Maintaining Hope and Optimism in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa must stay the course of a free, peaceful, progressive and transparent nation.  This is too, too important to the country itself, to Africa and to the world.The country played host from April 12-15 to the 63rd Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI), held in one of Africa’s most highly developed cities, Cape Town.  It was once the bastion of apartheid and home to the “the Murder Kurche,” the Dutch Reformed Church, that gave the strongest and most unequivocal theological backing to apartheid.It was that ideology that since 1948 allowed 3,000,000 whites to subjugate and suppress over 27 million blacks, Coloreds and Indians. But the blacks, or most of them, fought back with relentless and uncompromising resolve to crush this horrendous, selfish and wicked system, to restore dignity to the oppressed and liberate ALL South Africans, the white people, too.The fortresses of that struggle were the African National Congress, of which Nelson Mandela became the symbol; Robert Sobukwe’s Pan Africanist Congress; which organized the march against pass laws that led to the Sharpeville Massacre; Steve Beko’s Black Consciousness Movement and the children of Soweto.  They fought, suffered and died, but never gave up.The powerful Western nations were for a long time on the side of the white South African oppressors.  As late as the early 1970s United States President Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declared that the whites were in South Africa to stay and nobody could do anything about it.  But he  underestimated the determination and resolve of the people and his declaration turned out to be “a monumental miscalculation,” to quote Canon Burgess Carr, General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) which beginning the early 1970s championed the cause of liberation in Southern Africa.Because the liberation forces enjoyed sympathy from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and other Socialist nations, the West dismissed the liberation forces as “communists.”  But thanks be to God, beginning in 1989 that unsustainable ideology, Communism, collapsed.  The South African white oppressors lost their communist “bogeyman” behind which they had been hiding.  In February 1990, South African President F.W. de Klerk made two earthshaking announcements: the release of Nelson Mandela after 27 years of imprisonment; and the unbanning of the African National Congress. Mandela, a man with the heart of God, emerged victorious, forgave his white oppressors and invited them to join him in leading the country into a new era of liberation, peace and progress.Since the 1994 elections, the ANC with its overwhelming majority has continued to rule South Africa. But we see three problems that the nation and its people must overcome to continue the peace, progress and stability the country has enjoyed since liberation.  First, the widening gap between rich and poor.  The whites still own most of the fertile land and farms, mines and big businesses; while many leading black politicians and business people are also fast joining the wealthy class, leaving the impoverished majority behind.  This is distinctly evident as one drives from the airport and sees the zinc shacks that Blacks and Coloreds inhabit, in stark contrast to the beautiful homes and palatial skyscrapers inhabited by the rich and affluent.The latest Economist Magazine gives South Africa high marks for its economic management.  The Central Bank is running a sound banking, unblemished system; the country’s tax harvest is the envy of many rich countries; SA’s leading companies are respected multinationals. But SA’s most serious problem right now seems to be its President, who is currently under heavy criticism for spending US$24 million renovating his own home.  People are demanding that he pays back that money. There is another problem that inspired a resolution from the just ended IPI Congress: the President must veto an anti-media law that restricts media access to public information.For the sake of good governance and the protection of the ANC’s integrity, we appeal to the SA government to be faithful to its call to leadership, and do NOTHING    that will make it seem okay to pillage the public coffers.  That could lead to disaster and dim the hopes of one of Africa’s most blessed countries. Finally, we call on President Zuma to heed the words of Nelson Mandela: “a critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agric Sector Prioritization Gets into Full Swing As: Gov’t Registers Farmers Nationwide

