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  1. https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/masterchef-2020-sarah-tiong-slams-triple-m-for-racism/news-story/60f547fca7ecc280aad65537279a6a47 Recently evicted MasterChef star Sarah Tiong has called out radio station Triple M for racism after a “shocking” on-air moment this morning. Ahead of her chat with hosts from Triple M Sunraysia, Sarah revealed she was greeted by one presenter who said “ni hao ma”. She took to Instagram shortly after to tell fans she felt “uncomfortable and shocked” following the “tone deaf” incident. “This is racism. What an insensitive, tone deaf thing to say. Please, check yourself and do better,” she wrote on her Instagram stories. When questioned further by followers regarding the exchange, Sarah explained why the interaction was “privileged and ignorant”. “It is racist to assume I identify as Chinese and speak the Chinese language,” she stated. “Even if I have referenced such heritage or knowledge in the past, it is privileged and ignorant to assume anything about me based on the colour of my skin. It is rude and privileged to assume that I understand that Asian language, just because I appear of that descent.” Sarah then revealed that the morning radio host had queried whether “it would be lei ho ma?” “The mere presumption that I speak or want to speak Mandarin or Cantonese with you,” Sarah said, “followed by the flippant dismissal of distinguishing the two different languages is racist. It is dehumanising. And no … ‘My partner is Asian’ is not an excuse for your racism.” MasterChef judge Melissa Leong backed Sarah up in her own Instagram story, reminding fans that this experience “is a mere daily occurrence for many POC.” “It is not funny, or clever. It just illustrates how deep rooted racial toxicity is in this country, and anyone with a voice in media should know better,” she posted. It comes after Immigration Minister Alan Tudge named Australian-born MasterChef judge Melissa as his best example of why Australia is not racist because she’s “Chinese” and “hugely popular”. Despite the fact that the star of the new MasterChef program was born in Sydney nearly 40 years ago, Mr Tudge has insisted she’s an example of why 99.9 per cent of Australians abhor racism. Melissa, 38, was born to Singaporean parents with a Chinese background and has spoken out repeatedly about “casual racism” and racist trolls that attacked her after she first joined the program. While a spokesman said she was “fine” with being described by Mr Tudge as ethnically Chinese despite being born in Sydney, she warned Australia had a long way to go. Melissa Leong said, “Australia has a long way to go” in the face of diversity and inclusivity. “While I am proud to play a small part in the changing face of diversity and inclusivity in Australian media, let me be clear in saying that we are so very far from where we need to be,’’ Melissa told news.com.au. “Whether it’s our ancient indigenous heritage or more recent multicultural contribution, representation of the different abled, or those who are fighting to be accepted for how they identify, or loving who they love, it is clear that we all need and deserve to feel seen and be heard. It is my hope in these difficult times that we can and will bring about lasting and positive change in this regard.” When contacted by Triple M, a spokesperson told news.com.au: “Triple M Sunraysia unreservedly apologises for the offence caused by comments made to Sarah Tiong off-air this morning.”
  2. Dark days are in store for all of us. To all those finding it difficult to resist the urge to head outside and to travel, Audi Australia has a treat in store, perfect for all those already suffering from cabin fever during these circuit breaker days. Unwind in the comfort of your own home and join Audi on a four-hour long drive of the New South Wales countryside in the all new Audi A6 as it travels through rolling hills and even navigates past dense fog and rainy sections. Hopefully this will aid in calming you guys down a little. Leave it running as a lullaby before you go to sleep? Heh! Stay safe everyone! #flattenthecurve
  3. Australian newspaper prints extra pages to help people cope with toilet paper shortage source: https://mothership.sg/2020/03/australia-newspaper-print-extra/ An Australian newspaper made national headlines for printing extra pages in its editions, in a hilarious attempt to help readers cope with the recent toilet paper emergency in the country. NT News, an Australian newspaper known for its humorous take on current affairs, decided to leave some blank pages in the middle of its physical editions. NT News editor Matt Williams told Guardian Australia that the paper editions were selling well, and was “certainly not a crappy edition”. “We are a newspaper known around the world who understands the needs of our readers,” he said. “(Australians) are in great need of toilet paper right now so we had to deliver what they needed.” Australians panic-buy toilet paper in fear of Covid-19 Two have died from the Covid-19 outbreak in Australia, with at least 50 cases confirmed. The viral outbreak has triggered widespread panic-buying across the country, with supermarket shelves being wiped clean. Supermarkets in Australia have see people getting tasered and a shopper who had a knife pulled on them over toilet paper rolls. Woolsworths, Australia’s biggest supermarket chain, announced on Wednesday (Mar. 4) that it will put a limit on toilet paper purchases to four packs per person.
