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Qantas expects bumper annual profit of up to $A1.4 billion

first_imgAustralian carrier Qantas is predicting another bumper full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, making it the second highest in the airline’s history.In a trading update released after the market closed, the airline said it had seen an improving performance from its domestic operations and a “slight moderation” in the challenging conditions facing it in the international market.The result compares to an underlying profit of $A1.53 billion and a net profit of $1.03 billion in 2015-16.“Last year we posted the highest earnings in Qantas’ history and our guidance today would make this year’s underlying profit the second best in almost 100 years. It shows we’re able to keep performing in a mixed global environment,” chief executive Alan Joyce said.“Between our domestic flying businesses, Qantas and Jetstar, and Loyalty we are delivering solid earnings growth.“Internationally it’s still tough, with high levels of capacity growth pushing fares down, but we’ve seen those conditions ease slightly. Because of the work we’ve done to transform Qantas and expand into growth markets, our international businesses are navigating the headwinds better than our key competitors.”Group revenue was down 1.4 per cent to $A3.96 billion in the third quarter and unit revenue was down 1.8 per cent.Domestic unit revenue rose 4.6 per cent compared to the third quarter last year as the airline reduced capacity by 3.7 per cent, including a 19 per cent reduction in the resource sector.It expects the positive trend to continue in the fourth quarter.The airline said tough conditions that have seen other airlines in the Asia-pacific record big profit falls had eased slightly in the third quarter as capacity growth in the broader market slowed.International unit revenue was down by 5.6 per cent year-on-year on a group international capacity increase of 2.2 per cent but the airline said it expected the decline to continue moderating in the fourth quarter as the capacity growth from competitors dropped from high first-half levels to around 5 per cent.“Taking this into account the Qantas Group expects to report an Underlying Profit Before Tax in the range of $1.35 billion to $1.40 billion for the financial year 2017,’’ it said.“This reflects improving performance from group domestic and Qantas Loyalty partially offsetting a relatively weaker, but resilient, group International performance in a highly competitive market.’’The airline said the guidance did not include the impact of bond rate movements which would have an adverse non-cash impact on the underlying profit of $A25 million.last_img read more

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Overview: South African telecommunication facilities