first_imgGovernment’s efforts to diversify the Liberian economy by shifting from its traditional crop and mineral (rubber and Iron Ore) which have lost value on the global market to the agriculture sector is gaining ground with the official launch of the e-Registration initiative. The e-registration means that 150,000 farmers across the country will be validly documented.According to government, the e-Registration is the hinge support of the Liberia Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA), a three year program aimed at diversifying the country’s economy and reducing its vulnerability to external shocks, as experienced from the current global financial crisis resulting from the decline in the country’s traditional resources. It is intended to promote and transform agriculture into a successful and prosperous business.The e-Registration exercise was officially launched by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Saturday at the Klay Vocational Training Center in Bomi County. According to government, the e-Registration, lies at the core of the LATA, which is the foundation for establishing linkages and a system of incentives between value chain actors for an increase in business activities.The registration process will collect such information as, name, gender, county, district, farm size and location and other personal details. It will enable stakeholders to know where most of the farmers in the country are located. President Sirleaf described it as the best thing for the country as it will provide government with the requisite tools to make informed decisions.The President noted that shocks experienced in the economy have compelled government to make decisions that will have tremendous economic benefits for the country. She called on farmers to come out and be registered.Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah, described the e-Registration as the beginning of a revolution in the agriculture sector. Registration is for all categories of farmers, small or large and planters of all food crops and will provide a holistic system to link farmers and marketers to agricultural input supply chains, finance and markets. It also aims to be integrated into mobile networks, input, extension, financial services providers, market and trading networks and even mobile payment systems. Opportunity to provide innovative finance solutions to farmers who have not been eligible for traditional financing solutions through commercial banks will be created, said Dr. Zinnah. Registration is the first step in creating a new system whereby the Liberian smallholder farmer will move from the subsistence farming to the business model.“The ultimate goal is to reduce information inconsistency with regard to farmer-specific productivity and output, site-specific input requirements, financing needs, market opportunities, and others,” he said.Farmers Union Network president Julius Bass, described the launch of e-Registration as one of the best programs to be initiated by the government since its inception in 2006, because it takes stock of all farmers in the country and the numerous challenges they face.Mr. Bass, who resounded the slogan of the network – No Farmers, No Food, -noted that the network, through its own initiative, decided to register farmers in the country but it was a tedious and exhaustive process, especially as funding was lacking at the time. However 37,000 farmers were registered during that process.Bomi County Superintendent, Samuel Brown, noted that Bomi was historically considered as a no farming area—a statement which he differs with—but there have been a tremendous increase in farming activities in the country since the inception of the UP government.“There are a lot of large farms now in Bomi and the county is at the forefront of the revolution of the agric sector,” he said, and added that the challenges that the farmers are faced with is the insufficiency of farming implements.Superintendent Brown also recommended that every district in the county provide one hundred acres of farmland for district agricultural programs.MOA’s Assistant Minister Patrick Worzi noted that the objective of the program is to ensure that the value chain approach is irreversibly anchored within the economic fabric of the country.Though it started on March 21 this year, it was officially launched by the President over the weekend. Minister Worzi disclosed that within approximately 45 days, 150,000 were registered at over 200 registration centers across the country.The exercise is being conducted by enumerators using tablets with the involvement of MOA staff and community members to ensure trustworthiness of information voluntarily provide by the farmers.Minister Worzi noted that it creates a standard database using a system that is up-scalable to include GPS coordinates or other relevant information that can support in providing services to farmers with a view to increasing their skills and financial autonomy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Years Eve events in Fort St. John

first_img04:00 PM – 02:00 AM  New Year’s Celebration06:00 PM – 02:00 AM  New Years Eve Supper and Dance08:00 PM  New Year’s with The Staxx07:00 PM  New Years Service @ MB Church07:00 PM  Stage North Presents: A Christmas Story08:00 PM  New Year’s Eve BashPlease Don’t Drink and Drive and have a great 2009.- Advertisement – Here are a list of the New Years Eve events happening in Fort St John and the North Peace.  Got an event to add to the list.  Send the info to contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comlast_img

