Isle Of Man Economy – MHKS Thu, 26 May 2022 17:39:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Isle Of Man Economy – MHKS 32 32 NASUWT rejects teachers’ final salary offer Thu, 26 May 2022 17:39:00 +0000

Agreement accepted by another union – the NAHT – earlier this month

A union which represents teachers in the Isle of Man has rejected a second ‘full and final’ pay offer made by the Isle of Man government.

The NASUWT says it wants to see island-specific wage bargaining arrangements introduced and an end to the wage link with England.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Education presented an offer which included the introduction of an Isle of Man weighting, similar to that offered to teachers in London, in recognition of the Manx economy and the cost of living on the island.

In a statement, the NASUWT said: “With CPI inflation at 9% (IOM figure from April), the overall wage increase of 3.6% represents a reduction in wages in real terms of at least 5.4% for the majority of our members.

“This represents the largest annual reduction in real terms since 2010.

“When the proposed pay is added to the current pay points, a significant number of teachers move to a high pension contribution bracket, reducing the offer by at least 1%.

“The variable percentage pay increase that sees those in the lower pay brackets receiving the most is extremely divisive given that those in the higher pay bracket have been hit the hardest by the erosion. of their salary over the past 12 years.

“There is no acknowledgment in the offer of how to deal with the historic erosion over the past 12 years that the NASUWT has identified and demonstrated to be 30%.

“We reaffirm that a multi-year salary reward must be put in place to restore teachers’ salaries to 2010 levels.”

The National Association of Head Teachers voted to accept the offer. You can find out more HERE.

More information on the Isle of Man

The Global Maritime Club Summit will debut in Posidonia Tue, 24 May 2022 12:19:37 +0000

Scheduled by Seatrade Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Chris Hayman, the summit will be preceded by a keynote address by Minister Giannis Plakiotakis, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy, Hellenic Republic.

Greece remains the largest ship-owning country in the world as the country continues to increase its share of the fleet controlled by the European Union (EU).

“… It is impressive that a country like Greece, which represents only 0.16% of the world’s population, has 20% of the world’s tonnage available on ships.

We Greeks are proud of our expedition. A maritime industry that participates effectively and dynamically in the global economy by transporting goods and products to all corners of the globe with a modern merchant fleet, contributing significantly to global prosperity and development…” said Mr. Plakiotakis.

According to Emma Howell, Director of Digital and Business Content, Seatrade Maritime, the summit was created to focus on two key areas that impact everyone in the industry: digitalization and the future of shipping. .

“Chris’ in-depth knowledge of the industry has allowed us to create a summit that will stand out as rich thought leadership, but also a lively panel discussion.”

The first session – Digitalization Demystified – will seek to demystify the digitalization process, identifying its potential benefits as an enabler of sustainable and optimized performance and considering the steps needed to ensure a return on investment.

Confirmed speakers include: Jesse Brink, President and CEO, ioCurrents; Sean Fernback, President, Wartsila Voyages; Mike Konstantinidisco-founder and CEO, METIS Cyberspace Technology; Stephen Macfarlane – Director of Information Systems, V.Group; Andrew McKeranDirector of Maritime Performance Services, Lloyd’s Register; Ben Palmer OBE, President, Inmarsat Marine and Caroline Yang, Managing Director, Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd; Chairman, Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and Board Member, ICS Singapore.

The afternoon session – All on Deck: Shaping the future of shipping – which is generating great interest, begins with a focus on “A new waiver for seafarers? “.

“If the shipping industry is to succeed in meeting the challenges it faces in the years to come, business realignment, decarbonisation and digitalisation will mean that its seagoing workforce will play a crucial role in making it happen” , said Emma Howell. “Recent experience, including the pandemic, has had a sometimes devastating effect on seafarers’ well-being and morale, highlighting structural issues such as crew turnover. How the industry and the society at large can and should respond, so that the seafarers of the world enjoy the conditions and, just as importantly, the status they deserve as essential workers in a vital global industry?

