Where next for Ross Barkley? Man United, Tottenham, Arsenal and more LATEST ODDS

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Where will Ross Barkley play next season?Everton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed he “100 per cent” expects the midfielder to leave Goodison Park before the end of the transfer window – but whose shirt will he pull on?Tottenham reportedly have the strongest interest and are 4/6 favourites to sign the 23-year-old, with Barkley 5/1 to join Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal.The England international is also on Manchester United’s list of targets and is 6/1 to move to Old Trafford, while Chelsea are 7/1 and, though now unlikely, he is 8/1 to remain at Everton.Get all this and more in the latest Coral Daily Download!Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Shandon Hotel set to host blissful wellness retreat

first_imgSelf-care will be a top priority for special guests during a unique event at the Shandon Hotel & Spa this March.The luxury seaside resort hotel at Portnablagh is hosting the Live Well – Reset Me Wellness Retreat on 3rd – 4th March 2019.The two-day programme contains talks and spa sessions to help people switch-off, relax, rest, re-nourish and reconnect with themselves and nature. Guests will enjoy a blissful overnight stay in a luxurious Seaview room (complimentary upgrades for the first 10 rooms booked), an array of self care activities, discoveries, comforting soul food and time well spent in the Shandon’s Thermal Spa and its Wild Atlantic coastal surroundings. “Sometimes you may feel pressure to be everything to everyone, there is only so much a person can give and to give you must take care of yourself first.  Learn to increase your self-care activities, explore what is really important to you, reset your self-care goals by giving yourself the ultimate time out and enjoy the experience of this wonderful, live well, reset me retreat,” says the programme guide.Here’s what’s in store for this blissful Self Care Programme: Sunday March 3rd2 pm : Arrival Tea, Coffee Macaroons, Bubbly & Detox Water2.30pm:  Touching base, introductions and setting the scene3pm: Guided relaxation and exploration of motivational status4pm: Reset to Live Well5pm: Personal space time7pm: Dinner in Marbles Restaurant overlooking the OceanMonday March 4th7.30am: Morning Reset Routine8:30 am: Breakfast in the McCarthy Suite9.30 am: Connection to nature : Blue Space:  Mindfulness Beach Exploration10.30 am : Session Endings11.30 am : Check out of room12: 30   – 1.5 hrs luxury Thermal Spa sessionThen: back to reality, feeling reset, mindful, well rested and fully charged.The entire retreat costs €199 pps, single room supplement of €30. To book call or email the hotel 074-9136137 [email protected] more information visit Live Well – Reset Me on Facebook or message the page. Full payment required at the time of booking. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.Shandon Hotel set to host blissful wellness retreat was last modified: February 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:live well reset meRetreatshandon hotelwellnesslast_img read more

A Woman Tries to Order a Starbucks Drink at Dunkin’ Donuts, Then Fights With the Employee

first_imgA woman in Fort Walton Beach, Florida went through a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru on Tuesday morning and ordered herself an iced coffee drink.We don’t know exactly what she asked for, but we do know that Dunkin’ Donuts couldn’t give it to her . . . because it was a STARBUCKS drink.  So probably a Frappuccino or something.The manager told her they couldn’t make the drink . . . they got into an argument . . . and he wound up giving her a different drink instead.Well . . . that made her so mad she stormed into the store, cursed him out, and THREW the drink at the cash register.By the time the cops got there, the woman was gone . . . but they’re investigating, and she could be facing charges.last_img

