Singapore cracks down on Airbnb

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 8 December 2017: Two men have been charged in Singapore with illegally renting out apartments on Airbnb, the first such prosecutions in the city-state under new rules, local media reported Wednesday.

Regulations introduced in May ban homeowners from leasing property for less than three months without approval from authorities, meaning many short-term rentals on Airbnb should be illegal.

Housing policy is tightly controlled in space-starved Singapore, where 80% of the population lives in public housing which is subsidised by the government. Read more

British tourist wins tattoo case

November 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, 17 November 2017: Sri Lanka’s top court. Wednesday, awarded compensation to a British woman arrested for sporting a Buddha tattoo, saying the nurse was subjected to “horrifying and scandalous treatment” by local authorities.

Naomi Michelle Coleman was detained in prison in 2014 after touching down in Colombo, where police in the Buddhist-majority country took offence to the tattoo on her arm.

Coleman, a devout Buddhist, was deported three days later by a local magistrate in a scandal that embarrassed Sri Lanka’s tourism board. Read more

Belgium lodges case against Ryanair

October 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 6 October 2017: Belgium said Wednesday it intends to take Ryanair to court, accusing the low-cost airline of illegally punishing customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations.

The Dublin-based airline has “shown a lack of professionalism”, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters, who handles the consumer affairs portfolio, said in a statement.

Ryanair has been plagued by a pilot shortage that has led it to axe thousands of flights in Europe — and has now extended the wave of cancellations into early 2018. Read more

Mischief maker swaps bag tags

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: A Singaporean baggage handler has been charged with “mischief” for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state’s airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination.

Tay Boon Keh, 63, could be jailed if found guilty of having swapped the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs and often voted the world’s best airport.

Tay, who appeared in court Tuesday, is facing 286 counts of mischief. Read more

Trump ban gains partial reprieve

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 28 June 2017: The US Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, prompting the president to claim a victory for national security.

The nine justices, who will hear arguments in the case in October, said the ban could now be enforced for travelers from the targeted countries “who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The court tempered its ruling by saying the ban could not be implemented against people who have personal links to the US, citing the examples of foreign nationals wishing to visit family or students accepted to attend university. Read more

Trump tries again on travel ban

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 5 June 2017: President Donald Trump’s administration asked the US Supreme Court late last week to reinstate its temporary ban on travellers from six Muslim majority nations despite repeated setbacks in the lower courts.

In its filing, the government asked the top US court to rule on the legal standing of Trump’s order, appealing a ruling by the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld a nationwide block of the travel ban.

It also asked the Supreme Court to lift another US-wide injunction issued by a federal judge in a separate case based in Hawaii. That case is currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a decision is pending. Read more rebuffs block

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 4 April 2017: is filing an appeal against a Turkish court injunction that blocked the popular travel website in Turkey.

In a statement to TTR Weekly, Monday, said the court blocked the site’s domestic bookings in Turkey.

“We disagree with the injunction and are in the process of filing an appeal. However, always abides by local law,” the statement read. Read more

Turkey block

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, Trade Talk

ANKARA, 30 March 2017: A Turkish commercial court has ordered the blocking of travel website, Wednesday, over alleged unfair competition its hotel and flight reservations platform may pose to local firms.

Legal action was initiated by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies known as Tursab.

“The decision has been taken to halt the unfair competition activities of in a case brought by Tursab,” the association said in a statement on its website. Read more

Trump ban back in court

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LOS ANGELES, 13 March 2017: President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban faced mounting new legal challenges at the weekend as the state of Washington, along with several other states, vowed to block the executive order.

The announcement came one day after Hawaii filed the first suit challenging the controversial new directive, which temporarily closes US borders to all refugees and citizens from six mainly-Muslim countries.

Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose state was the first to sue over Trump’s initial travel ban that created airport chaos worldwide and was eventually blocked, said at least three other states — Minnesota, New York and Oregon — are expected to join in the new legal battle. Read more

Backpackers’ killers lose appeal

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 March 2017: Two Myanmar men convicted of killing two British backpackers on a Thai holiday island have lost their appeal against the death sentence, a prosecutor said Wednesday, a ruling made without their defence lawyers present.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were found guilty of killing David Miller, 24, and the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge, 23, whose battered bodies were found on a beach on the southern diving resort of Koh Tao in September 2014.

Prosecutors insisted the evidence against the migrant workers was rock solid. Read more

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