Virgin Strikes Back

first_imgVirgin Australia has blamed Qantas’ policy of maintaining its 65 per cent market share for its [Qantas’] woes and accused it of stifling real competition.In an open letter to the Australian government, to counter Qantas’ lobbying for help, Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the airline’s strategy is, and always has been, to bring strong competition to all sectors of the Australian market, not to destroy competition.Qantas is trying to stop Virgin Australia’s foreign airline shareholders from injecting $350 million into the airline suggesting those funds are bankrolling an unrealistic fare war and expansion.The airline is looking to the government for a [bank] guarantee ahead of what is expected to be a loss of up to $500 million for the 2014 financial year.However Mr Borghetti has hit back saying its strategy has been to bring “real competition to all sectors of the market, including regional monopoly routes.”“This is despite our competitor publically stating that “if a competitor puts one [plane] in, we’ll put two in as a group”, in order to maintain a 65 per cent share of the Australian domestic aviation market at all costs,” said Mr Borghetti.Mr Borghetti said that “this is a strategy that prevents competition including the possibility of new entrants.”“We strongly believe that a level playing field should include a full and proper investigation of this 65 per cent “line in the sand” policy and ask the Australian Government to divert attention to this important issue that is crippling competition and is not sustainable financially for anyone in aviation in this country.”Mr Borghetti said Virgin had no problem with the Qantas Sale Act, which restricts foreign ownership in Qantas, being repealed or amendments to the legislation which would allow Qantas to mirror the current structure of Virgin Australia by separating its international and domestic operations.Under Australian law an Australian domestic carrier can be foreign owned.“If Australia truly wants a “level playing field”, then any measures that the Government plans to take to support Qantas should be offered to Virgin Australia,” said Mr Borghetti.“We believe that this country needs at least two strong airlines, in order to ensure the travelling public is not faced with high airfares and restricted choice.”Yesterday Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce likened the spat between the two airlines to a soccer game in which Qantas was 10-nil up before Virgin had called three other teams onto the field ‘‘because they can’t beat us.’’‘‘We need a level playing field for the Qantas Group to have a future. Virgin does its heavy maintenance offshore. They don’t have these investments that we do in this country.’’Mr Borghetti said that Virgin Australia employs around 9,500 staff, has opened new routes, launched new bases and grown tourism through joint campaigns with the state tourism bodies and Tourism Australia.“We fly around 20 million passengers annually and we have injected over $11 billion directly into the Australian economy over the last three years.”“We have also purchased Skywest and 60 per cent of Tigerair Australia, with a view of strengthening their ability to compete”And in a sting aimed at Qantas’ offshore forays with Jetstar he added that “importantly, we will not be investing in starting new airlines offshore.”last_img read more

Townships to get in on Bok action

first_img9 September 2011Rugby fans in South Africa’s townships will be able to follow the Springboks’ World Cup matches live on big screens, thanks to a partnership between the SA Rugby Union (Saru) and Township TV.The viewing experience has been created to cater for the country’s grassroots communities as part of Absa Boktown, the official Saru and Springbok Supporter Club event platform for fans.Big-screen televisions will be installed at 22 township venues across the country for the duration of the global rugby showpiece taking place in New Zealand.“This initiative will go far beyond rugby, as it will seek to re-create the jamboree community atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the successful Fifa Soccer World Cup last year,” said Sara community and PR manager Khaya Mayedwa.Saru will hold coaching clinics and Tag Rugby matches for local children at five of these venues.Bokkie, the Saru mascot, will also attend, and fans are urged to wear green and gold on Bok Fridays as well as on Bok match days.The Township TV Parks will be activated at the following venues:Diepsloot, Diepkloof (Soweto), Lenasia, Eldorado Park, Ivory Park, Joubert Park, Thokoza, Orange Farm, Elandsdoorn (Limpopo), Siluma Kwanele (Kathlehong), Mhluzi (Middelburg), Kwa Thema (Springs), Ethafeni (Tembisa), Umkhanyakude (Richards Bay), Orlando West, Masoyi (Wit Rivier), KwaMashu (KwaZulu-Natal), Motherwell (Port Elizabeth), George, Mqolomba Park (Uitenhage), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), Khayelitsha (Western Cape).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Bafana edged in Cosafa Cup shootout

