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Let’s talk…

first_img…about (sugar) depressionYesterday was World Health Day – commemorated under the theme “Let’s talk” as one way to deal with depression. Your Eyewitness was struck by the studied refusal by Government officials to deal with concrete drivers of depression. And more to the point what they could do about it. The way the new Minister of Health carried on in her ad in the newspapers, you’d think she was “talking” about a problem on Mars!For instance, how can she ignore the depression into which the closing of the Wales Sugar Estate has plunged the entire West Bank of Demerara?? Does she know what losing a job means to one person who has no transferrable skill – and in an economy that’s already in a depression? Try 1700 persons. Try the four persons in each of those 1700 families. Try the 60,000 persons the spill-off from the Wales economic input into the local economy will affect. Does she know why even humourless fellas like economists talks about an economy being in a “depression”??It’s human beings we’re talking about. So, can we talk? Well, if a tree falls in the middle of the forest, but there’s no one there to hear the sound of the crash, did it fall? So sure, WE can talk – but not those folks from the West Bank. Have you noticed the amount of coverage the parking meter protests brought out in Georgetown? Have you noticed the VAT on education coverage in the media – in Georgetown? That’s a clue as to why Wales can’t talk – there’s no one to listen.In any other country in the world, the news of 1700 persons thrown into the streets with no jobs in sight and no safety net to tide them over – would’ve been big news. But not when it concerns sugar workers. They are still doing slave and indentured work – so of course they don’t matter. And we return to their depression – and depression it will be.Expect alcohol consumption to skyrocket as folks who were already socialised to “drown their sorrows” in liquor, now have sorrows multiplied a hundredfold. Expect domestic violence to explode and jobless men take out their frustrations on their spouses and their children – who still expect to eat. Expect crime to rise as those men and children use whatever means necessary to survive. Expect their depression to precipitate more suicides as those who can’t externalise their frustration take it out on themselves.Let’s talk, all right. But not about the depression that’s washing over Wales like a tsunami.…about the warehouseThe Minister of Health mentioned above got her job because her predecessor messed up big time on the (in) famous rental of that pharma warehouse in Albouystown. And it seems that arrangement just keeps popping up like the proverbial bad penny. Excepting, of course, it’s actually costing the nation a pretty penny! $150 million annually, to be exact!The latest episode in the sordid tale came out of a tour the warehouse’s officials arranged for reporters. Now, as background, you have to remember the reason our Prime Minister offered when asked why a warehouse was needed in the city – when the Government already had one at Diamond. He said when the GPHC runs out of drugs, they could be rushed right over and avoid the traffic jam on the East Bank Highway. Fair enough.Well, we now discover from the warehouse supervisor when GPHC needs drugs, she has to ship them to the Diamond warehouse and then they’re dispatched from there!!!It’s enough to make you depressed!!…about a fishy storyThe CEO of GuySuCo said fish (tilapia to be exact) will be substituted for sugar on its lands. The 300-acre pilot hasn’t even been launched, but diversification head Tony Vieira says US$5.2 billion is expected from GuySuCo 120,000 acres!!Counting our fingerlings before they’re hatched, eh Tony? Remember, that’s why you went bankrupt. Twice!last_img read more

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CSB Blazers escape JRU Bombers behind Carlos, Gutang

