U.S. airlines employment will fall to the lowest since the mid-1980s by the end of 2020, the result of the pandemic’s devastating impact on the sector, an industry group said Thursday.Airlines will have cut the equivalent of about 90,000 jobs by then, the result of more than 30,000 furloughs at airlines like United and American that began last month and the departure of thousands of other workers that accepted buyouts from Southwest, Delta and other carriers.Passenger carriers and their employees’ labor unions have repeatedly urged Congress for a second $25 billion federal aid package to preserve jobs through March, but so far Congress and the White House haven’t reached an agreement on a new national coronavirus stimulus package, or aid solely for battered sector.- Advertisement – The industry’s workforce in the fourth quarter will fall to about 370,000 full-time equivalent jobs, from 460,000 in March, according to Airlines for America, a trade group that represents the major U.S. airlines.Air travel demand has begun to recover from more than five-decade lows hit in April, early in the pandemic, but it remains a fraction of last year’s levels. Since the start of October, the Transportation Security Administration screened 34 million people, down nearly 65% from the 97 million people who went through airport checkpoints during the same time last year.Thanksgiving will provide only a modest uptick in demand, and airline executives on Thursday highlighted continued challenges facing the business in the pandemic.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Airlines for America said U.S. carriers’ Thanksgiving-week capacity will be down close to 39% from a year ago, compared with a 47% drop in the first two and a half weeks of November.Southwest on Thursday said a revenue rebound appeared to be losing steam for November and December bookings.“While the Company expected the election to impact trends, it is unclear whether the softness in booking trends is also a direct result of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases,” Southwest said in a filing “As such, the Company remains cautious in this uncertain revenue environment.” Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian noted the optimism following positive results from a Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine trial released earlier this week, news that sent airline stocks soaring, but warned the industry isn’t out of the woods.“Keep in mind that while developing a vaccine is an important step, widespread distribution will take many months, so we continue to expect 2021 will be a year with continued challenges,” he said in a staff note. – Advertisement – A United Airlines plane takes off above American Airlines planes on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on October 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.Mario Tama | Getty Images
The sale of tickets for the match of the first qualifying round for the World Cup “Russia 2018” between the football teams of BiH and Estonia will start on Monday, the 29th of August, from 9 am. Ticket prices will be identical to previous meetings on Zenica stadium “Bilino polje”, and will amount to 40 BAM for the west stand, 30 BAM for the east stand, and 20 BAM for north and south stands.“The qualification matches for the World Cup in Russia 2018, BiH – Estonia, which will be played at the stadium ‘Bilino Polje in Zenica on the 6th of September 2016 at 8.45 pm, already attracted interest of fans. Taking into account the capacity of the stadium in Zenica and the necessary security measures, a total of 10,600 tickets have been printed, of which 5,650 for ‘west’ stand, then 1250 tickets for ‘east’ stand, 1750 tickets for ‘north’ stand and 1950 tickets for ‘south’ stands”, as announced from the Football Association of BiH.Sale of 6,360 tickets will be conducted through branch offices of authorized partner agencies of the Football Association of BiH, “Centrotrans”.“One person will be able to buy up to three tickets, with the presentation of an identification document. Purchase of tickets shall not be permitted to minors and persons without identification document. A person who has already been identified as a customer on the same or other point of sale, also, will not be allowed to re-purchase ticket,” as stated from the Football Association of BiH.In direct sale will be 4,240 reserved tickets.(Source: fokus.ba)
MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider amending the county’s ordinance dealing with fireworks sales.Two years ago, the supervisors approved an ordinance that restricted the sale of consumer-grade fireworks to industrial-zoned districts only, prohibited the sale of fireworks from temporary structures, and created a special fireworks sales permit. The county needs to amend the ordinance to do away with the sales permit after a court ruling last year that said local governments cannot require special permits for the sales of fireworks.The amendment would also: reverse the prohibition on the sale of fireworks from temporary structures, including tents; prohibit the sale of fireworks within any public right-of-way; amend the county zoning ordinance to exempt fireworks from the requirement for Board of Adjustment approval for the outdoor display of merchandise; requires any seller to be issued a zoning permit as any change of use would be required under the zoning ordinance and establishes a process for review; and maintains a requirement for inspection by the local fire chief and the zoning administrator after a zoning permit has been issued but before any sale of consumer fireworks takes place.The supervisors will hold a public hearing about the amendment followed by a vote during their meeting Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock in the first floor boardroom at the courthouse.
