Wellcamp Airport granted regional international gateway status

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-8 at Wellcamp Airport on Monday 23 November 2015 (Lenn Bayliss)

Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport has officially been designated as an international airport ahead of regular freighter services beginning later in November.

The official designation as a regional international gateway was made on Friday, paving the way for more overseas flights from the airport located about 150km west of Brisbane.

Being a regional international airport means foreign carriers are able to operate to and from Wellcamp without any capacity restrictions under Australia’s bilateral air services agreements, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said in a statement on Friday.

The government had flagged granting Wellcamp regional international gateway status ahead of the July federal election.

The airport, which owned and operated by private company Wagners, has handled two one-off international flights since it began operations two years ago.

In November 2015, Cathay Pacific operated a Boeing 747-8F freighter service to Hong Kong, while a Qantas charter flight in October 2016 organised by the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise (TSBE) business group carried about 200 delegates to Shanghai to participate in the AccessChina ’16 business event.

Wagners chairman John Wagner said granting Wellcamp regional international gateway status would support efforts to attract more flights to the region.

“We would like to thank the Federal Government and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport for their continued support in realising the potential opportunities that the airport creates for Queensland,” Wagner said.

Cathay Pacific said in October it would start a regular once weekly freighter service linking Wellcamp with Hong Kong from November 22.

Flight schedules showed CX22 operating on a Sydney-Melbourne-Wellcamp-Hong Kong routing with a Boeing 747-8F.


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Bailey Wright delighted with extended camp in Thailand

Defender Bailey Wright says the environment in the Caltex Socceroos is making him a better player and is confident the extended training camp will help get the desired result against Thailand.

The squad will have more than a week together ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier in Bangkok, valuable time to prepare for what looms as a tricky test against the desperate Thais.

A crowd of around 60,000 is expected at the Rajamangala Stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok, with steamy – and potentially stormy – conditions forecast for the clash.

But it’s something Australia is ready for as they look to secure another three points and take another step towards Russia 2018.

“We’ve got here early and we adapt to the weather conditions as soon as possible. This is their winter so they told us,” Wright told FFA TV.

“It’s warm and humid and quite rainy but we’ve experienced those conditions before, it’s nothing new and it will be a big atmosphere as well.

“But it’s what you enjoy about football, going away to these countries and experiencing something new and different. It’s a challenge but a challenge you want to step up to.

“They [Thailand] have not had the greatest of starts but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a good team. We’ll give them the respect they deserve.”

Wright has been a part of the Australian squad since the very first qualifier against Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek almost 18 months ago and says the prospect of going to another World Cup is feeling more real with each victory.

“If you look back to then it feels like quite a while ago and then you look how close we are now,” he said.

“We’ve still got a lot of hard work to do, some tough games but we believe in ourselves and know what we’re capable of. We’ve worked hard to get where we are now and believe in what we’ve done.

“We’ll keep doing that and that will get us over the line and that would mean another World Cup for us which would be amazing.”

Coach Ange Postecoglou has excellent options in central defence, with Wright alongside Trent Sainsbury and Matthew Spiranovic, while Mark Milligan and Milos Degenek can also slot in there.

“It’s what you want in football whether it’s club or international. No one wants an easy ride,” the 24-year-old said of the competitions for places in central defence.

“That’s the healthy thing with this squad, no-one’s position is safe. Whether you have got the shirt or not, you have to work really hard to get it and that’s what bonds for a successful team.”

Wright has arrived in camp full of confidence after a good run of form in the English Championship with Preston North End.

After a slow start, the Deepdale club have surged to 11th on the table and just outside of the playoff places, with the Melbourne-born defender starting 12 of 16 games in the league for the Lillywhites.


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Young Caltex Socceroo Alex Gersbach boosted by Norwegian success

Caltex Socceroos defender Alex Gersbach.

Caltex Socceroo left-back Alex Gersbach is banking on even more success in next Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Thailand as he stands on the verge on history with his club in Norway.

The 19-year-old is coming off a dream debut season with Rosenborg BK, the club cruising to the league title last month.

Gersbach made 19 appearances in the Norwegian Tippeligaen and became a key figure late in the season.

Following next week’s qualifier in Bangkok, Gersbach will head back to Norway for the Norwegian Cup Final against Kongsvinger  Rosenborg could secure the double for the second straight season. “We’ve got some history in the making hopefully,” an upbeat Gersbach told FFA TV. “If we do win the double again this year…it will be the first time in Norwegian history a team has won the double two years in a row. “It’s been a really exciting season for me. Coming into the [Rosenborg] team in February, having short little season and then getting straight into it,” he added. “It’s been a really successful season for us.”

And it caps what’s been a remarkable 12 months for the teenager after leaving Hyundai A-League club Sydney FC to sign a three-year deal in Scandinavia.

