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JETSETTING: EU President Juncker Uses Private Jets And Milks Expenses | Politicalite UK | Unreported News, Politics and Opinion


0 SharesShareTweetBy Voice Of Europe.  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker used private jets for 21 of 43 official trips from January to November 2018 according to Daily Mail. Ironically, Jean-Claude used the private jets for nearly half of his worldwide travel as official figures reveal. Yet in his 2018 State of the EU speech he warned of […]

Pacquiao, Gretchen, Chavit, Willie, and their own private jets and helicopters – Kicker Daily News

Images via Yes!magazine/ @Bren Evangelio/ Gretchen Barretto’s Instagram account
  • Senator Manny Pacquiao bought a second hand helicopter at P18 million
  • Chavit Singson also has his own private jet which he uses in his many business trips
  • Other celebrities who own private jets are Gretchen Barretto and Willie Revillame

Helicopters and airplanes are really, really expensive but there are some celebrities who don’t bother over the price of having luxury travels and bought their very own private aircrafts.

Here are some of the celebrities with their whopping multi-million pesos private jets:

Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao

The boxing champ and Senator of the Philippines, Manny Pacquiao bought in 2012 a 5-seater, second-hand Bell Jet Ranger helicopter.

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Senator Pacquiao said in an interview that he bought his fancy chopper as a gift for himself which costs P18 million, as disclosed by ABS-CBN News.

He had previously used the chopper to visit the citizens in areas in Saranggani which are hard to reach when he was still the congressman of the said province.

Luis ‘Chavit’ Singson

The LCS Group of Companies President and Chairman Luis “Chavit” Singson has his very own Boeing 737.

Singson lent his aircraft, which he frequently uses for business trips, for the Miss Universe 2016’s pre-pageant activities which was hosted in the Philippines in January 2017.

In December of the same year, Miss Universe 2017 candidates also rode on the private jet on their way back to Manila after a visit to Bohol and Camiguin.

Thank you @missuniverse @frontrowphoff & @tourism_phl for an incredible trip! Salamat to all the wonderful people we have met on this journey ?? I’ve fallen in love with you Philippines ?? #bringhomeafriend #bhaf2 #frontrowuniverse #Ilovefrontrow

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LCS Group was the main sponsor of the pageant when it held its 65th edition in the country.

Gretchen Barretto

Gretchen posted on Instagram in January 2017 appearing to travel via her very own private jet for a business trip to Taiwan.

See you in a bit Taiwan ??

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She wrote as her caption: “wearing brown & a touch of orange, year of the Dog here… good luck colors for a good business deal… golden south sea pearls to ward off not so good luck, I was told #jewelmer”

??????wearing brown & a touch of orange , year of the Dog here? good luck colors for a good business deal ? golden south sea pearls to ward off not so good luck, I was told #jewelmer ?

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It hasn’t been confirmed yet whether the jet is owned by Gretchen and her longtime partner, businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco. But the many private-jet trips of Gretchen clearly show she has easy access to the luxury plane.

Willie Revillame

Willie has his very own Dornier 328 aircraft which he reportedly bought in 2011 at a cost of 200 million pesos.

The 30-seater aircraft was featured in a local magazine wherein Willie gave a tour in his fancy private plane.

Capt. Manuel Rivero said in an interview with YES! magazine that Willie’s private jet has traveled to Vigan, Naga, Coron, Bacolod, Aklan, Cebu, and Tacloban.

Image via YES! magazine

International pop superstar Justin Bieber borrowed Revillame’s aircraft in 2013 when he went to Tacloban to visit survivors and Typhoon Yolanda.

Willie’s private jet is also being rented by business tycoons for about Php500,000 per round trip.

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Televangelist Kenneth Copeland defends private jets to Inside Edition


‘None of your business’: A televangelist defending his private jets goes viral

Joshua Bote

Published 4:25 PM EDT Jun 4, 2019

A journalist’s confrontation with a televangelist has gone viral, bringing televangelism and its most prosperous preachers under public scrutiny once again.

Texas televangelist Kenneth Copeland came under fire this weekend for viral statements defending his lifestyle, including his ownership of three private jets.

