first_imgJuneau | Local GovernmentPublic will have chance to weigh in on proposal to move Juneau City HallMay 1, 2019 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The City and Borough of Juneau is considering a plan to build a new City Hall on top of the Downtown Transportation Center parking garage. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The City and Borough of Juneau says it’s outgrown City Hall.Actually, it says it outgrew the aging building more than 20 years ago, and it spends more than $1 million annually for maintenance and leasing space in nearby office buildings.Now the city has proposed building a $27 million new City Hall big enough to hold all CBJ operations.City Manager Rorie Watt laid it out before the Juneau Assembly earlier this week.The city currently spends $750,000 a year to lease space in other buildings nearby. In his view, that’s not sustainable.“I’m thinking that Juneau is going to have municipal government for 50 or 100 years, and in my municipal career, I’ve watched us pay rent for 26 and a half years,” Watt said. “It does not make sense to me.”The city contracted NorthWind Architects last fall to come up with a conceptual design for a new City Hall on top of the Downtown Transportation Center parking garage.The garage was built in 2009 and was designed to be load-bearing to accommodate future structures.At various points over the years, proposals have been made to place a new state Capitol on or near the site.Nothing ever panned out, and Watt said the additional two floors of office space would accommodate all city operations and allow CBJ to maintain its presence in downtown, where buildable land is limited.A woman crosses Marine Way in front of Juneau City Hall on Sept. 25, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Assembly member Carole Triem agreed with Watt.“When it comes to location, my gut instinct is that having City Hall in the core of CBJ downtown … is important visibly as a symbol, especially with the state Capitol right up the hill,” Triem said.Assembly member Rob Edwardson pushed back at that, pointing out that relocating City Hall elsewhere could improve public engagement.“20,000 of the 32,000 people in Juneau live out in the valley,” Edwardson said. “Most of our meetings are held in the evening, so it wouldn’t really matter whether they work downtown or not. It would be closer to their homes … which means, again, more accessibility.”Edwardson also said building a new City Hall will only get more expensive the longer they talk about it.But there’s still plenty to talk about, like how the city plans to pay for the $26.7 million project. With financing costs factored in, the project could cost an additional $12 million.NorthWind Architects’s project summary says that selling or leasing the existing City Hall would open up new revenue streams.But the new building would most likely be financed by bonds, in which case voters will get to decide.If they want that on the municipal ballot this October, that doesn’t leave a lot of time.Mayor Beth Weldon directed Watt to “go forth and seek public input.”Meetings should begin this summer.Everything from the design and location of the new City Hall to cost and payment plan will be up for public discussion.You can find more details about the plan, including conceptual designs, here. Share this story:last_img read more

first_img whatsapp Weir Group share price falls as engineering firm plans to cut 350 jobs in efficiency drive Tags: Company Weir Group whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img Engineering firm Weir Group will close five of its manufacturing facilities and cut around 350 jobs in 2015, the company announced yesterday in its third-quarter results. A group-wide review undertaken with the aim of identifying opportunities to reduce costs “while aligning resources globally to capture end market opportunities”. In addition to the plant closures, Weir plans to consolidate a number of its service centres, and make “other workforce reductions”. A spokesman said this would result in a reduction of headcount by about 350.Weir said in the interim statement that its full-year expectations were unchanged, with revenues and operating margins in line with third-quarter forecasts. Chief executive Keith Cochrane said: “While the global economic and end-market outlook remains uncertain, our strong competitive positioning enables us to continue to invest through the cycle to deliver sustainable, profitable growth. We’ve also continued to make good operational and strategic progress in the third quarter, taking actions to further improve efficiencies.” Weir’s share price fell by 3.4 per cent yesterday. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRelated ArticlesThe Best 80 Inch 4k TV For Under $2,000Top 10 Date Night In Movies & Films Of All Time10 Amazing RVs You Won’t Want To Missby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comYahoo! SearchResearch Car Donation For CharitiesYahoo! SearchThe 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 ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldThe Chef PickElisabeth Shue, 57, Sends Fans Wild As She Flaunts Age-Defying FigureThe Chef PickEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday News Caitlin Morrison More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home Tuesday 4 November 2014 7:53 pmlast_img read more

