Xuxa desconfia que programa na segunda-feira é coisa da Hebe

O que mais chamou atenção na coletiva da Xuxa, terça-feira, no RecNov, foi a sua humildade e profissionalismo. Depois de uma hora de coletiva, ela atendeu a todos individualmente. E em nenhum momento perdeu o bom humor.

Aliás, a Xuxa entende que tem alguma coisa de Hebe Camargo, o fato do programa dela ser apresentado nas segundas-feiras. Entre as duas, o tratamento que existia era quase de mãe e filha.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Patrícia Poeta terá um dia de jornada dupla no sábado da Globo

Patrícia Poeta, Tiago Leifert, Ana Furtado e Zeca Camargo foram escalados para apresentar o “É de Casa” neste próximo sábado.

No caso da Patrícia, já se sabe também que ela irá compor o “mesão” do  “Criança Esperança” no mesmo dia.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

É certo tratar o futebol com irresponsabilidade?

Renata Fan sai "chorando" de maca durante o "Jogo Aberto"

Renata Fan sai “chorando” de maca durante o “Jogo Aberto”

A coluna está aberta para contestações e críticas, como sempre esteve, mas há quem observe um fato curioso, quando Renata Fan no seu “Jogo Aberto”, da Band, registra boas audiências em São Paulo. Coincidentemente essas marcas acontecem por ocasião de derrotas do Inter, time dela, ou de algum dos participantes, com um pouco de chororô e tentativas de transformar o estúdio em um bar de esquina.

Apenas usando isso como reflexão, sem servir de crítica a quem quer que seja – muito menos à Renata e aos seus companheiros-, mas será que esse tipo de brincadeira ainda se ajusta aos tempos atuais? Será que não é mais um estimulante à violência existente nos campos de futebol e fora deles?

Cabe uma discussão, ainda mais quando se verifica que tentativas parecidas se aproximam perigosamente dos canais pagos, caso do Fox Sports, “Fox Sports Rádio”, programa diário levado ao ar logo depois do almoço.

Vamos separar as coisas. Esporte e futebol até podem ser vistos como entretenimento, mas não como circo.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

Alliance Airlines focused growing non-mining flying given resources downturn

An Alliance Fokker 50. (Rob Finlayson)

Alliance Airlines says the focus for the year ahead is on securing more non-mining work and reducing costs amid a “sustained downturn in the resources industry” after posting a full year $36.6 million statutory net loss in 2014/15 due to fleet writedowns and other one-off charges.

The full year result was impacted by the first half charge taken on the carrying value of the fleet, as well as restructuring costs for sending its Fokker fleet overseas for heavy maintenance, one-off costs from the sale of two Fokker 100s and staff redundancies.

The $36.6 million net loss for the 12 months to June 30 2015 was down from net profit of $10.3 million in the prior year.

When the impairment charges and other one-off items were excluded, Alliance said underlying net profit after tax was $13.2 million for 2014/15, which was broadly in line with company guidance and up from $10.9 million a year earlier.

Revenue was down slightly at $199.4 million, from $200.2 million in the prior year, due to the lower fuel prices, Alliance said on Thursday, given fuel savings and increases are passed through to customers in most of the company’s long-term contracts.

“There is likely to be limited growth in long-term contract revenue in the resources sector,” the company said in its full year results release on Thursday.

“The financial outlook for Alliance for the year ended 30 June 2016 is a product of moderating contracted revenues, developing the ad-hoc charter market, new revenue sources and reducing expenditure, in particular capital expenditure.”

Lower capital expenditure was expected to come from the outsourcing of heavy maintenance to a Lufthansa subsidiary in Austria, which resulted in the end of heavy maintenance work at Brisbane and Adelaide.

At June 30, Alliance had 25 aircraft in service comprising 13 Fokker 100s, seven Fokker 70s and five Fokker 50s. In May, the company sold two Fokker 100s for $15.1 million. In August, Virgin confirmed it was the buyer of the two Fokker 100s.

“The rationalisation of the F100 fleet over the past 12 months and the change in the mix of aircraft will allow Alliance to respond to the needs of its customers and secure new opportunities as and when they arise,” Alliance said.

“Alliance has sufficient aircraft to meet the forecast in future years with some additional capacity to secure any new opportunities, particularly outside of the traditional FIFO peak between Tuesday and Thursday.”


Australian Aviation

All Blacks feature in Air New Zealand latest safety video as Men In Black

Air NZ's latest safety video is called Men In Black Safety Defenders. (Air NZ)
Air NZ’s latest safety video is called Men In Black Safety Defenders. (Air NZ)

New Zealand’s rugby team the All Blacks are the stars in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video, which has drawn inspiration from the Men In Black movie franchise of the late 1990s.

Called Men in Black Safety Defenders, the video features All Black Israel Dagg rapping the safety message alongside Australian-born artist Stan Walker.

“I grew up listening to the iconic Men in Black movie soundtrack song. Hopefully I’ve done it some justice,” Dagg said.

Actor Rip Torn, who played the chief in the first two Men In Black movies is also in the video, while there are cameo appearances from non-Kiwi rugby greats Australia’s David Campese, England’s Martin Johnson and Augustin Pichot from Argentina.

