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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 September 2018
NEWS 4 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Investigation continues into sudden death of Australian model on yacht in Greece Sinead McNamara called her family ‘in tears’ over brawl with crew member moments before she was found dead The mystery around a young Instagram model and influencer from Australia who has died in Greece, continues, with information around the incident coming forward all through the week. Sinead McNamara, 20, unexpectedly passed away while working as a crew member on the luxury yacht Mayan Queen IV, a 92-metre-long yacht worth US$140 million, which belongs to Mexican billionaire and the chair of Mexico's second-largest mining company, Albero Baillères. Anchored off the port of Argostoli in Kefalonia, the young model was found hanging off the boat in a coma. Crew members and a doctor took Sinead back on board and made numerous unsuccessful attempts to resuscitate her. An ambulance transferred the 20-year-old to a local hospital, and she passed away while being flown via helicopter to a hospital in Athens. "I have unfortunately received the worst news of my life, (Sinead) has passed away," the model's brother, Jake McNamara confirmed on Saturday. Sinead, who was from Port Macquarie in northern New South Wales, had been working on the yacht for four months and was soon to be reunited with her mother and sister, who were on the plane headed to Greece to meet up with the model when they tragically discovered the shocking news. "Happy birthday to the most amazing big sister I could ever ask for, 5 days till I get to see you!!! Excitement is an understatement ," Sinead wrote on Facebook on 26 August in anticipation of the reunion. While the circumstances surrounding her death have yet to be confirmed, local me- ment yesterday through their lawyer, Haralambos Triandafylopoulos, who revealed that Ms McNamara reached out to her family before the fatal incident. "(Sinead) had communicated by telephone with her mother and brother shortly before the unfortunate incident under investigation," the statement read. "She was crying and referred to an incident that took place on the yacht with another crew member. Sinead McNamara. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM dia on the island have speculated that the Australian may have committed suicide. "Local port authorities were informed at two o'clock Friday morning that the body of the woman was found hanging from a rope outside the yacht," one local report claimed. "By the looks of it, she took her own life. We expect the autopsy to verify this in the coming days," a senior officer told The Sunday Times. Two weeks before her death, Sinead had posted a photo of herself on a quad bike in Greece with the caption: "My head is all over the shop today. Take me back to this where my only worry was not cracking my skull open" – a post which has added to speculation that the young model may have taken her own life. All members of the crew will have been interviewed by detectives followed by a forensic examination of the vessel which has now sailed off Kefalonia. However, the Argostoli Port Authority is still investigating the cause of the sudden death, and the Coast Guard of Kefalonia has ordered an autopsy. While initial evidence gathered by the coast guard suggested the Instagram influencer took her own life, the deceased's family suspects foul play. The family released a state- "The parents also state that Sinead was not having any problems, she often communicated with her family and she was happy. "For these reasons, the family finds it crucial to thoroughly investigate both the conditions of death and the events and incidents that preceded this event in order to reveal the full truth and learn what actually happened and led their 20-year-old daughter to death." The final cause of death will therefore not be announced until lab tests are completed, which could take a month or more. Pension at 67 - Morrison drops the age change plan In a sudden decision preempting formal approval by cabinet, Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison scrapped the Abbott government plan to increase the age of retirement to 70. The 2014 treasurer Joe Hockey had announced an increase in the pension age to 70 by 2035, saying that we should "celebrate the fact that Australians are living longer but we must prepare for the adjustments in our society". Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. PHOTO: AP VIA AAP/LUKAS COCH Because the proposed increase in the pension age was almost a decade into the future, there was no indication of its net effect on the bottom line in the forward estimates. Moreover, it had never properly received the seal of the senate to be legislated, yet it remained official government policy up to this point. "I don't think we need that measure any longer when it comes to raising the pension age," Mr Morrison told Nine Network on Wednesday, responding to a question from a member of the audience. "I was going to say this next week but I may as well say it here ... I've already consulted my colleagues on that. And next week, cabinet will be ratifying a decision to reverse taking the [pension] age to 70. It will remain at 67," he said. Delving into the PM's announcement who was seen by the Opposition as a desperate cry for approval leading up to the national election next year. "Mr Morrison for years has wanted Australians to work to the age of 70. As recently as July this year he said that was his commitment," Labor leader Bill Shorten noted, stressing that the Coalition had argued for the policy since 2014. "Now he wants to drop it because he is worried about losing his day job." Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told Sky News that he find's Mr Morrison's thinking to be "pragmatic and rational" as the Government is also avoiding a budget crisis by foregoing saving that won't affect crucial decisions. "If you are a tradie, or a brickie or a shearer in rural and regional Australia, you don't want some suit in Canberra telling you you are going to have to work until you're 70," he said. Meanwhile, the Council on the ageing (COTA) welcomed the move, while Chief Executive Ian Yates suggested the Government instead focus on lifting the workforce participation rate for people over 55 and supporting people who want to work into their 70s. "That would contribute more to the budget than raising the pension age further could ever save, and it will result in better retirement incomes for many retirees, again saving the budget," he said. The pension age has already started going up from 65 with those turning 66 in the first half of 2019 having to wait till July before they apply for a pension. The next age increase will be launched in 2021 when to be eligible for a pension, applicants should be over 65 years of age and six months.
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