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Already out of contention for the semifinals, the Blazers will end their season against Mapua in an important tiff for the Cardinals on Friday.Rookie John Amores drilled successive threes from the same angle that pulled the JRU within one, before Carlos and Gutang finished them off with lucky breaks in the end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Heavy Bombers dropped to 4-13 and will complete their campaign opposite the Chiefs come Friday.The scores: No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘Legit NBA talent’ Manny Harris as NLEX import too hard to pass up for Guiao LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto CSB 66—Carlos 13, Naboa 13, Sangco 11, Gutang 9, Belgica 7, Dixon 7, Flores 4, Nayve 2, Haruna 0, Leutcheu 0, Lim 0, Mosqueda 0, Young 0.JRU 58—Delos Santos 10, Amores 10, Aguilar 9, Dela Rosa 7, Abaoag 6, Arenal 6, Vasquez 4, Dionisio 3, Miranda 3, Macatangay 0.Quarters: 8-10, 19-17, 48-30, 66-58ADVERTISEMENT Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Prince Carlos buried a crucial three from the corner and Justin Gutang slammed it home off a steal to secure College of St. Benilde’s scrambling 66-58 win over Jose Rizal University on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.Gutang then capped the Blazers’ eighth victory in 17 games overall with two free throws in the final 23 seconds after Marwin Dionisio accidentally tripped him in a rebound scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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No hiding for England as Australia loom

first_img0Shares0000Owen Farrell again starts at fly-half for England against Australia after a flawless goal-kicking display against the Welsh. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, October 2- England coach Stuart Lancaster knows the consequences of failure if his side are beaten by Australia in a World Cup ‘Pool of Death’ clash at Twickenham on Saturday.Defeat will see England, who suffered an agonising 28-25 loss to Wales last weekend, become the first world championship hosts to fail to reach the knockout stages. Australia, two-time World Cup winners, who come into the tournament as one of the most in-form sides with stars such as full back Israel Folau sense they can beat the English.England have won three of the five World Cup encounters between the two nations, including a famous victory in the 2003 final over Australia. A classic match is promised.“We’re obviously aware of what is at stake – you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work it out,” said Lancaster who, controversially, was given a contract extension beyond the 2019 World Cup in Japan by the Rugby Football Union last year.“The fact is that if we don’t win on Saturday then we won’t go through from the pool stage.“I understand the consequences, I understand the accountability and responsibility for delivering in this World Cup, 100 percent. There’s no hiding away from it.”He added: “The picture would be completely different on Saturday night after a win. The old analogy that a week is a long time in sport is absolutely true in this case.”England, changing their midfield line-up yet again, have recalled Jonathan Joseph at outside centre after he missed the Wales defeat with a chest injury.– Scrum duel –Brad Barritt has returned to inside centre, with rugby league convert Sam Burgess dropped to the bench in a match where Owen Farrell again starts at fly-half after a flawless goal-kicking display against the Welsh.“Owen Farrell’s performance against Wales was excellent. He gave us what we were looking for — his defensive strength and qualities but his kicking game was excellent,” Lancaster said.“There’s a black and white assumption people have made that if George Ford plays we play fantastic, creative, attacking rugby and when Owen Farrell plays we don’t. I don’t subscribe to that view personally.”Up front, No 8 Ben Morgan and lock Joe Launchbury start in place of the injured Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes respectively.England prop Joe Marler has found himself in the spotlight this week after Bob Dwyer, coach of the Australia side that beat England in the 1991 World Cup final, accused him of scrummaging illegally.Lancaster was having none of it.“I think our scrum has been good, honest and excellent across the last three years,” he said.Australia, who won this year’s southern hemisphere Rugby Championship, boast an array of back-line talent including Folau, playmaker Matt Giteau and scrum-half Will Genia.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has tried to insist that England, who’ve won last two Tests against Australia on the back of a powerful forward effort, believe his side have a “weak” pack.“No I don’t,” said Lancaster. “They’ve improved but I think we can put pressure on them. They’ve got two very, very good breakdown experts (Michael Hooper and David Pocock).”Cheika, who on Thursday named the same team that beat Fiji 28-13 in Australia’s opening game, said: “They (England) have done it to us, they’ve stuck it to us (in the pack) the last couple of times so there’s nothing we can say in our room that’s going to make any difference.“The only place things are going to be different is on the field on Saturday night and that’s where we’ve got to show our colours”.Several England players have suggested Saturday’s match is now their ‘World Cup final’ but Cheika said: “It is tournament play. I dont think you can all of a sudden decide ‘it’s the final, we had better play’.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Wenger keeps faith despite slowdown

