Beef 2021 to hit right note for Queensland jobs JOINT STATEMENTQueensland’s multi-billion-dollar beef industry will be the centre of attention from around the world when the Beef 2021 event is held in Rockhampton from the 2nd to the 8th of May.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland’s beef industry was a world leader and a major jobs generator for the state.“When it comes to growing Queensland exports and growing Queensland jobs, there is no industry bigger than beef,” Ms Palaszczuk said.“To have Beef Australia’s Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton shows that Queensland is rightly centre stage, with a million dollars in Government support helping to make this year’s event even bigger and better than previous years.“An artistic partnership with Opera Queensland adds another wonderful element to a great event.“We produce the best beef in the world, and when you support Queensland beef you support Queensland jobs and Queensland’s ongoing economic recovery.”Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the beef industry supported thousands of jobs across every region of Queensland and would continue to grow.“With our ongoing program of virtual trade missions and continued support for the industry, beef is going to play a big part as agriculture contributes strongly to Queensland’s plan for economic recovery from COVID-19,” Mr Furner said.“That means more jobs in regional Queensland and stronger regional economies, which is good news for every Queenslanders.”Beef Australia Chair Bryce Camm said the event will again showcase the Australian beef industry to the nation and the world.“As regional Queensland’s largest event, Beef Australia makes a significant contribution to agriculture and the wider community. The previous event in 2018 injected $85 million into the local economy and we expect to achieve this again,” Mr Camm said.“Visitors to Rockhampton will see the nation’s best beef cattle, with stud entries even making the journey from South Australia and Victoria.“The beef industry is big business generating over $19 billion for the Australian economy. Queensland remains the beef capital of Australia, boasting 48% of the national herd”“Beef Australia provides education to students and beef industry participants – In 2021 we are proud to unveil the Ken Coombe Tech Yards, showcasing new and innovative technology.“We are also thrilled to welcome evoke AG as the presenting partner for Pitch in the Paddock. This powerful union is the first of its kind for the Australian beef industry and the nine finalists presenting their pitch live on stage are guaranteed a global stage.“Recent Queensland Government initiatives supporting innovation and technology in agricultural sectors have no doubt contributed to the 34% increase in entries from throughout Australia, also attracting an entry from Europe.”Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Beef 2021 would be a bonus for Central Queensland’s economic recovery which is already underway.“Central Queensland is the place to be for significant national events like Beef 2021,” Mr Hinchliffe said.“Beef 2021 is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland because it attracts visitors to Rockhampton, backs jobs and the invests in the Central Queensland economy.“Big events like Beef 2021 help to put regional Queensland ahead of the herd for lasting tourism, economic and community benefits.” Beef Australia CEO Ian Mill said there is an exceptional line-up of entertainment and food this year. The celebrity chef restaurant will operate for lunch and dinner throughout the week of Beef 2021, boasting some of the nation’s best chefs.“Doing business at beef is so important for both our local industry and global trading partners,” Mr Mill said.“In 2021 the handshakes program, connecting Australian business with global partners has gone online, ensuring the event continues to create and nurture these relationships.“While many social events sold out in record time, there are still many events on sale and importantly, a huge program of free entertainment for those who join us in Rocky.”As well as generating millions of dollars for regional Queensland and even more in beef exports to our trading partners, Beef 2021 will also offer a unique cultural offering showcasing some of Queensland’s amazing operatic talent across the state.Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch said Opera Queensland had formed a partnership with Beef Australia to host the world premiere of a cross-genre performance of opera and country music for the Beef 2021 event.“The premiere performance of Are You Lonesome Tonight, which will take place during Beef 2021 in Rockhampton, will kick-off a two-month tour of multiple locations right across Queensland,” Ms Enoch said.“This will be the most significant regional tour in Opera Queensland’s history, and will be a unique production marrying opera and country music.”Opera Queensland artistic director Patrick Nolan said the state-wide tour in partnership with Beef Australia is a great way to celebrate Opera Queensland’s deep commitment to regional audiences and the many artists from across the state that have been part of the company’s music making over the past 40 years.“The company is celebrating its 40th birthday by engaging with audiences across Queensland, providing arts, culture and education opportunities to more people than ever before.”“Opera Queensland’s partnership with Beef Australia sprang from our shared belief in the importance of delivering culture, entertainment and joy across regional Queensland, particularly following such a profound period of drought.”Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said: “I am so proud of our city for hosting Beef 2021. This is great for business in our community, great for jobs and great for Rocky’s reputation.”Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said, “Hosting this event in Central Queensland will be a boost for jobs in the whole region and a real shot in the arm for beef and a whole range of industries.” /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. 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Related Diamondback Bicycles has introduced a comprehensive consumer direct purchasing program, ‘ushering in a new era in the bike buying experience’. The bike brand’s direct sales model will aim to deliver an ‘aggressive pricing structure for premium bikes’.Over two years in development, the platform includes a ‘user-friendly web interface with bike customization options and online support, combined with direct shipping, easy-to-assemble bikes and convenient mobile service options’.The centrepiece of Diamondback’s new consumer direct program is ReadyRide. Here, new Diamondback bikes priced over US$450 will be shipped direct to consumers 95% assembled. No experience is necessary for the final bike assembly, which typically takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The Diamondback website features ‘intuitive ‘how-to videos’ to assist in the assembly with expert mechanics available to answer questions via the site’s live chat feature.“We completely overhauled our manufacturing, assembly and shipping process to create ReadyRide,” said Steve Westover, Vice President of Marketing for Diamondback. “While it typically takes a skilled bike mechanic over two hours to build a bike in a shop, Diamondback customers can now build their bikes within minutes. It eliminates a huge hurdle in the selling process and dramatically improves the overall online bike buying experience.”Diamondback has also partnered with the Beeline Bikes mobile bike service. After purchasing a bike at Diamondback.com, customers can choose Beeline as a fulfilment option – then select the exact time and place for a completely assembled, new bike to be delivered directly to their home or business.Diamondback’s new direct sales program has also driven the brand to adopt an aggressive pricing strategy for its performance road and triathlon product with ‘pricing at 30-40% below comparable retail’.“Our new Podium Disc frames, the same one ridden by national champions like Brad Huff, will be available with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 build and carbon HED wheels for as low as US$3,700,” said Steve Westover. “You can’t buy a better bike for the price.”In addition to ReadyRide, Diamondback also recently introduced its Custom Studio program, an online bike customization tool. Here, the interface allows customers to choose their bike’s components, colours and accessories. Then, each bike is hand-assembled in the brand’s Seattle headquarters by experienced mechanics and shipped in a custom box.Final assembly is positioned as being quick and easy for customers. Currently available for the brand’s award-winning Serios and new Andean triathlon bikes, Custom Studio will soon expand to include Diamondback’s Podium road racing bikes and other high end models.Earlier this year, Diamondback announced the signing of retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel to its triathlete team. Zirbel, who recently set the US hour record in cycling, joins Diamondback’s growing athlete roster, which includes Jordan Rapp, Michael Weiss, Ben Collins, Rachel McBride and Matt Russell.Born in Camarillo, California, in 1978 and today based in Kent, Washington, Diamondback ‘designs and builds performance bicycles for every rider at every level’. With roots in the BMX world, and ongoing innovations in road, triathlon and full-suspension mountain technologies, Diamondback adds that it ‘continues to build a legacy of quality, service, and community’.www.diamondback.com
Thirty-five people have now died during a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, up from 21 at the start of the week, local health officials said on Sunday.“The number of deaths reported… is 35. The total number of suspected cholera cases is now 1 283,” the Borno state health ministry said in a statement.Most of the cases and deaths have been at the Muna Garage camp on the outskirts of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, which houses some 20 000 people who have fled the Boko Haram conflict.A total of 775 infections were reported at the sprawling camp, where internally displaced people (IDPs) are living in makeshift accommodation, reliant on food handouts and communal water boreholes.Water-borne diseases are a constant threat because of a lack of adequate sanitation for the camp dwellers, especially during the current rainy season, when poor drainage causes stagnant pools to form.State health officials announced on September 3 that 14 people had died from 186 suspected cases of cholera in Maiduguri.Two days later, the toll jumped to 21 from 375 cases.Nigeria’s government, domestic and international aid agencies involved in providing shelter, food, clean water and healthcare to the IDPs have been working to contain the outbreak.But it has spread to the town of Dikwa, some 90km east of Maiduguri, where 438 cases were recorded.Suspected cases were still being investigated in the garrison town of Monguno, 138km northeast of Maiduguri, said the statement.Maiduguri has seen its population double to two million since the start of Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in 2009, as the violence forced people to seek safe haven from vulnerable rural communities.Overall, at least 20 000 people have been killed and some 2.6 million displaced.Most IDPs live in so-called host communities with distant relatives or friends. The remainder live in camps.
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