Birmingham Notebook - Day 7
What you need to know:
- A shortage of drivers slowed down the transport of goods last year and we saw only a limited supply of petrol transported to stations as the lack of drivers caused havoc.
- Now, it has been reported that motorists could be allowed to drive a lorry without sitting a test in order to help the crisis.
Are these the ‘cheats’ of the tournament?
The Australian Hockeyroos entered the women's gold medal hockey match at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games amidst a chorus of boos and have been branded 'cheats' after being handed victory by an 'amateur' umpire's decision.
Australia were due to play England for the gold medal yesterday. Hockeyroos star Rosie Malone was lucky to get a second chance to sink India in a controversial penalty shootout win in the semis.
Games have empowered many jobless people
Over 7,000 people have achieved success with the West Midlands Combined Authority and Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills Academy - including a young woman who was homeless two months ago.
A young woman who was homeless until recently, has landed a full-time role she loves and a permanent place to live.
Another young man had a “depressing” time during Covid when job opportunities dried up, but is now fully trained in a long-term role. They found work in the security industry due to Commonwealth Games.
Covid-19: Organisers leave nothing to chance
In terms of Covid-19 management, the Commonwealth Games organisers have been on top of things.
Sanitisers are almost at major entry points to venues, toilets, eateries, spectator booths, media centres etc courtesy of dettol company. Masks have also been provided at some major points.
However, these sanitising points been rarely in use. Quite a few people have been using these amenities. The few that have been using them are mainly
UK gets a cure for shortage of drivers
Motorists could be allowed to drive Heavy Goods Vehicle without needing to sit a formal test in a bid to tackle the UK's continuing lorry driver shortage.
A shortage of drivers slowed down the transport of goods last year and we saw only a limited supply of petrol transported to stations as the lack of drivers caused havoc.
Now, it has been reported that motorists could be allowed to drive a lorry without sitting a test in order to help the crisis.