Rodrigo Pessoa Takes the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2* at WEF

first_imgThe seventh week of the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL, concluded on Sunday, February 25, with wins for Rodrigo Pessoa and Santiago Lambre. Pessoa (BRA) rode Chaganus to the win in the $50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Dutta Corp. in association with Guido Klatte, while Lambre (MEX) and Doloris were victorious in the $70,000 Hollow Creek Farm 1.50m Classic CSI 5*.WEF continues with its eighth week of competition on February 28-March 4 with CSIO 4* competition sponsored by U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Highlights include the $35,000 Hermès Under 25 Semi-Final Grand Prix on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m., the $150,000 Nations Cup, presented by U.S. Trust & Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m., and the $205,000 CSIO4* Grand Prix, presented by Lugano Diamonds on Sunday, March 4, at 1 p.m. WEF hosts hunter, jumper, and equitation competition until April 1 and offers more than $9 million in prize money.The Sunday feature class had 45 entries, and 12 of those were clear to move on to the jump-off. The top three were the only double clears in the class. Pessoa and Chaganus, a ten-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Carthago owned by Pessoa Stables LLC, ended up with the winning time of 36.11 seconds for victory.Wilhelm Genn (GER) and Dieta, Taylor Reid’s ten-year-old KWPN mare by Ukato x Indorado, placed second with a time of 37.28 seconds. Wilton Porter (USA) and Delinquent JX, an 11-year-old SHBGB gelding by Darco x I Need You owned by Sleepy P Ranch LLC, finished third with a time of 39.33 seconds.Pessoa took over the ride on Chaganus in 2017 from fellow Brazilian Yuri Mansur and praised his carefulness and competitive nature, but knew he had to work on the horse’s flexibility.“I would say he would be a little bit stiff, and we were working on getting him a little bit looser to have more control in the ring,” said Pessoa. “I really focused from October until now on a lot of flatwork and a lot of getting him supple because I knew to get him to the next level he would need to be better with control.”After their success this week, Pessoa feels ready to move Chaganus up to the next level.“He is a horse that is really eager to go, and we want to contain him a little bit. He is a fun horse to ride because he wants to jump the fences clear,” he noted. “He was third on Friday and won today. For me that was the most important that he performed well both days.”The pairing of Genn and Dieta had a slow start due to Dieta’s late start to competition and Genn dealing with multiple injuries in 2017, but has recently come together for success.“She had several foals, so she didn’t come in to the sport until she was seven,” said Genn. “I bought her here in the States when she just came into the country. We developed her up to 1.30m, then one of my clients bought her for me to stay on and ride her.“She’s a little tricky,” he continued. “She has an old-fashioned body, a little long in the back, and she takes her head extremely high. I haven’t found out a different way to ride her. This seems to be the best way she goes. She has a lot of scope, she’s careful, and she tries really hard. This was her first FEI week, so I am really happy.”Porter was happy with his mount’s consistency and that he and his younger brother Lucas both made it to the jump-off in the grand prix while their trainer, World Champion show jumper Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED), was out of town.“These two-star weeks are the perfect level for him and me,” said Porter. “He’s been really consistent, which I’m proud of, and also this is the first week my brother and I have shown without Jeroen here, so I am proud of the fact that he has been able to teach us to do it independently.”He added, “It’s an honor to be sitting here with these two great riders. They have a lot of grand prix wins between the two of them, so hopefully one day I can have a record that matches theirs.”$50,000 Grand Prix CSI 2*1 CHAGANUS: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x CarthagoRODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Pessoa Stables LLC: 0/0/36.112 DIETA: 2008 KWPN mare by Ukato x IndoradoWILHELM GENN (GER), Taylor Reid: 0/0/37.283 DELINQUENT JX: 2007 SHBGB gelding by Darco x I Need YouWILTON PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 0/0/39.334 SHARAPOVA IMPERIO EGIPICIO: 2002 Brazilian mare by Baloubet du Rouet x Welton AmbassadorFRANCISCO JOSE MESQUITA MUSA (BRA), Daniel Aguiar Morelli: 0/4/34.965 EXPLOSION W: 2009 KWPN gelding by Chacco Blue x Baloubet du RouetEMILY MASON (GBR), Poden Farms: 0/4/36.956 COLUMBCILLE DE REVE: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Hermes de Reve x Errigal FlightLAUREN CROOKS (USA), Crooks Show Jumping LLC: 0/4/37.277= BACHELOR 4: 2002 Rheinlander by Baloubet du Rouet x Grosso ZFREDDIE VAZQUEZ (PUR), Messenger Hill: 0/4/37.317= TOSCA DU FEUGRE: 2007 Selle Francais mare by Calvaro x Nidor PlatiereLAUREN FISCHER (USA), Cheryl Fischer: 0/4/37.319 CHARLIE: 2008 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco-Blue x Charlie ZWINN ALDEN (USA), Southern Arches, LLC: 0/4/37.4210 HITCHCOCK VD BROEKKANT: 2007 BWP gelding by Canturo x HeartbreakerALISE OKEN (USA), Hi Hopes Farm LLC: 0/4/40.6211 FANTAST: 2005 BWP gelding by Toulon x Rubens du Ri d’AsseILAN FERDER (ISR), Sagamore Farms: 0/8/36.7012 DIAMONTE DARCO: 2005 GBSH mare by Unbelievable Darco x UnknownLUCAS PORTER (USA), Sleepy P Ranch LLC: 0/8/37.20 Tags: WEF, Winter Equestrian Festival, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! 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Email* SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