first_img18 July 2013Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the Cosafa Cup tournament at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday evening by hosts Zambia, who edged the contest 5-3 from the penalty spot. The sides were level at 0-0 after extra time.Zambia will tackle Zimbabwe in the final on Saturday, while South Africa will face Lesotho for third place. Zimbabwe, who have won a record four Cosafa Cups, downed Lesotho 3-1 in the first semi-final on Wednesday.“I think this was a very good game tonight of two teams having a go at each other. I would like to congratulate Zambia for the win, although it is never nice to lose on penalties,” Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said after the game.‘They have their all’“I thought we were better tonight and as you saw we beat the post twice. I am just disappointed for the boys because I would have loved to see them in the final because they gave their all.”Referencing the strong home support, Iegsund added: “The crowd did not affect us because we stuck to our game plan and took the game to our opposition. It is just unfortunate we could not get the desired results.“I feel we were very strong defensively. We dominated the midfield, but maybe we could have done better upfront. But I am quite pleased with the effort of the whole team. It was a tough match, but we held our own.”Igesund made five changes to the team that played against Namibia in the opening match on Saturday, 13 July, bringing in Katlego Mashego, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Jabulani Shongwe, Thabani Mthembu and Lehlohonolo Nonyane, while Sibusiso Khumalo, Sibusiso Msomi, Lerato Chabangu, Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba were on the bench.ScrappyThe first half was a scrappy affair with Zambia dictating terms, but the second stanza was a closely-contested affair with South Africa asking all the questions.Both sides could have won it in the 90 minutes only for the woodwork to deny them.First it was Nonyane who hit an upright in the 60th minute with a powerful header, only for Gamildien to shoot the rebound over the bar when it appeared almost easier to score than to miss.Hit the uprightTwelve minutes later after good move by Lebogang Manyama and Mandla Masango, Masanago put in a cross that found Chabangu, but he hit the upright with the keeper in no man’s land, and Zambia survived.The home side gave the visitors a scare four minutes from time when Kondwani Mtonga beat the offside trap to tap in, only for his shot to hit the crossbar.Thirty minutes of extra time produced no goals leading to the dreaded penalty shootout.Zambia managed to score their spot kicks through Alex Ngonga, Bornwell Mwape, Moses Phiri, Kabaso Chongo and Bronson Chama. For South Africa only Chabangu had his shot saved, while Thulani Hlatshwayo, Lebogang Manyama, and Mzikayise Mashaba scored.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League

first_imgView comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Philippines scores gold in lawn bowls men’s fours Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Liverpool’s Emre Can celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Champions League qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England—Juergen Klopp had just seen his Liverpool team slice open Hoffenheim to score a third goal in the opening 21 minutes when he turned to the celebrating Anfield crowd and roared: “That’s football!”Liverpool returned to the Champions League group stage in some style on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Emre Can scored goals either side of Salah’s tap-in as Liverpool surged 3-0 ahead. The third goal was masterful, with Mane breaking clear, cutting inside and backheeling the ball to Firmino, whose cross to the far post was tucked home on the volley by Can.“I think we’ve scored a few nice goals,” Klopp said of his nearly two years in charge, “but that was outstanding.”With his team now needing five goals to progress, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach, Julian Nagelsmann, threw on an extra attacker in the 24th minute and Mark Uth had an immediate impact, drilling a low shot into the corner four minutes later.Neither defense covered itself in glory in the first half, and the goals kept coming after halftime. Jordan Henderson robbed Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt to run through on goal, before passing across for Firmino to slot into the bottom corner in the 63rd.“He was impossible to defend,” Klopp said of Firmino, his deep-lying striker.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games With the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane combining brilliantly, Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 4-2 with a devastating attacking display to seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition after a two-year absence.The Reds advanced 6-3 on aggregate in the qualifying playoff and will be placed in the pot of third seeds in Thursday’s draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The start of the game was like a thunderstorm,” Klopp said. “We were so dangerous, so clinical. We could have scored even more.”Hoffenheim is playing in European competition for the first time in its history this season and was swept away on another atmospheric night at Anfield. Sandro Wagner headed in a late goal for Hoffenheim.“We were running around like headless chickens,” Nagelsmann said of his team’s display in the first 30 minutes, “and they were scoring the kind of goals they always score in the Premier League.”“Sometimes,” he added, “you just have to admit your opponent is better.”Liverpool produced its exhilarating performance without star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who remains unavailable — officially because he is both ill and injured — amid sustained interest from Barcelona.On this evidence, the Reds don’t need him, although their defensive frailties were exposed again, especially on the flank of left back Alberto Moreno.Liverpool joins Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner Manchester United as part of a five-strong English representation in the group stage.Here’s a look at the other second legs in the playoffs: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secure

