Aussies now need a $106,742 deposit to get in the door

Australia’s residential property market is worth FOUR TIMES the rest of the economy – but it’s bad news for young Aussies who now need a $107,000 deposit just to get on the ladder

  •  Property worth more than the GDP of every country besides China and the U.S. 
  •  Deposit has increased by 16% in just a year to $106,742 
  •   One-third of first home buyers say they rely on ‘mum and dad’ for a deposit

The value of Australian homes has topped $8 trillion – more than the gross domestic product of almost every country on Earth – as amount of money you need for your home deposit surges by 16 per cent in just one year.

Real estate analyst CoreLogic on Friday said its estimate of the total value of residential real estate in Australia has reached $8.1 trillion.

This is equivalent to more than $310,000 per Australian resident and more than every country’s GDP, barring the United States and China.

It means the value of Australian real estate has almost doubled in a decade.

Australia’s housing market is booming, with the biggest monthly gains in 17 years dispelling (above a Sydney auction) 

‘This puts Australian residential property at about four times the size of Australian GDP and around $1 trillion more than the combined value of the ASX, superannuation and commercial real estate stock combined,’ CoreLogic head of research Eliza Owen said in a statement.

CoreLogic’s national home value index rose 1.8 per cent in April after bounding 2.8 per cent in the previous month, a 32-month high.

The index is 10.2 per cent higher from September’s pandemic-induced low.

CoreLogic said many Australian house markets – driven up by record low interest rates and government grants – were at their peak, with national home values rising 6.8 per cent in the three months to April.

One-third of Aussies say the 'bank of mum and dad' was the only solution to the average $107k deposit

One-third of Aussies say the ‘bank of mum and dad’ was the only solution to the average $107k deposit 

‘The increase in the value of residential real estate has put Australian home owners in a strong equity position, with the (Reserve Bank of Australia) estimating just 1.3 per cent of housing loans to be in a negative equity position at the start of 2021,’ Ms Owen said.

‘However, for many Australians looking to get a foot on the property ladder, the continued strength in the market is putting home ownership further out of reach despite record low mortgage rates.

‘Wages growth simply isn’t keeping pace.’

Comparison website Finder last week found aspiring Australian home owners need a six-figure deposit just to get their foot in the real estate door.

More than 10 per cent would need more than a decade to scrape together the required amount, a survey of 1028 first-time buyers found.

The latest ABS data shows the average deposit to secure a mortgage is $106,743 – 16 per cent more than what was needed two years ago.

For almost a third of surveyed first-time buyers the ‘bank of mum and dad’ was the solution, with parents lending an estimated $29 billion to their adult kids to invest in bricks and mortar in the past 12 months.

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The CIA’s woke recruitment video gets panned

The CIA’s woke recruitment video gets panned: Recruit describes herself as ‘intersectional cisgender millennial’ diagnosed with ‘generalized anxiety disorder’ in clip ridiculed online

  • The CIA officer, known only as Mija, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’
  • The clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’ 
  •  Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this’

A new CIA recruitment video has been widely ridiculed online after the recruit described herself as an ‘intersectional cisgender millennial’. 

The CIA officer, known only as Mija, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, adding that she to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be.’

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’. Another said: ‘The world is laughing at us.’

 Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this.’

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: ‘I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are. 

‘Whether you work at #CIA, or anywhere else in the world.  Command your space. Mija, you are worth it.’  

The CIA officer, known only as Mija, 36, tells viewers she is ‘unapologetically me’, adding that she to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ but now refuses to ‘internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be’

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: 'I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are'

The clip was shared to Twitter on April 28 in a post which read: ‘I am unapologetically me. I want you to be unapologetically you, whoever you are’

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it 'woke'. Another said: 'The world is laughing at us.' Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: 'China and Russia will love this'

But the clip has sparked a fierce reaction online with users labelling it ‘woke’. Another said: ‘The world is laughing at us.’ Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: ‘China and Russia will love this’

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Locked-down Britons spent £93billion online in 2020

Britons splashed £93billion on online shopping in 2020 alone – up from £64billion in 2019, a United Nations study has revealed.

In total, 23.3 per cent of all retail sales were online in the UK last year, marking a rise on the 15.8 per cent seen one year prior.

Globally, 19 per cent of all shopping was done online in 2020, according to estimates from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based on national statistical offices in major economies.

In South Korea, 25.9 per cent of shopping was done online, with China coming in second with 24.9 per cent.

Britain came in third at 23.3 per cent with the US at 14 per cent.

