Jetstar’s Auckland-Wellington route has suffered hundreds of cancellations in May and June.The Australian low-cost-carrier cancelled 300 flights owing to low demand on specific routes, the Dominion Post reported.Jetstar spokesperson Phil Boyens said the airline had decided to cancel the services instead of reducing the cost of flights, as they were already low.“It’s [Auckland-Wellington] the busiest route in New Zealand and it’s a very competitive route,” Mr Boyens said.“Last year we increased capacity by about a third in New Zealand, which is 600,000 seats, so this is the first season, if you like, that we’ve had that large capacity in the market.”Mr Boyens added that no decision to cut back on any routes permanently had been made.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Majority of cancellations occurring in NZ.
June 15, 2016The Prescott Jazz Society presents JAZZ SPLASH – JUNETEETNTH FESTIVAL ”The American Jazz Timeline II” this coming Saturday & Sunday, June 18 & 19, 2016A two-day festival celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation through all-American jazz, blues and Dance with Funk from world-class musicians. This year’s 2016 Juneteenth Festival will honor the memory of the late Muhammad Ali.Sat. 11 am–11 pmBoogie Woogie/Stride Piano Blues Jazz Dance with Funk FrequencySun. 11 am–7 pmBe-Bop/Hard Bop Beyond Bop [Cabaret] * Finale Performers: Jonathan BestEric Williams MUDDBONE Trio R.D. Olson Band Funk Frequency’s Michael Weight and Trial by Fire’s Carlton Godwin Festival will conclude with Sunday’s annual Larry Wilson Cabaret Show featuring Phoenix Diva, vocalist SHERRY ROBERSON w/ Pianist Harold Land, Bassist Ray Carter, Drummer Leslie Daniels and Festival Director Milt Cannon saxophonist.Admission: $5/day Free for Teens and Jazz Society Members [Cabaret: $25 separate admission]* For tickets and more information, 928.237.7908 • www.pjazz.org
PSNI officers in Derry will be carrying out random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints this summer in a bid to catch more drink drivers and take them off the roads.Launching their summer road safety campaign, the police urged drivers to take extra care on the roads as the school holidays begin.Superintendent Sue Steen said over the coming months, officers would be using legislation which gives them powers to perform random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints. To date this year, 28 people have been killed on the roads in Northern Ireland.“Considering that many, if not the majority of these deaths caused by collisions could have been avoided; it is an appalling waste of life,” said Superintendent Steen.“Inattention, speeding, or more accurately, excessive speed for the conditions and drink or drug driving, are consistently the principal causes of the most serious road traffic collisions in which people are killed or seriously injured.“Over the coming months, we will have police resources on the roads across Northern Ireland and will be using legislation first introduced in November 2016, which gives us powers to perform random breath tests at vehicle checkpoints. “In addition to the checkpoints, any driver or motorcyclist we stop, whether for speeding, using a mobile phone, or committing any moving traffic offence can expect to be breathalysed.“So too can anyone involved in a collision or who we suspect may have consumed alcohol or taken drugs.”The PSNI will also be working with An Garda Síochána Traffic Corps looking for road users taking unnecessary and potentially life-changing risks.Drivers are being urged to keep an eye out for increased numbers of children using or crossing roads, particularly close to parks and leisure amenities, in addition to junctions and bus stops.Pedestrians must pay attention to their environment, whether that means not getting distracted by friends or mobile devices, or being especially careful when walking on country roads by walking against the traffic flow and by wearing highly visible clothing, said Superintendent Steen.Gardai will be helping PSNI along the border to catch those drivers taking unnecessary risks“With the better weather we are also particularly mindful of more motorcyclists taking to the roads, so we’re encouraging bikers to ensure their motorcycles and safety equipment are in good working order and that they ride defensively.“In addition, drivers need to be alert to the presence of motorcyclists using the road network, particularly when emerging from and turning into junctions.”Police are also advising anyone taking using their vehicle on any long holiday trips or drives to ensure that their vehicle is in top and safe working condition.DRINK DRIVERS WARNED AS COPS PLAN SUMMER BREATH TEST CHECKPOINTS was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet AN GARDA SIOCHANADRINK DRIVERS WARNED AS COPS PLAN SUMMER BREATH TEST CHECKPOINTSPSNISUPT SUE STEEN
