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News: Delta Air Lines returns to profit in second quarter

Delta Air Lines has reported a $ 652 million profit for the three months to June.

The figure was buoyed by $ 1.5 billion in government benefits related to the first and second payroll support program extensions.

Revenue for the quarter stood at $ 6.3 billion, down 49 per cent from the same period in 2019.

The airline generated $ 1.9 billion of operating cash flow, $ 1.5 billion of free cash flow and $ 195 million of free cash flow in the June quarter.

“With the best employees and operation in the industry and an accelerating demand environment, we achieved significant milestones in the quarter including a solid pre-tax profit in the month of June,” said Ed Bastian, Delta chief executive.

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“Looking forward, we are harnessing the power of our differentiated brand and resilient competitive advantages to drive towards sustainable profitability in the second half of 2021 and enable long-term value creation.”

He added: “Domestic leisure travel is fully recovered to 2019 levels and there are encouraging signs of improvement in business and international travel. 

“With the recovery picking up steam, we are making investments to support our industry-leading operation. 

“We are also opportunistically acquiring aircraft and creating upside flexibility to accelerate our capacity restoration in 2022 and beyond in a capital-disciplined manner.”

Over the next three months, Delta said it expects passenger capacity will be down 28 to 30 per cent and revenue off 30 to 35 per cent, compared with the same period in 2019.

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Hot air balloon tragedy: Five dead after collision with power lines in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque Police Department (APD) said the basket hit the power lines at around 7am on Saturday morning. The basket travelled along the wire then separated from the balloon causing it to fall around 100ft into a busy intersection where it then caught fire.

The balloon floated away and landed elsewhere.

An investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ongoing.

In a statement on Twitter, APD said four individuals had been declared dead at the scene but a fifth was in critical condition.

They later issued a statement stating the fifth individual had died.

They said: “Our prayers go out to the friends and family of all five people who tragically lost their lives.”

In a statement to the press, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, described the incident as “an extremely tragic situation”.

He said: “First and foremost we want to offer our condolences to the families.

“These were New Mexicans, these were Burqueños and their families are experiencing deep suffering right now.”

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Mayor Keller added: “This is a tragedy that is uniquely felt and hits hard at home here in Albuquerque and in the ballooning community.”

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Primary Day in New York: Rain, Short Lines and a New Kind of Ballot

It appeared ranked choice was having an unusual effect on some New Yorkers: They were civil. Political rancor had no place on the street corner, the two volunteers agreed — particularly when voters could select both of the candidates.

“Be rude?” Mr. Bruce said. “Who, moi?”

On the pavement outside of a polling place in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Evelyn Yang, the wife of Andrew Yang, a candidate for mayor, was making her own ranked choice, of sorts: In chalk, she wrote her husband’s name on the concrete — just above a chalk doodle in support of Kathryn Garcia, one of his rivals. Over the weekend, the pair of opponents had formed an alliance and campaigned together.

“I love ranked-choice voting; I think it should be the future, not just here in New York City but around the country,” Mr. Yang said. “In some cases that might require a little more time to tabulate the results. But every vote should be counted, and I’m willing to be patient.”

“New Yorkers are not a very patient lot,” Mr. Yang said with a laugh.

Not everyone agrees: Eric Adams, the presumed front-runner, has criticized the ranked-choice system and said that Mr. Yang’s alliance with Ms. Garcia, though a typical tactic in such elections, was intended to dilute Black voting power.

After voting at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School in Williamsburg, Vismar Dominguez, 40, was heading with his godsons to Zeff’s Pizzeria across the street to celebrate. He was hopeful about his preferred candidates’ chances, but said he felt like the ranked-choice voting was a waste of time.

“I think it’s useless because I only wanted to vote for the guy I wanted,” Mr. Dominguez said. “Before it would have taken me two minutes to vote. That took me 10, and it felt pointless.”

As Josh Klinski, 43, a grant writer, left P.S. 84 José de Diego in Brooklyn, he said he felt good about his choices for mayor — but utterly mystified at the actual tallying process.