Speakers include: Andreas HadjipetrouChief Commercial Officer and Group Managing Director, Columbia Shipmanagement; Henrik JensenManaging Director, Danica Maritime Services GmbH; John McDonald – Executive Vice-President – Deputy Managing Director, ABS; Despina Panayiotou TheodosiusPresident, WISTA; John Platsidakis, Honorary President, Intercargo and Guy Platten – Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping.

The second part of this focus area – A Better Life at Sea – examines what more can be done to support and improve the physical and psychological well-being of seafarers, as well as how the shipping industry maritime is in competition to recruit the next generation of seafarers and to ensure that it retains its existing workforce. What is the sailor’s role and career vision that will attract the first-class talent he needs? What is the role and responsibility of maritime education in achieving this?

Speakers include: Dominique CarlucciChairman and CEO, MarTrust; Doctor Konstantinos PoulisCEO, Epsilon; Pierre SchellenbergerVice-President Supply Chain, Thome Group; Valentinos SteliouChief Innovation Officer, Mintra Ltd and David Taylor CEng. FIMarEST FITOL, Head of the course, Lloyd’s Maritime Academy.

The day-long summit concludes with an invitation-only networking reception hosted by the Isle of Man Ship Registry.

“Thank you to Posidonia for allowing us this platform for such important discussions and to our sponsors: ClassNK; ioCurrents; Lloyd’s Maritime Academy; Mintra Ltd. ; Wärtsilä Voyage and Isle of Man Ship Register,” added Emma Howell.

The one-day summit will be held on Thursday 9and June in the Posidonia Conference Room and is free on a first come, first registered basis.

For more details and to register for this highly requested summit, please visit:

Man raped by drug dealer over unpaid debt in Isle of Man, police say | United Kingdom | News Mon, 23 May 2022 09:28:00 +0000

The 30-year-old sex attacker was not charged due to the 22-year-old victim’s lack of cooperation, fearing reprisals. It happened on the Isle of Man, which police say is overrun with drug gangs, many of them from Merseyside.

Tanya August-Hanson MLC, prosecuting in a drug case in Island Court, said: ’22-year-old boy raped by 30-year-old man over debt of less than £500.

And Gary Roberts, Isle of Man Constabulary Chief Constable, said: ‘The young man’s rape was typical of situations that arise in relation to drug debts. And these issues are not exclusive to certain areas from the island.

“Middle-class families have experienced some of these issues.”

Such violence on the Isle of Man is a direct result of the drug economy, reports Echo of Liverpool.

Chief Cons Roberts added: “From a criminal point of view they are very good at what they do. The model is similar but not identical to County Lines. Established Merseyside gangs will use criminals on the island of Man to sell drugs for them.”

Ms August-Hanson read a moving letter from the parents of the rape victim to the court.

“The impact on parents is terrible,” he said.

“Anxiety about the youngster and the difficulty of dealing with related situations can divide couples. Parents often withdraw thousands of pounds from their own savings to pay off a child’s debt.

“Teenagers end up lashing out at their siblings and parents because of the stress of their situation – even in the nicest homes. This is not a problem isolated to ‘poor’ areas. It is a poison that flows throughout the island.

“A dealer will give the child a ket or beak to try. They are usually older teenagers or in their early twenties.

“Some young dealers at the lower levels have completely normal jobs in banks, or trades like carpentry or painting and decorating. I use the word child to reflect the naivety and vulnerability of the youngster. if they have tried ket (ketamine) and or coke (cocaine) they will have to pay for it.As soon as they don’t have the money to pay, they are given shares to sell.

“Never think for a moment ‘it’s just weed and my teenager will grow out of it’. The weed on sale today has the strength of what used to be called skunk.”

Last year, some £42,000 of this cannabis was seized from a 12-year-old boy in the Isle of Man.

Authorities say gang leaders often use children to smuggle drugs.

Chief Cons Roberts continued: “I’ve been in policing for decades and I know that outside of London Merseyside has always been the center of the drug trade.

“But fortunately we work closely with Merseyside Police and the North West Regional Crime Unit and have their full support. The Isle of Man has always been a very safe place to live and we want it to stay that way.”

