Emirates posts $3.4 billion half-year loss as coronavirus hits flights

first_imgAircraft operated by Emirates, at Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates.Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images Emirates lost $3.4 billion in the first six months of the year, tipping the Dubai state-owned airline’s holding company into its first half-year loss in more than thirty years.The carrier, which temporarily suspended operations this year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, said global flight and travel restrictions meant revenue dropped 75% to $3.2 billion as passenger traffic fell 95% to 1.5 million.Emirates Group, which includes the airline, said its workforce had shrunk by 24% to 81,334 staff as of Sept 30.- Advertisement – The airline confirmed it had received $2 billion in financial assistance from the government of Dubai as an equity investment.Emirates had reported a 862 million dirham profit for the first half of theprevious year. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Canterbury Museum’s obscene T-shirt ‘broke relationship’ with street art festival

first_imgStuff co.nz 23 October 2015Controversy over an obscene T-shirt “broke the relationship” between a Christchurch street art festival and Canterbury Museum, its organisers say.The hit Spectrum Street Art Festival returns to Christchurch for the third time in December, with a new exhibition at the YMCA on Hereford St and eight new pieces of street art created across the city centre.However, Canterbury Museum will not be involved in the festival for the first time since the show moved to Christchurch in 2013.The museum caused controversy with its decision to include an obscene T-shirt in its exhibition as part of the festival last year. The T-shirt by heavy metal band Cradle of Filth featured explicit imagery and the slogan “Jesus is a c…”.The first street art exhibition broke visitor records when it opened at the Canterbury Museum in 2013. It became the most popular in Canterbury Museum’s history, attracting more than 100,000 visitors over two months.The second show was mainly based at the YMCA, with a T-shirt exhibition at the Canterbury Museum as part of the festival.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/73237314/Canterbury-Museums-obscene-T-shirt-broke-relationship-with-street-art-festivalFamily Group Lays Police Complaint Re Offensive Shirt Media Release 13 Feb 2015Family First NZ is laying a complaint with the police over a highly offensive t-shirt being displayed at a Canterbury Museum exhibition.The shirt which features highly offensive wording and objectionable imagery has already been deemed unacceptable by both the Internal Affairs Department and in the Invercargill District Court in 2012. In 2008, the chief censor banned t-shirts with the same wording, making it illegal to wear it or sell or distribute it after they were deemed to be demeaning and degrading to women and Christians, especially involving a highly offensive word.https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2015/02/family-group-lays-police-complaint-re-offensive-shirt/last_img read more

Topsy-turvy Shelvey lays on thriller

first_img But his joy was brief as, still full of adrenaline, he played a blind backpass and failed to spot Sturridge lurking; the striker needed no second invitation. Shelvey, perhaps understandably, took a few minutes to regain his composure but was guilty of being too eager to make amends, as he scythed down Philippe Coutinho before blazing well over the bar. Liverpool took a stranglehold on possession and the pace of Moses was proving a real problem for the Swansea defence. Ben Davies had to block from Henderson after one rangy run from the Nigerian, before he gave Sturridge a simple finish after outfoxing Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer, but the striker headed straight at Vorm, who deflected the ball wide. Swansea responded with a lovely exchange of passes between Michu and Wilfried Bony, but the Ivory Coast striker’s shot did not have enough power to trouble Simon Mignolet. Shelvey then took centre stage again, his risky pass went straight to Moses, who drove at a retreating Swans’ rearguard to beat Vorm. Swansea could have levelled inside a minute, but Martin Skrtel pulled off a magnificent last-gasp challenge to deny Bony a tap-in after Mignolet had parried a Dyer shot he should have held. Liverpool almost extended their lead seven minutes into the second half. Swansea were caught sleeping at a free-kick as Henderson crept in at the back post, but Vorm saved from Andre Wisdom after the midfielder had pushed the ball across goal. Shelvey’s night almost plumbed new depths moments later as he squared up to Lucas after Swansea refused to return the ball after Coutinho limped off with an injury. But referee Michael Oliver opted to book the pair rather than take more severe action. And Shelvey’s topsy-turvy evening soon turned on its head once more as he surged forward to cushion a header into the path of Michu, who finished low to Mignolet’s right. Swansea had renewed vigour and took the game to their visitors during a frantic final quarter, with Jonathan de Guzman forcing a fingertip save from Mignolet, but an engrossing contest ended level. However, Shelvey redeemed himself as he laid on an equaliser for Michu. Brendan Rodgers has brought the Merseysiders to his former club with three wins from three on the board, but they were given a rude awakening when Shelvey rounded £18million signing Mamadou Sakho with ease before curling left-footed into the net. The England international initially celebrated with gusto but reined himself in in front of the away end. But he had few reasons to smile just 99 seconds later as a horrible backpass ended with Sturridge scoring his 12th goal in 10 games. He then compounded the mistake by hitting a pass straight to Moses, who raced away to steer beyond Michel Vorm. But, with his temper beginning to fray, Shelvey’s clever header set Michu up for his first league goal of the season to cap a remarkable night for the former Charlton man. So much of the build-up had centred on Shelvey’s first meeting with his former employers, and he made a dream start. The midfielder initially scuffed an attempted volley from Jordan Henderson’s poor header, but regained control to ghost pass Sakho and produce a lovely left-footed finish at the second attempt. Shelvey, who left the Reds for south Wales in the summer, fired the Swans into the lead after just 87 seconds. However, two terrible errors from the midfielder allowed the in-form Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool debutant Victor Moses to put the visitors ahead. Press Association Jonjo Shelvey went from hero to villain and back again against his former club as Swansea ended Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season in a frenetic 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more