Upon their first interaction in Branson, Missouri, Lisa Guerrero, an investigative journalist for news magazine Inside Edition, asked Copeland about his planes.

“That’s really none of your business,” he told her.

Copeland then justified his jet-setting by arguing that he would not be able to preach globally without them.

“If I flew commercial, I’d have to stop 65% of what I’m doing,” he told her.

Among Copeland’s collection is a plane purchased from producer and filmmaker Tyler Perry last year, which Copeland added in the interview was “so cheap to buy, I couldn’t have not bought it.”

Copeland also owns an airport close to his ministry in Fort Worth, Texas.

The viral moment arrived when Copeland seemed visibly angry after being pressed about a statement in 2015, where he described flying commercial as getting “in a long tube with a bunch of demons” to fellow televangelist Jesse Duplantis.

“Do you really believe that human beings are demons?” Guerrero asked.

“No, I do not, and don’t you ever say that I did,” he responded, pointing a finger at the journalist.

Duplantis himself has been scrutinized for telling his followers to fund a new jet, which he says was ordained by God himself.

After Copeland boasted about his wealth — including his wardrobe and his natural gas-filled properties — Guerrero asked for a response to critics who believe that preachers shouldn’t live so lavishly.

“They’re wrong,” Copeland responded, invoking his mentor Oral Roberts’ teachings of the prosperity gospel. “Do you think the Jewish people believed you should be broke?”

“Are you saying that Jewish people appreciate money more?” Guerrero asked.

“They believe in wealth,” Copeland said, to which she replied, “Some people would find that offensive.”

Swansea Airshow 2019: Line up, where to watch, where to park, tickets and everything you need to know – Wales Online

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The countdown is on for one of the biggest events in Swansea ‘s calendar takes to the skies.

The return of the Wales Airshow will see thousands of people descend on the city’s seafront next month, with more than 250,000 visitors expected.

The two-day spectacular is set to be bigger and better than before with a brand new After Dark event planned for the Saturday night, as well as the return of the RAF’s Typhoon Display Team .

Here’s everything you need to know in advance.

When is it happening?

This year’s event will be on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7 .

What time is it?

The event will take place between 10am and 6pm on both days. While the After Dark event will take place on the Saturday between 8.30pm and 10.30pm.

What’s the line-up like?

A whole host of entertainment is lined up, including: 

* RAF Red Arrows

* Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

* Airshow After Dark

* The RAF Typhoon display team

* RAF Chinook

* Tigers Parachute display team

* Team Raven

* Fireflies Aerobatic display team

* AeroSuperBatic Wingwalkers

What’s the After Dark event?

The event will see hot air balloons along Swansea Beach, a stunt show by the Fireflies display team (two display aircraft with fireworks firing off their wings) and the Tigers parachute display team.

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Do I need a ticket?

No, the event is completely free.

Where can I watch it?

The sweep of Swansea Bay offers the perfect place to enjoy the show but there are other spots across the city where you can get a great view.

Here are some other options:

What about parking?

There will be multiple car parks available for the event, including the following:

Will there be road closures and diversions?

Yes, however, Oystermouth Road will stay open for longer this year. A section of the road was closed from 10am on the Friday before the event until 6am on the Monday morning.

You can check out all of the details of the road closures and diversions here.

Private jets receive ludicrous tax breaks that hurt the environment – Plane stupid


THE BLUE jeans and T-shirts of the global elite are no more comfortable than those worn by the middle class. They drink the same coffee, watch the same films and carry the same smartphones. But a gulf yawns between the rich and the rest when they fly. Ordinary folk squeeze agonisingly and sleeplessly into cheap seats. The elite stretch out flat and slumber. And the truly wealthy avoid the hassles and indignities of crowded airports entirely, by taking private jets. This would be no one else’s business but for two things. First, private jets are horribly polluting. Second, they are often—and outrageously—subsidised.

