Pestina calls for permanent halt to Britain’s APD

first_img Share Share LocalNews Pestina calls for permanent halt to Britain’s APD by: – March 24, 2011 Former President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) Judith Pestaina, wants Britain to make permanent, a decision to hold over a planned increase in air passenger duty (APD), a tax which saw travellers flying out of Britain paying much more for flights.Britain said on Wednesday it is holding back the tax until the year 2012, in order to soften the blow on travellers in the midst of rising oil prices.The Caribbean Tourism Organisation and some leaders in the Caribbean have been speaking out strongly against the tax and have been lobbying the British government to change their mind, as they argued it will hurt Caribbean tourism.And Pestaina wants the lobbying to continue, as Dominica and others in the region attract British visitors. Pestaina has also contended that Dominicans residing in the United Kingdom would find it much harder to return home with the APD in effect.“We are quite concerned that this would mean a drastic reduction of visitors coming from the UK, and you know we have quite a number of Dominican nationals who come home regularly so that would mean it would be prohibitive,” she said.The controversial rise in the APD which had become effective in November 2010 saw passengers travelling from the UK to Caribbean destinations on an economy class ticket, paying £75 in APD, up from £50 in 2009 and £40 in 2007. Those travelling on first class, business or premium economy ticket were subject to heavy taxes on APD also.“With oil prices going up that would even become a worst scenario… you have fuel prices going up, the cost of travel…is going to escalate…then you would have people looking at other destinations which would be much less costly where they could travel for much cheaper prices… I know the Caribbean governments put up a strong lobby to ensure that this was not imposed so let’s hope that this is going to continue” Pestaina articulated.Source: DBS News Tweetcenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

‘Dagyang sa Kapitolyo’ kicks off today

first_imgOther “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo” are zumba, encoreperformance of capitol employees that joined the “Dance of the Decade” contestduring the capitol Christmas party, and sadsador street dancing at 7 p.m. This activity will take the place of the foodfestival held on the capitol grounds in past editions of the annual DinagyangFestival, said Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator. The “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo” at Casal Real de Iloilo(old provincial capitol) will be a fun filled festival of art, music, food, andculture, said Mamon. Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo is open to everybody. There isno entrance fee,” said Mamon./PN Today, a trade exhibit of local products will beopened at the Casa Real de Iloilo lobby. ILOILO – Today starts the weeklong “Dagyang saKapitolyo” at the Iloilo provincial capitol. There will also be a tattoo booth. The Grand Ballroom of Casa Real de Iloilo, on theother hand, will host a painting exhibit of local artists. The provincial government has scrapped the foodfestival to protect the newly redeveloped capitol grounds. “Beginning Jan. 23 our coffee shop and barwill open at Casa Real. We’ll have a live band entertaining people,” saidMamon.last_img read more

Failing schools?

first_imgSherman Oaks Common sense Has the Republican Party lost its common sense? Why is it that they continue to pass legislation that is hurting the elderly and aging retirees? They pass bills that allow the corporate drug companies to overcharge and cut options for people who depend on lifesaving drugs. The president urged the American public to sign up for the Medicare drug plan before the May 15 deadline. He mentioned that if seniors didn’t sign up before the deadline they would be monetarily penalized. That means that the government supposedly wants to relieve the burden of high medical cost by rushing them to sign up, but if they don’t hurry they’ll be charging more money. Where’s the common sense in that? Either Republicans hate parents and grandparents or don’t have common sense. -Walter Hernandez Van Nuys Thanking Republicans Apparently it’s not audacious enough that the Bush administration created a Medicare drug plan that gives big payoffs to the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, but also one that allows the insurance companies offering these plans to change the drugs they offer to their subscribers every month. On average, the plan only covers 36-47 percent of a person’s drug costs per year. Now it gets even better. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, who as a physician took the Hippocratic oath, has turned a blind eye to the fact that there is still mass confusion and anger over this program and has decided not to extend the enrollment deadline past May 15. Senior citizens are the most consistent demographic when it comes to voter turnout. I’m sure they’ll be thanking Republicans for this one for years to come. -David Fritz Reseda Facts, not rumors State Sen. Sheila Kuehl’s bill to add homosexual mentions in California textbooks is misguided. Who is going to determine who was gay and who was not? Let’s test this possible entry for a textbook: “J. Edgar Hoover, a powerful cross-dressing homosexual, was the most famous director of the FBI in the 20th century.” Hoover’s cross-dressing was a matter of dispute; he never announced he was homosexual. So the only provable fact is that he headed the FBI for a long time. Facts, not rumors, are what belong in textbooks. -Bill Tracy Glendale Guzzler puzzler Is there a connection between falling gas guzzler sales and rising gasoline prices? Just wondering. -Bob Salin North Hollywood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNorth Hills Fix Medicare The Medicare drug program was written by drug companies to put corporate greed before seniors’ needs. It’s far too costly, controlling and confusing. Millions of seniors have been unable to sign up. The May 15 deadline and lifetime penalties are unfair, and should be canceled. Instead of penalizing seniors, Congress should fix the program so it puts seniors’ health first. Of course, with the greed of the Bush-controlled government, this too will probably never be fixed. -Jeff Rubin Re: “More failing schools expected” (May 10): The so-called “failing schools” may actually have excellent teaching staffs. Student bodies with average to below-average intelligence will naturally receive low ratings – even with excellent teaching. Public schools are losing privileged intellectual students to private schools at an ever-increasing rate, leaving the remnants of public schools with average to below-average student bodies. Publicizing schools as “failing schools” will undoubtedly encourage the proliferation of private schools, and may be a giant step for the school-voucher scheme. The “No Child Left Behind” can be interpreted as “No privileged intellectual child left in public schools.” -Fred Coble last_img read more