Royal Caribbean Continues with Record Earnings

first_imgMiami-based cruise major Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) has reported record third-quarter earnings despite negative headwinds. The cruise company’s US GAAP net income rose to USD 883.2 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from USD 810.4 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. Total revenues stood at USD 3.2 billion in Q3 2019, against USD 2.8 billion posted in the same period last year.According to RCL, the net results include the negative impact of USD 27 million from itinerary disruptions and relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian. As a precautionary measure, three main Florida embarkation ports closed during the hurricane, impacting the company’s sixteen sailings.“Our business continues to thrive and exceed our expectations,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of RCL, commented. “While Hurricane Dorian had a negative impact, stronger demand for our brands and our key itineraries exceeded our expectations. Excluding the hurricane impact, we are not only able to maintain our yield and earnings guidance, but to raise both slightly as a result of particularly strong performance in the US and China,” he added.Due to the negative effect from itinerary disruptions and relief efforts related to the hurricane, adjusted earnings for the full year are expected to be in the range of USD 9.50 to USD 9.55 per share. Additionally, the company expects a net yield increase of approximately 8.0% in constant-currency and approximately 6.75% as-reported. RCL noted that the booking strength has completely offset the negative yield impact related to Hurricane Dorian.“2019 is shaping up to be another year of solid yield growth and record earnings despite some unusual headwinds,”Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, said.“As we enter 2020, we are particularly enthusiastic about the new ship deliveries, the development of new destinations, our fleet modernization and technology initiatives,” Liberty further said, explaining that the investments would enable the company to generate higher yields and better returns.Next year, RCL will welcome four new ships — Celebrity Apex which will debut in April, Odyssey of the Seas in the fall and Silver Moon and Silversea Origin during the summer.Royal Caribbean Cruises controls and operates four global brands — Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. It is also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 63 ships with an additional 15 on order as of September 30, 2019.last_img read more

Syracuse edges Colgate, 1-0, in Nicky Adams’ head coaching debut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A flick-on by Syracuse’s Kailee Coonan in the midfield sent Sydney Brackett between two Colgate defenders with a look at goal. Her shot rose, but eventually crashed into the fence behind Colgate’s net for a goal kick. It was her third shot in a three-minute span which saw Syracuse dictating the midfield and finding openings in the Colgate defense after an inconsistent first half going forward. Brackett said first-year head coach Nicky Adams gave the Orange forwards the “blessing” to be creative in the final third. For Brackett, it meant using her speed to open up pockets of space between defenders.Later in the second half, it meant Laurel Ness slotting home the game’s first and only goal with what Adams called a “special” left foot. The coaches only instructions were for the wingers to look for cutbacks , and Mackenzie Vlachos followed the orders to find Ness at the top of the 18-yard box, unmarked. “It’s just about reading and you know, responding to what the other team shows you,” Brackett said. The Orange started Adams’ reign with two preseason losses against Albany and Rutgers. On Sunday night, Syracuse (1-0) played the attacking type of soccer Adams wants to earn a 1-0 victory at SU Soccer Stadium against Colgate (0-2). Following a 3-15 season in which Syracuse scored just 11 goals, Adams philosophy of allowing creativity to shine through and playing attacking soccer was a welcome change, especially for the forwards, Ness said. Last year, the most shots the Orange had in a game was 18. Against Colgate, SU had 17. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two preseason games were choppy, Brackett said, with coaches stopping play at times to go over instructions with players and the halves being shorter than the typical 45 minutes. The final results weren’t as important in those games as having a sound defense, creating better communication and making sure it all came together come the start of the season. “It’s been a while and our program has gone through a lot of change and we responded in the best possible way,” Brackett said. “All the things we worked on in training, in preseason, all the requirements we set, standards we set as a team in the summer, and everyone did them. And that’s why we won tonight.” Syracuse showed its intent from the initial whistle. Starting with the ball, the Orange attacked down the left wing to send in a cross which looped over the goal and out of play. Yells of “We’re first, we’re first” rang across the field. In the 10th minute, Brackett took the Orange’s first shot of the game, but she shanked the ball with her left foot and sent it flying well over the goal mouth. Play swung from end-to-end but rarely were through-balls weighted correctly. Holding midfielder Georgia Allen fed Meghan Root in the 27th minute for Syracuse’s best chance of the half, but Root’s shot was swallowed by the Colgate goalkeeper who had come out to close the angle.“We were getting forward but making poor decisions in the final third that kept us from really having quality opportunities,” Adams said.During halftime, Adams noted SU was getting too narrow, and out of the break, it started exploiting the wide spaces, creating openings for Brackett and the fullbacks. Adams’ offseason training focused on fitness and creativity in the final third which showed in the second half. Again, the Orange were the first to attack, creating a nice link-up play on the right wing. But Clarke Brown strayed too far and was flagged for offside. Eleven minutes into the second half, Brackett began her barrage of shots toward the net but none had to be saved by the keeper. In the first half, the Orange had looked for short passes, trying to weave their way through the Colgate defense. Now, they played more direct.  The breakthrough came in the 68th minute, when Ness was left unmarked in the 18-yard box to score her first collegiate goal. “I was able to get it right behind their entire defense, just cut it back to the right and just faked everybody out and had the goal wide open,” Ness said. “That easy.”  Ness’ score held the lead for Syracuse’s first win. While the preseason presented hurdles, Brackett said, a win on opening night inspired confidence.“It makes me so excited because if we can do that today, we can do that tomorrow, we can do that Thursday, we can do that in the ACC,” Brackett said.  Comments Published on August 25, 2019 at 11:46 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

