Air New Zealand to begin direct flights to Argentina

Air New Zealand will begin flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina – the airline’s first ever scheduled service to South America – in December 2015.

The Auckland-Buenos Aires service will run three days a week on a Boeing 777-200.

“We’ve been very clear about our aspirations for growth in the Pacific Rim” said Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon in announcing the new route.

Air New Zealand will also enter into a codeshare agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas, subject to obtaining regulatory approvals.

This will see Aerolíneas Argentinas’ code return to the South Pacific market on the new route and on key connecting Trans-Tasman services, while Air New Zealand will code share on Aerolíneas Argentinas’ services to Brazil.

“Our flights to Singapore commence next month and this new route to Buenos Aires further strengthens our network in the Pacific Rim.

The Argentine capital is AirNZ’s 28th international destination.


Source : Australian Business Traveller

Airbus to build A380neo and A380 ‘stretch’

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier has confirmed plans for an A380neo with more fuel-efficient engines as well as a longer version of the superjumbo – dubbed the A380-900 – capable of carrying even more passengers than today’s double-decker jet.

Speaking on the second day of Airbus’ annual investor event, Bregier announced “We will one day launch an A380neo and one day launch a stretched A380.”

His comments follow speculation that Airbus could axe the A380 ahead of its time due to softening demand, with no new airlines signing up for the superjumbo this year, while next-generation twin-engine jets such as the A350 and Boeing 777X continue to win orders.

“We have commercial momentum on A380, we will get additional customer” Bregier continued. “We have to get more customers, and convince them there is much more upside than downside to the A380.”

The Airbus A380neo

Earlier this year Airbus admitted it was looking at a next-generation Airbus A380neo, based on lobbying for the proposed aircraft by Emirates Airways, which is its largest A380 customer.

The A380neo would rely on new high-efficiency engines (in Airbus parlance, ‘neo’ stands for ‘new engine option’) and refined aerodynamics to fly more miles while burning less fuel.

“(The A380) is our flagship and there is a distinct possibility that the neo, if built, will give us an improvement in economics of up to 10 to 12 per cent so that is definitely worth having” said Emirates president Tim Clark has previously said.

Clark has now dangled the prospect of a massive A380neo order, tellingReuters that Emirates would eventually replace all the 140 A380s it has ordered with an A380neo.

Airbus has already added a neo version to the single-aisle A320 family and the popular A330 twin-aisle jet.

The Airbus A380-900

Airbus is already floating a revamped A380 design with as many as 22% more seats, including an optional 11 seats across in economy, but a supersized A380 could carry close to 1,000 passengers.

Known as the A380-900, it’s a big brother to the original A380-800 and already exists on the drawing board – but was shelved in May 2010 due to soft demand.

However, Airbus has previously said that the “design for the A380-900 can be reactivated at the appropriate time.”

The A380-900 would carry at least 100 more passengers than current A380-800, with 650 passengers in a standard multi-class configuration and over 900 passengers if filled with with economy-only seating.

TheA380-900 is essentially a stretched version of the A380-800, measuring 79.4m from tip to tail – 6.4m (the length of a shipping container) more than today’s A380.

Airbus executive vice president Tom Williams says that expanding the already huge A380-800 to even larger variants was the plan from the start.

“I lead the team that designed the wings of the A380, and (when she first saw the models) even my good lady wife was quick to point out that the wings are very big in comparison to the fuselage” Williams told Australian Business Traveller in 2011.

“The wings are in fact designed for a much larger airplane, so we have the capability of going to a bigger fuselage – we can stretch the fuselage very easily.”

“And we have airlines today who tell us they love the A380 but it’s too small! Now it’s not an engineering issue – we can make it bigger – it’s more a question of what would be a good business case and where the market for this is.”


Source : Australian Business Traveller

Tony Abbott vows to ‘sweat blood’ for Indigenous referendum

December 11, 2014 – 9:05PM

Michael Gordon

Political editor, The Age

"It is more important to get this right than to try to rush it through": Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

“It is more important to get this right than to try to rush it through”: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Andrew Meares

Tony Abbott wants a referendum to be held in May 2017 to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution, but won’t commit to a date until he is confident it will succeed.

