Jetstar losing loyalty battle  as on-time reliability slumps

first_imgAustralia’s biggest low-cost carrier Jetstar has lost its long-held mantle as the most reliable budget carrier to its smaller rival, Tigerair. As the Qantas subsidiary used to do to Tigerair regularly, Jetstar has been trounced in the latest month’s on-time performance figures for June 2016.And it’s no one-off result. Jetstar now lags the field by a considerable margin in who is likely to get you to your destination on time, even though Australia, with its relatively benign year-round weather, leads the world for airline punctuality.In June, just 73.4 per cent of Jetstar’s flights arrived on time and even fewer, 70.9 per cent, departed on time, which is defined as less than 15 minutes after the scheduled time.It’s the airline’s worst performance since December 2015, when only 68 per cent of Jetstar’s flights arrived on-time. Those are the sort of numbers that Tigerair use to rack up before it was taken over by the Virgin Australia group in October 2014.However, since the takeover, Tigerair – grounded in 2011 for safety breaches – is not only making money for the first time under new boss Rob Sharp, but is defying gravity for a budget carrier by contending with and sometimes leading the full-service carriers in punctuality.In June, 80 per cent of Tigerair flights arrived on time – nearly seven percentage points clear of Jetstar, its major rival for cheap holiday flying and no-frills interstate air travel.Overall in June, Virgin was Australia’s most reliable airline, shading Qantas 85.4 per cent to 84.8 per cent for on-time arrivals.“We don’t shy away from the fact our punctuality hasn’t been up to scratch in recent months,” a Jetstar spokesman says.“While we have had some poor months, for the first five months of the year our on-time arrivals were running at around 80 per cent.“We know it’s critically important to our customers and we’re working hard behind the scenes to improve our performance.”One of the reasons Tigerair is still so small in Australia is that it developed a poor reputation for reliability in the years before the Virgin takeover, when it was controlled by Singaporean interests.Tigerair Singapore is now part of the Singapore Airlines (SIA) group and has a new lease on life as the main feeder carrier for SIA low-cost subsidiary Scoot, which flies a fleet of Boeing 787 widebody jets, mostly around Asia and soon to Europe.Tigerair Australia has a fleet of just 17 narrowbody jets (14 A320s and three 737s used to fly longer routes to Bali from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth), compared with Jetstar’s fleet of around 70 planes, including 11 787s.The Virgin group announced earlier this month that Tigerair would transition to an all-737 fleet as part of strategy of simplifying its fleet. Virgin has around 80 737s in Australia and no A320s apart from those operated by Tigerair.last_img read more

