Top honours for Australia’s leading women



Renowned Australian skin cancer researcher Adele Green has won the top honour in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence awards across the Tasman.

The Queensland-based Professor Green, who also won the innovation category for pioneering research into the prevention of melanomas and other skin cancers, said she was honoured, given the calibre of the finalists announced in Sydney on Thursday night.

“This is an unbelievable and marvellous surprise; I feel tremendously honoured,” professor Green said.

“This is a tremendous boost to all of us involved in medical research in Australia.

“I see this award as a recognition of the marvellous work of many women around the country who are involved in trying to find innovative approaches to preventing disease, just like I am doing, and to alleviating the suffering in our community.”

Professor Green, senior scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and head of the institute’s cancer and population studies group, has made significant advances in understanding the causes and prevention of melanomas and other skin cancers over the past 25 years.

The panel of judges, including Investec chairman David Gonski and IBM Australia and New Zealand managing director Andrew Stevens, said Professor Green’s world-class research and innovation was the perfect example of the pinnacles Australian women can reach.

“In addition to her contribution to research in the important field of cancer research, Adele has used her influence to consistently mentor and support others,” the judges said.

“Her scientific work has underpinned the establishing of sun-safe behaviours, which has influenced nearly all Australians and been recognised around the world.”

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the 100 Women of Influence awards celebrate the immense contribution women make to Australian life.Women’s immense contribution

“In every field of endeavour, the women honoured by these awards have excelled and inspired others,’ he said. “They have all made a significant contribution to the life of our country.”

Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly said Professor Green was a truly inspiring woman whose work on melanoma research had made a big impact on everyday Australians.

“She is internationally recognised, not only for her achievements in medicine but also in the wider academic community.”

Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood described Professor Green, who was named Queensland’s Australian of the Year in 2013, as a worthy winner.

“Each finalist should be proud of their achievements; with over 500 nominations we experienced a gruelling judging process, and as a result we are able to celebrate the commitment and dedication these amazing women are making on society.”

Westpac’s director of women’s markets, Larke Riemer, said: “It is undeniably important to recognise the positive impact women make locally, nationally and internationally in both businesses and in their communities.

“Recent Westpac research revealed that about 40 per cent of professional women do not have a career influencer in their life, yet 61 per cent of those women wish they did.”

Professor Green said her upbringing in the Sunshine State inspired her to pursue a career in cancer research.

She said Australia was slowly winning the battle against melanomas, but young people still think tanned is beautiful.

One of the most satisfying medical achievements was getting the community to understand what a melanoma looks like.

“So now if you have an early mela­noma you’ll know about it, where­as 30 years ago you mightn’t have.

“Melanoma is not the deadly cancer you think it is when it’s diagnosed early.”


New Zealand doesn’t tackle foreign bribery – OECD

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New Zealanders will be prosecuted for bribing foreign public officials under proposed laws.

An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report, released last night, raps New Zealand for failing to tackle foreign bribery.

It focuses on corruption in international business transactions and compliance with an anti-bribery convention.

The report notes that New Zealanders are reluctant to accept their business community pays sweeteners.

Only four allegations have surfaced, with the first investigations into two opened this year, the report says.

There have been no prosecutions since 2001.

The low number of allegations is not a reflection that New Zealand is immune from foreign bribery, the report says.

Justice Minister Judith Collins said the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill, to be introduced to Parliament this year, would make it a crime to offer bribes overseas.

This would relate to the provision of international aid, acceptance of bribes and trading in influence. It would also prevent bribes being tax-deductible.

The Government took New Zealand’s anti-corruption stance seriously, Collins said.

“We consistently rank first on Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index, which ranks countries by perceived corruption levels among public officials and politicians,” she said.

The OECD report focuses on a single criminal offence – bribery in international business transactions – and does not assess domestic corruption offences.

The proposed legislation would make it easier for police to prosecute money laundering.

It would require banks to report on all international transfers over $1000 and all physical cash transactions over $10,000 to the police financial intelligence unit.

The bill will be introduced to Parliament as part of the Government’s crackdown on international organised crime.

Collins said it contained measures to tackle identity theft and human trafficking.

“We are sending a clear message to international and domestic criminals: New Zealand will not tolerate their activities,” she said.