  4. Australia now Jin jialat https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/15/australia/australia-fires-sydney-water-intl-hnk-scli/index.html https://www.google.com.sg/amp/amp.abc.net.au/article/11696972
  5. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/14/just-a-matter-of-when-the-20bn-plan-to-power-singapore-with-australian-solar Maybe in 15 years?
  6. War on Plastic: 20-foot high mountains of 'recycled' British rubbish found in Malaysia Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall exposes the plastic waste that should have been recycled but was dumped in Malaysia instead Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has discovered mountains of plastic waste from Britain intended for recycling has been shipped 6500 miles to Malaysia then apparently simply dumped or burned. Up to 20-foot high mounds of plastic waste were uncovered by Hugh and Anita Rani as part of a new BBC documentary investigating where our waste goes and if it is being properly recycled. Worryingly Hugh found that the plastic waste which as well as having High Street brands, includes local council recycling bags, split or torn, suggesting they were indeed used for their intended purpose by some well-meaning taxpayer. Hugh, 54, tells the cameras: “It’s like someone dystopian nightmare. A plastic planet. Last year 65,000 tons of plastic waste were exported by the UK. Until 2018 China was the biggest recipient but their government placed a ban on the trade and now Malaysia takes our plastic, and last year was thought to have taken up to 130,000 tons in the last year alone. https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/war-plastic-20-foot-high-16205243 KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will send as much as 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste back to their origin countries, the environment minister said on Tuesday (May 28), adding that those who imported the trash illegally were “traitors”. Ms Yeo Bee Yin, the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, said 60 containers of trash that had been imported illegally would be sent back. "These containers were illegally brought into the country under false declaration and other offences which clearly violate our environmental law," she told reporters after inspecting the containers at Port Klang. She said that the blame should be shared between the exporters and their partners in Malaysia. "Every container (imported) will have its local player here ... otherwise they cannot export it here; that was why I said they are traitors." The minister said she could not disclose how many local companies were involved as it was still under investigation. However, she said all perpetrators would be brought to justice. Malaysia last year became the world's main destination for plastic waste after China banned its import, disrupting the flow of more than 7 million tonnes of the trash a year. Dozens of recycling factories have cropped up in Malaysia, many without operating licences, and communities have complained of environmental problems. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-returns-3000-tonnes-plastic-waste-importers-traitors-11572690 Canada hires company for $1.14M to bring trash back home from the Philippines Shipment cost will be covered by Canada, says McKenna’s office Canada is spending more than a million dollars to bring dozens of containers of rotting garbage back to Canada from the Philippines in the coming days. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna announced on Wednesday that her government has awarded a contract to Bolloré Logistics Canada to remove the garbage by the end of June. According to the tender, it will cost at least $1.14 million to do so. Her office said the garbage will be treated to meet Canadian safety and health requirements, and will be disposed of by the end of this summer. McKenna also said the $1.14 million cost of preparing, shipping and disposing of the waste will be covered by the Canadian government. McKenna's announcement comes just hours after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his government to hire a private shipping company to leave 69 containers of garbage in Canada's territorial waters. That's what's left of the 103 containers shipped by a private Canadian company to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 and wrongly labelled as plastics for recycling. The other 34 have already been disposed of in the Philippines, despite objections from local officials and environmental groups. https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/philippines-duterte-orders-garbage-shipped-canada-1.5144537 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvFBrGUdyaI&t=232s Exposing Australia’s recycling lie There is no doubt Australia is one of the most wasteful nations in the world, so the practice of recycling helps to lessen our guilt. As we drag our bins out for collection each week, we feel like we’re helping the environment. But the reality is that we’re all being conned. Right now, Australia is stuck in an unsightly and worsening recycling crisis. What is being done with plastic waste, the material most people think would be easy to salvage and re-use, is of the greatest concern. As Liam Bartlett discovers, most of it ends up either being buried or worse – exported to countries like Malaysia, a place we are now treating like a garbage bin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqrlEsPoyJk
  7. Sdf4786k

