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Russias newest tank stops during parade rehearsal

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MOSCOW (AP) — A state-of-the-art Russian tank, which was shown to the public for the first time earlier this month, on Thursday ground to a halt during the final Victory Day rehearsal.The tank, T-14 Armata, is said to surpass all Western versions because of its remotely controlled cannon and the protection it offers to its crew. The T-14, which replaces the T-72 and T-90, is set to undergo trials next year.Weaponry was rolling across central Moscow Thursday morning in the dress rehearsal of the military parade on Red Square on May 9 as Russia commemorates the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement One of the eight T-14s suddenly stopped while others drove on. The engine was still rumbling but it wouldn’t move. After an attempt to tow it failed, the T-14 rolled away under its own steam about 15 minutes later.While the tank was stranded on the cobbled Red Square, the presenter commenting over the PA system said it was part of the training to “evacuate weaponry” and had been planned.The tank’s producer insisted that the T-14 did not break down.Alexei Zharich, deputy general director of the Uralvagonzavod factory, said on Twitter that the military were responsible for the way the rehearsal was held but insisted that the tank “was functioning properly and left on its own power.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Russian army officers discuss a situation with a crew member of the new Russian T-14 Armata tank at the Red Square during a preparation for general rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 70 years after the victory in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 7, 2015. One of the tanks moving on Red Square suddenly stopped while others drove away. The engine was still rumbling but it wouldn’t move. After an attempt to tow it away the T-14 rolled away about 15 minutes later.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   last_img read more

US Navys Japanbased aircraft carrier heads home

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first_imgSailors of USS George Washington salute as they leave the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, near Tokyo Monday, May 18, 2015. The U.S. Navy’s Japan-based aircraft carrier is heading home after seven years, to be replaced by a newer version of the same ship in the fall. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Sponsored Stories Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day 0 Comments   Share   How do cataracts affect your vision? Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — China’s aircraft carrier ambitions demonstrate the continuing importance of the mammoth ships in the western Pacific, a senior U.S. Navy officer said Monday, as America’s Japan-based carrier began a long journey home.A symbol of American power in the Pacific, the USS George Washington left the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, its home port for the past seven years. It will be replaced by the USS Ronald Reagan, a newer version of the same ship. “Everybody asks whether the aircraft carriers are obsolete,” Navy Rear Admiral John Alexander said at a dockside news conference before the ship departed. “I would say when other countries are building an aircraft carrier, they’re doing it for a reason, and the fact is you can actually have a bigger influence in the region.”The George Washington will conduct exercises in the region before heading home, Alexander said, but he wouldn’t specify whether any would be in the contested waters of the South China Sea.Sailors in dress whites lined the 1,092-foot- (333-meter-) long flight deck, and huge American and Japanese flags hung in the massive, open bays below. Families of crew members, some tearing up, waved American flags and held up handmade posters on shore.The George Washington will rendezvous with the Ronald Reagan in San Diego, where about 2,000 of the crew from each ship will in essence trade places.Commissioned in 1992, the George Washington will continue to Virginia, where it will undergo a multiyear overhaul and refueling of its two nuclear reactors.The Ronald Reagan, commissioned in 2003, is due to arrive “later in the fall” to be the new flagship of the Yokosuka-based carrier group. Alexander said.last_img read more