Author: Sarah Maslin Nir
This post originally appeared on NYT > Top Stories

‘Alito was just pissed’: Trump’s Supreme Court breaks down along surprising lines

“We’re arguing about the battles among the conservatives and when that coalition breaks and where it goes,” lamented Harvard Law School lecturer Nancy Gertner, a former federal judge. “It’s a dramatic difference from only two or three years ago.”

Leading the charge from the right in both cases Thursday was Justice Samuel Alito, who penned caustic opinions taking his colleagues to task for issuing narrow rulings that seemed to him to be aimed at defusing political tensions rather than interpreting the law.

“After receiving more than 2,500 pages of briefing and after more than a half-year of post-argument cogitation, the Court has emitted a wisp of a decision that leaves religious liberty in a confused and vulnerable state. Those who count on this Court to stand up for the First Amendment have every right to be disappointed—as am I,” Alito wrote in the foster-care case, notwithstanding the Catholic charity’s unanimous victory.

In the Obamacare dispute, Alito sarcastically accused the majority of repeatedly indulging in flights of legal sophistry to avoid the politically unpalatable step of striking down the landmark health care law.

“No one can fail to be impressed by the lengths to which this Court has been willing to go to defend the ACA against all threats,” Alito wrote. “A penalty is a tax. The United States is a State. And 18 States who bear costly burdens under the ACA cannot even get a foot in the door to raise a constitutional challenge. Fans of judicial inventiveness will applaud once again. But I must respectfully dissent.”

While Alito observed the court’s traditional decorum by railing at “the majority,” there was little doubt his criticism was aimed primarily at Chief Justice John Roberts, who provided the pivotal vote to uphold Obamacare nine years ago and voted Thursday to leave the law intact by concluding that the Republican-led states seeking to overturn it lacked legal standing to sue.

In the latest Obamacare case, the chief justice left authorship of the majority opinion to the court’s second-longest-serving justice, Stephen Breyer, but the result was vintage Roberts: a largely-technical, 7-2 decision finding a lack of standing for the states and individuals challenging the law, while pushing aside more fundamental questions about the law’s constitutionality.

Roberts was the author of the opinion the court issued Thursday finding very narrow grounds to strike down Philadelphia’s ban on Catholic Social Services due to its policy against vetting same-sex couples for foster care.

Alito complained that Roberts’ reading of the Philadelphia ordinance and a similar state law was so Talmudic that it meant nothing in other cases and could quickly be evaded by the city through minor changes.

“This decision might as well be written on the dissolving paper sold in magic shops,” Alito wrote derisively.

Despite the obviously tense Alito-Roberts dynamic, what unfolded Thursday at the court was not simply a one-on-one grudge match. It was more like a tag-team wrestling event, with Justice Neil Gorsuch repeating much of Alito’s criticism and the court’s newest conservative justices — Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh — coming to Roberts’ defense.

“Perhaps our colleagues believe today’s circuitous path will at least steer the Court around the controversial subject matter and avoid ‘picking a side,” Gorsuch wrote in the foster-care case, in an opinion joined by Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas. “Dodging the question today guarantees it will recur tomorrow. These cases will keep coming until the Court musters the fortitude to supply an answer. Respectfully, it should have done so today.”

Roberts seemed intent on not taking the bait. His majority decision made only a single, passing reference to Alito’s hulking dissent and chose to focus more on Gorsuch’s, which the chief curiously called “the concurrence.”

Roberts said the way the anti-discrimination ordinance and policy applied left the case open to resolution on that basis and meant the court had “no occasion” to use the case to reconsider a 21-year-old precedent that Alito views as hostile to religious freedom.

Barrett chimed in to say that while she agreed with Alito that the precedent is flawed, there was “no reason” to overrule it now. Kavanaugh seconded that view, also throwing in with the chief on the point.

Will the split among conservatives persist?

It’s not yet clear whether the internecine fighting among the high court’s conservatives has any long-term impact in other cases. The cases the court took this term are generally considered to be middling in significance, but the justices have accepted an abortion case to be heard in the fall that could upend or cut back the constitutional right to abortion the court found in the landmark 1973 case, Roe v. Wade.

