Bendigo gets first commercial air service in 30 years

first_imgAustralia’s historic Bendigo. Photo: Robert Merkel, Wikimedia commons. The historic former Australian gold mining town of Bendigo will get its first regular commercial air service in 30 years when Qantas regional subsidiary QantasLink starts flying there from Sydney in 2019.The six days a week route will be the central Victorian city’s first direct link with Sydney and is expected to provide 30,000 seats annually after it starts on March 31.It is expected to shave about fours hours off a round trip compared to driving to and from Melbourne.QantasLink will use its 50-seater Bombardier Q-300 turboprops to fly to Bendigo, the fourth Qantas Group destination in Victoria after Avalon, Mildura and Melbourne.READ: Body slamming a Qantas flight attendant lands worker in jail.“As Australia’s largest regional airline, we know we have an important role to play in connecting communities and making air travel more accessible,” said QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said.“No airline has ever offered regular passenger flights between Bendigo and Sydney– so these flights are a win for both travelers and tourism.“We’re responding to demand from local businesses and industry leaders by adding Bendigo to our network.“The airline worked with the Victorian government, Visit Victoria and City of Greater Bendigo Council to start the new service.Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas described the Sydney flight as a “landmark opportunity” for the city that was expected to attract about 15,000 visitors to the city each year.This would create local jobs, boost tourism and create enormous opportunities for local businesses, he said.City of Greater Bendigo Mayor  Margaret O’Rourke said the access to regular flights presented the city with a great opportunity to further grow its tourism brand, establish business connections and provide residents with more options for leisure travel.The launch of the services follow runway upgrades completed at Bendigo Airport last year and Qantas is offering $A129 one-way promotional fares to kick off the service.The historic Victorian center is the 57th destination on the QantasLink network.last_img read more

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Facebook Aims to Partner With, Not Squash, Music Streaming Services

first_imgTags:#Facebook#music#news#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Facebook will launch its much-rumored music platform at next month’s f8 developers’ conference, CNBC reported this afternoon. Rather than go up against the likes of Spotify, Rdio and MOG, Facebook will instead be partnering with those music streaming services. While few details are known for sure, it looks as though the social behemoth is aiming to offer a way to listen to music from third party sources from within Facebook itself. If this is indeed how the music feature will be implemented, it stands to give Facebook the benefit of even deeper user engagement on what is already the stickiest website in the world. Perhaps the biggest payoff would be for the streaming services, who will suddenly have direct exposure to Facebook’s enormous user base of over 750 million people (or at least the percentage of them that live within each service’s geographic coverage area). Rumors began swirling about a Facebook partnership with Spotify just prior to that music subscription service’s U.S. launch in July. If these latest reports are correct, it would appear that Facebook is planning on teaming up with not only Spotify, but several of its main competitors as well. Facebook joins Apple, Google and Amazon in a group of tech giants now offering some kind of music service to its users. It should be an interesting Fall in the digital music space, as Apple launches its iTunes Match and iCloud integration, Facebook introduces its music platform and Spotify continues to try and live up to its ambitious growth goals only a few months into its existence in the United States. Facebook’s f8 conference will take place in San Francisco on September 22. ReadWriteWeb will be there, so expect extensive coverage of the music service announcement and whatever comes out of the annual event. john paul titlowcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

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Standardizing the Hospital Discharge Summary in a Metro Area

first_imgThere’s essentially a 1-in-5 chance that a Medicare patient will be readmitted within 30 days of being discharged from a hospital.The U.S. government estimates $17 billion USD a year could be saved by preventing unnecessary readmissions through better care coordination, not to mention the improved quality of life and lowered infection risk for patients who don’t have to go back to the hospital.Under new federal rules, hospitals with readmission rates considered too high now carry risk of having portions their Medicare reimbursements withheld.The hospital discharge summary is an important document to aid communication that can prevent unnecessary returns to the hospital. If incorporated into an effective workflow, it helps open a window of opportunity for patients and their normal care teams to get on the same page with the hospital on next steps, such as making follow-up appointments, monitoring to prevent complications, managing a new medication regimen, etc.So, if each hospital creates a better discharge process, we will tackle the readmission problem, right?Not entirely. The problem, especially in metropolitan areas, is that patients go to several providers, and a few different hospitals. Therefore, the needed care coordination cannot be confined to one hospital alone. It needs to be spread across the community, including the patient, the patient’s primary care provider, specialists, and in some cases, non-traditional health workers. And to do that efficiently, communities need to standardize the discharge document as well as some targeted post-discharge interventions. That’s the fundamental premise behind an important project that a small Intel team joined in the metropolitan area of Portland, Ore.  We were honored to work with a team led by Melinda Muller, MD, of Legacy Health, who directs a pilot to standardize the discharge summary and process.We describe the project and its initial lessons in a new whitepaper: Developing Community-Based, Standardized Hospital-Discharge Summaries.There are other efforts all over the world to improve the discharge summary process. We’re interested in your thoughts.What’s happening in your community?last_img read more

