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Major Australian airport calls for vaccine speed-up as industry runs dry



The CEO of Melbourne Airport says the vaccine rollout in Australia must “increase significantly” after reporting a major decline in traffic in July

Melbourne Airport’s July traffic numbers saw a 85.7 per cent drop compared to pre-pandemic levels.

The international hub welcomed just over 467,000 people in July, almost all of them being domestic travellers.

Chief of Aviation of Lorie Argus says the mood at the airport right now at the terminal is dull.

Melbourne Airport’s passenger traffic for the last financial year dropped to its lowest level since 1984

Argus says the airport is supportive of the Australian Government’s four stage plan back to freedom, however stressed further devastation will be felt to airlines and airports themselves if lockdowns and travel restrictions continue in the short term.

“It’s really hard for airlines and airports to keep operating at such losses”

Airports hit heavy – not just airlines

In an interview with ticker NEWS, Argus says that all levels of the travel market continue to be left devastated by changes to COVID rules, but highlighted an important notice – airports are struggling too.

Argus says airports continue to face financial losses due to the decline in traffic through terminals.

The Chief of Aviation says that unlike airlines “airports must continue and keep the lights on” – highlighting that hubs around the globe must continue to keep the doors open regardless of passenger numbers, and mostly that’s due to having to cater for freighter flights.

The business’ chief executive, Lyell Strambi, says it was now a matter of “urgent and critical national interest” to address the country’s vaccine supply challenges.

“The nation’s rolling border closures obliterate air travel and damage confidence, making it almost impossible for people to plan and book interstate trips,”

According to reports, passenger numbers for FY20-21 at Melbourne Airport was just 6.1 million. Domestic numbers made up the bulk of passengers – 5,939,368 – but that number alone was a 68.8 per cent decline on FY19-20. International numbers of 230,455 represented a 97.2 per cent drop on the same time last year.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Apple exec fired over crude TikTok video



Apple’s vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins, has been fired from the company after his crude remarks in a TikTok interview went viral

Apple has fired its vice president of procurement, Tony Blevins for making crude comments in a viral TikTok video.

It all started with an interview that went horribly wrong. Creator Daniel Mac posted a video where he asked Blevins what he does for a living, and Blevins response didn’t reference anything respectable.

“I race cars and play golf and fondle big-breasted women. But I take weekends But I take weekends and major holidays off,” Blevins replied.

The video has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

The video didn’t identify Blevins by name and didn’t reference his position at Apple, though Blevins does note that his job offers “a hell of a dental plan.”

But Apple moved quickly to fire Blevins, saying the comments don’t align with their values and respect of women.

Apple is known for being a family-friendly company, so it’s no surprise that they wouldn’t want an employee making crude jokes on TikTok.

This just goes to show that you should be careful what you say on social media.

Ton Blevins

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Apple downgrade signals broader tech problem



Apple’s downgrade by Bank of America sparked a selloff in tech stocks, sending shares of Alphabet and Microsoft to one-year lows.

The move came as investors rotated out of growth stocks and into more defensive assets to deal with higher interest rates and get ahead of a possible recession.

Apple’s stock fell sharply after the downgrade, while shares of other major tech companies also tumbled.

The selloff in tech stocks weighed on the broader market, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both falling sharply.

The market’s declines were broad-based, but the tech sector was hit particularly hard.

The Nasdaq Composite Index fell more than 3%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both declined more than 2%.

The market’s sell-off was sparked by a downgrade of Apple’s stock by analysts at Bank of America.

The downgrade came as investors are increasingly worried about the outlook for the tech sector.

Shares of Apple have fallen sharply this year, and the stock is now down more than 30% from its highs.

Other major tech stocks have also been under pressure, with shares of Alphabet, Facebook, and Amazon all down significantly from their highs.

The market’s sell-off on Thursday was a continuation of the recent trend of investors rotating out of growth stocks and into more defensive assets.

The rotation out of growth stocks has been driven by concerns about higher interest rates and a possible recession.

Investors have been flocking to safe-haven assets such as gold and government bonds.

The market’s sell-off on Thursday also came as oil prices fell sharply, with West Texas

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Stadia gaming goes in Google cost-cutting



Google’s digital gaming service Stadia is shutting down, the latest casualty in the company’s ongoing cost-cutting efforts.

Launched in 2019, Stadia ran on phones and the Chrome browser but failed to gain traction with users. In a blog post Thursday,

Google says the company had made “the difficult decision to begin winding down our Stadia streaming service.”

It’s is not the first time Google has shuttered a gaming project.

In 2016, the company closed down its Nexus Player game console. And in 2019, it stopped selling its Stadia controllers and canceled a planned cloud gaming service for smartphones.

With the closure of Stadia, Google becomes the latest company to abandon the cloud gaming market, after a difficult year for the industry and tech stocks.

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