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Russia’s Iskander Missiles Fail in Karabakh but Cause Crisis in Armenia

first_imgThe Second Karabakh War, between Armenia and Azerbaijan, began on September 27, 2020, and ended on November 9, 2020, with a Russian-brokered and guaranteed agreement. The conflict claimed the lives of thousands of Armenian and Azerbaijani soldiers. But after 44 days of fierce fighting, it concluded with Yerevan soundly defeated: Armenia lost territory occupied during the First Karabakh War in 1992–1994 as well as over 30 percent of prewar Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast—a region of Soviet Azerbaijan majority populated by ethnic Armenians. Today, the rump self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR or “Artsakh”)—still controlled by Armenians and not recognized by anyone—is fully surrounded by Azerbaijani troops and territory. The rump Karabakh “republic’s” perimeter is guarded by some 2,000 Russian “peacekeepers” who also control the so-called Lachin corridor, the only highway left open from Armenia proper to Karabakh through the city of Lachin. The future of the rump NKR and its Armenian population is unclear. Baku refuses to discuss any special administrative status for the territory, insisting Armenians born in the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast or their descendants must disarm and apply for Azerbaijani citizenships to stay as a minority inside Azerbaijan. In turn, the NKR leadership has declared Russian an official language alongside Armenian to avoid use of Azerbaijani Turkish (Izvestia, February 17). Officials in Stepanakert (Khankendi in Azerbaijani) apparently hope this may tempt Moscow to keep its peacekeepers in Karabakh permanently and maybe eventually agree to annex the NKR outright.After the 44-day war, Armenia has been in turmoil, with military and political leaders blaming each other for the disaster. Former Armenian president Serge Sarkissian—who was ousted from power in 2018 through mass street protests by the present Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinian—bitterly and publicly criticized the way the conflict was conducted. In particular, he accused Pashinian of failing to make good use of the Russian Iskander mobile theater ballistic missiles Armenia acquired in 2016, when Sarkissian was in charge. The embattled Pashinian replied that, in fact, the Iskanders were fired at Azerbaijani targets but turned out to be useless—“a weapon of the 1980s”—ether not exploding upon impact or “only with some 10 percent effect” (Interfax, February 23). This statement and its aftermath transformed the tense situation in Yerevan into a full-blown crisis. The deputy chief of the Armenian General Staff, Lieutenant General Tiran Khachatrian, told journalists, in between laughter, that Pashinian’s statement about the Iskander’s “10 percent effectiveness” was nonsense. In turn, the prime minister demanded that Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian (now a largely ceremonial role) fire Khachatrian, which he did on February 24.This termination prompted an open confrontation between Pashinian and the Armenian Armed Forces’ top command. The General Staff issued a statement denouncing Pashinian as utterly incompetent and a threat to the future of Armenia, demanding his ouster: “We endured the attempts to discredit the military, but enough is enough.” Pashinian accused the uniformed leadership of attempting a coup, called on his supporters to come out into the streets of the capital, and demanded the ouster of the chief of the General Staff, Colonel General Onik Gasparian—Armenia’s top military officer (Interfax, February 25).On February 25, Pashinian joined a small demonstration of supporters in Yerevan. Opposition protesters, who announced they backed the military, in turn began blockading downtown city streets with dumpsters, while Armenian Su-30MS fighter jets overflew the capital in an apparent demonstration of force. President Sarkissian, who obediently fired General Khachatrian, has hesitated to underwrite the order to fire General Gasparian. Two former presidents, Robert Kocharian and Serge Sarkissian—both bitter political opponents of Pashinian and heroes of the First Karabakh War—released statements calling on Armenians to support the military against the sitting head of government (Interfax, February 25).Armenia was the first foreign country to receive Iskander missiles, which Moscow has long been promoting as one of its wonder weapon. Armenian sources have indicated the Iskander was used in the Karabakh clashes last autumn, but the Russian Ministry of Defense issued a statement denying that assertion: “all the Iskander 9K720-E missiles supplied to Armenia are safely in storage.” According to the Russian defense ministry, “The Iskander 9K720-E was successfully used in Syria against international