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    The Case for the Reitzmag Embargo

    Viscount of Downton, Lord Robert Crawley and son of the Duchess of Bordeaux explains why he thinks the Reitzmag Embargo is good.
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    Lord Crawley, Viscount of Downton.
    Montague Times, Op-Ed.- As many of you know the Bordeaux Decree is a good pressure point for getting better the situations in Copala City and the Caspian Sea . Many people in some liberal wings of this administration understand that this was insmuch a very punitive way and that we should lift it, well no, this is a good instrument of diplomacy that must be copied.

    Lifting the embargo won't normalize relations, but instead legitimize -- and wave the white flag to -- Retizmag lionizing policies that undermine the state of our Union. From recognizing socialist regimes to have imperialistic notions in the Caspian Sea. And yes, supressing the voice of millions of Copalians. The last thing we should do is to fill the pockets of a regime that'll use those profits to keep a jackboot on the neck of the people. The political and human-rights situation in Copala City is grim enough already.

    We also don't need a pumped-up Reitzmag that could become a serious menace to Montenbourg interests in Northern Europe, the Caribbean -- or beyond. (The likes of UNSR, socialist regimes might also look to partner with a revitalized Reitzmag as we have seen.) The Montenbourg embargo remains a matter of principle -- and an appropriate response to Reitzmag's brutal repression of its people. Giving in to evil only begets more of it. Haven't we learned that yet?

    Until we see progress in loosing the Reitzmag people from the yoke of the imperialist notions, and undermining the nature of Copalians and the retirment of presence from the Caspian Sea we should hold firm onto the leverage the embargo provides.

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    Walmont donates $14 million to Copala Independent Union for promote Political Think Tanks
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    Copala City.- In the wake of the Bordeaux Decree and the protests in Copala City against Reitzmag, the established chain of Montenbourgian hypermarkets Walmont pledged to boost its participation on the dialogue for autonomy and contribute $14 million to help fight systemic situation across the City.

    On Tuesday, the company gave an update on that effort. Walmont and its foundation will distribute $14.3 million EMUs to the Copalan Independent Union, which leads George Maxwells. The grants will go toward groups that are promoting dialogue for the current autonomy of the region and ways of finding a path to the private sector.

    "Progress sometimes is slow, but with the work and the power and the commitment behind it, we're going to make change; and we should join voices to make known that the private sector cares for Copala City.," said Joel Osteen, CEO of Walmont Inc.

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    Why does the EPA chair race matter?

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    Councillor Emma Granger
    Montague Times, Op-Ed-. European Progressives will elect a new chair whose task is to steady a reeling europarty and capitalize their sentiment of unity for a better Europe. The chair is the European Progressive Alliance’s top executive.

    The post is part cheerleader, part fundraiser, part organizer and recruiter, part public messenger. I believe is our duty to recapture that spirit of common purpose.Because the lesson of our once commitment is clear: if we come together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.

    Our future is in our hands. Our Eurogroup has more elected representatives than any other. We have in our hands the power to set a standard of decency that will be an example for others to follow. Let's say it loud and clear: EPA will always stand up for a politics that unites us rather than divides us.

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    Montague City dads to be required to pay half of pregnancy costs.

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    MONTAGUE CITY (MT) — Biological fathers in Montague will be legally required to pay half of a woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy costs under a new law unique to the state that critics say doesn’t do enough to adequately address maternal healthcare needs.

    The bill’s sponsor has presented the measure as an effort to decrease the burden of pregnancy on women and increase responsibility for men who have children. But some critics argue the new legislation won’t help women who are most vulnerable and could make abusive situations even more dangerous for pregnant women.

    Montague City appears to be the first province to mandate prenatal child support, according to the state’s Planned Parenthood association and the bill’s sponsor. Gov. Spencer de Cox, a Classical Monarchist, recently signed the proposal, which received widespread support in the CMP-controlled Legislature.

    CMP Rep. Brady Brammer said he decided to sponsor the measure because he had grown frustrated with the number of anti-abortion measures going through the Legislature and wanted to pursue legislation that would make it easier to bring life into the world.

    “We want to help people and actually be pro-life in how we do it as opposed to anti-abortion,” Brammer said. “One of the ways to help with that was to help the burden of pregnancy be decreased.”

    The bill would apply to a pregnant woman’s health insurance premiums and any pregnancy-related medical costs, Brammer said.

