterious and loud construction sounds in the wake of 9/11 when Cheney lived at the residence, according to Denyer.
Just like the White House, Number One Observatory Circle gets decked out for the holidays. The Pences have posed for official Christmas portraits, like the one here, in what appears to be the home’s sitting room.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her family will no doubt add their own touches to the historic residence when they move in this year. Though it remains to be seen whether she will enjoy the pool as much as President-elect Biden did.
Thank you for dropping in to My Local Pages and checking this news update on International news titled “Inside Number One Observatory Circle, the often overlooked but stunning residence where Kamala Harris will move when she becomes vice president”. This news release is posted by MyLocalPages as part of our local news services.
Move over Jeremy Meeks – there’s a new ‘hot mugshot guy’ in town.
When US criminal Jeremy Meeks’ mugshot was posted online by police in California in 2014, the picture went viral – and the man with the razor-sharp cheekbones and distinctive teardrop tattoo became a model.
Now, there’s an Aussie version and his name is Jess Mabilia.
When Victoria Police posted Mabilia’s mugshot and description on their Facebook page – he is wanted on warrant for contravening court orders – the salacious comments came thick and fast.
The post has already racked up more than 6,300 comments and 330 shares.
“The 28-year-old is known to frequent the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Bass Coast and Geelong areas,” the post reads.
“I hope I find him on Tinder before authorities find him!”, one woman joked.
“Pretty sure I saw him in the latest David Jones catalogue, check there,” wrote another.
“Changing holiday plans … think I’ll head to Mornington Peninsula,” a third wrote.
One Facebook user suggested that Mabilia looked like the lovechild of Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber.
“The new Christian Grey, except this time it’s him in handcuffs,” one woman joked.
“What is this, a wanted photo or a Calvin Klein ad?”, another asked.
But not everyone was enjoying the banter.
“I don’t see what is so funny or hilarious when he could actually have harmed someone,” one person wrote.
But generally speaking, the reaction was that of admiration, rather than disdain.
“He could come hide out at my place,” one woman wrote.
‘He could come hide out at my place.’
“This comment section needs a drinks break, all the single mothers are heller (sic) thirsty,” one male waded in to observe.
When Meeks’ mug shot went viral back in 2014, he was arrested and convicted for possession of a firearm and grand theft.
When he was released from prison in March 2016, the modelling agents were waiting.
Meeks has since appeared on the runway at New York Fashion Week, graced the cover of L’Officiel Hommes and appeared in pop music videos.
Thank you for dropping in to My Local Pages and seeing this news update involving Victoria and Australian news called “Hot felon number two: Victoria Police release mug shot of wanted man Jess Mabilia”. This news release was posted by MyLocalPages Australia as part of our national news services.
EVERY FRIDAY scores of Muslim men and women stream into a mosque in an unassuming four-storey building in Beppu, a hot-spring mecca on Kyushu, the most southerly of Japan’s big islands. Many are students who study nearby at Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University (APU) and work part-time at the hotels around town. Others have come to man the fishing boats and shipyards that the ageing and shrinking local population can no longer fully staff.
The ranks of worshippers have grown in recent years, as the government has sought to attract more foreign workers and students. The number of Muslims living in Japan, though small, has more than doubled in the past decade, from 110,000 in 2010 to 230,000 at the end of 2019 (including as many as 50,000 Japanese converts), according to Tanada Hirofumi of Waseda University. The country boasts more than 110 mosques. That is a welcome change, notes Muhammad Tahir Abbas Khan, a professor at APU and the head of the Beppu Muslim Association (BMA). In 2001, when he first arrived from Pakistan as a graduate student, there were only 24 mosques in the country and not a single one on Kyushu.
Yet while Muslims now have more opportunities to pray, they still struggle to find final resting places. Some 99% of Japanese are cremated, a practice Islam forbids. The central government has no system for catering to the needs of foreigners with different customs, in part because foreign workers are seen as visitors rather than permanent migrants. Most prefectures, including Oita, where Beppu is located, have no Muslim cemeteries. The BMA has spent years trying to construct one in Hiji, a constellation of hamlets in the hills beyond Beppu, but local resistance has stalled the project. “If I die today, I don’t know where I will be buried,” Mr Khan laments.
The dispute over the cemetery has become a proxy for a broader debate about foreigners’ place in Japanese society. Some Japanese have embraced their new neighbours, unfamiliar customs and all. “Since they’re Japanese now, we should start understanding who they are and what their culture is,” argues Kawabe Yumiko, a town councillor who supports the cemetery. “A small town can be international and diverse.” Others disagree. “If they got Japanese nationality, they should follow Japanese customs and cremate the bodies,” says Eto Kiyotaka, another councillor, who initiated a petition against the cemetery.