“I am prepared to sweat blood on this,” the Prime Minister declared at a Recognise dinner at Redfern on Thursday night, saying the cause was “at least as important as all the other causes this government has been prepared to take on”.

While he favoured putting the question on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, Mr Abbott said: “But I do not want it to fail because every Australian would be the loser. It is more important to get this right than to try to rush it through.

“We cannot finalise when the referendum should be held until we are comfortable that we have the proposal with the best chance of success.”

Mr Abbott told the fundraising dinner he was a supporter of constitutional recognition because he wants our country “to transcend the ‘them and us’ mindset to embrace ‘all of us’ in the spirit of generous inclusion that has always marked Australians at our best”.

“Like John Howard before me – and like Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and it seems at least 60 per cent of the population – I am a supporter of constitutional recognition,” he said.

“But 60 per cent support for a principle certainly doesn’t guarantee success at a referendum. I know, because I helped to defeat the republican cause that was overwhelmingly supported by the Labor Party, significantly supported by the Liberal Party and backed by every major newspaper editorial in the country.

“So the question that we have to ask ourselves is not whether we support constitutional recognition but whether we want it passed – because to be passed, constitutional change has to satisfy a majority of the people in a majority of the states.”

Mr Abbott recalled how he had told his former colleagues at Australians for Constitutional Monarchy to suspend their scepticism. “I said that it was impossible to cherish every clause of a constitution except the provision to change it.”

“The country we created has an Aboriginal heritage, a British foundation and a multicultural character and it’s high time that this reality was reflected in our Constitution.

“We have got to get the words right because words are our only way to say what we mean and we need to know exactly what we mean before we put anything to a vote.”

Speaking after Mr Abbott, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the referendum question needed to be settled before the next election to allow the campaign to move forward.

“Without a specific change to advocate, it’s not possible to raise awareness beyond the abstract,” Mr Shorten said.

Until the question was finalised, Mr Shorten argued, there would be a “vacuum” which could be filled by misinformation.

He said a constitutional convention should be convened to develop the question, and the process should be overseen by a referendum council, “a council of elders if you like”, to ensure it was not hijacked by extremists.

He said change needed to be “substantive”, not merely “symbolic”, and he said he believed the “great silent majority” of Australians wanted to banish discrimination from the constitution.

Mr Abbott’s remarks came ahead of a report showing that $30 billion was spent on services for Indigenous Australians last financial year, while outcomes went backwards in a range of key areas, including mental health, self-harm and incarceration.

Publication of the Productivity Commission report has prompted widespread calls for an independent evaluation of programs, with critics saying too much of the money is spent on dealing with negative outcomes, like the rise in incarceration rates, and not enough on prevention.

The report estimates that total spending per person was $43,449 for Indigenous Australians and $20,900 for other Australians – a ratio of 2.08 to 1. It says spending on services for Indigenous Australians made up 6.1 per cent of total direct government spending, while Indigenous Australians made up 3 per cent of the population.

A range of experts stressed the need to “unpack” the figures and called for an independent evaluation of programs.

“I think there is a crying need for the Productivity Commission to have a broader brief to look at this issue of effectiveness,” said Fred Chaney, whose experience across a range of Indigenous areas spans several decades.

“I can understand that Aboriginal people are very sceptical about those figures and I think they require further analysis,” Mr Chaney, a former indigenous affairs minister, said. “The critical defect is that we are sensibly measuring levels of disadvantage and sensibly measuring expenditure, but doing very little to examine the effectiveness of expenditure.”

The chief executive of Reconciliation Australia, Justin Mohamed, supported a Productivity Commission evaluation of programs, saying there was plenty of evidence that programs run by Indigenous organisations with good governance produced positive results.

“We’ve got to support the programs and activities that are delivering the best results,” he said.