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, December 25 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced that his players remain on course in their Premier League title challenge despite having picked up just two points from their last three games.Wenger’s side will make the short trip across London to West Ham United on Thursday having drawn at home with Everton and Chelsea either side of a 6-3 thrashing at Manchester City. Arsenal had been seven points clear at the end of November, but now find themselves behind leaders Liverpool — who visit City in Thursday’s late game — on goal difference.Wenger’s men struggled to create chances against Chelsea in Monday’s 0-0 draw, but Wenger insists that the Gunners’ prospects are far healthier than they had appeared at the start of the season, when they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.“The spirit of the players is unbelievably focused and there is a great desire,” he said.“We are going through a period where it is a bit more difficult, but with that spirit we will come out of that.“Let’s be serious — after the first game, against Aston Villa, if I’d have told you we would be top of the league, you would have said I was absolutely mad, so let’s not go completely overboard.“We are where we are. The last three games have been difficult, but we have played Everton, we have played Man City and we have played Chelsea.”West Ham are struggling to stay out of the relegation places, but Wenger is nonetheless expecting a testing 90 minutes.“In the Premier League we have have learnt that it is difficult everywhere,” he said.“Chelsea lost at Stoke. We have to go to West Ham and on top of that it’s a derby. We gave a lot against Chelsea, so we have to make sure we are completely focused on that game.”Wenger will make changes to keep his starting line-up fresh and now has the option of using Lukas Podolski, the Germany forward, who has recovered from the hamstring injury that had sidelined him since August.“Podolski has not played at all since the second game of the season and he lacks a bit of competitiveness,” said Wenger, who will again be without suspended midfielder Jack Wilshere.“It is right to say he can only find it if I play him, but he is just two weeks in training now and I have to make that decision whether to use him or not.“But we need to rotate a little bit because we play so many games now.”West Ham have managed only one win in their last 10 Premier League games and sit just one point and one place above the bottom three.However, right-back Guy Demel believes that Sam Allardyce’s side have a chance of upsetting the Gunners.“We all know Arsenal is a great side and a force this season, but we are at home, it is a London derby and if we can get our performance right, take our chances that we create and keep it tight at the back, then we always give ourselves a chance,” he said.“Our last two games at home have been a win and a draw, with two clean sheets also in those matches, so we want to keep that going and hopefully send our fans home happy on a Boxing Day match. These games are special.”West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is expected to return to the side after a three-match suspension.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Whittaker takes crown at Miss Whittier pageant

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whittaker and Barrios were the big winners at the 24th annual Scholarship Pageant attended by more than 200 people at Whittier’s Radisson Hotel. First and second princesses, respectively, to Miss Whittier are Alexandra Evans and Shauna Chaffin. Miss Teen’s princesses are Brittany Griffin and Taylor Swartzburg. Nothy Garcia, former president of the Whittier Uptown Association, received honors as the pageant’s 2007 Woman of the Year. – From staff reports WHITTIER – Sally Whittaker, a statuesque blonde and former cheerleader at California High School, has begun her reign as Miss Whittier for 2007. Whittaker, who stands 5 feet 8 inches tall, now works full time as an automobile appraiser while attending Fullerton College toward her goal of attaining a degree in business. One day, she said, she hopes to have her own business as an event coordinator. Teta Smart, director of the Miss Whittier Scholarship Pageant, said as Miss Whittier, Whittaker will make appearances on behalf of the city, the Whittier Chamber of Commerce and Uptown Whittier Association. Sharing those duties with Whittaker will be the newly-selected Miss Teen Whittier, Alyssa Barrios, 16, a student at Sonora High School and a multitalented linguist, singer. last_img read more