terrorists and is internationally acclaimed as the best in its class of weapons. Apparently, Pashinian was misled by someone” (Interfax, February 25). Of course, this official defense ministry renunciation is itself ambiguous: Armenia may, indeed, have received the simplified, export version of the missile, or Iskander-E (9K720-E), which has a range of 280 kilometers compared to the 500 kilometers (or more) of the regular Iskander-M supplied to the Russian Armed Forces. But why would the Russian military have used in Syria this specifically inferior 9K720-E Iskander, as the defense ministry statement seemed to say?Moscow has hyped the capabilities of the Iskander-M, the Iskander-K cruise missile version as well as the hypersonic Kinzhal, believed to simply be an airborne iteration of the same Iskander aero-ballistic (capable of maneuvering within the atmosphere) missile. The Kinzhal has a range of up to 1,500 kilometers due to it being launched, midair, at a height of some 10 kilometers. These weapons systems, though produced to this day, were initially designed in the 1980s. Their accuracy is lagging, the time required to program and insert a flight path takes time (sometimes days), and they are not designed to hit mobile targets. The Iskander as well as other Russian non-strategic missiles can be truly effective only with a nuclear warhead—apparently the way it is intended to primarily be used in any peer-to-peer conflict. The use of several conventional Iskanders in the Second Karabakh War would hardly have changed the overall outcome.Pashinian has announced a reform of the Armenian Armed Forces “in close cooperation with Russia” and phoned President Vladimir Putin to seek support in his standoff with his own uniformed command. The Armenian military brass, in turn, are reportedly in touch with their Russian counterparts. Moscow never liked or trusted Pashinian but seems hesitant to take sides in the face of a possible coup and lasting destabilization of an important ally. On February 25, Putin reportedly simply called for both sides to stay calm (Militarynews.ru, February 25).last_img read more

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Assistant Professor – Department of Neurosurgery, Preston A. Wells Brain Tumor Therapy Program

first_imgThe Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida isseeking applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professorposition to join the faculty. The Assistant Professor isresponsible for leading interdisciplinary translational researchteams focused on brain tumor biology and therapeutic development.The candidate will direct nationally recognized research programswithin the Preston A. Wells Brain Tumor Therapy Program in theDepartment of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida.The applicant is expected to have experience in the followingareas: 1) cancer stem cell and somatic stem cell assays such asquantitating stem cell frequency, in vitro isolation, propagation,and expansion, in situ manipulation, transplantation and methodstargeting cancer stem cells in models of neoplasia; 2) brain tumormetabolism and immunometabolism with current/future focus ondeveloping therapeutic approaches exploiting the metabolicinterplay within the tumor microenvironment, especially betweencancer stem cells and immune cells.Research and scholarship responsibilities may include developingindependent, federally funded research projects, and publication.Successful applicants are expected to contribute to research,education and service missions of the department and college.Rank and Tenure status will be commensurate withqualifications.Required Qualifications:M.D., Ph.D or M.D./Ph.DPreferred Qualifications:The ideal candidate will lead preclinical efforts in therapeuticinterventions in the context of brain tumors and will have ademonstrable track record in scholarly research. Expertise in braintumor research in the areas of cancer stem cells, metabolism andimmunotherapy and other approaches to novel treatment modalities.Significant experience with brain tumor models, generation andengineering of patient-derived primary cell lines, development ofcell culture systems, and animal procedures is needed for theposition. Candidates must have evidence of publications andacademic scholarship.To apply, please attach a cover letter, CV and at least 3professional references with submission of application.The Search Committee will accept applications until the position isfilled. Applications will be reviewed starting as soon as possibleafter the posting date.Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff.The University of Florida is An Equal Employment OpportunityInstitution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed toapply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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At the desk of: Rich Sarkis