A breakdown of the figures shows a big increase in spending on police services, prisons and corrective services since 2008-9.

Social justice and human rights advocate Tom Calma said the figures highlighted the need for a new approach, saying: “They’ve got to engage more with people in the communities on how programs are developed and delivered.”

Dr Calma also argued that higher spending was needed because of the 10-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, the higher cost of services in remote Australia and the high proportion of under-25s in the Indigenous population.


Source : The Brisbane Times

Western Sydney Wanderers drawn to face Guangzhou Evergrande in ACL group stage

December 12, 2014 – 2:06AM

Ugly scenes: Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande have ACL history.

Ugly scenes: Western Sydney Wanderers and Guangzhou Evergrande have ACL history. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Champions of Asia Western Sydney have been drawn alongside bitter rivals Guangzhou Evergrande in the group stage of next season’s Asian Champions League.

The Wanderers knocked the highly-fancied Chinese side out at the quarter-final stage of this season’s tournament, Evergrande coach Marcelo Lippi so incensed in the first leg match he took to the pitch to remonstrate with officials at its conclusion.

Lippi was handed a four-match ban for his outburst while Wanderers coach Tony Popovic copped two-matches in the stands for offensive behaviour during the same game.

In the 2015 tournament the Wanderers will also face the winner of a yet to be determined playoff and Japan’s third entrant.

Brisbane Roar drew alongside South Korean team Suwon Bluewings and Japan’s second qualifier as well as the winner of a playoff.

Central Coast Mariners have to win a qualifier to progress to the group stage.

If they win that they will be grouped with Korean side Seongnam FC, Japanese champions Gamba Osaka and Thai side Buriram United.

The dates for the matches are yet to be released.


Group A: Nassr (KSA), Lekhwiya (QAT), Persepolis (IRI), Winner play-off 3 (West)

Group B: Pakhtakor (UZB), Al Shabab (KSA), Al Ain (UAE), Winner play-off 2 (West)

Group C: Foolad Khuzestan (IRI), Lokomotiv (UZB), Al Hilal (KSA), Winner play-off 4 (West)

Group D: Al Ahli (KSA), Tractorsazi Tabriz (IRI), Nasaf (UZB), Winner play-off 1 (West)

Group E: Jeonbuk Hyundai (KOR), Shandong Luneng (CHN), Binh Duong (VIE), Winner play-off 2 (East)

Group F: Gamba Osaka (JPN), Seongnam FC (KOR), Buriram United (THA), Winner play-off 3 (East)

Group G: Brisbane Roar (AUS), Japan second club, Suwon Bluewings (KOR), Winner play-off 4 (East)

Group H: Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN), Western Sydney Wanderers (AUS), Japan third club, Winner play-off 1 (East).



Source : The Brisbane Times

Australian Capital Territory unemployment rate rises to 5.2 per cent

December 11, 2014 – 3:29PM

Clare Colley

Reporter at The Canberra Times


The ACT’s unemployment rate had a slight increase to 5.2 per cent in November following thenational trend where it rose to 6.3 per cent.

In October, the ACT recorded its worst unemployment rate since July 2001 when it reached 5.4 per cent which then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher blamed on the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

But the Australian Bureau of Statistics revised the October figure down to 5.1 per cent in figures released on Thursday, a rate still not seen for 13 years – since August 2001.

Victoria and Queensland were the only other jurisdictions to record an increase in trend terms, with both increasing 0.1 percentage point to 6.9 per cent in November.

The ACT lost its status as the jurisdiction with the lowest unemployment rate in the country in October, but the gap between the ACT and Northern Territory widened to 1.3 percentage points. The unemployment rates for NSW (5.9 per cent) and Western Australia (5.1 per cent) remained the same as revised trends for October.

South Australia (6.5 per cent), Tasmania (7 per cent) and the Northern Territory (3.9 per cent) all recorded a 0.1 percentage point decrease in unemployment.

