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Jetstar flight grounded at Sydney Airport due to reports of ‘unusual smell’

A Jetstar flight from Sydney to Brisbane has been grounded a short time after take-off, following reports of an “unusual smell” at the rear of the cabin.

Emergency services met flight JQ517 upon landing back at Sydney Airport as a precautionary measure and engineers are now inspecting the Airbus A321.

“The captain on a Jetstar flight has elected to return to Sydney a short time after take-off due to reports of an unusual smell at the rear of the cabin,” a Jetstar spokesman said.

The flight was in the air for around 20 minutes, the spokesman added.

Twitter user @gdayitspaulyj tweeted a photo of the grounded plane, describing it as being “surrounded by seven fire trucks and two ambulances”.

The Jetstar spokesman said those customers affected by the cancellation of the flight are being moved to alternate flights this afternoon.

Source: at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/06/19/16/19/jetstar-flight-grounded-at-sydney-airport-due-to-reports-of-unusual-smell-on-board.

Man jailed seven years for used car scam amounting to S$3.2m

SINGAPORE — Hoping to grow his second-hand car business and increase cash flow, the serial cheat scammed nearly S$3.2 million from numerous victims over two years.

Poh Chee Tiong, 61, faced 168 charges, mainly for cheating and forgery. He was jailed seven years for his offences on Wednesday (June 15).

Poh, an undischarged bankrupt, instructed his wife to incorporate Cars Today and be its sole shareholder and registered director in March 2013. Behind the scenes though, he handled day to day operations, and was solely in charge of the firm’s finances and disbursement of funds.

Poh’s “systematic and elaborate” scam targeted three groups of victims: Sellers, buyers and finance companies.

He devised a scheme to enable the firm to obtain more credit facilities to purchase more cars. He also used payment from buyers meant for the transfer of ownership of the secondhand car from seller to buyer for other purposes.

When sellers handed over their car to Cars Today, they were promised that the outstanding loan for the car would be taken care off by the firm. Instead, the firm never paid up, and sellers ended up saddled with the responsibility of paying off the loan for their sold car.

On some occasions, Cars Today would buy a second-hand car and sell it to a new buyer. But it fooled finance companies into believing a buyer had not been found, and wrangled its way into securing a loan for the car’s outstanding payment. As part of the loan conditions, the car’s registered ownership would be transferred to the finance company, instead of the new buyer who had already received the car.

Meanwhile, buyers were told that the registered ownership of their newly-bought car would be transferred to them, upon purchase. But after receiving payment, Cars Today used the money for other expenses and to repay other car loans, instead of processing the transfer of ownership.

In total, 71 buyers, 14 sellers and four finance companies were hoodwinked. Buyers ended up having their newly-bought cars repossessed by registered owners, whereas sellers had to pay road tax and insurance premiums on their sold cars because ownership had not been transferred.

In one instance, 54-year-old Tan Yew Kong bought a second-hand BMW for about S$146,000 in December 2013. Days after the sale, Poh applied for a S$122,000 loan from Kenso Leasing, and transferred the ownership to the finance company.

Mr Tan was already in possession of the car by then, and had to pay Kenso over S$73,000 to transfer ownership to his name. In total, he ended up having to pay about $219,000 for his second-hand BMW.

Between December 2013 and December 2014, Poh roped in his son to forge Sales and Purchase Agreements, between Cars Today and sellers. His son would amend the purchase price on the photocopies of the agreement and mark it up, to receive higher loans from finance companies.

The prosecution said that Poh’s actions had caused monetary harm and inconvenience to his victims. “General deterrence is required where businesses are being managed in a manner that defrauds unsuspecting customers, especially where heavy losses and great inconvenience have been brought to bear on customers whose trust in those businesses – to deliver what they had promised – has been betrayed,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Norman Yew.

Poh also knew that he was prohibited by law to manage a company as an undischarged bankrupt, yet he circumvented it by making use of his wife in incorporate Cars Today, said DPP Yew. His wife and son have both been fined for their parts in the scam.

Defence lawyer Ranadhir Gupta said that his client had used the money received for cheating to grow his business, instead of absconding. “He’s really into this car business. Sadly, each time he went into it, it wasn’t successful,’ he said.

In her sentencing remarks, District Judge Salina Ishak said that Poh had a high level of culpability, and had crafted a systematic and elaborate plan to cheat customers over a substantial period of time. Poh’s sentence will be backdated to the start of remand in January this year.