first_imgSouth Africa has extremely well-developed communications infrastructure, with extensive fixed-line phone networks and five mobile phone service providers with widespread coverage.(Image: Pexels stock image)Brand South Africa reporterPhoning into South AfricaPhoning out of South AfricaPhoning around South Africa08 numbersSouth Africa phone directoriesUsing your mobile in South AfricaYou can rent mobile phones – we call them cellphones – from the airport on arrival.And provided your mobile phone in your country uses a SIM card, you can buy a South African SIM card and register it in a matter of minutes at a shop or kiosk at the airport on arrival, and use it in your handset. But check with your local service provider that your phone is unlocked before you travel.SIM cards range in price from R0.49 to R2.99.Telkom and Neotel provide fixed-line services, with Neotel focusing more on commercial services.Telkom public telephones use coins, phonecards or Worldcall. Phonecards and Worldcall can be purchased at most retail stores, petrol stations, post offices and airports.Phoning into South AfricaIf you’re dialling a number in South Africa from outside the country, it must be preceded by +27, South Africa’s international country code (the + sign represents the international access code for the country you’re calling from); and either:the area code of the city or town in South Africa you’re calling (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a landline; orthe mobile network code (leaving out the first zero), if you’re calling a cellular/mobile network.So, for example, to phone South African Airways’ call centre from abroad, you’d dial +27 11 978 5313 (Johannesburg’s area code is 011, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).To call a mobile number, you might start dialling +27 82 . (082 is the code for one of our main mobile networks, but if you’re phoning from abroad, you drop the zero).Dialling codes in South AfricaThe area codes of some of South Africa’s major cities are:Bloemfontein 051Cape Town 021Durban 031East London 043Johannesburg 011Pretoria 012Port Elizabeth 041For more, consult Telkom’s Dialling codes in South Africa.What’s the time in South Africa?Go to Google and type in “time south africa”.Phoning out of South AfricaTo make an international call from South Africa, dial 00, followed by the country code of the country you wish to call, followed by the relevant area code (if there is one), followed by the phone number.What’s my country’s dialling code?One of the quickest ways to find out is to dial Telkom’s 24-hour international customer care centre – 10903 – and ask. The service is free. Alternatively, look it up on Telkom’s international dialling code directory or go to Google and type in “dialling code [your country]”.Operator-assisted diallingTelkom’s international booked calls – 10900 – offers 24-hour assistance to anyone wanting to make international calls or send faxes.What’s the time back home?Go to Google and search “time [name of your home country]”.Collect callsCollect calls are reverse-charge calls (that is, where the called party pays the charge on acceptance of the call). To make a national collect call, phone 1025, where you will be directed by voice prompts. For international collect calls, contact Telkom’s international enquiries at 10900. They will supply you with the number to call in your home country.Public phones for touristsTelkom has placed public telephones at major tourist sites across South Africa. Coin-operated phones are blue, while cardphones are green, and both are user- friendly and compatible with hearing-aid devices. They offer a reliable connection, high quality of speech, and are affordable.Phonecards and WorldCallTelkom’s phonecards and WorldCall cards are available at major outlets where the Telkom logo is displayed.Phoning around South AfricaIf you’re in South Africa and phoning a landline – whether you’re phoning from a landline or a mobile phone – the number must be preceded by the area code (including the first zero) for the city or town you’re phoning.Telkom: Dialling codes in South AfricaIf, on the other hand, you’re phoning to a mobile number, you never use an area code, only the appropriate mobile network code.08 numbersMany businesses and organisations have special landline numbers beginning with an 08 code – 0800, 0860, 0861, and so on. (But not 082, 083 or 084, which belong to the mobile networks.) These are, in effect, national numbers – area codes are dispensed with, and callers dial the same number regardless of where they are. Note that these lines can only be accessed from within South Africa.080 numbers (usually 0800) – no charge to the caller.0860 numbers – the caller does not pay for any long-distance portion of the call.0861 numbers – the caller is charged a flat rate for the call.Phone directoriesFor landline numbers in South Africa, consult Telkom’s phone directories. The print versions are published and millions of copies distributed free of charge every year – you’ll find them in airports, hotels, offices, homes and public phone booths just about everywhere. The online versions are at:Phone Book (White Pages) – residential Telkom subscribersYellow Pages – businesses, services and productsAlternatively, dial Telkom’s telephonic directories:International – 10903Directory Services (Phone Book) – 1023Talking Yellow Pages – 10118Mobile Yellow Pages – SMS what you’re looking for and where (eg “flowers cape town”) to 34310.Using your mobile in South AfricaSouth Africa has an extensive GSM network, working on the same frequency as the rest of Africa and Europe. There are five cellphone providers: Vodacom, MTN, Cell- C, Virgin Mobile and Telkom, previously known as 8ta.The networks support GPRS countrywide; 3G, 4G, LTE, UMTS, EDGE and HSDPA support is available in larger urban areas.You will be able to use your phone in South Africa if as long as your phone is a triband or fourband phone, is unlocked, and takes a SIM card. Make the necessary arrangements with your service provider before leaving your home country. You will need to activate international roaming.It is also possible to rent or buy a phone and SIM card. You can buy a SIM card starter kit – they’re cheap and easily available from kiosks at most airports, as well as at supermarkets and corner cafes. Car rental companies will often rent out a phone – and GPS if you need one. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere.You can also order and buy a SIM card and airtime/data bundle before you even leave home, through B4IGO South Africa. You pick up your pre-ordered SIM at the South African airport on arrival.Follow the dialling conventions outlined above when making calls from your phone.Make sure you pack your charger as well as the correct adaptor before you leave home. South Africa uses plug types “C”, “G” and “M”.Remember that talking on your handheld mobile phone while driving is illegal. Either rent a hands-free kit, or pull off the road at a safe place.Source: Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C, MTNWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Happy 17th birthday Geocaching.com! What else happened on this day?