Baggies secure vital win

first_img Saido Berahino was left on the West Brom bench and James Morrison started in midfield as Pepe Mel’s side showed a united front following reports of dressing room unrest in the wake of last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Cardiff. There was no late drama in Norfolk though, where a fine goal from Morgan Amalfitano on 16 minutes proved enough to settle what was for most a scrappy affair, although Norwich did twice hit the woodwork in the second half. It was almost 2-0 when a deep free-kick floated right through the Norwich penalty area and Jonas Olsson just failed to connect at the far post. Norwich had Ruddy to thank when he blocked Matej Vydra’s close-range effort after the visitors broke quickly down the left on a counter following a corner. It was then the turn of West Brom keeper Ben Foster to produce a fabulous stop after 38 minutes as he made a superb reaction save to tip away a glancing header from Elmander after Gary Hooper’s flick-on. Loud boos greeted the half-time whistle, leaving manager Hughton in no doubt of what was needed in his team-talk. The Canaries boss sent the same XI out for the restart and did at least get something of a response as West Brom were forced on to the back foot. On 57 minutes, the ball dropped to Hooper at the back of a crowded six-yard box and the former Celtic striker was unfortunate to see his angled drive hit the woodwork. Foster then turned a clever 25-yard floated free-kick from Snodgrass up on to the crossbar as finally Norwich asked some questions of the West Brom rearguard. Hughton made a positive change on 64 minutes as England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond replaced Wes Hoolahan. Snodgrass cut into the right side of the box after good hold-up play by Hooper, but could only slice his shot wide. Berahino replaced Vydra on 71 minutes and the forward was soon in the action as he dragged a half-hearted effort wide following a quick break down the left. Norwich sent on both Luciano Becchio and then Jonas Gutierrez as the hosts toiled for an equaliser. West Brom midfielder Dorrans was replaced by Zoltan Gera, who then himself had to go off because of injury as Liam O’Neil came on for the final eight minutes. Berahino waltzed into the Norwich box in stoppage time, but his near post shot was saved by Ruddy. A second successive defeat for the Canaries – whose players had offered to refund the away supporters at Swansea last weekend – was met by loud boos at the final whistle, and leaves Chris Hughton’s men still looking anxious over their shoulders ahead of games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal. Norwich midfielder Alex Tettey had cracked in a brilliant 25-yard effort in the last match here against Sunderland, but the Norway international’s radar was off range when trying his luck from a similar distance early on. At the other end, an angled 20-yard drive from Graham Dorrans was well held by John Ruddy, before Amalfitano sliced his shot into the side-netting after a quick break down the West Brom right. On 12 minutes, Johan Elmander crashed the ball high into the Barclay End after a deflected cross from Robert Snodgrass fell into his path on the edge of the West Brom penalty area. It proved a costly miss, as the visitors went up the other end and swept into the lead on 16 minutes. The ball was worked back inside from the left, and as full-back Martin Olsson slipped at the edge of the penalty area, Amalfitano skipped through before sliding a low shot across goal and into the far corner. Norwich had not lost at Carrow Road in 2014 and needed a response to lift the silenced home faithful, clappers and all. West Brom, though, remained comfortable in possession, determined to keep hold of their advantage. West Brom put a troubled week behind them with a 1-0 win at struggling Norwich to boost their Barclays Premier League survival hopes. Press Associationlast_img read more