Qantas adds extra daily A380 superjumbo to Sydney-Hong Kong

Now there's a better chance to fly to Hong Kong in superjumbo style

Qantas is upgrading flights between Sydney and Hong Kong from this week with an Airbus A380 replacing the older Boeing 747 on the Monday service between the two cities.

Travellers will now be able to enjoy the airline’s flagship superjumbo on the daily QF127/128 service from Thursdays to Mondays inclusive, with the Boeing 747 reduced to only the Tuesday and Wednesday flights.

And things will get even better next year, as Australian Business Travellerreported last month, with the daily Sydney-Hong Kong flight running an A380 every day from Thursday January 2 through to Monday March 3, 2014.

From March 4, the schedule will revert to an A380 from Thursday to Monday and the Boeing 747 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Also in March next year, Qantas will open its new lounge at Hong Kong International Airport.

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge showing part of the dining area and the bar

The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge will be a single-class lounge for all business class and first class passengers (along with Qantas Gold and Platinum-grade frequent flyers and their oneworld card-holding equivalents), modelled along the same lines as with the Qantas Singapore Lounge.

More photos: Qantas reveals new Hong Kong, Los Angeles lounges


Australian Business Traveller


First steps towards restoring pride

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 10:53 AM

Today I’ve named the Socceroos squad to face Costa Rica and I can understand that many fans will be asking: what will be different from the recent games against Brazil and France?

Now is not the time to talk about playing style, tactics or selections. That will come on the training ground over the eight days we have to prepare.

The things that will change immediately are the way we think and talk about the Socceroos.

First up, I will remind all the players, other coaches and staff of the pride and honour we should all feel when we represent the nation. I know that fans want to see and hear about passion.

Just as important is understanding the essential truth that the Socceroos belong to the people. It’s not my team, it’s yours. I have the privilege to be the coach, but that comes with a big responsibility to the fans.

The training camp and the match against Costa Rica will bring our first important steps towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the challenges beyond.

We’ll go forward without one of the greatest Australian players of all time, Mark Schwarzer. Mark last night told us of his decision to retire from international football.

Mark is our most capped Socceroo, has been one of our best performers over a long period of time and has always remained passionate about playing for Australia. I know the Australian football community will join me in paying tribute to Mark for everything he’s done for the Socceroos.

I’m excited by the squad we have named to face Costa Rica on November 19 at Allianz Stadium and look forward to working with the players and staff when they come into camp early next week.

The first task is to have a good look at the bulk of the players who played a significant part in qualifying Australia for the 2014 World Cup and also giving opportunities to players I think have the ability to improve the team.

I want to give every Australian player the best opportunity to stake a claim for Brazil and beyond, which means bringing them into camp while they are match fit.

This team includes some players plying their trade in Asian Leagues as the next time we get together (early March) a lot of those players will still be finding their feet as their domestic competitions are only just starting.

Conversely, the March FIFA date gives players in Europe and the Hyundai A-League the same chance to show their talents while still in season.

I will also spend time watching club matches between the Costa Rica clash and the next FIFA date in March as players are auditioning to wear the Socceroos shirt in Brazil every time they pull on their football boots, no matter what shirt they are wearing.

This all allows me to make informed decisions on the form and merits of all players before we come together for the third time next May in Australia to prepare to take on the best players on the planet at the 2014 World Cup.

I firmly believe we have the talent to represent all Australians with pride every time we pull on that Socceroos shirt and tracksuit so join us on that that journey. It starts against Costa Rica at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday week (November 19), makes a significant stop in Brazil but the road continues into the future and includes all Australians, not just the 11 on the pitch.


Football Federation Australia

Ange Postecoglou announces first Socceroos squad

November 6, 2013 – 11:26AM

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

Ange Postecoglou's first game in charge will be the friendly against Costa RIca on November 19.

Ange Postecoglou’s first game in charge will be the friendly against Costa RIca on November 19. Photo: Getty Images

Ange Postecoglou has begun the long process to repairing the Socceroos by naming his first squad for the friendly against Costa Rica next week and included under-fire captain Lucas Neill as part of the 22-man team.

