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Alderson says Binghamton will be home to a Mets affiliate next season

first_imgHughes said the details are still being worked through when it comes to determining which level of baseball Binghamton will hold. Hughes, along with a number of local officials spent the last year fighting to keep baseball in Binghamton. Mets Team President Sandy Alderson said Brooklyn would be home to a full season affiliate, but did not specify which level for any of the teams he mentioned. (WBNG) — Mets President Sandy Alderson said Binghamton will remain home to one of the Mets minor league affiliates. The news comes nearly one year after the team first learned it was at risk of being eliminated, as part of Major League Baseball’s plan to restructure the minor league system. “I would like to personally thank Senator Schumer, Congressman Brindisi, Senator Akshar, and Mayor David for being the driving force behind this decision,” said Hughes. Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes said he is “ecstatic” after learning the Mets will keep a minor league affiliate in Binghamton. UPDATE:center_img “I’m sure those details will come out coming up shortly,and we’re just looking for clarification on that and I know they’re still putting together the pieces on what everything looks like,” said Hughes. “I can say right now definitively, there will be baseball at RumbleTown, New York Mets baseball at Rumbletown in 2021.” “It really means all the hard work has paid off, everybody’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and I think it means that the Mets want to take upstate New York,” said Hughes. The Rumble Ponies were at risk of being eliminated by Major League Baseball as part of its restructuring of the minor leagues. Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes shared the following statement with 12 Sports: “Incredibly excited to be part of the New York Mets under Steve Cohen and our long time friend Sandy Alderson. We look forward to supporting their mission in any way possible. It’s a great day to be a Mets fan.” During a press conference to introduce new owner Steve Cohen, Alderson said Syracuse, Binghamton, Brooklyn and St. Lucie will be affiliates going forward but did not specify if Binghamton would continue to have a Double A team.last_img read more

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CTO welcomes reduction in APD for long haul flights from Northern Ireland

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share LifestyleTravel CTO welcomes reduction in APD for long haul flights from Northern Ireland by: – October 7, 2011center_img Tweet 29 Views   no discussions Image via: caribbeanjobs.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has welcomed the UK Treasury announcement that it will reduce the Air Passenger Duty (APD) rates for long haul flights departing from Northern Ireland. This is seen as a sure sign that the UK government is giving consideration to the issues raised about APD arising out of its stakeholder consultation on APD reform. The reduction in APD for Northern Ireland acknowledges the importance of vital air routes to the economy and the positive impact that aviation can have on economic growth and sustainable job creation. The Northern Ireland case is confirmation that the travelling public is paying increasing attention to the cost of flights and that they are willing to travel further to catch a flight if it saves them money. The UK government’s decision to reduce APD levels in Northern Ireland follows clear evidence that passengers were prepared to travel from Belfast to Dublin where levels of ticket tax are significantly lower at €3 (approximately £2.50) per passenger compared with £75 in economy and £150 in premium cabins from Belfast. Officials feared that present high levels of APD would have ended transatlantic air services to Northern Ireland and jeopardised the province’s economy. For the Caribbean, there is already evidence that market distortion caused by APD is resulting in the reduction of some air services from the UK. Tourism is the Caribbean’s biggest export and the UK is one of its biggest markets, with many countries, especially the Eastern Caribbean states, highly dependent on this market. In 2010, 23 percent of all arrivals to the Caribbean from Europe came from the UK, with 56 percent of UK arrivals going to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) sub-region. CTO chairman, Minister Skerritt said: “It is because of the value of tourism to the Caribbean that the CTO has been actively engaging with the UK government to ensure that it understands why the region takes this issue so seriously. We look forward to the UK government’s response to the APD consultation, due this autumn, and hope that the outcome not only rectifies the discriminatory aspect of the banding system but that it seeks to provide a solution to the problem of the impact that very high long haul APD rates is having on people’s choice of destination and scheduled carriers decisions on where and when to fly.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more