RHT, Albion reach historic final

first_imgThe Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) created history when it became the first Cricket Board in Guyana and the West Indies to host a 100-Ball Tournament, which involves 14 six-ball overs and two eight-ball overs. The Tournament has now reached the final stage, with arch-rivals Rose Hall Town (RHT) Bakewell and Albion Community Centre Cricket Club set to battle for the prize.Erva GiddingsThey both easily won their semi-final matches, with Albion Community Centre Cricket Club crushing Chesney Cricket Club by nine wickets while RHT breezed past Courtland Cricket Club by 110 runs.The Berbice cricketing public is accustomed to seeing these two teams in a Berbice final with several promising talents on both sides.Playing at the Chesney Ground, Albion routed the home team for a meagre 48. Chesney Cricket Club lost the kingpin of their batting, Imran Khan in the third over when he was caught and bowled by left arm spinner Mahendra Chaitnarine for six with the score on seven.They never recovered as the Albion spinners never released the pressure which was backed up with brilliant fielding.Avinash Deonarine (11); S Khan (13) and Imran Kamaladin (10) were the only players to reach double figures as Chaitnarine’s 3-9 and Joshua Harrichand’s 3-12 were impressive for the opposition.Albion, in response, raced to 50 for 1 in 4.3 overs, with Ritesh Umroa unbeaten on 30 and Jeetendra Outar not out on 11. Ramesh Kassinauth was the only batsman dismissed, bowled by Narine Deonarine for 8.At the Area H Ground, RHT won the toss and batted first. They lost their in-form captain, Kevin Sinclair on the first ball of the innings when he was caught and bowled by Leyland Edwards. National Under-19 player Junior Sinclair and the elegant Surendra Kissoonlall then added 101 for the second wicket before Sinclair was dismissed for a well-played 48.Kissoonlall went on to score a classy 63 while Berbice Under-19 Player Keith Simpson supported with 27. J Johnson took 2-31 for Courtland as RHT reached 179 for 5 from their allotted 100 balls.Courtland, in reply, were destroyed by West Indies left-arm female pacer Erva Giddings and National Under-15 off-spinner Jonathan Rampersaud. Giddings took 4-15 from four impressive overs while the talented 14-year-old Rampersaud took 3-6.Meanwhile, the BCB will announce the date and venue for the final shortly.Popular businessman and contractor Mohamed Raffik is the sponsor of the Tournament.last_img read more

Burnley to begin European tour with trip to Aberdeen in July

first_img 1 The ‘European’ tour begins… pic.twitter.com/m0PNOy723p— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) June 20, 2018For the first time in 51 years, the Clarets will be competing in Europe after their stellar campaign last time around.Defying the odds, Dyche turned Turf Moor into a fortress and made it nigh on impossible for teams to leave with points. Premier League side Burnley will face Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen in their Europa League second qualifying round.Sean Dyche’s men, who qualified after finishing seventh in a fantastic campaign, will play the face leg at Pittodrie on July 26, before the return leg at Turf Moor August 2. The Clarets enjoyed an incredible season in 2017/18, finishing in seventh spot As a result, they were one of the seeded teams in Pot 1 of the draw, which was held in Switzerland.Derek McInnes oversaw a remarkable campaign in charge of the Dons, leading them to second in the table behind an insatiable Celtic side.As a result of their incredible season, a local pub renamed itself ‘The Royal Dyche’ in honour to their manager and his incredible exploits.last_img read more

Ex-Newcastle United star reveals tactical clash with Rafa Benitez forced move away

first_img 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Aleksandar Mitrovic admits he and Rafa Benitez never suited one another tactically, leading him to force a move away from Newcastle United.The Fulham striker left St James Park with no ill will towards either the Spaniard or the Magpies – it was merely a case of too much too soon for the young man. Mitrovic is scoring goals for fun in Craven Cottage 3 3 BEST OF gameday cracker “Sometimes it is nice, but sometimes you want to be quiet and go out with your family. When you are not happy on the field, you just don’t want to think about football, [you want to] have your space.“In Newcastle, there is no chance.”Brought in under the doomed regime of Steve McClaren from Anderlecht for £13million, the burly target man was inherited by Benitez after he was sacked by Real Madrid and brought to the Toon.But, again, the striker who was once deemed reckless after being booked just 22 seconds into his debut in England was equally compassionate. revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most Popular Football News latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT scrap Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST Mitrovic and Benitez never clicked at Newcastle United After a successful loan period in London last season, the Serbia striker went to the World Cup before securing a £22million move to Craven Cottage.After five goals in nine Premier League games, the 24-year-old is finally settled in England after struggling in the North-East.But, speaking to BBC Sport, Mitrovic holds no ill will to his former club.“It was really hard in Newcastle,” he says. “It was one city, one club. Everybody there was really crazy about Newcastle. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos tense The Serbia international holds no ill will towards his former boss He continued: “We just didn’t suit each other.“I didn’t suit his tactics and I didn’t really feel comfortable to play, so he couldn’t get the best out of me. But it is nothing personal – just business.“We had a good relationship and he is a good guy. Defensively he is one of the best managers that I have worked with.”last_img read more