Get in the Ring: Innovative start-up funding comes to South Africa

first_imgWant to change the world with your business idea? Get in the Ring, a global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders. (Image: Bizmag)Are you are an entrepreneur with an innovative start-up that needs funding? Get in the Ring could be the initiative for you.An exciting global platform allowing start-ups to pitch, expand their network and secure funding, Get in the Ring is now open to pioneering new businesses in South Africa.Any start-up that is eight years old or less can enter. Innovative businesses with a great potential for growth tend to do the best.“Start-ups are changing the world,” says Jochem Cuppen, global director of Get in the Ring. “They develop innovations at a high speed, defy large companies and find solutions for world challenges. We love them.“Being part of a start-up is not easy, though. It means a rollercoaster ride with low chances of success, but high returns when succeeding.”In only three years Get in the Ring has grown from a local event in the Netherlands to a global competition in 64 countries, connecting more than 3 000 start-ups to thousands of funders, and millions of fans.“Start-ups need resources such as capital, talent and expertise to survive in today’s turbulent environment,” says Cuppen.“Globally, these resources are available in abundance, but often don’t connect. Sometimes because of timing, or because they are not offered in the right place. Sometimes because they are not well presented, or already taken by others.“However, they are there, and it is exactly this missing link between talented entrepreneurs and opportunities that drives what we do. We took the challenge to make a change. Will you?”Get in the Ring is about learning to explain business ideas and requirements very quickly. Through the process, participants actually get to pitch to funders.GET IN THE RING COMES TO SOUTH AFRICAThe licence to run Get in the Ring in South Africa, all the way through to the International Final in 2017, has recently been awarded to the Real Entrepreneur Institute.This will include the finals for both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons of Get in the Ring – the city finals, the national finals, and the regional finals for Central, East and Southern Africa.The 2015/16 season culminates in the international final, to be held in Medellin, Colombia from 14 to 17 March 2016.HOW YOU CAN GET IN THE RINGTo take part, entrepreneurs simply have to fill in an online application form. The team then vets the applications and selects a few hundred participants to compete.Get in the Ring is looking for talented people to help make the 2016/17 season a success:Judges for the six city finals, national final and regional final. Judges should mostly be investors or representatives of funding organisations. Other judges may be well-known entrepreneurs and people in the entrepreneurial development fields.Trainers to teach participants how to pitch, known as “pitch training”. Get in the Ring are looking for people capable of training at all levels of the competition.Funders: All the way through the competition participants get to pitch one-on-one with funders, in a coordinated process. The funders then score the participants on predetermined criteria. These scores help determine the final six to battle it out in the ring.Get in the Ring are looking for venture capitalists, angel funders and representatives from larger funding organisations to participate. Funders may offer participants funding if they see the potential in the business, but this does not influence the results.last_img read more

Top Brand Loops Fascinator : when it arrived it was PERFECT! Lovely quality

first_imgThis fascinator was a perfect finish to my outfit for a recent wedding. I have very short hair so i wanted something not too large. This was exactly what i wanted. Hope i can get it in another colour for another upcoming wedding at christmas. Very pleased with this product it is nicely made and comes up to expectationsvery classy and sits nicely in position. . Easy to wear and looks truly elegant. Loops Fascinator with Jewel Set on Headband. (Red)Model fascinateur buckle with strass and feather tendrilsAvailable in 6 colours: Black Cerise Pink Grey Purple Red or TealLocated on 1 cm Black BandeauCombination Size of item is approx.. 20 cm (without feather tendrils)Perfect for any special occasion I ordered this fascinator for a wedding, great price and i am delighted with the product. The delivery was also excellent. I ordered this for a wedding im attending, its a perfect match for my silver bag and shoes. 48 hours from ordering to being received at home. Needed a fascinator for my neice’s wedding but didn;t want to pay the ridiculous prices inthe shops. This item is lovely and just right for my needs and at a very reasonable price. The delivery was very quick too. Have already recommended to family and friends. Loops Fascinator with Jewel Set on Headband. (Red) : I ordered this for a wedding im attending, its a perfect match for my silver bag and shoes. 48 hours from ordering to being received at home. This fascinator was a perfect finish to my outfit for a recent wedding. I have very short hair so i wanted something not too large. This was exactly what i wanted. Hope i can get it in another colour for another upcoming wedding at christmas. Better than expected for the price looks great just what i was looking for. Fascinator was just right – colour perfectly matched outfit. Great value for money and excellent delivery. Fantastic price, fantastic product. It looked fabulous and completed the outfit and was extremely comfortable to wear. When it arrived it was perfect. As usual, i ordered this last minute dot com, because i can be a little disorganised sometimes, which was a slight problem, because it took a while to come – i think a bit over a week, and thank goodness, just in time for the wedding i needed it forhowever, when it arrived it was perfectlovely quality, very dramatic, held in place nicely, but unobtrusively with the alice band. Totally comfortable – i wore it all day and night and even forgot i had it oni would highly recommend this fascinator. Very pleased with this product it is nicely made and comes up to expectationsvery classy and sits nicely in position. . Easy to wear and looks truly elegant. Fantastic price, fantastic product. It looked fabulous and completed the outfit and was extremely comfortable to wear. Needed a fascinator for my neice’s wedding but didn;t want to pay the ridiculous prices inthe shops. This item is lovely and just right for my needs and at a very reasonable price. The delivery was very quick too. Have already recommended to family and friends. Fascinator was just right – colour perfectly matched outfit. Great value for money and excellent delivery. When it arrived it was perfect. As usual, i ordered this last minute dot com, because i can be a little disorganised sometimes, which was a slight problem, because it took a while to come – i think a bit over a week, and thank goodness, just in time for the wedding i needed it forhowever, when it arrived it was perfectlovely quality, very dramatic, held in place nicely, but unobtrusively with the alice band. Totally comfortable – i wore it all day and night and even forgot i had it oni would highly recommend this fascinator. As i had to travel to the wedding i needed something which would not get damaged and it travelled perfectly. I ordered this fascinator for a wedding, great price and i am delighted with the product. The delivery was also excellent. Better than expected for the price looks great just what i was looking for. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2018-02-15 12:22:03Reviewed Item Loops Fascinator with Jewel Set on Headband. (Red)Rating 3.7 / 5  stars, based on  11  reviews Posted on February 15, 2018Author Nathalie DuboisCategories HeadbandsTags Top Brandlast_img read more

