The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported yesterday that it urgently needs $20 million to help about 800,000 internally displaced people and refugees in the eastern part of the vast African nation. For the entire country, WFP needs $75 million for a $191 million recovery operation that will help up to 1.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and other vulnerable people until June of this year.Last week, helicopters from the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) began transporting UN supplies, including seven metric tons of WFP fortified maize flour, to Mitwaba town, located about 60 kilometres from Lubumbashi in Katanga Province. WFP’s partner, Action Contre La Pauvrete, began distributing the food on Saturday.In addition, trucks loaded with 100 tons of WFP maize flour, enriched vegetable oil and salt left Lubumbashi last week for Mitwaba. The food sent by road and air should cover the needs of 13,600 displaced people for two months.The consequences the five-year-long civil war that ended in 2002 and ongoing unrest have devastated people’s food security, WFP said. Farmers fear for their lives and cannot tend their fields and sexual violence against women continues.Felix Bamezon, WFP’s Country Director in DRC, said the country’s needs remain very acute and the agency’s operations are badly under-funded. “We had to close a sub-office in Mbuji-Mayi, the capital of Kasaï Oriental province, in September because of the lack of funding,” he said.
Freshii debuts on Toronto stock market, eyes aggressive expansion plan Staff from the Toronto-based eatery Freshii attend the opening of the market at the TSX in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan.31, 2017. Freshii is counting on growing consumer appetite for healthy food to power an ambitious growth plan that would see the restaurant chain more than triple the number of franchised locations within three years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Freshii TORONTO – Freshii is counting on growing consumer appetite for healthy food to power an ambitious growth plan that would see the restaurant chain more than triple the number of franchised locations within three years.The Toronto-based eatery, which specializes in customizable salads, wraps, bowls and smoothies, is aiming to have as many as 840 locations worldwide by the end of 2019. It had 244 restaurants throughout North America, South America and Europe as of Sept. 25.CEO Matthew Corrin said his company is poised to capitalize as more people embrace the trend towards improving health and wellness, which can include everything from lunching on quinoa bowls to wearing ethical yoga gear.“Look, I can have a burger with the best of them, but there is a time and place for a splurge,” said the 35-year-old Tuesday following the company’s debut on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“The reality is that you need to be — more often than not, more days than not, more meals than not — you need to be picking better-for-you ingredients, healthier foods to keep you energized and not put you in a food coma. That’s how I think about it. I think one of the reasons why people have historically picked unhealthy fast food is that it’s the path of least resistance, and it’s the most affordable option out there.”The company’s initial public offering was priced at $11.50 a share, raising total gross proceeds of $125 million. Shares closed Tuesday at $12.22, up 72 cents or 6.3 per cent.Corrin, who founded the company and opened its first location in Toronto in 2005, said he believes Freshii’s appeal of fast and fresh food is universal, pointing to the more than 4,000 franchise applications it receives each year. Store sizes range from 250 square feet to 2,500 square-foot, stand-alone locations.He said Freshii (TSX:FRII) is most popular among consumers typically between the ages of 18 to 34, who want quick, healthy, custom-food options at a reasonable price and want to back a brand that supports philanthropic endeavours. The company donates a meal to a child in need through the charity Free The Children when specific meals are purchased.According to retail consultancy NPD Group, Canadians spent $50 billion eating out at restaurants in 2016, with $322 million of that at fast-casual restaurants like Freshii, Five Guys and Panera Bread.Although it is still considered a small segment of the overall market, Robert Carter, NPD’s executive director of foodservice, said it’s one the fastest growing areas.The number of people visiting fast-casual restaurants, defined as places where food is prepared fresh on the spot, customizable and more expensive than fast-food outlets, grew by 10 per cent last year compared to a year earlier, according to NDP Group data.To achieve its growth, Freshii will have to expand its menu to entice more customers who wouldn’t typically eat at its restaurants and encourage loyal customers to return more often, Carter said.“If you want to grow in today’s market, you have to give customers multiple reasons to come in,” he said.It’s a feat that may prove to be difficult as Freshii competes with other restaurant chains that have expanded into healthier food options, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Tim Hortons.But Corrin believes Freshii’s staying power is that it’s the “next-gen” of healthy eating.“We think there’s going to be Wendy’s and Burger King for every McDonald’s and we’re McDonald’s,” he said. “That’s the way we view it. We started first and we plan on staying first for a very long time.”Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 31, 2017 2:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Following on from IM‘s report in June 2009 about Sweden’s ‘mine of the future’ (MIFU) initiative (p44), copper and silver producer KGHM has now joined the consortium. As the eighth largest producer of copper and the third largest producer of silver in the world, it will bring extensive knowledge and experience to the program. Led by mining technology partner, Nordic Rock Tech Centre, the MIFU project will be used to identify strategic issues that need to be addressed and solved in present operations to increase production efficiency in line with manufacturers in other sectors, whilst also conveying an image of the sector as innovative, interesting and sustainable. It is envisioned that the study will be used to prepare the framework for a Strategic Research, Development and Innovation Agenda 2011 – 2020. The study is partly financed by the Swedish Strategic Mining Research Programme through the national agency Vinnova (http://www.vinnova.se/) in an agreement with the Swedish mining research foundation, MITU (http://www.bergforsk.se/).Henryk Karas, the KGHM representative for the project: “We have found that we share similar challenges for future mining in Sweden and Poland and by joining the MIFU conceptual study, I am sure we will create good solutions together.”For more information on the MIFU program please visit www.rocktechcentre.se
Nintendo is set to launch the Wii U console before 2012 is over, with November 18 being the date everyone expects to be launch day. As for the competition, at least one next-gen console is thought to be launching in 2013. With Sony working on a 10-year console lifecycle, it looks more likely to be Microsoft who jumps first and brings the Xbox 720 to market.However, rumors are abound that Microsoft has September 2013 penciled in as the launch window for the hardware, but it may not be able to hit that anymore. The reason being the processor that will sit at the heart of the next Xbox isn’t being manufactured quickly enough. The yields are so low they apparently make the problems Nvidia had with Fermi GPU production look simple.No processors this year means very limited supplies of development kits, which of course has the knock-on effect of games not being ready in time for launch. And if Microsoft can’t get chip yields to production level soon, then there’s no way it will be producing the thousands of consoles required for a worldwide launch next September.As to what hardware Microsoft has chosen to place inside its next console, all we have to go on are educated guesses and rumors. However, it looks as though AMD is the big winner as Microsoft is thought to have used a multi-core AMD x86 processor and coupled it with a Radeon HD7000-grade GPU. That’s going to be a massive increase in performance over the tri-core PowerPC chip and 500MHz ATI Xenos GPU found in the Xbox 360 Best Price at Amazon . But then that’s not hard when your current hardware is 7 years old.If Microsoft really is facing a serious delay due to chip manufacturing problems, the only good news for them is they haven’t actually announced the next machine yet publicly. Depending on how long the delay turns out to be, it could mean Microsoft is forced to ship early in 2014, but still likely well ahead of the PS4.Read more at SemiAccurate
True gaming laptops have always been pricey, out of necessity. When you invest in a gaming laptop, you want your components to handle your gaming needs for as long as possible, since you can’t just drop in a new GPU like with a desktop. This means when an enthusiast is buying a gaming laptop, they tend to prefer the higher end parts which jump the price significantly higher than even mid-range parts.While Alienware has a couple budget systems, they’ve always been good about including high-end parts in their laptops that ensure you don’t have to worry about upgrading for a while. The 17.3-inch M17x is one of these models and is powered by a 3rd gen Core i7 quad-core, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M graphics card, and all the modern tech you could want.For the first time in a while, we are seeing big discounts on the M17x r4 now that Haswell-based laptops are coming out in earnest and the Alienware 17 is waiting in the wings as a replacement. Today’s deal on this 2012 model knocks a massive $475 off the list price and includes a healthy set of base specs, including 8GB of RAM, a 750GB hard drive, GTX 680M graphics, and more for just $1699 with free shipping.We especially like the huge amount of tech built-in as standard features, including a high capacity 9-cell battery, four USB 3.0 ports, eSATA, triple video outputs (Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA), media card reader, and even an HDMI input to us the 17.3-inch HD+ screen for other devices.All of this is protected by a one year warranty that includes in-home service at no extra cost. Get the details on how to grab this huge discount below, before this deal disappears for good.Alienware M17x r4 Core i7 gaming laptop with GeForce GTX 680M for $1699 + free shipping (reg. $2174 | use coupon BNV?FZK5BWB49D)Our other top deals:Nexus 7 32GB Android 4.2 tablet for $199.99 + free shipping (reg. $249.99)Lenovo IdeaPad U510 15.6-inch Core i7 laptop for $599 + free shipping (reg. $999)ZAGGfolio iPad Bluetooth keyboard/case/stand for $49.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99)
Image: Everydayhero Share Tweet Email Dec 3rd 2016, 2:59 PM http://jrnl.ie/3117810 THE MOTHER AND sister of Clodagh Hawe have started a fundraising campaign for women and children affected by domestic violence.Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29 August by murder-suicide in their Cavan home.Clodagh’s mother and sister, Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, have set up a fundraising page for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and her sons.Jacqueline Connolly said, “Clodagh was strong and beautiful inside and out, and was so loving. She was warm, loving, bright and capable and she was bringing her boys Liam, Niall and Ryan, up to have those same qualities.They will live on and her strength will live on. After their deaths, we want to help women who are living in fear and isolation in their own homes. So please support our fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid.Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said, “We are very touched that Mary and Jacqueline have set up a fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and her children.Martin added that the 24 hour freephone helpline receives around 41 calls a day.“One in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse. They need us to listen to them, and to support them and their children.Our thoughts and support go to Mary and Jacqueline as they speak out on behalf of Clodagh and her boys to raise awareness of the controlling and abusive nature of many homes around Ireland today.“Their bravery and strength should be applauded and we are only too aware that only a short time has passed since they had Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan cruelly taken from them.” Source: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.ie“We encourage anyone living any form of physical violence including emotional abuse and control, physical violence, sexual and financial abuse, to contact our 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 or to visit www.WomensAid.ie.”Coll and Connolly are hoping to raise at least €50,000 through the fundraising appeal.Read: ’How can so much goodness be destroyed?’: Hundreds of mourners attend Hawe family funeral> Image: Everydayhero Short URL Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 2:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20 Comments ‘Her strength will live on’: Mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe start Women’s Aid fundraising page Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29 August by murder-suicide in their Cavan home. By Cliodhna Russell 22,695 Views
Resorts World Manila operator Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc has set a price of Php5.50 per common share for an impending tender offer as it looks to delist from the Philippine Stock Exchange and go private.Travellers, a joint venture between Genting Hong Kong and Alliance Global Group, announced its privatization plans earlier this week, explaining that the move would “allow the company to timely address evolving market demands and rapidly changing customer needs without compromising its business strategies to competition.” Resorts World Manila operator announces plans to delist, go private Travellers aiming to delist from Philippine Stock Exchange on 21 October Revealing the tender price on Thursday, the company also clarified that a minimum of 838,212,542 common shares worth Php4.61 billion must be validly tendered for the delisting to proceed, meaning that a minimum of 95% of the total listed and outstanding shares in Travellers would be held by non-public shareholders. Travellers had previously said that only 17,331,462 shares needed to be tendered with a private holding figure of 90%. Load More RelatedPosts Suncity completes Manila quartet with launch of new VIP Club at Resorts World Manila
Hardik Pandya, Krystle D’SouzaInstagramAfter treating Mumbai Indians a Super Over win against Sunrisers Hyderabad with his hard-hitting knock, Hardik Pandya was seen having a great time with TV actress Krystle D’Souza last night.The actress took to Instagram to post a picture wherein both Krystle and Hardik Pandya were seen flashing smiles to the camera. They were twinning in black and looked happy together. Sharing the beautiful moment with Hardik on her timeline, Krystle wrote on Instagram, “Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai” followed by a hastag #BrotherFromAnotherMother.On Thursday, Krystle was present at the Wankhede Stadium to witness the nail-biting IPL match against Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad followed by the Super Over. “What an enthralling experience! My First ever Live IPL match ! I got a chance to experience a crazyyyyy ‘super over’ followed by a crazier win by my favourites MUMBAI INDIANS,” She wrote on Instagram sharing her picture wearing her customised Mumbai Indians T-shirt with her initials printed on it.SRH’s Manish Pandey had kept MI players on their toes while chasing a 163-run target. Hitting the ball into the stands, Pandey’s sixer on the last ball of the innings tied the scores pushing the team to contest to a Super Over.However, Hyderabad could only manage eight runs before Mumbai overhauled the target with ease and three balls to spare. And it was Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive tight over and Hardik Pandya’s power-hittings that sailed MI through the Super Over to the victory.Mumbai Indians (MI) have now become the third IPL team to qualify for the playoffs.