In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of February 1, 2019

first_imgShare This!Who’s ready for some football? That’s what I’ve been hearing all week this week, since the Big Game is here in Atlanta. We’ve been living and breathing the event for the past week. It’s been interesting to watch.If you’re not interested in football, or even if you are, I’ve got some great articles for you to read this week. Many are losing the minds over the long awaited release of Kingdom Hearts 3, you’ll be able to catch Black Panther for free, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsYikes! There’s been another Hepatitis A outbreak at Walt Disney World. This time it’s at Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue.Disney is making a big bet on clean energy and Forbes recent shared an article about some of the steps the company is taking.This weekend is the Big Game and here are some those who said those famous words – “I’m going to Disney World” over the past few years.To get ready for the new Disney Cruise Line sailings, Port Canaveral is going to be spending $46 million in upgrades.A new Sail Away party is going to be introduced. Disney’s all new deck party will continue to be a high-energy countdown celebration but the change will  be occurring aboard the Disney Wonder. Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave Deck Party will feature Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald.The Walt Disney Family Museum is introducing a podcast, once again. Subscribe on iTunes.Have you been playing Kingdom Hearts 3 nonstop yet? Here are some helpful Keyblade tips.One of the big questions as Disney moves forward with the Fox acquisition is what will happen to “The Simpsons”. Variety takes a closer look.Black Panther will return to the big screen to celebrate Black History Month from February 1–7, at 250 participating AMC Theatres locations. To ensure that the movie is accessible to all, tickets are free and there will be two showings per day at each participating theater.Apparently, there may be a Princess Diaries 3 in the works. Would you go see it?Not long ago documents had leaked that showed that Universal Orlando’s upcoming third theme park was to be called “Fantastic Worlds.” But it looks like Warner Brothers might object to the new name.Comcast’s theme park revenue increased by 15% over this quarter.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Mickey and Minnie Mouse ”Be Mine” T-Shirt and send it to [email protected] with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.last_img read more

Jody Scheckter: Ferrari favourite

first_imgBorn in East London in 1950, Jody Scheckter earned his first Formula One drive with McLaren as a 22-year-old.Scheckter’s 1979 success was something for Ferrari fans to hold on to, because it would take the famous Italian team with the prancing horse another 21 years before they celebrated producing a world champion again. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa ReporterAfter 21 years without success, Ferrari finally crowned a Formula One world champion in 2000 when Michael Schumacher won the prestigious title. Ironically, it was thanks to this lack of success that the previous Ferrari champion first became known to the new generation of racing fans. He was South Africa’s Jody Scheckter.Born in East London in 1950, Scheckter earned his first Formula One drive with McLaren as a 22-year-old.In 1972 he enjoyed one Grand Prix drive and in 1973 he certainly made an impact – though not the kind he would have wanted to make. Competing in the British Grand Prix, Scheckter ran wide coming out of a corner and spun back across the track. A huge pile-up followed and the race was stopped with half the field wiped out in the crash.That season Scheckter started five grands prix but failed to register a championship point.Moved to TyrrellThe next year, 1974, Scheckter was signed by Tyrrell following the retirement of three-time world champion Jackie Stewart and the death of driver Francois Cevert at the end of the 1973 season. It proved a good move for the South African and for Tyrrell. Scheckter finished third in the championship, winning the Swedish Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix – a major win for British team Tyrrell.In 1975 Sheckter won once, in front of his home fans, at the South African Grand Prix. He accumulated 20 points for the season and finished in joint seventh place.The following year he drove the unorthodox six-wheeled Tyrrell-Ford Type P-34. Scheckter took the car to its only win in its first outing in Sweden. Nonetheless, the South African ace enjoyed a consistent season and finished third in the world championship standings.Runner-upIn 1977 Scheckter joined the newly founded Wolf team of Austro-Canadian oil millionaire Walter Wolf. Despite the team being newcomers to Formula One, Scheckter performed exceptionally. He won the Canadian, Monaco and Argentinian Grands Prix and finished runner-up in the championship to the great Austrian Niki Lauda.1978 was not as successful a year for Scheckter. He failed to win a race and scored 24 points to tie for seventh in the championship.World championScheckter joined Ferrari for the 1979 season and things went much better for the South African. He won in Italy, Monaco and Belgium and was crowned world champion.He raced one more season in 1980, but did not have a good year and retired. During his career he took part in 113 grands prix, won 10 of them, finished second 14 times and third 10 times.His 1979 success was something for Ferrari fans to hold on to, because it would take the famous Italian team with the prancing horse another 21 years before they celebrated producing a world champion again.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Regina Mundi – Queen of Soweto