Enroll Now for $5 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Not including games, Netflix was the world’s No. 1 grossing app of 2017, a spot held by Spotify in 2016 and communication app Line in 2015, according to new data from mobile app analytics firm Sensor Tower.”The streaming video giant saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately $510 million last year according to our estimates, representing a huge year-over-year increase of 138 percent, or about 2.4 times the $215 million users spent in the app during 2016,” Randy Nelson, Sensor Tower’s Head of Mobile Insights, wrote in a Friday blog post.Dating app Tinder also had a good 2017, ranking as the world’s No. 2 grossing non-game app. Line came in third, while Pandora and China’s Tencent Video rounded out the top five, respectively. Overall, mobile users spent about $60 billion in apps on Apple’s App Store and Google Play last year.Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower. Facebook’s main app came in second in terms of downloads, followed by Facebook Messenger, then another Facebook-owned app: Instagram. Snapchat ranked No. 5.As for games, the Japanese hit Monster Strike ranked as the world’s top grossing mobile game of 2017. It was also the highest-earning mobile app overall, for a third consecutive year. China’s Honor of Kings came in second, followed by Fate/Grand Order, Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga.”Last year’s global sensation Pokémon Go didn’t crack the overall or App Store revenue top 10, despite sustained efforts by publisher Niantic to reignite the frenzy of 2016 with new Pokémon and other content,” Nelson wrote. –shares Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Apps Reporter Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Add to Queue January 15, 2018 These Are the Most Popular Apps of 2017 Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp raked up more downloads, overall, than any other app, excluding games, in 2017, according to Sensor Tower.
Reuters Image credit: Brian Solis | Wikimedia Commons Enroll Now for $5 March 10, 2016 Twitter to Employees: We’ll Pay You to Stick Around –shares Jack Dorsey, Twitter. Twitter Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Twitter Inc. has been sweetening employee compensation packages to retain talent as the company’s user growth stalls and it stock price slides, the Wall Street Journal reported.Four top executives left the company in January, the biggest leadership exodus since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive last year.The departures added to concerns about the company’s ability to make its product more engaging and generate more money from advertising.Twitter has been offering cash bonuses to some employees, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 as an incentive to keep them around for another six months to a year, the Journal reported on Wednesday.The company has also granted varying amounts of restricted stock depending on when the employees started working, intending to make up for the value lost since they joined the company, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Twitter’s shares have lost more than 60 percent of their value over the past 12 months.”Competitive compensation, strong leadership and a confidence in the direction of the company are all key elements to having top talent,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email.”We are investing in all three areas to ensure we maintain these employees,” she said, without providing further details.Dorsey said in October he would give a third of his stock in the company, a stake of about 1 percent, to the employee equity pool.Later that month, he spoke about “hiring and investing in talent” and the need for “bold rethinking.”Twitter showed no growth in users in the fourth quarter. That was the first time that had happened since the company went public in 2013.Twitter’s shares were unchanged at $17.66 in light premarket trading.(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Anil D’Silva) Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand
Source:https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 30 2019A study conducted by Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania sheds light on the factors that influence young people’s access to and use of alcohol, and subsequent engagement in safe or unsafe sexual behaviors. The results showed that alcohol use intersects with a spatial dimension in relation to where youths are consuming alcohol and subsequently engaging in sex which, in turn, influences their likelihood of using condoms and practicing safer sex. The findings are published online in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.”Our study aimed to understand the spaces in which young people are engaging in sex after drinking alcohol, the ways in which space is influenced by social and cultural perspectives and the economic realities of their lives and, that in turn, influence their likelihood of using condoms in such contexts,” said first author Marni Sommer, DrPH, RN, associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia Mailman School.The researchers explored the experiences and perspectives of 177 adolescent girls and boys in and out of school in four sites across Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These included in-depth interviews with the adolescents as well as adults; mapping alcohol density outlets and advertising around schools and youth centers, and participatory activities conducted with adolescent boys and