Britons splashed £93billion on online shopping in 2020 alone – up from £64billion in 2019, a United Nations study has revealed. Pictured: Countries’ online retail sales in 2019 and 2020

Online sales made up almost a fifth of global spending in 2020 as lockdowns caused a surge in internet shopping, a United Nations study has revealed (file image)

Online sales made up almost a fifth of global spending in 2020 as lockdowns caused a surge in internet shopping, a United Nations study has revealed (file image)

This included business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales, and was equivalent to 30 per cent of global economic output that year.

The pandemic led to mixed fortunes for leading B2C e-commerce companies in 2020, according to the report.  

Data for the top 13 e-commerce firms – 11 of which are from China and the United States – showed a notable reversal of fortunes for platform companies offering services such as ride hailing and travel, which saw sharp declines in gross merchandise volume.

The report read: ‘For instance, Expedia (EXPE.O) fell from 5th place in 2019 rankings to 11th in 2020, Booking Holdings (BKNG.O) from 6th to 12th and Airbnb (ABNB.O), which launched its initial public offering in 2020, from 11th to 13th.’

China’s Alibaba remained atop the rankings by GMV, followed by Amazon in the United States.

China's Alibaba remained atop the rankings by GMV, followed by Amazon in the United States (file image)

China’s Alibaba remained atop the rankings by GMV, followed by Amazon in the United States (file image)

It follows reports that British retail sales rose by seven per cent in March. 

Shoppers spent an overall 7.3 per cent more over the period of February and March, in comparison to last year in a boost for the economy. 

The office for National Statistics (ONS) published the figures which show that sales rose by 5.4 per cent in March alone.

And it was clothes that Britons splurged the most on, with garment-buying up by 17.5 per cent. 

Spending went up 7.3 per cent  in a year and jumped up 5.4 per cent on the previous month as shoppers splurged on clothes ahead of lockdown being eased

Spending went up 7.3 per cent  in a year and jumped up 5.4 per cent on the previous month as shoppers splurged on clothes ahead of lockdown being eased

The leap in sales came in the weeks leading up to lockdown restrictions being eased, allowing people to move around the country and start going back to work.

As well as clothing, other non-food related items also saw a huge jump, at 13.4 per cent.  

Garden centres and flower shops also rose at 7.4 per cent as Brits still stuck indoors continue to work on their gardens.

Petrol station sales jumped too, as travel restrictions throughout the UK lifted. 

In contrast, online sales dipped by from 36.2 to 34.7 per cent, but were still significantly higher than the 23.1 per cent figure for last year. 

Brits hit high street stores as lockdown rules eased. Online sales for March dipped slightly in comparison to February but were still higher than last year

Brits hit high street stores as lockdown rules eased. Online sales for March dipped slightly in comparison to February but were still higher than last year

Clothes-buying saw the biggest jump in sales with a 17.5 per cent increase in the lead up to re-openings on April 12

Clothes-buying saw the biggest jump in sales with a 17.5 per cent increase in the lead up to re-openings on April 12

Food also saw a rise of 2.5 per cent, particularly butchers and bakers, which the ONS put down to a closure of the hospitality sector.

The roadmap out of lockdown in the four home nations: Where are they now, and what’s coming next? 

ENGLAND

Latest lockdown easing – From March 29 up to six people from different households have been able to meet outdoors and you can enjoy most outdoor sports. Non-essential retail opened from April 12

What’s coming next?  – May 17 will see easing of international travel restrictions as well as the return of indoor mixing. On June 21, all legal limits on social distancing will be axed. 

SCOTLAND

Latest lockdown easing – From (April 5)  barbers and hairdressers have been allowed to reopen alongside garden centres and homeware stores.

What’s coming next? – From April 26, beer gardens and gyms will be allowed to reopen. From May 17, cinemas will open their doors again and four people from two households can meet indoors. 

WALES

Latest lockdown easing – From March 27 ‘Stay local’ rules were scrapped and travel allowed within its borders. Six people from different households can meet indoors. 

Travel between Wales and the rest of the UK have been allowed from April 12 and all non-essential shops were allowed to open. 

What’s coming next? – From April 26, outdoor hospitality will be given the green light. Indoor mixing will be allowed from May 10.    

N IRELAND

Latest lockdown easing  – From March 8 children in pre-school, nursery and primary one to primary three have been allowed back to the classroom. 

What’s coming next? –  Non-essential retail is set to open from April 30

The statistics have market experts hopeful for a strong economic year ahead and watching out keenly at next month’s numbers.