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secureby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEd Woodward says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager no matter what happens against Liverpool on Sunday.Supporters are growing restless after United’s spluttering start which sees them in 12th with nine points from eight games.But Woodward insists the club have a long-term plan that includes Solskjaer at the helm.”Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” said Woodward in an address to staff at Old Trafford. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates.”No one is bigger than the club. The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad. But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.”He added: “Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football, and we must give youth its chance,” said Woodward.”The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be, we saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Watch TCU RB Aaron Green Do LeBron James’ Powder Toss During A Snowstorm

first_imgAaron Green does LeBron-style powder toss with snow.It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out:  Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.last_img

I will never forgive this – Two men found guilty in murders

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Relatives of three members of a central Alberta family who were murdered and their bodies burned lashed out at the two men convicted of first-degree murder in their deaths Wednesday.Jason Klaus and Joshua Frank were found guilty on all three charges by Justice Eric Macklin.The bodies of Gordon Klaus and his daughter, Monica, were found in their burned-out farmhouse near Castor, Alta., in December 2013. Sandra Klaus was never found, although police believe her body was also in the house.The victims were Jason Klaus’ father, mother and sister.His aunt, Marilyn Thomson, said she was sickened when she watched the two men confess to an undercover RCMP officer during the trial.“Jason is also dead to me. The whole family is gone,” Thomson said outside court.“My hatred is immeasurable. I was absolutely devastated to hear and watch the arrogance, the bragging, the conceit — the cockiness and the sheer happiness of Jason and Josh who are obviously buddies and proud of what they had done.”Nicole Thomson said her Uncle Gordon and Aunt Sandra were almost second parents to her.“Part of me will always live in a state of devastation because of what you’ve done,” she said to her cousin Jason, choking back tears.“You are not worthy of the Klaus name. May God have mercy on you two depraved souls. To forgive you would be to sully their worth and I will never forgive this.”During the trial, Klaus and Frank each blamed the other for the murders and gave different versions of what happened.Macklin said he was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of their guilt.“Together they planned and carried out the three murders,” he said. “Each one played a crucial role in executing the plan.”Macklin said if the Klaus family dog hadn’t been shot, police may never have known the victims had been murdered. Fire crews arrived at the farm and found the brown Labrador retriever dead.RCMP found two shell casings outside the burning home and two bodies inside. Macklin said police later found the handgun in the Battle River — it belonged to Klaus and matched the bullets found in the family dog.During the trial court heard that Klaus was having problems with his father and offered Frank money to kill the family.Klaus had a cocaine and gambling addiction. He forged cheques on his parents account, promising to pay them back.Macklin said the men’s confessions “fit together like a puzzle and together they form the big picture.”“Mr. Frank intentionally shot Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus on Dec. 8, 2013, and set the house on fire to conceal the crime. Mr. Frank knew exactly what Mr. Klaus expected of him and he carried out the murders in accordance with their plan,” Macklin said.“Mr. Klaus did not actually shoot the Klaus family members. However, the Crown has established beyond a reasonable doubt that he planned and deliberated the murders.”Macklin wanted to move immediately to sentencing arguments, but the defence requested more time because the Crown is seeking no chance of parole for 75 years.Life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years is automatic for first-degree murder, but there are provisions in the Criminal Code to have sentences served one after the other for multiple murders.Crown prosecutor Doug Taylor said he hopes the family and friends of the dead can find some peace once the case is over.“I struggle with this because it’s not my role as a Crown prosecutor to characterize the offence. That’s the role of the court,” Taylor said.“With that said, the word that comes to mind to me and it always has since I learned of the case and got involved is this is a despicable crime.”Follow BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Pleasant morning in Delhi 34 degrees likely

