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Music: Artists and bands must swap private jets for trains to cut their climate impact, study warns | Daily Mail Online

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To cut the climate impacts of music, artists and bands should swap private jets for trains and festivals should be looking to generate more renewable energy.

These are among the recommendations of a new roadmap for ‘super low carbon live music’ published by experts from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

The analysis was commissioned by the English electronic band Massive Attack — and based on data collected during their last tour back in 2019.

In response to the findings, Massive Attack have announced that they will be trialling a number of emissions reduction plans during their 2022 tour. 

Following this, they will be bringing all of the findings together in a major UK testbed live show in order to encourage other artists to follow suit.

The band is also teaming up with industrialist Dale Vince’s green energy firm, Ecotricity, to form bespoke partnerships with various music arenas and venues.

Plans include increasing the UK grid’s renewable energy capacity, training event staff to run sustainable operations and to introduce vegan food options at events.

As much of reducing emissions is about cutting energy costs, the experts noted, such efforts might reduce the cost of putting on gigs — and associated ticket prices.

To cut the climate impacts of music, artists and bands should swap private jets for trains and festivals should be looking to generate more renewable energy. These are the recommendations of a roadmap for low carbon live music that was commissioned by the English band Massive Attack (pictured here playing the Tonhalle in Munich, Germany in 2016)

THE ROADMAP’S RECOMMENDATIONS 

The roadmap has presented various ways by which live music shows might reduce their carbon footprint.

These include:

According to Massive Attack’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja, the analysis has provided the music industry ‘with a comprehensive, independent, scientifically produced formula to facilitate industry compatibility with the Paris/1.5°C [2.7°F] climate targets.’

‘What matters now is implementation. The major promoters simply must do more — it can’t be left to artists to continually make these public appeals,’ he continued.

‘Our sector is operating in a government void. Nine weeks out of COP26, where is the industrial plan — or any plan at all — for the scale of transformation that’s required for the UK economy and society?

‘Fossil fuel companies seem to have no problem at all getting huge subsidies from government, but where is the plan for investment in clean battery technology, clean infrastructure or decarbonised food supply for [the] live music sector?’ 

The music industry, Del Naja explained, generates £4.6 billion for the economy each and employs more than 200,000 people.

‘Too often carbon reduction targets can seem overwhelming or unattainable,’ Del Naja added.

‘But we know from our own experience of band travel via rail and the availability, now, of biogas HGV [heavy goods vehicle] technology that offers 90–95 per cent greenhouse gas emissions reductions — that immediate action is possible.’

In fact, he explained, switching to rail has slashed the band’s travel-related carbon footprint — their most carbon intensive activity — by 31 per cent. 

Del Naja added: ‘Our own discussions with renewable power providers and transport operators demonstrate more existing opportunities for positive change.’ 

He told BBC News that some carbon reduction concepts are already happening, only on too small a scale.

One idea, for example, is to make venues ‘plug-and-play’, so that bands can hire tech like sound systems locally, rather than bringing their own with them — thereby cutting down on touring production freight.

‘When we turn up at festivals, we use the same gear. We get on the same stage. Most of the stuff we use is pretty similar,’ Del Naja said.

‘It sounds crazy that bands are crisscrossing the same highways at night with the same gear with the same big lorries — it’s unnecessary.’

In response to the findings, Massive Attack have announced that they will be trialling a number of emissions reduction plans during their 2022 tour. Following this, they will be bringing all of the findings together in a major UK testbed live show in order to encourage other artists to follow suit. Pictured: Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja performing live at the O2 Arena in the February of 2019

‘We hope that this roadmap can help to catalyse change by outlining the scale of action required and how this maps across the different elements of a tour’, said Carly McLachlan of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

‘To reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, touring practices need to be reassembled differently as the industry emerges from the significant challenges that the pandemic has created.

‘This starts from the very inception of a tour and requires the creativity and innovation of artists, managers, promoters, designers and agents to be unleashed to establish new ways of planning and delivering live music.’

