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First Australian company to follow U.S lead on mandating vaccines

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In an Australian first, manufacturer SPC will mandate that all of its staff must be fully vaccinated by the end of November to enter any location

It’s a leaf out of the U.S book, following big tech companies allowing only vaccinated employees into US Offices.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. said on Wednesday all U.S. employees must get vaccinated to step into offices. Google is also planning to expand its vaccination drive to other countries in the coming months

How will SPC vaccinate staff before year-end?

It may seem to be a common trend in the U.S. but this is a first for Australia.

SPC is a leading producer of premium packaged fruit in Australia.

SPC’s said the company recognises the significant threat the COVID-19 Delta variant poses to both the business and the broader Australian community. 

“A fully vaccinated workforce will ensure that SPC can continue to deliver an essential service while helping Australia return to an open economy in line with the Prime Minister’s four-point plan out of COVID,” Australia’s #1 producer of premium packaged fruit said in a statement on Thursday.

All SPC staff, including casual and permanent staff as well as contractors, must have at least the first dose of the vaccine scheduled by September 15 2021, with the first dose administered by the end of October.

Any visitors to an SPC site will also be required to be vaccinated.

SPC Chairman, Hussein Rifai, said lockdowns are not a sustainable solution and the Australian economy needs to open up again.

“The Delta variant poses a significant threat to our people, our customers and the communities we serve. The only path forward for our country is through vaccination,

RIFAI SAID.

Bold new plans to get Aussies vaccinated by Christmas

Australia’s vaccination rollout coordinator has unveiled a bold new strategy that would see 80 per cent of the country’s residents fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by December.

The latest statistics show that 80 per cent of the eligible population could receive both doses by the year’s end, with 70 per cent protected by November.

It comes as the Federal government calls for an elevated level of collaboration and cooperation across the country to increase the speed of the rollout.

Sydney is currently in its sixth week of strict stay-at-home orders – with the state’s premier previously flagging that vaccines may be the only option to bring the Delta variant under control.

It follows the national cabinet meeting to endorse a plan that would see Australia begin to move into a pandemic “consolidation” phase following 80 per cent of the eligible population being vaccinated.

Should companies be mandating vaccines?

“As a Company, we believe it is the right thing to do and we must go further to minimise risk and to protect the people we care about from the Delta variant,” said Rifai. 

SPC CEO, Robert Giles, said Australian companies must go further by rapidly vaccinating their staff.

“By taking proactive steps now, we are shoring up our Company for the future. We firmly believe that it will be manufacturers and innovators like SPC who will help drive Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery,” Giles said.

All staff will be aided and offered compensation via paid time off when required to receive their vaccinations as well as special paid leave of up to 2 days for any staff who may become unwell after vaccination. 

For those with a pre-existing condition and are unable to receive the vaccine their circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. 

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How the man training A-listers has built a fitness empire

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He’s the Australian personal trainer who helped Rebel Wilson shred more than 30 kilos of her weight

He’s the coach keeping The Voice judge Rita Ora looking trim and lean, as well as the entrepreneur pioneering the fitness industry in Sydney, Australia.

Jono Castano is working his magic skills on Sir Richard Branson, so what next for the renowned trainer as he takes on the world?

Watch Jono live on-air with ticker’s Holly Stearnes to discuss his success, training the stars, business moves and fitness advice as we emerge from the pandemic.

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Your next rental car could be a Tesla, following a major deal with Hertz

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Tesla is driving at full speed, with the EV giant striking a major deal with rental car agent, Hertz

Elon Musk owned, Tesla has officially crossed a $1 trillion stock market valuation for the first time in its operating history…and it follows a major order from global rental car agency, Hertz

Hertz plans to order 100,000 new EVs for its fleet.

It is the biggest-ever order from rental car company Hertz, and a deal that has reinforced the electric car leader’s ambitions to top the entire auto industry in sales over the next decade.

But for Tesla and its investors, Hertz’s decision to order 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022 showed electric vehicles are no longer a niche product, but will dominate the mass car market in the near future.

Tesla data will be stored in China

Tesla also appeared on Monday to be making progress resolving regulatory problems that threatened its business in China

The company stated that it had opened a new data and research center in Shanghai to comply with government requirements that data collected from vehicles within China, stay in the country.

Tesla now faces the daunting day-to-day challenge of becoming a high-volume automaker growing at a rate not seen since the early 1900s…when demand exploded for Henry Ford’s Model T.

Tesla is also trying to manage an order backlog for its vehicles as it continues to deal with extended supply chain disruptions. 

Investors and analysts, for now, are looking past the near-term challenges, with the latest deal struck between Tesla and Hertz set to only create more hype around its share price.

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Crown Resorts to keep Melbourne casino license

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After being entangled within a corruption scandal, Crown Resorts is set to retain its Melbourne casino license

The Victorian Royal Commission found the resort’s conduct to be “disgraceful” but the final report recommends that Crown Melbourne to receive a two-year grace period.

This is so the company can be under the control of a “special manager” that can rectify an “alarming catalogue of the wrongdoing”, addressing the money laundering that Crown was allegedly involved in.

After this period, the special manager will determine whether they are satisfied with the company and whether they should retain its Victorian casino license.

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