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Paid parental leave is changing today but advocates say one part is still missing – ABC News

The Government’s paid parental leave scheme is changing from today, but it still does not include superannuation payments that advocates say are crucial to securing women’s long-term financial security.

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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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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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3 top ASX dividend shares to buy instead of Westpac – Motley Fool Australia

Not keen on Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC)? Then these ASX dividend shares could be great alternatives. Here’s why I like them…

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While I think Westpac Banking Corp(ASX: WBC) and the rest of the big four banks would be great options for income investors, not everyone is a fan of them right now.
For those investors I think the dividend shares listed below would be great alternatives. Here’s why I would buy them when the market reopens:
The first ASX dividend share to consider is BWP. I believe the real estate investment trust can deliver consistent income and distribution growth for the foreseeable future thanks to its high quality commercial assets and blue chip tenant. BWP’s warehouses are predominantly leased to home improvement giant, Bunnings Warehouse. Given how Bunnings is one of the best retailers in the country and government stimulus is supporting the home improvement market, I believe the risk of store closures and rental defaults during the pandemic is extremely low. At present I estimate that its units offer a forward 4.7% yield.
Another dividend share to consider buying is Lendlease. Although the international property and infrastructure company has had a very disappointing 12 months, I believe the worst is behind the company now. Furthermore, I feel all the bad news is now built into the Lendlease share price and it could be onwards and upwards from here. Especially given its burgeoning global development pipeline, which appears to have positioned the company for solid earnings growth over the 2020s. I estimate that Lendlease will pay a 57 cents per share dividend next year. This equates to a 5% dividend yield.
A final dividend share to consider buying is Transurban. Its toll roads were virtually empty at the height of the pandemic, but with restrictions easing, traffic volumes have been recovering and toll revenues are improving. And while the situation in Melbourne could stifle its recovery if it escalates from here, I’m confident that traffic levels will return to relatively normal levels next year. In light of this, I’m optimistic it will be in a position to pay shareholders a 49 cents per unit distribution next year. Based on the current Transurban share price, this equates to a 3.6% distribution yield.
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