first_imgRich Sarkis (Photos by Emily Assiran) Rich Sarkis’ office has no imposing mahogany table or wall of photos featuring him with celebrities or industry powerbrokers.  His white desk is largely barren, save for a few essentials. But Sarkis’ Midtown office is a long way from the tiny Chelsea space where he co-founded his company, Reonomy, back in 2013.The real estate data and analytics firm has grown massively since then. That growth has been fueled by some of the largest investors in real estate venture capital, including SoftBank, Bain Capital Ventures and Sapphire Ventures.Last month, the startup — which has intel on 50 million commercial properties across the U.S. and claims to covers 99 percent of the market — closed on a $60 million series D funding round, backed by Citi Ventures and Wells Fargo.  That round brought its total cash raised up to $128 million and is going to be used for international expansion to Canada and the U.K. The firm, which counts the likes of CBRE and Brookfield as clients, will also use the capital to build additional products for financial services clients.  Sarkis, who is 40, grew up in London, where he went to a French school, then moved to the U.S. to attend Williams College in Massachusetts, where he majored in economics and psychology. Before graduating in 2001, he launched a series of businesses, including an online platform that imported textbooks and sold them to college students at a discount. But he largely abandoned it after big U.S. book retailers allegedly threatened to take action against his European suppliers. The experiment provided good fodder for his application to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, which admitted him in 2005.  From there, Sarkis joined the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he became an associate partner, focusing on financial services. In 2012, he quit and went back to his entrepreneurial roots. It was then that he met Charlie Oshman, a data engineer with experience in commercial real estate. Together, the pair co-founded Reonomy, which now occupies the top two floors at 767 Third Avenue and has about 120 employees. Sarkis lives with his wife and two kids in Manhattan.Planter boxReonomy started out at 247 West 30th Street in an office that Sarkis equated to the size of a supply closet. His wife, Stephanie, whom he met at Williams, wanted to celebrate the fact that the company had opened its own office, and she gave him this planter box. “It was ours,” Sarkis said. “And so, my wife’s like, ‘Here you go, office warming.’”CalculatorSarkis still uses his Hewlett Packard 48G high school calculator (which has his former nickname “Rick” carved into its shell) to do quick math. While the calculator still comes in handy, it is a far cry from the calculations Reonomy does. The firm’s database pulls info from hundreds of sources and uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to generate property information for investors, developers and other real estate players. MugThis mug was molded (with help) by Sarkis’ daughter when she was two (she’s now eight). But it’s been through the ringer. It was glued back together after one of his employees borrowed (and broke) it. Sarkis, who attends investor meetings in jeans and a hoodie, by no means cuts an intimidating figure. But the employees were “all scared to tell me.” Poker ChipsSarkis tinkers with these poker chips, but they also come in handy for the company’s monthly poker nights. Games are always No-Limit Texas Hold’em, and buy-ins rarely exceed $20. Pizza and sandwiches are usually served. Outside of the office, Sarkis steers clear of gambling. “I have enough risk in my life overseeing a venture-backed thing,” he said. BobbleHeadSarkis has played in a fantasy football league with college friends for 20 years. This purple bobblehead was sent by Yahoo! (which previously hosted the league) after Sarkis’ team, dubbed Eurotrash, won the season. He’s held onto it because the colors remind him of Williams and the college’s mascot: the purple cow.Soccer JerseyLike many of his English brethren, Sarkis is an avid soccer fan. He grew up backing the Tottenham Hotspurs. To recognize Reonomy’s sixth anniversary, his staff gave him this jersey, which was from the club’s 1991 FA Cup Final win — its most famous game. It was also signed by Sarkis’ favorite player, Paul Gascoigne. “I’m very rarely surprised by gifts or anything like that in my life,” he said. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Severe weather hits Michiana

