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Thomas Cook issues 'hot weather' profit warning

Thomas Cook issues 'hot weather' profit warning

Business
Thomas Cook has downgraded annual profit forecasts, saying hot weather hurt demand for bookings across its crucial summer season. The holiday firm said "tough" trading in June and July had continued, with the "unprecedented" period of higher-than-average temperatures across Europe meaning it had, like rivals, been forced to discount late bookings heavily.As a result, the FTSE 250 firm warned that underlying operating profits for the year to September were now expected to come in at £280m.Its previous guidance was for £323m. Shares fell almost 24% on opening while rival TUI was the biggest faller on the FTSE 100, down 3%.Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook's chief executive, said: "Summer 2018 has seen a return to popularity of destinations such as Turkey and Tunisia. ...
Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Technology
Facebook's chief executive has defended his leadership following criticism from his counterpart at Apple.Mark Zuckerberg said it was "extremely glib" to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that the firm did not care about them.Last week, Apple's Tim Cook said it was an "invasion of privacy" to traffic in users' personal lives.And when asked what he would do if he were Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Cook replied: "I wouldn't be in that situation."Facebook has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from about 50 million of its users, but had relied on the political consultancy to self-certify that it had deleted the information.Channel 4 News has since reported that at least some of the data in question is s...
Learning to Cook My Favorite Takeout Dishes Helped Me Kick My Delivery Habit

Learning to Cook My Favorite Takeout Dishes Helped Me Kick My Delivery Habit

Health
I could sing the song of my delivery favorites like Maria singing the “Do Re Mi” song in The Sound of Music: “Thai, pad Thai, with chicken please. Mapo tofu with some porrrrk. Enchiladas, in creamy cheese. Indian paneer kormaaa! Saaa-bich from Israeeel. Bánnnh mì from Vietnamm!”I could fill the entire octave, but I’ll spare you. Suffice to say it all comes back to the fact that in a city, you can douse yourself in takeout whenever you like. And although I love supporting the various cultures that make my home, New York City, such a glorious place, there’s also a supreme joy in learning how to cook a variety of cuisines at home.Anyone can roast a chicken, but if you can master a few dishes from eclectic cultures, you’re unlikely to become bored with your meals. Takeout is literally a mixed
Use This Big-Batch Trick to Cook Enough Veggies for Several Days Running

Use This Big-Batch Trick to Cook Enough Veggies for Several Days Running

Health
Then layer them into dishes throughout the week. If you’re single, are accustomed to a smaller fridge, or go out for dinner often, it can be a real mind-bender to try to think “big” when cooking.I, for one, spent years buying one avocado, one head of broccoli, one handful of snap peas. It took a real reckoning with my habits to transform my thinking, which finally occurred because my schedule filled up with work and other people. (Who wants to be the one to offer a guest a Parmesan rind and a splash of Cointreau? Nobody, that’s who.)Once you finally have the “thinking big” skill under your belt, and you’re making larger batches of stock and beans with the best of ‘em, vegetables can present the next hurdle. Maybe you want to incorporate more into your d
Vikings RB Cook on mend from knee injury

Vikings RB Cook on mend from knee injury

Sports
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who sustained a severe knee injury early in the 2017 season, is on schedule to return to the field in 2018. Cook, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, rushed for 354 yards on 74 carries (a 4.8-yard average) and scored two touchdowns in three-plus games in his rookie season. However, he suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the Pioneer Press on Thursday that Cook's recovery could lead to the kind of success that former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had when returned to action in 2012 following an ACL injury. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012 and was named the league's MVP. "He's progressed very nicely," Spielman said of Cook. "I talked to (director of sports medic...