The veteran defender escaped the drop despite receiving widespread harsh criticism for his recent performances. Neill is joined by fellow elder statesmen of the national team, Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano in the squad to play Costa Rica at Allianz Stadium on November 19.

There was no room in Postecoglou’s first Socceroos squad for 32 year-old right-back Luke Wilkshire, who is the most notable absence. Wilkshire made 79 appearances for Australia but could be replaced by Ivan Franjic in the starting lineup after the Brisbane Roar player’s impressive start to the A–League season.


Postecoglou could also hand a debut to former Central Coast Mariners defender Alex Wilkinson who receives his first call-up after a stellar season in the K-League with Jeonbuk.

”I’m excited by the squad we have named to face Costa Rica on November 19 at Allianz Stadium and look forward to working with the players and staff when they come into camp early next week,” Postecoglou said. “The first task is to have a good look at the bulk of the players who played a significant part in qualifying Australia for the 2014 World Cup and also giving opportunities to players I think have the ability to improve the team.”

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak and Club Brugge’s Mat Ryan are the two goalkeepers included in the squad in place of Mark Schwarzer, who announced his international retirement early on Wednesday morning.

“Mark has been a tremendous servant for the National team. He is our most capped Socceroo, has been one of our best performers over a long period of time and he has always remained passionate about playing for Australia. I know the Australian football community will join me in paying tribute to Mark for everything he’s done for the Socceroos,” Postecoglou said.

Socceroos: Oliver Bozanic, Mark Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Jason Davidson, Ivan Franjic, James Holland, Mile Jedinak, Josh Kennedy, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, Matthew Leckie, Ryan McGowan, Matthew McKay, Mark Milligan, Lucas Neill, Tommy Oar, Tom Rogic, Mat Ryan, Dario Vidosic, Rhys Williams, Alex Wilkinson, Michael Zullo.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Shot Sydney teen caught in gang feud

Sydney girl shot

CRIME SCENE: Police cordoned off the street as they examined the shooting.

A 13-year-old Australian girl has been caught up as collateral damage in what is believed to be an escalating gang feud.

The teenager was struck in the back with shotgun pellets after a group of men came to her family’s Sydney home on Monday night.

They asked to speak with her brother and when she slammed the door shut, they started shooting at the front of thehome.

The pellets are believed to have passed through the front door and struck the teenager in the lower back in what police believe was a targeted attack on her brother.

Her brother is Masood Zakaria, a known low-ranking member of Brothers 4 Life.

Three other members of the gang have been shot in the past week, including the fatal shooting of Mahmoud Hamzy in the garage of his home at Revesby Heights.

Hamzy, 25, was the cousin of Brothers For Life founder and convicted murderer Bassam Hamzy.

From prison, Bassam Hamzy’s influence over the group has diminished in recent years.

But a senior police source said they were investigating whether the recent violence had been sparked by a fracturing within the Brothers 4 Life ranks.

It was understood some have been enjoying the high life, drinking and driving fast cars. Other members remain loyal to Bassam Hamzy and his extremist Islamic views.

Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas would not say whether detectives had spoken to Bassam Hamzy but said they were investigating a possible link.

”It’s not clear what influence Bassam Hamzy has over the group, but certainly some members have sworn allegiance to him,” Kaldas said.

”This particular group doesn’t appear to be as structured, which means … there is not as much control from above. They’re freelancers, I guess, in some ways, and that can be a bad thing because you cannot have anyone exert influence over what they’re doing.”

On Tuesday night, the 13-year-old was in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, where she was in a stable condition. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Her family are talking with police about the attack, after initially refusing to speak with detectives, which had prompted an angry response from Premier Barry O’Farrell.

”What sort of parents, whose daughter’s been injured in an attack like this, will not co-operate with police?” O’Farrell said.
Kaldas said it was ”outrageous” a teenage girl could be shot while in her own home.

”We’ve all been saying for some time that if you keep shooting at houses … sooner or later some innocent person would be hit and the consequences would be dire, and it has happened today,” he said.


The Sydney Morning Herald

‘It’s too late to leave’

NSW fires

HOT STUFF: A Rural Fire Service firefighter conducts a backburn in an effort to get a wild fire under control.