Private aviation was hit hard by the global financial crisis, when both companies and individuals sought to pare expenses. But now private jets are booming again. This is partly because new booking services and shared-ownership schemes are cutting the cost of going private and luring busy executives away from first- and business-class seats on scheduled flights (see article). But the boom is also a result of tax breaks, which are even more generous than those lavished on ordinary airlines. In Europe firms and individuals can avoid paying value-added tax on imported private jets by routing purchases through the Isle of Man. This scheme has cut tax bills by £790m ($1bn) for imports of at least 200 aircraft into the European Union since 2011. America’s rules are loopier still. Donald Trump’s tax reform allowed individuals and companies to write off 100% of the cost of a new or used private jet against their federal taxes. For some plutocrats this has wiped out an entire year’s tax bill. For others, it has made buying a jet extraordinarily cheap.

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The case for flying on a private jet is that it can save time for someone, such as a chief executive, whose time is extraordinarily valuable. Hence companies can offset the cost of these flights against their corporate-tax bills. In some countries the use of a private jet is a tax-free perk for executives. But a growing volume of research suggests that flying the boss privately is often a waste of money for shareholders. One analysis, by ICF, a consultancy, found that the jets are often used to fly to places where corporate titans are more likely to have holiday homes than business meetings, such as fancy ski resorts. A study by David Yermack of NYU Stern School of Business found that returns to investors in firms that allow such flights are 4% lower per year than in other companies. Users of such planes are also more likely to commit fraud: a careless attitude to other people’s money sometimes shades into outright criminality, it seems.

The environmental effects of corporate jets are dire. A flight from London to Paris on a half-full jet produces ten times as much in carbon emissions per passenger as a scheduled flight, according to Terrapass, a carbon-offset firm. New supersonic business jets under development will make that a lot worse. On one estimate, their emissions will be five to seven times higher than for today’s models. Amazingly, these emissions are largely unregulated. Aviation is not covered by the Paris agreement to limit climate change, and most private jets are excluded from CORSIA, a carbon-offsetting scheme involving most airlines. All in all, private planes could produce 4% of American emissions by 2050 compared with 0.9% today.

All air travel is bad for the environment. Business class is worse than economy class, because it burns more jet fuel per passenger. Private jets are more damaging by an order of magnitude. The tax breaks for cooking the planet in this way cannot be justified. They should all be scrapped. Carbon emissions should be taxed, not subsidised by the sleepless masses in steerage and the even less fortunate souls who never fly.

When are the Red Arrows at Swansea Airshow 2019? – Wales Online

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The countdown is on with the return of the Wales Airshow just days away.

This weekend will see a variety of aircraft fly over Swansea Bay and even a special After Dark event on Saturday night.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head to the bay to witness all the action, with many most excited to see the Red Arrows take flight.

Officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows represent the speed, agility and precision of the RAF and the team is the public face of the service.

The Red Arrows, famous for their combination of close formations and precision flying, have been displaying since 1965.

On Saturday the Red Arrows will close the event at 4.30pm .

They will be then be getting the day started on Sunday as they take to the skies at 11.30am .

Also included in the line-up this year will be the Blades, Catalina, RAF Typhoon display team, RAF Chinook, the Fireflies Aerobatic display team and the Tigers Parachute display team among many more.

Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “It’s great news that the Red Arrows have confirmed that they’ll be taking part in our annual free Wales Airshow this summer.

“It will be great to welcome back a team with such an international reputation, particularly in this special year, as Swansea celebrates its 50th anniversary as a city.”

Nigeria’s airports filled with private jets while people die in poverty – Sanusi


The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has lamented that the richest man in Africa is from Nigeria and ironically, the country “is also the poverty capital of the world”.

According to him, Nigeria had no basis for spending $3billion to $4billion annually on fuel subsidy.

Speaking at the launch of “From Frying Pan to Fire”, written by the Chairman of ThisDay Editorial Board, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi in Abuja on Thursday, Sanusi claimed Nigeria is now the headquarters of poverty in the world.

The monarch said: “If you come to Abuja Airport, it is filled with private jets. If you land in Abuja you will think Nigeria is a very rich country. We have beautiful roads and bridges; we have everything in Abuja.

“Go to the rural areas and see the large number of Nigerians there. It is a completely different world. It is a sad case and we need to deal with that. We must also remember that the discourse is not just a humanitarian discourse and it is not value-free.”