Merkel Hollande commit to global climate protection

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first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The preparatory talks in Berlin involve 35 countries. The Paris summit in December aims to curb climate change and rising global temperatures, which scientists say are largely driven by carbon emissions.The European two leaders said they “are committed to the goal of limiting global temperature increases at least to below 2 C compared with pre-industrial levels.”To achieve this goal, they said a fundamental shift of investment into low-carbon infrastructure and technologies is needed as well as climate-friendly land use.They also said countries already threatened by “unavoidable risks and damage arising from climate change” need to be strengthened in their resilience.Merkel has made climate protection one of the key goals of her political agenda, and Germany wants to focus on it at the G-7 summit next month in Bavaria. Under Merkel’s lead, Germany began to phase out nuclear power after Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan and has since then invested heavily in renewable energy.For some critics, those reforms do not go far enough.Activists from Greenpeace and other environmental groups protested Tuesday in Berlin, placing a model of Paris’ Eiffel Tower converted into a wind turbine in front of the city’s Brandenburg Gate. They demanded a faster energy transition away from nuclear power and coal and toward the use of 100 percent renewable energies by 2050. BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande confirmed their commitment to fighting global warning Tuesday, gathering with others in Berlin to prepare for this year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference.Merkel and Hollande said in a joint statement that both countries “are firmly decided to take all efforts to reach an ambitious, comprehensive and binding U.N. climate agreement by the end of this year in Paris.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories A demonstrator jokes with his mask depicting French President Francois Hollande during a protest at the Pariser Platz near the building hosting the ‘Petersberg Climate Dialogue’ conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollande are due to attend this international meeting on climate protection in preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference later this year in Paris. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The German government plan is one of the world’s most ambitious, calling for renewable energies, including wind and sun, to make up 40-45 percent of Germany’s energy mix by 2025, compared with just under a quarter now, and 55-60 percent by 2035.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Canada man arrested on suspicion of possible terror plans

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first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested a Winnipeg man on the suspicion that he may carry out terror activities or help an extremist group, but no charges have been filed.Aaron Daniel Driver, 23, was arrested Thursday and appeared briefly in court Friday. He is being kept in custody until his next court appearance Tuesday.The RCMP allege in provincial court documents that they have reasonable grounds to believe he “will participate in or contribute to, directly or indirectly, the activity of a terrorist group for the purpose of enhancing the ability of any terrorist group to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.” Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Police would not provide more details. Neither a lawyer who appeared on Driver’s behalf nor the Crown attorney on the case returned messages seeking comment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

