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first_imgEmiratesqantas Qantas and Emirates have announced additional network changes under the joint partnership that provides customer services between Australia and New Zealand.*From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland, and instead focus on its non-stop Auckland-Dubai service. Emirates will retain its existing daily A380 flights from Dubai to Christchurch via Sydney, and the airline is also evaluating potential new direct services between New Zealand and Dubai.Qantas will increase the frequency of its services between the two countries, adding seven new return flights per week between Melbourne and Auckland and an extra two return services per week between Brisbane and Auckland. Some of these services will be up-gauged from a 737 to a wide-body A330.Qantas’ new trans-Tasman services will carry Emirates code and will connect seamlessly to Qantas’ London services via Perth or Singapore and Emirates’ services between Australia and Europe via Dubai.The airlines have applied to regulators to extend partnership until 2023The submission includes adjustments to trans-Tasman servicesCo-ordinated route changes improve connectivity and schedule choice across combined network – including Qantas’ re-routing of its Sydney-London service via Singapore rather than Dubai, and Emirates’ new, fourth daily A380 Sydney-Dubai service.President of Emirates airline, Sir Tim Clark, said the first five years of the partnership has been a success.“Reauthorisation of the partnership will allow us to leverage our combined network strengths to offer customers even more flight choices and reciprocal benefits for our millions of frequent flyer members.“It will enable us to continue developing world-class customer experiences, and contribute to stimulating increased opportunities for international trade, tourism and commerce.”Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce said the network changes outlined in the airlines’ submission to the regulators provide even more options for customers.“Since 2013 we have delivered more choice and a larger network to eight million passengers who have travelled more than 65 billion kilometres on our joint network.“We are now enhancing the partnership to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and our respective network strengths.“The premise of the partnership has always been that we could serve our customers better together. That’s certainly been true for the past five years and now we’re evolving our joint network so we can serve them even better for the next five.”Tickets and existing bookingsTickets for Qantas’ new Tasman services will be available progressively from today (12 October 2017)Emirates customers with existing bookings impacted by the Tasman changes will be re-accommodated onto Qantas services or will be given the option to change their flights*subject to government and regulatory approvalsᶺsubject to slot approvalslast_img

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first_imgDear Editor,The debate about establishing a majority in the National Assembly of 65 members resulted in invoking a mathematical formula. The formula used is: ½ (65) + 1 with rounding up (which is incorrect in this case) then add 1 to produce 34. The assumption here is that the number representing members of the National Assembly constitutes a continuous variable, which is false.For the sake of argument, let us accept it. Half of 65 is 32.5 which is exactly half-way between the whole numbers 32 and 33. If we are rounding to the nearest whole number among the set of whole numbers, the result is 32 and not 33 since on a continuous scale the rounding is to the even whole number.In rounding a number that sits exactly half-way between two whole numbers rounding is to the even whole number. This convention for rounding a number on a continuous scale is to avoid errors resulting from rounding up all the time. This methodology reduces errors inherent in rounding numbers upwards all the time. The mathematics curriculum for secondary schools in Guyana has accepted this convention.So ½ of 65 = 32.5 and to the nearest whole number is 32.When 1 is added to 32 you have 33.Therefore, majority is 33 out of 65.Another approach in determining majority in the National Assembly is to recognise that data is on a nominal scale. The majority can be established in the following manner:If the composition of the National Assembly is an odd number, N, then the majority is determined by the formula below:Majority= (N+1)/2 which is (65+1)/2=33So, the number, 33, constitutes the majority.On the other hand, if the composition of the National Assembly is an even number, say 64, then the following formula applies:Majority= N/2+1 which is 64/2+1=33Again, the number, 33, constitutes the majority.It is worth noting that in these alternative formulae for calculation on categorical data, there is no resulting fraction.Respectfully,Mohandatt Goolsarranlast_img

Shipper released as probe continues into cocaine under vehicle

first_imgThe Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) has released a shipper under whose vehicle more than seven kilograms of cocaine was found last week at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).The suspected cocaine retrieved from under the shipper’s vehicle last weekCANU Prosecutor Koniyo Sandiford-Thompson told Guyana Times on Wednesday that they released the man since nothing “conclusive” was determined.“We didn’t find anything conclusive … So we’re treating it as a seizure; unless we get something new,” Sandiford-Thompson said.Reports are about 23:00h on July 2, CANU ranks stationed at the CJIA discovered the cocaine under the vehicle of the shipper. At the time, the vehicle was parked inside the compound of the CJIA CAMEX Bond at Timehri.It was reported that the businessman was scheduled to ship ground provisions and pumpkins on cargo flight OJ 258, which was destined for Canada. After the suspected cocaine was found, the businessman, along with four other males, was taken into custody.All five men have since been released. Nevertheless, investigations are ongoing.last_img

Women’s Institute celebrates 100 years

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