Share via Shortlink TagsCBREtaxes CBRE CEO Bob Sulentic; the firm has shifted its global HQ from LA to Dallas. (CBRE, Getty)CBRE’s decision to shift its global HQ from Los Angeles to Dallas wasn’t mentioned on the company’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday. But the move, which the Dallas Morning News first reported earlier that morning, didn’t go unnoticed.“It’s yet another sad day in the city of Los Angeles,” said Ryan Leaderman, a real estate attorney at Holland & Knight’s L.A. office.CBRE, the world’s largest real estate services firm, later confirmed the change.“It was always cool to think of them as an L.A. company since most of the biggest real estate companies were based in New York,” said Jay Luchs, an L.A. commercial broker with Newmark, who spent 12 years at CBRE. But Luchs said he didn’t think headquarter locations are significant for large companies. “As long as you have top agents who understand the market it doesn’t really matter,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTThe move comes as the pandemic continues to upend the office market, taking its toll on brokerages that have endured months of losses, with many forced to trim staff and cut budgets and salaries.While CBRE said it did not foresee any layoffs, relocations or changes at its Downtown 400 South Hope Street office — or any of its other California locations — the move comes at a difficult time for the struggling L.A. market.Office leases plunged 61 percent in third quarter compared to the same period in 2019. Meanwhile, a CBRE report earlier this month showed L.A. office vacancy had climbed to 15 percent in Q3, from 13.7 percent in the second quarter and 12.6 year-over-year. Across the city, office leasing hasn’t been this bad since the Great Recession, according to CBRE. Overall office occupancy fell by 2.7 million square feet, adding to a plunge of 1.9 million square feet in the second quarter.CBRE was the second largest publicly-traded real estate company headquartered in L.A. County. The top company remains Pasadena-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities, according to Los Angeles Business Journal’s ranking.A CBRE spokesperson said the switch “simply formalizes the way we have operated for many years.” CEO Robert Sulentic told the Dallas Morning News, “we are happy to be moving here, and we are going to give Dallas a lot of growth.” The company will maintain its 25 offices across California, in addition to the space it maintains on South Hope Street, which it leases. CBRE sold that 26-story, 700,000-square-foot building in 2016 for $330 million.Sulentic was formerly the head of Dallas-based Trammell Crow, which CBRE acquired in 2006. He has an office in the Texas city and splits his time between there and L.A. The company occupies 90,000 square feet at its Dallas office at 2100 McKinney Ave., Real Estate Daily News reported.CBRE posted $245 million in net income for the third quarter, a near 10-percent drop year-over-year. The firm, which has about 100,000 people in more than 530 offices worldwide, recently made layoffs and budget cuts to trim costs, The Real Deal reported earlier today.Industry pros said the symbolism of a top brokerage shifting its corporate headquarters out of L.A. was more significant than the move itself.Luchs said real estate companies will remain in New York because it is still “the center of the financial world.” Increasingly, he said, firms will fan out to less expensive cities in the Midwest or the South.Carl Muhlstein, a commercial broker at JLL, called CBRE’s decision “logical.” He said L.A.’s “taxes and housing prices are just really high.” Among them is a $1.27 tax on each $1,000 earned by locally-based businesses.California’s taxes on businesses and business executives far surpass what Texas imposes. The Golden State has a flat 8.85 percent corporate income tax rate, while the Lone Star State is one of six states with no corporate income tax.Texas is also one of six states with no personal income tax. California, meanwhile, has a graduated personal income tax with the highest earners paying 12.3 percent of their earnings to the state, on top of federal income taxes.Besides the taxes, there’s California housing. “There’s a much higher cost of housing for employees here,” said Eric Sussman, an adjunct professor of accounting at UCLA. “You can retain talent at lower wages in Dallas.”California could reach a point, Sussman said, where further corporate taxes could mean a “net loss of state revenue” due to the exodus.In the last decade, large firms like Toyota, Occidental Petroleum and Jacobs Engineering have all moved corporate headquarters from the L.A. area to Texas. Northrop Grumman and Nestle USA also shifted HQs from L.A. to Washington, D.C., and Virginia, respectively.“L.A. is devoid of headquarters,” Leaderman said. “Our taxes are high, and our services are not great. It’s becoming an issue.” Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink
BRICS On Friday, South African energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, delivered a concise statement to the media resulting in a boost of confidence within the IPP market. A technical team was established in May this year to help the Department of Energy (DoE) to resolve the impasse on the signing of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between Independent Power Producers for Bid Window 3.5 and Bid Window 4 and Eskom, the Minister explained.“The technical team met and provided a report of its work this past Wednesday. In that meeting myself and my colleague in Cabinet, Minister Brown, were present and were supported by representatives from DOE, DPE, NT, ESKOM and the IPP Office,” Kubayi said.She added: “It was brought to our attention that Eskom has excess generation capacity of electricity and based on the current demand patterns the situation is projected to remain this way until 2021. Eskom has submitted a tariff application which is under consideration by the Regulator.“The Constitutional Court judgement with regard to the Regulatory Clearance Account (RCA) in favour of Nersa has also now paved the way for NERSA to implement tariff adjustments in line with the approved RCA.”“We further acknowledged that South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer Procurement Programme is world renowned and our model has been adopted by many countries including developed countries.“While the programme has been a success, there are many lessons we have learnt and there are many areas of improvement to be looked at,” Kubayi said.Action pointsKubayi said that all the matters raised by the team and the recommendations put forward were assessed by her and her team.“After lengthy deliberations we came to a conclusion on the following actions;That the PPA for Bid Window 3.5 and 4 will be signed by the end of October 2017 Read more…DoE through the IPP office to engage with all affected parties for Bid Window 3.5 and 4 to re-negotiate not above 77c per kilowatt hour. This will greatly in assist in reducing the requirements for additional government guarantees that would impact negatively in the current economic climate and constraints in the fiscus.Eskom to ensure that all contracts are in place for signing on 28 October 2017That I as the Minister of Energy meet with all IPPs participants in all Bid Windows, to discuss issues of concerns from IPP and for government to give feedback on concerns before the date of signing.With regard to the review of the pace and scale of rollout under the circumstances of overcapacity up to 2021; the Departments agree that majority of the projects in Bid Window 3.5 and 4 will be commissioned closer to 2021 and will therefore have minimal contribution to the overcapacity up to 2021.With regard to the review of the level of participation by the historically disadvantaged, there is work underway in this regard that will inform the implementation of the programmeAll future programmes to be put on hold until a proper review is done and to allow the IEP and IRP to be concluded that will give us indication of the capacity we need.”“It is worth noting that, while taking this decision and communicating our stance as government, we are cognisant of the interdict by the Coal Sector and the Section 77 notice filed by COSATU at Nedlac. We are hoping that all parties will consider this position,” she said.Concluding remarksKubayi highlighted: “It must be noted that there are other issues that have been raised with us and will need to be addressed with the IPPs.“Of importance, is the lack of transformation particularly regarding local ownership of some of these projects.”She added: “This has to be reconsidered and adequately addressed. Allocations of projects and the ownership structure must be in line with South African transformation policies.”Adding to this, the Minister further noted that the issue of loan conditions given to black South African participants need to be reviewed as well in addition to addressing the need to restructure the community trust dividends.The Minister concluded: “Transformation of the Energy Sector is long overdue and we can’t compromise on it any longer.” Previous articleREIPPPP: rounds 3.5 and 4 PPAs to proceed come OctoberNext articleNigeria: unions oppose subsidiary electricity meter supply industry Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Featured image: Stock Finance and Policy Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development
The UK’s world-renowned Animal Health Trust (AHT) is to close all operations after failing to secure the millions it needs to continue.The AHT has been at the forefront of major veterinary research projects for the racing industry and the FEI, such as the heat and humidity research for the 1996 Atlanta and subsequent Olympic Games. As recently as last week it decided to shut down its equine and small animal referral clinics in a bid to save the research side. But today in a brief statement it announced that even that plan was unviable. Around 250 jobs will be lost.The AHT’s financial problems pre-date the Covid-19 crisis. Two years ago it sold a large mansion, Landwades House, on its site near Newmarket for around $3 million to raise some cash.The latest shortfall in funding partly relates to the growth of other equine referral centres in the UK, and the AHT’s recent emphasis on the small animal side, which does not attract wealthy donors from the racing and equine industries.HRH The Princess Royal is the AHT’s long-time patron. The AHT celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017.The AHT revealed it was in “dire” trouble in March. Some supporters began their own fundraising campaigns but the AHT said it would prefer to secure a large donation from a wealthy individual. The AHT already has a network of high worth supporters through its Fellowship scheme.The AHT holds DNA samples for every thoroughbred registered in the UK. It also houses the UK’s largest canine genome bank which holds the entire genomes of 89 dogs from 77 breeds, which it uses to tackle inherited diseases. Its surveillance network is also pivotal to the control of strangles and equine ‘flu for the UK racing industry. Most recently it led a global research project on the use of water treadmills for equine rehabilitation after injury. Tags: Animal Health Trust, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Email*
