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Britains biggest parking fine woman given £245k fine as judge scotches online

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Mackie had been parking in an area reserved for residents when she visited the property rented by her mother and step-father, since at least 2015.Sheriff Way said she had parked outside the garage and would not accept the offer of a parking permit for a space nearby for £40 per month.Parking tickets from private companies are not fines but by parking in a restricted area a motorist can be considered to be agreeing to a contract. Failing to pay can be seen as a breach of contract and the car parking firm can take the motorist to court to recover their losses.Debt Recovery Plus Ltd, which acted on behalf of the parking company, said: “This is understood to be the highest value parking charge case ever awarded in the United Kingdom.”As some people in Scotland believe that parking charges are unenforceable (despite the landmark 2015 Supreme Court judgment ruling in favour of a parking operator) a record number of court cases are now being pursued in Scotland.”We are happy to work with any Scottish motorist experiencing financial difficulties who would like to make a payment arrangement to settle historic charges before court action is taken. “Ms Mackie has not responded to a request for comment, but speaking in 2015 she said: “We have a right to park in front of our own property. I’ve considered moving out. It just makes my life so hellish.”I always make a point of parking in front of my own garage, where nobody else could park, and never parking on the double yellow lines on the road.” The garages in Dundee where Miss Mackie parked her car Credit:Katielee Arrowsmith / SWNS.com A woman has been given Britain’s largest ever parking penalty of £24,500 by a judge who warned against the myth that private parking charges are unenforceable.Carly Mackie, 28, parked outside her mother’s home and ignored the almost-daily parking charge notices on her windscreen.She wrongly believed she was entitled to park her Mini on the spot in front of her family’s garage near their Dundee home and the tickets were unenforceable.But private firm Vehicle Control Services took her to court last year when she racked up an £18,500 bill for ignoring more than 200 penalties.The firm said Ms Mackie has not challenged a single fine and was not entitled to leave her car there without a permit.In a written judgment Sheriff George Way said Ms Mackie had “entirely misdirected herself on both the law and the contractual chain in this case” and ordered her to pay £24,500. The garages in Dundee where Miss Mackie parked her car  In the ruling handed down at Dundee Sheriff Court, he said: “She knew perfectly well what the signs displayed and that she was parking in breach of the conditions.”She stated that (effectively a protest position) that parking charges were illegal and unenforceable in Scotland and that she could park where she liked as her father’s guest.”The defender is not the tenant. The defender’s car was an additional burden on the parking facilities and she was the same as any other interloper.”She was offered a permit by the factors (at a reasonable charge I think) but she refused on principle.”He added: “Parking is not only an amenity but a valuable commodity in modern life.” The 28-year-old wrongly believed she was entitled to park her Mini on the spot in front of her family’s garage near their Dundee home and the tickets were unenforceableCredit: Steve MacDougall / SWNS.com The 28-year-old wrongly believed she was entitled to park her Mini on the spot in front of her family's garage near their Dundee home and the tickets were unenforceablelast_img read more

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English National Opera to stage Jack the Ripper without the murderer in