first_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Siblings and autismBuxbaum, the Mount Sinai researcher, is seeking to enroll hundreds of families with autistic sons but unaffected daughters in a study looking for genetic clues and protective factors. Funded by the Autism Science Foundation, the Autism Sisters Project began last year with the goal of building a big database that other scientists can use. Girls and their families visit the New York lab to give saliva samples for DNA analysis and efforts are underway to expand DNA collection to other sites.Evee Bak, 15, hopes her saliva samples will eventually benefit her older brother Tommy. The suburban Philadelphia siblings are just a year apart. They play in a garage band — Evee on drums, Tommy on guitar and vocals. He’s a masterful musician, but has trouble reading social cues and doing things that come easy to other teens, like shopping alone or using public transportation.“The thing at the forefront of my mind is mostly just taking care of Tommy and making sure he’s happy and healthy,” Evee said.Tommy was diagnosed at age 3, after he stopped using words he’d learned months earlier and showed unusual behavior including repetitively lining up toys instead of playing with them.“He’s a wonderful person and I don’t think that we’d ever want to change him,” said his mother, Erin Lopes. But they’d welcome anything that could help him function as independently as possible “because I think that’s what he really wants, is to be independent.”— Lindsey Tanner A driving game can help young people with autism learn the real thing Is the dramatic rise in autism tapering off? Related: CHICAGO — Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges. The developmental disorder is at least four times more common in boys, but scientists taking a closer look are finding some gender-based surprises: Many girls with autism have social skills that can mask the condition. And some girls are born without autism despite the same genetic mutations seen in boys with the condition.The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating a condition that affects at least 1 in 68 US children.Better understanding of gender’s role is key to helping the most people, said Kevin Pelphrey, an autism researcher at George Washington University. “Autism may not be the same thing in boys and girls.”advertisement Related: What science showsThe causes of autism aren’t known but various genetic mutations are thought to play a role and outside factors including older parents and premature birth also have been implicated.Brain imaging suggests there may be an additional explanation for why many girls with autism have more subtle symptoms, Pelphrey said.advertisement HealthGirls and autism: It can be subtle, or absent for some at risk Privacy Policy Making a diagnosisThere’s no autism blood test. It’s diagnosed by observing behavior and some experts say gender-based differences highlight a need to develop different ways to evaluate boys and girls.Autism screening is recommended for all kids at age 18 months and 2 years. But screening tools typically are based on research in autistic boys, said Rachel Loftin, clinical director of an autism center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.One widely used screening questionnaire for parents focuses on social deficits seen more often in autistic boys than affected girls. Questions include, “Does your child play make-believe, make eye contact, seek praise, show interest in other children?” Girls with autism, especially mild cases, often don’t show obvious problems in those categories — they’re more likely than affected boys to play pretend with toys rather than lining them up by size or shape. Loftin said they’re also more likely to show concern for another person’s feelings.Government data show that all forms of autism — mild to severe — are more common in boys and that the average age at diagnosis is 4 years in boys and girls. But Loftin said anecdotal evidence suggests a two-year lag time in diagnosis for girls, especially those with mild cases. And she suspects many cases are missed or misdiagnosed. That means a delay in early intensive behavior therapy that is the main treatment for autism.Some girls manage to camouflage symptoms until school pressures to fit in become overwhelming, delaying diagnosis until around age 8 or 9, said Alycia Halladay, chief science officer at the Autism Science Foundation, a nonprofit educational and research-funding group.Prominent autism advocate, professor and author Temple Grandin didn’t fit that mold. She wasn’t fully verbal until age 4. “It was obvious something was drastically wrong with me,” Grandin said. With “1950s parenting” including intense encouragement to develop social skills and other talents, she said she learned to adapt. By Associated Press Oct. 25, 2016 Reprints Autism may affect not just brain but sensory nerves, mouse study suggests A mom’s concernAllison Klein worried about possible autism in her daughter, Jillian, for three years before the little girl was finally diagnosed. Jillian couldn’t tolerate loud noises, grew withdrawn around her preschool classmates and lagged behind their academic progress. She was labeled anxious, not autistic.