Em homenagem ao Figueira, Itaquerão passa a ser chamado de Itaqueirense

A primeira impressão é a que fica (FOTO: Romarinho)
A primeira impressão é a que fica (FOTO: Romarinho)

O marketing da Fifa não para de trabalhar na véspera da Copa do Mundo. Como a primeira vitória no Itaquerão foi conquistada pelo Figueirense, a entidade máxima do futebol decidiu criar um novo nome para o estádio, que passa a ser chamado de Itaqueirense. Quem explica o porquê da mudança é o presidente da entidade, Joseph Blatter.

“O apelido Itaquerão pegou e não queremos que fique, pois é muito negativo, é pejorativo. Assim como outros que estão na boca do povo, como Entulhão e Lulão. Desta forma, criamos o Itaqueirense, que é muito mais amigável e homenageia o primeiro time que venceu no estádio, o Figueirense. Mas se a torcida quiser usar outro apelido, usa o Figueirão, que também homenageia o Figueira”, disse Blatter.

A notícia caiu como uma bomba para a torcida, que protestou ferozmente nas ruas de São Paulo. Faixas com os dizeres “acobo há pas”, “mi devolvi meu timao” e “eu amu u bolsa familha” foram estendidas pela cidade.

Como o nome já pegou, empresas que negociavam com o clube para comprar o naming rights do estádio já cancelaram as tratativas.

Will new Qantas surcharges drive more customers away ?

May 19, 2014 – 12:40PM

Qantas have introduced surcharges for flight tickets at peak times.

The science of pricing air fares charged to consumers, which the airline industry has refined under the banner of “yield management”, is a world away from the guesswork that was used before computers took over the grunt work.

It’s a gripe among punters that they can be sitting next to someone who paid three times more or three times less for the seat they’re sitting in – all because, in some airline backroom, fares have been divided into different “buckets” that can be purchased with different restrictions.

Generally speaking, the fewer the restrictions, the higher the fare, with business travellers willing to pay the most for flexibility and frills that the leisure traveller doesn’t want or need.

In yield management systems, fares rise and fall according to the time of day, day of the week and the week of the year according to demand that’s predictable according to reams of historically observed data.

So it does seem odd that, when it is losing money and collapsing its market share to attempt to get back in the black, Qantas International should be overriding its yield management system and signalling to its customers (and its competitors) that it will be levying fixed surcharges for Australian departures according to the season and time of week.

The first target was Qantas’s highly successful non-stop service from Sydney to Dallas, Texas, that enables customers to by-pass the Los Angeles hub and plug into partner American Airlines’ Dallas hub which saves time for customers flying on to US east coast destinations like New York and Miami.

The DFW service switches from Boeing 747-400s to Airbus A380s in September.

A Qantas spokesman says the surcharge for the SYD-DFW service – $50 one way in economy, $100 in premium economy and $200 in business – is standard airline industry practice and is “often applied on services into and out of Australia”.

Known as Q Surcharge, the DFW impost was introduced in April and was extended last week to most other routes, ranging up to $200 one way from Australia to Europe, Africa and the Middle East for outbound departures only on both Qantas and Emirates services.

It includes a $25 surcharge for Qantas economy passengers on services from Australia to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Manila and a $50 surcharge from Sydney to Honolulu.

On top of that, from the weekend just past Qantas-Emirates customers leaving the country on many popular weekend services began paying a $25 surcharge.

The new international weekend travel surcharge will apply to outbound travel from Australia on Fridays and Saturdays on all routes across the Emirates-Qantas network, except Singapore, Thailand and Kuala Lumpur.

The surcharge will apply to flights to Thailand on Saturday and Sunday for Qantas-operated flights and Fridays and Saturdays for those operated by Emirates.

It’s part of a general belt-tightening at Qantas over the past few months.

Qantas announced on April 30 that, “with passengers increasingly having the choice of less expensive and sale fares”, the airline would no longer offer a discount on its full fares to seniors and children, in line with other domestic carriers.

I must admit I was surprised to learn that those discounts were still in the system.

Most of the time, anyone who can use a home computer system has access to fares that are far cheaper.

“Last year, these concession fares only made up a single digit percentage of Qantas’ overall bookings, chiefly because customers choose cheaper sale fares,” the airline says.

Qantas points out that average domestic air fares in Australia have dropped by almost 22 per cent in the past decade – along with Qantas’s market share.

Qantas had a 63.8 per cent share of domestic capacity in March, short of its 65 per cent target, but that is nothing compared with what has happened internationally.

In the latest month for which government figures are available, the Qantas group’s international market share (for Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar) had fallen to 24.5 per cent, down from 29.8 per cent in February last year and 29.8 per cent in a decade ago in 2004 (when Jetstar was a recently invented domestic carrier only).

A decade earlier than that in 1994, the figure was 40.7 per cent.

As any airline executive will tell you, market share is worse than worthless if you lose your shirt chasing it.

But doing the opposite – sacrificing market share – while it may restore profitability also risks shedding the critical mass essential to keep costs low.

It is in this scenario the Qantas risks handing business to its competitors by advertising the fact that it is charging fixed penalties for its customers at times of high demand.