Iain Bell, the composer, said of his characters: “These are women who are just names, whose identity is defined by their death. I wanted to do something to explore their humanity.” Lesley Garrett, the singer Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Daniel Kramer, the artistic directorCredit:Tristram Kenton Garrett, speaking on video, said: “Women are saying we are powerful, we are strong, you cannot do this to us any more, and if ever there was a subject that can make that clear it is Jack the Ripper and the story of the women.” English National Opera is to take on “patriarchal structures” and toxic masculinity in its new season, which will include a version of Jack the Ripper minus the murderer.ENO’s new productions include a “radical feminine” interpretation of Salome, an empowered Merry Widow, and a re-telling of the Jack the Ripper story from the perspective of women.The 2018-9 season will also include ENO’s first staging of Porgy and Bess featuring “all diverse singers”.Daniel Kramer, the company’s artistic director, said that the theme of the season, “the question around the patriarch and what a healthy masculine looks like in today’s society”, had come up “gently” during the planning stages.“The nine operas that we’ll be performing at the Coliseum this season explore and examine some of the patriarchal structures, relationships, and roles of masculinity within our society.   Lesley Garrett, the singerCredit:Andrew Crowley ENO last season included Iolanthe Daniel Kramer, the artistic director ENO last season included IolantheCredit:ENO The season will also include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, sung by the ENO chorus and the ensemble from Porgy and Bess, and a 50th birthday celebration for the company’s life at the London Coliseum featuring a promised all-star cast. “From our radical, feminine interpretation of Salome through to the bold Merry Widow and our female-led retelling of the Jack the Ripper story, I hope that these productions will prompt conversation around what an improved balance of masculine and feminine might look like, what a healthy masculine might encompass, and the changes we need to make for this to be possible.”The Jack the Ripper opera will tell the story of generations of Whitechapel women, with the audience never seeing the eponymous murderer, and star “operatic golden girls” Dame Josephine Barstow, Susan Bullock,Janis Kelly, Lesley Garrett and Marie McLaughlin. read more

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Dominic Raab faced ridicule on his first trip to Brussels as Brexit

Mr Raab looked nervous ahead of his first meeting with Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, which was overshadowed by the European Commission announcing it was stepping up preparations for a “no deal” Brexit. Dominic Raab faced ridicule on his first trip to Brussels as Brexit Secretary as the EU flatly rejected Theresa May’s Chequers plan and mocked spelling errors in translations of the document. Senior EU diplomats made it clear that the Brexit white paper agreed at Chequers cannot form the basis for negotiations, as British sources said the EU was being “deeply unhelpful”. Even before he arrived, he faced embarrassment as it emerged that British-prepared translations of the Brexit… read more

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British court recognises sharia law in landmark divorce case

Show more Hazel Wright, a partner in the family law team at Hunters Solicitors said: “The law on cohabitation in this country is out of date and unsatisfactory.  Under sharia law women often have to appeal to sharia councils, largely made up of men, in order to be released from their union and some have to make concessions in order to do so. Men are not obligated to do the same.  “Now those who would have been outside the scope of the law to help them can seek compensation in the courts if their spouse has deliberately refused to have a civil ceremony after a religious ceremony.”Ms Akhtar and Mr Khan both knew that their sharia marriage was not a legally registered marriage. It became vital for Ms Akhtar that the English divorce court rule in her favour, that the marriage should be recognised as void, and not a non-marriage. “Otherwise she would not have any rights to make any financial claims for herself.”The ruling that this marriage was just like a marriage for the couple, their families and friends, and indeed it satisfied the UAE authorities, and so is a void marriage has given heart to many who otherwise suffer discrimination.” In the High Court case Mrs Akhtar’s husband Mr Khan sought to block her application for divorce in the UK court on the basis that they were never legally married. But Mr Justice Williams decided that the marriage was “entered into in disregard of certain requirements as to the formation of marriage”.He said the marriage was therefore “void” and that Mrs Akhtar is entitled to a decree of nullity. If he had ruled it was a non-marriage she would not have been able to make a case in the British divorce court. The judge heard that the couple, who have a Pakistani background, had lived in London, Birmingham and Dubai. They had taken part in a nikah ceremony at a restaurant in Southall, west London, nearly 20 years ago.Mrs Akhtar said the ceremony was conducted by an imam before about 150 guests. Sharia law has been recognised by a British court for the first time after a judge made a landmark divorce ruling which could change the way Islamic marriage and divorce works in the UK. The High Court ruled that an estranged couple’s Islamic faith marriage, conducted in a ceremony called a nikah, falls under British matrimonial law despite it not being legally recognised as such. It means Nasreen Akhtar will be free to bring her case to the divorce court and claim her share of the assets of her marriage where she previously would not have been able to. In the high-profile case Mrs Akhtar and her businessman husband Mohammed Shabaz Khan were deemed to have a valid marriage.The judge said the union should be recognised because the couple, who took their vows in 1998, lived as man and wife, introduced each other as such and had expectations similar to a British marriage contract. The case will have significant implications for women who marry under sharia law but not UK law and could give them the right to divorce their husbands and split the assets related to the union, as well as securing a divorce more easily. A report commissioned by Theresa May when she was home secretary revealed earlier this year that many women in Islamic marriages do not realise they have no legal protection under UK law unless they have a second civil ceremony alongside the nikah. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It became vital for Ms Akhtar that the English divorce court rule in her favour, that the marriage should be recognised as void, and not a non-marriage. Otherwise she would not have any rights to make any financial claims for herselfHazel Wright, family lawyer read more