Pakistan sees progress after hosting AfghanTaliban talks

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first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday that the first official face-to-face discussions between Afghan government officials and the Taliban have made progress, with the two sides agreeing at a meeting near Islamabad to work on confidence-building measures and hold more such talks after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.The statement by the Foreign Ministry came after Islamabad hosted the landmark, one-day talks Tuesday at the hilltop resort of Murree, close to the Pakistani capital. The meeting, supervised by U.S. and Chinese representatives, ended with both sides agreeing to meet again, the Foreign Ministry statement said. “Our political office has complete authority and capability … to hold or suspend talks whenever or wherever it wants,” Mujahid said.Pakistan’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif described the talks as “a major breakthrough.”Sharif’s close aide, lawmaker Abdul Qayum told a local TV station the latest round was a continuation of an earlier one held in China in February, though Beijing and other officials have not confirmed this. “There’re some Taliban who still don’t want peace. There’re others who want to reconcile,” said Qayum.The Pakistan and the Afghan government statements did not mention any of the participants by name.But a Pakistani intelligence official familiar with the meeting said the Taliban delegation was led by Mullah Abbas Stanekza and also included Mullah Jalil, both considered important Afghan Taliban leaders.Afghan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai led President Ghani’s team, which also included a member of the High Peace Council, Haji Din Mohammad, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.He said Tuesday’s meeting took place at a government rest-house and lasted for hours, starting with an iftar — the evening meal with which Muslims break the daytime fast during Ramadan — and ending with a pre-dawn meal in the early hours Wednesday. The participants talked about working on minimizing civilian casualties at their next meeting, the official added. How do cataracts affect your vision? Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Still, Islamabad’s hosting of the talks has raised suspicion among some Afghan politicians, who believe Pakistan is interfering and seeking dominance over their country.Nasrullah Sadieqizada, an Afghan parliament member, called the talks “Pakistani propaganda.”The White House praised the Pakistani government for helping facilitate the meeting.“This is an important step in advancing prospects for a credible peace,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “The United States commends the government of Afghanistan’s prioritization of peace and reconciliation efforts with the Taliban.”___Associated Press Writers Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan, Munir Ahmed in Islamabad and Julie Pace in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 5 treatments for adult scoliosis New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories The talks came after several informal contacts between the Taliban and Afghan government representatives, most recently in Qatar and Norway. The fact that Tuesday’s talks were the first formally acknowledged by the Afghan government and the semi-public nature of the meeting suggested possible progress, after years of frustration in trying to bring the two sides together.The Islamabad statement said the participants recognized the need to “develop confidence-building measures” and exchanged views on ways to bring peace and reconciliation to Afghanistan, where fighting has continued since the Taliban were removed from power by U.S.-led forces in 2001.Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settlement for his war-battered country. He has sought Pakistan’s help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiations, since Islamabad is believed to wield influence over the group.Afghan forces are now bearing the brunt of the insurgency after the U.S. and NATO forces reduced their combat role in Afghanistan at the start of the year, with Washington cutting its troop presence in the country.The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the development, praising Pakistan and thanking Washington and China. “We believe that if there is a good and strong intention in the peace process, there will be good results,” Kabul said. Previous efforts to start a dialogue had stalled. Also, there have been differences among the Taliban over the talks in the past. It was not clear whether the Taliban representatives who attended the Pakistan meeting had the green light from their supreme leader, Mullah Omar, or the insurgents’ political office in Qatar, which was specifically set up to work toward a peace deal.Mullah Omar has not been seen in public for over a decade and the Taliban themselves are divided among various factions and groups. Some of the Afghan insurgents have also recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.Analysts believe there is no guarantee all factions would fall in line — even if the talks made significant breakthroughs. Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington told a local TV station that with so many groups in the mix, it is likely each would question what it could gain from peace.“I don’t see a ceasefire anytime soon, say in next six months,” she added.A Taliban statement emailed to the media in Kabul by the insurgent group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid did not provide clarity on whether the talks were fully endorsed by the Taliban leadership. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

International visitors up in sunny QLD

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first_imgInternational visitors to Queensland rose despite the natural disasters which struck the state earlier this year and it looks like they have Asia to thank for it.The latest Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey show that two million international travelers visited Queensland in the year ending March 2011, an increase of one percent from last year.Tourism Minister Jan Jarrett said 197,000 Chinese visited in the year ending March, which represents an increase of 29 percent from last year.  She also reported that Chinese visitors spent 388million whilst in Queensland which is 62million more than the previous period.“I don’t think we could imagine a more perfect storm of events to challenge our tourism industry but there is some good news from many of our international markets, particularly out of Asia,” Tourism Minister Jan Jarrett said.The Gold Coast represents Asia’s most popular Queensland destination overall recorded a six percent decline in international visitors, with 121,000 Chinese visitors.Hong Kong visitors to the state remained the strongest at 39,000.  Visitors from Singapore rose nine percent, Malaysians increased 13 percent, Koreans eight percent and Indonesians 13 percent.  Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

ExVirgin COO heads into Tiger

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tiger Airways has hired ex-Virgin Blue/Australia chief operating officer Andrew David to head the carrier’s operations down under.Stepping into the chief executive (CEO) position from 17 October this year, Mr David replaces ex-CEO Crawford Rix, who left the company in July after the carrier was grounded by Civil Aviation Safety Authority due to safety concerns.Having previously worked with then Virgin Blue between February 2005 and November 2005, Tiger Airways Holdings Limited acting chief executive Chin Yau Seng explained Mr David will contribute an array of information and knowledge.“We are pleased to welcome Andrew David as the new CEO of Tiger Airways Australia,” Mr Seng said. “He brings a wealth of airline business experience and a proven leadership track record.” Mr David’s resume also includes chief information officer positions at Air New Zealand as well as consulting roles at British Airways and IBM. Group president Tony Davis stepped into the chief stepped into the CEO role on a temporary basis after Mr Rix’s resignation in July. last_img read more