The New ReadWrite: Looking Good On Every Screen [Video]

first_imgTags:#ReadWrite Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting eliot weisberg Related Posts ReadWrite offers a seamless content experience across desktop, mobile and tablet platforms, delivering smart, relevant stories when you want, where you want.Redesigned with a tablet-first approach, it boasts modern responsive design and a better content experience with deeper social integration and improved navigation. ReadWrite covers the evolving tech industry with the expertise readers demand, but also with the humor, wit and honesty that readers crave.  Check it out:center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

The Best Investment of Your Life

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now One of the biggest mistakes you can make is failing to invest in yourself. You fail when you don’t invest money, time, and energy on growing personally and professionally.An investment means that you put money, time, and resources into something, and you get more value back than you originally put in. If you never put in the money, the time, or the resources, you aren’t able to capture the greater value that would have accrued to you had you done so.Read Blogs and such: Let’s start with what seems cheap. You can read blog posts and watch YouTube videos without making any financial investment. You need only to invest your time (your most scarce and most valuable resource). For a few minutes time, you can acquire ideas that have helped others generate tremendous results. There is no reason not to subscribe to some content that will help you improve in some area of your life. Your time is your most expensive resource, so you need to take action on what you read to gain a return.Read Books: I can’t believe how many people don’t read books. I’m already into my second book this year, and I’ve slowed my reading to go deeper. For $9.99 and six hours, you can acquire the information that someone else learned over a lifetime. For a ten spot, you skip the decades of learning and the many potential mistakes the author made while she was acquiring the knowledge and experience captured between the covers of her book. What’s that worth?Programs: I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on my personal and professional development. I have paid for courses that cost thousands of dollars. Some people balk at the idea of spending their money on their development, suffering from the belief that their growth is someone else’s problem. But the price for these programs is astonishingly low because it compresses the time it takes to produce better results. And the very people who lead and succeed do so because they invest in themselves instead of waiting for someone else to pay for them.I have never lost money invested in my personal growth. I have never left a program without one big idea that improved my results and my life. In fact, I’ve attended some programs where my investment was returned ten-fold in the first hour, like the first hour of a negotiation course I took at Harvard Business School. I could have left after the first hour, and it would have been worth the massive investment I made in the program.There is no greater return on investment than the investment you make in yourself. You invest money for your future so that it will grow, and so you will have security later in life. The investment you make in yourself increases what you are worth now and in the future, and it does even more to secure your future.Is your number one asset becoming more valuable over time?last_img read more

10 months agoPSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG to make opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG are making an opening offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Mirror says PSG are keen on a £9million January move for Ramsey.The Arsenal midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season after the north Londoners withdrew their offer of a new contract this season.The French champions are ready to move for him when the transfer window reopens to head off interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich.PSG want to strengthen their midfield options with Adrien Rabiot expected to move to leave the club either in January or next summer. last_img