Consumer Markets Leader at PwC Lisa Hooker said: ‘Much though these figures will give cheer to the whole sector, retailers will be hoping that these positive signs translate into a sustained return to the physical stores as they reopen across the UK over the course of April. 

‘The real test of whether pent-up demand can be turned into actual sales will come with next month’s figures.’  

Until shops re-opened on April 12 – which saw an even bigger boost of sales – the figures show that spending for February and March was the biggest jump since June last year.

After shops opened, retail sales jumped 87.8 per cent in just one week.

Retail experts hailed the week as ‘outstanding’ for the sector.

Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard commented: ‘The first week of reopening delivered an outstanding performance for UK retail destinations and stores, with an increase in footfall from the week before that was virtually double our forecast.

‘These results provide concrete evidence of the desire of shoppers to return to bricks and mortar stores and destinations.

‘The key issue for retail destinations will be whether this momentum can be sustained. From our evidence of the last two lockdowns, we are expecting footfall to continue to increase over the next few weeks, albeit at a lesser rate.

‘However, the reopening of indoor hospitality on 17th May will provide a further boost to retail destinations as many indoor venues are located in high streets and shopping centres.’

Head of Retail at Accenture UK & Ireland, Lynda Petherick told the BBC: “After a year of what’s felt like endless lockdowns, there is now a palpable sense of excitement among retailers and shoppers alike.” 

But she warned that retailers must stay ‘strategic’ in striking a balance between in-store shopping and online.

 She added: ‘Though retailers will be keen to capitalise on the return of shoppers to the High Street, they must also strike a balance across both their physical and digital offering, or risk losing out to competitors that learned strategic lessons from the pandemic.’ 

Heritage bosses aim to turn Hadrian’s Wall into tourist hotspot with £30m cash injection

Heritage bosses aim to turn Hadrian’s Wall into tourist hotspot to rival the Great Wall of China with £30m cash injection that will highlight how it was an inspiration for Game of Thrones

  • Hadrian’s Wall will get a £30 million cash injection to improve, maintain the site
  • Plans to turn the wall into an attraction comparable to the Great Wall of China
  • Heritage bosses plan to catapult the site into the top ten attractions in the UK
  • They plan to use ties to Game of Thrones’ ‘Wall of Ice’ to boost visitor numbers

Heritage bosses are planning to turn Hadrian’s Wall into an attraction comparable to the Great Wall of China with a £30 million cash injection. 

The money will be used to highlight how it was an inspiration for Game of Thrones’ 345 mile-long and 700ft tall ‘Wall of Ice’. 

With an initial target of three million visitors annually, Hadrian’s Wall would be catapulted into the top ten attractions in the UK and clinch the number one spot for sites outside the capital. 

Hadrian’s Wall is set to get a £30 million boost of government and charity funds to push the attraction into the country’s top ten

Inspired by Game of Thrones' 345 mile-long and 700ft tall 'Wall of Ice' (pictured), an ode to the Roman monument, heritage bosses plan to turn the wall into an attraction comparable to the Great Wall of China

Inspired by Game of Thrones’ 345 mile-long and 700ft tall ‘Wall of Ice’ (pictured), an ode to the Roman monument, heritage bosses plan to turn the wall into an attraction comparable to the Great Wall of China

The Hadrian’s Wall partnership board plan to exploit every possible angle of ties to the Games of Thrones franchise, owing to its popularity, and would like to include the show’s creator George RR Martin in the process.  

Chairwoman Lady Gibson told the Sunday Times: ‘We will be exploring every storytelling hook possible to let people around the world know about the wall and its historic significance, which includes using Game of Thrones.’ 

Martin, 72, was first inspired by the Roman monument in a visit in 1981. He told the Rolling Stone magazine: ‘I stood up there and tried to imagine what it was like to be a Roman legion- ary, standing on this wall, looking at these distant hills,

‘It was a very profound feeling. For the Romans at that time, this was the end of civilisation; it was the end of the world.’

Martin told the publication he had imagined monsters hiding in the dark Scottish highlands and that the wall felt like a ‘barrier’ against dark forces. 

The Hadrian's Wall partnership board plan to exploit every possible angle of ties to the Games of Thrones franchise, owing to its popularity (pictured, a scene from series 8)

The Hadrian’s Wall partnership board plan to exploit every possible angle of ties to the Games of Thrones franchise, owing to its popularity (pictured, a scene from series 8)

The History of Hadrian’s Wall 

Hadrian’s Wall was built between AD 122 and 128 along the Roman empire’s north-western frontier. 