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Bodyguard wins Amber Rudds backing as former Home Secretary says she is

Amber Rudd, who resigned as Home Secretary in April after two years in office, admits she has been “gripped” by the hit BBC drama, which she says is a “pretty accurate depiction” of the second most powerful job in Government. Now Keeley Hawes’s compelling portrayal of beguiling politician Julia Montague in Bodyguard has received rave reviews from the last woman to hold the post. It’s the show that has gripped the nation with 6.7 million tuning in to see a fictional Home Secretary’s steamy affair with her close protection officer. While bodyguards do have an “incredibly close” relationship with their “principals” – she stressed the sex scenes between Hawes and her co-star Richard Madden, who plays… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Queens favourite horse show loses its shine after administrative error means top

“It’s a huge event and very much a Royal Family event – members of her family attend every year and the Queen loves mingling with the crowd down there. It is undoubtedly one of the most important events in her calendar – right on her doorstep. The Queen regularly attends the show each year The Duke of Edinburgh sits on a carriage during the Royal Windsor Horse Show “It is not just a show featuring show jumping and other forms of equestrianism – it’s actually a chance for her own horses to compete in various disciplines. Prince Philip has competed there as has Lady Louise Windsor more recently.”The show, based in the grounds at Windsor Castle, has invested heavily in its show jumping calendar in order to promote it to the top tier five star level. In May this year it staged the UK’s richest jumping Grand Prix, sponsored by Rolex with £125,000 to the winner.The BEF is still negotiating with the International Equestrian Federation about the possibility of Windsor 2020 being able to stage jumping classes at the lower three or four star levels on its preferred dates.Other equestrian disciplines in the show’s supporting programme, such as showing and carriage driving, are not affected. The Queen regularly attends the show each year “The show will still go on, but it has lost quite a lot of diamonds from its crown,” one insider said. Founded in 1943 as a “Wings for Victory” event to help raise funds for the war effort, Royal Windsor was attended by the then Princesses Elizabeth, who won the Pony and Dogcart class.It is one of the few occasions annual that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public.   The Duke of Edinburgh sits on a carriage during the Royal Windsor Horse ShowCredit:REX AS the highlight of her sporting year, the Queen has attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show annually since it first began in 1943. But next year she will miss out on watching the world’s best jumpers after an administrative error by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has meant that the 2020 show will not be included in the elite international jumping calendar.Royal Windsor, which traditionally takes place in the second week of May, will not be able to display the top tier five star show jumpers after the BEF missed an International Equestrian Federation deadline in September 2018 to apply for the prestigious status.Instead, the best performers will skip the Queen’s favourite equestrian event for two five star shows in Madrid and La Baule in France, both of which were given the May slot in Royal Windsor’s absence. The error is likely to hugely disappoint the Queen, who “absolutely loves” the Royal Windsor show, a royal source said.  “The BEF have completely cocked up here,” the source added. “It means the show has missed out on the highest level of status you could have which is an extraordinary development for a show that is extremely well attended.  A spokesman said the BEF “is well aware will have a significant impact on both Royal Windsor Horse Show and the sport as a whole.”“The BEF is deeply sorry for its error and has put new processes in place to ensure it will not happen again,” the spokesman added. “The BEF has been in discussions with show director, Simon Brooks-Ward, since the issue came to light, and the entire BEF board offers its extreme regret and apologies for its error.”The Windsor Show disaster comes just a few months after the Gatcombe Horse Trials, held in Princess Anne’s Gloucestershire estate for the past 29 years, announced that it was going to end. “I told the Princess that I wanted to retire, the organiser, Pattie Biden, said. “I don’t want to talk about it too much, but organising the events is very hard. I don’t always feel that the riders appreciate how much work goes into it. It will be very sad, but there it is.” read more