first_img19 January 2004No trip to Soweto in Johannesburg is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, the largest Catholic Church in the most populous black urban residential area in the country.Not only has the vast church always been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township’s history of resistance against apartheid. As such it is a well-circled destination on the tourist map: every day the church opens its doors to streams of visitors keen to witness the scars it still bears from the Soweto uprisings, when police stormed through its doors, firing live ammunition at fleeing students.But both before and after the dramas of the Soweto uprisings, Regina Mundi – whose name in Latin means Queen of the World – has quietly offered its protection to those struggling for liberation. When political meetings were banned, people sought the safety of Regina Mundi – if not Queen of the World, then surely Queen of Soweto – to form their political strategies.What started out as “church services” often ended up as political rallies. Funerals, points out Father Vusi Mazibuko, who has been pastor at the church for the past four years, were often political affairs. They started off at Regina Mundi and ended up at Avalon Cemetery.When protesting students were fired at by police on their way to Orlando Stadium on June 16 1976, and Hector Pieterson and many others were killed, the students fled for sanctuary to Regina Mundi. With buckets of water at the ready, they managed to douse the teargas canisters thrown into the church by police.But then police stormed the church, firing live ammunition. Although no one was killed, many were injured and the church’s sacred symbols were damaged. The broken marble alter, the bullet holes in the ceilings and the damaged figure of Christ all bear testimony to the terrible lack of restraint shown by police that day.Regina Mundi has always been a home to the community of Soweto and has functioned as a centre for important community events. Anti-apartheid stalwart Dr Nthato Motlana once described Regina Mundi as “not just a church – it is the people’s church, the church of the nation”.And on 30 November 1997, declared Regina Mundi Day, former President Nelson Mandela paid tribute to the church during a ceremony marking its restoration. “Graduates of Regina Mundi are making important contributions to the reconstruction and development of our country. Such was the role of this church in the lives of many of us; such was the esteem with which it was held, that it popularly became known as the people’s cathedral.”“Regina Mundi served the greater Soweto community in times of need. It opened its doors to anti-apartheid activities when all other avenues were closed to the majority of oppressed . It was this stance that earned Regina Mundi a reputation as one of Gauteng’s greatest protest centres, a literal battlefield between forces of democracy and those who did not hesitate to violate a place of religion with teargas, dogs and guns. Regina Mundi became a world-wide symbol of the determination of our people to free themselves,” Mandela said.Today the church is as much “the people’s church” as ever, swamped by the demands of the community in its midst, whose needs are different but perhaps even more challenging. Though relaxed and youthful-looking in jeans and a t-shirt, Mazibuko clearly finds his job overwhelming at times. Although the daily deluge of tourists – sometimes as many as 200 a day – are taken care of by two full-time tour guides, Regina Mundi is constantly called on for assistance by the community.“It’s a busy place. People come to you in need of help and sometimes you don’t have the means to help them,” says Mazibuko. The needs of the community are great, particularly during the era of HIV/Aids, he adds. Funerals are frequent – more so because of the scourge of the disease.The rather ordinary-looking, typically 1960s building (it was built in 1964, replacing Moroka’s first church as the parish church), located almost in the middle of Soweto between Rockville and Moroka, belies the richness of its interior: the space inside is vast enough to absorb the murmur of tourists and the sense of peace is all-pervasive.Morning light shines through the beautiful stained-glass windows (donated by Poland in 1998); the renowned Black Madonna looks serenely down from her vantage point to the right of the alter and the rows and rows of gleaming pews are a welcome invitation to the thousands who attend mass every Sunday. Regina Mundi can seat 2 000 people and has space for a further 5 000 standing.The “Queen of Soweto” has come a long way since her humble beginnings. Today an impressive park built by the City of Johannesburg, with a fountain, benches and green lawns, is in front of the Church. Memorial stones, including a “peace pole” donated by Japanese Christians, and a plaque documenting the Church’s history are in evidence outside. Upstairs is an art gallery featuring photographic and art works, documenting the history of the church and the broader subjects of Soweto and Johannesburg.Not only have the grounds been restored and upgraded, but Regina Mundi has continued to play an important role in Soweto and society in general.Fittingly, Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings were held in the church from 1995 to 1998, presided over by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.In March 1998 Regina Mundi made international headlines after a visit by President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary. Clinton caused a furore among Catholics worldwide when he and his wife took Holy Communion during a two-hour service he attended at the church.Since Clinton is a Baptist and his wife a Methodist, this constituted a breach of the cardinal rules of the Catholic Church. Mazibuko says that Father Mohlomi Makobane, parish priest at the time, found it impossible to refuse the Clintons communion when they joined the rest of the congregation.According to the Los Angeles Times, Makobane said: “Let’s be practical. He’s a child of God and came willingly to share the Eucharist with us and pray with us … And he’s the most powerful man in the world . If I had denied him communion when he came with the procession . there would have been much more noise.”But the story didn’t end there. Makobane chose to base his sermon on adultery at a time when the scandal around Clinton’s adulterous affair hung heavily over the heads of the presidential pair. Makobane recalled the parable of the adulterous woman saved by Jesus Christ from being stoned to death.Newspapers gleefully reported how Clinton “became visibly uncomfortable” when Makobane read from John: 1-11. “Clinton looked sombre and rocked on his heels as the priest read the text. Mrs Clinton’s head was bowed throughout the reading.” But Makobane’s sermon preached forgiveness as Jesus forgave the adulterous woman.What next for Regina Mundi? In Mazibuko’s view, the church will continue to play the pivotal role it has done since its inception. “The church is an eye. It must see to it that justice is done.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

