Qantas to benefit from online shoppers

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas is hoping to capitalise on growing levels of e-commerce after extending its International air freight contract with Australia Post.The agreement currently sees Qantas Freight handle 12,000 tonnes of mail and parcels out of Australia each year.This deal and a recently signed domestic freight agreement are worth more than $A500 million to the airline over five years and form Australia’s biggest air freight contract.Although the volume of letters being sent by Australia Post has plummeted with the spread of electronic communications, the number of parcels has been rising to become an increasing proportion of the postal service’s business.  Letter volumes fell almost 10 per cent in 2016 – the biggest 12-month decline on record – while strong growth in online deliveries saw parcel profits rise 8 per cent to $A314 million.The new deal gives Australia Post access to the Qantas Group’s more than 1500 international weekly flights and interline agreements with other carriers ensure global access.“We have a well-established relationship with the Australia Post Group and the growing international parcel business makes this a substantial contract to secure,” said Qantas International and freight chief executive Gareth Evans.“We have transformed Qantas Freight to deliver flexible and efficient operations for the changing needs of our customers.“This partnership sees the Australia Post Group and Qantas Freight well-positioned to support the e-commerce industry, which relies on air freight for express delivery of its steadily increasing volumes of international packages and parcels.’’Qantas Freight was the airline’s only major business unit not to record a record profit last financial year, with earnings down 44 percent to $A64m.last_img read more

Revoke suspension of MLA: Hooda

first_imgCongress leaders led by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday approached the Haryana Governor, demanding revocation of the suspension of party MLA Karan Dalal from the Assembly. The Speaker had suspended Mr. Dalal from the House for one year during the recently concluded monsoon session, after the ruling BJP and the INLD both supported the motion for his suspension, allegedly for a derogatory remark. Terming the decision of suspending Mr. Dalal unjust and arbitrary, the Congress leaders, in a memorandum to Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya, said the decision was taken without giving Mr. Dalal an opportunity to explain the position.last_img

Usain Bolt wins 200m at IAAF Grand Prix

first_imgA bout of flu failed to prevent world record holder Usain Bolt from cruising to an easy victory over European champion Christophe Lemaitre in the 200 meters at the Areva Diamond League athletics meeting here.The Jamaican sprinter clocked 20.03 seconds, well adrift of his record of 19.19 set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, but enough to outclass Lemaitre of France, who finished second in 20.21.”It was just one of those days,” Bolt said. “I was not feeling good because of a flu, but at the end of the day, I decided to run and could win.”Bolt came out of the curve with the lead and eased off in the last 50 meters.”Overall it was an OK race,” Bolt said. “I ran the first part very hard. Then I just came into the straight, made sureI was leading, and I kind of backed off a little bit.” The start in the 200 was delayed by 15 minutes because of a technical problem with the timing.That hitch however did not affect Bolt’s mood. The triple Olympic champion pointed his index finger at the camera as the stadium’s speaker blasted ‘Everybody needs somebody to love’ by the Blues Brothers. “It was a little bit too long,” Bolt said of the delay.”It’s never good to stand out and just wait. The wind picked up, it started to get cold. For me, it wasn’t a good thing. I’m just happy I got through it injury free.”After the meet was over, Bolt jogged a bit and was massaged by a physio on a table just behind the finish line while sending some text messages. “The flu is going away, I’ll be all right,” he said.advertisementBolt has been working on his technique lately and will defend his world titles next month in Daegu, South Korea.In the 110 hurdles, Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba dipped his chest to beat U.S. champion David Oliver in a photo finish.Robles led from the start but Oliver made a strong comeback at the halfway stage to put pressure on the Cuban hurdler as both crossed the line in 13.09.World champion Caster Semenya of South Africa won the women’s 800 in 2:00.18.”It’s a little bit upsetting,” Semenya said about her time. “I cannot worry about the time, the most important thing about Daegu is to win, getting back to the podium.””I will compete also in China at the World University Games, that will be my time trials before Daegu.”Semenya, who is trying to rediscover her form after missing 11 months of competition because of a gender controversy, was at the back of the pack after the first lap, but she quickly made up ground to lead after 600 meters, pulling away in the home stretch. Halima Hachlaf of Morocco took second in 2:00.60.Meanwhile, Christina Obergfoell, Yargelis Savigne, Zuzana Hejnova and Meseret Defar set world-leading marks this season in the women’s events.Olympic bronze medalist Obergfoell of Germany won the javelin event with a throw of 68.01 meters at her first attempt, while world champion Savigne of Cuba leapt 14.99 to beat Ukraine’s Olha Saladukha in the triple jump.”I knew I can achieve a good mark but did not expect 68 meters,” Obergfoell said. “So I am more than satisfied. I think 68 will be enough for a medal in Daegu and that is also my goal.”Hejnova of the Czech Republic ran 53.29 in the 400 hurdles in which Olympic and world champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica only finished fifth in 55.06.Defar eased to victory in the 5,000 with a time of 14:29.52 to beat fellow Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu who came in second.Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago stunned Jamaican sprinters Kerron Stewart and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 100. Baptiste ran 10.91 to edge Campbell-Brown into second with 10.95 and Olympic runner-up Stewart into third with 11.04.Christopher Brown of the Bahamas overtook Belgian runner Jonathan Borlee in the home stretch to win the men’s 400 in 44.94.American Jeremy Wariner, who took Olympic gold in 2004 and silver in 2008, finished fourth in 45.50 while South African amputee Oscar Pistorius was fifth in 45.84, failing to reach the 45.25 time that would automatically qualify him for the worlds.The Areva Meeting is the eighth leg in the Diamond League circuit. The next leg is the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Sunday.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