We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff. Today, we lost another hero – a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver. pic.twitter.com/mn9JethD1x— Mount Sinai Health System (@MountSinaiNYC) March 26, 2020 1:01 p.m.: Columbia medical students can graduate early to help with pandemicColumbia University will let medical students graduate early so they can help with the coronavirus response efforts in New York, university officials told ABC News.The decision from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center comes after New York University announced the unprecedented decision to graduate its fourth-year students early. NYU said its commitment was in response to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s directive to get more physicians into the health system quickly.12:40 p.m.: Chicago shuts down Lakefront TrailChicago’s popular Lakefront Trail was shut down on Thursday, blocking access to the extensive trail and park, after too many people congregated and violated social distancing guidelines, said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.Chicago Police said they will start issuing $500 citations for those violating social distancing guidelines and will arrest repeat offenders. 1:14 p.m.: China temporarily bars all foreign nationals from entering countryChina’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that as of March 28, all foreign nationals, including those with valid visas and residence permits, will be temporarily barred from entering the country.Diplomats and flight crew are exempt. 12:20 p.m.: ‘REAL ID’ deadline pushed back to October 2021The deadline to apply for the new federally mandated “REAL ID,” which will be required for anyone trying to fly from U.S. airports, has been extended by a year due to closures at the Department of Motor Vehicles as a result of the coronavirus, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The original deadline was Oct. 1, 2020, and it’s now pushed back to Oct. 1, 2021.12:04 p.m.: Stimulus bill ‘failed to meet the governmental need,’ Cuomo saysNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Congress’ $2 trillion stimulus bill has “failed to meet the governmental need.”Out of the total stimulus bill, New York state gets $5 billion for COVID-19 expenses, which Cuomo said does not help with lost revenue to the state.“I’m disappointed,” Cuomo said on Thursday. “I find it irresponsible. I find it reckless. Emotion is a luxury. And we don’t have the luxury at this time of being emotional about what they [Congress] did. When this is over, I promise you I’m going to give them a piece of my mind.”“This was the time [for Congress] to put politics aside,” Cuomo said. “Now is a time to actually step up, do the right thing, and do your job. And they haven’t as far as I’m concerned, especially when it comes to the governmental need.”New York has become the nation’s epicenter of the pandemic. The state has seen 385 deaths from COVID-19 and that number is expected to continue to rise, Cuomo said.Over 37,000 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 5,000 of those people are in the hospital, he said.As of Wednesday, New York was performing 25% of the COVID-19 testing nationwide, according to the governor.11:18 a.m.: New record low for domestic plane travelAs domestic airline travel continues to plunge, the TSA screened its lowest number of passengers in over a decade on Wednesday.There were 239,234 travelers screened by the TSA on Wednesday, compared to 2,273,811 travelers on the same weekday last year.10:24 a.m.: Tufts University to hold its 1st virtual commencement Tufts University will hold its first virtual commencement ceremony.“In light of the unprecedented public health crisis we are currently facing, we will be unable to bring our graduates together physically to celebrate all that they have accomplished,” the university said in a statement. “Though we unfortunately cannot be together in person, we will celebrate the class of 2020 on May 17.”9:06 a.m.: Spain’s death toll climbs over 4,000 Spain’s death toll from the coronavirus has now climbed to 4,089 after another 655 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, according to Spain’s Health Ministry. Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths, following Italy. The nation has 56,188 diagnosed cases, including 3,679 people who are in the intensive care unit, according to Spain’s Health Ministry. Spain is fourth in the number of diagnosed cases, behind China, Italy and the U.S.8:42 a.m.: Member of NYC hospital nursing staff dies from coronavirusA member of the nursing staff at New York City’s Mount Sinai Health System has died from the coronavirus, according to the hospital. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of a beloved member of our nursing staff,” Mount Sinai said in a statement. “Today, we lost another hero – a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver.” narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 23,600 people around the world, including at least 1,178 people in the United States.Worldwide, there are more than 526,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, spanning every continent except Antarctica, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 122,000 people around the world have recovered.With more than 82,000 diagnosed cases, the U.S has the highest national total, ahead of Italy and China.5:37 p.m.: US leads world with over 82,000 coronavirus casesThe United States now has more coronavirus cases than any nation in the world, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.There were 82,404 confirmed cases throughout the country, which is 622 more than China, where the outbreak began.The total number of deaths from the virus in the country was 1,178, according to the data.Italy leads the world with 8,215 COVID-19 fatalities, followed by Spain, which had 4,154, according to John Hopkins.4:28 p.m.: Sen. Klobuchar’s husband released from hospitalSen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who recently dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, said her husband, John Bessler, is recovering from coronavirus.Bessler was released from the hospital after suffering from pneumonia and low oxygen, Klobuchar said Thursday.