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Tourists scarce as travel bubbles fail to inflate
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Tourists scarce as travel bubbles fail to inflate

Australia and New Zealand hope to see two-way travel improve after slow start The mountain resort of Queenstown in New Zealand has been hoping to benefit from the country's travel bubble with Australia. (AFP Photo) WELLINGTON: Quarantine-free travel bubbles were hailed as a "godsend" for tourism earlier this year, but cancellations and suspensions have deflated hopes they will herald a return to pre-pandemic normality. Perhaps the world's most high-profile bubble opened between Australia and New Zealand on April 19, leading to emotional scenes as families split when borders closed almost 400 days earlier were reunited. Since then, New Zealand has ordered partial shutdowns on four occasions due to virus scares in Australian states, the most serious of which forced Melbourne into a snap ...
FDA approves use of Sinopharm vaccine
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FDA approves use of Sinopharm vaccine

Five vaccines now approved, two still being considered Nurses at the Department of Mental Health's Rajanukul Institute in Bangkok's Din Daeng district are providing Covid-19 vaccination for people with disabilities from Friday until August. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Sinopharm coronvirus vaccine for emergency use in Thailand. The FDA on Friday approved the registration application for Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine submitted by Biogenetech Co. It is the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved so far in Thailand, FDA secretary-general Paisarn Dankum told a news conference. It is an inactivated vaccine, manufactured by Beijing Institute of Biological Product Co, and requires two doses with the recommended interval being 28 days. Sinopharm...
The Latest: New Mexico adopts CDC guidance on facemasks
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The Latest: New Mexico adopts CDC guidance on facemasks

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases. Under revisions Friday to the state’s emergency public health order, masks are no longer required of fully vaccinated people in many public settings, though businesses and workplaces may still make face coverings a requirement for all. Public schools are still bound by universal mask requirements with allowances for meals, as the state gradually relaxes aggressive restrictions on public gatherings and some business operations. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that getting vaccinated is crucial to a safe future, with the statewide vaccination rate recently surpassin
BEC invests in news, content for growth
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BEC invests in news, content for growth

BEC invests in news, content for growth Surin Krittayaphongphun, president for TV business at BEC World, the operator of Channel 3. SET-listed BEC World, the operator of Channel 3, is hoping for a business turnaround this year, supported by rejigged news programmes as it offers content for over-the-top (OTT) platforms and other countries via licensing, production of original series and increasing the subscription base of its CH3 Plus app. "Despite the pandemic, we have been profitable for three consecutive quarters since the third quarter of last year. We believe profitability is possible for the entire year as well," said Surin Krittayaphongphun, president of the TV business at BEC World. The company downsized and restructured to cut costs, while adding new sources of revenue through ...
The Latest: Connecticut data show COVID-19 vaccine effective
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The Latest: Connecticut data show COVID-19 vaccine effective

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Of the more than 1.4 million Connecticut residents who are now fully vaccinated, 242 later became infected with COVID-19, according to data released Friday from the state Department of Public Health. Among the 242 so-called “vaccine breakthrough cases,” 109 people had no symptoms of the disease. DPH reported three deaths among vaccinated individuals who were confirmed to have had underlying medical conditions. They were between the ages of 55-64, 65-74, and 75 years and older. Nationally, there have been 132 vaccine breakthrough deaths, DPH said. “The main takeaway is that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and cases of infection after a person is fully vaccinated are very rare,” Dr. Deidre Gifford, the state’s acting public health commissioner, said in a statemen
Samsung thrives as Seoul mulls pardon of corporate heir
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Samsung thrives as Seoul mulls pardon of corporate heir

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Pressure is mounting on South Korean President Moon Jae-in to pardon Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, who is back in prison after his conviction in a massive corruption scandal, even though business has rarely looked better at South Korea’s largest company. Lee is just the latest South Korean corporate boss to run his business from behind bars, communicating decisions through visiting company executives. But his imprisonment is causing national handwringing over the future of the technology giant in the country sometimes called the “Samsung Republic.” Many people — from business leaders and editorial writers to even Buddhist monks — have urged Moon to release Lee for the sake of an economy heavily dependent on Samsung’s technology exports. They worry Lee’s imprisonmen
Two foreign climbers die on Everest
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Two foreign climbers die on Everest

Two foreign climbers die on Everest Mountaineers trek near the Mount Everest base camp. KATHMANDU: Two climbers, from the United States and Switzerland, have died on Mount Everest, the first fatalities of this year's season, expedition organisers in Nepal said on Thursday. On average around five climbers die every year on the world's highest peak. But in recent seasons, Everest has seen a surge in the number of climbers, leading to overcrowding that has been blamed for multiple deaths. "Two climbers passed away on Wednesday," Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks told AFP. Swiss climber Abdul Waraich, 40, died near the summit after reaching the top and suffering exhaustion, said Chhang Dawa Sherpa from the same organisation. "We sent two additional Sherpas with oxygen and foods, unfor...
Australia, NZ clash over manuka honey label
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Australia, NZ clash over manuka honey label

Australia, NZ clash over manuka honey label Australian production of manuka honey could soon be dealt a heavy blow, with a group of New Zealand producers launching proceedings in multiple countries to register the term and claim its exclusive use SOMERSBY, Australia: Beekeepers in New Zealand are seeking the exclusive right to use the "manuka" label for their honey, pitting them against rival Australian farmers over a prestige product that can fetch hundreds of dollars per jar. Manuka honey takes its name from the Maori term for Leptospermum scoparium, the flowering shrub whose nectar forms its essence, which is found in both Australia and New Zealand. But Australian production could soon be dealt a heavy blow, with a group of New Zealand producers launching proceedings in multiple cou...
Thailand assures foreign residents they can be vaccinated
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Thailand assures foreign residents they can be vaccinated

BANGKOK - Thailand sought Thursday to assure its foreign residents that they can get COVID-19 vaccinations, countering comments by some officials suggesting they would be at the end of the line for inoculations. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, made the pledge as Thailand fought to control an outbreak in the heart of its capital that has sickened thousands of people in the past month, Thais and foreigners alike. He said at least 70% of Thailand’s population has to be inoculated to create “herd immunity” and that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha “mentioned clearly that everyone on Thai soil, both Thais and foreigners, can access the vaccines.” “Foreigners and diplomats will have the same criteria as Thais,“ Opas said, adding that the countr
Chinese military’s now beyond South China sea
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Chinese military’s now beyond South China sea

Hong Kong: China is now proceeding to Djibouti to establish the first overseas military base. The journey was first started in 2008 when Chinese military dispatched a naval task force to the Gulf of Aden.Indeed, the PLA, at the behest of the Chinese government, is seeking to establish a global presence. By 2035, Chairman Xi Jinping wants the PLA to have basically completed its modernization. Certainly, one quality of a modern military, with the PLA being the world's largest, is the ability to efficiently deploy worldwide.As part of that process, China will move from a mere regional power to one with a global military reach. Whereas China's hitherto aim has been to deter adversaries or to fight a high-intensity but short-duration battle on its periphery, now it is seeking the ability to co...