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a bright and cool morning in the national capital on Tuesday with the minimum temperature recorded two notches below the season’s average at 16.2 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature was expected to hover around 34 degrees Celsius. “The sky will remain clear throughout the day,” an Indian Meteorological Department official said. At 8.30 a.m. the humidity was recorded at 65 per cent. On Monday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 33.7 degrees Celsius, while the minimum was recorded a notch below the season’s average at 17.6 degrees Celsius, both season’s average.last_img read more

Kylian Mbappés 2018 gets crowned with the Kopa Award

first_imgFrench sensation Kylian Mbappé, was the first ever young player to receive the brand new Kopa Award during the Ballon d’Or gala last Monday.The world of football journalism is learning that they have to be more inclusive in order to evolve, they didn’t only give the first ever Ballon d’Or to the best female player of 2018 but they also gave the new Kopa Award to Kylian Mbappé.Created in the name of football legend Raymond Kopa, this prize is delivered to the best under 21 player in the world and the PSG forward was the obvious choice.Kylian Mbappé had already started his career two years ago when he mesmerized the whole world after making his official debut for AS Monaco, two years later he is already a World Cup champion with France and one of the most expensive football players in history after PSG paid a staggering €180 million for his services.His already impressive numbers from the first year as a professional have done nothing but grow since he moved to the French giants, he has even eclipsed Neymar during his time there and has even managed to earn a better spot in this year’s Ballon d’Or selection.Mbappé already is the future of world football, the true heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.I just want to follow my dreams…🖤 pic.twitter.com/By6KXDjTnZ— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 4, 2018We would advise you to not confuse this new award with the Golden Boy prize, which is also delivered by the press but it was actually created by Italian newspaper Tuttosport.The France Football Kopa Award is brand new and Mbappé is the first-ever player to receive it, he was right there next to Luka Modric and Ada Hererberg taking all the pictures that confirm he is the best young player in the world right now.But Kylian Mbappé’s year is even more impressive by a few other factors, one being that he even beat Lionel Messi on the list of player voted by the press to be the best in the world this year.While Leo was ranked fifth with 280 points received, the French youngster was fourth with 347 votes in his name.Kylian was only 67 points behind the third place in the podium, which was his compatriot Antoine Griezmann and 131 points behind the second-placed Cristiano Ronaldo.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Mbappé’s credit is huge given that he is still very young and his career is only getting started.Always together 😍.. pic.twitter.com/V4RcQzZhLD— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 4, 2018With this position inside the list for the adult players, it was pretty obvious that Kylian Mbappé would be the first-ever Kopa Award winner as he stepped on stage to receive the huge honor.This young talent is the one who is leading the brand new generation of very talented footballers to the new era, but he is not the only one who is performing at an alarmingly high level as there are many other great players who have the skill to deliver results and trophies for their club or country.However, despite how impressive the new generations of talented players appear to be right now, Mbappé still seems like the very best star inside a whole constellation of truly amazing talents.We are all in awe with the potentially dominating career that he will have in the next decade, we are also eager to know if he will decide to remain at PSG for his whole career or if he will choose to make the jump to one of the biggest clubs in the world such as FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.We saw him cross paths with president Florentino Perez during the ceremony, maybe they spoke about the future, maybe not.Trophée KOPA 🏆✅ pic.twitter.com/eWAyrgcuGV— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 3, 2018How long do you think it will take Kylian Mbappé to win his first Ballon d’Or? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more