Collins will travel to China next week to discuss anti-corruption with counterpart Wu Aiying.


Ronnie Von será homenageado pela Rosas de Ouro em 2014


Rosas de Ouro vai homenagear o cantor e apresentador Ronnie Von

A Rosas de Ouro vai homenagear o cantor e apresentador Ronnie Von, no seu desfile do ano que vem em São Paulo, com o tema “Inesquecível”. O convite foi feito durante a gravação do “Todo Seu”, da Gazeta. O programa será levado ao ar na noite desta quinta-feira (17), a partir das 22h


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Inquiry into Brown sex scandal expected

Auckland mayor Len Brown. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Auckland mayor Len Brown. Photo / Brett Phibbs


Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay is this afternoon expected to announce an inquiry into the Len Brown sex scandal.

The decision was made following inquiries from the New Zealand Herald about whether Mr Brown’s affair breached the council’s code of conduct and conflict of interest policies.

– more to come


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TV Aratu/SBT extingue “Na Mira” e contrata radialista Silvio Mendes

Sem conseguir um nome forte para a apresentação do policialesco “Na Mira” depois da saída de Analice Salles para a Record Bahia, a TV Aratu/SBT irá apostar em outro público.

Segundo o site “Bocão News”, o locutor esportivo Silvio Mendes ocupará o horário do “Na Mira”, que será extinto. Silvio é conhecido por seu trabalho no rádio, onde é o principal locutor esportivo do estado.

O programa por ele comandado na TV deve ser uma mescla de jornalismo, entretenimento e esportes, e vai ocupar o horário das 12h20 às 13h30, competindo com o “Balanço Geral”, de Raimundo Varela, e com o “Se Liga Bocão”, de Zé Eduardo, ambos da Record.

Oficialmente ninguém ainda confirma, mas para pessoas próximas Silvio já revelou o convite e o anúncio oficial deve acontecer a qualquer momento.

O locutor já foi contratado da Record em 2008, onde comandou a transmissão de vários jogos do Campeonato Baiano, quando a emissora detinha os direitos. Ainda não se tem uma data certa para sua estreia na TV Aratu.

Antes da contratação, a afiliada do SBT na Bahia procurou o apresentador Marcus Pimenta, que hoje está na Record Belém, para apresentar o “Na Mira”. Marcus recusou o convite, pois está se sentindo feliz no Pará.


Scoot to launch Perth-Singapore flights in December

Scoot to launch Perth-Singapore flights in December

Singapore Airlines’ low-cost offshoot Scoot will begin flying from Perth in late December, with five direct flights a week between the WA capital and Scoot’s home base of Singapore.

Flights begin on December 19, departing Perth at 7.30pm for a 12.40am arrival into Singapore; the return leg will be wheels up at 12.50pm, reaching Perth around 6.20pm.

This will be Scoot’s third Australian destination, with the airline already operating daily flights from Sydney and five flights per week from the Gold Coast.

Scoot’s fleet of refurbished Boeing 777s have room for 368 passengers, with 32 in the ‘ScootBiz’ business class cabin – although the seats and legroom are more akin to premium economy.

These are recliner-style seats rather than lie-flat, with an 8 inch recline and a well-padded headrest with a few inches of rise.

The leather-clad seats are 22 inches wide and have a 38 inch pitch. We measured ‘knee-room’ as 19 inches from the front of your seat cushion to the most forward point of the seat in front of you.

The first economy cabin, located directly behind ScootBiz, has been declared a child-free zone with children under 12 banned from travelling in this part of the plane. This cabin is also given over to four rows of extra-legroom seats, which can be booked from an additional S$18 (A$16) on top of a standard economy fare.

The 32 inch pitch of most Scoot economy seats leaves around 11 inches from the leading edge of your seat cushion to the seat in front, so the legroom is bearable.

If you want or need more legroom, opt for one of Scoot’s ‘super’ economy seats (up to 35 inch pitch) or the bulkhead-facing ‘stretch’ seats seen below.

Of course, a Super or Stretch seat will cost extra on top of your regular economy ticket, as do other non-essentials such as checked baggage and inflight meals.