Customs strikes causes airport havoc more strikes to come

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Families and travellers planning a Labour Day getaway may need to plan ahead for flight disruptions, as Qantas workers prepare for a one hour strike on Friday 30 September.On one of the busiest weekends of the year, the carrier has confirmed that up to 3,800 baggage handlers, ground staff and other employees will walk off the job in a strike lead by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) against pay disputes.The news comes a week after the group of employees held industrial action for up to four hours, causing the cancellation of up to 28 flights and delays on 27 others.TWU informed Qantas yesterday afternoon that a further 50 union delegates will hold a two-hour stop work meeting on 29 September.Qantas group executive Olivia Wirth said the carrier was organising a contingency plan to minimise disruptions to passengers.Among the adjustments in place to avoid major flight disruptions, the Group said they would increase capacity out of Auckland this weekend to ensure travellers heading to Sydney for the NRL Grand Final Premiership arrive on time for the game.From Saturday 1 October, Qantas will add an extra two Boeing 737-400 between the two cities, flying from Auckland on the Saturday at 10.00am and flying out of Sydney on 3 October at 11.45am.While four A330s will fly on 1 October from Sydney to Auckland at 12.30pm and return from Auckland on the same day at 7.50pm, while on the 3 October a service will run from Sydney at 12.45pm to Auckland and return from the NZ city at 7.10p. “This is one of our busiest weekends of the year with tens of thousands of people travelling around Australia for the football and for the school holidays on Friday alone,” Ms Wirth stated. “The union knows this and they are trying to cause maximum disruptions to passengers.“These strikes hold passengers to ransom but don’t help the TWU get any closer to an agreement. “We call on the union to call off the strike and return to the negotiating table.” Ms Wirth explained that the two groups had been in discussion over pay since May this year and were unable to reach an agreement because the 15 percent pay rise over the next three years is not a sustainable figure for the “current economic climate”.“We value our staff and we are a generous employer,” she added. “We are willing to negotiate on reasonable pay increases.”While some passengers face disruptions over the long weekend, others may also find themselves held up tomorrow as the Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association announced a one hour work stoppage in Sydney tomorrow and in Melbourne on Friday.“Over the past month, more than 20,000 people have had their flights cancelled or delayed as a result of the industrial action by the engineers’ union and the TWU,” Ms Wirth noted. “This is a coordinated campaign by three unions, with the pilots’ union, the licensed aircraft maintenance engineers’ union and the TWU all taking some form of industrial action over this period.” Meanwhile, travellers arriving into Australia today were forced to wait in long queues at international airports as Customs staff walked off the job for up to two hours from 7.00am.Up to 3000 workers pitched for better pay and working conditions this morning in a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) organised strike.Flying into Sydney this morning from Los Angeles, Simon Lister told the Sydney Morning Herald that he was forced to wait in line for more than an hour after exiting his flight.“It was chaos in there,” Mr Lister said.“A lot of people who were queuing were getting irate and staff were getting irate too, they were getting very angry and pushing a lot of people out of the way.”Other arrivals said there was a lot of “pushing and shoving” as people became more emotional during the long wait.Although staff have returned to their posts, arrivals into Sydney and Cairns airport can expect delays this coming Thursday and Saturday as customs staff hold further strikes. last_img read more

MTA – Mobile Travel Agents is proud to celebrate the 2012 Australia

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first_imgSource = MTA Travel Jessica Watson, 2011 Young Australian of the Year and youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world,  now adds the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) to her impressive resume after being recognised by the Order of Australia Association in the Australia Day honours for her services to sailing and to youth.Of the award she said “It’s very humbling because there are so many other incredible Australians. Sometimes I kick myself, thinking: ‘what am I doing here? I’m just me!’”Jessica, was officially inducted into the MTA – Mobile Travel Agents team in front of 120 Travel Agents and Head Office staff at their brand launch celebration on the 19 November 2011. Co Managing Directors Roy and Karen Merricks couldn’t be more proud and pleased for Jessica’s recognition  “She is young, adventurous and inspiring and such a fantastic representation of MTA in all aspects”.last_img read more