“She didn’t meet the stereotypical behaviors of no eye contact, no communication, hand flapping,” Klein said. “It was always the hands-off approach” from teachers and doctors.”“They’d say, ‘Let’s wait and see. Give her some time, she’ll grow out of it. She’s just shy,’” Klein recalled. “People dismiss it in girls.”A few months ago, just before Jillian turned 6, Rush University’s Loftin confirmed Klein’s concerns. Jillian has mild autism. Now the family is playing catch-up in getting her needed services. “The surprising thing we are finding is that even in girls who clearly have autism,” brain regions involved in social behavior that are normally affected are less severely impaired, he said.Recent studies on autism-linked genes have found another gender difference.Girls can have the same kinds of genetic mutations seen in boys with autism, “and even need to have twice as many mutations on average to actually manifest with autism,” said Joseph Buxbaum, director of an autism center at Mount Sinai medical school in New York City.Buxbaum is among researchers trying to identify a “protective factor” that may explain how some girls at genetic risk remain unaffected, perhaps a protein or other biological marker that could be turned into a drug or other therapy to treat or even prevent autism. That possibility is likely a long way off, but Pelphrey said this line of research has prompted excitement among autism scientists. Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprints Evee Bak (left) talks with her brother Tom Bak at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Tom has autism but Evee doesn’t. The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research. AP Photo/Seth Wenig Related: Associated Press Tags autismgeneticswomen’s healthlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest A recent Chinese survey has revealed that three in ten people there believe that North Korean nuclear weapons development must be stopped even if it leads to military action.Fully 32.2% of respondents in the survey, whose results were released by independent polling agency Horizon Key on the 26th, acknowledged the possibility of military action. However, the survey also showed that a larger percentage, 41.2%, disagree, believing that “a military conflict should be avoided in the process of stopping North Korean nuclear development.” Elsewhere, a majority, 51.9%, supported economic sanctions to stop North Korean nuclear development.The survey also revealed that the higher a respondent’s level of education, the more critical his or her view of North Korea were likely to be. 39% of respondents with a college degree agreed to military action against North Korea and 55.3% agreed to economic sanctions, both amounts greater than their corresponding totals from the wider survey.General sentiment toward North Korea has also declined in recent years, the survey suggested. Just 61.4% of respondents said they had a positive feeling about North Korea today, fully 10% less than the 70.5% who said they felt good about South Korea. The survey involved 1138 adults from twelve major cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou. Sample sizes for each city were weighted according to city size. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News By Daily NK – 2013.04.26 6:18pm News News SHARE 3 in 10 Chinese OK Action to Stop NK Nukeslast_img read more

first_img Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Although there more cases were brought in 2015, fewer regulatory proceedings were concluded during the year, the OSC reports, with a total of 84 cases wrapped up in 2015, down from 91 in 2014. The number of cases that were settled rose from the previous year (to 38 in 2015 from 29 in 2014), as did the number of court cases (nine in 2015 from four in 2014). However, the number of contested hearings that were concluded dropped to 38 cases last year from 58 in 2014. In addition, the OSC reports that the total value of monetary penalties imposed during 2015 declined a bit to $67 million from $73.4 million in 2014. The total value of administrative penalties and settlements assessed during the year increased slightly, to $20.1 million from $19.5 million, but the total amount of disgorgement ordered declined to $42.9 million from $49.1 million and the costs ordered came in at $4 million for the year, down from $4.9 million in 2014. In court, the OSC reports that it secured more than $500,000 in fines and restitution in quasi-criminal cases, up from just $5,000 last year. However, the restitution ordered in criminal cases dropped to a little more than $100,000 in 2015 from $4.8 million in 2014. In addition, the jail time handed down in criminal cases declined to 24 months in 2015 from 36 months in 2014 whereas, in quasi-criminal cases, jail time rose to four months last year from two months in 2014. The OSC also reports that it imposed three temporary cease trade orders (CTOs) and 21 freeze orders during the year (involving just less