South African businesses honoured

first_img22 March 2013 The best South African businesses in various sectors of the economy were showcased at the inaugural SA Premier Business Awards hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday night. The awards were held in Sandton, Johannesburg in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, with the aim of recognising South African companies that invest in human and technical resources in various projects and stimulate job creation. “These awards are of value in particular because they give companies recognition and that recognition, we hope, passes on in some kind of tangible commercial reputational benefit can be significant for companies in enhancing their position in the market,” said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in his opening address at the awards. The top award for the evening was the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by the minister. The award went to business mogul Richard Maponya who is known for building a business empire despite the restrictions of apartheid. “This is a great honour,” Maponya said, also congratulating all the young people who received awards. “South Africa is making history.” The winners, per category, were announced as follows: Rural Development Award: Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT)SMME Award: Malcom – Ezindaleni Hydraulics & EngineeringYoung Entrepreneur Award: Miss Earth South AfricaWomen-Owned Enterprise Award: Segakweng Enterprise And Strategy ConsultingQuality Award: Coega DairyTechnology Award: Tshwane University of TechnologyGreen Award: MTN SAMedia Award: Talk Radio 702/567 Cape TalkProudly South African Enterprise Award: G.U.D HoldingsMost Empowered Enterprise Award: MTN SAInvestor Award: Nestle (South Africa)Manufacturer Award: Powertech and Bell Equipment Company SAExporter Award: Abagold and Saab Grintek DefenceLifetime Achievement Award: Dr Richard Maponya “We are elated to receive this acknowledgement of nearly 30 years of contributing to rural development,” said Anthea Davids-Thames, executive director of Social Change Assistance Trust (Scat), which took home the Rural Development Award. “We are proud as an organisation in terms of our contribution to our beloved country but more so proud of the communities we support,” she said. Scat is a veteran independent fund-raising and grant-making development agency based in Cape Town. The partners also thanked the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and ABSA for their contribution to the awards. Davies said the awards were an amalgamation of previous award ceremonies, and with such an award ceremony, South Africa can serve to encourage much more entrepreneurial efforts in the society as a whole. Entry form submissions for the awards closed in mid-February. A total 159 entries were received while a 12 member judging panel comprising of various role players from business and labour as well as the department among others, were responsible for selecting the winners. The adjudication process concluded in March. On 4 April the DTI will launch the fifth iteration of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) which will outline government’s plans to industrialise the South African economy. IPAP now falls under the New Growth Path which is an economic framework for 2010- 2020, with the overriding objective of creating employment. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Good bye Tata, from the Rainbow Nation