DRIVERS WARNED TO SLOW DOWN AS TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW ZERO

first_imgDrivers are being warned to slow down this morning with temperatures having dipped overnight to freezing.Temperatures in some places across the county slipped down to -1 to 4 degrees C.The Donegal Weather Channel has warned that there are reports of ice forming on some untreated roads with slippery conditions in parts. The Met Eireann forecast for the weekend is for more of the same with temperatures dipping below zero tonight and over the weekend. DRIVERS WARNED TO SLOW DOWN AS TEMPERATURES DIP BELOW ZERO was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Weater Channelfrosticelast_img read more

DD Motoring: Could public transport be the answer to Letterkenny’s huge traffic problem?

first_imgOur report on motoring this week comes from one of the most remote places along one of the busiest roads in the county. This week’s Donegal Daily motoring columnist, Brian McDaid, comes live from onboard the Letterkenny Town Bus!We tracked down this familiar sight in Letterkenny this week and decided to go on board to see what it was like and what the people of Letterkenny thought of it.Shocked. We were absolutely shocked to find that little or none of the locals of Letterkenny using the tow bus which will take you anywhere in Letterkenny for less than it costs to buy a cup of coffee “to go” in the town.Talking to the driver of this mystery tour town bus, Jeff, from South Africa has spent the last decade sitting in traffic jams in Letterkenny driving the town bus.Jeff the friendly bus driver on the Letterkenny Town Bus which in not used by near enough local people in town. Photo Brian Mc DaidThere were no passengers on the bus when it pulled into Tesco Carpark for the final run of the day. It’s was a bit like the Kit Kat add for me as I misread the time table and sitting for 30 minutes and like the photographer in the TV add all set up to take the picture of the bear, I went for a coffee and low and behold the bus cruised into the carpark and I nearly missed it.As I flagged down after the stop the driver pull up and opened the door. And the passenger that had been sitting waiting at the stopped gave me a look to say, “I told you it would arrive”. One more passenger seemed to time it perfectly and must have breezed out of the shopping centre and went straight on to the bus. A view of one of the two bus routes in Letterkeny which is seldom used by locals in the town, Photo Brian McDaidJeff says that as soon as the conversation in Letterkenny comes to traffic problems, The Port Bridge and The Station Roundabout seem to take the wrap for the congestion in the town.Maybe a better way at dealing with this is to deal with the smaller problems with traffic within Letterkenny. Most cars that sit in traffic jams in Letterkenny have one person in them. That’s for one journey into town that maybe will take up a parking place for the day and a return journey out in the evening.If this bus was even half full of that type of commuters it would free up ten cars in a traffic jams and free up ten parking spaces, if that happened on every run around Letterkenny the town bus would take 100 cars out of the jam in Letterkenny. every day.Letterkenny Logic Jeff knows that this will never happen because Letterkenny folk just want to drive to the front door of the shop they need to go to when it suits them self.Being a Letterkenny local myself Jeff was spot on, and he is also right about how quick we will blame only the one bridge into Letterkenny as the answer to all our traffic problems. Traffic as far at the eye can see, nothing new in Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaidIf you need any proof that Letterkenny do not use this service you will find that the small number of people that use the bus service in Letterkenny are not originally from the town. Where they have come from local public transport was part and parcel of their normal commute every day.One passenger on the bus that we got talking to was full of praise for the service, Jeff is just great. It’s by far the easiest and cheapest way around Letterkenny, what could you get for just two euros?This week I travelled around Letterkenny on the local bus service on what is know as route 2, Jeff knows all his passengers by name and even has them all on a group text to let them know if they are going to be delays in Letterkenny which are more likely to be because of traffic jams.The Letterkenny Bus sitting nearly empty in the traffic jam in Letterkeny this week. Photo Brian McDaidThis excellent service is run by Doherty’s Coaches in Dungloe. Jeff says that if you look to Strabane which is a lot smaller than Letterkenny, they use three buses to serve the town. We use just the one. It’s not enough to have a town bus service in Letterkenny so it can be included on a tourism information leaflet, it has to be used by the locals and promoted by the business in Letterkenny. Secret relief roads If you take the L1114 or the L2034 off the N56 and just follow it to the end as there are no signposts to say where you’re going to. You will end up in what is known as The Oldtown. As the name suggests it’s where this town began. Both roads were there long before the railway companies arrived in the town.It’s sad to think that the quickest way in and out of Letterkenny in rush hour are on these old back roads over Leck to get onto the Derry Rd and the mountain road over Listack to get onto the Ballybofey and Donegal road. Lough Swilly and the CDR built their lines into this developing town. The town the railway served was unique in that it had the longest Main Street in Ireland.All roads into Letterkenny getting worse with traffic jams that run all day Photo Brian Mc DaidToday long after the railways have packed up and headed home, the traffic that have followed into Co. Donegal’s unofficial capital are not likely to remember Letterkenny for the length of its Main St, but are more likely to remember the town for the length of its traffic jams.Letterkenny becomes gridlocked every morning. Traffic jams are getting worse in town as one jam in the morning is running into the next one at lunchtime to run into the school rush which runs into the evening rush.It seems that the more that Letterkenny try and build a bypass system around Letterkenny this worse the traffic problems are getting. The traffic arteries of Letterkenny are at breaking point and the excuse that a second bridge is the answer just does not add up any more.Letterkenny started in the Oldtown then moved to the Main St, now it has moved in part to the grand central area as it is called. It’s great to see the town growing but its sad to see that the old roads into Letterkenny that received little or no improvements are the life lines when the town goes into logjam.Happy Motoring folks.DD Motoring: Could public transport be the answer to Letterkenny’s huge traffic problem? was last modified: September 28th, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