Still, some scholars doubt that precedent is truly in jeopardy and insist that the tendency of justices like Kavanaugh and Barrett to side with Roberts in some contentious cases undermines the idea of a six-justice conservative majority.

“I think you have a three-three-three court,” said South Texas College of Law Professor Josh Blackman. “I disagree with the notion that we have a six-member conservative majority on many of these divisive issues.”

Some analysts suspect the vocal public tiff the conservatives aired Thursday may be, in part, due to gripes about horse-trading done by Breyer.

The unusual length and painstaking detail in Alito’s opinion in the Philadelphia case made some courtwatchers wonder if it might have been drafted as a majority opinion, but later lost that status due to a shift from the court’s initial vote. A similar scenario played out in the Obamacare case back in 2012, according to reports from CBS News and elsewhere.

Alito’s lament Thursday about more than six months of “post-argument cogitation” in the same-sex foster case dispute also fuels suspicion that something more than the routine exchange of opinions went on.

“Alito’s 77-page Fulton concurrence has me thinking that Roberts did actually assign him the original majority decision and himself the Obamacare decision until Breyer engineered a bipartisan coup in Fulton that Roberts took for himself while reassigning Obamacare to Breyer,” Mike Sacks, an attorney and legal reporter for WNYW-TV in New York, wrote on Twitter.

Blackman said he, too, thinks something unusual played out in the foster-care case.

“I got that vibe,” the professor said. “I think Alito was just pissed. He was frustrated.”

Author: Josh Gerstein
This post originally appeared on Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

More long lines, delays at Austin airport security checkpoints Friday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you’re headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to catch a flight Friday morning, it would be a good idea to get there well before takeoff.

Airport officials said last week that Fridays would typically be the busiest days at ABIA through the summer months as more people file through the airport, especially in the morning from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Lines at security checkpoints Friday were long as that has typically been the case the past couple weeks. Airport officials previously said those with flights taking off before 8 a.m. should arrive at the airport at least three hours early for domestic flights.

If you have a flight after 8 a.m., it’s suggested you arrive two hours early, but do so in a manner you does not add to potential congestion with the morning rush, airport officials said.

Officials with the Transportation Security Administration told KXAN’s Jennifer Sanders that while it is looking to hire about 3,000 more agents to handle security checkpoints in airports nationwide, Austin is not a priority. The spokesperson said the TSA didn’t furlough any position, but allowed “liberal leave time to deal with issues related to the pandemic.”

Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

This AI Makes Robert De Niro Perform Lines in Flawless German

Mann says Flawless is also looking at how its technology could help studios avoid costly reshoots by having an actor appear to say new lines. But he says some actors are a little unsettled when they see themselves manipulated using AI. “There’s a fear and wow—they’re the two reactions I keep getting,” he says.

Virginia Gardner, an actress who stars in Mann’s latest movie and has seen herself speaking Spanish thanks to Flawless’ software, doesn’t seem too worried, although she assumes that films modified with AI would include a disclaimer. “I think this is the best way to be able as an actor to preserve your performance” in another language, she says. “If you’re trusting your director and you’re trusting that this process is only going to make a film better, then I really don’t see a downside to it.”

AI video manipulation is controversial—and for good reason. Free deepfake programs that can seamlessly swap one person’s face onto someone else in a video scene have proliferated with advances in AI. The software identifies key points on a person’s face and uses machine learning to capture how that person’s face moves.

The technology has been used to create fake celebrity porn and damaging revenge-porn clips targeting women. Experts worry that deepfakes showing a famous person in a compromising situation might spread misinformation and sway an election.

Off-the-shelf face manipulation might prove controversial in the movie industry. Darryl Marks, founder of Adapt Entertainment, a company in Tel Aviv that is working on another AI dubbing tool, says he isn’t sure how some actors might react to seeing their performance altered, especially if it isn’t clear that it’s been done by a computer. “If there’s a very famous actor, they might block it,” he says.

“There are legitimate and ethical uses of this technology,” says Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, general counsel of the Screen Actors Guild. “But any use of such technology must be done only with the consent of the performers involved, and with proper and appropriate compensation.”