2012 Golden i Award Finalists Announced

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first_imgThe Visitor Centre Association of Western Australia (VCAWA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 West Australian Newspapers Golden i Award.Five nominations were received from across the State and included Cheryl Macaulay (Northcliffe), Chris Telenta (Halls Creek), Heather Christy (Fremantle), Robyn McCarthy (Merredin) and Yvonne Bradfield (Armadale).The desktop assessments have now been completed by the judging panel and according to Nicole Maas from the West Australian “We applaud the entrants as they were all of a high standard and it certainly made the judging very difficult and competitive. I am truly inspired by the dedication of the Visitor Centre Managers and what they are achieving for Tourism in WA”.Of these five nominations, the judges have advised there are two (2) entrants who have been selected as finalists. These include Robyn McCarthy from the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre in Merredin and Yvonne Bradfield from the Armadale Visitor Centre.Both Robyn and Yvonne will now participate in a telephone interview with the judging panel and the winner of the 2012 West Australian Newspapers Golden i Award will receive a cash prize of $1,000 thanks to the West Australian Newspapers.West Regional Newspaper Group General Manager Ian Jones said “The company through its regional network was closely aligned with the aspirations of local communities. We are very pleased to be associated with this award and congratulate all those who work so hard to make the tourism experience extraordinary in WA. In particular, I congratulate Robyn and Yvonne for their outstanding efforts on behalf of their local communities”.Previous winners have included –– 2007 – Glenys Russell from the Kojonup Visitor Centre– 2008 – Felicity Anderson from the Bunbury Visitor Centre– 2009 – Scott Fleming from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre– 2010 – Narelle Brook from the Kununurra Visitor Centre– 2011 – Justine Nagorski from the Denmark Visitor CentreThis year’s winner will also receive a free registration to the 2013 Visitor Servicing Conference as well as taking home the perpetual trophy and a small replica to keep.The 2012 West Australian Newspapers Golden i Award winner will be announced as part of the Top Tourism Award Gala Dinner on Thursday the 20th of September in Mandurah, which forms part of the Annual Visitor Servicing Conference. Source = Visitor Centre Association of Western Australialast_img read more

Etihad up stake in Virgin Australia

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first_imgVirgin Australia has intensified its capacity in the last 12 months in an effort to generate a larger market share, reporting net loss of AU$98.1 million for the year to June 2013. Etihad Airways has purchased 16 million new shares in Virgin Australia, surpassing Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to become the airline’s third largest investor. The increase in holdings has made the Abu Dhabi-based carrier an “anchor shareholder”, according to Etihad chief executive James Hogan, the Herald Sun reported. The Foreign Investment Review Board has approved Etihad to increase its stake in Virgin to a maximum of 19.9 percent, with the airline keen to reach this target. Air New Zealand is Virgin Australia’s largest shareholder, maintaining a 22.9 percent stake in the business, followed by Singapore Airlines holding 19.9 percent. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently granted approval for Air NZ to increase its share to 25.9 percent but the Kiwi carrier has insisted it is not looking to control Virgin. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

Travel Barometer takes the temperature of Australian tourism

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first_imgThe results, which were compiled from interviews and calls with 200 travel agents, provide a snapshot of the thinking of travel agents around Australia about issues facing the Australian tourism industry. The study also found that the number of tourism agents has not grown from 4500 for the last 10 years. The nature of travel purchases is also changing according to the study – the Australian intermediary market is now worth AUD$3 billion per year and has been growing 29 per cent over the past few years. The results of the Australian Travel Agent Barometer Survey for September-October 2013 have been released. 66 per cent of agents do not make a profit above AUD $100,000 per annum and their average margins are also quite low – at 1.7 per cent.center_img Key among the findings of the Survey was the strong level of confidence about the industry’s future – with 80 per cent saying that they believe business is good right now and that any downturns are cyclical. Lastly, staff retention also seems to be positive – 80 per cent of consultants intend to stay in the industry the next five years. Source = ETB News: T.N.last_img read more