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Kerry Washington Launches Major New Domestic Violence Campaign

first_imgEmmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and advocate Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations.Kerry Washington designed the 2014 purple purse to raise awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse.Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.Washington’s role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman’s financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.Video: Kerry Washington Purple Purse PSA“A purse is where a woman’s power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message,” said Washington. “Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim’s access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave.”“The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable — even fashionable — to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future,” said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. “It shouldn’t take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals – by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America.”The Allstate Foundation also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse.Findings from the survey include:• Nearly eight in 10 Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the least likely (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider. • Sixty-five percent don’t believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and 70 percent can’t say they would know how to help them. • Only 39 percent of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse. • Hispanics (51 percent) and African Americans (49 percent) are twice as likely to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent). • Hispanic parents (58 percent) and African American parents (52 percent) have discussed domestic violence more frequently than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent).For additional information on the survey visit www.purplepurse.com.To raise more awareness, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in a Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at PurplePurse.com and has raised nearly $500,000. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.Visit PurplePurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Alonso Barkely provides more creative spark in midfield

first_imgMarcos Alonso praised fellow Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley following his impressive performance in England’s 3-2 UEFA Nations League win against Spain.Barkley was instrumental in England’s midfield alongside Spurs duo Harry Winks and Eric Dier, with passes that led to some devastating and clinical counter-attacking football.Alonso, who started for Spain, believes Barkley provides England with more creativity in midfield.Ross Barkley still can’t believe Frank Lampard is his coach Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 30, 2019 Ahead of a new season with Chelsea FC, Ross Barkley still can’t believe that he has Frank Lampard as his manager with the Blues.The…“Even at the World Cup England, despite playing well, were aware that they didn’t really have that kind of player, someone in the middle who played and made others play, who used the ball,’ Alonso told Chelsea TV.“He’s a great player. He showed it not just last night but against Croatia (last Friday) too. He showed that he can be a great player. I hope he keeps improving and that he helps us at Chelsea to stay near the top.”Spain remain top of Group 4 following last night’s result but now lead England by just two points, with Croatia a further three behind having played a game less.last_img read more

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Sarri slams disrepectful Bayern over HudsonOdoi

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says Bayern Munich lacked respect in their pursuit of youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern Munich have made four bids for Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the latest believed to be in the region of £35m, and Chelsea have rejected all offers.And Chelsea boss Sarri is furious at Bayern’s public attempts to unsettle the player.He told Sky Sports: “I think that it’s not professional because they are talking about a player under contract at Chelsea,” Sarri said ahead of Chelsea’s game with Newcastle on Saturday.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“They didn’t respect our club, I think. I don’t know what to say, I do not know the situation.“I am very, very happy with the player because the player is improving.“He is improving a lot in the defensive phase and now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball.“He is working very well at the moment, so I am happy with the player and I would like to have him in the future.”last_img read more

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Uber launches JUMP Scooters in San Diego

first_imgUber launches JUMP Scooters in San Diego December 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Ride-booking service Uber will launch dockless JUMP e-scooters in San Diego Wednesday, the fourth city in the U.S. the company will be serving.Uber acquired JUMP, a bikeshare company, in May to expand its public transit offerings. Uber expanded JUMP’s e-bike service to San Diego last month, dispersing 300 bikes around the city from Pacific Beach to downtown. San Diego is the fourth city to receive the scooters, joining Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Austin, Texas.The scooters work similarly to JUMP bikes in that riders use the main Uber app to unlock one and start a ride. They look strikingly similar to Lime scooters but with a red and black color scheme.Uber is offering free rides and free helmets through Jan. 9, 2019, to celebrate the rollout. Residents can receive up to five 30-minute rides per day, with scooters costing $1 to unlock and $0.10 per minute after the free rides have been exhausted. Residents can learn more about Uber’s JUMP services at jump.com. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:18 PM Posted: December 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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