do you know ? Andre is client of "Net Jets"
i thought he has own airplanes? NetJets Pilots Approve Agreement
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press Writer
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Pilots with NetJets Inc., a private air charter service that caters to companies and business executives, have approved an agreement that ends a four-year-old labor dispute.
NetJets Inc. and the pilots' union said Tuesday in a joint release that 84 percent of pilots voted in favor of the contract, which was tentatively agreed upon last month. The union has about 2,000 members.
The five-year contract approved Monday allows for more pilot participation in training and safety issues, and requires that NetJets pilots be hired to fly jets in what's expected to be a growing business involving so-called "very light jets," or smaller aircraft than the type the company currently uses.
Company president Bill Boisture wouldn't release salary details but said the agreement puts pilots ahead of competitors for total compensation.
NetJets, with flight operations in Columbus and executive offices in Woodbridge, N.J., provides private air service for companies and individuals. Customers buy fractional shares of an aircraft in exchange for access to flight service.
Customers include General Electric Co. and Dow Chemical Co., tennis stars Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi and golfer Tiger Woods.
NetJets is owned by Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc., led by investor
Last month, union president Bill Olsen said NetJets pilots were making from $50,000 to $72,000 a year, while those flying similar planes for competing companies made up to $105,000 a year.
Olsen said the proposed contract would "bridge the gap" by immediately raising pay 40 percent to 60 percent based on years of service and equipment operated.
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Where to go | Hot stuff in cool places CAYMAN ISLANDS
Looking for fancy accommodations in the Caymans?
The $500-million, 365-room Ritz-Carlton is set to open its gleaming doors Dec. 15. Spanning 144 acres from Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound, the hotel is a name-dropper's heaven: a Greg Norman nine-holer, Blue Tip; a 20,000 square-foot, 17-room spa with La Prairie products; a Jean-Michel Cousteau children's aquatic program; tennis by Agassi's coach Nick Bollettieri, and two restaurants by Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, one of New York's top restaurants. Whew.
Details: From $579-$929 per room, per night (in winter months). www.ritzcarlton.com, 800-816-9223.
:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:
Athletes who merit celebrating
Christopher Clarey International Herald Tribune
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2005
BOSTON The turkey is ready for the oven; the table is set and full of possibilities; the family has gathered from different time zones, and it is difficult, even for a scandal-weary sportswriter, to avoid feeling good about human nature.
Meanwhile, men like Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, David Beckham, Tiger Woods and Zinédine Zidane continued their longstanding charity work, with Agassi sometimes giving the impression that, at 35, he was playing tennis beyond the usual retirement age in large part because he wanted to use his continuing success to help the foundation and the academy that educates at-risk youth in his name in his native Las Vegas.
Agassi's foundation, which now routinely donates $10 million or more per year to children's causes, has been the most productive of any linked to an active athlete. One of the reasons he said he left his long-term sponsor Nike and signed a contract with its competitor Adidas was because Adidas was more willing to commit considerable resources to the foundation.
"Nike and I reached terms on all my stuff with no problem," Agassi said in August. "It's been a relationship for a lot of years that has been good. But, you know, I'm at a great place in my life. I
Worthy not just of time and disposable income, but of admiration.
don't have to worry about me anymore. That's a luxury that most people don't have that I'm well aware of. But I do have to worry about my foundation, I do have to worry about people I look out after."
"And you know, they make shoes and that's what they do," he said of Nike.
:wavey: Andre Agassi forever :wavey:
Tennis superstar Andre Agassi's resounding legal victory over the taxman has ended on a sour note when three appeal judges refused to award him costs against the Revenue.
Normally, the losing party in a civil action pays the other side's costs.
Not so in Agassi's case - because the tax experts he employed to instruct his barrister were not solicitors or authorised litigators.
A year ago, in a judgment which could cost the Revenue half a billion pounds, the Court of Appeal allowed Agassi's
challenge to a High Court ruling that foreign showbiz and sports stars on tour in Britain are liable for UK income tax on money earned from overseas product endorsement deals - even if the cash never sees the light of day in this country.
The court ruled that Agassi was not liable to UK tax on income paid by sportswear makers Nike and Head Sports to his US-based company, Agassi Enterprises Inc, because none of them was resident or had a "tax presence" in Britain.
But the Revenue - which is to challenge the ruling in the House of Lords - refused to pay his costs.
Agassi brought his case using the Licensed Access Scheme (LAS) designed to provide more cost-effective legal cover for small and individual litigants.
He employed tax law experts Tenon Media, who had acted for him for many years. Tenon's Christopher Mills, a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIT), instructed counsel, as he was allowed to do.
Tenon's total costs bill for the High Court and Court of Appeal was less than £20,000. The appeal judges heard that solicitors, who might have far less expertise in the tax field, could well have charged three times as much.
Lords Justices Brooke, Dyson and Carnwath said that Agassi might be able to recover some of his expenses as disbursements for ancillary assistance provided by Tenon. But, in law, he was not entitled to claim against the Revenue for the cost of work which would normally be done by a solicitor.
Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf to Develop Luxury Hotel and Residences at America's Newest All-Season Resort: Tamarack
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts to Manage Properties at the Idaho Resort's
Stunning Tamarack Village and Mid-Mountain Locations
NEW YORK, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, through their company Agassi Graf Development LLC and Miami-based Bayview Financial
L.P., through its Real Estate Investment and Development Group, today
announced details of their luxury mountain hotel development at Tamarack
Resort, located in Donnelly, Idaho -- the nation's newest all-season resort.
Subject to certain terms and conditions being finalized, Fairmont Hotels &
Resorts will manage the luxury hotel and residences, featuring two locations:
a classic resort hotel located in Tamarack's village and a mid-mountain site.
This development will be the pinnacle hotel offering at the resort.
In addition to being financial investors in the project, Agassi and Graf
will be active in the development, design and overall lifestyle offering,
working closely with joint venture partners Bayview Financial, design team
Wilson & Associates and architecture firm VAg. Inc. The couple chose Tamarack
for their first lifestyle development because of its stunning natural
surroundings, ideal not just for skiing but for the unparalleled active
outdoor lifestyle it offers.
"Tamarack is the perfect location for anyone interested in taking a little
time out of their lives to get away or spend quality time with their family,"
said Agassi. "Our vision is to create an exceptional lifestyle offering that
complements the natural beauty and uniqueness of the resort. It's about
bringing the highest standard of quality and luxury to the whole experience."
The resort's village location, "Belvedere Ridge," will feature
approximately 225 condo-tel units, with scenic views of Tamarack's mountain,
championship golf course and Lake Cascade. Belvedere Ridge will also have a
private residence club including a European-style spa. "Whitewater" -- the
resort's mid-mountain location -- will feature an estimated 35 private
residences, all offering ski-in/ski-out access. Whitewater will offer a
personal concierge, a semi-private restaurant and an outdoor deck with
stunning mountain and lake views. Both properties are scheduled to break
ground during the summer of 2006 with completion anticipated in 2008, in
conjunction with the completion of Tamarack's village.
"We are delighted to be the selected manager for this first-class
development," said William R. Fatt, Fairmont's Chief Executive Officer. "We
have been looking for a U.S. resort destination with significant ski and golf
amenities to complement our current portfolio, and this development is the
perfect opportunity. The residential offerings will allow Fairmont to extend
its luxury brand to both guests and secondary home owners."
In addition to offering spectacular views, the resort will boast amenities
typical of Fairmont's luxury standards. Robbie Oppenheim, Managing Director
of Bayview Financial L.P.'s Real Estate Investment and Development Group,
commented: "The selection of Fairmont was made after an extensive search for a
partner that not only had expertise in operating complex, all-season mountain
properties but truly understood our vision for this project. As real estate
developers, we are thrilled having Fairmont as a partner and look forward to
working together to develop this special project."
To design the project, Agassi/Graf and Bayview Financial selected
internationally renowned architecture firm Wilson & Associates, whose varied
and global projects include The Palace of the Lost City in South Africa; Las
Ventanas al Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas; Atlantis Resort at Paradise Island,
Bahamas and many well-known properties in Las Vegas such as The Venetian and
The Mansions at MGM. Also collaborating on the project is Colorado-based
architecture firm VAg, Inc., which specializes in residential resort
architecture and prides itself on environmental awareness, a critical aspect
to the long-term vision at Tamarack and a shared focus for both architecture
firms. Wilson & Associates' work at Tamarack will incorporate natural
materials and the use of local artisans.
The development will begin taking reservations in early 2006 with sales
expected in late Summer, 2006. The telephone number for sales is 877-377-
About Agassi Graf Development LLC
Agassi Graf Development LLC is a real-estate development company focused
on the creation of luxury, resort and lifestyle-oriented offerings in
partnership with the industry's leading developers and brands. The company
specializes in developing the design and overall lifestyle component of real-
estate offerings under the direction and vision of Andre Agassi and Stefanie
ANDRE AGASSI & STEFFI GRAF in 4 page "Love Story - once the alpha male and female of the tennis circuit,Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf were virtual strangers until one day in Paris...." story with 5 photos, 1 is full page.
Unplugged Agassi-Blake classic emblematic of up-and-down year Tennis
December 27, 2005
The Match of the Year in men's tennis unquestionably was Andre Agassi coming from two sets down and finally closing out James Blake at 11 minutes after 1 o'clock in the morning in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.
"I wasn't the winner," Agassi announced following his 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) escape. "Tennis was."
Uh, not to the degree Agassi likely suspected. In many sections of the country, the USA Network had pulled the plug on its telecast of the match in the middle of the third game of the fifth set. "Heidi," all over again.
So it went for tennis in 2005. It is a back and forth game and there was as much back as there was forth, particularly for Americans. The positive development was that a study commissioned by the U.S. Tennis Association and the Tennis Industry Association established that more Americans are playing the game – 24.7 million, the most since 1992.
But at tennis' top level, they aren't playing it all that well.
The only Americans who won Grand Slam championships were the Williams sisters, with Serena, 24, capturing the Australian Open and Venus, 25, prevailing at Wimbledon with a stirring three-set triumph over Lindsay Davenport.
At Melbourne, in the semifinals Serena was involved in the women's Match of the Year, when under a fiery sun she dismissed three match points against her and handled Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 8-6.
The sisters are unusual players. They aren't playing that much. Serena played only 28 matches all year, going 21-7, and the Australian Open was the only tournament she won. Venus was slightly more active, with a 37-10 singles record. Both the sisters regressed in the WTA Tour's rankings, Serena dropping from No. 7 at the close of 2004 to No. 11, her first time outside the top 10 since 1998. Venus fell from No. 9 to No. 10.
One can wonder if the Williamses have interests they prefer to tennis. They seem to withdraw from as many events as they complete. But let them be fully motivated, as they are for Grand Slam events, and they are players apart.
My women's Player of the Year is Davenport. Grand Slam championships eluded her, but she was a finalist in Australia and at Wimbledon and retained her No. 1 ranking. The Southern California woman is Billie Jean King's heir as the leading spokesperson for her sport. She recognizes its ills – that the season is too long – and on the court champions her game with her play and her conduct.
The men's Player of the Year, of course, is Roger Federer, the Swiss with the fighter's face and the silken strokes. "There is only one top player," declared Ted Schroeder, the onetime U.S. Davis Cup luminary whose judgments often are caustic but always thoughtful. "Everybody else is unidimensional. The only thing they know how to do is stand six feet behind the baseline and hit everything as hard as they can."
Federer is adaptable, able to fit his game to any surface. With his victories at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, he now has won five of the last eight Grand Slams and six in all. Before losing his final match of the year – to David Nalbandian of Argentina in the final of the Tennis Masters Cup at Shanghai, Federer had swept 35 consecutive matches.
He lost only four times during his season. Two of his defeats were in the semifinals of the Australian Open and the French Open to the eventual winners of those events, Marat Safin and Rafael Nadal. When Federer surrendered to Nalbandian at Shanghai, he was getting around on a tender foot.