The BMA began searching for a burial ground nearly a decade ago. The local Catholic church agreed to share its cemetery while the BMA looked for one of its own. Talks with the city government went nowhere, but a friendly Buddhist monk helped the BMA find a plot on an uninhabited hillside in Hiji, not far from a Trappist monastery with a disused cemetery. Mr Khan says the group has sunk ¥60m-70m ($582,000-679,000) and nearly three years into the project. Time has now run out: the Catholic cemetery is full. But as the start of construction approached, residents of nearby hamlets raised fresh concerns. Will the bodies contaminate the local water supply? Might the corpses fall out of the hillside during an earthquake?
The idea of burying bodies strikes many in Hiji as unclean. “It’s not something concrete, just a feeling,” says Mr Eto. “We won’t be able to drink the water with comfort.” Mr Eto has lived his whole life in a small hamlet of traditional homes and terraced rice paddies. So too did his forebears as far back as he can count, at least four generations. Until the hearings over the cemetery began, he had never met a Muslim. He says he has nothing against the religion, but worries that bacteria will leach into a reservoir close to the planned site. He wonders why the city does not allow interment in public cemeteries: “If the government isn’t doing it, there must be some problem.”
Ms Kawabe, in turn, wonders if it is really the water that concerns her compatriots. Scientific evidence about the safety of burials goes ignored. Her support for the cemetery prompted a flurry of angry calls and letters. “They say to me, ‘You’re Japanese, why are you on the side of the Muslims?’” Locals fret about an influx of visitors and the prospect of an Islamic school opening next. “Many people are scared,” she sighs.
That is a shame, Mr Khan says, because Japan is otherwise “a nice place to live”. Muslim migrants appreciate Japan’s security, cleanliness and functionality. “Anzen, anzen,” coo a group of Indonesian fishermen in Tokyo, repeating the Japanese word for “safety” when asked about life in Japan. The people are “so kind”, says Ben Madaliev, who came from Uzbekistan on a scholarship to study business at APU. Colleagues at his part-time job accepted his need to pray five times a day, and now even remind him when he is late for his prayers. Though negative stereotypes about Islam abound, most Japanese have little first-hand experience of it and remain open-minded. “It’s much better than going to the West,” reckons Ali, an Uzbek student living in Tokyo.
In some ways, integration has been progressing. The airport in Fukuoka added a prayer room, notes Mr Khan. Halal shops and restaurants remain few and far between, but more are opening, especially as more Muslim tourists from South and South-East Asia visit Japan. Prefectural officials in Oita asked for the BMA’s help to set up a system of certification for local restaurants. Some hot springs even sell bathing shorts for Muslims. The community in Beppu won over locals by cooking and distributing food to those displaced by a big earthquake in 2016. They host yearly festivals and weekly free dinners at the mosque, aimed at establishing good relations with their Japanese neighbours. “We’re trying to integrate,” Mr Khan says. “We adopted Japan as our home country.” ■
This article appeared in the Asia section of the print edition under the headline “Hiji hajis”
Reuse this contentThe Trust Project
Thank you for reading this news release involving current Asian and related news called “Hiji hajis – The number of Muslims in Japan is growing fast | Asia”. This news release is presented by My Local Pages Australia as part of our local and national news services.
Move one step closer to working four hours a week with these ways.
6 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
As entrepreneurs, we are always told to work smart, not hard, to delegate and that if we’re working more than four hours a week, we’re working too much. However, when the workplace is changing rapidly, time zones are blurring into one and goal posts are moving daily, is it a myth to be able to be productive and still work less?
These are give things that can help cut the number of hours we work as we chase the elusive four-hour work week. Hammock, palm trees and cocktails not included.
1. Multitask in meetings
If working from home has done anything, it’s made people want to take their time in meetings and do something else with their camera and microphones off. After all, these things can be a huge waste of time if all you’re doing is barely paying attention. And while yes, it might be nice to get a workout in or make a meal during a meeting, if you end up getting called on that might be problematic. So instead, try thinking about what your light tasks are for the day. Going through your email, editing your to-do list, checking in on your schedule and replying to some quick messages are all easy things you can do that won’t take your mind completely off of the meeting. You can keep your camera and microphone on while still being able to give the occasional nod and smile. Additionally, you’ll be able to cut all of these things out of your schedule later so you can free up time for other things.