Recession ‘won’t jeopardise SKA’

first_img27 February 2009 Karoo site visit The European Commission’s Dr Robert-Jam Smits confirmed the European Union’s support for the project, because of its enormous potential to shift the frontiers of knowledge, and called on SKA project leaders to broaden the political support for the project in more countries around the world. The two countries shortlisted to host the SKA are South Africa and Australia, and both are building radio telescopes (called “pathfinders”) to contribute to the SKA technology. Both pathfinder telescopes will be premier telescopes in their own right. Delegates attending the Square Kilometre Array Forum in Cape Town this week believe the global economic crisis will not have a negative impact on the radio telescope project, saying it presents a unique opportunity to invest in critical science and infrastructure skills. “It often produces new technologies which later give rise to innovations and products which can be commercialised, which we can’t predict at this stage.” Speakers at the forum – the highlight of two weeks of specialist meetings focusing on the design, construction and science goals of the telescope – argued that countries that would recover best from the economic malaise were those which invested in the future. European Union support Already 19 countries and 55 scientific institutions are involved in the SKA project, and several more countries are expected to join the consortium soon. The SKA will consist of thousands of dishes and other collecting devices, spread over a vast area, but working together as one instrument with a joint receiving surface of one square kilometre. Cutting edge technologies and computing power like never before will make it a true “time machine”, able to detect very faint celestial signals in order to look back to the early universe. Preceding the Forum, 60 astronomers and funding agency representatives visited South Africa’s site in the Karoo, in the Northern Cape Province, and everyone was tremendously impressed by the progress on the infrastructure and facilities in place. Cutting edge technologies “Telescopes look at very weak signals and so we need to push the limits of technology,” said SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff, adding that the project presented a new way of looking at development.center_img He pointed out that only 20-30% of astronomy was about understanding the universe, with the biggest challenge being training people. Construction on the SKA should start in 2013 and early SKA science will be done from 2017 onwards. South Africa has begun construction on the Karoo Array Telescope (called MeerKAT) and the Australians are working on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). Because of the complementary nature of the two telescopes, the two countries announced a collaborative venture on science programmes at the forum. SAinfo reporter If the SKA is built in South Africa, it will have outstations in at least eight other African countries, and these African partners were also at the forum to re-affirm their commitment to this project and to plan with the South African project team for future SKA preparations in their countries. Before the final site for the SKA can be announced between 2011 and 2012, many more studies will be done to compare radio frequency interference, configuration, availability and cost of infrastructure, cost of construction and life-cycle costs for the South African and Australian sites. Professor Malcolm Longair, an eminent cosmologist from Cambridge University in the UK supported the view, adding that the SKA project would open up a new era in astrophysics and cosmology for all astronomers and had huge potential for new discoveries. “South Africa probably has a cost advantage and we also have excellent legislation to protect our site from radio frequency interference, now and in the future,” Fanaroff said. “What will definitely improve our chances is to be able to show that South Africans are behind this bid, as they were in the Football World Cup bid.” “Once the SKA comes online, its computing power will be equal to all the people on the planet doing a billion calculations per second all at the same time,” explained IBM’s Dr Bruce Elmegreen. “The world’s current and future challenges demand scientific thinkers and technological innovation,” said Professor John Womersley of the Science and Technology Facilities Council in the UK. “The quickest way to get out of the economic dilemma is to be able to evolve scientifically, and that requires a scientifically trained workforce.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Qantas wi-fi takes to the air.

