One in 20 flights canceled on world’s second busiest route

first_imgTigerair had the highest rate of cancellations. People traveling between Sydney and Melbourne were the domestic passengers most likely to see their flights canceled in 2018 as Australian carriers recorded a below average on-time performance for the year.Government statistics released Tuesday showed more than one in 20 flights were canceled on the world’s second busiest route with the rate standing at 5.4 percent in both directions.Other routes with above average cancellations included Brisbane-Sydney (3 percent), Broome-Perth (2.9 percent), Sydney-Brisbane (2.8 percent), Canberra-Sydney (2.8 percent) and Alice Springs-Darwin (2.6 percent).Weather and other issues saw overall on-time performance figures for 2018 coming in at a sub-par 79.8 percent for arrivals and 80.8 percent for departures.READ: Australia’s newest airport named after pioneering woman pilotThis was below both the 2017 figures and the long-term average for all monitored routes of 82.5 percent for arrivals and 83.8 percent for departures.The overall cancellation rate of 1.8 percent was also above the long-term average of 1.5 percent but below 2017’s 1.9 percent.Line honors for the major domestic airlines were split between Qantas and Virgin Australia.Qantas narrowly achieved the highest rate of on-time arrivals, arguably the most important of the two figures to passengers, with 80.9 percent.It was followed closely by Virgin at 80.8 percent, Jetstar at 75.3 percent and Tigerair Australia at 68 percent.Virgin’s lead for on-time departures was slightly higher as 82.5 percent of its aircraft got away within 15 minutes of scheduled departure, compared to 81.5 percent at Qantas.They were followed by Jetstar at 73.1 percent and Tigerair, which has a smaller fleet, at 69.3 percent.For the regional carriers, QantasLink outperformed its competitors for both on-time arrivals (84.3  percent) and departures (85.2 percent).  It was followed by Regional Express (79.6 percent arrivals 83 percent departures) and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (75.3 percent arrivals, 78.2 percent departures).Combining the major full-service and regional airlines saw the Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink) beat its Virgin equivalent with 82.7 percent of its flights arriving on time and 83.5 percent departing on schedule.Tigerair Australia emerged king of the cancellations with 3.5 percent of its flights canceled during 2018.VARA came second at 2.7 percent followed by Jetstar (2.5 percent), Qantas (1.9 percent) Virgin (1.7 percent), QantasLink (1.5 percent) and Regional Express (0.9 percent).The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics monitors 64 routes and found Mt Isa Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals at 65.8 percent while four out of 10 flights at Ayers Rock Airport failed to get away on time.last_img read more

Big Data: Moving Beyond the Setbacks of Early Implementation Failures

first_imgBig data projects are on the rise, but unfortunately many big data projects to date haven’t been successful.  A survey by CapGemini‘s found that only 13 percent of organizations have been able to build big data into a project that’s gone into production and only 27 percent of businesses using big data say that their projects have been successful.Part of the reason for the big data project failures has been ill-defined goals and objectives and a lack of up-front implementation planning, according to the CapGemini report.  Jeff Hunter, vice president of North America CapGemini, said that  “generally, it’s a disconnect between the output and a clearly defined business driver or goal.  And along the way, people get engulfed in the technology… The firms that we see succeed [have] centralized the concept of consumption of big data technology, leverage of data science, and application of analytics. They’re the ones we see moving faster.”Yet despite the problems with early implementations of a relatively new technology, there’s room for optimism.  Hunter said that  “I’m seeing the same cycle beginning as with the Internet and e-commerce. In the entirety of the community, a few companies create success. Those who have embraced big data, even those who have experienced setbacks and failures, [are gaining experience]. They’re seeing that data-driven decision-making has its place in how you run a business. Those successes are going to be a catalyst to speed up other projects.”last_img read more

Skelton announces run for Missouri Senate

first_imgMichela Skelton now has her sights set on a higher office.The Democrat announced on Thursday she’s running for the Missouri Senate seat held by Columbia Republican Caleb Rowden. He’s the Senate Majority Leader.Skelton ran twice against Republican Sara Walsh in Missouri House races, losing in 2017 and 2018.last_img

Santon adds to Roma injury crisis?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Davide Santon could have added to Roma’s injury crisis after the defender trained apart from the squad with the flu. Roma already have seven players out, but that risks becoming eight if Santon does not recover by the time they release their squad list for tomorrow’s Europa League match with Borussia Monchengladbach. Elsewhere, Cengiz Under and Henrikh Mkhitaryan continued to work away from the first team and Corriere dello Sport also considers them doubtful to face Milan this weekend. Every precaution is still being taken with Edin Dzeko, who trained on Wednesday with a protective mask.last_img read more

