China Southern’s Airbus A380 looks set to return to Sydney from December through to February next year.
The airline pulled its superjumbo off its Sydney-Guangzhou route in February due to soft demand, although at the time a spokeswoman for China Southern told Australian Business Traveller that said “the A380 is expected to return again to operate during peak season.”
And it seems that China Southern is as good as its word, with the airline’sonline booking system now showing the A380 once again flying between Sydney and Guangzhou from December 1, 2014 through to February 28, 2015.
As before, the superjumbo is slotted into the flight schedule as CZ326/325, with a daytime departure from Sydney and the overnight return from Guangzhou.
China Southern’s other daily Sydney flight, CZ302/301, will retain the smaller Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
China Southern’s Airbus A380 offers travellers three classes: ‘Platinum Private Suite’, which is first class; ‘First Class’, which is actually
as travellers know it, and economy is exactly that – ‘Economy Class’.
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A spokeswoman for China Southern confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that the A380’s last Australian flight – at least for now – would be on February 21, 2014.
The superjumbo will be replaced by a smaller Airbus A330, although China Southern is hopeful the superjumbo will return next summer (that’s southern hemipshere summer, for visitors from above the equator).
“After a successful summer down under, the A380 is expected to return again to operate during peak season” the spokeswoman said, citing the A380’s absence as “reducing capacity on the Guangzhou-Sydney service in line with seasonal changes.”
The biggest airline in Asia, state-owned China Southern – which only this month inked an alliance with Qantas to begin in early 2014 – has reportedly been facing consistently low passenger numbers on the double-deck jet, which has 506 seats – hundreds more than the smaller Airbus A330s which it usually runs between Australian and China.
On many flights the airline has been offering inflight upgrades from economy to business class of between $750 and $1,000 in an attempt to fill the cavernous 70 seat business class cabin; instant upgrades to the more exclusive first class cabin are often available at $2,750.
During the launch of the A380 service China Southern CEO Tan Wangeng admitted that the airline faced challenges in meeting passenger expectations in areas such as inflight meals and crew service.
Tan told Australian Business Traveller that customer feedback indicated travellers were “unhappy” with those two core aspects of the airline’s flights.
China Southern has invested millions of dollars in extensive sponsorship to build its brand in the Australian market. These include three-year deals with the Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival plus Perth’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition and a charity series of Twenty20 cricket.
Source : The Australian Business Traveller
Updated 5:00 AM Friday May 16, 2014
Photo / Natalie Slade
Auckland motorways have been paved with gold in the Budget, while not an extra cent has gone to public transport.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a $375 million interest-free loan to the New Zealand Transport Authority to accelerate $815 million of motorway projects.
The list of projects is backed by the Auckland Business Forum and Road TransportForum, but has been criticised by the youth organisation Generation Zero as a “backwards step”.
Labour transport spokesman Phil Twyford said it showed National’s obsession with motorways at the expense of building a modern public transport system. There was nothing for the City Rail Link, he said.
Auckland Business Forum chairman Michael Barnett said some of the projects had sat on Auckland plans for decades, while Road Transport Forum chief executive Ken Shirley said the interest-free loan showed a heartening commitment to long-term infrastructure investments vital for sustained economic growth.
“Some of our Auckland operators, especially those moving freight to and from the Ports of Auckland, will be disappointed that money has only been allocated for further investigation of preferred scope of the east-west route, but it is essential it has robust scrutiny,” Mr Shirley said.
Manurewa-Papakura councillor Calum Penrose said investing $210 million towards the upgrade of the Takanini interchange and widening the Southern Motorway between Manukau and and Papakura was welcome news.
“The start date for work on the Takanini interchange is 2016-2017 which can’t come soon enough.”
Generation Zero spokesman Dr Sudhvir Singh said: “The City Rail Link has been identified by the people of Auckland as the top priority for transport in Auckland, yet the Government has missed the opportunity to fund this essential piece of infrastructure in favour of largely unnecessary roading projects.”
The motorway projects in the Budget include an immediate start on three Northern Motorway improvements, five projects on the Southern Motorway around Takanini and scoping the east-west link through the industrial southeast.
Mr Brownlee said the projects would capitalise on work under way, such as the western ring route.
$450m on Northern Motorway, including having three lanes from Constellation Drive to Greville Rd northbound.
$210m on Southern Motorway, including having four lanes from Manukau to Hill Rd.
$140m on upgrading State Highway 20A‘s northern approach to airport.
$10m on investigating the East-West Link.
Work over the next year.
$5m progressing Ameti project between Panmure and Pakuranga.
Work over the next year.
Source : The New Zealand Herald
Seguindo sua nova estratégia de contratos, com o intuito de reduzir gastos e otimizar o seu orçamento, a Globo perdeu mais um ator no seu quadro de contratos fixos e de longo prazo.
Trata-se de Luiz Fernando Guimarães, que tinha 35 anos de trabalhos dedicados exclusivamente à Rede Globo de Televisão. Ele não teve seu contrato renovado, porém deverá ter novos trabalhos na emissora.
