Countering a trend towards laying on longer routes over the past few years, low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is launching a slew of new shorter West Coast and intra-California service.Beginning August, Southwest will fly nonstop from Sacramento to Long Beach (388 miles or 463kms), as well as Sacramento to Spokane, Washington (658 miles).Existing routes get a boost too: Sacramento – Seattle (635 miles) and Sacramento – San Diego (473 miles).There will be 11 daily round trips between Sacramento and San Francisco and as many as a half-dozen from Sacramento to Seattle.By contrast, Southwest’s spate of new international routes entail some long flights. Case-in-point is the carrier’s new San Diego – San Jose del Campo (SJD), Mexico service, an 802-mile jaunt down the Baja to the popular resort.So, why does route length matter?Airlines love to fly longer routes because of their economics.Over a given distance it costs less to operate a flight nonstop than it does on a multi-stop or connecting basis. All that ascent to and descent from cruise altitude can mean more fuel expended, and more maintenance required.To give that some context, The US Department of Transportation says Southwest is the United States’ largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. Itsroute map encompasses 101 domestic destinations and eight additional countries.Back in 1971 when it first started flying, Southwest-operated flights linking three Texas airports: Dallas Love Field, Houston Hobby, and San Antonio International.The initial fleet was tiny. Its “fleet” of three of Boeing 737-200s was kept in almost perpetual motion among the ‘Texas Triangle’ cities. Ground crews could “turn” an airplane (re-fuel, deplane passengers and their bags and load up with new flyers and their luggage) in 10 minutes.That 10-minute turn time is gone now, and Southwest’s all-737 fleet is composed of more than 550 jets. They depart as many as 3,900 times per day.No longer a quirky little airline and a mere thorn in the side of the competition, Southwest is a bonafide force to be reckoned with by American, Delta and United.
The Johnson family first joined us during Dr. Michael Gutter’s April 15 Financial Statements and Record Keeping web conference. Here, they discuss opening a 529 plan for their 2-year old son, Sam. Watch as Brittany and Brett discuss the advantages of this education savings option, and save the date of May 21 for Dr. Barbara O’Neill’s Paying for Post-Secondary Education Expenses web conference.
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer refusing to criticise Man Utd players in defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to criticise his players after defeat at West Ham.Solskjaer refused to hang his players out to dry despite their latest disappointment.He said: “The players are doing what I’m asking them to. There are key moments in games that can tip these games in our favour compared to theirs and you make maybe a bad decision on a pass – left, right, centre – but the attitude and desire is there.”That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making, sometimes in the execution. It’s a good group to work with. They are determined. Sometimes along the road, we are going to hit some bumps, as we’ve said, some highs and lows.”This group is out there determined, they showed the desire, it was a good atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve got the focus right.”
Twitter/@fractologistUniversity of Connecticut professor of mathematics Joe Chen certainly knows how to craft a math problem from the school’s basketball program. Earlier this year, after the Huskies suffered a shocking loss to Chen’s alma mater Yale, he gave his students a problem about the likelihood that the Huskies would lose to another Ivy League program. Now, with UConn at 15-11 and squarely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, Chen has designed a set of problems designed to find the probability of the team making a run in the AAC Tournament and making it to the Big Dance.A timely @UConnMBB exam problem. I make no claims to the accuracy of the probabilities involved. @NoEscalators pic.twitter.com/W5HINKViSU— Joe (@fractologist) February 25, 2015Chen’s math class was probably more fun for the UConn basketball fans in his class last spring semester, but at least he tries to keep things interesting for the students.
Frank Kaminsky Katy PerryKaty Perry’s name has surfaced in the college sports world for a few different reasons over the past several months. It’s not surprising she has a lot of appeal to college athletes, and it appears Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky is smitten with the 30-year-old California native. So close that it felt real @katyperryA photo posted by Frank Kaminsky III (@fskpart3) on May 18, 2015 at 2:25pm PDT That’s a classic (and hilarious) photo.Smart move on Kaminsky’s part to tag Perry in the post. He won multiple national Player of the Year honors this season, and is about to be drafted somewhere in the first round of next month’s NBA Draft. His stock has never been higher, so might as well take your shot while you can.
