Pier Cherubino has managed to change the face of the Betis Females, team that manages since January. The former player of the Sevillian club appeared as a ray of hope for the Andalusian fans and he has managed to fulfill his mission in his first steps as a Verdiblanco coach: taking the team out of relegation. Pier, who had already earned the affection of the Betis, wins again in the club in which he amazed as a player and in which he left an anecdote in court with his former president Manuel Ruíz de Lopera.The story goes back to the season 1994-95, when Pier was transferred by Tenerife to Sporting de Gijón. The Asturian club included a clause by which the former striker had to pay 300 million pesetas, which were reduced to 150 later, if a return to Tenerife was a bridge to go to another team. This ended up happening, Betis being its new destination. So, Lopera verbally committed to Pier, with the presence of his lawyer, the president of Tenerife or the player’s representative, among other people, that he would take care of everything, but then he washed his hands. The former player had to pay 150 million to Sporting and filed a lawsuit against Lopera.The sentence proved him right, because Pier had numerous witnesses to what happened, and Lopera, who tried to use the name of Betis in this war between the two, had to pay this amount to a Pier, that marks this event as the only negative point of his time at the Verdiblanco club, in which feel the colors again like the first day.
Emirates President, Tim Clark, has blasted Lufthansa for lobbying to prevent the Middle Eastern carrier from serving more German cities, which he said is part of a campaign to undermine the airline’s business model. A report in Bloomberg earlier this week cites an interview with Mr Clark following Lufthansa’s successful bid to lobby against Emirates from obtaining landing slots in Stuttgart and at the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport which will open in June 2012. “Their mantra is to take the Gulf carriers down, as well as dominate the markets they sit in,” Clark said, it was reported. Mr Clark said the airline will “re-engage” discussions regarding the slots and is optimistic the German Government “will see sense”. Lufthansa has fought back against the claims saying traffic rights are negotiated between Governments and the airline did not have any direct influence in their decision, spokesman Peter Schneckenleitner said. Emirates have continued talks with European and US Carriers over access, following its orders for 200 planes worth US$68 billion. Mr Clark blames its competitors’ failing business strategies from allowing the airline to continue its worldwide expansion. “It has taken European carriers donkeys’ years to adapt their business models to the changing dynamics of global civil aviation,” he said. “They haven’t been able to align their traffic flows to what is going on, whereas we have.” Currently, Emirates operates flights from Dubai to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, compared to Cologne-based Lufthansa who only offers a single route from Frankfurt, despite having full traffic rights in Germany. “We don’t see any reason to award further traffic rights to Emirates as the airline already enjoys continental Europe’s most expansive rights in Germany,” Lufthansa’s Schneckenleitner said. “It’s the airline’s declared goal to reroute traffic from Germany and Europe via Dubai.”Despite their discussions in Germany, Emirates are expected to “finish on a very positive good year” according to Mr Clark, who cites higher occupancy, a strong cash position and more effective cost controls as their advantage. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M