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Rodgers: Dembele ‘not the same player’ as last season

first_imgCeltic boss Brendan Rodgers has suggested that transfer speculation has affected Moussa Dembele’s form and admitted the player hasn’t maintained last season’s form.Talk of a big move has surrounded Dembele since he emerged as one of the stars of Rodgers’ treble-winning side last season and he has been linked with several clubs.The Celtic boss opted to start with Odsonne Eduoard in attack for the 5-0 win over Brechin in the Scottish Cup and said there had been expressions of interest in Dembele, who was on the bench.“There has been nothing official as yet,” Rodgers said. “I know some enquiries have come through to Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) but nothing concrete. Rodgers said he expected more movement in and out of the club this month but was confident Dembele would still be a Celtic player after the transfer deadline.“Yes, 100 per cent, he has come here and done great for us but there has always been speculation around him and for young players it can be difficult,” he said. “I brought him here to develop him and to help Celtic. “As I say it is a difficult window for players, especially in his case but he has no issues and is no problem. “I could have played him today but for the dynamic of the team I wanted to put young Odsonne in. “But he is training, working and if nothing materialised between now and the end of the month, between then and the end of the season we will see that player really focused, fighting, running and working for the team.” “The boy is fine, he is training, he is working but it is clear that he has probably not been quite the same as what he has been for probably over a year or so.“My job as the manager is to ensure that the focus is purely on Celtic and the team.“He is a good kid and for a lot of players January is a difficult window – lots of speculation – but my job is always to protect the club and make sure that everyone who plays is totally focused.“We will see what happens between now and the end of the month and will take it from there.””last_img read more

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Maitland and Gray return for Scotland’s Ireland test

first_imgSean Maitland and Jonny Gray have returned to Scotland’s starting line-up after Gregor Townsend made four changes for Ireland’s visit.Saracens star Maitland takes the spot of Blair Kinghorn, who loses his place despite scoring a hat-trick of tries against Italy last time out.Gray, meanwhile, will make his comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury, replacing second-row Ben Toolis.Two more alterations come in the pack. Prop Simon Berghan and back-row Josh Strauss step in for sidelined forwards William Nel and Sam Skinner. Scotland currently top the Six Nations table after defeating Italy 33-20 to earn a bonus point win.But they face a tough test this Saturday afternoon against reigning champions Ireland, who are looking to bounce back following defeat to England in Dublin on the opening weekend.last_img read more

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Cubans Arrested For Walmart Credit Card Scam

