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Ryanair blames strikes for fall in half-year profits

Ryanair blames strikes for fall in half-year profits

Business
Ryanair has reported a 7% fall in profits for the first half of the year, blaming repeated staff strikes that pushed up the number of fight cancellations over the period. The budget airline said on Monday that it saw a spike in cancellations of its higher fare weekend flights in particular, over the six-month period.It said that average fares fell 3% due to excess capacity in Europe, adding that an earlier Easter in the first quarter also contributed to the profit shortfall.Profits dropped to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to September 30 2018, compared with €1.29bn euro (£1.14bn) the previous year.The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said that while ancillary revenues - such as luggage and seat reservation fees - were up 27%, they were...
Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Entertainment
Star Wars director Rian Johnson has hit back at the troll "manbabies" who have forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to quit Instagram after months of racist and sexist abuse over her role in The Last Jedi. The Vietnamese-American star - who became the first woman of colour to play a leading part in the iconic series - has deleted all of her posts on the photo-sharing social network.She has been targeted by what Johnson described as "unhealthy people" who took issue with her performance as Resistance fighter Rose Tico in the eighth instalment of the fantasy saga, which was released in December.Addressing the backlash on Twitter, Johnson said: "What we talk about when we talk about manbabies."He added: "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but...
Israel Air Force strikes 15 Hamas targets in Gaza

Israel Air Force strikes 15 Hamas targets in Gaza

World
June 3 (UPI) -- Israel launched air raids over Palestinian positions in the Gaza strip early Sunday morning, the Israeli Defense Force said. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted three rockets that crossed the border from Gaza before the Israeli Air Force retaliated by targeting 15 positions held by Palestinian group Hamas, Haaretz reported. "This was an additional IDF strike carried out last night targeting terror sites belonging to the Hamas terror organization," the IDF said. "This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel last night, in addition to the acts of terror approved and led by the Hamas terror organization throughout the weekend." The Israeli Air Force targeted areas including a rocket and weapon manufa...
Study confirms link between gamma rays, lightning strikes

Study confirms link between gamma rays, lightning strikes

Science
May 17 (UPI) -- A new survey of downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes suggests the rare electromagnetic phenomena is linked with cloud-to-ground lightning. The Telescope Array is an observatory consisting of 507 scintillation surface detectors spread out across a massive expanse of the Utah desert. Between 2014 and 2016, the array detected 10 downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs. The array's observations -- published this week in the Journal of Geophysical Research -- are the first to link TGFs with the beginning of lightning strikes and the first to locate the origin of a TGF inside a thundercloud. TGFs are the highest-energy light waves on the electromagnetic spectrum, and thanks to the Telescope Array, scientists are closer to understanding them. "What's really cool is tha...
FTSE 100 strikes new record closing high

FTSE 100 strikes new record closing high

Business
The FTSE 100 has registered a new record high - signalling some cheer for UK pension funds as the economy stagnates. London's premier share index closed Thursday's session at 7787 points - a rise of 53 on the previous day as utility and retail stocks made some ground.It beat the previous record close of 7778, which was recorded in January before a stock market wobble.Values sank across the world amid fears of a US-inspired trade war, that pushed the FTSE below the 7000-point barrier at one stage in March.Its fortunes have been largely governed by the pound since the Brexit vote - with weakness in the currency boosting the earnings of its dollar-earning constituents.Sterling has bled value in recent weeks versus the dollar, partly because of continued concern about the state...