A burnt out vehicle is pictured at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on 9 November, 2018. Photo: AFPPolice said a Somali immigrant killed one person and wounded two others in a rush-hour stabbing spree in the heart of Australia’s second city Friday, labelling it a terrorist attack.The unnamed man drove a 4X4 truck loaded with gas bottles into the bustling city centre of Melbourne, ignited the vehicle in a ball of flames and then attacked passers-by with a knife, police said.He stabbed three people before being confronted by armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest. One victim died at the scene and the attacker died later in hospital.Counter-terrorism police and intelligence officers are still piecing together how the incident occurred, but said the attacker was known to intelligence services.Islamic State — which often claims responsibility for such attacks — said via its propaganda arm that the perpetrator was an “Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation.”Witness footage showed police struggling for at least a minute to corral the towering man — who was wearing a dark tunic — as he lunged, slashed and stabbed wildly at two officers.At least two members of the public bravely stepped in to help police. One man was armed with a cafe chair while another — swiftly dubbed an “Aussie hero” on social media — repeatedly tried to ram the suspect with an empty metal shopping cart.But as the attacks continued unabated, before one officer opted for lethal force, shooting the suspect in the chest.The police officers are being treated for cuts and scrapes and are not thought to be in a serious condition.”We are now treating this as a terrorism event,” said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, who said the suspect was “someone that is known” to police through family connections.The unnamed assailant was said to reside in Melbourne’s northwestern suburbs, but had come to Australia from Somalia in or around the 1990s, when the country was ravaged by a civil war.- Double blow for city -Ashton refused to give more details due to the ongoing investigation, but the authorities will face inevitable questions about how someone known to the intelligence services nonetheless managed to carry out an attack.The counter-terrorism command has taken a lead role in the investigation and police have set up a three-block-wide exclusion zone.Officers said they “are not looking for anyone further at this early stage” and there was no immediate evidence of an ongoing threat related to the attack.Forensic investigators combed through the scene late Friday, where the dead victim’s body lay covered in a white plastic sheet.Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, a cosmopolitan metropolis of almost five million people famed for its cafes, bars, restaurants and high standard of living.Friday’s attack is a double blow for the city as it coincides with an ongoing murder trial of 28-year-old James Gargasoulas, accused of ploughing his car into crowds in the same area in 2017, killing six people.But the situation away from the immediate crime scene quickly returned to normal, with Melbournians enjoying a spring evening meal or a drink with friends.State Premier Daniel Andrews described the attack as “evil” but said the city would not be bowed.Government sources say Australia has been the target of around a dozen terror plots in recent years. Few have been successful, sophisticated or caused mass casualties, but this latest attack is sure to fuel the already heated debate over migration.