Federer's appeal, however, is not universal. He has not been as warmly received in this country as his accomplishments suggest he should be. He is the consummate technician, but American audiences seem to prefer tennis champions who are more earthy. Think of Jimmy Connors.
Meantime, if the U.S. is developing players who one day could replace such veterans as Davenport and Agassi, it is not reflected in the WTA and ATP Tour rankings. Four Americans finished in the top 20 on the women's tour in 2004; now there are three, Jennifer Capriati, No. 10 a year ago, having been eliminated because of injuries. On the men's side, the U.S. had four players in the top 20 in 2004; it currently has just three, Andy Roddick (No. 3), Agassi (No. 7) and Robby Ginepri (No. 16).
Roddick did not have a rewarding year. Neither did a number of others, including Sharapova, who may not possess the queenly qualities that were seen in her when she won Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17. She isn't always showing up when she is scheduled to do so – she already has withdrawn from next year's first event at Gold Coast – and in her public audiences she can be a bit snippy, I would say.
There are some interesting new figures, including Nadal, a powerhouse on clay, and such young women as Sania Mirza of India and Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic. Ready, 2006. Play.
Back in August we told you tennis's über couple was planning to open an Idaho resort and it looks like the resort is a go.
Located in Donnelly, Idaho the Tamarack Resort will be managed by Fairmont Hotels. Agassi on the resort:
Tamarack is the perfect location for anyone interested in taking a little
time out of their lives to get away or spend quality time with their family. Our vision is to create an exceptional lifestyle offering that complements the natural beauty and uniqueness of the resort. It's about
bringing the highest standard of quality and luxury to the whole experience.
The resort will have two locations, mid-mountain Whitewater, which is currently accepting reservations, and the village location, Belvedere Ridge.
Complete with a golf corse, spa, ski access... but neither location mentions tennis courts.
Both locations will break ground in 2006, and slated to open in 2008
The Delray Beach International Tennis Championships snagged the biggest prize in its 14-year history today when Andre Agassi requested a wild card to play in the ATP tournament, which will be held in the Delray Beach Tennis Center & Stadium January 30-February 5.
Agassi, the winner of eight Grand Slam titles and 60 ATP tournaments, will open his 2006 season— his 21st season in pro tennis—in Delray Beach.
“We’re ecstatic that Andre is coming to Delray Beach,” said tournament director Mark Baron. “This is the first time in the last 14 years that circumstances have allowed him to play in this event. It’s a great opportunity for South Florida fans to enjoy the incredible level at which he plays in a stadium as intimate as ours. He’s such a wonderful personality.”
Agassi finished the 2005 season ranked No. 7 in the world. It was the 16th time in his career that he finished in the Top 10, tying him with Jimmy Connors for the top spot on that all-time list. America watched and cheered as the 35-year-old tennis icon made a spectacular run to the finals of the U.S. Open last fall with consecutive five-set wins over Xavier Malisse, James Blake and Robby Ginepri.
Agassi joins what arguably is already the best draw in Delray Beach ITC history, one that features Ginepri, Blake, seven-time ATP winner Tommy Haas and Olympic silver medalist Mardy Fish. Also entered are 2005 Delray Beach ITC champion Malisse and runner-up Jiri Novak as well as Boca Raton’s Vince Spadea, who finished No. 19 in the world in 2004. Ginepri and Blake finished the 2005 season No. 16 and No. 24, respectively, after their strong U.S. Open performances.
The Delray Beach ITC is the first of 15 ATP tournaments that will be held in the United States in 2006. Box seats, reserved series seats and individual session tickets to see Agassi and his fellow pros are on sale through YellowTennisBall.com (the official tournament website) or through the Delray Beach ITC Ticket Office (561-330-6000). Single session grandstand tickets range from $10 to $20 while box seats are $50 to $75.
Championship packages that include preferred seating for all 11 sessions are $220 while the Weekender package (quarterfinals through finals) is $150. Box seat packages begin at $930 for two seats and range up to $2,000 for four premium courtside seats. Box seats include premier parking and an array of amenities.