first_imgCourt records say they hit Walmarts up and down I-65 from Salem to Corydon, Seymour to Scottsburg, and the Bashford Manor store in Louisville. U.S. Secret Service agents have joined the investigation, believing this same team may be tied to skimmers and stolen credit and debit card information throughout the region, including those recently reported in Greenville and Henryville. According to SPD Major Detective Scott Ratts, Gonzales said he did it “because he has kids in Cuba and needed the money.” Police believe there was a team stealing anywhere from four thousand to seven thousand dollars a day. Ratts said WSLM Listeners need to check their bank accounts and see if there are any unauthorized uses. “If there is, please call the Salem Police Department at 812.883.5100,” he noted. On or about December 30, 2017, Alisha Mills, general manager at the Salem Wal-Mart, contacted the Salem Police Department to report that two Hispanic males and one Hispanic female used a stolen credit card to reload a Wal-Mart gift cards through the Wal-Mart self check-out.Mills advised that she could determine that the credit card number used to purchase the Wal-Mart gift cards was stolen because the numbers had been flagged by the credit card companies as belonging to stolen cards and had received reports from victims stating their credit cards had been fraudulently used at the Salem Walmart.Mills was able to run the Wal-Mart gift card numbers loaded at the Salem Wal-Mart and determined using the Wal-Mart electronic inventory system that the same cards had been reloaded at other Wal-Mart stores including Corydon, Seymour, Scottsburg, and the Wal-Mart at the Bashford Manor Mall in Kentucky.At the Bashford Manor Wal-Mart, the Wal-Mart gift cards were used to transfer money to a pre-paid credit card. Mills advised that Wal-Mart security video confirmed that the same individuals returned to the Salem Wal-Mart several times over the following few weeks conducting the same activity.On or about January 25, 2017 a Hispanic male and a Hispanic female entered the Wal-Mart store, and Wal-Mart employees recognized the male and female as individuals who had previously been in the store using stolen credit card data to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards.Wal-Mart security employees observed the female use stolen credit card data to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards.Reports run later indicate that the Hispanic female used stolen credit card information to purchase $5.09 in physical items and transferred $60 to a Wal-Mart gift card (fraud). The Hispanic female also ran an additional card number, but it was declined, so no purchase or transfer was made (theft). Cameras indicated she then left the store and waited in a silver Lincoln sedan. The male proceeded to use stolen credit card data to make purchases and monetary transfers. The Hispanic male did the following:Charged $63.21 to a credit card number belonging to Christopher Welch. This charge involved the purchase of a t-shirt for $3.21 and $60.00 loaded to a Wal-Mart gift card. (fraud)Charged $61.34 to a credit card number belonging to Kevin McGill. $1.34 for a lemonade, and a $60 monetary transfer to a Wal-Mart gift card.  (fraud)Made eight attempted transactions on credit card numbers that were declined. (theft).     During this activity, Wal-Mart employees contacted the Salem Police Department and your affiant responded.Ratts said he approached the Hispanic male and placed him into custody.   At that time, he observed the silver Lincoln sedan speed away. Salem Police Department Detective, Ronnie Mays, later stopped the silver Lincoln sedan on State Road 56 in Salem.  In a search incident to the arrest of the male, Ratts retrieved his wallet, which was full of Wal-Mart gift cards.The Hispanic male was advised of his rights through an interpreter.  The Hispanic male stated that the reason he did it is because he has kids in Cuba and needed the money.The Hispanic female was also interviewed after being advised of her rights. The Hispanic female stated that she did not have any cards on her. The Hispanic Male had multiple identification cards with what appeared to be his photograph, but with different names.  The Hispanic female presented an identification card she claimed was hers.The photograph on the identification card does not appear to be the Hispanic female we have in custody.    All of which gives me probable cause to believe that the Hispanic female has committed one count of Fraud, as level 6 felony, one count ofAttempted Fraud, as Level 6 felony, and one count of Corrupt Business Influence, a Level 5 Felony. The Hispanic male committed eight counts of Attempted Fraud, a level six felony, one count of Fraud as a Level 6 Felony, and one count of Corrupt Business Influence, a Level 5 Felony.Salem Police ran the electronic fingerprint check of both subjects and the male came back a positive ID to Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez from Cuba and the female was identified as Greisis De La Paz-Ocha from Cuba.A search of the vehicle she was driving revealed several cloned credit cards and several Walmart gift cards. A Cuban man and woman were arrested last week for using stolen credit cards to purchase and reload Walmart gift cards, stealing thousands of dollars over the past few months. A Walmart employee matched the fraudulent gift cards to video of the transactions and alerted the Salem Police Department on Jan. 25.  Greisis De La Paz Ochoa and Miguel Martinez Gonzales are behind bars. last_img read more

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Reckner and Fait: On to state

