Stuart Smith has also joined Air Partner as business development manager for freight – MENA and CIS, based in Istanbul.Middleton has over 31 years’ experience in the aviation industry, in both the UK and Singapore. During this time, Mark has spent 15 years working for aircraft operators, and over 15 years working in the air charter broking industry.Stuart Smith has seven years’ experience in the aviation industry, including five years in the charter broking sector as a cargo director with Air Charter Service in New York and Dubai, plus two years with Qatar Airways as manager for freighter sales and marketing and regional cargo manager CIS/North Africa.Richard Smith, Air Partner’s product director for freight, commented, “We are pleased to welcome Mark and Stuart to Air Partner Freight. Between them, they have a very broad range of experience, which will add to the skills and knowledge already within the Freight team. After a few years of tough trading conditions across the freight sector, we feel the time is right to strengthen our offering. Improving economic conditions will mean a return to strong demand for charters and Air Partner will have an excellent team to support our clients’ needs going forwards.”www.airpartner.com
The government has announced that it will not proceed with a bill that would have provided more time for vulnerable people taking out ‘logbook loans’ to seek debt advice and avoid paying hundreds of pounds in court fees. The Law Commission, which drafted the Goods Mortgages Bill, said the news was ‘disappointing’.Bills of sale enable individuals to use goods they already own as security for loans while retaining possession of those goods. They are found in ‘logbook loans’, where a borrower grants security over their car or van. The borrower may continue to drive the vehicle so long as they keep up repayments: if they default, the vehicle can be repossessed. Stephen LewisBills of sale are governed by the 1878 and 1882 Bills of Sale acts. Last year the commission recommended repealing the acts. Law commissioner Stephen Lewis said at the time that borrowers were not protected and lenders had extra costs because of ’19th century red tape’.The commission recommended replacing the acts with a proposed Goods Mortgages Act. Vulnerable borrowers who have repaid at least one-third of the loan could demand that the lender obtain a court order, although they would have to opt in to this right. Lenders would be required to serve borrowers with a possession notice. The commission said this would give borrowers three options: to require the lender to seek a court order, to terminate voluntarily or to ask for time to seek debt advice.However, HM Treasury said yesterday that although it broadly supported the bill, concerns had been raised in a public consultation that the bill could encourage lending to vulnerable consumers. The treasury added that the number of logbook loans has fallen substantially and the Financial Conduct Authority is reviewing the high-cost credit market.The treasury said: ‘Given the concerns raised in the consultation, the small and reducing market, and the wider work on high-cost credit, the government will not introduce legislation at this point in time. The government will continue to work with the FCA as they carry out their high-cost credit review, and then further consider government action on alternatives to high-cost credit in light of the FCA’s review.’Lewis stressed again that the current law does not provide adequate consumer protection. He said: ‘Businesses, lenders and consumer groups strongly agreed our reforms would have made a vast improvement. However, we understand that there are enormous pressures on parliamentary time at the moment. We will continue to work with the government to explore ways in which we can bring forward reform in this area in the future.’
A Tehran defence lawyer, Amirsalar Davoudi, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for social media posts in the latest clampdown on the independent legal profession, a US-based human rights group said today. He is the third known defence lawyer to be sent to prison in Iran for peaceful activities in less than a year, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement.Davoudi’s wife Tannaz Kolahchian tweeted news of the sentence on 1 June. He must serve 15 years according to Article 134 of the country’s Islamic Penal Code (subject to appeal). CHRI director Hadi Ghaemi described the sentence as ‘another example of the judiciary and security establishment’s egregious assault on the legal profession and due process rights in Iran’. Davoudi was convicted by the revolutionary court in Tehran on four charges: ‘collaborating with an enemy state through interviews’, ‘propaganda against the state’, ‘insulting officials’, and ‘forming a group to overthrow the state’. According to CHRI, the ‘group’ is a reference to a messaging app channel, on which Davoudi posted his views about political and social affairs as well as items related to civil rights issues in the country.On 2 June, Davoudi’s lawyer Vahid Meshgani Farahani stated in an interview that Davoudi was also sentenced to pay a fine of 60 million rials (£1,100) and abstain from social media for two years. Davoudi has been in detention since his arrest on 20 November 2018.Davoudi’s sentencing comes amid growing international outrage at the treatment of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes after she defended women protesting against Iran’s hijab laws. In addition to Davoudi and Sotoudeh, Mohammad Najafi is currently serving a three-year prison sentence and facing a total of 19 years behind bars, the CHRI said. Since 2017, detainees held on national security-related charges in Iran, including defence lawyers, have been required to choose their counsel from a list approved by Iran’s chief justice.
