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Melbourne announced as host city of 2026 Commonwealth games

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The Australian state of Victoria and the city of Melbourne will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be held at Melbourne’s MCG, giving a much-needed injection of life back to the city once known for the world’s longest lockdown.

Premier Daniel Andrews said there will be a strong focus on hosting events in regional areas to help boost the economy.

The MCG will host the opening ceremony, however, most events will be hosted in regional hubs.

Photo: Courtesy of the MCG

“This will be a Commonwealth Games like no other. We promised we wouldn’t be doing a re-run of 2006, as successful as that was,” Premier Andrews said.

Photo: Premier Daniel Andrews.

Four hubs in Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland will be established each with an athletes’ village. Shepparton will also host a series of events.  

Premier Andrews said hosting the games is an opportunity to highlight regional parts of Victoria and invest in sporting infrastructure in those areas.

Photo: Stadium in Geelong, which will focus on hosting swimming, diving, gymnastics, hockey, table tennis, triathlon and beach volleyball events.

He thanked the  Commonwealth commitee for accepting a bid focusing on reviving the regions.

“I’m sure from their point of view, it’s a bit riskier than just running it in the middle of a large city,” Premier Andrews said.

The Victorian government has estimated prosperous employment opportunities with over 4,000 jobs in the lead-up and throughout the games and another 3000 thereafter.

Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas added, “We’ve always known the value of regional Victoria, and the 2026 Commonwealth Games will provide a chance to showcase all we have to offer to the world.”

Negotiations are continuing into commercial deals of the event.

The 2026 Melbourne Commonwealth Games will be the next event after this year’s event hosted in Birmingham, UK. Photo: Arena Birmingham

Amanda Gunn contributed to this report

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New research reveals simple routines to combat aging and promote healthy skin

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The essential role of nutrition, lifestyle, and wellness in skin health and aging

 

Recent research underscores the critical link between our diet and skin health, suggesting that certain foods can significantly improve skin conditions. These findings highlight the importance of dietary adjustments to promote healthier skin and prevent common skin issues.

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Harris takes aim at Trump, links him to Project 2025

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Kamala Harris, in her inaugural presidential campaign rally, launched a scathing critique linking former President Donald Trump to Project 2025.

As Kamala Harris kicks off her campaign for the Presidential election, she’s taken aim at Donald Trump and the so called Project 2025.

The Vice President told a crowd in Indianapolis that Project 2025 aims to “take us backward.” #featured #trending

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President Biden says it’s time to ‘pass the torch’

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President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he is “passing the torch to a new generation” as he explained his abrupt departure from the 2024 presidential race to Americans for the first time, in an Oval Office address capping over 50 years in politics.

“I revere this office,” Biden said. “But I love my country more.”

Biden, 81, rebuffed weeks of pressure from Democrats to step aside after a disastrous debate performance on June 27, saying at one point that only the “Lord Almighty” could convince him to go.

Unite the nation

“I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation,” Biden said.

Biden made his decision after days of soul-searching and agonizing over internal polling that predicted he could lose against Republican Donald Trump in November and drag down fellow Democrats with him.

“The great thing about America is here, kings and dictators do not rule. The people do. History is in your hands. The power is in your hands. The idea of America – lies in your hands,” Biden will say, according to the speech excerpts.

It will be Biden’s first extended public remarks since he relented to pressure from fellow Democrats and announced on Sunday via social media that he had decided not to seek reelection on Nov. 5.

Biden is the first incumbent president not to seek reelection since 1968 when Lyndon Johnson, under fire for his handling of the Vietnam War, abruptly pulled out of the campaign on March 31.

Biden also joins James K. Polk, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes, Calvin Coolidge and Harry Truman as presidents who all decided not to stand for a second elected term.

Biden faced calls to step aside after his rocky performance in the debate against Trump raised troubling questions about his mental acuity.

Since he stepped aside, however, Democrats have rallied around him, paying tribute to his character and his record as president.

Watching together

A crowd of staff walked into the White House earlier in the evening to watch the speech together. An official said a reception and “viewing party” were being held across the White House’ state floor for Biden’s address.

The White House has denied that Biden has any cognitive issues despite a recent increase in verbal slipups.

Biden said he will focus on his job as president over his remaining six months in office. He is to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday on efforts to negotiate a Gaza ceasefire.

It was the fourth time Biden used the formal setting of the Oval Office since taking office in 2021. His last Oval Office speech was on July 15 when he urged Americans to cool the political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Trump.

Biden’s political career began when he was elected to the Senate in 1972 at age 29, becoming the sixth youngest U.S. senator. He will conclude his White House tenure on Jan. 20, 2025, as the oldest American president when he will have already turned 82.

“The defense of democracy is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I draw strength, and find joy, in working for the American people. But this sacred task of perfecting our Union is not about me. It’s about you. Your families. Your futures. It’s about ‘We the People.’”

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