The Men In Black Safety Defenders video can be seen here:

Air NZ, a self-described “crazy about rugby” airline, renewed its major sponsorship of the national rugby team for more five years in July and painted a number of aircraft in an all black livery over the years, including a Boeing 777-300ER and 787-9, Airbus A320 and Beech 1900D.

An Air NZ Link Beech 1900 next to a big brother 777-300ER.
An Air NZ Link Beech 1900 next to a big brother 777-300ER.
ZK-NZE arrives in Sydney. (Lee Gatland)
An Air NZ Boeing 787-9 in Sydney. (Lee Gatland)
Air NZ's All Black A320
Air NZ’s All Black A320

“We’ve worked with the All Blacks on previous safety videos and thought it would be fun this time around to have them step into the shoes of the other highly trained Men in Black. The result is not only entertaining but makes people sit up and take notice of the key safety messages,” Air NZ head of global grand development Jodi Williams said in a statement on Thursday.

All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw, who was joined for the safety video by teammates Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Dagg, as well as coach Steve Hansen, said everyone enjoyed the experience.

“We had a lot of laughs on set and were blown away by Israel’s hidden singing talent. If rugby doesn’t work out for him he clearly has a promising career as a back-up singer,” McCaw said.

Air NZ said the safety video was created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Content Licensing group, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Archives & Collections.

Sony Pictures Entertainment executive vice president Emmanuelle Borde described the concept the safety video as “really clever”.

“It’s been exciting to help Air New Zealand bring the Men in Black universe to life in this unique way,” Borde said.

The All Blacks also featured in a 2011 Air NZ safety video:


Australian Aviation

BAE Systems Australia appoints new chief executive

NUSHIP Canberra and NUSHIP Adelaide sit alongside the Naval Dockyard Williamstown, Victoria.
NUSHIP Canberra and NUSHIP Adelaide sit alongside the Naval Dockyard Williamstown, Victoria.

BAE Systems has confirmed that Glynn Phillips has been appointed as chief executive officer of its Australian business, replacing David Allott.

Phillips joined BAE Systems Australia in January as the finance director, and had been working as the acting chief executive since April. He has held senior executive roles within the wider company, including working as group financial controller and finance director for the Maritime Sector in the UK.

Guy Griffiths, group managing director international, said in a statement provided to Australian Defence Business Review that Phillips has managed a number of significant change-management activities and is therefore well placed to lead BAE Systems Australia through the business review that is currently being undertaken.

In addition, David Bond, who is currently the managing director of Combat Vehicles in the UK, has been named as chief operating officer for the Australian business.

Allott has a new role working with the global commercial and procurement team based in the UK. He had been chief executive of BAE Systems Australia since September 2011.

The leadership change comes at a difficult time for BAE Systems, which announced a further reduction in the workforce at its Williamstown shipyard in Melbourne on August 12.

The company said in a separate statement that the loss of an additional 125 positions will take effect in September or October, explaining that the job cuts are the result of a continuing decline in work as current projects near completion.

Since October last year, following the delivery of the first Canberra class amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra, the shipbuilding workforce at Williamstown has lost almost 500 personnel. This latest announcement brings total reductions to about 600 people.

“[The] announcement is necessary because we are a project-based business, and our employee numbers must match the needs and status of our ongoing and upcoming projects,” said Bill Saltzer, director of Maritime at BAE Systems Australia.

Current naval shipbuilding work being undertaken at Williamstown includes the second amphibious assault ship NUSHIP Adelaide and hull modules or blocks for the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program.

NUSHIP Adelaide will embark on its final period of sea trials next week in preparation for delivery. Meanwhile, the company is due to complete building AWD blocks by early next year; at that point, all naval shipbuilding activity will cease.

The federal government has expressed disappointment at the news that BAE Systems intends to further reduce the workforce at its Williamstown shipyard.

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews was quick to point out that the government understands that the company’s position is that the shipbuilding job losses are not a result of or influenced by recent announcements made by the government.


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Aerial Application Association of Australia adapting to the needs of its members with name change

QBE has launched an aerial ag scholarship program.

Aerial Application Association of Australia chief executive Phil Hurst says the organisation’s recent name change better reflects the wide range of aviation businesses and pilots from both agricultural and firefighting sectors the organisation now represents.

Previously known as the Aerial Agriculture Association of Australia, the name change took place following AAAA’s July’s annual general meeting.

Hurst said the AAAA was adapting to the changing needs of its members, as it has done since it was founded in 1958.

“In addition to supporting farming clients by protecting crops, sowing seeds and applying fertilizer, the firefighting sector has emerged as an increasingly important sector in need of strong representation through a united voice,” Hurst said in a statement.

“AAAA’s track record of positive government relations, safety promotion, environmental protection and whole of life professional development means that both agricultural and firefighting companies and pilots are now able to support an association that is clearly focused on their needs.”

Meanwhile, Hurst said the AAAA’s recent aerial firefighting operators conference in Albury had been well supported and was likely to return in 2016.


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