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New Zealand customs can now demand you unlock your digital devices

New Zealand customs can now demand you unlock your digital devices

In a new law passed in New Zealand, customs officers have now been given the power to demand that travelers unlock their digital devices if suspected of criminal activity, or risk a NZ$5000 (AU$4580) fine. Previously, while they could confiscate the items they could not force the individual to unlock it. New Zealand Customs Minister, Kris Faafoi has been quoted as saying “Organised criminal activity is […]

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Happy 7th Birthday to AllanManning.com!

Happy 7th Birthday to AllanManning.com!

Yesterday we celebrated 7 years of the blog! October 4, 2011 the first three articles were published (including a controversial one about the industry). Some things never change! 🙂 1,184 blog articles later here we are, and i’m only just warming up! Thank you to all readers who share their stories and questions that all help build this.

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Product Recalls Australia – 3 October 2018

Product Recalls Australia – 3 October 2018

This week’s product recalls include: IKEA Pty Limited — CALYPSO ceiling lamp VIKI Nursery — Youngoz 3-in-1 Cot V4 Imports Pty Ltd — Deli Spice Sesame Biscuit Black 150g Europlus Pty Ltd — Mahroum Sesame Halva 400g Subaru (Aust) Pty Limited — MY 2010 – 2014 Subaru Liberty and Outback Vehicles CNP Brands — Childcare Snuggle Time Bedside Sleeper BMW Group Australia Pty Ltd — […]

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Time to recharge

Time to recharge

I am off on extended leave today and I cannot recall a time in my career where I have never felt in need of a break more than today. There has just been so many disappointments of late where I have taken claims into very senior personnel where clearly the decision to deny is, in my opinion not fair, reasonable, nor sustainable and to avoid […]

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Is it time there was a mandatory jail sentence for those that hit and run

Is it time there was a mandatory jail sentence for those that hit and run

Just about every time I hear the news of late there has been another hit and run. Part of this, I am sure is linked to one or more of the following: Unlicenced driver, Unregistered vehicle; Drink Driving; Driving while under the influence of drugs; Stolen Car; Texting while driving; Street racing; and or other illegal activities Whether or not this is the case, to […]

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More on Carbon Monoxide detectors

More on Carbon Monoxide detectors

It constantly amazes me how many times I raise an issue and then a day or two later something pops up in the news. In a post on September 20, I wrote that I was arranging to install carbon monoxide detectors in my home and that of my son due to the risk where you have gas fire places, ovens, central heating etc. Today, I […]

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Can we learn from a tragedy

Can we learn from a tragedy

Like many readers, I was upset to hear about the death of Abby Hartley, a mother aged 41, who fell seriously ill and contracted septicemia while enjoying a second honeymoon in Bali. She was placed in an induced coma on August 15 and sadly died on Sunday (September 09) surrounded by her husband and two children. Her family sought help from her travel insurer who denied the […]

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Phones on planes – the danger

Phones on planes – the danger

As most of you who know me know, I am on planes a lot. Yesterday I flew home from Sydney on my last flight before I go on leave on Tuesday. It was interesting for me that 3 people around me lost their phone during the flight and had to call over the cabin crew to help them retrieve them. It was therefore with interest […]

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Product Recalls Australia – 26 September 2018

Product Recalls Australia – 26 September 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following: NET (Australia) Pty Ltd — NET Homeopathic Remedies Yamaha Motor Australia Pty Ltd — Golf Car Honda Motorcycle and Power Equipment Pty Ltd — Honda CRF1000 Main Stand Kit AT & R Pty Ltd — Candy Cot SQ610 YouFoodz Pty Ltd — YouFoodz Clean Paprika Chicken Meal Quality Gourmet — Chilli Coconut Mayo 240g Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd […]

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Blog Question: Concessions Agreement

Blog Question: Concessions Agreement

I received the following question on the Concessions Agreement: Hi Allan, I note the ISR policy still has the “Concessions agreement” clause. Is this still relevant and how does it actually apply in terms of any claim? Regards David [surname and email provided] I replied as follows. The Concessions Agreement was from a different age. It really died, after many decades in the 1990’s. The […]

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