first_img Google+ Severe weather hits Michiana Twitter Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather By Jon Zimney – May 27, 2019 0 558 Google+ (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The threat of severe weather turned reality for Michiana on Monday, May 27, as multiple Tornado Warnings were issued for St. Joseph County, as well as Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke and Fulton Counties in Indiana and Berrien and Cass Counties in Michigan.The tornado threat hit the region shortly before 5 p.m. in LaPorte County and continued to move eastward toward St. Joseph County.Around 5:15 p.m. our reporting partners at ABC 57 reported a tornado-capable storm in the area of U.S. 20 and State Road 23.95.3 MNC interrupted regular programming for more than two hours and multiple storm cells with rotation resulted in continued Tornado Warnings being issued by the National Weather Service.There was no immediate confirmation that a tornado had struck in St. Joseph County.There were no immediate reports of widespread damage.Power outages in the area were at a minimum, as well, with around 350 Indiana Michigan Power customers left in the dark. NIPSCO reported around 2,000 customers without electricity, but most were in northwestern Indiana. More than 750 people were left without power in the Akron area.Listeners to 95.3 MNC reported high winds, light debris in the air, as well as heavy rain and hail in the area of U.S. 20 and State Road 23.Around 8:05 p.m. the National Weather Service confirmed a large tornado on the ground in Fulton County and issued the following information:The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued a* Tornado Warning for… Northwestern Wabash County in north central Indiana… Eastern Fulton County in north central Indiana… South central Kosciusko County in north central Indiana… North central Miami County in north central Indiana…* Until 830 PM EDT.* At 806 PM EDT, a confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located near Akron, or 11 miles east of Rochester, moving east at 25 mph. This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. TAKE COVER NOW! HAZARD…Damaging tornado. SOURCE…Radar confirmed tornado. IMPACT…You are in a life-threatening situation. Flying debris may be deadly to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be destroyed. Considerable damage to homes, businesses, and vehicles is likely and complete destruction is possible.* The tornado will be near… North Manchester around 830 PM EDT.A Tornado Watch remained in effect until 10 p.m. on Monday evening. A Flash Flood Warning remained in effect until 10:30 p.m.I spoke with a woman who was home at the time of the tornado.She is a caretaker for a woman, who lives just before this line of trees restricting access to county residents, hear her story tonight at @ABC57News at 10/11. pic.twitter.com/1yRQW3Fh5L— Kylie Walker (@kylieABC57) May 28, 2019center_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Images from Akron, IN, where NWS confirmed a large tornado touched down around 8 p.m.As of now, the amount of damage is unknown. Several trees are blocking access to reports of destroyed homes. pic.twitter.com/CFV6WXOrmu— Kylie Walker (@kylieABC57) May 28, 2019 Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleBenton Township woman, 78, killed in house fireNext articleCelebration set for new Indiana Dunes National Park Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Duty free loss taxes airlines’ resources

first_imgFrom July, low-cost airlines such as Branson’s seven-year-old Virgin Express could face higher landing fees at EU airports, as the latter seek to make up for lost revenues following the abolition of duty-free shopping within the Union.The airline itself will also have to forego its cut of the average 2 euro spent by each passenger on tax-free liquor, cigarettes and perfumes bought during airborne shopping sprees.Virgin Express, which reduces the risk of flying empty planes by having partnership agreements with Swiss/Belgian airline Sabena, will most likely have to recoup lost revenues by raising fares. The size of the increase would depend on the readiness of passengers on specific routes to pay more. Some duty free operators such as Belgium’s Sky Shops, which operates stores at Brussels Zaventem Airport, say they plan to focus more on products such as confectionery and clothing.A year ago, the company opened a shop at Zaventem selling toys based on cartoon characters. It also plans to run promotions such as last year’s exhibition of French wines, to boost the airport’s image.However, Sky Shops’ commercial manager Marc Leemans concedes that it will take several years before the company is able to reach a break-even point and another couple of years before it returns to profit. “We want to maintain our competitive position versus other airports, but we cannot recoup this loss of 30% within a year,” he says.Duty-free shops’ suppliers are also having to think creatively. “As soon as the talks started over abolishing duty free, we began turning toward the eastern European countries,” says Raul Spanger, a business manager for Gebrüder Heinemann, a Hamburg-based supplier and shop operator at Germany’s major airports.He adds that the company, which is currently active in Hungary and the former Soviet Union, is constantly on the lookout for new businesses in the East. “One has tried to become less dependent on duty free in the EU,” he explains. But even if the 6.7-billion-euro-a-year EU duty free industry gets a 30-month reprieve – an increasingly unlikely scenario following this week’s meeting of finance ministers – the businesses which are most vulnerable will have no choice but to make up the shortfall somehow.Airports claim that they will be forced to raise landing charges for planes. This has prompted predictions that airlines will seek to pass on the increase to passengers by raising ticket prices by an average 18 euro per seat for commercial flights and 30 euro for charters. Ferry companies claim that they would lose 94% of their retail sales revenue.“Landing charges at airports have been kept low over the years thanks to duty free,” says John Gallagher, a spokesman for Aer Rianta, the state-owned Irish company which runs Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. “Obviously that is going to disappear. Something will have to give.”The British Airports Authority has already been authorised to raise landing fees by 15% from July.Low-cost, no-frills airlines such as Ryanair, which operates out of Dublin and secondary airports close to Paris and Brussels, could suffer the greatest casualties.The entire strategy of these airlines is founded on offering low fares on the basis of deals with airports (often subsidiary destinations close to major cities) which charge lower landing fees. Airports currently make up the difference with income from duty-free sales. One study estimates that the end of duty-free shopping will require an average increase in airport charges of 860 euro for a typical charter service and 370 euro for scheduled intra-EU flights.center_img Contingency plans vary. Ryanair insists that it will be able to remain competitive by cutting costs, while Spanish independent carrier Spanair says it would resist raising fares for its Scandinavian flights but increase prices on all other routes to spread the burden around.Aer Rianta expects to lose 29 million euro a year, a hefty chunk of its 165-million euro annual revenues. It is now scrambling – seven years after the original decision to abolish duty free was taken – to assemble a 170-million euro war-chest to expand terminals at Dublin, Shannon and Cork, to attract more passengers.“We are putting an optimistic face on it by saying we are expanding,” says Gallagher. “But there is no way we are under any illusion that we are going to be able to recoup the losses.”The company has widened its activities to reduce its dependence on duty free by, for example, buying a 41% stake in Birmingham airport and 50% in Düsseldorf. Its stores will aim to sell more clothing and cosmetics to make up for reduced tobacco and liquor purchases, relying on the fact that passengers with time to kill before their flights take off are a captive market which can still produce lucrative profits in the post duty free era.Even larger airports such as London’s Heathrow and Frankfurt International, where much of the duty free revenue comes from passengers travelling to and from destinations outside the EU, will probably be forced to borrow more heavily to finance investment plans unless the income lost on intra-Union sales is replaced from another source.“If an airport has not developed its duty free operations or has a non-EU international market, it will not be significantly affected,” says Romano Pagliari, an aviation economist at Cranfield University, who has conducted an impact study into the loss of duty free. “On the other hand, some large and regional airports, particularly in the UK, will be badly affected.”last_img read more

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Audit Disputes $4M in City Ambulance Billing

first_imgThe dispute over $4 million was raised by a federal audit of Medicare billing. BALTIMORE — The WBAL TV 11 News I-Team has learned that Baltimore city faces a multimillion-dollar bill from the federal government to resolve a dispute over hundreds of ambulance calls over several years. Click here to read more.center_img Auditors claimed that in some cases, the city billed Medicare for the more expensive advanced life support in ambulance transports when it should have billed for basic life support.last_img read more

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The Other Josh Cohen to Welcome Jane Bruce & Cathryn Wake to the Cast

first_imgCathryn Wake(Photo provided by Vivacity Media Group) A pair of new players are stepping into the celebrated musical comedy The Other Josh Cohen at the Westside Theatre. Jane Bruce (Jagged Little Pill) will join the company tonight and Cathryn Wake (The Great Comet) will begin in the ensemble cast on February 5, replacing Kate Wetherhead and Hannah Elless, respectively.Featuring a book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, who also star, The Other Josh Cohen centers on Josh Cohen, who just can’t get a break. He’s single, broke, and to top it all off, his apartment has been robbed of everything but a Neil Diamond CD. Soon, though, his luck takes a turn when a mysterious envelope arrives that changes his life forever.The cast also features Elizabeth Nestlerode, Luke Darnell and Louis Tucci, with Megan Loomis as the female standby. The design team includes scenic designer Carolyn Mraz, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, sound designer Bart Fasbender and costume designer Nikki Moody.Directed by Hunter Foster, The Other Josh Cohen features scenic design by Carolyn Mraz, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Bart Fasbender and costume design by Nikki Moody. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img The Other Josh Cohen Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019last_img read more

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3 Cups Media celebrates move to new Johnson Drive location in Mission

first_imgCustom promotions company 3 Cups Media last week celebrated the opening of its new location on Johnson Drive in Mission.The company, which will celebrate its third birthday later this year, had previously officed out of a space a few blocks away on Woodson, but the opportunity to move to the more prominent location at 5106 Johnson Drive proved attractive to owner Serena Schermoly. The new location gave the company more space to showcase the products is can produce, while also keeping Schermoly close to family. Her daughter and son-in-law operate the recently renovated Salon Bearde on Johnson Drive and live nearby.“Two minutes, and I can see the little ones,” Schermoly said.Schermoly, who also serves as a representative of Ward 2 on the Prairie Village City Council, said her company focuses on custom products, from 3-D art to jump drives, that are less common in the promotional space.“We’ll do anything with your name on it — pens, hats, cups — but we really like to focus on custom items you won’t see anywhere else,” she said. “If we’re doing a full marketing program for someone, we want it to stand out with unique items.”3 Cups Media also offers branding services and website design.“Northeast Johnson County’s been good do us, and we wanted to stay here,” she said.last_img read more

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New tourist catalog of Baška presented

first_imgIn addition to the strong promotion of Baška as an unavoidable place for all lovers of natural beauty, history, culture and active life, we have refreshed the look of the catalog that best combines the diverse offer of our place, say the Tourist Board of Baška.The interior of the catalog is adorned with a multitude of photographs showing all the charms and beauties of Baška, as well as the entire tourist offer from cultural to content for active holidays. You can download the new promotional tourist catalog at the Tourist Information Center of the Tourist Board of Baška at the address Kralja Zvonimira 114, during working hours or you can download it at this linkIn the first nine months, a total of 158.532 arrivals were made in Baša (2% more than in 2015) and 937.252 overnight stays (4% more). Compared to 2015, domestic guests made 5.610 arrivals (19% less) and 25.839 overnight stays (20% less). The share of domestic guests in total arrivals and overnight stays for the period January-September is 3%. Foreign guests realized 152.922 arrivals (3% more) and 911.413 overnight stays (5% more), which makes a share of 97%.The largest number of arrivals was realized in private accommodation 71.120, followed by the number of arrivals in campsites 42.989 and in hotels 40.684 arrivals. 2.665 arrivals were recorded in resorts and 1.074 arrivals in campsites. In terms of markets, the largest number of overnight stays was recorded by Germans, our traditionally most loyal guests, with 213.574 overnight stays (3% more) and Austrians with 144.228 overnight stays (1% more), while Italians took third place with 97.802 overnight stays (11% more) and Slovenes are in fourth place with 90.511 overnight stays (9% less) and the Czechs with 90.419 overnight stays (index 100) hold the fifth place.The increase in overnight stays was recorded from the following markets: Poland with 63.662 overnight stays or + 28%, Slovakia 59.950 (4% more), Hungary with 44.868 overnight stays, which is an increase of 19%, and Sweden with 26.226 overnight stays or + 5% and the Netherlands with 14.616 overnight stays (16% more).TOURIST CATALOG TZ BAŠKAlast_img read more

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