“He took a good turn, was just released and is now recovering at home,” Klobuchar said in a statement. “Thanks to those who cared for him and for all front line health care workers.”Klobuchar said her husband, who is 52, has no preexisting conditions and was “very healthy” prior to falling ill with the virus. She has not suffered any symptoms and therefore wasn’t tested.4:15 p.m.: 17-year-old dies in LouisianaA 17-year-old with coronavirus has died in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. It was not immediately clear if the teenager had underlying health conditions.The teen is one of 83 people who have died in the state.The virus has infiltrated 53 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, the governor said.As the state reels from the growing epidemic, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he and his wife are giving $5 million to organizations to help Louisiana “communities get through this tough time.”Brees said on Instagram he’s partnering with organizations “to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.”4 p.m.: Travelers from some spots must self-quarantine when entering TexasTexas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered travelers from some of the areas hit hardest by coronavirus — New Orleans, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — to self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Texas.The order applies to people traveling by air. Travelers could face criminal charges if they don’t comply with the order.3:40 p.m.: United employee dies after contracting COVID-19A United employee based out of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey has died after contracting COVID-19, according to the airline.“The thoughts of the entire United family are with his loved ones,” the airline said in a statement.Meanwhile, 68 TSA employees have tested positive for COVID-19. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the agency will begin to allow employees to wear N95 masks on a voluntary basis.3:00 p.m.: Italy’s death toll climbs to 8,165Hard-hit Italy has reached a death toll of 8,165, according to the country’s Civil Protection Agency.Italy’s death toll is nearly double Spain’s, which has the second most fatalities. Spain is followed by China, Iran and France.Italy’s number of diagnosed cases has now topped 80,000, according to the Civil Protection Agency.But over 10,000 have recovered in Italy, according to the Johns Hopkins data. Among the recovered was an 86-year-old woman who was released from the hospital Tuesday after seven weeks.2:28 p.m.: 2 Grand Princess passengers die from coronavirusTwo male passengers who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship and were being housed at Travis Air Force Base in California have died from coronavirus complications, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.Both passengers were on board the Grand Princess cruise ship and were transferred to medical facilities immediately after developing symptoms, the department said. 2:08 p.m.: AG urges federal prisons to explore releasing more inmates to early home confinementAmid concerns of the potentially devastating effects that a COVID-19 outbreak could have within the walls of the nation’s prisons, Attorney General William Barr said he has issued new recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons to explore releasing certain at-risk prisoners to home confinement to reduce the prison population. Of the 146,000 inmates serving time in federal prison facilities, one-third are considered to have preexisting medical conditions and roughly 10,000 are over the age of 60, Barr said at a news conference on Thursday.“You want to make sure that our institutions don’t become petri dishes and it spreads rapidly through a particular institution. But we have the protocols that are designed to stop it and we are using all the tools we have to protect the inmates,” Barr said.Among those tools “will be identifying vulnerable prisoners who would make more sense to allow to go home to finish their confinement,” he said.Anyone who would be considered eligible for release to home confinement would have to quarantine for 14 days, he said.In a phone interview with ABC News after the news conference, Barr stressed that there would be significant limits on what would make prisoners eligible for release to home confinement, noting that they could not be convicted of violent crimes or sex offenses — which makes up roughly 40% of the over-60 population. 1:42 p.m.: Drew Brees gives $5 million to LouisianaNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said he and his wife are giving $5 million to Louisiana organizations to help “our communities get through this tough time.”Diagnosed coronavirus cases have jumped to 2,305 in Louisiana. At least 83 people in the state have died.Brees said on Instagram he’s partnering with organizations “to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need.” 7:40 a.m.: Prince Charles still working in self-isolation, royal source saysCharles, Prince of Wales, is working at his desk as usual while self-isolating at his estate in Scotland, a royal source told ABC News.The source said Charles has received hundreds of get well soon wishes sent to his official royal residence in London, Clarence House.A Clarence House spokesman confirmed in a statement Wednesday that Charles had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and “has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health.”His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has