Region welcomes APD freeze

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel Region welcomes APD freeze by: – March 24, 2011 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share BASSETERRE, St Kitts – The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) although welcoming the decision of the British Chancellor to delay the increase in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) later this year, says the regional organisation will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts their economies.Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne today told the House of Commons that there will be no increase in the tax until 2012.He also indicated that a consultation would be held “to improve the existing and rather arbitrary bands that appear to believe that the Caribbean is further away than California”.The CTO said in a release following the announcement that Chancellor Osbourne’s latter statement is a clear recognition of a crucial issue that has been the focus of the strong lobbying efforts by the organisation led by its Chairman, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, and CTO allies in the private sector, the Caribbean High Commissions, and the Diaspora.The CTO said it will persist in efforts to obtain “a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region”.“Today’s announcement by the Chancellor is a small but important victory for the Caribbean.  In our various meetings with the British Government CTO opposed the idea of a Per Plane Tax for economic reasons. We also asked that the existing banding system be reviewed; for no more increases in the APD; and for it to be revised downwards in a new, fairer system.The Chancellor’s speech gives us positive results on all three points,” said CTO, adding that it is therefore clear evidence that the British government “is listening to our concerns and that we have been effective in expressing them publicly and privately.”The CTO said it is also pleased that the groups have been officially invited to continue to participate in further APD consultation over the coming weeks.“In so doing, we will continue to argue that the current banding system places the Caribbean at a disadvantage and hurts our economies. We will persist in our efforts to obtain a fairer system of aviation taxation that does not cripple travel to our heavily tourism-dependent region,” said the CTO release.Source: Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION

first_imgLISA: NATIONAL CHAMPBy Orla O’Reilly: National Championship for Ramelton RiderThere was an air of anticipation as the riders and judges gathered in the indoor arena of the legendary Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, for the rider’s briefing of this year’s Trec Ireland National Championships. Traceur, Adrian Flynn and Technical Delegate, Karen Nicholson laid down the ground rules and the guidelines for all three phases of the competition. Riders from across Ireland and Britain were informed that they would start their competition in a map room at Leech’s pub of Wolfhill and the level 3 and 4 competitors would navigate their way 30 kilometres across country back to the estate.It was late afternoon on Saturday before the last riders were welcomed over the finish line by judges, Grainne Ni Uid and Adele O’Connor. At the end of this orienteering phase, Donegal rider, Lisa Moore lay in 3rd place behind senior rider Elaine Waters and Leinster’s Rohan Madhaven. Sunday morning brought an early start for competitors with a vetting inspection before riders could progress to the second and third phase of the competition. Course designer, Adrian Flynn took full advantage of the beautiful parklands to produce a fast and exciting obstacle phase that saw riders taking on challenging but straight forward cross country jumps in combination with the more technical Trec style ones. The course flowed over almost 3 kilometres and the riders were required to attack the course to avoid time penalties. With a gap to catch the leaders, Moore and her cracking pony, Jo Dazzler combined bravery and accuracy to gain high scoring in both the PTV (cross county obstacles) and MA (control of paces) tests.The hard work paid off and the announcement of Lisa Moore as National Champion (Level 3) gained rapturous applause at the presentation in the lawns of the majestic Stradbally Hall. She was also presented with the Grangeclare Perpetual Cup, presented to the highest scoring Irish rider in each grade.Trec Ireland will like to thank all who made the staging of this championship possible, sponsors, Horse First, the volunteers who came to judge and help, to vet Kate Murray, farrier Finian Carroll and all of Leinster Trec who hosted the event.With the national championships over, attentions now turn to the World Championships in Bolognia, Italy at the start of September. Six young riders have been selected to represent Ireland, Donegal’s Lisa Moore, Rohan Madavan, Katie Smith and Edward Coyle from Leinster, Cork rider Annie O’Neill and Athlone based Kirsten McCormack. As preparations for the event continues, the riders would like to thank all who have supported their efforts in fund raising and training for the championships. Thank you to all who have offered sponsorship and sent messages of support. If you would like to help the team in any way, please contact pro@trecireland.com  DONEGAL’S LISA CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPION was last modified: August 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lisa MooreNational ChampionRameltonlast_img read more