Related: 5 Digital Hacks to Make Working from Home Easier and More Productive
2. Ask for an agenda
There’s a common misconception that because people are working at home they have more time to work. The truth is that the average worker has potentially more work to do and less time to do it, and with meetings taking up such significant chunks of time it might not be beneficial to attend every meeting. If you have a project that needs your attention or just need to catch up on some busy work and have a meeting that takes up that valuable time, ask the organizer for the agenda first to see if attending this meeting would really be to your benefit. People will be completely understanding if you can’t make it, and you could even ask someone to record notes on the meeting for you if you want to make sure you didn’t miss anything important.
Related: The 4 Types of Meetings You Should Not Attend
3. Find someone better than you
One of the biggest lessons you can learn running a business is that not every fire should be put out by you. Research has shown that leaders who delegate often have teams that have higher job satisfaction, innovative behavior and task performance. It might feel like every decision is equally important, but that shouldn’t be the case. When you’re working in a company with a team of people, there are going to have to be different strengths divided amongst the members, so oftentimes there will be someone who is better equipped to deal with a certain issue. Take the time to figure out which of your team members are best at what and use that knowledge to improve and balance out your workflow. Doing this will not only ensure that you’re using your time wisely, but it will also make sure your team is using their time wisely.
4. Work while on the go
One of the most important things we can do in the current work environment is find opportunities to work outside while we’re at home. After all, spending time outside has been scientifically proven to have several key health benefits, and it significantly lowers stress and anxiety. Routines that we all once had for when we left the house have now changed and sometimes even disappeared from our schedules. But now more than ever it’s important to find time to get out of your home even while you’re on the clock. That could mean taking a call while you’re walking the dog or working on something outside at a local park if the weather is nice enough. Doing little things like this will allow you to take advantage of the online nature of work, take it on the go and still get it done while also getting some fresh air.
5. Set up software
The true path to automation is through software. Although not all of us are equipped to completely automate our presence in Zoom meetings, there are little things that we can do with software that we already have to make the work we do more productive. Just look at Gmail and its ability to schedule an email to send. At first, this tool didn’t seem like it could be super useful, but all you have to do is consider how other people’s schedules work. For example, say you are working with an international business and you need to send them an email but they’re currently asleep. Why not schedule to send that email when their workday starts your time to ensure that it’s at the top of their inbox? Or consider transitioning your company onto a smarter project management software that will help keep everyone organized and on task.
Related: Market Smarter, Not Harder, with Automated Messaging
Working from home especially can be incredibly difficult at the best of times. Being stuck in your house for hours a day while working can really damper what you’re doing and make you feel like you’re not being nearly as productive as you could. But with these five tips you will be able to cut down on busy work and give you to the time to do what you truly want — like master the art of cocktail-making.
Thanks for dropping by and checking out this story involving InterInternational and World Business Political updates called “5 Easy Ways You Can Slash The Number Of Hours You Work”. This news article was brought to you by MyLocalPages Australia as part of our local and national news services.
In total, an estimated 140 million children will be born in 2021 and their average life expectancy is expected to be 84 years, UNICEF said
United Nations: More than 371,500 babies were born worldwide on New Year’s Day and India is estimated to have recorded the highest number of births at around 60,000, according to the UN’s children’s agency.
UNICEF said that an estimated 371,504 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day. Fiji in the Pacific was projected to have welcomed 2021’s first baby while the United States would welcome its last.
Globally, over half of these births are estimated to have taken place in 10 countries: India (59,995), China (35,615), Nigeria (21,439), Pakistan (14,161), Indonesia (12,336), Ethiopia (12,006), the United States (10,312), Egypt (9,455), Bangladesh (9,236) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (8,640), it said.
In total, an estimated 140 million children will be born in 2021 and their average life expectancy is expected to be 84 years, the UN agency said.
“The children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year brings a new opportunity to reimagine it,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, calling on nations to make 2021 the year they start to build a fairer, safer, healthier world for children.
The year 2021 will also mark the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. Over the course of the year, UNICEF and its partners will be commemorating the anniversary with events and announcements celebrating three-quarters of a century of protecting children from conflict, disease and exclusion and championing their right to survival, health and education.
“Today, as the world faces a global pandemic, economic slowdown, rising poverty and deepening inequality, the need for UNICEF’s work is as great as ever,” said Fore.
“For the last 75 years, throughout conflicts, displacements, natural disasters and crises, UNICEF has been there for the world’s children. As a New Year dawns, we renew our commitment to protect children, to speak up for their rights, and to make sure their voices are heard, no matter where they live,” Fore said.
