Qantas could cut travel time on Perth-London marathon

first_imgPhoto: Qantas. Australian national carrier Qantas may be able to speed up the time it takes to complete one of the world’s longest air journeys after it takes delivery of new Boeing Dreamliners next year.Qantas reportedly has developed a plan to drop its current A380 service from Melbourne to London via Dubai in 2018 and replace it with a Dreamliner service via the Western Australian capital, Perth.It’s understood, under that plan, the airline would start the daily Dreamliner service in Melbourne before stopping in Perth to begin the 14,500-kilometre non-stop service to London’s Heathrow airport.The airline’s alliance partner Emirates would replace the daily Qantas service to Dubai with its own super-jumbos, freeing up two Qantas A380s for use elsewhere in its network.The Perth-London leg would take the Dreamliner just under 17 hours, meaning that, with a buffer for air traffic congestion and delays, Qantas would allow about 17 hours and 50 minutes for the journey.The total Melbourne-London journey time, with a 90-minute transit in Perth, would be around 23 hours and 20 minutes – nearly an hour faster than Qantas’s current journey time via Dubai, which requires a two-hour stopover in the Middle East.When Qantas started flying one-stop services to London with long-range Boeing 747-400s via Asia in the 1990s, the journey took under 23 hours.  But the travelling time has edged up over the years because of increasing airways and airport congestion.Qantas’s current daily late evening Melbourne-London A380 service, arriving in the British capital at lunchtime, now officially takes 24 hours 15 minutes. The slightly longer daily A380 from Sydney – leaving Sydney late afternoon and arriving in London at breakfast time – takes 25 hours and five minutes.It is likely that the Melbourne-Perth-London service would be re-timed to arrive in the UK before 7am, using one of the Heathrow landing slots Qantas owns, but doesn’t use. Qantas has leased four of its eight daily “slot pairs” — worth up to $US60 million each, according to recent sale prices —  to its oneworld alliance partner, British Airways.Qantas has said it has no plans to axe its existing daily service from Melbourne to London, but is understood to have a contingency plan if the long-haul travel market weakens in the next 18 months.Since it announced its joint venture with Emirates in 2012 and changed its hub for London services from Singapore to Dubai, Qantas has had to periodically drop some of its weekly services from Melbourne because of low demand.This is in spite of the dramatic cutback in Qantas’s schedule to Europe in the past decade, almost halved from three daily 747-400s a day to London via Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong and a daily Flight to  German business capital Frankfurt via Singapore to just two A380s to London via Dubai.Qantas expects the new Perth-London service to be popular with travellers beginning their journey on the Australian east coast.”Our modelling shows that people from the east coast, as well as South Australia,  would fly domestically to Perth to connect to our non-stop London service,” says chief executive Alan Joyce.That would put seats in high demand as the Qantas Dreamliner 787-9 will fit only 236 people – less than half the 484 seats the airline now operates to London via Dubai.The schedule for the new service, including connections from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, is expected to be announced in the first half of next yearlast_img read more