Musical artists, Professor McLachlan told the BBC, have ‘really amazing platform to talk about these issues.’

However, she added, such advocates would need to practice what they preached and ensure that they were, for example, cutting down on air travel and working with partners to decarbonise the venues that they play. 

The report has called for an independent, central body to monitor the progress that the music industry is making against ‘clearly defined, measurable targets’.

Eliminating the use of private jets (pictured) by musicians is among the recommendations of a new roadmap for ‘super low carbon live music’ published by experts from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

‘We’re happy to be working with Massive Attack to facilitate rapid change in the live music world,’ said Mr Vince, who founded Ecotricity back in 1996.

‘Every section of society has to make positive changes, and gigs are no exception.

‘The partnership we’ve designed will allow venues and arenas to create and contribute more renewable energy to the grid every time they switch on their lights, or power an amp,’ he continued.

‘The staff training element can hard wire sustainability into every area of operations, and the vegan food option for back and front of house can make an immediate difference to our carbon impact.’

Massive Attack have said that they would want to see any transitions to a more low carbon music industry carried out in such a way that doesn’t disproportionately impact smaller, independent festivals and venues that have been hard-hit by COVID.

The full findings of the study were published on the University of Manchester website.

THE PARIS AGREEMENT: A GLOBAL ACCORD TO LIMIT TEMPERATURE RISES THROUGH CARBON EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS

The Paris Agreement, which was first signed in 2015, is an international agreement to control and limit climate change.

It hopes to hold the increase in the global average temperature to below 2°C (3.6ºF) ‘and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F)’.

It seems the more ambitious goal of restricting global warming to 1.5°C (2.7°F) may be more important than ever, according to previous research which claims 25 per cent of the world could see a significant increase in drier conditions.

In June 2017, President Trump announced his intention for the US, the second largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world, to withdraw from the agreement.  

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change has four main goals with regards to reducing emissions:

1)  A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels

2) To aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change

3) Goverments agreed on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries

4) To undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available science

EU to increase spending on private jets for top officials – POLITICO

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EU institutions will soon be able to spend millions more on private jet flights for their top officials.

Even as the bloc pledges to slash emissions to meet its climate targets, Brussels has increased the amount it anticipates spending on “air taxi” flights for officials to €13.5 million, according to a document on the EU’s tender database.

The new four-year contract — which will cover flights for the European Commission, the Parliament, the Council and the External Action Service — replaces the existing five-year arrangement that set €10.71 million as the maximum value that could be spent on private jets between 2016 and 2021.

A Commission spokesperson said the new contract — which covers an estimated 1,606 flight hours, almost half of which would be used for mid-range trips between 6,500 and 10,000 kilometers — reflects the “potential increase in demand, mainly due to the pandemic.”

“Fewer commercial flights have been available and therefore this increase of maximum ceiling is designed to ensure the availability of this solution should such problems persist over time,” the spokesperson said. “The value of a contract corresponds to an estimation of the needs and does not necessarily mean that the entire amount will be spent.”

The new contract comes on the heels of the July release of the Commission’s Fit for 55 climate package, which aims to set the bloc on course to slash greenhouse gas emissions 55 percent by 2030 — on the way to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

The transport sector will have to shoulder a large portion of the burden, with the EU eyeing an emissions reduction of 90 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2050.

So far, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has taken six private jet flights in 2020 and eight in 2021. Her predecessor, Jean-Claude Juncker, took 14 such flights for business in 2019 and faced criticism for taking air taxis to short-haul destinations like Strasbourg.

The Commission said chartered trips are only for “exceptional circumstances,” such as for security reasons or if a commercial flight isn’t available or doesn’t fit with diary commitments.

Officials can use an air taxi only when accompanying a member of the Commission, according to the spokesperson. The number of officials accompanying a commissioner varies according to the needs of a mission and therefore cannot be accurately predicted — “but they are limited,” the spokesperson added.