than $6 million) to protect investor s from possible illegal activity. This is in addition to the protective sanctions the OSC’s tribunal ordered, which included 59 CTOs, 43 registration restrictions and 41 director and officer bans. “Ontario investors can be confident that our enforcement team is working hard to safeguard their interests,” says Maureen Jensen, chairwoman and CEO of the OSC, in a statement. “Using innovative enforcement tools to increase our reach and effectiveness, we are protecting investors and Ontario’s capital markets.” The OSC launched a mediation program in 2015 as a way to help resolve enforcement issues, which has been used to conclude two cases so far, the regulator reports. The OSC is also planning a whistleblower program that will pay financial rewards for tips that lead to significant enforcement activity. “The OSC’s vigilant and responsive approach to enforcement promotes a culture of integrity and compliance in Ontario’s capital markets,” says Tom Atkinson, director of enforcement at the OSC, in a statement. “Our active, innovative enforcement program is helping to protect investors from financial harm and sending a clear message to potential wrongdoers.” The volume of enforcement activity the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) launched increased in the past year, as the provincial regulator brought 31 new enforcement cases in 2015, up from 22 cases in the previous year, according to a new OSC report issued on Monday. Specifically, the OSC reports that illegal distributions remained the top offence (eight cases), followed by fraud (seven cases) and breaches of OSC orders (six cases). Of the 31 new cases in 2015, 18 of them were brought before the OSC’s tribunal, up from 14 in the previous year; there were also 10 quasi-criminal cases and three criminal cases. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BFI investors plead for firm’s sale James Langton Keywords Enforcement Related newslast_img read more

first_img Canada Life offers customizable term insurance Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CLHIA shoots down Covid-19 vaccine rumours James Langton The association reported that speculative trading is on the rise in the province, and that such practices target vulnerable consumers, such as people with an urgent need for money.“This phenomenon is gaining ground in Quebec,” the CLHIA stated in its submission. “Indeed, unregulated groups are working to develop a market around the trafficking of life insurance policies for commercial or speculative purposes.”The practice creates unsavoury arrangements, the CLHIA stated.“The policy buyer’s profit depends on how quickly the insured dies: the sooner the person dies after the purchase of the policy by the promoter, the higher the profit from the investment,” the group noted.Despite past promises to address the practice, the CLHIA said, the government hasn’t taken enough action to combat the risk of abuse.“The government must urgently prohibit this practice to stop it from taking hold in Quebec, and work with our industry to define an effective and sustainable solution,” it said.The CLHIA’s other recommendations to the Quebec government include calls to revise financial sector legislation, which, it says, hampers insurers’ ability to invest while imposing operational constraints.The group also advocates cutting taxes on insurers, taking steps to combat climate change and working with the industry to contain drug costs. Related news Quebec flag billowing in the breeze cabecademarmore/123RF Universal life policies can’t be used for unlimited deposits, appeal court rules Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The insurance industry is calling on the government of Quebec to take action against speculative trading in life insurance policies, among other recommendations for the next provincial budget.The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) said in its pre-budget submission that trading in life policies — such as viatical settlements, life settlements and stranger-owned insurance — should be prohibited. Keywords Life insuranceCompanies Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association last_img read more

first_imgClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Week EducationSeptember 17, 2009 RelatedClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Week FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education has said that classes for the 115 students placed at the Steer Town Primary and Junior High School, after sitting the Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT), should begin next week.A brief, provided by the Ministry, stated that 90 per cent of refurbishing work on the building, which will accommodate the students, has been completed, with the remainder scheduled to be finished by Monday (September 21).