The Man With the Golden Run

first_imgBehind the golden glow that enveloped the country’s athletes and its image at the 19th Commonwealth Games lies the untold story of the invisible men who planned and executed India’s new saga of sporting success. The credit, gold medal if you will, goes to a little-known organisation called the International,Behind the golden glow that enveloped the country’s athletes and its image at the 19th Commonwealth Games lies the untold story of the invisible men who planned and executed India’s new saga of sporting success. The credit, gold medal if you will, goes to a little-known organisation called the International Sports Division (ISD), created in 2008 under the leadership of Rahul Bhatnagar, a joint secretary, in the Sports Ministry.The gold medal-winning Indian women’s 4×400 relay team, (from left) A.C. Ashwini, Manjeet Kaur, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose.The ISD got it right, and even the most optimistic Indian sports lover got to see things they had never imagined. Three Indian medal winners-with gold, silver, bronze-in the women’s discus throw, lined up on the podium while 50,000 spectators in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium went hysterical. It was India’s first gold medal in track events in 52 years. Hysteria reached new levels a day later when the Indian women’s 4X400 team ran a technically perfect race to win the country’s second gold in track and field. By the penultimate day of the Games, India won nine medals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. In India’s CWG history, the country had won just one medal in athletics, Milkha Singh’s gold in Melbourne way back in 1958. On the medal table, India stood second, another history-making achievement.Bhatnagar’s ISD kept it simple. Under the umbrella of the Sports Ministry, the division’s mandate was that India should win between 96 and 125 medals and, more importantly, no hurdle (pun intended) should come in the way whether it was money, training and facilities, proper diet, international exposure or the services of the best international coaches. An unprecedented Rs 678 crore was earmarked to be spent on training (55 per cent), scientific support to sportspersons (35 per cent) and infrastructure. But more crucial to success was to restrict the role of the sports federations that are run like serfdoms mostly by politicians with little sporting background.advertisementThe crowd at Major Dhyan Chand StadiumThe entire exercise lasting 30 months was executed in relative obscurity, free from media glare and bureaucratic tangles. The ISD’s plan, after identifying areas of weakness, was to provide intensive training of 530 days in India, 225 days of training and competition abroad to 1,140 players in 18 sporting disciplines. The goal was to create a group of “core probables”, three-four times more than the players who would actually represent India, give them the best training and international exposure and then conduct a pruning process in a phased manner under a steering committee set up for each discipline to assess individual performance recorded by a high-tech computer-based monitoring system. “The idea was to train players in the same environment they would compete so that they peak around the time Games are held,” says Bhatnagar.The result is India’s best-ever performance in a multi-discipline sporting event, second only to the Olympics, with 71 participating nations. Compared to the downbeat national mood at the start of the Games, the sudden upsurge of patriotism and collective pride is the result of a plan modelled on how socialist countries of former Soviet Union went about achieving sporting success. The selected sportspersons came mostly from rural India, from poorer families, with women contributing to a major share of the medals tally. The initial phase of the plan was spent analysing the reasons for the consistent poor showing by Indian players. This was done in consultation with various sports federations.Indian hockey captain Rajpal SinghWhat emerged was hardly rocket science. Apart from inefficiency and ad-hocism in sports administrations, there was no continuity of training and sportspersons were trained just months before a mega event. There was no planning or annual calendar for training even for national teams in sports like hockey. The athletes were given a poor diet and inadequate support of experts and coaches. There was lack of international exposure and dearth of training equipment. Not everyone could do an Abhinav Bindra, India’s lone individual Olympic gold medalist, who paid from his pocket for training and coaching.Deepika Kumari with her archery goldUnder the new plan, athletes got Rs 550 per day for their diet against a paltry Rs 200 they were given when Mani Shankar Aiyar was the sports minister. A total of 174 Indian and 36 foreign coaches (hired at an average monthly salary of $5,000) were put in charge of the probables. Also for the first time, the services of 78 support staff-sports doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists and masseurs-offered to the players. High-altitude training was introduced for the first time to improve stamina and endurance while doping was discouraged with stringent checks on athletes and coaches.Blueprint for SuccessadvertisementRahul BhatnagarHe spearheaded a team that brought glitter to the GamesSteering committees under Bhatnagar, a joint secretary of Sports Ministry, was set up for each of the 18 sport disciplines 30 months ago. It met 161 times to monitor preparations and proper selection of players and coaches.Rs 678 crore was allocated for training 1,140 sportspersons for two-and-half years against earlier budget of Rs 40 crore per annum.305 days of rigorous training every year, including 75 days of training abroad in top academies, so that players perform at their best.In key disciplines, the best foreign coaches hired at high salaries in addition to the 170 Indian coaches, some of who were trained abroad.Individual players and teams made 3,760 foreign trips to participate in events or for training.Pruning of players to represent India in the Games was done in a phased manner depending on their performance recorded on a computer-based monitoring system.Special high-altitude training at Shilarro in Himachal Pradesh at a height of 9,000 ft to improve stamina and endurance.70 specialised support staff-sports analysts, doctors, physiologists, physiotherapists, masseurs and mental trainers-were provided.On an average, athletes were trained for 305 days a year which included 75 days of foreign training. Participation in foreign sporting event or for training abroad resulted in 3,567 trips by players, many of whom had never flown in an aircraft before. The table tennis team was trained at Hebei Zhengding National Table Tennis Training Base, China, wrestlers went to Russia and tennis players were trained at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, the best in the world. Krishna Poonia, who won gold in women’s discus throw, has barely seen her son in the past two years because of her hectic schedule, which included training stints in Ukraine. Her success is an example of how the ISD tapped into the sports that were not India’s traditional strength. Ashish Kumar is another. The 19-year-old from Allahabad created a history by winning two medals in gymnastics, a first for India.Foreign coaches were hired for all disciples except for women’s hockey, tennis and weightlifting. Indian coaches were also sent for advanced training abroad. Athletes agree that foreign coaches, with their superior professionalism, modern approach and rigorous training schedule, made a quantum difference towards their preparedness. “Foreign coaches meant no local politics and favouritism based on region and other considerations,” says a senior official in the Sports Ministry. Take men’s hockey coach Jose Brasa, a Spaniard, who is not popular among the players and Indian coaches as he lines them up at five in the morning (any latecomer is sent back) and follows it by a rigorous training schedule and tactical targets. The result was in evidence at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium: arch-rivals Pakistan were humbled 7-4 in the quarterfinal while steely nerves and tactics ensured a scintillating semi-final win against England.Russian Vladimir Chertkov who coached the Indian gymnastics team feels that to realise its full potential India will have to develop systems to tap the young and train them better. “The Sports Ministry was of great help. But federations do not have the knowledge to develop such systems,” he says. India’s first lawn ball team was trained for last 16 months by Australian coach Richard Gale. “I can assure a gold medal if I get to train the team for four to six years,” says Gale.advertisementShooting is an expensive sport and India won 14 gold medals in these events because four top shooters-Bindra, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Mansher Singh and Ronjan Sodhi-were paid Rs 2 crore each to prepare. Apart from this, 36 other shooters used ammunition worth Rs 2.7 crore for training. Even training venues were the best in the country, including nine private facilities like the Gopichand Badminton Academy at Hyderabad or JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur, all paid for by the ISD.The message is clear: India has a huge reservoir of sporting talent. What we need are money, systematic training and infrastructure. Every host country for a major sporting event does well traditionally, partly because of prestige, efforts and local conditions. The ISD has shown the right track and millions of Indians have suddenly discovered a sporting world beyond cricket. What needs to be seen is that the euphoria around India’s most successful Games is not short-lived.last_img read more