Hao Li, a visual effects artist who specializes in using AI for facial manipulation, says movie directors and producers show growing interest in deepfakes and related AI technology. Creating a deepfake normally requires hours of algorithmic processing, but Li is working on a movie where more advanced deepfake software lets a director see an actor transformed in real time.

Li says the situation feels similar to when the use of photo-realistic computer graphics became widely available in the 2000s. Now, thanks to AI, “suddenly everyone wants to do something,” he says.


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Author: Will Knight
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PQube Lines Up Three Intriguing Releases For Nintendo Switch

Evergate© PQube

PQube has offered plenty of support for the Nintendo Switch, and that’s set to continue with the publisher lining up three releases in May and June, one of which will likely get the attention of physical edition collectors.

First to arrive will be Quantum Replica, a top-down action game that’s going for sci-fi cyberpunk vibes. Though it’ll have some bullet-hell style action and boss fights, it’ll also feature a healthy dose of stealth gameplay too. It arrives on 14th May.

Next is 7 Years From Now, the release announcement details that we shared on the drop of its release date trailer last week; it’s a highly regarded and rather intriguing narrative adventure that arrives on 28th May.

Finally we have confirmation of a physical edition for one of the system’s finest Indie platformers; Evergate is getting the cartridge treatment, this is a game we loved in our review. It arrives on 4th June through Funstock, with a ‘Ki-Ring’ included; you can check out the store page here.

Evergate Retail© PQube / Funstock

Are you planning to pick any of these us for your Switch?

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Cruise lines setting sail in UK waters this summer – more holidays announced

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Most cruise lines have spent more than a year docked amid ongoing travel restrictions. However, with lockdown gradually being relaxed in the UK, many big-name cruise firms have turned their attention to Ocean-based staycations around the British Isles.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has recently revealed new protocols for its previously announced UK sailings.

The cruise line will resume sailing with a series of cruises from Tilbury in Essex, Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle, between July and September.

The cruises will span two, three and four-night trips around the UK.

In its latest update, Disney confirmed all adults over the age of 18 must have been fully vaccinated before travelling.

In a message on its website the cruise line states: “In order to sail, guests 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, as defined by the National Health Service (NHS).

“The NHS currently defines ‘fully vaccinated’ as seven days after the final dose. Disney Cruise Line will contact guests prior to sailing with instructions on how to show proof of this vaccination status.”

Other measures expected to be in place include a negative COVID-19 test ahead of boarding, rapid antigen testing, health screenings and the use of face coverings.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is due to set sail from Southampton on a series of six to eight-night itineraries around the UK coastline.

The cruises will begin departing from July.

All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated before boarding.

Those under 18 will be required to provide a negative PCR test result.

In a statement on its website, Celebrity Cruises explained: “We’ve partnered with medical and scientific advisors from our Healthy Sail Panel, our Global Head of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer; and local health and government authorities to guide us in the development of our protocols.

“These measures include reduced capacities, enhanced cleaning and sanitisation and physical distancing.

“Celebrity Cruises will be one of the first to offer fully vaccinated sailings, where guests age 18 and over will be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“And we’re working with local health authorities in our homeport counties to ensure guests meet current inbound travel requirements.”

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Saga Cruises

Saga Cruises was one of the first lines to announce UK sailings with guests having to be fully vaccinated.

Cruises will span June until September.

Departing from Tilbury, Spirit of Adventure will call at Newcastle, the Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Belfast and Bristol.

Spirit of Discovery sail throughout July and August, including a 14-night Great British Isles Adventure spanning Falmouth, Holyhead, Greenock, Ullapool and more.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is due to depart on a series of three and four-night sailings departing from Southampton and calling at Portland.

The ship will then offer longer see-day itineraries between June and September.

The week-long trips will span Portland, Belfast, Liverpool and Greenock.

MSC is also offering onshore excursions.

So far the cruise line has not issued a requirement for passengers to be vaccinated.

However, they will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test upon boarding.

On its website, MSC Cruises explains: “For MSC Virtuosa’ sailings around the British Isles in the upcoming months, we will welcome only UK residents of all ages, both vaccinated and unvaccinated.