Fulham boss Scott Parker praised the way his side coped without key duo Aleksandar Mitrovic and Tom Cairney after they kept in touch with the Championship’s top two by beating Nottingham Forest. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Arter’s cracking goal gives Fulham vital victoryFulham’s Cairney to miss Cardiff game AdChoices广告Harry Arter’s stunning strike just before half-time was enough to earn victory over their fellow promotion hopefuls at the City Ground.Parker’s side are fourth, just four points behind second-placed West Brom, but having played a game more.“We lost Aleksandar three games ago and we have had to find another way,” Parker said. “We were also without Tom Cairney and the players have had to step up.“Harry has done that. He was fantastic in terms of the goal. It was a fantastic strike.“I’m very proud of the team. It’s a big result but there’s a bigger picture.“It’s at this stage where seasons peter away or we go for it. We move on to Friday and Cardiff and, the way we are at the moment, anything can happen.”[scriptless]
Amazing movies best funny animals Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uk TYSON FURY says he will bring out his own “w**k lotion” after admitting to masturbating SEVEN times a day.The Gypsy King will rematch against Deontay Wilder on February 22, and has admitted to “doing a lot of things he hadn’t done before”.Tyson Fury was in the crowd to watch Conor McGregor’s stunning UFC return – taking a break from masturbatingCredit: Getty Images – GettyOne of those was engaging in some “solo action” in a bid to “keep the testosterone flowing”.It prompted heavyweight rival and WBC champ Wilder telling Fury to make sure he has some “thick lotion” when he gets down to it.The Brit has now responded, saying that he will be releasing a lotion that will become “a bestseller”.In an interview with TheMacLife, the 31-year-old said: “I’ve got the best lotion in the business. The Tyson Fury lotion.“I’m feeling good, so it must be working. I’m not gonna change it.“I seriously am bringing out my own lotion though. It’s called ‘Tyson’s W**k Lotion’.“It’s gonna be a bestseller because everything I put my name to goes to number one baby.”I’m masturbating seven times a day to keep my testosterone pumpingTyson Fury on his pre-fight prepFury was cage-side for Conor McGregor’s stunning 40-second KO win against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas on Saturday. While in Sin City he met with Matthew McConaughey, with the actor hilariously telling the boxer that seven times a day were “rookie numbers”.Fury will be hoping his new pre-fight routine will give him the upper hand as he bids to become WBC world heavyweight champ.The two boxers will go at it for Part II in Las Vegas after their controversial draw in December 2018.And in a bid to keep his “testosterone pumping”, Fury has revealed he is using a special tactic to release energy.Speaking after the first press conference concluded ahead of the big fight, the 31-year-old said last week: “I’m doing a lot of things I didn’t before.“I’m eating five/six meals a day, drinking eight litres of water. If it’s gonna give me an edge, I’m willing to try it.“I’m masturbating seven times a day to keep my testosterone pumping.”Wilder weighed in on the unusual preparation when he told TMZ Sports: “I mean, enjoy yourself. Just use the proper lotion.“Whatever he says is for entertainment or whatever.“He wanna j*** off? Enjoy himself! Just use the proper lotion. I mean some like thick lotion.”Tyson Fury posts hilarious mashup clip of Matthew McConaughey telling him masturbating 7 times a day is ‘rookie numbers’
JIBE latest LATEST Manchester United are confident David De Gea will now sign a new five-year deal after positive talks Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January boost Getty Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa MOST READ IN FOOTBALL The Red Devils are desperate to keep hold of one of their most prized assets, hence why they’ve offered a £150,000-a-week increase on his current deal.Despite that, De Gea will still be some way short of the club’s highest earner, Alexis Sanchez, who earns a quite staggering £505,000 a week.It is believed the offer will be a four-year contract – with United having the option to trigger a further year on top of that. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder David De Gea’s long-running contract saga is now nearing a conclusion – with Manchester United convinced the goalkeeper will sign a new five-year deal.The Sun claim the Spain international, who has been at Old Trafford since 2011, is ready to commit his future to the club after being offered a £350,000-a-week contract. 2 Getty Alexis Sanchez is United’s top earner – on a staggering £505,000-a-week deals Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED De Gea, whose contract is up at the end of the 2019/20 season, is now reportedly happy to stay at United after previously having second thoughts over where his future lay.The 28-year-old made a number of high-profile blunders last season, which is believed to have turned off the likes of Real Madrid making a move this summer.The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper was on the cusp of a dream move to the Bernabeu in 2015, only for the deal to collapse on transfer deadline day. punished TROPHY Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions
21 years – since former President Nelson Mandela walked to freedom after 27 years as a political prisoner. 17 years – since South Africa’s transition to a non-racial, non-sexist, equal and democratic society. 400 000 – the number of additional South Africans served with a basic water supply in 2010. 81% – the proportion of the country now electrified, compared to 63% in the year 2000. 8.6% – the decline in the murder rate in South Africa over the past year. 15-million – the number of South Africans currently receiving state social grants. R9-billion – state fund to support job creation in South Africa over the next three years. R10-billion – funds set aside by the Industrial Development Corporation for investment in economic activities with high job creation potential over the next five years. R20-billion – tax allowances or tax breaks to be put in place to promote investment, expansion and upgrades in South Africa’s manufacturing sector. R550-million – funds set aside for infrastructure upgrades and expansions countrywide. 30% – the mining industry’s contribution to South Africa’s total export revenue. 7.3-million – the number of tourists that arrived in South Africa in 2010. 95 – the number of major international meetings and conferences that South Africa has already secured between now and 2016. R2-billion – the contribution of the creative and cultural industries to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). R475-million – the contribution of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival to the Western Cape economy. 