first_imgToday, September 2, 2017, marks Geocaching.com’s 17th birthday. Woohoo! (You’re lookin’ good — you’ve only gotten better with age!). But what else happened on this day in history?Here are 17 events that also happened on September 2nd. Queen Cleopatra VII declares her son, Ptolemy XV Caesarion, as co-ruler of Egypt, 44 BC.Ptolemy XV Caesarion2. Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries after most of Western Europe, 1752.Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar3. First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821, 1798.The other kind of cash4. A solar superstorm — known as the Carrington Event — affects electrical telegraph service, 1859.Solar superstorm5. Telegraph service between Germany and United States begins, 1900.Telegraphs around the world6. The first science fiction film, A Trip to the Moon, is released, 1902.Trip to the Moon7. Henri Rousseau, French post-impressionist painter dies, 1910.Henri Rousseau8. Margaret Mitchell, American author of Gone with the Wind marries Red Berrien Upshaw, 1922.Clark Gable reads Gone with the Wind9. First transatlantic round trip air flight is completed, 1936.Vrooooom10. Academy copyrights Oscar statuette, 1941.Oscar11. Dr. F. John Lewis 1st uses deep freeze technique in heart surgery, 1952.<312. Keanu Reeves, star of The Matrix and Speed was born, 1964.You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland13. First automatic teller machine (ATM) is installed in New York, 1969.ATM14. German runner, Renate Stecher, runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec), 1972.Renate Stecher15. British writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings dies, 1973.J. R. R. Tolkien16. British runner, Graham Salmon, set world’s record for 100 meters by a blind man, 1978.Graham Salmon17. Geocaching.com founded in Seattle, Washington, 2000.Bryan, Jeremy, and Elias18. Earth’s trees number just over 3 trillion according to study in Nature by Thomas Crowther of Yale University, 2015.Breathe easy! SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Transcript (Episode 30): GIFFOctober 11, 2019In "GIFF"PROJECT GeoGames 2012 - A Lackey's JourneyJuly 24, 2012In "Community"Geocaching.com Co-Founder Celebrates Ten Years of Geo-LoveNovember 18, 2011In "Community"center_img Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Forget Self-Driving Cars, These Robots Will Make You A Drink

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google IO13#robots dan rowinski Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google sure knows how to throw a geek fest. The After Hours party after the first day of Google I/O was packed full of augmented reality, food, fun, dancing, Billy Idol and… robots.Lots and lots of robots.It was hard not to miss the robots, considering that the main bar on the third floor of Moscone West had three robots mixing cocktails. The wait for a robot-mixed drink was considerable, as a human controller told each bot what concoction to make. Google may have come up with the self-driving car, but these robot bartenders are pretty awesome too.Check out the photos from the Google I/O After Hours party below.Dancing on dotsLast year, Sergey Brin himself taught us how to take a selfie with Google Glass.Robot drummerI swear I have seen this robot before. At MIT, perhaps?Taking augmented reality picturesGeek’s poseThis guy was using an augmented reality app to wireframe the crowdThese robots went toe-to-toeDragons!Watching Billy Idol from the dotsThis giant robot hand was crushing everything in siteGenyMobile founder Cedric Ravalec (and Jon Hamm lookalike) talks to ReadWrite Editor in Chief Owen Thomas about his startup in France.The crowd was told not to take pictures of Billy Idol. Nobody listened.last_img read more

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How to treat symptoms from the webinar: Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult oncology patients

first_imgPhotospin.com by David Castillo Dominiciby Robin AllenWe listened to such valuable information on nutrition and the treatment of cancer.  I have decided present some highlights that we ran out of time to discuss.  The following are highlights from the Webinar:Evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional management of adult oncology patientsManaging symptoms of Cancer treatment:Loss of Appetite, Weight Loss, CachexiaSeveral small meals per dayHigh-protein foods firstLargest meal when hungriestKeep food interestingPush high-calorie foods and beveragesProtein shakes, milkshakes, smoothiesEnteral feeding or TPN may be necessaryDysguesiaBitter or metallic tasteMoist and naturally sweet foodsMarinate meatsAdd small amounts of sugar to foodsSour candiesRinse mouth and brush teeth several times a day to keep taste buds cleanMucositisUlceration/soreness of tongue and throatEasy-to-swallow foodsRoom temperatureAvoid smoking and alcoholRinse mouth regularly DysphagiaDifficulty swallowingSmall, frequent mealsPuree foods, thin out mashed foodsDeep breathes before trying to swallow, exhale or cough after swallowingPlenty of fluidsSLP to help learn effective swallowing techniquesNauseaSmall amounts often and slowlyAvoid eating in stuffy room, or has strong odorsFewer liquids with mealsSip liquids throughout the dayConsume food and beverages at room temperature or coolerSit upright when eatingDry toast or crackers in morning before getting upAvoid eating for 1-2 hours before RT or chemoAnti-nausea medicationsTrack when nausea occurs and what is causing it VomitingDo not eat or drink until vomiting is under controlSit upright for a period of time after vomitingOnce controlled, small amounts of clear liquidsOnce clear liquids can be kept down, full liquid dietCarbonated beverages may cause fullness, bloating or burping, triggering vomitingDiarrheaAvoid dairy if increase indigestion and diarrheaEat small amounts of food and liquids throughout the dayDrink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydrationAvoid very hot or very cold foodsDrink liquids at room temperatureEat plenty of foods and liquids high in sodium and potassiumClear liquid diet during first 12-24 hours of onset For more information, you can listen to the recording on the event page.References:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hed.23599/abstracthttps://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorship-during-and-after-treatment/staying-active/nutrition/nutrition-during-treatment.htmlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hed.20447/fullhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/caac.21142/fullThis blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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Minimum qualifications for coop. societies’ polls