2 days agoArsenal legend Wright has Nketiah advice for Bielsa

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal legend Wright has Nketiah advice for Bielsaby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Ian Wright has lead the chorus of supporters asking for Eddie Nketiah to start Leeds’ next match.The 20-year-old scored his third goal of the season to rescue a point for the Whites in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Preston.It was Nketiah’s 11th substitute appearance, having not been started once by Marcelo Bielsa.And Gunners legend Ian Wright, who has given Nketiah advice this season, has demanded Bielsa change his starting line-up.Wright wrote simply on Twitter: “Start him.”Both Leeds and Arsenal supporters echoed the statement across social media. last_img

Gov’t Targeting Expansion of Agro-Processing

first_img He noted that four distinct markets are being targeted – CARICOM, the Jamaican Diaspora, hotels, and the school feeding programme. Story Highlights He said that the AMC complex on Spanish Town Road is being targeted to become a modern facility for the processing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is looking to expand agro-processing for local consumption and export. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government is looking to expand agro-processing for local consumption and export.He noted that four distinct markets are being targeted – CARICOM, the Jamaican Diaspora, hotels, and the school feeding programme.He said that the AMC complex on Spanish Town Road is being targeted to become a modern facility for the processing of fresh fruits and vegetables.Minister Shaw, in emphasising the valued-added to the agricultural sector from agro-processing, noted for example, that “when pumpkin is processed into purée and sweet potato is parboiled they can have up to a two-year shelf life, and that is the direction of where agriculture is heading. What you can’t sell fresh; you can process,” he noted.He was speaking at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education’s (CASE) Founder’s Day held on January 25 at the college campus in Passley Gardens, Portland.St. Lucia’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Ezechiel Junior Joseph, in his remarks, said Jamaica’s agriculture programme is “moving in the right direction.”Mr. Joseph, who is a CASE alumnus, pointed to the need for the sharing of experiences, ideas and policies, aimed at strengthening the regional agricultural industry.He noted that the hospitality sector provides an excellent opportunity to establish linkages for the growth of the sector. “When tourism grows, it is an opportunity for our farmers,” Mr. Joseph said.Meanwhile, President of CASE, Dr. Derrick Deslandes, said the institution is ensuring that its programmes are in keeping with the needs of the country’s agricultural sector.last_img read more