He also spoke of a mismanaged economy and misplaced priorities, stressing that subsidy funds should be spent on education, power and industry to create jobs.

In his view, Africans need jobs and they need a life to stop them from migrating to other continents.

Sanusi, however, said global inequality accounted for the migration crises being experienced in Europe, America and even Nigeria.

“We have to grow up. We cannot blame Europe and America for our problems; we have mismanaged our economy, we have misplaced our priorities, we have not understood the importance of development. We think these roads and bridges are developments and not the human beings.

“How much are we spending in an attempt to give ourselves cheap fuel? $3billion or $4billion a year? So-called petroleum subsidy? Imagine putting that money into education or into power or industry. That won’t deal with migration unless we have jobs. Why can’t we have electricity?”

Swansea Airshow 2019 live updates as first day gets under way – Wales Online


Swansea Airshow is back for 2019 and it’s off to a great start.

The two-day event began at 10am when the ground display opened whille the first air displays kicked off at 12.40pm as the Eurofighter Typhoon took to the skies. The timetable of the day in full is here.

The weather forecast for the day is good and there is a bumper crowd in attendance enjoying the show this afternoon.

The world-famous Red Arrows have already arrived in south Wales ahead of their display, which is expected to kick off at around 4.30pm.

This incredible cockpit footage shows the Arrows – officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – soaring high above Cardiff Airport earlier today:

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If you’re still thinking about heading down to the show, or are trying to figure out the best vantage points or where you’ll be able to bag a parking space, then we’ve got everything you need to know here.

And if you can’t make it down during the day then this year, for the first time ever, there will be an After Dark event featuring music, a parachute display, and aerobatics from 8.30pm. If you’re planning on heading along tomorrow instead (or as well) then head here for all the timings you need to know.

Follow our live updates, pictures, and video footage from the airshow:

Bernie Sanders Calls Climate Change ‘Biggest Crisis of All,’ Silent When Asked About Private Jets


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who may run for president in 2020, called climate change our “biggest crisis of all” in response to President Donald Trump’s border wall speech Tuesday night.

However, Sanders did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s simple question — if climate change is such an urgent threat, would you endorse a ban on private jets?

Sanders, known as a “climate hawk,” made fighting global warming a central part of his 2016 presidential bid and had thrown his weight behind “Green New Deal” legislation championed by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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“And maybe here’s the biggest crisis of all,” Sanders said in his Tuesday night rebuttal to Trump’s call for border wall funding.

“The scientific community has made it very clear in telling us that climate change is real and is causing devastating harm to our country and the entire planet.”

President Trump, We don’t need to create artificial crises. We have enough real ones. Let us end this shutdown and bring the American people together around an agenda that will improve life for all of our people. #BernieResponds https://t.co/2aM2qTvp8w

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 9, 2019

However, his office did not respond to TheDCNF’s inquiry about private jets.

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TheDCNF asked if Sanders would support a ban on private jets given the high priority he’s given climate change during his tenure.

It might be because Sanders has extensively used private jets for travel while campaigning.

For example, The Guardian reported in 2016 that Sander flew a Boeing 737 private jet “out of Des Moines on the night of the Iowa caucus” during the Democratic primary.

More recently, Sanders’ campaign came under fire for spending nearly $300,000 on private jet travel in October 2018 as part of a “9-day, 9-state tour to support Democratic candidates up and down the ballot ahead of Election Day,” according to a campaign spokeswoman.

Traveling by air is much more carbon-intensive than driving, and flying private results in much more emissions per person than flying commercial.

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Environmentalists have increasingly focused their campaigning on reducing airline emissions.

“The campaign purchased carbon offsets from NativeEnergy to support renewable energy projects and invest in carbon reduction projects to balance out the emissions produced on the trip,” Spokeswoman Arianna Jones told TheDCNF in December.

Carbon offsets are offered as a way to theoretically cancel-out emissions from flying by funding green energy projects or planting trees and other activities to sequester carbon dioxide.

However, that’s only in theory, and it still allows an individual to emit as much as they like.

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