In response to the global pandemic, UNICEF launched the Reimagine campaign, a global effort to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children.
Through the campaign, UNICEF is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to join UNICEF as it seeks to respond, recover and reimagine a better, post-pandemic world.
For the estimates, UNICEF used vital registration and nationally representative household survey data to estimate the monthly and daily fractions of births in countries.
UNICEF used the annual live births numbers and period life expectancy from the latest revision of the UN’s World Population Prospects (2019) to estimate the babies born on January 1, 2021 and their cohort life expectancy.
Thank you for dropping by My Local Pages and seeing this news update regarding Asian news updates titled “At nearly 60,000, India records highest number of babies born on New Year’s Day”. This news update is shared by My Local Pages as part of our news aggregator services.
A fan at the Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan has delivered a brutal sledge across the Tasman that hits just a little too close to home.
But it also shows the Kiwis are getting just a little bit cocky as the side is set to overtake Australia for the world No. 1 team on the Test rankings.
Watch Australia v India Test Series Live & Ad-Break Free During Play with the Fox Cricket commentary team. New to Kayo? Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >
New Zealand appear destined to put the hurt on Pakistan after stumps on day 2 of the Test match with Kane Williamson — the recently crowned number one Test batsman in the world — hitting another century to finish not out on 112 with Henry Nicholls adding 89.
Just three wickets down, New Zealand are just 11 runs short of Pakistan’s first innings score of 297 at 3/286.
But cameras found a supporter that may have been getting too far ahead of themselves.
With a smug smirk, the supporter held a sign reading “Cricket bats for sale. Barely used. Call: S. Smith, J. Burns @ Cricket Australia.
New Zealand appear set to claim the world’s number one Test team ranking and are provisionally ahead of Australia at the moment. The ICC only officially update the rankings at the end of a series.
A win for Australia in Sydney would return the Aussies to the top of the provisional rankings while India can snatch the World No. 1 with a 3-1 win. A drawn series between Australia and India would mean New Zealand stay on top of the rankings.
Kiwi fans have a bit of a short memory as Australia hasn’t lost to New Zealand in a Test match on either side of the Tasman since 2011, the only time in the past 27 years in Test matches, including a 3-0 drubbing in the series between the teams last year in Australia.
Steve Smith only averaged 42.8 in that series.
And Smith was also named the Test player of the decade just last week after scoring more than 7000 runs at an average of more than 65, the best since Bradman.
But the fan may have a point.
It was revealed that Australia’s current dire batting performances are the sides worst in 133-years with scores of just 191, 194 and 200 in completed innings’ against India.
AAP reporter Scott Bailey revealed the team’s average runs per wicket this season (21.50) is the lowest in any home summer since way back in 1887/88.
It also saw Burns dropped after a horror run of outs saw him under fire.
Smith is averaging just 3.33 having scored just 10 runs and he dropped down to third in the Test batting rankings behind Williamson and India’s Virat Kohli.
Williamson hit 251 against the West Indies and 129 in the first Test against Pakistan, as well as the 112 not out in the second Test to take the number one ranking.
Australia have been talking up how Smith can get out of his funk with all the Aussie batsmen looking to bounce back.
“It’s more about the method now,” assistant coach Andrew McDonald said.
“He’s working hard. He’s clearly hitting the ball well.
“Technically (both Smith and Marnus Labuschagne) are ready to go.
“It’s about how they are going to score their runs and how they’re going to combat these tactics from Indian bowlers and captains.
“There’s a challenge there for Steve to rebound, the world’s best players usually rebound and I think he’s in a really good space to perform come Sydney.”
Australia and New Zealand are set to play a five-match T20 series in late February and early March.
AFL great Glen Jakovich believes Adelaide’s major focus in 2021 should be to rebuild the brand that has been damaged by off-field indiscretions since the 2017 Grand Final.
The Crows have been rocked by ongoing off-field issues for multiple years now, the latest of which being a trio of incidents attached to young forward Tyson Stengle and a drink-driving offence charged to Josh Worrell.
Jakovich believes above all else, Adelaide needs to get their house in order.
“They’ve got to rebuild their brand. Their brand has still been decimated from that infamous camp they had after the 2017 Grand Final,” he told Sportsday WA.
“There were still issues lingering last year and surely as a club they’ve put it to bed, brought out a report on it and hopefully the football world can put it to bed.
“But they need to rebuild their brand as a football club and it doesn’t take long. They’re a proud club, they’re a big football club, well supported both on and off the field, but they need to rebuild their brand.”