first_imgThank you Madiba – your magic will forever be among us all. This was a common sentiment as people mourned the passing of a legend.South Africans lost their father and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela – Madiba, Tata – died at 8.50pm on 5 December at home in Houghton. It has brought tears, but also a celebration of his life not just to his family and friends, but to the world.Born 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in the Eastern Cape, Mandela was the country’s first black president. But he was more than that: he was a world statesman and a universal symbol of peace, unity, forgiveness and ubuntu. Tributes continue to pour out for the father of the Rainbow Nation.Bernard Fingwana says: “I am happy the man has finally reached the end of his journey and I thank him for all he has done, for not just us but the whole world.” He leaves a legacy that has changed the lives of many people throughout the world, but above all he has left everyone with the hope of a loving home for all.“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” Mandela said. His words inspired many people and changed their ways of thinking.“I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone,” says Phillipa TshabitsoPhillipa Tshibitso says: “I feel very hurt knowing that he is gone. I would like to say to all South Africans that, ‘Please we must all walk in his path.’ I would love to say to his family that we are crying with them.”Mandela’s message is universal: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” he said in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“We love you Tata and you will always be a part of everyone’s life. The nation will take all that you have done for us and keep moving towards building a world filled with peace, love and happiness… we are with his family, because Nelson Mandela is our freedom. We will pray with you and not for you,” says Mpilo Masokela.Again, Mandela’s words are inspirational: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”Weeping, Caroline Nkamboyi says: “I did not want to believe that he was gone and as soon as I accepted it I became sad. What I would love to say to his family is that they must accept it because we are here for them too.”And his legacy lives on, urging ordinary people to do the extraordinary: “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation,” he said. “We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.”“He brought freedom into every South African’s life,” says Selina Dikeledi (Images: Bhekumuzi Madakane)Bhekumuzi MadakaneSelina Dikeledi Kitsaweng says: “It all came as a sudden shock. He brought freedom into every South African’s life. I am where I am today because of him. Tata wherever you are, thank you for everything. In a way you brought me up too, so thank you.”Forever he will be missed, and the words “we love you Tata” are being heard loud and clear across the world. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” he said. “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.”Gone but never forgotten, Madiba will live on in our hearts, his humility and humanity something which we can all strive to emulate. “When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?” he asked.South Africans – indeed all people – can follow his lead, working for others through his foundation, 46664, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and giving of their time on Nelson Mandela International Day, and every day.But now, to the father of the nation, it is time to say goodbye. Hamba Kahle, Tata.last_img read more