tested negative for the virus, according to the spokesman. The couple is currently self-isolating at Birkhall, their private residence in Scotland.Charles, 71, is the first child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is the heir apparent to the British throne.6:32 a.m.: Russia grounds all international flights over coronavirusThe Russian government has ordered the grounding of all international flights as part of new measures against the coronavirus pandemic.Russia’s civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya will halt “regular and charter air flights from Russian airports to and from foreign countries,” with the exception of flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad, according to the decree published Thursday on the government’s website.The new travel restriction comes into force at midnight on Friday.As of Thursday, there were 840 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Russia, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.5:27 a.m.: Nearly 90% of the world’s student population is out of school due to pandemicMore than 1.5 billion students are not attending schools and universities because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest figures from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.Governments across the globe have closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the outbreak. More than 160 countries have implemented nationwide school closure, impacting over 87 percent of the world’s student population, according to UNESCO monitoring.Several other nations have implemented localized school closures and, should those become nationwide, millions more students would be affected, UNESCO warned.3:30 a.m.: Diagnosed cases approach half a million worldwideThe number of diagnosed cases worldwide of the novel coronavirus will likely reach half a million in the coming days, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows.China still has the highest tally with more than 81,000 diagnosed cases, but Italy isn’t far behind with over 74,000. The U.S. count is approaching 70,000.Meanwhile, the global death toll topped 21,000 on Thursday, with Italy and Spain as the two worst-affected countries.A third of the world’s population is under some kind of coronavirus-related movement restrictions as governments scramble to contain the spread of the disease. 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In the weeks, months and years to come, people will be asking each other: “Where were you when disaster struck in America?”By a quirk of fate, I was in Simpheropol airport in Crimea, waiting for Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt to finish his meeting with Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.Along with a handful of other hacks, I headed to the bar to spend my last remaining grynias on beer, nuts and smokes. A mobile phone rang, expressions of disbelief followed and then a colleague broke the news: “Two jumbos have crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. The Pentagon’s also been struck.” There was nervous laughter all round. “They’re pulling your leg,” one journalist said. “It’s a joke.” In the minutes that followed we were to discover that it was not a prank played by a bored news editor, but the greatest act of terrorism the world has ever seen. Not so long ago, four publicity-hungry EU leaders would have been only too happy to give their immediate reaction to such an event. Not this time. Verhofstadt, Michel, Prodi and Solana huddled together with their press people and decided that they would speak with one voice and that would be the voice of the Belgian Presidency. Aside from a few mutterings from Michel – “C’est terrible, ça dépasse de la fiction” – the four politicians maintained this Trappist vow of silence until the 30-seater jet touched down at the military airport of Melsbroek.Verhofstadt’s aides had arranged an impromptu press conference via satellite phone and when the four men stepped off the plane, they were greeted by a bank of cameramen and reporters.Flanked by Michel, Prodi, Solana and foreign affairs Commissioner Chris Patten, the Belgian PM condemned the “act of barbarism” that had been perpetrated and promised to stand shoulder to shoulder with the United States in its hour of need.It was impressive stuff – all the more so since the statement was delivered without notes, in French, Flemish and English and after a day of high-level meetings.In the past I have been highly critical of the EU’s inability to get its message across.But this time it got it right. The reaction was swift, the message was moving and for once Europe spoke with one voice. What is it they say about tragedies bringing people together? Ukrainian border officials shunted us round like cattle as we waited for Verhofstadt and his entourage to arrive. Eventually, an hour and a half late, the Belgian prime minister, deputy PM Louis Michel, Commission President Romano Prodi and foreign policy chief Javier Solana filed through a tunnel of guards and boarded the government jet we had hitched a ride with.My first thought was: “Why are the four men who run Europe’s foreign policy flying together in a small, unguarded plane just hours after four jumbos have been hijacked by terrorists?”I wasn’t the only person asking the question.One of the pilots and several other reporters also found it odd.Cynical journalist that I am, my second thought was: “Europe’s decision-makers are trapped with us for three and a half hours – plenty of time to get a reaction.” As I was the only person with a cameraman on board, the words ‘scoop’ and ‘exclusive’ obviously sprang to mind.What followed, however, not only put paid to that deluded dream, but showed how much Europe’s nascent foreign policy has matured in recent months.