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John Profumos great nephew who fought against Isil dies 16months after returning

He told his family that he was fighting in northern Syria and sent them a picture of himself wearing fatigues and holding a Kalashnikov. The great nephew of John Profumo, is believed to have taken his own life, 16 months after returning from Syria, where he had been fighting against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).Jamie Janson, 44, who is also a grandson of the Countess of Sutherland, died in London earlier this month, his family have confirmed.Mr Janson’s grandparents include Mary Ainslie Profumo, sister of John Profumo, the Conservative minister whose liaison with Christine Keeler, the call girl, became one of the most notorious political scandals of the last century.Mr Janson, was among dozens of Westerners who volunteered to fight with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) against Isil in the terror group’s capital, Raqqa.On his return to the UK from Syria in May last year he was arrested at Folkestone by counter terror police and was still under investigation at the time of his death. John Profumo was Jamie Janson's great uncle The circumstances of his death have not been confirmed, but it is understood the former aid worker had struggled with mental health issues in recent years.His father Martin Janson, 72, said his funeral would be held at the family home in the north of Scotland next week.Mr Janson had worked in refugee camps in Calais and Greece before joining an aid agency near Mosul, northern Iraq, where he decided to take up arms.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Jamie Janson joined the YPG in its fight against Isil John Profumo was Jamie Janson’s great uncleCredit:PA Jamie Janson joined the YPG in its fight against Isil Mr Janson joined other foreign fighters embedded with the YPG around the Isil stronghold of Raqqa, but decided to return to the UK after the Kurds successfully expelled the terror group from the region.He was arrested in Folkestone on May 1 last year as he arrived from from France and was held under section 5 of the Terrorism Act by officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command.He was released on bail pending further inquiries and was still under investigation at the time of his death.Describing what happened when he was arrested, Mr Janosn said: “I was taken off the bus at Folkestone and arrested. It was pretty scary.””I was released under investigation after a night in the cell. Police treated me well and it has been amazing to see my family again after so long.” read more

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Gold Board probe Lisaveta Ramotar visits SOCU with lawyer to clear