“All other arrangements have been made for a smooth start-up on Monday, which includes: furniture being in place; four new teachers employed; the required support staff being recruited (and) a programme for students (being) developed,” the brief stated.The students were placed at Steer Town as part of the Ministry’s Empowerment Programme which caters to those who scored below 30 per cent in the GNAT.Speaking at a press briefing at his Ministry’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday (September 16), portfolio Minister, Hon Andrew Holness, noted that despite reports of “chaos” at the institution, the Ministry has executed its duties in finding spaces for the students in a “fair and responsible manner”.“We negotiated with the principal, [who] agreed to take (the) extra students, and we provided the resources to the principal for those extra students. My understanding is that, when we finally published the results, we needed to have placed an additional 20 students, and we went back to the principal. So it was not a surprise to the principal, or to the school that they would need to accommodate additional students,” Mr. Holness explained.“They had an unfinished building, and the Ministry immediately provided the resources to finish it so that those students could be accommodated,” he added.The Education Minister also used the opportunity to dispel the notion that Grade 10 students were being placed at a school that only facilitates learning up to Grade nine.“That is patently not true. There is no automatic promotion for students at GNAT level into grade 10,” he said. He pointed out that most students who are successful in GNAT are placed in Grade Nine of the schools in which they are placed.“So, if they do well at GNAT, that is they get a score in excess of 50 per cent, they get a place in a traditional five-year school, and those schools usually opt to place them back in Grade Nine,” the Education Minister said.He reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to building more schools to address the shortage of space at the secondary level. He noted, however, that in the interim it is better to keep the students in school, than to have them out on the streets.“We will have to find the resources where possible to expand, and that is what we have done,” he said.The Ministry’s Empowerment Programme was developed in 2005. As part of the programme, students undergo a year of special numeracy and literacy studies, to ensure a smooth transition into Grade 10 after sitting the GNAT Exam a second time the following year. Those who are still not at the required level are placed under the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, for further remedial instruction. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Week RelatedClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Weeklast_img read more

first_imgPolice Gets $1/2 Billion More in Estimates to Fight Corruption National SecuritySeptember 27, 2009 RelatedPolice Gets $1/2 Billion More in Estimates to Fight Corruption Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As further evidence of its determination to reduce police corruption, the Government has granted $500 million to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Anti Corruption Branch’s recurrent budget, in the First Supplementary Estimates 2009/10.According to the Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (September 22) by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, the sum now increases the Branch’s budget to $536.4 million.At least $500 million will be spent as compensation for the staff, while $3.5 million will go to paying utility bills. There was a savings of $3 million from the previous budget on the purchase of goods and services.The police department will also benefit from an allocation of $369 million to continue the implementation of the recommendations of the Strategic Review of the Force.The report from the review sets out an “integrated suite of recommendations” aimed at bringing about fundamental reform of the JCF, and to enable the Government to meet its responsibility for a safe and secure Jamaica.Among the other police sections which received increases in their recurrent budget in the estimates were: Police Strategy and Plan (formerly Professional Standards), $110 million; Computerisation, $12 million; Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), $2.5 million; Operation Kingfish, $3.8 million; Criminal Records Office, $4.3 million; Mobile Reserve, $8.7 million; Transport and Repairs, $4 million; and Motorised Patrol, $ $10 million.The increased spending is, however, largely due to cuts in several other areas of the Police Department, including Human Resource Management and Direction and Administration which suffered cuts totalling over $1 billion.center_img RelatedPolice Gets $1/2 Billion More in Estimates to Fight Corruption RelatedPolice Gets $1/2 Billion More in Estimates to Fight Corruptionlast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick, has lauded the safety record of the local mining industry.Speaking at the National Minerals Industry Safety Awards banquet, recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston, Mr. Broderick pinpointed the work ethnic in the sector in terms of discipline and safety.He said that, visiting bauxite plants, he observed the respect that the heads of the companies had for security and safety.