As well as his club success, Gersbach has made his international debut with the Caltex Socceroos against Greece and is battling with AFC Bournemouth’s Brad Smith for a starting spot against Thailand.

Meanwhile Gersbach and Caltex Socceroo team-mates Bailey Wright, Adam Federici and Nathan Burns took time out from their preparations to attend a junior football clinic in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The quartet put 40 young Thai kids through a mini session before heading off to training at the SCG Stadium.

“These little kids were maybe between the ages of seven and 14 and they were pretty impressive. Me and Bailey were in awe of some of their skills, we were struggling to tackle them,” Gersbach said.

But the former AIS player knows things will be much tougher on Tuesday night as the Caltex Socceroos chase another crucial three points on the Road to Russia 2018.

While Australia is unbeaten after four games, Thailand are yet to register a point despite some impressive displays.

“I’m expecting the Thais to be pretty good, pretty sharp and pretty skilful but we should have enough power and enough of a game plan to get past them,” Gersbach said.

“100% we want three points out of this game. We took two points out of the last two games which, wasn’t a bad result, but we need three points from this game and we’ll be searching for nothing less.”



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Fantastic ticket pricing for FFA Cup final

Tim Cahill scored as Melbourne City thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 in the FFA Cup.

Tim Cahill scored as Melbourne City thrashed Western Sydney Wanderers 4-1 in the FFA Cup. 

The Westfield FFA Cup final is going to be a huge occasion with an array of stars on show as Melbourne City take on Sydney FC at AAMI Park.

In a boost for the November 30 decider, children’s tickets for the match start from $5, while adult tickets start at just $25 – for a Cup Final!

And family tickets start from just $50.

No individual ticket will cost more than $70 – and that is for Category A and one of the best seats in the house.

That’s pretty good value when you consider the talent that will be on display as City and the Sky Blues fight for the season’s first piece of silverware.

City have been the Hyundai A-League’s entertainers over the early rounds of the season and have a squad choc-full of talent.

As well as Cahill and Fornaroli, there’s Caltex Socceroo Luke Brattan, speedy winger Bruce Kamau and Argentine whiz Fernando Brandan.

But the Sky Blues may just start favourites after winning every match so far this season. Graham Arnold’s side hasn’t conceded a goal on the run to the Westfield FFA Cup final either.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now for what should be a thrilling Westfield FFA Cup final at AAMI Park.

Head here to get your hands on the hottest tickets in town: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FFACUPGF16


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Incredible strikeforces to excite fans in FFA Cup final

Melbourne City star  Bruno Fornaroli and Sydney FC marquee Bobo will be key figures in the Westfield FFA Cup Final.

Melbourne City star Bruno Fornaroli and Sydney FC marquee Bobo will be key figures in the Westfield FFA Cup Final. 

The 2016 Westfield FFA Cup Final looms as an attacking masterclass when Melbourne City and Sydney FC meet in this year’s decider on November 30 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park.

Both sides have been prolific en route to the third FFA Cup final and so far in the Hyundai A-League have registered 22 goals between them in five rounds to date.


Interestingly, neither team have been reliant on a single goal scorer throughout their FFA Cup progression, with seven different City players contributing to their ten goals.

It’s a similar story with Graham Arnold’s men. They’ve had nine different players find the back of the net among their 11 goal (and they’re yet to concede, too).

It all points to one of the biggest clashes in the Cup’s short history – made all the more intriguing by the fact these two sides will not have squared off in this season’s Hyundai A-League ahead of kick-off.


Melbourne City’s star power is well known, with the Caltex Socceroos’ all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill and last season’s Hyundai A-League Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli leading the line.

However their midfield also packs a punch with an in-form Luke Brattan pulling the strings alongside pocket Argentine dynamos Fernando Brandan and Nicolas Colazo (who should be fit by Cup final night).

Add the pace of Bruce Kamau and Nick Fitzgerald on the flanks, the creativity of Anthony Caceres and guile of Neil Kilkenny in the middle and it’s apparent the attacking options at John van’t Schip’s disposal run deep.

And don’t discount defender Michael Jakobsen, who scored one of the best-ever Cup goals with his audacious overhead kick that triggered a goal-fest against the Wanderers in the quarter-finals.


Of course the Sky Blues are also a threat with Brazilian marksman Bobo and skipper Alex Brosque leading the way up front.

They’ve been ably supported by the power and flair of Filip Holosko and Milos Ninkovic, while young duo Josh Brillante and Brandon O’Neill have been motoring on in the midfield engine room.

And you only have to look at David Carney’s contribution off the bench against Victory on the weekend to see the depth at Graham Arnold’s disposal, with Matt Simon also making telling contributions as a sub.

And they’ve got a fit again Bernie Ibini raring to go in the wings, who could yet prove to be a game-changer.