Lisaveta RamotarGeneral Manager of the Guyana Gold Board Lisaveta Ramotar- who was sent on administrative leave as investigations into allegations of money laundering and the suspected involvement of staff members of the Guyana Gold Board colluding with embattled gold dealer Saddiqi Rasul deepens- in the company of her attorney Anil Nandlall visited the office of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU).According to Nandlall she submitted a statement and indicated to the officers present that “she is ready, able and willing to furnish whatever further information they may request in their investigations, provided, of course, she possesses, or has access to the requisite information.”Moreover Nandall, has released a letter that Ramotar wrote to the head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) with the intent of clearing up some of the “inaccurate statements” that he says were circulating in sections of the media and online which he outlined has the capacity to cause members of the public to draw adverse inferences regarding the current investigation.The full transcript of that letter is outlined below:April 26, 2017,Mr. Sydney JamesHeadSpecial Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)Camp RoadGeorgetownDear Mr. James,Re: Investigation into Collusion between the Guyana Gold Board and Saddiqi RasulIn a letter dated April 20, 2017, I was made aware officially that your department is currentlyconducting an investigation into allegations of money laundering and suspected involvement of staff members of the Guyana Gold Board with gold dealer Saddiqi Rasul. While I have not been called to be interviewed, The Minister of Natural Resources in his letter to me indicated that I cooperate with the investigation and hence, I hereby provide a voluntary statement and response.My name is Lisaveta Ramotar, and I reside at 142 Ogle View Goedverwagting East CoastDemerara. I have an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University ofGuyana, a Master’s degree in Finance and Investment from the University of York (U.K.) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. I was employed at the Guyana Gold Board as the General Manager on January 02, 2015.My duties at the Guyana Gold Board included Implementing Board policy including strategic and operational planning, coordinating activities for implementation, Financial Management: planning, budgeting and auditing,
resource allocation, human resources management, information management, administration and external relations.On April 20, 2017, I was sent on Administrative Leave to facilitate the investigation asmentioned above.I wish to assert strongly that I am absolutely innocent of any wrong doings. I have discharged my duties at the Guyana Gold Board professionally and based on the important metric of declaration it was under my tenure that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana obtained its highest ever declaration to date.Below I provide responses to issues highlighted in the press during the period of April 03, 2017 –April 23, 2017.1.  Issue raised: Rasul sold gold several times per day using his mining company indicating a wash down several times per day.Response: The Guyana Gold Board is required to buy all gold presented to theorganisation. The Guyana Gold Board’s mandate is not to verify production. Theorganisation does not verify production. The current process at the Guyana Gold Board issuch that those in possession of gold can either have a production sheet which would be asheet out of the production books issued by GGMC or they may be given a permission slip,which is issued by the Guyana Gold Board. The Finance Department of the Guyana Gold Board collects both production sheets and permission slips when the department makespayments to those selling gold. The production sheets and permission slips are uplifteddaily by the GGMC, the body that regulates mining in Guyana.2.  Issue Raised: The company did not pay the 2 percent tax.Response: Under a regulation which I have seen, mining companies are not required to paythe 2 percent withholding tax. The Finance Department of the Guyana Gold Board isdirectly responsible for making payments to miners and hence has to get proof that in factthe seller of gold is a mining company. To this end, the Finance Department of the GuyanaGold Board must collect documents to support the non payment of the withholding tax.3.  Issue Raised: Instructions given to the Bartica Manager, to pay the higher of the two daily fix.Response: One of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the organisation indicatesthat the time at which a client enters the client accommodation room determines the fix atwhich the client would be paid. Sometime in October 2016, Mr. Rasul called to say thatthe employee selling gold on behalf of his company was at the Bartica Branch prior to thechanging of the fix, yet the employee received the second fix. I called the Bartica Managerto inform him about the SOP and at that point he indicated to me that what transpired withMr. Rasul’s employee is not exactly as had been reported to me. He stated that one of Mr.Rasul’s employee entered the Bartica office prior to the changing of the fix to sell gold onbehalf of Mr. Rasul. The employee stated that he had more gold in his vehicle and wasgoing to step out of the office to uplift it. Subsequently, another of Mr. Rasul’s employeeentered the Branch with another set of gold selling on behalf of Mr. Rasul’s company. Thesecond person, according to the Branch Manager entered after the changing of the fix andhence received the second fix. When Mr. Rasul was informed of the sequence of events hecontinued to hold that his employee was there before the fix changed. I indicated to himthat I would review the cameras and in the mean time the second transaction was paid atthe second fix.Since there was a dispute I asked that the video recording of the event be brought toGeorgetown for viewing. It was viewed and it was determined that indeed what the BarticaManager stated transpired, occurred, and hence the decision to pay the second fix wasupheld.4.  Issue Raised: Multiple visits to the GGBResponse: All employees of the Guyana Gold Board have been trained in Anti moneylaundering compliance and as late as the latter half of 2016 they were trained in identifyingsuspicious activities. Front line employees are the ones interacting with customers andhence are best placed to indicate if an activity is suspicious. In the training staff memberswere told to report suspicious activities to the Compliance Officer. Yet, the ComplianceOfficer never indicated that she received such reports from staff.It must also be mentioned that Threshold reports are sent monthly to the FinancialIntelligence Unit and all of Mr. Rasul’s companies’ transactions are on those reports.5.  Issue Raised: The Compliance Officer was instructed to incorporate Mr. Rasul’s companyResponse: I wish to strongly deny that I ever gave instructions to Ms. Bullen to incorporateMr. Rasul’s company. In fact, the first time I learnt of her incorporating the company ison April 20, 2017, when she indicated that she should resign her position at the GuyanaGold Board because she incorporated the company.6.  Issue Raised: The whistleblower states that Guyana Gold Board should not be involved in  gold buying and should instead only be involved in the regulatory aspect of the mining business.Response: It was particularly interesting to read in the Kaieteur News the whistleblower’sviews about role of the Guyana Gold Board. As the term whistleblower implies, and fromthe reports that actual declaration records have been obtained by your entity, it can beconcluded that the person is an employee of the Guyana Gold Board. I wish to inform youthat should the organisation not be involved in the buying of gold, then sellers of gold willbe required to sell their metal only to licensed gold dealers. Further, at most the onlyrelevant department in the organisation would be the Compliance Unit since onlyregulation of the dealers would be required. Investigators need to question why wouldsomeone want their place of employment closed.All for information and guidance.Sincerely,Lisaveta Ramotar Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGold Board probe: File to be sent to ‘DPP or Police legal advisor’- SOCU HeadSeptember 6, 2017In “Crime”‘We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics”Gov’t to “review and assess number of licensed gold dealers”December 1, 2015In “Business” read more