Its construction was ordered by Emperor Hadrian, who had ascended the throne in AD 117.

It took six years and around 15,000 men to build and stretches 73 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne in the east and Bowness-on-Solway in the west. 

At every Roman mile there was a small fortified gateway built to house between 20 and 30 men stationed as guards. 

Only 10 per cent of the wall remains visible as much of it has been moved or buried. 

Though a common misconception, the wall does not mark the border between Scotland and England. 

Heritage bosses plan to use the cash injection to improve transport links to the wall and upgrade the visitor centres in an effort to attract more tourists. 

The money will come from the Hadrian’s Wall partnership board, who are putting £12million towards the project, while the remaining £18 million will come from the Scottish and UK governments. 

The government money will come from their joint £350 million Borderlands Growth Deal, a 2021 initiative to foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the border regions. 

The wall is one of the UK’s 32 world heritage sites and reaches 73 miles across England from Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the West. 

It was built by the Romans around AD 122 to guard the north-western frontier of their empire  and boasts several remaining forts, towers, and turrets, though much of it has been moved or buried. 

The colossal monument has enjoyed a year of low visitor numbers, leaving it in its best condition since the end of the Second World War, according to WallCAP archaeologists.

The number of sites along the wall currently listed as ‘at risk’ numbers 19, but after a year of lockdowns, which left plenty of time for conservation work, archaeologists hope that figure can drop to 12. 

English Heritage, which manages the wall, has invested more than £100,000 in repairing ‘at risk’ zones.   

The wall is one of the UK's 32 world heritage sites and reaches 73 miles across England from Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the West

The wall is one of the UK’s 32 world heritage sites and reaches 73 miles across England from Newcastle upon Tyne in the east to Bowness-on-Solway in the West

The wall was built by the Romans around AD122 to guard the north-western frontier of their empire and boasts several remaining forts, towers, and turrets

The wall was built by the Romans around AD122 to guard the north-western frontier of their empire and boasts several remaining forts, towers, and turrets

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Rita Ora joins Russell Crowe, Christian Bale and Isla Fisher for star-studded dinner

A whole brunch of stars! A-listers Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Rita Ora and her new ‘love interest’ Taika Waititi enjoy a glitzy meal in swanky restaurant Down Under

It was a meeting of showbiz minds in Woolloomooloo on Friday as A-list pals Rita Ora, her rumoured ‘love interest’ Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher enjoyed dinner at the China Doll restaurant in Sydney.

The stars were seen settling down for a glitzy meal with Rita opting for a plunging white shirt and matching flared trousers for the outing, as rumours continue to swirl she’s been dating the Thor director.

Meanwhile Christian, who has been in Australia to film Thor: Love And Thunder, offered a glimpse of his newly shaven head which he has donned for the role.

Lunch date: It was a meeting of showbiz minds in Woolloomooloo on Friday as A-list pals Rita Ora (pictured), her rumoured ‘love interest’ Taika Waititi, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher enjoyed dinner at the China Doll restaurant in Sydney

Having a ball with her pals, Isla looked sensational in a black, button-down frock that showed off a hint of cleavage, the actress looking immersed in the lively conversation happening around the star-studded table. 

Russell, who is of late sporting long, grey hair and a bushy salt-and-pepper beard, leaned over the table to talk to various guests, and appeared jolly indeed.  

Sacha left his Borat costumes at home, trading them in for a hipster look, including a fedora, black polo shirt and beige slacks, with the comedian stroking his chin as the scintillating conversation reached its peak. 

A new look: Christian, who has been in Australia to film Thor: Love And Thunder, offered a glimpse of his newly shaven head which he's donned for the role. Pictured with Sacha and Isla

A new look: Christian, who has been in Australia to film Thor: Love And Thunder, offered a glimpse of his newly shaven head which he’s donned for the role. Pictured with Sacha and Isla

Stunner: Having a ball with her pals, Isla looked sensational in a black, button-down frock that showed off a hint of cleavage

Stunner: Having a ball with her pals, Isla looked sensational in a black, button-down frock that showed off a hint of cleavage

A look: Sacha left his Borat costumes at home, trading them in for a hipster look, including a fedora, black polo shirt and beige slacks

A look: Sacha left his Borat costumes at home, trading them in for a hipster look, including a fedora, black polo shirt and beige slacks

Chatty: Russell, who is of late sporting long, grey hair and a bushy salt-and-pepper beard, leaned over the table to talk to various guests

Chatty: Russell, who is of late sporting long, grey hair and a bushy salt-and-pepper beard, leaned over the table to talk to various guests

The group has enjoyed modern Asian cuisine at the trendy, award-winning eatery, located at the historic Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo, an ocean-side suburb in Sydney’s inner-city. 