A bushfire is threatening properties in the New South Wales Hawkesbury region, with residents being warned it is too late to leave their homes.

Several firefighters and two aircraft are battling to control the fire at Lower Portland on the Hawkesbury River on Sunday afternoon, an RFS spokesman said.

An emergency warning was put in place shortly after 4.30pm (6.30pm NZT), with residents of the area around Laws Farm Road and Ski Lodge Drive warned it was too late to leave.

They are being urged to seek shelter if the fire impacts their property.

According to Google maps, there are about 50 properties in the area.


Sydneysiders are getting some relief from the warm conditions as a southerly change arrives over the city, but gusty winds and a change to the south may test firefighters working to control dozens of fires across the state.

New South Wales Fire Service warned of a severe fire danger.

Gusts have reached as high as 93 km/h an hour at Mount Boyce in the Blue Mountains. Sydney Airport, Richmond and Terrey Hills have had gusts of 70 km/h or stronger.

Coastal areas of Sydney may see winds of 80 km/h as the change comes through, with windy conditions extending into Monday, said Rob Sharpe, a Weatherzone meteorologist.

The winds, and the shift in direction from the westerlies to the south-west, will add to challenges for fire fighters working to contain dozens of fires across the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning after 1pm (3pm NZT) for gusty westerly winds ahead of the south-westerly change.

“Damaging winds around 50 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and for areas above 1000 metres of Australian Capital Territory forecast districts,” the bureau said.

Severe fire danger ratings have been declared for Sydney and the Illawarra/Shoalhaven, all the way north to the Queensland border, and for the North Western, Northern Slopes and Upper Central West plains, the Rural Fire Service said. Total fire bans apply for 10 of the state’s 21 districts.

-Sydney Morning Herald and AAP

Pela segunda vez na história, Fluminense termina ano sem vitória em clássicos

Fato aconteceu pela primeira vez em 2011. Com oito derrotas e três empates, aproveitamento do time diante dos rivais regionais em 2013 é de míseros 9%


A derrota por 1 a 0 para o Flamengo no domingo sacramentou um fato desconfortável para o Fluminense em sua história .  Pela segunda vez desde que passou a enfrentar regularmente seus três principais rivais, o Tricolor terminou uma temporada sem uma vitória sequer em clássicos. Esta estatística se repetiu em 2011. Neste ano, foram 11 confrontos com oito derrotas e três empates conseguindo um aproveitamento pífio de apenas 9%. Já há dois anos o time saiu derrotado em cinco oportunidades e com o empate em outras cinco.

A estatística incomoda e muito o Fluminense. Mas pior que a frieza dos números é o fato de as chances de o clube terminar rebaixado para a segunda divisão aumentaram – hoje são de 44%. Segundo Vanderlei Luxemburgo, uma derrota diante de um rival é algo normal pela importância do jogo. Mas o treinador lamentou muito o último tropeço por considerar que seu time fez um bom jogo superior ao do Flamengo.

– O jogo vinha sendo bem controlado pela gente, com possibilidades de gol em ambos os tempos. Mas após um escanteio a nosso favor a bola parou no nosso gol. Esse resultado é normal, pode acontecer para os dois lados por ser um clássico. É ruim, mas não terminou. Estamos todos tristes, mas vamos continuar trabalhando forte – disse.

Em 1921, o Tricolor também não venceu clássico algum, mas enfrentou apenas Flamengo e Botafogo. Após a derrota de domingo, o Fluminense se manteve com 36 pontos na 16ª colocação na tabela do Campeonato Brasileiro, agora com a mesma pontuação do Vasco, primeiro clube na zona de rebaixamento. O time se reapresenta na terça-feira e volta a entrar em campo no próximo domingo, contra o Corinthians, às 19h30m (de Brasília), no Estádio Fonte Luminosa.