girls in and out of school.Very frequently described spaces for sex after alcohol included guesthouses and rented rooms–both articulated as spaces more likely to be used when there was some advance planning or preparation with regard to the likelihood of a sexual encounter after drinking. Young people said these spaces were preferred for their convenience, comfort, and for the ready availability of condoms. By contrast, youth described a range of situations in which they might have sex after drinking and no condoms would be available, such as cars, toilets in bars, the beach, classrooms after school, and alleys.Young people described gendered norms around adolescent girls’ ability to be away from home, with the expectation that they return to their houses by a certain hour, added an additional pressure of time that pushed for more rushed sex in whatever convenient spaces might exist after drinking. Poorer youth may also be more likely to engage in “rushed sex” due to cost of safer spaces, such as guesthouses.Related StoriesPeople use executive control processes to ignore cues that signal something rewardingQuitting drinking may improve health-related quality of life for womenRomantic relationships can alter the impact of genetic influences on alcohol outcomesThe alcohol context in Tanzania, as in many sub-Saharan African countries, has been under-studied, despite data indicating heavy episodic drinking (21 percent males; 14 percent females) among Tanzanians. Sommer and colleagues felt it was important to conduct research to better understand the ways in which the use of alcohol among young people in urban areas of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly those with a high-density of alcohol outlets, is intersecting with their sexual encounters, and how this dynamic is influencing the practice of safer sex.An earlier study led by Sommer and Dr. Sylvia Kaaya at MUHAS of adolescent boys in rural and urban Tanzania revealed the intense peer pressure boys experience from older adolescent boys and men to consume alcohol to demonstrate their manhood, and how the use of alcohol helped them to overcome their shyness around approaching or “seducing” girls.Unique to the latest study was the inclusion of adolescent girls and boys in a range of participatory activities, such as photovoice, mapping, and story writing, that enabled insights into the alcohol-sex dynamics from the perspectives of young people themselves.Sommer recommends that future research identify new and innovative ways to assure that condoms are more widely accessible for youth engaging in sex. She also sees a critical need for structural and environmental interventions that both reduce youth access to alcohol, and increase the availability and accessibility of condoms in spaces and situations where alcohol is sold or consumed.”It is key to keep youth at the center of public health research focused on improving their sexual and reproductive health,” said Sommer. “They are the knowers of their own lives, and often have the most useful insights for how to best address the vulnerabilities they encounter in daily life.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 18 2019In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Special Issue on Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, Volume 3, Number 3, 2019, pp. 291-296(6); DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2017.0072 Juan R. Vilaro from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA considers stable ischemic heart disease in the older adult.Related StoriesCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsDemographic trends worldwide show a progressively aging population and an increase in the overall medical complexity of elderly patients with cardiovascular disease. Elderly patients, especially those aged 75 or older, are relatively under-represented in many of the clinical trials that helped create major society guidelines for evaluation and management of ischemic heart disease. Consequently, risk benefit ratios of a guideline-based approach in these patients are not well defined, especially with regards to pharmacotherapies and percutaneous coronary interventions. In this article we offer a practical approach to defining the elderly population, and provide an evidenced based review of the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of advanced age in the evaluation and management of ischemic heart disease. Source:http://cvia-journal.org/