“All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests (i.e did not receive the full set of vaccine shots) will need to take a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR (molecular) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure.

“Proof of a negative test result will be requested at the terminal and we will accept evidence such as an email, SMS or a printed document.

“The test is not required for fully vaccinated (any proof of vaccination needed) or under two years old guests.

“However, as per our stringent MSC Health and Safety protocol, all guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated will need to undergo some Health and COVID 19 screenings including a COVID-19 swab test, a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check, before boarding the ship.”

Cunard Cruises

Cunard Cruises is running a series of three to 12-night coastal voyages.

The journeys will operate between July and October and will span the Jurassic Coast, Land’s End, the Isle of Arran, Mull of Kintyre and Sound of Mull.

Along the way, on some ships, there will be port stops including Liverpool, Greenock, Invergordon, Belfast, Newcastle and Holyhead.

There will also be three cruises that will chase the sun, and sail to wherever the weather is brightest at that time.

“With the UK Government confirming that domestic travel is close on the horizon, we are introducing a series of exciting, shorter duration holidays for British residents looking for the perfect staycation in Cunard luxury this summer,” said Simon Palethorpe, president of Cunard.

“These will be sailings from Southampton, for UK residents, around the UK and will make the very most of the summer sunshine.”

All guests and crew are required to be fully vaccinated before boarding.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is due to depart from the UK on a series of domestic sailings for Britons.

The ships will sail from Portsmouth and all Uk residents will be welcomed onboard the staycation-at-sea cruises.

Journeys will span two, three and four-night itineraries onboard Scarlet Lady.

The cruise line states all “sailors” must be vaccinated against Covid.

“After more than a year of waiting and a major emphasis on a safe return, we’re ecstatic to announce these new sailings and bring Sailors onboard to experience what it’s like to set sail the Virgin Way,” said Tom McAlpin, CEO and President of Virgin Voyages.

“We look at our UK summer voyages as a homecoming to pay homage to our British roots, and what an excellent way to kick-off our sailing season before heading back to PortMiami.”

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has launched an array of UK itineraries for the summer.

Britannia will offer three and four-night breaks and one six-night holiday running from June 27, 2021, through to September 19, 2021.

Iona offers seven-night itineraries running from August 7, 2021, to September 18, 2021. Prices start from £449 per person for a three-night break on Britannia. Iona’s seven-night maiden voyage starts from £1,199 per person.

Britons hoping to travel will need to be able to prove they have received their COVID-19 vaccination. Travel insurance will also be mandatory.

“At the moment we are stipulating that all guests of all ages must be vaccinated to come onboard,” clarified P&O President Paul Ludlow.

Fred. Olsen

Fred. Olsen has announced plans for 11 domestic cruises in July and August.

The sailings, onboard Borealis and Bolette, will sail from Dover and Liverpool.

Trips range from a four-night non-stop cruise around Scotland to a five-night Touring Scenic British Isles trip which will dock in Belfast and Falmouth.

Other itineraries include the Shetlands, Channel Islands and the Isles of Scilly.

The cruise line has not yet decided whether or not all passengers will need to be vaccinated, and is currently “investigating ways to vaccinate crew”.

“By the time we resume sailing in July, we know that a large proportion of UK adults will have received their vaccinations,” Fred. Olsen’s website states.

“The vaccine is a big advancement for the travel industry, but it must be considered as part of a multi-layered approach.

“We are in the process of developing our Safe Sailing Charter to include a number of measures, which also includes testing, social distancing and the wearing of face masks.”

Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises has confirmed it will launch UK sailings this summer.

Marella Explorer will depart from Southampton in June.

It will sail via three ports of call including Belfast, Dublin and Liverpool.

Marella Explorer 2 will offer departures from Newcastle in July.

All adults aged 18 and over will be required to have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with their last vaccine taken at least seven days before departure.

Under-18s will be asked to have a lateral flow test. Infants under the age of two will not be able to sail as they are exempt from testing.

All guests must also provide a negative lateral flow test before boarding.

Chris Hackney, managing director of Cruise TUI UK and Ireland, said: “After pausing our operations for more than year, we are delighted to announce our UK summer programme and welcome our wonderful customers back onboard our ships.