Share Montgomery County Sheriff’s OfficeManuel LaRosa-Lopez.A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Houston-area Catholic priest Manuel LaRosa-Lopez on two of four counts of child indecency charges arising from child sex abuse allegations, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday.The indictments are connected to allegations made by a female parishioner about incidents that happened in March 2001, while LaRosa-Lopez was a priest assigned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.The charges against LaRosa-Lopez are second degree felonies. The other two felony counts are still pending.LaRosa-Lopez was originally charged in Montgomery County on September 10, 2018.He was booked into the Montgomery County jail on September 11, 2018, and was released on September 13, 2018, after making at $375,000 bond. The case is being handled in the 435th District Court in Conroe.On November 28, 2018, the Conroe Police Department, Texas Rangers, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies executed a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.It was the fourth search warrant executed in the joint law enforcement investigation of LaRosa-Lopez.Law enforcement agencies previously executed search warrants at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond on September 12, 2018; Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe on September 17, 2018; and the Shalom Treatment Center in Splendora on September 19, 2018. The primary purpose of the search warrants was to gather documents, records, electronics and other evidence in the investigation of LaRosa-Lopez.The Texas office of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reacted to to the news with a statement that said the indictment “sends the message that those who hurt children can and will be held accountable, even if delayed by the mishandling of allegations by church officials.”“We hope that this indictment encourages others in Texas who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and make a report to local police and district attorneys,” SNAP’s statement added.LaRosa-Lopez’s next scheduled court date is May 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Morgan State University’s picturesque campus was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Courtesy photo)Morgan State University, on May 3, was named a national treasure, a designation that aims to provide the school with funds to preserve the institution’s storied buildings. The HBCU was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization. Morgan shares this honor with only one other HBCU, Howard University in Washington D.C., whose library was named a national treasure earlier this year. The National Trust’s President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks said in a statement, “The National Trust believes that historically Black colleges and universities tell an important and often overlooked American story.” She added, “We are proud to partner with Morgan State University, a nationally-recognized innovator and education leader.”Morgan State University dates back to 1867, when it was established as one of the earliest institutions to offer post-secondary education for African Americans. Among the many notable alumni and alumnae are former US representative Kweisi Mfume, acclaimed novelist Zora Neal Hurston and Academy Award winning actress Monique. The campus is home to an impressive collection of historical buildings that were designed by pioneering and celebrated Black architects such as Albert Cassell, Hilyard Robinson, Louis Fry, and Leon Bridges. “We have known of Morgan’s significance on the higher education stage for many years and now, as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary, the world will know that, in fact, this university is a national treasure,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, in a statement. “We are very excited and honored by this designation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In many ways, it is recognition of the value we have placed on caring for and preserving the history of the great Morgan State University.”Under the agreement Morgan and the National Trust will produce a preservation plan that will preserve the many historical buildings on campus, while planning for the university’s future. The National Trust has already worked with Congress to get Historic Preservation Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the years more than $61 million has been reauthorized and secured for the restoration of historic buildings on HBCU campuses.
Noted fictional parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman doesn’t think about laundry in terms of zeroes and ones. There are many subtle levels, okay?He’s not alone in thinking that way. Japanese electronics giant Panasonic seems to agree, based on their latest product launch. That’s no ordinary clothes hanger you’re looking at, and it certainly doesn’t come in an 18-pack for the bargain price of $18. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels Stay on target It’s the high-tech Nanoe X, and it sells for ten times that much… though it does do more than just allow you to hang up your shirts and jackets.The Nanoe X can gently shower your garments with a stream of “electrostatic atomized water.” It’s not steam, no sir! Panasonic says that the particles produced by the Nanoe are from 1/30th to 1/120th the size of an ordinary steam particle. Those nanoparticles can remove odors from your clothing, and it’s very likely a more effective method than hanging your previously-worn dress shirts out the window Venkman style.It’s worth noting that the Nanoe X doesn’t actually clean your clothes. While it will put a stop to any odoriferous emanations, it won’t remove soiling or stains. A run through the wash or a good, old-fashioned plunge-and-scrub will still be required to get those out.The Nanoe X will, however, remove pollen from clothing, which is great news if you’re an allergy sufferer. Whether or not it’s $180 worth of good news is your call.Also worth noting: Panasonic uses the same Nanoe technology in hair dryers. The reviews on them are overwhelmingly positive, so if the Nanoe X works as well on clothes as the Nanoe dryers work on hair Panasonic’s hanger might be worth adding to your laundry room or closet after all.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Stay on target Nike x ‘Stranger Things’ Is Back With an Upside Down-Inspire…Here’s a Closer Look at the Nike Kyrie 5 SpongeBob Pack I’m a bonafide sneaker fanatic and I can still barely figure out my shoe size most of the time. I know I’m somewhere in the 9-range but right now my sneaker rotation contains everything from an 8.5 to a 10.5. Figuring out your shoe size is a tricky thing — and plenty of people eschew doing their research in favor of just wearing whatever works. Here’s the thing, though: it might not be working as well as you think. And wearing shoes that fit properly is far more crucial than you may realize.These are the driving issues Nike’s latest innovation aims to address. Today the company announced Nike Fit, an app that scans your foot and tells you your true size in every single Nike silhouette currently available. Whether you’re an Air Force 1 standby or want to try something flashier like the Air Huarache or Kyrie 5, the app will have you covered.Nike Fit features a scanning solution that ‘uses a combination of computer vision, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and recommendation algorithms.’ (Photo Credit: Nike)By their estimation, roughly 60 percent of people wear shoes that don’t fit properly. Nike Fit aims to fix this using a unique process that scans feet and uses a precise 13-point series of measurements to determine what a customer’s true size is in a shoe. That range is key — the app won’t just tell you that you’re an 8 in all shoes and be done. It will take into consideration sizing and fit fluctuations in each Nike sneaker so that even if you’re going half a size up or down, the fit will be true.AdChoices广告This function will launch as an update to the Nike app in July for North America and in August of this year for European markets. There are also plans to include a version of the tech in a select number of Nike stores, which will implement the Nike Fit tech into mats for customers.Keep an eye out for Nike Fit. This is yet another game-changer from Nike in 2019 that can play a part in customizing the fit of sneakers for athletes and consumers alike in the future.More on Geek.com:Nike Unveils Adapt BB Self-Lacing, iPhone-Controlled Basketball SneakerThe Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Nike’s KD12The New Nike Air Max 720 Is a Wearable Xenomorph
Tags: WestJet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — WestJet says its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t launch until at least next summer, with an initial flight schedule expected in early 2018.WestJet announced its plans for an ultra-low-cost carrier in April 2017 and all indications pointed to a fast-tracked launch for the end of 2017 or early 2018.The initial fleet for the ULCC is expected to include 10 ‘high-density’ B737-800s. In May 2017 Bob Cummings was appointed Executive Vice-President. Cummings, who has been with WestJet since 2005 at the EVP level, will be accountable for all aspects of the yet-to-be-named carrier, including planning, branding, pricing, product development and operationalization.News about the ULCC’s launch date came as WestJet released its 2017 second quarter results. The airline’s net earnings totalled $48.4 million, compared with $36.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 32%. Year-to-date net earnings came in at $96.7 million, down 22% from year-to-date 2016.Total revenue for the quarter was up 11%, from $949.3 million in Q2 2016 to $1.55 billion in 2017. Year-to-date revenue was also up, by 9.5%WestJet also achieved its 49th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew a record 5.9 million guests.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I am very pleased with the positive momentum we are seeing in our business as we reported second quarter earnings growth, margin expansion, double digit revenue growth, and for the second consecutive quarter positive year over year RASM growth,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “Clearly our business fundamentals are strong and we are confident that the strategic initiatives we are pursuing position us for continued profitable growth.”Air Canada has also released its Q2 2017 results, including record-breaking earnings totalling $670 million, up from $605 million in Q2 2016.Air Canada’s Q2 2017 operating income was $281 million versus $277 million in Q2 2016. The airline’s adjusted net income was $215 million compared to $203 million in Q2 2016.