Day: February 8, 2021

BackBay Communications appoints Mitchell as media strategist

Donna Mitchell has joined BackBay Communications asset and wealth management group as a media strategist. Mitchell brings more than 20 years of financial reporting, editing, and thought leadership experience to the company.

Previously, she was a senior editor for Financial Planning magazine.

She was also a writer and editor at Enterprise Ink, which provides freelance clients with compelling stories across multi-media platforms. She was also senior editor, content services at HNW, Inc, a content marketing agency.

Mitchell also worked at Arizent for more than 6 years, joining as a managing editor and then serving as a senior editor. She was an associate editor at Shopping Centers Today and a staff reporter at The North Jersey Herald and News.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from Rowan University.

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Average British family spent extra £50 on groceries in January

The average British family spent £50 more on groceries in January as schools, restaurants, pubs and cafes remained shut.

A surge in sales of child-friendly lunch ingredients such as fresh pasta, peanut butter and chocolate spread underpinned £1bn in extra spending on food and drink in supermarkets in the four weeks to 24 January compared with last year.

Healthy eating efforts helped boost sales of vegan-specific foods by nearly a quarter and no-alcohol beer by 12% in the month. But alcohol sales surged by an even stronger 29%, or £234m, as the closure of pubs and clubs led to increased drinking at home.

The analysis, published by the market research company Kantar, examined shopping data for England, Scotland and Wales.

Post-Christmas lockdowns also prompted a resurgence in online grocery shopping, with older shoppers particularly keen to secure deliveries. Online sales accounted for 14% of total grocery takings, up from just

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Quarantine hotels to take in 44,000 arrivals a month

More than 1,400 people a day arriving in Britain from 33 high-risk countries will have to pay £1,000 for 11 days of hotel quarantine.

The government has drawn up plans to quarantine up to 44,000 passengers a month in hotels near ten airports and ports, with private security guards on every floor to stop people leaving their room.

The measure, which was announced last month by Boris Johnson, will not now be implemented until February 15.

A tender document seen by The Times states that the government is attempting to secure hotels close to airports, ferry terminals and the Eurostar at St Pancras in central London.

The government was attempting to secure 28,000 hotel rooms by 5pm this evening. It will pay the estimated £55 million bill up front but will then seek to recoup the cost from travellers, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Although the government’s policy is to

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Byford rail fails study; $380m shortfall

The Byford Rail Extension failed a cost benefit analysis and was not endorsed by Infrastructure Australia, but the federal and state governments will push ahead nonetheless.

Costs of the project would exceed social benefits by about $380 million, according to the state government’s business case, Infrastructure Australia said in its assessment.

That assessment was made in October.

Consequently, the rail line was not added to the national priority infrastructure list.

Early works on the extension commenced last year, and in late January, the state government announced two potential alliances led by Downer EDI and Laing O’Rourke would be in the hunt to win the project.

The contracting alliance is expected to be picked by mid-2021.

While the federal government had previously signalled federal funding for rail projects would be dependent on Infrastructure Australia endorsement, national cabinet changed the minimum threshold for assessment late last year.

Now, only projects needing more

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