Royal Caribbean Prices USD 800 Mn Notes

first_imgMiami-based cruise line Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) has priced an offering of senior unsecured notes in an aggregate principal amount of USD 800 million, consisting of two tranches. The first tranche of USD 300 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2020 will bear interest at the rate of 2.650% per annum and will mature on November 28, 2020.The second tranche of USD 500 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured notes due 2028 will bear interest at the rate of 3.700% per annum and will mature on March 15, 2028.The notes are expected to be issued on November 28, 2017.The company plans to use the proceeds from the offering to repay indebtedness, including but not limited to, its USD 290 million unsecured term loan due 2018 and portions of its unsecured revolving credit facility due 2020 and unsecured revolving credit facility due 2022.RCL added that any remaining proceeds would be used for general corporate purposes.last_img read more

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Gilroy at double for rampant Ulster

first_imgUlster showed no rustiness after the break for the autumn internationals as they posted an emphatic five-try, bonus-point RaboDirect PRO12 win over Edinburgh on Friday night. The returning Craig Gilroy scored two of Ulster’s tries – the first and fourth – while fly-half James McKinney scored 21 points with a try and an unblemished record off the tee with five conversions and three penalties in the 41-17 triumph. Ulster’s other try-scorers were Paul Marshall and captain Robbie Diack, while Edinburgh crossed the hosts’ line three times with Cornell du Preez, Dougie Fife and Grayson Hart all touching down in a frantic second-half scoring spree. He did so again two minutes later when the bonus point was secured by Gilroy from an intercept, though the sight of Luke Marshall then being helped from the field took some of the gloss off the score. However, Ulster again hit back with McKinney then touching down and converting his own 69th-minute effort. Edinburgh, though, worked Fife over in the 72nd minute which made it 41-10 and substitute Hart got another in the 74th minute, which Leonard converted to make the scoreline more respectable for the visitors. Press Association Indeed, Edinburgh got the first points on the board just before the quarter-hour mark off a scrum when Sam Hidalgo-Clyne broke blind and fed Du Preez, with the number eight then smashing through Michael Allen and Craig Gilroy to score in the corner. Harry Leonard missed the conversion, but further misery was heaped upon the home side as Iain Henderson then left the action with an injury. McKinney then narrowed the visitors’ lead with a penalty after Ulster’s scrum won a penalty. Ulster scored next as well after substitute Ricky Andrew launched a great counter-attack and skipper Diack put an excellent chip into the corner, which saw temporary sub Tom Brown run into touch. From the lineout, Ulster spun the ball left and Darren Cave’s pass allowed Gilroy to pirouette through to score. McKinney added a marvellous conversion and Ulster were 10-5 up. Then, two minutes after the half-hour, Cave burst through and his pass to Paul Marshall was hacked on by the scrum-half to score near the posts. McKinney easily added the extras and Ulster moved 17-5 ahead. Right on half-time, another big Ulster scrum yielded a penalty and McKinney did the necessary to extend his side’s interval lead. The game erupted into life on the hour mark after Izak van der Westhuizen was yellow-carded for pulling down an Ulster driving maul, and immediately afterwards Diack drove over beside the posts to allow McKinney to again add the extras. last_img read more

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Adebayor ignoring boo boys

first_img Pochettino says Spurs fans “need to back all our players”, although Adebayor seemed unfazed by that mixed reaction. “I don’t know if I will win the fans over, I just want to play football and enjoy myself,” he said. “I know if you do good, they will applaud you. I know if you do bad, they will boo you. It is as simple as that. “For me, I am not here to win any fans back. I am here to do my job as a professional.” Saturday was Adebayor’s first appearance since a home defeat to Stoke on November 9, after which he incurred the wrath of fans for suggesting the team would rather play away due to the pressure being put on them. That, along with a perceived lack of interest from the striker reportedly earning in excess of £100,000 per week, seems to have been behind the booing, although he does not want to waste time thinking about it. “I don’t want to understand it, I just want to do my job as a professional,” Adebayor said. “That is what matters. “With my age, to be honest with you, I don’t want to look because, no matter what you do, there will always be some that hate you. “For me, the most important thing is to do my job, enjoy it and embrace it.” The frontman just wants to get back playing football again after a turbulent time and has thanked head coach Pochettino for his help and understanding. “We have a very good relationship between men because I am an adult and he knows what I have been through,” Adebayor said. “He knows what I can achieve and what I can do as a footballer so, yeah, we have a mutual respect for each other. I think, for me, that’s the most important thing. “It is always good to have a manager that you can talk to as a friend, as a brother, as a manager, as your boss. “He helped me a lot. When I have got a problem, I will definitely go to him and tell him ‘listen, this is my situation’. “He always finds a solution to it, so it is always good to have a man manager like him.” Adebayor says there is “no hiding things” with Pochettino, who he describes as one of the most understanding managers he has played for. The Spurs head coach says the Togo striker remains an “important player” at White Hart Lane, so was frustrated to hear some supporters booing his second-half introduction. Press Association Emmanuel Adebayor knows he will never win around some Tottenham fans, so the divisive striker is focused only on repaying the patience of head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Saturday’s substitute appearance in Spurs’ 2-1 win against Sunderland was the 30-year-old’s first appearance for nine weeks because of injury, illness and then a period of compassionate leave due to family issues. Adebayor was quoted in November as saying his mother was practising black magic on him – a subject the striker was understandably coy on, merely saying he has “been through a lot” but that those off-field issues are now behind him. last_img read more