Nationally the number of people employed rose by 42,700 to 11.64 million in November, the ABS said against market expectations of 15,000 newly employed and compared with a revised 13,700 in October.

The participation rate, a measure of workers and job seekers, climbed from 64.6 per cent of the population to 64.7 per cent.

In the ACT it remained the same at 71 per cent.

The November figures was the fastest pace of jobs growth in Australia since March 2012, but also the highest unemployment rate for more than 12 years.

ANZ said the figures were “slightly better than the market expected, and suggested labour market conditions improved modestly in November”.

Chief minister and treasurer Andrew Barr said the unemployment rate was not surprising given Commonwealth cuts but was disappointing.

He reiterated jobs were his number one priority as the government’s new leader.

“The Barr Labor Government will push on with supporting the private sector to help our local businesses to grow and create jobs,” he said.

“That’s why we’re pushing on with our $2.5 billion infrastructure program – which will create jobs and provide the important infrastructure our community needs.”

Mr Barr said the territory was confronting “the most testing external economic environment in 20 years” and could not rely on the public service.

“The old certainty for our economy was its underpinning in a strong national economy or a friendly Federal Government,” he said.

“Throughout our history of self-government, we have had at least one of those things. We have neither of those things today.

“We have to work with a new certainty. Our city will  – and in that environment we can only rely on ourselves.”


Source : The Canberra Times

Ranking da CBF: Ceará é o melhor do Estado e tem mais que o dobro de pontos do 2º, o Icasa



A Diretoria de Competições da Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) divulgou o ranking nacional de clubes (RNC). Publicado anualmente no mês de dezembro, o ranking foi divulgado nesta segunda-feira, 08/12, e traz o Ceará Sporting Club como a 19ª melhor equipe do País.

O Vozão tem 7.040 pontos e representa muito bem o estado do Ceará. O Alvinegro de Porangabuçu é o melhor cearense do ranking, com mais do dobro de pontos do Icasa (segundo melhor cearense).

O ranking representa a aplicação da convenção de pontos oficialmente adotada pela CBF conforme determina a RDP – 11/2012 de 31 de outubro de 2012.

20 melhores do Brasil:
1º Cruzeiro/MG – 15.328 pontos
2º Corinthians/SP – 14.680 pontos
3º Flamengo/RJ – 14.578 pontos
4º Grêmio/RS – 13.992 pontos
5º Santos/SP – 13.530 pontos
6º Atlético/MG – 13.224 pontos
7º São Paulo/SP – 12.738 pontos
8º Fluminense/RJ – 12.708 pontos
9º Internacional/RS – 12.628 pontos
10º Atlético/PR – 12.524 pontos
11º Botafogo/RJ – 12.332 pontos
12º Vasco/RJ – 12.132 pontos
13º Palmeiras/SP – 11.584 pontos
14º Coritiba/PR – 11.036 pontos
15º Goiás/GO – 10.525 pontos
16º Bahia/BA – 9.300 pontos
17º Vitória/BA – 8.441 pontos
18º Ponte Preta/SP – 7.440 pontos
19º Ceará/CE* – 7.040 pontos
20º Sport/PE – 6.970 pontos

Clubes Cearenses no ranking:
19º Ceará/CE* – 7.040 pontos
40º Icasa/CE – 3.408 pontos
41º Fortaleza/CE – 3.296 pontos
68º Guarany/CE – 1.161 pontos
73º Horizonte/CE – 990 pontos
147º Tiradentes/CE – 276 pontos
162º Guarani(J)/CE – 204 – pontos
190º Barbalha/CE – 125 pontos

Ceará nos últimos anos:
2015: 19º – 7.040 pontos
2014: 22º – 7.234 pontos
2013: 21º – 8.088 pontos
2012: 24º – 1.108 pontos

RNC – Ranking Nacional dos Clubes 2015
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Patrocínios nos uniformes da arbitragem agora ficam sob administração da Federação Cearense de Futebol

Vestimentas e calções deverão ter novo fornecedor (Foto: Reprodução/Facebook)

A partir de 2015, os árbitros do futebol cearense não poderão mais contar com os valores recebidos de patrocínios em seus uniformes.