Quase 18 mil ingressos são vendidos para Grêmio x Atlético-PR, na Arena

Três setores do estádio já têm bilhetes esgotados para jogo desta quarta

Gremistas se pilcharam e ficaram na mureta  (Foto: Diego Guichard/GLOBOESPORTE.COM)

Gremistas se pilcharam e ficaram na mureta
(Foto: Diego Guichard/GLOBOESPORTE.COM)


Ao que tudo indica, o Grêmio terá amplo apoio da torcida para a partida contra o Atlético-PR, às 21h50m desta quarta-feira, na Arena. Até o início da noite desta segunda-feira, quase 18 mil ingressos (de 24 mil colocados à venda) foram vendidos.

Ao todo, três setores já foram esgotados: arquibancada norte, gramado sul e quarto nível. Os ingressos disponíveis custam entre R$ 100 e R$ 160 e podem ser adquiridos pelo site ou nas bilheterias da Arena.

As trocas de vouchers de compras realizadas pelo site devem ser feitas nos dias e horários de funcionamento dos guichês. As bilheterias estão localizadas nos lados leste e oeste da Arena. Estudantes e menores de 03 a 15 anos tem 50% de desconto em todos os setores, inclusive Cadeira Gold. Os torcedores do Atlético-PR podem adquirir seus ingressos a partir desta segunda-feira, nas bilheterias do setor sul.

Confira o serviço:

Horário de funcionamento das bilheterias
04/11 – das 11h às 20h
05/11 – das 11h às 20h
06/11 – das 11h às 22h35min

Gramado Sul, Quarto Nível Norte/Sul: R$ 80
Quarto Nível Corners: R$ 90
Gramado Corner: R$ 100
Gramado Leste/Oeste Centro, Gold Sul: R$ 120
Gold Norte: R$ 140
Gold Leste/Oeste Centro: R$ 160

Man arrested following string of Auckland robberies

10:50 AM Tuesday Nov 5, 2013

Photo / File

A Mt Roskill man is set to appear in court this afternoon following a string of robberies across New Lynn and wider Auckland.

The 28-year-old has been charged with a series of aggravated robberies which took place across New Lynn at Radius Pharmacy, Hells Pizza, Midwest Pharmacy and Subway.

He has also been charged in relation to aggravated robberies at Burger Fuel in Mt Eden, and at the ANZ Bank in the Royal Oak Mall.

The Mt Roskill man will appear in the Waitakere District Court this afternoon facing eight counts of aggravated robbery, four of assault with a weapon, and one each of robbery, demands with menace, threats to kill, unlawful taking, aggravated assault and theft ex-car.

Waitakere Detective Sergeant Steve Salton said the arrest should bring relief to local shop owners and their staff.

“We know that many of the people who were working when this man did these robberies were badly shaken, and understandably so.

“We hope that this news will go some way to making them feel safe again in their work.

“We’d also like to thank the public and the media for their help in helping us to solve these cases, the tips that we received from the community after we released photos of the offender helped us to catch this man.”

The robberies were previously linked to an aggravated robbery at New Lynn Subway in early September where three men confronted a staff member at the back door of the shop and a knife was held to his throat, however the link had since been discounted, police said.


The New Zealand Herald

“Sai de Baixo” mina concorrentes e retorna como se não tivesse saído

Divulgação/TV Globo

O clássico dos fins de domingo voltou. Por apenas quatro vezes, mas está dando para matar a saudade. O “Sai de Baixo”, que foi um especial de quatro episódios para marcar o aniversário de três anos do canal por assinatura Viva, voltou ao ar na Globo após 11 anos, como se nunca tivesse se despedido.

Caco Antibes (Miguel Falabella), Magda (Marisa Orth), Cassandra (Aracy Balabanian), Vavá (Luís Gustavo) e Neide Aparecida (Márcia Cabrita) estavam em perfeita harmonia.

O improviso de Falabella sempre foi uma atração à parte. O mesmo já declarou que nunca decorou texto, assim como seu companheiro de cena, Luís Gustavo, fato este percebido para quem assiste, e se torna um atrativo a mais para o telespectador.

Piadas críticas não faltaram. Caco Antibes não poupou o estado caótico dos aeroportos, soltou um “chupa, Feliciano” depois de dizer que dormiria com Tony Ramos e até piadas sobre a nova classe C foram tema da estreia.