The Commission is “committed to reducing its environmental impact” in line with the European Green Deal and “intends to further reduce travel associated to its operations when these can be replaced by videoconferences” as part of its plan to reach climate neutrality by 2030, according to the spokesperson.

Council President Charles Michel has taken 15 private air taxi flights so far in 2021 (three of them provided by the Belgian air force), according to the institution. This compares with 17 in 2020, and 27 flights taken by the Council president in 2019 — although the Council didn’t specify how many of those were taken by Michel’s predecessor, Donald Tusk, who was in the role until November 30 of that year.

A Council official said the institution’s own rules stipulate that only the president can fly “exceptionally” on official business by chartered aircraft, and only when “no suitable commercial service is available,” in cases of “urgency, to avoid undue delays, for complex and multi-destination trips, or where security considerations preclude the trip being made by a scheduled flight.”

The Parliament did not respond to a request for comment. The contract award is expected to be published shortly in the EU’s Official Journal.

Choosing the Best Time to Buy a Private Jet

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Buying a private jet can cost you a lot of money. But, if purchased at the right time, it can be an investment. There are certain things you need to consider before you buy a private jet.

A cost analysis is very important to know whether flying commercially is better for you or investing in a private jet is the smarter option.

Here’s how you can make the call of buying a private jet:

Affordability

The first question that comes to mind is whether you can afford a private jet or not. Buying a private jet alone can cost you around 2 million dollars to a few hundred dollars. On top of that, you have maintenance costs, and you need to pay for the crew and much more.

Depending on the size and features of the private jet, it can cost you a lot. There are ways to cut down on costs. For example, if you buy a pre-owned private jet or co-owning a private jet. This will enable you to save a little money and give you the benefits of enjoying the perks of owning a private jet.

Hours of Use

You Might ask, what is the benefit of buying a private jet? Although owning a private jet can cost you a lot, it can have several perks.

If you fly frequently, owning a private jet can make it easier for you to travel comfortably, save money in the longer run, and make things much more convenient.

If you can afford a private jet and travel a lot, buying a private jet can be a good option for you.

The market value of the private jet

When buying a private jet, you need to know which one is the best for you. According to your needs, you could opt for a bigger or a smaller private jet. Once you know why you need a private jet, you can find the perfect one with the specifications that suit you best.

Along with what’s best for you, selecting the perfect time according to that particular private jet’s market value is crucial. The market value of every product will vary.

You need to select a time to buy a private jet that can make it possible for you to afford it and give you the benefits you are looking for.

Yusuf Buhari Wedding: Reno Omokri Berates Nigerians Over 100 Private Jets – Gistmaster

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Yusuf Buhari wedding: Reno Omokri berates Nigerians as about 100 private jets land in KanoAbout one hundred private jets landed in Kano at the weekend when Yusuf, the son of President Muhammadu Buhari wedded Zarah, the daughter of Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Bayero in Kano State.It was a grand ceremony in Bichi, attended by Vice…

Politicians who hired private jets to attend Buhari son’s wedding are also bandits — Sheikh Gumi

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Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi

Controversial Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has condemned the hiring of private jets by politicians to attend the wedding ceremony of the Yusuf Buhari, the son of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the president Muhammadu Buhari’s son married Zarah Bayero, the daughter of Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Bayero in a grand ceremony held in Bichi, Kano.

The wedding was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, serving and former governors, traditional rulers, as well as prominent personalities from within and outside the country.

But Mr Gumi faulted Nigerian politicians for hiring private jets to attend the wedding during a preaching programme at Sultan Bello Mosque in Kaduna.

“Umar bn Kattab once took 16 dinar, which is equivalent to N2,040,000 today, from the treasury as estacode to Hajj. After their return, Umar admitted to Abdallah that they wasted public funds.

“Somebody told me private jets in Nigeria were all hired for the wedding of Buhari’s son. With your money, you can’t get a private jet because they were all booked.

“Some people are in captivity in both the bush and cities. Hunger is everywhere. People are facing all manner of problems, yet politicians spent public funds on private jets.