Education, empowerment on this week’s Play Your Part TV

first_imgAt just 19, Oyama Matomela became a qualified commercial pilot, having studied at the highly-acclaimed 43 Air School in Port Alfred (Image: Brand South Africa)This weekend’s episode of the Play Your Part TV series looks at South Africans who are making their mark in the fields of education and empowerment. They include SHOUT SA, Luvuyo Mandela, Nontsikelelo Qwelane, Oyama Matomela, Sakhile Ngcobo and Stuart Ntlathi. The episode airs on SABC 2 on Sunday, 17 August at 9pm.SHOUT is a movement that belongs to every South African who is committed and passionate about building a safer South Africa. They market and sell SHOUT merchandise in order to fund projects that will prevent crime and eliminate this scourge from society.Following the murder of music legend Lucky Dube, musician Danny K and kwaito star – and Play Your Part TV series presenter – Kabelo Mabalane felt that something needed to be done about the high level of violent crime in South Africa. SHOUT was born.Driven by his passion to change the many social ills plaguing youth in South Africa, basketball fanatic come social entrepreneur, public speaker, mc and Play Your Part ambassador Luvuyo Hlanganani Mandela is working to address these challenges and drive social (re)development.The Durban born social entrepreneur is combatting these issues on a number of fronts given his previous and current involvement in a range of different organisations focussed on bringing about a positive change in South Africa. Luvuyo, the great-grandson of Nelson Mandela, is also an ambassador for Cheesekids for Humanity.At just 19, Oyama Matomela was already flying high. Hailing from Port Elizabeth, she is the first female commercial pilot with an instrument rating to qualify through the Eastern Cape department of transport bursary scheme. Matomela gained her qualification from the highly-acclaimed 43 Air School in Port Alfred.Along the way, she has broken barriers in the male-dominated industry, and is a young example to other women to achieve their dreams.At the ripe old age of 92, Nontsikelelo Qwelane is the oldest known teacher in South Africa. She was born in Engcobo, in the Eastern Cape, and trained as a teacher. She started teaching at 19 in the government schools of the Eastern Cape, before later moving on to teach in the Western Cape, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.Sakhile Ngcobo is Playing His Part by empowering South Africa’s economy through his involvement in the diamond business. He is the executive head of external and corporate affairs for De Beers Consolidated Mines, and also serves on the boards of SASA Gold Exploration and the De Beers Fund, and is a non-executive board member of South African Diamonds and Precious Metals Regulator.He is also chairman of the Moses Kotane Institute, a provincial government in KwaZulu-Natal aimed at growing the local economy through building science, technology, engineering and maths skills.Stuart Ntlathi, voted one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in 2013, has had a long love for maths and science. At age 13, he started the Stuart Ntlathi Science and Technology Institute. What was more of a science club at the time became a formal institute when have gave it his full attention after leaving university.The institute selects ten Grade 10 students from three high schools in the different provinces, and teaches them more about further study and career opportunities available in the fields of science, maths, engineering and information and communications technology (ICT).Deciding that she didn’t want to stop teaching after her retirement, Qwelane started teaching in private schools. She currently teaches geography to matric students at the Metropolitan International College in White River, Mpumalanga.The government has given recognition to Qwelane’s dedication by awarding her the Order of the Baobab in Bronze.last_img read more

Air New Zealand to axe Vietnam, suspend Tokyo flights

first_imgAir New Zealand will stop flying to Vietnam next year and is suspending flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to protect itself against “unexpected disruptions”.It will also reduce frequencies to Argentina and its recently opened route to Tapei as it grapples with a global problem affecting Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powering its Boeing 787 Dreamliners.The airline has been flying to Vietnam on  a seasonal basis since 2016 and had already reduced the frequency from three flights to two a week.The changes were outlined in a letter from AirNZ boss Christopher Luxon to customers apologizing for what he labeled “an incredibly challenging year”.Luxon acknowledged that many of the airline’s customers had experienced disruptions and delays, rescheduled flights, unexpected aircraft replacements and overcrowded lounges.While there had been unexpected problems with weather and a ruptured pipeline, Luxon said the biggest issue had been the unscheduled maintenance issues with the Rolls-Royce engines powering its Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s.Air New Zealand has been caught up in a problem with Trent 1000 package C engines that has caused increased checks and maintenance affecting airlines worldwide.READ: Trent troubles to cost Rolls-Royce at least £1 billion. “This has meant that at any time up to five of our 13 787 Dreamliners must be grounded while the engines are serviced in Singapore,’’ Luxon said.“This has placed significant pressure on our whole interconnected network of over 3,500 weekly flights and I will be meeting with Rolls Royce management in London in a few weeks to further seek personal reassurance that all is being done to get our affected engines back in service as soon as possible.”The Kiwi carrier has leased three aircraft to offset the Dreamliner engine problems and staffed them with Air New Zealand crew, food and beverages.“We will also further protect ourselves from unexpected disruptions by stopping flying to Vietnam next year, suspending our services to Haneda in Tokyo and slightly reducing our frequency to Argentina and Taipei,’’ Luxon said.“These are big decisions to make but are vital to free up capacity and let us concentrate on delivering a better experience across the board.”Air New Zealand has also been struggling with increased traffic at airports due to what Luxon said was underinvestment by airport operators as well as long wait times at its call centers.The airline is adding 80 additional call center staff to cope with the wait times and is talking to airport chief executives to try and accelerate needed improvements.It had also invested in a lounge redevelopment program in Auckland and has upgrades planned at Wellington and several regional airports, Luxon said.last_img read more