first_imgRajasthan has become the country’s first State to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies. The State Cooperative Societies Rules, 2003, were amended for the purpose and notified on Monday.State Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh Kilak said here on Tuesday that the new rules would benefit about 10,000 cooperative and agricultural credit societies. “The benefit of education will accrue to the societies with their management going to expert hands,” he said.The educational qualifications will range from Class V to Class VIII for election as members of governing boards of dairy societies, farming societies, consumer societies, weavers’ societies, housing construction societies, urban banks, primary land development banks, credit societies, salary earners’ societies and cooperative unions.Mr. Kilak said elections to various posts in the societies after a certain level would be conducted through the State Cooperative Election Authority. A new poll calendar will be issued to facilitate the holding of elections under the new rules.last_img read more

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Navy Utility Reach Deal to Build Solar Array at Georgia Marine Corps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy signed a real estate outgrant with Georgia Power to develop a 31-megawatt (alternating current) solar generation facility on 150 acres at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, officials announced this week.The $75 million project, which will consist of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels, will deliver energy to the utility’s grid. Groundbreaking is expected this spring; the company plans to bring the facility online in less than a year, according to a news release.The array underscores the southwestern Georgia installation’s commitment to energy security, said Marine Corps Col. James Carroll III, commanding officer of MCLB Albany. The installation currently is slated to become a net zero energy installation with the construction of a biomass plant expected to start this summer.“Through our recent adoption of cutting-edge technologies, to include landfill gas-to-electric generators and ground source heat pumps, and our current effort to construct a biomass steam-fed electric generator, we are on track to achieve ‘net zero’ status well ahead of the secretary of the Navy mandate,” Carroll said. “This project with Georgia Power will add to the base’s energy security and diversify the area’s power supply, making the grid and all who rely on it more resilient,” he said.The project represents Georgia Power’s second at a Navy base; the utility broke ground last year on a 30-megawatt solar plant at Submarine Base Kings Bay.last_img read more

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Backstreet Boys Talk GRAMMY Museum Experience Millennium Legacy Touring

first_img Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 18, 2019 – 2:26 pm Backstreet Boys On New Exhibit, ‘Millennium,’ More https://twitter.com/GRAMMYMuseum/status/1116445887855767559 Facebook As they unveil the interactive ‘Backstreet Boys: The Experience’ exhibit, we go behind the scenes with the GRAMMY-nominated boy band to look back on their 26 years together Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 18, 2019 – 3:10 pm On April 8, the Backstreet Boys visited the GRAMMY Museum for a very special evening; the preview night of the newest exhibit there, Backstreet Boys: The Experience. AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell all played a part in making the exhibit happen, sorting through old wardrobe trunks to choose which iconic ’90s and ’00s looks to put on display and sifting through the countless fan photos and homemade memorabilia they’ve been gifted over their 26-year career. Email We went behind the scenes with the GRAMMY-nominated group right after they explored the newly set up exhibit for the first time, as they reflected on who BSB is today, their legacy, having fun in Las Vegas and their excitement for the DNA World Tour. Or, as McLean put it, their “biggest tour in 18 years,” in support of 2019’s DNA.”I think [The Experience] is gonna surprise a lot of people, bring back a lot of memories…if you’re a fan, this plays homage to you,” Carter told us about the new exhibit. “[There’s] a lot of things you can interact with, but just really cool things that remind people who the Backstreet Boys are and where we’ve come from, so it’s a cool experience.” Backstreet Boys On New Exhibit, ‘Millennium,’ More backstreet-boys-talk-grammy-museum-experience-millennium-legacy-touring Backstreet Boys Talk GRAMMY Museum “Experience,” ‘Millennium’ Legacy & Touring News Speaking of looking back, the group also discussed the 20th anniversary of their record-breaking album Millennium, which was the best-selling album of 1999.”Millennium is probably, to this day, one of the biggest album’s we’ve ever had. I think if we weren’t on the map by that time in most people’s eyes and ears, we were definitely at that point,” Dorough said. “I think that itself is what’s continued the legacy of the Backstreet Boys.”Backstreet Boys: The Experience is currently on display at the GRAMMY Museum L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles until Sept. 2. Learn how and when to have your special BSB experience on the Museum’s website.LANY Is The Modern, Thoughtful Pop Group The World Needs Right NowRead morelast_img read more