“The safety and well-being of both our crew and passengers remains our priority, which is why we have vaccination and testing protocols for all sailings from UK ports this summer.”

Viking cruises

Viking Cruises has launched an array of UK itineraries departing from Portsmouth.

Cruises will sail five eight-day “England’s Scenic Shores” journeys.

The cruises will sail throughout May and June, spanning Liverpool., the Isle of Scilly, Falmouth, and Portland.

Passengers will be required to undergo a health check at embarkation and take a PCR test.

David Beckham is raking in nearly £50,000 every DAY from booze and fashion lines

Author: Jessica Lester
This post originally appeared on Showbiz – The Scottish Sun

DAVID Beckham is raking in nearly £50,000 every day from his fashion, fragrance and alcohol lines.

The 45-year-old former footballer has a range of Becks-branded clothes, watches, footwear and more sold by Seven Global LLP, which runs David’s company DB Ventures Limited.

David is making almost £50,000 a day from his brand deals

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David is making almost £50,000 a day from his brand dealsCredit: Getty

Now, it’s been revealed that sales of the items – which includes Haig Club whisky and Adidas sports clothing – raked in a huge £17.4million last year.

According to The Mirror, the huge pay cheque works out an an immense £47,671 every day for the now US-based soccer superstar.

An account from Seven Global LLP reportedly said: “David Beckham is an international celebrity whose name has become a lifestyle brand.

“The members believe that the David Beckham brand combined with the LLP business strategy will withstand any competition in the market.”

The star has a number of branded goods sold by his company DB Ventures Limited

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The star has a number of branded goods sold by his company DB Ventures LimitedCredit: Getty

Seven Global was launched in 2015 as a “joint venture” between Global Brands Group and David Beckham, according to their website.

An online statement explains that the brand “drives the continued development of all consumer product categories around David Beckham”.

It lists some of the campaign partnerships David has already taken part in, including Tudor watches, Biotherm Homme and multiple fragrance lines.

The former LA Galaxy player has also partnered more recently with Adidas, released a David Beckham Capsule Collection in 2017.

David has his own line of Haig Club whisky

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David has his own line of Haig Club whiskyCredit: Handout
He also has a range of different clothing lines

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He also has a range of different clothing linesCredit: Getty

He also has worked with designer watch brand Breitling, clothing brand Armani and razor vendor Gillette over the years.

David also recently confirmed he will be taking part in a Disney+ series where he will mentor a team of young footballers as part of a seven-figure deal.

Unlike his successful business, David’s wife Victoria’s fashion brand has racked up more than £46million worth of debt since its launch.

Accounts from this February suggested auditors had “significant doubt” that the company would continue to operate.

David has agreed to take part in a Disney+ series

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David has agreed to take part in a Disney+ seriesCredit: Getty
Wife Victoria has not shared her husband's success in business

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Wife Victoria has not shared her husband’s success in business

Victoria, 47, recorded losses of £11.8million in 2019, ten years after launching the collection in 2008.

She faced criticism last year for trying to use the Government’s furlough scheme to pay some of her staff – and quickly made a U-turn on the decision.

Nonetheless, Victoria and David are still living a lavish lifestyle, and have this week returned to their £6million estate in the UK.

The A-list couple, along with their youngest kids Romeo, Cruz and Harper, flew to Miami, Florida, on Christmas Day, where they have been living the high life with relaxed Covid-19 restrictions and sunny weather.

Their long stay there had prompted whispers that Victoria had finally been talked into moving to Miami, where David has set up his football team Inter Miami CF, having previously not been keen to relocate to the States.

However, the family are now back and reaping the rewards of the lake — which would cover three quarters of a football pitch — at their £6million estate.

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Cruise: Full list of cruise lines offering UK holidays in time for summer 2021

Cruise[1] lovers might be eagerly awaiting their next holiday at sea, but as uncertainty over foreign travel remains, many international cruises have been forced to further reschedule. Luckily, a number of firms have turned their attention to domestic travel[2].

P&O

P&O Cruises[3] has announced an array of UK itineraries in time for the summer.

