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House price slide accelerates as coronavirus pandemic drags on – ABC News

The coronavirus-induced slide in Australian housing values accelerated last month, as more sellers put their homes on the market.

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Waiter shocked by detail on customer’s bill – Yahoo News Australia

When the waiter saw the bill she immediately started to cry.

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Restaurant staff have been moved to tears after a customer thanked them for working through the coronavirus pandemic with a generous tip.
Last weekend a customer who had been a regular at the Starving Artist restaurant in New Jersey left without saying a word, but added a $1430 tip to their bill to be shared among the staff.
Owner Arnold Teixeira told CNN the customer had been a regular at the establishment since 2001 and wished to remain anonymous.
A customer left a $1400 tip at the Starving Artist after dining. Source: NBC
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He explained the customer was dining with his family and the staff didnt realise he had tipped so generously until a waiter saw the bill.
When the waiter serving them saw the tip, she just started crying. Then another one of my staff members saw it and started crying too, Mr Teixeira told CNN.
And then I see it, and I couldn’t help but cry. It was just extremely emotional because it’s been a really difficult time for us.
In addition to the tip, the customer also left behind a note thanking the staff for working throughout the pandemic.
Co-owner of the Starving Artist, Arnold Teixeira, praised his staff and the generosity of the customer. Source: NBC
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Thank you so much for working through this tough time, the note said, according to CNN.
We are grateful for your delicious food, warm smiles, and great atmosphere … Please know we appreciate you all very much. It wouldn’t be a good summer without the Starving Artist.
Speaking to NBC New York, Mr Teixeira said his staff deserved the cash and each employee got more than $100. He did not take any of the tip for himself.
Mr Teixeira praised the customer on Facebook, expressing his appreciation for the customers.
This act of generosity and kindness goes beyond words, Mr Teixeira said.
It was shared amongst the entire staff. The note that accompanied the check made us all cry! Thank you from the depths of our hearts!
In New Jersey there have been over 170,000 coronavirus infections and about 13,000 deaths.
While the US remains the most hard-hit country, with more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other, most states are continuing to reopen after lockdowns.
Like Australia, the pandemic resulted in lockdowns, preventing businesses to carry on as usual.
According to NBC New York, in New Jersey establishments can only allow for customers to dine outside following the lockdown.
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Queensland COVID-19 human vaccine trial ‘very encouraging’ – SBS News

The first testing on humans of a Queensland-developed potential vaccine for COVID-19 will begin on Monday after successful animal testing.

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A COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Queensland is now ready to be tested on humans, giving hope of a breakthrough in combating the virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic.
The human testing of the “molecular clamp” vaccine candidate, to start on Monday, follows encouraging results from animal testing trials conducted in the Netherlands, the Sunday Mail in Brisbane reports.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk praised UQ for their search for a COVID-19 vaccine and said she expected the university to reveal more on Monday.
The premier said she has been encouraged by the work of the UQ scientists and their advancements so far.
“We know UQ is at the forefront of some of the work they’re doing and they’ll be making further announcements tomorrow,” she told reporters on Sunday.
“We are very encouraged by the news from UQ.
“It’s the early stages … and we have great scientists here in Queensland and they are doing a remarkable job.”
Professor Robert Booy, head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, said the animal trials would have “ticked all the boxes” allowing the human testing to go ahead.
“There is no way the research team would be able to progress from animals to humans without a complete guarantee of safety and they would likely have a confidence in its effectiveness.”
There are more than 130 vaccines in the works around the world but UQ’s work is believed to have shown great success in the pre-clinical stage of development.
“We invested millions into this research because we know a vaccine is crucial to defeating COVID-19,” Queensland Innovation Minister Kate Jones told the Sunday Mail.
We know UQ is at the forefront of the some of the work their doing and they’ll be making further announcements on Monday.
People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your states restrictions on gathering limits.
If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus

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Brisbane airport flying high with new runway – The Weekly Times

Lengthy delays at Brisbane Airport will be a thing of the past after its new $1.1 billion parallel runway opened today.

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Lengthy delays at Brisbane Airport will be a thing of the past after its new $1.1 billion parallel runway opened today.
Airport capacity will soar from 50 flight movements an hour to 110 – putting it on par with Sydney, Changi in Singapore and Hong Kong airports.
The new parallel runway gives Brisbane the most capacity and the most efficient runway system in Australia, which means Brisbane Airport is well positioned to take advantage of all opportunities post-COVID.At this stage, Brisbane has not received any repatriation flights bound for Melbourne.
Brisbane Airport Corporation boss Gert-Jan de Graaff said the runway was more than a slab of very expensive asphalt.
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“When I look at that 3.3km stretch of runway, I see hope,” he said.
“Brisbane is in an ideal position to take advantage of all opportunities on the road to
recovery from COVID.
“Today we are making history … and very soon, once again, we will be connecting the world.”
The $1.1 billion privately-funded project employed more than 3740 people during its construction phase.
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Virgin flight VA781 takes off for Cairns from the new parallel runway at Brisbane airport. Picture: Peter Wallis
After a turbulent start to the year as home carrier Virgin Australia’s finances plumetted due to coronavirus travel bans – flight VA781 had the honour of making the first departure.
Piloted by Captain John Ridd and First Officer Troy Parker, the plane flew to Cairns to highlight the connection to the state’s regions.
A crowd of about 200 people, including 10 local plane spotters who had won a prized place at the event, watched on as vintage planes spiralled through the sky in an aerobatics show to celebrate the World War II airfield’s rich history.
A sealed time capsule containing today’s Sunday Mail newspaper and items donated by schools, politicians, and the public will be stored on display at Brisbane’s Kingsford Smith Memorial until it is opened in 2070.
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