Hong Kong shares linked to troubled Chinese conglomerate Wanda surged 52 percent Tuesday after the company announced a $5.4-billion stake sale and retail tie-up with investors including internet giant Tencent. Explore further It is the latest move by Wanda boss Wang Jianlin—once China’s richest man—to sell off parts of his real estate empire following a rapid diversification that left the firm mired in debt and under the scrutiny of government regulators.Wanda Group will sell 14 percent of Wanda Commercial Properties, China’s largest shopping mall operator and the group’s flagship, for 34 billion yuan ($5.4 billion).Led by Tencent, the buyers will include leading retailer Suning, ecommerce company JD.com, and real estate giant Sunac, Wanda said in a statement late Monday.The hook-up with the likes of Tencent and JD.com signals a change in strategy for Wanda—moving away from property development and wading into the rapidly evolving Chinese retail sector.The news sent the Hong Kong shares of its hospitality arm Wanda Hotels—its main publicly-listed entity—skyrocketing.The stock leapt 52 percent early Tuesday before falling back to HK$1.72, up 27 percent, just before noon.The group said Wanda Commercial Properties “will stop engaging in property development and will transform into a company solely focused on commercial management.” Wanda would look to take the company—which will be rechristened Wanda Commercial Management—public “as soon as possible.” Wang had delisted Wanda Commercial from the Hong Kong exchange in 2016 due to low valuations.The conglomerate’s statement said Wanda Commercial would combine its “vast shopping mall assets” with the retail and internet power of Tencent, Suning, and JD.com, to “jointly build a ‘new consumption’ model in China that will integrate both online and offline services.””This represents one of the world’s largest single strategic investments between Internet companies and brick-and-mortar commercial giants,” Wanda said.Those plans would likely put them in competition with Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce titan that is pressing ahead with plans to extend its influence in the bricks-and-mortar sphere. Wanda Group had diversified rapidly in recent years from commercial property into entertainment, theme parks, sports and other sectors, but is now squeezed by debts run up through a series of massive, high-profile foreign acquisitions.Wanda and other Chinese conglomerates that expanded quickly overseas have come under official scrutiny as Beijing clamps down on capital flight and skyrocketing debt.Wanda has been selling off assets after reports said authorities advised banks to avoid loans to the group.Among other divestments, last year it sold dozens of hotels and other projects to Sunac and real estate firm R&F Properties for around $10 billion. © 2018 AFP Chinese e-commerce rivals challenge Alibaba (Update) Wang Jianlin, once China’s richest man, has been selling off parts of his real estate empire following a rapid diversification that left the firm mired in debt Citation: Wanda stock skyrockets after $5.4bn Tencent tie-up (2018, January 30) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-wanda-stock-skyrockets-54bn-tencent.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
ANA Holdings said it would buy 30 Boeing and 18 Airbus planes, citing growing demand in the region and increased inbound tourism to Japan © 2019 AFP Airbus sells 65 jets to SMBC Aviation Capital Explore further The operator of Japan’s All Nippon Airways said Tuesday it has decided to order a total of 48 aircraft from Boeing and Airbus for deliveries from 2021 through 2025. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Japan’s ANA to order 30 Boeing, 18 Airbus planes (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-japan-ana-boeing-airbus-planes.html ANA Holdings said it would buy 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes and 18 Airbus A320neo units, citing growing demand in the region and increased inbound tourism to Japan.The company said the 30 Boeing jets would have a catalogue price of 383 billion yen ($3.5 billion), adding that the firm has so far confirmed orders for 20 units, with an option to buy 10 more.The 18 Airbus orders are all confirmed, but the engines manufacturer is yet to be decided, the company said.For now, the Airbus deal has a catalogue price of 166 billion yen, ANA Holdings said.The deal makes ANA the first Japanese buyer of the Boeing model, while the Airbus A320neo already serves ANA’s international routes.The company praised the fuel efficiency of the two models.Separately, the Japanese firm also said it will spend $95 million to buy 9.5 percent of PAL Holdings, which operates flag carrier Philippine Airlines.”Asia is a key growth market and we believe Philippine Airlines is in an excellent operational position to capitalise on both the strong uptick in air traffic growth as well as the vibrant, expanding Philippine economy,” ANA Holdings President Shinya Katanozaka said in a statement.For nine months to December, ANA Holdings said its net profit dropped 30.2 percent to 106.8 billion yen.The fall was due partly to comparison effects as the previous year saw special income related to making low-cost carrier Peach Aviation its subsidiary.The company also paid $58 million to settle a class action lawsuit in the US related to an anti-trust allegation.The firm’s nine-month operating profit dropped 5.6 percent to 156.6 billion yen, while overall sales rose 5.2 percent to 1,568 billion yen.Severe natural disasters in Japan as well as rising fuel prices also weighed on the firm’s bottom line.But generally strong demand for both domestic and international air travel was supporting the firm’s financial performance, the company said.The firm kept its annual forecasts for a net profit of 102 billion yen and an operating profit of 165 billion yen on sales of 2.04 trillion yen.
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