Mayor: ‘Reduced capacity Stadio Meazza’

first_imgMayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala urges Inter and Milan to work with the local authorities, as a “reduced capacity Stadio Meazza would be a good solution.” The two clubs presented their ambitious plans to knock down the current Stadio Giuseppe Meazza and construct a new joint arena next to it, essentially where the car park of the stadium now stands. A vote in the local council backed plans to revamp the San Siro area of the city, but shot down attempts to eliminate the Stadio Meazza entirely. “The best solution for San Siro would be a combined solution, so a commercial space for development, but also a reduced capacity arena of use to the city,” declared Mayor Sala. “We need to understand if it is financially viable, but it would be the best thing for the city, seeing as football in Milan isn’t just Serie A, but also women’s football and youth teams. “In that sense, a reduced capacity Stadio Meazza would be a good solution. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I ask the clubs to make a serious effort to find a new life for San Siro.” This doesn’t mean Inter and Milan can’t build a whole new stadium, but the existing Stadio Meazza would need to remain in some way or another. That would force a radical rethink of the architectural plans presented so far. It’d also increase the costs, as knocking down the stadium would be in the region of €45m, whereas repurposing it would cost €200-250m. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Merry Christmas From Touch Football Australia

first_imgOn behalf of the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Board of Management and staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution to our sport over the 2012 year. As an organisation, we are extremely proud of everything that has been achieved and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in 2013. In particular, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff for their ongoing enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to the goals we have set for Touch Football. The TFA office will be closed from Friday, 21 December 2012 until Wednesday, 2 January 2013. Please be aware only limited staff will return at this time and this may result in a delay to your enquiries. We wish all of those involved in our game a safe and enjoyable Christmas period and a well-deserved break. See you for what promises to be an amazing 2013.Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Colm MaguireChief Executive Officer – Touch Football AustraliaRelated LinksMerry Xmas From TFAlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City management make January market decision

first_imgMan City management make January market decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are willing to go through January without adding to Pep Guardiola’s squad.Last season’s champions City have fallen behind the Reds in this season’s title race after losing two games on the bounce against Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively.But The Times says City have no plans to enter the transfer market when it opens next week.Both Guardiola and the Citizens board believe they can catch Liverpool and retain their Premier League crown. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSouthampton defender Maya Yoshida: I think we missed a huge opportunity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton defender Maya Yoshida: I think we missed a huge opportunityby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton defender Maya Yoshida felt they missed a huge opportunity to capitalise on a ten-man Spurs after the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Saints found themselves on level terms after Danny Ings pounced on a Hugo Lloris mistake to equalise against a Spurs side who were down to ten men from the 31st minute.But the hosts soon went back in front, and Saints were unable to break them down for a second time after the interval, with Yoshida denied by a stunning Lloris save from the pick of the chances.“I think we missed a huge opportunity to win against a big team today,” the defender said.“Obviously it’s a huge disappointment for myself, but if we have the chance we have to take it, otherwise it will get more difficult.“After Aurier was sent off, we were too passive. We have to be much more aggressive, and after we conceded the second goal in a sloppy way, it became more difficult for us.“In the second half, we needed more creativity in the attacking third. They defended very well, but for myself, I needed to score from the corner kick.“Again, there was an opportunity and we couldn’t take it. Now it’s a really difficult situation for ourselves, but we cannot look behind us too much.“It’s another important game against Chelsea next week, so we’ll focus on that and keep going.” last_img read more

First Supplementary Estimates to be Tabled Dec. 5

first_imgThe first Supplementary Estimates for the 2017/18 financial year will be tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 5.This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, during the sitting of the Lower House on Wednesday (November 29).The Estimates will be discussed by the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) and will then be debated in the House of Representatives.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, disclosed recently that the Government will be providing funds in the Supplementary Estimates for road repairs islandwide.The Government had presented a budget of $710 billion for the fiscal year 2017/18, with $485 billion allocated for recurrent (housekeeping) expenses and $225 billion for capital (development) spending.last_img read more

Energy group calls for better tax and regulation to restore competitiveness

first_imgOTTAWA – The head of the group that represents Canada’s oil and gas industry is calling on the federal government to cut taxes and ease regulatory burdens to restore the energy sector’s competitiveness with the United States and other global producers.Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says Canada is “falling behind” and must act now to restore investor confidence, citing in particular lower corporate taxes and business-friendly regulatory changes by the U.S. under President Donald Trump.McMillan appeared at a news conference in Ottawa one day before the federal budget is presented but the event was cast as the introduction of a series of economic reports, not an attempt to influence the budget.In answer to a question, however, McMillan said last year’s budget sent a “terrible signal to the world” by limiting allowable tax deductions for oil and gas exploration wells.He added there are currently some 50 changes to energy industry policies being contemplated by provincial and federal governments, including recently proposed sweeping changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the National Energy Board, that are harming Canada’s reputation as a transparent and fair place to do business.McMillan said he’s heard from some Calgary-based energy CEOs with operations in the U.S. who say lower taxes are making them more likely to invest there than in Canada.last_img read more