Kenneth Jackson APTN National NewsOTTAWA – Adrian Daou wanted out of segregation so badly he was willing to confess to a murder to make it happen – the murder of Jennifer Stewart, a Cree mother who was brutally killed in Ottawa August 2010.“I was thinking of telling you guys something I did to go to the pen tonight. I’m just trying to get out of (segregation) … I’m just looking to get more room,” Daou, 24, told two Ottawa police detectives in a jailhouse interview on Feb. 25, 2013, the first of two confessions the jury heard Monday in the first-degree murder trial.It doesn’t work that way, the cops tell him.“Jennifer … I did it,” said Daou. “ I did the crime.”“You killed Jennifer?” one of the officers asked.“Yep,” he said – with a knife, specifically a military knife and he did because “he wanted to get his anger out.”The jury trial entered its third day Monday with the jury already hearing from a jail guard and a pathologist. Daou, despite confessing twice, has pleaded not guilty. Stewart, 36, was struggling through addictions when her body was found Aug, 20, 2010 by a person walking their dog.The jury heard Monday Daou say he lured Stewart to a location on Alice Street in the Ottawa community of Vanier where he “cut, cut, cut” her in the pitch black of a parking lot next to a small apartment building just before midnight.But when pressed he told police the “murder weapon” was an axe and he hit her on the head “four to seven” times.“That’s the truth. I swear on it. I took an axe and that’s when …,” he said stopping himself.He had been angry for a while knowing he was going to jail for six months for trafficking drugs.Soon his anger turned into the idea of murder he said.“My goal for that day was to kill someone,” said Daou who spotted Stewart walking near Montreal Road and offered to sell her some “dope” for $20.The police asked why Stewart.“Why her? I was looking around and she was the one who came up as the best possible choice,” he said.Police asked if Stewart offered anything else to him and Daou quickly said she didn’t.They ask again later, this time point blank if it was sex she was offering in return for drugs.“Sorry, it’s a legitimate question,” one of the officers said.Again, Daou said it wasn’t. He said she had money on her.So they walked through the community to the spot Daou said he wanted to kill her, close to the home he was sharing with his dad and brother at the time.But police wanted to know more. They rushed to a judge to get an order to remove Daou from the jail and take him to the police headquarters for a formal interview the next day.This time the jury didn’t just hear Daou admit to killing Stewart, they got to see him as this interview was videotaped.“The murder … I killed Jennifer Stewart. I’m the one who did it. Nobody else,” he said off the top.Then jury heard Daou explain he was a budding rapper and killing someone would help his career.But really it was while he was at work that day that he knew he was going to kill someone.By the time he got home, smoked some weed and drank a bottle of liquor he was ready.Male or female, it didn’t matter: “It was about the killing.”Dressed in cargo shorts, a hoodie and Nike “gangster” shoes he set out on his bike around 8 p.m.He drove around Vanier, stopping near a liquor store to smoke another joint.Then he saw Stewart, just past 10 p.m. walking by herself. This time he remembered it was on Marier Street near Montreal Road. She was on the right-hand sidewalk.She wore a black coat and black jeans or “something.” No purse.He rolled up beside her and offered her some “dope.”This time it was for sex – the dope for a sex act.He said she agreed and followed.“She was, I guess, her usual way. She didn’t look like a happy person,” said Daou who had mentioned he sold drugs to her a couple times in the past so they sort of knew each other.They walked to the spot and he told her to wait by the corner of the building so he could rush home and get the drugs. This time in the interview he recalled the exact address: 120 Alice Street.But he was going home to get his axe and put on goggles.Police interrupted him.Det. John Monette, who was doing the interview, had concerns.“Right now, I’m not convinced you’re telling me the truth,” said Monette who asks Daou to show where he hit Stewart with an axe.Daou tries to explain but then asks for paper and pen.As he’s sketching he stops and asks what the weather is like.It was four degrees outside, Monette said.“Sometimes I try to remember, but this time I’m going to remember good,” said Daou. “I feel better (here) than in that little cell.”He shows he hit Stewart “five or six times” in the head and Monette asks if she ever put her hands up to defend herself.Daou said no, never.The jury had already heard Stewart fought like hell to save herself, so much so both of her hands were nearly severed.He showed Monette how hard he hit Stewart with an axe, vicious blows that struck his foot but never hurt him.After he killed her, Daou said he jumped through several backyards, went home to shower and put all the clothes in a bag. He said there was no blood on any of the clothes. He wrapped the axe in a red coat and put it in his room.He hopped back on his bike to go smoke another joint.During this trip he stopped to get a Red Bull and on his way back home went by the murder scene and poured a little out “to honour” Stewart.Then he stayed up writing lyrics before going back to work the next day.The trial continues Tuesday.email@example.com
He says one person secured themselves to a barricade, while two others attached themselves to the underside of a bus that was blocking access to a bridge and another was suspended in a hammock from the bridge.Stubbs says he understands there are concerns about the RCMP’s actions and its review will produce recommendations to address any issues, though he says none have been found yet.The RCMP reached an agreement with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs last Thursday to allow Coastal GasLink workers across the bridge, and Stubbs says the Mounties will bring in a temporary detachment to the area.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP will review the actions of its officers who arrested 14 people at an Indigenous pipeline blockade in northwestern British Columbia last week.The Mounties enforced a court injunction Jan. 7 allowing Coastal GasLink workers and contractors access to a work site where a natural gas pipeline is planned.Assistant commissioner Eric Stubbs says the situation was challenging and emotional, and he alleges the protesters’ actions toward police ranged from passive resistance to “actual assaultive behaviour.”