Don’t Get Trapped in a SouthCoast Sand Hole Fri, 20 May 2022 00:33:55 +0000

I recently ran into a former customer of Shawmut Diner who was stopping by before going to work at Horseneck Beach in Westport. Matt was a nationally certified lifeguard.

We talked about the recent tragedy of the young man from Maine who was buried alive after a pit he and his sister had dug on a beach in Toms River, New Jersey, collapsed on top of them. The sister was in the 8-10 foot deep hole when the walls gave way, but she was rescued. His brother, however, was crushed and suffocated by the weight of the collapsing walls.

“This sand is like sugar! Beachgoers think these sand holes are harmless, but they easily become death traps,” he warned. “We were constantly reminding families that a deep hole can easily collapse suddenly, without warning,” he said.

It was Matt’s responsibility to go to the parent of the child who was digging a sand hole and tell them that it was not safe to dig deep holes on the beach.

“Most of the time it was a knee-jerk reaction, like I heard you right?” he said. “But I would tell them all, the rule was simple: you can dig holes on the beach as long as they only take up a small area, and they are no deeper than the knees of the smallest person in the group. Most of the times the adults thanked me, but I also heard my share of good words.”

Although he never had a death on his watch, he recalls that a few years ago on a popular beach in Chatham, a lucky 15-year-old girl miraculously survived in a deep hole when sand wet fell on her, weighing like a ton of bricks.

“She was encased in heavy, wet sand up to her neck,” he said. “She couldn’t move an inch, immersed in stone cold sand that weighed down on her chest, making her agonizing to breathe. We figured she had at least 900 pounds of compression around her. Can you imagine 900 pounds on your chest?”

Matt hopes his warning can help save a life. It’s one of those dangers that people don’t realize, that deep holes in the beach are powerful enough to suffocate someone buried inside. Now that you know, pass it on and have a safe summer at the beach.

WATCH: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pros and cons, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best in which to live. For the knowledge, Stacker consulted WalletHub data, published on June 17, 2020, which compares American beach towns. The ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. Cities ranged from 10,000 to 150,000 people, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read it complete methodology here. From this ranking, we’ve selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida won’t be surprised to learn that many of the cities featured here are in one of these two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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Many of the towns included jump out at the casual observer as popular summer rental spots – Branson of the Ozarks, Missouri or Lake Havasu in Arizona – it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality of life offerings at beyond the beach and vacation homes. You’ll likely learn about a wide range of Americana: one of the last 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that began as a retirement area for Civil War veterans; an island teeming with some of the nation’s best public schools and revenue streams smack dab in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing more than the prison blues of Johnny Cash.

Restoring ‘historic connection’ to Scousers home Sun, 15 May 2022 04:05:00 +0000

Tommy Crowe remembers when every boat heading to the Isle of Man was ‘littered’ with Scousers.

If they weren’t part of the ship’s staff, he says they were making the crossing for a long weekend – or to establish themselves on the island, right in the heart of the Irish Sea. He says it was that way throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Born and raised in Liverpool, Mr Crowe, 59, started working on Steam Packet boats to and from the island in 1979. In 1986 he took the plunge and moved to the island and hasn’t looked back since – except for every other weekend of the football season.

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Reminiscing about the old days, he explains how he and other Reds part of Liverpool’s Isle of Man supporters’ club piled into the Steam Packet and made the journey to Anfield. Football is what brings him home so regularly, but he says the “historic link” between Liverpool and the Isle of Man provides an equally strong draw.

He told ECHO: “The historical connection is the similarities between people. The Manxes are now a minority, but you could easily say in the 70s and 80s that most people came from Liverpool and the North West.

He added: “The strength of that connection is not as noticeable as it once was. It was very strong – it needs to be restored.”

Work to improve this “historic connection” has taken place over the past decade, but has encountered a number of obstacles along the way. In 2016, the Manx government approved £3.5m funding to buy land at Princes Half Tide in Peel L&P, part of the Liverpool Waters site.

The Isle of Man Steamer Packet moored at the Pier Head

The land was to be the location of a new Isle of Man ferry terminal, replacing the current and ‘obsolete’ one at Liverpool Pier Head. To this day it remains the only development the Manx government has undertaken outside the island.