US Chargé dAffaires Lisa Johnson makes first official visit to the Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 19 Dec 2014 – On December 15-16, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Johnson traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands for her first official visit to the British Overseas Territory. During her two-day visit in Providenciales, Chargé Johnson met with government and law enforcement officials, and hosted an open house at the U.S. Consular Agency office.On Monday, December 15, Chargé Johnson met with Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands Peter Beckingham to discuss law enforcement and consular collaboration. She also met with Commissioner of Police for the Turks and Caicos Islands Colin Farquhar for talks that focused on law enforcement collaboration primarily through OPBAT (Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos). Established in 1983, OPBAT is a multi-agency, international drug interdiction effort focused on stopping the flow of illegal drugs from South America and the Caribbean to The Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. It is considered to be one of the most successful counter drug enforcement initiatives in the region.On Tuesday, December 16, Chargé Johnson hosted a Consular Open House at the U.S. Consular Agency located in Grace Bay in Providenciales. The event included guests from various areas of the government and civil society including the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, Ministry of Health & Human Services, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, and the Department of Disaster Management. Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar and Human Rights Commissioner Cheryl Astwood-Tull were in attendance.The U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales processes passport applications and provides assistance to Americans who live and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. According to the Turks and Caicos Tourism Board, over one million tourists visited the islands in 2013. The United States is the leading market for visitors with an estimated 79.7% of all stop-over arrivals. More than 3,000 American citizens are residents of the islands. Another Murder in Nassau Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:Cheryl Astwood Tull, Colin Farquhar, Department of Disaster Management, governor peter beckingham, Lisa Johnson, Ministry of Health & Human Services, nassau, Operation bahamas turks and caicos, Providenciales Chamber of Commerce, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, US consular agency, US embassy More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, againlast_img read more

Sex tech startups protest outside Facebook over banning of ads

first_img CES 2019: Sex tech is everywhere and nowhere Now playing: Watch this: Startups Facebook Sex Tech 19:34 0 Mobile Tech Industry Culture Mobile Apps Wellness The protestors brought posters showing rejected ads.  Dame Products/Unbound Supporters, founders and employees of sex tech and women’s wellness startups like Dame Products and Unbound Babes assembled outside Facebook’s New York office Wednesday. The crowd protested the social media site’s policies, which don’t let the companies run ads for their products.  Polly Rodriguez, CEO and co-founder of Unbound Babes, told CNET the event had a turnout of 40 to 50 founders, activists and educators. “Our goal was to raise awareness … and I feel pretty strongly we did just that,” Rodriguez said in an emailed statement. Tags Alexandra Fine, CEO and co-founder of Dame Products, added that the inability to advertise “created a great deal of drag on our mission.” “Advertising is a necessary and important part of connecting people to valuable solutions,” she said Wednesday. “There are millions of people who stand to improve their lives with our products, and they will have no idea we exist until we’re allowed to make contact with them. This doesn’t just impact a few businesses — it impacts the health and happiness of everyone who has sex.” The protests were along the lines of the Approved, Not Approved website that the two startups launched earlier this month. Approved, Not Approved is a game that lets you guess whether an advertisement was OK’d for public consumption.  img-9735-1 Dame Products / Unbound In June, Dame Products also sued the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for rejecting its ads for vibrators.  The sex tech protest isn’t the first protest Facebook’s New York office has seen. In June, dozens of anticensorship activists shed their clothes to protest the social media site’s nudity rules. In the wake of the protest, Facebook began talks with the activists over a compromise.The social media site appears to be taking the same approach this time. “We have had open lines of communication with both companies about our policies and are always taking feedback. We are working to further clarify our policies in this space in the near future,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an email.  Facebook also pointed out its advertising policy that refers to adult products and services. The policy says ads can’t promote any adult products and services apart from family planning and contraception. In the case of contraceptives, the ad must focus on the “contraceptive features” of the product and not “sexual pleasure or sexual enhancement.” The ad also has to be targeted to users 18 years or older. Post a comment Share your voice Turned On Today a group of female founders protested in front of Facebook’s NYC office to raise awareness on the double standard in their ad policies. Head over to to see for yourself. via @qz— Polly Rodriguez (@polly_claire) July 31, 2019last_img read more