Other foreign companies that have reduced their exposure to the oilsands in recent years include Norway’s Statoil, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil, France’s Total SA and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.In research notes, CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says the Canadian assets would likely fetch between $3.5 billion and $5 billion if sold, while Eight Capital analyst Phil Skolnick estimates they could sell for between $7 billion and $9 billion.Jackfish is south of Fort McMurray near similar operations owned by Calgary-based rivals Cenovus Energy Inc. and MEG Energy Corp.Devon says it is making the move to exit Canada (as well as from the Barnett Shale area in Texas) so that it can complete its “transformation to a high-return U.S. oil growth business.” CALGARY, A.B. – Another foreign oil company says it’s getting out of the Canadian oilsands.Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. says it will pursue the “separation” of its Canadian assets from its core business, a move that could include an outright sale or creation of a new company to own and operate them.Devon owns the Jackfish steam-driven oilsands complex, with a capacity of 105,000 barrels per day of bitumen, as well as conventional heavy oil wells near Lloydminster, Alta., that produce about 15,000 bpd.
Kolkata: Madan Mitra, Trinamool Congress leader and former state Transport minister, is set to contest in the Assembly by-election from Bhatpara.The Bhatpara seat fell vacant after Arjun Singh resigned from the party and joined BJP. Singh is contesting the Lok Sabha election from the Barrackpore seat, where election will be held on May 6. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee announced Mitra’s name from an election meeting in Suri on Thursday, along with the names of three party nominees who will contest in the by-elections from Habibpur (ST), Islampur and Darjeeling seats. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe by-election in these seats will be held on May 19, whereas by-election in Nowda and Kandi seats in Murshidabad will be held on May 20. The results of all the five seats will be announced on May 23, along with the results of the Lok Sabha polls. Mitra was elected from the Kamarhati Assembly seat in 2016. The leader allegedly got involved in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam and resigned from the Transport minister’s post on November 18, 2015. The CBI had arrested him on December 12, 2014, in connection with the case. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter his name was announced as candidate, a visibly happy Mitra said: “I am grateful to Mamata Banerjee for giving me the opportunity to serve the people again.” Asked whether the by-election in Bhatpara seat will be very tough as it is the area of Arjun Singh, he said: “I will go to the people and urge them to cast their vote in Trinamool’s favour.” Mitra became an MLA after he won the by-election from the Bishnupur West seat in 2009. Though out of power, Mitra kept in constant touch with the clubs and people of Kamarhati and other areas and his popularity and close contact with the people have helped him to get a nomination for the by-election. The Darjeeling seat fell vacant after sitting Trinamool MLA Amar Singh Rai was made a candidate for the Lok Sabha seat. Binay Tamang will contest from the Darjeeling Assembly seat as a GJM candidate and Trinamool Congress will support him. Amal Kisku will contest from the Habibpur (ST) seat, while Abdul Karim Chowdhury will contest from the Islampur seat. Chowdhury was the state Library minister in Mamata Banerjee’s government from 2011-16. He lost the election in 2016. The Islampur seat fell vacant after Kanaia Lal Agarwal, the sitting MLA, contested from the Raiganj Lok Sabha seat. The Kandi seat fell vacant after MLA Apurba Sarkar was nominated from the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, whereas the Habibpur seat fell vacant after CPI(M) MLA Khagen Murmu left the party and contested from the Malda North seat on a BJP ticket.