The plans were approved by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee in April 2019. The project, which would see the company Steam Packet continue to operate ferries from the city, was initially expected to cost around £38million and be completed in 2019. by August 2021 – with works having started in November 2019.

But delays have seen the project’s completion pushed back to a target of March 2023, with its overall costs now set to reach £70million – which is being invested by the Manx government. The majority of delays are due to disruptions from the Covid-19 pandemic, but material price volatility has also impacted the development process – costs have nearly doubled from what was originally expected.

Progress is currently being made at the Princes Half Tide site and will serve as a key part of the regeneration at Liverpool Waters. According to the Manx government, the main terminal steelwork is fully erected and the floor slabs are being poured. Glazing is also being installed on the exterior facade of the building, with the terminal expected to be completed by December 2022.

Photo of Isle of Man Terminal
Progress made on the ferry terminal at Princes Half Tide

Earlier in March, the road leading to the new Isle of Man ferry terminal was officially unveiled – now named the Triskelion Way in honor of the island’s history and heritage. Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson, who lived on the island in the 1990s, was on hand for the ceremony. She noted how the “road is a new symbol of Liverpool’s special relationship with the people of the Isle of Man”, adding: “It will help connect families and friends for generations to come.”

While the construction of the new terminal is expected to generate £3.2m for the regional economy, strengthening the historic link and connection seems equally important – the same one that initially attracted Tommy Crowe from Liverpool in the 1980s “You will find that almost every boat is full when they go to Liverpool at the weekend,” adds Mr Crow when asked about his hopes of reconnecting with what it once was.

It’s a sentiment shared by Isle of Man Chief Minister Alfred Cannan MHK. He said: “The Isle of Man and Liverpool share a long history and a strong relationship that goes back centuries, and our ferry terminal project will only serve to consolidate that further.

“Allowing a direct maritime connection to the city center was identified as a key factor during the planning of the project, and the location of the terminal will continue to support and develop tourist, commercial and cultural links with the North- West.

“Although the construction project has encountered many challenges since its launch, I was able to visit the site in February and see for myself the progress made. The focus is now firmly on completion next year and full control of our vital maritime services for generations to come.

What the terminal might look like one day
What the terminal might look like one day

Opening the terminal at Easter 2023 will also be a significant achievement for the Liverpool Waters regeneration project, which seeks to continue as it reaches the end of its first decade of development. Chris Capes, development manager for Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, said: “It’s great to see the recent progress on the new Isle of Man ferry terminal. Peel L&P is proud to support the delivery of what will be a key asset for the Liverpool City region.

“The new terminal will significantly improve the user experience and infrastructure has already been delivered to support access, with Jesse Hartley Way and Triskelion Way connecting the ferry terminal to Waterloo Road.

“It is also another vital part of the regeneration of Liverpool’s North Shore and provides an important link between Princes Dock and Central Docks. While Central Docks will be a residential area, it will be mixed with a host of reasons to visit, including the ferry terminal, retail, commercial, cultural and community spaces, as well as the new park we are consulting the audience. now.

“Over the next five to ten years, the new Isle of Man Ferry Terminal will be part of a thriving, inclusive and sustainable new neighborhood in Liverpool Waters.”

]]> The Rangers guilt I still feel as stinging Frankfurt verdict led to Scot Symon’s clumsy run – Archie MacPherson Sat, 14 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000

They say time is the great healer. I would dispute that.

My confrontation with Scot Symon in a hotel by the River Tay in November 1967, just after he was unceremoniously sacked by Rangers when they were top of the league, still makes me feel someone’s guilt. ‘one found with his hand in the crate.

And this chilling experience has its roots in the game he chaired in Frankfurt against Eintracht on April 13, 1960.

His dismissal, seven years after that humiliating night, demanded an honest analysis of his career for our television program.

Ian McMillan was the obvious choice. Signed by Symon from Airdrie in 1958, the classic Scottish inside striker was one of those players who was gifted by nature to turn his passing game into an art form.

