'I can't believe how dumb they are': Crown employees detained in China

Chinese authorities have detained at least 18 employees of billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts, including three Australians, in a co-ordinated police operation targeting the gaming giant’s marketing activities on the mainland. Fairfax Media understands the arrests, which took place in the past 48 hours, include Crown’s local employees based across several major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai. A Chinese Australian is suspected of money laundering after gambling $850 million at Crown Casino over eight years.  Photo: Matthew Bayard The three Australians, which include a senior-level executive general manager, are believed to have been detained while visiting for business. It is not yet known why the Crown staff are being questioned or whether any charges have been laid. “Crown believes that a number of our employees in …

Japan hopes to get elderly drivers off the road by bribing them with ramen noodles In one of the sillier stories of a historically silly year, Japanese authorities are now bribing elderly drivers to give up their driver’s licenses — in exchange for coupons that will lower the cost of ramen noodles. No, this is not an article from The Onion. This is happening in real life. Why would Japan ask such a thing of their elderly? It has a lot to do with the fact that they seem to be putting a lot of innocent lives at risk by remaining on the road. Yaron Steinbuch of The New York Post reports, “The offer comes amid a spate of deadly accidents caused by vehicles driven by the elderly — a growing problem in a country where 4.8 million people aged 75 or older have...

Spider-Man robs newsagency, slips through the web Police are searching for a man dressed as Spider-Man after an armed robbery in Brisbane's north early Friday morning. The Peter Parker wannabe allegedly entered a newsagency on Rode Road at Stafford Heights and produced a firearm, demanding money from a 64-year-old male staff member just before 7am. Police are searching for a man dressed as Spider-Man.  The staff member declined and the offender fled empty-handed in a silver Volkswagon Golf with the Queensland registration 083-VVK. 'Spider-Man' was described as Caucasian in appearance, about 168 centimetres tall with a slim build. The man allegedly drove off in a vehicle similar to the one pictured. Photo: Lindholm.NicolasPCCC No-one was injured during the incident. Police have asked anyone who has seen the vehicle ...

Reserve Bank holds rates amid fears of low or negative economic growth The Reserve Bank has kept its cash rate on hold in the lead-up to Christmas, playing down concerns over sliding business investment and a likely collapse in economic growth to keep the rate at 1.5 per cent. This is enough to keep standard variable home loan rates near 5 per cent and discounted home loan rates near 4.15 per cent. Official growth figures will be released on Wednesday. Market economists are expecting the data to show the economy either barely grew in the September quarter or went backwards. "In Australia, the economy is continuing its transition following the mining investment boom," the RBA said in a statement on Tuesday. "Some slowing in the year-ended growth rate is likely, before it picks up again." Commonwealth Securities economist ...

South San Francisco Dunkin' Donuts location confirmed A new Dunkin' Donuts location will settle in at 180 South Airport Rd. in South San Francisco soon, per confirmation from a company spokesperson. In April, the donut and coffee chain franchise announced that a location would be headed to South San Francisco, and that it was looking to open the store in late 2016 or early 2017.  The space at 180 South Airport Rd., former home to the Hungry Hunter restaurant, was dogeared for the store. A spokesperson for Dunkin' Donuts says that the company has not yet set the opening date, but says that it will happen "very soon."

Will Melbourne get to see the supermoon tonight? Melburnians will get a glimpse of the supermoon on Monday evening after all - but if you were hoping for a night of uninterrupted stargazing, you're sure to be disappointed.  Patchy clouds threatened to spoil Monday night's fun for budding astronomers and photographers, but by the late afternoon the sunshine had finally broken through.  The phenomenon has not taken place since 1948. Photo: Radhika Buch When the moon does make an appearance, it will be the closest it has been to Earth in almost 70 years.  This means the moon will appear 14 per cent brighter and 30 per cent larger than usual.  A supermoon occurs when the moon is full and passing close to the earth in its orbit.  Photo: AAP Where should you go to get the best view of ...

Telstra apologises after ABC, SBS digital radio cut for hours Telstra has apologised for a "planned network upgrade" that took ABC and SBS digital radio off-air for several hours on Tuesday morning.  ABC went silent on digital channels for several early morning hours across Australia and until mid-morning in Melbourne.  SBS was silent in Melbourne only. Analogue radios could still pick up the morning broadcasts.   Some listeners were particularly angry they had been encouraged to buy digital radios. Photo: Bloomberg "ABC and SBS digital experienced a loss of data connectivity this morning which occurred during a planned network upgrade, we apologise to their listeners for the disruption," a Telstra spokesman told Fairfax Media.  ABC initially blamed the problem on sliced cables.  Telstra has apologised for a "planned network upgrade" that took ABC and SBS ...

Pfizer offers cut-price pneumonia shot for humanitarian crises U.S. pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer is to offer its pneumococcal vaccine at the lowest possible price to non-governmental organizations seeking to protect vulnerable people from illness in humanitarian crises.In what it called a major expansion of its humanitarian assistance work, the drugmaker said its Prevenar 13 shot, which protects babies and children against pneumonia and other diseases, would be offered in a new multi-dose vial at the lowest prevailing global price, currently $3.10 per dose. "In addition, given the acute need for aid on the ground, Pfizer will donate all sales proceeds for the first year of this program to humanitarian groups undertaking the difficult work of reaching vulnerable populations in emergency settings," the company said in a statement.The move follows a similar...