Source: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/man-jailed-seven-years-used-car-scam-amounting-32m

This Week in Food: Melbourne’s new ‘secret’ bar

THIS WEEK IN FOOD

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So, according to Broadsheet, there’s a new “secret bar” in Melbourne. They say it opened at the end of last month, is dark and cosy, styled from the seventies with cocktails to match. Link below if you want to try to find it: https://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/nightlife/article/secret-melbourne-bar-were-not-supposed-tell-you-about

FINDING YOUR WAY I was introduced to a company called Wine Compass this week, they’re not your average wine tour business – their whole remit is designing a tour to suit the customer. You might be a group of two, of twelve, or of twenty – owner Adam will talk you through the options for the Mornington Peninsula or Yarra Valley, and come up with your very own bespoke itinerary. I reckon I know the Mornington Peninsula pretty well, but last Sunday I went to FOUR venues I had never visited before. Highlight was probably “Ocean Eight” which I didn’t even know existed, and “Quealy Wines” with the unique and fun Kath Quealy at the helm.www.winecompass.com.au

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I had quite the delivery during the week from Salsa Ranchero. Owners Gisele and Emilio are from Mexico City so they thought they’d drop off a hamper of goodies and serenade me at the same time with a Mariachi bank. Seriously. They’ve bene in Australia for five years and were trying to get a food company off the ground. They had their big break last year when their Mexican sauces featured on Shark Tank and ended up getting their goods into Woolworths Supermarkets across the country. And now, they’re expanding – new dips and real stone pressed corn chips are hitting the shelves, and as well as being Australian made, they can now claim the business is Australian owned after the two became citizens this year.

source: http://www.3aw.com.au/news/this-week-in-food-melbournes-new-secret-bar-20160611-gpgxja.html

Beware buying a new car outright with cash: Finance experts warn you could lose half your consumer rights

When purchasing a car paying with cash or taking out a personal loan with the cheapest rate is likely to be the most cost-effective way – but it could leave you financially exposed.

That’s according to the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers, which has said buyers are throwing away half of their consumer rights protection by paying for their new and used cars in cash.

From paying as little as £100 on your credit card to taking advantage of Voluntary Termination, here are five tips to ensure you’re financially covered when you buy a vehicle.

NACFB board member and car finance expert Graham Hill said it might appear that paying in full with cash or securing the cheapest loan rate – as is often advised – is the most sensible and financially viable way of paying for a motor, but you could end up paying an extra price for the limited consumer rights protection further down the line.

‘Few car and motorcycle buyers are aware that they can be throwing away up to 50 per cent of their legal rights by taking out a personal loan or by paying the whole amount with cash, and this can cost them dearly further down the line,’ he warned.

‘When buying a car, which can often be a sizeable transaction, you need to give yourself all the protections you can.

‘If you can afford to purchase in cash, great, but understand that you will be considerably more exposed if something goes wrong – the same applies to personal loans.’

Here are Graham Hill’s top five tips to give yourself the most consumer protection when buying a car or motorcycle:

1. Put a small amount on plastic

If you’re buying a car outright for cash, possibly a lump sum released from your pension pot, be sure to pay a small amount, even as little as £100, on your credit card.

This immediately provides you with protection under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, which covers any credit transaction between £100 and £30,000.

Graham gives an example. ‘Let’s say you place a deposit of £100 on a car costing £20,000 with your credit card, followed by £19,900 of cash while the dealer carries out the necessary work, but that dealer subsequently goes bust before your car is delivered.

‘In that scenario you can recover the full £20,000 from the credit card company. Note, too, that the credit card company is also liable if the car is not as described, not fit for purpose or faulty and the dealer doesn’t satisfactorily repair it.’

2. Take advantage of a finance provider’s joint responsibility to get a fault repaired

Consider hire purchase (HP) or a personal contract plan (PCP), even if the rates aren’t as competitive as those available from personal loan providers.

That’s because, if there is a fault with your car or motorcycle, an HP or PCP agreement dictates that the finance provider is jointly and severally liable, which in very basic terms means it is equally responsible to fix the problem — and even agree to a full refund of all payments made.

‘This can add tremendously to your legal position, as while dealers may decide to take on an individual consumer, they are considerably less likely to take on the finance company, which will almost certainly side with the customer,’ Graham explained.

‘Also, why would dealers risk ruining the relationship with the very company that finances their vehicles?’

3. Don’t overlook the benefits of Voluntary Termination

Hire purchase and PCP agreements allow you to hand the car back to the finance company once 50 per cent of the total cost (including interest and charges) has been repaid.

This is called Voluntary Termination (VT) and is covered under sections 99 and 100 of the Consumer Credit Act and is again applicable on transactions between £100 and £30,000.