Debt burden and BRI

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping will have to hard sell BRI (Belt and Road Initiative) in the 2nd Forum, concluding today in Beijing. BRI envisages massive investment in infrastructure, encompassing marine, rail and road projects across 65 countries from Asian to Europe and Africa, that collectively account for 30 per cent of global GDP. BRI was expected to emerge as a fulcrum to the global economic and political landscape, under Chinese hegemony. However, fear of debt trap for smaller and weaker nations looms large. Further, in the light of the US-China trade war, BRI is losing the steam. Many of the debt-laden countries are scaling down their projects under BRI and some are feared for losing their political sovereignty. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe fallacy of the debt trap lies with China luring small and weaker nations with massive loans in the name of infrastructure development. And, when their debt is not paid, it captures their land and resources. It violates the global norms for a development loan, as it leaves little room for debt relief. Observers and analysts accused China of playing a game of bully with “debt diplomacy”. Certain projects become dormant despite the huge investment. According to the Washington Post, some projects with big investment make no economic sense. In Sri Lanka, Chinese loan was spent in the designated airport to handle a million passengers in a year. Now, it has been dubbed as one of the emptiest airports. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe harsh critic of BRI is Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahatir Mohammad, who demanded re-negotiation of East Coast Rail Link project with Chinese financial support. The project was approved by the previous government. The present government reduced the scope and cost of the project by a third. His Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry accused over-pricing, which created a financial burden on the government. Joining the stream was Pakistan, who recently cancelled Rahim Yar Khan power project, which was part of BRI. It has cut the size of Belt and Road project by US$ 2 billion. The Railway Minister Rashid said that “Pakistan is a poor country that cannot afford huge debt burden” Sri Lanka has already sunk in the debt trap. Its Hambantota Port was taken over by China for a 99-year lease on account of Sri Lanka’s failure to repay the loan. Myanmar announced that it was wishing to scale down the Kyaukpyu Port project. In the Maldives, the ratio of debt to GDP sparked to 70 per cent, believed to be due to BRI. In August 2018, President of Maldives Abdul Yameen inaugurated Chinese–built bridge connecting two islands in the archipelago. One month later, Yameen was voted out and the new government began decoding the mountain of the debt burden. Yameen, a close friend of China, borrowed heavily from Beijing to build a new runway for the airport, housing development and hospitals and a long “China-Maldives- Friendship Bridge”. A study by the Centre for Global Development portrays eight nations vulnerable to Chinese debt trap under BRI. They are mostly African and Eurasia countries, and Pakistan. India is not a party to BRI. It suspected the project is a smokescreen, which China is using to siege strategic control on the Indian Ocean. Nevertheless, it poses a big challenge to India to increase hobnobing with its neighbours and friends in Africa. The Chinese debt trap leads to loss of financial sovereignty of these countries. Debts are turning into equity and finally, ownership goes to China. This will weaken trade opportunities between India and its neighbours, some of ASEAN nations and African countries. The growing burden of debt will give more opportunities to China to dominate the terms for trade and investment with the debt-ridden countries. SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Area) and ASEAN are the cases in point. It will be a new turf for Chinese backdoor entry to India through Bangladesh and Nepal and some ASEAN members. The surge in debt burden will increase India’s vulnerability in the emerging trade block, say RCEP (Regional Cooperation for Economic Partnership). The countries which are currently suspected to fall prey to the debt trap are members of RCEP such as Malaysia, Laos, and Myanmar. China is the biggest stakeholder in RCEP, which includes ASEAN 10 + 6 (China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, and India). At present, India has a trade deficit with RCEP, which is mainly due to China. Given China’s predominance in RCEP, the major concern for India is the trade expansion with debt-laden countries, who are likely to lose trade sovereignty. It will provide a leeway to China for its backdoor entry into India. Apart from trade vulnerability, the debt trap will escalate security concerns. The growing debt burden, which will rip the political sovereignty of India’s neighbours, is feared to escalate security concerns. The acquisition of Hambantota Port in Sri Lank by China is a case in point, where security vulnerability will rise with Chinese aggression in the Indian Ocean. The port is likely to be used for China’s military base, as is suspected. Given the deceleration of BRI rhetoric in the wake of rising debt burden for smaller and weaker nations and the trade war between US and China, which hardly foresees cease-fire in the near term, it is imperative for China to reinvent the project. In light of this, India needs a constant watch and dialogue with debt-laden countries from the perspectives of trade expansion and deepening political relations with these countries. 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Celtics Restore Order With Big Win In Philly

Paul Pierce was stellar for Boston.Just maybe all the talk about how old and decrepit the Boston Celtics are actually does inspire the crafty veterans. For, again, just when they looked too slow to keep pace with the younger, more athletic Philadelphia 76ers, they rallied around their savvy and experience and clobbered them Wednesday night.Sixteen-year veteran Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Boston made mince meat out of the Sixers, pounding them 107-91 in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. The Celtics recaptured the home-court advantage, leading the series now 2-1.”We just wanted to come out and establish who we are as a team,” said all-star forward Paul Pierce, who scored 24 points, 13 rebounds and back-to-back power dunks, despite playing on a creaky knee.Coach Doc Rivers said point guard Rajon Rondo established a victorious mindset at the morning shootaround, hours before the game. Rondo was focus and serious, and it carried over to his play. He had 23 points and 14 assists (and just one turnover).Garnett scored 13 of Boston’s 32 points in the second quarter as the Celtics gained separation. The first two games were each decided by one point. Not Wednesday. Garnett assured Boston would have an easy time of the Sixers, who just seemed overwhelmed by Boston’s execution and determination.Philadelphia got outrebounded by 11 and shot just 40 per cent from the floor. They get a chance to even the series in Game 4 on Friday. read more