He was also universally regarded as one of Scottish football’s gentlemen. In our studio, I introduced him as the little prime minister after his namesake Harold in Downing Street, whose famous 1957 statement, “You’ve never had it so good”, about the economy, could also have referred to the Ranger community enjoying the Symon era.

Symon would lead them to six League Championships, five Scottish Cups and four League Cups – a record which you would have thought might insulate him from any critical attack. But life doesn’t often turn out that way.

McMillan was no personal stranger to me. I had recruited him before to do analysis for the BBC and had occasionally played golf with him, where he was the model of discretion when he came to talk about Ibrox.

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Nothing vaguely political or controversial ever crossed his lips. This extended to the playing field where, as an immaculate ball player, he could be at the end of some rough treatment.

But the strongest words anyone knows he ever said to an opponent were, “Go and pee!”

Something, however, prompted him that night to open up in a way I hadn’t bargained for.

Unexpectedly, I heard a man cast a critical light on the parochial nature of Scottish football and even caused Symon’s wife to conjure up murderous thoughts about me for having the nerve to manipulate an attack on her husband. Not bad for a six-minute conversation!

Everything was triggered by the mention of this 6-1 defeat in the semi-final first leg of the European Cup in Frankfurt.

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Almost with painful politeness, he nonetheless aimed at Symon. His description of halftime that night in the Rangers locker room is still etched in people’s minds. It was then 1-1. Dieter Stinka opened the scoring, then Eric Caldow equalized for Rangers from the penalty spot after a foul on McMillan. These bare statistics actually hide the mess that was developing.

He opened up telling me the score was a bust. They had been completely outclassed. They risked being overwhelmed. The pace of their opponents was terrifying. Their midfield was crushed. Eintracht had hit woodwork several times. Rangers had to regroup, change their approach, strengthen the defence. “So what was the headmaster doing?” he asked rhetorically. His own response had a devastating effect on me and the general public, including the Symon family.

“He was in a corner sipping a cup of tea. He does not say anything.”

According to McMillan, not a word of tactical change was uttered.

Something had to come from the leader. Nothing did. McMillan was surprised. They were overwhelmed with five more goals against them in the second half, leaving the second leg at Ibrox academic in nature – although hardly an example of lessons learned, as they went down 6-3.

I knew our audience would accept the truth of McMillan’s account, he was of impeccable origin and not just swinging the ax of the usual grievance.

Likewise, I realized it would shock and hurt the manager who brought him to Ibrox, although I didn’t appreciate at the time how much it had affected Symon’s family as a whole.

But it also shed light on the antiquated approach of a time of rapid modernization in European football – the manager in tracksuits was not yet common in our country.

Indeed, later former Rangers captain Bobby Shearer told me that Symon’s unsurprising adoration of Jim Baxter, who joined the club following their European disaster, was so intense that any the manager’s tactical philosophy could be summed up in the phrase: “Give the ball to Jim.

It might seem like a farcical characterization of a manager who took the club to two European Cup Winners’ Cup finals, in 1961 and 1967, despite losing both.

He certainly saw it that way. A few days later came the strange confrontation. On my way to Dundee to see a European game, I stopped at the Isle of Sky Hotel in Perth to sample my favorite Wild Tay Goose sandwiches. At the restaurant, I walked straight into Symon sitting at a table with a friend. The meeting was inevitable.

He saw me coming, put down his knife and fork, looked me straight in the eye, and calmly said, “If my wife had caught you on Saturday night, she would have gouged out your eyes.” And calmly, he then added: “However, you are entitled to your opinion.”

He then started eating again and turned his back on me. He and his wife identified me as THE conspirator.

I guess in some way I was lucky because if it had been a confrontation with Jock Stein or Willie Waddell, under the same circumstances, I probably would have ended up in the River Tay myself with the wild geese.

On the other hand, if that dignified response was meant to make me feel like a skunk, for a considerable amount of time, it worked.

But McMillan had spoken a truth, not just about Symon, but about Scotland’s gaming culture as a whole, when in 1960 we lay asleep, when the rest of Europe took the scientific road to success and established tactical plans that were foreign. ours.