The Southhampton-based cruise line is launching a series of short breaks and week-long journeys onboard the flagship Britannia ship and new vessel Iona.

However, passengers will only be welcomed onboard if they can prove they have received both of their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Travel insurance will also be mandatory for guests.

Cruises will depart from Southampton between June and September, with the aim of seeking out the spots of the British Isles where “the sun shines brightest”.

P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Given recent announcements, we have every hope that our guests will be able to enjoy a holiday this summer.

“After the stresses and challenges of the past year, everyone certainly deserves a treat and this series of cruises will provide memorable and much needed UK getaways.

“Whilst there is still uncertainty about holidays abroad this summer, we are delighted to be able to offer our guests the ultimate escape here in the UK with the reassurance that we will take care of everything.

“Also, we really will look at the weather forecast for each cruise and aim to take our ships where it is warm and sunny.

“As the start of Iona’s very special maiden season, the new Ultimate Escape series of holidays includes a memorable seven-night maiden voyage sailing around the Scottish islands.

“Iona will anchor off Iona, the island after which she was named, with a celebratory extended stay until sunset for magical views of the historic shores.”

Prices start from £449 per person for a three-night break on Britannia.

Iona’s seven-night maiden voyage starts from £1,199 per person.

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Fred Olsen

Fred Olsen[7] has announced plans to sail a series of cruises from Dover and Liverpool.

The cruises will be scenic-only and take in the views of the British Isles and surrounding islands.

The line’s newest ship Borealis will be the first to embark on such a journey, travelling on a three-night voyage from Liverpool on July 5.

Bolette will depart on a three-night journey from Dover on August 16.

Other routes will include the Shetland and Orkney Islands, and the Isles of Scilly.

Peter Deer, managing director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are so excited to be unveiling these new summer cruises.

“So often overlooked, our British Isles are home to some of the most wonderful wildlife, and so much spectacular scenery that is best enjoyed from the water.

“With this selection of shorter sailings, guests can dip their toes back into cruising and enjoy all that they love about being on board with us, before we all begin to venture further afield again.”

Cunard

Cunard[8] is to offer UK domestic cruises on its Queen Elizabeth ship.

“With the UK Government confirming that domestic travel is close on the horizon, we are introducing a series of exciting, shorter duration holidays for British residents looking for the perfect staycation in Cunard luxury this summer,” said Simon Palethorpe, president, Cunard.

“These will be sailings from Southampton, for UK residents, around the UK and will make the very most of the summer sunshine.”

More details on the UK itineraries are anticipated in the coming weeks.

Marella

TUI-owned cruise line Marella[9] hinted on Facebook plans to launch UK itineraries in time for 2021 holidays.

However, so far when the holidays will go ahead and where they will span remain a mystery.

Posting to its Facebook page, the cruise line said: “We’re really pleased to announce we’ll be offering domestic cruises sailing from the UK this year.

“We can’t wait to welcome you back onboard. More details will be revealed soon.”

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises[10] has released a selection of “Summer Seacation” cruises around the UK.

The 14 cruises will be available to vaccinated UK resident only and will depart from July 31.

The scheduled cruises are expected to last until the end of September onboard the Regal Princess and Sky Princess.

Cruises will depart from Southampton, with a range of three- and seven-night voyages.

Stops along the way include Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow.

Viking Cruises

Viking[11] has announced plans to resume operations with special UK only sailings departing as soon as May.

The three sailings will venture along the coast of England on a roundtrip from Portsmouth.

Sailings will depart on May 22, May 29 and June 5.

References

  1. ^ Cruise (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ travel (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ P&O Cruises (www.express.co.uk)
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  5. ^ Google Maps Street View: Aftermath of car accident spotted (www.express.co.uk)
  6. ^ Spain number one location for British expats data reveals (www.express.co.uk)
  7. ^ Fred Olsen (www.express.co.uk)
  8. ^ Cunard (www.express.co.uk)
  9. ^ Marella (www.express.co.uk)
  10. ^ Princess Cruises (www.express.co.uk)
  11. ^ Viking (www.express.co.uk)