Flight check: China Airlines

By Shandelle Battersby

11:00 AM Thursday Sep 26, 2013

Shandelle Battersby flies China Airlines from Auckland to Taipei


Photo / Thinkstock

Photo / Thinkstock

The plane: An Airbus A330-300 which, with its pink and purple theme, felt a little dated.

Class: Moo.

Price: China Airlines is Taiwan’s biggest airline. To fly to the capital, Taipei, its cheapest return flights are $1300.

On time: No, about half an hour late leaving, which didn’t matter too much as we had to stop in Sydney to refuel, so made the time up there. We arrived at Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport slightly earlier than the scheduled 5.40am.

How full: The Auckland to Sydney leg was almost empty so I ditched my seat (25A, one of two) and lay down in the four-seater row in the middle of the aisle and had a short nap. The Sydney to Taipei leg was too full to do the same, but my seat was next to an empty one, so I could curl up across them both for the remaining nine hours.

Fellow passengers: A mixture until Sydney, then mostly Asians, many wearing face masks. Not a bad idea actually.

Entertainment: A personalised screen, thank goodness, but a fairly average selection of movies and television. I did get to watch the excellent Argo, but left Les Miserables for another lifetime.

The service: Pleasant and friendly but I almost had to hunt the hostie down to get a second glass of wine.

Food and drink: It’s strange when you have to make a pit-stop after just three hours, meaning you are served two dinners. Each had a choice of two Chinese dishes (beef and rice, chicken and noodles), and breakfast was either more noodles or an omelette. The drinks selection was limited, but there was some good tea doing the rounds.

The toilets: One was enormous by plane toilet standards, the other was the usual tight squeeze. I generally try to avoid them at all costs.

Luggage: The usual 20kg plus 7kg carry-on.

The airport experience: Taoyuan Airport sports one of the coolest things I have ever seen at an airport – a Hello Kitty check-in room for Taiwanese airline Eva Air, complete with a row of Hello Kitty kiosks. I did notice, however, that there were more photo shoots going on in there than actual check-ins. Eva Air also has jets covered in Hello Kitty livery.

Would I fly this again: I would definitely fly China Airlines to Sydney. If there were a better option for long-haul I would take that because the pit-stop to refuel in Australia was a drag.


The New Zealand Herald

Button up: Tony Abbott to keep ministers in check

September 26, 2013

Heath Aston

Political reporter


Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne.

Do as I say: Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Abbott, who once described Kevin Rudd as a ”hyper-control freak” for his autocratic media management, has gagged his own ministers from media interviews without prior approval from the Prime Minister’s office.

The communications clampdown was issued hours after Education Minister Christopher Pyne revealed in an interview with Fairfax Media the government’s agenda to take an axe to the university sector.

It comes less than a week after Immigration Minister Scott Morrison put the announcement of asylum seeker boat arrivals behind a curtain of censorship.


Mr Abbott has declared his personal intention to be measured in his media appearances and ”take politics off the front page”.

In an email leaked to The Australian Financial Review, Mr Abbott’s senior press secretary, James Boyce, informs ministerial staff that all requests for interviews, right down to ABC local outlets, must be vetted by Kate Walshe who has taken over leadership of communications in Mr Abbott’s office.

“All media co-ordination and requests should go through Kate first. This covers all national media interviews on television, radio and print. This includes any ABC local radio or ABC television interviews, the Sunday program, Sky News, and metropolitan print media longer-format interviews, etc,” he wrote.

“With any regular appearances on shows such as Sky AM Agenda, they should first have been coordinated through Kate at least the day before.”

Mr Boyce said there was no change in process to how the Coalition operated in opposition.

The directive jogged memories inside Labor of Mr Abbott blasting Mr Rudd in 2007 after it was revealed that all media releases from government bodies must go through his department.

”It seems like an early exercise in hyper-control by the new Prime Minister’s office,” Mr Abbott said at the time. ”A lot of people said before the election that Kevin Rudd would turn out to be a bit of a control freak and this seems to be an interesting suggestion that those fears were quite well grounded.”

On Wednesday, it was revealed Mr Abbott’s office, led by chief of staff Peta Credlin, had intervened to stop Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull going through with the clean-out of the board of the NBN before Mr Abbott’s office could have input.

Mr Abbott wanted a board still in place while cabinet considers a new leadership, expected to feature former Telstra boss Ziggy Switkowski.

A spokesman for Mr Turnbull said regulatory requirements were that any director removed by the minister had to be approved by the Prime Minister’s office.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Council planning takes city closer to the River’s Edge

September 26, 2013 – 12:01AM

Amy Remeikis

State political reporter

A map of "selected potential projects" from the Draft River's Edge Strategy.

A map of “selected potential projects” from the Draft River’s Edge Strategy. Photo: Brisbane City Council

Brisbane’s zip line is one step closer to reality.

The proposed zip line, suggested to run between Kangaroo Point Cliffs and the City Botanic Gardens, is considered a medium term project under the Brisbane City Council’s River’s Edge Strategy – provided the private sector steps up and funds the proposal.

