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Blue Origin aborted space mission due to post-launch crash



Blue Origin aborted space mission due to post-launch crash

A capsule from astronautical company Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, aborted its unmanned space mission this Monday.

The capsule took off from West Texas, and within the first minute of its flight, began spewing flames around its single engine.

The capsule launch abort system immediately went off. A few minutes later, the capsule parachuted into the desert.

The capsule-laden missile also crashed to the ground without causing any injury or damage, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

Although the New Shepard rocket was intended for experimental flights, the same model was used for 10-minute tourist trips.

The Federal Aviation Administration also said the missile was unusable while the investigation continues.

“Looks like we had an anomaly during today’s flight. It wasn’t planned. (…) Launch vehicle failure in today’s unmanned flight. The exhaust system worked as intended,” Blue Origin tweeted.

The company did not provide other details.

It was the 23rd flight of the New Shepard program, named after an American in space, Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, and the ninth for the type of rocket.

The rocket launch was supposed to take place almost two weeks ago, but due to bad weather, it was postponed until this Monday.

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TAP orders dozens of BMWs for CEOs and top directors – Observer



TAP orders dozens of BMWs for CEOs and top directors - Observer

TAP has ordered dozens of BMW vehicles for its executives and top directors, plugin hybrids and with a market value of 52 to 65 thousand euros. The vehicles, which will begin arriving early next year, will replace the airline’s current fleet of mostly Peugeot vehicles. promoted Tuesday on CNN Portugal.

TAP justifies the purchase of “plug-in hybrid vehicles instead of current diesel ones” on “environmental reasons”, as well as “tax incentives associated with these less polluting vehicles.”

At a time when TAP is pursuing a rescue program that amounts to 3.2 billion euros from taxpayers, CNN Portugal asked the airline why it is not considering lower cost vehicles. The company responded that “the options available to directors have also begun to include the brand. premiumas it has a higher rent compared to other brands thanks to a better residual value at the end of the contract.”

CNN Portugal reports that it had access to an initial order for 79 BMW Series 5, X2 and X3 vehicles. OUR the airline guarantees the availability of 50 “units” and that “a tender was held in the market in accordance with the TAP procurement guidelines and six companies in the Portuguese market were invited to participate” whose names were not released.

TAP also said it would spend less money on rent (monthly lease payments) of new fleet vehicles compared to the old one. However, he did not say what the monthly cost of the new fleet is.


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TAP orders dozens of BMWs, receiving government money



TAP orders dozens of BMWs, receiving government money

TAP ordered a new fleet of BMW vehicles from its managers to replace the old fleet of Peugeot vehicles. The carrier guarantees that it even saves money. The company is implementing a rescue program that amounts to 3.2 billion euros from taxpayers.

TAP has ordered dozens of BMWs from its general managers, improving the profile of its current fleet of mostly Peugeot vehicles. The new cars have a market value of between 52,000 and 65,000 euros, are plug-in hybrids, and will start arriving early next year.

According to TVI/CNN Portugal internal documentation and portal away – the bodies of the Media Capital group – had access, we are talking about an initial order for 79 cars from the 5, X3 and X2 series of the German brand. TAP, when confronted, guarantees that there are only 50 vehicles. The real number is not indifferent: if there are 79, TAP not only improves its fleet, but also increases it.

These cars are intended for executive directors and top directors of the airline. And they are concluded with the company through “lease” agreements, that is, monthly lease payments for each vehicle. TAP guarantees it will spend less money on the new fleet compared to the old one, but it’s unclear why it hasn’t considered cheaper brands.


The new TAP fleet consists exclusively of plug-in hybrid models, which are more environmentally friendly and have lower CO2 emissions, as well as the ability to drive only in electric mode.

At the top of the park are the sporty BMW 530e and the BMW X3 xDrive 30e SUV, both with 292 hp engines, claimed fuel consumption of 1.8 to 2.6 liters per 100 km and an estimated range in electric mode of 61 or 50 kilometers. , respectively. Retail prices for these models start at €65,120 for the 530e and €65,870 for the X3.

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Most of this new fleet is made up of the BMW X2 xDrive 25e, with a 220 horsepower engine capable of consuming 1.8 liters per 100 km. The cost of PVP starts at 52,409 euros.

When contacting TAP, they did not answer about the monthly cost of a new park. Based on market modeling (without negotiating a discount that will be managed by TAP), the provision of these cars can range from €608.94 + VAT (for a BMW X2 xDrive 25e with 15,000 kilometers per year and 72 months) to €857.72 + VAT (for BMW X3 xDrive 30e Pack M for the same 15,000 kilometers per year for 48 months).

Meet the new BMW X2 xDrive 25e in this video.

The company guarantees that it saves money

“The current rental fleet is mainly from 2017 and the maximum number of renewals possible in the contract will be reached in 2023,” explains TAP, which justifies the purchase of “plug-in hybrid vehicles instead of the current diesel one for environmental reasons, but also for tax benefits associated with these less polluting vehicles.”

“This option represents a savings of more than 20% monthly rent and taxes on new leasing contracts for vehicles with similar characteristics to the current (diesel), which is in line with the restructuring plan, as it represents the lowest possible cost in a tendered market.”

Asked by CNN/TVI/Away why TAP isn’t considering lower cost new vehicles given they’re under a government salvage program, the company replied that “the options available to directors also include a premium brand because it has higher rent compared to other brands due to better residual value at the end of the contract.” In addition, “this option also provides better vehicle delivery times, given the manufacturing crisis that the automotive market is experiencing.”

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TAP reiterates that “there are 50 units and not the 79 mentioned” and guarantees that “the market was tendered in accordance with the TAP procurement manual and six organizations were invited to participate in the Portuguese market”. The company did not distinguish which companies they were.

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Entrepreneurs want the IRS to boost family income



Entrepreneurs want the IRS to boost family income

According to an EY study published on Tuesday, the vast majority of entrepreneurs want the State Budget (GB) for 2023 to include fiscal measures that respond to inflation (94%) and the energy crisis (84%).

“It was concluded that 94% of respondents call for changes to the IRS which mitigate the effects of inflation and allow for higher wages real growth in household net income“, EY said in a statement.

Queue, 87% of companies defend taking action at the IRS (Personal income tax), which in the short term lead to an increase in the net income of families, warning that if this does not happen, there may be a decline in private consumption.

Measures presented reformulation of steps, reduction of progressivity of rates and extension of deductions.

Already 70% of companies want changes in VATwith a focus on applying a reduced or intermediate rate to natural gas and electricity consumption, a change that 84% of companies want.

are still considered 65% of companies complain that their IRC is being moved (Corporate Income Tax), focusing on measures such as flexibility in the periods of use of tax losses and credits and the reduction of autonomous tax rates and government surcharges.

With regard to fiscal competitiveness, 69% of entrepreneurs consider it important to abolish stamp duty when buying a property intended for the rental market.

“With inflation driving up interest rates, 58% of companies are in favor of extending the stamp duty exemption for supplies, making it less expensive for partners or shareholders to use financing,” the document said in a statement.

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With regard to the stability of the tax system, 86% of companies want to reduce to 90 days the statutory deadline for responding to requests for non-urgent mandatory information.and, while 50% require measures that provide for minimum periods of fiscal stability for some tax system structuring rules.

Nearly 70% of entrepreneurs also noted the need to introduce a tax incentive related to the creation of jobs for young people. and creating tax credits.

In the fifth edition of this review entrepreneurs again gave a “negative note” to the Portuguese tax systemwith an estimate 2.02 on a scale of one to five.

EY stated that all domains analyzed were negatively assessed by entrepreneurs, and that the worst-scoring areas were access and speed of the tax justice system, and the high weight of the overall tax burden.which received an average score of 1.59.

“Given the long-term inflation target of 2%, companies would like to see the abnormal growth in tax revenues resulting from the current structure already in the state budget for 2023 translated into a reduction in the tax burden,” he said. Luis Marquez, EY’s “country tax leader”

For this study, a sample of 105 companies operating in Portugal was considered, mainly in the financial services (25) and manufacturing (12) sectors.

Of the total number of companies examined, the majority have a turnover of more than 25 million euros (61%) and more than 250 employees (56%).

Respondents are primarily responsible for tax, executive presidents (CEO), “chief financial officer” (CFO) and administrative or financial directors (58%).

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