first_imgTigers duo faces Eau Claire North team in opening round ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — An early-season decision to move Marshfield junior Derek Reckner and freshman Evan Fait from singles to doubles proved to be a winning one for the Tigers’ duo.Reckner and Fait, who are long-time friends and have played tennis together for countless hours through the years, went on a long winning streak once becoming Marshfield’s No. 1 doubles team and now find themselves heading to the 2016 WIAA State Individual Boys Tennis Tournament in Madison.The Marshfield tandem took a 15-3 record into a Division 1 No. 1 doubles first-round matchup with Eau Claire North’s Jackson Lindquist and Nick LaPoint at 1 p.m. Thursday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.Reckner started the season as the Tigers’ No. 1 singles player, and Fait was at No. 2. After a few matches, the two were paired up to form the No. 1 doubles team to help Marshfield compete better in its conference dual matches. The switch worked as they went 5-0 during the regular season and finished second at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament. They then finished fourth at the WIAA Division 1 sectional, earning a spot at the state meet.“We’ve known each other for a while now and have played tennis with each other,” Fait said. “I think it was a good match, and we play well together. We’re comfortable around each other and play good tennis together.”Reckner said he and Fait have meshed well, each bringing something to the table.“I think it’s a good balance,” Reckner said. “Evan with his serving and me more at the net, we’ve always kind of had that click on the court. It’s definitely been fun being able to work together and to now play in something that means something.”Reckner and Fait lost in the second round of the sectional to the Eau Claire North pair, losing 6-0, 6-1, as Lindquist and LaPoint (15-0) kept their unbeaten record in tact on the way to the sectional title. Despite the final score, Reckner said he thought he and Fait played well.“We both came off the court feeling good,” Reckner said. “They had some really good pace in their shots. We’re going to go into it the same way, not worry about how we have to beat these guys, this or that. Just hit it, and get it in.”Fait takes away the positive aspects of their match with the North team and feels confident heading into state.“We had some good rallies with them, and even though the score didn’t show it, it was pretty close,” Fait said. “We could take it (Thursday).”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

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Virgin Australia opposes Cathay-Qantas codeshare

first_imgVirgin Australia has opposed a move by Qantas and Cathay Pacific to codeshare on Australia-Hong Kong routes, saying it holds significant concerns about the concentration of market power.The two airlines, who are both parts of the oneworld alliance, announced last September that they had inked a new codeshare deal that would make it easier for frequent flyer members to earn points and status credits on each other’s flights.The deal sees  Qantas add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights from Hong Kong to India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns.Cathay adds its code to 13 routes on Qantas’ domestic network in Australia, including Adelaide-Melbourne, Alice Springs-Sydney, Brisbane-Cairns, Brisbane-Melbourne, Darwin-Perth, Hobart-Melbourne and Melbourne-Sydney.READ frequent flyers benefit from new Qantas, Cathay codeshare.In January,  Qantas put in an application asking for a variation to allow Cathay to codeshare on Qantas flights on the Hong Kong route.Virgin argued in a submission to Australia’s International Air Services Commission (IASC) that the January application would be detrimental to travelers.“As the only other operator of flights between Australia and Hong Kong, Virgin Australia holds significant concerns the proposed variation of the determination will result in an unnecessary expansion of both Qantas and Cathay Pacific’s market power, to the detriment of the travelling public,’’ the submissions says.“Qantas and Cathay Pacific currently dominate the Hong Kong route, holding a combined frequency share of 88 percent and a combined seat capacity share of 90 percent.“In the 12 months ending October 2018, both airlines recorded passenger load factors exceeding 80 percent and together carried 92 percent of all passengers travelling between Australia and Hong Kong.”The submission says  Virgin and Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) carried the balance of passengers on the route, recording passenger load factors during the same period of 66 percent and 61 percent,  prompting HKA to withdraw from the route in October.Virgin has called on the commission to assess criteria such as competition, tourism and trade in its assessment of whether it would benefit the public.It also argues the Qantas application does not provide enough information for interested parties such as itself and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to properly assess and comment on the application.“Notwithstanding the paucity of information in Qantas’ application, any strengthening of the cooperation with Cathay Pacific is likely to increase the market power that the two carriers individually and collectively hold on the Hong Kong route,’’ it said“This would inevitably diminish the competitive forces in the market and may lead to higher airfares and reduced choices for customers, with corresponding implications for Australian tourism and trade.”Qantas defended the codeshare.“Our codeshare with Cathay Pacific has delivered great benefits for our customers since we launched in October last year,” a spokesman said.“We’re now looking to expand the codeshare further to create more options for travelers and will continue to engage with the IASC process over coming weeks.”last_img read more

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