LONDON — Gibraltar is within days of winning Europe’s vaccine race.The territory’s Health Minister Samantha Sacramento told POLITICO in an interview that it will have offered a jab to every resident over 16 within the next two weeks — and two doses by mid-April. It is also vaccinating Spaniards who work on the Rock.As of the end of Thursday, Gibraltar’s health authorities had administered 26,163 first doses to its citizens, with 15,155 of these people also having received their second dose. That brings the Southern European territory close to inoculating the vast majority of its 35,000 residents. This week, it is the turn of people in their 20s. Dubbed “Operation Freedom”, Gibraltar’s vaccination campaign is among the fastest in Europe, and its success is due to a combination of factors: the uninterrupted supply of vaccines from the U.K., its small population and its tiny geography, Sacramento said. Around 97 percent of people have accepted a request to attend a vaccination appointment, she added. “When you live in a population which is so small, you understand how important it is to have the vaccine, because you are well connected with each other, you know of other people who got the vaccination, and you know it is good for the nation,” she said.The U.K. procures coronavirus vaccines for Gibraltar and the rest of the British Overseas Territories. Since early January, about 50,000 doses have been flown to the Rock. The last consignment, containing about 12,000 doses, landed in Gibraltar earlier this week.The vast majority of vaccines being administered in Gibraltar are manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech, with a small number of jabs produced by AstraZeneca which are reserved for people who can’t get Pfizer’s jab for medical reasons.“We have to be really grateful to the U.K. government’s continuous supply of vaccines, which has meant we’ve never had a break in our vaccination program because of any delay while we wait for the vaccines,” Sacramento said.But Gibraltar is not only vaccinating its own residents. About 10,000 Spanish nationals who are registered as frontier workers are eligible for a jab too. Of them, about 1,700 have already received a U.K. vaccine, most of which work in the health and social care sector. Others will follow, starting with workers who come into the closest contact with the locals, such as cleaners. Sacramento said it made sense from an epidemiologic point of view to treat residents and non-residents working closely with Gibraltarians in the same way. “If we are a community that wants to look after our people, it is about working together and going about it in a strategic way. When you are working on immunization, it is about the number of people whom you immunize,” she said.And unlike the U.K., where only over-18s can get a jab, teenagers aged between 16 and 18 are eligible for a vaccine, in order to ensure their safe return to the classroom when schools reopen in the coming weeks, Sacramento said.The quick rollout has enabled a cautious reopening of the hospitality sector from Monday, but the minister said restrictions such as Gibraltar’s night curfew and rule-of-5 on social gatherings will remain in place, as the authorities still have to analyze the impact of the immunization campaign on the spread and severity of the coronavirus.In the meantime, Gibraltar is studying proposals for a digital vaccine passport in the hope of resuming international travel in the summer. The app is being developed by the Gibraltar government’s digital services team and the Gibraltar Health Authority’s IT department, and will show data on the user’s vaccinations and COVID-19 tests.Sacramento said she hoped people living in the U.K. are not jealous of the high share of Gibraltarians vaccinated thanks to British jabs.“We are British citizens in the same way as everyone in the U.K. is. In the big scheme of things, given the high volumes [of doses] being administered in the U.K., I don’t think that because we have received the number of vaccines that we have received, it would have had an impact on someone not getting it in the U.K.,” she said. “We are a small drop. I wouldn’t like to see this as a competition between each other.” This article is part of POLITICO’s premium policy service: Pro Health Care. From drug pricing, EMA, vaccines, pharma and more, our specialized journalists keep you on top of the topics driving the health care policy agenda. Email [email protected] for a complimentary trial.
Shhh… do you hear that? It’s the sound of your calendar clearing when you finish reading this week’s Datebook. How else are you going to make time for all of the theater-related events happening over the next seven days? You can’t possibly miss opening night of A Night with Janis Joplin, or Chita Rivera’s big birthday party, or the much-anticipated premiere of American Horror Story: Coven…right? Take a peek below at our list of stage-centric goings-on around New York City! MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 STARS CHEER ON CHITA RIVERA Rosie O’Donnell, John Kander, Ben Vereen, Bebe Neuwirth and many more are headed to the August Wilson Theatre to honor one of Broadway’s greatest stars. Chita: A Legendary Celebration will toast two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera with a gala concert recognizing her 80th birthday as well as the roles she created throughout her career. Proceeds benefit BC/EFA, an extra reason to join the stars in honoring the one and only