A Federação Cearense de Futebol (FCF) resolveu administrar as marcas que estarão nas vestimentas da arbitragem estadual. De acordo com o Sindicato dos Árbitros de Futebol do Estado do Ceará (Sindarf), a decisão partiu da própria FCF.

Em 2014, o Sindarf conseguiu cerca de R$ 50 mil em patrocinadores nos uniformes (que tinha a Lupo, o Colégio Maria Ester, a Academia Corpus Dance e a Desporto como parceiros).

Para a próxima temporada, a FCF vai mudar a fornecedora de material esportivo, a Siker deverá assumir o lugar da Desporto. Já as marcas, que irão estampar as camisas e calções, ainda serão negociadas pela Federação.

De acordo com a FCF, os valores obtidos com os patrocinadores serão destinados ao custeio da arbitragem em campeonatos das categorias de base (Sub-13, Sub-15, Sub-17 e Sub-20), que são pagos pela própria FCF. Diferentemente dos certames profissionais (1ª, 2ª e 3ª Divisão e Taça Fares Lopes), que são descontados das rendas das partidas e pagos pelos clubes mandantes.


Blog do Mário Kempes – Diário do Nordeste – 11/12/2014

Confira os possíveis adversários de Ceará, Icasa e Fortaleza na Copa do Brasil 2015




Na próxima terça-feira (16), a CBF realizará o sorteio dos confrontos da 1ª fase da Copa do Brasil de 2015. Na última quarta (10), a entidade definiu o regulamento da competição e anunciou os potes onde cada clube ficará posicionado no sorteio.

O modelo do torneio será o mesmo dos últimos anos, com os times que estiverem disputando a Copa Libertadores entrando apenas nas oitavas-de-final. Além disso, segue a regra de que o time que vencer o adversário fora de casa por 2 gols de diferença, em qualquer uma das duas primeiras fases, já estará classificado.

O Ceará está localizado no pote B, cujos componentes enfrentam os times do pote F. JáFortaleza e Icasa estão no pote D e irão encarar um adversário saído do grupo H. Afora isso, os times do pote A encaram um time saído do pote E e os times do pote C duelarão com um adversário vindo do pote G.

Confira abaixo como ficou cada pote:


Flamengo, Grêmio, Santos, Atlético-PR, Botafogo, Vasco, Palmeiras, Coritiba, Goiás e Bahia.


Vitória, Ponte Preta, Ceará, Sport, Figueirense, Atlético-GO, ABC-RN, Portuguesa, Criciúma e Náutico.


Avaí, América-RN, América-MG, Chapecoense, Paraná, Bragantino, Joinville, Paysandu, ASA e Boa Esporte.


Luverdense, Icasa, Fortaleza, Sampaio Corrêa, CRB, Salgueiro, Caxias, Cuiabá, Madureira e Tupi.


Santo André, Nacional-AM, Rio Branco-AC, Botafogo-PB, Remo, Londrina, Campinense-PB, Brasil de Pelotas, Vitória da Conquista-BA e Villa Nova-MG.

POTE F (Possíveis adversários do Ceará)

Confiança-SE, CENE-MS, Santos-AP, Resende-RJ, Coruripe-AL, Princesa dos Solimões-AM, Vilhena-RO, Anapolina-GO, Atlético-AC e Brasília.


River-SE, Interporto-TO, Luziânia-DF, São Raimundo-RR, Moto Club-MA, Jacuipense-BA, Lajeadense-RS, Globo-RN, Operário-MT e Ituano-SP.

POTE H (Possíveis adversários de Fortaleza e Icasa)

Águia Negra-MS, Cabofriense-RJ, Estrela do Norte-ES, Maringá, River-PI, Real Nordeste-ES, Cametá-PA, Murici-AL, Amadense-SE e Capivariano-SP.


Diário do Nordeste – 11/12/2014