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Alan Curtis claims Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is staying put

first_img Shelvey has fallen out of favour at Swansea in recent weeks and been linked with a move in the January transfer window, with Crystal Palace and Newcastle reportedly keen on the 23-year-old Londoner. The former Liverpool player did start Swansea’s goalless draw at Palace on Monday, but he was substituted early in the second half after an underwhelming performance. “There’s been questions asked about Jonjo’s attitude but in the couple of weeks I’ve been in charge he’s been excellent,” Curtis said. “There’s going to be a lot of speculation about Jonjo, he’s out of the side at the moment and he’s a current England international. “I guess people are putting two and two together that if he’s not in the team he will move in January. “But I’ve spoken to Jonjo and he wants to play a part at the club and, unless things change, I expect him to be with us through January. “He played on Monday and was disappointing, but if you look at his form you’ve got to look at the entire team as well for most of the season. “I feel it’s a matter of time with Jonjo, potentially he’s a great player and the class will always come through at the end.” Only bottom-placed Aston Villa have scored fewer goals than Swansea and Curtis admits that scoring more remains the team’s priority in the second half of the season. France striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who has scored only once in his last 15 appearances and is another who has lost his place in recent weeks, has been linked with a January move to Qatari club Lekhwiya. England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey wants to remain part of Swansea’s battle for Barclays Premier League survival, caretaker manager Alan Curtis has insisted. Press Association Gomis’ departure could finance at least one new striker for Swansea in the transfer window but Curtis insists it is a case of adding numbers to the current squad, not diminishing it in any way. “I hope he (Gomis) will stay,” Curtis said. “You see the speculation in the papers but the chairman certainly hasn’t mentioned players going to me. “We probably need to bolster the squad, I’m not sure if we need to allow people to go out the door the other way.” Curtis takes charge for the fifth time at Manchester United on Saturday having overseen an upturn in form, with the Welsh club now two points above the relegation zone. Swansea are unbeaten in three, with a win over West Brom and draws against West Ham and Palace, on the back of an unlucky injury-time defeat at Manchester City. “The fact we’ve got a couple of results has probably eased the pressure to get somebody in straight away,” Curtis said at his press conference ahead of the United game. “If we’d lost the four games there would be huge pressure to appoint a new manager, but the performances as well as the results have been good. “I did speak to the chairman (Huw Jenkins) on Tuesday and it’s exactly the same position. “The search for a new manager goes on and we carry on regardless unless the situation changes. “Things could change, even this week, but it’s probably highly unlikely at the moment.” last_img read more

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Chick-fil-A Backtracks on Email Promoting Closed Sunday as “National Sandwich Day”

first_imgNational fast food chain Chick-fil-A is setting things straight, after company officials sent a promotional email last week welcoming customers to their stores on National Sandwich Day.Sounds fine, right? Well, not in this case.The problem is that the so-called “national holiday” falls on November 3, which of course is on a Sunday this year.The chain is closed on Sundays.That realization led the company to send a follow-up email with the subject line, “Well … this is awkward.”The follow-up message states, “We recently sent an email that included a message about National Sandwich Day, which naturally we were very excited about. We didn’t realize it falls on Sunday when we are closed. We apologize for the confusion and hope to see you soon (Monday-Saturday).”On a related note, competitor Popeyes used the occasion to announce that its popular chicken sandwich, which sold out weeks earlier than expected last summer, would make its return on Sunday.Popeyes officials took a jab at Chick-fil-A in a recent social media video, which says that Popeyes is “always open seven days a week.”last_img read more