Marinakis Linked to Tanker Duo at Daehan Shipbuilding

first_imgzoomEvangelos Marinakis; Image Courtesy: Capital Link Marinakis-led Capital Maritime and Trading has placed an order for two 114,000 dwt tankers with Korean shipbuilder Daehan Shipbuilding, according to Asiasis.The ships are expected to be delivered in the first half of 2020 and are priced at USD 49 million a piece, the report says.The order emerges in less than two months after Evangelos Marinakis’ gas carrier company Capital Gas Carrier Corporation made its debut in the LNG market with the order for four LNG carriers at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The construction contract is worth KRW 836.5 billion (USD 744.2 million), the shipbuilder said, and the ships are slated for delivery by the end of the first half of 2021.The contract also includes two options containing three ships respectively, potentially bringing the ordering tally to 10 ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

DHX Media Licenses 10 Kids Shows to Amazon Prime Video US in

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img HALIFAX, Oct. 3, 2018 – DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM), a global children’s content and brands company, has signed a new agreement providing Prime Video’s U.S. streaming service with Spanish versions of 10 kids’ shows, including Strawberry Shortcake: Sky’s the Limit, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Busy World of Richard Scarry, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario World, Madeline and more. The new content is expected to launch for U.S. Prime Video members on October 4, 2018.“We’re delighted to provide Amazon Prime Video with Spanish versions of these popular kids’ shows,” said Jerry Diaz, VP of Distribution at DHX Media. “With our deep library and strong production capabilities, DHX Media continues to be a one-stop-shop for streaming platforms looking for both original and classic content that kids and families love to watch.” Fireman Sam is one of ten DHX Media kids’ shows coming to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. service in Spanish this October. (CNW Group/DHX Media Ltd.) Madeline is one of ten DHX Media kids’ shows coming to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. service in Spanish this October. (CNW Group/DHX Media Ltd.) DHX Media titles newly available on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. in Spanish: Madeline is one of ten DHX Media kids’ shows coming to Amazon Prime Video’s U.S. service in Spanish this October. (CNW Group/DHX Media Ltd.) Bob the Builder, season 2 (52 x 11′)Bob the Builder: Mega Machines (movie) (1 x 60′)Fireman Sam, season 7 (13 x 11′)Strawberry Shortcake: Sky’s the Limit (movie) (1 x 70′)Sonic the Hedgehog, season 1 (13 x 30′)Super Mario World, season 1 (7 x 30′)Busy World of Richard Scarry, season 5 (13 x 30′)Madeline, season 1 (6 x 30′)Paddington’s Birthday Bonanza (special) (1 x 30′)Sabrina, the Animated Series, season 2 (13 x 30′)About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX, NASDAQ: DHXM) is a global children’s content and brands company, recognized for such high-profile properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. One of the world’s foremost producers of children’s shows, DHX Media owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at 13,000 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices worldwide. Visit us at www.dhxmedia.com. Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball levels Lamar 7050

If Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger’s recent injuries are still bothering him, he did a good job of hiding it on Tuesday night against Lamar. Sullinger led all players in both points and rebounds with 18 and 11, respectively, as No. 2-ranked OSU defeated Lamar, 50-70, at the Schottenstein Center Tuesday in the first-ever contest between the two schools. Sullinger, who was hampered by back spasms he suffered during OSU’s Nov. 29 victory against Duke and a bone bruise he suffered against South Carolina Friday, logged 30 minutes of playing time Tuesday. He had 31 combined minutes in the Buckeyes’ previous two games “It got better. The swelling went down,” Sullinger said of the foot injury that forced him from OSU win against the Gamecocks just six minutes into the game. “During the course of the game (Tuesday), it started to loosen up more. I played today, so that’s always a good sign.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “We’re getting him and we can continue to see the improvement on a daily basis,” Matta said of Sullinger’s injuries.   OSU led by just five points halfway through the first half before outscoring Lamar and growing the lead to 13 by halftime. OSU fans also got a bit of a scare in the first half when senior guard William Buford came out with what looked like a shoulder injury. Buford winced and tugged on his right arm and wrist as he darted for the bench to receive medical attention. Buford would later return and Matta said after the game that he sustained a “stinger,” or temporary paralysis, in his neck. Sullinger scored 10 of his team’s first 12 points in the second half, during which the Buckeyes led by double digits the entire time. Eight of the 10 points were scored via dunk or layup. “He’s so quick with the ball,” Lamar coach Pat Knight said. “He had my guys so buried and he was so close, he had the ball up before we could even get anybody down there to double down on him.” Knight’s father, former OSU basketball player and Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, was presented with an alumni award during a halftime ceremony by former OSU football running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin. Knight was a member OSU’s1960 national champion men’s basketball squad. When play resumed after Knight addressed the crowd, Lamar was unable to mount a comeback. The visitors failed to connect on all 12 of its 3-point attempts despite numerous open looks. “We just couldn’t hit shots,” Pat Knight said. The lead grew to 20 on a Sullinger lay-up with just under eight minutes in the game. The Buckeyes never looked back. “If you told me we were going to win by 20 points tonight, I would have told you you’re crazy,” Matta said. “I thought Lamar was a really good basketball team and we probably did some things better than I thought we did.” The Buckeyes (11-1) conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule Thursday against the Miami Redhawks at Nationwide Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta gave his reasons for joining the club, while also announcing he will wear the No 39 jerseyThe 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football with observers even comparing him to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.Aside from Milan, Paqueta had also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona.But the Flamengo star instead confirmed he would be joining Milan for a reported €35m deal.Now Paqueta has revealed that Milan technical director Leonardo, who’s also Brazilian and played for Flamengo himself, was the main factor behind the move to Italy.“I’ll wear the No 39. It’s the number with which I debuted in Flamengo’s first team,” Paqueta told the Brazilian Press, via Football-Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It brought me luck and I hope the same happens at Milan. If I’ve chosen the Rossoneri, it’s thanks to Leonardo.“He called me and convinced me right away. I understood Milan had a serious project for my career and that’s essential for a young player who arrives in Europe.“I can’t wait to start.”Paqueta has managed 13 goals and five assists in 65 appearances in all competitions for Flamengo since 2017.The young star has played twice for Brazil after debuting in September in a 5-0 friendly win away against El Salvador.last_img read more

Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed his emotions about making his professional debut at the age of 16 with Feyenoord.The Holland international became the youngest player to play for the Dutch club when he featured against Groningen in April 2007.“The game was on Sunday and Erwin told me on Wednesday that I would be playing,” Wijnaldum said, as quoted by Liverpool Echo.“That was a really special moment. I realized that not every trainer has the balls to let a 16-year-old play in the first team and things were not going so well for the team at that time so they didn’t want to take the risk with young players. He asked me not to tell anyone at school. It was difficult to concentrate in class.”Speaking about joining Newcastle in 2015, Wijnaldum also said:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I admired a number of other competitions when I was playing in Holland. The Bundesliga is a wonderful competition and La Liga too. But I think the Premier League is the most attractive competition in the world. I’ve always thought that. It’s so competitive.“There are so many teams who can beat each other, so many teams who can compete for the title.”“It’s so difficult to win games. When I was in Holland, a lot of times when you played against the lower teams you won comfortably. In the Premier League the competition is much bigger. You have to fight for every point.”“They are a club which is in my heart. They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. The fee was a lot of money at the time. A lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took. I only worked with Rafa Benitez for a short time but he’s a great manager and he showed it from the first moment he came. He’s a good person, always trying to help players out.“It was a big disappointment that we got relegated but I will always appreciate what Newcastle did for me.”last_img read more

Guardiola is wary of Tottenham Hotspurs chances

Guardiola is wary of Tottenham Hotspurs chances

first_imgWith the biggest match of the Premier League weekend upon us, Pep Guardiola is aware of how dangerous Tottenham Hotspur will be at Wembley.El Clasico is not the only great match for this very active football weekend in Europe, England will also have Manchester City visiting Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley and Pep Guardiola knows how complicated this game will be for the Citizens.The challenge for the current Premier League champions becomes even more complicated after the victories that Liverpool and Chelsea got on the weekend, both clubs are now above the Citizens at the top of the table and the competition’s top spot is on the line against one of the most competitive sides in the continent.A defeat against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs would leave City in the fourth position with the same 23 points they already have right now, but a victory would get them back at the top where Liverpool already have 26 points but fewer goals than Pep Guardiola’s side.The Catalan manager is more than ready for the challenge, he knows how much the stakes have been raised after his massive accomplishment from last season and he is aware that the Premier League has become just as difficult as the Champions League for his squad.The fact that Tottenham isn’t playing at White Hart Lane, is something that Pep doesn’t think can affect Pochettino’s squad.It was wonderful at Wembley last season! Same again Monday, please! 🤞 #mancity pic.twitter.com/vo1mhFltlX— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 28, 2018“I think White Hart Lane was different to Wembley. I think Tottenham feel more comfortable at home,” said Guardiola via Four Four Two.“That is going to happen anywhere. We are more comfortable at the Etihad than if we should play in another stadium. In that game I realized that this is the Premier League. I felt … wow.”“I remember in that period people were saying City is going to win the Premier League. In that game I realized [how hard it would be] when I saw how physical they were, how good they are, how high they press, how many good things they do … and this is a team people don’t think or don’t consider to be a contender to win the Premier League. I settled in England in that situation.”“When you play against contenders it’s almost six points. The three points you win and the three points your opponent doesn’t win.”“I don’t know what happened in the last decade of history in the Premier League but it is true that it looks like the strong teams make a lot of points. They don’t drop a lot of points. That’s why the games against contenders become so important.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“But nothing is going to change because at the end, Southampton at home is the same points as Tottenham.”📋 Team news 🔎 Key man🆚 Previous meetings 📈 City’s form 💫 Magic moment 🗣️ Pep’s preview Your definitive guide to tomorrow’s match against Man City👇— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 28, 2018Depending on how well Manchester City does in this crucial match against Spurs, we’ll be able to predict a proper forecast for the next month of competition that the Citizens will have to endure before the big Manchester Derby day arrives on 11 November.After playing at Wembley this Monday, Guardiola’s side will have a little bit of a breath with four consecutive matches at home that they will need to take advantage of.The Citizens play Fulham in the Carabao Cup next week, then Southampton in the Premier League three days later, then Shakhtar in the Champions League three days later, and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium before the final international break of 2018 catches all of us.That is five matches in 14 days, starting with this Monday’s challenge against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.Pep on whether the Wembley pitch will play a role in his team selection on Monday night… 💬Presented by @marathonbet 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/Vm4GFJ6fLu— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 26, 2018What result do you expect from this match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more