Sydney Airport in ACCCs bad books

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first_img“Sydney Airport’s low quality of service ratings and relatively low investments in the face of on-going increases in demand, suggest that needed investments have not been forthcoming,” the report said. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale Sydney Airport has been rated Australia’s worst large airport in the most recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) annual report on aviation. Out of the big four airports, Brisbane was the only the one to improve its level of service with Tullamarine passengers saying they received “good” service at Tullamarine. ACCC chairman Rod Sims said that capacity pressures would affect airports considerably in future. The ACCC has been concerned that parking bays have been restricted at Melbourne Airport with numbers lessening recently.  Sydney Airport has again received the worst rating of Australia’s four biggest airports, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Despite the negative feedback, all four airports recorded car parking revenue growth. Airport users are charged $56 at Sydney Airport for eight hours parking. Sydney had both the highest car parking revenue per space as well as the highest parking margin per space. The report stresses that Sydney Airport will need to work on its congestion, improve capacity for passenger transit and enhance service levels in order to meet future demands. Airlines ratings fell across the board, with service levels going from “satisfactory” to “poor”. “It is likely that the current infrastructure at monitored airports will be under increasing pressure in future years given evidence of aeronautical and land-side congestion at some airports,” Mr Sims said.last_img read more

Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer first to partner with Aussie

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first_imgVirgin Australia’s frequent flyer program, Virgin Velocity, has become the first such scheme to partner with mortgage broker Aussie.The new partnership means that Virgin Australia customers will be awarded points to the value of their home or personal loan when their loan is with Aussie.Velocity Frequent Flyer chief executive officer Neil Thompson said that the new partnership will enhance the frequent flyer program’s offering.“We are continually looking at ways to enhance the program and our portfolio of partners. Finding new opportunities to reward our members on their everyday spending is a priority and today marks the next chapter for Velocity in extending Velocity Points earn to new home loans and personal loans,” Mr Thompson said. “We know how important it is to choose the right loan, and our members will now be rewarded when seeking high quality assistance from Aussie whether they are moving, investing, refinancing or buying their first home through Aussie, all with the added benefit of earning Velocity Points.”Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

TripAdvisor announces instant bookings with Langham Hospitality

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first_img TripAdvisor Source = TripAdvisor TripAdvisor announces instant bookings with Langham HospitalityTripAdvisor today announced a partnership with Langham Hospitality Group to add its hotel inventory to the TripAdvisor instant booking platform. Travellers shopping for hotels on TripAdvisor will soon be able to conveniently book Langham hotels without leaving the TripAdvisor site experience.“We are excited to join TripAdvisor’s new instant booking distribution channel,” said Nick Cohen, Global Director of E-Commerce for Langham Hospitality Group. “It gives our customers the opportunity to make a seamless reservation on TripAdvisor, powered by our own direct inventory. Our partnership with TripAdvisor is focused on providing guests with the ideal set of options as they research and book their trip.”TripAdvisor first launched its instant booking platform to U.S. consumers in June 2014, with a phased roll out to other international markets, including Australia and New Zealand, expected over time. The platform provides a more efficient hotel booking experience for travellers.Hotels available through TripAdvisor instant booking receive a prominent booking button that travellers may click to easily complete their reservation on the site. As with other instant booking partners, the transaction and customer care are handled by the hotel.“Our partnership with Langham Hospitality Group is another milestone in our expansion of the breadth of trusted hotel brands bookable through TripAdvisor instant booking,” said Robin Ingle, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, TripAdvisor.last_img read more