Chita! FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 TALK ABOUT SEX WITH DR. RUTH America’s most famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer comes to life on stage in the off-Broadway premiere of Becoming Dr. Ruth, a new one-woman show starring That ‘70s Show hoot Debra Jo Rupp as the renowned therapist. Mark St. Germain’s play charmed regional audiences, and now New York will get to discover the incredible story of Westheimer’s life. And don’t worry, ye lewd ones—there will be plenty of sex to discuss. View Comments SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 WOMEN OR NOTHING ENDS THE DRAMA Oscar winner Ethan Coen’s new off-Broadway play Women or Nothing ends its acclaimed run at the Atlantic Theater Company, after creating tons of buzz with its meaty plot about two lesbians desperate to conceive a child. If you need something to spice up your Sunday, check out the final performance of this dark pregnancy comedy (is that a thing?) before it’s due! ALSO: 700 Sundays’ Billy Crystal and After Midnight pair Babyface and Toni Braxton chat up Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 JANIS JOPLIN TAKES THE STAGE Mary Bridget Davies has taken up the role of a lifetime as iconic rocker Janis Joplin in Broadway’s newest musical event, A Night with Janis Joplin. The show will feature Joplin hits (including “Me and Bobby McGee,” obvi) and a tribute to the musical influences who came before the tragic musician. Make sure to get your tickets for this can’t-miss musical Night, opening at the Lyceum Theatre. ALSO: Ryan Scott Oliver’s fan-favorite theater album 35MM gets a big concert at 54 Below with Zachary Levi, Derek Klena, Krysta Rodriguez, Lesli Margherita and more, featuring photos by Gotta Dance shutterbug Matthew Murphy. ALSO: Elizabeth Olsen chats Romeo and Juliet on Live with Kelly and Michael; The Skivvies go nude (well, almost) at 54 Below. ALSO: Domesticated, starring Jeff Goldblum and Laurie Metcalf, starts at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater; Lois Robbins and Nine star Shelly Burch take on 54 Below. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 JOE ICONIS GETS THE CABARET BUMPIN’ One of theater’s hottest rising contemporary composers, Joe Iconis, will premiere his musical The Black Suits in Los Angeles later this year. First, however, Iconis stops by 54 Below to present a cabaret of his unique showtunes. Iconis has enlisted Krysta Rodriguez and Nick Blaemire to help, so if you’re interested in theater songs with a contemporary twist (and who wouldn’t be?), go Below with Joe! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 MUCH A-BLU ABOUT NOTHING Joss Whedon’s critically acclaimed directorial take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing made quite a splash in theaters this summer—and you’ll be able to replicate that experience on your home entertainment system! Pick up the Blu-Ray for Whedon’s brilliant version of the Bard’s biting comedy, filmed in and around the director’s L.A. home. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 GET WITCH-SLAPPED ON FX Horror fans (and, let’s be real, fans of quality television programming) are dying for the premiere of the third season of Ryan Murphy’s spooky anthology series American Horror Story, which follows a Coven of witchy figures played by the likes of theater vets Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone. Everyone will be talking about the show this fall, so don’t miss out on the big premiere on FX at 10 PM. ALSO: The Trip to Bountiful closes its run on Broadway; Sting plays his last The Last Ship concert at the Public; Joanna Gleason and the duo of Anita Gillette and Penny Fuller play 54 Below; Tony-nominated The Millers star Margo Martindale stops by The Arsenio Hall Show.
Specialist research & consultancy firm MultiSport Research has released summary findings from a new study into athlete motivations during the current Covid-19 crisis. This tracks sentiment in June 2020, comparing with a previous study undertaken in April.The research is provided free of charge to industry stakeholders in order to help them plan during these challenging times.Gary Roethenbaugh, Managing Director at MultiSport Research, said “A big thank you to all athletes who gave up their time during these difficult circumstances.“The research in June was specifically focused on the USA; and many thanks to the race directors and other industry stakeholders who helped to put the word out.”Summary findings from the June 2020 Endurance Sport Athlete Motivations Study include:Among survey respondents, compared to April 2020, there is a drop in the levels of worry about Covid-19 – both in terms of health & wellbeing and financial impact.The proportion of endurance athletes expecting to race in summer 2020 is down 64%.Those expecting to return to racing in 2021 are up 82.6%.62% are ‘very likely’ or ‘likely’ to enter a time-trial race with staggered start times.Athletes appear willing to tolerate some form of price rise to help keep events viable; although, around 32% are unsure, or unwilling to accept a price rise.52% have reduced their expenditure on endurance sport gear. Post Covid-19, 22% expect to increase on normal gear spending levels; while 52% expect their endurance gear spending will return to normal levels.Gary Roethenbaugh added, “A number of athletes indicate a desire to get back racing as soon as possible. Although, there is, not surprisingly, some caution in the air. This is particularly focused on a more imminent restarting of events.