    If the paternity of the child is disputed, fathers won’t be required to pay until after paternity is established. The father also wouldn’t be financially responsible for the cost of an abortion received without his consent unless it’s necessary to prevent the death of the mother or if the pregnancy was the result of rape.

    In Montague, mothers already have the option to seek support related to birth expenses through the courts but few do, said Liesa Stockdale, director of the state’s Office of Recovery Services, which typically collects child support. She said mothers will now have the option to also seek pregnancy-related payments through the legal system, but it’s unclear how often they will pursue it.

    “I don’t know how often it will be used,” Stockdale said. “That’s yet to be seen how often parents will choose to pursue these costs. But certainly if they do, we’re here to collect.”

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    Bordeaux Governor-General vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for trans minors

    "This would be and is a vast government overreach," Gov. General Lady Minerva Grand Duchess of Bordeaux.
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    The Duchess of Bordeaux speaking at the press conference.

    Bordeauxville, Province of Bordeaux.- Governor-General of the montenbourgian Province of Bordeaux and Duchess Lady Minerva vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have made Bordeaux the first Province to restrict gender-affirming medical care, such as puberty blockers, for transgender minors.

    Calling the bill “a vast government overreach,” the Duchess of Bordeaux and Governor General of the Province, a noble (which is coustumed in Montenbourg that each autonomous province be directed by a Governor-General, typically a noble in the exception of Montague City, and a non-noble who is First Minister), said at a news conference that the law approved by the Province Council would create “new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.”

    The Province Council passed the bill last week, and the Duchess of Bordeaux said she expects that the they will “likely” override his veto with a simple majority.

    “I’m hopeful that my action will cause conservative legislators to think through the issue again, and hopefully come up with a more restrained approach that allows a study of the science and ethics surrounding the issue before acting,” the Duchess said. “This law simply says that female athletes should not have to compete in a sport against a student of the male sex when the sport is designed for women’s competition,” Her Highnness said in a statement released by his office. “As I have stated previously, I agree with the intention of this law. This will help promote and maintain fairness in women’s sporting events.”

    The First Minister of the Province of Bordeaux, Ernst Young and member of the Green Party “Our Duchess and Governor of our Bordeaux is ignoring the ugly history of provinces that have dared to pass anti-transgender legislation in years past, and by doing so she is exposing Bordeaux to economic harm, expensive taxpayer-funded legal battles, and a tarnished reputation,” said in a statement. “This law is a discriminatory and shameful attempt by politicians to stigmatize and exclude transgender teens,”

    Bordeaux’s law, if it isn’t blocked by a legal challenge, would take effect this summer. Under the new law, a student or school who suffers “direct or indirect harm” could take a school to court for violating the ban.

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    Candle Manufacturer receives Royal Warrant

    Winchestertown, Province of Winchester.- THE famous Marcastrian candle company, Willet and Dakes, have been bestowed a Royal Warrant by His Royal Highness Prince Philip. The managing director of Willet and Dakes, Mr Stanwit Dakes, Esquire, said, 'It is a great and immense honour for the Company to receive this Royal Warrant of Appointment by His Royal Highness'. Prince Philip said at the ceremony that 'the dedicated service and outstanding craftsmanship of Willet and Dakes to the Winchester Castle is recognised by this warrant'.

    Willet and Dakes begun as a small chandler's shop in Winchester owned by the proprietor Mr James Willet in 1698. Merging with H. C. Dakes in 1834, it has been owned and directed by the Dakes and Willet families for over 300 years. Nowadays, it produces a variety of quality candles and candlesticks. It is especially well-known for producing the highly decorated silver-gilt state candlesticks and candles used by St Lawrence's Cathedral which are laboriously formed, carved and painted by skilled craftsmen in the 18th century building in which the company is based.

    The company has provided candles and candlesticks of all lengths, sizes and standard to the Royal Family since the 19th century. It famously produces the ten-foot tall, three inch in diameter All Saints' Day candles used in the procession, as well as intricately carved wooden candlesticks that grace many a home in the Realm.

    Willet and Dakes have recently announced a net yearly profit of 32 thousand monten punds for 2019, a strong increase from the 25 thousand pound profits it posted for 2020. Mr Dakes said that the firm may be looking to expand its range in the future.

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    Emma Granger for EPA chair — the smart choice

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    Councillor Granger at a rally in Europolis

    Montague Times, Editorial.- By many standard political measures, Emma Granger should be little more than an afterthought in the race to chair the European Progressive Alliance. The fact that she is not, and that she has actually emerged as the most intriguing choice in the field, speaks volumes about the caliber of her candidacy, her ideas, her record and her message.