Thursday’s release of the strategy is an update of the draft plan released in June, taking into account public submissions and feedback gathered over the past 12 months.

Short term projects – which could be implemented in as little as two years – include riverside eating and drinking precincts, a network of non-motorised watercraft launches and short-term mooring sites, lighting along the riverside parks and paths and mobile food and drink vendors in public parks adjacent to the river.


An expansion of the RiverWalk pedestrian and cycle network has also been identified, which could include the construction of additional pedestrian, cyclists and bus bridges in “high travel demand areas”.

Construction of the Howard Smith Wharves, Kingsford Smith Drive, Maritime Museum and Bulimba Riverside Park links would be led by the state government. The Northshore Hamilton, Commercial Road to Newstead Riverpark, Mowbray Park to Cairns Street at Kangaroo Point, Byron Street Bulimba and Bulimba Barracks links would “occur incrementally as part of any redevelopment”.

Construction of the New Farm RiverWalk is expected to be completed next year.

It is all part of the council’s plan to have the Brisbane River feature as the heart of the city, both recreationally and economically over the next decade.

“Throughout the development of the River Edge’s Strategy we’ve had overwhelming support from the community and businesses about our reputation as an active, liveable outdoor city,” Neighbourhood Planning chairman Amanda Cooper said.

“We are now beginning the investigations for potential implementation projects, with one of the first being the possible reuse of former ferry terminals.

“The new river access network project would allow the transformation of these disused facilities for purposes such as mooring kayaks and recreational vessels or for picking up and dropping off passengers for tourist boats and water taxis.”

The strategy has been divided into four themes; place, play, connect and enable. The identified projects “could be implemented by council, Queensland government, community organisations, businesses or the general public”.

The next step will be to look at the feasibility of the ideas; how much it would cost, which activities would suit which structure and how to incorporate new uses with the existing river transport network.

Brisbane Times

Canberra’s old bus depot to get $2m facelift, roof replaced

September 26, 2013 – 6:41AM

Megan Doherty

City reporter for The Canberra Times


Crowd at the Old Bus Depot Markets earlier this year.Crowd at the Old Bus Depot Markets earlier this year. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

The ACT Government is moving to lock in the former bus depot in Kingston as a key part of the area’s arts precinct by spending more than $2 million replacing the asbestos-containing roof of the upper hall and demolishing the northern annex to restore some of its historical context.

Once earmarked by the Land Development Agency as a possible site for redevelopment, the cavernous, 1940s-era building on Wentworth Avenue has since been added to the ACT Heritage Register and the prime real estate once and for all been declared off-limits.

There are also suggestions the building will be opened for use across seven days, not just on the weekends.

Old Bus Depot Markets on The Kingston Foreshore.Photo: Kate Leith

Three antique dealers who operate out of the Burley Griffin Antique Centre in the northern annex – an add-on from the 1980s at the back of the complex – were told by letter on Wednesday that they would have to vacate the premises by early January.


The removal of the northern annex is being billed by the LDA as a means to better connect the Old Bus Depot Markets with public space to be developed as part of the arts precinct and restore an old railway siding that used to carry coal to the powerhouse.

The replacement of the roof in the upper hall will take place between early January and late April and the markets will continue to use the lower hall and alternative spaces including the northern annex, the Fitter’s Workshop and space outside.

The northern annex of the old bus depot market in red brick.The red brick northern annex of the old bus depot will be torn down. Photo: Jay Cronan

The northern annex will then be demolished between May and August.

While the Land Development Agency had in 2009 suggested the bus depot site should be sold for redevelopment generating $15 million to $20 million in sales, its chief executive officer David Dawes said on Wednesday that proposal had since been abandoned.

“No, that’s not on the horizon because what we want to do is go back and honour the original concept plan under the Colin Stewart masterplan where he had that arts precinct as well,” Mr Dawes said.

Aerial photograph of former bus depot in Kingston showing the northern annex which will be demolished and the upper hall roof to be replaced.Aerial photograph showing the northern annex which will be demolished and the upper hall roof to be replaced. Photo: Supplied

“I think as we get more of that critical mass there, it becomes a really vibrant hub.” He said the loss of the potential land sale had not been hard to swallow, saying the agency had instead focused on developing other parts of Kingston.

“Certainly we could generate a higher revenue if we were to sell it, but at the end of the day we would have had to replace [the building] in one way or another and that would cost quite a bit of money anyway,” Mr Dawes said.

He said there was no safety issue with the asbestos sheeting in the upper hall roof which had been managed with an “encapsulated treatment” for several years. There was a desire to remove it now, before the building was handed over to the Community Services Directorate which includes the arts portfolio and has carriage of the development of the Kingston arts precinct.

The big fix for old bus depotPhoto: Benjamin.Doherty

“Obviously we can’t transfer an asset that has an issue like an asbestos roof, we’re just transferring a liability. So that’s why we’re embarking on this work,” he said.

The former transport or bus depot, which dates from the 1940s, was once the base for the servicing of Canberra’s buses and emergency service vehicles.

