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Australias biggest airlines sign MOUs with Western Sydney Airport

first_imgAustralia’s biggest airlines sign MOUs with Western Sydney AirportWestern Sydney Airport has entered into memoranda of understanding with the Qantas Group and Virgin Australia Group.The MOUs will see the airlines provide insights into designing and planning Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport, as well as having early discussions around future Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tigerair services using the Airport.Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett said the MOU is a tremendous vote of confidence in Sydney’s new international airport from Australia’s airlines.“The insights we’ll gain from working with the airlines help us build an airport that people will love using,” said Mr Millett.“Australian airlines have long been advocates of Western Sydney gaining its own airport. We look forward to working with them as we deliver jobs and opportunities to the region.”Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said Western Sydney International was as important part of Australia’s aviation future.“Given the size and significance of New South Wales to the national economy, a second airport is exactly what we need to keep growing. The potential is huge,” said Mr Joyce.“It’s not often you get to help design an airport from scratch, so we’re really pleased to be part of it. This a chance to create a great experience for passengers and a high level of efficiency for airlines, which helps us keep fares lower.”Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Paul Scurrah said that the MOU was a great example of industry partners working together to help shape the best travel experience.“Western Sydney has the unique opportunity to build a new airport from the ground up to meet the evolving needs of future passengers,” said Mr Scurrah.“This agreement offers a chance to collaborate early in the planning phase. We’re looking forward to sharing our ideas to help make the airport a great experience and ensure it supports future operational requirements.”The MOU will see the organisations collaborate on a range of elements, including:passenger terminal and boardingtechnology and innovation opportunities, particularly around baggage handling, security and customer serviceairport access, including train stations, parking and rideshare facilitiesair freight and cargo facilitiessustainability, including resource reuse and recyclingWhen Western Sydney International opens in 2026, it will be the closest airport for around 2.5 million people. As the country’s third largest economy and home to one in 10 Australians, Western Sydney is booming.The MOUs represent a significant next step in the development of Sydney’s new international airport.Source = Western Sydney Airportlast_img read more

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Viewpoints Placing Blame For Flas Hurricane Nursing Home Deaths The Problems With

first_img It’s not a mere oversight that Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities aren’t required to have generators for air-conditioning units. That’s how the industry wanted it. Generators, as you know, are expensive. And it’s not as if lawmakers didn’t comprehend that a massive hurricane blackout might expose ailing seniors to life-threatening heat and dehydration. Everyone knew, but few had the spine to take on the Florida Health Care Association, the powerful nursing-home lobby. Some tried, though. An autopsy of their past efforts was depressingly recounted in The Herald following the tragedy in Hollywood Hills. (Carl Hiaasen, 9/29) Miami Herald: Negligence – Yes, But Also Legislative Cowardice To Blame For Nursing Home Deaths Axios: The Medical Bill Score: How The Public Judges Health Care Stat: Breast Cancer Is Important, But So Are Other Cancers I won’t be wearing pink this month, or taking part in a breast cancer walk, or donating money to breast cancer research. It’s not that I don’t think beating breast cancer is a good cause. It is. I believe that to my core. Money raised by breast cancer charities has increased screening and funded important research. It has saved lives, including those of people I know and love. My issue is that the amazing job that breast cancer charities have done raising funds and awareness has exacted a heavy toll on awareness and fundraising opportunities for other types of cancer — like colorectal cancer, the one I am currently living with. (Tamlyn Oliver, 10/2) The Washington Post: I’m Dying Of Brain Cancer. I Prepared To End My Life. Then I Kept Living. Viewpoints: Placing Blame For Fla.’s Hurricane Nursing Home Deaths; The Problems With Paying Medical Bills A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. We track a lot of numbers in health care: how much we spend on health as a share of our economy; the number of uninsured; and the share of the federal budget allocated to health programs. What we don’t track — and a number the Congressional Budget Office cannot score — is the statistic that means the most to the American people: the share of the public having problems paying their health care bills. (Drew Altman, 10/3) center_img The New York Times: What Makes Singapore’s Health Care So Cheap? Georgia Health News: It’s Our Goal To Make Fresh, Healthy Food An Everyday Affair Though summer is over, the “season” for local, farm-fresh food is still in full swing. And while affluent foodies in Georgia have an abundance of local produce options nearly year-round, these options are sometimes not feasible for those who live at or below the poverty line. (Sara Berney, 10/2) In April 2015, at the age of 55, I was diagnosed with one of the most lethal and aggressive brain tumors, a brainstem glioblastoma multiforme in an advanced stage. The prognosis was both grim and precise: Without treatment, I might have a few months; with treatment, I could last six months. If I beat overwhelming odds, I’d toast the new year one last time. (Jeffrey Davitz, 9/29) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Singapore’s health care system is distinctive, and not just because of the improbability that it’s admired by many on both the American left and the right. It spends less of its economy on health care than any country that was included in our recent tournament on best health systems in the world. (Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt, 10/2) last_img read more

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