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An experience to cherish says Rupununi woman who gave birth to

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwelve-year-old gives birth in T&T, cops launch investigationMay 9, 2016In “latest news”Berbice Christmas baby defies odds, arrives four weeks earlyDecember 28, 2016In “latest news”Woman, 64, gives birth to twins in SpainFebruary 16, 2017In “Health” The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) recorded its first known mid-air delivery on Saturday when 18-year-old Susan Williams of Fairview, North Rupununi gave birth to a beautiful baby girl way above the ground, in what can be described as the most beautiful view over Iwokrama.Susan Williams and her baby girlJemina West, medical student daughter of GDF Chief of Staff Brigadier Patrick West, was onboard the aircraft. A student of the Texila American University, she played the heroic part in spearheading the delivery.Both mother and baby are patients in the Post Natal Care Ward of the GPHC, and are said to be doing fine. Williams and her husband are thankful for the courage demonstrated by Ms West in stepping up to the challenge.ComplicationsThe sequence of events began when Susan Williams developed complications during delivery and had to be air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPCH) for immediate attention.She had reportedly gone into labour at about 16:00h on Saturday, and was told that the infant was in a breeched position and she would have to be air dashed to the GPHC.Williams’s husband, Diego West, related that at about 16:00h that day, he received a call informing him that his wife was ready to deliver their second child.“I was at work and her cousin called and said that my girl getting (labour) pain, so I told my supervisor, ‘Let me go home’, and I come home. After I come home my girl tell me that she getting pain and the health worker examined her and she said that the baby near…The baby foot come out one side and they said that it is an emergency, so they send for the next health worker from Iwokrama, and he come. After he come, the baby foot done coming out one side, so he said that he can’t do nothing about that and that we got to send her out.“The plane was right there collecting tourists, so we went in, and shortly after (take off), she deliver the baby,” 19-year-old West related.The parents are now deciding on a suitable name for their baby girl, and are playing around with a few that have references to the skies. This is the second child for the proud parents, who say they have no plans for a third child.They are expected to travel back to their village after Williams and her baby are cleared to do so. And according to Williams, “Delivering in the skies doesn’t make it less painful, but it was an experience to cherish.”The aircraft was manned by two pilots, Majors Mohinder Ramjag and Patrick Nicols, who both expressed their elation at having experienced a mid-air delivery. (Lakhram Bhagirat) read more

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