‘For example, if the total cost of your car is £10,000, once you have paid £5,000 you can hand the car back even if the car is worth substantially less than what you would have to pay as a settlement figure,’ Graham explained.

‘Not only could you be in pocket but you could also preserve your credit score, too, since while Voluntary Termination (VT) will appear on your credit file, it will have little or no effect on your ability to take out finance in future.

‘To minimise the damage caused to your credit, speak to the finance company and hand the car back rather than run into arrears or default.’

4. Get access to the Financial Ombudsman Service

Buy a car for outright cash or a personal loan and you’ll have no recourse to the Financial Ombudsman Service if the car has a fundamental fault with it.

But if you use your credit card or enter into a hire purchase or PCP agreement the FOS will be there to help you resolve disputes you may have with the dealer.

5. The FOS will also help you if the car is for business use

Until recently, the Financial Ombudsman Service would not deal with complaints made by small business owners against other companies, only complaints made by consumers.

But a change to European law means it will now take on complaints made by a ‘Micro Enterprise’, defined by the EU as a small business with a turnover or balance sheet worth of less than 2 million Euros and less than 10 employees.

So again, if buying a car privately for business purposes, always pay at least a tiny fraction of the bill with a credit card, or consider an option such as hire purchase.

Source: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-3631216/Beware-buying-new-car-outright-Finance-experts-warn-lose-half-consumer-rights.html

Is Rosanna Road Melbourne’s most dangerous? Damning new report given to VicRoads

Almost 2000 trucks a day use Rosanna Road – and the road’s nature strip is littered with their wing mirrors.

Which isn’t surprising.

A new safety assessment commissioned by VicRoads finds that sections of Rosanna Road are 2.6-metres wide and the width of a B-Double truck is 2.5 metres, “not including mirrors”.

“Someone is going to get killed,” says Natasha Reifschneider​, president of local lobby group Resolve Rosanna Road. The group is lobbying for the road to be dramatically upgraded – and eventually replaced by a new tollway.

“No one has tried to improve the situation. Every time a pole has been hit it has been put back in exactly the same spot.”

Problems for the 38,000 motorists who use the road daily led VicRoads to commission the report into its safety.

The results are damning – and will renew pressure on the Andrews government to proceed with the long-discussed North-East Link, a $6 billion tollway from Greensborough to EastLink.

The safety assessment for VicRoads finds there have been 75 crashes on the often clogged arterial road in the past five years – 15 of them resulting in serious injuries.

It recommends relocating power poles or putting them underground at a cost of more than $50 million, judging the poles to “represent a significant risk to errant motorists”.

It finds that, because Rosanna Road is so narrow, large trucks “occupy almost the entire traffic lane”, pushing cars into “less desirable locations”.

And the safety report recommends VicRoads consider “shielding power poles with safety barriers” – but also points out that sections of the narrow four-lane road don’t have enough space to fit the barriers.

VicRoads also should consider cutting down trees close to the road and installing elevated barrier kerbs to protect pedestrians, the assessment finds. And it suggests reducing the speed limit on the 60km/h road in sections.

It finds street lighting is “inadequate [and] may have been a contributing factor” in crashes on the road.

“The public is at serious risk, and the government can’t pretend to not know anymore,” says Ms Reifschneider, whose group has documented countless accidents and near misses in recent years.

Banyule Council also wants the road upgraded. Councillor Tom Melican says the report exposes VicRoads’ “complete lack of long-term planning”.

“If they had a solution, they would have implemented it by now,” says Cr Melican.

Vince Punaro​, a VicRoads’ regional director, says the road authority is “examining ways to address congestion and safety concerns of residents, traders and industry on Rosanna Road”.

Transport groups say the problems of Rosanna Road can be remedied in the short term, but more drastic solutions – a massive new toll road – will be the real solution.

“Rosanna Road is serving as a pseudo-link for the Western Ring Road,” says Brian Negus from the RACV, which lists the North-East Link as Melbourne’s most urgently needed road project.

Asked whether the North-East Link should be built, a spokeswoman for Roads Minister Luke Donnellan did not answer the question, instead pointing to projects elsewhere in Melbourne being considered or under way.

But Treasurer Tim Pallas in April said “an outer suburban high capacity freeway network I think has a lot of merit to it”.

As the Brumby government’s roads minister, Mr Pallas supported construction of the North-East Link. The project was abandoned when the Baillieu government came to power, with all effort being put into the now dumped East-West Link.

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/is-rosanna-road-melbournes-most-dangerous-damning-new-report-given-to-vicroads-20160607-gpdq9b.html

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