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Ryanair issues profit warning as fares fall

Ryanair has cut its profit forecast blaming lower-than-expected air fares.

The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said Ryanair could not rule out having to cut fares further. Fares are expected to fall 7% this winter.
He said the low fares were already causing problems for rivals, including Flybe which was rescued last week.
Full-year profits are now expected to be in a range of €1.0bn to €1.1bn (£880m to £970m), compared with its previous forecast of €1.1bn to €1.2bn.
The profit forecast has been cut despite Ryanair saying it expects to carry more passengers than forecast.
It had previously warned on profits in October.
Mr O'Leary said there was too much capacity on short-haul routes in Europe this winter, adding that customers were enjoying "record lower air fares".
"We believe this lower fare environment will continue to shake out more loss making competitors, with WOW, Flybe, and reportedly Germania for example, all currently for sale," he said.
The airline had previously expected air fares to fall by 2%, rather than 7%.
More cuts could be coming, Mr O'Leary added.
"While we have reasonable visibility over forward bookings [for the fourth quarter], we cannot rule out further cuts to air fares and/or slightly lower full year guidance if there are unexpected Brexit or security developments which adversely impact yields between now and the end of March," he said.
The announcement follows last week's rescue of Flybe, which has received an offer from a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group.

It also comes after difficult period for Ryanair, which was named the UK's least-liked short-haul airline for the sixth year running in a survey carried out by consumer body Which?.
Strikes by staff during the summer season forced it to cancel hundreds of flights for which it has refused to offer passengers compensation, and Which? said "thousands of respondents" had said they would never fly with the airline again.
The impact of these strikes was reflected in Ryanair's half-year results in October, when it reported a 7% fall in profits, although the airline was also affected by industrial action by air traffic controllers.
Ryanair said the latest profits guidance excluded start-up losses in Austrian airline Lauda, which have been cut from €150m to €140m thanks to lower-than-expected costs.
Mr O'Leary said the airline was winning market share, citing plans by rival carrier Norwegian to close bases in Rome, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Palma, where the airlines compete.
More detail will be provided with third quarter figures on 4 February, Ryanair said.

Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

Private tweets sent by users of Twitter's Android app could have been exposed publicly for years.

Twitter said it had discovered a security flaw which meant "protected" tweets became public when some changes were made to accounts.
Anyone who updated the email address linked to their account between November 2014 and January 2019 could have had messages exposed, it said.
Twitter said it had started to let affected users know about the bug.
It added that it had turned the protections back on for Android users who had inadvertently switched them off.
Twitter said it was also issuing a public notice about the error because it could not confirm the exact number of accounts that had been affected and wanted to reach those it could not identify by an internal investigation.
"We're very sorry this happened and we're conducting a full review to help prevent this from happening again," it said.
It encouraged users to check their privacy settings to make sure they reflected their preferences.
Twitter said it fixed the flaw on 14 January and would share more information if it became available.

Alexander-Arnold signs new five-year Liverpool deal

The England right-back has been rewarded for his fine form in the 2018-19 campaign, following Andy Robertson in committing his future to the club

Trent Alexander-Arnold has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract with the club.
The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the Reds' most consistent performers under Jurgen Klopp and has now penned a new deal, which Goal understands will run until 2024.
He follows Scotland captain Andy Robertson in committing his future to the club this week, with the left-back having also agreed a new five-year contract.
Alexander-Arnold's impressive performances over the last couple of seasons have seen him become Klopp's first choice at right-back, with Nathaniel Clyne having been loaned to Bournemouth as he struggled for game time.
His form earned international recognition in 2018, with Gareth Southgate selecting him in his squad for the 2018 World Cup, while he scored his first England goal in the 3-0 win over USA.
He is, however, currently sidelined with a knee injury sustained in the 1-0 win over Brighton last time out, dealing a blow to the Reds as they aim to win the Premier League title in 2018-19.
With Joe Gomez also out injured, Klopp is likely to turn to James Milner at right-back for Saturday's meeting with Crystal Palace, while Dejan Lovren is also unavailable.
Liverpool are currently four points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League title race, while they also have a Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich to look forward to.
Alexander-Arnold has featured in 22 games in all competitions for the Reds so far this season, scoring one goal - a direct free-kick in the 3-0 win over Watford.
Speaking to the club's official website about the new contract, the 20-year-old said: "I'm ecstatic and really proud. I feel privileged to have the support and the trust the club has in me to offer me a new deal. 
"There was no doubt in my mind to sign and extend the years I have with the club. Hopefully we can achieve a lot of success in those years.
"As soon as they offered the contract, there was no hesitation whatsoever. The thing that made it easiest for me was having the people around me to make sure I was able to focus on football as much as possible and get the deal done as soon as possible.
"That is down to my brother especially, my manager, who took that role and allowed me to focus on football and not get distracted, which is the main thing.
"The last 18 months especially have been very special. Hopefully the next 18 months and even further on than that will be even more special."