The Heritage Council twice refused to list the building on the Heritage Register but agreed to do so in 2010 after acknowledging its fully welded rigid portal frame and links to Canberra’s early transport history were significant. Mr Dawes said the three antique dealers in the more modern northern annex had been operating on month-to-month leases for several years and the agency would help them to find new premises.

They had to leave the northern annex by early January to allow market stalls to move in while the roof was replaced in the upper hall.

Mr Dawes said the refurbishment also meant certainty for the award-winning markets, removing any possibility of them being relocated permanently.

“I think there would be an uproar in the Canberra community which feels it owns the bus depot markets,” he said.

Mr Dawes said once the improvements were done, there was capacity for using the space throughout the week, not just on the weekends, such as for night markets, food stalls and receptions.

Canberra Times

Tom Barros repudia os erros de arbitragem que prejudicaram o Ceará contra o Figueirense no Orlando Scarpelli

Maylson comemora gol do Figueirense contra o Ceara (Foto: Eduardo Valente / Agência estado)Maylson empatou para o Figueirense, que virou com Zé Roberto (Foto: Eduardo Valente / Agência Estado)


Árbitro de futebol, quando incompetente, tem o poder de destruir não apenas um jogo, mas todo um projeto ou planejamento anual de um time de futebol. Árbitro ruim é comparável a um cancro maligno no organismo do esporte. É um tumor fétido a transmitir podridão pelos estádios onde atua. Pior que árbitro incompetente é quem o escala. O árbitro Márcio Chagas da Silva (RS) estragou a reação do Ceará. Foi um absurdo a expulsão de Potiguar no início da segunda fase diante do Figueirense. Com sua desastrosa decisão, Márcio Chagas desmontou o modelo tático do Vozão e influenciou no resultado final desfavorável ao Ceará. Pior de tudo: Márcio vai em frente, lépido e fagueiro.


Coluna redigida pelo jornalista Tom Barros para o jornal cearense Diário do Nordeste no dia 26/09/2013

Renato Maurício Prado comenta os jogos de ontem da Copa do Brasil Perdigão 2013


Com Jayme de Almeida oficializado como técnico, ao menos até o final do ano (ou uma sequência de maus resultados), o Flamengo surpreendeu positivamente e poderia ter vencido o Botafogo, se tivesse aproveitado bem as várias oportunidades que criou no primeiro tempo do confronto inicial pelas quartas de final da Copa do Brasil. Mas fez apenas um gol (André Santos, de cabeça) e, após o interval, o campeão carioca voltou melhor e chegou ao empate, com Edilson marcando, num chute cruzado que desviou em Samir e enganou Felipe.

No final das contas, o resultado não pode ser considerado ruim por nenhum dos dois. Afinal, o duelo segue aberto e quem vencer a segunda partida garantirá a vaga nas semifinais. A decisão, entretanto, só acontecerá daqui a um mês! Coisas do nosso calendário…

Quem também fez mais do que se esperava foi o Vasco, diante do Goiás,no Serra Dourada. Perdeu por 2 a 1, mas o golzinho marcado logo com um minute de bola rolando (Edmilson) garantiu uma vantagem importante. Graças a ele, se os cruz-maltinos ganharem por 1 a 0, a segunda partida,estarão classificados.

Se o Gigante da Colina passer, um carioca chegará à final, pois haverá cruzamento de times do Rio numa das semifinais. São boas, portanto, as possibilidades do Rio garantir uma vaga na Libertadores, através da Copa do Brasil pois, do outro lado da chave, Corinthians, Grêmio e Internacional vêm esbanjando irregularidade e o Atlético Paranaense, apesar da bela campanha no Brasileiro, não chega a ser um rival imbatível.


Coluna redigida pelo jornalista Renato Maurício Prado para o Jornal O Globo no dia 26/09/2013

Câmera Record 27/09/2013


Amanhã, 27 de setembro, a Record completa 60 anos e o programa “Câmera Record”, em edição especial, vai contar um pouco da sua história, desde a inauguração em 1953 até os dias atuais.

Além de outras passagens, como o craque de bola descoberto por um motorista da emissora e o casal que se conheceu em cima do palco.

Então é isso. Mas amanhã tem mais. Tchau!


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Fox anunciará transmissão do Bellator


A Fox anunciou nesta semana um contrato de  exclusividade no sistema pago, para transmitir o Bellator, evento de MMA, rival do UFC…
… Vale lembrar que o evento também faz parte da programação do Esporte Interativo, que tem denominação de canal aberto…
… Mas um canal aberto que é carregado por várias operadoras. E aí?…
… Também não se descarta a possibilidade de alguém ter se antecipado em divulgar agora uma coisa que não podia…
… Ou não podia ainda.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Rede Record prepara cuidados para evitar invasões na final de A Fazenda 6


A Record está se cercando de alguns cuidados para a final da “Fazenda” na noite de domingo…
… E por alguns cuidados incluem-se também evitar possíveis surpresas por parte da equipe do “Pânico”.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery