High fuel cost, maintenance, manpower drive airfare cost up

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 46 Views   no discussionscenter_img LifestyleTravel High fuel cost, maintenance, manpower drive airfare cost up by: – December 10, 2012 Share LIAT’s chairman Jean Holder said that for the last six years, LIAT has not gone to its shareholder governments for any financial support for its daily operations.ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Sunday December 9, 2012 – Chairman of the financially strapped regional airline, LIAT, has defended the high cost of airfares charged by the Antigua based airline.“There are those who argue that all the problems of air transportation in the region will be solved by competition which will lead to lower fares. They point out that when Caribbean Star, Caribbean Sun and REDjet, were operating and offering cheap fares, a great deal more people were travelling,” said LIAT’s chairman Jean Holder.He told regional journalists that “if indeed, such airlines had decided, instead of offering cheap fares , to offer no fares at all, the number of people travelling would be so great that it could not be contained by the regions’ airports.“The people, who argue in this manner, seem to take away no lessons from the fact that all the airlines mentioned above, went bankrupt and ceased to operate and the investors lost their money.”He said currently, the operations of all Caribbean carriers offering fares not covered by their commercial costs, are subsidized on an annual basis by their governments. He said the situation is also the same in the United States.“The fact is, that any airline operating on these intra-Caribbean routes, which charges fares that reflect its real costs, cannot offer cheap fares, and any airline, not in receipt of subsidies, offering fares that do not reflect its true costs, will not survive.”Holder said there seems to be a general belief abroad in the Caribbean that somehow LIAT has been exempt from the pain and suffering caused to all businesses by the poor state of the global economy, especially the economic difficulties in our tourism source markets, including the Caribbean market.He said LIAT is not exempted from the extremely high cost of fuel, maintenance and manpower.“Perhaps the reason for this, is that through all these difficult times, LIAT has continued to deliver its extensive services, many of which are not commercially profitable and amount to nothing more than a public service. This situation cannot continue, especially when only three of the 21 destinations served by LIAT come to its aid when it is in financial difficulties.“Unlike all the other Caribbean airlines in the region, LIAT does not enjoy the luxury of an annual subsidy in its annual budget up front to cushion annual financial losses. It also does not frequently enjoy the marketing support and flight guarantees that several foreign operators receive.“As far as its daily operations are concerned, LIAT stays alive by negotiations with its bankers, the skills of it management, and being forced to charge the customer a level of fares that meet its costs. LIAT has no control over the level of taxes charged. It simply collects them.”Holder told regional journalists that the real barrier to private sector airline competition is not LIAT, which is owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados.He said it is the realistic fear of failure, urging the private sector to invest in the regional airline “which has stood the test of time.“I am confident that this would lead to us having an airline which will perform successfully both in and outside the region,” he said, as the airline Friday unveiled a new business plan that it said would reverse years of economic problems.Holder said that for the last six years, LIAT has not gone to its shareholder governments for any financial support for its daily operations.But it now has no option but to approach its shareholders for some capital investment in a new fleet, he said, adding that the capital investment now needed would be a lot less onerous if it is shared among those for whom LIAT provides services every day.“It is time, as was suggested by the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, to feed the cow, rather than drinking its milk, using a straw through the fence,’ Holder said, adding that he was “very encouraged by the promises of financial support” made by the Dominica government.“I hope that others will follow this excellent example,” he said, reminding journalists that the airline faces daily challenges providing network services to 21 countries in the English, Dutch, French, Spanish Caribbean.Caribbean 360last_img read more

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Dominica observes Caribbean Statistics Day today

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Image via: connect.in.comFree statics reports and information on social and economic statistics are among activities which will form part of Caribbean Statistics Day today.This year’s observance is being held under the theme “Recognizing the central role of statistics in development of CARICOM”.Dominica’s Chief Statistician is Prayma Carette statistics says is geared towards promoting the use of statistics on the national and regional level. “It also seeks to advocate for the continued support of statistics. It provides the recognition of the profession of statistics and also strengthens the statically infrastructure of the country,” she said.Meantime Carette says while there is the challenge of financial and human resources within the statistics office in Dominica, but “we are performing effectively, efficiently and working to the best of our ability to produce the information that is pertinent to national development, “she explained.The public is being urged to visit the first flood of the financial center to examine the work of the statistics office.Any statistics that they require will be free or charge.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica observes Caribbean Statistics Day today by: – October 14, 2011last_img read more

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State Parks Closing for Controlled Hunts

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — 18 state park properties will be closing temporarily in the coming weeks to allow for controlled deer reduction hunts.The dates are scheduled for November 14 and 15, as well as November 28 and 29.Versailles and Clifty Falls are 2 of the parks on the list.The parks will close to the public the night before each of the hunts, and will reopen the morning after.Only hunters that were drawn in September may participate in the hunts.last_img

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CJ checkers fly for Cook, Struck

first_imgSteve Struck shot into the lead from his outside front row start in the Mach-1 Sport Compact fea­ture and went on to record the win. Struck led the caution-free race flag-to-flag in taking the win over Darin Smith.   Early in the race, a four-car pack raced for the lead before Jason Cook was able to break out of the pack and secure the top spot. Cook held off several challenges by Adam Bell to score the hard-fought win. Kirk Kinsley ran up front the entire 20 laps before settling for third.   Racing will continue on June 12 with hot laps slated to take the green at 7:15 p.m. COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (June 5) – The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars provided the fans with door to door racing the entire 20 laps of their main event Friday at CJ Speedway. center_img By Jerry Mackey   Due to the Iowa Governor easing Covid-19 restrictions on Speedway’s the CJ Speedway hosted fans for the first time in 2020 on Friday and racing action was outstanding on a perfectly prepared smooth race track.  last_img read more

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Syracuse bats come alive in 15-3 win against Wagner

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Friday afternoon against Wagner, Syracuse showed the power hitting version of itself that head coach Shannon Doepking has been hoping to see the entire season. From the opening inning, Syracuse hit, and hit for power.Syracuse (6-11) defeated Wagner (2-7), 15-3, needing just five innings to down the Seahawks in the first game of four scheduled in the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Orange entered Friday’s matchup off two straight losses by eight or more runs to Oklahoma State and Tulsa in last weekend’s tournament.Doepking said she thought the Orange were “surprised” at having been beaten by the mercy rule four times already this season. On Friday, the Orange’s bats came alive, and they won a shortened game themselves.The offensive explosion began in the opening inning, when Neli Casares-Maher rocked her second home run of the season, driving in Bryce Holmgren. With Alexa Romero back in the circle and back to full strength, she mowed down the Seahawks with three strikeouts in three batters.Alex Acevedo and Lailoni Mayfield reached base in the top of the second off a single and a walk, respectively. Up to the plate came Toni Martin, who launched a three-run shot to left field. SU’s lead grew from two to five in one swing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRomero ran into some trouble in the bottom of the second, allowing three consecutive baserunners, the last of which was a single that drove in Amelia Van Orman from second base. Then, the errors appeared for the Orange, an ongoing issue since opening day. Back-to-back errors by Romero and Casares-Maher allowed a run, and left two more in scoring position. After a sacrifice fly, the Orange’s lead had been cut to 5-3.Facing a new pitcher in the third, Holmgren reached base on a hit by pitch, and Casares-Maher gapped a double. With two runners in scoring position, the Orange continued Friday’s success with runners on base as Hannah Dossett singled to left field, driving in two runs.In the fourth, Casares-Maher notched her third extra-base hit of the afternoon, driving in two more runs. She finished the afternoon 3-of-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Dossett followed up Casares-Maher with a double herself, driving in two more runs to expand the SU lead to 13-3. The Syracuse steamrolling continued as Acevedo then hit SU’s third home run of the afternoon, a two-run homer to straight-away center field. SU later scored two more runs in the fifth off a sacrifice from Alicia Hansen.Romero completed the five-inning complete game, notching her third win of the season. For the afternoon, five SU players had multiple hits, and Gabby Teran, Casares-Maher and Martin all had three hits.The Orange will face the Seahawks again on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. before rounding out the weekend with two matchups with Colorado State, one Saturday, one Sunday. Commentscenter_img Published on March 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

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Suleiman Wins 2018 Total Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaMohammed Suleiman reinforced his reputation as a prolific golfer following his emergence as the men gross champion at the 2018 Total Charity Golf Tournament in Abuja, over the weekend.Two weeks after winning the Independence Day Golf Tournament at IBB international Golf and Country Club, Abuja, Suleiman, a former Competition Secretary, got over the line ahead of a pack of 150 golfers, to seal the Total tournament with 75 gross. Chinese Xu Hui held off Dipo Sanya with 38 stableford points to win the Men Best nett prize. Both players tied but Xu won on the count-back rule. Chris Shaiyen stood alone in the third place with 37 points.Also outstanding at the event was Samuel Anyamele, who signed for 38 points to clinch the Veteran Prize.J. Ayu brushed aside Jummai Abdulahi by five points to win the Ladies Best Nett prize. Ayu made 37 points while Joy Ikwue shot 30 points to place third.The participating golfers raised N1.2 million at the tournament. The overall proceeds of N3 million was donated for two Abuja based charity homes- the Fortitude Children’s Home, Lugbe, which cares for vulnerable children and Anawim Home, Gwagalada, founded for adults and children with special needs. Each charity foundation received the cheque of N1. 5 million.The Managing Director of Total E&P, Mr. Nicholas Terraz, said the tournament, which was conceived in 1995 to bring together golfers, business partners and other stakeholders for a weekend of great golf and networking had become a platform for reaching out to the less privileged members of the society in conformity with Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) policy and for the collective love for golf to focus more on shared love for people.“At Total, we have a long tradition of supporting sports around the world because for us, sports represents energy, unity, solidarity and team spirit and these are values we cherish and promote as a company,” Terraz said.Also speaking with THISDAY, the Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Services, Total E &P, Abiodun Afolabi, said the tournament is rotated in three locations- Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt -with the stakeholders coming together to raise money for charity in each of the three regions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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FIFA, Qatar Announce Joint Venture to Deliver 2022 World Cup

first_imgIn line with the FIFA 2.0 vision and its objective to create an innovative model that streamlines the operational delivery of the FIFA World Cup, the creation of a joint venture that will be responsible for key aspects of the 2022 edition was announced in Doha yesterday.FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC is a limited liability company incorporated by FIFA, which holds 51% of the shares, and the Qatar 2022 Local Organising Committee, which holds 49%, at the Qatar Financial Centre.“Today we take a major step in the organisation of the biggest single-sport event in the world,” said FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, who is part of the nine-member management board that met for the first time today. “Created in accordance with the FIFA President’s vision and together with our Qatari counterparts, the joint venture aims to reorganise the way we work at the operational front and avoid inefficiencies. I am convinced that this new approach to planning, delivery and legacy, always hand in hand with our colleagues based in Qatar, will help to ensure that the World Cup continues to be the most eagerly awaited event by billions of fans worldwide.”The management board is also composed of FIFA’s two Deputy Secretaries General, Zvonimir Boban and Alasdair Bell, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith, and FIFA’s Chief Legal Officer, Emilio Garcia Silvero, as well as the LLC Chairman, H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, LLC CEO, Nasser Al-Khater, the QFA Vice President Saoud Al-Mohannadi and the Chairman of the Operational Office and Vice Chairman of the Technical Operational Office of Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Eng. Yasir Al Jamal.H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, said: “The formation of this new joint venture comes at a strategically important time on Qatar’s World Cup project, as we shift our focus from delivering stadiums, training pitches and the transportation required for 2022, to fan and player experience and event operations.“I am confident that the combination of FIFA’s extensive tournament experience, and our own tactical experience and the nine years’ hard work already invested in the project, will ensure that the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world is one of the best ever.”Besides Al Thawadi, who is also the Secretary General of the SC, FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer Colin Smith has been named as Managing Director of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC. Nasser Al Khater, Chief of Tournament Readiness & Experience Group of the SC, will take up the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position in the joint venture.“The continuous growth and complexities of a FIFA World Cup and the need for integrated involvement of all key areas across a host country has made it clear that a more efficient and optimised operational structure is required – this is particularly the case in Qatar, given the unique and compact nature of the tournament in 2022 both in terms of the opportunities and challenges that come along with it,” added Colin Smith.Smith went on to say: “The Qatar-based joint venture that will plan and deliver the next FIFA World Cup will work together with FIFA in Zurich as one team and combine, at all levels, the event experience we have there with invaluable knowledge from our colleagues in Qatar. It is a very important step, which shows how FIFA and the hosts are working together to deliver a successful and memorable event.”Nasser Al Khater added: “Qatar’s World Cup project is entering its final phase and we’re all very pleased to launch this new organisation and collectively develop the best possible operational plans for 2022.“In less than four years’ time, we will be welcoming the participating teams and over one million fans to Qatar for the world’s biggest single-sporting event. It is the work we do now which will ensure the experience we deliver is unlike anything previously witnessed at a tournament. I look forward to leading this innovative joint venture with FIFA and the work it will be undertaking in the years to come.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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More Commonwealth Games medals for Jamaica

first_imgJamaican athletes won several more medals on Friday as the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia heads towards its closing on April 15.Jamaica’s Danielle Thomas-Dodd followed up her World Indoor silver medal in March with a gold medal and national record in the Women’s Shot Put at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia on Friday.Dodd tossed the shot out to 19.36m, a new national record, to hold three-time champion Valrie Adams of New Zealand at bay and win her country’s sixth gold medal in track and field at the 2018 Games. She broke her own national record of 19.15m set last year.Adams got off to a strong start opening with season-best 18.70m, 34cm better than the Jamaican’s opening throw of 18.36m but there were signs early that the Jamaican had come to compete putting in a throw of 18.70m on her second throw and then went on to take the lead with her penultimate throw of 19.36m.Fedrick Dacres and Traves Smikle struck gold and silver respectively for Jamaica in the finals of the men’s discus throw. Dacres won with a throw of 68.20 meters while Smikle got his silver with a 63.98m throw. Behind them in third was Apostolos Parellis from Cyprus with a throw of 63.61m.Jamaica’s Natoya Goule won the bronze medal in the women’s 800m final in a time of 1:58.82 behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya who struck gold in a time of 1:56.68 and Kenya’s Margaret Nyairera Wambui who was second in 1:58.07.Jamaica and other Caribbean countries could earn more medals in the perennial popular sprint and quarter miles relays scheduled for Saturday, April 14.Jamaica currently has 22 medals —six gold, eight silver and eight bronze — at the Games and is 11th on the scoreboard.last_img read more

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Stephen Harris lands longest odds Tipster Challenge winner

first_img StumbleUpon 1bettingexpert429.50 2Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share bettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. Stephen Harris from bettingexpert pulled off the longest odds win in the history of the Tipster Challenge, after correctly backing 16/1 Montaly to win the 3:35 at Chester.This came after Harris had started the new Jump Season competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, by landing his 2/1 Nap of the Day on Enable. The horse racing guru then followed up his 16/1 success by picking up two more victories on Here And Now (15/2) and Never Surrender (2/1) for a score of 29.50.Meanwhile, it was a difficult day for our first competition guest, Alex Donohue. The newly appointed Brand Partnerships Manager at ODDSbible collected just 2.00 points for Enable, but his Nap of the Day Stradivarius was beaten into second place in the 4:05.Race Winners at Chester:Yogi’s Girl – 4/1Enable – 2/1El Astronaute – 2/1Montaly – 16/1Here And Now – 15/2Never Surrender – 2/1Russian Soul – 14/1Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020center_img Related Articles Submit RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Alex Donohue to head up Press Box PR June 25, 2020last_img read more

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Nashville Predators fire head coach Peter Laviolette

first_imgMORE: What the Winter Classic meant to the NHL, Dallas and the southern hockey fanThe Predators originally named Laviolette head coach on May 6, 2014. They made the playoffs in his first five seasons behind the bench and even made a run at the Stanley Cup that ended in the final round against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. This season has been another story; midway through the campaign, Nashville (19-15-7, 45 points) sits four points outside the Western Conference wild card, fighting for room behind fellow playoff hopefuls Winnipeg, Minnesota, Calgary and Edmonton.A new head coach was not named at the time of Laviolette and McCarthy’s firing — both coaches’ exits leaves the team with only assistant head coaches Dan Lambert and Dan Muse for now. No interim coach has been named. As for who will coach the Predators tomorrow, it’s “TBA,” I’m told.— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) January 6, 2020Plenty of NHL-experienced head coaches — including Mike Babcock, Peter DeBoer and John Hynes — are out of a job after a flurry of head coach firings in the fall. In the immediate aftermath of Laviolette’s dismissal, DeBoer told the Athletic that he has had no contact with the Predators.Laviolette, 55, guided the team to a 248-143-60 record as head coach. He has won one Stanley Cup (in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes) in his 18-year NHL coaching career.The Predators are 7-5-3 since Dec. 1 and most recently lost a 5-4 game in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. They next play the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. Nashville Predators president of hockey operations David Poile announced on Monday that the club has fired head coach Peter Laviolette and associate coach Kevin McCarthy.”Under the leadership of Peter and Kevin, our organization reached unprecedented heights – from our franchise-altering run to the Stanley Cup Final to a Presidents’ Trophy and our first two Central Division titles,” Poile said in a release. “Their passion for the game, ability to motivate a team and drive to be the best makes this a difficult decision. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Peter and Kevin for all their contributions to the Nashville Predators over the past five-and-a-half seasons.”last_img read more

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