first_imgQantas customers will be able to take part in a domestic beta-test of the airline’s high-speed inflight wi-fi from today if they fly on a specially-equipped Boeing 737-800.The delayed launch comes after months of testing the system with global broadband services provider ViaSat and the Sky Muster satellite service belonging the Australia’s government-sponsored national broadband network (nbn).The airline, which is also in talks with suppliers to develop an internet product for its international fleet, estimates up to 15,000 customers per month will experience the Wi-Fi service during the initial test. This is expected to rise to 15 million annually once the system rolls out.The system uses the newer Ka-band technology to deliver speeds that allow customers to use streaming services such as Stan, Netflix, Foxtel and Spotify.Qantas had touted download speeds of between 7 megabits per second and 12 Mbps during its testing. Results posted by journalists on a demonstration flight on Friday ere in some cases slower, but still enough to watch streaming video, and in other cases much faster. One tester recorded download speeds of more 30Mbps.Qantas will use the 737 flights to fine-tune the system until mid-year when the technology will be installed on the airline’s domestic fleet of Airbus A330 and Boeing 737 aircraft. The roll-out to some 80 aircraft is due to be completed at the end of 2018.The service will be complimentary and is expected to see heavy use by business travellers on the Melbourne-Sydney- Brisbane  “golden triangle’’.“Inflight Wi-Fi has been on our wish list for quite a while, but the sheer size of Australia meant it was hard to offer a service that was fast and reliable,’’ Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said. “The nbn has made it possible and we’re really pleased to be able to tap into this service.”“The technology we’re using on board this 737 is a generation ahead of what most airlines around the world have and there’s a fair amount of complexity involved. That’s why we’ve installed it on one aircraft for the first few months until we’ve finished fine tuning and are ready to roll out to the rest of the domestic fleet.’’Virgin Australia has also announced plans to roll-out in-flight wi-fi with customer testing due to begin this month. Virgin is using connectivity company  Gogo through Optus satellites on domestic and New Zealand services.The Qantas rival said the three-month testing period will be used to test the customer response to the GoGo’s 2Ku technology on which passengers will also be able to use streaming services such as Netflix, Pandora and Stan. The service would then be rolled out across its Boeing 737-800, Airbus A330 and Boeing 77 aircraft.Virgin has yet to reveal its business model for in-flight wi-fi and whether it will charge for the service. However, it has reportedly been surveying passengers to see how much they would be willing to pay.But Joyce said Qantas was in a strong position with no other no other domestic airline offering passengers next-generation Wi-Fi with a commitment it would continue to be included in the price of the fare.He also noted the technology also opened the door to efficiency benefits through better flight planning and real-time itinerary management.Pilots would be able to access detailed live weather, which would help them steer clear of turbulence as well as making better use of tailwinds to reduce flying time, while cabin crew would have new options better manage customers’ onward journeys while still in the air.Customer research commissioned by Qantas recently showed the most popular uses for Wi-Fi on domestic flights would be a mix of emails (52 per cent of all respondents), general internet browsing (46 per cent, streaming music/TV/movies (31 per cent), social media (30 per cent and news (30 per cent).last_img read more