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News: Norwegian sees strong increase in passenger numbers for November

Norwegian carried 2.5 million passengers in November, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the same month last year. Norwegian’s long-haul routes had a 52 per cent passenger growth. The overall load factor was 83.7 per cent. A total of 2,520,220 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in November. This is 255,075 (11 per cent) more passengers than the same period last year. ADVERTISEMENT The total traffic growth and the capacity growth both increased by 28 per cent. Norwegian chief executive Bjørn Kjos said: “We are pleased that more…

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News: Europcar sees revenues increase in third quarter

Europcar has seen reported revenue of €794 million, up 13.5 per cent at constant exchange rates, for the third quarter of financial 2017. Quarter three adjusted corporate EBITDA stood at €164 million, up 3.9 per cent at constant exchange rates. Caroline Parot, chief executive, Europcar Group: “We delivered strong revenue growth in the third quarter thanks to a supportive summer season across most of our European markets. “This performance was supported by a dynamic leisure momentum across all our brands.  “Despite a highly competitive environment, particularly across our southern European…

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WITH…JARON LANIER: Soothsayer in the Hills Sees Silicon Valley’s Sinister Side

BERKELEY, Calif. — Jaron Lanier is the most unusual person I’ve ever met. And I’ve met a lot of unusual people. A barefoot Buddha with dreadlocks, perched in a crazy fun house in the leafy hills of Berkeley, Mr. Lanier is a founding member of the digerati. The 57-year-old computer scientist, musician and writer has been christened the father of virtual reality. “I’m a professional illusionist,” he says. “In some ways, I might know more about making illusions than anybody.” Mr. Lanier is one of the few prophets who admits…

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BBC sees 'spike' in sexual harassment complaints

The BBC has said it is dealing with a “spike” in complaints of sexual harassment. The deputy director general told MPs there had been a recent increase in the number of cases after the BBC encouraged staff to come forward. Anne Bulford said the corporation is currently investigating 25 individuals for alleged sexual harassment. Last year only three cases were investigated, with just one case in each of the two years before that. In a statement, the BBC said: “Since the Harvey Weinstein revelations, we’ve been actively encouraging staff to…

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X Factor shake-up sees viewers left in charge of voting on live shows

The X Factor has scrapped the sing off, as it makes major changes to the show’s format. The shake-up means voters at home will be in control of which contestants leave the show – not the judges. In previous series, the two performers who got the fewest public votes would have to perform their song again to try to stay in the competition. Now the contestant with the fewest numbers will leave immediately, which means an end to deadlock as well. There are going to be more contestants being voted…

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Delayed Carabao Cup draw sees Bristol City host Manchester United

The Carabao Cup quarter-final draw paired Bristol City with Manchester United after technical problems kept fans waiting almost two hours in a failed attempt to broadcast on Twitter. Arsenal will face West Ham, Leicester City are at home to Manchester City and Chelsea host Bournemouth. The draw was intended to be shown live at 16:00 BST. However, after four announcements explaining the delay, it was finally shown as a pre-recorded video. The taste of Carabao, frantic toilet breaks on heels & buying peas – relive the bizarre build-up to the…

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TV news 'hack' sees bitcoins swiped

Two French hackers used their computer skills to reconstruct a blurred-out code on TV and claim bitcoins worth $ 1,000 (£760). Michel Sassano and Clement Storck had seen an interview with entrepreneur Roger Ver on French television. Mr Ver had offered $ 1,000 to viewers – but a QR code needed to claim the money had been blurred out. The duo analysed a small part of the code that was visible, however, and managed to access the funds. When the France 2 channel broadcast its interview with Mr Ver earlier…

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