Houston Dreamers Leaders Demand An Extension To DACA

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed MayberryProtesters outside the Houston office of Senator John Cornyn of Texas, on this last day for thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA recipients to renew their status.Organizers from United We Dream Houston , which groups young undocumented immigrants, also called dreamers, want an extension to DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, without enforcement add-ons like militarization, mass deportations and the wall.On Thursday, some wore costumes like the Statue of Liberty, and held banners requesting people to honk as they drove by on Memorial Drive.  They demonstrated in front of Senator Cornyn‘s office, but one of the Senator’s representative said they weren’t notified about the rally in advance, and there were no appointments scheduled with them.The Trump administration will stop accepting applications after today for DACA, which protects nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers from deportation, according to official numbers. Thursday was the deadline for thousands of DACA recipients to renew their status. DACA protections are due to begin expiring in March 2018, unless Congress extends them.The Department of Homeland Security says some 48,000 eligible unauthorized immigrants have yet to renew, and just over 106,000 either have renewal requests currently pending or have had their requests adjudicated. Organizers have no estimates of the number of Texans or Houstonians affected.DACA was started by President Obama in 2012 through an executive action that allows certain undocumented immigrants who were children when they were brought to the U.S. to remain in the country and be eligible for work permits. Share Listen 00:00 /01:02last_img read more

Rep Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report Impeachment And Her First Bill

first_imgHouston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher was one of just two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018. Now, she’s completed her first 100 days in office, she’s preparing to file her first bill, she’s held some town halls across the district, and she’s even picked up a challenger for 2020, along with another potential challenger from the Bush family.In the audio above, Rep. Fletcher joins Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to talk about her tenure so far and to answer listener questions. Here are some highlights from that conversation:ON THE MUELLER REPORT:Regarding whether Congress should consider if any of Pres. Donald Trump’s actions as outlined in the report rose to the level of obstruction of justice, Rep. Fletcher said the American people deserve to know the truth.  “I think that we deserve to know the facts, and we want to know what happened,” she said. “And I think that we’re entitled to that. So, Congress needs to look at that.”She added that Congress needs to address the one, unequivocal finding in the report: that Russians interfered with the 2016 election.“If we can’t ensure the sanctity of our electoral process and make sure that our elections are free from interference from from foreign powers, we will be in a much worse place,” Fletcher said.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaCongresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.ON POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT:A handful of House Democrats seem to see the Mueller report as enough evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against Pres. Trump, while others — such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi –have urged more caution. Where on that spectrum does Fletcher fall? She said she still wants to know more information.“Certainly the Mueller report has presented a lot of facts,” she said. “But we need to see the underlying documents, and frankly we need to see the full un-redacted report to be able to reach certain judgments.”ON HER FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION:Fletcher says “very soon” she’ll introduce her first bill, a bi-partisan measure related to flood prevention.“That’s designed to make sure that we can move ahead on some of these flooding mitigation projects and cut out some of the red tape that prevents local sponsors like Harris County Flood Control or the City of Houston from being able to proceed with projects and risk the possibility of losing federal funding,” she said. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen in a previous interview with Rep. Lizzie Fletcher in February 2019.center_img X 00:00 /19:21 Sharelast_img read more