Heidi Klum’s Snake-Filled Shoot for ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ Is Giving Us Major 2001 Britney Spears Vibes

It looks like Heidi Klum can add snake charming to her growing list of special skills, somewhere between yodeling, international supermodeling and TV hosting.
On Thursday, January 17, the Project Runway host Instagrammed a few behind-the-scenes videos of her latest shoot, posing in nothing but lingerie and a top hat while covered in snakes on a shoot for Germany’s Next Top Model. As you do.
While posing, Klum sported a black lace bra from Heidi Klum Intimates that five different kinds of snakes — a milk snake, a corn snake, a Thai blue beauty sake, a gopher snake, and a California king snake, to be exact — slithered over while working their way around her chest, arms, shoulders, neck all the way up to her hat. Because everyone knows snakes love a good top hat.
But the craziest part of this totally insane situation? She loved it! Even when the amphibians began to wrap around her neck she didn’t seem to flinch. Not once! She even wrote, “I Love these guys,” in one of the captions. “Loved spending the day with these beautiful snakes,” she wrote in another.
Almost immediately upon watching these videos, we were transported back to 2001 when low-rise jeans were without pockets and platform flip-flops were the It-shoe and everyone was talking about the year’s hottest performance: Britney Spears and a yellow python at the VMA’s. Not before or since has there been a snake moment as big.
And although Klum’s shoot may no reach the iconic status Spears’ — or should we say Banana’s — performance, it sure as hell is at least noteworthy. That is, if we were to rank fashionable snake moments.

Spider-Man: Far From Home International Teaser Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers

Spider-Man: Far From Home International Teaser Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Trailers

Initial release: 2019 (Japan)
Starring : Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei
Directed By : Jon Watts
Film series: Spider-Man: Homecoming
ScreenplayChris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Synopsis : Spider-Man teams up with Nick Fury to prevent the evil Mysterio from destroying Europe.

The Punisher Season 2: Official Trailer

The Punisher Season 2: Official Trailer

US Release Date: January 18, 2019
Starring: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Directed By:  Steve Lightfoot
Synopsis: After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as "The Punisher," with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Are Engaged!

He proposed! Chris Pratt revealed on Sunday, January 13, that he is engaged to girlfriend Katherine Schwarzenegger.

“Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!” the Guardians of the Galaxy star, 39, captioned an Instagram photo along with a ring emoji, praying hands and a red heart.
In the photo, the author, 29, has her arms wrapped around the actor, while looking down at the sizable rock on her finger. The actor has his eyes closed with his lips by the side of her forehead. Michael StrahanQuestlove and Jason Kennedy are among the friends who shared their congrats on the post, with the E! host writing, “THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY – Love you both so much.”
The proposal came just days after the Parks and Recreation actor posted a video that showed him moving Schwarzenegger’s belongings out of her Santa Monica, California, home.

While the pair haven’t been dating long — they were first spotted together in June 2018 — but a source told Us Weekly in November that they had fallen head over heels for each other and would be “engaged soon” and added the action hero was turning down work just “so he can spend time with her.”

Us previously reported that the couple were set up by Schwarzenegger’s mother, Maria Shriver. “Her mom set them up because they’re both active in the church,” an insider told Us.

The engagement comes 17 months after Pratt separated from with his wife of eight yearsAnna Faris. The couple, who share son Jack, 6, split in August 2017 and finalized their divorce last October.

References: usmagazine