    AU elections

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/australians-are-dumb-commentators-slam-coalitions-election-victory-011135657.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=wa Looks like the new way of getting a win is quite easy. As long as it appeals to the wider population, you get to Win. Its carrying out the deliverables that's the killer. I believe the Silver hair population taxes were sacrifices
  8. Since the demise of the local-produced Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons, Australian police departments have been searching for alternatives. So for the policemen working in Australia’s Northern Territory, they opted to go with Kia’s high-performance sedan, the Stinger. Serving as a replacement to the Commodore SS models previously used by the highway patrol fleet, these cars will be powered by the twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 engine that delivers 365bhp. According to Australian publication News, reported that the Stinger passed trials in the outback and was able to operate at reasonably high speeds “in temperatures of 45 degrees without missing a beat.” Meanwhile, other states like Victoria for example, opted for the BMW 530d, which costs well over twice as much as the Stinger while South Australia backed the Europe-sourced ZB Commodore.
  9. MCF HangOut to Tasmania! Ready to hunt for the Southern Lights? Do you want to bring your children to experience the Authentic Farm Stay? And are you up for an epic self-drive adventure? This time, we partner with Jetabout Holidays to UnDiscover Tasmania and share with you some of unforgettable experiences you can do in Tasmania, Australia! Saturday, 6 April 2019 | 10 AM - 1 PM Venue: CoSpace Park (search in Google Maps) 43 Science Park Road #01-11 Singapore 117408 Nearest MRT: Kent Ridge (Free parking available during weekends!) UnDiscover Tasmania with Jetabout Holidays, and stand a chance to walk away with $200 worth of Travel Voucher! Registration has been closed. You may have a whole list of a wish list to check in the year 2019. I hope that 2019 have been treating you so far so good and one of my wish lists is to see Southern Lights this year! Southern Light in Lake Pedder. Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography Tasmania is the ideal location to see the Aurora Australis because sightings are common in many parts of Tasmania’s southernmost regions throughout autumn (March to May), late winter (July to August) and early spring (September to November) And the best time to spot the aurora is from June to September during the winter months as it gets darker earlier, presenting more precious time to capture the Southern Lights. Self Drive in Tasmania, Mt Wellington. Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography Oysters, Cheese and wine are part of Tasmania food traits! Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography During the event, we will hear from Jensen Chua, (associate instructor at Canon Imaging Academy, EOSWorld Council Member, and Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year 2015-winner photographer) who will share his unique experiences and adventure in Tasmania! Curringa Farm Stay. Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography His drive itinerary ranges from Southern Lights experience, Curringa Farm Stay, Mount Wellington and Cradle Mountain wilderness to authentic experiences at Port Arthur Historic Site! Cradle Mountain National Park. Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography Sheffiled, quirky rural town where history and art merge to create an entire town of murals. Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography Port Arthur Historic Site, a huge former convict settlement built in the 18th & 19th century is a popular historic landmark. Image credit: Jensen Chua Photography Tasmania, an island by itself. And the best way to experience Tasmania is self-drive. From coast to coast, you will discover coastal drive to national park to beaches. It could be one of the best holidays you never forget! Credits: https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/ Learn more about Tasmania with us, and enjoy the 1-day-only exclusive promotion! Program: 10.00 am - Registration 10.30 am - Editorial talk by SGCM Deputy Editor, Mr. Nigel Yong 10.45 am - Tasmania presentation from Tourism Tasmania's representative 11.00 am - Hear Jensen Chua's unique experiences & adventure to UnDiscover Tasmania 11.15 am - Q&A session + Prize for souvenirs 11.30 am - Tasmania self-drive presentation from Holiday Tours’ Aussie Specialist 12.00 pm - Food & Gourmet Tasting Session of Tasmania products 12.30 pm - Lucky Draw; Stand a chance to walk away with a $200 Travel Voucher! UnDiscover Tasmania with Jetabout Holidays (Nature, Wildlife and Gourmet Experiences)
  10. Hi all, anyone know where to apply for Australia visitor visa and the damage? Pls advise. tks
  11. Any bro recently travelled to Australia? which website you used for applying ETA visa? why the fees are different USD$39 vs AUD$20, and some of the websites looks quite fake. https://www.migrationexpert.com.au/travel_v...CFVEU6wodLUYAFQ https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp http://www.singapore.embassy.gov.au/sing/eta_visa.html
  12. Honker

    Buying a home in Australia

    Yoz, recently I have been reading on sites regarding buying a home in Australia. I am thinking of making a move to there and work under my friend company in Melbourne. Is any member currently staying, working or studying there now? https://austpropertysg.com/australia...-in-australia/ This article somehow motivate me even more to make a bold move! Hahha.
  13. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/australia-prime-minister-scott-morrison-malcolm-turnbull-10647458 The PM musical chairs continue. 6th PM in 10 years. @jamesc. another of your good friend out of a job.
  14. Ysc3

    3 party repairs ?

    Apple fined millions by Australian court for misleading customers over faulty iPhones SYDNEY: Apple was Tuesday fined Aus$9 million (US$6.7 million) by an Australian court for making false claims about consumer rights when refusing to fix faulty iPhones and iPads previously repaired by a third party. Customers of the US tech giant had complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) after an operating system update disabled their devices in a global issue known as "error 53". The users were told by Apple that they were not eligible for a remedy if the iPhone or iPad had been repaired by another company. The ACCC took Apple to the Federal Court last year over allegedly false or misleading representations to customers with faulty iPhones and iPads about their rights under the law. "If a product is faulty, customers are legally entitled to a repair or a replacement under the Australian Consumer Law, and sometimes even a refund," ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said in a statement. "The court declared the mere fact that an iPhone or iPad had been repaired by someone other than Apple did not, and could not, result in the consumer guarantees ceasing to apply, or the consumer's right to a remedy being extinguished." Apple admitted misleading at least 275 Australian customers over the issue between February 2015 to February 2016 on its US website, by its Australian store staff and on its customer service phone calls. The consumer watchdog said Apple had also committed to providing new devices as replacements, after allegations that the company was giving customers refurbished goods instead after a device suffered a major failure. There was no immediate comment from Apple, which has previously described the error as appearing "when a device fails a security test". It has released an operating system update to fix the issue.
  15. Tianmo

    Australia rock melon recalled.

    WTF, KNN i bought and ate 2 whole melon from SS just last week. But I always wash them before I cut. Pls take note better dont buy any at the moment, even they claim recall completed, better be safe than sorry. Kiasu kiasi a bit. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rockmelons-listeria-affected-source-australia-sold-in-singapore-10015508 SINGAPORE: Two consignments of rockmelons imported from a grower that has been implicated in a deadly outbreak of human listeriosis in Australia were sold in Singapore between Feb 12 and Mar 2, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Monday (Mar 5). The rockmelons from these consignments were sold at Sheng Siong supermarket outlets and wet markets. AVA has since worked with importers to remove the remaining unsold rockmelons from the affected consignments. Upon AVA’s notification, Sheng Siong voluntarily removed the affected rockmelons, it added. "The recall has been completed. There has been no further import of rockmelons from the affected grower since, and import has been suspended," AVA said in a press release. The rockmelons originated from a specific grower in New South Wales, Australia in February, AVA said, adding that it has also taken samples of locally sold rockmelons from other sources for food safety tests, including testing for listeria. AVA added that all rockmelons currently available for sale were not implicated in the recall. Advertisement AVA said in the press release that it worked with importers to remove the remaining unsold fruit after the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) notified them of a recall in Australia of whole rockmelons. It is also following up with FSANZ for updates on the case. AVA advised consumers who suspect that they may have purchased the affected rockmelons within the affected time period not to consume it. Those who do not feel well after consumption should also seek medical attention. WHAT IS LISTERIA? Listeriosis is a bacterial infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes, which is found in the environment, such as soil, water, and faeces. The incubation period of listeria ranges from 3 to 70 days. A person with mild listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, preceded by diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly or individuals with a weakened immune system are at highest risk of serious disease, which could include brain and heart infections or complications in the foetus. Listeriosis is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. The key to preventing listeria lies in safe handling, cooking and consumption of food, AVA said. "As rock melons are typically eaten raw, thorough washing of the raw fruits is advisable before consumption. Consumers should seek medical attention as early as possible if symptoms appear within 70 days after consuming Australian rockmelon," AVA said. Source: CNA/ad Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rockmelons-listeria-affected-source-australia-sold-in-singapore-10015508
  16. A long hiatus from my regular car filming as you might had noticed, if you had been following my YouTube channel, I haven't been working on any car related filming for quite some time. Basically I had not had a good supply of cars of interest to film, and also because I just started on video blogging for my channel. Amazingly I had the opportunity to work with an Australia mate who would collaborate with me on the shooting, while I edit / produce the final film. This is our first collaborated YouTube video.. Do check this out, great beautiful car ! https://youtu.be/V9x0B_3y4TE
  17. So who has not been to Oz and in particular Sydney? Blue mountains? Harbor bridge? Koalas? I think most of us have seen them all .. How about a chill vacation where one simply sits back, and have more caffeine in five days than one does in a month? Try some of the nicest food and simply kick back and absorb the atmosphere whilst not doing too much? Let me show you a few places to eat, drink some java and do something different ... First, what's Sydney without Pho? It's as ubiquitous as chicken rice in SG... with so many migrants from Vietnam over the years, it's no surprise that they do a good pho soup. Add good quality Aussie beef and you have a marvellous combination. Madam Nhu: How about ending off a nice day with a brilliant sunset:
  18. After seeing some of the seniors comments here, I decided to give WA a try. Just came back from an awesome trip from Western Australia, I must say it is trip I will never forget. Lovely place, with nice people, nice beaches, nice mountains and breath taking landscape of the nature. Thought I share the highlights here for all to view. Went to: Perth: Blue Boat Shed, Casino and Kmart Shopping { https://watravelblog.com/attractions/crown-casino-perth/ } Fremantle: Rottnest Island (Must Go), Kaili's fish market and harbour Lancelin: Beautiful stop over at Verge 301, and of course Lancelin Sand Dune for sand boarding. { https://watravelblog.com/attractions/lancelin-sand-dunes/ } Burnbury: Wildlife Park( great chance to have lots of contact with kangaroos ) Mandurah: For the wrong reason though, son got sick, sent him to the hospital there (waiting time is like 3 hours just to take a blood test) Busselton: Busselton Jetty of course! Dunsborouh: Whale Watching (not so nice though), Sugarloaf (Must Go), Cape Naturaliste lighthouse Augusta: Cape Leeuwin and Hamelin Bay (for their wild stingrays which swim to the shore line) { https://watravelblog.com/attractions/cape-leeuwin-lighthouse/ } Margaret River: Chocolate factory, animal farm, winery and lots of drive around { https://watravelblog.com/attractions/sunflower-animal-farm/ } Denmark: Green Pool, Elephant Rocks and Valley of Giants and Albany: Two People Bay, The Gap, Natural Bridge, Blowhole, wind farm and Emu point {https://watravelblog.com/attractions/things-to-do-in-albany/ } I missed Esperance and Pinnacle as I really did not have the time to go so many places. Anyway, I created a website to pen down all my adventures, tips and advice. Still in the making so only 10 pages or so. More to come when I have more time to write down. https://watravelblog.com/
  19. Travelling in Australia has been named one of the most expensive place to go for vacation. It is well known among travelers. How can one travel on a budget in Western Australia? From the link are some of my advice and tips to travel and save while not missing out the fundamental fun and places. Hope it benefits all members heading to Australia soon. https://watravelblog.com/fremantle/perth-budget-travel-blog/
  20. Lala81