Para o NaTelinha, a Central Globo de Comunicação afirmou que continua contando com Luiz Fernando para os programas, apenas com o regime de relação contratual alterado. “A Globo mantém um quadro fixo de cerca de 500 atores em regime de contrato prazo longo. Tem um contingente desse banco que é renovado periodicamente. Há contratos prazo longo que passam a ser contratos por obra certa, da mesma maneira, que contratos obra certa podem se tornar contratos de prazo longo”.
A CGC ainda afirmou que essa alternância permite que a Globo tenha uma oxigenação natural.
Luiz Fernando tem um grande histórico de novelas e seriados na Globo. A sua primeira trama foi “Uma Rosa comAmor”, de 1972, mas seu primeiro papel de destaque aconteceu apenas em 1984, quando foi o vigarista Miro em “Vereda Tropical”. Também atuou em “Cambalacho”, em 1986. Depois disso, só voltou às novelas em 2000, em uma participação em “Uga Uga”, e 2011, quando fez “Cordel Encantado”.
Já em seriados, Luiz Fernando é uma das presenças mais importantes da Globo. Ele atuou no inovador “TV Pirata”, “Comédia da Vida Privada”, “Dicas de Um Sedutor”, dentre outros.
Seu maior sucesso foi com Fernanda Torres, entre 2001 e 2003, em “Os Normais”, onde interpretou Rui. Outro grande sucesso foi “Minha Nada Mole Vida”, onde interpretou Jorge Horário, um colunista social da televisão. Também fez a polêmica minissérie “Decadência”, de Dias Gomes.
Seu último trabalho na Globo foi no início deste ano, onde fez parte do elenco do humorístico
May 16, 2014 – 12:12AM
World Cup-bound defender Matthew Spiranovic has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will likely re-sign with Western Sydney Wanderers after steering the A-League club to the final eight of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday night.
The giant centre back is off contract with the A-League runners-up but said he was likely to remain at Parramatta next season and could sign a new deal with the club within a week. His announcement came as somewhat of a surprise as the 25-year-old free agent could potentially be lured back to Europe by a number of clubs should he impress on the world’s biggest stage with the Socceroos in Brazil next month. The 2014 World Cup is the greatest window-front of football but Spiranovic says he’s had positive discussions with the Wanderers’ management over a contract renewal and could be enticed to sign before departing for South America.
Before returning to Australia at the start of the season, Spiranovic previously played in the Bundesliga with FC Nurnberg, with Japanese giants Urawa Red Diamonds and had a season in Qatar with Al-Arabi and has made no secret of his desire to return to Europe in the future. It seems he may delay that goal for another season as he told media immediately after the Wanderers’ 2-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima that his future with the Wanderers could potentially be secured within a matter of days.
Matthew Spiranovic celebrates after the Wanderers’ ACL win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Photo: Getty Images
“I think I’ll make a decision in the next few days if not weeks. I think now that the games are done, we’ll have a few talks and decide what the next step is. There’s a good chance [I will stay here] but we’ll see in the next day or two,” Spiranovic said. “I’ve always said that I’m not in any rush but if the right opportunity comes up for me, the right fit, obviously I’ve really enjoyed this season, if we can make both parties happy then obviously I’d love to stay on.”
Spiranovic rediscovered his form and fitness under the guidance of Tony Popovic in a season capped off with a thrilling Champions League round of 16 victory over the two-time champions of Japan, Hiroshima. He was struggling to contain his excitement following the match and hailed the spirit of the squad along with a tactical tweak as decisive factors in their win.
“The boys are over the moon, we couldn’t have ended it on a better note really, I’m lost for words to be honest,” Spiranovic said. “We changed to a 3-5-2 and we keep the pressure on. We had a few chances even before we scored and I think we deserved it in the end.”
The central defender will join the Socceroos training camp in Gosford on Sunday to stake his claim for a place in the final 23-man squad for Brazil and said he was confident of assuming a leadership role in a more youthful and inexperienced backline.
“I feel like I’ve been part of the set-up for quite a while now. I’ve been there since I was 18 and I’ve been involved in a lot of camps, tournaments. I feel like I’m comfortable if I need to take that role but we have a lot of leaders in that squad and I think it’s a great opportunity for us to step up and show what we’re made of.”
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald
May 15, 2014 – 9:29PM
Driving that puts at risk the safety of a vulnerable road user will attract heavy fines, disqualification or even jail time.
Drivers who endanger cyclists and other vulnerable road users in the ACT face tough new penalties including fines and up to two years in prison under new legislation.
The legislation introduced by Attorney-General Simon Corbell on Thursday creates offences of aggravated furious, reckless or dangerous driving.
Cyclists and motorcyclists would be recognised as vulnerable road users, along with riders of animals, riders of motorised scooters and Segways.
Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has signalled his support for the bill, which comes as an inquiry into vulnerable road users prepares to release its report next month.
