Singapore Airlines adds more flights from Wellington and Christchurch

Venkat Raman Auckland, May 29, 2018 While Singapore Airlines scored a global first when the new Boeing 787-10 aircraft touched down at the Changi International Airport on March 27, 2018, the carrier continues to maintain its lead as the largest customer for Boeing. The Airlines’ Sydney based Regional Vice-President Philip Goh said that delivery of new Boeing 787 series and…

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Sex-workers complain of ‘illegal foreign invasion’

Gill Bonnett Christchurch, May 31, 2018 A wave of foreign prostitutes working in breach of their visas is taking work from locals, sex workers say. While some women advertising on sex work websites as foreign visitors would have residence or citizenship, immigrants now outnumbered New Zealanders in the industry, Christchurch prostitute Amber O’Hara (not her real name) said. Predictable Trajectory…

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Budget Loans fined $720,000 for “cynical and deliberate” offending

Budget Loans fined $720,000 for “cynical and deliberate” offending Supplied Content Wellington, May 31, 2018 Finance companies ‘Budget Loans Limited’ and ‘Evolution Finance Limited’ (together, ‘Budget Loans’) have been fined $720,000 in the Auckland District Court, on 125 charges under the Fair Trading Act. They were also ordered to pay a total of $53,000 emotional harm reparations to nine victims,…

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From Licence to Kill to Soft Skill, M16 becomes more visible

And James Bond continues to attract, hmm, everyone Klaus Dodds and Lisa Funnell London and Oklahoma May 30, 2018 Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6, has always had a love-hate relationship with its most famous fictional operative, James Bond. And for all that senior MI6 officials complain that the Bond films perpetuate serious misconceptions about their trade,…

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Italian crisis jolts Europe’s liberal democracy

James Newell Manchester, United Kingdom May 30, 2018 After months of wrangling, Italy’s political crisis has a hit an impasse, with new elections now increasingly likely. The country faces an institutional crisis without precedent in the history of the Italian republic. Its implications extend well beyond Italy, to the European Union as a whole. Since an election on March 4,…

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