    Car accident in Australia

    I suspect most likely the rear passengers are not belted up. Unless it's some massive impact to the rear or side of the vehicle. The driver and front passenger only minor injuries. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/5-singaporeans-injured-in/2821040.html
  21. Hi, as above. Anyone has agencies to recommend? Perhaps also can share your experience? Process? Length? Thanks.
  22. i jus received an A$80 speeding fine (exceed by 13km/h) from Govt. of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in a rented car. How? Can i don't pay the fine.....can they come after me or something like that? Can i visit Australia again ever if i dont pay?
  23. Guys. . . I am going Darwin this coming November. I am looking for car rental in Darwin. Any lobangs????
  24. ‘Biggest bribery scandal’: US, UK, Australia launch probe into mass oil industry corruption https://www.rt.com/news/337961-unaoil-corruption-scandal-investigation/ Among the biggest names implicated are Samsung; Hyundai; US weapons corporation Halliburton and its former subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root; Texas firm National Oilwell Varco; Singapore conglomerate Keppel; Norway’s Aker Kvaerner; Turkish joint venture GATE; and Italian oil giant Eni.
  25. Weez911

    Handover of Christmas Island

    Given the recent tussle over the South China Sea, I have done some research on Christmas Island into sources such as NLB and Wiki to find out more about our own territorial history. Based on what I read, I noted that the transfer of Christmas Island was initiated by the Australian government to the United Kingdom in 1954, and the handover was completed in 1958 between the UK and Australian governments at a sum of £2.33 million (M$20 million). As Singapore only gained independence in 1965, we were never part of the negotiation. Said island has a population of 2,072. They consist of 65% Chinese, 20% Malays, 10% Europeans and 5% Indians and Eurasians. Their mother languages are Chinese, Malay and English. Size of island is 135 km2 and below is the map: Weather: Here is my point - Was the handover in 1957 legitimate? Other than the obvious similarities in population mix, language and weather, this transfer was enacted by 2 countries that have nothing to do with Singapore now. Should we challenge the claims to Christmas Island?
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