Have Qantas’s new surcharges put you off? Will you use them anyway because of the product it offers?

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Brains and beauty: Queensland women vie for Miss World Australia crown

May 20, 2014 – 12:00AM

The Qld 2014 Miss World finalists.

The Qld 2014 Miss World finalists. Photo: Supplied

A bevy of Queensland beauties have dreams of representing Australia at the Miss World pageant later this year, but first, they’ll need to scoop the pool in the national final next weekend.

The eight Queensland finalists from the state’s Miss World Australia pageant were chosen on Sunday, including a former Miss Universe Australia finalist, Courtney Thorpe.

The 23-year-old from Bowen Hills, who has an extensive modelling portfolio, runs the styling department at the Australian Institute of Creative Design in Brisbane.

Miss World Australia Queensland finals.

Miss World Australia Queensland finals. Photo: supplied

One of the Miss World pageant mantras is that its competitors have “beauty with a purpose”, and Ms Thorpe says she wants to promote positive body image.

Ms Thorpe was quick to dismiss any suggestion the pageant was about objectifying women, and said each finalists’ morals, opinions and personalities would be put under the microscope at the national finals.

“In the fashion industry I see a lot of girls who have insecurities about the way they look and are constantly comparing themselves to other women and celebrities and other icons,” she said.

One of the 2014 Miss World finalists, Courtney Thorpe.

One of the 2014 Miss World finalists, Courtney Thorpe.Photo: Supplied

“I’m not the absolute skinniest girl in the world. I do have curves, and it’s all about accepting yourself for who you are. Whether that is skinny, whether that is curvy, just accepting yourself for who you are and really flaunting that.”

Another Queensland finalist, 18-year-old Jade Hirning, raised nearly $5000 for children’s charity Variety in the lead-up to Sunday’s event on the Sunshine Coast.

Ms Hirning organised three fundraisers in her hometown of Dalby on one day, and hopes to raise more money for disadvantaged children in the coming months.

The other Queensland finalists to make the national final were Adele Lazarus, Stephanie Campbell, Ariel Kelly, Charlotte-Anne Burbridge, Josie Zavadil and Hayley Wilson.

The Miss World Australia Final takes place next Sunday in Melbourne, with the winner to get a chance to fly the flag for the nation at the Miss World final later in the year.

Source : The Brisbane Times

Flight test: Qantas 747 jumbo jet business class

May 19, 2014

Qantas business class service.

Qantas business class service.


New York (JFK) to Sydney (via Los Angeles).


Boeing 747-400.


Business, seat 1J.


Six hours, 10 minutes from JFK to LA; two-hour stopover in LA; 14 hours, 45 minutes from LA to Sydney. An ill passenger delays our departure from LA and we arrive 40 minutes late into Sydney.


Stylish silver and purple capsule-style Skybed seat in a 2-3-2 arrangement. Plenty of storage with a large pocket in the seat in front and a privacy screen if you don’t like the look of your neighbour. Seats are infinitely adjustable and recline to a fully flat, two-metre-long bed. Seat width: 61 centimetres; pitch: 152 centimetres.


Business class passengers get three checked pieces (32 kilograms each) plus two carry-on bags (7 kilograms each).


The big drawcard of this route is Qantas uses the same plane for both legs, so you don’t have to endure a US domestic carrier from New York to LA. In seat mode the Skybed is comfortable and spacious and when you’re ready to turn in, a flight attendant will make up the bed with a mattress and duvet. Stylish his-and-hers amenity kits from New York designer Kate Spade complement Peter Morrissey’s natty grey pyjamas.


The latest instalment of the Q Entertainment system features a dizzying array of choice including 100 movies (15 new releases on this flight), 500 TV programs, 20 radio channels, 80 games and 1000 CDs. Delivery is via a touch-sensitive 30.7-centimetre screen and noise-cancelling headphones. There’s also in-seat power and a USB port.


Excellent, particularly on the second leg where the mood is playful and jovial rather than fawning and obsequious. Jackets and coats are whisked away to be hung up and meals and drinks are served and cleared promptly. I accidentally left my laptop onboard during the stopover at LA and it was retrieved and delivered to me without fuss or fanfare. Business class passengers have access to the British Airways Terraces Lounge in JFK and the oneworld alliance lounge in LA. Both are busy but perfectly agreeable places to while away a couple of hours.


Disappointingly, the food on this flight isn’t up to Qantas’ normal high standards. Qantas uses local catering companies in each port and regular business travellers tell me the food on services leaving Australia is generally better. On the first leg my king prawn, chickpea and rocket salad starter is lacklustre and the slow-cooked Moroccan lamb is OK rather than great. The second leg is an improvement with a tasty light supper of pulled pork with tortillas and a decent breakfast of scrambled eggs on toasted brioche with smoked salmon. A welcome glass of Billecart-Salmon champagne and an excellent wine selection help ease the pain.


Qantas business and first customers have access to an invite-only express security channel at JFK.


Qantas flies daily from Sydney to New York via Los Angeles. A business class return costs $8487.


Arguably the most comfortable and stress-free way of getting to and from the Big Apple.

Tested by Rob McFarland, who was upgraded courtesy of Qantas.

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald