Michelle phan airplane: Michelle Phan’s Travel Essentials – The Coveteur


Michelle Phan’s Travel Essentials – The Coveteur

We spend a lot of time on the road (or in the air, as fate would have it, and corresponding airports—the purgatory that is Newark is something like our second home). Like, a lot. And yet, the attending proficiency that supposedly comes with packing up your life once or twice a week has yet to become anything close to, uh, proficient. Typical flight preparation usually includes throwing our bathroom cabinet into a carry-on tote, along with whatever magazine happens to be on our coffee table before making a hurried stop at a salad bar (anything to avoid the dreaded airplane food).

We guess it should have come as no surprise that, on top of having literally all the answers when it comes to beauty, Michelle Phan is also absurdly organized when it comes to travel. When she gave us a veritable checklist for what to pack in any carry-on, for any trip, the simplicity was enlightening. From teaching us how to do our makeup like Lady Gaga to this.

Ultimate resource, you guys.

“Since I travel frequently, it’s important that I have my pre-flight routine down. I pack my carry-on bag with goodies that will help the hours pass and prevent me from hauling more bags than necessary onto my next flight. Depending on the duration I might throw a neck pillow and scarf into my bag, but no matter what, I always take the below travel essentials with me.”

—Michelle Phan


“I use a brightly colored cover to protect my identification, and so it’s easily accessible when I’m walking through TSA.”


“I pack a large wallet to carry my money, credit cards and any paperwork or IDs needed. I also use my wallet to hold my phone, preventing it from rolling around loose in my bag.”


“If I’m meeting that special someone at the airport or I’ve taken an overnight flight, I’ll want to freshen up before getting off the plane. I bring a cute cosmetics bag to carry my beauty essentials.

If you need tips on how to get a refreshed glow post-flight, watch my video Travel Friendly In-Flight Beauty Tips!”


“If I’m wearing sandals or heels, I might struggle with cold feet on the plane, so I pack a pair of socks to warm them up and allow me to better relax sans shoes.”


“Similar to freshening up your face, I have a toothbrush and toothpaste handy after I’ve been snacking or sleeping on my flight.”


“Some people will stay awake and let their overhead lights beam throughout the plane on overnight flights. I bring an eye mask to create total darkness and get the rest I deserve!”


“So I don’t have to pay for bulky in-flight headphones, I bring my own to listen to music or watch movies.”


“A good book, a couple of your favorite magazines or an iPad are wonderful to have while flying.”


“The best travel bag around is a sturdy tote in a neutral color. The neutral tone will go with anything I wear, and the large size will not only carry my must-haves, but also transport my work laptop once my trip is over.


“I use reusable bags for any liquids, snacks, keys or jewelry I have on my flight. They help keep me organized.”


“To avoid overpriced plane food and a grumbly belly, I bring my own favorites to grub on throughout the flight.”

Meet Millionaire Michelle Phan, The Internet’s Favorite Beauty Stylist With Over One Billion Video Views

Meet Millionaire Michelle Phan, The Internet’s Favorite Beauty Stylist With Over One Billion Video Viewshttps://www.businessinsider.in/meet-millionaire-michelle-phan-the-internets-favorite-beauty-stylist-with-over-one-billion-video-views/so-how-did-michelle-who-made-this-natural-makeup-tutorial-in-2007-go-from-being-a-regular-vlogger-/slidelist/44903903.cms

So how did Michelle, who made this “natural makeup tutorial” in 2007, go from being a regular vlogger…

So how did Michelle, who made this “natural makeup tutorial” in 2007, go from being a regular vlogger…So how did Michelle, who made this “natural makeup tutorial” in 2007, go from being a regular vlogger. ..

…to being the creator of one of the most subscribed YouTube channels?

…to being the creator of one of the most subscribed YouTube channels?…to being the creator of one of the most subscribed YouTube channels?

With one billion views?

With one billion views?With one billion views?


And the author of a book?

And the author of a book?And the author of a book?

Michelle writes about this in her book, “Make Up.” (And includes some adorable baby photos.)

Michelle writes about this in her book, “Make Up.” (And includes some adorable baby photos.)Michelle writes about this in her book, “Make Up.” (And includes some adorable baby photos.)

Her first computer was an Apple iMac G3, which she begged her parents to save for.

Her first computer was an Apple iMac G3, which she begged her parents to save for.Her first computer was an Apple iMac G3, which she begged her parents to save for.

She says her family didn’t have rules for the computer.

She only had rules for the TV.She says her family didn’t have rules for the computer. She only had rules for the TV.She says her family didn’t have rules for the computer. She only had rules for the TV.

It’s like the library!” she would tell her mother. “But it’s all on this computer.

It’s like the library!” she would tell her mother. “But it’s all on this computer.It’s like the library!” she would tell her mother. “But it’s all on this computer.

Michelle loved to draw, and discovered anime communities in the Xanga platform, where she went by the name “RiceBunny.”

Michelle loved to draw, and discovered anime communities in the Xanga platform, where she went by the name “RiceBunny.”Michelle loved to draw, and discovered anime communities in the Xanga platform, where she went by the name “RiceBunny.”

The online communities back then were very positive,” Phan says of her Xanga experience. “No bullying, no nasty comments.

The online communities back then were very positive,” Phan says of her Xanga experience. “No bullying, no nasty comments.The online communities back then were very positive,” Phan says of her Xanga experience. “No bullying, no nasty comments.

After Michelle posted her first video in 2007, she noticed girls were requesting more videos from her.

After Michelle posted her first video in 2007, she noticed girls were requesting more videos from her.After Michelle posted her first video in 2007, she noticed girls were requesting more videos from her.

They wanted to know about smokey eyes.

They wanted to know about smokey eyes.They wanted to know about smokey eyes.

And how to achieve different looks with makeup.

And how to achieve different looks with makeup.And how to achieve different looks with makeup.

Very different looks.

Very different looks.Very different looks.

Then, big things started happening when Lancome saw Michelle’s airplane makeup tutorial.

Then, big things started happening when Lancome saw Michelle’s airplane makeup tutorial.Then, big things started happening when Lancome saw Michelle’s airplane makeup tutorial.

They asked her to be their digital spokesperson and do tutorials with their products.

They asked her to be their digital spokesperson and do tutorials with their products.They asked her to be their digital spokesperson and do tutorials with their products.

She called it her “Cinderella moment.”

She called it her “Cinderella moment.”She called it her “Cinderella moment.”

Now, Michelle makes millions of dollars doing what she does best.

Now, Michelle makes millions of dollars doing what she does best.Now, Michelle makes millions of dollars doing what she does best.

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Airport and Airplane Tips – Kawaii Kauaian

Traveling can be extremely stressful. Some people turn into monsters when they are in an airport, and even the most mild mannered grandma can turn into a raging lunatic once they cross the threshold of a security checkpoint. I used to work at TSA, so believe me, I have seen it all.

Here are some tips to alleviate the stress of airports, and how to stay fresh while on the airplane. 

  • Wear slip-on shoes. This will help you get through the checkpoint faster, believe me. And it will get you out of the way of other passengers quicker, and will help avoid a traffic jam in the checkpoint. 
  • Remove your electronics and liquids. Yeah, I know that this is what they tell you to do at the airport. But some people just don’t do it, and then they make their time in checkpoint even longer because they didn’t listen to instructions, and then they get all bent out of shape over something that is their fault. Just take the liquids out of your bag. It isn’t hard. And while you are at it, take out your laptop. Just put it in the bin and move on your way. And on that note, water is a liquid. Someone tried to argue with my husband that water was not a liquid, it was water. Like it was a completely different classification. I shit you not, I couldn’t make that up.
  • Dress comfortably. Of course, you probably didn’t need me to tell you that. When I traveled to Japan, I wore a sweater dress, leggings, and slip on shoes. I also brought with me an infinity scarf. It can get cold on the airplane! But it is also a nice accessory when you get off the plane. Don’t confuse comfort with PJ’s, now. Let’s keep it classy. 
  • Fill out the forms. When you leave for Japan, they will hand out these customs forms on the airplane. Make sure you do both the back AND the front of it, or else when you get to the customs checkpoint at the airport, they will make you go out of the line to fill out what you missed and you will have to stand in line all over again. This happened to my husband after I told him to fill everything out, good thing the line was short! 
  • Stay organized. It’s very easy to lose a boarding pass or driver’s license in the bottomless pit that is a woman’s purse. Using a travel wallet, such as this one from Modcloth, is a great way to keep your currency, ID, passport, and boarding tickets together in one place.
  • Have lots of room. A small handbag isn’t going to cut it at the airport especially when you are going to be lugging around big suitcases. A handbag dangling off of your arm is not practical in a situation like this. Get a crossbody bag, or a backpack. Hautelook has great deals on bags all the time (you need to sign up, but it’s totally worth it). I just got this backpack for my next trip:  Take something that you can use without worrying about having to carry it with your hands. And make sure you have a lot of room because you never know what you might pick up at the duty free store!
  • UPDATE on this backpack: If I could have used another backpack, I would have. The straps were thin and painful, the flap was annoying, but most annoying of all was the drawstring. I recommend something with softer, maybe even padded shoulder straps, and a zip top for much easier access. 
  • Keep it fresh. All it takes is someone with really bad BO to stink up an entire airplane.
    Let’s avoid that happening by keeping it fresh! There are really handy things nowadays, like deodorant wipes the size of wet naps and things of that nature. I purchased this travel kit from La Fresh to take on the airplane.
    It contains the following:
  • Facial Cleansing Wipes 
  • Nail Polish Remover Pads 
  • Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes 
  • Makeup Remover Wipes 
  • Female Hygiene Wipes 
  • Antiperspirant Wipes for Women 
  • Carry-on friendly portable bag

The bag actually contains a lot of things, and you might be better off with the smaller version. But these are definitely things you can keep in your purse all the time, and even use them for times when you aren’t traveling and are just out all day or something like that. 

  • Take care of your face! Airplane have very dry air that continues to be circulated. if you have very sensitive skin, like me, you are going to have to take extra precautions. To keep my face fresh, I really like the tips provided by Michelle Phan in this video she did: 

Why flying on airplanes is even more disgusting than you thought

It’s the holidays and flying on airplanes is inevitable. And that means that extra care for your well-being and skin, is more important than ever.

This reminds me of a bad break out I had earlier this year when I was flying nonstop from New York City to Los Angeles for a shoot with beauty guru Michelle Phan. It was an unremarkable flight, one that included a generic inflight meal, three forgettable movies and brief naps on the plane’s scratchy pillows. But after five and a half hours on the plane, I realized I walked out of the airport a prepubescent teen, one with many new zits and pus-filled pimples that formed all over my face. Disgust-filled, I realized it had to do with the flight I just experienced.

I knew that flights dried out your skin and the air quality was probably not so great for your system. But after doing some research online, I found that airplanes were more disgusting than I previously conjectured. Did you know, for instance, that you’re pretty much guaranteed to get in contact with bacteria wherever you sit on an airplane? It’s even worse, apparently, if you’re sitting in the aisle seat (this due to more people passing by). Worse, you could get E.coli, a bacteria found in fecal matter, from drinking water given to you by flight attendants or from simply washing your hands from the bacteria-infested sink.

“In general, the most common bacterial skin infection involve an overgrowth of staph bacteria, which is a normal component of the skin, but in times of upheaval, such as an airplane flight, may become overgrown,” explains Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, CEO and Founder of Miami Skin Institute, to Very Good Light.

It makes sense. People are filthy. And when they’re clustered together? Filth volcano. Bacteria eruption. Impending doom.

Let’s start with just the lavatory alone. The average bathroom sees around 75 passengers, according to Gizmodo. That means there’s lots of room for diseases to spread, especially when a few passengers won’t wash their hands afterwards (or simply can’t because their hands are way too big for the teeny tiny sinks).

These humans (including you) carrying many diseases. Get your guards up.

Humans, (or the average human, at least), shed 30,000-40,000 skin cells every hour, which is completely covered in bacteria. Some, which can actually kill you. According to a Time report, an estimated 1% to 2% of people in the U.S. alone could be carriers of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) AKA totally life-threatening if it enters your bloodstream. Yikes.

According to the New York Post, the following are the most bacteria-prone spots on a plane:

  1. Tray tables
  2. Magazines and in-flight entertainment touch screens
  3. Bathroom handles
  4. Toilet and lid
  5. Water faucet and soap dispenser
  6. Paper towel dispenser
  7. AC knob on the ceiling
  8. Headrest (includes blankets and pillows that are never washed, simply reused)

The most troubling part of this all, though, is that you really can’t do anything about it. You can’t avoid the air circulation (which airlines claim is 97% “fresh air”, uh, what’s the other 3% then?), can’t choose who sat in the seats you’re sitting in now, and surely can’t control who comes into contact with you. So what is it that you can do? Pray. Well, that and a few proactive steps you can take.

Try the below to avoid acne, splotchy skin, a dehydrated complexion and more:

1 Bring sanitizing and antibacterial wipes

Use these before you sit down on your seat handles, actual seat, inflight touchscreen monitor and especially your trays. Apparently, airline attendants do not wipe each down before a new flight. We recommend Wet Ones, which has packaging perfect for being on the go.

2 BYOW (bring your own water!)

As per mentioned, inflight water is deplorable. It’s also infested with bacteria and incredibly harmful. According to Time, the United States Environmental Protection Agency found traces of E. coli in inflight water for the past six years. Also, coffee and tea is made before each flight and don’t reach high enough temperatures to kill certain bacterias. Watch out for any and all water that’s served outside a container. It’s best you bring your own.

3 Makeup wipes

Since there’s so much bacteria in the air that’s harmful to your skin, it’s pertinent you wash your face every few hours. Since we’ve heard how unsanitary bathrooms are, this is obviously not a choice. Instead, try a makeup wipe from Burt’s Bees in a grapefruit scent. It isn’t oily, the fragrance is fresh and goes on with a clean feeling. Use every other hour or whenever you’re feeling in need.

4 Face masks

Another reason for breakouts could be an overproduction of oils to make up for low humidity levels. Keeping hydrated throughout (with your own water!), is important yes, but also hydrating the exterior is very essential as well. We recommend a face mask. It’s easy to put on in small spaces and is easy to take off. There’s nothing else you need to place on and off. Though warning: Your neighbors might get rightfully spooked. Bring an extra one for them and do it together as a bonding experience. You can buy a variety of them but our favorite is from Amore Pacific. It isn’t juicy like most and sticks to your face much like a sticker.

5 Sleeping masks

Sleeping masks are great during long flights because they totally hydrate while you doze off. They’re also extremely hydrating. After your face mask, apply (with clean hands!) all over your face. We recommend one from Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. It’s a water mask that goes on lightly and seeps deep into your pores.

6 Face mists

Mist every so often to rehydrate your skin. A good option is Kiehl’s own In Flight Refreshing Mist, a product designed just for this experience. It’ll keep your face supple and ward off dehydration.

7 Balm it up

Prevent chapped hands and lips with a nice balm. We’re really into Lucas Papaw Ointment, a beauty secret for tons of people for over 100 years. Apply as needed.



Must Reads: Avenatti accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that NBA player paid ex-girlfriend

When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.

Avenatti was Gardner’s attorney. An actress and barista, she’d hired him just a few weeks before to negotiate a settlement of a potential lawsuit against Whiteside. It’s unclear what she would have alleged. Avenatti quickly struck a $3-million deal, and the $2.75 million was Whiteside’s first payment.

Avenatti, prosecutors say, was entitled to take just over $1 million in legal fees, leaving the rest for Gardner.

Instead, they allege, Avenatti hid Whiteside’s payment from her and immediately took $2.5 million to buy a share of a private jet.

The full story of Avenatti’s alleged embezzlement from Gardner came to light in bank records and in the April 10 indictment of the Los Angeles lawyer by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana.

The 36-count indictment, which spans an array of alleged financial crimes, identifies Whiteside as “Individual 1” and Gardner as “Client 2.”

“We entered into a mutually agreed upon settlement more than two years ago following the end of our relationship; a settlement that reflected Alexis’ investment of time and support over a number of years as Hassan pursued a career in the NBA,” Whiteside and Gardner told the Los Angeles Times in a statement released by his agent.

“It is unfortunate that something that was meant to be kept private between us is now being publicly reported. We have both moved on amicably and wish nothing but the best for each other.”

Gardner is one of five clients whose money prosecutors say Avenatti stole. One of the others, Geoffrey Ernest Johnson, was a mentally ill paraplegic man on disability who won a $4-million settlement but received just $124,000 from Avenatti.

Avenatti indicted on 36 charges of tax dodging, perjury, and theft from clients »

The grand jury alleges that Avenatti embezzled about $4 million from another client, Michelle Phan, a makeup artist with 8. 8 million YouTube followers.

YouTube star Michelle Phan, a makeup artist.

(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Avenatti is also charged with dodging taxes, bank fraud, perjury and bankruptcy fraud. In a separate federal case in New York, he is accused of extortion and conspiracy in his alleged shakedown of Nike, the sportswear giant.

If convicted on all charges on both coasts, he faces a maximum penalty of 382 years in prison. Avenatti denies wrongdoing.

“No monies were ever embezzled from anyone and I look forward to all of the relevant documents and facts being presented at trial,” he said Sunday by email.

Citing his record of big verdicts and settlements, he said, “the clients complaining are a very small fraction of the thousands of clients I have serviced over my nearly 20 year career.”

On Twitter, Avenatti said he was looking forward to public disclosure of the reason Whiteside paid the settlement and “the inquiry by the @NBA and its commissioner. ” Through his agent, Whiteside declined to comment.

Whiteside’s former girlfriend, Gardner, 27, graduated in 2013 from Marshall University in West Virginia, where he played basketball in 2009 and 2010. Her Facebook page includes several posts about Whiteside in 2014.

She moved to Miami a few months after Whiteside joined the Heat in late 2014. She has also lived in Los Angeles.

Whiteside, 29, played for the Sacramento Kings before he joined the Miami team. In 2016, he re-signed with the Heat for four years in a deal worth $98 million.

Michael Avenatti outside New York federal court after his March 25 arrest.

(Don Emmert / AFP/Getty Images)

After the couple’s breakup, Gardner hired Avenatti. It was just over a year before he would become famous as the bombastic lawyer on the cable news circuit for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who was trying to break free from a nondisclosure pact that kept her from discussing her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump.

Avenatti was in deep financial distress. His Newport Beach law firm was on the brink of bankruptcy, his Seattle coffee business was starting to collapse, and authorities were dogging him for millions of dollars in unpaid taxes. Prosecutors allege the money he’d stolen from his client Johnson was gone. All the while, Avenatti was spending lavishly on sports cars, high-end watches and luxury travel.

Michael Avenatti’s life of luxury hangs by a thread as IRS comes calling »

Gardner’s settlement with Whiteside — Avenatti never gave her a copy — required the basketball player to pay her $2.75 million in January 2017, then the remaining $250,000 on Nov. 1, 2020, the indictment says.

Whiteside wired the $2.75 million on Jan. 25, 2017, to a client trust account at Eagan Avenatti. Rather than taking his fee of about $1 million, plus expenses, Avenatti kept all the money and misrepresented the settlement’s terms to Gardner, according to the indictment.

He told her the initial payment was entirely for attorney fees, and her money would be split into 96 monthly payments over the next eight years, prosecutors say.

Nick Hanna, U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, announces Michael Avenatti’s indictment.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The State Bar of California requires attorneys to promptly notify a client when they receive settlement funds. After deducting their fees and expenses, lawyers must turn over the money at the client’s request.

The day after receiving the wire transfer from Whiteside, Avenatti shifted $2.5 million to a bank account of X-Law Group, the Echo Park firm of his close associate Filippo Marchino, bank records show.

At Avenatti’s instruction, according to prosecutors, Marchino immediately wired the $2.5 million to Honda Aircraft Co., LLC, for the purchase of Avenatti’s half share of a small HA-420 jet.

“At no time was Mr. Marchino or any member of The X-Law Group aware of the true source of the funds that were wired or the fraud that Avenatti was committing,” said David W. Gammill, a lawyer for Marchino and his firm.

Marchino, who now represents Gardner, was outraged by the allegations and will assist her “in the pursuit of her stolen money,” Gammill said. Marchino and his co-workers at X-Law Group “hope all victims of Avenatti, including themselves, can be made whole.”

Avenatti wound up making 11 payments to Gardner, misrepresenting them as Whiteside’s monthly installments, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. By the time the payments stopped in June 2018, Avenatti had given her about $194,000, prosecutors say.

For the next nine months, they allege, Avenatti deceived Gardner, telling her that Whiteside was breaching the settlement by skipping payments.

Last month, the day before FBI agents arrested him in New York, Avenatti met with Gardner at his apartment in Century City and told her Whiteside would soon make up for all the missed payments, according to the indictment.

Avenatti declined to specify how much of the $2.75 million he took for legal fees and expenses, but said Gardner received “far more than $194,000 and we will prove it at trial.

“We paid living expenses and other expenses for a long period of time as well,” he said. Contrary to what the indictment outlines, he said, Gardner got a copy of the settlement the day she signed it.

Within hours of Avenatti’s arrest, U.S. Treasury Department agents executed search warrants at his apartment and the Echo Park office he was then sharing with Marchino.

Agents also showed up at Santa Barbara Airport to seize the six-seat jet — just as the plane’s co-owner, infrared technology mogul William J. Parrish, was about to climb aboard for a flight.

Parrish has been tangled in years of legal disputes with Avenatti, his former attorney. Parrish sued him and won a $2.1-million judgment last year after Avenatti failed to repay a 2013 loan and did not show up in court to defend himself. Avenatti is appealing the judgment.

“Mr. Parrish was shocked when he arrived to use his jet and found out it was being seized by the IRS,” said Parrish’s attorney, Larry Conlan. “He already feels like he’s been victimized by Avenatti, and now he is being victimized again with the seizure of his property.”

Avenatti recalled that when he was Parrish’s lawyer, he won a $39-million settlement for him and a business partner.

“He has hardly been victimized,” Avenatti said.

Times researcher Scott Wilson contributed to this report.

Meet Millionaire Michelle Phan, The Internet’s Favorite Beauty Stylist With Over One Billion Video Views


The Ensign Group Reports First Quarter 2021 Results; Raises 2021 Earnings Guidance

Conference Call and Webcast scheduled for tomorrow, April 30, 2021 at 10:00 am PTSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., April 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG), the parent company of the Ensign(TM) group of companies, which provide post-acute healthcare services and invest in the long-term healthcare industry, primarily in skilled nursing and senior living facilities, announced record operating results for the first quarter of 2021, reporting GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0. 86 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. Ensign also reported a record adjusted earnings per share(1) of $0.87 for the quarter. Highlights Include: GAAP diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $0.86, representing an increase of 17.8% over the prior year quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $0.87, an increase of 13.0%(1) over the prior year quarter.Consolidated GAAP revenues for the quarter were $627.3 million and adjusted revenues for the quarter were $626.8 million(1), both increased by 6.4% over the prior year quarter.Same store and transitioning skilled revenue improved by 7.6% and 43.7%, respectively, over the prior year quarter with an increase in skilled mix days of 4.4% and 9.9%, respectively.Same store occupancy increased by 0.4% and transitioning occupancy increased by 1.6%, both sequentially over the fourth quarter.Same store and transitioning managed care daily revenue improved by 15.9% and 24.2%, respectively with increases in Managed Care daily census of 17. 5% and 25.5%, respectively, sequentially over the fourth quarter.Transitioning and skilled services(2) segment income increased to $88.9 million or 10.3% compared to prior year quarter and increased by $4.8 million or 5.7% sequentially over the fourth quarter. Real estate(2) segment income was $8.8 million for the quarter, an increase of 39.5% from prior year quarter. FFO was $13.5 million for the quarter, an increase of 24.7% from prior year quarter. GAAP net income was $49.2 million for the quarter, an increase of 20.5% from prior year quarter. Adjusted net income for the quarter $49.6 million for the quarter, an increase of 15.5%(1) over the prior year quarter. (1) See “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Information”. (2) Our Transitional and Skilled Services and Real Estate Segments are defined and outlined in Note 7 on Form 10-Q. Operating Results “We are very happy to report record results again this quarter. Thanks to early access to the vaccine, we have seen a significant reduction in the number of COVID-positive patients and staff in our operations throughout the first quarter and since with weekly resident and staff cases now in the single digits across our entire portfolio. As a result, our patients and caregivers have begun to enjoy an environment that, although certainly different in many ways, is starting to look and feel a lot more like pre-COVID times,” said Barry Port, Ensign’s Chief Executive Officer. “As they’ve shown so many times before, our locally-empowered leadership teams have yet again demonstrated the agility of our model as they have customized their strategies to meet the specific needs of the markets they serve. In doing so, our operations have separated themselves from a traditional nursing home care, remaining integral to the preservation of the healthcare continuum providing for complex medical needs. As they have done so, our operations have begun to see occupancies climb, particularly among our managed care patients. And now, as these operations emerge from the height of this crisis, they are poised to fill an even greater role than before as new standards for excellence in post-acute care,” he added. Port noted that the Company saw a marked improvement in patient census, with a 3. 4% and 18.6% increase in Medicaid and managed care average daily census, from the fourth quarter to first quarter for same store and transitioning portfolio, respectively. He also indicated that same store and transitioning managed care average daily census increased by 17.5% and 25.5%, respectively. “As we expected, as community spread of COVID has slowed, we have seen occupancies increase as the pent-up demand for healthcare services in our markets has continued to increase, while Medicare census has begun to trend toward pre-COVID levels. We expect the positive trend in occupancy to continue throughout the year, subject to some seasonality, as volumes in higher acute settings and managed care utilizations continue to increase. We look forward to continuing to work closely with our hospital and managed care partners in this new environment and to continue to demonstrate our ability to care for patients with the most complex medical needs,” he added. Management increased the Company’s 2021 annual earnings guidance to $3. 54 to $3.66 per diluted share, up from previous guidance of $3.44 to $3.56 per diluted share, and affirmed its previous annual revenue guidance of $2.62 billion to $2.69 billion. The midpoint of this 2021 earnings guidance represents an increase of approximately 15% over the Company’s 2020 results, which were 76% higher than 2019 results. Port noted that the increase comes from the strong results during the first quarter, positive trends in occupancy and the continuation of sequestration suspension, which provided some additional reimbursement that was not included in the original guidance. He added, “Our current health combined with our culture, proven local leadership strategy, healthy balance sheet, the enormous potential in our existing portfolio and the tremendous growth opportunities on the horizon, gives us confidence that we are well-positioned to not only rebound to our pre-COVID path but to accelerate our growth.” The Company noted that the strong results in the quarter came from continued improvements in census and managed care skilled mix across the portfolio, company-wide cost saving initiatives, improved operational expense management, improved cash collections and the continuation of sequestration suspension and higher Medicaid funding in certain states. Commenting further on the quarter, Port said, “After one of the most challenging years in our history, our leaders are very excited to redirect the enormous energy spent on dealing with the pandemic towards continued improvement on the fundamentals that have made our operations so successful for so many years, including achieving high quality outcomes, driving occupancy, enhancing our clinical capabilities and managing costs. As we said last year, this pandemic arrived at our doorsteps at a time when our organization has never been stronger clinically and financially. As a result of being stretched to our limits in the face of this pandemic, we have learned many lessons and have become even stronger as our leaders and caregivers have made life-changing sacrifices on behalf of patients and their families. As we look out towards the near and long-term horizon as occupancies begin to climb towards pre-COVID levels and beyond, our existing portfolio truly has never had so much growth potential. ” Chief Financial Officer, Suzanne Snapper emphasized that the results for the quarter do not include any benefit related to CARES Act Provider Relief Funds and reminded investors that the Company continued to return all of the relief funds it received from the Government, which included approximately $9 million in provider grants in the first quarter of 2021 and approximately $2 million in April 2021. To date, all of the Provider Relief Funds, totaling over $152.9 million, have been returned to the government. She also indicated that in March the company repaid all remaining Medicare advance payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of approximately $102 million. Ms. Snapper also reported that the company’s liquidity remains strong with approximately $155.5 million of cash on hand and $342.4 million of available capacity under its line-of-credit facility, which also has a built-in expansion option, both as of March 31, 2021. She also noted that the company also has 94 owned assets, 74 of which are unlevered and add additional liquidity. Growth and Real Estate Highlights The Company’s affiliates continued to acquire skilled nursing operations in some of its most mature markets. “Our ability to continue to grow in the midst of a pandemic is a true testament to our local team of clinical and operational leadership and their experience, planning and preparation. After a brief pause in our acquisition efforts during the early months of the pandemic, our teams have shown their commitment to one of the things that drives our organization, which is to consistently and methodically acquire, not only in good times, but even when it would be easier to shut down growth while waiting out the storm,” Chad Keetch, Ensign’s Chief Investment Officer, said. The following skilled nursing operations were acquired during the quarter and since: Golden Hill Post Acute, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility located in San Diego, CA;St. Catherine Healthcare, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility located in Fullerton, CA; Camino Healthcare, a 99-bed skilled nursing facility located in Hawthorne, CA; San Pedro Manor, a 150-bed skilled nursing facility located in San Antonio, TX;Boulder Canyon Health and Rehabilitation, a 140-bed skilled nursing facility located in Boulder, Colorado;Berthoud Care and Rehabilitation, a 76-bed skilled nursing facility located in Berthoud, Colorado; andSouth Valley Post Acute Rehabilitation, a 106-bed skilled nursing facility located in Denver, Colorado. These additions bring Ensign’s growing portfolio to 235 healthcare operations, 22 of which also include senior living operations, across thirteen states. Ensign now owns 94 real estate assets, 64 of which it operates. “We are very excited about each of these hand-picked opportunities in some of our strongest markets and, because of the extra time we had to prepare given extra COVID protocols, we believe that each operation is poised to be a contributor to our results very soon,” Keetch said. Keetch also noted that the pipeline for Ensign’s typical turnaround opportunities, in addition to some exciting strategic opportunities, remains strong. “We have plenty of capacity for what we still believe will be an attractive buyer’s market. We are actively looking to grow within our existing geographical footprint and will do so as we see significant advantages to adding strength in markets we know well, including some of our newer emerging markets as they continue to mature and prepare for growth,” he added. Turning to the Company’s real estate portfolio, Keetch added, “We are pleased to announce that during the quarter we have made progress in our effort to select a structure that will allow us to better demonstrate the growing value in our owned real estate. Since our last call we have engaged advisors to help us determine the best path towards a structure inside of Ensign that highlights that value while not losing sight of our purpose-driven mission. We envision a structure that not only creates better visibility into the demonstrable value of our real estate but also will provide us with an efficient vehicle for future acquisitions of properties that could be operated by Ensign Affiliates or other third parties. We also seek a structure that will preserve the optionality that enables us to take advantage of private and public market conditions in order to maximize long term shareholder value. We are very excited about the new opportunities embedded in this chapter of our growth story and look forward, over the coming quarters, to updating you on our progress,” Keetch said. The Company continues to provide additional disclosure on our new real estate segment, which is comprised of properties owned by us and leased to affiliated skilled nursing and senior living operations and 31 senior living operations that are leased to The Pennant Group, Inc. Keetch noted that each of these properties are subject to triple-net, long-term leases and generated rental revenue of $15.9 million for the quarter, of which $11.9 million was derived from Ensign affiliated operations. Also, for the first quarter of 2021 Ensign reported $13.5 million in FFO, which represents an increase of 24.7% over the prior year quarter of $10.8 million. Also, during the quarter, the company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.0525 per share of Ensign common stock. Keetch noted that the company’s liquidity remains strong and that there are no current plans to suspend future dividends. Conference Call A live webcast will be held Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (1:00 p.m. Eastern time) to discuss Ensign’s first quarter financial results. To listen to the webcast, or to view any financial or statistical information required by SEC Regulation G, please visit the Investors Relations section of Ensign’s website at http://investor.ensigngroup.net. The webcast will be recorded, and will be available for replay via the website until 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, June 4, 2021. About Ensign™ The Ensign Group, Inc.’s independent operating subsidiaries provide a broad spectrum of skilled nursing and senior living services, physical, occupational and speech therapies and other rehabilitative and healthcare services at 235 healthcare facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. As part of its investment strategy, the Company also acquire, lease and own healthcare real estate to service the post-acute care continuum through acquisition and investment opportunities in healthcare properties. Ensign’s new business venture operating subsidiaries also offer several other post-acute-related services, including mobile x-ray, non-emergency transportation services and other consulting services also across several states. Each of these operations is operated by a separate, independent operating subsidiary that has its own management, employees and assets. References herein to the consolidated “company” and “its” assets and activities, as well as the use of the terms “we,” “us,” “its” and similar verbiage, are not meant to imply that The Ensign Group, Inc. has direct operating assets, employees or revenue, or that any of the facilities, the Service Center or the captive insurance subsidiary are operated by the same entity. More information about Ensign is available at http://www.ensigngroup.net. Management’s guidance is based on diluted weighted average common shares outstanding of approximately 57.8 million and a 25% tax rate. In addition, the guidance assumes, among other things, normalized health insurance costs, normal anticipated Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rate increases, net of provider taxes, acquisitions closed in the first half of 2021 and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also excludes acquisition-related costs and amortization costs related to intangible assets acquired, share-based compensation and start-up losses. A discussion of the company’s use of non-GAAP financial measures is set forth below. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDAR, adjusted EBITDA, FFO for our real estate segment as well as a reconciliation of GAAP earnings per share, net income to adjusted net income and adjusted net earnings per share appear in the financial data portion of this release. More complete information is contained in the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2021 which is filed with the SEC today and can be viewed on the company’s website at http://www.ensigngroup.net. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains, and the related conference call and webcast will include, forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current expectations, assumptions and beliefs about its business, financial performance, operating results, the industry in which it operates and other future events. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding growth prospects, future operating and financial performance, and acquisition activities. They are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to materially and adversely differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. These risks and uncertainties relate to the company’s business, its industry and its common stock and include: reduced prices and reimbursement rates for its services; its ability to acquire, develop, manage or improve operations, its ability to manage its increasing borrowing costs as it incurs additional indebtedness to fund the acquisition and development of operations; its ability to access capital on a cost-effective basis to continue to successfully implement its growth strategy; its operating margins and profitability could suffer if it is unable to grow and manage effectively its increasing number of operations; competition from other companies in the acquisition, development and operation of facilities; its ability to defend claims and lawsuits, including professional liability claims alleging that our services resulted in personal injury, and other regulatory-related claims; and the application of existing or proposed government regulations, or the adoption of new laws and regulations, that could limit its business operations, require it to incur significant expenditures or limit its ability to relocate its operations if necessary. Additionally, our business and operations for 2021 continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we are unable to predict the full extent and duration of the financial impact of COVID-19 on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review the company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, for a more complete discussion of the risks and other factors that could affect Ensign’s business, prospects and any forward-looking statements. Except as required by the federal securities laws, Ensign does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changing circumstances or any other reason after the date of this press release. Contact Information Investor/Media Relations, The Ensign Group, Inc., (949) 487-9500, [email protected] SOURCE: The Ensign Group, Inc. THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME Three Months Ended March 31,(In thousands, except per share data)2021 2020 Revenue: Service revenue$623,276 $585,951 Rental revenue3,977 3,662 Total revenue$627,253 $589,613 Expense: Cost of services482,186 454,521 Rent—cost of services33,456 32,330 General and administrative expense34,273 32,249 Depreciation and amortization13,659 13,720 Total expenses563,574 532,820 Income from operations63,679 56,793 Other income (expense): Interest expense(1,641) (3,665) Interest and other income748 698 Other expense, net(893) (2,967) Income before provision for income taxes62,786 53,826 Provision for income taxes12,949 12,625 Net income49,837 41,201 Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests631 352 Net income attributable to The Ensign Group, Inc.$49,206 $40,849 Net income per share attributable to The Ensign Group, Inc.: Basic$0.91 $0.76 Diluted$0.86 $0.73 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic54,192 53,475 Diluted56,891 55,796 THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020 (In thousands)Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents$155,527 $236,562 Accounts receivable—less allowance for doubtful accounts of $11,090 and $8,718 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively312,578 305,062 Investments—current14,623 13,449 Prepaid income taxes— 1,224 Prepaid expenses and other current assets30,588 26,659 Total current assets513,316 582,956 Property and equipment, net779,269 778,244 Right-of-use assets1,050,506 1,025,510 Insurance subsidiary deposits and investments34,370 32,105 Escrow deposits350 100 Deferred tax assets32,424 32,424 Restricted and other assets41,422 33,155 Intangible assets, net2,828 2,899 Goodwill54,469 54,469 Other indefinite-lived intangibles3,546 3,716 Total assets$2,512,500 $2,545,578 Liabilities and equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable$53,942 $50,901 Accrued wages and related liabilities203,420 236,614 Lease liabilities—current50,056 48,187 Accrued self-insurance liabilities—current35,135 34,396 Advance payment liabilities— 102,023 Other accrued liabilities97,639 87,318 Current maturities of long-term debt2,828 2,960 Total current liabilities443,020 562,399 Long-term debt—less current maturities111,859 112,544 Long-term lease liabilities—less current portion973,679 950,320 Accrued self-insurance liabilities—less current portion66,742 62,402 Other long-term liabilities41,620 39,686 Total equity875,580 818,227 Total liabilities and equity$2,512,500 $2,545,578 THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS The following table presents selected data from our condensed consolidated statements of cash flows for the periods presented: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 (In thousands) Net cash provided by/(used in): Operating activities$34,294 $27,123 Investing activities(12,212) (15,542) Financing activities(103,117) (7,539) Net (decrease)/increase in cash and cash equivalents(81,035) 4,042 Cash and cash equivalents beginning of period236,562 59,175 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$155,527 $63,217 THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands, except per share data) RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME The following table reconciles net income to Non-GAAP net income for the periods presented: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020Net income$49,206 $40,849 Non-GAAP adjustments Stock-based compensation expense(a)4,054 3,235 Results related to operations not at full capacity(b)657 416 Acquisition related costs(c)36 50 Depreciation and amortization – patient base(d)12 213 Cost of services – gain on sale of assets(540) — Provision for income taxes on Non-GAAP adjustments(e)(3,801) (1,809) Non-GAAP income$49,624 $42,954 Average number of diluted shares outstanding56,891 55,796 Diluted Earnings Per Share Net income$0.86 $0.73 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share Net Income$0.87 $0.77 Footnotes: (a) Represents stock-based compensation expense incurred. Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020Cost of services$2,500 $2,111 General and administrative1,554 1,124 Total Non-GAAP adjustment$4,054 $3,235 (b) Represents results to operations not at full capacity Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020Revenue$(456) $(729) Cost of services1,040 1,071 Rent38 22 Depreciation and amortization35 52 Total Non-GAAP adjustment$657 $416 (c) Represents costs incurred to acquire an operation which are not capitalizable.(d) Included in depreciation and amortization are expenses related to patient base intangible assets at newly acquired skilled nursing and senior living facilities.(e) Represents an adjustment to the provision for income tax to our historical year to date effective tax rate of 25.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION(In thousands) The table below reconciles net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDAR for the periods presented: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020Consolidated Statements of Income Data: Net income attributable to The Ensign Group, Inc.$49,837 $41,201 Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests631 352 Add: Interest expense, net893 2,967 Provision for income taxes12,949 12,625 Depreciation and amortization13,659 13,720 EBITDA$76,707 $70,161 Adjustments to EBITDA: Stock-based compensation expense4,054 3,235 Results related to operations not at full capacity(a)584 342 Gain on sale on assets(540) — Acquisition related costs(b)36 50 Rent related to items above38 22 Adjusted EBITDA$80,879 $73,810 Rent—cost of services33,456 32,330 Less: rent related to items above(38) (22) Adjusted rent33,418 32,308 Adjusted EBITDAR$114,297 (a) Represents results at closed operations and operations not at full capacity.(b) Costs incurred to acquire operations which are not capitalizable. THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED SELECT PERFORMANCE INDICATORS The following tables summarize our selected performance indicators for our transitional and skilled services segment along with other statistics, for each of the dates or periods indicated: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 Change % Change Total Facility Results:(Dollars in thousands) Transitional and skilled revenue(4)$601,036 $558,304 $42,732 7.7 %Number of facilities at period end200 194 6 3.1 %Number of campuses at period end*23 22 1 4.5 %Actual patient days(4)1,509,600 1,643,390 (133,790) (8.1)%Occupancy percentage — Operational beds71.1 % 79.4 % (8.3)%Skilled mix by nursing days34.4 % 29.3 % 5.1 %Skilled mix by nursing revenue55.6 % 50.1 % 5.5 % Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 Change % Change Same Facility Results(1):(Dollars in thousands) Transitional and skilled revenue(4)$491,790 $476,896 $14,894 3.1 %Number of facilities at period end165 165 — — %Number of campuses at period end*15 15 — — %Actual patient days(4)1,219,693 1,371,803 (152,110) (11.1)%Occupancy percentage — Operational beds72.2 % 80.4 % (8.2)%Skilled mix by nursing days35.4 % 31.0 % 4.4 %Skilled mix by nursing revenue56.6 % 52.1 % 4.5 % Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 Change % Change Transitioning Facility Results(2):(Dollars in thousands) Transitional and skilled revenue(4)$89,025 $79,027 $9,998 12.7 %Number of facilities at period end26 26 — — %Number of campuses at period end*7 7 — — %Actual patient days(4)235,668 263,341 (27,673) (10.5)%Occupancy percentage — Operational beds66.9 % 74.7 % (7.8)%Skilled mix by nursing days30.6 % 20.7 % 9.9 %Skilled mix by nursing revenue51.2 % 38.7 % 12.5 % Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 Change % Change Recently Acquired Facility Results(3):(Dollars in thousands) Transitional and skilled revenue(4)$20,221 $2,381 $17,840 NMNumber of facilities at period end9 3 6 NMNumber of campuses at period end*1 — 1 NMActual patient days(4)54,239 8,246 45,993 NMOccupancy percentage — Operational beds66.8 % 73.6 % NMSkilled mix by nursing days28.1 % 18.1 % NMSkilled mix by nursing revenue49.5 % 31.7 % NM * Campus represents a facility that offers both skilled nursing and senior living services. Revenue and expenses related to skilled nursing and senior living services have been allocated and recorded in the respective operating segment. (1) Same Facility results represent all facilities purchased prior to January 1, 2018. (2) Transitioning Facility results represent all facilities purchased from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019.(3) Recently Acquired Facility (Acquisitions) results represent all facilities purchased on or subsequent to January 1, 2020.(4) The first quarter of 2021 included 90 days compared to 91 days for the same period in 2020 as a result of the leap year. THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.SKILLED NURSING AVERAGE DAILY REVENUE RATES ANDPERCENT OF SKILLED NURSING REVENUE AND DAYS BY PAYOR(Unaudited) The following table reflects the change in skilled nursing average daily revenue rates by payor source, excluding services that are not covered by the daily rate(1): Three Months Ended March 31, Same Facility Transitioning Acquisitions Total 2021 2020 2021 2020 2021 2020 2021 2020 Skilled Nursing Average Daily Revenue Rates:Medicare$691.83 $663.60 $678.43 $628.33 $737.01 $508.35 $691.34 $657.78 Managed care505.34 477.01 484.69 438.87 365.48 416.96 500.13 472.74 Other skilled546.42 523.47 400.72 323.86 512.79 — 533.43 513.89 Total skilled revenue595.16 560.95 576.89 531.21 604.56 485.19 592.90 557.35 Medicaid251.41 231.40 241.67 219.18 240.72 232.31 249.38 229.23 Private and other payors239.48 233.91 241.99 218.82 243.88 228.44 240.06 230.95 Total skilled nursing revenue$371.89 $333.89 $344.15 $283.62 $343.36 $277.07 $366.53 $325.54 (1) These rates exclude additional FMAP we recognized and include sequestration reversal of 2%. The following tables set forth our percentage of skilled nursing patient revenue and days by payor source for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020: Three Months Ended March 31, Same Facility Transitioning Acquisitions Total 2021 2020 2021 2020 2021 2020 2021 2020 Percentage of Skilled Nursing Revenue: Medicare29.4 % 25.2 % 30.9 % 24.1 % 33.2 % 24.8 % 29.7 % 25.0 % Managed care19.0 18.9 17.3 13.0 6.4 6.9 18.3 18.0 Other skilled8.2 8.0 3.0 1.6 9.9 — 7.6 7.1 Skilled mix56.6 52.1 51.2 38.7 49.5 31.7 55.6 50.1 Private and other payors5.9 7.7 7.0 10.6 6.9 21.1 6.1 8.1 Medicaid37.5 40.2 41.8 50.7 43.6 47.2 38.3 41.8 Total skilled nursing100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % Three Months Ended March 31, Same Facility Transitioning Acquisitions Total 2021 2020 2021 2020 2021 2020 2021 2020 Percentage of Skilled Nursing Days:Medicare15.8 % 12.7 % 15.7 % 10.9 % 15.5 % 13.5 % 15.8 % 12.4 % Managed care14.0 13.2 12.3 8.4 6.0 4.6 13.4 12.4 Other skilled5.6 5.1 2.6 1.4 6.6 — 5.2 4.5 Skilled mix35.4 31.0 30.6 20.7 28.1 18.1 34.4 29.3 Private and other payors9.1 11.0 9.9 13.8 9.7 25.6 9.3 11.5 Medicaid55.5 58.0 59.5 65.5 62.2 56.3 56.3 59.2 Total skilled nursing100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION BY SEGMENT(In thousands) Transitional and Skilled Services The table below reconciles net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the transitional and skilled services reportable segment for the periods presented: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020Statements of Income Data: Segment income(a)$88,931 $80,591 Depreciation and amortization7,475 7,148 EBITDA96,406 87,739 Adjustments to EBITDA: Stock-based compensation expense2,411 2,000 Adjusted EBITDA$98,817 $89,739 (a) Segment income reflects profits or loss from operations before provision for income taxes, excluding gain or loss from sale of real estate, insurance recoveries and impairment charges from operations. General and administrative expenses are not allocated to any segment for purposes of determining segment profit or loss. Real Estate The following table sets forth details of operating results for our revenue and earnings, and their respective components, by our real estate segment the periods indicated: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 Rental revenue generated from third-party tenants$3,977 $3,662 Rental revenue generated from Ensign affiliated operations11,902 11,282 Total rental revenue15,879 14,944 Segment income(a)8,821 6,325 Depreciation and amortization4,693 4,515 FFO(b)$13,514 $10,840 (a) Segment income reflects profits or loss from operations before provision for income taxes, excluding gain or loss from sale of real estate, insurance recoveries and impairment charges from operations. General and administrative expenses are not allocated to any segment for purposes of determining segment profit or loss.(b) FFO, in accordance with the definition used by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, means net income attributable to common stockholders, computed in accordance with U.S. GAAP, excluding gains (or losses) from sales of real estate and impairment of depreciable real estate assets and including depreciation and amortization related to real estate to earnings. THE ENSIGN GROUP, INC.UNAUDITED REVENUE BY PAYOR SOURCE The following table sets forth our service revenue by payor source and as a percentage of total service revenue for the periods indicated: Three Months Ended March 31, 2021 2020 Revenue % of Revenue Revenue % of RevenueMedicaid(1)$231,358 37.1 % $224,195 38.3 %Medicare190,303 30.5 155,584 26.6 Medicaid — skilled39,993 6.5 36,009 6.1 Total Medicaid and Medicare461,654 74.1 415,788 71.0 Managed care108,345 17.4 102,029 17.4 Private and other(2)53,277 8.5 68,134 11.6 Service revenue$623,276 100.0 % $585,951 100.0 % (1) Medicaid payor includes revenue for senior living operations and revenue related to FMAP for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020.(2) Private and other payors also includes revenue from all payors generated in our other ancillary operations for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest expense, net, (b) provisions for income taxes and (c) depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net income before (a) interest expense, net, (b) provisions for income taxes, (c) depreciation and amortization, (d) stock-based compensation expense; (e) results of operations not at full capacity, excluding depreciation, interest and income taxes, (f) acquisition related costs and (g) gain on sale of assets. Adjusted EBITDAR consists of net income before (a) interest expense, net, (b) provisions for income taxes, (c) depreciation and amortization, (d) rent-cost of services, (e) stock-based compensation expense; (f) results of operations not at full capacity, excluding rent, depreciation, interest and income taxes, (g) acquisition related costs and (h) gain on sale of assets. Funds from Operations (FFO) for our real estate segment consists of segment income, excluding gains (or losses) from sales of real estate and insurance recoveries related to real estate and impairment of depreciable real estate assets and including depreciation and amortization related to real estate to earnings. The company believes that the presentation of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, FFO, adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share provides important supplemental information to management and investors to evaluate the company’s operating performance. Adjusted EBITDAR is a financial valuation measure that is not specified in GAAP. This measure is not displayed as a performance measure as it excludes rent expense, which is a normal and recurring operating expense. The company believes disclosure of adjusted net income, adjusted net income per share, FFO, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDAR has substance because the excluded revenues and expenses are infrequent in nature and are variable in nature, or do not represent current revenues or cash expenditures. A material limitation associated with the use of these measures as compared to the GAAP measures of net income and diluted earnings per share is that they may not be comparable with the calculation of net income and diluted earnings per share for other companies in the company’s industry. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. For further information regarding why the company believes that this non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors, the specific manner in which management uses these measures, and some of the limitations associated with the use of these measures, please refer to the company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The company’s periodic filings are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or under the “Financial Information” link of the Investor Relations section on Ensign’s website at http://www.ensigngroup.net.

9 Beauty Experts Share Their Best Tips

9 Beauty Experts Share Their Best Tips

Aug 14, 2020 By will lauder

Michelle Phan Here’s an interesting fact for anyone looking for animal-friendly beauty and skincare products: In today’s technologically advanced world, products do not need to be tested on animals in order to be deemed safe for you and me. That means, if you want, you can buy only cosmetics that don’t bring animals into the equation, which is really cool. If cruelty free is important to you, the best thing to do is get to you know your brands. Read the label beyond the tag line – you want to know the facts. https://michellephan.com/

Cipriana Quann The benefits of using oil on your skin instead of moisturizers: Using oil on your skin actually tricks it into thinking that it doesn’t need to produce more oil. When your skin thinks it needs to produce more oil that’s when the super shiny skin and acne hits.
  • Oil reduces clogged pores by dissolving “plugs”, blackheads, and whiteheads

  • Oil reduces the formation of fine lines and wrinkles

  • All natural oils contain no harsh chemicals

  • Oil won’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils

  • Oil moisturizes and soothes irritated skin

  • Oil clears acne and prevents it

Jillian Harris Count on a Bold Lip | To make a beauty statement with minimal effort, reach for your favourite lipstick or crayon to add a pop of colour. A bold lip allows for the rest of your make-up to be minimal and kept more neutral. Layer your lips using a lipbalm first to ensure they are not dry or chapped before applying your lipstick.

Megan Cahn (Refinery 2) Moisturizer might seem harmless, but you’ll save your skin — and a whole lot of cash — if you stop overloading your face with the stuff. “People with oily skin may develop breakouts and premature aging if they over-moisturize their skin, . “Use just enough moisturizer to keep your skin feeling clean and healthy and don’t overdo it. Excessive use of moisturizer can cause your skin to actually secrete less of its own essential oils, since it’s getting it artificially from the moisturizer.” https://www.refinery29.com/author/megan-cahn

Jen Chae (From Head to Toe)

I’m a huge advocate of finding confidence and beauty in yourself from the inside out. While that’s easy to say, it’s much more difficult hearing that message when we are constantly bombarded by images of airbrushed perfection in every magazine and TV screen. It’s important to remember that we are all human with our flaws and imperfections intertwined with our natural beauty. I don’t think makeup should be a mask to hide what we are afraid of, but instead a means of expressing creativity and feeling beautiful and confident! Once we embrace ourselves in our most vulnerable state we can appreciate the fun of things like makeup and fashion that much more. I try to go makeup-free whenever I can since it’s best for your skin. Obviously not on filming days or when I’m meeting with companies or clients, but when I’m staying at home and need to run to the post office, I don’t mind stepping out bare-faced.


Kate Murphy (Living pretty naturally) Without fail, I travel with small versions of my favourite facial mist and facial oils. Every couple hours, I’ll apply oil, and spritz my face. The dry airplane air can really take a toll on the skin, especially after 12 hours straight, but I notice the hugest difference in the texture and tone of my skin if I’m consistent about caring for it while in flight. As long as your bottles are under 100 ml, you should not have a problem. https://livingprettynaturally.com/

Tienlyn Jacobson (Thoughtful Misfit) One of my favorite ways to wash my face involves something right out of the kitchen – coconut oil! Not only is it great for almost every skin type, but it’s got a lot of fabulous benefits for your skin. In fact, I do this every morning. And not only is it super effective, but it will help your skin with a slew of concerns from redness, to acne, to dry skin and so much more. https://www.thoughtfulmisfit.com/

Natalie Borton (Glitter Guide) {Streamline your morning beauty routine} Stick to Multi-Use Products Any product that can do more than one thing is your friend. Try an SPF lotion that’s also a tinted moisturizer, so you can skip the face cream and foundation. And try a cream blush that’s also a lip color. 

Mary Hood Luttrell (The Every Girl) Mix liquid foundation with a drop of moisturizer to create custom coverage and a natural finish. Why it helps: This method is ideal for those with dry skin as it allows foundation to look more natural and less cake-y. How to do it: Begin with one pump of foundation and a small amount of day cream on the back of your hand. Mix them together and apply (use your preferred method). Vary the ratio of foundation to moisturizer to suit your needs. https://theeverygirl.com/

Otto Aviation has revealed the technical specifications of its revolutionary Celera 500L bullet aircraft

Otto Aviation, created by the American scientist and entrepreneur William Otto, has unveiled some of the specifications for its revolutionary Celera 500L aircraft, which has been tested since 2017

Celera The 500L was designed as an economical alternative to private business jets. The main task of the creators was to reduce fuel consumption and increase the efficiency of the aircraft, without reducing speed indicators and flight range.And they fully succeeded in this.

The shape of the streamlined, bullet-like Celera 500L creates laminar flow behind the aircraft and reduces drag by 59% compared to a comparable conventional aircraft. The economical RED A03 12-cylinder engine from RED Aircraft used by Otto Aviation has 368 kW of power and best-in-class energy efficiency.

With a maximum cruising speed of 740 km / h (460 mph) and a range of 8334 km (4500 nautical miles), the Celera 500L can carry up to 6 passengers anywhere in the United States without refueling.On one liter of fuel, the Celera 500L travels 7.6 – 10.6 km (18 – 25 mpg) versus 0.85-1.27 km / l (2-3 mph) for traditional aircraft. Operating expenses will be no more than $ 328 per hour, against $ 2,100 for modern business jets.

Another interesting parameter of an unusual aircraft, a very high glider than aircraft gliding ratio – 22: 1. This means that by starting gliding with the engine off at an altitude of 10 km, the Celera 500L can fly over 200 km.

In addition to being used as a business jet for six passengers, who are accommodated in a comfortable cabin that allows you to straighten up to your full height (height 188 cm) if you wish, the Celera 500L is being considered as an air taxi, a small cargo plane and a drone. Military use is also possible. There is also a project for the Celera 1000L, which is 20% of the largest junior version.

Otto Aviation founder William Otto began his career at the legendary Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked on the development of tactical nuclear weapons and nuclear propulsion projects.After that, at North American Aviation (creators of the iconic P-51D-5-NA Mustang and Space Shuttle), he developed the Minuteman missile guidance system. In 1974, William Otto founded Otto Laboratories, one of the leading aircraft crash investigation companies. The company Otto Aviation Group, which develops the Celera 500 aircraft, was created in 2008. The very same unusual machine was first seen on the take-off field of the former George airbase in Southern California back in April 2017.

Antonov State Enterprise assembled the first An-178 serial aircraft without Russian components (all thanks to import substitution)

Antonov State Enterprise reported that for the first time it did not use components from the Russian Federation during the assembly of a serial aircraft of its own production – we are talking about the An-178 aircraft.This was announced in an interview to the resource “Ukrinform” by the general director of the company Alexander Los.

“This is the first aircraft assembled without a single part from Russia. With the beginning of the Russian aggression in 2014, we have lost not only the sales market, but also the market for the supply of important components, ”said Los.

According to him, Antonov spent the design work on replacing Russian components at his own expense. Two-thirds of the new An-178 aircraft consists of equipment from American corporations.A third is made of Ukrainian parts.

“Broad international cooperation was envisaged at the stage of development of the An-178 project in 2010-2011. We just continued this systematic work in 2015-2016, ”explained the general director of the aircraft building enterprise.

Note that at the moment, Antonov has launched into production five production aircraft An-178. This aircraft model should replace the An-12 transport aircraft of the previous generation on the market.

“A unique feature of the An-178 is the ability to transport almost all types of packaged cargo existing in the world (in containers and on pallets), which makes it an effective vehicle for commercial operation, use in the armed forces, and use in emergency situations” , – describes the new production aircraft of the Antonov GP.

Recall that in 2019, Antonov SE sold the aircraft for the first time in four years – the company won a tender for the supply of An-178 for the Peruvian police.In December 2019, Antonov State Enterprise announced that the airframe of the aircraft will be built in 2020. The contract must be fully completed in 2021.

Source: Ukrinform

How the Cri-Cri mini-plane made Airbus in the first electric flight across the English Channel

The English Channel separating the UK and the European continent has always been a landmark for travelers. Swimmers, rowers, pilots and balloonists have made history by crossing the space between England and Europe.Less than two years ago, the Frenchman Hugo Duval got into the chronicle of overcoming the strait 32 kilometers wide. In July 2015, he became the first person to travel from France to England by plane with an electric motor.

The world’s smallest aircraft called the Cri-Cri “E-Cristaline” was developed in the 1970s by the French engineer Michel Colomban. Outwardly similar to a toy model, the airplane with a wingspan of 4.9 meters and a weight of 170 kg flew on two gasoline engines, which together produced 20 liters.from. and consumed 5 liters per 100-kilometer flight.

For the first time, Duval’s team equipped a miniature aircraft with electric propulsion back in 2010. At the same time, the Frenchman installed on his apparatus with two electric motors MC15E with a capacity of 35 hp each. the world speed record in its class is 263 km / h, and in 20-11 it accelerated to 283 km / h and surpassed its previous achievement. And now, a few years later, the pilot, who had previously worked in the famous aerobatic team Tranchant, decided to fly to England.

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It is noteworthy that the Duval flight took place just a few hours earlier than the competitors. Airbus’s € 20 million E-Fan 2.0 flew from England to Calais just hours after Duvall finished his return trip to France. The aviation giant recognized the primacy of the Frenchman, not failing to note that his group and Airbus play in different leagues.There is a large grain of truth in this statement – to save battery energy, Duval’s Cri Cri was launched using a tug aircraft, while the E-Fan took off and landed on its own.

The Slovenian company Pipistrel also took part in the competition for crossing the English Channel on electric aircraft. Her Alpha Electro was powered by Siemens engines, but at the last moment the German company banned the use of its motors over water. Pipistrel general manager Ivo Boscarol called the partners’ decision “strange and incomprehensible.”

As for the characteristics of E-Fan , the aircraft with serious commercial prospects weighs 500 kg with a length of 6.7 m and a wingspan of 9.45 m. The flight range depends on the cargo on board and ranges from 45 minutes to an hour. The maximum speed of the electric plane is 220 km / h, the cruising speed is 160 km / h. Airbus hopes to develop a four-seat model simultaneously with the revision of the existing version.

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Source: telegraph.co.uk

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Concert for an anniversary with an orchestra – Newspaper Kommersant No. 20 (4805) dated 04.02.2012

Concert pop

On the eve of his 80th birthday, French composer Michel Legrand gave a concert at Crocus City Hall.By BORIS BARABANOV.

The thing is that Michel Legrand took Canadian singer Mario Pelsh with him on his anniversary tour, whose resume contains the line “Notre-Dame de Paris”. Mario Pelsha played the role of Quasimodo in the Canadian version of the musical. The popularity of the “Notre-Dame de Paris” brand itself in Russia is such that not only “classic Quasimodo” Garou has a more or less confident touring history here, but also his colleagues Bruno Peltier, Patrick Fiori, Daniel Lavoie, Helene Segara and other persons involved franchises.Flowers to Mario Pelsh were presented by girls wrapped in the manner of a cloak in the flag of his native Quebec. Here is such a deep dive into the material.

Mario Pelsha performed in the role of a caricatured cruner, however, without Garou’s brilliance and with rather provincial habits. The jubilee concert as a whole often slipped into a sort of sanatorium playing music, and this despite the fact that Michel Legrand was accompanied by Vladimir Spivakov’s “Virtuosi of Moscow”. Michel Legrand himself remains, of course, a grand figure in modern popular music, suffice it to say that in the recent Christmas album, where he acted as conductor and arranger, the voices of Rufus Wainwright, Mika, Iggy Pop and Jamie Callum sound.But in Russia he seems to have allowed himself to relax. He moved closer to the microphone more than once to remind the audience of the details of his rich biography, but along with, for example, the story of his repeated fruitful collaboration with Miles Davis, some criminally sloppy and formal version of his imperishable play “The Windmills of Your Mind “. With such a performance, not every hotel will take to play in the lobby. The message of entertainer Svyatoslav Belza that Mr. Legrand received an Oscar for this song from the film “The Thomas Crown Affair” “with Pierce Brosnan” did not add to the seriousness of the event, although in fact the Oscar was given in 1968 for the original film with Steve McQueen.

The culmination of the concert was the appearance of Vladimir Spivakov at the head of the orchestra subordinate to him. The musicians performed a fragment of Jules Massenet’s opera Thais, which Monsieur Legrand’s wife had previously played on the harp, and Libertango by Astor Piazzolla. The last piece, which fits perfectly into the format of the popular drinking classics, completed the picture of the evening, which does not pretend to be a collection of virtuosos. Rather, I would like to ask where the festive table and TV cameras are.

Kamil Chontofalski: “I will change Zenit only for Manchester United”

Kamil Chontofalski spends his fourth season at Zenit, and during this time he managed to become one of the leaders of the St. Petersburg team.Last season turned out to be especially successful for him, in which he firmly took his place at the Zenit goal and helped the St. Petersburg team to successfully perform in the UEFA Cup.