Duas piadas velhas passaram batidas, como a da brincadeira de que o tomate está caro e o caviar o substituiu na mesa feita por Cassandra, e outra sobre a exploração do tráfico de pessoas (“Salve Jorge”). No mais, programa nostálgico.

O “canguru perneta”, “cabeção”, e claro, o “cala a boca, Magda”, voltaram. Pelo menos até o fim de novembro. Pra desespero da concorrência.

O regresso do humorístico fez com que a audiência da Globo no horário, que girava em torno de 9 pontos, subisse pra 17 de média. Um aumento que representa cerca de 70%. Com isso, as lideranças do “Pânico” e do programa de Silvio Santos deram uma trégua.

Que a boa audiência do “Sai de Baixo” sirva de alento para que a Globo volte, quem sabe, a produzir novos episódios em 2014.


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DA lodged for Brisbane’s second tallest building

November 5, 2013 – 12:01AM

Tony Moore senior reporter

A concept design of what Brisbane's new skyline will look like with the largest integrated CBD development is built.

A concept design of what Brisbane’s new skyline will look like when the largest integrated CBD development is built.


Brisbane’s second tallest building – an 82 storey, 274-metre tall apartment tower – looks set to be built on the North Quay side of the old Supreme and District Court site on George Street.

The 300 George Street development includes three buildings – an office tower, residential apartments and hotel – all built on the inner-city site bordered by George, Adelaide and Ann streets and North Quay.

The current site as it is today looking down George Street.The current site as it is today looking down George Street. Photo: Tony Moore

Overall it will be one of Brisbane’s largest integrated developments.


In May, Housing Minister Tim Mander announced the court site was sold to the Shayher Group, part of the Taiwan-based conglomerate Par Jar Group.

On Friday the Shayher Group’s development application for the three buildings on the site was lodged with Brisbane City Council.

A concept design of the new development on the old Supreme Courthouse site.A concept design of the proposed new development on the old Supreme and District Court site.

Their development application shows;

– an 82-storey residential tower on the corner of North Quay and Adelaide Street;

– a 32-storey, five-star hotel on the corner of Ann Street and North Quay, and;

Floor plans for the development at 300 George Street.

Floor plans for the development at 300 George Street.

– a 39-storey, office tower on the corner of George and Ann streets.

Underneath these towers on the first three floors; the Shayher Group is proposing a retail shopping mall, that includes a master ballroom, conference facilities and retail stores.

On the new ground, or fourth-floor level would be gardens and an “entrance statement” up from the corner of Adelaide and George streets.

The proposals also show a raised Brisbane River viewing plateau and a central water feature.

Mr Mander said it was great news for the Queensland construction industry.

“Iconic projects like the redevelopment of 300 George Street, and the construction of 1 William Street will create thousands of jobs and help drive the ongoing recovery in the sector,” he said.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Monday said the development application’s decision to include a five-star hotel was “vote of confidence” in the city’s hotel future.

It will now be judged by Council’s planning teams.

“The proposal is a vote of confidence in the strength of the Brisbane hotel market and in the city’s economy, however it must meet our planning criteria,” Cr Quirk said.

“The development application will be assessed on its merits by Council officers to ensure it meets Council’s planning conditions,” he said.

A spokesman for the Shayher Group on Monday night said the company hoped to begin demolition of the old court buildings “early in 2014” if Council approval was granted.

“We hope to commence earnestly in early 2014,” he said.

“You will see the scaffolding coming up pretty soon.

“Next year you will see predominantly the demolition and excavation work and we hope that by the beginning of 2015, we will commence construction from the ground floor up.”

Other aspects of the 300 George Street proposal are:

– the five-star hotel is designed to “shimmer” in the sun;

– the five star hotel is rumoured to be a Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

– the residential apartments looking over the river towards the museum, will have a level 4 recreation deck including a pool, gym, theatre, games room and sauna.

The buildings are designed by Zenx Architects and DBI Architects.

Brisbane’s tallest building will be the 294-metre tall (81 storeys) Infinity Tower, which is now under construction in Herschel Street.

Vision Tower on Mary Street, (283 metres, 68 floors) could be Brisbane’s second tallest building, however the status of that development is unclear, with an eight-storey car park being built on the site.

The Brisbane Times