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Hunter Biden still owns a stake in a Chinese company – despite promising to divest

Hunter Biden STILL owns stake in Chinese firm 100 days into his father’s presidency despite dad’s vow that NONE of his family would have foreign business interests

  • Joe Biden pledged neither he nor his family would have foreign business ties
  • The president in October vowed that there would be no international dealings 
  • Yet his son Hunter, 50, still has a 10 per cent in a Chinese private equity firm
  • Hunter part-owns Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Co.
  • BHR Partners is co-owned by Bank of China, the state-controlled central bank
  • Hunter announced in Oct 2019 he would step down from BHR Partners’ board 
  • The White House in February said that divesting was taking some time 

Joe Biden’s son Hunter still has a stake in a Chinese private equity firm, according to a report – despite a campaign pledge that neither he nor his family would maintain any foreign business interests.

Hunter, 50, retains a 10 per cent in the Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Company, Fox News reported.

BHR Partners is co-owned by the Bank of China, the state-controlled central bank. 

Hunter Biden, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live in April, still retains foreign business interests

Hunter Biden with his wife Melissa and Joe Biden, pictured on March 26 at Joint Base Andrews

Hunter Biden with his wife Melissa and Joe Biden, pictured on March 26 at Joint Base Andrews 

In October 2019, while on the campaign trail, Joe Biden stated: ‘No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country.’

Hunter Biden sat on the board of BHR

Hunter Biden sat on the board of BHR

He was making a dig at his predecessor Donald Trump, who hired daughter Ivanka and son-in law Jared Kushner as senior White House advisers.

The former president also roped in multiple other family members to help push his administration’s message. 

Hunter Biden said at that time that he was stepping down from the board of the company.

Asked why he had not divested, 100 days in to his father’s presidency, the White House referenced spokeswoman Jen Psaki’s comments in February, when she said it was taking time – then passed the buck.

‘He has been working to unwind his investment, but I would certainly point you — he’s a private citizen,’ Psaki said. 

‘I would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update.’ 

Hunter Biden’s business dealings have long caused his father headaches, amid accusations that the troubled Harvard-educated lawyer was trading off his family name.

Hunter had business interest in Ukraine, China and Kazakhstan, leading to concern about influence peddling.

Joe Biden has denied having any knowledge of his son’s work. 

Joe Biden with his son Hunter, seen in January 2009

Joe Biden with his son Hunter, seen in January 2009

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Unlucky! Chinese flight is cancelled after passenger throws coins into jet’s ENGINE for good luck

Unlucky! Chinese flight is cancelled after passenger throws coins into jet’s ENGINE for ‘good fortune’ before take-off

  • Man detained by police after tossing coins wrapped in red paper into engine
  • The coins were spotted by runway workers who alerted plane staff just in time
  • The Beibu Gulf Airlines flight from Weifang to Haiku was cancelled for safety
  • All 148 passengers had to disembark and wait for another flight after the incident
  • Many Chinese people believe tossing coins into statues or bells is good luck

A man in China was detained by police after being caught throwing coins wrapped in red paper into a plane’s engine for good luck – a superstition that put the lives of the 148 passengers and crew in danger. 

A male passenger, identified only as having the surname Wang, was scheduled to fly from Weifang to Haiku on a Beibu Gulf Airlines flight GX8814 when he threw a handful of coins into the engine.

Coins in a plane’s engine can damage the blades or even cause a fire.  

Luckily some runway workers noticed the coins on the tarmac under the plane’s engine before it took off and alerted plane staff.  

The coins wrapped in red paper (above) were found by runway staff before take-off

Wang reportedly admitted throwing six coins wrapped in red paper into the plane’s engine. A picture of the coins was later shared online.

The staff managed to recover all the coins but the flight had to be cancelled due to safety concerns. All 148 passengers were forced to disembark and wait for another flight until the next morning.

Wang was then detained by the police.

Many Chinese people believe that tossing coins into a specific target – such as a statue in a park or a bell in a temple – might bring them good luck or ward off evil spirits. 

This is not the first time a passenger has attempted to toss coins into an aircraft engine for good fortune and a safe flight in the country.