“I am pleased to report that, in our second quarter, we delivered record operating revenues, record EBITDAR and ended with record liquidity levels, exceeding last year’s financial results and analysts’ consensus estimates for EBITDAR,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu. “We also improved our guidance for key financial measures, including a significant improvement in projected free cash flow for 2017.”More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada launched 16 international and U.S. transborder routes this quarter alone. “On June 29th we served close to 167,000 customers, setting an all-time record which we expect to surpass during the upcoming August long weekend,” said Rovinescu.He said demand continues to be robust in a stable fuel and pricing environment. In 2018, capacity growth, driven by Air Canada’s wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow as the airline shift its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program which is expected to further reduce our unit costs and improve operating margins.With files from Canadian Press WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018
Fancy seeing a bit more of Scotland….11 best things to see and do in GlasgowSubway bar crawls, Salvador Dali and some intense retail therapy – here are the best things to see and do in Glasgow.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 6. Holyrood ParkThis park is popular for a Sunday afternoon walk, to blow away the cobwebs and enjoy some of Edinburgh’s best sights. From the formidable Arthurs Seat (a dormant volcano) and the jagged Salisbury Crags to Holyrood Abbey (a ruined abbey from 1128) and Holyrood Palace (the Queen’s Edinburgh crash-pad) there’s plenty to explore. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 8. Victoria Street and GrassmarketThis winding, downhill street with brightly coloured buildings is lovely to wander down and peer into its quirky shops and cafes. It leads you down to the Grassmarket that has several great pubs and restaurants. 2. Water of Leith WalkwayUp and coming Leith is a somewhat underrated area of the city and in the past decade it has become an attractive and trendy neighbourhood. Its many quirky pubs and restaurants such as Nobles and Kings Wark make it worth a visit. The Water of Leith Walkway is a popular cycling and walking route and the many colourful boats and tree-lined walkways make it feel as though you’ve left the city. The walk takes you through some of the prettiest areas of Edinburgh such as Stockbridge and Dean Village. 9. CramondTake a look back into history and visit Cramond beach, that can be enjoyed in either good weather or bad. Most prominent on the beach are the WW2 fortifications (that were constructed as a submarine defence) that, when the weather is misty, dramatically rise from the fog. At low tide there is a path that stretches all the way to an island – although if you decide to visit, you’d better be careful with your timing, it’s not uncommon for tourists to be stranded once the tide comes back in! You can also see the remains of a Roman settlement that will certainly be of interest to any budding historians. This city is a photographer’s dream. Whether it be capturing the excitement of the summer festivals or finding that perfect vantage point to see the sunset – there are plenty of beautiful places around this gorgeous city. So if you plan to be in Edinburgh this summer, here are the 10 most beautiful places to visit.1. Edinburgh CastleI know what you’re thinking. Edinburgh Castle, isn’t that a bit obvious? But really? Have you seen it? Its beauty smacks you right in the face as you stroll along Princes Street. Proudly positioned above the city’s vibrant city gardens, its iconic presence is what captivates the hearts of most locals and visitors alike. Get the best views looking up from the Grassmarket or from just outside Waverly Station. The views from the castle aren’t bad either now that you mention it… 4 . The MeadowsIf you aren’t enticed by the smell of barbecue smoke wafting through the air, then maybe you’ll be attracted by the chilled atmosphere of this huge green space. A favourite spot for Edinburgh University students, this is the place to be on a sunny day in Edinburgh. 3. Calton HillBoasting gorgeous views, Calton Hill’s central location makes it a popular spot for those wishing to take in the entire city in all its beauty. On top of the hill you’ll find the Nelson Monument and the National Monument, an unfinished acropolis that is better known under its local nickname ‘Edinburgh’s disgrace.’ It may be seen as a failure in architectural endeavours but it is still a popular place to get some fantastic photos. 10. 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RelatedBeyond the Fringe: More things to see and do around EdinburghWe bring you the best things to do in Edinburgh and around, perfect for when Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes to town this August.24 hours in Edinburgh: a video city guideFew cities are as charming or as enchanting as Edinburgh: if you’re only in town for the weekend it can be difficult to choose what to see and do. Short on time and want to know what to see and do in Edinburgh in 24 hours? Keep reading and get…How to experience the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on a budgetHopping from show to show, catching the buzz in a pop-up beer garden, spotting your favourite comedian/children’s TV star/D list celebrity on Princes Street: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is worth every penny. All those tickets and meals out don’t come cheap though, so if you’re Fringing frugally this August, arm… 5. The Royal MileEdinburgh’s famous Royal Mile stretches between the castle and the Scottish parliament. 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