“When Prophet Mohammed married off his daughter, who came from Mecca or Yemen? In the entire Medina no righteous persons to oversee the solemnisation?

“First it was not an obligatory religious gathering. Umar bn Kattab went to Hajj. Second, public funds were taken to hire the private jets.

The cleric lamented about how politicians corrupted the clergy, saying religious leaders have become subservient to politicians.

“Some religious leaders cannot survive without behaving in servile manner towards politicians.

“Politicians have spoilt the clerics. Atrocities are committed in the country but no one can speak up.

“You are spending money to hire jets to go to wedding, while criminals are holding people to ransom in the bush. The criminals (bandits) are milking the people.

“Some people have never earned N1million in their life, but bandits would demand N10million. How many people sold their houses, farms, everything… and collected loans to pay ransom?

“People think only those in the bush (bandits) milk us dry, no! Even our leaders milk us dry. Where did they get the money to hire all these jets?

“In one of the states, some pictures of a dilapidated hospital were sent to me. The roof was blown off and a patient was lying on the bed. That governor is in Kano to attend wedding.

“How many schools were rehabilitated? The money that should be used to cater for the people is the one they hire private jets to junket around. Are you not also a bandit?

“We vent our anger against ourselves, other tribes. People are left killing themselves because of poor leadership,” Mr Gumi added.

Costs to Consider When Buying a Private Jet

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Are you a frequent flyer? Owning a private jet has many perks. Having access to a private jet can have many perks, but the actual freedom lies in owning one.

There are a few things you need to consider when buying a private jet. Although there are many perks to owning a private jet, the cost of owning one can creep up quickly. The initial buying price of a private jet can vary, depending on many aspects. It can cost you anywhere from $2 million to $100 million to buy a private jet.

This article will break down the costs you need to consider when buying a private jet.

Along with the cost of buying a private jet, there are some additional charges that you will need to consider. They are as follows-

Customization

Buying a private jet can be similar to buying a car. As the owner, you will want to customize a few things. It can range from completely redoing the interiors to just adding a few personal touches. How much you spend on customization will solely depend on how big you want the changes to be.

Crew

Owning a private jet will be of no use unless you have an onboard crew. It will include air hostesses and pilots. How much you need to shell out on crew members will depend on the flying hours and number of crew present. You will need to spend approximately $200,000 per year.

Maintenance

Flying through the sky will inevitably leave your private jet with some wear and tear. The maintenance of your private jet needs to be regular. It will ensure your private jet is capable of flying again, with no faults. There are certain unexpected repairs that you also need to keep in mind. The cost of repairing a private jet will vary according to the private jet you have purchased and the nature of the repair. Even the most minute repairs, like fixing a broken window, can cost you thousands of dollars.

Fuel

Fuel will be the constant and the highest cost for which you will need to pay. The current price of jet fuel is around $2.50 to $5.50 per gallon. Fuel consumption depends on the private jet itself and the weight it will be carrying. Bigger private jets can use up to 300 gallons of fuel per hour. If you fly for about 300 hours every year, you can assume you will have to pay around $250,000 in jet fuel.

In conclusion, you need to consider a lot of expenses before you buy a private jet. Owning a private jet is a luxurious asset that can benefit you in many ways. Keep the costs mentioned in this article and get your private jet.

Photos: Blue Angels prepare for takeoff at Brunswick weekend airshow – Portland Press Herald

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Squadron Executive Officer Todd Royles and Quality Assurance Representative Jacob Ryan standing next to a Blue Angel jet on Thursday. C. Thacher Carter / The Times Record

Blue Angel officials are gearing up for the Great State of Maine Airshow at Brunswick Landing this weekend.

The Blue Angels are the Navy aerial acrobatics team, who visited Brunswick most recently in 2017. In total, 10,000 tickets are being sold each day for the airshow, which will also feature other exhibits and aircraft.

Ticket information

General admission tickets for the Saturday show is $45 and $40 for the Sunday show.