2 000 – the number of jobs created during the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2010. R75-billion – Eskom’s investment in the new power stations Medupi, Kusile and Ingula, as well as the return to service and transmission of other projects. 400 000 – the number of South African households that should have security of tenure by 2014. R2.6-billion – the amount that the government will spend on water services this year. 4.5-million – the number of work opportunities that the Expanded Public Works Programme aims to create. 800 – the number of construction jobs created by South Africa’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. 6 000 – the number of students supported by Denel, Eskom, South African Airways and Transnet in acquiring technical and engineering-related scarce and critical skills. 105 – the number of nursing colleges that will be revitalised countrywide to train more nurses. 5-million – the number of voluntary HIV/Aids tests conducted since the launch of the testing campaign in April 2010. 700 000 – the number of first-time identity documents issued in Libode in the Eastern Cape following the launch of the National Population Registration Campaign. R800-million – the funds allocated for immediate relief to assist communities affected by the recent floods across South Africa. 2 000 – South African National Defence Force personnel deployed as peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and the Central African Republic. 2.5-trillion – the value of South Africa’s mining assets – in US dollars.Source: Government Communication and Information System
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Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, has emphasised the importance of sound pension governance in safeguarding the interest of persons saving for retirement.Speaking at NCB Insurance Company (NCBIC) Limited’s pension seminar, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 29, the Minister said pension schemes are pivotal in facilitating the seamless transition from employment to retirement, adding that the funds accumulated can also influence the capital markets of the economies in which they are invested.The Minister argued that the extent to which pension funds impact the lives of beneficiaries and economies, “the governance framework must be a key consideration for trustees, managers and anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of their company’s pension commitments.”Mrs. Williams pointed out that sound pension plan governance facilitates well- informed decisions that meet the requisite prudency standard, as stipulated by law, while helping to minimise financial risks.She contended that these safeguards are key elements for the sustainability and longevity of any financial sector, of which the pension industry is a part.Mrs. Williams said the Government has, in this regard, ensured that the principles of the local pension industry’s effective governance, characterised by accountability, openness, responsiveness and transparency, are being exercised by the Financial Services Commission (FSC).She pointed out that the FSC is mandated to regulate and supervise the industry, noting that the Commission’s remit includes: approval and registration of superannuation funds, retirement schemes, trustees and responsible officers as well as licensing of administrators and investment managers.In this regard, the Minister said the FSC’s oversight is essential in protecting pension beneficiaries, and pivotal in directly supporting a robust and unwavering industry, adding that the Commissioner is also charged with promoting compliance with the provisions of the Pensions Act and its attendant regulations.Mrs. Williams said that effecting sound governance and adherence to the law is not solely the FSC’s responsibility, noting that it also lies with the trustees, their agents, administrators and investment managers.“It is therefore vital that these parties operate in an ethical manner by faithfully discharging their fiduciary and other responsibilities. Trustees must, therefore, keep beneficiaries up to date about their benefits and not withhold any information. Additionally, it requires an enabling environment in which pertinent information is effectively issued and people can respond in an unconstrained and truthful manner,” she said.In this regard, Mrs. Williams lauded NCBIC’s management on its pension scheme arrangement, noting that they can “attest to operating with good governance.”The Minister said NCBIC has steered its pension funds in the “right direction” and, in so doing, has been bestowed with accolades.These, Mrs. Williams pointed out, include: the 2010 and 2011 World Finance Global Pension Funds Award, and Best Pension Funds in the Caribbean from 2015 to 2017.In his remarks, NCBIC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vernon James, also underscored the importance of pension funds in retirement planning, adding that it as against this background that Tuesday’s seminar was staged.“It is no secret that proper preparation for pension is vital. We, therefore, see the need to (continuously) highlight the importance of preparing and making wise decisions for retirement,” he said.Mr. James lauded the Government on its decision to reform the laws and introduce new policies to improve the industry’s governance framework and arrangements through legislation.These, he reiterated, are the Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017, and Constitution (Amendment) (Establishment Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act 2017, which will mandate pensionable public service officers to contribute five per cent of their salaries towards a pension.The Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017 aims to establish a segregated fund for contributions and gradually increase the retirement age to 65.The Constitution Amendment Establishment Fund (Payment of Pensions) Act, 2017 seeks to amend the Constitution to provide for the payment of pensions, gratuities and allowances out of the pension fund.“These two Bills seek to provide an improved pension system for workers… and we are pleased about the direction of this reform,” Mr. James said.The seminar was held under the theme: ‘Governance for Pension Funds – a Jamaican Perspective’. The Minister argued that the extent to which pension funds impact the lives of beneficiaries and economies, “the governance framework must be a key consideration for trustees, managers and anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of their company’s pension commitments.” Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, has emphasised the importance of sound pension governance in safeguarding the interest of persons saving for retirement. Speaking at NCB Insurance Company (NCBIC) Limited’s pension seminar, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on May 29, the Minister said pension schemes are pivotal in facilitating the seamless transition from employment to retirement, adding that the funds accumulated can also influence the capital markets of the economies in which they are invested.