National Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday and Sioux City Fire Rescue will be holding several activities.Fire Marshall Mark Aesoph says there is a special theme for the week:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PREVENT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….your escape plan. ;14He says you should draw a map of your home, marking exits from each room and a path to the outside, and then practice your home fire drill twice a year:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PREVENT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….breaks out in your home. :11An open house will be held Sunday at each Sioux City Fire Station with a free lunch and firefighters and citizen’s academy members giving tours and demonstrations.Aesoph says you may also sign up for a SAFE Home Program:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/PREVENT3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………refer to at home. :20Sunday’s open houses run from 1p until 4pm.Fire Station 1315 9th St.Fire Station 32630 3rd St.Fire Station 43109 Dearborn Blvd.Hands On Fire Extinguisher TrainingFire Station 54729 Southern Hills DriveFire Station 64203 Morningside Ave.Fire Station 73252 Floyd Blvd.Fire Station 83829 W. 19th St.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Miami-based cruise major Royal Caribbean Cruises closed the quarter ended June 30, 2019, with record second-quarter earnings.US GAAP net income for the quarter was USD 472.8 million, compared to USD 466.3 million posted in Q2 2018.In addition, adjusted net income stood at USD 532.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, against USD 482.2 million seen in the corresponding three-month period a year earlier.As explained, the improvement over last year was mainly driven by increased revenue from Royal Caribbean’s global brands. “We are elated to see our brands executing so effectively, keeping our business in an exceptionally strong position,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO, pointed out.The overall positive results were achieved despite the United States’ decision to ban cruise ships from docking in Cuba, preventing group tours and cruise ship stops to the island nation.“Better demand for onboard experiences as well as strong close-in demand for our core products fully offset the impact from the travel restrictions to Cuba which equated to 30 basis points for the quarter,” according to the company.Due to an increase in costs related to the travel restrictions to Cuba, current fuel pricing, as well as other factors, Royal Caribbean estimates 2019 adjusted EPS to be in the range of USD 9.55 to USD 9.65 per share.“The company’s booked position for the remainder of 2019 continues to set new records with all core products in line or ahead of the company’s previous expectations,” Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, commented. “While it is too early to provide detailed color on 2020, we are delighted that bookings are already off to a very strong start.”Royal Caribbean Cruises controls and operates four brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. It is also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 63 ships with an additional 13 on order as of June 30, 2019.