Many Chinese people believe it is good luck to toss a coin into a specific target such as a statue in a park or a bell in a temple.

Many Chinese people believe it is good luck to toss a coin into a specific target such as a statue in a park or a bell in a temple.  

In 2019 a passenger was ordered to pay Lucky Air more than £13,000 as compensation after throwing two coins at the plane’s engine, causing the flight to be cancelled and more than 160 passengers stuck overnight.

The 28-year-old man, named Lu Chao, was travelling by air for the first time with his wife and son when he tossed the coinage towards the aircraft in eastern China, according to a regional court.

All passengers set to travel with the domestic flight were left stranded at the airport and the carrier had to arrange overnight accommodation for them before they could take a replacement flight the next day, the court said.    

Mr Lu was detained by Anqing Public Security Bureau for 10 days before being sued by the airline.

One of the coins was found directly underneath the aircraft and the other was spotted on the ground about one metre (3.3 feet) in front of the plane’s left engine.

The superstitious man was travelling with his wife and one-year-old child and was hoping for a safe journey when he threw the money, Anqing police said in a previous statement.

The court ruled in favour of the airline. It deemed that any normal person with common sense would think that the coins might land in the engines, which could lead to ‘a serious accident’.

Many Chinese people believe that chucking coins at a specific target could bring them luck

Many Chinese people believe that chucking coins at a specific target could bring them luck

In an earlier case in 2019, a 23-year-old medical graduate threw three coins towards a plane’s engine in hope of helping her nephew get over his diarrhoea at an airport in Sichuan Province.

In April that year, a 66-year-old female passenger was detained by police for throwing six coins at a plane for good luck before take-off in Inner Mongolia.

Those who disrupt the normal operation of companies and organisations are subject to a maximum of 10 days of detention and 500 yuan (£56) cash penalty, according to China’s Public Security Administration Punishment Law.

Unruly and untrustworthy passengers in China may also be blacklisted by the country’s civil aviation authority and banned from taking planes, according to the nation’s social credit system.

Why do Chinese air passengers throw coins at planes?

It has been estimated that more than 70 per cent of Chinese - or more than one billion people - have never flown in their life, therefore are oblivious of flight safety regulations

It has been estimated that more than 70 per cent of Chinese – or more than one billion people – have never flown in their life, therefore are oblivious of flight safety regulations

Many Chinese people believe that chucking coins at a specific target could bring them good luck or ward off evil spirits. This could range from a statue in a park to a bell in a temple.

More interestingly, the majority of the nation’s citizens have never travelled by air despite the fact that the country is set to overtake the United States to be the largest air travel market in the world in 2022.

Most air passengers in China are repeated travellers from big cities.

It has been estimated that more than 70 per cent of Chinese – or more than one billion people – have never flown in their life; therefore they are oblivious of the etiquette and safety regulations of travelling by air.

In April, a 66-year-old female passenger was detained by police for throwing six coins at a plane for good luck before take-off in Inner Mongolia, northern China. 

A month earlier, two passengers were detained by police in Jinan, eastern China, after tossing dimes at a plane operated by Lucky Air.

The domestic flight was delayed for two hours as a result, affecting 260 passengers. 

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Snooker pundit Reanne Evans kicked out of the studio after her ex complained she was distracting him

BBC snooker pundit Reanne Evans was kicked out of the studio after her ex complained she was distracting him ahead of his World Championships match

  • Mark Allen requested Reanne Evans leave practise area for being a ‘distraction’
  • Reanne, 35, had been prepping to go live when Allen lodged his request
  • Evans eventually agreed to leave but was reported to have been ’embarrassed’

Snooker pundit Reanne Evans, 35, (pictured) was told to leave the studio at the World Championships by BBC chiefs on April 20 after her ex, who was set to play, labelled her a distraction

A snooker pundit was told to leave the studio by BBC chiefs after her ex, who was set to play, labelled her a distraction.

Reanne Evans, 35, was set to join a live discussion at the World Championships before being hooked on April 20.

The BBC studio was next to the practice area, where her ex, Mark Allen, had been preparing for his upcoming match against China’s Lyu Haotian. 

Presenter Radzi Chinyanganya and Evans, who is the women’s world snooker champion, were preparing for the start of the show when world no 13 Allen complained that Evans was a ‘distraction’, The Sun reports.

After a discussion between World Snooker Tour officials and her producers, Evans agreed to leave.

The BBC said: ‘For the sake of ten minutes, Reanne left the players’ practice room so Mark Allen could practise before his match without distraction upon his request.’