    Late Wednesday evening, little more than two days after the tie in the Chairmanship elections inspired a new round of Progressives soul searching, MBC aired a 90-minute follow up in a Granger's rally at Europolis. This made one thing even more obvious: The European Progressive Alliance would be foolish to pass on the opportunity to be led by Granger, the trailblazing and effective 28-year-old Councillor of Montenbourg.

    “We need a leader who will bring out the best in us,” Granger said early in the rally. “That’s what leadership is all about.” The line summed up both the way Granger has led Montenbourg initiatives in the EU Council and her argument that the EPA need to rebuild the Eurogroup state-by-state infrastructure and its way of delivering its message.

    “Every outrage has to be met with a response,” she said, referring to the rise of communism. “But it’s also not all about Socialists and Communists. We’ve got to get back to talking to people and about people in terms of their everyday lives. ... Yes, we’ve got to take the fight to but we can’t let that dominate our imagination, of what we can achive together.”

    In a field with insiders and state party political operatives, Granger has offered the most appealing progressive message — one that understands the Eurogroup agenda and policies have not resonated with millions of Europeans who would benefit from them. The Eurogroup must do a better job of proving that it can stand up for a diverse group of Eurogroup, she said, from blue-collar workers to immigrant parents to transgender teenagers. And it can no longer be seen as the party whose support for one group of Europeans means it is ignoring others.

    It is Granger who's offfer is the clearest and most forward-looking message for a Eurogroup that needs someone like her.

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    Granger wins EPA chairwomanship

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    Cllr. Granger Chairwoman of EPA at Election Night

    Europolis, Montague Times.- European Progressives selected Councillor of Montenbourg Emma Granger over Spain Councillor and Deputy Speaker Donald Tusk; concluding a hotly contested race to lead a battered of the strongest eurogroup in the European Council.

    Granger defeated Tusk in a 6-5 vote among the European Progressive Alliance permanent members who casted their ballots. In a victory speech, Granger vowed for a message of unity and hope.

    Immediately after winning, Granger made a quick move to bring Tusk's supporters into the fold -- appointing Donald Tusk as the deputy chair of the EPA, and Penelpe Carlton Romanov as Spokesperson to cheers and unanimous approval from the crowd.

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    Queen shown legislation by convention, Bourgeon Palace says

    Regal Post Editorial.- The Queen was shown legislation which may have forced her to reveal her private finances in the 2020 "by convention", BourgeonPalace says. Papers published by the Regal Post suggest the monarch's personal lawyers successfully lobbied to change a draft law to conceal her wealth.

    The documents were unearthed as part of an investigation into Queen's consent.

    It is a process where Parliament asks for consent when debating bills which affect the Crown's interests.

    More than 1,000 draft laws have been seen by the Queen being approved by MPs as part of the procedure. Queen's consent is always granted where requested, the palace said.

    The long-established convention sees the monarch asked to provide consent by Parliament when it is considering legislation "which would affect the prerogative or interests of the Crown", according to the Royal Family's website.

    A Bourgeon Palace spokesman said: "Queen's consent is a parliamentary process, with the role of sovereign purely formal. Consent is always granted by the monarch where requested by government. Any assertion that the sovereign has blocked legislation is simply incorrect.

    "Whether Queen's consent is required is decided by Parliament, independently from the royal household, in matters that would affect Crown interests, including personal property and personal interests of the monarch.

    "If consent is required, draft legislation is, by convention, put to the sovereign to grant solely on advice of ministers and as a matter of public record."

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    Royal Air Force Boosts Presence in Northern region as Tensions in Itskalen and Reitzmag

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    Montague Times.- As tensions rise along Itskalen's border with Reitzmag, the Royal Air Force has dispatched 13 Air Fighters to the Northern Region of Montebourg, augmenting air forces staged in the norhtern region of Europe.

    Also mobilizing 20 montenbourgian Air Fighters to the Reitzmic air soil, under the dialogue between the Ministers of Defense of both countries. For the aid and support against the Itskalen forces advancing towards Reitzmic soil.

    Itskalen has mobilized tank units, armored personnel carriers and troops to the Reitzmic border. Some sources have suggested that invading Northern Reitzmag would be in Itskalen national interest - not as a humanitarian gesture, but a means of expanding territory and pushing dominance in Europe.