And legroom is the only difference: the seats themselves are identical, with around 17 inches between the armrests (the base cushion itself is just under 19 inches across) and an eight inch recline.

Most of Scoot’s economy seats are arranged in a 3-4-3 configuration (with the seating numbering ABC-DEFG-HJK), which means you don’t want to get stuck in the middle two seats unless you’re happy to stay there for pretty much the entire flight.


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Garuda pushes back Sydney’s Boeing 777 launch

Garuda pushes back Sydney's Boeing 777 launch


Garuda Indonesia has quietly axed plans to bring its new Boeing 777-300ER to Sydney next month, pushing the big bird’s Australian debut back to mid-2014.

It’s the third setback for the airline’s newest flagship, which reintroduces first class to the Garuda fleet along with a revamped business class to help spearhead the airline’s drive to be seen as a world-class carrier.

Garuda first planned for the Boeing 777 to begin flying between Sydney and Jakarta from October 27 as a prelude to the early November launch of a new Sydney-Jakarta-London service designed to tap into the popular Kangaroo Route market.

However, in August Garuda revealed that the 28 year-old runway and apron at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport were not strong enough to carry the Boeing 777 if the aircraft was to operate with a full load of passengers, cargo and fuel sufficient for the 7,300 mile flight to London, delaying the launch of a Jakarta-London B777 service until upgrading work could be completed in May next year.

At the time, Garuda said the Boeing 777-300ER would be scheduled onto the Sydney-Jakarta route from November 8 to December 18, after which it would be “deployed to another region until our Jakarta to London service begins in 2014, when the aircraft will fly from Sydney to Jakarta and onto London direct.”

However, a spokeswoman for Garuda Indonesia has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that even this short six-week stint this is no longer on the cards.

“Unfortunately, the 777 will no longer be coming to Sydney in November, due to operational reasons” she said, although promising that the Boeing 777-300ER was still slated for Sydney-Jakarta-London flights once the airline reinstates this route, which is expected in the middle of 2014.


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Virgin Australia adds more New Zealand routes to Air New Zealand codeshares

Virgin Australia adds more NZ routes to Air New Zealand codeshares

IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia is expanding its NZ network with the addition of 17 more routes to its codeshare arrangement with Air New Zealand.

While Virgin already codeshares to all of Air New Zealand’s domestic ports, the new routes between selected cities will streamline trans-Tasman travel.

For example, Virgin Australia customers wanting to fly from Brisbane to Hamilton previously had to transit through Wellington – the new arrangement goives them the option to transit via  Auckland, which offers alternative flight schedules and a shorter overall travel time.

Here’s a list of the new Air New Zealand routes which now now carry VA flight numbers as part of a trans-Tasman booking:

  • Auckland to Hamilton, Rotorua
  • Christchurch to Hamilton, Napier, New Plymouth, Nelson, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga
  • Wellington to Napier, New Plymouth, Nelson, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Whangarei
  • Palmerston North to Hamilton, Nelson

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Living the Dreamliner of Jet Star

Australia’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed on time in Melbourne last week, according to Jetstar’s published schedule for flight JQ7878.

But it was five years late for the Qantas group which, in December 2005 under former CEO Geoff Dixon, announced plans for Jetstar to take delivery of its first 787 in August 2008, with The Flying Kangaroo to follow in mid-2009.

Was the long wait worth it? Does the Dreamliner live up to Boeing’s marketing hype, which promises the next-generation jet will deliver the world’s best in-flight experience for passengers?

Not so different on the outside, but Jetstar's first 787 distinguishes itself on its maiden flight with a host of in-cabin features.

Not so different on the outside, but Jetstar’s first 787 distinguishes itself on its maiden flight with a host of in-cabin features. Photo: Pat Scala

In a word, yes.


I travelled on the delivery flight of Jetstar’s first Boeing 787, from the Boeing facility at Seattle to Melbourne with a stopover in Honolulu, and it proved an excellent real-world test of what differences the 787 will deliver to the business traveller and frequent flyer

(And yes, I was a guest of Jetstar and Boeing on this special invitation-only flight – but such invitations buy my time, not my words.)

That sense of space

Some of the Dreamliner’s travel-friendly traits were immediately evident, even on the relatively short five-hour flight between Seattle and Honolulu.