The broadcaster also said that Evans’ broadcast commitments had not been affected by the incident. 

Record 12-times women’s world champion Evans, who is currently battling Allen for maintenance for their 14-year-old daughter, was reported to have been ’embarrassed’.

Speaking about his plea for Evans to leave, Allen said that there had been several cases of other players asking officials for people to be removed while they were practising.

Allen (pictured) said afterwards that there had been several examples of other players requesting for people to leave while they were practising

Allen (pictured) said afterwards that there had been several examples of other players requesting for people to leave while they were practising

‘I’m not sure why there is a fuss about this one,’ he added. 

MailOnline has approached the World Snooker Tour (WST) for comment.

Mark Allen was knocked out of the competition on Monday after being beaten by Mark Selby.

Following his defeat, Allen said he is planning on having ‘a bit of break’ from snooker in order to address some personal issues, the BBC reports.

Speaking after his defeat, Allen said: ‘There’s numerous things going on off the table which I’d rather not talk about.

‘I will come back but I can’t see me coming back any time soon.’

He added that it is difficult to compete against the best in the world without having a clear head to focus on his game. 

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Chinese mining executive falsely claimed to own the largest jade mine in Australia

Chinese mining executive is forced to pay back $400,000 after falsely claiming to own the largest jade mine in Australia as part of visa-for-cash scheme

  • Chinese student’s family scammed out of more than $300,000 in mining deal 
  • Haolin Li agreed to buy a stake in GWM Resources for non-existant jade mine 
  • GWM director De Hong Yu said he would help him to get permanent residency 

GWM Resources director De Hong Yu claimed he ran largest jade mine in Australia 

A Chinese mining executive who misled an investor by falsely claiming to own Australia’s largest jade mine has been ordered to repay nearly $400,000. 

International student Haolin Li, from China, was seeking permanent residency in Australia when he invited GWM Resources director De Hong Yu to dinner with his visiting father – the pair exchanging numbers and WeChat details. 

Five months later in September 2017, Mr Li went to GWM’s office in Thornleigh, Sydney where Mr Yu made claims about owning the jade mine and that he could help him get residency if he invested $1.2 million in his company. 

He initially claimed his company was worth $15 million and asked for a 10 per cent stake at $1.5 million but said he could speak to other shareholders about a discount as his family could help ‘develop’ the company further. 

‘My company owns the largest jade mine in Australia. The investment in my company will help you to obtain permanent residency. After that, you can get your investment fund back with profit.’ Mr Yu said, according to court documents seen by the Daily Telegraph

Jade (pictured) is found throughout Australia and is used primarily in jewelry

Jade (pictured) is found throughout Australia and is used primarily in jewelry 

Mr Yu claimed he needed the money to fund an Initial Public Offering to list the miner on the Australian Stock Exchange. 

‘Ok. But is my investment safe? Will I lose money?’ Mr Li asked. 

‘Once the company is listed, its prospects are brilliant. The return of your investment is guaranteed. You will have a good return,’Mr Yu replied. 

The student then asked if he would personally help him with the residency and how long the process would take. 

Mr Yu assured him he would, and the visa would take about six months – with his deal offering him a rare opportunity to make money while he waited.

After speaking to his parents, a $150,000 deposit was wired from Mr Li’s mother’s account to GWM a month later, followed by another $184,662.90.

That same month a friend suggested he check Mr Yu’s claims, after which he found an article which the court accepted caused him to doubt whether GWM actually did own any jade mines in Australia. 

International students Haolin Li said he began to doubt whether GWM owned any jade mines in Australia after reading articles online (file image)

International students Haolin Li said he began to doubt whether GWM owned any jade mines in Australia after reading articles online (file image) 

After tracking him down at his office, Mr Li asked for his money back despite Mr Yu offering him a job an insisting the deal was on track. 

The money was not returned – leading to the student’s parents suing. 

The NSW District Court in March ordered Mr Yu repay the $334,692.90 plus $55,240 in interest after finding his conduct was misleading and deceptive in breach of consumer law. 

This week Mr Yu told the Daily Telegraph the case was a ‘misunderstanding’ and claimed his jade mine would have been the only one of its kind in Australia. 

He said he was appealing the decision. 

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Nine US generals send memo begging spy chiefs to declassify intel on Russia and China

Nine four-star generals have sent a memo to the heads of the U.S. intelligence community, asking them to declassify evidence revealing the ‘pernicious conduct’ of China and Russia.