RUMSON — Things are looking good on the Oceanic Bridge construction project, thanks in large part to the very mild winter weather. So good, in fact, that a county freeholder is predicting a likely completion date a little earlier than first anticipated.“We are definitely on a better track for completion,” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone said on Wednesday.The county drawbridge has been closed since October undergoing much-needed repairs to its malfunctioning bascule span and other work.That project, officials have projected would be completed by Memorial Day weekend, to accommodate summer traffic. When the project timeline was being drafted, those working on the project had included two additional weeks to account for bad weather.Given that, “Things are much better than we probably anticipated because of the way the weather has been,” Arnone said. “Because of the weather we would be able to increase our days with the completion of the project a little earlier.”Arnone, though, is keeping his fingers crossed. “But anything can happen. It’s almost like a jinx,” to offer a prediction, he warned.Arnone is the member of the freeholder board who oversees the Public Works and Engineering, and this week he said the bridge project has been going “absolutely fabulous.”“They did things I think were not expected to be done,” this time of year, he said. “It’s very encouraging.”“Thank you. I appreciate that,” said Marylouise van der Wilden, when informed of the news.She owns and operates Le Papillion, a clothing and accessories boutique, 7 West River Road, and acknowledged the bridge’s closure has had more of an impact on her business than she first thought.“We definitely noticed a big difference,” van der Wilden said. “We had people call and say, ‘I’d like to come over but it’s just out of the way.’”“I know the negative impact on the businesses over there and the detriment to the businesses not having that bridge open,” Arnone said. “I couldn’t be more excited or pleased the way things went this winter.” Weather permitting, work on the Oceanic Bridge may be completed ahead of schedule.
Stephen Hastings of Calgary and Malindi Elmore of Kelowna breezed over the picturesque Heritage City triathlon course to capture the top prizes in the respective men’s and women’s division at the 30th annual Cyswog’n’Fun Sunday at Lakeside Park.Hastings finished under two hours, crossing the finish line at Lakeside Park in a time of one hour, 56.15 minutes.Elmore, who had hoped to be in London at the Summer Games competing for Canada but is happy to have Nelson as her second choice, was the top female as the Okanagan triathlete came in at 2:12.53.Elmore, a track specialist, failed to make the Canadian Olympic standard and was not promoted to Canada’s Track team even though the 32-year-old won Nationals in her event this year.Yes I’d say I’m happy . . . because it’s always nice to win,” Elmore said after cooling down from the race in the transition area.”It was a fun course today. It was a little hilly, tough run . . . tough swim.”Joe Radench of Grande Prairie, Alta, was second behind Hastings with Eddie Smith of Penticton third.Kyle Moore of Calgary was fourth with Seth Bitting of Rosslad coming in as the top local in fifth. Defending champion Dallas Cain of Rossland did not enter the 2012 race.Sarah MacArthur of Calgary was second behind Elmore.The Okanagan’s Elmore, openly admitting the swim is not her strength, passed MacArthur at the five kilometer mark on the run to grab the women’s crown.Top local athletes in the Olympic distance race were Ron Sherman in the men’s and Denise Uhrynuk for the women.Long course racers jumped into the waters of Kootenay Lake at 8 a.m. for the 1500 meter swim along the Nelson waterfront.Stage two is the 39 km cycle along beautiful Kootenay Lake to Kokanee Park and back before completing the race with the 10 km run along the waterfront, around Anderson Street and then Nelson Avenue and across the orange bridge onto the rolling hills of Johnstone Road.In the sprint event — 500 meters swim, 22 km ride and five km run — Graham Hood of Kelowna came in first ahead of Kirk Vandeweghe of Penticton.The Locke boys — Julian and Peter— finished third and fourth with Duncan Banks of Penticton and John DeVries of Nelson fifth and sixth, respectively.Stacy Osmond of Quesnel was the top female short course winner.Jennifer Koga of Kelowna was second and Kathryn Noiles of Nelson third in women’s short course.Team Caron won the Olympic Distance race over Tachophillics while Team Yolo topped Under 16 Division and Team Stupar won the Open division.The race attracted more than 300 competitors for the 30th annual event, which, once again, was held under sunny skies.
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on Friday said registration of the motor vehicle series “XX” will soon commence in keeping with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act.In accordance with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act Chapter 51:02, a motor vehicle registration series elapses after 9999 vehicles have been registered by the Licence Revenue Office under that series.In his capacity as Chief Licensing Officer, the Commissioner General of the GRA, Godfrey Statia, has given his approval for the new “XX” series to be introduced.Motor vehicle owners are reminded that the motor vehicle licence expires on the registration anniversary of the vehicle. Vehicle licences can be renewed at GRA’s headquarters or any GRA branch office. However, when the registration for a vehicle has to be amended, for example, transfer of ownership, change of colour, change of intended use, etc, the vehicle must be physically examined by the Licence Revenue Office of the GRA before registration is issued.