Australia Singapore Singapore Airlanes Travel 

Parliament: CAAS reviewing regulations and procedures after SIA pilot failed random alcohol test in Australia

SINGAPORE – The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is reviewing regulations and procedures, after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot was caught in Australia for failing an alcohol test before a flight. “Operating an aircraft while intoxicated is a serious matter. CAAS is reviewing the regulations and procedures to more strongly deter such behaviour,” said Senior Minister of State for Transport Lam Pin Min. He was replying to Mr Ang Wei Neng (Jurong GRC) who had asked if there were cases in Singapore, in the last 10 years, of duty…

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Australia Economy 

Australia’s generational wealth divide dominates budget, election plans

SYDNEY/HYAMS BEACH (REUTERS) – Robyn and John Marlow own two properties in Australia – one in Sydney’s affluent northern beaches, which earns them a steady rental income, and a multi-million dollar, three-bedroom house where they live about 200km south. The retired couple, whose rustic home borders a national park and is only steps away from Hyams Beach – reputedly the whitest sand beach on earth – are worried by calls from the opposition Labor Party to remove tax perks for wealthy retirees. Just 30km inland from the Marlows, 22-year-old Luke…

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Australia Murder Thailand USA 

American charged with manslaughter in Pattaya

PATTAYA: Police have charged an American who allegedly punched an Australian who died later in the resort town on Friday evening. While Jose Polanco Jr, 44, an American national, was at Ruby club on Pattaya 6 Road in Bang Lamung district, he saw Benjamin Robb, 43, an Australian national, argue with Roong-arun Sangsuwan, a Thai woman. Mr Robb then squeezed her neck and lifted her off the ground until her face turned blue, police said. At this point, Mr Polanco intervened and a dispute followed. Mr Polanco punched Mr Robb’s…

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Australia Drones 

Drone saves two Australian swimmers in world first

Two teenage boys were rescued by a brand new lifesaving drone in Australia while lifeguards were still training to use the device. The swimmers, aged 15-17, had got into difficulties off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales (NSW). A member of the public spotted them struggling in heavy surf about 700m (2,300ft) offshore. Lifesavers instantly sent the drone to drop an inflatable rescue pod, and the pair made their way safely to shore. John Barilaro, the state’s deputy premier, praised the rescue as historic. “Never before has a…

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Accident Sydney 

2 children die as car ploughs into Australia classroom

The car which crashed into a classroom in Sydney. (Photo: 9news.com.au) SYDNEY: Two young boys were killed Tuesday (Nov 7) when a car ploughed into their classroom at a Sydney school, with emergency services describing “pandemonium” when they arrived. The tragedy occurred at the Banksia Road Public School when the car collided with a wooden classroom building not long after lessons started. “The vehicle continued inside the building and tragically we have had a number of young children injured as a result,” said New South Wales Assistant Commissioner Stewart Smith.…

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Accident Singapore 

Hundreds turn out at military funeral for NSF soldier Gavin Chan who died in Australia

3SG Gavin Chan’s siblings paying their respects before the cortege moved off to Mandai Crematorium. (Photo: Justin Ong)Those in attendance recalled 3SG Gavin Chan as a “responsible kid” and a “very good boy”.   SINGAPORE: The late army soldier Gavin Chan, 21, was laid to rest with a military funeral on Saturday morning (Sep 23). The 3rd Sergeant (3SG) was performing his full-time National Service (NS) duties at an annual training exercise in Australia when the armoured vehicle he was commanding landed on its side last Friday. He succumbed to his injuries a few…

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Accident Australia Malaysia Airlines Sydney 

Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with ‘unprecedented precision’

Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with “unprecedented precision and certainty” that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search. image: data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw== The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffith/Pool/Files SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR: Australia’s main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with…

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Australia Japan Melbourne 

Australia sends navy ships, divers after aircraft crash, three US Marines missing

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Marine MV-22B Osprey aircraft land on the deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship off Sydney  MELBOURNE: The Australian government said on Sunday it would deploy its armed forces to assist in recovery efforts after the U.S. Marine Corps suspended a search for three Marines missing since their aircraft crashed off Australia’s northeast coast a day earlier. The Marine Corps said earlier they had shifted from a search-and-rescue effort to a recovery operation, which could last several months, and had notified the next-of-kin of the…

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Surrogacy 

Australian Tammy Davis-Charles ‘lost everything’ after her arrest on surrogacy charges in Cambodia

AN AUSTRALIAN nurse charged with providing commercial surrogacy services in Cambodia has told a court she has “lost everything” since her arrest eight months ago and is suffering from cancer. Cambodia banned commercial surrogacy last year after becoming a popular destination for would-be parents seeking women to give birth to their children. Tammy Davis-Charles, who was arrested in November, has said in previous court appearances that she launched her business, Fertility Solutions PGD, in Cambodia only after consulting three local lawyers who assured her the clinic was legal. Tammy Davis-Charles…

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Asia Australia News Scam 

ASIC moves on Macro Realty Developments Pilbara developer Australian Real Estate

Pilbara-focused developer Veronica Macpherson has been blocked from leaving the country by the corporate regulator and her Macro Realty Developments business (part of Crawford Property Group) has been ordered to stop providing financial advice. The orders stem from an Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation into the operations of the Macro Group, which had been focused primarily on residential development in the north of the state. Macro Realty Developments initially drew the ire of ASIC in September last year, after it promoted a $100 million property trust that did not adhere…

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