While one goal was good enough to see Adelaide lift the inaugural title in 2014 and Victory put two past Perth in last season’s final, who knows how many goals we’ll see in this season’s final?
One thing is certain it is sure to be an entertaining spectacle  and is one not to be missed!

Tickets for the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 are on sale now, starting at $25 for adults and $5 for kids. Click here for details and to purchase.

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RedeTV! não renova contrato com consultor Fábio Arruda

Fábio Arruda está fora da Rede TV!

Fábio Arruda está fora da Rede TV!

O consultor de etiqueta Fábio Arruda não integra mais o quadro de apresentadores da RedeTV!. Seu contrato venceu e não foi renovado, segundo a emissora. É o que se tem como informação oficial.

Com passagens por Record, Band e Gazeta, Arruda chegou à RedeTV! em 2014 para apresentar o “The Bachelor”. Porém, o reality de encontros amorosos não conseguiu repetir no Brasil o mesmo sucesso de outros países e, devido à baixa audiência, ficou apenas na primeira temporada.

Desde então, sem um produto fixo na grade, o consultor vinha circulando por outros programas da casa, como o “Sensacional”.

Recentemente, cogitou-se sua ida para o “Fábrica de Casamentos” no SBT, algo que acabou não se confirmando.


Flávio Ricco com colaboração de José Carlos Nery

TV Record programa filme “Os Dez Mandamentos” como especial de fim de ano


A Record vai exibir o filme “Os Dez Mandamentos”, versão condensada da novela, como um dos seus especiais de fim de ano. O dia não está fechado, mas será na janela de 20 a 30 de dezembro.

Segundo a Paris Filmes, o longa atingiu a marca de 11,174 milhões de espectadores, tornando-se assim um dos maiores sucessos de bilheteria, apesar da polêmica das salas vazias durante o período no qual esteve em cartaz.

A grade da emissora terá ainda, o tradicional “Família Record”, com exibição em duas partes, nas noites de 20 e 22, além da cantora Adele, dia 26, a retrospectiva do mundo dos famosos, dia 27 e a do jornalismo, no dia 29.


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Globo vai transmitir quatro lutas ao vivo do UFC em São Paulo


A Globo anuncia a transmissão de quatro lutas, ao vivo, na edição do UFC marcada para dia 19 de novembro, no Ginásio do Ibirapuera, em São Paulo.

Os combates: Sérgio Moraes X Michael Graves (EUA); Thales Leites x Krzysztof Jotko (POL); Cláudia Gadelha x Cortney Casey (EUA), e Rogério Minotouro x Ryan Bader(EUA).

É o último evento marcado para o Brasil nesta temporada.


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Australia – Domestic ticket prices higher in November

Ticket prices for Australian domestic travel across all cabin classes were higher in November, new figures show.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) measure of domestic business class airfares was at 94.9 index points in November, up from 91.2 points a year earlier. The measure has risen for the past 15 months on a year-on-year basis.

In June it was at 95.6 points, the highest level since reaching 107 points in November 2011.

The figures were a further indication the corporate and government travel sector was getting back on the road after being on pause in the months around the federal election.

Similarly, the best discount economy index was also up in November at 61.8 points, compared with 60.8 points in November 2015.

And the BITRE measure of airfares for restricted economy was at 80.1 points, up from 79.1 points a year earlier. The restricted economy index was at eight-month high in September.

The BITRE air fare series was a price index of the lowest available fare in each fare class, weighted over selected routes.

Both Australia’s major carriers Virgin and Qantas have cut domestic capacity in recent times in an effort to improve yields and better match the number of seats in the market with demand.

And looking ahead, Qantas has guided the market to a one per cent reduction in domestic capacity across its Qantas and Jetstar brands in the six months to December 31 2016, compared with the prior corresponding period, as it adjusts schedules to reflect the weakness in mining-related markets.

In a trading update published on October 31, Qantas said the domestic market had reverted to more stable conditions in September, following a couple of months of “demand softness” in July and August due to the federal election and other one-off events that positively impacted trading conditions in the prior year.

However, the resources market was continuing to act as a drag on demand. Qantas said it suffered a $28 million fall in resources market revenue in the first quarter, primarily from intra-Western Australia and Queensland.

While Virgin did not offer capacity guidance for the period ahead in its first quarter trading update, the airline group did report a statutory loss after tax of $34.6 million for the three months to September 30 2016, compared with a statutory profit after tax of $1.7 million in the prior corresponding period, amid a sluggish domestic market.

“Capacity is being actively managed in response to the trading environment,” Virgin said on November 2.

“The group will continue to exercise disciplined capacity management in line with trading conditions.”

Figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed the capacity, measured by available seat kilometres (ASK) in the Australian domestic market had grown just 0.2 per cent in the year to September, with RPKs rising 2.4 per cent.


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