“Expectations have also dropped around a return to summer 2020 racing – with much lower numbers of athletes now expecting to race this summer.“Around one-quarter, 26%, are expecting to race in Sep-Oct 2020 (versus 34% when asked this question in April 2020).”The research was undertaken via a new athlete survey. This went live on June 5, 2020 and closed on June 30, 2020. In total, there were 2755 responses across all countries (with 1848 in the USA). The survey covered a number of areas, including:Athletes’ current vs typical participation in endurance sportIncrease or decrease in activity due to social distancingLevels of concern about Covid-19Attitudes to training & rescheduled eventsViews on race cancellationsVirtual racingGear expenditureAthlete types, levels of experience & training hoursSummary demographicsA number of new data points were also explored for the latest report, including:June 2020 vs April 2020 survey index to compare shifts in sentimentAttitudes to training & coaching servicesAttitudes to a safe return to racing, with selected athlete commentsViews on increased entry fees & race travel distancesGary Roethenbaugh added, “We will continue to monitor athlete motivations over the coming months and hope to see the industry adapt to the ‘new normal’ we are currently facing.”MultiSport Research is planning an update to the research in order to track sentiment as the Covid-19 crisis evolves. To participate in the research or find out more, please get in touch with MultiSport Research directly.www.multisportresearch.com Related
With 5:35 left in the game, Gophers quarterback Zack Annexstad found Bateman for a 7-yard score, which made it 41-31. Iowa scored again on the next possession, this time on a 2-yard run by Mekhi Sargent, which effectively ended the game.Iowa rode the arm of Stanley, who attacked a Gophers’ defense that has struggled to adjust to life without safety Antoine Winfield Jr. He finished with a season high of 314 passing yards and four touchdowns. When asked what went wrong in the passing defense, head coach P.J. Fleck said, “A lot.” He attributed some of it to blown coverage, which led to a 60-yard touchdown pass that Iowa converted in the first quarter to extend their lead to 14-0. Annexstad had a better day than his stats may indicate. Although he threw three interceptions, two came when he was trying to make a huge comeback in the game’s final minutes. When asked if Annexstad threw too many deep balls, Fleck said he didn’t throw enough.“No, we didn’t go deep too many times. That was a direct order,” Fleck said. “When we got down, it would’ve been too hard to meticulously march down the field 12 plays at a time and be perfect. … We had to generate big plays.” The Gophers stayed within striking distance due to some timely turnovers. Both of Iowa’s turnovers occurred deep within their own zone and gave the Gophers a great field position — Minnesota was able to score a touchdown on both occasions. “We need some more of those,” Fleck said. “We have to find ways to generate takeaways synthetically and authentically.” The Gophers will look to rebound next week as they travel to Ohio State (6-0) to take on the undefeated Buckeyes. Minnesota is no match for Iowa’s offense in homecoming gameMinnesota couldn’t overcome Iowa’s hot start, as the Hawkeyes were up 14-0 within the first 10 minutes.Tony SaundersWide receiver Tyler Johnson is tackled after a long run on Saturday, Oct. 6 at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes defeated the Gophers 48-31. Paul HodowanicOctober 6, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1) defeated the Minnesota Gophers (3-2, 0-2) 48-31 on Saturday, which secured Iowa’s fourth consecutive win against Minnesota and another year with the coveted Floyd of Rosedale trophy.Iowa started the game with authority, scoring on their first two drives and holding Minnesota to -10 yards on six plays as they jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley had 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter to fuel the blistering start. The Gophers rebounded after their sleepy start with a touchdown drive of their own, highlighted by an athletic 34-yard catch by freshman Chris Autman-Bell that set the Gophers up. A few plays later, fellow freshman wide receiver Rashod Bateman hauled in a 3-yard jump ball for a touchdown, cutting the Iowa lead to 14-7. However, that was the closest Minnesota would get, as they were never able to cut the Iowa lead below seven. Iowa quickly answered back to make the score 21-7 in what would become the theme of the game. The Gophers made several key momentum plays that seemingly had them on the edge of a comeback, but Iowa stayed resilient and fended them off.With 8:52 remaining in the third quarter and Minnesota down 31-17, Carter Coughlin blasted off the edge and strip sacked Stanley. As a result, the Gophers started with the ball at Iowa’s 3-yard line. Seth Green punched it in a few plays later, again putting the Gophers within seven. “They were having trouble with my speed rush throughout the game, so I figured I’d hit them with that,” Coughlin said.The play gave the team a jolt of momentum, but Iowa responded. On the ensuing kickoff, Iowa wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette returned the ball 49 yards to set up the Hawkeyes with strong field position. Iowa took advantage of the short field and scored on a 5-yard touchdown reception to TE Noah Fant just nine plays later, making it a 14-point deficit once again.