Kamil Chontofalski spends his fourth season at Zenit, and during this time he managed to become one of the leaders of the St. Petersburg team. Last season turned out to be especially successful for him, in which he firmly took his place at the Zenit goal and helped the St. Petersburg team to successfully perform in the UEFA Cup.Having missed several games due to an injury sustained in a home match with Rosenborg, the Slovak goalkeeper returned to Zenit’s goal. And judging by two excellent matches with Torpedo and Luch, he is not going to give up his place to Vyacheslav Malafeev. After the game with the Far East, the correspondent of “90 minutes” talked with the goalkeeper of “Zenith” and the national team of Slovakia. Played Dukadama as a child – Kamil, congratulations on the excellent game from the magazine “90 Minutes”. How are you feeling now? – The mood and form are excellent.Judging by the fact that I managed to successfully play two matches with Torpedo and Luch, the forced rest was good for me (smiles). During his forced inactivity, he was treated, watched the matches with the participation of Zenit. I also spent more time with my family. He parted with his wife and daughters only during the recovery procedures. When my family is around, I always have a great mood. – Traditional question – how did you get into football? – As a child, like any boy, he loved to play football in the summer and hockey in the winter.In Czechoslovakia, these two sports are very popular. But in the future, football outweighed – hockey is a more expensive sport and the parents could not afford it. Already at the age of eight I began to study in the children’s team. And the coach immediately put me to play as a goalkeeper. I loved catching balls and feeling important, because a football goalkeeper always means more to the team than any field player. – Surely you, like any boy in childhood, had idols, goalkeepers? – There were several of them.I remember how in 1986, in the final of the Champions Cup, Romanian Steaua in Sevilla defeated Barcelona on penalties, and the Romanian goalkeeper Dukadam repulsed four hits of Barça players and helped to take the trophy home. After this match, the boys and I played Dukadama in the courtyard and tried to concede as few goals as possible. I also liked the Belgians Michel Prudhomme and Jean-Marie Pfaff. I consider Rinat Dasaev to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world. It’s a pity that we didn’t manage to get to know him here, in Russia. – Later on you played in Slovak clubs – “Kosice” and “Dukla iz Trencin. What do you remember about the performances in these clubs? – I got to Kosice when I was very young, nevertheless, I quickly realized that this is a very strong club. The most resounding success was the victory over Moscow “Spartak” in the qualifying round of the Champions League in 1997. We won at home – 2: 1, while away we drew – 0: 0 and advanced to the main stage of the Champions League. True, I myself did not participate in these matches – at that time I was considered the third goalkeeper.I watched my home game from the podium, but I didn’t even go to Moscow. – Then in Russia such a performance of “Spartak” was regarded as a shameful failure, because the leader of national football lost to a modest Slovak club … – Our team was not at all as weak as it seemed to Spartak. At that time, “Kosice” actually bought up all the best football players in the country. Then such experienced masters as Jozsef Kozhlei, Radoslaw Kral, Vladislav Zvara played. In addition, in “Kosice” there was huge, by Slovak standards, money, we were supported by a giant metallurgical plant.So there was no big accident in our victory over Spartak. – How did you get into Bohemians Prague? – I decided to try myself as a footballer at a higher level. The Czech Gambrinus League is considered stronger in terms of the level of the Slovak extra-league, where the same Kosice and Dukla play. In addition, salaries were very high in the Czech Republic at that time, while financial problems began in Kosice. Petersburg without sun – What was the impetus for the transition to Zenit? – Everything was decided by my desire to part with the former club.And the personality of Petrzhela, of course. We knew each other well, so when Vlastimil called my Prague apartment and said that he was counting on me, I decided to go to Zenit. Then Gorak, Shirl, Maresh called, and I also consulted with them. – Before your arrival at Zenit, what did you know about the St. Petersburg team and Russian football in particular? – Very few. Apart from the Moscow “Spartak”, which regularly played in European cups at that time, I had never heard of Russian teams, including Zenit.But I had an idea of ​​Soviet football – in my youth I really liked Dynamo Kiev, for which such wonderful football players as Igor Belanov, Alexander Zavarov, Oleg Blokhin played then. – Have you been to Russia before? – The first time I came to your country was when I played for the youth team in the play-offs against Russia. I have good memories – then we won – 1: 0, we also won at home and got to the European Championship. From those impressions – then it was a terrible cold in Moscow – we played in November.Then, when I had already arrived in St. Petersburg to sign a contract with Zenit, I did not see the sun for the first three days. I decided then that it does not exist in Russia at all. – What other first impressions of St. Petersburg? – Mostly household. I needed an apartment, a car – and instead I had to live in a hotel. It is called “The Seagull”. She was so terrible, just a disaster. This went on for a month or two, until he found a home. There are more important things than seven goals conceded – Do you remember your first match for Zenit in the Russian Championship? – I remember very well.With my help, Zenit beat Lokomotiv in Moscow – 2: 1. Everything was great with the debut. But my next game in the capital with Dynamo, when we lost – 1: 7 … I think it was my worst match in my career. The first thought after the final whistle was – “It never gets worse” … There was such silence in the locker room after that game – I will never forget it. – What helped you to get out of the crisis then, because no one seemed to believe in the Chontofalski goalkeeper? – I felt: they waved their hand at me.I was even going to part with Zenit after that, but they didn’t let me go. A contract is a contract. But even then, I didn’t recognize the word depression. For myself, I reasoned simply: yes, this is a big nuisance. But there are things in life that are more important than seven goals conceded. I am healthy, I have a wonderful family … – Have you doubted yourself as a goalkeeper? – I tried to discard all reflections. The most correct thing would be to forget that match right in the locker room, and I did it. Even the next night I slept normally. Borovichka was telling me something about how he missed five goals, but I didn’t need consolation.A person can only cope with such stress on his own. – Did the three years spent at Zenit give you a lot in terms of football? – Yes. Many great goalkeepers of the past say that it was only after 30 years that they figured out how to play correctly. I completely agree with them, for myself I feel: the older I get, the better I play, I have added goalkeeper skills in many components. Russian language in the Russian Museum – I heard that when you first arrived at Zenit, you did not know a word of Russian. – It’s true. On the first day I learned the word “thank you” – and it went. – Now speak almost without an accent. Are you so capable of languages? – Alexey Igonin, who is now playing at Saturn, rendered a great deal of assistance in mastering Russian. We talked a lot, he even took me to the Hermitage and the Russian Museum. In addition, the Russian language is not so difficult for the Slavs, and it is even easier for Slovaks to master it than for Czechs. And at school I studied English. I also studied Russian for a couple of years, but that was in the late 80s … – Does knowing the language of the country in which you play helps a football player? – I think so, because then it is easier to understand the partners on the field.Now there are only two players in Zenit, they don’t know Russian – Eric Hagen and Hyun Yong Min. But if a Norwegian speaks good English, then a Korean is able to speak only in his native language. And although we try to replenish his vocabulary as much as we can, “dumbness” greatly complicates the adaptation of Min in the team. Currently, the Korean keeps aloof and in terms of nutrition – on trips they prepare food for him separately, and when we get together at the base, he often goes home to dinner. – How is the adaptation of another newcomer – defender Yaroslav Nesvadba going on? – He got used to the team quite well, and I think he’s ready to play in the first team.But when he appears on the field, it is best for you to ask Vlastimil. – Who do you associate with more as a team? – With Martin Skrtel, who is my partner in the Slovak national team. I am also friends with Pavel Maresh and Jan Flachbart – my housemates. I have good relations with all Zenit players, including my partner Vyacheslav Malafeev. I will root for the Czechs in Germany – What does playing for the Slovak national team mean to you? – It is an honor for any footballer to play in the national team of his country.When you defend the honor of your homeland on the football field, pride and dignity appear that cannot be measured by any fees. Although the Russian team has rich sponsors, and there is much less money for football in Slovakia, we played to the desired result, took second place in the group and got the right to fight for the World Cup. It is a pity that the Spaniards could not pass. – How did your team manage to get ahead of the Russian national team in the group stage? – I think we wanted to win more.After all, Slovakia has never played in major tournaments – European championships, world championships, but the Russians have played. In Slovakia, on the eve of the match with Russia, many newspapers came out with huge caps calling for sure to defeat the national team of Yuri Semin. In Russia, the players are perhaps a little more technical. But we also have great footballers who play in England and Germany. – What was not enough for the Russians to get out of the group? – I had the opportunity to watch the Russian national team in this qualifying cycle – after the arrival of Semin, the team improved greatly.The Zenit players left for the national team in a completely different mood. And it is not Semin’s fault that the Slovak national team was happy with a draw in the last match. By the way, I am still sure that we should have won back then. – In the first game against the Russians, you saved a penalty, and it helped your career in the national team a lot. – It’s true! At least no one else asked Galis why he was taking me to the national team. Kill Karjak then, it remains to be seen who would have lost the play-offs to Spain in the fall of 2005 – we or Russia.0: 2 in Moscow, our team would hardly have played. It’s a shame, of course, we still drove past the World Cup … – What chances did your team have in the play-offs against the Spaniards? – I think they are small. Indeed, for the organizers of the European Championship, the presence of numerous and wealthy Spanish fans is more desirable than the arrival of Slovak fans. In addition, the Spanish national team is a very good team, in which there are top stars like Raul and Morientes. Of course, we had a hard time, we don’t have such big names.Unfortunately, the outcome of the series was decided by the result of the match in Spain, in which we lost – 1: 5. There were practically no chances for revenge in the home match. – Who are you going to root for at the World Championships in Germany now? – For the Czech team. I think our neighbors will be able to perform successfully. Now the backbone of their national team is made up of older players who will leave after the World Cup. For current Czech stars such as Koller and Nedved, the current world championship is the last opportunity to make a name for themselves. – By the way, Ukrainians got into the group of your offenders – the Spaniards. What do you think about the chances of this Eastern European team to perform successfully? – I think that Ukrainians can surprise many. They have a well-played team that confidently won one of the strongest qualifying groups. Plus they have a world-class forward Andriy Shevchenko, who is capable of becoming the best player in the world championship. – Who do you think will become the world champion? – The favorite is definitely the Brazilian national team.The strongest football players in the world, including the brilliant Ronaldinho, play in this team. Being a father is not easy – How did you meet your future wife? – A friend introduced me, she then worked in America with his sister. Once in Prague we met, she was on vacation, exchanged phone numbers. This is how it all began. – You have wonderful daughters – Victoria and Valeria. Remember how you became a father? – It happened on March 1 last year, when Zenit was at the training camp in Holland.When Mikaella called me from the hospital, I asked Vlastimil Petrzhela to be with my wife. I immediately got on a plane and flew to Prague, to my wife. Everything went well, without complications, the twins were born at half past one in the morning. True, my wife and I have known for a long time that we will have twin daughters. Back in St. Petersburg, Mikaela and I were at a doctor’s appointment, who said that there would be twins. – Have you felt like a father in a year? – Sure. When I come home, I try to bring toys and often go out with my daughters.Over the past year, I’ve grown up. Now the family replaces friends, and walks, and everything else: I have become a very domestic person. After a week of fees for telephone calls to home, dire bills come in. But now the children have grown up a little, we exchange text messages more than we talk. Zenit lacks experience in fighting for high places – What did Zenit lack in the last two seasons to win medals? – First of all, the experience of fighting for high places. And, of course, the short bench affected.Last season, injuries, disqualifications rained down, fatigue accumulated, and there was no equivalent replacement. – When will Zenit become the champion? – I can’t promise exact dates (laughs). But I think that this season the team will fight for the highest places. The club’s management has set us serious tasks both in the Russian championship and in European competitions. But in order to play in Europe this season, it is necessary to win the Russian Cup, which will not be easy. – This spring Zenit reached the quarterfinals of the European Cup for the first time … – Previously, we played unsuccessfully with foreign clubs.It would seem that they were in no way inferior to their rivals. Except for one thing: they entered the field, already charged with the spirit of the winners … Now we went out and won such serious clubs as Sevilla, Rosenborg and Marseille. Zenit players have made sure that they are in no way inferior to European stars. – Kamil, you have saved two penalties this season – in the matches against Rosenborg and Torpedo. This is probably not an accident? Uncover your secret. – Just before this season I thought that my preparation for the penalty kicks leaves much to be desired.Borovichka and I decided to “tighten” this component. During training, we practiced special exercises – which I will not say, otherwise all the goalkeepers will read this, and then our attackers simply cannot score them. – It is known that you have a contract with the team until the end of this season. Have you already thought where you will play next? – I will definitely spend this season in St. Petersburg. And then we will see. In the meantime, I do not want to go anywhere from Zenit. Everything suits me. – You are known to like the English Championship.

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