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Global reinsurers likely to begin Indian operations soon

first_imgIndia’s sole reinsurance firm General Insurance Corporation (GIC) will face some tough fight in the coming days as Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has asked five global reinsurers to bring in capital before giving its final approval for starting operations in the country.According to a report in Indian Express, apart from these five global reinsurers namely Munich Re, Hannover from Germany, Swiss Re from Switzerland, French major SCOR, US-based Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), the insurance regulator has also asked ITI Reinsurance- the first ever Indian private sector reinsurance company- to bring in initial capital.As per the report, these players have been asked to put in an initial capital of Rs 500 crore each for receiving the final approval from IRDA.Earlier, the insurance regulator had approved initial licence- known as R1 licence- to these insurers.”The IRDA has now asked these companies to bring in the capital to receive the final licence,” the report quoted an insurance sector official. “Each of these players has to infuse Rs 500 crore and would complete the compliance within a month. These players are now targetting to begin their full fledged operations by April 1 when the most of the renewals in the general insurance in India are done,” it added.State-owned GIC Re has been India’s only reinsurer so far, which has a market size of around $2.5 billion. Post-reinsurance regulations in November last year, seven global reinsurers had evinced their interest for an Indian foray.The report also pointed out that two other global reinsurers Lloyd’s of London and Gen Re, a part of Berkshire Hathaway of Warren Buffet, have also applied for R1 licence and are likely to join the fray soon.In the global reinsurers’ pecking order, Munich Re tops the list followed by Swiss Re and Hannover. Entry of global reinsurers is likely to change this market space which is dominated by GIC Re so far. India is also likely to give tough competition to its Asian peers like Singapore and Hong Kong going ahead.Meantime, IANS Thursday reported that world’s third largest reinsurer Hannover Re hopes to begin its Indian operations during the first quarter of 2017. “We expect the licence to operate our Indian branch soon. We would be ready for reinsurance renewals in the first quarter of 2017,” G.L.N. Sarma, Managing Director, Hannover Re Consulting Service India Pvt Ltd and the Chief Executive Officer-designate for Hannover Re’s India branch said.”The Indian reinsurance market size — reinsurance premium paid by primary insurers — is estimated between Rs 16,000 crore and Rs 18,000 crore. The reinsurance premium from the life insurers will be around Rs 1,200 crore and balance is from non-life sector,” he added.last_img read more

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MRF to invest Rs 4500 crore for tyre project in Gujarat

first_imgMRF, India’s largest tyre maker by capacity, will invest Rs 4,500 crore in a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat. The investment will be in a phased manner, according to the Chennai-based company.”MRF Ltd has informed BSE that the Company has on January 11, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] with the Government of Gujarat expressing its in-principle intention to set up a new manufacturing facility in Gujarat for manufacture of automotive tyres, tubes, flaps and related products,” the company said in its regulatory filing.”The company proposes to invest a sum of about Rs. 4500 crores over a ten year period in a phased manner. The new plant is planned to be set up in Gujarat with the intention of broad basing the company’s manufacturing facilities across India. The project will be funded by internal accruals and / or debt,” it added.The MRF stock was trading at Rs 54,950 at the BSE on Thursday at about 1.50 pm. The company has five tyre manufacturing facilities in India.Other tyre makers in India include Ceat, Apollo Tyres, JK Tyre, Goodyear, TVS Srichakra and Modi Rubber.last_img read more

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