Jakovich is somewhat confident the reigning wooden spoon holders can bounce back in 2021 and believes in their mix of veterans and youngsters.
“They won three of their last five games and they’ve still got some players there. Matt Crouch, Taylor Walker on his last legs, Rory Sloane, David Mackay,” he said.
“I like their defenders. They’ve got some All-Australian defenders still running around there.
“Rory Laird, Brodie Smith, Daniel Talia, who’s been a premier defender for them.
“A bit of confidence, a healthy list, but for me their focus should be to build their brand up again.
“They’re going to play their kids, but the opportunity is there to grind it out and climb the ladder, I think they’ve drafted quite well.”
Jakovich adds that their coaching staff has the skills necessary to fast-track their next generation, which is important given they’ve just entered a rebuild.
“They’ve just settled on their match committee and James Rahilly who’s now the forwards coach, he was head of development at Geelong for 10 years under Chris Scott, he brings a wealth of experience,” Jakovich said.
“Add Scott Burns, Nathan Van Berlo comes back, there’s some real warheads there that can really get their development on track and fast-track their kids and I think that’s really important.
“I like Adelaide, I think they can do a few things in 2021. Do they make the eight? No they don’t, but I’ll keep saying it, they’ve got to rebuild their brand.
“They can win anywhere between six to eight games next year. They’ve got a good draw early on in the piece. As long as their top end players play well.”
Thank you for checking this news article on current Australian Sports and related news published as “What the Adelaide Crows’ number one focus should be in 2021”. This article was posted by MyLocalPages as part of our national news services.
Queensland Health has opened more coronavirus testing clinics to shorten long queues as authorities maintain a watch on virus outbreaks in southern states.
More coronavirus testing clinics have opened in Queensland after long queues on the weekend
Border restrictions remain unchanged, though authorities are closely monitoring the situation
New restrictions came into effect on Monday to limit access to “vulnerable” facilities
No change has been made to border restrictions even as more cases were reported on Monday in New South Wales and Victoria.
Five new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Queensland overnight — all in hotel quarantine, which Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said highlighted the importance of maintaining strict quarantine measures.
She said authorities would continue to “keep a very close eye” on outbreaks further south, but for now there would be no change in Queensland’s border controls.
Meanwhile, Queensland authorities have boosted the number of fever clinics to cope with rising demand for tests.
On the weekend, health authorities urged anyone who’d been in Victoria since December 21 to get tested and quarantine until they received a negative result.
The call led to long queues at testing clinics, but Acting Premier Cameron Dick said on Monday that extra facilities had been added on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
“There’ll always be some delays from time to time in getting testing, but we’re seeing those queues being reduced and we’re also getting test results back to people on average within 24 hours,” Mr Dick said.
There are now 83 public fever clinics operating in Queensland, with longer operating hours and more staff, he said.
“We’ve got many more in the private sector that are operating,” he added.
Dr Young thanked people for “persevering” amid lines at some fever clinics on Sunday, when more than 6,200 tests were conducted.
While there’s been no change to border rules, new restrictions came into effect on Monday limiting access to “vulnerable” facilities in Queensland.
From 1am Monday, anyone who was in Victoria on or after December 21 is no longer allowed to visit hospitals, aged care, disability accommodation and correctional facilities.
Police poised to act on any border orders
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said authorities were monitoring the interstate COVID-19 situation “day by day” and were ready to enforce any border changes if required.
“We’ve been shown to be very flexible and agile at putting together border closures very quickly,” she said.
She also said she was disappointed to see a tweet from Lyle Shelton, the former managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, stating he had done a “sneaky run across the border and back”.
“He has been spoken to. He can cross the border, I understand he has a G Pass,” she said.
“It was a funny tweet, which in the end is not really that funny because what you’re doing is taking away resources that need to be in other places.”
Police minister Mark Ryan added it was “smart Alec behaviour,” which sidetracked officers’ time and created a sense of confusion in the community.
He was also asked whether Queensland authorities would consider easing COVID hotel quarantine restrictions for the Indian Cricket team.
“Whether you’re playing for India, or whether you’re coming back from visiting family in another state, the rules apply equally,” he said.
“The Chief Health Officer will be monitoring this situation; if she recommends a certain course of action then of course we will support that, but it is her call and we’ll be waiting to hear her advice.”
Thank you for spending your time with us on My Local Pages. We hope you enjoyed checking out this article regarding the latest Queensland News items titled “No change in Queensland border controls as state boosts number of coronavirus testing clinics”. This news article is brought to you by MyLocalPages Australia as part of our news aggregator services.