Until another man on the other side of Glasgow, seven years later, transformed the Scottish landscape.

The Rangers squad heading to Sevilla are led by a man who could never be accused of such a lack of preparation.

If Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s diligent approach prevails overnight, then Prime Minister Wee, despite being in good health, at the age of 91,
appreciate that unlike in 1960, his former club now has a squad suitable for all ages.

Sino Jet Ranked First in Fleet Size in Asia-Pacific for 3rd Consecutive Year | Taiwan News Thu, 12 May 2022 06:45:00 +0000

HONG KONG SAR – Media outreach – May 12, 2022 – Sino Jet has cemented its position as the leading business jet operator in Asia-Pacific for three consecutive years. It ranked number one in fleet size in Asia-Pacific for the third consecutive year, according to Asian Sky Media’s 2021 Business Jet Fleet Report.

Overview of the top 20 operators by fleet – ranking change 2021 vs 2020.
Source of the 2021 Business Aircraft Fleet Report – Asian Sky Media

Mainland China consolidated its position as the largest market in the Asia-Pacific region with a total of 340 business jets. In 2021, Sino Jet cemented its position as Asia-Pacific’s largest operator by having the most new aircraft deliveries directly from OEMs, including the Bombardier Global 6500 and Gulfstream G650.

Sino Jet said, “Amid high business jet travel demands, strict restrictions and quarantine requirements in many countries have posed new challenges for planning aircraft deliveries and maintenance work. overseas aircraft, maintaining safety and efficiency has become the key to market success.

Regarding the growing challenges, Sino Jet has put forward a business strategy to develop an “extensive service network”, “comprehensive maintenance capabilities” and “integrated information management”. Sino Jet invented a new aircraft delivery model, obtained operating and maintenance licenses for major business jet aircraft models in Greater China, and created an information management system suitable for all aspects of business aircraft management.

In addition to its operating bases in Beijing and Hong Kong, Sino Jet continued to increase investment in its Shanghai branch in 2021 and set up a new branch in Jiangsu, which complements its Hangzhou base to form a strong service network in the Yangtze River Delta. At the same time, Sino Jet has also set up offices in Hebei and Fujian. Recently, Sino Jet signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hainan Free Trade Port, and its subsidiary in Hainan has increased its charter capacity to meet the port’s demand. By now, Sino Jet has operating bases and branches in 20 cities around the world, and its extensive service network can help increase the operational efficiency of its aircraft management customers and provide the option charter jet travel to more business travellers.

The safety standard at Sino Jet is widely recognized. Holder of multiple operating and maintenance licenses issued by a number of national aviation authorities including China, United States, Europe, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Aruba, Island of Man, Guernsey and San Marino, Sino Jet is able to provide aircraft management services with various foreign registrations in China. Sino Jet is also authorized to provide qualified scheduled maintenance services to major business jet types from Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault and other popular aircraft manufacturers, further improving the utilization of their aircraft by removing the need to be maintained abroad.

In flight operations, Sino Jet attributes the best possible operational scenarios in terms of safety to the latest technologies it adopts. Sino Jet established its own information technology development subsidiary, which designed advanced aircraft operation system, maintenance management system, safety management system, flight quality and other information systems. All of these systems are designed to be highly integrated, to ensure traceability of all aircraft operations, as well as every safety and quality management process. These advanced systems have been proven to play an important role in maximizing the preservation value of aircraft.

“Starting from the perspective of customers, sincerely caring for customers’ valuable assets through effective controls, not compromising on security, and operating with the highest degree of efficiency. This is how Sino Jet earns the confidence of its customers, promotes safe and convenient business jet travel, and leads to new business jet owners.As the global economy recovers, the business jet market is expected to experience even greater development,” said Sino Jet.

About Sino Jet

Sino Jet, founded in 2011, specializes in the management and operation of large business jets. Its businesses range from aircraft trading, aircraft maintenance, global charter services, ground handling, fixed base operator (FBO), luxury travel services and more. . Sino Jet is fully committed to the concept of the complete life cycle management of its aircraft and is also the first business aircraft company in mainland China to obtain the highest level of safety recognition for international aircraft operations. business jets – IS-BAO Level 3 certification. In addition, Sino Jet was named “The World’s Leading Business Jet Company” at the World Travel Awards in 2020 and 2021.