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    Princess Catherine, reveals she had a miscarriage

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    Princess Catherine and Queen-Mother Grace II at the Coronation of Queen Victoria

    Regal Post Editorial.- The Queen's sister, and Heir Pressumptive of the Montenbourg Crown, Princess Catherine has revealed her grief after suffering a miscarriage, in an video that speaks to loss and the importance of asking about others’ welfare in times of polarisation.

    HRH Princess Catherine shared the devastation that she and Klaus felt after she lost a baby in March and was admitted to hospital.

    Speaking on the #MotherhoodUP event, she described the moment, that she “dropped to the floor” in pain. “I knew, that I was losing my child,” she wrote. “Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

    Addressing the stigma surrounding miscarriage, HRH Princess Catherine, who currently serves at the Montenbourg Embassy in Nofoaga continued: “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

    The Union had become polarised – over facts, over people, “over whether a country is better than other”, she said. “That polarization, has left us feeling more alone than ever.”

    The Royal Family hasn't made any declarations. Rumors flies that fertility may be the ruin of the Montenbourgian lineage. Both the Queen and her sister, Princess Catherine, haven't delivered any child.

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    The Baroness of Downton makes first Public Appereance

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    Lady Diane Crawley, Baroness of Downton, entering the art exposition.

    Regal Post Editorial.- The Granddaughter of the Duchess of Bordeaux and daughter of the Viscount of Downton, Lady Diane Crawley appeared after her 18th birthday at the Royal Art Museum of Montague to mark the centenary of the montenbourgian artist Jean Val-John. After studying in Inquista during her childhood the daughter of Lord Robert Crawley, Viscount of Downton, and granddaughter of the Lady Minerva Coburga, Duchess of Bordeaux made her first public appereance.

    Lady Diane is the sixth in line for the Montenbourg throne, she is the third cousin of the Queen once removed, and eldest daughter of Lord Robert being the defacto Baroness of Downton, a small borough of the Province of Bordeaux, where her grandmother is the Duchess and Governor General. After the declarations of HRH Princess Catherine miscarriage, and the not annouced child bearing of the Queen, the current Baroness is in the eyes of the press. Amid the news of the miscarriage of her cousin the Princess, the current Baroness of Downton spoked briefly to the press "Miscarriage remains a taboo subject, despite how common it is. It is important that we remove any stigma or shame surrounding this issue and adequately support families during this time.”

    While there are some history back and forth between the Royal Family, which for the moment are only The Queen, her husband Prince Philip, the Queen-Mother, Princess Catherine, and her husband Sir. Klaus. The feud with the Crawley's is in its most peak. As we remember the now deceased father of Queen Victoria and former King of Montenbourg Lawrence the First was with a personal feud with his aunt the Duchess of Bordeaux, even considerign ripped her titles, on the basis of meddling with political affairs supporting political groups such as the Nationalitz Party and the most right wing of the CMP.

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    New Motenbourgian aircraft carrier to set sail across Europe next month.

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    Montague Times.- A fleet of Montenbourgian warships and military aircraft billed as the “largest concentration of maritime and air power to leave Montenbourg in a generation” will depart next month for visits to Inimicus, Inquista, United Duchies, and Spain in a display of Montenbourg's ambition to exert a much stronger presence in the Union.

    New aircraft carrier HMS Queen Victoria, the most powerful surface vessel in the Royal Navy’s history, will set sail next month for the continent with eight fast jets on board. It will be accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, 14 naval helicopters and a company of Royal Marines. Defense Minister Claire Hale said Monday the mission aims to show that Montenbourg is “not stepping back but sailing forth to play an active role in shaping the international system.” It will help deepen security and political ties and support Montenbourg's exports and international trade, she added.

    Hale said the deployment was not meant to be “confrontational.” “We are not going to the other side of the world to be provocative. We will sail through the South, we will be confident but not confrontational,” she told Parliament. The deployment is expected to last about three months. It will take part in dozens of engagements, including an exercise to mark the anniversary of the Defence Arrangements with Inimicus and Spain.

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    EPA Chairwoman accepts resignation of Councillor Michell; asks to continue the construction of a better Europe.

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    Emma Granger, Councillor for Montenbourg and EPA Chair.

    EUROPOLIS.- The European Council Speaker and Councillor for Fremet handed over his resignation letter to the European Progessive Alliance Chairwoman Cllr. Emma Granger under an open letter.

    The EPA Chairwoman accepted the resignation and directed the Councillor to continue the construction of a better Europe, together.