“Not only were we given a thorough lecture, we were given the boots, the hat, the goggles,” the State Minister reflected. He said he was also impressed with the fact that the management also practised the safety measures outlined to visitors.Minister of State in the Ministry of Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick (left), in discussion with Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Mr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, prior to the start of the National Minerals Industry Safety Awards banquet, held recently at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, in Kingston.He praised the industry for having kept a low injury index and few deaths, noting that the safety practices employed were models that should be promoted.He suggested that tours be arranged for children, to enlighten them on how a disciplined entity operates and how they should conduct themselves.On the status of the bauxite/alumina industry, Mr. Broderick said that despite the downturn, there will be opportunities for Jamaicans, as the Government seeks new markets and forge new partnerships when the industry rebounds.“As we look down the road, we see an industry that saw alumina plummeting to a low of some US$1,200 per tonne, we saw it creeping back to US$2,000, we know it came from a high of US$3,000 but, if we are thinking people, we will understand that we are not far from the horizon,” he projected. RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector Broderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector MiningDecember 1, 2009 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sector RelatedBroderick Praises Safety System in Mining Sectorlast_img read more

first_imgKISS is coming to Queensland thanks to Palaszczuk Government JOINT STATEMENTThe people of Queensland will be able to Rock and Roll All Nite, with the Palaszczuk Government this week inking a deal to bring rock legends KISS to the Sunshine State later this year.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said KISS would play at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday 4 December and at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 30 November, pumping $4.5 million into the state’s economy and supporting around 1,500 local jobs.“Queensland – get ready to rock and roll all night,” the Premier said.“KISS are one of the most recognisable bands in the world and we’re bringing them to Townsville on 4 December and Brisbane 30 November.“Major events are vital when it comes to rebuilding our economy. This concert will generate millions of dollars for local businesses and support local jobs which is exactly what we need in 2021.“We’re only able to secure world class acts like this thanks to the way Queenslanders have managed our health response to COVID-19.“While other jurisdictions continue to battle lockdowns and harsh restrictions, we’ve proven we’re able to deliver major events that will help to drive our economic recovery.”Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland would be the band’s farewell destination.“For Queenslanders of a certain vintage, KISS, with all the mythology around their trademark make up, helped influence the music of a generation,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Events and the jobs they support are crucial to Queensland’s economic recovery.“KISS is the pioneer of blockbuster stadium events with a reputation for attracting both local and out-of-town audiences for a larger-than-life concert experience.“And that means additional economic benefit for accommodation and transport providers, hotels and restaurants.“Queensland will be the last place in Australia you’ll be able to see KISS live-in- concert as the curtain comes down on a music act that has entertained billions over five decades.”Resources Minister and Member for Townsville Scott Stewart urged people to book a holiday in North Queensland this December.“God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You but the Premier gave KISS to Townsville,” he said.“KISS will be one of the biggest acts to play in Australia in 2021.“I urge Queenslanders and Aussies to book their tickets as soon as possible.“If you’re a rock and roll fan, you’ll kick yourself if you miss out.“With a world class stadium and some of the most relaxed restrictions on the planet, we have a huge opportunity to build on Townsville’s reputation as a world class host for major events.”Member for Thuringowa Aaron Harper said he hoped KISS would deliver another strong crowd for Queensland Country Bank Stadium.“Pucker up for a great weekend on 4 December,” he said.“We fought hard to deliver a stadium for Townsville that’s capable of hosting world class acts like KISS because we know how valuable these events are.“This will be a boon for local businesses and great for local workers.” Member for Mundingburra Les Walker welcomed today’s announcement.“Queensland Country Bank Stadium is one of the most important pieces of infrastructure a government has delivered for Townsville in the last 20 years,” he said.“Already it’s delivering for North Queensland – helping us secure one of the most well-known rock bands on the planet.“We’ll continue to work hard to secure major acts that will help to rebuild the North Queensland economy.” /Public Release. 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