Sino Jet has two headquarters in Beijing and Hong Kong. The company is also expanding rapidly in mainland China with bases in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Zhuhai, Chengdu and Singapore etc.


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Lieutenant Governor gets to know the university during a visit with the new principal Tue, 10 May 2022 16:24:11 +0000

Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer was welcomed to University College Isle of Man by new Headmaster Jesamine Kelly, enjoying hands-on experience of vocational courses.

The tour included a tour of the “wide range of real work environments”, a tour of the newly renovated “#2” canteen, the digital corporate space and a meeting with the Student Services team.

During a visit to the Faculty of Arts, Design, Media and Music, Her Excellency tried her hand at free machining (a pattern of her own face) on the sewing machine with a crash course in fashion teacher Billee Saade.

The tour ended with tea and cake at the Annie Gill Café, which is open to the public and staffed by students who strive to build their confidence and “improve their interpersonal skills in a realistic café environment” .

Sir John said: ‘I was delighted to visit UCM’s Engineering Skills Test at the Hills Meadow campus in March and was so impressed with the students and facilities I wanted to see what else the UCM offers. The Homefield Road campus did not disappoint. What a fantastic level of facilities the young people of the island and the wider community have access to.

“Hearing about the positive student experience has been enjoyable and it will no doubt foster a culture of lifelong learning that is so important to the development and growth of the economy.”

He continued, “I was impressed with the wide range of courses available at UCM, which gives students the opportunity to study in a field they are truly passionate about without having to leave the island.

“The staff I met are all experts in their industry fields, which will no doubt provide students with the best foundation to enter the job market once their qualifications are completed.”

There’s nothing quite like the North West 200 as a road racing spectacle, says former course leader Billy Nutt Sat, 07 May 2022 00:20:00 +0000

Three years after the checkered flag fell in the final North West 200 race, Northern Ireland‘s first motorcycling showpiece will deliver a high-octane shot in the arm to the sport after two seasons thwarted by the pandemic of coronavirus.

he Cookstown 100 was the only national meeting that took place in 2020 and 2021, and although the Armoy ‘Race of Legends’ also took place last summer, all the other Irish road races – plus the iconic Isle of Man TT – have been canceled due to Covid -19 restrictions.

However, the bikes are back in 2022 and the Cookstown and Tandragee 100 meetings last month whetted the appetite for the return of the North West, which is the first major road race to take place since the Macau Grand Prix in November 2019.

The Portrush paddock – the beating heart of the jewel in Ireland’s motorcycling crown – is already starting to fill up as the world’s best road racers and their teams make a much-anticipated return to big road racing.

And with the debt-stricken Ulster Grand Prix canceled for the third consecutive year after an £800,000 government funding scheme for Ulster motorcycling failed in March, the North- West takes on even more importance.

Crowds of over 80,000 attend the event, generating a huge £12million boost to the local economy, and the unique appeal of the historic race has been sorely missed in recent years.

A man who knows more than most about the North West 200’s status as one of Northern Ireland’s most celebrated sporting occasions is former longtime race manager Billy Nutt, who has resigned his post in 2000 and handed over to the current race manager. Mervin Whyte.

“It just has a completely different buzz, even compared to the Ulster Grand Prix,” Nutt said.

“The North West has something special and so does the TT. It’s a unique course because there are three big straights and the speed is amazing. There was such a buzz around the place during the week race.

“We had guys like Steve Parrish who came in and rode the course in his Rolls Royce and then you had Tony Rutter who came in his little transit van with a few bikes and came out and beat them all – except Raymond McCullough!

“The racing has always been absolutely brilliant and the location really sets the North West apart with its location on the coastal road,” added Nutt.

“There is a holiday atmosphere in the event and you have all the restaurants, bars and nightclubs; and in my time, everyone came to party.