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Antigua & Barbuda, Bermuda advance in Caribbean Under-20

first_imgWILLEMSTAD, Curacao: Antigua & Barbuda (2W-1D-0L, 7 points) captured the Group A crown in the Caribbean under-20 qualifying football finals, holding on for 3-2 win over Bermuda (1-1-1, 4) on Tuesday at the Stadion Ergilio Hato.With the result, the Benna Boys earned a place in the regional semifinals and a berth in the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Despite the loss, the Bermudians did the same on the goal difference tiebreaker (+1 to 0) with St. Kitts & Nevis (1-1-1, 4), which defeated Curacao (0-1-2, 1), 3-1. St. Kitts can still progress to the CONCACAF event as the team with the best third-place record.Mohammad Hakeem (1’, 11’) led the way for Antigua against Bermuda, striking for the game’s first two goals within the opening 11 minutes. Javorn Stevens (40’) made it 3-0 five minutes before halftime, striking in a third consecutive finals outing.Bermuda’s second-half comeback bid saw Mazhye Burchall (53’, 86’) net twice, but it wasn’t enough to alter the outcome.Both sides completed the game with 10 players as Knory Scott (56’) and Denie Henry (59’) were ejected for Bermuda and Antigua, respectively.In the nightcap, St. Kitts & Nevis officially eliminated host Curacao.After Javier Sutton (23’) put the visitor ahead 1-0 at the midway point of the first half, Jeremy Cijntje (42’) leveled just three minutes before the break. Delano Hodge (67’) and Dakarai Phipps (76’) notched second-goals to propel the Sugar Boyz to victory.The tournament resumed yesterday with the last two Group B matches. Cuba and St. Lucia will meet in the opener, followed by an encounter between already-qualified Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago.The competition, which runs through October 30, will qualify the top five finishers to the next CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which will be played in Costa Rica from February 17-March 5, 2017. The 12-team field also includes the host nation; Central American qualifiers El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as automatic North American entrants Canada, Mexico and the United States.last_img read more

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California Science Center might begin charging

first_imgStudents looking for a weekend activity that doesn’t drain their wallets have always had the option of visiting the California Science Center, which sits just across Exposition Boulevard from USC. But now, a visit that was once free may soon cost a sizable fee.Free ride · The nearby California Science Center offers free admission to visitors, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is considering instituting an admission fee to help bring in more money. The fee could be around $15 for adult visitors. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan The science center, which aims to educate visitors about math and science, has always been free, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed adding an admission fee to help bring in more money.The governor’s plan includes a $12 million budget cut for the museum. The entrance fees would help close this gap.The new price of admission will most likely be modeled after the fee for the Exploratorium, a science museum in San Francisco that is similar to the California Science Center. The San Francisco museum currently costs $15 for adults and is free for children under the age of 3.State Sen. Curren Price said imposing an admission fee would be an ill-advised move.“The new proposal from the governor is calling for a budget reduction of $12 million and asking the science center to make up that shortfall by generating more revenue from admissions,” said Price. “According to the 2005 study, charging for admission would bring the science center less than $1 million a year in net income, far short of the $12 million proposed to be taken out of the science center’s budget.”Price said he does not think the fee will pass, but he noted that, if it does, it could be disastrous.“The more you charge, the more attendance drops, negatively impacting our ability to generate revenue and serve economically disadvantaged visitors,” he said.A similar plan was put forth to the legislature in 2005, and it was rejected. But with the state’s budget at an all-time low, this proposal could help boost the state coffers.Students said a fee — particularly, a $15 fee — would make them hesitate before visiting the science center.“One great thing about Los Angeles is that a lot of the museums and other kinds of exhibits are free,” said Neil Sakhrani, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “Although I haven’t been to the science center, the Getty is one of my favorite spots, and I don’t want places like the Getty and the California Science Center to start charging money. It will make people less likely to go to enjoy exhibits and learn.”Michael Jacobs, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, said he has been to the center a few times, but, if there is an admission fee, he said he is unsure he would return.“Although I can see how charging admission would be good for the economy, I don’t think I would pay that much to go back to the science center,” said Jacobs. “$15 is more than it costs to see a movie.”Some students are not as discouraged about the price change as others.Mina Gerges, a sophomore majoring in engineering, said he would not stop visiting entirely if a new fee is imposed.“As an engineering major, I love going to the California Science Center,” said Gerges. “If people in the community really love the science center, then they will support it no matter what.”Whatever happens, Price said he hopes the science center will not be a victim of the state’s decision.“The focus of the science center is in inspiring science learning for all, including a large number of youth in the greater Los Angeles area,” said Price. “My hope is that the science center will inspire the learning and imagination of all those who attend, whether it be young children, college students or senior citizens.”last_img read more

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Martelly’s family flee to neighboring DR

first_imgAs violent protests broke out in Haiti over the weekend, the family of former Haitian President Michel Martelly reportedly fled to the Dominican Republic. Listin Diario reported that the Martelly arrived in the Dominican Republic through the Maria Montez International Airport on Sunday afternoon, in a helicopter from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. The paper quoted a source as saying the group included Martelly’s wife, Angela Pierre Jean-Baptiste, and the ex-president’s children, Michel Yani, Bianka Christy J., Michael Alexandre, Michael Olivier, Olivia Michael, Kahlil Michel-Olivier and Melaika Michael Martelly. Th paper is also reporting that DR airport authorities, civil and military security, as well as the Customs Directorate have been put on high alert, as it is expected other important Haitian families, could flee to the DR given the rising violence in Haiti.last_img read more

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