The unclassified memo, first sent last year, has been circulating among America’s top spies, pleading with them to reveal more evidence that could help sway public opinion against adversaries, Politico reported on Monday.

Nicknamed the ’36-star memo’ for the cumulative stars held by the signatories, the letter was organized by Admiral Phil Davidson, the outgoing head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

Eight other regional military commanders signed on, including General Jay Raymond, then commander of U.S. Space Command and now head of the Space Force.

General Jay Raymond

Admiral Phil Davidson, the outgoing head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and General Jay Raymond, now head of the Space Force, were among the letter’s signatories

The memo was addressed to then-acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire (above) last January

The memo was addressed to then-acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire (above) last January

The letter argued that only by ‘waging the truth in the public domain against America’s 21st century challengers’ can the U.S. shore up support from allies.

However, it said that these efforts to combat misinformation and propaganda are hamstrung by overly strict secrecy rules. 

‘We request this help to better enable the US, and by extension its allies and partners, to win without fighting, to fight now in so-called gray zones, and to supply ammunition in the ongoing war of narratives,’ the letter read, according to Politico.

‘Unfortunately, we continue to miss opportunities to clarify truth, counter distortions, puncture false narratives, and influence events in time to make a difference,’ it added. 

The memo was addressed to then-acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire last January.

The letter did not spell out exactly what evidence the generals wanted to make public, but both Russia and China have been implicated in major hacking campaigns directed against the U.S.

Russian armored military vehicles roll into a Russian Navy large landing ship on Friday after the military drills of the Russian Armed Forces at the Opuk range in Crimea

Russian armored military vehicles roll into a Russian Navy large landing ship on Friday after the military drills of the Russian Armed Forces at the Opuk range in Crimea

Russian Navy ships are seen during exercises off Crimea on Thursday. Russia has been conducting an aggressive buildup of troops and hardware near its separatist allies in Ukraine

Russian Navy ships are seen during exercises off Crimea on Thursday. Russia has been conducting an aggressive buildup of troops and hardware near its separatist allies in Ukraine

Russian troops drill amphibious landings in Crimea on Thursday. Russia has been conducting an aggressive buildup of troops and hardware in the region

Russian troops drill amphibious landings in Crimea on Thursday. Russia has been conducting an aggressive buildup of troops and hardware in the region

As well, Russia has been conducting an aggressive buildup of troops and hardware near its allies fighting a civil war in Ukraine, and drew condemnation for sealing off areas of the Black Sea to foreign warships.

Pro-Russian separatists are seeking to carve out an enclave in eastern Ukraine, which Russia could potentially use as a land bridge to its seized territory in Crimea. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently claimed that Russia will begin to pull back excess troops — but revealed he has created an inflatable army outside Moscow which could be deployed to fool enemy drones and satellites.

The Black Sea restrictions came into effect on Saturday evening and were to remain in place through October 31, Russian news agencies reported, citing the country’s Defense Ministry. 

According to Russian media reports, the restrictions apply to an area along the Crimean coastline between Sevastopol and Gurzuf, an area near the Kerch Peninsula, and an area near the western tip of Crimea.

The international community refuses to recognize the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in March 2014.

For its part, China has continued to pursue a military buildup in the South China Sea, a vast and resource-rich body of water that Beijing claims as its own.

Chinese President Xi Jinping presides over a ceremony on Friday, unveiling three new warships set to patrol the South China Sea

Chinese President Xi Jinping presides over a ceremony on Friday, unveiling three new warships set to patrol the South China Sea

Xi flexed his military muscles in the South China Sea by unveiling three new warships in a ceremony on Friday

Xi flexed his military muscles in the South China Sea by unveiling three new warships in a ceremony on Friday 

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday flexed his military muscles in the South China Sea by unveiling three new warships.

China’s newest assets include an amphibious helicopter carrier, a nuclear sub and a guided-missile cruiser. 

The military ceremony was a show of strength amid increasing tensions with Taiwan. China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be won over peacefully or by force. 

It does not recognize Taiwan’s democratically elected government, and leader Xi Jinping has said ‘unification’ between the sides cannot be put off indefinitely.

China warned the U.S. earlier this month to ‘not to play with fire on the Taiwan issue’ as Washington continued to strengthen its relationship with Taiwan. 

‘There is zero room for compromise and not an inch to give,’ Chinese spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.

‘We urge the US side to grasp the situation, earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiqués, refrain from playing with fire, immediately stop official contact with Taiwan in any form.’