School year to resume on Monday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLINCOLN, Mich. — For K-12 students, classes may be coming back sooner than they think. In fact the school year is set to resume on Monday. Governor Whitmer’s decision to close down school buildings may have been misinterpreted by some. The order did not cancel the school year. It only closed campus buildings.While things are certainly going to be different, students still have some work to do. However, Superintendent of Alcona Schools Dan O’Connor says that this first week will be mostly checking in with families. “Monday and most of next week will be spent contacting students and families,” he said. “Teachers will all be personally contacting students whether they are in small groups to do video, if they can sustain that, or one on one phone calls, just trying to do a check in and make sure they have what they need.” This includes making sure families are doing alright with food, looking after mental health needs, and getting them ready for the rest of the year.The following week is when students will resume their actual learning activities. “Basic learning activities, trying to review material that we maybe covered before the end of break, trying to collect missing work, and then we’ll probably take it week by week at that point through the end of our scheduled school year which is June 1.”O’Connor acknowledged that online learning will present something that many of their students are not familiar with, and that’s why when course work does resume, they’re going to take it slow. “The majority of our students have never taken an online class,” he said. “Not only to ask them to take one online class, but potentially seven, or four for some of our younger learners if we’re just focusing on the core. That’s a lot. So we’re trying to take teeny tiny baby steps next week and then we’ll accelerate if we can.”Parents should keep an eye out for an email from the school for information on how to navigate this new system. They’re also leaving voicemails, and O’Connor said if parents see some strange phone numbers calling from out of state, it could actually be teachers trying to get in touch.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alcona Community Schools, COVID-19Continue ReadingPrevious Families to receive packages at area schoolNext Follow CDC guidelines for making your own protective face coveringlast_img read more

Penrose Physical Therapy in Olympia Answers: Shoulder Bursitis, Impingement, Tendonitis, Arthritis,…

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Jennifer Penrose of Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyLike anything that has its own terminology it is confusing until someone can break it down into parts.  The interesting thing is that almost all of those above can be caused from similar issues. Let me explain.Photo courtesy: Penrose & Associates Physical TherapyBursitis is inflammation of the bursa. Yes you can get a steroid shot to put out the inflammation and the pain but you did not figure out the cause of the friction or correct the cause so it can come back again. The shot is helpful to put the fire out, but be mindful if the bursitis was caused from tight muscles or a tight joint creating the friction and irritation of the bursa it can return. In fact, bursitis can be from several reasons: tightness in certain areas (usually chest, shoulders, and thoracic spine) and from the rotator cuff not doing its fair share of the work load. We often have to spend time teaching the rotator cuff and shoulder blade muscles how to work together again. And many times without meaning to people will use their neck muscles and larger muscles (deltoid) to compensate for the rotator cuff during rotator cuff exercises they found on you tube or google. This will usually lead to more problems. Don’t get me wrong I use you tube all the time for do it yourself projects but sometimes consulting a professional is worth it.Often my patients have tightness in their chest, shoulders, and upper back changing the position of the shoulder and limiting space in the shoulder joint causing “pinching” on the rotator cuff tendon called “impingement syndrome.” So you can see bursitis and impingement can often have similar causes. The point is we have to evaluate each “medical diagnosis” separately to find your causes as they may be slightly different from the next person walking in with “impingement.” And your posture, flexibility, strength, coordination and anatomy all have variables that we need to account for to develop a successful plan.  This may surprise you but you can even get impingement in the shoulder due to the shoulder being unstable or too loose. Remember the shoulder is like a ball and socket type joint. The ball part of your shoulder may be too sloppy moving around too much instead of it staying in the center of your shoulder joint when moving your arm around. When the ball part moves around too much it can pinch on tissues as well with certain arm motions.So we covered impingement and bursitis… how about tendonitis in the shoulder? Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendon.  This can happen from overusing the shoulder or a sudden new activity on the tendon.  The tendon attaches the muscle to the bone.  For example, if you suddenly exert more force lifting an object a few times you could irritate the tendon causing tendonitis.  I would say many patients are surprised that tendonitis can come on with only one day of an activity like weed wacking or moving heavy rocks etc.  I recently had a bout of tendonitis from using a rope swing at my parent’s lake home.  It was fun and it was only about six times on three different days, but my left elbow starting hurting. The left elbow was not “conditioned” to suddenly handle my body weight in an extended (weak position) as I jumped on the rope swing and held on for 20 feet to land into the water.  Tendonitis can also come on from repetitive motions in a poor posture or position. Many times shoulder tendonitis is due to overuse of the shoulder at shoulder height or above.  However, most people don’t feel that they did too much. They will acknowledge it was an activity that was out of their routine and likely not strong enough for.And of course let’s briefly talk about arthritis in the shoulder. Arthritis in the shoulder often produces bone spurs in the shoulder. Can you picture a piece of bone sticking into the shoulder joint (the bone spur)? Can you see how a bone spur might cause “pinching” in the shoulder and create friction and rubbing of the bursa and even start to cause micro tears in the rotator cuff tendon? The arthritis in the shoulder joint can also cause ache and stiffness that needs correct daily stretching and range of motion to keep it happy and feeling better.I hope that gives you some clarity on shoulder bursitis, tendonitis, & arthritis and that each medical diagnosis needs to account for your specific posture, flexibility, strength, anatomy, recent activities and postures/positions to solve the root cause of your medical diagnosis. We are happy to help!We are having a free neck and shoulder workshop coming up on August 6 at 6:00 p.m. It is limited to nine people in person (social distance and mask required), or you can attend virtually. Let us know what you would prefer! RSVP required since space limited or if you want the virtual link sent to you.The author, Jennifer Penrose, is a physical therapist and owner of Penrose Physical Therapy. If you have any questions about neck and shoulder pain, you can call 360-456-1444 or email info@penrosept.com.  Visit the Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy website for more information.last_img read more