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Qantas’ eight-year streak as safest airline ended by Kiwi rival

<p dir="ltr">In the wake of some of its toughest years during the pandemic, the airline industry has welcomed the gradual return of travelling by announcing the safest airlines in the world for the year ahead - with the top prize going to Air New Zealand.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 2022 rankings were compiled by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>, which considered the number of serious incidents over the previous two years, safety initiatives, fleet age and COVID-19 safety protocols in each airline’s score.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5b66640e-7fff-fcac-f0d3-d051d525fdce"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Air New Zealand was lauded for its technical innovation and young fleet of planes, with the website’s editors noting that the airline operates in “some of the most challenging weather conditions and remote environments”.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href=";utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Air New Zealand ✈️ (@airnz)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“The last two years have been extremely difficult for airlines with COVID-19 slashing travel and Airline Ratings editors have particularly focused on the lengths airlines are undertaking to re-train pilots ahead of a return to service,” said Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, </p> <p dir="ltr">He added that Air New Zealand was a leader in the field thanks to its “comprehensive retraining”..</p> <p dir="ltr">This year’s rankings has also seen the end of Qantas’ eight-year streak, with the website stating that an incident at a Perth airport in 2018 caused the drop in its ranking.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite this, the Aussie airline still made the top 20 of the 385 airlines included in the ranking, coming in seventh place.</p> <p dir="ltr">The top 20 ranking, in full, is as follows:Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airways, TAP Portugal, SAS, Qantas, Alaska Airlines, EVA Air, Virgin Australia/Atlantic, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Lufthansa/Swiss Group, Finnair, Air France/KLM Group, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Emirates.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, the safest low-cost airlines have also been ranked, with Jetstar, Ryanair, Vietjet, Westjet and Wizz were among those that made the top ten list for 2022.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-3f917cbd-7fff-1d64-ce8c-c859b68bbbc3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @qantas (Instagram)</em></p>

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“Not ashamed”: Israel Folau speaks out after quiet streak

<p>Former Rugby player has declared he is “not ashamed” of his actions or views in the wake of the controversial scandal which cost him his lucrative Australian Rugby Union contract. </p> <p>The disgraced NSW Rugby player has surfaced to support Australian Christian Lobby chief Martyn Iles and announced he will be speaking at the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Not Ashamed </em>conference on October 19 in Sydney. </p> <p>Folau, who was last pictured watching his wife Maria play netball in July has stated in a youtube video he would be a keynote speaker at the lobby’s national conference. </p> <p>“Hey guys, it’s Israel Folau here, looking forward to being at the Not Ashamed conference on the 19th of October, see you all there,” he said.</p> <p>A statement of the event details stated the message of the conference would be focussing on the need to “speak truth against lies.”</p> <p>“Not Ashamed is an event to equip Christians in this generation to grow in our knowledge of the truth, especially in its application to this changing world around us,” the website reads.</p> <p>“We live in times when once again we must boldly, unashamedly, shine the light in dark places and speak truth against lies. It is time to stand firm.</p> <p>“This conviction, boldness, and confidence in the truth fuelled the efforts of the early Church, spreading the Christian faith like wildfire through a pagan world.</p> <p>“As our own culture changes, truth is stumbling in the public squares, and the light of the Gospel itself is growing dim.</p> <p>“Our desire is to recover that same conviction, boldness, and confidence that Paul spoke of when he declared he was not ashamed to share God’s truth and the Gospel.”</p> <p>The lobby has stated Folau will be sharing his “story in person.”</p> <p>While his unfair dismissal case against Rugby Australia is still underway and scheduled to go to court in February 2020, the former rugby player will be unable to publicly comment on the dispute. </p> <p>The unfair dismissal case will center around his sacking after he took aim at homosexuals and the LGBTQ community, where he stated “the devil is trying to instil” homosexuality and gender fluidity into the world. </p> <p>Folau’s contract was officially terminated by Rugby Australia in May after he took to social media to post an image which stated homosexuals, adulterers and others would go to hell. </p> <p>It was not his first outlandish post or statement on his social profiles, he also stated homosexuals would go to “hell, if they do not repent.”</p> <p>Rugby Australia also said the post he made breached its professional players code of conduct, a decision that was upheld by an independent tribunal.</p> <p> </p>


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9 cleaning tips for streak-free car windows

<p>Sick of streaky car windows? All that effort with no result, it’s frustrating! Fortunately there’s a foolproof way to clean your way windows that will leave them sparkling not streaky with plenty of sheen to boot. Here’s how to do it:</p> <ol> <li>The order is important – Clean your windows and mirrors last. This prevents your sparkling clean surfaces being spritzed while cleaning the rest of the car.</li> <li>Check your temps – Never clean warm glass. Applying product to a warm surface will result in dried out streaks. Pull your car into a shady spot or the garage before cleaning.</li> <li>Start with your windscreen – These are often the trickiest and most visible surfaces.</li> <li>Know your strokes – Keep sneaky streaks at bay by using different stroking directions inside and out. This makes finding a streak easy as you can tell which side of the glass needs to be cleaned again.</li> <li>Use newspaper – Forget paper towels, they tend to leave fibres behind. Newspaper is the perfect, eco-friendly glass cleaner.</li> <li>Roll down the windows for a perfect finish – Shine up the top portion of your windows by rolling them down.</li> <li>Use a specific glass cleaner – Only use products specifically designed for cleaning glass windows. And consider diluting with distilled water for a perfect finish.</li> <li>Invest in a waffle weave microfiber towel – Invest in a specific towel for cleaning your glass and don’t use it on anything else. This prevents grease and grime being transferred from towel to window surface.</li> <li>Clean the wiper blades – This prevents blurry build up. </li> </ol> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/at-home/2015/09/hidden-uses-for-household-items/">13 hidden uses for household items</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/at-home/2015/08/home-cleaning-tricks/">12 cleaning tricks for hard-to-clean areas around the home</a></em></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em><a href="/lifestyle/at-home/2015/08/homemade-laundry-powder-recipe/">Homemade laundry powder and fabric softener recipes</a></em></strong></span></p>

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