Walking onto the 787, I’m immediately aware of the sense of space afforded by the redesigned cabin.

I’ve experienced it in mock-ups and on a brief promotional flight arranged by Boeing between Sydney and Brisbane in June last year.

The raised ceiling, larger recessed luggage bins and even the gentle LED lighting all make for a less confined cabin, edging you away from that claustrophobic sense of a flying sardine can.

Think of the interior of the latest Boeing 737-800s that you may have flown on Qantas or Virgin Australia, then imagine the same design stretched over a wider twin-aisle aircraft, and you’ll be getting close to the 787.

On take-off and throughout the flight, I’m struck by how quiet the Boeing 787 is – even more so than the Airbus A380  (then again, the A380 is a much bigger bird with two more engines bolted to the wings).

You can easily chat to your seatmate without lifting your voice, although you’ll still want to pack that trusty pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

The 787’s oversized windows let natural light flood the cabin, further contributing to a sense of openness.

However, with the first hours of our Honolulu-Melbourne leg being pre-dawn, the cabin crew sensibly invoked the windows’ electric dimming to prevent sunrise from waking the mostly-sleeping passengers.

Instead, we flew wrapped in a pleasing light blue hue, although you could still make out details through the dimmed windows.

From the flight’s start to finish, the air in the cabin seemed fresh and crisp rather than thickly stale. There was none of the dryness I’ve come to expect at the end of a long trip.

I wasn’t continually reaching for the water bottle, my eyes didn’t feel dry nor my sinuses blocked.

With much lower ‘cabin altitude’ levels (6,000 feet above sea level, compared to 7,500-8,000 feet in most conventional passenger jets) and twice the average amount of humidity – both of which bare possible because the 787 is largely built using carbon-fibre composites instead of metal – I walked off the 12-hour flight from Honolulu to Melbourne feeling better than any flight I’ve ever taken.

Jetstar’s 787 seats

As for the seats on Jetstar’s Boeing 787 – don’t expect much difference from the low-cost airline’s current Airbus A330 aircraft.

The compact 21-seat cabin at the front of the plane is business class in name only.

With a 9-inch recline, 38-inch pitch and 19-inch wide seat cushion – and allowing another two inches for your turf on the arm-rests – it’s closer to premium economy seating on a Qantas A380 or the revamped Boeing 747s.

Yes, there’s room enough to cross your leg and stretch out a bit, but you can forget about the seats converting into a flat bed (even the angled flat-bed of Air Asia X’s premium cabin).

That’s entirely appropriate for Jetstar, being a low-cost airline which has the leisure traveller in its cross-hairs.

Business class on a JQ 787 is best framed as a bit of extra comfort for the cashed-up holiday-maker.

Each seat has a touchscreen 10.6-inch display with a modest selection of content which can be viewed from gate to gate.

You also get your own power socket and a USB port to top up your smartphone or tablet.

However, there’s no space to keep any of that carry-on kit close at hand, unless you toss the contents of the seatback pocket into the overhead bin.

The best seats in Jetstar’s business class cabin? Those are 3G and 3J, which sport an extra two inches of recline because they’re designated as crew rest seats.

3G/3J won’t be available for bookings on Jetstar’s longest 787 services of Melbourne-Honolulu, as they’ll be set aside purely for crew use – but they’ll be up for grabs on most shorter flights.

Otherwise, plump for any seat and do your best to avoid the middle ones in this 2-3-2 configuration.

The 314 economy seats ranked in a 3-3-3 layout are pretty much what you’d expect in terms of legroom: a tight-fitting 30-inch pitch with a 5-inch recline, an 18-inch wide seat cushion plus an extra inch of armrest space.

Again, it’s par for the course on a low-cost airline, although the slimline design does afford a little extra room at the knees while the scalloped seatback does a fair job of cradling your sides.

It’s also worth pointing out that while Jetstar’s Boeing 787 packs in an extra 35 passengers compared to the Airbus A330s the Dreamliner will replace, the 787 has one less lav – and I’m unaware of any feature of the 787’s design which makes those mid-flight trips to the toilet less frequent.

David Flynn is a business travel expert and editor of Australian Business Traveller.

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