    While briefing the media, see this as the first challenge of the leadership of the newest Chairperson. Scripting history, the EPA has retained most of the power in the EU Council, bucking the over five years of membership from the delegation of Fremet.

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    Montague City: Metro train bridge collapse leaves several dead

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    Montague City, Montenbourg.- A bridge in the Montenbourgian capital has collapsed. A metro train was passing over at the time. Emergency services are working to rescue victims. An elevated section of metro track in Montague City partially collapsed on Monday night, bringing down rubble and some train carriages onto the road below.

    At least 23 people died in the incident and 70 more were injured. Of the injured, 49 were taken to several nearby hospitals for treatment — some in serious condition. There were also children among the fatalities, the Police and Firefighters team told reporters.

    Authorities said that cars were trapped under the rubble. The elevated track was around 5 meters (16 feet) above the ground.

    Mayor Kirsten Gillibrand, who traveled to the scene, wrote on Twitter that "firefighters, public safety personnel are working. Various hospitals attending. We will give more information shortly." Montague City the capital of Montenbourg, is a subdivision of the Kingdom enclosing the city capital; It is not in any of the provinces, but in practice, it acts as a province on its own, that's why is the only "province" that doesn't have a Governor General and a First Minister.

    How did the accident happen?

    "A support beam gave way," Gillibrand told reporters. The accident happened at 10:30 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. Tuesday GMT/UTC).

    Rescue efforts were temporarily suspended until a crane was brought in. The partially hanging train was "very weak," Gillibrandsaid. People were still trapped inside, but it was not clear if they were alive.

    CCTV footage showed a bridge collapsing onto a busy road full of cars.

    The accident happened on the city's Line 12, the construction of which has been the subject of numerous complaints and accusations of irregularities. It is the newest of the capital's 12 metro lines, opening for the first time in 2012.

    No comments have been presented by the Royal Family and the Government.

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    The Queen visits Montague City train crash site and families.

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    The Queen at the Memorial Service in Yards of Montague City.

    Montague City.- After the terrible crash that resulted in the death of 23 people, one of the victims a boy and a girl of 3 years old and their family. Her Majesty The Queen visited the crash site and offered a warm hug to the relatives. Accompaniedby the Mayor of Montague City, Kirsten Gillibrand and the Duke of Montague, Prince Philip, the Queen stayed for a memorial service held in the grand yards of the capital.

    Following these meetings the Queen and the delegation decided to meet the residents of the area, without issuing any comments to the press. After that the Queen and the Duke returned to the Bourgeon Palace.

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    Walmont expands into healthcare.

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    Walmont market in United Duchies.
    Montague Times.- Walmont Inc. has announced its purchase of a start-up in telehealth provider MeMD, adding that it plans to offer nationwide virtual health care services. The acquisition will allow Walmont to expand its Walmont Health service around the country, the company said. The retail giant didn’t disclose the financial details of the transaction.

    With this acquisition, Walmont Health will add nationwide virtual care options across primary care, urgent care and behavioral health to its clinics’ service portfolio. “Telehealth offers a great opportunity to expand access and reach consumers where they are and complements our brick-and-mortar Walmont Health locations,” Dr. Cheryl Pegus, the executive vice president of Health & Wellness at Walmont , said in a statement.

    “Today people expect omnichannel access to care and adding telehealth to our Walmont Health care strategies allows us to provide in-person and digital care across our multiple assets and solutions. Our Health & Wellness mission is to focus on the consumer’s seamless experience and improved health. We are excited to welcome MeMD employees to the Walmont family, and we are looking forward to together, accelerating health care access across the country.”

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    HM Government officials green-light nation's first big offshore wind project in Nordic Sea.

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    The Bettel administration today gave final approval to WindX, a project off the province of Bordeaux coast slated to be the country's first large-scale offshore wind farm. Why it matters: While the green light for the long-proposed project was expected, it marks a key step in Lexington House plans to help spur development of a suite of coastal projects off other provinces.

    The 800-megawatt WindX, once built, will provide enough power for 400,000 homes and businesses and create 3,600 jobs, according to the announcement from the Departments of Interior and Commerce. The project, which will span dozens of turbines, is a joint venture between Völvö Group and Ericsson.

    "Today’s offshore wind project announcement demonstrates that we can fight the climate crisis, while creating high-paying jobs and strengthening our competitiveness at home and abroad,” CEO Michael Vlowers said in a statement.

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