Admission for children ages four through 12 is $35 for the Saturday show and $30 on Sunday. Ages three and under get in free.

Tickets are available online only at airshownetwork.com.

According to Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Steve Levesque, the entire show costs around $750,000.

The show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday —Sept. 4 and 5 — with gates opening at 8 a.m. Events start at 11:30 a.m.

Performances are scheduled until 4:30 p.m. both days.

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The story of the Kraken’s expansion draft: COVID-19 tests, private jets and a race against time – The Athletic

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How did the Kraken coordinate to have six players travel to Seattle on short notice for the expansion draft broadcast?

Owner Of Jet Charter Company Agrees To Pay To Settle Allegations Of Misappropriated Payment Protection Program – CBS Tampa

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MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)– Seth A. Bernstein, the owner of jet charter company All in Jets LLC dba JetReady, located in Florida, has agreed to pay $287,055 to settle allegations that he misappropriated Payment Protection Program (PPP) loan proceeds for his personal expenses.  JetReady is a jet charter operator with its principal place of business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The United States alleged that Bernstein, on behalf of JetReady, applied for and received a PPP loan totaling $1,173,382 in April 2020.  Within a day of receiving the loan proceeds, Bernstein allegedly diverted $98,929 of the funds to pay for personal, non-company related expenses.  JetReady has since filed for bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York.

“The Paycheck Protection Program was enacted over a year ago to help small businesses and their employees financially survive the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida. “Since this and other programs under the CARES Act were initiated, our Office has prioritized investigating and bringing to justice those who illegally seek to benefit from the global health crisis and the programs put in place to help those in need.”

“Paycheck Protection Program loans were intended to provide critical relief to small businesses so that they could retain employees and keep their doors open,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian M. Boynton of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “We will ensure that those who misused these taxpayer-funded loans and denied other eligible businesses access to such assistance are held accountable.”

“The Paycheck Protection Program is intended to provide a lifeline to the nation’s small businesses and its employees” said Inspector General Hannibal “Mike” Ware of the SBA Office of Inspector General (OIG). “OIG will aggressively investigate allegations of wrongdoing in SBA’s pandemic response programs.  I want to thank the Department of Justice for its dedication to achieving this settlement.”

“The result in this case is the product of enhanced efforts by federal agencies, such as the Small Business Administration working with Department of Justice and other federal law enforcement agencies, to detect Paycheck Protection Program abuses, pursue individuals and companies that engage in such abuses and protect the integrity of the PPP program,” said SBA General Counsel Peggy Delinois Hamilton.

Congress enacted the PPP on March 29, 2020, as part of the CARES Act, to provide emergency financial support to the millions of Americans suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CARES Act authorized billions in loans to small businesses struggling to pay employees and other business expenses.  Under the PPP, eligible businesses could obtain loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA).  Businesses were required to spend loan proceeds for employee compensation, rent or mortgage, and other specified expenses and, depending on their use of the loan proceeds, could qualify for loan forgiveness, up to the full amount of the loan.

Today’s civil settlement includes the resolution of claims brought under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act by Victoria Hablitzel, a former JetReady employee.  Under those provisions, a private party can file an action on behalf of the United States and receive a portion of any recovery. Ms. Hablitzel will receive $57,411.  The case is captioned U.S. ex rel. Hablitzel v. All in Jets, LLC and Seth A. Bernstein, No. 20-cv-61410 (S.D. Fla.).

The resolution obtained in this matter was the result of a coordinated effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section, with assistance from the SBA’s Office of General Counsel and OIG.

This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney James A. Weinkle of the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Jonathan Gold of the Civil Division.

On May 17, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Jake Paul’s lavish life: the YouTube sensation splashes his US$20 million net worth on sports cars, a fancy mansion and private jets – will the Tyron Woodley boxing match make him richer? | South China Morning Post

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The YouTube star and professional boxer is worth US$20 million and is about to get a whole lot richer from his upcoming bout – here’s how he likes to splurge