Drivers could face aggravated charges for failing to comply with police, driving while drunk, driving 30 per cent above speed limits or putting vulnerable road users at risk.
They could be fined, jailed or lose their licence, with other factors including driving with a person younger than 17 years old or being a repeat offender being taken into account.
Mr Rattenbury said he believed it was the first time vulnerable road users had been defined in any Australian legislation.
He has previously sought legislation to recognise the category of vulnerable road users and creating specific offences relating to their safety.
”I hope it signals that the ACT will lead the way in policy and reforms to protect and assist these road users,” Mr Rattenbury said.
”The definition provides a foundation for ongoing refinements and improvements for these users in future ACT legislation and policy.
”I hope the changes will also help shift perceptions and improve awareness of the needs of these users.”
The Territory and Municipal Services Minister said prioritising and improving conditions for road users not driving cars was an effective way to improve Canberra’s overall sustainability and character.
He said the reforms would be beneficial to all road users if passed by the Legislative Assembly.
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson indicated he would seek clarification from the government on what behaviours would constitute causing risk to vulnerable road users.
Debate could also focus on the appropriateness of drivers facing jail sentences for travelling at 30 per cent above the mandated limit, including in school zones or construction areas.
Pedal Power ACT executive officer John Armstrong welcomed the reforms.
”It is one of the multi-pronged elements that is required in order to gain effective road safety for vulnerable road users, including those who ride their bikes on the road,” Mr Armstrong said.
He said policy development as well as infrastructure and driver and rider and education were critical to providing safe roads.
”Whether the person on the road is a cyclist, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian or anyone, no one likes to see harm come to anyone on the road. Good effective legislation to ensure that protection is there is always a good thing.”
Mr Corbell said the bill addressed high-risk driving behaviour with the potential to have catastrophic consequences for Canberrans and visitors.
”The increased penalties reflect how seriously the community regards anti-social behaviour that puts other road users at risk,” he said.
The inquiry into vulnerable road users received 60 submissions from the public and advocacy organisations and will present its report on June 5.
Source : The Canberra Times
May 15, 2014 – 5:51PM
Australia may be young and inexperienced as they prepare to take on the world’s best in Brazil, but they are not alone. The fresh faces that make up the bulk of the 30-man squad announced on Thursday have raised concern due to the low number of international caps among them, but what’s forgotten is that Australia are not the only nation in their group dealing with this issue.
The pedigree of the Socceroos’ group B opponents Holland may strike fear in the hearts of many fans back home but the “Oranje” are also going through a large-scale rebuilding, as shown by their squad being comprised mostly of youngsters.
Holland-based Socceroos’ duo Tommy Oar and Jason Davidson say that the domestic attention on the Dutch national team is somewhat subdued as it is blooding the next generation. There are just four international caps among five of the youngest defenders in Holland’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad and Aston Villa centre back Ron Vlaar is the most experienced in the back line with just 22 appearances in the orange jersey.
“Because they have a young team now, my perception is that they’re not coming into the World Cup arrogant”: Jason Davidson. Photo: Wolter Peeters
While Holland can call upon the likes of Arjen Robben, Rafeal Van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder in the middle of the park, nine of their 10 other midfielders have fewer than 10 international appearances each.
“Because they have a young team now, my perception is that they’re not coming into the World Cup arrogant,” Davidson said. “They believe they got nothing to be arrogant about and they’ve got a young team so they’re trying to prove a point like we are.”
The Dutch failed to beat Australia in their three previous matches and Davidson does not believe Holland will underestimate the Socceroos when they meet in Porto Alegre.
Experience: Holland’s Arjen Robben. Photo: Reuters
“They’re quite wary,” he said. “They’re a team in transition and they’re a team that has a lot of young players like us. I think they’re not coming into the tournament taking anything for granted and they believe that when they play Australia it will be a tough game.”
FC Utrecht winger Oar and Heracles Almelo fullback Davidson will likely fill the two left-sided positions in the Socceroos’ line-up at the World Cup. They believe they have a strong on-field connection stemming from their years of playing alongside one another in Australia’s youth teams and strengthened by their development in the Dutch Eredivisie.
“I’m familiar with the way Jason plays, I’ve played with him since I was very young – also in the young national teams,” Oar said. “I think we have a good understanding … but there’s also a lot of competition for places on the left side, so I think the left side is quite strong at the moment.”
In a rarity for Australia football, there are a number of competitors for places on the left flank as Matt McKay and James Troisi are also in contention. Coach Ange Postecoglou is yet to indicate his preference for starting spots but Oar welcomes the uncertainty and the competition.
“Nobody takes their spot for granted when Ange is the coach,” Oar said. “I think it’s refreshed the whole team and brought a new kind of energy to the training and to the games. Security can also be heavily linked to complacency and, with Ange, that’s definitely one thing that has never come to take place. In the last few games I think we’ve performed very well and with more weeks of intensive training under our belts we can go to a new level and improve a lot as a team.”
Source : The Sydney Morning Herald