“Saturday was the serious business of race day, but Saturday night was party time and once everyone had sobered up they went home happy on Sunday.”

Road racing legend Phillip McCallen’s name is synonymous with the North West, where “Supermac” won a record five races in one day in 1992.

The Portadown man is an 11-time winner of the event and is now part of the BBC NI broadcast team at the race, which marked its 90th anniversary in 2019.

“I think it’s great to see the race again and I don’t think people can believe it’s actually happening again,” McCallen said.

“I think everyone is excited and we’re just praying for reasonable weather next week. The riders are thrilled and just want to come back, as are the fans because it’s also a huge social occasion.

“I don’t think the fact that the race hasn’t been held in recent years will make a difference to the riders because the top riders have raced every week in the British Superbike Championship or elsewhere.

“They are all already connected and it will not be a problem for them. Those early rounds on Tuesday will just be a matter of getting a feel for the place and after that it will be like they never left,” he added.

“Some of the guys lower down the order, who don’t have the advantage of racing as often as the big names, might need a few more laps to adjust, but overall it won’t be not a problem.

“Our own runners who travel the Irish roads have been to Cookstown and Tandragee, so they’ll be connected as well and they’ll be up to date in no time.

“Everything is ready and like everyone else I can’t wait to get back up to the North Coast next week because it’s such a fantastic event.”

Roads are closed for the opening practice sessions on Tuesday from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and again at the same time on Thursday for final qualifying.

The first three races in the Supersport, Superstock and Supertwin categories will take place on Thursday evening, when the roads are closed between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The roads will close next Saturday from 9:15 a.m. for the five-race main program and reopen no later than 7 p.m.

The showpiece Superbike races are headlined, when Carrickfergus man Glenn Irwin will look to extend his unbeaten run in the category after winning the last four races on Ducati and Kawasaki machines.

Irwin lines up for the Honda Racing UK team this time alongside 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, who returns to the Honda fold as he prepares for a 100th TT start in June.

Seven Scottish towns and one council area vying for city status Wed, 04 May 2022 03:30:00 +0000

Seven Scottish towns and one council area are vying for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dumfries, Dunfermline, Elgin, Greenock, Livingston, Oban, St Andrews and the whole of South Ayrshire were highlighted.

They compete with 21 cities from England, three from Northern Ireland, two from the Isle of Man and one from Wales.

George Town in the Cayman Islands, the capital of the Falklands, Stanley, and the territory of Gibraltar were also nominated.

The winning candidates will be announced this month by the UK government, with one to be north of the border.

St Andrews and Dunfermline appear to be favorites in Scotland and bookies McBookie have Fife Towns priced at 2-1 and 5-2 respectively.

The last Scottish towns to achieve city status were Perth in 2012 and Stirling in 2002, both to mark Jubilee years.

Inverness joined the top four of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow to mark the new millennium.

The River Annan, Annan Bridge and Town Hall, Dumfries and Galloway

Historian Patricia Dennison, author of The Evolution of Scotland’s Towns, said: “I would like to think that town status would be awarded to the town which has the deepest roots in Scotland’s national history.

“In which case it would be between Dunfermline and St Andrews.

“However, I would probably – just – lean towards Dunfermline as it is now the most important town in terms of population and economy.

“He also carries a slightly higher weight with his royal connections. Kings were born and buried there.

“Before Edinburgh was the capital, it was one of the places where the monarch resided.

“However, in its favour, St Andrews is named after Scotland’s patron saint, which is a simple but potentially significant factor.”

Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK
Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK

John Carnie, lecturer in planning and urban studies at the University of Glasgow, said: “Judges will be looking for a place with a sense of history and cultural identity, and all applicants have that.

“But they will also want to be convinced that a winning city feels like a city, so the bigger it is, the better it is.

“The city status will give a boost to tourism but also a competitive economic advantage.

“It is a magnet for public and private sector investment, which is essential if urban centers are to be revitalized after the pandemic.”

A Fife Council spokesman said: “St Andrews, known worldwide as the home of golf and Scotland’s first university, historically had town status.

“The ancient capital of Scotland for over 400 years, Dunfermline is today one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.”

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